Firefox problem

After conversion to MediaWiki1.5, ads interfere with text on firefox. to be clear - there is no such problem in Wikicities, the problem doesent even occure in german version of MA

Copy materials

As far as I understand the License, it's okay for me to copy some material from the Dutch MA help and FAQ pages to a new wiki I started recently, but I'd have to give a link back to MA. Is it allright if I copy these (generic-non trek) contents without giving a link back? -- Redge | Talk 13:04, 25 Aug 2004 (CEST)

DidYouKnow policy

Could you take a look at "MediaWiki talk:DidYouKnow"? Thanks. -- Redge | Talk 18:27, 14 Aug 2004 (CEST)

Dutch Version

I've had to find a Dutch translation of the Creativ Commons License. I found this, which is the Dutch translation version 1.0 Attribution-NonCommercial License. Is that about right? -- Redge 18:08, 6 Aug 2004 (CEST)

I'm also having some problems with Talk page out of the standard namespace. I get the Dutch equivalent of Talk:Memory Alpha:Help, in stead of Memory Alpha Talk:Help. Not a big deal, but if it could be fixed, that would be nice. -- Redge | Talk 23:24, 20 Aug 2004 (CEST)

Shelby - Elizabeth Shelby

We do not know if those two characters are the same. For example in the german translation of YACI, dax refers to the captain as "he". --BlueMars 15:59, Jul 1, 2004 (CEST)

Then the German translation is in error. No offense intended, but I consider the English version to be the most authoritative, and in that version, the gender was indeterminate. However, I specifically recall an interview with Ron Moore where he said that the Shelby mentioned was supposed to be the same character. -- Dan Carlson 16:38, 1 Jul 2004 (CEST)
I disagree (extenuating circumstances detailed at this link -> ), and there is a canon problem also: Talk:Elizabeth Shelby --Captain Mike K. Bartel
I've created an dismbig-page for now and removed the name "elizabeth", which was solely based on a novel. --BlueMars 16:46, Jul 1, 2004 (CEST)

POV question

Just a quick question: what is our policy on POV again? Do we have any page on that policy? -- Redge 16:05, 12 Jun 2004 (CEST)

We don't have an official policy on point-of-view... but all articles are supposed to be written with the same "voice" as that of the Trek Encyclopedia — i.e. from the perspective of a late-24th century author. I'll see about setting up a page explaining that. -- Dan Carlson 18:42, 12 Jun 2004 (CEST)

In the mean time, could you take a look at "Yesterday's Enterprise". I'm sure there's something wrong with that POV: it's too sensational. -- Redge 19:10, 12 Jun 2004 (CEST)

Oh, you're talking about episode pages. Well, I was going to say that those would not fall under the category of the 24th-century point of view, since those are "meta-Trek" articles. I think that the "Yesterday's Enterprise" summary is just fine. Heck, I nominated it for Featured Article status! ;-) -- Dan Carlson 19:12, 12 Jun 2004 (CEST)

Exactly how I got to it. I guess there are two approaches to it. I think it is very well possible to write articles of Episodes in the same POV as the rest of the articles. Make it seem as if your sources for those kind of articles are personal and public logs of those events. -- Redge 19:26, 12 Jun 2004 (CEST)

Oh, sure it's possible, but it seems to me that for an article that's about the episode, that kind of a format would appear far too forced — especially considering how often various characters are unaware of certain changes like alternate timelines and the like! Have you ever read any of the official published series companions? The Yesterday's Enterprise summary is written just like how those are done. -- Dan Carlson 19:33, 12 Jun 2004 (CEST)

Ok, thanks for your help! -- Redge 21:40, 12 Jun 2004 (CEST)

Image Question

Thanks for the info. I'll get right to it. I suppose linking an image in Memory Alpha is done with the standard HTML tag img + 'src=' ? -- Redge 20:39, 18 May 2004 (CEST)

No, just put in the URL all on its own, it'll be automatically parsed as an image if it's got a *.jpg or *.gif extension at the end. -- Dan Carlson 04:01, 19 May 2004 (CEST)

German Referance link at the Announcements page

I thought you ought to know that the German reference on the Announcements page isn't working. It may be a problem with German umlaut, and part of a bigger problem. I was succesfull in the Dutch version to link to it using [[de:Memory Alpha:Ank%FCndigungen]]. -- Redge 22:01, 6 Jun 2004 (CEST)

