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I've closed the PUF discussion as keep. There's no doubt the image is PD in the UK but I couldn't make out grounds for it being PD in the US. Sadly US copyright law requires anonymous, unpublished images to be 120 years old before they are PD. Therefore I've removed the {{PD-US-1923-abroad}} tag and add a Fair use rationale instead for use in the article on the temple itself and removed it from the article on Destruction of country houses in 20th-century Britain. I know how frustrating this all is and I've read the frankly appalling way things were handled on Commons so I can easily see how pissed off you might be about the whole issue so I hope what I have done is at least something postive if not as much as we would both have liked it to be. Nthep (talk) 09:53, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

At this rate, there won't be many pictures left at Destruction of country houses in 20th-century Britain. Presumably, in America, it's easy to pop out and take new photographs of long demolished buildings. One can only admire such talent and invention. I've long been thinking (seriously) about an article on the Lost palaces of 5th Avenue, perhaps one of our New York residents can pop out in their lunch break and take the photographs for me, an up to date, recent picture of the Vanderbilt Triple Palace would be a coupe for Wikipedia indeed. Giano (talk) 11:41, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

File source problem with File:National Bank Oamaru.jpg[edit]

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Yet another perfectly good image needlessly deleted by some ignorant vandal. Giano (talk) 21:31, 8 May 2014 (UTC)


What a long wikibreak. :-( Bishonen | talk 20:59, 29 April 2014 (UTC).

It's not a wikibreak. Thanks for all the emails - for the record and to answer a few of the questions: I am not ill (that I know of); I have not been sent to prison, nor am I in an asylum for the insane (pity; I could have organised a wiki-meet). I'm just sick to death of this self-destructing project (eg: just today, and all the morons who never write a word, but want to enforce the letters of the law and make pointless rule, and then become daft little Admins on the back of their negative 'work.' I have not retired or stormed off in a huff (No, if it quacks like a duck, it's not necessarily a fucking duck); I am just taking time to enjoy the summer and assess where I want to be with this project, which at the moment is a long way from it. Giano (talk) 17:57, 1 May 2014 (UTC)

Boleskine House[edit]

Hey Giano, if you're still up for doing some good old fashioned article work, this 18th century Scottish residence needs to be rewritten from scratch. I've made a start on it, but I've got to nip out now, so if you're up for expanding it, that would be great. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 07:24, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

File source problem with File:VillaMedicicafaggiolo.gif[edit]

Dear Sfan00 IMG it would appear that the image I uploaded has long ago been inexplicably moved to Commons with no attribution to me (File:Cafaggiolo utens.jpg), and you have stumbled across what remains of it here. It would also appear that your education is so lacking that you are unable to recognise what is clearly an ancient work of art, in this case a work by Giusto Utens. It is because of people like you, that I no longer feel able to edit here. How long before the Mona Lisa is deleted because Leonardo da Vinci was not on the syllabus of some kid's provincial high school? An encyclopedia run by the uneducated is not a viable possibility. Giano (talk) 21:27, 8 May 2014 (UTC)

May 2014[edit]

Please try to stay within the top three tiers of this hierarchy.

Information icon Hello, I'm CharlieTheCabbie. I noticed that you made a comment that didn't seem very civil, so it has been removed. Wikipedia needs people like you and me to collaborate, so it's one of our core principles to interact with one another in a polite and respectful manner. If you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page. Thank you. CharlieTheCabbie (talk) 02:22, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

I beg your pardon CharlieTheCabbie? You have noticed that I made a comment that didn't seem very civil, so it has been removed? Are you on some noxious substance of just incredibly pompous? "Wikipedia needs people like you and me" Well at least you have one statement that's half correct; and what is that ridiculous diagram supposed to be suggesting; it looks like something waved about at a gay pride rally. Giano (talk) 18:55, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

An Apology[edit]

Firstly, I owe you an apology. As has subsequently been pointed out, I have failed to correctly identify that the above image was in fact clearly sourced. What's more, given the sheer volume of images I deal with, I should have known better than to tag it in the first place, rather than seeking a clarification with other contributors, including you as the uploader.

Secondly I also owe you an apology, about what happened next. I failed to take your helpful comment in the professional manner normally expected of a Wikipedian contributor, and feeling upset, sought advice from contributors. This seemingly led to you getting an unjustfied (on reflection) templating. This is not in keeping with the standards expected on Wikipedia.

