User talk:Simon Peter Hughes

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Welcome[edit]

Hello, Simon Peter Hughes, welcome to Wikipedia. Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay.

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If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, or ask me on my talk page. Again, welcome! -- Quiddity (talk) 19:08, 5 September 2010 (UTC)

(Three years late, but still some useful links. Feel free to delete when read. :) -- Quiddity (talk) 19:08, 5 September 2010 (UTC)

New user[edit]

We have a new user User:BobBubba0005, active at Santa Claus. I think just based on the name you can guess what the user has been doing there. Hans Adler 12:39, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

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Sentence construction[edit]

A few of your well-intentioned edits recently seem to be based on mistaken notions of English syntax. See for instance discussions of:

  • beginning a sentence with "because";
  • beginning a sentence with "and" or "but" (scroll down to color-highlighted box) and here (bottom of page), where it's pointed out that beginning with "but" is usually better, or at least has more stylistic ease, than beginning with "however";
  • beginning a sentence with however, which is not a sin but sometimes graceless; it's perfectly acceptable to bracket it by commas within a sentence to structure the emphasis of phrases rhetorically, because "however" functions adverbially, not as a pure conjunction.

Thanks for your patience. I hope tyrannical English teachers haven't scarred you for life. Cynwolfe (talk) 16:35, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

Well, notice I didn't say "stop doing this." I'd prefer to say "do this when it improves the clarity or flow of thought," and not just automatically. Cynwolfe (talk) 17:40, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

Mythology vs. ancient religion[edit]

Also, please make sure in editing articles on ancient deities that you understand the difference between mythology (the narrative traditions pertaining to the deity, mainly found in literature but also represented in visual art, and its continuation in the classical tradition of Western art and literature) and ancient religion, which involves theology, priesthoods, temples, and rituals. See for instance Religion in ancient Rome or Religion in ancient Greece as contrasted to Greek mythology or Roman mythology. The term Greco-Roman mythology should be used mindfully, with caution, and only after you're sure you don't mean "Greek mythology," "Roman mythology," or classical mythology. (You're right that some of the articles on ancient deities are dreadful; since I worked extensively on the article Pluto (mythology), it probably best demonstrates the distinctions I'm trying to make here, if you're interested.) Sorry to be such a pain. Cynwolfe (talk) 16:47, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for not taking offense at my tone, which can sound more abrasive than I'd wish. I agree that careful distinctions need to be made between the Roman material and the Greek, but Greek religion did influence practice at Rome, and Greek mythology was incorporated not only into Latin literature, but in Augustan public art and propaganda. So the line between Greek and Roman, or myth and religion, is not something hard and fast. Specifically with the article on Mars, I don't see any reason to make a false distinction between the myths told about Mars and the religious practices devoted to him (that is, between "mythology" and "religion"), because these overlap in ancient theology. That is, his "consort" (probably not even the best word) Nerio first appears in an archaic prayer, and doesn't have a body of stories (not in the way that his love affair with Venus is narrated). I got sidetracked from the Mars article when questions arose about Pluto, an unusually complicated case of all this, and so the Mars article remains incomplete: there's no section on his relationship with Venus in cult, myth, and art, and most important, there's no section on his festivals. I have a draft trying to work out the October Horse ritual, and hope to do something about the state of Equirria as a result. Eventually, a section on Mythology for Mars would take into account his narrative tradition as a whole. Anyway, it would be wonderful if you were to take an article like Saturn and rework it thoroughly. Best, Cynwolfe (talk) 17:38, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

LibraryThing-o en Esperanto[edit]

