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Post-Soviet sources[edit]

Sorry to bother you Aris, but I was wondering if you would happen to have some good sources for Post-Soviet reform. (Nice maps, btw.) I am specifically interested in public organization reform in Post-Soviet states, and seeing as you and Juppiter seem to be the primary contributors to the article I thought I would ask you both for sources. Thanks, Matatigre36 06:33, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

East African Community[edit]

Great work. That page has been in need for a long time. Omoo 19:50, 16 January 2006 (UTC)


Image:Ukraine ElectionsMap Nov2004.png[edit]

Good work. It would habe been easier with this: Map of Ukraine political simple blank.png but I've beet too late, sorry. --Steschke 20:34, 2004 Nov 29 (UTC)


European Union Project[edit]

You might be interested in the European Union project. Parmaestro 06:55, 31 May 2005 (UTC)

The Humungous Image Tagging Project[edit]

Hi. You've helped with the Wikipedia:WikiProject Wiki Syntax, so I thought it worth alerting you to the latest and greatest of Wikipedia fixing project, User:Yann/Untagged Images, which is seeking to put copyright tags on all of the untagged images. There are probably, oh, thirty thousand or so to do (he said, reaching into the air for a large figure). But hey: they're images ... you'll get to see lots of random pretty pictures. That must be better than looking for at at and the the, non? You know you'll love it. best wishes --Tagishsimon (talk)

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)[[]] 14:40, Dec 9, 2004 (UTC)

Python code to generate the figure!!![edit]

Please take a look at Image_talk:EUpopGNPmap.png#Python_code_to_generate_the_figure.21.21.21. – Kaihsu 15:04, 2004 Dec 26 (UTC)

Modern Greek[edit]

Issues arrising over at Modern Greek. Check the history to see what i mean... I swear man, people just can't handle the truth at times...

Project2501a 19:46, 2 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Literature Collaboration of the Week[edit]

Patrida, I'm rallying up support for Alexandros Papadiamantis in Wikipedia:Literature Collaboration of the Week. So, go vote! :D

Project2501a 16:26, 5 Jan 2005 (UTC)

EU Structure History[edit]

Hey there, I was wondering if you had a blank version of Image:EU Structure History.png lying around somewhere? I intend to make a Icelandic version of it and was hoping to skip the stage of erasing the English text myself. --Biekko 17:47, 19 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Emailed. Aris Katsaris 05:03, 20 Jan 2005 (UTC)
Thank you --Biekko 13:25, 20 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Belgian referendum[edit]

Hey Aris, I recently amended the Treaty establishing a constitution for Europe page since Belgium doesn't hold a referendum anymore ( http://www.euobserver.com/?sid=9&aid=18219 ), I'm not able to modify the image though. Because I saw that you made the image the best thing to do in my opinion is contact you. Could you modify the image for me (us)?

Done. Aris Katsaris 01:38, 25 Jan 2005 (UTC)

European Constitution[edit]

Hello. As you seemed quite annoyed by my split-off of this article it might be worth weighing in on the discussions at Talk:Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe before Randywombat goes ahead with his plans for a more extensive restructuring involving several further split-offs. — Trilobite (Talk) 21:56, 1 Mar 2005 (UTC)


I was going to add the parliament votes but you're faster than me. :) Parmaestro 06:33, 7 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Javier Solana article changes[edit]

I felt like reverting what you've changed but decided not to when I discovered that you appear to be a legimate Wikipedia contributor.

If you haven't worked out already - and I suspect you haven't - this particular article is currently a hot topic. One particular user (Cumbey) has been making edits that other users (myself and Squeakbox) find to be totally spurious and not encyclopedic at all. There now seems to be a major war on this article, and Squeakbox and myself are in the process of convincing administrators to ban Cumbey and the other various sockpuppets or else protect the page from further edits.

Squeakbox has spent a great deal of time fighting for this article's veracity. By coming in and swearing at him and criticizing his work you may appear to be on the side of the vandals. I'm hoping you aren't, and that your comments came from lack of knowledge. By all means contribute to the article, but be aware that it is hot. --One Salient Oversight 06:38, 12 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Squeakbox may have meant well but he removed relevant quotes and pieces of information, without challenging their accuracy as far as I understand. I have no intention of restoring or defending any of the nutty Christian-fundamentalist pieces about the Antichrist and crap like that, but I will indeed restore factual quotes containing true sources that gives us an impression of what levels of power Solana held at each time of his life. Aris Katsaris 06:43, Mar 12, 2005 (UTC)
And as a sidenote, I helped build and structure the article back in its very beginning, before any of the Antichrist crap were first added to it -- I then withdrew largely from Wikipedia participation for some months, and only today saw how downhill the Solana article had gone in my absense. Aris Katsaris 06:47, Mar 12, 2005 (UTC)
Sqeakbox admits he may have made mistakes. He's just been run ragged trying to work with the Fundies. I'm very glad to know that you have greater knowledge about the article in question and I will look forward to your changes. Naturally these may be vandalised and I will do my best to make sure things are kept on the level. Welcome back to Wikipedia! --One Salient Oversight 07:19, 12 Mar 2005 (UTC)

I thought you were a bit hard on me but do strongly welcome your contributions to Javier Solana. I have done the best I can, always trying to keep the article balanced while removing the crude anti-EU Solana is the Antichrist rant that was in there (product over process). It is a much better article than the one I found at the end of last month, and I certainly agree that bits that were deleted can be reinserted. I trust you to do so without thinking about the Beast, something some users are unfortunatekly incapable of. I am doing my best in very trying circumstances, trying to get more info about his time in Spain, and about his anti-NATO stance. Best wishes, and please do come back, --SqueakBox 21:30, Mar 12, 2005 (UTC)


Barcelona Conference[edit]

I changed my mind about this delete notice, persuaded by you and Kevintoronto. There is now a clear majority to keep. Do you know if I can remove the delete notice myself (not an admin)? i am not going to put anything about it in the Solana article right now, but do feel free to do so.--SqueakBox 01:36, Mar 14, 2005 (UTC)

If I remember correctly from when I participated in the deletion processes, don't remove the delete notice, an admin will remove it after the request runs its course. No need to worry about it. Aris Katsaris 02:06, Mar 14, 2005 (UTC)


Gay rights worldwide[edit]

I noticed that you had modified a map concerning the legal status of gays and gay unions worldwide here, on the commons. Would you mind updating it, now that California has civil unions? I know that you'll have to update it soon for Canada anyway, but it's nice to be current. See Same sex marriage for more info. Thank you for your time -- if you can't do it, I'll ask someone else with more expertise editing images than I! --Zantastik 06:35, 22 Mar 2005 (UTC)

