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FYI crowdfunding notice[edit]

I've started a theard regarding a new possible Crowdfunding Campaign for a new computer for User:Jkadavoor. Input and comments are welcome. --Cart (talk) 19:19, 17 July 2018 (UTC)

I´ll be happy to contribute, just let me know …. --Tomascastelazo (talk) 16:17, 30 July 2018 (UTC)

Files disrupting the FPC voting system[edit]

It can be fun to add small images, smileys and even sound files to the discussions in the voting process, but please keep in mind that these files can disrupt the whole thing. Most of us know by now that only the usual voting symbols from the ({{support}} {{oppose}} {{neutral}} templates will be counted by the FPCBot. Other templates like {{strong oppose}} {{weak support}} {{abstain}} {{overexposed}} etc. will just be ignored and we use the piping system instead. Example: {{s|strong support}}. It is the same with all smileys that are made through templates like {{smiley|;)}} for Face-wink.svg and urls for sound files and other links. They are also ignored by the Bot.

If a file is mentioned in the discussion, it should be written with the ":" in front so that just the name is shown. ANY file that is displayed in full, other that the nomination, will be read as an "Alt" by the Bot. They should be commented out or the ":" placed in front of the file name before the bot comes to close it. We recently had the Bot refusing to close a nomination on the fifth day because a music file was added in a vote. It read it as an "Alt" and wanted it to go the whole nine days even though there were no 'opposes' and it had more than ten votes. Now I see that thumbs up and down (like [[File:Dobar.svg|20px]]) plus non-template smileys have begun to appear. This is fine as long as there is an 'oppose' and the nomination will run the full nine days, otherwise it will stall the closing. It may however result in the Bot demanding to know which file to promote,even if there is only one file actually nominated.

Please bear all this in mind when you play around with additions in the voting process. It may be fun, but the system is unfortunately not designed for these little gadgets. --Cart (talk) 21:33, 28 July 2018 (UTC)

Thanks, Cart, for this reminder, as I was not aware of that. I keep this in mind for the future -- Basile Morin (talk) 11:29, 29 July 2018 (UTC)
I've just replaced 3 of these small images with templates to help the task of the bot -- Basile Morin (talk) 11:40, 29 July 2018 (UTC)
  • I would also suggest adding the {{support}} etc only at the beginning of a line. Some people like to use it as part of a sentence, burying it in the middle of a long paragraph. That makes it hard and error-prone to manually count votes. If all the votes are nicely lined up on the left edge of the screen, it would be much easier to verify. dllu (t,c) 06:06, 7 August 2018 (UTC)
  • @W.carter: I noticed that you put {{support}} on an indented line. Is that OK for the bot? Thank you --Wolfgang Moroder (talk) 15:01, 7 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Wolfgang Moroder: Yes. The Bot can read a vote anywhere in a sentence unless it is striked like this: Symbol support vote.svg Support. It is just more convenient to have the vote at the beginning of the post when we, for some reason, count the votes manually. An indent doesn't hinder the process either. It is the arbitrary placing of votes inside a comment Symbol oppose vote.svg like this, that can make it hard to find in the manual process but the Bot will always find it. The post above by dllu, is just a good recommendation. --Cart (talk) 15:24, 7 August 2018 (UTC)