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Buddy13

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« on: 02-07-2006 19:46 »
« Last Edit on: 02-07-2006 19:46 »

 http://futurama.overt-ops.com

I need help creating articles and such. You don't even have to sign up (but it'd be cool if you would) to edit. And you can edit absolutely anything. If you have your own images, that'd be great, but you don't need them. I've got my Futurama DVD's sitting right here ready to screengrab whatever I think fits with new articles. So, dive right in and have fun.

ThaNks.
dr.bender nye

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« Reply #1 on: 02-10-2006 11:19 »

Yeah, i'll help.
Buddy13

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« Reply #2 on: 02-10-2006 12:45 »

<zoidberg>Hooray!</zoidberg>
Benders_Fan

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« Reply #3 on: 02-10-2006 13:15 »

I'll help too.
Buddy13

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« Reply #4 on: 02-10-2006 20:22 »

Go right ahead. Click "edit" at the top of any page and go ahead. Or click any red links to write those articles. Or use the search box to make up new ones (for example, if you search for "Sal" it will say there isn't such an article, but it will invite you to write it)

Gopher

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« Reply #5 on: 02-11-2006 03:40 »

Welp, just wastedspent an hour and a half writing and tweaking entries for the Wiki. I'm just the kind of dork to find this sort of thing mildly addictive.

From now on I'll start adding comments to explain my edits.

- I have no legs - No tengo ninguna pierna - Δεν έχω κανένα πόδι - Non ho piedini - 私は足を有しない。-
- 나는아무다리도 없다 - Eu não tenho nenhum pé - Я не имею никакие ноги - Ich habe keine Beine -
- Je n'ai aucune jambe - Ik heb geen benen - 我沒有腿。- Actually, I do have legs
Buddy13

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« Reply #6 on: 02-11-2006 03:43 »

I saw that and I liked the way you organized the Act headings, so I changed the other episode to match. As for commenting, you can just fill in the "Summary" part below the large text area.
Gopher

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« Reply #7 on: 02-11-2006 06:03 »
« Last Edit on: 02-11-2006 06:03 »

Well, I feel like this has been time well spent. After hours of work, there are now enough pages of infotainment in that wiki to keep a futurama fan mildly stimulated for up to 90 seconds.

Hopefully more people will contribute, if it's just Buddy13 and myself this could take years    laff

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Hmm. I'm now officially responsible for more than half of the info in the Wiki. Not bad for a night's work.

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Argh! Just spent 20 minutes writing a long article for "The Series has Landed" and now the wiki, in fact the entire domain, is inaccessible! Oh, the humanity!
(fortunately I was able to copy the entry to notepad and save it)

[/edit][/edit]
Buddy13

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« Reply #8 on: 02-12-2006 02:06 »

So far Gopher has been the only one to contribute (unless you other guys have but haven't registered, as there has been some minor unregistered activity), and quite a bit, I might add.

Anyone else?

Gopher

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« Reply #9 on: 02-12-2006 02:50 »

Most of the unregistrered was me, I was losing my wireless connection intermittently this afternoon because of weather. Half the time I didn't notic euntil I saw the IP address instead of my name in the "recent changes" view.
dr.bender nye

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« Reply #10 on: 02-12-2006 06:26 »

You should include about the movie. I'll try adding it in.
Gopher

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« Reply #11 on: 02-12-2006 22:59 »
« Last Edit on: 02-12-2006 22:59 »

DBN: I added a "Production" page to the main page. It's kindof an overview, but it's all the detail I could provide from memory; it can be extended later. Last section is "The Future" and talks about the movies. Feel free to add to it.

And to everyone, we've added an "How to help" link on the main page, which takes you to a short explanation of how Wiki works, for anyone who might want to contribute but hasn't worked with composing Wiki articles before. It's a bit more complex than BBCode, but simpler than HTML.
Jensor

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« Reply #12 on: 02-12-2006 23:42 »

Well I signed up and added a few minor things.  There is just so much information to add that it would take weeks to get it in.  I'll add stuff periodically.
Buddy13

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« Reply #13 on: 02-13-2006 15:23 »

Feel free to click "Discussion" at the top of any page, to ask about an addition that you're not sure about.
Gopher

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« Reply #14 on: 02-16-2006 14:08 »

[]Hate to bump this just to plug it again, but at least it's on-topic for the thread...  []
[shameless repetative plug]
We've renamed the site "The Infosphere: A Futurama Wiki" to differentiate ourselves from inferiorother sites.

