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Hello, Hydrargyrum/archive01, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are a few good links for newcomers:

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Hi, Hg!

I had many different sets, too, and I still have Märklin catalogues from the early 60s. Sure, they did good stuff! But: If you re-insert the comment, could you do it so that it doesn't sound POV, i.e. instead of better quality you could say of heavier gauge metal or something. A comment that sounds POV is so easily erased by others... just like I did, in response to another user's comment. Regards, --Janke | Talk 17:14:51, 2005-09-05 (UTC)


Thank you very much for pointing out that grammar mistake! --Kilo-Lima 19:33, 16 November 2005 (UTC)

Date links[edit]

Hello, thanks for your edits on the Drill bit page. However, you will note that I have unlinked many years, while linking the dates. The only reason for putting square brackets around dates is so that different people's date format preferences work. See: Wikipedia:Manual of Style (dates and numbers)#Date formatting for instructions. Like you, when I first started editing, I was putting square brackets around all years thinking it was the right way to do things until I ran across the page on date formatting. Cheers & keep up the good work. Luigizanasi 05:51, 19 November 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for the pointer. I thought linking the years, which I've seen on quite a few pages, was for categorization purposes. Now I'll have to go back to the dozens of pages I've edited to see if I did the same thing on them! --QuicksilverT @ 06:19, 19 November 2005 (UTC)
Add this string to Edit summary:
removed [[WP:MOSDATE#Date_formatting|date overlinking]]
which produces
removed date overlinking

East German research[edit]

Hi, I (sort of) answered your question on Talk:Prenatal hormones and sexual orientation. I can dig through my bibliography for more references if you want, or e-mail you pdfs if you're keen to write something up. Pete.Hurd 07:26, 1 December 2005 (UTC)

New category[edit]

Of possible interest, [[Category:Wikipedians who are pilots]]. Best regards, CHAIRBOY () 18:56, 15 December 2005 (UTC)

Cleanup - articles in need of attention[edit]

Hi! I'm going through the articles in need of attention page and removing any user pages I see and generally trying to clear up a bit!. I realise your attention tag was shown as a resource to others, but it is making your user page show up on the attention list. I hope you understand! Thanks KC. 18:20, 20 December 2005 (UTC)


I've reverted your changes to the grammar in the usage of the word Data on SHOUTcast only to clarify that it is okay to use it as a mass noun. This little nuance will make its usage on Wikipedia less cumbersome and more natural for native English speakers. I hope you'll agree.

Kind regards, CobaltBlueTony 17:30, 22 December 2005 (UTC)

I haven't reverted your change to the Prograph:Talk page, just want to point out that correcting the grammar of someone's comment on a talk page seems a bit excessive. (Especially since both usages are now commonly accepted, even if the plural is the more historically correct.) RJCraig 05:14, 25 December 2005 (UTC)

Wiki for Engineering[edit]

Engineering Wiki is a wiki entirely dedicated to collecting information about Engineering. The Engineering Wiki is in early development stages at the moment. We invite you to help devlope this wiki.

Your help[edit]

I'll be doing some watching of my own now that it's been drawn to my attention, but we'll have to keep an eye on user:beckjord on the unidentified flying object page. He is clearly incapable of NPOV, and someone will need to keep an eye on him. I'll do my best, hope you'll help. Duke nemmerle 19:37, 25 December 2005 (UTC)


Please stop making disambiguation pages for acronyms that have only a single meaning. This is really pointless and harmful. Disambiguation pages are for the case where two or more meanings of a word or title need to be disambiguated. I understand that you're trying to get the acronyms to appear in the "x letter acronyms" categories. The fact that you have to go to such a contortion to make this work may well be a good argument that these categories should not exist.--Srleffler 05:23, 27 December 2005 (UTC)

Maybe you have a better idea to fix the stuff that User:Gjs238 has been doing, adding [[Category:4-letter acronyms]] and [[Category:5-letter acronyms]] links to the bottom of numerous articles, such as Texas Instruments OMAP. It's been creating a mess at Category:4-letter acronyms and Category:5-letter acronyms. If you have a better way of handling it, tell me about it. QuicksilverT @ 05:30, 27 December 2005 (UTC)

