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Walking with monsters images - fair use?[edit]

hello - just wondering if you know something I don't regarding using the screenshots from Walking With Monsters in articles? My understanding is that such copyrighted images can only be used under fair use in articles that are actually about the program. Cheers Geologyguy (talk) 23:33, 21 April 2008 (UTC)

To be honest I do not really know the limitations of "fair use". There is not anything comparable in Germany... However, I saw screenshots from Walking with Monsters being implemented in various other articles like Meganeura so I decided to take my chances and add some pictures to other articles, too. Let's say I just followed the basic Wikipedia-principle -

First comes action, then thinking ;-) If you know for sure that my actions pose a copyright infringement feel free to reverse them, however, there are numerous more articles which use screenshots from Walking with Monsters... --Gliese876 (talk) 11:22, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Infobox bar[edit]

Sorry - just spotted what you'd done too late. Good work! Verisimilus T 20:30, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

P.S. It's probably worth setting up a template to be used for all the periods, so they can easily be kept in the same format. It would make it easier for me, for example, to remove the padding around the timeline if I could do it in one place. Verisimilus T 20:33, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

I agree, however, I do not know how to set up templates... I strongly encourage anyone with more experience in formatting issues to take care of this. --Gliese876 (talk) 20:38, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
Done. See the Cambrian article. I'll increase its functionality as I go! Verisimilus T 20:40, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
Great:-) There seems to be some glitch with the CO2 percentage however... --Gliese876 (talk) 20:47, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
Just fixed it. I'll make it do some rounding when I get the time, but for now I have to go out... Hope it's helpful! Feel free to pry around with the code of {{geological period}} if you like! Verisimilus T 20:48, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
Jawohl ;-) --Gliese876 (talk) 20:49, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
Cool beans - looking very smart now all the articles have them! I wonder whether you could be persuaded to rattle off timelines for the Jurassic and Cretaceous? You can copy the Cambrian one, say, and just amend the values - it should be simple enough. All the best, Verisimilus T 10:53, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
I'll look into it ;-) --Gliese876 (talk) 11:22, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for pointing out those problems, which should now be fixed. Verisimilus T 10:54, 25 April 2008 (UTC)



All the period starts and ends are automatically generated now. They are kept in sync with the International Committee on Stratigraphy [1], who recognise the Quaternary as a (fuzzily defined) epoch, but not a period.

Verisimilus / Smith609 Talk 14:53, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Quite right. And at the end of the day, what difference does it really make what they choose to call it? For now, though, I think we may as well go with the numbers and definitions supplied by the ICS; I think the timeline does a reasonable job of describing it, and I'm sure the controversy can be discussed in the articles! Seems to make sense to stick by the ICS's figures for now, though (I didn't make any concious decision how to interpret them, they did that for me!) - when they do reach a decision, the new numbers will be uploaded and the articles and timelines all automatically updated. Smith609 Talk 15:56, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
Re the Q, it would be much too small to be visible! May as well leave it off; I'm sure anyone wondering where it had got to would click on the N to find out.
By the way, just to let you know, there's a convention in Wikipedia that new talk messages are left at the bottom of the page (in stark contrast to everywhere else on the internet!!) - just thought I'd let you know, as I sometimes miss your comments at a first glance through habit. Smith609 Talk 17:45, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
Ah! No missing you now! (-: Smith609 Talk 18:17, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Babel Template[edit]

Hehe danke für den Hinweis mit dem Bild bei "User enjoys Heave Metal"! Mann ich kenn mich hier gar nicht mehr aus wie das alles geht. BerZerK (talk) 22:21, 21 September 2008 (UTC)

Naming inaccuracies for plate tectonics maps[edit]

Some of the images you uploaded from [2] to WikiCommons appear to be inaccurately named and described. For example, File:Paleogene-EoceneGlobal.jpg (labeled as being 50 Ma) corresponds with the author's Oligocene map (35 Ma). Other maps shown on that site are missing, and would be greatly valued. I will attempt to upload the correct images to replace the incorrect ones, but if you have time and permission, I would appreciate it if you could upload more of these images for use on Wiki. I'm particularly interested in K-T (65Ma). –Visionholder (talk) 19:48, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

Titan Mare Explorer[edit]

Thank you for your review of the new Titan Mare Explorer article. I had seen the discrepancy of dates between this project and its possible inclusion in the TSSM, and I had made a mental note to research it further. You did a great job with few words! Cheers, --BatteryIncluded (talk) 20:39, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

Mars Astrobiology Explorer-Cacher‎[edit]

Hello Gliese876, i have also been working on another new NASA spacecraft proposal, a rover to to be launched together with ESA's ExoMars rover. This proposal was done officially on 15 September 2009. The article can use your research and writting skills: Mars Astrobiology Explorer-Cacher‎. See you there, --BatteryIncluded (talk) 01:27, 12 November 2009 (UTC)

Great job on MAX-C, ExoMars and TGM orbiter! Thank you and please hang around. Remember ESA-NASA will hold a mission status conference and will release a report in December. --BatteryIncluded (talk) 22:11, 14 November 2009 (UTC)

Re: German-Japanese relations[edit]

Looks better. I went through just now and fixed a few simple formatting things.

