User talk:Jwratner1

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I'm currently an Undergraduate Senior at UC Berkeley who has the intention of attaining a B.A. in Earth & Planetary Science by the end of the month of May. I hope to effectively improve wiki pages. Feel free to send a message to my talk page to discuss conflicting opinions.

Thanks for your contributions, and have a wonderful day : D

copyright warning[edit]

Hello Jwratner1, and welcome to Wikipedia. Your addition to Sea level has had to be removed, as it appears to have added copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. While we appreciate your contributing to Wikipedia, there are certain things you must keep in mind about using information from your sources to avoid copyright or plagiarism issues here.

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NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 15:05, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

Copyright issues - deleting warnings[edit]

Hi, as an apparently new user, you may not have read the talk page guidelines. Sure you have the right to delete most things (not all) from your talk page. However, deleting warnings, such as the copyright violation notice, is considered evidence that you actually read the warning. In addition, enforcing editors and admins can easily look at your version history to see it all anyway.

Meanwhile... what is your plan regarding the various photocopied and copyrighted text book images you uploaded? NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 22:31, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

Earth science[edit]

It's perfectly acceptable however to use others textbook's to develop your own graphics, provided you cite accepted textbooks or papers. You also learn more by doing this :). I had to draw my own diagrams when revising for A-level (and In some cases I did more background reading than I needed to). Sfan00 IMG (talk) 23:10, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

I'd also strongly suggest like with any paper (you say you are an undergraduate) so you should understand this anyway) you cite the model featured in artwork.

If you need help on this please ask the Reference Desk to help you find the relevant papers to cite for specific models. Sfan00 IMG (talk) 23:13, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

Sounds Good, thanks :) jwratner1 (talk)

And remember to "sign" every talk page notice. You do that by typing four tildes, like this ~~~~. Another tip... if you look at my comment in "edit mode" you can see how I displayed the four tildes without having them trigger the signature process. You can do the same thing for all the other markup codes and templates. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 00:03, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
Ohhhh.. Thanks! I was trying to figure that out for a while (just realized it says that at the top of this page)... Instead, I would type it out each time. Hahaha. Jwratner1 (talk) 00:12, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
You're welcome. You would have also learned this if you had read the talk page guidelines. Something every editor, even experienced ones, would benefit from doing at least once a year. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 01:42, 20 December 2013 (UTC)

Sea Level[edit]

If you wanted to help expand this article, you could add a section, 'Evidence for Sea Level change', which would give you some research and writing practice. Sfan00 IMG (talk) 00:13, 20 December 2013 (UTC)

Another art form is figuring out the right place to make changes, since there are can be a number of related articles. For example, also be sure to review Current sea level rise, in case your work is better suited for that article. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 00:32, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
Ok, thanks. i'll make sure to look into it. Jwratner1 (talk) 00:36, 20 December 2013 (UTC)


I've removed File:Particledeperos.jpg from the sediment article as it appears to be a photocopy from Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science, by Tom S. Garrison, and you are claiming to be the copyright holder on the image page. Please explain. As I see above that you have been made aware of these problems - remove any other such violations. Vsmith (talk) 01:03, 20 December 2013 (UTC)

My apologies, I noticed that the book was entirely available for free on the google books website, and I thus assumed that it would be okay. Moreover, what purpose would it serve for me to make an identical version of the same graph that is available in that book and many others? Please let me know, and Thank You. Jwratner1 (talk) 01:16, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
Look closer: at the bottom of each page of that book in google books you will see a copyright notice. Vsmith (talk) 01:33, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
By making your own graph, your are making using of simple fact (which can't of itself be copyrighted in the US), whereas a graph from a textbook can be. In addition by re-plotting the graph as opposed to a slavish copy, you are in effect checking the veracity of the data (and model in it). Sfan00 IMG (talk) 13:09, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
Wikipedia works on the assumption that most things are copyright unless you have an explict indication that it's under a free license or it can be proved to have expired. Just because it's online does not mean it's out of copyright. Sfan00 IMG (talk) 13:12, 20 December 2013 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I see you are making an effort to backup... thanks very much! I made a ton of mistakes when I started too. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 21:07, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

CONGRATS, and buckle up[edit]

Just wanted to emphasize that my dry writing style isn't intended to sound like a rebuke. Welcome to wiki! We need more eds. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 01:43, 20 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks :D Jwratner1 (talk) 06:01, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
I'm disappointed you haven't cleaned up all your copyright violations before now. I might have to take back that welcome.NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 21:55, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

January 2014[edit]

Stop icon with clock
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Better source request for File:Soil pH on Plant Availability of Nutrients.jpg[edit]

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File:CapacitorSchematics.jpg listed for deletion[edit]

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File source problem with File:Soil pH on Plant Availability of Nutrients.jpg[edit]

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Possibly unfree File:Deposition process.jpg[edit]

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Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Oddball Effect concern[edit]

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Possibly unfree File:Global Sea Level Rise Risks.png[edit]

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File permission problem with File:Fossil Fuel Usage.png[edit]

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