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Cheers and good luck, Ingoolemo talk 15:52, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

Nice Work[edit]

Out of curiousity, what reference are you using? McNeight 02:01, 15 December 2005 (UTC)

And, I meant your work on List of military aircraft of the United States. McNeight 02:22, 15 December 2005 (UTC)

Primarily, I used my own page, which is the link given at the bottom, under References and External Links. I compiled that from a number of books and webpages. The best websites are probably Andreas Parsch's page, Joe Baugher's page, and Aerofiles. The Yahoo web group on military aviation designations is very good too. Derekbridges 18:28, 16 December 2005 (UTC)

List of military aircraft of the United States Changes[edit]

Why the changes on List of military aircraft of the United States for Liaison and Utility? L-26 can be traced to all three companies, and is there any real difference between linking to U-22 Bonanza versus Beechcraft Bonanza? It looks like there is some kind of standard you are working off of. McNeight 21:19, 16 December 2005 (UTC)

Two issues here: for the L-26, I cut the list of companies down to the original name of the company when the designation was given. I hate to see things like Boeing F-15 Eagle when it should be McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. By looking at the McDonnell Douglas page, you can see that Boeing owns them now. The way you listed the companies was fine, in my opinion, since you had all of the companies, but it looks cleaner without losing any information if you just use the original company. It's not based on any standard I know of, other than my personal preference. (Of course, the original company I put in for the L-26 may be wrong, but I think it's right based on what I could find.)
For the U-22 Bonanza, I changed the link since it redirects to Beechcraft Bonanza anyway. You can change it back if you want, but I don't see any reason to unless you're going to create a U-22 Bonanza page. One other thing that I like to nitpick about is the military name vs. the civilian name - I don't think the U-22 was called the Bonanza in military service. I can't find any reference one way or the other, so I left it as is. Derekbridges 01:07, 17 December 2005 (UTC)
For the L-26, that's completely understandable. There really isn't a reason to list a second manufacturer unless they were a significant contributor to the original design, like the Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey. Part of what I didn't like about the three manufacturers for the Aero Commander is that two of them were stubs, but that shouldn't be imposed on the aircraft listing.
For the U-22 Bonanza, I agree that the military name isn't automatically going to be the same as the civilian name. In fact, I now remember that the U-22 was really used as a sensor platform in Vietnam as the QU-22 "Pave Eagle" [1] [2]. And the YAU-22 PAVE COIN evaluation aircraft (Bonanza with hardpoints) just freaks me out.
I've noticed however that there are a number of page redirects such as U-22 Bonanza and U-16 Albatross that seem to be for search-engine reference only. McNeight 02:01, 17 December 2005 (UTC)

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I meant to create that in my own user namespace. No problem in deleting it for now. Derekbridges (talk) 18:56, 26 June 2010 (UTC)

July 2010[edit]

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Army Mine Planters[edit]

I noticed you have cleaned up some links and did some other work in the USAMP area. I was puzzled as to why you deleted the category "Mine planters of the United States Army" as that was the predominant WW II service of those ships and, by removing the category, they vanish from the listing of mine planters for readers interested in the entire group. I have restored the category for those reasons. It would perhaps be better to have separate entries for the ships under the Army names and then linked Navy entries, though for most that was sitting in reserve or brief. The real problem is that the Army did not do service histories for these ships as did Navy and CG and even their full duty station assignments are sometimes vague. NH&HC DANFS for most is sketchy as well. Probably the most notable service and best documented history for those that eventually transferred was the USCG service period and that deserves an entry. I've been off on other projects and completely neglected some planned Army vessel additions here so if you are interested it will be nice to have some help. Palmeira (talk) 22:22, 9 September 2010 (UTC)

List of United States Navy ships: S[edit]

Hello. I have reverted your changes on that page because you didn't explain why you changed all the pennant numbers to 1. And honestly, that doesn't make al lot of sense. De728631 (talk) 19:19, 3 July 2011 (UTC)

I didn't change any pennant numbers to 1. If you look at my revisions, I converted the links from the normal format to use the USS template. Derekbridges (talk) 23:05, 3 July 2011 (UTC)
Ok, good job then, but at first it was really confusing because you didn't make any statement in the edit summary. Regards, De728631 (talk) 19:15, 4 July 2011 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Nice work on the List of ships of the US navy. Your hard work is much appreciated. Bonewah (talk) 02:01, 7 July 2011 (UTC)
Thanks! Derekbridges (talk) 21:05, 16 July 2011 (UTC)

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Excellent[edit]

I noticed that you made the proper links to the ships mentioned in the article "LIst of Puerto Rican military personnel" and I thank you for it. I was wondering if you could drop by three other articles and do the same for the ships mentioned in their respective "World War II" sections. They are: "Military history of Puerto Rico", "Puerto Ricans in World War II" and "Hispanic Americans in World War II". Thank you Tony the Marine (talk) 14:57, 14 May 2012 (UTC)