I haven't done a thorough read-through but some quick observations:

  • If you are not aware citations (<ref>) are supposed to go after all of the text they apply to. What that means among other things is that, generally speaking, each paragraph (except perhaps in the lead) should have a citation at the very end (there may be exceptions if the last statement in a paragraph is just a transition that doesn't introduce new information).
  • The lead still needs to be expanded.
  • I see the phrasing has improved in several places. It could still use some copyediting in places (maybe if I have time I'll do what I can).

--Mcorazao (talk) 04:39, 21 January 2010 (UTC)

I continued expanding certain paragraphs including the introduction. Do you think the article is ready to be suggested as a featured article? --Gliese876 (talk) 11:56, 24 January 2010 (UTC)
The standards for featured articles are quite high these days. I don't think this article is ready for that yet.
You might want to try nominating this as a good article. It is still a little short of those standards too but probably not by too much. The main thing that is hurting is the fact that there are places where more references are needed.
--Mcorazao (talk) 15:40, 24 January 2010 (UTC)
Very good work Kransky (talk) 10:28, 4 February 2010 (UTC)
Not sure how I would nominate the article (never done it before). I will second a nomination if you wish. Kransky (talk) 10:16, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

Before you can think of a nomination, you need to get rid of the "citation needed" tags. There are still several in place. Skäpperöd (talk) 11:45, 13 February 2010 (UTC)

  • Thanks for your work on this outstanding article which Ive been delighted to promote! If you have time, please review someone else's nomination as there is a large backlog over at the Good Article page. FeydHuxtable (talk) 14:14, 5 April 2010 (UTC)
You're most welcome. I can just picture editor Groubani smiling down like a pround parent as BR articles mature into audited content! As an after thought to the review, one other thing you'll very likely have to address if you still want to achieve FA status is to get all the citations into a consistent format. Have a look at some of the existing feautured articles for ideas on the different ways to do that. FeydHuxtable (talk) 16:19, 10 April 2010 (UTC)

File:SchroederKoizumiG8Schottland2005.jpg listed for deletion[edit]

A file that you uploaded or altered, File:SchroederKoizumiG8Schottland2005.jpg, has been listed at Wikipedia:Files for deletion. Please see the discussion to see why this is (you may have to search for the title of the image to find its entry), if you are interested in it not being deleted. Thank you. Rettetast (talk) 21:50, 27 February 2010 (UTC)

Replaceable fair use File:PrehistoricParkCarboniferousScene.jpg[edit]

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Thanks for uploading File:PrehistoricParkCarboniferousScene.jpg. I noticed the description page specifies that the media is being used under a claim of fair use, but its use in Wikipedia articles fails our first non-free content criterion in that it illustrates a subject for which a freely licensed media could reasonably be found or created that provides substantially the same information or which could be adequately covered with text alone. If you believe this media is not replaceable, please:

  1. Go to the media description page and edit it to add {{di-replaceable fair use disputed}}, without deleting the original replaceable fair use template.
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File:EugenOtt.jpg listed for deletion[edit]

A file that you uploaded or altered, File:EugenOtt.jpg, has been listed at Wikipedia:Files for deletion. Please see the discussion to see why this is (you may have to search for the title of the image to find its entry), if you are interested in it not being deleted. Thank you. Magog the Ogre (talk) 00:19, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Re:German-Japanese relations[edit]

That's not really the way it works- I know that the pact is of great importance, and so warrants discussion, but for a non-free image to be justified, it needs to significantly increase reader understanding, which this one does not. The mere fact that something is discussed or of importance to the subject does not mean that a non-free image is justified- for instance, an author is clearly important in an article on one of his/her books, but there is no way that a non-free image of him or her would be justified on an article on the book. Enhancing "the overall appearance of the article" is simply not important- we do not employ non-free content to do that. J Milburn (talk) 11:50, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

If you're meaning you don't think it should be there, I completely agree- perhaps you'd like to remove it? J Milburn (talk) 18:34, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

German and Japanese spheres of influence at greatest extent World War II 1942[edit]

Hello Gliese876,

Regarding the file "German and Japanese spheres of influence at greatest extent World War II 1942" which you made, could you make some amendments to this map? Namely to include the Yenisei river demarcation line alongside the 70th meridian east? This division of Asia was proposed by the German OKW after they disliked the Japanese proposal which would have cut up a lot of traditionally united territories. It used the Yenisei river from the Arctic Ocean, the western border of Tannu-Tuva and China, the northern and western border of Afghanistan, and the border between Iran and India (modern-day Pakistan).

You might also want to take a look at this map, which uses updated WWII borders (as they existed in 1941).

And lastly, could you upload it in .svg or .png rather than .jpg?

