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Birthdays[edit source]

People are not a valid source for their own birthdays. Especially actors. I'm aware of the conversation you've been having with Neve McIntosh and I'm not saying she is lying about her own birthday. But it would hardly be the first time that an actor has lied about such information, since it's critical to their employment. We absolutely cannot accept a person's word about their birthday as a valid source. That may seem paradoxical, but like all facts, we require independent verification. We don't want to put ourselves in the position of being used by actors to publicise their own little fibs about their ages.
czechout    16:56: Wed 09 Jan 2013

You're assuming that other people's birthdates are, in fact, added by the subjects themselves, which is not evidently the case. Because of the "Twitter trail", though, the Neve McIntosh info, though, clearly falls foul of T:NO SELF REF.
In fact, we've already come to a forum agreement to remove birth information that is improperly sourced. I just haven't gotten around to enforcing it yet.
czechout    19:51: Wed 09 Jan 2013

"Worked on" categories[edit source]

Please do not abuse the "worked in/on" categories. It's not sufficient to just add the category and move on. You have to also change the text to explain why you added the category. You've recently said that Susannah York, for instance, Worked on Casualty. How? In what capacity? It's not helpful to our readers to just add that category and run.
czechout    17:00: Wed 09 Jan 2013

A category is never a substitute for writing an article. It does appear as though many people, most of them IP users, have increasingly abused these "Worked on" categories to the point that it's worth considering eliminating them entirely. See Thread:119834.
czechout    19:51: Wed 09 Jan 2013

Block[edit source]

The procedure to get rid of all these categories is complex. I know you're trying to help, but you are — quite accidentally — making it harder to complete. I don't have enough screen space across two monitors to also monitor your activities and avoid what you're doing. Therefore, I'm reluctantly going to block you until this procedure has been completed. It probably won't take anything like 3 days, so don't be scared by the block length you're seeing. It's only temporary, and, again, doesn't reflect poorly upon you. It's just a precaution. You can still edit this page in the meantime.
czechout    22:28: Thu 14 Mar 2013

I was editing the Dad's Army actors because that category is in the Zero Room and therefore must be deleted manually. It's the same thing with the Magic Roundabout. I promise to leave the other categories alone. I frankly don't think this block is necessary and if I'm blocked again I have half a mind to leave this wiki altogether. Slughorn42 22:37, March 14, 2013 (UTC)

I completely understand that it's frustrating being blocked. I apologise for the inconvenience this caused you. It was, I felt, necessary to shut you down at the time. Your edits were directly impacting my bot runs, and I simply needed to power through and get the work done. During complicated bot manoeuvres — and I think 8,000 edits in a 24 hour period qualifies as complicated — the right of way must be given to the bot. I routinely hand out temporary blocks to people if they appear to be editing contrary to the bot's plan. It's not personal, and it in no way reflects badly on you. It's simply easier to briefly stop you than to keep an eye on your editing practices and the 16 bot windows I have open.
For future reference, note that your assertions are wrong, above. Even when a category is "in the Zero Room", it still can be edited by bot. You'll see that the categories you mentioned above have been deleted as well.
The project of stripping away "worked on" categories has now been completed as much as I can for the day. I'm just awaiting the daily cache to see if there are any stragglers that need to be fixed. Accordingly, I"m restoring your editing righs — but please stay away from editing any real world people articles for another 24 hours.
czechout    06:39: Fri 15 Mar 2013

Birthdays, part 2[edit source]

Hey, remember the stuff with Neve McIntosh? Please do not use Twitter as a way to fact check our work here, as you apparently did again with Brendan Patricks. If birthday info is unsourced, please either find a valid source for it — that is, not the actor themselves — or, better, simply strike it. It is really not important that we have the right birthday for people. And it's even worse when we have the wrong birthday, or the "public birthday" — i.e. fiction — that an actor wants to give out.
czechout    16:19: Tue 05 Nov 2013

Christmas cheer[edit source]

Happy holidays!

As this fiftieth anniversary year comes to a close, we here at Tardis just want to thank you for being a part of our community — even if you haven't edited here in a while. If you have edited with us this year, then thanks for all your hard work.

