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WikiProject Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
WikiProject icon This page is within the scope of WikiProject Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.

To Do List[edit]

Number 2 on the list as it currently stands (one article per each of the 26 radio episodes and 6 TV episodes) is probably NOT a good idea. Unlike longer-running SF series (Star Trek, Doctor Who, etc.), none of the episodes had specific titles (beyond Fit the First to Fit the Twenty-sixth for the radio series or Episode One to Episode Six for the TV series). Granted, the summaries for the action in the six TV episodes still hasn't been finished as I write this, but the four pages (radio series summary, radio series 1 & 2, radio series 3-5 and TV series) were long ago decided by consensus, and still make a logical format. I just can't see where 32 short articles would do any better than four long, detailed ones. --JohnDBuell 15:26, 4 June 2006 (UTC)

Key articles for Wikipedia 1.0[edit]

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Active or not?[edit]

Sorry folks, but I haven't seen much movement here. The main project page has changed little, and I haven't really seen any contributions to any related pages. I've been tempted to put {{historical}} on the main page.... --JohnDBuell 02:28, 20 July 2006 (UTC)

It would be nice if this were to remain active...but I see little direction for the project...I joined in the hopes of being able to contribute more...but there seems to be little to no leading body left here... --KPWM_Spotter 03:00, 20 July 2006 (UTC)
I STILL haven't been able to make the time to write proper summaries for the TV episodes on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (TV series) page. If anyone has the tapes, or even better the DVDs (as they provide more material), that would be one long-standing thing off of my personal to-do list. --JohnDBuell 03:05, 20 July 2006 (UTC)
I have the DVDs actually...eBay'ed them last year... I might start up on those edits tomorrow, if I've got the time. --KPWM_Spotter 03:27, 20 July 2006 (UTC)
I just did some major rewrites on the actual project page, so maybe we can get some people interested and move forward! --JohnDBuell 20:14, 21 July 2006 (UTC)

A message from the founder[edit]

I'm currently more occupied with WikiProject Dad's Army at moment. So, therefore I have decided to give control of the project to JohnDBuell as he has done a lot for this project so far, and I hope will continue to help out this project in the future. However, i'm not quitting the role as project founder and controller, if you like I am doing what Bill Gates did recently. Thankyou --Mollsmolyneux 18:39, 22 July 2006 (UTC)

Thank you. I accept, and hope everyone can contribute! --JohnDBuell 18:54, 22 July 2006 (UTC)


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In 2005, an article about the Douglas Adams Continuum website was created, and then deleted under grounds of non-notability and violations of WP:NOT. The process was, naturally, the ire of the forum members for a while. This article was recently re-created, and I put it up for Proposed Deletion. However, after following the conversation on their forum (reading only, not participating), I felt it best to move information about fansites and their activity into The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as international phenomenon article, as a compromise. --JohnDBuell 18:51, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

Cast lists[edit]

For some time, I have been working on an attempt to make one single cast list for all versions of The Hitchhiker's Guide. As I recently (finally) acquired a pair of the LPs, I've been able to nearly completely fill out this list. I'd like to get it out of my user pages and into a permanent article, such as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy cast lists or some such. The list currently is at User:JohnDBuell/Complete H2G2 Cast Lists if anyone would like to look it over. Thanks! --JohnDBuell 04:25, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

Towel Day[edit]

Aside from improving the article, I was also wondering if one could make a userbox?

As there was this one:

Towel blue decorativepattern closeup.jpg
This user is a hoopy frood who really knows where their towel is.
. DrWho42 04:54, 15 March 2007 (UTC)
I would guess that the more you promote a user box, the more it will wind up being adopted and used. --JohnDBuell 12:26, 15 March 2007 (UTC)
I think the userbox is a good idea. I just added it to my userpage. Cheers!!! Ninetywazup?Review meMy ToDo 12:20, 21 March 2007 (UTC)

Images and media for deletion/2007 March 18#Image:Towelday.gif[edit]

This image is up for deletion:


DrWho42 05:04, 18 March 2007 (UTC)

Has the website's maintainer stated that it's available under the GNU FDL? I don't see that on the website. If it is, either get the website to say so, or get a letter to the Wikimedia Foundation. You should also post on the image's page (or the Images and media for deletion page) that you're following it up with the image's/website's creator, seeking proper licensing. --JohnDBuell 19:45, 18 March 2007 (UTC)

