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Problems with a upload files?

I'm trying to upload an image for an article about a book but when creating the thumbnail an error occurs. What was the problem happened? Did I made any mistake? Because the image is within the maximum size request.

What Should We Call This?

Yay! We have a place to talk about all those things that don't fit anywhere else. But, what should we call this discussion page? On Wikipedia, the page is called the "Village Pump." That does not sound very "romance-y" and we don't want to just copy them. I have suggested elsewhere that we call it the "Tea Room," or "Coffee House." What are your suggestions?--Kay T 16:02, 19 September 2007 (PDT) P.S. While we get the page set up, is it okay to have discussions about this page here. Once we have it going, such discussions should go to the project talk page.

Discussion Parlor? --Robini 19:49, 19 September 2007 (PDT)
I like Parlor(y) type names, water cooler is good, Tea Room...like that. Or we could go with a Regency theme with Assembly Room(s).--Romancewiki 09:56, 22 September 2007 (PDT)
I vote for "Tea Room". --DawnBurn 14:29, 25 September 2007 (PDT)

Announcements?

We could also use this for announcements although that does not seem right. Anyway, there is a new Help:Talk Pages with a question on its Help talk:Talk Pages. --Kay T 16:25, 19 September 2007 (PDT)

Awards

I think we need an award for User:Leigh and User:Amy. It is a slow day when they are not around adding/fixing hundreds of books! Thanks! --Kay T 15:00, 29 September 2007 (PDT)

I second this nomination (though would also note that User:Kay T and User:DawnBurn have been equally awesome. I only glanced at the site while on vacation (apparently there's a rule against wiking while on vacation, though I did get a few interesting comments about my RW t-shirt -- wiki means "quick" in Hawaiian!), so it's just awesome to see all the new stuff and, especially, all the content clean-up. I know that Leigh is aware of the offer for a book bag (and Kay's was finally put in the mail!), so Dawn and Amy, if you're needing a bag, let me know.--Romancewiki 19:48, 29 October 2007 (PDT)
Um, I'm highly flattered. I do think Leigh & Amy should get awards for most prolific and most page additions. I believe I serve mostly as a gadfly and doing background organizational stuff which appeals to my anal retentative side without requiring new content from me. If you have extra bags, I would be honored to receive one, but I'd prefer to wait until both Leigh & Amy have been contacted because they are super duper awesome. --DawnBurn 16:05, 30 October 2007 (PDT)
Wow, thanks guys :) I have to say I don't add nearly as many pages as Leigh -- I tend to get on something like adding book descriptions to Superromance pages and go and go and go until I find something else to obsess over. What I really need is wiki rehab! :) --Amy 18:01, 30 October 2007 (PDT)
Chocolate for rehab! We need chocolate! We really do appreciate all of your hard work - fixing or adding. I just know that when I first made the comment, I looked at Recent changes and there were no entries from Amy or Leigh yet that day - a slow day indeed! Sort of scary. Felt like I needed to call you to make sure you were okay. ;) And having people understand RomanceWiki well enough to do the behind the scenes stuff is so great! Thanks --Kay T 16:07, 1 November 2007 (PDT)

Category: Books by Publisher

I have noticed that several publisher categories have been created and used on book pages for that publisher's books. This is not a bad idea, and I created a mega-category: Category:Books By Publisher. We could add a publisher category on the book template. What do you all think? --Kay T 20:20, 29 October 2007 (PDT)

