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Redflame image sources

They're screen caps, but where are they from exactly? Don't recall that from any ads I've seen.--Bob (talk) 22:42, 11 August 2008 (EDT)

  • Last night's Olympic coverage. They are doing alot of Heroes previews since NBC is covering it.--HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 08/12/2008 08:24 (EST)

Image duplication

Hey HDS. You and I seem to have been uploading a bunch of the same or similar images. (There's something I've heard about great minds...) Make sure before you upload an image, you check some of the image categories first. For instance, if you're going to upload something from The Second Coming, check Category:Images from The Second Coming. Ditto The Butterfly Effect--check Category:Images from The Butterfly Effect. Although there will certainly still be some duplicates (a few always slip by), checking the categories first will certainly help avoid too many duplicate images. Thanks, and keep up the good work! :) -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 08:13, 24 September 2008 (EDT)

  • Also, when you're uploading images, you might want to use the options for Template:Image-screenshot to specify the appropriate categories. The template is designed to make it easier to designate categories, and can be expanded if you want to add a category (like I just did for Claude Rains [there's no "e" in his last name, but if you just do {{image-screenshot|Claude=t}} you don't have to remember that to get it right. :)]). BTW, thanks again for all the image uploads. Nicely done.--MiamiVolts (talk) 15:00, 21 October 2008 (EDT)
    • Thanks for the suggestion; I've used that template before; it's just that sometimes when I am in a hurry; I can't remember the syntax for each parameter; and revert back to the older style of categorying...I agree the template is more beneficial and flexible. --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 10/21/2008 15:17 (EST)

Image quality

What process do you use for creating your graphic novel images? The quality of some of them is...sub-par. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 10:48, 28 October 2008 (EDT)

Unfortuantely at times, I tend to probably crop them to 450x350 when the may be too far from actually fitting that standard; If you have any particular image in mind; send me its link, and I'll see if I can't 'do a better job' with it. --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 10/28/2008 10:50 (EST)

  • Well, yeah, pretty much all of the last batch you uploaded. :) Image:Abigail and Lee within forcefield.jpg is fuzzy, Elle has a funky head in Image:Claude and Elle and London Skyline.jpg and the image quality isn't that great (it's kind of jagged), Image:Claude and Elle at Hamlet.jpg has some fuzzy spots where you removed the text boxes, Image:Abigail's forcefield punch.jpg has black bars (and doesn't need to be so wide, truth be told), Image:Abigail's Forcefield.jpg is fuzzy... What's the program you use, or what process do you use for creating your images? -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 13:03, 28 October 2008 (EDT)
    • I use Snagit to capture the graphic to jpg file, and then use Paint.Net to crop or edit the file. It may be loosing some resolution in the original save to jpg...I used to save it first to Tiff; edit an crop it; then save it to jpg; perhaps that is more resolute. I did think however, that the forcefield shots today were kinda blurry to begin with 'inside' the forcefield; but I can go back and recheck and see if I can make these clearer. --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 10/28/2008 14:31 (EST)
      • Just cleaned up and re-upped these two....Image:Abigail's Forcefield.jpg and Image:Abigail's_forcefield_punch.jpg. Will try and get the others soon hereafter. (however there is some degree of natural blur within the forefield balls) I think sometimes the excitement of the new cap and wanting to get it up there, needs to be bridled more for the sake of carelessness and quality. Will be more mindful in the future of this. --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 10/28/2008 14:49 (EST)
        • The new images look better. You bring up a good point about carelessness vs quality--some people feel the need to be the "first" to post a picture for some reason. I don't get it--especially when some of the pictures aren't the best, as you clearly articulated....I only bring up the issue because I know you upload a lot of images and usually you do a pretty good job, especially at taking the time to remove text boxes etc. By the way, if you're cutting and pasting, I find that even MS Paint does a pretty good job at keeping the quality. Yeah, I know the forcefield pics aren't the best to begin with, but it's a bit beyond that...But for truly great quality pics, I can't sing the praises of Gimp enough. It has just about every tool you could want or need, and I'm always discovering new ones. Plus, it's completely free! -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 16:54, 28 October 2008 (EDT)
          • I've never looked at Gimp; will have to try it. What picture format do you capture, and edit prior to the final conversion to jpg upload? Do you always manipulate as JPG the entire time? --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 10/28/2008 19:22 (EST)
            • Here's Gimp's site. It can create jpg, png, gif, tif, and a slew of other formats. I usually stick to jpgs, but I'll sometimes work in pngs if the occasion calls for it. Like I said, I'm always finding new nooks and crannies to the application--I know it's fantastic, but I don't know even a fraction of what it's capable of. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 19:31, 28 October 2008 (EDT)


