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(Noting that you're not new, but surprised given your useful contribs that you haven't been welcomed yet, so here goes :))


Hello, Cottonshirt, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your messages on discussion pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically insert your username and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or ask your question on this page and then place {{helpme}} before the question. Again, welcome! Orderinchaos 18:21, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

North Province[edit]

Just noting that I reverted the five good-faith edits reassigning "North Province" to "North Metropolitan". The former two-member North Province, which existed from 1894 until the Acts Amendment (Electoral Reform) Act 1987 was passed, was located in the north of the State (Kimberley region) and had nothing to do with the later 7-member metropolitan region in the northern suburbs of Perth which was a product of that legislation. The old North Province (along with several others) became part of the Mining and Pastoral region. Orderinchaos 18:21, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Help Please[edit]

{{helpme}} I am trying to create the biography article for a person who comes from the English county of Oxfordshire (which some people call just Oxford or Oxon) but the category People from Oxford redirects to a page reserved exclusively for people from or pertaining to the University of Oxford. There is no page for either of the categories People from Oxon or People from Oxfordshire and I find this almost impossible to believe. It seems a bit excessive to create a category for a single person. Suggestions appreciated.

Note: Link to page with instructions on creating a new category. Cool! Cottonshirt (talk) 06:54, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

I found a Category:People from Oxfordshire if that helps. It seems to have more specific subcategories for towns as well if you have more detailed info. Orderinchaos 07:14, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

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David Ferguson (impresario) article / Abusive editing by 'uwishiwasjohng'[edit]

Cottonshirt, 'uwishiwasjohng' is back at again. Having had his Legal History section taken down out of the David Ferguson (Impresario) article, he has resorted to attacking the article through relentless editing. I posted a complaint on the Admin page for Bio of Living Persons. Hoping to have Admin and other users review as the article is being gutted. Thank you for reviewing DrJamesX (talk) 19:41, 3 February 2009 (UTC)DrJamesX

Reliable sourcing question[edit]

Cottonshirt, I have a sourcing question and that I hope you can answer. I have looked over Wikipedia sourcing rules / protocol but have not yet found anything that specifically prohibits using the sources listed below.

I've been trying to use the links at the bottom as sources to show which specific bands participated on compilations released as Rat Music for Rat People. This is part of the Wikipedia article for David Ferguson (Impresario).

These links appear completely valid yet 'DoriSmith' and 'uwishiwasjohng' have repeatedly flagged them as 'unreliable' or have removed them outright with no explanation other than that they are unreliable.

Is there a problem with using this type of 3rd party source to prove the content of an album?

DrJamesX (talk) 21:04, 11 February 2009 (UTC)DrJamesX

Euro 100 metres record[edit]

Dwain Chambers only equalled Linford Christie's record but the run was subsequently removed following a positive drugs test. Francis Obikwelu on the other hand has a perfectly good claim to the current title. I've updated the article now. Take care! Sillyfolkboy (talk) 05:42, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

Took some searching but this article details the annulment of the record. If you're going to put a mention of it, it's probably best to put a note saying that Christie is the British record holder, then a footnote after that; briefly describing Chambers' run and drug ban. Sillyfolkboy (talk) 12:06, 18 February 2009 (UTC)
That's a good point, but remember that Obikwelu had already beaten Christie's European record by the time Chambers got 9.87, so he never had that record. There seems to be a dearth of resources on the removal of the British record. I'll tell you if I find one. Cheers. Sillyfolkboy (talk) 22:46, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

David Edgar[edit]

Hi, Cottonshirt. Good stuff! Hope you don't mind my efforts in editing the orthography. I noticed you using the html italic code throughout. Best just use the Wiki system of italicising (just 2 straight single apostrophes each end). I also find it helpful to have author, title, date, etc, info in the citations. I didn't have time today but will return and do more--unless you prefer I didn't. Cheers Bjenks (talk) 11:39, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

Good to see you getting stuck in, Cottonshirt. Keep up the good work! Sillyfolkboy (talk) 12:57, 21 February 2009 (UTC)
The points you make in reply seem reasonable. I'll do some homework on the WP policies and come back later. (I'm not really an old hand at this :) Bjenks (talk) 13:20, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

Help desk[edit]

I have another option for you at Wikipedia:Help_desk#Aligning_Text. I hope that one of these options work for what you need, hmwithτ 15:08, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

Frank Patterson[edit]

Well done on the ongoing re-write. RashersTierney (talk) 18:06, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

Thank you. Cottonshirtτ 03:45, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

DYK for David Edgar (playwright)[edit]

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David Edgar[edit]

