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"Synth" capitalized or not? Edit

I noticed that over at Kima and Lil you changed "synth" to "Synth." I know that we capitalize species names like Human and Vulcan, but I was thinking that "synth" was more of a descriptor, like "android", "robot" or "hologram". We'll probably learn more in a few weeks, but until then, I don't think we have enough evidence to know whether it should be "synth" or "Synth"... or am I missing something? —Josiah Rowe (talk) 19:01, January 10, 2020 (UTC)

I don't know, since no one knows what a synth is, apparently, but if they are describing a scenario where "rogue synths attack", it would certainly describe a group, and a group would typically be capitalized, since it wasn't called something generic like a "mob" or "angry civilians". --Alan (talk) 19:08, January 10, 2020 (UTC)

Not necessarily. I can think of plenty of cases in which an attacking group would not be capitalized. "Rogue militias attack embassy," "rogue privateers attack shipping lanes," "rogue workers attack factory," and so forth. But you're right that we don't know what a synth (or a Synth) is yet. Time will tell, I suppose. —Josiah Rowe (talk) 19:24, January 10, 2020 (UTC)

I think "rogue privateer" is kind of one in the same. --Alan (talk) 19:36, January 10, 2020 (UTC)

Possibly... though if I recall my maritime history, one of the reasons privateers were used was for official deniability, so they might or might not be acting under naval orders. Besides, just because a phrase is redundant doesn't mean people don't use it (keep your "PIN number" secret at the "ATM machine"). —Josiah Rowe (talk) 19:45, January 10, 2020 (UTC)

Cardassian ranks Edit

Hi Alan, You recently edited my edit on the Cardassian rank glinn. I don't understand the edit? i'm new to this page so perhaps I don't understand all the rules, but from what I understand, this page is devoted to cultivating information. Your re-edit was accurate but reduced the information to a depthless lack of accuracy. can you explain? Sincerely, Richie

The page use to be a catch all (legate, gul and glinn all redirected there), but was split in individual articles (because it should have been in the first place), and what remained was a generalized page listing all the ranks and any information that may be included across the board on the subject or that directly compare one to the other (like discussing prefect, or the background info about gil). Otherwise, specific information (your 'depth and accuracy') about the individual ranks go to those individual pages, to cut down on redundancy and to build the web. --Alan (talk) 13:37, January 15, 2020 (UTC)

Starfleet archives Edit

Why did you revert my edit? The name "Starfleet archives" is also used on screen at least as a caption. The museum might be part of the archives, not necessarily the whole thing. I went to that page because of the on-screen caption, many other users probably will too. JagoAndLitefoot (talk) 20:42, January 24, 2020 (UTC)

Because there was already an article about it. With the exact same picture. Otherwise, the names are quite different on paper, not to mention, they were two completely different types of article. --Alan (talk) 20:50, January 24, 2020 (UTC)
Or do you mean Starfleet Archives? --Alan (talk) 20:56, January 24, 2020 (UTC)

Disambigs with comic + episodeEdit

I think that there is a case to simply have these redirect to the episode, and have a disambiguation pointing to the comic on these ones -- simpler, gets people to where they are almost certainly wanting to be fast, etc, and removes the need for additional, extra disambiguation pages. Thoughts? -- sulfur (talk) 12:44, January 25, 2020 (UTC)

Yeah, that works too, I was just trying to make everything consistent, because some were doing that, and others were not, then some were doing a third thing... --Alan (talk) 15:04, January 25, 2020 (UTC)

I'm happy with doing it consistently for episode pages in this way. Two links with one being the episode? RD to episode, disambig over to the other one. More than two? Disambig page at the base. -- sulfur (talk) 21:13, January 25, 2020 (UTC)

Answering your Komack edit comment Edit

Yes, that's all it was about, but I guess I wasn't clear enough in my first comment on Talk:James Komack, so that's probably my fault. I was clearer, I believe, earlier, on Talk:Westervliet, but still not sure if that would have gotten my point across.

In any case, the only reason I posted on the talk pages at all instead of just making the relatively minor edit myself (and keeping the facts), is because in the past, on more than one occasion, when I've removed speculation from an article here, or rephrased it to that it's presented as a possibility, not a fact, it's either resulted in an edit war, or an admin just reverting. So, I've taken to trying to gather opinions and support (or dissent) when it comes to something like this. That's why it was worth the thousand words. --TimPendragon (talk) 04:33, February 6, 2020 (UTC)

Just saying helloEdit

Hi. there. just a note to say hello. I have been here for a while, but have not visited for some time. I appreciate and admire all your work and efforts. thanks for keeping this wiki in such great shape! very cool place. thanks!! Sm8900 (talk) 15:09, February 7, 2020 (UTC)

Screenshot adviceEdit

How can I take better quality screen shots from Picard and Discovery? A couple of the ones I have taken are a bit dark any tips? Mseay222 (talk) 23:54, February 9, 2020 (UTC)

I'm not sure. You'll probably want to ask one of the other regular PIC image uploaders. I haven't even seen those episodes yet. --Alan (talk) 23:58, February 9, 2020 (UTC)

