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For your hard work on British anti-invasion preparations of World War II. Skinny87 (talk) 10:28, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Updated DYK query On January 28, 2010, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Cultivator No. 6, which you created or substantially expanded. You are welcome to check how many hits your article got while on the front page (here's how, quick check ) and add it to DYKSTATS if it got over 5,000. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

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George Rudolf Hanbury Fielding[edit]

Hi Gaius Cornelius,

In the past you tweaked one of my articles... I think you bunched all reflinks to the same reference in 'References' so that there was only one version in the reflist, and a shortened version of the link in the text... is that as clear as mud? I am wondering if you could have a go at my new article George Rudolf Hanbury Fielding. The same ref is stacking up in multiple copies... I've had a go, but I can't for the life of me work out how it's fixed. I'd be really grateful if you can have a look. Best wishes, Acabashi (talk) 20:16, 11 August 2010 (UTC)

Sorry for the delay, I have been away. Another editor seems to have sorted this out. If you need any futher help, please do ask. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 10:04, 16 August 2010 (UTC)

Putnam County Courthouse (Ohio)[edit]

I've responded with a question to your comment at T:TDYK; could you please reply? Thanks! Nyttend (talk) 17:40, 20 August 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the quick feedback. Nyttend (talk) 03:28, 22 August 2010 (UTC)

The National Archives[edit]

Pleae not, the proper name of the the institution is The National Archives, not National Archive. Also, you can form a reliable link direct to a particular catalogue reference by using http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/ExternalRequest.asp?RequestReference= and putting the reference on the end (easier for Wikiepdia purposes to have no space between the letter code and the series reference, but either should actually work). David Underdown (talk) 10:28, 27 August 2010 (UTC)

OK. Thanks Gaius Cornelius (talk) 16:21, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Operation Banquet[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 12:03, 27 August 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Operation Lucid[edit]

RlevseTalk 12:04, 6 September 2010 (UTC)

Norcon pillbox[edit]

Hi, I did spot your new article, V good. But am a bit confused by your message " the hook which derives from the official handbook of the Pillbox Study Group" what is the hook? Regards --palmiped |  Talk  15:35, 12 September 2010 (UTC)

  • OK understand.. Symbol confirmed.svg Good to go with good references in article --palmiped |  Talk  18:29, 12 September 2010 (UTC)

File:Antitank2.jpg[edit]

Uploaded image to commons & replaced image in article. Regards --palmiped |  Talk  12:44, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

Thanks! Gaius Cornelius (talk) 12:58, 16 September 2010 (UTC)
Not sure if the Salthouse scaffolding is Z1 anti tank, I think it may be Z0 anti boat as its location is within the waters of the Salt marsh --palmiped |  Talk  16:35, 16 September 2010 (UTC)
It is certainly Admiralty Scaffolding of some type. My understanding is that Z1 was by far the most common design in both the anti-tank and anti-boat role. I have never seen a diagram or picture of any other type - just brief mentions. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 07:20, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Norcon pillbox[edit]

RlevseTalk 12:02, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

Air well[edit]

Hi there. Karanacs closed the FAC as unsuccessful, presumably because she felt that the issues would be best dealt with outside of FAC due to their severity. However, if you'd like my continued input on the matter, what we can do is simply copy the relevant contents of the FAC onto the article's talk page or a peer review page and then work from there. Sound good? --Cryptic C62 · Talk 23:00, 22 September 2010 (UTC)

OK. Let's do it. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 23:04, 22 September 2010 (UTC)


Ruck machine gun post[edit]

Hi, I see ref to use of Stanton sections has been removed in British hardened field defences of World War II and not included in the new article, do you think then that Stanton sections were not used to construct the Ruck? Regards --palmiped |  Talk  18:17, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

Hi and thanks for your interest. As you can see I have been researching the Ruck pillbox in as much detail as I can - though that is not particularly easy. However, the file at the National Archives is quite clear that Ruck designed for Hydroprest Concrete prefabricated sections - these are similar to Stanton sections but have a slightly different shape to the arch and are much narrower. In Ruck's drawings the sections are clearly of the narrower sort. I have visited the only complete example at Lawyer's Creek and it is exactly like Ruck's drawings. I have also seen some remains elsewhere, and again they the sections were too narrow to be Stanton parts.
I cannot see why something very similar could not have been made from Stanton parts and perhaps they were, but I don't know of any direct evidence for them. I suspect that the confusion has arrisen from the similarity between the parts or, possibly, the Stanton parts gave their name to all similar prefabricated parts in the same way that the word "Hoover" is today used for any vacuum cleaner.
Of course all this leaves the mysterious structure at Sandiacre. It is listed in the Defence of Britain database as an example of a Ruck. I visited it (a long time ago) and now I am sure that it cannot have been a Ruck pillbox. It might be WWII, but I doubt it was any kind of pillbox. The windows in that structure are cut through the concrete sections - those in the endmost prefabricated sections have been blocked up so perhaps the windows were cast in. In a Ruck, the embrasures are placed in gaps between the prefabricated parts. Also, there are no tell-tale witness marks of where concrete slabs were mortared to the outside of the pillbox to thicken the protection.
So, after all this, yes I am really sure that Stanton sections were not in fact used to make Ruck pillboxes. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 20:50, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
Must say I was never 100% convinced about the Sandiacre structure, always thought the windows were too large, maybe it was converted after the war to some sort of farm building. Keep up the good work. --palmiped |  Talk  22:09, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
Palmiped: will you mind if I move this discussion to Talk:Ruck machine gun post? Gaius Cornelius (talk) 16:05, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Admiralty scaffolding[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 00:04, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

DYK nomination of Flame fougasse[edit]

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of Flame fougasse at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and there still are some issues that may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! rʨanaɢ (talk) 14:43, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

Re:Spelling[edit]

Hello there! :) I read your message on my talk page, the one question I do have is I understand that the Wikipedia headquarters are in United States, so shouldn't all articles on the Wikipedia server be in United States spelling? I am Canadian myself, and it is habit for me to spell colourful instead of colorful. Is there a policy about spelling that I didn't read? Thanks :) --Addihockey10 23:02, 3 October 2010 (UTC)

Awesome! Thanks for letting me know, and if you see me do something wrong or not to Wikipedia Guidelines - just call me on it. I assure you I won't spaz out and that by letting me know you're helping me avoid making the same mistakes in the future. Happy editing! Hope to see you around! --Addihockey10 23
29, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Ruck machine gun post[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 00:05, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

DYK nomination for Canadian pipe mine[edit]

Hello, your nomination of Canadian pipe mine at DYK was reviewed and comments provided. --NortyNort (Holla) 11:32, 6 October 2010 (UTC)

AWB on Jo Estill[edit]

Hi Gaius Cornelius, thanks for your help maintaining the article. However, your edit using AWB on Jo Estill unfortunately introduced an error. You changed the 'A' in the author name 'Sawada A' to an 'An', probably because the following word begins with a vowel. You also changed the dates in the references from the established ISO 8601 date format for the article to 'day before month' format. Following WP:DATESNO and the examples in the citation templates there's no justification for this change as the date style of the article's references was already established and consistent. If anything you could argue the dates should be in 'month before day' as Estill is American but I don't believe there is sufficient a national tie to the topic. So... I'm going to undo your edit and then reapply just the tidy on the extra white-space you identified in two of the paragraphs. Thank you again for your help! Knavesdied (talk) 01:35, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

