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Adding A Sound Clip Problem

Danny, I'm trying to add a sound byte on the Octopark Playset page I just created. I have the sound file uploaded,
Octopark
, and what I think is the proper coding on the Playset page to get it to work, but it's just not even showing up. I've never done this kind of thing in a wiki before, so I just can't figure out what's wrong. I'll bet it's something simple I've overlooked. Can you give me any assistance or point me in the right direction for a help page to straighten me out? Thanks! HaarFager 08:19, November 13, 2009 (UTC)
Hi! Embedding ogg files is an extension that we turn on per wiki... I just turned it on for Hot Wheels, so it looks like it helps! We also have a Help page on Audio files. Let me know if you need more; I'm not super familiar with audio files, but I might be able to hook you up with someone who has more experience. -- Danny@fandom (talk) 17:41, November 13, 2009 (UTC)
Thanks, Danny, I'll let you know if it works! HaarFager 21:22, November 13, 2009 (UTC)
Danny, after I removed some code that didn't need to be there, it seems to display correctly. It won't play on my computer, but I'm certain it's only because I don't have an .ogg player installed. Other than that, I think it looks and is probably operating as it should. Thanks for your assistance! But, it could have saved me several hours of effort had I known that there was nothing I could do myself to get it to work until it was turned on. The help file needs to mention this so that other people don't get stuck trying to get it work needlessly like I did. Just a head's up. Thanks again! HaarFager 07:23, November 16, 2009 (UTC)

E-mail Alerts

Danny, I've noticed this before, but it just happened again and I thought I'd better report it to you. When I get e-mail alerts that a page I'm watching in the Hot Wheels Wiki has been edited, and its from certain pages, the link isn't complete to take me to it. One that I specifically remember happening like this is one called '64 Lincoln Continental (2007). When I click on the link, it takes me to a page named "'64 Lincoln Continental (2007" without the final parenthesis. What could be causing this glitch and is it maybe something to do with this particular page and the way it's formatted? It might even be the only one that does it, I'm not sure if my memory serves me correctly. But, I just thought you'd like to know. HaarFager 12:21, October 8, 2009 (UTC)

Hmm, that's odd... I just tried testing it out with that page, and it worked fine for me. I watched the page, and then made an edit as another user. I got the watchlist e-mail, and both links worked.
Maybe it's something to do with a particular e-mail system? I'm using Gmail, so it's possible that it works in Gmail but doesn't work in Outlook or something else. What do you use to read your e-mail? -- Danny@fandom (talk) 17:01, October 8, 2009 (UTC)
I use Microsoft Outlook Express with the mail account my ISP gave me, which is Hamilton County Communications. A local provider. HaarFager 20:37, October 8, 2009 (UTC)

An Anomaly

Danny, a user left a suggestion on my talk page and I was looking into it when I came across an anomaly. I can't figure out why it's happening like it is, so I don't know how to fix it. But, it needs to be corrected. Here's the problem: The user suggested that if all the 5-Packs, 2-Packs, 3-Packs, etc. were easier to locate, it will be a better thing for all users. He said specifically that if they would show up the list on the Hot Wheels Wiki homepage, known as "Browse the Hot Wheels Wiki by letter" and then has all of them from "# A B C," etc. I wondered why something like "5-Packs" wouldn't already be showing up on that list. I went and checked, but it's not. When you click on the number symbol, "#," it brings up every page that begins with a number. Or at least, it should - but it does not. I found this out by choosing the number "5" in the box at the top that allows a user to find specific pages or numbers and when I did, it brought up several pages that begin with "5" but that did not come up like they should have when, ostensibly, I was searching for every page with a number. Try it and you'll see what I mean. Every page with a number should come up at the same time, not just most of them. I feel it's an error somewhere, but can't figure out what it would be - or how to correct it. Let me know if you see the same things or it works differently for you. Thanks! HaarFager 14:38, September 14, 2009 (UTC)

