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List of waterways[edit]

Just dropping by to let you know of these discussions: Talk:List_of_waterways#We need a Lists of waterways article and Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/List of waterways Regards —G716 <T·C> 19:54, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for alerting me to this. The first page seems to have a problem - I can't load it and I don't think it's my network. I personally think that article is very badly conceived. For a start, its definition of a waterway doesn't include the vital word "navigable", and it is different in several other respects from the other uses in Wikipedia (not that they are bang on either). But if it could be completed it would have thousands of entries and there's no point in that. A pointer to a category would be far more useful. But I'll have a look round when I have a moment. Chris55 (talk) 13:20, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

June 2009[edit]

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fair cop. The section really needed a brief statement of what the 'modern' idea of a hospice was and it's always easier to use someone else's formulation. I've now used my own words, not so good, but... Chris55 (talk) 08:19, 22 June 2009 (UTC)

James Brindley at Turnhurst[edit]

Hi Chris55. I have akeen interest in Turnhurst Hall and wrote that page on Wikipedia. I am interested to see that around June 2008 you added the following text to James_Brindley:

At this time Brindley had never built a lock and he first built an experimental lock in the grounds of Turnhurst, a house he had bought near the summit, and this determined the design of the narrow canal lock which characterized most of the canals in the Midlands.[1] These were for an elongated version of the boats which were designed for the underground system at Worsley, the so-called 'starvationers', and this decision was to cast a long shadow on the English canal system.

I understand that Brindley rented part of Turnhurst Hall from the Alsager sisters, the other half being rented by my forebears the Cole family. I am also aware of the local tradition that Brindley built an experimental model canal at Turnhurst. I have also read an archaelogical report following excavations of the site, prior to the building of the present Brindley's Lock pub, and have severe doubts as to the authenticity of this tradition. I note that you cite L.T.C. Rolt as a source, I wonder do you have a copy from which you could copy any relevant section relating to Turnhurst?

Kind regards, Billysugger 17:20, 13 July 2009 (UTC)

Hi Billysugger,
I can't find your user page so I'll reply here. (Use 4 ~'s to generate a proper signature).
Rolt's statement in Navigable Waterways (p40) is "There is a long-standing tradition that Brindley first built an experimental lock in the grounds of Turnhurst, the old house conveniently near the summit of the Trent & Mersey canal which he bought when, at the age of forty-nine, he married Anne Henshall."
Not exactly definitive is it! The main reference for Brindley is to The Canal Duke, by Hugh Malet, David and Charles, 1961, but he also references Samuel Smiles, Lives of the Engineers, in that chapter (not noted for accuracy). Hope that helps. Chris55 (talk) 18:48, 19 July 2009 (UTC)
I'm reminded of the miniature canal that Pierre-Paul Riquet constructed in the grounds of his house a century earlier when constructing the Canal du Midi and I've added a note to that article about it. In From Sea to Sea, Rolt says "One is irresistibly reminded of the miniature lock which James Brindley built in the grounds of his house at Turnhurst". There also he questions the need for the models, tho he says that the remains of the model at Bonrepos can still be found. It's not impossible that the Brindley story was based on the model of Riquet. I've now checked the Google books version of Smiles and it mentions no models but does mention renting Turnhurst from the Alsagers. Chris55 (talk) 08:23, 20 July 2009 (UTC)

References

  1. ^ Rolt, L.T.C. (1969). Navigable Waterways. W & J Mackay, Chatham. 

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File source problem with File:TrevithicksEngine.jpg[edit]

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The Battle for God[edit]

I've replied on my talk page. Cheers, — Scientizzle 16:04, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

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Hatfield Chase image[edit]

Hi, I have been working on the Hatfield Chase article, and noticed that the map was uploaded by you, and says it was copied from a booklet issued by the Bishop of Sheffield in 1993. I wondered if you had any more information, such as the approximate period of its origin. That is, does it show the results of Vermuyden's work, or is it later? Bob1960evens (talk) 12:17, 4 May 2010 (UTC)

Re. ALLC[edit]

Hi! I just checked the deletion log. The initial edit was nothing but some gibberish and a few external links and the second edit was to blank the page. Nothing on which to build an article, I'm afraid. However, please feel free by all means to create a new article under the title. It sounds like it's more than worthy of inclusion. Thanks for letting me know! Best, PMDrive1061 (talk) 22:17, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

L.T.C. Rolt[edit]

Hi Chris; I have two photos of Bridge 164 on the Oxford Canal (to save you looking it up, it's at Banbury and named "Tom Rolt Bridge"). I also have a photo of the plaque attached to one abutment of that bridge. Before uploading, I first would like to know if these would be suitable for the L. T. C. Rolt page; second, should they go on Wikipedia or Commons; third, what should the licensing be? I think that the bridge photos can go on commons, where they will fall under {{self|cc-by-sa-3.0|GFDL}} (ie commons:Template:Self enclosing commons:Template:Cc-by-sa-3.0 and commons:Template:GFDL). The plaque, I'm entirely unsure about. It's made of cast iron, with raised lettering. Being basically text, it's probably copyright, and not a work of art. It's dated 27 July 1999, and has the logos of the IWA and British Waterways; these are almost certainly copyright. --Redrose64 (talk) 15:41, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

