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Mr. Blue?[edit]

Saw your charming blue houses on Haffy's talk. You might be interested in this one, which I used to walk past during a sojourn in Vilnius. I thought of it as the House of the Seven Dwarves. Sca (talk) 15:08, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

WikiCup 2015 launch newsletter[edit]


Round one of the 2015 WikiCup has begun! So far we've had around 80 signups, which close on February 5. If you have not already signed up and want to do so, then you can add your name here. There have been changes to to several of the points scores for various categories, and the addition of Peer Reviews for the first time. These will work in the same manner as Good Article Reviews, and all of the changes are summarised here.

Remember that only the top 64 scoring competitors will make it through to the second round, and one of the new changes this year is that all scores must be claimed within two weeks of an article's promotion or appearance, so don't forget to add them to your submissions pages! If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, and you hope to get it promoted before the end of the round, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAN, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup and the judges are reachable on their talk pages. Good luck! Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs), Miyagawa (talk · contribs) and Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs)
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The Signpost: 31 December 2014[edit]

Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2015-01-14/Featured content[edit]

Hate to be a pain, but could you do a CSS crop of the Barrymore image? It needs to be more landscape, so that it doesn't completely dominate the page. Cheers! Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:38, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

Never mind, I'll just use a lobby card. Adam Cuerden (talk) 00:20, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
Adam- Because of the crop of the original the top/bottom on the css crop is not perfect... If you want to use it but need a different size, let me know...
If you still want it...
If you still want it...

--Godot13 (talk) 04:34, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

Actually, I had meant the Hamlet one. That image is below the minimum standards I'll consider for a Signpost image. Adam Cuerden (talk) 04:36, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
LOL! It seemed an odd one. I'll work up the Hamlet...--Godot13 (talk) 04:52, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

Adam-Two more options. If either is close let me know...--Godot13 (talk) 05:03, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

I think I like the first one. But it needs to be 300px wide after crop. Adam Cuerden (talk) 05:05, 4 January 2015 (UTC)


Perfect, thank you! Adam Cuerden (talk) 21:03, 4 January 2015 (UTC)


Is it just me who wants to see these simulations that the Wikicup team claims justify their point slashing of FPs? They can't have had very much information to base them on, and I strongly suspect they're bullshit. Adam Cuerden (talk) 05:08, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

  • Almost certainly is... I just say f*** it all, let them have their kangaroo games. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 05:20, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
    • What I find interesting is the biggest proponent for cutting the value to 20 points used my margin of victory in the final round as a central central argument, yet the very same person left me a note (see very top of this page) saying (as I read it) that they stopped making a competitive effort early in the final round... Crisco- I value your advice and you have never misled me, but there is something fundamentally wrong in the way this was and still is being handled. The three "judges" were never elected by any community process, yet they have empowered themselves to re-interpret a difficult yet clear consensus, reached over time, between people who initially did not see eye to eye. I have left comments (civil, with an eventual edit summary reflecting frustration) of which none have yet to be directly addressed. I believe only after there were rumblings of the possible need for outside intervention was the completely arbitrary rule regarding one FP per article undone. The 20 point value is still outstanding. All of this is above and beyond the gigantic "F**k you" directed primarily at me and Adam...--Godot13 (talk) 05:52, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
      • Indeed, and to add to it there's the fact that, this time of year, most people are out with family or otherwise occupied. Implementing something so controversial when many participants aren't actually participating is yet another miscalculation. This fiasco's convinced me to never participate in the Cup, even though I could do pretty good at my normal rate. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 13:10, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

I'm too angry to do it, but...[edit]

Would you be willing to draft a short article for the Signpost about the Wikicup and FPs? Adam Cuerden (talk) 05:36, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

  • I'm currently on vacation with family. That's not to say I won't but 1) when would it be due and 2) do we get to eventually turn it into a satirical article?--Godot13 (talk) 06:20, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
    • Shall we say the fourteenth or twenty-first, and yes? Adam Cuerden (talk) 16:54, 4 January 2015 (UTC)
      • Adam if you want something about FP, I'll contribute but I have to decline the request to write something (neutral) about the Wikicup. A critical/psychological commentary perhaps, but that is not the task at hand. I saw the no confidence motion you started. At first I didn't want to vote because I was convinced that the scoring fiasco was only a symptom of a bigger problem and that the vote of no confidence should actually be directed toward the "judges". Upon reflection, it is the WikiCup as a competition that has lost my confidence. Of the 110 registered contestants, only one (ThaddeusB), along with Nergaal, Crisco, and you spoke up about the "judges" rejecting consensus and substituting their own rules. That is not the sign of a friendly competition, but rather one where competitors willingly turn a blind eye when it suits them. That is truly the biggest disappointment here.--Godot13 (talk) 23:20, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Rare issued notes and proofs of US currency[edit]

Hello Godot13.

