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Hospitalized for Wikistress!!!!! I am suffering from wikiburnout and chronic Wikistress.

And real life is very much in the way these days.

I probably won't be able to log in as frequently and contribute as much as I would like. Messages left here probably won't get a quick response as before. Your patience would be very much appreciated.

Take care, everyone.
Happy editing.

-- PFHLai

Palade ehhh Weibel[edit]

Hi PFHLai, thanks for improvements on George Emil Palade, such as my clumsy (it was late) misspelling of Dr Weibel's name. You must have followed the link from endothelium!
By the way, what stopped you from adding the URL to the J Cell Biol and just leaving it commented out??? I didn't realise that journal had fulltext going back to the 1960's!
JFW | T@lk 19:12, 5 May 2004 (UTC)

Thank you for your message and for starting my User talk page, Dr. JFdWolff.
Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised to find that ancient JCB article online. (They even have it in pdf format !!)
I originally had the URL ready on George Emil Palade. I removed the external link because I felt that Weibel-Palade bodies deserve a Wiki-page on its own and decided to save the URL for it. I don't know when I'll get to make this yet-to-exist Wiki-page. (I need to read up on W-P bodies first ...) If you feel like it, please go ahead and make the page. Have fun with it.  ;-)
PFHLai 14:59, 2004 May 6 (UTC)

I'm still waiting to find time for completing von Willebrand factor, which was a major undertaking. My resource was a very good review in Annu Rev Biochem (see references there), which also deals with the composition of Weibel-Palade bodies. The one thing that's missing is a proposed mechanism how WPBs are fused with the cell membrane for release (e.g. after ddAVP infusion).
JFW | T@lk 17:21, 6 May 2004 (UTC)
PS: Does Prof Weibel deserve a seperate page? I couldn't find much more on him.

You have made von Willebrand factor a very good, very informative page already. Your figure makes the page very pretty, too. I think factor VIII, the first linked item on the vWF page, needs more help than the vWF page.
Prof. Ewald R. Weibel, the longtime Chairman of Anatomy at University of Berne and former President of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, probably deserves his own page. He is apparently very famous in lung and respiratory research (which I don't understand.) I've found many Google entries with his name, but most of them are written in German (which I don't understand.) His English CV and bibliography can be found at " ". Very impressive.
PFHLai 16:12, 2004 May 7 (UTC)


I printed out the Imatinib/diabetes/atherosclerosis article. Very impressive; perhaps we should mention on the imatinib page that "imatinib is used in laboratory settings to investigate inhibition of PDGF-Rβ and its potential benefit in other diseases, such as atherosclerosis in patients with diabetes mellitus". Good idea?
JFW | T@lk 09:24, 10 May 2004 (UTC)

Sure. It's always good to keep Wikipages as current as possible. :-)
PFHLai 19:00, 2004 May 10 (UTC)

Weibel... Palade... atherosclerosis... vasculitis...[edit]

Hi Patrick. I saw someone had put Weibel-Palade body on the "requested articles" list, so I wrote something stubbly. I don't have Sadler's article at hand, so I had to reproduce this from memory. Please add whatever you think is suitable. By the way, I have read that Finnish article on atherosclerosis vs vasculitis. There is only a hypothesis that viral infections cause atherosclerosis; until then the inflammation is not the primary nosologic phenomenon, as in vasculitis... JFW | T@lk 16:46, 28 May 2004 (UTC)

You reproduced that from memory ? Wow... I'm impressed, Dr. Wolff. 8-)
PFHLai 02:32, 2004 May 29 (UTC)
BTW, I was the one who put 'Weibel-Palade body' on the Opentask box. I'm lazy ....
PFHLai 01:55, 2004 May 31 (UTC)


Nice work for cleaning up HEPA. I removed the msg:cleanup and msg:stub as I think the article is fine now. Thue 17:07, 28 May 2004 (UTC)

Thanks.  :-) PFHLai 02:24, 2004 May 29 (UTC)

Pulmonary Hypertension[edit]

We keep on running into each other's edits! Sorry I buffed up on BMPR2... you can see we need people like you to iron out these mistakes, which would otherwise go unnoticed!
Something we also might have to include is this article on angiopoeitin and the related signalling cascade. It might explain how BMPR2 causes PPH. I'll see if I can read it tonight... JFW | T@lk 17:08, 30 May 2004 (UTC)

Well, Dr. Wolff, if you plan to read on Agpt-1 (this is my preferred abbreviation for Angiopoietin-1, but no one listens to me...) and PPH, may I suggest [1] and [2] ? To be frank, I am not quite sure if this controversy/descrepency is encyclopedic yet. More papers are due from both groups soon. There is also another lab group in Colorado working on the VEGF and apoptosis aspects of PPH. I'll probably wait till the dust settles (i.e. when everyone has switched to progenitor/stem cells) before I submit more on the pathobiology of PPH (or PAH, according to the WHO ....)
PFHLai 21:28, 2004 May 30 (UTC)
P.S. Would the super-messy BMP/TGF-beta signalling pathway be more fun to wikify ? I find it very intimidating ..... 8-O

You're right, perhaps we ought to practice restraint before introducing current controversies into an encyclopedia...
I have read little about the TGFβ/BMP pathway. It is indeed intimidating, touching on cirrhosis, scleroderma, and other things I know too little about.
What's your exact field of research, BTW? JFW | T@lk 21:45, 30 May 2004 (UTC)

Keywords outlining my research can be found on my User page. I don't study PH myself, but I have friends working on it. I've learnt about PH mostly through copyeditting my friends' manuscripts, etc. (and they thought I was only checking for typos ....)
PFHLai 01:55, 2004 May 31 (UTC)

Cal Ripkin Jr.[edit]

Why should the redirect page Cal Ripkin Jr. be deleted? Wouldn't you want someone that typed that in to the "go" box to be redirected to Cal Ripken, Jr., instead of getting a this page does not exist message? (<-- User:Braaropolis wrote this.)

Well, Yeah ! Google-searching in Wikipedia is set up to suggest alternatives when a page cannot be found. I just tried it with "Cal Ripkin Jr". And I was then directed to the right page.
I don't think Wikipedia should waste resources like that and keep such pages that should not exist. The Wikipedian who created the page made a typo and left the page like that. Sigh ... It's already not that easy to log-in these days ..... I wonder how many such unuseful, unwanted pages are there taking up memory in Wikipedia's hardware ....
Anyhow, someone has fixed the 're-direct' (which I almost did.) Never mind. It's okay. Just that I felt I should answer your question.
Have a nice day, Braaropolis.  :-)
PFHLai 03:03, 2004 Jun 2 (UTC)

Thank you re CAM tags[edit]

Thank you for adding an outside, neutral voice to the CAM tagging of articles. I agree with your advice, entirely. Kd4ttc 15:30, 6 Jun 2004 (UTC)

You are very welcome, Dr. Holland. Thank you for agreeing with my posting. I hope Mr-Natural-Health reads it, calms down and goes back to building Wikipages. However, not only has he ignored my posting, he has removed it without a single reply. I am rather disappointed. -- PFHLai 01:24, 2004 Jun 9 (UTC)

Haute Couture[edit]

Thanks for filling out the Charles Frederick Worth reference. I was just too lazy to do any lookup.

