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Moon FAR[edit]

I swear, if you pull this off, I am giving you the biggest barnstar ever :) Serendipodous 10:09, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

 :D Iridia (talk) 10:40, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
You've been making steady progress on the article, so as far as I'm concerned, you can take all the time you need. After all, the goal of FAR is to improve the article, not to try to get it delisted. In that regard, I intend to start getting my hands dirty soon, and I apologize for not having done so earlier. --Cryptic C62 · Talk 16:53, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

Sounds like a plan. If I were you I'd probably create a subpage for your talk page to do your experimenting on, just for tidiness's sake. Serendipodous 05:40, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

I'm not sure I'll be able to find sources for the five remaining citation tags, plus the tidal section is still completely unreferenced. Serendipodous 18:42, 5 April 2010 (UTC)

I got two of them; two left in the Early studies section. Need to add a bit there about 20th C studies too. Tides to come. Iridia (talk) 12:59, 6 April 2010 (UTC)
Tides are done. I asked Jagged to go after one of the Early studies tags. (that was me) Iridia (talk) 09:33, 13 April 2010 (UTC)
All done, and the 20th C studies added as well. There's one citation tag left in Gravity and magnetism. I will improve the citations in the second para of Water, and Current era still needs a coherency overhaul. (done) Iridia (talk) 09:33, 13 April 2010 (UTC) Iridia (talk) 13:43, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

Well, I was going to wait until the FAR tag was removed, but I think you did it!

WMAP 2010.png The entire known universe
Because sometimes one star just isn't enough.

And also...

Here are some appropriate sweeteners for you! Serendipodous 17:55, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

Funerary art[edit]

Iridia – thanks for your comments re Pacific nations & funerary art. I'm trying to find enough info to put together a respectable section. To be honest, I don't know whether or not I can get it done before the FAC closes... but I am working on it. • Ling.Nut 08:23, 6 April 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for taking the time to add the material. I look forward to seeing it, whenever it appears. Iridia (talk) 22:47, 6 April 2010 (UTC)

What Jim McMahon did in 1985[edit]

  • I'm not at all happy with the lack of paragraph unity in the "early studies" section of moon, but it's 2 am here. G'night. • Ling.Nut 17:55, 20 April 2010 (UTC)
    • Sorry about FARC. Someone once posted about me, "I think <name redacted> has you pegged; you have no clue about how to go along with consensus." At the time, I was deeply hurt. Now I think it was an unintentional compliment. But still, sorry. • Ling.Nut 18:07, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

Ben Gascoigne etc[edit]

Thanks for those little improvements at the above article. I must take a look at the Moon FARC and see what I can do. Have been busy at a couple of other FARCs of late (Canada (now done); Australia; History of the ACT). Hoping to take Gascoigne to FAC soon. Was thinking about tackling Phobos for GA, but planetary science isn't my field, so i'm mostly working with other people's resources and info. Anyway, nice to meet you. hamiltonstone (talk) 02:05, 12 May 2010 (UTC)

Nice of you to stop by! I'd like to see it at FA: there's a lot of people in the community who are saddened by his passing, and he deserves a good biography. I can upload a photo of the SSO 40": wonder if I can find a photo of a corrector plate...
Just say if you'd like a hand with Phobos; I don't work in asteroids myself, but I would be happy to do a whip-round on ADS and pull out some papers. Iridia (talk) 02:17, 12 May 2010 (UTC)
You are doing a fabulous job improving the article, and I'm very grateful for the images and for the idea of the feature quotes, which are marvellous. hamiltonstone (talk) 06:28, 27 May 2010 (UTC)
Thanks! I thought the quotes might help to address bodnotbod's impression that there wasn't enough sense of Gascoigne's personality. As far as coverage goes, I have noticed one or two spots from reading the AAS interview: it should be mentioned how in Woolley's era they had to build/refurbish their telescopes "from the ground up"; he wasn't just able to walk over and start using the 30". (done) Also, there should be a mention of the 74" arriving at Stromlo, and Gascoigne using it for research on clusters, since that was his other big research field: understanding clusters was a Big Thing. (done) Iridia (talk) 06:45, 27 May 2010 (UTC)

