User talk:Allenbrown

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Brabham[edit]

Allen - thanks for adding that link at Brabham. I don't know how I'd missed that page before, but it makes a better link than a couple of the others I had given. Cheers. 4u1e 22:14, 9 January 2007 (UTC)

That's because it didn't exist until recently. It could replace some of the other links but I thought removing 'rival' links was better left to someone independent. BTW, you've done a great job with that page. Allen Brown 18:24, 10 January 2007 (GMT)

Thanks! I've removed a couple of the others links. I've got a question about Fittipaldi chassis (the ex Wolf cars) that I've been meaning to ask, but I guess I should contact you through the website. Cheers. 4u1e 23:07, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

Pesenti-Rossi[edit]

Hi, with regard to your edit summary at Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi, I'm sure that any lack of info about his earlier career in Italian F3 is not because anyone regarded him as a failure, but simply because that information was not readily available to people working on the article. I for one wasn't aware of how his F3 career went. Thanks for adding that, and anything else you can add would be great. Cheers, Bretonbanquet (talk) 16:37, 15 November 2009 (UTC)

WATN[edit]

Hi Allen, do you still need me to contact you? Readro (talk) 23:53, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

Ah, got your email. Will do. Cheers. Readro (talk) 09:10, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
I used a semi-automatic tool because it vastly reduces the time taken. I searched for the term "oldracingcars" and got a list of pages to work through. Readro (talk) 23:05, 9 January 2010 (UTC)
(Don't know whether I'm supposed to reply here or on your talk page.) You still managed to go three or four a minute - I'd still be going now! Thanks very much for doing that. I may add some links later where I can see the Wikipedia page has taken date of birth, place of birth etc, from WATN as we're the only known source. I guess I should be using ref tags next to the specific piece of information. Allen Brown (talk) 11:13, 11 January 2010 (UTC)

76 Lady Wigram[edit]

You make a good point. Shall I warm up a WP:COPYVIO? Is the objection to the whole article, or just chassis data? --Falcadore (talk) 10:29, 8 August 2010 (UTC)

Thanks Falcadore. The chassis data is my biggest concern because nobody can argue that is merely a set of "facts" that can't be copyrighted. However, I am also concerned that the results have been copied character-for-character, not reinterpreted, so this must be a breach of copyright. I can't see how this can be defended. Allen Brown (talk) 15:48, 8 August 2010 (UTC)
I have just noticed that another of NigelPorter's pages (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976_New_Zealand_Grand_Prix) is a straight copy of a page on a page on Bruce Sergent's website (http://www.sergent.com.au/motor/tas76p.html). It's not just the results in this case but the text of the race report. It's possible that he's got Bruce's permission and, either way, it's not my business, but should this be investigated? Should I tell Bruce about it and let him deal with it? Allen Brown (talk) 13:40, 9 August 2010 (UTC)
Permission is unlikely. Even if it was, Wikipedia practice is to use your own words when writing articles, even if you do have the permission of the websites. --Falcadore (talk) 19:15, 9 August 2010 (UTC)
In that case I'd better mention http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1951_Lady_Wigram_Trophy Allen Brown (talk) 21:03, 9 August 2010 (UTC)

Categories for discussion nomination of Category:Motor racing historians[edit]

Category:Motor racing historians, which you created, has been nominated for discussion. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the Categories for discussion page. Thank you. Pichpich (talk) 16:18, 9 January 2012 (UTC)

Has been changed to Category:Historians of motorsport Allen Brown (talk) 10:20, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

on pillaging[edit]

Hi Allen. I just read User:Allenbrown and now feel pretty silly. I made that "we can start pillaging away" joke without realizing that you'd already given that issue a lot of thought! Anyway, I just wanted to clear that up and also note that I wouldn't have made that comment had I not found your site to be pretty cool even for someone as bored by motorsports as me. Cheers, Pichpich (talk) 01:59, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

Please don't be concerned. I took it as a joke and my response was meant to be in the same vein. I do have a concern that Wikipedia can feel like a Viking invasion to editors of small specialist websites. I recently did a quick tidy up on the Black Country Society website (http://www.blackcountrysociety.co.uk/) which has a number of scholarly essays on topics close to a Black Country lad's heart such as Baggeridge Colliery. Wikipedia also has an article on Baggeridge Colliery which currently does little more than link to two Black Country Society essays and sits just behind then in Google's rankings. But one day I have no doubt that a bored teenager in Tanzania or Lithuania or Little Rock, Arkansas, will stumble across this article and decide to pillage the BCS articles to create a bigger page. Then the Wikipedia page will probably rise to No 1 on Google, the BCS pages will slip down, less people will find the BCS website and, inexorably, it will be harder for the BCS to retain its membership and to fund scholarly exploration of such subjects. So while Wikipedia plays an important role in organising the world's knowledge, it has to make sure it doesn't do that at the expense of damaging primary research. It is because of this concern that I threw my toys out of the pram when my own ORC was pillaged. Allen Brown (talk) 10:21, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

Swiss F3 championship[edit]

Hi Allen, I reverted the article for the Swiss F3 championship back to a start in 1978, having being induced in error by a wrong source.

Before I definitively stop to edit on Wikipedia, would you be kind to explain what you wanted to mean with what you have written in the Swiss F3 championship: "Given his record for having changes elsewhere reverted"?

Thank you.

Danilowski (talk) 10:43, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

I'm not sure where I'm supposed to reply - here or on your Talk page? I was referring to your own comments asking people to stop reverting your changes. I did not intend any offence. Allen Brown (talk) 11:48, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for your answer. It was not obvious at the first look

Danilowski (talk) 15:45, 16 February 2013 (UTC)