Towel day notability[edit]

Towel day has been tagged with {{notability}} and needs additional reliable sources to avoid an AfD repeat. Now would be the time to find them.. ;) Anyone? here 17:23, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

Towel Day[edit]

Happy Towel Day, everyone!!!!!!! You sass that hoopy frood Douglass Adams? Cheers! Ninetywazup?Review meMy ToDo 22:29, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

Proposed merger[edit]

I Support the proposed merger with Wikipedia:WikiProject Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, possibly with that becoming the name of the project. The fact that this project, despite it's better setup, has a slightly more ambiguous name could be seen as problematic. I chose to start this thread again, with all its related problems, because I've just had an unhappy love affair, so I don't see why anyone else should have a good time. Message ends. John Carter 16:21, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Ford Prefect[edit]

Ford Prefect (car)Ford Prefect has been proposed at WP:RM. 04:17, 3 July 2007 (UTC)

It seems to have been done. There is a disambig link to the Character at the top of the Car page. 01:29, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy cultural references[edit]

AfD 13 July 2007[edit]

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy cultural references has been nominated for deletion at WP:AFD. 18:58, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

Default Keep because of no-consensus on 22 July 2007. 04:51, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

AfD 24 July 2007[edit]

Hmm... this has been 'renominated' for deletion on July 24. 04:48, 26 July 2007 (UTC)


Can someone create a redirect WP:42 to the project page? 22:54, 2 August 2007 (UTC)

Marvin songs[edit]

Marvin (song), together with some other Marvin songs (including Reasons To Be Miserable), have been nominated for deletion. So far, the consensus seems to be to merge the articles into one place, but no-one seems to know where. Does the WikiProject have any suggestions? Thanks, RFBailey 13:10, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

New userbox[edit]

Just something I knocked up for myself in about 30 seconds. Any comments are welcome. Dbromage [Talk] 13:42, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

Answer to Life.png This user is seeking The Answer to The Ultimate Question Of Life, the Universe and Everything.

Changes to Marvin article[edit]

There are changes being proposed to the article on Marvin the Paranoid Android; see Talk:#Merge_in_of_songs and also Talk:#More_external_links. The people wanting to do this don't seem to be fans of HH or particularly knowledgeable. Thought people here might want to contribute to the discussions. HairyWombat 22:57, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

New guideline on fiction: Delete HHGTTG-related articles?[edit]

I would like to call the attention of members of this project to the recently revised guideline at WP:FICT, which now states that all sub-articles on fictional subjects must independently meet a new (stricter) notability ruling than what was in place prior to the new guideline. If enforced, the new guideline would likely result in the deletion and/or merging of hundreds of articles on fictional subjects, such as fictional characters, television episodes, fictional locations, etc. There is active discussion / disagreement related to this issue at Wikipedia talk:Notability (fiction), and in the interests of ensuring the topic is fully discussed by interested editors, I would invite members of this project to participate in that discussion (whether you agree with the new guideline or not). Fairsing 22:02, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

Project title[edit]

Hello. The project plans for the demolition of Wikipedia:WikiProject Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy are currently on display at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/Wikipedia:WikiProject Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It has been proposed that your project might be moved to that name, as the fully spelled out name is perhaps a bit more easily understood. Thank you for taking an interest in local affairs. John Carter 22:04, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

Salmon of Doubt[edit]

In the main article on Douglas Adams it states that The Salmon of Doubt is the third book in the Dirk Gently series. Yet in the article on Mostly Harmless it states that it's the sixth book in the Hitchhikers series. Which is it?

Parmadil 13:20, 23 October 2007 (UTC)

Both. Dirk Gently and Ford Prefect both appear in the book, making it effectively a part of both series. John Carter 13:27, 23 October 2007 (UTC)

The SEP Field cloaking device/invisibility machine[edit]

While briefly mentioned a couple of times in one book, second or third - can't remember which, this is an example of Douglas' genius in extracting comedy from a very British/human trait; the "inability" to see something once it is determined to be "Somebody Elses Problem" resulting in anything utilising an SEP field renders the object invisible (The Heart of Gold parked upon the field of play at Lords, for example). If this project is still running, a small stub with the book and page numbers - I don't recall it in any radio play - would be nice. It is a better joke than the Point-of-view gun, in my opinion. LessHeard vanU (talk) 21:38, 5 April 2008 (UTC)

