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Solar Dragon

Bureaucrat Founder
4,298 Edits since joining this wiki
December 9, 2009

Welcome! Edit

Congratulations on starting Fable Answers!

It's your brand new project, so it needs a lot of love. Here are five tips to make your Q+A site great.

  • It's all yours right now -- enjoy it! Once your site takes off, lots of people will read what you write. Right now, nobody's looking over your shoulder yet, so feel free to try things out and make mistakes.

  • Add lots of questions! The hardest thing about writing is looking at a blank page and not knowing where to start. It's a lot easier once you write down your first couple questions and the site starts to look "full". So take a deep breath, and jump in -- make ten question questions, one right after another. Once you've started, you can answer the questions slowly, adding a little bit at a time.

  • Organize your Q+A site! You can add categories to organize your questions, use the "Add Category" button on any question page to start a new category.

  • Create a few links to your site! To get Google to know you're out there, link to your Q+A site from your myspace page, your blog or twitter account, or any discussion boards you're active on. It's important to let the search engines know you're ready for passionate people with questions to come visit.

  • When you're ready -- tell your friends! Once you've started a bunch of pages, linked them together with categories and added some pictures, you'll be ready to start showing off your new baby to the world. You probably know people who are interested in the same thing that you are, so tell your friends to check out your new site. Those are your first readers and potential contributors, so give them lots of encouragement. If you get stuck, write to us through our contact form -- we're happy to help!

Have fun!

-- Sannse @fandom

Customisation Edit

The colors can easily be customized by editing MediaWiki:Common.css. See the Mass Effect Answers for an example. The sidebar is a bit harder, but you can add it. Have a look at my global.css to see how I make the toolbox appear on all answers site. I expect you can add a talk link, but I don't personally know how. You may want to ask on the central forums for advice on that. I recommend enabling "double click editing" in your preferences. That makes it really easy to edit any page even when you can't see the edit button. To switch between a wiki user page and a social page, visit Special:ToggleUserPage. You can visit it again to switch back. Angela@fandom (talk) 23:41, May 19, 2010 (UTC)

Sorry, but I'm not an expert on CSS. I recommend that you try the forums as you can get a lot more help there. Angela@fandom (talk) 11:41, May 20, 2010 (UTC)

CSS issues Edit

So, what's the matter? Maybe I'm able to help you. Marc-Philipp (Talk) 13:24, May 21, 2010 (UTC)

Currently, the link colors on the main page are defined like that:
#wikia_page a, #bodyContent a.extiw, #bodyContent a.extiw:active {
color:#71D1EF !important;
So if you want to change them, you have to add this with your customized color into common.css.
The bit containing the number of asked questions in this wiki has multiple parameters.
.accent { ...
/* is used to define the color of the background, font and border. This class exists on multiple places, so it's best not to add things like margin or padding to this. */
.WidgetCommunity .community_header { ...
/* is used only there. it's best to add things like margin or -moz-border-radius there */
If you want them to use the same background as the rest of the widget, you can put this into common.css:
.WidgetCommunity .community_header { background: transparent; }
But remember, if you want .accent to use that color (this class is also found at signup page or in edit page toolbar) you have to add that background color to .accent.
To change the place where you find things such as delete button, define this one:
#page_bar { background: .... !important; }
It's important to include !important in answers skins since default programming has a lot of them too so you have to overwrite it.
If you want the color of the links to change to the color of the background of the controls bar after being clicked, you can do it like that:
#page_bar a:visited { color: <same as background> !important; }
I'm not fully sure if the next line is enough for overwriting the default, but you can try to kill the borders with this:
#mw-normal-catlinks span a:link { border-color:transparent !important; }
I hope that this will help you customizing your answers skin. If you have problems with anything else, don't hesitate to contact me again. Regards, Marc-Philipp (Talk) 13:47, May 21, 2010 (UTC)
To change visited links, you can easily use the same code and add a :visited to a. See this example:
#wikia_page a:visited {
color:#CCCCCC !important;
I don't know about how to add an edit link (I've also tried to figure that out) but I will ask some other people.
You can change the font color of the links on bottom using this code:
#wikia_footer a { color: ... !important; }
/* and if you want to change the | symbols as well, use this: */
#wikia_footer { color: ...; }
I hope this will help you a little bit! Regards, Marc-Philipp (Talk) 14:35, May 21, 2010 (UTC)
I have added this modification. I hope, it doesn't overwrite other settings (since color2 is used often). Regards, Marc-Philipp (Talk) 07:06, May 22, 2010 (UTC)
Fixed. I guess it didn't work because you had 2 } on top of it where there was nothing to close left. Marc-Philipp (Talk) 08:14, May 22, 2010 (UTC)
Thank you so much for all your help. ☆The Solar Dragon (Talk)☆ 09:50, May 22, 2010 (UTC)

