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Spacepigeon

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Megadodo Staff Head Hitchhiker
  • I live in the UK
  • I was born on July 14
  • My occupation is part time writer, part time volunteer at library, full time bookaholic
  • I am definitely not from Betelgeuse
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  • 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?

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    • 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!

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  • Block I WANT TO KILL YOU, SIR

    He has been vandalizing on other wikis and is threating to vandalize here

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    • 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.

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    • Right here

      https://pvzcc.fandom.com/wiki/Thread:484215#22

      Hes targeting wherever this user:  https://pvzcc.fandom.com/wiki/Message_Wall:Sir_Maxamillian,_Legend_Hunter

      Goes, because he got him blocked on PvZ wiki

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    • 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.

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  • 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!

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    • I even uploaded another changed-name screenshot a couple of days ago for jynnan tonnyx that didn't have this problem and worked fine the first time, so I know it works.

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    • 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. :-)

      -Pigeon

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  • 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!

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    • Hi! It's been a while since I customised those but I'm pretty sure I remember how it's done.

      You go to: Special:AllMessages on your Wiki, so, for example, https://hitchhikers.fandom.com/wiki/Special:AllMessages.

      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!

      -Pigeon

      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!

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    • 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.

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    • 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!

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  • Hello Space Pidgeon!

    I just wanted to say thank you for all th work you put into othis Wiki.

    It's very very helpfull to me and many others :)

    You make the process of writing a paper on the Hitchhikerquite often quite a lot easier.

    So yeah thanks and keep up the good work!

    I toast my tea to you!

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    • 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!

      With a new cup of tea, i wish you a splendid day!

      Iris

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    • 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!

      Towels at the ready, I hope you have a great day!

      Pigeon

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  • 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.

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    • Yes, that sounds like a good plan - thanks for sorting it!

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    • No problem, it was quite a fun little treasure hunt trying to find out where it came from! Glad to be able to sort those duplicates out. :-)

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  • I think https://hitchhikers.fandom.com/wiki/Life%2C_the_Universe_and_Everything needs to be edited.

    Specifically: "Life, the Universe and Everything begins right after the events of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe."

    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?

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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! :-)

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  • Something is wrong with this wikia.

    https://hitchhikers.fandom.com/wiki/Prak?veaction=edit

    Every time I try to edit the wikia page that is linked above that wikia page freezes just the page I can go to any other tabs on Google Chrome such as watch YouTube videos.

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    • 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.

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  • REFORM DA FORUM

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    • That sounds good! 

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    • Ok.

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  • Sorry for the title, I did not know what to put and so I wrote 42 u.u
    Uh...I just wanted to write something to you. However how are you?

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    • Haha, that's okay, starting message threads can be a bit daunting, but 42 is a very good number! 

      I'm good, thank you for asking! I hope you're doing well too. I love all the little stars you add when you write things, it looks so cute and detailed!

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    • Spacepigeon wrote:
      Haha, that's okay, starting message threads can be a bit daunting, but 42 is a very good number! 

      I'm good, thank you for asking! I hope you're doing well too. I love all the little stars you add when you write things, it looks so cute and detailed!

      Oh thanks✌♡ I like to personalize my messages with stars, It's my style☆

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