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Why did you think that Hussain Sagar wasn't a structure? It's a "man-built" lake. So I figured it belonged in Category:Buildings and structures of India --Girish 03:37, Nov 18, 2004 (UTC)

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Before you edit this page[edit]

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Seeking you support[edit]

I am seeking your support and participation for starting the "Indian Collboration of the Week". Please enlist your support on the page Wikipedia_talk:Indian_wikipedians'_notice_board if you would like to support. Please reply on my page. Thanks Arunram 08:23, 21 Jan 2005 (UTC)

North American Area Codes[edit]

I approve of what you have done to [[Category:Area codes]]. I had done a little tidying there and you have continued the good work.

Do you think that List of North American area codes and List of California area codes should move to 'Level 0' of [[Category:North American Area Codes]]?

I am currently fuming at the way the Americans have created lots of articles Area code xxx. As if the rest of the world did not have area codes (and as if there were no area codes for purposes other than telephony). Even though you and I (I suspect you are Indian) would both tend to call them STD codes.
But I am inclined to let that pass - I have no intention of creating 800 or so articles about UK area codes.

If you reply, please do so on my talk page - top, bottom, middle as you wish. I have your page on my watch list but it's not so easy to see that what you were donig - unless of course you put something like 'for RHaworth' in the Edit summary. -- RHaworth 00:20, 2005 Jan 13 (UTC)

Category:Named passenger trains vs. Category:Amtrak passenger trains[edit]

Hi. I noticed you've recategorized the articles that include Amtrak train details into Category:Amtrak passenger trains. The only potential problem is that many of Amtrak's train names were used long before Amtrak existed (i.e. California Zephyr and Empire Builder). The information on the historic trains doesn't necessarily belong in a category devoted entirely to Amtrak operations. Do you propose splitting these articles into articles for each of the historic periods (i.e. Empire Builder (Great Northern) and Empire Builder (Amtrak))? What about trains that operated jointly over several railroads like the California Zephyr (which was a joint venture of the Western Pacific Railroad, Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad)? Or, do we create categories for every railroad's passenger trains like Category:Western Pacific Railroad passenger trains and Category:Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad passenger trains and then use multiple categories for articles like these two?

Your thoughts? slambo 18:51, Nov 19, 2004 (UTC)

If that's the case, I would go for renaming the Amtrak passenger trains to United States Named Passenger Trains. Alren 21:03, 19 Nov 2004 (UTC)
But then what about the trains that cross the Canadian border, like Maple Leaf? It travels between New York, NY and Toronto, ON. Shall we do Category:Named passenger trains of the United States and Category:Named passenger trains of Canada? Frankly, this solution is more appealing to me as we're already doing something similar with Category:Railway companies of the United States and Category:Railway companies of Canada. slambo 21:38, Nov 19, 2004 (UTC)

Mumbai Station Templates: Double Categorization Problem[edit]

Mumbai Stations Western Railway Template[edit]

  • Thanks for creating the wonderful Mumbai Suburban Railway template. It's great! I have removed the "{{{1}}} is a suburb of Mumbai" because many stations aren't suburbs (for eg. Churchgate). utcursch 11:19, Oct 8, 2004 (UTC)

Mumbai Station templates[edit]

Copyright question[edit]

Alren - I saw your copyright question on the administrators talk page. Jamesday and I wrote the Wikipedia copyright FAQ, where we answered many of the most of the common copyright-related questions (including yours) in plain, simple english. See Wikipedia:Copyright FAQ. →Raul654 10:13, Nov 27, 2004 (UTC)

Image:Newtn5.gif[edit]

I suppose that's a copyright violation that must be removed. See User talk:Karooran#Image:Newtn5.gif. -- Paddu 19:02, 5 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Article Licensing[edit]

Hi, I've started a drive to get users to multi-license all of their contributions that they've made to either (1) all U.S. state, county, and city articles or (2) all articles, using the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike (CC-by-sa) v1.0 and v2.0 Licenses or into the public domain if they prefer. The CC-by-sa license is a true free documentation license that is similar to Wikipedia's license, the GFDL, but it allows other projects, such as WikiTravel, to use our articles. Since you are among the top 1000 Wikipedians by edits, I was wondering if you would be willing to multi-license all of your contributions or at minimum those on the geographic articles. Over 90% of people asked have agreed. For More Information:

