User talk:Zaxander

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My name is Dr Zachar Alexander Lskewicz and I'm an academic and a creative artist with particular interest in the relationship between music and movement, Russian experimental poetry of the cubo-futurist era, Balinese and Javanese gamelan music and other more diverse topics. Feel free to leave reactions to any articles I may have included on this site or references to my published or unpublished work which can be found at internet libraries and on the net, particularly my website http://www.nachtschimmen.eu You are also welcome to contact me personally with enquiries relating to my work via my professional email address zachar@nachtschimmen.eu. Zaxander (talk) 18:56, 27 September 2013 (UTC)zaxander

Minipiano[edit]

I've seen your message, but I'm just about to leave for a couple of days away. I'll reply by Tuesday Jimfbleak - talk to me? 05:11, 28 September 2013 (UTC)

OK, I'm back. For your account to be confirmed so that you can upload images, it's an automatic procedure once you've made enough edits (not sure how many, but it's not a huge number. Alternatively, see if you can upload to Commons which is preferred anyway.

I've tidied up your draft a bit.

  • You don't need a title for your first section, nor do you need a section called "Introduction", the lead is to summarise the article.
  • The table of contents and numbering will generate automatically once you have three sections
  • Section heading go between pairs of ==. If you want subheadings just use pairs of === or ====
  • You have formatted the book refs suitably, but they need to go in the text next to what they are supporting (immediately after punctuation)
  • For web refs, use [url description] rather than a bare url

The reason that your prose ran into trouble is that it's written in a literary rather than encyclopaedic style. For example, take this paragraph

  • It is easy to get the impression that the ‘minipiano’ is the name for a smaller instrument than a normal upright or grand piano....—your opinion, better to make a statement of fact "Despite its name..."
  • Or perhaps to refer to playable collector’s items that resemble music boxes.— as above
  • They’ve even been confused with miniature pianos designed for children as toys, which is logical considering it is very possible some of these toys have similar names.—who has confused them? It's your opinion that it's logical to confuse them.
  • In actual fact, the ‘Minipiano’ was patented in 1934 by the Eavestaff Piano Company and is an instrument which differs in many ways from an upright piano that it can be considered to belong to an entirely different stem on the family tree of keyboard instruments. —that's fine. A reference would be good, but you are actually now writing facts
  • The intention of this article is to clear up some of the ambiguities surrounding the minipiano, and to both confirm and dispel some of the common myths which do exist. .. — Your motivation is not encyclopaedic material, and bear in mind that anyone can edit this article (and it will be edited by others, if only for formatting or linking
  • you need to add wikilinks to other articles, I've added a couple

Have a look at the piano article

I hope this helps

Jimfbleak - talk to me? 16:37, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

Self-referencing[edit]

That's a tricky one. There is a general guideline No original research. However, editors who have published papers in peer-reviewed journals can show that they have an accepted level of expertise. One of our editors writing Featured Articles about Banksias sometimes references his own papers, but he is a leading member of the Australian Banksia Society. I would guess from your CV that you could use your articles as sources, within reason. I'm not so sure about using them as a source for opinions, as you seem to be suggesting, rather than just factual material. If there is scope for differing views, you should take care to give a balanced view Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:29, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

I think I've managed to short-circuit autoconfirmation, and confirm you manually, see if you can upload files now Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:35, 3 October 2013 (UTC)
It doesn't look as if you have addressed the points above yet (in-line references, wikilinks, change of style). Until that's done, best to keep it in the sandbox. The format for adding your images is [[filename|thumb|description]] By default, they will go to the right of the page, add a left or center parameter if needed elsewhere Jimfbleak - talk to me? 05:48, 5 October 2013 (UTC)
OK, fine. The format for adding images is in my previous message above Jimfbleak - talk to me? 05:13, 7 October 2013 (UTC)
I think you may have misread. changed group membership for User:Zaxander from confirmed user to (none) (user is now autoconfirmed) seems to be saying that my manual confirmation has been unticked because you are now automatically confirmed by the Wikipedia software anyway. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:26, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

File permission problem with File:Eavestaff's 'Royal' Minipiano.jpg[edit]

Thanks for uploading File:Eavestaff's 'Royal' Minipiano.jpg. I noticed that while you provided a valid copyright licensing tag, there is no proof that the creator of the file has agreed to release it under the given license.

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File permission problem with File:Art-Deco inspired Minipiano Pedals.jpg[edit]

Thanks for uploading File:Art-Deco inspired Minipiano Pedals.jpg, which you've attributed to http://www.nachtschimmen.eu/zachar/writer/1301-MIP.htm. I noticed that while you provided a valid copyright licensing tag, there is no proof that the creator of the file has agreed to release it under the given license.

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File permission problem with File:MINIPIANO from behind allowing access to the wires.jpg[edit]

Thanks for uploading File:MINIPIANO from behind allowing access to the wires.jpg, which you've attributed to http://www.nachtschimmen.eu/zachar/writer/1301-MIP.htm. I noticed that while you provided a valid copyright licensing tag, there is no proof that the creator of the file has agreed to release it under the given license.

