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I am not a map person, but what do you think about this one? File:1730 Homann Map of Scandinavia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and the Baltics - Geographicus - Scandinavia-homann-1730.jpg. If you think it has a chance, you may nominate it, if you want that. I will probably not going to do that, but I think it might have a good chance... Hafspajen (talk) 10:52, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

@Hafspajen: I think where it's going to fall down on usage: It's only used in a fairly trivial way in one article. The map's great. Adam Cuerden (talk) 10:57, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
Fixed. Hafspajen (talk) 11:01, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
@Hafspajen: Looks good, though we should probably give this one the standard week. Adam Cuerden (talk) 11:33, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
Ahem, ...? Hafspajen (talk) 15:31, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Huh. That week went fast. I just put up two noms, so I'll give it a little time first. Adam Cuerden (talk) 15:32, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/The Chickahominy - Sumner's Upper Bridge[edit]

William McIlvaine - The Chickahominy - Sumners Upper Bridge.jpg
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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Delftsevaart in Rotterdam[edit]

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Thanks again! – Editør (talk) 12:26, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Braxton Bragg[edit]

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Buddha[edit]

and found this one too, Do you like this?
By the way, what are these people doing?

Gallery leshan Hafspajen (talk) 17:22, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Bonus bridge



@Hafspajen: First is lovely, but camera wasn't quite good enough for FP - very soft at full res. Second a bit under minimum resolution, but if we could get it bigger, we should go for it. It's the left image of a triptych, so stitching might be enough. The third image appears to be a religious procession, probably Easter or a Saint Day. Resolution strikes again, though. I love all of them, but doubt they'd pass FP. =/ Adam Cuerden (talk) 22:07, 30 June 2014 (UTC)


Observe:

Eitai Bridge and the Reclaimed Land at Fukagawa LACMA M.2000.105.133a-c (3 of 3).jpgEitai Bridge and the Reclaimed Land at Fukagawa LACMA M.2000.105.133a-c (2 of 3).jpg Eitai Bridge and the Reclaimed Land at Fukagawa LACMA M.2000.105.133a-c (1 of 3).jpg Yes, notice it, there are several, and that was only a third... OK. I was only thinking about nr 1, the rest is just for fun. But this is interesting, though. File:Beijing China Forbidden-City-01.jpg . And I fixed the article. Hafspajen (talk) 22:12, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 June newsletter[edit]

After an extremely close race, Round 3 is over. 244 points secured a place in Round 4, which is comparable to previous years- 321 was required in 2013, while 243 points were needed in 2012. Pool C's Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) was the round's highest scorer, mostly due to a 32 featured pictures, including both scans and photographs. Also from Pool C, Scotland Casliber (submissions) finished second overall, claiming three featured articles, including the high-importance Grus (constellation). Third place was Pool B's , whose contributions included featured articles Russian battleship Poltava (1894) and Russian battleship Peresvet. Pool C saw the highest number of participants advance, with six out of eight making it to the next round.

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How about File:William Simpson - George Zobel - England and America. The visit of her majesty Queen Victoria to the Arctic ship Resolute - December 16th, 1856.jpg - as a lead  ? It would benefit from the size and it is horizontal. The Aral seea is quite disturbing, and they are pairs, so footer. Hafspajen (talk) 23:07, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Sounds good! And I'll be able to put the Fairytale of Kings as a side image. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:08, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

I was hoping that Princess Tuvstarr gazing down into the dark waters of the forest tarn and Fairytale of Kings could be side images together, they would make a nice impression, since they are in the same colour-scale. (If there is room for them)Hafspajen (talk) 23:11, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Have a look at what I just roughed in as the side images. I might remove the Benchlerite, but I'll probably just try to give enough description to make room. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:13, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

We can go a little fantasy-style to lighten up the catastrophe... Hafspajen (talk) 23:16, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Think I need to crop that Banksia while I'm at it - Signpost side images look better in landscape. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:17, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
Looks great - Hafspajen (talk) 23:18, 30 June 2014 (UTC) wisperexcept that Bruegel ....
Second thoughts - If you must have Bruegel, put down on the page, beside the Aral - pic. It would make a nice symbolic statment... Hafspajen (talk) 23:22, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
I'll have a look at that once the text is finished; balancing out the sections tends to be the harder part, and it's better to have FA images next to FA text if possible - and outside of what I used and maybe the Hilda Rix Nicholas lead image, FAs are a bit sparse on usable images this week, though. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:28, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
And of course a bird is always a bird. Common kingfisher has nice bright colours / if place Hafspajen (talk) 01:27, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
(That's my backup) Adam Cuerden (talk) 01:36, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
I was looking on it once more today, but I think that it became too dark now, somehow, needs some color. Chuch the king or the princess - and use the bird instead. Hafspajen (talk) 13:02, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikicup & GA reviews[edit]

Hi Thanks for the offer to review my GA noms - there does seem to be a delay with them at present so happy for you or anyone to review. I'm not too worried about the wikicup, I need to start prep work for this years WLM anyway.— Rod talk 16:32, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

The fringes of The Fringes[edit]

Well, I gave it a (very quick) go, here. The only thing I'm not quite sure of is if you want to keep the OOF binding or not; I preferred the look without the big blurry area, but as you are scanner your opinion comes first. (As for how I did this: select by colour to get the whole background, invert selection, refine edge (gets a nice, non-jarring edge, with some feathering), cut and paste as a new layer, duplicate the background, paint that one black, and just refine the selection with the lasso tool set at Feathering=2). I think a couple of those functions are not available in GIMP, which sucks Face-sad.svg. Anywho, off to bed. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 17:18, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Oh yeah, I saved at 11 (GIMP 85 or so) to avoid the extra upload time. Doesn't seem to have been any noticeable artefacting introduced, since I was working from your PNG). — Crisco 1492 (talk) 17:19, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
I'm a bit worried that might neaten up the work too much: I mean, it doesn't have depth anymore, whereas the original does. Adam Cuerden (talk) 18:56, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
  • I can easily keep the original depth, although it looks a bit jarring (I think) to have the OOF there. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:45, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
@Crisco 1492: Hmm. I'm not sure, but I'm perfectly fine with that as an alt. Adam Cuerden (talk) 01:15, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Alright, I'll add that to the nom page. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 01:23, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Stalking...[edit]

Couldn't help but notice the Triple Crown commentary... See if this is what you're looking for.--Godot13 (talk) 00:09, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Aha! Thank you! By the way, Godot, ye may want to check yours to see if you can update your Triple Crown. Though it does tend to take a fair bit of time to filter between FP languages. Adam Cuerden (talk) 00:13, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Thought I'd have a little look around to see if there was anything else. Can't guarantee this is exhaustive, but having gotten to know your style a bit (what to look for), I also found Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and Convoy…Pharaoh’s Island...--Godot13 (talk) 00:25, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
P.S. - I can give you a list of links to each of the FP pages, if it's okay to post it here...-Godot13 (talk) 00:25, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Sure, if you like! I do know my list isn't complete prior to 2013. =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 00:35, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
This is what I've got-

Arabic Wikipedia FPC
Azerbaijani FPC
German FPC
Spanish FPC
Farsi/Persian FPC
Georgian Wikipedia – Defunct?
Hebrew FPC
Hungarian FPC
Indonesian Wikipedia
Japanese FPC
Georgian FPC
Malayalam Wikipedia
Malaysian FPC
Polish FPC
Romanian FPC
Somali FPC?
Thai FPC
Turkish FPC
Chinese (Traditional Han) FPC
One or two may have shut down in the past 6-9 months.-Godot13 (talk) 00:42, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

  • At the Hungarian FPC only images are eligible that have some connection to the Hungary (either the subject or the photographer). Armbrust The Homunculus 05:12, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Fanny Bullock Workman[edit]