Maisto Diecast Wiki Problems

Danny, I don't think it's just my computer, but the Maisto Diecast Wiki seems to have the pages all screwed up. I can't work on it when it's like that, nothing's in it's right place. Both the Hot Wheels Wiki and Matchbox Cars Wiki look normal on my computer. I've tried restarting, and clearing my cache, to no avail. Can you take a look at it and see if it looks weird to you, too? Thanks! Kenny. HaarFager 09:57, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

I just looked at Maisto, and it looks normal to me... Here's some screenshots of what I see. Is it possible for you to take a screenshot of what you're seeing? I'm happy to help -- let me know what you're seeing right now. -- Danny@fandom (talk) 18:09, 26 August 2009 (UTC)
Whatever you did to it, Danny, seems to have fixed it. It doesn't look like you did much, but it's behaving perfectly normal now. Thanks! HaarFager 01:15, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
Ha, all I did was go look at it. :) But it's nice to be magic! If anything like that happens again, let me know -- and if you can get a screenshot to show me, then that's always helpful. Talk to you later! -- Danny@fandom (talk) 02:53, 27 August 2009 (UTC)

Pictures Not Loading

Hi Danny, How have you been? I suppose its a good thing that I haven't talked to you in a while. I am having a technical problem. The last 5 pictures I have uploaded are not showing up. I am not sure as to why. Could you please investigateinto this for me? Thanks a bunch! BigBadBrad01 08:11, 12 August 2009 (UTC)

Hi, Brad! I can see some pictures that you uploaded -- like this one... Is that one that wasn't showing up before? It might have been a temporary cacheing issue. If that's not it, and you uploaded some others that I don't see, let me know... -- Danny@fandom (talk) 13:52, 12 August 2009 (UTC)
Hey Danny, that seems to have been the problem. Thanks for your help, you are awesome! Aren't you impressed with how much the wiki has grown? We have some great members here. BigBadBrad01 15:23, 12 August 2009 (UTC)
I am impressed, it's fantastic! 1,600 articles! Does anyone happen to know how many different Hot Wheels castings have ever been made? It would be funny to be able to say, like, we have articles on xx percent of the existing castings... -- Danny@fandom (talk) 03:05, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

Inserting Picture Function

Hey Danny, I hope all is well with you. I just wanted to bring something to your attention. When you are editing a page and click the "Insert Picture" Button, and continue to insert a picture that is already uploaded, it won't let you stating the error, "Please specify a file name!" Is there anything you can do about this? Thanks a bunch! BigBadBrad01 06:55, 3 April 2009 (UTC)

Hmmm, I'll check it out.... -- Danny@fandom (talk) 19:03, 6 April 2009 (UTC)
Yup, that's a bug sitewide. I saw that a fix got checked in -- I'm not sure when the fix will be live on the site, but I'm expecting by Wednesday or sooner. Sorry about that! -- Danny@fandom (talk) 19:10, 6 April 2009 (UTC)

Categories

Danny do we have to do Categories seprate than editing a page. That's what I did it won't let you do both. Fantazim 20:58, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

Yeah, that's another new thing -- not my project, but cool anyway. :) You can actually do both at the same time -- they're just split up on the edit page. So you can do all the regular editing in the edit window. If you're adding a new category, you can still do that the same way as you always have -- just type it in the edit window. If you're editing or deleting a category that's already there, you need to do that in the little category box. But you can do both at the same time; saving the edit will save all of the changes.
Does that make sense? It's a little weird to get used to, but everything you want is still there. -- Danny@fandom (talk) 21:07, 19 March 2009 (UTC)
Oh ok, thanks : ) Fantazim 21:09, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

Another Issue

It seems like I'm always complaining, but the things I bring up here have relevance to me and the other users that do work here. I just noticed that somebody had left a comment on a new user's talk page and signed my name to it. I don't think things like this should be happening. When I was made an administrator here, that was one of the tasks I was charged with performing, that of greeting new users. This was said to be a high priority task, so I took that to heart and now try to greet all new users as soon as I can. It was such an important thing to me that myself and another administrator, Brad, worked up a specific message to post for new users here on the Hot Wheels Wiki that was geared to the specific needs of this wiki. Now, if it's just some sort of programming that pastes this new greeting with my name attached, I wish there was some way to turn it off, at least on this wiki. Just let me know, Danny. HaarFager 19:22, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

