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November 2012

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Template {{B}}

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You have new message/s Hello. You have a new message at Template talk:B's talk page. Message added GregorB (talk) 10:53, 4 November 2012 (UTC).

Good idea. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 00:03, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

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Term capitalization

Resolved: Can't fix, though the documentation has been updated.

Is it possible to make caps and non-caps links work with a simple {{term}}, without having to add a manual {{anchor}} ?

eg. Glossary of wildfire terms#airtanker vs Glossary of wildfire terms#Airtanker.

I ask because I see quite a few edits like this being made. (placement has been since fixed)

I don't know nearly enough about templates and conditionals to guess, but I'm hoping it's possible. Ta. —Quiddity (talk) 21:41, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

Yeah, it should be {{term|1=costa|content=costa{{anchor|Costa}}}}. MediaWiki's parser language isn't smart enough to have some kind of "do X regardless of case" test. Template:Term/doc has been corrected to show use of {{anchor}} with {{term}} properly. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 00:05, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

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Diacritics again

Resolved: Commented at that talk page. Will this particular pseudo-issue never die?

Re interpretation/action of your RfC of earlier this year. Talk:Facundo_Argüello_(tennis). Cheers. In ictu oculi (talk) 10:36, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the notice. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 11:55, 12 November 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for clear comment. Unfortunately someone will have to reopen the RfC and notify all 40 participants in order to have a second attempt to get this editor to comply with it. In ictu oculi (talk) 01:12, 13 November 2012 (UTC)
I've said all I can say without crossing lines. I don't think the issue needs to be reopened. The article is at the diacritic name as it should be. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 01:46, 13 November 2012 (UTC)
Hmm, okay, well I've said I'm not going to reopen RfC either, though in fact I think it should be. On the other hand a monument to stupidity left in 100x tennis BLP ledes is very far from a major problem. In ictu oculi (talk) 01:53, 13 November 2012 (UTC)
Not sure I'm following you. I'm unsure what the "monument" is that you're referring to. PS: WP:LEADs are not ledes; they're two different kinds of introductory paragraph, with essentially opposite aims (a journalistic lede is a teaser, a Wikipedia lead is a summary). — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 08:25, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

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WP:POSTNOM

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A couple of days ago I opened this thread: Wikipedia_talk:Manual_of_Style/Biographies#WP:POSTNOM. It has to do with unbolding post-nominals in the ledes of biographical articles. I noticed that you have edited the guideline page before and I thought it'd be nice to have your input on the talk page. Cheers. --Omnipaedista (talk) 21:28, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the pointer. PS: The lead section of Wikipedia articles is not a lede. Applying "lede" to the WP:LEAD is a misuse of the term. The concepts are completely opposite: A journalistic lede is a teaser that intentionally leaves out crucial details to entice the reader to read the full article, while a WP lead is, when properly written, a complete summary of the article that ensures that the reader does not have to read the full article unless they need details. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 01:59, 13 November 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarifications. --Omnipaedista (talk) 14:18, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Resolved: Addressed at Talk:German ju-jutsu

What about German Ju-Jutsu? --213.196.209.251 (talk) 03:44, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

Haw! — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 08:03, 13 November 2012 (UTC)
  • Ok, here's an imho more difficult one: Krav Maga. The issue was brought up several years back, with one editor responding based on a reasoning which is imho sound, but has since been removed from the applicable guidelines: Wikipedia:Naming conventions apparently advised to use proper-name-style capitalization if the term appears in capitalized form in most sources. That does make a lot of sense imho. Krav maga would look terribly wrong to anyone even remotely involved or interested in it. The term always appears as "Krav Maga". But according to current applicable guidelines, it has to be Krav maga. So what to do about that one? --87.79.176.62 (talk) 18:56, 14 November 2012 (UTC)
It's capitalized, because it's a trademark. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 20:40, 14 November 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, I agree. Or, to be nitpicky, its Wikipedia article title most likely wasn't originally capitalized "because it's a trademark" so much as for the same reason BJJ and other article titles are/were capitalized. --87.79.108.207 (talk) 03:26, 15 November 2012 (UTC)
That seems probable. People were wildly capitalizing at random all over WP several years ago, even things like the common names of animals (Pronghorn Antelope, etc.). At any rate, Krav Maga is properly capitalized. Some of the other modern martial arts might also qualify (e.g. jeet kune do, kemp and kajukenbo) if they too are trademarks; I haven't the patience or interest to find out. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 07:04, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

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Refactored indentation

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I am curious to know how this revision of Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style, by you at 20:58, 14 November 2012, improves readability. Does the usefulness of "<br>", "<br />", "<p>", and "</p>" vary on different kinds of devices? Does Wikipedia have a page (or pages) explaining these things?
Wavelength (talk) 00:13, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

