User talk:Jacklee/General: 2008 archive

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Thanks from a new WIki user

Hey mate, just want to say thanks for your help and direction on the Supreme Court Disambig page. Its much appreciated. Steak Sandwich with the Lot (talk) 13:30, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Hi, Steak Sandwich, you're most welcome. Feel free to drop me a note on my talk page if you need help with anything. (Unless otherwise requested or indicated I generally post replies here.) — Cheers, JackLee talk 19:07, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Singaporean family history

Jacklee, I see you're interested in family history and in Singapore, and I wonder if you could give me any tips. My maternal grandmother's family lived in Singapore at the end of the 19th century. They were Jewish and came there probably from Baghdad, circa 1850's. I have been trying to trace them there, but can find nothing in the records available on the internet. Do you know to whom I might be able to address inquiries in Singapore? Is there a sort of GRO there? Any help would be most appreciated. Nick Michael (talk) 19:48, 19 May 2008 (UTC)

Hi, Nick. Your project sounds very interesting. Here are some suggestions:
  • If members of your grandmother's family died or were buried in Singapore, you might try applying to the Births and Deaths Unit of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority to see if extracts from the Register of Deaths can be obtained. I believe applications can be made online. If a death certificate can be found, it will have information such as the cause of death and date and place of burial, which will provide leads for further inquiries to be made.
  • The National Archives of Singapore has a website called a2o (Access to Archives Online), where you can conduct online searches for records held there. It will help if you have an idea of what sort of records you are looking for (burial records and shipping lists, for instance).
  • Your ancestors may have attended services at one of the synagogues in Singapore, which might hold records that refer to them. You might try contacting the Jewish Welfare Board to see if they can provide any leads. Their contact details are as follows:
24/26 Waterloo Street
Singapore 187950
Telephone: (65)6337 2189
Fax: (65)6336 2127
All the best for your research! Feel free to contact me by e-mail (click on the "E-mail this user" link) or through my talk page. — Cheers, JackLee talk 22:33, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
Very many thanks Jacklee, that's given me a lot of leads to go on; most kind of you! Nick

Renaming of account on fr.wp

Hi, could you please make an edit here to confirme you're the one asking for a renaming on fr.wp ? Blinking Spirit (talk) 17:07, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Yes, it's me. Thanks very much for your help. — Cheers, JackLee talk 17:08, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
The account "Jacklee" on fr.wp has been moved out of the way. You're welcome. Regards, Blinking Spirit (talk) 17:50, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
Wunderbar! Vielen Dank! — Cheers, JackLee talk 17:53, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Usurpation of account at

The user Jacklee at had been renamed. You can now usurp that account. DHN (talk) 01:51, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

Thanks very much! — Cheers, JackLee talk 03:38, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

DYK result

Would just like to pop by and say thanks for all the help you've given me and my dad into getting featured on the front page. I'd give you a barnstar but I wouldn't want it to clutter up your already overflowing userpage barnstars.

Hope you don't mind, I 'stole' the DYK userbox from you! Thanks again. --Gwib (talk) 20:36, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

You're most welcome. Ah, I didn't make the connection – didn't realize you were Nick Michael's son. Nice to see a father-and-son editing team! You're most welcome to "steal" the userbox. It wasn't created by me, and I probably pinched it from someone else at some stage too. — Cheers, JackLee talk 21:18, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
I edit mostly on Simple English Wikipedia though, don't think of us as nepotists! I only add interwiki links here and got caught up in my fathers Virginals. --Gwib (talk) 16:50, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

Current time in your signatures?

Please don't use the current time in your signatures. There is absolutely no reason to do this – the timestamp is used to tell when a comment was made. If all your comments have the same timestamp, then it will defeat this purpose. Gary King (talk) 03:43, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Whoops, sorry. To save on typing, I created a template at {{User:Jacklee/shortsig}} and had been substituting it, but it seems I misunderstood the purpose of {{CURRENTTIME}} and allied magic words. Is there any way to create a template that inserts an absolute (non-updating) date when substituted? — Cheers, JackLee talk 12:02, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
At the top of every Talk page, it gives the following suggestion:
This is a talk page. Please respect the talk page guidelines, and remember to sign your posts by typing four tildes (~~~~).
This will generate your signature and a timestamp. If you've seen other people insert timestamps, then I would imagine you would assume that there must be an easy way for others to do it besides doing something complicated and building your own template to insert it? It baffled me that you would go to such great lengths to insert the timestamp. Cheers! Gary King (talk) 15:17, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
Well, you see, I created a fancy signature (like yours, actually) which uses different colours, and typing four tildes inserts that one. However, because that signature tends to take up three lines of wikitext, to avoid bloating GA and FA review pages where I'm likely to use the signature multiple times, I thought I would create a more basic one. However, I didn't realize that {{CURRENTTIME}} and allied magic words would insert constantly changing dates and times. Will have another think about how to solve that problem. — Cheers, JackLee talk 01:04, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Singaporean ink painters as independent category

