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This is an archive (created October, 2008) of the Conference Table, kept here for history sake, and hold references sake.

Wikia's Futurama wiki

I recently thought only Wikipedia was our enemy, but apparently Wikia's Futurama wiki has been revived. However, while it is obvious that we still have a lot more information (since it appears by the recent changes article that only a single person is making their pages). I am still wondering why they are even bothering. I mean, Wikia might as well go and buy our wiki. However, I have noticed that they don't link to us any more. --SvipTalk 09:53, 7 January 2008 (PST)

Proberbly because if anyone follows the link they'll go wiat a second.... this wiki is much better - Humorbot 0.4 Planet Express Logo.png 14:21, 7 January 2008 (PST)
Just an update, this wiki is the third result in Google! Samanathon 22:17, 9 January 2008 (PST)
If you search for Futurama alone on Google, we appear on page 3, and I cannot even seen the Wikia wiki by page 12. I say quite good given there are over 13 million results for Futurama on Google. Hah. Remember, Google does not base its relevance on links by its titles, but rather by what other sites links to it as. --SvipTalk 16:19, 25 January 2008 (PST)
There are tricks to getting a website higher up on Google's results the interlinking within this wiki could be enough to boost our position, it's what helps other wikis. If there's a wiki for a topic it's almost always on the first few results. The more often we link to Futurama rather than just typing it the better (though adding "Futurama" to articles needlessly is a bad idea). Also, duplicating the Futurama page to Futurama/Futurama and linking between them would help too. That worked for Charlie Todd. - Quolnok 18:26, 25 January 2008 (PST)
I've looked at one of the other wikis and it was really hard to navigate - Fryandgarfield
Well, we did focus a lot on the navigation lately. We wanted it to become as easy as possible. We admit though that our system isn't perfect, and still be improved. Any suggestions are more than welcome. I have been considering making an Infosphere:Navigation page describing how to use the navigation plus more. --SvipTalk 10:57, 10 March 2008 (PDT)
We are now second, behind only 'kipedia, on google for "Futurama wiki". Also second for "infosphere", but we're the only Futurama page there. - Quolnok 06:50, 12 April 2008 (PDT)
I had never heard of this other wiki before... but you might try contacting the person running it and attempting a merger... it eliminates un-needed competition and adds to your resource pool. I do have to say... with comparisons, I like the front page on the other one... It looks pretty clean, and the character links with pictures stands out. Just my two thoughts. winna 16:52, 17 July 2008
I feel our front page is better, mainly because it actually has useful information on it, rather than theirs. I am not saying ours is perfect, it could use some touch ups. But simply copying the Wikipedia descriptions for the characters? That's low. --SvipTalk 04:52, 18 July 2008 (CEST)

Merchandise

Hey, I was thinking we should maybe include info on Futurama merchandise as well as the fiction? Some suggestions:

  • Sections on action figures, statues and other toys and such in character articles
  • Similar sections on merchandise in articles on objects, products or animals, like sections on merch incarnations of the PE ship, Slurm or Brain slugs.
  • Articles on certain lines of toys or merchandise like shirts/clothing, the retro tin wind-ups, games etc.

I got this idea from the Transformers wikia, which obviously is much more closely connected with toys than Futurama, but still thought it might be a good idea. Thoughts? SwitChar 07:35, 21 October 2007 (PDT)

I don't know about having it in the articles. They're filled with extraneous info as it is, and any more may burst them! But it really depends on how in-depth the info is, I guess. If it's just a quick "There's a toy of this thing" and a screenshot, that could easily be added... But if it's a detailed description and examination and critical review and notes on all points of articulation, then they probably need their own article (or an article for all merch, each thing with its own section). --Buddy 13:23, 21 October 2007 (PDT)
Actually many articles Don't have extraneous info, only a select few do. There actually needs to be more with extraneous info. At least, if you want the informational purpose of the wiki to be fulfilled.Anarchy Balsac 18:47, 4 January 2008 (PST)
I agree, for the most part, but anything notable enough to have a toy made of it is likely to be something that has tons of info in the article about it. But yes, many things should be expanded. --Buddy 18:26, 3 February 2008 (PST)

i agree i think we should have an article for all that stuff dr zoidberg 14

I think it would be agood idea because where I live you cant get the figures and i want to know about them. I would be happy to give descriptions on some of the figurines. Fryandgarfield.

I can provide photos of my own action figures and one bobble head, but we can also provide a direct link to the relevant page of the company who made them. Sadly, you cannot order online. Which is dumb. Why have a web presence if it's essentially useless? --Buddy 16:07, 15 March 2008 (PDT)
There are other sites you can buy from. It's a shame Collectorama seems to have disappeared, they were all about merch. The CGEF Merch page still has lots of the old stuff covered, which will help. - Quolnok 17:02, 15 March 2008 (PDT)

New quote style.

