User talk:Gyrobo

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Meaningless image names[edit]

Well done for tidying up lots of meaningless image names. Two suggestions: 1) rather than just moving them, if they have an appropriate licence, why not use the Commons helper to transfer them to a sensible name on the Commons; 2) if you are only moving them within Wikipedia, then db-re dirty po is a better deletion reason than G6. See these three edits to encourage you to go directly to Commons. Incidentally do you know SMasters (talk · contribs) or is it pure coincidence that you are both attacking this massive task? — RHaworth (talk · contribs) 17:02, 28 August 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, I'll definitely look at the Commons helper, and I'll use R3 from now on in those types of situations. And no, I don't know SMasters, though we seem to be working in complementary areas. I guess it's a happy coincidence. --Gyrobo (talk) 17:09, 28 August 2011 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) I don't think it is a coincident. It is just the glorious outcome of all of us being filemovers, therefore we know where to look for these things. Fleet Command (talk) 08:02, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
Probably. You're right that not many users edit in the file space often, so the few that do will often see each other. --Gyrobo (talk) 13:21, 31 August 2011 (UTC)

Java applets[edit]

OK, thanks for clearing that app ... I mean, up (seriously, I'm not joking, I actually did make that typo :-)). Will say that in the future.

Of course, it wouldn't be too hard to just print-to-file and thus convert the scanned nom to a PDF (not so much for our benefit as on the state's part, since they set that page up back when Adobe still hadn't released the patent on the format). Daniel Case (talk) 17:34, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

I agree completely. There isn't a really good place to see the statistics on what percentage of web users have what plugins installed, but the last time I checked, I think Java only had ~80% proliferation, while PDF and Flash plugins were in the high 90s. Though Adobe hasn't released their patents on PDF, the format is a royalty free ISO standard, which I believe makes it far more open than parts of Java. Still, I'd rather the state released its documents as a series of legalese-unencumbered, high-res images. --Gyrobo (talk) 17:43, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

You're welcome[edit]

I'd also like to mention that I am not ungrateful for any images you nominated for deletion, obviously a picture of a mountain isn't incredibly useful if you can't tell what mountain it is. The admins should know enough to check before they delete, but I don't think they do. Thanks for finding these images and bringing attention to them so that they can be made (potentially) useful. ▫ JohnnyMrNinja 20:32, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

Most of the images on User:Chzz/dsc0511 have descriptions either on the file page itself, or in an article. There are only a few that aren't easily identifiable, but as you've shown, they weren't completely unidentifiable. --Gyrobo (talk) 20:56, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

Im new at this[edit]

So yep... any tips?? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Androiduser (talkcontribs) 01:12, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

  1. New talk page posts go at the bottom.
  2. You should sign your talk page posts using four tildes (~~~~).
  3. Don't ever write something like this again.
  4. Don't sign out and post as an IP. That's sock puppetry.
  5. This is just disruptive. Don't do that. You should focus on adding useful, informative content that is supported by reliable sources. If you want to learn how to format your text within Wikipedia, see Help:Wiki markup.
--Gyrobo (talk) 01:19, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Is this better?[edit]

Is it? Androiduser (talk) 02:43, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

That's fine, though I suggest you mark User:Androiduser/ABH *rubs forehead twice* for speedy deletion by placing {{db-u1}} on it. That page is basically nonsensical, and would be speedily deleted if moved into the main namespace. And per the user page guidelines, it's likely to be nominated for deletion eventually anyway for much the same reason. --Gyrobo (talk) 03:04, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Evidence of permission[edit]

