# Forum:Announcement - changes to plink, chatl, etc.

Forums: Yew Grove > Announcement - changes to plink, chatl, etc.

This thread is not a proposal, but an announcement that affects the usage of several popular link generating templates.

Affected templates are:

## The change

The old style of using the templates was to have the first unnamed parameter refer to the linked article, the second unnamed parameter optionally changing the picture, and the 'alt' parameter optionally changing the displayed text. I found this confusing, because it mixed named and unnamed parameters, and 'alt' could ambiguously refer to either alternate picture or alternate text.

The new style will have a single unnamed parameter for the linked article. To change the picture, use the 'pic' parameter. To change the text, use the 'txt' parameter.

Example usage:

{{plink|Weird gloop|pic=Nature rune|txt=Alternate text}}

## The change

The new style can be used today! All the places using the old style will still work, but will soon be converted by User:CookBot. Thanks for stopping by. 08:10, December 2, 2015 (UTC)

## Comment

I did not consent to this. ʞooɔ 10:33, December 2, 2015 (UTC)

Tough tornadoes, is the appropriate term. Or so I am led to believe. 10:35, December 2, 2015 (UTC)
More like Tornado tornadoes am I right ʞooɔ 11:33, December 2, 2015 (UTC)
I prefer fire tornadoes. Also, some draconic noob put this in the wrong place after removing it. 12:34, December 2, 2015 (UTC)

# Bigger comment

yay for confusing riblet

## I'm discussing this anyway

Support - 11:44, December 2, 2015 (UTC)

## Another comment

I support this change as well! 11:57, December 2, 2015 (UTC)

# Oppose

The point of this template was to reduce the code needed as much as possible. alt has a scrabble value of 3 and txt has a scrabble value of 10. In addition, you've added 4 extra bytes to every template with the inclusion of pic, which is also an additional 7 scrabble points. Since scrabble points are stored in a short type integer, you've increased the size of this template by 8 bytes. But since there are shorts, we need to include an extra 32,767 each. {\displaystyle {\begin{aligned}&32767\times 32767\times 4\\=&32767^{2}\times 4\\=&4294705156\end{aligned}}}. Oh god I'm using math tags I hope I don't break the whole wiki, we'll need to start a whole new forum. Hey guys remember when that happened. Anyways, you've increased the size of the template by 4,294,705,156. That's 3.999 gigabytes. I know my math didn't make sense. But that's because I don't think this change makes sense either. As an uneducated persons, I strongly oppose this change. And I want my voice heard. 14:23, December 2, 2015 (UTC)

Could you repeat that? I didn't hear you. 14:28, December 2, 2015 (UTC)
The point of this template was to reduce the code needed as much as possible. alt has a scrabble value of 3 and txt has a scrabble value of 10. In addition, you've added 4 extra bytes to every template with the inclusion of pic, which is also an additional 7 scrabble points. Since scrabble points are stored in a short type integer, you've increased the size of this template by 8 bytes. But since there are shorts, we need to include an extra 32,767 each. {\displaystyle {\begin{aligned}&32767\times 32767\times 4\\=&32767^{2}\times 4\\=&4294705156\end{aligned}}}. Oh god I'm using math tags I hope I don't break the whole wiki, we'll need to start a whole new forum. Hey guys remember when that happened. Anyways, you've increased the size of the template by 4,294,705,156. That's 3.999 gigabytes. I know my math didn't make sense. But that's because I don't think this change makes sense either. As an uneducated persons, I strongly oppose this change. And I want my voice heard. 14:30, December 2, 2015 (UTC)
Ah, right. 14:32, December 2, 2015 (UTC)
Oppose your message. Alt and pic could fall on a triple word score, so this is really only a lower bound. 20:41, December 2, 2015 (UTC)
That only increases the problem. We're looking at something like 40 terabytes here. 20:44, December 2, 2015 (UTC)

Closed - The announcement has been received. --LiquidTalk 05:45, December 8, 2015 (UTC)