Nightingale Edit

I re-checked the episode. It is Wallenberg-class transport.--Memphis77 (talk) 14:55, February 13, 2020 (UTC)

Thanks. Just wanted to make sure the qualifiers were correct, since there are essentially two transports with the same name. --Alan (talk) 14:57, February 13, 2020 (UTC)

Typhuss999 Edit

Just letting you know I reduced their block to a day, as a week seemed a little much for a first offense. That image is everywhere online, so I could see how an they would think it's OK to use. I think the message has been sent either way. - Archduk3 01:44, February 15, 2020 (UTC)

yeah, i figured as much, but regardless he's not a completely new user and it was acknowledged to be from the up coming episode. So there's that. --Alan (talk) 02:06, February 15, 2020 (UTC)

Disambiguation questionEdit

Why shouldn't the production staffer be at Dinah? -- Capricorn (talk) 13:10, February 19, 2020 (UTC)

Because it is not a natural title conflicting for the same name space. I'm trying to clean up 15 years of abuse, and trust me, I'm being really fair with a lot of those pages, and there is no reason she needs to be listed on that page. Besides, if you type "dinah" in the search bar, you'll still find her, easy peasy. --Alan (talk) 13:21, February 19, 2020 (UTC)

Okay. Guess I learned from that abuse... I always took a "more can't hurt" approach when it came to disambiguation pages. -- Capricorn (talk) 13:47, February 19, 2020 (UTC)

Thanks Edit

Thanks for fixing the categories on those redirects. I forgot we were categorizing all the redirects separately now. -- Renegade54 (talk) 17:25, February 19, 2020 (UTC)

Well, as a practice, I've been dedicating one to the real category (like whatever matches the spelling used in the article) and all alternate stuff to the redirect categories. --Alan (talk) 17:29, February 19, 2020 (UTC)

Corsair (type) Edit

I created the link. The corsair is a type of starship used by the Fenris Rangers. What should the page be named, Corsair (type) or something else?--Memphis77 (talk) 19:49, February 20, 2020 (UTC)

I retooled everything to support that idea. Assuming it was just a generic "starship classification" term, and "Fenris Ranger(s) corsair" cannot be justified. --Alan (talk) 19:52, February 20, 2020 (UTC)
FYI that wikipedia link you've added to the page doesn't work. -- Capricorn (talk) 18:03, February 21, 2020 (UTC)

There wouldn't be a link to corsair. In the real world, the corsair was, according to the definitions I have read, a small fast pirate ship, sometimes operating with official sanction. Wikipedia has no page for pirate ships. I am thinking that a writer thought corsair sounded cool, without knowing what it was, and had the Rangers, who do not seem to be pirates, use corsairs.--Memphis77 (talk) 18:19, February 21, 2020 (UTC)

Yeah, I added it to check, then got distracted and forgot to remove it. --Alan (talk) 18:21, February 21, 2020 (UTC)
I can relate to that. -- Capricorn (talk) 18:46, February 21, 2020 (UTC)

The Moinger thingEdit

That page shouldn't have been merged, at least not yet. If you put it up for a merge, ignore contrary views but instead simply wait seven days and then merge, then that seven day discussion period is just a fig leaf for doing whatever you want. You can think the page is stupid, but you still still need to defend that view, otherwise you're just misusing your admin privileges to force things to be your way. -- Capricorn (talk) 05:51, March 4, 2020 (UTC)

We eliminate stupid from MA on a daily basis. Just because you think you are somehow special, you are immune to that fact, you are wrong. We have dozens in not hundreds of various misspellings, far less obvious that your bone-headed example, that go where they were meant to go with zero afterthought. The very simple fact that you wave the Occam's razor flag to everyone else's but your own contributions is a huge pile of horse shit, just to top it off with the "sore butt" act like you didn't know any better when it happens to you. "Gee, there are three names mentioned in the episode, and three names on their patch, but one letter is missing, so there are really four people..." How is that explanation come anywhere remotely close to be a straightforward is better-type answer, but no, you are arguably and constantly incapable of being anything but a pissant about the minutiae on this site, and creating problems where none should exist in the first, to the point where this had to happen. --Alan (talk) 04:16, March 13, 2020 (UTC)

There were not in fact three names mentioned in the episode, and there were more then three people on the team (I count at least five). That's where a full discussion would have come in handy.

I don't think I'm special, but I do very strongly believe in the consensus-based decisionmaking model. It might be alien to a cynic but I genuinely see it as the social contract that makes all this cooperation possible. And I absolutely get where you are coming from: you're the grizzled veteran, you're just doing what needs to be done to keep the place from descending into bedlam, besieged by people who don't know as much as you. But the fact remains that that you regularly act well beyond what site policy prescribes for an administrator, use intimidation and force in lieu of discussion, and sorry but this admittedly minor issue broke the camel's back from me, I'm simply done living by your whim. "This had to happen", seriously? You're not Jack Bauer and there's no nuke about to go off in the database. You have "the Borg are everywhere" Riker as an avatar and maybe it reflects your mood, but by your actions "let's steal the Defiant" Riker would be a better fit. (point in case, you didn't even fix links after the "eliminating stupid" at Moinger)