Hi, Kenny! No problem; this is what I do. :)
I moved my answer over to the Community Portal... Thanks for the heads-up! -- Danny@fandom (talk) 20:26, 19 March 2009 (UTC)
Thanks, Danny! I'll try to use that information tonight, when I get more time after dinner, and see what I can do with it. A starting place like that is all I need! HaarFager 20:49, 19 March 2009 (UTC)
Awesome! Sorry the new thing took you by surprise -- we sent out a talk page message to admins on every wiki, but it's really easy to dismiss that without really seeing it. -- Danny@fandom (talk) 20:55, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

About a New User

Hi Danny;

Can you look into all the Contributions that a new user did yeasterday his name is User:Joey0282. I don't have the time right now to fix all the work he did. I wasn't on yeasterday, and he was overlooked with his work he did. a lot of misinformation was posted, and all the pictures are set at top. Also, Hot Wheels as I am aware of never did a Custom '53 Cadillac, the picture is for a Custom '53 Chevy which is already pictured by me. He posted alot of stuff yesterday, and just giving you a heads up into looking into it, as far ISP is concerned. Thanks Fantazim 17:56, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
Okay, thanks for the heads up! Do you think he's vandalizing the site, or just making mistakes? Is everything he did wrong? It's easy to clean up everything that a user does, if it's all wrong -- you can go to Special:Contributions/Joey0282 -- all of the pages that say (top) are pages that he was the last to edit.
It's a good idea to write to him on his talk page, and talk to him about his edits. If he's really messing everything up, we can block him -- but if he's just confused or mistaken, maybe we can help straighten him out. -- Danny@fandom (talk) 18:06, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
Not sure, maybe just a simple mistake, is all it looks like for now. As just a member here do I have those rights to point out the mistakes, or do I need to wait for an admin to do so. Fantazim 18:11, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
Yeah, you absolutely do! Being an admin isn't really that big of a deal -- admins can block people, delete pages and change a few settings, and that's it. Everything else can be done by everyone. So you should always feel free to talk to people, ask them questions, thank them for something they did, help them learn how to use the site. That's what makes a wiki great -- everyone can do their part. -- Danny@fandom (talk) 18:18, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
Ok after revuing all the content, only a small percentage is correct. He over wrote a picture that Brad had. It's not good so I know I can revert almost everything, I can not delete Custom '53 Cadillac and right now, I to not sure if I would be within my rights to warn him. I did email Brad and Kenny about this as well. Fantazim 18:40, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
I don't think he is vandalizing. I just think he needs to be caught up to speed with some pointers. I'll take some notes on his actions and leave him a message on his talk page tonight after work. BigBadBrad01 18:59, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
I got most of it cleared up and fixed, and will help Brad and Kenny fix a few I forgot, Thanks Fantazim 19:50, 24 February 2009 (UTC)

I Need Help

Hi Danny a week or so ago I started a page called McDonald's and now Kenny just started something similar McDonald's Happy Meal Toys - Hot Wheels which we don't need to pages of the same and I am not giving up a page that I had alreay started even spent several nights compossing this. Also if you check the stats page I have contributed MORE than anyone in the group. And now I am getting angry cause of all the work I put into this page. Fantazim 20:36, 8 February 2009 (UTC)

Hi, Bill -- I'm sure you guys can talk and figure out how to merge the pages. I would guess that Kenny probably just didn't realize that you'd already started working on that page. Working with a group of people can be tough sometimes, but I bet if you talk about it, you'll agree on a way to put all the information together. -- Danny@fandom (talk) 20:40, 8 February 2009 (UTC)

Protecting a Page

Hi Danny, I'm asking is there a way to protect a page for the information given on that page / like a fair use. In other words the information that is laid out, does this protect us from other related web-sites for taking the information to their web-sites. Fantazim 05:40, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