I don't see the problem with putting the actual articles in the x-letter acronyms categories even though the names are not acronyms. I also don't have a problem with just skipping them altogether. I don't really see why we have these categories anyway. I'm not sure what value they add. The distinct disambiguation template for acronyms is kind of useful, since someone may come in looking for a word that is also an acronym for something else. That isn't an issue when the acronym has no other uses.--Srleffler 05:36, 27 December 2005 (UTC)


Hi Hydrargyrum - the reasons I changed it were that I felt the wording was rather confusing, as it implied that polystyrene is/was made directly from Styrax resin, whereas it actually only contains a very small amount of styrene (if any at all - I'm finding even this very hard to verify; most references seem to suggest it may be from storax, the resin from Liquidambar species). I think this one needs more careful checking; do you have any detailed science references? - MPF 19:35, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

You may be correct. I'm unable to retrace my exact Google search that I used to assemble the history of polystyrene development, but searching the Web on "Eduard Simon" and "styrax" produced a hit on the German language Wikipedia [1] for the article on Styrol, wherein the species Liquidambar orientalis is specifically named as the source for the resin in Simon's experiments from 1835-1839. My English version of the history of polystyrene turns out be be eerily similar to the German version, now that I've had a chance to compare it. The German article also calls the resin of Liquidambar orientalis "styrax". Some Web articles I consulted (also in German), were unclear about distinguishing the resin "styrax" from the plant "styrax", implying they were one and the same. Other references [2] state that Styrax and Storax are different names for the same thing, creating even more confusion. With this new information I'm inclined to re-edit polystyrene and change the link from Styrax to Liquidambar orientalis. I just hope the author of the German Wikipedia article got it right. It does seem more reasonable to be extracting significant amounts of resin from a large tree than from a shrub, with the aim of developing a marketable product. -QuicksilverT @ 01:04, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

Image help[edit]

I uploaded a cleaned-up version of Image:Wildbluelogo.gif, replacing a 304x69 image with a 176x38 image. All I did was trim some white space and irrelevant pixels from the image, leaving the logo at the original scale. Now, when I view WildBlue, I see the old graphic resized to the dimensions of the new graphic. Utterly bizarre. I think it's a bug in the Wiki database software. Deleting the older file might fix the problem, but I need an administrator to do it for me. Please help. -QuicksilverT @ 11:25, 30 December 2005 (UTC)

Refresh your cache. (Ctrl+F5) :-) — Omegatron 14:45, 30 December 2005 (UTC)
I did flush the browser cache, multiple times. I even shut down the browser and restarted it, to no avail. Anyhow, it looks OK now, some six hours later. I guess the Wikipedia database just has these strange quirks. I've noticed an editing latency of hours with text-only edits on occasion. Thanks, anyway. -QuicksilverT @ 17:38, 30 December 2005 (UTC)


I was reverting the spam edits of this chap Mrhazelj (contrib) to 6 articles and somehow got ABC Family and Dish Network muddled up in the rush. Thanks for flagging my mistake to me and I will double check in the future, SqueakBox 02:19, 11 January 2006 (UTC)

Rifle research[edit]

Hi, I'm doing research for a novel, and I was wondering, since you contributed to the Henry Rifle article, if you know of resources available online or to you regarding breechloader availability in the period 1850-1860. Specifically, how likely would it be that a cowboy could own a breechloader rifle during this time period? (Likely suspects: M1819 Hall rifle, maybe?) Thanks in advance, Guapovia 14:53, 13 January 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, I kinda figured on the revolver, but wasn't really sure about rifles. Many thanks! Guapovia 17:04, 13 January 2006 (UTC)

By whatever name...[edit] are unquestionably a mercurial character. :) Wahkeenah 17:53, 19 January 2006 (UTC)

  • I was just about to ask if you have a mercurial personality. Looks like I beat myself to it. :) Wahkeenah 02:06, 16 December 2006 (UTC)

Memory leak[edit]

Just a note to let you know I left a comment regarding your last changes at Talk:Memory leak. If you want to respond, please do so there. – Doug Bell talkcontrib 08:54, 27 January 2006 (UTC)

TARGET 3001![edit]

Hello Hydrargyrum,

I have cleaned up the TARGET 3001! entry. Unfortunately I am not a native english speaker, but I did my very best. I am new to Wikipedia, and not that experienced like others. Is my work automatically recognized in respect to the the cleanup header? How can be made clear that an cleanup attempt already has been made?

