User talk:Mikeblas/Archive 01

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AfD nomination process[edit]

I noticed you added an AfD template to Evud. You need to do more than just add the template to complete the nomination. You can find complete instructions here. I completed this nomination for you, but you might find the link useful for future reference. --GraemeL (talk) 22:41, 26 December 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for the link to the instructions! Thing is, they don't seem to work. Step #3 didn't turn out right when I tried to add an entry for Pms clan. Can you detect what I didn't do correctly? Mikeblas 05:53, 27 December 2005 (UTC)
Ah, you're getting confused between speedy delete and Articles for Deletion. If an article meets the criteria for speedy deletion, all you need to do is add the template and an admin will delete it if they agree with your reasoning. If it doesn't meet any of the speedy delete criteria, you need to go through the instructions I linked to submit it to AfD. --GraemeL (talk) 14:14, 27 December 2005 (UTC)
Ahah! Thanks for the clarificaiton!Mikeblas 22:59, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

N. Trance[edit]

Nice work by you and Woohookitty on this article, which I had tagged as speedy. At the same time, I tagged Madame Amberly, The Evil Twins, Evil Crash, and Ebeneezer Von Clutch, as it looked like the user was adding page after page of utter nonsense. I don't have a clue about this stuff, and it looks like gamecruft to me, but since you took the time to clean it up I suppose I'm wrong. So I'm guessing these are all related, and I will un-tag them, and if either of you have an interest, I'm sure you can add some context. thanks! bikeable (talk) 06:07, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for noticing! I'll touch-up the other categories... though I do agree the topics are cruft. I'm not sure why there needs to be a topic for every character in every ficticious work, but that's a bigger issue than I can solve! Mikeblas 06:23, 29 December 2005 (UTC)


Thank you very much for your help in tidying up my bits about Cutteslowe and the infamous Cutteslowe Walls, which I remember seeing just before they were demolished. G N Frykman 12:21, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

  • Not a problem! They seem like they must've been a very interesting social phenomena. If you need help fixing up any other topics, please let me know. Mikeblas 12:22, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

Stubs under mu[edit]

Hi Mikeblas - I've answered at the stub sorting page, but I'll answer here tooa lot of people were complaining about the stub categories cluttering up the main part of the categories, so we decided to put them right at the end of all the subcategories by using a non-alphabetical character. A lot of recent stub categories are listed under μ, to stand for "micro" (i.e., "very small articles"). Grutness...wha? 23:26, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for the explanation, Grutness. I guess that makes sense, but it seems a little opaque, though -- isn't a better solution available.

near copyvios[edit]

You said you had found a number of near copyvios. Can you give me a list, or at least a sample, I'll hunt around and see if I can find where to ask for a second opionion. RJFJR 14:48, 31 December 2005 (UTC)

Hey, RJFJR! Thanks for helping. So, let's start at Audio artist. You can compare that to this site [1]. If you look at the original author's contribution list, Special:Contributions/, you'll see the rest of the pages that started their life out this way, all partially copied from that has things like "open" and "free" in its name, but I don't see a terms of use page or a "we're this open license" page. It looks like it intends to be some sort of business process reengineering IT site, but then that would mean that some of these topics (like audio artist) are quite out of context. Lots of information isn't there, particularly anything that unites these terms into a cohesive group -- like "IT roles in the opfro methodolgoy", or something.
What do you think?

-- Mikeblas 22:34, 2 January 2006 (UTC)

Fun projects[edit]

Finding a fun project depends on what you consider fun. There is a long list of requested articles, a list of requested images if you have a digital camera or equivalent, if you'd like to add to short articles then there are a lot of stub articles that have been carefully classified by subject. If you'd rather work on cleaning up or doing wiki markup there are articles for cleanup and to be wikified. What kind of work would you like to do?

RJFJR 19:05, 31 December 2005 (UTC)

Most topics for cities in the US have a line that gives their location with latitude and longitude. According to the style guide for numbers, these topics should be using a template so they have a clickable link to a mapping service. I'd like to write a robot to make the necessary edits to bring the topics up to spec.
I don't think I'll have any problem with the programming. But with whom should I raise this idea to see if it's a good one? That it doesn't conflict with another effort, or other plans for the involved template or the products? That it's a desireable change, and so on? And how could I find a wikipedia robot mentor? -- Mikeblas 22:32, 2 January 2006 (UTC)

Sorry, I didn't see this question. For info on bots see Wikipedia:Bots. RJFJR 01:27, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

Re Chilton scarp[edit]