I left the American designers blank because I couldn't think of which ones did made-to-order and gave shows. Does Jones New York do custom clothing? As far as I know, fashion houses like Calvin Klein and DKNY are ready-to-wear and not custom.

Amazing that I should be a regular reader of Vogue and unable to figure out which designers do custom. I suppose it's in the interests of the fashion industry to blur the difference between custom and ready-to-wear, because the custom is the loss leader that allows them to get the hype, the buzz, and the ready-to-wear orders.

Me, I'm just a home sewer trying to do couture-quality work.

Zora 05:34, 15 Jun 2004 (UTC)

You are welcome, Zora. No need to thank me, I was just playing at Wikipedia. I landed on Haute couture by way of Template:Opentask, which listed the Wikipage as a Stub in need of expansion.
Sorry, I honestly have no idea if JNY does custom clothing or not. I am very ignorant about fashion, let alone Haute Couture.
I am a grad student and I am broke. JNY is very high fashion to me. I have two suits for weddings, funerals and conferences, one of them is a ready-to-wear JNY suit purchased on gift certificates !
If JNY doesn't belong to the list of haute couture fashion houses, please excuse my ignorance and take it off the list. Thanks.
Have a nice day !  :-)
-- PFHLai 05:06, 2004 Jun 16 (UTC)


Dr. Lai, do I have something for you: Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia. If this isn't vascular... Perhaps you have access to some more details on pathogenesis. JFW | T@lk 09:44, 16 Jun 2004 (UTC)

Nicely done, Dr. Wolff. Oh, yes, this is indeed very vascular. :-)
Access to some more details on pathogenesis of HHT ? Hahaha... Do you think I have lunch with Dr. Osler regularly ????
BTW, please don't call me 'Doctor'. I haven't finished writing my thesis yet, not to mention the thesis defence. Please, please, please don't jinx me !
-- PFHLai 12:46, 2004 Jun 16 (UTC)

And so humble too. JFW | T@lk 13:24, 16 Jun 2004 (UTC)


I moved your request for deletion of Conducting system from cleanup to Wikipedia:Redirects for deletion. It will eventually perk up to the surface and be handled there. - Nunh-huh 03:54, 24 Jun 2004 (UTC)

I didn't know Wikipedia:Redirects for deletion exists. Thank you.
Have a nice day.
-- PFHLai 22:40, 2004 Jun 24 (UTC)
No reason you should know, really<g>. It would be simpler if such obvious cases for deletion didn't have to go through these elaborate processes and could just be deleted! - Nunh-huh 22:44, 24 Jun 2004 (UTC)
Yeah, IMO, it's a bit too much work. But such barriers may be needed, considering so much vandals are around Wikipedia ... Afterall, perhaps the page can survive, and someone re-writes it with a detailed description of conducting systems for heat transfer. ... :-) ... -- PFHLai 22:58, 2004 Jun 24 (UTC)

Mesanglial (sp?) cells[edit]

Thanks, great edit there! --inks 04:24, 12 Jul 2004 (UTC)

You are welcome.  :-) -- PFHLai 05:11, 2004 Jul 12 (UTC)

Culture of Hungary[edit]

I appreciate the nomination :) I really felt like reading up on the country and was pretty disappointed to find nothing at all on its clearly very unique culture. Kudos! Sarge Baldy 21:07, Jul 18, 2004 (UTC)


Hi. Please note that the Gucci article you were working on was a copyright violation which will be deleted soon to get the copyvio out of the article history. I've moved your version to Gucci/Temp. Please work on the article there until the Gucci article is deleted, then Gucci/Temp will be moved to Gucci. RickK 05:05, Jul 20, 2004 (UTC)

Thanks. -- PFHLai 05:38, 2004 Jul 20 (UTC)
Hm. I don't know who listed it as a copyvio, but they should have put it on the Copyright problems page. RickK 05:40, Jul 20, 2004 (UTC)
Yeah, if you want, go ahead and re-list it on Copyright violations. RickK 05:57, Jul 20, 2004 (UTC)

Chinese box[edit]

Hi, PFHLai;

Could you please tell me why you added "insane" and "disputed" flags to the Chinese box article? The "insane" flag indicates "patent nonsense"—that seems unwarranted for this article.

--Cluster 16:40, 20 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Hi, Cluster, please see my response on your talk page. Thanks. -- PFHLai 20:08, 2004 Jul 20 (UTC)
PFHLai, thanks so much for the thorough response. You're a great asset to Wikipedia.
Thank you for your kind words, Cluster. BTW, I've re-posted my response at Talk:Chinese box. -- PFHLai


No, I don't like the idea of a merger because Babylon is for the actual city of Babylon whereas Babylonia is for the entire state. I'll admit the links coming off Babylonia are terrible, but I think if Babylonia were made AotW people will probably improve the satellite articles as well when they use them to dig up more information for the main one. Sarge Baldy 21:04, Jul 20, 2004 (UTC)


Hi PFHLai. Thanks for your edits to improve organization and details. I have made a few edits, both clarification and a few more details, no photo or drawing details yet.

I could use help breaking the circular link of atheroma to atherosclerosis. I have written a new and failry short page on atheroma, however when I attempted to break the circular database link using the redirect function, I only succedded in breaking the atherosclerosis listing, changing it to atheroma, as opposed to creating as seperate atheroma entry for the link. (At least I then fixed my break.) Can you help?

