User talk:Griffysboy

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We look forward to editing with you, so pull down your restraint and enjoy the ride! Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 16:41, 8 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hello, thanks for your edits so far. Just a couple things, firstly there is no need to add multiple links to the same place in an article. I used to try and link every word, but I now generally agree with the Wikipedia guideline here that it is best to use links more sparelingly. The other thing, please don't remove the templates from "foot" and "feet" values as you did here, these are there to allow the units to be converted to metric. There is a dropdown menu at the bottom of infoboxes which lets you change the units between metric/imperial. Hope this helps. Best wishes Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 09:31, 10 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Got it! A quick question, are you the YouTuber? Griffysboy (talk) 13:11, 10 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hmm I am not, which YouTuber were you thinking of? I don't make any videos! Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 19:35, 10 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Sorry, I didn't see your messages about the roughness until now. Do you, by chance. own Coasterpedia? Griffysboy (talk) 21:53, 2 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's okay. I am the one who pays for and maintains the website, but like Wikipedia the content here is Creative Commons so I don't own it as such. I am a admin and make a lot of decisions about how pages look, but a lot of things are also decided as a community. A lot of discussion happens on the Discord channel so if you want to keep up to date, I recommend joining it. Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 22:33, 2 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
On Shockwave (King's Dominion), I added a citation as to why spare parts were not easy to find, that way it's not a speculation anymore. Griffysboy (talk) 17:04, 8 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks, sorted! That was exactly the sort of thing we are looking for. Best wishes Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 20:06, 8 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
How can I customize my user page? I.E. number of roller coasters i've ridden, this user likes to... this user has... Griffysboy (talk) 22:06, 13 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Okay so you can edit it like any other page, just click on your name here and you should be able to edit. Take a look at Coasterpedia:Userboxes, these are the boxes folks add. Help:Templates explains how to add a template (Userboxes are just templates) to your page. Hope that makes sense! Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 22:53, 13 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Was the image you inserted on Lightning (Kuwait) your own work? I was going to insert an image there too, but it wasn't my own work, and I wasn't sure what would happen if I inserted it. If an image isn't my own work, then can I insert any image I want as long as I check off that box saying "this is my own work"? Griffysboy (talk) 22:34, 26 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hello, it isn't my own work, I found it on Flickr under a Creative Commons license. The upload tool within the editor is only for pictures you took yourself. For pictures you didn't take, please follow the instructions at Special:UploadWizard. They need to be under a Creative Commons license, otherwise we are not allowed to reuse them. Hope this helps, let me know if you have any problems and I'll try my best to sort it for you. Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 23:45, 26 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is a setting on Flickr for searching Creative Commons images, and all images on Wikimedia Commons are free to use, just make sure you add a link pointing to the page you took it from. Thanks! Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 23:46, 26 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

