User talk:Howicus

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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)
I'm back! Thank you both for the advice, the Wikibreak enforcer is what I'll use from now on. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 17:13, 7 May 2015 (UTC)

deOrphaning script[edit]

Hello everyone! I was just working on responding to a couple bug reports for a script that I worked up as part of a request from this project, and I noticed that only a couple people (who weren't even on this mailing list) are actually using the script. A little history on the script: In March of 2014, Jim Cartar came to my user talk page and said he needed some help in acquiring a script for a backlog drive that he was working on that could keep track of and score deOrphanings for a scored backlog drive. I took that request to the project's talk page (BackLog Drive "DO" (De-Orphaning) script proposal) and there was near unanimous support for this. I thought about the proposal and decided the best way to do it was to build a new script (which is still no where near as comprehensive as Manishearth's OrphanTabs) and build into it a mechanism that will make BLD scoring easy.

What I'm wondering at this point is, since there appears to be only two people using the script, should I continue to develop this script with a goal of using it for scoring BLDs or just debug the existing script and leave it at that. Thanks for any replies or comments.

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The Signpost: 06 May 2015[edit]

Farm Shop[edit]

Sorted! --Hash Tag 444 (talk) 17:48, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

Permission to enroll in your adoption school[edit]

Really appreciated your assistance in the IRC channel earlier, and was as hoping there might be an open spot in your adoption school. Assuming a reasonable rate of tuition, I'd love to enroll.

(talk) 01:03, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

There's definitely room :). The way I do it is, I have an adoption school page set up, which adoptees create their own version of. The page contains lessons which I think help users gain a good basic knowledge of how Wikipedia works. If that sounds good to you, then go to User:Howicus/Adoption school and follow the instructions there to create your own copy of the page. You can work through the parts in any order and at your own pace. Tuition is zero :). Howicus (Did I mess up?) 01:08, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Just completed my first section in adoption school. Just out of curiosity, how i officially enroll on the Wikipedia:Adopt-a-user/Adoptee's Area/Adopters page and reflect it in a banner on my user page?

Well, I updated the page, there. As for your user page, you can add Template:User Adoptee to the page, in the format {{adoptee|Adopter's name}}. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 03:16, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 13 May 2015[edit]


Hi Howicus, Thank you for reviewing the draft of ULTRASAT. you rejected it because it is lacking relevant sources that cover ULTRASAT specifically in depth. I was trying to help Railfan31 and I have found the lectures given in the Ilan Ramon International annual Space Conference in 2013: two specific lectures about ULTRASAT - one about the payload in minute 52:16- ULTRASAT even if the lecture is in HEBREW all the slides are in English, and I also have the English transcript of the lecture published by the Fisher Institute in hard copy. in This lecture minute 1:11:04 you can see they call it still LIMSAT. In the 2015 conference minute 34:13 the head of IAI MBT mentions the changes in concept and aiming now for the GEO orbit. On the ISA website there is also a dedicated page for ULTRASAT. Are these sufficiant sources? if so, I will update the draft accordingly. Thanks Golan's mom (talk) 07:03, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Well, the ISA page is a usable source. Wikipedia doesn't consider YouTube a reliable source, however, so YouTube links wouldn't work. If those videos are posted elsewhere, say on the Fisher Institute's websites, you could link to them there. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 19:51, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
Hi Howicus, Thank you for your answer. I got to the youtTube videos from the Fisher Institute website (through a link), since they posted the videos of the conference lectures on their official channel. They provide videos for all their conferences. Is it not considered an "official" conference video? Golan's mom (talk) 05:53, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Speedy deletion removal[edit]

Thanks for keeping me right. I think I might've been a bit overzealous in applying it, and I wasn't quite sure if it qualified for G1 or not. Cheers. :) TheMoxLotus (talk) 19:46, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Sir Matthew Edward[edit]

Dear Howicus,

I noticed that you had the page for Sir Matthew Edward removed due to you thinking it was a hoax. Sir Matthew Edward is indeed a real person who is related to each of the people listed. He is the youngest president to serve The Southern Social Register and is a founding member. He has modeled, acted, and preformed at William Morris Talent Agency in California. If you have any further reasons to prevent this page to dye your ignorance of affluent people in the United States please let me know.— Preceding unsigned comment added by MPerez1922 (talkcontribs)

Well, the version of your article provided no sources, no proof that Sir Matthew Edward is both real and notable enough for a Wikipedia article. Wikipedia articles need to be based on reliable, independent sources such as newspapers, magazines, or books. If you wish to try again I'd suggest using the article wizard at WP:WIZARD to write a draft. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 00:28, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

A new user who you might be able to help[edit]

