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Nice to see a helpful editor working on techie things in WE. Lots to do here and an opportunity to learn a lot of stuff from various folks.--Smokefoot 16:02, 19 May 2007 (UTC)


I am trying to figure out the meaning of the collection of chemical formulas at Lindlar catalyst. It is very, very difficult to depict the nature of a heterogeneous catalyst, but the thing you posted is not a Lindlar catalyst but a set of ingredients. Possibly you might choose to recast these formulas into some sort of in-line equation that describes how the catalyst is prepared, but the collection of individual formulas are barely relevant to the nature of catalyst itself. The catalyst does not contain lead acetate, for example - it is derived from lead acetate (or other lead(II) sources). Just a suggestion. Best wishes,--Smokefoot 16:02, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

Actually I got the three compounds directly from Vollhardt, Organic Chemistry - a standard textbook as you might know. But actually I don't know any better way of picturing it and I don't know enough about the preparation technique that I could go any further and make a better picture (and I don't know how it would look like). Although the "+" indicates that these are individual substances mixed together. So would it be best do delete the picture again? Thanks, --hroest 18:32, 20 May 2007 (UTC)

Jahangir tareen[edit]

Rather than blank a page or some such thing, use {{db-copyvio|url=}} (substituting the appropriate URL) and let an administrator deal with it. Postcard Cathy 12:08, 18 July 2007 (UTC)


For this image, you say it was made by you, but you give GurkanSengun as the author. What gives? Lupo 13:01, 31 July 2008 (UTC)

I uploaded it from en.wikipedia to commons. GurkanSengun is the author. --hroest 13:04, 31 July 2008 (UTC)
I needed to this so I could use the image in the german article. --hroest 13:05, 31 July 2008 (UTC)
Ok, description fixed. When transferring images, be careful to maintain attribution in unambiguous ways. If you upload an image and it says "I created this image", people will of course assume you did create the image... Lupo 14:54, 31 July 2008 (UTC)


Hi, I have just seen on your user page that you are an ETH student; well, it was easy to guess just looking at your edits. Please do not add captions such as "ETH Zürich, the most prestigious university in Switzerland" to articles in Wikipedia" — except if you have reliable sources to back this claim, but prestige is something quite hard to measure... Also, the changes you made to the lead of Education in Switzerland single out a couple of Swiss Universities, without explaining why they should be mentioned instead of the other ones. The lead is already quite long, so we should remove content rather that add more. Thanks ! Schutz (talk) 13:12, 31 July 2008 (UTC)

Hi Schutz. I agree that I am not completely neutral concerning this point and I dont hide the fact that I am a student there. But there are several universities that need to be singled out - as already happened was the university of Basel because its the oldest. Then there is the University of Zurich which is the biggest and then there are the ETHZ and EPFL that rank very high in the international rankings (ETH is always top of Switzerland, therefore I called it the most prestigious, if you want to I can replace the adjective - do you have a suggestion? But I think being this good in the rankings does qualify for being the most prestigious one I think?). About the university of St. Gallen I am not sure but its one of the more prestigious ones too in the field of economics and business. Instead of removing content we might be able to write one sentence to each university, explaining what its strenghts are etc, seems to me the better solution. Greetings --hroest 19:03, 31 July 2008 (UTC)
I would avoid "prestigious" at all cost, since it is impossible to measure (and hard to define). If a University ranks high in a ranking, then we can say so, but I would not extrapolate from there. Also, don't forget that there are many different rankings available (I wouldn't be as bold as you are when saying that ETH is always top of Switzerland), so it would be better to have a secondary source that summarises several of these rankings rather than point to one or two of them, which is bound to be POV. Also, as you imply, not all Universities are active in all fields (e.g. neither ETH nor St. Gallen offer medicine studies), and every University is bound to be the "best" in Switzerland in at least one field (a few examples of renowned universities off the top of my head: international relations in Geneva, forensic sciences in Lausanne, law in Fribourg, medicine in Bern, economics in St. Gallen, architecture in Ticino). I agree that there are few enough universities in Switzerland that they can all be mentioned here; it would be nice to explain their strengths, etc, but it is going to be a very hard task if you want to avoid POV and stick to sourced information ! All the best, Schutz (talk) 21:10, 8 August 2008 (UTC)