If we can establish notability, I'll try to do so. Otherwise, I might have to add the relevant content to some other article, maybe creating a redirect. John Carter (talk) 21:39, 5 April 2008 (UTC)


this is a bit odd. Vogon redirects to Races and species in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz redirects to Minor characters from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. This might seem OK but it leaves Vogon poetry and Vogon Constructor Fleet as free-standing articles. I think there's enough here to make a decent article (with a rewrite of VCF), especially as they (Jeltz in particular) are the major plot driver in the Quintessential Phase. What say you? Totnesmartin (talk) 18:02, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

Someone appeaqrs to have dealt with itnishantjr (talk) 20:20, 9 January 2009 (UTC)

WikiProject Media franchises[edit]

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Franchise naming convention discussion at WikiProject Media franchises[edit]

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Douglas Adams[edit]

I have nominated Douglas Adams for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Remove" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. Awadewit (talk) 16:22, 23 July 2009 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Differences in versions of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2nd nomination)[edit]

The above AfD seems relevant to this wikiproject. Verbal chat 16:08, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

Marvin's leg[edit]

Wasn't Marvin's leg the steel pillar of the wikkit key? See page 148 paragraph 3 of Life the universe and everything —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:07, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

Random Dent[edit]

Random Dent is currently a redirect to the list of minor characters. However, since Slartibartfast has his own article, I thought Random might deserve her own article, as she is very important in the 5th book and a main character in 5th. Harry Blue5 (talk) 20:02, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

To be notable, Random would have to be mentioned in secondary sources. (Unfortunately, the novel Mostly Harmless is a primary source.) Sorry to be harsh, but I would not want you to contribute a lot of work only to see deletionists pass by and destroy it. HairyWombat 03:21, 26 July 2010 (UTC)
Harry, do you mean "she is very important in the 5th book and a main character in 6th."? ISD (talk) 19:34, 26 July 2010 (UTC)
Unfortunately, the novel And Another Thing... is also a primary source. To see what you are up against, please plough through the discussion here. At the moment, Random is part of a list article. My unhappy prediction is that she will not survive even in this improverished state. HairyWombat 19:58, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (radio series)[edit]

I don't know if this project is still active, but it strikes me that it would be great for the current FA on the radio series to be today's featured article on the 11th May (10 years since Adams' death). However, a quick look over suggests that it's not quite up to scratch as FAs go anymore. I don't want to take it to review, but it would be great if we could collaborate in making it a bit better in time. Does anybody have any of his biographies? Bob talk 22:24, 11 March 2011 (UTC)

Comment about Zaphod Beeblebrox's hands/Arms[edit]

There is a note in the Zaphod page that Zaphod has 3 arms but in episode 8 of the radio series there is an ad lib, where Zaphod says put her There, and there , and there and there. The wiki entry says this implies he has four arms. It doesn't. It shows evidence that he has four hands. It is perfectly possible, if you can grow three arms, to grow four hands and have the fourth hand located on one of the other arms , or in some other location all together. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:09, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

An article for 42?[edit]

I have started a discussion regarding Phrases from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as to whether the section on 42 should be split as its own article. Please grab your towel and comment at Talk:Phrases from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy#Split 42. I do hope this project is still active, the page history does not look promising. Thanks, D O N D E groovily Talk to me 04:08, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

The title[edit]

What is the justification for the contracted version of the title that seems to have been applied to all Guide-related Wikipedia pages? The original radio series was billed as "Hitch-Hiker's" in the Radio Times, which is the form also used for the script book; for the novels Pan seems to have used "Hitch-Hiker's" on covers, and "Hitch Hiker's" interally; the vinyl LPs use "Hitch-Hiker's"; the TV series renders it as "Hitchhikers" on-screen, but the "Hitch Hikers" in the Radio Times; and finally we have "The Illustrated Hitch Hiker's Guide..." In short, only a single manifestation uses the contracted "Hitchhikers" but doesn't apply any possessive to it, while most other versions use the hyphenated "Hitch-Hiker's". So why have we ended up with the extreme minority form being used throughout Wikipedia? Nick Cooper (talk) 18:15, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

List of multimedia franchises[edit]

I have decided to tackle the creation of a single comprehensive List of multimedia franchises. If you feel that Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is an appropriate addition to this list, please add it, with links to the supporting media. Cheers! bd2412 T 19:24, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

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