User talk:BillFlis

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Friends Hospital[edit]

Bill, from one Philadelphian to another, thanks for adding the Logo and other info! Jim62sch 14:12, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Clear Light[edit]

Thanks...When I was in my late teens I had gotten hooked on 60's music, stumbled accross that album at the music store near 2nd and Market (the one in the "basement" -- 2nd Street Music?), and fell in love with the album. Up 'til now, I thought I was the only person who liked it! Jim62sch 01:03, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Ashton-Woodenbridge and Pennypack[edit]

I see in the Ashton-Woodenbridge article you also included Pennypack in it as well. Personally i have always looked at them being separate areas, with a tributary, whose name escapes me, and Pennypack Park separating the two, though i'll admit their are similarities between the two communities. Either way that leaves a stray Pennypack link on both the template and on the Neighbourhoods list. I was considering removing it, but looking over my notes and such, i came across an area i neglected to mention, the Pennypack Village/Woods neighbourhood, just across Holme Ave from Ashton-Woodenbridge, was considering renaming the link to reflect the change, thoughts? --Boothy443 | trácht ar 07:15, 14 April 2006 (UTC)

To be hnoest i am suspect of using place names index for little more then a refrence for historical uses, as it does not or rarely say where those neighborhoods and most of the terms are no longer in use, was not aware of the planning department document, looks intresing, have seen similar with research at Penn, another source i have been useing is with the NEIGHBORHOOD TRANSFORMATION INITIATIVE, found it to be a good source. --Boothy443 | trácht ar 05:33, 19 April 2006 (UTC)

Vince Papale and the Philly articles[edit]

Thanks for touching up the Papale article. I had forgotten about that one. Also just wanted to say great work on updating all of the Philly info on the site. Keep it up.--Looper5920 11:46, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the warning!![edit]

Hey, mbeychok, get with the program. You need to ask Noigel's permission before you change anything on one of his pages. How rude of you to intrude! Didn't you smell his marking of his territory? Take a ball of chalk, or complain to your storm and strife. Go, Noigel! Noigel for benevolent dictator of all Wikipedia! (Not just the itty-bitty parts of legionella, legionellosis, and The Bellevue-Stratford Hotel.) All hail his private domain, his personal glory. And don't denigrate his personal pages, even if you don't know they're his, because it upsets him terribly. Fear his wrath!--BillFlis 03:32, 20 July 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for warning me. Can you hear me shaking in my boots? - mbeychok 04:32, 20 July 2006 (UTC)

The misspellings "Legionaires' disease", "Legionaire's disease", and "Legionnaire's disease" all redirect to the Legionellosis article, but here we have a separate article on "Legionnaires' disease" with the correct spelling. Is there a plan here?--BillFlis 11:53, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

Bill, the plan is that Noigel got tired of being corrected and admonished for his editing the Legionella and Legionellosis, so he simply wrote another article based entirely on his website and named it Legionnaires' disease. Have you ever seen an article written as badly? No references, no internal Wiki links, no external links other than one... and very poor organization. It really should be deleted in its entirety. - mbeychok 15:32, 20 July 2006 (UTC)

The Philadelphia article[edit]

Hey. Your copy edit of the Climate section was really good, the type of thing I'm not eloquent enough to do. I'm sure you know, but the rest of the article could probably use it too, so if you have time... Let's go FA status! --Galaxiaad 03:00, 28 July 2006 (UTC)

Wilt vs. Jordan, who had the higher scoring average?[edit]

the material in question is not biased.wilt and jordan now have the same scoring average because jordan decided to come out of retirment and play.the information is from the nba's own site!!!!!!!i think you would agree that the nba knows it's own players.the other information is from rob cherrys book larger then life you have to read it to confirm it but that is not my the end of wilt's page rob cherry's book is listed as reading now the book is "no good"the pov thing is a hindrince cause what you see as pov others don't.i like you are from philly and i know these stories to be a matter of fact i went to frankford high where wilt's best friend vince miller coached and teached for 30 years.where the 30.06 and 30.1 came from i like to know?????the nba's own site list them as the same therefore i'll go with them.i think the jordan career avg 1st should be taken down until there is better verification from nba sources

think about it if the nba,the league itself recognizes it as 30.1 it's 30.1 it's their league.if the nba itself says wilt was it's most unstoppable force then he we all know we can't score 7/100ths of a point,the minimum is 1 point.i like to think of the heisenberg uncertainty priciple when it comes to is impossible to tell you exactly where an electron is going around a atom(the nucleas of protons and neutrons)the numbers are so small that a approximation is given(quantum physics).i find this appropiate with wilt and can not score 7/100ths of a point.they both should have a average of 30 points really.but the stories from robs book are true and should be included.

I am reminded of a line from a movie: "Truly, you have a dizzying intellect!"--BillFlis 01:10, 13 August 2006 (UTC)


Sorry about that Bill. I was on the new pages patrol, and noticed there was only team names in it. Do most cities have their own sports pages? --ParalysedBeaver 00:08, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

Well sorry about that then. Continue to improve Phillys articles :P --ParalysedBeaver 00:30, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

Typo RegEx[edit]

Oops! Sorry about the "nonsense/ical" typo. I must have made a few hundred changes to that long list (all today!), so it figures I had to make at least one typo myself (hit "/0" instead of shift-")". Concerning your very long "flouride"-correcting RegEx, you know, you can leave off the "\b" (which indicates the "b"oundary of a word) on the front and back and save a lot of bother. I'd be bold and put just "([Ff])lour(i[nd][ae]|esce)" --> "$1luor$2" (with no "\b" at either end) and see if anybody complains.--BillFlis 23:27, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for your helpful comment. However, I was considering the rule Always consider the possibility of false positives - don't add if there is one and although matching any word that has ([Ff])lour(i[nd][ae]|esce) in the middle is attractively simple, I can't help suspecting that there could be false positives from doing that - people's names, place names, songs, pop groups, all kinds of fiction - there are a lot of strange words out there that a non-terminated regex might match. I think I'll stick with my horrendously long regex since it does keep a boundary on the possible matches. Thanks all the same. - Euchiasmus 20:13, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

Removals from RETF list[edit]

Hey. Sorry I removed without asking; I just figured that it's better to err on the side of caution than keep words on the list that may trigger false positives. I'll wait for your response till I remove them again, and will move them to the talk page next time, but I still don't feel that removing things from the live list should require a discussion first and adding things (which can screw articles up) shouldn't. See what I'm saying? (BTW, greetings from Germantown! Heh.) --Galaxiaad 02:47, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