Hello! My name is Howicus, I believe we may have talked on IRC. Today I ran into the user Denizeryuruk. They keep creating pages on the English Wikipedia, in the Turkish language, about subjects that already have English language articles. Since you have Turkish in your Wikipedia Babel box, I was wondering if you could perhaps leave them a message in Turkish, and try to point them to instead of here. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 19:29, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Hello Howicus, I suggested to the user that it would be better to put that content to Turkish wikipedia on their talk page. -- A Certain White Cat chi? 09:08, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Thank you very much, I really appreciate it. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 15:28, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Goggles accidental removal.[edit]

I think that was an incidental removal by one of my students. I am checking. Thanks for the revert. HullIntegritytalk / 17:47, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

I figured that was it, but since they left no Edit summary and it didn't seem obviously an improvement I thought it best to revert. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 17:51, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Template:Guggenheim Museum[edit]

Nice idea, but did you realize that there is more than one Guggenheim Museum? Ten to be exact. So could you solve the link to the disambiguation page? The Banner talk 19:20, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Ah, I did not know that. Fixed! Howicus (Did I mess up?) 19:26, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. The Banner talk 20:06, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 20 May 2015[edit]

Answer the message[edit]

I had for youToweringpeaks3 (talk) 05:28, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

Some stroopwafels for you![edit]

Gaufre biscuit.jpg Thanks a lot for helping me out (on my talk page)! God bless you! Susanna Correya 15:43, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:Radio Lobo 97.7 FM logo.png[edit]


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Your submission at Articles for creation: Peerio has been accepted[edit]

Peerio, which you submitted to Articles for creation, has been created.
The article has been assessed as Start-Class, which is recorded on the article's talk page. You may like to take a look at the grading scheme to see how you can improve the article.

You are more than welcome to continue making quality contributions to Wikipedia. Note that because you are a logged-in user, you can create articles yourself, and don't have to post a request. However, you may continue submitting work to Articles for Creation if you prefer.

Thank you for helping improve Wikipedia!

/wia /talk 14:52, 23 May 2015 (UTC)


I'm fascinated in military history. I'd like to enroll. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Spikesjb (talkcontribs) 00:19, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

I'd be glad to adopt you. The way I do adoption, at least, is I have series of "lessons" that I feel help new editors understand various important aspects of editing. If that sounds good to you, you can go to User:Howicus/Adoption school and follow the instructions there to make your own copy of the page. You can work through the lessons in any order and at your own pace. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 16:15, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

Adoption Request[edit]

Hey Template:Howicus,

I'm seeking adoption and you were recommended to me from user Template:Missionedit, and i was wondering if you would consider adopting me! I deal with naval/military articles, and i'm a member of:

  • Ships WikiProject
  • Military History WikiProject
  • World War Two Task Force

So how about it? Take all the time you need though, i aint tryna rush anyone haha!

Thanks for any help you can provide, --Luis Santos24 (talk) 11:42, 27 May 2015 (UTC) :-)

Hi Luis Santos24, I'd be glad to adopt you! The way I do adoption, at least, is that I have a set of lessons that I feel give new editors a good idea of how various important areas of Wikipedia work. If that sounds good to you, you can go to User:Howicus/Adoption school, and follow the instructions there to create your own version of the page. You can work on the lessons at your own pace, and in any order. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 16:20, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
Oh, by the way, the code to use to ping other users is {{u|username}}, not just {{username}}. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 16:20, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

Didn't knew about it, sorry won't add more links[edit]

I also added the links here with other links and other pages. Won't do it again ! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nik007hik (talkcontribs) 16:57, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

Message from Pfk102[edit]

NO ONE NEEDS THAT MUCH INFO FOR CAST BIOS! ITS UNESSACARY, QUIT UNDOING RIGHTFUL CHANGES — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pfk102 (talkcontribs)

Hello Pfk102. Ok, you *might* have a legitimate concern there, the cast bios are a bit detailed, especially when all the main characters already have pages. But, you're not going about it the right way. If you want to see that material removed, go to the talk page, Talk:Chicago P.D. (TV series), and click on "New Section" at the top. In that section, explain clearly why you think that content should be removed, and do it without writing in all caps. Simply removing the text over and over is not the way Wikipedia does things, and it could end up with you being blocked for edit warring. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 17:23, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

Thats great, why don't you just leave as is then? they don't need detail, they r fine with my edit. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pfk102 (talkcontribs) 17:27, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

Er, I wouldn't say fine, actually. Your version's bio of Officer Kim Burgess ends without a period, and your summary for Sergeant Henry "Hank" Voight ends with a sentence fragment. You should probably fix those things at least. And, although I'm not going to revert you again, someone else might. If someone else does, please take the discussion to the talk page instead of just undoing their edit. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 17:33, 27 May 2015 (UTC)