User talk:Isaacl

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Can you take a look at Template:WikiProject Editor Retention/Editor of the Week/Project main page. I noticed that the archive box is falling behind. I created Archive 52 today, 51 last week and 50 and 49 the weeks before. But the box only displays up to Archive 48. Not a major problem and I might be the only one that needs to keep track of the most recent. Thanks and congrats on the article in the Signpost. ```Buster Seven Talk 14:14, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

I changed a parameter to the template for the archive box, as the defaults do not support more than 48 archives. In future perhaps just a link to the most recent archive might suffice, as the list is getting unwieldy. Just an idea... isaacl (talk) 18:14, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

The Inside Corner : September 1, 2014[edit]

What's in the latest edition of WikiProject Baseball's newsletter:

Editor retention- New page[edit]

Thanks for the discussion on my talk page. You made a good deal of sense in short order. I was hoping you might be interested in creating that new page as you had a previous interest in the original page.--Mark Miller (talk) 19:01, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Perhaps you can expand a bit on what you had in mind? WT:WER would probably be a good place to hold the discussion, so more editors can be involved. My personal suggestion would be to list initiatives that editors can get involved in to help encourage editors and foster a rewarding collaborative environment. The page would be a directory of sorts to help people find concrete things to do that can improve the editing experience. isaacl (talk) 16:37, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
I assume the "Taking a break" section at talk:WER was an effort to get the discussion going at WER. Not surprisingly a "diffused discussion" was the result. I was about to "lift" Isaacl's bullet list and start a new thread just below but realized editors would quickly show up with axes that needed grinding and stories that needed to be told. WER is a good place to hold the discussion just maybe not in The Great Room where every Tom and Jerry wants input. Much gets said and positive suggestions are made (example) but eventually are lost to the archives. Should we, at least, start a page to collect ideas for future reference? I think WER can provide a work space for many varied solutions. ```Buster Seven Talk 22:22, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
For better or worse, the culture in Wikipedia is generally biased against trying to limit a discussion thread to specific topics. I was going to ask those debating the only response so far to my post to separate their discussion, but I realized I was, to some degree, also guilty of hijacking the thread—I was genuinely replying to original post where Mark seemed to rue the project's lack of initiatives beyond Editor of the Week, but then threw in a whole bunch of ideas and asked for further suggestions.
The WP:WER page is probably a good place to host a list of potential project initiatives. I think the whole page could use some cleanup, as there are a lot of stale pointers to inactive conversations there. I don't think I'm a good candidate to do any tidying, though, as my views seem to lack mainstream currency with respect to the rest of those who comment frequently on the project talk page.
I was trying to generate some ideas for simple initiatives that could be pursued by any editor, that either work well or don't, so there's no big harm in trying it out, seeing if it succeeds, and moving on if it doesn't. I think figuring out a good way to lobby the WMF for a landing page or for an advertising campaign to attract editors would be a good initiative, and I hope someone with a history of strong contributions to Wikipedia who can rally many supporters will take it on. isaacl (talk) 22:56, 19 September 2014 (UTC)


I started a thread at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Baseball and wanted to hear you input on the topic since you've helped me in the past with the MLB Standings template. B2Project(Talk) 16:27, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

The Inside Corner : September 28, 2014[edit]

What's in the latest edition of WikiProject Baseball's newsletter:

Copyright rules[edit]

I have started the article Wrigley Field renovations which would be extremely enhanced with images. I found some fantastic images Here. How do I determine if they are freely licensed or within the public domain? If you notice, each photo has a link to a copy and paste page to send to a friend. Would that put them in the Public Domain? I asked for an answer at the help desk but afterward I thought of you. Thanks in advance, ```Buster Seven Talk 18:21, 10 October 2014 (UTC)

  • I got an answer. Not the one I was hoping for, but answer nonetheless. Thanks anyway. ```Buster Seven Talk 19:46, 10 October 2014 (UTC)
    • Note each of the images had an attribution in the caption text; it's unlikely the Chicago Tribune would make photos taken by its photographer freely licensed. I believe the renderings from the Cubs come from their web site. In practice, the Cubs aren't likely to mind people copying renderings they've released as press materials, but Wikipedia is quite strict about reusing material, in order to keep all content clearly re-usable by anyone. You could try asking the Cubs to explicitly grant permission to reuse images under a free and open source license; see Commons:OTRS for more details. Whether or not they'd agree is a bit of potluck; it depends if whomever you are able to reach in the PR department is willing to donate the images and understands the copyright licensing issues in question. isaacl (talk) 22:26, 10 October 2014 (UTC)