User:Xanderox

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Hey everybody! My name is Scott, and I'm a big fan of the SGU and an aspiring transcriptionist. I love being able to help get this project ramped up again! I'm also slowly and intermittently upgrading my regular Wikipedia skills. Here's my userpage over there.

To Do List

  • reformat other "EpisodeList" tables to match updated Episode List 2022
  • add subtitles to all generic "special report"/"special segment" section headers
  • help upload episode icons now that I'm an admin!!
  • investigate Environmentalism page and consider for potential new category?
  • update generic formatting for comments like (laughter) (laughs) and [inaudible] (no capitalizations here)
  • select all, copy, paste, find, and replace all [X]: with [X]: to bold all the Rogues' initials in the transcripts, as I have done in my first transcript, SGU Episode 762.
  • use Template:vo to italicize all the It's time for "Science or Fiction" voice-overs in previous episodes/skeletons
  • create "new noisy" subsections in all the WTN sections
  • Update the QoW collection table, SGU reading list, Favorite Rogues Quotes, University entries, etc.
  • merge into or create "Signoff/Announcements" sections or just delete "Announcements" sections if it's just the voice-over Outro
  • add wikitionary links to the What's the Word? segments for definitions if it's not good for a wiki link
  • add references next to the external links
  • add vocab lists to other episodes like the list in Episode 581
  • start removing generic category tags once I create redirects; eventually it would be good to have ALL the category lists be only redirects, with no links to full episodes, and rather only to their relevant segments
  • insert my new Episode skeleton into all the to-be-created episode pages, including the QoW, News Items, SoF Items, and links
  • eventually apply my newer skeleton to the older episodes (644 and earlier), ahead of getting to finishing those transcriptions
  • use Template:Tooltip to put a hover note over names dear to the Rogues, like their children and spouses
    • Example: Julia
  • possibly create templates called "600s" and "700s" where 600/700|### auto generates individual date, month, and year data so it can be called by the Episode, InfoBox, and DownloadLink templates for currently blank episodes #652-742

Useful links

https://web.archive.org/web/20110515184137/http://www.theskepticsguide.org/sgublog/
https://web.archive.org/web/20171121215018/http://theness.com/roguesgallery/
https://www.toddstrong.com/comedywriting/exaggeration.php a solid reference for the "How ___ is it" chuckle

Handy tips/formatting things to use

<small><span style="color:grey">(Transcriptionist’s note: ... ...)</span></small>

Use this markup format to add a small note directly into a portion of the transcript; this is different than appending a note to the end of the transcript.

As an example: (Transcriptionist’s note: July 6 was 14 weeks after March 27!) This note is in the Introduction section of SGU Episode 887.

Done List

  • added "SoF with a theme" and "What's the Word?" cat. table entries into the SGU Features area of the Browse by category page
    • also mention other cat. table entries
  • made an icon for the episode skeleton: "SAMPLE" superimposed on ep1 icon
  • created a template called "800s" where 800s|NNN auto generates individual date, month, and year data so it can be called by the Episode, InfoBox, and DownloadLink templates
  • created a template called "900s" where 900s|NNN auto generates individual date, month, and year data so it can be called by the Episode, InfoBox, and DownloadLink templates
  • create a sortable table for the SGU episode list: sort by episode number, year, status, maybe even by sof theme/interview/live recording...
  • added caption field to infobox template to expect captions under episode icons
  • updated colors/borders of Template:MessageBox

Questions/Issues to consider

  • Should Wikilinks be included in the list of SoF items, or only include them in the transcription?

Templates I have made/like to use

Quick Text/Formatting

SBM

  • A quick-text template for the publication, "Science-Based Medicine": Template:sbm
    {{sbm}}

SOFResults

{{SOFResults}}

Template:SOFResults is a formatted entry for SoF colored results at the end of each SoF segment. See Episode 787's SoF segment, whose SOF Results table looks like this:

Answer Item
Fiction bird beak
Science oldest masks
Science
1b n95s
Host Result
Evan clever
Rogue Guess
Cara
bird beak
Bob
oldest masks
Steve
oldest masks
Jay
oldest masks
George
1b n95s











Episode Messageboxes

{{Episode|MM|DD|YYYY}}

Template:Episode is the green message box that generates the “Latest Episode”, “Recent Episode” or “Old Episode” message, depending on if the broadcast date is within one week/one year of the current date or not.

Infobox Shortcuts

  • I also created shortcuts for typing in the number date, written month, and download link in the episode infobox:
{{date|##}}

Template:Date inserts the appropriate two-letter superscript text for the ordinal abbreviation of the date of the month.

{{month|MM}}

Template:Month inserts the appropriate month name text for the numerical abbreviation of the month.

{{DownloadLink|YYYY-MM-DD}}

Template:DownloadLink inserts the appropriate broadcast date into the link for the podcast episode.

10tothe

Template:10tothe inserts the appropriate superscripted number for the power of ten that is said. It makes it a little bit faster as a quick text than typing 10<sup>number</sup>

{{10tothe|number}}

WTN

  • I created two templates for streamlining links to past and future WTN segments. I'll add some examples soon.

Template:WtnHiddenAnswer inserts into a box a link to the New Noisy segment of the most recent-to-the-episode WTN, with the answer initially collapsed.

Template:WtnAnswer inserts a link to the WTN segment of the future episode that has the answer.

Quotes and cultural references

42

{{42}}

Template:42 creates an in-line link to the Wikipedia subsection about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference to the answer 42. Useful for when you don't feel like typing out/copy-and-pasting the long link.

"Mostly Dead"

{{mostly dead}}
{{mostly}}

Template:Mostly dead and Template:Mostly create an in-line link to the "mostly dead" Wikiquote from the film The Princess Bride. Useful for when you don't feel like typing out the whole wikiquote link.

"Guidelines"

{{guidelines}}

Template:Guidelines creates an in-line link to the "guidelines" Wikiquote from the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Useful for when you don't feel like typing out the whole wikiquote link.

MahnaMahna

{{Phenomen|}}

Template:Phenomen creates an in-line link to the to the Muppets song, "Mahna Mahna". Useful for when you don't feel like typing out the whole link when a Rogue jokingly says "phenomenon/phenomena". Add an 'a', 'A', 'on', or 'On' after the pipe in {{Phenomen|}} to generate (sing-song) phenomena!, (sing-song) Phenomena!, (sing-song) phenomenon!, or (sing-song) Phenomenon!, respectively.

Sand

{{sand}}

Template:Sand creates an in-line link to an article defending the cringe-worthy flirting of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, with particular attention to his monologue that begins with I don't like sand. (← This is the article, via the template, seen in the markup.)


In each of these references above you can see in the markup to this page that I used the templates. Clicking the link to these templates will show you just how long the markup text being called is!

Sandboxing

I apologize for messing around in the main wiki with some of my recent projects. I'll try to work on them here first!