Your preferences[edit]

Hi iridia - thanks for help at ben Gascoigne. Just a note re what looks to be how you have your editing preferences set up - your edits appear to be defaulting to showing as minor edits, but they generally aren't the sort of thing I would tag as "minor". Cheers, hamiltonstone (talk) 07:19, 17 May 2010 (UTC)

Cheers - article is looking nice. Yes, I do have the auto-tickybox set up: I figure anything smaller than a paragraph of text addition, paragraph restructuring, or similar is "minor", since it can be seen on the mouse-over diff box. Iridia (talk) 07:52, 17 May 2010 (UTC)

Just a short note to apologise if you thought I was being rude about your photo at Ben Gascoigne. I do see you reasoning for the photo. I guess I just thought a photo of Mt Stromlo would be appropriate. Thanks for your help on the article. Cheers Gillyweed (talk) 11:06, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

No, wasn't worried in the slightest, but thanks for coming and checking. Thank you also for looking over the article. Iridia (talk) 12:13, 3 June 2010 (UTC)

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Outstanding effort[edit]

Magellanic Clouds ― Irregular Dwarf Galaxies.jpg The Local Group Barnstar
For your assistance at Ben Gascoigne's FAC, here are two of his favourite things: the Magellanic Clouds.
Thank you for your help. hamiltonstone (talk) 00:10, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

90377 Sedna[edit]

Hi there, good to see you about. Looks like Serendipodous has done some good work since your comment at the FAC re comprehensiveness of literature survey. I've supported, unless you still think its not adequate. Check it out if you have a moment. cheers, hamiltonstone (talk) 01:01, 11 August 2010 (UTC)

Thanks hamiltonstone; I'm working my way through the article bit by bit, but am very busy in RL at the moment. Will try and finish it off today. Iridia (talk) 00:34, 17 August 2010 (UTC)
The FAC was closed, but if you still have issues to discuss we can move it to the article talk page. Serendipodous 11:28, 18 August 2010 (UTC)
That closed awfully fast. I'm puzzled: I was still providing comments at the rate of a few per day, I hadn't even yet reviewed the origin and population sections, which are the most complex, and the review had only been open two weeks. Rather frustrating. Iridia (talk) 13:38, 18 August 2010 (UTC)
Can't speak for SandyGeorgia but I don't think the "drip feed" method of review is usual for FACs; usually issues are presented in a single list and resolved all at once. FACs are quite speedy affairs; I've undergone ~25 so far and none has lasted more than 2 weeks. We can keep going on the talk page if you want. There's always more to do; heck, Solar System was promoted 3 years ago and I still make substantial changes to it. Serendipodous 14:55, 18 August 2010 (UTC)
Yes, just move your comments to the Sedna talk page. I agree I am still need to fully read the newer reference on how many Sedna's there may be. After all, it is somewhat hard to generalize a known population of 1. -- Kheider (talk) 16:51, 18 August 2010 (UTC)
Ok; cheers people. I'll see what I can do. Thanks! Iridia (talk) 02:13, 19 August 2010 (UTC)

You still want to take on Sedna? :) I've moved the unresolved comments to the Sedna talk page. Serendipodous 09:19, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

I'll get there, promise... ;) Iridia (talk) 01:30, 26 August 2010 (UTC)


Yu messaged me just as I was putting it on the page :) ResMar 01:57, 26 August 2010 (UTC)

Oh good. Will start on the rest of the article then ;) Iridia (talk) 01:58, 26 August 2010 (UTC)
Awesome :) ResMar 02:12, 26 August 2010 (UTC)
Done. That should be enough to be going on with for now. Iridia (talk) 06:17, 26 August 2010 (UTC)

Peer review[edit]

