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Typos Quake Before Me,(That is how I find them)

My pleasure! Remember, I do the easy stuff to save you for the tricky manoeuvres. Some of the ones I got today were oddities caused by the typeface of the particular mimeo machine they used. Don't feel bad at all!

I have been linking the References directly to the specific issues of the zines, etc. Should I continue? Theory is, it makes it quicker for the reader to find the proper page. Bobdog54 (talk) 22:03, 14 March 2016 (UTC)

Yes, it's a very difficult typeface to translate. I've tried a number of different things with The LOC Connection -- some more successful than others. I love the fact you have my back on this, Bobdog. Regarding direct links to specific issues, I agree it is much neater and much more helpful when they go right to the issue. If you're up for continuing, I'm all for that plan. --MPH (talk) 22:43, 14 March 2016 (UTC)
I stand in appreciation of all of the work that you have done recently. Should I send you some soothing eyedrops and equally soothing chocolate?
I shall continue as I have been dancing through to this point. For variety, I dip into the list of stories from way back when, work on that list and then swing over to the recent changes. Keeps me from getting bored. Take care.** Bobdog54 (talk) 19:53, 15 March 2016 (UTC)
Eyedrops, yes. A cold pack for my wrist would be good, too. :) --MPH (talk) 20:13, 15 March 2016 (UTC)
My hands are having sympathy pains! Would you like me to take a look at the West-Con pages? I can alternate between The Clipper Ship and the Conference. That Clipper Ship guy sure does like to whine! He has a very unique outlook on life, by golly. Be kind to yourself. Bobdog54 (talk) 21:50, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
You mean MediaWest? Why don't you hold off a bit on those; I'm doing a major revamp and organization which will take me a few weeks, and then I'm going to add a lot more -- I don't want to have you do work you don't need to as they're still in a big state of flux. When I get to a sort-of stopping place, I'll let you know and then you can work your magic. --MPH (talk) 22:21, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
Good Interpretation Skills there - I will await your command :-) Bobdog54 (talk) 22:27, 27 April 2016 (UTC)

I can look at that article

Doing this work keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. :) Bobdog54 (talk) 20:24, 12 April 2016 (UTC)

Would you have a look at the new material?

I've started adding some new material to Queen (Dragonriders of Pern story). I haven't really done much yet on the discussion of FFA/Coal wank. However, I've added the exchange of comments on AO3 on which most of the wank was based.

You said you'd take a look over my shoulder as I wrote this up. If you have time...? --Greer Watson (talk) 11:05, 14 April 2016 (UTC)

I will, Greer. --MPH (talk) 11:55, 14 April 2016 (UTC)

New changes!!

The thumbnails are now appearing really big... I know there is an upgrade, so I am just going to assume it's a temporary blip and that they will go back to the size they were rather than trying to adjust... Hope that's right. I'm in the chatroom, but nobody else is :( --Aralias (talk) 20:12, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

Icon Re-Size

But you make a darn cute monster! Bobdog54 (talk) 19:48, 30 April 2016 (UTC)
It's the little purse that does it. --MPH (talk) 20:07, 30 April 2016 (UTC)
That gave me the most amazing mental is definitely the little purse. I almost spit my lunch all over the screen. thank you for that. Bobdog54 (talk) 20:12, 30 April 2016 (UTC) and a "safe heaven"

Good evening! I have been wandering around in my brand new gardener boots and ended up in I changed the phrase 'safe heaven' to 'safe haven' and if you wrote this and I am wrong, I revert myself in embarrassment. This is much shorter than the original tortured explanation. (god, it stinks being new) Bobdog54 (talk) 01:04, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

While "safe heaven" is rather poetic, you are correct it was a typo. Thank you for fixing it. And welcome aboard as a new gardener. :) --MPH (talk) 11:51, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

I thank you Fourth Times

Thanks for taking care of that. Lord only knows what I was doing wrong. Bobdog54 (talk) 01:02, 13 May 2016 (UTC)

Descriptions of Art/Covers?

