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I have responded to your concern; please take another look. Thank you! BobAmnertiopsisChatMe! 22:14, 5 November 2008 (UTC) Thanks! I'd give you a prompt responder barnstar, but there isn't one just yet. So thanks. BobAmnertiopsisChatMe! 22:44, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

I'll give myself a Prompt Responder asterisk: * — BillC talk 23:06, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Cavallo's multiplier[edit]

Updated DYK query On 7 November, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Cavallo's multiplier, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

BorgQueen (talk) 02:08, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Re: edit summary[edit]

Sorry about that, I didn't mean to implicate you or anything, I just wanted to credit you for being the observant one to notice the problem (rather than implying that I was the one who had caught it). —Politizer talk/contribs 13:54, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

Ah, that makes sense. I personally never wait for editors to clean up plagiarism themselves, as I think it gives Wikipedia a bad reputation and every second it is left sitting there is another opportunity for someone to see it. But I think I am a bit of a fanatic in that respect. —Politizer talk/contribs 16:40, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

Thirumangai Alvar DYK comments[edit]

Thanks for the review. Have added the sentences, which are referred. If you want, can add more references. --Redtigerxyz (talk) 04:44, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Arcing horns[edit]

Updated DYK query On 13 November, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Arcing horns, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 00:53, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Jadad scale[edit]

Updated DYK query On 15 November, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Jadad scale, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

Thank you for your contributions! - Cheers, Mailer Diablo 04:51, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

Excellent, interesting new article.--A bit iffy (talk) 10:14, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
Thanks! I came across the term in a book recently and was surprised that we didn't have an article on it, though we did have several links in articles. — BillC talk 12:51, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
Yes, I also came across it recently, but I can't remember where - possibly it was in Ben Goldacre's book Bad Science.--A bit iffy (talk) 13:37, 16 November 2008 (UTC)
I don't remember it being there, though I'll check my copy. I read about it in Ernst's and Singh's Trick or Treatment. It would have helped if I had had my copy while I was writing this... but I had lent it to someone... — BillC talk 13:44, 16 November 2008 (UTC)
After having now checked, it is in fact mentioned in both. Still, we have our own little article now. — BillC talk 20:26, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

Aleksei Meng[edit]

Notified, in Chinese & English. BTW I noticed your comment in User talk:Мэн-1. I also notice that this user added false info in Template:Chicago Bulls roster Russia national football team. ... and even earlier. I warned him in talk page. `'Míkka>t 19:04, 15 November 2008 (UTC)


thanks for the tip. Engineman (talk) 04:28, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

Wikiproject Electronics collaboration[edit]

Hi, I am writing to you because you have listed yourself as a member of the Electronics WikiProject. Sadly, this project is pretty dead, but I propose to resuscitate it with a collaboration. The idea is to have a concerted effort on improving one article per month, hopefully to GA or FA status and nominate the very best of them for the front page. I have prepared a page to control this process at Wikipedia:WikiProject Electronics/Collaboration (actually, I mostly shamelessly stole it from Wikipedia:WikiProject Mammals where a collaboration of this sort was succesfully run). There you can make nominations for articles for collaboration or comment on the nominations of others.

If you want to take part you might like to place this template {{WikiProject Electronics Collaboration}} on your userpage which will give you a link to the current collaboration. If you are no longer interested in Wikiproject Electronics, please remove yourself from the members list, which is now at Wikipedia:WikiProject Electronics/Members

Thanks for listening, SpinningSpark 17:15, 23 November 2008 (UTC)


Due to the constant disruption of List of alleged UFO-related entities , I have entered a complaint at Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Incidents#Disruptive_user_ScienceApologist DENNIS BROWN (T) (C) 00:27, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

Core contest[edit]

