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two things[edit]

Thanks for tidying this up. Only so you know, there would have been nothing untowards about leaving in the bit about how you came up with the new user name.

You are welcome to write a few straightforward paragraphs about powers of 1024 prefixes on your user page. Your outlook on this topic has not been the worry but rather, how you've tried to wedge your outlook into how the prefixes are handled on en.WP. The time may come to use them here. When it does, it'll likely happen fairly quickly and easily. Gwen Gale (talk) 08:55, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

Reference articles[edit]

Thank you for your offer to help, which I gladly accept. Could you provide references to the papers by Horton and more recent publications you have in mind that can be used as references for criticism of the sloppy conventions around the decibel? You can put them on User talk:Boute/Decibel draft or on Talk:Decibel to keep decibel-related material together. Boute (talk) 09:17, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

I tried to find the original 1924 and 1929 papers by Martin by Googling BSTJ and discovered the complete BSTJ collection on the Alcatel-Lucent BSTJ site. A real treasure trove! Boute (talk) 14:24, 22 March 2011 (UTC)

Revision history of Timeline of binary prefixes[edit]

Could you be a bit more specific about what statements you want references for? I.e that certain machines were decimal vs binary? What I added summarizes a lot of the info in the timeline itself and is referenced there.--agr (talk) 18:41, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

Mostly what I meant was a reference for which computers use decimal storage and which ones binary; the reason for placing the tag at the end of the paragraph was to also include stated usage of '8K' and '65K'. If these are all covered by existing cites later in the article, then feel free to remove the tag. Dondervogel 2 (talk) 10:51, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

Rational for Binary Prefixes[edit]

How about adding something like the following to the T2 list of why not to deprecate:

The computer itself does not account for the number of bytes using binary prefixes, but someone in the 1980s decided to report memory, file and HDD size in this manner. As such, the use of Binary Prefixes is only a convention. Altering this convention to agree with SI Prefixes could have been done at any time as Apple did in 2009; however, for some reason it just stuck this way for much of the computer industry.

Snow Leopard changes how file and drive sizes are calculated

Tom94022 (talk) 00:01, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

You know more about the history than I do, so feel free to add this to the list if you feel it's important. I think the case against deprecation is overwhelming, but what the heck. Dondervogel 2 (talk) 09:37, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

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Knot (unit)[edit]

Please see Talk:Knot_(unit)#ISO_status. . . Jim - Jameslwoodward (talk to mecontribs) 16:06, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

Thanks. I have replied there. Dondervogel 2 (talk) 17:04, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

General principles in WP:MOSNUM[edit]

Hi Dondervogel2

Here are some quotes that may be of interest to you:

The first two paragraphs of WP:MOSNUM:

This part of the Manual of Style helps editors to achieve consistency in the use and formatting of numbers, dates, times, measurements, currencies, and coordinates in Wikipedia articles. Consistency in style and formatting promotes clarity and cohesion; this is especially important within an article. The goal is to make the whole encyclopedia easier and more intuitive to use. Try to write so the text cannot be misunderstood, and take account of what is likely to be familiar to readers—the less they have to look up definitions, the easier it is to be understood. Where this manual provides options, consistency should be maintained within an article unless there is a good reason to do otherwise. In direct quotations, the original text should be preserved. The Arbitration Committee has ruled that editors should not change an article from one guideline-defined style to another without a substantial reason unrelated to mere choice of style, and that revert-warring over optional styles is unacceptable.[1] If discussion cannot determine which style to use in an article, defer to the style used by the first major contributor.

Here is the opening paragraph of Unit Conversions:

Where English-speaking countries use different units for the same quantity, follow the "primary" quantity with a conversion in parentheses. This enables more readers to understand the quantity. Examples: the Mississippi River is 2,320 miles (3,734 km) long; the Murray River is 2,375 kilometres (1,476 mi) long.

Other principles are scattered through the text such as advice on conversion errors.

I hope that helps:

Best wishes, Michael Glass (talk) 12:58, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for taking the troubling of quoting this text from mosnum. What I meant was something more specific about units. I am suggesting it would be useful to precede the section entitled "Units" with some guiding principles about the choice of units, transcending the disccussion of "which units system?. For example
  • Units are familiar and unambiguous
  • If an article begins in one unit (eg yard) it does not switch to another (eg metre) half-way through
  • If a unit is defined as one quantity (eg decade meaning ten years) it does not switch to another meaninf (eg decade meaning factor 10 in frequency) half-way through
Dondervogel 2 (talk) 13:58, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
I think that's a good idea in principle. However, I think we also need to look at the general structure of the whole section on which unit to use. I would need to flesh it out myself, but I think we need to begin with general principles and then work towards specific examples. At the moment the section tends to chop and change, and this causes duplications, and some confusion. An example of duplication is the advice to use miles on roads in the section on UK engineering articles, which largely duplicates the advice on using miles in the general section on UK articles, though arguably with a different, stricter, emphasis.
The structure, with its emphasis on the exceptions rather than the general rule, means that UK engineering articles have their own subheading while 'all other articles' which includes a far larger array of articles, is simply a dot point.
In short, I think there's a lot of work to be done to make the structure of the section more logical and consistent. However, I think that there is a heading waiting for your proposed addition: Which unit to use. Michael Glass (talk) 10:50, 19 October 2013 (UTC)

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I was not aware of removing a citation. Which one did I remove? Dondervogel 2 (talk) 20:58, 2 December 2013 (UTC)
Hmmmm, I don't see the removal I thought I saw earlier. Perhaps it was because I just woke up then and was undoing a lot of vandalism before that. However, this edit you made inserts a bare URL and I reverted that along with your previous edit explaining my revert of both as Unexplained removal of citations and insertion of non-preferred format.
I guess never mind the removal. Sorry. —EncMstr (talk) 00:43, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

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