User talk:Johnbod/11 from July 08

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search



In my early months here, I was truly ignorant of the system and made several overcategorizations, some of which I caught on and corrected. There seems to be a general problem in theology and Cheistianity categories, to the effect that all RC articles are tugged away somewhere under RC, which leaves only non RC articles under the titles. In the last few weeks, this got worse. Catholic = RC and everything else Christian? -:)) We need to look at this at some point. On the encyclicals of Pius XII I was right: They definitely are a subcategory of the Category: Pope Pius XII. Thank's for pointing this out and for helping. --Ambrosius007 (talk) 19:02, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

  • Yes, they are a sub-cat, so articles need not go in both. Johnbod (talk) 19:13, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
In the Pius XII Category we need all subcategories related to him, such as his encyclicals, or?.
Yes, I removed it by mistake - now replaced. Sorry - but the articles don't then need to be in PXII, Papal Encyclicals, Docs of the RC church & other ones higher up the tree. Johnbod (talk) 19:23, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
We have two problems: first that existing good RC articles are often hard to find, because they are badly categorized or under-categorized. Second, and this is worse, the quality, range and scope of the Protestant theology articles is generally superior to RC articles. We have little to offer in comparison. The array of "Christianity" and "Theology" articles shows that we have much work to do. I appreciate your help, thanks --Ambrosius007 (talk) 19:20, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
I looked at some encyclicals in the cat Papal Encyclicals. There is some general confusion in several articles as to the categorization. I propose three categories for each encyclical: (1) for those Popes like Pius XII to have them in their subcategory all others under encyclical, (2) btheir author pope, and (3) their topic (biblical studies, Mary etc) does this sound reasonabbe to you, John? (I respond domani, because I have to go now.) Cheers--Ambrosius007 (talk) 20:10, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
Only Pius XII has an encyclicals category. For the relatively few Popes (mostly modern) who have categories at all, it should go there, & then in relevant topics, but not head cats like Cat:Theology. Once they are in the encyclicals tree, they are in RC theology anyway. Johnbod (talk) 20:41, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

Agree, except in case of Pius XII only subcategory and topic. with four important exceptions, I left them out from Category: Pope Pius XII because of overcrowding there --Ambrosius007 (talk) 12:22, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

I did not know this about the colons, Thank's. I send this note to you and to history for prayerful reflection -:) You are doing a wonderful job on Mariological art. Looks really nice. But since Mariology is a part of theology, would it not be advisable to call the article RC Marian art ? You decide --Ambrosius007 (talk) 08:12, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

Hortus conclusus[edit]

Hi. I noticed you reverted and kept the point on Hortus conclusus. I linked miraculously to Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ, but that won't do? The sentence still seems very clunky to me, and much better stated here. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts please? Bye for now. ∞☼Geaugagrrl(T)/(C) 05:54, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

Of course it is more fully dealt with there, but the point is important for the article, and should not require following a link. The sentence seems ok to me. Johnbod (talk) 06:12, 1 July 2008 (UTC)
OK, thanks for the response. ∞☼Geaugagrrl(T)/(C) 19:42, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Bridget Mary Nolan (2nd nomination)[edit]

I am a bit disappionted with this comment. The assumption of bad faith from the nominator and the implications of condoning child sexual abuse by supporting deletion are out of order. Discussion on controversial topics is difficult enough without personalising matters. -- Mattinbgn\talk 08:02, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

You obviously have extremely strong views on the subject, given your somewhat hysterical initial comment at the Afd, with 5 bolded deletes - something of a record. However I suggest you stop heckling those taking an opposing view with thin and irrelevant comments, there and on talk-pages. That sort of behaviour is generally counter-productive. Johnbod (talk) 13:44, 1 July 2008 (UTC)
I didn't think I was hysterical although reading back, using five bolded deletes I agree is a bit over the top and yes, I do have strong views on BLP which obviously aren't shared by most here. Nevertheless, framing the debate the way you did by conflating support to keeping the articles to opposing child abuse is a pretty low rhetorical trick; especially when you had to create a strawman to do it. Nobody has said "whatever you do to an under-age Australian boy you won't be notable". Anyway, I must admit I was a bit fired up when I saw your comment. I am still not pleased with it but perhaps I should have taken some time to reflect before dropping you a somewhat angry note. Final point, AfD is supposed to be a discussion and I fail to see that responding to points raised is "heckling", no matter how thin you may think them. -- Mattinbgn\talk 03:28, 2 July 2008 (UTC)


For your much needed help and good sense. I appreciate your help and opinions very much. I will be away until maybe mid-August. Im sorry I wont be touching a computer until after then. I hope the article doesnt wash away while Im gone. I will attend to it futher when I return and hopefully try to put it back on FAC after some issues are ironed out. NancyHeise (talk) 04:44, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

The Fortune Teller (de La Tour painting)[edit]

Johnbod, it is great to see that you expanded the above. Oddly, I looked for articles on Malraux and Wildenstein and came up blank, so I left their names out. And yet the articles existed all along (maybe my searches were typo'd). I chose to create an article on this work as the facial expressions are so interesting, and the frozen moment so mysterious. I saw this on computer display before seeing a higher resolution version, and was not even aware of the theft. I figured the two central characters must be siblings (they look similar) and didn't know what was 'happening'. The implied dominance and centrality of the rich young man was then subverted. Isolation booth (talk) 22:47, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks - the Wildenstein is a bit of a cheat, as it is his son's article. But the whole firm will get an article one day. Johnbod (talk) 22:50, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

The Fortune Teller (de La Tour painting)[edit]

Updated DYK query On 5 July, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article The Fortune Teller (de La Tour painting), which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--BorgQueen (talk) 19:13, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

Romanesque art[edit]

Oh well done. - PKM (talk) 19:54, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks - last bits all taken from Romanesque architecture, by Amandajm with a little from me. Johnbod (talk) 20:37, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
I'm just doing the rounds of my watched pages, as I've bbeen very busy, and haven't had much time to write. It's after midnight here so I wont check out the Romanesque art thoroughly tonight, but I'm sure that a bit of rewordings, and som more/different pics will make it sufficiently different from the architecture article to be of uuse and interest. I'll sift through some books for info. Keep up the good work! Cheers! Amandajm (talk) 14:10, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Religious scepticism[edit]

You cfreated this page as a redirect but it targets itself. I am not sure where you intended to redirect it to. Rmhermen (talk) 19:41, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

sorted - to ye olde US spelling. Johnbod (talk) 19:43, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Roman Catholic[edit]

I see you've been doing a lot of work on Art in Roman Catholicism. I've been thinking that this is an important area underrepresented in the main RCC article. Especially if we're trimming the History section of the main article, I think we need to have a small section or paragraph about Catholic art and architecture in the RCC article, linking to the ARC article and maybe others.

