It took me a while to realize what you meant, but now I think you are talking about template in the sense a general visual style of the entire tinWiki
website. I definitely think the overall "look" or visual style in this sense is worth at least considering, that is, if it was indeed in that sense
you thought I was using the word "template". Actually I hadn't thought that far and was referring only to how the pages for the Stub banner, the
Fix banner, the Today code and other pages of that type are named "Template:" and with the rest of the name following.
But I none the less agree totally that all aspects of the website, like for example the overall visual style, deserve consideration that maybe
haven't been analyzed or such already. Of course that doesn't mean all things need to necessarily be changed, like to change it just to change it.
(Obviously, tinWiki has many things that work well as they are right now.)
There were several interesting things in your reply, for example what you explained about the content archive pages. I'm still not sure I understand
all of it, but if the case is that some pages are supposed to be fixed or have static content to serve an archive function, then certainly I can see
how that can seem to deviate from the general idea as far as information content articles in tinWiki. I do consider that it should be a natural part
of an encyclopedia wiki to have the possibility of updating and editing articles. (Some pages are naturally restricted -- but those are most often
like help and guideline pages and such, as opposed to encyclopedia article pages.)
Looking at the Contentarchive banner right now, it says, "This article is part of the AboveTopSecret.com content archive. It has been copied from the
archive and integrated within the tinWiki Project." If that means it should be left alone to remain in its current state, then I feel the pages
should be locked to protect against normal editing. If they are however not supposed to necessarily remain in their current state, then I wonder if
perhaps the banner is somewhat superfluous and could be replaced with a simple link in a References links section or something like that, since the
only thing "special" about the page is that its first version was pasted from some other part, so to speak, of ATS. This is however just my
immediate thought right now as I'm typing this.
By the way, I happened to find one of the tables I have mentioned, I mean those that have the same color scheme as the Contentarchive banner, with the
red color and white font. The table turns out to be found on a common page,
Anyway, I think it will be really great if it works out getting Skeptic Overlord to make the link allow a page set aside as Community portal .
Definitely think such a page would become a really cool tool for both existing and also new users.
P.S. I "discovered" that the table and the Contentarchive banner respectively don't have the exact same shade of red color. Anyway, I decided to
use the red and white style for a little button like thing I have wanted to add to my signature. I made its red color graded between the two shades,
the grading may not be easy to notice, though. Anyway, I'm sort of contributing a wee bit to identifying tinWiki with its currently maybe most
distinctive visual style, then. Which I think is sort of nice in some way. :-)
[edit on 7-9-2007 by Optimist]