  • No full geological map in the Geology section? Strange.
I've looked thouraly, however I cannot find any appropriate ones. Perhaps you may have better luck? ResMar 16:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
I can have a poke around on the USGS sites. Don't normally need US maps though so it will be a bit unfamiliar. Who here is good to ask about the copyright on these? Iridia (talk) 04:11, 31 August 2010 (UTC)
How about User:Fifelfoo? He really boned me on some of my other works before. ResMar 03:03, 1 September 2010 (UTC)
  • Geology: Structure needs major alteration. Detailed descriptions of the physical features of the volcano should surely be integrated as part of a coherent history: there's a good amount of material, but it's not arranged to present a geological history of the volcano.
Merged. It might need a little bit of work to smooth it out though. ResMar 16:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
I'll take a look. Iridia (talk) 04:11, 31 August 2010 (UTC)
I'd also quite like to see at least some of the sources that are listed in Further reading brought into the main referencing: some of those are good refs for this section. The online ones could be integrated most easily. Iridia (talk) 04:11, 31 August 2010 (UTC)
I could in theory, but there aren't any coverage gaps in the article as it stands, and I overall don't like using locked journal articles when there are open PDFs available. Check out the 2009 Managment plan papers. I found that and I was absolutely giddy, it has everything. No offense, but an article with a bulk of closed content references is no better then the same without them, just harder to backcheck for the less priveleged :) ResMar 03:00, 1 September 2010 (UTC)
"No coverage gaps" and "thorough literature review" are two slightly different things, and only one provides both comprehensive and well-researched coverage of the topic - which is, after all, that pesky FA 1b+1c requirement. I can understand your preference for wanting to use single-click verifiability, but it doesn't always provide real comprehensiveness. And one of the great things about WP articles is that they can bring information from less accessible books/articles into the public purview, thus counteracting the implicit privilege of research library access... /end philosophical musing :) Iridia (talk) 04:28, 1 September 2010 (UTC)
But the article is already written, and unless there's a notable coverage gap somewhere that isn't covered by the managment papers, there's hardly a reason to add it in. Want to know a secret? It's a completely random thing, me being so heavily involved in volcanism. When I first came onto Wikipedia, I was more interested in WP:MILHIST. But I was told off there that the online sources I was attempting to incorparate weren't accurate enough; as in, text resources = #1. I didn't have an extensive library of books and wasn't entirely interested in going to the library myself just for the purposes of article writing.
Then I found this, which led to this and ultimetly to this. The biggest beauty of writing volcanology is that the USGS and other sites have so much free stuff on their sites, and much of the rest of the literature is in journal articles that I can easily enough bother other people to obtain.
To make a long story short, not needing physical references is one of the things I love about writing in my field =) You might also be interested in my personal musings on the subject. FA has been painful to me, so far I've had 6 nominations and only 1 promotion; in fact nothing I've written has passed in a single bout for that matter! Regards, ResMar 02:49, 4 September 2010 (UTC)
  • Considerable repetition of statements such as 'the volcano will erupt again'. This should start with the origin of the volcano in the context of the other Big Island volcanics, and move towards the present, with a subsection for the glaciation. Future activity should have a more detailed explanation of the hazard assessment.
I did a fulltext search and that phrase was never mentioned in the article. The origin has been stated. The hazard assessment is fairly standard stuff... ResMar 16:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
Added a short line. ResMar 16:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
  • Natives, native Hawaiians, indigenous Hawaiians, Hawaiians...could this please be given a consistent usage throughout?
Fixed I guess. Trying to avoid word repetition. ResMar 16:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
  • Archaeology: the locations given should inform the content in History, not be separated out.
I've moved it into Modern history, as it fits better there imo. ResMar 16:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
I'll give you canoes and houses, but the rest are all fine. I've removed a few more, however. ResMar 16:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
  • Modern era: chronological flow. Should this be a summary-style of History of Big Island or some such? Just needs more continuity, it jumps around a bit.
Article doesn't exist. Hopefully a good copyeditor will smooth it out beyond my abilities, however I've got to handle all the comments first. ResMar 16:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
  • The controversy in Māmane-Naio forest paragraph 3 needs more citation for the language used than a single end-of-paragraph reference.
Added another one, how many do you need. ResMar 16:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
  • Summit observatory: rename just Observatory (they aren't elsewhere on the mountain, unlike the Volcanic Observatory across the way)
I think the "Summit" part clarifies its location. It's not a major issue but I like it better with Summit in the title. ResMar 16:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
  • "has a total light gathering power 60 times that of the Hubble Telescope" - that's rather an amusing way of wording it. Perhaps a discussion of the diversity of telescope types (by wavelength), and the presence of a large number of large-aperture telescopes, would be more useful.
Done. ResMar 16:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
  • With all the discussion of this many acres for telescopes, that many acres for reserve, the footprint actually occupied by telescopes should be mentioned.
That's in Ecology. ResMar 16:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
  • Also, why does imperial come before metric here, when it's the other way around for the altitude measurements?
Fixed. ResMar 03:00, 1 September 2010 (UTC)
  • There should also be mention of the future construction plans on the mountain (Pan-STARRS and TMT specifically), especially given its controversy.
Added. ResMar 16:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
  • I agree with the comments on the talk page: the balance in Recreational significance needs modifying. It's a dangerous location, and unsupervised visitors shouldn't go past HP. The HP article itself has about the right balance, and should be a Main article link for that section.
A majore ongoing concern. I understand the concern, but so far half my edits to the section has been cleaning up after others, see the talk page. At this point the section is brok-en. ResMar 16:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)
And I've rewritten the section. Hopefully that adresses balance concerns. ResMar 03:00, 1 September 2010 (UTC)

