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For expanding and improving the astrophotography article. serioushat 00:07, 4 June 2010 (UTC)


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This Barnstar is awarded to User:Fountains of Bryn Mawr for their tireless efforts to improve numerous astronomy - related articles.Trilobitealive (talk) 01:27, 30 July 2010 (UTC)

Yes, someone pays attention. I've been impressed with your work on lots of these articles, especially the small efforts which take a lot of thought but aren't noticeable to the casual reader. (If you decide to move this barnstar to your user page you can modify the gender of the award if desired, with information on the Template:The Working Man's Barnstar page. Regards. Trilobitealive (talk) 01:27, 30 July 2010 (UTC)

Good Article promotion[edit]

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Thanks for all the work you did in making Reflector sight a certified "Good Article"! Your work is much appreciated.

In the spirit of celebration, you may wish to review one of the Good Article nominees that someone else nominated, as there is currently a backlog, and any help is appreciated. All the best, – Quadell (talk)

List of telescope parts and construction[edit]

You have made the article look really good. I'm proud to be a small part of the effort but you have devoted substantial work to these articles where I'm just a small time dabbler. I haven't reviewed criteria for turning a list article into a glossary article. But this article does have a number of links so I'd hesitate to move it. Perhaps it might be good to create a glossary article as a redirect to this one? Perhaps you could ask the question and post it on the article talk page? Keep up the good work! Trilobitealive (talk) 16:36, 8 January 2012 (UTC)

Depth of Field (Binoculars)[edit]

I'm puzzled by your "You may want to inline tag the parts that seem incorrect". I was suggesting adding to the article. Thanks for responding, though ! -- (talk) 03:35, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

Your addition to talk started "People comparing different brands" and talked about "spin" which I assumed meant it was something about what other editors added (talk pages are about edits). If you are talking about "life in general" I can see that. If you want to suggest a modification you can always cite the sources that follow what you think should be added. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 13:35, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

Retiflector sight[edit]

I am an unskilled user and am not sure how to use Wikipedia. I'd love to converse with you directly, since I have a fourth figure to illustrate the retiflector sight but don't know how to add it.

If you don't mind discussing it, please e-mail me at


Ross — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rosswhis (talkcontribs) 20:45, 25 August 2012 (UTC)

Here is my list of references to the retiflector configuration:

Sight Reference

Chrétien Fundamentals of optical engineering, by D.H. Jacobs McGraw-Hill Book Company, inc., 1943 OPL Notice Provisoire sur le Collimateur R.X.39, Société Optique et Précision de Levallois, Paris, Juin 1940 N-8 Handbook of Instructions with Parts Catalog for the Retiflector Gun Sight Types N-8 and N-8A, Tech.Order 11-35-9, USAAF, April 20, 1944

X-1 Bombsights - Type X-1 Reflex Sight, Tech. Order 11-30-74, USAAF, December, 1944 CAI Bourns/CAI product information, Optical Reflex Gunsights, Typical Optical Reflex Gunsights, data sheet CAI Product Information, Norsight Optical Gunsight Bowen Optical Instruments, Summary Technical Report of Division 16, NDRC, Washington, D.C., 1946, 494 - 498

NIFE A New Type of Reflecting Sight, J. Vogl and S. Täcklind, JOSA, Vol. 37, No. 12, 975-978, December, 1947

B-29 ... central station fire control system ..., Tech. Orders 11-70A-1 and -2, USAAF, 1945

As I said, I am not proficient with Wikipedia, and would much prefer that you edit the Reflector Sights article using whatever you wish from my input. I have a Fig. 4, illustrating the retiflector configuration. It is a subclass of reflector sights. I can e-mail this figure to you if I have your e-mail address. I can see no way to attach it to this message.

The interposed reflector plate does not provide any offset deflections to the line of sight. The retiflector is simply a reconfiguration of the components of a "normal" reflector sight that provides a more compact package.

