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I prefer to keep discussions together in one place, so I usually respond to new messages on this page. You might want to watchlist this page for a while so you don't miss a reply.

Hawaii hotspot[edit]

I'm going to try and restart this old project, and your comments would be highly appreciated. Thanks =), ResMar 02:09, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

I've made some initial comments on the peer review page. --Avenue (talk) 13:41, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
I've made some changes (mostly chops) and responded. ResMar 04:57, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

Barnstar[edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to everyone who - whatever their opinion - contributed to the discussion about Wikipedia and SOPA. Thank you for being a part of the discussion. Presented by the Wikimedia Foundation.

File:Tararua Range and Mt Dundas 20 August 1909 edit.jpg[edit]

I have cleaned up the confusing page of an image you retouched; mostly deleting duplicate and malformed licence templates. If I removed a template which protected your authorship/reserved rights, feel free to revert or tweak my edit. Regards, —Andrewstalk 09:03, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, I've replied on your talk page. --Avenue (talk) 21:24, 23 January 2012 (UTC)
The Alexander Turnbull Library gives the date of 20 August 1909; or is this not the date it was published? —Andrewstalk 21:31, 23 January 2012 (UTC)
In that case, the {{PD-US-not renewed}} is applicable, unless the image's copyright was renewed in the US. I'm not really sure how to find out whether the copyright was renewed or not... —Andrewstalk 23:28, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

Community input rquired: lowering delist bar at FPC[edit]

You are receiving this because of your current or past association with the Featured Pictures project. Following on from several cases where closers did not observe the prescribed minimum votes required for a delisting, there is now a motion to entirely dismiss the requirement for a minimum. Please participate in the discussion as wide-ranging changes may arise.

Link: Wikipedia talk:Featured picture candidates#Delist procedure changes Papa Lima Whiskey 2 (talk) 14:31, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

Hawaii again[edit]

Bump. ResMar 03:48, 30 January 2012 (UTC)

I didn't notice your comments, I've responded but you know volcanic processes better then I do—I've not a clue what these missing topics are jabbering about, and if I start writing on them I risk making a fool of myself. Help please :S ResMar 19:52, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

Good work[edit]

Thanks for your fine improvements at Ain't I a Woman?. Great find, the Corona Brezina source! Binksternet (talk) 22:44, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, glad you like 'em. I was happy to find Brezina's book - it looks very interesting and useful. --Avenue (talk) 23:46, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

Dispute resolution survey[edit]

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Dispute Resolution – Survey Invite


Hello Avenue. I am currently conducting a study on the dispute resolution processes on the English Wikipedia, in the hope that the results will help improve these processes in the future. Whether you have used dispute resolution a little or a lot, now we need to know about your experience. The survey takes around five minutes, and the information you provide will not be shared with third parties other than to assist in analyzing the results of the survey. No personally identifiable information will be released.

Please click HERE to participate.
Many thanks in advance for your comments and thoughts.


You are receiving this invitation because you have had some activity in dispute resolution over the past year. For more information, please see the associated research page. Steven Zhang DR goes to Wikimania! 00:07, 6 April 2012 (UTC)

Cathedral Peak Grandiorite[edit]

Would the colours here be better (on a white background)? Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 15:52, 5 June 2012 (UTC)

I think this does do a much better job of indicating a connection between the CPG and the rest of the TIS (partly by the colours, partly by the omission of the black contact border). Maybe it leaves the main element (the CPG) too muted. Would swapping the colours of the TIS and CPG help? --Avenue (talk) 21:19, 5 June 2012 (UTC)
That version is here. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 19:07, 6 June 2012 (UTC)
Definitely better IMO. I think we could still come up with a palette that better illustrates what is said in the article, but this is certainly an improvement. --Avenue (talk) 20:51, 7 June 2012 (UTC)
The area around Saddlebag lake, I'm struggling from any of the versions to find out how it should look. The really large version crashes my laptop. Does the stream to the north just not connect with the lake? I'll fix that and run a second nomination. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 14:16, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
That stream to the north does stop short of Saddlebag Lake. The map shown here (which I linked to in my vote on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Map of Yosemite National Park) gives a reasonable outline of the area's drainage. The divide between Lundy Canyon (to the north) and Saddlebag Lake (south) would run generally from west to east across Lundy Pass, separating the Odell Lake and Hummingbird Lake catchment areas. Further west it would separate the Wasco Lake catchment area from the Conness Lakes/Greenstone Lake catchment. I'm not sure whether it runs north or south of Z Lake (I suspect north), but I don't think that matters for your map. This Google-based map also provides more detail. --Avenue (talk) 15:33, 13 June 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Cathedral Peak Granodiorite (2)[edit]

You may wish to comment on this FPC following your very useful input above. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 21:48, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

Talkback[edit]

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Hello, Avenue. You have new messages at Wikipedia:GLAM/SIA/Requests.
Message added 18:47, 20 June 2012 (UTC). You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.

Sarah (talk) 18:47, 20 June 2012 (UTC)

and another =) Sarah (talk) 05:35, 22 June 2012 (UTC)
and again! Sarah (talk) 21:31, 25 June 2012 (UTC)

WikiProject Annah Mac[edit]

You have been invited to join the Annah Mac WikiProject, a WikiProject on the English Wikipedia dedicated to improving articles and lists related to Annah Mac. If you are interested in joining, please visit the project page and add the yourself to the participants category. Thank You. Cmbcmb999 (talk) 20:23, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

Invitation to comment at Monty Hall problem RfC[edit]

You are invited to comment on the following probability-related RfC:

Talk:Monty Hall problem#Conditional or Simple solutions for the Monty Hall problem?