Looks like we're both up late (okay, heading off to bed after this -- have to return to the Evil Empire tomorrow). I think, way back when, I might have started to categorize books by publisher, but not categories. I quickly realized that the by publisher designation might be useful, but was also unwieldy. Books by imprint -- which is closer, I think, to what you're doing here -- makes more sense. Nobody seeks "Books by Harlequin", but they do seek "Presents" (or Harlequin Presents). Just as with the author designation, it makes sense to categorize books in this way.
I am guilty of being inconsistent in this regard (having not found my original method of categorizing books by publisher to be particularly effective). I would agitate for imprint over publisher, but publisher if imprint is unknown/not easily discernible. I am strongly in favor of offering the maximum number of options for finding content. Other thoughts?--Romancewiki 23:46, 29 October 2007 (PDT)
Yes, I would probably do book imprints since we have started to use those for Harlequin, but for Red Rose it is probably okay to just do the publisher for now. The other publisher category that had been created was for Samhain, but that was one that had been nominated for deletion, and I think you did delete it this weekend. Maybe Dawn or others will have some thoughts on this. I am not wedded to one way or the other. --Kay T 13:24, 30 October 2007 (PDT)
The reason why the Samhain page was up for deletion was because it was a double, IIRC. I'm not against Category:Books By Publisher in that the point of RW is to help people find the books they are looking for. However, I do think Romancewiki's notes are potentially troublesome. In that what category do we use for things like Harlequin versus Blaze (Publisher versus Imprint). I think more people do look by imprint,and if each imprint category was a subset of the overarching publisher, that might be good. But we already have inconsistencies in how the imprints are named or referenced on the book pages. I'm realizing I'm not making a preference either way. Umm... yes to having the mega-category being added, and potentially yes to that being added to the template. But realizing that all previously created pages won't have and that we'll likely get duplicates of categories due to spelling/caps/inclusion of publisher and imprint or just imprint/etc. into those categories. --DawnBurn 16:03, 30 October 2007 (PDT)
Darn you Dawn for practicality! Here's my thinking, for what it's worth (about what you're paying...). When I first started, I was a naive babe in the woods. I think -- and someone will surely correct me as it was a rookie error -- I named a page "Romance". It meant either Harlequin or Silhouette Romance (I can't recall), but it was a stupid page name and I'm crossing my fingers that the more organized of us have fixed it.
I do believe that people search more by imprint than publisher (though in the case of Harlequin, both are equally popular). If I were to do it all over, I would create a mega-category for each publisher and then a sub-category for each imprint. That would achieve the goal of making sure that information was accessible no matter how people search (and people search in ways you cannot begin to imagine -- if you're ever bored, watch a co-worker or friend or (best) mother search. It's quite stunning and also educational.
So I am advocating for a particular hierarchy, but also realizing that this is a huge time suck (and when it comes to the wiki, we all so many of those, right?). But...light, tunnel, all that. If someone has the energy and time to write a set of rules for categorization, I do have a resource who can help. If not, my feeling is we make this a future project while we put guidelines in place for go-forward content. Thoughts, agreements, disagreements, better ideas (you all have way better ideas than moi)...? --Romancewiki, signed for author by DawnBurn 16:58, 8 November 2007 (PST)

Shock, gasp! You forgot to sign your post, RomanceWiki. My thought was that this could be added to the template and as you said we could add the publisher category going forward, gradually adding to existing books as needed. What other complications are we not thinking of? One is that a category of "Avon" might contain both books, info about the publisher and authors. Does that matter? I also wonder if there is some "easy" way of doing this. At this point, as you see from the mega-category (Category:Books By Publisher), there are both imprint categories, publisher categories, and articles with lists of books by publisher. We could also add the numbered series here if we wanted to. hmmm...--Kay T 13:22, 2 November 2007 (PDT)

Replying to Kay's post, but the general thread. I have some LIMITED experience with writing code. I might be able to come up with a rule set, if we are talking about a bot. I think this thread speaks to a general "need" to clean up. There is still the Romance page, and the naming of the imprints (and their associated by the number pages) is um... random at best. But moving all of those pages (nominally annoying) and then fixing all the redirects (way more annoying) could be more easily done by a use of bot, which would then potentially allow at the same a restructuring of the mega-category to allow more searching. So, it might be of benefit to examine if from a complete overhaul instead of just 'going forward.' I'm willing to use what limited code skills I have toward this and I've considered more than once figuring out enough to write a bot that would auto add the Same Title, Multiple Author books to the Books Alpha pages (which, incidentally, I'm not fond of and are incomplete and hard to use, not that I actually have a better suggestion). Umm... short summary:
Let's talk (here or in group chat) about how it might be best to restructure from the ground up with the use of a bot for any high repetitive tasks in cleanup.--DawnBurn 16:58, 8 November 2007 (PST)
Dawn, I think that someone here might have figured out how to use AWB (from Wikipedia) to do some repetitive tasks, and I have wanted to learn but am afraid. :) One of the problems of thinking or talking about a mega-category and the category tree structure is that there is no good way of seeing that structure on the wiki. That even drives me crazy on the RomanceWiki:Category Index -- hard to show the structure. At one point (many moons ago) I had dumped all the categories into Excel and then made the structure more obvious. How would you suggest we do a restructure? Should we move this to the category index talk page?--Kay T 13:43, 9 November 2007 (PST)

