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Merge discussion for Homeodomain fold [edit]

Information.svg An article that you have been involved in editing, Homeodomain fold , has been proposed for a merge with another article. If you are interested in the merge discussion, please participate by going [[ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Homeobox#Merge_into_Homeodomain.3F%7Chere]], and adding your comments on the discussion page. Thank you. Kinkreet~♥moshi moshi♥~ 11:20, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Fons memorabilium universi[edit]

Hi,
Thanks for setting up that page. I am not familiar with this work otherwise.

6. De eelo et signis celestibus

I suspect you have incorporated an inadvertent typo here?
De eelo makes little sense, but de caelo would be reasonable Latin in this context.
Cheers, Varlaam (talk) 19:41, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, you are right of course. I fixed it. Cheers, AxelBoldt (talk) 20:18, 24 May 2012 (UTC)
Cool. I'm curious what your actual source is.
Ancient manuscript stuck on your fridge with a magnet? Varlaam (talk) 20:48, 24 May 2012 (UTC)
The titles of the books are in the article by Heinz Meyer that's in the references. I can send it to you if you are interested. I just checked, he writes "De celo", but that's probably also a typo. AxelBoldt (talk) 22:35, 24 May 2012 (UTC)
Trouble.
I suggested caelo from caelum, which is Classical Latin (Cicero, Catullus).
At some time in the Dark or Middle Ages, there is a spelling transition.
Although I took 5 years of Latin, this matter was never covered at school. So I am hazy on the details.
Quite possibly, celo is correct at the time of the Fons.
(In Modern French and Spanish, we have ciel and cielo.)
But if we actually have De celo et signis celestibus on the page, anyone else with 2 years of Latin would say, "Shouldn't that be De caelo?"
Off hand, I don't know how WP handles this orthographic clash between older and newer Latin.
There is doubtless a WikiProject with an expert on this time period.
Maybe ask the guys over at lawiki?
Varlaam (talk) 14:23, 25 May 2012 (UTC) (Toronto)
I'll go with celo then, for now, since I have a peer-reviewed reference for that. I guess we could also look at the spelling in the book itself, since it is online, but I'm too lazy. I noticed that you didn't like the translation of the title on the talk page; what would be a better translation? AxelBoldt (talk) 15:01, 25 May 2012 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Thanks for your work fleshing out Flame (malware); in case you haven't already spotted it, you might be pleased to know your work has made the main page. Cheers, Khazar2 (talk) 09:50, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

Well, it looks like you did a lot more work on that article! Cheers, AxelBoldt (talk) 16:44, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

Futures contract[edit]

Hi AxelBoldt. Could you please double check your edit here? With the removal of the entire page-foot (categories and whatnot), it looks like your edit may have been an accidental page-chop. I'd normally revert this, but your summary indicates some possibility that what you chopped may be content in dispute. Rather than get too involved with this, I figured it may be best to send you back for a second look... just to confirm that your edit is really the edit you intended to make. Thanks. :)  -- WikHead (talk) 21:09, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

Thanks a lot, it was not intended! Cheers, AxelBoldt (talk) 21:58, 31 May 2012 (UTC)
You're most certainly welcome. I assumed it was an accidental chop, but was thrown off by your edit summary and didn't want to stick my face into something that may have been the subject of hot discussion. Being unfamiliar with the article and topic, it appears that I've dealt with it correctly. ;) Have yourself a great day AxelBoldt, stay well, and happy editing! :)  -- WikHead (talk) 23:29, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

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July 2012 Study of authors of health-related Wikipedia pages[edit]

