User talk:Revanche/Archive 2011



Hello, I was wondering how to figure out the ammo per ton for a weapon from their information tables. Such as for a Streak SRM-4 it says the ammo per ton is 25. Is that 25 individual missiles? Or is it 25 reloads or is it some other thing? - Zachary

(Stepping in) It's 25 shots/salvos from the weapon, in game terms. For a SSRM-4, that means 100 missiles. You'll find that it is almost always 100 SRMs to a ton of ammo (only difference: 15 shots for a SRM-6 = 90 missiles), and 120 missiles per ton of LRM ammo. Similarly, a ton of AC ammo usually sums up to 100 points of damage (AC/2: 90) although fluffed as a wide range of calibers and individual shots. Frabby 20:52, 7 June 2011 (UTC)


Hello, please help me. I known that, have a Mad Cat Mk III, but in this page I find only a fanon version. I seek a cannon version. If I find this, can I make a new page or what is the correct procedure I can make? (Sorry for my english. :))


Hello, I was just wondering how you decifer the range of a certain weapon from their information tables. Like for an IS ER Large Laser the short range is 1-7 but what is 1-7 in real life? 10-70meters? Or what? I was just wondering if you could provide me with that information. It would be a real help. - James

In the core Battletech game (which is what the example you cite is from) the ranges listed are in hexes on the mapsheet. According to the Battletech 2nd Edition rulebook, page 1, the scale of basic Battletech is 30 m per hex, so the short range of an ER Large Laser is from 30 m to 210 m. All players I have ever played with assume that range 0, ie the hex you are in, is also implicitly included in the short range. -- LRichardson 02:49, 19 April 2011 (UTC)
thank you for the help. I was really trying to figure it out but couldn't manage to.
The 25th Anniversary Edition of BT just came out, you might consider giving it a look. If you are not sure whether or not to make the leap of faith on that investment, you might also try the Quick Start Rules from Catalyst, available for free at -- LRichardson 21:16, 19 April 2011 (UTC)

Awards Project[edit]

Holla Rev, i hope allways is fine with you, ähm i have a question about your wiki awards project, you work on it ??, you have lay down it??, or you have not the time to finish it, ok i know reall life is busy, i like the project and i hope you keep it up in next time. Greetings--Doneve 23:40, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi, Doneve. I was planning to work on it (maybe even complete it) last Monday on the few hours I had off, but got caught up throwing the Founder's Awards project up, while it was still relevant. I do intend to finish it soon. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 12:26, 5 January 2011 (UTC)


Hello Rev, i Hope you New Years was good to you. I had question regarding Mechs that are partially under the moratorium. I recently added the Peacekeeper to the Sarna. TRO 3085 is not longer under the moratorium, but its record sheet unabridge pdf is. Is the bibliography not allow to show upcoming and connected materials in a article? I did not (not come out yet.) added anything from that source, only listing as a part of bilo. Does this mean it must be on hold until all the related materials comes out of the mortatorium? -- Wrangler 23:13, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

Hi Rev, i jump in, i put the talk from Wrangler to Me in the discussion, to give you howe is the goal for it.--Doneve 23:27, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

Hi Doneve. I am confused why you removed the RS:3085 Cutting the Edge wikilink from article. There was no information in the article violate the moratorium period. I don't believe mentioning the Record Sheet book would break moratorium if listed in the bibliography. --Wrangler

I think, we don't put publications as biblio link, there have not the moratorium expired, some people where confused about this, it is my mention, but it is a good goal to start a discussion about this, thanks.--Doneve

Hy Rev, i think we don't put linked sources to an article there can have no content from the source, then the source falls under the moratorium, [NO CONTENT] no link in the bibliography section, thanks.--Doneve 23:50, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

Hi, guys. My interpretation of the moratorium policy reflects on the intent: do not give information from within the document under protection. However, letting readers know there is information relevant to their interests can /only/ be a good thing, especially if Sarna is not yet providing them that information. (In other words, leads them to purchase the document.)
So, from my perspective, the mention of the protected document in the biblio -while not truly indicative of the use of that document yet in the article- would not seem to violate the policy. It serves to inform the reader of another source of information.
However, I would say the use of the Update needed template would serve both purposes best, as it quickly informs a reader a new source of information is out and is not included in the article AND reminds the Editors that the article needs to be updated, when the time comes.
Does that help?--Revanche (talk|contribs) 12:43, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

Hello, Rev. I've just tried to post a piece of fan fiction titled 'The Demon that you know'. I had written this a couple of years ago and had it in an existing Word document. However, when I tried to cut and paste it into the text field, it doesn't seem to be coming out just right. Can you take a look at it and see what I have done wrong and how I can fix it. I have a couple more stories in the series that I would also like to contribute once I get the bugs out of posting here. Thanks in advance.Tekteam26 23:47, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

(Chiming in again in Rev's stead) - Mind that Wiki uses a markup language of sorts. At a quick look, you seem to have tabs inserted at the beginning of paragraphs which creates those odd boxes in wiki language. I have removed the tab at the beginning of your text above and doing the same should fix your story text. I have to leave the computer now but will be available to help you more tomorrow. Frabby 23:55, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

Hello, Rev. I've started making contributions here and was interested in exploring some more possibilities. In the canon, possibly in the original Periphery House Book, there is a description of a pirate attack on a JumpShip and its DropShips. In the piece, it appears that the JumpShip used is not your garden variety JumpShip. Obviously, it is far better armed and has more mobility than what a mere station-keeping drive can provide. What if a contributor were to write up an article here that linked the JumpShips used by pirates from the Periphery to the Royalty class JumpShip briefly described in the BattleTechnology story: Saga of the Amaris Star. While the Amaris Star article was actually written prior to the publication of even the first AeroTech design rules, the math indicates that perhaps it used a variation of Primitive K-F with the following differences; a jump range of 30 LY instead of 15 LY, the ability to mount DropShip docking collars and possibly the simplified maintenance requirements of the conventional K-F drive. What do you think? If you want to open up this question to others to discuss and offer opinions, go for it. I'm interested in seeing where this goes.Tekteam26 20:47, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

(Frabby writing again) - That would be mixing three layers of canon: The original story, if coming from a proper canonical product, is fully canonical. The Amaris Star article on BattleTechnology is apocryphal, i.e. neither clearly canonical nor clearly non-canonical, and essentially subject on a case-by-case judgement. Any additional information on this site that isn't derived directly from a canonical source it itself pure fan fiction. In summary, you'd have a canonical, unspecified JumpShip; an apocryphal specific JumpShip type; and a non-canonical fan fiction declaring them to be one and the same.
If you really want to create proper canon for BT, then you need to go via BattleCorps and submit it there. Frabby 21:13, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

Oh, I have tried....but they don't seem to be terribly interested in mostly black navy material. You can take a look at the two fanfic stories that I recently posted to see examples of material that was turned down unfortunately. So I've turned towards writing original science fiction not in the BT universe instead. Hopefully, I will get a thumbs up from Baen Books soon reference the manuscript for a novel that I submitted last year.Tekteam26 18:48, 7 January 2011 (UTC)

Article Tag Question[edit]

Hello, Rev.

I've never contributed to BattleTech Wiki before but I was wondering about perhaps doing so. I've actually had about a dozen BattleTech articles published over the years in magazines like BattleTechnology and MechForce Quarterly. I am also the original creator for the non-jump capable WarShips called Monitors.

What I am interested in doing is submitting a wiki for a mercenary unit that I created and was featured in several of the articles published in Battletechnology and MechForce Quarterly. The unit is called TekTeam Technical Services and is essentially a unit of mercenary technicians that sell their services to the highest bidder, travels in a modified Mule class DropShip set up as a mobile repair base and is supported by a small security force.

Would it be have to be published in the non-canon units section, or because it was published in the 'official' magazines for BattleTech at that time, would you consider the unit at least quasi-'canon'?

I would probably need some assistance in figuring out how to use your templates for an article on TekTeam Technical Services as well. Thanks.--— The preceding unsigned comment was provided by (talkcontribs) 18:01, 4 January 2011.

Good morning,
First off, welcome to Sarna. We also welcome your presence as a contributor. You might find registering will also help you interact more easily with other contributors here.
I would point you in the direction of the Canon article, first off, specifically the Apocrypha section. Battletechnology is directly addressed there and should answer your question. From that, I would say the use of the ApocryphalArticle is most appropriate. As for what category the team would fall under, some discussion of that may need to be had or Frabby, our expert on all things canonical (and himself a published CBT writer), can provide some guidance.
I hope this helps.--Revanche (talk|contribs)

12:43, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

Hello, and welcome to the fold of BTW editors. It's very exciting to have the people helping out here who wrote the old stuff, even if BattleTechnology isn't canonical anymore (for the time being...). It would be great if you'd register an account on this wiki and work from that login, as it will allow you to have both a proper talk page yourself and link your edits to your account, crediting you with the work you do here. Everything's free of course.
Revanche got the long and short of it right - your contributions to BattleTechnology and MechForce Quarterly aren't Canon anymore, but they were once published in an official BT source and were regarded as canonical in their time, raising them above mere fanwork. As such, they are now considered apocryphal; in Herb's words, while they're non-canon, the writers are "not in total denial" about them either.
Seeing how you already are a published BT writer, you may want to try your luck with BattleCorps which could be described as today's online lovechild of MechForce and BattleTechnology. As a subscriber you may submit stories and that may be a way for you to re-introduce your merc unit into full canon even. Contact me if you are seriously considering writing for BT again and I'll explain a bit more.
Finally, since you were published in BattleTechnology, your name should be among the list of contributors in that article (as a redlink if no actual article exists about you yet). Feel free to (actually, please do) fill in all details about yourself that you're willing to share!
Cheers, Frabby 13:57, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

Hello, there. I am now listed on your New Users list. I noticed that the bottom has me listed by my IP address rather than by my preferred handle. How can I change that so that I will use my handle there as well? I am looking forward to contributing material. Now, I just have to figure out how to log in and get started.— The preceding unsigned comment was provided by, 5th January 2011 (talkcontribs) .

In the upper right part of the screen, just above this text box, is a link to "log in/create account". Clicking brings you to a login page with a link named "Create an account", click it and follow the (brief) instructions. I am not sure if you are automatically logged in under the handle you selected or if you need to log in properly after registering.
Hope that helps; if you need more directions, just ask. Frabby 23:15, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

Help:CreateCommandArticle Request[edit]

Hi Rev, i hope things are well with you. I have been looking at the various Military Commands, noticed the Infobox have been slightly revised. Is there possiblity that "Formed" part of the Help:CreateCommandArticle article be ..dewiki-linked or remove of built-in internal link. Alot of the military commands have no known origin when they were formed. The ones that don't have these "[[]]" appear in the Command article's infobox. Is possible to have this removed so someone can manually put in. I tried to no-wiki-link those problem ones, but it would easier to manualling insert internal links than to have it built in. Or least have it not appear if entry is not put into it like of newer infoboxes are with vehicle/Mechs. This would be great as well, if there no info on what unit's apparent command is as well. Thanks for listening. Sincerely -- Wrangler 20:32, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

Another fine example of the law of unintended consequences. Fixed. I'd also like to make it auto-disappear when empty, but I'll work on that later. Thanks, Wrangler.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 21:38, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

Article Rewriting[edit]

Rev - So there a few articles out there (or more than a few...) on major subjects where there is a lot of content, but the article is unorganized and (perhaps) not well written. Or perhaps, the article was written in a time when certain standards hadn't been established. I was considering actually taking all the material and rewriting it. I would obviously make sure the "new" article had everything the old one did, but nevertheless, it would ultimately involve deleting and rewriting significant portions of another editor's work. So what I'm asking is, would this be unacceptable or no? I have reviewed Category:Policies, and find it to be a gray area. ClanWolverine101 05:58, 23 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Perfectly acceptable, even positively wanted - please go ahead!
This is a wiki. It is in the nature of a wiki that a given editor's work is not sacrosanct. I've done complete rewrites here in the past. Frabby 09:47, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
  • You'll find no disagreement from me, either. In fact, rewrites intimidate me, so I'm extremely impressed you yearn to do so. Excelsior! --Revanche (talk|contribs) 11:24, 23 January 2011 (UTC)

Spam Bot?[edit]

Hy Revanche, the new user logs, looks like a spambot is on start??--Doneve 12:50, 23 January 2011 (UTC)

Hi, Doneve. If you're referring to BattleTechWiki:New user log, I don't see anything unfavorable. Do you mean my welcome messages to unregistered users? --Revanche (talk|contribs) 12:57, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
Yep, so many new users in this short time, mysterious!.--Doneve 13:01, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
Not really. Those were over the last 30 days, to include the winter holidays when a lot of people have time off for work (and so give editing a try). I try and recognize them on a daily basis, but when I fail to do so, I go back at least a month.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 13:03, 23 January 2011 (UTC)

Not sure: Did you block User:new user welcome message by accident or did you deliberately block it for the time being so as to prevent spambots from getting some immediate gratification for logging in or something like that? Frabby 22:12, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

Request for a Modification to Battle Armor Template[edit]

Hello Revanche, I had a request. I recently wrote a Battle Armor article and I noticed a problem with the infobox. Is is possible to include under the movement in the infobox a line for Jump Jet movement/distance? I do believe the infobox should include say if the Armor has them or not. Some have Mechnical Boosters, but i'm not worried about those. Most TROs now do say how far a Battle Armor Jumps in meters, but i'm not sure if CBT movement can be translated as such. Thank you! -- Wrangler 16:58, 26 January 2011 (UTC)

Wrangler, I'm open to making that change if the consensus is there. Why don't you see if it is? Maybe on the infobox's discussion page? (The reason I say this is because in the past I've made the changes and then am asked why I did. Seems to me the person who wants the change but doesn't know how to do the code should definitely do the work of seeing if the community agrees with it.) Let me know how it goes, either way. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 17:04, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

Category:Combat Vehicle[edit]

Hi Rev. Only reason why i asked it to be deleted because we already have one in full use Category:Combat Vehicles. -- Wrangler 12:54, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

2010 Founders Awards[edit]

Dan! It's been a journey, hasn't it? I've got to say, a lot of what BattleTechWiki is, is because of you. Since I first changed to a wiki in 2006, you've been a consistent driving force towards making BTW the definitive BattleTech resource. Your organization and championship of good have helped build the community and your contributions and editing are amongst the best out there. Thank you, for everything you've done and everything you've helped with. It's been a pleasure working with you. Nicjansma 06:25, 3 February 2011 (UTC)

Founder's Outstanding Member of the Year Award

Online Resources[edit]

Hey revanche, how can I make a reference to an online source like milspecs from battlecorps? I will post to the different weapons types examples but don't know about the references. Neuling 17:57, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

You normally don't. MilSpecs has a writeup here (albeit incomplete) under BattleCorps News#MilSpec and you should link to that. You may also want to add a specific news date to the reference, i.e. <ref>[[MilSpecs]] article dated 08 February 2011</ref>.
Reason: Avoid external links wherever possible to reduce the direct reliance on other websites. Otherwise, scores of links are invalidated when such a site goes offline, is moved or otherwise changed. Case in point: Recent CBT Forum hack followed by a complete wipe & reset. Also, why link to an external site when the subject (such as MilSpecs in this case) is already covered on BTW.
Whenever you make several references (in several articles) to another site, that indicates said site is important enough for the BT community to warrant its own article here. So link to the BTW article, even if it's still a redlink. Frabby 22:02, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

Errata Question[edit]

Hy Rev, what you think of a Errata section. Example: --Notes--, ---Errata Note--- with style box, what i bring up to the Game Notes, Game Rules section. I think you know what i mean, what you think about this.Greetings--Doneve 00:31, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Can you create an example? Pick an article that you think would be improved by this new idea and make the change and then bring my attention to it. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 12:16, 9 February 2011 (UTC)
Any Battle Armor Weapon for RPG Third Edition could use an eratta section... there is a significant gulf in the BattleTech results of the RPG3e stats that were reprinted in the CBT Companion's BACR from LosTech: The Mechwarrior Equipment Guide and what Tech Manual Tells us when the stats from BACR are passed through the IPCR.--Cameron 22:55, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