I've made ready such a map showing California having civil union, but I can't find the Wikipedia article mentioning California having such. Same-sex marriage in California talks about marriage instead, not civil unions. And then there's the confusing "domestic partnership" issue. In general the articles are a mess, confusing and unclear: I have no idea if civil unions exist in California, But if you want me I'll send you the map via email and you can upload it if you think it accurate on your own responsibility. Aris Katsaris 16:06, Mar 22, 2005 (UTC)

Colour revolution[edit]

Hi Aris, I notice that you recently created Colour revolution, which seems to cover basically the same topic as the article I started at Liberal revolutionary movements in post-communist Eastern Europe. If you don't mind, I am going to try to merge them under your title (obviously mine was just descriptive because I hadn't heard of a common name).--Pharos 02:26, 25 Mar 2005 (UTC)

I don't mind at all. :-) Aris Katsaris 14:18, Mar 25, 2005 (UTC)

Kyrgyzia[edit]

This is a good example of how the NPOV rule leads us into falsifying the truth. Everyone knows that the CIS is just a branch office of the Russian Foreign Ministry and that the CIS "observers" in Kyrgyzia were merely Putin agents, but there is no "NPOV" of saying this. Adam 06:34, 26 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Agreed -- frustrating isn't it? However I think in the long term, an insistence of strict factuality does much more good than bad to truth. The mere claim that CIS is controlled by Russia (even though I consider it 100% true) one can ignore as bias, or even worse use to justify similarly unsubstantiated claims of foreign control in other pages (regardless of the inaccuracy of *those* claims). But I give a link that goes to a list of factual events showing the nature of such "CIS observations missions". Such facts are less ignorable and more indisputable, and anyone that's not intentionally blind can see the truth. Aris Katsaris 06:47, Mar 26, 2005 (UTC)

Three-letter templates[edit]

For your three-letter country templates, why not follow ISO 3166-1? -- Curps 03:51, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Would make sense to use a standard, wouldn't it? :-) The process started out a bit unorganized, first someone did only the EU nations (at which point there wasn't much confusion), then we continued with the whole of Europe, now proceeding to the whole world. As I was creating templates I thought of using the first three letters except it such cases where confusion could arise at which point I switched at some other standard like IOC or ISO or FIFA, whatever seemed more natural and intuitive to me. That was a bad tactic probably. Aris Katsaris
I've renamed all the ones I could find, except "UK" ("GBR" redirects here, but maybe we should switch that) and "INDIA" (because "IND" is already taken). -- Curps 04:23, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)
Ugh. Some of those are *so* counter-intuitive. Who remembers that CHE means Switzerland? Who'll remember what DZA means? It's okay to *create* templates based on those codes, but it was probably unnessary to replace all the alternate templates (like ALG for Algeria) from the actual pages. I am afraid you may have made the editing of the pages more difficult, with needlessly difficult-to-read codes.... Do please remember that we must also think of the human factor, not standardize for standardization's sake. Aris Katsaris 04:51, Mar 27, 2005 (UTC)
On second thought it'll probably not be too much of a problem. The counterintuitive case are probably not that many as I had first thought... Still I definitely preferred CRO instead of HRV. :-) Aris Katsaris 04:56, Mar 27, 2005 (UTC)
I think we have to go with the standard, everywhere. Otherwise we have to guess what abbreviation was chosen; this way everyone can just look it up at ISO 3166-1. There are two alternatives:
  1. Use the TWO-letter country abbreviations, which many people are more familiar with than the three-letter ones, because of their use in domain names
  2. Use unabbreviated names: Template:CROATIA, Template:ALGERIA and so forth.
The worst thing is to just invent our own non-standard "standard". -- Curps 05:22, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)
You are probably right about the need for a standard (as long as that's reasonable -- remember that there'll always be exceptions e.g. with the need for different GBR and UK template, because the name "Great Britain" is still used in Olympics and so forth). Still I'd argue against reducing the templates to two letters. It'll probably be more incomprehensible then, and even less easy to decipher. Aris Katsaris 06:10, Mar 27, 2005 (UTC)
After thinking it over, I think Template:CROATIA, Template:ALGERIA, etc. might be the best solution. A little more typing, but much less error-prone, and no lookup is necessary. It's probably important to make it foolproof, because any fool can edit any article on Wikipedia. Conversions like Croatia → Template:CROATIA could even be automated in some text editors. And the problem with IND not being available for INDIA is solved as well. What do you think? -- Curps 06:13, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)
The above also works for cases like Template:SCOTLAND, where there is no ISO 3166-1 code, but it still competes in sports as a separate entity. Same for Template:PUERTO RICO, which has its own Olympic team, or Template:CHINESE TAIPEI, which is the name Taiwan competes under at the Olympics (with a separate flag). Picking a three-letter abbreviation for "Chinese Taipei" is rather non-obvious, after all. In some cases, we might want flags of sub-national entities, like Template:QUEBEC, which is a separate part of the Francophonie, or templates for the French and Flemish parts of Belgium, which are also represented separately in some international institutions. I think the spell-it-out solution gives maximum flexibility. -- Curps 06:23, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)
Hey now, let's not take credit for the India one, that was my idea. And Scotland already exists:  Scotland and Quebec  Quebec. I really think the IOC codes are the less confusing, and was moving the ones I could find to their IOC codes. Earl Andrew 06:32, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)
Having to choose between ISO and IOC codes, I think I'll also pick IOC -- which are slightly better known anyway since they appear in sports events, besides being a bit more intuitive. But I think that the spelling idea also has significant merits. Aris Katsaris 06:38, Mar 27, 2005 (UTC)
The longer names reduce slightly the value of the template in reducing size, but I guess that's indeed compensated more than enough because of the clarity. But not full full names -- I'd *definitely* wouldn't want to have to type Template:PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA or Template:DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. As a rule of thumb I suggest that any words before the primary name should be reduced to single letters i.e: Template:PR CHINA, Template:DR CONGO, Template:E TIMOR, Template:N KOREA. Also countries and entities well known by their initials, let them remain initials: Template:USA, Template:UK, Template:EU. Aris Katsaris 06:34, Mar 27, 2005 (UTC)
I'm a bit busy Sunday, so I won't be able to participate today much more in further discussions, but if you will try to widen the circle of debaters, by bringing in some of the people that participated in the template making-and-moving, or making some comments on the talk-pages of those articles with the widest use of such templates, that might be good -- let's bring in more opinions in this issue and widen the circle of discussion. Aris Katsaris 06:34, Mar 27, 2005 (UTC)
Eugh! Too long names. Let's stick with simple 3 letter codes, anything else defeats the purpose. - Earl Andrew 06:42, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)
Too long?? Well, remember, the places we'd be typing in {{PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA}} are simply the places where [[People's Republic of China]] existed previously! So it's the exact same amount of typing, just uppercased and with curly braces instead of brackets. So the full templates should definitely be created, though abbreviations of various sorts could be created as redirects to them.
This way there's no guesswork at all: the template name is just the uppercased version of the template text. So for Chinese Taipei and French Community of Belgium, we automatically know what to use. -- Curps 06:44, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)
The purpose of this template in the first place is to have shorter names. And why did you go about deleting all the re-directs? - Earl Andrew 06:52, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)
I didn't delete all the redirects, just the ones that Aris Katsaris had very recently created and were never used anywhere yet. The ones like Template:CRO are all still there. -- Curps 06:54, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)
Please, don't delete another person's work without such deletion passing through regular Wikipedian deletion-process. And which templates did you delete, if I may ask? Aris Katsaris 07:10, Mar 27, 2005 (UTC)
Oops, OK, I'll restore them. One question about "SLO" though... do you really want this to exist and point to Slovenia, given the ambiguity with Slovakia? Same thing with "CHI" pointing to Chile, given ambiguity with China. -- Curps 07:18, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)
All deleted templates are undeleted now. -- Curps 07:27, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)
SLO wasn't my own creation, that was User:Parmaestro's. And no, I probably don't consider its existence a good idea. Once we've come to a consensus what we'll do about all this matter, some of the ambiguous redirecting templates should probably go to the page of redirects for deletion or something. As for CHI, which I created, I had thought I had removed that one myself -- perhaps I made a gaffe and only thought I had deleted it. Aris Katsaris 07:32, Mar 27, 2005 (UTC)
There's also NGR for Nigeria, which is ambiguous with Niger. The list I deleted (and now restored) is:
  • PHI (unused; content was: '#REDIRECT Template:PHL')
  • OMA (unused; content was: '#REDIRECT Template:OMN')
  • NGR (unused; content was: '#redirect Template:NGA')
  • NEP (unused; content was: '#REDIRECT Template:NPL')
  • MAW (unused; content was: '#redirect Template:MWI')
  • ANG (unused; content was: '#REDIRECT Template:AGO')
  • INA (unused; content was: '#redirect Template:IDN')
  • IRI (unused; content was: '#redirect Template:IRN')
  • CHI (unused; content was: '#redirect Template:CHL')
  • BRN (unused; content was: '#redirect Template:BHR')
  • ROC-TW (unused; content was: '#REDIRECT Template:TWN')
  • FIJ (unused; content was: '#REDIRECT Template:FJI')
  • URU (unused; content was: '#REDIRECT Template:URY')
  • KUW (unused; content was: '#REDIRECT Template:KWT')
  • KSA (unused; content was: '#redirect Template:SAU')
  • UAE-List (unused; content was: '#REDIRECT Template:ARE')
  • KYR (unused; content was: '#REDIRECT Template:KGZ')