I know that it didn't work with the reward for the core contest and I'm willing to sponsor it by sending a package of quality lebkuchen. All I need is an adress. My email is kurt.scholz[at] In case you have reservations, sending me your adress User:Proteins has agreed to handle the distribution. Greetings Wandalstouring (talk) 20:19, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Réseau de Transport d'Électricité[edit]

Updated DYK query On 26 November, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Réseau de Transport d'Électricité, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

BorgQueen (talk) 08:07, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Re: Jacques-Désiré Laval[edit]

Thanks for the heads-up - the link is now pointing in the right direction. Alekjds talk 23:49, 28 November 2008 (UTC)


If you drop me an email, I'll be able to send you a link to the ODNB article, which will be valid for 5 days. David Underdown (talk) 10:06, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Hesketh Hesketh-Prichard[edit]

Updated DYK query On 1 December, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Hesketh Hesketh-Prichard, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

BorgQueen (talk) 13:26, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

Image:Anchored cross.jpg listed for deletion[edit]

An image or media file that you uploaded or altered, Image:Anchored cross.jpg, has been listed at Wikipedia:Images and media for deletion. Please see the discussion to see why this is (you may have to search for the title of the image to find its entry), if you are interested in it not being deleted. Thank you. Skier Dude (talk) 07:47, 4 December 2008 (UTC)


Hi Bill, Thanks for your suggestions on Kogan Creek and Carma. Gnangarra suggested some revised wording closer to my original wording so I have adopted that. Many thanks. Paul dinghy (talk) 12:52, 4 December 2008 (UTC)

GA pass for Hesketh Hesketh-Prichard[edit]

Congratulations. It's a strikingly good article. No suggestions. JKBrooks85 (talk) 08:11, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Live-line working[edit]

Updated DYK query On 15 December, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Live-line working, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

BorgQueen (talk) 04:17, 15 December 2008 (UTC)


We'd seen that one before. We haven't seen any sign of him using other accounts, or otherwise behaving badly. We're kind of hoping that he'll keep his nose clean as long as no one draws attention to him. You can take it to another admin if you want, but I don't want to open the can of worms. Cheers! TenOfAllTrades(talk) 04:44, 16 December 2008 (UTC)

Gil Pinac[edit]

I am not sure if this is the right place to put the message. I put descriptions of each of the Internet links for the Gil Pinac article. I don't know what else to do.Billy Hathorn (talk) 04:02, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Christmas Common[edit]

Updated DYK query On 24 December, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Christmas Common, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

BorgQueen (talk) 21:46, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Christmas Island National Park[edit]

Updated DYK query On 24 December, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Christmas Island National Park, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

BorgQueen (talk) 21:46, 24 December 2008 (UTC)


Thanks for helping me edit this page... I had noticed that there was some gaming of the page by a clinic promoting ineffective treatment. I had rearranged the treatment options from less invasive to most invasive (corneal transplant), I feel it reads better to the layman will read about getting an the more severe treatments before they learn they have other options. arpowers(talk) 26 December 2008 —Preceding undated comment was added at 23:50, 26 December 2008 (UTC).


Dyk25.svg The 25 DYK Medal
Bill, Ive enjoyed a number of your DYK articles and its good to see some articles with proper physics in. Nicve to see you have completed the set with a couple of xmas specials. Well done and thank you from me and the wiki. Victuallers (talk) 21:03, 27 December 2008 (UTC)
Thanks! — BillC talk 22:09, 27 December 2008 (UTC)

DYK nomination issue[edit]

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of Schiehallion experiment at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and there still are some issues that may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! Nsk92 (talk) 17:10, 28 December 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Franciszek Karpiński[edit]

Updated DYK query On 29 December, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Franciszek Karpiński, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 15:19, 29 December 2008 (UTC)

My pleasure. It was close, and I like to DYK such work. Feel free to fill in more red links from my articles; in particular, Polish culture during World War II, an article close to A- and FA- classes, has quite a few of them that we need to stub before it can gain that recognition. Perhaps you could help? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 15:17, 2 January 2009 (UTC)

