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Question re starting article with title in disambiguation page[edit]

Hi SuperHamster, thanks for your interesting answer on Talk: bitcoin. I'd love to find out if this surge was a bug. what to do?

I see that you have more wiki-experience than me and hope you can answer a question thats also bugged me: How can one start writing an article, the topic of which is an ambiguation page?

For example, ghost soldier redirects to 2 wikipages Ghost Soldiers and Ghost Army. Is the only way to write a primary topic like ghost soldier by adding a term in parentheses (qualifying the term) like ghost soldier (in general) to distinguish it from the existing disambiguation page? I'd think there should be another way. I read under WP:PRIMARYREDIRECT that you can redirect the disambiguation to the primary topic, after placing it in [Category:Redirects from unnecessary disambiguation] with REDIRECT ghost soldier {{R from unnecessary disambiguation}} but that clearly is a remedy for after the fact. How can one do it right from the start? --Wuerzele (talk) 03:31, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

Hey there @Wuerzele: No problem! I'm not sure about the technical details behind the bug, so I'm not sure how it can be technically confirmed, but I'm 99.9% sure the count was a result of the bug - it's not natural for the page to see an increase from 5,000 to 60,0000 views overnight, and then go back down to 5,000 the next day. What was the original theory you had behind it?
Regarding the latter question: Just to avoid future confusion, a redirect is a page that automatically takes you to another page (e.g. bit coin will automatically take you to bitcoin), so I'd avoid using that term in this situation. Anyway, there are two options in this case:
  • Make the page w/ a parenthetical description (e.g. ghost soldier (explorer), ghost soldier (car), etc.), to distinguish it from other pages. You can then list that article on the disambiguation page.
  • If your topic is the primary usage of the term 'ghost soldier', you can move the current page to Ghost soldier (disambiguation), and then edit ghost soldier to be the article you desire. You would then add a hatnote at the top that leads to the disambiguation page if the topic is not the one the reader is looking for. You can see an example at the very top of Mouse.
Your case is interesting, since the items listed at ghost soldier either don't have articles, or are slight alterations (e.g. ghost soldiers). I think it would be appropriate to go ahead with the latter option - what's your article going to be about? ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 04:05, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
SuperHamster thanks for your quick reply, despite this being busy, valuable college time still. after reading more I thought the same thing. hat note option seems appropriate, no consensus needed to establish. the first option would be, as I said, for after the fact of writing the primary topic in secondary topic robes (with parentethical term).
as far as the bitcoin viewership surge: there was an article in a widely read bitcoin magazine reporting on a respectable conference entitled "prominent economist tells the world to sell bitcoin", that could have increased readership. However, in my experience the viewing pattern naturally is such, that a surge dies down gradually over another day or more, , like the curves of epidemics ( I am an epidemiologist), and not a single day surge with return to baseline the next day. So I agree with your theory.
the article i envision would be about the present-day use of the term ghost soldier, as found in newspaper articles. I ll just start and you'll see. I do that occasionally - that's how I wrote up dirtbox, which still needs to be renamed. someone renamed it dirtbox (cell phone) -in my view improperly, cause looking at other phone surveillance articles it should be [dirtbox phone tracking] analogous to Stingray phone tracker- so I should move/ place another redirect? --Wuerzele (talk) 05:09, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
@Wuerzele: No problem! It is finals week unfortunately ;(
Regarding bitcoin, I think there are plenty of even bigger news events (Microsoft accepting bitcoin, etc.) that would potentially drive much more people to the article, but even those big-hit stories result in a gain of only a few thousand views.
As for the Dirtbox title, I'm not really sure - not my area of expertise. I could see either title working honestly. Let me know if you have any more questions as you continue your work :) ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 08:37, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia and copyright message[edit]

Hello SuperHamster, thank you for notifing me the addition was incorrect. It was not my intent to do this would you please let me know how to post the same material, with out the copyrighted material.