By the way, the usual place to announce new templates is Wikipedia:Village pump (news). At some point it might be a good idea to gather consensus about the use of these templates there. -- Curps 07:39, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Yes, you should have deleted none of these. The purpose of templates is ease, and I'm gonna want a NEP even if there exists a NPL, and a KUW even if there exist a KWT. The existence of these never hurt noone. I'm not gonna force anyone to remember to use one specific code just because I personally prefer it. I'm not gonna force someone to use the hard to remember AGO if ANG can only mean Angola. I'm not gonna force someone to choose ISO over IOC. Thanks for restoring these.
I think one of the problems plaguing this discussions is that both of you seem to believe we only need to have a 1-to-1 link between templates and countries. Not so. I want PRC to intuitively indicate People's Republic of China, and I'd prefer CHN to be the simpler "China" instead. I want my TWN to say Taiwan, and I want by ROC to say Republic of China. I want my Holy See to be different than my Vatican. I want my GBR to be different than my UK.
I'm going back to thinking that my way had been the best, except in the cases where confusion may exist (e.g. about what BEL or SLO or MAL could mean). When the idea of standardization means making things more difficult than they had been, it's time to ditch standardization. As long as a template won't be confusing or misleading in meaning by having it, it's good to have whether as a redirect or in it's own right. Instead of forcing people to memorize the ISO, IOC or FIFA codes, they'll have good chances of hitting the right code by just randomly guessing and if they make a mistake to have a good way of guessing the correct answer the second time. And besides I'm gonna build a page, which will mention all possible codes and templates referring to these nations. I'll keep on creating the missing codes, and then start using them. Cheers and thanks for your contributions and assistance. Aris Katsaris 20:28, Mar 28, 2005 (UTC)
  • See Flag templates entry below. Aliases supported. (SEWilco)

List of political parties in Fiji[edit]

THANK YOU for cleaning up the introduction to the List of political parties in Fiji. One well-meaning but over-pedantic user has been working his way through every "political parties" article he can find and adding that rather superfluous preface defining what a "political party" is. He adds a similar one to every article about elections that he can find, trying to define what an "election" is, as if readers of Wikipedia wouldn't know. Having said that, he is an otherwise valuable contributor who actually does quite a lot of useful work, which is why I've avoided clashing with him by reverting all these superfluous insertions. Nevertheless, I'm glad you've done that here. Hopefully, enough other users will clean up the rest! David Cannon 13:14, 2 Apr 2005 (UTC)

You are welcome -- but I have to say that if you'd noticed what he was doing for a while now, then it'd have probably been better if you'd talked it with him in his talk page, rather than let the problem escalate. Cheers. Aris Katsaris 13:30, Apr 2, 2005 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

And thanks for cleaning up List of political parties in Canada and Elections in Canada. I'll keep my eye out for similar pedantry. Kevintoronto 15:26, 2 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Flag templates[edit]

Discussion moved from Wikipedia:Village_pump_(news)#Flag_templates to Template talk:Flag.  USA (SEWilco 19:05, 6 Apr 2005 (UTC))

Largest urban areas of the European Union[edit]