As apparent from the discussion above, I added an extension that gives use the <poem>, this is useful for our quotes, so I have written the following template (Template:Q) to create a new system, you can check out the template page on how to use it. Opinions? --SvipTalk 16:59, 10 March 2008 (PDT)

I have tried it on Miscellany of Bender's Big Score for a real world example! --SvipTalk 17:07, 10 March 2008 (PDT)
At first I didn't see much of a change there, but it gets rid of the need to use <br/> tags so it'll probably help the casual editors. - Quolnok 19:28, 10 March 2008 (PDT)

Transcripts

We all know the transcripts of Futurama from here. Now I have taken the effort of converting them into something we can understand on this wiki. And because I am quite proud of my work, I am willing to tell about it. See, the HTML there is quite messy. But it has some "standards" if you will. So I created two scripts. One which converts the illformed HTML to wellformed XML. And then a script that converts the XML to the Wiki format. There are two reasons for going that way. It is much more easier to interpret wellformed XML than illformed HTML and I need the XML versions of the transcripts for another thing I am doing.

To add to that, my "to wiki" script will interactively ask me when it runs into a new character and ask for the full Wiki name. Which as you can see on the first two transcripts already (as of writing) have links to all characters we run into. Well, only those who speak - of course. --SvipTalk 12:15, 29 March 2008 (PDT)

And I'm done. However, I should note that the transcripts are NOT perfect. There can be errors in them. If you spot them, please fix them. So far I have fixed what is most obvious. Things that can be caught by the converter script I wrote, and so forth. But if a line is incorrect, has spelling mistakes, my script obviously won't catch it. :P I am thinking about writing some javascript for the transcript infobox where an "edit" button would follow the user down through the entire script, so they wouldn't have to scroll all the way up when they found a mistake, of course, they would still have to scroll down in the text box. :| I don't currently like the idea of splitting the transcripts up. --SvipTalk 06:58, 30 March 2008 (PDT)
Okay, I want to make a rule for the transcripts. In respect to the person who originally made the transcripts (the Neutral Planet), I think we should keep the transcripts in British English (names in the transcripts however appear in American English like they should). So if you bother adding to it or fix it, keep it British English. I mean, that guy spend days writing these transcripts. It's the least we can do. --SvipTalk 22:57, 1 April 2008 (PDT)
Well, we do have a standing rule that (parts of) articles aren't to be changed between versions of English. It does stand to reason that we enforce it more strongly there though. - Quolnok 00:30, 2 April 2008 (PDT)

Okay, as you may have noticed I have added some javascript to the transcript articles. For two reasons, one it is difficult to link to a specific line and secondly, it is annoying to edit a specific line that is far down the page. So far the javascript fulfils the first part of its purpose. Linking to lines. And it is quite simple. When viewing a transcript article, simply click "activate edit mode" (this may need a name change), the link will disappear and a new box will appear on the right. Once you find the line you want to link to, click it twice, it will then be highlighted and the box on the right will contain two links to the line. One is a direct link (http://theinfosphere.org/The_Lesser_of_Two_Evils_(transcript)#link-347) and one is a template link ({{transline|The Lesser of Two Evils|347}}), it should be noted though that this template does not exist yet, I will in due time make it. Thoughts? Note: If it does not work for you right now, you may need to make a cache-refresh to get the new javascript code. --SvipTalk 10:33, 5 April 2008 (PDT)

Also, if I may add, here is the current ideas I am thinking of implementing:

  • Of course allow people to edit the line. This will be done by giving them an "edit" link to the line, which is simply some javascript which get the current line number highlighted. It will then link to the regular edit page (like the one I am using to write this), but with javascript it will be scrolled down to the line in question.
  • Ability to highlight multiple lines.
  • Ability to edit the lines WITHIN the article. However, though, this is a bit of stretch, and its only purpose would be coolness. So this has little priority if any.

Any other suggestions are more than welcome. Note that the {{transline}} template I mentioned earlier is intended to link to a specific line from another article. I can shorten it to {{tl}} if you want that instead. --SvipTalk 13:57, 5 April 2008 (PDT)

I have now finished creating the ability to highlight multiple lines, go and try it. :) I'll create the template once I get a decision on whether it should be "transline" or just "tl". Also, feedback is more than welcome. --SvipTalk 18:17, 5 April 2008 (PDT)

Transcripts: break

I just performed a complete protection of all transcript articles for autoconfirmed users (users who have been registered for more than two days). I had intended to do it earlier in fact, but since an unregistered editor felt he could add another transcript (I know which site it came from) (which were btw a lot more horrible and less informative, and not styled for this wiki at all), it was motivation enough. You may only see the first episode's transcript in the protection log, but you can test it yourself by logging out and viewing a transcript. The concept is done entirely through the LocalSettings.php as the entire Transcript: namespace have been protected. The reason? While of course the recent edit was a motivation, the real intend is that transcripts are of higher regard to being "perfect" than most articles. Sure we want our articles as good as they can get. But we want our transcripts correct. You can argue how to do an article, but with a transcript, there should only be a guide. For this reason, I am only trusting our registered users of following such lead that they are willing to edit constructively.

