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==FUBARED==
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It is currently {{CURRENTDAYNAME}} {{CURRENTDAY}} {{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}}.
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F**ked up beyond all repair/recognition- basically the knock-out table bore no relation to the actual finals as they took place (indeed, it had Allan Saldanha beating Harvey Freeman in the semi-final) and had seedings, where series 33 didn't. Best to rip it out and start again. Nebagram 22:11, 17 May 2010 (BST)
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*2010-14: [[User talk:The Doctor/Archive (2010-14)]].
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*2015-19: [[User talk:The Doctor/Archive (2015-19)]].
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==Series 62==
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== Mike Brown ==
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Your comment about Nikki being told she's in the finals makes more sense today than yesterday. However, some other contestants were also told when they'd finished their run that they were on the leaderboard at a place one position higher than they should be.  One was Peter; another, I believe, was Claudia.  So for consistency, either include them all, or none of them. I understand that the reason for these errors was that the leaderboard being maintained by the production team had inadvertently omitted one name. In any case, it's only relevant until the final lineup is known.--[[User:Drawoh|Drawoh]] 22:50, 18 May 2010 (BST)
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==COC13==
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Sorry, I got halfway through typing this and hit a wall. The current [[Mike Brown]], with numerous co-event appearances and several wins, is (in my opinion) clearly the primary topic for people searching for Mike Brown. You can argue whether or not [[Stephen Howe]] constitutes a primary topic, but as I was doing one, I thought I may as well do the other.--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 15:07, 29 January 2020 (UTC)
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My reason for reverting your recent edit, twice, is that one of the contestants, Jon Corby, was from Series 54.--[[User:Drawoh|Drawoh]] 21:23, 1 June 2010 (BST)
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: That's not right, for me. It should be the case that both Browns, Howes, etc. are treated equally. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 18:35, 31 January 2020 (UTC)
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:: @Launchballer: I don't believe there is such a notion as "primary topic", and indeed that is what Disam pages are for. The fact we had two Mike Browns in the same series is irrelevant; your logic would imply that the likes of [[Chris Davies]] need to be re-done, and I don't think that's appropriate at all. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 10:21, 4 February 2020 (UTC)
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:::Fair enough, I'll change them back. I can't be bothered to sift through [[:Category:Disambiguation pages]], I'm in the throes of assessment season.
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:::On a completely unrelated matter, are you an actual doctor, because I hit my head on a low ceiling yesterday morning, and I've since been dry heaving - both of which are symptoms of concussion.--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 11:21, 4 February 2020 (UTC)
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::::No. It was just an awful Doctor Who reference when I made this account nearly 10 years ago. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 12:17, 5 February 2020 (UTC)
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:::::I have a horrible feeling I may have to go through that category anyway given that a random sample of disambiguation pages shows a complete lack of consistency. Possibly a job for a template?--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 14:21, 5 February 2020 (UTC)
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::::::Really? A random sample for me shows a lot of consistency.... [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 15:05, 6 February 2020 (UTC)
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:::::::Some contain full sentences ([[Steve Harris]] and [[Andrew Jackson]]), while some are bullet points ([[Mark Jones]] and [[Barry Smith]]) and others contain varying lengths of lede ([[Chris Davies]] and [[Debbie Jones]]).--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 16:00, 6 February 2020 (UTC)
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== [[Joe Lycett]] ==
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I do not agree with including Joe Lycett's 'real name' within his article here. It smacks of recentism, and we haven't included the real names of [[Lee Mack]] or [[Johnny Vegas]] or [[Paul Sinha]] here.--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 12:29, 9 March 2020 (UTC)
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:@Launchballer - to that I say "why not"? [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 18:30, 9 March 2020 (UTC)
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::I'm not seeing anything in [[Countdown:About]], and I will admit to being slightly biased due to my contempt for celebrity in general (I take the view that the Catsdown contestant articles should not contain any more detail than the Countdown contestant articles), however this Hugo Boss business strikes me as a prank for a show and would amount to a footnote in an encyclopedia entry, so it seems too trivial for us. Leave it for Wikipedia.--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 20:25, 9 March 2020 (UTC)
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==[[User:The Doctor| My Dream Series]]==
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== [[Andy Hewitt]]s ==
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That's the second time I've been caught out today; first with [[William G. Stewart]], which is not accessible, and second with the new editor JackH, who I initially thought was an occasional editor of UKGameshows.com, another site I edit, but now I'm not sure. Which Andy Hewitt, if either, is the new one?--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 18:05, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
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:Sorted it all out, all the Andy Hewitt's are the same person, spoke to him earlier. [[User:JRTerrier24|JRTerrier24]] 19:05, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
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:: @JRTerrier24: I was told as the program was going out that it was the S62 Hewitt, but if he’s said they’re the same person that sorts that out. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 19:18, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
