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Welcome to Wikipedia![edit]

Hello Anomalocaris, welcome to Wikipedia!

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask me on my talk page. Thanks and happy editing, Alphax τεχ 13:46, 6 September 2005 (UTC)

em-dashes[edit]

Just to let you know: turning Unicode em-dash into HTML — is directly opposite to the direction we've been going for over a year. It's not a big deal (the display is the same) but it looks like you are making a deliberate effort here, and it will simply be undone by a bot at some point. - Jmabel | Talk 18:11, 20 August 2006 (UTC)

[copied]
Please point to a Wikipedia guideline page that includes recommendations to use Unicodes vs. HTML codes such as — for —.

Regardless of Wikipedia guidelines, I would point out:

  • Editing in Wikipedia is done in a fixed-width font, so, while editing, the visual distinction between hyphen, en dash, and em dash is certain when using HTML codes, and uncertain when using Unicodes.
  • Wikipedia's own Unicode and HTML page refers to and uses — to discuss and display the em dash.
  • I seem to recall reading somewhere off Wikipedia that browsers are more likely to render & codes correctly than they are to render Unicode characters correctly. I don't know if this is true with the browsers of 2006.

In general I replace – codes and single and double hyphens with — codes. I do not replace Unicode-coded em dashes with &mdash-coded em dashes except perhaps in the course of fixing the other stand-ins for em dash. Anomalocaris 21:02, 20 August 2006 (UTC) [end copied]

I have no idea if there is a formal guideline, but there is an authorized bot sweeping through and Unicodifying HTML entities.

There may still be someone using a browser that has trouble with Unicode, but if so they will be in trouble in a lot of other places, since we no longer use HTML entities for letters with diacritics, either.

Again, no big deal, just didn't want you to waste effort swimming against the current, but if you want to, it is your prerogative. - Jmabel | Talk 21:12, 20 August 2006 (UTC)


Willie McGee of Laurel, Mississippi[edit]

If you wish to improve and resource it I can undelete it for you. Let me know.--Dakota 03:31, 24 September 2006 (UTC)

Your edits on Nancy Pelosi[edit]

Hi. I thought you might want to know that while your decision to delete "the only woman to hold the position" from the article was correct, it had read "No woman has been closer to the Presidency" just a few edits before. Just a note. Cheers. Xiner (talk, email) 15:11, 9 January 2007 (UTC)

Cautious Cal.[edit]

"Cautious Cal" is an existent and valid nickname for Calvin Coolidge, regardless of its popularity.

Warning[edit]

Please do not add inappropriate external links to Wikipedia. Wikipedia is not a mere directory of links nor should it be used for advertising or promotion. Inappropriate links include (but are not limited to) links to personal web sites, links to web sites with which you are affiliated, and links that exist to attract visitors to a web site or promote a product. See the external links guideline and spam policies for further explanations of links that are considered appropriate. If you feel the link should be added to the article, then please discuss it on the article's talk page rather than re-adding it. See the welcome page to learn more about Wikipedia. Thank you. ≈ jossi ≈ (talk) 23:53, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Apologies, it was my mistake. I saw an edit of yours in which you corrected a link, and took that as if you added the link. The link itself was not appropriate, and hence my mistake. ≈ jossi ≈ (talk) 20:28, 18 March 2007 (UTC)

Dashes[edit]

Please note the North American tradition of months, dates, and time to see the appropriate use of dashes and emdashes. Please discontinue your unstandardized changes to articles pertaining to dates. Thank you. Mkdwtalk 01:18, 6 May 2007 (UTC)

The Chicago Manual of Style notes that an En dash are used for dates and number ranges. An Em dash is twice the length of an En dash. Em dashes are used to indicates a sudden break in thought and are texted based. You are inserting Em dashes to articles pertaining to dates and time. I kindly ask you to please change them back. Thank you. Mkdwtalk 01:25, 6 May 2007 (UTC)
Was your message on my talk page intended for me or User:Bzuk? I think it's for him, but I'm not sure. His talk page may be a better place for it. Grant | Talk 02:00, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
You seem to still be making changes inconsistent with the WP:MOSDATE, although I haven't rechecked The Chicago Manual of Style. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 18:07, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Dianne Feinstein[edit]

Please try to be more careful when reverting to a previous version. Your revert undid two days worth of valid citation upgrades that I did, plus reinserted a WP:BLP violation that I had removed. The best way to handle that edit would have been to go back into the history, copy out the text you wanted, and then paste it into the latest version. That way, subsequent work will not be undone. I reverted to my last version, and another editor is piecing the text changes back in. Feel free to check it out and make further adjustments, just don't undo all of my work, I am still in the process of formatting all of the citations so that we have nice complete footnotes to refer to. - Crockspot 15:11, 11 May 2007 (UTC)

  • Thanks for the reply on my talk. No problemo. Happy editing. - Crockspot 20:30, 11 May 2007 (UTC)

Your work on years e.g. 30s BC articles[edit]

Thanks for taking on the style improvement task. Cheers! Flyguy649talkcontribs 17:20, 21 June 2007 (UTC)

Well Done (feel free to put this on your userpage, too)[edit]

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Kudos for a well done and industrious copyedit on the Yvette D. Clarke page. Keep up the good work! Davemcarlson 08:59, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

Wife and kids[edit]

I saw your well-intended edit regarding Rep. José Serrano's wife and 5 kids. He has five kids and a wife. She is the mother of at least one, Benjamin, but not of all 5. I know that at least Sen. José Marco Serrano is his son by a previous marriage. You may wish to re-edit your edit.Pr4ever 22:13, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

Ruben Hinojosa[edit]

That IP vandal is at it again ... I reverted his latest garbage; if he does it again he's going to AIV.Blueboy96 17:39, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

I requested semi-protection ... that should end this nonsense. Blueboy96 12:05, 10 September 2007 (UTC)

Symphony No.9 (Dvorak)[edit]

While Trivia is rejected, is it possible there are "Influnce" and "Influences" at the same time? (Addaick 12:40, 1 October 2007 (UTC))

Joe the Plumber tax views[edit]

Hello Anomalocaris,

There is an arbitration discussion in regard to Joe the Plumber's tax liens and his tax views. Please do not add any contributions to the article relating to this material under the arbitration is complete.

Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration#Inclusion of tax liens and opinions about taxation of Joe the Plumber in Joe Wurzelbacher and United States presidential election debates, 2008#Joe the Plumber

--Amwestover (talk) 00:41, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

It is standard Wikipedia procedure to not contribute material that is in the process of consensus in order to prevent edit warring. I encourage you to contribute to the consensus on the matter until it is resolved. Please do not re-add the contribution or else I will have to report you for edit warring. --Amwestover (talk) 01:05, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

  • Not sure about your counting in your latest addition to the talk page. For example you didn't count my exclusion !vote [1] - not sure why not. --Matilda talk 06:24, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

October 2008[edit]

Nuvola apps important.svg You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war according to the reverts you have made on Joe Wurzelbacher. Note that the three-revert rule prohibits making more than three reversions on a single page within a 24 hour period. Additionally, users who perform a large number of reversions in content disputes may be blocked for edit warring, even if they do not technically violate the three-revert rule. If you continue, you may be blocked from editing. Please do not repeatedly revert edits, but use the talk page to work towards wording and content that gains a consensus among editors. If necessary, pursue dispute resolution. Bstone (talk) 01:13, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

WP:NPA[edit]

The Joe the Plumber article presents some difficult problems for editors to solve. Please don't attack or insult people whose beliefs are different from yours, on the talk page or in your edit summaries. WP has policies about personal attacks, civility, and assuming good faith not because we are all sweet little angels in tutus and pink ballet shoes but because we are not. Getting angry at other people and getting them angry at you makes the discussion less productive and more unpleasant for everyone. Thanks. betsythedevine (talk) 11:13, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

BLP privacy policy for limited public figures[edit]

I think that the current deadlock on Joe the plumber is due to unclear BLP policy on limited public figures. I've made a proposal to clarify the policy here. Since you are one of the parties involved in the dispute, this is a notification for your input on the proposed policy clarification. VG 10:56, 26 October 2008 (UTC)


Spelling in quotes[edit]

I notice you changed the spelling of "centre" here.. Sincie it is a quote it goes with the original spelling. Easy to get tripped up by this. Rgds, Rich Farmbrough, 11:44 28 November 2008 (UTC).

Willie Horton[edit]

The link you provided is a pay research site. I'll try to figure a way to work as proper citation into the article in the event it is made free at some future point. Thanks. Ellsworth (talk) 05:12, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

Sepal Copyedit Template[edit]

The reason for me placing the copyedit template on the sepal page was mainly because of poor sentence structure/tone. Unless that has been fixed, it would be a good idea to leave the template there. die2u2 (talk) 01:57, 2 March 2009 (UTC)

Picasso about van Gogh[edit]

You reinserted the following caption: When Pablo Picasso was shown this photograph on January 6, 1958 he remarked: What a striking resemblance to the young Rimbaud, especially the keen and penetrating eyes.

Is it relevant that a painter looks like a poet? Actually, I don't think he looks like Rimbaud, but that is my personal opinion. Just as it is Picasso's personal opinion that he does. It would be relevant though, if Picasso would have said, that Rimbaud's poems are reflected in Van Gogh's paintings. But he didn't. He is just talking about characteristics that both person's are not know for.Jan Arkesteijn (talk) 07:12, 16 July 2009 (UTC)


Washington Jewish Film Festival[edit]

I tend to be a bit quick on the draw. :-) (Besides, I live in the suburbs, so it's in my backyard.)

Sure, no worries - I'll tag the redirect for deletion. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 03:40, 5 October 2009 (UTC)

Space em dashes[edit]

You seem to be inserting a lot of spaced em dashes. This is a generally bad style; per MOS:DASH, em dashes should not be spaced. Please clean those up. Dicklyon (talk) 07:01, 11 October 2009 (UTC)

Punctuation inside quotes[edit]

Thanks for your clean-up work. However my understanding is that Wikipedia's "house style" calls for placing the punctuation outside of quotes, unless they are part of the original quotation. See WP:MOS#Quotation marks. It says, "On Wikipedia, place all punctuation marks inside the quotation marks if they are part of the quoted material and outside if they are not." That is different from ordinary American usage.   Will Beback  talk  07:36, 8 February 2010 (UTC)


Euphorbia reversions[edit]

Hi, I am not a seasoned contributor so could you please explain in detail why you are reverting the changes I made. In particular the number of species in Euphorbia which I changed from an unreferenced number to a number generated by a documented peer reviewed website. If I am citing this incorrectly please advise as well as why you deleted the external link I added, again to a peer reviewed website containing all species data on Euphorbia.--Weepingraf (talk) 10:55, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

species numbers[edit]

Hi, I do of course agree that it is impossible to say how many species of Euphorbia "God Created". But many of the figures cited for larger genera are wildly out to the number of known species. From the WCSP you get the exact number of species by using the "Build a checklist" option [2] select family "Euphorbiaceae" and Genus "Euphorbia and click "create a checklist". Under the genus entry for Euphorbia it will say "2003 Species". The WCSP species count is exactly that, not including hybrids or infraspecific taxa, that is why it is so usefull for large genera. By citing the date this search was done, at least you have a referenced peer reviewed source of the number based on actual species counts rather than a guess. I agree the wording should perhaps reflect that this is one count of known species at one particular point in time. However this could be said about any species number. There may be only one species of Ginkgo know today but that does not mean there may be another species as yet undiscovered. And Yes for Psychotria the count is exactly 1900 (in the same way as Phyllanthaceae has exacly 2,100 species known today[[3]] although I agree that there are at least another 200 or so undescribed species of Psychotria. But I would assume the figure to reflect current knowledge rather than looking in a crystal ball. --Weepingraf (talk) 11:19, 5 April 2010 (UTC)

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Your edit in Ahava[edit]

Hi there, the text in the article has now been replaced by the standard boilerplate language, which is okay, but I'd like to let you know nonetheless that I don't agree with this revert of yours. Moreover, the source you removed deals with the issue more specifically than the boilerplate language (dealing as it does with Mitzpe Shalem and exports to the EU), so there's an argument it would have been better.