On a slightly related matter, the "autoconfirmed" group is granted when a user have been registered for two days, but it is also possible to set an amount of edits the user must perform before he/she can edit, should we make it stay at 0 or raise it? Additionally, I was considering protecting the transcript articles to the 'emailconfirmed' group instead, which may seem a bit more reliable. Thoughts? --SvipTalk 09:25, 19 April 2008 (PDT)

Sounds fine. 2 days is alright, don't increase it though, if anything drop it to 1, theoretically we'll welcome them within 24 hours of registration and they'll see the rules... theoretically. emailconfirmed doesn't seem any better to me. - Quolnok 22:12, 19 April 2008 (PDT)
Uh, I just tried to edit a transcript article to explain a reason for a revert. Somehow I'm not in autoconfirmed, I'm gonna check some things... - Quolnok 21:43, 21 April 2008 (PDT)
All I can think of is that auto confirmed may have been an option in the user rights management at the time mine were changed to sysop and autoconfirmed was accidentally removed. Now this verson of mediawiki then apparently checks if a user is in autoconfirmed rather than checking autoconfirmed and sysop because that should be redundant. Or something on localsettings.php has been changed wrong. Either way it's a bizarre problem that can't be solved without DB access. - Quolnok 22:07, 21 April 2008 (PDT)
Oh dear. I did some check ups, apparently the "autoconfirmed" group was added later. Well later than the first version this wiki ran. I think. Apparently, that gave me the group when I registered but not you. True be that there should be a exempt for sysops. But all sysops should technically be in the group. Maybe there is a maintenance script for this. Hold on... --SvipTalk 06:03, 22 April 2008 (PDT)
Well, I added the sysop and emailconfirmed group as well to edit the transcript articles. So now you should be able at least. I ran a fixUserRegisteration.php script, but I am not sure what it did... there was no output. :s --SvipTalk 06:29, 22 April 2008 (PDT)
Edit button's definitely back, if you remove the sysop and emailconfirmed I can see if the script did it's job, but it probably did. - Quolnok 07:19, 22 April 2008 (PDT)
Hm... I just checked my groups, and I don't have autoconfirmed either. Hm... I think I know why, autoconfirmed is no longer a group, but a right. Therefore we shouldn't have it as a group! Ah, I fixed everything. Guess I'll have to leave emailconfirmed and sysop then. --SvipTalk 07:52, 22 April 2008 (PDT)

Upcoming movie releases

Not sure where exactly to post this source, so I'm posting it here. In case anyone has doubts about the release dates from Europe for Bender's Game and Into the Wild Green Yonder.(credit to sonic panther at PEEL for the pic)Anarchy Balsac 19:56, 6 April 2008 (PDT)

Europe Releases.jpg

Aha, that is very interesting information. Perhaps add it to the trivia sections of Bender's Game and Into the Wild Green Yonder? Hm, but it seems they have gotten the name wrong on the last film. Or have we? Well, we'll see when it is released. --SvipTalk 05:38, 7 April 2008 (PDT)

Documentation templates

As a new standardising effort, I have begun creating "standardised" documentation for our templates. The new {{documentation}} template will allow for easy documentation of templates, without making the templates cluttered from what is real important; the template itself. See Template:Documentation for how to us it. I have been considering including it in the I:I page for every infobox whenever I have written all those's documentations. --SvipTalk 16:44, 11 April 2008 (PDT)

nice job --Dr zoidberg 14 12:05, 12 April 2008 (PDT)

Standardising

I think I've finally gotten the hang of standardising. (Omicron Persei 8). My only problem, is, how do you convert the images? Chabby

Never mind I think. Chabby

care to teach me --Dr zoidberg 14 10:50, 13 April 2008 (PDT)

Infoboxes

I was working on my unstandardised pages list (which I'm quite proud of), when I looked upon Tube Transport System. I believe there should be a technology infobox. If there is one for it, please tell me, but I don't think there is.- Chabby

I think the {{item infobox}} serves well for that purpose, if there are any parameters you would like added, just tell me. --SvipTalk 17:21, 13 April 2008 (PDT)

New page

I have come across that Jupiter is not an article. I'm too lazy to find all of the info and other things, but would anyone else like to? -- the preceding unsigned comment was written by Chabby.

I assume there is a reason for that, since Jupiter is never visited in the series, which would make sense, since it is a gas giant. But is mentioned when they visit Europa. It only appears when they are heading for Europa, but other than that, you could say Jupiter only appears as a background thing. But I guess it still counts. However, I am not so entirely sure what would go in the article. --SvipTalk 19:21, 13 April 2008 (PDT)
Based on the Sol System article, I'd say no-one got around to it, (likewise for Urectum). Of course, such decisions were made when there was only a small number of articles. - Quolnok 20:09, 13 April 2008 (PDT)

New Server?