I can certainly help, MAlvis. Please see my response at your talk page. -- PFHLai 00:13, 2004 Jul 24 (UTC)

Cardiology diagnostic tests and procedures[edit]

New edits at Cardiology diagnostic tests and procedures, in case your interested. Thanks for your suggestions and help. MAlvis Wednesday, July 28, 2004, 5:22 PM CST


I noticed that myself actually. Looks like it's really coming off to a good start! :) Sarge Baldy 06:12, Jul 29, 2004 (UTC)

Personally I think the Commercialism article is vague and speculative. I'm not sure of its anthropological accuracy, and I don't think "cave men" is a real term. I put it on WP:PNA, don't know if it's good etiquette to put it on cleanup as well. I don't have the background to fix the article myself. Rhobite 13:17, Jul 29, 2004 (UTC)


I'm looking for input on the situation with the YACHAD Germany articles. Please take a look at Talk:Yachad (Germany). --Smack 21:54, 30 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Coronary catheterization[edit]

Significant new edits at Coronary catheterization, in case your interested. For some reason, radiolucent hyperlinks OK but radiodense and the key term radiocontrast, all of which I started today, do not; suggestions, help appreciated. Would look forward to more direct talk some time, if your interested. MAlvis Friday, July 30, 2004, 5:34 PM CST

You are welcome to chat here anytime, MAlvis. :-)
The links on your new pages seem fine now. Perhaps it's a cache problem. Pressing 'Ctrl-F5' to empty the cache of your computer may help display new changes. Hope this helps.
-- PFHLai 12:36, 2004 Jul 31 (UTC)
Despite my lack of expertise, I have boldly made some changes at the above mentioned pages. Barium sulfate, a relevant page, has been re-written, too.
I think physicians at Wikipedia:WikiProject Clinical medicine will be interested in your new pages.
-- PFHLai 18:36, 2004 Jul 31 (UTC)

thanks for warm welcome[edit]

Hi there. Thanks for warm welcome. Certainly interested in Wikiproject Clinical medicine. I have introduced myself more thoroughly at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Clinical medicine#Added gastroenteritis. :) See you soon! BjarteSorensen 13:49, 31 Jul 2004 (UTC)

You are welcome. Happy editing !  :-)
-- PFHLai 18:52, 2004 Jul 31 (UTC)

Paraguay supermarket fire[edit]

Sorry, Gary D, I have hidden the line you've added to Template:In the news because there is no relevant page in Wikipedia updated to include this incident. Please feel free to undo my hiding when a page has been updated (but I don't think either supermarket or Paraguay would be a good page to update.... if I know which page to update, I would've done it myself...). Thanks. -- PFHLai 02:54, 2004 Aug 2 (UTC)

I've found one: Asunción. I shall undo the hiding at Template:In the news. -- PFHLai 02:59, 2004 Aug 2 (UTC)
Oh, okay, I was just about to concede that maybe it wasn't significant enough to justify updating any pages and so had to stay off the main page. --Gary D 03:05, 2 Aug 2004 (UTC)
With such a high fatality count, I think it can stay on the MainPage. IMO, the explosion in Belgium and the IMF funding to Turkey are less significant news.
I don't know how long this news item will stay on Asunción, though. That page is pitifully short, considering "Asunción is one of the oldest cities in South America." The link from the MainPage may lead more editors there to make more changes .....
Have a nice day. :-)
-- PFHLai 03:21, 2004 Aug 2 (UTC)

Captions on Opentask[edit]

Hi, I have restocked the standbys for Captions on Template:Opentask. My selections were random. Please feel free to re-stock to serve your Wikiproject's needs. Thanks. -- PFHLai 02:28, 2004 Aug 6 (UTC)

Thanks! I pulled some off the list since they didn't have pictures or didn't need much help (in which case I just fixed them up as long as I was there). I don't suppose there's much use in keeping a long (>5) list of articles in the queue because the project is sufficiently dynamic and we only knock off one or two a week from opentask, anyway. -- ke4roh 03:34, Aug 6, 2004 (UTC)

Actually, there is a reason to have a long list. I keep many standby items of various lengths (number of letters). With different replacements available, it's easier to keep the length of each line on the Template:Opentask more or less the same [for esthetics reason ....] :-)
I also try to have topics from different fields of study active at the same time.
-- PFHLai 10:10, 2004 Aug 6 (UTC)

New Medical Edits[edit]

Of possible interest Angiogram, Gamma camera, Diabetes Mellitus, Coronary heart disease. I appreciate your reviews and help Patrick.

-- MAlvis Sunday, August 8, 2004, 10:58 AM CST

No problems.  :-) -- PFHLai 02:35, 2004 Aug 10 (UTC)


Thanks for correcting my brain-fade on Wikipedia talk:Article of the week. I thought "collaboration" but my fingers typed "challenge" for some reason (... twice ... - at least I got it right in Village Pump)

Time for a holiday :) -- ALoan (Talk) 14:26, 20 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Captions on Opentask[edit]

Please see my reply to your query on User_talk:Ke4roh. -- ke4roh 17:07, Aug 20, 2004 (UTC)


It's hard, Patrick, isn't it??? JFW | T@lk 12:58, 22 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Yes, Dr. de Wolff. It's very hard .... I am very much addicted ..... -- PFHLai 01:14, 2004 Aug 23 (UTC)

Stop calling me Dr de Wolff! If I can call you Patrick you can certainly call me Jacob! JFW | T@lk 08:12, 23 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Yes, Sir ! :-) -- PFHLai 16:40, 2004 Aug 23 (UTC)


I've nominated you for adminship (janitorial duties). Please go to WP:RFA#PFHLai_.2810.2F0.2F0.29_Ends_04:56.2C_29_Aug_2004_.28UTC.29 and accept. Cheers, Jiang 22:35, 22 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Hello, Jiang,
I am pleasantly surprised by your nomination for adminship. I accept. Thank you very much.
I'll read Wikipedia:Administrators carefully before I do anything at WP:RFA.
Thanks, again.
-- PFHLai 01:26, 2004 Aug 23 (UTC)

Given your skillfull handling of Opentasks and your many judicious edits, I think you'd be great admin material. Just make sure you don't get sucked into the black hole of anti-trolling, thorny issues (Polish vs German naming of Gdansk, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other heartsinks) etc. I use my admin privileges sparingly - reverting obvious vandalism, deleting redirects to facilitate a pagemove, banning notorious vandals and occasionally mediating between the usual suspects.
As for molecular biology: I got a fair grounding in the basic topics during my studies, but I've grown more interested in molecular pathophysiology over the last little while. Please share some more of your knowledge! JFW | T@lk 07:49, 24 Aug 2004 (UTC)

You're welcome and congratulations! It looks like your vote's going to be unanimous. 172 19:14, 24 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Thanks, again. :-) -- PFHLai 19:35, 2004 Aug 24 (UTC)

Voyager 2[edit]

Re: your edit of "selected anniversaries"---Voyager 2 did not "leave the solar system" in 2003, according to e.g. [3]. I don't know what the anniversary is for... (What does "leave the solar system" mean anyway?)

As I understand the Voyager 2 article, the date August 24, 2003 is merely a random date when the distance to the probe was found by a wikipedian...

