User talk:Dze27

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Hi Mark and welcome -- some of us have been working on a nomenclature standard for articles -- especially for royals. You might want to take a look. THe reason behind this is that names repeat themselves so often among royal families that it can be very confusing. Think about how many Henry II there are among all the kingdoms and principalities that have existed in European history! In your most recent example, Princess Margaret might mean something to royal watchers now, but only because she's a 20th c. celebrity. We're therefore trying to come up with mose lasting, sensible titles... what do you think? User:JHK

I totally agree. Actually I was wondering about that when I wrote it, but just decided to go ahead and write a little. Another one of these is the "Queen Mother" which is of course completely vague, yet at the same time, the only name by which probably 90% of people know Elizabeth II's mother. Whereabouts is this being discussed? Mark

Well, it was on History/Nomenclature -- I think it will come up if you do a search. Also, Michael Tinkler has just started a page -- Royal styles or something. For the Queen Mum, I just don't know. I'd almost say E the Queen Mother, because she'd probably the only one who's been around long enough that people might look for her...User:JHK

Hello there, Dze27. I'm Ed, and I'd like to give you a (belated) welcome to the 'pedia! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. If you need any questions answered about the project then check out Wikipedia:Help or add a question to the Village pump. --Ed Poor

Hello Dze27. How is the bot going? I'd like to check it out when you're done if you feel like sharing :-) matt 04:49 Feb 6, 2003 (UTC)

I'll definitely share it when I'm done. I've had a serious case of Civilization III addiction that I've been feeding too much lately though :) Dze27

Thanks for the scraped announcements feed! I'm working on adding RSS support (back) to the wiki... if you've got any advice / recommendations / warnings / horrified comments, please drop by m:MediaWiki syndication feeds. --Brion 03:27, 20 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Hi! Based on your simple suggestion, I've started a project on WikiProject Computing to propose a standard pseudocode for use throughout the Wikipedia that I call wikicode. Please join the wikiproject (no commitment required) and please participate in the discussion about wikicode. Thanks!

Deco 16:40, 5 May 2004 (UTC)

Article Licensing[edit]

Hi, I've started a drive to get users to multi-license all of their contributions that they've made to either (1) all U.S. state, county, and city articles or (2) all articles, using the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike (CC-by-sa) v1.0 and v2.0 Licenses or into the public domain if they prefer. The CC-by-sa license is a true free documentation license that is similar to Wikipedia's license, the GFDL, but it allows other projects, such as WikiTravel, to use our articles. Since you are among the top 2000 Wikipedians by edits, I was wondering if you would be willing to multi-license all of your contributions or at minimum those on the geographic articles. Over 90% of people asked have agreed. For More Information:

To allow us to track those users who muli-license their contributions, many users copy and paste the "{{DualLicenseWithCC-BySA-Dual}}" template into their user page, but there are other options at Template messages/User namespace. The following examples could also copied and pasted into your user page:

Option 1
I agree to [[Wikipedia:Multi-licensing|multi-license]] all my contributions, with the exception of my user pages, as described below:


Option 2
I agree to [[Wikipedia:Multi-licensing|multi-license]] all my contributions to any [[U.S. state]], county, or city article as described below:

Or if you wanted to place your work into the public domain, you could replace "{{DualLicenseWithCC-BySA-Dual}}" with "{{MultiLicensePD}}". If you only prefer using the GFDL, I would like to know that too. Please let me know what you think at my talk page. It's important to know either way so no one keeps asking. -- Ram-Man (comment| talk)

Ottawa Wikipedia Meetup[edit]

Hey, just a quick note to let you know there is an Ottawa Wikipedia Meetup coming up this Saturday @ 2pm. If you can make it, please drop by the Meetup website and RSVP. If you can't, join up anyway, so you can find out about future Ottawa Wikipedia Meetups! --Spinboy 20:50, 21 Mar 2005 (UTC)

