User talk:Art LaPella

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Elvis' Golden Records[edit]

Thanks for the tip. I made a correction so it should be okay now. Jimknut (talk) 16:49, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Adolf Dobrovolný[edit]

Hi Art and Happy new year! After a long time of having duties with a baby I've added an article here and tried to apply for Did you know... Can you please give a check-peep on it? Thank you.

I think I did more Wikipedia:Manual of Style edits than English language edits. I changed two occurrences of the word "autor" to "actor", but is that right or did it mean "author"? Art LaPella (talk) 00:05, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

770 Account listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]


An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect 770 Account. Since you had some involvement with the 770 Account redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. ~TPW 17:55, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

Answered at that discussion. Art LaPella (talk) 19:33, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

Antonín Sova[edit]

Thank you for Adolf Dobrovolný correction. It experienced some trouble with the photo but eventually got to DYK. This month I discovered the 150th anniversary of a Czech poet so I have tried to hook it for DYK like this: Did you know that Czech poet Antonín Sova gained national fame having answered in verse to Theodor Mommsen's letter calling the German historian "covetous dotard" or "arrogant spokesmen of slavery"? Thanks for wading through my muddy English.Aloysius (talk) 20:16, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

I'll do the DYK hook first: "Did you know that Czech poet Antonin Sova gained national fame for answering Theodor Mommsen's letter in verse, calling the German historian a "covetous dotard" and an "arrogant spokesman of slavery"?
  • "having answered" sounds OK in English (if it were "having answered Theodor Mommsen's letter in verse"), but it left me wondering why Sova gained national fame. Did he call Mommsen names, and then become famous for something else? But the article makes it clear that Sova became famous because of his poem.
  • I didn't know what a "dotard" was until I looked it up. At first I changed it to the more familiar-sounding "covetous and senile", but then I realized you were citing someone else's translation, so I changed it back.
  • "spokesman" not "spokesmen" because Mommsen is singular, not plural. Your article says "spokesmen" but its reference says "spokesman". If there is some reason the reference translation is wrong, then we need to rewrite the sentence somehow, because Mommsen was only one person.
  • "and" not "or", because Sova used both phrases, not just one.
Yes check.svg Done. I think Google Translate is wrong to translate "kantor" as cantor. So you might want to click the word "here" at the bottom, where it says "Please help Google Translate improve quality for your language here." Art LaPella (talk) 00:37, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

Filip Fabricius[edit]

Hi Art, thank you for your detailed inspection of the Sova article and I would like to ask for another one. Can you check the correctness of my new hook and article, please?

The hook looks OK, and I edited the article. I didn't edit this puzzling phrase: "... secretary of German expedition of the Bohemian Court Chancery, the highest office in Bohemia." Some websurfing showed that Bohemian Court Chancery is apparently the same as the German name Böhmische Hofkanzlei. So I made a redirect from Bohemian Court Chancery (and Chancellery) to Judenplatz#Bohemian Court Chancellery, the best description I could find in English Wikipedia. So it's in Vienna.
So what is a German expedition of the Bohemian Court Chancery? Here's a definition of "expedition". It made me think Germans were going someplace dangerous, like the South Pole. Perhaps you were calling the trip from Bohemia to Vienna an expedition, but then why is it German? Did you mean Austrian? I had a similar geographical problem with something in Vienna being "the highest office in Bohemia". My geographical knowledge of the area before modern times, is mostly limited to the map of the game called Diplomacy, but I don't think Vienna was ever considered part of Bohemia. So did you mean "the highest office OF Bohemia"? Art LaPella (talk) 04:44, 11 April 2014 (UTC)


Thank you for that. The point in case of the Chancery is that it had been in Prague before the Thirty Years' War in which Czech Protestant rebellion was defeated and with it also the Czech national culture which was since then more and more germanized and politicaly centralized in Habsburg capital Vienna. The word expedition here is in the second Swedish:-) meaning according to and so I put it in brackets in the article because it is a Czech historical administrative term which we do not use in modern Czech either Aloysius (talk) 22:26, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
I think I got this. Bohemia had a German minority (which Americans remember mainly because of how we use the word appeasement), so this boils down to "secretary of the office for the German minority at a Bohemian court". I'm adding "the". Art LaPella (talk) 17:26, 12 April 2014 (UTC)



Please don't confuse "see also" with "see instead". That is, when you are disambiguating between similarly named but otherwise unconnected articles, you don't want to offer a "see also" - you want to say "did you perhaps mean..."

