User talk:Nicholas Jackson

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Hi, just noticed the nice work you've done on Khovanov homology. Glad to have you on board! --C S 07:25, 6 October 2005 (UTC)

Thanks very much - I'm glad you liked it. --nicholas 11:28, 8 October 2005 (UTC)

Knot polynomial[edit]

Sorry to bother you, but I was wondering if you could take a look at the Knot polynomial article, which is a rather sad state at the moment. We've been looking for someone to review this article for quite some time now and, browsing your webpage, I thought you might have the necessary expertise. Phils 19:13, 1 November 2005 (UTC)


Hey Nick -- noticed you editing the University of York article. Enjoy wikipedia! --Richard Clegg 14:21, 27 May 2006 (UTC)

Babel migration[edit]

You asked on my talk page:

Erm... hello. Apparently you made some sort of change to a couple of templates on my user page - the comment said it was a migration from Babel-X to Babel, using AWB. What does this mean? --Nicholas Jackson 23:05, 21 July 2006 (UTC)

{{Babel-X}} is a redirect to {{Babel}} which contains your userboxes: redirecting templates is wasteful and since this was caused by moving {{Babel-X}} to {{Babel}} I'm short-circuiting the redirects. AWB is a tool which is helpful for making uniform changes to many pages in succession: it is particularly useful because it requires the user to visually confirm each edit and therefore avoids the problems which can occur when a bot performs mass-changes blindly. HTH HAND —Phil | Talk 17:11, 22 July 2006 (UTC)


Nick, could you add some refs to Notts High School? You need to use the ref and references tags. I can help if you need it Victuallers 09:48, 10 August 2007 (UTC)


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Thanks for helping protect doctorate and other articles! --Eustress (talk) 00:08, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

List of Wranglers[edit]

I happened across a PDF of the University archives (link at the bottom of the page) which has meant that I've been able to fill in all the missing entries. It just struck me as an ideal article to give people a jumping off point into loads of areas of history, not just in mathematics. I guess it's nearly ready for Featured List nomination now! Mrh30 (talk) 13:06, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

I've nominated it. Your feedback at Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/List of Wranglers (University of Cambridge) would be appreciated. Mrh30 (talk) 13:15, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
Now I've got their surnames, it's actually much easier to track down snippets of information on many of the people. '<surname> senior wrangler' into Google does quite well! Mrh30 (talk) 13:30, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Expanding the list of Research Doctorates[edit]

Nicholas, you have seemingly taken as a crusade the reduction of the list of examples of Research Doctorates. Are you taking it from a Ph.D. centric position that any other Research Doctorate is not REALLY at the level of the Ph.D. and as a result an expansive and more inclusive list is a waste of time? Why would you not believe it more appropriate to provide a complete listing and let the reader determine the value of the listing? And I am just assuming your motivation, but it's from a year or so of watching what you respond to - otherwise, most of which I agree with. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:03, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

No, it's not that at all - in fact if you read what I've said at Talk:Doctorate#Professional doctorates hopefully it's clear that I don't consider other research doctorates (like the relatively new UK 'vocational doctorates') to be in some way inferior to the PhD. All I've been doing is trying to keep the short illustrative lists of examples in those subsections from either gradually expanding into a redundant copy of List of doctoral degrees awarded by country, or turning into a completely US-centric viewpoint (hence the inclusion of a couple of Czech, Dutch or German examples). It just seems like every week or so some random anonymous person adds their favourite US degree. I don't think I'm on a 'crusade' and I didn't think it was something I was particularly obsessed about - as far as I'm concerned it's just copy-editing. -- Nicholas Jackson (talk) 21:37, 22 September 2008 (UTC)
OK. Perhaps I overstated what I intended simply as a question, turning it into a bit of a poke in the eye in doing so. Sorry. Copy-edit on. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:58, 22 September 2008 (UTC)
No problem - it was a reasonable question and I didn't think it was phrased in a particularly confrontational way, so don't worry about it. -- Nicholas Jackson (talk) 22:20, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

Academic staff[edit]

In the US, you must be a full tenured professor to be a professor, just as in the UK. However, many people misuse the term. But there is no misunderstanding on this point in well-established institutions. Yes, staff are merely secretaries, etc. Zoticogrillo (talk) 20:50, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

The hierarchy in the U.S. is as follows: Professor (aka tenured professor), Associate Professor, Lecturer. An Assistant Professor is a term used by some institutions, and is generally the same as an Associate Professor. In a few institutions, an Assistant Professor is lower than the Associate Professor, but the Assistant Professor is not a traditional role, and as I understand it, it is simply a way of paying someone less. A Lecturer is simply an independent contractor with no formal relationship with the university. They are sometimes professionals without a graduate degree (for departments such as law, engineering, business, etc). Zoticogrillo (talk) 00:16, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

Reverted capitalizations[edit]

Hello Mr. Jackson,

I noticed you reverted the capitalizations to uppercase. The information I got about when I lower-cased the degrees is from here,, manual of style.