This site is under a "free license", which means that it's possible for people to take the information on this site and post it somewhere else, as long as they link back to the original page here. So the work here isn't copyrighted, and we can't stop other people from using it. Is there another website that you're concerned about? -- Danny@fandom (talk) 05:49, 6 February 2009 (UTC)
I'm doing a page on McDonald's and going to show all the models and by year, and the other website currently does not show this information at all and if it appears in a month or 2 from now, then I feel that the work I laid out for this page is great to share as a reference guide, but to take credit from another source like us, and not show where they got the information. That web-site would be http://www.southtexasdiecast.com/hwguide.html and I understand completely on how that web-site works, and etc. Nothing against them, and the work that members put there. I was wondering that it is all. Fantazim 06:00, 6 February 2009 (UTC)
I think it's okay if they use our information. Maybe later they'll have information that we want to use. Wikis are about sharing information, and having fun. If the people on that site see that we've got great information here, then maybe they'll want to join us. -- Danny@fandom (talk) 06:04, 6 February 2009 (UTC)
Sounds Fair, Thanks Fantazim 06:05, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

Admin

Hey Danny, thanks for the help! Its great that we have your support in trying the build a reputable guide here and the fact that anyone can help us in doing so is a great thing! As far as helping out as an admin, I'd be honored to help. I'd also like to nominate Kenny aka: User:HaarFager. He has been very helping in welcoming new members and his contributions are unmatched. Anytime there is something "controversial" we like to talk and come up with a solution before anyone gets mad. I hadn't known him before the wiki, nor do I know him that well, but he seems like a great guy and I believe he'd do a great job. Between us, we'd be a great team in welcoming and helping new users...never missing a beat. Thank you once again for being helpful and I am looking forward to this wiki being the top guide on the web for Hot Wheels. BigBadBrad01 04:16, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

Bans

Hey Danny, we have a user here User:Wickamouse that has been banned 3 times in the past and is at it again. Brian aka: User:HWC Mongrel, isn't around much anymore to ban people. Can we get another ban on User:Wickamouse? BigBadBrad01 20:17, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

Hi Danny, the user user User:Wickamouse is back under a different user while being banned User:Wickamouse5 Fantazim 20:04, 19 January 2009 (UTC)
Okay, I banned him again. Thank you for letting me know! He was using a different IP address this time, so I guess he's using someone else's computer... hopefully this will keep him away. Let me know if there are any more problems; I'm happy to take care of it! -- Danny@fandom (talk)
Thank You, While in talk here, I contacted User:BigBadBrad01 and User:HaarFager to let them know what was going on. Thank You for reverting things back for us, that was quick. Fantazim 20:37, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

Display Issues

Danny, it's come to my attention that when a page is created, it can look lots of different ways to different people using different size monitors and screen settings. This was made clear to me by Big Bad Brad, who brought it to my attention. He edited the image size of the group picture I had at the top of the 2003 Wild Wave Series page so that it would not overlap the images in the table below. Here is what it looked like to him:Wild Wave Screen on his computer monitor. The only trouble with that is, here is what it looked like on my computer monitor, and I worked hard to get it to look just this way: Wild Wave Problem. You can see how on my system, the text at the top is the same length as the image size I've chosen. It was trial and error to find the exact size to make the image that would allow the text to the left of it end at the bottom of the image so that the next line, "Vehicles in series:" would be located right above the table. You can also see how each element of the table, on my monitor, is perfectly fitted into each area, with hardly any excess space, especially the thumbnail images at the right. To me, this is just the right way it should look so that everything in the header area and the table area can be viewed without having to scroll side to side to read one whole line of information at a time. It makes it so much easier when everything is showing on the screen at once. Also, I signed out to see what this same page would look like and there was an advertisement about the same size as my group image, and in the same approximate area, and it pushed my image straight down, further throwing off my formatting efforts. Do you know of any way to make a page look the way it does on my screen, and have it look the same way on every screen? And do you know of any way or markup code I can use so that those users who are not signed in and who are browsing through the Wiki will not have the advertisements throw everything off kilter? I have to say it's kind of frustrating to know that all my efforts to make a page come out perfectly formatted, and then having it look terrible by everybody else is kind of off-putting. I can't tell when a page is correctly formatted or not, not just by looking at it on my screen. I don't really want to continue creating pages that somebody else is going to have to follow around after me and correct so that they will display properly. It seems like so much of a waste of time on every user's part. That is, if anybody else has noticed this issue and is experiencing it like I am. Do you have any experience with this issue, or knowledge about it, or advice on what to do to correct it? Sorry this has been long and rambling, but I hope what I was trying to say was clear and understandable. HaarFager 09:48, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