Just for the notes: This problem is based on not working utf8<->ISO character encoding. There is a topic on the forum sind June, 18th. We use to create reditects to hot-fix most important interwiki-links. To keep track of them (and to delete them in case they became obsulete), they are listed on a special list. -- Florian K 15:16, 19 Aug 2004 (CEST)


Hey, where did you get your specifications for the Keldon-class Cardassian Heavy Crusier? Their different than mine. -- BMS 20:53, 29 May (EST)

I'd like to know where people are getting these specifications from in the first place. I'd be interested in which canon source your Peregrine-class changes are based on. Alex Peckover 20:11, Jun 11, 2004 (CEST)
The Peregrine class was directly mentioned in DS9: "Heart of Stone". It was described as a "courier"-type craft, which was precisely the same term used to describe the fighters seen in "The Maquis, Part II". That's the justification. ;-) As far as the Keldon-class specs go, those are based on the official Galor-class specs and a visual count of the weapons arrays that are mounted on the ship. -- Dan Carlson 20:45, 11 Jun 2004 (CEST)

Issue with floating images vs. sections


Some descriptive text

Dan, I think a clear:both should be added to the CSS definitions of headlines (H1-H4).


Right now, a floating image defined in one section can lead to a confusing positioning of the following headline. It would be nice if we simply could do

==Headline 1==
[[Some Big Image|thumb|left]]
==Headline 2==

without having to worry about Headline 2 possibly appearing next to the image instead of below it. Thanks :) -- Cid Highwind 18:21, 10 Jun 2004 (CEST)

Can you show me an example of this? I think I see what you're saying, but I want to be sure first. -- Dan Carlson 18:34, 10 Jun 2004 (CEST)
Not in an existing article, but I created one above. -- Cid Highwind 18:40, 10 Jun 2004 (CEST)
Okay, so you want headline two (or, in the example above, Explanation, to appear below the image instead of next to it. I can understand why you'd want that, but I'm not sure I agree -- the main reason is because that would create a lot of empty space in the article. That would look worse, IMO! -- Dan Carlson 18:50, 10 Jun 2004 (CEST)
Yes, that's what I had in mind. It's true that too much empty space would look bad as well, but on the other hand, paragraphs that short probably shouldn't even exist at all. In most cases I encountered while editing, just one or two lines were missing. A compromise could be to add this style to just section headers ("==", H2) but not subsection headers ("===[=]", H3 or H4) - I think at least those should start on a new line... -- Cid Highwind 21:47, 10 Jun 2004 (CEST)

Sidebar on Enterprise (NX-01)

Dan, why remove the sidebar on Enterprise (NX-01)? I can understand moving the second picture, but there was a great deal of useful info in there. -- Michael Warren 21:17, 10 Jun 2004 (CEST)

I agree with DarkHorizon. Sidebars are very helpful if you want to quickly retrieve basic information from an article. --BlueMars 21:36, Jun 10, 2004 (CEST)
The sidebar was a duplicate of information in NX-class; that's why. -- Dan Carlson 21:47, 10 Jun 2004 (CEST)
Oh, that's fine, then. I never noticed that. -- Michael Warren 22:05, 10 Jun 2004 (CEST)

TOS Tech Manual

Hi, I'm Janus and I'm making the List of Federation Starships on the Dutch version of Memory Alpha. But I need to know, how is the TOS Tech Manual doing on canon/non-canon vote ? You've been around this site from day one, so I figured you'd know. (User:Janus 27 June 2004, 23:20)

Hi Janus! So far, the general consensus concerning the TOS:TM is that only the ships which were mentioned on-screen are acceptable for Memory Alpha. Hope this helps you out! -- Dan Carlson 01:50, 28 Jun 2004 (CEST)
Thanks, it does ! (User: Janus,28 June 2004,11.30)


Dan, have categories been enabled yet? I've tried a couple of times to insert them into an article, but nothing comes up. Do I need to create the category first, or just populate it? -- Michael Warren | Talk 02:10, Sep 3, 2004 (CEST)

Categories have been temporarily disabled -- I asked Erik to have us hold off on them until we can hammer out a coherent policy. I didn't want what happened to Wikipedia (with everyone just diving in willy-nilly) to happen to our category system. Frankly, Wikipedia's category system is a mess. ;-) -- Dan Carlson | Talk 02:19, Sep 3, 2004 (CEST)
This is true. :) A clear category tree would be very useful. May I suggest starting up discussion at Memory Alpha:Category Tree? -- Michael Warren | Talk 02:24, Sep 3, 2004 (CEST)
Sounds good! But let's make it Memory Alpha:Category tree instead. Gotta follow that Manual of Style! ;-) -- Dan Carlson | Talk 02:36, Sep 3, 2004 (CEST)