Redrose - thanks, I was wondering about getting a friend to take a photo. (My boat's too wide!) Yes, I'm sure they'd be suitable. I assume that you took the photos yourself. If so, then I'd suggest the Creative Commons 3.0 attribution. As you may see from my talk page I've had problems with this in the past. If you're using the new look theme, there should be an "Upload file" link on the left hand side and yes, they go in Commons. But remember to fill in explicitly your user id in the form where it has the "I created this by myself" line (tho I see it now has 3 ~ so maybe you don't need to) AS WELL AS selecting the appropriate attribution option. Otherwise the bots will be after you. To place them on the page, copy one of the existing thumbnail image links already on the page and adapt. Taking a photo of words on a plaque isn't something that infringes copyright in Wikipedia's eyes. It's only the photo itself. ok? Chris55 (talk) 16:15, 24 June 2010 (UTC)
Smashin' - I've uploaded to commons before, my work (such as it is) may be seen at User:Redrose64#Images, and as you can see, none of these are photographs of art which itself had been created by others within the last 75 years. That's where I was unsure about licensing. --Redrose64 (talk) 16:28, 24 June 2010 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Uploaded, and gallery added to article. I wasn't sure which could go within the text. They're not brilliant - the two plaques are on the slant, I think I tried to get one side vertical, and didn't notice the other wasn't also. I've never been particularly good at photography - I only notice the mistakes afterwards. Plus, I was a bit distracted that day by a person accompanying me... --Redrose64 (talk) 20:00, 24 June 2010 (UTC)
That's fine - I've put the Chester plaque further up and put the Oxford pic next to the text. I straightened your other pic on my home machine and then realised that only you can update it. How do I get it to you? Incidentally I've played with the "website" entry according to the guidelines and it seems to come out the same as before. Is the template wrong, or me? Chris55 (talk) 21:05, 24 June 2010 (UTC)
I'm sure I've come across cases where one user has amended another's commons image before. If you go to the image's page on commons, at the bottom of the "File history" section, you should be able to see a link like Upload a new version of this file.
As for the website in the infobox, it's now showing a bit better than your previous version, which showed as
[[1] Official website]
My alteration was intended to remove the "[1]", and gave:
Official website
You have altered it to:
[ltcrolt.org.uk Official website]
I don't think it's right though. As you noticed, the documentation for the |website= parameter of {{infobox writer}} states:
The proper syntax is: [http://www.example.com/ example.com] or {{url|www.example.com}}
but immediately prior to that it states the opposite:
Enter just the url. Do not use syntax such as [http://www.example.com/] or [[http://www.example.com Great person]].
Having examined the code of the {{infobox writer}} template, I see that it passes |website= through to the {{official}} template, which does a job which overlaps somewhat with the {{url}} that you used. Therefore, it expects a bare URL, and not one that's been processed in some way - and the last sentence of the documentation is therefore incorrect. Since I can't amend the template to match the self-contradictory documentation, I shall amend the doc to match the actual behaviour. --Redrose64 (talk) 22:24, 24 June 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, I didn't scroll far enough! Have updated the pic. As for the website link, I think what's there is the best of a bad set of options. You can see the name of the website as well as getting a link. If you put in the bare url you get an anonymous link. Chris55 (talk) 08:29, 25 June 2010 (UTC)

Bertrand Russell[edit]

If I may say so, your latest edit, I believe, may have unintentionally added unsourced information to the infobox at the top of the article. Could you cite the references for the "influenced by"? (P.S. Is the "influenced by" section collapsed? Cause I can't see it.) :| TelCoNaSpVe :| 23:49, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

I saw you deleted a "influenced_by" attribute with similar information and checked that it should actually be "influences" so I changed that and corrected the list where necessary (only Whitehead actually). From my knowledge of Russell's work it seemed an eminently sensible list (except that I wouldn't have included Einstein). Since none of the other information in the infobox has sources, I don't see why that's a problem. On my page there is a "show" button which reveals the sources. I tried the attribute in several positions and it always came at the bottom. Perhaps it is a "deprecated" attribute. I didn't track down the source of the template. Chris55 (talk) 07:57, 28 June 2010 (UTC)
It's at {{Infobox philosopher}}. As with all other Wikipedia templates, the order in which named parameters are supplied to the template is irrelevant; it is the template source itself that determines the order of presentation. The parameter |influenced_by= has never been valid in this template. The template source permits both |influences= (which shows as Influenced by, but prior to 14 January 2008 it showed as Influences) and |influenced= (which has always showed as Influenced), and the documentation agrees: both are mentioned, and neither is described as deprecated. The difference between them is that |influences= is for the people who Russell was influenced by, and |influenced= is for the people who were themselves influenced by Russell. The template source has both of these set up as collapsible lists, and so by default they will be hidden: a link like [show] should be present, unless your browser is very old. If present, they show as ninth and tenth items in the infobox: there's only one item displayed after them, the signature.
Entries like these need not be referenced in the infobox, which is supposed to be a summary of the key points of the article: thus in the section of text describing Russell's studies and early career, all the people named in the |influences= should be mentioned, with references; and in the section describing his later career (those who studied under him, or who studied his work), all the people named in the |influenced= should be mentioned, again with references. --Redrose64 (talk) 12:07, 28 June 2010 (UTC)
no problem with any of that. The influences are mainly mentioned in the text -- though some (e.g. Santayana) only in their own articles. Wittgenstein is interesting as the influences clearly went in both directions. But I doubt if an "influenced" item would be of any value with someone as famous as Russell. Chris55 (talk) 14:07, 28 June 2010 (UTC)
Then we need to include Santayana and Peano, in the article, complete with refs and all, to legitimize their mention in the infobox. :| TelCoNaSpVe :| 21:39, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

Permanent way[edit]

Following your recent edits I was trying to check whether there were any anchored redirects that linked to the 'Fish belly' section that is no longer a heading. I didn't find any, but I did find lots of mentions of fish-bellied rails in other articles, which may benefit from linking to this article (perhaps with a new redirect?)

Just a word of warning: I discovered that fish belly exists as a redirect to List of ethnic slurs, although there is no indication why it should, and I have left a query on the talk page to alert the editors of that fact.

Cheers -- EdJogg (talk) 12:15, 9 July 2010 (UTC)

Fascinating. Googling it shows a large variety of connotations, even lingerie :-) I did consider adding an extra section on cast iron edge rails but thought it was ott. But thanks for reminding me that linking to section heading occurs. Incidentally, I don't believe the reference in Rolling (metalworking) except that, as with any patent, Birkenshaw tried to cover all the options. But I don't have access to the book and anyway it wouldn't belong in this section. Chris55 (talk) 21:11, 9 July 2010 (UTC)

Silliman Memorial Lectures[edit]

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Fact tag[edit]

I have no idea why you keep removing this, but I am asking you to stop. Dougweller (talk) 20:58, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

I didn't "summarily" remove it, as you claim. I changed the claim in order to make it more obvious. I realise that in the age of television it's not really sensible to use the word "taught" when you can see images of the earth from space any day of the week. Maybe you find it hard to imagine what it was like before television.
A citation needed flag is often used as a way of flagging up a questionable statement and the appropriate respones is often to change the statement. I certainly wouldn't bother to remove the tag again. Chris55 (talk) 01:01, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
ok, thanks. Dougweller (talk) 12:55, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

July 2010[edit]

