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Priscila Machado photo[edit]

Not is an image of her. Look for an image real image of her. Do not mislead people.

Gusthes (talk) 16:51, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

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What made you ask me? (I realize it's a form letter, but why me?) --GRuban (talk) 04:58, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
Hello, my friend. Sure, it's a form letter, but I wrote it. :) Why you? Well, you were vetted here: Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/Optional RfA candidate poll/Poll candidate search/Poll candidates, and I think you ought to take the poll. You may be a terrific admin, and Wikipedia sure could use more. So, what do you think? Have you ever considered it? Best, Anna Frodesiak (talk) 05:01, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
Have. Mostly worried about my irregular participation. For example, just last month, March, I had under 20 edits. --GRuban (talk) 05:41, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
Well, if that concerns you, the poll responders would tell you. Frankly, I think your count looks pretty darn good. Plus, you are strong in a lot of areas. There's no harm in taking the poll. It can really give you an idea of what to expect if you ran for adminship now, and what you might need to have improved likelihood. You may be pleasantly surprised. Best, Anna Frodesiak (talk) 20:42, 15 April 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for the correction to the art title[edit]

Did you also correct it at its source? If not also there, I am not sure how "use" became substituted for "une". Merci, thank you again. And very nice to have met you, even if in my trajectory, it will prove to be belatedly. Cheers. Le Prof Leprof 7272 (talk) 18:37, 9 May 2017 (UTC)

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File:El Hadj M'Hamed El Anka plays the Oud.jpg listed for discussion[edit]


A file that you uploaded or altered, File:El Hadj M'Hamed El Anka plays the Oud.jpg, has been listed at Wikipedia:Files for discussion. Please see the discussion to see why it has been listed (you may have to search for the title of the image to find its entry). Feel free to add your opinion on the matter below the nomination. Thank you. Ronhjones  (Talk) 23:43, 25 July 2017 (UTC)

DYK for Lyndsey Scott[edit]

Updated DYK query.svg On 15 September 2017, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Lyndsey Scott, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that between modelling for Victoria's Secret, Calvin Klein, and Prada, Lyndsey Scott (pictured) develops mobile apps for iOS? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Lyndsey Scott. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Lyndsey Scott), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:01, 15 September 2017 (UTC)


finding images

Cornflower blue Yogo sapphire.jpg

Thank you for quality articles on a variety of topics, such as "requested", "games" and "countering systemic bias", namely Melissa Bachman, Minjung art, The Chalk Circle and Yoruba literature, for great professional expertise in finding images, for more than ten years of service, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:19, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Awww, thanks. :-) --GRuban (talk) 14:27, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Shirley Pitts[edit]

You are claiming that there the hook is not in the article (it is) and that it is unreferenced (it isn't). They post on DYK talk page, and said they were going to "main page errors." [1][2] This will put the claim squarely as issue. 7&6=thirteen () 16:16, 26 September 2017 (UTC)

  1. ^ "Queen of shoplifters goes to ground with fame in the bag and a fitting epitaph in flowers", Duncan Campbell, The Guardian, 26 March 1992, p. 22.
  2. ^ "Mourners say a final farewell to the queen of shoplifters", David Connett, The Independent, 26 March 1992.
The hook is not in the article. It's a pretty straight forward claim. If you have to click things that are not in the article to get the hook, then the hook is not in the article. --GRuban (talk) 16:37, 26 September 2017 (UTC)
We will have to disagree. It is in the article and it is in the references. No error on the main page, IMHO. Salut. 7&6=thirteen () 16:40, 26 September 2017 (UTC)
The references aren't linked, so I can't check; did you? Do they use the words "Forty Elephants"? Your review seems to say they didn't. Are the words "Forty Elephants" in the article? I can't find them. You seem to be saying that they are in the Wikipedia. Then the hook is in the Wikipedia. But it is not in the article. Again, it's pretty straight forward. --GRuban (talk) 16:46, 26 September 2017 (UTC)
Should also be pretty easy to fix, just add the words to the article, cited appropriately. I can't, I can't access the sources that say that. --GRuban (talk) 16:49, 26 September 2017 (UTC)
Added Forty Elephants, a/k/a the Forty Thieves 7&6=thirteen () 16:57, 26 September 2017 (UTC)

Article photos[edit]

I left an answer on my talk page. Please let me know if you got a ping from that answer. MB 01:57, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

on blue dog democrats[edit]

Hi, look blue dog democrats aren’t center left, they are centrist to center right. The New Democrats are center has nothing to do with my opinions it’s a fact. 21:16, 13 November 2017 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Zman19964 (talkcontribs)

Nowadays there are apparently alternative facts... :-)... just asserting something doesn't suffice, we need WP:RS saying something before we say it. --GRuban (talk) 02:28, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

Rachael Blake[edit]

If you have some spare time could you start a discussion on Talk:Rachael Blake about using the current infobox photo, addressing the possible WP:BLP issue? I don't want to be reverting all the time to remove it, so a central discussion would be healthy in my opinion.--Commander Keane (talk) 06:46, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

OK, but why didn't you just post this there? --GRuban (talk) 14:11, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

Can you do your photo magic?[edit]

The article Deborah Lipstadt needs a photograph. The only front-facing fair-use one on either Google or Flickr is very blurry: [1]. There are however two CC-licensed videos of her talking on YouTube:

Could you do your screen-grab magic like you did with Lee Carroll? If so, thanks very much! Softlavender (talk) 02:23, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Certainly, will. A pleasure to be asked. Probably Monday. --GRuban (talk) 15:51, 19 November 2017 (UTC)
OK, here are what I think are the two best options, one from each video. Most of the other frames focusing on her had her mouth open (she is speaking after all), looking extremely unhappy (understandable, given the subject matter), or both; in these two she appears if not actually smiling at least reasonably at rest. Though of course they each have their own issues: one is fuzzier, while the other has a microphone in her ear. I think the clearer one is better despite the microphone; if you disagree use the first, or if you would like to go for a frame with her mouth open, I could get one or two of those. --GRuban (talk) 15:34, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
I think of those two the clearer one is definitely better. I wouldn't object to (at least considering) one with her mouth open, but if she looks grimmer or it would take too much time, the current one is fine, thanks very much! Softlavender (talk)
Deborah Lipstadt Remembering the Shoah presentation (2).jpg
Deborah Lipstadt Remembering the Shoah presentation (3).jpg

I made a couple of others, but I think the previous is the best. --GRuban (talk) 17:50, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

  • Hi GRuban; I have so many usertalk pages on my watchlist I missed this latest. Thanks very much for taking the time to do those two new ones. Yeah, although the new one on the right is pretty good, the one previously chosen is sharper and (arguably) more neutral. Thanks, Softlavender (talk) 08:37, 27 November 2017 (UTC)

  • Update: Somehow by today your upload had already been used on the Lipstadt articles in 7 foreign wikis. I added it just now to German wiki (in my rusty German) and Hebrew wiki (extremely hard and took forever -- I finally just used the editing bar image tool -- even then it went in the wrong place and someone fixed it). :) Softlavender (talk) 11:42, 27 November 2017 (UTC)

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