Regards, Rosswhis (talk) 19:55, 26 August 2012 (UTC)

Hi, if the diagram is yours you can upload it to Wikipedia---> If it is from any of those post mid-1940s sources you could give it some "fair use" license, it would not suitable under a free use on Wikipedia since the cutoff is 1923 or older. You could put it up at a free Google website or Google Docs or some message board and let me know where it is. I will be glad to look through the material and take a stab at adding it Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 20:50, 26 August 2012 (UTC)
I looked at your various suggested methods of transmission, and, at 85, they are too complicated for me. As a alternative, I have set up a hotmail account FofBM@hotmail with a password of Retiflector1 and attached the text, diagram and references. Please feel free to do with them what you want.
Hi, got the document at the account. Thanks for going to the trouble to set it up. One problem... its an RTF file with no image inserted, just text. I think RTF only supports text. If there was an image you can probably get it to work by going SAVE AS....--->.DOC format, if this is Word, and re-sending the .DOC file. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 15:44, 27 August 2012 (UTC)
I have tried again, and I hope with success. I'm glad for the delay. With red face I must confess that I had a reference wrong. What I remembered as a Chretien design was actually Michelin.
The refernce should be
  • Michelin Fundamentals of optical engineering, by D.H. Jacobs McGraw-Hill Book Company, inc., 1943 page 242]and Michelin should replace Chretien in the text.
I'm sorry to have been so hamhanded in all this, but I think it's done now.
Ross Rosswhis (talk) 19:29, 27 August 2012 (UTC)
Got the document and it looks fine. Image is attached. Think you did fine sending this and the Hotmail is a stroke of genius.
One of the challenges of an encyclopedia is categorizing things. Encyclopedias describe "things" and have to be broken down into logical articles and sections. Is something part of one article, is it part of another, is it the "same thing" or a "different thing". And sometimes someone comes up with an addition that says, "hey, you missed this part".
So looking at the drawing you supplied makes it all much clearer and shows what needs expanding. From what I can see the Retiflector sight depiction shows it is not a new basic type, it is a collimated image turned 90 degrees off a 45 degree beam splitter. Same thing used in the first 1900 sight all the way up to modern HUDs. The optical path to get to that final arrangement may take a few twists and turns but it is the same end resault.
The "part missed" is an explanation that mirrors can be used as well as lenses to create a collimator.
"Retiflector sight" itself could be a stand alone article in Wikipedia... I will do that (with you permission to use the diagram)... and put it up some time soon. That article can then be linked to the related articles on the topic. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 17:09, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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I just wanted to let you know that your work on the Nikola Tesla article is appreciated. You have been very forthcoming in discussing changes with other editors, and you consistently balance the teamwork approach with a bold editing philosophy. Well done! – MrX 15:34, 7 September 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the compliment. The article in question seems to be getting overall good faith editing, although whats added sometimes seems to need a "flip" end to end to bring it in line with tone. I hope I don't make people airsick with the flips ;) Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 01:18, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

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For defending, improving, and creating content related to telescopes and astronomy - Congratulations. Fotaun (talk) 02:00, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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ty for the compliment. Really didn't see the end result coming. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 22:23, 28 February 2013 (UTC)

I don't know[edit]

I don't know any references, I'm just trying to get a non-featured article in line with a featured article. I'll just leave it then. But I will add that either way, "our" is still supposedly wrong because there's meant to be a third-person view on humanity, see Human and its talk page FAQ, so it should still be at least "the Earth's Solar System" or "the Solar System of the Earth" or "Humanity's Solar System" or whatever.--occono (talk) 21:41, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

Mike Sparks[edit]

As the page on sources notes, one should only use as evidence sites which have a reputation for accuracy and reliability, not sites which may theoretically have altered or forged any given document they host. A bare reference to the relevant source is better than a link to a site belonging to someone with a reputation as a crank and a liar. The section on Montague bikes I removed because other than the link to combatreform it's had no citations since 2009, which is a long time for an unreferenced section to be hanging around. Herr Gruber (talk) 21:00, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