Hey, HiroDynoSlayer. How would you like to be a patroller here? Take a look at Heroes Wiki:Patrollers and see if it's something you'd like to do. If so, reply back to my talk page. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks! -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 17:06, 1 November 2008 (EDT)

  • Great! Take a look at Heroes Wiki:Patrollers and read some of the tips, etc. Don't forget to add your name to the page. Try patrolling some unpatrolled edits. Let me know if you have any questions. Congrats! :) -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 12:45, 3 November 2008 (EST)
    • Congrats on making patroller, HiroDynoSlayer! Also, if you have questions and Ryan is not around you can post them to Heroes Wiki talk:Patrollers and another patroller or administrator can try to answer them.--MiamiVolts (talk) 14:17, 3 November 2008 (EST)
      • OK, so I've read the instruction page a few times; and generally understand the reason for the job...but when it comes down to actually 'doing' what you do, is this pretty much what you guys do? (to see if I am understanding the process correctly). 1) look at the recent changes page, 2) find the red-!'s and then go to that page 3) compare the history of the tip change back to the last time it was patrolled to see what the recent changes have been 4) and if they are good, then mark it partrolled? Is that what you guys do? Also, what if is bad or incorrect stuff? I wouldn't want to mark that as patrolled, but fix it, it would stay unpatrolled until another patroller or admin came along and verifed/patrolled it...? Is that pretty how it works? --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 11/3/2008 14:27 (EST)
        • Yeah, I think you've got it. Basically: 1) Look at Special:Recent changes, 2) (cntl-)click on the "diff"s for the red !'s (or the article title itself if it's first edit of an article), 3) examine the change, 4a) if it's ok and is not one of your own edits, mark it patrolled, or 4b) if it's not good, undo the change or fix it as appropriate, then mark the person's edit that you fixed as patrolled (your own edits/fixes will get reviewed by someone else).--MiamiVolts (talk) 14:45, 3 November 2008 (EST)
        • One other tip. If you want to see the list of recent patrols, you can view them at the patrol log.--MiamiVolts (talk) 14:51, 3 November 2008 (EST)
          • What if there are several unpatrolled diffs in a row in the history of one page? Do you just check them all and mark the tip patrolled, or mark each revision patrolled? --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 11/3/2008 14:53 (EST)
            • If there's several unpatrolled "diff"s for a single page, each "diff" still has to be marked as patrolled for it to go away. If you mark only the last "diff" patrolled, it won't affect the patrol status of other "diff"s. However, if you have to edit the page to fix it, you would normally edit the current revision of the page (last "diff") so that good revisions of the page are not undone. The only reason to edit an older revision is if you want to get rid of/undo all the revisions after it.--MiamiVolts (talk) 15:02, 3 November 2008 (EST)
              • HDS, looking through the edits you have patrolled so far, you seem to be doing a fantastic job. You are marking good edits as patrolled, and fixing mistakes in other edits. That's exactly what you should be doing. You were recommended and chosen to be a patroller because you have good knowledge in three areas: the world of Heroes, the policies of Heroes Wiki, and the use of the English language.

