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The Conference Table is for discussion of the Infosphere, and proposals for new ideas. For information about upcoming changes to the Infosphere, see Current events.

PE Building Floorplan

I'm asking for help. I have a few key episodes that I know of, but I'd like you guys to take any screenshots you can find (even low quality ones) and mail them to me (check my userpage for the email link). I'd like pictures of known areas of the PE building, covering as much of the floorplan as possible. Like in some scenes, you can see the TV area through the door in the conference room area (and that's pretty consistent, since on the outside, the TV area window is near where the conference table spot should be). Stuff like that. I'm going to start working on a map, and I'm hoping to be as accurate as possible. Areas that are difficult to locate should also be sent, and you can let me know where you think the area is. I'll color-code the map so speculative areas and canon areas are distinguishable. Thanks for the help. Buddy13 FW16.png 14:19, 12 August 2006 (PDT)

Still no screenshots. I've got a few myself, and I'll start sketching out the floorplan. I'll be doing it in SVG, so I can post the work in progress and making changes will be easy. Any comments or such on where you think things are would be helpful. Buddy 21:56, 24 December 2006 (PST)
Still waiting. I will eventually get around to it myself. Like when I have internet at home, which will probably be around the same time the show comes back with new episodes. But if you guys aren't interested in seeing an extrapolation of the floorplan, then okay... --Buddy 11:38, 19 April 2007 (PDT)

ABSG Quota

I was listening to one of the commentaries (forgot which one) and John DiMaggio responded to a character's use of the word "Ass" by saying there had to be a quota for "Ass" and "Bastard". So I had a crazy idea to actually watch the show and count every occurrence, but I also remembered that in other commentaries, they'd said this show has the highest gasp-per-episode rating, and highest slaps as well. So I added them as well. So I started a tally of the number of "Ass", "Bastard", Slaps, and Gasps, and started making a chart. I know it's dumb, but it's fun. You can visibly see the slap count jump when Mom shows up. Anyway, I'm a few episodes into Season 2, and I thought I'd see what people thought of the idea. Here's what I have so far. The first spike is the first Mom episode (A Fishful of Dollars). I can't tell you which colour lines are what right now, but the coloured backgrounds are obviously the seasons. I've yet to add labels to any of it, but I will (in the appropriate Futurama font). Buddy13 FW16.png 11:14, 30 November 2006 (PST)

Heh heh, that's actually kind of cool. I expect the most "ass"es is going to be War is the H-Word - Quolnok 17:04, 30 November 2006 (PST)
"I can say ass again! Ass, ass, ass!"

Still working on it. Buddy 21:56, 24 December 2006 (PST)

Okay, I now have a computer. I can watch DVD's and edit the SVG file at the same time, which may make this easier. I'm not guarantee'ing anything, because work and homework eat up a lot of time, but I do have next weekend off, so I may get some more of this done. Probably not the whole thing, as I can't watch two and a half seasons of Futurama in a single weekend (maybe if I was really determined), but I'll get a large chunk of it done. I'm not sure if anyone's interested anymore, but I'll finish it anyway. I'm eager to see the numbers for seasons 3 and 4, when I think they'll be the most consistently high... --Buddy 19:14, 19 February 2007 (PST)

I've updated it. I'm still going slow. I've added two more episodes, and added a key/legend to it, as well as labeling the first season (can't remember why I didn't label the others...). I also made it larger (click to see the full size). Anyway, I'm not sure if I'll add a count to the left side (1 through 10) or label each dot as an individual episode. Labeling them would make it easier for other people to check/confirm the numbers, though... Input?

Man, I suck. --Buddy 11:38, 19 April 2007 (PDT)

Wow this is cool :D I have the episodes on computer and i could double check the ones I choose to watch at least. Here, i'll make an account on this wiki. Unregistered 17:57, 8 May 2007 (PDT)


I think that some categories (such as planets, locations, Farnsworth inventions, non-Farnsworth technology, products, alien species, ships, animals, robots... ) must have an article with a list, as episodes or comics categories. The information in each item must be (at most) a very brief description, an image, and references to episodes. If an item has a bigger description or it is relevant, then it must have its own article linked from the corresponding list item (but preserving the brief description in the list). So, we avoid a possible large amount of short articles. What do you think? Bender22 02:44, 9 December 2006 (PST)

Yeah, you're probably right. (except for robots, those are still in the minor charaters page) - Quolnok 03:04, 9 December 2006 (PST)
Personally, I'd love for everything to have an article of its own. But I think we should start with conglomerate pages, like the minor characters page. As more info is written, sections can be removed to their own pages. I know this won't work for things where very little is known, like Shawn, since an entire article is a bit much just to say "This is Leela's boyfriend that we never see." Anyway... *runs off* —Buddy 21:56, 24 December 2006 (PST)

Main Images

For most of the episodes and articles, the main image (usually the one at the upper right) is named the same as the article, with a .jpg at the end. Should we adopt this as a standard and make sure that all articles follow it? It would make finding images easier, for one thing. And article editors would automatically know the name of the image that goes there... Vote please:

Votes to accept: Votes to decline:

Electricbolttalk FW16.png
Gravemind FW16.png

Looks like this passed, I guess we'll need to start searching through articles and replacing them. The easiest way is to just use {{PAGENAME}}.jpg on the templates, and maybe even on the already-created articles. --Buddy 11:38, 19 April 2007 (PDT)