Maybe you are right about the word "prestigious" but I do not have a substitute available that would express the same content. Feel free to propose one. You are right in that one ranking is not an adequate source, therefore I looked around and found some others that basically said the same thing (see list below). It is not our task here to criticize the rankings, but we can merely depict their results and reproduce their findings. I do not deny that many universities in Switzerland are good at what they do and have fields where they are leading in Switzerland but it seems obvious to me that ETH has the best international reputation , given the rankings. ETH was on top of all the national and international rankings I could find, the Shanghai ranking was just one are some more:

  • Shanghai Ranking 2007 27th, first in Switzerland[1]. Shanghai Ranking 2008 15th in Natural Sciences and Mathematics, first in Switzerland[2]
  • Times Higher Education Supplement World University Rankings 2006 24th, first in Switzerland. In 2007 it placed 42nd, first in Switzerland. [3]
  • In the Newsweek Ranking The Top Global Universities it was ranked 21st, first in Switzerland. [4]
  • In the Webometrics_Ranking_of_World_Universities it placed 32nd and top in Switzerland.[5]
  1. ^ Shanghai Ranking 2007
  2. ^ Shanghai Ranking 2008 Top 100 world universities in Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  3. ^ Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings 2007
  4. ^ ETH Jahresreport
  5. ^ Top 500 European Universities


Good work. Tim Vickers (talk) 18:33, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

hello, thanks again for the comments. I think the nucleosome picture you put there is much better than the one that was there before. perhaps it would be nicer to show the same image from different perspectives, ie from the back (dyad), front, side and top? i don't know, its always a pain representing a 3D image in 2D. As for the section on nucleosome reconstitution, its not really relevant, but at least what's written is not wrong . Personally, i don't really think its bad having a long article with obscure bits of data as long as they are correct and the important stuff comes first...

Ging3rnut (talk) 21:42, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Gene pages[edit]

You can alter the controls at the bottom, eg diff will stop it updating the summary text. We kept to genes since any other organisation would be impossible to extend to all the other gene articles, however having summary articles on functional complexes sounds useful. Tim Vickers (talk) 21:47, 29 September 2008 (UTC)

MM graph[edit]

I took some real data (I think from MTHFR), fitted it to the MM equation, subtracted the residuals from the data and re-plotted and re-fitted. The values on the Y and X axes are indeed arbitrary - I didn't think it made much difference if it was 100, 200 300 or 1000, 2000 etc Tim Vickers (talk) 16:59, 10 January 2009 (UTC)

Heavy Metal[edit]

Yes, it would have been nice if I'd included annotation and links - but I'm not very good with html. I was going to go back and insert links, and I had issues reverting back to my edits.

A quick Google would have verified my edits - you didn't need to remove them. The album I mentioned can even be found in Wikipedia - it's not exactly unknown stuff, just unknown to whoever wrote the article!

Please don't be so quick to remove my edits in future - I am a keen participant in updating music pages, and would like to see the Heavy Metal page become more accurate.

Thank you. MarkCertif1ed (talk) 21:39, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

Just for the record, I did not revert your edit, it was User:Wiki libs who did. But I do think that you should provide sources, you could use the Help:Edit summary to provide a book or a website where you got the information. Otherwise it might be treated as unsourced information and thus deleted again. See also WP:NOR and WP:CITE to see what should and what should not appear in a Wikipedia article. You can start the article in your own userspace before you post it, thus having more time to add references. Greetings --hroest 00:51, 2 February 2009 (UTC)


Hi there, welcome to the Wikiproject! If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please drop me a note on my talkpage, or post on one of the project's discussion pages. All the best Tim Vickers (talk) 22:15, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

Style conventions[edit]

Hello. Please notice this difference:

N − 1

In the second case (1) the digit 1 is not italicized; (2) a proper minus sign is used, not a hyphen; (3) spaces precede and follow the minus sign. The latter form is prescribed by Wikipedia:Manual of Style (mathematics). Also, please notice my other recent edits to Moran process. Michael Hardy (talk) 06:00, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

ok, thanks - I included the namegiver of the process. there is some trouble if the math environment is used in regular text so I choose to use italics instead but I am not happy with it either. greetings --hroest 11:41, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

Glyoxalate cycle[edit]

Yes, that's certainly my impression as well. I'll have a look. Tim Vickers (talk) 17:01, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

one example: Voet 2nd edition, p. 538 --hroest 20:05, 14 August 2009 (UTC)

Ki67 - which antibody?[edit]

Hi Hannes,

I was looking at your stunning pictures:

But I couldn't find any details on which antibodies were used for this immunofluorescence. Could you let me know?

