User talk:John of Reading

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Portal barnstar[edit]

Thanks for noticing my efforts. thats a good link, so i can see progress on all the portals. i have tried to revamp Portal:San Francisco Bay Area, Portal:Greater Los Angeles, Portal:Hispanic and Latino Americans, Portal:Jazz, Portal:Pornography and Portal:Sexuality. the bay area one is about as complete as i can make it, the others are simply moved into the range of useful, not stale and outdated. the latter 2 get hundreds of hits a day, so whether or not people like the topics, readers like them, and thus they should at least not be embarassingly incomplete or inaccurate. It seems there was a flurry of work on portals from 2007 to 2010, with a lot of them abandoned and not maintained. I dont like having moribund portals linked to from articles, but I have no idea whether dismantling of abandoned portals is ever considered.Mercurywoodrose (talk) 19:09, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

@Mercurywoodrose: I liked your idea of improving the portals that readers are actually seeing - there must be dozens of obscure portals that hardly ever get viewed. A few old portals get taken to MFD each year, but on average the number keeps rising. -- John of Reading (talk) 16:30, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the search link, that was enlightening. I will continue to MFD portals i find that seem redundant and are also not viewed. I may also find some to improve. I will also check at the main page for portals and see if anyone else is doing this kind of work.Mercurywoodrose (talk) 17:12, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Photo of Verdi monument[edit]

Hi, JoR:

I took a very splendid photo last summer (2013) of the Verdi monument in Verdi Square, at W 73rd St and Broadway in Manhattan, and would like to release it under the GNU license system for use at this article and for the article on Verdi Square, the editors of which have been crying out for a good photo. It's been a long time since I sourced photos for other articles (never my own photo), and I know from experience that it can be tricky. Many photos I sourced completely within the guidelines of WP were summarily challenged and then deleted.

This time I would like to go about it in the right manner. If you have experience and knowledge of this sort, and can help make sure I am credited as the photographer, I would gladly work with you to get the photo into the article. I will also reach out to other editors of this article with the hopes that someone can step up to the plate and get the photo up properly.


paul klenk talk 14:06, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Verdi Square (edit|talk|history|protect|delete|links|watch|logs|views)
@Paul Klenk: It all starts with the copyright position! Photos of publicly-displayed artworks in some countries can't be uploaded here, because the local laws say that the artist retains the copyright in his design. But for this one you are OK; Commons:Commons:Freedom of panorama#United States says that public artwork installed before 1923 have no such restrictions. So to upload your photo, go to the Commons Upload Wizard and choose options saying that the photo is your own work, and that you release it under the recommended CC-BY-SA license. Those options were selected for the other picture, File:Statue of Giuseppe Verdi in Verdi Square, New York City January 2013.jpeg, and they seem to have been accepted. -- John of Reading (talk) 16:21, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Copyvio issue[edit]

Hi, how did you determine the paragraph that the newbie was referring to here? The article is pretty much my work and the supplied url in the template bears no relation to any of it. The article is also very prone to POV attacks from a pressure group that shares the same name as the popular movement that is its subject - their attempts have been rejected at every venue, from the talk page to DRN, ANI, OTRS and even the WMF. Given that the newbie made exactly 10 edits before going there, and then made another POV edit somewhere else, I strongly suspect that we're about to get another wave of attacks. - Sitush (talk) 10:05, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

India Against Corruption (edit|talk|history|protect|delete|links|watch|logs|views)
@Sitush: I edited the article in response to TheRedPenOfDoom (talk · contribs)'s thread at the help desk. The copyvio template included a link to this external page. The text in the "Rise" section could be taken to be a too-close paraphrase of the text in the external page. I'm not a good judge of these things, and am very happy to leave the decision to "an administrator, copyright clerk or OTRS agent" as the template text requires. -- John of Reading (talk) 21:15, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Ok, thanks. I'm not re-checking it now but I have looked at the thread that TRPoD started and they are familiar with the ongoing problems. Thanks for sorting out the placement etc. - Sitush (talk) 23:35, 3 September 2014 (UTC)


Hi Nice Person,

I came to Wikipedia to confirm the location of Dalmatia and to confirm the spelling of Dalmatian (the peoples of Dalmatia and the breed of dog). I frequently see Dalmatian spelled as Dalmation, especially when referring to the breed of dog. It is even misspelled on the Talk Page for the article Dalmatia. It is misspelled in a computer game I am playing and I will bring it to the attention of the Community Manager at DJ Arts.