I did not handle this in the manner expected of a Wikipedia contributor, and thusly given the sheer volume of edits I make reflects badly on myself, I am considering disscussing this with the administrators shortly. Sfan00 IMG (talk) 21:24, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

Not to worry Sfan00 IMG; not to worry - worse things happen at sea; there's no need to fall on your sword. Giano (talk) 18:50, 11 May 2014 (UTC)
Also Do you know of any Wikipedia contributors that would be interested in an otherwise rather dull research and catloging project in respect of old paintings?Sfan00 IMG (talk) 19:57, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

Valleyfield[edit] Kittybrewster 09:14, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

  • Thank you for showing me that Kittybrewster; I hadn't heard of it before. Hopefully it will be restored. I've heard it said (especially in Italy) that there's beauty in decay - I've never quite been able to see it myself. Giano (talk) 18:48, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

Something when time allows.[edit]

Hi Giano: Enclosed is a report found about Wikipedia sent in case you might glance at them when time allows: I find in a recent book on Architecture (2014) dealing with the well-known architect Vincenzo Scamozzi written by an architectural historian Giovanni Gleria; "WIKIPEDIA also provides much information and pictures on Scamozzi and his works, some also under specific titles. But the information and notes shown, although summary, are often imprecise and at time even incorrect so should always be checked. The general evaluations of Scammozzi and his work are rather of no importance whatsoever." [Published in Italy by Dove Osano Le Parole, Vicenza, Italy, ISBN 978-88-95685-07-6]. Upon seeing this, it was surprising to see it in a new 2014 book which is being purchased by college libraries around the country at this time. Is there anyway to get one of the Wikiprojects, maybe in Art and Architecture, to look at this page with a serious eye. I did some repair edits to at least deal with some major issues, but more seems needed. Can you think of anyway to get help to this question. FelixRosch (talk) 16:45, 16 May 2014 (UTC) I think indeed the Wikiproject is one way, and approaching users personally could be another way, though I do not know anybody writing about Italian architecture.--Ymblanter (talk) 16:49, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

@FelixRosch: User:Giano is our resident expert on Italian architecture, you might ask him.♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:02, 17 May 2014 (UTC) FelixRosch (talk) 17:50, 17 May 2014 (UTC)

Follow-up on Vincenzo Scamozzi and if you might think that there is anything to do about it from the note I had left above. Regarding your Talk page comment earlier, you appear to have some unlikely history with other users and if you can share anything here on your Talk page certainly let me know. FelixRosch (talk) 20:25, 2 June 2014 (UTC)
  • I am currently far from home and all my books, and travelling, so I'm not really editing at all - just looking in from time to time to see what, if anything, is happening. Curiously I see that I started the Baldassarre Longhena page (still a stub I see), but lamentably don't seem to have said too much about Vincenzo Scamozzi; I'll have to rectify that on my return. Regarding the other matter: I used to be rather excitable on Wikipedia, but now I find if one gives people enough rope they general save one the bother and hang themselves. I can positively assure you that that's what will happen there - there's no such thing as a secure secret on Wikipedia. Giano (talk) 21:02, 2 June 2014 (UTC)
All sounds good, and if you have a chance to see the Giovanni Giacomo drawings in the new Scamozzi book cited above it might give you more ideas. Let me know if or when your travels are completed and if you have any ideas about the Scamozzi page enhancements. FelixRosch (talk) 17:31, 3 June 2014 (UTC)
Another thing when time allows: look at (and possibly expand) Schloss Weimar‎, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:02, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
Hi Giano: Summer is passing by and I was wondering if you have given any further thought to the Scamozzi situtation I had mentioned above. Is there a beneficial approach which can be taken to enhance the page. Recently, I have been reading about Palladio, Scamozzi, and Baldassarre, and possibly the interaction of their influence would make an interesting addition. Cheers. FelixRosch (talk) 16:32, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
Sadly, I've had no time to think about Scamozzi or Palladio - my summer has been entirely preoccupied with family matters. I don't see myself having much time here before early November/late October. Please be bold and edit the page as you see fit, I will be looking in from time to time. Good luck with it. Giano (talk) 21:18, 28 July 2014 (UTC)[edit]

Hi, User:Giano, I noticed your edit, why, if I may ask so? Lotje (talk) 11:08, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

You may ask. It's because I don't care for you reducing the images to the size of postage stamps. Giano (talk) 11:10, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
It may well be you do not care, but using small screens (tablets, iphones etc.) makes it difficult. Face-smile.svg Lotje (talk) 11:23, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
With all due respect, Lotje, articles that are intimately concerned with visual arts such as architecture have a good argument for larger images as the detail may be important to understanding the subject. I accept your concern about some images being too large for the screen on a mobile phone, but having reviewed the article on my phone, I couldn't see what problem the 300px wide images would cause. If you could be a little more specific about the problems you encounter, perhaps solutions can be found for you. --RexxS (talk) 12:09, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
I am merely trying to take into consideration the not-logged-in users with small devices. Lotje (talk) 12:24, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
Ah, ok. That's very commendable of you. I do a little work on the accessibility project and I share your concerns. I think, though, that you'll find 300 px wide images are viewable on almost all internet-enabled phones these days, so I wouldn't expect any problems with that article. Cheers --RexxS (talk) 15:01, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

