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Merge discussion for Homeodomain fold [edit]

Information.svg An article that you have been involved in editing, Homeodomain fold , has been proposed for a merge with another article. If you are interested in the merge discussion, please participate by going here, and adding your comments on the discussion page. Thank you. Kinkreet~♥moshi moshi♥~ 11:20, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Fons memorabilium universi[edit]

Hi,
Thanks for setting up that page. I am not familiar with this work otherwise.

6. De eelo et signis celestibus

I suspect you have incorporated an inadvertent typo here?
De eelo makes little sense, but de caelo would be reasonable Latin in this context.
Cheers, Varlaam (talk) 19:41, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, you are right of course. I fixed it. Cheers, AxelBoldt (talk) 20:18, 24 May 2012 (UTC)
Cool. I'm curious what your actual source is.
Ancient manuscript stuck on your fridge with a magnet? Varlaam (talk) 20:48, 24 May 2012 (UTC)
The titles of the books are in the article by Heinz Meyer that's in the references. I can send it to you if you are interested. I just checked, he writes "De celo", but that's probably also a typo. AxelBoldt (talk) 22:35, 24 May 2012 (UTC)
Trouble.
I suggested caelo from caelum, which is Classical Latin (Cicero, Catullus).
At some time in the Dark or Middle Ages, there is a spelling transition.
Although I took 5 years of Latin, this matter was never covered at school. So I am hazy on the details.
Quite possibly, celo is correct at the time of the Fons.
(In Modern French and Spanish, we have ciel and cielo.)
But if we actually have De celo et signis celestibus on the page, anyone else with 2 years of Latin would say, "Shouldn't that be De caelo?"
Off hand, I don't know how WP handles this orthographic clash between older and newer Latin.
There is doubtless a WikiProject with an expert on this time period.
Maybe ask the guys over at lawiki?
Varlaam (talk) 14:23, 25 May 2012 (UTC) (Toronto)
I'll go with celo then, for now, since I have a peer-reviewed reference for that. I guess we could also look at the spelling in the book itself, since it is online, but I'm too lazy. I noticed that you didn't like the translation of the title on the talk page; what would be a better translation? AxelBoldt (talk) 15:01, 25 May 2012 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Thanks for your work fleshing out Flame (malware); in case you haven't already spotted it, you might be pleased to know your work has made the main page. Cheers, Khazar2 (talk) 09:50, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

Well, it looks like you did a lot more work on that article! Cheers, AxelBoldt (talk) 16:44, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

Futures contract[edit]

Hi AxelBoldt. Could you please double check your edit here? With the removal of the entire page-foot (categories and whatnot), it looks like your edit may have been an accidental page-chop. I'd normally revert this, but your summary indicates some possibility that what you chopped may be content in dispute. Rather than get too involved with this, I figured it may be best to send you back for a second look... just to confirm that your edit is really the edit you intended to make. Thanks. :)  -- WikHead (talk) 21:09, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

Thanks a lot, it was not intended! Cheers, AxelBoldt (talk) 21:58, 31 May 2012 (UTC)
You're most certainly welcome. I assumed it was an accidental chop, but was thrown off by your edit summary and didn't want to stick my face into something that may have been the subject of hot discussion. Being unfamiliar with the article and topic, it appears that I've dealt with it correctly. ;) Have yourself a great day AxelBoldt, stay well, and happy editing! :)  -- WikHead (talk) 23:29, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

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July 2012 Study of authors of health-related Wikipedia pages[edit]

Dear Author/AxelBoldt My name is Nuša Farič and I am a Health Psychology MSc student at University College London (UCL). I am currently running a quantitative study entitled Who edits health-related Wikipedia pages and why? I am interested in the editorial experience of people who edit health-related Wikipedia pages. I am interested to learn more about the authors of health-related pages on Wikipedia and what motivations they have for doing so. I am currently contacting the authors of randomly selected articles and I noticed that someone at this address recently edited an article on Artificial insemination. I would like to ask you a few questions about you and your experience of editing the above mentioned article and or other health-related articles. If you would like more information about the project, please visit my user page (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Hydra_Rain) and if interested, please reply via my talk page or e-mail me on nusa.faric.11@ucl.ac.uk. Also, others interested in the study may contact me! If I do not hear back from you I will not contact this account again. Thank you very much in advance. Hydra Rain (talk) 12:23, 14 July 2012 (UTC)

