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Note: the following two posts were on the admin notice board, but I've copied these across so that everyone can discuss them properly. Clizard 18:40, 27 October 2010 (BST)


Clizard 5.10.10 Seems like a good time to redecorate the wiki in the new Vector theme (to see the unBRGSified version go to my prefs > appearance and select Vector). This will at least relieve the irony of the BRGSMono theme (it's also a little dated). I'm planning to do this in the next few weeks. If anyone has any good ideas/suggestions or images that'd make a good header or 'sider' then please post them here. Also post if you'd like to reskin it all by yourself and do it before I can lay hand to keyboard, or anywhere inbetween those two options. I'll post a preview when work has got somewhere.
I'll have a stab at that if you want! I can create a Google Code private project so that we can collaborate on it together if you want. I think Alan will be interested in that as well - joint project between the three of us? <span style="color:purple">1</span><span style="color:blue">88</span><span style="color:purple">5</span> <sup>says hi!</sup> 18:09, 5 October 2010 (BST)
I agree that the website needs a new theme but I'm not so sure what there should be down the side, I think it should be a photo of somewhere at BRGS with some kind of crest in the corner (not the real school crest but not the one thats there now), but all I want is that it doesn't look tacky to be honest. I also like the dark blue, matches with the uniform in my opinion. Just some ideas. Any other help? Let me know! Thanks BRGSMan talk - contribs 20:42, 5 October 2010 (BST)
I am kinda used to the blue now, so it would be odd when if it disappears. Perhaps we could have something in keeping with the school or school colours, but i don't really mind the Vector that much, because it is pretty streamlined. Something like Vector, but using stuff from BRGS, would probably be the best choice (albeit the hardest). Thanks, Sellers (WithAnN) 21:15, 5 October 2010 (BST)
That'll be good. I'll try to find the vector version of the current logo and spruce it up, twist it around a bit so it's less like the official one. This is the only vector version of the logo I've ever seen (painstakingly transcribed) so it is probably the best starting point. Thanks 1885, go ahead and create the google repository, the structure should be something like:


|-high_res_images.png and vector_work.svg etc.

I can provide the PHP. So it'll be possible to set up a separate test server, or use firebug on the site to edit brgsvector/default.css (hopefully this will be able to reference local images if the security settings allow?). I'll create the vector prototype theme shortly and put it online so firebug edits in the right place. We should probably start with mockup images of ideas before diving into coding...

We might be able to invert the Vector theme and change the colours a bit to match a dark blue. Darker colours are generally a bit harder to get right for web pages, especially when Vector is so light. The current theme is reminiscent of the main BRGS site, but that also badly needs a redesign, so I have no particular attachment to that colour scheme. Clizard 22:07, 5 October 2010 (BST)

I can set up a test wiki if you want me to! Shall I set up the Google Code project or just leave it as-is? I like the dark blue idea by the way. I think the current logo looks good! 1885 ProjectsTalk PageSuggestionsUser PageFeedback
Yeah let's do that, it'll be easier to edit on a separate project. Clizard
Just realized that Assembla will not do what I need it to. Aagh! I've switched to google code project hosting for now - link ishere. Just sorting out the directory setup (as recommended by Clizard) - will update 1885 ProjectsTalk PageSuggestionsUser PageFeedback}

I would love to help out, but my coding skills are non-existant, if you want to teach me I'll happily get involved but if not I'll just stay around here clearing up the place, and allow you two to concentrate on the theme. Any other help? Let me know! Thanks BRGSMan talk - contribs 18:39, 7 October 2010 (BST)

I don't really mind the appearance of this site. I find that it is the contents that matters. Dangerousx 22:21, 5 October 2010 (BST)

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I've done a first iteration on an updated logo, the current one is as old as the wiki itself. This is a rough version so the elements and fonts haven't been harmoniously aligned and positioned yet but comments are welcome. The colours could be a bit better, maybe some kind of brown-wash or brown-leaning colour (sort of Vista-icon style grit) that can be part of the BRGS Vector theme. Another alternative is a light blue, but I don't think a blue tint would work on the logo itself. Clizard.