New Wikiproject[edit]

Hi there, just a quick note to let you know that we've started a new wikiproject! WikiProject Ottawa aims to expand the amount of articles in Ottawa, and of the articles that are there, take them from stubs to something worthy of being a feature article. We hope you'll stop by and sign up! --Spinboy 03:51, 3 Apr 2005 (UTC)

RSS feed[edit]

Greetings! You have set up an RSS feed, and I'm glad you did. But I use it in Google's experimental RSS page, and it shows only the date. Is there any way to modify the feed so it shows the article title? Thanks, – Quadell (talk) (sleuth) 13:50, August 9, 2005 (UTC)

Great feed! I show it on my personal site's front page with my own special formatting. I use a cron job to periodically pull the most latest feed, so no need to be concerned that each page load is yanking your feed.  :) — Stevie is the man! Talk | Work 19:04, August 12, 2005 (UTC)

Cool, glad you like it! Thanks for using a cron job, although, I'm still using less than 10% of my 30 GB/month bandwidth (on my server overall, not just for Wikipedia feeds) so I'm not concerned at this point. It'll load faster coming directly from your server though anyway. Note that the feed updates once a day at 00:05 UTC if you want to get it as freshly as possible :) . Dze27 00:02, August 13, 2005 (UTC)

Seems nice. It would be great if you could publish the perl source code, though - that way, all we Wikipedia-supporting developers could help you around in anything you might need. I heard you are working on a feed for "Did you know?", now. Although I do not know how you are importing information from Wikipedia at the moment, it must be more handy to use the Special:Export MediaWiki XML exporting system. For example, for Did you know you can use Special:Export/Template:Did_you_know. That way, the Wikipedia servers will use less resources (by not having to output browser-friendly code) and it will be easier for you to parse the information. --dionyziz 09:52, 17 August 2005 (UTC)

I could upload what I'm using, I'm not sure where would be a suitable place though for that sort of thing. I haven't done a DYK one but got the Picture of the Day one working today. I have looked at the XML export and it doesn't seem like it would save much work, if any (I wrote the script before Special:Export and just never bothered to convert it, although I might well use it if I were to rewrite it from scratch today). Announcements only runs four times a day and the other two feeds run once a day each so there is really nothing in the way of load on the servers. Dze27 05:11, August 18, 2005 (UTC)
How about registering a new project on --dionyziz 21:32, 19 August 2005 (UTC).

The feed's excellent, Dze27, many thankx. Does it show the graphic? It doesn't in my sharpreader. Also, it would be great to have one for Selected Anniversaries -- is there one? --alpheus

Thanks, glad you like it. It does show the graphic, here's a preview in bloglines that you can check out from a regular web brower. I'll see what I can do for the Selected Anniversaries one. I think you can get them by by email, but I prefer RSS for things like that too. Dze27 01:17, 14 September 2005 (UTC)
Many thanks, Dze27 Alpheus 09:59, 14 September 2005 (UTC)

Hi i was looking up RSS feeds on wiki and found you. I've been trying to build a [ widget] modeled off of some that already use the established RSS feeds from wiki that instead keeps a running tab on your watchlist. Problem is, there IS no RSS feed for watchlists, and Export doesn't work on special pages. Could you consider looking into this? I think it would be helpful for lots of people. Or at least maybe point me in the right direction to doing it on my own? I'm an occasional amateur programmer with c++ and have muddled my way through XML and javascript (but was thrown off when looking at XML parsing code in a js function). -Zappernapper 14:12, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