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DYK for 'False positives' scandal[edit]

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Public Domain[edit]

I don't remember how exactly I ended up on your User page, but I noticed that you write there that "every word I write is by default, and always, in the public domain", while at the bottom of your uni-paderborn.de pages (for example, Winning the Shell Game), it says "This material is available under your choice of the OPL or GFDL." This seems contradictory. --82.170.113.123 (talk) 01:04, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

Maybe you mean to say "every word I write on Wikipedia [...]"? --82.170.113.123 (talk) 18:41, 31 August 2013 (UTC)

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Thoughts on the Olber's Paradox article[edit]

I believe you are the originator of the excellent article Olber's paradox. Having just read the current version of that article rather closely, I became curious to find out who started it. When I found and read your first version, I realized that it could serve as a good summary of the current version (both versions being, in my opinion, unusually good articles). But it also strikes me that your first version might be considered in some sense better, because of covering the ground while still being so compact.

There is different paradox (not Olber's), or at least a puzzle lurking here: articles are usually improved over time, but also lose brevity, an important virtue. This leads me to wonder where the Wikipedia process might be headed in the long term. Will many articles eventually become too complete, and therefore too long, for most readers to absorb? Dratman (talk) 02:59, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

Yes, that's a danger. Ideally, every article would consist of a compact summary before the table of contents, followed by an exhaustive elaboration with several sections. Alternatively, an initial Overview section could summarize the rest of a long article. In this fashion, Wikipedia should contain a concise and essentially self-contained encyclopedia-within-the-encyclopedia. AxelBoldt (talk) 17:55, 13 April 2013 (UTC)
  • I agree with your point about a summary or Overview being the best possible solution to complexity-creep.
  • However, I do not think the existing style of summary is likely to blossom unless writing and improving summaries becomes a project.
  • Would you consider transforming your original version of the Olber's Paradox article into a summary of the current version? I really like that article. Dratman (talk) 01:33, 14 April 2013 (UTC)
Yes, I'll look into it. AxelBoldt (talk) 17:21, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

Edit Summary[edit]

Can I ask a favor please. When you are doing an edit please make sure you write an edit summary just so we know what you did. Thanks. TheGoofyGolfer (talk) 02:57, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

Yup, sorry about that. AxelBoldt (talk) 03:47, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

Merge discussion for Opium Wars[edit]

Hi. There has been a reopened discussion ongoing at Talk:First Opium War#Merge discussion to merge the contents of Opium Wars into First Opium War and Second Opium War. A consensus seems to have been reached among all the users who contributed to the lede/Opium Wars#Overview section, and merging may be imminent. You have been identified as a major contributor of the article about to be abolished (see: User:Kiyoweap/Opium Wars) and thus are welcomed to participate in the merge, especially in the sections which you have contributed. Or, any other input under the Merge discussion thread given above would be appreciated. Thanks. --Kiyoweap (talk) 04:21, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know; I'm sure you'll do the right thing. AxelBoldt (talk) 05:44, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Additions about Lie bracket[edit]

Thanks so much for clearing that up :) Rschwieb (talk) 13:31, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

AKB48[edit]

Dr. Boldt, as you are a highly respected long-time editor, I was hoping you might be willing to lend some support for the inclusion of the later history of one of #1 Japanese junior idol group's entry into the adult actress / pornography video industry. The problem is that the fan base (including on WP) is emotionally invested in the idea of squeaky-clean innocent girl idols, and dont' want to face the reality that these girls are on extremely controlling, extremely poorly-paying contracts. Britney Spears, by being the #1 pop idol in America, is a millionaire several times over. But the AKB48 girls, after being "graduated" (or removed from the pop scene in a formal ceremony), often times have little or no savings whatsoever, and so one has turned into 2010's #1 porn star of the year. If you can weigh in, even though this isn't techncially your area of expertise, I'm sure your prestige will carry some strong weight. -WikiSkeptic (talk) 02:39, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

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Your user page[edit]

Hello, I found your user page while doing some wikiarcheology. I have restored all of its earliest surviving revisions from old copies of the Wikipedia database, so they are available to everyone now. Hope you don't mind. Graham87 12:48, 23 June 2013 (UTC)

I don't mind. Have you just added them to this page's history, or are they stored somewhere else? AxelBoldt (talk) 10:02, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

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Ich suche ein Unblock[edit]

Hallo Herr Boldt! And happy new year! I am editor Colton Cosmic. Excuse me for block evading via raw IP on your talkpage. I claim to been non-policy and abusively blocked. I am looking for an administrator willing to do a fresh review, and one that favors evidence over accusations. Why you? It is January 1, and thus the year's begin, so I looked for an administrator whose username began with the alphabet's begin, and came across you. The background is I tried the standard appeal processes but I found them staffed by the same people hyperactively blocking editors, as if were all some online game where they increased their scores. I was blocked for socking, but never has evidence been provided of this. Much has been made of suspicion.

