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Catalogue Pages

I think a great many of our catalogue pages, ie, Supranational Organizations, Military, Technology, and so on are somewhat redundant. Should we delete the pages from the list on the main page, or change them? BoArthur 10:10, 8 Feb 2005 (PST)

You certainly got a point. But somehow, I'd feel sorry to delete those pages. I think the structure we are having now (linking to those pages from the Main Page) is not necessarily a bad one. Of course, linking to the categories could work, but wouldn't look better. No, I'd rather opt for making those pages look nicer! IJzeren Jan 09:22, 22 Feb 2005 (PST)


My, aren't we prolific. 635 pages and more coming every day; phenomenal. BoArthur

Yep! This new wiki has certainly enhanced our creativity! IJzeren Jan 09:22, 22 Feb 2005 (PST)

924 at the moment. Cool! IJzeren Jan 23:59, 27 Feb 2005 (PST)

We've hti the 1,000 mark, although I would say about 100-150 are not really articles...but that's okay, what a milestone!BoArthur 10:13, 11 Mar 2005 (PST)

The New Front Page

Wow! Très impressionant ! I love it, frankly. Your re-laying out is incredible. If I could've imagined such a page, I would've re-lain the whole thing like that.

Very, very snazzy! BoArthur 00:28, 22 Feb 2005 (PST)

Indeed! Looks very slick, very professional. Deiniol

<blush> Well, I didn't do much more than copying the source code from FrathWiki's Main Page and adapting it. Yet, it took me about two hours! Thanks for the compliment, anyway! :) ~~~~

Joe's Return

Very impressed. Apologies for my absence, but my PC crashed. Still, hello all. Joe 13:09, 26 Feb 2005 (PST)

Welcome back! Sorry to hear about your computer, but we're glad you're all right! We were afraid something had happened to you. Nik 13:56, 26 Feb 2005 (PST)
Well, my computer is once more alive, and better than ever before! I'm sure it appreciates your sympathy, though.

I thought maybe the daleks had gotten you. BoArthur

Them filthy Daleks'll never get me. Joe 00:16, 27 Feb 2005 (PST)

Hey Joe, Welcome back! I won't hide the fact that I felt a bit worried about your sudden and unusually long absence, so I'm very glad to hear that you are fine. I hope you have no hard feeling about us abandoning your wiki? There really was no other way out of the mess. IJzeren Jan 01:09, 27 Feb 2005 (PST)

Hell no, this is much better than I could ever have done. And understandable. No, I was using a spare computer for quite a while, and didn't really feel too comfortable about keeping my email on it, since other people used it, and it had little to no hard-drive space. I probably should have informed everybody, but I was too busy diagnosing what the problem was with my old one. (Turned out the Power supply blew, which then proceeded to blow the motherboard and hard drive.) Still, sorry to worry anyone. Joe 01:51, 27 Feb 2005 (PST)


I think the categories along the side should be either a separate page, or should be edited to removed dead links. Add those if and when they are created. - Nik 18:53, 8 Mar 2005 (PST)

I agree Nik. The Categories are overkill for the scope of the IB Wiki...maybe having them as a page unto themselves...but not on the main page. It's own page could actually be nice...and that way we know best how to categorize stuff.BoArthur 21:06, 8 Mar 2005 (PST)
I agree as well. And frankly, I think we should avoid a wildgrowth of categories. If there are only ten articles that can be categorised as "science", I can't see why we should make any further subdivisions into different types of science at all. Please, let's not forget that this is IB, not the real world. Our scope will never be the same, so let's not even try to mimic the "real" wikipedia. IJzeren Jan 01:06, 9 Mar 2005 (PST)
Note that categories can be edited at Template:Categories, in order to add or delete entries. I added because I thought it would be nice to be able to navigate through categories so any page could be found from Category:Main, but, of course, the tree of categories could be very different to Wikipedia's.
I suggest we could discuss a tree of categories in discussion for Template:Categories.
--Chlewey 07:17, 10 Mar 2005 (PST)

Number of pages

How long does it take to update the "number of pages" number on the Main Page. Only, it does take a while. --Sikulu 07:33, 15 February 2006 (PST)

What do you mean? That number is taken straight from the statistics! You simply type {{NUMBEROFARTICLES}} and what you get is 3,598. —IJzeren Jan Uszkiełtu? 09:16, 15 February 2006 (PST)
I notice that it usually takes at least 20 minutes to refresh itself (for me at least). --Sikulu 03:23, 16 February 2006 (PST)
It often takes longer than that for me Nik 18:55, 3 April 2006 (PDT)

Most peculiar. When I look at the main page right now, the top gives the time as Tuesday, 4 April 2006, 21:03 and the number of articles as 1,997. If I look at the French page, I see Tuesday, 4 April 2006, 21:31 and the number of articles as 1,999. If I look at the Montreiano page, I get Tuesday, 4 April 2006, 21:57 and the number of articles as 2,000. Nik 15:09, 4 April 2006 (PDT)

2,000 Articles!