For better alternatives, check out WP:HAT. Cheers, CapnZapp (talk) 13:12, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

I agree that {{see instead}} would be better than {{see also}}, if it existed, and I have often reviewed WP:HAT. Is there a specific template that is better for "similarly named but otherwise unconnected articles"? I've also used {{distinguish}}. Art LaPella (talk) 14:17, 28 May 2014 (UTC)
Never mind, I just saw Phil Hartman and Philip Hartman. Art LaPella (talk) 14:21, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you so much for helping in the cleanup of the "List of stars in x" articles! Keep up the good work! StringTheory11 (t • c) 18:18, 3 June 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. I'll copy it to my user page. Art LaPella (talk) 18:50, 3 June 2014 (UTC)
Also thanks for catching that vandalism on my userpage. I would never have even noticed :). StringTheory11 (t • c) 21:16, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Also again, thanks for catching the errors I occasionally make when expanding the lists. With so much to do in each edit without any automation on my part, it would certainly be hard to do it error-free, so your software really helps matters here. StringTheory11 (t • c) 04:57, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
One solution would be that perhaps you could tell me when you make such an edit. I watchlisted Scorpius only because I edited it. Art LaPella (talk) 05:05, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
Good idea; I'll do that. I generally work on the larger ones such as Scorpius and the upcoming Vela over a few days, so it may be a while before I actually save the edit. StringTheory11 (t • c) 05:41, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
Done the first part of the edit on Vela's list: removing the Gould column, linking all the notable stars, and adding variability to the notes column. Still have to add the missing notable stars and check for naming of variable stars. StringTheory11 (t • c) 02:56, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
Did my corresponding first part. Art LaPella (talk) 03:57, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
Vela is now done. Also, the reason I delinked a few of the stars is that they are not notable enough for their own articles per WP:NASTRO. StringTheory11 (t • c) 01:11, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Should CPD -57 2874 be in Carina? The coordinates in the list and in SIMBAD are in Carina, a degree south of the constellation boundary. But the article shows question marks instead of coordinates. Art LaPella (talk) 01:59, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Done, except for CPD -57 2874 as above. Art LaPella (talk) 02:11, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Ah, you're right; just checked using VizieR. Will move it now. StringTheory11 (t • c) 02:59, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I expect that I will finish list of stars in Cancer within the next day or two as well. StringTheory11 (t • c) 19:30, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Watchlisted. Art LaPella (talk) 19:39, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done. My software pointed out 6 stars, including TW and TX Cancri which are slightly brighter than their maxima, but the only actual edit I made was to re-sort. Art LaPella (talk) 17:32, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
Gemini is next. For the order, I'm just going reverse order of 88 modern constellations by area (probably not the smartest decision I've ever made, but w/e I'm already 2/3 the way through so I won't change it now). StringTheory11 (t • c) 05:39, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Earth Similarity Index[edit]

I saw your post at Talk:Earth Similarity Index. I can't answer your question, but I thought you might be interested in a discussion about the article at User talk:CorinneSD#"...would likely have...". You can ignore the parts about the word "likely". The other parts seem related to your post. Feel free to answer my question about the pairs of figures. CorinneSD (talk) 23:11, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

I found "pairs of figures" in the BBC article. If the question is whether the BBC article is good enough to use, well, that's pretty much the same question I asked (I'm not an astronomer either). If we remove the end of the table which comes from the BBC article, then that would resolve my contradiction except for Kepler-186 f 0.64. Art LaPella (talk) 23:38, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply. I can't help on this. I was kind of waiting for Vsmith (or you) to answer my question or edit the article. CorinneSD (talk) 00:54, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Ebola outbreak Thanks[edit]

Thanks Art for correcting my grammar and spelling errors. I am partially sighted due to Multiple sclerosis and tends to miss spaces. My first language is not English as well.

Kind regards Brian

BrianGroen (talk) 18:11, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

You're welcome. Art LaPella (talk) 18:14, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

Émilien of Nantes[edit]

I was sort of hoping he could do something about the weeds in my driveway. You never know. Aymatth2 (talk) 00:43, 30 August 2014 (UTC)