I had a single prior account that I abandoned for privacy reasons, never going back. In that account I was the original author of probably four or five articles. I contributed greatly to many more. After a negative online experience, I recognized I wanted a degree of online anonymity. So I switched to a new account. I believe this to be authorized under Wikipedia policy WP:CLEANSTART. I was 100 percent straightforward about it in my first edit[1]. My straightforwardness ironically led to my being blocked as a sockpuppet. This was the charge leveled by Timotheus Canens in May 2012. He permanently blocked me via button click without warning or explanation. I had edited Wikipedia making contributions, I say solid ones, for about six years. After that a great number of the WP:AN/ANI regulars descended on my talkpage, making all manner of accusations.

I appealed then to Arbcom. Silktork denied the appeal without explanation. Much, much later he said that he suspected me to be some notorious sanctioned user. I am not that user. He would not provide evidence or any reasoning, though he said that his suspicion was "reasonable," repeating the word "reasonable" three or four times. My position is that Arbcom's *declining to unblock* is not itself a *block* and thus I am free to appeal to any administrator in accordance with WP:UNBLOCK. An arbitrator himself told me this, though I remember not which one. He said "Arbcom has no monopoly on appeals." Okay, I have perhaps typed too much here already. I do not want to trap you in some super-long text. If you unblock me merely at my talkpage, I will answer any questions you have (and certainly cease block evasion via raw IP). Colton Cosmic.

PS: To be clear, I have made similar requests of many administrators, who decline for various reasons, most often for hierarchy but others for "too much trouble" and "I don't want to get involved." It is I think a less controversial thing to unblock me at my talkpage for further evaluation, but if you end up believing in my innocence and unblock generally, that will be a very unpopular action among several admins and arbs. Consider this fair warning then. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.69.69.41 (talk) 18:50, 1 January 2014, (UTC+0)

Thanks but I'm not interested to get involved. AxelBoldt (talk) 05:43, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
Okay. I need help, but there are others and I am not upset about your decision. I looked at your "real names proposal" essay yesterday. It was good to read. People should try to improve the system. I would be in favor of a policy of Wikipedia administrators personally identifying, because they exercise control over others. I do not know if I'd support real naming of common editors, but if it were done administrators first, we'd gain experience on the effects of such a policy, and be better able to judge where to go from there. If you want to look at a policy proposal I favor, it's the "universal optout" for biographical articles:[2]. Silktork stomped out that initiative because I touched it. Colton Cosmic. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.69.69.41 (talk) 09:16, 2 January 2014 (UTC+0)

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Wikipedia Day Meetup on January 18[edit]

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In the area? You are invited to the upcoming Minnesota meetup in commemoration of Wikipedia Day.

  • Place: Seward Cafe
2129 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014
  • Time: noon

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Help for weather table[edit]

Hi sir I am nehal Dave from India. I want to help from you regarding wikipedia. I want to make a weather table in sanskrit wikipedia (https://sa.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%A4%AE%E0%A5%81%E0%A4%96%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%AF%E0%A4%AA%E0%A5%83%E0%A4%B7%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%A0%E0%A4%AE%E0%A5%8D).

I have read many tutorials regarding weather table but I couldn't made that. If you will help me then my big problem will be solved. Thank you..... — Preceding unsigned comment added by NehalDaveND (talkcontribs) 04:52, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Feedback needed on using special characters[edit]

Hello. Thank you for using VisualEditor! Having editors use it is the best way for the Wikimedia Foundation to develop it into the best tool it can be.

