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Pectinidae and Scallop[edit]

I tried to do at least a first go-round on fixing those two articles. I left another update on the talk page at Pectinidae. There is more work to be done to the articles but I should explain that I am going away on Monday for more than two weeks and I have to do my packing now. I may not be able to do much more on this until late August. Invertzoo (talk) 17:14, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

You have at least taken a solid swipe at the business, and that is to the good. Go enjoy your vacation! The bivalvia will all be right here waiting when you return! (Bivalvia... which are clams... which are also two different articles with overlapping information... which aught to be sorted out as well at some point, it seems to me.) KDS4444Talk 07:15, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

The Bivalvia and clam thing is a bit tricky, because some people in the US use the word clam to refer only to the edible species that are infaunal, in contrast to oysters, scallops, mussels, etc. Other US people, especially I think malacologists, use the word "clam" in a broader sense to mean bivalve. People in the UK don't really use the word clam very much at all. I suppose one could argue that the common name for Bivalvia is really bivalves, not clams...? I dunno... But you are right that those articles need sorting out -- there are probably other similar things going on in other parts of the bivalve coverage. Invertzoo (talk) 23:23, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

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Cladistics[edit]

I did a more or less random sample of various non-molluscan creatures with common names to see what is currently being done with regard to scientific names and article titles. Here is what I found ("->" and "=>" both mean "redirects to":

  • siphonaptera (order level) -> flea
  • Rhopalocera (sub order level)->butterfly but lepidoptera (order)no redirect (includes the moths)
  • Cow->cattle, genus level
  • Bos no redirect, also genus level
  • Beef, no redirect, ONLY on food related information
  • Serpentes->snake (suborder)
  • Lacertilia->lizard (suborder)
  • Reptilia->reptile (class)
  • Cetacea no redirect (order)
  • Whale no redirect, but this is awkward as it does not give a proper taxonomy for what a "whale" then is, and the content overlaps hugely with cetacea, but this is because "whale" can include or exclude the dolphins and porpoises AND "whale" even as just cetacea includes the baleen whales and the toothed whales (both taxonomic categories); in other words, "whale" is a complicated cultural term, and is not applied consistently to a specific order (or other level)
  • Eagle no redirect and has no taxobox, stating that there are several relatively unrelated genera that are eagles, though all are diurnal birds of prey; same complicated situation as "whale" above
  • Accipitridae no redirect (is not just the eagles, because it includes hawks, osprey, etc. and some classification seems to be up for debate at the subfamily level)
  • Medusozoa (subphylum)->jellyfish
  • Araneae (order)->spider
  • Brachyura (infraorder)->crab
  • Earthworm no redirect and lumbricidae has a separate article, but these are the same animal (family level) (latter is nothing more than a one-paragraph summary of the family; also, cladistics here seem to be in a constant state of flux anyway).
  • Chilopoda (class level)->centipede
  • Primates (order level)->primate
  • Elephant no redirect, order Proboscidea has only one remaining family, Elephantidae, including elephants and mammoths. Elephantidae seems like it should redirect to elephant, and that all mammoths are also elephants— the articles overlap.
  • Nematoda->nematode
  • rodentia (order)->rodent
  • Selachimorpha (superorder)->shark (the various orders and families of shark are seldom given redirects to common names until you hit the species level. i.e., great white shark, and common names at the family level get redirected to scientific names, e.g., dog shark -> Squalidae, and even at the order level, mackerel shark gets redirected to Lamniformes, which includes the great white shark) probably because no one knows what a mackerel shark really is)
  • Aves (class level)->bird
  • Sus (genus)=>pig
  • Pork, no redirect, article ONLY On food uses
  • Camelus (genus)=>camel
  • Artiodactyla (order)=>even toed ungulates
  • Didelphimorphia (order)=>opossum

What I interpret from this is that there is a pattern of consistently using the common name with a redirect from a scientific name as long as that common name corresponds well with a scientific name (exceptions: eagles, whales, elephants, earthworms). Scientific name used when no equivalent common name exists or seems to have any regular use (i.e., mackerel sharks). There is often a gap in common usage between the the order/ suborder level and the family level, such that the superfamilies don't often have equivalent common names and neither do many of the suborders, but at the order level, family level, and species level, if the animal has a common name at that level, that is the title of the article on that animal in all respects. Mind you, my approach was not exactly scientific or methodical, but it was conducted with as few preconceptions of the business as I could muster. KDS4444Talk 04:30, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Neural map of a giant scallop[edit]