Detailed Cast

Just an idea. How about a detailed cast list for every episode, as in type what characters that the voice actors play in the episode. Since this is a large scale idea, it will probably be declined but it's an idea nevertheless. --The preceding unsigned comment was made by

This actually might be a good idea, but could clutter up the ep articles, and adding another article per episode could be a bit much... Ideas on how to work this would be great. --Buddy 12:51, 11 January 2007 (PST)
Perhaps a detailed list per season with subsections for easch episode? - Quolnok 18:41, 17 February 2007 (PST)

I think it should be redesigned, and you? I could try to make a new one, doesanybody have the background Image with the Infosphere? - [email protected]

Personally, I like the current logo, however there may be other designs that are better, more modern and sound more green. Feel free to have a go at making a new one. - Quolnok 15:48, 28 January 2007 (PST)
I snipped the Infosphere out of this image, the light-ray background was created in photoshop (radial gradient, noise-type, bluish-cyan and black) and it's far from perfect. The text is, in order, Dungeon font, Futurama Title Bold font, Futurama Title font, the latter two with Photoshop effects on them to emulate those seen in the show. If you wanna make a new one, go ahead, and we'll vote on new versions here. → Buddy13 FW16.png 11:47, 29 January 2007 (PST)

I'm still open to a redesign, but maybe it'll wait until an upgrade is achieved. --Buddy 11:38, 19 April 2007 (PDT)

Other Languages

What do you think of other Languages, do you want them here, and is it possible to put them in? I'd like to start translating some Sites starting with the Characters and or Episode List, so what do you think? [email protected]

I think Infosphere in another language would be good but its Buddy's decision what language were you thinking of starting with [email protected] - Humorbot 0.4 Planet Express Logo.png
Since I'm german, i'd like to start with the German language :)
I think Buddy might be more open to a variant in a language he or another sysop knows, due to the need to keep standards reasonably high. I certainly can't do much for a non-english wiki, unless we write it in a programming language, which we shouldn't. - Quolnok 15:31, 29 January 2007 (PST)

Another language would be great, but I don't have the capability to support multiple languages on the same server like Wikipedia does (at least, I think that's what they're doing)... Alternative solutions would be welcome. Was Futurama dubbed into German? The only languages I know of are Spanish and (Canadian) French. Though I know one of the discs has a special feature and it has about five or six languages on it, so who knows. Pick a random article (or one you really like) and translate it into German. Save it at "Article Name (German)" as a sort of test. Just one article for now. Till then, I'll have to think about it. Mull it over. Let it stew. You know. --Buddy 16:20, 29 January 2007 (PST)


We've reached over 300 articles - Humorbot 0.4 05:32, 24 February 2007 (PST) It's like that movie... What's the one? Oh yeah, War Games. --Buddy 13:18, 23 March 2007 (PDT)

Monobook.css and "pretty URLs"

CSS: I have a proposal for a CSS change (along with a screenshot) on my userpage. Suggestions at its talk page are welcome.

Pretty URLs: I have noticed how this wiki lacks the pretty URLs, if it runs on an apache machine, it would be fairly easy to make it happen. I have done this with tonnes of Wikis of my own.

--Svip 07:36, 8 March 2007 (PST)

A universal template for all appearance articles (e.g. characters/items)

I am proposing an universal template for all articles which describe something that appears in an episode (or more) or in a comic (or more). Its purpose is to keep (and easily update) a general style for all articles. Currently it is all "hardcoded" into each article. A bad option if you ask me. And if you get the parse extension for MediaWiki, you can have if statements and thus if something is unrelated to something (e.g. you don't want "voiced by" on for an item). --Svip 14:16, 9 March 2007 (PST)

Also, I would propose calling the template "infobox", so it is universal right there. Or perhaps "appearance infobox" if you wish. --Svip 14:17, 9 March 2007 (PST)
And of course special templates for comic and episode articles. --Svip 14:48, 9 March 2007 (PST)
Might be good. Always worth a test. - Quolnok 18:12, 17 March 2007 (PDT)
Oh right, I created this (Template:Character_infobox) as an example for how a character infobox could look like. --Svip 04:00, 18 March 2007 (PDT)
Whoops! I scanned but somehow missed this before starting the new infobox section below yesterday. I'm also a big supporter of installing the parser functions extension, if you haven't already (haven't actually checked). The #if function in particular is essential for doing nice-looking, flexible, general-purpose infoboxes. Gopher 08:46, 19 April 2007 (PDT)

Navigating season five

Because season five is to be released in a slightly odd manner, groups of four episodes making up four movies, I've done a new batch of Nav templates. These point to both episodes and movie articles. My proposed nav for the DVD movies has two versions on that page, I think the second is the better one, however it does require ten variables to be passed to it, which may result in some confusion for article creators. It's variable numbers will be changed to a more logical order before use. Also because the movie navs may point back at either an episode or a movie I just left the labels as "Next" and "Previous". - Quolnok 18:12, 17 March 2007 (PDT)

Also when the tittles are confirmed we can probably just hard code the movie names to the Devil's Hands nav template (also for 6ACV01 nav, if applicable) - Quolnok 18:18, 17 March 2007 (PDT)
Well they certainly look good I think I prefer the 2nd DVD nav template it would be easier, in my opinion, to use. - Humorbot 0.4 03:18, 18 March 2007 (PDT)
Agreed. Number 2 looks good. It's going to be a long time before they have commentaries, though. ;) --Buddy 13:03, 23 March 2007 (PDT)

Video Clips in Opening Sequence?