Example: December 2014 Starbucks opens its first Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, nine blocks away from its original store in Pike Place Market.[89]

Thank you Edelg003 (talk) 21:40, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi @Edelg003: The easiest way to put it is to write everything entirely in your own words. Never take a phrase from another source and copy it down directly - just changing a few words isn't adequate, either. A nice way to avoid paraphrasing is to take simple notes on the subject you're writing about (ideally from a variety of sources), and then writing content using those notes in your own words. You might find Wikipedia:Close_paraphrasing#How_to_write_acceptable_content useful. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 02:28, 19 December 2014 (UTC)
@SuperHamster:Thanks for all helpEdelg003 (talk) 14:24, 19 December 2014 (UTC)


thanks for your remarks regarding adding a file image without clear copyrights. what can i provide if i take the personal image from its owner personally. should i ask him to email me the permission of use? and how can i add this permission to the file? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 3adel80 (talkcontribs) 09:38, 21 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi there @3adel80: We would need the copyright owner to agree to license their photo under a free license - that is, a license that allows anyone to use the image, for any purpose, including commercially. Note that the copyright holder of the image is most likely not the subject in the image, but the person who took the image. If you can get in touch with the copyright holder, here are the steps you'll need to take:
  • Place {{OTRS pending}} on the image. This will alert admins to the fact that permission is going to possibly be obtained for an image and not to delete it immediately.
  • Ask the copyright holder of the image (the one who took the image) to license their work under a free license. Options are listed at WP:ICTIC; The Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license is the most common one for images.
  • If and when you receive a reply from the copyright holder affirming that they have freely licensed their image, forward the email to Once an OTRS volunteer verifies it they will appropriately tag the image and reply back to you. You can let me know when you've done this, and I can take care of it myself.
Wikipedia:Requesting copyright permission provides more details on this. Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 22:30, 21 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for your review of Draft:WebLOAD Article[edit]

Hi Kevin, Thanks for reviewing Draft:WebLOAD Article. I used the mentioned file as a source of information and will revise the wording accordingly. Hope you can now approve it for publishing. Thanks.AAriel42 (talk) 09:02, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi @AAriel42: I'll take a look when I can; if I don't end up reviewing it, someone else may. Thanks! ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 20:43, 22 December 2014 (UTC)
Hi Kevin, I made few revisions according to your notes an improved the Article. When you have time could you please check and approve it for publishing. Thanks.AAriel42 (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 13:46, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

Online volunteer for Miami REL312[edit]

Hi again. It'd be great if you'd continue to help with my course and sign in as an online volunteer: Education Program:Miami University/Religions of the Hebrew Bible (Spring 2015) Thanks! ProfGray (talk) 16:49, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

Hey @ProfGray: I'd be happy to! I'm currently approved to be a campus ambassador, but not an online one, so I'll go ahead and apply and then add myself as soon as I get approved. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 20:42, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for the thanks! HullIntegrity (talk) 05:30, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
Hey, thanks HullIntegrity! It's quite the conversation and I haven't been involved enough to formulate my own input, but I did appreciate you standing up as a course instructor. Cheers, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 05:56, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

Merry Christmas![edit]

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Dear SuperHamster,
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Best wishes to you, your family and relatives this holiday season! Take this opportunity to bond with your loved ones, whether or not you are celebrating Christmas. This is a special time for everybody, and spread the holiday spirit to everybody out there! Face-smile.svg
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Thank you Nahnah! Merry Christmas to you too. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 07:28, 24 December 2014 (UTC)
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Star Analytics feedback[edit]

Hi Kevin,

Thank you for your feedback on the Star Analytics Wiki article. Per what you pointed out, updates have been made siting 4 references from various sources.

Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Qkeddy (talkcontribs) 13:07, 24 December 2014 (UTC)


Hi Kevin, I made few revisions according to your notes and improved the Draft:WebLOAD article. Please When you have time could you please check again and approve it for publishing.