This is not just "my opinion," it is the opinion of everyone who has ever had any contact with Mike Sparks. He is a lunatic. Hell, read this.
"It's possibly because Hitler was secretly a British agent for Germany's destruction and he needed a neutral country to flee to when the war ended... Moreover, if the Germans escaped in good order, taking high technologies like Anti-Gravity Craft (AGC)...this possibility lead me to Jane's aerospace writer, Nick Cook's book, The Hunt for Zero Point. As I was reading it, a passage hit me over the head. He stated that one group who would know the full extent of Nazi flying saucer technologies, as well as their escape, was Ian Fleming's 30 Assault Unit commandos who captured all their records at war's end."
This is not the sort of person you turn to for data on anything but what insane people think of an issue. I don't know why you think linking to an online copy is in any way necessary anyway, all you need to do is name the reference material that is being cited, which the article does in its current form. Herr Gruber (talk) 21:15, 13 March 2013 (UTC)
You just need for them to be able to look it up in a reference library or similar. There are plenty of articles even at FA standard that don't link to online copies of sources. Herr Gruber (talk) 08:10, 14 March 2013 (UTC) cleanup Project sub-page[edit]

Hi Bryn, With each link I click, its revealed more and more to me just how much of an unmitigated mess that ALL of the gun and firearm (and often their useless derivative articles) are. What do you think of the creation of a sub-page off of the main Project page so that we can organize the effort. Starting with a master list of articles to fix, clean up, delete, merge, etc. and then we categorize appropriately from there. There are just too many to keep track of across multiple Talk pages. Better yet, I'm pretty sure that I can bring in several other firearm informed (but neutral) editors to assist with the efforts. --Scalhotrod - Just your average banjo playing, drag racing, cowboy... (talk) 16:42, 5 April 2013 (UTC)

A sub-page sounds good. I can add some input as I see it where I can. Most of what I noticed is the problem with any article on a topic with a vast number of "aficionados", people singularly or in a small sub-group base an article on their personal knowledge instead of WP:V. Articles like Small arm and Personal weapon, even though one sub-group claims it as an exact definition, are a slam-dunk redirects to Firearm as far as WP:CCPOL goes. We only have one article per description, any sub description should be in that article. I guess another approach would be to post at Wikipedia:WikiProject Firearms talk page (which you already started), list the redundant articles, and ask for views on why we should not follow WP:CCPOL. Redirecting redundant articles is covered by consensus so you don't need further consensus to do it per: WP:LOCALCONSENSUS. Merge tags redirected to that discussion could be used as well. My two cents. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 18:31, 5 April 2013 (UTC)
Before I go off "half cocked" (sorry, woke up early and I'm punchy), I left a message on the Firearm Project coordinator's (User:Mike Searson) talk page asking for input and guidance. The last thing we need is opposition from the "powers on high". Its always better to work with the system than outside of or against it... :) Anyway, once we get Mike's (assuming we get any) input, we can proceed from there. Seem reasonable? --Scalhotrod - Just your average banjo playing, drag racing, cowboy... (talk) 14:34, 6 April 2013 (UTC)
Sounds good to me. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 17:47, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Firearms, enlisting your support[edit]

So we have the go ahead from the Firearms Project to go ahead and use the Project to list and organize the articles that need fixing. I'd say we just start listing them in the section that seems most appropriate and work from there. I'm off to recruit help. --Scalhotrod - Just your average banjo playing, drag racing, cowboy... (talk) 06:19, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Mapping the Global Economy[edit]

Hi Fountains of Bryn Mawr, I am looking for volunteers to re-create the link below for all 196 countries. The goal of this project is to map out the global economy. Here is the project page — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mcnabber091 (talkcontribs) 03:45, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

I have started a discussion[edit]

here [1] to discuss religion at the Colombian Expo - better than getting the Admins involved. Einar aka Carptrash (talk) 14:35, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

3d printing[edit]

Saw your tag. Don't have a horse in this race, but  : The citation is only backing that the guy got a patent in 1984. The patent itself is surely a reliable source for that fact? (The "first" part, maybe we should remove, as the patent does not say anything towards that). Gaijin42 (talk) 14:52, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

Patents are primary sources. Any claim of invention, or even supporting whether the mention of the patent is notable, needs a reliable independent or third-party source. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 17:08, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

"Fight Forgery"[edit]

FYI: Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Velebit#03 November 2013. --Joy [shallot] (talk) 23:57, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

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Removal of Tesla Information[edit]

I am not sure why you are removing references and relevant information concerning Nikola Tesla. But it is a problem. --J. D. Redding 13:39, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