Kara amiko! La tradukado de LibraryThing-o al Esperanto bone progresis. Dankegon al "Annix"! Vidu http://epo.librarything.com/zeitgeist/language/epo paĝon pri la ĝis nun plej ofte aldonitaj verkoj kaj aŭtoroj. Tamen necesas pligrandigi la bazon de la esperantlingvaj kunlaborantoj, de la esperantlingvaj libroemuloj. Bv. sekvi (provizorajn) klarigojn haveblajn ĉe http://epo.librarything.com/topic/134789 . Antaŭdankon! ‫·‏לערי ריינהארט‏·‏T‏·‏m‏:‏Th‏·‏T‏·‏email me‏·‏‬ 22:53, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

Halloween III under featured article review[edit]

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Images of After Dark[edit]

Hello - I see you have marked certain images I uploaded for deletion. One specimen example carries the comment by you:

This is a screen grab from a programme shown on Channel 4 television in the UK in the 1990s. There is no way that this image is in the public domain.

The images I have uploaded are not "screen grabs", they are photographs taken on set by various stills photographers employed over the years by Open Media and Open Media held the copyright. As you will see from the image pages themselves, I have obtained the rights to upload them to the Wikipedia project.

I would be grateful if you could revert your various deletion requests as soon as possible. AnOpenMedium (talk) 09:51, 9 May 2012 (UTC)

Picture swap[edit]

Hi. I am not sure that this is an improvement. Could you explain your rationale to me? Thanks, --John (talk) 20:27, 4 August 2012 (UTC)

My rationale for changing the picture was to replace a copyrighted image with one in the public domain. I'm not claiming it was an aesthetic improvement but I believe that the standard thing to do on Wikipedia is use a copyright-free image whenever one is available.--Simon Peter Hughes (talk) 04:58, 5 August 2012 (UTC)
How would the image you added be of a different copyright status to the one you removed? Either the claim for the new image is false, and it should be deleted from Commons, or the original image, which was, as you imply aesthetically preferable (I especially hate the drop-shadow), would equally qualify as a public domain image. --John (talk) 09:24, 5 August 2012 (UTC)
Good question. All I know is that the image that I replaced was uploaded to the English Wikipedia with a "None free media and use rationale" on its file page. The image that I replaced it with is from Wikimedia Commons and is used extensively on the French Wikipedia, where they don't allow "fair use" images. I would imagine that having "Specimen" stamped across it twice in big letters and having a blank serial number makes a difference. Still, you might well be right. Perhaps all images of 1993 series French francs should be deleted from Commons.--Simon Peter Hughes (talk) 11:12, 5 August 2012 (UTC)
I don't see why having the "specimen" notation or the blank s/n would affect its copyright image. It sounds like we need more information. I will ask someone else; off-hand, do you know any image copyright gurus? --John (talk) 11:29, 5 August 2012 (UTC)
No, I don't. Asking for outside help is the right thing to do.--Simon Peter Hughes (talk) 13:36, 5 August 2012 (UTC)

Your creation of Category:Films directed by Lee Frost[edit]

I am curious as to why you created a category for films by a director, if that director does not have an article on Wikipedia as of now. I hope it is within your intention to create an article for this Lee Frost person. QuasyBoy (talk) 20:58, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

No. Not having access to English-language books, I'm not in a position to create an article about anything.
If you think the category should be nominated for deletion, go right ahead.--Simon Peter Hughes (talk) 05:52, 11 September 2012 (UTC)
OK. Nominating it for deletion was my next step. If you say so, I will. QuasyBoy (talk) 17:39, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

Bibliographical accuracy[edit]

Giving the city as cited in the publication is not a "stunt". It's bibliographical accuracy. -- Evertype· 15:56, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

Barnstar![edit]

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A barnstar in recognition of your simple (but important) edits at Spanish Inquisition.
Keep up the good work! Stalwart111 10:27, 8 August 2013 (UTC)
Oh, and I noticed you're a British fellow living in Taiwan. If the subject is of any interest to you at all, earlier this year I created Gambling in Taiwan after someone requested it at WP:RA, though I know very little about the subject. Anything you might add would be appreciated. Cheers! Stalwart111 10:27, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

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