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:: @Launchballer: The category had a full stop and WGS’s page didn’t, hence the redirect as adding the infobox threw up a red link. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 19:18, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
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:::I meant I'd been caught out in that I forgot that .s don't seem to work in mainspace and so I managed to break it by moving [[William G Stewart]] to [[William G. Stewart]] - which I promptly moved back rather red-facedly.--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 19:20, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
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Lewis Hamilton v Jenson Button :-D [[User:the Doctor|Matt Smith]] 5 jun 2010, 1217 bst
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== [[Series 1]] ==
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*The conundrum you used in Round 14 of Episode F6 was a plural. Just sayin. [[User:JohnnyCanuck|JohnnyCanuck]] 14:50, 12 June 2010 (BST)
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*I watch F1 occasionally, eh, but I'm more a fan of American game shows, eh. Sadly, we don't get Countdown over in the Great White North, eh? [[User:JohnnyCanuck|JohnnyCanuck]] 22:18, 12 June 2010 (BST)
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*You spelled {{word|VUVUZELA}} wrong.
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{{w|Felipe Massa|Felipe}} versus {{w|Heikki Kovalainen|Heikki}} or {{w|Jenson Button|Jenson}}? [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]]
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[[Series 1]] I had to restore from scratch using Google Cache after it was accidentally deleted, and it wasn't even the first page that's happened to. Like smashed glass on a duvet, people are still rolling over and wincing. There must be some way of preventing something like this happening; do we have a backup anywhere? And whose idea was it for us to not record deleted revisions?--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 13:32, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
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Will there be another? Supply and demand. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 16:55, 12 July 2010 (BST)
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== Launchballer==
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'''This post has been removed.''' [[User:RichardM|RichardM]] 12:21, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
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I'd love to see another F1 series (I'm kind of nostalgic for Richard and the 9 round format these days), but bring back Carol and Rachel. I want more good storylines with them. Huff FTW! [[User:JohnnyCanuck|JohnnyCanuck]] 15:10, 13 July 2010 (BST)
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: No, and moreover you can't call people paedophiles. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 12:30, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
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::I'd actually blocked him for a week right after he said that for a different reason; had I seen this, I would've blocked him indefinitely. I can confirm that, as well as having never appeared on the show, I also have never ''recorded'' for the show. And I will be making you an administrator just in case I can't get on to the wiki for whatever reason.--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 14:26, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
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:::Yes, I thought you were Ryan Lam but was getting mixed up with [[User:RLSJ1997]]. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 14:35, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
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:::::::::: I have well and truley served my punishment. I’m sorry about that I didn’t intend any malice and I withdraw my above post, I will be more careful in future with what I say and do. Is it ok for mr to return now? Richard.
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FTW = For The Win [[User:JohnnyCanuck|JohnnyCanuck]] 15:48, 13 July 2010 (BST)
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==Dick==
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(Also, maybe you should make a new page for each series, like this: User:The Doctor/Formula Series 2. If you keep going with these episodes, the old one will get way too long.)
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Having reviewed Wikipedia’s blocking policy, [[User:Dick]] should be blocked infinitely. Vandalism is a total offence and if that isn’t a sufficient evidence for a permanent block you could actually block him for “unacceptable username”. [[User:Darren F|Darren F]] 14:52, 5 May 2020 (UTC)
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:I've blocked due to his trademark dirty mind (how does he know he isn't [[series 15]] [[series champion|champion]] [[Dick Green]]?) and preference for the same box as [[User:JackH]].--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 15:29, 5 May 2020 (UTC)
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In [[Episode F43]], for the benefit of the show's viewers, you might want to make Round 8 easier. I've been trying to come up with the target in my spare time for three days and have no idea how to get it. [[User:JohnnyCanuck|JohnnyCanuck]] 19:04, 7 August 2010 (BST)
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==I was about to do that==
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I was in the process of doing [[Matt Sykes]]
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Could you do a Series Formula Championship of Champions I?--[[User:The Countdown Man|The Countdown Man]] 19:00, 11 August 2010 (BST)
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==I was about to do that==
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==Episode 5058==
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Me and you must think alike I was about to do Matt Sykes
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If you're going to do recaps of certain episodes, there are two things you need to know.
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1. I sort out ALL recaps (with the exception of Mondays), so you're not required to do them!
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==Can you please sort the redirects==
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2. If you're going to make a botched-up version of it, at least have the decency to do it all correctly in future!
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Can you please sort the redirects out please?
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[[User:JRTerrier24|JRTerrier24]] 18:44, 11 June 2010 (BST)
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==Clive Freedman==
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== [[Mike Brown]] ==