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Just wanted to say Congratulations!!! Invertzoo (talk) 22:21, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

Flight feather[edit]

Hi there! I like the new picture you've added to the top of the flight feather article, but I have some concerns about our ability to use it on Wikipedia. You've uploaded it with the descriptor "public domain", but I see a logo in the corner (watermarks aren't generally acceptable on Wikipedia) and there is absolutely nothing on the owlpages.com website which indicates that it's a public domain picture. Do you have something that indicates it is?

Also, can I suggest that you move the new bit about coverts into the remiges section rather than the lead? The introductory paragraphs aren't supposed to include anything not mentioned in the expanded article, and (since they're not really flight feathers) I'm not sure it's appropriate to include them there anyway. It would be good to add the information into the body of the article though. :) MeegsC (talk) 01:24, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

MeegsC: Got your message. You are correct when you say that nothing on the owlpages.com web site indicates that this image (or any other on that site) is in the public domain-- my understanding is/ has been that as a line drawing without shading or color, it lacks even a minimal degree of artistic creativity and so does not meet the necessary threshold of originality to be eligible for copyright protection and therefore is in the public domain (the "owlpages.com" watermark should probably be removed from the image). However, please inform me if you think my interpretation here is incorrect-- I do try to be careful about these things, but this would not be my first mistake and I much prefer to be corrected than to be allowed to retain a misunderstanding of policy. What is your take on this??
Also, I agree with you completely on the placement of the bit on coverts— let me see what I did there and what I can do to fix it. KDS4444Talk 01:51, 14 August 2014 (UTC)
Not sure. Let me run it past the more knowledgeable folks at the WP:CQ project and see what they think. If all else fails, we can probably get a project artist (there are a few in the WP:BIRDS group) that could recreate something very similar. MeegsC (talk) 02:16, 14 August 2014 (UTC)
Sounds perfect to me. Let me know what comes of any discussion there. The diagram really does make the whole article much easier to comprehend (and truthfully, I could recreate an analogous image-- I just didn't want to remake the wheel if there was already one turning somewhere, is all!). KDS4444Talk 02:20, 14 August 2014 (UTC)
Commenting as requested at WP:MCQ - IMHO the image is clearly of sufficient creativity to qualify for copyright protection.--ukexpat (talk) 13:32, 14 August 2014 (UTC)
Okay, so we'll have to mark the image for deletion. Do you think you can create something similar without too much trouble? Or should we ask the lab for help (as mentioned on the WP:MCQ page)? MeegsC (talk) 21:12, 14 August 2014 (UTC)
One other thing: the new tectrices section will need to be referenced. (That's a requirement for FA articles — no unreferenced sections!) Do you have anything there you can use? MeegsC (talk) 21:15, 14 August 2014 (UTC)
Have marked the image for deletion, reluctantly. So be it. Have added 2 citations for section on tectrices. (What's up with the section on "Delayed development in hoatzins"?? Does that really belong here in this article?) KDS4444Talk 02:09, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, sorry about that. Can you replicate it? You look to be a pretty skilled illustrator, looking at some of your other pix! Not sure whether the hoatzins bit needs to be there, but it was there when the article went FA, so presumably none of the reviewers had a problem with it. I suppose it is interesting that the developmental delay is due to the presence of claws (no other birds have them on their wings), which allow the youngsters to climb around in the trees. Thanks for the citations, by the way! MeegsC (talk) 14:40, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
Am just about done putting together an image, but am using a chicken wing rather than an owl wing so that I don't create a derivative work. Chickens are a bit different from owls, but wings is wings, so I expect to have it up soon. And it looks pretty good! KDS4444Talk 23:46, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Image done: File:Chicken wing.svg. Care to add it for me?? KDS4444Talk 00:07, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

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Scallop merger[edit]

Hi KDS4444,

Congratulations on getting that scallop image featured and up on the main page today! I just voiced my support at the merger you proposed. Do you intend to carry out that merger? It looks like the community is in support of it; no one has objected since you proposed it several weeks ago.

