User talk:David Shankbone

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I'm very jealous that you got to hang out with RD. Nevertheless, here is the appropriate barnstar (or most that I could find) for improving WP. I love it, and you made WP a better place. Obamafan70 (talk) 14:35, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
Me in a helicopter over New York, my hometown. This was a birthday gift I gave my two nephews.
Ron Howard photographing me on his iPhone while I photograph him at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 2011


Welcome back!

Hopefully you plan on staying a while? --Jezebel'sPonyobons mots 21:54, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

Thanks Ponyo - I appreciate that :-) I plan to stick around for awhile, add some images, chillax with the Wiki peeps. --Take care, David Shankbone 21:58, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

Cool, the first pint is on me!

Hey, that's great news. A big welcome from me too! :) SlimVirgin talk|contribs 22:01, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
@Ponyo - glug glug glug - I owe you one, and that was tasty! @Slim - missed you! Hey, I have a really exciting photography thing coming up on October 19. PETA has organized a protest of McDonald's with midget stripper dwarfs from Centerfold Strips—which bills itself as the number one source for midget and dwarf strippers—who will be dressed as chickens shouting "I AM NOT A NUGGET!" It was supposed to happen in September but got rained out, so they had to reapply for permits, etc. Needless to say, I'm excited that this event was ever dreamed up by anybody, not to mention to photograph it :-D --Take care, David Shankbone 22:10, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
Photographs of midget stripper dwarfs dressed as chickens and shouting "I am not a nugget"? All I can say is ... David Shankbone is back!! :D SlimVirgin talk|contribs 22:17, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
Welcome back! We've never interacted, but i have noticed your work, and am glad to see you return. Oh, and if David H. Koch or Charles G. Koch are ever in your area, can you get some Photos? I believe that David is of David H. Koch Theater fame so he might have reason to be in NYC. Bonewah (talk) 22:57, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for the message, Bonewah. I know the Kochs come into New York a good bit, but they are notoriously press shy, so it may be quite a feat to get them. But I'll keep my eyes peeled for opportunities. Thanks again for the welcome back. --David Shankbone 21:57, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

Help us please

Mr. Shankbone,

You seem to have incredible skills in getting celeb pics. Us wikipedians working on the articles for the soap opera actresses: Esta TerBlanche & Rebecca Budig have found it impossible to find properly licensed pictures of them. Any assistance you could offer would be greatly appreciated,

Regards. Wlmg Wlmg (talk) 02:34, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

Hmmmm - It looks like TerBlanche is in South Africa and Budig in Los Angeles (?). I'm New York-based, so I can only shoot people if they come through my town and I know about it. If you hear either plans to do so, let me know. Thanks for the nice note and happy editing Wlmg. --David Shankbone 03:50, 29 September 2010 (UTC)
TerBlanche is also in LA, but hey you never know if they show up in New York.Wlmg (talk) 02:38, 30 September 2010 (UTC)
Ah, well, if you follow them and discover when one or the other will visit NYC (highly likely) then let me know and I'll see what I can do. --David Shankbone 04:00, 30 September 2010 (UTC)

Re: Image of Rufus Wainwright

LOVE the new image you uploaded of Rufus Wainwright! I hope you don't mind that I added it to a few Wainwright-related pages. The image deserves to be displayed proudly! Keep up the great work. --Another Believer (Talk) 23:30, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

Thanks Another Believer, I really appreciate that :-) --David Shankbone 00:46, 30 September 2010 (UTC)

Richard Dawkins

I was getting ready to revert your change of the image at Richard Dawkins (a fair bit of nonsense happens there), but then I saw what you had done. Congratulations, an excellent image! Johnuniq (talk) 03:19, 30 September 2010 (UTC)

Many thanks, Johnuniq - I have options I am about to give the regular editors of the article to choose from (though sometimes that can cause more drahmaz!). --David Shankbone 03:36, 30 September 2010 (UTC)
I agree wholeheartedly with Johnuniq; WP would be a much better space with more users like yourself. Regards, Obamafan70 (talk) 19:24, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
Wow! Thank you! --David Shankbone 23:02, 2 October 2010 (UTC)


Yes, David I'm still here despite all the ups and downs. As a New Yorker and Marine, I'm too tough to let things get in my way. Hey, it is always nice to hear from one of my dearest and best friends here. Tony the Marine (talk) 20:06, 30 September 2010 (UTC)

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Muscle worship and/or session wrestler pics

Do you think you could find some free pictures of those activities? There's a ton of non-free material out there (a quick search on youtube is proof enough), but I didn't have any luck finding something that's allowable on Wikipedia. I've done a little search on flickr, but even fully-dressed pics like [1] are "all rights reserved". Thanks, Tijfo098 (talk) 14:37, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

Anna Wintour pic

Thanks. I may even put that one in the infobox as the most recent one we have before I bring the article to FAC again. Daniel Case (talk) 18:59, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

Thanks Daniel, good to hear from you! There has been some amazing work done on that article in the last year. I almost didn't recognize it. --David Shankbone 20:54, 17 October 2010 (UTC)


Hi, great to see you back!

Looking for one of your photos, I have seen that you have forgotten to license some of the images in Commons [2]

Cheers, --Ecelan (talk) 17:09, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Cheers for the welcome back, and thanks for the heads up about the missing licenses - fixed (at least the ones in the first 250 ;-) --David Shankbone 00:02, 22 October 2010 (UTC)

Discussion about using one's own images

David, I didn't feel comfortable simply undoing your addition to Michael Lucas (director) a second time - perhaps I was being overly officious. I've started an informal discussion here. Delicious carbuncle (talk) 19:17, 25 October 2010 (UTC)

lol - no worries, I undid it. I was just being playful. Good discussion to have regardless, so good luck with it. --David Shankbone 23:07, 25 October 2010 (UTC)

A Little Help Please...

David, I've seen a lot of your photos and I'm really impressed. You are great! Do you happen to have any Whitney Houston images? I really need them for use in Infobox.. Thanks Novice7 (Talk) 04:53, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

Thank you Novice, I appreciate that. I don't have any Whitney photos right now, but I'll keep my eyes peeled. She's notoriously difficult to photograph. --David Shankbone 05:18, 2 November 2010 (UTC)
LOL. Anyways, thanks for replying David. Novice7 (Talk) 14:35, 2 November 2010 (UTC)

Michael Lucas (director)

I was going to throw the {{Press}} template on the talk page after coming across this 2008 story at AVN (RS per the related project) but then had second thoughts since it looks like it was drama. Anyways, do you have the link available to the wikinews write-up? I'm all sorts of curious now.Cptnono (talk) 09:56, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

Hi Cptnono - I'm not sure if there ever was a Wikinews write-up or not, but it was a dramatic time that, in hindsight, was really just a bunch of nothing except a pain in the butt. Back in 2008 it was difficult to tell whether the situation was serious or not. It ended up just being an obsessed person who clearly needed more to do with his time. Live and learn. --David Shankbone 02:04, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

Welcome back

A bit late but it appears all the angry wikipedians have come back to play ;-) IvoShandor (talk) 09:52, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

Ivo - Great to see you here! Oh, I'm not all that angry about anything; life is good. :-) --David Shankbone 01:48, 1 December 2010 (UTC)
I was only kidding man. I was just thinking back to the good ol' days of Wikidrama, myself included in that one. Great to see you too! I hope all is well. IvoShandor (talk) 09:48, 3 December 2010 (UTC)
Things are good - I knew you were kidding and so was I: I AM ANGRY AS HELL!  ;-) It makes me happy you are still here. --David Shankbone 02:50, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

Oh ma gosh!

David, a big welcome back! The resident Madonna stan gives you a proper hug. Hope this is a wonderful beginning for you. Your amazing picture at Madonna is a beacon of light for us. And now I will shamefully probe you with a request. Any recent pic you took of the old bag? The botoxes have really changed her face from the wonderful pic that you took. :) — Legolas (talk2me) 17:11, 10 December 2010 (UTC)

Heh - I know, she's changed, though I really don't want to take any shot with her arms. Unfortunately, I've been so busy IRL with my job and friends I haven't been keeping a good eye out for opportunities (She was recently at a party for Jean Paul Gaultier at La Perla). New stuff are things I'm invited to, not my own pursuits. She'd be a great one to do again. I went to photograph David Sedaris and he allowed no press, and no audience member could take photographs. I was so bummed. Apparently he really, really dislikes people taking his picture, press or fan. And thanks for the compliment! --David Shankbone 05:27, 11 December 2010 (UTC)
Hey David. Just trollin around here. I wanted to say I have no idea how you got such a close up on all these A-listers. Nice job! :D--CallMeNathanTalk2Me 05:18, 12 December 2010 (UTC)
Thanks - but the only way I did anything I did is because everything you guys all did. If there weren't articles to photograph for, I wouldn't shoot the shots. We all did this together, and when it appears easy or seamless to the outside its only because our collective brilliance makes it seem so. It really is true. --David Shankbone 04:10, 13 December 2010 (UTC)
Well she isn't called the mistress of re-invention for nothing eh? And oh well... just keep an eye out if you see the old bag anywhere you frequent, didn't you guys knew each other once? — Legolas (talk2me) 17:03, 12 December 2010 (UTC)
Madonna and I don't speak, and if you've ever read any of Rupert Everett's writings about falling out with her, you'd understand. Not that I don't think he's a total name-droppy jerk who screwed up every opportunity handed to him and then blamed it on his being frank about his sexuality, which is ridiculous. Anyway - if I photograph her it'll be at a public event that I happen to attend; she won't be inviting me. --David Shankbone 03:10, 13 December 2010 (UTC)
Legolas - just if it wasn't clear, that was a joke above - I've never known Madonna :-) --David Shankbone 03:54, 14 December 2010 (UTC)
Lol, I did understand that it was a joke David. Anyways, I hope your association with Michael Lucas is going good, although he appears hot headed for some reason. And yeah, Madonna rarely calls anybody in her events does she? Try to go to the opening of her next gym in Moscow. Now that will be an opportunity worth taking a picture for. I would also like to ask you, did you happen to catch Lady Gaga anywhere? — Legolas (talk2me) 10:50, 14 December 2010 (UTC)
I think often people wear a public persona that is meant to garner attention but doesn't really reflect who they are, particularly when they work in entertainment. I'm hoping that Madonna opens a branch of her gym in New York - how could she not? So maybe then I can get another shot of her. I saw Lady Gaga in concert at Madison Square Garden - the photos are here on my blog or at Flickr, but I didn't think any were worth uploading. Let me know if you feel differently. --David Shankbone 03:49, 16 December 2010 (UTC)
I do agree with that, maybe my perception of Lucas is wrong, but oh well. Its unlikely that I will know him personally eh? I loved your images from Gaga's concert, but if Im correct some of them will fail wiki's Freedom of Panorama policy, no? I think you can upload the images of those people in the Gaga costumes. I can use them on the Lady Gaga article to expand on her influence probably. Thanks for all you do David, — Legolas (talk2me) 05:08, 17 December 2010 (UTC)