On Karanacs proposals, I am very skeptical, since the History section needs to be very finely balanced. We'll have to see the proposal, but cutting out events or sources or overly simplifying them could cause far more problems than it would solve. This is apart from the matter of making big changes with Nancy absent... Anyway, we'll see. Xandar (talk) 23:13, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Hi John I see, that you just worked at the Trentino article. I began too. It needs lots of work and content. If you look at the box with the List of dogmatic decrees, you do not find Trent degrees but solid Prot. theology. for anyone, who wants to know, what Trent really said, this is either a wrong lead (if he does not know) or a desaster(if he knows better).I think we need several RC articles on the majoe points of Trent. What do you think?--Ambrosius007 (talk) 17:10, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
I think it is a long way from needing to be split at the moment. My main interest is the art decress, so I don't anticipate adding much else. Counter-Ref is pretty short too - there are longer art & music sections there, which arguably could go to the council. But I think both of these should be built up before we fragment. Johnbod (talk) 17:15, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Well I was not thinking about a split. Either new RC articles on basic doctrinal issues, or integration of RC views in existing articles. I am mainly interested in doctrine improvements at this time, although I did Queen of Heaven art and music yesterday. I will work in Trent and Counter-Ref and related issues in the coming days. --Ambrosius007 (talk) 10:08, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Bishopric of Metz[edit]

Just because the article now is a stub, doesn't mean that there shouldn't be an article on the former state of the Holy Roman Empire. I encourage you to take the stub that is there and build it up. Roman Catholic Diocese of Metz has been under the Diocese of Metz for a year now, without complaint, and was the diocese of Metz when you made previous edits to it. The two do not mean the same. The bishopric of Metz could not contain the history of the diocese since Napoleon, or prior to the formation of the HRE. The bishopric is solely concerned with the middle period. Benkenobi18 (talk) 04:07, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

Category:Types of scientist by nationality[edit]

Hi, Johnbod - Would you be good enough to have a look at the discussion since you left your comment? I'm doubtful about switching over to commas. Best, Cgingold (talk) 20:02, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

July 10 DYK[edit]

Updated DYK query On 10 July, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Molanus, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--Bedford Pray 05:12, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

Gero Cross[edit]

Updated DYK query On 12 July, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Gero Cross, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--BorgQueen (talk) 03:50, 12 July 2008 (UTC)


Thank's for your great input and effort to go through it all. I forgot the art item yesterday, belongs there of course. --Ambrosius007 (talk) 15:07, 12 July 2008 (UTC)


I've been puzzling about what is said here. I can't work out which one it is/was. I've cut the page rim off the Culhwch one, though I suspect the containing book was out of copyright. Certainly the Waterhouse would fail at Commons if the Scrots goes (the licence is the wrong one, at least), but that doesn't matter for the moment, since Wikipedia accepts English photos of art by American law. Can you work out what is meant? Was the stained glass window counting as three-dimensional, I wonder? I don't want to bring this up with elc, because obviously he/she is fed up with meeting resistance (though I think the people working on this article are only too keen to get things right). I've been driving myself mad with the Wyeth picture: it seems to me that since it has a safe publication date, it should be all right: but a part of me wonders if Wyeth's death was too recent (1940s) for his work to have gone out of copyright. qp10qp (talk) 19:04, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

Wyeth was almost certainly "work for hire" for Scribners, and in any case appears to be out of US copyright - see this handy table. I don't think SG should be regarded as 3-dimensional - no one is looking at the leads, & the glass is flat. I don't trust these "image experts" an inch. The Waterhouse is in a US private collection, so should be ok - anyway he died the year after - 1917, no? Johnbod (talk) 19:10, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
Ah, I didn't notice that the Waterhouse is in America. That table is useful—much easier to follow than the garble on Wikipedia and Commons. I think I'm going to give up on this one. Thanks for your help. qp10qp (talk) 19:55, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
FYI, the Wyeth illustrations for The Boy's King Arthur were first published in the US 1917, so any photo of them including better reproductions from the originals is public domain as i understand it. - PKM (talk) 01:17, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Got time for another WikiProject?[edit]

There's a brand-new project starting up on Typography if you're interested... - PKM (talk) 00:53, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

Kunsthistorisches Museum[edit]

Hello there,

I find your proposal totally unnecessary, because museums themselves exist as category, see Category:Louvre, which is also not called Category:Paintings of the Louvre for obvious reasons. Secondly you are proposing a "KUNThistorisches Museum". Therefore I am going to remove your proposal again. As to the Secular and Ecclesiastical Treasury, it is custom on the English Wikipedia to use English, please check the here [1]. If you want to have paintings listed in a separate sub-category, then just do it, no need for a rename. Gryffindor 07:58, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

Great work[edit]

I think you've done a wonderful job with the Lamentation article. Thanks for all the great work you've done. Raul654 (talk) 17:22, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Life of Christ[edit]

Ambox warning pn.svg

A tag has been placed on Life of Christ, requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under the criteria for speedy deletion, because it is a very short article providing little or no context to the reader. Please see Wikipedia:Stub for our minimum information standards for short articles. Also please note that articles must be on notable subjects and should provide references to reliable sources that verify their content.

Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag yourself. If you plan to expand the article, you can request that administrators wait a while for you to add contextual material. To do this, affix the template {{hangon}} to the article and state your intention on the article's talk page. Feel free to leave a note on my talk page if you have any questions about this. Ecoleetage (talk) 21:09, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

My comment at Wikipedia:Editor review/Ecoleetage. Johnbod (talk) 21:26, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
And my response: For the record, the article was online for four minutes when it was initially tagged, not for the "two seconds" that you claimed. I also noted that you violated Wikipedia rules by removing the Speedy Delete tag on the article you created. In doing so, you used the expression "idiot tag" -- an immature opinion, I would think. And if you are going to put articles online, it may be a good idea to actually have some foundation of a real article ready, including references and external links, which the original version of this article clearly did not have. That being said, good luck with creating the article. Ecoleetage (talk) 21:35, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

PS Not to wear out my welcome, but what do you think of calling the article Life of Christ in Art? As it stands, the title doesn't fully explain what the article will be about. You may also want to not use the expression "Christian art" in the article -- obviously, no other faith is offering paintings of Jesus. Also, I added a WikiProject Christianity template to the Talk Page. Oh...I am not going for RfA (as per your comment on my Editor Review page) -- I don't know where you got that from, since I never said that was my plan. Thanks. Ecoleetage (talk) 21:44, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Madonna (art)[edit]