Oh, in case it wasn't clear, the words I removed were suggested on User:Mboverload/RegExTypoFix#Misspellings to be removed/fixed. --Galaxiaad 02:49, 2 September 2006 (UTC)


Thanks for getting that spelling error fixed for me on the AWB spellchecker. Thanks a bunch.--Bearingbreaker92 03:29, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

W. S. Gilbert[edit]

Thanks for the copy edits: They look good. Adam Cuerden talk 19:57, 18 November 2006 (UTC)

Proove (Typos)[edit]

Thanks for generalizing my proove -> prove addition to the spelling list. You seem a lot more familiar with the inner workings so I'm hoping you can help. I've generated a list of about 50 pages from Google that have at least one of the errors into AWB. But when I run against the spelling list, it isn't finding/fixing the errors even though I can find the errors in the file. Is this something wrong with my AWB or with the list? Thanks in advance. ~ BigrTex 16:22, 15 December 2006 (UTC)

Here, Have a Barnstar[edit]

Working Man's Barnstar.png The Working Wikipedian's Barnstar
This is for all the hardwork, time and effort you put into adding, removing, tidying up and everything else you do with AutoWikiBrowsers Typo list. All your hard work goes into making those AWB edits that bit more meaningful. Mucho Appreicado!!! Keep up the Good work!! Reedy Boy 22:12, 14 March 2007 (UTC)

(I thought this barnstar was the most appropriate!! =)

Reedy Boy 22:12, 14 March 2007 (UTC)

Franklin Mills[edit]

Hey --BillFlis thanks for the help with the Franklin Mills piece. ShoesssS Talk

RIchard Peters[edit]

Hello. Thanks for re-looking at the Richard Peters entry. I'm puzzled by your editing of the reference I had added, though, to replace a period with a comma. Is there a "proper" format for Wikipedia references? I find all sorts of different formats in different entries. And, given that a period is used to separate the author from the title of the book, why wouldn't a period be used to separate all the items--that is, the title of the book from the publisher information? Looking forward to hearing back from you. Thanks -- Scott (Jericlifs)

I'm not going to argue with you about a period/comma. Change it back if you really like it that way.--BillFlis 14:06, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
I didn't mean to argue; my note merely asked, generally, for information about the proper format for Wikipedia references (so I can add them accurately in the future) and, more particularly, why you prefered a comma to a period. At some point, it mattered enough to you to change it, so I figured you were following some standard that I didn't know about. It can stay as a period or commas as far as I'm concerned.

William Henry (delegate)[edit]

Thanks, again, for looking at these entries. A while back I had altered the title of the William Henry entry to something like "William Henry (1729-1786)," because "delegate" describes the activity about which we know least and in which he made, as far as we know, no real contribution. Another user changed it back and didn't explain why, so I just left it with the "delegate" designation. Do you think it would be a more useful or less misleading heading it if were "William Henry (1729-1786)" or, maybe better, "William Henry (gunsmith)"? -- Scott

Altho I have stooped to using them, I know that using dates to distinguish entries is deprecated, and I can see why: if there are a few entries and their only difference is the dates, a reader has to look closely to pick the one he's looking for; plus, when other editors want to link to the right entry, they have to get those hard-to-remember dates right. He has a bio at Congress, so his delegateship is not in doubt; I'd stick with what's there.--BillFlis 18:10, 11 July 2007 (UTC)


Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
For all your Philadelphia-related articles, here's a barnstar. --Sharkface217 04:21, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

You deserve this. --Sharkface217 04:21, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

Typo regexes[edit]

I don't understand the point of two of your changes:

  • Mountainous - it was designed to correct 'mountanious' and 'mountainious'. As far as I can see, your change expands it to cover 'mountaiious', which doesn't exist as a typo (neither do the other two any more, because I've fixed them all, but there were a couple of dozen)
  • Tradition - it was designed to correct 'traditon', but your change has eliminated that in favour of 'traditoin', which doesn't exist as a typo (but 'traditon' does, even after I fixed all the existing ones last week). Colonies Chris 11:56, 17 September 2007 (UTC)
I think the latter must have been a keyboard accident! It seems that I introduced a question mark into the description of another entry as well, certainly unintended. I agree that my intended change to "Mountainous" was not worthwhile, so I've reverted all my changes from that edit. Thanks for the heads-up.--BillFlis 12:17, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

Re:Special Cases[edit]

Cheers for fixing it up

Im not Regex useless, but i aren't anywhere near as regex savvy as yourself, Rjwilmsi, and such. But i can do some stuff, my main objective was to cause AWB not to cause the exception.

Keep up the good work!--Reedy Boy 22:53, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

Hey, I was only following someone else's example. Actually, it was me who temporarily messed it up, causing you all that bother. Sorry about that. It's too bad, the wikiarticles on regexes don't cover hardly anything a little bit advanced.--BillFlis 23:04, 17 September 2007 (UTC)
Haha, fair enough. Its no biggy, i just followed the exceptions, and then when found the cause of one, fixed the rest. No harm done! Reedy Boy 14:49, 18 September 2007 (UTC)

Your edits to remove the use of negative lookbehinds that Cacycle highlighted and I raised doesn't seem to have worked. For example, the -ish fix now 'corrects' "Masih", when it's supposed to specifically exclude that one. I looked into this myself and didn't find a way to keep the functionality of the lookbehinds. Any ideas? Thanks Rjwilmsi 18:05, 18 September 2007 (UTC)

I think I've got a workaround for that one: I can't think of any words ending in -aish that I would want to fix, so I exclude "a" before the "sih" in the search. I suppose "_Aqueduct", "_Sense", "_Solely", "_Speech", and "_Arabic" will have to go.--BillFlis 19:18, 18 September 2007 (UTC)
Thanks. I've actually changed -sih to use [b-z] instead of [^a] as it picked up a "sih" with quotes in an article. Rjwilmsi 17:18, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

Endings typos (how generic?)[edit]

Hi. Regarding your generic-izing of the ending typos I added, how generic do you think would be good? Following that logic, we could have something as generic as "\b([aeiou][bcdfgklmnprstvz]{3,}(ers?|ings?)\b" (I left a few silly consonants out on purpose). That would cover just about everything: hammmer, laddder, defoggger, callling, lubbber, etc., but I figured people would complain saying they were too generic. —Wknight94 (talk) 18:34, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

Another AWB regex question[edit]

What was wrong with the acclaim regex change I made (which you "corrected" here). I bow to your regex superiority! Face-smile.svgWknight94 (talk) 19:34, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

Woops. I had to correct myself from doing that somewhere else too... —Wknight94 (talk) 19:59, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