[3] When you add a source to an article, could you please format it correctly, i.e. author, article title, publication, date, page number, and date retrieved? That way, if the link disappears, the citation will still work as a source. Also, this article already had a picture of a water horizon, so yours was a duplicate, plus you put your photo above a picture of the earth's horizon from the space shuttle! Could you please be careful when you add photos you have taken to Wikipedia articles to ensure that your photo is really directly related to the article topic? Thank you. Cla68 (talk) 05:41, 13 December 2010 (UTC)

I certainly will take those suggestions into account. Happy holidays. --David Shankbone 03:43, 14 December 2010 (UTC)

I thought you were merely dabbling

But you really are back, aren't you? :-D KillerChihuahua?!?Advice 20:39, 14 December 2010 (UTC)

Oui oui mon frer (sic?). But just with content; no politics ;-) Glad to see you are still here, that's for sure - with a brain better than a Funk & Wagnall's set, this site needs you! --David Shankbone 03:43, 16 December 2010 (UTC)

And with your page semi-protected, too, as someone mentioned on my talk page. Message for you, sir! (sound of arrow, thunk) KillerChihuahua?!?Advice 20:47, 15 December 2010 (UTC)

I responded on your Talk, but I think it might be time for Grace to have her own article. --David Shankbone 03:43, 16 December 2010 (UTC)

Thank You

Whatever the politics, you do good work. Thank you. Bielle (talk) 03:58, 1 January 2011 (UTC)

Thanks Bielle, I appreciate that note. I hopefully don't let my politics interfere with my Wiki activities, which I hope that my history shows. I was proud that I didn't allow my politics to interfere with my Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck portraits. --David Shankbone 08:35, 1 January 2011 (UTC)
I don't think either of them have any cause for complaint, and the rest of us will see what we wish to see almost regardless of what your lens highlights. I am also glad, even when I disagreed strongly with some WP stance you were taking, that you stayed with the project. Bielle (talk) 10:02, 1 January 2011 (UTC)
Thanks again, I appreciate that :-) and Happy New Year! --David Shankbone 17:27, 1 January 2011 (UTC)

Re:Happy New Year

Thank you my friend David. I also wish you a year full of blessings. I have my computer down and work from my daughters whenever I can. Let's see what this new year brings us. Take care. Tony the Marine (talk) 20:39, 3 January 2011 (UTC)

Today's New York Times

What was the most popular documentary of 2010? “Jackass 3D.”

We thus need to have an extensive debate on five article talk pages and three notice boards. THF (talk) 04:12, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

Lol! Don't forget though...reality film is a subgenre of documentary... :-D You randomly popped into my head about a week ago and I was hoping that you were doing well. Glad to see you are still here. --David Shankbone 01:09, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

Possibly unfree File:Keith Haring Sculpture Lever House.JPG

A file that you uploaded or altered, File:Keith Haring Sculpture Lever House.JPG, has been listed at Wikipedia:Possibly unfree files because its copyright status is unclear or disputed. If the file's copyright status cannot be verified, it may be deleted. You may find more information on the file description page. You are welcome to add comments to its entry at the discussion if you are interested in it not being deleted. Thank you. --Magog the Ogre (talk) 14:32, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

Just for the record, I do not enjoy the prospect that my only contact with Wikipedia's best contributor of free content is to nominate his items for deletion. Magog the Ogre (talk) 14:33, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

Hi Magog - Thanks for such high praise, although there are plenty of people who do more than me :-) Funny story - a French friend of mine sometime last fall reference a television show called Julie Lescaut. I looked up the article history and noticed your name, which stuck in my head as it's memorable and I repeated it to myself several times to get the pronunciation down :-) All the g's and o's were swimming in my head. And here you are. I'm okay with the deletion; there's a crop of 2006 "art" photos that I uploaded before I knew better, which are slowly disappearing over time --David Shankbone 23:24, 18 January 2011 (UTC)


for your note. Hope you're well too. :) Steven Walling 07:22, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

Picture of Elizabeth Gillies

Hello, I found your wikipedia account by random, you do an awesome job here. I love all your pictures and you seem to have incredible skills in getting pictures of famous persons. To my question: Would it be possible to get a picture of Elizabeth Gillies? There isn't any picture of her on wikipedia or flickr. Sadly, I don't know when she will be in New York. I would be very grateful for any help. Best regards, --Simon.hess (talk) 07:57, 17 February 2011 (UTC)

Hi Simon - I will be happy to try. Since you follow what she does, could you alert me if you notice she'll be in the city, and maybe I can try to arrange something? That would be a big help. I looked up Burgdorf, Switzerland on Google Images - looks stunning!! --David Shankbone 00:57, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
Hi, I will alert you if I notice she will be in New York. Thanks for your compliment to Burgdorf. I hope one day to go to "The Big Apple", it's an awesome city. --Simon.hess (talk) 14:48, 19 February 2011 (UTC)

Ariana Grande

Hi, Ariana Grande is at New York. She tweeted that this morning over her official twitter account. Can you take a new picture of her and upload it here? That would be so grateful. --Simon.hess (talk) 02:51, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

5W Public Relations

Please review 5W_Public_Relations years of comments and discussions being ignored by user: Ravpapa. Notice you have been active before and very much appreciate your balance and assistance. Pls assist. Emetemet13 (talk) 22:48, 27 March 2011 (UTC)

Reddit --Gwern (contribs) 00:01 30 March 2011 (GMT)

Ha! That gave me such a good laugh - thank you! --David Shankbone 23:09, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

zach grenier

Hey David - any chance you have a usable shot of Zach Grenier? He was nominated for a Tony a couple of years ago, so I thought it was possible. (He plays David Lee - senior matrimonial lawyer on The Good Wife.) Thanks! Tvoz/talk 17:35, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

He would be a good one to get. He's the kind of actor who could very well show up on a Tribeca carpet (which is coming up at the end of this month), so when they release the celebrity tip sheet I will eyeball it for him. I'd like to get an updated Adrian Grenier, too. --David Shankbone 15:01, 9 April 2011 (UTC)
Wonder if they're related. Thanks as always! Tvoz/talk 18:26, 10 April 2011 (UTC)

oral history

Hi, someone put me onto you, thinking you might have produced and uploaded a few soundfiles to WP articles of interviews you've conducted of people on the topic. I am interested in exploring possibilities for wikimedians produce, edit, upload, and use such soundfiles to illustrate articles on milhist and the history of settlements, in particular. Could be problems with OR? It would have to be trialled carefully if people though it was worth doing. Any ideas? Tony (talk) 11:40, 21 April 2011 (UTC)

I think this is a wonderful idea. There has been discussion of it several times in the past; see here on Jimbo's talk page, for example. So long as there's no reasonable doubt who is speaking, and the editor is an established user, it strikes me as a win-win situation. SlimVirgin TALK|CONTRIBS 16:19, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
Hi guys - I would like to give some thoughts, but will do so better in a couple of days. I'm in the middle of photographing at the Tribeca Film Festival (and then Time 100 next week) and running a little ragged. I think it's a good idea too - more thoughts later. --David Shankbone 19:21, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for your comments, Slim. That discussion you linked to is mostly about WN, which I believe operates under a badly flawed model—that's a great pity, but I can't see a way around it. On the matter of oral history in en.WP articles, I've been put off a little by comments from a couple of people who raised OR and RS issues. One person said people forget, people exaggerate and distort, and they can get it wrong when recalling their early autobiographical thoughts. That is why, he said, we cite historians and other scholars who skilfully interview such people and weigh up what they say against other sources. I don't disagree with that criticism, but nor do I entirely discount the idea. However, it would have to be applied very very carefully, with strict guidelines. My focus would have been on MilHist and elderly people on the history of settlements. Tony (talk) 02:16, 23 April 2011 (UTC)
It's true that people forget, exaggerate, and so on, but so long as we treat the interviews as we would any other primary source—or even extend to the interviews the rules about self-published sources—I can't see that it would present a problem. SlimVirgin TALK|CONTRIBS 13:44, 23 April 2011 (UTC)
I agree with SV here - if you treat them as primary sources then those rules apply. The question would be to verify identity and their time served - but that night be accomplished through OTRS? Or if there are local news stories about him or her, that would suffice. --David Shankbone 03:30, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

I guess we have not much in the way of examples yet. There are, of course, sound bites (possibly free) in libraries and war museums. Where it concerns recordings directly by Wikipedians, one might target a few articles for which examples might be made. It may be a bit controversial. A few guidelines come roughly to mind. What do you think?

A sound bite of a person's commentary/recollections should:

  • be considered only where the material is not already covered in existing sources, or where the sound bite confirms material in existing sources in such a way that improves verification and/or gives another angle to them;
  • provide a unique aid to readers' understanding of the topic;
  • be specific to a specific part of a topic [not sure about this one];
  • be cross-checked for factual accuracy and/or contextual consistency with other sources, where available;
  • be edited down as necessary, while being true to the intended meaning of the speaker, to—
  • provide maximum focus on a specific part of a topic in as brief a duration as possible, and
  • remove any presence of an interviewer
  • be supported by a sound description page that gives all of the details readers would expect (include supporting evidence that the speaker is a reliable source, how the oral text has been edited, time and place and who was involved, etc.).