Sorry about that -- Francs2000 21:06, 4 January 2006 (UTC)

No worries! -- Mikeblas 22:28, 4 January 2006 (UTC)

Lambda calculus in category process calculi?[edit]

I noticed that you have added the lambda calculus category as a subcat of the process calculi cat. I'm not certain that this makes sense, since the lambda calculus isn't (AFAIK) generally considered a process calculus. I was wondering what your reasonong for making this subcat connection was, and whether you'd object to my removing the connection. Thanks. --Allan McInnes 00:13, 6 January 2006 (UTC)

Oops! My mistake; feel free to revert it. -- Mikeblas 00:25, 6 January 2006 (UTC)


I do not know the category structure there. I removed it because it seemed too general (although there might be one for motherboard manufacturers, and if not, then there would be a less specific component-manufacturer category.) If it has been established that Category:Motherboards is the best for that article, then by all means add it, but it seemed too general. Thank you for the message Paul 23:58, 9 January 2006 (UTC)

Now that I look at it, it appears as if the category "Computer hardware companies" works best, but again if you think it should be otherwise then make the change.

Re-adding category[edit]

Sounds fine, it's good to see pages being watched and actively maintained rather than dumped here and simply tagged for cleanup like so many seem to be. My edits are generally a type of meatball surgery; I often make general improvements and hope that someone knows more about the subject than I do who will do the short strokes. Paul 18:10, 10 January 2006 (UTC)

RfC on "Now!" albums[edit]

Hi, I have submitted an RfC on the "Now!" albums; it points to the discussion here. Please contribute your thoughts; thanks. Fourohfour 13:28, 20 January 2006 (UTC)

English wheel[edit]

Sorry for the delay but I've responded at the wikiproject talk entry. — Graibeard 10:03, 26 January 2006 (UTC)

That all looks good. The only extra thing I did was create a few redirects for alternative names such as Wheeling machine etc. It's worthwhile doing as it saves someone else duplicating the page when they find no entry under their preferred spelling, which then saves on the merge debates :-)
It's also worth adding the wikiproject notice template to the talk page, especially as our article namespace wikilink will be disappearing RSNGraibeard 01:16, 29 January 2006 (UTC)


I noticed that you wanted to know how to nominate a category for deletion. The page you're looking for is Wikipedia:Categories for deletion. Have fun! Stifle 20:10, 26 January 2006 (UTC)

Hi! You said: how do I request deletion of Category:Antenna manufacturers? See WP:CFD, categories for deletion. Punkmorten 20:53, 26 January 2006 (UTC)

String disambiguation and fixing dab pages[edit]

I'm glad to see you finished disambiguating String. Hopefully the merging of String with Strings will be taken care of soon. Just for next time, when you finished fixing a disambiguation page, in addition to crossing it off, you want to move it from the "To Do" list to the bottom of the "Done" list. Happy disambiguating! -- Natalya 03:31, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

Now! again[edit]


Regarding the activity on the "Now!" pages, I should make clear that I didn't initiate this. Another user was moving the existing (un-suffixed) pages describing U.S. releases to (U.S. series) pages, then putting the U.K. releases on the un-suffixed pages. (Actually, the newbie in question also made a former redirect page into a cut-n'-paste copy, which was *not* good).

I thought this was biased (towards the U.K. releases) and confusing (as a large proportion of people would type in the bare name expecting the U.S. release), so encouraged him to at least be consistent.

Personally, I'm not really too bothered about cases where only one "Now XX" has been written up under the bare name, so long as it makes clear which series it's in.

Anyway, if you strongly disagree with my position on this, please let me know. As I said, I didn't start this burst of activity, and didn't want it to appear as if I was promoting my position for the sake of it.

Fourohfour 12:49, 12 February 2006 (UTC)

I've let you know at least twice that I disagree. I also indicated that I wasn't sure how to proceed (I'm doing what the project originally suggested, and it makes sense to me. You've got an alternative. How do we form consensus?), and devided to contribute elsewhere. -- Mikeblas 20:54, 12 February 2006 (UTC)
The "original suggestion" was (given all evidence that I could reasonably find, including several histories and discussions) the result of one person taking it upon themselves to add the albums to the list. That's it; there's no evidence of any prior discussion or consensus whatsoever, which was the reason I didn't place significant importance on it.
I don't even know if that person (dormant since November; I can't get a reply from them) knew there were different series; the albums went up to fifty-something, indicating that they wanted the U.K.- not U.S.- series. However, this was never made clear, and suggested it hadn't been thought out.
As for a proper consensus; I already tried two ways (including an RfC), and there were too few responses to make a convincing case either way. Notable or not, I don't think that many people feel strongly about the issue.
Anyway, I apologise for bringing this up. The only reason I mentioned it was to point out that I hadn't done things this way for the sake of it; I felt this was preferable to duplicate pages and U.K.-centric renaming.
Fourohfour 21:40, 12 February 2006 (UTC)

