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Thanks for ZooCon help.[edit]

Hi, we met at Portsmouth ZooCon Wikithon last weekend, so I wanted to say hello and thanks for your help on the GZ article. Ctrl+X has already proved a handy keyboard shortcut. There was a reference or citation tool that you showed me which I haven't been able to locate- can you give a link please? Richard Nowell (talk) 13:01, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Hi Richard, it was a pleasure to meet you and to help out at the ZooCon :-)
I think the tool you are referring to is MakeRef, written by Magnus Manske; the English version can be found here.
Best Regards & Happy Wiki-ing -- Marek.69 talk 16:42, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia and non-commercial images[edit]

Hi Marek

We met at Portsmouth on Saturday at the Zooniverse meet-up.

I did some editing of "Hanny's Voorwerp" on Saturday and wanted to continue this week. I think it's important to show the image that Hanny saw on Galaxy Zoo when she first found the Voorwerp, but this appears to be impossible. I can't directly link to an image in Wikipedia but must first copy it to the Commons. There are too many restrictions on images in the Commons. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey allows their images to be used for non-commercial use so I assumed that it would be all right to use the image in Wikipedia but apparently not.

I was going to write an article about Moon Zoo but this would mean showing images from LROC and Wikipedia would probably stop that as well so I am losing interest in the whole project now.

Anyway, I enjoyed Portsmouth and the two pubs we visited.

Regards Geoff Roynon (talk) 14:26, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Can I butt in here? The original SDSS picture was in the HsV article for a month recently but was then taken out. Wikipedia likes freely-available images that can be used commercially. SDSS doesn't allow this, which is why, for example, the BBC's Sky At Night doesn't use SDSS images in their magazine. However NASA images can be used freely, so LROC images might well be useable, if that's any help.Richard Nowell (talk) 15:57, 17 September 2014 (UTC)


Hi Geoff, I'm sorry to hear that you've experienced problems editing Wikipedia.
I've had a quick look on the SDSS website, and in the section on image use policy it states:
It might be possible to use to images if we ask SDSS for permission explaining where we wish to use and why.
I must confess that my knowledge of copyright law is limited, so I will ask around and see if I can find a definitive answer. I shall get back to you as soon as I can. :-)
I'm glad you enjoyed the day in Portsmouth on Saturday. I did also. :-)
Best Regards -- Marek.69 talk 17:00, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
Hello. It was good to meet both of you at the weekend.
Unfortunately, it is the case that SDSS use a non-commercial license, which means it can't be used here on Wikipedia under that license (the non-commercial restriction is a very badly defined restriction. It can be included in the article under fair use, although that can be challenged. The page to look at that explains this best is Wikipedia:Non-free content. Ideally, if you can find a NASA (public domain) or ESO (CC-BY) image that shows something similar, then that would be the image to use.
With Moonzoo, LROC images from NASA should be fine. With images from other sites, it's best to look around for an image usage policy before using them.
Hope that helps! Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 18:41, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for clarifying this Mike. Copyright law can be very frustrating.
Sorry Geoff :-( Maybe the images can be sourced elsewhere.
Kind Regards -- Marek.69 talk 19:10, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Expensive Retrievals.[edit]

I think that you have misunderstood the idea of an "expensive" retrieval.

Even your Fortran example uses an array in memory... "A(*)"

Referencing an element in an array is NOT a time-costly operation, it takes just a couple of computer op-codes, and may take a NANOSECOND.

I am talking about doing a binary search where THERE IS NO ARRAY.

This means that every time a record is needed, the record must be obtained from, for example, a communication line. Each retrieval may take a 1/2 second -- 500,000,000 TIMES LONGER than getting an element from your data array A(*).

In those situations, reducing the number of retrievals from 40 to 22 reduces the search time from 20 seconds to 11 seconds.

This, I hope you will agree, is a worthwhile and simple way of reducing waiting time.

BTW, I programmed exclusively in Fortran for the first 5 years of my professional life.

