User talk:Mélencron

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Maps and Campaign Poll Graphs[edit]

Hello Mélencron. This is the first ever Wiki anything I have edited, so apologies if I am breaking protocol. I am looking for a map and a campign wave poll graph for each of the 2017 French, German, and British elections to use in a Pallgrave Pivot (Pallgrave MacMillan doesn't really pay the authors of these things FYI, and require any images or illustrations we use we have secured permission in advance of submission). I notice that you have done France and Germany. Did you do the UK as well? I am really looking for a campaign wave poll graph and map from each country context that looks similarly structured and formatted. We will of course give a proper citation for the graphic in the book

Thanks for any help you provide. Deltondaigle (talk) 18:35, 21 July 2018 (UTC) Deltondaigle (talk) 18:35, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Your work on election polling[edit]

First of all, thank you for your up to date work on elections and election polling throughout Europe. I’m looking to start contributing by updating election information wherever needed, but being new to editing Wikipedia, need some pointers. Are there any basic etiquette points I should keep in mind while contributing? I’m not sure if this is where you typically message people or not, so please inform me if I’m in the wrong.

Thank you.

Thank Fhearguis (talk) 02:39, 18 July 2018 (UTC)

Hi Fhearguis, where are you looking to start? I don't have a particular guide or anything, but Help:Getting started might help you get to know the ropes in terms of basic formatting/syntax as well as notable guidelines and policies. A good way to learn is really by observing what other editors do and don't do on the types of articles you're interested in working on, but it could also be helpful if you could offer a few examples of areas you'd be interested in working on or what kind of tasks you'd like to accomplish in order for me (or others who watch this talk page) to offer more specific advice. Best, Mélencron (talk) 03:26, 18 July 2018 (UTC)

Election editing[edit]

First of all, apologies if I’m incorrectly replying to your last message on your talk page. Please do let me know if there is a better way to respond to you. Secondly, in reference to your question about what I’m looking to focus on for the time being, I am currently looking to work on adding portraits to the pages of legislators/candidates. Specifically, I’ve found the National Assembly of South Africa to be rather lacking in portraits and thus would like to add portraits for the leaders/presidents/chairpeople of multiple parties. Any help you could recommend would be appreciated. For one thing I am having issues finding reliable images that are not limited to non-commercial purposes, as, from what I can tell, Wikimedia does not allow copyrighted images free to use in a non-commercial capacity, which is the copyright standard for the Government of South Africa website. Fhearguis (talk) 17:31, 18 July 2018 (UTC)

@Fhearguis: As far as I know, images under a non-commercial license can't be uploaded to Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons, unfortunately. Freely-licensed portraits are hard to come by as they're also usually not covered by fair use. In that case, either a user has to upload a photo they took of the individual under an open license (e.g. a compatible Creative Commons license or release into public domain), or find one under a Creative Commons or other open license that allows non-commercial reuse elsewhere. Google Images lets you filter images by copyright status, and both Flickr and YouTube can be useful places to look for freely-licensed images of individuals, but even in most of those cases it can be difficult to find an appropriately-licensed image. Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions, but know that I'm just one editor and you'll probably get a quicker or more comprehensive response on the help desk or one of Wikipedia's many noticeboards. Happy editing, Mélencron (talk) 01:22, 19 July 2018 (UTC)

Discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject U.S. Congress#Chronological order of polls[edit]

 You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject U.S. Congress#Chronological order of polls. —GoldRingChip 12:40, 19 July 2018 (UTC)

Opinion polls[edit]

Hi, I have seen that you have created graphs of Opinion polls and I would like to know with what program you do them, so that I can also contribute to make diagrams of that quality. Thanks! --Stalin990 (talk) 23:23, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

@Stalin990: Hey, I use Google Sheets to create a spreadsheet listing the opinion polls to calculate averages and create the graphs, and stitch together the part on the right (with the most recent values) in GIMP. For that diagram at least, I use a two-week weighted moving average, line thickness of 3px, point size of 1px, and fade the color for the individual points so that the lines are more visible in comparison. Hope that helps! Mélencron (talk) 23:29, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for your help! I will start with the creation of the graphics! --Stalin990 (talk) 00:28, 23 July 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Regional council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 23 July 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Regional council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Marie-Guite Dufay was not elected president of the regional council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in the first round of voting, despite the left holding an absolute majority of seats? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Regional council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Regional council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:03, 23 July 2018 (UTC)

Candidate photos[edit]

Hi, sorry to bother but I was wondering whats the criteria for uploading candidate images correctly? I've noticed that there aren't images for Josh Hawley or Mike Braun in the Missouri/Indiana senate races yet. Thanks! VietPride10 (talk) 19:10, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