This year has seen an impressive amount of growth. We've added about 11,000 pages this year, which is frankly incredible for a wiki this big. November was predictably one of the busiest months we've ever had: over 500 unique editors pitched in. It was the highest number of editors in wiki history for a year in which only one programme in the DWU was active. And our viewing stats have been through the roof. We've averaged well over 2 million page views each week for the last two months, with some weeks seeing over 4 million views!

We've received an unprecedented level of support from Wikia Staff, resulting in all sorts of new goodies and productive new relationships. And we've recently decided to lift almost every block we've ever made so as to allow most everyone a second chance to be part of our community.

2014 promises to build on this year's foundations, especially since we've got a full, unbroken series coming up — something that hasn't happened since 2011. We hope you'll stick with us — or return to the Tardis — so that you can be a part of the fun!


Re: Thread:149786[edit source]

Hi! Please do not change anything related to the Doctor Who Proms while the discussion at Thread:149786 is ongoing. This policy is spelled out at Tardis:You are bound by current policy. Thanks! Shambala108 22:20, January 17, 2014 (UTC)

Please stop now[edit source]

Please do not continue to add "This is the nth story to not feature any humans". Only the first is significant and relevant. Thanks. Shambala108 20:16, January 19, 2014 (UTC)

I was merely trying to indicate how incredibly rare those stories are. But if you feel they aren't significant, then fine. Slughorn42 20:20, January 19, 2014 (UTC)

Birthdays, part 3[edit source]

Hey, I'm sorry you felt the closure of the thread was premature or unwelcoming. That wasn't my intent.

I tend to quickly close threads where the request of the thread is, in my view, a technical impossibility. As an example, you might want the sky to be red, but it can't be red, so there's not much more that can be usefully done but to explain the scientific reason why it appears to be blue.

I wasn't trying to kill conversation, so much as redirect it here to my page. As I said in the thread closure, I'm perfectly willing to continue to talk about it, if you have questions, but there's no real need to do so in a community discussion.

To answer some of your questions, certainly I considered the possibility of splitting up Tardis:List of cast and crew by age. But you'd have to split it up into so many separate parts, it would no longer have a point. The template is simply not designed to do what the page wants to do. It cannot be used to create a list of every cast and crew member who's worked on a 50 year old show. It cannot even do the cast and crew for a couple of episodes of modern Doctor Who. If you had the cast and crew for just The Day of the Doctor, the template would fail. So it obviously can't be expected to handle the entire history of DW? And if you could only put less than the amount of information available on a single episode's credit list, how would you break up the data in a way that would actually be useful to people? (Yes, I know that multiple episodes share cast and crew members, but there's significant turnover when you start talking about the cast and crew of whole seasons.)

Additionally, you claim that I've not objected to your work with ages before. Please note the header of this section. This is the third time I've advised you away from this kind of editing. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I've been trying to curb this particular editing practice since January of 2013. And I long ago directed you to the relevant 2010 forum discussion — one I didn't start and one that was attended by several community members. No one argued for keeping the date information the way that it was, and the way that you continue to edit it.

Also, Wikipedia and IMDB are not valid sources on this site. They never have been. T:OOU SRC says:

... user-editable sources such as Wikipedia, the Internet Movie Database and this very wiki are to be avoided, as are sites that are built on largely un-edited user contributions, such as the Doctor Who Reference Guide.

The point is not that ages are completely forbidden here. Rather, they must be properly sourced. Remember, IMDb got sued for publishing actors ages, on the grounds that it prevented actors from getting work. If there are ages listed in our articles we need to have them fully sourced by something other than Wikipedia or IMDb. Age information is not, nor can it be, immune to our normal rules on out-of-universe sourcing. Remember, we're talking about real people's lives here. We must hold ourselves to a higher standard when we're talking about alleging something that could have a direct economic impact on someone's life.