Maull & Fox - Fanny Bullock Workman.jpg
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POTD notification[edit]

Hi Adam,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:Pach Brothers - George Foster Peabody.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on July 27, 2014. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2014-07-27. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:34, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

Looking for sculptures[edit]

Cupid

This sculpture on wiki looks like the painting above... Hafspajen (talk) 12:04, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

What I mean that thre are two different pictures on the same filname, Cupid by Bertel Thorvaldsen, Located in the Thorvaldsen Museum, Copenhagen... and this one on your talk page. Hafspajen (talk) 23:38, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

There are, of course, conventions in art - standard layouts, ways of identifying a character, conscious imitations of a famous work to make the reference clearer that eventually make the depiction even more the default. It wouldn't surprise me if that was happening here. Good photo of the statue, shame about the JPEG artefacts. Adam Cuerden (talk) 00:04, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes, probably no good to us, but I would still like to use it in the article... and I can't. It is this picture to the right that is coming up instead. Hafspajen (talk) 00:23, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Oh, I understand now! Hold on, I'll disambiguate. Adam Cuerden (talk) 00:27, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
fixed
AHH; great! Thanks. Hafspajen (talk) 01:35, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

But it doesn't look that bad, either. And it has the right pixels... looks quite good in the articles. Hafspajen (talk) 01:42, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Oh, certainly. What isn't quite FP is still excellent for articles. Adam Cuerden (talk) 01:45, 10 July 2014 (UTC)


POTD notification[edit]

Hi Adam,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:Alfons Mucha - 1896 - La Dame aux Camélias - Sarah Bernhardt.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on July 29, 2014. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2014-07-29. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 03:33, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

@Crisco 1492: I like it, but should we add a brief note on Mucha? Adam Cuerden (talk) 01:56, 10 July 2014 (UTC)


Scanning question[edit]

Question for you. I'm scanning a (reprint of a) 1930 poster for Dardanella's Dr Samsi, but I've got some bleedthrough from the following page in the book. Commons recommends putting black paper behind the page I'm scanning... does that work very well for you, when you scan works like Puck? — Crisco 1492 (talk) 01:48, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

It depends, but it generally works well, or at least helps. If the ink has bled through to the other side, you're screwed either way, but if it's just thin, it works superbly. Adam Cuerden (talk) 01:53, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
  • I think it's just thin. Alright, I'll go out and buy some paper to at least minimize it... I can digitally take care of whatever remains. (BTW, I think 2400 DPI may be a bit much... 16k pixels?) Maybe next time I'll just stay with 1200 DPI. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 01:57, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, there is a limit beyond which you aren't really adding data. Adam Cuerden (talk) 01:58, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Wow. Half-toned text. I'm kind of impressed, and also horrified. Adam Cuerden (talk) 02:58, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
Hmm. You know, given the goals of the Lontar Foundation, who published the book, if you could get in contact with them, particularly if you got Jimbo Wales or the like to ask them to contact you, I'd bet they'd be delighted. Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:00, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
  • I've actually worked with them before. Wikimedia Indonesia trained some of their staff in writing Wikipedia articles (results of the program include Djenar Maesa Ayu, Ahmad Tohari, and Armijn Pane), and I helped train those who were writing in English. They also sent a scan of a Poedjangga Baroe cover when I wrote that (they did the Indonesian version... originally).
As for the halftoned text... yeah, I'll probably try and find a way to minimize halftoning once I do a scan that's worth editing. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 03:03, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
See if you can get them to let you use your scanner, if they're near enough. It'd be lovely to get a ton of Indonesian FPs. I'd certainly help with the restoration. Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:14, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
  • (ec) I could probably argue it, though I'd have to bring the scanner to Jakarta to work on it. Alright, thanks for all the feedback. Need to get back to RL for a bit (writing a journal article on Tohari's Di Kaki Bukit Cibalak as an attempt to answer the "Chinese Problem" of New Order Indonesia) — Crisco 1492 (talk) 03:20, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Must say, you were right. It worked pretty darn well (I removed the halftoning, but I'm not quite pleased with the results). — Crisco 1492 (talk) 06:40, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
  • It looks about as good as you'd expect, given the amount of halftoning. If you want to improve the images, you'll need a better original; there's only so much detail you can add back. Adam Cuerden (talk) 11:46, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
On which subject, this mean anything to you? http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/90709854/ Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:17, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Definitely a form of Topeng dance, but I'm not familiar enough with it to determine which regional variant based on masks alone. I suspect somewhere in East Java (for comparison), but I could be off. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 03:24, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
Worth a restoration? Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:38, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Possibly, but I'd want a sure identification first. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 04:05, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/The ships have a thousand eyes / To mark where we come... / And the mirth of the seaport dies / When our blow gets home.[edit]

Willy Stöwer - Sinking of the Linda Blanche out of Liverpool.jpg
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You might be interested to know I've started working on the U-21 article, and it now references the steamer in the painting. It's coming along quite nicely so far, though there's still more to go. Parsecboy (talk) 17:57, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
@Parsecboy: Great work! Adam Cuerden (talk) 18:03, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/The Fringes of the Fleet[edit]

Rudyard Kipling - The Fringes of the Fleet (cover) - cleaned.jpg
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BTW this page is now at 820 kB and tooks ages to load. Maybe some section should be archived. Armbrust The Homunculus 15:29, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
@Armbrust: I've done proper archive, but I have to admit the troll in me was tempted to archive a single section. ;) Adam Cuerden (talk) 14:55, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
Loads much faster now... and thanks for not the letting the "inner troll" outside. 718smiley.svg Armbrust The Homunculus 07:30, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

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Bonus picture

Well it is much better than the selfportrait as skull. And yes, it is a good portrait. It looks calm, centered, thoughfull - and interesting. It is like a portait of a man that had the genius of painting all those beautiful pictures. It is not just like, hey, today I will sitt down and paint a masterpiece. Good luck, try that, but it will not work. It doesn't work like that. Or you have it or you haven't.

So, start praying that they may stay. Hafspajen (talk) 05:11, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
@Hafspajen: Awesome! Let's give it a week, then nominate. Poke me if I forget. =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 22:46, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
By the way, you're really good at finding interesting images. Have you ever poked around the Library of Congress site? Adam Cuerden (talk) 22:57, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

No, where is that? And - why is this file File:Edouard Manet 004.jpg been superseded by File:Edouard Manet, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère.jpg + It has less pixels, 1,600 × 1,188 pixels. I was thinking about nominating it, but can't find any good files. Hafspajen (talk) 14:18, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

On the second point, I'm going to guess colours. Doesn't mean the superseded one is correct colours, though; a lot of people just decide that they should be fixed.
On the first point: The Library of Congress put scans of a lot of their content online. Here's some I've done restorations from since the start of the year: File:Sidney Hall - Urania's Mirror - Auriga.jpg, et al.; File:Mathew B. Brady - William Sidney Mount.jpg; File:Thurston_the_Great_Magician_-_Strobridge_Litho._Co..jpg; File:Thaddeus M. Fowler - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1902.jpg, et al.; File:William Simpson - George Zobel - England and America. The visit of her majesty Queen Victoria to the Arctic ship Resolute - December 16th, 1856.jpg; File:Gaspare Fossati - Louis Haghe - Vue générale de la grande nef, en regardant l'occident (Hagia Sophia - Ayasofya Mosque nave).jpg; File:William McIlvaine - The Chickahominy - Sumners Upper Bridge.jpg; File:Detroit Publishing Company - Rotterdam - Delftsevaart, c. 1895.jpg; File:Braxton_Bragg.jpg; File:Maull_&_Fox_-_Fanny_Bullock_Workman.jpg; File:Sébah_&_Joaillier_-_Sultan_Mehmed_VI.jpg.
So, a lot. Here's a few I've been eyeing. [1], [2].
Here's the main search page. There's a few other sections, but this is arguably the main one for us: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/
MM. I can see this is your main source of images. Hafspajen (talk) 17:55, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
More pixels but...
I think this one is better even if it has less pixs