Sorry about the "An" thing and of course you are free to revert as you see fit. However, let me explain myself. Some time ago, templates used to expand YYYY-MM-DD dates into full dates acording to user preferences and this made a nonsense of "established style". As it is, Wikipedia prefers full dates and YYYY-MM-DD should be reserved for use "in long lists and tables". When I change dates, I try to make them consistent with the date style already established - in this case I took the first date in the article as my guide and that is in day-month-year form. The same date appears in the info box in the month-day-year form - ah well. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 20:57, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
Hey, no problem. Great spot on the Infobox birth date. Using Template:Birth date and age and had missed adding the day-first format. Have fixed that now. With the ISO 8601 date format in the references, it's used essentially for brevity as it would be in any other long list or table. My interpretation of WP:DATESNO format consistency guidelines is that dates in article body text should all have the same format, and dates in article references should all have the same format, but both article body text date format and articles references date format do not necessarily have to be the same. Anyway, thanks again for the fix on the whitespace and the spot on the inconsistent date in the Infobox! Knavesdied (talk) 00:04, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Flame fougasse[edit]

RlevseTalk 06:02, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

Tacitus[edit]

Hi. Thanks for cleaning up Tacitus. Please be more careful, though, about changing dates without ensuring that the date there is wrong. Tacitus died in 68, not 1968. RJC TalkContribs 16:06, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

Oops! Very sorry. Thanks for sorting my mess out. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 16:08, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Canadian pipe mine[edit]

RlevseTalk 18:02, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Tett turret[edit]

RlevseTalk 12:04, 14 October 2010 (UTC)

Non-free files in your user space[edit]

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operations Saracen and Banquet[edit]

Verbatim:-

The Advanced Training Squadrons of all day fighter Operational Training units would have 500 added to their numbers to become reserve Squadrons if plans under the code name 'Operation Saracen', made in Spring 1942 to counter a German invasion, were put into operation. Plans were revised under the code name 'Banquet' in order to accomodate additional resources. Records indicate the titles were used by several 'Operational Training Units' and '3 Tactical Excercise Unit' until at leaST may 1944for standing patrols, convoy escort duties, conversion training and night flying.

followed by lists of squadron numbers against OTU numbers and advanced bases allocated12:42, 19 November 2010 (UTC)Petebutt (talk)

Thanks. Discussion moved to Talk:Operation Saracen and Operation Banquet - a more appropriate place. Please continue there. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 09:30, 23 November 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Armadillo armoured fighting vehicle[edit]

Materialscientist (talk) 00:03, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

Judgement/Judgment[edit]

Hi, thanks for your contributions to Wikipedia. I noticed the discussion about the usage of judgment in Simon Singh - while it's true that judgement is correct in British English, judgment is and always has been used in the British legal context. Of the links you used for citation here, one says "the spelling judgment is conventional in legal contexts" (AskOxford.com) and another refers to a "court judgment" ( LDOCEonline). In Wikipedia's Manual of Style the difference is explained, saying "In Australian and British Law, a Judge's decision in a case is always spelt Judgment. On the other hand, the forming of opinion or conclusion by an ordinary person is usually spelt judgement."

Indeed, the actual judgment referred to in the Simon Singh article starts with Lord Judge introducing the "judgment of the court" (BCA v Dr Singh). It seems clear that the legal spelling should be used when it is mentioned in the article. While the spelling difference is dealt with on Wikipedia here, I will make this clear on judgement itself. Happy editing. Daniel Craig David James (talk) 16:21, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

It seems you are right! I had always thought it to be one of those US/British English differences. How confusing it is that the Oxford Dictionaries link has examples such as "pass judgement (of a law court or judge) give a decision concerning a defendant or legal matter"! Happy editing. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 17:50, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

Accessdate[edit]

Thank-you for your tireless work in correcting the accessdate parameter in articles such as SNCF Class B 82500 and many others (I'm glad to see I'm not the only one to get this one mixed up. I know I can never remember the exact for of the parameter, and I must have forgotten to check it with the "Show Preview" button that time. Tim PF (talk) 15:09, 5 February 2011 (UTC)

You are very welcome and thank you for the feedback. Given the complex history of these templates and the frequency with wich they are used, it is surprising that there are not more of these little faults. Happy editing. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 21:08, 5 February 2011 (UTC)

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Donald Banks[edit]

Thanks for the message on my talk page - I'm pleased you like my start on the Donald Banks article. I have now completed by first round of editing, so please feel free to start adding to it. I have very limited knowledge of the work of the Petroleum Warfare Department - I have his book "Flame Over Britain" but must admit that I have not read it yet! - so I have little to contribute in this area. My interest stemmed more from his connection with Guernsey and in particular as founder of the Guernsey Society of which I am a current member of the Council. I am currently compiling updates to add to the sections on his early life in Guernsey, his World War I service in the Essex Regiment, and his time as Postmaster General of the Post Office and Director of De La Rue. So I will await with interest any contributions you will make to his WWII service. You may already know, that the Imperial War Museum holds a collection of his papers. footie (talk) 13:50, 22 March 2011 (UTC)

About your edits to the "Enzo Martinelli" entry using AWB[edit]

Hello Gaius Cornelius, I am writing you since I would like to ask you... Ach, is really the correct form for the relative positions of inline references this :;,.<ref>Blah, blah, ...</ref> instead of this <ref>Blah, blah, ...</ref>:;,.? If this is true, I think I should change all the entries where I did substantial additions. :( :D. Daniele.tampieri (talk) 18:07, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

Daniele, generally speaking we put citations after punctuation. I think you will find the Manual Of Style (MOS) information that you need at MOS:REFPUNC. If you prefer, simply peruse a few examples of featured articles for what is de facto acceptable practice. Do let me know if you have any further questions. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 08:35, 4 April 2011 (UTC)
Well, I see that I must definitely change my edits involving inline references. Gaius Cornelius, thank you very much: more and more frequently I see that it is necessary to know every part of the WP:MOS, obviously if one wants to be a steady-state quality Wikipedia contributor. Daniele.tampieri (talk) 11:47, 4 April 2011 (UTC)
Daniele: You are welcome of course. All the little rules of WP:MOS can seem rather daunting; I am sure there is nobody who knows them all and in any case there are probably some inconsistencies in there. It does not help that the MOS is constantly changing – mostly in small ways. Remember, you can probably get as much out of looking at example featured articles as reading the MOS. Don’t worry too much about the rules, enjoy your editing and learn as you go along. If another editor does step in be assured that they are probably just trying to help. Happy editing Gaius Cornelius (talk) 13:22, 4 April 2011 (UTC)

Your work on pillboxes[edit]

It seems you are by far the biggest contributor to British hardened field defences of World War II and I have to say that is some fine work. I admit I'm interested in the topic but to me this article is what Wikipedia should be - comprehensive without boring detail, well illustrated, mostly factual with a just a bit of historical commentary. I briefly looked at some of your other efforts and they look good also. I hope you will spend many more years on Wikipedia, your work is appreciated.