..and it looks fine on my phone, iPad and desktop, so that's all well and good. Giano (talk) 13:13, 10 June 2014 (UTC)


One common use of some of the information provided in infoboxes, as mentioned by Giano --Demiurge1000 (talk) 19:42, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

Giano, my friend, I'm reverting your removal of the infobox from Mentmore Towers. Every GA/FA article on buildings of architectural merit feature them, and that's good enough for me. P.S. I love your work :) Gareth E Kegg (talk) 21:04, 21 June 2014 (UTC)

What rubbish you talk Gareth E Kegg. You obviously have not read any of the architectural FAs etc written by me - try this one for just a mere start Buckingham Palace; then we can go on to this one, and then this one - do we need to go on, they are just three FAs written by me. Have I made my point or do we need to visit the Prince's Palace of Monaco? Giano (talk) 21:10, 21 June 2014 (UTC)
Incredible articles, but those are all at least five years old, and I haven't seen any recent GA/FA articles that fall under the pervue of WP:Architecture without an infobox. I too have written many articles on houses (and admired many more!) and haven't encountered this attitude until now. I'd love to go to the Prince's Palace. We could get an ice cream and walk in Jardin St. Martin. Gareth E Kegg (talk) 21:28, 21 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Five years or five minutes, I fail to see the difference; I look at a few (not all) of the pages passing FA today and wonder where the decent writes have gone? The pages that I wrote to FA standard are all fully maintained and referenced. I don't FAC my work any more because to do so is pinning a target to one's work. However, I maintain those page I have heavily edited, and if someone thinks they need delisting because they don't have something akin to a Pokemon card attached to their lead, then there's not much I can do about that and they are welcome to delist them. However, I can think of very few architectural pages where an info box is anything more than a grossly misleading summary of important facts. If writing about boron, I think there's a strong case for an info-box, but if writing about a structure built over 800 years by the assorted members of six families using fourteen different architects in numerous architectural styles and their even more numerous hybrids, then I fail to see the use of an info-box. Unusually, Mentmore Towers was built all in one go, but it's architecture is still too complex to dismiss as simply "Jacobethan"; furthermore, its architect was not Joseph Paxton (he only designed the heating system and the glass roof of the hall), but I suppose the remaining information, in that silly box, might be useful if one is planning to bomb it. Giano (talk) 18:57, 22 June 2014 (UTC)
  • I love the 'Pokemon card' comparison. I have never submitted anything I've written to review, but one that was, The Tower House, had a relatively simple history, but even so the nakedgeographicalityFACTS stand out so prominently. Perhaps it is readers that we really lack when such an oversimplification can be garnered from the infobox. Thank you for such a brilliant reply. Gareth E Kegg (talk) 21:00, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

Actively undergoing a major edit[edit]

Hi, honey, I like your ongoing improvements to the look of Buckingham Palace. But I noticed the "multiple image" template now at the top of the "Home of the monarch" section. I wouldn't dare interfere with it even if you hadn't posted the "keep out" banner, because I don't understand how it works. It's got scary words in it such as #expr:. But it looks like the two images have been coordinated for width, not height. Would the template allow for making them the same height instead? Because I think it would look better. Any opinion, Dino? Bishonen | talk 20:52, 25 June 2014 (UTC).

I have no idea! I merely copypasted it from lower down the page. I don't really like it much, but it does show what was going on. The page has got stale and tired - not to mention over edited by enthusiastic amateurs. I'll have another go tomorrow and attack the text as well. Giano (talk) 21:05, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
Excellency, I've tried to equalise the picture heights while retaining sufficient size to show what was going on. They seem more aesthetically pleasing now. If you'd prefer a different size or layout, please just say. I remain, etc. --RexxS (talk) 21:48, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

Uniformed opinion?[edit]

Just letting you know.[1]--Wehwalt (talk) 20:45, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Thank you Wehwalt; that's most kind of you to bring this to my attention. At one time I thought it was the American editors who seemed a little odd and over moralistic (is that a word?), but they seem to be being rapidly overtaken by the Canadians - I put it down to too much snow and a lack of a comprehensive alcohol supply. Giano (talk) 21:41, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
No problem. This is, I suspect, another area in which having Jimbo advocate will harden positions on the other side, especially after the little adventure he went on with the terms of use. . We are here to build an encyclopedia, not sing Kumbaya, and this is a shop floor.--Wehwalt (talk) 02:46, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Fake Prussian nobility? Not quite a Junker, but...[edit]

Morning Giano, hope you're well. Years ago, you served my father in the Clone Wars helped me with some fake Italian nobility, who seem to pop up with alarming frequency.