This is beautifulHafspajen (talk) 18:10, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

And it has an article, Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall, which makes things much, much easier. Adam Cuerden (talk) 19:47, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Now, the problem is, Adam, that I have no idea how to upload a picture - never learned. And blast all skulls, please - nominate SOMETHING, anything - so I don't have to watch that thing - - are we after a selection of best sculls in art? or what. Isn't enough with one? Hafspajen (talk) 19:59, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Okay, I found a gory picture of a skull and nominated it. Adam Cuerden (talk) 20:26, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Et tu, Brute... Hafspajen (talk) 21:28, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Adam, I really can't see any serious problems with this painting of Raphael. Am I wrong? Hafspajen (talk) 16:55, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
@Hafspajen: This one? I think that you could possibly argue it's been brightened too much, but I'd say that's more a case for suggesting File:Portrait de Jeanne d'Aragon, by Raffaello Sanzio, from C2RMF.jpg as an alt than opposing. Adam Cuerden (talk) 17:03, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
  • OK, suggest all - BUT I already see people saying - that frame, uuuuu. If it is not the brightness then it will be the frame, nowadays everywhere. I really think that it is a great portrait. Hafspajen (talk) 17:06, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
Ahem, ahem, ahem- .. hm - they did it are all still there. Except that I was a happier editor for a week ago, I remember how I was feeling last time I edited this page - it doesn't feels like that, now any more. One of my nomination after the other going down the drain - not exactly something that makes one happy and optimistisc - and all this quarreling -ugh. Hafspajen (talk) 03:09, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
Ah, just give it a week. FP goes through mercurial periods... Adam Cuerden (talk) 04:34, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
Looks like I need might to go away soon again - if that will go on, Hafspajen (talk) 22:16, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
Has it been continuing? Adam Cuerden (talk) 22:23, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
Morning .. hm..? Does that look like normal debate? I am not nominating any more.Hafspajen (talk) 13:14, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Mehmed VI[edit]

Sébah & Joaillier - Sultan Mehmed VI.jpg
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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Naked men and misleading nomination names.[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue C, July 2014[edit]

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Something for the Signpost[edit]

This might be worth adding to the Signpost - temporary free access to the New Yorker archives for the duration of the summer.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/07/28/note-readers

Re:signpost[edit]

I have no objections to that, it's how it appeared on DYK anyway. The C of E God Save the Queen! (talk) 17:42, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes, I do know an organist at my local church, however I am unsure if the vicar would permit filming since there is a difference of opinion at the moment. Also I don't have a quality camcorder to record it even if I could get permission. The C of E God Save the Queen! (talk) 17:57, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Wilbert Robinson[edit]

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FC[edit]

Hey Adam, I've finished the FAs for this week and am going to publish. Can you finish up the FPs? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 01:36, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

@The ed17: I'm working on it, but found an issue I was just fixing. There's about twice as many FPs as other FC this week, and they're slower, since you have to figure out the subject and what tack to take. Adam Cuerden (talk) 02:12, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

Re:William Crooks[edit]

William is in the article infobox William Crooks (locomotive) now. This looks super! Thanks for all the work you did to make it look so great! We hope (talk) 22:04, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

@We hope: You're quite welcome! Let me know if there's anything else of note. By the way, you can see the N.J.L. & M. Co. Paterson from File:Minnesota Historical Society dismantling William Crooks.jpg on the new image if you look closely. =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 22:14, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
Comparing the other photos we have to the LOC one is how I was able to say this was the William Crooks. The LOC titled the photo "Train in Station". :) We hope (talk) 22:20, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
Re: documenting-will do. We hope (talk) 23:41, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
See if what I've added helps. We hope (talk) 01:46, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/SMS Seeadler (2nd nomination)[edit]

SMS Seeadler cropped.jpg
An image created by you has been promoted to featured picture status
Your image, File:SMS Seeadler cropped.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! Armbrust The Homunculus 20:27, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Precious again[edit]

Cornflower blue Yogo sapphire.jpg

fascinating pictures
Thank you for a wealth of featured pictured adding to the quality of articles, for appreciating the pictures of others, and for substantial reviews for the benefit of the article in question, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:51, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

A year ago, you were the 558th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:38, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Thank you so much! That's really kind of both of you. =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 14:04, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

-[edit]

Adam, it say: If a nomination is reasonably old and is 'neither obviously going to pass' (i.e. consensus + 5 or more supports) 'nor obviously going to fail (i.e. at least 2 oppose votes and no supports outside of the nominator), it may be listed here.

That means: - one should not add if: it has 5 suports and it obviously going to pass - and don't add if it has 2 oppose or only supported by nominator. Hafspajen (talk) 15:44, 29 July 2014 (UTC).

No, "and" is not the same as "or". It's saying that BOTH "at least 2 oppose votes" as well as "no supports outside of the nominator" are necessary for it to be excluded. Adam Cuerden (talk) 15:55, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
That is not I got out of it. You mean that you should added all of them that has 2 oppose votes???
As I got it it say: if it is reasonably old , it should be added, - but not if _ has already 5 votes - of course -, or if is obviously failing: has 2 opposes or has nothing but nominators suport.

Crisco 1492 reverted my edits anyway. Looks like he is good att deffending the wrong person, but not when he was needed. Hafspajen (talk) 16:10, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Hafs, that's insulting. You misread the template documentation. If you can't recognize that, then that speaks more to your shortcomings than mine. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 16:25, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
And is and, or is or. If the condition were either or, then it would be and/or. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 16:27, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Hafs, this isn't about Coat. I generally just put everything into the list in chronological order, with the occasional exception for ones that are currently, say, sorting something out, or fairly obviously have no hope. Before we can deal with the situation with you and Coat, we need to deescalate it.
Opposing a nomination need not lead to rancour. I've spotted problems with Crisco's nominations before, and he with mine. But the key is to keep the focus on the image itself. "Oppose - it has a yellow cast, which I don't think is in the original." is fine. "Actually, it's not uncommon for images to get a yellow cast from varnish, and it's generally accepted that we'd prefer an exact representation of how it looks now for paintings." is fine. If I might suggest, how about you and Coat agree to only use simple, declarative sentences or simple questions about the image on each others' noms for a bit? It should help. Adam Cuerden (talk) 17:04, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the ping. I've already discussed this editor with his mentor elsewhere and I don't think there is anything that I can offer further. That yellow cast didn't come from varnish but from digital processing. I made what was essentially your suggestion on my Talk page here. The editor's response was very far from constructive. Off to watch the athletics on telly. Dubai beckons. Coat of Many Colours (talk) 17:32, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Error in the July 30th draft Signpost[edit]

Hi. Hope you're well. I just noticed that the featured article, The FP, was incorrectly attributed to user, Nikkimaria, when the nominator was actually the user, Corvoe who is now known as Sock. Hopefully, there's time to correct. Cowlibob (talk) 18:58, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Plenty of time. And feel free to just edit it next time. Adam Cuerden (talk) 19:00, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
That's good to know, will do in future. For some reason, I thought only the named editors were allowed to edit the Signpost. Cowlibob (talk) 19:04, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Oh, no, it's fine. In fact, for things like Featured content, if you ever want to do a chunk, just do it and then add your name to the list of authors. Adam Cuerden (talk) 19:07, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Thank you very much for catching that, Cowlibob. And Adam, thank you for featuring it in the Signpost! I don't mean to come off critical, but I'm extremely confused on the blurb about the article. You state that it was a "mainstream film", it could be "deemed succesful", and it made "a small profit". The film was made on a budget of $45,000, was released in less than 30 theaters, and didn't even make $41,000 at the box office. The film lost money, was far from mainstream, and was not deemed successful, critically or financially. Why did you choose to describe the film this way? I can always be wrong, which I may very well be, but the description appears incorrect to me. Sock (pka Corvoe) (be heard)(my stuff) 19:09, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
As Adam as replied above, you can edit the description of the article in the Signpost. In fact since you wrote it, you're probably best placed to describe it. Cowlibob (talk) 19:16, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Ohhh. I see what he meant now. I did not comprehend that reply at all for some reason. Thanks again! Sock (pka Corvoe) (be heard)(my stuff) 19:23, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Two quick points: I'm, afraid I can't defend the FA blurb, because The ed17 did FAs this week. Secondly, let me finish the FPs first, because we'll get a lot of edit conflicts otherwise, then I'll look this over. Just put any rewrites here for the moment. Adam Cuerden (talk) 19:27, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

