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About Contributor[edit]

(oldest record Feb 2008)

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Your First Barnstar[edit]

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For your excellent Indiana State Park pictures, I present to you your first Barnstar Bedford Pray 17:32, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

Great pictures, but is that one pic from Clifty Falls or from McCormick's Creek. As they are 100+ miles apart, there's a big difference.--Bedford Pray 17:32, 10 July 2008 (UTC)


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In acknowledgment of your many recent edits, images, and improvements of article within, Wiki Project Indiana, most notably your work Native American articles, I hereby award you this barnstar! Keep up the great work! Charles Edward 15:33, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

Geography and photographs[edit]

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For your contributions in the area of geography, I hereby award you this barnstar. Omnedon (talk) 14:18, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

In particular, nice job on the cemetery listing on the Porter County page, including the photographs you've added. Omnedon (talk) 14:18, 10 June 2009 (UTC)


Some of these pages, I've created, others I've added images. Still others, a bit of text or details. Many of these pages are primarily the work of others, to which I was able to added a bit more information or an illustration. This may appear to be a big ego boosting, but it's really a way for me to check back on sites where I've left something still pending, i.e., History of the National Park Service (United States), National Park Service, Indiana Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore



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NRHP pics and articles[edit]

Hi Chris Light -- I came across your nice new stub article Col. Isaac C. Elston House and found that i could fix it up a little, which i did. Great pic you took! I see also that you have made other edits to National Register of Historic Places listings in Indiana and some other individual historic sites. Just to let you know, if you are creating a new article for any NRHP site you can get a nice, prepared infobox ready for cut and pasting into the article, by visiting [1], a site developed and supported by User:Elkman. In the Elston House case, it looks to me like you copied an infobox from another article then modified it somewhat, but it appeared that you erroneously left in some info that applied to the other place. It's easier and more accurate to get a new infobox with the info from the National Register database already filled out. It's still just a start, and you are free to correct or expand on info that comes in that way. Anyhow, keep up the good work! :) doncram (talk) 12:00, 5 May 2009 (UTC)

Please know that many covered bridges are listed on the Register, including the Geeting and Warnke Bridges whose pictures are now included at National Register of Historic Places listings in Preble County, Ohio. Thanks for the pictures! Nyttend (talk) 00:30, 9 May 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for posting a picture of this house a few months ago! I was just in Crawfordsville today and photographed it because it's in the Elston Grove Historic District, not knowing that it was also NRHP-listed. The NRHP lists the Elston House on Wabash Avenue, but with the Wabash College page to which you link on the Elston House article, I'm going to note that as an error by the NRHP. If you'd not posted this, who knows how long it would have been before the error was caught. Nyttend (talk) 23:37, 7 November 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the new gastropod article![edit]

Just wanted to say thanks so much for creating the article which is now entitled, List of non-marine mollusks of the Indiana Dunes. I added in the bivalves from the National Geographic list, and divided the gastropods into land and freshwater species. I just wanted to say that with scientific names, only the first name (the genus name) is unique within one phylum. A species name may often be found in many other unrelated species within the same class, so be careful about creating links to what is sometimes the wrong species which just happens to have the same species name. In any case, the new article is a valuable addition to Wikipedia, so thanks! If you create any more mollusk-related articles, please feel free to ask me for help. All good wishes, Invertzoo (talk) 20:12, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

If I can say one more thing? The scientific names (that is the genus and species) of organisms should always be in italics. Thanks again, Invertzoo (talk) 13:17, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

I realize I need to ask: are you intending to make an article on Insects of the Indiana Dunes? Because if so, I will mention it in the invertebrates article. Insects are also invertebrates. As I said before, all the scientific names of all the organisms (including plants) in all of your articles need to be in italics, if you can go back and do that. And one more thing, if you can try to remember to always fill in the "edit summary" whenever you make an edit, that would be very helpful. Thanks and best wishes to you, Invertzoo (talk) 14:34, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

The text of Invasive plant species in the Indiana Dunes[edit]

Sorry to bother you again, but the text in this (very interesting) article has the look of being copied verbatim or almost verbatim from somewhere, presumably from the National Park Service reference you used? Do you know, is that source in the public domain? If not, then you can only copy brief sections of it, and they have to be in quote marks and fully attributed. If the source is not in the public domain then you have to rewrite all of the prose from scratch. Take a look at [2]. Thanks for your attention on this. Best, Invertzoo (talk) 14:55, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

    • I've been in contact with the editor of the Singing Sands (J. Manuszak) and all of the issue is written and designed by government employees. Thus it is public domain. It's good to keep checking. (Chris Light (talk) 18:15, 25 June 2009 (UTC))

Hi Chris, how are you doing? Thanks for replying. That's great that it is in the public domain, but even with public domain material, according to the Wikipedia content guideline here: [3].:

"Proper attribution to the author or source of a work, even if it is in the public domain, is still required to avoid plagiarism".