We're truckin' along pretty good; we're up to 70 pages of honest-to-god content and almost as many images. And these aren't dinky little 10-word pages, either, but organized, well-formated, meaty articles.
 
Still a long way to go, of course, so we could always use more contributors! Even if you just browse through the site and add your favorite quote to the Profesor's page, an invention we forgot to his list, or point out a reference in the show we missed. So far we're way ahead of most public Wikis as far as developing and maintaining a consistent format and style to our content (often the biggest weakness of Wikis)

So come on over and check it out, you'll be plesantly surprised. If you wait until we're done, it'll be too late because we're destroying the universe (with one of the prof's doomsday devices) once The Infosphere contains every bit of futurama knowledge in existance.

[/shameless repetative plug]
Roy Bluth

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« Reply #15 on: 02-16-2006 15:10 »
« Last Edit on: 02-16-2006 15:10 »

HAHAHA. I'll be right over. I'll mostly likely sign up as Roy Bluth. Or I'll keep it Futurama oriented and register as Lrrr_2004.

I'm sure I'll find out when I get there, but what is a Wiki?

EDIT: Done.
Buddy13

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« Reply #16 on: 02-16-2006 15:28 »

 
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Originally posted by Roy Bluth:
HAHAHA. I'll be right over. I'll mostly likely sign up as Roy Bluth. Or I'll keep it Futurama oriented and register as Lrrr_2004.

I'm sure I'll find out when I get there, but what is a Wiki?

EDIT: Done.
That's actually a great question, and one we should put at the top of an FAQ if we ever make one. Which we should!

But basically, if you've ever been to Wikipedia, it's that. It's an encyclopedia that anyone can edit. I'm sure there's a better definition somewheres, but that's the gist of it.

Roy Bluth

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« Reply #17 on: 02-16-2006 15:44 »

Oh ok, Cool. I understand.
Gopher

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« Reply #18 on: 02-16-2006 16:35 »

I tend to forget that not everybody knows what a Wiki is yet. Wiki is wonderful, possibly the most efficient tool yet for creating sets of hyperlinked articles. I'm even thinking of using it (instead of, say, OpenOffice Writer) for my next project design document (though in a less public configuration of course).

While I'm posting anyway: Just finished "Fry and the Slurm Factory," so all season one episodes have articles now, with summaries, character listings, quotes, references, original air dates, opening captions, cast/crew credits, and usually screenshots. Hooray!
Buddy13

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« Reply #19 on: 02-16-2006 16:39 »

 
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Originally posted by Gopher:
While I'm posting anyway: Just finished "Fry and the Slurm Factory," so all season one episodes have articles now, with summaries, character listings, quotes, references, original air dates, opening captions, cast/crew credits, and usually screenshots. Hooray!
And I'm working on the screenshots, I've finished the first disc, and am working on the second.

Roy Bluth

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« Reply #20 on: 02-16-2006 23:18 »

Do you know of any Arrested Development Wiki's?
Gopher

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« Reply #21 on: 02-17-2006 00:37 »

No, but you could check wikicities I suppose. Your time would really be better spent helping us with the Infosphere, though.  big grin
Buddy13

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« Reply #22 on: 02-17-2006 18:46 »

Silence! I concur!

Buddy13

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« Reply #23 on: 03-02-2006 04:38 »

Update: We still need some more active contributors. We have enough articles now that if you feel daunted by writing one yourself, you can just browse around and contribute what you can to the articles that are already there.
Chrys

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« Reply #24 on: 03-02-2006 08:41 »

I'm already with you, but I'm not that fluent at Wikicode and so things are going slowly-like. Perhaps when I am in the real mood...

"Birds don't crawl."
-Leela
Gopher

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« Reply #25 on: 03-02-2006 15:20 »

Check out the "Help" page (click help on the left sidebar from any page) there's a very helpful basic wikicode introduction there with examples; also instructions for using the format templates, which make it easy to spit out pages that conform to the style guidelines.
NoSocialLife

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« Reply #26 on: 03-03-2006 14:45 »

Sorry, Buddy13, the name "The Infosphere" has already been taken. www.infosphere.9.forumer.com
Buddy13

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« Reply #27 on: 03-03-2006 14:48 »

Can't own a trademark that's already owned. Unless Fox comes to me with a cease and desist, the Infosphere it shall remain.

And I have no idea what that website is supposed to be. All I see is what appears to be a domain squatter, advertising their services that have nothing to do with Futurama.