I saw this message after I'd already re-written the blurb. I'm sorry if/when I cause an edit conflict, I wouldn't have changed anything if I'd spotted this sooner. I've undone my edit and am pasting my suggestion here: "A little-known, low-budget, low-grossing film with a small cult following, The FP follows gang members who fight using a Dance Dance Revolution knock-off. Taking in just over US$40,000 at the box office (including one weekend total of just $93), The FP has gradually gained fans since its 2011 premiere at South by Southwest. Its bizarre dialogue and premise have divided critics and audiences alike." Sock (pka Corvoe) (be heard)(my stuff) 19:33, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
I've pasted it in. Thanks! Adam Cuerden (talk) 19:35, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Sock, brilliant. I wrote those descriptions perhaps a bit too quickly. Thank you for your help, and don't be afraid to jump in and edit future editions! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 02:17, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
@The ed17: Thank you for the kind words! I'd actually be happy to hop in, this seems like a fun project. Sock (pka Corvoe) (be heard)(my stuff) 13:29, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Thank you![edit]

For the work on the Skelton photo! Have something which you might be interested in. In 1894, Southern Pacific brought out a new train from New Orleans to Los Angeles, the Sunset Limited. To promote the train, the company gave away die-cut "standees" of the locomotive and all the train's cars. Not sure if this was originally meant for children, but the railway got their "pitch" in on the back of each of the die-cuts. When these came up at eBay some time ago, I grabbed all of them and uploaded the largest files I was offered. We hope (talk) 22:21, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Those are lovely, but I do wish someone would point out some of these ebay things. It's frustrating to see something that went for only a few dollars, but would've been amazing at high-res. Adam Cuerden (talk) 22:58, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
  • "Only a few dollars"... until you add the shipping costs. I bought a three-pack of Michael Crichton books back in... 2005, I think. The book was a buck. Shipping was 15 or 20. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 01:47, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
Oh, I'd just have it sent to my mother in America. Adam Cuerden (talk) 04:32, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
  • This was back when I lived in Canada. If I had been already in Indonesia, it wouldn't have just been $15. — Crisco 1492 (talk)
FWIW, some sellers either won't ship outside of the US or charge horrible shipping costs to Canada because they don't want to fill out a declaration form. When the folks in SK have this problem, they send it to me and when we have enough for a shipment, I send it out through UPS. Have gotten pretty good at the international codes over time. :) We hope (talk) 13:20, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Pretty sure that's what it was (and yet it's a hassle, as my house is literally less than 5 miles from the US). (SK? So SK says that could be South Korea, Slovakia, and Saskatchewan, among others; my bet is the Canadian province) — Crisco 1492 (talk) 14:11, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Yep-Regina, SK :) We hope (talk) 14:05, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Think I used to have family there... don't think I do anymore. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 14:11, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

POTD notification[edit]

Hi Adam,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:Pach Brothers - Benjamin Harrison.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on August 20, 2014. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2014-08-20. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 01:45, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/File:Magdalene College Dining Hall, Cambridge, UK - Diliff.jpg[edit]

Nice job! Looks great! Though the lens flare on the paint is not completely eliminated, but it is barely visible. Nikhil (talk) 02:02, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

@Nikhil: Do note he's holding a coronet under the lens flare. It's barely visible due to painting darkening and the angle causing a fair bit of light to be reflecting off the paint. Is that it, or is there something else? Adam Cuerden (talk) 02:08, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
@Adam Cuerden: I didn't know what he is holding in his hand. But now that you mention it, I see, may be due to the angle, the flare is barely visible. Anyway, great job!. PS: you pinged the wrong user there! :P. Nikhil (talk) 04:25, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
Well, crap! Still, if you can see anything that looks removable, if you can mark it on a detail of the image, I'm happy to have another go. Just want to make sure I get it right. =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 04:31, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Something you might want to page through[edit]

Boston Public Library American Art Posters 1890-1920 at Flickr. We hope (talk) 13:37, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

19th century agricultural trade cards. Also at Flickr from BPL. We hope (talk) 13:42, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Very nice indeed. Shame they downsample to 1500px before uploading though. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 14:33, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/File:Magdalene College Dining Hall, Cambridge, UK - Diliff.jpg[edit]

Magdalene College Dining Hall, Cambridge, UK - Diliff - sans lens flares.jpg
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Your image, File:Magdalene College Dining Hall, Cambridge, UK - Diliff - sans lens flares.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! Armbrust The Homunculus 01:18, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Featured Topics work[edit]

Moving this from ed17's page so he won't get bombarded from all of this. So I created the template right here. Hopefully I did it right. As well, I found this TfD that really shows how rough it was for the project back then. Kinda unsettling at that. Just wanted to add that last part. GamerPro64 02:48, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Better than featured sounds. I went on a couple months hiatus, and the person (who I shan't mention, but should have been able to do so) who promised to finish the work to implement a vote to get it on the main page didn't, and instead let the project be shut down, undoing iteral years of me building it up. I'm still fairly bitter about that. It's basically unreviveable, because, when I tried, a few people insisted we throw out literally all work done on the project as a condition of restarting it, which is too fucking stupid for words. Featured copntent processes need publicity, content, and time. The quality will improve over time, and the anti-pragmatists who want any new featured content process to spring fully-formed and perfect, like Athena from Zeus' head will only serve to ruin Wikipedia's chances of ever doing anything useful with sounds. And Wikipedia has lost a ton of potential content from this - a lot of the US Military band archives only make content available for a short time, for example, so if noone is actively working to get it, it's lost. A lot of Creative Content sound archives have signs of existing, but are now dead - there's a Handel's Messiah that was uploaded before I joined FS, but without the necessary documentation, and the site's now dead. FC projects are vital for encouraging good practices and for getting users access to content, and encouraging people to upload to Wikipedia. So, yeah... Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:12, 4 August 2014 (UTC)°
(edit conflict)I know how that feels. I went on on a four month hiatus myself in 2012, which had resulted in some delegates coming and going in the process. Though if I didn't push for delegation to begin with, FT may have went the same route as Featured Sounds. Which is disheartening because FS is such an interesting process. So I guess with getting a script made for the project, it might help people take it a bit more seriously. GamerPro64 03:32, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Hmm. Before we go too far, have a look at Wikipedia_talk:Featured_topics/John_Douglas - a much nicer, neater template to use. Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:25, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

(edit conflict)Oh you mean Template:Featuredtopictalk? That can be used to both FT and GT and automatically changes when the percentage of articles in the topic is below or over 50%. GamerPro64
Couldn't we just have it add a category to topics that have automatically updated, which gets turned off using a parameter? Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:42, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
I honestly have no clue how that would work. GamerPro64 03:49, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
  • It's possible. I'd think using an "IF" command. But you might need to go to WP:VP/T to ask for help. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 04:15, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Seeing how I don't know what any of this means, I think I meant have problems explaining to the Village Pump about what I need help with. GamerPro64 04:33, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
  • I could do that, I guess, but it would be nice to have a clear idea of what the template should encompass. So automatically changing categories, and? — Crisco 1492 (talk) 04:40, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Well, if the template already changes the status to featured, then it's fairly simple: Give all topics that are featured the category Category:Newly featured topics unless the parameter new=no is set.

