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POTD notification[edit]

Hi Sven,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:ULPower UL260i.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on June 18, 2014. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2014-06-18. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:28, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi Sven[edit]

Thanks for your visit to my talk page. My understanding from Wikipedia policy is that I am the keeper of that page, and have first call on how it is maintained, within WP policy. I have chosen to keep it virtually empty of discourse, and to shade it, for reasons that are my own. (They are essentially practical; for instance, like you, I tell people when I leave message, please reply here or there, so we do not lose track of where a conversation is taking place.) Hence, I, as steward of my page, just as you are steward of yours—I will not endeavor to change your structure or color schemes—have restored my shading to the page. You are welcome to click the edit tab as often as you wish, to see what I might be "hiding", mdr. But, alas, you will find nothing interesting. And, meanwhile, I can continue for the short time coming to be the user I wish to be. Please visit as often as you wish, and check user histories and my activities to see what was moved about. But allow me to determine my own background color at my own User Talk page (understanding that it does not prevent you or others from any access). Thank you. Le Prof Leprof 7272 (talk) 23:22, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

Leprof 7272: The guidelines are conflicting in this matter. WP:UP#OWN states "Traditionally Wikipedia offers wide latitude to users to manage their user space as they see fit. However, pages in user space belong to the wider community. They are not a personal homepage, and do not belong to the user. They are part of Wikipedia, and exist to make collaboration among editors easier." Strictly reading WP:UP, yes, you have the right to make your talk page unreadable. You also have the right to remove content entirely. You are, however, going out of your way to make conversations on your talk page less accessable, which goes against the spirit of having a talk page. Sven Manguard Wha? 23:31, 3 June 2014 (UTC)
No, I am going out of my way to establish a pattern that my talk page needs, diminishingly, to be a place where any discourse takes place, and I have succeeded. I thank you for acknowledging, even if tacitly, that I have the right to do so, since everyone, through use of the Edit and View history tabs, still has access to the whole of my dialogs and behaviours. Again thank you, and note, the remaining visible barnstar is simply a short-term jest, and it too will disappear (for I do not believe in them)—for I get taken to task for pre-discussing edits, for (the rare occasion) when I forget to discuss them, for demanding citations too quickly, for not demanding citations quickly enough, etc. To be awarded for prior discussion, immediately following being taken to task for "edit, don't talk about editing" beforehand, was a karmic or stochastic juxtaposition too imbued with humour to pass up. Cheers, best wishes, and again, please come see all you wish. Le Prof Leprof 7272 (talk) 00:37, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

New England Wikimedians summer events![edit]

Upcoming events hosted by New England Wikimedians!

After many months of doubt, nature has finally warmed up and summer is almost here! The New England Wikimedians user group have planned some upcoming events. This includes some unique and interesting events to those who are interested:

Although we also aren't hosting this year's Wikimania, we would like to let you know that Wikimania this year will be occurring in London in August:

If you have any questions, please leave a message at Kevin Rutherford's talk page. You can unsubscribe from future notifications for Boston-area events by removing your name from this list.

Requesting images from living people[edit]

Hey, Sven. I was wondering if you had any advice for people trying to get images from living people—we're hoping to get one for Megadeth. Curly Turkey ⚞¡gobble!⚟ 01:53, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

I responded at User talk:Crisco 1492, so that everyone following that conversation can see it. Sven Manguard Wha? 18:53, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Charlie resurgence[edit]

Nice work, as usual. And nice publicity this week :-) How are things with you? – SJ + 01:55, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Decent enough, thanks for asking. I will shoot you an email this weekend to catch up. Sven Manguard Wha? 18:54, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
For the stuff mentioned in signpost, with games! 75* 01:52, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Escape from Woomera[edit]

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Escape from Woomera you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria. Time2wait.svg This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of J Milburn -- J Milburn (talk) 13:40, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

You've got mail![edit]

Hello, Sven Manguard. Please check your email – you've got mail!
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Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 19:58, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Escape from Woomera[edit]

The article Escape from Woomera you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:Escape from Woomera for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of J Milburn -- J Milburn (talk) 10:41, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

Sleeping Dogs[edit]

Hey man! Would you consider doing a peer review, or giving some feedback on Sleeping Dogs (video game)? I would like to get some feedback about issues that need to be resolved. After that, I would like to nominate it for a featured article. Thanks for you for your cooperation! URDNEXT (talk) 12:50, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

URDNEXT: I don't see myself spending any significant amount of time on Wikipedia any time soon, so I am going to have to decline. As you messaged over a dozen other people on the issue, however, I am sure that you'll get an answer from someone in good time. Sven Manguard Wha? 07:15, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
It's alright. Doing work on Wikipedia is kinda hard because most people do it for passion and for trying to make Wiki a better place. So then it kinda gets in the way of real life work and relashionships, making you have to manage your time better. Anyway, thanks for the reply! I appreciate it! — Preceding unsigned comment added by URDNEXT (talkcontribs) 12:59, 9 June 2014 (UTC)