Specifically, you say that that the source wouldn't support the text. However, the source says: "The British Government believes that Israeli settlements on occupied territory are illegal. So does every other government in the world, except for Israel. (...) a settlement called Mitzpe Shalem". This means exactly that every government except Israel considers Mitzpe Shalem to be an illegal settlement. Kind regards, --Dailycare (talk) 11:15, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

Your username is awesome[edit]

That's about it. Great, great name. WLU (t) (c) Wikipedia's rules:simple/complex 01:53, 5 February 2011 (UTC)

I have nightmares about your username! (But think it's awesome anyway.) --Danger (talk) 00:23, 15 February 2011 (UTC)

Nomination of List of U.S. cities with Wikipedia article names without state for deletion[edit]

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Adding spacing to initials in Black hole[edit]

In this edit you added spacing to all initials in the references of the black hole article. Why? I, for one, think this is very ugly, which is why I have consistently added references without spacing between the initials. This is perfectly valid choice for formatting references. Moreover, it is generally considered very bad form to make wholesale unilateral changes to references formatting in a drive-by edit without discussing.TR 08:56, 2 March 2011 (UTC)

Timothy, I can't help with your sense of beauty or ugliness, but initials of human names are spaced in Wikipedia, as can be seen by these examples: J.R.R. Tolkien redirects to J. R. R. Tolkien; George H.W. Bush redirects to George H. W. Bush; D.W. Griffith redirects to D. W. Griffith; I.M. Pei redirects to I. M. Pei. Spaced initials of human names is standard. For example, The Chicago Manual of Style 14th edition says in section 7.6 on page 237:
Names and initials of persons are capitalized:
...
R. W. B. Lewis
...
The space between initials should be the same as the space between initial and name (not R. W.B. Lewis), except when initial are used alone, without periods (see 14.4).
As for your claim "it is generally considered very bad form to make wholesale unilateral changes to references formatting in a drive-by edit without discussing",[citation needed] even such a consensus exists, I didn't violate it. It is not as though I changed wholesale from APA style to MLA style. All I did was insert spaces in initials, which is standard throughout Wikipedia and Standard English. —Anomalocaris (talk) 19:41, 2 March 2011 (UTC)
The space thing applies to page titles, not citations. Citations may be in any acceptable style, and switching from one style to another is extremely looked down upon per WP:CITEVAR. I've reverted to the established style. Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 22:21, 2 March 2011 (UTC)
I have replied at Talk:Black hole#Citation standards. —Anomalocaris (talk) 00:01, 3 March 2011 (UTC)

World War II/Second World War and ENGVAR[edit]

I have reverted your removal of First World War/Second World War in articles with strong ties to British English. British English usage is for Second World War/First World War to be used. It is a choice for the editors of the article and there is no mandate for either version to have to be used in an article. Changes in usage, particularly in Featured Articles such as the British Empire, should be discussed on the article talkpage with the editors of the article per WP:ENGVAR. Woody (talk) 09:41, 18 April 2011 (UTC)

Breaking links with en/em dash warring[edit]

Hi. Please note that this edit of yours removed links to articles and media repositories on Commons, making information inaccessible from this article and creating links that went to nothing in their place. Please pay attention to what you're doing and avoid doing that. Thanks. Infrogmation (talk) 02:50, 10 September 2011 (UTC)

{{cite DNB}} and hyphens[edit]

Please note that entries in {{cite DNB}} require hyphens rather than endashes, because they encode the Wikisource title convention, and are nothing to do with the MoS conventions here. Recent edits of yours have broken links to references. Charles Matthews (talk) 08:17, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

Wow![edit]

Me thinks u have a great eye for detail (e.g. V. R. Parton). Thx! Ihardlythinkso (talk) 07:49, 2 December 2011 (UTC)

Angle brackets[edit]

Actually, they were not angle brackets, they were quotation marks. I changed them to angle brackets, which is the accepted convention. — kwami (talk) 01:36, 4 December 2011 (UTC)

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Thanks! (MSE)[edit]

Thanks for your edit MSE@452249865, which fixed my mistake in MSE@376486301! I made that edit as one of my first edits (before learning the "exactly one wikilink per entry" rule, which I just learned from MoS/Disambiguation pages). I went to go fix my mistake, and – lo and behold – it was already fixed! So, thanks! ~David Rolek (talk) 05:13, 30 December 2011 (UTC)

Dashing through the snow[edit]

Well, Christmas is over, but your campaign to replace (-) with (–) is still going strong. --Uncle Ed (talk) 01:16, 5 March 2012 (UTC)

Robin Ficker[edit]

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Thanks for your contribution. -- Pemilligan (talk) 19:20, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

Things aren't improving. Any ideas what to do next? Seek protection from anonymous edits maybe? -- Pemilligan (talk) 02:29, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

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Highway 4[edit]

Hey, Anomalocaris. First of all, let me say that you have a weird and fascinating user name. From it, I deduced that you are from British Columbia (The Ogygopsis Shale). LOL. You recently edited Highway 4. I applaud you for you diligence in fixing hyphens and dashes. However you also inexplicably removed all links of street names to the persons they're named after other than to say that it is fundamentally illogical. I strongly disagree. Wikipedia articles are all about providing information. The person a street is named after is certainly of interest to the reader. Would you also remove all links to towns, geographic features and historical events that lend their names to streets? And would you remove the hundreds of such links to well over 50 articles about Israel's highways? I sincerely hope not. Respectfully, --@Efrat (talk) 08:33, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Whilst/while[edit]

Can I ask why you are replacing "whilst" with "while"? They have exactly the same meaning. Number 57 08:34, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

