User talk:Quillathe Siannodel

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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Thank you to User:Yfmcpxpj for making this page. I promise to use my new powers of userpage-having for good. {)|(}Quill{)|(} 14:10, 25 March 2021 (UTC)

Also, sorry for the constant edits. I'm still figuring out how to sign my name and, on top of that, I'm the kind of person who constantly goes around revising stuff. Apologies. {)|(}Quill{)|(} 0:29, 29 March 2021 (UTC)


I think this is a very bad idea:
Do not put this on all pages with incomplete that will annoy a lot of people as already clear in the newest comic. We always leave the incomplete reason for some time on the new comics. Instead of posting this template, put a note on why you think it is complete, or even better, if you actually think the explanation is complete, then just delete the incomplete tag. Also we try at all cost to avoid making section in the discussion as this will interfere with large explanations where a TOC is relevant. Best regards --Kynde (talk) 08:02, 7 April 2021 (UTC)

+1 Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 10:08, 7 April 2021 (UTC)
Sorry. I am a new-ish user with 0 impulse control who just discovered how to make templates. I will delete the offending comments/template & try to find a different solution. Any suggestions for what to do instead? {)|(}Quill{)|(} RESIGNED BECAUSE OF FAULTY TEMPLATE 14:49, 8 April 2021 (UTC)
Well, I can surely understand that these "incomplete" articles are somewhat annoying. In most cases the best practise to remove them is simply reading the article and trying to find out if the issue mentioned in the tag is resolved. If not you could try to solve the issue by yourself or simply move on. If yes you could ask in the discussion if anyone has something to add, wait some days and if noone replied you just remove the tag. That'a at least how I handle these. If there is no issue mentioned in the tag then just read the explanation. If you "feel" that something is missing either mention it in the tag or solve the problem, then proceed as described above. As for new comics it's normal that they have the tag for a week or two until the explanation is finished - just give them time :) Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 14:08, 7 April 2021 (UTC)
That's what I was attempting to do. The problem was that I had no way to check when the section was added and I ended up just spamming everything. What should I do? {)|(}Quill RESIGNED BECAUSE OF FAULTY TEMPLATE 14:49, 8 April 2021 (UTC)
The tag gets added automatically by the bot that crawls XKCD for new comics when the comic is released. So in most cases the "when" can be answered with "the day the comic was released". It gets removed by people when the explanation is finsished. Sometimes the tag is re-introduced afterwards but in these cases it was done by some member of the community and the person who did this should include the reason in the tag so you can see why the tag was added. In these cases the question about "when" is not important. Either the explanation is complete and the tag should be removed or it isn't and it shouldn't ;) Nevertheless, if you are still curious about the "when" you could check the edit history of the article on question. Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 14:38, 7 April 2021 (UTC)
OK, thanks. From now on, I'll wait a week and if the comic is finished and there's still no explanation, I'll just delete it. (By the way, apologies for my date template glitching out. I was editing it. Fixed now. Also sorry I forgot to sign this post.) {)|(}Quill{)|(} RESIGNED BECAUSE OF FAULTY TEMPLATE 14:49, 8 April 2021 (UTC)
Yes see for instance the history of the comic that started this. At the very bottom (or last page if it gets too long) you can see the following:
(cur | prev) 01:46, 6 April 2021‎ DgbrtBOT (talk | contribs)‎ . . (443 bytes) (+443)‎ . . (Created by dgbrtBOT)
And you can always see the difference between two edits.
And then I will also like to welcome you to the Explain community. And sorry for the abrupt welcome here. I just wished to avoid you posting that template all over. Not sure you can delete it though, and their is no administrators active. It is great with someone that will help improve. --Kynde (talk) 15:02, 7 April 2021 (UTC)
BTW, should I also remove the Date template? I can't seem to get it to not update. {)|(}Quill{)|(} RESIGNED BECAUSE OF FAULTY TEMPLATE 14:49, 8 April 2021 (UTC)

In regards to the things you are mentioning on your user page (which I won't edit as it's yours - that's why I'm writing this here). You say that you don't like the jokes put in the "incomplete" tag and explicitely say that by this you don't mean the "CREATED BY A ___" line. From time to time I also take a look at the incomplete explanations and try to improve them. I'm not aware of any jokes in that tag (besides the CREATED BY line) and I'm genuinely confused about what you are talking about. Do you have any examples? Because, of course you are right, in that part there shouldn't be any vague jokes. Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 08:25, 8 April 2021 (UTC)

I'm saying that I'm fine with jokes as long as there is also some information about why it's incomplete. Sorry, will change wording soon. {)|(}Quill{)|(} 14:49, 8 April 2021 (UTC)
Ah, I see :) The example you are mentioning as "bad" is automatically created by the aforementioned bot. In general - not always - someone changes it after the first few days when the explanation has grown to a near-finish state. My advice in this case: Read the explanation. If you think it's complete, suggest in the comments to remove the tag. If noone objects after a day or two, remove it. If you think it's incomplete you just figured out why it's incomplete and can improve the description in the tag by yourself ;) Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 07:01, 9 April 2021 (UTC)

Template Help[edit]

I want to create a template for people with custom signatures. So far I've got this, but that makes signatures that show the current time. How do I make the date display with plaintext? Do I need a bot or what? Please help! {)|(}Quill{)|(} 16:02, 8 April 2021 (UTC)

Nevermind, just typing ~~~ or editing preferences works just as well. {)|(}Quill{)|(} 13:40, 20 April 2021 (UTC)