I had in mind a trial involving a person who took part in or witnessed a specific military event, or someone who witnessed another specific ?dramatic event related to, say, a natural disaster or politics. But I'm still nervous that it might get out of hand. How could quality be maintained, especially the trivial? How could we prevent undesirable bites from the subjects in (barely notable) BLPs? Who wants to know some spectator's opinion of a football match? Or commentary from a minor actor (there are thousands of articles on minor actors that are little more than vanity pieces. Tony (talk) 14:34, 23 April 2011 (UTC)

I think where we're interviewing witnesses to history, what they said would have to be entirely uncontentious and personal. "I remember that, when the bomb fell, my wife had just made me a cup of tea," kind of thing. The historian Benny Morris has written of his abandonment of any kind of eyewitness statements in Israel-Palestine issues—statements that he used to seek out—because of the problem of distortion, both deliberate and accidental. SlimVirgin TALK|CONTRIBS 14:49, 23 April 2011 (UTC)
Is it a matter of steering a course between the trivial (cup of tea), the contentious (unless contextualised as such, or paried with someone with a contrasting view); and in avoiding the rambling and the chatty? I should imagine the tone is hard to get right. They seem to do it well in television and radio documentaries, though.
Despite these issues—in which it's harder to get it right than in quoting published written text—spoken evidence could have a unique role to play in WP: books can't do it, and TV and radio do it in a very different mode. Unsure. Tony (talk) 03:34, 24 April 2011 (UTC)
I would suggest going with people who are already published as sources, say by a newspaper or in book. There are not many vets left, for instance, and there is a rush to record their memories. Iraq War vets are interviewed for their accounts often. It would be easy to dig around in the local paper for the veteran of some war who was written about in a human interest piece, or quoted for some story. Plus, since they have already been in the press, they are likely to be more open to the idea. That would resolve a lot of issues. --David Shankbone 03:40, 2 May 2011 (UTC)


Hey david, were you at the MET Gala yesterday? — Legolas (talk2me) 05:22, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

Hey Legolas - it's funny you should ask because every year I think to write for approval to cover it, but I don't. It would be, like, *the* celebrity photography event of the year to cover, including many major people who make rare public appearances. But I was told--I can't confirm if true--that Anna Wintour personally approves the press list, and I find that idea a little daunting. --David Shankbone 22:33, 4 May 2011 (UTC)
Haha. You know when I worked for Billboard, we asked her to come to one of the "Billboard Women in Music" events, and she replied "I cvan, but shan't ma'dear", lol. — Legolas (talk2me) 04:52, 22 May 2011 (UTC)

Thank you

Thank you, David Shankbone, for your recent helpful edit to the new article I created, at Savage Love: Straight Answers from America's Most Popular Sex Columnist. Much appreciated. ;) You may also be interested in recent efforts I made at expanding the article about the book by the same author, Skipping Towards Gomorrah, with additional sourced info. Cheers, -- Cirt (talk) 23:19, 26 May 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for such good content contributions, Cirt! --David Shankbone 01:13, 27 May 2011 (UTC)
I really appreciate the kind words, it is so nice to hear and so encouraging towards future endeavors. -- Cirt (talk) 01:22, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

Kudos (as usual)

The Darren Criss article is a BLP thorn in my side, but kudos on the great new pic! Cheers, --Jezebel'sPonyobons mots 01:25, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

Thanks Ponyo! I was torn between 'broody smoldering eye contact' or 'eyes smiling toothy grin'. I'll leave it for you guys to choose. Good luck with the BLP fun ;-) --David Shankbone 01:36, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

Tee hee hee

The user comments on this pic of yours was just OOC! — Legolas (talk2me) 10:25, 5 June 2011 (UTC)

Gah! lol - those guys are desperate. --David Shankbone 01:42, 6 June 2011 (UTC)
Nah, they can't help it if you put gorgeous and "make-them-horny" pics like that. But still, tee heee heee. — Legolas (talk2me) 11:26, 8 June 2011 (UTC)
Haha - thanks, but unfortunately that photo is 5 years old, taken when I was 32. I'm an old man now; when I look at that photo I wonder, "How did I ever get these love handles? I was the same weight back then and I didn't have them." Le sigh. --David Shankbone 21:43, 8 June 2011 (UTC)
Lol, you should ask Michael Lucas to give you some pointers. Heck even I should take some pointers from him to remain gorgeous at this age. I'm straight but still envy his looks. — Legolas (talk2me) 06:42, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

Main page pic

Waking up to a Rufus Wainwright FA was a treat, and your fab picture on the main page was certainly the cherry on top. Thanks for everything you do around here. Cheers, --Jezebel'sPonyobons mots 12:57, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

Bah! I missed it! Thank you for letting me know :-D And thank you for everything you do around here, too. --David Shankbone 01:33, 16 June 2011 (UTC)
You missed it? That's was unequivocally sexy and perfectly representational. --Jezebel'sPonyobons mots 01:39, 16 June 2011 (UTC)
I've always wanted to change the coloring in the article lead shot to match the color in this one. I met him at a bar in the East Village called The Phoenix back in 2006, and since my friend was really into him we struck up a conversation (he was alone, and sober). We ended up hanging out with him for half an hour or so, but it was mostly for my friend's benefit. He was really nice! Charming, engaging. I'm not familiar with his work, though I appreciate what he's accomplished. --David Shankbone 01:48, 16 June 2011 (UTC)
That's a fantastic story. His work is certainly worth familiarizing yourself with, it's quite brilliant. (teaser; covering the irreproachable Leonard Cohen: and the ubiquitous Beatles cover: --Jezebel'sPonyobons mots 02:02, 16 June 2011 (UTC)
I was trying to play wingman for my friend, but it went nowhere for him - maybe I'm a bad wingman. Thanks for the suggestions for a good starting place. I'll take them up. Have a good night Ponyo. --David Shankbone 03:11, 16 June 2011 (UTC)

Picture of Elizabeth Gillies 2

Hi, I asked you to take an image of Liz Gillies in February, I hope you remember. Now I have noticed that Liz will be in New York today. You can read it by yourself in this tweet from her. Sadly, I don't know where she will be and what she will do in NY. Maybe she will post some more details on twitter. I hope I alert you in time to take a picture of her. I would be grateful if you can catch her, thanks a lot. Regards --Simon.hess (talk) 19:57, 29 June 2011 (UTC)

Hi Simon - I only just saw this. I wouldn't have been able to photograph her on such short notice, because I have to contact the pr people orchestrating whatever event she is doing when in town. So many people have to clear you these days. I'm not a paparazzo (so I wouldn't run out to the airport or to her hotel to shoot her) but an event photographer, usually classified as press. I have to be able to arrange something, and that usually takes at least a few days lead time. Sorry! If you get a tip with more advance notice let me know. I hope all is good with you. --David Shankbone 05:08, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
Hi David, Thanks for your answer. If I notice that she will be on a public event I let you know. Thank you anyway. I'm fine how are you? --Simon.hess (talk) 01:06, 3 July 2011 (UTC)

Strange request

David, I have a kind of strange request. Well, we all know of the infamous Meat dress of Lady Gaga. I was wondering if you, or any of your photographer friends have a picture of her wearing the dress and willing to release it in commons? Will you please ask? Pretty please -_- :) — Legolas (talk2me) 13:20, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

Oh trust me, I wouldn't hold back any Gaga photos, littlelone that masterpiece! --David Shankbone 05:10, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
Lol, god knows how she carried that off. Well David, will you please ask your friends if they have one? — Legolas (talk2me) 07:43, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
I'll ask around but that one is probably pretty valuable to the people who make money off their photos. Can't hurt to ask even if they have a semi-crappy one they'd release. --David Shankbone 19:21, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

Re: Tony

Hi Gavid, how you doing? I haven't heard from you in a long time. How's things in New York? Over here it is really hot. So, what do you have planned for your Birthday. I have been having some problems here. You'd be surprise how far some people are willing to go to bring you down. Let's keep it touch. Tony the Marine (talk) 04:25, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

Things are going well for an old man turning 37 - time really starts to fly by the older I get. I responded to your post on my Facebook wall; sorry you've had to deal with that challenge, and sorry you are having to deal with problems here now, as well :-/ --David Shankbone 14:38, 8 July 2011 (UTC)


I spent some time looking for sources, and there's a bunch in the archives if you are interested. There's a syndicated story by George Will (he wrote it on Oct. 25) that went out across the wires on October 26, 2009 (copy) that makes the unbelievable claim that Marcus didn't know his wife was running for State Senator. It also says "She and her husband danced at Jimmy Carter's inauguration." Further, there's a MSNBC transcript for July 12, 2011 called "Marcus Bachmann Tries to Cure Gays"; a CNN transcript for July 13, 2011 covering a segment called "Inside the Bachmann Family"; and a FOX News Channel transcript for July 14, 2011 callled "Jon Stewart Calls Out Marcus Bachmann". Viriditas (talk) 09:36, 16 July 2011 (UTC)

Hi Viriditas - Since I created the article I thought I would let other editors shape it, so I'm going to back away for now. As always, it's good to still see you here - almost 7 years for you! I hope all is well. --David Shankbone 15:40, 16 July 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, David. I'm curious about something: since you were at the 2011 TIME 100 event with Michelle Bachmann, didn't you take some photographs of her husband? Viriditas (talk) 03:34, 18 July 2011 (UTC)
Funny you should ask! I only just realized on Friday night, when I wrote the article, who it was that accompanied her that night. He was out of the spotlight at the time, and they seemed like an unlikely couple, so I forgot about it and assumed he was her brother or something. Then when researching the article I came across a photo of them together and I thought Wait, I was there... I dragged out my archive and sure enough. Unfortunately, I don't have a another one than what I put on the article. For these kinds of events I have maybe 5 to 10 seconds to photograph each person, 15 tops. I shoot with an $800 Pentax; the pros next to me shoot with $8,000 Nikons. My camera is slow in comparison, so it's harder for me to get a good shoot in that time frame when they are smiling, looking at the camera and not blinking, winking, talking or contorting their face with laughter or grimacing. I focused on trying to take a good photo of Michele. Sigh - that's why at these events I try to photograph everyone but can't always - argh. --David Shankbone 05:10, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

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hi, i see they're deleting this image [4]. we need to talk with sarah about this. Slowking4: 7@1|x 18:06, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