If we compare ourselves to the Wikia's Futurama wiki, we would win on content, article count and quality hands down. But on server responsiveness? Not so much. It is true that trying to fight Wikia on server responsive is going to be a Planet Express versus Mom's Friendly Delivery Company. We cannot win, however, we can improve, and we can improve a lot. DreamHost's service is good, but good enough. My generally experience with DreamHost is slow sites. Something I have been grinding my teeth about. Therefore I am suggesting we get a new server to be hosted on.

And no, I don't mean going to some other webhost and try their service, I mean go directly to a Datacentre. For those of you not familiar with a datacentre, it is a place where tonnes of computers are stacked upon one another, and all connected to a high speed Internet. These machines are usually old discarded computers. Sure, the machine we currently use may be in a similar house, but that building is still owned by DreamHost, in a datacentre, each machine is owned by a person or company. I suggest we get our own dedicated server for this purpose. Our largest problem may be the database, the database is not on the same machine as the webserver. This means that it'll have to contact another machine for each query. And not through a local area network, through the Internet. It would be as if requesting several pages for a single page. It's unnecessary. Now I know the only real problem with a datacentre rather than webhost is it will probably cost a little more. But I would be willing to pay whatever extra it may cost. I shall do some research into possible datacentres, until then... discuss. --SvipTalk 13:52, 15 April 2008 (PDT)

sure how much will it be --Dr zoidberg 14 13:30, 16 April 2008 (PDT)

New users

I think ever user should be welcomed. I'm seeing users who haven't registered only making one edit. I'm also seeing some users being turned away. The point was supposed to give them a break. Not everyone already knows the Wiki format. I know I didn't. I just think all users who edit should be welcomed and users should be a little nicer.--Chabby

There may be times where I can appear a bit "elitist" if you will, but that's usually when I have something important to tell a user about a recent edit. I have not part of the welcoming committee for a reason. It's not because I don't have the time, but because I consider myself the admin who makes sure everyone is following up to the standards, etc. that we have set. I am fully aware that we do so far not have a Manual of Style, and I do in my comments to people apologies for the lack of pages/articles about how to write on our wiki. But given the topic at hand, I think we should welcome potential users, even IP users. Remember though, that some users edit an article quickly as they spot an error, whatever it may be, fix it and don't intend to come back. These people won't regard much from a welcoming statement, as they weren't planning on staying around anyway. I admit it is a bit of a grey area, but I guess Quolnok is the right one to speak on this matter. --SvipTalk 05:48, 20 April 2008 (PDT)
Yes, yes, there is some clarity issues with when to welcome. The old template was only for user accounts, but now that I've modified it with the IP option it is more suitable for them, they had been pointed in the direction of registration with manually written notes. I'd say welcoming of IPs is to those who look like they'll stick around, hints of this might be page creation, in-depth changes, detailed comments on edits or more than a handful of edits. Registered users are a given for welcoming. Exceptions are those who are purely here to cause trouble, however minor joke edits may still warrant a welcome. - Quolnok 06:13, 20 April 2008 (PDT)

Oh, no. I don't mean that. People who are here to cause shouldn't be welcomed. Thanks for the change to the rules on that, though. Chabby

Change our license?

Our current license (by-nc (2.5)) is not free, or rather, a non-free license. Since it doesn't allow everyone to redistribute our work. I am thinking that we should convert our license to a completely free license, such as by-sa (3.0). Opinions? I mean, what good does it do us that people cannot use it for commercial purposes? Hell, they are still going to have to attribute it to us, it is only a win win for us. --SvipTalk 08:56, 25 May 2008 (PDT)

finaly a new disscousion sure we sould run as cheep (money wise) as posible --Dr zoidberg 14 11:12, 25 May 2008 (PDT)
To clarify; neither result in The Infosphere or it's members needing to pay for something, the new one lets newspapers or whatnot that people buy use our content if they say we did it whereas the current only allows non purchasable media to use our content.
I can see how this would be beneficial, if they actually linked to us, those who wouldn't bother attributing it to us would most likely already be taking our content anyway, so we may as well let the good ones do it right. - Quolnok 19:39, 25 May 2008 (PDT)
Indeed. Another advantage is that other wikis, including the WikiMedia foundation and its wikis, will think better of us, because we provide 100% free content. Of course, our images are non-free content, but that is not really the content we provide, we provide text information about Futurama. The images are only there to help us. Of course, such information is included in our Disclaimer. --SvipTalk 03:17, 26 May 2008 (PDT)

i say yes lets do it --Dr zoidberg 14 08:53, 26 May 2008 (PDT)

I'll wait for Buddy first, because license change is a major step, I'd prefer it if I have his acknowledgement before. Indeed, maybe he will shine light upon the reason for picking our current license. --SvipTalk 11:31, 26 May 2008 (PDT)

good point --Dr zoidberg 14 15:50, 26 May 2008 (PDT)

