This Might Be A Wiki talk:Babel

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What about stuff like "this user plays [instrument]" or "this user's favourite TMBG video is [whatever]"? Whirrrlwind

How about more band members, like favorite Dan, favorite drummer (with Cog included), etc?--Ecks 10:10, 27 Feb 2006 (CST)

How about pictures of guitars, bass, accordion... -- apfelbitsliam

Editing these Userboxes isn't hard. I mean, all you have to do is copy and paste from one of the other templates and mess around with it for a bit on a NEW template page, of course. It's really not that bad. The only time it gets even slightly tricky is when you have to add links to pages with people's names on them (IE Song Votes or Contributions) and that's not even all that hard. All you really need is a basic knowledge of HTML and hex colours. --ArAn 15:23, 5 Mar 2006 (CST)

Yeah, it really is easy. And I hope you don't mind TOO much, but I had to tone down the purples a bit in your Contributions babel. It's just that the majority of the wiki isn't female. >_> -CapitalQtalk ♪ 15:29, 5 Mar 2006 (CST)

I don't mind one bit! --ArAn 15:33, 5 Mar 2006 (CST)

Perhaps a "favorite TMBG lyric" babel?

Did it for you. --liam
And I helped! -CapitalQtalk ♪ 16:59, 25 Mar 2006 (CST)

Anyone think it would be a good idea to add other favorite band members to the babel (for example, "Danny Weinkauf is this user's favorite John")?

Add the trumpet[edit]

I think it would be nice if there was an icon for trumpet players. I play the trumpet, and I'd like to show that off on my userpage. -tomthefirst

I'll do it for you this time, but know that in the future it's not hard at all to copy and paste the code from one babel to make a new one. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 16:32, 20 Mar 2006 (CST)
'Tis done. Enjoy! :D -CapitalQtalk ♪ 16:38, 20 Mar 2006 (CST)
Excellent! Thank you very much! I will keep in mind about what you said. -tomthefirst

"Songs Rated" issues[edit]

I can't get the "User has rated the following songs" module to work with my username, presumably due to the space in it. I did have it briefly working by manually editing the link to say "?userid=Salt-Man%20Z", but then that stopped working... Can anyone help? Thanks. --Salt-Man Z 12:00, 7 Apr 2006 (CDT)

Yep - i've been working on that...I hope to have that fixed for you soon! Thanks --Duke33 12:51, 7 Apr 2006 (CDT)


How about some babels for which albums you OWN? Since I only have A User's Guide to They Might Be Giants, and I'd sure like a babel to say that I have it.

Also, I don't even know how to make a custom one, so I can't really do it myself.

That's not a TMBG album, it's a compilation by Rhino. :) Well, anyway, ownership on user pages is being worked on. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 18:29, 22 Apr 2006 (CDT)
What happened to this project? - Whirrrlwind (Woosh!) 12:11, 7 May 2006 (CDT)
Good question -cyber95

Tuba & Trombone[edit]

Both of those instruments have been featured in TMBG songs. I also happened to play both. Maybe we need some babels for those!

Did it for you. Enjoy!--Josherz 14:59, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

page name[edit]

why is the name of the page "babel" when it doesn't relate to languages 10:48, 2 November 2006 (UTC)

It comes from Wikipedia. The "babel boxes" were (and are) made to put on your userpage to show what languages you could edit articles in, but then people used the same template to say other stuff on their userpages, and I guess the word "babel" still stuck.  ~ magbatz
They're called "userboxes" there now. The only ones still called "babel" are the language ones, and even then it's something more like "babel userboxes". I suppose we could move it. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 08:02, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

Venue Songs[edit]

A "favorite venue song" babel would be dandy. Any thoughts on this?--Josherz 17:18, 24 December 2006 (UTC)

Don't know if this'll be added to the babel list, but here's a userbox that does that:

Venuesongscover.jpg This user's favorite venue song is Pittsburgh.

