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Template:User WikiProject Cheshire‎‎[edit]

You are aware that the advice is WP:BRD and that you should have discussed my revert on the talk page, rather than just re-instituted your edits. Furthermore, you are supposed to give meaningful edit summaries, explaining why you are making edits, as described in WP:ES. I note that you have done a whole slew of edits without paying attention to providing meaningful edit summaries. I would have expected more than this from an editor with your history.  DDStretch  (talk) 11:41, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

I apologize for not noticing your revert of my edit to Template:User WikiProject Cheshire‎‎ before making another edit. I am making hundreds of userbox edits in succession and sometimes overlook things. My edits are primarily to modernize to current Template:Userbox preferred grammar and to resize to the standard 252x47 pixel userbox dimensions. I could have used the edit summary "Updated.", but I felt the explicit changes made were more useful. You can compare the previous version with the revised version with Template:User WikiProject Cheshire&action=history. The obsolete term Image: should be replaced with File:. The terms | id-fc = #cd853f and | id-s = 12 are meaningless since there is no id text. Common web colors are usually spelled out. Most userboxes now use | info-a = center. Please see Wikipedia:Userboxes/WikiProjects/alphabetical 03. You can make whatever edits you like to my version. Thanks for your feedback. Yours aye,  Buaidh  18:56, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the apology, which I completely accept. I think you are doing good work, but that the rather terse edit summaries can lead to misunderstandings. May I suggest the following solution? Describe the reasons for the changes you are making in a short section somewhere on your user space, and in the edit summaries, provide a link to that summary. This would allow people to see and understand more easily what you are doing. However, this is just a suggestion to support your work and to try to avoid any additional misunderstandings that might happen. May be I am unusual, though, and such explanations are not needed for most people.  DDStretch  (talk) 20:11, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
That is a wonderful solution which, I must admit, had escaped me. Thank you so much. Yours aye,  Buaidh  20:20, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
I'm happy you found it useful, and you are very welcome! Happy editing!  DDStretch  (talk) 20:44, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

WikiProject userbox templates[edit]

I am currently updating most WikiProject userbox templates. My updates are primarily intended to modernize templates to current Template:Userbox preferred grammar and to resize to standard 252x47 pixel userbox dimensions. Most updates will make little or no change to the appearance of the userbox.

Among the changes being made are:

  1. Change the image file prefix from the deprecated Image: to File:.
  2. Use the default border width.
  3. Resize most opaque images to x45px or less.
  4. If the image size is x45px, use id-c instead of border-c for the border color.
  5. If the image size is x45px and the image is taller than wide, use id-w = {{{id-w|0}}}.
  6. If the image is transparent, set id-c to info-c or a contrasting color.
  7. Do not override the default link colors. If the background is dark, try using #FFFFBB for text and white for links.
  8. Use info-a = {{{info-a|center}}} where appropriate.
  9. Spell out common web colors.
  10. Use the proper name of the project.
  11. Make the project name alone bold.
  12. Remove unused parameters.
  13. Order template parameters alphabetically.
  14. Make all text readable.
  15. Use Template:Ucat to designate user membership categories. If the userbox template resides in User namespace (NS:2), including User:UBX, the ucat template must be enclosed in <includeonly> </includeonly> brackets.
  16. Place template categories, including [[Category:WikiProject user templates]], enclosed in <noinclude> </noinclude> brackets immediately following the template body.
  17. Create or update template documentation.

You can use View history to view any changes to a userbox. Feel free to make whatever edits you like to my updated version.