You reverted my change ("* Figures for urban areas in the United Kingdom use a 50 meters definition, not 200.") using a summary of "Since "Western Europe" is wobbly concept, and suddenly including it here strikes of arbitrariness, I'm pulling a rabbit out of the hat and using EFTA instead." which bears no reference to the actual change made, (and is the same summary as the previous change you made which actually documents the change). Was this accidental or malicious? Either way I've added it back in. -- Joolz 15:22, 10 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Accidental, obviously. There was some kind of computer glitch and I had to resubmit my edit, (not knowing it had already been accepted by the system). Ended up accidentally overwriting yours, which had been submitted just minutes before. Aris Katsaris 15:32, Apr 10, 2005 (UTC)
That's fine then :) I've had to resubmit my edits sometimes too, even though they'd already been accepted. -- Joolz 15:46, 10 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Union of Russia and Belarus[edit]

Building castles in the sand? You are doing a great job, man! I think you should consider playing DnD too. You have great potential. --rydel 20:53, 12 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Not sure what you mean. I didn't create the article of Union of Russia and Belarus, I only made a map for it and made some minor other edits. Aris Katsaris 21:17, Apr 12, 2005 (UTC)
Sorry, I was sort of kidding, it was just a vitriolic remark regarding your work and efforts on articles about Union of Russia and Belarus and CIS. I think you are building castles in the sand, and you could invest your time on other more real political articles in WP. Just my IMHO, of course. --rydel 21:29, 12 Apr 2005 (UTC)
Yeah, given how I've written articles on online comics like Fans! that you've probably never heard of, I'm sure wasting my time writing articles about international organizations, given how we'll have forgotten all about them in a handful decades. How does the article on color revolutions look to you? Is that "real" enough for you? I'm sure that's also an insignificant topic, having caused the collapse of only three governments so far.
I think that the Post-Soviet space (an article I've largely helped create from scratch btw) is the place where history is currently taking place. The CIS by itself is not the important thing, the Union of Russia and Belarus is not the main thing, the SCO is not the main thing. Being informed about the alliances of the region however -- that's the main thing. And it'll be the main thing *even* if history passes over the regions and collapses all said organizations. (Then it'll be a piece of history which will be worth knowing.) And the only way I know of detailing all these alliances in a factual neutral-point-of-view manner is by writing about the unions and organizations that express them. Or are you ready to delete all the historical articles also, e.g. Roman Empire, Soviet Union, etc. Castles in the sand, all of them?
Which issues do you consider to be "real" political articles, btw? Either way, I think you should reorder *your* priorities. You should be able to find something more productive than bother people that contribute too much to Wikipedia. Aris Katsaris 22:33, Apr 12, 2005 (UTC)
I did not mean to bother you. The problem with your approach is that you still view Post-Soviet space as one entity. This fundamental flaw of your approach is at the very heart of this problem. I can assure you that Belarusans have very little in common with Kirghiz people, and they are as far away as United Kingdom is from Ethiopia. Yet you still want to put as all together into one box. --rydel 22:43, 12 Apr 2005 (UTC)
All these countries have the basic commonality of having relatively recently been Soviet Republics. This means they inherited many of the same issues and problems, including their youth as independent self-governing nations, and the element of Russian influence. Monitoring their progress as a group, and describing both their differences and their similarities is not a fool's errand. The Baltic states are the only ones that have broken so cleanly away from the rest of the former Soviet Union that you'd be troubled to find common elements between them and the CIS states.
But if you think that such an article shouldn't exist, you're free to nominate it at Wikipedia:Votes for deletion. Aris Katsaris 22:55, Apr 12, 2005 (UTC)
Why? It's a good, informative article. --rydel 23:08, 12 Apr 2005 (UTC)
*rolls eyes*. I don't think we're communicating properly. I thought you'd implied its existence was "fundamentally flawed" given how I supposedly wanted to put totally disparate countries in one box. Aris Katsaris 23:16, Apr 12, 2005 (UTC)
The information there (on Post-Soviet space page) to the best of my knowledge seems to be correct and good. Though, for example, I have some small things I don't like: Poland is mentioned as an "occupier". FYI, Belarus/Lithuania land was an equal member of that union. It was a a totally peaceful union of two states. And even creeping Polonization was never forced, it was happening as a natural process. I did not propose to delete any pages, you have lead the discussion in a different direction. I only wanted to say one thing (and I did say it. Maybe I didn't formulate myself clearly enough): you are focusing on pages like Union of Russia and Belarus and CIS and from reading those pages one might think it's some really cool organizations with bright future. As a person who lived in Belarus and very closely followed the news I would like to tell you that this is simply not true. --rydel 00:16, 13 Apr 2005 (UTC)
I think that all these organizations are alliances of tyrannies, whose future will *hopefully* be brief -- something I'm also hoping for the reigns of Lukashenko and Putin. These are things I'm *hoping*, but I have no way of estimating. I don't know what is there in the article that you perceive as "coolness". If you have any way of improving the quality of the articles, please do contribute to them. I thank you for mentioning flaws concerning the mention of Poland for example -- that part was written by someone else, and I'll think of ways to improve it. Aris Katsaris 00:24, Apr 13, 2005 (UTC)

Post-Soviet States[edit]

Well I for one applaud your work, even though you're not doing it for applause (which I also applause.)

Juppiter 00:26, 13 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Thank you! :-) Aris Katsaris 01:08, Apr 13, 2005 (UTC)


Editing[edit]

Thanks for the advice on editing. I will try to write something in the cases you are talking about. I don't think there is any attempt to take credit for anything in this type of project though. My understanding is that reproduction from the europa site is permissible with the appropriate references to the source. So the problem is that the source should be referenced, isn't that correct? Parmaestro 09:37, 19 Apr 2005 (UTC)

COTW Project[edit]

You voted for Decolonization, this week's Collaboration of the week. Please come and help it become a featured-standard article.

Eurozone[edit]

I tried updating Eurozone2004.png but apparently I'm not doing something correctly. Parmaestro 02:14, 1 May 2005 (UTC)

Actually I'm seeing it as indeed updated. The problem seems to be that your own computer hasn't loaded the new version, probably because the old one is still in your cache. If you're using Internet explorer, try pressing Ctrl+F5, which reloads the images. Aris Katsaris 02:37, May 1, 2005 (UTC)


Departure[edit]

Too bad that you are out of touch for the next year. There was a redirect I wanted to ask you about. I hope all is well.

Decolonization edit[edit]

From your (Revision as of 10:39, 4 May 2005) edit comment:

"Removing USSR bullshit..."