Are there any websites or links that you could suggest to view high resolution rare bep proofs, proposed designs and of issued and unissued US paper currency such as the currency that you have uploaded here from the Smithsonian collection and what is not listed? Im looking for notes from the KIDDER NATIONAL GOLD BANK, and a few other rarities that are elusive.... Thanks in advance.Hpman2 (talk) 04:36, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

  • Hpman2- The Kidder National Gold Bank (Charter #1699) never actually issued any notes. They had 50 sheets of 50-100 and 75 sheets of 500-1000 printed and shipped from the Comptroller's office to the bank. However, the sheets sat in the bank's vault. Comptroller records indicate that all the sheets were returned from the bank to the Treasury. There has been rumor, based on a supposed serial number irregularity, that a single $50 or $100 could exist. All the BEP certified proofs are in the Smithsonian and we (I am a volunteer research associate) are in the middle of a digitization project which will bring all of the proof sheets online (in roughly 600dpi resolution). I believe, at this point, there are more of the National Numismatic Collection's issued notes on Wikipedia than any other site.--Godot13 (talk) 05:23, 5 January 2015 (UTC) OK, Thanks for the info... if you happen to come across anything from the kidder bank while you are scanning proofs, then please let me know. Hpman2 (talk) 16:06, 11 January 2015 (UTC)


Could you handle the replies here? People are trying very hard to make a group upset be all about me. Adam Cuerden (talk) 18:51, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Well put[edit]

[1]. The blind eye to ignored consensus because "we don't care about WikiCup" is very saddening to me. --ThaddeusB (talk) 05:44, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

ThaddeusB-Thanks, and also for your willingness to speak up.--Godot13 (talk) 05:52, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
Your welcome. Between this and my own problems its been a pretty stressful week. --ThaddeusB (talk) 06:09, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
ThaddeusB- I skimmed the discussions you referenced... Wow, that is some very stressful stuff. Good for you that despite the potential for some to see COI (probably wherever they look) you took the high road from the start. The situation with the WikiCup is very sad. It is too bad that the judges didn't/don't have the insight to recognize their fairly monumental error, or the willingness to reverse their decisions. More puzzling is the black and white mentality of the comments on AN. However, I wonder if the insinuation of abolishing the Cup is a warning to the judges to make changes. Perhaps I am just being too optimistic. --Godot13 (talk) 04:11, 7 January 2015 (UTC)


Adam Cuerden (talk) 15:51, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 07 January 2015[edit]


Some are quite beautiful –sca (Muster = specimen)
Golden Gate, Danzig, 1687

Godot, I'm curious about the Danzig Gulden banknote scans we discussed last year. ?? Sca (talk) 22:25, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

Sca- I have not forgotten... I will start getting them up next week (I'm away right now). I hope to go back to the Smithsonian the following week and will try and fill holes.--Godot13 (talk) 23:18, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

Wow, 10 billion (milliarden) marks! Interesting that the Versailles-mandated Free City issued currency during the inflation that it claimed was Reichswährung (currency of the realm/empire) – but I suppose that with one of those you could buy, what? – a loaf of bread? (Ever read Remarque's The Black Obelisk? Quite an account of that era.) Sca (talk) 14:14, 13 January 2015 (UTC)
Sca - Agreed, the Bank of Danzig notes are beautiful, very well engraved, with vibrant rich colors (that do not go overboard). The quality difference between the Mark and Gulden notes is night and day. What I find fascinating in the Danzig Mark notes (and some other German notes and notgeld) is the clear illustration of inflation and even hyperinflation within a very short period...--Godot13 (talk) 23:36, 14 January 2015 (UTC)
An original 100 Gulden note is listed on eBay for $1,999. (A reproduction – with no serial no. – is listed at € 7.60.) Sca (talk) 15:51, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
Sca- One of the same denomination and series, in choice uncirculated, sold last September for $2,232.50. Last April, a 1,000 Gulden note (just shy of Gem Uncirculated) sold for $9,400. There is great demand for these notes. I'll try to find the issuance records to see how many were printed for each series/denomination.--Godot13 (talk) 19:50, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