Best regards, Bubbles5

Image copyright problem with Image:Frank Slide1.jpg[edit]

Thanks for uploading Image:Frank Slide1.jpg. However, the image may soon be deleted unless we can determine the copyright holder and copyright status. The Wikimedia Foundation is very careful about the images included in Wikipedia because of copyright law (see Wikipedia's Copyright policy).

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Copied from my talk page. --Sherool (talk) 21:53, 3 April 2006 (UTC)
There is no image copyright problem. The only problem is that Wikipedia doesn't have a Canadian version of the {{PD-USGov}} template used for U.S. Government images. If you had read and understood the text under Licensing, you would have seen that Natural Resources Canada has released this image into the public domain for non-commercial and educational use. I think that falls well within the scope of what we are doing here in Wikipedia. Please direct your energies toward creating new templates, not taking down images that fall within Wikipedia's use policies. —QuicksilverT @ 16:32, 3 April 2006 (UTC)
Hi, I'm afraid there is a reason we don't have a {{PD-USGov}} equivelent template for Canada. You see public domain basicaly means "without copyright", not merely free for non-commercial use. Furthermore Wikipedia actualy require images to allow commercial use to be considered compatable with our GFDL license regardles of the fact that the Wikipedia site itself is non-commercial, see {{noncommercial}} and a mail from Jimbo.
However on closer examination this particular image seems to be out of copyright in Canada due to old age (I'm asuming the photo was taken not too long after the slide, though an exact date of publication would have been good), and by extention is also PD in the US because it expiered prior to 1996 (these things can be horrebly complicated). I have upldated the tagging of the imaghe to reflect this, and sorry I missed it the first time around, I got distracted by the "non-commercial" restriction in the license text.
P.S. A copyright tag is required these days, if you find none that fit please double check that the image is usable, and use either {{PD-because|whatever}} or {{CopyrightedFreeUseProvided|whatever}} to enter the info in "canonal" form. Thanks. --Sherool (talk) 21:53, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

Why so few Wikipedians are engineers?[edit]

I am trying to understand why there are so few Wikipedians who are graduate engineers. Once I get a grasp on that, perhaps I may be able to formulate some ideas on how to attract more experienced engineers to become Wikipedians. It would be very helpful if you would respond to these a few questions:

  • Are you a university graduate engineer?
  • Please indicate in which of these engineering disciplines you obtained your degree:
    1. Aeronautical or aerospace engineering
    2. Bioengineer or biological engineering
    3. Chemical engineering
    4. Civil engineering
    5. Electrical engineering
    6. Environmental engineering
    7. Mechanical engineering
    8. Petroleum engineering
    9. Other
  • In what year did you obtain your degree?
  • What attracted you to participate in Wikipedia?

If you would rather not answer these questions on your Talk page, then you may respond on my User talk:mbeychok page. Or you may respond to me via Wikipedia's email which I have enabled on my User:mbeychok page.

If you would rather not respond at all, that's fine also. Regards, - mbeychok 04:28, 4 May 2006 (UTC)

Water conservation[edit]

I started Water conservation - have a look at it if you have time. --Singkong2005 02:06, 8 May 2006 (UTC)

Quantum Corporation[edit]

I saw your notes and additions on the Quantum article, but I also had a few questions (which I left on the talk page), and I also notice someone from a Maxtor Shrewsbury IP [3] has shown up and made some rather NPOV edits. Are there any public sources for any of this? -lee 23:50, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

Star Chamber[edit]

Hola! Can you provide a full citation for the "Blackstone" quote you mention on Talk:Star Chamber? Tkinias 06:43, 11 July 2006 (UTC)