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KDS4444: Thanks for your invitation to look at a merge discussion for Pectinidae. I've acknowledged the invite there and will add more soon.
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Raashid Alvi[edit]

The pending changes protection at Raashid Alvi were removed yesterday - and this morning User:Irfan.hamd added 29Kb of the same old material.
Fully understand if you don't want to get involved - but a "heads up" if you are still interested. - Arjayay (talk) 09:45, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

He's back?? No effing way. Incredible. I have some things to take care of this morning here in Los Angeles, but when I get back, there's gonna be some trouble. Unbelievable. Well, actually, I take that back. Par for the course, I guess. Yes, I want to get involved. Wish there were no reason to. Thank you for the heads-up! I wonder if this means the page is now going to be headed for full protection... Which is ridiculous, for a third-rate Indian politician that no one has ever heard of outside of India. But whatever. I'll be back. KDS4444Talk 17:11, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Hypothetical Ancestral Mollusc[edit]

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L.A. events on October 7 and 16[edit]

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Apologies[edit]

Missed it without an edit summary. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 21:55, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Scallop anatomy diagram[edit]

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SoCal edit-a-thons on October 21 and 25[edit]

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Halloween cheer![edit]

L.A. event on November 11, and a new Facebook group[edit]

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L.A. event on November 11 CANCELED[edit]

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Barnstar[edit]

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L.A. edit-a-thon this Sunday, December 14[edit]

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peafowl[edit]

It probably needs some sort of tag; I've an idea that there might be a standard template for this, rather than an edit notice. Leave it with me, and I'll do one or the other in the next day or two. Thanks for the fixing Jimfbleak - talk to me? 17:03, 13 December 2014 (UTC)

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Featured Photo[edit]

Hi thanks for your comment. I reverted to the original, I too was a bit concerned that it had been pushed too far, thank you for the confirmation. talk→ WPPilot  12:58, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

LA edit-a-thons on February 14, 17, and 21[edit]

Redondo Loves Wikipedia (2/14), Wik-Ed Women (2/17), and Unforgetting LA at the Getty (2/21)!
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  • Well, since the associated article is now gone, this file might as well go as well. I will make no defense of it. Thank you for notifying me. KDS4444Talk 20:26, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

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Hope it is OK that I moved your resoning around this woderful image to Reason. When people notice a long text, they thing something is wrong, I have noticed this many times. Hafspajen (talk) 13:27, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Nautilus anatomy[edit]

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LA edit-a-thons on March 18 (tomorrow!) and 28[edit]

Wadewitz memorial edit-a-thon (3/18), Redondo Loves Wikipedia (3/28)
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Dear fellow Wikipedian,

The LA Wikipedia community has two events in this second half of March -- please consider attending!

First, there is a memorial edit-a-thon in honor of the prolific LA Wikipedian Adrianne Wadewitz, which is being held downtown on March 18 (tomorrow!) from noon to 8pm as a part of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies' annual conference. Please drop by to contribute your own work or teach other users how to write for Wikipedia.

Second, there will be an event at the Redondo Beach Public Library (following up on last month's session), in collaboration with the Redondo Beach Historical Society. Please join us from 10am to noon on Saturday, March 28 at the main branch of the Redondo Beach Public Library!

I hope to see you there! Calliopejen1 (talk) - via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 22:40, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

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Nautilus[edit]

  • Any chance I could get you to write the blurb? I'm at a loss as to how to do it succinctly. (link) — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:03, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes, of course. Gimme 24 hours or so. KDS4444Talk 00:37, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks muchly. I'll be off for five days starting tomorrow, so I'll probably check it when I get back. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:40, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
Blurb done— but what do you think? I tried to keep it short and simple yet with a few intriguing details. Please revise if you see fit, yes? Enjoy your break! KDS4444Talk 09:55, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Looks great, thanks. I've just made a few minor changes. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 10:47, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

LOL @ "Sordid, but legit" (re: Author Alan Roger Currie article)[edit]