I have to question this edit. There are no notes and there is no bibliography, as only 2 books are cited inline, both once. Further reading is a seperate section. All you really did was create two null subsections...ResMar 16:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

I fully expect notes and hardcopy references to appear as this article gets cleaned up, tightened, and further cited. Doing cited notes can be quite fiddly to set up if editing in a subsection and that note structure isn't already there to add the note into. If that's sufficient explanation, I'll put it back. Iridia (talk) 04:11, 31 August 2010 (UTC)
Well you're out of luck. No such thing will happen. Perhaps you are used to writing on a different topic matter then I am, but there are no signifigant "hard copy" references and they will make no such appearence in the article. Much of what would be hard copy here consists of the free, PDF, online managment plan papers. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the referencing style as it stands, and there aren't any "preferentials." See Loihi Seamount for example. As for notes, there are none and I don't really expect to add any. Lastly, what areas need "references tightening up?" Overall, bad edit (also orphaned a ref). Reverted. ResMar 18:51, 31 August 2010 (UTC)
This is a well-studied volcano, with an extensive body of literature dating back decades. For example, there are major non-digital references in the further reading which appear significant. I have access to a library that could probably provide almost anything in this literature, if needed.
I am happy to leave the Notes section nonexistent until notes are created, then.
I didn't say "references tightening up". I will have a better idea of the prose & content changes that are required once I've had a chance to carefully go through the Geology section, which I will look at first, now that you have reordered it.
My two edits to create that change first added information that correctly cited the document, and then corrected the initial orphaning of the ref. Your blanket reversion removed correct information, regardless of whichever formatting styling is used.
Iridia (talk) 04:07, 1 September 2010 (UTC)
Just because they exist doesn't mean they should take presedence over equally reliable, open source content. I'm sure USGS and University of Hawaii Managment Plan writings, on which most of the article is based, are no less important or prevelent then closed access journal papers. The article is complete enough and expanding it to death with minor tidbits wouldn't be good form. There might still be something major missing, which is why I'm backchecking with people. As long as sources are reliable, MOS takes no preference in what they are, and changing the referencing style accounts to dozens of edits for very little reason. Loihi Seamount and Mauna Loa both have equally extensive bodies of literature (well, mor recent for Loihi), but they are not involved in the article proper. In short, because such things exists doesn't mean that they are required to be in the article text. ResMar 18:20, 1 September 2010 (UTC)
Sorry if I seem ticked off, I'm seathing with anger from a really obstinite argument at the Signpost. ResMar 19:30, 31 August 2010 (UTC)

So, how's the text review coming? I'm interested in what you think of it :) ResMar 02:35, 4 September 2010 (UTC)

Will do in the next few days. I'm a little worried at the moment by another geological hazard. Iridia (talk) 12:35, 4 September 2010 (UTC)