Thanks and Best wishes for the new year in 2015. ArielAAriel42 (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 07:54, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi @AAriel42: As I stated before, I'll review it when I have time and feel like looking into it - continuously messaging me to do so won't make me review it any faster. I need to go through the sources, determine if the subject may be notable, and with some of the previous content being a copyright violation, I'll need to check to ensure there are no problems there. Thank you, and a happy holiday season to you too! ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 00:56, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi Kevin, User:SuperHamster OK I got it! thanks!AAriel42 (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 01:44, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

Why is my page is requested for deletion[edit]

This page specify genuine thing & created for a very genuine & serious cause i.e. women safety in India. I think the whole world should know about this concept. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:41, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi there - could you specify which page you're talking about? Looking at your past contributions, I'm not seeing any articles (you may have been editing on another IP address, or forgot to log into your account). ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 21:04, 27 December 2014 (UTC)

Should take care of most of it...[edit]

Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Incidents#Weeks-long_vandalism_to_multiple_articles. Hopefully that's satisfactory. NativeForeigner Talk 10:10, 27 December 2014 (UTC)

@NativeForeigner: Looks good to me, thanks! Will hopefully deter them for a while. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 21:03, 27 December 2014 (UTC)

Draft review[edit]

I have made edits to the article you reviewed. I used the live help service to help me get things squared away. Thanks for your review. Let me know if anything else needs changing on:

Happy New Years! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lantrebarr (talkcontribs) 22:05, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi there @Lantrebarr: Thanks for the update! Be sure to also take into considering the short comment I left below the review box - "A list of press releases and a press kit is not something covered in articles." I recommend removing these sections altogether.
In regards to sources and notability, more coverage is needed to show that the subject is notable. Sources should be from more reliable sources - with exception, blogs aren't particularly notable. Thanks, and have a great 2015 yourself! ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 01:09, 1 January 2015 (UTC)


SuperHamster, happy new year to you, too! I look forward to working with you next semester. Meanwhile, I hope to tell the registered students about the plan for Wikipedia assignments, maybe survey them or otherwise prime the pump (so they'll be generally enthusiastic). I'm also working on specific assignments and Lesson Plans, as you may have noticed from my subpages. Anyway, a delightful 2015 to you ProfGray (talk) 01:18, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Thank you ProfGray! Your course page is definitely coming along nicely. Let me know if and when you need anything, when the time comes. Feel free to throw my name out to students as a resource if they ever have any quick questions, too. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 01:52, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Happy New Year SuperHamster![edit]

Thank you NorthAmerica! ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 01:48, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Happy New Year![edit]

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Dear SuperHamster,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! A new year has come! How times flies! 2015 will be a new year, and it is also a chance for you to start afresh! Thank you for your contributions!
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Thank you @Nahnah4: Have a great 2015 yourself! ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 21:03, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Happy New Year SuperHamster![edit]

Tournesol.png Thank you for my New Year's greeting. All the best to you this year. Fylbecatulous talk 14:40, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Fylbecatulous :) ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 21:06, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/List of tributaries of Catawissa Creek/archive1[edit]

Hi, SuperHamster. A few weeks ago, you commented on the FLC for List of tributaries of Catawissa Creek. I responded to your comments a while ago, so I wonder if you would be able to have another look at the list. --Jakob (talk) 16:56, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Hey @Jakec: The list looks a lot better, I've offered my support :) Thank you for bringing this up. Cheers, and happy 2015! ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 21:12, 1 January 2015 (UTC)


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Champagne wishes and bacon dreams to you in this coming year!!! --Scalhotrod (Talk) ☮ღ☺ 18:20, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks Scalhotrod :) ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 21:06, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Happy New Year![edit]

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HAPPY NEW YEAR Hoping 2015 will be a great year for you! Thank you for your contributions!
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Thanks @Bzuk: Happy new year's to you too! ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 21:05, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

WikiCup 2015 launch newsletter[edit]


Round one of the 2015 WikiCup has begun! So far we've had around 80 signups, which close on February 5. If you have not already signed up and want to do so, then you can add your name here. There have been changes to to several of the points scores for various categories, and the addition of Peer Reviews for the first time. These will work in the same manner as Good Article Reviews, and all of the changes are summarised here.

