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1. I am trying (and failing) to get category pages, such as "Category: Games, there are three entries in this category". What's the wiki incantation for this?

There are no Categories yet ... i think only admin can make them, but my suggestion would be a category for Frontier Town Scenarios as opposed to just Games, hope that helps, ...Karma
You don't "create" categores. Just add [[Category:(name of category)]] to the page you want to add to that category. —Sivius(T|C) 22:58, 30 May 2006 (CEST)

2. What does it take for table of contents entries to show up on pages with the "==" tags?

Having at least 4 == headings triggers the TOC to show up, hope that helps, ...Karma
You can also add a TOC manually by adding __TOC__ or remove one already there with __NOTOC__. —Sivius(T|C) 22:58, 30 May 2006 (CEST)

3.Why are singular page names better than plural?

Imagine how linking would work for badges, if you wanted to link the word "Badge" to the "Badges" page, you'd have to write [[badges|badge]].
If you wanted to link "Badges" to "Badge" you'd only have to put [[Badge]]s.
Simplicity is nice. —Sivius(T|C) 23:06, 30 May 2006 (CEST)

4. Thumbnails

Image thumbnails are broken, sadly, avoid using thumbnails where nessecary for now. :-\ Sivius 18:44, 2 June 2006 (CEST)

Wiki Name[edit]

Should the wiki be called "Wiki Wiki, Bang Bang!"? Or should it be called "Wiki Wiki, Bang Bang"? --Emufarmers 10:35, 9 June 2006 (CEST)

Formatting error[edit]

The edit by Sivius at 00:35 on 7/2 caused the navigation menus to be centered. Could someone fix that? -- Erdferkel 15:53, 5 July 2006 (EDT)

When you say the navigation menus, do you mean the navigation tool at the left-hand side of the screen, the site info at the bottom of the page, something in the main body of the article, or do you mean the "article, discussion, edit, etc." stuff at the top of the page? I don't really see what was changed, but if it's the latter issue, then I think it might be browser-specific; I tried looking at the main page with Explorer when not logged in, and the stuff at the top does look centered (and on the side, too, actually, and even in the article itself...), and only with revisions since then. My beloved FireFox seems to handle it just fine, though.
Okay, in typing this and poring it over, I now see what's different; I'm not sure why Sivius's change did that, though. I'll leave it to him to fix it. (And poke him to do so, of course.) --Emufarmers 01:45, 6 July 2006 (EDT)
I don't see the problem, can you tell me exactly what it is? Guesswork hurts. :-\ --Sivius 05:45, 6 July 2006 (EDT)
It doesn't show up with FireFox; switch to Explorer if you can (not sure about other browsers). In Explorer, the tabs and links and such all look centered in an odd way. --Emufarmers 05:54, 6 July 2006 (EDT)
How's that? --Sivius 06:23, 6 July 2006 (EDT)
Because Firefox is naff... I thought the problem would have been caused by lack of </div> tags. --Sagacious 10:28, 6 July 2006 (EDT)
Naw, Firefox is a *real* browser, Internet explorer just breaks too often. --Sivius 11:59, 6 July 2006 (EDT)
Looks great, thanks! -- Erdferkel 21:58, 6 July 2006 (EDT)
Yeehaw! --Sivius 02:56, 7 July 2006 (EDT)


I've uploaded a favicon to the site at Paladin's urging; now, whenever you browse, you'll be able to lay eyes on a comely companion. ;) (It's next to the url in your browser.) --Emufarmers 02:21, 23 July 2006 (EDT)

I heart it. So the Gunslinger is our mascot now? :-P --Sivius 02:40, 23 July 2006 (EDT)
It's from the B!H folder; it was the icon that was available; if you want to make a different favicon.ico, then go ahead. :) --Emufarmers 03:44, 23 July 2006 (EDT)
I hate making icon images. >.> <.< --Sivius 04:11, 23 July 2006 (EDT)

New hosting[edit]

Long story short, we're on a new server, and the software's all upgraded.

Long story long: I had Wiedzmin transfer the hosting from his 1&1 hosting to my DreamHost hosting. He was too busy to do a software upgrade, and we were running 1.6.7 (two major development releases back). The move ended up taking a lot longer than I had anticipated: First there were some issues with the files which I got resolved pretty quickly, then I found that the database dump Wied had given me wasn't complete—After trying to get it to work, I eventually just had him give me another one with extended inserts turned off, and then used that. So then I wanted to upgrade the software: Because of my host's configuration, that was harder than I expected as well. And finally, some images were missing; I got them from Wied's server, and now everything should be in its proper place.

