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WikiProject Yorkshire Newsletter - June 2014[edit]

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01:09, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

The Germans[edit]

How do my edits to The Germans (made when I wasn't logged in – the ones about the silly walk) not make sense? Cleese was goose stepping in a manner similar to that of the silly walk. Esszet (talk) 20:08, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

It wasn't similar to "the silly walk" (which silly walk?), it was a silly walk. "Goose-stepping" gets mentioned later in the article, so I see no need to mention it in the summary in the opening paragraph. It just seems like an overly complicated and unclear way to describe a simple concept. -- Dr Greg  talk  20:18, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
I've made a couple more changes to the article. Is that better? -- Dr Greg  talk  20:40, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
That is better, but the silly walk is Cleese's silly walk from The Ministry of Silly Walks Monty Python sketch. So no, they're not the same thing. Esszet (talk) 00:09, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway....the response from the academic to whom doubts were cast on his veracity of information.[edit]

Please refer to the now-updated body text matter of the Wikipedia article as the elderly retired professor who knows the detailed history of the line very well and of the period up to 1845 where his access to the company minutes has revealed much in the way of previously unpublished matter. He visited me yesterday and noting that someone at Wikipedia has cast doubts on the veracity of his long-known information, used my own HP compueter system to enter all his information on both Crow Hall Halt and Roe Buck Halt and the reasons why both of these were relocated in a very short period of time and the position to where they were both relocated. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Paul Sidorczuk (talkcontribs) 09:00, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Conversation continued at Talk:Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway#Roebuck Halt and Crow Hall Halt -- Dr Greg  talk  13:56, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Possible typo[edit]

I wouldn't want to edit anyone else's comment on a talk page, but I think on User talk:Fraserisepic2 you typed "Falkirk is listed as part of the Greater Glasgow Urban Area" when you meant "Paisley is listed...". --Deskford (talk) 18:57, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

Oops, thanks for pointing that out! -- Dr Greg  talk  19:21, 23 June 2014 (UTC)
I see he came back and changed Falkirk to Paisley again. I'll try to keep and eye on the page, but I'm not always online much. --Deskford (talk) 21:38, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject Yorkshire Newsletter - July 2014[edit]

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00:34, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

Location map templates/modules - help?[edit]

I see that you revised 'Infobox GB bus station' "for compatibility with newer location maps implemented as modules instead of templates".

I'm trying to do a location map for Milton Keynes (to use e.g. at Milton Keynes Coachway) but I haven't been able to find any doc page to tell me how. I wonder if you would be willing to help me (a) to do it or (b) tell me where to find the doc.

  1. I've created a suitable map at File:Location map United Kingdom Milton Keynes.png in Wikicommons
  2. If I try just to barge in and create a template page, I get a message telling me to create a module first.
  3. So (following the example at Preston), I've created Module:Location map/data/United Kingdom Milton Keynes
  4. I'm still not allowed to create the template page. What have I missed?

Thanks in advance. --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 18:41, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

Dr Greg is located in Milton Keynes
Dr Greg
Dr Greg (Milton Keynes)
You shouldn't need to do anything else. No template is required; the module takes its place. But you have made a mistake in the coordinates for "left" and "right". According to Milton Keynes the town centre is at lat=52.04 long=-0.76 which does not lie within the boundaries you specified. Where did you get them from? Sorry I don't know what the correct values should be.
To get the map, right, to work, I had to use a false value {{Location map|United Kingdom Milton Keynes|lat=52.04|long=-0.875}}.
In fact, looking again where my red spot is, the "top" and "bottom" can't be right, either.
When I created my map of Preston, I made careful note of the map limits displayed by Openstreetmap when I exported the image. -- Dr Greg  talk  19:16, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
That's probably it. I didn't make "careful note of the map limits displayed by Openstreetmap when I exported the image". So I had to do it by eyeballing the image and using Google mapping to find the equivalent geodata. I'm annoyed with myself for not doing the basic sanity check that you did. I'll send myself to bed without any supper and look at it again tomorrow if poss. Thank you. --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 22:31, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
The easiest solution might be to upload a new version of the map image (exported with known limits) on top of the old one.
P.S. I now think there's no need to include the ", Buckinghamshire" disambiguator within the module. I've just removed the ", Lancashire" disambiguator from inside Module:Location map/data/United Kingdom Preston‎ on the grounds that the context in which these maps are used will provide the disambiguation, if needed. The 'name' field is used to provide default captions and default alt text, e.g. "Milton Keynes Coachway is located in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire" -- Dr Greg  talk  00:02, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
New map done, with precise data for edges. ', Buckinghamshire' deleted. Milton Keynes Coachway updated with new map, and it works [though I think it very odd that if users click on the map expecting to see a full screen map with a large pin on it, they will be sorely disappointed and surprised. Can we do anything about this?]. Thanks for your help! --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 14:39, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
"Can we do anything about this?" I don't think so, but you could try asking at Module talk:Location map. -- Dr Greg  talk  17:34, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

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