You can view all WikiProject userbox templates at Wikipedia:Userboxes/WikiProjects/alphabetical. Please add any new or missing WikiProject userbox templates to this table. Yours aye,  Buaidh  03:22, 13 January 2018 (UTC)

  • Hi there, I came across this project of yours from a change to {{User WP ACCT}} which changed the display size of the project's font, and I see you've made that same change to some other wikiproject userboxes. Might I suggest you make this an option in the templates? I don't want to suggest I speak for everyone using these userboxes, but to me it is unusual to have one or two userboxes with different font sizes, and in fact I make a habit of only selecting ones which don't. Cheers. Ivanvector (Talk/Edits) 20:43, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
Thank you very much for your comments. For most userboxes, I use style="font-size:8pt;font-weight:normal;" for the info text and style="font-size:10pt;font-weight:bold;" for the name of the WikiProject if it will fit, otherwise style="font-size:8pt;font-weight:bold;". This is primarily to promote the WikiProject. Please see Wikipedia:Userboxes/WikiProjects/alphabetical for examples. I have converted Template:User WP ACCT to style="font-size:{{{wp-s|125%}}};font-weight:{{{wp-w|bold}}};" so you can use {{User WP ACCT|wp-s=8pt}} to give it a uniform 8pt font-size. If this will work for you, please let me know so I can apply it to other WikiProject userboxes. Yours aye,  Buaidh  21:22, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
You've changed [[Category:WikiProject Foo participants]] to [[Category:WikiProject Foo members]] in a number of instances; e.g., Template:User WikiProject Illinois (which I've fixed), but there are others still needing edits. --R'n'B (call me Russ) 14:00, 11 March 2018 (UTC)
Thank you. I overlooked these. I'll check for more mistakes today.  Buaidh  15:35, 11 March 2018 (UTC)

Need help on Electrical Engineering Project[edit]

@Buaidh: Hello! As you are experienced in writing Articles related Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE) i need your help as i am planning to establish a Program in our EEE Department in University. So i need your guidance. Thanks Mohammed Galib Hasan (talk) 16:08, 30 January 2018 (UTC)

Southwest Asia[edit]

Just FYI - we don't have a category hierarchy for SW Asia - Category:Southwest Asia is a redirect to Category:Western Asia. Le Deluge (talk) 14:26, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

I think Southwest Asia is a far better term for the area than Western Asia, especially since we all use the term Southeast Asia. If a Wikipedia consensus likes the term Western Asia, that's what I go with. Thanks,  Buaidh  20:20, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

Page mover granted[edit]

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Hello, Buaidh. Your account has been granted the "extendedmover" user right, either following a request for it or demonstrating familiarity with working with article names and moving pages. You are now able to rename pages without leaving behind a redirect, and move subpages when moving the parent page(s).

Please take a moment to review Wikipedia:Page mover for more information on this user right, especially the criteria for moving pages without leaving redirect. Please remember to follow post-move cleanup procedures and make link corrections where necessary, including broken double-redirects when suppressredirect is used. This can be done using Special:WhatLinksHere. It is also very important that no one else be allowed to access your account, so you should consider taking a few moments to secure your password. As with all user rights, be aware that if abused, or used in controversial ways without consensus, your page mover status can be revoked.

Useful links:

If you do not want the page mover right anymore, just let me know, and I'll remove it. Thank you, and happy editing! TonyBallioni (talk) 19:06, 15 March 2018 (UTC)

Long time, no see[edit]

As you know,

I got bogged down in outlines. I mean, really got bogged down. I'd like to build 10,000 of them, but at less than 100 per year, that'll take over 100 years. It finally dawned on me that I wasn't going to make it. So...

I switched over to writing programs, with the idea that once I get good enough at programming, I could write programs that write outlines. Then the programs should be able to write 10,000 outlines in a few hours.

Well, not there yet. While learning how to program, I've been building interactive programs to assist editors in building outlines.

One of the programs I've been developing has turned out to be rather general purpose. Which is why I'm here. I thought you might find it useful...

It is a user script called SearchSuite.js that provides a selection of on/off enhancements to search results. I use it for gathering links, for, you guessed it, outlines. But...

Seeing that you do things so fast, I figured you'd like it because with one of the combinations of its on/off features, you can show search results one per line, with all other extraneous crap stripped away. Showing just the links. Used in combination with the parameters explained at WP:PARAM, it can make for some pretty streamlined navigation. It even has a sort feature, which is especially useful when you use &limit=5000 appended to the url to show 5000 search results at a time (instead of the usual 500 maximum).