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Fair enough, I should have checked the talk page before removing the copyrighted material. However, the way you put the text into the article, without attribution or quotation marks, is plagiarism. The next time you copy something from the public domain, please insert a template such as Template:Source-attribution somewhere in the article. Feel free to undo my edit to Silliman Memorial Lectures and add the template. Thanks, Theleftorium (talk) 20:33, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
You still need to include some kind of attribution (such as Template:Source-attribution). A footnote is not enough. Please read WP:Plagiarism. Theleftorium (talk) 20:49, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Shape of the Earth Merger Discussion[edit]

Your comments are welcome at the discussion of the merger proposals involving Flat Earth, Spherical Earth, and Shape of the Earth. --SteveMcCluskey (talk) 21:15, 5 September 2010 (UTC)

License tagging for File:Lenski10.png[edit]

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Tide mill[edit]

Hi Chris55. I see you identified this edit as vandalism but it looks as if it could have been good faith. If you have time, it may be worth looking at again. If I'm interfering in an ongoing debate, please accept my apologies. --Northernhenge (talk) 16:52, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

I'm replying here: ok I see what you're getting at. Each "terminology" category leads in two directions so that the original category is maintained. Yes it's probably good faith - he's been doing this all over the place. But it seems to be unnecessary and misleading. Should a "terminology" taxonomy be mixed up with a taxonomy of real entities? Chris55 (talk) 17:44, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
Agreed. It's a shame s/he didn't leave an edit summary. I can't see the point of the change. --Northernhenge (talk) 18:56, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Samuel Shenton[edit]

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Altered speedy deletion rationale: Dialogue with Andrew Schlafly[edit]

Hello Chris55. I am just letting you know that I deleted Dialogue with Andrew Schlafly, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, under a different criterion from the one you provided, which doesn't fit the page in question. Thank you. GedUK  09:55, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

Geo tagging[edit]

Nice work adding geocodes to UK articles. I'm trying to do some as well, but it quickly becomes tedious. Care to share how you go about it, in case you have some tricks to speed up the process? I'll be happy to share how I do mine–if either of us has a more efficient process, it would be good to collaborate.--SPhilbrickT 19:38, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

Yes it is tedious - so it helps to be tagging things that have some interest :-) I doubt I've unusual techniques. I'm basically using Google maps - it appears to be encouraged. Right-clicking on the (centred) location and choosing "what's here" puts the coordinates in the search block. I have a set of templates in a file such as |coor = {{Coord| |type:edu|format=dms|display=inline,title}} which can be pasted in, using "format=dms" to convert the decimals. Finding educational institutes in Kenya is pretty easy as Google finds the majority of them or one gets a lead from the home site, but old priories in Oxford are harder - I give up after a few minutes if there are no traces. So what tricks have you found? Chris55 (talk) 21:20, 22 February 2011 (UTC)
In short, I'm using a javascript to pick up the coordinates. I'm away from my computer until tomorrow, so I can share it with you then. Oddly, I once read about the technique you used to get the coords, but I must not have understood it at the time, because I didn't get it to work. I just tried now, and it did work. I'm going to have to experiment to see if it I faster than my javascript. I copy the results of the javascript into an OpenOffice spreadsheet to convert the pair of coords into the components. I found that OpenOffice works better than Excel, but there's room for improvement. (I have to reproduce the convert text to columns each time, I wish there were a way to save the settings, or more likely, there is a way, and I wish I knew it). I prefer decimal coords, so I always convert to a decimal format rather than degrees, minutes and seconds. I think both are acceptable, but I prefer decimal. The other "trick" I use I I recently added in a functionality to Mozilla that allows me to open multiple links at once, so I can load a dozen or so locations in a couple clicks. I've noticed if I search in Google maps and it finds a unique location, the position is centered, so I can get the cords immediately. Otherwise, I right-click and use the "Center Map Here" option. I wish there were a way to feed a batch to Google maps and get coords, even if only for the unique hits. --SPhilbrickT 21:36, 22 February 2011 (UTC)
Yes, I thought I'd have to use javascript till I found the other way. Letting the template do the decimal->degrees, minutes, seconds is much faster than doing the conversion yourself and has the advantage that someone can still get it back from the source document. The only conversion is , to |. I don't know if dms or decimal is a "preferred" notation, but assumed the former as that's what usually is there. Incidentally, some Infobox templates use latitude, longitude instead of coordinates and they take priority. I wish there was some consistency in the infoboxes! Chris55 (talk) 22:29, 22 February 2011 (UTC)
I was trying to decide whether to use your technique of getting the coords from Google directly, but wanted to check one thing on the javascript I was using. I did a Google search, and interestingly, it popped up a site with a better javascript - of course it was a wikipedia page. See Obtaining geographic coordinates, specifically Wikipedia:Obtaining_geographic_coordinates#Google_tools, and the look at the second javascript. It returns a completed Wikipedia format. I've found it speeds up my process.--SPhilbrickT 16:14, 25 February 2011 (UTC)
That's cool. It'd be easy to customize that in various ways by having several bookmarks. The only thing I don't like is the spurious precision, but .lat() and .lng() do take an integer parameter for the number of decimal places so .lat(5) &c will work too. 17:51, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

Drop of new users after March 2007[edit]

Approximation of Wikipedia long-term growth, projecting a slow decline in the numerous types of new, follow-on articles being added each year.

I have repeated this drop-in-new-users topic, under WT:Modelling_Wikipedia_extended_growth, as to why enwiki user levels slowed after March-May 2007, so you can invite other WP users to read and reply with any explanations they might offer. The new-articles graph (at right) shows a similar slowing in the addition of new articles, as though the major factor(s) which generated new articles had also been thwarted in early 2007. Some analysts have noted how new users often create new articles about musicians, artists or authors they know (sometimes a current girlfriend, or themselves), to expand the bio pages. Meanwhile, I feel strongly that the drop was mainly due to the notorious banning of Wikipedia in various schools and colleges, as demanded by more academic officials beginning in February 2007. Recall the essay about those bans, with 19 news articles:

Other bans were suggested in England. Those early bans, coupled with the typical 3-month school vacations (June-August) seem to be what thwarted the English Wikipedia. Continue this at the above project talk-page, if interested. -Wikid77 23:47, 17 March 2011 (UTC)

Barnstar[edit]

The Citation Barnstar The Citation Barnstar
For this edit, which added a great source of data to Wikipedia:Wikipedians that should have been there long before. So obvious many others passed it over! Steven Walling 02:05, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