Of course, I haven't looked into how it switches. If it requires manual editing when the article is featured, this isn't half as useful. Adam Cuerden (talk) 10:40, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

  • I don't believe it requires manual editing when it comes to switches. But at times I do have to refresh a talk page to show its proper topic status. GamerPro64 17:04, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
That's fine; everything refreshes eventually, and it'll probably be more often than manually checking for things that have passed the threshhold. Adam Cuerden (talk) 17:39, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
So I started up a thread at the Village Pump right here to see if this idea can work out. Not exactly familiar on how VP works anyhow. GamerPro64 01:34, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
I'm getting nothing at the pump and I don't know anyone know specializes in writing up this kind of code. Unless you or any of your talk page stalkers know anyone that can do this, I may have to just keep an eye on the process closer than usual. GamerPro64 02:13, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
Oh, is that why you went there? I can do it; it's fairly simple, but we need to discuss what the functionality should be first. Adam Cuerden (talk) 02:28, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
Facepalm3.svg Facepalm This is too much. But enough with all this egg on my face. What I'm thinking is that something along the lines of how Category:Possible Wikipedia four award articles works. When a new Featured Topic is created, a category keeps track and see if it transitioned from GT to FT or if it immediately became a Featured Topic. Something like that. GamerPro64 03:06, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
Right. I'll need a little time to review the code, which I can't do before next week, but that's more-or-less what I was thinking. Of course, this is presuming the auto-promotion works; that's the other thing to check. Might be an idea to make a dummy FT, using user-space articles. Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:14, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
I'm okay with waiting on getting the code checked on. I'll just figure out what to do by then. GamerPro64 03:22, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/At the North South East West Diddlesex Junction[edit]

William Crooks at station.jpg
An image created by you has been promoted to featured picture status
Your image, File:William Crooks at station.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! Armbrust The Homunculus 03:53, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

Halftoning?[edit]

Question: do you think that (after flyspecking) this could stand a chance at FPC? — Crisco 1492 (talk) 03:39, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

Looks more like a photogravure than halftoning to me. Think resolution and scan quality is going to be the issues here, but it's not, inherently, unfeatureable. Adam Cuerden (talk) 04:01, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
  • It's sadly how archive.org does their scans (original page; halftoning, if that's what it is, is more evident there). Only 3xxx pixels in height, and a lot of that was whitespace. I'll try and find a copy at the LOC... who knows, maybe they have negatives that they scanned. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 04:10, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
Published in 1893 as a wood engraving (LOC), but the image I have is obviously a photograph. Probably the basis of the engraving. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 04:15, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
I suspect you're better off getting someone to interlibrary loan the book than using archive.org, then. Adam Cuerden (talk) 04:27, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Not in Indonesia Face-wink.svg. Shame... it is quite a nice photograph. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 04:28, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
The book isn't that expensive. - maybe we can find someone in America willing to san all the images for it 600 dpi? Adam Cuerden (talk) 04:32, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

Moving stuff[edit]

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Red Skelton[edit]

Red Skelton 1960 rebalance.jpg
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Your image, File:Red Skelton 1960 rebalance.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! Armbrust The Homunculus 21:31, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Bank of North America banknote (1789)[edit]

Sort of off-topic for the nomination page, but worth knowing- Today, there are grading companies that evaluate banknotes, encapsulate them in mylar and assign a grade. If a note has room to spare with uneven margins, dealers (generally) will trim the edges to create a perfect margin scenario. The benefit (depending on the rarity of the note) in a high uncirculated grade (Very Choice to Gem) could be anywhere from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars.--Godot13 (talk) 00:58, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

...Ye gods.... Adam Cuerden (talk) 07:27, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
  • But the historicity of the note!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 07:28, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
    • The whole practice is nothing short of butchery...-Godot13 (talk) 07:48, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Gazelle[edit]

SMS Gazelle was nominated before, wasn't it? Sca (talk) 13:24, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

No, but it's been done a long time. I've been holding off on it, as, well, as I said, least favourite. Adam Cuerden (talk) 15:32, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
Alas, I just don't like the red hull paint. Sca (talk) 21:35, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
Think that's one of the big reasons I held off on nominating it. But I got nothin' else for a bit. =) 86.143.102.33 (talk) 11:10, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

Cryptic message?[edit]

I'm hoping this will make more sense to you than it does to me: "Ahem, *cough* *cough* Van Gogh self portrait" ... think back a bit. Face-wink.svg SagaciousPhil - Chat 19:46, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Ah, yes. Will get on that. Sorry, theatre month. The Festival is upon Edinburgh. Adam Cuerden (talk) 19:33, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Enjoy[edit]

[9] Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 22:06, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Heh. Hey, you approved it. =P Adam Cuerden (talk) 11:13, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
It seems to have gone over alright, by which mean no one has screamed yet. ;-) I don't mind borderline titles as long as they aren't racy or sexist! As for other SP matters, what are you planning with the MediaViewer/WikiCup pieces, and will the Godot interview happen, or should I postpone it for an undetermined future date? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 03:25, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
Cancel the Godot for now, I'll get him at 200. I'll try to finish up the others this week. Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:38, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
That's fine, but can we delay the Media Viewer piece by two weeks or so? We've got at least one, maybe two, opinion pieces this week. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 05:25, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
Guys, I can do the FA part of FC (minus the templates) for another couple of weeks if you like, and we'll see how it goes. (FWIW, I would have voted for "Bottoms and Asses", but the few times I've seen something on Wikipedia that I wanted to tone down, no one agreed with me, so I'm probably not the best judge.) - Dank (push to talk) 18:51, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

FAC[edit]

To all and sundry, near and far: Jules Massenet, the second greatest composer born in 1842, is now at FAC. If you have time and inclination to look in, it will be esteemed a favour. Tim riley talk 21:40, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Images on Existing WWI Articles[edit]

Maybe add a few words indicating that you'd really like WP:GLAM/Pritzker to update existing articles with photos provided by others to PMML photos that meet the 300 DPI criteria minimum. That way our Wikipedians-in-Residence won't think you are critiquing their current efforts. Pritzker's Fall 2014 group will start in 2 weeks or so. TeriEmbrey (talk) 17:33, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Pictor[edit]

Hey Adam, any old images/depictions of Pictor around? Article is at FAC and one reviewer has suggested they might be good to add....Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 03:48, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

@Casliber: My southern constellation resources are currently weak once you go past the original twelve, and the ones that are fairly northerly. I presume you don't insist on FP-quality, though, so why not just grab from http://www.ianridpath.com/startales/pictor.htm ? That's Bode's Uranographia, which is pretty notable. Crop's a bit tight, but... Adam Cuerden (talk) 04:06, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
There wouldn't be any copyright issues...would there? Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 04:14, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
{{PD-Art}}. Adam Cuerden (talk) 08:45, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CI, August 2014[edit]

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/The Cheats[edit]

Valentin de Boulogne - Soldiers Playing Cards and Dice (The Cheats).jpg
Your Featured picture candidate has been promoted
Your nomination for featured picture status, File:Valentin de Boulogne - Soldiers Playing Cards and Dice (The Cheats).jpg, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate another image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Armbrust The Homunculus 12:02, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

You'll want to see my last note in the newsroom... and I moved your Media Viewer and WikiCup pieces to User:Adam_Cuerden/Sandbox/Media_Viewer and User:Adam_Cuerden/Sandbox/WikiCup to make everything easier for Jarry. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 06:43, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/SMS Gazelle[edit]