QS Strike 3039[edit]

Hy Rev, what is going on with the QS Strike 3039 moratorium, has it to expired or not.Greetings--Doneve 22:43, 10 February 2011 (UTC)

I see that it is still under moratorium. If you're asking me when the moratorium is to be lifted, I'd reply, "I don't know". I don't follow the QS cards, as I'm not really interested in those, so I have no idea when they will be physically published. Maybe you should refer your question to the member who added the moratorium, since that person has a proven interest in the subject.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 12:18, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

When you have time....[edit]

Rev - Please give Talk:Isle of Skye when you have some time... as well as its accompanying article. It was an absolute beast to write. But more relevantly, there are some things I'd like to do with respect to redirects that I wanted your advice on. Thanks. ClanWolverine101 08:16, 19 February 2011 (UTC)

Question on how talk new folks[edit]

Hello Rev, hope things are well with you, a new member named Guardsman, has uploaded images which do not cite exactly where they came from. Example File:Oberon Confederation (3012).png, i left note with him. However, i wasn't certain how to explain the problem he was presenting. -- Wrangler 02:07, 21 February 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know. I'll take a look into it tomorrow.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 03:34, 21 February 2011 (UTC)

Ugh - Federation of Skye[edit]

Rev - SO - I've botched this deleting/renaming business. I now have one, "Federation of Skye (old)", which I have blanked, and was the article I was authorized to delete. (After backing it up and making use of the usable material.) The second, "The Federation of Skye" is the article I wrote and you edited. Obviously, we want it renamed "Federation of Skye". Can you please help me. Thanks. ClanWolverine101 01:11, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

Done & done. No problems. Things can be harder for a non-Admin to achieve. You did the right thing by calling one in. Have a good one!--Revanche (talk|contribs) 01:53, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

Draw a line[edit]

Hey Revanche please take a look of my redone of the Marauder page and give my an opinion abut it. Neuling 18:00, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

Responding at BattleTechWiki talk:Project BattleMechs.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 18:04, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

Page Name Format, Infantry Weapons[edit]

The Vehicle Scale weapons are currently named for their class, NOT for the proper name, it is not Martell Medium Laser, or GM Whirlwind Autocannon/5, it is Medium Laser & Autocannon/5 Respectively, This should stay the case with Infantry weapons, but since the weapon stats in a class translate to different stats on the BattleTech Scale the Infantry Weapons would have the proper name in the Parenthetical in addition to the standard Class name that BattleMech Weapons have. If we go to a proper name standard, the BattleMech and Vehicle Weapons will have a Lot of Duplication of BattleTech Stats, going to the proper name level is only useful for weapons that actually have fluff that would be translatable on the RPG scale (shots per battletech burst of fire or mass of each shell, etc) or for infantry weapons that are translated from the RPG scale to BattleTech.--Cameron 14:30, 1 March 2011 (UTC)

Ok.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 15:20, 1 March 2011 (UTC)

Plagarism Concern[edit]

Please see Talk:Operation Bulldog. Thanks. ClanWolverine101 03:58, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

Zeta Battalion[edit]

Rev - Was wondering if you could delete the Redirect for Zeta Battalion that sends them to Wolf's Dragoons. I plan on writing on up an article on them. Thanks. ClanWolverine101 02:28, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

There's no need. You can edit redirects. When the page redirects you, click on the link under the title of the article (it will say "Redirected from [X]"). That takes you to the redirect page, which you can edit the same as any other article. --Scaletail 03:10, 9 March 2011 (UTC)
Works. Thanks. ClanWolverine101 04:05, 11 March 2011 (UTC)

Virtual World Article[edit]

Hi Rev, recently i noticed User:MechCorps editing the Virtual World article. I'm little foggy on what is considered taboo. HOwever, this article now reads more little like advertisement for Virtual World verse basic talk about the article. Wikipedia doesn't allow for that, though this is Battletech related, is this okay? -- Wrangler 00:59, 17 March 2011 (UTC)

I agree with you that it is not written in 'our' style, i.e., people familiar with the concept of BattleMechs. I'll take a jab at it. Thanks. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 11:22, 17 March 2011 (UTC)
It looks good Rev, it doesn't read like advertisement anymore which was my main concern. I do wish there was some more history on them. They've been around since 1990, with advent of the Battletech Center in Chicago, If i'm not mistaken. -- Wrangler 23:34, 17 March 2011 (UTC)
Hmmm. If that's true, than, yeah, wish we could have more.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 01:32, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
I can atest to that being true, i physically went to The Battletech Center located in Chicago in summer 1990. I had read about it of prior to me joining the service, training was in Chicago area. The centers became Virtual Worlds, with couple retaining their BT related name. Its possible VR still has some kind of history online somewhere. Second look, wikipedia has article on it here-- Wrangler 01:59, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
Cool deal. I'll import the article when I have the time.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 11:15, 18 March 2011 (UTC)

Mortium Period for RS:3085 Record Sheets[edit]

Hello Rev, it i believe a goof happened the actual dates to end their Moratorium periods for these articles are missing. Talk:Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged — Project Phoenix. Would you weigh in to see what should be done? -- Wrangler 02:45, 19 March 2011 (UTC)

Wrangler, I'm not the best fit to do investigative work on Record Sheets. When the file was released, were hardcopies put on sale at the same time? Mbear may be able to help too, as he's rather involved with moratoriums. Revanche (talk|contribs) 13:04, 19 March 2011 (UTC)

Zeta Battalion[edit]

Rev - Please give Zeta Battalion a look when you get a chance. Thanks. ClanWolverine101 05:27, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

Infantry Platoon Organization Articles[edit]

I am considering doing a BattleTroops level (per man in 2 of 4 of squads (1 line, 1 support)) dissection of the BattleTech Foot & Motorized Infantry Platoons including either thumbnails or links to weapon carried. How would i do this Family Tree or something similar? Would it be useful?--Cameron 16:22, 29 March 2011 (UTC)


Rev - Its ClanWolverine101. Whenever I login to my account, the whole screen goes blank. I've tried this on multiple computers, and nothing will pop up. Is it possible I was blocked somehow? I can't even get in to change my settings. Please contact me at my account's email. Thanks. - CW 18:12, 29 April 2011 (UTC)


Rev - Thanks so much to you and Frabby for clearing up the login issue. Have an Assistance Appreciated Award on me. Assistance Appreciated Award, 1st ribbon ClanWolverine101 13:53, 30 April 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, CW. I appreciate the thought. I admit, though, Frabby and Nic took direct action on it. I realized Frabby was on the right track only after I confirmed (to myself) that you were not blocked. Glad we got it resolved, though! If it wasn't for Neuling and yourself letting us know, who knows how many people might have just given up on coming back in.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 22:16, 30 April 2011 (UTC)

Infobox Templates[edit]

Hi Rev, I hope things are going well for you. I had question regarding the infotemplates. I've been unable be on as much I used to. I just notice the changes to the infobox, who did this? Color...does quite look right to me too light perhaps on white background of Sarna pages? Is possibly differient color can be choosen, like light blue? -- Wrangler 13:15, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

Actually, Wrangler, Frabby took the helm on the recent changes to the infoboxes, if I recall correctly. However, before you approach him about that, I'd urge you to mess around with the new skins Mbear and Nicjansma have established. I've switched over to Marik colors, not because I'm pro-Marik, but because I like the look best (right now). Go to the 'my preferences' tab, then 'skin' and try 'em out. See if that helps. I use IE7 at work, and even on that old system the changes look good. Hope that helps! --Revanche (talk|contribs) 20:58, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
I too noticed some issues with the infoboxes using the "modern" skin. They went away when I switched to one of the current crop of skins.— The preceding unsigned comment was provided by LRichardson (talkcontribs) .
I'm little fuzzy on the new skins thing for the info boxes. I currently just remove the ads for the webpage skin. I see yellow, around for the info box, which I'd imagine everyone (without logining) else is seeing same as I am. I personally think the base one should been darker for sake of blending. -- Wrangler 00:43, 3 May 2011 (UTC)
Ok, I see. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 02:13, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

Non-Canon Submission Council[edit]

LRichardson, join me here please. I've moved the discussion to a more committed location.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 21:25, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

I've posted some more material on the "Quality" dimension of the rubric.-- LRichardson 22:46, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
I'm guessing you have missed the update again. : ) -- LRichardson 20:58, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

I've posted a substantial bit of commentary in the NCSC page as per your request. -- LRichardson 00:30, 10 July 2011 (UTC)


Hy Rev, i hope allways is fine withe you, i note the most contributions of (Autor: BattleTech Muse 3056) are always plagarized material, in the major Inner Sphere factions section, i dont want to remove content, but can we found a way to correct this, you know i am not the fluff writer, i hope any can overwrite, correct this missere, thanks--Doneve 20:44, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

Welcome template[edit]

From my talk page so you're sure to see it.--Mbear 16:06, 18 May 2011 (UTC)

Mbear, would you please show me how to update the Welcome template to best make use of the skins? I'd appreciate it. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 13:01, 18 May 2011 (UTC)

I forgot all about the welcome template, so there's nothing in the skins right now to use them. That said, I'd make a couple of small changes to the HTML in the template and update the skin CSS files. There's a sample at User:Mbear/welcome, with the updated welcome message up top and the existing one below.
The updated welcome message gets an ID attribute of welcomemessage. I've also replaced two DIV tags that were being used for formatting with H2 tags. That's pretty much it for the HTML.
For the CSS I've created a sample at User:Mbear/sarnasteiner.css. I don't know if you can see that or not. Just in case, here's the code:
div#welcomemessage /*sets up colored border*/
	border:3px solid #000;

div#welcomemessage h2 /* "Welcome" and "Be Bold" */
div#welcomemessage div /*the white background part*/
	border:3px solid #000;
	padding: 0 1em 0 1em;
div#welcomemessage span.editsection {display:none;}

/* This will go into faction-specific stylesheets to set appropriate color background. */
div#welcomemessage {background-color:#C7CFD9;}
Basically everything from div#welcomemessage on down will have to go into the main (global) CSS file. This will set the welcomemessage to the correct size, font size, padding, etc. That doesn't change from one skin to the next.
Faction specific colors can be set by using the last line. I'd just need to add the appropriate color to the faction CSS file.
Nic will need to update/upload those files though. I don't know how MediaWiki sets up the stylesheets.
Does that help or am I just confusing the issue?--Mbear 16:06, 18 May 2011 (UTC)
I postponed answering until I could wrap my head around the above. I follow, to the 60-70% mark. However, I can press the 'I believe' button. Your example (welcome) shows the standard Sarna colors and, if I follow correctly, that may be due to the need for Nic to update/upload. Do I understand it correctly?--Revanche (talk|contribs) 12:24, 20 May 2011 (UTC)

Taurian Concordat Update[edit]

IT IS DONE!! All rulers, regents, assorted persons and events of significance to the Taurian Concordat (prior to 3060) have been named, paged and referenced! WHEW that took longer that I thought it would but real life jumped up in the way. If you or one of the other admins could give this long labor of faction love a once (or heck twice!) over to make sure it meets this Wiki's standards I would be most grateful.Deeppockets 23:01, 26 June 2011 (UTC)

That is cool. Isn't it, well, fun to grab one article and beat all the loose change out of it and then count that change? It really feels like a family tree and if you keep following the links, its amazing where the links will take you. Congratulations! Made me think we need to develop 'campaign' ribbons, for mastering a subject. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 00:05, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
Heh, I'll take what ever comes my way; laurel wreaths or flame spams! But instead of a new award how about Substantial Addition Award or Good Article Award?Deeppockets 02:54, 2 July 2011 (UTC)
My humble thanks kind sir.Deeppockets 22:53, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

IS Atlas content integration[edit]

Hy Rev, hmm i think the question make some problemes with the policy and other thinks, but i hope you can help me and you like the idea. I want to contact Chris Wheeler, how we can move some planetary description content from [[1]] by her permission, and embeded that in, with cannonical references, i know there is a lak of some source infos on IS Atlas and it is a meta-source, i want to make the meta-source content to a cannonical. It is a crazy idea by myself, what you are thinking about this, and i hope the ball rolls.--Doneve 20:08, 7 July 2011 (UTC)

Doneve, my advice would be to contact Frabby. Not only is he a German-speaker (which will help in translating your idea), but he is well-known on for his missing planets project. In other words, I think he would be your best bet to kick this off. Hope that helps. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 20:42, 7 July 2011 (UTC)
I contacted Frabby, nice to see you back in your spare time.--Doneve 20:57, 7 July 2011 (UTC)
Good to be back.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 21:20, 7 July 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, good to have you back Rev! To the topic at hand, we can't copy planet descriptions over from the IS Atlas because the Atlas content is plainly stolen (copied/plagiarized) from the old Housebooks and MechWarrior RPG; nothing there (as far as I can tell) is original content. We'd be running into all sorts of copyright problems here. I do like the idea of more descriptive planet/system information, but we have to write the texts ourselves. Frabby 08:41, 8 July 2011 (UTC)
Concur. To be honest, I was rather tired when reading the initial post, and knew I would not be able to understand it at the time. Having gone over there, I agree that the information is composed (almost) entirely of original material.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 13:09, 8 July 2011 (UTC)


Hy Rev, i forgot to thank's for your support to my created cities etc. articls, i work on next day again on this project, and i think i become some User talks, but i don't like the issue of the others (the articles are not usefull or must integrate on the planet pages), i follow the Unfinished Book Project and pick up any subject, i became a little completely unreasonable view of the i don't like this and that, when user's don't like this, become a member to the UBP and change this, this is my answer to this sadly discussion.--Doneve 14:52, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

Can you provide an example link to one of these discussions? I'm not understanding the problem, I'm afraid.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 16:58, 8 July 2011 (UTC)
Copyed from New Avalon talk page
Create the temp. articles for the city's later.--Doneve 11:41, 28 May 2010 (UTC)
Doneve - Respectfully, most (all?) of those cities are probably not worthy of their own article. You could certainly argue that Avalon City is notable, but it world still probably be best to write brief descriptions of locations on a planet within the article. Just a thought? ClanWolverine101 06:04, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
CW101, BTW strives to record every fact gather-able on any subject within BattleTech. Unlike Wikipedia, we don't get into issues of notability and we do favor redlinks, in the hopes a writer will come along to make it blue. While I have absolutely no issues with your recommendation to provide write-ups on these cities within the New Avalon article, I'm also equally fine with redlinks that point to a non-existent article that has the potential to provide more detail than allowable here. (Caveat: I'm not a proponent of empty placeholder articles. For example, someone creating an article over a minor New Avalon city that only indicated a reference to the source material; I'd much prefer a simple statement at the least.)--Revanche 14:41, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
Thanks Revanche, for your answer to ClanWolverine 101-Doneve 14:50, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
I'm with CW on this one. I think the information that is being spread out amongst the various articles belongs on this page. In this case it's a matter of context. Reading about Ith by itself doesn't give me very much information, so I have to read the "Geography" section of New Avalon in order to understand the meanings of the various things that article refers to. --Scaletail 23:14, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
Doneve, there is just no consensus on this yet. It has been discussed, but some feel everything with its own article will encourage others to expand upon it, while others feel stub articles detract from the site. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 21:58, 9 July 2011 (UTC)


Thanks for the awards. I agree with your comments about redirects. It's frustrating to try to go to a page and have it go to a search page instead, especially when what you typed is just a space or a letter away from an existing redirect to the page you wanted to get to! GOLFisNOTaSPORT 22:25, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

Community Service Award[edit]

...granted for taking the helm in the Fanon Purge and the Non-Canon Submission Council. I am especially glad that you're doing this since I don't have the time to look after these important processes myself though I do try to provide input now and then. Frabby 14:55, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, Frabby. It is appreciated.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 15:26, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

Fanon Notification[edit]


User Essays category[edit]

So, I notice an issue with the use of a category page for the essays. It eliminates the step of the user manually going to the category page and adding their link. It also lists all essays as being user:GreatAuthor/Essayname, a fairly ugly convention. I have added a suggested markup to the category page. -- LRichardson 18:44, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

Scroll Box[edit]