Dear Author/AxelBoldt My name is Nuša Farič and I am a Health Psychology MSc student at University College London (UCL). I am currently running a quantitative study entitled Who edits health-related Wikipedia pages and why? I am interested in the editorial experience of people who edit health-related Wikipedia pages. I am interested to learn more about the authors of health-related pages on Wikipedia and what motivations they have for doing so. I am currently contacting the authors of randomly selected articles and I noticed that someone at this address recently edited an article on Artificial insemination. I would like to ask you a few questions about you and your experience of editing the above mentioned article and or other health-related articles. If you would like more information about the project, please visit my user page (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Hydra_Rain) and if interested, please reply via my talk page or e-mail me on nusa.faric.11@ucl.ac.uk. Also, others interested in the study may contact me! If I do not hear back from you I will not contact this account again. Thank you very much in advance. Hydra Rain (talk) 12:23, 14 July 2012 (UTC)

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DYK for 'False positives' scandal[edit]

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Public Domain[edit]

I don't remember how exactly I ended up on your User page, but I noticed that you write there that "every word I write is by default, and always, in the public domain", while at the bottom of your uni-paderborn.de pages (for example, Winning the Shell Game), it says "This material is available under your choice of the OPL or GFDL." This seems contradictory. --82.170.113.123 (talk) 01:04, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

Maybe you mean to say "every word I write on Wikipedia [...]"? --82.170.113.123 (talk) 18:41, 31 August 2013 (UTC)

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Thoughts on the Olber's Paradox article[edit]

I believe you are the originator of the excellent article Olber's paradox. Having just read the current version of that article rather closely, I became curious to find out who started it. When I found and read your first version, I realized that it could serve as a good summary of the current version (both versions being, in my opinion, unusually good articles). But it also strikes me that your first version might be considered in some sense better, because of covering the ground while still being so compact.

There is different paradox (not Olber's), or at least a puzzle lurking here: articles are usually improved over time, but also lose brevity, an important virtue. This leads me to wonder where the Wikipedia process might be headed in the long term. Will many articles eventually become too complete, and therefore too long, for most readers to absorb? Dratman (talk) 02:59, 13 April 2013 (UTC)

Yes, that's a danger. Ideally, every article would consist of a compact summary before the table of contents, followed by an exhaustive elaboration with several sections. Alternatively, an initial Overview section could summarize the rest of a long article. In this fashion, Wikipedia should contain a concise and essentially self-contained encyclopedia-within-the-encyclopedia. AxelBoldt (talk) 17:55, 13 April 2013 (UTC)
  • I agree with your point about a summary or Overview being the best possible solution to complexity-creep.
  • However, I do not think the existing style of summary is likely to blossom unless writing and improving summaries becomes a project.
  • Would you consider transforming your original version of the Olber's Paradox article into a summary of the current version? I really like that article. Dratman (talk) 01:33, 14 April 2013 (UTC)
Yes, I'll look into it. AxelBoldt (talk) 17:21, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

Edit Summary[edit]

Can I ask a favor please. When you are doing an edit please make sure you write an edit summary just so we know what you did. Thanks. TheGoofyGolfer (talk) 02:57, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

Yup, sorry about that. AxelBoldt (talk) 03:47, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

Merge discussion for Opium Wars[edit]

Hi. There has been a reopened discussion ongoing at Talk:First Opium War#Merge discussion to merge the contents of Opium Wars into First Opium War and Second Opium War. A consensus seems to have been reached among all the users who contributed to the lede/Opium Wars#Overview section, and merging may be imminent. You have been identified as a major contributor of the article about to be abolished (see: User:Kiyoweap/Opium Wars) and thus are welcomed to participate in the merge, especially in the sections which you have contributed. Or, any other input under the Merge discussion thread given above would be appreciated. Thanks. --Kiyoweap (talk) 04:21, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know; I'm sure you'll do the right thing. AxelBoldt (talk) 05:44, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Additions about Lie bracket[edit]

Thanks so much for clearing that up :) Rschwieb (talk) 13:31, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

AKB48[edit]