Traffic Analysis

Before I go back and read what Kay and Dawn are discussing above (lot of words, little coffee), I'll introduce a new idea for those of you who love to waste time on research. When I have time, I like to focus on building up content related to search phrases used to bring (see recent pages for Anne Weale and Sara Seale as examples). I've pulled out the approximately Top 20 Search Phrases that our readers are using (note: this list is edited to toss out things like "romancewiki"). If you're looking for hours of fun, adding content to these pages is the way to go!--Romancewiki 10:12, 10 November 2007 (PST)

Discussion Options

To make the discussions about structure and content more efficient, I am wondering if we need to create a list, forum, blog (which, yes, is still high on my list -- just waiting for tech guy to add Kay's category page. I am turning into quite the nag on that).--Romancewiki 10:12, 10 November 2007 (PST)

Publishers and Books with Same Name

I've encountered another problem with creating disambiguation pages - books that have the same name as a publisher or imprint. Some examples:

Should we create a disambig page listing both the books and imprint (and if so, do the imprint pages need to be moved to "Title - Imprint" -- as we renamed similar anthology pages "Title - Anthology")? The problem with that, of course, is that a ton of links to that imprint will have be changed. Does anyone have a better solution? --Amy 19:47, 30 November 2007 (PST)

Funny you should mention this as I encountered this situation this week. In my case, because there were so few links to deal with, I changed the publisher name to the full title. However, since someone (me, I'm ashamed to admit) started off calling Temptation, Temptation, there are far too many links to change (though, I can ask my husband's assistant to do that if we choose to got that route -- she has the, as they say, bandwidth).
I admit that I like the idea of adding imprints to the disambiguation pages. Sick I know. I am willing to manage the task of dealing with the Temptation and Splendor links (first) if we agree that this is the optimal solution. I'm going to ping Leigh, Kay, and Dawn to weigh in.--Romancewiki 21:05, 30 November 2007 (PST)
Sorry, I have not been around lately! I have to say that I like the solution of having the imprint on the disamb page. Of course, thinking about the consequences of this is rather mind-boggling. If we moved Temptation the imprint to a page called Harlequin Temptation the the links would automatically redirect. But if we then wanted to make a disamb page called Temptation we would have to change all the links (I am not sure if that is even doable without a bot, has your "assistant" figured out bots?). I suppose we could call the disamb page Temptation (disambiguation)?? Don't really have my wiki-hat on right now. In the short term we could just make the book pages with the author's name, a disamb page called Temptation (disambiguation) and ?? --Kay T 15:52, 4 December 2007 (PST)
Actually, I'm more than halfway through making the page changes (I had some client downtime this week and am taking full advantage of this brief respite!); however, making the change through the database was option two. In fact, I was in the process of writing the rules for this when I realized I was going to be done with the project before I could turn it over. So I'm thinking that when this done (today or tomorrow), I'll contact Amy and she can her piece, I'll do my piece (moving a few authors), and we can add the Temptation imprint to the disambiguation page. I like that this makes the disambig concept more complete. I like complete.
I'm hoping the Genesis project is much smaller, otherwise, I'll go with making the changes on the database side (or, if you will the "bot" solution).--Romancewiki 11:25, 5 December 2007 (PST)
So I haven't been around (just started a new job and didn't see my talk page), but I just wanted to briefly say that I like the idea of having moved the Temptation to Harlequin Temptation. And I do think a bot solution could be done (still on my list of things to do is to play with a bot) since it would be a matter of changing all the pages (mostly) that link there. So, in general, I support fuller Imprint Article Titles (Publisher Imprint). --DawnBurn 11:35, 7 December 2007 (PST)
Kassia, thanks for taking care of the Temptation thing. Fixing Splendor and Genesis will much, much shorter since only a couple pages link to them. In fact, I should get Splendor done tonight. --Amy 16:37, 10 December 2007 (PST)
Then there's the final one to look at: Desire. It's on my mental radar rather than active radar since the schedule is much tighter this week.--Romancewiki 19:50, 11 December 2007 (PST)