Catharism[edit]

I have re-removed this material per the guidelines in WP:VERIFY. If you feel it is non-contentious and should be in the article despite a lack of sourcing, and despite the fact that the article was tagged for a lack of sourcing for over one year, please start a discussion at the article's Talk page. From my perspective it is inappropriate and frankly unjustifiable to include the material without sourcing; there's no way to prove that it is not original research as-is. Thank you. Doniago (talk) 14:27, 23 May 2011 (UTC)

There are plenty of sources in the article: I can count 32 references at the bottom of the page in addition to those cited in other footnotes. The article may be lacking in in-line citations WP:CITE but it's stupid to remove one section which is essential to the meaning of the article. Chris55 (talk) 15:50, 23 May 2011 (UTC)
Then there's nothing stopping anyone from re-adding the material with appropriate in-line citations. Doniago (talk) 16:48, 23 May 2011 (UTC)
Hi, did you recently email account@stargate-wiki.org about an account. Please only reply from this account not an ip. 120.146.71.41 (talk) 11:52, 29 June 2011 (UTC)

Thorium fuel cycle & SimpleNuclide2[edit]

Please read this: it explains that FF2 compatibility was dropped as there are too few people using it and those that do really should update. You are using software that hasn't had any security fixes in three years and are at serious risk of having your computer compromised.     SkyLined (talk) 21:46, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Digital Fortress[edit]

Hi. Regarding the concerns you raised in the edit summary that accompanied your reversion of my edits:

All material added to Wikipedia articles must be found in a reliable, published source that is explicitly cited in the article. Material that is derived from personal observations or original analyses of that material, but is not found in that source, is called synthesis, which is a form of original research, and is not permitted. 71.0.21.44 did not cite a source for the material he/she added, so it had to be removed.

Material needs to be written in the third person, not in the second person, which is inappropriate for the formal tone of an encyclopedia. One does not say, therefore, that if a reader cracks a code in a book that "you get 'WECGEWHYAAIORTNU'". It should be written along the lines of something like "If the reader cracks this code, then the letter sequence WECGEWHYAAIORTNU is revealed". One does not directly address the reader with "you" in an encyclopedia, and should only use that term in cases such as a directl quote.

I included links to the policies/guidelines that govern these two points in my edit summary, and included them again above.

As for the citation you added, material on websites that is user-generated, such as personal websites, blogs, web forums, wikis, imdb, etc. is not permitted under WP:USERG, since anyone can post in those venues, which certainly does not make them a reliable source. While Alex Kasman himself could be considered a reliable source, none of the material added by 71.0.21.44/yourself is found in the portion of that webpage written by Kasman, but comes from visitors to his website. The phrase "we are watching you", for example, comes from a 16-year-old visitor named Sam, the number sequence and the 4 x 4 square is derived from a pair of posts by visitors named Becky and Gino Tramontelli, and the letter sequence "WECGEWHYAAIORTNU" doesn't appear on that page at all. Nightscream (talk) 21:15, 27 November 2011 (UTC)

Nightscream, what you're saying is utter rubbish. Wikipedia does not require that "All material added to Wikipedia articles must be found in a reliable, published source that is explicitly cited in the article". At most it warns that material that can't be so found may be removed. Your "third person" argument is totally inapplicable when applied to quoted material.
As for the citation,the guidelines include the provision: "Self-published material may be acceptable when produced by an established expert on the topic of the article whose work in the relevant field has previously been published by reliable third-party publications." The author is a recognised mathematician in a reputable university. Any idiot can confirm the decryption as I did partially before responding and the fact that the author of the page left that comment standing is evidence that he thought it worth reproducing. In fact, Wikipedia does not allow people to reproduce material verbatim unless within quotes. Chris55 (talk) 21:34, 27 November 2011 (UTC)

It is not "rubbish", it is Wikipedia policy, and it indeed indicates what I have said it does. It does not reflect your assertions about it. The material in question does not come from Kasman, it comes from a visitor posting on his website. Many notable people have websites on which people can post. I myself often visit Peter David's blog and post there. That does not mean that I can add material to his article on the basis of something said by me in one of my posts. In addition, many trolls and flamers make uncivil posts on his blog, which David usually leaves up, as he wishes to foster an atmosphere of free expression. One cannot conclude, therefore, that this is "evidence" that David thinks these missives are "worth reproducing". The same applies to Kasman. You cannot conclude what Kasman thinks on the basis of posts to his website, as this is simply your interpretation.

It does not matter what you think "any idiot can confirm", as this is not the threshold for the inclusion in Wikipedia articles. The threshold is support by reliable sources. What an anonymous nobody says on someone's blog does not qualify.

Lastly, that letter sequence, WECGEWHYAAIORTNU, does not appear anywhere on that webpage, yet you re-added that as well.

As for WP:YOU, the material in question was not a direct quote, it was paraphrased in third-person wording, which is precisely why it indeed applies.

Since you've racked up over 3,300 edits since March 2006, you should know this by now. But if you don't, I suggest you familiarize yourself more closely with the relevant policies, and feel free to ask anyone else with good knowledge of them, and they'll corroborate their proper application for you. Please do not re-add that material without citing a reliable source that supports this material. Thanks. Nightscream (talk) 00:14, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

Nightscream, let us take this one step at a time.
1. Your claim that every statement must be "explicitly cited in the article" does not correspond to WP:NOR.
2. It is not mandatory to remove any material that does not have adequate citations. A common procedure is to add a citation needed marker. Many of your edits on that article are abrupt and partial as they apply to any material that doesn't present the novel in a good light. WP:V includes the advice: "It has always been good practice to try to find and cite supporting sources yourself."
3. In your revert you claim "It is not established that Kasman edits the posts". It is perfectly clear that the page is edited by him and that he selects what is there. He is acting as a good teacher by encouraging his correspondents to voice the opinions. Nor is the person an "anonymous nobody"; it is signed. I don't agree with your analogy with other blogs and there are other posts in the same article which confirm and corroborate the opinions expressed there.
4. The website is not a blog but a compendium of information about "mathematical fiction" and widely recognized as such. Kasman is the author of "Reality Conditions, Short Mathematical Fiction" published by the Mathematical Association of America. ie. he is an "established expert on the topic of the article whose work in the relevant field has previously been published by reliable third-party publications" You previously removed a link at the bottom of the article to the same site which underlines your partiality.
5. I've edited the other uses of "you" in the paragraph. You could have done the same and it would be a more courteous and helpful contribution than simply removing the whole thing.
6. Are you seriously challenging the truth of what is stated in this paragraph? Because this is the basic premise of WP:V and is why it is relevant that the truth of the decryption is easy to confirm. The fact that he or she spelled out a step not given in the cited source is typical of any mathematical demonstration. The number/chapter code and rail fence cipher are the only two essentials.
It would be more helpful if you could discuss improvements to the paragraph than simply deleting it and being condescending to me. Chris55 (talk) 12:04, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

Edit on March of the Penguins[edit]

Could you comment on this edit that you made on the March of the Penguins article? Specifically, it is about the reference to http://www.celibritywonder.com/ :

  • The url does not point to the information it is supposed to be a reference for, nor does any other page on that site;
  • the access date is incorrect.