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Ancestors from Swiecie[edit]

Hello Marek,

My ancestors are from Swiecie. Joannis Osetoski in 1755 we can trace it back to. Please contact me Andrewosantowski@outlook.com — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:1007:B11A:A0D:9DD9:1FAE:AAA7:E2 (talk) 13:55, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Qualifications question[edit]

I am doing a research paper on Wikipedia. Respectfully, what qualifies you to edit Wiki in any way? Just curious since my professor says that edit should come from a reliable source. Thanks Sherri — Preceding unsigned comment added by 173.66.242.56 (talk) 05:03, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

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Japanese alphabet[edit]

Hi Marek69,

             I have problems spelling Dairen (which is the Japanese name of Dalian), Ryojun (which is the Japanese name of Lushun City), Liaodong Peninsula (Liaotung Peninsula), Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and Bohai Sea in the Japanese alphabet. Please also take a look at Dalian Bay because I have the exact same problems as I do with Dalian. I will be forever thankful and very happy if you know anyone who is an expert on the Japanese alphabet and he or she can help with the Japanese translations with the names that you see above. 


                Thank you very much.
                        Sincerely,
                        NJRobbie

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English South Coast Meet up[edit]

Hi, I am in Oxford at the meet up here and the view here is that there is a long standing arrangement to have the Oxford Meet up on the third Sunday of the month which will clash with the proposed English South Coast.

I am not sure how far you have got organising for the 16th November, and we were wondering how hard it would be to change the date to 23rd November?

It would be good to contact Redrose as regards geonotices. (He also organises the Oxford meetups).Leutha (talk) 14:36, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi Leutha, thank you for your message.
Yes, I'm quite happy to change the meetup date to the 23rd November if that is more convenient :-)
Best Regards -- Marek.69 talk 23:59, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
Hi Leutha I have now put up the meetup page for 23 November -- Marek.69 talk 22:23, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Hi...can you please help out. I've been trying to upload images from ISPR.gov.pk particularly (https://www.ispr.gov.pk/front/main.asp?o=t-picture_gallery_pics&id_picture_gallery=117&gname=Operation%20Zarb-i-Azb) but i need help with the license.. i think :-

All rights reserved by Pakistan Government. Therefore, it is a Public Domain. Released and published as Public domain by government ministry: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Saadkhan12345 (talk) 14:11, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi Saadkhan12345, thank you for your message.
I am looking in to this, and will try to get back to you as soon as I possibly can with an answer. :-)
Best Regards -- Marek.69 talk 16:20, 3 November 2014 (UTC)
ok thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Saadkhan12345 (talkcontribs) 04:52, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

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Wikipedia editing[edit]

Market69,

 I am a college student doing a research project on Wikipedia and my group and I were wondering if you would be willing to answer some questions about it. We are just wondering how long you've been editing Wikipedia?  Also do you have the ability to edit locked articles? If so how do you do this and how do you go about getting this privilege?  
 

Thank you for your help and we look forwards to hearing back from you,

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The issue is in rather large numbers of copyright violations ("copyvios") making their way through AfC reviews without being detected (even when easy to check, and even when hallmarks of copyvios in the text that should have invited a check, were glaring). A second issue is the correct method of dealing with them when discovered.

If you don't do so already, I'd like to ask for your to help with this problem by taking on the practice of performing a copyvio check as the first step in any AfC review. The most basic method is to simply copy a unique but small portion of text from the draft body and run it through a search engine in quotation marks. Trying this from two different paragraphs is recommended. (If you have any question about whether the text was copied from the draft, rather than the other way around (a "backwards copyvio"), the Wayback Machine is very useful for sussing that out.)

If you do find a copyright violation, please do not decline the draft on that basis. Copyright violations need to be dealt with immediately as they may harm those whose content is being used and expose Wikipedia to potential legal liability. If the draft is substantially a copyvio, and there's no non-infringing version to revert to, please mark the page for speedy deletion right away using {{db-g12|url=URL of source}}. If there is an assertion of permission, please replace the draft article's content with {{subst:copyvio|url=URL of source}}.

Some of the more obvious indicia of a copyvio are use of the first person ("we/our/us..."), phrases like "this site", or apparent artifacts of content written for somewhere else ("top", "go to top", "next page", "click here", use of smartquotes, etc.); inappropriate tone of voice, such as an overly informal tone or a very slanted marketing voice with weasel words; including intellectual property symbols (™,®); and blocks of text being added all at once in a finished form with no misspellings or other errors.

I hope this message finds you well and thanks again you for your efforts in this area. Best regards--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 02:20, 18 November 2014 (UTC).

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