--Guy Macon (talk) 17:12, 8 September 2012 (UTC)

Commas missing from Template:NZ population data[edit]

Hi Avenue. In this change to Template:NZ population data the commas were omitted from the figures. Are you able to rectify that easily enough. cheers, Nurg (talk) 21:27, 27 December 2012 (UTC)

A bit tedious, but easy enough. It'll be nice when Wikidata can take care of this sort of thing. --Avenue (talk) 06:19, 28 December 2012 (UTC)
Great. thanks. Nurg (talk) 08:21, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

Discussion on the AFT5 Request for Comment[edit]

Hey Avenue - this is to notify you that there is a discussion starting on the Article Feedback RfC talkpage that has ramifications for the RfC itself. Your input is much appreciated :). Thanks! and apologies if I've missed anyone Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 16:34, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

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Thanks for updating the External links guideline to provide accurate information about interlanguage links and the new Wikidata project. WhatamIdoing (talk) 04:03, 3 March 2013 (UTC)
You're welcome. Thanks for the barnstar! --Avenue (talk) 10:42, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

Peer review request[edit]

Peer review request for Thomas Ellison
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I'm currently attempting to bring the article Thomas Ellison to Featured Article standard. I've opened a peer review, which can be viewed at Wikipedia:Peer review/Thomas Ellison/archive1—any feedback, however brief, would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

- Shudde talk 07:26, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Million Award[edit]

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For your contributions to bring New Zealand (estimated annual readership: 4,305,000) to Good Article status, I hereby present you the Million Award. Congratulations on this rare accomplishment, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers. -- Khazar2 (talk) 15:58, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

The Million Award is a new initiative to recognize the editors of Wikipedia's most-read content; you can read more about the award and its possible tiers (Quarter Million Award, Half Million Award, and Million Award) at Wikipedia:Million Award. You're also welcome to display this userbox:

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If I've made any error in this listing, please don't hesitate to correct it; if for any reason you don't feel you deserve it, please don't hesitate to remove it; if you know of any other editor who merits one of these awards, please don't hesitate to give it; if you yourself deserve another award from any of the three tiers, please don't hesitate to take it! Cheers, -- Khazar2 (talk) 15:58, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, although of course I'm not the only person who worked over the years to bring it up to that standard. The GA award was a while ago - I should try getting it to FA sometime. --Avenue (talk) 22:34, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
My pleasure. (And yes, you should!) If there's anybody else you feel should share this, feel free to pay it forward and add their name to the HOF entry at the award page. -- Khazar2 (talk) 22:51, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

Article Feedback Tool update[edit]

Hey Avenue. I'm contacting you because you're involved in the Article Feedback Tool in some way, either as a previous newsletter recipient or as an active user of the system. As you might have heard, a user recently anonymously disabled the feedback tool on 2,000 pages. We were unable to track or prevent this due to the lack of logging feature in AFT5. We're deeply sorry for this, as we know that quite a few users found the software very useful, and were using it on their articles.

We've now re-released the software, with the addition of a logging feature and restrictions on the ability to disable. Obviously, we're not going to automatically re-enable it on each article—we don't want to create a situation where it was enabled by users who have now moved on, and feedback would sit there unattended—but if you're interested in enabling it for your articles, it's pretty simple to do. Just go to the article you want to enable it on, click the "request feedback" link in the toolbox in the sidebar, and AFT5 will be enabled for that article.

Again, we're very sorry about this issue; hopefully it'll be smooth sailing after this :). If you have any questions, just drop them at the talkpage. Thanks! Okeyes (WMF) 21:33, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

Heinz citation[edit]

Maybe possibly the author was Karl-Heinz Rahn but I can't find evidence of him writing about matrices in 2008.

Karl-Heinz Rahn, Steffen Klatt, Edwin Haas, Klaus Butterbach-Bahl, Improving efficiency of a statistical analysis of complex ecological models, when using the statistical software R by parallelising tasks with Rmpi, Ecological Informatics, Volume 15, May 2013, Pages 53-57, ISSN 1574-9541, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoinf.2013.02.005.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1574954113000198)
Abstract: Abstract
The development and testing of (ecological) models require continuous control and adaptation of the simulator to measured data. Optimisation techniques, sensitivity and uncertainty analysis are important tools to automate these validation steps and support modellers to understand and interpret simulation results in terms of their reliability.
Since ecological models simulate complex environmental processes, the models developed exhibit a high degree of detail. As a result, the required CPU time is substantial whilst at the same time these models can no longer be analytically analysed and optimised. Therefore representative sampling techniques are often used requiring a high number of model runs. Hence, the model run time and the number of samples needed to create a representative range are the driving factors that determine the total required time for validation.
As a consequence, it is therefore indispensable to parallelise parts of the code and run them on more than one processing unit. Therefore, the aim of this study is to show the ease of parallelisation within the statistical software R using the package Rmpi. We present the parallelisation of three different applications (optimisation, Bayesian calibration, sampling from distributions), using our complex ecosystem model LandscapeDNDC. We were able to run the Bayesian Calibration at a computing cluster using 24 CPU's in 11.8 days opposed to 236.7 days when using only one CPU. This is an acceleration of the evaluation process by a factor of approximately 20.

--Northernhenge (talk) 18:47, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

Possibly, 'though I doubt it. In any case the claim seemed dubious enough that I thought it was best deleted until a source was properly cited. --Avenue (talk) 21:55, 10 September 2013 (UTC)
Agreed. --Northernhenge (talk) 22:26, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Tasman Lake tour boat[edit]

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An image created by you has been promoted to featured picture status
Your image, File:Tour boat among the icebergs on Tasman Lake.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! Armbrust The Homunculus 09:50, 3 February 2014 (UTC)