Hi, I think the two Madonna pages are ready for a merger now, whenever you feel like it. Cheers History2007 (talk) 14:13, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

What contrast, indeed[edit]

Ha; well I'm not sure if your commet was intended to be a sarcastic one or a genuine question, but I'll answer it anyway. The contrast was intended to be between the "harmonious ideals and restrained naturalism associated associated with artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and early Michelangelo" and the "intellectual sophistication as well as its artificial (as opposed to naturalistic) qualities" etc, etc. That was quick; glad to see someone's keeping an eye out. Cheers, Isocephaly (talk) 03:37, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

just asking - it didn't seem much of a contrast - L,R & M are hardly unintellectual - more so than most Mannerists. Johnbod (talk) 03:39, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

Spread of printing --> Spread of the printing press[edit]

Hi! Some months ago I moved Spread of printing to Spread of the printing press as per the discussion on the talk page (that you contributed to). But in this last week the user Gun Powder Ma has twice reverted this move. I've asked him to justify his revert on the talk page, but so far no response. I wonder if you could give your opinion on the talk page before I undo his revert. Thanks lk (talk) 07:26, 20 July 2008 (UTC)


Updated DYK query On 20 July, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Lamentation of Christ, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--Gatoclass (talk) 10:40, 20 July 2008 (UTC)


You beat me to it! We had an Edit Conflict while I was reformatting your refs from the Lorillard article to add to Millionaire! Thanks. PamD (talk) 15:08, 20 July 2008 (UTC)


Updated DYK query On 21 July, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Life of Christ, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--Wizardman 00:30, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

Hey, congratulations on the DYK! I am glad to see your article honoured. As luck would have it, I have a DYK under yours on this list. Be well. Ecoleetage (talk) 00:39, 21 July 2008 (UTC)
My pleasure. Hey, we got off on a bad foot with that silliness on the speedy delete from a few days ago. Sorry if it caused stress. You are doing a wonderful job and I respect your contributions immensely. Be well. Ecoleetage (talk) 03:40, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

Re: RFAs[edit]

Thanks for the note, Johnbod. And btw, any time you change your mind about adminship you'll (of course) have my support! Cgingold (talk) 23:35, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

History of RCC[edit]

Primacy of Simon Peter is about a particular "special position among the apostles" -- but I have put the link back in as "primacy of Simon Peter" --Carlaude (talk) 15:23, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

Pseudo-Bonaventura DYK[edit]

Updated DYK query On 23 July, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Pseudo-Bonaventura, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--Congratulations! PeterSymonds (talk) 01:55, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Armenian art, etc.[edit]

Hi again, I have been beefing up various Armenian geographic entries, and found that many towns have been named after figures in the Armenian and Soviet literary arts (not exactly your bag, I know), but that led me to check in further and there seems to be few articles on Armenians in the visual arts (perhaps your bag) and was wondering whether you had a few articles brewing awaiting to pop out onto the stage. Probably some notable icons, tombs, etc. may be in Armenia on top of the artists. Cheers, Carlossuarez46 (talk) 06:35, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Hi, I think I've just done a bit on Armenian miniature, but I don't have much specific info on the subject. The medieval architecture is very distinctive & important, but I don't have too much on that either, I'm afraid. I may be able to add bits, but not for a while. Johnbod (talk) 10:19, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Arianism, Middle Age thinkings[edit]

I agree that these are important topics, but they open the pandora box to so many other equally relevant topics, which in the confines of this already large article cannot be described on their own.--Ambrosius007 (talk) 14:48, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Happy Times[edit]

I hope you fully benefit from your plans. Enjoy --Ambrosius007 (talk) 20:01, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

I've been enjoying rambling through[edit]

your user page and related links. if you ever want to do any American sculpture, I'm your person. Einar aka Carptrash (talk) 21:06, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Don't worry - I knew that! Cheers, Johnbod (talk) 21:24, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Raphael portrait[edit]

Hi Johnbod: I noticed a question on the Raphael talk page today, regarding the painting stolen from Poland in 1939. Do you know whether the literature has firmly identified it as a self-portrait? I have not been able to find a solid confirmation. Cheers, JNW (talk) 22:24, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

RFA thank-you[edit]

Thank-you for your support of me at my recent RFA, which was successful. I have appreciated everyone's comments and encouragement there. Good Ol’factory (talk) 03:16, 29 July 2008 (UTC)

Page visitors[edit]

I'm not sure if there is an answer to this but, is it possible to tell how many people have visited articles you have created? VAwebteam (talk) 13:42, 29 July 2008 (UTC)

Indeed there is. Just go to and type in the page name. Voila! Cgingold (talk) 22:24, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

Your absence was noted[edit]

I see you've returned -- hopefully from a vacation, and not something untoward! I trust we will be seeing your sage comments again at CFD in the very near future. :) Cgingold (talk) 22:30, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

Darn, you got to the CFD for Category:Guardian journalists just ahead of me! Would you mind taking a look at the comment I just appended? Cgingold (talk) 02:28, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

Historians of Anglo-Saxon architecture[edit]

I was planning to write something on a couple of early churches in Sweden, but discussions in the Swedish literature on influences from Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman (or just plain old Norman-Norman) architecture caused me to slip out on a tangent and create a couple of articles on British art historians: Gerard Baldwin Brown and Harold McCarter Taylor. The first is short but I am not planning to do more work on it right now. I nominated the latter for the "did you know..." column on the main page, perhaps a bit prematurely. It still needs more work and could benefit from your attention, if you have the time (anyone with similar interests who happens to watch this page is invited to take a look as well). --Hegvald (talk) 13:16, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

Kinda asking for help...[edit]

Johnbod, hope all is well. Way back in May you reviewed the Louvre article for FAC, noting specifically the lack of detail regarding "art". I've been working on ameliorating that section, and was wondering if you'd be able to take a look and provide suggestions? I'm concerned that the information might not be organized thematically and that there may be significant points which were missed. Detail/length is an issue, as well. Anyway, if you'd be able to take a look, I would greatly appreciate it. Regards, Lazulilasher (talk) 12:59, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

I see what you're doing! Don't think that your work is going unnoticed. As always, thanks much. Lazulilasher (talk) 21:49, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

commons:Ars moriendi[edit]

now has two full series of the images, could you please complete the english titles, especially the "rescue"-ones (Weigel) and perhaps give the latin banderoles? Thanks! -- Cherubino (talk) 21:15, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