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I've undone your attempt at changing the Clive Freedman's page name for a couple of reasons.
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* The convention for contestants with duplicate names is to qualify them by the series in which they started their run, even though it may spill over to a second series. There is no advantage in having 6 & 7 in the page title, as it's never seen, other than in the category lists.
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Please be more careful when repairing page-move vandalism, as your deletion of [[Obselute]] took the page history of [[Mike Brown (debut episode 3328)]] with it. Don't worry, JohnnyCanuck deleted the page history of [[Rhys Benjamin]] when he deleted [[Rhys BenjamIn]], and back when he had rights MartinS took out the history of [[Series 1]] when he deleted [[Deleted Page]], but still please be more careful.--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 19:13, 13 May 2020 (UTC)
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: Mike Brown was fine anyway, wasn't it? Unlike Series 1, there was the up-to-date version of Mike Brown, I think? [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 20:01, 13 May 2020 (UTC)
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* Putting such characters as & in a page title have very unfortunate consequences, one of which results in the page in question not being able to be accessed at times.
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==Break==
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Do you want me to add the details of my most resent post to the wiki? I’m asking you 1st this time before messing up. [[User:David Marshall|David Marshall]] 15:48, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
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: Not yet, something like that I would want corroborated first by Damian. And as for Richard Whiteley, JR Whiteley is his full name. Some people use their middle name. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 16:50, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
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:: Do you want me to forward you the email?.--[[User:David Marshall|David Marshall]] 16:58, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
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::: No thanks. I've checked now. Goodbye. And don't come back. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 17:12, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
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BTW, if you do a move again, as you did with Ben Cooke earlier in the week, there's a lot more to be done than just moving the page and creating a disambiguation page.  All the pages which refer to the page which as been moved have themselves to be edited.  In the case of the Ben Cooke page which you moved, there were 19 references elsewhere in the wiki which needed amending.--[[User:Drawoh|Drawoh]] 19:37, 7 July 2010 (BST)
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== [[ZoomDown]] contestants ==
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:No worries.  Series 30 references to Ben Cooke have been fixed now.  :)  --[[User:Drawoh|Drawoh]] 19:25, 8 July 2010 (BST)
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==Signing your messages==
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Where do they get the contestants for ZoomDown from? I assumed they were all from Apterous.--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 23:45, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
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I notice you have been manually signing your messages. Well, you don't need to do that, it is a lot of work.  There is a button at the top of the window (where the bold, italic etc. buttons are) which does it automatically for you.  You will find this 2nd from the right in the row of buttons. --[[User:Vande|Vande]] 17:01, 9 July 2010 (BST)
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:Mostly from Apterous, but also some from a Facebook group. Paul put some feelers out in more or less everywhere. (Edit) They're chosen by Paul to try and generate close match-ups. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 23:48, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
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: You mean like this?--[[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 17:20, 9 July 2010 (BST)
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==Notice==
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Hi Rhys, my friend has just forwarded me this email on that he enquired (I’ve cut me email address as I’m not having any old Tom Dick and Harry seeing and spamming it) [[file:///Email.jpeg]]. Carl Jackson
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:: Hooray. It DID IT!!!!!--[[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 17:20, 9 July 2010 (BST)
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Edit: As I can’t tag it right just look at my edits and look at it there.--[[User:Carl Jackson|Carl Jackson]] 13:49, 21 May 2020 (UTC)
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::: Glad to be of help ;-) --[[User:Vande|Vande]] 17:23, 9 July 2010 (BST)
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==Series 2==
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Rhys, your explanation doesn’t add up to me, I’ve been starting  at the laptop for the last 30 mins and I cant see a method. Are you happy to discuss it? We may find it that way, --[[User:Carl Jackson|Carl Jackson]] 14:56, 21 May 2020 (UTC)
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==Episode 2636==
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Ps. Can I add my info regarding repeats?
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Doctor, in round 8, C1 explained that he had a method which used all the numbers. Basically what he did was:
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:I've explained it perfectly well. 1st-4th is on average scores (Byers 51.75; Nelkon 50; Baird 49.5; Mann 45.5). Then 5th-15th is "standard" method of points. And no to your latter point, there's no rush. Second opinion. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 15:27, 21 May 2020 (UTC)
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Hope that clears things up. :) [[User:JRTerrier24|JRTerrier24]] 16:33, 11 July 2010 (BST)
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== [[COLIN XVI]] ==
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== Featured Articles ==
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You're unfamiliar with Show preview I take it.--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 00:07, 22 May 2020 (UTC)
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:No, I do use it, just overlooked it when I did preview. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 00:07, 22 May 2020 (UTC)
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Hello Crispy,
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==An Apology==
