User talk:Maky

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Just a note on the Grandidier book... I've been pretty busy with offline stuff the past few days, doing some fairly major work on my mom's car. I think I told you I had gotten all the individual pages as PDFs... I've since extracted all the 'images' from the PDFs into bitmap files. Google (the original source of the scans) is a bit lazy, they don't actually 'embed' their watermarking into the page scan, they just have images of the watermark included in the PDF that display on top (stacked)... which means that extracting the images gives you 'clean' pages scans. I could go ahead and convert them to djvu right now, but I'm taking the slightly 'extra' step of running them through a utility called 'unpaper' that removes any 'skew' of the text and centers it on the page (instead of right and left pages looking different) so that it will OCR cleaner. I'll probably have it all back together and uploaded in the next couple of days, depending on how much work I am able to do on the car (it's been very rainy on and off). Reventtalk 09:04, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

No problem! I'm also overloaded with real life work. Take your time. I'm eager to see the finished product! Thanks! – Maky « talk » 09:12, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
And... le sigh. Problem. I have it completely converted to a djvu, ready for upload, but then started checking the details for the file page... though it was published in 1922, and is thus is unquestionably PD in the US (it's too old for any URAA issue) the author died in 1948. Since French copyright terms are 70 years after the death of the author, that means it's not PD in the 'source country', which is an issue for Commons. I can completely legally mail it to you, or put it up somewhere like the Internet Archive, but it's not going to be acceptable on Commons until the French copyright runs out in 2019. I'm not sure if the French Wikisource has different rules that would allow it to be uploaded locally, but I will ask. Reventtalk 03:48, 23 March 2015 (UTC)
Ugh... that sucks. Yes, you'd like, you may email me a copy. Let me know if Wikisource is more lenient. Thank you for all the work on this, regardless. – Maky « talk » 05:41, 23 March 2015 (UTC)
Email sent. See my comments there. Reventtalk 09:29, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

{{Maintained}} deleted[edit]

Just in case you didn't know, the TfD was closed after an apparently superficial reading by the closing admin as "delete". Since your keep vote was a very solid piece of evidence for the template's utility, you may want to contribute to the discussion on the closing admin's talk page. Daniel Case (talk) 04:01, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

Honestly, I'm not going to contest it. There are more important things on Wikipedia to worry about. It's unfortunate—a typical example how toxic the Wiki community has grown. Just leave it at that and let it go, please. – Maky « talk » 07:09, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Today's featured article/May 3, 2015[edit]

A summary of a Featured Article you nominated at WP:FAC will appear on the Main Page soon. I had to squeeze the summary down to around 1200 characters; was there anything I left out you'd like to see put back in? I'd appreciate it if you could check the article one more time before its day on the Main Page. - Dank (push to talk) 21:47, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks! I looked it over, and everything looks good. Would be nice to mention the CITES Appendix 1 protection, but not a big deal since the article covers it sufficiently. – Maky « talk » 06:31, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
I aim to keep things simple on the Main Page (without sacrificing accuracy). Would it work to add this? "... and protected by international agreement as a species threatened with extinction". - Dank (push to talk) 21:28, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
Honestly, it's just fine as it is. Thanks, though! – Maky « talk » 03:20, 15 April 2015 (UTC)