Calling programmers[edit]

We need coders for the WikiProject Disambigation fixer. We need to make a program to make faster and easier the fixing of links. We will be happy if you could check the project. You can Help! --Neo139 09:01, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

Message from Eric to Hydrargyrum[edit]

Hi- Hope this is the right method to contact you for something unimportant. A note: Talk:LORAX (robot) Eric 17:44, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

Re: Travel(l)ing in the past -- Thanks! --Eric 12:59, 15 September 2006 (UTC)

Spanish War Ensign 1785-1931 deletion[edit]

It was, like a lot of other flags, tagged as speedy improper license (non-commerical use). See Wikipedia:Criteria for speedy deletion#Images/Media #3. CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 13:08, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

You are probably right and the correct place to put a request like that in would be Wikipedia:Village pump either the "Technical" or "Proposals" section. CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 19:31, 14 September 2006 (UTC)[edit]

Yeah, he's got a two month block now. He's been blocked repeatedly for deliberate misinformation related to movies- it, and three other of my blacklisted IPs (User: and User: I can't remember the last) are socks of User:Woodylogan. Basically, the user uses Georgia-based IPs to deliberately insert misinformation. He normally strikes family movies and changes things like the cast and voices, and then goes to the articles of the actors themselves and changes them accordingly as well. This person really needs a life. --Wafulz 05:13, 29 September 2006 (UTC)


It was not vandalism; the article in it's current state is nonsense. Looking over your edits, I don't believe you are the sort of mindless person that intentional adds crap to the project, so I suggest you remove the db-nonsense tag and replace it with an inuse tag, which would allow people to see that work was going on and tell us to leave it alone. - Blood red sandman 23:53, 30 September 2006 (UTC)

Argentine ant[edit]

Hi. Although Argentine ants probably nest in many places that happen have electrical currents nearby, I'm not so sure that they are attracted to electricity. As far as I know, there is nothing in the scientific literature about this. If you have a citation, I would love to know what it is. Argentine ants have been the focus of my research for about ten years now, and much of what is known about their behavior and genetics stems from the contributions of myself and my colleagues (you can find a summary my research and copies of my publications on my webpage: I noticed that you also removed what I had added about the Argentine ant's native and introduced ranges. Was this deletion inadvertent? JubJubBird 23:13, 1 October 2006 (UTC)

"Henri Sarolea translation cleanup needed[edit]

Hello Quicksilver Agreed, the translation needs a clean up. I'll have a go at it, but it won't be done in one shot because it will be time consuming. Peter Horn 23:17, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

de:Niklaus Riggenbach translation[edit]

Thanks, I have done some minor edits on it.

Now we need a translation for Carl Roman Abt

likewise various translations needed:

likewise various translations needed:

Peter Horn 03:02, 7 October 2006 (UTC)

de:Niklaus Riggenbach and other translations, additional note[edit]

What I mean is that where English articles do exist at all in Rack railway and Mountain railway for Austria, Germany and Switzerland (see above), they are mostly short and incomplete. Peter Horn 18:21, 7 October 2006 (UTC)

Henri Sarolea translation cleanup "finished"[edit]

I took a stab at it, someone else check my work. Peter Horn 22:46, 7 October 2006 (UTC)

More about translations[edit]

In the case of Austria, Germany and Switzerland someone removed my links to the German articles in those cases where the English aricles do not yet exist, see the revisions of "History" Rack railway. This was not done in the case of Mountain railway. The reaon I put these was to help translators easily link the two. Peter Horn 00:51, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

Translation from German (or in some cases from French) to English required (Rack railway)[edit]




Peter Horn 02:15, 10 October 2006 (UTC)


Hi Hydrargyrum!

