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I emailed you. Tony (talk) 12:20, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

Replied. —James (TalkContribs) • 10:36pm 12:36, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

User talk:Austex/Donald G. Martin (Austin, Texas)

James - I appreciate your note this morning on my Afc and suggesting that I ask someone to review the draft first and get additional edits first. I had not inended an Afc (my mistake) but rather an effort to ask how to get edits from other editors.

I feel like I am in a never-ending circle here. I've posted everywhere I can think of (including twice each at COIN, FEEDBACK, RFF, and EAR) with no feedback or edits, plus I have a "new unreviewed article" template on the draft article itself. Nothing I do is eliciting edits, yet the Afc note back to me said to get reviews from others. What else should I be doing? I'm not really sure if ther eare otehr places I should be seeking feedback from. I honestly want the help before going through an actual Afc as it is going to be an uphill battle anyway. Thanks. AustexTalk 12:32, 25 September 2011 (UTC)

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Amazing Grace

I see that you added the two FS versions of Amazing Grace to the article. Thanks for your support. I have two questions:

  1. Has there been a unified decision from FS on this matter?
  2. Why the modern interpretations section rather than the "New Britain" tune section?--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 16:44, 22 September 2011 (UTC)

I don't know if you are watching but Moni3 (talk · contribs) just reverted your addition of the two FS. I am reminding you of the following:

  1. I have been reverted two times on this issue: [1] and [2] by Moni3.
  2. Moni sort of WP:OWNs this page and reverts almost any changes to it.
  3. SandyGeorgia (talk · contribs) sort of backs her up as the WP:FA delegate.
  4. I previously mentioned this to FS. I think it will take a unified voice of FS to get this sorted out.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 22:25, 22 September 2011 (UTC)

Hello! And what fun!

This is a fascinating approach to adding content to an article. I don't know how M.O.X. found these files, leading to adding them to the article, but they are indeed disputed.

I will be happy to discuss the content of the article with anyone who is interested in improving it. I don't own the article, but I do expect editors interested in improving it to, you know, be interested in improving it, using the highest standards on Wikipedia. This is a Featured Article, after all. The best place for this discussion is at the article talk page. Not here, and not at the talk page of Featured Sound Candidates. M.O.X., feel free to make your commentary there if you disagree with my edit. TonytheTiger clearly already knows the way. --Moni3 (talk) 22:46, 22 September 2011 (UTC)

Regrettably, I will not be participating in the discussion regarding these two WP:FSs because I am topic banned with regard to FS. I should note that WP:FP has very well-established policy regarding the inclusion of its content in articles and FS is surely within its rights to consider general and specific content inclusion in articles. Don't presume that FS people must talk with you on an article talk page.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 22:55, 22 September 2011 (UTC)
Rights. Granted by a non-profit organization... Sadly, I agree that this is an avenue that seems open to use. Not because it's the right or sensible thing to do, but because as the absolute opposite, people tend to avoid right and sensible as much as possible. --Moni3 (talk) 01:15, 23 September 2011 (UTC)
I have left my thoughts on the talk page, do what you will. I am only here to serve as a third-party observer, by no means am I involving myself in the matter. —James (TalkContribs) • 4:27pm 06:27, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

Could you please stop proxying for TonyTheTiger in areas he is banned from, as you've done over the last few months? That goes against the spirit and intent of any ban; cf. the language at WP:Banning policy on proxying for banned editors. Ucucha (talk) 01:29, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

I was unware of that part of the Banning policy, my apologies. I meant those contributions with good intentions, I'll refrain from doing so now. Sorry about that! —James (TalkContribs) • 1:15pm 03:15, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

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Hi James Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Fanny Eileen Brownbill is my first submission to wiki and I'm a little confused about how to prove notability. The subject truly is notable but how to demonstrate it is proving difficult. Can you advise?

Nicola

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To assert the subject's notability you need to make sure the article meets the notability guideline for politicians and that the article is referenced with the necessary verifiable reliable sources, such as a newspaper, a reliable source is any that is reputable and known for accuracy and high journalistic standard, the latter in the case of newspapers. For help on improving your submission, see referencing for beginners and your first article. Regards, —James (TalkContribs) • 7:08pm 09:08, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

James Thanks for that. In our reference list I believe there are several unimpeachable sources, like newspapers, biographical sources, books and the website for the Parliament of Victoria. We've been forced to use websites which host newspaper archives, rather than online newspapers themselves, since the subject is around 70 years old. The reference list looks far bigger a list compared to the lists provided to sites for other members of parliament around the same era, who, may I say, were far less notable.