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Hi, I just undid your edit to the Tesla dab. There has been some edit warring over this in the past, so let's keep it the way it was. I have removed the word "controversial" from the html-comment. Hope you don't mind. Cheers - DVdm (talk) 16:16, 23 December 2013 (UTC)


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Happy New Year Fountains of Bryn Mawr![edit]

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Hello. I see you restored a tag to the small arms article today. Just wanted you to know, I did maybe a half-dozen edits on that page today, but I don't think any of them removed that tag. I'll double check - but I'm pretty sure. Lightbreather (talk) 03:32, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

The Question of Napoleon[edit]

Dear Fountains of Bryn Mawr,

I paste here the text I just wrote on the general discussion page.

Hi everyone,

I have been reading ancient discussions and several statements regarding Napoleon nationality/ethnicity/citizenship/origin and whatever. I seriously don't see why it's so hard to understand some provable facts. Napoleon was born in Corsica, an island off of Italy. At the time subject to the King of France but cultural, linguistic and ethnically belonging to the Italian nation. Furthermore, Italy as we know it geographically, does not comprehend only the Italian peninsula, but also its adjacent islands, therefore Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica. (see:

Italian is not just a citizenship but also an ethnicity, which predates the founding of the modern country of Italy. Certainly an ethnic group (such as the Kurds in present-day) can exist without having a country to call its own.

Napoleone Buonaparte, his original name, was ethnically Italian even though he had French citizenship. The same can be said to Catarina de' Medici, Giovanni Battista Lulli and many others young Italians emigrated to France.

If the latters are included (rightly so) as Italians, I don't see why Napoleon is not.

In Ratio Veritas (talk) 21:59, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi, this was replied to at the article talk page. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 22:02, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

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Timeline of electrical and electronic engineering[edit]

Hi I see that you have contributed to the article Timeline of electrical and electronic engineering. Thanks for the expansion. However you have concentrated on the newly established section of inventions. How about splitting the article and creating a new article titled "inventions in electrical engineering" ? Cheers. Nedim Ardoğa (talk) 20:30, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

Personal Problem[edit]

Dear Fountains of Bryn Mawr,

Straight to the point: what is your problem? I have been trying to do my honest job so far, adding new informations, enriching Italian articles as long as I can. Therefore, It seems to me you have been working hard to disencourage my participation, portraying me as a nationalistic troll with "promotional" intent. After one week off I find a great part of my efforts deleted without a single word stressed. Honestly, why is that? If it is or not a false claim, it must be discussed in a civilian way with arguments rightly exposed. When I make any edit I always try to provide it with reliable sources. Usually academic and scientific papers an encyclopedic articles. Some claims may not have universal acceptance, but it doesn't mean is incorrect or innacurate. And if it really is, again, it must be discussed, as a sign of respect for people's efforts and time. I have a short history here in WP but I have already added almost 50/60 new Italians, almost 40 new entries in Italian inventions. I believe I must be treated in a kinder way. Best regards. In Ratio Veritas (talk) 14:21, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

Not trying to come off as a WP:BITE and forgive me if it seems that way. I would suggest you read through Wikipedia guidelines and policies. Those guidelines and policies are not mine, they come from consensus. Some pointers per guidelines and policies:
  • "When I make any edit I always try to provide it with reliable sources." Actually your sources are not "reliable sources" (I suggest you read Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources)
  • "Some claims may not have universal acceptance, but it doesn't mean is incorrect or innacurate." ....true, but it also means they are not encyclopedic. Such claims either should not appear in Wikipedia at all or should be presented as either opinion (citing it in text to the author) or as part of a two sided claim (presenting the opposing point of view). They should never be presented in Wikipedia as "fact" in the voice of Wikipedia (such as listing them in an article like List of Italian inventions).
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Thank you for your attention. I really appreciate it. Regards. In Ratio Veritas (talk) 18:13, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Recent edit to Nikola Tesla[edit]

Information.svg Hello, and thank you for your recent contribution. I appreciate the effort you made for our project, but unfortunately I had to undo your edit because I believe the article was better before you made that change. Removing historic information from over 100 years ago because the source is over 100 years old isn't a valid reason. The language used in the previous version adds context to help the reader understand what they understood about the technology at that time. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions. Thank you! C1776MTalk 17:31, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