Sorry, I'm no clearer. The only reason I can see is to comply with WP:ENGVAR, yet you have made the change on some articles using British English - e.g. The Generals' Revolt. Number 57 15:31, 23 April 2012 (UTC)
I still don't see the problem. If an article is using British English, WP:ENGVAR applies and "whilst" is acceptable ("international English" does not apply). Number 57 15:58, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

Links to city and state[edit]

Thanks for your cleanup in Hank Gathers. I did revert one aspect, namely changing [[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]] to [[Philadelphia]], [[Pennsylvania]]. In general, specifics link should be used over back-to-back links that look like a single like per the manual of style on linking. If the concern is that Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is actually a redirect to Philadelphia, WP:NOTBROKEN says redirects are generally OK to use.—Bagumba (talk) 18:01, 15 May 2012 (UTC)

Bagumba, I believe you are referring to this:
  • When possible, avoid placing links next to each other so that they look like a single link, as in [[Ireland|Irish]] [[Chess]] [[Championship]] (Irish Chess Championship). Consider rephrasing the sentence, omitting one of the links, or using a more specific single link (e.g. to Irish Chess Championship) instead.
That is different from [[city]], [[state]] examples, because the unlinked comma prevents the links from looking like a single link. In fact, links of this type are prevalent throughout Wikipedia, for example:
Those were the three of the first four articles I checked and each one includes Philadelphia, Pennsylvania right in the first sentence. (The fourth, Frank Rizzo, uses Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Therefore I believe I was right to edit Hank Gathers as I did.
By the way, I find Wikipedia:List of U.S. cities with Wikipedia article names without state to be a useful resource. —Anomalocaris (talk) 01:02, 16 May 2012 (UTC)
Definitely you are encouraged to be bold, and thanks for following up on my comments. There was this line in the MOS, "As explained in more detail at Help:Links#Wikilinks, linking can be "direct" ([[Riverside, California]], which results in Riverside, California), or "piped" ([[Riverside, California|Riverside]], which results in Riverside in the text, but still links to the article "Riverside, California")." I suppose one could argue that doesn't specifically discourage a link to both the city and state in cases where the city article does not have the state in the city's article name. I think we can find examples of both approaches, but WP:OTHERSTUFF would caution about solely basing decisions on examples from other articles. My thinking, which I believe is consistent with the basic principle of the MOS such as WP:SPECIFICLINK, is that a reader is mostly interested in the city Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as opposed to being equally interested in Philadelphia and separately Pennsylvania. Those interested in the state would still find the link in the city article. I also think its small and subtle to tell if the comma is blue or not (i.e. is it one link or a separate link to the city and state).—Bagumba (talk) 01:37, 16 May 2012 (UTC)

Italics in title[edit]

Just a reminder that DISPLAYTITLE is a magic word, not a template, and uses a colon, not a pipe. For example, it should be {{DISPLAYTITLE:ST ''Voorbode''}}, not {{DISPLAYTITLE|ST ''Voorbode''}}. — Paul A (talk) 04:35, 29 June 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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I award you this barnstar in recognition of the many minor grammatical and punctuation edits you make to a wide range of articles. Thank you for your hard work. ~Adjwilley (talk) 19:35, 14 September 2012 (UTC)

"Period and comma outside quotes"[edit]

I have no problem with any of your edits yesterday to Magnetic-core memory. But on your change summary: While conventional English usage is that period and comma are inside quotes because they look better that way, Wikipedia policy is that period and comma are inside or outside quotes depending on whether there was a period or comma in the thing being quoted. Cheers. Spike-from-NH (talk) 22:52, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

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great job![edit]

I noticed your nice cleanup edit on saxitoxin (it's on my watchlist) and glanced at your contributions -- you've done great work! Nice to meet a fellow WikiGnome! =)

Just curious -- do you use AutoWikiBrowser or do you do all your edits manually? Cheers! Wingman4l7 (talk) 23:21, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

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I've added you to the AWB checkpage. INeverCry 03:16, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

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Stevia[edit]

I noticed all your recent edits to the article on Stevia. Most of them seem to be very good edits. I was just puzzled by the change to italics for the word "stevia". I think the two instances of the word in italics in the first paragraph in "History and use" are correct, but I don't understand later instances of the word in italics. I can't remember if there are any more than the one in the list for the U.S. at the bottom of the page, but I don't understand why that one is in italics. The word appears frequently in regular font both before and after that. I'd appreciate learning the reasoning behind it. Thank you. – CorinneSD (talk) 23:17, 22 November 2013 (UTC)

Help with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp & SeriousFun Children's Network[edit]

Hi,

Can you help me fix the inaccurate merging of these two articles? The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is not the same organization as the SeriousFun Children's Network. Hole in the Wall is one of 14 different independent camps that belong to the SeriousFun network, itself an independent 501(c)(3). If you could unmerge them I would be willing to fix up the Hole in the Wall one and build an accurate one for SeriousFun.

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Dashes[edit]

I mentioned an old edit of yours at Talk:List_of_eponyms_(A–K)#Dashes. Dicklyon (talk) 19:16, 4 January 2014 (UTC)

WP:ENGVAR[edit]

Thanks for your efforts to repair articles, but please don't change British English to American English when there is no need to do so. Cheers, Number 57 20:23, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Please read MOS:RETAIN, specifically the part "there is no valid reason for such a change". I realised after I wrote the comment above that this is not the first time I have asked you to refrain from making such changes - please could you respect the guideline. Thanks, Number 57 21:39, 13 January 2014 (UTC)
We did not settle this a year ago, I either forgot or just didn't bother responding to you. I have no interest in discussing the merits or the opinion of a handful of external style guides - the whole point of WP:ENGVAR's existence is to prevent the need for such futile discussions ("In general, disputes over which English variety to use in an article are strongly discouraged. Such debates waste time and engender controversy, mostly without accomplishing anything positive."). Please just respect it. Thanks, Number 57 18:20, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

Given our recent conversation, these edits are clear violations of WP:POINT. Please stop. Thank you. Number 57 07:51, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