Leidseplein (talk) 19:25, 3 April 2011 (UTC)
Your kind words are much appreciated; we all need a little encouragement every now and then! I hope that you too will continue to contribute and that you will enjoy your work at Wikipedia. I have made a point of confining my more detailed WWII studies to the invasion crisis period and I have a number of new articles on the back burner. If we can help one another in the future that will be all to the good. Do please let me know if I can be of assistance. Happy editing. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 09:30, 4 April 2011 (UTC)

Livens Large Gallery Flame Projector[edit]

Many thanks for your kind assistance on Livens Large Gallery Flame Projector and for tidying up after my many little mistakes. Best wishes (Msrasnw (talk) 14:07, 15 April 2011 (UTC))

You are very welcome. It is becoming a nice little article on a very interesting topic. I hope that the Did You Know will get it some more publicity. I only recently stumbled on your DYK, do you think you could come up with a more appealing hook? Perhaps mention the power, range, rare success etc of the weapon? Of course, what the article really needs is a picture but I don't think we can hold out much hope except that I am not at all clear on copyright the status of such old photographs. You may find this link useful. Happy editing. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 14:19, 15 April 2011 (UTC)

PWD article[edit]

Hey, I see you're onto the flame-thrower vehicles section of the PWD article. I don't know if you're interested, but when trying to get stuff together for the Universal Carrier artcle, I brought all the Osprey books on the Carrier, the Churchill and amphibious tanks; they have a lot of info on the Wasp and the Churchill Crocodile. Could I maybe give you a hand with that info by adding it into the article? I can always work in a sub-article if need be.Skinny87 (talk) 18:16, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

Hi! The PWD article is in my "personal space" where I prefer to quietly gestate new articles. However, you are not just anybody and if you have good info on the Crocodile and Wasp then you are very welcome to chip in. One day - in the not too distant future I will move the article to the main space, but I am not sure when that will be; it is still a bit of a mess. I will list the article as a Did You Know candidate when I do move it.
There is already an article on the Crocodile, but none on the Wasp so you might care to add to or create those articles. If you feel there is enough information on the Wasp for a new article I will be happy to help with it. Happy editing. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 07:12, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
Yes, I know what you mean about personal space and sandbox articles. Perhaps if I put together a section on the Wasp and Crocodile (and anything else I can find flame-related for the vehicle section) in my own sandbox, and then you can pick and choose whatever you think fits. I want to get working on the Carrier article anyway, and this will be one section done. How does that sound?Skinny87 (talk) 07:34, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
That sounds great! All the best with that. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 12:06, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
Will do. As for your articles, the Fougasse one is a sure-thing for GA. You might get questioned on the use of primary sources, but given the obscure nature of the weapon I can't see that being a difficult question to answer. The other two are rather short; they could do with an infobox each and a little structuring to create a small lede and maybe a subsection or two, merge some sentence fragments, but otherwise wouldn't be too difficult to pass. I managed to get sticky bomb to GA despite a lack of info, for example. Skinny87 (talk) 07:16, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. By the way, I have a boatload of research on the sticky bomb which could significantly add to that article. Would you like to co-operate on that article - perhaps we could get it to FA! Gaius Cornelius (talk) 07:21, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
Hmmm, that is quite tempting. I have to admit that my time on-wiki isn't a lot these days, as I seem to have lost the will to do big articles. But if you have the info, it might be a good idea to work it up. Maybe add it to a sandbox first to see how it all goes together? I'll try and finish the PWD stuff first. Skinny87 (talk) 07:25, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
Hey, looking at the PWD draft, you have the Churchill Crocodile Osprey book by Fletcher and Bryan. I didn't notice because they aren't in the reflist yet. Do you have their book on the Universal Carrier at hand as well? They're the only two that I have that bear on the Wasp/Valentine/Churchill Crocodile, so if you have the latter my help might be redundant lol. Skinny87 (talk) 10:58, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
OK. I will get the sticky bomb material into a sandbox sometime. Not sure when though.
I may have the Churchill Crocodile book somewhere - I have a lot of books and I sometimes loose track, it is possible that it is just one that I have borrowed. However, I am pretty sure I dont have anything specific on the Universal Carrier/Wasp. Be assured that your input will be appreciated in any case. Gaius Cornelius (talk)

12:15, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

Article section order[edit]

Okay, so in the section I've written so far, I've covered the Ronson and Hornet and begun the Wasp section. However, Fletcher's section goes Ronson > Oke/Valentine > Hornet/Wasp > Crocodile, which follows War Office policy, while the PWD subsection goes Wasp (including Ronson/Hornet) >Valentine > Crocodile. Should we restructure slightly to follow Fletcher, as it makes more sense chronologically? Or do you want everything about each type of vehicle, prototypes and all, in seperate individual sections? Skinny87 (talk) 14:49, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

The section order you give makes sense to me. I had not previously given it much thought. I think the sequence should make sense from the point of view of the PWD narative and that might vary things a bit - do projects go in the order in which they were started or the order in which they were completed? We will just have to see how things turn out! Gaius Cornelius (talk) 16:28, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
Werll, as the PWD were involved with the early Cocktrice vehicles, as well as with the Oke/Valentine, the order Fletcher uses would probably make sense for the PWD narrative as well. Especially since the Carrier work was delayed to work on the Oke, then switched back to favour the Carriers, then moved back to the Crocodile. I'm working over the weekend but should have Monday free to get some more done; I'll finish the Carrier and Valentine sections first, as the Crocodile section will be more extensive but also more self-contained as the development was quite lengthy and it saw a lot of service, and then we can decide before working on the Crocodile. By the way, how much do you want written on the use of the weapons on active service, given that they wouldn't be under PWD control? Skinny87 (talk) 17:31, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

Deparment[edit]

I'm sure someone has mentioned it already, but don't forget to move it to Petroleum Warfare Department and not Petroleum Warfare Deparment. -Ashley Pomeroy (talk) 11:35, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

Good point. Thanks.