Regards, --Morgan Hauser (talk) 18:57, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

Hey there, do you have any source for the Yenisei-demarcation line? --Gliese876 (talk) 21:02, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

I can refer you to Norman Rich's Hitler War Aims Vol. 1 p. 235 (which is also used for this article), and Gerhard Weinberg's Visions of Victory, which is largely available online. Take note of pages xxiv and 13.--Morgan Hauser (talk) 02:59, 9 December 2010 (UTC)

Hello Gliese876, did you receive my request?--Morgan Hauser (talk) 10:06, 25 December 2010 (UTC)

Yes, I did. Sorry for the delay, but I'm a little occupied right now. Won't be able to tend to that matter before 2nd week of January, but I will... after all ;)--Gliese876 (talk) 11:10, 25 December 2010 (UTC)

PS: There's another issue: I'm in need of a solid reference to Japan's northward-expansion doctrine. Although this is mentioned several times in various sources, I have not been able to find a real elaboration of that matter (except for fictional alternate history-works). The respective article on Hokushin was deleted altogether lacking solid sources... now we have a red link in German-Japanese relations... --Gliese876 (talk) 11:15, 25 December 2010 (UTC)

Apologies for the late response to the PS - forgot about you in the interim. Hmmm... odd. Maybe it's the inclusionist in me that's talking, but that article should have been fixed, not deleted outright. The German-Japanese sphere delimitations in Asia are a matter of recorded historical fact, as are the Imperial Japanese Navy's rivalry with the Imperial Japanese Army. And then there are also the 1939 Manchuria border clashes as an indication of military hostility towards Soviet-controlled/influenced parts of Northeast Asia.--Morgan Hauser (talk) 15:20, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

Yeah. There were theoretical plans for a go-north strategy ("Hokushin") against the USSR, which has then hoewever been dropped in favour of the go-south one ("Nanshin")... Nevertheless, I do not have any solid sources (only an alternate history-work including a small section "In reality": Peter Tsouras: "Rising Sun Victorious", Lionel Leventhal Limited 2001, ISBN 978-0-345-49016-2) verifying that... --Gliese876 (talk) 16:28, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

If you were still going to do it btw, the file is also currently being used at Axis powers, German-Japanese relations, and Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.--Morgan Hauser (talk) 00:21, 6 March 2011 (UTC)

Flood of tiny edits[edit]

Hello. In the article History of Germany you accumulated two times five small edits in a row, sometimes twice in the same section. This kind of behaviour is very unnecessary. I currently can't find a rule which says that this would be a direct violation to Wikipedia:Policies_and_guidelines. Nevertheless, it's inappropriate to boost the edit count by doing this. --Aetas volat. (talk) 10:50, 24 April 2011 (UTC)

Hey there. You probably cannot find the respective rule, since it does not exist ;) I merely scan over the articles, finding bits and pieces, which I then improve or change. In most cases I do not "plan" my edits before I make them. Especially when I am just in the process of reordering articles and/or their illustration, which may turn out a rather lengthy task in the case of huge pages like "History of Germany". Just have a look at my other contributions, e.g. German-Japanese relations. I'd say you'll notice a similar behaviour, but the final outcome is acceptable nonetheless (I've brought the article from a near stub to a "good" one). Everybody has his own way of contributing. I realize that a flood of tiny edits might get annoying to some other users, though, and I'll try to limit that ;) --Gliese876 (talk) 11:08, 24 April 2011 (UTC)

History of Germany[edit]

Hi Gliese876 -- Thank you for adding the picture to the Nazi Germany section of that article. I have simply noticed that the previous picture was inappropriate, but was not in the mood to search for a replacement. I commented it out in order to give others the opportunity to see what kind of picture had been in the article before (i.e. that it showed the territory under German control, not some other content like portraits etc.).  Cs32en Talk to me  23:25, 12 May 2011 (UTC)


In 2008 you uploaded to Wiki Commons a map of Earth during the Jurrasic Period made by Ron Blakey from the Colorado Plateau Geosystems website. I talked with Ron Blakey and he's upset that people are exploiting his maps commercially. I don't think you informed him that Wiki Commons' CCA license permits commercial use (provided that credit is given). You should have uploaded this map to Wikipedia, which supports more restricted licenses.Kurzon (talk) 16:27, 25 October 2012 (UTC)

I see. Should the pictures be moved then? Even if some "damage" has already been done, it's better than nothing. I cannot recall every detail of my correspondence with Ron Blakey in 2008, but perhaps I haven't sufficiently informed him. Anyhow, he saw the license himself before giving his OK, so apparently he hasn't really read thru it himself :p Although it aches my heart making the maps unavailable for the German and the other Wikipedias, we should have them moved to the English one, if that is in Ron Blakey's interest. --Gliese876 (talk) 11:05, 26 October 2012 (UTC)
Do not worry, I have uploaded the maps to Wikipedia, with the explicit statement that they are available only for non-commercial use:

File:Earth150Mya.jpg File:Earth430Mya.jpg File:Earth90Mya.jpg File:Earth300Mya.jpg File:Earth260Mya.jpg File:Earth220Mya.jpg File:Earth35Mya.jpg File:Earth500Mya.jpg

You can use these on the German Wikipedia, there is no problem now.Kurzon (talk) 14:47, 11 November 2012 (UTC)