Not responding does not equate to conceding the point, as there are a variety of reasons for doing so. I am also aware of the theoretical wording of WP:POINT, but the overall concept is not to make edits that are merely to prove something after you've been asked not to. You have your views on how English should be written, and I have mine. Sometimes we agree (I have no problem with this edit), sometimes we won't. In most cases, there is no definitive answer, and WP:ENGVAR is there to prevent endlessly circular fruitless discussions by stating that there should be no change in such cases. I appreciate the work you are doing to identify dead links, so let's leave this discussion on a positive note. Cheers, Number 57 17:48, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

Unfortunately I see you are continuing to remove the word "whilst" from articles for no apparent reason. Please consider this a final request to stop before I take this to a noticeboard. Thanks, Number 57 18:55, 20 January 2014 (UTC)

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On a recent edit to Laura Marano[edit]

Specifically this one. To answer your question, it's a coded image of her (technical details: Base64-encoded and embedded in a data: URI). A search on Google Images suggests it may be a copyright violation.

Sorry if this seems creepy; I was just going through Special:RecentChanges. tongue out --Anon126 (talk - contribs) 07:02, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

New user[edit]

Hi! Thanks for your attention to the Kansas article [4] which I was about to do. The editor in question is new, and I've referred them to the MOS on their talk page. Andrewa (talk) 18:38, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

Ref ends[edit]

What you call fake paragraphing here is done so editors can more easily distinguish text from refs.--JimWae (talk) 09:14, 23 February 2014 (UTC)


Reference Link for Kip McKean Article[edit]

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Here is another link that contains the full text of the article: http://www.tolc.org/time2.htm — Preceding unsigned comment added by 140.198.105.26 (talk) 20:36, 24 February 2014 (UTC)

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Thanks for the correction of Nate Robinson. I missed the change in IP address and did not revert all of the vandalism. I am glad you caught it. Donner60 (talk) 05:12, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Joe Spisak[edit]

I noticed that you designated the above as not being notable enough to appear in the DoY pages (March 30 births) I thought that anyone notable enough to have a Wikipedia entry qualified. I would be grateful if you could point me to the criteria for inclusion in the DoY pages. Regards. Richard Avery (talk) 17:34, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

WP:DOY#What is notable says, "Also, being the subject of a Wikipedia article is only a minimum requirement for inclusion in a Wikicalendar article. Not all people meet the more stringent notability requirements for Wikicalendar articles." But it doesn't say what those more stringent notability requirements are. On my own initiative, I ruled that having won a high school state wrestling championship followed by an unspectacular year or two in college is not notable enough for DOY articles. If his record doesn't improve, he will soon be completely forgotten in the domain for which his notability is claimed. Would anybody care today about someone with a similar record who was born in 1892 or 1942? —Anomalocaris (talk) 18:52, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
OK, I get that. Pity there is no pointer on the pages about this(or maybe my eyesight is not so good ;-)). Thanks for that. Richard Avery (talk) 21:08, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

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Many thanks![edit]

For all the work you've done adding descriptions to my Romanian river disambiguation pages. Cheers! bd2412 T 03:00, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for the acknowledgement, bd2412. Would you like to take over?—Anomalocaris (talk) 05:47, 22 April 2014 (UTC)
I wouldn't know where to start! bd2412 T 15:36, 22 April 2014 (UTC)
bd2412: Start at Special:ShortPages and search for "river". The first such article is now Brebina River. When you have edited all the river articles on the page, click on the "next 50" link. There are now 60 "River" articles in the 500 shortest pages, most of which are Romanian river disambiguation pages. In the next 500, there are only 5 "River" articles, of which only 1 is a Romanian river disambiguation page. —Anomalocaris (talk) 15:53, 22 April 2014 (UTC)
How do you tell which county a tributary is in? It looks like most of them run through multiple counties. Cheers! bd2412 T 20:57, 23 April 2014 (UTC)
bd2412: For example, Brebina River links to Brebina River (Bârsa), which says, "This Brașov County location article is a stub." For my similar edits, I assumed this info is correct. Cheers! —Anomalocaris (talk) 21:21, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

Not unexplained.[edit]

My blanking out the article Ann-Sophie Qvarnström was another error on my part. It was being made quite clear to me that I should devote my spare time to something else than trying to contribute to Wikipedia. I only thought it was good manners to clean up my inferior stuff before I left.W.carter (talk) 10:23, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

A bowl of strawberries for you![edit]

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I got something today, and it is all thanks to you. :) - W.carter (talk) 15:05, 8 May 2014 (UTC)

Myotome[edit]

Thanks for your note on the need to be fixed myotome page - hope to have it sorted soon. Iztwoz (talk) 12:48, 5 May 2014 (UTC)

Edit in my userspace[edit]

Hey, no worries. I'd forgotten I had the Index of Textile Articles in my user space.... Mabalu (talk) 22:29, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

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Not sure is your edit to remove what I just added [5] was intentional, or it was an edit conflict. Cwobeel (talk) 18:00, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Cwobeel: Sorry, I did not intend to remove your edit to Dave Brat. I was resolving another edit conflict and I didn't realize a new conflict had formed. —Anomalocaris (talk) 18:05, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
No problems, just checking. Cwobeel (talk) 18:54, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

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With regard to [6]:

Note: template sfn is not authorized for references to newspaper and periodical names, only for author names

That's incorrect, please see Template:Sfn#No author name in citation template. --Joy [shallot] (talk) 19:29, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

@Joy [shallot], thank you for this clarification, but this opens up new issues; please see Template talk:Sfn#No author name in citation template. —Anomalocaris (talk) 21:37, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

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Kidnapping and murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir[edit]

Hi Anomalocaris,

I removed the see also in this article per WP:SEEALSO. I left a brief edit summary doing this, but could take this to the talk page if you want. Thank you, --Malerooster (talk) 01:57, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

I believe the rules are by my side but I won't insist further. Thank you for taking the time to lay out your position in such detail and so thoughtfully! Peleio Aquiles (talk) 00:41, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

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Thank-you for the respectful disagreement[edit]

I haven't had that for a while. Gregkaye (talk) 19:22, 31 August 2014 (UTC) BTW v cool user name.

