User talk:Howicus

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Clarification need on fair use of image[edit]

Thank you for responding so promptly to my question. However, I would appreciate clarification for a particular instance of Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Specifically, I am asking about the use of the gorilla image on I know that with this license, "You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work)." However, it seems this author has not specified any manner in which the work must be attributed. (If so, please point out where this instruction occurs.)

Does that mean the work does not need to be attributed?Saenger (talk) 02:29, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

Well, the full text of the license, section 4c specifies that you must give the original author credit in "any reasonable manner". I think the usual way is a hyperlink to the image source, if you're going to be using the photo online, or just crediting the photographer somehow if it's offline. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 02:41, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I am still confused. The license says, "You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work)." Doesn't that mean the author or copyright holder would specify the manner in which the attribution is made? For example, The New Yorker once gave me permission to reprint a cartoon in a non-profit newsletter. It specified exactly (and I mean EXACTLY) how I should make the attribution, and even how I should reproduce the cartoon. It seems there is a conflict between what I read and the information you are citing.

Can you clarify this, or suggest a way to do so? It feels to me like we've reached a dead end.

Thanks.Saenger (talk) 02:31, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

Since the author of the image did not specify any particular way of attributing, it seems that providing a link should be enough. This page has some samples of what good attribution is. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 02:42, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the samples. I can't help feeling that the author didn't care whether he received attribution, which is why he didn't specify it. At any rate, I can't afford to pay extra to include links and/or attributions in what I'm doing, which is set up for images only, so I think I will just forget about using this image.Saenger (talk) 00:12, 15 April 2015 (UTC)


ULTRASAT is a planned space project, so there are as yet no articles on what it has done – only on what it will do if implemented and what needs to be done. Ref. 1 says it is important to have an instrument to explore this spectral region, the article by Prof. Crawford says that the transient astronomical events which ULTRASAT will detect are very important to understanding the universe, Ref. 3 says that a wide field telescope will discover many more transient events than present existing instruments having small fields of view can detect, Ref. 5 quantifies the expected results from ULTRASAT, etc. Future space telescopes are notable and worthy of being covered by Wikipedia – the future James Webb telescope is larger than ULTRASAT and will cost more, but the latter has a much larger field of view and will detect more transients. I do not see how we can find more definitive citations until the satellite is actually launched. Skyfan31 20:45, 9 April 2015 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Railfan31 (talkcontribs)

An article about ULTRASAT would have to be based off of sources that talk about ULTRASAT specifically in depth. Not the area that it will work in, or the need for instruments of that type. It may be best to wait until there's more coverage, perhaps when the satellite launches. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 22:28, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 08 April 2015[edit]

Mentor needed[edit]

Hey Howicus. Is there any chance you might be able to mentor this editor? They were matched with Theonesean, but he does not appear to be active right now. Let me know if you can. Thanks, I, JethroBT drop me a line 20:35, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

Gladly! Er...should I drop jrtorerenuiarua a message then? Howicus (Did I mess up?) 21:21, 13 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! And yes, I think a good way to start is simply to ask them what they need help with. Looking through their recent contributions can also help you understand what they're working on too. Mentors have generally been using either the talk page associated with the learner's profile in the Co-op (i.e. Wikipedia talk:Co-op/jrtorerenuiarua or their user talk page (i.e. User talk:jrtorerenuiarua). Thanks, I, JethroBT drop me a line 21:32, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

Marching For Liberty (Wisdom album)[edit]


could you make a quick review on this draft again?

I've added a lot of references, and made some changes.


Deligabi (talk) 21:54, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi Deligabi. You need to source every part of the draft to reliable, independent sources. What are your sources for the sections on the songs? Also, blogs are not reliable sources, and you should take those out of the article. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 00:33, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Yasar Kemal.jpg[edit]

Hi Howicus. Regarding File:Yasar Kemal.jpg, please be aware that photos from press agencies (like Getty) are strictly prohibited, unless we are using the image for sourced commentary about the photo itself. (For example, iconic historic photos like Kent State shootings or Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima are okay.) Please see the second bullet of WP:CSD#F7. --B (talk) 01:19, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

I see. I was not aware of that. Thank you. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 01:29, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 15 April 2015[edit]

Admin Asking[edit]

  • IRC account: CompanyDude
  • (Optional) cloak: companydude@wikimedia/companydude
Er, I'm not quite sure what you mean by this message, CompanyDude. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 01:06, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 22 April 2015[edit]

Hiding edit[edit]

Thank you! that magic word has successfully fulfilled what I wanted! And sorry due to network error, I was disconnected from chat. But thank you foe introducing me to Magic Words!
aGastya  ✉ Dicere Aliquid :) 18:19, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

I have unreviewed a page you curated[edit]

Hi, I'm NHCLS. I wanted to let you know that I saw the page you reviewed, 2018 AFC Autism Championship, and have un-reviewed it again. If you have any questions, please ask them on my talk page. Thank you. NHCLS (talk) 01:20, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the message. The page author has been replacing the speedy deletion tags. After I replaced, I might have unreviewed the page... Unfortunately, the author seems to still be replacing the tags... Merci beaucoup! NHCLS (talk) 01:26, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

changes to Roaches Illinois[edit]

I noticed you immediately removed my addition to my home (Roaches). I own the property and the deed to the town, How do I "prove" these facts to you so I may edit the information on the page? Brad Reynolds — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gtnby2 (talkcontribs) 22:47, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

Well, is this information published anywhere? See, Wikipedia content needs to be based off of verifiable published sources so that anyone who reads the article can check the sources used to support the content. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 22:53, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 29 April 2015[edit]


Next week is finals week for me. I need to focus on my academics, and I want to make sure I stay away from Wikipedia until the finals are over. To that end, if I make any edits between 01:30 UTC 2 May 2015 and 17:00 UTC 7 May 2015 I would like to request that I be blocked for one week starting at the time I made the edits. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 01:15, 2 May 2015 (UTC)

I'm not an admin, so I cant block you. But I wanted to say, that I really admire such people as you :) All my efforts to stay out of Wikipedia (whether I'm blocked or not) are unsuccessful (i'm mainly aediting at Latvian Wikipedia). Anyway, good look with the finals :) --Edgars2007 (talk/contribs) 02:14, 2 May 2015 (UTC)
Comment: Probably too late, but consider the Wikibreak enforcer. You can also specifically request blocks from admins in Category:Wikipedia administrators willing to consider placing self-requested blocks, but judging from the rules of two admins, they prefer you use the Wikibreak enforcer before contacting them. Good luck on finals! Rotideypoc41352 (talk) 02:48, 3 May 2015 (UTC)
The Wikibreak Enforcer is a better idea, but if you really want to be blocked, just ask. I'm closing the help template as it really is't going to do what you want - you're basically asking administrators to patrol your edits, and unless you're planning a spree of vandalism, we won't wikistalk you just to make sure you're doing your homework. To put it bluntly, what you do in the real world is none of our concern; editing Wikipedia when you're meant to be doing something else isn't a valid reason to block you (if it was, half the editing population would be indeffed by now). If you actually want to be blocked until the 7th, then I or another admin will be happy to do so if you ask, but I'd still recommend Rotideypoc's suggestion above. Yunshui  10:39, 3 May 2015 (UTC)