I found a different source, but I'm also trying to understand how the above reference ended up there. Han-Kwang (t) 11:45, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

Hankwang, it looks like the site has been moved and now uses a different organisation - not unusual. A bit of googling shows the original interview here. Though the reference you've substituted sounds more scholarly, there are no citations and it might be they drew on this original interview. But I can't find the origin of the Jacquet quote even here. It looks like they've chopped up the material in a different way.
You're right about the mistake in the access date, should be 2011. Couldn't find it on the wayback machine. Chris55 (talk) 12:17, 29 December 2011 (UTC)
OK, I've added your second reference to the article. Han-Kwang (t) 22:11, 30 December 2011 (UTC)

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It's good to see someone with a copy of the great Thacker. Regards Motmit (talk) 17:59, 6 May 2012 (UTC)

Hi Chris. :Two independently added bits of information do appear to create an alignment problem. The entries for "Distance to next lower lock" come direct from the EA source whereas old weirs were added from perusal of Fred. That heading does not mention "reach" but does have the ambiguity of "lower" that hasn't in this instance been replaced by "upstream" and "downstream". It would probably make sense to change the heading to "Distance to next lock upstream" and move the distances down if you fancy having a go. Some time I'd like to register the old ferries, but I think they belong in a separate article about the towpath. Regards Motmit (talk) 17:22, 15 May 2012 (UTC)
Most of the ferries were mainly used to take the tow horses across the river so did not survive beyond the age of steam. All the extant ferries are listed under crossings. I only added the former ones I had had some dealings with - often showing a picture of the site and quoting Fred. It may be possible to find appropriate links for some others or even create articles. Regards Motmit (talk) 11:53, 20 May 2012 (UTC)

French election[edit]

please dont remove the tag without it being answered, mve it if need e nand Hollande is NOT president becuse he is not sworn in, makes the summary deceptive.Lihaas (talk) 09:03, 7 May 2012 (UTC)

I did move it and I only said he was elected president not that he was. Chris55 (talk) 23:14, 7 May 2012 (UTC)

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Thanks for sorting out the history of Aqueduct; I'm horrified to learn that I didn't do the split properly, but believe me, I tried. These things are fraught with peotential for going wrong.Nankai (talk) 20:12, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

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Plague[edit]

Hi, re this edit. The entry was previously

  • The disease caused by Yersinia pestis. There are three major manifestations:

which has one bluelink. You altered it to

which has two bluelinks. At MOS:DABENTRY it states

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Therefore, one of the two links must be removed - either the one that you added, or the one that was there previously. --Redrose64 (talk) 18:15, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

Ok, finally understand. Presumably that was the original reason for the oddly placed link to Plague (disease) Chris55 (talk) 09:38, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

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Thanks, have done. I made it clear in the edit comments at both ends. Chris55 (talk) 23:41, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

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I've replied to your comments on my talk page. --SteveMcCluskey (talk) 18:51, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

I've replied to your last on my talk page. SteveMcCluskey (talk) 03:22, 11 August 2013 (UTC)

Flat Earth and historical sources[edit]

Chris,

I'm becoming increasingly troubled by your claim to find "hints" in the sources that Columbus's opponents argued that the Earth was flat when the two texts you cite (Robertson and Ferdinand Columbus) both explicitly recount arguments that are based on the sphericity of the earth. Such a tendentious reading of the sources really challenges the fundamental assumption of good faith.

If you want to state, contrary to modern historical research, that early sources demonstrate that Columbus's opponents were arguing on the basis of the flat earth, you should cite specific reliable sources in support of your position. Allusion to undefined hints doesn't qualify as citing reliable sources. SteveMcCluskey (talk) 18:06, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

The texts from which you are apparently drawing this inference of a flat earth are as follows
"Others, who incln'd more to cosmographical reason, said that the world was so prodigous great, that it was incredible three years sail would bring him to the end of the east, whither he design'd his voyage, and to corroborate their opinion, they brought the authority of Seneca, who in one of his works, by way of argument, said, that many wise men among them disagreed about this question, whether the earth were infinite, and doubted whether it could be sail'd, and tho' it were navigable, whether habitable lands would be found on the other side, and whether they could be gone to. They added, that of this lower globe of earth and water...." (Ferdinand Columbus, p. 520).
"Others concluded, that either he would find the ocean to be of infinite extent, according to the opinion of some ancient philosophers; of, if he should persist in steering towards the west beyond a certain point, that the convex vigure of the globe would prevent his return, and that he must inevitably perish,in the vain attempt to open a communication between the two opposite hemispheres,..." (Robertson, The History of America, p. 88).
Although both of these texts introduce the argument that some philosophers (F. Columbus specifically names Seneca) considered the possibility that the earth was infinite:
  • They are considering an infinite earth one of several possibilities.
  • Infinity does not necessarily imply flatness, philosophers discussed infinite spheres.
  • The discussions of infinity are directly coupled with discussions of the sphericity of the earth.
To infer from these texts that they were arguments for a flat earth smacks of original research, especially without testimony from modern historians who have examined these texts and find them to support a flat earth cosmology. SteveMcCluskey (talk) 18:43, 12 August 2013 (UTC)
If the infinite earth is one of several possibilities, why did you delete it? An infinite sphere is infinitely flat. I didn't exclude the discussion of sphericity - clearly there were several views expressed. Chris55 (talk) 19:27, 12 August 2013 (UTC)
Any reasonable review of these sources makes it quite clear that at the Spanish court no one explicitly said that the world was flat while they repeatedly referred to it as being spherical. There was one opinion that the earth was "prodigous large", perhaps even, as Seneca had said, infinite. To cherry pick this one ambiguous passage as evidence that there may have been a belief in the flat earth falls upon Wikipedia's policy on fringe opinions. When dealing with primary sources, like Ferdinand Columbus, we are to rely on the interpretations of scholarly professionals, not to make up our own interpretation.
It's quite clear that a one-on-one discussion on a User talk page is going nowhere. I'm copying this discussion to Talk:Flat Earth in order to bring in further comments. --SteveMcCluskey (talk) 19:49, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