Re: DYK for Operation Pleshet[edit]

Hi BillC and thank you for the comments. I have replied on T:TDYK#Operation Pleshet. -- Ynhockey (Talk) 01:07, 2 January 2009 (UTC)

Thanks, I'll take a look. — BillC talk 01:14, 2 January 2009 (UTC)

DYK for Schiehallion experiment[edit]

Updated DYK query On 3 January, 2009, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Schiehallion experiment, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 07:04, 3 January 2009 (UTC)

Excellent, interesting article.--A bit iffy (talk) 12:37, 3 January 2009 (UTC)
Thanks, it's been interesting to research and write. The late eighteenth century was one of the most fascinating times in science history. — BillC talk 23:28, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

Banker Horse[edit]

Hey, could you help a bit with the conversion the the section "Life on the barrier islands?" (I think that "1" should be spelled out, and don't know how to do it using a template.) Other than that, I think everything has been addressed in some sort of way.--Yohmom (talk) 01:34, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

Yep, that was what I was talking about. Thanks! Man, just when I thought I was catching onto the template thing and when finally insert one on my own, it turns out that it wasn't even necessary...--Yohmom (talk) 02:31, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Huzzah! *does happy dance* Thanks for passing Banker horse to GA! I think that it made the AP Bio Wikiproject tie with this lot. Now we won't come in such a shameful second! Cheers, --Yohmom (talk) 01:13, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

Hey, You're An Electrical Engineer![edit]

Bill, noticed you are an electrical engineer as well, (I'm EE/BME)... any interesting articles you have been working on lately? I might be interested in a wikipedia project:) Arpowers (talk) 07:25, 25 January 2009 (UTC)

That's very interesting! My speciality is in high-voltage transmission; I haven't been working on too many electrical articles lately, though in the last year I produced dispatcher training simulator, conductor gallop, Stockbridge damper, Cavallo's multiplier, arcing horns, Réseau de Transport d'Électricité and live-line working. Physics is an interest, and I wrote Schiehallion experiment recently. I keep meaning to get back to James Clerk Maxwell, but it's hard to do the subject justice. —BillC talk 15:08, 25 January 2009 (UTC)

wow, those are some great contributions.. no wonder you are into this. Andrew Powers (talk) 09:03, 5 February 2009 (UTC)


Thanks for welcoming me so many months ago. I only noticed it now, but thanks anyway! :) Queenie Talk 15:52, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

You're welcome! It took me a few seconds to realise who you were, with the change in username, but I'm very glad you decided to stay! —BillC talk 15:57, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

Battle with scubadiver99[edit]

Just rolled back some of his edits on the KC page. I may be needing your moderation/support on this one. Andrew Powers (talk) 09:04, 5 February 2009 (UTC)

Bill, thank you for being the voice of reason. Scubadiver99 —Preceding unsigned comment added by Scubadiver99 (talkcontribs) 15:49, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

Negative Resistance[edit]

The dust has started to settle and this article has finally gotten the face-lift it has needed. You have been recommended to me by several people as someone who can help me create some graphs. I have a Tunnel Diode manual by RCA that has a couple of good graphs in it, showing the IV characteristics of different tunnel diodes and how they are biased. If I scan them can you convert them into a vector format suitable for a Wikipedia article? If this sounds like too much work for you right now I can understand. I'm sure I can figure it out myself if I have to. Zen-in (talk) 20:59, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

Here are the two files: GaAs_tunnel.jpg and Tunnel_Diode_Bias.jpg If you need the text that goes with it let me know. Zen-in (talk) 00:46, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

Cardiology task force[edit]

Cardiology task force[edit]

-- Addbot (talk) 00:07, 7 January 2013 (UTC)

Maen. K. A. (talk) 22:08, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

Core Contest Award[edit]