Why did I pick the current one? No reason in particular, other than the fact that it's the one I pick for all my work. I just never liked the idea of people making money off of the things I created and getting nothing in return. However, you guys make a good case for the free thing. The main point being: unscrupulous businesses that want our content will just take it anyway. If they're good people, they're attribute us, probably with a link, and that can only be good for us in the end. So yes, I'm all for changing the license. Another however: there are contributors who have left and presumably we'd be changing the licensing of their work. I know this can be a sticky wicket, but I don't think we'll run into trouble in this case. If we were just going to make everything public domain, that'd be a different issue, but as it is, I think we can go ahead. --Buddy 12:01, 11 June 2008 (PDT)

Done then. You can see the change in the bottom of the screen. I also made sure Infosphere:Copyrights was updated to the new license. You may want to have a look at that, and see if the text is good enough. --SvipTalk 13:05, 11 June 2008 (PDT)
Looks good to me. Also, I just noticed that there's a non-existent page linked at the bottom Infosphere:Privacy policy. - Quolnok 18:21, 11 June 2008 (PDT)

Leaks

Two recent edits (edit 1, edit 2 (note: don't edit anything about these, they are removed now)) have been adding the information about the leaked version of the film (The Beast with a Billion Backs), and I can confirm that it is indeed leaked. I have personally made use of it, however, I do not discuss it, only as much as required. However, my reason for starting this discussion is that I feel that we should not have our article describe the leaks at all. Remember, there is a difference in the perspective between our wiki and Wikipedia, Wikipedia takes a general perspective, while we take a more Futurama fan perspective.

I am just saying we need to lay some clear rules out about this. And maybe create a rules page. --SvipTalk 02:06, 9 June 2008 (PDT)

The Wikipedians seem to be of the opinion to talk about it if the leaks get press, and not add information from the leaks. This seems more-or-less like what we need to do. Except we shouldn't mention the actual leaks, regardless. After release, and confirmation that the leaked film is the final film, those who have that version can use it for info but are assumed to have intent to get the legit version. If the leaks aren't a final version, we need to add some info about differences to the miscellany article. - Quolnok 03:32, 9 June 2008 (PDT)

a rule page is a great idea --Dr zoidberg 14 15:40, 9 June 2008 (PDT)


What the hell?! If I was Groening, Cohen, Fox, or even an extremely pissed-off fan, I'd want to hunt down the moron that keeps leaking these films. It only hurts business to leak the thing before it's released. I mean, after it's released, there's no power on Earth that can keep it from being somewhere on the web, but they should be able to keep a lid on it until then. It's ridiculous. I'm hereby boycotting all pirated versions. Not that I wouldn't anyway, but come on. Who out there thought it would be awesome to leak the film? Gah! I have stronger language in my head than I can use here, but all you need to know is that it rhymes with "oopid stuther muckers". Grar! --Buddy 12:05, 11 June 2008 (PDT)

I couldn't agree more. Indeed, should I have been so lucky to be a picked reviewer, I would consider it my sole duty to avoid anyone else seeing it until it was released. However, I think Fox did it wrong this time, with BBS, the previews appeared like 2-1 week before its release, this time more than a month. This is not a good business move. People cannot be excited for a month -- save some few, leaks are bound to happen when you give it to previewers. Trust me, someone out there will get their hands on it and soon it'll be everywhere. I never claim I am perfect, and I blame my own impatience for my actions. But don't misjudge me, I am buying the film legally, hell, I'd buy more than one copy! If... I had the money to do such things. Regardless, Buddy, it happens to everyone. Especially when you release your film on such an easy copyable format such as DVD. Theatre releases are much safer, since it requires a bit more to get it leaked.
Anyway, I know some who have also obtained it who too clearly says they will buy the work as well, for they want to support Futurama. If I were Groening, Cohen or Fox, I wouldn't be the least surprised. But disappointed is always an option. --SvipTalk 12:57, 11 June 2008 (PDT)
THEATER! That's brilliant! In the future, they should just have "preview parties" for preview/reviewers. In a little screening room. Then they won't actually have a copy. Hooray for brilliance! And no, I'm not judging the people who view the thing. I myself listen to pirated material almost constantly. I'm just boycotting this particular bit of pirated material. And the next two films as well, because I assume they'll be pirated prematurely as well. But yeah, they really should try harder to prevent leaks. Why do we need previewers, anyway? To give silly quotes to run in the commercials? To write online reviews (let's face it, I don't think Futurama movie reviews will ever see print media)? I think the people that want to see it already know about it, and anyone who doesn't know probably wouldn't care. Some reviews aren't going to change their minds. But I digress. Or actually just talk too much about nothing. --Buddy 13:05, 11 June 2008 (PDT)

Fry and Leela

Fry and Leela have had different times when they sem like a good couple, but never are. Does anyone think this will change? -- the preceding unsigned comment was written by Go Bender Kid.