The SkinEdit

Hey SD, the Wiki's a beauty, mate; I honestly mean that. One problem I've noticed is that on a large moniter (I run a 1920 X 1080 more often than not) the background image is repeated as it's not wide enough to cover the page in its entirety. This... does not look pretty. Far from a fatal issue, but something I (personally - it's a matter of taste) consider an imperfection.

There's a bit of red-on-red. However the text is easily visible, and so it works well. I think the majority would be inclined to leave it. Not sure if I would. There'll be a minority who may have problems with the text being the same shade of red as the background. But you can't always cater for everyone, and if people don't keep up with modern computers / browsers, there'll run into a lot of trouble. How much time you invest into universal accessability is something only you can decide. As far as I'm concerned, for a new Wiki, it's perfectly fine.

The word by is neither the same colour as the user who edited it, nor the time since it was last edited. No idea if this is intentional (I have yet to check .css and .js). It's surprising for me, but looks well. As it's all in the colours scheme of the Wiki, it's perfectly alright.

That this page is in the colours of the Wiki speaks volumes about the amount of work which has been put into the skin.

The categories on a page are awkward. The text is on a little background which is of a very similar shade; I personally find it slightly difficult to read.

On the history of a page, the way in which you've highlighted the currently selected revisions is simply divine. Excellent work.

I find this page hard to use at all, however.

Hope that's enough stuff for the five minutes I've been here for :P A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 21:21, May 21, 2010 (UTC)

Some of the stuff at the top right of the page (My Home & MORE) could have their visibility improved. A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 21:25, May 21, 2010 (UTC)

Better. A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 20:10, May 27, 2010 (UTC)

I don't wish to answer that question (sorry) as I feel I might not effectively give you the right answer due to it looking differently than I guess.
By the way: please change the colour of the buttons, red on green doesn't work, at all. A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 20:57, May 27, 2010 (UTC)

F Edit

Congrats! A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 13:22, May 28, 2010 (UTC)

Yep, an F for Fable, not Fail thanks. Thanks for that. ☆The Solar Dragon (Talk)☆ 13:24, May 28, 2010 (UTC)
I know :)
And happy to be of service. A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 13:30, May 28, 2010 (UTC)
Oh, and since El_Nazgir isn't here, it should be safe enough...
You forgot to say thanks. On a serious note you're a very polite individual who is unusually pleasant to deal with.
Cheers. A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 17:59, May 29, 2010 (UTC)

Perfected talk page button. Edit

Yo, you said you wanted the code, right?

Mouse over the current talk page button. Both the text which appears on mouse over, as well as the text on the button itself, can be customized. Tell me what you want for both of those, and I'll tell you the code that's right for this Wiki :-)

Later. A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 17:21, May 29, 2010 (UTC)

function TalkPageButton() { var currentpage = location.href; if("Special") == -1 &&"Talk:") == -1 &&"_talk:") == -1) {

if (wgIsArticle && !wgCanonicalSpecialPageName) {

 $('#request_wiki').after('<a>  </a><a class="wikia-button" accesskey="t" title="Discussion about this page [t]" href="' + wgServer + '/wiki/' + encodeURIComponent( wgCanonicalNamespace) + '_talk:' + encodeURIComponent(wgTitle) +'" id="ca-talk" rel="nofollow">Discussion</a>');

} else {

 $('#request_wiki').after('<a>   </a><a class="wikia-button" accesskey="t" title="Discussion about this page [t]" href="' + wgServer + '/wiki/Talk:'+ encodeURIComponent (wgPageName) +'" id="ca-talk" rel="nofollow">Discussion</a>');}

} }

In MediaWiki:Common.js.

I added "[t]" as it's a shortcut to the page. If you want, let me know and I'll alter the code to not feature that on mouse-over.