Core Contest Award.jpg 2008 Core Contest Winner Award
Let it be known that BillC was awarded Fifth Place in the first Wikipedia Core Contest. This award is based on his outstanding work in improving Electricity. Thanks for your hard work in making Wikipedia's core articles better. Earthdirt (talk) 03:40, 7 March 2009 (UTC)
Thanks a lot, much appreciated! And a fun image too! —BillC talk 09:49, 7 March 2009 (UTC)
Glad you liked it, I thought it was a funny and oddly appropriate image for the contest. Peace Earthdirt (talk) 02:01, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

I need to send in an attachment about Keratoconus[edit]

I don't want a long winded "talk" on a way to send in an attachment, so can you give me an email (a throw away type would be just great) so I can send it in to you. Thanks. RH —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:08, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

Certainly, you are free to e-mail me and I would be interested to read what you have to send. My e-mail address for this purpose is billc_wiki and the domain is —BillC talk 19:40, 17 March 2009 (UTC)
Thank you for your e-mail. I have had a brief read-though of the paper and will give it a more thorough reading tonight. —BillC talk 00:13, 19 March 2009 (UTC)
What do you think Bill ? RH —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:03, 25 March 2009 (UTC)
Please accept my apologies for having taken so long to reply. The paper and its ensuing correspondence make interesting reading and I thank you for sending it. I am not a medical person, and so, while I take an interest in reading papers such as the one you sent, am not in a position to comment authoritatively on its contents and merits. However (and it is an important however), it is necessary to understand that Wikipedia does not take a stand on disputes such as these. Its core principle is one of neutral point of view, hence, while it reports on disputes, it does not take a side in them. An article should fairly represent all significant viewpoints that have been published by a reliable source. However, one important element of NPOV is that of weight: the amount of coverage of a particular viewpoint should be in proportion its prominence. If we are determined to have something about epithelium removal in this treatment modality, then I think the best course of action is to say that something like the majority of practitioners in the field remove the epithelium first, but an American outfit is reporting success in a modified procedure which does not, and that this is an area of active dispute within the field. Something like that. You will need the sources that back up every word of this though. (I myself I am still of the view I held earlier -- that there is no need for the article to go into this sort of depth.) —BillC talk 07:27, 26 March 2009 (UTC)
The Epi on gang are heavily marketing to profit only to those unaware and to get round the FDA regulations - the study I sent you completely contradicts what they say. That should be on the main article. You wanted proof, I send it, and still you would rather do nothing and so side with the very minute minority profiteering on the back of the original and proved method. I ask you for the main article to be more balanced. This is gross what is going on. RH —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:50, 27 March 2009 (UTC)
I should have added that I do like these words you wrote:

"However, one important element of NPOV is that of weight: the amount of coverage of a particular viewpoint should be in proportion its prominence."

And due to that you wrote:

"...the majority of practitioners in the field remove the epithelium first, but an American outfit is reporting success in a modified procedure which does not, and that this is an area of active dispute within the field."

Both sounds good to me.

What I did not like so much was:

"If we are determined to have something about epithelium removal in this treatment modality"

I did not like this because you have been reading Dr BBW's site too much ! The truth is that he is over selling. Please don't go by what just DR BBW says. The very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very - vast majority are doing treatment the proven way. RH

Hello bill, I do think your a genius when it comes to what you said which I copied to the KC discussion page, can you respond at all on it please ? thanks buddy (one day I will get a log in !) RH
Thank you. I should say that the text you praise about weight and prominence are not really mine, but are a paraphrase of a section on Wikipedia's Neutral Point of View, a central pillar of its content policy. BBW's site I have not read at all, let alone too much. You have said that the overwhelming majority of practitioners are removing the epithelium first: perhaps we can set some numbers to this. For example, how many besides BBW are doing the epi-on method, and how many worldwide are doing it by the epi-off way? This would definitely affect the way something gets described—or not mentioned at all—in a Wikipedia article. (cc to Talk:Keratoconus) —BillC talk 13:23, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