June 2012[edit]

Derekbridges, You might consider writing something (anything) on your WP:User page. It will get the red out of your edit histories. Happy editing. 7&6=thirteen () 15:13, 13 June 2012 (UTC)

Reformatting ship links[edit]

Can I ask why you're reformatting ship links en masse? As I understand it, the {{ship}} and {{sclass}} templates are an editing shortcut, for those who don't want to type out the entire ship name twice; they make no difference to the way the link is displayed on the page. If someone has taken the time to type out the wikilink in full, changing the link into a template is completely pointless, and possibly detrimental – there may well be reasons why the templates aren't being used. For instance, the "List of shipwrecks" pages are most frequently edited by new users, unfamiliar with template syntax, who tend to copy the format of the other entries when adding a new item to the list. Wikilinks are fairly easy to grasp, but it's pretty much impossible to figure out how the ship templates work from first principles, without knowing how to navigate to the template page and read the documentation. In addition to that, adding hundreds of templates to a page really slows down loading times. So just, please, stop converting wikilinks to templates unless you've got a very good reason. Or at least stay away from the lists of shipwrecks. DoctorKubla (talk) 20:27, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your work in fixing ship links all around Wikipedia, please accept this barnstar. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 16:17, 16 February 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! Derekbridges (talk) 16:23, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

February 2013[edit]

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Ship class template[edit]

Thanks for working on the ship class templates - keep up the good work there. Just wanted to say, since I noticed you depluralising the lead articles on occasion, that this was discussed at WP:SHIPS a short time back and the general consensus seemed to be that pluralising the ship class article in the lead of the template was a good idea. - The Bushranger One ping only 04:43, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

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Heh...[edit]

Funny what muscle memory will do. Thanks for catching that :) Parsecboy (talk) 21:11, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

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Template:Ship[edit]

Hi I would like to know your opinion in this issue: Talk:List of ships of the Chilean Navy#Template:Ship. --Best regards, Keysanger (what?) 10:31, 27 June 2013 (UTC)

See my related response under the "ship links" heading below. --Derekbridges (talk) 17:55, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

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ship links[edit]

Why are you changing perfectly good ship template links into regular links? You're spending a lot of time making changes that are invisible to the reader and have no appreciable effect on loading times? Furthermore you seem to be unaware that pre-dreadnought redirects to pre-dreadnought battleship so changing the phrase into two separate links is pointless? Please stop these senseless changes.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 16:54, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

I've had others complain when I do use the ship templates: "Moreover, as I understand the template, it is a overload for the wikipedia server 1) to read the template, 2)convert to simple wikilink and 3)then to render as html code. The simple wikilink reduces the last to 2 steps. According to the template page, the {{ship}} is a typing short cut for linking to ship articles." - Keysanger (talk) Now, I'm told that it's an issue when I don't use the ship templates. I'm only trying to fix up small formatting changes since I don't have access to references, etc. The resulting text is the same if I use the ship template or not, and I thought by making the changes I was reducing page loading times and load on Wikipedia servers (based on earlier comments). If I can get a clear explanation on whether it's better to use the ship templates or not, I'll use the better option. --Derekbridges (talk) 17:55, 17 July 2013 (UTC)
@Derekbridges, it is not fair to cite partially. Here the complete contrib in Talk:List of ships of the Chilean Navy :
Hi Derekbridges,
The template doesn't allow to change the ships name from "Almirante Cochrane" to "Cochrane" (just to list all "Cochrane"s). Moreover, as I understand the template, it is a overload for the wikipedia server 1) to read the template, 2)convert to simple wikilink and 3)then to render as html code. The simple wikilink reduces the last to 2 steps. According to the template page, the {{ship}} is a typing short cut for linking to ship articles. But if the link is already typed, what is the reason for the substitution?. --Best regards, Keysanger (what?) 10:29, 27 June 2013 (UTC)
I understand what you're saying, but the underlying concern would be why are you bothering since the changes are invisible to the reader? Keysanger may have a valid point about lists with a bunch of templates on them, I don't know, but I really doubt that one or two templates make any difference. Somewhere there's a policy or guideline that says don't bother to make changes that only tidy up the code and that's what I feel you've been doing. I'd much rather have you going around cleaning up typos, etc. that are visibly wrong, than fussing over this behind-the-scenes stuff.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 13:57, 18 July 2013 (UTC)
@Derekbridges, I think you are making unneeded changes. --Best regards, Keysanger (what?) 08:26, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

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French destroyers[edit]