Is there a type of source which is missing?

Cheers mate Nicola

Niccastleman (talk) 04:34, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

There are some issues within the article that are addressed in these guidlines: the Manual of Style entry on article layout and the words to watch guideline. The article needs headings and subheadings where appropriate, but I'll do that for you. It's not yet ready but you've done a good job so far :) —James (TalkContribs) • 4:01pm 06:01, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

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Edward Hugh Montgomery

This is not a huge issue, but how is Edward Montgomery (Australian politician) unnecessary disambiguation? As far as I can tell he was generally known as "Edward Montgomery" and not "Edward Hugh Montgomery", and the practice is generally to use that name unless there were, say, two Edward Montgomerys who were Australian politicians. Frickeg (talk) 23:55, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

I'm aware of the relevant guidelines, but it was the only article which had parentheses. Disambiguation of that sort should be avoided where possible and it's not a very tendentious change. —James (TalkContribs) • 10:49am 00:49, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

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Hello,

I would like to know more about the verifiability issue of this article.

I've tried to be as objective as possible, including surveys, and references to official material, for instance the AFP journal and a french ministry's official paper!

I don't know what I can do more. Please point me out the right direction.

Cordially, lrq3000 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lrq3000 (talkcontribs) 11:32, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

//Edit: Ok I've reupdated the article after discussing on the live chat on freenode. I hope that it will now be ok for the Wikipedia's standards. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lrq3000 (talkcontribs) 13:44, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

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Your edit comment associated with this edit to Dennis Ritchie, "formatting: 5x whitespace, 3x nbsp-dash, heading-style", was misleading, as was your marking it as "minor". You also edited out the "found dead" annotation on his death. That's not minor and it's not formatting and, coming from an experienced editor, that's a pretty surprising lapse. The language we have there, stating only that he found dead on a certain date, not stating the exact date of death, is by consensus on the talk page. If you want to change this, you need to get a new consensus. And if you want to make the change, you should not bury it in a misleading edit summary marked as minor. Msnicki (talk) 15:14, 6 November 2011 (UTC)

Be grateful I didn't bury that article in maintenance tags, I removed that annotation because it DOESN'T BELONG in the infobox, look at Steve Jobs' article and the articles of others who have died and you'll see such annotations aren't included, so instead of complaining about one trivial edit go and do something productive. I don't wish to be rude, but arguing about such a trivial change is pointless and a waste of both our times. Another thing, that's not a lapse in judgement. —James (TalkContribs) • 3:13pm 05:13, 7 November 2011 (UTC)
Ok my apologies, the found dead should be annotated in parentheses after the reported date in the infobox. Either way, the "b." is extraneous and unnecessary, if he was found dead that date then there may be need for clarification. Pardon my pernicious response. —James (TalkContribs) • 3:19pm 05:19, 7 November 2011 (UTC)
There's nothing to be grateful for. I don't own the article and neither do you. But the language that was there was as agreed by consensus. If you don't agree, please take it to the talk page. Please don't edit war. If you have good arguments, you should be able to get a new consensus. That's how we decide content here. Msnicki (talk) 06:13, 7 November 2011 (UTC)
I don't know where you got the impression I implied ownership, there's no need to lecture me. I've been editting since June 2010, I know how things work. I'm not edit warring, you're just being adamant. My subsequent edits to the article aren't tendentious, you've already established that consensus was responsible for the wording, however, I'm following convention. The date of birth NEVER has b. for the date of birth, EVER, every biography on living and dead people uses a date range. Consult WP:MOSNUM I mediated a dispute over the use of date formats earlier in the year. Also, you undid my initial edit, however, there was no need to do so for the later edits, they were not, as I said, tendentious and didn't alter the context at all. —James (TalkContribs) • 4:50pm 06:50, 7 November 2011 (UTC)
You're arguing with the wrong person. Please take it to the talk page. Msnicki (talk) 06:54, 7 November 2011 (UTC)
Funny, I distinctly remember you raising the issue on my talk page, despite the fact that my edit was of such a trivial nature. —James (TalkContribs) • 5:05pm 07:05, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

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James, thanks for improving the reference citations in a few of the Glee-related articles overnight. However, I was wondering whether it's possible to get the Reflink tool to use the prevailing date format in those citations, which for those articles was clearly mdy. We've been very consistent about using November 9, 2011 rather than 2011-11-09 throughout the articles, both in text and references, which is one of the formats approved by WP:DATESNO, and since it's a US-based TV show and artists, WP:STRONGNAT also applies. (I'm kind of surprised Reflink isn't guided by WP:DATERET.) We do prefer using the same format for the "date" and "accessdate" parameters in the "cite" templates.