Waste fired power plant[edit]

Hey BillC, I recently noticed your powerstation2 schematic, which is a very nicely done. I was wondering whether you could make another schematic of a power plant, namely a material recovering waste fired power plant. See Wikipedia:Graphic_Lab/Images_to_improve#List_of_images for the schematic. I was thinking about using the image in a new section on the Fossil_fuel_power_plant article. This would decribe how these plants can be converted to a material recovering waste fired power plant. This would be useful to make a switch to a emissionless economy (as the WFPP noted above would be foreseen with a carbon capture/sequestration tube).

Let me know whether you are intrested, KVDP (talk) 08:47, 26 April 2009 (UTC)

More precisely, I would like to have drawn the following: Name should be Material recovering Waste Fired Power Plant the indicated items are 1: supply by ship, 2: dump hall, 3: waste bunker, 4: waste funnel, 5: ammonia injection against nitrogen oxides (NOx), 6: incineration kettle, 7: heat exchangers, 8: watercooled grids, 9: slag, 10: crane to switch heat exchangers, 11: electrostatic filter, 12: cloth filter, 13:reheater, 14: quench, 15: HCl-washer, 16: SO²-washer, 17: 100m high chimney, 18: fly-ash silo Note that a subterrainean Carbon capture and storage pipe at the end must be added aswell (vital component)

As stated before, it is up to you whether you'd like to make the image, I do not wish to pressurise this unto you. However, the image would be a very useful tool for environmental protection and will probably help allot.

KVDP (talk) 07:21, 29 April 2009 (UTC)

Deletions of Epi On Crosslinking References[edit]

Bill, I would appreciate if you could correspond to Delicious Carbuncle and RH about inappropriate deletion of published studies that give credibility to epi on crosslinking. They both are so bias to epi off that they support ignoring published studies that support a position that for some reason is not in their interest. I think we need a voice of reason. Thanks. Scubadiver99 (talk) 04:03, 28 April 2009 (UTC)

I have provided a succinct statement in article that there are two techniques for performing crosslinking. In reading through all the Discussions, I cannot understand the insistence of these two people at removing any mention of the other method of crosslinking with intact epithelium. It defies all logic quite frankly. We'll never know if there is some financial interest with those two people in the FDA clinical trial which does epi off. Given the 5+ year history of crosslinking with intact epithelium, published studies showing clinical results, and more and more ophthalmologists adopting this technique, it is medically accurate to state the other technique in article. Corneadoc (talk) 19:17, 28 April 2009 (UTC)

TfD nomination of Template:911ct supporters[edit]

Template:911ct supporters has been nominated for deletion by Ice Cold Beer. As this TfD nomination includes objections to the same list of people that is currently in use in Template:911ct, I am inviting you to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for Deletion page. (I am sending this message to you as a current or former editor of Alex Jones (radio host), following the guideline on multiple messages.) Regards —  Cs32en  09:57, 30 April 2009 (UTC)

Your help needed; ja:User:Kurosuke88/シェハリオンの実験 under translation from Schiehallion experiment[edit]

Now I am very confused at the sentence in Chimborazo's:

  • Their expedition had left France for South America in 1735 to try to measure the length of a degree of the meridian near the equator, but they took advantage of the opportunity to attempt the deflection experiment."

Particularly, how do you mean with "length of a degree of the meridian"? Do not worry but I am very familiar with sciences.--Kurosuke88 (talk) 02:06, 5 September 2009 (UTC)

Second query.

  • Should the sentence "The vector sum of W and F result in a tension T in the pendulum string." (in mathematical section) be "The vector sum of W and F results in a tension T in the pendulum string. " ?
  • I could not understand the sentence "though the then elderly Hutton vigorously defended the original value." in the repeat experiments section.
  • What are the resources in the sentence "With the resources of the Ordnance Survey at his disposal, James extended his topographical survey to..." in the repeat experiments section, money, topographical survey, equipment, or...?