Dr. Boldt, as you are a highly respected long-time editor, I was hoping you might be willing to lend some support for the inclusion of the later history of one of #1 Japanese junior idol group's entry into the adult actress / pornography video industry. The problem is that the fan base (including on WP) is emotionally invested in the idea of squeaky-clean innocent girl idols, and dont' want to face the reality that these girls are on extremely controlling, extremely poorly-paying contracts. Britney Spears, by being the #1 pop idol in America, is a millionaire several times over. But the AKB48 girls, after being "graduated" (or removed from the pop scene in a formal ceremony), often times have little or no savings whatsoever, and so one has turned into 2010's #1 porn star of the year. If you can weigh in, even though this isn't techncially your area of expertise, I'm sure your prestige will carry some strong weight. -WikiSkeptic (talk) 02:39, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

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Your user page[edit]

Hello, I found your user page while doing some wikiarcheology. I have restored all of its earliest surviving revisions from old copies of the Wikipedia database, so they are available to everyone now. Hope you don't mind. Graham87 12:48, 23 June 2013 (UTC)

I don't mind. Have you just added them to this page's history, or are they stored somewhere else? AxelBoldt (talk) 10:02, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

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Ich suche ein Unblock[edit]

Hallo Herr Boldt! And happy new year! I am editor Colton Cosmic. Excuse me for block evading via raw IP on your talkpage. I claim to been non-policy and abusively blocked. I am looking for an administrator willing to do a fresh review, and one that favors evidence over accusations. Why you? It is January 1, and thus the year's begin, so I looked for an administrator whose username began with the alphabet's begin, and came across you. The background is I tried the standard appeal processes but I found them staffed by the same people hyperactively blocking editors, as if were all some online game where they increased their scores. I was blocked for socking, but never has evidence been provided of this. Much has been made of suspicion.

I had a single prior account that I abandoned for privacy reasons, never going back. In that account I was the original author of probably four or five articles. I contributed greatly to many more. After a negative online experience, I recognized I wanted a degree of online anonymity. So I switched to a new account. I believe this to be authorized under Wikipedia policy WP:CLEANSTART. I was 100 percent straightforward about it in my first edit[1]. My straightforwardness ironically led to my being blocked as a sockpuppet. This was the charge leveled by Timotheus Canens in May 2012. He permanently blocked me via button click without warning or explanation. I had edited Wikipedia making contributions, I say solid ones, for about six years. After that a great number of the WP:AN/ANI regulars descended on my talkpage, making all manner of accusations.

I appealed then to Arbcom. Silktork denied the appeal without explanation. Much, much later he said that he suspected me to be some notorious sanctioned user. I am not that user. He would not provide evidence or any reasoning, though he said that his suspicion was "reasonable," repeating the word "reasonable" three or four times. My position is that Arbcom's *declining to unblock* is not itself a *block* and thus I am free to appeal to any administrator in accordance with WP:UNBLOCK. An arbitrator himself told me this, though I remember not which one. He said "Arbcom has no monopoly on appeals." Okay, I have perhaps typed too much here already. I do not want to trap you in some super-long text. If you unblock me merely at my talkpage, I will answer any questions you have (and certainly cease block evasion via raw IP). Colton Cosmic.

PS: To be clear, I have made similar requests of many administrators, who decline for various reasons, most often for hierarchy but others for "too much trouble" and "I don't want to get involved." It is I think a less controversial thing to unblock me at my talkpage for further evaluation, but if you end up believing in my innocence and unblock generally, that will be a very unpopular action among several admins and arbs. Consider this fair warning then. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.69.69.41 (talk) 18:50, 1 January 2014, (UTC+0)

Thanks but I'm not interested to get involved. AxelBoldt (talk) 05:43, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
Okay. I need help, but there are others and I am not upset about your decision. I looked at your "real names proposal" essay yesterday. It was good to read. People should try to improve the system. I would be in favor of a policy of Wikipedia administrators personally identifying, because they exercise control over others. I do not know if I'd support real naming of common editors, but if it were done administrators first, we'd gain experience on the effects of such a policy, and be better able to judge where to go from there. If you want to look at a policy proposal I favor, it's the "universal optout" for biographical articles:[2]. Silktork stomped out that initiative because I touched it. Colton Cosmic. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.69.69.41 (talk) 09:16, 2 January 2014 (UTC+0)

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Help for weather table[edit]

Hi sir I am nehal Dave from India. I want to help from you regarding wikipedia. I want to make a weather table in sanskrit wikipedia (https://sa.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%A4%AE%E0%A5%81%E0%A4%96%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%AF%E0%A4%AA%E0%A5%83%E0%A4%B7%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%A0%E0%A4%AE%E0%A5%8D).