Yeah, absolutely -- I totally understand how frustrating that is. There's two different problems that you're talking about; let's see if I can help.
The first problem is that web page design is always dynamic. You don't get a page as one big static image -- you get all the pieces, and then your browser puts those pieces together to make the page. So pages will always look different to different people, and you have to design with that in mind.
What's happening with that page is that Brad's browser is wider than yours. His screen probably has a higher resolution than yours, so he's got a wider field of view. Use your mouse to make your browser smaller and then bigger, and you'll see the words wrap around to fit the size of the window. That's always going to be the case -- even if you could fix the width of the page to be the smallest reasonable size, it's still going to look different if people have a higher resolution, or if they've made their font size bigger.
So you can't design a wiki page the way that you design a magazine page, where everybody sees the same thing. You have to take into account that people will have a different view, and design around that.
Unfortunately, the design you're trying to make -- text and a picture above a table -- is the hardest to do successfully. One thing you can do is put <br clear="all"> before the heading -- that'll push down the heading and table so that nothing bumps into it. If you do that, you just have to be aware that on some screens, that may make a lot of white space -- and if that's near the top of the page, people might not realize that they could see more if they scroll down. I put up an example here: User:Toughpigs/2003 Wild Wave Series 1.
Then that brings up the second problem, which is the ads. On most pages, logged-out users are going to see a box ad appearing in the top right, which pushes pictures and infoboxes down. That's not great for design, but it pays the bills for Wikia, and we need to have them. On a page without a table, it works fine -- the pictures just push down a little, and it's okay. But if there's a picture and then a table below it, the ad can push the picture down into the table.
So there's another possibility, which is to put the picture into a gallery above the table -- I put up an example on User:Toughpigs/2003 Wild Wave Series 2.
You can always see how a page will appear to a logged-out user by adding ?showads=1 to the end of the URL, like this: http://hotwheels.wikia.com/wiki/2003_Wild_Wave_Series?showads=1. Like I said, it's not ideal -- but we can't live without the ads, so we have to work around it.
Anyway, I hope that helps a little. Let me know what you think... -- Danny@fandom (talk) 19:09, 5 December 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, Danny. I think what I'll do from here on out is to place the text on top of a page, followed by any image below the text, on the left side of the page, followed by the table. That way, if anything's pushed around, it will all be on the left and just pushed downward at an even rate. It won't be perfect, but at least it won't overlap anything. Thanks for getting back to me on this. HaarFager 19:50, 5 December 2008 (UTC)
Sure, I'm glad you asked! I'll check out how you do, and see if I have anything else to suggest. You guys are rocking on this wiki; I'm really excited to see it grow so much! -- Danny@fandom (talk) 19:57, 5 December 2008 (UTC)
If you'd like to check out what I did with the 2003 Wild Wave Series page, you can go over there. I realigned everything to the left. Yes, I'm amazed, too, how fast the Hot Wheels Wiki is growing. It's almost up to 1000 articles already, and it's only been in existence for less than a year. There are a lot of good people that I've met on here working on it, so that makes it even more enjoyable for me to devote time to it. And, it's like Brad told me last night - it's so addictive! HaarFager 20:41, 5 December 2008 (UTC)
Cool, I think it looks good that way! If you're putting stuff on the left, you shouldn't use all those clear="all" tags -- you only need one, right above the versions text. I took the extra ones out on that page.
Having those extra tags meant that when you looked at the page with ads, the ad would push down the whole thing. I took screenshots:
You can always check how something is going to look with ads by adding ?showads=1 to the URL.
And yeah, wikis are super addictive -- today is actually the third anniversary of my original wiki, Muppet Wiki, and I'm just as addicted to it now as I was when I started! -- Danny@fandom (talk) 21:55, 5 December 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, I wondered about how many clear alls I should use. Thanks for fixing it and now I know how many to use and where to place them for the next time! Yes, these wiki's are super addictive. I've been doing some additions to the Matchbox Cars and Maisto Diecast Wiki's also. HaarFager 22:40, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