Remember that only the top 64 scoring competitors will make it through to the second round, and one of the new changes this year is that all scores must be claimed within two weeks of an article's promotion or appearance, so don't forget to add them to your submissions pages! If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, and you hope to get it promoted before the end of the round, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAN, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup and the judges are reachable on their talk pages. Good luck! Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs), Miyagawa (talk · contribs) and Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs)
If you wish to opt-out of future mailings, please remove yourself from the mailing list or alternatively to opt-out of all massmessage mailings, you may add Category:Opted-out of message delivery to your user talk page. Miyagawa (talk) 20:28, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

Interview for The Signpost[edit]

This is being sent to you as a member of WikiProject Articles for creation

The WikiProject Report would like to focus on WikiProject Articles for creation for a Signpost article. This is an excellent opportunity to draw attention to your efforts and attract new members to the project. Would you be willing to participate in an interview? If so, here are the questions for the interview. Just add your response below each question and feel free to skip any questions that you don't feel comfortable answering. Multiple editors will have an opportunity to respond to the interview questions, so be sure to sign your answers. If you know anyone else who would like to participate in the interview, please share this with them. Thanks, Rcsprinter123 (push) @ 10:41, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Hi @Rcsprinter123: Sounds like a nice opportunity, thanks for the invite! I see there are already quite a few responses to the questions - is there an optimal amount? I imagine there is a line to draw for too many responses. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 10:45, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
Well, it is a big project, with many members. You can still add any comments you would like to, and I can trim down the whole thing afterwards. Rcsprinter123 (warn) @ 10:49, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Cosmology portal background[edit]

I tried to fix the background in the Cosmology portal to make the image fill the border in wider monitors. Tell me if it looks ok now, because I can't know Tetra quark (don't be shy) 21:58, 10 January 2015 (UTC)

@Tetra quark: It looks fine width-wise, but increasing the width also increases the height - which causes the image to extend beyond the bottom of the table. If there's no code-based solution, I think the best bet would be to take a portion of the image and modify it so that it can be tiled. I can try my hand with this when I've got time this weekend, if you'd like. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 22:01, 10 January 2015 (UTC)
What matters to me is that the width problem has been fixed. It was simpler than I thought, I just enlarged the image :) I don't believe the extra space at the bottom is a big problem, but if you could fix that, it'd be cool. I often have problems with copyright stuff so that's why I haven't uploaded a cropped image to fix that Tetra quark (don't be shy) 22:30, 10 January 2015 (UTC)
I mean, from a design standpoint, it's not really fixed if it breaks other things, but it's definitely better than before :) For future reference, there are sites out there that can simulate what websites look like at other resolutions, such as this one. I'll take a look at creating a tiled image when I've got a bit of time. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 22:40, 10 January 2015 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:Volvo Logo.png[edit]


Thanks for uploading File:Volvo Logo.png. The image description page currently specifies that the image is non-free and may only be used on Wikipedia under a claim of fair use. However, the image is currently not used in any articles on Wikipedia. If the image was previously in an article, please go to the article and see why it was removed. You may add it back if you think that that will be useful. However, please note that images for which a replacement could be created are not acceptable for use on Wikipedia (see our policy for non-free media).

Note that any non-free images not used in any articles will be deleted after seven days, as described in the criteria for speedy deletion. Thank you. Stefan2 (talk) 23:33, 10 January 2015 (UTC)


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Hello. Your contributions to Wikipedia have been analyzed and it seems like you'd have some interest in a new project. I hope you can contribute to it by expanding the main page and later start editing the articles in its scope. Make sure to check out the Talk page for more information! Cheers

Tetra quark (talk) 19:52, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the invite @Tetra quark: Cosmology isn't one of my fortes however, and I'm caught up in a few other projects at the moment, so I'll have to decline - appreciate it! ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 09:46, 11 January 2015 (UTC)
Sure, feel free to join us anytime if you change your mind Tetra quark (don't be shy) 14:43, 11 January 2015 (UTC)


Thanks for removing the Quora source and removing the table template. I completely forgot to do that. I also forgot to expand that new section (fundamental forces), so I'll do it now. Well - in an hour. Tetra quark (don't be shy) 15:53, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

@Tetra quark: No problem :) Looking forward. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 06:09, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Maybe my "Google-Foo" is simply luck, but I've enjoyed bringing a few articles back from the edge. Your withdrawals are most appreciated. Face-smile.svg Schmidt, Michael Q. 05:41, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