Dear User:, Thank you for pointing that out. I admit I do not understand the item on Voyager 2 at all. I shortened and changed the tense (Please see the edit summaries ([4]). I am now restoring its original form and let someone else do the copyediting. Would you like to help ? Please sign in. :-)
-- PFHLai 19:26, 2004 Aug 24 (UTC)
There are only a handful of spacecraft which have left the solar system. Voyager 2 actually launched before Voyager 1. Voyager 1 is near the outermost rim of the solar system. There is a photo of Earth from one of the spacecraft, poignantly far away from home, and thrusting farther away with every second. Voyager 2 is not far behind. And in 40,000 years, it may still be intact. Ancheta Wis 20:53, 24 Aug 2004 (UTC)
Since you appear to have an interest in Selected Anniversaries, may I point out that Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/November forward to Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/February do not have the full 3 to 5 selections for each day. Mav started this and I attempted to fill in selections in as fair a way as I could, but I stopped in October. November forward, I put in only the space fillers for each day. I do not doubt that Mav could spend the few moments for each selection, but I am sure that he and I would appreciate any attention you wished to lavish on any of the Selected Anniversary days. Hint, it helps to start the selections on the last day of that month, then to successively select the previous day from the footer of the page. Ancheta Wis 00:48, 29 Aug 2004 (UTC)


You're welcome! I look forward to continuing seeing you about and I'm glad you are now an admin (well, at least you will be by the time you get this message). Wikipedia is a great project, and it's always a thrill to meet people who are as committed to it as you are. David Cannon 11:35, 25 Aug 2004 (UTC)

You're very welcome! --MerovingianTalk 00:19, Aug 26, 2004 (UTC)

Ditto! [[User:Neutrality|Neutrality (talk)]] 00:23, 26 Aug 2004 (UTC)

You're a sysop![edit]

Congratulations! Consensus having been reached on RfA, you are now an administrator. You should read the relevant policies and other pages linked to from the administrators' reading list before carrying out tasks like deletion, protection, banning users, and editing protected pages such as the Main Page. Most of what you do is easily reversible by other sysops, apart from page history merges and image deletion, so please be especially careful with those. You might find the new administrators' how-to guide helpful. Cheers! -- Cecropia | Talk 06:59, 29 Aug 2004 (UTC)

You're welcome[edit]

Congratulations on your adminship ..... and good luck juggling Wikipedia and the thesis (I can relate, being about to face a similar dilemma myself). ffirehorse 07:38, 29 Aug 2004 (UTC)

You're Right[edit]

I'm sorry about deleting the Douglas McGregor, I wasn't thinking and thought it was in the expand section and that it had already been expanded. Yono P.S. Sorry about the double edit, I really gotta get more sleep. ;)

Selected Anniversaries[edit]

Thanks for the help on some of the Selected Anniversaries entries! --mav 06:13, 30 Aug 2004 (UTC)


Thank you very much for your support during my recent run for adminship. Looks like I only got my sysop powers mere days after you. If you would like to talk sometime, by all means, message me. I like conversations. :-) Mike H 03:41, Sep 7, 2004 (UTC)


that's cool, also if you're an admin take a look at Miscellaneous Forum ugh. :\


Hello, I see you reverted edits I made without explaining why you did so on either my talk page or the article talk page. I am interested in know why you did so. Davodd 01:09, Sep 9, 2004 (UTC)

No problem. The only thing that really mattered was my Atilla the Hun vote and comment. Davodd 01:14, Sep 9, 2004 (UTC)
Thanks for catching that. I didn't realize "by X" meant the end of the day; not the beginning. Davodd 01:45, Sep 9, 2004 (UTC)

Remember my password across sessions[edit]

Thanks for the tip, i dd try it befor, but then i forgot about letting it tore cokkies, so in=m just hoping that it will work now :-) ~


thanks!! User:Tsemol

beta Systemic Bias section[edit]

Hi, if you wish to help contribute to a beta version of a Wikipedia page section designed to counter-act Wikipedia's systemic bias, please sign the bottom of this section on the Village pump - Wikipedia:Village_pump#Systemic_bias_in_Wikipedia. If not, no worries.--Xed 03:55, 22 Sep 2004 (UTC)


Hi! The problem with sports is that people from all over the world can claim that this or that sport is too 'minor' to be featured on the mainpage. I personally feel that past sporting events should stay off the main page like the Current sports events does for the 'In the news'. I've come across more baseball events than other sports including F-1, chess, etc. As for cricket, I will be taking a months break and will resume later. There's a lot still to be done on cricket, and updating the anniveraries page happens to be the last on the list. [[User:Nichalp|¶ ɳȉčḩåḽṗ | ]] 20:12, Oct 12, 2004 (UTC)

I do add some events when I get the time. However, I will be offline the next month. [[User:Nichalp|¶ ɳȉčḩåḽṗ | ]] 19:40, Oct 15, 2004 (UTC)


Hey. I'm still new, but I'm trying my best to get involved and get a feel for things. I hope my changes to the Opentask template weren't against any etiquette or rules that I overlooked in my reading? - [[User:Defunkt|Defunkt (talk)]] 20:22, 18 Oct 2004 (UTC)


Hate to disagree with you, but I would call astrodynamics a stub because there is more than one section that simply glosses over things as if they are to be expanded upon later. For example, here are the first four paragraphs of the "Historical Approaches" section:

First, you've got Aristotle and Ptolemy.
Next, you have Johannes Kepler and Tycho Brahe, followed by Isaac Newton.
The Keplerian problem was addressed by lots of very able mathematicians, such as (examples here ... Bernoulli ??? Alan Turing ??? Henri Poincaré, Joseph Louis Lagrange, Pierre-Simon Laplace ).
This stuff is useful for calculating the behaviour of planets and comets and such. More recently, it has also become useful to calculate spacecraft trajectories. See spacecraft propulsion, Tsiolkovsky rocket equation.

This is not a finished product, and as someone who has been a professional editor and copyeditor, I can assure you that only final drafts are acceptable for copyediting. To copyedit this article at this point would be premature and counterproductive.

Also, I've noticed that there is a lot of scientific terminology and equations in the article. I would strongly recommend relegating those advanced concepts to a separate section where experts in the field and adventurous amateurs can examine them. Right now, though, I think they might put off the general audience that Wikipedia is aimed at. In other words, it should be an encyclopedia entry, not a journal article or textbook chapter.

I have reverted it to stub status (an article can be long and still be a stub), but I'd be happy to do the final copyedit when it's ready. --Dablaze 22:21, Oct 18, 2004 (UTC)

As for the significance part:

The significance: The suspected murderer was really rich (richer than the state of Texas), hired a really good lawyer, and ended up being proven innocent. WhisperToMe 23:31, 19 Oct 2004 (UTC)

Today is the 150 anniversary of the Charge of the Light Brigade.[edit]

National Public Radio did a piece on the Charge of the Light Brigade this weekend. On part of the segment pointed out that as the charge began, the Russian gunners scoffed at the chances of the British solders charging the cannons. They changed their tune AFTER the charge of the Light Brigade: for months whenever even a few squads of British gathered for a charge the Russians viewed their OWN chances with dread.