AWB regex for relevant[edit]

Thanks for correcting my attempt. Am I right that the change you made ("eliminate false positives") is necessary to stop it correcting the already correctly-spelt version? Or have I missed something else? I must admit that my regexes are rather rusty - I've just dug out my Owl book: 1999, wow! Smalljim 13:10, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

AWB regex for Cincinnati[edit]

I've reverted this edit, which for some reason was causing the spellchecker to crash (I believe a fault in the parsing). I don't know enough of the technical side to fix it, so reverting seemed to be the simplest solution. iridescent 15:30, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Replacing – with -[edit]

I notice that you have been changing a lot of the –'s in articles to - and I was wondering if there was a reason why.--Kumioko (talk) 21:30, 26 December 2007 (UTC)

Actually, I've been replacing the HTML entities with their UTF-8 equivalents.--BillFlis (talk) 21:32, 26 December 2007 (UTC)


Thanks for the heads up about the quote on the Philly Portal. Also thanks for helping with all the suggestions and copy editing. It has made maintaining the portal much easier. Medvedenko (talk) 17:00, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

Philadelphia and other Pennsylvania lists of National Historic Landmarks[edit]

Hi Bill -- I went ahead and moved the list of Philadelphia NHLs to a separate article, so that edit history henceforth will remain associated with it. It would have to be split off from the Pennsylvania NHL list eventually.

Also, I went ahead and deleted all instances of suspect text in both of the articles. Per previous discussions, the passages cut and pasted from NHL webpages were probably not copyright violation, but give an impression if not fact of plagiarism. As you saw, it is too cumbersome to attempt to put them into proper quotes. They were generally too long and sometimes outdated, also. So, for the new year, i cleaned them away. Doing so fixed the page-width size issue immediately. Hopefully we can cooperate in writing new short descriptions going forward.

I realize that you and/or others had, over time, wikified links from within the suspect text, and that those links did add some value. I think it was unfortunate that you were adding value to those passages that would have to be deleted sometime, rather than working on new texts; this contributed to my sense of urgency that the passages be deleted sooner rather than later. I am now trying to salvage the value added by the wikilinks, by restoring the wikilinks alone. In the List of National Historic Landmarks in Philadelphia, I have completed that. In List of National Historic Landmarks in Pennsylvania, I have only done so through the first 20 items, will do the rest later. doncram (talk) 17:29, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Several of those descriptions had already been thoroughly edited by another editor. It's a shame you didn't pick up on that.--BillFlis (talk) 22:51, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

N. C. Wyeth House and Studio[edit]

Hi. I moved to a new article material that you had added to the N. C. Wyeth article. Could you please take a look at N. C. Wyeth House and Studio? I added other sources and some material. There is already more material than would be suitable for inclusion in the article about Wyeth himself, and it can be developed more based on the sources available. regards, doncram (talk) 18:09, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Yeah, well, the guy who wants to merge Stenton (mansion) into James Logan (statesman) will probably be paying that page a visit soon!--BillFlis (talk) 22:53, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

NPS photos that are not in public domain[edit]

Hi BillFlis -- I notice you have done a lot of development of List of National Historic Landmarks in Philadelphia and on articles on individual NHLs that it covers. This is generally very great, and I admire you for doing the good work that you have done.

However, I notice that you have uploaded and used some photos from the NHL webpages which I believe are not public domain and which are not usable. A lesser point to make about those uploads is that it is better to give, in your description, a precise link to the URL of the website where you found it. I do make a point to do that for HABS photos that I upload from time to time. But for several low-resolution pictures, such as for the Becuna, I can see that it is from the corresponding NHL webpage.

You must not be aware of this, but just because a photo is on a Federal website, it does not necessarily mean the photo is usable. There was an extensive discussion on this at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject National Register of Historic Places/Archive 4#National Register photos and slides. One key source on this subject is the NPS policy statement, which is fairly clear that not all photos on NPS sites are available for public domain use.

So, I believe all of the following photos are technically in copyright violation and should be removed from commons.

  1. Image:JohnColtraneHouse.png
  2. Image:MtPleasantFairmountPk.jpg
  3. Image:PhilaSchoolofDesign.jpg
  4. Image:RaceStMeetinghouse.jpg (this one says NPS files but i don't assume that necessarily means it is NPS owned)
  5. Image:USSBecuna.jpg

Some others of yours, such as

may be HABS pictures but could use better attribution, such as specific link to the source, addition of the photographer name if available, and so on.

I see that for

there is an intended link to its HABS location but the link is invalid

One uploaded from HABS

is properly labelled in terms of the photographer, but does not provide URL link to the photo at HABS which would be better

Some others uploaded by you:

are labelled as NHL and HABS, but not labelled as to photographer and without specific link to HABS.

Another uploaded by you,

does have a specific link and I see at the source that the picture is labelled in such a way that I believe it is NPS owned and is usable.

I do see that your photo

is HABS with full attribution of author and with link to its source location.

Please let me know right away if you have other information that I do not, or if you are okay with me proceeding to have the first 5 of those removed? Could you improve the attribution on the other 8? I would also appreciate if you could identify any other photos of the NHL webpage type, which I missed. Sincerely, doncram (talk) 03:51, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

I think you should put a notice on the pages of the images you want to delete. Others might want to comment.--BillFlis (talk) 11:15, 20 February 2008 (UTC)
Okay i will start the formal processes, in which others can comment, and I will try to provide appropriate notices. Please note I may use two types of tags. One tag indicates that the source of the image is not provided, and is grounds for deletion within about 5 days, from what I understand. (This tag is formatted like "Di-no source|date=21 February 2008".) I believe that you can deal with that by revising your description of the images, in particular by putting a link to the source URL. I am not exactly sure of the process but you may be entitled to remove the deletion tag if you have indicated the source, or maybe an administrator is supposed to do that. Then also and/or later I will be marking for probable copyright violation by tags like "pui|log=2008 February 21". doncram (talk) 23:57, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

Notices for deletion on basis of no source indicated[edit]

It is not my goal to undo work that you have done, but I will proceed with the process. For one photo, Image:HopeHoseCoNo6&FellowshipEngineCoNo29.jpg , i edited the description to show the location. For the others which do not include source locations, I marked them for deletion in 5 or so days time if you do not identify the location URLs. These are:

  1. Image:JohnColtraneHouse.png
  2. Image:MtPleasantFairmountPk.jpg
  3. Image:PhilaSchoolofDesign.jpg
  4. Image:RaceStMeetinghouse.jpg (this one says NPS files but i don't assume that necessarily means it is NPS owned)
  5. Image:USSBecuna.jpg
  6. Image:Cliveden-mansion.png
  7. Image:Stenton-mansion.png
  8. Image:St-James-the-Less-Church.png (intended link to its HABS location is invalid)
  9. Image:PennaAcademyofFineArts.png
  10. Image:Woodford-mansion.png
  11. Image:Wyck.png

I pasted you a notice for the first one, which shows up as a separate section below. Please consider yourself notified on all of the other ones above, too, I tagged them but did not separately paste additional notices below, as that would be even more excessive. doncram (talk) 00:25, 22 February 2008 (UTC)

Thank you for adding a source URL link to some or all of the pics. doncram (talk) 05:55, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

In the future[edit]

Perhaps you might consider several things ... 1) uploading these right to the commons, 2) geotagging them 3) adding the HABS template which can be used to liunk right to the photo. Just a thought ...


