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Commons: Rocky Mountain National Park[edit]


I've added more subcategories to category Rocky Mountain National Park and wondered if any examples from the new subcategories should be added to the Rocky Mountain National Park page. What do you think?--CaroleHenson (talk) 18:19, 1 November 2016 (UTC)

I think enough cats have been added as "see also cat"s to Rocky Mountain National Park. Thanks! —hike395 (talk) 02:00, 2 November 2016 (UTC)
Ok, cool! Love the new formatting - pretty! I thought the {{c}} template was for commons. But I must have read the interlinking documentation wrong. Thanks for getting what I was talking about from the header!--CaroleHenson (talk) 21:16, 2 November 2016 (UTC)


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Thanks so much for fixing Template:HHS content! I was struggling to make it work. Jytdog (talk) 08:58, 19 November 2016 (UTC)

@Jytdog: Thanks for making the template and for the barnstar! Because you wanted to use just a url without a title, I fixed a longstanding bug in the core {{Include-USGov}} template. —hike395 (talk) 13:01, 19 November 2016 (UTC)

 :) thanks very much. i was actually trying to figure out how to make the template read the "title" field and you fixed that here. so happy. Jytdog (talk) 13:08, 19 November 2016 (UTC)

Infobox protected area[edit]

Please check this edit at Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. I have to go and right now I can't see why that caused a coord error. Strange. However, I can see why the convert has failed. Your regex should have set the field to area_sqmi rather than area_acre (and stripped out the convert), and I'm letting you know rather than trying to fix it in case you want to check the AWB settings. Johnuniq (talk) 05:18, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

@Johnuniq: Fixed Thanks for catching this and letting me know! —hike395 (talk) 14:13, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

Flower sorting[edit]

Hi, Hike395. Thanks for that! -- Rrburke (talk) 11:39, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

Hiking to M*A*S*H site[edit]

Taking the trail to the Mash site was very memorable. I do have to add pick early morning or early evening for your hike. Time restraints made us start this hike at 12:30pm. That day in 2016 presented temps at 100 degrees with the ground hotter than that. Picking the right time and month will make it more enjoyable. Pack along plenty of water. Light colored clothes and a good hat. This being if stuck in same situation I was. Hiker is correct on parts being very narrow. Depending on age, stamina and temperature,changes the degree of " easy " to talking to other people who turned back to the park. Totally unprepared as I was visiting my son i wore the clothes on my back. Jeans, wrong boots, dark shirt in 100 degree heat. The mash site has changed since Hikers article. The sign post only has a few boards left. The staked out site was tore up by someone. There is also a old jeep there but covered in graffiti. The small bldg does still have some pics left but it has definitely changed. This being said, I would do it all over again but bringing my proper gear. The feeling is awesome as you scan the area, picturing the helicopter coming in. If you like MASH and hiking don't pass it up. There were no signs leading the way. We did take the lower trail and not much shade. Groups of people sought out any shade they could find. Volunteers do patrol the trail in case you find yourself in trouble. Coming back to the park the trail has a steady incline at one point and once again every piece of shade was taken. One woman even attempted it with a baby stroller. She didn't make it far. I agree with Hiker as it being "easy" if done at the correct time of day and proper clothing. I'm 60 and the heat did start to get to me. Luckily though the creek provided relief. This hike was done in late May and already hot. If you have time check out the Sultan sea. Check sp. May be Sulton. It's not a hike but you can see remnants of a once thriving park, boat launch, all sorts of buildings with only foundations left. The lake devastated by pollution and algae blooms shows very little life. You don't walk on sand but old fish bones instead. One little store with a few food items and rusted old trailers is all that is left. The beach area measured 110 degrees. So once again dress properly. This area is desert. Robcr11 (talk) 19:56, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

@Robcr11: Not sure what this is about, but I'm glad you enjoyed your hike to the MASH site. This is at Malibu Creek State Park, right? —hike395 (talk) 02:17, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

dont give up[edit]

There are MOS harassers, wikilawyers and others who really give a sense that it is a brick wall or Vogons that you are speaking to/with - they are a daily presence, and some more belligerent, and some are even admins, unfortunately. Better to wait for a while, and try again - never give up - in the end, good sense does prevail - although it might not seem that way at this stage JarrahTree 01:50, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

@JarrahTree: thank you for your kind words, they certainly cheer me up. I would not classify the editors at WT:WikiProject Geology as MOS harassers, wikilawyers, or Vogons -- they just didn't believe in my arguments or data. No poetry appreciation chairs were used in the debate. :-) —hike395 (talk) 02:09, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