Holla Rev, i like your scroll box experiment, and want to support this good idea to make long page sections shorter, i give you, in fully respect your Random Act of Appreciation Award, 4th ribbon, i am very glad to see you back, and bumb up the wiki.--Doneve 21:20, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, man. I know you follow my movements and adopt some of my methods. You're like my clone! It's great.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 21:27, 12 July 2011 (UTC)
Absolutly, at first the scroll box works, i think on the planet pages, how i picked up your Unfinished Book Project, on the Tharkad, New Avalon pages etc., and want to expand it (seriously i provide a talk on the targed pages), greetings.--Doneve 21:33, 12 July 2011 (UTC)
At second i want to integrade your scroll box, to overhelmed pages, and bring some pages to a better view.--Doneve 22:24, 12 July 2011 (UTC)
It's actually Ebakunin who brought this in. We need him back here.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 23:39, 12 July 2011 (UTC)


I filled all the data i could, i will try to find the artist.Mekorig 22:50, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for the effort. The source and legal statement are most important. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 23:25, 13 July 2011 (UTC)


Hi Rev, i happen to spot User:Umipa creating a spam article Here wikis informed‎. I request this thing be removed/banned please, thank you. -- Wrangler 01:26, 16 July 2011 (UTC)

Good catch, Wrangler. I've been waiting for him to post something all day, but it was you who caught it. Handling it now.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 01:45, 16 July 2011 (UTC)
We got another live one in User:Notempover and his online IDs. --Dirk Bastion 08:17, 16 July 2011 (UTC)
Zapp! :-) Frabby 08:43, 16 July 2011 (UTC)
Much obliged! --Dirk Bastion 08:58, 16 July 2011 (UTC)
And now a another spammer (spammbot), please delete ShirleyHerna, thanks.--Doneve 21:44, 1 September 2011 (UTC)
Ugh. I knew 'she' was, I just it it. Thanks.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 23:20, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

Thanks again & Note[edit]

Hi Rev, thanks for the Vandal award. I sorry i didn't respond to you sooner, but my activity off-line been keeping me from contributing as much as I used to. I'll try do my best keep up helping out. Did you or anyone else find those weird ads that were I guess, temporarily in Republic of the Sphere article else where? I do periodicly see them in other websites, but i didn't know it was a browser filter thing or something else. - Wrangler 22:00, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

No problem; I'm traveling myself at the moment and haven't had much Sarna time either.
No, haven't heard anything else. I think it may be a toolbar (or other app) you have installed on your browser, that highlights advert words.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 23:49, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
I think I saw another example of "invisible ad links" on User:Mbear's user page. The spambot used a code that made the link effectively invisible in the text when displaying it. I have removed the code, but you can see it here. Perhaps that's similar to what Wrangler saw in the ROTS article. Frabby 06:44, 22 July 2011 (UTC)
I had considered that also, but found no such code. Additionally, the article he reported these on, The Republic of the Sphere, had a minimal of IP edits and, IIRC, no otherwise non-regular edits. Each of those added solid edits (with only one exception). In Wrangler's words: "Words that are effected "special" "administration" "the planet". I tried edit remove them, but they don't appear (from what i can tell) in the normal coding a editor usually can see." That suggests to me some sort of search engine optimization-related linking that he inadvertently allowed to alter his browser. Unfortunately, I haven't experienced such a change to my browser, so am not really sure what to suggest for removal.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 10:54, 22 July 2011 (UTC)
Switching to Firefox? Wink.gif --Scaletail 11:59, 22 July 2011 (UTC)
 ::sigh:: I'm so comfortable with Firefox, that using IE at work makes me itch.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 12:04, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

Greate Takayoshi Fuchida[edit]

Hy Revanche, i give you your All Purpose Award, 4th ribbon, all purpose award, great expansion by the ...Kearny ...Fuchida, bio pages, very clean i like it.--Doneve 04:35, 16 July 2011 (UTC)

Thank you, Doneve.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 13:09, 16 July 2011 (UTC)

Realm categories for star systems[edit]

Not sure if this is a good idea. It is a static description of a dynamic process - that way lies madness. Too many planets change hands frequently, some are co-owned or independent. What do you do with Chaos March worlds that previously were part of the Tikonov Republic and ended up with the ROTS? Ultimately, almost any planet belonged to almost every faction at some point in time. So the categorization isn't very informative, imho. Frabby 03:41, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

I completely disagree, man. I don't think it is static, when presented thusly: "This category lists all articles for planets that have been within the boundaries of the Draconis Combine." While there is a lot of changing hands around borders (and of former Hegemony worlds), its not like the old 'Mechs debate about production versus faction use; if a planet was in Marik hands twice and Steiner hands twice, it'll be in the appropriate category only once.
One aspect of Wikipedia I really enjoy is being able to dial down into categories, as they get more and more specific. On that project, Category: Battles opens up child categories for a varied amount of information: By country, By era, By type (aerial, naval, sieges, tanks) and even Battles and conflicts without fatalities and Nonviolent revolutions! Here, someone can -with a few clicks- determine every planet ever controlled by the Magistracy or the Combine, not just what they now control. I realized we didn't have a means of answering my question: which worlds have been controlled by the Combine? And a list was far from accurate (or trustworthy) way of answering that.
I'm absolutely willing to stop for the time being, to discuss, however. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 03:57, 17 July 2011 (UTC)
By all means, continue. I was just wondering because I honestly don't think it is very informative to know all systems that were part of, say, the Draconis Combine once (includes the entire FRR and a good share of the Steiner and Davion realms). Without a given year as context, it's just a mess of data.
Which reminds me of an idea I had: In an ideal world, BTW wouldn't list system ownership in the way we do it now; it should be a section labelled "Political affiliation/Ownership" that lists the date of first colonisation and every date when political affiliation/ownership changed since then. And how it changed, of course. But that's for some distant time in the future when I have way too much time on my hands and no other BTW projects... :) Frabby 17:01, 17 July 2011 (UTC)
I'm with you 100% on ownership. Who owned it in what era is a holdover of Nic's ISCS download and it's archaic. I agree, the planets need a much-needed scrubbing and effort to establish informative parameters between the various pages. I'd be glad to help with that. Maybe one day...--Revanche (talk|contribs) 13:31, 19 July 2011 (UTC)
Hy Rev, how we handel the Clan Planets.— The preceding unsigned comment was provided by Doneve (talkcontribs) .
Doneve, check out Category: Clan Wolf Planets and copy the wording there for other Clan holdings. (You can also see the other six Clan categories, if you click on the 'C' quicklink under Category:Planets.)--Revanche (talk|contribs) 13:58, 25 July 2011 (UTC)
Ah, thanks.--Doneve 14:01, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

Mechforce Magazines[edit]

Rev - What's the current policy for the material in the Mechforce magazines? I just dug up some from '96. Thanks. ClanWolverine101 17:36, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

Jump in, hy CW101, i think the magazines falls under apocryphal content, but talk to Frabby, he is the expert in this thinks.--Doneve 17:41, 17 July 2011 (UTC)
Yes, MechForce material is apocryphal. Given that there's a multitude of MechForce magazines around (2 for MFNA, 3 for MFG + 2 for MGF spin-offs...), which magazine do you have? Oh, and as for what to do with them: I suggest an overview article with a (brief!) content rundown for each individual issue. See BattleTechnology or Wunderwelten articles. Frabby 19:04, 17 July 2011 (UTC)
Well, they were for Mech Quarterly. The first two I have are Volume 2, Issues 13 and 14 from AWOL Productions. The third is Volume 1, Issue 1 of MechForce North America Quartely from when FASA took over the fanclub for AWOL.
I actually was only half-interested in writing issue articles. I am more interested in the content, and how to add apocryphal content to already existing articles without making a mess of them. For example, one published scenario has two lances of Grave Walkers defeating a Clan Wolf Star in a post-Tukayyid Trial of Possession for some bondsmen on Carse. Stuff like that. Thoughts? ClanWolverine101 23:29, 19 July 2011 (UTC)
The formal way to include apocryphal material in an otherwise article would be like it was done in these articles: Jimmy Lee, Menlo Drews, Cassie DeBurke, Crescent Hawks, Cameron's Legion. Be sure to include a canonicity section and clearly marking what part of the article is based on apocryphal sources, as opposed to canonical sources.
In cases where only a very small portion of the otherwise large article (a single tidbit of information) is apocryphal, I have omitted the "Apocryphal Content" tag in the past and merely inserted the information, clearly marked as apocryphal of course. Examples: Shandra Noruff-Cameron, Hansen's Roughriders#History ("The 3030s" section).
Regarding your "half-interestedness" in writing articles about the sources - pretty pleeeaaase? :-) Since it is impossible to get the 'Mech and Mech Quarterly magazines here I can't do it myself, and I know next to nothing about the MFNA either which is quite a hindrance in writing that article. (I never was a MFNA or MFG member, but at least I found enough stuff on the MFG to write an article for them.) Frabby 10:36, 20 July 2011 (UTC)
Frabby - Thanks! Your guidance on making changes to the already existing articles is most helpful. As for the magazines themselves... well, I will chew that over. ClanWolverine101 14:44, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

Conflict Infobox[edit]

OMG! Rev is making a conflict infobox! I can do SOOO much with that! Have a Random Act of Appreciation Award, 5th ribbon in advance. :D:D:D ClanWolverine101 15:47, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

That made me laugh. Thanks. Right now, I just taught myself how to 'hide' an unused section, in this case a third opposing force (ala Blakists in JTP:L). Let me know if there is anything else that you'd expect to see in a conflict infobox.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 15:58, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
It's me Neuling, I have put alot of time in the various conflicts and will have your thougths about the topic. It is usefull to split the various battles of for example the clan invasion or the 4th succession war into induvidual conflict pages or not. I think by some events the informations are to small to create a good text aound it. Neuling 16:07, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
"I think by some events the informations are to small to create a good text aound it." That's your answer, right there. If you feel you cannot write an article that merits your standards because too little information is available, then by all means summarize the battle (ex: routine patrol engages small enemy force) in the article on the larger conflict (ex: Battle of Luthien (Jihad)). Individual battles with enough information to warrant an article /should/ have articles, if the initial writer can build it. Otherwise, they should be left on the larger article. Does that help?--Revanche (talk|contribs) 16:46, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
Respectfully, I think MOST battles do not merit their own article. Most battles get (maybe!) a paragraph in a book like the NAIS 4th Succession War books, or the Clan Invasion sourcebooks like Invading Clans. I like what Frabby did on the Hesperus II article, with little subsections for each battle, most of which little material was published on. Contrast all this with the GDL's battle on Glengarry in 3056. Published works : One scenario pack, one turning point campaign book, two NOVELS, and over a dozen minor mentions in various books. THAT is the foundation for a great article. ClanWolverine101 00:32, 27 July 2011 (UTC)
Oh, I don't disagree, CW. I think Frabby does great work, creating highly informative articles and I don't think the site suffers because people don't create articles on the small stuff. It's just that it is very hard to define what is too small, if there is interest in writing about a certain subject. And that is what I was trying to convey to Neuling: if he is not comfortable creating an article on a certain battle because it either lacks importance or source material or he feels it is better served by including it in a larger perspective, then he absolutely should do so. Great articles can only be built when provided with adequate information.
Likewise, if someone feels they can datamine something to an extreme and create more than a sub-stub, then they should absolutely do that, as well. It may not be a great article, but it may be a start-class article for something that will become great, when more information becomes available. Or, maybe, it serves another purpose: it simply answers someone's question about something very specific: "when did it occur", or "who was involved". They don't all have to be great, they don't all have to be articles, but they must all be informative. I'll be the first to label an article a sub-stub if it provides absolutely no in-universe information about a subject other than its name and/or date, even if it provides references, and then delete it myself 7 days later. But I also understand some writers enjoy and are skilled at creating large, informative articles while others prefer acting as archivists of the minor details, knowing that a larger picture can also become clear through that method. I don't prefer one angle over the other. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 00:54, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

Categories by Clan Worlds[edit]

Hi Rev, i'm not sure if its good idea to category individual Clan controlled worlds. Clan worlds specially in Clan space, changes hands alot or are partially owned. Only because previous sourcebooks did we know the percentages of the planets. This seems to be changing due to new policies of CGL to simplify things. Won't it be simipler to classify Clan occupided worlds by listing them Category: Clan Planets instead? There are good chunk of Inner Sphere/Periphery worlds that now owned by the Clans, some those Clans are hybrid nations like Rasalhague Dominon and Raven Alliance. Isn't this going add alot more categories of worlds? Example the Raslhague will have least three, Draconis Combine, Free Raslhague Republic, and Clan Ghost Bear. Clan worlds change alot more often. -- Wrangler 01:38, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

My intent, with the categories, is to allow a researcher to quickly determine where a state (Clan, IS or Periphery) has had claim, past or present. We won't be removing planets from a category, since BTW covers all eras, but add a planet to a category when it does change hands.
In other words, I can ask: "What planets did the Lyran Alliance control? Oooh, Unukalhai? When did they loose it? Oh, okay, the year 3xxx!"
Of course, we can't answer that last question yet, but that's because we haven't started the Grand Cleanup of the planets yet. Once Doneve and I are done categorizing them, I'll open up a discussion on what the perfect planet template would look like and then we'll use the categories we've developed to make that project manageable.
As for your specific concern on Clan worlds, you may be right, but to simplify the overall planet categorization, we're dividing them into states only right now. It might be wiser (when we're done with this phase), to separate them into Homeworlds and IS Holdings, instead. We'll see. Thanks for the suggestion.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 01:50, 27 July 2011 (UTC)
I was nosing around in the planetary regions and categories area after reading one of the planet entries that came up as a result of the random page function (I was getting tired of writing entries for Star League Corps) and I noticed that you don't have a category for independent planets. There are some dotted around at various eras within the BattleTech timeline, particularly after the dissolution of the Free Worlds League; while the majority are either Periphery planets or Chaos March planets and are already covered, I wasn't sure what your plans were regarding the former FWL. I did notice on the Planets Project page that the intention is to have information available for all of the various eras of the BattleTech timeline; with the recent Age of War material coming out from CGL and maps going back to the founding of the various major realms in the handbooks, there are a lot of planets in the Inner Sphere that were independent for various lengths of time. BrokenMnemonic 08:56, 27 July 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, BrokenMnemonic. I think that is a good category name. Doneve and I had decided not to include 'independents' because they didn't fit our definition of multi-planet states, but by putting them in that category, the category answers the question "Which planets were once states unto themselves?" and they don't just disappear in the Planets category. I'll get with Doneve to go back and start including those. Thanks.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 19:57, 27 July 2011 (UTC)
I'm glad I could help :) Independent planets is also a good way to track a lot of state fragments, like those worlds the Lyran Commonwealth didn't annex from the Rim Worlds Republic and the Taurian Concordat settled planets that are still around but not in either the Concordat or the Protectorate at the end of the Dark Age. Depending on the status of the original Gray Death Legion novels, it would also technically include Verthandi just prior to the 4th Succession War. How far back will you be rolling the years with the planets? CGL included maps going back to the founding of the various states in the Handbooks, at which point there were a lot of smaller states flying around, some overlapping with the Age of War. There also appears to have been a fair number of planets settled during the Star League era, which means a lot of planets that wouldn't exist in early entries suddenly appearing later on. Will you be tracking dead planets, too? I was reading Handbook: Major Periphery States and it's frightening just how many planets in the Outworlds Alliance simply vanished after the fall of the Star League. BrokenMnemonic 20:17, 27 July 2011 (UTC)
I'm afraid you'll be a bit dis-appointed in the near term. Right now, Doneve and I are doing no research in our categorization. We're categorizing solely on the Owner History sections of each planet article. We're trying to establish a baseline, so groups of planets can be hit up and improved in appropriate groups, rather than just hitting the 'C's or the 'G's.
However, it's my intention, once we kick off a team project to do so, to really clean up and make these planet articles more informative. Owner history will no longer detail eras and who controlled them at that specific year, but each turnover and the year it occurred. Once we do that, then planets will see additional categories, where appropriate. For example, right now Verthandi will not be included in the independent category (by myself), as it never shows the period of independence in the Owner History section as it now exists. Same thing goes for dead planets. Once we start organizing and modernizing the planet articles, the categories will be more accurate.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 20:25, 27 July 2011 (UTC)
I take it this means that by default, worlds which swapped between realms during the various succession wars will all show the same date based on the maps, unless there's a text somewhere that indicates a specific year within which the world changed hands? It sounds like you've got an elegant workaround for the problem of planets that were allegedly swapping hands a lot, like those in the former Terran Hegemony, but which always ended up with the same nations in the end of Succession War realm maps. BrokenMnemonic 20:30, 27 July 2011 (UTC)
It'll be a daunting task, both in the complexity of the information, as well as the numbers of planets to be covered. It won't be a project counted only in months. I was thinking, it might also be beneficial to change the map graphics each planets has to not show realm colors, but just the surrounding stars (also 2 jumps out). That way they won't be pigeon-holed to a specific year.
And I'm not sure it's 'elegant'. Some may feel the use of categories as static groups unrelated to 'current' status are not very informative. But, it should work for organizing the big planet cleanup.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 20:40, 27 July 2011 (UTC)
I don't envy you getting to grips with that task! I don't know how the map colours are determined currently, but I find them a little hard to navigate, partly due to poor eyesight. I don't know how many worlds change hands more than once or twice, but I'm guessing that one of the problems you've got is that colouring the worlds is informative for worlds that never/very very infrequently change hands, which would primarily be those worlds in the heartlands of the major Inner Sphere realms, but very limiting for those that change hands. To be honest, I normally work out where worlds are by searching a PDF map of the Inner Sphere, or if I'm sure a world is within a particular realm but I can't work out exactly where, I go to the Handbooks. With so many worlds in the game it's markers like realm/state boundaries or nearby major capitals/worlds that help me work out where a world is, rather than it's local neighbours.
I do think your solution is elegant, but I'm thinking in terms of database queries - categorising worlds using realms they've been members of, and adding dates to show when they changed loyalties makes for very searchable datasets - it makes it possible for people to run queries for worlds in a particular realm, limited by boundary dates, and get comprehensive lists. Whether the wiki can actually do that at the moment, I don't know enough to comment, but I do like the idea of being able to do that in the future. BrokenMnemonic 08:48, 28 July 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not certain searches can be done that way (I don't think wikis are that dynamic), but I'm only 90% certain. However, as you've indicated, the overall query can be somewhat simplified by the initial category and the reader can specifically see when a planet changed hands by opening the article. Ideally, the state article's history section would also detail those changes chronologically; that can be built by the properly-cited information within each planet article, without the writer having to go to the original source material.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 14:33, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

