I don't know exactly what the situation was (if Kevin just recorded his lines and left them with the staff), but in many episodes this season (aside from the repeats), someone else is performing Elmo to Kevin's vocal track (Compare "Simon Says" and "The Wedding Planner", Kevin's there for the former and the latter is voice-over). As far as I can tell, the only ones he was there for were Episode 4405, Episode 4415 and Episode 4425.
Since we don't have production dates for the episodes, it's a bit harder to explain. But take one we do have a date for - Episode 4411. The episode was shot a month after Kevin left, but Elmo's still in it and it's Kevin's voice in the episode, meaning someone else was performing to his vocal track.
I've also detected the voice-over like nature of Elmo's dialogue in certain episodes. For what it's worth, I created the sandbox page tracking the performer transitions for Elmo (and the Count) over the course of season 44. Currently, I'm not sure how or if this page will fit in with the rest of the Wiki, but if nothing else, I wanted to provide a reliable resource for who's performing who in which episode.
I'll think about that. I'd enjoy doing a couple myself (I haven't done so in awhile) but sharing always makes these things go quicker (in several but not all cases, there are two episodes per file). These are the ones with the Spanish VO (for Tingo, and unusually, in "Empire Strikes Backside," replacing the narrator and the alien). A friend of mine knows more about dropboxing and all that, so I'll get back to you on that.
Also, nice to be reminded of how amusing the "Adventures of Pete and Joe" segments are (if Buddy and Jim were Godzilla and Mothra).
Also also, the episode template was copied over from the Sesame Street one, but I think we should modify it. "Sponsor" isn't applicable (even if a specific letter or number is featured, the focus is more on vocabulary, word concepts, and themes) and I don't think "syndication" is needed either (DVD *maybe* if we want to make distinctions since we know some of the episodes were packaged differently for US DVDs). Thoughts?
"Syndication" we can get rid of, absolutely (was that still part of the template? I didn't notice). Sponsors we could change too. I'd rather include the DVD in the template; the ones on DVD have a pathetic gallery at the bottom with just one DVD cover that just looks bad (especially in wide view); I was actually thinking of making a Videography page for the series anyway.
(And if you do share the eps. with me, could you maybe include "How Does It Feel?" I meant to grab an mp3 of the song in the episode, but it was removed from YT before I could).
I notice you've been having trouble with re-uploaded images not clearing out their cache. Here's how I fix it.
1) Re-upload the new image to the same file name.
2) Make note of all the pages that link to it (use Special:WhatLinksHere as the description page doesn't always list them all).
3) Rename the file without leaving a redirect (leaving a redirect behind could cause problems down the road).
4) Go to each of the pages that use the file and input the new name.
This usually works for me. It's a pain in the ass, but it allows us to keep the file history, which I think can be valuable.
Yeah, I get the same message. It may happen less frequently than it used to, but it still happens (I'd like to think it *wasn't* because hits from Muppet Wiki made the lawyer beasts aware of it, but...) I also find it pretty odd to take down old commercials or promos "because we don't want you illegally advertising for us!"
As much as I enjoy the visual of thousands of lawyer monkeys hitting refresh on YouTube, I think that practice is a thing of the past. It's all robots and visual recognition software flagging that stuff now.
It doesn't account for why David and I can see it and you guys can't though.
Yes, Time Life put out the episode (not the promo presumably but). Of course it could be that the only people who upload Debbie Harry promos are people with highly targetable accounts anyway (we have no idea what else either account had).
"You're My Baby" is already covered with "Beautiful Baby" (the official title of the song); it was also not factually correct (re-filmed version did not debut in 2001). "I Can Do It By Myself" was also as disorganized and there's no official name found for it yet on ASCAP or BMI (as far as we know), so we can't really make a page for it based on title assumption.