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Million Award[edit]

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For your contributions to bring Red Panda (estimated annual readership: 1,009,000) to Good Article status, I hereby present you the Million Award. Congratulations on this rare accomplishment, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers. -- Khazar2 (talk) 03:56, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

The Million Award is a new initiative to recognize the editors of Wikipedia's most-read content; you can read more about the award and its possible tiers (Quarter Million Award, Half Million Award, and Million Award) at Wikipedia:Million Award. You're also welcome to display this userbox:

Million award logo.svg This user won the Million Award for bringing Red panda to Good Article status.

If I've made any error in this listing, please don't hesitate to correct it; if for any reason you don't feel you deserve it, please don't hesitate to remove it; if you know of any other editor who merits one of these awards, please don't hesitate to give it; if you yourself deserve another award from any of the three tiers, please don't hesitate to take it! Cheers, -- Khazar2 (talk) 03:56, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

Books and Bytes: The Wikipedia Library Newsletter[edit]

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Dallas Zoo[edit]

Hey Don! It has been a while since we last collaborated. As you may have seen, I, as well as other Wikipedians, have been maintaining the Dallas Zoo article and keeping all the exhibit information and events up to date. When you and I worked on it together it was upgraded from Start to C-Class and finally to a B-Class article. What needs to be done now to qualify the article for GA-Class? Anything I should add or subtract or is it good as is? I compared the Dallas Zoo article to the Edinburgh Zoo article and it seems to be on par. I look forward to your input and advice, as always! Kevin1086 (talk) 01:23, 10 November 2013 (UTC)

Sorry, I have been pretty much off Wikipedia due to personal and work issues for the past almost 9 months. Thankfully, it's not been too long since you asked this question. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things over Thanksgiving and then Christmas this year, but probably at a slightly reduced rate. I will take a look and commend on the Dallas Zoo article over the next few days. Don Lammers (talk) 14:11, 28 November 2013 (UTC)

The Wikipedia Library Survey[edit]

As a subscriber to one of The Wikipedia Library's programs, we'd like to hear your thoughts about future donations and project activities in this brief survey. Thanks and cheers, Ocaasi t | c 14:46, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

On panda vandalism[edit]

Hello, Mr. Donlammers. I am a fairly new Wikipedian, but I was reading the talk section for the giant panda, and I came across section 17. Ummmm... I know there's not really a moral code on this site, but is there any way you or someone with enough clout can maybe drop that word out of the talk page? I know the panda page has had frequent vandalism, but that almost seems like vandalism of the talk page- either way, I find it very offensive and totally unnecessary, as I'm sure other users who have seen it do. Or am I speaking out of turn here? Thanks.--Arkansawyer96 (talk) 17:29, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

February 2014[edit]

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 Done though it wasn't in a part of the article I edited. Don Lammers (talk) 14:59, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Zoo[edit]

Hi, are you still active with Wikipedia:WikiProject Zoo, which is believed to be semi-active, is this true? Ive made two new templates Template:Zoos of Germany and Template:Zoos of Cambodia and adding some new articles.

Columbus Zoo GAR[edit]

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When I wanted to repeat my question I noticed that my previous comment was never signed with name and date, sorry for that.
So I ask again, are you active within Wikipedia:WikiProject Zoo/Wikipedia? best regards, Dan Koehl (talk) 11:43, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
As with ZooPro, I have been semi-active now since mid-2013. For personal reasons, I have not had the time I would have liked to contribute to Wikipedia, and even then I am shifting my focus a bit away from my concentration on zoos to places and events that were part of my life. Thank you for creating the new templates, not to mention all the other work you seem to have been doing around zoos. I hope to start contributing more over the next few months again, but I told myself that 6 months ago as well and reality conspired against me, so only time will tell. Don Lammers (talk) 21:29, 23 November 2014 (UTC)
Good to hear, I submitted myself as coordinator for the meantime, and will try to keep the project acive during your time off. Hope to see you when you have more time! Dan Koehl (talk) 10:38, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
Fantastic! It's good to know that someone will be looking out for things.Don Lammers (talk) 15:31, 6 December 2014 (UTC)

A Barnstar[edit]

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for all the fantastic creative work you have invested in Wikipedia:WikiProject_Zoo. Dan Koehl (talk) 11:07, 2 December 2014 (UTC)

Welcome back![edit]

Its with great joy I have noted that you seem to be back on Wikipedia! Dan Koehl (talk) 21:15, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

  • Thanks. I'm afraid it's still only going to be only intermittently, but I had an afternoon free and thought I would see what I could do. Don Lammers (talk) 21:18, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

Paris zoo redirects[edit]

You seem to be involved in zoo articles. If possible, could you please redirect the various alternative names to Paris Zoological Park? The main ones are Paris Zoo, Vincennes Zoo, Zoo de Vincennes and Parc zoologique de Paris. Cheers, (talk) 11:29, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

 Done. Dan Koehl (talk) 15:42, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, it's appreciated. (talk) 19:30, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Dan, I saw this a few days ago but only now had a chance to log on and actually do anything about it. And to my surprise, it's already done!Don Lammers (talk) 15:37, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

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Nomination for deletion of Template:Zoos footer[edit]

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Yo Ho Ho[edit]

Make sure to click on both pictures to see them full size Donlammers as they will give you a chuckle. May your 2016 be full of joy and special times. MarnetteD|Talk 03:38, 20 December 2015 (UTC)

List of national animals[edit]

I rolled back your addition to List of national animals because the source you included was not reliable. You indicated that you will add another reference shortly. That's great! You are very welcome to reintroduce the change if you are able to cite it with a source that meets WP:RS. Thanks. --Yamla (talk) 16:20, 2 January 2016 (UTC)

I also had to roll back your addition of a copyrighted image, to that same article. WP:FU requires that you use freely-licensed images where possible, and only allows copyrighted images under exceptional circumstances. And then, always with a detailed fair-use justification. I don't believe any such justification would be appropriate for that use, but I rolled back that addition because you didn't provide any at all. Again, nothing personal. --Yamla (talk) 16:23, 2 January 2016 (UTC)
Sorry, I missed the fact that the image was copyrighted. I just assumed that an image like that in the project would not be -- my bad. Not sure why you consider this source "unreliable", but I do have a book source which I will add. I wish you had given me a bit more time to do that, as now it's extra work.Don Lammers (talk) 16:45, 2 January 2016 (UTC)
Your book is great. Thank you very much for your most recent edit, I appreciate the citation! --Yamla (talk) 17:33, 2 January 2016 (UTC)

Suggestion: location map on Template:Infobox zoo[edit]

Dear Don, I suggest that we add a location map on Template:Infobox zoo, synchronized with the coordinates, like its done in the German and Danish versions of this template, please see da:Tierpark_Berlin (Danish) and de:Tierpark_Berlin (German). What do you think? Dan Koehl (talk) 09:47, 19 June 2016 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:National Aquarium Plymouth logo.png[edit]


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Invitation to the African Destubathon[edit]

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Problematic Category Links[edit]

The following articals - User:Donlammers/templates/Zoos of Japan User:Donlammers/templates/Zoos of Japan2 User:Donlammers/templates/zootest - all have links to the Category:United States zoo templates page in the wiki proper, creating unessesary sibling links in the category. could you please reomve those links form your user pages? --Blood sliver (talk) 05:27, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

  • Sorry about that. I have removed them. Don Lammers (talk) 17:55, 27 November 2016 (UTC)

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A cookie for you![edit]

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Nomination for deletion of Template:Zoos of Washington, D.C.[edit]

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