Thanks for your edits to It (film). However, your recent edit here indicates (in the edit summary) you believe "It's" is the "possessive form" of "it". Actually, "it's" means "it is" or "it has"; it never means "belonging to it". Don't feel bad; I have fixed your grammar "corrections", and I do hundreds of these corrections every week. You can learn more about the correct use of the apostrophe here. Take care and happy editing! :) Firsfron of Ronchester 02:02, 14 October 2006 (UTC)

NY, NY[edit]

You wrote:

  • Support. All other city/town entries in Wikipedia are in the City, State format. New York City is inconsistent and "breaks" searches. New York City should be a redirect entry to "New York, New York". —QuicksilverHydrargyrum @ 03:59, 31 October 2006 (UTC)

This a confusing comment for a couple reasons.

  1. "New York, New York" as a postal address, refers to Manhattan, not the five-fold whole of New York City. If we were going to go that route, we would move Manhattan to New York, New York and Brooklyn to Brooklyn, New York, and so on. Probably not going to happen, but the idea has some basis in principle (consistency).
  2. You said "Support", but your comments do not appear to support having a (mostly non-geographical) disambiguation page at New York, New York (instead of a redirect), which is the change that User:Georgia_guy proposed.

You might want to re-examine the context and make sure you said what you meant to. — CharlotteWebb 18:02, 31 October 2006 (UTC)

Art Arfons[edit]

Regarding the Art Arfons page. Thank you for correcting my grammar. It reads better now. Jameywiki 23:10, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

Re: NFPA 704 template[edit]

That's because you don't put a number in the "other hazards" field. It's either "W" (reactive to water) or "OX" (oxidizes rapidly). -- Denelson83 22:01, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

That's correct. "OX" would not fit in the white section if its font size was "large". -- Denelson83 22:09, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Your edits on Polar Bear[edit]

An edit summary is important if you delete any text; otherwise, people may think you're being sneaky. Also, mentioning one change but not another one can be misleading to someone who finds the other one more important; add "and misc." to cover the other change(s). Thanks! Xiner (talk, email) 18:18, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

I agree with you that most of the date links in the article were unnecessary. I just think that 1774 is an early date in terms of biology, and people may be interested in what was happening in the world then. In any case, it's a minor issue that I won't fight over.
About the scientists' views, if you could take a look at the talk page, including the archive, you'll see that we've had a lot of discussion recently about exactly that issue, and most editors on the page have agreed to that statement, which carries multiple citations. The section on Size and weight has more references. In fact, a major argument erupted over whether the sentence was too soft. Xiner (talk, email) 19:14, 12 February 2007 (UTC)


Hello – Based on your significant contribution to one or more San Francisco Bay Area-related articles and/or stated interests on your homepage, I thought you might be interested in this project:


You have been invited to join the WikiProject San Francisco Bay Area, a collaborative effort focused on improving Wikipedia's coverage of the Bay Area. If you'd like to join, just add your name to the member list. Thanks for reading!

Peter G Werner 05:31, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

Triple Falls[edit]

As I stated on my User Talk Page: I did not hijack that article. The standards set down by the [Waterfalls WikiProject] state, and I quote: "Due to the fact that there are countless waterfalls in the world with the same name, the following method of disambiguation is proposed: The most important waterfall can stay at the undisambiguated title, lesser known ones add a qualifier." Based on that standard, the constantly-flowing Triple Falls of NC far exceeds this standard when compared to Triple Falls of California, which by its own article's admission is "seasonal". I was simply going with the proposed standard. If you have a problem with it, I'd suggest you take it up with them. 5minutes 14:58, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

Father Damien[edit]

You asked me why I added the word "reversed" to the death image of Father Damien. I'm sorry I took a month to respond; I haven't logged in for a while.

In the image in question, the body of Fr. Damien clearly is wearing a maniple on his right arm, when it was properly worn only and always on the left. Such was my reason for declaring the image reversed. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Cj watson (talkcontribs) 04:41, 8 March 2007 (UTC).