                By the way, another way to access the diff pages without going through the recent changes is by going to the history of a page and looking at each diff individually. For instance, User:SacValleyDweller/Episode Table has a good number of edits that need to be patrolled (because SacValleyDweller can't patrol his own edits). You can go to the page's history, and then click on two radio boxes that are right next to each other. (Older edits are at the bottom.) Then compare the selections, and you should see the diff page with the "Mark as patrolled" link. Start at an early one, like this one. It's helpful to open the "Mark as patrolled" link in a new tab (CTRL+click) or a new window (SHIFT+click). Then scroll through the diffs by clicking the "Next diff" arrow, and patrol the next edit. Another tip: on some browsers, you can hit ALT+SHIFT+P to patrol quickly and without using your mouse. That way, if you have a bunch of tabs opened that all need to be patrolled quickly, you can ALT+SHIFT+P to patrol, then CTRL+TAB to jump to the next window. It's pretty handy. Play around and see what works for you. Let us know if you discover anything that might benefit others! :) -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 15:48, 3 November 2008 (EST)

                • I just checked recent changes, and it gave me [page]; but when I go to it's history page, there is only the initial revision, not other revisions; and it isn't showing the mark as patrolled option. Were you guys aware that for initial entries, they still show the red-! in recent changes, but the page history doesn't allow you to mark it as patrolled? --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 11/4/2008 11:29 (EST)
                  • I noticed that too, and I think that if you go to the actual page, at the bottom right corner there is a 'Mark as patrolled' link. I think that's how new pages are patrolled, but I'm not entirely sure. --Stevehim 11:35, 4 November 2008 (EST)
                    • Thanks, that was it. --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 11/4/2008 11:47 (EST)
                      • Stevehim was correct, glad you both found it. To clarify what I said above, in Recent Changes you have to click on the article itself if it's the first edit (a new article) to be able to mark it patrolled. The "Mark as patrolled" link will appear at the bottom right (or left, depending on your browser) of the new article. Also, if the article itself is a redirect and it's a new article, the "Mark as patrolled" link will appear at the bottom of the page being redirected to.--MiamiVolts (talk) 11:53, 4 November 2008 (EST)

Portrait images

Hey, HDS. Make sure that when you upload portrait images that they're 200x250. When you cut them in half (100x125) they don't work the same at full size or when they're converted to thumbnails. Thanks! -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 21:02, 7 November 2008 (EST)

  • Can you give me an example of which one you're talking about? I pulled a few down last week and re-upped them, but I didn't think I changed their size (maybe they weren't 200x250 to begin with, and I just didn't notice it???) --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 11/10/2008 15:18 (EST)
    • Nevermind...I just went back through my last contributions and found a few like that...Weird. I am not sure why they were re-scaled....not intentional, but I will watch for that in the future when upping them. --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 11/10/2008 15:20 (EST)
      • No big deal. There were just so many that I thought it must have been intentional. Must've been "just one of those things" ... no worries! -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 15:41, 10 November 2008 (EST)

Helpful links

There's a great list of links in the helpbox, too. :) -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 10:47, 13 November 2008 (EST)

Collapsible galleries

Collapsing isn't working for the galleries, at least not in my browser and I'm using Firefox 3.--MiamiVolts (talk) 16:30, 13 November 2008 (EST)

  • I also use Firefox. I noticed yesterday that if you are using the 'NoScript' add-on, it will cause all of your collapses to be fully shown until you allow all Other than that, I haven't had any other problems with FireFox being able to collapse the galleries. --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 11/13/2008 16:33 (EST)
    • No, that isn't my problem... The main problem is that you put 'Season One' for the show/hide text for all of the galleries, even when it was to collapse a 'Season Two' or 'Season Three' gallery, such as in Examples of lightning, so I thought that using the gallery tag was bugging out the collapsing when in reality it is your "human" error :). Also, I'm not using 'NoScript', but periodically (like once a week or two) my javascript appears to be completely shutting off, then I clear my javascript console and browser cache, and restart the browser, and it works again--that isn't the main issue in this case, though.--MiamiVolts (talk) 18:56, 13 November 2008 (EST)
      • OK, I see what you mean...I was so focused on the syntax of the tables, I missed that cut n paste issue... Will fix it now. --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 11/13/2008 21:59 (EST)