Hi, I noticed that you tagged a few images (File:DSC03909.JPG and File:DSC03917.JPG) as not having permission. They are from Russ Ebert's collection, but they were uploaded by User:Mekugi, and the uploader claimed copyright. I see no reason to doubt that Russ Ebert is Mekugi. Enter the words Russ Ebert Mekugi into Google and you will see what I mean, Russ simply uses Mekugi as an online screen-name. To be sure, I won't revert these images, in case there is another reason you doubt the uploader. ▫ JohnnyMrNinja 10:53, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Similarly I came across images like File:DSC04042.JPG. The uploader says the author is Jason, but the uploader's name is User:Sky89, and they claim they own the copyright. Obviously this person was not named Sky89 at birth, so why can't we assume that they are telling the truth and that their name is Jason? ▫ JohnnyMrNinja 11:11, 16 September 2011 (UTC)
A similar thing happened recently regarding images uploaded by User:Net efekt. He ended up filling out an OTRS ticket confirming that he was the copyright holder (I don't know the specifics, because I don't have OTRS access). Regarding the Jason images, File:Viplounge.JPG provides enough evidence for me that the uploader is indeed named Jason (can't believe I missed that). The issue I have with the Mekugi images is that there is no edit where the user definitively says "I'm Russ Ebert". I'm going to remove the DI tags and take them to wp:PUF, to allow the user time to confirm their identity. --Gyrobo (talk) 13:47, 16 September 2011 (UTC)
I just noticed the file name of File:Russ and Spear.jpg seemingly identifies the subject as Russ Ebert, and is used on Mekugi's user page, in a manner suggesting that it is a photo of the user. I would still feel more comfortable with an OTRS ticket, or a more explicit declaration of the user's identity, but I'm sufficiently convinced that Mekugi and Russ Ebert are the same person, that I'm going to remove the DI tags. --Gyrobo (talk) 13:57, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Talkback[edit]

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Chester A. Arthur[edit]

Thanks again for your thorough review and copyedit. The article has benefitted from your careful reading and improvements. --Coemgenus (talk) 14:45, 21 September 2011 (UTC)


Your GA nomination of Rosendale Theatre[edit]

The article Rosendale Theatre you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:Rosendale Theatre for comments about the article. Well done! There is a backlog of articles waiting for review, why not help out and review a nominated article yourself? Harrison49 (talk) 16:44, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

Thank you. --Gyrobo (talk) 23:16, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks Gyrobo for helping to promote Rosendale Theatre to Good Article status. Please accept this little sign of appreciation and goodwill from me, because you deserve it. Keep it up Sp33dyphil "Ad astra" 03:39, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

85.211.208.130[edit]

ok, I'll keep an eye on him. You might want to issue a few user warnings if he becomes too disruptive. TheRetroGuy (talk) 12:35, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

I would, but I don't know enough about British television to know whether or not his edits are accurate or inaccurate. All I know is that near-identical IPs have been blocked repeatedly for disruption, so I'm just passing it down the grapevine. --Gyrobo (talk) 12:39, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

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Just wanted to let you know that with this edit you gave me a nice surprise; I believe it's the first time one of my articles has been cited as a source on Wikipedia.

~TPW 16:36, 4 October 2011 (UTC)

Thanks! I've used Shawangunk Journal articles on multiple pages, though I don't think I cited any other articles by you. You'll probably get cited more in the future as more Hudson Valley articles are written. I've always kept my online and offline lives separate, but I've sometimes wondered how I'd feel if something like that happened to me. It must be nice to be a reliable source. Also, your signature just took on a whole new dimension for me. --Gyrobo (talk) 22:21, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
Heh, yeah, I have a thing for branding I guess.  ;) The citing was cool but the work is better; let me know if I can help on anything in particular!--~TPW 02:37, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

WikiProject Wikify invitation[edit]

Four Award[edit]

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Congratulations! You have been awarded the Four Award for your work from beginning to end on Hudson Valley Rail Trail. LittleMountain5 22:23, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

Great work! LittleMountain5 22:23, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

A request[edit]

Hi, Gyrobo. I don't know if you remember me, but you helped by reviewing Empire of Brazil when I nominated to FA status. I finished another article, Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, Duke of Caxias, but I asked for a peer review before nominating it. In case you're interested and have the time and patience, could you review it and help me improve it? Thanks you very much, --Lecen (talk) 18:41, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

I definitely owe you several reviews and I will try very hard to fully review this article in the next three days. --Gyrobo (talk) 23:15, 10 November 2011 (UTC)
Don't worry. If you can't find any free time, there won't be a problem. I like your reviews because not only're good at it but also because you're a reasonable person. Regards, --Lecen (talk) 00:23, 2 December 2011 (UTC)

Marc Alaimo[edit]

Dear Gyrobo!

Marc Alaimo of the year, the number of entries in the IMDB page on the basis of the information I have on. I recall that I have no other information on which to justify the content of your message. Thank you for the invitation, but probably not much I'm going to edit the English Wikipedia significant. (The message is made ​​of machine translation) Regards! Hungarikusz Firkász (talk) 01:15, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

I left a translated response at hu:Szerkesztővita:Hungarikusz Firkász#Marc Alaimo: --Gyrobo (talk) 01:34, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

Hello, this message is about the message you left for me. On the English Wikipedia, the "years active" for an actor is usually "current" unless that actor has died or retired. The first message I left for you was automated, and this message has been translated from English to Hungarian. Thank you for your edits.