Please see:

I would have preferred a "See talk." Thanks anyway. thames 16:07, 4 May 2005 (UTC)

Apologies. I should be politer in my edit summaries. Aris Katsaris 16:10, May 4, 2005 (UTC)
Thanks. I wrote a paragraph on the talk page. I didn't realize that there was previous discussion of the USSR. thames 16:33, 4 May 2005 (UTC)


Template Use[edit]

As I usually agree with almost all your decisions? I'm curious about your opinion of template use. I don't find it particularly hard to edit templates. It seems to me that when you have a dozen or so articles with identical text and especially where this text will be needed to edited in the future because of upcoming changes that it makes sense to have one template that can be edited/updated/corrected as necessary rather than making the identical edits/corrections/updates to a dozen or more texts. Wouldn't you agree ? Parmaestro 11:36, 5 May 2005 (UTC)

Templates are usually good to use, but always in places where the text will *necessarily* be identical. Where it is *good* that it should be identical. This case however is different -- the initial paragraphs of each article should be individual to that article, and if anything these templates worsen and make permanent what was already a not-very-nice redundancy and repetition. Moreover large templates must make themselves obvious as templates: As Wikipedia:Template_namespace says: "Templates should not masquerade as article content in the main article namespace". Aris Katsaris 11:42, May 5, 2005 (UTC)
We seem to be in agreement than about te use of templates. I completely agree with you about the EU-10 template. The only apparent difference we might have is in the application to this specific series of articles. The initial paragraphs in these articles all include an introduction about the euro before discussing the items that specific to the article. Should those introductary paragraphs be deleted and just start with those items that are individual to tha article ? If not and if we are still going to include the same introductory paragraphs, we'd be better off with the template. Or maybe you have a better solution than these two ideas.
Since I added the templates to Wikipedia:Templates for deletion it'd be better if we took the discussion there, if you will. Feel free to move both my comments and yours there, if you want to, or I can do it, if you have no objections. I think that the introductory paragraphs should be as small as possible, and the relevant information in them (and part of it *is* relevant, e.g. when talking about the other side that is in common) perhaps combined with the rest of the text. Turning it into a template makes this introduction permanent however in a way that I don't think it should be made. Moreover, the specific content of the template was itself lacking, as it actually *enlarged* the repeated non-specific information in them, e.g. by adding mention of the circulation dates that hadn't existed formerly. The content of the templates ended up speaking about the whole of the Eurozone, even adding mention about Kosovo or Montenegro!! Egads. But as I said it's more than the specific content that bothered me, it was the nature of the templates themselves. That's why I didn't just edit them but tfd them instead. Aris Katsaris 12:09, May 5, 2005 (UTC)
I agree with what you are saying. I've already replaced the template with text for EU 10. This template is not in use anywhere now. Although I agree with you that one is not interested in Andorra when reading an article about Belgian coins, I think it is germane to talk about where the euro is a currency which is why the article starts out with saying that it used in the twelve Eurozone member states. I think it's particluarly relevant when there are euro coins from the Vatican, San Marino and Monaco. I agree with you that introductory paragraph should be as short as possible. Are you saying that even if the text is identical, it's better not to use a template even though it means that all the articles would have to be edited separately? Parmaestro 12:20, 5 May 2005 (UTC)
It's a judgement call which I'm afraid I don't have the time to analyze much further right this moment. I'm moving this discussion to the relevant section of Templates for deletion, so that others can enter the argument also. Let's only add further comments there. Aris Katsaris 12:33, May 5, 2005 (UTC)

Coins[edit]

I've created this.

Template:EU coins-2

I think it is short, nice and is clearly a template and not text. Let me know if you think this can replace the old one. Thanks. Parmaestro 14:14, 5 May 2005 (UTC)

I'm afraid I think it's intrusive, and goes against the typical Wikipedia style of how to begin an article. Also, for clarity's and simplicity's sake, and also because they serve different purposes, I think that the two templates (the background text and the menu on the right) should be discrete, and not contained one in the other. Aris Katsaris 15:58, May 5, 2005 (UTC)

Confederation Clutter[edit]

Ah, now I see. Yes, ticks and X's would probably have been nice, but it just displayed weird looking question marks, and I couldn't figure out why anyone would want these... I use an up-to-date system which usually has no problem with unicode characters, but I guess this just didn't work. Fawcett5 21:32, 5 May 2005 (UTC)

Hey, that looks pretty good now. The only comment I have about it now is that the ticks and checks make the text unnecessary — if it were up to me I would ditch the text "yes" and "no". Fawcett5 01:39, 6 May 2005 (UTC)


Boilerplate text[edit]

I've been persuaded by your arguments and agree that the boilerplate template was a bad idea. I believe the problem arrived because the articles had the same boilerplate introductory text which is itself a bad idea. I think the text explaining the euro coins in general should remain in the euro coins article and the specific state coins should reference that article for people interested in what the coins have in common.

I've made some changes to German euro coins.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_euro_coins

Let me know what you think. I propose to make this type of change for all the other euro coin articles. Parmaestro 10:26, 17 May 2005 (UTC)

Image:Missionary Sex Position-small.png[edit]

Heyas, I was just wandering by an image that I saw you posted and was wondering what the theory behind having Image:Missionary Sex Position-small.png is? Is there a reason why we can't just specify the size of the larger photo in each article so that we don't have redundant images on the server? -SocratesJedi | Talk


Poll[edit]

There is a poll in the talk page of the English article of Macedonian Slavs here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Macedonian_Slavs#The_poll

Some people are lobbying for changing the article's name to "Macedonian" without any qualifier. As it seems, a number of these people come from the Macedonian/Macedonian Slav wikipedia project. It seemed only fair to attract the attention of people possibly from the other side of the story. I hope that this message is of interest to you, if not please accept my apologies. Dstork 02:01, 18 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Maps[edit]

I think your numerous maps are great. I was wondering what resources you've been using to make them. I've been trying to get some maps for several articles that I've been working on (right now, Geopolitik), but I've been particularly frustrated in doing historical maps. Do you have any suggestions? thames 19:20, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)

pointless blank template alert[edit]

maybe that template would be useful if it wasn't blank. it has NO content, so that's why i used the other one for Fleur and Krum. Supersaiyanplough|(talk) 08:02, 19 July 2005 (UTC)

Hello, the other one is "blank" also, if by blank you mean you need to fill in the info in question. I have no clue whatsoever what you are trying to say. Aris Katsaris 17:31, July 19, 2005 (UTC)


== civil unions in Poland == [ (men181) - in polish ]

Speaker of polish Sejm - Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz (SLD - leader of presidential candidate), has blocked (21 July 2005) "same-sex relationships" bill, to approve it by parliament. So, this act has disappeared. There is NOT, any new bill now! (You may be have to Change the color of the map of same-sex marriage in Europe)

Wikipedians in Greece[edit]

Hi, I understand that you are either Greek Wikipedian or a Wikipedian living in/with an interest in Greece.