Precision about an image taken by you[edit]

Hello, I am going to translate the article British anti-invasion preparations of World War II, and I would like to know where have you taken this photo because it seems that there is several Narborough. Thanks in advance for your reply. Best regards, Skiff (talk) 03:25, 14 May 2011 (UTC)

If possible, please answer on my french discussion page. Skiff (talk) 03:27, 14 May 2011 (UTC)

Skiff: it is near Narborough, Norfolk. If you follow my image to Wikimedia, there is a link to OS Map coordinates. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 07:12, 14 May 2011 (UTC)
Sorry for not having checked the link to OS Map (I were not aware of what it was). I have changed the link in the article from the disambiguation page to Narborough, Norfolk. Thank you for your quick answer. Have a nice week end. Skiff (talk) 07:39, 14 May 2011 (UTC)
No worries. Thanks for the fix. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 12:17, 14 May 2011 (UTC)

Merge discussion for Winterbourne, Gloucestershire [edit]

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Armstrong[edit]

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Edward Terrell[edit]

Are you doing anything much with your draft at User:Gaius Cornelius/Edward Terrell? An article on the Disney bomb, which Terrell is credited with, is about to come to fruition. I see he also links into MD1 and Jeffries. GraemeLeggett (talk) 17:19, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

I don't feel I have quite enough just now for anything other than a stub article. I do have some books etc, but not enough time to do the man justice - though I will check to see if I have written anything off-line as I sometimes do. He had quite a long and varied career, not just his WWII work. If you wish to create an Edward Terrell article do please go ahead and I will be happy to chip in with what I have. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 18:52, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
If you move it to article space (since the basis is your work and you deserve credit), I'll give it a quick polish - and then hopefully others will come along and contribute. Sounds like an interesting chap. I read Macrae's book on MD1 and I suspect Terrell's Admiralty Brief is an equally interesting book.GraemeLeggett (talk) 19:47, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
OK. It is done! I will hunt for any extra tidbits I might have around, but do not hope for much. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 20:36, 9 June 2011 (UTC)


Your GA nomination of Flame fougasse[edit]

The article Flame fougasse you nominated as a good article has been placed on hold Symbol wait.svg. The article is close to meeting the good article criteria, but there are some minor changes or clarifications needed to be addressed. If these are fixed within seven days, the article will pass, otherwise it will fail. See Talk:Flame fougasse for things which need to be addressed. Pyrotec (talk) 21:50, 11 June 2011 (UTC)

Hi Gaius Cornelius. Thanks for your note on my talkpage. I have added some clarification to Talk:Flame fougasse/GA1. I'm not convinced that my comments over the use of Original sources has been adequately considered, particularly when MUN5 is cited as an in-line reference. Its 419 pieces in total (see [1]), and could not be requested in that format, individual files would have to be ordered; and the limit is (from memory) three requests at a time and a limit of 21 items per day. I'll consider then on an individual case basis, but this is clearly not a valid citation. Pyrotec (talk) 20:06, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
Hi Gaius Cornelius. Thanks for your note on my talkpage. I'll will be going to Kew sometime fairly soon, but not this month. If I can find anything in the Official Histories (of WW I), assuming I have time (I usually go on Thursday's as its a "long day"), I'll add it to the article. I like the article, but not the potential conflicts of OR. Pyrotec (talk) 15:48, 13 July 2011 (UTC)
Pyrotec: Lucky you! A day at Kew is one of my favourite things but a rare treat (my wife doesn’t understand me). Do let me know what you find. I understand your points regarding the article; although such weapons are frequently mentioned in passing in descriptions of the period, details are usually wanting. I suspect that never having been used in the UK and not much elsewhere, writers felt they had better things to do than grub up such minutiae. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 16:23, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

Northover Projector[edit]

Hello Gaius Cornelius,

I have just translated the english article in French and discovered this picture.

Northover Projector Diagram.jpg

My problem is to read the legend. As you are the author of this picture, could you please help me (I hope that you have better eyes than me).

Reading the previous paragraph, I discovered that we seems to have the same interest. Thanks for the good job done on British anti-invasion preparations of World War II, and thank you for the job you have given to me (about 45 red links in the french articles (26 remaining) to create)! Have a nice evening (and summer). Regards, Skiff (talk) 20:18, 21 June 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia:GLAM/BM/Bronze Age[edit]

Please check this out. I hope you can take part. Cheers, Johnbod (talk) 22:00, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

Sticky Bomb[edit]

Hey, good work on the article. But can you make aure everything is cited, as I'm seeing a lot of paragraphs/sentences ending uncited. And could the Development section be trimmed down somewhat? I don't think everything there is essential; at the very least, it needs a subsection. Cheers, Skinny87 (talk) 17:50, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

OK. I realise a little more work is needed. Can you put in {{cn}} marks where you feel the need for a citation. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 22:50, 22 July 2011 (UTC)
I added a couple, but I think you got everything else I was concerned about. It's looking in much better condition at the moment; I'll have a more in-depth look tomorrow night after work. Thanks for the hard work! Skinny87 (talk) 21:01, 23 July 2011 (UTC)

Ditton, Kent[edit]

Hi

I noticed that you changed a direct quote from "1st" to "1" in the article. Please try and ensure that AWB edits are properly monitored before saving :¬) Chaosdruid (talk) 18:36, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

Oops. Sorry. Thanks for fixing. Happy editing. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 22:45, 2 August 2011 (UTC)
Restituare Wikipaedia, Imperator! Chaosdruid (talk) 23:50, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

Section post[edit]

Hello Gaius Cornelius, First, thank you for your answer to my last request. Today, I am a little annoyed with this. I not sure I am well understanding "Section post" to translate it. Was does it means exactly? Does "Section" mean a military section (like a division) or a section like a section in a drawing (a cut). Same question for "post". Is it a pillar or a position where soldiers a waiting for the enemy? Unfortunately, the picture let me imagine that it could be a position for soldiers or a transversal section with pillar. To my opinion, the first idea is the good one but I would like to be sure. Thanks in advance for your help, Best reagrds. Skiff (talk) 05:50, 19 August 2011 (UTC)

Skiff: I only know for certain that "section post" is the name given to such structures. I am pretty sure that the sense of the expression is a "position defended by a section of men" - that would be consistent with the size and evident purpose of such structures. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 08:15, 19 August 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for your quick answer. I have an additional question. My goal is to make the french tranlation of "British anti-invasion preparations of World War II" a featured article (in the next 3-4 months). But on the french side, no red link are allowed for a featured article, and there is still one (Campbell Stuart) in British anti-invasion preparations of World War II. Have you planned to make it blue? Thanks again for your help and please continue your good job. Skiff (talk) 09:25, 19 August 2011 (UTC)
Skiff: There probably should be an article on Campbell Stuart and I daresay that one day there will be. However, I will not be writing one anytime soon. Good luck with your translation. Happy editing. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 12:28, 19 August 2011 (UTC)

Random survey[edit]

Hi, This is a random survey regarding the first sentence on the Wikipedia policy page Verifiability.

"The threshold for inclusion in Wikipedia is verifiability, not truth—whether readers can check that material in Wikipedia has already been published by a reliable source, not whether editors think it is true."

In your own words, what does this mean? Thank you. Regards, Bob K31416 (talk) 03:44, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

Tidying up[edit]

Thank you!

  • I want to alert you to the fact that Giovanni dell'Orto generally puts dates into his picture file names (as well as his name) and formats them in an odd way. If you inadvertently "tidy up" one of Giovanni's dates, as you did in the List of Greek temples, the picture disappears.
  • Shortly after you worked on the List of Greek Temples the whole article went totally haywire. Having checked your edits and not finding anything that could possibly cause a total stuff up, it took me ages to work out what the problem was. Someone had changed the template that sorts lists, so all the sortable lists on Wiki must have been affected. I left a message on the help page and, after about 5 hours, someone came to the rescue. It's all back to normal.