To allow us to track those users who muli-license their contributions, many users copy and paste the "{{DualLicenseWithCC-BySA-Dual}}" template into their user page, but there are other options at Template messages/User namespace. The following examples could also copied and pasted into your user page:

Option 1
I agree to [[Wikipedia:Multi-licensing|multi-license]] all my contributions, with the exception of my user pages, as described below:
{{DualLicenseWithCC-BySA-Dual}}

OR

Option 2
I agree to [[Wikipedia:Multi-licensing|multi-license]] all my contributions to any [[U.S. state]], county, or city article as described below:
{{DualLicenseWithCC-BySA-Dual}}

Or if you wanted to place your work into the public domain, you could replace "{{DualLicenseWithCC-BySA-Dual}}" with "{{MultiLicensePD}}". If you only prefer using the GFDL, I would like to know that too. Please let me know what you think at my talk page. It's important to know either way so no one keeps asking. -- Ram-Man (comment| talk)

Indian wikipedians' notice board[edit]

You might wish to join Wikipedia:Indian wikipedians' notice board. utcursch 10:59, Dec 13, 2004 (UTC)

Thanks for adding me; I wouldn't have known about it otherwise.

Best,

Tom Radulovich 05:24, 21 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Template[edit]

You Mumbai stations template is wonderful! However I have spotted a small mistake. The name of the station is Khar Road not Khar. Please correct the templates. Nichalp 20:00, Jan 6, 2005 (UTC)

University of Calcutta[edit]

You may be interested in the makeover to this page. Brookie 07:32, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Welcome back[edit]

Welcome back to wikipedia.  =Nichalp (Talk)= 18:48, Jun 9, 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for your warm welcome. It was a while since I did something on wikipedia. I have a few moments to spare lately so back here ... Alren 29 June 2005 20:22 (UTC)

Vengsarkar[edit]

May I point out a minor error that DBV did not score four fifties in 1987 - that was Sidhu. Tintin 6 July 2005 17:16 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Thanks for keeping the work of Indian current events going. --Just my 2 cents -- Hemanshu 7 July 2005 20:43 (UTC)

No probs. It's fun for a while. Alren 8 July 2005 19:44 (UTC)

India current events[edit]

Thanks for reviving the India current events. I have revived the Indian collaboration and India Portal. Could you handle a related task? Could you add the week's biggest news story to Template:Wikiportal:India/news, which shows up on the India portal? Thanks. =Nichalp «Talk»= 06:40, July 12, 2005 (UTC)

Voting[edit]

This is with regard to Subash Chandra Bose. I've set up a straw poll on the talk page. Please vote! Also, please remove biographical entries from the categor:History of India. It seems that he is against having people in it. I too am not in favour of people under the main cat. Thanks. =Nichalp «Talk»= 08:14, July 19, 2005 (UTC)

Good! I voted and expressed my opinion too Alren (talkcontribs) 22:09, 19 July 2005 (UTC)

CfD of Category:Indian current events[edit]

I saw your comment on Wikipedia:Categories for deletion/Log/2005 July 13 regarding the deletion of the category. I replied there, but basically, you'll need to post this at WP:VFU. --Kbdank71 14:24, 20 July 2005 (UTC)

massive floods in Mumbai[edit]

Why not page on massive floods in Mumbai? pradeepsomani


Kashid- quiet beach on the Konkan Belt at 30 kms from Alibaug and 135 kms from Mumbai[edit]

KashidThis Indian location article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.pradeepsomani \talk \contribs

Belated thanks[edit]

For reverting the vandalism to my userpage back on August 12. I've only just looked at the page history :-) Dan100 (Talk) 10:25, 13 September 2005 (UTC)

Radio Mirchi[edit]

WikiThanks.png Thank you for your contribution at Radio Mirchi.
Please keep it up!!! - P R A D E E P Somani (talk)
Feel free to send me e-mail. have a look at Indian subcontinent earthquakes list

WikiProject Hinduism[edit]

Hi Alren, a WikiProject on Hinduism has been set up since the last time you were very active. You may wish to join. Thanks DaGizza Chat 00:22, 5 January 2006 (UTC)

Category[edit]