Shout if there's anything else I can do for ya. A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 18:09, May 29, 2010 (UTC)

Oh, and go here to get the code. A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 18:10, May 29, 2010 (UTC)

Dude remove the old code... A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 19:34, May 29, 2010 (UTC)

Edit button Edit

...dude, you have that. A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 18:55, May 30, 2010 (UTC)

Umm... I sort of feel like an idiot now. :( ☆The Solar Dragon (Talk - Contribs.)☆ 18:56, May 30, 2010 (UTC)

User Fail Edit

"That is all of the most personal details I will give away"

^wat? A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 12:54, June 3, 2010 (UTC)

I changed it. It isn't updating though. ☆The Solar Dragon (Talk - Contribs.)☆ 13:07, June 3, 2010 (UTC)


Hiya Solar,

I'm Mark, and I'm a Helper at Wikia's Gaming Team. I saw the wiki's background didn't have a smooth transition to firebrick, and now it does. If you don't like it, feel free to revert it. Mark (talk) 19:36, June 23, 2010 (UTC)

Every page has a fixed width now, see the bottom of the Common.css page for the code. Mark (talk) 20:05, June 23, 2010 (UTC)
Seems fine to me. Dont forget to clear your cache. Mark (talk) 14:20, June 24, 2010 (UTC)
Ah, I compared it with a different wiki. The code I provided is supposed to work. Try:
div.monaco_shrinkwrap {
    left: 50% !important;
    margin-left: -486px !important;
    width: 972px !important;

And change the size to the way you want it. Mark (talk) 14:34, June 24, 2010 (UTC)

Change it to percentages so that it looks good for everyone. A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 19:55, June 24, 2010 (UTC)

Activity Edit

RC's looking good, gz :) A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 00:20, June 26, 2010 (UTC)

Spotlight RequestEdit

Hi. Fable Answers looks really good and meets all of the relevant spotlight criteria. I have added it to the spotlight list.

Incidentally, I recommend you change the link color in the toolbox on the sidebar (the part with Recent Changes, Popular Categories, etc.). It is currently unreadable against the background for me (I have a 1024px wide screen; I'm not sure if that is affecting where it displays against the graphics.) I believe the dark red of the menu bars would look better; if that is illegible at different screen resolutions then perhaps white links would work better. -- Wendy (talk) 04:25, June 26, 2010 (UTC) -- Wendy (talk) 04:25, June 26, 2010 (UTC)

Hi -- I made it dark red. Can you still read it? It's just visible for me now. If you can't, you might try white or orange. The code snippet needed was "link_box a {color:}"; you should be able to find where I added it. -- Wendy (talk) 14:57, June 26, 2010 (UTC)
Hi. That particular area is controlled by "#edit_enhancements_toolbar ". I've set it to transparent at the bottom of the Common.css; you can change it to whatever color you want. This and the other little light blue areas (such as the My Home tabs, or the bottom page bars) are all controlled by the ".accent" line just above what I added if they aren't specified individually. If you want to change all of them put a background color into that and remove the specific "edit_enhancements_toolbar" bit. -- Wendy (talk) 01:00, June 27, 2010 (UTC)

hurr hurr Edit

People sure seem interested in one part of Fable... what kind of game is this? A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 14:15, July 16, 2010 (UTC)

How's It Going? Edit

So I haven't been over here for a while, how's it all going? You seem to be getting lots of questions! Do you have many duplicates? --Enodoc(Talk) 12:20, July 18, 2010 (UTC)

I saw you tried to put columns on the main page. I have tried it a different way. What do you think? --Enodoc(Talk) 21:44, August 17, 2010 (UTC)

Yeah, that works. Great. ☆The Solar Dragon☆ 07:02, August 18, 2010 (UTC)

RE: rephrase question edit link Edit

Hi, I don't believe you can change that specific link individually. I don't like "UnEdit" there and would prefer a more... move appropriate word in it's place. A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 22:16, July 21, 2010 (UTC)

Question Re:SignaturesEdit

I See that you managed to change the colour of your name but can you help me plz?Jarjarkine (talk) 16:57, November 19, 2013 (UTC)

Jarjarkine, it is very unlikely that Solar Dragon will answer you. He has left this wiki over 3 years ago and it is highly unlikely he will return. Signatures can be given different colours by editing your signature in the Preferences tag. (Click on your icon on the top line of the page to find it.) I would suggest you find someone's signature that you like and view it in Source Mode of the edit screen. Copy the "span style" or "font color" command. Don't forget to close the command. Garry Damrau(talk) 04:43, November 20, 2013 (UTC)

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