If I guessed wrong. Simply disregard this message.

I saw your name pop up over at WP:VPT, and thought I'd stop by and say "hi".

Have fun,     — The Transhumanist    08:00, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

P.S.: {{ping}} me if you reply. -TT

User box changes[edit]

I'm an active member of the US President's project and have been working on US Presidents articles for a good number of years. I appreciate your efforts but the new userbox, with one solid dark background looks rather skinny and subsequently had a smaller image of the U.S. Presidents seal, which made it almost unrecognizable, while the dark background with white letters posed too much contrast. The previous version has a format that is consistent with most other users boxes and doesn't stick out when stacked in with the rest. With this in mind I have restored the previous version. Hope this doesn't present any issues for you. All the best. -- Gwillhickers (talk) 02:08, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

Your revert is no problem. I would recommend that you reduce the size of the presidential seal from 50px to 45px. The standard size of userboxes is 47px by 238px (see Template:Userbox.) An image in excess of x45px tall will force the userbox to exceed standard height and make it difficult to stack with other userboxes.
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Yours aye,  Buaidh  talk contribs 15:23, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

For you[edit]

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For your great time and ongoing effort in improving Wikipedia. -- Gwillhickers (talk) 19:19, 26 March 2018 (UTC)
@Gwillhickers: I really deserve a Tired Contributor Barnstar. Thank you very much.  Buaidh  talk contribs 19:28, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

Upcoming changes to wikitext parsing[edit]


There will be some changes to the way wikitext is parsed during the next few weeks. It will affect all namespaces. You can see a list of pages that may display incorrectly at Special:LintErrors. Since most of the easy problems have already been solved at the English Wikipedia, I am specifically contacting tech-savvy editors such as yourself with this one-time message, in the hope that you will be able to investigate the remaining high-priority pages during the next month.

There are approximately 10,000 articles (and many more non-article pages) with high-priority errors. The most important ones are the articles with misnested tags and table problems. Some of these involve templates, such as infoboxes, or the way the template is used in the article. In some cases, the "error" is a minor, unimportant difference in the visual appearance. In other cases, the results are undesirable. You can see a before-and-after comparison of any article by adding ?action=parsermigration-edit to the end of a link, like this: (which shows a difference in how {{infobox ship}} is parsed).

If you are interested in helping with this project, please see Wikipedia:Linter. There are also some basic instructions (and links to even more information) at You can also leave a note at WT:Linter if you have questions.

Thank you for all the good things you do for the English Wikipedia. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 21:18, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Western Express Bicycle Route[edit]

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The article Western Express Bicycle Route has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

No evidence of route's notability

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You may prevent the proposed deletion by removing the {{proposed deletion/dated}} notice, but please explain why in your edit summary or on the article's talk page.

Please consider improving the page to address the issues raised. Removing {{proposed deletion/dated}} will stop the proposed deletion process, but other deletion processes exist. In particular, the speedy deletion process can result in deletion without discussion, and articles for deletion allows discussion to reach consensus for deletion. StarM 02:38, 26 April 2018 (UTC)

Deleting "the" from many of your userboxes[edit]

Hello! Thanks for all your work on userboxes.

Is there a reason why you removed the definite articles from the userboxes of the states of Mexico?

They are required in both Spanish and English for the sentences to be grammatically correct. I'm sure that you wouldn't say: "I live in State of Colorado." You would either say: "I live in Colorado State." or "I live in the State of Colorado."