By now, I assume you are all familiar with the short clips seen in each episode's opening sequence. Yet, no episode articles describes where these clips are from, cause according to Wikipedia they are from somewhere. Perhaps we should include those? --SvipTalk 17:00, 13 April 2007 (PDT)

Yeah, go ahead and add them to whatever area you think is best. Wikipedia probably is the best source, but the commentaries also sometimes mention where they're from... --Buddy 08:10, 14 April 2007 (PDT)
Hm, but at the same time I felt we should add a better template for our articles, similar to the template I created for characters: Template:Character infobox. So I kinda need your opinion on such templates. --SvipTalk 04:27, 15 April 2007 (PDT)

Thumbnail Size

Am I the only one who thinks our default thumbnail size is way too small? [Gopher]: Gopher 16:46, 18 April 2007 (PDT)

The default size is probably configurable, but you can also adjust your personal thumb size in your preferences section. Mine is set to 180px, which I assume is the default, since I don't remember changing my setting. --Buddy 11:38, 19 April 2007 (PDT)

i think we should do it


How would everyone feel about introducing infoboxes for the standard article types, to supplement the existing article seed templates? Consitent formatting is only half the battle, our articles tend to be a bit unprofessional-looking compared to other immitation-worthy wikis (wikipedia, Starbase Alpha). Using Jurassic Bark as a guinea pig, I've set up a simple infobox and moved some of the common information to it. If people like the idea, we'll tweak the infobox a bit first and when everyone's happy, I'll start building the formal infobox templates. [Gopher]: Gopher 16:46, 18 April 2007 (PDT)

I think I looks good and we could use the character infoboxes Svip has created too - Humorbot 0.4 08:10, 19 April 2007 (PDT)
Have we decided on anything yet? Would a vote be in order? Also, I think we shouldn't list characters in the infobox, too much information in an overview box. --SvipTalk 06:32, 7 May 2007 (PDT)

Redirects, part deux

Goph here; I was one of the original proponents of the "no redirects" rule, but I've learned two things since then that have caused me to concider reevaluating my position; it no longer seems so clear-cut. In particurlar, when developing slick, professional infoboxes, things like redirects of 1ACV02 to The Series Has Landed can be quite useful - combined with parser functions, valid links could be generated dynamically much more easily. Just suggesting maybe we reopen this as an actual discussion of the pros/cons, and put aside the vote for a bit? Gopher 11:14, 19 April 2007 (PDT)

I'm starting to think redirects are okay, but they should be considered on a case-by-case basis. Production numbers are a given. Professionals and convicts: Pros for redirects: easier for users to find what they need; Cons: Using search spits out forty redirects. I hate that about Wikipedia. Just gimme the damn article. It's probably OCD or something on my part, but when it says "Redirected from..." under the article title, I click on "Article" to remove it. I'm probably nuts for hating redirects, but I do. --Buddy 11:38, 19 April 2007 (PDT)

Added a list to allow others to contribute pros/cons, and populated it with all the pros/cons I can think of, including a few which are probably a bit of a stretch. I can think of a lot of pros, though most are minor, but only a few negatives, just off the top of my head. Gopher 12:37, 19 April 2007 (PDT)


  • Easier searching for common articles with unexpected names (Bender Bending Rodriguez, for example)
  • Easier linking to common articles (simply [[Bender]] instead of [[Bender Bending Rodriguez|Bender]])
  • New contributors with good intentions will not be put off
This one is very important. The more users, the better. --Buddy 12:54, 19 April 2007 (PDT)
  • More friendly with pretty links and external links
  • More search-engine friendly
This might be the clincher for me; we're still doing terribly in the google search results for most topics last time I checked, but I'm no expert on SEO Gopher 12:37, 19 April 2007 (PDT)
It depends on what you're looking for. "Futurama" on google has us somewhere on the fourth or fifth page. But "Futurama Wiki" has us listed right after the Wikipedia entry. Quite nice. --Buddy 12:54, 19 April 2007 (PDT)
Really? That's good, and a big improvement over last time I checked, but I just re-checked and "Futurama Bender" and "Futurama Fry" didn't turn us up in the first 10 pages. "Futurama Leela" turns up a link on page 7 - but it's to the article on Leela's Homeworld, rather than the Turanga Leela article.
A side-door's better than no door at all. ;) --Buddy 13:13, 19 April 2007 (PDT)

Can I say I found this site by searching futurama wiki on google and you were about 3rd Gouranga

Yes, you may. And third only if you count the second Wikipedia link. But seeing as it's an indented sub-link-type-thing, I count them as a single set of links, therefore, we're second, right after Wikipedia. :D --Buddy 13:05, 22 April 2007 (PDT)