BTW, I discovered the hard way that when using a nickname in the header of an article, the quotes around the nickname should not be bolded, even though the rest is. So it's Christopher Paul "Chris" Colfer with unbolded double quotes. (I think it risks an apostrophe shortage in the long run, but that's not my call.) BlueMoonset (talk) 13:48, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

Ah, sorry about that. Yes, although I am one for MOS-compliance, Reflinks isn't programmed to recognise individual date formats, as Reflinks uses a uniform standard, so I apologise forthwith. With regard to the quotation marks, I was unaware of that, thank you for informing me :) I'll remember that for future reference. —James (TalkContribs) • 12:57pm 02:57, 10 November 2011 (UTC)

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You are listed here as interested in Sydney meetups, so I thought I'd let you know about one on this Saturday at 5pm at the Alexandria Hotel. Details here: Wikipedia:Meetup/Sydney/November_2011. It would be great to see you. --99of9 (talk) 00:58, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

I gave them a call and they say most of their areas are authorized for kids. --99of9 (talk) 09:41, 14 November 2011 (UTC)
Right then, if time permits I should be able to go, I'll be able to determine whether I can go or not come Friday. Thanks 99of9 :) —James (TalkContribs) • 7:55pm 09:55, 14 November 2011 (UTC)
Oops, no one thought of this. I do hope you can attend. Tony (talk) 14:04, 16 November 2011 (UTC)
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Sure thing, do they have a dress code or is summer-wear allowed? —James (TalkContribs) • 12:03pm 02:03, 19 November 2011 (UTC)
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Can you explain/direct me to the text you reverted? I couldn't find it. and since this is a guide, common knowledge doesn't count! mabdul 15:40, 5 December 2011 (UTC)

We shouldn't even begin to create accounts where part or all of the username is forbidden, that is a circumvention of consensus, it should be treated on a case-by-case basis, my edit summary was in error, however, but the titleblacklist is something we've been told to stay away from. —James (TalkContribs) • 12:07pm 02:07, 6 December 2011 (UTC)
Err, simply no! We create many accounts which are blacklisted! The users are advised to go to ACC if their fav. name is blacklisted. Some are ok to create (kai is at that moment blacklisted - a common name e.g.: in Germany). Account creators have that right not without a reason. We can move pages and create accounts which can't everybody else (except admins). And how should new users to ACC know how to deal with that case? Correct - they should get the advice to defer the ticket to "flagged users" since they simply don't have the power to do it and then a flagged user can decide what to do with that new user. mabdul 19:57, 8 December 2011 (UTC)
Maybe have a look at that ticket... mabdul 15:10, 9 December 2011 (UTC)
The request you linked to me was NOT a blacklisted (forbidden) name, but one which was similar. I have yet to see any actual evidence that the tbOverride right has been used numerous times as you so claim, because if I'm not mistaken the blacklist contains a list of wildcards contain phrases like "on Wheels", "Fuck" etc. Please do not strain numbers when you have failed to supply any evidence. I mean no offence, as that was not my intention and furthermore new users are generally familiar with the titleblacklist and when I was on IRC (which was for a cumulative period of 5-6 months), I never came across any ACC user who had trouble with a request that conflicted with the titleblacklist. Blacklisted names are blacklisted for a reason, they shouldn't be created except under certain circumstances (ie. where the blacklisted name is part of a larger non-offending username). —James (TalkContribs) • 1:26am 15:26, 9 December 2011 (UTC)

fast check of my knowing ones. Blacklisted names are blacklisted for a reason, they shouldn't be created except under certain circumstances (ie. where the blacklisted name is part of a larger non-offending username). - and how should the "normal"(unflagged user) know what to do in that case(s)? mabdul 16:04, 9 December 2011 (UTC)