That simple comment was very entertaining. Kudos. Chicago Smooth (talk) 22:04, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

Am glad I entertain. While I have your attention, can I ask why this article was not recreated under Alan Roger Currie rather than Alan Roger Currie (American author)? Because it does not look like there are other "Alan Roger Curries" from which this one needs to be distinguished. And a second question: are you yourself Mr. Alan Roger Currie? If not, can I ask what is your affiliation with regards to him? KDS4444Talk 22:10, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for the suggestion that the article Alan Roger Currie (American author) be modified to display simply Alan Roger Currie As for your second inquiry, I would rather not respond (publicly) because any response I have previously offered has always led to unnecessary debates, discussions, and 'drama.' Cheers Chicago Smooth (talk) 14:25, 23 March 2015 (UTC)
You are welcome. Also, I strongly recommend you consider reviewing the information at WP:AUTOBIOGRAPHY, especially WP:YOURSELF. The quote by Cato is very telling. Lastly, see WP:PROUD. Cheers to you as well. KDS4444Talk 21:55, 23 March 2015 (UTC)
I have read both of these before. I totally understand the objectives of each, as well as the cautionary warnings of each. Thank you. Chicago Smooth (talk) 00:55, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

interactions with new user at Eucestoda[edit]

Hi,

Thanks for this. Just so you know, there have been a number of emails back and forth about this topic. There won't likely be a response, but your concerns have not gone unheard or unaddressed. Removing messages is not an uncommon approach for someone who wants to avoid conflict. Unfortunately, on Wikipedia, since communication is expected, sometimes that can just invite additional conflict rather than effectively signal a request to disengage.

Personally, knowing how confusing and intimidating editing can be for a new user -- especially when it comes to other people undoing and criticizing your work -- I think it's best to allow a little space to adapt sometimes. In other words, it may be counter-productive when someone signals a desire not to communicate, to continue to communicate on the subject of non-communication :) If there were serious behavioral or content-related issues -- and if those issues continued after the removal of the message -- that's one thing, but I think otherwise we can assume good faith that removing a message means acknowledgement (I think if this user had even just said the word "acknowledged" in an edit summary, you wouldn't likely have felt so ignored). It's annoying, I agree, but if content-related problems persist and further attempts at communication fail, things can escalate to a noticeboard, where noncommunication never goes over well.

That's just my $0.02. Thanks for your productive comments. --Ryan (Wiki Ed) (talk) 15:16, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

You are welcome, and I hope Victoria eventually overcomes her aversion (perfectly understandable) to talk page interaction. One takes risks by editing Wikipedia, including the risks of having one's work scrutinized. Know that I meant no ill. I doubt any of this will ever reach someplace like WP:AIN. I am happy to let it all go, with more apologies. KDS4444Talk 15:22, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

Indigenous Opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipelines[edit]

Hi, you recently proposed a merger of Indigenous Opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipelines on one day, and then closed and performed the merger yourself 38 hours later. While you informed the involved editor, you neither waited for a reply, nor waited the standard five days for a merger discussion (per WP:MERGE). Said user, User:Evan.j.miranda, is new to Wikipedia and is taking [my class on indigenous rights], and came to me completely bewildered about what just happened. On top of that your "merge" involved adding exactly zero bytes from the merged article to Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines. This was out of standard process and a fairly heavy instance of biting the newcomers.

While I could do this myself, I am asking you to undo the merger and reopen the discussion for at least the next five days. This a notable subtopic with plenty of RS'ed material. It's attracting independent coverage in media and scholarly sources. Examples of the latter: [1] [2] [3] There's a reasonable case for WP:SPINOFF here, a possibility that you short-circuited by imagining that everyone on Wikipedia is familiar with online debates and posts their thoughts within a few hours. --Carwil (talk) 11:55, 10 April 2015 (UTC)

A page you started (Fustiaria) has been reviewed![edit]

Thanks for creating Fustiaria, KDS4444!

Wikipedia editor Animalparty just reviewed your page, and wrote this note for you:

note that Zipcode Zoo is a wiki/ mirror of Wikipedia and other sites; nor does it verify the statement in the article: it should probably not be cited as a reliable source, or at all.