--evrik (talk) 19:16, 14 March 2008 (UTC)


I have added 2 000+ typo fixing rules to the page:) So it is 4K total there. I checked - most of typos on my test pages are discovered by new rules - so it works. But there some false positives too. Hope they be gone in a few days:) TestPilot 06:09, 14 March 2008 (UTC)


Thanks I fixed that in my filters and I will begin fxing those. Let me know if you notice anything else.--Kumioko (talk) 12:47, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

You around?[edit]

Mind taking a look at this page? --evrik (talk) 14:10, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

  • Thanks for the help! The page has been on my to do list for a while. I decided it was better to just throw something up than to wait until it was perfect! I'd like to find more history on its life as an airbase. Oh well, when I get some time! --evrik (talk) 14:42, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

On another topic ... supposedly, the John Coltrane Home has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Could you help me with the appropriate box? --evrik (talk) 14:53, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Yay, a DYK.[edit]

Updated DYK query On 27 April, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Philadelphia Lazaretto, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.
LibertyBellstar.png The Liberty Star
Thanks for your help on Philadelphia Lazaretto --evrik (talk) 03:23, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

Fix needed[edit]

Hello! after your edit at Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/Typos, I can't load typos to my AWB. Can you please look at it, or revert your edit and ask someone else to add it at the talk page. Thanks! --SMS Talk 17:03, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

– → –[edit]

Why are you switching from "& ndash; → – " when others are doing the exact opposite? Can you point me to the rule where the "-" is now replacing the old rule of "& ndash;" --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 20:26, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia is now UTF-8-compatible, so there's no need to continue to use HTML entities, we can use the actual UTF-8 character, which is much more readable, don't you think? At the bottom of the edit window, we now have those nice UTF-8 characters conveniently available, so why not use them?--BillFlis (talk) 13:48, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
Excellent, it makes copy and pasting Wikipedia text much easier into other forums, I hate having to search and replace all the unicode tags that don't display properly or are difficult to edit. --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 14:09, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Pascale Pellegrin[edit]

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A proposed deletion template has been added to the article Pascale Pellegrin, suggesting that it be deleted according to the proposed deletion process. All contributions are appreciated, but this article may not satisfy Wikipedia's criteria for inclusion, and the deletion notice should explain why (see also "What Wikipedia is not" and Wikipedia's deletion policy). You may prevent the proposed deletion by removing the {{dated prod}} notice, but please explain why you disagree with the proposed deletion in your edit summary or on its talk page.

Please consider improving the article to address the issues raised because even though removing the deletion notice will prevent deletion through the proposed deletion process, the article may still be deleted if it matches any of the speedy deletion criteria or it can be sent to Articles for Deletion, where it may be deleted if consensus to delete is reached. Do you want to opt out of receiving this notice? Avruch T 15:29, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

Do you have some references for this article? I wouldn't mind if you removed the PROD if you could provide some good references for notability and whatnot. It might still be an AfD candidate at that point based on notability, but it'd have a better shot. Avruch T 18:09, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

She does seem rather a minor actor. There is not even a French-wiki article about her (the link goes nowhere), and the two movies she was in that have wikiarticles don't even mention her among the stars. Probably the most notable thing about her is her parents: father has a long filmography, mother was once romantically involved with Prince Rainier. Did you notify the Wikiproject Biography and Wikiproject France people of what you're thinking of doing? Both those groups seem to have adopted her article (see the Discussion).--BillFlis (talk) 19:02, 6 May 2008 (UTC)
Alas, even though I added a little Filmography, she is now gone.--BillFlis (talk) 19:38, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Agnes Repplier.gif[edit]

Thanks for uploading Image:Agnes Repplier.gif. You've indicated that the image meets Wikipedia's criteria for non-free content, but there is no explanation of why it meets those criteria. Please go to the image description page and edit it to include a fair use rationale. If you have any questions, please post them at Wikipedia:Media copyright questions.

Thank you for your cooperation. NOTE: once you correct this, please remove the tag from the image's page. STBotI (talk) 17:09, 19 May 2008 (UTC)


Can you take a look at this article? Betsy Ross House Thanks. Philly jawn (talk) 06:07, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

RegEx Triple[edit]

As a developer of RETF, please see this page =) [1] --mboverload@ 23:53, 27 July 2008 (UTC)

Eh, what's RETF?--BillFlis (talk) 02:27, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
........ Reg Ex Typo Fix --mboverload@ 03:12, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

You're really, really good Bill. Thank you so much for helping out at RegExTypoFix. --mboverload@ 05:40, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

well done![edit]

Updated DYK query On 17 August, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article William Yardley, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

Well done you two Victuallers (talk) 11:47, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Typo in the typos...[edit]

Hi there. My AutoWikiBrowser is complaining about the line you created in this edit. It seems there's a missing ")"- I would fix it myself but I have no idea how. Thanks! —Elipongo (Talk contribs) 06:07, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

Nevermind, someone else fixed it. Cheers! —Elipongo (Talk contribs) 07:46, 3 October 2008 (UTC)


AWB is picking up "noting" saying it should be "nothing" (as of yesterday at least). Since "noting"; to note" is a real word, could you tweak out that regex a bit more? MBisanz talk 11:51, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

Somebody fixed that yesterday.--BillFlis (talk) 11:54, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
Cool, thanks. MBisanz talk 12:19, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

A and an[edit]

Please refrain from "correcting my grammar" (or that of other editors) in National Register of Historic Places articles. Per Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition, p.1: "Before unstressed or weakly stressed syllables with initial h both a and an are used in writing, a historic an historic, but in speech an is more frequent whether h is pronounced or not." See also A and an#Discrimination between a and an. Moreover, articles on US subjects should use U.S. English, not British or Canadian. Thank you. clariosophic (talk) 22:17, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