Here are the Wikipedia guidelines on plagiarism: [4]. There is a section specifically about public domain sources at: Wikipedia:Plagiarism#Public domain sources. All best wishes to you and thanks again, Invertzoo (talk) 22:49, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

Weather templates[edit]

Hi CL-- There was a few citation glitches with the weather table for Lutsen, Minnesota, which I think I have now fixed.[5] There is a similar citation issue at Grand Portage National Monument. I was going to fix that, but I wonder if the figures for Thunder Bay would be preferable, as Thunder Bay is closer to Grand Portage than is Lutsen. Regards, Kablammo (talk) 15:47, 2 July 2009 (UTC)


I began to look for Thunder Bay, but was concerned that the international border might be misleading to some readers. But taking a 'world' approach, the border should not be an issue. Thunder Bay would be better and it's much closer. {Chris Light (talk) 16:13, 10 July 2009 (UTC)}

Indiana Dunes[edit]

Hi Chris, I want to thank and congratulate you for your work on Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore! It's not too far away from becoming a WP:Good article! I would recommend lenthening the History section (Chronology of the Indiana Dunes has a lot of information), making sure that every paragraph has at least one or two references, and merging some of the small sections together (see WP:Sections#Section size guidelines). I hope you continue to work for this goal! Reywas92Talk 21:51, 14 September 2009 (UTC)


Dear Chris, I gave some comment on this page. Best wishes, --Tom Meijer (talk) 11:11, 29 September 2009 (UTC)

Notice of CFD on subcategories of Category:United States National Park Service[edit]

See Categories For Discussion (CFD) at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2009 December 2#Various categories of "National Park areas" by state. doncram (talk) 02:16, 2 December 2009 (UTC)

Number of National Monuments[edit]

I think it was quite premature to change all the numbers for national monuments. I'm posting here because you posted in multiple places. What was done seems a little inappropriate or incorrect. First, the reference you added [6] is just a useless list of links; it should link here. Second, now all the numbers are off. You number 99 and 74 on List of areas in the United States National Park System#National Monuments when 75 are linked, and you number 99 and 74 on List of National Monuments of the United States when 100 and 75 are linked, also not changing the 100 in the first sentence or the table. I compared the lists, and the NPS list is missing Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, so they must be wrong. It is co-managed by the NPS and BLM, but the NPS still has a page for it [7], so I don't know why it is missing. I have changed the numbers back until we can find a solution. Reywas92Talk 22:52, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

I have sent the NPS and email about the status of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. I will let you know if they respond, and we may decide to remove it from the lists, but the numbers should not yet be changed. Apparently it is not considered an official unit, but it is still a National Monument. Reywas92Talk 23:02, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

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Thanks, 'I think'. --Chris Light (talk) 12:50, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

NR photos[edit]

A Holmes County pic by Chris Light

Good to see you back; you picked a great day to visit Holmes County! Thought you'd want to know — I've been working on expanding Ohio NR articles statewide, and my priority is on sites with photos, so it helps to have many more. As well, I replaced some of your photos at the Owen County, Indiana list, not because i objected to them, but because I visited when the sky was blue and leaves were on the trees, rather than on the cloudy wintry days on which you visited and photographed some of the sites. Nyttend (talk) 16:44, 18 October 2010 (UTC)

I visit to say nice work with the pics, too! I like this Italianate house, the Joseph L. DeYarmon House, in National Register of Historic Places listings in Holmes County, Ohio. Also, i noticed Nyttend had removed a self-report of current conditions on a site; it is indeed unusual to include a source statement like that in an article, tho in the NRHP list-articles we do accept all kinds of location corrections, some significant enough to itemize at wp:NRIS info issues OH (if we want to get the NRHP to correct their info). Not sure if you are experienced or not, haven't checked your contribs. --doncram (talk) 21:40, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
Hi again. Could you possibly please comment at Talk:National Register of Historic Places listings in Holmes County, Ohio regarding what is known about the location of a school? Thanks. --doncram (talk) 14:19, 19 October 2010 (UTC)