New Template

I have a question about the new MediaWiki 1.3. I don't know what the new "magic words" User talk and MinutiaeMan do. And also, on Wikipedia, there are edit lines at the brakes of sections; this way you don't have to edit the entire page to get just one section. I'm not sure if there is a version that does that, and if there is, I don't know how long it would take to install it. To reach me, either post your response on my talk page or on yours. I hope you respond soon (I prefer that).- B-101 02:57, 4 Sep 2004 (CEST)

For the [edit] links, you should look in Preferences -> Misc Settings -> Enable section editing. -- Dan Carlson | Talk 03:25, Sep 4, 2004 (CEST)

Theme tunes

Dan, now that (it seems) we've begun expanding the sound files archived on MA, what would you think about including the themes from each series on the relevant pages? I don't know whether there are any more specific copyright issues related to them or not, but I felt I should check first before uploading. -- Michael Warren | Talk 19:54, Sep 7, 2004 (CEST)

I suppose that would be acceptable. -- Dan Carlson | Talk 20:33, Sep 7, 2004 (CEST)

CompactTOC broken

Hi Dan, could you have a look at Template talk:CompactTOC? For some reason, that TOC is broken because the __NOTOC__ flag no longer works from inside the template. Thanks. -- Cid Highwind 14:30, 9 Sep 2004 (CEST)

Memory Alpha ccs Design copyright protected?

Hi Dan! I got a mail from a german Memory Alpha worshipper who asked for the css-deisgn of Memory Alpha, since he found it cool-looking and he wanted to open up a private MediaWiki on his own. The css-code is open by nature, but what about the copyright? Is the MA specific css licensed under CCL, too? -- Florian K 10:30, 11 Oct 2004 (CEST)

Poker Thursday Issue

In the Poker page you state that Poker night, was on Thursday, but according to "Cause and Effect" it is stated to be Tuesday night, I am wondering exactly where you get that day from? Could you feed me the exact line? This is critical information in pinning down the episode of "Best of Both Worlds".

Deletion Problems in German MA

Hi, I just tried to delete a copyviolation from our database, it is gone now, but there is no entry in the deletion-log and right after the deletion process this error did show up:

INSERT INTO brokenlinks (bl_from,bl_to) VALUES (841,'Alynna_Nechayev'),(682,'Alynna_Nechayev'),(3119,'Alynna_Nechayev'),(841,'Alynna_Nechayev')

aus der Funktion "Article::doDeleteArticle". MySQL meldete den Fehler "1062: Duplicate entry '841-Alynna_Nechayev' for key 1".

Florian has no idea what the wiki-software wants to tell us... -- Kobi 15:54, 30 Oct 2004 (CEST)

Database Errors

Recently I've encountered a number of database error messages when I try to access certain special or search results pages, such as Special:Recentchanges and Special:Lonelypages, as well as after I edit any pages. What's going on? -- EtaPiscium 00:43, 12 Nov 2004 (CET)

Worf and Garak (mirror universe) pic

I've uploaded an image you requested - it can be found here:

Discussion about categories

Hi. You participated in the discussion of categories on Memory Alpha talk:Category tree in the past. There are several new suggestions now, it would be nice if you could check the talk page and comment on some of them. Thanks, Cid Highwind 17:34, 2004 Dec 25 (CET)

magic words

Can you explain how you added magic words to Memory Alpha? I was coached through it once, but then upgraded and cannot remember/find what I did before. (I need to add {{CURRENTWEEK}} ). - Wikipedia:User:Amgine

Bot in Memory Alpha

Hello, in Memory Alpha/de we discussed the possibilities about using a bot in Memory Alpha. I'd like to know your opinion on using a bot aswell. Please check out the discussion in Ten Forward. Thank you. -- Kobi - (Talk) 13:46, 9 Mar 2005 (GMT)


Hi, Dan.

I've sent an e-mail to you. I hope you can read it soon and answer me.


CUADRADO ORTIZ, Juan Carlos March 11, 2005.