Amandajm (talk) 12:36, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Arrg! It looked so much like a caption rather than a file name that I missed it. I wish there was a an AWB option to avoid automatic edits to filenames and urls. Thanks for pointing that out and for the repair. Happy editing. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 14:06, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Flame fougasse[edit]

Hello Gaius Cornelius, I am still translating some of your articles (as I am fond of history and WWII). "The work was dangerous, Livens and Banks were experimenting with five-gallon drums in the shingle at Hythe when a short circuit triggered several weapons." This sentence has been written by you. I would like to have a precision about the city/village of Hythe, because it seems that there are three cities/villages named Hythe in England. Unfortunately, I do not have Banks book. Could you please help me? Have a nice evening and Best regards, Skiff (talk) 19:09, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

Skiff: Banks does not explicitly say which Hythe he means, but from the context it is clear that it must be Hythe, Kent. This is further backed up by Banks' description of a shingle beach which be right for that location. Keep up the good work; I hardly speak a word of French, but I do sometimes look at you pages. Kind regards Gaius Cornelius (talk) 08:30, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for your quick answer, Gaius Cornelius. I have added the precision on both articles. Thanks for the "good work", but I am only translating some of your good articles. My goal at the moment, is to make the french version of British anti-invasion preparations of World War II recognized as a featured article. Unfortunately, I still have 9 big articles about canals, parks and others subjects (not so interesting for me) to translate to remove all the red links, it will take time but I am optimistic. Next step will be removing the red links in the french version of British hardened field defences of World War II. Please continue to write article as you are used to, it a real pleasure to read them and to share it with French reader. Kind regards, Skiff (talk) 20:40, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

Thanks...[edit]

...for the copyediting on some of the castle articles. Much appreciated! Hchc2009 (talk) 15:46, 4 November 2011 (UTC)

You are welcome! Gaius Cornelius (talk) 15:48, 4 November 2011 (UTC)

Battle of Poitiers[edit]

Hi. Would you please explain to me what changes you did to Battle of Poitiers article and why you used AWB? As I look at the diffs I see no significant changes. In fact I see no changes at all. Why do you not make changes the conventional way? Repeated on article talk page. Thanks in advance for you for your explaination. Mugginsx (talk) 12:56, 7 December 2011 (UTC)

There are quite a few changes. None of them are particularly significant except to nudge the article nearer to the WP:MOS. AWB is a convenient way of achieving this. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 13:15, 7 December 2011 (UTC)
Well, the problem is, I and other editors cannot readily see the changes to either agree or disagree with. Could you please make you changes in the conventional way. My understanding is that AWB is primarily to be used for spelling, punctuation, and other such changes. Content changes should be made in way that other editors can see and acknowledge. Edit summarys are important for viewing and possible discussion and they are also educational to new or newish editors.I have looked and still cannot tell what you changed because the previous edits look the same as the red linked changes you show. Perhaps I am doing something wrong? That is all I am saying. Here is the guideline:
Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser AutoWikiBrowser (often abbreviated AWB), is a semi-automated MediaWiki editor for Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 designed to make tedious repetitive tasks quicker and easier. (AWB also functions reasonably well under Wine on GNU/Linux but this is not officially supported.) It is essentially a browser that automatically opens up a new page when the last is saved. When set to do so, it suggests some changes (typically formatting) that are generally meant to be incidental to the main change. Mugginsx (talk) 16:01, 7 December 2011 (UTC)
Most of the changes that show up red in the difference are different because of a minor punctuation change such as removing an extraneous space. Other reasons may include replacing a character with one that looks very similar - in some cases literally identical - this is done by AWB some unicode etc characters that look ok on some browsers should be replaced with characters that are more widely correclty rendered. These changes may seem minor but they keep Wikipedia useable by all; AWB does these changes automatically and does not add a mention of them to the edit summary. When I edited that article I was looking for more major changes, I did not find what I was looking for but judged the effort worth saving anyway. You can rest assured that if "red changes" look the same then they are the same and making those changes by any other means would have produced exactly the same difference report. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 11:47, 8 December 2011 (UTC)
I see now. Thank you for your explanation. Mugginsx (talk) 14:04, 8 December 2011 (UTC)

History of Penkridge[edit]

After the last tussle, you may be pleased to know how pleased I was that you unleashed AWB intelligently on this article. It's made a considerable overall improvement through lots of small changes. Thanks. Sjwells53 (talk) 08:58, 8 December 2011 (UTC)

You are welcome. It is nice to be appreciated. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 11:48, 8 December 2011 (UTC)

AWB date fixes[edit]

Hi. How do you get AWB to do this? I can't seem to find it in either the options or in the user manual... Thanks! Nikthestoned 10:19, 8 December 2011 (UTC)

It is not in the user manual. I use a set of regex expressions to perform these changes. They work quite well, but a bit of manual checking is required to ensure that nothing has go wrong with an edit. If you are interested, I'd be happy to share my regex set with you. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 11:52, 8 December 2011 (UTC)
That would be great, thanks! Nikthestoned 12:35, 8 December 2011 (UTC)
I am not sure how best to get my AWB set-up to you. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 22:25, 12 December 2011 (UTC)
Hmm, a fair concern you raise! I've no idea, having only really played with AWB for a minimal amount of time (for some reason I can't seem to make it do anything I want!)... Thanks anyways - if you do figure out a way please do let me know! Face-smile.svg Nikthestoned 14:33, 13 December 2011 (UTC)

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Petroleum Warfare Department[edit]

Hello Gaius Cornelius, First, I would like to wish you a happy new year. Second, I have discovered that you have started to write User:Gaius Cornelius/Petroleum Warfare Department, have you planned to finished it? I will translate it in French but I would prefer to do it after you would have finished it and published it in the main, in order to credite your work in the french wiki. There is no emergency, but I would like to know if you will finished it (this article seems to be in stand by currently). Best regards, Skiff (talk) 09:05, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

Skiff: A happy new year to you too. It is always good to hear from you! The PWD article is a long way from being finished, It is something of an opus magnum for me and some of my smaller articles such as Operation Lucid and Flame fougasse have been just steps on the way. In my life women and children must come first and now I have building work at home to contend with and I am not making much progress with articles. Woe to Wikipedia! Things should start to lighten up in a few weeks. Kind regards, Gaius Cornelius (talk) 10:21, 30 January 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for your answer, you are right there are priorities in life and familly is for sure the first one. Moreover, as it will be your masterpiece, I will be patient and wait for the required time, there is no problem. King regards, Skiff (talk) 04:25, 3 February 2012 (UTC)

MSU Interview[edit]

Dear Gaius Cornelius,

My name is Jonathan Obar user:Jaobar, I'm a professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University and a Teaching Fellow with the Wikimedia Foundation's Education Program. This semester I've been running a little experiment at MSU, a class where we teach students about becoming Wikipedia administrators. Not a lot is known about your community, and our students (who are fascinated by wiki-culture by the way!) want to learn how you do what you do, and why you do it. A while back I proposed this idea (the class) to the community HERE, were it was met mainly with positive feedback. Anyhow, I'd like my students to speak with a few administrators to get a sense of admin experiences, training, motivations, likes, dislikes, etc. We were wondering if you'd be interested in speaking with one of our students.

