User talk:Howard the Duck

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eurobasket ranking[edit]

There is a lot of 'action' on the rankings for eurobasket, and I was wondering how you felt about how it is presented. My problem with it is that the World Cup ranks 1 through 24 while editors seem to want eurobasket grouped. It is problematic because the rule book specifies games to be played to sort out positions 9 through 16, but that is not what is happening. The World Cup media guide specifies the ranking, which I sourced on the the eurobasket talk page, but I don't know with enough certainty whether it signifies FIBA rules, or one specific event's rules. The 2013 eurobasket groups eliminated teams, unlike the 2014 world cup, so I guess it might be best to wait and see.18abruce (talk) 13:36, 16 September 2015 (UTC)

I suggest to wait it out until the tournament ends. The FIBA archive usually has the rankings once it's over. FWIW, you can take a look at the 2013 rankings to guess how FIBA would rank this year's tournament. –HTD 16:45, 16 September 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for your contributions on international basketball! Stephreef (talk) 10:46, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! Nice to see the basketball Wikiproject now sorta active. That means more participation from everyone involved. –HTD 20:08, 10 October 2015 (UTC)

SVG map of Philippines provinces[edit]

Hi Howard the Duck I see you posted nice maps of the Philippines regions. Any chance you would have an svg version of the map, with provinces coded as class attributes? Here is an example of what I am looking for, but for the World: These type of SVG maps are supper easy to color based on CCS rules. Thanks for your time ! Themezek (talk) 18:06, 15 October 2015 (UTC)

There isn't any SVG map with provincial borders, but there's a map with municipal borders at File:PhlMapCit.svg. –HTD 18:14, 15 October 2015 (UTC)

Halloween cheer![edit]

Thanks! –HTD 18:09, 3 November 2015 (UTC)

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AFD help[edit]

Hello dear user:Howard the Duck;
I have nominated some player pages for deletion because of notability lack, following the discussion you'd had in volleyball wiki project about notability. I would be thankful if you contribute. Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Rasoul Najafi . Tomcat313 (talk) 13:20, 13 March 2016 (UTC)

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Cambodian map[edit]

Hello, I noticed that you create blank map pictures. I was wondering if you can make one for Cambodia, based on this one? SovanDara 02:02, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

Philippine congressional elections 2016[edit]

Hi! I'm currently expanding regional articles for the Philippine House of Representatives elections. You seem very knowledgeable when it comes Philippine election-related topics so I want to ask for your opinion. Do you consider it a gain or a hold if an incumbent won but has a different party affiliation from 2013 elections? For example, an incumbent was Lakas in 2013 and changes to Liberal this year. So is it a gain or a hold for the Liberal? I also have another question. How do you determine the party leaders for House and Senate elections? Janbryan (talk) 17:06, 16 May 2016 (UTC)

In your example, it's a Liberal hold, as the incumbent ran under the Liberals in the election.
For party leaders, I usually look at who is the highest ranking leader in the House. There are also times when a party has an explicit nominee for the Speakership prior to the election, so I'd use that too. I'd also not use retiring or term-limited office-holders. –HTD 17:29, 16 May 2016 (UTC)
I have new questions. This is about the "seats before" entry in the infobox of Philippine House of Representatives elections, 2016. Is the "seats before" based on each party compositions during the election period? Because some incumbents who are reelectionists or running in different positions changed their party affiliations. Does the final House composition of the 16th Congress also based on each party compositions during the election period? Are both majority and minority blocs mostly based on the voting history for speakership election? Thanks for the help! Janbryan (talk) 01:31, 21 May 2016 (UTC)
This should be seats possessed by the party on Election Day. For example, incumbent representative from LP isn't running for Congress, and instead ran for governor. Incumbent governor from LP ran for vice governor for some reason. LP doesn't have a candidate for the House election. Incumbent rep. won the gubernatorial election, NPC won the district election, then the incumbent governor defeated the incumbent vice governor from NUP. Therefore the results are:
  • House election: NPC gain from LP
  • Gubernatorial election: LP hold
  • Vice gubernatorial election: LP gain from NUP
As for final composition, that's for the 17th Congress. The current standings don't change as they are static, its basis is from Election Day. For example, 60 LP congressmen switch to PDP-Laban. PDP-Laban would still have 2 seats both in the infobox and results table (take note: The stats from both of those should be identical!), but if someone's making a party standings table in the 17th Congress article, PDP-Laban will have 62 while LP has 56.
On blocs: The majority bloc denotes everyone who voted for the Speaker. The minority bloc is for voters of the runner-up. In the 16th Congress, there were 3 candidates, so the voters for the 3rd placed candidate are called the "Independent minority bloc", which is not to be confused with the "Independent bloc" who voted for no one or is expelled/removed himself from any of the said blocs. –HTD 18:11, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Merger discussion for Department of Information and Communications Technology (Philippines) [edit]


An article that you have been involved in editing— Department of Information and Communications Technology (Philippines) —has been proposed for merging with Commission on Information and Communications Technology (Philippines). If you are interested, please follow the (Discuss) link at the top of the article to participate in the merger discussion. Thank you. SkyHigher (talk) 03:45, 24 May 2016 (UTC)

Deprodded Vote counting in the Philippines[edit]

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Reference errors on 1 June[edit]

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