Thanks in advance. -- Kurosuke  09:26, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

  • Your first question is correct: it should read "results". I'll change the article.
  • John Playfair's calculations led to a different value for the density of the Earth. Hutton felt insulted by the suggestion that his original calculations could be wrong, and wrote a very angry paper to the Royal Society, defending the procedures and calculations they had made, and the result they had obtained. There's a bit more about it on this page (scroll down to the paragraph beginning "At this point we get into a rather detailed and technical area").
  • "The resources of the Ordnance Survey" being referred to are everything you mention: money, good quality maps (unavailable in 1774), better quality equipment (such as theodolites), and people. The Ordnance Survey did not yet exist in 1774, but by 1856 was a large well-funded operation. —BillC talk 19:18, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

Thanks. The translation task by me has been made almost the all with your kind help, however, some small doubtful issues remain. So next queries.

  • Could you let me know the current value of one guinea at the Mason's era?
  • Do you know the length of pendulum wire and the weight of its plumb-bob?
  • What is zenith distance(s) in Astronomical Measurements section? Zenith is a direction and has not the length or distance...
  • How did the knowledge of the lithography of Schiehallion (in Repeat experiments section) concern this experiment?
  • What or who are "they" which indicated in Alexander Chalmers' note "THEY were now totally removed", medals, or...?? This might be my English abilitiy issue, ...uum...

-- Kurosuke  00:36, 9 September 2009 (UTC)

  • A guinea is a former British coin which used to be worth £1.05
  • This is a good question, and I don't know the answer at the moment. I will have a look, and if I find out how long the pendulum was, I will let you know and will put it in the article.
  • The zenith distance of a star is its angle away from the zenith. So a certain star at a certain time might have a zenith distance of, say, 12.5954°. Alternatively, the zenith distance is 90°−the angle above the horizon.
  • The lithography of Schiehallion affected the calculations because the mountain does not consist of only one type of rock. The rocks have different densities, a factor Hutton was not able to take into account.
  • The 'they' being referred to by Chalmers are doubts, mentioned at the start of the sentence. That sentence means "There were no longer any doubts about Newton's theory of gravitation".
I hope this helps, but as before, feel free to ask any more questions. —BillC talk 07:32, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
Vicissitude of mean density of Earth
Founder Calculated value
[ kg·m−3 ]
Relative error to the
official announced value
Hutton, 1778 4,500 -18.4 %
Cavendish, 1798 5,480 ± 38 -0.6±0.6 %
Playfair, 1811 4,560 to 4,870 -17.3 to -11.7 %
Cavendish, revised by F. Baily 1821 5,448 ± 33 -1.2±0.6 %
James, 1856 5,300 -3.9 %
re experiment, 2005 7,500±1,900 36±34.4 %
re-calculation, 2007 5,480±250 -0.6±4.5 %
official announced value 5,515 N/A

Thanks... but...

  • Yes, I know one guinea meant £1 plus an additional 5%. But I'd like to know the TODAY's value for the amount of £1.05 of his era, while the Gold Coin's value seems to become expensive.  :-)
  • Thanks.
  • Thanks. But the term distance confused me of that the the term is a length...
  • Sorry, I could not understand. Isn't the lithography only a printing method?
  • Thanks.

Additional query...

  • After all, Maskelyne's contribution was only astronomical observation and calculation of the deflection angle of Zenith, and the mean density of Earth was calculated by Hutton based on the Maskelyne's result, is that right?