So a few things about the interviews:

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Bottom line is that we really need your help, and would really appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. If interested, please send me an email at obar@msu.edu (to maintain anonymity) and I will add your name to my offline contact list. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can post your name HERE instead.

If you have questions or concerns at any time, feel free to email me at obar@msu.edu. I will be more than happy to speak with you.

Thanks in advance for your help. We have a lot to learn from you.

Sincerely,

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Flame fougasse[edit]

Hello Gaius Cornelius, At the end of the article, you have written "Although the flame fougasse was never used in Britain, the idea was exported to Greece by a couple of PWD officers when, in 1941, German invasion threatened. They were reported to have a powerful effect on enemy units.[5]", I would like to know if PWD means Psychological Warfare Division or Petroleum Warfare Department, we have some doubts and without Banks' book, we can not be 100% sure which one is the good one (even tought at the beginning of the article, PWD is defined at the Petroleum Warfare Department). Could you please confirm? Best regards, Skiff (talk) 11:41, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

Banks was referring to the Petroleum Warfare Department. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 09:35, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks a lot. Skiff (talk) 20:07, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Hello Gaius Cornelius, I hope you are well. I have an additionnal question for you. I have been asked for the ISBN of "Chamber's encyclopaedia" mentionned in the article. I have had a look into Amazon site, but without any success. By chance, do you have it? Kind regards, Skiff (talk) 05:22, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

ISBN numbers did not really come in until about 1970, so I would not expect this book to have one. From memory, the entry is just a brief summary flame warfare developments at the time. Useful, but the article could manage without this reference. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 09:42, 12 March 2012 (UTC)
Ok, thanks. Skiff (talk) 05:52, 13 March 2012 (UTC)
Hello Gaius Cornelius,
Your article is now a good article in the french wiki. Skiff (talk) 05:00, 20 June 2012 (UTC)
Excellent. A team effort! Gaius Cornelius (talk) 16:57, 21 June 2012 (UTC)

British hardened field defences of World War II[edit]

Hello Gaius Cornelius, A french contributor has warned me that in my translation and therefore in the original text, the référence called « dob_review » is defined twice with different contents. Could you please have a quick look? I have noted with pleasure that you are going to develop "Petroleum Warfare Department". Thanks. Have a nice week end. Skiff (talk) 05:56, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

Skiff: thanks for pointing this out. I have changed the name of a reference in the section on the the Ruck Machine Gun Post which I think resolves the issue. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 10:01, 26 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for your quick answer. Skiff (talk) 14:19, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Rosemere High School[edit]

I see you have contributed to the article about Rosemere High School, and I appreciate that. If you have time, can you take a look at another article, Pinewood Elementary School (Mascouche, Quebec), that breifly describes Pinewood Elementary School, which belongs to the same school board as Rosemere High School.

Give me feedback please.

Thank you!

--MaxAMSC (talk) 22:12, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

I have made a couple of minor changes to Pinewood Elementary School (Mascouche, Quebec). The most important and most urgently needed thing that both articles need is to establish notability. For a guide on this I cannot do any better that to direct you to WP:Notability. Happy editing. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 17:03, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

re: antimony pill[edit]

Please don't quote from works of fiction in articles like you did. Not only is a work of fiction not a reliable source on the properties of something like this, but I would think that amount of copying probably actually constitutes a copyright violation. You can normally copy about 3 sentences or so, beyond that it gets really murky, and even that can be too much. You seem to be consistently copying rather more.GliderMaven (talk) 00:07, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

Edit problem[edit]

Hi, while I was away you made this edit which caused problems with the infobox image as it removed a trailing space from the name of the image. Have no idea why the image has a trailing space before the .jpg but nevertheless AWB or script should not be removing such spaces. Keith D (talk) 13:16, 14 May 2012 (UTC)

Oops, sorry! Thanks for fixing it. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 13:27, 14 May 2012 (UTC)

Biodiversity of New Caledonia[edit]

I want to thank you by your help in Biodiversity of New Caledonia, you are welcome.Curritocurrito (talk) 08:09, 18 May 2012 (UTC)

Ocotea Lauraceae[edit]

Hello, how are you? I have edited in Ocotea I saw that you like biodiversity articles. Can you help me to edit again Ocotea? Palecloudedwhite wipe out the article over and over again. In any case I thank you it very much. Curritocurrito (talk) 10:44, 19 May 2012 (UTC)

Alas, I have no special interest in biodiversity articles. Palecloudedwhite is a capable and experienced editor, he may be better able to help you. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 07:29, 20 May 2012 (UTC)

Kirkcaldy[edit]

thanks for your edits. just to let you know, i had to reinstate the town centre walkabout reference because that is where i found the information on the no. of people listed on the memorial that were killed in the two main wars.

also the fact there are two seperate sources by the civic society from 2000 (Beveridge Park in the Year 2000 and Town Centre Walkabout) which didn't help matters! i'm sure there is a way to discinct the two seperate sources, but i do not know how to do this. Kilnburn (talk) 12:35, 20 May 2012 (UTC)

Bermuda Bowl date format changes[edit]

Hi, What is the rationale for today's date format changes at Bermuda Bowl (diff)?

They seem arbitrary to me. The article barely identifies any "day": "June 6-20" appear in row 1937, column two of one table; "Saturday, October 29" appears once in prose. In the references there were several "Retrieved yyyy-mm-dd", not one in another format.

Do you know whether the article was identified as needing attention for date formats? for the typo "progressivly"? for placement of {{anchor}} immediately prior to a section heading? If the latter, then I need to read documentation somewhere because I have anchored there many times, so to speak. Thanks. --P64 (talk) 19:19, 23 May 2012 (UTC)

The rationale for changing the dates is that the article is tagged with {{Use dmy dates|date=August 2011}}. This can only be seen while editing, it appears just below the External links heading. "progressivly" is just an obvious typo. I am not sure what you mean about the placement of {{anchor}}? Gaius Cornelius (talk) 22:49, 23 May 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the prompt reply.
You inserted one line of whitespace in two instances where a section heading immediately followed {{anchor}}. Frequently when I have replaced a section heading, I have placed {{anchor}} on the preceding line of code. (I wouldn't do this if I could readily ascertain that no one links to the heading, and I might not do it if I knew that the only links were from User space.) --P64 (talk) 17:11, 24 May 2012 (UTC)
The extra lines that were added were not consciously added by me, rather they were automatically added as a part of AWBs general fixes. I am not familiar with this template. If I understand your intentions, would it be better to use the == {{anchor|foo}} Section title == method? Otherwise, if this is going to create an on-going problem, it needs to be addressed at the AWB page: Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Bugs. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 21:45, 25 May 2012 (UTC)
(emphasis added)
Some problems with that method have been (before my arrival last week) underway at Template talk: Anchor#moving anchors inside headings. And there is no technical problem caused by the whitespace. Thanks. --P64 (talk) 15:15, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

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DYK for Operation Josephine B[edit]

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Operation Josephine B[edit]

Hello Gaius Cornelius, No problem, I will have a look this weekend when I will have more time. Regards, Skiff (talk) 03:23, 18 July 2012 (UTC)