@MichaelQSchmidt: Sure thing :) Impressive list you got there, so cheers to that. My knowledge with films (and Indian-related films in particular) is limited, so thanks again for your research and expansion, and for pointing out INDAFD - that has shown to be invaluable. I'll be more cautious when treading on the subject. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 05:45, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
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what's a copyvio? Tetra quark (don't be shy) 16:16, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

@Tetra quark: Stands for copyright violation - so in this case, the image I removed from the article was deleted for not respecting the copyright of the original works it was created from. Let me know if you have any questions! ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 19:42, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
Haha. It is my work, man. I made that. If you do a reverse image search on google, you can see that image is posted in a few other places, but I was the one who posted it. It is mainly on reddit and my username is Cosmobrain. I can edit my comments there to prove that's really me Tetra quark (don't be shy) 19:46, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
@Tetra quark: You did assemble the image - but unless you yourself created each one of those pictures and artworks illustrating the different galaxies, you used works by other creators. If you use other peoples' work to create your own, you need respect the copyright of the authors of the works you are using. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 19:49, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
Oh, come on. They are hubble images. They are freely licensed by default. Removing it for that reason is rather dumb. Sorry for honesty. Tetra quark (don't be shy) 19:51, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
@Tetra quark: Not all of them were - and even if they were Hubble images, you need to provide the source of all images you use in your work. I recommend you understand how copyright works and how we manage images on the Commons before making judgement calls. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 19:54, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
Fine. How the hell do you want me to upload that image to commons then? How can I possibly add the source to all those images?
Also, all the images were either hubble images or already licensed images. I got them straight from the
lead section of the articles of the galaxies. In my opinion, reporting it for deletion was a really ridiculous action. They are f---- licensed images I got from the articles Tetra quark (don't be shy) 20:19, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
Argh. Sorry for the anger above. The thing is that I'm already sick and tired of those copyright garbage. Also, it is not your fault, so sorry for taking that more personally Tetra quark (don't be shy) 20:37, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
@Tetra quark: It's cool, just keep a cool head.
I know that the Milky Way image was not from Wikipedia, at the least. In regard to sourcing, all you have to do is link to the image's source and state its authorship/licensing. If you can take the time to copy and edit a bunch of images, you can surely take the time to source it correctly.
The point of the Wikimedia Commons is to provide freely licensed content; its entire existence revolves around copyright, and it aims provide freely-licensed images for both Wikimedia projects and the public in general (primarily for educational purposes) It's not "copyright garbage" - if you don't want to take the time to respect copyright law and recognize the purpose behind the Commons, then there isn't a point to contribute there. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 21:20, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
If you'd like to discuss the Commons, how it works, and free licensing, I'd be happy to do so with you - as long as you're willing to keep and open mind about it. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 21:22, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
Yes. I still want to know how I will upload the image then. I'm guessing I have to cite the source of every single image? To do so, I will have to claim it as not my work. Also, I bet such composed images are not allowed. By that I mean, it is not allowed to use images of others to make a work Tetra quark (don't be shy) 23:31, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
@Tetra quark: Not quite. The first step is to figure out how copyright and free licensing works.
For the most part, every creative work that anyone creates (in the U.S. and most other countries) is automatically copyrighted. This can include artwork, graphics, music, etc. Copyright means what it sounds like - the "right to copy", and that lies with the author of the image.
Now, you can't simply use another person's copyrighted work without their permission (sure, you can put together a graphic and post it on reddit and nothing will likely happen - we're talking from a technical and legal point of view, though). If I make a painting, and you take that painting and stick it on a shirt and sell it without my permission, I could potentially take you to court.
There is an exception to this, called "fair use" in the United States (and "fair dealing" in some other places). Since Wikimedia is based in the U.S., we'll look at it from a U.S. perspective: fair usage allows you to use a copyrighted work, without permission, with the following factors taken into consideration:
* The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
* The nature of the copyrighted work
* The amount and substantially of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
* The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work