I am Waiting for Godot in Doon School[edit]

Waiting for Godot in Doon School.jpg Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot........................................................................................................................................ Hafspajen (talk) 23:21, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/A collection of paintings of that strange wild man who roamed the fields of Provence[edit]

You were not? That was bad. Uh. Sorry, but we really tried and it was as if nobody was really interested. Hafspajen (talk) 01:11, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

Hafspajen- You did a great job on the article for the images, a lot of detail and work. I'm not sure what all the others did? I know you tried to invite others to join. With respect, I like to do something to earn my stars. Seeing them randomly given away sort of devalues the whole process, in my opinion at least.--Godot13 (talk) 01:42, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
Sorry that you look at it this way. I don't mind sharing them. But since some people protested, it will probably not happen any more this kind of giant noms that often. But I think it is still fully valid if two or three people work together, one finds an image, the other one uploades it, they wrote an article on it and so on. Hafspajen (talk) 01:52, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
  • And I will never compete in any Wikicup anyway, just you know. I don't care for that kind of things. And Corinne will not do that either, so you don't have to worry about that, most have way to few FPs. I only care about making a picture known for lots and lots of people. That makes them happy and educate them too. Hafspajen (talk) 01:54, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
  • (edit conflict with above) I have no issue with that, but the discussion in the talk pages doesn't reflect that. I don't mind sharing them either, but with people who contribute. This was a free-for-all. That may also be why some of the invited guests chose to pass... It also defeats the purpose of nominating something for review/support if the nominating group is so large commentary doesn't really matter. I have nothing against cooperative editing, but we may need different scoring requirements for 3 or more nominators...--Godot13 (talk) 02:02, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Hafspajen- I appreciate the sentiment, but this has absolutely nothing to do with the Wikicup. This is only about Featured Pictures. --Godot13 (talk) 02:03, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
  • I hear what you say. As I said it will probably will not happen any more, but those who were invited they were invited - to work too. But it was great fun, Herald had the idea and I rather don't want to make those people sad that signed up. I almost never mind sharing my noms ... because .. well it is difficult to explain. It makes people engaged, involved. They start looking for pictures themselfs, they get engaged, interested. It is a great thing to watch them develop and understand things. It just - feels good. 02:10, 18 January 2015 (UTC)Hafspajen (talk)
Wow! A great deal of it!! Well, I have signed up for wikicup after reading Generally, the picture should have been created by you (either photographed, drawn, or created in some other way) or been given significant restoration work by you or been released under a free license because of your efforts. Merely uploading a file you have found elsewhere does not constitute "significantly working on" the image which I certainly fail. It was just a fun to nominate Van goh's paintings and now I think we have removed some kind of curse which Van gogh's noms suffer usually.  - The Herald (here I am) 09:18, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
Well, that's a thing too. It there were a series of rather creepy van Gogh noms lately. Probably the thought of a regular back-up nom was inspired from those incidents. Hafspajen (talk) 15:40, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 14 January 2015[edit]


Hi Godot. I'm going to order two photocopies of some material from the ANA library, but the minimum order is $5 at 25¢ for each page. Since I only need two pages, I'll have eighteen photocopies unused. Is there anything you'd like scanned? They have all sorts of information, including thousands of books, periodicals and copies of The Numismatist going back to 1888. There is plenty of information regarding paper money in their collection. If you need anything from there, or know anyone who does, please let me know and I'll get the relevant photocopies (free of charge, of course).-RHM22 (talk) 02:42, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

