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Tri-State Gazette, Issue 94

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The Official Phineas and Ferb Wiki Newsletter, Issue 94: June 21, 2013
 
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Contents
1 New Law!
2 Crat Corner
3 Looking For a Marvel-ous Wiki Background
4 Two Inches Too Ugly


New Law!

Mayor Candace signing new laws

Or in this case, revised law. More details in the Crat Corner below.

Current forum discussions

Crat Corner

RRabbit42
by RRabbit42

Normally the Crat Corner is used to present a short list of issues that have come up or general things to make everyone aware of. This time, a major issue came up today that affects a large number of the people who come to this wiki.

In about a week, Wikia is going to change it so that you have to have an account in order to edit here. Any wiki where young kids are likely to go is going to require an account. For example, the Club Penguin Wiki and the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Wiki are two others that were notified today.

Wikia is doing this to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). This U.S. law has been around since 1998, but there's some changes that go into effect July 1st. Basically, it defines what information a company can collect from people who are under 13 years of age when they go to a website. If you're younger than 13, you have to get your parent's permission to give out that kind of info. Other countries typically have similar laws, but because Wikia is located in the U.S., they're going by the U.S. version.

The problem companies face is that they have to be ready to prove that they have verified that each person who comes to their website is 13 or older, and prove that they have verified that younger people have officially been given permission by their parent(s) or guardian(s).

That kind of record-keeping is expensive and time-consuming. Big companies can afford it. Smaller companies can't. Wikia is a smaller company, so they have decided that requiring people to sign up for an account is a way of complying with that law. During the sign-up process, you have to provide your birthdate.

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As mentioned before, you will need to have an account to edit here. If you don't have one or don't sign in, you can still read pages. I'm not sure if you'll still be able to vote in a poll if you don't have an account.

You need to take the time to sign up for an account now. Wikia will have some more details on Monday as to what will happen and when. The law is updated on July 1st, but Wikia might make changes before then. That's only 10 days from now.

To create an account, click on the "Sign up" link at the top of any page, to the right of the "Video Games / Entertainment / Lifestyle" menus. During the sign-up process, the last line is the "Blurry Word". That's there to make it harder for spambots to create accounts. If you can't figure out what the word is supposed to be, refresh the web page to get a new word.

Skirting the issue

When you sign up for an account, you will need to enter your birthdate. If you weren't born in June 2000 or earlier, you won't be allowed to create an account.

Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "I'll just say that I'm 13 years old even though I'm younger than that." Please don't. Even though you might feel that a small fib won't hurt anyone so that you can keep editing here, it could wind up hurting a lot of people if it got Wikia in trouble because of it. As in, shutting down wikis or going out of business.

And besides, Phineas wouldn't want you to lie, either.

Policy changes

We have tried to be a bit more flexible in our policies with how we handle under-age members. But now we can no longer do that. Those policies will have to be updated to make sure they match what Wikia is doing.

If you didn't tell the truth about what your age is when you created your account and we find out about it, we might put a block on your account until you turn 13. We will probably just note this as "under age" for the block reason. Once you're 13, you'll be welcome to start editing again. Note: Wikia does not require admins to set blocks, just to notify them, so whether or not we set a block will need to be decided on shortly.

Keep calm, register and edit on

A lot of people are going to get mad about this. But before you start yelling at Wikia, keep these things in mind:

  • COPPA has been around for 13 years, with some updates this year, so it's not something that was created recently.
  • Being 13 or older to sign up for an account has been in Wikia's Terms of Use for a long time, and you have to mark that you read them before the account can be finished being created.
  • If Wikia did not take these steps, they risk fines or lawsuits. This helps protect them so that they can keep wikis available that we like and can use for free.


Odds 'n' Ends

  • There's actually new stuff to buy. The merchandise review returns next issue.
  • Don't forget to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter.
  • Get ready. The next round of voting for a featured article begins next month.


Looking For a Marvel-ous Wiki Background

Mouseinphilly's avatar
by Mouseinphilly
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Time to get your superhero on, folks!

As you know, Mission Marvel is coming this August, and we're looking into your talent to create a special backdrop for this event that will be on this here Wikia from the start of August until Labor Day, as pointed out in this brief blog item I wrote earlier.