The category page Wikipedians/Greece has been replaced with Category:Wikipedians in Greece but your name still appears on the old list. You might considering moving it. You might also consider adding adding Template:Greekwiki to your user page.

A Wikipedia:Greek Wikipedians' notice board has been in existence for some time but is terribly underutilised. It would certainly benefit from your involvement.--Damac 12:11, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

Image:Samesex Map Europe.png[edit]

Hi! It seems that recently, a few more Italian regions legalized civil unions–could you update your map to reflect those changes? Might look good if you added a map of Italy with the regions highlighted to the article in question, too, if you've got the time. Thanks! Flag of Europe and Austria.svg ナイトスタリオン 22:27, 15 December 2005 (UTC)


Hey, I noticed on the map that Austria is not recognized as having same-sex relationship recognition, however it does have unregisted cohabitation. I would change the map myself, however I'm not sure how to do so. The same goes for the world map for both Austria and the rest of Australia. Many thanks. Kidoragon 21:56, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

Most Active Trade blocs[edit]

See Trade bloc for a map/list/stats/etc. of "Most Active Trade Blocs" - this topic is related to your "International Organisations" map... Alinor 11:15, 27 December 2005 (UTC)

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TfD nomination of Template:Note JapanRailwaysFormat[edit]

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european Union[edit]

Why is it that the financial side is not present in the page ? Mion 23:56, 16 January 2006 (UTC)

I removed that, because its subsections were empty, and because the few sentences that did exist had all horrible spelling and grammar. Moreover I don't see why "financial side" should be a different section when we already have a section about the economy of the EU. Aris Katsaris 05:10, 17 January 2006 (UTC)


Your images are nice[edit]

I have adjusted the color on some of the images you have uploaded to make them more readable by colorblind individuals (like me). I hope you don't think I uglied them up too badly but some of them were just extremely difficult to make out and I think in the case of maps, information dissemination should perhaps take a front seat to aesthetic quality.--Deglr6328 07:24, 18 January 2006 (UTC)

Table at North America, et al.[edit]

Hello! I hope you're well. I noticed your reformatting of the above noted table; I don't disagree with the reasons per se (and it looks fair) but, unfortunately, I disagree with this reorganisation. A glance at the history for this and other continent articles will reveal periodic edits to nix this or that territory or move it to one of a region (which may have various definitions) of 'subjective' liking. The reorganised table will promote that. As well, one more or less column (as before) is just as wilful as one or more row (as now). Moreover, the prior format is consistent with tables I've placed in other continents (except Asia and Oceania, due to timing just yet).

I will note this on the NA talk page but, given the above, may restore the prior one. I'm not wholly rigid on this, though. Thoughts? Thanks! E Pluribus Anthony | talk | 21:39, 24 January 2006 (UTC)

The argument about "one more row is just the same as one more column" seems good at first glance, but given the number of *cells* each column has in such a page, versus the number of cells a row has, they don't amount to the same thing: one more text column makes the table look much more cluttered up. As for people inserting countries in different regions and so forth, I think that the fact we're going by a specific clear definition (the definitions offered by the UN) will avert that, or atleast will help us all keep a specific criterion for inclusion, so that we'll know which edits to revert without much arguments.
As for the other continents, I was just about ready to change those ones as well, and was editing Africa in Editpad, when I saw your message. I'll stall for the moment if you want, to expect your counterargument: let's continue this in the North America talkpage, if you like.Aris Katsaris 21:51, 24 January 2006 (UTC)
I don't disagree. I'm unsure the row/column argument holds fully either way: four rows have been added in substitute of one column of cells. (I admit, though, it looks cleaner than the prior version.) I also alphabetised the territories for each continent to obviate any real or perceived preference in organisation.
I'm all with you regarding the definitions – who do you think suggested and began to implement them in the appropriate articles? :) In terms of organising territories, IMO that's as neutral point of view as we're gonna get! I also created the tables for each continent. My concern is that the tables have undergone minor POV editing already (esp. Europe), and I'm reluctant to introduce any other changes that may promote more of that. However, this also isn't a huge issue for me: I feel protective over the tables I created, as you do for images etc. :)
To that end, go ahead and be bold! I won't stop you, as your argument is well-reasoned and I don't disagree. I'd suggest (if not already) to alphabetise by region, and then by territory. Also keep note of the last row: in NA, a parasite cell exists. :) Thanks for the input, and let me know if you need assistance. E Pluribus Anthony | talk | 22:05, 24 January 2006 (UTC)
One last thing – note that, for Europe (and others), two regions may be listed for transcontinental nations: the first being the UN region, and the next (in parentheses) being the region it would alternatively be in. When organising, you need to only retain mention of the first in the table, but retain the appropriate refnotes/footnotes for those countries (which link to elaborations below). Merci! E Pluribus Anthony | talk | 22:20, 24 January 2006 (UTC)

Maps[edit]

Hello, I noticed that you have made a number of good quality maps. Can you please tell me what kinds of methods and tools you used as well as let me know where I may acquire blank map templates with borders and without? Thank you in advance. --Eupator 16:50, 2 February 2006 (UTC)


BERLUSCONI[edit]

How about to stop erasing part about BERLUSCONI (Croatia), coz it's the prooven fact even in Italian newspapers!!!

It's both a POV and an uncited edit you're making, and I'm gonna keep reversing it unless you cite sources. "Even in Italian newspapers"? Ofcourse some Italian newspapers are gonna oppose Berlusconi, but that doesn't make anything they say "fact" by their virtue of being Italian. And as for whether his party is gonna lose the elections that's utterly irrelevant even if it were cited and proven. Aris Katsaris 15:45, 3 February 2006 (UTC)


How can you proove that your informations are true, or when did you cited your sources?!!!

I constantly cite my sources via links, whenever I add information. If I've ever neglected to do so, please pinpoint the exact spot and I'll try to correct the ommission. Aris Katsaris 19:35, 4 February 2006 (UTC)

Template for article[edit]

Greetings,

I saw your bilateral template for the Iran-China relations article.

Your work is highly appreciated.

If you find the time, could you please make a similar bilateral template for the article Iran-Russia relations?