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How is this vandalism? Platinum is mentioned in the article while the materials you restored are not. --NeilN talk to me 17:01, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

NeilN: Feel free to edit Homeopathy. I won't revert edits relating to platinum.—Anomalocaris (talk) 17:20, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

observation[edit]

It is an observation nationwide in India. what do you mean no wikipedia article ? 49.205.213.192 (talk) 17:03, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

check this article[edit]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Reserve_Police_Force. who are you to stop our nation's observation 49.205.213.192 (talk) 17:07, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

october 21[edit]

stop your non sense and vandalism on the article. The main article clearly indicates the observation. OCTOBER 21 is an observation day (police commemoration) and not event. I may have to notify your vandalism against a nation, and notify your behavior to the wikipedia arbitration committeePushpakan (talk) 06:01, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

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Manuel I Komnenos[edit]

I get a little testy when people "correct" the usage of 'which' and 'that'. It dates back to a scientific paper I wrote years ago which had a rather complex descriptive sentence in it. When it appeared in print, the publication editors (perhaps an automated checker) replaced all the usage of 'which' with 'that' rendering the sentence an abomination. I have no quarrel with your other edits, but did not want to wade through acres of text to replace the changes from 'which' to 'that'. Urselius (talk) 10:18, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Ian Fleming[edit]

Stop your warring or I will have you blocked. Cassiantotalk 20:44, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

User:Cassianto: One reversion is not "warring". I justified my reversion in the edit summary. Don't threaten me. Assume good faith. —Anomalocaris (talk) 20:47, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
I don't assume good faith when someone edit wars. My threat stands: adopt BRD and cease warring or I will report you. Cassiantotalk 22:27, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
"I propose to revert to the latest version by Anomalocaris" there is nothing of good faith in such an arrogant statement of intent. Play nice, treat people politely and you won't piss people off as much as you've pissed me off now. It's hardly a good way to begin a discussion. - SchroCat (talk) 22:03, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
It's not vandalism, so don't be so rude and childish in claiming so. - SchroCat (talk) 14:28, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

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Ellipsis and punctuation[edit]

Seriously, you should spend your precious time making articles better and adding encyclopaedic value to them, rather than continue this relentless pursuit of your version of punctuation perfection which, it appears, is just your own version of LQ. Most often, if you face serious opposition on a truly trivial point, it's better to say "ok, cool, I'll go and improve an article" rather than do the whole Arbcom, DRN thing. In any case, Happy Christmas. The Rambling Man (talk) 19:01, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

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Hello. I see that IP changed your comment and then reverted it again. Well I reverted it also and the IP did it again. I left a warning to the IP and it seems the IP does not get it.

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Help on Tom Graves?[edit]

Hi Anomalocaris, I'm looking for help with some updates to the Rep. Tom Graves article and I wonder if you might be willing to help. Looking around at the articles for a few other Republican politicians from Georgia, I saw you'd been active in this topic area recently recently, so this article might be of interest to you.

At present, some of the article sections are lacking in detail or WP:RS citations, or both. I also see a few areas where the wording does not conform to the cited source and / or is not encyclopedic. I'm seeking to address these issues.

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Type species must display the named genus?[edit]

Hello, I do not agree that "Type species must display the named genus", as you stated in your recent changes to Platymantis and Ptychadena (and which would require putting the authority in parenthesis, which is not the case at the moment). The Amphibian Species of the World, the source of this information for amphibians, lists type species using their original names, which may or may not coincide with the names of the genera they typify. So do the Mammal Species of the World. I am not sure whether this is a convention rather than a rule, but I see no reason to depart from it. Type species are usually wikilinked to their current name, so there should be no risk of confusion. Micromesistius (talk) 14:05, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

They/it[edit]

Could you not change "they" to "it". It's perfectly acceptable in British English to refer to organisations in the plural and use "they". See, for example, Conservative Party (UK). Cheers, Number 57 08:59, 24 June 2015 (UTC)

User:Number 57: I believe there ought to be consistency both within and across Israeli party articles, and when referring to a party, as opposed to members (plural), the usage should be consistent. A review of Conservative Party (UK) shows considerable use of both "it" and "they" in reference to the party, but the plural "they" is often (but admittedly not always) used to agree with "Conservatives" or "the Conservatives". Similarly, Republican Party (United States) usually refers to the party as "it", but uses "they" after "Republicans", e.g. "... while Republicans lost 7 seats in the House, they retained control." Thank you for expressing your concern, but I do intend to continue to work to standardize to the singular pronoun in referring to the party as a whole as I edit Israeli party articles primarily improving the reference info. Cheers! —Anomalocaris (talk) 09:55, 24 June 2015 (UTC)
It's not "concern", it's a request to respect WP:ENGVAR; if you continue to ignore this, then I will continue to revert you. You will see that "they" is also used in UK Independence Party article, despite there not being a plural version of the party name (unless you count "Ukippers...). Number 57 10:00, 24 June 2015 (UTC)

Please stop edit warring over this. The outcome of the discussion at Cooperation and Brotherhood does not apply in this case as it is a different case; Rothorpe's comment that "the 'was' and 'were' are too close together", this time they are at different ends of a long sentence. The comment from Sminthopsis84 was that the sentence was apparently confusing; this is an entirely different sentence, so that comment does not apply here either. Number 57 16:04, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

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GS5[edit]

Since there are only two entries on GS-5 and GS5 each, do you think it could be just merged together? hbdragon88 (talk) 04:26, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

hbdragon88: The first four "A-number" articles I checked, A0, A1, A10, A5, all have hyphenated and unhyphenated entries. It seems Wikipedia favors including the hyphenated entries in the unhyphenated letter-number disambiguation. Merge to GS5. —Anomalocaris (talk) 05:00, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

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Help[edit]

please remove this line from khowar language which is incorrect; Khowar is the predominant language of Chitral, and one of the 14 designated regional languages there.[citation needed] — Preceding unsigned comment added by 119.160.66.131 (talk) 15:50, 8 December 2015 (UTC)

a 50–50 joint venture[edit]