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request for mediation[edit]

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Tenth wrangler[edit]

Many thanks, Nicholas, much appreciated. Agendum (talk) 23:17, 1 March 2009 (UTC)

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Mantles of British Orders[edit]

Dear Nicholas Jackson,

You uploaded and placed the pictures of Mantles of different British Orders? Really great, I do find them useful contributions to the pages about the orders! Do you maybe also have such a picture of a mantle of the Order of the Indian Empire? Thanks, Demophon (talk) 19:03, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

Yes, a big thank you and well done from me too! The photos are superb! ;) --Cameron* 19:25, 8 March 2009 (UTC)
I just noticed your pictures too. Brilliant work! Whereabouts were these taken, may I ask? Craigy (talk) 21:49, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

Juris Doctor RFM[edit]

Just a heads up that the Mediation Committee asked me to help out by mediating Wikipedia:Requests_for_mediation/Juris_Doctor. I've opened the case here and am asking the parties some initial questions. If you could watchlist that page, it would be helpful in keeping track of things. Regards. MBisanz talk 23:11, 23 March 2009 (UTC)

Algebra & Number Theory[edit]

Thanks for notifying me, I have reverted my move. Sorry for the mistake, I apparently only remembered part of Wikipedia:MOS#Article_titles, because it does say that ampersands should be avoided, but also specifies that they should remain if it is part of the formal name. --Crusio (talk) 14:29, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

NHS Crest[edit]

That's the crest the school uses now, check the funky new website. All the 'original' boys hate it and want tufty back. I think for factual reasons the new crest should be used but we can put the original one somewhere in the article. Bthebest (talk) 22:05, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

OK, agreed as per comment on my talk page. p.s. you might be interested [1] Bthebest (talk) 16:52, 14 May 2009 (UTC)

The new logo has been well-received. The original crest is still used on formal occasions like Founder's Day but does not print well in a smaller version and hence the development of the logo. This point of discussion should not be conducted on such a public forum. Why not contact the School directly to discuss it? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:42, 30 January 2010 (UTC)


Out of curiosity, where did you take the photos of the various robes such as the Knight of the Garter? 95jb14 (talk) 18:21, 22 June 2009 (UTC)

Njsustain and Doctor (title)[edit]

Thanks for engaging Njsustain, and I'm sorry that the editor has taken you down quite a rabbit hole of contention! Some people are difficult for me to relate to. I didn't want to say publicly on that discussion page, but still want at least someone to know, for clarity sake, that Njsustain's use of that Martin citation was not merely an inadvertent mistake. Nothing in the book supported the statement at all, and the editor submitted that citation in bad faith. The editor's comments make it clear that the editor is not interested in engaging us in discussion. Therefore, a more dismissive and pro-active approach is probably appropriate. Zoticogrillo (talk) 21:15, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

I know that the reconciliatory comments that I just left seem to contradict my sentiments above, but if the editor continues her/his pattern of behavior (which I suspect will be the case), they will be condemning. Zoticogrillo (talk) 21:40, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for this. I must admit I was a bit surprised by the vehemence of their reaction to what I thought was a perfectly reasonable question. The more I think about it, the less sure I am that they were having the same conversation I was - I don't think anything I wrote gave the impression that I have a particular point of view or agenda about titles in the US, but they seemed convinced that this was the case. Anyway, things seem to have calmed down a little now. -- Nicholas Jackson (talk) 22:27, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

Re: Master of Science[edit]

In reply to your comment on my talk, I did not add the {{globalize}} template to Master of Science; I only played around with the hatnote. With regards to the 'globalization' of that article, I suppose that by only having the details of four countries' degrees, the article is inherently 'un-globalized'. Perhaps if the majority of the article (or at least a significant portion thereof) was a general description of the degree (and the countries' sections were expanding on that), the article would present information more applicable worldwide. Cheers, -M.Nelson (talk) 01:15, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

Oh, sorry, I misread the history and thought you'd added the {{globalize}} template. I agree that it would be good if the article reflected a more international scope, but it might not be so easy to do that (especially if the degree in question only exists in a small number of countries). I think what's there is probably a good start, thought -- Nicholas Jackson (talk) 23:09, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

Doctor of Music[edit]

The reason I specifically included Ian Tracey in the article, was because it created relevant links between a number of other Wiki pages: the Cathedral Church of Christ in Liverpool houses one of the largest and most spectacular pipe organs in the world and its organist Prof. Dr. Tracey is an Honorary Doctor of Music who has published many works. I thought this was in line with the spirit of Wikipedia. Bewp (talk) 19:07, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

I'm sure he's very eminent in his field, and a talented composer, musicologist and organist to boot. But having eleven examples of honoris causa Doctors of Music is rather excessive (and I still think six is probably too many), so the list had to be culled, and I took the decision to keep only a few really notable and famous people. Without wishing to cast any aspersions on Prof Tracey's undoubted achievements, he just isn't as notable as Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Daniel Barenboim, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan or Joan Baez. -- Nicholas Jackson (talk) 23:23, 3 November 2009 (UTC)
OK. Point taken. Bewp (talk) 21:00, 8 November 2009 (UTC)
That said, why not let's create a new page entitled "List of Honorary Doctors of Music". That would be quite interesting. Bewp (talk) 21:12, 8 November 2009 (UTC)

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Tai chi listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]


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Reversion of University of York main image[edit]

Hi. I have reverted your change to the University of York article, and I apologise for this, but I feel that the shield is a better choice for the main image as per my rationale here: Talk:University_of_York#Main_image. I hope this seems sensible to you? Thanks - blake- 17:32, 3 September 2012 (UTC)

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If you feel strongly about it, I'm willing to accept your (unexplained) removal of this term, which on second thoughts perhaps isn't as suitable as I'd thought, but be aware that far from being a tendentious coinage, it has had a lot of serious usage, e.g. 2270 results come up with Google Books.Yooost (talk) 16:46, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

I don't feel very strongly about it either, it just seemed a bit of an awkward way of phrasing things, so I changed it back to how it was before. But I won't stand in your way if you really want to restore it. -- Nicholas Jackson (talk) 18:09, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Senior Wrangler (University of Cambridge)[edit]

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