  • Rubs buddy the wrong way
I think you're alone on the "Redirected from..." pet peeve, buddy, I don't even notice them myself, but we'll see what others say.
I told you I was nuts. --Buddy 12:57, 19 April 2007 (PDT)
  • Obfuscates search results
You mentioned this, buddy, but I'm not sure what you mean. Could you give an example search and it's fuzzy results? Heavy use of redirects and disambiguation pages are a necessary evil on Wikipedia because it's scope is so broad, but it wouldn't be so bad here, I don't think. And note that regardless of our position on redirects, I think we should avoid disambig pages if at all possible. I can't think of a case where they would be necessary in the Futurama universe. Gopher 12:37, 19 April 2007 (PDT)
Okay, bad example, but you can see the first result is a redirect. I've seen worse, where the first ten or more are redirects, but I can't think of anything right now. But you're right, this probably wouldn't be too big of a problem on the Infosphere. I wonder if there's some way to exclude redirects from search results by default... --Buddy 12:57, 19 April 2007 (PDT)
  • Increased load on the server
Not certain on this, but it's something someone told me on another small, private wiki. Anyone confirm/deny (with facts, not just speculation)?
This one's not a problem right now; we're still way under the limit for both bandwidth and diskspace. Hakuna Matata and all that. [update]: Yeah, I just checked, even with my base site included (, bandwidth is an estimated 2350MB for this "cycle" (i.e., month), with an allocated 2840GB available. That's less than one percent we're using. --Buddy 12:57, 19 April 2007 (PDT)
True, but the goal is to become the definitive futurama resource, so we should try to think ahead, rather than paint ourselves into a corner now and scramble to fix it later. That's assuming it's actually an issue at all, though, which is not proven. Gopher 13:07, 19 April 2007 (PDT)
Like you said, our focus is so narrow it probably won't be a concern. And sorry about the edit conflicts. It's too complicated for me to figure out... Anyway, yeah. We'll probably be fine on this count. -- Buddy 13:10, 19 April 2007 (PDT)
Okay, apparently I forgot the ratio of MB to GB. It's actually 43%, not 1%. But Dreamhost is awesome enough to actually increase the bandwidth based on how long I'm hosted there, and it's a 16GB/week, so as long as our growth doesn't exceed that, we'll be fine. --Buddy 13:18, 19 April 2007 (PDT)
And given how our content is mostly text and images, this is highly unlikely to ever be a problem and don't worry about CPU usage as well, I assure you MediaWiki is optimised. --SvipTalk 15:21, 19 April 2007 (PDT)

Fry and the Slurm Factory Lyrics

I was wondering if on the page Fry and the Slurm Factory. We could get the lyrics for the songs? I like them and think it would be a good addition to the page as many people I know have wondered what the lyrics are. Gouranga (10:00, 21 April 2007 (PDT))

IRC channel

Though, I am unsure wither or not this wiki have an IRC channel where people meet, and in a similar fashion, I haven't been able to find its appearance on the website. However, I have for a while now been running a channel for the Infosphere on

Link: #infosphere

If unsure how to use IRC, I suggest trying some of the following clients:

  • mIRC - considered one of the most popular clients, though I do not prefer it. Windows only. Trail version, though it only annoys you when starting it up, to avoid the annoyance, you will have to pay.
  • X-chat - great client, it is simple, it has its annoyances, where mIRC has its advantages. For Mac OS X, Linux and Windows. Free, though the Windows version is not free.
  • irssi - text based client, for the more "leet" of you. For Mac OS X and Linux. Free.

Other clients worth suggesting: IRCle (Mac OS X), Pidgin IRC (formerly GAIM) (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X), Opera (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X) (this is part of the browser). There is also ChatZilla for you Firefox users out there.

You may also want to see Comparison of Internet Relay Chat clients on Wikipedia for more clients.

What to do when having the client

It varies from client to client for what to do, the GUI (Graphical User Interface) clients often has a server list, sometimes in the same window it is possible to select a preferred nickname, and an alternative nickname if that nickname should for any reason be taken (remember, only one person can have a specific nickname on a network, much like I am the only Svip on this Wiki).

From the list, Freenode is usual an option, but with the IRC client installed, it might just work pressing the link above. At any rate, if you are not in the channel, but only on the network, perform the command /join #infosphere simply by typing it and hitting return.

I suggest picking a name as relative to your Wiki name as possible. There may be problems for this. Also, I suggest registering your nickname, so no one else will steal it at a later point. This is done by writing to nickserv and asking for help register. Command: /msg nickserv help register

What to use the channel for

Now, the Wiki is a method of discussing things and also saving them at the same time. However, an IRC channel is a chat, and is thus live, and can provide some ease of accessibility between each user, and also getting to know each other easier, and perhaps also discussing things outside of this Wiki.

At any rate, I couldn't see the damage. I hope to see some of you there. :)

--SvipTalk 13:10, 22 April 2007 (PDT)

Transcript articles?

What about having episode articles just like the commentary articles with transcripts? I know it will become a hassle, but shouldn't be top priority, but at least it would be nice to get some transcripts out of the episodes. Transcripts should also include writing on walls, with both Latin and other cipher alphabets. Supposingly, some sites may already be keeping such transcripts of Futurama episodes, we could refer to them for information. --SvipTalk 13:39, 22 April 2007 (PDT)

There is a site with transcripts available. In this case I am fairly sure the host will NOT allow us to duplicate them (though if you'd like to ask, go ahead), but linking to them is a different matter. Might want to contact him, but we could set up something to use season and production code prameters in the infobox template to generate an automatic link to the transcripts. The site is [ The Neutral Planet]. I don't see any reason to duplicate them, personally; they're complete and organized on TNP. Gopher 17:48, 22 April 2007 (PDT)

On his website, he says that anyone can add his transcripts to their website, just noting him first. See here: "You can also add any number of the regular series transcripts to your site. Just contact me before adding them so I know where they're going". --SvipTalk 02:45, 23 April 2007 (PDT)

Yeah, but I feel linking to be the best option. We're an encyclopedia. Check Wikipedia, and you'll note that there's not a single transcript (except for short things like poems). If you look up a book, like Moby Dick, you'll not find a "transcript". But as we want to be the best resource for info, I do think linking would be fine. --Buddy 16:11, 24 April 2007 (PDT)