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Ryhs, I haven’t been all of the spam accounts but I know who is, a person who has been telling and bullying me for a long time and I just can’t get rid. I’m taking a long break and I’ll return legit one day. One day when I can be trusted I’ll be a very good sysop as I’ve learned the loopholes and server changers and stuff. Its a shame really as I can be legit and without being arrogant I’m very good at countdown. I’ll find another interest to cover me for a while and I’ll return legit some point next year. Sorry for everything and I’ve given up, there is more I need to explain but I’d rather not explain it where any old Tom, Dick and Harry can see it, I’ve been made out to be worse than I am. Take Care.--[[User:Ashton.H|Ashton.H]] 12:08, 22 May 2020 (UTC)
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Could you give us some notification if there will be another featured article for august. As you will see on [[Countdown:Featured articles]], I have made a few more proposals, going on the basis that they have the same amount of detail as <del>[[Harvey Freeman]]</del>, who went on to become an FA. I'm not going to start nagging about [[Scott Mearns]], but I really do think he should be in there for August. Anyway, back to the point, and could you please tell us whether the will be another Featured Article for August 2010. Please. Please.
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==Spam==
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Hi Doctor, I’m a new editor here but an experienced Wikipedia and FANDOM editor, I run a fandom wiki about 80s game shows and we’ve had some spam and some indecent images, I have notice you have as well. I think a way to stop this would be blocking ips in the block to permanent. I’ve looked through your block list. All the usual spammers accounts take a 24 hour break, that’s until the IP block runs out. That doesn’t explain the porn though, from what I can see I don’t think it’s the sam guy anyway. [[User:Paintballer|Paintballer]] 09:51, 23 May 2020 (UTC)
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== Two things ==
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[[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 12:09, 12 July 2010 (BST)
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I have updated [[Template:Recap project progress bar‎]] so that the denominator will update whenever a new episode goes out (or, more precisely, when we create an article for it). Once I know how the numerator's been arrived at, I can update it further.
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: Try and avoid making such a mess around here, Doctor! ;-) I'd suggest the article for [[Scott Mearns]] has all of the ''content'' prerequisite for a featured article, but is let down by the general tone in places - i.e., it doesn't quite feel encyclopaedic. That said, there will definitely be a new FA for August, for which I will make preparations nearer the end of the month. I normally give articles a little proofread and a tidy during this process, but if you want to you are welcome to have a go at 'beefing it up' yourself.
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: As an example, I can see immediately that the introductory paragraph needs extending. It needs to be longer than the Twitter-esque summary that it is at the moment, but not so long that it contains every fact from the body of the article. For a good example of the ideal length in my opinion, see the article for [[Stewart Holden]].
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: I hope this helps! Best wishes, [[User:Crispy|Chris &#39;Crispy&#39; Philpot]] 11:52, 13 July 2010 (BST)
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::Where in the page? [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 16:40, 13 July 2010 (BST)
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:::Oh, thanks truly. I am doing a "rewrite" "write" now (to use a [[Richard Whiteley]] style joke.) [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 12:02, 13 July 2010 (BST)
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::::OH, DAMN IT! I was giving him a rewrite then I accidentally pressed Delete. <nowiki> [cries] </nowiki> [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 12:12, 13 July 2010 (BST)
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:::::OK, Chris, I've given [[Scott Mearns|him]] a rewrite. By the way, I added a totally Scott Mearns-unrealted comment on the featured articles page. [[Ryan Taylor]], anyone? [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 10:00, 15 July 2010 (BST)
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::::::That's looking a lot better. I'll give it a once over myself as a second pair of eyes shortly before it goes up. Thanks for your hard work! [[User:Crispy|Chris &#39;Crispy&#39; Philpot]] 15:31, 17 July 2010 (BST)
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== JOLT ==
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As for [[Template:Multiple eps]], the reason it's no longer used is that no new recording dates are likely to be published any time soon, and it doesn't show up in [[Special:WhatLinksHere]] because it's designed to be substituted. However, at some point recording will resume, and I had planned to resume use of it later. Is the source code anywhere about, or would I need to recreate it nearer the time?--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 02:49, 28 May 2020 (UTC)
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:It’s not quite that simple. The denominator is [[:Category:Episodes with round details]], not the total ep count, and the numerator is that category &minus; [[:Category:Partial recaps]] and [[:Category:Blank recaps]], although at present there aren’t any. As for multiple eps, does [[Special:Undelete]] not work? And in the past it’s simply copied and pasted per episode, so I really don’t think much of that template quite frankly. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 03:55, 28 May 2020 (UTC)
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::I've updated the bar. [[Special:Undelete]] has never worked on this wiki; if you go to [[Special:Undelete/Template:Multiple eps]], the word 'diff' for the diffs are black. I don't think this wiki keeps deleted revisions.--[[User:Launchballer|Launchballer]] 05:37, 28 May 2020 (UTC)
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Dear Doctor,
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==[[Countdown Masters]]==
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Hi Rhys. If you look at the videos from some episodes it is only the Friday when the leader chooses lets  or nums. --[[User:RichardM|RichardM]] 14:27, 28 May 2020 (UTC)
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Just in case you miss my request in the original edit summary, please see and respond to my message to you on [[Talk:JOLT]].
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==[[User:Pgallen2020]]==