The discussion you linked to asserts my position, it's best not to "delist the entry", ergo accounts of which carry that string should generally be avoided. The request with Greek characters was probably part of the anti-spam filter, as for that other request I have yet to see more than those 2 isolated incidents. I'm willing to hear a third opinion on this from a developer or tool root. —James (TalkContribs) • 11:41am 01:41, 10 December 2011 (UTC)
You still haven't explained/showed me where the user is advices to defer the ticket to a flagged user. mabdul 15:05, 10 December 2011 (UTC)
http://toolserver.org/~acc/acc.php?action=zoom&id=66403 and another ticket. mabdul 15:44, 10 December 2011 (UTC)
This is getting fun: another ticket: http://toolserver.org/~acc/acc.php?action=zoom&id=68155 mabdul 16:09, 10 December 2011 (UTC)
another shit user http://toolserver.org/~acc/acc.php?action=zoom&id=68464 mabdul 16:11, 10 December 2011 (UTC)
oh shit is a really common part in india. see another ticket http://toolserver.org/~acc/acc.php?action=zoom&id=68740 mabdul 16:18, 10 December 2011 (UTC)
Oh it is getting fun for me now: both tickets contain again shit:
mabdul 17:36, 10 December 2011 (UTC)
That's common sense, honestly, if a user didn't know better than to create those accounts if they didn't violate the other rules, then their future on the ACC team needs re-evaluation. Regarding deferral of similar names to flagged users, it's in the section below the section which you originally queried me about. —James (TalkContribs) • 7:55pm 09:55, 11 December 2011 (UTC)
The only thing I found was The 'Defer' group allows you to send the request for the attention of a normal user, flagged user, or a checkuser. Defer to flagged users if a user with the accountcreator permission needs to handle the request much wider above. The section below is the section: "Interface administrators" - and even there I don't find it. Please quote the relevant parts for me. I searched now again multiple times the full guide and I'm simply unable to find the parts you are referring to. mabdul 12:39, 11 December 2011 (UTC)
WP:ACC/G#Creating accounts The only instances where the blacklist should be overided is where the offending part of the username is part of a name, such as those examples you showed me. Otherwise, it's be standard practice to AVOID or NOT create the account in question. —James (TalkContribs) • 11:45pm 13:45, 11 December 2011 (UTC)
  • (talk page stalker) I believe what mabdul is trying to say is that, in a case where a blacklisted username is fine, there is no problem with creating it. For example, mixed scripts are blacklisted. This is to prevent impersonation (i.e. it should be impossible to create User:Αlphα Quαdrαnt without -tb-override.) However, there are some usernames that are not impersonation attempts. These are perfectly fine to create. Currently, ACC does not flag a request as "Account creator needed" if it is blacklisted. I believe the change to the guidelines was an attempt to make it clear that perfectly fine requests should be deferred, rather than declined. Alpha_Quadrant (talk) 18:07, 11 December 2011 (UTC)
    • Ah, I see. Something such as this will probably be better in the sitenotice instead of the guidelines, either way common sense would dictate that a user would defer such a request to a flagged user. I'll add it back to the Guide, then. Thanks both of you :) —James (TalkContribs) • 2:08pm 04:08, 13 December 2011 (UTC)

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Odd... I checked some of those myself. Thanks for revising my work! :) Regards, —James (TalkContribs) • 3:40pm 05:40, 30 December 2011 (UTC)
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Hi James, I've seen that you have merged information from the separate 'Physical features of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport' article into the main HKSAR passport article. However, I'm wondering whether there is a particular reason you have decided to delete images relating to the current biometric passport version from the main article? (File:Innerpagesrolleduphksarpassport.jpg, File:Uvdatapagehksarpassport.jpg, File:Securityfeatureshksarpassport.jpg, File:Inside32pagehksarpassport.jpg and File:Inside48pagehksarpassport.jpg). I'm not against the merge, I'm just curious as to why you have deleted the existing images of the current biometric passport? Bonus bon (talk) 08:02, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