Best, — 14:48, 28 October 2009 (UTC)

see your email. I will add this information to the caption. Greetings --hroest 16:05, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
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Cyclin D picture for Cellular Biochemistry II[edit]

Hi Hannes,

we found this picture at and we would like to put it on our page. But we have problmes with the licensing tag. On this page: it says that everybody can use it for free. But how do we tag it on the wikipage?

Thanks for your help!

hi, you should use {{PD-release}} in the image file you upload. I did it for you; just do the same thing with your next image (if it also public domain). --hroest 09:33, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

FGD1 and MSP articles[edit]

Hi. Thanks for your class's contributions to improving Wikipedia protein articles. Per your request, I have updated FGD1 (gene) and Major sperm protein articles. Please note that you don't need an administrator to do this, you can do it yourself.

Before updating the articles, I did some copyediting to both, especially to the citations. In the future, I strongly urge your students to use User:Diberri's Wikipedia template filling tool (instructions). Given a PubMed ID, one can quickly produce a full citation that can be copied and pasted into a Wikipedia article. This tool will save you a lot of work, cut down on errors, and insure that the citations are displayed in a consistent manor. Cheers. Boghog (talk) 04:56, 16 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Boghog, I am aware that I would not need to have admin-privileges to copy-paste text. I wanted to have a real move with a previous deletion of the old text, so that there are no copyright issues. I believe from a copyright point of view, the action with copy-paste is not very "clean". Thanks for your help --hroest 12:28, 17 July 2010 (UTC)
PS: I told the students to use the Templatefiller, but I will urge them more strongly next time. --hroest 12:28, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

WikiProject Viruses is back[edit]

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Why did this swap happen?[edit]

See this bot edit. Many of the DAB interwikis have been incorrectly changed from Slam to Slam (Suburban Studs album), and I'm not sure why. +mt 23:06, 12 March 2011 (UTC)

It seems to be the interwiki link to the italian wiki: -- so en:Slam (Suburban Studs album) points to it:Slam which in turn points to en:Slam and many others such as de:Slam causing the wrong IW link. See also the FAQ - Greetings --hroest 11:01, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

Edit von HRoestBot[edit]

Dieser edit denke ich passt so nicht ganz - da es sich bei der Weiterleitung auf "Artigo sobre evento futuro" (Artikel über die bevorstehende Veranstaltung) um eine temporäre Weiterleitung handelt --Langholz8 (talk) 00:41, 10 April 2011 (UTC)

Possible bot edit warring[edit]

Hi, I'd like to bring to your attention the history of this article. Three bots seem to be warring here. Could you try and explain what exactly is happening there? Thanks. Lynch7 12:36, 20 June 2011 (UTC)

Always Forever[edit]

Hello. This edit is an edit your bot performed concerning interwiki linking. Always Forever is an album, while it:Al cuor non si comanda is a TV film. Aside from the name similarities, these two are unrelated, so that's why I reverted the edit. Thank you, and have a nice day. Backtable Speak to meconcerning my deeds. 22:40, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

Bad bot edit[edit]

Quick heads-up: it:Donkey Kong (disambigua) was added by HRoestBot to Donkey Kong. It belonged to Donkey Kong (disambiguation). I've fixed the issue. Salvidrim! 00:11, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

Two times now. Salvidrim! 05:26, 9 February 2012 (UTC)
Please read the FAQ. If Interwiki links are set wrongly, all bots will behave that way. Please try to correct the IW links first because they are the root of the problem. Greetings --hroest 08:08, 9 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks, will give it a read. And indeed, the bot did it again. :) Salvidrim! 17:10, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

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Hallo! The {{virusbox}} we use here is very different from a normal taxobox. It's part of the new {{automatic taxobox}} family. The way an automatic taxobox works is super-complex, but is calculates and displays the scientific classification so that all an editor has to do to add a taxobox is know the first parent taxon (for examples, Velociraptor). If you like, I can help you put this system together for the German Wikipedia; it exists on five wikis so far, and German isn't one of those five. I've even studied German myself for several years, so this would be the easiest translation I could do of this template. Bob the WikipediaN (talkcontribs) 15:05, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

how to override interwiki linking on a case-by-case basis?[edit]

Is there any way to flag an article here (English Wikipedia) so that your bot will not add an interwiki link from some given foreign-language edition?