RHM22- That's a very kind offer, thank you. I just arrived in Washington DC and will be at the Smithsonian for the next four days. What is the citation for the material you are looking for? I wonder if their small numismatic library section would have what you need? If so, I could easily scan the two pages for you.--Godot13 (talk) 03:23, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for the offer, Godot! I'm not sure if their library would have it, but it's possible. I'm looking for pages 1754 and 1755 of the 1985 Numismatist anthology (it was in the September 1985 issue, but I don't know which page the information is on in the individual issue, if that makes sense). The article contains information regarding Jean Castaing and his machine for imprinting edge lettering on a coin blank. I have pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 of that article courtesy of Wehwalt, but he doesn't have pages 7 and 8 (1754 and 1755 in the anthology). I'm going to go for a two- or three-part DYK on Castaing and his invention. By the way, are you an ANA member?-RHM22 (talk) 04:34, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
RHM22- Life Member for the last two decades. I'll have a look today and see if the relevant issues are there...--Godot13 (talk) 12:11, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
I thought you would be an ANA member! It is a fine organization. My membership lapsed while I was occupied, but it's all renewed now. Thank you for checking! If it's not there, let me know if you need copies of anything that the ANA might have in their library.-RHM22 (talk) 13:43, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
RHM22- I found the two pages you are looking for but can't attach them in the generic email through your user page. Can you email me so I can send them to you?--Godot13 (talk) 18:16, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
Sure thing! I will send you an e-mail right now. Thank you!-RHM22 (talk) 18:31, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 21 January 2015[edit]

Your message[edit]

Hi Godot13,

Thank you for your kind message and proposal. I'm not sure I understand well what you mean, due to my poor english. What is the "Smithsonian box" full of ? Are you talking about french PoW in Germany ? Well... I had a grand-father who was kept during the battle of Verdun, and prisoner in Stuttgart, Germany. Anyway, I'm always interested in history, especially this of the WWI, all what you can tell me is interesting !--Jebulon (talk) 20:34, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Re: High denomination fake currency[edit]


I saw you revert my edits. I can assure you that these notes are real. The US Government and the Fed is denying their existance because of secrecy. Please read the ref]. </ref> --Hans Barbosa (talk) 22:01, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Federal Reserve Bonds 1934[edit]

Godot, I have more proof that the Federal Reserve Bonds Series 1934 are real. here is a website of a first-hand account from a German lawyer who has fallen into possession of one of the putative bonds. You might want to check the website. I assure you the bonds are real. --Hans Barbosa (talk) 23:20, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

  • Conspiracy theory websites are not reliable sources... especially ones which are trying to sell the bills they are saying are real. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:23, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Smithsonian website[edit]

Wehwalt & RHM22 – Per the Chair of the Numismatics Division, any images of coins on the Smithsonian website may be publically used. This comes with a request to credit the NNC when the images are used outside Wikipedia. If I may be so bold as to suggest a possible format (consistent with some of the coin images I have already uploaded):

For full disclosure- there have been some images taken by non-employees of the Smithsonian. However, these photographers have uniformly released the images to the Smithsonian, to be used in any manner the institution deems appropriate. Without a full inventory of the internal database system (not going to happen), identifying specific photographers is not possible. If, however, I am able to cobble together some of the names, I will try to add them to the image template for credit. Separately, the website contains reduced-size files. I am working on trying to acquire some the raw TIF files, where possible.--Godot13 (talk) 23:46, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

LOL! Nice.--Godot13 (talk) 23:51, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
This is great news! Thank you for your efforts in tracking down the answer, Godot. I'm currently working on a series of articles regarding some archaic Frenchmen and their archaic machines, but I've received some necessary source material and I will be starting work on 1804 dollar very soon. I scoured the Smithsonian website, and it seems that they have all three types of 1804 dollar pictured there, so I'll be able to remove all of the likely copyvios from the article as it stands and replace them with the quality Smithsonian material.
By the way, whenever I see that scene in Streetcar, I think of this.-RHM22 (talk) 00:18, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
I agree, it's really good news. Those images of the Panama Pacific $50 pieces will be put to good use when I get around to writing it (after all, this is the centennial year). Thank you so much for your help.--Wehwalt (talk) 00:28, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
  • (Looking at our numismatics articles, it appears that the US has never had a $2 coin, but it has had $1, $3, $4, and $5 coins... wonder why) — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:52, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Don't forget about the quarter eagle. Also, on an unrelated note, the Mint was apparently authorized by the Coinage Act of 1792 to strike the mill (1/1000th of a dollar), but it was of course never done because such a small denomination would not have been very practical. As far as I know, it's the only denomination authorized but never struck.-RHM22 (talk) 02:21, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
  • I was thinking something closer to the Canadian toonie than $2.50. That Mil would be an interesting article to get an FA on... — Crisco 1492 (talk) 02:25, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Glad to be able to help out.--Godot13 (talk) 00:53, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
Hi again. Sorry to be a bother, but I've just uploaded this image and the reverse photo as well, and I just want to make sure that everything looks good. It is a beautiful image which was needed for Flowing Hair dollar, an article that has suffered without a quality image for many years.-RHM22 (talk) 16:16, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
RHM22- Absolutely no bother at all. I think it looks great and the image info seems fine.--Godot13 (talk) 19:23, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
Ok, great! Thank you again for all your trouble.-RHM22 (talk) 19:33, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Currency Question[edit]

