User talk:Zlrussell

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Welcome!

Hello, Zlrussell, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your messages on discussion pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically insert your username and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or ask your question on this page and then place {{helpme}} before the question. Again, welcome! --Thw1309 11:35, 31 July 2007 (UTC)


Adoption[edit]

Hi. I notice that you've requested adoption, and I'd like to offer to adopt you. If you'd like to accept, please leave me a message on my talk page. --Sopoforic 01:32, 11 August 2007 (UTC)

We can start now. If you'd like, tell me a little about what you'd like to get out of the adoption. Generally, when I adopt users, I just make myself available to answer questions, and occasionally offer suggestions; if you'd prefer more active guidance in any way, then let me know and I'll do whatever I can. I'll look forward to working with you. --Sopoforic 02:56, 11 August 2007 (UTC)

'Everything I know' is a bit of tall order, but I like your spirit! There are some things which are best learned by participation, but I'll help where I can. How about this: I'll provide you with a list of the broad areas of wikipedia knowledge I have, and you can tell me how much you feel you know about them, ask me any question you have, and let me know which you'd most like to start with.

  • Basic wiki syntax
  • Image use
  • Templates
  • Copyright issues
  • Citations/referencing
  • Articles for Deletion/Speedy Deletion/etc.
  • Good Article/Featured Article process
  • Dispute resolution
  • Blocking
  • Protection
  • Wikiprojects
  • Anything I've missed that you'd like to discuss

Note that I'm likely to respond to general questions with a brief summary and links to pages where you can learn more. You should always feel free to ask for clarification or more detail. I've left off that list many smaller (and possibly large) policies and processes that I don't encounter very much, although I am fairly familiar with most of them. I'll tell you now that templates aren't my strongest point--I've made a couple, and done a little modification, but we'd be better off finding someone more knowledgeable if you have complicated questions about parser functions.

Regarding myself: I'm around pretty frequently in the evening US Eastern Time (GMT-5), and often into the morning hours. University starts again in a week, and based on my schedule right now I'm likely to check things throughout the day as well; so, basically, I'll be around any time. --Sopoforic 03:39, 11 August 2007 (UTC)

Very well, image use: it's covered basically at WP:IMAGE, but there are several subtopics. Image syntax, which lets you choose how to position the image, what size to make it, what caption to give it, and such. See also the manual of style section on images for tips on how to use them in articles.
After this, we have free use and fair use. Free use images are those that are licensed under a free license, or are public domain. Here free licenses are GPL, GFDL, CC-BY, CC-BY-SA, the Free Art License, and several others (there is a list here and extensive information about the public domain here). In particular, the licenses must allow commercial use and derivatives, and must not be specifically for wikipedia, since we want the images to be usable by downstream users as well. These images should generally be moved to the Commons (which only accepts free images) so they can be accessed by any Wikimedia project.
Fair use images are any images that aren't under a free license. We have strict policies (here) that determine when a fair use image can be used; basically, they can be used only when they cannot be replaced by a free image, and when they contribute substantially to the article in which they are used. Each image used under fair use must have a fair use rationale explaining why it is acceptable in each article in which it is used (the guideline for that is here). In particular we do not allow fair use images on user pages, and we usually do not allow fair use images of living people--since those could be replaced by a free photo. Also, featured articles should not contain fair use images.
Finally, I think, we have featured pictures. These are pictures released under a free license that have been determined to be be of the highest quality, and which are of great encyclopedic value.
I think that covers all the major points of image use; if I've left something out that you want to know, or if you have any questions, feel free to ask. You needn't contact me to let me know when you're around--the communication on-wiki is asymmetric, and is rather poor at imitating symmetric communications. Treat it more like email; leave me a message when you want to discuss something, and I'll respond to it when I see it. I was just letting you know when I'm around so you'd have an idea of when you could expect me to respond, and so you'd know the reason for delays. --Sopoforic 04:15, 11 August 2007 (UTC)

Creating articles[edit]

I assume you mean creating new articles, since you've already made edits to existing articles. The canonical set of pages on this topic are Wikipedia:Your first article, Wikipedia:The perfect article, and Wikipedia:Guide to writing better articles (which is fairly large).

The most important part of writing a new article is choosing a topic: your topic must be notable. In essence, we consider a topic notable if multiple, independent sources (independent of both the subject of the article and each other) which are reliable have written about it substantially (not just a passing reference). The full general guideline is at Wikipedia:Notability, which has links to subject-specific guidelines. We require notability mostly because notability (by our definition) ensures that there will be sufficient sources to write a neutral article on the subject.