Moving a page

Danny, I was working on the Cool-One (2002) Page and noticed it should be Cool-One (2004) instead since the Cool-One was introduced in 2004. Could you change that for me? I already updated the dates on the page. Thanks! BigBadBrad01 04:11, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

Hi, Brad! You can change the page's name by clicking the "Move" button on the edit bar. That'll move the page to the new name. Try it out! If you have problems, I'll help you out. -- Danny@fandom (talk) 04:13, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

Pictures

I HOPE THIS IS THE RIGHT PLACE FOR THIS ......... I tried using a picture for the Custom '59 Cadillac page and the photo shows up smaller than I had hoped... check it out and if you make it larger ,,,,, explain to me how to do it. AGENTAIR

Hi Air,
It looks like the picture would have been too long so it auto cropped it to fit in the header template. Other wise it would have stretched the page. When I click on you picture of the Caddys, it will show the full size of the picture.
For putting pictures into the list, you can leave out the "|thumb" tag and that gets rid of the boxes around them.
Thanks a lot for stopping by and adding to the site. Your knowledge and all the work you have done on HWC is truly appreciated! NathanMaelstrom610 04:40, 27 August 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, what he said! :) Thanks for adding your stuff... and Nathan, thanks for helping him out! -- Danny@fandom (talk) 05:53, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

Colors, Main Images and Themes

Hi Danny,

How would I go about changing the page colors as you've been working with? Also, how can I add a main theme header to the pages? It's like the locked top area where the red HW flame is. Something like the [1] page's top piece with the trees effect is what I'd be going for. The Wiki Spotlight box is something I'd like to mess with too if when possible. Thanks, Maelstrom610 02:21, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Hi Nathan -- That would be great. I've been fussing with it a little bit over the last couple days, but I'm not a very good designer. :) My colleague Scott may be helping out with the skin, too, so maybe you guys can work together on it.
You can change the colors using this page: MediaWiki:Monaco.css. The instructions for how to do it are on this page: Monaco Skin Customization. I've been using the Monaco.css on Speed Racer Wiki as my general guide. The main theme header is called an "accent graphic" -- there's instructions on that Skin Customization page.
Phew! I hope that's helpful. Let me know if anything's confusing (or, at least, more confusing than it should be.) And tell me more about the Wiki Spotlight box... do you mean redoing the Hot Wheels graphic? -- Danny@fandom (talk) 14:05, 15 April 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for that link Danny. It will take some reading to figure out what changes what. I was testing out the .css by editing some of the color codes just to see what it would do, hit preview and nothing changed. I was half expecting that as the page probably has to be saved before it effects the rest of the site correct? The Spotlight box is what I referred to the little link banners to different Wikis like the Wookieepedia, Narutopidea and such at the bottom of the page. I guess those would be the Logo like the first article of the Monaco Customization page. Maelstrom610 19:42, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Template:Casting‎

Hi Danny,

I noticed the attempts reorganizing the Castings header. Is there a way to integrate the main photo into that template so it is all one line?