Rodney Graham[edit]

I've toned down the bits you didn't like. Care to remove the tag? - Runcorn 19:56, 18 February 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for taking a cut at it. I responded on the Talk:Rodney Graham page. -- Mikeblas 22:49, 18 February 2006 (UTC)

Deletion from the Loran article[edit]

I saw where you deleted what I wrote on the Loran page. While this was a very fine article (I am assuming that it is yours), you fail to address why the United States government and European government have decided to spend millions of dollars updating and keeping Loran going when it has been largely supplanted by GPS.

The reason is that if the GPS system is ever attacked by terrorists that we will have a reliable back-up. Hokeman

I responded to you on your talk page. The deletion you're asking about wasn't done by me; my last edit to the page was about a month before you added your text. -- Mikeblas 20:52, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the explanation. DualFreq was in the midst of doing a revision, and did end up incorporating some of my thought into his rewrite. Hokeman 18:00, 2 March 2006 (UTC)


Woops, my bad --larsinio (poke)(prod) 13:52, 1 June 2006 (UTC)

Nuno Bettencourt[edit]

I uploaded a picture for the Nuno Bettencourt article as requested. The thing is I think it's a bit big, and don't know how to resize it. Can you help me out? Thanks.RVD420 13:17, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

Spelling correction in source code[edit]

Hi Mike,

I agree that in general spelling corrections in code are dangerous, and I do look out for this sort of thing. In this case, however, I was just correcting the spelling of a variable name, and some comments.

Since this is intended as sample code, I figure it can't hurt to have the right spelling.

Cheers, CmdrObot 23:31, 13 June 2006 (UTC)

Canon Reference[edit]

Sure, I'll post the article reference in discussion. This is sortof old news, for what it's worth, but Canon keeps fighting it. I didn't worry about posting a citation since 1) there was no original citation to begin with and 2) I generally don't cite for information that doesn't exist (as I cut out the paragraph in entirety. Madmaxmarchhare 18:00, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Also, you may want to note:
Hi! Can you explain your edit to the Canon article about their stopping film camera development? Your only comment was AP apparently mis-reported their intention to stop making SLRs),
The paragraph I deleted had nothing to do with them stopping film camera development, it was about, as I stated in my memo, Canon stopping SLR development. Madmaxmarchhare 18:20, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Fake radio stations[edit]

Thanks for doing the legwork on this -- I'm embarrassed that I didn't catch it. NawlinWiki 03:37, 9 July 2006 (UTC)

Thank you.[edit]

Thank you for your comments.--Gay Cdn 15:12, 13 July 2006 (UTC)


I'm sorry. I come from Poland. My english is weak (~ en-1). To misunderstand you (all) text from discussion Kottonmouth Kings. To hope that you understand me from discussion KMK. LUCPOL 12:41, 14 July 2006 (UTC)

I apprehend arcicle Kottonmouth Kings. I not apprehend your discussion. Your change is arcicle Kottonmouth Kings there is vandalism. You written "D-Loc works with DJ Bobby B in Tsunami Brothers and Johnny Richter in Kingspade, as well as a solo career as Shaky Bonez." or "Daddy X fronts the Humble Gods (of which Doug Carrion is also a guitarist) and a solo career." etc. This is arcicle "Kottonmouth Kings". Only Kottonmouth Kings. Then again - your delete 1/4 arcicle. Do you get me? LUCPOL 17:00, 14 July 2006 (UTC)

Mistress Yvette[edit]

When two articles are just copies of each other, with the same author, there's really no need to discuss merging. A lot of times this happens just because new editors don't know about redirects, so they enter the same content twice. I just changed Yvette Wilde to redirect to the other title. Fan-1967 13:40, 14 July 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know! I use the merge tags because there's no way to tell if the versions are identical. We can compare revisions of individual articles, but not different articles. How can you get a diff of two different articles? -- Mikeblas 16:04, 14 July 2006 (UTC)
Actually I just eyeballed them, and then looked at the edit histories. While it's conceivable there were differences, it seems unlikely. The edit histories showed they had been both been repeatedly updated by the same person at the same time (User:Yvette38dd), so it's reasonable to assume she was putting the same content in both places. Fan-1967 16:35, 14 July 2006 (UTC)