Thanx again.--Zereshk 06:22, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

To the mapmaster:[edit]

Hey Aris! I have been admiring your fine works in the science and art of mapmaking for some time now. Perhaps you would also consider creating maps as per this request of mine that I recently made to Astrokey? Thanks! =] //Big Adamsky 16:41, 8 February 2006 (UTC)

Latin Europe[edit]

Latin Europe is not a term recently invented, thus not comparable to "Germanic Europe" or "Celtic Europe" created as per "European superculture hypothesis". But the recent edits on this article used to reflect this certain POV. I made some edits for the alteration of the article Latin Europe. Perhaps, you may care to take a look. Best regards...Behemoth 13:40, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

Barnstarred![edit]

Society barnstar 2.png The Society Barnstar
For your great contributions to African Economic Community. —Nightstallion (?) 10:58, 10 March 2006 (UTC)

RTL image Image:Yes.png[edit]

Halló Aris! I am not 100% shure if a mirrored Image:Yes.png is in common use. Would ve fun to have it for RTL wikies. Best Regards Gangleri · Th · T 18:04, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

...I have no clue what you're asking me about or seeking me to do. And what does "RTL wikies" mean? Aris Katsaris 19:11, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
RTL = right-to-left, languages like Hebrew and Arab which are written the other way round. —Nightstallion (?) 20:27, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Ah. Now I understand. Thanks, Nightstallion. Anyway Image:Yes.png is now pretty much deprecated since the SVG form thereof is much superior. Anyone wants to make a mirror-version (I am not sure there'd be much use of it ofcourse) is ofcourse free to do so. *shrug*. Aris Katsaris 20:51, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

Talk Ex-Yugoslavia[edit]

Talk:Kosovo#2 Administrator for Ex-Yugoslavien articels in Wikipedia- The voice of Kosovar

African REC[edit]

Hi!

Since you've been doing a great job with all of those articles on AEC RECs, I thought you might be interested in the fact that we're currently still missing one on Wikipedia, namely the Community of Sahel-Saharan States or CEN-SAD (cf. this link). It's got 23 member states, and is one of the eight RECs likely to live through the upcoming rationalisation (according to this IOL report; this SADCnews report seems to indicate the same).

Additionally, do we want to include a note about this specific rationalisation plan at African Economic Community, or do we wait until 2 July (AU heads of states summit), when the plan should (hopefully) be presented to the public and the next steps should be laid out?

Looking forward to hearing from you, —Nightstallion (?) Seen this already? 10:29, 5 May 2006 (UTC)

Image:UNGA 3379 Map.png colors[edit]

(I'll watch this page for replies)

I believe you're the author of the image linked above. Would it be possible to modify it to use a different color for either the "abstaining" or "in favour" countries, or perhaps use a pattern instead of a solid color? The two colors currently used look almost the same making it very hard to figure out which is which. disclaimer: I'm partially colorblind, so normal people might have no problem with the current one. If there's a way to change it so it works for everyone that would be greatly appreciated though. -- Hirudo 03:31, 19 May 2006 (UTC)

Image:SCO Map.png[edit]

The map Image:SCO Map.png has Taiwan colored blue, presumably due to China's claim on the island. Perhaps it is misleading to imply that the de facto goverment of Taiwan, the Republic of China, is part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Twinxor t 06:37, 24 May 2006 (UTC)

It was not me but rather [User:Wassily] that colored Taiwan blue. I've reverted it back. Aris Katsaris 10:09, 24 May 2006 (UTC)

Template[edit]

Hi, would it be possible for you to point me in the right direction for one of those excellant "relations templates" for Cuba-United States relations, an article I am presently working on. Thanks.--Zleitzen 23:26, 29 May 2006 (UTC)

Added it for you. —Nightstallion (?) 12:17, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

Image:Continental Orgs Map.png[edit]

I think Cuba should be colored green as she is still a member of the Organization of American States even though the membership is suspended. See this. - mainbody Hong Kong coa.png 05:57, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

Could you update Wikimedia commons[edit]

Recently I changed two images, but I had to change their names too to be capable to upload them, because they are in the Wikimedia commons.

  1. There is one image that I created for the initial version of the Transcontinental nation in regards to Europe. The Commons were quick to take the image, but soon it became apparent that it should be changed, because of errors in the initial version. I somehow changed (maybe by just uploading the new image to Wikipedia) it, but recently it seems that all duplicate wikipedia-wikimedia images were "redirected" to wikimedia (or something like this?) so the very old revision of the image appears again. So, could you change the wikimedia image ([1]) with this one: [2]?
  2. Also, I made an update to your map of CSTO/GUAM regarding Uzbekistan. The wikimedia image (Uzbekistan not member) is this [3] and the image with Uzbekistan membership in CSTO -[4].

If you don't have time for this, or if there is some other procedure for such updates, please tell me. Alinor 18:20, 29 July 2006 (UTC)

OK, already done. Alinor 07:43, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

Requested move of United Provinces of Central America[edit]

I noticed you have contributed to the discussion at United Provinces of Central America and thought you might be interested in an move request there. -  AjaxSmack  01:30, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

Economy of Africa[edit]

Hi, you were a contributor to this article, which is on the verge of being delisted as a FA. Can you return to help? Urgently requires inline citations and enhanced information in a few places. It's been copy-edited nicely by Peirigill. Tony 04:15, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

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Out of touch[edit]

I'll be almost completely out of touch for about a year, starting from 11 May, 2005, while I am in the army, serving the obligatory one-year military term that exists here.

Did you mean 2006… was it 2 years… should we start missing you (worst choice)… or did I miss something? --Van helsing 19:25, 31 October 2006 (UTC)

-- No, I was out of touch for 1 year, because of the army. Now the army has ended, but I'm still partly out of touch because I've lost interest in Wikipedia to some extent. :-). Aris Katsaris 11:16, 2 November 2006 (UTC)

Glad to see you're back; hope you decide to contribute a bit again in the future. ;)Nightstallion (?) 11:42, 3 November 2006 (UTC)
Lost interest in wikipedia? How do you do that? Anyway, that’s too bad (...for us). Maybe you can post the cure :-) ? --Van helsing 14:28, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

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Ukraine locator map[edit]

Hi.

I saw your map on UAS, (the png one) at http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bild:LocationUSA.png. I wonder if it would be possible for you to make a similar one for Ukraine?

The one at the same knid of adress (http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bild:LocationUkraine.png) for Ukraine is only low resolution and also only in a zoomed in version.

Best regards Rasmus —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 194.71.214.2 (talk) 13:18, 23 April 2007 (UTC).