Author Page Help

Hi, this is Lillith Payne. I'm new here and confused! I set up a basic page and can open it and print it. I CAN'T OPEN IT FROM THE AUTHOR LIST! If anyone can give me simple directions to correct this I'd appreciate it. My thanks, Lillith

Hi Lillith. Looks like you edited your user page User:Lillith Payne with your info but didn't create an actual wiki page. I've gone ahead and started one at Lillith Payne with the info from your user page and added you to the author list so you should be good to go. --Amy 15:15, 16 January 2008 (PST)

Hi Amy, Thank you so much for your help. I found the process completely frustrating not being able to find the fix. When I logged on today I knew I must have found a guardian angel. Consider me your random act of kindness for the week. Lillith

No problem Lillith, glad to help :) --Amy 14:44, 17 January 2008 (PST)

Hi, My name is Mahalia. I signed up to make a author page for myself but in the url it says User.Mahalia Levey and isn't popping up on google. My mentor has his name to the left in the wiki romance logo. What did I do wrong? Thanks

Hi Mahalia, You created your author page on your user page. I am not an author, just a romance novel enthusiast so my user page has what I'm updating on this site. The following is a link to your AUTHOR PAGE: Mahalia Levey. The following is a link to your USER PAGE User:Mahalia Levey. See the difference in the links? I've moved the information you put on your USER PAGE to your AUTHOR PAGE, so you should be good.--Greenstrawberry1982 00:28, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Thank you so much Greenstrawberrry1982 How do I add to it when I have more news? Also is there a link for setting up an author page? Others are asking me where to find how to set up an author page. Thank you so much for helping me so quickly. I saw the dif in the links, I just didn't know where to go to fill out more info on the author link.
ANSWERS:
Question 1: How do I add to it when I have more news?
Answer 1: Step 1. Sign in to romancewiki.com.
Step 2: Using the romancewiki search function, search for your name (i.e.Mahalia Levey). In the research results, click on the link to your page. You could also go to the author lists, find your name and click on it.
Step 3: At the top of your author page there are tabs labeled: page, discussion, edit, history, move, watch. Click the edit tab and start adding editing your author page. (FYI, If you don't sign in to romancewiki first the edit tab will be replaced with a tab labeled source. this allows you to view the text you previously wrote but not to change it).
Note: At this point it would be good to watch your author page by clicking on the watch tab at the top of your author page. The watch tab adds your author page to your my watchlist. Whenever you sign-in in the future, click your my watchlist link at the upper right-hand corner. If a page you are watching has been changed since you last visited, you will see it on your my watchlist. You can also have romancewiki email you when someone other than yourself makes any changes to your any pages you are watching (go to your my preferences link, seen at the upper right-hand corner of the page. to enable this function). After clicking on the watch tab. the tab should change to unwatch. FYI, you can do this for any page you are interested in (i.e. your book pages). If you have already done this, great!
Question 2: Also is there a link for setting up an author page?
Answer 2: Look to the left-hand column of this website and click on the Help link, Look for the section Editing Romancewiki and look in that section for the link to Author Pages. The link gives you step-by-step instructions on how to setup an author page and provides a template.
You also might want to set-up the ability for other uses of romancewiki to be able to e-mail you. I would have e-mailed you telling you I had posted an answer for you (go to you my preferences link to enable this function). Note: I will not know your e-mail address. the function just enables me to send a message to you via romancewiki (romancewiki is actually the one that send my message to you).
Hope my answers helped.--Greenstrawberry1982 18:42, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Thank you so much. yes they did. I am not a big techy person so learning codes or how to do things is the bane of my existence. You've done so much to help and I really appreciate it.

Hi! My name is Annie Alvarez and I seem to have the same problem as Mahalia. I set up an author page, but when I click on it from the Authors list, it says my page hasn't been written, yet. I know I wrote it, I can see it when I log in. What did I do wrong? Thanks.