The article "Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories" has been getting interwiki links (added by HRoestBot) from the French Wikipedia article "Théorie du complot sur la citoyenneté de Barack Obama". The French article is horridly incomplete and (IMO) completely inappropriate to be linked to from the English Wikipedia.

Someone removed the link from the English article, but HRoestBot added it back. I went to the French article and commented out the interwiki link there; HRoestBot didn't add the link back in enwiki, but EmausBot did. Then, I completely removed the link in the French article (and then in the English article), and presumably this will fix the problem unless someone at frwiki adds the link back (either not realizing the issue, or possibly not willing to agree that the link doesn't belong at enwiki).

If the interwiki link gets added back at frwiki — and if people over there refuse to remove it and leave it out — it seems to me that we need to have some accepted way to tell bots not to insert a corresponding interwiki link here at enwiki. I've also brought up this issue on the talk page for EmausBot, and presumably a common convention should be agreed and implemented in both bots (and in any other bots that maintain interwiki links). Comments? — Richwales 05:36, 22 July 2012 (UTC)

August 2012[edit]

Welcome to Wikipedia. Wikipedia invites everyone to contribute constructively to the encyclopedia, but one or more redirects you created, such as with 2012–13 Real Madrid C.F. season, have been considered disruptive and/or malicious, and have been reverted. Take a look at the welcome page if you would like to learn more about contributing to the encyclopedia. Thank you. Bobby (talk) 06:03, 17 August 2012 (UTC)

Hi Xboxandhalo2, there seems to be an interwiki bot mistake. Did you already read the FAQ ? Greetings --hroest 07:04, 17 August 2012 (UTC)
No, but I tried addressing the issue by removing incorrect interwiki links on the corresponding eswiki page, but was promptly reverted by another bot on that wiki, Zerobot or something. Bobby (talk) 17:44, 17 August 2012 (UTC)
Well the problem goes deeper. The wikilinks need to correct in all languages. Thus, on the fr, hr and it wiki, the link to es is still set, it is only "missing" on the en-wiki. Thus the bot sets it also in the en-wiki. I thus corrected it in all those wikis and the spanish one. Here it was feasible since there were few wikis. Now it should be fine, since there is, on no wiki, a link left from the Real Madrid season 2012-2013 to the spanish article. If there are still bot problems, consider using {{nobots}}, see also here. However, this should only be done in extreme cases. Thanks --hroest 14:22, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

Paul Hermann Muller[edit]

I'm trying to update the page of Paul Hermann Müller but I'm having a lot of difficulty finding sources in English. Is there any chance I can convince you to search for some sources in German and send them to me? This guy is a Nobel prize winner but his page is still a stub. Thank you! AdventurousSquirrel (talk) 00:19, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