You're absolutely right! I apologize. I have no idea how I misread that. Sorry for the un-needed revert. C1776MTalk 20:39, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
I see how it happened now, I was using STiki and your edit summary was truncated to only read "uses out modded wording/sources (over 100 years old)" and I saw a bunch of sourced information deleted. I got lazy and didn't go to the article and investigate further. Please accept my apologies. C1776MTalk 20:48, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
Accepted at your talk. ty Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 20:49, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Influences, influenced[edit]

Hmm. I've not seen that guideline before. I agree the lists can get ludicrously long, but I'm not sure I agree with limiting the list to personal contact only for earlier thinkers. When progress is over centuries rather than decades, very few people have personal contact. Taken literally the guideline means that Wikipedia would record almost no links between medieval thinkers, which is surely incorrect. Alhazen was heavily influenced by Ptolemy's theories of optics, and Alhazen in turn heavily influenced Roger Bacon. --Merlinme (talk) 14:17, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

I noticed the problem because I have seen the template abused in other articles and knew its basic parameters. The problem (from what I can glean from the template talk pages) is it becomes a matter of opinion and edit waring real fast. That may be why they limited it. You can always bring your thoughts up at the template talk page. If what was deleted in the template is notable then it should be added to the article in section form, (if its not there already) following WP:YESPOV guidelines of course. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 14:32, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
The Isaac Newton article doesn't seem to follow the guidelines, as Kepler is listed, who died before Newton was born. The Newton article does look like it could do with a bit of a cleanup, to be honest, but taken literally the guidelines means Henry More has a stronger claim to be in the Influences section than Kepler, which would be odd. Newton built directly on the work of Kepler, Henry More was someone he discussed the Book of Revelation with. Admittedly Newton spent a lot of time writing about and trying to understand the Book of Revelation, but in terms of his scientific influences More is surely irrelevant compared to Kepler, whose work is central to Newton's application of his theories to the solar system.
I note that "influences" and "influenced" have been deleted from the general people info box anyway, and to be honest it is a pain to keep it to a manageable length from all the POV people who want to show their favourite thinker influenced everyone. I'm not sure I have the energy to argue for changing the infobox "influenced" guidelines. But if we are to have those categories in the scientist info box, then I think it makes sense to say Kepler directly influenced Newton; and Ptolemy directly influenced Alhazen, who directly influenced Roger Bacon. --Merlinme (talk) 16:19, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

no your quite wrong[edit]

you deleted a short article which might prevent blindness please put it back

Hi, please note: Wikipedia articles do not contain advice, good, bad, or otherwise (see: WP:NOTGUIDE). It is possible to turn such advice into statements (such as my cleanup here). Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 15:28, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

WHY: wiki in various articles including the mentioned does give advice that the sun filter is shaded glass, and this is TERRIBLY WRONG advice, and totally incorrect

either edit all wiki to remove such advice or put back the warning

why there? your right advice cannot be scattered in all wiki but it can be in a few for those who bother to look, the will see (cand continue to see)

thank you for your junk filter concern but your wrong about "who had been emitting advice", by fact and theory — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:56, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

Perspective projection distortion[edit]

I am sure to mess up Wikipedia protocols until I learn more of the ropes. And that probably goes for this post. It seems that my current project of editing "Perspective projection distortion" needs my attention. One criticism appears to be regarding the Introduction. There was no heading Introduction when I started and which surprised me but it can be more or less seamlessly created with material already in the article. I will attempt to do so forthwith. There was also an allusion to my referencing my own work, i.e.,, but which entails new science and is the only reference for the purpose used. I welcome your further input. Patkelso (talk) 06:31, 7 May 2014 (UTC)Pat Kelso

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Could you kindly explain the reason why you removed my addition to the social seating page? If I was an airline manager, I would find that content very useful. Thank you. Sergiofly (talk) 19:46, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

Perspective projection distortion[edit]

I have reedited the Introduction to Perspective projection distortion with about a dozen new references but I cannot find the file. If you can please give me heads up email. Thanks. Patkelso (talk) 03:23, 15 May 2014 (UTC)Pat Kelso

I have an intriguing question for you regarding Foucault knife-edge test[edit]

Hi, I've not been actively editing astronomy articles (and have mostly been doing trivial edits when I do them) for some time now and so I'm behind on all the rules, policies and recommendations for handling questions like this. And I have lost track of all the administrators who know about such things. So I thought to ask you what is a good way to approach a recent edit by User:Sadlylacking on reference 5 of Foucault knife-edge test.