Anyway, I hope you won't bother with another long and angry ten days in the making rebuttal like that, because to my very real regret I'm beyond it; I'm taking a break, and the word "break" is pretty much an euphemism because I don't expect I'll be back. The last, probably futile, thing I'll say here is that you should look at your attitude as an administrator, because it's authoritarian and it's bullying, and it's putting people off and that's bad for the project. Maybe you should consider voluntarily giving up your admin powers, even if just for six months or so, so you'll be forced to learn to work together with others again without the looming threat of a veto to back up your "you're an idiot for posting that, that's fact" style of discussion. The site would survive having one admin less, and the community would be better for it in the long run. Newbies might even start to stick around more often again. But whatever you do from here on out, good luck. -- Capricorn (talk) 15:28, March 17, 2020 (UTC)

ibn Majid classEdit

On his Instagram account, in the questions for the latest episode, Michael Chabon identified the ibn Majid as a Curiosity-class cruiser. Is this enough to began a discussion on changing the name of the Ibn Majid type to Curiosity-class?--Memphis77 (talk) 03:52, March 13, 2020 (UTC)

I do not know how to do a cite to an Instagram, when it is a question in what Chabon calls a "story". The citation is from the latest round of questions, from 3/12.--Memphis77 (talk) 04:04, March 13, 2020 (UTC)

He's a production source, so I'd say so. As for Instagram, someone used {{el|}} for a reference on the Thaddeus Troi-Riker page, if that helps. --Alan (talk) 04:16, March 13, 2020 (UTC)

I have a question Edit

How did you create the DelBeccio-bot?

--Ten of Thirteen 15:57, March 16, 2020 (UTC)

Ka'athyra Edit

I have a question about this one. According to Memory Beta, when I was researching what a ka'athyra is, I discovered that it is the Vulcan term for the Vulcan lute. How should we approach this?--Memphis77 (talk) 03:37, March 20, 2020 (UTC)

What is it on Picard? --Alan (talk) 04:08, March 20, 2020 (UTC)

In the episode, A.I. Soong says that Sutra plays the ka'athyra beautifully. She is not shown playing the instrument.--Memphis77 (talk) 04:17, March 20, 2020 (UTC)

I'd like to say mix the terms, but probably think the community minded option would be to make them separate things linked by that background reference.--Alan (talk) 15:08, March 20, 2020 (UTC)

Dalekdino Edit

This user is a threat to the site. He or she begin removing content from pages and putting in "graffiti" about how Star Trek sucks and Dr. Who rules. I sent a friendly warning to them about their behavior, that it invite the attention of the admins and bureacrats and that they might get banned. I and others are working to undo their damage. I received this message from Dalekdino: LISTEN HERE YOU CAN BAN ME BUT I WILL COME BACK IN OTHER FORMS --Memphis77 (talk) 04:02, March 20, 2020 (UTC)

thank you admin (MA user )

Important info Edit

Dalekdino are spamming articles with removing all content. Excample: At 04:58, 20 March 2020, he replaced all of the content of Borg with "They are a derict copy form the cybermen of Doctor Who. Star Trek sucks". Please revert these edits.

Important links: [1] [2] --Ten of Thirteen 19:41, March 20, 2020 (UTC)

Yeah, that was taken care of over 12 hours ago. --Alan (talk) 19:48, March 20, 2020 (UTC)

Recent vandalism Edit

Hi Gvsualan, I am an admin at the Doctor Who wiki. I want to assure you that the posts made by User:Dalekdino on this wiki do not represent the admins or the vast majority of editors at the Doctor Who wiki. The user in question has been banned from our wiki (as has another who endorsed his actions). Feel free to contact me at the Doctor Who wiki if something like this ever happens again. Thanks Shambala108 (talk) 02:21, March 21, 2020 (UTC)

Response to post at Zheng He type Edit

I left a response for you at this page's talk page.--Memphis77 (talk) 03:53, March 27, 2020 (UTC)

User:Gerimcbride Edit

Question, is this person actually the same person as the redirect target? MechQueste 02:23, April 13, 2020 (UTC)

Was. --Alan (talk) 04:48, April 13, 2020 (UTC)

From left field Edit

You Riker pic kills me every time. Damn good. -- Compvox (talk) 05:47, May 4, 2020 (UTC)

Disambyguations Edit

Why do you remove disambig templates I add? --Soulkeeper (Talk·contribs) 11:22, May 6, 2020 (UTC)

Because either they're not relevant or the search box will handle them better. -- sulfur (talk) 11:23, May 6, 2020 (UTC)

Alternate future Edit

When the timeships encountered in for excample VOY: "Relativity" and ENT: "Future Tense" are surely from the real future, why is these futures called alternate or possible (even in in-universe perspective)? --Soulkeeper (Talk·contribs) 12:23, May 11, 2020 (UTC)

That is too specific of a question to just throw on someone's user talk page. I assume it is because the future is constantly changing and there are too many factors to say for sure what is "real" and what is "possibly real". --Alan (talk) 12:33, May 11, 2020 (UTC)
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