Rename Performance problem to Performance tuning[edit]

I don't know if you still with the Performance problem article, but I have followed up on your suggestion that it would make sense to rename it to Performance tuning. Since the new name already exists as a redirect, it requires votes and administrative intervention. Share your thoughts at the bottom of Talk:Performance problem. JonHarder 14:07, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

Pin code[edit]

Reply posted here. - Ganeshk (talk) 23:51, 24 July 2006 (UTC)

Mitsubishi 3000GT/GTO[edit]

I've just finished tidying the Mitsubishi GTO article which, as I said on the talk page, involved taking the two pages about this car and splicing the info together as best I could. I've put forward another merge/redirect proposal on the two talk pages, but since you did the big tidy up last month I thought I'd contact you personally.

First, I pruned out the transmission/reliability stuff as being too unsourced (the bit about the Getrag lawsuit even had a {{citeneeded}} tag. Also, some websites were conflicting with our wheel/tire info so I pruned that out too until it can be verified. As far as I can tell you were only the editor of these sections, not the author, so you won't be too pained by my cuts.

I've also kept my previously added section on the original 1970-75 GTO, which gave the later car its name. As a result of this, I think it'd be better to redirect to that page rather than vice versa. Thoughts? --DeLarge 14:56, 1 August 2006 (UTC)

Calling programmers[edit]

We need coders for the WikiProject Disambigation fixer. We need to make a program to make faster and easier the fixing of links. We will be happy if you could check the project. You can Help! --Neo139 09:24, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

Academic Geography category[edit]

Hello, i've added the category to primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors of industry as learning the classification of industry is a basic component of economic geography (as can be seen from this revision website: The classification of industry is then used to examine the locational factors that affect industry and why some countries develop all four sectors and others do not. I hope this is helpful. AlexD 09:13, 11 August 2006 (UTC)


Stop hand.svg

Your comments on Talk:The_Notorious_B.I.G. have not been in accordance with Wikipedia's guidelines on civilility. Please do not harrass other editors, or you may be blocked. Cshay 05:37, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

Note that I asked CShay about this warning and he failed to respond. After about three weeks he removed my question from his user talk page [2]. Other editors have warned Cshay himself for failing to be civil [3] [4], so I don't think it's jumping to a conclusion to suggest that he's retaliating by leaving civility warnings on the pages of others, and has no real interest in helping promote less friction in editing. -- Mikeblas 02:47, 7 September 2006 (UTC)


It's particularly discouraging that the one motorola article was closed under WP:SNOW... especially when the example in WP:CORP is of a company with "twenty different models of cell phones, and there is little difference between them" :-/ Oh well. ptkfgs 16:57, 21 August 2006 (UTC)

The Long and Winding Road[edit]

Why have you removed external links to the lyrics on this page? Nearly all Beatles songs and probably others link to lyrics hosted elsewhere. Are we policing the whole internet for copyright violations now?

simonthebold 10:32, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

King of the Road[edit]

The article King of the Road points to a disambiguation page, which answers your question on Wikipedia Talk:Notability (music). Roger Miller wrote the tune in 1965. --EngineerScotty 21:43, 25 August 2006 (UTC)


Working Man's Barnstar

Working Man's Barnstar.png The Working Man's Barnstar
For your work disambiguating links Dina 18:53, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

List of beat 'em ups undeletion request[edit]

I have nominated List of beat 'em ups to be undeleted, under the reasoning that it is not redundant to the category; it contains many games which are not covered by the category, and may never be able to be covered by it. In addition, the list can do more than the category. It can put date, developer, release date, system, et al., useful especially for articles that would be difficult to create an article for. I hope that you will vote on this and hopefully support its undeletion, on the basis that it does something that makes it not redundant to the category. [5] - A Link to the Past (talk) 22:24, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

Big Red Switch[edit]

Does Big Red Switch now avoid the weasel words you objected to? RJFJR 20:28, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

WikiProject Disambiguation Talk Request[edit]

This is a form message being sent to all WikiProject Disambiguation participants. I recently left a proposed banner idea on the WikiProject Disambiguation talk page and I would appreciate any input you could provide. Before it can be approved or denied, I would prefer a lot of feedback from multiple participants in the project. So if you have the time please join in the discussion to help improve the WikiProject. Keep up the good work in link repair and thanks for your time. Nehrams2020 22:06, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

About DarkBASIC[edit]

If that was the alternative, to merge if no cleanup was done, I'd have to say for you to be bold, and perform the merge yourself as soon as possible. Radagast83 16:43, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

Vim: open source biased/unbalanced?[edit]


I noticed you added an 'unbalanced' tag to the Vim page. Your reason was that it did not discuss the problems of open source.