How about having the photo on the left then the info on the right side. Something like:

Name(s):
Debut Series:
Produced:
Casting Number:
Designer:
Versions Released:
{Ghost note on the template not to count wheel and minor variations} Maelstrom610 19:17, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

Yeah, that's the kind of thing that we're working on... Right now, you can see the most finished version on '69 Ford Mustang. That still needs some tweaks, but we're getting there.
Once we figure out how the template will work, then we have to go in and change all the pages -- ouch! But it won't be that bad. I'm hoping to have a finished version of the template done today. -- Danny@fandom (talk) 19:44, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
When I first came to the site today, I was trying to figure out what happened to the sections. Then I saw the changes to the template area. Good idea posting the notice on the top of the main page as I'm sure others would be wondering what is up.
It's looking good so far. One thing to tweak is the room for the text area so it doesn't bump to a second line. I'm not too much of a fan of the Number section as it chages constantly by release. The car's casting number may be a better fit. Maelstrom610 20:04, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, that's the thing that needs to get tweaked -- keeping it on one line.
I actually don't know the difference with the casting numbers -- you know much more about Hot Wheels than I do. What's ending up in that field, if it's not the casting number? Is there a better way to do that? -- Danny@fandom (talk) 20:24, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
The casting number is the car's designated part number and is 5 characters long. Generally it is the first toy number given to the first release of the car. It is cast into the underside of the parts of the cars for the base, body, interior and window pieces.
Example: On the 2001 First Edition Maelstrom package, the main collector number is 24. There is also a small number in white at the top of the card which is 28754. It becomes the number used to call up the mold and parts to assemble the car in the future.
Another Maelstrom version came out 2002 but comes out with other numbers. By putting 24, in the header's Number slot, it just became irrelevant for year 2002 as car 24 is HW Prototype 12.
The problem is it's ones of those fields where multiple numbers could be used. I've seen the First Edition number used and a specific series number of a car used. They are technically correct but to me that information would be shown in the list of versions for the car. The casting number however, doesn't change so it is a constant to that specific car. I hope I've got it clear where I'm going with this. There is a lot involved still with casting numbers and I've tried to keep it short. I think I'll have to make a page for that too :)Maelstrom610 01:19, 8 April 2008 (UTC)
Okay, you've gone into an area that's beyond my limited Hot Wheels understanding. I'll support whatever you think is the best way to do it. :)
So... should we change the template? Or just post a notice somewhere telling people just to use the casting number? -- Danny@fandom (talk) 04:39, 8 April 2008 (UTC)

Links

I am having a problem on the Highway Patrol the links to the other car names listed dont show in red and link directly back to the Highway Patrol instead of having their own identity, i first noticed this when i tried to create Fire Chaser for 1979 but it took me to the Highway Patrol on the first day i started on here. i need to fix this somehow, the only ones doing this are on this page1964t 08:52, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

Yeah, it looks like Brian created redirects for those pages, so a link to "Sheriff Patrol" redirects you back to "Highway Patrol". Let's start a thread on the Highway Patrol talk page, and ask about it... -- Danny@fandom (talk) 17:14, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

Image Help

Thankyou ever so much for the help you gave me on my image, your great, If I have any problems in the future, I will let YOU help me. Thankyou -- Subhi09 11:19, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

You're welcome, I'm happy to help! I'm glad to see you're getting the hang of things. -- Danny@fandom (talk) 21:50, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

Snow Hawk

I put in a picture of the Snow Hawk and tried to get it in the MonsterJam section and too no avail, I can't even find it now.Hdmc ru2 02:48, 28 March 2008 (UTC)hdmc_ru2

It's there -- check out Snow Hawk. :) -- Danny@fandom (talk) 04:58, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

How do I add it to the Castings - Hot Wheels by Series - Subcatagories Page, under "M" for Monster Jam? Can I add other subcatagories to this page like under "H" Hall or Fame? Hdmc ru2 30 March 2008 (UTC)hdmc_ru2

To add an article to a category, just add a category tag to the article, like this: [[Category:Monster Jam Trucks]]. You only need to link to the subcategory where the article belongs. You don't have to link it to the top category too.
So Snow Hawk is now listed in Category:Monster Jam Trucks... Is that where you want it to be? -- Danny@fandom (talk) 06:42, 31 March 2008 (UTC)

General Help

Is there on site that explains all of the Wikia codes and their functions? I've found bits and pieces, yet never the exact, down to the point descriptions as some HTML guides do.

I'm looking for a code to control the table of contents as it appeared in the Maelstrom page and is messing up the layout. I go to edit the page and there is no mention of the Contents box.