Do I remember reading something about providing descriptions of artwork with a level of detail "Like it was a friend sitting next to you"? Should I start paying attention and doing that with the zines that I come in contact with? Thanks Bobdog54 (talk) 17:03, 14 May 2016 (UTC)

Certainly. It would be a good addition. --MPH (talk) 11:05, 15 May 2016 (UTC)

Sorry about that -

Wasn't using my brain and looking closely at context. I did not erase the storm pilot redirect page so shouldn't that have been a blue link without the need to make a new page? Certain pages like the Bigot/Saint page are linked to the Poe/Cameron page through multiple pages/redirects. Do you know why that might be? Bobdog54 (talk) 20:54, 17 May 2016 (UTC)

Virtual Seasons

We have 16 virtual seasons pages. At this point, I think there have been four, maybe five different templates used on them. Which template is correct? Do they need their own template, or is the category sufficient? What do folks think? --MPH (talk) 15:42, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

I think they might need their own template, I mean I know there are a lot of virtual seasons out there and probably not all of them will get their own page, but I think it might be better to have them at least have some sort of uniform. Creating The Patakis page, I wasn't sure if I should just go with the Fanworks template or the website template especially since a lot of the virtual seasons I checked out went with "Community". I always considered them a "fanwork" more than a website or community, and this way it's easier to decide when creating new pages.--Harpie (talk) 16:31, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

Corrected pages

You are brilliant!!!! Bobdog54 (talk) 00:18, 4 July 2016 (UTC)

Does Anyone Have a Link for This Article?

Jae. (2012). A study of demographics and writing-/reading-habits of fanfiction writers and readers. Retrieved from

It gets cited many times on Fanlore. --MPH (talk) 15:26, 5 July 2016 (UTC)

ex (talk) 18:16, 5 July 2016 (UTC)

and go here:*/* and filter for the word fan--MeeDee (talk) 18:21, 5 July 2016 (UTC)

And there it is:
Thank you. --MPH (talk) 18:30, 5 July 2016 (UTC)

Southern Comfort

Is there a reason you reverted my changes to Southern Comfort, or was it a glitch?--Greenygal (talk) 16:44, 11 July 2016 (UTC)

Totally a glitch! I remember looking at it, but can't even recall messing with the page at all. I apologize, Greenygal. I undid the revision, so hopefully all is well. But on the topic of your recent editing, thank you for updating all those links these past few days. :-) --MPH (talk) 17:09, 11 July 2016 (UTC)
I figured that's what it was. And I am never happier than with a list of zinefic to link, plus AO3 means I won't have to do it over again in a few years.--Greenygal (talk) 17:22, 11 July 2016 (UTC)

Anti-Zine - Questions


Questions for you:
    * From a 1993 ad: "This zine contains everything from several-somes to K/S and beyond, including a risque cover of Tasha, K/S paper dolls, and much more. The material in this zine is fairly "'serious,' 
    *What/Who are several-somes?
    *It appears that there are extra quotes around "'serious,' 
    *Further down the page - Saint German s/b "Saint Germaine"
    *Do you want to give citations for the ads?

I can make the changes if you give me the information.

-) Bobdog
I think the "Saint German" was a typo in the review, so I put a [sic] next to it.
I don't remember what the ads were from! Probably a Bill Hupe catalog? I should have put the cite on it at the time, but it got away from me.
I suspect that "several-somes" is their cute way of referring to a "threesome." I'm going to go ahead and wiki link it.
Thank you for catching the anomalies, Bobdog. --MPH (talk) 16:53, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

Re: Bob Johnson's Star Trek Marathons

Hi there,

I've just read your entry on Bob Johnson's Star Trek Marathons, and I believe I have some information that brings into question some of the points in the entry.

Mainly, that it wasn't Bob Johnson who created the Marathons. Johnson owned the 16mm prints, and once he knew they were money-makers, continued to screen them to the end of his life, but the idea was someone else's.

The 16mm prints, indeed, did come from South Africa, and, although they did look like tv broadcast syndication prints, as mentioned, there was no tv broadcasting in SA until the mid-70s. Johnson's prints were on Eastmancolor stock, and, clearly, had been produced in the 1960s. These prints, likely, came from SA film exchanges, which would hire them out to the public to run on their home 16mm projectors - this practice was very popular in South Africa, right up until the arrival of television there.

The execution of the first Star Trek Marathons, beginning in the 1970s, at the Ritz Cinema, in Errol Street, North Melbourne, used Bob Johnson's resources, but the idea was created and curated by another man - a local film-maker, artist, and Star Trek fan. I don't even know if Bob Johnson liked Star Trek, beyond the money that it made for him.

The calendars that are reproduced on your entry include artwork which is characteristic of the style of drawing of, and probably attributable to the man who created and implemented the Star Trek Marathon idea at the Ritz.