The MOS text now seems to suggest that we prefer to spell this out as a fifty-to-fifty joint venture. I'm pretty sure that wasn't your intention. Pburka (talk) 22:40, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

User:Pburka: I agree with you that this wasn't my intention, but please explain. My change was to insert the example
a 50–50 joint venture
and I do not see how this suggests that we prefer to spell this out as a fifty-to-fifty joint venture. —Anomalocaris (talk) 22:47, 11 December 2015 (UTC)
The full text reads: a 51–30 win; a 22–17 majority vote; a 50–50 joint venture; but prefer spelling out when using words instead of numerals: a six-to-two majority decision, not the awkward a six–two majority decision
It instructs us to spell out the word 'to' (or 'vs.', etc.) when using words instead of numerals. How should editors interpret this as applied to the example you added? Pburka (talk) 23:07, 11 December 2015 (UTC)
User:Pburka: I don't see that. The words "spell out" appear in Wikipedia:Manual of Style only twice, both in the "Units of measurement" section. I inserted my example among other examples under the heading
In compounds when the connection might otherwise be expressed with to, versus, and, or between
but I don't see that heading as implying that the use of the en dash in an example means that Wikipedia recommends that the en dash in an example should be replaced with (or should be spelled out as) one of those four words. The first example in this section is
boyfriend–girlfriend problems
and I don't believe this is intended to recommend that this phrase be replaced with any of "boyfriend to girlfriend problems", "boyfriend versus girlfriend problems", "boyfriend and girlfriend problems", or "between boyfriend and girlfriend problems". Do you still believe that my example suggests that Wikipedia is recommending "a fifty-to-fifty joint venture"? —Anomalocaris (talk) 23:28, 11 December 2015 (UTC)
"boyfriend" and "girlfriend" aren't numbers, and they're not part of the clause you edited. Let's just consider the example you added, and the next phrase:
a 50–50 joint venture; but prefer spelling out when using words instead of numerals
How should a reader interpret this? "Spelling out" must refer to the dash (and, indeed, the omitted example confirms this), but how should it be spelled out in the case of 50–50? I think the wording needs to be clarified to explain why it should be fifty–fifty (i.e. not spelled out when using words instead of numerals) in this case. Pburka (talk) 00:25, 12 December 2015 (UTC)
user:Pburka: I am sorry it took me so long to see your point, which is actually pretty obvious. With your astute advice, the example of "a 50–50 joint venture" is now separated from the advice "but prefer spelling out when using words instead of numerals" as this example would never appear as words. —Anomalocaris (talk) 01:11, 12 December 2015 (UTC)

An automatic editor?[edit]

I noticed this edit to the page Shahada; did it use a semi-automatic page searcher and editor? Thanks. Anthony Appleyard (talk) 10:32, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

Anthony Appleyard: No, simply clicked on the "edit this page" tab at the top and proceded as usual. —Anomalocaris (talk) 17:59, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

Megaplex (Supaplex#Clones)[edit]

Please see the talk page. The section was removed because it encourages spam. There are MANY clones and remakes of this game, and I don't see why Megaplex deserves special treatment. I think it should stay gone, and the disambiguation page link removed as well. --Vladimir (talk) 00:54, 23 December 2015 (UTC)

Vladimir: I don't care about Supaplex—the article or the game. I was simply cleaning up Megaplex (disambiguation) and made changes to Supaplex accordingly. I note that Supaplex#Clones currently begins with a short paragraph on Megaplex. One option would be to leave in that paragraph and remove everything else about clones. Another option would be to remove the entire Clones section. Do whatever makes the most sense to you. If you believe that Megaplex is not worthy of mention in Supaplex, then you should probably remove the corresponding entry from Megaplex (disambiguation) as well. Thank you for drawing my attention to this, but since I have no knowledge or expertise on this and I don't care, I leave it to others to decide what to do about it. Cheers and best wishes for the new year. —Anomalocaris (talk) 06:36, 23 December 2015 (UTC)

Monitored short pages[edit]

Hi. I replied to Dweller's question a while back on his user page.

The intention behind labeling is to separate pages that meet a minimum level of quality from the content of the short pages report. This may enable us to use Special:ShortPages to easily find new or unnoticed short articles that may need to be formatted or deleted. I was not aware that Special:ShortPages with additional arguments could list any segment of page sizes. Thank you pointing that out. I am not sure, if without additional arguments the Special:ShortPages report would always fill up. Even if that was the case, the cleaned up list could be useful, for as long as we are paying attention to the pages up to some size-threashold.

In any case, I do not have strong opinion about this. --Dcirovic (talk) 07:02, 25 December 2015 (UTC)