I never said I was "correcting" anything. However, "a" is shorter and always correct. Can't we have a standard? Often I see "a" and "an" in the very same article.--BillFlis (talk) 22:30, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

Catalog versus Catalogue[edit]

I believe both are correct, but catalog is more common in US English. Please quit running AWB to make this change as you did in this edit. Thank you.--Appraiser (talk) 13:51, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

It seems that you are correct. I'll tell you what: I'll correct AWB to stop making this change.--BillFlis (talk) 13:55, 20 October 2008 (UTC)


I think [2] is caused by a regex error. MBisanz talk 19:18, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

You're right. It was a little tough to find, but I'm pretty sure I got it now.--BillFlis (talk) 19:32, 20 October 2008 (UTC)


You might want to know, I undid your edit. See here. Have a nice day! :) neuroIT'S MY BIRTHDAY! 20:02, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (Innis, Louisiana)[edit]

Could you place an infobox on this? Please? Thanks! Philly jawn (talk) 20:04, 3 December 2008 (UTC)


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Andrew Hamilton Gold Box[edit]

The article stated that the box was in the possession of the Atwater Kent Museum. I added that. The information I had was that the Pennsylvania Historical Society transferred all of its non-book items to the Atwater Kent and became a books-only institution. Has the box been transferred back to the Society?--Minasbeede (talk) 02:04, 9 December 2008 (UTC)

I think you're confusing me with someone who knows something! Do you have conflicting references?--BillFlis (talk) 11:01, 10 December 2008 (UTC)
Oops, you're right. The edit was done by, whoever that might be. The person probably has good information, it's just information that is no longer correct. Minasbeede (talk) 01:40, 16 December 2008 (UTC)

Austr. in 2007[edit]

Oops, thanks for putting back the headings. I hope you like the bolding of the dates, and the en dashes that have replaced the squidgy little hyphens. Tony (talk) 13:49, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

Please don't add BD/Lifetime in the place of DEFAULTSORT[edit]

Hi. Read the discussion in the Template talk:Lifetime, please. Adding Lifetime instead of DEFAULTSORT is nonconstructive. Read the relevant discussions. --- Magioladitis (talk) 13:48, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

Wow, there sure is a lot of arguing going on over there. Why then does Lifetime exist if we're not supposed to use it?--BillFlis (talk) 14:02, 23 December 2008 (UTC)
Well, as you can see there is a lot of confusion about the subject. Some editors claim that this is the easiest way to add DEFAULTSORT along with the yob/yod categories. On the other hand, it causes many many problems. Inexperienced editors double-add categories and/or the defaultsort etc. There is a lot of discussion about the name we should use as well. I am of the opinion that we should not have two different ways to add defaultsort in articles. We are holding a can of worms. I tried to simplify things but I was not very successful. Right now the status is the following: Everyone can add defaultsort+yob/yob categories the way it likes but no substitution of the existing defaultsort is welcome. I think that both the TfD for Lifetime and RfD for BD closed the wrong way. No specific indication of how to use Lifetime was given. You can always raise your opinion in the talk pages. I won;t be online a lot these days. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Magioladitis (talk) 18:27, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

What do you think of this article?[edit]

Sausage sandwich and my comments on its Talk Page? I thought the whole Hero/Hoagie/Sub thing needed intervention, but I don't even know what to say about that page! BillyTFried (talk) 04:06, 31 December 2008 (UTC)

Where to begin? It's a complete mess. No refs. Pathetic. Hey, I was in Germany a couple of months ago and saw an interesting variation, a low-carb version or maybe the carnivore's delight: a real long sausage (almost a foot) on a small roll just big enough to serve as a handle. Forget toppings. Or dip as you eat. But they served beer too, right there on the street, ah civilization!--BillFlis (talk) 15:26, 31 December 2008 (UTC)

Ok, check it out now. BillyTFried (talk) 17:22, 26 June 2009 (UTC)

Ben Franklin TV[edit]

Please tell me where you found this citation---"In 1957, he introduced two bills: to include the Ben Franklin TV series in the Archives of Congress and to begin the development of Independence National Historical Park." I am quite curious about knowing the exact details of this and what was the Ben Franklin TV series as well as what were the particulars about the development of Independence National Park? Please let me know. Thanks! I greatly appreciate it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:51, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

I forgot to sign my name to the Benjamin Franklin James question-user name Old Newspaper Publisher...sorry about that. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:21, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

Sorry, I don't know what you're talking about, and I can't even find your user page to tell you that.--BillFlis (talk) 04:12, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

I am talking about your contribution pertaining to Congressman Benjamin F. James and the entry posted. Thanks! Please look at it and let me know. [User:OldNewspaperPublisher|OldNewspaperPublisher]] —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:39, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

"In 1957, he introduced two bills: to include the Ben Franklin TV series in the Archives of Congress and to begin the development of Independence National Historical Park." I am talking about your contribution pertaining to Congressman Benjamin F. James and the entry posted. Thanks! Please look at it and let me know. OldNewspaperPublisher —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:39, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

Well, I looked up that article, and I see that I did not add that sentence. I merely moved it around a bit. Maybe that is what confused you.--BillFlis (talk) 15:47, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

NRHP in Philadelphia[edit]

Thanks for helping with the division-by-neighborhood for the National Register properties in Philadelphia. I'm sorry for removing the coding for column where you're putting in neighborhoods; when I added the table, I'd not considered the possibility of having anything except "Philadelphia" in that column, so I simply deleted it as useless. Nyttend (talk) 18:10, 8 January 2009 (UTC)


Are these districts simply planning districts? I thought that the planning commission was simply making maps of districts that had already been delineated by the city some other way, like Pittsburgh does with its neighborhoods. Nyttend (talk) 00:09, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

Yes, which makes them only approximate, but at least somebody can look up their precise boundaries. The Planning Commission's maps further break down the districts into "neighborhoods" which are also often approximate or disputable (depending on who you ask). Philadelphia neighborhoods are not official, and are often overlapping.--BillFlis (talk) 23:41, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

Where is this building?[edit]

Philadelphia School of Design for Women, a National Historic Landmark in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Now part of Moore College of Art. DThomsen (talk) 15:11, 12 March 2009 (UTC)Dthomsen8

I added the address to the infobox. Also added some historical/architectural links.--BillFlis (talk) 17:27, 12 March 2009 (UTC)

Re Philly pictures list[edit]

Thank you very much for your contributions to this list! I've been so swamped with real life I didn't have time to work on it recently. We're going to try to get our act together very soon.