I did an Alt/F here for Dalmation and found it several times. The only problem is someone created a Redirect, so I am unable to correct all the misspellings. Would you mind looking for it someday?

I looked at the Birthday Cake you sent to me last year; a lovely gesture of thoughtfulness and the most meaningful thing on my Talk Page. It is still very beautiful and as fresh as the day you sent it. Thank you again.

Respectfully, Tiyang (talk) 09:54, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

@Tiyang: Hi, thanks for contacting me. I've added "Dalmation" to my "to do" list. There are a couple of ways to use the Wikipedia search to find "Dalmation", though. One is to use the box at the top right, but to stick a tilde (~) in front of the word you are searching for. That will show you the full search results even though there is a redirect in place. Another way is to leave the search box empty and then press the return key there or click the magnifying glass; that takes you to the main search page, Special:Search. Searches triggered there also ignore the redirect. -- John of Reading (talk) 16:45, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

2014 FIFA World Cup editnotices[edit]

Hi John of Reading. At the 2014 FIFA World Cup editnotices TfD discussion, you listed the "more complex" templates as:

Template:Editnotices/Page/2014 FIFA World Cup disciplinary record,
Template:Editnotices/Page/2014 FIFA World Cup disciplinary record (again) and
Template:Editnotices/Page/2014 FIFA World Cup statistics.

I'm wondering if perhaps you meant:

Template:Editnotices/Page/2014 FIFA World Cup disciplinary record,
Template:Editnotices/Page/Template:2014 FIFA World Cup stadium statistics and
Template:Editnotices/Page/2014 FIFA World Cup statistics?

I also notice that Template:Editnotices/Page/2014 FIFA World Cup squads is slightly different to the other editnotices, so I wonder if it might be worth adding that one to the list. Regards. DH85868993 (talk) 12:18, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

Yes, I got that wrong, thanks. The three I intended to list are about 5 kilobytes each, so seemed worth saving. -- John of Reading (talk) 12:25, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

Recovering a post[edit]

Hi John, I'm trying to recover my previous post. I see the message where you said that you have restored it. I'm having trouble finding the talk page. Thanks NukefieNukefie (talk) 13:07, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

@Nukefie: The text you posted at Portal talk:Biography/Intro is still available in the "page history". You can access it by following this link. But please don't post it anywhere at Wikipedia; as I and others have noted on your talk page, this text is way too promotional to be posted here. Perhaps have a look at Wikipedia:Alternative outlets, a list of other websites that you might be able to use for promoting your career. -- John of Reading (talk) 14:45, 14 September 2014 (UTC)


Portal_talk:Business_and_economics#Bot_malfunctionLbertolotti (talk) 14:18, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

I've replied there. I am watching that page, so will see any comments you add there. -- John of Reading (talk) 14:59, 14 September 2014 (UTC)


Thanks. I'm (finally) back. —Steve Summit (talk) 15:18, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Welcome back! -- John of Reading (talk) 16:20, 15 September 2014 (UTC)


What do you know about the Karvina Corporation? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:46, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Nothing at all. What prompted you to ask? -- John of Reading (talk) 06:01, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you for your work on the Distortion Mirrors page! Kingslove2013 (talk) 18:27, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for noticing! -- John of Reading (talk) 20:56, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Football editnotices[edit]

Hi John of Reading. Thanks for actioning my edit requests on those football editnotices. FYI, many of the templates contain {{REVISIONUSER}}, so they now say "Attention, John of Reading". I just thought I'd let you know in case you wanted to edit them again to remove your username. But if you're happy to leave them as they are, that's fine. Regards. DH85868993 (talk) 09:52, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Not a problem. This "magic word" was once useful in edit notices, but the behind-the-scenes software has changed and it is now useless. -- John of Reading (talk) 10:47, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you[edit]

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For this. Kingsindian (talk) 17:56, 20 September 2014 (UTC)
@Kingsindian: Thank you! There may well be easier ways to solve your problem, but AWB is the tool I am most familiar with. "To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail" -- John of Reading (talk) 18:22, 20 September 2014 (UTC)