The editor in question has a complicated theory about a conspiracy involving Freemasons, who started the two World Wars in order to corner the world's gold. Robert McClenon (talk) 00:41, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

  • Robert McClenon- While fact can often be stranger than fiction, I'm left a bit unconvinced in this case (even though I did enjoy National Treasure). If the Freemasons were actually able to pull something like that off, I'd like to think they would have gotten better artists to design and execute the "currency" part of the plan...Face-wink.svg--Godot13 (talk) 00:57, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Japanese invasion money (Oceania)[edit]

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POTD notification[edit]

Hi Andrew,

Just to let you know, the Featured Picture File:Israel-2013-Tel Aviv 01-Reading Power Station.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on February 15, 2015. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2015-02-15. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 13:59, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

2014 Year In Review Awards[edit]

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The Signpost: 28 January 2015[edit]


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Mucha banknote[edit]

Haven't had time to check this out, but the Mucha image has ©ABNC in tiny letters- the Bank of England only recently started putting © on their notes. Wonder when this practice started? (not saying the Mucha note's in copyright! Face-smile.svg) Xanthomelanoussprog (talk) 10:59, 30 January 2015 (UTC)

Klimt: Damenbildnis
Interesting – To me, she looks almost Klimptisch. Sca (talk) 14:14, 30 January 2015 (UTC)
Just found (whilst eating my lunch) that it's from a poster by Mucha shown here. The Bank of England copyright symbol appears to be a result of the activities of J. S. G. Boggs. Xanthomelanoussprog (talk) 14:22, 30 January 2015 (UTC)
I have some of Boggs' currency work. Given there is a current discussion about (not) deleting a counterfeit note because it is in essence valid under PD-USGov (not my argument) in that no significant changes were made to the government's original design, I may upload a few Boggs pieces down the road. Some of the ABNCo images (not appearing on currency) have copyright symbols. I only use them (engraved portraits) if I know who the engraver/artist was, and their date of death satisfies the requirements.--Godot13 (talk) 18:17, 30 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Good find on the Slavia poster!-Godot13 (talk) 18:18, 30 January 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 04 February 2015[edit]


When I was a kid, there was a book at our local library - I think from the 1920s - on Counterfeiting that included fantasy notes created with the help of the treasury - good quality note and a counterfeit of it. It's a marvellous book. I really wish I could find it again.

It had discussions of the women who went through burnt or destroyed notes to try and see if any money could be recovered, it discussed the then-present security features, like all the pantograph scrollwork, and it actually had some impressive fantasy notes, which I believe may have been made by the treasury. Adam Cuerden (talk) 12:12, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

  • Adam- I'm not sure of the specific book, but I know some of the images to which you refer. There are all kinds of designs that never made it to a formal issue. Some died in sketches, some in mockup, and others had die proofs made. Most of those were kept by the BEP (not part of their archive donated to the Smithsonian). There are also great B&W images out there of the female BEP employees inspecting new sheets, in some cases cutting up sheets with giant scissors...--Godot13 (talk) 20:01, 10 February 2015 (UTC)
Adam Cuerden: Sorry to butt in here, but I believe that I have this book. I think my copy is from the 1940s or so. I have hundreds of numismatic books and magazines in storage, and I'm quite certain that the book you mention is among them. I'll go take a look through my books in storage and I'll let you know if I find it.-RHM22 (talk) 23:17, 10 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:40, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Japanese government-issued Oceanian Pound[edit]

Harrias talk 12:41, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 11 February 2015[edit]

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/The First 1948 Deutsche Mark (West)[edit]

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POTD notification[edit]

Hi Andrew,

Just to let you know, the Featured Picture File:Israel-2013-Jerusalem-Temple Mount-Dome of the Rock-Detail 01.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on March 6, 2015. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2015-03-06. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:17, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 18 February 2015[edit]

Jay Gould[edit]

As I'm sure has happened to you before, looking at the image after waking up found a few more areas on his coat and the background that could be improved, so I did. Don't think they're they're controversial, but think it's better to tell the preexistent voters it's changed, just in case they dislike it. Adam Cuerden (talk) 11:13, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Fifty dollar bill[edit]