Minor Barnstar.png The Minor Barnstar
For a plethora of useful and welcome minor edits. Herostratus 04:54, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

Big Beat Battalion[edit]

Please take a minute to review an article for deletion going on currently with an entry you have editied in the past. It is the Big Beat Battalion entry. If you enjoy this entry and feel it should stay on wikipedia, or if you feel it's gotta go, please weigh in on the vote page. Thank you - Hackajar 21:33, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker obit[edit]

Hydrargyrum/Quicksilver, I didn't say that ALL Nazis were German, and I certainly didn't say that all Germans were Nazis. However, the article I read online informed me that Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker worked for the Nazi Party as a nuclear researcher. Now, I am not a historian, but it seems to me that if you worked for the Nazis, and they paid you, and you took the money, that made you one of them. I am glad Herr von Weizsäcker later recanted his work for the Nazis, but let's face it, he did, in fact, work for them at one time.

Thanks for updating King-Harbor[edit]

I saw you added the most recent info [to Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital] as it was developing, thanks so much for helping out. Since you added the information, the LA Times had changed the link to reflect a longer article they used in today's print edition (many papers do that), so I went ahead and tweaked it a bit and added new info. I'm out here in Minneapolis so I usually track the LA Times in the morning (most of the time), I'm glad you made sure this very key piece of info got in as I might have ended up missing it today. Thanks again --moments like these make me glad this is a collaborative project. --Bobak 16:22, 11 August 2007 (UTC)

Dawn's ion engines[edit]

Deep Space 1 may have been a technology demonstrator, but it also did a successful flyby of a comet, so it was also partly an exploratory mission. I wouldn't object to reinserting the factoid if it were qualified so that it does not seem to deny that Deep Space 1 happened. Cardamon 04:38, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

RE: The Rockford Files Copy Edit[edit]

THANKS~!WikiDon 00:48, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

LORD Corporation[edit]

A tag has been placed on LORD Corporation, requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under the criteria for speedy deletion, because the article seems to be blatant advertising which only promotes a company, product, group, service or person and would need to be fundamentally rewritten in order to become an encyclopedia article. Please read the general criteria for speedy deletion, particularly item 11, as well as the guidelines on spam.

If you can indicate why the subject of this article is not blatant advertising, you may contest the tagging. To do this, please add {{hangon}} on the top of the article and leave a note on the article's talk page explaining your position. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag yourself, but don't hesitate to add information to the article that would help make it encyclopedic, as well as adding any citations from reliable sources to ensure that the article will be verifiable. Feel free to leave a note on my talk page if you have any questions about this. Cap'n Walker 19:57, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

  • Your accusations of vandalism are, to say the least, cheap. I tagged the article based upon its content, which appears to me to be nothing more than spam. No assertion of notability was even attempted. As a wikipedian, I have the right to nominate an article I believe inappropriate. You have the right to contest it. Grow up. Cap'n Walker 20:14, 30 October 2007 (UTC)
  • Maybe you should read my contributions a little more thoroughly, jackass. Stop crying about a speedy tag and be a man for once in your life. Cap'n Walker 20:31, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:BrandDOA.JPG[edit]

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Orphaned non-free media (Image:Netscape-logo-icon.png)[edit]

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BetacommandBot, I think you need a tune-up. The image in question is styled after a product logo, but it is not the actual product logo. Furthermore, it isn't orphaned; as of now it is used on 57 different pages. I've examined your claims and find them to be sheer nonsense and totally without merit. —QuicksilverT @ 23:05, 15 December 2007 (UTC)

Better source request for Image:Kachina_small_01.png[edit]

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Happy First Day of Spring![edit]

Fair use rationale for Image:Alien Technology logo small.png[edit]

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John H. Reese[edit]

Well, how is it that you would know the year of his first marriage? Very interesting. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Serulean (talkcontribs) 02:12, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

Steve Fossett date links[edit]

Re the date links, although the automatic formatting continues to work, such linking has been deprecated:

"The use of full date formatting is now deprecated. This refers to the system by which a date containing day, month, and year (25 March 2004) or day and month (February 10) permits Wikipedians who are logged in and have selected to see the format they have pre-set in their preferences."
"Dates (years, months, day and month, full dates) should not be linked, unless there is a particular reason to do so."

--Danorton (talk) 07:10, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

Scuba set[edit]

First, you've done a great job in copy-editing Scuba set and I'd love to have your help on a mountain of scuba-related articles that need clean-up, but I know I'll have to get in the queue, as copy-editors are a rare bunch!