Happy New Year to you too. I'm not really active these days, though I do make a few edits daily. But since most of us old time regulars are caught up in real life, things have been allowed to gather moss. Let's hope someone can clean this up. You used to do an excellent job categorising India-related articles. =Nichalp «Talk»= 16:26, 5 January 2006 (UTC)

Greetings[edit]

Greetings on India’s 57th Republic Day. --Bhadani 08:07, 26 January 2006 (UTC)

Greetings[edit]

Holi greetings. --Bhadani 07:38, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Hi. Thanks a lot fot the compliment. It means a lot to me. Please tell me if you find anything lacking in the article. Hopefully next month would be FA time for Ahmedabad. - Aksi_great (talk) 05:01, 31 May 2006 (UTC)

Gujarati people[edit]

Hi, there. I see that you have contributed to a large number of articles on Gujarat. Though I am not a Gujarati by birth, I have been born and brought up in Vadodara. So Gujarat occupies a special place in my heart.

I had tried editing the Gujarati people page several times. But each time, my edits were reverted.

I also think that the page needs a lot more content than it has at the moment.

I would earnestly request you to do something about this page. Regards. Rajatjghai 20:51, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

Flag of India.svg WikiProject India Newsletter: Volume 1, Issue 2 - November 2006[edit]

Project News
  • The Performing Community: Thanks to many contributors like you, we're proud to share that our community is the third most performing community. It has more than 50 FAs related to India, to its credit, lagging only behing Wikiproject Biography and WikiProject Military History.
    (Courtesy: Ganeshk at Discussion Board).
  • The Wikipedia 1.0 Assessment statistics for India related articles show there are 51 Featured Articles, 5 Class-A articles, 16 Good Articles, 101 Class-B articles, 167 Start-Class articles and more than 4000 Stubs. There were more than 10000 unassessed articles related to India.
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Flag of India.svg WikiProject India Newsletter: Volume I, Issue 3 - December 2006[edit]

Project News
  • Name change of cities in Karnataka: A straw poll was conducted on the proposal to change the name of cities in Karnataka, per the Nov 1, 2006 decision by the Karnataka government to rename them from the current anglicised forms. The result of the poll was to change the names. As controversial as the decision may be in the real world, the article Bangalore in Wikipedia still reflects the old name. You may be interested in knowing why. Dig the archives.
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WikiProject India Newsletter: Volume II, Issue 1 - January 2007[edit]

Project News
  • Project tagging:After a brief edit war over the addition of {{WP India}} to ancient archaeological sites now located in Pakistan, a "pre" parameter was introduced to remove the ROI flag from the template for pre-1947 articles, following discussion. After another large discussion on ANI alleging that the automated tagging by Ganeshbot and LostBot was "nationalistic", Ganeshbot was briefly blocked. Currently, the bots are again in action.
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Project Gujarat[edit]

Hi. I noticed your comment on the talk page of Ahmedabad. Are you interested in helping me out with the Gujarat wikiproject and portal. The portal is well developed, but the project is still in it's initial stages. As there seem to be many Gujaratis here, we could do a good job of organising our efforts. Regards, - Aksi_great (talk) 14:39, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image (Image:IndianAirlinesLogo.jpg)[edit]

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WikiProject India Newsletter Volume III, Issue no. 001 - June 2008[edit]

Project News
  • Tag & Assess 2008, an assessment drive initiated by the assessment department began on June 7, 2008 and will be running until July 2008. Many Wikipedians have started contributing to this mammoth task. This housekeeping activity will help manage articles in better way. You can also get involved!
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  • IPL was hot on Wikipedia too!!! During the tournament, the article was among the most frequently edited articles. It is currently the only Indian article in top 100, occupying 58th spot.
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Wikipedia:WikiProject Mumbai[edit]

Wikipedia:WikiProject Mumbai has been launched please add your self and we are planing to organise a wiki meetup for mumbai wikipedian please feel free to contact me for more infoSuyogaerospacetalk to me! 14:20, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

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WikiProject India Newsletter Volume V, Issue no. 1 - (June 2010)[edit]