Hello Derek
I notice you created a template for the Adroit-class destroyers, with the edit summary "create template; definite articles in names need to be checked".
You may be interested to know there’s been a fairly drawn-out discussion on this, which you can see on the talk page, and at WP:SHIPS.
As far as I can see the French Navy (for some reason best known to itself) gave a number of its ships names with the definite article in them in the 30’s and 40’s, including a number of the Adroits (BTW it’s actually L’Adroit, according to the sources I’ve seen)
The sources on the page confirm this (Links, and Refs: And this is what Conway says) though if you find any that say otherwise I’d be interested to see them; I’ve drawn a blank on it.
You'll notice I put it as a request move, which got knocked back (which is really frustrating; though I am seriously considering moving them regardless) so I'm hardly a disinterested party; but hopefully the sources and the discussions speak for themselves
Anyway, keep up the good work, Xyl 54 (talk) 00:30, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

I can see what you mean about the drawn out discussion. I don't have any sources one way or another; I was just going by what is on the wiki. I see that the list of ships at Adroit-class destroyer has some names with definite articles (even if the page title doesn't). I checked the French Wikipedia just now, and it seems that they can't decide whether or not to use the articles either. I think I'm going to create a L'Adroit-class template using (some) names with definite articles and redirect the Adroit template there. It can always be fixed if evidence is found later. Derekbridges (talk) 19:18, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
Ah well, I've grasped the nettle and moved the class articles; I'll just have to see if the sky falls on my head because of it.
The French WP article(s) for these three are problematic, as they were copied from the English WP articles, IIRC (there's an attribution tag on them tucked away on each) so they aren't particularly probative.
Also (just to clarify) it is only a few French ships whose names have the definite article, and it seems it was only for a limited period they were doing this: the one's you've listed on the L'Adroit and Le Hardi templates are correct, by the sources I have. The only other destroyer class this affected was the Le Fantasque class; I don't know that you've done that one yet. Also the La Melpomene torpedo boats, and some submarine classes, but they've been done already, I think. Xyl 54 (talk) 23:06, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
PS: You seem to have re-done the templates by creating a new page and cutting-and-pasting the content, is that right? I don't know if you know, but there's a page move function (on the tool bar, the down arrow next to the search box) which simply moves the page to a new title. Cut-and-paste moves aren't very popular, as they tend to lose the articles edit history along the way. As it's all your own work it shouldn't be a big deal, but using the page move is better; it makes things easier also. Regards, Xyl 54 (talk) 23:16, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

Redirects[edit]

Hello. I noticed that you've been creating a large number of ship-related redirects lately. Could you add {{WikiProject Ships|class=redirect}} on the talk page when you create them so that other WP:SHIPS editors would not have to tag them? Thank you. Tupsumato (talk) 21:34, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

Sure, I can do that. No problem. Derekbridges (talk) 02:55, 18 September 2013 (UTC)
Lately, I have noticed that a large number of redirects have gone unassessed. If possible, could you again tag them as you create them? Thank you in advance. Tupsumato (talk) 08:37, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Strange[edit]

Do you have any idea why Thewolfchild (talk · contribs) would be editing your user page? Is this something you want him/her doing? Toddst1 (talk) 20:51, 10 November 2013 (UTC)

I have no idea why anyone (even me, since it was blank before) would edit my user page. I don't appreciate it, and I'm going to try to find out why it happened. Thanks for letting me know. Derekbridges (talk) 04:29, 11 November 2013 (UTC)
Just as strange... why does Toddst care? Surely Derek doesn't need anyone to point out what happening on his own user page. Anyways... Derek, I have replied to you on my talk page. FYI, I'm deleting it in 24 hours. - thewolfchild 01:36, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

Request for assistance[edit]

Hi, Derek. First off I must apologize if this is not the correct path to follow, or if I'm botching up Wikipedia by even trying to add this post. I noticed, pretty much by random, that you have done some work on Wikipedia with regard to various ships. I've been conducting a bit of research involving a sailor from the U.S. Civil War and have found reference to him having served upon a ship (specifically, a U.S. gunboat) called the "State of Georgia" or just "Georgia" for short. However, there is no page for this ship on Wikipedia. There are four ships named "Georgia" listed, but two are Confederate ships and the other two are post-Civil War. My understanding of the workings of Wikipedia are very limited and I don't really know how to create a page for the ship I'm talking about. Would this be something you can assist with, or point me in the right direction? Unfortunately, I don't have much on the history of this ship. I was just hoping to at least create a page with the name and approximate time of the ship's service, and make it look like one of those pages like I've seen which ask others with better knowledge to add knowledge/documentation as they happen upon the page. Basically all I know at this time is that it was a U.S. gunboat in the U.S. Navy and that served on the Union side during the Civil War. I've found a couple of online references to it. One is here and the other is here. (I hope I did those links correctly). I look forward to any suggestions you may have. Thanks very much for your time! SpacemanSpiff27 (talk) 05:23, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

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