This is just a minor point and I really don't want you to think your work isn't appreciated, but may I ask why you prefer the " — " construction for a list, rather than the ": " construction (e.g. "...according to the diver's orientation in the water: head-up, head-down, level" in this section? WP:DASH says "Em dashes (—) indicate interruption. They are used in two roles ... Em dashes should not be spaced." and WP:MOS#Colons says "A colon (:) informs the reader that what comes after it proves, explains, or modifies what has come before, or is a list alluded to before." - which seems to me that the colon construction would be preferred in this case? Anyway, I'm not an experienced editor, so I thought I'd better ask, rather than just reverting changes. Thanks again --RexxS (talk) 20:17, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

Please stop editing for 3-4 days[edit]

Please stop editing for 3-4 days while damage control teams can be formed. You inserted wrong information about Steve Fossett. I don't accuse you of vandalism but your work needs to be checked. Please don't edit and create more work for us. After 3-4 days, you may resume editing. This is being discussed on ANI. Whatever the result of the ANI discussion, please take a wikibreak. Fossett&Elvis (talk) 20:07, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

Your offending edit is from February 2008. The wrong information has been in place for months. This is why a review of your work is needed. Nobody is calling you a vandal but insertion of misinformation is potentially the worst kind of vandalism because it destroys the trust of Wikipedia. By voluntarily not editing for a few days, others can assess your edits.

You have to admit that implying that Fossett was a Board of Trustee member in his teens is not right. Why not just take a break and don't edit. Editing now just creates more work for us to check. Fossett&Elvis (talk) 20:19, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

Note to self: Fossett&Elvis took this issue up at WP:ANI and only succeeded in getting him/herself suspended for 72 hours while attempting to get me suspended. The argument boiled down to the use of "has been" vs. "was" in a sentence. Since Steve Fossett was declared legally dead, it is entirely justified to couch all events in his life in the past tense. The attack on me was, essentially, over a non-issue. Strange. 23:30, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

Non-breaking spaces and the em dash[edit]

Hi there; thanks for your edits to Changeling earlier. But I just thought I'd let you know, as I noticed a similar edit of yours to another of my watchlisted articles, that as per WP:DASH, there shouldn't be a space before or after em dashes when they're used for an interruption. All the best, Steve TC 20:38, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

Fair enough! I know there are lots of Wikipedia MOS recommendations that conflict with other real world formats, and this sounds like one of them. Your reasoning sounds convincing, though no doubt I'd get an equally convincing reason not to use the space if I were to bring it up at the MOS talk page. I prefer to stay out of the MOS wars myself, so I'll leave well alone either way. All the best, Steve TC 22:15, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

Possibly unfree File:N grn blk icon.png[edit]

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Possibly unfree File:Stopwatch3.jpg[edit]

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I notice you made a change from aviator to aviatrix at Nancy Bird Walton, a change I agree with. It has since been reverted and there is a discussion about it at Talk:Deaths in 2009. The discussion has got rather heated, but I'm calming down... maybe you'd like to take part? Bretonbanquet (talk) 20:05, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

I agree with you completely - I just wish I'd employed that point of view this morning before it all kicked off. You live and learn! All the best, Bretonbanquet (talk) 22:47, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the head up on infectious obesity[edit]

Here is the study it is based upon. van Ginneken V, Sitnyakowsky L, Jeffery JE (2009). ""Infectobesity: viral infections (especially with human adenovirus-36: Ad-36) may be a cause of obesity". Med. Hypotheses. doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2008.11.034. PMID 19138827. Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)

I agree it is still too early to include this hypothesis. This article was published in Medical Hypotheses which says that the " purpose of Medical Hypotheses is to publish interesting theoretical papers. The journal will consider radical, speculative and non-mainstream scientific ideas provided they are coherently expressed."