Personally I don't think this a reason the tag should be there. I mean, just because Vim is open source doesn't mean it has to criticize this. People wouldn't go clapping 'unbalanced' tags on the Microsoft page, just because it doesn't contain a complaint against closed source.

A critism of open source should be on the Open source and Open source software pages instead, shouldn't it?

I welcome your feedback (please reply on my talk page).

Yuser31415 talk|contribs 23:00, 12 November 2006 (UTC)

Oh, help! I was reading the wrong page! My greatest apologies :) Yuser31415 talk|contribs 23:05, 12 November 2006 (UTC)

DIAMONDS Trust[edit]

I have proposed this page for deletion, along with almost all the other individual stock funds listed in the category "exchange-traded funds" - I don't think any of them were particularly notable, especially since most were index funds anyways. Basically, the articles made no real claims of notability. If you feel the DIAMONDS Trust article deserves to stay, please remove my "prod" tag and try to improve the article to show notability. --Brianyoumans 13:07, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

Modular sculpture[edit]

I don't want to get into a back-and-forth over this, so I'll leave your edits to the Norman Carlberg article as they are. But I must say, your refusal to allow the link to 'module' is unintelligent and petty. —Preceding unsigned comment added by MarylandArtLover (talkcontribs)

Sorry. I forgot to sign the above. MdArtLover 00:24, 29 November 2006 (UTC)

About Otsuka Station[edit]

Well, I misread 大塚駅 in Hiroshima as Ōtsuka eki, but after the edit, I noticed that the station's name was Ōzuka eki. Also, Japanese wikipedia, which I regard as importance, has ja:大塚駅 (東京都) and ja:大塚駅 (広島県) and I was confused. --Izumi5 09:50, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

Landsburg thing[edit]

I wish you would replace "module patching," which you recently deleted from the Steven Landsburg page. Landsburg himself helped me write the article and pointed out errors in in. If the thing about module patching was not true, he would have told me. Thanks. Gnossie. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Gnossie (talkcontribs)

mikeblas, your inference in this matter is unwelcome and amateurish. Merely because YOU can't find any references to "module patching" doesn't mean anything. I, a professional economist, wrote that page with the assistance of its subject, Steven Landsburg, based on easily verifiable sources. That, I think, should be enough to settle the matter. But oh no! You come in and merely because a perfunctory searching on module patching on your part failed to come up with any links between the two, conclude the link is false. IF YOU HAD SEARCHED IN A MORE STRINGENT MANNER, you would, one imagines, have entered "Steven Landsburg" on Google at some point. The first link is to his page at the University of Rochester. From there is a link to an informal kind of resume about him, hosted by the that university. ( Module patching is mentioned twice on that page, and links to his papers on the subject (e.g., "Patching and Birationality") could be arrived at within a few clicks. You were unable to find this, and so deleted it from Wikpedia??!?! Sheesh. What else are you up to? What's next, deleting references to "the Sun" merely because you can't find any online evidence that it's over your head? Hence: you have now wasted my time and his, since, instead of merely replacing the text, you forced me to double check with him and re-locate the reference myself. I pray you now replace the text you erroneously deleted. Gnossie 18:35, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

Howdy Mikeblas: Your suggestion that I familiarize myself with Wikipedia's policies on editing is rich; certainly it would behoove YOU to review their guidelines on civility. [6] As you doubtless know, it isn't the fact of your editing aritcles per se that is unwelcome, but your petulant refusal to undo your changes once it was patently demonstrated how off-target your pawing around was. How petty. You should have simply admitted you made a mistake and fixed the article. Instead I had to. Sheesh! Neither shall I annotate the page further: merely because you don't understand something is, I feel, no reason to make a footnote there. Glossing it in-text would suggest this (quite incidental) claim is controversial and in need of buttressing, which it is not. Perhaps, since you feel it's so scorchingly critical, you can append a note on Landsburg's talk page with a link to the material. That might be a way to help the page, as you say, "realize some progress." Regards, Gnossie 05:48, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

Module Disambiguation?[edit]

Hi there, cheers for your support about disambiguating module, I don't understand what you meant by check the Stephen Landsburg page, it doesn't exist. I'll have a quick check to see if I can find the page your reffereing to though. FlyHigh 17:11, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

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