YouTube videos as sources

Hi again, I have to be honest here, information on the roughness of a ride is really not what we're looking for. Take the video on Tornado that you added. It's not really a suitable reference for an encyclopedia (like Wikipedia, we're going for an encyclopedic style) with the clickbaity title (who says Tornado is the worst? given the lack of footage from the Youtuber themselves, I doubt they've ridden it) and it's just repeating what can already be found on the internet. The quotes from Richard Bannister are published on his website, for example. Even though I've ridden Tornado and it was really bad, that's just my opinion on it, it's not a fact. Opinions don't belong on Coasterpedia, only facts please. Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 23:59, 2 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I will fix it. Should I replace the link with Richard's website and change the words? Griffysboy (talk) 00:24, 3 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
No, I think it would be better off without his words. It's just his opinion, I could set up a website today and talk about how much I love Tornado, and then we'd be stuck with two conflicting views. Which one of us is correct? It's best to keep to the facts... the corkscrew was removed. The trains have over-the-shoulder restraints. The coaster was removed in 2020. etc. Stuff like headbanging, roughness, and words like lambasted just don't belong in an encyclopedic article. Sorry, I know I'm coming across as really picky here, but if folks are going to trust Coasterpedia and take us seriously, we must stick to actual facts and avoid our (or anyone else's) opinons. Best wishes Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 00:53, 3 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
When I insert the imperial/metric footers, the foot part works fine, but when I change the units to metric, instead of "a 66 meter impulse coaster", it says a "66 meters impulse coaster". How do I solve this? Griffysboy (talk) 01:31, 4 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ah, I know what you mean. It's just a bug to be honest, I don't think there's a fix for it just now. I may work on changing it in the future though. Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 01:43, 4 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Is this image acceptable to use for the SLC page? its on Flickr, but I wanted to double check. Griffysboy (talk) 22:30, 7 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Unfortunately not, because it is copyrighted. You need an image like this one which is under Creative Commons (look below the image to the right) Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 22:51, 7 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh. So if it says "some rights reserved", then I can use it? Griffysboy (talk) 23:00, 7 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Can you please insert this image on Riddler Revenge (new England)? I need to get it into the photo gallery, but it just randomly puts it at the bottom. I can't move it around, either. Griffysboy (talk) 19:21, 8 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Sure, this is how you do it in source code mode. In Visual mode, you click on the gallery, click Edit, then in the window that pops up there is a button for Add new image. Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 20:06, 8 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks, this helps Griffysboy (talk) 20:58, 8 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
How do I insert an image on a page where there is no gallery? It just puts the image in the bottom right corner under the infobox. I added an image on Wacky Soap Box Racers, can you please insert the image like on Riddler Revenge, where you gave credit and whatnot? Griffysboy (talk) 00:30, 12 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Done, in VisualEditor you need to click on the infobox and click edit, then there is a box for the image. Type in the image name. You can add a caption too. If the caption box isn't there already, scroll to the bottom, click "add more information", and type "caption" in the box. You should be able to select the caption parameter, and then type in the caption in the box. Let me know if this makes sense!
PS: Rather than write here, if you want to ask someone something it is better to leave a message on their talk page. I will reply to you over there, and you'll get a notification in the top bar to let you know. Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 22:50, 12 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi just to let you know I replied on my talk page. Surprisingly I don't think replying on my page gives you a notification, so I'm writing this message instead. Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 20:32, 24 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I think the problem is fixed now Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 21:39, 25 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks, do you know what the issue was? Griffysboy (talk) 21:41, 25 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yep, took a moment but I figured it out. When I updated the MediaWiki software it broke the Refreshed (default) skin so I also had to update that. The updated skin changed the names of the HTML elements that make up the website including one which the units convert code used. So it was just a case of updating the unit switch code to match the new name. Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 23:35, 25 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Type vs product

Hello just a heads up, the "type" in the tables generally refers to a general type, or in some cases, a product that is like no other. The Giant Inverted Boomerang product can be classed under the inverted and the shuttle types, so that is what is listed in the table. We have Coasterpedia:Guide to coaster types and Coasterpedia:Guide to ride types that attempt to list these, though they aren't finished. Hope this helps! Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 13:54, 26 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Also, we have the standard format for data tables. Any changes will need to be discussed and should be implemented across the whole wiki, to keep a consistent look. I reverted your edit to Legoland California. I don't think adding stats to the tables would work, because where do you stop? You could also add inversions, drop height, length, etc, and then we'll have really big hard to maintain tables. For these tables personally I think keeping it simple is best. Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 20:52, 26 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks, what is the standard table layout then? Because some tables do include height, drop height, inversions, etc. Griffysboy (talk) 21:22, 26 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

G-Force descriptions

Hello, I replied to your message over on my talk page. Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 22:04, 22 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Style guidelines: Captions and galleries

In the hope of making the website consistent across all articles, I added a section on captions to the Manual of Style. Basically, avoid periods unless there are multiple sentences in the caption. We were also talking about a consistent header for image galleries. We could have "Images", "Image gallery", "Photos", "Photo gallery", or just "Gallery". Personally I prefer to avoid using "Photo" as some pictures are postcards or diagrams, and not actual photos. Let me know if you have any thoughts or you can share them at Coasterpedia talk:Manual of Style or on the Discord. Merry Christmas! Lachlan (Talk | contribs) 22:17, 22 December 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]