Further, Bob Johnson never cleared the rights to screen these films in public, and never paid a penny to the copyright owners, Paramount. Perhaps Bob Johnson is a 'historically' important figure in Star Trek fandom, but he could/should also be, equally, described as a notorious figure in film exhibition.

Best wishes,

Irving Gribbish

All very, very interesting! I'm going to put what you added here to the main page. I would like to find out who the fan was who drew the calendars and ran the actual marathons. If you run across that fan's name, will you let me know? I'll hunt around myself for that fan's name as well. --MPH (talk) 16:28, 2 September 2016 (UTC)

Re: The fan artist. The 1982 Calendar artwork is by Michael McGann (aka Mike McGann). The 1986 calendar is unsigned but it looks to me like Mike McGann, too. Cheers, John Gaspar

Fantastic Journey and Ghostbusters?


Can you think why you would have put a line about a Ghostbusters zine in an article about The Fantastic Journey? I deleted it but I will happily put it back if you wish.

Your servant -- Bobdog54 (talk) 18:34, 10 September 2016 (UTC)

That zine is a crossover with The Fantastic Journey, so put it back on the page. I did, tweak the description, however, as it was incorrect and confusing. :) --MPH (talk) 20:04, 10 September 2016 (UTC)

hpslash quote

Hi MPH, do you have the original source for the FAQ you quoted on the hpslash (LiveJournal community) page? It looks to me like it's talking about the hpslash mailing list, not the LJ comm. Also, I couldn't find the source by Googling--if it's from the WBM or something then ignore me, but if it's from the members-only ML then it shouldn't be quoted directly. In any case, thank you very much for the work you've been doing on HP pages lately, it's been wonderful to see them pop up on my Watchlist :). --sparc 03:47, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

I think Sparcicle is correct - the FAQ goes with the HP Slash mailing list. I think the FAQ was from an early version of the mailing list that was hard to find on the WBM, possibly a website that linked to the mailing list and had the FAQ next to the link. But MPH may remember more. --MeeDee (talk) 05:57, 16 September 2016 (UTC)
I must have gotten the two comms mixed up, easy enough to do! I'll remove the FAQ. Glad you're enjoying all the HP stuff, sparc. :) --MPH (talk) 12:26, 16 September 2016 (UTC)
Thank you both! If you do find the FAQ source, I think it would be a good addition to the hpslash (mailing list) page. --sparc 05:38, 17 September 2016 (UTC)

Adding quotations

Trying add reviews from Pillow talk for various zines. Did Fumbling towards ecstasy, the Fugitive zine, and it displays wrong. What did I do wrong or can't you have more than two?

Since both titles have more than one meaning/page on Fanlore, they needed their disambiguation. I fixed both, and you can see the examples on both pages. :) --MPH (talk) 18:27, 10 October 2016 (UTC)


Thanks, MPH! --PriscillaD (talk) 00:06, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

Oracle-Blake's 7 zine

The code is a little strange for edition 1 and edition 17 and I think References and Reviews. When I click on those pages I tend to end up on edition 17 and then at the very top of the edit page for the entire article. It could be my computer (which is acting kind of squirrelly) and I am unsure of the exact code to use so I am deferring to you the expert. Bobdog54 (talk) 21:42, 27 October 2016 (UTC)

This page, right? Bobdog, I'm not seeing what you see, I think. I know that the only fan comments are general ones for the whole series and at the top. Things look okay to me. --MPH (talk) 22:09, 27 October 2016 (UTC)

I'm going back there to check again. I have rebooted everything so maybe it was a momentary fluke. Thanks Bobdog54 (talk) 20:23, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

I'm in over my head regarding image categories

I'm usually pretty good at adding categories to images/files, but I have found myself overwhelmed by them this last month. If anyone felt like pecking away at this task, the list of them is at: --MPH (talk) 13:57, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

Bernay's cafe

Again with this title. Have made scans of the reports of the Vice parties at the '86 and '87 Media Wests. Do I upload jpegs to get them to you? Is this the easiest way? Or is there another way that you would prefer?

Let's try that first, Jessency. Send them to my email via my user page? --MPH (talk) 19:53, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

Finished with the this finally. Uploaded the scans for 1986, 1987, 1988 Vice parties at Media West. Hope you find them useful.

Thank you for the info, Jessency. I put con reports on two of the pages, and linked them up with Bernay's Cafe. I also took a stab at the dates on two of those letterzines regarding the month. --MPH (talk) 23:04, 26 November 2016 (UTC)