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Hallo Lantus, wir hatten uns am ersten Abend der Wikimania getroffen. Es geht also um die Accounts en:user:Lantus und en:user:Clausthal. Ich nehme an, die Edits zwischen 2009 und 2012 von Lantus sind von Dir, die aus dem Jahr 2006 aber nicht? Woher hattest Du denn zwischen 2009 und 2012 das en:user:Lantus Passwort, und hast Du es heute noch? (Bitte Antwort auf en:user talk:AxelBoldt, ich lese hier so selten...) Ciao, AxelBoldt (Diskussion) 19:55, 14. Aug. 2014 (CEST)

Guten Tag Axel, heute habe ich noch an unser Gespräch von voriger Woche gedacht und überlegt, ob Du weiterkommst. Ja, die Edits von 2009 bis 2012 sind definitiv von mir. Das Passwort habe ich offensichtlich damals durch Ausprobieren (eins von etwa einem Dutzend in meinem Repertoire) wieder herausgefunden). Sicherlich habe ich es heute noch unverändert, eine schnelle Probe war soeben nicht erfolgreich! An die Edits vor 8 Jahren kann ich mich nicht mehr erinnern, sie sind für meine Edits eher unwahrscheinlich. Danke für Deinen Support! Gruss Clausthal (talk) 18:15, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

Noch eine Frage dazu: Kannst Du sehen, welche eMail-Adresse hinterlegt ist? Unter Umständen ist die nämlich nicht mehr aktiv. Clausthal (talk) 22:01, 14 August 2014 (UTC)
Tach Axel, Du hast gesehen, dass auf meiner Benutzerseite ein probater Erklärungsversuch hinzukam? Clausthal (talk) 09:38, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

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Request for help to solve an equation[edit]

Dear AxelBoldt, I am a French student in an engineering school and I am currently working on CFD equations. I want to solve the following equation: (x^2-4*x+6)*exp(x)=y (1) It looks a bit like the following equation: x*exp(x)=y (2) The solution of equation (2) is: x=LambertW(y) I think the solution of equation (1) uses the function LambertW. Since you have more knowledge than me in particular about the function LambertW, I ask you this question: Can you solve the equation (1)? Kindest regards, Jacob Safra — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jacobsafra (talkcontribs) 21:41, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

I don't think you can solve that equation with the Lambert function. An equation of the form x^2*exp(x)=y can be solved (by taking square roots) to get x=2*LambertW(sqrt(y)/2), but the same trick does not seem to work for your equation. AxelBoldt (talk) 16:54, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

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References for Scheme (mathematics)[edit]

Dear AxelBoldt,

I see that you were the original author of the article Scheme (mathematics). Your first version of the article contains a number of interesting claims that are not referenced, in particular that Krull already studied the prime spectrum of arbitrary rings in the 1930s. Would you be able to point me to a reference for this? (I appreciate that the article was written >10 years ago, so please forgive this extremely late request!)

Thanks, and best wishes, 2001:630:301:3033:A1CD:E364:6591:C6AC (talk) 10:02, 3 December 2014 (UTC)

I wasn't the original author, I just contributed to the article. The Krull claim isn't from me. The very early history of old articles is unfortunately often incorrect, because the software and database structure changed a couple of times, article histories had to be reimported from database dumps, and this wasn't always done correctly and completely. AxelBoldt (talk) 17:04, 3 December 2014 (UTC)

I see; thanks for the information. I am a little disturbed to learn that article histories are not always reliable! All the best, 2001:630:301:3033:C114:7BA5:DBD1:2CA6 (talk) 14:27, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

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Edit Summaries[edit]

Hello Axel! Thank you for your many contributions.