And just change the insides of the bracket with Pittsburgh to whatever song you want. ~ magbatz 21:14, 24 December 2006 (UTC)

I've taken the liberty to create thumbnails for possible venue song babels. However, I'm still unaware as to how you go about uploading images to TMBW, so if anyone could kindly explain, it would be greatly appreciated.--Josherz 00:23, 25 December 2006 (UTC)

It's right here: Special:Upload. The link to it's located on the lower part of the left navigation thing under the "toolbox" (but only if you're logged in). By the way, if you're creating these just for babel boxes, keep in mind the pictures will be put in a space of 45x45 pixels, so making them that size would probably be good though not definitely necessary. ~ magbatz 00:53, 25 December 2006 (UTC)
Ok they're finished, you can see them here. Tell me what you think! (Is it good enough for the main babel page?)--Josherz 14:18, 28 December 2006 (UTC)
I...LOVE them. w00t, time to swipe Vancouver for my page. :) --Overjoy 14:49, 28 December 2006 (UTC)

Hey ev'rbod-E, just wondering if someone could make a favorite album is cast your pod to the wind babel thing. That would be awesome. - SGWAF

I have one on my site but it was assembled very crudely. Take/modify it if you want. - Whirrrlwind (Woosh!) 17:03, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

State Songs babel box[edit]

so i have created the State Songs state babel box, viewable here: Template:Babel:StateSongsState. if you like it, don't like it, tell me. if you like it enough you think it should go on the babel page, then please do so. i thought it'd be a cool box. please leave feedback on what you think. --antgeth 18:34, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

Reasons no: In a perfectly proportionately demographic world, about one in three comes from a State Song state, so it's not that special. There's also the issue of states like Nebraska, Alaska, California, Maryland, Tennessee, Ohio, and probably others that are pseudo-psort-of-state-songs, and of course a few more TMBG state songs (Indiana, probably others). There's also the question of how many people will use it, and whether it deserves to be up there.
Reasons yes: It's cute, and there's always the sure-why-not factor; I wouldn't have even written the above reasons if I weren't bored during study hall. ~ magbatz 19:19, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

Played Flansy's Guitar[edit]

There should SO be one for "This user played Flansy's Guitar". - SGWAF

This should so be a thing. Maybe when I have some time..... - Dr Raygun (14 april 2015)


Perhaps a Babel Box that says "This user is also on Youtube.png" (kinda like the wikipedia one)? -- Buzzmusic100 ("Keep your voice down...")

...Someone should really respond to this. -- Buzzmusic100 ("Keep your voice down...")
...Yep. Someone should really say something. -- Buzzmusic100 (Yes, talk...) :P
...Did I mention that that special someone could be you? -- Buzzmusic100 ]:P
I absolutely don't mean to be rude and maybe this isn't constructive, but since nobody else is jumping at the opportunity, couldn't you try making one yourself? They're not that hard to make and I see you've made plenty on your own. -Lekker 16:05, 18 June 2010 (UTC)
An official one or just for my userpage? And thank you SO MUCH for responding!!! -- Buzzmusic100 ("Keep your voice down...")
I'm not sure how to make an official one (I rarely do stuff here) but I'd make one for your userpage. Just use the preview button and screw around with the code a little. -Lekker 16:17, 18 June 2010 (UTC)
To make an "official" box, you would have to create a page called "Template:Babel:Name of box," and put the template on this page. By enclosing the title of a page in two pairs of braces ("{{" and "}}"), one can display the entire contents of that page on any other page, i.e. this one. The "official" boxes, however, do not follow the same lines (coding wise) as the self-made ones, and one would do well to reflect this for their own box. Also, if you really have your heart set getting this box displayed on this page, you should definitely get confirmation from...someone...You should also get confirmation before making a new page. -Apollo. 16:33, 18 June 2010 (UTC)
Er, yeah, what she said. Sorry. I wasn't suggesting you make an "official" anything. Just trying to stem the madness. -Lekker 16:40, 18 June 2010 (UTC)
Oh, no, I don't suggest it's official, either. But I wanted to clear that up. -Apollo. 16:42, 18 June 2010 (UTC)
OK. So I can have it for my page? -- Buzzmusic100 ("Keep your voice down...")

Venue Song City[edit]

So there is a, "This user lives in a State Song state," box, and that's all fine and dandy, but there should be a "This user lives in a Venue Song city." There really should. I'll create it if no one else will, I just want to make it an official box. -- DidgeGuy (आ ज) 12;59, 2 June 2010

<a href="" title="venue by Electrons Are Free, on Flickr">venue</a> This user lives in a Venue Song city.

eh? -Apollo. 03:25, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

Nicer picture, sightly different colors. And "city" would link to the song for whatever city the user lives in.

venuesong.jpg This user lives in a Venue Song city.

