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<noinclude>{{Community portal}}</noinclude>
 
<noinclude>{{Community portal}}</noinclude>
 
== Issue dates. ==
 
 
Hi Jeff,
 
 
As i'm creating pages I struggle with the issue dates of comics. I've added a comment to all pages that contain the (unknown/incorrect) dates. Is there a way to research those dates? --[[User:Rikthoff|Rikthoff]] ([[User talk:Rikthoff|talk]])
 
: [http://xkcd.com/archive/] if you mouse over the comic name, it will have the date. --[[User:Jeff|Jeff]] ([[User talk:Jeff|talk]]) 18:26, 3 August 2012 (EDT)
 
 
- if you mouse over comic name in "Archive" section of xkcd.com.  Older comics(1-44 or so) might be found in [http://liveweb.archive.org/http://xkcd-drawings.livejournal.com/?skip=40 livejournal archive][[User:Bpothier|B. P.]] ([[User talk:Bpothier|talk]]) 18:35, 3 August 2012 (EDT)
 
 
Should we consider using "2012-08-03" style dates and letting localization "do the right thing"? Most pages so far use "August 3, 2012" style dates, with a few incorrectly doing "August 3rd, 2012"... Presumably the template could do the localizing/localising...--[[User:Bpothier|B. P.]] ([[User talk:Bpothier|talk]]) 18:39, 3 August 2012 (EDT)
 
 
: The date is also available with the [http://xkcd.com/json.html JSON API], which I'm going to use for the [[User_talk:Jeff#Automatic_Import|import]]. I use <nowiki>{{#dateformat: year-month-day}}</nowiki>, MediaWiki should figure out the correct way to display it based on your preferences. --[[User:SlashMe|SlashMe]] ([[User talk:SlashMe|talk]]) 18:47, 3 August 2012 (EDT)
 
<small>Moved from [[User talk:Jeff]]. --''[[User:Philosopher|Philosopher]]''&nbsp;<sup>[[User talk:Philosopher|Let us reason together.]]</sup> 00:15, 4 August 2012 (EDT)</small>
 
 
== Date? ==
 
 
How do I find the date a comic was first posted (to put in the comic header here?) [[User:TheHYPO|TheHYPO]] ([[User talk:TheHYPO|talk]]) 12:26, 3 August 2012 (EDT)
 
 
<small>Moved from [[Talk:Main Page]]. --''[[User:Philosopher|Philosopher]]''&nbsp;<sup>[[User talk:Philosopher|Let us reason together.]]</sup> 00:43, 4 August 2012 (EDT)</small>
 
 
Original posting date is listed on xkcd's [[http://xkcd.com/archive/ archive page]] as hover-text for each post.  The first 44 comics are all listed as 2006-01-01.  Many of these were previously posted on the [[http://liveweb.archive.org/http://xkcd-drawings.livejournal.com/?skip=40 livejournal site]], and some dates can be found/inferred by checking there.--[[User:Bpothier|B. P.]] ([[User talk:Bpothier|talk]]) 17:49, 7 August 2012 (UTC)
 
  
 
== The Community Portal's design ==
 
== The Community Portal's design ==
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:::That was my error in the template. I knew "image text" that has been commonly used by Jeff was not techically correct, but I didn't actually go back and confirm it was alt text before I included that tag in the template. That's to Waldir (I believe?) for correcting the template. [[User:TheHYPO|TheHYPO]] ([[User talk:TheHYPO|talk]]) 14:14, 7 August 2012 (UTC)
 
:::That was my error in the template. I knew "image text" that has been commonly used by Jeff was not techically correct, but I didn't actually go back and confirm it was alt text before I included that tag in the template. That's to Waldir (I believe?) for correcting the template. [[User:TheHYPO|TheHYPO]] ([[User talk:TheHYPO|talk]]) 14:14, 7 August 2012 (UTC)
 
 
== Outage ==
 
 
Just experienced the following navigating the site...
 
 
Internal Server Error
 
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to
 
complete your request.
 
 
Please contact the server administrator, [email protected] and inform
 
them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that
 
may have caused the error.
 