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New articles[edit]

I note that you have created a number of new articles for Wikipedia. New articles are always welcome as indeed are your efforts to create them.

You maybe unaware but you are short circuiting the official article creation process. This may be understandable, because at least one procedure document suggests that you can create articles exactly the way that you do - and indeed you can.

What it doesn't tell you is: that when you create a draft article in your userspace, and then self move it into article space, its sudden appearance is automatically flagged and the article is (almost) immediately scrutinised. If there is nothing unacceptable with it, all well and good. But if the article has any shortcomings, it will be deleted in toto without explanation. If you do not have an independent copy, you will have to recreate it from scratch because you cannot get it undeleted (though by jumping through a few hoops you can get it undeleted back into your user space)

The best (and correct) procedure is to create your article in user space as before. When you believe it is ready, click the big blue "Submit your draft for review!" button. Your article will be srutinised as before, but this time, if there is something wrong, you will get a polite rejection notice at the top of your draft with a reason(s) as to what needs to be improved. The important bit is that you will still have something to improve. If your article is good, the reviewer will move it into article space for you and it will not be flagged as a new article.

I hope that this is of some assistance. I B Wright (talk) 17:10, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

I have never noticed the "Submit your draft for review" button— somehow that has escaped my attention (I've also never had an article deleted for unacceptability, and am very careful about making sure I have a completely assembled piece before I move it to article space, so I guess I have been lucky so far). However, I also have no desire to circumvent regular procedure and will certainly look for this the next time I put an article together. Thank you for the notification— it makes me wonder what else I may be doing/ have done with equal obliviousness. If you spot anything, you will let me know, yes? KDS4444Talk 12:34, 2 June 2015 (UTC)
Oh, fear not: we all do things that are wrong. We all rely on our more experienced compatriots to provide the necessary guidance. I have been at this, on and off, for over ten years, and I still learn new wrinkles even now. Good luck and best wishes. I B Wright (talk) 12:29, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Strontium aluminate, defense of the article[edit]

The book went to print in 2012 (I think), my edit dates back to 2006. (Not the first time my text was lifted word by word from here.) I was wondering; word by word lifts aren't my style, the phrasing in the book was a bit too "my style", so I checked the times. The blame goes the other way! :D This may be actually a long-term problem for wikipedia in general... Glad we have the edit history with timestamps. Shaddack (talk) 18:23, 13 June 2015 (UTC)

  • Oh, you are kidding. Shut my mouth, and my deepest apologies. Those bastards!!!! KDS4444Talk 16:02, 14 June 2015 (UTC)

5th Annual Wiknic[edit]

5th Annual Wiknic (Saturday, July 11, 2015, ~9:30am-4pm)
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Dear fellow Wikipedian,

You are cordinally invited to the fifth annual Los Angeles Wiknic!

The Wiknic is a part of the nationwide Great American Wiknic. We'll be grilling, getting to know each other better, and building the L.A. Wikipedia community! The event is tentatively planned for Pan-Pacific Park (map) and will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2014 from 9:30am to 4pm or so. Please RSVP and volunteer to bring food or drinks if possible!

I hope to see you there! Howcheng (talk) - via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:41, 21 June 2015 (UTC) Join our Facebook group here! To opt out of future mailings about LA meetups, please remove your name from this list.

Harassment[edit]

In view of your recent post to my talk page, I believe it is pertinent to remind you that the admin responding to your tirade basically stated that I was entirely right. Your post therefore constitutes harassment.

In consequence of that harassment: you are henceforth banned from posting to my user space at any time in the future.

Continued harassment in this manner can result in escalating blocks. DieSwartzPunkt (talk) 13:56, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

Your spots do not change, do they? Let's agree on that, at least. Please go hurl your insults elsewhere. I love the word "henceforth"! It sounds so legal and threatening! Thank you!!! KDS4444Talk 17:11, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
(Oh, and don't forget to erase everything from your own talk page— wouldn't want anyone to see what you've been doing there! Keep it clean, keep it clean, and never, ever archive). KDS4444Talk 17:14, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

Incomplete DYK nomination[edit]

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