If you are the copyright holder for this media entirely yourself but have previously published it elsewhere (especially online), please either

  • make a note permitting reuse under the CC-BY-SA or another acceptable free license (see this list) at the site of the original publication; or
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more[edit]

I've seen your note, I'm out all day today, probably look tomorrow. The simplest was to deal with the copyright issue above is to change the copyright notice on your webpage to "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License" or "public domain", it's a lot easier than the email procedure, but that up to you. If you do change the page licence, remember to say you have done so on the commons page too. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 05:53, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

I think the problem is that for the photos on your personal website, the website doesn't have an explicit PD or CC-BY-SA 3.0 License. Although we know they are your images, there is a conflict between the copyright note there and the licence you are claiming here. You either need to change the licence on your own website, or use pictures not previously published.
Even if you hadn't linked, the same problem would have arisen, since there are bots that search for previously published images on the web. As you can imagine, editors often try to upload images which they really don't have the right to use. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 05:42, 11 October 2013 (UTC)

Comments on text[edit]

Structure much better, here are some comments/suggestions

  • only the first occurrence of minipiano should be bolded
  • headings follow normal capitalisation, not capped except first word/proper names
  • If you do web refs as [url description], it's more informative than a bare url
  • only link to another article, eg piano, once
  • You could link many more articles, eg dulcimer, clavichord, sounding board
  • The article still has quite a number of unreferenced statements that read like personal opinions rather than verifiable facts. Just one example: It is therefore important to view the historical context surrounding the minipiano to understand the reasons it is viewed today with such disdain. — who says it's important. Why is it important? Who says it's treated with disdain? You either need to to provide references for value judgements, or not make them. The article would benefit from checking whether each time you use popular, important remarkable or similar subjective terms, you can justify that as a provable objective statement.

The article is looking well on the way, it's really just the style, essay rather than encyclopaedia, that needs some work. Even in the biological articles I write, I sometimes get criticised for using non-neutral language, and the temptations are less there. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:12, 11 October 2013 (UTC)

You seem to have cracked the plurals. You can always modify the link by adding outside the brackets, like [[clavichord]]s reads as clavichords or piping, [[sound board (music)|sounding board]] comes out as sounding board. Check where your link is going to: your link on my page for dulcimer goes to a disambiguation page. A bot will pick that up eventually, but it's annoying to be corrected by a machine. The point I was making is that you need to be clear, through your referencing, that opinions are widely held, not just your own views. Incidentally, I don't know if you ever click on your "Preferences" tab, but you might find some useful additions under the editing or gadgets sections. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 05:46, 12 October 2013 (UTC)

Your submission at Articles for creation: Minipiano (October 12)[edit]

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Thank you for your recent submission to Articles for Creation. Your article submission has been reviewed. Unfortunately, it has not been accepted at this time. Please view your submission to see the comments left by the reviewer. You are welcome to edit the submission to address the issues raised, and resubmit if you feel they have been resolved.

Dear Zach Vega ,

I'd really appreciate any advice you have as to how I can improve the referencing that resulted in my article (for the second time) being rejected. Understand please that there are very few references related to this subject which is why I decided to write the article; and although learning the reference system was part of the first rejection, the actual references themselves were considered okay. The problems were with the writing style which I worked very hard to make as objective as possible. The two 'verifiable' reference works I could make use of include the obvious one on Art-Deco, but also the well-known volume on music instruments which I made reference to precisely because it lacks reference to the minipiano, whereas all other types of piano and variations upon them are included. The fact is true that the minipiano exists and it was patented in 1934; I have the instrument, I took it apart and I photographed these aspects to 'verify' the existence of the instrument, show a context for the arguments about its patent which are contradicted in a few of the articles I was able to find that make reference to Eavestaff Ltd. and to ensure there were no more copyright issues regarding illustrations of the minipiano; all of this material is original and as verifiable as one can believe that the instrument I have resembles all the instruments for sale or mentioned as Eavestaff's 'Pianette' minipiano. I'm an academic and have the credentials to describe a keyboard instrument and how it works; so I can only assume it is towards the historical information that the referencing is intended? This is very frustrating as there exists so little material either on the company Eavestaff Limited or the minipiano. Would the article be acceptable if certain parts were not included? As I don't see how I can provide more verification if there doesn't exist any. Thanks in any case for the time you took to look at my article. I hope that this problem will be solvable as I've spent an a great deal of time, much more than I'd ever expected I'd have to, trying to improve the article and get the whole issue of copyright sorted.

Kind regards,

Dr Zachar Laskewicz http://www.nachtschimmen.eu

P.S. I've thoroughly reread the article and rewritten large chunks of it mostly in relation to the mechanics of the instrument to make sure there are no ambiguities and references to a 'you' as if the reader has a minipiano and is making his or her own adjustments. In rereading the parts with referencing in mind, I've added about five references. Alas, to no new sources as there don't appear to be any; but now at least I hope that all references I do make to facts about the instrument do now have a reference source. Any other statements can unfortunately only be considered verifiable because I am a professional musician, composer & academic, I have one of the instruments and that I possess the skills to comment upon objective facts about the instruments which I back up with photos I have taken myself.

More[edit]

Have you posted the comments above on his talk page? He may not be watching here. You don't have to go through AfC, you can post the article directly at Minipiano and see what happens. I don't think it's likely that it will be speedy deleted (and I can retrieve the text anyway), might just pick up some improvement-type tags Jimfbleak - talk to me? 05:52, 13 October 2013 (UTC)

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References etc[edit]

Your lead now appears to accord with WP:Lead. Note that the tags are suggestions, and not a threat of deletion. If you are sure you have addressed, say, the lead section, remove the relevant tag, but make sure you say in the edit summary why you think you've dealt with it

Your references need tidying

  1. You have some references repeated more than once. Format one of them using ref name= instead of ref= like this <ref name= name1>[url description]</ref>. Next time you use that ref, just put </ref name=name1>
  2. You will note that I've put [url description] above to make the refs less messy
  3. Have a look at River martin to see how the more descriptive refs show, and how the multiple refs display as abc of the same ref

Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:15, 23 October 2013 (UTC)