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I’m fairly certain this isn’t Paul. Given that you have had problems with impersonators I believe this is the latest[[User:RichardM|RichardM]] 14:31, 28 May 2020 (UTC)
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Hi Rhys, I’m not a sockpuppet, I’m a legit 1st time user and I’ll give you my full name if you want. I know creating this account makes me guilty of block evasion but I’m doing it to correct you. I’m happy to comply not any necessary checks. Please unblock my original account. --[[User:RichardM 2|RichardM 2]] 15:33, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
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[[User:Crispy|Chris &#39;Crispy&#39; Philpot]] 12:53, 13 July 2010 (BST)
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:I blocked you because not only is your behaviour extremely suspicious but you've also completely broken several pages. And you could have contacted me through several other means, so no. If you're insistent, go over my head and ask Charlie, but I assure you he'll say no. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 15:52, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
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==[[Episode 1666]]==
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As this features my best friends dad, he’s sent me a recording of the whole ep from VHS do you want me to do a recap for it? [[User:Ashcroft99|Ashcroft99]] 09:18, 30 May 2020 (UTC)
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I only put this in because all the other formats have their own page. I thought it would be best to make up the set. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 13:44, 13 July 2010 (BST)
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: That's fair enough, but I feel that just because there is a gap it doesn't mean it needs filling. As they say, a composition is not about the notes you use but rather the notes you leave out. I'll leave the page for a few days as I am happy to listen if anyone has a particularly strong reason for it to remain. ''Please'' don't take my actions on the wiki this afternoon as negative, by the way - your enthusiasm is greatly appreciated. I just have to keep an eye on things like consistency with other pages which are easily forgotten when you're passionately writing away. :-)
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: [[User:Crispy|Chris &#39;Crispy&#39; Philpot]] 16:47, 13 July 2010 (BST)
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OK, this one's beyond me... what's with the seed order numerical redirects for Series 2 finalists e.g., [[Ash Haji (7)]]? -- [[User:Crispy|Chris &#39;Crispy&#39; Philpot]] 18:50, 13 July 2010 (BST)
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: I believe he's done this because in series 2 there were 16 seeds rather than the usual 8. So the Coc-progress template has been used, as the finals progress template only allows up to 8 seeds. The finals template adds seed number, whereas the Coc does not. A better way, IMO, would have been (to ask someone) to produce a finals-progress template which allows for 16 seeds.--[[User:Drawoh|Drawoh]] 19:45, 13 July 2010 (BST)
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:: Unless I am misunderstanding, there is one under the Progress heading. I am just not sure why the seed numbers need to be appended to each seed's name and this link redirected to their article. Heck, even if that form was preferred it would be much simpler just to have <nowiki>[[Ash Haji|Ash Haji (7)]]</nowiki> which avoids having sixteen redundant redirects. (I am ignoring the fact that the seed numbers are never wikilinked anyway!) Am I just missing something? -- [[User:Crispy|Chris &#39;Crispy&#39; Philpot]] 22:58, 13 July 2010 (BST)
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::: Ok Doctor, here's an alternative.  I've replaced "Russell Byers" with <nowiki>"Russell Byers{{!!}}Russell Byers (1)"</nowiki>, and all seems to work perfectly, without any need for the numerical redirects.  I've only done him.  You can do the other 15 if you like, and then delete the 16 redirects.  I'll do them later if you prefer.--[[User:Drawoh|Drawoh]] 09:29, 14 July 2010 (BST)
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:::: Fixed. :) --[[User:Drawoh|Drawoh]] 12:35, 14 July 2010 (BST)
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== Countdown Wii Game ==
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http://www.apterous.org is the only sensible answer to your query there. Nebagram 15:15, 14 July 2010 (BST)
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== Supreme Championship II ==
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Not bad, although if Series 64 and 65 are included you may have to wait another year to make the championship. Maybe the Series 63, 64 and 65 champions should be replaced with [[Natascha Kearsey]], [[Paul Gallen]] and [[Steve Briers]] seeing as they won CoCs but not regular series. [[User:JohnnyCanuck|JohnnyCanuck]] 12:46, 15 July 2010 (BST)
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:Also, I made up a 16-round format that you might want to use: LNCLLLNCLLLNCLNC.
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I've done my best to correct the aspect ratio of [[:Image:JRC2.jpg|the photo of Julie Russell]]. It's probably not a perfect job as it is a crop of the original freeze-frame and hence not exactly 16:9/4:3. However, it's a lot better than it was. -- [[User:Crispy|Chris &#39;Crispy&#39; Philpot]] 15:39, 17 July 2010 (BST)
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Hi Doctor.  I know that you've seen what I've done to create an alternative letters template to prevent non-broadcastable episodes from being included in the '''Episodes with round details''' category. And what you tried out is exactly the right thing to do.  So can you now change each of the {{R-letters...}} templates to {{Rx-letters...}} in all of your fantasy games.  You'll know when you've picked all the lines, as the '''Episodes with round details''' category will no longer be generated for the page.  Many thanks. If you prefer, I can do it for you. :) --[[User:Drawoh|Drawoh]] 17:32, 20 July 2010 (BST)
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:Yep. Could you do it for me, btw i have them on my watchlists so you will not get away with anything... and could you please do one for nums and cons. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 17:38, 20 July 2010 (BST)
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If you're going to do episodes, at least have the decency to do them correctly, please. I found no fewer than 5 mistakes on your copy of this episode. [[User:JRTerrier24|JRTerrier24]] 18:53, 20 July 2010 (BST)
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:Well, I tried. Still, could be worse. [[User:The Doctor|The Doctor]] 09:19, 21 July 2010 (BST)
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Yes, I think that's sorted --[[User:The Countdown Man|The Countdown Man]] 13:52, 22 July 2010 (BST)
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Latest revision as of 09:18, 30 May 2020

