I wrote a little program that counts the number of times the most frequent words appear in a text and ran it on the first chapter. Arthur appears exactly 42 times! Now, I copy-pasted an online excerpt and don't have the book here to check. If correct, it's definitely not a coincidence! Have you heard of this before?
Oh that's so cool, I've never heard anyone else look into the amount of times certain words appear in Hitchhikers so this is really interesting! I feel like Douglas Adams probably didn't intend for it, he seemed quite entertained by all the theories about the number 42, but it'll be interesting if more things of importance crop up 42 times! Thanks for sharing this!
Thank you for the warning! We already had the user blocked, however they still managed to vandalise our page. Luckily we got it reverted quickly and blocked again with IP blocking which should hopefully stop that from happening again.
Do you have a link to where they threatened to vandalise our Hitchhikers Wiki? I wonder why we were targeted.
Thanks for the links, I'm so sorry you've had to deal with such disgusting and cruel language. This person clearly has nothing better to do in their life so they're trying to disrupt others in their harmless hobbies on Wikis. I've contacted staff at Community Central in the hopes that we can get them a permanent block because all their contributions are just vandalism and harassment and this shouldn't be allowed to continue. I hope very much that you and Maximillian get some peace from this user.
So sorry to bother you so soon after the last question, but I uploaded a photo for the Great Green Arkleseizure, and it still displays the image as 'Screenshot/MM/DD/YY bla bla bla' instead of the Arkleseizure.png I named it in my files. I tried re-uploading it, but the box where it says "Destination filename" cannot be accessed by me to change it. I have no idea what to do now, any advice or guidance would help a lot!
Hi! Don't worry, it's no bother, I'm here to help as best I can. Unfortunately I'm not sure what's going wrong there, I've had an issue with that before when uploading screenshots so I think it might just be a glitch or issue that happens when people upload screenshots.
My suggestion would be to delete the image and re-upload it fresh, if you're not able to delete the image page then let me know and I'll do it, I always forget where there are deleting restrictions or not! Don't worry too much about this, though, I've uploaded tonnes of images and had to re-name them and things, and there's images on the Wiki with long complex names, so it's not an issue.
Also, I don't know how new you are to Wikia but we tend to use Infoboxes instead of just uploading images with a caption on pages, especially when there's quite a bit of information on the page that can be put in the infobox! For stubs it's fine to just upload an image if there's really no use for an infobox, but irt's preferred to add an infobox instead. :-)
I noticed this wiki has custom admin names, like your "Head Hitchhiker" and "Megadodo Staff", but I'm working on a new wiki for my book series and was wondering how you change them from the basic "Bureaucrat" and "Founder". I'm not sure if you know, but I sure would appreciate any advice you have!
Then, in the search/filter box type in: User-identity-box-group
This will bring up a list of all possible titles that can come up on a person's profile, and their default text and current text in different colours in the right column, if you've changed the text and it's different from the default one.
You simply click the name of the one you want to edit, e.g. user-identity-box-group-founder (the last word will tell you what it is basically), then if you haven't edited it before, clicking on it will open a new page and the text displayed. Simply type in whatever you want it to say instead, (e.g. 'founder' changed to 'President of the Galaxy'), save the page, and the text will change within 10 minutes (changed on Wikis can be slow, especially if a lot are done in a row, so it might not change immediately but it will eventually).
Once you've edited one of these titles, then it'll have a page you can click on, and if you want to change it again you just edit it the way you would edit any other page on the Wiki and replace the text, no code needed, then save it again.
The ones I have edited on this Wiki are: bureaucrat, chatmoderator, founder, sysop (admin) and threadmoderator. I think you can edit the others, such as blocked, but I've stayed away from editing the global titles like the Staff and VSTF as I don't know if it's cool with them to edit those titles, but the others are fine to customise.
Hope this helps! I've done a lot of exploring and customising around here since adopting the Wiki, and I'm definitely no expert but I'm happy to help if you ever have any more questions!
P.S: Thanks for all your recent edits to the Wiki! It's always great to see another fan helping out and working alongside the rest of us. It's really great when new people come along with new information and add things the rest of us might never have considered, so thank you!