It helps the readability of the wikitext source code, and even the rendered page for visually-impaired users, to use proper XHTML coding. When you misuse "indentation" (actually list-formatting) markup like you were doing, it makes it hard to tell where one person's comments begin and another ends. Replies on talk pages are marked up with a : (or ::, etc., to show later indentation) at the beginning of a person's comment. These actually have semantic HTML meaning; each indicates a new, separate entry in the list of posts that the talk page consists of. This can make accessibility more difficult, by making it hard to determine what content is actually part of what post. Misapplying these list/indent codes to generate line breaks and new paragraphs within comments is messy, and confusing to later editors. Most of us just figure that over time, which is why most talk pages are formatted pretty well. The lazy way is a bad habit to get into, as it causes problems (requiring a total refactor) if regular : indents or * bullets are converted (e.g. to show a headcount in a poll or whatever) into autonumbering with #'s. The proper code <br /> generates a line break, and <p>...</p> delineates a new paragraph (<br />&;lt;br /> is a sloppy way to attempt this, and will be converted to a single <br /> by most browsers and devices). The usefulness of these codes does not vary by browser or device; they are basic XHTML, and work on all platforms that can read Wikipedia, from desktop Linux, Mac and Windows boxes to iPhones to Android tablets. I'm not aware of a page explaining this here, but I have not read the basic Help namespaces files on editing, formatting, etc., in years. They may or may not cover it. It's not a huge issue, anyway. Just something to be aware of, and which bored WP:GNOMEs like me will tweak when we come across code that needs fixing. PS: I started refactoring the indentation in the first place because someone replied to a :: comment with another :: comment instead of a :::, and everyone else's indentations were off by one after that through the entire thread; only noticed the misuse of indents for linebreaking half-way through. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 07:06, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
Being a stickler for correct talk page indentation, I am fascinated. Your reply has explained clearly to me something that I have stumbled into only recently. I promise to never again use a : or, if appropriate, multiple colons in the same posting after the initial indentation. One question, is the position of the space important? I have been typing only "<br/ >" which seems to do the job, and never "<br>" ... indeed, is the space always required? Sincerely, -- Gareth Griffith-Jones/The Welsh Buzzard 17:40, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
The <br> style is old 1990s HTML. The correct syntax in modern standards is <br /> (and the space does belong there). MediaWiki is smart enough to auto-correct <br>, <br/> and even the completely invalid </br> to <br /> by the time it hits the reader's browser, but WP content can be reused in any way people see fit, including copy-paste of source code into systems that don't have that feature, so it's always best to use correct, modern XHTML. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 22:08, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
Perfectly clear. I am most obliged. It is a constant source of amazement to me how helpful and patient you are to those who have come to computers late in life. Best wishes, -- Gareth Griffith-Jones/The Welsh Buzzard 23:06, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
Just for background, the <br> style was a mistake by the early developers of HTML. HTML was an implementation of SGML, and SGML requires that all elements be terminated either in <whatever>...</whatever> fashion, if they contain something, or <whatever /> style, if self-contained. The HTML developers forgot that in the early versions. The distinction became more important when XML was developed, and the Web moved to XHTML, a re-do of HTML as an XML implementation. XML, because it is intended to be machine-parsed, is much more strict about syntax than old SGML. Oh, and the space before the / isn't mandatory in XML, but leaving it off causes older browsers to fail to properly parse the code, so it's effectively required in <whatever /> constructions. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 23:14, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
I am so impressed. Your complete understanding makes me feel that I should learn more. Again, thank you. -- Gareth Griffith-Jones/The Welsh Buzzard 23:28, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
<blush> It's just geekery. I'm like the technological inverse of the little old lady who knows how to perfectly bake 47 kinds of cookies and cakes without bothering with the recipes any longer, but can't set the blinking 12:00 on her microwave or remember the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek. I know a whole lot about a little but only a little about a whole lot. I have enough brain cells left that I can pick up new topics and figure them out well enough for WP very quickly (lately it's the Meyers Manx dune buggy, for no particular reason other than the awfulness of the article bothered me), but lost enough of them that I drop topics pretty quickly and easily, too (I haven't touched Albinism, Albinism in humans, etc., in years because the once-stupid, wannabe-articles are now so journal-citing rigorous and medical/scientific they're beyond my competence unless I go to grad school.  ;-) Don't feel you need to learn more HTML; just absorb what you need to know to get the "job" done and not write "blecherous" bad code. It will all be obsolete eventually when future tools shield us more and more from the "guts" of the code and we write in more and more natural language.

I picture a future WP where, if and only if I did not want to use WYSIWYG editing effects/styles buttons & pop-up menus, I could as a "power user" begin an article something like ~bi~The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization~ is a ~ld~film~... and not only would that be the equivalent of what we now do as '''''The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization'''' is a [[Motion picture|film]]..., it would also not be visible as either form of such gobbledygook to anyone else editing unless they turned on a "show me the geeky bits" option (the short or long form, as they prefer), but otherwise render as more natural language in the source code, e.g. as The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization is a film... right in the editing window, much like how a word processor works, and of course would render as "The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization is a film..." in reading mode. I could see it as long-form wikimarkup – '''''The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization'''' is a [[Motion picture|film]]... if I chose to view it that way, but with a single click flip it back to the short ~bi~The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization~ is a ~ld~film~... version.