You can see in the article's revision history that the user (1) asserts they are the copyright owner of the reference (2) deletes a link to a previous version of the text of the reference where the copyright was owned by the writer and the person posting the website had permission to do so (3) posts a link to the Amazon website selling the current version of the book with copyright owned by a person other than the author. So this brings to mind questions regarding both advertisement and copyright. Which I can't answer because I'm not an expert on Wikipedia policies nor the laws nor even the rules of etiquette for such matters.

So here is the question. Which is the correct course of action (a) link should be deleted, thus avoiding further hoo ha, (b) edit should be reverted due to advertisement considerations, encyclopedic information considerations or other considerations (c) edit should not be reverted, based on avoidance of strife, consideration for the feelings of the current copyright owner or other reason? I for one am choosing (c) at present but I don't know if this is correct.

Which leads to the next question: If you don't know the answer who would? Is there a particular administrator who does these things.

Regardless of whether you can enlighten me I do enjoy following your edits and the astronomy articles from time to time but right now I've got too many other fish to fry except for an occasional edit here and there. Trilobitealive (talk) 04:03, 17 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi, took a look at it. I reverted it because the linked page says "(Reproduced with Permission)". There is a Wikipedia policy that says "don't link pirated materiel" (forget the link for it right now :() but I saw no evidence of that. I don't think linking an Amazon sales page is kosher and the editor would have to prove who they are to an admin. That's my quick take on it. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 12:20, 18 May 2014 (UTC)
That makes sense. I saw the disclaimer on the originally linked page. I'm sure there must be a policy about this somewhere but I'm only looking at Wikipedia a short amount of time so I try to avoid trouble. Trilobitealive (talk) 14:39, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

Perspective projection distortion[edit]

Mr. Fountains, I need a steer to showing references in ==References==. Might have found a work-around but very labor intensive. Also need a quick how-to for controlling sext size. Thank you. Pat Kelso (talk) 18:51, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

I just added references to your sandbox with the tag {{reflist}}. Text size is usually fixed. Normally you only change it in adding headings. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 19:07, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

Many thanks. In re: ==See also== Is there a comparable approach or is it "hunt and peck."Pat Kelso (talk) 03:44, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

sorry, slow on my Wiki this wekk. "See also" are listed by hand, normally you don't need that many if the article covers the topic well. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 12:05, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for heads-up on deletion of my three descriptive Wikipedia posts. I am the originator of the solutions posted. They were published by the Engineering Design Graphics Journal umpteen years ago and I am unaware if it was copywrited. Pat Kelso (talk) 19:28, 26 May 2014 (UTC)

Mr. Fouintains ... I would like to post stuff from this site,, but cannot find copywrite bug requested by Upload Wizard. but site does say this: "Links & copies We invite you to link to any page. You can also copy or display this exhibit for noncommercial purposes, if you clearly credit Christopher Tyler, Michael Kubovy and WebExhibits. Legal details."


Creative Commons License

You are free...

...To share, copy, distribute and transmit the exhibits.

Under the following conditions

Attribution. You must give WebExhibits credit. Thanks. Pat Kelso (talk) 18:14, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

From what I can figure out "noncommercial-use-only images are not permitted on Wikipedia." per Wikipedia talk:File copyright tags/Free licenses. So you probably can't use those images. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 15:08, 1 June 2014 (UTC)
Mr. Fountain
Have I fallen out with you?
Anyway, I went to what I thought was my Sandbox site and did I'm not sure what. But I noticed too late that my Sandbox site had some how taken me to a Perspective Projection site instead. I may well have done damage to that site. I want to give you a heads-up and trust you are able to undo what I may have done. My regrets.Pat Kelso (talk) 21:33, 31 May 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, busy time. I see no problems, looks ok to me. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 15:08, 1 June 2014 (UTC)