I haven't found an answer to this question poking around: Am I, as a regular member, permitted to make a template? The template I have in mind would automate the process of linking to the IMDb page for an actor, using as a single parameter the name of the IMDb page. I see how to make a template, but I can't find out whether it's permitted or not. Thanks. -- Balok 10:40, 3 Apr 2005 (EDT)

Dutch MA

In addition to my still unanswered questions at the top of this page, I also noticed today that I do not have the authority to make new admins at the Dutch MA. Since I´m to busy at the moment to keep a close eye, I think it would be best if we promote some members to admin immediately. i was thinking of the editor Q in particular, who´s been very helpfull at removing some of the vadalism in the past few days. -- Redge | Talk 11:15, 3 Apr 2005 (EDT)

Federation Charter

Hello, I was wondering where you got your text for the version of the Federation Charter posted at your website, on this page: [1]? It looks pretty authentic! I don't think its ever been read out on Star Trek, however, could we put a link to it on the Charter's page on MA, just for reference? User:Captainmike has been straining his eyes to try and read the text on the screen-capture shot we've got of it! Many thanks for listening to me. zsingaya 19:33, 20 Jun 2005 (UTC)

New link for the Special:Booksources page

Here's another link to add to the Special:Booksources page:

It seems to return a decent set of links to online stores offering the specified book, both new and used, ranked by price. It also provides details about the book. Here's a specific example:

-- Renegade54 15:14, 6 February 2006 (UTC)

Policy discussions

Hi Harry, Hi Dan,

I know both of you haven't contributed much to Memory Alpha in the last months, and I'm sure there are good reasons for that, but I'd like to call your attention to what is going on on Memory Alpha recently. Perhaps you, as the founders of MA, could get involved in these discussions.

Basically, the lingering question still is: "What information do we want to include, and which resources do we want to take information from?" - exactly what is known as the "Canon policy" on MA although it doesn't exactly deal with canon vs. non-canon material.

When MA was started back in 2003, there was so much to write about that any conclusive discussion about what to include/not include was pushed back. We had the studios definition of "canon" as a rule-of-thumb, added TAS to that mix and otherwise relied on the stated goal to write an encyclopedia that is "reliable". Later, this was clarified to state that anything but the episodes and movies themselves are not "valid resources", and although this wasn't enforced in _every_ case, it was working policy for the last two years.

So, why am I recapitulating all this? Because, apparently, this combination of rule-of-thumb, stated goal, policy and, most importantly, common understanding of what we want to include, no longer works. In the last weeks, there have been many discussions between two "groups" of contributors - one, including myself, which basically wants to stick to the past goal of "canon+TAS" and another group, including some other admins, which wants to include more and more information from resources that are not the episodes themselves (such as deleted scenes, unfilmed parts of scripts, interviews etc.).

I think that a line between "information to include" and "information not to include" has to be defined, and that in this case, community consensus is a bad way to come to that definition - after all, the "boundary" of a project is something that falls outside of what is typically handled "the wiki way".

Regarding this, I urge you to become involved in these discussions, and perhaps help us by defining again the mentioned "boundaries" of the project. Did you intend it to rather be "reliable" and "accurate" in regard to aired Trek, or did you want it to become all-encompassing, even if that means risking reliability and accuracy?

Please help - all I can say is that an encyclopedia where information is included just for the sake of having some more information to include, regardless of its relevancy or "canonicity" is just not the project I helped to build in the last two and a half years.

The main discussion regarding this can be found at: Memory Alpha talk:Canon policy. Please make sure to also review the recent history of the canon policy itself, and perhaps other discussion pages linked.

--Cid Highwind 21:48, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

Image source

Hi MinutiaeMan,

I know you have not been active recently (well, not for almost two years), but I figured I would try this anyways. Recently, we have been having one of the bots identify all of our images that need various help, such as a license of fair use tag. One of those that came up is apparently an upload of yours, File:United Federation of Planets logo.svg. I was wondering if you could provide the source of the image, and what license it falls under (ccl, pd, fair use, etc.)? Thanks in advance if you can.

One final thing. I just wanted to add my thanks for your work in creating this wonderful resource. It is truly amazing. --OuroborosCobra talk 19:00, 13 January 2007 (UTC)


How do I cancel my account?

There's really no way to cancel or delete an account (a limitation of the MediaWiki software, not an MA policy or limitation). You just stop using the account. -- Renegade54 03:18, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

USS Chimera

To whom it may concern. I say that because I honestly don't know if you are who I need to send this to or not, but you are one of the admins so I figure you atleast know who to forward it to. I have a spin-off series that I am writing and was wondering if I could make a page here in Memory Alpha. It is not completely cannon, as it is a ship and crew of my own creation, but I do rely on quite a bit of the information that is here on this site. Chimera is set in the still largely unexplored gama quadrent which will likely not effect the cannon universe for quite some time. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. I would be honored to hear from you.