Doesn't stop from transcripting. In any case I think I might prefer linking them. - Quolnok 20:40, 24 April 2007 (PDT)
First of all, this wiki is not Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a general purpose encyclopædia, but even Wikipedia has limits. In other words, if something gets too far on a subject (e.g. an article about Professional Beach Bully) Wikipedia won't allow it. And there is also another reason why Wikipedia doesn't have transcripts. That's because this is done by two sister projects, Wikisource and Wikiquote. This is a committed Futurama wiki, if it is Futurama, we need information about it. Hell, I am surprised we don't have template holder articles about all the coming films and episodes. --SvipTalk 11:42, 25 April 2007 (PDT)

Standards suggestions

I am not trying to sound like a commie, however it would be cool if I did. But I have some standard suggestions in my pocket, accept them or shove 'em. (I am adding my signature to all the lines so you can your opinion right below it without causing "CONFUSION EXPLOSION" (term I just made up))

First of all, category names. I have noticed that category names are singular, however since a category is a category of things, and things are usually plural, so I am not sure which to pick, plural or singular. Though I would prefer plural. --SvipTalk 14:07, 22 April 2007 (PDT)

I think several are already plural, like "Robots" or something. In fact, looking at the list, most of them do appear to be plural. But if a standard is needed to bring the rest into line, go right ahead. --Buddy 14:58, 22 April 2007 (PDT)

Secondly, "lists". A lot of articles state a list of items with reference to the subject at hand. E.g. Robot 1-X state functions, however, I suggest we should avoid that saying, and say "Known Functions" instead. For it is ignorant to suggest that we know all its functions, that we know all the creations the professor have created, and so forth. --SvipTalk 14:07, 22 April 2007 (PDT)

I'd agree with this one. --Buddy 14:58, 22 April 2007 (PDT)

Thirdly, image names. My most recent example is Image:Montholdbender.png, I got confused with the "mont" and the "hold", though "mont" is not an English word, I would have preferred if the image name had been Month Old Bender.png instead. --SvipTalk 14:07, 22 April 2007 (PDT)

I think I mentioned something similar farther up the page for Main Images, but yes. Weird names are weird. I think a lot of it stems from the olden times when you could only have eight letters before the file extension. So people compress things needlessly. Also, some graphics programs do that anyway. Someone with lots of time could save the image to hard drive, rename it, re-upload it, replace all links to it, and then mark the old one for deletion. I wish the Wiki had the ability to just "Move" image. :( --Buddy 14:58, 22 April 2007 (PDT)
It actually kinda do... if you say "upload a new version", you can pick a new name for the image. This will link the "former" names of the image to the new one as a redirect. This just means that while cleaning up articles, the images won't be missing. I think. --SvipTalk 02:48, 23 April 2007 (PDT)

Fourthly, dates. I know you Americans love month/date/year, but that is really not a standard, hell, even the Wiki software writes it in date month year structure. I suggest therefore, as a standard we use the International standard for dates. Also, I don't see a reason to write st/nd/rd/th in superscript on written dates like "17 November". Remember, you may say "November 17" out loud, but writings are not always as spoken. And yes, I am biased because I am European. "Look at my crazy passport!" --SvipTalk 08:12, 23 April 2007 (PDT)

I agree but I'm proberbly bias as well - Humorbot 0.4 08:15, 23 April 2007 (PDT)
Futurama is an American show. I think that's argument enough for using the American dating system. Also, my own personal standard is YYYYMMDD-HHMM, so right now it's 20070424-1713. Which is way better. :P --Buddy 16:21, 24 April 2007 (PDT)
Buddy, so I'm not the only one? That's my prefered format as well, though I usually do YYYYMMDD:HH:MM (semantic difference). That way they sort properly without fancy date-comparison routines. As a typical, arrogant, self-absorbed American, I say we stick with the American date format. I'm also a big fan of "September 18th" instead of "September 18." The former seems more formal and correct, while the latter just feels lazy. And "18 September?" That's just crazy! heheh. Bottom line, I don't really care that much one way or the other, so I'll let those who do fight it out. Just tell me who wins. Gopher 18:30, 24 April 2007 (PDT)
I too prefer DD/MM/CCYY. But that's because it's what we use here. Any time I see a dae in the MM/DD/CCYY format I assume it to be DD/MM/CCYY unless a value is too high. I assume the same is true of those in the opposite situation. So a switch to CCYYMMDD:HH:MM style is benefitial and non cofuing to all. Actually, this is why when I started the comic articles I used Month DDth CCYY (though I'd have prefered DDth of Month CCYY). - Quolnok 20:54, 24 April 2007 (PDT)

This wiki's own domain?

I am feeling that the URL for this wiki is perhaps a bit odd, and more importantly, "overt-ops" is rather forgettable. In fact, I think some only spot the "futurama" in the URL. I'm just thinking if we should buy or something else, I am willing to pay for it. --SvipTalk 09:07, 23 April 2007 (PDT)

