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A suggestion about the saints of the day
I know that a majority of the Orthodox in America are on the New Calendar, but since a majority of the Orthodox in the world are on the Old, would it be possible to list the saints of the day according to each calendar... somewhat along the lines of what is done on the main page of Orthodoxinfo.com?
-Fr. John Whiteford 3-22-07 (3-09-07 o.s.) :)
- There are two possibilities for this that I can think of:
- Edit all 366 calendar day templates to include a separate section for the OC day. (This will require some rearranging of the main page design to account for the extra text.)
- Figure out some way to code the wiki to display a separate section which automatically figures -13 days. At the moment, the daily feasts section is possible because the wiki "knows" what day it is today. (This will also require redesign for the main page.)
- Of these two, I don't know how to do the latter, but it would require much less work.
- The difficulty with the former, aside from being a large amount of work, would be that it would make all the many thousands of internal links to dates confused: to which date should they link? Both? The calendar local to the saint when he died? Either way, this would require a level of work I don't even want to begin to imagine.
- I'm hoping perhaps FrJohn knows of some module or something he can plug in or write to teach the wiki how to figure out what day it was 13 days ago. It seems like a relatively simple thing for a computer to figure. The first solution seems almost insurmountable to me.
- In any event, since we invented the "Today's feasts" section, I've wished we could display the OC feasts, as well. —Fr. Andrew talk contribs 05:13, March 22, 2007 (PDT)
- For what it’s worth, here’s my thoughts. In the first option, Edit all 366 calendar day templates, each template could just include the template of 13 days earlier. The problem is that on leap years, the first half of March will need to be altered and altered back afterwards. (The page could just display a link to the other day instead of displaying the text).
- -Fr. John Whiteford
- I could put you in touch with Patrick Barnes. I'm not sure how he does it, but it works.
- -Fr. John Whiteford
Scientific Julian Date vs. Julian Calendar
It is not clear from the templates, but the Julian Date is a scientific way of calculating time that only has a tangential connection with the Julian Calendar... so you would just want to make sure you were getting the right Julian Date.
-Fr. John Whiteford
- Hi Fr. John, Thanks for your comment. I'm not sure I know what you mean - is this issue clarified on the Julian Calendar page? — FrJohn (talk)
A new suggestion about the Saints of the Day
I am not sure how the main page is set up, but for each day you have a template, and a page for the day. On the page for each day you could easily have it point to the Template for both the old and new calendars. There are only 13 days each 4 years that this would be a problem for, and that is March 1-13. You could deal with that by just setting up those days the way that they will be in a non-leap year year, and maybe put a note regarding the one day variance when a leap year occurs. You could put two templates for the Old calendar on these days, with the second template prefaced by a note that these are the Old Calendar commemorations when it is a leap year. You could modify the day pages for these dates every leap year, and then change them back afterwards.
Then the main page could draw from the text of the day page rather than the templates. What think ye all? Frjohnwhiteford 10:13, April 19, 2007 (PDT)
- This syntax won't work for the main page, because the main page's feasts are based on an automatic variable that "knows" what day it is and includes the proper template accordingly. If you know how to make the wiki calculate -13 from the date it "knows," then we're in business.
- The main page doesn't include April 19, but rather Template:April 19. Editing April 19 to include Template:April 6 only adjusts April 19 and would not show up on the main page. If, however, you were to edit Template:April 19 to include Template:April 6 (and do the same for all calendar days), the output would be a recursive, endless loop including the entire calendar and repeating infinitely.
- Having the main page include April 19 (that is, as a new template, not as April 19), however, would mean having to create a whole series of nested templates, involving changing every single link to a date in the whole wiki (many thousands of links).
- April 19 is not a template and cannot be included as one. So, to keep the date links simple throughout the wiki (i.e., linking simply to the date and not to a template), April 19 would need to include a Template:April 19, which would in turn include nested templates for Template:April 19 (new) and Template:April 19 (old). (It couldn't just include Template:April 6, because that would introduce recursion.)
- But that then introduces confusion for folks who click on April 19 and see two sets of feasts, one labeled as "Old" and one as "New." This would be a problem, for instance, in the Annunciation article. You click on March 25 and see that the "New" feasts include Annunciation, but the "Old" do not. Does that mean that Old Calendarists aren't celebrating the Annunciation on March 25? In fact, they are celebrating it on March 25, but by another calendar. I can think of no way of solving that problem.
- I really think we need to find some sort of extension for the wiki so that it can "know" what day it was 13 days ago. —Fr. Andrew talk contribs 13:45, April 19, 2007 (PDT)
- I agree that your fix would be the ultimate fix, but short of that, is it possible to put templates inside of templates? If so, you could have a template for Apirl 19 which is formated such that it has two subtemplates: one with the menologion for April 19th, and another that would be preceeded by a lable such as April 6th, O.S. (or something like that) with a template for the April 6th Menologion.
- To make this happen, we would need to rename the calendar templates as we now have them, and then creat new templates for each day that would point to two of those renamed templates for each day. If you think it would work, I would be happy to do the actual foot work on it, once we had an agreed upon format. Frjohnwhiteford 18:41, April 19, 2007 (PDT)
Well, I just messed around with importing various templates from meta:Category:Date computing template, but I either imported them wrongly or perhaps our wiki doesn't (yet?) have the extensions to do this sort of math. —Fr. Andrew talk contribs 20:30, April 19, 2007 (PDT)
In the Saints starting topic the Greek saints aren't mentioned( they are mentioned thought in the Saints starting page). —Harry
- The Lithuanian Saints were missing too - Andrew 12:23, March 31, 2008 (PDT)
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