Oh well - quite a few of my 2006 images, before I knew what I could license as CC, have been deleted. They aren't the highest quality so I haven't been too broken up about it. Thanks for letting me know! --David Shankbone 21:10, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
they're better than mine; i have an idea User:Slowking4/Image Rescue Squadron, let's talk at glam Slowking4: 7@1|x 21:51, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
That would be a lot of fun - I had to switch to waitlist, though, because something has come up and it might prevent me from going. Hopefully not! --David Shankbone 03:03, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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You obviously deserve this for your thousands of great photographs. Keep up the awesome work! InverseHypercube 03:45, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
Thank you - that was really nice! --David Shankbone 21:07, 21 July 2011 (UTC)


So... were you there? La Ciccone looks gorgeous at the press photos, but none of them would change their license. Can you pull some strings? :( — Legolas (talk2me) 18:20, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

Legolas - you have to know by now I am not jet-setting off to Venice! Today I went to Brooklyn IKEA to buy some cheap "velvet" curtains. I wasn't in Italy photographing Madonna!  ;-) Would be great. I have to tell you, I feel like that 2008 moment was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it remains the stand-out moment in all my photos (for me). The idea it would ever be repeated is a dream. I've never been able to convince professionals to give any of their photos up, even less Venice :-( People are possessive - it's a cultural affliction. --David Shankbone 05:58, 5 September 2011 (UTC)
I can understand David. The people at Flickr won't even bother to reply. :( Anyhoo, velvet curtains? Dark color I hope. :) — Legolas (talk2me) 12:37, 5 September 2011 (UTC)
No - light tan! They are floor to ceiling and meant to give the illusion of a wall :-) --David Shankbone 02:47, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

Hello Mr. Shankbone :)

Hi David! I was wondering if you had any good Toni Braxton photographs? The current ones are not that good :( Novice7 (talk) 14:10, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

Hey Novice! Would you believe that I had a chance to photograph her earlier this year, and I passed it up for something else? I can't remember who I photographed instead, but I remember finding it hard to pass up the woman who recorded Unbreak My Heart, a favorite of mine from the 90s. I'll keep my eyes peeled. --David Shankbone 02:46, 9 September 2011 (UTC)
Really!? Wow. Thank you so much David! Novice7 (talk) 04:39, 10 September 2011 (UTC)

Request for pictures

Hello. I have noticed all your amazing photos of various celebrities, politicians, etc. I was wondering if you could take some requests. Would you be able to take a photo of Elizabeth Gillies, since the current photo is up for deletion. Also, could you possibly take a photo of Keke Palmer, and some other Nickelodeon actors that currently do not have photos on their pages. Thanks very much! Tinton5 (talk) 07:05, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Thanks Tinton - I'll keep an eye out for them, but if you happen to know that they'll be at some event then please let me know in advance and I'll see if I can arrange something, if my schedule permits. Work hasn't allowed for a lot of time for photography lately, although it feels like that's all I did this weekend. Thanks for the note and drop by anytime. --David Shankbone 12:25, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Bandiera Rossa

Hi David!

Your picture of YDS activists on Wall Street contains a background of red flags. If the red flags were not carried by YDS/DSAers (but were carried instead by RCPers, etc.), perhaps they might be cropped?

Cheers,  Kiefer.Wolfowitz 10:10, 18 September 2011 (UTC)

Hello - is there a way to tell? Is it known that RCPers were present with the DSAers? Otherwise I'm fine to crop out the red flags if you want - let me know. --David Shankbone 12:22, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Kate Mulgrew

Thanks for taking the photo of Kate Mulgrew at the Met in 2009. I'm curious, did you just happen to see her or what? Viriditas (talk) 11:29, 30 September 2011 (UTC)

Hey Viriditas - Hope all is well. I don't do street photography (for celebrities) just event photography - this was taken from the press section at opening night of the 2009 Met. --David Shankbone 22:40, 1 October 2011 (UTC)
Oh, thanks for the link to that category. I had not seen it before. You got some great shots of Leelee Sobieski. The camera loves her. Viriditas (talk) 00:05, 2 October 2011 (UTC)
I know! Even preggers! I'd like to get a photo at her normal weight - I had that issue with Karolina Kurkova where her pregnant photo was her main profile photo for a long time, until I was lucky to get her at her normal weight at Tribeca this year. Maybe Sobieski next year! Nothing happens in the winter except book tours. --David Shankbone 00:52, 2 October 2011 (UTC)
Anything new with your equipment? Have you played around with any interesting gear? I would love to get into strobes. Viriditas (talk) 01:03, 2 October 2011 (UTC)
Nothing new, except I bought a Pentax this year. I'm still learning its tricks. --David Shankbone 23:28, 5 October 2011 (UTC)

Occupy Wall Street

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IMO, this is some of your best photography I've ever seen. Keep it up, you might get a Pulitzer! Viriditas (talk) 12:07, 4 October 2011 (UTC)

Wow! That's high praise! Let me know when you submit my name and I will buy you a beer. I was excited to run into noted Tea Partier and former SNL castmember Victoria Jackson today at OWS. --David Shankbone 23:26, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
Great photos! Wow, the marching nurses is really a good one! We are lucky to have you. Gandydancer (talk) 00:59, 8 October 2011 (UTC)
Thanks Gandy. You're doing a nice job with the article - it's really growing! --David Shankbone 14:40, 8 October 2011 (UTC)

That Pulitzer might be closer than you think. One of your images was being used as the lead image in Jaclyn Bruntfield's "Occupy Wall Street, Sustainability and 'The Unsettling of America'", which was the lead story on Google News several minutes ago.[5] Viriditas (talk) 10:11, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

I don't know who is doing the AP photography, but it can't compare to yours. They should hire you. Viriditas (talk) 12:46, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

Thanks - I hadn't seen that. This guy has some amazing Creative Commons photos of the protest. --David Shankbone 17:03, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
His composition is good, but look at how every image he took is frenetic, claustrophobic and framed in by the city. His images don't only show conflict, it's as if that's the only thing he can shoot. Your photos, OTOH, show the humanity, the inner conflict, the human struggle. Viriditas (talk) 20:26, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
I wish I had been photographing on the Brooklyn Bridge that day, but then again I could have ended up arrested, and that wouldn't have been so good. --David Shankbone 22:30, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

Video of the "human megaphone" was perfect. Massive props to you David! LoveUxoxo (talk) 06:32, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

Thanks I had a better one but the file was too large and I had trouble downloading it off the phone :-/ I've covered quite a few protests for Wikipedia, but I've never covered one so extensively. --David Shankbone 03:45, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

Discussion at OWS

If it was not your intention to disengage from the discussion regarding the comments by Brian Phillips, could you please reply to my most recent comment? Centrify (f / k / a FCAYS) (talk) (contribs) 21:19, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, I responded. I was waiting to see if some other voices would pop in. --David Shankbone 22:38, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

More kudos

Great interview here David; given the quality of your work it's no surprise that you're garnering so much attention. Your support of free media is a huge boon for the principles of Wikipedia. Given the past shoddy treatment you've received from some members of the community we are very lucky that you returned and continue to donate your time and talent. Cheers, --Jezebel'sPonyobons mots 14:55, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

Thanks a lot Ponyo, that's really nice to say, although I think a lot of people around here showed a good deal of patience with me at times. I wasn't always an angel. It's been interesting to watch OWS up close - who knew it would become what it has become. Is everything going well with you? --David Shankbone 16:57, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
Always being an angel = boring! All is well on my end, if not a little dreary and wet now that fall has hit Vancouver. --Jezebel'sPonyobons mots 18:21, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

Lost Link

Mr. Shankbone I have lost a link. Do you remember the shoot you did with the dominatrix whose slave wanted to pickup cotton balls off the floor?--Wlmg (talk) 19:15, 4 November 2011 (UTC)

Is this what you are looking for? --David Shankbone 15:26, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
Yes, thank you.--Wlmg (talk) 16:28, 5 November 2011 (UTC)


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For your tremendous contribution to our image bank and in particular, for helping to improve biographies.Span (talk) 10:34, 8 November 2011 (UTC)
Thank you - that was really nice. --David Shankbone 04:36, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

Barn Star

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For your work on Occupy Wall Street. While I think you could trim back some images, your have great stuff and relevant, especially your latest of the "Hipster cop". Great photo journalism. Amadscientist (talk) 07:47, 10 November 2011 (UTC)
Thank you very much AMS! And please feel free to prune any images you don't think are the best fit for the article. --David Shankbone 23:10, 10 November 2011 (UTC)

Occupy Wall Street Image

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The following file has been continuously removed from the Occupy Wall Street article under the rationale that the presence of corporate logos in the image is a copy vio, which is contestable. They're miniscule logos. When I attempted to add a fair-use template to the Wikipedia page, it redirects to the Commons page, which was apparently just recently created (redirect). In this manner, since Commons doesn't allow fair use, what to do? Some type of formatting error occurred in which the fair use rationale template for Wikipedia appears as a delete template in Commons! I don't want to delete the image.