Article should mention kīpuka, particularly Kipuka Pu'u Huluhulu. Ecologically significant and little-covered in WP. Iridia (talk) 05:13, 6 September 2010 (UTC)

Isn't that more on the saddle then it is on Mauna Kea? ResMar 03:07, 10 September 2010 (UTC)
I think it is now sufficiently mentioned. And it's a Mauna Kea cinder cone... Iridia (talk) 04:28, 10 September 2010 (UTC)
Suggest this ref if needed: also has some Hamakua Coast stuff since it was mentioned that the section needed more on that. Iridia (talk) 04:41, 10 September 2010 (UTC)
Done. Good find! ResMar 17:51, 11 September 2010 (UTC)


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Hello, Iridia. You have new messages at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Menominee Tribe v. United States/archive1.
Message added 22:32, 10 September 2010 (UTC). You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.

I have tried to address all of you concerns and suggestions. Would you mind looking again? Please let me know if I need to address anything else, or if what I did needs to be tweaked. Regards, GregJackP Boomer! 22:32, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

DYK nomination of List of planetary features with Māori names[edit]

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of List of planetary features with Māori names at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and there still are some issues that may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! Yoninah (talk) 22:44, 11 September 2010 (UTC)

Holy crap, nice article. Maybe you can do List of planetary features with Hawaiian names next? :) ResMar 23:12, 11 September 2010 (UTC)
Glad you like it. I could be so convinced... Am also planning "...with Aboriginal names", since there's about 15-20 of those. Iridia (talk) 09:23, 12 September 2010 (UTC)

RE my talk page; oh, you mean the "Internet Explorer cannot display this webpage" page? :) ResMar 20:37, 12 September 2010 (UTC)

I'm not Awien; but the page left as a ref on your talk works just fine for me (Firefox)... Iridia (talk) 23:18, 12 September 2010 (UTC)
  • Hi Iridia. I gather that all's well now - I saw Bruce1ee's verified comment. I'm a bit of a DYK newbie - what's the current state of this? Can I expect to see "List of planetary features with Māori names" on the main page soon? (I need to declare an interest here - I'm a Kiwi ;-) TFOWR 13:21, 13 September 2010 (UTC)
It's been moved to the holding pen area, which means it should go on the main page in a few days' time. Iridia (talk) 23:41, 13 September 2010 (UTC)
Excellent! I'll keep my eyes peeled. Great article, by the way. TFOWR 09:49, 14 September 2010 (UTC)

Huia edit conflict[edit]

Dude, is it ok if you just hold fire for the next hour while I go through and fix up these refs? I just had an edit conflict. I think we're nearly there. Kotare (talk) 07:06, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

DYK for List of planetary features with Māori names[edit]

-- Cirt (talk) 18:04, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

Mauna Kea[edit]

Aloha. Please look back on your comments on the FAC. I heavily disagree with your issue with "non-text sources" of course: this is an encyclopedia article, not a book being written. In regards to summary style, I have never seen a volcano article written that way, and I've seen quite a few as you can imagine :) ResMar 22:32, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

I've found enough material regarding early history (however, we've messed up the links and have to retrieve them, now), how I can't find much on the Mauna Kea-Mauna Loa interactions. Can you email me anything you got/know of? Thanks, ResMar 02:16, 19 September 2010 (UTC)
Tisk, apparently not. Now the situation is reversed =) ResMar 16:29, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

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Mauna Kea[edit]

Can you check back at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Mauna Kea/archive1? Thanks, ResMar 20:53, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Certainly; I'll get there a little later today. Iridia (talk) 21:26, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Mauna f*ing Kea[edit]

I didn't realise what I was getting into... Anyway, I've done some legwork on the three outstanding issues you have raised at the FAC review. Can you check in there and, if you're happy with what I've done, strikethrough your concerns? I'm finding it difficult to navigate the FAC page and see clearly what still is to be done, so it'd be handy. Nice working with you again, by the way! hamiltonstone (talk) 02:25, 14 October 2010 (UTC)

*laughs* ...yes, this one's been entertaining. Comments struck where done. Good seeing you again too! The new gallery of Aboriginal art has just opened in the national gallery...wish they allowed photography, I could get a ton of illustrations. Iridia (talk) 02:57, 14 October 2010 (UTC)