Wouldn't it ruined a lot if they ever got together? Then we cannot keep on dreaming. All shows that have a similar situation between two people always jump the shark when they let them get together. So -- hopefully not. --SvipTalk 15:13, 10 June 2008 (PDT)
Well, Fry and Leela actually have been together on a few occasions. It's just that Fry usually screws it up. Leela thinks Fry is "sweet", but he's fallen into that "just friends" pit of doom, and he's deperately trying to get out of it. Alas! Although, the what-if machine showed that, were Leela more impulsive, she'd probably eventually hook up with Fry--after killing a bunch of people. I have more to say, but it's not really a topic for the Conference Table, is it? --Buddy 12:09, 11 June 2008 (PDT)

Mistake/goof

I was just updating the site, and I noticed that if Farnsworth built the original robot within his lifetime, then robots that are older than the Professor should not exist. The only example of this that currently comes to mind is Bender's Uncle Vladmir who died at the age of 211. Farnsworth is obviously not older than 211, so therefore when Vladmir was built, the original robots that the Professor built while working at Mom's Friendly Robot Company, wouldn'thave existed yet, thus, Vladmir (and others) predate their "ancestors".-- the preceding unsigned comment was written by Fatt Daddy Inc. before 00:50, 13 June 2008 (PDT).

Some robots predate the sports utility model, yes. But all modern robots, at the time, were based on his designs. 211 years old doesn't fit into modern and therefore Vladimir isn't based on Farnsworth's designs, unless he was upgraded after the polluting design was created. Calculon would have been upgraded to a high pollution model. Robot 1-X is another example of a robot not based on his designs, but hadn't existed when Farnsworth said that. - Quolnok 00:50, 13 June 2008 (PDT)

Bender's Big Score on TV in Australia

While flicking through the TV guide recently, I found out that Bender's Big Score (In movie format?!) was on Australian TV station Ch 10. Maybe we could add this to the Futurama News on the main page? It aired on the 18th of June, however, this is by Australian standards, so I'm not sure what the date would be in America. This is the first time that it has aired on Australian television as far as I know. --Fatt Daddy Inc.

Somehow I forgot to add it to the front page. I'm Australian. It's actually airing in episode format, one a week, Thursdaily. - Quolnok 19:25, 19 June 2008 (PDT)

Caching

It's good to be back after that short downtime. However, we have taken some measurements to avoid similar experiences again. Hopefully. First of all, we have boosted our caching... a lot. IP users will now only see cached pages, as they are not rendered any longer for them, simply picked up and shipped to them. Show increase speed a lot for them. In addition to that, the sidebar is now also cached. That will only become a problem when we change it. But we at some point change our "Epoch" time (which is the point in time from where all cache must not be older than), when we get to that.

The reason they pulled down our site was because we were producing massive load on the server. The server is shared with other sites, so it is only natural that we have to keep our game down. However, I am fearing as more Futurama films are becoming available, more traffic will come, and we will produce the extra load on the server, and there would be nothing we could do about it. Except, move to a dedicated server (as I have previously discussed). But for now, we should be good. For those of you, who are interested, here is a complete list of what I've done:

  • PHP 5 related
    • Compiled own version of PHP 5, running as CGI rather than mod_php now (CGI is slower than mod_php, but maybe the caching it will allow will make up for that).
    • Added the APC extension for PHP 5. Will allow for caching.-
  • MediaWiki related
    • Enabled cache.
    • Disabled IP in header (for unregistered users, allows for caching).
    • Enabled file caching.
    • Enabled sidebar cache.
    • Disabled bottom counter.

--SvipTalk 06:48, 20 June 2008 (PDT)

again thanks for all your hard work its very apiceated --Dr zoidberg 14 16:16, 23 June 2008 (CEST)

New server!

Oh yeah, we apologise for the downtime, once more. But we are now on a powerful machine somewhere in Germany. You know Germans, always efficient! Regardless, this is a power house of a machine, and is exactly what our site needs. Best part? We are not going to pay a penny, since I am getting the service from a friend who uses it for similar purposes. But since his site can hardly use all of the machine, he asked why not to allowing us to be on it as well.

While it could be considered a temporary solution, it is certainly a long time temporary solution. And we won't be moving for several days. But I guess you have noticed the increase in server responsiveness. --SvipTalk 17:09, 27 June 2008 (BST)

Things are speedy and my gratitude is eternal. --Buddy 23:58, 5 July 2008 (CEST)

Almost finished a transcript

I'm almost done a transcript for the commentary track on BWaBB. Don't ask why. Due to the... strange, nature of this, where exactly would it go (if anywhere)? -Mini-Me 05:10, 1 July 2008 (BST)

Oh yeah, that is an oddity indeed. We never really thought of doing transcripts of the commentaries. But if one is done, then I cannot see why it cannot be welcome. My suggested title would be Transcript:Commentary:The Beast with a Billion Backs. And then link from the commentary itself. If I get the time, I may convert the transcript to our standards. Which notably is also required for the BBS transcripts. --SvipTalk 08:12, 1 July 2008 (BST)
Okay. I'm also starting up the BWaBB transcript, as it seems nobody has submitted one yet. Shouldn't take too long because there isn't as much typing. -Mini-Me 19:31, 1 July 2008 (BST)

commentary transcripts brilliant idea. --Dr zoidberg 14 23:04, 1 July 2008 (BST)