I hope you understand, and I hope this won't deter you from editing with us in future
czechout    21:44: Fri 23 May 2014

Well, I understand now. If you had said all that earlier, I wouldn't have responded the way I did. I'm sorry I neglected to look at the thread you mentioned. From now on, I'll steer clear of adding people's ages. Incidentally, I'm having trouble thinking of sources for birth dates that would be considered valid under the wiki's rules.

I just have one last question. Is it all right to have birth and death dates for people who have died? I mean, since they're no longer alive we don't have to worry about any potential economic impact on them. Slughorn42 22:36, May 23, 2014 (UTC)

DVD commentary participants[edit source]

Hi! Since you added Category:DVD commentary participants to so many articles, it would be helpful to have the actual names of the DVD commentaries in question actually stated in the articles themselves. Otherwise the category is not very helpful. Thanks. Shambala108 03:06, June 26, 2014 (UTC)

Well, I figured since we had a category for the moderators we should have one for the participants as well. But I frankly don't see the relevance of listing which commentaries they were participated in. After all, we have category called BBC Audio audiobook readers and we're not required to list which audiobooks people read on their articles. Slughorn42 13:58, June 26, 2014 (UTC)

I'm just now seeing your response to my post here since you didn't bother to respond on my talk page, which is wiki policy.
As CzechOut stated above, "It's not sufficient to just add the category and move on. You have to also change the text to explain why you added the category." and "A category is never a substitute for writing an article." Just because you see a rule abused elsewhere, it doesn't mean that the rule can be ignored. Don't just add a category stating someone participated in a DVD commentary without listing the commentaries in which they participated. Shambala108 17:45, July 24, 2014 (UTC)

Videos[edit source]

Hi! Please note that links to off-site videos are expressly forbidden per Tardis:Video policy. If you feel that a video is worth uploading to the wiki, you can list it at Tardis:Video recommendations.

I've removed the videos you linked to on Tasha Lem and Petronella Osgood, but if you've added any others, please remove them. Thanks. Shambala108 17:40, July 24, 2014 (UTC)

Categories[edit source]

Look, it's hard to explain this in detail on the edit summary so I'm posting it here. You are violating Tardis:Beware recursion. I suggest you read the policy, but I will sum it up here.

Category:Big Finish Doctor Who voice actors is a subcategory of Category:Doctor Who voice actors. Therefore, anyone who is in BF DW voice actors is automatically in DW voice actors. The recursion policy states that we only use the most specific subcategory, as doing otherwise messes up bot runs. This is a technical issue that supersedes issues of style, form, etc.

If you feel these actors do not belong in BF DW voice actors, that is a different thing. The way it stands, though, adding the DW voice actors category is not only completely unnecessary but also interferes with bot tasks. Shambala108 20:48, August 16, 2014 (UTC)

Yes but the reason Jane Slavin and Lizzie Hopley are in the DW voice actors category in addition to the BFDW voice actors category is because they've voiced characters in productions that were NOT made by Big Finish. The same is true for Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney, Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, David Tennant and Nicholas Briggs amongst others. So by your logic, we'd have to remove them from the DW voice actors category as well simply because they're also in the BFDW voice actors category. I frankly don't see what bot tasks have to do with it. Slughorn42 21:14, August 16, 2014 (UTC)
Ok, first of all, I completely understand what you're saying about the non-BF issue. Obviously, though, I am not explaining myself well enough, although in my defense I think our category structure is the most confusing thing on the wiki to understand and/or explain.
I'm going to simplify things to try to make myself more clear. Our category structure on this wiki is nested, that is, some categories contain other, more specific categories. So, for example, category A contains categories B and C, and maybe category B contains category D. Therefore, if you put an article in category D, that automatically includes it in categories A and B (but not C). Why can't we just put the article into categories A and B as well? Because it causes something called recursion during certain bot functions, where the bot, as quoted in Tardis:Beware recursion, " will spend hours bouncing back and forth between categories". It's a technical issue, and though most of us users will never understand it, it is something that we have to consider to make the wiki run smoothly.
Therefore, the actors you've named above, having been placed in cat BF DW voice actors, are already part of cat DW voice actors, so we don't need to place them in that category. The other examples you cited, Tom Baker etc., also need to be fixed. You've been here long enough to know that just because a rule is violated, doesn't mean it's not valid, it just means no one caught it yet.
Do me a favor. If the above explanation made any sense to you, let me know. I've been wanting to work on the explanation at Tardis:Beware recursion but I don't want to make it worse than it already is. Thanks. Shambala108 17:35, August 17, 2014 (UTC)

