User talk:Jalexander

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Mardetanha 15:36, 12 November 2010 (UTC)


Can you explain why you're using hardcoded styles instead of using a template, why you're calling the header template twice, why the style section mixes spaces and tabs, and why it's using tabs at all? I was under the impression that the reasons to not do all of these things was discussed weeks ago. Now I'm discovering that you've seemingly completely disregarded everything you were supposed to learn and have made a large mess. I'm lost. --MZMcBride 19:59, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

That particular style was designed by Kaldari (including the hard code and the extra header call) In creating new vesions i have been copying because it has been easiest for me. As we have started to settle on that style for the US cleaning up the code into a template is not illegitimate and your concerns are obviously valid however to say that I am 'disregarding everything you were supposed to learn' is neither fair or correct. If you have concerns please say them, and you are right the code should be cleaned up at this point, I had, however, not placed it as a high priority given the amount of work that has to be done and the fact that I will be out most of next week for surgery. To be honest I believe that was the right decision.
Also, in the future PLEASE do not change live pages if they are working. A mess that works is far better then a cleaner page that accidentally has a stray tag or comma breaking a live donation page. I do not expect that you would generally cause such errors but at this point I would like to err on the side of safety. Jalexander 20:16, 3 December 2010 (UTC)
We had a conversation with the intent of specifically avoiding spreading out code to various individual pages rather than keeping it centralized. We had a conversation about not using tabs in browser textareas. We didn't have a conversation about not calling the same template twice, though I think that's fairly obvious. It's your account in the page history, so only your account can be responsible for the edits it makes. Not Kaldari or anyone else.
You can complain about editing live pages when there's (a) some indication that they're live; (b) when the code isn't so horrible that I stop lazing to fix it; and (c) when I break something. Erring on the side of safety would mean checking this code before putting it live. Erring on the side of safety would mean putting safety checks in place, like templates. Erring on the side of safety would not be putting badly written code live and hoping it all works out and that nobody notices. --MZMcBride 20:26, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

Assorted fundraising comments and questions

The fixed Sue banners look much better. :-) --MZMcBride 20:40, 11 December 2010 (UTC)

Talk:Monthly_donations/en? --MZMcBride 20:03, 16 December 2010 (UTC)

Responded and done, thanks Jalexander 20:10, 16 December 2010 (UTC)


Does "GC" stand for something? If so, the full term (in CamelCase, if you prefer) should be used. (I googled "GC payment system" but didn't see anything off-hand.) --MZMcBride 03:04, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Sorry, GC is Global Collect a new payment system we're trying out because of a lot of added payment options. The GC.css is a page they can call to allow us to change the view of pages that are hosted by them and was probably not the best choice in names (I was in a hurry and wanted a spot to store it for now). This specific url is going to be fairly temporary (we'll probably move it to another server eventually) and changing the name requires them to update it on their side which takes a while. Because of that I'd rather not rename it for now but I'll clarify the name on the page for others who see it like you did. Jalexander 20:51, 7 September 2011 (UTC)
Oh, sorry. I didn't fully read your comment until I moved the page and deleted the redirect. I'm not sure it can break much, though, as it didn't/doesn't contain any directives. --MZMcBride 22:12, 7 September 2011 (UTC)
No worries, I'll use it as a test to see how quickly they can change it in their system rather then revert. It's auto imported into their form which is why I was trying to keep it the same but C'est la vie :) Jalexander 22:50, 7 September 2011 (UTC)


Any objection to moving the page to English Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout? It matches the blog title a bit better (and uses sentence case). --MZMcBride 02:29, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

Aye, I moved it as well but that's a better name feel free. Jalexander 02:31, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

Old page protections

Hi. You have some old page protections here (from November 2010):

Is full page protection still needed for all of these pages? --MZMcBride (talk) 22:49, 19 April 2012 (UTC)

Nope, I'm fine with all of those being unprotected now. Thanks! Jalexander (talk) 23:08, 19 April 2012 (UTC)
Sweet, done! :-) Thanks for the speedy reply. Special:ProtectedPages grows shorter and shorter; whee. --MZMcBride (talk) 23:11, 19 April 2012 (UTC)

Proposed deletions

Hi. I'm working on cleaning up this wiki a bit. I've proposed the following pages for deletion. I'm notifying you as you're listed in the page history. Without objection, the pages listed below will be deleted in about a month. Thanks for all of your work here. --MZMcBride (talk) 21:37, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

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