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why? That thread was pretty inoffensive and highly amusing....Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 10:14, 2 September 2017 (UTC)

I know, but after linking it I noticed it was in a "members only" subforum, and it was off-topic really, on an RfA. It's stuck in my mind and always makes me smile, and perhaps I shouldn't have removed it, on reflection, but you'd be (un)surprised by the number of people who will have seen and enjoyed it anyway, just from watchlists etc. -- Begoon 13:04, 2 September 2017 (UTC)
I'd forgotten about it, and it made me chuckle reading it again...I was trying to find a youtube clip where Marcel Wave (Kenny Everett) strips and reveals Kenny, saying "Yes!! It was me ll the time!!!"...but alas I couldn't find that joke fell flat (but still enjoyed watching some old Kenny Everett filmclips) Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 14:37, 2 September 2017 (UTC)
Cas, I remember that, and I can't find it either. Just some unrelated shit with David Essex. Has it really been over 20 years? Ouch. God rest him. - Begoon 03:45, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
Or...."Is Elton John his real name?"....(other guy) "Is Elton John whose real name? Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 05:22, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
Cas, I only just glanced at this again, and I finally noticed you used 3 different sigs in 3 posts. Unobservant, moi? Well played. (I think...) - Begoon 10:59, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Purely accidental. Second one was a typo, I have no idea how. Third one was just one extra set of italics. All three were originally signed with the 4 not clever at all :P Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 12:13, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Damn. Never mind. At least it was all done in the best possible taste... (crosses legs..). -- Begoon 12:24, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Barnstar of Humour Hires.png The Barnstar of Good Humor
For this reference to one of my favourite films - tragically, you can't thank revision deleted diffs. (So, did you turn pro with that belly button trick, Ned?) Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 19:45, 1 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks Ritchie. True story: A few years ago I was re-watching the film on a satellite channel when my wife came home. "Jeez," she said, "is that movie on again? I don't understand how you can keep watching it over and over." To her credit, when I collapsed in a helpless heap of laughter she did realise why. Anyway, a side effect of all this has been that I now have "I Got You Babe" stuck in my head... -- Begoon 00:49, 2 October 2017 (UTC)


I haven't listened to the song, and I'm not about to, but given that raven on your user page... Drmies (talk) 14:50, 31 October 2017 (UTC)

It's a random "Picture of the day" between 2009 and now, so everyone gets a different image. I never saw the raven you got. The video is 4 minutes - I managed one. -- Begoon 00:55, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
Oh, really? Ha, that's cool. As for the video, I managed 15 seconds, that's all. BTW I'm seeing a lot of Doug Jones signs, so it may well be that Moore gets a real run for his money. Drmies (talk) 02:11, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
...6 weeks later...
I doff my cap to your powers of prediction. I hope you troubled the bookies with that one. I also hope your shoulder recovers quickly and fully. Take care (and Bourbon). -- Begoon 08:58, 15 December 2017 (UTC)
Thanks--but I had Moore by five points. Alabama surprised many of us; it was redeemed, yet again, by the African-American vote, and especially that of black women. Some of us should start to show our appreciation, maybe. Later! Drmies (talk) 05:08, 17 December 2017 (UTC)

I would probably revert that last pic...[edit]

...While I am in favour of fucking da category police (in the non-sexual way) I am generally not in favour of singling out specific editors for visual mockery. There is a line where humour crosses over into meanness. Only in death does duty end (talk) 09:46, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