Paullaw 17:17, 25 Oct 2004 (UTC) | talk

Main page changes don't seem visible unless the "purge" link is hit.[edit]

I brought up the main page but did not see the Charge of the Light Brigade entry until I went to this page and hit the purge link:

Dennis (talk) 20:04, 25 Oct 2004 (UTC)


Rubra means 'red'. Vera means 'true'. Axl 10:25, 1 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Yamato Ishida[edit]

This guy's not a Pokemon character.... WhisperToMe 21:23, 4 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Article Licensing[edit]

Hi, I've started a drive to get users to multi-license all of their contributions that they've made to either (1) all U.S. state, county, and city articles or (2) all articles, using the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike (CC-by-sa) v1.0 and v2.0 Licenses or into the public domain if they prefer. The CC-by-sa license is a true free documentation license that is similar to Wikipedia's license, the GFDL, but it allows other projects, such as WikiTravel, to use our articles. Since you are among the top 1000 Wikipedians by edits, I was wondering if you would be willing to multi-license all of your contributions or at minimum those on the geographic articles. Over 90% of people asked have agreed. For More Information:

To allow us to track those users who muli-license their contributions, many users copy and paste the "{{DualLicenseWithCC-BySA-Dual}}" template into their user page, but there are other options at Template messages/User namespace. The following examples could also copied and pasted into your user page:

Option 1
I agree to [[Wikipedia:Multi-licensing|multi-license]] all my contributions, with the exception of my user pages, as described below:


Option 2
I agree to [[Wikipedia:Multi-licensing|multi-license]] all my contributions to any [[U.S. state]], county, or city article as described below:

Or if you wanted to place your work into the public domain, you could replace "{{DualLicenseWithCC-BySA-Dual}}" with "{{MultiLicensePD}}". If you only prefer using the GFDL, I would like to know that too. Please let me know what you think at my talk page. It's important to know either way so no one keeps asking. -- Ram-Man (comment| talk)

You're back![edit]

Really! JFW | T@lk 21:03, 14 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Kind of .... -- PFHLai 00:01, 2004 Dec 17 (UTC)

Revolutionary vs List of Revolutionaries[edit]

Err... have you read my reasoning for moving the List of revolutionaries out of the Revolutionary article, where it originally was, into its own page? -- koenige 20:50, 17 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Selected anniversaries[edit]

Just wanted to say that you are still doing a great job with these! :) --mav 07:56, 30 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Thank you.  :-) -- PFHLai 08:04, 2005 Jan 30 (UTC)

Romanov Dynasty[edit]

Eee... Well, I'm not smart in history, but pretty smart in browsing the web and other sources (especially the Russian ones):) As a rule, all the dates in Russian sources prior to 1918, when Gregorian calendar was introduced there, are Julian, unless otherwise noted. On February 7 1613(Julian) a representative assembly of All Classes of the Land (Vsesoslovny Zemsky Sobor) decided to elect Mikhail Romanov as tsar, but the final choice of the assembly was postponed until the opinion of people in the main towns had been known. It had on February 21 1613 (Julian) and this is the official date of the election and the solemn ceremony to celebrate this [5](e.g. namely this date is mentioned on the official website of Kremlin Museum [6]). It's also interesting, that namely the Julian date (i.e. February 21, not March 3) of this event is mostly celebrated in Russia. To summarize, the date February 21 1613 is much more appropriate to be named as the date of the foundation of Romanovs Dynasty than February 7 1613.

Sorry for the late answer, I'm now mostly involved into gathering the results and other data for the article 1980 Summer Olympics, which somehow got connected to the History of Antarctica and to the foundation of Romanovs Dynasty. :) Cmapm 12:59, 4 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Пожалуйста! ("you are welcome" in English) (this is a common answer to "Спасибо!" in Russian) :) Cmapm 16:39, 5 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Protecting the selected anniversaries pages[edit]

I think that the sad day has arrived that we need to protect our turf from Main Page vandals. See Wikipedia_talk:Selected_anniversaries#Protecting_the_selected_anniversaries_pages --mav 22:29, 4 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for the welcome[edit]

Thanks for the welcome, have you finished your graduate thesis? :p 09:42, 10 Feb 2005 (UTC)


Hullo. I noticed you reverted it to a revision from a very long time ago. Please note that the content is supposed to be:

{{Please leave this line alone}}
<!-- Feel free to change the text below this line. No profanity, please. --> newbie testing is perfectly OK, and is in fact intended. — Dan | Talk 13:16, 10 Feb 2005 (UTC)


Would you care to explain why you removed this item from yesterday's DYK? Certainly in this part of the world (Europe) it was a major topical anniversary, in the news.

I don't see any particular reason why you should have reverted my edits with no comment whatsoever. Rather highhanded really IMO.

zoney talk 09:35, 14 Feb 2005 (UTC)

I should pay attention to that yellow box saying new messages :). Unfortunately I had a number of messages and didn't see yours. Sorry for the prompt accusations!
No problems, I was just going blindly by our media here (BBC, RTÉ, etc.). Plus I think the commemorations were yesterday perhaps? zoney talk 09:38, 14 Feb 2005 (UTC)
I understand. It's alright. When I first saw the news on the 'Net about the celebrations, I thought I had screwed up something, too. I do make mistakes more often than I want, you know....  :-) -- PFHLai 09:54, 2005 Feb 14 (UTC)

Typo in Did You Know[edit]

Thanks for fixing the typo in Did You Know; most of my copy editing takes place on non-protected pages and when it's not, by the time I find the talk page and make a comment the change is usually made. Telso 10:28, 15 Feb 2005 (UTC)

>>Hello. Please see Talk:Main Page#Small typo on the Did you know... block.
>>It's about your article Palladium-Hydrogen electrode. Thanks.

Thank you. I've posted answer.(Kaverin)

adsorb -> absorb[edit]

Just so you know. adsorb was not a typo. It's hard to explain, but chemically there is a difference between the two. Mgm|(talk) 22:50, Feb 18, 2005 (UTC)

  • Oops, I need to learn to read the other stuff that's written here. I've since read the main page talk and understand the mistake the author made. Thanks for the correction. Mgm|(talk) 22:53, Feb 18, 2005 (UTC)

Romeos Lion[edit]

Thanks for the info on tagging. I was wondering if we could change the news. I'm getting really bored with the Kyoto Treaty. It's been up at least two days.