It was relatively close before, looks you've pushed it over now, good work. Your suggestions sound good, I would try and get a copyfree picture if you can, as a picture of the subject of an article is probably one of the single biggest improvements one can make. i'll try and come up with some other improvements if i get time. Tom B (talk) 18:32, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

HTML mark-up[edit]

Hi. Further to my basic agreement with consistency, that principle cannot extend to what you seem to be about, viz, near-total rejection of Wiki-markup in "your" contributed articles (as per your request to reedy). A relevant style guideline is Keep markup simple. You could, of course, argue that HTML is for the most part as simple for you or me to use as Wiki markup, but the overriding principle is surely the effect on the total population of editors. Having two "acceptable" standards is clearly less simple than having one. That's why the guideline accepts using HTML only for good reason--and I do not think individual style preference is sufficiently good reason. Consider also the guideline

Ordinary text should use wiki markup for emphasis and should not use <i> or <b>. However, mathematical formulae often use italics, and sometimes use bold, for reasons unrelated to emphasis.

This is located in this section of the article on "How to edit a page". When such sensible guidelines exist, I would regard it as both correct and polite to abide by them. Do you not agree? You might also find it rewarding to check out Wikipedia:Ownership of articles. Cheers Bjenks (talk) 06:31, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

Sorry if I offended—there was no intention to do so. 1. I chanced on reedy while validly searching for HTML guidelines and opinions. 2. Please note that you incorrectly referred Reedy to the general article Manual of Style, not to the guideline Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style. 3. I agree with the merits of co-operation, and that neither my opinion nor yours has greater weight in any Wikipedia style discussion than Wikipedia policies and guidelines. 4. I have quite well qualified interests in literature and theatre, but thanks anyway for venturing your gratuitous views about my motives. 5. I have never myself amended the mark-up style of the article in question. I see that its original version utilised Wiki markup, so someone else must have changed it to an inconsistent markup. 6. I remain receptive to your views on the substance of my references to the Wikipedia guidelines, if you get around to considering same. Bjenks (talk) 08:38, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
Yes, it's all about conscientious improvement of the information. Thanks for the acknowledgment that one can have an interest in a subject without interpolation of a personal agenda via selective use of sources, etc. Where there is goodwill, differences can identified and resolved in discussion without undue friction. Cheers Bjenks (talk) 00:21, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

DYK nomination of Frank Patterson[edit]

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Record lists[edit]

I'd just like to say thank you for contributing the "Progression of athletics records" articles. This type of list is always very helpful and interesting! Good work. Sillyfolkboy (talk) 23:41, 15 April 2009 (UTC)

David Ferguson (impresario)[edit]

The WP:BLP, David Ferguson (impresario), has been tagged with a lot of templates by two editors who have a long history of negative edits on this article. Could you be kind enough to take a look at the text, citations, and templates and share your views? There is also a posting on the Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons/Noticeboard about these templates. I'm writing you because you've expressed interest in this article before and I think help is needed about a NPOV. Thank you. --deb (talk) 19:58, 4 July 2009 (UTC)

Pan Am 103[edit]

See Talk:Pan_Am_Flight_103#Basic_Facts WhisperToMe (talk) 23:43, 10 October 2010 (UTC)


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Where to go from here?[edit]

Hey there buddy, so it looks like both our respective police brutality CfR nominations have fizzled out due to the variety of proposals. I'm wondering if you'd like to sit down (so to speak) and hammer out (I'm just full of analogies) a firmer proposal. I see a multitude of options, but I would say my favored route would be to create sub-categories for the overall category, breaking it down by crime "status" - alleged, confirmed, etc. That would be a bit more incremental and perhaps cause less uproar (especially from people who want to "hold the criminals' feet to the fire," if you will). What say you? CaseyPenk (talk) 02:02, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

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List of Train Songs[edit]

Hi, Cottonshirt. I saw you added a Globalize template to the List of Train Songs. What do you think is needed to satisfy WP's guidelines? Train songs are a form almost exclusive to the U.S., Canada and Australia, because of the role of railroads in developing the geographic, commercial and social landscapes on the two continents. As a result, the train was widely romanticized through song, something that did not occur in parts of the world that were well established. I could add a couple sentences to the introduction noting this (sources are available but limited). The list itself does include train songs by European artists, but few works that are not of American origin. Canadian and Australian songs and artists are well represented. In addition, the External Links section has a link to an Australian train song website. I'd appreciate your feedback. Thanks. Allreet (talk) 16:37, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