Hi, Godot. I've used one of your images, File:US-$50-GC-1928-Fr-2404.jpg, in the Ulysses S. Grant article, and some questions about it were raised in the featured article candidacy that I'm not really qualified to answer. Would you mind weighing in? Thanks, --Coemgenus (talk) 14:57, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi Coemgenus- I commented and went ahead and removed the CC4.0 as perhaps not necessary.--Godot13 (talk) 21:55, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
BTW- Thanks for asking...--Godot13 (talk) 21:56, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! --Coemgenus (talk) 22:05, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Featured picture[edit]

Hi Godot. These are a bit unusual, but what do you think about these two for featured pictures: file:1979 right-facing Susan B. Anthony design.jpeg and file:1979 left-facing Susan B. Anthony design.jpeg? They're proposed designs for the Susan B. Anthony dollar by Frank Gasparro, and they both seem large enough. In my opinion, they're rather attractive (probably more so than the approved design), and they're really interesting as an illustration of how coins are designed.-RHM22 (talk) 21:09, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi RHM22- As long as they are both placed (fairly prominently) in at least one article (Susan B. Anthony Dollar) and perhaps in the Gasparro article I think they have fairly significant EV. Some text should be put in the article to explain what they are (a few sentences at most) to put them in better context. Perhaps they can be presented horizontally with a single footer? And they should typically be in the article for at least one week before being proposed to FPC. In short, I think they could be successful.--Godot13 (talk) 00:21, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
@RHM22:This could be made to fit just underneath the infobox...--Godot13 (talk) 00:33, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the replies and suggestions! The multiple image template you've used there looks just fine. SBA dollar will be my next article, so I'll include it in there. I usually write coin articles with a background section (Mr. X said he wanted a dollar coin...) then a history section (Mr. Y designed it, making sure it was as ugly as humanly possible...). The history section usually starts right around where the infobox ends, so that's where the Gasparro drawings will go. As you've suggested, I see no reason why they couldn't also be included in the Gasparro article.-RHM22 (talk) 01:57, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
@RHM22:- If I can find the drawings at the NNC on my next trip, I will make some very high res scans... If you know of other coin drawings they have, let me know.--Godot13 (talk) 02:22, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! That will be great. I can't think of anything at the moment, but I might notice something before your next trip. I believe Wehwalt might be using one of the Eisenhower dollar sketches for his article on the subject.-RHM22 (talk) 02:26, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
@RHM22:- Okay. Next trip will either be mid-March or Mid-April.--Godot13 (talk) 02:28, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

FP Bonuses[edit]

Hi there, just to let you know I've manually entered the FP bonuses. From what I can see, you didn't have any that qualified for the bonus in the first round - it requires an image to be present on five different language wikis (which can include EN). I think the most you had was three. One of Herald's FPs did qualify as that had seven, so I've added that. It does mean that both you and Herald will be in the same pot for the draw for round 2 so you're guaranteed not to be drawn into the same group. Miyagawa (talk) 00:30, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi Miyagawa- I'm not sure I follow... The set of four notes (submissions 1-4) all appear on Japanese government-issued Oceanian Pound, which is on a total of 5 wikis (inclusive of EN). Submission #5 is on Deutsche Mark (53 wikis), and #6 is on East German mark (31 wikis). Featured pictures used in articles which exist on at least 5 Wikipedias, as of 31 December 2014, score 5 additional points. Similarly, FPs used in articles on at least 20 Wikipedias score 10 additional points and those used in articles on at least 50 Wikipedias score 15 additional points. Are you interpreting the rule to mean the image must be inserted into each foreign-language article? How will that work for articles, lists, and portals (since the wording regarding bonuses is generally the same).--Godot13 (talk) 03:43, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
Godot, don't mind me - I'm being a complete dumbass. You're quite right, I'll go back and re-do the bonus points. I went with the individual images, but it's the article the image appears on. That's what I get for wrapping up the round late at night. :) Miyagawa (talk) 16:37, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
Yep, you were due 45 bonus points - I've added those now. Sorry for this - at least I got mixed up in round 1 and not later on! Miyagawa (talk) 16:47, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
Hi Miyagawa- No worries, just glad this was all resolved early on. Thanks.--Godot13 (talk) 17:05, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 25 February 2015[edit]

The Signpost: 25 February 2015[edit]