Selected anniversaries[edit]

In recognition of your work on Selected Anniversaries, you are awarded this Barnstar. Thank you. Ancheta Wis 16:34, 21 Feb 2005 (UTC)

For your work on Selected Anniversaries
Whao !!! A barnstar for me ? This is a pleasant surprise, Ancheta Wis ! Thank you very much ! :-D -- PFHLai 22:42, 2005 Feb 22 (UTC)

About SA edits[edit]

Hi. I appreciate your contribution to SA edits, in particular to February. A note and a question:

  1. according to SA guidelines, no more than 4 SA are to be selected when national holidays are present; your modification to 24 february fails to comply with this requirement;
  2. do you know who determines when a SA is in view-only mode? and why all March SA are in view-only mode?

--Panairjdde 10:46, 24 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Hello, Panairjdde. Thank you for your interest in Selected Anniversaries. I am pleasantly surprised that someone is actually reading and following the guidelines. Sorry to disappoint you, but the guidelines are a bit old. I guess I should've updated them. I thought I am the only admin doing this on a regular basis, so I .... Okay... For now: up to 3 holidays, and independently, minimum 4 to maximum 5 events per day. This has been the case since last summer. I see that you have been taking things out. Don't worry about them. There is no urgency to restore them. Let it be ... Even if there are six, don't worry. We can cycle them in and out throughout the day if we want to .... I usually aim for 12 to 16 lines on the MainPage (It may be different on your screen, depending on font size, etc.) This should be about what 'Did you know' is also occupying on the right side -- Our space is wider, though. If I can only find 4 suitable events to feature on a certain day, I would try to write in longer sentences. I sometimes also adjust the size of the picture. The idea is to try to get a nice spatial balance on the MainPage. I don't always succeed, as I can't predict nor control the space to be taken by other sections on the MainPage, which can change any minute. As 'In the News' (top left on MainPage) is getting rather short these days, we may have to adjust the SA text length accordingly. We'll see .... Lucky us, most of the existing entries in March are short .....  :-)

ok, understood. less work to do!--Panairjdde 14:19, 25 Feb 2005 (UTC)

All items on the MainPage are currently protected. This is a recent policy to avoid getting vandals who put all kinds of junk on the MainPage. (We sometimes get porn !!!) As a result, all SA templates, 'In The News' and 'Did you know' can only be edited by admins. I don't know how you managed to get thru and edit the SA templates, perhaps a fellow admin missed a click or two on screen..... Regular users are encouraged to post suggestions at the respective talk pages, and you are certainly welcome to do so. I usually check them as I fill up the SA template for each day.

ok, I'll do this way. note that august is completely open for modifications. --Panairjdde 14:19, 25 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Any more questions ? suggestions ? Please let me know. I am willing to 'unlock' a few SA templates in March at a time, if you are planning to rewrite them. Let me know well in advance, 'coz I'll have to 'lock' them up soon after you are done.

-- PFHLai 20:21, 2005 Feb 24 (UTC)

In general, I'd suggest to give slightly more SA before 20th century. I know it's hard, since there are less anniversaries with certified date. furhtermore, I'd introduce more non-American/non-European anniversaries, even if usually these had higher impact on world history. as regards editing, I'll put them in the discussion page of the SA. best regards --Panairjdde 14:19, 25 Feb 2005 (UTC)
August is so far ahead in the future .... go ahead and play.  :-) And, oh yes, we certainly need more diversity. -- PFHLai 18:01, 2005 Feb 25 (UTC)

In the News[edit]

Thanks for your recent In the News updates on the Palestinian prisoners and Tung Chee-hwa. I noticed that you also re-instated the country-specific links (CanadaEUHong Kong and MacaoIndiaUK & IrelandU.S. ) at the bottom of the ITN section. There was a bit of discussion about this a few days ago. My feeling (and I think the consensus on the talk page) was that these added unneccessary clutter to the Main Page, and were inherently POV. For example, the Hong Kong and Macao item keeps re-appearing there. Hong Kong is definitely a major player in current events today with the Tung resignation, but is not generally a top-six source of international news. For the last few days, these country-specific links have been removed and replaced with a simple pointer to the Current events page. Perhaps you'd consider going back to this approach? - Jpo 14:31, Mar 2, 2005 (UTC)

HKCOTW and HKWNB[edit]

Hello PFHLai. I noticed you have joined the contribution to Current events in Hong Kong and Macao. You may also be interested to take a look of Hong Kong Collaboration of the week and Hong Kong wikipedians' notice board. — Instantnood 16:38 Mar 1 2005 (UTC)

Automatic sel anniv event cycling[edit]

I'm developing such a plan at Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries#Expansion plan. I'd really like to see what you think. :) --mav 18:58, 3 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Please see my reply there. Thanks. -- PFHLai 02:49, 2005 Mar 7 (UTC)

Blood vessel[edit]

Finally, thanks for sorting out the hideous vasodilation construction. As you will have found, I've done a mega expansion of blood vessel. Would you mind checking for errors and updating whatever you feel like? JFW | T@lk 13:21, 7 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Looks fine to me ....  :-) -- PFHLai 06:14, 2005 Mar 8 (UTC)
P.S. What do you mean by "the hideous vasodilation construction" ? The bad redirects ? No problem...

Salt March[edit]

I editied the template yesterday but unfortunately the same did not update on the main page even after purging the cache. Is there another place where I have to edit so that the results are seen? Are six events allowed? Nichalp 20:22, Mar 13, 2005 (UTC)

Some India related events[edit]

Hi. I've got some India related events that I think are important and should be put up.

  1. March 12 1993 -- 1993 Mumbai Bombings — This was the most sever terror attack in an urban centre before the Sep 11 incident.
  2. April 14 1944 -- massive explosion rocks the harbour of Mumbai
  3. December 6 1992 -- Babri Masjid in Ayodhya demolished resulting in Hindu Muslim riots all over India till December end.
  4. October 31, 1984 PM Indira Gandhi assisinated by her bodyguards
  5. 11 May & 13 May, 1998 -- India conducts 5 nuclear detonation.

If I remember some more I'll let you know. Nichalp 20:09, Mar 15, 2005 (UTC)

BC vs. BCE[edit]

Why did you change BC to BCE in this edit? [7]

I was under the impression that the author's original style should be kept. Regardless, nobody takes offence at BC and it is certainly more obvious to the average reader (especially important on the Main Page). —Wereon 23:48, Mar 15, 2005 (UTC)

Hello, Wereon.