If you're interested in helping plan the Wiki Takes Philadelphia event, let me know. --Mblumber (talk) 02:38, 1 April 2009 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for File:Agnes_Repplier.gif[edit]

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Philadelphia Portal[edit]

Hi, you have worked hard selecting quotes for the Philadelphia Portal, but I was bold and made both Quotes and Selected Pictures Random selection as I had done with Articles and Biographies a year ago. I did this to reduce maintenance and my feeling of a lack of content to fill the portal every month. I personally choose to limit all quotes to be about Philadelphia or Philadelphians in general. This of course can be changed, but I felt the Portal is about Philadelphia and quotes about the city fit the best instead of quotes from famous Philadelphia residents. The Did you know... section will remain per month as there is no lack of random facts relating to the city. Medvedenko (talk) 21:01, 2 January 2010 (UTC)

AWB typo regexes[edit]

Thanks for improving on my clumsy attempts at these. Colonies Chris (talk) 11:54, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

Good work on John Penn, the American[edit]

Good work on John Penn, the American, a rather obscure member of the Penn family. Now that I see your work on other Philadelphia history articles, I am suggesting a topic for you to consider.--DThomsen8 (talk) 13:12, 13 February 2010 (UTC)

Philadelphia connection? Preparations? All are missing![edit]

Lewis and Clark Expedition and Timeline of the Lewis and Clark Expedition have Philadelphia templates and connections, but nothing about Philadelphia and only a little about Pennsylvania in the articles. Philadelphia was important in the preparations, and in the reports after the return of the party, so a lot of information is missing. The timeline article is especially misleading, as there were extensive preparations and training in Philadelphia and elsewhere, entirely missing from that article. --DThomsen8 (talk) 13:12, 13 February 2010 (UTC)

National Register of Historic Places listings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[edit]

Curious, what does this edit have to do with anything at WP:CFD? No complaints about the edit; I just don't understand the summary. Nyttend (talk) 15:20, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

February on AWB[edit]

I don't know if this was intentional or not, but your newest regex keeps misspelled February's misspelled, albiet a little less. (<Typo word="(Jan/Febr)uary" find="\b(Jan|Feb)aury\b" replace="$1uary" /> <-- It's missing the r). Is the assumption that as secondary rule will catch it? The only way I can think of to fix it is to separate the two rules out. Before I did that though I wanted to make sure I didn't miss something there.

I also added an (r?) to the Feb portion, so it will catch a few more misspellings. Shadowjams (talk) 05:07, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

On second look, I think this is already handled by the month name corrections: <Typo word="February" find="\b[Ff]eb(?:ur?[ae]|ru(?:r[ae]|e))ry\b" replace="February" /> Shadowjams (talk) 05:11, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

USS Becuna (SS-319)[edit]

Having a lot of trouble with this - picture alignment vs. infobox length and noticed that you edited the article 3 times! Also the two pictures seem quite different - shape of the bow, and tower. There are 3-4 other new pix in the commons catelog. I think the article needs one (properly placed) but not necessarily mine. Any help appreciated.

Smallbones (talk) 19:51, 14 April 2010 (UTC)

Thanks. Smallbones (talk) 23:56, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

Tallest building source?[edit]

Hi, you recently edited that the Independence Hall was once the tallest building in Philadelphia on the List of tallest buildings in Philadelphia article. Do you have any source that supports this? Medvedenko (talk) 04:02, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

How about this, which says it was the tallest in North America?--BillFlis (talk) 10:09, 20 April 2010 (UTC)
No, that is most definitely not a reliable resource. Unless a reliable resource confirms Independence Hall was the tallest building the US and/or Philadelphia its listing needs to be removed. Medvedenko (talk) 22:59, 20 April 2010 (UTC)
OK.--BillFlis (talk) 12:12, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

John Penn ("the American")[edit]

Thank you for your efforts with John Penn ("the American"), but I am doubtful that you can remove the AfD template, as a matter of proper procedure on Wikipedia. Since I didn't do that, I will just await events. We share the same view on John Penn as quite notable, but procedurally, I doubt that the removal will stick.--DThomsen8 (talk) 00:20, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

The tag said that anyone can remove it. Even you, but I would have felt funny removing it in your position as the article's originator. I chimed in that I would have originated it too, and so removed the tag. At this point, it's two opinions—yours and mine—against one other, so there. I wouldn't worry about it.--BillFlis (talk)
What would we need to upgrade this article to start status? I rather think I can obtain more sources, but I am unsure if there is really much more information about him. --DThomsen8 (talk) 11:36, 29 April 2010 (UTC)
The two sources cited in the article have a little more info but contradict each other: one says he remained a Quaker, the other that he converted to Church of England; one that he died in England, another in the south of France on a different date. Also, the sources are not authoritative; upgrading the article would require getting better refs.--BillFlis (talk) 17:21, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

Reverting Wanamaker's fixes[edit]

Hi. I saw you reverted my edits to the Wanamaker's article. Just so you know, two-color words — which is what you reinstated with your edit — are more difficult to read than single-color words. Just so you know. — HarringtonSmith (talk) 11:33, 3 July 2010 (UTC)

Gee, that never occurred to me. Where did you find it? I have seen AutoWikiBrowser automatically make such simplifying changes, which, I think, definitely make it easier for an editor to read, so I thought I was doing something constructive. A quick look through the Help here concerning Links didn't find any guidance on this.--BillFlis (talk) 12:42, 3 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi, Bill. It's an old rule of thumb in graphics (speaking with 35 years in the business): Multi-color text is harder to read. Also, italics, all caps, white type reversed-out of dark background, overly ornate type — all are more difficult. Some of it goes back to the contrast index: black type on white background is 100% C.I., and it goes down from there as type color lightens and b/g color darkens. Also — listen up, Wikipedia — a serif typeface is easier to read than the sans-serif typefaces we use here — the horizontal elements of the serifs help lead the eye along from left to right... but it's too late to fight that battle. Also, easier for editors to read doesn't necessarily mean easier for our readers! Anyway, thanks for your good work on Philadelphia articles. Always let me know if I can help. — HarringtonSmith (talk) 13:09, 3 July 2010 (UTC)
You can change to a serif font by modifying your preferences. Choose Nostalgia or Simple under Appearance.--BillFlis (talk) 13:25, 3 July 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for the tip, but I need to edit in the format that most people will see it... so it'll be "the best, for the most." Have a great holiday. — HarringtonSmith (talk) 13:38, 3 July 2010 (UTC)
The wiki engine is smart enough to color the whole word: <big><big><big>[[Te]]st</big></big></big> makes this :Test Methinks your eyes are not as good as you claim!--BillFlis (talk) 13:54, 18 December 2011 (UTC)