-- DidgeGuy (आ ज) 18:38, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

Ya know what else might be cool...[edit]

I know I've already asked for something on this page before, so don't take this the "All he does is ask, ask, ask, ask, ask" way, but maybe, I mean MAYBE there could be a userbox that says "This user uses Azure" or "This user uses Monobook" or whatever. Some people do have a userbox like that but maybe it could be an official one, is what I'm saying. -- Buzzmusic100 ("Keep your voice down...")

You know, you could make your own. This whole "official" thing is a little ridiculous. -Apollo. 00:55, 23 June 2010 (UTC)
This. Especially for something that, um, I'm pretty sure nobody cares about. --Self Called Nowhere 01:02, 23 June 2010 (UTC)
It might be interesting for someone to know. Why do you think people like User:Overjoy and User:Limabeans have it? -- Buzzmusic100 ("Keep your voice down...")
we monobook, therefore we are (cool). -- 01:10, 23 June 2010 (UTC)
Can I please try to make one? -- Buzzmusic100 ("Keep your voice down...")
Um...did you see what Apollo said? No one's trying to stop you from making your own... --Self Called Nowhere 03:26, 23 June 2010 (UTC)
She said, "This whole "official" thing is a little ridiculous." So I'm guessing she meant your (meaning Buzzmusic100) own one just for your (meaning Buzzmusic100) page that isn't official. I already put a box like that on my page but can I make an official one?! Or are you telling me that... -- Buzzmusic100 ("Keep your voice down...")
How about reading the whole rest of this talk page, not just this section. Notice how people are able to just edit the "official" babel page on its own. -- Jason DeLima - ! - 15:47, 23 June 2010 (UTC)

There should be a favorite Fingertips MidnightCrisis 22:55, 11 March 2012 (EDT)

New idea![edit]

Now that we have the This Day in TMBG history thing, maybe we should have a new userbox that says: "On my birthday, blah blah blah happened" or even "Nothing in TMBG history happened on my birthday." - invisiblehippo97

Number of edits[edit]

I was thinking about doing some userboxes for number of edits made. (If you don't know how to check your number of edits, just go to Special:Preferences, it's listed as the 4th option under "basic info".) I was thinking about a box for "813 edit editor!", but then was thinking about numbers that could reference some other songs. TMBG doesn't offer much to pick from - anything under 100 seems low, so maybe start out with the relatively obscure "100 Cars For Good" for "100 edits for good". Thoughts?--Pittsburghmuggle (talk) 06:26, 12 April 2015 (EDT)

I don't think there are actually enough songs with numbers in the titles to make this make sense. Here Come the 123's only offers single digits other than that one, and there aren't very many others. --Self Called Nowhere (talk) 06:47, 12 April 2015 (EDT)
I made one. Sadly, I'm only at 291 edits, so I have work to do before I can wear it myself.--Pittsburghmuggle (talk) 05:51, 13 April 2015 (EDT)
Why did you ask for other people's opinions if you were planning to do it anyway? No one agreed that it was necessary, and the one person who responded said it wasn't. I still really don't think it's necessary to have one single box of an actually random number just because it happens to be the title of a song, and I don't see anyone caring about using it. --Self Called Nowhere (talk) 06:04, 13 April 2015 (EDT)
Er... okay. Why make it with no opinions yet? Because it's a wiki, I had some free time, and if people decide they don't want it it can be removed. I didn't realize I was on a waiting timer. " still really don't think it's necessary..." You never said you thought it was unnecessary above. You just said there weren't enough number songs. You saying actually that it was unnecessary would have figured into if I made it or not.--Pittsburghmuggle (talk) 18:24, 13 April 2015 (EDT)
User:Invisiblehippo97 blanked out the Babel page, no explanation, but used the custom box to put it on their own page. I'm conflicted about this. I was initially annoyed because my page was blanked out with no warning or explanation, however pleased they thought it was a good enough idea to put on their own page.--Pittsburghmuggle (talk) 18:24, 13 April 2015 (EDT)