Project News

WP:IND Newsletter is back! It's been nearly a year since the last edition, but we hope to bring out issues on a more regular basis now. The India Wikiproject was set up to increasing coverage of India-related topics on Wikipedia, and over the past few months the focus has been on improving article quality. A number of the project's featured articles underwent featured article reviews over the past year. Of these, Darjeeling and Flag of India survived the review process, while the rest were demoted. During the same period, Gangtok, Harbhajan Singh, Darjeeling and Mysore were featured on the main page respectively on August 20, September 17, November 6 and December 29, 2009. Meanwhile, articles on topics as diverse as Political history of Mysore and Coorg (1565–1760), Marwari horse and Iravan were promoted as featured articles, and respectively appeared on the main page on March 25, May 17 and May 28, 2010. Consequently, the number of FA-class articles under the project's scope dropped from 67 in August 2009 to 63 in June 2010. The number of good articles, however, saw a more than 40% increase, from 91 to 130 during the same period, while the number of featured lists saw a 33% increase from 12 to 16.

Due to the recent policy changes regarding unreferenced Biographies of Living People (BLPs), an effort was started in January 2010 to source all unreferenced BLPs coming under Wikiproject India. 1200 such articles were identified initially and more were added to the list later. Due to the sourcing effort, the number of Indian unreferenced BLPs is down to 565 currently. During February-April 2010, There was a large scale disruption of Kerala related articles by a Thrissur based IP vandal. Editing from a dynamic IP BSNL connection, the vandal changed dates of birth, death and ages of a number of Malayalam and Tamil film actors. Later he added a few international biographies to his list. He also marked some living people like Arvind Swamy as dead. A month long range block was imposed on his IP range two times and each time he came back to vandalise dates once the block expired. Currently the range has been blocked for three months till September 11, 2010.

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Current proposals and discussions
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WikiProject India Newsletter Volume V, Issue no. 2 - November 2010[edit]

English WikiProject News

After a missed issue, the WP:IND newsletter is back on track to being a regular bimonthly feature. The Indian WikiProject has seen plenty of online and off-line action, both in English as well as other Indian languages, and we now have a bigger, better format that intends to feature content and news from the English as well as other Indian language Wikipedias.

Reaching out to Indians has been the theme of the Indian Wikiproject over the past couple of months, aiming to involve a greater number of Indians in editing both the English and Indian language Wikipedias. To this end, efforts to set up the Indian chapter of Wikimedia have moved into their final stages, and registration of the society is currently pending. An effort is underway to push for "WikiMarathons" at meetups, where attendees will be encouraged to edit the English and/or Indian language Wikipedias. This is intended to popularise Wikipedia editing among the general public. In addition, a bot to post DYK's from the Indian Wikiproject to Twitter was created and launched by User:Logicwiki.


What's New?

Regrettably, the number of Featured Articles has dropped from 63 in June to 58 at the end of October 2010. Several FAs came up for review and were delisted, while Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles and Fundamental Duties of India was saved. Meanwhile, Chalukya Dynasty appeared on the main page on July 9, 2010. Hearteningly, the number of Good Articles increased from 130 to 136 during the same period, while the number of Featured Lists remained constant at 16.

The source code for the Article Alert Bot is now available and the bot itself is expected to be up and running very shortly. This means that article alerts for the Indian Wikiproject will again be available, enabling editors to easily keep track of developments in respect of reviews, nominations, deletions etc.

The date change vandal mentioned briefly in the previous issue made a reappearance when the range block on his IP range expired in September. Consequently the block was extended till September 2011.

In October there was a heated discussion in the India project noticeboard regarding the copyright status of the Indian party symbols. The discussion was triggered by the deletion of Wiki San Roze's party symbol images by Hammersoft as copyright violations. No resolution was reached, partly because of our inability to explain to Hammersoft how election symbols in India differ from party logos. Comments are requested from anyone with a background in Indian copyright law to clarify this issue.

Complete To Do List
News from Indian-language Wikipedias
  • The Bengali Wikisource, which contains the literary works of many prominent writers of Bengali language including Rabindranath Tagore, has crossed the 5,000 pages milestone. According to List of Wikisource page, Bengali Wikisource is now at rank 21 among 56 Wikisource based on number of content pages.
The Tamil Wikipedia stall at the World Classical Tamil Conference 2010 in Coimbatore in June 2010.
Jimmy Wales introduces the Malayalam Wikipedia CD of 500 selected articles during his key note address at Wikimania 2010 at Gdansk.
  • The Hindi Wikipedia and its sister wiki projects migrated to the new vector interface on September 1, 2010. In addition, Hindi is the first (and so far the only) Indian language to be incorporated into the WikiBhasha translation and contribution toolkit developed by Microsoft Research.