It is currently Sunday 31 May 2020.

Contents

Mike Brown

Sorry, I got halfway through typing this and hit a wall. The current Mike Brown, with numerous co-event appearances and several wins, is (in my opinion) clearly the primary topic for people searching for Mike Brown. You can argue whether or not Stephen Howe constitutes a primary topic, but as I was doing one, I thought I may as well do the other.--Launchballer 15:07, 29 January 2020 (UTC)

That's not right, for me. It should be the case that both Browns, Howes, etc. are treated equally. The Doctor 18:35, 31 January 2020 (UTC)
@Launchballer: I don't believe there is such a notion as "primary topic", and indeed that is what Disam pages are for. The fact we had two Mike Browns in the same series is irrelevant; your logic would imply that the likes of Chris Davies need to be re-done, and I don't think that's appropriate at all. The Doctor 10:21, 4 February 2020 (UTC)
Fair enough, I'll change them back. I can't be bothered to sift through Category:Disambiguation pages, I'm in the throes of assessment season.
On a completely unrelated matter, are you an actual doctor, because I hit my head on a low ceiling yesterday morning, and I've since been dry heaving - both of which are symptoms of concussion.--Launchballer 11:21, 4 February 2020 (UTC)
No. It was just an awful Doctor Who reference when I made this account nearly 10 years ago. The Doctor 12:17, 5 February 2020 (UTC)
I have a horrible feeling I may have to go through that category anyway given that a random sample of disambiguation pages shows a complete lack of consistency. Possibly a job for a template?--Launchballer 14:21, 5 February 2020 (UTC)
Really? A random sample for me shows a lot of consistency.... The Doctor 15:05, 6 February 2020 (UTC)
Some contain full sentences (Steve Harris and Andrew Jackson), while some are bullet points (Mark Jones and Barry Smith) and others contain varying lengths of lede (Chris Davies and Debbie Jones).--Launchballer 16:00, 6 February 2020 (UTC)

Joe Lycett

I do not agree with including Joe Lycett's 'real name' within his article here. It smacks of recentism, and we haven't included the real names of Lee Mack or Johnny Vegas or Paul Sinha here.--Launchballer 12:29, 9 March 2020 (UTC)

