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How do I upload a screenshot? -- Asgar 12:07, 31 July 2011 (CDT)

Use Special:Upload to upload the file. Please choose a meaningful file name and describe the picture. It'd be nice to know what version of KSP you used. Lastly, add {{Copyright by Squad}} to indicate the rights. --Asgar 12:07, 31 July 2011 (CDT)
Fixed template referral. This page will be archived about once per month. -- N3X15 (C · T · E) 06:36, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

What do I do if a thumbnail is not rendering?

I am trying to upload an image to the wiki, but it has failed to create the thumbnail four times, so I cannot make it visible when posting it to an article. This is the image in question: File:KerbinTopographyFull.jpeg

What can I do to get the thumbnail to render? -- MattWBradbury 20:21, 27 June 2013 (PST)

You could try taking your original file (I assume that you exported this from a SVG file or similar) and export it to another format, like PNG. You might also consider either to use a higher resolution or to resize the longitude and latitude markers, as they are currently not readable.
Another thing about the map: first of all, good job, the map is quite awesome. I also noticed a smiley face in the southwest ocean. Considering that it appears on both the Mercator and polar projections, I assume that it is not a joke/easter egg that you inserted. If it is, please remove it, otherwise people might try to search for it... --dgelessus (talk · logs) 09:01, 28 June 2013 (CDT)
I'm wondering why there is no explanation given :(. And if you have the original file: How large (in bytes) is it coded in png? The artifacts around the text are kind of awful. — xZise [talk] 15:34, 28 June 2013 (CDT)

KSP help

I need help becouse KERBAL SPACE PROGRAM

i need begginerr tips and How to make spacestations Please Help me im only 11 and other people are way more better I know a 8yr old whos alot better than me. :( — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cameron (talkcontribs)

Hi Cameron, you would get more replies if you posted your question in the KSP forum. They have a Gameplay Questions and Tutorials section. I don't have a space station myself (I might be older than your dad) so I'm not sure which is the best tip for beginners. It's fun to find out things in KSP though. --Kerbin Dallas Multipass (talk) 22:20, 30 August 2013 (CDT)
Hi, first of all welcome to the KSP wiki. But unfortunately this page isn't about helping with KSP instead about helping with the KSP wiki. But a few notes about your question: First of all bringing a spacestation into orbit is like anything else. You can do it like the Skylab by the NASA in one go, or like the MIR or ISS with multiple starts and then docking them together. And about that this wiki can help: Docking explains how to do that. But like the poster before me said: For questions on how to play KSP ask in the forum. (And rocket science can be hard, I guess the 8 year old also need a lot of practice) — xZise [talk] 03:08, 31 August 2013 (CDT)

Something needs fixing

There's a {{{1}}} thing under "Fuselages (Jet Fuel Tanks)" on the Parts page. It's part of a template and I don't know how to fix it. Ilkcs (talk) 18:16, 2 December 2013 (CST)

Hi, somebody only add a German note that jet fuel and liquid fuel are the same. I added an English version about that. Although I'm not sure if it should be noted there. I mean there is already a note on liquid fuel (and jet fuel redirects to it). — xZise [talk] 04:26, 3 December 2013 (CST)

Template:About translation

I plan to translate the article Stability Augmentation System to the German language. How do I make the About-template appear in German? --Snocker15 (talk) 07:25, 8 February 2014 (CST)

There are various ways to translate a template. And I'm not sure which one is the best. One way would be to use a {{lang}} block like in {{Stub}}, which I added. More information can also be found on Project:Translation#Templates. — xZise [talk] 12:23, 8 February 2014 (CST)

Custom CSS

I created a common.css file like on other MediaWiki powered sites, but it doesn't seem to work. Are custom CSS files not allowed on this wiki or have I made a mistake? --Snocker15 (talk) 07:28, 22 February 2014 (CST)

visible but ignored by the links

How can I make a short text vissible for reading but ignored by the links?

For example:

in text something like this:

ape ???aka monkey [primal]???

if reading:

ape aka monkey [primal]

but the link animal#ape works, and point on it ignoring ???aka monkey[primal]??? — Preceding unsigned comment added by NWM (talkcontribs) 15:55, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi, I'm not sure what you want to do so I have to guess: Do you want to link to a page (e.g. Kerbal Space Center) but showing another text (e.g. KSC)? This is possible with the pipe (“|”) char: [[Kerbal Space Center|KSC]]. It will link to the text left to the pipe and show the text to the right: KSC. Of course I know there is a redirect from KSC to Kerbal Space Center, but this is simply an example of pages that work. Maybe the English Wikipedia can help you on Help:Link. — xZise [talk] 15:46, 2 April 2014 (CDT)

Thanx Xzise - I meaned, that in names I want to give synonymes and the english word of the name of the sections. I try to make it more easy to use for that kind of user never met in (my case hungarian) word of "pályahajlás" but in the game meet english word of "inclination". I want to help to put it together by making the wiki a bit more synonyme and english-hungarian dictionary, but it undermines the linking system. Thanx for the link, I think anchoring will solve my dilemma of easy linking and informative section names. — Preceding unsigned comment added by NWM (talkcontribs) 15:50, 3 April 2014‎

-Ouch! There is no template "anchor" in this wiki. -Has the kerbalwiki anything similar to Wikipedia's anchor template?— Preceding unsigned comment added by NWM (talkcontribs) 17:36, 3 April 2014‎ (UTC)

Hi, usually you only need the anchor template, when you are not linking to a section (which is basically ==…==) and you can use HTML directly: <span id="ANCHOR"></span>. You simply replace ANCHOR with your anchoring target. Now I got two examples here. When you want to link to the topography of Kerbin use Kerbin#Topography. There is no need for an manual anchor. On Terminology we are already using anchors so that Terminology#ap does get you to the apsis explanation. You need to look into the page's code to see the spans there. Of course you can use the pipe to hide the link target: Kerbin's topographyxZise [talk] 13:01, 3 April 2014 (CDT)

about stock parts

Is it possible to add in the description of stock parts their length? This cool make easier creation of complrx crafts Stormlion.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Stormlion (talkcontribs) 13:14, 10 April 2014‎

Problem is to get the exact heights (I guess that's what you are talking about). — xZise [talk] 08:46, 10 April 2014 (CDT)
Getting effective heights of parts with upper and lower nodes is easy enough (They can be read out of the part.cfg files). For other parts, it would probably require some modeling expertise. On a related note, how is 0.23.5 getting those effective diameters in the VAB/SPH popup menus? UmbralRaptor (talk) 20:03, 10 April 2014 (CDT)