If you can help our cause and know about Spidey, the Hulk, Iron Man and Thor, drop off a note with RRabbit42 on his message wall today. By the way, hopefully, either this Wiki or our friends at The Disney Wiki or The Marvel Database Wiki will be represented at the forthcoming D23 biannual convention in Anaheim this August for the premiere of the special.


Two Inches Too Ugly

by RRabbit42

I think it was a few issues ago that I talked about how some TV shows hit you over the head with a message. And I still remember hearing the commercial that said, "In this 'healthy eating' episode...", which I believe was for "Candace's Big Day". But while that was a case of Disney Channel's advertising department being heavy-handed with a message, an episode early in Season 2 presented a message in a very subtle way that took me by surprise once I stopped to really think about it.

Candace height

"Attack of the 50 Foot Sister" opens with a commercial about how beautiful women look when they use Flawless Girl cosmetics, and Candace tells Stacy how much she relies on that company for beauty advice. Outside, Phineas and Ferb receive a communication from Baljeet with one of the first and most direct references to a previous episode that had appeared up until that time. He needs help with a contest for growing fruits and vegetables at the Midsummer's Festival, and the boys whip up a growth elixir with a portable, yet very complete chemistry set.

Candace meets the head of the cosmetics company at the same festival. Much to her dismay, Candace is doomed to be "two inches too ugly", despite buying an armload of beauty products. She thinks the growth elixir will fix her, but it all goes hugely wrong. It isn't that until the two representatives for beauties and beasts start fighting over her that Candace realizes the truth behind what they do: making money off people's natural insecurities.

High above the festival, Doofenshmirtz just wants them to go away and stop using his bathroom, though why they would take an elevator up 40 stories to find one isn't known. He plans on covering the area with the worst smell imaginable. Based on Perry's reaction when he learns that means the smell of dirty diapers, it's a very potent threat. But when the growth elixir falls into the Inator Dr. Doofenshimrtz planned to use and it gets set to "Universe", Candace is returned to normal, relatively speaking.

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When a new pet goldfish enriches their lives by simply her presence, Phineas wants to return the favor by giving her a giant Backyard Aquarium to swim in. It doesn't take much to expand that to become the basis for an aquatic show with dolphins and more.

Meanwhile, Candace has calculated that Jeremy is going to call her at any moment, so she plants herself by the phone with as many different ways to guarantee she won't miss it when he does. It's bad timing when she and Jeremy keep trying to call each other at the same time and both get busy signals.

Meanwhile again, Dr. Doofenshmirtz is out for revenge again, this time against all those vendors that kept people from realizing that bratwurst is better than hot dogs. His fight with Agent P has a Star Wars flavor to it, complete with a fake-out "Force pull" and the sounds of light sabres as they fight with a hot dog and a bratwurst as weapons.

"Backyard Aquarium" was good in that it gave Linda a chance to stretch her legs and her background when she went to meet a favorite author who has wrote a series called Your & Your High Strung Teen. Linda manages to impress the author with exactly how high-strung Candace is. And while they're not the Farmer and Farmer's Wife that pop up in episodes every now and then, seeing the byplay between Herman and his wife while she's trying to water a bush in the front yard is a nice touch to help fill out more of Danville's residents.

I said earlier that I was surprised by how the message in "Attack of the 50 Foot Sister" was handled. The more obvious message from this was along the lines of "You shouldn't base who you are as a person only on what other people think you should be". You need to make up your own mind on that.

What was surprising is how far someone like Blanca Dishon would go just to sell her products. The cardboard height indicator that Blanca has Candace stand next to is to ensure that a Flawless Girl is going to be at least 5 feet, 10 inches. Even though Candace is just two inches shorter than that, she's shown to be quite a bit shorter than the required height.

Based on what's in the picture and Candace's stated height, in order to meet Blanca's "perfect height", a person would actually have to be 6 feet, 4 inches. How many people did Blanca dismiss as not being the right height even though her standard height indicator was wrong and didn't match the jingle she holds so dear?


Coming in two weeks:
  • Hands-on with the New Merchandise
  • Recent episodes review
  • Other articles to be determined (submissions wanted - send to RRabbit42 or use the Newsletter submissions page)


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