That's great - it may take a day or two. Johnbod (talk) 01:07, 8 August 2008 (UTC)
I've done the engravings - the others are just the same; it might be best to just copy these over. The banderoles are beyond me I'm afraid. Johnbod (talk) 02:00, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
merci, copied and found this (lat./de.). If one starts to explain the banderols, you have to explain the whole picture. I tried to translate banderoles Image:Weigel 01.JPG and Image:Weigel 07.JPG) (clockwise or top-down)? -- Cherubino (talk) 01:40, 11 August 2008 (UTC)
I've touched up those two - let me know if you do others. Johnbod (talk) 17:16, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

Cloud Gate and other Millennium Park articles[edit]

Thanks for your participation in the Cloud Gate GA reassessment. Currently another feature of the park is at WP:PR at Wikipedia:Peer review/BP Pedestrian Bridge/archive1. We are having an issue with the controversies sections of these features. In particular, there is an issue over the payment of $1.5 million dollars by corporations to rent the park for two days. Can you possibly take a moment to comment with your thoughts on the controversies of the park on this Peer review since it may set the policy for Cloud Gate. Do a search for "Controversies" and comment at your leisure.--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:LOTM) 23:47, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

History of printing template[edit]

I too, find large templates annoying. I've shrunk it somewhat, but its still obtrusive. Do you think it would look better as a horizontal box across the bottom? I would change it and make it such, but I'm not a templates person. lk (talk) 10:40, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

Sorry - me neither. The line or type-size could still be smaller, which would reduce it a lot. It looks better now anyway. Johnbod (talk) 01:58, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

Depiction of Jesus[edit]

Graham Sutherland Tapestry -Coventry Cathedral.jpg

I am impressed by the work you are doing on the Depiction of Jesus article. Thanks. Do you think it would be worth adding Graham Sutherland's Coventry Cathedral tapestry to the examples gallery? Feline Hymnic (talk) 00:02, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

Thanks - we have some space in the last row. If it's fair use, you'd better give it a long caption explaining relevance & do an FU (!) rationale. Johnbod (talk) 00:09, 11 August 2008 (UTC)
Oh, it isn't - hmm. Johnbod (talk) 00:10, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

A Whale[edit]

Modern interpretation In Jonah 2:1 (1:17 in English translation), the Hebrew text reads dag gadol (דג גדול), which literally means "great fish." The LXX translates this phrase into Greek as ketos megas (κητος μεγας). The term ketos alone means "huge fish," and in Greek mythology the term was closely associated with sea monsters. (See for more information regarding Greek mythology and the Ketos.) Jerome later translated this phrase as piscis granda in his Latin Vulgate. However, he translated ketos as cetus in Matthew 12:40.

At some point, cetus became synonymous with whale (c.f. cetyl alcohol, which is alcohol derived from whales). In his 1534 translation, William Tyndale translated the phrase in Jonah 2:1 as "greate fyshe," and he translated the word ketos (Greek) or cetus (Latin) in Matthew 12:40 as "whale." Tyndale's translation was, of course, later incorporated into the Authorized Version of 1611. Since, the "great fish" in Jonah 2 has been most often interpreted as a whale.

The throats of many large whales (as well as that of a large whale shark specimen, which could be found in the Mediterranean) can accommodate passage of an adult human. There are some 19th century accounts of whalers being swallowed by sperm whales and living to tell about it, but these stories remain unverified.

In the line 3:1, the book refers to the fish as Dag Gadol, meaning "great fish", in the masculine. However, in the 3:2, it says "ha'daga" meaning female fish (the ha at the beginning means the). Given the rest of these selected verses "And the lord provided a great fish (dag gadol) for Jonah, and it swallowed him, and Jonah sat in the belly of the fish (still male) for three days and nights.) Then, from the belly of the (female) fish, Jonah began to pray." It has been interpreted that this means Jonah was comfortable in the roomy male fish, so he didn't pray. However, then, God transferred him to a smaller, female fish, in which Jonah was uncomfortable, so he prayed.

In early Christian art I have seen it sculptured as a sea monster not a whale. Kazuba (talk) 01:43, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

The Matthew quote is the relevant one for the use in the Catacombs, as it is the origin of the typological comparison. AFAIK, cetus has always been the Latin for "whale". Johnbod (talk) 01:49, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

What does the Jonah art depict? Have you seen it? The NT was originally written in Greek not Latin.Kazuba (talk) 15:53, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

We are talking about a Latin-speaking 3rd & 4th century population. I've seen various images - like most Late Antique & medieval depictions of exotic animals they are not very anatomically exact - medieval whales normally have scales etc. I don't see how "strange sea-monster" can be justified from any of the texts. Johnbod (talk) 16:17, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

I have seen the early Christian art we are discussing. The creature is certainly a sea monster not a whale. If you look hard enough you may find a photo. I found it very interesting. Kazuba (talk) 19:08, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

There are many images, which often do look like "sea-monsters" to modern eyes. That does not mean they were intended to depict sea-monsters. How many ancient Roman artists would have seen a whale? Johnbod (talk) 19:33, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

Robotics categories CFDs[edit]

Would you be good enough to have a look at these CFDs? I'm feeling rather beleagered by the withering tone of the response, and I suspect the onslaught will continue as ohter members of WikiProject Robotics join the fray. I honestly have no idea what you might want to say about any of my proposals -- and obviously you are welcome to say whatever you like -- but I would appreciate having your calm and common-sensical voice in the discussion. Thanks. Cgingold (talk) 00:54, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

Flushwork DYK[edit]

Updated DYK query On 12 August, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Flushwork, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--Congratulations! PeterSymonds (talk) 02:11, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

Most Phallic Building again[edit]

This has been nominated again despite a clear keep only a very short time ago. As such I am informing those who last voted for it to get this AfD kicked off. The reasons all seem to consist of invalid arguments like "silly smut" and "don't like it". (talk) 02:27, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

Veil of Veronica[edit]

Sorry, I don't see what you are trying to achieve with your reorgainisation of the photos on this page. They are now all over the place. The lead picture os of a painting executed by an artist who will never even have seen the item exhibted as the Veronica during the Middle Ages and bears only the most tangental relevance to the story. The resized pictures are out of line with the text which describes them, titles are floating loose, the photo of the Veronica chapel is out of place and the whole thing looks a mess. I know others have contibuted to this state of affairs but even so ... what ae you trying to achieve?