S.M. kleiner kreuzer Gazelle - restoration.jpg
An image created by you has been promoted to featured picture status
Your image, File:S.M. kleiner kreuzer Gazelle - restoration.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! Armbrust The Homunculus 11:01, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Your opinion...[edit]

Hi Adam-

I would like to ask your opinion on something. I have scanned, restored, and prepped this set and inserted about two-thirds in this list. I do not plan to try and make these the main image for any of the individual articles (though finding a way to insert them elsewhere in the article would be nice). Recalling earlier issues regarding cropping, do you feel that these are appropriately cropped for placement in the list and possibly somewhere in the body of the corresponding individual articles? Thanks.-Godot13 (talk) 02:25, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

They look fine, although, given the list uses such small images, I could see using a more extreme crop in the list, but I don't think you could then nominate them as a set, since the current crop is the best for all other uses, so it'd be nominations based on other uses... awkward. Better to avoid that, or, at most, crop a little tighter left and right. Also, of course, if there's no image of them in the article, of course make them the lead, but I presume that was already going to happen. Adam Cuerden (talk) 02:55, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
I went through to see how many could be entered in the articles (without forcing images where they don't belong) and over half were okay as "other uses" (articles in addition to the list, only two cases did I replace a truly bad and very small existing lead image). I'll probably just leave them as is- the point was to create portraits, not clipped images for info boxes... The last month seemed very slow at FPC, I hope that picks up soon. Thanks again for the feedback.-Godot13 (talk) 19:59, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
I think I figured out a way to make the images work in the list. No images were harmed in the process...Godot13 (talk) 04:49, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Wow. No idea how accessible that is, but still... wow. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 04:58, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

33rd Alabama Infantry -- Just sayin' thanks...[edit]

Adam, I know some folks don't care for barnstars, so I hope you don't mind me sending you this one. You put a lot of time into your review and feedback on 33rd Alabama Infantry, and I just wanted to say thanks. Cheers! - Ecjmartin (talk) 01:14, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

ACW Barnstar.png The American Civil War Barnstar
A special thanks to you for your recent contributions to 33rd Alabama Infantry and its associated peer review. I know it was long and detailed, so I just wanted to say I appreciated your time, interest and feedback. Thanks! Ecjmartin (talk) 01:14, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

@Ecjmartin: That is really kind of you! I'm sorry I'm kind of inactive just now. Think I overcommitted myself a little bit to Edinburgh Festival stuff. =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 02:09, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/John Hay[edit]

C.M. Gilbert. - John Hay, c. 1904.jpg
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Your image, File:C.M. Gilbert. - John Hay, c. 1904.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! Armbrust The Homunculus 15:52, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/I am a monarch on the sea, / The ruler of the Queen's Navy[edit]

John Jellicoe, Admiral of the Fleet.jpg
An image created by you has been promoted to featured picture status
Your image, File:John Jellicoe, Admiral of the Fleet.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! Armbrust The Homunculus 00:37, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

POTD notification[edit]

Hi Adam,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:Jean de Paleologu - Jules Massenet - Sapho.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on September 5, 2014. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2014-09-05. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 13:22, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

FC[edit]

Hi Adam—TTT's note at the Signpost talkpage might be useful. I'm presuming you're fine for the next edition's FC? Ed won't be back until the week after. Tony (talk) 12:07, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

I guess that's a "yes", since you didn't bother responding. Tony (talk) 03:48, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
@Tony1: Sorry, I responded there. FC's done, pretty much. Adam Cuerden (talk) 04:04, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
No problem, Adam. Ed might gradually be returning. Tony (talk) 04:05, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
Adam, I took a look and it appears to be ready to go this week. You fine with that? Tony (talk) 06:41, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
@Tony1: Thought I had said so. Publish away. Adam Cuerden (talk) 08:50, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

POTD notification[edit]

Hi Adam,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:Cardinal de Richelieu.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on September 9, 2014. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2014-09-09. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 12:49, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Any interest in this?[edit]

The Dollar Princess-from 1909--she has what looks to be some other nice things posted too. We hope (talk) 02:26, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

POTD notification[edit]

Hi Adam,

Just to let you know, the Featured Picture File:Nancy Storace Portrait By Pietro Bettelini 2.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on September 12, 2014. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2014-09-12. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 11:59, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 August newsletter[edit]

The final of the 2014 WikiCup begins in a few short minutes! Our eight finalists are listed below, along with their placement in Round 4:

  1. Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), a WikiCup newcomer, finished top of Pool A and was the round's highest scorer. Godot is a featured picture specialist, claiming large numbers of points due to high-quality scans of historical documents, especially banknotes.
  2. Scotland Casliber (submissions) is a WikiCup veteran, having been a finalist every year since 2010. In the semi-final, he was Pool B's highest scorer. Cas's points primarily come from articles on the natural sciences.
  3. Nepal Czar (submissions) was Pool A's runner-up. Czar's points come mostly from content related to independent video games, including both articles and topics.
  4. Oh, better far to live and die / Under the brave black flag I fly... Adam Cuerden (submissions) was Pool B's runner-up. Another featured picture specialist, many of Adam's points come from the restoration of historical media. He has been a WikiCup finalist twice before.
  5. Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) won the WikiCup in 2012 and 2013, and enters this final as the first wildcard. She focuses on biology-related articles, and has worked on several high-importance articles.
  6. Florida 12george1 (submissions) is the second wildcard. George's points come primarily from meteorology-related articles. This year and last year, George was the first person in the competition to score.
  7. Colorado Sturmvogel 66 (submissions), the third wildcard, was the 2010 champion and a finalist last year. His writes mostly on military history, especially naval history.
  8. Canada Bloom6132 (submissions), the fourth and final wildcard, has participated in previous WikiCups, but not reached any finals. Bloom's points are mostly thanks to did you knows, featured lists and good articles related to sport and national symbols.

We say goodbye to this year's semi-finalists. Herm Matty.007 (submissions), Ohio ThaddeusB (submissions), United States WikiRedactor (submissions), Idaho Figureskatingfan (submissions), Greece Yellow Evan (submissions), Portugal Prism (submissions) and Bartošovice v Orlických horách Cloudz679 (submissions) have all performed well to reach this stage of the competition, and we hope they will all be joining us again next year.

There are two upcoming competitions unrelated to the WikiCup which may be of interest to those who receive this newsletter. The Stub Contest will run through September, and revolves around expanding stub articles, especially high-importance or old stubs. In addition, a proposal has been made for a new competition, the GA Cup, which the organisers plan to run next year. This competition is based on the WikiCup and aims to reduce the good article review backlog.

There is now a thread for brainstorming on how next year's WikiCup competition should work. Please come along and share your thoughts- What works? What doesn't work? What needs changing? Signups for next year's competition will be open soon; we will be in touch. If, at this stage of the competition, you are keen to help the with the WikiCup, please do what you can to participate in review processes. Our finalists will find things much easier if the backlogs at good article candidates, featured article candidates, featured picture candidates and the rest are kept at a minimum. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk · contribs) The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 22:09, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

Quick question for you about cleaning up a scanned photo[edit]

Is there much that a photo expert can do to this photo without getting it scanned again? [10] We have a much smaller version already in Commons and it would be nice to upgrade it.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 19:47, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Forgot to mention that I've got Photoshop and can probably at least clean up the moiré pattern if it's not too complicated.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 19:59, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
@Sturmvogel 66: I'm sorry, that image link is US-only. If you want mmy advice, though? The original sources are not particularly expensive; I'd personally just get a copy of the originals. You'll get better outcomes AND a useful source. Adam Cuerden (talk) 20:06, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
OK, thanks.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 20:22, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Historical coats of arms of the U.S. states from 1876[edit]

Hi Adam- I'm prepping this article's images for FP. If the offer to further review/clean some of them up a bit still stands (also pinging Crisco), I'll see about getting the TIFs loaded sooner (24 hours) rather than later (a week). Thanks--Godot13 (talk) 00:04, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