Congrats, Sven! Adam Cuerden (talk) 19:11, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Wait, what? It was promoted? Yay! Thanks for letting me know! Sven Manguard Wha? 20:02, 14 June 2014 (UTC)


Hi Sven. A while back you and user:Crisco 1492 were saying that in my role as a COI contributor, I should be able to get some high-quality professional photography licensed under a Creative Commons. Although it's only for a marginally notable person with a handfull of profile stories about them, I thought I'd share this image I just got permission for. CorporateM (Talk) 16:47, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) OTRS permission found and approved ticket:2014062210006808. Look forward to seeing more good images through you. Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 17:37, 22 June 2014 (UTC)
Probably the best images I have ever gotten my greedy hands on[1][2]. I wonder why German companies seem so much easier to work with. CC @Crisco 1492. CorporateM (Talk) 13:42, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
  • If you ever get the chance to go to a Wikimania (next year is Mexico City, so not too expensive if you wanted to foot the bill yourself, although scholarships are available) take a look at the Germans. They are very dedicated to open source (some of our better tools were implemented through the German chapter), and I think open culture has had a greater impact there. That or the Germans are better at calculating the risk/reward factor of donating images. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 13:56, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Looking at how much they downsampled the images they did donate (52% for the storefront image), I'd say the latter is a bigger factor. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 13:59, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
No idea. I've also been told that the Germans have more trust in their consultants and therefore give them more autonomy. I have a German counterpart that has me write the English versions for cos like Triumph. In those articles, the client doesn't even see the page before it's live and I've been heading more in that direction. I find that the corporate approval cycle is the most destructive to NPOV. To a certain extent though clients are subject-matter experts and I wouldn't want to take them out entirely, but if I can marginalize the approval process, I can more consistently do perfect-quality work without requiring as much help to carry me over to NPOV. They have also created more of a regulated industry through the court ruling. We have much to learn from them I think. CorporateM (Talk) 14:14, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, the initial message got buried in a flood of other messages and I didn't see this thread until now. This is awesome news. If we continue to have success on this front, we will be able to point to it when trying to convince others to release works. From my experience with freely licensed video game screenshots, it became a lot easier to get them once we had a bunch already, I guess because people could see that it wasn't some disastrous scam to part them from their intellectual property. Sven Manguard Wha? 18:17, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

POTD notification[edit]

Hi Sven,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:The Splatters 03.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on July 8, 2014. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2014-07-08. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:54, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 June newsletter[edit]

After an extremely close race, Round 3 is over. 244 points secured a place in Round 4, which is comparable to previous years- 321 was required in 2013, while 243 points were needed in 2012. Pool C's Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) was the round's highest scorer, mostly due to a 32 featured pictures, including both scans and photographs. Also from Pool C, Scotland Casliber (submissions) finished second overall, claiming three featured articles, including the high-importance Grus (constellation). Third place was Pool B's Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions), whose contributions included featured articles Russian battleship Poltava (1894) and Russian battleship Peresvet. Pool C saw the highest number of participants advance, with six out of eight making it to the next round.

The round saw this year's first featured portal, with Republic of Rose Island Sven Manguard (submissions) taking Portal:Literature to featured status. The round also saw the first good topic points, thanks to Florida 12george1 (submissions) and the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. This means that all content types have been claimed this year. Other contributions of note this round include a featured topic on Maya Angelou's autobiographies from Idaho Figureskatingfan (submissions), a good article on the noted Czech footballer Tomáš Rosický from Bartošovice v Orlických horách Cloudz679 (submissions) and a now-featured video game screenshot, freely released due to the efforts of Republic of Rose Island Sven Manguard (submissions).

The judges would like to remind participants to update submission pages promptly. This means that content can be checked, and allows those following the competition (including those participating) to keep track of scores effectively. This round has seen discussion about various aspects of the WikiCup's rules and procedures. Those interested in the competition can be assured that formal discussions about how next year's competition will work will be opened shortly, and all are welcome to voice their views then. If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk · contribs) The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 18:48, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Modern equipment and uniform of the Pakistan Army[edit]

Please join the discussion to change the article's title - Rameshnta909 (talk) 11:43, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

No thank you. My only involvement in that article was removing a large quantity of copyright violation images that I deleted on Commons. Sven Manguard Wha? 18:06, 6 July 2014 (UTC)


Re: User_talk:Czar/2014#Fez, I did one better: commons:File:FEZ trial gameplay HD.webmhd.webm czar  20:05, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

Czar: Awesome! I processed the OTRS ticket for you. Feel free to ping me any time you send in permissions to OTRS, and I'll get them processed quickly. Sven Manguard Wha? 21:07, 12 July 2014 (UTC)