That was unintentional, it was a copy-paste merge and I didn't pay close attention to what was lost, and I apologise as such. I'll fix it up, if you haven't already done so. Again, my apologies. —James (TalkContribs) • 2:16am 16:16, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
I removed the images from the article as they were deleted from the encyclopedia due to improper licensing. I am not an administrator, also, I believe passports are the legal property of the state or jurisdiction under which they issued, thus the licensing on the existing images is incorrect and said images need to be tagged for deletion until the proper fair use rationale is added, as you yourself do not hold the legal rights to the image and cannot tag them as being CC-BY-SA. —James (TalkContribs) • 2:24am 16:24, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
I am removing the adminhelp tag because not all admin are experts in fair-use copyright guidelines. However, from what I can see, for a number of the pictures they were removed in this edit. I didn't notice if nobody ever questioned the rationale for the other pics, but systemically (purely out of process) any that were no longer used were tagged for deletion after the merge since they were unused and we don't keep unused/orphaned fair-use clients sitting around (since we can't claim that we are fairly using them). I've asked Skier Dude and Δ for their comments as they more versed in this topic than me, and if no luck there I suggest you just ask a fairuse question at Wikipedia talk:Fair_use.  7  09:29, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
Sorry, I was looking for admin intervention. My original intention was to have the images deleted, but that would be circumvention of policy and the seven-day grace period, given this isn't a serious breach of copyright, but a breach nonetheless as I just recalled ALL passports are the legal property of their respective jurisdictions, so FUR is needed. My apologies. I should have clarified and removed the tag. Sorry to have wasted your time 7. —James (TalkContribs) • 7:44pm 09:44, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
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You basically emptied the references in this edit, leaving them with virtually little information than what is required. Your edit summary is also highly inaccurate, although I understand the edit was meant in good faith (as there were minor inconspicuous changes made), however, you seemed to have undone my filling in of the references later fixed in this edit. Please note that cite templates aren't dubious insertions of content or vandalism and be more careful/mindful of this in the future. Thank you and keep up the good work! —James (TalkContribs) • 3:00am 17:00, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

I've tried very hard to make sense of this - still can't find anywhere where I mught have edited out anything worthwhile, or anything about references for that matter. Could an anomaly about the way different versions are "compared" be producing this impression? Sometimes inserting a space or a break character can produce acres of "red text" that haven't been changed at all. So far as I can see your edits filling in references are in fact intact. It is (alas) possible when reverting to a previous "clean" version after an attack from vandalism (or even well intentioned muddleheadedness) to lose good edits, but if this has happened here I can't actually see where. If good edits of yours have been lost due to this or any other reason then of course this is very much to be regretted - but this is NOT a good time to make serious edits in this article, as this is the time the (naughty words expunged) tend to attack it - often (apparently) in an alchoholic daze. Hope this worry works itself out, anyway, and that you have a good year. --Soundofmusicals (talk) 22:01, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
IF you pay attention to those diffs you'll notice that you emptied the references again and turned them into bare urls. (The {{cite web}} templates got undone. I understand the holiday season is a rowdy one, however, that does not justify making a mistake, although, I don't claim to be perfect as you'll see from my talk page archive, on the contrary I was a problematic editor when I first started editing. —James (TalkContribs) • 10:35am 00:35, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
Sorry you have got that impression. Its very simply not correct - although I can understand how a "problematic editor" especially one recovering from a "rowdy" season might suppose so. Do take the time to examine the actual versions of the page produced by my edits - as I mentioned wiki "comparisons" can be misleading at times - you get lines of red text that are in fact the same in both versions, but have become disassociated by something irrelevant. --Soundofmusicals (talk) 00:55, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
I DON'T edit the article at all, I only did so because the references were bare and because I was unaware of any inherent removal of content. I don't understand how you could misconstrue my statements as you have. I'm simply amazed. IF you actually took the time to look at the revision I linked you'll SEE CLEARLY that the citation template was undone and you reverted the references back to plain, barely titled URLS. Is it that hard? —James (TalkContribs) • 10:59am 00:59, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
Won't repeat my explanation again. Please do me the courtesy of reading it. Hope you get over this. When you do, an apology would be appreciated. --Soundofmusicals (talk) 01:05, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

For my sanity I ask you to pay attention to the screenshot: here notice HOW YOU REMOVED CITATION TEMPLATES. I'm not going to bother apologising for you're inability to pick up such a CLEAR removal of content. YOU REMOVED over 1000 characters. MOST OF WHICH were part of said citation templates. —James (TalkContribs) • 11:31am 01:31, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

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Added the template back to every number in the rank field. Shuipzv3 (talk) 11:48, 14 January 2012 (UTC)
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