I just noticed that my Pak Ol-Uañ has bumped the number of articles to a round 2,000! Nik 15:09, 4 April 2006 (PDT)


No, I don't think I really like it on the Front Page. That page IMO is our "vitrine" to the outside world. It should tell people in a few sentences what IB is, how we work, how they can join it, and where they can find info. The COTF is a purely internal thing, and frankly, I don't think it looks good on the Main Page. It would definitely have belonged on a "community portal", but we don't have that (and neither do we need it). If you ask me, the best place to add this template would be somewhere in Lla Dafern, right under the TOC. —IJzeren Jan Uszkiełtu? 14:06, 11 May 2006 (PDT)

Then I shall move it there.  :) That fits better IMHO. BoArthur 14:45, 11 May 2006 (PDT)

IB Serbian

Can I translate the Main Page in IB Serbian? --George D. Bozovic (talk) 15:27, 26 July 2006 (PDT)

I don't know. Can you? ;) Go right ahead, we've got it in just about everything else! :) BoArthur 17:01, 26 July 2006 (PDT)
All I can say it's a really cool idea! Just keep in mind that there will be some changed in the Main Page soon.
On a related note, what exactly are the differences between IB Serbian and *here*'s Serbian? I noticed the name of the capital is "Бијоград". Would that make it "Biograd" in English? Furthermore, I noticed things like "Сербија" instead of "Србија", and "держава" instead of "држава". No syllabic r, then? —IJzeren Jan Uszkiełtu? 23:04, 26 July 2006 (PDT)
No syllabic r, there is er instead of it, like in Russian. :) --George D. Bozovic (talk) 15:31, 28 July 2006 (PDT)
Where is this translation? I'm excited! Trying to learn Srpski atm! Geofism 10:41, 12th March 2009 (AEDST)

Talk like a pirate day

Thanks to the DH for this! I almost forgot the day myself. --Quentin 04:07, 19 September 2006 (PDT)

Oo-ar Dan lad. It be a fine idea. (Oh no. I've been watching that documentary on Blackbeard too much.) --Sikulu 06:11, 19 September 2006 (PDT)
Avast me hearties! Tis a great day to swashbuckle and haul keel! Be ye ready for the fray? YARR! BoArthur 08:20, 19 September 2006 (PDT)


Har har. I were very confused, 'til I looked here 'n' remembered that today were Talk Like a Pirate Day. Sectori 17:54, 19 September 2007 (PDT)

Avast! I be tardy in me pirating today, laddie, but it be good nonetheless. Now bring me swag an' grog an' a right saucy wench! Pirating awaits! BoArthur 18:50, 19 September 2007 (PDT)
Yarr. :( I missed all the Talk Like a Scurvy Scandinavian Privateer festivities. We should save the Pirated version of the frontpage for future use. Elemtilas 19:20, 20 September 2007 (PDT)
I brought back last years for that very purpose! :) BoArthur 01:01, 21 September 2007 (PDT)
You mean I've missed Talk Like a Scurvy-legged Scandinavian Privateer two years running? Well shiver me mains'l and belay the shagglers! Elemtilas 14:50, 21 September 2007 (PDT)

Paggina hPrima

Ho htraduzhitte la pphaggina hprima a ll'Helvica: Paggina hPrima. Could someone put it in the bars at the top of the other main pages? Sectori 16:38, 26 November 2006 (PST)

Never mind. Figured out how to do it myself. Don't know why I couldn't before. Sectori 12:54, 26 March 2007 (PDT)

Ten years?

Out of curiosity: how long have we been celebrating our Tenth Year now? ;) —IJzeren Jan Uszkiełtu? 11:00, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Bo Arthur placed the banner there on 3 January 2007 by the looks of it. Perhaps it can be reverently taken down later this year and some brief mention that we've been working on all this for more than a decade can be incorporated into the introduction itself? Elemtilas 12:56, 23 July 2008 (UTC)
We could always be celebrating our Eleventh Year! ;) I like the idea, Padraic. BoArthur 14:18, 23 July 2008 (UTC)
Indeed. The Main Page needs some rewriting anyway, since "boldly entering Lla Dafern" is not quite possible anymore for someone who is not a member. On the other hand, I think I should modify it as little as possible, because otherwise all the translations become worthless. —IJzeren Jan Uszkiełtu? 14:20, 23 July 2008 (UTC)
Unless you're volunteering to do all the translations...which, as Eddie Izzard is prone to say, is easy for the Dutch, since you naturally end up speaking four languages! (and can smoke marijuana...) ;) (If you haven't seen Izzard, he really is quite funny). BoArthur 14:53, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Avast! Who be sleepin' at the helm?