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Template: History of Afghanistan[edit]

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Classification of admins[edit]

Hi Aris Katsaris. Please consider adding your admin username to the growing list at Classification of admins. Best! -- Jreferee t/c 23:03, 28 November 2007 (UTC)


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CIS Map vandalizing[edit]

Aris Katsaris, thought you might want to know that the map you created for the CIS is basically being vandalized by persons removing Ukraine and Georgia. Georgia intends to withdraw, but with Ukraine it seems some posters are basing in on the unsourced allegation that Ukraine (a founding member) never really joined the organization to begin with but somehow participates in meetings.72.27.174.160 (talk) 20:58, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

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USSR republics map[edit]

Oh God I really hope you get this message, seeing as you rarely ever contribute to Wikipedia anymore :-). Anyway, I noticed that you are the creator of this map, and I was hoping if you would be able to create another one for the Turkish Wikipedia (because the alphabetical order is different in Turkish). I have very little knowledge in image editing, which is why I'm asking you rather than doing it myself. The Turkish order is:

  1. Azerbaijan (Azerbaycan)
  2. Belarus (Beyaz Rusya)
  3. Armenia (Ermenistan)
  4. Estonia (Estonya)
  5. Georgia (Gürcistan)
  6. Kazakhstan (Kazakistan)
  7. Kyrgyzstan (Kırgızistan)
  8. Latvia (Letonya)
  9. Lithuania (Litvanya)
  10. Moldova
  11. Uzbekistan (Özbekistan)
  12. Russia (Rusya)
  13. Tajikistan (Tacikistan)
  14. Turkmenistan (Türkmenistan)
  15. Ukraine (Ukrayna)

Thanks in advance. Runningfridgesrule (talk) 16:15, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

AfD nomination of Chronology of Star Wars[edit]

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Unreferenced BLPs[edit]

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Nomination for deletion of Template:Yes check[edit]

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File:Unibicameral Map.svg[edit]

Hello

your Image Unibicameral Map.svg is wrong. Germany has only on chamber the Deutsche Bundestag. The house of Bundesrat is not a second chamber.
The German Bundesrat (literally "Federal Council"; pronounced [ˈbʊndəsʁaːt]) is a legislative body that represents the sixteen Länder (federal states) of Germany at the federal level.
all laws comes from Bundestag. so please change your map to country with one chamber.--Україна (talk) 21:34, 31 July 2010 (UTC)

Nomination of Zebra Girl for deletion[edit]

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wonderin[edit]

Which program do you use to create and edit images? PassaMethod talk 19:02, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

Currently GIMP for PNG images, Inkscape for SVG images. Though one recent icon I uploaded (Crosshairs Red.svg) was so small that I actually made that one in notepad. :-) Aris Katsaris (talk) 19:27, 23 March 2011 (UTC)
Could you give me a link to the program please. PassaMethod talk 21:13, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

File:Supranational African Bodies-en.svg[edit]

File:Supranational African Bodies-en.svg - would you add SADR to the African Union circle? (outside of the RECs) Thanks. Alinor (talk) 06:33, 19 April 2011 (UTC)

Done. Aris Katsaris (talk) 00:21, 20 April 2011 (UTC)

AfricanOrgs-Diagram - Final Product[edit]

Somaliland Cape Verde Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic South Sudan Liberia Guinea Sierra Leone Ghana Nigeria Gambia Ivory Coast Benin Guinea-Bissau Senegal Togo Burkina Faso Niger Morocco Tunisia Libya Mauritania Algeria Egypt Somalia Comoros Eritrea Sudan Djibouti Ethiopia Uganda Rwanda Burundi Democratic Republic of the Congo Kenya São Tomé and Príncipe Chad Cameroon Central African Republic Republic of the Congo Gabon Equatorial Guinea Angola Mozambique Namibia South Africa Botswana Swaziland Zimbabwe Mauritius Zambia Malawi Seychelles Madagascar Tanzania Lesotho Community of Sahel-Saharan States Arab Maghreb Union Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa East African Community Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries Southern African Development Community Southern African Customs Union Economic Community of Central African States Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa West African Economic and Monetary Union Liptako–Gourma Authority Mali Economic Community of West African States Intergovernmental Authority on Development African Union Mano River Union West African Monetary Zone
Euler diagram showing the relationships between various multinational African organisations.vde

Good?Sir Robert "Brightgalrs" Schultz de Plainsboro (talk) 20:15, 21 June 2011 (UTC)

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MSU Interview[edit]

Dear Aris Katsaris,

My name is Jonathan Obar user:Jaobar, I'm a professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University and a Teaching Fellow with the Wikimedia Foundation's Education Program. This semester I've been running a little experiment at MSU, a class where we teach students about becoming Wikipedia administrators. Not a lot is known about your community, and our students (who are fascinated by wiki-culture by the way!) want to learn how you do what you do, and why you do it. A while back I proposed this idea (the class) to the community HERE, where it was met mainly with positive feedback. Anyhow, I'd like my students to speak with a few administrators to get a sense of admin experiences, training, motivations, likes, dislikes, etc. We were wondering if you'd be interested in speaking with one of our students.


So a few things about the interviews:

  • Interviews will last between 15 and 30 minutes.
  • Interviews can be conducted over skype (preferred), IRC or email. (You choose the form of communication based upon your comfort level, time, etc.)
  • All interviews will be completely anonymous, meaning that you (real name and/or pseudonym) will never be identified in any of our materials, unless you give the interviewer permission to do so.
  • All interviews will be completely voluntary. You are under no obligation to say yes to an interview, and can say no and stop or leave the interview at any time.
  • The entire interview process is being overseen by MSU's institutional review board (ethics review). This means that all questions have been approved by the university and all students have been trained how to conduct interviews ethically and properly.


Bottom line is that we really need your help, and would really appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. If interested, please send me an email at obar@msu.edu (to maintain anonymity) and I will add your name to my offline contact list. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can post your name HERE instead.

If you have questions or concerns at any time, feel free to email me at obar@msu.edu. I will be more than happy to speak with you.

Thanks in advance for your help. We have a lot to learn from you.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Obar --Jaobar (talk) 04:21, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

Merge discussion for Template:EnderThings [edit]

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Suspension of administrative permissions due to inactivity[edit]

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Euler Diagrams of regional organizations[edit]

Dear Aris Katsaris I'm very interested in the maps and euler diagrams about regional organizations that you have created. On average how updated they are? Can you tell me how do you make them please? And how do you find which organizations include? Do you think that one single diagram for all the regional processes in the world would be possible? I'm writing my thesis and I sort of need something like that. thanks in advance for your attention! Niccolò you can answer here or email at niccolo.beduschi@gmail.com

best! Niccolò — Preceding unsigned comment added by 77.165.10.96 (talk) 16:22, 26 January 2014 (UTC)