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How do I become an administrator? --S.C.Ruffeyfan 18:00, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Well over at WP there is somethign called RfA, or Requests for Adminship. We don;t have such thing as this here yet, but it may appear soon. In the meantime, if you talk to Tim he might make you an admin...
Hope this helps!
Bluegoblin7 18:02, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

(after edit conflict)

It's by no means as formal as Wikipedia. We don't have a process yet, but we probably should soon. You do it by helping out, showing use of common sense, decent quality edits in articles or admin areas, helping other users, etc.
The thing about adminship is that it is a real pain! Seriously!! Because we have no special privileges, we only have extra responsibilities we work a little bit harder, and truly try to get the place into shape.
At present we appoint admins on a whim! So far it has been my whim! But we now have sufficient other admins that they can make a judgment and have their own whims, too.
You have to be pretty sure you want to be one before asking to be one :)
Tim Trent 18:07, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Images from Wikimedia Commons

I notice many images here are from Wikimedia Commons, can you link directly to images from Wikimedia Commons like that other Wiki Website? Or do you have to go through the hassle of uploading them separately? If you have to upload them separately is there a bot to make it easier? Oxyman 16:26, 29 December 2007 (UTC)

Hi there. Unfortunately images from there have to be uploaded separately but we are currently looking for bots to perform the various laborious tasks that need doing. If you do upload images from Commons, you should tag teh talk page with {{From Commons}} Thanks. Class91 17:27, 29 December 2007 (UTC)


How do u archive a talk page??????????? --S.C.Rf 18:36, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

Hi Alex,
The easiset way is to just cut and paste the content from your talk page to an archive page (User talk:S.C.Ruffeyfan/Archive 1 for example), however there is a way to do it where you move the history of a page as well. Tim, Slambo or EdJogg, may know more...
BG7 18:48, 13 January 2008 (UTC)
If you really want the background to this, there's help somewhere at WP page: WP:Help:Archiving a talk page, which describes archiving talk pages. Can't remember where it is, though. There are drawbacks to both methods, but the simple cut-and-paste, as described by BG7 is quite adequate. The history is preserved on your talk page, as is the submission where you identify moving a chunk of talk content to an archive, so there's nothing to worry about -- you won't 'lose' history.
Have a look at Tim's talk page and you'll see what you need to do (scroll down a bit to find the 'Archives' box, and look at one of the archive pages to see the templates to use). I would suggest you look at my page, but you'll have to go to WP for that, as I haven't got round to it yet here.
EdJogg 00:34, 14 January 2008 (UTC)
Having just seen that {{Archive box}} did not exist, I have now got round to archiving my own talk page. So have a look to see how its done. It is quite straightforward.
Incidentally, it might be helpful to copy WP:Help:Archiving a talk page over here, especially as it is linked from all the templates and sub-templates! Thoughts anyone?
EdJogg 13:33, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

New user welcome template

Where's the New User Welcome (user talk page) template? There's a typo on it! ('diesn't' instead of 'doesn't') EdJogg 10:29, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

That took some finding! MediaWiki:NewUserWelcomeTalkPageContent Tim Trent Talk to me 10:37, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
The typo has been untypoed Tim Trent Talk to me 10:41, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

Bad filename needs deleting

A user has managed to create Is This the End?, which seems an innocuous-enough title, except that the Mediawiki software is objecting to it -- click on the page link, and you'll see ("Bad title").

At the very least someone with access to the server needs to look into this to remove the file, and find out what is being objected to in the filename. Once the issue is resolved, the replacement article Is This the End should be moved to its correct title (with a question mark).

For reference, Wikipedia has plenty of article titles containing question marks. ('?' itself is a redirect to 'Question mark').

EdJogg 09:53, 30 October 2008 (UTC)

Bernd is looking at it. Unfortunately a simple deletion from the database is impossible. MW software has weird database dependencies. I created a file myself Test page? and have the same result. It fails on page creation, which is regrettable since the work put in to creating the page is lost. Tim Trent Talk to me 13:47, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
Just as well we found this then! EdJogg 14:43, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
It appears to be impenetrable, though. Tim Trent Talk to me 14:50, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
Hey guys, I think that the problem is related to our MW version. I don't know what version we're running as Special:Version isn't showing it. I'll have a looksy to see what version it was introduced in, if that is the issue. *sigh* it seems many of our issues relate to the software version... Personally, i'd upgrade to 1.14alpha and use that (indeed, I do!) but it's up to you guys.
BG7 17:54, 22 April 2008 (UTC) 16:03, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
I take your point, but it will take an earthquake to make us upgrade. MW sucks, and release upgrades suck the worst of all. Tim Trent Talk to me 17:59, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
True ;). The easiest way I found was to reinstall it with the latest one, and just putting in the db etc as it is. Update the extensions at the same time, and then run upgrade.php in the maintenance file and we've had no issues. We now update from the latest SVN revision on all of our wikis on our wikifarm. Anyhoo, just my thoughts ;) BG7 17:54, 22 April 2008 (UTC) 19:06, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

Macon, Dublin and Savannah Railroad

Hi there, New member to the forum here.

I was attempting to find anyone with information regarding the paint scheme used on the MD&S diesels in the 40's and 50's.

I am inquiring about the colors used, lettering and heralds on any diesel-anyone has info about.

My name is Ric and I may be reached at:

Many thanks to all!

Hi Ric,
I hope you find the information out. When you do is there a chance you can add it to the article, please? Tim Trent Talk to me 17:58, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

Fanfiction Needs Deletion

Hi there,

a user has created a series of pages for a Thomas fanfiction, "Thomas the Trackmaster Movie", which was made by plagiarizing my fanfiction from, "Saving Sodor".

I'm not happy to have my work plagiarized by this user. If these articles could be deleted, that would be much apreciated.


Creating new topics?

How do you make new topics? Thomasfanaz (talk) 00:16, 29 August 2011 (UTC)