Sorry to answer very late. I have read carefully the both articles. They are no discrepancy. The english one is more detailled (participation of the Poles, consequences...), the only difference is about "Twelve German soldiers were shot for failing to protect the station against the saboteurs", this is presented in the French article as a rumor. Regards, Skiff (talk) 08:03, 5 August 2012 (UTC)

Just to be sure[edit]

Gaius Cornelius is away (talk · contribs) isn't your alternative account? Armbrust, B.Ed. WrestleMania XXVIII The Undertaker 20–0 15:30, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

Nothing to do with me! Gaius Cornelius (talk) 15:32, 26 July 2012 (UTC)
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Question[edit]

Hello Gaius Cornelius, It has been a long time I have not written to you, I hope you are well. I have a question about a translation I am going to do. I know that you have not written it but the contributor seems to be away for a long time, so I am asking you. In the article on the Norway Debate, it is written "On behalf of the Admiralty, he had also advised that a major landing in Norway was not realistically within Germany's powers." What does it means? Who can not realize a major landing in Norway Germany or England according to the Admiralty? Unfortunately, my level in English is not so good enough to choose the good translation. Could you please help me?

PS: I have notice that you are still working on the article about the Petroleum Warfare Department, I hope you will have finished soon (you seem to be not to far from the end). Have a nice week end. Skiff (talk) 06:04, 13 October 2012 (UTC)

Skiff: what the phrase means is that Churchill while speaking on behalf of the Admiralty [that is, the Navy] said that it was not possible for Germany to invade Norway. Which just goes to show that Churchill was not right about everything. That article with its quotes from political speeches is likely to have quite a bit of difficult English. If you have any questions, I'll be happy to help although I expect to be away from Wikipedia for several days.
Yes, I am still working on the PWD article. There is a substantial section that needs re-righting before I feel I can move it to the main space and there is still quite a bit of expansion to do too.
Gaius Cornelius (talk) 18:29, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
Thanks you for your reply, it has greatly help me. Thanks for your proposal, I will ask you if I need clarification. Have a nice day. Skiff (talk) 06:00, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

Edit error discovered[edit]

Hi Gaius,
I've just picked up an error in your edit of South African Class 16 4-6-2 as of 19:55, 23 June 2012.
In Line 118
"built to run on 4 feet 8½ inches (1,435 millimetres) Standard gauge" was changed to
"built to run on .{{convert|4|ft|8+1/2|in|m}}. Standard gauge"
with unnecessary fullstops ahead of and following the {{convert}} template.
If this was done by a BOT you may want to run it again to fix possible similar errors elsewhere.
I fixed this one by using {{RailGauge|4ft8.5in}} instead of {{convert}}.
André Kritzinger 23:19, 18 October 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know. I will investigate. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 15:55, 20 October 2012 (UTC)

DYK for Cecil Vandepeer Clarke[edit]

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Season's tidings![edit]

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To you and yours, Have a Merry ______ (fill in the blank) and Happy New Year! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 16:01, 23 December 2012 (UTC)

Hello Gaius Cornelius, I wish you a happy new year. Skiff (talk) 10:01, 3 January 2013 (UTC)

User:Gaius Cornelius/Petroleum Warfare Department[edit]

This page looks wonderful compared to our existing stub (which was created by a banned user) - is it ready to be moved into article space? --Versageek 22:13, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

I have held it back because there are large parts missing and a substantial - and important - section that need to be rewritten. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 15:18, 11 January 2013 (UTC)
Be patient, I am waiting for [User_talk:Gaius_Cornelius#Petroleum_Warfare_Department one year]. Gaius Cornelius, I hope you will have enought time to do all the work you want to do this year. Best regards. Skiff (talk) 10:07, 27 January 2013 (UTC)

USS Scamp[edit]

You did some unintentional damage to USS Scamp (SS-277) with this edit: [2]

Many of the depths had a zero chopped off the end, so 100 feet becomes 10 feet, 220 becomes 22, etc. I can't simply revert because there have been too many intervening edits. Any chance you'd like to repair this? Kendall-K1 (talk) 03:36, 31 January 2013 (UTC)

Fixed. Thank you for spotting that. Not sure what went wrong, I will review similar edits made around that time. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 08:11, 31 January 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for fixing it. It's actually kind of refreshing to find it wasn't yet another vandal. Kendall-K1 (talk) 13:01, 31 January 2013 (UTC)

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Sorry, I have been unavailable recently and I will not be able to get to this for another week or so. I did not realise this would take so long. Please close the nomination. Thanks for all your trouble. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 22:27, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

"T" is for typo and also for thanks![edit]

It seems that you are one of those guys which are patiently removing all the mess I left on the entries I (eternally and ineffectively) cure... Well done, and thank you very much!!! :-D Daniele.tampieri (talk) 17:14, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the positive feedback - always welcome. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 17:31, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

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Petroleum Warfare Department[edit]

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What a good news! Your opus magnum is finished. It had taken time, but I think it was worth it. I think you are right a new article need to be stabilized. So I will wait for corrections/improvements from other contributors before starting anything. Moreover, I think that you will propose it to be a FA, so new questions, implementations will certainly happen. Now, as it is almost finished, what will be the next one? ;-) Skiff (talk) 07:48, 9 June 2013 (UTC)

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Image discussion at article 17 Mile Drive[edit]

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My only contribution was a tiny edit to the caption in March 2006! Gaius Cornelius (talk) 10:22, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

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Reversion on Screw-propelled vehicle[edit]

Why did you revert my edit to Screw-Propelled Vehicle? I changed the spelling of specialised to specialized, which I do not consider wrong, both spellings being correct. I also changed [[auger|auger-like]] to [[auger]]-like, because the link is only for "auger" not "auger-like". I am not an experianced user, so please help me. I really do not intend to start an edit war. MopSeeker (talk) 09:03, 1 August 2013‎ {UTC)

Sorry for the delay in replying, I have been away. I reverted your edit because there was no good reason to change that spelling. In general, you should not change a spelling unless there is a good reason - more than personal preference. Thanks for your contribution, happy editing. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 09:54, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

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Thank you for your advice[edit]

As you have noticed already, I am pretty new at using Wikipedia, so I am sure that I've made so many mistakes. Thank you for pointing out and correcting those, also your kind advice. Your talk was a great opportunity for me to realize why Wikipedia has developed so well. I will try to be more prudent from now on. Take care. --Db9023 (talk) 08:00, 22 September 2013 (UTC)

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Inadvertently changing titles of references[edit]

Hi Gaius Cornelius, in editing the article on Adelaide, you inadvertently changed the title of the reference paper "The Adelaide Earthquake of 1st March 1954" to "The Adelaide Earthquake of 1 March 1954". In this instance, the original title is correct, so I've changed it back. Cheers, Bahudhara (talk) 06:57, 24 February 2014 (UTC)

Oops! Thanks for that. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 07:15, 24 February 2014 (UTC)

Precision[edit]