@Launchballer - to that I say "why not"? The Doctor 18:30, 9 March 2020 (UTC)
I'm not seeing anything in Countdown:About, and I will admit to being slightly biased due to my contempt for celebrity in general (I take the view that the Catsdown contestant articles should not contain any more detail than the Countdown contestant articles), however this Hugo Boss business strikes me as a prank for a show and would amount to a footnote in an encyclopedia entry, so it seems too trivial for us. Leave it for Wikipedia.--Launchballer 20:25, 9 March 2020 (UTC)

Andy Hewitts

That's the second time I've been caught out today; first with William G. Stewart, which is not accessible, and second with the new editor JackH, who I initially thought was an occasional editor of UKGameshows.com, another site I edit, but now I'm not sure. Which Andy Hewitt, if either, is the new one?--Launchballer 18:05, 27 April 2020 (UTC)

Sorted it all out, all the Andy Hewitt's are the same person, spoke to him earlier. JRTerrier24 19:05, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
@JRTerrier24: I was told as the program was going out that it was the S62 Hewitt, but if he’s said they’re the same person that sorts that out. The Doctor 19:18, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
@Launchballer: The category had a full stop and WGS’s page didn’t, hence the redirect as adding the infobox threw up a red link. The Doctor 19:18, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
I meant I'd been caught out in that I forgot that .s don't seem to work in mainspace and so I managed to break it by moving William G Stewart to William G. Stewart - which I promptly moved back rather red-facedly.--Launchballer 19:20, 27 April 2020 (UTC)

Series 1

Series 1 I had to restore from scratch using Google Cache after it was accidentally deleted, and it wasn't even the first page that's happened to. Like smashed glass on a duvet, people are still rolling over and wincing. There must be some way of preventing something like this happening; do we have a backup anywhere? And whose idea was it for us to not record deleted revisions?--Launchballer 13:32, 3 May 2020 (UTC)

Launchballer

This post has been removed. RichardM 12:21, 4 May 2020 (UTC)

No, and moreover you can't call people paedophiles. The Doctor 12:30, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
I'd actually blocked him for a week right after he said that for a different reason; had I seen this, I would've blocked him indefinitely. I can confirm that, as well as having never appeared on the show, I also have never recorded for the show. And I will be making you an administrator just in case I can't get on to the wiki for whatever reason.--Launchballer 14:26, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
Yes, I thought you were Ryan Lam but was getting mixed up with User:RLSJ1997. The Doctor 14:35, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
I have well and truley served my punishment. I’m sorry about that I didn’t intend any malice and I withdraw my above post, I will be more careful in future with what I say and do. Is it ok for mr to return now? Richard.

Dick

Having reviewed Wikipedia’s blocking policy, User:Dick should be blocked infinitely. Vandalism is a total offence and if that isn’t a sufficient evidence for a permanent block you could actually block him for “unacceptable username”. Darren F 14:52, 5 May 2020 (UTC)

I've blocked due to his trademark dirty mind (how does he know he isn't series 15 champion Dick Green?) and preference for the same box as User:JackH.--Launchballer 15:29, 5 May 2020 (UTC)

I was about to do that

I was in the process of doing Matt Sykes

I was about to do that

Me and you must think alike I was about to do Matt Sykes

Can you please sort the redirects

Can you please sort the redirects out please?

Mike Brown

Please be more careful when repairing page-move vandalism, as your deletion of Obselute took the page history of Mike Brown (debut episode 3328) with it. Don't worry, JohnnyCanuck deleted the page history of Rhys Benjamin when he deleted Rhys BenjamIn, and back when he had rights MartinS took out the history of Series 1 when he deleted Deleted Page, but still please be more careful.--Launchballer 19:13, 13 May 2020 (UTC)

Mike Brown was fine anyway, wasn't it? Unlike Series 1, there was the up-to-date version of Mike Brown, I think? The Doctor 20:01, 13 May 2020 (UTC)

Break

Do you want me to add the details of my most resent post to the wiki? I’m asking you 1st this time before messing up. David Marshall 15:48, 20 May 2020 (UTC)

Not yet, something like that I would want corroborated first by Damian. And as for Richard Whiteley, JR Whiteley is his full name. Some people use their middle name. The Doctor 16:50, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
Do you want me to forward you the email?.--David Marshall 16:58, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
No thanks. I've checked now. Goodbye. And don't come back. The Doctor 17:12, 20 May 2020 (UTC)

ZoomDown contestants

Where do they get the contestants for ZoomDown from? I assumed they were all from Apterous.--Launchballer 23:45, 20 May 2020 (UTC)

Mostly from Apterous, but also some from a Facebook group. Paul put some feelers out in more or less everywhere. (Edit) They're chosen by Paul to try and generate close match-ups. The Doctor 23:48, 20 May 2020 (UTC)

Notice

Hi Rhys, my friend has just forwarded me this email on that he enquired (I’ve cut me email address as I’m not having any old Tom Dick and Harry seeing and spamming it) File:///Email.jpeg. Carl Jackson

Edit: As I can’t tag it right just look at my edits and look at it there.--Carl Jackson 13:49, 21 May 2020 (UTC)

Series 2

Rhys, your explanation doesn’t add up to me, I’ve been starting at the laptop for the last 30 mins and I cant see a method. Are you happy to discuss it? We may find it that way, --Carl Jackson 14:56, 21 May 2020 (UTC)

Ps. Can I add my info regarding repeats?