I thought perhaps you might be better than I at fact-checking nobility of nations other than Italy.

On my talk page this morning, I've received a request for help regarding a Prussian nobleman who has been deleted from but still has an article on this English Wikipedia. The request for help wants him deleted here too, but I'm being cautious.

The discussion on my talk page is here, and the German deletion is apparently at de:Martin von Zoransky, and the still-existing enwiki article is Herzog Martin V. Zoransky.

Before I just go right ahead and AfD it on the grounds that "it's been found a fake elsewhere", do you have any insights into whether there might be a shred of legitimacy here?

Thanks! --Demiurge1000 (talk) 21:30, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

In my small and limited knowledge of these matters; genuine nobles are always well documented and related to other equally well documented genuine nobles. As a rule of thumb: "If there's doubt kick them out." Giano (talk) 21:34, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. Now seems to be at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Herzog Martin V. Zoransky. --Demiurge1000 (talk) 23:22, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

G'day Giano[edit]

I've got something perking and would like to hear your views off-wiki, away from prying eyes. I'd appreciate it very much if you'd drop me an email at your convenience as several people have steered me your way. Best, —Tim /// Carrite (talk) 22:49, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Carrite. My Wikipedia email is working fine, please use it. Giano (talk) 20:46, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
PS: Anyone who can stomach reading "Carrite this is an extremely unfair and false representation of the situation that does nothing to bring light and love and healing and progress......... [2]" and not be vomiting uncontrollably has my undying admiration - this American sentimental rubbish/jargon has to be stopped before we all become incurably infected. Giano (talk) 20:57, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

"WARNING TO ALL": The selfie files[edit]

Dear(est)Giano, I couldn't agree with you more about the "warning to all" vis-à-vis potential attacks and discord in re: uploading photos.

For my part, I was just ambling down the grassy-and-foilage-way, when I came upon this abandoned camera, and began taking shots of myself, and my mates[1]. I got a few "killer-head-shots" in when the alleged-camera-owner returned, and commenced with assiduous imploring (of) me to give his camera-back[2]. All this was well-and-fine, and now, I find that there's "a whole lot of voting going on", on some Wikipedia-related website, about the photo *I* took, and a lot of hoo-ha about who owns it.

Allow me to clarify. *I* took the photo, but as I understand it, a bunch of sodding Americans (whatever the hell *those* might be) have decided that *I* have no rights, as a primate. Even worse, a bunch of sodding Wikipedians (whatever the hell *those* might be) held a non-binding public vote, to ensure that the photo that *I* took, goes into the public domain (whatever the hell *that* might be). Beyond this, as fate would have it, even if I had access to a computer, such that I might have participated in a vote which holds vast implications for my fundamental rights (assuming that monkeys have rights, also, assuming I understand what the hell all the fuss is about), I've been informed that UK government-funded university studies have published claims that I wouldn't know what to do-with the computer, even if I had access to one, in the Indonesian jungle, all the aforementioned (even-more-frustratingly) effectively rendering inputs on my part, moot[3].

As if this weren't sufficiently distressing, now this English-dude photographer-fellow is running around claiming he lost 10,000 quid[4] by virtue of this debacle - effectively on my account.

What a circus these humans make. Signed, MacacaSelfie (talk) 12:47, 10 August 2014 (UTC) ps: I love you.

Dear MacsaSelfie, Funnily enough, I missed this all happening live, and only heard of for the first time yesterday morning while looking at the Times, whilst having my poached egg. Fascinating article most concerned with diverse subjects as Jimbo on parenting, internet filth and the odd mention of a monkey. I can see that this must be tres difficult for you, but you must gain some consolation from being such a good looking macaque. However, your fine dental work suggests to me that you may be an American yourself. No self-respecting European would dare to display such a perfect smile. To solve your problem, I suggest you run for Adminship, you are far better looking than many of our admins and clearly far brighter too. That way you can delete the image yourelf, and also ban any other minor irritants voting against you. Giano (talk) 14:40, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

File:Domus G.jpg listed for deletion[edit]

A file that you uploaded or altered, File:Domus G.jpg, has been listed at Wikipedia:Files for deletion. Please see the discussion to see why it has been listed (you may have to search for the title of the image to find its entry). Feel free to add your opinion on the matter below the nomination. Thank you. (talk) 20:01, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

  • I make a point of not responding to anons, but in your case this is ridiculous trolling. Giano (talk) 10:24, 25 August 2014 (UTC)