I have gone mad! Please detail to me how to upload an article into my Sandbox. Thanks.Patkelso (talk) 18:04, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

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Guglielmo Marconi[edit]

Hey listen if your going to remove something that is WP:TRIVIA on Guglielmo Marconi then you might as well remove the whole Tribute section because the whole thing is probably all trivial. TheGoofyGolfer (talk) 23:06, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

An entry that describes itself as a "mention" is by Wikipedia definition "trivia" or a pop-culture reference. The standard is "what ever did it mean to Guglielmo Marconi? Did he comment on it?" (see WP:IPC). It falls way below the other entries. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 02:47, 5 June 2014 (UTC)
Just an F.Y.I. I didn't add that text I was just correcting it that's all. Honestly I could care less if it stays or goes. TheGoofyGolfer (talk) 05:42, 5 June 2014 (UTC)
FYI noted before I edited it. It was the content that counted. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 18:35, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Not Cool[edit]

It's not cool to revert my edits while leaving MrX's intact. I'll fix any factual errors, but that was a lot of work and the previous lead was in pretty bad shape.--Atlantictire (talk) 21:12, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Not "not cool"... but WP:BRD. Please read the talk page. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 21:14, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
I just want to make sure you're not WP:BITE-ing me because I'm new to the article. I'm asking you to collaborate, not to have my way 100%--Atlantictire (talk) 21:36, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
The article has a long talk history, please read it. I am sorry but your facts were so wrong they were un-savable. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 21:41, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
I'm not convinced. It's easy make "sold" "licensed," and we can get the sequence of events down because of course it was Westinghouse's use of Tesla's invention that set the War of Currents in motion.
Look at the Thomas Edison article. Totally possible to write about this stuff for a general audience. Collaborate, rather than being reflexively WP:OWNY. MrX thought my version what "an improvement." I only started copy editing after he did.
I understand the article has a contentious history, but that doesn't mean no one should clean up the copy.--Atlantictire (talk) 21:56, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
Sorry but you are taking a pop-culture bent on things. Have a look at the War of Currents article and you will see Tesla's inventions did not set it in motion (he gets a small mention). During the War of Currents Tesla was deep into his Hi-Freq stuff, he may have made a few comments but he had no pivotal roll. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 22:02, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
Ok. I'll get some sources and you'll get some sources and we'll see about this. You ready to clean up the copy yet?--Atlantictire (talk) 22:04, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
You should take it all to the article talk page. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 22:07, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
No, because right now it's just you being stubborn and reverting my edits. MrX was cool with them.--Atlantictire (talk) 22:08, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
Nope, you need to follow Wikipedia guidelines and not split off into my talk page because you want to be a bit un-civil. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 22:20, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
You know what, my goal here is not to use wikipedia policy to try to get my way. I didn't want to embarrass you, frankly, because you had made some assumptions about the War of Currents that were not correct. I think you'll find that if you present me with quality sources I will definitely respect them. I'd like the same from you.--Atlantictire (talk) 23:01, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Despite how desperate I am to improve that lead, I would not set you up for a 3RR. This is the part where you notice that I am not a massive jerk.

We should try to figure what the state of the literature is on Tesla's relationship with Westinghouse and why all the contradictory dates. Also, why does the Westinghouse section read like people were edit warring about Galileo Ferraris?

I would very very much appreciate if you simply told me when you think something is unsubstantiated or incorrect instead of reverting. I do in fact respond really well when editors do that. I know working on Tesla means you edit with a lot of intransigent POV warriors, but I assure you that is not me. I have a sense of humor, and do not require ninja reverts or lectures on policy!

