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The Great Wikicars Migration

Dear user, I am writing this note to inform you that over the course of the next few days Wikicars will be migrating to a new home on Shoutwiki. Since we have been left for dead by parent site Internet Brands, Wikicars will be merging with Shoutwiki Autopedia. Rest assured we will do everything in our power to preserve all existing articles in our move including talk pages and edit history so your articles of interest will remain intact. All we humbly ask for is your patience and understanding. Thank you.

If you have further questions, ask me on my talk page or User:Silver Knight.

- Red marquis 11:55, 24 December 2010 (PST)

Who are you?

New infobox

New infobox. streamlined and, now, stylised. might take a while to get used to it. what more could you want? give me feedback.

{{{Name of Vehicle}}}
Body Style

Red_marquis 3:57 pm, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

RSS Feed

I'm suggesting we link with an RSS feed from an automotive news website like Autoblog or Jalopnik. In that way, I think we could keep this website up to date with the latest information regarding model changes, new model introductions, concept cars and the industry in general. Other contributors could then be able to create an article about it when contributors like me aren't available. We could put the feed on the front page or some other dedicated page with a link to the main page (we could even put it here in Garage Talk), the main caveat is that it has that link to the home page so that other users or visitors would not miss it. I really think it would prove very useful. What do you think? Is it even possible to put a feed on a page?

Here is a link to a couple of pages with various rss feeds related to cars:

Red marquis 07:46, 1 June 2007 (UTC)


What's with this event? :?

IMPORTANT NEWS! Wikicars is getting an upgrade! We'll be migrating to MediaWiki version 1.10.0 tonight 6/20/07 at 11:00 Pacific. We hit a small snag with the upgrade last night and reverted back...Should have it completed tonight.

I'm confused. Invader Car (Talk to me please! + Go to the Edit Cafe! + Sign here in this page!) 01:10, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

I'd like to know, just exactly what do we get out of this upgrade? Are there any new features we could exploit? Red marquis 01:40, 22 June 2007 (UTC)
Here's a link to the new features and bug fixes that are part of the 1.10 release[1]. Doesn't look like much in the way of cool new features. The primary reason for upgrade is to pickup bug fixes, security patches and performance enhancements. Carguy11:13, 22 June 2007

Spyker Template Image Voting

Just so you know, we are currently holding elections for which image will grace the Spyker Template in Garage Talk. Since you are a member, your vote would be most appreciated.

- Red marquis 01:49, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

Creating Master Templates for Information Boxes

Hey Carguy, do you know how we could implement an infobox system like Wikipedia's where we'd make use of a master template and each page will simply have a set of codes with each field written down for a contributor to fill up so that whenever we decide to revamp our image we could simply change the master template/s w/o affecting the page's individual information? I really don't think any of us would like to have to waste our time manually replacing the templates on every single one of thousands of pages made and thousands more yet to come.

-Red marquis 02:46, 1 August 2007 (UTC)

Bureaucrat Position

I would like to put forward my nomination for Bureaucrat Status. Besides being the most frequent contributor on this website, I am working on projects such as establishing an Anti-Spam bureau, and further renovation of our pages that I feel would require these Bureaucratic powers.

-Red marquis 03:07, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

Spam Police

...Speaking of which, I would also like to officially announce the formation of the Spam Police program. Basically, a spam police is obligated to perform RC patrols everytime, he/she logs in. The point is a more organized way of dealing with these pests. There are two units to join into, Admin-Sysops, being that they hold more power, join the "Officer" Ranks, while members obtain "Deputy" status and will only be obligated to report such breach. I am planning to change this situation, though, if and when I recieve "Bureaucrat" status by granting members the power to block IP addresses and seize and protect "spam hotspots". For further information and to sign up, go to Wikicars' Anti-Spam HQ.

-Red marquis 03:31, 15 August 2007 (UTC)


I have recently discovered how to format our infobox in similar fashion to Wikipedia's Master Template System whereby a we will no longer have to replicate the infobox again and again for each individual page. What will happen instead is that from this point on there will be a set of codes similar to the ones below that will act as a "surrogate" and where you will be filling out the basic information. It will replicate the "master template" on thepage but with the individual information you've written filled out on it. What this allows for is that if and when we finally decide to change the design/update the infobox we will no longer have to manually alter each infobox from page to page.

{{Infobox |
|Image = place image here in 300 pixels
|Marque = place marque here - not manufacturer
|aka = Type aka here, not up there
|Production = produced from when to when+total units made (optional)</nowiki>
|Class = denote market class
|Body Style = how many doors+how many seats+what type of body
|Length = length - type here
|Width = Width - type here
|Height = Height - type here
|Wheelbase = wheelbase - type here
|Weight = Weight - you get the point
|Transmission = transmission + drive
|Engine = engine
|Power = N/A hp @ N/A rpm<br>N/A lb-ft of [[torque]] @ N/A rpm
|Similar = similar (competition)
|Designer = Designer (lead designer if it was a team effort)
Red marquis 08:28, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

Updating Wikicars

Carguy, please help me petition the boffins at Internet Brands to upgrade the mediawiki software Wikicars is running on? We are still running on MediaWiki 1.6.5 when 1.12.0 is out already and includes lots of new toys including a feature I saw in Wikipedia where page editors need to type a confirmation code provided on the page before the edits will be accepted. That will help eliminate spambots and allow us to concentrate on other more important chores and be more productive for the site. Most of the time I now spend on Wikicars is me cleaning up the mess the vandals and spammers have done rather than updating the pages and improving its look and feel.

-Red marquis 07:44, 14 June 2008 (UTC)


This page has a vandal. Ive been adding the delete template but he's been readding spam. Please block him and delete the spam. --Silver Knight 03:32, 7 December 2010 (PST)