Template causing errors[edit]

Your recent edit at {{Infobox cave}} may have broken the template. See articles with script errors. I would have reverted your edit to limit the damage but your contribs suggest you are working on other things so it might be better for you to examine the situation. Johnuniq (talk) 06:53, 11 March 2017 (UTC)

Hmm, I clicked that link for a second time and the number of broken articles had doubled. That caused me to check it was that edit, so I did revert it. Try the preview function when editing the template to verify. Johnuniq (talk) 06:57, 11 March 2017 (UTC)
@Johnuniq: I experimented with the edit in the sandbox to check against the test cases, but it looks like the test coverage was not good enough. Thanks for catching this. —hike395 (talk) 06:59, 11 March 2017 (UTC)
Stuff happens, happy editing! Johnuniq (talk) 07:01, 11 March 2017 (UTC)
@Johnuniq: Should be fixed now. Let me know if some other disaster crops up :-/ —hike395 (talk) 07:11, 11 March 2017 (UTC)


Hello Hike,
I left you a message on Commons:Template talk:VNIW.
Regards Liné1 (talk) 15:47, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

Chamerion anagallidifolium[edit]

Hi Hike395;

Do you remember why you relabeled Epilobium anagallidifolium to Chamerion anagallidifolium?[1] Jepson, WTU Herbarium and E-Flora BC all call it the former. Best wishes, Walter Siegmund (talk) 16:14, 3 August 2017 (UTC)

Hi, Walter! I did the edit because the Commons gallery is Chamerion anagallidifolium, and the wikidata item is also Chamerion anagallidifolium. If you'd like to do a global fix, please feel free -- I was trying to make things least inconsistent. —hike395 (talk) 22:03, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
I've added it to my "To Do" list. Thanks for your response. Best wishes, Walter Siegmund (talk) 15:48, 16 September 2017 (UTC)

Three Sisters FAC[edit]

Hi hike395, just wanted to give you a heads up that Three Sisters is at FAC. Let me know if you think the article is missing anything, especially in the geography/geology sections, since I want it to be as comprehensive as possible if it's to become an FA. Thanks, ceranthor 19:30, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

Token of gratitude[edit]

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Hike395 - thanks for your gracious help with getting Three Sisters (Oregon) to featured article status. Your extensive content addition, painstaking image searches, and research was invaluable to reaching this milestone, and I look forward to working together in the future! ceranthor 15:54, 8 December 2017 (UTC)
Thanks! It was fun --- the best part of editing WP is when several editors cooperate to make a high-quality article. —hike395 (talk) 22:09, 9 December 2017 (UTC)


hiking mountains

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Thank you for quality articles around the Geology of the Rocky Mountains and Lake Sammamish State Park, for improving and fixing templates, for welcoming and advising users, for your contributions from 2003 saying "the best part of editing WP is when several editors cooperate to make a high-quality article", such as The Three Sisters, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:39, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

Thank you, Gerda! —hike395 (talk) 14:07, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

That geologic time template...[edit]

Would it be possible to expand it to the lower ranked time units like Late Cretaceous and Maastrichtian? And could we include those color markers on the lower ranked units as well? Abyssal (talk) 16:44, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

@Abyssal: Here's my current thinking. For categories about eras and periods, we use {{Phanerozoic eon nav}} to allow readers to easily move sideways to other eras/periods. For categories about epochs, we use a period-specific navbox to allow readers to move to other epochs in the same period, or the previous/next preiod. We can update the period-specific navbox to use the new formatting.
There are three reasons to use this strategy:
  1. I don't think readers who are looking at (say) Mississippian animals will need (or want) to jump in one click to (way) Pleistocene animals.
  2. I can't easily automatically detect whether the period categories are even populated. There's a limit on the number of automated page existence tests you can run. So expanding the Phanerozoic navbox could be filled with red-links, which doesn't help our readers and in fact, goes against WP:NAVBOX.
  3. If you make these navboxes even bigger, then I predict the consensus will settle on deleting them entirely. I'm trying to find some middle ground which is acceptable to everyone.
Does this sound ok to you? I'm going through and cleaning up the era and period categories -- after that, I was going to go back to the epochs and substitute period-specific navboxes. —hike395 (talk) 17:02, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
Sounds good! Abyssal (talk) 17:04, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
The general cleanup is excellent - thanks for the awb work in the geology category main space - goodwork! JarrahTree 23:06, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
Once again - very impressed by your cleaning up the geology category space - thank you for your hard work - apologies if you find anything created by me, they (the category pages) look so much better JarrahTree 09:45, 18 January 2018 (UTC)
@JarrahTree: Thanks! I'm glad you like it -- it's a lot simpler now. —hike395 (talk) 18:57, 18 January 2018 (UTC)