I spent some time reviewing your edit to Salton Sea which seems okay, except I am still wondering why you removed the phrase Like Death Valley, it is below sea level. The WP:EDITSUMMARY is an excellent place to provide such rationale. Alas, it looks like you rarely provide edit summaries. As a fellow mop holder, it wouldn't be a bad example to do a better job of filling in edit summaries. Thanks! —EncMstr (talk) 19:08, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

Yes, you are right, I will try to do a better job filling in edit summaries. I removed the Death Valley sentence because it was repetitious; the next sentence also talked about Death Valley. Cheers, AxelBoldt (talk) 00:59, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

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Good to see an experienced knowledgeable editor being back in action. (I mostly recognize your signature from talk pages dating back to the stone agesFace-smile.svg) YohanN7 (talk) 17:00, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

Thanks! Although I wasn't really gone, I have just edited outside of math and haven't participated in any policy discussions. Cheers, AxelBoldt (talk) 17:36, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

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Interpedia and motivations[edit]

Hi there,

I've been doing some research into encyclopedism and encyclopedists and came across your name when I got to Interpedia (via the usenet proposal/RfD). The discussions are, of course, fairly well documented but I'm curious to get your take on what motivations you perceived in those who worked on the project. There's a lot of evident early-Internet enthusiasm, explicit support for openness and access, and other such sentiments that carried over to Wikipedia, but were there other motivations or influences in play? Was this a political project for anyone? Did some people expect to make money through it? Any information you could provide would be appreciated. Thanks for your time. — Rhododendrites talk \\ 21:30, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

Hello! If you have just read through the old Interpedia archives you will definitely know a lot more about the project than I can remember now. I don't think it was a political project for anyone, except to the extent that providing free access to knowledge is a political project. Financial motives never came up as far as I recall. In fact, the early wikipedia.com had much more of a commercial flavor to it: it was run on servers owned by a private company, and the possibility of running ads on the site was implicitly there from the start (until Jimbo explicitly decided against it). I don't think we envisaged a central role for collaborative editing in Interpedia - the planned project was more alike Everything2 or Google's (now defunct) Knol project. Cheers, AxelBoldt (talk) 01:20, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

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Near-native level of English[edit]

Don't get me wrong, but I discovered your website and you are not a near-native English speaker in my eyes. --64.145.94.65 (talk) 16:03, 15 November 2015 (UTC)

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Halteres[edit]

Hello,

I recently rewrote the halteres page, however this is my very first wiki edit. I noticed that you had addressed some issues with this page in the past, so I was hoping that you could check it out to make sure everything was alright. I just didn't want to take down the "This article has multiple issues" box if there was something obvious I was missing. Thank you!!

Alex Yarger (talk) 20:39, 17 December 2015 (UTC)

Hi, wonderful article, thanks a lot! Much much better than before. I have removed the issues box. Personally, I liked the previous image better because it clearly showed the shape and location of halteres, but I defer to your judgement. Cheers, AxelBoldt (talk) 22:26, 17 December 2015 (UTC)

Invitation to edit "Draft: Pandorabots"[edit]

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I've spent the better part of three years researching chatbots, chatbot platforms, and scripting languages, and wanted to try my hand at expanding Wikipedia since these topics seem under-represented, even though chatbots are generally making a come back (as far as the press is concerned). Following a livechat with the help desk (after which I've removed portions of my current draft and sketchier sources), I thought I'd ask any other bot or AIML enthusiasts if they want to help on the draft.