Hi, I think this is a good idea too and it has been proposed a number of times -- check metawiki or the archives of mailing lists like wikitech-l for more details. In a nutshell (as I understand it), the big problem with the concept is not really a technical problem, it's that RSS feeds are not private by nature and many people don't want their watchlist to become public. Therefore, contents of watchlists have always been private, and thus, require some sort of logging-in to access. There is no good way to do authentication through third parties such as a Yahoo widget or Bloglines. Of course, the software could be altered to have a configuration option in preferences where you could say all, or even certain watched pages were public, and those could go on an RSS feed, but AFAIK this simply hasn't been implemented. I have no connection with the MediaWiki developers and no idea on whether such a patch would be accepted or not.
Others have wanted to do the same thing, however, and have set up personal RSS feeds using a perl script that contains their username/password, and which retrieves the watchlist and converts it to RSS format. One guy massively altered my RSS script to do this, I couldn't get it to work under Windows (I didn't try particularly hard), but it probably works on Linux as is, if you want that, email me via my "E-mail this user" link and I'll send it to you. This is potentially very good for your personal use, however it would not work for a general purpose Yahoo widget that others could use. Dze27 02:51, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

User Categorisation[edit]

You were listed on the Wikipedia:Wikipedians/Canada page as living in or being associated with Canada. As part of the Wikipedia:User categorisation project, these lists are being replaced with user categories. If you would like to add yourself to the category that is replacing the page, please visit Category:Canadian Wikipedians for instructions. Or just add the following to your user page:

[[Category:Canadian_Wikipedians|{{subst:PAGENAME}}]] [[Category:Wikipedians in Ontario|{{subst:PAGENAME}}]] [[Category:Wikipedians in Ottawa|{{subst:PAGENAME}}]]

- Korivak 19:36, August 19, 2005 (UTC)

Cool! Done. Dze27 20:07, August 19, 2005 (UTC)

Wikimedia Canada[edit]

Hi there! I'd like to invite you to explore Wikimedia Canada, and create a list of people interested in forming a local chapter for our nation. A local chapter will help promote and improve the organization, within our great nation. We'd also like to encourage everyone to suggest projects for our national chapter to participate in. Hope to see you there!--DarkEvil 17:11, 20 January 2006 (UTC)

A very late reply :)[edit]

Hi! I just saw this message from April, somehow it esaped me and I haven't been very active on the 'pedia for a while. Just wanted to greet a fellow RSS-scraper back! :) /skagedal... 18:33, 8 December 2006 (UTC)

Rubik's Cube[edit]

Silly request, but could you comment at Talk:Rubik's Cube as to whether you used colour or color (and centre/center) when you started the article at Nupedia. By 2001 [1] it had both spellings and as you are Canadian...--Henrygb 22:50, 22 March 2007 (UTC)

  • I can't remember. I use and prefer all the American spellings now, just since they tend to save a character each time. The page has changed so much since my original edit that I don't think that my opinion should carry any weight here. Dze27 00:00, 28 March 2007 (UTC)


Hello, Dze27. An automated process has found and removed an image or media file tagged as nonfree media, and thus is being used under fair use that was in your userspace. The image (Image:Reach.gif) was found at the following location: User:Dze27. This image or media was attempted to be removed per criterion number 9 of our non-free content policy. The image or media was replaced with Image:NonFreeImageRemoved.svg , so your formatting of your userpage should be fine. Please find a free image or media to replace it with, and or remove the image from your userspace. User:Gnome (Bot)-talk 08:17, 14 May 2007 (UTC)

Picture of the day feed[edit]

For this to be useful, the only content should be the picture, probably using an enclosure, not the HTML and text content around it please. (talk) —Preceding undated comment was added at 17:54, 15 December 2008 (UTC).

This feed gets downloaded off my server about 4 million times a year, so it's obviously useful to a few people. I don't want to make the image an enclosure, since you don't then see the image in many newsreaders. Also, I like to be able to read the text content along with the picture, without having to leave my newsreader. Dze27 (talk) 21:06, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

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Your user page[edit]

Hello, I found your user page while doing some wikiarchaeology. . I have restored all of its earliest surviving revisions from old copies of the Wikipedia database, so they are available to everyone now. Hope you don't mind. Graham87 08:56, 26 June 2013 (UTC)

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