Hi, could you add an inline citation for the quotation you introduced here? Quotes always need direct citations. Ucucha 00:23, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Sure, will do. Always tricky when it's an otherwise citation-free lead... Iridia (talk) 00:25, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
Thanks! Ucucha 00:52, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Site testing?[edit]

Hi Iridia. Thought I should drop by on the site testing issue. First, I didn't think Hurricane was looking for something like this. I really thought his issue was the WP article claiming it was one of the "best" (rather than having sources claim it), not that we didn't explain why it was "best". I thought both our responses were sufficient, though I can see Hurricane wasn't really convinced. I could be wrong... Second, I'm not sure about a separate article on the subject. I would have thought it would be better as a section of Astronomical seeing and/or a section of Optical telescope - and let's face it, both of those articles could only be improved! One of the problems would be selecting an appropriate title for the WP article. "Site testing" is much too general. It is a term I associate with things like Environmental Impact Assessment for major construction projects. The article would have to have an esoteric title like Large telescope site testing, and that would be hard to find - that's actually one of the reasons i would run with a subsection of another article. But I do agree that such information should be somewhere on WP, so thanks for your work. Regards, hamiltonstone (talk) 22:26, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

When Hurricane said as his/her example that Katrina was not the "worst" but caused the "most damage", that was the bit that made me think it was the lack of information on the site testing process that was causing confusion. But I could be wrong...hopefully he/she will put another comment on the review to clarify.
I intended to put the article at site testing (astronomy); it could perhaps go at observatory site testing instead, if that sounds better. I disagree that it should be a subsection of seeing, since seeing is only one of the characteristics that is considered during site testing. (Seeing is also a technically adequate article, happily). Site testing also applies to more wavelengths than just optical - there's screeds of papers out on site testing in submillimetre, particularly for ALMA's site in the Atacama. I haven't yet gone through those. Plus I haven't even started putting in all the stuff about DIMMs, SCIDAR &c., oh goodness... Thanks for taking a look at the stub. Iridia (talk) 23:04, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Ah, I hadn't registered that it also applied to non-opticals. hamiltonstone (talk) 23:21, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

{{|Talk:Mauna Kea|Summit observatories}}

Hi Iridia - can you strikethrough your comment at the bottom of Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Mauna Kea/archive1 so delegates don't think there's anything they're waiting on from the noms? I had a read through and made some changes following a close reading of the 2009 management plan. Otherwise that looks good. Are you sure Alika Herring should be a redlink (ie. likely to get an article)? hamiltonstone (talk) 10:46, 4 November 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for doing that readthrough - you fixed all the bits I wasn't sure about in the paragraph that I altered the least - great teamwork! I'll take out the redlink, I think. Going to the FAC now. Iridia (talk) 10:52, 4 November 2010 (UTC)

Vikos-Aoos National Park[edit]

Hallo! Can you strikethrough your comments in [[1]] so delegates don't think that there is anything they are waiting on from the nomination. Off course if there is something else to add about the FAC feel free to post it. Thank you for your time reviewing the article.Alexikoua (talk) 18:34, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

The Catlins FAR[edit]

Hi Iridia - I noticed your comment a week or so ago at the FAR for The Catlins (review page located at WP:Featured article review/The Catlins/archive1). Are you still planning on reviewing this article? Thanks, Dana boomer (talk) 14:16, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

Review done. Iridia (talk) 03:01, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for the review. I think that all of your issues have been addressed, could you please take another look? Dana boomer (talk) 13:18, 27 December 2010 (UTC)

Ben Gascoigne[edit]

Thanks for all the help in getting this to FA. Your changes look good - particularly making clear that Eggen was the issue, not Gascoigne - but the footnote "The head of the Mount Stromlo design section, mechanical engineer Herman Wehner, was full-time at the AAT during this period, working closely with Gascoigne" needs a source. You might be interested to know that I had some feedback from Gascoigne family members, who were positive about the article, and also drew attention to a few issues, hence my last round of amendments (in as much as I could substantiate their suggestions from the published sources). Cheers. hamiltonstone (talk) 23:13, 2 December 2010 (UTC)