Hi, I just had a look into the matter and collected some of the sources that I found:
  • Biographisches Dossier Paul Müller (1899-1965) von Lenzburg AG; Dr. chem.; Nobelpreis 1948. Link -- most likely original sources / original research thus not too useful
  • Zur Geschichte des Insektizids Dichlordiphenyltrichloräthan (DDT) unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Leistung des Chemikers Paul Müller (1899 - 1965) Augustin, Frank, 1993 Link Link this is probably a doctoral dissertation and might be rather hard to get (it seems there is only one copy in all of Switzerland, here at the national archives).
  • Christian Simon: DDT – Kulturgeschichte einer chemischen Verbindung. Christoph Merian Verlag, Basel, 1999, ISBN 3-85616-114-7
  • H. Schück and others, Nobel: The Man and His Prizes (trans. 1951; 2d rev. ed. 1962) Link
  • Eduard Farber, Great Chemists (1961). Link
  • Gale Group. World of Anatomy and Physiology Link
  • also maybe this article from the Lancet: might be helpful, see The Lancet, Volume 353, Issue 9159, Page 1196, 3 April 1999. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(05)74426-3 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(05)74426-3 I have access to this article but its hardly worth it, it has only 259 words, barely a stub ... with erratum doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(05)77910-1
  • Also i foudn this obituary in Nature Link direct link
so there is one biographical dossier and there are two books about DDT which might contain some biographical information and there are collections that contain some biographical profiles of him. I think the most promising approach seems to be the World of Anatomy whose biographical article is online - Link. Then, one could try the other books by Schueck and the one by Eduard Farber -- these together seem to be sufficient to create a real article instead of just a stub.
If necessary, I seem to be able to get my hands on the book by Simon which I could order at my local library and check how much information is in there about him, but since the book is about DDT and not about him, I am not sure how much biographical detail there will be about him. The doctoral dissertation mentions him in the titel and might be the most thorough body of research but will be quite hard to get as these dissertations are not often reproduced in large numbers.
So what do you say, do you think the World of Anatomy and Physiology is enough to start with? So I am of course willing to dig a bit deeper and get the material for you if you like me to, would you be able to read German sources? Greetings --hroest 11:05, 24 November 2012 (UTC)
This is immensely helpful! Thank you for the information :) I'm working on the next draft of the page as we speak and hopefully I'll have time to post it some time this week. I'm finding that Google translate is doing a pretty good job of translating these articles, so I can understand most of what it says, but if I need a direct quote, I'll definitely let you know. AdventurousSquirrel (talk) 23:11, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your outstanding work translating sources and helping with the Paul Hermann Müller article. AdventurousSquirrel (talk) 23:13, 24 November 2012 (UTC)
Super Arbeit! --Stone (talk) 22:29, 25 November 2012 (UTC)
Thanks, if you want to use any of the material, just contact me... --hroest 22:32, 25 November 2012 (UTC)
The real world makes my worke here very minimalistic. I pilled up a few thousand pdfs still to be used.--Stone (talk) 22:48, 25 November 2012 (UTC)
There is always more work than there is time :-) But step by step we are getting closer and there is no deadline so no rush ... --hroest 12:20, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

Wikidata is live[edit]

Wikidata phase 1 is live on the English Wikipedia. Please don't add iw-links back to article once it's been removed. Thanks! -- KTC (talk) 00:06, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Thank you, the pywikibot just added the english Wikipedia as a client of wikidata a few hours ago. I updated my bot to the latest version and it should behave correctly from now on. Greetings --hroest 08:34, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Undid revision 538382758 by[edit]

Greetings from Singapore! I just wanted to find out your reason for undoing revision 538382758 by on 160213. Thank you for your attention.

Hi, I think that according to Wikipedia:External_links a self-uploaded image on Google docs is not a suitable external link. It would be preferable if there were a link to a reputable site with an article about that specific topic (and preferably also contains a recipe). I dont think the current link is great either but maybe you can find something suitable. Examples are or but also not ideal candidates. Greetings --hroest 10:22, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

Your bot on English Wikipedia[edit]

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Zestern analysis[edit]

Hi Hannes,

I posted this reply on my talk page, but I'm not sure if you'll get a notice about that reply, so I am reposting here:

I felt similarly about the article (Zestern analysis), which is why I added the citation needed notations. I had to go back and look at it again to remind myself about the technique (as I'd never heard of it elsewhere before), and I'm surprised that it hasn't been updated since I added those tags in April. It could indeed be entirely fabricated, or an advertisement, as the single source would suggest. I didn't dig around on Google for more than a minute or two back in April before I tagged the article, and I can't hunt for sources at the moment, but I am familiar with most types of immunoassay (immunoblots, anyway) and I had never heard of the "Zestern analysis " until reading that wiki, and I vaguely remember it being called a "Zestern blot." May I ask how you came across the wikipedia page? I'm pretty sure I stumbled upon it while reading a news article of some kind, but since it was way back in April I don't remember for sure.

The page could certainly use another template at the top, and perhaps should even be submitted for deletion. Perhaps some attention by the deletion mods and some experts would get this article fixed - or deleted if that's what's warranted. Thanks for asking me about it. When I have some time later today I'll look into this a little more. Spiral5800 (talk) 17:02, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

I came across it while reading the article Western blot where it was prominently mentioned. I already figured that something was fishy and indeed, there is no mention in pubmed of the technique and also google scholar only knows the patent plus one "Review article" in the "WORLD JOURNAL OF PHARMACY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES" which is on Beall's List. I suggest to opt for deletion. --hroest 20:58, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

In light of what you've found, I definitely agree. You should add what you've said here to the Zestern analysis talk page, and go ahead and submit it. I'll add it to my watchlist. Thanks for cluing me in - and for your critical eye! Spiral5800 (talk) 07:58, 25 October 2014 (UTC)