--John Price (talk) 14:30, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

Firstly the WP:MOS deprecates the forcing of picture sizes, especially to the tiny sizes most were formerly at - especially unhelpful when most of the images were dark and murky. It is important to begin the article with images that are informative as to the subject as a whole. Previously the first image was the large & almost entirely uninformative one of the chapel, followed by the baroque statue, which does not show the veil very clearly, then a long pictureless section. No image of the veil itself came until several thousand characters into the article. The Fetti is a high quality image which is the best representation of those there of what the relic was thought to look like - or what it ought to look like - across Europe as a whole. Unlike the covered icons it gives a clear idea of the context on the cloth. I moved one of the relics up to the history section - obviously the picture of the Vatican one is so poor as to be all but unusable, and frankly the main group associated with it are all very similar. I agree that, depending on viewer settings, the middle section is now rather messy, because it tries to squeeze so many photos in. Possibly a one-row gallery aroound that point would be an answer. But I am very clear that the layout now is much better than it was before. Unlike the Shroud of Turin, the idea of the relic is arguably more important here than the relic itself - the lead starts off on this track, but the rest of the article so far fails to develop it, and discuss the veil as an iconographic topic. One of the many late medieval Northern paintings of what the relic was thought to look like would be a useful addition too - I see Commons has a good selection of these in fact. Johnbod (talk) 15:02, 12 August 2008 (UTC)
I think where we differ is your statement that the article should be about the idea of the relic, not the relic itself. No doubt that explains why you think it better to have pictures dotted about at random and unrelated to the accompanying text. It also explains why think it helpful to start the article with a picture more or less unrelated to the relic itself. Where though is your justification ? If however an article were to begin with a statement that 'the following material only deals with the idea of the subject matter, not the subject matter itself' I suggest that it would rapidly be judged absurd and deleted. And yet that is what you seem to be proposing. If you want to put more stuff in about the influcence of the veil of Western Art, then please go ahead. But the main subject should be the historic item itself, or what we know about it. That is what the article is about - the clue is in the title.
Incidentally I am bemused by your statement that 'the Fetti is ... the best representation of those there of what the relic was thought to look like - or what it ought to look like - across Europe as a whole'. What period are you taking about, and how do you know what people thought across Europe as a whole, or even what they ought to think? --John Price (talk) 16:02, 12 August 2008 (UTC)
The lead puts it very well:"During the fourteenth century it became a central icon in the Western Church – in the words of Art Curator Neil Macgregor – “From [the 14th Century] on, wherever the Roman Church went, the Veronica would go with it”". The large number of images on Commons show very clearly the range of what people across Europe thought the icon did or ought to look like at various places and times - most of them frankly far more impressive images than those with some possible pretensions to authenticity. It is perhaps not surprising that the image was most popular in Northern Europe, where the fewest people were likely to have seen a "relic" version, rather than iconic ones. I'm not of course saying that the "relics" should not be covered, but they are only the beginning of the story. Even if only the relics were the subject of the article, the previous picture layout just did not work for the reasons given above. I am not wedded to the existing layout, & the text needs expanding to cover the Veil as an icon, which might loosen congestion. The statue could maybe go to a gallery of derivative images. But the article absolutely needs to start with a high-quality image of a version of the veil itself, and to have "relic" and "icon" versions early on. I'm not sure myself that the article makes the case that all the versions shown were actually regarded as relics, but that's another story. Having all pictures next to the relevant text is usually just not possible, and concentrating too much on that is a very common cause of poor overall layout. I think I will copy all this to the article talk-page & it should be continued there, in case anyone else is interested. Johnbod (talk) 16:22, 12 August 2008 (UTC)
added to on the article talk-page. Johnbod (talk) 16:33, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

Deletion review requested[edit]

Please take note that a deletion review has been requested for the category Category:Mononymous persons which was recently decided to be deleted. You receive this notification because you took part in the preceding discussion. __meco (talk) 16:50, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

DYK: Turin-Milan Hours[edit]

Updated DYK query On 13 August, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Turin-Milan Hours, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--PFHLai (talk) 21:13, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Turin-Milan Hours is a wonderful article! Nice work! --Polylerus (talk) 22:45, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Thanks! Johnbod (talk) 22:47, 13 August 2008 (UTC)


I don't know the policy on wp:en. On wp:fr, the policy is to use as few often as possible the titles because it opens the door the a type of Straw man rhetoric.

  • Noam Chomsky, who is widely known for his antagonism of Israeli policy, denounces an Israeli apartheid.
  • Jewish Prof. Noam Chomsky denounces an Israeli apartheid.

Both these information may be considered relevant according to different point of views. So, giving them biased the whole discourse given we already have an a-priori idea of if what will follow is "good" or "bad". We should be as neutral as possible and just report facts and who does so.
If somebody doesn't know Noam Chomsky, he can get all the information at Noam Chomsky's entry.
We should not say, a way or the other, if Chomsky is worth listening or not.
This can apply to numerous cases.
I am used to write articles about the I/P conflit and I can tell you it is very easy to check articles for Pov-issues in reading the comments that follow or the titles that preceed the names of the people whose analysis are reported.
Think about that : where is it relevant to stop when we describe a guy ? It is extremelly difficult and therefore, it should be done with care. Ceedjee (talk) 07:26, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

Hierarchy of artistic mediums[edit]

In my expansion of the article William Morris, I am looking for a Wikipedia article to link to from the phrase "hierarchy of artistic mediums". Can you point me at a useful treatment? Thanks - PKM (talk) 17:16, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

We have Hierarchy of genres - history painting v landscapes etc, but not much on oil v watercolour etc that I know of. Johnbod (talk) 17:32, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
Thanks. I think we're actually looking for "fine art" vs crafts. - PKM (talk) 22:22, 17 August 2008 (UTC)
Fine arts and decorative art have a little. Johnbod (talk) 22:25, 17 August 2008 (UTC)


comments taken from User talk:Kevin hipwell-->

Please be sure to use Category:Coins of the Eurozone not the head category if you are doing any more articles. Johnbod (talk) 18:30, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

I don't understand what you mean by "head category" can you explain further?Kevin hipwell (talk) 23:48, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

<--comments taken from User talk:Kevin hipwell

sorry to place this here, can you explain what you mean by "head category".Kevin hipwell (talk) 21:05, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

A Final Solution to the Disinfobox[edit]

I have introduced a less-aggressive infobox at Cellini Salt Cellar. Check it out! I'm expecting you to whoop with joy! Remove any image within the infobox if you wish, and display it as usual. A mouseclick on the discreet strip displays the Disnfobox, in all its Disinformative glory. No need to reason endlessly with the unspeakably rude Box People ever again.--Wetman (talk) 22:07, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