Dcirovic: Thank you for your quick reply. Preliminaries: (a) Most people nowadays are replying on the same User Talk page as what they are replying to, which makes the conversation easier to follow. (b) I don't know of any "additional arguments" that can be added to extend the short pages report; I simply observed that it's possible to go past the 10,000 limit by editing the URL to have a higher offset.
When you edit an article and add Template:Short pages monitor, do you inspect the article to determine that it meets a minimum level of quality? Do you attempt to assess disambiguation articles for full compliance with Wikipedia:MOSDAB? In particular, do you look for these issues:
  • Introductory line is present and compliant, including using, if appropriate, "may", not "can" or "could"
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  • Entries start with a capital letter (unless it begins with a link to an article marked with {{lowercase}}, like eBay)
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  • For people, birth and death years (when known) are included
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In my opinion, an article out of compliance with any of these criteria, or other directives at Wikipedia:MOSDAB, does not meet a "minimum level of quality".
By the way, I find it curious that after editing, I believe, well over 10,000 disambiguation pages to add them to Category:Monitored short pages, now you say "I do not have strong opinion about this." I am not criticizing your diligent work! I just find this juxtaposition of facts to be curious.—Anomalocaris (talk) 08:04, 25 December 2015 (UTC)
By the "additional arguments" I was referring to the text that follows "Special:ShortPages" in the address, e.g. in "Special:ShortPages&limit=500&offset=5040250" that would be "&limit=500&offset=5040250", where limit and offset are query parameters (or arguments).
Your perspective of the "minimum level of quality" goes along the lines of what an article should ideally look like. I, on the other hand, understand that minimum as what an article typically has to have so that is worth retaining. The articles could be improved over time in a number ways, regardless of whether they are listed on the Short Pages report, or placed somewhere else. Undoubtedly you are aware that there are other ways of labeling articles that need additional work in order to meet the standards.
As I said earlier, I am not adamant that the "Template:Short pages monitor" has to be used, nor do I insist that my view has to be the right one. I made an effort to make Special:ShortPages report a bit more useful, but if there are strong objections to such approach, I will gladly adjust. --Dcirovic (talk) 10:33, 25 December 2015 (UTC)
Dcirovic: Upon review and consideration, I believe your interpretation of "minimum level of quality", and not mine, is the one intended by Category:Monitored short pages and Template:Short pages monitor. I believe that the project or enterprise of moving articles into Category:Monitored short pages does not help Wikipedia (or, even if it does help Wikipedia, I don't think it helps Wikipedia as much as editing a disambiguation to bring it into basic compliance with Wikipedia:MOSDAB). However, apparently many others believe that it does help Wikipedia, so who am I to stand in their way? I have no strong objection to this approach. But it makes more sense to me to prioritize editing for compliance over editing to categorize as having achieved a nonfailing grade. —Anomalocaris (talk) 10:56, 25 December 2015 (UTC)

Don't squeeze out spaces between sentences[edit]

as you did here. This change has no effect on the rendered page, and just makes the source more difficult to read. Dicklyon (talk) 00:19, 26 January 2016 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) Dicklyon I also remove that extra space. As a copy-editor, I read articles mostly in edit mode, and having sentences spaced out with those extra spaces, combined with all the references that interrupt the sentences, makes it harder to follow the flow of the sentences and determine the cohesion of the paragraph. The tighter the sentences are, the easier my job of copy-editing is. If you have WikEd enabled (Preferences, Gadgets, Editing), in most articles references are shaded in gray while text is black on a white background, so the references ought to stand out. Corinne (talk) 00:33, 26 January 2016 (UTC)

Hi, Dicklyon, glad to hear from you. At random I edited (without making changes) five articles linked on your user page:
So for a random selection of five pages you care about, none of them have even a majority of periods between sentences followed by double space, and three of them don't have any. I don't see why you're bothering me about this when you don't seem to care about it when you edit articles yourself.
Hi, Corinne, nice to hear from you as well. —Anomalocaris (talk) 01:30, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
Just as I don't go around doubling spaces, you shouldn't go around squeezing them out. Leave well enough alone, instead of making edits that are worse than pointless, please. Dicklyon (talk) 02:34, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
Hi again, Dicklyon, and thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am obviously not the only editor who sometimes converts multiple blanks to single blanks in Wikipedia markup text. Some editors insert extra spaces out of carelessness or old typewriter habits applicable to neither formatted text nor HTML and related markup text. Other editors, such as Corinne and I, sometimes take them out. I never change multiple spaces to single spaces in formatted layouts, such as the {{Cite}} templates with each parameter appearing on a new line. Unless you can explain how changing markup like
 Please.  Thank you.

to

 Please. Thank you.

is worse than pointless, other than I just don't like it, I don't see a problem here.—Anomalocaris (talk) 04:53, 26 January 2016 (UTC)

First, it's pointless, as it makes not difference to the rendered result. Second, it's worse, because it needless creates changes to review, and these are not totally free; furthermore, scrunching the source makes the source less readable. The "typewriter habit" had, and still has, a good purpose in making it easier to see the separation between sentences. So leave it. Dicklyon (talk) 05:21, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
Dicklyon, when I edit articles and find multiple spaces, much of the time, the multiple spaces are not all at the ends of sentences. For example, in my edit of Basilica of St. Giles, amid all of my other changes, I changed 12 multiple spaces to a single space, only one of which was at the end of a sentence. I believe these 12 changes, along with everything else I changed in this edit, were appropriate. I plan to continue changing multiple spaces to single spaces in the random places I find them. I will continue to avoid changing multiple spaces to single spaces in formatted layouts, but I am not planning to also avoid changing multiple spaces to single spaces at the end of a sentence. I am sorry you don't like it. —Anomalocaris (talk) 05:44, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
Why? What is the point of such edits? Even within a sentence, it's quite pointless, but if you want to do that, can you be less undiscriminating about the context please? Dicklyon (talk) 06:12, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
Do you contend that my edit of Basilica of St. Giles would have been better if I had left the 12 multiple spaces as single spaces? Why should anyone looking at the markup for this article have to stumble across
  During 1482–1486, three chapels were  built in the southern
  prominently  grouped around the main entrance
  The whole church is lit through  high, mostly three-part, glazed  Gothic windows,
and other examples of multiple spaces? Those multiple spaces have no meaning in the markup and they slow down the editor's reading process. Therefore they should be removed, along with the other changes I made, viz. nbsp (substituting &nbsp; for nbsp;); straight apostrophes; ins space after "St."; logical quotes; book titles (boldly guessed) in quotes (sic, I meant italics!); combine similar <ref>s; move Ground plan descriptors into image caption.
I believe that articles should be consistent, not only in things like using MDY or DMY dates, but also in spacing. If most of the inter-sentence spaces in an article are single-spaced in the markup, I think that all of the inter-sentence spaces in an article should be single-spaced in the markup. —Anomalocaris (talk) 06:40, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
Yes I would argue that your edit at Basilica of St. Giles did as much harm as good, since it didn't distinguish between accidental double spaces and possibly purposeful double spaces between sentences. Dicklyon (talk) 21:02, 26 January 2016 (UTC)

re: Template talk:Short pages monitor[edit]

Thanks for the pointer. Rossami (talk) 01:08, 1 February 2016 (UTC)