@VietPride10: the main thing is that the image has to be freely licensed (i.e., usually either with a Creative Commons license that permits both commercial and noncommercial use or a public domain image). This almost always means that you'll be able to find images for incumbents (just search their name in Google Images and add "" at the end) but it's more difficult for challengers because the contents of their site are subject to copyright. In that case, you could try hunting for images by, for example, asking someone with the campaign itself to upload it and send permission for use to WP:OTRS – that's how we got the first image of Doug Jones! – or combing through Flickr for images that are correctly licensed (i.e., CC but not "NC" – can't upload noncommercial images), YouTube for footage that might contain them (I think it's a standard Creative Commons 1.0 license for those using the CC rather than the standard YouTube license), or searching "" or "" for their names. Most of the time, though, you won't have luck with these methods for finding challengers' images unless they're already in images uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (occasionally a candidate might have appeared at some other event but might not be mentioned in the initial description). Hope this helps – it's certainly a challenge to track down images that are appropriately licensed for Wikipedia, which is why there often aren't any in the first place. Mélencron (talk) 20:09, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
@Mélencron: Screenshotting youtube ads for candidates is fine right? I've seen it done w/ John James & Andria Tupola. I'm trying to find a better image for Gretchen Whitmer, and the senate candidates that still don't have a picture. VietPride10 (talk) 20:15, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
@VietPride10: If they're under a Creative Commons license, should be fine (you can see the license below the description). Mélencron (talk) 20:47, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Discussion on Libertarian candidate in Virginia senate race article[edit]

Hey, I noticed you have edited the United States Senate election in Virginia, 2018, and just wanted to invite you to participate in a vote on the talk page about whether or not Libertarian candidate Matt Waters should be included in the infobox. (talk) 12:09, 30 August 2018 (UTC)

US election articles[edit]

I've no probs with including all ballot access candidates, in the infoboxes. We can always delete those who finish with less then 5% of the vote after the results are known :) GoodDay (talk) 16:35, 2 September 2018 (UTC)

French National Assembly[edit]


Have you a neutral diagram of the French National Assembly please ? I find the 2002 repartition of political groups and I want to make the diagramm.

Thanks, Brice-Royal (talk) 15:30, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

@Brice-Royal: try using this tool. Let me know if you need any help. Mélencron (talk) 15:34, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

By election in la Reunion[edit]

Hi Could you create an article? --Panam2014 (talk) 19:35, 16 September 2018 (UTC)

I'm busy but aware of it – might create it retroactively a few weeks from now (after the result), ping me about it then to remind me. Mélencron (talk) 19:42, 16 September 2018 (UTC)
@Panam2014: what I mean to say is, my focus is on the U.S. until November. After then, I intend to pivot back to France in view of the European elections, and you can expect I will return to regular editing in that area then. Right now I'm just busy in my own life which is preventing me from spending sustained time writing/editing, however. Mélencron (talk) 23:36, 20 September 2018 (UTC)


Care to explain why rounding is "the standard?" It misrepresents the margin of difference. The difference between Stitt and Edmondson is about 2%, but rounding (which I honestly don't see any good reason in doing) makes it look like he leads by 3%. The same issue pops up with the older polls, too. Master of Time (talk) 20:48, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

@Master of Time:: it's how all polls are being presented on U.S. election articles, so I follow that de facto consensus as do the other editors who are focused on U.S. election polling. Mélencron (talk) 20:49, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

Marcia Squier US Senate Michigan[edit]

Green nominee Marcia Squier has recieved 5% in polling from Mlive and Free Press Detroit. She is also planned to be included in a televised debate with James and Stabenow in Lansing. This warrants her spot in the Infobox, so please stop undoing users' edits. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kraanky (talkcontribs) 01:32, 28 September 2018 (UTC)

The copy of the poll in the article literally does not say this. Mélencron (talk) 03:10, 28 September 2018 (UTC)

As you seemed to have undone my edit because Marcia is not polling at 5%, I would like you to please direct me to the guidelines in which candidates are allowed to be included into the U.S election infobox. If there is no specified guideline and it is just by consensus I believe Michigan Citizens, and others who have stated they want her listed should have her listed. I would also be willing to add all ballot nominees if that will suffice for you.Duijinn 21:54, 5 October 2018 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dillan.neelis (talkcontribs)

South Dakota Governor Poll[edit]

Just curious. What's "FTE"? (talk) 02:10, 29 September 2018 (UTC)

FiveThirtyEight. Mélencron (talk) 02:40, 29 September 2018 (UTC)
Ah, thanks. If you don't like this edit, feel free to modify or undo it. I won't protest. (talk) 03:38, 29 September 2018 (UTC)

Vandalism revert on Griffith, Indiana[edit]

Seldom do we have the privilege of serving both the vandal and the encyclopedia by reverting vandalism. Hope you got it before his (wide) fiancee saw it. Ha! John from Idegon (talk) 05:03, 5 October 2018 (UTC)