I am making up that "shorthand" on the fly as an example of simplified coding, where ~ would delimit a "New Wiki Markup" code block, in ~commands~content~ format [or somewhat longer ~command1~command2~content~~ form, when commands might need to be easily severable, but I digress...]. In the example, b meant "bold", i "italic", l "link", d "default meaning, if the link term is ambiguous" (i.e. first entry on the disambiguation page). At that level of abstraction, a blind user could use voice tone instead of ~ to indicate when markup began and ended. The underlying MediaWiki editing engine tech is advanced enough we could implement this in less than a year if there were enough will (i.e. community consensus on details, plus developer willingness to upgrade MediaWiki to do it)! Blah blah blah, I can ramble sometimes.
SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 22:22, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

I feel I have to mention that you have not closed your <blush> tag, so must still be blushing ~incoherent giggle~ Fiddle Faddle (talk) 10:38, 30 November 2012 (UTC)
Wasn't a tag; different use of angle-brackets (in this case, and old-school Usenet emote). — SMcCandlish  Talk⇒ ɖכþ Contrib. 13:32, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
Thank for your reply. I have carefully studied your explanations, and, wanting to be open-minded about opportunities for self-improvement, I have spent extra time in trying to understand your points. I agree that someone replied with the wrong degree of indentation and that every subsequent reply was off by one degree. However, I am unable to agree about "misuse" of markup, "misapplying … codes", and the "lazy way" and "a sloppy way" to show line breaks and new paragraphs". On the rendered page, I saw no difference in line breaks and paragraph starts. In the source code, I find it more difficult to find source codes in the midst of a "paragraph" of source text, than to see those separations made in the way that I was making them. Also, I do not expect that colon indentations or asterisk points would be converted to autonumbering with number signs. When there is a poll, there can be an instruction for respondents to use number signs to facilitate counting. I am unacquainted with the experience of visually impaired users using screen readers.
Wavelength (talk) 17:48, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
I am here to improve the encyclopedia, not engage in sport debate for my own entertainment. Life, including WP editing, does not require unanimity, and I do not need your agreement to know I'm right about this. If you want to keep using sloppy code that makes things difficult for other people, go right ahead; I'll continue to feel free to refactor. :-) I've already clearly explained that it's about the source code, not the rendered page, so this entire attempt at conversation is seeming pointless anyway. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 23:31, 16 November 2012 (UTC)

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Hey, you don't know my history with HTML. I've put up with more than enough abuse in this relationship; it's only right that I be able to deal some out once in a while. VanIsaacWS Vexcontribs 01:15, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

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:)

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Quite a good laugh I had at your reply here. :D Just thought I'll leave a note. Wifione Message 17:11, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

I didn't participate in WT:BLP#OMG WTF BBQ!!, though. I did post in two earlier threads that are still on that page (a closed RfC and a Disregard-tagged thing that followed it). — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 23:38, 26 November 2012 (UTC)
Of course I meant the other thread only; posted the wrong link here. From fishes to sheepes, it's a pleasant moment to read up such brilliant, humorous interactions :) See you around. Wifione Message 05:59, 27 November 2012 (UTC)
Ah, that one. Thanks; I feel sheepesish.  ;-) The closed RfC thread before that had some potentially amusing stuff in it, too. I suspect the anon in the "sheepes" thread may even be the same recipient of my attention, LittleBenW, as in the RfC (LittleBenW leapt to the same anon's defense elsewhere, and himself writes in a very "precocious but sloppy, twelve-year-old know-it-all who's actually wrong" style). — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 08:15, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

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Request for MOS thoughts

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I am having a civilised discussion with another editor at Talk:Mayoralty in Puerto Rico#The list of current mayors... where we disagree on certain style issues. I have picked you as the most recent editor to edit WP:MOS (effectively at random) to ask if you would visit the discussion and give an informed opinion there. I am most assuredly not seeking to influence that opinion. Do feel free to invite anyone else you see fit to do the same. Fiddle Faddle (talk) 19:58, 29 November 2012 (UTC)

Face-smile.svg Thank you Fiddle Faddle (talk) 11:03, 30 November 2012 (UTC)
You're welcome. Hope it was helpful. — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 11:18, 30 November 2012 (UTC)
By definition any new pair of eyes is helpful. You went an extra mile, so most assuredly you were. I never worry if I am wrong, I worry only about good discussions and good articles. :) Fiddle Faddle (talk) 11:22, 30 November 2012 (UTC)
As I hope I made clear, I didn't think either party was "wrong". It's not crazy to assume that an article about mayorships in PR should have a list of current holders of these titles, nor is it crazy to be concerned that including such a list in this article makes it partially redundant with the stand-alone list of such people. It just begs the question "why are these separate articles at all?" There might even be good answers to that question, but I'm having a hard time thinking of any.  :-) — SMcCandlish   Talk⇒ ɖ∘¿¤þ   Contrib. 13:23, 30 November 2012 (UTC)
I'm happy. What I wanted to do was make the other editor think. I hope I have. I consider your view runs somewhat counter to mine, and I am happy to accept it :) Very little is black and white here, after all. My sole purpose was to show another editor who appeared combative that there is another way. Additional input of whatever flavour helps enormously with that. Fiddle Faddle (talk) 15:09, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

MOS

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