—Text of message
O.K. Thx! --Hungarikusz Firkász (talk) 01:39, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

Batavia[edit]

The examples you cite are out of line with the nationwide naming convention; cities/towns/villages nationwide get the type of municipality in parentheses when there are multiple municipalities of different types with the same name in a county. Nyttend (talk) 05:04, 17 November 2011 (UTC)

Merry Christmas!![edit]

Hi, Gyrobo. Long time no see. How have you been? I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas. Enjoy the holiday! Regards, --Lecen (talk) 13:51, 24 December 2011 (UTC)

Merry Christmas![edit]

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Best wishes, Fleet Command (talk) 17:20, 25 December 2011 (UTC)

Your attention please[edit]

You might want to have a look at Criticism of Apple Inc.. There is a newish user making rather sweeping changes in the name of "npov", but the changes actually don't reflect the criticisms that have been made at all, so it looks like it might be a pro-apple person. Before an edit war begins, it would be helpful to have another set of eyes. I restored some of what the user chopped out, and got reverted, but haven't had time to really look at it further. Thanks! Sctechlaw (talk) 08:54, 24 February 2012 (UTC)

Open Street Map[edit]

I see how you have withdrawn a request for a map of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, because you found that OpenStreetMap can create such maps under a free license. I don't see such a map on the Wallkill article, but I would like to know if you have had any success with using OpenStreetMap. You should note my request for a map of the Horseshoe Curve (Pennsylvania). --DThomsen8 (talk) 22:35, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

Request regarding Rosendale trestle[edit]

Source 52: "New Addition to the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail" has a broken or invalid link.

Thought you would like to know.

Have a pleasant afternoon. 173.8.91.62 (talk) 18:44, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

Thank you for letting me know this. I will replace the reference when I can find an appropriate link. --Gyrobo (talk) 00:06, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

Dispute resolution survey[edit]

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Input appreciated[edit]

I've been working hard on Apple Inc. litigation and it has been though a peer review, now it is up for a GA nomination. If you have the time, won't you please consider reviewing it? Thanks, — Sctechlaw (talk) 08:21, 14 April 2012 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free media (File:Student of the Year film poster.jpg)[edit]

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TFAR[edit]

I have nom'd Hudson Valley Rail Trail at [{WP:TFAR]]. Nice article.PumpkinSky talk 01:34, 27 September 2012 (UTC)

Thank you! I've gone over the nom and condensed the text somewhat, and re-added the part about it being sold to a felon for one dollar. That's probably the most interesting part of the trail's history. --Gyrobo (talk) 02:02, 27 September 2012 (UTC)
As you asked for 1 Jan, I've saved this blurb at Wikipedia:WikiProject_Quality_Article_Improvement/TFA#1_January_2013, which is a subpage of Wikipedia:WikiProject_Quality_Article_Improvement#TFAR_candidates PumpkinSky talk 12:33, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

Main page appearance: Hudson Valley Rail Trail[edit]

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Part of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail

The Hudson Valley Rail Trail is a paved 4-mile (6.4 km) east–west rail trail in Ulster County, New York, stretching from the Hudson River through the hamlet of Highland. It was originally part of the Poughkeepsie Bridge Route, a rail corridor that crossed the Hudson via the Poughkeepsie Bridge. Controlled by a variety of railroads throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the bridge was damaged and became unusable after a 1974 fire. The section of the corridor west of the Hudson was acquired from a convicted felon by Ulster County in 1991 and transferred to the town of Lloyd. During the 1990s, a broadband utility seeking to lay fiber optic cable paid the town to pass through the former corridor. The town used part of its payment to pave the route and open it as a public rail trail in 1997. While the trail originally ended at Route 4455, it was extended eastward between 2009 and 2010, intersecting Route 9W and continuing to the Poughkeepsie Bridge. The bridge, now a pedestrian walkway, connects the trail with the Dutchess Rail Trail to the east, creating a 30-mile (48 km) rail trail system that spans the Hudson. The trail is expected to be extended west, where it will border Route 299. (Full article...)