Real World References[edit]

I hope this is the correct way to ask this question... I've been working through the Star League Defence Force Corps, creating basic entries for those Corps that are currently lacking them, and I came across XLIV Corps, which includes the 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One). Given FASA's love for cultural, historical and pop references, it seemed to me that this is probably a reference or homage to the US 1st Infantry Division, although perhaps not a deliberate continuation of the real world unit as it's not the 1st Royal Infantry Division or something similar. I had a look at the unit entry, and there's no note to that effect in the notes section, which made me wonder if such things are outside the scope of the wiki. I had a look in the policy are but couldn't see anything that related directly to this; I was wondering if you could tell me where the wiki stands on such things? I had a look for other examples that occured to me, and I noticed that the Team Banzai entry notes the reference to Buckaroo Banzai, but the entry on Blanc's Coyotes (vice Wylie's Coyotes) doesn't contain a similar reference. BrokenMnemonic 13:49, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

I knew this had come up before, but had not found a policy regarding it. However, I did a search for "not wikipedia" and found these two discussions: Talk:Horse & Talk:Striga. Basically, it boils down to the idea that we do not know, within the in-character context of the BT universe, why something was named this or why somebody would do that unless it is officially mentioned. We all know the character Aleksandr Kerensky was named after his historical predecessor, but it would be inappropriate to introduce that as fact, unless it had been so stated (either in the fiction or by an official statement indicating he was so named by his parents for that exact reason). However, I see in the Sarna article on the man, someone wrote a Trivia section (which I'm now re-naming as Notes) where it was proposed. As long as that doesn't become a debated 'discussion' more appropropriately placed on the Talk page, I don't see why you couldn't mention it as a possible origin of the fiction unit's name, in a similar Notes section. Does that help?--Revanche (talk|contribs) 14:48, 28 July 2011 (UTC)
That's great, thank you. You've been great at helping me out and giving advice since I started poking around here; would it be ok for me to award you one of the appreciation medals, like this one? All Purpose Award, 5th ribbon BrokenMnemonic 18:02, 28 July 2011 (UTC)
It sure would, and thanks! But I'm not altruistic when I help: the easier I make it on you, the more likely you'll stick around and make BTW that much greater. Thanks for sticking around and making BTW that much greater! --Revanche (talk|contribs) 22:26, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

Magna (Fusion Engines)[edit]

Hy Rev, a question about my created Magna (Fusion Engines) page, is it better to integrate the Light Fusion and XL Fusion Engines or create a separate article like this Magna (Fusion Engines XL).--Doneve 11:00, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

Without being involved in that project at all, I'd say integrate. They are all fusion engines; the focus is on the brand, not the type. But that's just my opinion.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 12:00, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

Taurian Concordat/Calderon Protectorate[edit]

1) Would it be possible to have a planetary category added for the Calderon Protectorate?

2) Oh, and what's the current situation regarding adding planetary possession details for dates before 2750 and after 3060? I've been doing some reading on the Taurian Concordat for my own interest, and if it would be useful, I'd happily add details for planets going forward to the most recent dates in Handbook: Major Periphery States and back to the Age of War if it's going to be useful.

3) Is there a rule on citing references for planet ownership, or is it something that isn't generally done because of the number of overlapping references for certain eras? BrokenMnemonic 13:44, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

Numbered, to aid in my response:
1) I have no problem with Category: Calderon Protectorate Planets being created, if there are planets listed in the Owner History that would be added to it. Right now, Doneve and I are largely categorizing the planets as they are now listed. So, if no planets list the Calderon Protectorate presently, you have two options: add it to the owner history yourself, before he and I get to those particular planets or add the Calderon Protectorate or add the category tags to those planets that were/are members.
2)Yes, yes, yes. Add details. Right now, the planetary articles are, in my opinion, providing unnecessary and incorrect information (jump distances to 'neighbor' systems), as well as outdates and incorrectly presented data (owner history). While there's a Planet project established, it's never really taken off and the articles themselves exist roughly in the same form when the wiki was established. Nic built a bot to create those articles before citation requirements existed (because the wiki was not yet 'open') and they were the most organized articles on this wiki for years. However, the community has never gotten together to discuss if the articles are valuable or properly built. Update, update, feel free to update! If/when Project Planets does get re-organized, that additional information you add will, at the minimum, help highlight the areas that need to be improved.
3)Cite, cite, cite. One of the most important policies, but least enforced, is proper citations. If you're doing the research and you cite its source, you've increased the trust a reader will have in that information. In your case, since you're focusing on maps, provide (in order) the source title, the pages and the name of the map. Thanks, BM!--Revanche (talk|contribs) 15:16, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
Spiffy, I'm on the case! I'll concentrate on Periphery worlds though, because... well, that's what I'm interested in at the moment. I may go a little citation happy, though! BrokenMnemonic 15:26, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
Excellent! I may regret saying this later, but I don't see how too many refs can hurt (I may advice, tho).--Revanche (talk|contribs) 16:01, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
I've worked my way through all of the worlds that are or have been Taurian Concordat or Magistracy of Canopus worlds as well as the New Colony Region/Fronc Reaches region, but I've only based the detail on the published maps I can find - there are going to be rafts of extra citations for a lot of planets when people start adding in dates from text. For planets that seem to vanish during the Succession Wars, I've added the citations for the last map they were on and the first maps after, to highlight the difference, and I've used the Davion, Liao and Marik handbooks to include as many worlds as possible from their succession wars-era maps. Why they didn't do SW maps for the Periphery States, I don't know... and what's really frustrating is that I can see bits of the map when pages are loading that are then covered by information boxes, so there's more information in there, if only I could get at it.
Anyway, having done two of the long-term Periphery nations, I've found that the older maps are a little dodgy- the ones from the first edition Periphery sourcebook and Objective Raids have a number of discrepancies that I think Catalyst are now phasing out. The original map of the Marian Hegemony matches the text description, in that it has 8 worlds... but none of those are Alphard. Maybe the capital was hidden? And places like Addhara are missing from the Magistracy. I can see us filing a lot of questions with CGL.
Do you have copies of both Handbook: Major Periphery States and Handbook: House Davion? In my copies, there's a world called Coopertown on the 2750 map for the Magistracy that then vanishes, and a world with the same name in the periphery appears on the 2822 and 2864 House Davion maps. I'm wondering if it's a case of one of the co-ordinates got reversed, and if it's something that's been fixed in other editions.
Depending on how much free time I end up with this week, I'm going to either try and tackle adding more citations to the Outworlds Alliance (there aren't that many, until House Kurita gets a handbook) or the Rim Worlds Republic, which could be a pretty big task given how many RWR worlds vanish over the centuries... BrokenMnemonic 20:35, 7 August 2011 (UTC)
That is...fascinating about the boxes. I wonder if Adobe Illustrator or the open source Inkspace might reveal more.
As for Coopertown, the House Davion maps show a Cooperland (vice Coopetown). I suspect they are two different worlds.
Which one would be more fun for you? OA or RWR?--Rev (talk|contribs) 23:10, 7 August 2011 (UTC)
I've added in all the Age of War/Star League era Taurian Concordat worlds, and updated to the end of 3067 based on the sourcebook maps I've got here. I've started adding in all the Age of War/Star League era Outworlds Alliance worlds, and I've just hit a knotty problem. There's a world in the Outworlds Alliance named Jordan Weis - or at least, that's how it's spelt in Handbook: Major Periphery States p. 147/150. In the Periphery (sourcebook) p. 156, Objective Raids, p. 46, The Periphery, 2nd Edition, p. 110 and the Inner Sphere (sourcebook) p. 98, it's Jordan Wais. That's not the knotty part of the problem, though - the knotty part of the problem is that here on the Wiki, we have neither Jordan Weis nor Jordain Wais, but instead two seperate worlds, Jordan and Wais, each with different co-ordinates. I'm guessing that's something to do with the Inner Sphere Atlas, but I'm not sure what to do about it. BrokenMnemonic 12:34, 31 July 2011 (UTC)
That's hilarious. In all my years, I've never found that. That's rather cool.
Okay, first off: There are numerous mistakes. I remember one of the first problems detected by editors here was that some of the planets had coordinates where the Y coordinate was copied from the X, which appears to be the case with Wais. This was a result of the database transfer to build the wiki, before it opened.
Second, Frabby determined back in 2009 (on the talk pages for both Jordan and Wais), that the planet depicted should have been called Quiberas. Now, he references two maps (I presume to be actual printed maps, rather than book maps) to get this. We have no article (yet) on Quiberas, and on the only article that mentions it, Neuling chose not to provide any citations, so we have no direct way of learning more about that planet.
However, I could confirm your research (thanks a lot for the page numbers) and there is no doubt that Jordan Wais was intended to be a planet and that most recently, (presumably) Øystein Tvedten changed the name to Jordan Weis. Could you please ask over on the CBT forums if the new spelling was intentional or accidental? Once we have that, we can merge the Jordan and Wais pages into the proper name (with a redirect from the mis-spelled name). As for the coordinates, I'll try and make an informed judgment as to what it should be, I'll probably default to the atlas-provided one of 500.95, 178.88. Thanks, BM.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 13:05, 31 July 2011 (UTC)
I'll ask the question when I've finished adding in the remainder of the Star League-era Cerberus and Ramora provinces - just in case there are any more doozies like that one floating around out there. I have a planet named Quiberas on all of my maps though, going back to the Periphery (sourcebook). Would it be easier to rename & redirect the bogus entry to a new page called Quiberas, or would it be better to create Quiberas, copy the co-ordinates across and delete the original?
I still find it scary just how many OA worlds got lost after the Star League collapsed. BrokenMnemonic 13:21, 31 July 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, I'm seeing it too. I'm suspecting you'll find a few more planets that don't yet have pages. The atlas doesn't have an entry for Quiberas, but I've reached out to a fan that has been working on his own coordinates tracker, based on the maps Øystein is credited with creating. I'll follow the Quiberas path, while you get the proper name for JW figured out (and keep an eye on any more like that). --Revanche (talk|contribs) 13:28, 31 July 2011 (UTC)
From the man himself: CBT Ask The Writers it's probably an unconscious typo. I've been printing out maps from Handbook: House Davion and Handbook: House Liao because I'm that big a maps geek, and I noticed that it's now spelt Jordan Weis in HB:HD as well - so it's presumably the new standard spelling, replacing the older one. I'd suggest we use Jordan Weis and set up a redirect for Jordan Wais.
I also discovered that HB:HL has a map going back to 2366, which is positively delicious as it shows a number of independent periphery worlds/worlds that were independent, and highlights that the Capellans had conquered half a dozen Taurian Worlds by 2571 that I'd always assumed had been Capellan from the word go. From the HB:HD maps I've got more dates for worlds in the TC and Outworlds Alliance too, because HB:HD includes maps as at the end of the 1st and 2nd Succession Wars, which is quietly fascinating because it shows the decline in Periphery populations seems to have really bit during the 3rd SW era.
I sense another evening of planet updates looming before me while I geek out quietly! BrokenMnemonic 14:10, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
That's most excellent news, BM; a lot faster response than I expected. I disagree, however, that the planet should be spelled with an 'A' vice the 'E'. By Øystein's own statement, it's probably a typo, and so it may change back in the next iteration of an OA map. I'll submit an errata for each of those books. We'll see what response we get, but for the meantime, I suggest going with the 'A' spelling.
That's great about the newer historical maps. It's uncovering a new context to a faction's history!--Revanche (talk|contribs) 14:30, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
Clarification needed: you didn't mean to imply you found the error in Handbook: House Liao too, right?--Revanche (talk|contribs) 14:36, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
Hmm... I was thinking that given the current attitude from CGL regarding precedent from newer books rather than older ones, they'd stick with Weis, but you're probably right. When HB:HK comes out, it may well show the same region and could give us another data point for comparison.
I did notice another issue though; the TC Far Looker colonies were outed to the government by 3040, but I'm fuzzy on the exact founding dates. The HB:HD map for 3030 doesn't show any of the new colonies, and keeps the TC within it's 3025 boundaries. The Handbook: House Liao map for 3030 shows all the Far Looker colonies close to the Confederation in place - so the two maps don't agree with each other, despite having the same date on them. Arg.
I also noticed there's a new Periphery world between the Concordat, Randis and where the Tortuga Dominions on the maps from HB:HD for the end of 1st and 2nd SW eras - a system named "Cooperland" - but it's only on those two maps. They shouldn't do things like that, because now I want to know what the story of Cooperland is!
The 2366, 2571 and 2750 maps for the CC are fascinating. They show that the CC extended out into the Periphery in quite a big way, absorbing 3 independent systems and conquering several from the TC by 2571, then colonizing a number of worlds in the region (although Herotitus looks to have always been independent) only for their border to retreat back again during the wars, with a number of worlds vanishing. Interestingly, the New Colony Region borders only go about as far "north" as the edge of where the CC extended furthest "south" during the Star League-era - almost as if the NCR efforts were avoiding attempting to annex the remains of any old SL-era Capellan worlds in the region.
I do love this stuff ;)
- whoops, you're right, I didn't mean to imply an error in HB:HL as well - that was just unfortunate phrasing on my part. BrokenMnemonic 14:47, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
How do you want to handle the disparity between the Far Looker colony maps?
Don't worry about the implication regarding HB:HL; I started to search there first and then realized, "Why would the OA be represnted in this title?" I re-read what you wrote and could see why I thought that on a quick read, but wanted to make sure my second read-through was not the one in error.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 14:59, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
Well, I've dug out my copy of the Periphery, 2nd Edition and on p12-13 it states that the Far Lookers didn't start embezzling money and settling new colonies until after the death of Edward Calderon in 3034, with 7 worlds settled by 3035, and 16 new worlds between 3035 and 3037 (which is either the aggregate total, or an indication that many of them were multiple-planet systems, based on the maps). So, either the colonies shown on the HB:HL map on p. 49 is wrong, or they were earlier era worlds that had never become prominent enough to be mentioned before. They are shown as being outside the TC, which is a little odd. I suspect a question on the CBT forum may be in order again. I'm going to be popular! BrokenMnemonic 16:36, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
Don't fear the notoriety; join the club! I suspect some of us (Frabby, Wrangler, myself) are automatically pegged as BTW editors when we ask our questions.) --Revanche (talk|contribs) 16:59, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
Well, I have heard it said that notoriety is better than obscurity any day... BrokenMnemonic 17:42, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
Can I get a page number for HB:HD? Thanks.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 14:55, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
HB:HD p. 48, 54 spell it "Weis" - Interestingly, the map on p. 60 spells it "Wais" as do 72, 76, 78, 82. So, HB:HD isn't internally consistent either. BrokenMnemonic 16:36, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
Interestingly enough, I can confirm via the PDF all of the above, except p. 60, which spells it incorrectly. They may have caught that one before it went to print. I'll make a note of the differences between PDF & DTF on the errata submission. Thanks, BM.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 16:55, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
I just checked my .pdf version of HB:HD and compared it to my DTF, and it's wrong in my DTF copy as well - I just couldn't read it clearly. Believe it or not, my new glasses arrive a week on Weds... BrokenMnemonic 17:42, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
Good to know, thanks. I'll amend the errata submission. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 18:41, 1 August 2011 (UTC)


