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  • Hi Tarna,

    Saw that you asked me to review the rules for vendor links when updating on a page. Could you point me in the right direction?  I read the pattern vendor page but didn't see any rules that I might be breaking.  Just want to make sure I am in compliance.  Thank you!

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    • Just read the comment on the edit and saw what I need to correct.  Will be mindful of this with future postings.  Thank you.

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    • The About page is the page to read first.  There is a button on the home page (get to the home page by clicking on the Vintage Patterns Wikia logo at the top left of any page).

      New vendor links must go to the bottom of an existing list, not the top.

      Best regards,

      tarna

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    • Thank you!

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  • Hi Birgit, I'm a lover of vintage sewing patterns and have visited the Wiki several times in the past. But recently it seems that everyone on Facebook, especially my friends, have referred me here because of a post that's going around Facebook. It has incorrect information and I keep telling everyone, but I thought you might want to contact the person who put up the original post (on FB). It's an article that says that all the patterns on this Wiki are free for download. The original post is from someone called Moonchild and you can contact him/her here: earthkid.za@gmail.com or on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/moonchild0/ and here is the link to the website: https://moon-child.net/wiki-has-released-over-83500-vintage-sewing-patterns-online-for-download/?fbclid=IwAR0DBAG3Cv8F3MpyQAEcfsnysf8FSg-OGtrXhilYBXb8OQDpF20cwluaZq4

    I hope you can correct this problem. The article is dated May 2019, so you may have heard of it previously. I just wanted to bring it to your attention. Thanks so much!

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  • Are there any PDF downloadable patterns here or is it just a vender sales links page? I have a project I need to do right away. I don't have time to wait for a pattern to be shipped. I'd like to be able to print out and get started.

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    • This is not a selling site - it is for information only.

      The links  are optional, and come from participating vendors.  You may want to check popular selling sites for the patterns or downloads you need.

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  • Hi Tarna, I see that you restored the "original pattern" description after my edit of McCall 6866. The text that I added to it regarding the two piece skirt cut on the straight or bias was straight from the envelope front.

    You can see that it is the actual pattern description if you view the full pattern image I added to the page.

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    • Also, I should definitely add, THANK YOU for all the extraordinary hard work that you put into making this site what it is. I know it's a true labor of love and many of us really appreciate what you're building.

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    • Hi, sorry that was a mistake, and I thought I fixed it right after. I could not change the edit comments....  It was late, and I did not see the new image right away, as it was hidden in the Gallery.

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    • No worries at all :)

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  • Isn't there any way to make the site browsable so I can scroll through the images instead of doing it only one at a time?

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  • I have some vintage magazines that feature some patterns.  If I add a pic of the pattern/dress from the magazine on the wiki page for the pattern, is there a preference as to whether I show the entire magazine page vs. cropped to just the applicable style?  The first one I found features 4 different patterns on one page, so I wasn't sure if that would be confusing to show the whole page, or if it doesn't matter.  

    Also, if I do add those pics, should I edit the description to give a reference of where the pic came from (magazine name, issue date...)?

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    • Quick update, in case this might help anyone else in the future... 

      Things I tried that didn't work: Waiting until today to try again.  Restarting my browser.  Restarting my computer.

      Thing I tried that seemed to work:  Logged out of Fandom & logged back in.

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    • Hm - interesting.  I wonder if there is a hidden limit to the number of uploads per log-in session... 

      Thanks for the tip!

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    • Yes, many people have complained to those click-bait articles and sites, but they refuse to take them down.

      Pleae enjoy this site for what it is - a collection of information on these old patterns.

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  • Hi Tarna, Thanks for posting to me. However, I don't know how to add my name to the 'wishlist" in order to see if anyone is trying to reach out to me. This is all new to me, and I am not familiar with how this site works at all! Thanks, debbnus

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  • Hi!  I've always loved this site, and now that I am cataloging some of my collection today, I figured I would add pages as I go, if I don't see the pattern on the site.  It's my first time adding patterns here.  I noticed some email notifications that the ones I added have been edited.  I just want to make sure, am I doing anything wrong with how/what I post?  I do feel like I'm kind of stumbling my way through this and just want to make sure I'm not doing anything incorrectly.  I have over 1000 patterns and am only up to 300-something in my cataloging of them, so it is likely I will have some more to add.

    Also, one change I noticed was a specific year where I had just put "1940s".  Without a copyright, how the heck do you know the year?  Just curious!  Is it okay for me to put 1940s, 1920s, etc. if I don't know the actual year?

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    • Hi,

      Thank you for all the new additions.  You are doing a great job.

      There are always bound to be some edits when a new pattern is added.  We add categories and adjust the formatting to match the overall look of the site...

      The dating estimates come from previous research based on pattern numbers published in old publications.  It is perfectly acceptable to put the decade as an estimate when lacking further information.

      If you feel you are getting too many notifications about the edits, you can uncheck the "following" tab at the bottom of your additions (it is located at the bottom left of every page and toggles from "follow" to "following"), or you can turn off the email notification for followed pages in your preferences.

      Best wishes,

      tarna 

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    • Phrew! Ok cool, just wanted to make sure I was not creating headaches for anyone by posting things wrong!

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    • I'm new to the "Fandom World", English is not my first language (I speak French) and was wondering if I'm doing things "the right way". I have quite a lot of sewing patterns and wish to contribute to this great Wikia.

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    • Hello and welcome!

      You are doing a great job.  Categories are a bit specific and will likely take a bit to get used to, so you will see some edits to the ones you added.

      Best regards,

      tarna

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  • If you google "vintage sewing patterns wiki", there are dozens and dozens of poorly-researched articles declaring that this site "provides 83,000 free sewing pattern downloads." I've tried asking a few sites to remove or edit these false claims, but none have responded. It would be extremely helpful to add a disclaimer to the homepage, to set people on the right track as soon as they visit the site. Judging from the confused comments under some of the articles, a lot of the people reading them are older, and aren't "savy" enough to know what a forum is, or an FAQ. A simple line stating "This site does not host any sewing patterns" would likely be enough to clear the confusion.

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    • We have discussed this ad nauseam in our forums.  Those sites are click-bait, and have no intention orfremoving those articles.  

      The wiki clearly states what it does host (see the top of out home page), and it is outlined in our About page.  

      Anybody not bothering to read what is already there, will most likely not read disclaimers.

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    • It just seems that the very very vast majority of people tricked by those articles are over 50 years old, and not at all familiar with how to seek out that kind of information. Even the About page could be clearer.

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    • While we don't ask for age information, I am fairly certain that many of our regular contributors and editors are over 50. 

      This is not an age thing, but a case of misinformation being spread for clicks.

      We were contacted for clarification by the Craft Industry Alliance and here is the article:

      https://craftindustryalliance.org/the-vintage-pattern-wiki-doesnt-have-any-free-patterns-but-its-still-awesome/

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