The right table is a gift for you. It is already attached to the Japanese version and it should help readers to understand the article. -- Kurosuke  08:28, 9 September 2009 (UTC)

This site suggests that £1.05 is now worth £105.63 using the retail price index, £1427.26 using the average earnings index. That's quite a difference, and indicates the difficulty of comparing sums of money from two different eras.
I should have realised – the pendulum length was the same as that of the zenith sector: 10 feet (3 m). We could do with a zenith sector article with a diagram. I think I might make that my next target.
Lithography is a printing method, and that is what the Wikipedia article describes. It can however also mean the layout and nature of rocks, and this was the term at least one of my references used. This usage is however obscure, and I will change the article to say 'geology', which is clearer.
Yes, Hutton seems to have done most of the work, and Maskelyne ended up with most, if not all of the credit. The Schiehallion experiment is sometimes even called 'The Maskelyne experiment'. Perhaps this is because Maskelyne is the one who wrote the original proposal, and gathered the team, or because he wrote the first paper, or perhaps he was just better known and better acquainted with the scientific society of the day. Hutton was very unhappy about this, and indeed it was one of his first complaints in his paper of 1821. —BillC talk 17:54, 9 September 2009 (UTC)

The article has officially been opened as ja:シェハリオンの実験. Thank you very much for your kind help. I would not have succeeded without your minute cooperation. The Japanese version has been nominated to DYK, and is expected to be selected for it out of one hundred new article a day in Japanese Wikipedia. -- Kurosuke  02:46, 11 September 2009 (UTC)


Thanks for correcting the format of my "Faraday's Law Is False!" comment. I do not know how it got the way it was, and I did not know how to correct it. Mike La Moreaux (talk) 20:28, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Contact lens GAR notification[edit]

Contact lens has been nominated for a good article reassessment. Please leave your comments and help us to return the article to good article quality. If concerns are not addressed during the review period, the good article status will be removed from the article. Reviewers' concerns are here.--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 22:58, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for your feedback[edit]

I did see that the Category:Edwardian era had been removed from some of the articles to which I had added it. I have no issue with this, and I won’t add the category to similar articles in the future. However, I do feel that Electricity, Electrical Engineering, British Petroleum, etc were very important to the early twentieth century (Edwardian) era. The cultural aspects of these technologies and corporations are not expressed within their articles; hence I understand why the original authors have removed the category I added.

Most of the categories I have viewed on Wikipedia are very sparsely populated, and are under-utilised. For instance, if a student needed an overview of the culture and technology of the early twentieth century, they could go to the Edwardian era Category, and from there go to the article on BP and see that “In May 1901, William Knox D’Arcy was granted a concession by the Shah of Iran to search for oil which he discovered in May 1908. This was the first commercially significant find in the Middle East. On 14 April 1909, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) was incorporated to exploit this”. This is evidence of the rising importance of oil in the early years of the twentieth century. Mr Mulliner (talk) 09:42, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

Mark Evans[edit]

(Moved from guestbook)
Mark Evans ex AC/DC has a website: can you add it to his wiki page. Good job! Rosie —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

OK, done. —BillC talk 09:26, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

War of the Fifth Coalition[edit]

Sure, you can go ahead and nominate it for that day. Thanks for letting me know. I'd completely forgotten about it.UberCryxic (talk) 03:32, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

If you can put it up on that day, I'd be very glad. Thanks.UberCryxic (talk) 20:06, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Yes I've already had three articles that I substantially wrote make it on the main page: Military history of France, Battle of Austerlitz, and Tahirih Justice Center.UberCryxic (talk) 20:29, 23 September 2009 (UTC)
Cool. Thank you very much!UberCryxic (talk) 19:50, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

Advice on reversion[edit]

I've spotted what looked like a copyright problem on the Tina Brooks page. It looks as if around a year ago a whole lot of text from elsewhere was pasted in (probably from here). I've reverted back to the previous version, but inevitably others have made minor edits in the meantime. I think I've replaced all the subsequent edits that are still relevant (mainly added categories etc). Is there anything else I need to do/anyone I need to inform? All the best, Brunton (talk) 22:37, 14 November 2009 (UTC)

Disputed non-free use rationale for File:Intacsonfinger2.jpg[edit]