Merton Abbey Mills[edit]

I've started Merton Abbey Mills (it was just a redirect to Merton (historic parish) before), and added the Pocock watercolour. Your perspective would be welcome. PKM (talk) 00:01, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

I was away seeing this with him. Naturally your name came up! Last day of a wonderful show you would have have had a whale of a time at. It's going on to Bruges next March - Bruges, Groeninge Museum 27 March 09 – 21 June 09. I'll add what I can to MAM, & maybe more from the fuller info on-site there, next time I run out of scented candles. Johnbod (talk) 01:00, 26 August 2008 (UTC)
Re: MAM ... nothing like a reporter on the ground...  :-)

John the B[edit]

Well done! Amandajm (talk) 10:36, 24 August 2008 (UTC)


Son of Nick. --Gwib (talk) 23:34, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

You'll have to ask my pater if he wants to get Hendrick to DYK, but I recently wrote Sebald Beham on SEWP. It's wrought with red links, and the majority is simplified information from the article here. Hope all is good back there! --Gwib (talk) 08:59, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

Commons PD policy[edit]

I did miss the change, but Qp10qp (talk) let me know - while you were travelling, I think. Terrific news - I would have given this all up as hopelessly frustrating if it had gone the other way. - PKM (talk) 18:51, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

Nice work[edit]

Good job beefing up the illustration info on Hunterian Psalter. I was working from home, and my ISP is acting a damn fool. I felt I'd left the article in kind of half-assed shape, but I was tired of waiting five minutes for each article preview to load. Glad to see someone else picked up on it so fast. Ford MF (talk) 15:17, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

Re:Art infoboxes[edit]

I appreciate that some people reject infoboxes altogether, and so if an infobox is rejected, then an image of the artist's work is perhaps preferable at the top of the article. However, an image in the infobox just isn't appropriate, as per the non-free content criteria- it could be replaced by a free image of the artist. I think having a picture of the artist's work in an infobox isn't particularly appropriate from an editorial standpoint, but that's my opinion, and I don't really know much about art. WikiProject guidelines are useful for helping to build an article, but that does not mean that they supersede any of our other policies. Style guidelines, yes, maybe, but policies concerning legal matters (BLP, copyright) or our primary goals (NPOV, IAR) cannot be overwritten by WikiProject consensus. J Milburn (talk) 12:59, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Fortunately none of these are at all relevant here. Johnbod (talk) 13:49, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

It is current practice that if a non-free image is valid in an article, then it can be used in an infobox. The exact placing of the non-free image is not the critical point. The critical point is whether it is or is not valid in that article. A non-free image of an artwork cannot be replaced by a free image of the artist. The latter image could only replace a non-free image of the artist. You can't replace an image of an artwork with an image of a person: they are entirely different entities. What you are saying is that if a non-free image of the artist were available, then the images on the page would have to be adjusted differently. That might well apply wherever the non-free artwork image was. There are arguments (though I disagree) that it is preferable to have an image of the artwork in the infobox to having an image of the artist, on the basis that the artwork is the unique identifier for most artists, whereas, for example, one bearded Victorian man looks much like another. In the absence of a suitable image of the artist, then an artwork is fitting - provided of course its general inclusion in the article meets content criteria beyond its place in the infobox. Ty 01:47, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Hi Johnbod, thanks for reminding me about captions...I'll put them to use when I can..Modernist (talk) 14:00, 4 September 2008 (UTC)


Hi John, I looked back through the edit history to see if I could see the evidence of the comment that was removed. Who put the comment there and when?.. as I see you only made two recent changes. Can you supply some evidence of who, when etc? Victuallers (talk) 19:55, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

here I wasn't suggesting it was you & hope it doesn't appear so. Johnbod (talk) 19:59, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

"A4: If some of the text was copied from another Wikipedia article, then the copied text doesn't count toward the 1500 total. Compare G7." Incase you didn't miss is, this is from the citation that you provided. This demonstrates that it does not have to be 5x. It only says, and clearly says, that the imported information does not count towards the 1.5k. Having 2.5k and 5k worth of new text makes it clearly above the threshold. Ottava Rima (talk) 20:34, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

I take your point, but it is not that clear - the rules also say flatly that split articles do not count as new (that is G7). Logically, if an existing article has to be expanded 5x, it is difficult to see why a split one should not have to also. I think this situation has arisen before & no doubt someone at talk will remember. Johnbod (talk) 20:40, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
It says "compare" with the two. Clearly, you could claim anything is a "split" in which content is duplicated, and it does not say that splits must be five fold expansions. I assume it goes into the "other" category as expressed by the top rule. Ottava Rima (talk) 20:45, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
I need to go, so this will be my last statement. All works on books and the rest, can be deemed "splits". There are many books that go through DYK that have over 20% of duplicated information contained in them. Thus, if your reading was correct, there would need to be a lot more removals of DYK. Ottava Rima (talk) 20:48, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

If you noticed, the difference was split. The article that was a split (early life) was not included, but the article that was new and contained duplicate information (health) was included in the DYK. Since the early life still has a few more days, it could be resubmitted, but I wont do so until I hear back about how other people feel about the topic. How does that sound? Ottava Rima (talk) 01:31, 4 September 2008 (UTC)

I'm not sure what you mean by "If you noticed, the difference was split", though I saw there were 2 new articles. I would nominate the other now, with a clear explanation of its make-up of new & old, and a link to the discussion at the talk page. We are likely to get more comments that way. But see this just now. Johnbod (talk) 01:37, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
The "early life" was a content split. The health section wasn't a split, as it was a page devoted to many new health issues, and then some other stuff got dumped onto it later after room was needed to make per FAC demands. Anyway, I'd rather wait a bit to put up the other page to see how the community feels about Art LaPella's Unwritten rules. Ottava Rima (talk) 02:14, 4 September 2008 (UTC)

I restored because your edits were a violation of procedure. However, if you want to put forth an alt nom for your suggestion, please do. Just mark "alt-nom" and put it behind. Ottava Rima (talk) 19:59, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Thank you for your help with the Collegiate church in Wislica article. I am not a native speaker, so forgive me all these mistakes. Greetings. Tymek (talk) 17:50, 4 September 2008 (UTC)

No problem! Johnbod (talk) 18:08, 4 September 2008 (UTC)


Bit confused regarding your comment...the edit on the Article page prior to mine was clearly a IP user who deleted a block of text from the article with no EDIT summary.. this is detected by VandalFighter as an act of vandalism, I elected to assume good faith and revert it. What did I miss? benjicharlton (talk) 01:53, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