Hy Rev, have this award for your great planets article essay, very very good ;).--Doneve 01:41, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, Doneve, but I must respectfully decline. That award is intended to recognize someone taking a vastly incomplete article which they did not create and 'saving' it by putting in the time & effort to make it valuable (think sub-stub or very weak stub). Secondly, all I did was write a position paper (or opinion piece) to try and sway people to my way of thinking, in regards to planet articles. Additionally, it's not yet complete. Again, I appreciate the recognition, but I'm more looking forward to BrokenMnemonic and your assistance (and hopefully many more) in doing the Project: Planet overhaul. Again, thanks. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 15:16, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
No problem, thanks for response.--Doneve 15:38, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

Variable template needed - response[edit]

You're welcome. And I have news, I think I've got what you want. Have a look at User_talk:Mbear/PlanetPageTest. By adding the PlanetOverhaul|phase=(0,1,2,3,4,5) template to the page, you should see different categories appear at the bottom of the page. I can rewrite the content of the message and category to be whatever you like. This is just a demo.--Mbear 15:50, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
Two changes made. Categories and bold text in banner.--Mbear 16:10, 3 August 2011 (UTC)

The Marisa Tomei Award[edit]

Surreal Award, 1st ribbon

Awarded for services to surreal humour in honour of Marisa Tomei. BrokenMnemonic 16:38, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

It was great! She pinned it on me herself! I was surprised how much she looked like BrokenMnemonic under those harsh lights, though." --Rev (talk|contribs) 17:31, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

Rim Worlds Republic[edit]

I've done some work cataloguing Rim Worlds Republic systems offline, with a view to getting all of the RWR systems on here. I've hit what could be a problem, so I thought I'd check about it first.

What I've been trying to do is pin down which worlds have vanished, and which worlds later reappear. There are a handful of systems within the Magistracy that drop off the map after the Star League era, only to reappear later on, so it seemed sensible to check whether any RWR worlds were doing that as well.

On the 3130 map, there are a number of "new" systems dotted around, so I took the map of the RWR in 2750 from P25 in Handbook: Major Periphery States, captured some images from it, then captured images from the Map of the Inner Sphere 3130, and overlaid them onto each other. using groups of planets that are on both maps and whose positions haven't altered, I adjusted the size of the maps until these known data points matched up, and compared the two to each other. That leads to a lot of planets matching, but with different names.

Using the maps in Handbook: House Steiner and Handbook: Major Periphery States, I matched the positions of 23 Lyran worlds, 5 RWR worlds taken by the Commonwealth, and 2 Free Worlds League worlds. With those overlaid on top of each other, Circinus lines up on both maps, and four pairs of planets are directly overlaid on top of each other: Andiron/Helbrent, Iolas/Deidre's Den, Himmels/Balthazar III, Green Stone/Clayborne II.

I did the same thing with the Map of the Inner Sphere 3130 and the HB:MPS maps, and having adjusted the map until 29 assorted inner sphere planets match up along with 11 bandit kingdom worlds, it looks to me as if the RWR world of Erin became Von Strang's World - and as a distinct contrast, whereas I thought Taran's World might become Ferris, the two are in noticeably different positions.

I repeated the exercise using the Rim Territories area the 3130 map, lining up 40+ Lyran Commonwealth worlds, and it seems to indicate that every one of the Rim Territories world is a former RWR world, in the following combinations: Port Vail/The Rack, Dijonne/Pain, Lushun/Jibbet, Lywick/Ferreusvirgo, Austerlitz/Scauld, Oporto/Veil, Edirne/Brank, Anatolia/Pillory, Seven Lands/Garotte.

My concern is that if I simply set up redirects or indicate in the descriptions for the later era worlds that each was the "former RWR world of XxXxX", I'm making a assertion with a direct citation to be able to back it up. I could create all of the former RWR worlds as seperate entries and indicate that they might be the associated modern era world, but that means throwing in a number of new systems with very bare entries. Should I upload my composite pictures as evidence? They're something of a mess, because they aren't cropped to the same size and with names in different positions and vanished Star League-era worlds on there, they look a tad cluttered. BrokenMnemonic 12:47, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

ETA: I've uploaded a copy of one of the maps which you can see here: File:The_Barrens_3130_and_the_Rim_Worlds_Republic_2750.png and the discussion page for the map gives some explanation on what I was doing and points of reference. BrokenMnemonic 13:17, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

I agree with you we shouldn't immediately assume the worlds are the one and same, despite appearing to match location-wise. Your work with the Taurian Concordat probably showed you how multiple worlds could be in the same location (map-wise), but not ncessarily same system. Or there's the possibility that the two worlds do exist in the same system, but are not the same planet.
Here's what I suggest: take a large portion of what you wrote above and use it to ask Oystein in Ask the Writers, but close with specific questions (maybe bulleted):
  • did Erin become Von Strang's World
  • did Lushin become Jibbet
Odds are good you'll get a Standard Answer, which in that case we create an article based upon the more modern name and a redirect from the older one, and in the notes section for each article, we indicate why we believe A became B, but the possibility exists that they are simply two worlds in the same system or two systems located rather close on the maps.
BTW, I also responded with a review of Coopertown and Copperland above.--Rev (talk|contribs) 13:20, 8 August 2011 (UTC)
I think you should add a link to the overlapped map image when you make your pitch on CBT.--Rev (talk|contribs) 13:22, 8 August 2011 (UTC)
OK, I'll put together a message at work I can post. It takes me a certain amount of effort to face up to asking the writers questions over on the forum...
In the meantime, I'll add some RWR worlds tonight to get the ball rolling...
That reminds me, I'll add Coopertown & Copperland entries when I've done the RWR systems. I wonder what was going on at Copperland? BrokenMnemonic 19:35, 8 August 2011 (UTC)
Ack! Cooperland, Cooperland! Sorry, my bad!--Rev (talk|contribs) 21:04, 8 August 2011 (UTC)
Random question, although it's sort of related to the Rim Worlds Republic (and not Marisa Tomei, sadly); is there a category for those planets marked as being a part of "The Barrens" on the Inner Sphere 3130 map? I'm not sure if it's a nation or a region - I'd say a region, akin to the Chaos March, based on the map, but that'd just be speculation on my part. BrokenMnemonic 21:20, 8 August 2011 (UTC)
Not that I'm aware, but then again, that name doesn't ring a bell with me. I suggest you do a 'search', not a 'go' with that name, and when you get the results, go down to the 'Advanced search' box and remove the check marks from all but the Category namespace. That'll return all categories with 'barrens' in it.--Rev (talk|contribs) 21:39, 8 August 2011 (UTC)
Having done a search, the only things that show up are the world records I've created/altered, and an entry on the Factions page which has both the Rim Territories and The Barrens as red links. BrokenMnemonic 07:27, 9 August 2011 (UTC)
Best judgement, then. If you feel "The Barrens" have enough planets to warrant a category, go ahead. I created one for the Chaos March because it was both so very famous and -at the time- we weren't doing an Independent Planets cat, so I wanted to make sure some planets didn't fall off our scope.--Rev (talk|contribs) 11:06, 9 August 2011 (UTC)
Well... looking at the 3130 map, there are a lot of planets suddenly out in the Periphery that weren't before, and a lot of planets appear to be Periphery independents. The Barrens doesn't seem to be a new nation like the Rim Territories, but unlike the worlds outside the Combine or in the area around the former Circinus Federation the worlds in the Barrens have been grouped together into a named region. The Barrens sweeps up the former Elysian Fields, Oberon Confederation and about half the Greater Valkyrate, so it's only a few planets short of the Marian Hegemony or 3130-era Taurian Concordat. I'm tempted to give it a category to group the worlds together until more -or anything, for that matter- is published about the region. I can always add it to the list of things to do after all these RWR worlds... BrokenMnemonic 11:24, 9 August 2011 (UTC)
Sounds like a plan, mate.--Rev (talk|contribs) 11:37, 9 August 2011 (UTC)
Just a quick update - I've asked about those systems that seem to be reappearing under new names over on the CBT forum this morning. The Ask The Writers section seems to be a bit barren of responses at the moment - I did wonder if this means the writing team are all focussed on GenCon at the moment. BrokenMnemonic 11:56, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
I'd believe so; recovering, anyway. Give it a week and then bump it.--Rev (talk|contribs) 14:43, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
OK, I've done the ownership records with citations and categories for all of the worlds that were in the Rim Worlds Republic, with the exception of those with possible dual identities mentioned above, based on the maps in HB:MPS and HB:HS. I'll need to dig into a couple of other books to finish those that joined the Oberon Confederation/Greater Valkyrate/Elysian Fields but which aren't in those two books. I've noted in the entries for The Rack/Pain that they're potentially older RWR worlds re-mapped, but I've not added any of the new planets from 3130 that make up the Rim Territories - I thought it was easier to wait a while to see if there was an answer over on the CBT forums rather than go through the hassle of merging different entries together. I've also done the Magistracy and Concordat within the limits of the maps I can find (although Historical: Reunification War will need adding and citing) and I've added in all of the Outworlds Alliance worlds that were new in 2750 and put in all the citations from the various Periphery book maps. That leaves the smallfry, plus updates from HB:HD for those OA worlds that are visible to show when they vanished from maps. I'm a little surprised that there's no periphery realm analagous to the RWR along the Draconis Combine border; did they ever establish a reason in canon for that? BrokenMnemonic 20:33, 12 August 2011 (UTC)
Not that I'm aware of, but I had never considered that before. Huh....that is interesting. Maybe that realm was overly aggressive in assuming colonies external to the IS? I'll keep that in mind when I read early Draconian history again.
I just today discovered the map of the Hanseatic League in FR: Periphery. That's my realm over at Succession Wars, so I'm looking forward to the moratorium expiring.--Rev (talk|contribs) 21:03, 12 August 2011 (UTC)
I seem to remember hearing about the "Draconis Rift" in some of the books - I did wonder if it was simply a case of the area past the edge of the combine being very sparsely populated with habitable planets. The combine isn't shy about incorporating other states by force, so it could also be that they simply conquered everyone who tried to settle out there - even if it resulted in the worlds being abandoned afterwards. I notice that the 3130 era DC has had half a dozen former Combine worlds become Periphery independents. Maybe Handbook: House Kurita will show us some movement at the edge of Combine space? I remember somebody talking about hwo there wasn't an organised periphery nation out where the Mica Majority is past FedSuns space, and the general answer was "well, the FedSuns were actually doing most of the colonising there..."
FR: Periphery is on my shopping list for when my bonus comes through at the end of the month, along with Historical: Reunification Wars, Jihad Hot Spots: Terra and a couple of other bits... why isn't it September already? I'll be interested to see what Bad Syntax's maps look like for the deep periphery of the former RWR region and nearby neighbours - I'd like to see how close the Hanseatic League and the Chainelaine Isles actually were to mapped RWR space. BrokenMnemonic 07:12, 13 August 2011 (UTC)
I'll do a search for 'rift' through my PDFs. I'll let you know the results. And just an aggressive stance from a major faction towards neighboring colonies would be a huge reason to not even try to expand in that direction, if you were organizing a colonial effort.
Bad_Syntax provided me with his most current database(s), though I don't know if he incorporated the Hanseatic League and the Chainelaine Isles yet. Here's the links:
You could plug these into his program (do you want the link to that?) and check it out yourself.--Rev (talk|contribs) 12:50, 13 August 2011 (UTC)
What for a programm was used to do this?--Doneve 13:27, 13 August 2011 (UTC)
Remember the links I gave you about 2 weeks ago to download it from Bad-Syntax' blog? That one.--Rev (talk|contribs) 13:35, 13 August 2011 (UTC)
Woot! [2] Now all I've got to do is add the detail on all of those worlds onto the wiki and link hte 2750 and 3130 era ones together. Is it wrong I'm actually looking forward to this? BrokenMnemonic 16:44, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
ETA: Do you think the planet entries should use the 2750 names (with the 3130 names on redirect) or the 3130 names (with the 2750 names on redirect)? BrokenMnemonic 16:45, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
Not at all (as a serious answer). The sense of completion in 'correcting' the data is our collective high here.
As to naming? Old timer's story: I've advocated writing on Sarna primarily from the perspective as researchers from a far distant period in time (say, the 36th century). We're working with the materials we have on hand, and we're always finding more (as long as we have material we haven't used and as it comes getting pumped out by TPTB). While the most common names would appear to be those from the 31st century, in less than two Real World years, we'll be firmly in the 32nd century. With the future researcher's perspective and the knowledge that in a short bit, those will be those worlds' proper names, I say go with the later ones. Note: I'd recommend linking that thread to every mention of the worlds' "old" names.--Rev (talk|contribs) 21:57, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
Good, that was my gut instinct as well, so it's very reassuring to know that I'm thinking along the right lines. One question this did throw up for me though is that the CGL forums apparently get archived and wiped periodically, but their Ask the Writer/Ask the Lead Developer areas are where answers and clarifications of canon information are stored. Is there a mechanism here for preserving the text of their response, or is it enough to indicate that the response has been given, what the response was, and a link that could perhaps be used with something like the wayback machine in the future? BrokenMnemonic 06:55, 19 August 2011 (UTC)
I don't think the wayback machine will be too helpful, for if I recall it only goes two levels deep and the threads are on the 3rd level. Right now (even just yeterday), when I come across a URL that points to an archived thread, I change the URL to put the changed part (forumarchive) in. However, Frabby deals with it by quoting the answer in the reference line, which I think is great. Won't work very well with long answers or responses like the one you got yesterday ("Correct, yes."), but I'd day the intent can be restated in the reference line, when a direct quote won't work (in order to give the 'official response' note some validity when the forum post is lost). I should write this down in the policy on the matter.--Rev (talk|contribs) 11:26, 19 August 2011 (UTC)


Hy Revanche, please can you move the misspelld Category talk:Greater Valkryate Planets, to his right place, thanks.--Doneve 23:06, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

Done. Category:Greater Valkyrate Planets already existed, so it was a matter of re-categorizing Lackhove and then deleting the mis-spelled category.--Rev (talk|contribs) 23:23, 9 August 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for your quick response.--Doneve 23:25, 9 August 2011 (UTC)
No problem, man. --Rev (talk|contribs) 23:43, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

Thumbnail Maps[edit]