Sounds good. There was a discussion at one point about whether to transcribe the commentaries or do the summaries we ended up doing. This was before we had episode transcripts, so times have changed. On a related note, I was thinking I might transcribe the game this weekend (I'd also be submitting the initial version at GameFAQs - a sneaky way to link here). Hopefully I'll remember to tape BBSp3 when it airs tomorrow to do a comparison of the TV edit. - Quolnok 13:17, 2 July 2008 (BST)
To be clear, are you transcribing the episode they churned out or the game? DXC explained that there are a couple differences between the two, mainly because they wanted the "Lost Episode" to feel as similar to an episode as they could. Maybe I'll do the commentary to go along with that game episode to see how the shorter sessions turn out. The 1:30 track is dang long to work through. -Mini-Me 21:32, 2 July 2008 (BST)
The actual game, specifically the PS2 version (which is identical to the X-Box one). It'll include the random quotes during game play as well (the GameFAQs edition may not). I don't know if we need both transcribed, the "lost episode" version will lack bits (probably the fourth wall breaks) and pieces and not have any extras (I'm guessing, I haven't got the DVD yet due to it being released in August here; If no-ones done a summary of the game commentary by then I'll do it). - Quolnok 10:23, 3 July 2008 (BST)

Okie, I need some help getting this thing up. It's all formatted, but I keep getting an timed out error when I try to add the entire thing and even little chunks. -Mini-Me 20:15, 4 July 2008 (BST)

It's possible there is too much content for the system to handle. I'll look into it later, but as of right now, maybe you can upload the rest in the talk page? At least so we have it when this issue have been resolved. Thanks for noticing though. --SvipTalk 20:21, 4 July 2008 (BST)
Little note if anybody ever experienced this problem: ignore it. It was incredibly stupid of me to not check the page after I had uploaded the new info and just assume it was not successful. Full thing is up. BWaBB transcript next. -Mini-Me 00:06, 8 July 2008 (CEST)

The wikia Futurama Wiki is at it again...

Has anyone noticed that the Futurama Wiki that's hosted by wikia uses EXACTLY the same wording as our Bender's Game article? I didn't know exactly what to do, so I brought it to everyone's attention. Can they DO that? Here is the URL of their page http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/Bender%27s_Game Any comments? -- the preceding unsigned comment was written by Fatt Daddy Inc. before 12:39, 2 July 2008 (BST).

Technically yes, according to our license, they can use our content in any way they like. HOWEVER (and this is the important bit), they are required to quote us on it or at least cite who they got the content from. Which is clearly not the case. I'll look into its revision history... --SvipTalk 12:39, 2 July 2008 (BST)
Update: I took the liberty of reporting it to them myself. I know the heading may sound a bit harsh, but it technically is true. I of course realise it was an IP who have added the content, but I would have hoped the site's admins were faster to discover such. --SvipTalk 12:47, 2 July 2008 (BST)
Do we check every edit of our pages against every other Futurama wiki out there? I don't think the admins can be held responsible, but if it's brought to their attention and they do nothing (or worse, encourage the behaviour from their members), then we can get pissed. And in fact, we have real, legal standing. Though I doubt any of us could afford a lawyer, perhaps an EFF lawyer might be willing to help out for a brief time. --Buddy 00:01, 6 July 2008 (CEST)
Perhaps, but I took the liberty of editing the article myself to comply with our license. At least now people know where the information came from. But their recent changes page is so damn empty. Nothing happens there, seriously! --SvipTalk 00:06, 6 July 2008 (CEST)

Convert template?!

I know, I know, "why don't you just make it and ask us later?" I'm probably gonna make any regardless of this discussion, but the main point is to get it in use. I saw Wikipedia has a convert template, which converts units. I was thinking that might be a neat idea. Because Futurama has a habit of using many different units, at different times. Heh. --SvipTalk 14:06, 4 July 2008 (BST)

Heck, we might as well. I know I can never get my head around crazy imperial and Fahrenheit measurements. I usually use a converter extension in Firefox. - Quolnok 15:37, 4 July 2008 (BST)

Articles

On the article page, there is an Î kea Robot there. What's the point? Go Bender Kid 03:48, 9 July 2008 (CEST)

It occured during a server move which had some strange issues with articles with special characters in their title. That article is purely a redirect to the pikea robot. --SvipTalk 04:12, 9 July 2008 (CEST)

Bender's Game

In Bender's Game preview, Bender tells Leela and Fry where they have ended up in. I couldn't hear what he said, "Cornwern" or "Cornwerth"? --Go Bender Kid 04:30, 10 July 2008 (CEST)