It's a case by case basis, but fair use allows, for example, Wikipedia to display short samples of songs in its articles, or a low-resolution picture of Mario in the Mario article, all without permission. But fair use is a whole other topic - back to copyright.
This is where the free license movement and the Creative Commons step in. The Creative Commons are a suite of licenses that allow authors to license their works in a way that allow anyone to use them, as long as the original author is attributed. There are other optional limitations, such as not allowing people to use your work for commercial purposes, or requiring anyone that uses your work to license their derivative under a similar license. The Wikimedia Commons is a host of free media, for anyone to use for any purpose (including commercial). This "free license movement" has lead to hundreds of millions of works being made available for all to use freely, often for educational purposes. For example, I myself have seen a couple of my freely licensed images appear in news articles or educational publications - it's a nice thing to contribute to.
So, this hopefully answers your question about whether or not you can create a work for the Commons that is composed of other images. You can, as long as the images you are using are also freely licensed. Remember, the point of free licenses is the let people to use works for their own purposes without seeking permission. If the images are copyrighted (or show no sign of free licensing), you don't have the right to copy the work to use in your own work. And yes, you should cite the sources of all the works that go into your own, even if they're in the public domain - claiming them as your own work is plagiarism. I know this is a lot to hit you with, and it is a broad overview, so feel free to ask for clarification or more details. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 10:03, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
Let me see if I understand. Basically I have to cite the authors and source of the every image and not claim it as my work? I mean, a good portion of it is indeed my work. But that's fine, I guess. I still don't understand if that would work, considering none of the sources refer to that image I made. I don't wanna take the risk of uploading it again without being 100% sure. Tetra quark (don't be shy) 14:49, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
@Tetra quark: Well, kind of - you are still the author of the work, but you are also using work from other people that you need to cite. It's like writing a research paper: you write the paper, but all of your facts came from other sources, which you need to cite. Not doing so would be plagiarism. Take a look at File:Tokyo Montage 2012.png, for example, or File:NYC Montage 2014 4 - Jleon.jpg for examples of how sources are given. Each file (or external link) is linked, along with the author.
"I still don't understand if that would work, considering none of the sources refer to that image I made." - I'm not sure what you mean by this? It sounds like you're thinking of article sources; we're not verifying information with images, we're simply stating where the images are coming from. Finally, I'd like to re-iterate that you need to make sure all the images you're using are freely licensed in a way that's compatible with the Commons. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 17:02, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
I'd like to re-iterate that you need to make sure all the images you're using are freely licensed in a way that's compatible with the Commons.
Well, I thought they were. They're all from NASA (except the Milky way image maybe) and are already on Wikipedia. Well, thanks. When I have the patience I'll cite the sources and upload. Also, thanks for explaining me about copyright laws, even though I still don't understand it 100%. Tetra quark (don't be shy) 17:10, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
@Tetra quark: Sure thing! Feel free to message me if you have any questions along the way. It definitely is a lot to grasp, and what I've told you is just the foundation - there are exceptions and special cases, such as photographing a sculpture: do you own the copyright to that image, since you didn't create the sculpture you're photographing? In some countries, yes, while in others, no. The key is to take it slowly and ask questions until you get there :) ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 21:06, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
I put my work back on List of galaxies with the proper sources, as you've probably seen. Since I was at it, I uploaded a cropped image of the hubble ultra deep field and added it on my Portal:Cosmology. I was too lazy to make it fit perfectly, but it is much better now :) Tetra quark (don't be shy) 17:47, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
@Tetra quark: Sourcing looks great, nice job - the only potential issue I see is the "Galaxies" text up top. Looks like that was made with a logo generator of some sort?
As for the portal, it does seem to fit a bit better - the problem is that you can never make a single image "fit perfectly", because people view the page at different resolutions. Image sizes don't change with the browser. What works for you won't work for me, and vice versa. I'm working on a tiled version now, though, and will see how that goes. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 17:51, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

@Tetra quark: Did some investigating - so it turns out that background image URLs are suppressed on Wikipedia (even on-wiki images), so I don't think there's any way to make the background I had in mind tiled. The only sensible option I can think of for the background image would be if the size of the layout is kept constant (User:Juliancolton for an example), but that's not really sensible either for a portal. Unfortunately I don't think there's any way to make the background play nice :/ ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 21:14, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