Hi Jack, thanks for putting Category:Singaporean ink painters under Category:Singaporean painters. I had created the ink painter category to seperate the painters who professes in Chinese or Muslim painting techniques which uses ink as their primary medium, from the painters using primarily Western mediums - hence the Category: Singaporean painters. It would be wrong to categorise ink painters under the Singaporean painters category, and I believe other comments about this categorization, from other users will follow when this Singaporean artists category becomes more and more developed, and receiving more readership awareness.

So i'm hoping you'd change the Singaporean ink painter category to its original main category, instead of being a subcategory. Thanks -- Marcuslim (talk) 04:34, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

I see. Your suggested differentiation between Category:Singaporean ink painters and Category:Singaporean painters is not obvious to other editors. If you believe that the new category is going to grow substantially, I think it needs to be renamed to something like "Category:Singaporean ink painters using Chinese and Muslim painting techniques". However, personally think that there's not much point drawing a distinction between artists who paint using ink in Chinese and Muslim styles, and those who paint in the same medium using other styles; it seems like an overly narrow category. I would suggest not renaming the new category but widening its remit to include Singaporean ink painters who use other painting techniques (e.g., Western?). Also, I would leave Category:Singaporean ink painters as a subcategory of Category:Singaporean painters because ink painting seems a natural subtopic of painting in general. This issue may require input from other editors to gain a consensus. I've copied this discussion over to Category talk:Singaporean ink painters, and would suggest that you raise the issue at Talk:SGpedians' notice board and perhaps the talk page of a relevant art WikiProject, inviting them over to the category talk page to express their views. — Cheers, JackLee talk 09:50, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

University Challenge

Thanks for the heads-up. I found Gracers vandalising last night and I see he's now been indef blocked. I will keep an eye on the other guy, but I suspect he's currently caught up in the autoblock. First foot wrong, he's toast. --Rodhullandemu 15:19, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Request for unblocking

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Your request to be unblocked has been granted for the following reason(s):

Indeed; IPblock-exemption has been granted to your account to remove this autoblock. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Request handled by: PeterSymonds (talk) 17:31, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

You're welcome. :) Keep up the good work! Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 19:01, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

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This link on your user page does not work

I first started editing Wikipedia on 15 September 2006. Statistics about my edits can be viewed here (talk) 16:12, 4 October 2008 (UTC)

Yes, I don't know why the webpage has stopped working. It used to be fine. — Cheers, JackLee talk 16:17, 4 October 2008 (UTC)

Flag of Singapore

Thank you for the barnstar, and it has been an honor working on this article. Now, I just need to sort some finances out and I will purchase the National Symbols Kit MICA is selling for 25 SGD. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 07:21, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

Borrow it from the National Library! Unless you really want your own set... — Cheers, JackLee talk 07:32, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
Don't you remember, I am here and I cannot access the National Library? User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 08:50, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
Oh, right... Actually, I didn't realize that. Well, let me know if you need any help getting hold of the kit. I guess you're a flag buff. Did you vote? I heard during lunchtime that Obama had won, but haven't been near a TV set yet as I'm at work. — Cheers, JackLee talk 08:53, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
Well, if I can pay you using PayPal, I will pay you if you send me the kit. I am not sure how shipping to the US is. I know where to buy the kit, but they charge an arm and a leg to ship to the USA. And yes, I voted for Obama. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 15:56, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
Let me pick up the kit the next time I'm at a bookshop, then I'll take it to the post office and find out how much it will cost to send to the US (airmail or surface mail?). Yes, I have a PayPal account. Re Obama – saw people in Kenya and the town of Obama in Japan ecstatic at Obama's win. It's crazy! But congratulations on your chosen candidate getting elected. — Cheers, JackLee talk 16:07, 5 November 2008 (UTC)
That's fine. Try air mail if possible, but I am not sure how heavy the kit is. Let me know the prices of the mailing and I will pay you using PayPal. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 03:57, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
Email sent to you. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 09:21, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

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Template:Chinese name

I unprotected the template. Please let me know when you're done with it, so I can raise the protection again. There are several determined vandals who look for highly used templates to cause mischief. — Carl (CBM · talk) 13:37, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

OK, thanks! — Cheers, JackLee talk 13:44, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
No problem. — Carl (CBM · talk) 14:16, 11 November 2008 (UTC)