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You are now a Reviewer[edit]

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Program used for transformer drawing[edit]

What program did you use to make this scaled vector graphic? XCircuit? Something else? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:09, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

I used Inkscape. Regards —BillC talk 05:00, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/AshKmorse[edit]

You're welcome to comment. -- Brangifer (talk) 21:56, 31 December 2010 (UTC)


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Transformer diagram[edit]

Bill, please join the fun at Talk:Transformer#Another_Incorrect_image. Dicklyon (talk) 04:42, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

Please take note[edit]

Please take note of a discussion ("Wikipedia and its relationship to the outside world") about medical ELs and related issues. You may want to follow the links provided to learn more if you are so inclined. Thank you in advance. I'm not looking for more comments, as there have been many already, but you're welcome to add yours if you want to. Presto54 (talk) 06:28, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

Wrong Keratoconus Image[edit]

Hey! :)

I am simulating Keratoconus and for the sake of correctness I ask you to invert the colors of image

That effect will only appear is the A is white.

Thanks, — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vitorpamplona (talkcontribs) 17:02, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

The effect is more pronounced and noticeable when the image is light on a dark background, but it does not only occur for that way round. To confirm this, I removed one of my own contact lenses and looked at the left-hand A. It showed a pattern like the right hand one. I did invert the image at one time myself, but I didn't think the effect looked so good on a white page, and I don't have the inverted image any more. You are of course very welcome to invert the image yourself and to upload it to Wikipedia. There are lots of software packages that will do this for you. --—BillC talk 22:25, 18 October 2011 (UTC)
I found it, an inverted form is now at: Kc simulation inverted.jpg. —BillC talk 23:00, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

File:Hubble first light.jpg listed for deletion[edit]

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Jadad scale[edit]

Thanks for creating such kind of very useful article.

)--Abhijeet Safai 09:09, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

A cup of coffee for you![edit]

A small cup of coffee.JPG For creating the article like Jadad scale Abhijeet Safai 09:10, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

related to/from in electricity[edit]

While I suspect you're coming from a 'correct' English standpoint, I would think that 'related to' and 'related from' and 'related with' are not incorrect and are distinguishably different.

If you're 'related to' something, that doesn't necessarily imply any important opposite relationship, whereas 'related with' implies a co-relation, and 'related from' implies that the relationship is towards rather than away.

Related to is likely to be the most common use, but I'm fairly sure that the others aren't wrong.

In this particular case there's an interrelationship, so I would defend the use of 'related with'.Planetscared (talk) 19:32, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

'related with' is grammatically incorrect. The correct preposition is 'to'. src, srcBillC talk 20:57, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

New medical organization[edit]


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Our purpose is to help improve the range and quality of free online medical content, and we'll be working with like-minded organizations, such as the World Health Organization, professional and scholarly societies, medical schools, governments and NGOs - including Translators Without Borders.

Hope to see you there! --Anthonyhcole (talk) 21:14, 25 October 2012 (UTC)

The Wikipedia Library now offering accounts from Cochrane Collaboration (sign up!)[edit]

The Wikipedia Library gets Wikipedia editors free access to reliable sources that are behind paywalls. Because you are signed on as a medical editor, I thought you'd want to know about our most recent donation from Cochrane Collaboration.

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Do you know?[edit]

Hello BillC, Do you know if this article about an English ship should have "HMS" in its title? The other ships of that name do and it seems to be the first of many things needed in the article. I am not sure of the protocols re ships. Thanks. (talk) 02:28, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

Sorry for not replying sooner. Yes, it's generally the case that ship articles begin with HMS or an equivalent, for example, HMS Hood, RMS Titanic and so on. —BillC talk 14:41, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

POTD notification[edit]

Hi Bill,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:PowerStation2.svg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on August 22, 2014. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2014-08-22. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 01:43, 1 August 2014 (UTC)