I noticed you modified some breaks on a couple of the Medal of Honor recipient articles and I wanted to ask you not too. I understand that <br/> isn't 100% correct and should be <br /> according to most programming guides (which looks sloppy and wastes characters in WP) and that in the end it really doesnt matter for the sake of WP because the WP software will automatically fix it when viewing anyway but it can cause some pages outside WP to display incorrectly if it doesn't say <br/> or <br />. --Kumioko (talk) 20:56, 29 July 2010 (UTC)

Actually, I always change them to just <br>, which is wiki markup and uses the minimum number of characters. What is a programming guide?--BillFlis (talk) 05:47, 30 July 2010 (UTC)
What I mean is that normally when programming break its done with a space, although almost all apps these days accept it without the space as well. I think even the wikimarkup does it as space <br />. --Kumioko (talk) 20:28, 30 July 2010 (UTC)
Are you saying I need to know about some kind of computer programming to edit wikipedia? Eew. I suppose you're some kind of expert, and if so please don't take offense, but I seem to nod off when people start talking about that stuff. <snore>--BillFlis (talk) 07:58, 31 July 2010 (UTC)

\w in regex[edit]

Just a reminder that \w includes numerals and underscores (and maybe accented characters too) so when you're updating those rules just keep that in mind. I don't think it's an issue on any of them you've done so far. Shadowjams (talk) 22:40, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

List of Empire ships (Th–Ty)‎[edit]

Re Empire Titania - I've corrected the name, which you could have done per WP:SOFIXIT. It's probably my typo in the first place. I don't have the book used as a source as it was borrowed from the library while I was compiling the lists of Empire ships. Mjroots (talk) 10:53, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Giorgio Gomelsky[edit]

Thanks for your tidy up of my copy. Much appreciated! Wwwhatsup (talk) 08:27, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

Vanna Venturi House[edit]

I thought you might enjoy this pic. Smallbones (talk) 19:18, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

Vanna Venturi House
Hey, look! Somebody installed the chair rail on the outside!--BillFlis (talk) 20:58, 9 December 2010 (UTC)

Charley Moran, succession boxes[edit]

BillFlis, I saw you reverted my recent edit on Charley Moran in which I deleted succession boxes. A bunch of us at Wikipedia:WikiProject College football and Wikipedia:WikiProject College Basketball are working on a project to update the college coaching nav boxes and delete redundant succession boxes to reduce clutter at the footer of article and streamline things. We aim to eventually roll this out to areas like the NFL (e.g. Frankford Yellow Jackets for Moran). Let me know if you have any questions or want to help with this effort. Thanks and happy new year. Jweiss11 (talk) 18:43, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

What is a succession box?--BillFlis (talk) 01:47, 14 April 2011 (UTC)

Bert Bell[edit]

Hi, I see you were the one that put in one of the external links that is dead now about 5 years ago. Do you know if it's worthwhile to recover it or do you want to delete it. I certainly do not know how to recover dead links. (talk) 22:26, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Wait, who died?--BillFlis (talk) 01:48, 14 April 2011 (UTC)
No, the external link in Bert Bell is broken (talk) 15:05, 14 April 2011 (UTC)

Thanks man. All the grammar and wording changes you made to the Bell article make it much better. (talk) 15:02, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

Andrew Wyeth[edit]

Hi, I saw you added "in 2011, the farm was declared a National Historic Landmark, based on its association with Wyeth." to the Andrew Wyeth page regarding the Olson house. Do you have a reference for that? Thanks!--CaroleHenson (talk) 17:47, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

  • Yes, in the farm's NRHP Nomination Form (linked on the farm's wikiarticle), it says "The Kuerner Farm, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, is nationally significant under Criterion 2 for its association with the world-renowned artist Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), who produced significant works of art there for seven decades." This might be a useable ref: [3]--BillFlis (talk) 18:05, 13 July 2011 (UTC)
Great! I saw that you updated the article with the ref and other great edits. Thanks!--CaroleHenson (talk) 21:22, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Explanation requested[edit]

[4]. Why? Did you see an IP and assume it was junk? The image was wihin the MoS and paired with he text about cheese. Cptnono (talk) 05:38, 7 October 2011 (UTC)

It was practically a duplicate of the image that's already there. The sandwich is even "posed" the same. Do we need a separate illustration for every kind of cheese?--BillFlis (talk) 06:50, 7 October 2011 (UTC)

Reportedly haunted locations in the United States[edit]

Category:Reportedly haunted locations in the United States needs to be deleted. Let me know what I can do. --Dana60Cummins (talk) 18:35, 19 November 2011 (UTC)

Unbeliever! Read this.--BillFlis (talk) 10:55, 20 November 2011 (UTC)

Invisible Star of Appreciation[edit]

Hi BillFilis, I hereby award you the Invisible Star of Appreciation for your earnest copyedits to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (due to economic hard times and budgetary limitations, I'm replacing normal binary barnstars with invisible stars). Also remember that some foreign translations of The Little Prince are titled Prince From A Star, and that "On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux." ("One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye").[14] Best: HarryZilber (talk) 16:08, 14 December 2011 (UTC)

Bert Bell[edit]

I know you got mad at me earlier. But if you can someday do a peer review of the Bert Bell article, only up to his early life and University of Pennsylvania career. then I would greatly appreciate it. That is only 10 paragraphs. (talk) 04:34, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

If you are who I think you are, I didn't get mad; I merely chastised you for making hundreds of edits while not taking the tiny bit of trouble of getting a wiki account. I see from "your" talk page that you have confused other editors by not doing so. Believe it or not, having an account actually increases your anonymity, if that's what you're looking for (just don't use your real name).
Anyway, you can request one yourself. See Wikipedia:Peer review. (I've never gotten involved with these.)--BillFlis (talk) 09:29, 24 June 2012 (UTC)
I got a account now, user itsmejudith chastised me also for the same reason. I got Bell rolling along now, I will do as you say after I get the Bell article below 75k bytes. Thank you for your time. As far as you have never gotten involved in a peer review, I have seen you copy-edit, you're awesome. Ijustreadbooks (talk) 19:39, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

Links requiring registration[edit]

I stumbled upon this with an edit summary of "rm links requiring registration (Facebook) per guidelines". What are the guidelines referred to? I'm only familiar with WP:PAYWALL which somewhat implies the reverse, because to pay registration is implied. Regards, Sun Creator(talk) 13:30, 1 October 2012 (UTC)