People always seem to be looking for an outside cause that is beyond there control to blame there problems on. It is either genetics or their parent or now a viral illness. Lack of exercise and eating the fabulous food we are surrounded with is just not sexy enough I guess. Cheers

Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:05, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

En dash[edit]

Official policy is to use en dash where it is the correction punctuation, as in connecting two names. Dicklyon (talk) 23:26, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

Date delinking en masse is currently temporarily forbidden[edit]

Stop See WP:Requests for arbitration/Date delinking#Temporary injunction.

Your behaviour currently trespasses that injunction, showing a few dozen delinkings of that type a day in your contributions list.

Just so you're warned. Continuing the behaviour will prolly be taken to WP:AE. --Francis Schonken (talk) 16:06, 21 March 2009 (UTC)

Actually, he's correct, although the tone could have been better. I've been blocked for doing far less than you have. Don't add the links back, just don't delink for now. Thanks for your understanding. Dabomb87 (talk) 02:48, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

Do not Americanise[edit]

Please observe Wikipedia conventions and do not randomly change British to American spelling, especially on article like Bar-headed Goose which have no connection with the US. Also, if you are "correcting" spelling, best to avoid Vermontt (sic) jimfbleak (talk) 06:36, 30 April 2009 (UTC)

  • The wikipedia hemoglobin article was written initially in American English, and subsequent editors have observed the convention and left it as that.
  • "hæmoglobin" (LOL) I assume you are using a dictionary from 1850. The "correct" spelling is that in current usage; all my (late 20th and early 21st century) British English dictionaries have "haemoglobin"
  • British English is not only spoken in the UK. Millions of Indians use it, and India is in the wintering range of the goose. In any case, the non-occurrence in the UK is irrelevant. You should not change the spelling unless it is something primarily and specifically American, clearly not the case here. Please read this policy.
jimfbleak (talk) 17:13, 30 April 2009 (UTC)
I've just read the comments above mine - explains a lot jimfbleak (talk) 17:16, 30 April 2009 (UTC)

Garage door opener[edit]

b.s. - there's no requirement for a "red" handle and a "red" rope

You should check references before you make statements like this. UL325 requires the manual release handle to be red - see - since UL doesn't make their standards web accessible, I can't link to the UL standard directly. 15 USC 2056 makes UL standard 325 a legal requirement for doors manufactured for sale in the US - see

The original text was pretty poorly written, but I think that the requirement that the handle be red is relevant and belongs in the text. I haven't come up with a good way to word it, though. CruiserBob (talk) 12:47, 11 June 2009 (UTC)

The quick-release was written into the law to allow manual operation of the door in the event that other safety features fail and someone is trapped under the door. If I were codifying a requirement that was intended to be useful during a power outage, it would be a battery powered light that comes on in the event of a power failure to the outlet that the opener is plugged into, and require that the light shine along the track so that you can see the release handle. CruiserBob (talk) 02:27, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

Misuse of rvv, minor edits[edit]

Re this edit. Don't use "rvv" when reverting edits that aren't obvious vandalism (see the last paragraph of Wikipedia:Vandalism#How not to respond to vandalism). Don't tag non-minor edits as minor. And please familiarize yourself with WP:MOSDAB#Linking to a primary topic, as mentioned in the comment of the version you reverted. -- JHunterJ (talk) 12:46, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

VoIP article[edit]

Just a quick heads up, I reverted your edit here. I am assuming you made a mistake of some sort, and you may need to double check.  Nuβiατεch Talk/contrib 17:07, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

I was using an external editor, and it looks like when I pasted the edited text back into Wikipedia, somehow two copies got pasted end-to-end. Thanks for catching it. I'll need to review the edits I made and see if I can reconstruct what I intended to do.—QuicksilverT @ 19:09, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Note to self: I split the article source in two, saved each as a separate edit in the Wikipedia Sandbox, then compared the two Sandbox versions. Sorting out the changes was easy after that. 19:34, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

Morgan Hill resident?[edit]

Hello Hydrargyrum,
This is Natalie Everett from the Morgan Hill Times. I was just curious about who updates Morgan Hill's wikipedia page. Are you from Morgan Hill? Why do you update the MH page?
Natalie —Preceding unsigned comment added by Natalie212212 (talkcontribs) 00:47, 28 July 2009 (UTC)