I had a think about maps for thumbnails after doing the coloured maps for the Marian Hegemony and the Taurian Concordat recently. One of the issues with the thumbnail pics for individual planets is being able to pick out the target planet easily while still having enough area covered by the map to also give a general location for the planet. I had a play around with making some maps which while still large aren't completely coloured; I coloured in neighbouring realms, but left the host realm uncoloured, and coloured in the planet specifically targetted. I then tried viewing the map at resolutions down to 25% of full size, and had no trouble working out where the planet was generally, and could blow the maps back up to full resolution to see mroe about neighbouring systems. Rather than clutter the wiki, I've uploaded some to imageshack: [3] [4] [5] Can you take a look, and give me an opinion on their potential suitability for planet articles? BrokenMnemonic 20:28, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

Those are really excellent. I uploaded and installed on for Joyz. Take a look. Its clear where it resides even without clicking on it.--Rev (talk|contribs) 20:35, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
Nice maps, but i personally favorite Nics Image example, i know a lot of the Maps are created by incorrect X and Y coordinates, i would to bring up new planet maps with correct coordinates and corrected coordinates in the nearby planet section in the next next future, can anyone talk to me what is the best method, i experiment at this time with the POV-Ray 3.x [6], programm.--Doneve 21:11, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
I can't comment on graphics programming, because there is a lot more that I don't know. Question for you: why do you prefer the original images?--Rev (talk|contribs) 21:42, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
Good question ;), it's a personal like of self created maps, and i would create new planet images with jump points, with every jump to jump point distance etc.--Doneve 21:54, 10 August 2011 (UTC)
Would it be best for me to hold off creating any more of these maps for a while to let any final decision be discussed? BrokenMnemonic 07:31, 11 August 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, it would probably be best. The problem I see, and I haven't confirmed this with Nic, is that his creating new maps with the correct coordinates may require writing over the existing articles, as his bot re-writes the articles to include new images. That would explain why it hasn't been done before. I prefer the canon maps: they help me understand where a world is and I feel jumps are a lot less valued than general knowledge of a planet's location. Give me a bit, and I'll spark that discussion on the overhaul talk page.--Rev (talk|contribs) 11:08, 11 August 2011 (UTC)

Planet Categories: Star League[edit]

Something occurred to me last night while I was added Rim Worlds Republic worlds to the database here. I think we need a category to use for planets that were taken by the Star League during the Reunification war and then later during the Hegemony campaign. In the case of the Reunification War, it's easy for some worlds; the Federated Suns simply annexed 18 assorted Taurian Concordat worlds, so those worlds can just be categorised as Federated Suns Planets. Where it's trickier is where you have planets that were occupied by Star League forces but not annexed, during the period between them being conquered and the state as a whole joining the Star League. There's then a second period during the Amaris Civil War where the SLDF was taking Rim Worlds Republic worlds; reading HB:Steiner, p. 34, it talks about the Lyran Commonwealth then annexing RWR worlds after the SLDF began the Terran Hegemony portion of the campaign until Aleksandr Kerensky sent them a message saying that the RWR was still a Star League protectorate despite it's shattered state. I think we need something like a "Star League Protectorate Planets" category to cover these. BrokenMnemonic 07:31, 11 August 2011 (UTC)

My first feeling is that I should hold off on weighing in on this. My purpose in categorizing all the planets was so that all planets fell within at least one category, enabling us to be sure that every world would be dealt with. Overlapping by another category was fine, because that increased the chance another pair of eyes would see that planet and address it from a different perspective. Categorization allows me to direct one overhaul team, "You guys do the Taurian worlds, starting on phase 1." On the other hand, if there's not a large enough group of team members to determine consensus, then there does need to be some leadership.'s my take on it, BrokenMnemonic: a protectorate implies the ownership remains with the state from which it is claimed. In your examples above, the Suns took ownership away from the Taurians in some cases, so the change in ownership is clear. Your second example indicates the Star League administered several worlds, but did not say, "These are our worlds now; bugger off." In that case, for this project, there is no reason why we need to create another category, since those worlds already fall under a faction category and in-character legally, remain within their faction, despite having a Star League governor and his forces on the planet.
Similarly, this makes me think, too, that the Chaos March and The Barrens are unnecessary categories for the purposes of the project, for they fall under the Independent category at the same time. We don't want to get sidetracked from organizing for the overhaul (ar at least that is my intent). Trust me, there are many ways to categorize these planets, including lines amongst a civil war, regions, provinces, marches, borders, planets invaded in this war, planets invaded in that war. Proper categorization is best determined after we complete the project (or at least in one of the phases). It's my aim to stick only to the broader definition of ownership for the purposes of the overhaul. (Now, this isn't to say you can't fill a non-overhaul need, but I'd ask you don't make it too difficult for us to track progress by largely increasing the number of categories we have to include in our initial efforts.) Hope that helps. --Rev (talk|contribs) 11:05, 11 August 2011 (UTC)
Ok, I'll drop the idea. I've not added a Barrens category to anything yet either, so I'll leave that alone too. BrokenMnemonic 11:25, 11 August 2011 (UTC)
Sorry, but thanks.--Rev (talk|contribs) 11:26, 11 August 2011 (UTC)
No dramas. There's enough here to keep me busy for a lifetime as is! It just means I'll hold off doing ownership history changes from Historical: Reunification War and work through one of the other 200 or so books instead...BrokenMnemonic 11:42, 11 August 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, but then what?!--Rev (talk|contribs) 14:02, 11 August 2011 (UTC)
Well, there are at least a half-dozen mercenary units from the Succession Wars era I want to expand the basic articles for, as I did with units like the Crater Cobras and the Always Faithful... BrokenMnemonic 14:22, 11 August 2011 (UTC)
I was so kidding. Two hundred+ books with maps in them? Come on! What comes next isn't even a blip yet!--Rev (talk|contribs) 14:27, 11 August 2011 (UTC)
I do like to plan ahead, and I'd hate for you to think I was a slacker... BrokenMnemonic 14:42, 11 August 2011 (UTC)
Well, I was hoping you'd try and solve the whole Fasanomics and planet over-population issues...--Rev (talk|contribs) 14:57, 11 August 2011 (UTC)
Well, FASAnomics has at least been solved; I think it was ColBosch who said "FASAnomics... By Cthulu, For Cthulu." There are planetary over-population issues, though? Is this the old debate about how did so many people emigrate so far? BrokenMnemonic 16:22, 11 August 2011 (UTC)
I summarize it as "how come invading armies are so small when planetary populations are so large." I, personally, dismiss it away with a handwave. --Rev (talk|contribs) 17:06, 11 August 2011 (UTC)

Sathen's Snipers[edit]

Hy Rev, i removed the cn tag, and added a ref. note, greetings.--Doneve 20:19, 11 August 2011 (UTC)

Wow...great turnaround, Doneve. Good job.--Rev (talk|contribs) 20:33, 11 August 2011 (UTC)

Independent/Capellan Worlds[edit]

I've hit a bit of a weird categorisation issue when working through the worlds that ended up in the Capellan Confederation, or one of the states that ultimately formed the Confederation in 2367. If I'm reading P15 of Handbook: House Liao correctly, there were a number of states in play at the time, including the Duchy of Liao, Capellan Commonality, Sarna Supremacy, Sian Commonwealth and so on. These states were a part of a loose "grouping" for want of a better word, called the Capellan Zone, although confusingly there also seems to have been a Capellan Co-Prosperity Sphere (p. 14) but that didn't include all of the states. When the Capellan Confederation was being formed up in 2366/2367, Franco Liao had originally been speaking for the "Independent Worlds of the Capellan Zone" (p. 15). Looking at the map on P17, it looks like these worlds were the ones in the periphery-edge region of what became the Confederation, and those worlds sandiwched between the Ducy of Liao, the Sarna Supremacy, and the Free Worlds League.

My conundrum is this; how should these worlds be categorised in 2366? They don't seem to suit the Independent Planet category, because that's for worlds that weren't a part of a nation or state, and these worlds were a part of the Capellan Zone rather than being completely independent. On the other hand, it seems a bit odd to describe them as "Independent Worlds of the Capellan Zone", and creating a "Capellan Zone" category would include all of the other worlds in the various states like the Sarna Supremacy as well.

What do you think is the best way to categorise these worlds? BrokenMnemonic 20:46, 14 August 2011 (UTC)

My gut instinct is to just lump 'em in with the other Independents, so that they are a member of a category. In fact, I'd say, for the time being, let's do exactly that. However, you're thinking the long-term, and I see the problem you suggest. Ok, shot in the dark here: what about creating that 'Independent Worlds of the Capellan Zone' category, maybe shortened to 'Independent Capellan Zone Planets', but instead of the simple boilerplate description in the category ("This category lists all articles for planets that have been, past or present, within..."), expand it to explain what is meant by 'independent' in this case.
I really don't mean to postpone the conversation that must take place, but I feel ill-equipped right now, so far removed from it (compared to you). I think this /is/ a discussion that we'll explore for the individual regions we choose to complete as a group focused on that region. Does any of that help?--Rev (talk|contribs) 00:46, 15 August 2011 (UTC)
I feel a bit guilty for bringing it up, because having poked around in the various House Books, I think the House Liao handbook is probably the worst for the multiple overlapping regimes. Some of the states change names several times in the 2100-2400 period, and CGL simply haven't documented the region well for every nation. I think it's maybe more complete for the Capellan Confederation progenitor states, but reading through the book there are throwaway references to all sorts of microstates that've never been mapped. Given that this is only really a problem for pre-2571 states, it seems like a big problem for relatively little gain, and something that can probably be ignored in the short term.
I think where it's going to be a problem for all of the states is that we're going to end up with Independent Planet being a default for a huge number of worlds based on the original founding date maps in each of the Handbooks, but only for that period in time. If working on 2571 dates onwards is the priority, then independent planets are a tiny minority.
I think what I'll do is concentrate on getting the other worlds cited and categorised over the next couple of days, and work up that Independent Capellan Zone planets explanation in slower time, and go with your suggestion. And I'll not look too closely at the other states, just in case my head explodes... BrokenMnemonic 08:58, 15 August 2011 (UTC)
You've identified on your own what Frabby suggested would be a problem with categorizing planets by state: do you constantly indicate only what state the planet falls in now ('now' defined as the latest date in canon, and is that post-Jihad or Dark Age for us?) or fill up a planet with increasingly meaningless categories. You're right...a large majority of Inner Sphere planets were independent for some sliver of time. We'll need to work on that, and probably before we finish the first overhaul mission (i.e. region).--Rev (talk|contribs) 11:12, 15 August 2011 (UTC)
From my POV, I like knowing which states the nations that a world has been a part of historically; I think a big part of the problem is that we've only really got consistent maps back to 2571. Or at least, we have when HB:HK appears, although oddly there are 2750 maps for the periphery states, but not for the Inner Sphere states. It's when I try and go back further that the problems appear; the maps for the founding years of each of the Houses are great from a nostalgia point of view, but a number of them have descriptions that mention other states but don't show them. As they're all from different years, and as Age of War indicated there were a lot of states around, I'd expect to see a lot of detail on them... but it isn't there. And the snippets of information they give as teasers are as frustrating as they are interesting; HB:HL talks about the Capellan Holdfast, Capellan Republic, Capellan Hegemony and Capellan Commonality, but at best lists three or less planets as members of each other than the Commonality, which is the state for which we have a map. Is it worth creating articles here for the Capellan Republic given that maybe three worlds can be identified as having definitely belonged to it, and it's only really mentioned in one book? I think I'd be more confident in labelling planets up pre-2571 if maps like the founding map for the Federated Suns showed any of these mini-states that were evidently around at the time. I know from Age of War that there were states like the United Hindu Collective still knocking around in the 24th century, but the Capellan map doesn't show any of them - so we've been given an incomplete data set to work from. BrokenMnemonic 14:23, 15 August 2011 (UTC)
ETA: I've just done some checking, and from what I can tell, with the exception of the Terran Alliance being shown on the map on P.16 of Handbook: House Marik, the maps are... inconsistent. The House Marik map shows the Stewart Confederation, which wasn't one of the founding states of the Free Worlds League at the year the map is dated, but which was instead absorbed forcibly 22 years later, according to p. 17 of the same book. Handbook: House Davion shows worlds on the map on p. 18 that are listed as being a part of the Muskegon coalition of seven worlds on p.19, but doesn't show a border for that coalition - and it talks about worlds joining the Chesterton Trade Federation, as well as showing worlds that on the 2366 map on p. 17 of Handbook: House Liao were a part of the Sian Commonality and the St. Ives Mercantile League, and yet doesn't show any boundaries for any of those states itself. That means that the founding maps pretty much only tell us which worlds were in states that formed the beginning of the big houses - I suspect showing the Terran Alliance on the Free Worlds League map was a graphical indulgence - and as far as the other worlds go, that they were significant enough to be on the map and were therefore inhabited, but nothing else.
That information does have value, but it presents a categorisation problem. As examples, by consulting the founding maps for the Capellan Confederation and the Federated Suns, I can determine that Bethel and Amiga were either settled or became worlds worthy of being noted sometime between 2317 and 2366, because they appear on one map and not the other. Quite how that's categorised, I don't know. Putting an entry in each system's ownership history is one way of doing it, but that doesn't let me as a user see what worlds were around in a particular year or era - although uploading the maps would be a shortcut method for doing that. We could perhaps declare categories for each of the map years - so have a category "2271" that could be applied to worlds that weren't in the Free Worlds League or Stewart Confederation but were evidently on a map in 2271, and have the category description explain that, but it seems a bit... off, somehow. We'd probably end up with five such numeric categories, one for each house, unless CGL produce an atlas to the 23rd and 24th centuries, or something similar.
It's frustrating that this is a potential issue simply because CGL produced barebones maps rather than giving us something chewy to look over. BrokenMnemonic 16:43, 15 August 2011 (UTC)
That's a lot to chew on, but -and this is only a basic thought- we might want to remove categorization from the issue. Each of those smaller, time-limited states do deserve an article; why can't we list what worlds existed in those articles, with dates they joined & departed listed in parenthesis next to them:
The Capellan Holdfast was a proto-Capellan state that existed from 2317 until 2463. Systems within this coalition included:
We can also provide a map gallery in the state article. The states themselves could be categorized as proto-states, such as "Proto-Capellan States". As long as the state no longer exists, then it deserves a full list of systems that belonged to it (just as the categories do now, but with more granularity, due to the dates of belonging).--Rev (talk|contribs) 01:18, 16 August 2011 (UTC)
I think this is a good idea for those proto-states where we have some idea which worlds were involved, and I'd happily sit down and write some articles based on the information I've got in the various House handbooks and sourcebooks for them. (In fact, I might just do that...) I think the bigger problem is all those worlds (I think at least 150+ so far) for which they're on a map, but we have no idea from the published information whether they were members of a proto-state or independent... BrokenMnemonic 11:04, 16 August 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, yeah. [thinking...and it hurts] The thing is: we shouldn't decide they are one or the other, either. Tell you what...let's table that for now. It may very well come up in the next few weeks, as you & I start our first test 'mission'. I'm gonna send Doneve off to tag each planet with the Phase banner, while you & I first build the three test articles and then start on a small region mission. Maybe with experience, we'll get an idea.--Rev (talk|contribs) 11:15, 16 August 2011 (UTC)
Just a quick note to say I've set up a category and referenced description for the Independent Planets of the Capellan Zone, but I may well write the description when I get up tomorrow morning, as I'm not sure it's exactly legible or well edited at the moment! BrokenMnemonic 21:25, 17 August 2011 (UTC)
I'll take a crack at it. You hit the rack; I expect to see you back here at the break of daen.--Rev(talk|contribs) 21:39, 17 August 2011 (UTC)
Well, I think it's been light outside for an hour or so, but is this early enough to count as the break of daen? BrokenMnemonic 06:19, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
Hah! I was all set to rip on you for your spelling of 'dawn' when I saw I originated it. D'oh!
So, did I capture your intent in the editing?--Rev (talk|contribs) 11:09, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
I think that looks good, yes! I couldn't resist playing with your spelling of dawn.
I've been trying to reconcile some of these other Capellan proto-states and between hte two Capellan-specific housebooks/handbooks... it's enough to do my head in, it really is. The books mix and match terms (Chesterton Trade League/Chesterton Trade Worlds, Tikonov Union/Tikonov Grand Union), some states are mentioned only in passing or as references to having been incorporated into other states (Nanking Collective), some areas are amazingly poorly defined (Chisholm Protectorate/Province/Commonality)... it took me longer than I care to think of to work out that the reason I couldn't even see Chisholm on the Handbook: House Liao maps is because it was renamed Elgin in the 29th century, but CGL have used the Elgin name all the way back to 2366 on the maps. Then there's trying to work out when the Tikonov Union became the Grand Union, or when the Chisholm Protectorate became the Chisholm Province and when the Chisholm Province became a part of the Tikonov Grand Union before being absorbed by the Terran Hegemony... it's a complete, unmitigated mess. It also doesn't help that the map on p, 17 has the map legend Capellan Confederation foundation [2366] but the Timeline: Capellan Zone on P. 13 indicates that the Capellan Confederation wasn't founded until July 2367. It took me about half an hour to work out that the Capellan Holdfast was just one planet, and that the Capellan Republic and the Capellan Co-Prosperity Sphere were two overlapping entities. Yeesh. I'm starting to think it's all one big Mask conspiracy to drive me insane. All I wanted to do was create more accurate owner histories of planets, with citations.... BrokenMnemonic 14:50, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
I'm so glad it's you and not me.
I know you're hitting the rack soon, so instead of advice, let me say this, to think about while you sleep: "Capellan, Capellan, Capellan, Capellan, Capellan, Capellan, Capellan, Capellan, Capellan, Capellan, Capellan, Capellan, Capellan, Capellan...Capellan."--Rev (talk|contribs) 21:49, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
On a tangential note, what about words that aren't in the Word of Blake Protectorate, but which have WOB mercenary units deployed to them according to p. 110 of the Blake Documents? Should the planets stay listed as under command of the host nationstate, or should they be categorised as Word of Blake planets at that point? BrokenMnemonic 17:45, 17 August 2011 (UTC)
Definitely remain with home faction. There has to be a tipping point between occupying and ownership. I may not be able to define it, but "I know it when I see it". And merc presence (only) doesn't typify it for me.--Rev (talk|contribs) 18:14, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