Sincerly, Cpt Kaziarl Nanaki

You want to check out the ST:EU. That is the wiki for non-canon, non-licensed Trek. -- Sulfur 14:20, 30 September 2007 (UTC)


Hello. I'm Captain Redding, one of the Administrators of Memory Gamma. I am trying to upgrade the wiki's Logo so that it looks smarter but I can't find an appropriate program to make another Logo. So I was wandering if its not to much trouble, you could tell me the program that Memory Alpha used to create its Logo. From Captain Redding 16:48, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

I assume you're looking for free programs. You can use Gimp or Paint.Net they're both full featured programs and both free (though you need windows for Paint.Net). Memory-Alpha was probably created using Photoshop. Hope one of those two programs helps you on your journey. Into the gamma... – Morder 18:19, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Hello. You know how on Christmas Day your Logo changes to an X-mas theme. I was wondering, how do you do that. Captain Redding 19:56, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

Possible Image Help

Dear Mr. Carson Ive come here to see if you could be of some help for an image that is both on a page in memory Gamma and this wiki. You see ive written a Fanon page which is also called Voyager and someone else recently had mentioned that the pictured schematic of Warship Voyager seemed to be far to blurry to be clearly seen and I agreed. So I was hoping that you if you could see if you could contact someone directly from Paramount (Since they seem to be working so closely doing research for the new Star Trek Film) and kindly ask if they could provide a possibly clearer and far more detailed image of the Warship Voyager Schematic Screen from the Voyager episode "Living Witness". If you can do this it would be a great help. But if you cannot thanks for trying anyway. Try to call me back as soon as you can on this. Many Thanks. -- From Lindsay Lohan Phoenix 3:34 AM. (PST) 28 December 2008

Editing Tabs

Hi. I’m Captain Redding from [Gamma]. We have recently updated our editing tools bar so that when we click on one of the icons a template appears, such as a Starship template. We thought that you might be interested so this is the coding that we used:

if (mwCustomEditButtons) {
   mwCustomEditButtons[mwCustomEditButtons.length] = {
     "imageFile": "",
     "speedTip": "Insert character template",
     "tagOpen": "\{\{Character Template\r| image                   = ",
     "tagClose": "\r| name               = \r| homeworld                = \r| species            = \r| gender            = \r| birth             = \r| death               = \r| height                = \r| weight        = \r| hair                  = \r| eyes         = \r| affiliation             = \r| posting           = \r| position              = \r| rank               = \r| image2                   = \r\}\}",
     "sampleText": ""};

   mwCustomEditButtons[mwCustomEditButtons.length] = {
     "imageFile": "",
     "speedTip": "Insert Starship template",
     "tagOpen": "\{\{Standard Template\r| image                   = ",
     "tagClose": "\r| registry               = \r| class                = \r| gov            = \r| navy            = \r| status             = \r| yard               = \r| laid                = \r| launched        = \r| commissioned                  = \r| decommissioned         = \r| motto             = \r| comm           = \r| exec              = \r| seco               = \r| med              = \r| eng               = \r| opps              = \r| sec               = \r| image2                   = \r\}\}",
     "sampleText": ""};


All you need to do is adapt the coding for your templates and add it to the end of the code of the MediaWiki:Common.js and it should work. Captain Redding 15:37, 10 January 2009 (UTC)

Remove Page

Could you please remove article entitled Hirogen World War II Program. It should have been entitled Hirogen World War II Holograms. Instead of moving page I created a new one and now have Hirogen World War II Program and Hirogen World War II Program. Sorry about that. Thank you.Shamutto 20:33, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

Probable Virus issue!

I come to this site quite often just looking up things, every other time I go to a wiki page about an episode or a character, the page quickly changes to a false virus alert, and my anti-virus detects and deletes a virus. I believe that the Memory Alpha Wiki site has a few virus issues, I am not saying that anyone here is lacking or at fault but I believe something should be done. Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from someone asap.

Monobook Vs. Monaco

What do I do,or whom do I need to contact; to find out about changing the skin from the default Monaco to the preferred Monobook? Sochwa 15:00, September 22, 2010 (UTC)

Hey everyone!

I just thought I'd leave a note here. What with all the excitement about Star Trek Beyond and vokaya, a family member pointed out that my user page was rather outdated. I'm not planning a grand comeback... just popping in to say hi! Dan Carlson @ 18:42, July 30, 2016 (UTC)

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