Seems like you solved your own problem. Good work!--Greenstrawberry1982 18:20, 21 January 2011 (UTC)

RW Workflow

Rather than post this on my personal page (which I'm sure is out there somewhere!), I just thought I'd give a quick update about the big content stuff in progress (especially since Amy and Leigh are going gangbusters!). I'm adding author pages for all the Silhouette Romance authors and will do the by the numbers pages if someone doesn't beat me to it (I have all the content ready to roll when I get that far in my file). After that, I will go back and add the author pages for Harlequin Temptation authors. For some bizarre reason -- old age, probably -- I did the by the numbers pages, but never did all the work for each author. Quite a few have already been created by others, so I'll be filling in the gaps there. Phew!

On a go-forward basis, I am building a whole slate of author pages for various category lines. This is going alphabetically by author and should take a good long time. However, we'll have a huge database of romance authors with the best biographical information I can find (and yeah, if you know stuff I don't...). After that, I'll need to come up with a game plan for the rest of the bunch, but since I'm still on the "A" list of authors, I'm not rushing there.

To add some color, especially for older authors without much information, I'm also tracking down at least one halfway decent cover image. If anyone needs me to work on something else, just give a shout-out. Since this current workplan is so huge, I don't mind getting sidetracked a bit.

Also, I'm thinking we need to give some love to writing romance -- anyone know anyone who might be a great resource for this?--Romancewiki 21:30, 24 January 2008 (PST)

"give some love to writing romance"
What did you have in mind here RW? Good game plan, I somehow missed this when I was here the other day. --Kay T 17:46, 2 February 2008 (PST)
Specifically, I referring to building a good, strong writer resource section. I know we have some bits and pieces here and there, but it would be terrific to have an organized section. It's really the one area where we haven't made inroads, content-wise. It's on my long-term mental plan of things to do, but given my current workplan, it's a seriously future deal.--Romancewiki 21:09, 6 February 2008 (PST)
Yes, we could use some more here. Just for future reference, I have tried to keep up lists and links on the Resources page and in the category:Romance Resources. --Kay T 21:08, 7 February 2008 (PST)

Publisher's lines, numbered series

Leigh has been busy cleaning up the pages that contain lists of books in publisher's lines. Proactively, should we have a section in the style manual that says something like:

Publisher Imprints & Lines
When creating a page for a publisher's imprint, for example, Intimate Moments, it is best to include the name of the publisher in the title, Silhouette Intimate Moments. This makes it clearer that the article is about an imprint or line and not about a book with that title.

What do we think?? --Kay T 11:49, 31 January 2008 (PST)

That sounds like a good idea to me. --Leigh
I am in agreement with Leigh (who has been doing amazing work lately!). As noted above, I am doing loads and loads of author pages (which will be added to wiki as I get through the previous things -- there is something about having a queue that makes me excited), and I am using the publisher pages as guidelines when I create my links.
If Leigh needs to push some mindless content clean-up my way, just say the word. There are days when I need to put the brain on auto-pilot (especially lately...if only I had the time to do so!). And the husband's assistant is available for projects -- she's super tech savvy and has done a few wiki projects already. Wiki projects are not highest priority (!@@#$ men!), but tell me if there's something that you can't get to.--Romancewiki 20:58, 31 January 2008 (PST)

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--Kay T 17:52, 2 February 2008 (PST)

Kay -- I love the little graphics. They make me smile!--Romancewiki 20:43, 6 February 2008 (PST)
Yes, it is so perky! Hope your temporary dislocation is going okay, and you have found some books to read! even if you weren't dislocated we are in a dry spell, I think. --Kay T 21:08, 7 February 2008 (PST)

Author Page Help

Hi, my name is Cheryl A. Cornell. I set up a new page for myself yesterday, 2/9/08 for my first published novel, Treasure Found through The Wild Rose Press. Thought I followed the directions but I'm not showing up on the author list. If anyone has any ideas what I did wrong or how to fix it I'd appreciate any information you can give. I believed I edited the page but wasn't able to create it. Thanks to anyone who can help, Cheryl 10:35AM 2-10-08

  • I'm not sure if there was some database funkiness, or if you actually set up your info on your user page by mistake. User pages are different than author pages, because not every wiki user is an author - I've got a user page frex., but I'm just an editor. Anyways, I went ahead and added a page for you in the actual content of the wiki (user page "space" is different) and filled out the sorting/listing stuff for you. Your page can be found at Cheryl A. Cornell, and I filled out what I could of the Standard wiki template. You can edit it as you see fit, and delete the sections that don't apply to you (like pseudonyms). Also, if you click on the link for your book, I've loaded the books page template onto that page. You can click "edit" and fill out the info for your book, specifically. --Robini 13:37, 10 February 2008 (PST)