 
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Gopher

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« Reply #28 on: 03-03-2006 15:16 »

Yeah, I see no reason we should be worried about a name-clash with a 3rd sub-domain in a completely unrelated subject matter. They don't appear to even promote themselves as "the infosphere" on that page, it just happens to be the name of the sub-domain. Besides, our full name is "The Infosphere: A Futurama Wiki" so there's really no conflict at all.
Fryman28b

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« Reply #29 on: 03-03-2006 16:08 »

If you still need people, Ill join.
Buddy13

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« Reply #30 on: 03-03-2006 17:21 »

The more the merrier.

GreyThinkyWhale

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« Reply #31 on: 03-03-2006 20:33 »
« Last Edit on: 03-03-2006 20:33 »

     
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Originally posted by Buddy13:
Can't own a trademark that's already owned. Unless Fox comes to me with a cease and desist, the Infosphere it shall remain.

And I have no idea what that website is supposed to be. All I see is what appears to be a domain squatter, advertising their services that have nothing to do with Futurama.

 
That link's broken. The real link is here. It's my message board she's referring to, but I don't really care.

However, I'd like to know the difference between your site and this.
Buddy13

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« Reply #32 on: 03-04-2006 03:29 »
« Last Edit on: 03-04-2006 03:29 »

The main difference is depth. Wikipedia is a general encyclopedia, its focus is too broad to focus on every minute detail of Futurama. On our site, the details are the point. Although it hasn't reached that point yet, it will eventually be more in-depth than any Wikipedia article could ever be.

For example, does Wikipedia have an article on the Wristlojackamator? Or the Infosphere itself? Although Wikipedia can outclass us on depth at the moment, we already outclass them on breadth, which is what we set out to do in the first place: Our goal was to focus on breadth first, and work on depth later.

Not to mention the community. On Wikipedia, people are all objective and boring. On a Futurama-centric wiki, everyone should be equally biased on the subject, and write flatteringly awesome articles.

[edit]: Not to mention the images. Pretty much every article is intended to have at least one image. Although at the moment, there are several placeholder images, they will all eventually be replaced by better ones. Not to mention the awesome Fry Family Tree image that I made.
Chrys

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« Reply #33 on: 03-04-2006 07:17 »

Nevertheless, Wikipedia does have some excellent articles in their own Futurama portal, and I think we should try to match this quality. I took a first step yesterday and tried a new version of the article about Leela, the existing one was a bit short.
Gopher

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« Reply #34 on: 03-04-2006 09:19 »

Yeah, we'r e striving to maintain a very high quality level. We set out formatting standards very early, when it was mainly me and buddy contributing, and we're constantly trying to get all our major contributors on the band-wagon so we don't have to spend all our time going around fixing style and flow problems. One point to remember though is that, since we have separate articles for comparatively minor subjects (like the afore-mentioned Wristlojackomator) the central articles (like Leela's) just need to be thoroughly linkified to this information.

If you're contributing new articles, check out and try to use the *ArticleTemplate templates like CharacterArticleTemplate, which is just the formatted framework for a character article, including all required sections, categories, and commented format examples for entries in all sections. If people will use these, then maintaining the style standards will be pretty straight-forward. (As I said earlier, see the help page which has a section about the templates and their use)
GreyThinkyWhale

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« Reply #35 on: 03-04-2006 11:16 »

 
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Originally posted by Buddy13:
Not to mention the awesome Fry Family Tree image that I made.
Well that is pretty awesome.  tongue
NoSocialLife

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« Reply #36 on: 03-04-2006 14:17 »

Yeah, it is cool!  big grin How long did it take to make?
Buddy13

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« Reply #37 on: 03-04-2006 16:00 »
« Last Edit on: 03-05-2006 00:00 »

   
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Originally posted by NoSocialLife:
Yeah, it is cool!     big grin How long did it take to make?
Thanks!
It took way too long. And now I'm working on a Decapodian life-cycle image, but photoshop crashed on me when I was almost done, so I had to start over. Argh!

[edit]: I also noticed that my last post appears to contain many repetitions. I sound quite retarded.
NoSocialLife

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« Reply #38 on: 03-06-2006 13:35 »

I joined. I'll look about and do stuff.
commie detector

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« Reply #39 on: 03-06-2006 16:36 »

so you aren't bothered by the fact that you are keeping the name of a site that already exists... that is a forum.... but you have to copy and paste just the www. address into the address bar...
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