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Hello, Jdaloner. Welcome to Wikipedia and thank you for your contributions! I'm Jax 0677, one of the other editors here, and I hope you decide to stay and help contribute to this amazing repository of knowledge.
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Sincerely, Jax 0677 (talk) 17:32, 15 May 2013 (UTC)   (Leave me a message)

November 2013[edit]

Information icon Hello, I'm Jack Greenmaven. I wanted to let you know that I undid one or more of your recent contributions to History of Ptolemaic Egypt because it did not appear constructive. If you would like to experiment, you can use the sandbox. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page. Greenmaven (talk) 19:15, 22 November 2013 (UTC)


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Walter Görlitz (talk) 01:37, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

A cup of coffee for you![edit]

A small cup of coffee.JPG I am impressed by your longstanding enthusiastic contributions to categorizing articles and sorting links while keeping a low profile otherwise. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:16, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

May 2014 disambig contest: let's do it again![edit]

Greetings fellow disambiguator! Remember back in February when we made history by clearing the board for the first time ever, for the monthly disambiguation contest? Let's do it again in May! I personally will be aiming to lead the board next month, but for anyone who thinks they can put in a better effort, I will give a $10 Amazon gift card to any editor who scores more disambiguation points in May. Also, I will be setting up a one-day contest later in the month, and will try to set up more prizes and other ways to make this a fun and productive month. Cheers! bd2412 T 18:48, 28 April 2014 (UTC)

Portal categories[edit]


A page or category should rarely be placed in both a category and a subcategory or parent category (supercategory) of that category (unless the child category is non-diffusing – see below). For example, the article "Paris" need only be placed in "Category:Cities in France", not in both "Category:Cities in France" and "Category:Populated places in France". Since the first category (cities) is in the second category (populated places), readers are already given the information that Paris is a populated place in France by it being a city in France.

Just as in that example, Category:Michigan portals is in Category:United States portals by state or territory, so a reader is given the information that Portal:Michigan is a "United States portal by state" just by the fact that it is a "Michigan portal". There is no need to double up, and if the other states are in both, they all should be removed as well. Imzadi 1979  22:44, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

Template testcases doc[edit]

Hi, which pages was this a problem on? --Redrose64 (talk) 07:37, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Template:Documentation/testcases was listed in Category:Wikipedia formatting and function templates due to its transclusion of Template:Documentation/doc. I noticed several weeks ago that there were a bunch of template subpages in that category that clearly didn't belong there. Most of them were "/sandbox" subpages (in this case, it was a "/testcases" subpage). In virtually every case, it was due to the "/sandbox" (or whichever) subpage transcluding the "/doc" subpage and getting itself listed in the same categories as the main template. Although I fixed the ones that were listed back when I first noticed this (on or about July 25-26), I looked back yesterday, found a few new ones, and fixed those as well. Jdaloner (talk) 09:58, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
Ah, documentation for the documentation; an exception to the general rule that documentation doesn't appear on testcases pages. --Redrose64 (talk) 13:20, 1 September 2014 (UTC)


(Updated usage of some templates.)

Hello – hope you've been / still are enjoying the time of year. You may've already realized this, but in case not: a shortcut/redirect sometimes finds greater use than an actual/"official"/etc name because it makes more sense in context ("in the field") while the "official" name makes more sense when the (in this case) template itself is the focus of attention. Hence, for example, "\sandbox" rather than "When in sandbox" because (for example) "tcplain{{\sandbox}}" resembles "tcplain/sandbox" and is less cryptic than the unfinished-looking "tcplain{{When in sandbox}}" ("When in sandbox... When in sandbox... something?"). Similarly, though a name such as {{Pad left and right}} is "per se" informative, a shortcut such as "padlr" is more appropriate given the extent and/or signficance of (in this case) the template's role/action/effect.

Hope that makes (some) sense. Regards, Sardanaphalus (talk) 22:25, 27 December 2014 (UTC)

Minor changes[edit]

Hello, thanks for tweaking all of the templates and pages in the Food and Drink Project pages! In the future, could you mark these small changes as minor? This would allow those who monitor these pages to filter out these relatively small tweaks you made. --Jeremy (blah blahI did it!) 21:05, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

You're welcome, and as for marking the changes as minor, I thought I was. It's possible I might have forgotten on some of them, though. My apologies if a few got through. Jdaloner (talk) 21:20, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

Bot-like editing[edit]

I noticed you recently made 95 bot-like bypasses of redirects. If you are using an automated process of some sort that isn't requiring you to verify and submit each edit manually you should be aware of Wikipedia:Bot policy, and in any case you should read WP:COSMETICBOT and WP:NOTBROKEN. Thanks! Anomie 14:17, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

I'm not using any automated process; I really don't even have any idea what they are in the first place, let alone how they work, how they're created, etc. I'm well aware of WP:NOTBROKEN, which I do not interpret as applying to the edits you're referring to. The guideline is clearly written for articles ('mainspace' pages), which I was not editing, and I do not believe it applies at all when the redirects are from typos. "{{tl" is often erroneously entered as "{{t1", and I was correcting instances of that specific typo. Jdaloner (talk) 14:38, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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Your edit summary: unnecessary (and outdated) "DEFAULTSORT" tag. I am curious what is this about. I see this tag everywhere. Can you explain? Thanks, Staszek Lem (talk) 02:15, 20 July 2016 (UTC)

I didn't mean that usage of the "DEFAULTSORT" tag *itself* is outdated; in the case of my edit from a few minutes ago at Expulsion of Ukrainians from Poland to the Soviet Union, the tag used an outdated article name ("Forcible Expulsion of Ukrainians from Poland to the Soviet Union") and was thus sorting the article in a manner which made no sense when viewing the article in any of its categories. (I was browsing through the category "Post–World War II forced migrations" and wondering why in the world "Expulsion of Ukrainians from Poland to the Soviet Union" was sorted under "F".) This sort of thing is one of the reasons why, as a general rule, it's better *not* to use the "DEFAULTSORT" tag if it doesn't change anything from the existing article title (different capitalization doesn't count as a "change" in this context): the article often ends up getting moved to another title eventually, but the "DEFAULTSORT" tag doesn't get updated and continues sorting the article according to its former title. Jdaloner (talk) 02:29, 20 July 2016 (UTC)
Thx. Staszek Lem (talk) 00:26, 21 July 2016 (UTC)