  • I'm not too crazy about losing all the paper detail. Looks like you applied a mask to the paper and smoothed it all out, yet the lithographs (or whatever prints they used) still have paper texture. There are also a few missing flecks that I'd be tempted to fix, but the first point is my main concern. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:11, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
    • I'd like to do a bit more cleaning, actually. Lots of little threads and such on the images. Adam Cuerden (talk) 01:25, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
      • @Crisco- I wasn't too fond of sacrificing the paper texture (see the "middle version" of each of the files), but I was unable to get the paper tone and shading to match across the images, knowing they would be presented (in the article) as a "set". There was also a light reddish hue that I couldn't get rid of (while keeping the texture). Barring going back to the beginning, I'll load the TIFs for the current files later today.-Godot13 (talk) 02:11, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
        • A light reddish hue... what if you went in (assuming Photoshop) the Raw Filter and increased the green in the pink/green balance? Just under the warmth slider. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 02:18, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
          • I'd have said RGB white points would work better, as the darker colours are about right. Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:11, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
            • I generally use three computers in two different locations. I need to try and find the "middle" version raw files...--Godot13 (talk) 03:27, 4 September 2014 (UTC) FYI- the original scans were made in 2011 when I had access to the book. I didn't fully appreciate lossless files so they were all scanned as JPEG and converted for future editing. Regretful in hindsight, but I was just discovering scanning at the time.--Godot13 (talk) 03:30, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
              • Damn. I know how that feels (almost all my pre-2013 restorations...) — Crisco 1492 (talk) 15:30, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Still figuring out uploading TIF files (as it took me a few hours just to get the first few files accepted by the Upload wizard). I can't find the middle-stage lossless files, so I started uploading what's currently in the article (title page and the first three states). Will finish tomorrow (later today for you). ping -Godot13 (talk) 05:41, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
    • Adam and Crisco- all the TIF files are loaded and linked to the images in the article. I hope to be able to put this up for FP in about a week or less, if possible. Thanks in advance for your help on these.--Godot13 (talk) 20:54, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
      • Crisco & Adam- If you can let me know which images (if any) you might want to work on, I will do minor cleaning on the remaining files. Thanks--Godot13 (talk) 20:10, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

A Barnstar[edit]

Socratic Barnstar Hires.png The Socratic Barnstar
For telling it like it is… Godot13 (talk) 06:00, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
I hope that's a good thing. I do like to think I have some tact. =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 09:37, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
It is good.-Godot13 (talk) 22:56, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

Disappearance of Beverly Potts[edit]

Would you be interested in helping me expand Disappearance of Beverly Potts?

There's plenty of information about her on the web, but i don't want to break any copyrights. Paul Austin (talk) 10:46, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

FC[edit]

Thanks, Adam. And if you hadn't been co-author we could have made more of your lovely restoration. At some stage, if you can put your hands on a suite of befores-and-afters, an emailed interview of you, on photographic restoration, would be good for the SP (and could easily be technical, I think, if non-experts can be drawn to understand). Tony (talk) 12:17, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

@Tony1: Oh, I always upload the befores; I suppose that one might also benefit from a copy of what I've replaced [I've occasionally replaced the most awful copies and bad restorations], but that's usually easy enough to find. Would be delighted. Adam Cuerden (talk) 16:53, 6 September 2014 (UTC)
I wonder if GIF's useful for showing a restoration? Flicking between two images is the easiest way to see what was done. Adam Cuerden (talk) 22:53, 6 September 2014 (UTC)
Emailing you lest it be a spolier. Tony (talk) 00:06, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
@Tony1: Have you actually sent it? I can't find it in my inbox, spam, or searching what at least used to be your address in April. Adam Cuerden (talk) 00:31, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
They're talking about Wednesday US time publication: EEK. No stress if you're too busy to send reply in time: it can be run this or next week, fine. Tony (talk) 08:18, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Hey Adam, when will you have time to finish FC? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 02:31, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

@The ed17: I should be able to Sunday. Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:08, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Please ping me when you're done; I'd like to publish ASAP. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 17:45, 14 September 2014 (UTC)
I've finished the FAs and FLs. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 20:34, 14 September 2014 (UTC)
@The ed17: Let's publish, then. I'm going back to sleep - don't feel so well today. Adam Cuerden (talk) 21:13, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

Hey Adam, just reminding you about FC. I'll take on the FAs and FLs after class, so if you can get as many FPs done as possible and copy/paste in descriptions for the rest, I'd be most appreciative! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 17:10, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

@The ed17: I've done the first 40. Adam Cuerden (talk) 21:47, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Fanny Bullock Workman[edit]

Thank you for your unsigned comments on my talk page re Isopoda. Would you like to respond to mine at your Fanny Bullock Workman FAC page because I am trying to help it towards a conclusion. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 07:52, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Hey Adam, I came here to basically ask the same thing, to ask that you go over there and confirm that the sources are used correctly. It'd be a shame if it were failed after all our work! I'm also pinging User:Wehwalt on your talk page for the same purpose. Thanks! Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 18:43, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
@Cwmhiraeth, Figureskatingfan: I'm in a show this week. It ends tonight, so I can get the sources checked by Wednesday, but I need to go into the library to do so, which is why I haven't yet. Shows really do eat up all free time sometimes. Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:06, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
OK, no problem, believe me I get busyness. I'll put a note on the FAC page requesting that it stay open for a few more days. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 05:23, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Lah dee dah[edit]

Shame there's no article for it yet
  • So how's everything? Just dropping by to show off offer any assistance you could want on getting images from pages with zoomable images. (Like the one on the left). If you have anything on your wishlist, let me know, and I'll try to help. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 07:42, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
@Crisco 1492: As you may know, I'm in a musical about the life of the Brahan Seer this week. It's going very well. Last two shows are today, so I'll have some more time from Sunday. Also, as this is Scotland, and cast parties are the one time I let myself go with alcohol, will be hungover Sunday. Also, that is a gorgeous photograph. Do something with it. Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:05, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
  • I don't think you've mentioned that, at least to me. Sounds like a performance I'd enjoy. I may end up writing something on "logging in Indonesia", which is slightly distinct than deforestation in Indonesia which already exists. After that, a bit of clean-up, and... BTW, a couple other old photographs (absolutely lovely ones) are at Jacobus Anthonie Meessen. I was actually thinking of cleaning one up for FPC later today, once work is done. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 05:26, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Shame their images are at such low JPG compression rates. It's like NASA. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 11:16, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

POTD notification[edit]

Hi Adam,

Just to let you know, the Featured Picture File:Sébah & Joaillier - Sultan Mehmed VI.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on October 3, 2014. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2014-10-03. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:53, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Little Nemo 1907-09-29[edit]

Little Nemo 1907-09-29

Could you let me know what you think about File:Little Nemo 1907-09-29.jpg? Curly Turkey ⚞¡gobble!⚟ 08:03, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

  • Looks pretty damn good to me. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 08:49, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
    • I'd forgotten I'd uploaded it. There are quite a few more memorable installments of the strip (I've uploaded them all), but none that're scanned as nicely I have to wonder what the source was—obviously not an original newspaper page (it would have ghosting from the reverse page like in this scan), and it doesn't look like it's from any of the book reproductions I've seen. Curly Turkey ⚞¡gobble!⚟ 11:09, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
      • Well, a black sheet of paper behind the newspaper would have minimized bleed-through. Unless the paper was really, really thin or something.. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 11:12, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
        • Hmm. Well, I've never seen an actual newspaper page so old preserved so neat, tidy, bright & clean. If only there were one like it of the walking bed episode or Befuddle Hall (or this one Face-wink.svg). Curly Turkey ⚞¡gobble!⚟ 12:18, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
          • It could also be a later reproduction, of course. That would be much simpler. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 12:36, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
            • I'm working on some very clean Caldecott drawings from that period. I think it's a matter of how many grubby hands get at it. Adam Cuerden (talk) 16:19, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
              • Do you know why this file (Little Nemo 1907-09-29.jpg) isn't on Commons any more? Thanks for you help.Flazaza (talk) 14:30, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
                • @Flazaza: It looks like it is on Commons? Adam Cuerden (talk) 21:13, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
                  • It works. Now I can see it on Commons again. Thanks a lot.Flazaza (talk) 21:22, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