Unfinished Book Project[edit]

Rev - Hey, how do I join this? BattleTechWiki talk:Project Unfinished Book ClanWolverine101 12:18, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

Hey, CW: it'd be great to have you onboard. I'm going to redesign it very soon so that it looks more like BattleTechWiki:Project Planets, make it can be easier to understand, use & manage. Let me get the Planet overhaul up & running and then I'll spare UBP some time and we'll get it going again, ok? I'll add your name in the mean time. Thanks!--Rev (talk|contribs) 14:03, 16 August 2011 (UTC)


Hy Rev, when i look on the Terra page there must become a total overhaul, we must seperate it to Luna, Mars, Venus articles, i think this makes sense.--Doneve 22:26, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

It will actually be moved to the Sol page, and each of those planets will be redirected to the appropriate section of that article. We're actually moving from planetary articles to system articles. Don't stress; we'll have it figured out before we take on Terra.--Rev (talk|contribs) 23:25, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
I know no stress dude ;), we stard on 'A'^^.--23:30, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
LOL! Actually, we don't. That's why you and I are categorizing all the planets, so we can do them by regions.--Rev (talk|contribs) 23:36, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
What are the odds on us starting to work on the Sol articles just as Historical: Liberation of Terra appears and throws everything up in the air again? BrokenMnemonic 06:52, 19 August 2011 (UTC)
Its my opinion that these names refer to the systems, not the planets. If we wanted to get technical, Earth would be called "Terra III" and Mars would be called "Terra IV". This seems to be how other systems that have multiple colonies, like Quentin, seem to be used. ClanWolverine101 14:19, 20 August 2011 (UTC)
I agree with you, and I credit Frabby with getting me there. In the absence of a reference that clearly indicates a planet and system have different names (ex: Terra and Sol), we should assume a system where there are additional known planets, has planets named after the star, as you described.--Rev (talk|contribs) 14:40, 20 August 2011 (UTC)
Ah. Well, I was also thinking that the system should be called "Terra". In the Battletech universe, the term "Sol" seems to have come into vogue only with the Jihad publications. ClanWolverine101 14:52, 20 August 2011 (UTC)
I see what you mean now! I don't necessarily agree with you that that was the intended name of the system (but I'm open to references). --Rev (talk|contribs) 14:56, 20 August 2011 (UTC)


Hy Revanche, i finished the 'M' section, i thinke we are done at the moment with categorization, next phase can stard it :).--Doneve 23:30, 19 August 2011 (UTC)

[evil grin] Excellent!--Rev (talk|contribs) 00:38, 20 August 2011 (UTC)
Hehehehehehehehe me to.--Doneve 01:49, 20 August 2011 (UTC)
This is possibly a silly question, but rather than Doneve having to add a Phase 0 template tag to every planet out there manually, would it be possible for someone on the techy side to simply add that template banner automatically to any entry with the Category: Planets tag via some sort of script? BrokenMnemonic 15:01, 24 August 2011 (UTC)


Thank you for writing! I've got some months to go, but my spirits are high, and the second cycle was much less strenuous than the first. I hope all is well with you, and I hope to have more time online as I get closer to recovery--S.gage 01:47, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

Well, it's good to see you back here, S.gage, when ever you're feeling well enough to take part. Keep us updated.--Rev (talk|contribs) 11:23, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

Disambiguation Pages[edit]

Good morning! Could I trouble you to create a couple of disambiguation pages for me, please? One's needed to distinguish between Alexandria, the Lyran Commonwealth planet, and Alexandria (CC), the Capellan Confederation planet. Another's needed to distinguish between Achilles, the DropShip, and Achilles (CC), the Capellan Confederation planet. Many thanks! BrokenMnemonic 08:33, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

Done & done. --Rev (talk|contribs) 11:30, 20 August 2011 (UTC)
Thank you! BrokenMnemonic 12:27, 20 August 2011 (UTC)
Disambiguation pages make sense when there's a largish number (at least three) of articles linked to a keyword. In cases where only two subjects share a name, I've usually only used the Template:Otheruses. See Devastator, for example. Frabby 12:53, 20 August 2011 (UTC)
I think that is more a personal preference than an expected procedure. For example, at w:Help:Disambiguation, they recognize disambiguation attempts can occur in three different styles, but establish that they're needed when there is "a single term [that] can be associated with more than one topic". I think that the OtherUses template can still be used on all pages that are further identified by article title. However, if you wish to make it a BTW policy and 'correct' the extant usages, I'd have no problem with that.--Rev (talk|contribs) 14:16, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

Reunification War[edit]

Good morning! I finally got around to buying Historical: Reunification War on the weekend, and I sat down to poke through it on Sunday when I finished uploading lost Capellan worlds. I know that this sourcebook is under a moratorium until October based on it's physical publishing date, and I wanted to check if that means I should hold off uploading any map segments until October as well. I know there are still loads of maps from the Handbooks still to upload (I'm working on House Davion ones at the moment, around writing a brief) but there are some nice maps of the Inner Sphere and the Periphery realms after the war within the book, and we don't have any maps on here already from that particular year. BrokenMnemonic 10:01, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

(Sorry to duck in here Rev, but since I can answer) Anything that's in Historical: Reunification War can't be uploaded until the moratorium expires. Map segment, map, table, 'Mech, anything at all.
Now if the same map happens to be in another source that's not in moratorium, you can use the map from the other source.--Mbear 11:17, 22 August 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the (quicker) assist, Mbear. I came here to say the same thing, BM. Sorry. --Rev (talk|contribs) 11:29, 22 August 2011 (UTC)
Oh, no dramas at all. There are plenty of maps for me to finish carving up, colouring and uploading yet! Don't be surprised if you see a raft of maps appearing the day the moratorium expires, though... BrokenMnemonic 11:59, 22 August 2011 (UTC)
Server locks up from file dump shock?--Rev (talk|contribs) 13:54, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Marian Hegemony[edit]

Rev, I just noticed that the changes that were made to the organisation of Marian Hegemony forces last night and reverted because of a lack of citations have thrown up some negative criticism of sarna over on the CBT forum. I've posted giving my point of view, but becuase I've quoted you and I'm not an admin, I realise that could be considered rude or presumptious on my part - if you'd rather I deleted my post, can you let me know? I hope I've not caused any offence. BrokenMnemonic 19:41, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 19:44, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

Infobox Thumbnails[edit]

Rev, I think I found the answer.--Mbear 12:23, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, Mbear.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 15:04, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Question about your signature[edit]


When you sign posts, your username comes up followed by a (talk|Contribs) link. How'd you do that?--Mbear 12:25, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

It's rather easy: in my preferences, on the User profile tab, you can use wiki code in the Signature field. Here's my sample code, pasted right into that field: [[User:Revanche|Revanche]] <sup>([[User_talk:Revanche|talk]]|[[Special:Contributions/Revanche|contribs]])</sup>--Revanche (talk|contribs) 14:49, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Infobox updates[edit]

More infobox goodness--Mbear(talk) 18:14, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Mmmmmm...infoboxes. (I gots nothing.) Thanks!--Revanche (talk|contribs) 18:43, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Pre-Age of War Proto-States[edit]

In my quest to try and make planet categories as accurate and far-reaching as possible, I asked Øystein over in the Ask The Writers forum about the worlds of the Muskegon Empire. Given that descriptions of the Muskegon realm are consistent (7 worlds, first world being Muskegon, next 2 being named, remainder not specified) and the fact that the map for the 2317 founding of the Federated Suns seems to support the text of the Muskegon realm being next to the FedSuns, involved in the negotiations and eventually deciding to join in 2318 as being a particular group of worlds, I thought I had a decent chance of Øystein saying "yeah, you got those worlds right." That was going to be a springboard for asking about the worlds of the Marlette Association next, as they joined the FedSuns later and are mentioned in conflicts with the Chesterton worlds/Tikonov Union. From there I hoped I could ask about getting first the discrepancies between the Chesterton Trade Federation, Chesterton Trade League, Chesterton Trade Worlds, Chesterton Worlds, Chesterton Province of the Tikonov Union/Tikonov Grand Union and Chesterton Commonality nailed down, and then hopefully broaching the subject of the Nanking Collective, Chisholm Protectorate, Chisholm Province and Chisholm Commonality with a view to getting the various member worlds identified and maybe making some funky maps showing the expansion of the Terran Hegemony and the state of the Capellan Zone between the period where the Terran Alliance drew back to 22 LY from Terra and the formation of the Capellan Confederation in 2367. Sadly, Øystein's response is here and indicates that the entire situation is probably a bag of nails that is unlikely to be sorted any time soon. The phrase "drat" seems applicable. Woe is me. BrokenMnemonic 12:00, 25 August 2011 (UTC)

The important thing is that you asked, instead of just concluding that it should be "this way" because it "makes sense" to you that it "should be". Sometimes, we don't get the clear answers we want, but I do feel they missed out on an opportunity to have you assist CGL in figuring it out. However, maybe you could do exactly that and submit it in a point paper. If Øystein was able to take the time to review and proof it, it could become blessed. Completely up to you, and of course, left to the whims of choices of words in their response: "Yes, that seems probable" would be ambigious, "It's up to you" is not. As someone who thinks the pre-'Mech days of CBT have plenty of stories to tell, I'd think it would be an interesting puzzle to solve.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 15:24, 25 August 2011 (UTC)
Hmmm... do you have an example of a previously submitted points paper anywhere that I could refer to? I've already been colouring some maps in... BrokenMnemonic 16:39, 25 August 2011 (UTC)
[laughing] Oh, I've got plenty of point papers I've written, but none I'm allowed to share. (Lil' military humor, there.)
I could be more helpful.
You did a good job of explaining the logic of assigning the worlds of Talcott, Smolensk, Kathil (and maybe Monongahela or Orbisonia) to Muskegon's control in the 2nd paragraph to Øystein. My favorite is: "That does assume that Muskegon worked in a Rimward direction when founding colonies, rather than a radial fashion, which seems reasonable given that...". It works because you also explored other paths and ruled them out: "...given that McHenry was already an established colony when Muskegon was settled and assuming that worlds like Bristol, Wroxeter, Listowell and Sanlec were more likely to be associated with the Marlette Association than colony worlds founded from Muskegon."
That's a logical trail you've built and it can be followed by any one else either interested, knowlegeable or both (as Øystein is).
I take back the suggestion for a point paper: too much effort, little chance it'll be given the attention it deserves and it allows broad swaths to be written off or made ambigious by a simple statement from Above. How about this: what if you presented pieces as you did for Muskegon....nah, never mind. Øystein has already stated that he dreads taking on the other major factions' proto-states.
Last brainstorm: I'll email you this last bit.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 17:42, 25 August 2011 (UTC)


Could you take a look at this? A third opinion would be helpful to tell if I'm being overly worried or not. --Moonsword 15:33, 25 August 2011 (UTC)

I just happened across it and am considering the problem. Thanks.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 15:34, 25 August 2011 (UTC)

Problems with HelpTemplates[edit]

Hi Rev, i've been putting some article up from the Handbook: House Liao. The spacestation template (Help:CreateStationArticle) and Help:CreateSmallCraftArticle will not show crew/passenger listings i entered into them. Is possible to correct these templates since i strongly believe problem coming from them and individual infobox i've setup. Also, if okay, can you update those help templetes with the Bibliography? Thank you. -- Wrangler 19:13, 28 August 2011 (UTC)

It was the help-template you used: it didn't mention 'passengers', which was what the actual template was looking for. I'll fix the help page.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 19:23, 28 August 2011 (UTC)
Okay, the HelpTemplates are fixed. Go back in and use the current terms for each: Crew/Passengers and Passengers respectively.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 19:27, 28 August 2011 (UTC)
I was used listing them crew/passagers as it appears in the entry from the book. Example 9 offiers, 20 Enlisted/Non-Rates, 20 Passengers etc. -- Wrangler 21:20, 28 August 2011 (UTC)
I'm talking about the field names as they were shown on the Help pages. Go review my edits to Stations and you'll see what I mean. I think your needs have been met.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 21:26, 28 August 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. -- Wrangler 22:29, 28 August 2011 (UTC)
Glad to help! --Revanche (talk|contribs) 00:54, 29 August 2011 (UTC)


Looking at this user's first edit, they're either a spammer, or really, really confused. I'm erring on the side of spammer, but I could just be cynical. BrokenMnemonic 11:17, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

I think it may be tied into the two I just blocked. One of those 'created' the account of the other, so this one 'may' be the first, testing our response time. I can't be sure it's not someone 'learning' how to wiki, but page creation is rare as a first act for a legitimate editor. Thanks, man.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 11:20, 30 August 2011 (UTC)
You realise that this means I still haven't managed to perfect the art of making their heads explode over the internet? I don't know where I'm going wrong, I keep trying and trying... BrokenMnemonic 11:27, 30 August 2011 (UTC)
I've really been trying hard to not display my frustration with your lack of progress on that account, too. ;-) --Revanche (talk|contribs) 11:34, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

Can you delete/block/purge with fire Fearlessweaver69 as well, please? They created an account a few hours ago, and are now trying to sell some sort of dodgy hair product or something through the wiki. Doneve's flagged up their advert for deletion, and I've tagged their talk page. Ta! BrokenMnemonic 13:14, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, guys. I'm a bit slower when doing this on my mobile. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 13:44, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

Duchy of Tamarind-Abbey[edit]

Rev - Does this work? Duchy of Tamarind-Abbey ClanWolverine101 03:44, 31 August 2011 (UTC)


Hey, Rev, you may want to call back your nukes. The external site that the new user "Untte" linked to was the MediaWiki site, not exactly spam. The editor had a point, new users often do need help with wiki, but the action was clearly not the correct remedy for the problem. I think the edit may have been well-intentioned, unless you've seen evidence of the same type of editor going rogue elsewhere. --Scaletail 00:46, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

In my gut, I know it was a probe, to see what our reaction would be. However, I've made three prognostications this last week that were in error and I can't find anything that indicates he's a wiki-community problem , so I'll raise the ban. Thanks for keeping the process honest.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 01:56, 1 September 2011 (UTC)
Yup, this drone's a spammer, and has posted a link to some garbage software or other designed to make file-sharing easier. He definitely needs to be added to the "Purge with fire" list. BrokenMnemonic 09:54, 5 September 2011 (UTC)
Zzzappp! My pleasure. :) Frabby 10:17, 5 September 2011 (UTC)
Hmmmph!--Revanche (talk|contribs) 12:41, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