After choosing a topic, you should find reliable sources that describe it. Wikipedia prohibits original research, so any statements we make in articles should be backed up by references to reliable sources--any disputed material that isn't cited may be removed by any editor. In particular, biographies must be well-referenced: unreferenced negative statements in biographies are to be removed in all cases; that is not to say that all biographies must be positive (although they should be neutral), only that negative statements should be backed up by our sources. We don't want to libel anyone.

Once you've chosen your topic and found your sources, you may begin to write the article. The manual of style has a lot of information about our common style, and I find Wikipedia:Guide to layout and WP:LEDE to be extremely useful when I'm writing an article. It's also important to keep in mind the guidelines on external links and fair use images while writing your article. As well, I'd like to remind you that the lead section should only summarise the article, and should not contain any information not found elsewhere in the article. Many articles have an incorrect lede--I've even done this myself--so try to be sure yours isn't one of them.

Once you've got the article text done, be sure to categorize the article into any appropriate categories so that it can be found and maintained. You might also consider submitting something to Wikipedia:Did you know in order to expose your article more. If you think your article meets the criteria at Wikipedia:What is a good article?, you could submit it as a good article candidate.

You needn't write a featured article all by yourself, though. Even a good stub is a vaulable contribution, since it encourages participation by other editors as well.

That ought to be a pretty thorough guide to all you need to know for article creation. If you have any questions, just let me know, and I'll be glad to explain further. Happy editing. --Sopoforic 20:31, 11 August 2007 (UTC)


Fair use rationale for Image:Callaway logo.gif[edit]

Thanks for uploading or contributing to Image:Callaway logo.gif. I notice the image page specifies that the image is being used under fair use but there is not a suitable explanation or rationale as to why each specific use in Wikipedia constitutes fair use. Please go to the image description page and edit it to include a fair use rationale.

If you have uploaded other fair use media, consider checking that you have specified the fair use rationale on those pages too. You can find a list of 'image' pages you have edited by clicking on the "my contributions" link (it is located at the very top of any Wikipedia page when you are logged in), and then selecting "Image" from the dropdown box. Note that any non-free media lacking such an explanation will be deleted one week after they have been uploaded, as described on criteria for speedy deletion. If you have any questions please ask them at the Media copyright questions page. Thank you. NOTE: once you correct this, please remove the tag from the image's page. STBotI 23:47, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Hi.[edit]

Noticed your improvements to the Callaway article. Good so far. Remember when uploading images that unless you provide a Fair-use rational for images you get from other web sites, they will probably be deleted by an administrator. I also fixed the image page for the picture of the school building because you didn't choose a license for it. Anyway, nice to "meet" other "family" on WP! -- ALLSTAR ECHO 01:06, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Also remember when you comment on someone's user talk page or on an article's talk page, sign your comments with four ~ symbols.
Example: Oh Thanks a lot. I would like yout help on improving the page if you have the time. ~~~~
Those four ~ symbols will automatically sign your comment! When I do it, it gives the yellow and green signature you see here---> -- ALLSTAR ECHO 01:46, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Hi, and Invitation![edit]

Hi, Zlrussell! Thought you might be interested in WP:LGBT. Take a look around, and if you are interested, sign up? -- SatyrTN (talk | contribs) 05:35, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Welcome to WikiProject LGBT studies![edit]

Drawing-Gay flag.png

Hi, Zlrussell, welcome to WikiProject LGBT Studies!

We are a growing community of Wikipedia editors dedicated to identifying, categorizing, and improving articles of interest to the LGBT community. Some points that may be helpful:

  • Our main aim is to help improve LGBT-related articles, so if someone asks for help with an article, please try your hardest to help them if you are able.
  • Most important discussions take place on the project's main discussion page; it is highly recommended that you watchlist it.
  • The project has several ongoing and developing activities, such as article quality assessment, peer review and a project-wide article collaboration, all of which you are welcome to take part in. We also have a unique program to improve our lower quality articles, Jumpaclass, so please consider signing up there.
  • If you have another language besides English, please consider adding yourself to our translation section, to help us improve our foreign LGBT topics.
  • If you're planning to stay, have a square in our quilt! You can put anything you want in it.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask on the talk page, and we will be happy to help you.

And once again - Welcome!