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Ramsden theodolite[edit]

Hello Chris55. Your name seems to come up on many English language articles I consult for mine on nl-wiki. I repaired one of your citations on Prime Meridian just yesterday. I've seen you've done some work on the Ramsden theodolite, but I can't see whether you were aware of this source, which I found te be pleasantly informative. Regards, Sander1453 (talk) 18:45, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

Thanks Sander, I've added this reference to the article. Chris55 (talk) 08:43, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

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That explains it. Having done several such migrations - they can be very painful with open source software! - it will probably take several months before things settle down: it may be they mean to leave the old server as an archive, we shall see. Also the "tfes" domain name may be simply for the transitional period. Chris55 (talk) 21:03, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

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Your edit to this article seem to have removed the sources for this claim entirely from the article. Could you please fix that? Rmhermen (talk) 22:50, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

If you want to get access to a previous version, click on "View history" and click on the version that contains the reference you want. (You need to use desktop not mobile version.) I don't think this should go in the lead: it's a good story but is a detail dealt with in the article. Chris55 (talk) 23:02, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

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Dutch inland shipping company 1864-1950[edit]

Hello Chris55. I know I've been here before, but I can't remember what about. Anyway, would you like to have a sneak preview on what's in my User:Sander1453/sandbox? And if so, any comments are welcome of course. Sources are yet to be added, but they will be mostly in Dutch, I'm afraid. Regards, Sander1453 (talk) 17:51, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

Never mind, Chris55. I'm taking a different route. Regards, Sander1453 (talk) 22:37, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

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Cousin marriage in Europe[edit]

There is nothing in the section to support the notion that cousin marriage was "quite common" in Europe. It's not even clear what time periods are referred to. The basic problem for the thesis is that the Catholic church banned even distant cousin marriages in the Middle Ages. Royals who wanted to marry their cousins had to get a special dispensation from the Vatican. Commoners were unlikely to get or even want such dispensations. Protestant churches were also generally opposed to cousin marriage.

The marriage systems of royals or the aristocracy cannot be generalized to commoners. Even if all royals married their cousins, it would not make cousin marriage "quite common" in Europe. Darwin's prevalence estimate of 3.5 percent in the 19th century does not support the notion that the practice was common, and there is no data on earlier centuries.--Victor Chmara (talk) 17:15, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

I'm quite prepared to discuss this further on the talk page. The cases I quoted were all between 1600 and about 1900 which fits the 'centuries' comment. In addition they were mainly protestants who rejected (from Henry VII onwards) the Catholic rules for marriage. (The last one quoted raised the ire of the Russian Orthodox Church however!) I wasn't trying to generalise but rather to give an indication that it was happening − maybe somewhat more frequently among royalty but not excessively so. The main advantage is that royalty are better documented than others
It's clearly an emotive issue in some countries (such as the US) but before I put the comment about Louis XIV, the impression was that it never happened in Europe. One in thirty isn't a high number but it means for instance that most people would know of at least one case, probably more. Can you suggest better phrasing that doesn't get technical too early? Chris55 (talk) 17:32, 17 October 2015 (UTC)
Having looked back on the history I see that the phrase used for a long time was "England maintained a small but stable proportion of cousin marriages for centuries". This was generalised and then changed about 3 months back to what is there now (I only changed the order not the phraseology). But I suggest a lead sentence of "Northern Europe maintained a small proportion of cousin marriages for centuries." Is that better? If we want to go back to Theodosius then the section will need to be enlarged considerably. Chris55 (talk) 18:08, 17 October 2015 (UTC)
I replied on the article talk page. I think the claim of it being "quite common" should be removed. No generalizations based on the marriage practices of the royalty should be made. Sourcing is pretty bad in that section in general.--Victor Chmara (talk) 18:13, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

Historic Helston[edit]

User:Chris55 Thank you for your recent edits as to Helston port and for removing 'citation needed' after footnote 15, as I have not yet had time to complete my newspaper article research as to the account of slipways being found under St. Johns Road, Helston. What gave room for Geomorphologists to press their views about the age of Loe Pool is that up until 2013 no one really had the proof that the Loe Valley was built up from 25 foot depth of silt from the mines up toward the source of the Cober, upon 7 foot belt of sea sand above peat on the rock bed. I would have been caught out my the modern scientific hypotheses as to the Bar and the Pool had it not been for research and practical evidence been (and some of it still) seen. For example, when in around 1932 when the foundation for the gasometer was laid, water gushed up from the subterranean lake and ship's timber was discovered above the 34 foot bedrock. I copy a section sent to Jowan-in Pensans earlier this year as to some of the facts that came to light, not including my own finds of anchorage hooks at three different levels. Stephanie Russell's account of Helston as a whole is excellent, but she does not show any research as to the mediaeval details that I have seen, as well as mis-placing the chapel site that was mediaeval with the old Coinagehall. Archaeology has subsequently been confirmed by an archaeologist as to remains of the port. Please read this section: ' This has become a very involved subject due to a number of reasons: 1. The Geomorphologists' conjectures (normally correct), if their ideas were evidence, they would be able to cite other bays or beaches where the flint sand was washed up between Loe Bar and the perceived drowned terraces around 120 miles away. There is no proof either that, during the roughly 250 years of sea encroachment, the flint sand was washed up from under Mounts Bay. 2. The configuration of Nansloe Valley and the site of the 1208 church (reckoned to be built upon the site of a "'lan' = monastic cell" here), according to Mr. Derek Kneebone (researcher for Helston Old Cornwall Society), and according to others, signify the area of an inland port as being commonly situated in such an area in Roman times.