You must register with Facebook in order to view Facebook pages. Payment is implied in the guidelines but not required, only indicated as a possibility. The pages are not freely visible. You must give something up to view them.--BillFlis (talk) 00:17, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Saw your copyedits at The Woodlands[edit]

Hi. I saw your copyedits at The Woodlands. I've been doing some work on a few articles about things the mansion overlooks, and would love a good copyeditor's eye on them, if you're so inclined: Gray's Ferry Bridge, Gray's Ferry Tavern, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Bridge No. 1, Mill Creek (Philadelphia). PRRfan (talk) 17:15, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

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Love history & culture? Get involved in WikiProject World Digital Library![edit]

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Bill, I fashioned the typo rule to allow 'monstruous' but fix 'monsteruous' and 'monsterous', because allows 'monstruous' as a variant. Personally, I would sooner step on a rusty nail than use the spelling "monstruous", but you can decide whether we want to field complaints from folks who refer to Collins and claim that their spelling is OK. Happy editing! Chris the speller yack 15:35, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion[edit]

Bill - not sure why you made changes to the edits we made on behalf of the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion. We've been working to correct and update their listings on all online directories. You reset the forwarding that goes to an incorrectly named page - Ebenezer Maxwell House, after we had removed it and updated the content on the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion page. We've been trying to rename the House page, and then found that the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion page was being redirected to the Ebenezer Maxwell House page. The correct name of the museum is the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion. Please undo your edit. If you can assist us in having this important Philadelphia museum properly listed, we'd be much appreciative. (talk) 21:04, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

Bill- The museum's official title with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - Bureau of Charitable Organizations is Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion. They also have a historic marker from PA with the name Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion. I would suggest that the main page should be Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, with a forwarding link from Ebenezer Maxwell House, not the way it is currently setup.Lmsguru (talk) 12:28, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

In my mind, there are two entities, the building, which is historic and has had an official name ("House") at least since it was listed on the NRHP, and the relatively new organization that occupies and operates it as a house museum. I surmise you work for the latter; if so, in the interest of avoiding any connotation of bias, you should recuse yourself from editing the article. I have also been trying to rewrite the article to avoid any copyright violations with text that has been taken directly from the museum's website. You know, it's impossible to contact you when you don't have a talk page.--BillFlis (talk) 10:39, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

GLAM Cafe invitation[edit]

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Thanks for the heads up on Head House. There's a campaign going on to better reference NRHP articles, in particular articles that are referenced only to the NRIS database. So I've gone through most of the PA "NRIS-only" articles and tried to add the PHMC nominations to them. I was obviously going too fast yesterday - if you see any other examples, please let me know. The PHMC CRGIS database is now a lot more accessible than it was (I can even get to it on my mac now!).In short any help adding refs to these articles would be appreciated. Thanks again. Smallbones(smalltalk) 14:59, 9 January 2014 (UTC)


Well done. BMK (talk) 18:16, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

St. Augustine Light architect[edit]

Hello Bill--My name is John Havel (justhman), I am a researcher in Raleigh , North Carolina, working on a book about the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse... during my research to locate the original architect/designer of the 1870 Hatteras Light I ended up talking with the people at St. Augustine's (which is the same design/plans as the Bodie Island LH, Currituck Beach LH, Morris Island LH, and the Sand Island LH). If I am looking at the Wikipedia article history correctly (please tell me if I am wrong) it was you that added the name of Mr. Paul Pelz as the architect/designer of the St. Augustine Light back in July of 2011. Can you please give me a reference or primary source that can verify that he was indeed the designer of the St. Augustine tower. Any help would be most appreciated.

--Justhman (talk) 19:13, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Well, you don't have a talk page or even a user page, so I'll reply right here. A simple Google search turned up these: --BillFlis (talk) 11:32, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

St. Augustine Light follow-up[edit]

Bill, thank you for your response. I am definitely a newbie within the Wiki-world. I believe I have just created a user and a talk page. Thank you for those links. I have contacted Kraig Anderson at and he states that he pulled his information from other websites, none verifiable. I also have an e-mail out to Steve Rajtar, author of the 2007 "Guide to Historic St. Augustine." So again, do you know of any primary sources, documents, drawings, etc. that show or state that Mr. Pelz was the designer, or of any other experts, students of his work, etc. that I might contact that could verify his connection to the drawings for St. Augustine? Thank you. Justhman (talk) 01:14, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Patriotic Order Sons of America[edit]

Hello BillFlis,

I wanted to let you know that I just tagged Patriotic Order Sons of America for deletion, because the article doesn't clearly say why the subject is important enough to be included in an encyclopedia.

If you feel that the article shouldn't be deleted and want more time to work on it, you can contest this deletion, but please don't remove the speedy deletion tag from the top.

You can leave a note on my talk page if you have questions. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 10:30, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

Philadelphia streets[edit]

Front Street (Philadelphia)‎ and Girard Avenue are now redirects. Please take a look, and tell me what you think.--DThomsen8 (talk) 17:10, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

Your thoughts?[edit]

Timeline of Philadelphia has a discussion about selection and inclusion criteria. Two editors are discussing it, but we have divergent views. More opinions would be helpful. - SummerPhDv2.0 13:05, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

Please don't "fix" unbroken redirects[edit]

See WP:NOTBROKEN. Thanks. BMK (talk) 13:41, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Punk Berryman[edit]

BillFlis, where did you find Punk Berryman's date and place of death? Thanks, Jweiss11 (talk) 16:07, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

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discussion at WikiProject Philadelphia[edit]

You've worked on articles about Philadelphia, so I'd like you to see a discussion at WikiProject Philadelphia: Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject Philadelphia#IP_editors_are_erasing_neighborhoods.

It's about a spate of recent changes, largely by anonymous users, to articles about Center City Philadelphia. The changes seem misguided to me, and I'd like to hear what other people think. TypoBoy (talk) 00:16, 10 January 2016 (UTC)

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Help needed to develop article for "Acoustic Highway" use of album cover[edit]

Hello BillFlis I see you are the author of the "Red Octopus" by Jefferson Starship article. I am trying to create an article for the album "Acoustic Highway" by Craig Chaquico. I would like to use the album cover for the infobox, but I see there are copyright issues with doing that, yet the "Red Octopus" album cover is still used on the page. I see this with other album articles as well. Can you advise me as to how to go about using the "Acoustic Highway" album cover? Any other pointers on developing an article would be much appreciated.Cheryl Fullerton (talk) 17:00, 25 September 2017 (UTC)Cheryl Fullerton

Merger discussion for New Market and Head House[edit]


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