Redundant categories[edit source]

I know you've been doing a lot of work recently on removing redundant categories. However, I believe the categories Category:Doctor Who (2005) television stories and Category:Doctor Who (1963) television stories are involved in the Game of Rassilon, so they really shouldn't be removed. If I'm wrong, please correct me. P&P talk contribs 22:12, September 2, 2014 (UTC)

Also, is there a reason you removed the Tomato Check categories (e.g. Category:SH ok)? P&P talk contribs 22:27, September 2, 2014 (UTC)
That's fine. You can set hidden categories to be shown automatically in your preferences under "Advanced Display Options". P&P talk contribs 22:32, September 2, 2014 (UTC)

Category:Robots is also involved in the GOR. P&P talk contribs 02:00, September 6, 2014 (UTC)

GOR categories[edit source]

Hey, I'm not sure if you need this information or not, but I thought I'd give you a list of the categories that are currently part of the Game of Rassilon:

  • Doctor Who directors
  • Companions of the Doctor
  • Fifth Doctor audio stories
  • Action figures
  • DWM issues pages
  • Torchwood television stories
  • Third Doctor comic stories
  • Individual Time Lords
  • Brief Encounter stories
  • Sixth Doctor DWM comic stories
  • Vehicles
  • Years
  • Disambiguation
  • K9 television stories
  • Doctor Who (1963) television stories
  • Conflicts
  • MA novels
  • CON episodes
  • SJA television stories
  • Days of the year
  • Planets
  • Bernice Summerfield stories
  • Months
  • Doctor Who (2005) television stories
  • Seasons
  • Robots

Thanks! Shambala108 05:20, September 3, 2014 (UTC)

Merry Men[edit source]

"Merry Men" is not a category for "individuals" as it is a group. Therefore, I've removed it from category:12th century individuals. Shambala108 02:51, September 9, 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, I forgot to remove that part. Shambala108 03:15, September 9, 2014 (UTC)

Hidden category[edit source]

Hi :) I'm gonna have to pull you back from Category:Pages with Behind the Scenes sections. It's a flawed concept for a category, since you don't realistically stand a chance of making it complete — thousands of pages have a BTS — and since its aim is not particularly clear.

Several editors will immediately see it as needless busywork.

And it creates an additional burden for people that will instantly lead to categorical inaccuracies. People who remove BTS sections will inevitably forget to also remove the category, and people who add BTS sections will forget to add the category.

Your goal seems to be to illustrate proper usage of the BTS section, which I applaud. This would more effectively be done as a guideline page, such at Tardis:Guide to images. I think you'd make a clearer impact with your message if you were to create Tardis:Guide to Behind the Scenes sections, in which you gave some examples of good BTS usage.
czechout    02:08: Sat 20 Sep 2014

No, you're the winner![edit source]

Heya :) So it turns out that both our administrators, who placed above you in the contest described on our front page, have declined their prize in an effort to make sure the prize goes to someone not on the administrative staff. You came in third, which means you're the highest-placed non-admin. So you've won! If you'd like to give us your physical address, we'll have the prize sent off to you. You can do that in any variety of private ways. I think you follow @TardisWiki, so you could just DM us there, or send an email to tardiswiki at gmail dot com or arrange a meeting in Special:Chat or send a friend request to CzechOutWikia in Skype. You could even send a physical letter to Wikia in San Francisco, if you'd feel more comfortable with that. Lots of options, really! Please get in touch with me soon to let me know which method you'd prefer.

