User talk:XZise/Archives/2014/07

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"Product description" with Template:description

We'd mulled earlier on my talk page about how to consistently format the in-game textual descriptions that accompany each part. To recap, yes just “Description” is too ambiguous for a section title. The problem with “Manufacturer's description” is that many of these are clearly not what the manufacturer themselves would say about their product; the voice is much closer to being a narrator. Though sometimes, it is what they'd say.

I think I've hit on a great solution to cover both voices − it's basically this topic title. Title the section “Product description” − it is the description accompanying the part, but “Part description” sounds awkward. Also, the description template I created a while back deliberately doesn't include a "who said it" field. Saves complication, especially if they change Rokea's name again. --Brendan (talk) 02:05, 31 July 2014 (CDT)

About the section title: Great idea, I love it! And I can see two options about {{Description}}:
  • Make the author parameter optional (so both are then basically the same)
  • Add a manufacturer parameter which does then (more or less) the same as {{Infobox/Part}}
xZise [talk] 06:41, 31 July 2014 (CDT)
Of course adding the agency to the agency descriptions is superfluous, so making the author always optional should be available at least. — xZise [talk] 06:58, 31 July 2014 (CDT)
Haha, the author is already optional. And now also manufacturers work. — xZise [talk] 09:49, 31 July 2014 (CDT)
I never noticed that author was optional in {{Quote}}. I'll pretend it wasn't at the time I made {{Description}}... But it's easier to teach people they can leave author off than learn a new template name. And you've patched in Manufacturer to it. So all that's left is automating revisions to all those agencies/manufacturers' pages I churned through! ...You can automate that, right?? --Brendan (talk) 11:17, 31 July 2014 (CDT)
About automatation: What is the result you are hoping for? Remove the author for all parts and agencies (including manufacturers) and change the template name to Quote (if not done already)? This is pretty much doable but it will take some time for the script (so don't expect that it'll fixes everything today; I mean apart from the confirmation from you).
And I guess I backported your “no author” option, as I added that feature a few hours after you created description, so your original intentions were justified. (Hmmm this might sound awkward…) Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that you are actively improving this wiki. — xZise [talk] 15:11, 31 July 2014 (CDT)