Thanks for Author Help

Hi Robini, Thanks for your help getting this straight and posted. I truly appreciate you giving me your time and knowledge; as you can tell this is beyond what my brain can compute. It's nice to be in a place where people actually help each other. I appreciate the welcome, Cheryl 2/11/08 9:52AM

HQ Series Numbering Discussion

Hi Teresa, I'm pasting your question below first, then trying to answer the question (I'm still out of town ... and down with a nasty cold, so if I'm incoherent, excuse me):

I have resently downloaded the Presents and Romance by the number pages to have a complete list of the titles. The problem i'm having is that there seems to be 2 seperate and distince collections in both. I don't understand how this is possible. Is there someplace else i can find the alternate lists?

What we're using here at the RomanceWiki is the US numbering system. The lines are also released in other countries, so that might account for differences. Or there is (always) the possibility of user error -- especially when it comes to the very early Harlequin Romance titles as I had to do a lot of digging to find those titles (and, yeah, I've whined to the Harlequin people about this, but I suspect they don't have a database going back to day one either).

If you're finding differences, I'd appreciate it if you brought them to my attention, or, since Leigh has been uber-terrific about adding content to these sections, her. We definitely want to get it right!--Romancewiki 17:26, 11 March 2008 (PDT)

It looks like Harlequin released some Romance and Presents titles to subscribers only in the late 80s/90s. The numbering for these books began again at 1 rather than fitting into the numbers of the retail books, creating a second set of Romance and Presents books whose numbers were significantly lower than the regular ones released at the same time, even though there doesn't seem to be much difference in their covers or content. We probably should add pages for these lists too, but I don't know what they should be called. --Leigh
Okay, I do have those subscription listings in my (extremely long) queue! I am adding the word "Subscription" to the end of the imprint name (ie, Harlequin Romance Subscription By The Numbers, etc). Since it's going to be a while before I upload these lists (I have found -- don't call me a slow learn (g) -- that if I do the author listings before I do the By The Numbers pages, I can correct for many of the "same title, multiple author" scenarios without having to do a lot of rework), if someone wants to start these listings now, just follow the above syntax so things will line up nicely with the categories. If for some reason it's deemed that a better title would work, just let me know and I'll do a search and replace in my text file (it won't be the first, nor the last!).--Romancewiki 15:22, 13 March 2008 (PDT)
I went ahead and started the pages. I'll add the titles ASAP. --Leigh

Vintage Romance Novels - best places to find

I collect vintage Gothic Romance and Romantic Suspense novels (and have fallen in love with adding them here) but anyway back to the point - I used to be able to pick these up quite easily at books sales, garage sales, and flea markets. But not anymore they are becoming harder and harder to find. The only place I can usually get them at consistently is at Ebay. I have found another site that is fun that does have a lot of vintage novels on it and I am picking up quite a few of the Mystique books that I don't have there. It is Paper Back Swap - I've found it useful to list my duplicates. So the question is - what other resources do you guys use?? Anyone else know of other websites that you can get vintage paperbacks on at a reasonable price?? --Devilbuny 05:10, 20 May 2008 (PDT)

I don't buy as many vintage romances as I used to, though I have a weakness for 1950's era medical romances -- which I pick up at a vintage bookstore when I get out that way (my schedule is too insane to contemplate trying eBay or other sources). I think there used to be a group called Bookstore Junkies (might want to check Yahoogroups) that was a terrific resource for swaps.
You might want to set up a page for other readers who are looking for great sources for classic books...I'm sure there are lots of great resources out there!--Romancewiki 20:11, 20 May 2008 (PDT)

What style for anthologies?