Neither take into account the date of Mounts Bay's indundation. The first mention of St. Michael's Mount as such, according to Padel, is in the mid-eleventh century, and no one has come up with any proof for the existence of the sea there before 1014 AD. If Helston had a port 2,000 years ago its depth would have had to be as deep as the sea just beyond the limit of Mounts Bay forest! Currently there is no evidence for this. This means that, although I find that DVD as providing the most reliable and up-to-date information, the drowning of Mounts Bay, including hills up to nearly 2 miles beyond Marazion in the sea, compared with 2 furlongs walk to the Mount, has not been taken into consideration. Therefore, that minimum of 20 foot depth of silt must have accumulated over the past 800 years for Helston to have been a port. Also, in answer to your mildly put statement that there is no evidence of the Bar being thrown up after the 13th century, the evidences are clear that it was thrown up either completely (except for occasional breaches by the River Cober) or partially before the 14th century, since, according to Toy, the lake is mentioned both in 1302 and 1272, if the latter date be accurate. Yesterday, I also visually witnessed that the Bar width is twice that which is depicted in the c1700 etched picture in Helston museum. From the houses of Chyvarloe a pool was seen in 1235, because the name 'Tywarlo', as it was then, means 'house above the pool' = LO, at that time. Therefore at least during low tide the Bar must have separated it from the sea. If this name were applicable by 1015, then sea going ships were only able to access the estuary at Helston during high tides; however there is no evidence for this.

Unfortunately, I can see the whole picture of how the port was formed, together with the evidences that I witnessed myself. Even the formation of the Bar presents no problems for me, like the beaches at Praa (Prah, as it should read) and Perranuthnoe when the shingle and pebbles were thrown up over night! Is it not significant that the first mention of the River Cober was dated as in 1260, the first mention of St. John's Bridge was in 1260, the Helstonians bought in their shipping rites from Gweek in 1260; and the first record of anyone from Penrose estate was after 1270? I realise that earlier records could have been lost and that there were no printing facilities then - that also possibly explains the absence of customs' records - although some mention of 'lestage', meaning room for storage, lading or cargo, is to be seen in the 1201 charter by King John. However, I wished to balance my findings with other views (and contrasting evidences that I have not yet seen!)'

Kind Regards, Werdna Yrneh Yarg (talk) 18:56, 30 October 2015 (UTC)Andrew

Werdna Yrneh Yarg That's all very interesting. I was mainly concerned to improve how that section read as it was obviously the scene of many disagreements in the past! The weakest part is the lack of proper references to the 1260 episode – or episodes if that's what they are. A vague reference to a DVD (with no publisher) isn't really good enough. Can you improve those? Obviously your own findings are OR unless they've been properly written up. Even the Gweek connection is being used on the other side: I'm unclear why they should be buying rights in 1260 if the river Cober was still open at that point. Were they running out of water even then? I don't know enough about the geological processes to know whether the presence of Eocene material means that it must have been there since Eocene times - but it seems inherently unlikely to me. Like you I know how quickly a storm can shift shingle around. And we're talking about the top 20' not prehistoric forests much further down. Chris55 (talk) 19:33, 30 October 2015 (UTC)
Chris55 Thank you very much for your message; I had qualms about the DVD reference not being sufficient - I will sort that out. I have to avoid presenting my own findings on the main page as they are not suitably documented, (except for those already cited) to suit Wikipedia. The problem is that it was so long ago and until the Cattle Market moved down from the foot Coinagehall Street there was very little above ground evidence for any port. The trees and shrubs had to be cleared for the old Cattle Market in Castle Green, so the pitched mooring rings were not visible until then; and the other half of the wall was demolished in my time. However, there was no printed material when Helston ceased to be a port; and there seems to be no proven literature on the subject, thus giving way to the presentation of fictitious ideas. If there was a pool in 1235, it was at least deeper than any formation of the Bar, but the general consensus is that the port was losing its navigability before 1260 and that, through the silting up of lower Helston, before any complete blockage by Loe Bar. Henderson was the source of my DVD reference. Kind Regards, Werdna Yrneh Yarg (talk) 19:56, 30 October 2015 (UTC)Andrew
Werdna Yrneh Yarg I wondered how deep Mounts Bay is and looked it up on a chart. Within a mile or so of the bar it's over 20m and is so even in Penzance Bay. (The water around St Michael's Mount is of course very shallow.) So even when the sea level was much lower there would have been a substantial bay, which is presumably responsible for the eddies that keep the bar in position. So it would be reasonable to argue that the material which forms the bar could have arrived long ago and been moved progressively into its current position, being the lightest material. This leaves the question of when the bar happened entirely open.
Btw I was confused in my remark above about 1260 - Godric's date is of course given as 1182. A proper reference for that would be a great addition to the article. Too many of the references are nearly self-published blogs which are not acceptable for WP. The Loe article also needs to be tied in with the Helston article. Chris55 (talk) 09:05, 31 October 2015 (UTC)
Chris55 Whether the area of Mount's Bay was below sea level was bordered by Lethowsow, (Cornish for Lyonesse) - before the 6th century, at a contemporary altitude to that of Seven Stones Reef is controversial. Your impression of the formation of the Bar is logical, and the general consensus is that the foundation of the Bar was in the Holocene period. All the sites in the immediate area: the Cober, the Loe and Helston tied up in their reports as to the completion of the blockage of the Cober, (then Chohor) estuary in the 13th Century; until a new Administrator came on the scene and changed them because of lack of suitable documentation. This gave rise to scientific theories taking the place of those documented reports by some whose ignorance about the facts of mediaeval Helston was glaringly obvious. The clause emboldened in the Loe Bar site, for example, discredits the site, as being nonsense, by those who have witnessed the relics of this history in Helston. It was 'Dan Nicholls' of Exeter university who published the DVD and all the accounts, for and against were welcomed for its publication in an unbiased manner. My reference was by historian, Charles Henderson. Also, remains of the same forest as in Mount's Bay were found when digging for the foundation of the weighbridge, about 34 feet deep, near the roundabout at the bottom of Helston. The fact of the forest being between three and six thousand years old, completely rules out an earlier port, unless the sea inundated the bay again just before the Roman times; but the names of the subterranean hills: the Great Row, Mount Amopus, Carn Mallows and Iron Gates - apart from Carn Mallows - all reek of being not much more than 1050 years old. There was still over 200 years for the Bar to form after 1014 AD. What do you wish me to do with The Loe article, please? Kind Regards.