You're probably right. I have nothing against either Mike or the Judge. Done. -- Begoon 09:56, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
OK, but i love Mike, inna kinda manly way. -Roxy the dog. bark 10:01, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
Heh. The real shame is that those {{Multiple image}} templates are a pain to set up and align... -- Begoon 10:08, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for listening, humourous as it may be, it does fall on the wrong side of the line. Fortunately its closed now, I had my own derailing set for later anyway if it stayed open. But I expect the issue will crop up again. (especially since I just reverted the changes to my own userpage) Only in death does duty end (talk) 11:57, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
I'm not actually sure it is fortunate that it's closed. I have a bit of a history here, with Gerda particularly, and if it's pissing off people like you and her then maybe it does need to be brought to a head sooner rather than later? (see [1]) -- Begoon 12:14, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
It doesn't piss me off as such. I don't care enough about the internal gnome bickering over wanted:categories. I don't care enough about people messing with my userpage to do more than hit undo. Granted if people start edit-warring on my userpage about it, they will get a very different and unpleasant (for them) response. Did you have that police dog pic to hand btw, or was it a lucky google? Only in death does duty end (talk) 13:40, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
No, I did a Commons search. -- Begoon 14:12, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
I found two things: a way of having red cats that has been tolerated by the cats police watchful eyes (my user page, section boxes, and even yours Begoon, sort of), and a great way to make stunning galleries of images nicely aligned, seen on Monterey Bay Aquarium. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:36, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
Yeah, I know about "gallery mode=packed heights=..." - it's cool, but didn't really do what I wanted here, because I wanted the thumbnail style. I also have a template - User:Begoon/RCbox - which was inspired by you, years ago. I hardly ever use it, but it seems it can also contain a red cat... (well, orange really, but that works here too...) This:[2] was an awesome edit. Thank you. -- Begoon 00:52, 2 November 2017 (UTC)


bsd. Hi, I hadn't noticed that the gradient is actually an embedded raster, sorry about that. I extracted it from company material, so it should be accurate though. In keeping with quality edits, although it's probably not needed, the file is under a PD-USonly license, which doesn't fall under CSD#F5. --Ben Stone 18:55, 21 December 2017 (UTC)

Benstown - oops, my error with the F5, I've undone that. If you "extracted it from company material", you should link that material as a source. What concerned me is that the colours are inconsistent with the logo on the company website (orange dots rather than yellow, etc), although now I dig deeper I see they offer 2 versions:, a "website" version and a "print" version. Presumably you used the latter. I'm glad I went there, though, because "corporate-bullshit-speak" is a source of constant amusement to me, and "Building on the universal form of the circle, the radiating rings of dots around our Wipro name suggest all the many connections that our brand creates for our customers. Together, they convey a sense of outward motion, propelling us into the future that we define together. The colors of our brandmark also speak to our character – highlighting our reliability and authority.", "The multi-colored dots convey a dynamic energy and optimism. With the simple strength of the Wipro wordmark and the evocative interplay of form and color, the elements of our logo unite to suggest the new world of connections that Wipro champions." are awesome examples. -- Begoon 03:35, 22 December 2017 (UTC)
LOL, I skipped the BS page, so i missed this incredible gem. I don't envy whomever's job it is to come up with this pile of nonsense. Imagine doing that for a living. BTW, i went back to check the vector, and they actually overlaid those yellow dots on top of the gradient, i guess somebody started creating a vector and just gave up. --Ben Stone 03:55, 24 December 2017 (UTC)


Since you thanked me for this edit, you probably noticed my edit summary. That's good. I did mean it as a salute to your own comment. :-) [Bishonen and all her socks shake hands with Batman, Robin, and Begoon.] Bishonen | talk 22:05, 1 January 2018 (UTC).

"Who knows," Bish? "This strange mixing of minds may be the greatest single service ever performed for humanity! Let's go, but, inconspicuously, through the window. We'll use our Batropes. Our job is finished." [3]. -- Begoon 22:14, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

SVG Barnstar Hires.png The SVG Barnstar
Thanks for all the work that you did at File:Lucas number spiral.svg; the image looks much better now. I know that creating and uploading 9 different versions must have been tedious, not to mention all of your hard work for the bitmap equivalent's page, but, at least in my opinion, it was worth it, as all of the problems are now fixed. I hope that you feel the same way. Care to differ or discuss with me? The Nth User 16:40, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
No problem. 9 versions looks like a lot of uploads, but they are mostly small, 2-minute, incremental changes. Svg lends itself to that kind of incremental improvement far better than other formats for illustrations like that, and the results are usually superior, and scaleable. -- Begoon 16:53, 8 January 2018 (UTC)