Congratulations! It's great to see your hard work around here get rewarded!
czechout    14:32: Wed 08 Oct 2014

Yes, the prize is as pictured on the front page.
czechout    13:41: Thu 09 Oct 2014
Hey, I can't send you a direct message on Twitter since your name change, since you don't follow us anymore. Just wondering if you got your prize yet? I didn't ship it, but I'm guessing that it should have probably arrived, based on the information I have to hand.
czechout    18:34: Sun 26 Oct 2014

Video games[edit source]

Hi! Please leave the video games pages alone for the next hour or so. I'm working on some complicated page moving, and it adds extra time and work when I hit an edit conflict. Thanks. Shambala108 03:45, November 4, 2014 (UTC)

Visiting Hours[edit source]

Hi! Can you tell me where in Visiting Hours it says the 1960s, because I haven't been able to find it. Thanks. Shambala108 17:08, November 6, 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, but the DWRG is not a valid source. Only stories are valid sources. Yes, Eleanor mentions a Beatles album of more than three sides, which places it squarely in the late 1960s, but that's using real world info that is not established in the DWU. T:NO RW applies here
Even as a guideline, be careful using the DWRG. I've seen major spelling errors in prose character names, suggesting the person who wrote the particular article didn't have access to the stories in question. Additionally, they don't have the same valid sources/no real world policies we have, so sometimes their info, while correct, wouldn't apply on this wiki. Shambala108 17:23, November 6, 2014 (UTC)

Evergreen[edit source]

Hi! Can you let me know what page number of Evergreen gives the date setting? I've searched through the story several times and can't find it. Also, can you let me know the page that has the date setting for That Which Went Away? Thanks! Shambala108 16:38, November 26, 2014 (UTC)

Using Categories[edit source]

Thanks very much for helping me out with categorising the pages that I've recently created. I'm never really sure what categories I should be adding to each page, so I try and keep them to a minimum to avoid trouble. So it's a real help that you choose the categories that I have no doubt missed out - I appreciate it! Cyruptsaram 22:11, December 9, 2014 (UTC)

Decide your destiny[edit source]

I have reverted all of my edits that you undid. When you undid my edits, you undid several edits I made correcting violations of policy. When you undo an edit, you must check for other useful edits that have been made so that you don't undo valid work. Specifically, you added back edits that violated Tardis:Bold text, Tardis:Valid sources, you added categories that are not allowed in NOTDWU material, and you messed up infobox entries that I had fixed. Be more careful in the future. As for the claim of redundant categories, I don't agree. NOTDWU articles have both the "invalid source" tag and a non-DWU category. Shambala108 16:38, February 8, 2015 (UTC)

Unsourced dates[edit source]

Hi! Thanks for taking on the task of removing unsourced dates from cast/crew pages. I try to do them when I come across them, but it's slow going and I appreciate the help. Shambala108 00:04, August 31, 2015 (UTC)

Redundant category[edit source]

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that Category:Doctor Who directors is part of the Game of Rassilon, and therefore not subject to the no-recursion rule, and that is why User:OttselSpy25 added it to so many pages. He has been around the wiki long enough to know the rules, so in a situation like this, it's better to ask first than to undo a lot of work. Thanks! Shambala108 15:38, October 28, 2015 (UTC)

Oh no worries. I would have made the same mistake! :) OS25 (talk to me, baby.) 20:17, October 28, 2015 (UTC)

If you want to see what categories are included in the GOR, you can look on the right side of your user page, which lists them all. Shambala108 02:17, October 29, 2015 (UTC)

Unprotecting Martha[edit source]

Not just yet, as explained here.
czechout    17:31: Wed 18 Nov 2015

I just wanted to say thanks for your help in clarifying over my question. I'm going to have to find those audio dramas somewhere--Eight is one of my favorites and I'd love to see more of him. ;-)

Redundancy[edit source]

I had a whole message nearly written out two days ago before I got this massive headache. It's on my other computer, so I'll finish and send that ASAP.

But just to be clear on T:RECURSION itself: give it a read. I actually recently discovered that I had been using T:RECURSION in my edit summaries for some time where T:RECURSION actually didn't apply at all. T:RECURSION is about what categories a category page is placed in. It says nothing of placing individual pages in related categories, or indeed even a category and its direct parent.