-- SatyrTN (talk | contribs) 17:40, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Userboxen and subpages[edit]

Hey, it's been a while. It's good to see that you're still contributing. As for userboxes, I'm afraid I'm no expert, but I can point you in the right direction. Wikipedia:Userboxes contains a good bit of instructions on how to create userboxes (and note also the already-created userboxes contained in the lists linked at the bottom of the page). If you do have trouble creating one, feel free to ping me and I'll check and see if I can discover the problem; if I can't work it out, you can always ask over at Wikipedia:Requested templates for more expert help (and if you're doing anything too esoteric, it might be better to ask there first, since my template-fu is not so strong).

You also asked "Also, could possibly expand my userpage by adding a new page?". I think that by this you mean that you want to create additional user pages--if so, then see WP:SUBPAGE#How_to_create_user_subpages for information on that; the whole of WP:SUBPAGE should be more or less useful to be aware of. I personally use subpages as a sort of personal sandbox to work on new articles and templates (like User:Sopoforic/Sandbox), and also for organizational purposes--I have a subpage containing the barnstar I received (User:Sopoforic/Barnstars), for example. (If this isn't the question you meant to ask, then please just reply with a clarification on my talk page.)

One thing further: I notice that about a third of your edits are to your user page; while there's nothing wrong with making your user page look nice, and editing it as you see fit (indeed I have about as many edits in my userspace as you have total), I'd like to encourage you not to worry too much about your user page. Ultimately, your contributions to the encyclopedia are much more valuable, and people will judge you much more on the content of your edits to the encyclopedia than the beauty of your user page (in fact, Betacommand has told me that he doesn't even look at user pages--when he wants to learn about an editor he goes straight to their talk page, which he considers more useful; this is probably not a bad idea).

I hope that this helps you out. As always, feel free to contact me if there's anything more I can do from you; I'm happy to hear from you, especially if I can help you in some way. Cheers. --Sopoforic 21:37, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Regarding Callaway High School[edit]

I'm glad you have a project that interests you. I made a small edit to Callaway High School to fix some issues with whitespace and a missing parameter; it should be clear how this worked. Since you're editing this article somewhat heavily, I wanted to make sure that you were aware of the watchlist feature of Mediawiki. It's very useful for monitoring changes to pages you're interested in--I have 537 pages on my watchlist at the moment, but I've had as many as around 800 at one point. It can get a little overwhelming when you have a lot of pages on there, but it's very manageable even with several hundred pages watched.

One other thing I wanted to check with you: you added Image:Callaway school.jpg to the article, having uploaded it to commons. Then Allstarecho marked it as Public Domain. Has this image really been released into the public domain? I see that it came from the school's web site, and in general images on school web sites aren't in the public domain. If you have got an email releasing it into the public domain (or under some acceptable license), you will want to forward that to the permissions queue (the process is outlined at Wikipedia:Requesting_copyright_permission#When_permission_is_confirmed). I think I mentioned it at some point before, but you should note that 'by permission' is not an acceptable license for images on Wikipedia (or especially on the Commons).

If you made a mistake in uploading the image to commons, and it isn't in fact free (by our--wikipedia's--quirky definition of free), then let me know and I'll request it to be deleted from commons. Or, if you prefer, you can request deletion for it yourself; the commons deletion guidelines give pretty clear instructions on how to do that.

Good luck with your projects; let me know if there's anything I can do to help you. --Sopoforic 00:27, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Non-free images on user page[edit]

Much though I hate to be the bearer of bad news, non-free images are not allowed on user pages. You may link to the images (by placing a colon before the name, like Image:Wikipedia.png), but not display them. I've converted them to links in this way; you may remove them entirely if you desire. --Sopoforic 02:35, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Regarding: Image:Royal Rumble - 00hr 16min 36sec edited.jpg[edit]

Well, the {{WWE-photo}} template is inappropriate--it isn't an official publicity photo, it's a screenshot; I've removed that. I also modified the FUR slightly; you'll want to replace the 'source' with whatever the title of the video you took the screencap is--probably Royal Rumble 2007 or something, but I don't know. Otherwise this doesn't seem too bad. I'm not familiar with this event in particular or PPV events in general, but I am going to assume that the people attending (shown in Image:Undertaker winning the Rumble.jpg) were not allowed to bring cameras with them. If people were allowed to take photos of the event it's a little less clear, since we might hope to get free photos. Still, at present it seems to me that you just need to be a little more clear about the source of the image.

I'm going to end here without any further discussion of fair use rationales (unusual for me, since I seem to be a bit long-winded) since it's 4am and I have class tomorrow--today. Good night. --Sopoforic 08:07, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

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