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Request for Comment[edit]

Hi there-- I saw that you voiced your opinion regarding the usage of the words comedian and comedienne on Talk:Comedian. I started a Request for Comment on that talk page to sort out whether or not the word 'comedienne' should be mentioned in the first sentence of the article 'Comedian'. You can vote here. Thanks for your time! :) Newyorkadam (talk) 01:25, 15 January 2014 (UTC)Newyorkadam

GOCE February blitz wrapup[edit]

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Gettext Diagram[edit]

Hi. I spotted a couple of typos in the diagram you regenerated for the gettext page:

  • ‘msmerge’ (on the left) should be ‘msgmerge’ with a “g”
  • the second ‘msginit’ (bottom right) should be ‘msgfmt’

In both cases see the previous version for the correct text.

I downloaded the file to fix it myself, but with the text being paths it's nontrivial to edit. Do you still have the version with text as text saved somewhere? Thanks.

Smylers (talk) 10:25, 20 February 2014 (UTC)

March GOCE copyedit drive[edit]

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March 2014[edit]

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GOCE March drive wrapup[edit]

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Hypercorrections at The Great Gatsby[edit]

Hi, Hydrargyrum. I looked at your edit to The Great Gatsby. You made several "corrections" using commas which aren't corrections at all but errors. For instance, you added a comma to "a mysterious millionaire who holds extravagant parties, but does not participate in them" but this comma is totally unwanted. You also added a comma to "a New York crime kingpin who was notoriously blamed for the Black Sox Scandal, which tainted the 1919 World Series" when this is also unneeded. Not all clauses need commas before them. Additionally, you also seem to really dislike the use the pronouns and self-reflective pronouns and tend to replace them with proper nouns. Overuse of proper nouns in an article can make prose choppy and boring to read. You also accidentally removed the period at the end of "Gatsby is said to have briefly studied at Trinity College, Oxford in England after the end of World War I". I have reverted your changes and will re-add the remaining positive changes. Jason Quinn (talk) 12:59, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

When you've been speaking and writing improperly for a long time, naturally, the wrong way will eventually begin to seem "right".

Let's eat Grandma.

Let's eat, Grandma.

Commas save lives. — QuicksilverT @ 16:05, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

April blitz wrap-up and May copyediting drive invitation[edit]

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Web[edit]

Why are you changing "Web site" to website, when Wikipedia's own article on the subject, says that website is the accepted term in today's world. Languages evolve, no point in trying to fight it. Slacka123 (talk) 03:03, 5 May 2014 (UTC)

Why are you repeating information from a page that I referred you to? Its etymology has nothing to do with your clinging to an archaic term. Call it devolved, call what you want, the languages has changed and you're living in the past.Slacka123 (talk) 07:14, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

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Copyedits to SAT[edit]

Hi, Hydrargyrum,

I'm glad to see you making copyedits on a batch basis (also the way I usually edit article text), but I had to revert, assuming good faith, because some of your edits to SAT introduced mistakes (for example, the old, obsolete name of the test). But please keep up the good work; just be sure to look before you leap, as that article recently changed name after the name of the test changed in the real world. See you on the wiki. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 21:51, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

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More info. perhaps in DejaVu fonts[edit]

Hi there, I just saw https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=DejaVu_fonts and changed the version number in the article. Do you have any idea who made the tables. Maybe some changes are needed or be added at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DejaVu_fonts#Plane_1:_Supplementary_Multilingual_Plane_.28SMP.29_Range:_10000-1FFFF_.2865.2C536.E2.80.93131.2C071.29 perhaps?

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John Anthony Walker[edit]

Hi Hydrargyrum. What is the meaning of "Financial gain" in the info box of John Anthony Walker. I know you just fixed it, but thought you might know anyway. Thanks. Rui ''Gabriel'' Correia (talk) 14:58, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. But it really looks odd. Firstly, a reader is supposed to be able to look at an info box and make sense of it : born here, dies there, was this and that etc. That "motive" is entirely outside anything I have seen in any infobox.

Then, he is listed as: "Occupation - United States Navy Chief Warrant Officer and communications specialist, Private investigator", nothing about being a spy, that one could link to "Motive - Financial gain". Then to make matter worse, there is "Spouse(s) - Barbara Crowley (divorced)" between what he does/ did and the motive, which makes it look that the "spouse" was for "financial gain". I looked up a few other spies (very few have infoboxes), and none include mention of "motive". What do you think? Regards, Rui ''Gabriel'' Correia (talk) 09:53, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

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Template rename[edit]

Hello:

(Hydrargyrum moved page Template:Remove File prefix to Template:Remove file prefix over redirect: conform to Wikipedia template "sentence case" naming convention)

Would Template:Remove File: prefix or Template:Remove "File:" prefix still clash with this convention? (Not sure about the first, but imagine the second should be acceptable as it uses quotemarks..?) Sardanaphalus (talk) 23:22, 28 August 2014 (UTC)