Northamerica1000(talk) 01:33, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

Thanks - I replied at the talk page. --David Shankbone 02:20, 12 November 2011 (UTC)
No problemo. Northamerica1000(talk) 04:54, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

Someone removed it again

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This image is obviously not in violation of copyright laws, nor Wikipedia policies regarding copyright. Nevertheless, an editor continues to rationalize its removal per an overly-strict interpretation of Wikipedia policy. Northamerica1000(talk) 15:15, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

I agree with you. If this image is a problem then we need to delete most of the images on Times Square, Picadilly Circus and Kabukichō, Tokyo. User:Amadscientist needs to be careful with these copyright paranoia arguments because if he is successful, and people agree it's problematic for copyright, many, many of my celebrity photographs will need to be taken off Wikipedia or be drastically altered. My event photographs tend to have backdrops that are there to specifically advertise the event and its sponsors, and those are far more germane to the image than the 'media blackout' shot above. We are talking 5 years of Tribeca Film Festival and Time 100 shots, as well as many photographs that User:Toglenn and others have taken. There are thousands of celebrity images with these backdrops that contain logos. In the 'media blackout' photo the logos aren't germane to the image. You could crop out most of that poster and leave the words "welcome to the media blackout" and it would still be the same photo with the same idea: this man believed there was a media blackout.
Regarding the use of my photos on OWS as "presenting an over weighted view of the photographer", I don't even know how to comprehend the merits of that argument. To the best of my knowledge I'm the only one on here who has been seriously photographing this event to document it. I have photographed roughly a dozen other protests that span the ideological spectrum. Only on Wikipedia does this become controversial, and it's why we lose contributors who simply don't want to weed through dumb arguments just to contribute. User:Arzel makes an even more foolish argument not backed by any guideline or policy anywhere. Regardless, it's a low bar in this instance, since my OWS photos have been so widely published, even in the New Yorker if you can believe it, that I was interviewed about my work by a RS along with a slideshow of my favorites. But if Arzel's "Wikipedia can only use images published by reliable sources" argument held sway, we'd need to delete the vast majority of Wikipedia's images. Anyway, all of this is so dumb that I don't want to participate in the discussion over at Talk:OWS. Every image I have ever taken could be removed from Wikipedia and it would not make any difference in my life, so I don't really care. --David Shankbone 17:39, 13 November 2011 (UTC)
Yes. Many of the arguments occurring there are people making up their own policy ideas. Seems like some of it could also be intentional obfuscation, or attempts to take control of the article and/or censor the article. Anyway, happy editing! Northamerica1000(talk) 17:47, 13 November 2011 (UTC)

Images of Haredi women?

Hi -- I understand you have added quite a number of images to Commons, including this one of women in the western wall tunnels. In reading articles on Haredi Judaism and related topics, it strikes me that there is a lack of articles depicting Haredi women, and it might be useful to add a couple in appropriate places e.g. in sections on dress. The one I link to here is meant to illustrate different head/hair coverings, and I think it would be preferable to have one that includes faces. Do you have any photographs along these lines? If not, any thoughts on who might provide one? many thanks, Nomoskedasticity (talk) 15:36, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

Unfortunately I don't, all of my photos from Israel are here but I believe that photo you pointed out is the only one I have of Haredi women (it was an awkward photo to take because the tunnels are so narrow, they were praying, and I was maybe seven feet behind them using my flash). Have you tried doing a search on Flickr for CC images? --David Shankbone 16:32, 13 November 2011 (UTC)

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy WHAT? It sure ain't happy for me!

Happy Thanksgiving Tony the Marine (talk) 15:49, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

Happy T-Day Tony! I'm out in Colorado with family having a great time. Now I'm off to gamble in Cripple Creek with my mom. --David Shankbone 19:18, 23 November 2011 (UTC)


I see that Yahoo! honored you for having one of the 18 Top news photos of 2011. It was Day 14 of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Your photos are always great and you have a HUGE feature in your cap! Royalbroil 03:54, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

Thanks a lot Royal! I only found out because I checked my Flickr stats and all of a sudden that shot was getting thousands of hits. I didn't even know it was under consideration. It's strange how OWS seems so long ago already. --David Shankbone 02:50, 23 December 2011 (UTC)

OWS criticism section dispute resolution

I have requested dispute resolution here, and named you as one of the parties involved in the dispute. Cheers! BeCritical 04:44, 26 December 2011 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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A cup of tea for you!

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An award

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Thanks & a question

Hello Mr Shankbone,

Last year I thanked you on Commons for all your wonderful high quality photo's. Last week again I replaced a number of pictures with new photo's you uploaded, so I repeat my thank you for your work. But I would like to add a question (actually two questions)this time: One of my favourite actresses is Kim Basinger. Unfortunately the best pictures we have of her here on Wikipedia, are more than 20 years old. So, my question (or request) is if you could try to make a photo of her we can use on Wikipedia? And the second request is if you could try to make a photo of Michelle Pfeiffer, also one of my favourite actresses. We only have one more or less recent photo, made in 2007.

Thanks in advance, LeeGer (talk) 16:10, 4 May 2012 (UTC)

Hi LeeGer - good to hear from you again and thanks for the nice words. I'll keep an eye out for Basinger and Pfeiffer. I mostly photograph things I'm invited to do, which usually means something new an artist (or production company) is promoting, like film premieres and book launches. I think Basinger will be hard to get until she makes some moves with her career. She's been lying low, or at least I'm not aware of anything she's done recently. Next people I have scheduled to photograph are Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Brooklyn Decker, Chace Crawford and Rodrigo Santoro. Pfeiffer might be easier to come across, although she's been quiet lately too. --David Shankbone 03:32, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

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hi! I don't edit as much any more, but do like your pictures. Greatpumkin (talk) 22:36, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

Thank you very much, I appreciate that! --David Shankbone 21:42, 7 July 2012 (UTC)

Yeah, your picture for the Louis C.K. page is awesome. Out of Phase User (talk) 16:53, 14 July 2012 (UTC)

Feliz Cumpleaño

Happy Birthday David

David, You are one of my best friends here and I wish you the best. May God bless you and your family always! Your friend. Tony the Marine (talk) 20:17, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

Thank you so much, my friend! I feel blessed, so something is at work in my life ;-) I'm glad your surgery turned out well for you - you've been in my thoughts. --David Shankbone 00:11, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

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I'm craving chicken fingers

But I have no one to enjoy them with!!! Get your butt out to SF - I feel like I really didn't get hang out with you (and uh, party?) like I would have liked at Wikimania :) Sarah (talk) 18:29, 20 July 2012 (UTC)

You are such a White Devil! I have been doing really, really good with my diet since getting back from D.C. --nothing but Banana Nut Crunch, salads, sushi and Muscle Milks--and you go and make my mouth water you Froggy Bottom pimp!  :-) Brian is now going out to pick up those awesome chicken fingers at Sidewalk, with fries, and we are going to watch The Immortals. This is what you hath wrought with your message.
Friday night was a wild night--just ask Achal or Brion!--that I was a completely useless the next day. Your description of that photo shown in that presentation didn't help me feel better, even after 10 women in 10 minutes! lol. I hope you come to NYC soon so we can hang out - was really enjoying your company. --David Shankbone 01:06, 21 July 2012 (UTC)

Please join the conversation

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Very nice to meet you as well! --David Shankbone 15:53, 21 July 2012 (UTC)

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Post-Wikimania "Hello"!

Hi David, or should I say member of the WLM jury? Just dropping a line to say that it was a pleasure meeting you in Washington, D.C. Please stay in touch--I imagine our paths might cross again one day. Best wishes. --Another Believer (Talk) 01:51, 24 August 2012 (UTC)

It was also a real pleasure to meet you - I looked over your Rufus/Judy/Carnegie article after we met and thought it was awesome! --David Shankbone 02:02, 24 August 2012 (UTC)

Backstage at the Smithsonian Libraries

Backstage at the Smithsonian Libraries is part of Wikipedia Loves Libraries 2012, the second annual continent-wide campaign to bring Wikipedia and libraries together with on-site events. Running this fall through October and November, libraries (and archives) will open their doors to help build a lasting relationship with their local Wikipedian community.

Organized by Wikimedia DC, this event will take place on October 12, 2012, and will include new editor training, a "backstage pass" tour of the National Museum of Natural History, and an edit-a-thon. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Kirill [talk] 18:42, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

Request regarding your quoted comment on Wiki-article: Slut-Shaming.

"Also, girls is misogynistic terminology for women."

And men wonder why some Feminists are embarrassed by male Feminists. There’s established distinction between sincere, blatant misogyny and such assumptions. Such assumptions may initially be perceived as justifiable, but they are actually (in the long run) detrimental to the sincerity of such issues. In the future, please strive to comprehend that distinction. Thank you.LLLookAtYouHacker (talk) 22:39, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

Sometimes affectionate, in the same way I can call my spouse and grown sons "the boys"; patronizing, usually; misogynistic, rarely. The context would be very important. Bielle (talk) 22:54, 5 October 2012 (UTC)
I imagine people are embarrassed by all sorts of things, and I imagine there are male feminists who are embarrassed by some female feminists. My comment probably wasn't as nuanced as it could have been but I was likely referring specifically to something in the article as opposed to make a sweeping statement; I can't remember off the top of my head. Obviously, context means a lot when it comes to terminology and labels. --David Shankbone 00:10, 6 October 2012 (UTC)

"I imagine there are male feminists who are embarrassed by some female feminists." No offence, but I'll pretend I didn't see that. LLLookAtYouHacker —Preceding undated comment added 02:21, 6 October 2012 (UTC)

You're in good company, I'm pretending I didn't see this entire embarrassing discussion. -Pete (talk) 02:48, 6 October 2012 (UTC)
^ ^ Made me laugh, Pete. Bielle (talk) 03:09, 6 October 2012 (UTC)

I'll pretend I didn't read that, either. LLLookAtYouHacker (talk) 22:39, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

New York senators and Representatives

Hi. You may want to take a picture of most New York state senators and representatives. A short trip to Albany should do the trick. That would be very useful. Thanks.Zigzig20s (talk) 19:15, 14 October 2012 (UTC)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for your contributions to this wonderful project. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving! --Another Believer (Talk) 20:04, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

Hey AB- thanks a lot! Sorry for the late reply, but I'm not around as much as I used to be, but still here! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving - mine was awesome. --David Shankbone 00:28, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia Goes to the Movies in NYC this Saturday Dec 1

You are invited to Wikipedia Goes to the Movies in NYC, an editathon, Wikipedia meet-up and workshops focused on film and the performing arts that will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (at Lincoln Center), as part of the Wikipedia Loves Libraries events being held across the USA.

All are welcome, sign up on the wiki and at!--Pharos (talk) 07:03, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

DC Meetup #33

December 10 is Ada Lovelace's birthday! Not only was she the world's first computer programmer, but also the world's first female open source developer! Come celebrate with Wikimedia District of Columbia at Busboys & Poets for an informal get together!

The Washington, DC event will be held on Monday, December 10, 2012 at Busboys & Poets on 5th St NW & K St NW near Mt Vernon Square. The area is easily accessible by the Red Line Chinatown stop and the Yellow Line and Green Line Mt Vernon Square stop, as well as by WMATA buses.

Kirill [talk] 14:15, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

Wikimedia DC Holiday Party and Wiki Loves Monuments Exhibition

Please join Wikimedia DC and four other local media nonprofits—the National Press Club's Young Members Committee, 100Reporters, IRE and the Fund for Investigative Journalism—in winding down another year with a night of well-mannered frivolity.