UcuchaBot (talk) 23:01, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Thank you, robot. I'll check the article this weekend for quality. --Gyrobo (talk) 00:01, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Precious[edit]

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images of a trail to a future
Thank you for quality articles and images, especially for project Hudson Valley which you co-created, such as Hudson Valley Rail Trail, for reviews and fighting vandalism, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:16, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Thank you! --Gyrobo (talk) 21:12, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
A year ago, you were the 366th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:10, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

Main page appearance: La Stazione[edit]

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New Paltz station after its 1907 rebuild

La Stazione is an Italian restaurant based in a disused train station in the village of New Paltz in Ulster County, New York. It stands on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, which was opened in 1993. The building was the first of two railroad stations constructed in the town of New Paltz, and it is the only former Wallkill Valley Railroad station standing at its original location. Built in 1870, it burned down in 1907 and was rebuilt later that year (pictured). The rise of the automobile caused the railroad to end passenger service in 1937; by 1959 the station was completely closed and sold off. It was then used for a variety of businesses, including serving as a public-access television station. Freight service along the Wallkill Valley line continued until 1977, when the corridor was shut to regular rail traffic. The building was in such a state of disrepair by the 1980s that it was almost demolished, and the nearby tracks were torn up and sold for scrap by 1984. However, the station avoided demolition and was renovated in 1988, becoming a restaurant in 1999. It was expanded in 2003 and served as the setting for a scene in a 2008 mob film. (Full article...)

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Barnstar[edit]

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For not just one but two Hudson-Valley FAs on the Main Page within a month. — Daniel Case (talk) 06:56, 9 February 2013 (UTC)

Main Page appearance: Joppenbergh Mountain[edit]

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Joppenbergh Mountain

Joppenbergh Mountain is a nearly 500-foot (150 m) mountain in Rosendale Village, in Ulster County, New York. The mountain is composed of a carbonate bedrock overlain by glacially deposited material. It was named after Rosendale's founder, Jacob Rutsen, and mined throughout the late 19th century for dolostone that was used in the manufacture of natural cement. Extensive mining caused a large cave-in on December 19, 1899, that destroyed equipment and collapsed shafts within Joppenbergh. During the late 1930s, Joppenbergh became the site of several ski jumping competitions, which continued until the early 1940s. Skiing began again in the 1960s, when a new slope was built on the mountain, and the revived competitions continued until 1971. In March 2011, the Open Space Institute offered to purchase Joppenbergh and sell it to the town. The Rosendale town board initially agreed to the deal the following month, with payment planned to come from a surplus fund. That June, however, the board found that the surplus fund had already been exhausted and could not cover the entire cost of the purchase. Ultimately, the OSI completed its purchase of Joppenbergh in October 2011, without town money. (Full article...)

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Main Page appearance: New York's 20th congressional district special election, 2009[edit]

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Scott Murphy in 2009

The 2009 special election for the 20th congressional district of New York was held to fill the vacancy created when Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed US senator from New York, replacing Hillary Clinton, who had been appointed Secretary of State in the Obama administration. The two major-party candidates were Democrat Scott Murphy (pictured), a private businessman, and Republican Jim Tedisco, the minority leader of the New York State Assembly. Early polls favored Tedisco, but by February the race was considered a toss-up. The Republican Party considered the election to be a referendum on Obama's economic policy and injected significant funding into Tedisco's campaign. Major issues included Obama's stimulus plan, which Murphy supported while Tedisco eventually opposed. One early vote count had the candidates tied at 77,225 votes each. Absentee ballots decided the election; ballots were accepted until April 13. While Tedisco had been ahead in early counts, by April 23 Murphy had a 401-vote advantage and Tedisco conceded. Democratic electoral successes in November 2008 and Murphy's clear support of the stimulus package were credited for his success. (Full article...)

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WP:FOUR RFC[edit]

There are two WP:RFCs at WP:FOUR. The first is to conflate issues so as to keep people from expressing meaningful opinions. The second, by me, is claimed to be less than neutral by proponents of the first. Please look at the second one, which I think is much better.--TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 06:34, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

Happy New Year Gyrobo![edit]

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Happy New Year!
Hello Gyrobo:
Thanks for all of your contributions to improve the encyclopedia for Wikipedia's readers, and have a happy and enjoyable New Year! Cheers, BusterD (talk) 06:28, 1 January 2014 (UTC)


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