Sure, go to the main page, scroll to the bottom, click on "Donations" and send in all or some of the required $9.95 for registering a new domain. And suggest a good domain, since "" and "" are taken. --Buddy 16:22, 24 April 2007 (PDT)
Hm... "infosphere" in a domain will probably be hard to get. And besides, people will more like remember 'futuramawiki' over 'infosphere', though I cannot be sure, as I am not people, and in turn not Soylent Green. Give me a list of suitable names, and I shall do a search... --SvipTalk 16:32, 24 April 2007 (PDT)
Actually, I'm pretty sure "" is also taken. But keep in mind, we can always go with .net -- it's less memorable, and dozens of people will type .com when trying to get here, so it's probably not a good idea. --Buddy 20:06, 24 April 2007 (PDT)
The other futurama wikis have taken the domains and but I don't think is taken although people might be confused with the domain with the high number of futurama wiki (well only 2 others but still) - Humorbot 0.4 00:04, 25 April 2007 (PDT)
How about a ".tv" address? and are free. Also there's one further wiki [1], this one [2] died. - Quolnok 01:33, 25 April 2007 (PDT)
Domains with "infosphere" as Second-Level Domain has the following Top-Level Domains free: .dk, .as, .nu, .tv, .name, .cc and .be. In my experience, people often get confused between .com, .org and .net, but rarely between those and a national Top-Level Domain. Though, some national Top-Level Domains are limited, e.g., you need to live in Denmark to buy a .dk domain. --SvipTalk 05:27, 25 April 2007 (PDT)
Some idiot started an ElWiki Wikifuturama. --Electricbolt 16:14, 29 May 2007 (PDT)
Yeah, we know. But we're still the best. :D --Buddy 12:56, 3 June 2007 (PDT)

Be more strict!

A lot of vandalism have happened lately, and that would happen to any wiki. It's tough luck. But perhaps, we shouldn't allow normal members to move articles. Instead, give them a template to put on an article so sysops can see it wants moving. I will show you, but remove it at some point, because it adds this article to a new category.


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I have more totalitarian suggestions. But for now, let's take people's rights to move pages. Also, perhaps, allow pages to be semi-protected (not editable by new members or IP's). --SvipTalk 12:29, 25 April 2007 (PDT)

Uhm, the talkpage link doesn't work, because this article is special, but it should work in common articles. :| --SvipTalk 12:30, 25 April 2007 (PDT)

image text verification.

This should be implemented, although I don't know if it requires a newer mediawiki version. The spammbots are annoying as hell, and have shifting IPs - Quolnok 00:45, 28 April 2007 (PDT)

I looked on Recent Changes today and couldn't believe how many pages had been vandalised, honestly who takes fun in randomly messing up pages - Humorbot 0.4 06:24, 28 April 2007 (PDT)
That is because it is a common software used by many. Adding links will make search engines spot their links, and more likely get them higher on when people search. They are merely using this wiki, among others, to help gain search results. Cause it makes them more likely to get their product through. Now I do not agree with these methods. I'd fight them any day, if weren't because I'm so lazy. So, except, I'm suggesting one of us (perhaps me) writes a bot to keep an eye over this Wiki. It will automatically revert edits it thinks are vandalism (there are obvious syntheses vandalism has (e.g. lots of text lost or addition of random links)), it will then notify the IP's Talk page and (if it will given sysop status) block the IP for a period of time (likely a month). The Talk page post will include a way for the person to appeal if the bot thought something that wasn't vandalism was vandalism. The bot will be much more aggressive against IP's than users. However, since people could just join to avoid that, there will also be a special list of "trusted users". Sysops are always ignored.
As for a CAPTCHA, I'd suggest something simpler, just tell them to add some text into a text field when editing. E.g. "did you cry when Fry's dog died? (no lying, spambots)" and then the user will have to write "yes" (of course this will require some hardcoding!) --SvipTalk 07:11, 28 April 2007 (PDT)
Okay so are we going to do anything suggested above, if so I say Svip should write the bot because I am sick of looking at recent changes and seeing spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam. It might be funny on Monty Python but it needs to stop here - Humorbot 0.4 Planet Express Logo.png 11:57, 10 June 2007 (PDT)
Yes yes, but sadly you must wait for that bot. I am quite busy at the current time, due to exams and shizzle. But when the summer holiday is on. I'll be writing in Python (yes, Python is a programming language). --SvipTalk 13:27, 10 June 2007 (PDT)
At least summer isn't too far away until then anyone got any ideas on how to keep the spam down - Humorbot 0.4 Planet Express Logo.png 13:41, 10 June 2007 (PDT)
Deny edits by unregistered users. --SvipTalk 15:09, 10 June 2007 (PDT)
I am currently writing the bot, but it may revert edits which have already been reverted. This shouldn't be that bad though, since this won't harm anything, it will just mean two reverts of the same vandalism. It already detects spambots. Though not content removal, that is going to be a bit tougher. --SvipTalk 20:27, 10 June 2007 (PDT)


Just a quick note on reverting, some of the spambots are worse than others and remove content while adding their links, it is best to use the rollback button if you have it or edit/save the pre-spam version. - Quolnok 18:51, 12 June 2007 (PDT)

Yes, I think I will use the edit/save method, as the rollback could have problems, e.g.: You could just have fixed a page, then my bot spots the spambot, then goes to the article and performs a rollback, only to go back to the spambot's version, rather than what was fixed. This is because the bot doesn't check if an article have already been fixed. The bot will be run every 10 minutes - I think that's a reasonable interval. --SvipTalk 06:00, 13 June 2007 (PDT)

Weekly Focus

We want this Wiki to be awesome? And not just awesome, awesome to the max, right? If so, we must make take action on picking up our misbehaviours and copy Wikipedia. Wikipedia has a focus system, where a number of articles are giving focus on a given week, where it is encouraged for everyone to help on those particular articles. However, I suggest we pick some sort of area. I nominate fixing categories, their names and how articles are linked into them. And of course adding more articles to existing categories. --SvipTalk 12:11, 28 April 2007 (PDT)