Community news
The first meetup in Delhi on 22 September 2010.

Mumbai and Delhi held their first meetups in September, where Wikimedia Board members Barry Newstead and Bishakha Datta met up with Wikipedians and other interested members of the public in these cities. A month later, Hyderabad also held its first meetup.

Arun Ram, Shiju Alex and Barry Newstead releasing the Wikimedia India community newsletter at the nineteenth Bangalore meetup on 24 September 2010.

Wikipedians in Bangalore continued their tradition of meeting up regularly at the Centre for Internet and Society, with the nineteenth meetup in September featuring Barry and Bishaka as attendees, and marking the release of the community newsletter. Along with Delhi and Mumbai, Bangalore is reported to be one of the three cities in contention for the Indian office of the Wikipedia Foundation.

Jimmy Wales speech at the Mumbai Wikipedia Meetup #3 on 31 October 2010. Intro by User:Bishdatta & User:Arunram. (Recorded by User:AshLin.)

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales had an interaction with Wikipedians followed by a presentation to members of the public at the third Wikipedia meetup in Mumbai on October 31, 2010.

The first Wikimarathon, where Wikipedians and members of the public were encouraged to contribute to Wikimedia projects onsite, was held simultaneously at the meetups in Bangalore and Chennai on November 14, 2010. Wikipedians in Delhi also held a meetup the same day.

The Malayalam Wikipedia held several academies in different parts of Kerala over the past few months.

Wikimedia Foundation board member Bishakha Datta and Indian Wikipedian Srinivas Gunta co-authored a panel presentation at Wikimania 2010 on the Wikimedia Asia Project.

Current proposals and discussions
  • This interesting discussion on the quality of editing in India-related articles has been underway for on the noticeboard a few days. Feel free to join in and express your opinion.

If you've just joined, add your name to the Members section of Wikipedia:WikiProject India. You'll get a mention in the next issue of the Newsletter and get it delivered as desired. Also, please include your own promotions and awards in future issues. Don't be shy!

Lastly, this is your newsletter and you can be involved in the creation of the next issue. Any and all contributions are welcome. Simply let yourself be known to any of the undersigned, or just start editing!

Signed...

SBC-YPR, Sodabottle (Editors)

Tinucherian (Distributor)


This newsletter incorporates content from the WikiMedia India Community Newsletter, September 2010.

Looking forward to more contributions from you!
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Invite to WikiConference India 2011[edit]

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Hi Alren,

The First WikiConference India is being organized in Mumbai and will take place on 18-20 November 2011.
You can see our Official website, the Facebook event and our Scholarship form.

But the activities start now with the 100 day long WikiOutreach.

As you are part of WikiProject India community we invite you to be there for conference and share your experience. Thank you for your contributions.

We look forward to see you at Mumbai on 18-20 November 2011

WikiProject India Tag & Assess 2012 Contest[edit]

Hello friends, we are a number of editors from WikiProject India have got together to assess the many thousands of articles under the stewardship of the project, and we'd love to have you, a fellow member, join us. These articles require assessment, that is, the addition of a WikiProject template to the talk page of an article, assessing it for quality and importance and adding a few extra parameters to it.

As of March 11, 2012, 07:00 UTC, WikiProject India has 95,998 articles under its stewardship. Of these 13,980 articles are completely unassessed (both for class and importance) and another 42,415 articles are unassessed for importance only. Accordingly, a Tag & Assess 2012 drive-cum-contest has begun from March 01, 2012 to last till May 31, 2012.

If you are new to assessment, you can learn the minimum about how to evaluate from Part One of the Assessment Guide. Part Two of the Guide will help you learn to employ the full functionality of the talk page template, should you choose to do so.

You can sign up on the Tag & Assess page. There are a number of awards to be given in recognition of your efforts. Come & join us to take part in this exciting new venture. You'll learn more about India in this way.

ssriram_mt (talk) & AshLin (talk) (Drive coordinators)

Delivered per request on Wikipedia:Bot requests. 00:59, 12 March 2012 (UTC) The Helpful Bot 00:59, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

Category:Indian automobiles[edit]

Category:Indian automobiles, 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. Karl (talk) 14:41, 8 April 2012 (UTC)