Arts Project[edit]

I fail to see what use it is frankly, and it might be better to close it down. The only people who seem to watch the discussion page are you & I & we never agree on anything. Johnbod (talk) 11:58, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

I'm busy at the moment so I don't want to waste time on this, but the point here is that it's an umbrella project. if there are no big problems it won't be active, but if there are it can be. It's not a bannering, quality-checking project, but it's there if we need it. It's important structurally. It's similar to other high-level projects. --Kleinzach 12:54, 5 September 2008 (UTC)
It won't be there at all if only 2 people have it on their watchlist, and the people who post notices there seem to be wasting their time - I think it would be only fair to warn them. Johnbod (talk) 13:32, 5 September 2008 (UTC)
How do you know that only 2 people have it on their watchlist? --Kleinzach 01:31, 6 September 2008 (UTC)
Let's find out! Johnbod (talk) 01:38, 6 September 2008 (UTC)


If you can find it then I'll add it to this load. Thx for keeping cool! Victuallers (talk) 14:38, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

Little Masters[edit]

Nice one John. I see I changed Bartel to Barthel before you even told me about this article. Not sure now, but I've always seen him (I think) as Barthel. Leave it to you to revert or change the rest. A few more images by different masters would be nice - but I suppose articles shouldn't be overcrowded with pics. N. Nick Michael (talk) 21:06, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

I'd do a little gallery, but all the best ones on Commons are HSB, & it would be better at his article maybe. Johnbod (talk) 03:54, 7 September 2008 (UTC)


Updated DYK query On 5 September, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Hunterian Psalter, which you recently nominated. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--Wafulz (talk) 22:56, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

aahh thats the reason that the copyright message is done so well!! I'm impressed. Sometimes its too easy to just criticise, I think fixing it is best. Well done. Thanks Victuallers (talk) 09:59, 6 September 2008 (UTC)


New DYK you might be interested in here about The Dublin Virginal Manuscript. I hope I've followed all necessary layout and presentation rules, could you cast a critical eye over the article/DYK nomination to see if it meets critera? Thanks, --Gwib (talk) 11:06, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

St Wulfran's Church, Ovingdean[edit]

Thanks for spotting the inconsistency. I have changed the relevant sentences. Hassocks5489 (tickets please!) 11:41, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Johnbod, your comments on the RCC peer review are excellent. I want to thank you for taking the time and effort to give me some seriously intelligent comments that will definitely make the article better. I have been a bit busy getting my house and family ready for hurricane Ike but will begin to address these in the coming week. Thanks again! NancyHeise talk 23:42, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

Here's a cheeky one...[edit]

Updated DYK query On 8 September, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Little Masters, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--Cheers, Casliber (talk · contribs) 13:26, 8 September 2008 (UTC)


OK, but some had p. and pp., and some didn't. Just standardizing. Regards, Ericoides (talk) 08:52, 9 September 2008 (UTC)

RCC peer review[edit]

Johnbod, I have addressed all of your comments except for maybe two of them. I will continue to hit those others hopefully in the next day or two. I was wondering if you were satisfied with my responses and actions taken per your comments. NancyHeise talk 02:57, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

I've seen the progress & of course its mostly fine. I've been having access problems, which of course makes RCC especially difficult because of the size, but will respond soon. Hope the storms are missing you! Johnbod (talk) 10:55, 10 September 2008 (UTC)


Hey Johnbod, hope all is well. Um, do you have JSTOR access by any chance...trying to get a copy of this Henry Moore article. Liz had been my source, but she seems to be on a break. I think the FAR is going ok so far; Modenist is doing good work and thanks for sorting out the FU business...don't speak image copyright myself and am generally bombared by bots! :( Ceoil sláinte 11:04, 12 September 2008 (UTC)

I went to the local liabaries and bookshops in Cork during the week, but only got general histories of Eng sculpture. The online liabaries (I mainly use Questaia) only have bios from the 40s and 50s - not enough distance to acess (SP.) him properly. JNW would be the man here; except he is semi retired. Ack; humbug. Ceoil sláinte 11:46, 12 September 2008 (UTC)

You might be able to help here; somebody is trying to identify a 18xx sculpture.[2]. Ceoil sláinte 14:12, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

Sorted I see, but I had got the other one, on Wetman's page. Johnbod (talk) 14:15, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

Personal question[edit]

Johnbod, you are a very intelligent and learned person. I would like to know if you are also an artist (I was perusing your user page before coming here to post a legitimate comment about RCC). Legitimate comment: I have finished all comments at the RCC peer review except the one discussed by you and Xandar over the spread of Christianity to northern Europe. I have been busy this weekend but wanted you to know that I intend to answer that last comment after I do a bit of research and will try to come up with an acceptable rewording that includes your recommended wikilinks. NancyHeise talk 01:33, 14 September 2008 (UTC)

Thanks! Sadly I have absolutely zero talent for art myself, though we are lucky to have some contributors here who are working artists, even distinguished ones. But it is my main interest here. Actually I am working on a rough draft of this bit this minute, which I'll post for discussion at the PR shortly. Johnbod (talk) 01:44, 14 September 2008 (UTC)
My eldest daughter, the one I was trying to get interested in Wikipedia is an accomplished artist who has had her works featured in our city hall once and was paid by one family to draw their portrait from a photograph. She is a senior in high school and has a portfolio of her work online here [3] . NancyHeise talk 02:25, 14 September 2008 (UTC)


Johnbod, I have been thinking about your suggested rewrites of the two areas proposed on the peer review but I have some reservations. First, I think that the article has really been maxed out in terms of length and these rewordings are too long. Because they are not a critical or sensitive part of RCC history, I disagree that it would be better to include more information here. I think that the information is important information that can be left to the History of the Roman Catholic Church article and leave the RCC article as more of a summary with less detail. Right now, the history article is pretty detailed and fairly referenced. It is listed as a see also at the top of the history section in the main RCC article. Do you feel differently? Do you think the article will not be FA quality without these longer and more detailed rewordings? Please let me know. I am not opposed to using your rewrites, I am just trying to keep the article length down a bit. NancyHeise talk 01:48, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Well I certainly understand your concerns, but I think these are critical points in a balanced history, & should be mentioned somehow - we deal with the early middle ages pretty briskily as it is. I said last time I thought the English Reformation had rather too much space, & rereading it now, it seems to have had some questionable changes since then (or am I imagining that?). I'll look tommorow & see what can be shortened, both in my bits & other parts of the history section. Johnbod (talk) 02:15, 15 September 2008 (UTC)
Johnbod, I have added some content and ref in an effort to meet your comment on investiture controversy and I reworded the Avignon papacy section per your suggestion. I noted on the peer review that I did not think we needed more detail on the spread of Christianity to northern Europe. I will continue to search for a better way. I welcome a trim in English Reformation but please remember that the section is part of RCC's notable controversies of great interest to English speaking people. It has been a favorite part of Protestant Propaganda to portray Mary as "Bloody Mary" and Elizabeth as a saint even though she was equally "bloody". The imposition of antiCatholic laws by Elizabeth that persisted for centuries was an important event in the history of the RCC. I think the article will be less "brilliant" if we eliminate too much of our present English Reformation section for this reason. NancyHeise talk 03:17, 15 September 2008 (UTC)
I have trimmed the English Reformation section. Not sure if everyone is OK with that since I didn't discuss it yet but I think it is a reasonable trim. Please take a look at my changes and let me know if these are OK with you. Thanks for your time and attention to this article. I appreciate your help very much. NancyHeise talk 04:01, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