I mainly edit articles about sound recording with a lot of engineers, and sometimes they forget that they're not writing for people who already know everything about their area of expertise. Yes, they can be very proprietary and I've heard every excuse in the book for resisting copy edits and writing for laymen. But if they can do it, I'm pretty sure the Tesla bio folks can too!--Atlantictire (talk) 05:47, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

From the page in Carlson you cited[edit]

Over the years there has been ample debate over whether Tesla or Ferraris should be recognized as the inventor of the AC induction motor. To some extent, the confusion was created early on by the fact that the first reports in English of Ferrariss’s 1888 paper left out his analysis of the waste heat produced an thus created the impression that a practical motor would follow from his investigations. But as we have seen, Ferraris drew exactly the opposite conclusion in his paper: he did not think that a practical motor could be developed using a rotating magnetic field. Instead, Ferraris should be credited with being the first to investigate how AC can create a rotating magnetic field. Even more important, Ferraris should be given credit for introducing the notion of phase in discussing alternating current phenomena. Thanks to Ferraris’s mathematical analysis, electrical engineers were able to quickly grasp the ideas behind the AC and polyphase currents. Nevertheless, it was Tesla who built the first practical induction motor.

We'll sort this out another day. I'm so glad you're not just reflexively anti-Tesla. ;-)--Atlantictire (talk) 03:59, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Actually I am not "reflexively anti-Tesla", I am pro-WP:V. There is a difference. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 17:05, 18 June 2014 (UTC)
oh, so it's Bernard Carlson who's the hack. Thanks Fountains of Bryn Mawr. I was confused for a second there.--Atlantictire (talk) 17:22, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

Dispute Resolution Noticeboard[edit]

I have asked for mediation at the Wikipedia:Dispute resolution noticeboard regarding Nikola Tesla.--Atlantictire (talk) 22:07, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

Let's start over[edit]

It's true, I am known for voicing my outrage and contempt for horrifically offensive content. What I don't seem to have is a reputation for refusing to collaborate with other editors. I'm not going to speculate as to which is better or worse.:-)

I assure you, an effort on your part to show you are attempting to work collaboratively and with respect for the opinions and efforts of others will be met with tremendous gratitude. I've seen you compromise and show consideration for MrX, so I know you can! If you're unsure as to what you could do differently, it might not hurt to just ask! Best.--Atlantictire (talk) 21:39, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

If you are saying you will keep following Wikipedia:Etiquette and WP:CIVIL that is always appreciated. You seem to be still expressing a misconception about Wikipedia in that you seem to think it is a work of opinion, and therefore if I or another editor reverts something you add and don't revert something another editor adds we are therefore "disrespecting" your opinion or failing to collaborate. Content on Wikipedia for the most part is not a matter of opinion (per its basic policy, WP:V). Its an important point because it will lead you to assume I and other editors are failing to "collaborate" further when it comes up again. Its a place where you can look into "differently". Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 16:22, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

removal of appropriate links[edit]

Dear Bryn Mawr! Thanks for your message. You removed two of my external links, but I think that this was a mistake. The topic on the target pages is a very important topic for 3D printing and laser sintering (which is just one major technology of 3D printing). I really think that these links are appropriate for an encyclopedia, as they are not spam, but content with good quality content for this topic.

Therefore I would like to ask you to undo the removal. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mindblaster6 (talkcontribs) 17:12, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

Lord Kelvin / JJ Thompson[edit]

Hi there. I see you've reverted my addition of {{distinguish}} templates to Lord Kelvin and J J Thompson, citing WP:NAMB. The template isn't a disambiguation template, it's to distinguish between articles where there's a likelihood of confusion, and I would argue that such a risk does exist for these articles - see, for example, Hendrik Lorentz and Ludvig Lorenz. I'd be happy to continue this discussion on either article talk page. Tevildo (talk) 15:33, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

WP:NAMB is a hatnote guidline, such as {{distinguish}}, and the template is for use in clearing up ambiguity, see template notes. If one person is called "William" and the other is called "J J" there is no obvious need for such a hat, unless I am missing something. Fountains of Bryn Mawr (talk) 16:17, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
The relevant part of the instructions is "ambiguity that is not necessarily literal, but one that can be reasonably assumed to exist for a portion of the readership". Both gentlemen are prominent physicists with very similar surnames, so I think the assumption is reasonable (obviously). I've started an appropriate section on the Lord Kelvin talk page. Tevildo (talk) 17:16, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Dispute resolution notice RE:Retrospective diagnoses of autism and WikiProject tags[edit]

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Reference Errors on 13 August[edit]

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Nothing new[edit]

Modernist is a notorious edit slob and Coldcreation his little minion. Good luck with that. Nonc01 (talk) 05:04, 22 August 2014 (UTC)