User talk:JamesLucas

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Pending Changes[edit]

Please don't approve pending changes that add unsourced personal information to articles as you did here. It's these types of edits that we're trying to prevent. Thank you, --Jezebel's Ponyobons mots 22:24, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Sorry, Ponyo—I fact-checked it and meant to add the citation and got distracted. The edit was a good one otherwise. jameslucas (" " / +) 22:34, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
Which source did you find?--Jezebel's Ponyobons mots 22:36, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
Ponyo, the day of the year is acknowledged on his ID-confirmed twitter feed. The year is posted on many other sources, although none as reputable, mostly celeb-watcher-type sites. I thought it added-up to being sufficiently convincing, but I'd certainly respect disagreement. jameslucas (" " / +) 01:46, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
The Twitter feed can be used as a reliable self-published source and should be added to the article. We'll have to hold off the year though as the reason it was removed was because multiple dates were presented without a source (there's some discussion on the talk page about this).--Jezebel's Ponyobons mots 02:41, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

A cheeseburger for you![edit]

Cheeseburger.png Just stopping by to say Hi... Scalhotrod (Talk) ☮ღ☺ 18:13, 3 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Scalhotrod! Is there any Wikipedia etiquette that I should know when receiving friendly gestures such as this? jameslucas (" " / +) 15:43, 4 May 2015 (UTC)
Not really, just remember that the WP:WikiLove feature exists (I thinks its enabled for everyone) and its a good idea to use it when appropriate. Don't forget the "Thank" button as well. Sometimes that can be used in lieu of a reply (if there's nothing more to be said) or just as nice gesture regarding someone's work. --Scalhotrod (Talk) ☮ღ☺ 16:18, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

Wuz i duin suumthin rong??[edit]

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Hi JamesLucas, thanks for pointing out my mistaken enthusiasm regarding the child lit portal. I have adjusted how I include them on articles (see recent edits:)). By the way, I am open to being 'trouted'Face-smile.svg

Coolabahapple (talk) 02:19, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Rainbow trout transparent.png Whack!

You've been whacked with a wet trout.


Ask and ye shall receive... --Scalhotrod (Talk) ☮ღ☺ 14:29, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Proof of Wikipedia's collaborative nature! I was abroad for several days (in a country with plenty of cod but no trout), but everything continued seamlessly here! —jameslucas (" " / +) 13:40, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Teahouse talkback: you've got messages![edit]

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Hi JamesLucas![edit]

I noticed that you are using AWB. I have made a preparsed list of articles that contain (possible) typos that can be fixed with AWB. Would you like to help fix some of them? If so, please remove the ones you want to do from the list, so that other people don't have to look at them again. In total I have more than 40.000 articles on this list, so I've split it up per 10.000 articles: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. The Quixotic Potato (talk) 12:46, 17 July 2015 (UTC)

Hi, The Quixotic Potato—I certainly like to collaborate in general, but I'm on a kind of specific mission to add commas to frequently misformatted dates and locations ("On July 14, 2015, a Wikipedian operating out Brooklyn, New York, began a tiny crusade against missing commas"), and the fixing of other typos is kind of incidental at the moment. I guess I'd be inclined to keep to my current tack since my list-generation method is achieving something like a 97% success rate. Having said that, if I'm screwing things up for other typo hunters by slowing the server or leaving them a lot of pages to skip, do let me know. Cheers! —jameslucas (" " / +) 13:06, 17 July 2015 (UTC)
Parent-left child-right yellow-background.svg This user has adopted a typo to nurture.
  Did you know that we have a userbox for that? Please see Wikipedia:Don't_worry_about_performance; you are probably unable to slow down Wikipedia's servers. This search query does not return many results. The Quixotic Potato (talk) 00:12, 19 July 2015 (UTC)
I actually have a question on that front, and maybe you can opine: When I've run that search through Wikipedia's native search function, I been getting less that 1000 results (872 a few seconds ago). When I run that same search on AWB, I get a 1000 results, correct them all, and then can find 1000 more as soon as I'm ready for the next batch. What's up with that? Thanks! —jameslucas (" " / +) 00:33, 19 July 2015 (UTC)
I recommend asking that question at WP:VPT. The answer I would give is incomplete, and based on outdated information (the software changes frequently, and the people who change it usually don't bother updating the documentation). TBH I would be quite interested to see the responses on WP:VPT, I'll watchlist it. The Quixotic Potato (talk) 14:03, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