Thank you! I've only recently read/listened/watched Hitchhiker's Guide, so I'm just glad I can be a part of this. I'm also pretty new to the whole wiki editing thing, so I'm glad I have people to come to for answers.
That's so cool that you're new to Hitchhiker's yet already such a passionate fan - we're glad to have you on our team! I'm happy to help with anything pertaining to this Wiki, but for other more general questions I'd recommend going to Community Central instead as they can probably help a lot more. There's lots of pages about editing and creating Wikis, and forums with tonnes of questions already answered, and people ready to ask any questions you might have, it's helped me a lot with customising and updating this Wiki and will probably be a great help to you too!
Aw, thank you so much Iris! I'm so glad to be able to help out other fans like yourself. It's so cool that you're writing a paper on Hitchhikers, what's it all about? If there's ever any way we can help you out with your paper then just let us know, I for one am happy to help out if there's any quotes or info you need to find. I toast my tea to you in return! :-)
Oh it is a school paper but quite an important one. The grade is going to affect my ALevels a great deal and if i do not hand it in i am not allowed to take part in the finals at all.
I am really happy I could choose the Hitchhiker as my topic. Even if that means I have to write the whole paper in english, which is not my first language and therefore makes my reading and writing quite a bit slower. But I love the book and researching Douglas Adams is great. Tomorrow I have to hand in my first chapter which is the plot summary and i am putting the finishing touches on it. I completely forgot how anti climactic the lets-go-for-some-dinner-end of the first book is but I love it.
I will certainly accept your offer to help as soon as I meet a dead end but so far I have managed okay i think. this wiki definitely helps :)
Since my next chapter is about The Author Himself I do have one question for you: I read or heard in some paper or podcast that Douglas Admas worked as a cleaner for chicken shed which is highly amusing to me though not really relevant information. I was wondering if you could confirm this fact or if I do not actually remember it correctly after all?
In the hopes you do not burn your tongue on your tea,
That sounds like such a fun topic to choose! Haha, it always gets me how suddenly the first book ends too, classic Douglas Adams being terrible at getting his books and scripts published on time, but it was worth it in the end! Your English reads really well to me, I bet your paper is going to be great.
I've also heard the chicken shed cleaner thing a lot, I know he had a lot of odd jobs so I think it must be true. The Guardian included it in their article about Douglas Adams and they tend to be good at fact checking, so I think it's true:
"With his dreams of being a writer crumbling around him Adams took a series of bizarre jobs including working as a chicken-shed cleaner and as a bodyguard to the ruling family of Qatar. "I think the security firm must have been desperate. I got the job from an ad in the Evening Standard.""
Oh I am so sorry! For some reason this completely went unnoticed by me.
Honestly I cant really remember what i first wanted to reply so here is what I would reply if I had gotten your lovely message just today :) :
Yes! I am very exited about the topic of my paper. Actually I cant really decidde which aspects to research and which to leave out. Its almost the end of Easter Break and I have a page about Douglas Admas himself due on monday but I am having trouble starting it so it does not sound like I just copied the beginning of his Wikipedia page?
I think I might go with the Innsbruck story for an introduction to the text? What do you think?
Also the Chicken Shed cleaner is especially funny to me since my dad reminded me how tall Douglas Adams actually were and now I imagine him to fit into a chicken shed.
I kind of want to draw that, haha. Actually, my teacher said it would be okay if for me extra assignment in my paper I would illustrate the book or just draw the characters which sounds really fun so I will probably do that :)
Yeah well, I am going to have to write something for my paper now I guess!
No worries, there's never any rush or pressure to reply fast! It's always nice to hear from you.
There are so many different things to write about with Douglas Adams and Hitchhikers, I would find it hard to choose as well! I think the Innsbruck story is a great idea, it's always fun to write about how important towels became to Douglas Adams. Gosh I didn't know how tall he was but I just looked it up, poor Douglas having to squeeze into those sheds!