DA Citations[edit]

Hy Rev, i read your talk to Frabby about DA and citations, take a look on the Basalt site, how i handle this, i hope this helps.--Doneve 18:55, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, Doneve; that really does help.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 19:42, 1 September 2011 (UTC)
Pretty good, yes. That's how I'd suggest to tackle the issues, with one important difference: In the "Bibiography" section there should not be a file link; Dark Age: Republic Worlds (3130) is a product like any other PDF-only product too and needs a product page created here on BTW and the Bibliography should link to that article about the file. Much like, say, Lawyers, Guns, & Money which is another free download. Frabby 19:49, 1 September 2011 (UTC)
I agree with this. Maybe I'll take it up.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 20:18, 1 September 2011 (UTC)
You are right Frabby, but you know iam not a fluff writer, i hope any other editor create a product article like Touring the Stars.--Doneve 20:40, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

Phase 0[edit]

Hy Revanche, i finished the PlanetOverhaul Phase 0 tagging today.--Doneve 12:14, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Excellent to hear, Doneve. Take a break; you've earned it.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 15:01, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
I don't need a break Wink.gif.--Doneve 15:08, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

New Job[edit]

Hy Rev, can i stard with extrapolated co-ordintates tagging, and add starsystem and planet templates to articles.--Doneve 15:06, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Not just yet. We're almost done with the Mockup; we'll then start on our first mission. I have an assignment for you there.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 15:20, 3 September 2011 (UTC)
Ok i wait for your response.--Doneve 15:30, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Missing Planets[edit]

I finished adding in all the planets I could see from the four Handbooks that died out during the Succession Wars. I may have missed some, so I'm going to compare BadSyntax co-ordinates file with the entries in our planets category, but the elephant task is now a mouse task. BrokenMnemonic 18:08, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

Mice are so much more fun, too.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 19:56, 6 September 2011 (UTC)
But I bet you get better eating on an elephant. BrokenMnemonic 10:55, 7 September 2011 (UTC)
For a week or two, until the meat goes rancid. I'd rather grow a colony of mice (if limited by these two choices) and have an ample supply of fresh meat.
I'm sorry...I've seem to have lost the metaphor. Can you find it?--Revanche (talk|contribs) 11:01, 7 September 2011 (UTC)
You'd try and eat an entire elephant by yourself, without sharing? What's the point of holding the BBQ if no-one else gets any?
The metaphor's lurking behind the elephant, trying to be inconspicuous. BrokenMnemonic 12:33, 7 September 2011 (UTC)
Touché!--Revanche (talk|contribs) 14:28, 7 September 2011 (UTC)

Project Planets Update[edit]

Hi Rev, welcome back! Smiley.gif I hope you had a good break?

I've not made as much progress as hoped with the planets project, but that's entirely my fault. I've tried to canvas everyone for their opinions on what the final article should look like, but the only people who've been able to respond are myself, S. gage and Doneve. Without yourself or Frabby weighing in, I've not been comfortable making the final call on what the finished template should look like because for me it crosses a line between being bold and being presumptuous. The main differences of opinion are essentially whether or not information should be split between system history and planet history where canon hasn't given us much information beyond changes of affiliation on maps, and the presence of an itemised ownership history. S. gage, Doneve and I have cracked on with getting work done in support of the project, though - a lot of planets now have the extrapolated co-ordinates in, there are a lot of maps now in the resource gallery, and a lot of corrections have been made using information from the Bad Syntax database and questions on the CGL forum, so there's a lot of background work in place already. I'm sorry I've not managed to push the project forward more, but I'm very glad you're back to provide executive direction! BrokenMnemonic 07:27, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

Morning BM. I'm really broken right now after my trip back. I need to review everything you've said and get back up to speed, but I need to get a regular sleep schedule first. I'm sure you did fine; it was a big load to ask you to pick up! --Revanche (talk|contribs) 16:05, 25 September 2011 (UTC)
I hope you're recovering from your trip and managing to actually get some sleep in! It sounds like perhaps you need a holiday...
I had a think about the ownership history dates, and I finally realised what it was that was bugging me about them, and about potentially getting rid of them. Although the dates are described on the current pages as "ownership history", they really aren't. They're simply a set of historical data points, mostly based on maps. There are places where they do reflect ownership history fairly accurately - but in general, those points are dates that've been added as a summary of a narrative drawn from a source. Examples of that would be where people have recorded the specific dates that planets were conquered by the Clans during Revival, or dates I pulled out of the various House Liao books to highlight changes in ownership of worlds traded back and forth between the Tikonov Grand Union, the Mesartim Association and the Federated Suns.
I think if we do away with the dates in list form, we run the risk of encouraging people to write system/planet ownership histories in narrative form during the planets project update that aren't entirely accurate, using the data points that they're removing as the sole source - and most of those data points are simply dates taken from the Inner Sphere Atlas. I find myself suddenly acutely conscious that even with all the maps Doneve and me are producing, we're still only really providing more data points. I don't think we can get away from that, as very few planets have a detailed ownership history in canon.
I think we need to leave a list of dates in the planet/system articles, but I think we should stop referring to it as an ownership history record, because I think that's unintentionally misleading. I'm conscious of the fourth-wall implications here, but I think that we need to keep the dates in, and keep them in a seperate section, named in such a way as to make it explicit that the dates are merely data points, not an exhaustive summary of ownership changes. I think good articles will end up with narrative histories - I'm already finding myself interested in providing more history details for Periphery worlds as a result of re-reading Historical: Reunification War - but I think having a set of data points reflecting system ownership at particular times has a number of uses in it's own right, particularly for areas like playing Inner Sphere in Flames games. I'm increasingly viewing the lists as being more in line with the sections we include on military units regarding their rules on the tabletop than as a part of the narrative history of the planets, but I don't think we'll get a good historical narrative for the planets just from these dates - I think that won't happen until someone exhaustively mines the books for mentions of the various planets and key events - and that the two areas are actually distinct from each other for wiki purposes.
Yes, I have too much time on my hands Wink.gif BrokenMnemonic 09:20, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
Mea culpa. I have been gone too long and the reasons why don't matter as much as the impact its had on the project.
I need to get back into what you've recorded here before I can adequately weigh in. I intend to do so, as a major project at work morphs into self-sufficiency. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 13:33, 4 December 2011 (UTC)
Hi Boss, welcome back :) I hope everything's ok? Doneve and I have carried on working on bits and pieces while you were away. As you can imagine, Doneve's been racking up a few hundred edits a day on all sorts of stuff, although we've both added a chunk of owner history details to a lot of world. I've been working through all of the Reunification War detail in Historical: Reunification War for the Outworlds Alliance, which turned out to be... more than I expected. I've been chatting with Doneve about what to do next on the planets project though - you'll find some of the chatter over on Doneve's talk page, which may be worth checking out. Frabby weighed in, which helped; I'm running a little short on time at the moment (and have hit the list of big articles needed for the OA) which has slowed me down a lot, but I'm hoping I'll be able to get a head start on planets later this month. BrokenMnemonic 08:34, 5 December 2011 (UTC)


Just a heads up rev, I don't think I'm going to be able to get the rewrite on the battlemech tech "essay" done before october 1 - I'll save it and edit it offline. RL issues. --Pht 00:10, 28 September 2011 (UTC)


Hy Revanche, i finished the last planets tagging Phase 2 is done, i work in next to update the owner history and add system and planetary infoboxes.--Doneve 15:54, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

Hey, Doneve. Copy all. I need to get into everything that has occurred, including BM's above debrief, to understand what needs to be done. I've been gone way too long.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 13:21, 4 December 2011 (UTC)

Battlemech Tech page[edit]

Revanche, I think I've managed to get the Essay: BattleMech Technology cleaned up enough to be put into the wiki proper. Let me know if you or one of the other guys catch anything else that needs revision in order for it to "fit" the wiki.

I've been noodling over whether it would be appropriate to merge it with the current BattleMech page and I don't think that would work very cleanly, as my work is more aimed at not just dry technical information but rather at how the battlemech's systems/technologies are setup and how they interact with each other and the MechWarrior in order to make the 'Mech work.

I'm thinking maybe move it into the Category:BattleMechs page and give it a new page under the subcategories titled "BattleMech Technology, Systems & Operation" Or something in that vein... Or/also link it from the BattleTechWiki:BattleMech Portal, possibly?--Pht 23:58, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

Pht, good job at cleaning up a tremendously informative article. I could conceivably see this becoming a standard article vice an essay, once it is properly supported with references.
I agree with you that it should not be merged with the BattleMech article; there is too much information here that deals solely with a specific aspect of 'Mechs, so that it deserves its own article. Instead, I created a see also link within that article, to direct readers to this essay.
I think where it is located is best, for now. Category:BattleMechs is solely for articles about 'Mechs and as an essay, it is now both properly categorized as such and at least one link within an article points back to its page. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 13:16, 4 December 2011 (UTC)

Wiki Standard[edit]

Hy Rev, nice to have you back, i hope you can help me, i had a heat discussion with Neuling, you can read this on the Wiki admin page, i am to tired to cleanup or fix his contributions, he is a good contributor and is with us for a long time, but don't follow any policy or wiki standard's, i hope you can talk to him, i know he is a german native and iam to, but i think a admin can better provide my standpoint, i hope you can help me, i follow at this time my own projects Planet Overhaul, Communications System cleanup and so on, but i don't want to se mess up our wiki references standard, thanks.--Doneve 21:20, 4 December 2011 (UTC)

I must respectfully agree with Doneve's assessment. I appreciate Neuling's enthusiasm, but I do wish he would make an effort to conform to the standards we are trying to uphold rather than simply throwing material up. ClanWolverine101 23:01, 4 December 2011 (UTC)
Hy CW thanks to involve and give a statement.
Hy Rev again ;), i want to create a WikiProject Manufacturing Center policy, i think you can help me, and give me some helpfull steps to do this, i was very apriciated you can help me to do this on your spare time.--Doneve 23:31, 4 December 2011 (UTC)
No problem. Can you link me to your talk on the Admin page? Thanks! ClanWolverine101 01:11, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
Doneve, since CW101 is willing to help on the Manufacturing Center project, I wish to defer to him at this moment. Please, either of you, call me if you need an admin assist.
As for Neuling, what I think is needed is some direct native language discussion. Doneve, please approach Frabby with this issue and see if he can provide that direct guidance you seek. Thanks.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 02:42, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
Doneve - Where should we start? ClanWolverine101 04:03, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
CW her is the link BattleTechWiki:Administrators#Deletion of Manufacturer subsection from the discussion, and thanks so much that you want to help me, for bring up a Manufacturing Center Policy, i think we can stard in the next days.--Doneve 07:05, 5 December 2011 (UTC)

Copyright Issue[edit]

Rev - Please take a look at Academy - overview, and its accompanying talk page. Thanks. ClanWolverine101 08:59, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

I understand the difficults with the current form. I think I find a good solution. I will rework one example, name it to you and you give your opinion back to me if it meets the standards. Neuling 19:52, 6 December 2011 (UTC)
I had changed the Capellan War College as an example how can it be changed. Neuling 21:54, 6 December 2011 (UTC)
Neuling, that is definitely moving in the right direction. Of course, the notes section (ex: "Is it mention that all recruts must under go 1 year of basic training - Classic Battletech Companion p.47") must be incorporated into the references, as the narrative must remain in-character. Also, due to the language difficulties, I would recommend finding an editor to follow behind you, to ensure the flow of the narrative is understandable. I'd like to suggest you contact ClanWolverine101 to see if he'd be willing to assist you in this.
Also, a better name is suited for the article, but at this time I think the focus should be on the article itself.
Again, thanks for showing the due diligence. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 02:17, 7 December 2011 (UTC)

MUL Question[edit]

Holla Rev, can i use the [7] site, to add introducing dates to the year pages, we have a lack of some introduction dates and introduced variants around the BattleMech, Vehicles, ect. section, i want to add at first the data to the approviated article and then to the year page, can i use this as a reference.--Doneve 22:28, 7 December 2011 (UTC)

Hey, Doneve! Good news: the MUL is indeed a canon source. Just be sure to reference it. I'll add it to the appropriate policy here, hopwfully with an example reference.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 22:50, 7 December 2011 (UTC)
I provide you a example on next day, iam a little bit tired from work, reall live is busy.--Doneve 23:01, 7 December 2011 (UTC)
The MUL does have an article here. Just use that article as a reference; do not link to the actual MUL site. Frabby 10:19, 8 December 2011 (UTC)
Ok, but the problem is i can't found introduction dates in the pdf, only on the MUL site, but ok the article site have a linke to the MUL site.--Doneve 13:52, 8 December 2011 (UTC)
Doneve, I created an example reference for the AGS-8DX on the Argus article. The MUL is also in the biblio section.--Revanche (talk|contribs) 15:13, 8 December 2011 (UTC)
Yeah i se it, i expand the ref. note by the page number, thanks.--Doneve 15:17, 8 December 2011 (UTC)
Ok, I guess I was unclear. My link specifically refers to the online MUL, not the (increasingly outdated) PDF. The online one does not have page numbers and since that is what my reference is to (per the biblio), the page number is misleading. --Revanche (talk|contribs) 15:29, 8 December 2011 (UTC)
D'oh you are right, i undo my revision, and i think it works when you take a look on the Argus 'Mech page, and the year page.--Doneve 15:42, 8 December 2011 (UTC)

Simonson's Cutthroats[edit]

Hey Rev - I rewrote Simonson's Cutthroats, and wanted your feedback. Thanks. ClanWolverine101 03:42, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

CW, good work (as usual). Reads very well, it's well researched and cited, and you've 'gapped' the missing periods of time with a flowing narrative that acknowledges when they were not tracked with well-reasoned supposition.
Instead of blowing your horn, these are the things I corrected and which I think you could do to re-set your bar of excellence:
  1. Capitalization: BattleMechs & 'Mechs (rather than battlemechs and 'mechs)
  2. Precise citations: you can help a reader find the noted fact better by providing more detail on where it can be found thru using the closest sub-section title as possible. If you look at my edits, you'll see I went thru each of your references and found exactly where you took that information from and honed in by adding section titles to the citation.
Again, you made my research easy by your consistent citations and you've added yet another article by which others can use as a baseline. Thanks!--Revanche (talk|contribs) 16:29, 12 December 2011 (UTC)
I think I understand. I usually avoid doing that, simply because with most of my articles (and my style) a paragraph might take pieces of information from multiple sources to put a cohesive picture together. It may also take small pieces of info multiple times from the same page. This makes it tricky sometimes to be as specific as you've outlined, but I will endeavor to conform. Thanks! ClanWolverine101 22:59, 12 December 2011 (UTC)
My response would be do as you think best clarifies the information. If you think providing more than just the pages would lead to confusion, then feel free to leave it out. In the end, I wrote that as the last 2% for otherwise 98% results. Your articles are far from suffering from missing information!--Revanche (talk|contribs) 23:05, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

Login problem[edit]

Hy Rev, i have a Login problem, when i go to the login page and type my passwort, i become a error page thate the MediaWiki is updated, i can only by ip login (Doneve), can you help me, i think it's the new wikimedia updated by Nic last night, thanks.-- 11:57, 16 December 2011 (PST)

Year Pages[edit]

Hy Rev take a look on 3011 all year pages there use the template have an error on the left bar, an "l" is showing, i think Nics update was the problem.--Doneve 07:37, 17 December 2011 (PST)

Sorry, Doneve, I'm not seeing a problem with the 3011 page. -Revanche (talk|contribs) 07:53, 17 December 2011 (PST)
Ok i upload this screen shot image, please delete when you have show it, that explain what i mean
File:TestDoneve.jpg.--Doneve 08:00, 17 December 2011 (PST)
I see your picture and I see the bug you're reporting. However, I don't get that in my Firefox nor my IE browsers. Please add that to Nic's error report. (I'm not erasing the pic, so that you can show him.)--Revanche (talk|contribs) 09:23, 17 December 2011 (PST)