So you hate my idea, is that it? Meh, I might as well go make myself a template to cheer me up. :'( --SvipTalk 17:51, 5 July 2007 (PDT)

Wikipedia is still beating our asses

What's happening guys? Wikipedia still has more content about Futurama than this dedicated wiki have! I suggest we start copying more of Wikipedia. And don't just make lists, make lists with content! --SvipTalk 10:27, 3 May 2007 (PDT)

Good idea but I'm not sure what the list could be on does anyone have one in mind - Humorbot 0.4 08:53, 4 May 2007 (PDT)
Compare this link to this link. You'll see what I mean. --SvipTalk 09:05, 4 May 2007 (PDT)
Point taken so I agree the lists should be more detailed - Humorbot 0.4 11:07, 4 May 2007 (PDT)

So steal their list. Or at least their format. And I don't think Wikipedia has more information, they just have better lists. Each of our list items links to something that has way more information than they'd ever put on there. --Buddy 13:29, 6 May 2007 (PDT)


I am merely suggesting that we use [] instead of () to describe actions in quotes. () can be used for facts or trivia information. --SvipTalk 06:30, 7 May 2007 (PDT)

I agree. I never liked the parentheses anyway. Someone did them, and I guess everyone else just tried to be consistent. Brackets make more sense to me. --Buddy 14:33, 8 May 2007 (PDT)


I was looking on Wookiepedia and noticed they have articles on battles and I know Futurama doesn't have many battles but I think its worth putting them in. So far I can think of The Defence of Earth, The Battle of Spheron 1 and The Battle of Tarantulon 6 - Humorbot 0.4 Planet Express Logo.png 08:32, 4 June 2007 (PDT)

There's no reason not to. I say go for it, even though there won't be much unique info. They'll need a category, "Wars" perhaps. - Quolnok 18:38, 4 June 2007 (PDT)
I say, keep it in the same manner as Wikipedia; with an infobox, showing the result, strength and casualties for each side. Despite much of it could be guesses. And then "Battles" as a category. The word battle fits them all. --SvipTalk 03:03, 5 June 2007 (PDT)

So I've created the pages I can think of which is five and a Template:Battle Infobox and a Battle Category - Humorbot 0.4 Planet Express Logo.png 11:53, 5 June 2007 (PDT)

Instead of "The Defense of Earth", I think there needs to be other names, since Earth has defended itself so many times. Names like "Decapodian Invasion", "Omicronian Invasion", "Globetrotters Invasion", "Giant Carrot Occupation", and that one the professor talks about where the most intelligent were paired of an forced to mate. Then there's the two that happen while Fry's frozen. At least one of which is the direct result of people dating robots. (P.S. I like the idea) --Buddy 18:37, 6 June 2007 (PDT)
Another 2 could be on the 2 times Mom has (or tried) to take over Earth. I'm not sure what to call them because the First Mom Invasion of Earth doesn't sound right - Humorbot 0.4 Planet Express Logo.png 04:59, 9 June 2007 (PDT)
Could be the "MomCorp Insurrection of 3002" (I don't know the actual year it happened...) --Buddy 15:20, 9 June 2007 (PDT)
I'd more call it attempt at a coup, but not a coup d'etat. :P --SvipTalk 15:22, 9 June 2007 (PDT)
That works, too. --Buddy 15:23, 9 June 2007 (PDT)
I don't think the globetrotters count as an invasion since the ship just landed and made a challange plus there was no real threat if a side lost (apart from the humiliation of defeat) - Humorbot 0.4 Planet Express Logo.png 13:44, 10 June 2007 (PDT)


Time to vote (since we haven't had one yet) - Humorbot 0.4 Planet Express Logo.png 12:04, 10 June 2007 (PDT)

Svip's character infobox

See Template:Character_infobox.

Votes to accept: Votes to decline:

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And now the Episode infobox

For Gopher's

See Jurassic Bark.

Votes to accept: Votes to decline:

For Svip's

See Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television.

Votes to accept: Votes to decline:

At the momment I'd say Svip's is better but it could use a bit more padding outside, and a few pixels extra between the columns. - Quolnok 19:09, 12 June 2007 (PDT)

All these things are fixable. But what specifically do you mean by "padding outside"? Margin or padding? They are two different things. I shall look into the extra pixels between the columns. --SvipTalk 05:58, 13 June 2007 (PDT)

Padding, just a bit more whitespace to prevent text from getting too close to the infobox's border. - Quolnok 06:13, 13 June 2007 (PDT)

That is margin actually. But I can do it. --SvipTalk 08:01, 13 June 2007 (PDT)

Which is padding again? could have swarn margin was line thickness (that is border). Anyway, looks good. The {name} variable can probably be replaced with the system variable {{PAGENAME}} because the episode articles take precidence over other topics with the same name, that's what is used in the old navbars. On that note, we can probably leave the old navbars there on long pages. The pressence of exactly one navbar forces scrolling towards it for navigation, the presence of two cuts down scroll distance for half of the people... but that's another discussion ...they do have matching colour schemes. - Quolnok 20:08, 13 June 2007 (PDT)

For your CSS information, border is line thickness (actually that is border-size), padding is the space between the border and the content of an object, while margin is the space between the border and the surrounding objects. --SvipTalk 04:26, 14 June 2007 (PDT)
Also! I despite the use of {{PAGENAME}}, cause it is not good Wiki practice to rely on the system to get it right. Sometimes, the article name may be different from what would be good to go in a name area and then what do you do (except perhaps having the "name" tag as an optional tag, but that would require the ParserFunctions, BUDDY!?)? --SvipTalk 05:14, 14 June 2007 (PDT)
*runs off* --Buddy 12:09, 16 June 2007 (PDT)