I'd put up the pirate version, but I believe it requires someone the rank of Admin or higher. Benkarnell 19:56, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Yarr and avast, I be forgetten Talk Like a Pirate Day...I be fit to walk the plank! BoArthur 16:57, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

Russian Main Page

I've made a new Main Page translation, please, add it to the Main Page translations list. Mohatma369 17:51, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

The Qazaq translation also needs to be added. - Geoff 03:24, 16 August 2009 (UTC)

Table Help

Would anyone be able to help me with the table I've made at Romanization of Greek? I've never had good luck with anything in that sort field, especially not templates on nations. One letter or number missing or added, and the whole thing turns into a wall of text is what usually happens, I'm sort of surprised I didn't ruin the screen this time. Misterxeight 22:54, 15 August 2009 (UTC)


Nice one, nearly gave me a heart attack :P Seth 08:48, 2 April 2010 (UTC)

That was a bad one trick! When I opened IBWiki last night I was terribly surprised, I was afraid it was true but on the other hand I thought that if something as serious as this could happen there would be discussion with all us. And such discussion didn't happen as far I know. Also I don't know how could anyone think our work here isn't notable if there are wikis of all sorts, some realy not notable. Others might not like this stuff, they have such right, but IBWiki is the compilation of a strong collective imagination based on intelligence and knowledge. To write here we have to know a lot of what we are talking about, I mean real world. Since I found out IB by accident about five years or so ago it became a part of me so as I became a part of it. Guess others here have same feelings about Ill Bethisad even if some of us might have lost interest along the years and retreated. Even those gave a contribution to this world, our private world, which we should respect and well treat. Others appeared here more recently, as me and others, all sharing this vision of what would the world look like if things happened differently. There are other places in the internet combining alternate history, conculture, conlaguaging and so on but I don't know any other as complete as Ill Bethisad. Congratulations to present and past members, even to future members. WE MADE A HELL OF A GOOD JOB!--Pedromoderno 22:07, 2 April 2010 (UTC)
Sorry for the heart attack, Pedro - April Fools! BoArthur 22:21, 2 April 2010 (UTC)

IB Croatian

Can IB Croatian please be added to the list of other languages on the Main Page? Thanks! :) Dalmatinac 18:51, 19 June 2010 (UTC)


Hello, everyone!

I know it's been awhile; bit of a password mix-up on my part, it was. What have I missed? I noticed Syria and Lebanon are expanding at an exponential rate (both articles are a very nice read, by the way). On my part, quite a bit's changed. I dropped the kiddy-immaturity while I was gone; the search for a university goes that to one, I suppose. I discovered my British heritage and embraced it, much to my Irish-American Catholic Father's chagrin, I've picked up a bit of Portuguese and am now an ardent Lusophile and fully intend to take my studies of the language with me to college, and I've been wondering where I could do with my respective sphere.

Probably not very far, unfortunately; the search for a higher-education is infinitely more stressful than I could have imagined, so I have no true free-time. I'd mostly like to come back for the nice conversations with everyone and to watch the goings-on of the site. But, when I do find a college, which should be by about April/May, I'll have finals coming up, but after that in June, then I'd like to start writing again, God-willing. That is unless if while I was gone, someone adopted Greece, assassinated the Royal Family, and established a republic or something :D. I'd be okay with that, I just hope that I could stay none the less!

Hoping everyone's been well, Misterxeight 13:46, 30 October 2011 (PDT)

It's great to have you back, Brian. I was wondering why were you absent after being so active. Welcome back!--Pedromoderno 17:50, 30 October 2011 (PDT)

Ay, obgrigado muito, senhor! Agora, estou aprendo português (em um dialeto europeu, claro que sí); podemos falar em el espanhol real, jaja. I should warn you, though; I speak a weird mixture of European Portuguese and Castilian Spanish; it confuses and frustrates my Spanish teacher and Spanish friends to no end. Ja, é um chiste malo errr I mean "mau"! Misterxeight 20:44, 30 October 2011 (PDT)

Well, I suppose this works out! I'm back again, hopefully to stay for awhile longer this time around! You know, I was actually just saying at the Yahoo Group that it was a map that brought me back. It's not finished yet: I made errors of course, and there are border-related quandaries a few people would like to look into. I have to look into my own sphere because I just don't remember a thing. Hopefully I can try to figure out things soon, and start working during the holiday season. But for now, I'm trying to be focused on re-learning what I lost. Misterxeight 14:36, 12 December 2012 (PST)

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