Thanks for your edit to Snorkeling. Could I ask, though, that when you use the {{convert}} template, you check that the resulting text doesn't show spurious precision: "Generally shallow reefs ranging from sea level to 1 to 4 meters (3.3 to 13.1 ft) are favored by snorkelers." looks odd as the values are very approximate anyway. You can always use the |n parameter to force n decimal places, or the |sigfig=n parameter to round to n significant figures. Cheers --RexxS (talk) 17:18, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

Usually convert does a good job of getting precision right, but not in this case as you point out. Thanks for fixing that. Happy editing Gaius Cornelius (talk) 19:46, 27 February 2014 (UTC)
You might like to review Template talk:Convert#Supporting delta mode for units with additive bias to see a tricky point regarding C vs. C-change. Not that it will ever arise again! Johnuniq (talk) 22:58, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

Tett turret[edit]

The German article de:Tett-Geschützturm, which is a translation of your article on the Tett turret is currently listed in the WP:Did you know? section of the German Wikipedia and has been viewed 62918 times so far. Finally, the Germans did get to see it. --NearEMPTiness (talk) 05:27, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know! Gaius Cornelius (talk) 08:35, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Aachen[edit]

I am posting here as a courtesy as the article Aachen was reverted by myself and re-reverted by User talk:Pichpich and I left him a comment that you may be interested in. Cheers speednat (talk) 22:39, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Army Medical Services Museum branding equipment[edit]

Trophy.png Army Medical Services Museum branding equipment
Dear Gaius,

My name is Simon Barnard. I'm an author and illustrator residing in Melbourne, Australia. Currently I'm producing a book on British convicts transported to Australia with Text Publishing.

Amongst the convicts sentenced to Australia are over 1,000 army deserters, many of whom were branded with a 'd'. Your photo of the branding equipment and human skin located in the Army Medical Museum is of great interest to me.

I've contacted the Museum in an attempt obtain more information and, in particularly, a photo of the skin, but they're unable to assist.

I'm rather desperate to obtain a decent photo of the skin and am hoping you might be able to help me in this bizarre quest.

Yours, Simon Barnard Loveandliberty (talk) 23:43, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

I will see what I can do. I may have some photos other that the one that I uploaded. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 23:50, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Gauis. Fingers crossed!

I have taken a look at my files. I only have two images of this subject and the better one is the one already on wikimedia. Can I contact you privately, by email for example, to see what might be done? Gaius Cornelius (talk) 07:27, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Yes, please do, thanks so much for persisting.

Name parameter[edit]

In a template, there is

| name= Sam Andrew

I want to replace everything after | name= with {{PAGENAME}} to have

| name= {{PAGENAME}} Xaris333 (talk) 16:03, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

I am sure we can do this. I take it that you are using AWB. What we need to do is to set up a "rule" that will make the change you want without messing up anything else. This is done with a sort of text matching language called regex. regex can look pretty intimidating at first and, frankly, it is not very user friendly. However, what you want to do is pretty straightforward. Do you have any prior experience of regex? Get back to me and we will move on... Gaius Cornelius (talk) 17:56, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
Not really. Just some users explained to me how to do it for easiest thing. Xaris333 (talk) 18:24, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
No problem. In AWB you need to go to the "Options" tab. If the "find and replace" tick box is not already on, click on it; a tick will appear and the three large buttons to the right will become active. Click on "Normal Settings" and a "Find & Replace" window will appear.
The "Find & Replace" window has a number of lines where find and replace rules can be entered. I would image that it is going to be empty of rules when you open yours. One find and replace rule can be entered on each line of the matrix. A simple example would be a straight forward text replacement rule: write "Cat" in the find column and "Dog" in the replace column, if you were to do this and edit a an article, AWB will automatically replace all instances of "Cat" it finds in an article with "Dog".
See if you can get that to work! Let me know if you have any problems. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 20:45, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
Oh, I have done all that many times in the past. The problem I have it is with the specific task, like the one I wrote at the begining of our conversation, Xaris333 (talk) 22:01, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
OK. I will jump forward a bit. Instead of doing a straightforward text find and replace we need to do a regex find and replace. Using regex allows you to specify more complex strings to match using special characters or sequences of characters. A simple example would be to replace "C.t" with "Dog": the "." means match any character so "C.t" will match with Cat, Cot, Cut and so on.
Now, to match with "| name= Sam Andrew" where Sam Andrew can be any name, you will need a regex find string like this:
"\|\s*name\s*=\s*[A-Za-z ]*"
The "\|" means a the pipe character, "\s*" means zero or more spaces, "=" means the '=' character, and [A-Za-z ]* means any length sequence of alphabetic and space characters. (I haven't actually tried it, but I am pretty sure that will do the job.)
We are not quite done because we don't want to replace everything, just the Sam Andrew part. So we will modify the find string by putting parenthesis around the bits we want to separate out and treat differently.
"(\|\s*name\s*=\s*)([A-Za-z ]*)"
In the replace we use:
$1{{PAGENAME}}
The "$1" means everything in the first set of parenthesis.
See how you get on. I am in the UK and it is late here, I wont be able to answer further questions for a while. Good luck. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 22:44, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
Not working... :( Xaris333 (talk) 00:28, 18 April 2014 (UTC)
I put (\|\s*=\s*)([A-Za-z ]*) in Find and $1{{PAGENAME}} in Replace with and I select Regex. Xaris333 (talk) 02:56, 18 April 2014 (UTC)
Oops, my mistake! I have corrected the regex find string in my instructions above. Please try again. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 08:10, 18 April 2014 (UTC)
Not working. 1) The Gaius Cornelius goes to the next line is some cases, b) sometimes Gaius CorneliusSam Andrew c) and sometimes Gaius CorneliusGaius Cornelius if one name already exist in the name parameter. Xaris333 (talk) 14:57, 18 April 2014 (UTC)
This is a journey of discovery and I didn't say we were done; there are indeed potential problems because the find string is still quite simple and I want you to understand how this works. Please tell me which template it is you want to make the change in and which articles you are editing to get the effects you mention. Also, I am interested to know what the end effect is that you are trying to achieve - why do you want to do this? Gaius Cornelius (talk) 18:42, 18 April 2014 (UTC)
Please take care to use <nowiki> and </nowiki> round your examples and preview before posting.
I am going to be unavailable for a few days. If you need more help let me know. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 22:26, 18 April 2014 (UTC)
Never mind. Have a nice day. Xaris333 (talk) 22:27, 18 April 2014 (UTC)
Xaris333: If you wish to continue, please let me know.

Date formats[edit]

AFAICT, formats for access dates in citation and ref templates follow ISO. (Vd. Oriya language.) — kwami (talk) 23:01, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

That used to be the case. Some time ago, ISO dates were preferred with the system formatting dates into a users individually preferred format - selected in the user preferences. This system was abandoned and now the preference is for dates in either DD-MMM-YYYY or MMM-DD-YYYY format with just a few special exceptions for ISO. See MOS:DATEUNIFY. The articles in which I format dates have a preference indicated by a template like this one: {{Use dmy dates|date=October 2010}} Gaius Cornelius (talk) 06:48, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
According to your link, YYYY-MM-DD is still perfectly acceptable; changing them would be a trivial edit, since it has no effect on display, and so would be inappropriate to do with a bot. — kwami (talk) 20:18, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

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