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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 upgrading my regular Wikipedia skills. Here's my userpage over there.

To Do List

  • help upload episode icons now that I'm an admin!!
  • 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:voice-over 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
  • figure out how to move the entries for whole episodes to the end of category topics' lists so that segment redirects can be visible first
    • actually I just need to 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 but only to the relevant segments
  • insert my new Episode skeleton into all the to-be-created episode pages, including the QoW, News Items, SoF Items, and links
  • create a sortable table for the SGU episode list: sort by episode number, year, status, maybe even by sof theme/interview/live recording... (I'm sandboxing this below)
  • 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
  • update colors/borders of Template:MessageBox
  • create a template called "900s" where 900s|### auto generates individual date, month, and year data so it can be called by the Episode, InfoBox, and DownloadLink templates; repeat if necessary for episodes #652-742 ("600s" and "700s")

Useful links a solid reference for the "How ___ is it" chuckle

Done List

  • add "SoF with a theme" and "What's the Word?" cat. table entries into the SGU Features area of the Browse by category page

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


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



Template:SOFResults is a formatted entry for SoF colored results at the end of each SoF segment.

Episode Messageboxes


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:

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


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


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


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>



  • 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



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}}

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.



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.



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 phenomena, Phenomena!, phenomenon, or Phenomenon!, respectively.



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."

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!


I apologize for messing around in the main wiki with some of my recent projects. I'll try to work on them here first! I’ve recently been working on Template:EpisodeList and I want to keep exploring morphing the current SGU Episodes page into one that looks like Draft Episode Table.

|style="text-align: center"|999

|style="text-align: center;" style=white-space:nowrap|YYYY

|style="padding-left: 0.5em;padding-right: 0.3em" |

|style="padding-left: 0.5em;padding-right: 0.3em" | (sof theme)

|style="padding-left: 0.5em;padding-right: 0.3em" | (interviewee)

|style="padding-left: 0.5em;padding-right: 0.3em" | (live)

|style="padding-left: 0.5em;padding-right: 0.3em" | (guest rogue)

|style="padding-left: 0.5em;padding-right: 0.3em" | (other)

Below is a table with links to all the SGU episodes with transcription pages, sortable by year, transcription status, and certain episode features. The table is under construction, and the "jump-to" pages mentioned below need to be created. Blank and new episodes will benefit from using the Episode skeleton structure.

    Open for transcription  –  contains sections that need transcribing     Transcription in progress –  transcription in progress
    Ready for proof-reading  –  transcription complete and needs proof-reading     Automatic transcription –  initial transcription by Google Speech API
    Transcript Verified  –  episode proof-read

You can also jump to pages of episodes listed by year and date: 2035, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Episode Year Status SoF Theme Interview with Live Recording Guest Rogue(s) (column)
797 2020 Open for transcription Traffic Paul Thibado
796 2020 Open for transcription
795 2020 Open for transcription Predicting the Future
780 2020 Ready for proof-reading Earth
762 2035 Ready for proof-reading Anxiety SGU from the Future
NNNN YYYY ? ? ? ? ? Transcript Verified