13th United States Congress[edit]

Sorry I was too quick with the UNDO button! I think the commas you've added are unnecessary. For example, the first change but a comma in: "from March 4, 1813, to March 4, 1815." The next was "Successor appointed April 8, 1813, to continue the term." 12:10, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Hi, GoldRingChip—believe it or not, those commas are necessary. You can confirm at MOS:COMMA, but the upshot is that in American date formatting, the year is added as a comma-delimited parenthetical. It'd be straightforward if we used actual parentheses because we'd always have to close them regardless of context:

July 4 (1776)
She spoke of July 4 (1776) with tears in her eyes.

But the comma is a logical nightmare (and often mistaught in school) since it is needed to open and close the parenthetical in a sentence but not present as a closing mark in a free-standing date:

July 4, 1776
He spoke of July 4, 1776, with tears in his eyes.

I'd be ready to abandon middle-endian date formatting for good, but as long as we have it, I try to keep it correctly formatted! Cheers—jameslucas (" " / +) 15:26, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

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Your name in vain ;)[edit]

I referred to you at WT:CHESS#gender watch, don't mean to draw you in discussion there (can be unpleasant), so ping'd you in editsum. (Did it work?) Thx. IHTS (talk) 20:59, 24 December 2016 (UTC)

@Ihardlythinkso: I wouldn't think that ping works in a summary since summaries aren't subject to the usual processes. And I didn't get a notification, so I guess that answers that. Glad you reached out to me here! —jameslucas (" " / +) 22:16, 24 December 2016 (UTC)
Thx! p.s. (Other topic.) German nouns are cap'd, am I right!? IHTS (talk) 22:45, 24 December 2016 (UTC)
Not every time, but very often—or so my German officemate tells me. I can't figure out how the hell it works. Let's go for it. Thanks for the awesome follow-up on my Malefiz overhaul. Even when I thought I had weeded out all instances of 'square' there was still one more! An independent set of eyes can be irreplaceable. Merry Christmas! —jameslucas (" " / +) 23:09, 24 December 2016 (UTC)
Thx for your fresh vantage at WT:CHESS (I think it helps). I chg'd your "controller" to "owner" (a subtle point maybe, "owner" seems possibly a permanent assignment whereas the other could imply transitory assign?!). Happy Xmas too, and thx again. p.s. Malefiz w/ make a good family Xmas game, w/ cider & roaring hearth, methinks. *sigh* IHTS (talk) 08:50, 25 December 2016 (UTC)
My use of "controller" is 100% driven by my days playing Magic. I appreciate the fix! —jameslucas (" " / +) 01:51, 27 December 2016 (UTC)
German orthography calls for capitalization of all nouns but it isn't normal practice to do this when using German loan words like "zeitgeist" in English language text. MaxBrowne (talk) 12:12, 25 December 2016 (UTC)
Yay for new knowledge! —jameslucas (" " / +) 01:51, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

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U and non-U[edit]

Dear Mr Lucas, I have edited the article U and non-U English, but one has reverted my suggestion. As I can guess, one is from one of the lower classes, let me enlighten one about the U English spoken by us. We do NOT use the word "pardon" under any circumstances. It's a swear word. And I can even hand one sources:

Please, undo your mistake. --Rævhuld (talk) 11:51, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

@Rævhuld: None of these sources is an obviously respectable and authoritative source the way an academic paper is, but any of them would strengthen your addition to U and non-U English. I see that you re-edited the article after my reversal and added your citations, which I think is a very good step towards being a constructive and valuable Wikipedia editor. Perhaps you could add your citations to the existing entry? Cheers —jameslucas (" " / +) 00:49, 13 March 2017 (UTC)