Well I really like it how it is (I know I've already said this on your talk page!). I'm on XP, so I don't know how a Vista theme will look on my PC! Any other help? Let me know! Thanks BRGSMan talk - contribs 18:55, 1 November 2010 (GMT)

I think there should be a change because the current logo is old, but I think the original is more sinister looking and the colours blend into each other well, rather than having defined color changes which are on the new logo. The old logo has many different colors (which I think is good), but the new logo has a lot less. However, the new squirrel looks like a squirrel, unlike the old one and it is similar to the BRGS logo. Apart from the squirrels, the old logo is the same as the BRGS logo and the new logo doesn't. I'm not sure if our logo should be very different to the BRGS logo or very similar. As a summary, I think the old squirrel is better, but everything apart from the squirrel on the new logo is better than the old. I may be the only one who thinks like this and you may or may not decide to go with my ideas, or even take them onboard. I hope my opinion was helpful. Dangerousx 19:33, 1 November 2010 (GMT)

Thanks, I've done a few updates and brown-washed, toned down the contrast and fuzzied up the squirrel a bit. Squirrel needs a bit more work but I think it's more appropriate for the wiki than the current one. The logo doesn't have to be the same as the official one, a few more differences apart from the squirrel would be good. The old logo's visual flow is still nicer so that's something to do for the next iteration. Clizard


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Red Links

  • What is our policy on red linking? It's just that I notice that a lot more red linking has happened of late. Thanks, 1885 ProjectsTalk PageSuggestionsUser PageFeedback (was Template:1885/Sig before BRGSMan noticed!)
Quite Ironic with the red link for the signature... Anyway, this has in fact been discussed before when Eve asked me about it here User talk:BRGSMan/archive, and all the replies and outcome were here: User talk:Eve. Feel free to add your opinion to the debate. Any other help? Let me know! Thanks BRGSMan talk - contribs 20:26, 6 October 2010 (BST)
Aagh!! I forgot to add User: in front of 1885. Will remember in future! Thanks - will have a look at those pages. 1885 ProjectsTalk PageSuggestionsUser PageFeedback
Just to let you know there is a way without having to type out the template everytime. Just use 4 tildes <nowiki>Ifewazuwede 05:37, 24 November 2010 (GMT)</nowiki> and it will come up with your signature automatically if you have it programmed in your preferences right. Test in the sandbox, if you want to try. If you get stuck just let me know! Any other help? Let me know! Thanks BRGSMan talk - contribs 20:33, 6 October 2010 (BST)
Up until recently I have been using the four tildes but it now displays a code box with my signature inside it since we upgraded to the latest version of MediaWiki. I haven't had chance to sort it out yet - I'll have a look at it now though. Thanks, 1885 ProjectsTalk PageSuggestionsUser PageFeedback

Mr Clark(e)

  • Is Mr Clark (PE teacher) spelt Clark or Clarke? Currently he has a page called Mr Clark, within this page he is called Mr Clarke. A few people have been changing his name to Clarke. Does anyone know how it is actually Spelt? Dangerousx 21:03, 6 October 2010 (BST)
Just checked my timetable and it says 'Clarke' so I will change it now. Any other help? Let me know! Thanks BRGSMan talk - contribs 21:09, 6 October 2010 (BST)
  • Happy Editing!

102,000+ views

I'd just like to say well done to all users on this wiki because (as of the 14th of October at 17:55) we have received over 102,000 views! Celebration Time!!! 1885 ProjectsTalk PageSuggestionsUser PageFeedback

MNotice Board Posts

Just got linked to the MNotice Board page by BRGSMan, and thought I might share a few points:
  • Firstly, does it need to be admin only? I mean, a lot of people on the wiki have opinions, and I think that having people talking behind our backs isn't the best policy for a community based wiki.
  • Secondly, a point from the page; Didn't you guys make Campon an admin before? If i can remember correctly, you put him on trial after he had been asking for ages, and then didn't do anything. I know it's only fair to give him a second chance 'n' all, but even in the post on the Notice Board, Clizard talked about DangerousX and 1885, but not about Campon. Is he really needed as an admin?
Sorry if I'm ranting a bit, and sorry if I'm offending Campon, but just needed to get that out. Thanks, Sellers (WithAnN) 14:46, 27 October 2010 (BST)

