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As I go around to developing the object articles, I've been noticing a lot of in-game descriptions have typos in them. Normally, I mark them with HTML comments, such as <!-- This is a typo made by the developers -->. HTML comments cannot be seen by readers, but they are visible in the editor. The HTML comments were mainly there so I could simply undo any typo fixes when I run K6kaBOT on the article, which prevents any "accidental typo fixes".

However, I find there are some issues with using HTML comments:

  1. Readers don't know it's a typo in-game and not by the editor that tediously copied them down.
  2. Since LiR suggested that we switch to using a table to list objects instead of using {{Object}} for every individual object, HTML comments aren't as effective, especially for newbie editors, since HTML comments can disable the RTE, and VisualEditor obviously doesn't play nicely with that. Even now, when I develop these sections in the new table format, I'm finding source code a bit of a headache to work with when it comes to tables.

So my big crappy idea here is that we create a new template called {{Typo}} or something like that. It would work like {{fact}} and {{clarify}}, in that it will display superscript text near the in-game typo, and when readers move their cursor over it, it will tell them that the "typo" was made by the developers, and the editor was aware of it. I think we can use <span title="Text that is displayed when cursor is moved over">Text that is displayed on page</span> somewhere in the template for the tooltip.

So, it would probably look something like this:

[typo]

Yay or nay for this template?

--k6ka (talk | contribs) 00:00, August 14, 2014 (UTC)

DiscussionEdit

I'd say, just add [sic]. When quoting material, the quoting author will usually denote an error in the original text with a [sic]. For more information: the Wikipedia article on the topic. -- LostInRiverview talk ~ blog 00:38, August 14, 2014 (UTC)

There's a "Sic" template on Wikipedia, which links to that Wikipedia article. I guess that's all we need to do - create {{Sic}} with:

[sic]

--k6ka (talk | contribs) 00:46, August 14, 2014 (UTC)
I like the idea of using [sic] better than [typo]. Icemandeaf (talk) 00:51, August 14, 2014 (UTC)
Likewise. Dharden (talk) 01:16, August 14, 2014 (UTC)

Okay, so I've created the template {{sic}}, and {{typo}} redirects to that one. The template is very simple, and it links to the relevant Wikipedia article. So, for example:

"The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Ovar [sic] The Lazy Dog."

--k6ka (talk | contribs) 15:28, August 14, 2014 (UTC)

Perhaps you can set your bot to ignore articles that have {{sic}} or {{typo}} on them, so the bot doesn't accidentally correct the error? -- LostInRiverview talk ~ blog 15:44, August 14, 2014 (UTC)

I can do that, but if there are typos elsewhere in the article, those will be skipped as well. --k6ka (talk | contribs) 15:58, August 14, 2014 (UTC)

ConclusionEdit

I really like this idea! Much simpler than making a reference or trivia every time there's an in-game typo. I wonder why we never thought of this before.

Seeing that the template is up and running and everyone seems to be okay with it, I'm closing this thread. Nikel Talk Vote! 07:16, August 26, 2014 (UTC)

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