Arbitration case reminder[edit]

You had recently provided a statement regarding a request for arbitration. We would like to remind you that the case is still open and evidence will be accepted until 11 February. Evidence may be posted at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Joefromrandb and others/Evidence according to the instructions of this page. For a guide to the arbitration process, see Wikipedia:Arbitration/Guide to arbitration. For the Arbitration Committee, Kostas20142 (talk) 12:44, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

No thank you. I said what I wanted to at the case request: "There are, of course, two possible reasons that "the community has failed to handle an issue" - one being that there is a genuinely disruptive issue for which the community cannot agree upon a solution, the second being that the community has not acted because the vocal proponents of something being an issue requiring more action have failed to convince the community of the necessity of the further action they desire." Given the lack of participation at the case it seems to be the latter. They've certainly failed to convince me, at least. -- Begoon 13:23, 7 February 2018 (UTC)


Beat me to it, I was just about to open a sockpuppet claim for him. Canterbury Tail talk 15:34, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

Heh. Not exactly the hardest one to spot. I just saw 3 edits quack across my watchlist in quick succession and I'd reverted some of the InterestingCircle edits last month, so... -- Begoon 15:39, 9 February 2018 (UTC)
I saw the one to Canada and Mexico and went straight there. Canterbury Tail talk 16:36, 9 February 2018 (UTC)
Actually I've just gone ahead and blocked them, not even waiting for the investigation. Canterbury Tail talk 16:40, 9 February 2018 (UTC)
Yeah - I don't think there's any real doubt. A 'duck' block seems a good move to me. Thanks. -- Begoon 17:18, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

DVD covers[edit]

Thanks for you help in doing a lot of these svg to jpg. I've finished off the rest from that user. Ronhjones  (Talk) 19:00, 11 February 2018 (UTC)

No problem. There were quite a few which didn't need any reduction, but were still inappropriate as svg. I noticed you were doing some at roughly the same time, so I'm glad we didn't "conflict" at all. They were all 5 or 6 years old, and it doesn't seem as though the user still uploads embedded bitmaps as svg like this, so I didn't bother sending them a long explanation of why they shouldn't, on the assumption they've worked that out by now. -- Begoon 01:51, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
Agree - I noticed his later covers were just fine. I put the earlier ones down to being a novice editor. Ronhjones  (Talk) 01:54, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

Thank you!![edit]

Hi Begoon. Thank you so much for all your work on File:William Foster Nye.jpg. Yesterday I went back to the article to make a few copyedits and thought "Hmmmm. That portrait looks a lot better than it did before." I clicked on the image and saw your painstaking restoration—not to mention your addition of the signature. Best wishes, Voceditenore (talk) 08:47, 14 February 2018 (UTC)