September Bugle[edit]

Hi Adam, if you wanted to take care of FPs in this month's Bugle, could you do so shortly as we'd like to get the issue out as soon as we can to include a reminder that voting in the MilHist coordinator election has commenced. If it's not convenient, just let me know and Nick-D or I will do the best we can with the FP section. Tks/cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 13:21, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

@Ian Rose: I've roughed it in, using the brief descriptions from the showcase page (which I wrote, after all.) I'll need to add credits, and expand the descriptions a little bit, but everything is there, at least. Adam Cuerden (talk) 16:17, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Horace Greeley[edit]

Hi Adam. If you get the time, would it be possible for you to clean up one of the likenesses of Horace Greeley at File:Horace Greeley - NARA - 526061.tif and upload it as a jpg? Seems like we don't really have any high quality images of him. Connormah (talk) 02:14, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

@Connormah: Is there any chance we could get a higher-resolution version? By the time that's cropped, it won't be eligible for featured picture. I mean, I'll gladly do things just because we need the image, but it would be nice to use my work to get Horace Greeley on the main page.
Of course, one possibility might be to do [11], though that's not half so engaging of a pose. Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:01, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
Might want to get into contact with User:Dominic at NARA, but I imagine getting new scans of these types of things isn't exactly easy. The second possibility could work though! Connormah (talk) 04:55, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

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Mother and child[edit]

Hello Adam,

I don't want to clog up the nomination page too much so I'm writing on your TP. If I work on the photo myself by adding a bit of burn onto the white part, would that affect your vote? I am willing to do it myself if it will better your opinion of the photo. Cheers, Étienne Dolet (talk) 02:29, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

I think a good case was made for leaving it. Adam Cuerden (talk) 04:39, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

When anger spreads his wings[edit]

Hey Adam Cuerden! Just to note that you've forgot to upload c:File:Kurz and Allison - Battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864 - Original scan.tif. Anyways good restoration. Best, ///EuroCarGT 21:31, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

@EuroCarGT: Uploading now. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:17, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CII, September 2014[edit]

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your work in carrying forward the excellent contributions of Adrienne (aka Awadewit) - thank you. hamiltonstone (talk) 10:44, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Sleeping Dogs FAC[edit]

German Joe reccomended that I contacted you to see if you were available to do a media check at the Sleeping Dogs FAC.[12] URDNEXT (talk) 19:07, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Barnstar[edit]

Editors Barnstar.png The Editor's Barnstar
To Adam, for nominating the great Wadewitz's Fanny Bullock Workman and helping bring it to FA status. You, like she did, make Wikipedia a better place. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 14:06, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Morpho didius[edit]

Could you closed my set nomination? Cheers, Armbrust The Homunculus 13:46, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Quaker Guns[edit]

Centreville, VA, Quaker Guns in the fort on the heights.jpg
An image created by you has been promoted to featured picture status
Your image, File:Centreville, VA, Quaker Guns in the fort on the heights.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! Armbrust The Homunculus 02:39, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/When anger spreads his wing[edit]

Kurz and Allison - Battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864.jpg
An image created by you has been promoted to featured picture status
Your image, File:Kurz and Allison - Battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! Armbrust The Homunculus 12:30, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Advice[edit]

Hi Adam

I'm thinking of writing a tutorial-style "learning pattern" on Meta, to provide recipients of WMF funding for photographic competitions with a fun puzzle experience in criticising technical flaws in pictures. The content would be drawn entirely from reviewers' comments at selected FPCs.

First, if I do this, might you be prepared to review and give feedback on the draft?

Second, is there a way of linking to or displaying earlier uploads of pics at reasonable size and without making people wait for five minutes to download them? Take this file history for example (FPC here). I'd like to be able to display very first upload down at the bottom, at 480 × 599 pixels, the same size as the most recent version at the top. Tony (talk) 12:47, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

@Tony1: I'd be willing to review, but remember I'm not a photographer, so you might be be better off getting, say, Diliff (talk · contribs) or Crisco 1492 (talk · contribs), both of who know photography very well.
As for showing the original upload, honestly, I'd just reupload it with a new file name - if it serves a purpose, noone should complain (provided you make sure to state what that purpose is: I'd suggest a banner before the {{Information}} template. Adam Cuerden (talk) 12:51, 26 September 2014 (UTC)
  • Thanks Adam, and I'll certainly be asking Crisco and @Diliff:. Yeah, the re-upload idea seems like the least problematic.

    Crisco, yes, the examples of technical problems are very good and were quite easy to find when I thought about doing this, a few weeks ago. I'd like to focus on WLM-type subjects (buildings, etc), and wildlife, since they're probably the most relevant to WMF grants. I might even double up and use one or two of those examples, but there are plenty in the FPC archives, with critical commentary by reviewers and sometimes attempts to improve the original image (useful for training).

    The core design feature of the exercises would be a narrative question-and-answer technique that you'd click through while thinking about each picture, with intermediate hints; that has been quite successful in my language tutorials on en.WP, and I recently injected this approach into another learning pattern, Framing survey questions, which Jonathan Morgan (WMF), who's managing the LPs, quite liked. The blue hat boxes aren't ideal—I'd like to explore a less in-your-face colour/design. My only concern with those particular exercises is that they might be a little wordy and elaborate—not sure, and no feedback yet.

    Michael Maggs has already created two photography-related learning patterns (LPs) at Meta, which I've worked on a little, to his subsequent approval. They're a good entree to critical exercises based on actual examples, I think. And remember, I know nuffink about photography.

    I've asked about this before—maybe three years ago—but have lost it: there's a glossary of photography-related terms somewhere. Anyone know where? Tony (talk) 15:43, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

  • Thanks, Crisco. Tony (talk) 02:25, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/State Arms of the Union (set)[edit]

Adam - Thank you for your support of this FP nominated set. Based on some feedback received from a reviewer, yesterday I started another round of light cleaning of the images to remove thread-like white fibers that could be found in the brown and black ink areas of the images. I do not expect to edit each image but have already completed 33 of 46. If for any reason the touch ups are not completed by the end of the nomination (approximately 24 hours), I will suspend the nomination. Thanks again for your support.

Okay, now that the form notification is out of the way... I'm planning to put up a mid-sized currency set next followed by the BEP engravings of the first 25 presidents (they come from the same book as the Treasury Secretaries and cover the same time span) and can be found here as JPEG files. If you feel that there is additional restoration necessary and would like to be a co-restorer I would welcome the help and will prioritize getting the restored TIF files loaded as soon as I am finished with the coats of arms. If you are not interested but would be willing to provide some feedback on what needs tweaking, that would also be appreciated. My hope is to avoid a mid-nomination frenzy to try and make corrections. Let me know what you think (soon please).--Godot13 (talk) 03:59, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Ivan Logginovitch Goremykin[edit]

Ivan Logginovitch Goremykin, c. 1906.jpg
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POTD notification[edit]

Hi Adam,

Just to let you know, the Featured Picture File:Kurz & Allison - Assault on Fort Sanders.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on October 19, 2014. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2014-10-19. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 14:22, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/And all seems dark as night for it[edit]

It is far better to face the bullets.jpg
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Your image, File:It is far better to face the bullets.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! Armbrust The Homunculus 02:49, 29 September 2014 (UTC)