Hi SellersWithAnN,

I understand your concerns. The idea of the notice board is for admins to discuss admin topics (ie who becomes an admin). Clizard however has mentioned about moving it to the community portal and I expect that to happen in the near future. Any other help? Let me know! Thanks BRGSMan talk - contribs 15:04, 27 October 2010 (BST)

The MNotice board page is fairly well advertised so I wouldn't call it talking behind anyone's back, but I completely agree that it should be here, along with all the other disparate discussion pages linked in. I was just highlighting a couple of specific points, not an exhaustive list of the merits of each person. Clizard 17:57, 27 October 2010 (BST)

"Project:" Namespace

If the developer user class does come into use (which would be fantastic!!! :-) ) then could we setup a new namespace for developer projects called "Project:" or "Developer:" (or something similar)? I think it would be useful to have a designated namespace for major works in progress. 1885 ProjectsTalk PageSuggestionsUser PageFeedback

Could you explain in a little more detail (sorry I'm just not good at 3 line ideas!)? Any other help? Let me know! Thanks BRGSMan talk - contribs 19:58, 27 October 2010 (BST)

Of course! The easiest way to describe it is by using an example...

All the templates on BRGSWiki are under the "Template:" namespace, except signatures. What I want to do is create the "Project:" or "Developer:" namespace so that developer projects have their own place on BRGSWiki! For example, if I created a project to develop a Google Chrome Extension for BRGSWiki (which I am doing at the moment :-) ) then instead of the path being "User:1885/GoogleChromeExtension", it would be simply "Project:GoogleChromeExtension". It would work nicely with Alan's article template too. Is that any better? I'm bad at explaining!! 1885 ProjectsTalk PageSuggestionsUser PageFeedback

Yeah I understand a bit better. Clizard has told me that he will sort out the name space for you. I was also wondering, would you be interested in creating some templates for user status for user pages (For example I am an admin and a bureaucrat and there would be a template for admin and one for bureaucrat, your userpage would have a developer template)? I hope you would be able to do this. Any other help? Let me know! Thanks BRGSMan talk - contribs 21:49, 27 October 2010 (BST)

I could make a template if someone gives me an image (preferably one with a transparant background). I am using an old laptop with primitive applications. Dangerousx 22:08, 27 October 2010 (BST)

I've made an admin template and done it in the style of the other templates so it isn't an odd one out. Dangerousx 22:48, 27 October 2010 (BST)

I've created the other templates.1885 ProjectsTalk PageSuggestionsUser PageFeedback

Can someone please tell me if it would be applicable to undo the edit by User:Heyyy to Georgia-Rose Smith. Thanks, Dangerousx 21:18, 9 November 2010 (GMT)

Personally I'd leave it as it is. With edits like this, I tend to assume that it's the person who the page is about that has decided to edit it, which is fair enough in this case - better to be safe I suppose. Besides, they didn't delete anything that was particularly interesting/relevant. Chris talk - mod 21:55, 9 November 2010 (GMT)

We have now made over 2000 pages on Brgs wiki! Now lets aim for 100000! Dangerousx 09:35, 30 November 2010 (GMT)

Cool. I enjoy clicking on the random page button so this should mean more randomness, more fun!

I made a few bot edits by mistake after the other day's cleanup. See my talk page and the top of this page (edit histories) for details. I'm not particularly fond of having html in pages either, but the real problem is external links. Clizard

I'm Back!

Sorry I've been away, been busy with other things. Will be back regularly from now on, to make sure things are up to date! Any other help? Let me know! Thanks BRGSMan talk - contribs 21:47, 25 April 2011 (BST)

BadEdit Template

Hi! A while back, I created a template for users who go round restoring bad edits. This template is designed to help simplify and quicken the process of informing new users about BRGSWiki's editing policy following a bad edit. I've recently finalized the design and wording of it, and it is now suitable for mainstream release. Can I move it to the Template: namespace! You can find it at Dev:1885/BadEdit - an example is available here. Thanks, 1885 ProjectsTalk PageSuggestionsUser PageFeedback