That sounds like such a nice idea to draw it! I bet it would make your assignment stand out to have illustrations. You could maybe draw Douglas Adams with one of the Hitchhikers characters or carrying a towel! Good luck again with your paper, I bet you'll do great!
Hi, I just noticed that there are now three pages called some variant of "Broop Kidron 13", and we probably only need one. I've looked it up, and although I can't find it in the book, most other places I've checked spell it Broop Kidron 13.
Thanks for noticing this, I'm sorry I accidentally contributed to this confusion - oops! It really is a confusing case. There's a lot of references to the quote online, I found one Google Book that referenced it which seemed quite official and sourced it to the original scripts, but that quote also called them Shalternacs instead of Shaltanacs!
I have managed to find out where the quote is from - although someone put it in as from the book (which I just copied without checking oops) it was actually from the Hitchhiker's Christmas Special radio episode, which in turn was mostly reused and became Fit the Seventh. Off the top of my head I can't remember if it stayed in Fit the Seventh, but that's probably why it's hard to source it. I'm going to look through the Original Radio Scripts to find the quote printed there and I think that's the spellings we should use as it's the most accurate we're probably going to get!
Okay, original quote from the script has been sourced!
Here it is:
It is, of course, perfectly natural to assume that everyone else is having a far more exciting time than you. Human beings for instance have a phrase which describes this phenomenon - 'The other man's grass is always greener.'
The Shaltanac race of Broop Kidron Thirteen had a similar phrase, but since their planet is somewhat eccentric botanically speaking, the best they could manage was The other Shaltanac's joopleberry shrub is always a more mauvy shade of pinky russet', and so the expression soon fell into misuse and the Shaltanacs had little option but to become terribly happy and contented with their lot, much to the surprise of everyone else in the Galaxy who had not realized that the best way not to be unhappy is not to have a word for it.
The quote stayed in the Fit the Seventh script, so I'll change it as being from Fit the Seventh instead of from the book. I'll put it all on the page Broop Kidron Thirteen and delete the duplicates! Hope this sounds like a good plan to you as well, and thanks again for letting me know about this!
I'm going to make sure all the links point to the right page, and I've changed the Shaltanac page to the plural Shaltanacs. I'm also going to made the references to the joopleberry shrub lowercase instead of Joopleberry Shrub, as it appeared lowercase in the scripts. Hope this has helped sort this out!
Because I'm using Grammarly as you know and it suggests changing "begins" into "begin" and I change it to "begin" but it makes another suggestion of changing it back to "begins." It's possible it's doing that because the sentence is not written or worded properly.
What do you think? If it doesn't need to be changed, can you explain?
I think it doesn't need to be changed and it does make sense as it is, because "Life, the Universe and Everything" is the name of the book, so it is one noun, but Grammarly might be picking it up as three separate things. If it were three separate things then it would need to be "begin", but as it is just one, it needs to be "begins".
The sentence is perfectly fine as far as I can tell; Grammarly is just getting confused because it doesn't realise that "Life, the Universe and Everything" is the title of the book and so singular.
Jaguar the Ravenclaw RainWing wrote: I think it doesn't need to be changed and it does make sense as it is, because "Life, the Universe and Everything" is the name of the book, so it is one noun, but Grammarly might be picking it up as three separate things. If it were three separate things then it would need to be "begin", but as it is just one, it needs to be "begins".
The sentence is perfectly fine as far as I can tell; Grammarly is just getting confused because it doesn't realise that "Life, the Universe and Everything" is the title of the book and so singular.
Similar things have happened to me and when I rewrote or reworded the sentence the suggestion disappeared.
As Jaguar said, "begins" is correct and doesn't need to be changed. Grammarly thinks it means three separate things: "life", "the universe", and "everything", but in this case they are all one book title, so it is basically saying "The book begins", which is correct, as "The book begin" doesn't make sense grammatically.
Grammarly sees it as: Life, the universe, and everything begin...
But in actuality it is all the title of one book and therefore: Life, the Universe and Everything begins...