Hello! I'm a little confused about which style to use for anthologies. I've seen different styles A Gift Of Love - Anthology, Taming Him - Anthology (and also creating some by myself :( A Holiday Of Love, Upon A Midnight Clear - Anthology) and before I change them, I would like to know if there's a prefered style? And if so, could someone please include the style into the book template? And should I treat the novellas like book titels by creating a link (and later an own page)? Sweety1746 05:56, 1 October 2008 (PDT)

I believe the style is still being debated. As I think about it, my personal preference is to omit the word "Anthology" from the page title. However, it makes sense to add it in those instances where you encounter multiple books with the same title (in keeping with the style guide of adding the author names in these situations). I am open to opinions, of course. I don't create a lot of book entries, so would like to hear from those who focus on that area.
Novellas are tricky because it's sometimes hard to distinguish them from short stories. I tend to be more traditional style guide in this regard, creating a book page for the entire book and including information about each individual story on that page. On the author pages (and I admit I've changed my mind since the early days of adding content), I go with this approach:
* "Tame, Tame, Tame", ''[[Taming Him]]'' - 2008 ([[Publisher]]), with [[other author]], [[other author]] (if other authors are applicable

--Romancewiki 17:46, 3 October 2008 (PDT)

Lists by last name and first name

I need some help with this lists by surname and subname and such. I hope I can correctly explain what I mean. So, first let's see if I got all this lists right: 1. There are lists (i.e. Authors - C), in which the authors are sorted by their last name (surname), but I have to add an author by hand. I use this if I just can recall the last name of an author. 2. Lists, that sort the authors by first names within all authors with the same initial of the last name (i.e. [1]). Here the author appears automatically when I put the right category on the author's page. This list is useful if I can remember an author's first name, but am not sure about the last name (though I can exclude some possibilities). So what is the line "DEFAULTSORT:Last name, First name" in the author template good for? If I use it, the author will be sorted by the last name in the 2. list, which makes no sense according to the discription on page "Category:Authors By Subname". And by the way, what is a "subname"? I coudn't find a translation or definition anywhere.Sweety1746 07:11, 1 October 2008 (PDT)

Here is the rule of thumb for these lists:
# The alphabetical author pages are straight alpha listings, done, as you've noted manually. People search for content in multiple ways. These author listings (which I always use as my starting point when I add a new author page) are a convenience. They should be alphabetical by last name, first name.
# The category listings relate to question three. Categories are very cool for slicing and dicing content. However...
# If you do not use the DEFAULTSORT option, then the names do not properly alphabetize on the page. DEFAULTSORT tells the software to use X order when displaying the content within the categories. Default sort Wiki, Romance places the information in the "W" area. Default sort Romance Wiki places it in the "R" area. It's preferable to have authors sort by last and first (it just looks better that way). I also use DEFAULTSORT with books whose titles begin with articles:
{{DEFAULTSORT:Spy Who Loved Me, The}}
So, items two and three work hand-in-hand. Since item one is a manually generated list, it's up to the user to get the information in the right place. Does all this make sense, or have I muddied the waters even more? --Romancewiki 17:38, 3 October 2008 (PDT)
Ok, thanks so far, but I think I'm still trying to figure out the "aim" of this lists created by using DEFAULTSORT. I created a page for Gayle Callen and naturally I added "Category:Authors - C" so she is in the right category. There, without using DEFAULSORT, she is in the "G" area after Gay Cameron (although Callen alphabethically comes before Cameron). And that's how I understand it should be according to the description on the general page (http://www.romancewiki.com/Category:Authors_By_Subname). Quote: "In the Subcategories below the authors are alphabetized by their first names, i.e., an author named Amy Andrews will appear before Anne Anderson." In this example, both authors are listed in category A because of their last name and in the "A" area because of their first name. And if there's an author named Mary Andrews, she will be also in category A, but in the "M" area, won't she? (question#1)
But if I use DEFAULTSORT for my author, she is listed by her last name and appears as "Gaylen Callen" (first name - last name) in the "C" area. Only when there is another author with last name "Callen", they will be alphabetized by their first names. So, if I use DEFAULTSORT for all authors whose last names beginn with "C", there will be no subdividing into different areas in category C because all authors will be listed by their last names and so appear in the same area? (question#2) And then the example on the general page isn't correct!
And, considerin all things, using DEFAULTSORT will automatically create a list without areas and only (no offence) because the style "first name - last name" doesn't look good and maybe isn't good to search through there are these other "handmade" lists "last name - first name"? (question#3)
Please, let the answers to all three questions always be: "Correct!" :)
The description of the subcategories versus articles is incorrect.The Authors By Subname is automatically generated to pick up both categorized content and articles (which is really a redundant concept if all authors have been, at least, categorized correctly -- not everyone updates the manual list). Using DEFAULTSORT correctly alphabetizes authors by last, first no matter which category they're in, so I prefer it that way (and, if I recall correctly, User:Kay T did a lot of work to fix missing DEFAULTS. It looks like it's time to clean up other entries again.
Getting closer to answering your question?
Yeah, thanks. Now I understand the concept and will use DEFAULTSORT myself and add it on pages where it's still missing.