You said that different monitors will show the background image in a different way. Well, that's partially true. The resolution of the screen affects the width of the page, not the height; so vertically the background can still fit in all resolutions. I didn't make it fit perfectly, by the way. There is some spare space at the bottom that can be easily removed if I calculate the number of spare pixels and remove them from the background image (by uploading a new version of the file) but I am being lazy now. Thanks for your work, but it seems fine as it is right now. It is not perfect but I guess no one will complain :) And in the future, I'll crop the image even more to make it fit Tetra quark (don't be shy) 21:22, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
@Tetra quark: Well, no, the height isn't constant either; as the monitor/browser gets narrower, the overlap will shrink until it actually starts cutting content off at the bottom. Mess around with this to see examples. I did remove the green border, so it's not obvious that the image extends beyond the border at higher resolutions. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 21:31, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
I made it so the portal will start auto-scrolling when the background isn't tall enough to fit the content. Portal should appear fine for most cases, I suppose. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 21:39, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
Oh, the height changes as well, although not much.
The portal looks good without the border as well, although I'd prefer to leave it. Well, thanks for the edits there. Tetra quark (don't be shy) 21:44, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
No problem. Cheers, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 21:47, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Nazi Police[edit]

Hi, you accepted that request but did not create the redirect. Just wondering if you forgot or mistakenly accepted it, rather than declined it? Bellerophon talk to me 17:54, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

@Bellerophon: Aye, nice catch! I did create Nazi police, with differing capitalization from Nazi Police. Should we have both? ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 17:56, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
I don't see why not, I've created Nazi Police now. We often create alternate casing rediects as they may sometimes be useful Wikilinks, even if they don't strictly comply with WP:MOS. Thanks for handling requests at AFC/R, did you know the AFCH beta script allows scripted reviewing of these requests. It makes the process much easier and I fairly stable. Just thought I'd mention it :) Bellerophon talk to me 18:16, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
@Bellerophon: Sounds good, thanks! I do use the AFCH to review drafts, but I haven't been able to figure out how to use it for redirects? All I see at WP:AFC/R is the typical "Review (AFCH)" link used for drafts. Either I've configured something wrong or I'm losing my eyesight. Could you point me in the right direction of what I should be looking for? ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 18:42, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
The current "pushed" version of AFCH does not work on rediects and categories. You need the now unmaintained beta version, you can find the import code at User:Bellerophon/common.js. You will need to disable the current version of the script in gadgets before importing the beta script. Personally I prefer the beta script, especially it's interface. The only real function you loose is that it does not support adding a copy of the decline reason to user talk pages when reviewing articles. Bellerophon talk to me 18:56, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
@Bellerophon: Got it, thanks a bunch! Things should be a lot easier now... ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 19:15, 20 January 2015 (UTC)


This is more of a test than anything else. Check out this image I uploaded and see if everything is ok with the licensing. If it's not, please let me tag it for deletion. If someone else does it, it will be kinda bad for my reputation on wikimedia Tetra quark (don't be shy) 02:15, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