 
More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
 
 
Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an
 
ErrorDocument to handle the request.
 
 
Very strange, and not able to repro it, so it seems to have been transient.  Just noting it here in case it happens again.  I assume this is a hosting company hiccup.
 
 
BTW, while researching the above, I noticed that the ''explainxkcd.com'' domain registration expires in 3 days (August 10)... hopefully the bill has been paid; I'd hate for this site to go down; Grace Period and Redemption are a PITA... -- [[User:IronyChef|IronyChef]] ([[User talk:IronyChef|talk]]) 14:44, 7 August 2012 (UTC)
 
 
:over the past week, I've gotten a few of those Internal Server Errors at random. [[User:TheHYPO|TheHYPO]] ([[User talk:TheHYPO|talk]]) 15:05, 7 August 2012 (UTC)
 
 
:: Not sure what is up with them, but I've gotten some as well.  It is either me messing with the site or the server creaking under pressure. --[[User:Jeff|Jeff]] ([[User talk:Jeff|talk]]) 15:32, 7 August 2012 (UTC)
 
 
::: Could be the pressure... I've been getting a few randomly and the site every now and then gets quite slow. --[[User:Waldir|Waldir]] ([[User talk:Waldir|talk]]) 18:43, 7 August 2012 (UTC)
 

Revision as of 19:31, 8 August 2012

Community Portal
Dialog-information on.svg

Proposals (+post)
Place for ideas and suggestions to improve the wiki's design and organization on general issues.

Preferences-system.svg

Technical (+post)
Technical issues regarding the site, including bug reports or MediaWiki extensions requests.

Edit-find-replace.svg

Coordination (+post)
Community-managed page for coordinating content editing and maintenance tasks.

Tools-hammer.svg

Admin requests (+post)
Problems requiring assistance from an admin. User problems, changes to protected pages, etc.

Help-browser.svg

Miscellaneous (+post)
Place for general chit-chat about virtually anything that doesn't fit anywhere else.

View all community portals at once here
Hyperlink-internet-search.svg

The Community Portal's design

{{Community portal}} looks too Wikipedia-ish (because that's where I got it). Someone who can design things should probably fix that. It isn't protected for the time being, though it probably will be in the future (high-visibility template). --Philosopher Let us reason together. 00:54, 4 August 2012 (EDT)

Common mistake

This affects all pages that ever say "alt text" in reference to the TITLE text on xkcd images. "Alt text" is incorrect; Alt text refers to the text that is shown as an alternative when images are not displayed. Title text is what xkcd uses and is shown as a tool tip-like bubble when images are hovered over.

I would correct this myself but I saw no way to edit the main page. --Jillysky (talk) 14:21, 6 August 2012‎ (UTC)

You actually don't need to edit the main page to fix it, as what's there is just a mirror (transclusion) of the actual content from the comic page, at Curiosity, which is open for editing by anyone. Then again, the "alt-text" in that case is generated by a template, {{comic}}, so that's where we should fix this. The template's code, however, is currently a terrible mess (sorry!), so I went ahead and took care of it. Thanks for catching that! --Waldir (talk) 16:24, 6 August 2012 (UTC)
Ah? So it's wrong, for instance, on http://m.xkcd.com? because of that I took it for granted that we could call it the alt-text... - Cos (talk) 17:38, 6 August 2012 (UTC)
Yes. If you look at the page's html source, you'll see:
<img
 id="comic"
 src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/curiosity.png"
 title="As of this writing the NASA/JPL websites are still overloaded. Trying CURIOSITY-REAR-CAM_[256px_x_256px].torrent.SwEsUb.DVDRip.XviD-aXXo.jpg instead."
 alt="Curiosity">
(line breaks added for clarity) --Waldir (talk) 23:54, 6 August 2012 (UTC)
That was my error in the template. I knew "image text" that has been commonly used by Jeff was not techically correct, but I didn't actually go back and confirm it was alt text before I included that tag in the template. That's to Waldir (I believe?) for correcting the template. TheHYPO (talk) 14:14, 7 August 2012 (UTC)