Hey Iridia. I had another go through the prose at New Zealand and copy-edited, formatted and trimmed back a bit more. I have not added anything extra to the culture section about art/music/literature yet. To be honest it is not really my forte and you seem to know a bit about it judging from your talk page comment so I thought I would see if you were interested. I think another paragraph focusing on the themes would balance the section out nicely. Cheers AIRcorn (talk) 02:14, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

I've been on low-WP-time for a bit, sorry. You have made great progress there - will have a look over the article and see what else I can suggest. I might see if I can do some trimming through the politics & generally tighten up the prose. Iridia (talk) 03:06, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
Welcome back. I had a go at the culture section, but feel free to chop and change (probably focuses too much on history instead of the current culture, but its hard to find reliable sources - they prob don't exist - as to the current cultural state). I left a note with User:Avenue suggesting it might be time for a peer review. I feel I have exhausted my knowledge and have read through it too many times now. AIRcorn (talk) 03:29, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
Thanks :) It'll probably take me this weekend to go through it properly. Just a thought - probably consider getting a peer review from both a NZ editor and a foreign editor, to make sure there's both accuracy and sufficient explanation. Iridia (talk) 04:27, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
I will put a note on the wikiproject (although I imagine most people there watch the article) asking for feedback on accuracy and content now. Will list for peer review early next week after you have done your read through and request a non-New Zealander. AIRcorn (talk) 05:51, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

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Iridia, do you know of an online virtual sky simulator[edit]

And Commons currently has very few photos of them, which I shall have to fix.

that can show when the Sun first precessed into the Milky Way on Dec 21? Serendipodous 14:06, 19 April 2011 (UTC)

Sorry, you caught me just after I'd left for a trip. No, sorry, not off the top of my head - maybe ask around at or Universe Today? Iridia (talk) 01:52, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
Actually, I did ask at Universe Today, and got some helpful advice. So all's well. How was your trip? Serendipodous 06:25, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
Ah, good. It was a very pleasant camping holiday - there are a surprising number of 80m+ waterfalls in this part of the world. Iridia (talk) 00:13, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
I'm about to lose the FAC over the precession paragraph so anything you might be able to do would be helpful. Serendipodous 10:56, 7 May 2011 (UTC)

Memory lane[edit]

Was waltzing through memory lane, reading all the comments from Mauna Kea's history (it's TFA today), and have come to wondering how come you never got this out of your sandbox? Cheers, ResMar 05:15, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

It needed more citations and work, and I had less Wikitime to finish it. Iridia (talk) 22:50, 17 January 2012 (UTC)
Anyway I'm going to try again at Hawaii hotspot, and see if I can finally push it through to FA (vital for the FP I want to finish). I'm PRing it here. Not sure if you're as interested in hotspots as in mountainside observatories, but hey, worth a shot right =). ResMar 02:09, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
Ok. Perhaps also ask User:Paul H. (sedimentologist), User:Mikenorton (structural geologist), and User:RockMagnetist (geophysicist) to take a look, and notify WP:Geology. I don't think there's a volcanologist active at the moment, unfortunately. I have a non-wiki volcanologist friend I can ask later.
  • One bit of advice that may help in the FAC, based on what I saw on looking at try #3. You're writing what will be the most-linked-to reference on this subject on the web; that's the way wiki rolls. Expect people to ask you to have full coverage of the peer-reviewed literature, because you're writing a Definitive Reference. It's a review paper, and those truly are a lot of work! When you write one - it has to be complete. And that means not all the information will already be on the internet. I agree it's tough, but if it were easy, you wouldn't be doing it. The content experts are here to help you, dude: they've dedicated their whole lives to improving knowledge about these topics, so they're keen to have it right. Iridia (talk) 03:31, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
Awickert is my go-to geologist. Although I don't have any trouble accessing most resources at this point, the base of the article is already written on Interweb sources, and I'm unwilling to do a bloody rewrite. Still, I'll see how the content goes and then get to fine-tuning; I'll probably end up doing a good bit more research, but that can't be helped. ResMar 04:16, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