@Tetra quark: Looks good, well done :) ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 02:17, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
Nice. I was kinda worried because PublicDomainPictures obviously isn't the actual author. It is just the name of the page where thousands of images have been uploaded, but since the image is free, I guess that doesn't matter :) Tetra quark (don't be shy) 02:23, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
I intend to upload some screenshots from a space simulator. Is this legal information enough? I think so, but I guess it should be more specific, right? I mean, it should mention "Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0" or something Tetra quark (talk) 06:37, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
@Tetra quark: Good question. Template:Attribution sounds like the template that could be used for this. However, I'm not really sure about this particular case - their FAQ seems to be very lenient, but I worry about the limitations of the last two bullets and I'm not sure if it qualifies for use in any product for any purpose. I'd take this to Wikipedia:Media copyright questions, and see what others have to say. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 17:41, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
I asked the owner of the website to add a specific license. He said he liked my idea and will do it but he doesn't have time now to do so. Meanwhile I'll bring this case to that page you linked. By the way, where exactly would that attribution template go? If I were to upload it, what would I have to choose in the "not my own work" list and later where to add that. Tetra quark (talk) 19:17, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
@Tetra quark: Great, even better if the organization agrees to license any screenshots under CC-BY-SA. If you get a thumbs up from the copyright help desk, the attribution template is just another license; you'd place it where you'd place any other licensing template. If the default upload wizard at the Commons doesn't provide it as an option, the older basic upload form has more options and customizability, including an option at the very bottom of the list ("May be used for any purpose, including commercially..."). ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 00:27, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
That older upload form is far better!Well, I left my question at the Media copyright questions you linked. Thanks Tetra quark (talk) 00:53, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
Agreed - the wizard is great for simple uploads, but the old form is much more powerful. And thanks for posting the question. Looks like Masem already replied, and they're one of the most knowledgeable on the subject, so I'd go with the non-free upload. If there's an update on Creative Commons licensing in the future, a free image can be uploaded to the Commons then. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 00:56, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
How would the non-free upload work exactly? You mean fair use? Tetra quark (talk) 01:30, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
@Tetra quark: Yep, fair use. You seem to have successfully uploaded non-free images before, but let me know if you need any help. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 06:05, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
The purpose of the images I want to upload isn't for fair use, so nevermind Tetra quark (talk) 06:19, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
@Tetra quark: Gotcha - was thinking you wanted to put a screenshot into the Universe Sandbox 2 article, but I realize there's already one there. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 06:22, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Nah, that article is getting deleted. My intention is to upload a bunch of screenshots to commons because they can be very illustrative. I had added an image on moons of jupiter once that showed the planet, the moons and their orbits to scale. There's no image, as far as I know, that represents accuratelly what that planetary system actually looks like Tetra quark (talk) 06:48, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

Your submission at Articles for creation: sandbox (January 24)[edit]

Religions of the Hebrew Bible (Spring 2015) -- next week[edit]

Hi there. Just wanted to let my course starts tomorrow. We meet M and Ws. I'm not asking students to do anything with Wikipedia until after the first two class sessions, but some may want to begin sooner. How is your semester going?

Thank you again for your willingness to serve as an online ambassador for the course! Education Program:Miami University/Religions of the Hebrew Bible (Spring 2015)

Take care, ProfGray (talk) 19:35, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up, @ProfGray: The course page looks pretty great, too - very specific and well laid out.
My semester is off to a good start, thanks for asking. Enjoying the classes now that they're getting more specific to my major. As always, feel free to ask me anything, and I'll try to keep tabs on students' edits. Cheers! ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 20:45, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

02:45:19, 27 January 2015 review of submission by Mediasingapore[edit]

Hi, we are creating a profile Mr Low who is an investor in Singapore and perhaps he has been quoted around wikipedia in many article.

Am new to creating a wikipedia article and hence the linking up wasn't right, however a profile page of his should contain the above info?

He is a board of director at a few places and it is important we have a profile on wikipedia now.

We seek your understanding in this.

Thank you

Mediasingapore (talk) 02:45, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Hi @Mediasingapore: Several points to make.
  • You say "we" - editors on Wikipedia should be editing as individuals. Your current account name is not appropriate, as it should represent you as an individual, not a company or organization.
  • Subjects for Wikipedia article's need to meet our notability guidelines. This means that subjects must be covered in a variety of independent and reliable sources; this is how we determine what subjects are significant enough for coverage.
  • Information in articles must be cited with sources, to verify the information and establish notability.
  • The page you wrote is entirely promotional of Mr. Low - Wikipedia aims to be a factual source of information, free from bias.
If you wish to continue editing, I suggest you create a new account that represents you as an individual (I see you've filed a username change request). I also suggest you read our page on conflicts of interests, which covers writing about subjects you are associated with (and why it is discouraged). Finally, I suggest taking a look at Wikipedia:Your_first_article to guide you on gathering references and writing a page appropriate for Wikipedia. Thanks! ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 02:52, 27 January 2015 (UTC)