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Motivations[edit]

What are you motivations behind sharing vast information about the sciences to the world? ZeroDaVinci (talk) 13:53, 12 July 2016 (UTC)

Wikimoney[edit]

Hi. If you have a little bit of time, I would interested in your thoughts about why Wikimoney didn't catch on much, or how it got discontinued and the prospects for revival. I searched in the archives here and on the Wikimoney page and didn't really find an answer. You can also email me if you wish to do it that way. Kingsindian   16:23, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Hi, I don't really know why it didn't catch on. I still think it was a good idea. (Famous last words...) Maybe the name was suboptimal; "wiki credits" or "appreciation points" or something like that would have been better. It could also be that people edit mainly out of an intrinsic motivation and need; maybe they don't like to be told what to do, because then it turns into a chore. Lastly, the system wasn't very visible: if you had missed the initial announcement, you'd never even hear about it. Maybe a user space template displaying the user's points (and/or point earning history) might give some visibility. Cheers, AxelBoldt (talk) 13:44, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

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A new user right for New Page Patrollers[edit]

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Piping[edit]

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Don't take this too seriously. Someone just wants to let you know you did something silly.

For piping "real line" to Real-life experience (transgender) in a math article.[4] I saw the fix [5], checked the page history to look for more vandalism and was surprised to find you. I guess you copy-pasted from the wrong place. PrimeHunter (talk) 14:31, 14 June 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know. I was using the Visual Editor to add the link (highlighting "real line" and hitting Ctrl-K), and I must have picked the wrong choice from the popup list. AxelBoldt (talk) 09:36, 15 June 2017 (UTC)

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Isha Upanishad "Edit War"[edit]

Disclaimer: I am new to Wikipedia and don't know how this place works. This request concerns a page on Hinduism. If you believe that this issue does not come under your domain, then please don't ignore this; rather suggest the name of another admin who CAN handle this issue.

I wish to inform you that there has been an "edit war" between me and the user Ms Sarah Welch (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ms_Sarah_Welch). I put "edit war in quotes because it got resolved pretty quickly, and was in no way an actual conflict(look here-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Isha_Upanishad ,if you don't believe me). I only started nine days ago and she has been an established user for a long time. The reason for the "war" was that I had quoted from a non-RS based source, which was the version of the Isopanisad published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, which is also the publisher of THE MOST widely read edition of the Bhagavad Gita (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhaktivedanta_Book_Trust), in the whole world. Therefore, in no way do I consider this version to be a poorly known version. The other editors who have come before me have quoted the book, and the book is included in the list of references in the article itself! Still, I agree that mantras can be interpreted in many ways, but at the very least, I should be able to post the original mantras, IN SANSKRIT, without translation. The original mantras of course, cannot differ. Only the translation differs. Therefore, I request that you have a word with her about this issue. While I am in no way question the fact that she is an established editor, I will disagree with her over this issue. The "edit war" took place 9 days ago, and during this time, I have put much thought into this. I also believe that the opinion of other editors should also be taken, and that Ms Sarah Welch should not have a Monopoly over the page. I expect a courteous response, admin. Thanks, Lie Cleaner HK. PS: If you think that you are not the person I should be asking, then please suggest another admin. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lie Cleaner HK (talkcontribs) 12:26, 23 August 2017 (UTC)

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Group action[edit]

Hi Axel, there is a discussion at Talk:Group action#Baseline dot notation concerning (in part) an edit that you made back in 2012. I was wondering if you would like to contribute. Thanks. --Bill Cherowitzo (talk) 18:00, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

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Musical Set theory is it OR?[edit]

I noticed you had a comment on the Talk page of Set_theory_(music) asking if it was OR. I had the same question as I looked at it. Your comment seemed pretty dated though and there are several references and I do think there are some interesting things one can say about set theory and music. Although I checked one of the sources, a book by Howard Hanson and I did a search for "set " and only found one reference and it had nothing to do with set theory. So that makes me wonder about the other ones which I don't think are online. If you think the issue was resolved and there are good references I'll just drop it but if you still think it may be an issue I will follow up and get some of the references from the library to see if they really support the claims in the article. Just FYI, my background is I'm very strong in set theory, I'm taking a class right now on Modal Logic and I also know how to read music and know some very basic music theory. Cheers. --MadScientistX11 (talk) 23:14, 25 January 2018 (UTC)Hi

