User talk:John of Reading

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Thank you[edit]

Face-smile.svg Thank you very much, Your edits to the monarch butterfly article are appreciated!

bpage (talk) 13:52, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Monarch butterfly (edit|talk|history|protect|delete|links|watch|logs|views)
Thank you for noticing! -- John of Reading (talk) 18:30, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Face-smile.svg Thank you very much for fixing the typos with the letter "s" and the non-hyphenated word in the page for Malcolm Stuart Boylan, John of Reading; your efforts really helped and your work looks good!!

Taram (talk) 15:27, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

And thank you for getting back to me! -- John of Reading (talk) 15:29, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
You fix more typos than we do. You have loaded your own settings right? Or still different settings than most. OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 15:40, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
@OccultZone: Yesterday I was working on subpage 35 at User:Darkwind/Typos, since GoingBatty pinged me about it. I ended up making about 600 quick edits, a lot for one day, but mostly for very small typos involving only spaces and hyphens. My main project at the moment is Wikipedia:Lists of common misspellings/S, for which I'm developing my own settings. That started off slowly but is gradually becoming more efficient as I expand my regular expression to skip the false positives automatically. The regular expression is up to 21 kilobytes so far! -- John of Reading (talk) 15:51, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
That's very nice. Yes Goingbatty seems to be very active these days. Good thing about AWB, you can use your own settings. OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 15:54, 8 July 2014 (UTC)


You can't go on a wikibreak!?!? Who is going to clean up the Portal spam? This place is going to fall apart with you gone. Geez... Stop going on wikibreaks! -- Gogo Dodo (talk) 05:24, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

But seriously... welcome back. Hope the wedding was fun and you had a good weekend trip. =) -- Gogo Dodo (talk) 05:25, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
@Gogo Dodo: Thanks! Yes, some relatives I don't see very often, and a weekend of w i d e scenery that I've not seen before.
But seriously... if any part of the project falls apart because one editor disappears, then something is wrong! It's a pity that the usual Cluebot/Huggle/Stiki tools and volunteers don't tackle portal space. -- John of Reading (talk) 07:47, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
I think it has happened. Checked a number of wikiprojects, they are inactive since Rich Farmbrough stopped. I don't know many other examples, but probably there are a few. OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 13:56, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

I tried to pick up some of the slack while you were enjoying the view, but it was a poor imitation of what you do. =) -- Gogo Dodo (talk) 04:38, 15 July 2014 (UTC)


I thank you for your help. I was not trying to do anything improper, I was only trying to help as well. While I have been here at Wikipedia for a little bit, I had no knowledge of the page moving function.Reigndog (talk) 19:44, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

@Reigndog: That's fine! When I saw your edits turn up in my recent changes patrol, I thought I'd better jump in, as each of those pages will need a repair by an admin. I hope you and Karl's Wagon (talk · contribs) can come to an agreement. Perhaps a post at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Greece might help? -- John of Reading (talk) 19:50, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
I thank you again sir.
The only disagreement I thought existed was over one page, the Hellenismos vs. Hellenism (religion) page, which one should be the main page and which one should have the disambiguation link.
I then go off-line for about a week and the other editor in question moved all those pages, pages I have never edited or even seen and again, does not discuss the matter beforehand at all.
I am sorry to have caused any admin any extra work whatsoever though.Reigndog (talk) 20:04, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Reviewing Interior reconstruction[edit]

I am helping to encourage editors to improve articles to which they have edited or created recently. In regard to the article: Interior reconstruction, the following assessment has been placed on the page:

Feel free to remove this post from this talk page if you would like. Since you have shown an interest in this article's improvement I thought you might like to have this information.


bpage (talk) 23:41, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

@Bfpage: I see that most of those tags have already been removed. I've read it through and fixed a few spelling and grammar errors; I'm reluctant to do more because I don't understand the subject at all. -- John of Reading (talk) 05:52, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) Only 1 issue with that article now. I was requested by this editor to check. Whenever you see any article tags anywhere other than the main space article, consider removing them or decode.OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 06:37, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
The tags were harmless here, since they only add categories when used in mainspace. -- John of Reading (talk) 06:40, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
Restored for a trial, "Templates used in this preview"(at below of save page - show preview - show changges) includes "Template:Copy edit", "Template:Orphan", "Template:Multiple issues", "Template:Technical". No categories but increases the amount of usage. OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 06:56, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Highland mills fire company page[edit]