Episode references in galleries

Hey there. When you're putting episode references in a gallery, you'll probably want to separate the reference from the caption with a line break. It's not a "rule" or anything, but it's a pretty standard practice. For instance, on examples of space-time manipulation, it should be

Image:Powers Hiro teleports to Paris.jpg|[[Hiro]] teleports to [[Paris]] with [[Ando]].<br />(''[[The Butterfly Effect]]'')


Image:Powers Hiro teleports to Paris.jpg|[[Hiro]] teleports to [[Paris]] with [[Ando]]. (''[[The Butterfly Effect]]'')

That way you'll get


Thanks! Keep up the good work as always! :) -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 22:37, 14 November 2008 (EST)

  • Funny you mention this. Historically that is how I have always done it; until the last big mergers I was doing Friday. I decided at that time, that if there was enough space on the last line to fit the ref I thought it looked better in that case, to just fill one line, instead of taking up an additional one. If it is more 'standard' however, to do a crlf for each ref, I'm fine doing that. I'm just glad that we are down to having only about 4 pages left that still haven't been merged....maybe this week; if work is slow, I'll get to them. --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 11/15/2008 20:44 (EST)
    • The bigger issue is that what it looks like on your browser might not be the way it looks on somebody else's browser. There are plenty of times where I'll CTRL+plus my screen a couple of times, and it really changes the spacing. It's the same reason we try not to specify thumb widths and why we use percentages in the portal tables. Thanks for your work on that, HDS--you're doing a spectacular job! -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 21:07, 15 November 2008 (EST)

Cat links

Hey HiroDynoSlayer, I noticed you were having trouble with linking a category on Ryan's page without it showing up. The way to do so is the same way you link images. Just use [[:<cat name>]] and it will be linked without categorizing the page. For instance, use [[:Category:Images from Destiny, Part 3]] shows up as Category:Images from Destiny, Part 3, but does not categorize this page.--MiamiVolts (talk) 15:19, 25 November 2008 (EST)

Transcript blog drop down menu

Okay, check out the drop down menu at Let me know what you think! (I think it's pretty cool...) -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 08:08, 29 November 2008 (EST)

--HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 12/1/2008 11:33 (EST) Yep, pretty cool stuff. Where is the dropdown code/script at? I was gonna use it as a base to redo the GN and webisode pages; but can't seem to find where it is.--HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 12/1/2008 11:33 (EST)

  • Yeah, I had to hack in to the html code for the entire page. Since you like it, I'll fix up the other sites the same way. I think it's pretty nifty, and it really does solve the problem, eh? -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 13:22, 1 December 2008 (EST)
    • Okay, they're all done now. However, we should probably shorten the labels on the webisode transcript blog so the drop down menu fits on the page. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 13:46, 1 December 2008 (EST)
      • OK, look at it now. [1] To keep from changing the wording, (and associated links), and to allow wording in the future to be relatvely wide and not create a problem later, I moved the dropdown so it is in the center of the topmost part of the blog, so it has more room to show all the dropdown. See if you think that will work, and if so, we should probably standardize that position across all three blogs...but the good thing is, we won't have to change any code or wiki links (because we aren't changing any urls or labels. --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 12/1/2008 14:56 (EST)
        • It looks great there! However, part of the reason it looks good there is because it's such a big (long) drop down menu. I don't think it would look so good on the other blogs. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 15:00, 1 December 2008 (EST)
          • I agree with Ryan. You're probably better off keeping it at the top of the page where HDS just moved it, but make it flush left. That way the other blogs menus will not look out of place.--MiamiVolts (talk) 15:25, 1 December 2008 (EST)