I'm also looking for what other options the BR Clear= code can do. Can I tell it to clear above to knock the 1/64 Versions back under the info box? I've put the clear all tag under my blurb text and it shoved the contents box too far down.

Also, can I link to a picture using text? I've tried a couple ways so far and it has not worked. I want it so that when I click on the car's color and graphics description, the picture will show up.

Thanks,Maelstrom610 19:19, 16 March 2008 (UTC)

I wish there was a good place for that... I think bits and pieces is the best we can do. Basically, you're doing what everyone seems to do -- seeing what other people have done, playing with it for a while, and then asking someone. :)
There are a couple codes you can use to control the table of contents. On a page with three or more headings, it'll automatically appear above the first heading. You can use __TOC__ to place the table of contents somewhere else on the page, and you can use __NOTOC__ to make it go away completely.
The br clear code really only does one useful thing that I know of -- it creates extra space so that images and tables don't bump into each other.
I made some edits to the Maelstrom page that I think will give you what you're looking for. I put the table of contents above the br clear code, and then used that code to push the first heading down. Is that what you wanted?
And yes, you can link to a picture -- you can put a colon at the front of the image code to create a link. You can also use a pipe | to make different link text. Here's how it works:
Type [[:Image:Maelstrom.jpg]] to see Image:Maelstrom.jpg
Type [[:Image:Maelstrom.jpg|a picture of the Maelstrom]] to see a picture of the Maelstrom
Let me know what else you need! -- Danny@fandom (talk) 17:08, 17 March 2008 (UTC)
Thanks a lot for the tips! The Maelstrom section is just as I was trying to get it to do. Thanks!
That code for the Contents page will come in handy. I was looking all over in that page for what made the contents page appear. Maelstrom610 02:09, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
Excellent! That TOC thing is one of the hidden mysteries of wiki code. You're like an expert now. :) -- Danny@fandom (talk) 02:30, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Images

I hope I'm using the talk session correctly. Thanks for the fix Danny. I've seen the clear all used yet it still put the main header for Versions up with the image's level. It looked funny and the BR option seemed to fixed it. However, what ever you did put the Versions title under the Casting info box just like I was going for. This is the first time I've used Wikia so I'm improvising 8).

Do you have a site with a decent explanation of images and how to work with them on Wikia? The tutorial is all about loading them and the other page for help on images that I found has a bunch of broken links in it. Mainly looking how to thumbnail stuff, how to align them left, right, center with text. I see there is a gallery option of sorts too.

Thanks, Nathan User:Maelstrom610

Yeah, it always takes a minute to learn all the little quirks about wikis.
You used the talk page exactly right, except for one thing -- to sign your message, add ~~~~. That automatically signs your user name and the date.
On those pages, there was a clear all tag below the "versions" heading -- so the table was below the picture, but the heading was still up above. I moved the clear all tag right above the heading, so that pushed the whole thing down. That probably makes no sense, the way I'm explaining it. :)
Thanks for pointing out the broken stuff on the Help:Images page -- I just fixed it up. I think that's more helpful now. Let me know if you still have questions! -- Danny@fandom (talk) 00:25, 16 March 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the tips. I understand where you're going with the placement of the brake tab. Thanks too for the fixed image page!Maelstrom610 06:36, 16 March 2008 (UTC)

Images

Is it possible to display images from other websites or are they required to be uploaded onto the site before they can be posted? --HWC Mongrel 15:29, 8 March 2008 (UTC)

You should upload them. I'll add the link to "Multiple upload" to the sidebar, so that should make the process a little easier... -- Danny (talk) 18:04, 8 March 2008 (UTC)

Page Format

Danny, I hope you don't mind, I used your page about the Custom Mustang to create one about the Morris Mini Cooper. I liked your format and needed something nice to go off of for my first wiki attempt. Thanks - Adam Nestor725 21:09, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

Oh, and I have a question. I created this article as my user page, then moved it to Mini Cooper originally. Clicking on my name Nestor725 takes me directly to that page, which I have since erased, but couldn't delete. How do I get rid of these two problems?
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