I also noticed that when Dwight says "We're playing Dungeons And Dragons..." and Bender reacts oddly fearful, it seems like an edit. I think that he's reacting to something else and the editor just put it there to build hype or create some interest. Should we add that to the Bender's Game article? -- Fatt Daddy Inc.
Too speculative, but regardless, I believe you're right. Besides, if we does add it, what do we have to say about it? Not much really, it is common that trailers are cut this way. As for the first question, I am quite sure it is something like "Cornwood". And finally, now that we are on Bender's Game, we are now in consideration of deleting Dragon-Fry and Momon articles, because we cannot find any sources on these names, and they seem to much made up. Rather than creating individual articles, keep them in a list like The New Justice Team. --SvipTalk 12:24, 10 July 2008 (CEST)
Possibly "Cornword". Also, seeing as we are currently being too speculative, what if that kid with Cubert and Dwight is Ipgee's son? - Quolnok 13:05, 10 July 2008 (CEST)

also how do we know about the dark matter shortage? --Dr zoidberg 14 22:41, 10 July 2008 (CEST)

I think that was mentioned in a interview with David X. Cohen. --SvipTalk 22:44, 10 July 2008 (CEST)

i dont remember reading that but i could wrong (i am posibly dxc biggest fan and keep as up to date as posible) --Dr zoidberg 14 20:08, 11 July 2008 (CEST)

The Delta Brainwave

How about a page on The Delta Brainwave? I don't feel like I'm good enough to make one. (-_-) --Fatt Daddy Inc.

There actually is one; Delta Brainwave. --SvipTalk 17:10, 3 August 2008 (CEST)
Silly me, I thought that I had had a good look for it... Hmm... It would make sense that we'd have one... --Fatt Daddy Inc.Talk

1 000 articles - my God!

Oh dear. About time the day came, we also have a fun joke on the Main Page for these thousand articles. Shame cannot be used by our two thousandth article... if that day ever comes. Hah. Good work, everyone, keep up the good work! --SvipTalk 13:39, 6 August 2008 (CEST)

Woo! Here's to another thousand, and more. - Quolnok 14:35, 6 August 2008 (CEST)

cheers to us --Dr zoidberg 14 19:13, 6 August 2008 (CEST)

Recored date for commentaries

I tried fiddling around with it, but couldn't get it working (probably because I know very little about the inner workings of the templates). I was trying to work a "Date recorded:" into the commentary template. I'd be willing to fill in all of the episodes if somebody would insert it into the transcript. However, I think it should be one of the "#if" things (apologies for my lack of the professional lingo) in case the date they recorded the commentary is not said. -Mini-Me 07:38, 8 August 2008 (CEST)

Yep, one of those things overlooked when I created the first of those articles. It's there now, use "recorded =". - Quolnok 13:05, 8 August 2008 (CEST)
Yehaw! Thanks, I'll get started. -Mini-Me 17:08, 8 August 2008 (CEST)

Featured Articles

I'm thinking about making the switch to either fortnightly (14 days) or half-monthly (about 15 days) features. The code for both is testing itself over on the Main Page Proposal. The only real concern is that additions to the nominations are rare, I'd like there to be more action on that page, both nominations and votes, if we were to go ahead with it. - Quolnok 13:55, 16 August 2008 (BST)

sounds good but we havent had a nomination in a while --Dr zoidberg 14 20:25, 17 August 2008 (BST)

Now available in iTunes

Do we want to put anywhere that volumes 1 and 2 are now available on iTunes? I also noticed that in the description for volume 2 they say that they discover the lost city of Atlantis (I left a comment pointing that error out =P) Jamklev 21:34, 18 August 2008 (BST) (sorry, completely slipped my mind to add my info ^^;)

Hedonism Bot's assistant

What was his name? He showed up in "The devils hands are idle playthings," and to my knowledge that's the only time he's shown, but he's mentioned a few times (including in Benders Big Score, after looking at the professors Doomsday devices). I can't seem to find a page for him, if it even exists yet. --Jamklev 23:24, 16 August 2008 (BST)

It's Johmby, or Jomby or something like that. His job is the icing... 'Nuff said! --Fatt Daddy Inc. 01:42, 17 August 2008 (BST)
Nope, Jomby doesn't have an article yet. - Quolnok 01:57, 17 August 2008 (BST)
Found the spelling... It's Jombee (Used subs for the episode) --Jamklev 18:07, 17 August 2008 (BST)

Another upgrade

I have just upgraded the wiki to 1.13.1, which should have some significant improvements, for instance, we can now move the search bar on the left. Neat, eh? But more importantly, it has a new FASTER parser, which may help with the sloggish feeling of the wiki lately. We'll see. I am currently performing the update script, so everything should more or less be in order pretty soon. I have not noticed any issues since I ran the script. But if you spot anything, please report. Also, you can report on the performance of the wiki as well. --SvipTalk 13:43, 21 September 2008 (UTC)

I want to upload files, but how??

Hi there! Being an administrator, I hope that you can help me. Basically, I want to be an autoconfirmed user to be able to upload files and contribute to this wiki, but I have no idea how. What should I do? Thank you!

This issue had already been filled in Quolnok's talk page. --SvipTalk 22:16, 6 October 2008 (UTC)