While we always welcome general feedback (please report any issues in Bugzilla in the "VisualEditor" product or drop your feedback on the central feedback page on MediaWiki.org), the developers are especially interested right now in feedback on the special character inserter. This new tool is used for inserting special characters (including symbols like , IPA pronunciation symbols, mathematics symbols, and characters with diacritics). It is intended to help people whose computers do not have good character inserters. For example, many Mac users prefer to use the extensive "Special Characters..." tool present at the bottom of the Edit menu in all applications or to learn the keyboard shortcuts for characters like ñ and ü.

The current version of the special characters tool in VisualEditor is very simple and very basic. It will be getting a lot of work in the coming weeks and months. It does not contain very many character sets at this time. (The specific character sets can be customized at each Wikipedia, so that each project could have a local version with the characters it wants.) But the developers want your ideas at this early stage about ways that the overall concept could be improved. I would appreciate your input on this question, so please try out the character inserter and tell me what changes to the design would (or would not!) best work for you.

Screenshot of the Insert menu in VisualEditor
The "insert" pulldown on the task bar of VisualEditor will lead you to the 'Special character' tool.
Screenshot of Special Characters tool
This is the Special character inserter as it appears on many wikis. (Some may have customized it.) Your feedback on this tool is particularly important.

Issues you might consider:

  • How often do you normally use Wikipedia's character inserters?
  • Which character sets are useful to you? Should it include all 18 of the character sets provided in the wikitext editor's newer toolbar at the English Wikipedia, the 10 present in the older editor toolbar, or some other combination of character sets?
  • How many special characters would you like to see at one time?
    • Should there be a "priority" or "favorites" section for the 10 or 12 characters that most editors need most often? Is it okay if you need an extra click to go beyond the limited priority set?
    • How should the sections be split up? Should they be nested? Ordered?
    • How should the sections be navigated? Should there be a drop-down? A nested menu?
  • The wikitext editor has never included many symbols and characters, like and . Do you find that you need these missing characters? If the character inserter in VisualEditor includes hundreds or thousands of special characters, will it be overwhelming? How will you find the character you want? What should be done for users without enough space to display more than a few dozen characters?
  • Should the character inserter be statically available until dismissed? Should it hover near the mouse? Should it go away on every selection or 10 seconds after a selection with no subsequent ones?
  • Some people believe that the toolbar already has too many options—how would you simplify it?

The developers are open to any thoughts on how the special character inserter can best be developed, even if this requires significant changes. Please leave your views on the central feedback page, or, if you'd prefer, you can contact me directly on my talk page. It would be really helpful if you can tell me how frequently you need to use special characters in your typical editing and what languages or other special characters are important to you.

Thank you again for your work with VisualEditor and for any feedback you can provide. I really do appreciate it.

P.S. You might be interested in the current ideas about improving citations, too. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 00:20, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

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user:Clausthaluser:Lantus Reply[edit]

Hallo Lantus, wir hatten uns am ersten Abend der Wikimania getroffen. Es geht also um die Accounts en:user:Lantus und en:user:Clausthal. Ich nehme an, die Edits zwischen 2009 und 2012 von Lantus sind von Dir, die aus dem Jahr 2006 aber nicht? Woher hattest Du denn zwischen 2009 und 2012 das en:user:Lantus Passwort, und hast Du es heute noch? (Bitte Antwort auf en:user talk:AxelBoldt, ich lese hier so selten...) Ciao, AxelBoldt (Diskussion) 19:55, 14. Aug. 2014 (CEST)

Guten Tag Axel, heute habe ich noch an unser Gespräch von voriger Woche gedacht und überlegt, ob Du weiterkommst. Ja, die Edits von 2009 bis 2012 sind definitiv von mir. Das Passwort habe ich offensichtlich damals durch Ausprobieren (eins von etwa einem Dutzend in meinem Repertoire) wieder herausgefunden). Sicherlich habe ich es heute noch unverändert, eine schnelle Probe war soeben nicht erfolgreich! An die Edits vor 8 Jahren kann ich mich nicht mehr erinnern, sie sind für meine Edits eher unwahrscheinlich. Danke für Deinen Support! Gruss Clausthal (talk) 18:15, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

Noch eine Frage dazu: Kannst Du sehen, welche eMail-Adresse hinterlegt ist? Unter Umständen ist die nämlich nicht mehr aktiv. Clausthal (talk) 22:01, 14 August 2014 (UTC)
Tach Axel, Du hast gesehen, dass auf meiner Benutzerseite ein probater Erklärungsversuch hinzukam? Clausthal (talk) 09:38, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

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