A photo you took[edit]

Hi, you took this photo, File:Missouri River joins the Mississippi River.JPG. It's been used on the Missouri River page for a long time but has caused some confusion. Maybe you could specify where exactly you took it? See Talk:Missouri River#Confusing picture. Thanks! Pfly (talk) 00:01, 10 April 2011 (UTC)

Possibly unfree File:The-greater-buffalo-transportation-boats-ships-steamers-39367.jpg[edit]

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Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum bridge photo[edit]

The C&I bridge HVRM uses looks nothing like your photo on their page. I don't think that bridge is anywhere on the whole line. Here are pictures of the Kankakee River bridge. Maybe you have one you could put up instead or find where that bridge really is? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:57, 11 October 2011 (UTC)



The infoboxes you create in HTML markup are difficult to maintain. Is there some reason you don't use the standard templates such as {{Infobox protected area}}? —Stepheng3 (talk) 00:39, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

Please use infoboxes not html tables[edit]

I've noticed you used html table at Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area. Per WP:HTML and our MoS, we don't use html, please use infoboxes instead. See Chain O'Lakes State Park (Indiana) for an example applicable to your new article. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 17:49, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

File:Lake Huron frm Presque Isle Light (Presque Isle Mich).jpg[edit]

There seems to be a problem with the description of this image. Thunder Bay is not visible from either of the Presque Isle Lighthouses. The one lighthouse with a view of Thunder Bay is Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse which is only accessible by boat and probably hard to forget that. It is possible that this is a view from Old Presque Isle Light looking at a freighter leaving Stoneport. But Alpena and Thunder Bay would not be visible in that case. Can you remember which lighthouse this was from? Rmhermen (talk) 16:49, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

  • Done. Yes, you're right. I've changed the description.--Chris Light (talk) 21:25, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

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Fort C at GRPO[edit]

Hi Chris, You uploaded a photo of Fort Charlotte to the GRPO entry, we're trying to remove the file for fear of protecting the resources up there. Thanks for all the work and articles here in our Vertical Files at Grand Portage! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:19, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

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Lake Agassiz[edit]

Nice work. I hadn't realized you were still working on it. I will stay away until you finish. Regards, Kablammo (talk) 18:27, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

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Duplicate articles, questionable NRHP status[edit]

Some questions have arisen regarding some articles that you've created. Chellberg Farm, which you created in 2008, and Anders Kjellberg Farm, which you created earlier this year, apparently cover the same subject. The Kjellberg Farm article, several others that you created earlier this year (Charles Johnson Farm, Gust Lindstrom Farm, and Pete Larsen Farm), and Swedish Farmsteads of Porter County, Indiana, which you created in 2009, state that the properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which doesn't appear to be the case. Could you please join the discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject National Register of Historic Places#Refnum in infoboxes? Thanks. — Ammodramus (talk) 14:23, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

Jeremiah Service House[edit]

The article for Jeremiah Service House, mostly written by you, seems to be a closely paraphrased or in some cases simply a copy, of the nomination form. The nomination was written in 2000, and not by a federal (or even a state) employee. I may be missing something, but why isn't this a copyright violation? Generic1139 (talk) 23:36, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

    • Good question. Maybe I'll try to explain the nature of government forms and submissions for government action. Right now, I neither have the time or the details to try and explain it. Feel free to rewrite it if you wish, so that it's less paraphrase and direct quotes.--Chris Light (talk) 16:20, 15 December 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks. I brought the question up on at NRHP project, you may want to chime in there if you are interested. Generic1139 (talk) 21:17, 15 December 2015 (UTC)

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  • Don't recall ever loading this image. It relates to nothing I've ever worked on. So, delete away. The style of the bathing suits implies 1920's, in which case, it may have moved into public domain. But, as I said, I don't remember this image, and it's not the type of images I work with.Chris Light (talk) 16:31, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of List of insects of the Indiana Dunes[edit]

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Not actually a list of insects of the Indiana Dunes. No species are listed. The list apparently is listing insect families found in the Dunes and a very small number of plants that are pollinated by members of those families. I don't see that there's anything to salvage here. A list of insect species in the Indiana Dunes might be useful. An extremely incomplete list of pollination interactions by insect family at the Dunes is not useful.

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Locations of images[edit]

Hi, I've been transferring some of your uploads to Commons. By any chance, do you remember where these pictures were taken?

Thanks, MB298 (talk) 00:05, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

Okay, thanks. MB298 (talk) 21:25, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

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