The festivities will take place on Friday evening from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the Zenger Room on the 13th Floor of the National Press Club, located on 529 14th Street NW, near Metro Center. There will be meat and vegetarian appetizers as well as a cash bar with specially reduced drink prices all night long. In addition, we will be exhibiting the finalists of the Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest at the event.

Hope to see you there! Kirill [talk] 04:40, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia Day Celebration and Mini-Conference in NYC Saturday Feb 23

Doing the "Open Space" thing at one of our earlier NYC Wiki-Conferences.

You are invited to celebrate Wikipedia Day and the 12th anniversary (!) of the founding of the site at Wikipedia Day NYC on Saturday February 23, 2013 at New York University; sign up for Wikipedia Day NYC here, or at Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues!

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience!--Pharos (talk) 01:47, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

New York is one of the very few places on the planet where one might confuse something that looks like that for "open space" :) -Pete (talk) 02:35, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
lol Pete. I missed seeing this event invite somehow. --David Shankbone 13:03, 20 March 2013 (UTC)


Hey David, I see that you were featured by Wikipedia here: [Thank you all]. So was I. I'm the old looking fart. I'm glad to be accompanied by you and all the others. You deserve the recognition. Take care. Tony the Marine (talk) 22:51, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

TONY! I didn't know you were part of the Wikimedia fundraiser! Were you at Wikimania in DC, when I shot my video?! Give me the link to yours - totally want to see you tell your story. --David Shankbone 05:27, 19 January 2013 (UTC)
I wasn't in Washington. What happened was that the Wikipedia fundation found out about me and they sent Victor Grigas to take pictures of me in Arizona. I told them that it was fine with me to share my story for the fundraiser. There was no video. Tony the Marine (talk) 02:22, 12 February 2013 (UTC)
That's great he took your story - I'm not sure, but I think the WMF might be considering a book that explains the history of Wikipedia. --David Shankbone 04:37, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Check out the Easy Media Uploader proposal

Hey David, I thought you might be interested in looking at my proposal to improve photo uploading since you're such an amazing contributor of images on Wikipedia/Commons. I'd love any comments/feedback or if so inclined, an endorsement if you feel its worth working on.

Best, A — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ashstar01 (talkcontribs) 17:31, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

I wish I had more time to review your project, but right now I'm a bit slammed with work and an upcoming vacation. Good luck with it - it would be nice to have an easier way to upload media. --David Shankbone 01:35, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

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Please take a look at this article

I reviewed your vast experience and wanted to contact you about helping to resolve a dispute. I'm being teamed up against by a group of self-avowed libertarians. I don't care that they are libertarians except for the fact they are using their ideology to skew the Koch Industries article. When I post positive things about Koch, they don't blink an eye, but if I dare put up anything critical, it gets deleted and frowned upon without balance. I'm trying to round up some disinterested third party input so I'm not getting steamrolled by biased editors. My goal is to make the article more informative and encyclopedic and that's it. Here's the current critical part of the Talk Page. Thank you. Cowicide (talk) 21:12, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

DC happy hour on Thursday, February 28!

Please join Wikimedia DC for Happy Hour at the Capitol City Brewery at Metro Center on Thursday, February 28 at 6 p.m. All Wikipedia/Wikimedia and free knowledge/culture enthusiasts, regardless of editing experience, are welcome to attend! All ages welcome!

For more information and to sign up, see Wikipedia:Meetup/DC 34. Hope to see you there! Harej (talk) 02:26, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

Invitation to a discussion: Wikipedia and legislative data

Hi David Shankbone, since you are interested in meetups in DC, I'd like to invite you to attend the Cato Institute's "Wikipedia and Legislative Data" events on March 14. (There's also an all day workshop on March 15; let me know if you are interested, we may be able to add more people.)

There will be an introduction to Wikipedia and open edit-a-thon in the afternoon, and a Sunshine Week Reception in the evening. I hope you can make it!

Hope to see you there! -Pete (talk) 19:05, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

DC meetup & dinner on Saturday, March 9!

Please join Wikimedia DC for a social meetup and dinner at Guapo's at Tenleytown-AU on Saturday, March 9 at 5 PM All Wikipedia/Wikimedia and free knowledge/culture enthusiasts, regardless of editing experience, are welcome to attend! All ages welcome!

For more information and to sign up, please see Wikipedia:Meetup/DC 35. Hope to see you there! Kirill [talk] 14:01, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

Re:Happy Birthday!

Thank you David, my brother. I really appreciate it. Tony the Marine (talk) 19:33, 9 March 2013 (UTC)


You described the image File:SandbarLongIsland.JPG as being in "the Great Bay, Hamptons, New York." You do mean the Great Peconic Bay, don't you? ---------User:DanTD (talk) 14:01, 17 March 2013 (UTC)

Yes - that's the one! --David Shankbone 00:45, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

You are invited to a Women in the Arts Meetup & Edit-a-thon on Friday, March 29

In honor of Women's History Month, the Smithsonian and the National Museum of Women in the Arts are teaming up to organize a Women in the Arts Meetup & Edit-a-thon on Friday, March 29, 2013 from 10:00am - 5:00pm. The event is focused on encouraging women editors while improving Wikipedia entries about women artists and art world figures. This event is free of charge, but participation is limited to 20 volunteers, so RSVP today! Sarasays (talk) 23:16, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

Invitation: Wiki Makes Video

Hi David, great meeting you in DC at Wikimania 2012. Would love to get your feedback and participation in this project that was inspired very much by your photo work -- how to add more videos to Wikipedia. Please see: Wikipedia:WikiProject_Wiki_Makes_Video and hope you can leave me a message on how we can harness your experience in photography for this effort. -- Fuzheado | Talk 16:36, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Real pleasure to meet you, as well! I'll check out the project over the weekend - thanks for telling me about it. --David Shankbone 03:48, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia Meetup NYC this Sunday April 14

Hi David Shankbone! You're invited to our next meeting for Wikipedia Meetup NYC on Sunday April 14 -this weekend- at Symposium Greek Restaurant @ 544 W 113th St (in the back room), on the Upper West Side in the Columbia University area.

Please sign up, and add your ideas to the agenda for Sunday. Thanks!

Delivered on behalf of User:Pharos, 18:07, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

DC meetup & dinner on Saturday, April 13!

Please join Wikimedia DC for a social meetup and dinner at Vapiano (near Farragut North/Farragut West) on Saturday, April 13 at 5:30 PM All Wikipedia/Wikimedia and free knowledge/culture enthusiasts, regardless of editing experience, are welcome to attend! All ages welcome!

For more information and to sign up, please see Wikipedia:Meetup/DC 36. Hope to see you there! Kirill [talk] 19:06, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

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You are invited to the "All Things GW" editathon on Saturday, April 20

The "All Things GW" editathon on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. is a rare chance to go behind the scenes in the University Archives of the GW Libraries and use their unique resources to research and update Wikipedia pages related to The George Washington University and the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Did you miss our last D.C. history editathon? This is your is your chance to come edit with wiki-friends using different great collection! The event includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the University Archives and a show-and-tell of some of its most interesting treasures, snacks, and the editathon.

Participation is limited to 30 volunteers, so RSVP today! Dominic·t 07:22, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

DC meetups on April 19 and 20

Wikimedia DC invites you to join us for two exciting events this weekend:

On the evening of Friday, April 19, we're hosting our first-ever WikiSalon at our K Street office. The WikiSalon will be a twice-monthly informal meetup and collaborative editing event to help build the community of Wikimedia enthusiasts here in DC; please join us for its inaugural session. Light refreshments will be provided.

On Saturday, April 20, we've partnered with the George Washington University to host the All Things GW Edit-a-Thon at the Teamsters Labor History Research Center. Please join us for behind-the-scenes tours of the University Archives and help edit articles about GWU history.

We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these events! Kirill [talk] 20:11, 15 April 2013 (UTC)


David, I have always admired your talent in taking photographs. I have taken a minor mental vacation from article writing and inspired by you, have taken my camera to take pictures of historical places. I am not that good in taking pictures but, to my amazement some of them (not all) didn't come out too bad. Now, get this; the Arizona Republic asked my permission to publish some of my pictures in a feature of historical places that they have created. Not bad for an amateur whom you inspired right? By the way, take a look at some of them here: My pictures of historic Structures. Tony the Marine (talk) 18:36, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

Hi Tony - sorry for the late response, I didn't notice the notification system had changed the one time I came on in this last month! But I have to say this is awesome - I love your shots. Believe it or not, today I needed a picture of a bridge for a presentation at work on infrastructure, and I'm going to use yours in it. Hope all is well with you, and I love this venue in which you've found a new way to contribute to the project. It's a lot of fun - now photograph the Phoenix Suns for us! --David Shankbone 04:39, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

DC meetup & dinner on Saturday, May 11!

Please join Wikimedia DC for a social meetup and dinner at Vapiano (near Farragut North/Farragut West) on Saturday, May 11 at 5:30 PM. All Wikipedia/Wikimedia and free knowledge/culture enthusiasts, regardless of editing experience, are welcome to attend! All ages welcome!

For more information and to sign up, please see the meetup page. Hope to see you there! Kirill [talk] 23:11, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Life, the universe, and Elizabeth Wurtzel

Good Mornin' Mr. Shankbone,

An editor (Blonde1967) says she is in fact Elizabeth Wurtzel[6] she says the picture of her you took "is hideous" and "looks nothing like her". She then asked if anyone knew how to take the picture down. Blonde67 never responded to any of the ideas I suggested on her talk page. This is odd since my WP:OR shows EW is using a pic from that day on her Twitter account so it must be her. If you can please add the task of selecting a less-hideous picture of EW from your archives to the 9888th item of your 10000-item to-do list, it would be greatly appreciated. Phoebe Legere also needs a pic. Mademoiselle has starting representing on the NYC scene again. As EW already has a pic you could make that item 9887. TIA. --Wlmg (talk) 10:53, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

Hey Wlmg! Thanks for letting me know. It certainly isn't my best work, right? The best thing for everyone to do is have Elizabeth to take a photo she owns the copyright to (often publicity shots don't fall into that category, so she'd need to confirm she actually owns the copyright), and send it to with this declaration, and confirm she is who she is and owns the photo. Even easier for her - have a friend snap a shot with their iPhone or whatever, and do this. She just needs to upload a photo of herself she likes and send it to that address, and ask them to take down the current one. Alternatively, if you are feeling generous with your time, you could suggest she mail it to you, you upload it to Commons and then remove mine from the article, and then she must send that declaration linked above with a link to the photo you uploaded, and they'll verify. With the second option, there's no waiting - you can do it instantly once you receive the photo. Whatever happens - saw how you handled this on other pages, and thought it was great how you were respectful of the subject. --David Shankbone 06:25, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

DC WikiSalon on May 24

Wikimedia DC invites you to join us for our next DC WikiSalon, which will be held on the evening of May 24 at our K Street office.

