Last issue, we talked about some of the special pages that are hidden in the wiki that can help us grow the wiki while we wait for new episodes to air. This time, we're going to continue that theme by talking about other ways to add information to the wiki.
Article stubs are pages that are extremely short. They barely contain enough information to make it worthwhile to be on the wiki. You can help these pages by doing some research on the subject and adding as much information on the subject as possible.
Articles needing improvement are articles that someone has marked as needing some sort of help. There are many different reasons and each article will contain a message box including ways the article needs to be improved in order to remove it from the category.
Files that need help contains links for files that need to have different things done in order to make them better. Some need summaries, others need licensing or categories. They all need help in some way.
You can check on these regularly, as they will continue to get more and more titles/files added to them and will continue to need your help.
At the moment, we have:
313 pictures that need summaries
46 that need licensing info
23 that need one or more categories
177 that could use a better picture
Adding the licensing and categories are the easiest to do, followed by adding a summary. The people that have bought the episodes on DVD or from iTunes, or have a DVR that they can get a screen capture from, are encouraged to upload new versions when they can.
As more work is done on straightening out the pictures, new pictures will be added and old ones will be removed as they are fixed. The numbers above are only for what has been done so far (pictures that start with the letters A or B). See below for more information. — RRabbit42
Menu changes coming soon
Sometime in the near future, the left side menu will be changed to add a few new choices. One will be to a page that lists the things we regularly vote on, such as quote of the month, picture of the month, policies, etc. That way, we can take them out of the Sitenotice and save space at the top of the page.
So, with the recent hiatus (AKA, Disney's scheduling fail) of new episodes, we here at the Gazette have to decided to wait out the time with a sampling of nostalgia in our first ever Retro Review. So today I'll be reviewing a classic from Season 1: the very first episode, "Rollercoaster."
In "Rollercoaster," the structure of the show is very sharply set up: Phineas and Ferb decide to built a roller coaster that stretches from their backyard to the entire city. Meanwhile, Candace struggles to get her mother out of the supermarket so she can see the coaster, and Doofenshmirt tries using aluminum foil to reverse the world's rotation. In hindsight, the episode's writing is some of the freshest of the entire series and is surely an example of the show at its prime. Blank stares, dry responses, and (surprisingly) cutaway gags a la Family Guy are all utilized with superb fashion. The lines are also great: one that comes to mind is the famous "blow torch and some more peanut butter" comment which shortly became a fan catch phrase. However, that quickly (and ironically hilariously) died quickly.
The artistic approach in the episode is fresh and brilliant. The character designs are drawn with time and patience, which in recent episodes is unfortunately less glaring. It's wonderful to know that Dan storyboarded the whole thing on a train ride; a Crowning Moment of Awesome indeed. The animation, particularly on the roller coaster itself, is zooming (no pun intended). The approach to characters is a tad different then as is now, but overall, everything is the same. When you look back at it, you wish all episodes could deliver on the fun, laughs, and visual treats as "Rollercoaster" does. And overall, it's impossible not to give it an A+.
Agree with this review? Disagree? Can't really decide? Let us know on our talk page.
Bi-Weekly Top 5
as voted on by the members of the wiki
Poll #13: What is Phineas and Ferb's best invention from Season 1 that was made to help others?
This poll wound up with the largest number of ties of all polls conducted so far: 4 of the 5 choices had ties, with the third choice having 4 ties. When it came to total up the votes, there was one more tie.
Largest total number of votes:
1. Convincing Love Händel to reunite for their parents' anniversary. — 20 votes.
2. Celebrating Linda's birthday. — 9 votes.
3. Scaring away Isabella's hiccups. — 7 votes.
4. Tie, with 6 votes each:
This time, I have three smaller announcements, so I'm going to put them together here in this "Bunny Bites" column.
Phineas and Ferb nominated for 4 Daytime Emmy Awards
Flash just wrote a nice blog with the news about the Daytime Emmy Awards, so I'll refer you to that. However, there are a couple of interesting stats about the nominations.
Disney Channel received a total of 5 nominations. Phineas and Ferb accounted for 80% of them. Special Agent Oso Main Title was number 5 as "Outstanding Original Song". The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade also received four nominations, but those are for technical achievements while handling a live broadcast, rather than for a TV series.
On May 12th, our 800th article was created. It is for the upcoming episode "The Lemonade Stand". Normally when an article is created that is just a title with nothing else, that indicates it's a fake episode. However, the person that added it included a source, ToonZone, which has been reliable in the past. As we get closer to June, we'll be able to add a brief summary for it and its companion episode "She's the Mayor".
It took us 4 months to go from 700 articles to 800. How long will it take us to add the next hundred? To reach 1000?
Hard work by Tadashi.chan
During March and April, a new user named Tadashi.chan made some significant updates to the episode summaries on a few pages. The summaries changed from short blurbs to having a lot of good and useful information in them. As such, she earns the Single Achievement Patch:
Single Achievement Patch
For adding/updating several episode summaries. Presented to Tadashi.chan by RRabbit42.
Things like this are really appreciated and help make this wiki better. Thanks, Tadashi.chan.
As part of getting the Affiliated Wikis program under way, I am taking a look at every single picture on this wiki. As of right now, there are approximately 4900 pictures.
Since these files are now being shared right now with the Dutch wiki and will be with others in the near future, I have to make sure the file names make sense. People that don't speak or read English well (or at all) still see our English file names. Some files are being renamed to be more descriptive and others are being adjusted so that they are easier to read. For example, a picture named Phineas standing at the door.jpg will be easier to understand than any of the following:
Yes, we have had a few pictures uploaded with names like those last two. Eventually, names like that will be gone as I fix them. Topher helped me figure out a way to make adjustments to the file names that won't clutter up the Recent changes.
So here's where the Wiki needs your help.
Check the Files that need help page and see if there are any that you can fix. I estimate that it will take me about two months to go through each file and apply any background changes (renaming files and updating any links to them, getting them to show up in the right categories, etc.). I will have enough to do with that, so anything you can do to help out is much appreciated.
Don't forget about the article stubs and articles needing improvement that Topher talked about in his "Crat Corner". Fixing file information is still necessary, but it's not as visible as stub articles and articles that need improvement.
If you're uploading a new picture, you might want to check to see if your picture (or one very similar to it) has already been uploaded. Type in the episode's category into the search bar. For example: Category:Images from Rollercoaster. I have already deleted somewhere around 300 or 400 duplicate pictures.
When uploading a new picture, make sure the file name has spaces in it, for the reason I listed before. Some punctuation like commas and question marks are allowed, so you can manually adjust the file name at the time of the upload if your computer doesn't allow them. Don't capitalize anything that isn't a proper name (Stacy Hirano Sitting Down.png should be Stacy Hirano sitting down.png).
I will get back to work on our video and image policies shortly so that we have a standard way for files to be named. In the meantime, help us out by using file name that don't have to be adjusted later.
Coming in two weeks:
Results of the next Bi-Weekly Top 5
Hands-on with the new toys: Transforming Perry
Retro Reviews: a look back at episodes that deserve a second look
Updates on the policies that are being voted on now
Other articles to be determined (submissions wanted)