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Werdna Yrneh Yarg I've managed to find a better reference (which I'll add) for Godric in Spencer Toy's History of Helston p17,18 thanks to the Truro Records office and email. However it doesn't really prove the Cober was navigable then. I've found a piece of negative evidence in Domesday: whereas Helston had 118 housholds, there appears to be nothing at Gweek apart from a hamlet of 8 households called Mawgan about a mile away. You can read all that courtesy of web volunteers. If Gweek had always been the main port in the area one would expect something there. And why was Helston the largest settlement in that part of Cornwall at the time (bigger than Truro if we assume the web maps are accurate)? Having a port would certainly be part of it, although Domesday doesn't seem to be concerned with fishing or anything similar. Chris55 (talk) 17:34, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

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Thank you for your all your time on this. The Cober would not have been visible south of St. John's bridge (that was not even built) then as it drained into the estuary sea at around that point, ten feet lower than it is now. By your last edit, it will not only save wasted time for other Administrators, but will raise credibility of the Helston site, that has for long been undermined. Werdna Yrneh Yarg (talk) 19:48, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

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UK Migration chart: to be updated?[edit]

Hello Chris55, I found your migration statistics very interesting. Do you intend to update this graphics regularly? E.g., create a new graph UK_Migration_1970-2015.svg ? --Furfur Diskussion 11:27, 29 June 2016 (UTC)

Furfur, that's an interesting point. I did just update the numbers on the Foreign-born population of the United Kingdom page but I had to do it from the UN Migration figures because I couldn't find anything past 2013 on the ONS pages (and the last two years have changed the numbers significantly). The graphic used the Statistical Bulletin and I may be able to dig around and update it. Can't promise anything, but I'll try. Chris55 (talk) 17:22, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
Ok, thank you. I would be interested to translate it then ... --Furfur Diskussion 17:27, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
Ok, it's certainly topical, tho mostly for the wrong reasons.:( Chris55 (talk) 17:38, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
Furfur, I've now updated the graph to 2105. Whilst I was at it I added a couple of lines, for EU citizens and refugees. As it's an SVG file and therefore XML, you should be able to translate it to German easily as long as you respect the format carefully. Chris55 (talk) 13:41, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
Hello Chris55, thank you very much for your time and effort. The graphics looks really nice – very informative but it is nevertheless easy to grasp the content. And the additional data on EU citizens and refugees are interesting. Thank you for providing it in SVG format. But I suppose if you keep updating it one should perhaps rename it (UK Migration since 1970 or else)? --Furfur Diskussion 13:57, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
I agree it needs changing but I don't know how to do it! "since 1970" is the right tag. I'll look up the help stuff on Commons unless you can tell me. Chris55 (talk) 14:35, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
Ok, found the way, there's a template for that. Thanks Chris55 (talk) 14:42, 2 July 2016 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Regarding Foreign-born population of the United Kingdom, there is ONS data for 2014, if that helps. I created Template:ONSCoB2014 to reference this source. Cordless Larry (talk) 08:14, 5 July 2016 (UTC)

Thanks, Larry but it seems the UN is making the data available quicker than the ONS. It must come from the same source so I don't know what policy they're implementing. Chris55 (talk) 21:41, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
Comparing the 2010 data in the UN spreadsheet with the 2010 ONS estimates, they are different. Cordless Larry (talk) 21:48, 15 July 2016 (UTC)

Heat maps[edit]

Hey Chris I have a bunch of WHO data I would like to see turned into heatmaps. I saw the one you made for road traffic collision. Are you interested in making more? I have struggled to made them. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 19:22, 15 July 2016 (UTC)

Doc James I can't claim to be an expert on SVG files and the one I adapted was relatively easy. But I'm willing to give it a try. Is it a world map or something else? Chris55 (talk) 21:35, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
World map. The data is here.
Just click on "WHO Member States, 2012 xls, 8.34Mb "
Our prior ones are from 2004[3] Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:41, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
Yes, James, that was the file I used for the RTAs. At a rough count there are 140 maps there. Are they all used?
I'd need to hack up a script to do many. Now I've done it once it shouldn't be too difficult, though I'm not sure that the shadings are appropriate to all stats. There are also some issues with the minor countries but I hope we can fudge those. And then another script for doing the submission to Commons. That might be more difficult, but we'll see. If there are a few priorities, then maybe we could start with those. Chris55 (talk) 22:06, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
We will need to take the number of deaths and divide it by the population to get a number we can compare.
So for example 588 deaths in the USA for tuberculosis pop of USA 317,505,000 so 1.85 deaths per million people.
Uzbekistan 604 deaths for tb, pop is 28,541,000 so 23.6 deaths per million people. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 22:17, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
The WHO spreadsheet has the population as the first row, so that's no problem. What's slightly more difficult is the number of colors for a particular picture. I'll have to think about that. But I think the base of 1m people is sensible. I can think in those terms and I hope others can too. Chris55 (talk) 22:36, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
Doc James Can I be clear about what sort of death figures you're wanting as the page you pointed to has many sets of data. I had initially assumed raw death figures (which was relevant to RTAs) but the earlier graphs used DALY numbers and I hadn't realised how different they are till I realised that one was 25 times bigger. i.e. do you want an update of the maps in c:Category:Health maps of the world, specifically the DALY numbers, or something different? Chris55 (talk) 18:45, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
Am wanting heatmaps of "deaths per million" for 2012 [4]
Would also be good to update the heatmaps of DALY for 2012 [5]
So yes two different things. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 18:58, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
ok, James, so treading on toes isn't so important. :) There are still a number of issues, so I'll set up a talk page on Commons. Chris55 (talk) 19:11, 16 July 2016 (UTC)

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September 2016[edit]

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I'm quite aware that Maunus has deleted my insert three times and I have reinstated it (with some corrections) three times. The ball is in his court. I will report him next time not revert him. Chris55 (talk) 17:14, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

November 2016[edit]

Re Auditory exetoses at Lake Ndutu. This is mentioned in The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis By Elaine Morgan pages 159. She gave a reference of Rightmire, G.P. (1990) The Evolution of Home Erectus. Comparative Anatomical Studies of an Extinct Human Species. Cambridge University Press. It has always seemed to me that any adaptions that occurred over a few million years would be preserved if they improved the chances of an intelligent species finding food in widely distributed sources of fresh and salt water that are not available to other primates. In fact, it would be strange if the adaptations hadn't happened. JMcC (talk) 16:04, 7 November 2016 (UTC)