There are so many songs in Futurama and yet no articles on it so for my next suggestions we should write about the songs - Humorbot 0.4 Planet Express Logo.png 10:40, 12 June 2007 (PDT)

I propose we call it "Soundtrack" and then includes a list of songs. It may only be about the songs, but "Soundtrack" is simply a better name. --SvipTalk 10:49, 12 June 2007 (PDT)
we also should include the lyrics - Humorbot 0.4 Planet Express Logo.png 11:29, 12 June 2007 (PDT)
Sounds good to me. I think I saw Buddy suggest this on a talk page somewhere, anyway, we can link to the lyrics from relevant episode's trivia sections and/or infoboxes. a number of episodes already have lyrics, which can be snipped into the new page. - Quolnok 18:48, 12 June 2007 (PDT)

feature nominations

Vote and nominate, people. - Quolnok 18:54, 12 June 2007 (PDT)

Upgrade bugs

Nice to see the upgrade is now mostly working. There seems to be some issues with blocking users still

  • from within function "Block::insert". MySQL returned error "1054: Unknown column 'ipb_enable_autoblock' in 'field list' (

- Quolnok 09:00, 2 July 2007 (PDT)

Thanks for noticing, I just inserted the rows with 'd's instead of 'b's. :< Silly me. Yes, Buddy gave me full database control. So I could get the site up and working again. Please report if you see more! --SvipTalk 09:08, 2 July 2007 (PDT)

Here's a couple more I just tested:

(un)Protect, move;

  • from within function "Revision::insertOn". MySQL returned error "1048: Column 'rev_len' cannot be null (".


  • from within function "Article::doDeleteArticle". MySQL returned error "1054: Unknown column 'ar_len' in 'field list' (".


  • from within function "WatchedItem::addWatch". MySQL returned error "1048: Column 'wl_notificationtimestamp' cannot be null (".

Also checked rollback, which is fine. These are probably the last main ones. - Quolnok 09:57, 2 July 2007 (PDT)

Good good, should all be fixed now, unless some other error appears for each now. --SvipTalk 11:05, 2 July 2007 (PDT)
Yep, those are all good now. - Quolnok 19:53, 2 July 2007 (PDT)

There may be something wrong with old userblocks; spambots at and both had previous infinite blocks but snuck in. - Quolnok 23:55, 3 July 2007 (PDT)

I think the new software blocks users/IP's in a different manner, so the old tables are not updated to "conform" to this. However, I think the newer software is probably better... but sadly, some IP's will slip in that we have already banned. Although, it doesn't seem to be a huge issue. Just something we'll have to live with. --SvipTalk 06:22, 4 July 2007 (PDT)

There's another upload problem

  • From within function "Image::recordUpload". MySQL returned error "1054: Unknown column 'ss_images' in 'field list' (".--Robo puppy girl 17:01, 5 July 2007
Fixed, keep those reports coming in. --SvipTalk 10:57, 5 July 2007 (PDT)


Wasn't to long ago when I wrote a section on this page about reaching 300 articles well now we're up to 400 and still growing. By the way does this count to be added to our news section which has benn updated twice recently - Humorbot 0.4 Planet Express Logo.png 07:14, 7 July 2007 (PDT)


Now that we got the new software, we can have extensions, hurrah! \o/ I suggest the following Extensions:

Extension:Cite - so we can make references to other pages, news articles, and what have you.
Extension:Parser function extensions - this actually a bit of extensions, but we just need the standard and the parser functions. This is the extension I have been crying about.

You can find these and many more at Extension Matrix. --SvipTalk 11:56, 8 July 2007 (PDT)

I'll work vigorously on those when I get a full day off. Should be tuesday, but I won't make any promises. --Buddy 15:49, 8 July 2007 (PDT)

Infosphere Forums

Hello, you may not like this, but... I started some forums for the Infosphere here. I found this great IPB host without ads or anything. These forums are actually similar to my ATHFWiki forums actually.... with some differences, like no Adult Swim/Television category because Futurama won't always be on [AS]. Electricbolttalk FW16.png

I don't want to be picky, but that's an awful lot of forums for such a small amount of users. Suppose you could delete some of the more redundant forums (e.g. just a single video forum)? Also, where is the information about the film titles? Got a link?! --SvipTalk 15:13, 10 July 2007 (PDT)
Tell me exactly what forums you'd like me to delete. Please. Don't tell me here, could you join the forums and tell me in the "Rants" part of the forums? If you don't feel like it, well, post it here. Electricbolttalk FW16.png
There, done. --SvipTalk 17:34, 10 July 2007 (PDT)
Alright, I changed them. Does anyone have a logo I can use for the forums saying like "Infosphere Forums"? Electricbolttalk FW16.png

Range blocks

So, I finally looked into range blocks, while there is binary math involed (which I'm able to do) if you don't have the CDIR range of spam companies, we can get the CDIR info from here and after confirming the website associated with the IP is not just an ISP we use the CDIR value we've found. I'll be using the "Block anonymous users only" and "Prevent account creation" options. - Quolnok 21:15, 10 July 2007 (PDT)

Infosphere Forums 2

Because of ads being added to, the forums have been relocated to here, a phpBB kind-of forum. Electricbolttalk FW16.png