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I'm not really sure who I am addressing this to... anyone, I guess, but is anyone good to change the featured article at any time? I think I know how and Goliath has been up a long time. I think it's a cool addition to the site, but maybe we could rotate it more. Do we have to have a different picture? Anything else I/we need to know before changing it? --Matt 12 November 2007

Yes there is. Matt, you may know this already, but I'm addressing this to anybody who wants to make a Feature in the future.
Currently, the text and picture in the Feature box is transcluded from GargWiki:Feature-01. If you want to create a new Feature box, create it at GargWiki:Feature-02, and we get to keep the Goliath version. Only one Feature will be up on the Main Page at any time. Eventually, if we get at least 12 different Features, then we can actually rotate it automatically on a monthly basis. If we want to, that is.
But by all means, please make a new one. In fact, anyone who wants to write one can do so.
I don't think you need to use a picture that is not in the article. In fact, it's probably preferable to use one that is in the target article. I just prefered that picture of Goliath over all the other pictures of Goliath we happened to have. -- Supermorff 12:49, 13 November 2007 (CST)
I'm not sure if I did this correctly. Its strange, when I first come to the site, the Goliath feature is showing, but if I refresh or go elsewhere on the site and come back the Eyrie Building feature is showing. Someone want to let me know whats up? --Matt 17 November 2007
I'm sure the site just needs a little time to update. It's working fine for me now. (Incidentally, do you know you can add a signature and a date just by typing four tildes, like this: ~~~~ ?) -- Supermorff 04:20, 18 November 2007 (CST)
No, I didn't know that. Let me try. Matt 07:35, 18 November 2007 (CST)

More Featured Articles

Well, We now have our third feature article up and running. I thought the Phoenix Gate would be be a good one due to the upcoming issue "The Gate". I also want to mix it up a bit and have lots of different things as the Feature. We've now had a person, a place and a thing. I'm thinking in the next few weeks I'll make several more, and then we can start rotating them weekly or something. I think the next Featured Articel I'll make will be "The Mirror". After that I'm not sure, but I have a couple ideas: Brentwood, Greg Weisman, Fox, "Future Tense", Maggie the Cat, Dingo, the Praying Gargoyle, Thom Adcox, New Olympus and Gathering of the Gargoyles are also things I've thought of doing. Anyone else have any suggestions? From here on out I think I'll make one every Saturday for a while. -- Matt 11:44, 9 February 2008 (CST)

If you can make 12 in total, then we can get them to rotate automatically every month. Just a suggestion. Make 31, and we can get them to rotate daily. -- Supermorff 06:33, 10 February 2008 (CST)
Oh, and I forgot to say: nice work of Feature-03. It looks good. -- Supermorff 06:49, 10 February 2008 (CST)
Thanks man. I'll keep rotating them out on my own until we hit GargWiki:Feature-31 and then we'll put it on a daily rotation. Give me some time on that, and of course, I'll need nominations for pages. Anyway, "The Mirror" is definitly next. -- Matt 09:31, 10 February 2008 (CST)
As you can see, I'm hard at work making lots of new feature pages and hope to have 31 by mid-May. Supermorff, do you know how to implement the automatic cycling when I'm finished? Does anybody else have any nominations? I still have several ideas at least, but if there is something you think would make a good feature, let me know. -- Matt 18:00, 22 April 2008 (CDT)
Hopefully, you should be able to use {{CURRENTMONTH}} for a number between 1 and 12, changed monthly, and {{CURRENTDAY}} for a number between 1 and 31, changed daily. What you want to do, then, is put the required function into the template instead of a number (so, in GargWiki:Feature, you'd use {{GargWiki:Feature-{{CURRENTMONTH}}}}, for example). Fingers crossed for it to work, because it's possible we don't have software recent enough to cope with it. -- Supermorff 12:23, 25 April 2008 (CDT)

Good News

Alright, Supermorff's little code works, so we now have a rotating daily featured article!!! I have the pages up and ready for the last five articles (26-31) and have the pics uploaded for them. I'll try to finish this project today. Sweet! -- Matt 11:07, 26 October 2008 (CDT)

Well. Sorta. We've long had problems with the Featured Articles on the Main Page updating... and it seems we still do. If I go to the Main Page and change nothing but save it, it reboots with the CURRENTDAY article, but apparently it won't reboot on its own. So, until we figure out a solution to this problem (which might require updating the Wiki's software) I will simply manually change the Featured Article every day. This isn't really a big deal since I'm on this site every day anyway, but I hope it is only a temporary solution. Of course, first I need to finish up the last few articles... -- Matt 18:48, 27 October 2008 (CDT)

This news is getting less good all the time. So, I've hit another couple weird issues. My friend who uses a Mac has no problem seeing the automatic changes. Apparently, it totally works for him. But I'm on my oridnary windows PC and it doesn't seem to want to update for me. So, I have no problem updating it manually. But I hit another problem. The 14 code wants to find Day 1, no Day 01... That won't work, but I think I can redirect Day 1 to Day 01 without too much of an issue. Of course, I've done that and the site is still giving me trouble. Hmmph. Well, we'll see what happens. -- Matt 10:32, 1 November 2008 (CDT)

Hang on, I'm sure there's a code that'll give 01 instead of just 1. I'll check. -- Supermorff 14:36, 1 November 2008 (CDT)
Try CURRENTDAY2. In fact, I'll try it. Here: 14. -- Supermorff 14:37, 1 November 2008 (CDT)
Dang, that won't work. Apparently to use CURRENTDAY2 we need to be on MediaWiki version 1.6 or higher, and we're on 1.5.1. Still, this isn't a huge problem. Let's just move the features to Feature-1, Feature-2, etc. Wouldn't that be the easy thing? -- Supermorff 14:40, 1 November 2008 (CDT)

Featured Articles

Just for record keeping and my own purposes here is a list of what we've done so far. Later this list should help simplify matters should we wish to re-order or replace some of these articles.