Voting is the best way to let your voice be heard on how the Phineas and Ferb Wiki is run. We always seem to be having some sort of discussion that needs your input. There are some big issues and some small issues, but they are all important.
The biggest issue that we are currently voting on is a new administrator. With Ardi currently inactive, we have decided to nominate another user to help us out. Our nominee under consideration is Ryan Stoppable. You may know him from his informative Numbers Game blogs. He's been one of our best behind-the-scenes users. His edit count may not be over-inflated by blog comments like some other users, but we see him nearly every day in our chat room and he is quite helpful and responsible. I encourage you to go and vote on our nominee.
We also have policies that are being discussed. These are the rules that we are going to start enforcing soon. Typically, our admin team will create the rule/policy and post it to the candidate listings page to try and figure out how you, the public, feels about our decision. This is your chance to discuss things like our Blogs policy that went into effect earlier this year before it's already trying to be enforced.
These issues are also listed to the left of this column in every issue of the Tri-State Gazette. To find out what is being discussed in our community, all you have to do is turn your head slightly and you'll see. We know you have opinions. Most of you have no problem weighing in on things like shipping pairings and the outcome of award ceremonies, but we typically see little participation in these very important discussions.
To be honest, we, as an admin team, are getting frustrated by not getting more help and input from all of you. We are doing our best to make this a fair and democratic community, but when the voter turnout is so low, it's hard to say we're truly representing all of our users. Make your voice heard on important topics, not just on your favorite blog, and don't forget to vote
The Phineas and Ferb Wiki wishes everyone a happy and safe July 4th.
We are poor little pictures, who have lost our way
In one of the previous newsletters, I described the Affiliated Wikis program where we will be sharing all of our pages and pictures with Phineas and Ferb wikis in other languages. It was starting to nag at me that I hadn't done much with it recently because I was doing other things, so I got back to work on it. The result was a lot of behind-the-scenes work that would have made your eyes glaze over if you'd seen it.
Thankfully, you don't have to. You just get to see and enjoy the results. You can also help find a home for many of the pictures that are currently unused.
All pictures that are were marked with the "Images from" categories have been updated ("Images from Atlantis", "Images from Picture This", etc.). Some weren't showing up in those categories, so if you went to the category for "Rollercoaster", there were pictures missing. All 106 of these categories should now be displaying the right files. You can see the full list of those categories by checking the Category:Episode images page.
Where you can help is by going to the Gallery for the episodes and adding any pictures that you notice are missing. Using "Rollercoaster" as an example again, if you go to its gallery, you'll see that there's about 64 pictures in that gallery. The Images from Rollercoaster category has 148 images. That's over half that aren't being used.
Take a moment to see if you can update the gallery for the episodes. You don't have to add a picture just for the sake of adding a picture and you don't have to use every picture in a category. There's some cases where you wouldn't want to add a picture, like avatars. But, if you can add a couple, that will give a lonely picture a place to call home.
This would be something that you can do on a regular basis. There will be new files showing up in categories as the uncategorized files are identified and put in categories. In a way, it's like a treasure hunt. You never know what pictures will be in a category from week to week.
Bi-Weekly Top 5
as voted on by the members of the wiki
Poll #16: What is Major Monogram's best line in the middle third of Season 1?
Turnout for the voting was low again this time and has been getting lower ever since the voting pages were taken out of the Sitenotice and put into the menu. To help generate some interest, those voting options have been moved to the top of the menu, right below the Community section. Hopefully, we can wrap up Major Monogram's trilogy of voting on a high note of lots of votes.
Largest total number of votes:
1. Sky... weather... rain... Doofenshmirtz. — 13 votes.
2. "I blame the Internet." — 8 votes.
3. Tie, with 5 votes each:
"And don't look up my skirt."
They're on the metric system. — ("A Hard Day's Knight")
If you have an idea on what an upcoming poll should be about, head on over to the forum's Discussion page and let us know what it is.
Lost? Browse your way to freedom
At the bottom of our main page are two categories. One is called "Browse". You can now use the Browse category to get to just about every page and file on this wiki. The category most people will be interested in is Content. All of the pictures, songs, characters and episode pages are found here.
Another area that people might be interested in are the categories showing the pages that need help. Those can be found under Site maintenance, which is in the Administration section.
Many of those categories have a number after them, which indicate how many subcategories they have. There can be several layers of them. Click on the [+] to expand the list.
Work will continue to get the rest of our pages added to categories. For example, all issues of the Gazette will be added to a category that you can navigate to easily via the Browse category. After that comes all the pictures that still are missing categories.
My review this time is going to be a bit shorter as I just got this one. As far as I can tell, the Phineas and FerbDominoes & Bingo set is the first non-electronic game based on our favorite show. The game's name is a straightforward indication of what's in it: dominoes and a bingo set.
The dominoes are small pieces measuring about 1.25" by .6". I am pleased to see that they appear to be made out of ceramic. It gives them a little bit of weight and they make a nice clinking sound when a domino contacts another. Much more satisfying than if they were made out of plastic. Each one features 7 of the main characters, but I'm sad to report that even though she's on the Bingo cards, Isabella got bumped in favor of showing both Agent P and Perry.
"Backwards Bingo" makes up the other half of this set. As you can see by the pictures, the letters are printed backwards on the spinner and the card. The instructions outline a standard game of bingo, so I'm not sure how it's supposed to be backwards. But, this is Phineas and Ferb we're talking about. They rarely do anything in an ordinary manner.
The instructions include two variations where you try to form an X and call out "Phineas" instead of "Bingo", and forming an F and calling out "Ferb" to signal a win. You could easily expand this to the other characters shown on the card:
P / Phineas
D / Doofenshmirtz
P / Perry
A / Agent P
C / Candace
J / Jeremy
I / Isabella
For that last one, I recommend that the I be shaped like an H on its side, so that it's not just a straight line and takes a little more to reach the win.
In my next review, I hope to have a few more P&F items. Plus, we'll take a look at Disney's recent announcement of a major merchandising campaign for the show and see how the might of The Mouse is being guided by wisdom and not hype.
Coming in two weeks:
Results of the next Bi-Weekly Top 5
Hands-on with the new toys, part six
Retro Reviews: a look back at episodes that deserve a second look
Updates on the policies that are being voted on now