I've explained it perfectly well. 1st-4th is on average scores (Byers 51.75; Nelkon 50; Baird 49.5; Mann 45.5). Then 5th-15th is "standard" method of points. And no to your latter point, there's no rush. Second opinion. The Doctor 15:27, 21 May 2020 (UTC)

COLIN XVI

You're unfamiliar with Show preview I take it.--Launchballer 00:07, 22 May 2020 (UTC)

No, I do use it, just overlooked it when I did preview. The Doctor 00:07, 22 May 2020 (UTC)

An Apology

Ryhs, I haven’t been all of the spam accounts but I know who is, a person who has been telling and bullying me for a long time and I just can’t get rid. I’m taking a long break and I’ll return legit one day. One day when I can be trusted I’ll be a very good sysop as I’ve learned the loopholes and server changers and stuff. Its a shame really as I can be legit and without being arrogant I’m very good at countdown. I’ll find another interest to cover me for a while and I’ll return legit some point next year. Sorry for everything and I’ve given up, there is more I need to explain but I’d rather not explain it where any old Tom, Dick and Harry can see it, I’ve been made out to be worse than I am. Take Care.--Ashton.H 12:08, 22 May 2020 (UTC)

Spam

Hi Doctor, I’m a new editor here but an experienced Wikipedia and FANDOM editor, I run a fandom wiki about 80s game shows and we’ve had some spam and some indecent images, I have notice you have as well. I think a way to stop this would be blocking ips in the block to permanent. I’ve looked through your block list. All the usual spammers accounts take a 24 hour break, that’s until the IP block runs out. That doesn’t explain the porn though, from what I can see I don’t think it’s the sam guy anyway. Paintballer 09:51, 23 May 2020 (UTC)

Two things

I have updated Template:Recap project progress bar‎ so that the denominator will update whenever a new episode goes out (or, more precisely, when we create an article for it). Once I know how the numerator's been arrived at, I can update it further.

As for Template:Multiple eps, the reason it's no longer used is that no new recording dates are likely to be published any time soon, and it doesn't show up in Special:WhatLinksHere because it's designed to be substituted. However, at some point recording will resume, and I had planned to resume use of it later. Is the source code anywhere about, or would I need to recreate it nearer the time?--Launchballer 02:49, 28 May 2020 (UTC)

It’s not quite that simple. The denominator is Category:Episodes with round details, not the total ep count, and the numerator is that category − Category:Partial recaps and Category:Blank recaps, although at present there aren’t any. As for multiple eps, does Special:Undelete not work? And in the past it’s simply copied and pasted per episode, so I really don’t think much of that template quite frankly. The Doctor 03:55, 28 May 2020 (UTC)
I've updated the bar. Special:Undelete has never worked on this wiki; if you go to Special:Undelete/Template:Multiple eps, the word 'diff' for the diffs are black. I don't think this wiki keeps deleted revisions.--Launchballer 05:37, 28 May 2020 (UTC)

Countdown Masters

Hi Rhys. If you look at the videos from some episodes it is only the Friday when the leader chooses lets or nums. --RichardM 14:27, 28 May 2020 (UTC)

User:Pgallen2020

I’m fairly certain this isn’t Paul. Given that you have had problems with impersonators I believe this is the latestRichardM 14:31, 28 May 2020 (UTC)

Block

Hi Rhys, I’m not a sockpuppet, I’m a legit 1st time user and I’ll give you my full name if you want. I know creating this account makes me guilty of block evasion but I’m doing it to correct you. I’m happy to comply not any necessary checks. Please unblock my original account. --RichardM 2 15:33, 29 May 2020 (UTC)

I blocked you because not only is your behaviour extremely suspicious but you've also completely broken several pages. And you could have contacted me through several other means, so no. If you're insistent, go over my head and ask Charlie, but I assure you he'll say no. The Doctor 15:52, 29 May 2020 (UTC)

Episode 1666

As this features my best friends dad, he’s sent me a recording of the whole ep from VHS do you want me to do a recap for it? Ashcroft99 09:18, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

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