The WikiSalon an informal gathering of Wikimedia enthusiasts, who come together to discuss the Wikimedia projects and collaboratively edit. There's no set agenda, and guests are welcome to recommend articles for the group to edit or edit on their own. Light refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there! Kirill [talk] 18:26, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

Webinar / edit-a-thon at the National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Join us at the NLM next week, either in person or online, to learn about NLM resources, hear some great speakers, and do some editing!

organized by Wiki Project Med

On Tuesday, 28 May there will be a community Wikipedia meeting at the United States National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland - with a second on Thursday, 30 May for those who can't make it on Tuesday. You can participate either in-person, or via an online webinar. If you attend in person, USB sticks (but not external drives) are ok to use.

Please go to the event page to get more information, including a detailed program schedule.

If you are interested in participating, please register by sending an email to Please indicate if you are coming in person or if you will be joining us via the webinar. After registering, you will receive additional information about how to get to our campus (if coming in-person) and details about how to join the webinar. Klortho (talk) 00:50, 25 May 2013 (UTC)

DC WikiSalon on June 6

Wikimedia DC invites you to join us for our next DC WikiSalon, which will be held on the evening of Thursday, June 6 at our K Street office.

The WikiSalon an informal gathering of Wikimedia enthusiasts, who come together to discuss the Wikimedia projects and collaboratively edit. There's no set agenda, and guests are welcome to recommend articles for the group to edit or edit on their own. Light refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there! Kirill [talk] 11:56, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

Have time on Saturday?

I'm sorry for the last-minute notice, but on Saturday, June 8, from 3 to 6 PM, Wikimedia DC and the Cato Institute are hosting a Legislative Data Meetup. We will discuss the work done so far by WikiProject U.S. Federal Government Legislative Data to put data from Congress onto Wikipedia, as well as what more needs to be done. If you have ideas you'd like to contribute, or if you're just curious and feel like meeting up with other Wikipedians, you are welcome to come! Be sure to RSVP here if you're interested.

I hope to see you there!

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Harej (talk) 04:30, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

DC meetup & dinner on Saturday, June 15!

Please join Wikimedia DC for a social meetup and dinner at Vapiano (near Farragut North/Farragut West) on Saturday, June 15 at 5:30 PM. All Wikipedia/Wikimedia and free knowledge/culture enthusiasts, regardless of editing experience, are welcome to attend! All ages welcome!

For more information and to sign up, please see the meetup page. Hope to see you there! Kirill [talk] 20:03, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

NYC Wiki-Picnic: Saturday June 22

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You are invited to the Great American Wiknic NYC in Brooklyn's green and lovely Prospect Park, on this Saturday June 22! We would love to see you there, so sign up and bring something fun for the potluck :) -- User:Pharos (talk)

Join us this Sunday for the Great American Wiknic!

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You are invited to the Great American Wiknic DC at the James Buchanan Memorial at Meridian Hill Park. We would love to see you there, so sign up and bring something fun for the potluck! :)

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Harej (talk) 15:55, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

DC meetup & dinner on Saturday, July 13!

Please join Wikimedia DC for a social meetup and dinner at Vapiano (near Farragut North/Farragut West) on Saturday, July 13 at 6:00 PM. All Wikipedia/Wikimedia and free knowledge/culture enthusiasts, regardless of editing experience, are welcome to attend! All ages welcome!

For more information and to sign up, please see the meetup page. Hope to see you there! Kirill [talk] 00:36, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

You're Invited: Luce and Lunder Edit-a-thon at the Smithsonian

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Luce and Lunder Edit-a-thon at the
Smithsonian American Art Museum

You're invited to the Luce and Lunder Edit-a-thon, part of a series of edit-a-thons organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum to add and expand articles about American art and artists on Wikipedia.

This event will include a catered lunch and special tours of the Luce Foundation Center for American Art and the Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Meet at G Street Lobby (9th St. & G St. NW, Washington, D.C.)

Capacity is limited, so please sign up today!

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Your work!

Hello Dave (can I call you that way?),

I am a huge fan of your work. I like your picture of Patty Smith, David Bowie and specially Bono's. My favourite is this one.

Anyways, I stopped by just to say thank you for your magnificent work. Miss Bono [zootalk] 15:06, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

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Thanks, from a fan of your work. Keep rockin'! Miss Bono [zootalk] 15:06, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
P.S. Your picture of Ron Howard is cool!
It'd be so great that next time you meet Bono in an event you take a few more pictures of him for Wikipedia.
Peace out!

Miss Bono [zootalk] 15:06, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Wow, thank you so much Miss Bono! What a great message to receive. I couldn't have taken those without people like you building the project to what it is, so thank you for all you do as well. I will keep my eyes peeled for Bono! --David Shankbone 01:56, 15 August 2013 (UTC)
You're more than welcome. And thanks for your kind words :) And I will keep your response on my awards' page :D Tell Bono he has a fan in Cuba lol :) Miss Bono [zootalk] 13:05, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

DC meetup & dinner on Saturday, August 24!

Please join Wikimedia DC for a social meetup and dinner at Vapiano (near Farragut North/Farragut West) on Saturday, August 24 at 6:00 PM. All Wikipedia/Wikimedia and free knowledge/culture enthusiasts, regardless of editing experience, are welcome to attend! All ages welcome!

For more information and to sign up, please see the meetup page. Hope to see you there! Kirill [talk] 03:36, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

Happy day, David! (August 11)

Today is David Shankbone's day!

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Love! Love! Your tenderness,
Your beautiful, watchful ways
Grasp me, fold me, cover me;
I lie in a kind of daze,
Neither asleep nor yet awake,
Neither a bud nor flower.
Brings to-morrow
Joy or sorrow,
The black or the golden hour?

Darling heart--your gravity!
Your sorrowful, mournful gaze--
"Two bleached roads lie under the moon,
At the parting of the ways."
But the tiny, tree-thatched, narrow lane,
Isn't it yours and mine?
The blue-bells ring
Hey, ding-a-ding, ding!
And buds are thick on the vine.
Love! Love! Grief of my heart!
As a tree droops over a stream
You hush me, lull me, dark me,
The shadow hiding the gleam.
Your drooping and tragical boughs of grace
Are heavy as though with rain.
Run! Run!
Into the sun!
Let us be children again.

Katherine Mansfield

Happy Day, David!

So great to see someone carrying on her spirit. Thanks for the memory! --David Shankbone 02:34, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

Are you free on Wednesday? Join us at the Wikimedia DC WikiSalon!

Wikimedia DC invites you to join us for our next DC WikiSalon, which will be held on the evening of Wednesday, August 24 at our K Street office.

The WikiSalon an informal gathering of Wikimedia enthusiasts, who come together to discuss the Wikimedia projects and collaboratively edit. There's no set agenda, and guests are welcome to recommend articles for the group to edit or edit on their own. Light refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there! Kirill [talk] 11:11, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

Meet up with local Wikipedians on September 14!

Are you free on Saturday, September 14? If so, please join Wikimedia DC and local Wikipedians for a social meetup and dinner at Vapiano (near Farragut North/Farragut West) at 6:00 PM. All Wikipedia/Wikimedia and free knowledge/culture enthusiasts, regardless of editing experience, are welcome to attend! All ages are welcome!

For more information and to sign up, please visit the meetup page. Hope to see you there! Kirill [talk] 18:26, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

Your photo contributions

You rock. MezzoMezzo (talk) 07:11, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

Thanks - I enjoyed reading your user page. Good stuff. --David Shankbone 01:12, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

Are you free next Thursday? Join us at the Wikimedia DC WikiSalon!

Wikimedia DC invites you to join us for our next WikiSalon, which will be held from 7 to 9 PM on Thursday, September 5 at our K Street office.

The WikiSalon is an informal gathering of Wikimedia enthusiasts, who come together to discuss the Wikimedia projects and collaboratively edit. There's no set agenda, and guests are welcome to recommend articles for the group to edit or edit on their own. Light refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there! Kirill [talk] 14:26, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

Info request

What was the location where you took this photo of Jim McGreevey? [7] Thanks. --ColonelHenry (talk) 13:11, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

The interior courtyard of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church (Manhattan). --David Shankbone 01:15, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia Takes Brooklyn! Saturday September 7

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Please join Wikipedia Takes Brooklyn scavenger hunt on September 7, 2013!
Everyone gather at the Brooklyn Public Library to further Wikipedia's coverage of—
photos and articles related to Brooklyn, its neighborhoods and the local landmarks.
--EdwardsBot (talk)

Are you free next Thursday? Join us at the Wikimedia DC WikiSalon!

Wikimedia DC invites you to join us for our next WikiSalon, which will be held from 7 to 9 PM on Thursday, September 26 at our K Street office.

The WikiSalon is an informal gathering of Wikimedia enthusiasts, who come together to discuss the Wikimedia projects and collaboratively edit. There's no set agenda, and guests are welcome to recommend articles for the group to edit or edit on their own. Light refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there! Kirill [talk] 05:21, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

Wikimedia NYC Meetup! Saturday October 5

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Please join the Wikimedia NYC Meetup on October 5, 2013!
Everyone gather at Jefferson Market Library to further Wikipedia's local outreach
for education, museums, libraries and planning WikiConference USA.
--Pharos (talk) 21:58, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

Are you free on Sunday? Join us for a special Wikimedia DC WikiSalon!