The highland mills fire company page is full of false information. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:38, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Highland Mills Fire Company (edit|talk|history|protect|delete|links|watch|logs|views)
Please post more details at the talk page, Talk:Highland Mills Fire Company. Or, you are welcome to improve the article by removing the false information yourself - just be sure to explain what you are doing in the edit summary so that editors reviewing your edit can see your intentions. -- John of Reading (talk) 21:05, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Templates written by banned editor[edit]

Wikipedia:Village_pump_(miscellaneous)#Templates_written_by_banned_editor is a problem, because they are being deleted. The policy with articles written by banned editors is to require editors who want them back to rewrite them before placing them in mainspace. This is hardly a possibility with many templates about places or streets.

I can cite particular examples affecting Philadelphia, but I am seeking advice on the general problem. Feel free to reply right here, or at the several places where this is already being mentioned.--DThomsen8 (talk) 14:36, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

More Portal:Democratic Republic of the Congo, sorry![edit]

Hi John,

Sorry to bother you again, but I just wondered whether you might know how to transfer the Quotes section of portal to a random selection from the article? As I say, all this code really mystifies me! Any help would be much appreciated! Brigade Piron (talk) 10:36, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

@Brigade Piron: I'd be happy to help, but... I haven't worked out from this exactly what you are hoping to achieve! Could you explain in more detail?
If it's any help, here's how it works at the moment: At Portal:Democratic Republic of the Congo there's this call to {{Random portal component}}...
{{Random portal component
 | max     = 3
 | seed    = 43
 | header  = ''Selected quote''
 | footer  = <small>Archive</small>
 | subpage = Quotes
...which displays a copy of Portal:Democratic Republic of the Congo/box-header, followed by a random choice one of the three numbered quotes pages one, two or three, and then a copy of the Portal:Democratic Republic of the Congo/box-footer. Within the footer there's an "archive" link which jumps to Portal:Democratic Republic of the Congo/Quotes; the markup there displays all three sub-pages at once. -- John of Reading (talk) 12:59, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
Hi John, thanks for your patience. I'm very sorry, but I meant the "Did you know" section! Is there a way of choosing a more random selection? I can add new DYKs if necessary. Brigade Piron (talk) 20:08, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
@Brigade Piron: Ah, that makes more sense! Yes, I could reformat the existing DYK box as a couple of randomly-selected subpages, so that it is fairly easy to add more subpages with more facts.
For the best-quality portals, the DYK facts are those that appeared on the Main Page in the "Did you know?" box there. The "CatScan" tool can find these; over at User:John of Reading/Sandbox (permanent link) there is a list of talk page that are tagged by the DRotC Wikiproject and have a record of a main page DYK appearance. You could look through those to see if any would look good on the portal.
Which DYK facts would you like me to start with? -- John of Reading (talk) 20:31, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
That's excellent, thanks! To be honest, any of those look fine - and certainly better than the rather lame ones on the page to start with. It would be nice not to have too many war/murder/rape/death topics - there is more to the DRC - but perhaps Lola ya Bonobo, Sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cinema of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Belgian Congo in World War II, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Yellala Falls, 2008 Congo football riots and any others you think look genuinely interesting? Once again, many thanks for this - one a side-note, is there a way that your table could be kept (perhaps as an annex document on the WikiProject page) and updated? It would be quite interesting to see what content we actually have! Brigade Piron (talk) 20:46, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
@Brigade Piron: OK, I'll have a go at this sometime in the next few days - not sure exactly when, as I have some extra real life commitments this week. I've copied the table to Portal talk:Democratic Republic of the Congo/Did you know. -- John of Reading (talk) 20:57, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! It's really appreciated! Brigade Piron (talk) 20:58, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
@Brigade Piron: There we are - three sets of three facts. It's a pity so few have a suitable picture, but there's not a lot I can do about that (remember that non-free pictures cannot be used on portal pages). -- John of Reading (talk) 07:56, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
That's superb, John, many thanks indeed! Brigade Piron (talk) 11:51, 23 July 2014 (UTC)