User talk:Mrs. Potato Head

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Hi MPH! I accidentally reverted an edit of yours on the G. Callen page. I think I fixed it, but I wanted to drop you a note - my apologies! - Fandomgeographies (talk) 00:37, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

No worries! :) --MPH (talk) 01:10, 16 March 2018 (UTC)


Mrs. Potato Head, thank you for adding June Bloom & Stub September links to April Showers, and April Showers & June Bloom links to Stub September! It's the first time someone has done something with a page I created, and it feels like an affirmation that someone besides me cares about this thing.

I wasn't actively looking for that external affirmation, but it's a nice thing, you know? :) Thanks for the warm fuzzy feeling! --Bikedancelaugheat (talk) 06:22, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

I know the feeling. It's one I have about all the pages I make here! When one gets some interest and an edit, I'm (almost!) always so happy. :-) --MPH (talk) 12:36, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

Info Boxes

Hi, I made an article about the fan theory R + L = J, and I used the glossary infobox. Was this the correct infobox to use? I have looked at a few other pages for fan theories and some use the glossary infobox and others use the event infobox. If you could give me some guidance that would be great, thanks. --Kingstoken (talk) 18:29, 11 March 2018 (UTC)

There's no hard and fast rule at all. Just go with your gut. I think of glossary terms, perhaps, as being shorter pages. I think the fan theory you asked about fits with glossary better. I also forget the event template exists, so thank you for the reminder!
One thing that is even harder for me to separate is glossary and trope!
The main thing is to get the info out there. If someone comes along and thinks the template should be different, then there can be discussion about it on the talk page. --MPH (talk) 19:08, 11 March 2018 (UTC)

Title Format Policy and linked words?

Some thoughts that occurred to me as I was wandering around Fanlore

1). Is there an existing policy regarding the format of titles of fanworks? Quotation marks for stories and italics for novel-length works. I know that a number of magazines and anthologies capitalized and bolded all titles. Readers may be curious as to which is which.

2). Has any thought been given to putting something other than the linked word in the 'bubble' that comes up when a linked word is hovered over? For example, a short definition of the word in question-'filk-sci-fi folk song'. Something like that could improve the flow of reading an article for a reader who is new to fandom.

Thanks Bobdog54 (talk) 15:41, 5 June 2018 (UTC)


Hi, I just uploaded this image, I was wondering if it needs a sexually explicit tag? I didn't think so, because it doesn't feature a sex act, but I thought I better double check --Kingstoken (talk) 21:24, 31 July 2018 (UTC)

No tag, as per your reasoning, Kingstoken. --MPH (talk) 22:17, 31 July 2018 (UTC)

Fanlore Festivals

Hi, MPH! Do you know if there's any chance of there being a Stub September celebration this year? (As of now, there are 2,866 pages marked as stubs.) I celebrated June Bloom on my own this year, but it's nice to have a community thing! --Bikedancelaugheat (talk) 06:54, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

We are not doing Stub September, sadly, despite the huge number of stubs. I totally agree things are more fun when done en masse in a community, but the planning and organization for it would stretch us too thin.
Bikedancelaugheat, I'd very much like to celebrate Stub September with you. Maybe some others will join in? --MPH (talk) 12:21, 17 August 2018 (UTC)


Hi, I noticed you removing the stub tag from some really short articles. I was just wondering what length qualifies as a stub on Fanlore, I tried looking it up without much success. When I used to edit Wikipedia an article could be declassified as a stub once it reached 5000 characters, but obviously Fanlore is different. I am just curious, so I know when to add the stub tag or not --Kingstoken (talk) 20:14, 09 September 2018 (UTC)

That's a good question. It's not a word count issue at all. It's more a gut feeling and honestly, varies from fan to fan. To me, a stub is a one or two lines that barely gives any info. Even if the record is brief and bare bones, I don't consider it a stub. What I should do, however, is put the "needs expansion" template on those pages. --MPH (talk) 20:21, 9 September 2018 (UTC) Added: I read my reply over, and realized it doesn't sound very helpful! I think of a stub as a mere placeholder. A page that "needs expansion" is one that is woefully short. (Of course, one can argue that ALL pages need expansion...) --MPH (talk) 20:47, 9 September 2018 (UTC)