I personally have no preference either way. I changed it because I know someone else will probably do it anyway ..... (e.g. [8].)
-- PFHLai 01:09, 2005 Mar 16 (UTC)

Nothing is inevitable. Besides, Neutrality has already been criticized for his BCE edits. —Wereon 17:34, Mar 17, 2005 (UTC)

Red Lake High School massacre[edit]

Thanks for adding Jeff Weise to the list of victims. When I made that list, I meant to include him, but somehow forgot in the rush of digging up names. It always irked me to see Harris and Klebold left off of the Columbine victims lists, and I didn't want to repeat that oversight here; thanks for fixing it! -- Seth Ilys 19:25, 22 Mar 2005 (UTC)

You are very welcome. :-)
May all those who passed away yesterday at Red Lake rest in peace.
-- PFHLai 19:40, 2005 Mar 22 (UTC)

Misdirected frustration[edit]

I apologize if I came across overly harshly at Wikipedia:In the news section on the Main Page/Candidates; my frustration is mostly aimed at Current events, where almost anything U.S.-related is immediately transferred to the U.S.-specific page, no matter how widely it's making the news.. —Korath (Talk) 03:07, Mar 23, 2005 (UTC)

There is no need to apologize, Korath. You weren't being harsh, nor was I offended at all. :-) -- PFHLai 03:30, 2005 Mar 23 (UTC)

Cleaning up In The News suggestions[edit]

Is there some archive where suggestions are supposed to be stored after a certain period of time, or can we just delete everything from February so we can get rid of the suggested size warning? --Kitch 14:43, 24 Mar 2005 (UTC)

I honestly don't know ..... See my note on that page ? :-P Somewhat disappointed by the lack of response so far ..... -- PFHLai 08:56, 2005 Mar 26 (UTC)


I'm sorry I confused you. You are partially (80% right) right. As you read, Holi is a spring festival associated with the burning of the demoness Holika. The dates vary according to the Hindu calendar just like Easter, but always falls in March. Now the bonfire part is carried out today (at night) (25 march) and this is called Holi. The throwing of colours happens on the following day and this is known as Rangpanchmi. Though rangpanchmi is a holiday across India, most calenders erroneously call Rangpanchmi as Holi. (this mixup is common in many parts of India). So 26 March is the holiday in India.

To be precise, it would be better if you name the event as 'Rangpanchmi with Holi in brackets (as the term Holi is popular internationally). :) Nichalp 18:21, Mar 25, 2005 (UTC)


Hello, nice to meet an alunmi on wikipedia. The Chinese Wikipedia article on the beloved WYK had been recently translated. Please take a look, edit it or add photos if needed. Ktsquare (talk) 01:43, 13 Apr 2005 (UTC) of '94

Well, no matter the first ever 10-A scorer graduated from WYK or WYHK, he still came under the banner of "In Hoc Signo Vinces". BTW, User:Gakmo is another WYK alumni although we are both his senior. I was even more suprisied after reading this site, your another great work: it seems that we are living in the same city. LOL. The world is indeed small. Ktsquare (talk) 16:28, 13 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Current events[edit]

Did you mean to remove the physics story from Current events? Your edit summaries lead me to believe it was accidental. -- John Fader (talk | contribs) 21:51, 18 Apr 2005 (UTC)


Thanks for the heads up. I didn't realize I had a fan. Well, I know how personal these vandals take everything, so I'll leave the matter in the capable hands of the other admins who are paying attention. Obviously, I think it's covered under Wikipedia:Username#Inappropriate usernames, but I don't want to act unilaterally and ban the id myself. --DropDeadGorgias (talk) 19:26, Apr 13, 2005 (UTC)

April 22 anniversary and poison gas[edit]

Hi, Just to clarify, 2nd Ypres wasn't the first use of chlorine in World War I but it was the first use on the Western Front. Better wording might be:

The use of poison gas in World War I escalates when chlorine gas is used in the Second Battle of Ypres.

or something like that. It's kind of tricky to put it in a compact sentence and still use an unwieldy title like "use of poison gas in World War I". Geoff/Gsl 23:31, 19 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Actually, I realise I am wrong and you are right. I was thinking of the gas used at Bolimov, which wasn't chlorine. As far as I can tell, 2nd Ypres was the first use of chlorine. Certainly the first large-scale use. My apologies. Either version of your text is fine. Geoff/Gsl 03:26, 20 Apr 2005 (UTC)

It reads fine, thanks. At the risk of putting my foot in it again, re: Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/April 21, I don't know whether it's correct to day the Red Baron was in the Luftwaffe. My understanding was that the Luftwaffe didn't come into existence until the 1930s. In 1918, at the time of Richthofen's death, the German air force was called the Luftstreitkräfte (which at the moment just redirects to Luftwaffe). Luftstreitkräfte might be a bit obscure and confusing so perhaps just saying "the most successful German flying ace" instead would do. Or leave it as is -- I'm probably being overly pedantic. Geoff/Gsl 07:18, 20 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Balancing the main page[edit]

Don't change the main page to balance the content. Instead, prune the templates on each side accordingly. In-the-news is the culprit 99% of the time. →Raul654 23:08, Apr 22, 2005 (UTC)

Question on old edit[edit]


I noticed that in June 2004 (!!!) you added the datum that Ibn Nafis discovered the circulatory system in 1242 in the article Ibn Nafis. However, this disagrees with the date of 1268 given in circulatory system by a whopping 26 years! I looked online for a source to no avail; do you have a reference for the datum in question? I would like to fix whichever article is in need of fixing, but I can't do it without a reference and unfortunately I can't find one myself. (Internal inconsistencies drive me crazy!) Thanks for your help.

- Bryan is Bantman 23:10, May 2, 2005 (UTC)

Hello, User:Bantman. I dunno... I think I copied that from 1242 and Timeline of medicine and medical technology. Not sure though .... Anyway, I'm glad that someone is checking all these little details. Thank you. -- PFHLai 23:19, 2005 May 2 (UTC)

extraneous "=" ?[edit]

Ah, I see. I guess that's what happens when one sees a mistake the first time one visits an article. Thanks for the investigation, I would have had a hard time looking for that little gem. --Deathphoenix 19:39, 5 May 2005 (UTC)

thanks for clearing those up[edit]

I'm in California, USA, so I missed your initial question because I was asleep. Thanks for clearing up both of this issues. The language you used in the OED entry is much better than the old language. Kingturtle 13:51, 6 May 2005 (UTC)

You're welcome, Kingturtle. Glad that you like my version. Cheers ! -- PFHLai 07:16, 2005 May 7 (UTC)

In the news[edit]