You're welcome. There was also a higher resolution JP2 version of the advertisement image at the source (in a 700 Mb download of all the raw scans from that book), so I've downloaded and extracted that, cleaned up the creases, blemishes etc, and replaced the smaller version. I also created a greyscaled version, at File:Nye Oils advertisement, 1894 (greyscaled).jpg, which I think I personally prefer, since it seems "cleaner" and I feel the images look better. I haven't replaced the article image with the greyscaled version because I think you should make the decision whether or not to do that. On the one hand, I feel it's justified, because all it does is remove the colour of the paper on which the advert just happened to be printed in the book that happened to be scanned - on the other hand it is that colour in the original scan... So, you can use whichever version you prefer. Or, just let me know if there's anything you'd like altering about either version (for instance, the greyscale version could very easily be made a bit "whiter", but it does tend to get a bit "glaring" if you go too far). Cheers. -- Begoon 07:24, 15 February 2018 (UTC)
Brilliant! I've now substituted your grey-scale version in the article. I agree about not making it "whiter"—it would be a bit glaring. It's funny. I wrote the article when I saw all the brouhaha at ANI. But as often happens, that led me down more paths and resulted in the cemetery where Nye is buried, and William H. Whitfield, a very interesting chap who's also buried there. I'm about to start yet another article on the wacky Spiritualist retreat, of which Nye was a prominent supporter. Feel free to stalk any or all of these if you think the images could be improved. Once again, thank you for all your help, Voceditenore (talk) 10:29, 15 February 2018 (UTC)
Wow! My every wish was your command. You fixed Captain Whitfield and Mr. Nakahama too! Best, Voceditenore (talk) 15:38, 21 February 2018 (UTC)
Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
For your wonderful photograph restorations, above and beyond the call of duty! Voceditenore (talk) 15:38, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

Moar thanks[edit]

despised and rejected
The Hidden Valley, Negev, February 2018.jpg
the desert is a good place for introspection

I usually click only once per person and day, so here I am with moar. You say it so much better than I could. Talking images: I uploaded a few from a recent trip, with long hikes in desert mountains, click on "the desert", for dessert. (I didn't take 1 and 5.) He was despised was a redirect I created in 2012, see? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:26, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

Thank you. I don't think that's true, though - in my experience you're pretty good at getting your meaning across. Besides, nobody listens to me, remember? Face-smile.svg The pictures are awesome. -- Begoon 19:38, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

Moons of Saturn 2007[edit]

An OTRS customer noticed that File:Moons of Saturn 2007.jpg has some text cropping for Enceladus, likely due to the image for Dione. I'm not sure how the original text should read, so I thought I'd let you know about the issue. Primefac (talk) 17:27, 5 March 2018 (UTC) (please ping on reply)

Heh - I thought you'd be right, but it wasn't lost when I replaced Dione - it was never there on any version we had - initial upload.
  • I could fix froz? -> frozen., but I don't know, and can't reliably guess what geologica??? should be. Possibly "geological past.", but that's a guess (and now I think more, maybe froz? -> frozen in the past.)
  • There doesn't seem to be anything else missing, but without an original you see my dilemma...
  • (I can even see that there could be words between cause...faults, "some of the" or "the largest" or "the squidgiest"Face-smile.svg etc... if you get my drift...)
But I'll sleep on it - I'm thinking a best, sensible, educated guess would be better than leaving it, and chances are I'll do something to it tomorrow. -- Begoon 18:44, 5 March 2018 (UTC)
Ok, I uploaded a new version, using the original NASA text I eventually found at: [4] and [5].
  • It was "geologically recent past.", "frozen eons ago." and "cause the sides of the faults," so my guesses were close (except the last), but no cigar...
There are a few things about this image I would improve, given access to the original sources, as I remarked over 6 years ago when I did the original replacement of Dione with the correct image, as requested at the Graphics Lab. It's such a nice image in general, though, that unless those sources do become available I don't want to "hack" at it and potentially degrade what we have. -- Begoon 04:46, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
It looks like the last upload reverted to the old version? Or is it just a cache thing and it's not showing yet. Primefac (talk) 13:40, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
I see the latest version, with the additions described above (there were 2 intermediate "guess" versions before I found the NASA text). Latest version = 4.5 Mb, which is bigger than all previous. Must be your cache (or a cache)... -- Begoon 13:52, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
Yup. Just me. Thanks for updating it! Primefac (talk) 13:56, 6 March 2018 (UTC)

Re: Anna Laetitia Barbauld[edit]

Hi, thank you for your opinion. I have improved the dimensions (extra 1px on the edge) of the image according to your suggestion. PawełMM (talk) 09:11, 14 March 2018 (UTC)