Eclipse, Part 2 Lead Image

Hey, I'm fine with your idea to show the receeding eclipse...makes sense to me...just remember when you decide to replace an earlier image that is the same name, to copy over the prior pic to a different name before doing it. When you just re-up a different pic without doing that, it blows away the previous pic. I'll re-up the picture of the Eclipse crossing Claire's face as a standard epi picture. No big deal, just something to remember. --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 12/2/2008 10:12 (EST)
Hey, thanx for the message. You are absolutely right, i never really thought about that, will do it from now on. -- Futurepeter ( U - T - C ) 10:39, 2 December 2008 (EST)

Transcript categories

What's up with the transcript categories? What are they for? -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 15:49, 5 December 2008 (EST)

  • What I want to do, is set up a parent category named Transcripts, which will have children subcategories of transcriptsEpisodes, transcriptsGNs, transcriptsWebisodes, that it will be easy to bring up the category either at the top level, or the sub-cat level; to see which of everything has all be transcribed. That way myself or other folks can bring up the cat-page, and it will automatically tell anyone which transcripts are available. I'm just haven't played much with doing sub-cats, but I think I am figuring it out. String Theory is appearing on the main Transcript Cat page under TranscriptGNs in alpha order like I want, but it isn't showing on the TranscriptGN page; but I think that is because I need to list both cats on the String theory page. --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 12/5/2008 15:54 (EST)
    • I don't think we need to add a category like that to the graphic novel or episode pages. A list of which graphic novels are transcribed can be found here. It can also be found in the drop down menu on the GN transcript blog, right? Adding a category to the graphic novel page called "Transcripts" (or a variation of that) doesn't make sense since the page itself is not a transcript. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 15:58, 5 December 2008 (EST)
      • OK, I'll revert those changes back to the 2 GNs I did, and remove the cat and subcats for transcripts. I like the seealso template, how it there a way to make a super-set page that has it and the other seealso transcript pages as sub-cats? In other words, what I was trying to accomplish, is have one page I can go to, that has listed on it, like sub-cats, all of the transcribed resources. --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 12/5/2008 16:01 (EST)
        • I have an idea. Let me work on it in a little bit. :) -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 16:04, 5 December 2008 (EST)
          • Okay, check it out. If you want, I can make it a "backwards" list and print the episodes, GNs, and webisodes that don't have a transcript. Right now it's printing alphabetically--does that work? -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 16:24, 5 December 2008 (EST)

Moving pages

  • If a page move requires some kind of admin intervention, please don't try to work around it. It just makes it that much more confusing for us to actually figure out what's going on. Just let one of us know and we'll do it correctly from the start. Thanks. (Admin 11:53, 15 December 2008 (EST))
    • Please explain to me what needs to be done because it currently doesn't make any sense to me. (Admin 11:55, 15 December 2008 (EST))
      • I think all that needs to be done, is the discussion page needs to be merged over. I was afraid that doing a move would cause it to overlay the destination discussion page; that's why I didn't try to do it that way. I was thinking you guys have an extra ability to 'merge'. All that I think needs to be done, is to merge the old Electromagnetism's discussion page into the present Electic Manipulation's discussion page. Sorry again for making extra work for you. --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 12/15/2008 11:59 (EST)
        • Ok, I think I see now what happened. Ok, I moved the Electromagnetism pages back to where they were. There's no special merge functionality. The way a merge is done is that the destination article and its talk page gets all the relevant information added to it manually. At that point, the original page is either deleted or redirected. (Admin 12:02, 15 December 2008 (EST))
          • OK, good to know. I'll manually move over the talk page from the Electromagnetism page; and then mark it with a afd tag.
            • Sounds good! :) (Admin 12:04, 15 December 2008 (EST))
              • OK, I think everything is in order regarding the discussion pages. There were two existing discussion archives for Electromagnetism, I copied them over to this one, and also took the current Electromagnetism discussion and made it into its own 3rd archive, and listed it here as well. All discussions archived for both prior power pages should still be accessable in the archive section at the top of the Electric manipulation talk page. --HiroDynoSlayer (talk) 12/15/2008 12:19 (EST)