Hi, PFHLai. I noticed you re-added the link I removed to simple majority on the British election story on the main page. I assume I must have misunderstood the meaning of simple majority, so I wonder if you could set me straight on the matter. Labour's new majority of 67 means it has half the seats in the House of Commons, plus 67. Of course, Labour's share of the vote was well under 50%, but it was the biggest share of any single party. This could be described as a simple majority, but obviously it's the make-up of Parliament that's most relevant to what will happen in the coming months and years, and the PLP has not just a plurality but an absolute majority of the seats. Saying it has a simple majority would suggest to me that we had a hung parliament with Labour as the biggest group. Am I getting some terms muddled up here? Cheers. — Trilobite (Talk) 15:49, 8 May 2005 (UTC)

Thanks. As I said, I don't fully understand the terms, so a link to majority is probably safest. It seemed ambiguous to me because I thought perhaps a simple majority could have meant something like: Labour 300, Conservatives 250, Lib Dems 100. This would have been a simple majority as I understand the term, but would have resulted in a hung parliament in which Labour could not have ruled on their own, but what's actually happened is that Labour has 67 more MPs than everyone else put together. So I'm not quite sure how that would be expressed but your edit has removed the ambiguity if there was any in the first place (it could just have been my brain malfunctioning). Thanks again. — Trilobite (Talk) 17:13, 8 May 2005 (UTC)

Julia Tuttle[edit]

Could you please not put a copyrighted image on the main page the next time you change an image? From what I've been told it's not allowed. At the very least other images are preferred if available. Mgm|(talk) 21:54, May 9, 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for the reminder, MacGyverMagic. Actually, I know that. That's why I took out Image:Miami skyline from Biscayne Bay.jpg, which at the time was untagged and copyright undetermined. I noticed that Julia Tuttle died in 1898 and assumed that the tag was a PD-50, or sth like that, without reading it carefully. I guess I made it worse, eh ? Whoops.... I'll read the copyright tags more carefully next time. Thanks, again. -- PFHLai 22:54, 2005 May 9 (UTC)

Gdr's DYK update[edit]

Gdr updated 1 hour and 23 minutes after I did. If you see such a quick update next time, please revert it back. At least 6 hours exposure is the norm. Mgm|(talk) 07:02, May 10, 2005 (UTC)

Yeah, sure. Gdr's edit was indeed too early. If I see sth like that again, I will undo it. -- PFHLai 07:21, 2005 May 10 (UTC)

Chirac's photo[edit]

We should avoid having different photographs whose name varies only by filename extension. I'll try to fix this. David.Monniaux 17:27, 12 May 2005 (UTC)

Thank you for looking into this. Please let me what I can/should do with this problem I created. Thanks. -- PFHLai 18:56, 2005 May 12 (UTC)
I created Image:Chirac ABr62200 cropped.jpeg and deleted the picture with the ambiguous name. I'm a bit unsure about uploading to the same name — some people may prefer the other photo for reasons for page layout. David.Monniaux 21:48, 12 May 2005 (UTC)
Thank you very much for fixing this. It's very nice of you to help out. Thank you. -- PFHLai 14:20, 2005 May 13 (UTC)

Protection of Images on the MainPage[edit]

Yes, sorry about that. Gdr 19:21, 2005 May 14 (UTC)

i'm back[edit]

Hi. Thanks for your wishes. My reports are now clear and so won't have to take those horrible medicines. Regards,  =Nichalp (talk · contribs)= 06:14, May 17, 2005 (UTC)

I had a mysterious lower back problem did not abate for more than two weeks. So I had to take some pretty strong pain killers which almost knocked me out (plus I carelessly -- through oversight (a grave mistake!) doubled my dosage). Nothing serious in the end, thankfully, as my blood tests turned out to be favourable.  =Nichalp (Talk)= 19:44, May 22, 2005 (UTC)

Protected images on main page[edit]

When you switched the image on Template:Did you know, you remembered to add Template:Mprotected to the new image, but you forgot to protect the new image and unprotect the old image. Also, the new image Image:Helst, Self-portrait.jpg is from the Commons, so needs to be protected there as well. (I did all of these tasks for you.) Gdr 16:09, 2005 May 19 (UTC)

Oops ! That was very careless of me. Glad that you've fixed that. Thank you. Someone just made a similar mistake at ITN. I'll go fix that now. -- PFHLai 22:58, 2005 May 19 (UTC)
Oh, wait a minute. Protected at the Commons ? I have never done that before. How do I do that ? -- PFHLai 23:07, 2005 May 19 (UTC)

Yes, images on the Commons are an awkward wrinkle when trying to protect the Main Page. To protect images on the Commons, you first get an account on the Commons, then you apply for adminship at Commons:Administrators, then if you succeed you can protect and unprotect as normal. An alternative procedure is to upload a copy of the image to the English wikipedia under the same name and protect that, then delete it when it's not on the Main Page any more. Gdr 23:25, 2005 May 19 (UTC)

Pearle & Selected Anniversaries templates[edit]

Hello, Beland. May I ask why Pearle is categorising the Selected Anniversaries templates, please ? I hope the cat-tag won't appear on the MainPage. And may I suggest ordering numerically by dates rather than alphabetically ? -- PFHLai 14:36, 2005 May 16 (UTC)

Actually, the categories from the per-day pages would get applied to the main page, which is obviously bad. The reason they were being categorized in the first place is that I was doing a long run (authorized by Wikipedia:Auto-categorization) as part of an attempt to categorize all pages in the Wikipedia: namespace. I didn't notice that these pages were being transcluded, so I just created a trival category tree for them. Fortunately, some of them were protected, so the bot aborted its run. I've gone back and manually de-categorized the April per-day pages (which is as far as it got). It's safe to categorize the per-month pages because those are not transcluded, so I did a quick remedial run to do that. I've added the per-day pages to a list of pages which should not be categorized. Thanks for noticing my oversight! -- Beland 23:58, 22 May 2005 (UTC)
Thank you for the detailed reply. :-) -- PFHLai 00:47, 2005 May 26 (UTC)

ITN: avoid an apostrophe[edit]

Just curious: apostrophe bad? Hajor 21:54, 23 May 2005 (UTC)

Well, the use of the apostrophe in "England's" seems awkward to me. England is not a person. I've learnt to avoid it. Perhaps "of England" or "in England" would be better. I wouldn't say it's dead wrong, but to me, it's somewhat 'chatty' English. -- PFHLai 22:08, 2005 May 23 (UTC)

Hmm. OK. Personally, I have no problem with using the apostrophe-possessive with inanimates, but the question of a 'chatty' register is certainly valid. Sometimes, particularly on ITN but also in news-related stories in general, we walk a narrow line between snappy journalistic style and staid encyclopedic writing. Thanks for the reply. Hajor 22:21, 23 May 2005 (UTC)