Thank you. That looks better in the article now. It seems to be mainly small images where MediaWiki does this most noticeably. Sometimes with small svg files it will even chop off content from one or more edges of the png it generates, but leaving just a 1px blank "border" usually "fixes" it. -- Begoon 09:28, 14 March 2018 (UTC)


Hi Begoon,

Could you please help with this request before it becomes stale? Thank you very much. Gryffindor (talk) 15:26, 23 March 2018 (UTC)

Gryffindor, I actually tried a few days ago, sorry I should have posted a reply there. Stitching them is no problem, but I can't get a good result fixing the window reflections without altering the image unacceptably. I actually spent quite a while trying various approaches, but none of the results were good. -- Begoon 15:31, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
Alright, would you mind posting the stitch first and then we'll take a look? Gryffindor (talk) 08:09, 26 March 2018 (UTC)
I'll need to tidy it up, because I only did tests, but I should have time to do that tomorrow. -- Begoon 10:43, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

A smile for you[edit]

Precious anniversary[edit]

Cornflower blue Yogo sapphire.jpg
Four years!

Inviting you to a performance --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:55, 5 August 2018 (UTC)

Mesmerising... Thank you. -- Begoon 09:29, 5 August 2018 (UTC)

WP:SIZE image[edit]

I noticed you are the one who created the lead image used at WP:SIZE. However, it is woefully out of date now. Can you update the picture to include all of the contributions for the last 8 years? I simply don't have the skill to do so. Thanks! --BrianCUA (talk) 15:32, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Well, I always pretty much hated that image... I only updated it after a request on WP:GL, based on numbers provided by someone else which I just plugged in. It shows 2646 volumes. Evidently this calculation is terribly subjective, or just plain wrong - because Wikipedia:Size in volumes only shows 2693 volumes even now, 8 years later... So... something is wrong/different about someone's assumptions/calculations somewhere. If you can get a reasonable consensus somewhere on what it ought to show, and point me to that discussion then I might be able to update/improve it from a graphical perspective. How does that sound? -- Begoon 05:17, 16 August 2018 (UTC)


sure.Thank you.--Z1381 (talk) 10:01, 28 October 2018 (UTC)

Image guidance for Internet Archive scans[edit]

Hi, I saw you did a retouch of my John Leamy uploads on Commons—thanks for that. Since I'm sure it'll come up again, is there a best procedure when uploading images taken from Internet Archive book scans? What I've been doing so far is downloading the torrent with JPEG2000 scans, converting it to PNG using ImageMagick, setting it grayscale and cropping with GIMP, and then perhaps exporting to JPG depending on the kind of image it is. You mentioned thumbnails of PNGs are more blurry; how does that work? Kim Post (talk) 01:13, 22 December 2018 (UTC)

You're doing that correctly. Some people don't bother to download the scan archive (or know that they can)[6] - that you do so is good. The retouch on the 'mansion' lithograph was just a black level boost to bring out the detail. The mediawiki 'blurry' png thumbnail issue is annoying, and longstanding. Png is a lossless format, unlike jpg which degrades when edited, so keeping lossless png 'masters' but using a jpg copy for thumbnailing is a workaround. Mediawiki sharpens jpg thumbnails, but not png, often resulting in annoyingly, noticeably 'blurry' png thumbnails by comparison. See [7] and phabricator:T192744 for more on this issue of 'blurry' png thumbnailing by mediawiki. -- Begoon 01:33, 22 December 2018 (UTC)


Bachsaal Schloss Koethen.jpg

Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht

Happy 2019 -

begin it with music and memories

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:15, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Please check out "Happy" once more, for a smile, and sharing (a Nobel Peace Prize), and resolutions. I wanted that for 1 January, but then wasn't sad about having our music pictured instead. Not too late for resolutions, New Year or not. DYK that he probably kept me on Wikipedia, back in 2012? By the line (which brought him to my attention, and earned the first precious in br'erly style) that I added to my editnotice, in fond memory? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:06, 12 January 2019 (UTC)