I don't think I said anything above that warranted the tone of your response. If you care to discuss that further, I would be happy to, but for now I'll mention WP:AGF as the basic issue and more specifically how editors' attitudes discourage participation. I asked a simple question in good faith and IMO received an unwarranted inquisition. Some responses to your "critique":
  • Contrary to your initial post, all of the material in the List of Train Songs intro is covered by scholarly sources. Individual sentences do not need separate cites; several sentences can be sourced with one cite. Furthermore, the intro does not need expanding. I would agree more could be said on the subject but believe that would warrant a separate article.
  • You mis-read my third sentence entirely. The "U.S., Canada and Australia" are in fact "on two continents." Somehow you re-wrote this as "Canada and two countries."
  • The intro treats the subject as an almost exclusive U.S. phenomenon, because it is. The question isn't absolute exclusivity but an obvious quantitative dominance that stems from unique historical and cultural conditions. As I indicated above, I intend to add material to that effect. Having dug up at least 500 citations for the train song list, I'm fully aware such statements require sources.
  • I clearly indicated I realize train songs can be found in other countries and also noted that some of these are represented in the list, including two versions of "Orient Express" as well as every other song of European origin that you mentioned (except the Scottish train disaster song, which is a wonderful "find"). However, in the U.S., there are probably at least 5,000 individual songs - the list currently has almost 1,000 - a "phenomenon" that stretches across all genres but is no more prevalent than in two indigenous U.S. forms, blues and bluegrass.
  • By "well established" I was referring to the brief histories of the U.S., Canada and Australia relative to most other countries. In the U.S., the train single-handedly transformed the nation, whose interior prior to the 1830s was a hostile frontier. You could say something similar about trains in Russia or Africa in terms of traversing desolate expanses, but the train did more than just enable passage in the U.S. It tied the nation's two coasts together and spurred development in most states in between. For example, within just 20 years (by 1850), 25 of the nation's 32 states had railroads in service.
  • Your mention of hobos raises interesting cultural differences between itinerants in the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries and impoverished populations in the rest of the world. In the U.S., hobos flourished as a subculture because of the train. They could travel thousands of miles and change their "scenery" entirely without having to cross national borders. Some of these vagabonds were notable musicians, for example, Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston and Henry Thomas, who had successful writing/recording careers. While it's conceivable poor people elsewhere in the world might have written train songs, what's certain is they left little evidence, for one, because they wouldn't have had access to recording studios.
  • I think you're either reaching or wandering in bringing this up out of the blue: "I guess the point I am trying to make is that Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not simply a place for storing interesting lists of things." Are you disputing the legitimacy of the article based on WP:List? Allreet (talk) 09:34, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
Hey, Cottonshirt, let's just start the conversation over...or simply let it go. It's not worth any bad feelings. I'm certain we're both acting in good faith, that is, forging ahead with good intentions in trying to do the best we can on behalf of something we believe in. Wish you the best. Allreet (talk) 23:12, 24 November 2012 (UTC)

Hi, Cottonshirt. I've revised the introduction to the List of Train Songs and added comments on the Talk page indicating my intention to remove the Globalize template. Please take a look at both the introduction and comments and if you will, provide any feedback you may have on this issue. Thanks. Allreet (talk) 15:28, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

DSB edit[edit]

Hello Cottonshirt, I've just returned from a long break and I noticed your edits to De Situ Britanniae. Thank you for finding and correcting my error. I've also tried to address your objection to the statement in the article lede, and left a note on the talk page (didn't know if the article was still on your watchlist). Regards, Notuncurious (talk) 04:22, 27 January 2013 (UTC)

Train Songs: Removed Globalize template[edit]

Hi, Cottonshirt: I am writing to inform you that I have removed the Globalize template from the List of train songs article. I've posted an explanation of the grounds for removal on the article's Talk page. I would appreciate your feedback, including any objections you may have. Thanks. Allreet (talk) 16:45, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Category:Wikipedia articles needing copy edit[edit]

Please do not allow your user page or talk page to have a Category:Wikipedia articles needing copy edit category, as this creates confusion for those of us who do copy editing.--DThomsen8 (talk) 00:43, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for noticing. I did not intend to indicate that my talk page is in that category. My intention was to have a link to the category page so that I would know which articles require copy editing. It is possible that a link to some other page might be more appropriate and any suggestion you might have in that regard would be welcome. Thank you. Cottonshirtτ 03:41, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Say [[:Category:Wikipedia articles needing copy edit]] and then clicking on that to see what is in the category without putting the page into the category. Notice the use of the nowicki tags to let you see what is to be used. Also, click on the first line and look at the category contents.--DThomsen8 (talk) 01:09, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
I notice now that you said "talk page" above, but the fix is needed on your user page. Also, it would be best to use your sandbox for draft articles.--DThomsen8 (talk) 02:00, 19 March 2015 (UTC)


Hi Cottonshirt - just made a few changes to article - feel free to change any back! --Iztwoz (talk) 10:36, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

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