Sometimes it's correct to place a page in two categories which are directly related. A writer might be a Doctor Who novelisation writer but also a Doctor Who novelist in general, if they have written a novel which is not a novelisation.

And, certainly with the case of a categorical connection so broad as category:Latin words and phrases and category:Theories and concepts, yeah, there's zero crime at all in placing an article in both, if the topic is indeed both a Latin phrase and a theory and/or concept.

Redundancy is placing an article in category:Theories and concepts and category:Social concepts, where social concepts is more specific. Redundancy is placing an article in category:Writers as well as category:Human writers, or category:Human writers and category:Writers from the real world.

It is not redundant at all, though, when the two categories are tangibly different enough (and especially if far apart in the tree) that it really does apply to both. Remember, categories should be useful. I'm not sure if we have three articles for category:Economic theories, but if we don't, people aren't going to be looking in Latin phrases for theories of that kind. Just because language itself is a concept, and parts of language are within the language tree does not mean those pages cannot also go in the broader category, when applicable.

Original message from the other day coming later.
× SOTO (//) 22:21, January 8, 2016 (UTC)

Also remember that the beauty of the MediaWiki software is that category structures don't have to be linear in any way. They can mix and match in all sorts of ways, as long as that doesn't constitute major recursion.
× SOTO (//) 22:30, January 8, 2016 (UTC)

Tom Price[edit source]

Sorry about this, old chap. I've been keeping track of all BF Torchwood episodes already released, where he is uncredited, and saw him credited in the episode upcoming in February. His page did not list his involvement in prior episodes. What was I to think? Amorkuz 19:19, January 19, 2016 (UTC)

Re: New companion[edit source]

Thanks for your reply to my question in the forum. I see the thread was removed (or rather, hidden, considering I can still see it and therefore was able to read your reply), so I guess the admins disagreed with you - no consensus needed, don't mention it yet. I wouldn't have thought casting announced on BBC TV and the official website would constitute a spoiler. People are only going to recreate the page for the new character (it's already been deleted once) or post more threads asking about it, I suspect.  Digifiend  Talk  PR/SS  KR  MH  Toku  JD  Garo  TH  CG  UM  Logos  CLG  DW  22:45, 23/4/2016 

Unemployed humans[edit source]

So how should the fact that Beatrix Butcher is a human be recorded? I'm open to suggestions, couldn't think of anything myself. Amorkuz 17:15, June 5, 2016 (UTC)

Amsterdam[edit source]

Hi! There is a question at Talk:Amsterdam over whether the Second Doctor visited the city or not. I figured since you were the one who added Category:Cities visited by the Second Doctor, you could give us a source. Thanks. Shambala108 23:14, June 18, 2016 (UTC)

Your input is needed[edit source]

Hi, as you're an experienced editor I think that your input is needed at http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Thread:199945#4, thanks best wishes. DENCH-and-PALMER 19:08, October 19, 2016 (UTC)

Semi-regular cast[edit source]

I see you've been working on Class cast pages a bit. We can have a category:Class semi-regular cast if you think some actors are candidates. The parents, for example, are certainly not guest actors - they're recurring.

Mr Armitage is a bit tricky, because he only recurs for two episode total, in a recurring role (certainly not a guest in the sense that the Inspector is), but dies in the second. Heck, same with Coach Dawson. What do you think?
× SOTO (//) 21:49, October 23, 2016 (UTC)

That is a valid point. Good idea: we'll wait it out.
× SOTO (//) 21:55, October 23, 2016 (UTC)

Recursion[edit source]

I'm surprised I have to write the same message again. Look above for the longer message I left last time on this very topic.

I'm not sure you understand what recursion really means. To use the same example as I did before, a writer might be a Doctor Who novelisation writer but also a Doctor Who novelist in general, if they have written a novel which is not a novelisation. Just because one category is within another, does not mean you can't add both to one page, if that actually applies.