Hi @MadScientistX11: I just looked through the article again and also found the Rahn reference here; I'm now satisfied that some music theorists do indeed talk about "sets" and even "set theory" and I don't have any problems with the article or title anymore. Cheers, AxelBoldt (talk) 14:29, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
Yhanks. I haven't edited in a while, I forgot if technically we aren't supposed to communicate with individual editors but have all the discussion on the talk page. If I violated any policies contacting you directly sorry about that. I did find one thing in the article that I thought wasn't supported so I posted that on the article talk page after leaving you this message. You can see it here: Is Opening Statement OR? I think it's a minor issue the more I think about it and there has been some good discussion so far, but I do think that statement could be cleaned up a bit, but in general sounds like the article is sound. Thanks for the prompt reply. --MadScientistX11 (talk) 18:42, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
I don't think there are any rules about discussing article content at editors' talk pages. Cheers, AxelBoldt (talk) 14:52, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

Barnstar[edit]

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ok 1[edit]

Ueb aschebs and way ok

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you! So long ago! AxelBoldt (talk) 22:00, 24 July 2018 (UTC)

Question[edit]

How did you gain sysop status? I'm asking because I'm unable to find a RFA of you. VibeScepter (talk) (contributions) 20:49, 29 August 2018 (UTC)

In the early days there weren't any RFAs; everybody who was active and trusted by Jimbo became an admin, it was considered "no big deal". See Wikipedia:Administrators#History. AxelBoldt (talk) 22:27, 30 August 2018 (UTC)

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Review for English/French speaker[edit]

Hello AxelBoldt. Please excuse me if I am doing something improper, as I am new to Wikipedia. I am contacting you because you are a speaker of both English and French. I have created the page Draft:Pierre_Jovanovic nearly 2 months ago, and I am waiting for a review. Could you please consider having a look at it ? And again, please excuse me if my request is improper. I am learning the ropes. Best regards. Micha Jo (talk) 17:09, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

Hi Micha, and welcome to Wikipedia! I have been working on other things lately, so I'm afraid I won't be able to help with your draft. All the best, AxelBoldt (talk) 12:04, 31 October 2018 (UTC)

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An award for you[edit]

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Adjunctions[edit]

Hello, You might like to know that there is some discussion about the intended meaning of one of your edits, at https://mathoverflow.net/questions/316649/upgrade-adjunction-to-equivalence

Please return to 'talk:Multinomial theorem'[edit]

Could you please return to 'talk:Multinomial theorem', particularly to talk:Multinomial_theorem#Duh...?_Just_like_that?_Created_by_one_stroke_of_His_magic?
I noticed that Multinomial Theorem has no section on its history of development. A reference/treatise where it was first mentioned and developed. I don't have resources available to develop it myself. So was looking to draw the attention of the original authors to improve the article further.
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Meetup Jan. 18, 2019[edit]

I haven't been to one of these in years but think I'll go this time. Would enjoy seeing you there. UninvitedCompany 13:59, 19 December 2018 (UTC)

Kalinka[edit]

Hallo Axel, bei Arbeiten am de.wp Artikel (die ungeplant etwas ausgeufert sind;) bin ich über zwei sehr ausführliche Berichte auf Englisch gestolpert und dachte dann, vielleicht könntest Du das für den Artikel hier gebrauchen.^^

Liebe Grüße --Rabbid (talk) 23:35, 24 December 2018 (UTC)

Danke schön, den ersten kenne ich schon, den zweiten werde ich gleich durchlesen! AxelBoldt (talk) 01:57, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

German tank problem[edit]

If you have time, could you check my edits of the explanation undeneath the graph for correctness and clarity? Thanks!Rich (talk) 01:12, 30 December 2018 (UTC)