I ended up spending around 10 hours on this in the last three days, so maybe it wasn't the best idea, but oh well. :)

Anyway, we're now running MediaWiki 1.8.2; check out the release notes for major (and minor) changes, but one big thing is that we now have image undeletion. Whee! You might also find the new hosting faster...Or it might be slower: Give me your feedback. I'll also be able to add extensions, so that's another plus. Thanks once again to Wiedzmin for hosting us up until now, and for registering the domain; I doubt we'd be where we are now without your help, buddy! Happy editing, pardners, and sorry for the inconvenience. --Emufarmers(T|C) 00:22, 24 November 2006 (PST)

Do we have the latest HEAD version of MediaWiki or something close to that? I need Query API and Bot API for a tool I'm patching to work here. --Sagacious(talk) 13:56, 3 December 2006 (PST)
I've just upgraded the wiki software to the latest stable release, 1.9.0; you can read the complete release notes (offsite version) if you want (I know I have!). I may be adjusting a few things, since there have been some significant changes (anchor redirects are supposed to work now, so I should be able to remove the javascript from monobook.js; also, default MediaWiki namespace pages have been deleted). If you see any problems crop up, let me know (either on my talk page, or on IRC). --Emufarmers(T|C) 14:51, 13 January 2007 (PST)
I talked to our host, and they moved our database onto another server; pages should load nice and quickly now. If they don't, let me know. --Emufarmers(T|C) 12:41, 14 January 2007 (PST)
We're now on 1.9.1; you shouldn't notice any real differences, but I figure I should make a note of it so it doesn't seem like I'm doing nothing. :p As always, if you have any problems, give me a ring. --Emufarmers(T|C) 19:52, 24 January 2007 (PST)

Recent Changes Page[edit]

A quick question that is probably answered somewhere else on the main wiki website, but I don't know where to look for it, what do the numbers in green, grey, or red mean when editing, deleting, or adding something new to the wiki? A second question how do you add little notes to making a change, the ones in parenthesis on the recent changes page?--Treecamel 00:06, 14 March 2007 (PDT)

The little notes are whatever you type in the "Summery" line while editing. (the text feild right above the save page button and minor edit check box). The red grey or green number is the calculated difference in number of charaters (letters/symbols/numbers/maybe spaces) that the particular edit has added or removed from the previous version of the page.(with the colors coresponding to the value of the number: negative=red 0=grey positive=green). Note that the charater count also includes syntax that is not seen directly on the page (such as '' [] :: {} ).
A few common examples are: deleting a sentence is around -200, changing capitalization would typically be 0, adding a new sentence might be a 1-2 hundrerd, writing a new paragraph could be a few thousand, changing a single word/phrase into a link would be +4 (each bracket is a character from word to [[word]]), spelling fixes somewhere between -2 and 2 depending on the typo, and any edit that includes a combination of edits would have a number coresponding to the net change. Hopefully that all makes sence.--Korben 01:30, 14 March 2007 (PDT)
As a technical note, the byte count for changes was added with the 1.9 branch of MediaWiki. The coloring is due to our css, which is really all taken from Wikipedia. (We only needed a little of it, for something unrelated to this, but it's all good stuff anyway, so we just took the whole lot.) As for the edit summaries, I've made "Summary" into "Edit summary," and I've made it link to the Wikipedia help page on the matter. (Or you could look at it on Meta, if you prefer.) --Emufarmers(T|C) 12:33, 14 March 2007 (PDT)

Hello guys the name's Ezekiel and I just happen to be a new member of your site. I just wanted to say that I exist and I am also a real life friend of one of your former friends and beta testers who's B!H name is Anasazi Charlie. My B!H name is Taylor Yelencsics and my wiki name is Ezekiel. My e-mail is and any other info you request I can give.--Ezekiel 12:52 12 March 2008 (PDT)

An Addition[edit]

I'm very familiar with Wikipedia now and I'm wondering if userboxes would be a nice addition to Howdypedia for members. It's not necessary and I'd just thought I'd mention this. For a user page examples see Wikipedia user page or to see the page on userboxes click here. You can talk to me about whether you'd like to or not. I really don't care.--Ezekiel †alk 15:35, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

Bang! Heroes content?[edit]

Let's do it. --Aduros 22:22, 2 February 2009 (UTC)

Recruitment Message[edit]

Grey looks better. --Tanef 19:08, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

I knew that when I changed it to red, but grey didn't get anyone to register. I changed it back when red stopped doing it either. By the way: five registrations and none of them made a single edit. I'm starting to think there's something horribly wrong with our account creation. We have a very large amount of zero-edit accounts. Bug Emufarmers on IRC into doing a query if you want the precise number.
Anyway, I figure it's just the regulars that need a big change in the main page to notice that anything has changed. Presumably, new visitors will simply read the recruitment message when reading the main page for the first time. Or maybe no one ever reads main pages at all because they tend to be overloaded with uninteresting information and it doesn't even matter that ours is not (so much). --Paladin 19:48, 18 April 2009 (UTC)
Hmmm, well I think the "Howdypedia needs your help!" sign is large enough to be noticed. New editors have a different editing perspective from admins or experimented editors. It seems like they are intimidated while editing a wiki like this one. This used to happen in the Y!PPedia. People weren't editing the articles because they were afraid of writing unconfirmed information, or even because they were afraid of breaking something because they weren't familiar the wiki's editing tools. --Tanef 21:08, 19 April 2009 (UTC)