Wikimedia DC invites you to join us for a special WikiSalon at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library's Digital Commons Center. We will gather at 3 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2013 to discuss an important topic: what can Wikipedia and the DC area do to help each other? We hope to hear your thoughts and suggestions; if you have an idea you would like to pursue, please let us know and we will help!

Following the WikiSalon, we will be having dinner at a nearby restaurant, Ella's Wood Fired Pizza.

If you're interested in attending, please sign up at the event page. We look forward to seeing you there! Kirill [talk] 01:41, 8 October 2013 (UTC)

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Wikimedia NYC Meetup- "Greenwich Village In The 60s" Editathon! Saturday November 2

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Please join Wikipedia "Greenwich Village In The 60s" Editathon on November 2, 2013!
Everyone gather at Jefferson Market Library to further Wikipedia's local outreach
for Greenwich Village articles on the history and the community.
--Pharos (talk) 21:51, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
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Nedim Ardoğa (talk) 17:36, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

Still in NYC?

I bet you could spot Emily Ratajkowski at some event or other. Flickr has nada on her, which isn't unexpected. Steven Walling • talk 06:21, 11 November 2013 (UTC)

Steven! Good to hear from you. I'm retired from photos (except for what I can take with my iPhone) but I bet Glenn Francis could keep a look out for her. He's amazing. --David Shankbone 03:17, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

File:DaveandNellie.jpg listed for deletion

A file that you uploaded or altered, File:DaveandNellie.jpg, has been listed at Wikipedia:Files for deletion. Please see the discussion to see why it has been listed (you may have to search for the title of the image to find its entry). Feel free to add your opinion on the matter below the nomination. Thank you. Kelly hi! 22:14, 20 November 2013 (UTC)

Oh wow - so old - back when Wiki still felt new and the community felt small. This can be deleted; serves no purpose. --David Shankbone 03:15, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/David Faiman

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Congrats David, it's a fantastic image.--Jezebel'sPonyobons mots 17:23, 22 November 2013 (UTC)

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Wikimedia NYC Meetup- "Queens Open History Edit-a-Thon" at Queens Library! Friday December 6

Queens Library
Please join Queens Open History Edit-a-Thon on December 6, 2013!
Everyone gather at Queens Library to further Wikipedia's local outreach
for borough articles on the history and the communities.
Drop-ins welcome 10am-7pm!--Pharos (talk) ~~~~~

Steve Cuozzo

David! How have you been? Quick, I need a few snappies for my new article on Steve Cuozzo.[8] Can you get into the Post newsroom and get a photo of Steve Cuozzo and Steve Cuozzo with his long time friend Cindy Adams? That would look sweet on the Main Page DYK. If not, can you recommend someone in NYC that can do it. Thanks. -- Jreferee (talk) 02:37, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

Meetups coming up in DC!


You are invited to two upcoming events in DC:

  • Meetup at Capitol City Brewery on Saturday, January 25 at 6 PM. Please join us for dinner, drinks, socializing, and discussing Wikimedia DC activities and events. All are welcome! RSVP on the linked page or through Meetup.
  • Art and Feminism Edit-a-Thon on Saturday, February 1 from Noon – 5 PM. Join us as we improve articles on notable women in history! All are welcome, regardless of age or level of editing experience. RSVP on the linked page or through Meetup.

I hope to see you there!

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Harej (talk) 00:06, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Saturday: NYC Art And Feminism Wikipedia Editathon

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Please join Wikipedia "Art and Feminism Editathon" @ Eyebeam on Saturday February 1, 2014,
an event aimed at collaboratively expanding Wikipedia articles covering Art and Feminism, and the biographies of women artists!

There are also regional events that day in Brooklyn, Westchester County, and the Hudson Valley.
--Pharos (talk)

Coming up in February!

Hello there!

Our February WikiSalon is coming up on Sunday, February 23. Join us at our gathering of Wikipedia enthusiasts at the Kogod Courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery with an optional dinner after. As usual, all are welcome. Care to join us?

Also, if you are available, there is an American Art Edit-a-thon being held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum with Professor Andrew Lih's COMM-535 class at American University on Tuesday, February 11 from 2 to 5 PM. Please RSVP on the linked page if you are interested.

If you have any ideas or preferences for meetups, please let us know at Wikipedia talk:Meetup/DC.

Thank you, and hope to see you at our upcoming events! Harej (talk) 18:41, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

Upcoming Saturday events - March 1: Harlem History Editathon and March 8: NYU Law Editathon

Upcoming Saturday events - March 1: Harlem History Editathon and March 8: NYU Law Editathon

You are invited to join upcoming Wikipedia "Editathons", where both experienced and new Wikipedia editors will collaboratively improve articles on a selected theme, on the following two Saturdays in March:

I hope to see you there! Pharos (talk)

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DC Meetups in March

Happy March!

Though we have a massive snowstorm coming up, spring is just around the corner! Personally, I am looking forward to warmer weather.

Wikimedia DC is looking forward to a spring full of cool and exciting activities. In March, we have coming up:

  • Evening WikiSalon on Wednesday, March 12 from 7 PM – 9 PM. Meet up with Wikipedians for coffee at the Cove co-working space in Dupont Circle! If you cannot make it in the evening, join us at our...
  • March Meetup on Sunday, March 23 from 3 PM – 6 PM. Our monthly weekend meetup, same place as last month. Meet really cool and interesting people!
  • Women in the Arts 2014 meetup and edit-a-thon on Sunday, March 30 from 10 AM – 5 PM. Our second annual Women in the Arts edit-a-thon, held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Free lunch will be served!

We hope to see you at our upcoming events! If you have any questions, feel free to ask on my talk page.

Harej (talk) 05:11, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

An exciting month of wiki events!

Hello there,

I am pleased to say that April will be a very exciting month for Wikipedia in Washington, DC. We have a lot of different events coming up, so you will have a lot to choose from.

First, a reminder that our second annual Women in the Arts Edit-a-Thon will take place on Sunday, March 30 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Coming up in April, we have our first-ever Open Government WikiHack with the Sunlight Foundation on April 5–6! We are working together to use open government data to improve the Wikimedia projects, and we would love your help. All are welcome, regardless of coding or editing experience. We will also be having a happy hour the day before, with refreshments courtesy of the Sunlight Foundation.

On Friday, April 11 we are having our first edit-a-thon ever with the Library of Congress. The Africa Collection Edit-a-Thon will focus on the Library's African and Middle East Reading Room. It'll be early in the morning, but it's especially worth it if you're interested in improving Wikipedia's coverage of African topics.

The following day, we are having our second annual Wiki Loves Capitol Hill training. We will discuss policy issues relevant to Wikimedia and plan for our day of outreach to Congressional staffers that will take place during the following week.

There are other meetups in the works, so be sure to check our meetup page with the latest. I hope to see you at some of these events!

All the best,
James Hare

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Two edit-a-thons coming up!

Hello there!

I'm pleased to tell you about two upcoming edit-a-thons:

  • This Tuesday, April 29, from 2:30 to 5:30 PM, we have the Freer and Sackler edit-a-thon. (Sorry for the short notice!)
  • On Saturday, May 10 we have the Wikipedia APA edit-a-thon, in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

We have more stuff coming up in May and June, so make sure to keep a watch on the DC meetup page. As always, if you have any recommendations or requests, please leave a note on the talk page.


James Hare

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Saturday June 21: Wiki Loves Pride

Upcoming Saturday event - June 21: Wiki Loves Pride NYC
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You are invited to join us at Jefferson Market Library for "Wiki Loves Pride", hosted by New York Public Library, Metropolitan New York Library Council, Wikimedia LGBT and Wikimedia New York City, where both experienced and new Wikipedia editors will collaboratively improve articles on this theme:

11am–4pm at Jefferson Market Library.

We hope to see you there! Pharos (talk)

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Sunday July 6: WikNYC Picnic

Sunday July 6: WikNYC Picnic
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You are invited to join us the "picnic anyone can edit" in Central Park, as part of the Great American Wiknic celebrations being held across the USA. Remember it's a wiki-picnic, which means potluck.

1pm–8pm at southwest section of the Great Lawn, north of the Delacorte Theater.

Also, before the picnic, you can join in the Wikimedia NYC chapter's annual meeting.

11:30am-12:30pm at Yeoryia Studios, 2067 Broadway.

We hope to see you there!--Pharos (talk) 16:51, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

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Sunday August 17: NYC Wiki-Salon and Skill Share

Sunday August 17: NYC Wiki-Salon and Skill Share
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You are invited to join the the Wikimedia NYC community for our upcoming wiki-salon and knowledge-sharing workshop on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

2pm–5pm at Yeoryia Studios at Epic Security Building, 2067 Broadway (5th floor).

Afterwards at 5pm, we'll walk to a social wiki-dinner together at a neighborhood restaurant (to be decided).

We hope to see you there!--Pharos (talk) 15:57, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

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Nomination of Shequida for deletion

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Thursday December 4: NYC Wiki-Salon and Skill Share

Thursday December 4: NYC Wiki-Salon and Skill Share
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You are invited to join the the Wikimedia NYC community for our upcoming wiki-salon and knowledge-sharing workshop in Manhattan's Greenwich Village.

6:30pm–8pm at Babycastles, 137 West 14th Street

Afterwards at 8pm, we'll walk to a social wiki-dinner together at a neighborhood restaurant (to be decided).

We hope to see you there!--Pharos (talk) 07:11, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

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The Charles

Hello. I thought you might be able to take a few pictures of The Charles on the Upper East Side, and possibly expand it. Please reply on my talkpage if you do. Thank you.Zigzig20s (talk) 00:01, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Feliz Navidad

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"Feliz Navidad and a Prospero Año Nuevo"
(Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year)
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Global account

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Saturday February 7 in NYC: Black Life Matters Editathon

Saturday February 7 in NYC: Black Life Matters Editathon
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You are invited to join us at New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for our upcoming editathon, a part of the Black WikiHistory Month campaign (which also includes events in Brooklyn and Westchester!).

12:00pm - 5:00 pm at NYPL Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue), by W 135th St

The Wikipedia training and editathon will take place in the Aaron Douglas Reading Room of the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, with a reception following in the Langston Hughes lobby on the first floor of the building at 5:00pm.

We hope to see you there!--Pharos (talk) 06:02, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

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