User:P0rtaler

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"I guess you proved you can handle yourself out there."
― Alyx Vance commending my job on the Vortigaunt quote pages[src]

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I joined this Wiki sometime on 28 August 2015 to help finish the quote articles, most of which were just sound files, their names, and the word "QUOTE" over and over again.

I also uploaded all the Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game images that aren't from pre-release. Photographed on 2015-12-27, uploaded on 2016-06-24, 180 days apart. Uhhh…

This is the first wiki I have ever joined or edited! That is something which can never change. Congrats to this wiki for coaxing me to register!

There is a lot of work to do on the quote articles, if you want to help then they can be finished sooner. Also, I love em and en dashes – whenever I see a hyphen in a quote transcript that shouldn't be a hyphen, em/en dash it is!

Current projects[edit]

  • Fix up the quote articles
  • Add a bunch more scenes articles
  • Add much more technical information (maps, etc.)

Quote page plan[edit]

The plan is to use multiple of what I shall call "sweeps", in which every page will methodically have some change made, then I loop back to the beginning and make a different change to every page. Sweeps, in order:

  1. Add every quote transcript
  2. Add every text-only quote using {{Table Unused Quote}}
    • Some pages have these already present, in that case separate them in the next sweep.
  3. Move unspoken quotes to bottom of page in a new section
  4. Separate quotes into smaller tables using {{Table Quote}}
  5. Sit back, realise that barely anyone will ever notice the hard work and cry

Note that I do not own the original Half-life so I cannot work on pages related to it. Half-life 2, Episode One, Episode Two, Portal and Portal 2 (and Black Mesa) are 100% fine though.

A pedant's guide to typography[edit]

I have opinions.

Of en and em dashes[edit]

Wrong: “and methodically knocking people’s hats off-then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”
Right: “and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”

See how much nicer a dash is? Very important. Use hyphens for joining things, e.g. "lift-off". But never use them for pauses! Use a dash! If there are spaces surrounding the dash, e.g. "knocking people's hats off – then, I account it", use an en dash (same width as the letter n). If there aren't spaces surrounding the dash, e.g. "knocking people's hats off—then, I account it", use an em dash (same width as the letter M).

Also use an en dash for ranges, e.g. 1996–2004.

Handy trick: if you're using Windows (because you have common sense :P), press alt+0150 for an en dash (–) and alt+0151 for an em dash (—). They can also be inserted via the editing box at the bottom.

Compare:

name symbol ASCII code HTML entity
hyphen - 173 n/a
en dash 150 –
em dash 151 —

If you want a hyphen as the first character in a table without starting a new row (like up there), put a space before it.

Of left and right quotation marks[edit]

For better looking quotes, use left and right single or double quotes.

Wrong: "That's what she said!"
Right: “That’s what she said!”

Much nicer. Also note that a right single quotation mark is used for apostrophes, e.g. It’s, People’s, That’s

Observe:

name symbol ASCII code HTML entity
left single quote 145 ‘
right single quote 146 ’
left double quote 147 “
right double quote 148 ”

Of ellipses[edit]

There is a special character for ellipses. Some people don't like it due to it’s size.

name symbol ASCII code HTML entity
three full stops ... 46 46 46 n/a
ellipsis 133 …

About[edit]

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I like to play Half-life 2 and its episodes, as well as the Portal series and Black Mesa. I am on steam as “...behind you” although I tend to only accept friend requests from people I know.