Also, do you know if the possible method of doubling the median serial number is an okay way to estimate the number of tanks? If so, should it be mentioned?Rich (talk) 01:40, 30 December 2018 (UTC)
@Richard L. Peterson: Your edit has clarified the caption considerably, thanks! It took me a while to understand the Bayesian vs. frequentist graphs, but it all makes sense, especially with the given example. Unfortunately, I don't know how the estimate of doubling the median compares to the given estimates, but I'd assume it's worse. If you can find a reference that mentions it, we could certainly include it. Cheers, AxelBoldt (talk) 20:31, 30 December 2018 (UTC)
thanks for kind words!..i’ve been dry running the two estimates with N=511 and k=4 by flipping coins, and as you said doubling the median is indeed worse than the frequentist formula x=max + max/4 -1. I haven’t plugged in any of the more complicated formulas on the page. cheers,Rich (talk) 01:48, 31 December 2018 (UTC)

Gustav Landauer[edit]

Thanks for the info of over a year ago. Someone was overly picky again, too bad since info certainly was not invented. I will keep it in mind and go at it when I have time.Sundar1 (talk) 18:36, 31 December 2018 (UTC)

File:Ethyl-glucoside.png[edit]

the picture shows Methyl-glucoside. You are listed as an author — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:18F:902:E840:B076:2C07:818:78C (talk) 05:26, 11 January 2019 (UTC)

No, the image File:Ethyl-glucoside.png shows ethyl-glucoside (there's a chain of two carbons attached two the sugar group). AxelBoldt (talk) 06:48, 11 January 2019 (UTC)

sorry, my mistake — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:18F:902:E840:3C27:1C98:26CB:B36E (talk) 21:33, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

Nomination of Ben Goertzel for deletion[edit]

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Chaitin's constant is normal[edit]

Back in 2003, you added to Chaitin's constant the following revision: "Furthermore, Ω is a normal number." At the time, it was not unusual for facts like this to be added without a source. However, the page has since kept that fact unsourced for the last 16 years. When I came across it today, I was surprised, as I was not previously aware that it was normal. So I tried to do a quick search for a source on this. I found a paper by Brendan Saxburg that just mentions it as a known property of Ω, but he also gave no source. I see some papers by Cristian Calude that also mention it as normal, but again, I found no actual paper establishing it as normal. What I actually found when doing this search were several posts on both math and cs stackexchange where people are citing the wikipedia article's claim that it is normal and asking why this is so. ex 1,ex 2, ex 3

Now I don't doubt that Ω is normal. I certainly trust your and others expertise on a topic I know almost nothing about. But I was hoping that you could add a source to this on the wikipedia page for Chaitin's constant, given that you're the person who added this claim originally. I think having a source would help with the constant stream of questions on stackexchange and the misunderstandings that arise like in this numberphile video. Of course, you should not feel an obligation to honor this request; after all, I'm complaining about something that has sat there for 16 years without a source. If it's inconvenient for you to provide a source, I'm sure it won't actually matter all that much if it waits until some grad student or other finally adds it in one day. It's gone this long; I'm sure it can go a little longer. (c: — Eric Herboso 16:27, 4 March 2019 (UTC)

@Eric Herboso: thanks for alerting me to this. I don't remember where I read that Ω is normal, and indeed it is not normal in all cases. As your math.stackexchange ex 1 convincingly shows: it's normal only if you pick the right encoding for Turing machines. I'll see if I can find a source for this claim that's not math.stackexchange. Cheers, AxelBoldt (talk) 18:03, 4 March 2019 (UTC)
I just noticed that the definition used in the stackexchange post is slightly different from the one used in our article. The statements in our article were correct and I have now added some references. AxelBoldt (talk) 21:18, 4 March 2019 (UTC)

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Wojciech Waleczek[edit]

Hi. Could you please help me to move an userspace draft about an award-winning composer into article space? The draft is about Wojciech Waleczek—a succesful pianist from Poland whose numerous achievements deserve to be celebrated with his own Wikipedia page. He took 3rd prize at the Premio Mario Zanfi competition and was the absolute winner of the 4th Franz Liszt National Piano Competition—to name just a few of his accomplishments. Mr Waleczek already has his articles on German and Polish Wikipedia. Hope to hear back from you. Regards, AngelOfDestiny (talk) 14:41, 14 June 2019 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of File:Guzman Iparraguirre 2004.jpg[edit]

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Woohooo[edit]

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