(actually, it turned into more of a rewording with an improvement in the references used - I replaced some of the refs with Bokenkotter's "Concise History of the Catholic Church" which is one of the most oft cited refs on Google scholar) Sorry to mark up your talk page so much! NancyHeise talk 05:37, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Donor portrait[edit]

Updated DYK query On 15 September, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Donor portrait, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--BorgQueen (talk) 06:51, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

Category for discussion[edit]

Your contribution here to my rename category, I suggest changing your "Keep" to "Oppose", "Keep" is used mostly for deletion, so "oppose" is a better word to oppose my renaming suggestion. It's not a big deal if you don't change. Thanks! Ctjf83Talk 03:52, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

Your're right, although you see plenty of both. The closer will know, I'm sure. Johnbod (talk) 11:39, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

RCC peer review[edit]

Hi Johnbod, I think I am finished with all your peer review comments. I have spent the past hour or so on the references and wording for the spread of Chrisitianity to northern Europe - I used your wording tweaked a bit to comply with the references used. Let me know if you have any problems with the new paragraph and thanks for all your tremendous help on the article, especially the superb peer review you offered. NancyHeise talk 17:51, 17 September 2008 (UTC) The Medic Barnstar To Johnbod, for saving me in a time of difficulty! NancyHeise talk 01:41, 21 September 2008 (UTC)


Pssst hey Johnbod, why don't you see if you can get WikiProject Archaeology or WikiProject Visual arts to add Funerary art to their list of articles for the version 0.7 CD? Ling.Nut (talkWP:3IAR) 04:54, 22 September 2008 (UTC)


Nuvola apps edu languages.svg
Hello, Johnbod. You have new messages at Firefoxman's talk page.
You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.

ffm 20:08, 24 September 2008 (UTC)

Do you think a WP:RCU is in order? ffm 12:33, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

A checkuser has confirmed that they are in fact the same person. ffm 12:51, 26 September 2008 (UTC)


Updated DYK query On 26 September, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Modello, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--BorgQueen (talk) 04:08, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

The Flagellation[edit]

Hi John,

The only person I have ever heard use the term "gob-smacked" is Simon Lee. I completely agree with your switch to make The Flagellation redirect to Flagellation of Christ. I had been under the false impression that the proper title of this painting was "The Flagellation"; I hadn't realized that it was a generic descriptor. Thanks for making the appropriate hatnote changes as well!

Neelix (talk) 10:41, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

Master Francke[edit]

Updated DYK query On 26 September, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Master Francke, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--BorgQueen (talk) 16:40, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

You have the advantage of me[edit]

I am always happy to receive a pat on the back John, but I can't see why I merit one this time? I had a sudden nasty feeling that I had been named an admin by mistake, but happily that is not the case. I asked Florian if he could understand your message (which funnily enough was sandwiched in my watchlist between Toilet and Cunt - I'm glad watchlists aren't public...), but he's at a loss too.

I haven't been promoted at work, I haven't got divorced and I'm not a pensioner yet. I can only assume that your felicitations were misdirected. All the best, Nick Nick Michael (talk) 13:21, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

Shows I've got nothing better to do... I am not of French mother-tongue, nor bilingual, but speak at a level near to that of the mother-tongue. There is no template for such a feat (I have seen one in some language which says: at a level close to mother-tongue...). Yawn. Florian and I might come over to London end Oct - any chance of meeting up? Nick Nick Michael (talk) 18:38, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
Absolutely - let me know when your windows are. Johnbod (talk) 19:07, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

Roman Catholic Church[edit]

Hello, you are receiving this message because you voted in the last FAC for this article. Currently, it is undergoing a peer review and I invite you to come view the page and offer any suggestions for improvement here [4]. Over the past three months, the page has been improved with additional scholarly works, trims, two new sections suggested in and attention to concerns raised during the last FAC. Thanks in advance for your time, attention and help to bring this important article to FA. NancyHeise talk 23:44, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

Johnbod, I appreciate all your help with peer review comments and suggestions for improvements but I think your response to Sandy is a little too sarcastic. I know the two of you have a good working relationship and she is probably not going to be offended but other editors who come to the talk page will not know that - can you soften up your response a little bit - just to be an example of professional conduct to whoever comes to comment on the page next? We had some sparks flying last FAC and I want to try to keep everyone on a professional level for the next one. Thanks for your understanding and help. FYI, I posted a comment on both her and Raul's talk pages regarding the size issue and she responded on his page here [5] :)NancyHeise talk 19:21, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
It wasn't meant to be sarcastic at all! Sorry (all round) if it appears that way. Johnbod (talk) 20:04, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
Johnbod, we have a new editor on RCC and I believe this person is an expert and possibly an academic. I have in the past and again recently asked several academics to come visit the page. Some of the edits are not in the most perfect Wikipedia form and the blockquotes added can ultimately go in a quote in a reference but I want to welcome this person very warmly. NancyHeise talk 23:19, 29 September 2008 (UTC)

SR-103 FAC[edit]

I understand your objections, which I am attempting to work on, but I do find it uncalled for to make fun of my nomination on other FACs... See your comments on Manu Sharma --Admrboltz (talk) 19:29, 29 September 2008 (UTC)

I thought I was making fun of the Manu Sharma one - see nominators comments at this thread. Johnbod (talk) 20:13, 29 September 2008 (UTC)

DYK for International Gothic[edit]

Updated DYK query On 30 September, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article International Gothic, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

Daniel Case (talk) 02:10, 30 September 2008 (UTC)