Thanks for this; I'm still slowly working on it. I'll try to finish it up today or tomorrow and submit to GAN! ceranthor 18:59, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

Template:Infobox mountain[edit]

Upon what are you basing the assertion that the "template does not support etymology", when it does? The documentation was only updated to reflect the capacity of the existing template. An Errant Knight (talk) 01:49, 5 February 2018 (UTC)

@An Errant Knight: My mistake. When I searched the template, my "whole words" button was clicked, and it didn't find {{{etymology|}}}. Sorry for the mixup. —hike395 (talk) 02:14, 5 February 2018 (UTC)
@An Errant Knight: Where is it implemented in {{Infobox valley}}? I don't see it anywhere. —hike395 (talk) 02:16, 5 February 2018 (UTC)
Apologies, attempted to update the {{Infobox valley}} template, but decided not to do so at this time; and then forgot that the documentation was already updated in anticipation of the change (that wasn't made, yet). Thanks for catching that! An Errant Knight (talk) 02:45, 5 February 2018 (UTC)
@An Errant Knight: Ah, ok. No problem. I usually update the documentation after I edit a template (but then have the opposite problem when I forget to document new features!) —hike395 (talk) 02:48, 5 February 2018 (UTC)


You can revert Look2See1's edits if you want (for that reason I've just now given you rollback), or let me know and I can do it. Nyttend (talk) 11:38, 21 March 2018 (UTC)

@Nyttend: Thanks for the rollback right! I just undid the latest 250 edits of the sock, took me about 30 minutes. Looks like this will be about 4 hours of work (perhaps I'm doing it inefficiently -- I'm just rolling back using the User Contributions page). I can chip away at this --- if you want to step in and share the drudgery, feel free! —hike395 (talk) 14:04, 21 March 2018 (UTC)

Template barnstar[edit]

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A belated thanks for your creative and diligent work dealing with the navbox nuisance. This barnstar may seem paradoxical, but pruning is an important part of a healthy template ecosystem! RockMagnetist(talk) 15:53, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

@RockMagnetist: Thanks for the barnstar! —hike395 (talk) 02:15, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Upcoming changes to wikitext parsing[edit]


There will be some changes to the way wikitext is parsed during the next few weeks. It will affect all namespaces. You can see a list of pages that may display incorrectly at Special:LintErrors. Since most of the easy problems have already been solved at the English Wikipedia, I am specifically contacting tech-savvy editors such as yourself with this one-time message, in the hope that you will be able to investigate the remaining high-priority pages during the next month.

There are approximately 10,000 articles (and many more non-article pages) with high-priority errors. The most important ones are the articles with misnested tags and table problems. Some of these involve templates, such as infoboxes, or the way the template is used in the article. In some cases, the "error" is a minor, unimportant difference in the visual appearance. In other cases, the results are undesirable. You can see a before-and-after comparison of any article by adding ?action=parsermigration-edit to the end of a link, like this: (which shows a difference in how {{infobox ship}} is parsed).

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Thank you for all the good things you do for the English Wikipedia. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 21:18, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

Your feedback matters: Final reminder to take the global Wikimedia survey[edit]

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If you would be interested in getting this link to turn blue? — xaosflux Talk 13:30, 26 May 2018 (UTC)

@Xaosflux: Thanks for asking! Admins do a tough job of dealing with wiki-drama. I have enough tools (e.g., templateeditor) to keep me occupied. So I will decline your generous offer. —hike395 (talk) 15:57, 26 May 2018 (UTC)
No worries, I've been looking for some people to nominate lately and you sort of checked many of my boxes as someone would could be a positive on the technical aspects of administration, including with some of the more advanced File space maintenance that has less volunteers. While admins can do lots of extra things, they are not required to do any of them- for example you could never block someone or close an xfd and still be a net positive. If you change your mind or have any questions feel free to ping me, I'd be happy to nominate you even focusing only on a subset of actives you would want to focus on. It looks like it was 10+ years since someone asked you on your talk, maybe I'll poke you again in ten more! Happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 17:23, 26 May 2018 (UTC)