Sometimes in these situations, it is because the sentence hasn't been written correctly, but in this situation it is Grammarly that has gotten confused as it isn't specific enough to pick up that Life, the Universe and Everything is a book, not three separate things. A person who has knowledge of the book name could pick up that in this situation it is referring to one book, but Grammarly isn't sophisticated enough to be able to tell book titles apart from lists of things, so gets confused.
I hope our explanations can help you understand why Grammarly is doing that and why "begins" is correct in this situation! :-)
Oh no, I'm sorry you had an issue with it, it worked fine for me so unfortunately I'm not sure what went wrong there! I checked the source code and there were no broken links or sections of code, so that's not the issue, but that's as much as I can look into it I'm afraid.
I removed the infobox via the source code as sometimes they can slow down pages or make them go a bit weird, so hopefully that has solved the issue for you! Otherwise, it could possibly be an issue with your browser, I use Chrome too and even though other tabs work fine, sometimes certain pages might not load right. You might want to look into how to clear your cache (cookies, search history, etc) as sometimes that can be what's causing pages to freeze!
Unfortunately I can't really help further with that as I'm not much of a tech expert, but hopefully the page will work for you soon! If not, don't worry about it, another person will get to editing it at some point.
Forums became inactive throughout Wikia/Fandom in 2016 and were replaced by Discussions, if that's what you are referring to. The Hitchhiker's Wiki Forum was archived and deactivated, as were all forums. Forums don't exist on Wikia/Fandom anymore. If you wish to start a discussion, then click the 'Discuss' button in the header!
I have no idea what the PVZ Wiki is or what Pvzcc means. I've been on several other Wikis that have reverted to Discussions instead of Forums, so I'm quite sure that not every other active Wiki has a Forum.
I tried to get the Forum back, but all I found from Community Central is that there is no way to do that once it has been archived, either by the staff or by the Wiki's admins. There was a mass changeover in 2016 and it was my understanding that the majority of Wiki/Fandom pages stopped using Forums and changed to Discussions.
If you wish to start a discussion, you can head to the Discuss tab on the header.
Wikis that already have Discussions enabled cannot switch to Forum.
I adopted this Wiki earlier this year. Either the previous admins made the decision to archive the Forum, made the decision to enable Discussions, or it was changed by default, as has happened to a lot of Wikis. I hope you can see that I am unable to do anything about this.
Okay? I get that Forums are still around on other Wikis, but I'm unable to reinstate a Forum on here since Discussions have been activated. There's literally nothing I can do, and personally I find Discussions work well enough that it's not really an issue.
That may be so, but I have tried to reinstate the Forum to no avail and was told by Community Central that there was no way to get it back on this particular Wiki. As I previously stated, either the old admins or the staff opted to archive the Forum and replace the Forum option with Discussions which I have been unable to revert or change and which I have been told is not an option. Please understand this.
If you have any suggestions I would rather that you replied with constructive ideas or any knowledge you have about reinstating Forums, instead of telling me that other Wikis still have Forums, which I am already aware of and which doesn't solve the situation.
This Wiki was inactive and outdated for a long time before I adopted it and started updating it all. I am currently the only active admin and I have bigger priorities than the Forum. I understand that you care about the Forum a lot, but our current priorities are more immediate issues such as updating the help and guideline pages and making sure all our categories are organised and that each article has a category.
Attempting again to get the Forum back is definitely not an immediate issue compared to setting up guidelines and help/support pages which our Wiki really needs. As I have said previously, the Discussions area is open and you can start discussions there if that is what you wish to do.
Please understand that I have tried to get the Forum back from its archive. Myself and the other long term contributors have had no issues with Discussions being used at the moment, and the Discussions work well, so the Forum is not a current priority. Thanks.
No, we aren't in great need of more users, the Wiki is running well with our active community. If you know any Hitchhikers fans then by all means mention the Wiki to them if you think they'd be interested, but we aren't in urgent need of help by any means. We don't want people feeling pressured to contribute when we are doing just fine. I'd much rather people find the Wiki themselves and decide to join themselves because they're passionate about Hitchhikers, not joining because they've been asked to and are doing it out of obligation.