J. E. C. E. (talk) 14:17, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

You are absolutely correct, however when working with multiple languages it seems somewhat confusing to have the definite article in one language and the proper name in another. When I first created these templates, I included the article "the". When I updated these templates recently, I thought it better to drop the English "the" rather than use "el Estado". I guess it is a judgement call. Thank you for your thoughtful note. 16:07, 21 May 2018 (UTC)
I agree that using a non-English definite article would be strange and unnecessary. However, I would still include the English definite article to help readers understand that they are about to read the title or form of government of a territory. In Wikipedia articles, I would expect to read about the Rzeczpospolita, the Jamahiriya, the Krai, the Länder, the Reichskommissariat, the Département, the Eyalet, the Wilayah and the Vilayet. Other terms like Oblast, Raion or Arrondissement that are now accepted as English words are also referred to with the definite article. Would you be comfortable with me re-doing the changes to the Mexican states userboxes that I did back on 1 December 2017? I wonder if there is a way to make many small repetitive changes like that that isn't so labor-intensive. --J. E. C. E. (talk) 19:00, 22 May 2018 (UTC)
Let me make the changes. It shouldn't take long. Yours aye,  Buaidh  talk contribs 20:06, 22 May 2018 (UTC)
I think I have them all. I also added categories for options 51 through 64. Let me know if you find any discrepencies. Thanks for your help.  Buaidh  talk contribs 23:45, 22 May 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! It looks great. You may want to double-check 61 through 64. I didn't dig through a lot of userboxes, but I noticed that they are missing from Template:User in Mexico State. Also, please take a look at my edits to Template:User citizen Mexico State/doc and Template:User from Mexico State/doc. I'm not sure if you wanted to use a redirect instead. Also, please note that Template:User interest Mexico State doesn't exist yet, so I undid that change from Wikipedia:Userboxes/Location/Mexico. J. E. C. E. (talk) 18:52, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
Thank you. We have variously used State of Mexico, Mexico State, and Mexico (state) in English for Estado Libre y Soberano de México. Now that Distrito Federal is officially Ciudad de México (Mexico City}, Mexico State seems appropriate. You certainly are an international Wikipedian. Yours aye,  Buaidh  talk contribs 02:14, 26 May 2018 (UTC)
OK, then Template:User from Mexico State/doc needs to be changed too, right? I would change it, but I'm not sure what the "f" in "User State of Mexico/doc1|f" means. But yes, ha ha. I'm waiting for the Swiss cantons, Belgian regions and Brazilian states.--J. E. C. E. (talk) 16:52, 27 May 2018 (UTC)
Template:User Mexico State/doc1 contains specific documentation for Category:Mexico (state) user templates and invokes Template:Uir/fdoc for general citizenship documentation used by Category:Region of origin user templates. Template:User Mexico State/doc1 is currently identical to Template:User State of Mexico/doc1.
So far, I just have U.S., Mexico, India, and Pakistan states, districts, and territories; Canada provinces and territories; and UK nations and territories. I would like to get provinces for China, Russia, and Brazil. I may leave that for you as your very own inheritance. I leave tomorrow for Iceland, so I may be available sporadically for the next three weeks. Why J. E. C. E. and not J.E.C.E.? Good luck,  Buaidh  talk contribs 18:10, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
It's just a personal style choice of mine to use spaces between abbreviations with periods. It's a more traditional style choice. To be honest, though, I would have preferred to simply use "JECE". However, an English Wikipedia "Jece" account with just a single log other than creating the account already existed when I first tried to set up an account in August 2008 and both a "JECE" and Russian Wikipedia new "Jece" account already existed when I returned to Wikipedia in November 2017. Maybe I should try to claim the JECE username since that account has no edits, but I haven't done so yet. --J. E. C. E. (talk) 19:39, 28 May 2018 (UTC)

Eighth Annual Colorado Wiknic[edit]

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Who: All Wikipedia and Wikimedia users and their families and friends are cordially invited.

What: The Eighth Annual Colorado Wiknic.

When: Sunday afternoon, July 15, 2018, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm MDT.

Where: The Wiknic will be held at our home in Arvada. Please contact Buaidh for further information or assistance.

Please add your username to our attendees list so we know how many folks to expect. You can subscribe to our Wikimedia Colorado e-mail list to receive e-mail notice of future Wikimedia Colorado activities.

Sponsors: The Wikimedians of Colorado & WikiProject Colorado

Your hosts: Buaidh & BikeSally
(Delivered: 12:31, 4 July 2018 (UTC) You can unsubscribe from future invitations to Wikimedia Colorado events by removing your name from the Wikimedia Colorado event invitation list.)