In this specific case, multiple stories take place at Coal Hill School, as well as in Shoreditch in general. Even An Unearthly Child applies here. Takes place in Coal Hill School. Also takes place at 76 Totter's Lane, which is very much not Coal Hill School. The latest episode, Nightvisiting, barely takes place at Coal Hill at all. To just place the Coal Hill category there would be downright wrong.

And to reiterate, it causes absolutely no problems at all to have a page in both a parent and a child category. T:RECURSION is about the order and placement of categories themselves, something which does have a large impact on running bots. If the bot finds the same page twice, it merely skips it the second time.
× SOTO (//) 02:25, October 30, 2016 (UTC)

I would ask that you stop with your edit war. You don't undo someone else undoing your edit, certainly not an admin. I've explained my reasoning. You are removing categories when you shouldn't be, because, again, that is not recursion at all. Now I have to spend time going through the edits again, and, what, get my edits undone again? If you have a problem with the way the wiki already currently works, and think pages should never be in both a parent and a child category, feel free to start a discussion.
× SOTO (//) 02:29, October 30, 2016 (UTC)
And I'm speaking as a bot operator here, in case you haven't noticed. Believe me, there is no such issue.
× SOTO (//) 02:32, October 30, 2016 (UTC)
I once mistakenly thought that was recursion as well. As I said in the message from January, while it wouldn't be recursion, it would be redundant to add category:Writers as well as category:Human writers, for example. Because at no point was that person a writer but not human, it's simply redundant to put them in both. It would be redundant to put a story page into category:Stories set in Cardiff and category:Stories set in Wales if that story never leaves Cardiff at all. But if it takes place both in Cardiff and on the Welsh countryside, you absolutely should add both.
× SOTO (//) 02:46, October 30, 2016 (UTC)

Section headings[edit source]

Small enough thing, but please remember to use sentence case in section headings, so Behind the scenes instead of Behind the Scenes and not to use a level 3 heading, ie. ===, when there is not already a level 2, ie. ==.


== Behind the scenes ==


=== Behind the Scenes ===

Take a look at T:HEAD for more information. Thanks.
× SOTO (//) 22:18, November 3, 2016 (UTC)

Category question[edit source]

Hi! I know this question is almost ten months old, but I have a question about the pages Tom Watson and Mary Watson. You added the category Category:21st century individuals to both pages, but though I've looked through The Stabber (short story) several times, I can't see a reference to the 21st century. If you still have a copy of the story, could you let me know the page number where you found this info? Thanks. Shambala108 04:05, November 9, 2016 (UTC)

Never mind, I'm assuming you got it from 2002, so I'll ask the user who posted the info on that page. Sorry to bother you. Shambala108 04:16, November 9, 2016 (UTC)

There is no canon[edit source]

Hello! You've done an amazing job at editing pages to remove references to stories not being canon. Just one quick note though.

In most cases, replacing the word "Canon" with "valid" does not actually solve the situation. In action, most people put in the word "canon" for little-to-no actual reason, and furthermore they still use it to derive that the story "isn't important." If a production note on a random page says "Dimensions of Time had previously been filmed with a ___ camera" and then tacks on "But Dimensions of Time isn't canon," the solution isn't to replace the word, but to delete the second statement.

Thanks for your time. OS25 (Talk) 17:45, April 18, 2017 (UTC)

Please do not move pages[edit source]

This is a reminder that only admin should move pages. The rationale is given at Thread:128198. Please use {{rename}} or, if the situation is absolutely clear, {{speedy rename}}. Amorkuz 20:14, December 31, 2017 (UTC)

Preload templates[edit source]

Hey :) Yah, you caught me in the middle of a shift from an old way of doing preloads to something that's a li'l more modern. I'll probably be doing a little CSS work on it soon, but it definitely works again. And, as a bonus, standard edit summaries are also back.
czechout    21:59: Tue 04 Sep 2018

RE:Timeless Child[edit source]

It needed rewording, and it didn't belong as a BTS point. It fits better in the "Appearance" section I created. Feel free to add it there, but from an in-universe persepctive. I created a section for each of the seven incarnations. :) --DCLM 13:43, March 4, 2020 (UTC)

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