GLOBE at Night[edit]

Thanks so much for all your work improving the article! It's far better than the way I wrote it originally! I nominated it for DYK Template:Did_you_know_nominations/GLOBE_at_Night, you could add a comment there if you think it's ready for the main page now. Best wishes Anotherdoon (talk) 10:57, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

You're most welcome. Happy I could help.
Some comments: I'd not use that Kansas City Star reference: it is a Letter to the Editor (so counts as opinion) rather than a nominally-researched newspaper article. I would instead use ref 26, which is a proper academic paper, for figures like the total number of measurements made by Sept 2011 (which was where I got that figure for the lede). Also, ref 26 is incorrectly cited at present (it's actually an EPSL article). If you can't get access to the pdf I'm happy to send it to you. Oh, and a minor formatting note: please put your references after the punctuation - much easier to read the text. Good luck with DYK! Iridia (talk) 11:13, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

DYK for GLOBE at Night[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 16:02, 17 March 2012 (UTC)

Notability of Siding Spring 2.3 m Telescope[edit]

You removed the a notability tag from this article, based on the claim Second largest optical telescope in Australia. I invite you to add an independent source to support this claim, since currently there are no independent sources in the article. Stuartyeates (talk) 20:06, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Priscilla Fairfield Bok[edit]

Hi Iridia! Thanks for coming by the SIA project and putting in an image request! Regretfully, the SIA doesn't have anything related to Priscilla Fairfield Bok in regards to archival material or images. I'm sorry about this! I do wish we did. If you do think of other subjects please do let me know. Sarah (talk) 01:33, 17 April 2012 (UTC)

Yes, seems a pity. I have a suspicion that she'll turn up in unlabelled photos with Harlow Shapley from the 1920s. Could you please reword the page? As currently worded, it implies that this is additionally a page to request archival searches for subjects that may not immediately show up in the SIA search (given you did just have a whole photo-ID workshop, I was hopeful that this was a way to request the services of SIA archivists...). Iridia (talk) 01:41, 17 April 2012 (UTC)


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Harlow Shapely portrait[edit]

Cropped and uploaded to Commons. Find it at: [[File:HarlowShapely-crop.jpeg|thumb|Add caption here]]

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I scaled it to a width of 200 pixels (standard for biography infobox). The on-line version of the photo is low quality. I wasn't able to do much to sharpen it. I think that this crop should be OK for an infobox. DocTree (talk) 00:20, 22 April 2012 (UTC)

DNA nanotechnology back at FAC[edit]

I wanted to let you know that DNA nanotechnology is up for a second FAC. Your comments on the first FAC were very helpful, and I've made extensive upgrades to the article since then. I'm hoping that you'll revisit the article for this second FAC. Thanks! Antony–22 (talkcontribs) 20:59, 7 June 2012 (UTC)


Hi Iridia! I really appreciated your thorough review on the FAC for Andromeda; would you be at all willing to take a look at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Aries (constellation)/archive1? Thanks so much. :) Keilana|Parlez ici 21:58, 20 June 2012 (UTC)

Sorry I didn't get back here in time: my wikitime is more limited than usual. I will have a read when I can anyhow. Give me a yell next time there's a constellation article; happy to help on your quest to all-FA those. Iridia (talk) 06:49, 6 July 2012 (UTC)
Didn't see this, when I posted below; I just {sfn}'d both Andromeda and Aries. And Auriga. Br'er Rabbit (talk) 08:00, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for your comment[edit]

The one on Mally's talk re Tycho Magnetic Anomaly-1's efforts in the outer solar system. You are seeing that TMA-1 was me, right? Seems to me that the people working on those topics really get modern referencing techniques. Much was already in place; I just took it further and spread it around to more articles.  Br'erRabbit  07:56, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

Yes (all your socks are clearly linked after all) that's why I commented there :) Cheers for going into Moon and taking to it. Iridia (talk) 04:47, 13 July 2012 (UTC)


You have new message/s Hello. You have a new message at User talk:Keilana's talk page. Keilana|Parlez ici 16:43, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

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