Why do we have two or more of the same category?

As I was starting to edit a couple of author pages, I noticed two or more of the same category.

Nora Roberts' page has Category: Writers who use Pen Names (which is a redirect to Category: Authors With Pseudonyms). I understand there being a category for Authors With Multiple Identities (if he or she has more than one pseudonym), but why the use of a redirect for the Pen Name? Should both be added to an author's page? Should one be added to the author's pseudonym page?

I'm just wondering what should be used since I'm adding an author's pen name to her page. It's funny how this author's pen name is mentioned on Wikipedia, but not on here. her pen name's books are listed on here, as well as some quotes, but no connection to the author - odd. --CreativeSoul7981 12:50, 7 November 2009 (UTC)

Sometimes it's a matter of semantics (I prefer pseudonym, someone else prefers pen name). I tend to clean up this kind of double-tagging when I encounter it because it's confusing (redundant tagging is not bad thing as people do use different terminology, and it's good to offer alternatives when they make sense).
I agree with RomanceWiki.--Greenstrawberry1982 06:09, 8 November 2009 (UTC)

Another Book With the Same Title

I started to add a new book to my page. I added the brackets, but when I went to edit/create that page for that book, there was already another book listed with the same title. How can I add my book? Thanks! Linda Mooney 23:43, 29 June 2010 (UTC)

See Help:Same Title Multiple Authors for instructions.--Greenstrawberry1982 01:04, 30 June 2010 (UTC)

UK Series Numbers

Do UK Mills & Boon Books have series numbers anymore? If so, does anyone have a site that actually says what they are? The UK Mills & Boon Website does not say.--Greenstrawberry1982 14:32, 24 June 2011 (PDT)

Error Creating Thumbnaill

I've been uploading some book covers and whilst the picture has downloaded, on the page created for the book it says 'thumbnail error' instead of showing the downloaded image. Not had this problem before, don't know why it's happened or how to fix it. Help!

--Romancewiki 12:59, 26 February 2013 (PST)I'm not sure why this is happening, but I did notice there were quite a few of these errors when I was cleaning up unused images. It appeared the upload to the site didn't happen properly, but I'll ask the tech dude to check into this to see if there is something weird going on. Can you send me a link to a page that is having this problem?

Here's a link to two of the pages, thanks. http://www.romancewiki.com/Tangle_In_Sunshine http://www.romancewiki.com/Young_Tracy

Still working on this, but one fix is in place. On Young Tracy, it appears the files aren't uploaded. I can access one of the Tangle in Sunshines. Sorry for being so frustrating on this issue, but there may be multiple issues (first fix seems to address a problem with the webhost). Can you try re-uploading the Young Tracy files? Hoping to see some success! --Romancewiki 20:00, 3 March 2013 (PST)

Had a go at uploading Young Tracy again, still has the thumbnail error. Thanks.

Is there any way around this thumbnail issue? Would love to do more pages but would feel it's a waste of time if this is still going to be an issue. 1 April 2013

  • Still working on a solution. It's a problem on the webhost side, not on the software side. Every time I feel like it's been solved, I discover a new problem. Really, really annoying. Will let you know once it's fixed.--Romancewiki 14:44, 1 April 2013 (PDT)

Thumbnail Error - Is there any fix?

I read the item on thumbnail error but I do not see the fix. I tried several times to upload it but keep getting the same error message even though I can clearly see my book cover when I click on the link. Please let me know what I can do. My author name is Ruth A. Casie. The book is The Guardian's Witch. --RuthACasie (talk) 08:22, 15 May 2013 (PDT)11:22, 15 May 2013 (EST)

There is a problem with the image upload. We've been working for months to get this fixed, and every time I think it's done, something happens. The image is there, and properly attached to the page, but won't display until this problem is finally resolved. Very, very frustrating!