User talk:Nilfanion/Archive 5

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Commons image from Flickr - possible problem[edit]

Hi there. Would you have time to check out Wikipedia talk:Non-free content#Living people and replaceable images (Bobby Fisher)? While posting something about replaceable images for living people, I uncovered a concern about a Flickr image on Commons, Image:Robert Fischer - March 2005.jpg, where you confirmed its license. Given that a different crop of this image is marked as an AP (Associated Press) picture here, I suspect that the Flickr user just grabbed the image from a news website. Could you confirm whether or not the Commons picture checking process ("was reviewed on 2007-08-04 by the administrator or trusted user" bit) involves checking just whether the licence has been correctly transcribed, or whether it involves any checking of whether the Flickr user themselves took the photo (it seem this is not the case here)? Thanks. Carcharoth 01:29, 3 September 2007 (UTC)

Image:US Government most-wanted Iraqi playing cards.jpg[edit]

Hi. Please come and participate in the discussion of Image:US Government most-wanted Iraqi playing cards.jpg. Thanks for your prompt attention to this matter.   — Jeff G. (talk|contribs) 00:56, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

Plymouth things and stalking[edit]

Cheers, buddy. I have a mainly Plymouth-oriented radar, and so pick up a lot of silly edits. Typifies the area a lot - in that people are enthusiastic to say things (Wikipedia: Wikiproject Devon) but lack the nouse to do them well (and that includes me). I'm not sure if it would be best for me to back off completely or continue trying to police things a bit, albeit trying to let most stuff past without interference like I try to. Up to me I suppose - I should make a positive contribution of my own. Wish I had a decent camera. Cheers anyway - keep up the good work. Stevebritgimp 22:35, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

Marty 03[edit]

Rather than starting a revert war, I'll talk here. My issue with Marty is primarily continuity between other WPTC articles. Continually removing the hat for that one article could be seen as disruptive, given that you haven't done the same to any others. And I'd hardly call this a discussion on whether or not to include a hatnote on the top of each page. Hurricanehink (talk) 15:48, 25 October 2007 (UTC)

Now we're getting somewhere, rather than speaking our thoughts in the tiny edit summaries :) I'll admit, I forgot about that discussion - it was three months ago, after all, and nothing seemed to happen with it. You made some fair points, and I believe this would be a great compromise. It eliminates the hatnote, and it gives something to the See also section, which really should not be List of notable cyclones. Hurricanehink (talk) 15:58, 25 October 2007 (UTC)

Regarding Peter, yea, that was me being really stupid, as usual. I fixed it. Regarding Marty, is that an adequate solution? I believe that the other storm pages should be linked somewhere. If we both agree, then Marty can be de-protected. --Hurricanehink (talk) 22:05, 25 October 2007 (UTC)

Heh, I didn't know you were still dealing with that user. I know my solution is not ideal, but removing the hatnotes and deleting the pages is a bit of a two-part process. Some might object to deleting those hatnotes right now given their place, but if they were in the See also section of the article, they wouldn't be as valuable. If those pages don't get deleted any time soon (after all, the discussion pages on storm archives were kept), then these could have a bit of a purpose. There is some value in having them to link to other related articles - off the top of my head, I can think of Barry, Dean, Alberto, Beryl, and Debby in just the past two years. --Hurricanehink (talk) 23:16, 25 October 2007 (UTC)
Wait, I'm confused - since when did I ever care about policy. ;) But I'm also confused by your response. What is the harm in putting the dab page in the see also, like Hurricane Barry for all Barry articles. Hurricanehink (talk) 03:55, 26 October 2007 (UTC)
Who says that the "sole purpose" of dab pages is to "help readers find the correct article"? You've said yourself that our dabs are more than typical dabs. Why can't we ignore their sole purpose and use them as articles in the see also section? The navbars might take time, and God knows they're much more work than to put a link in one section (and for that matter also removing it from the top). To avoid the potential naming confusing, a Barry article could have Other tropical cyclones named Barry as the wikilink; what is the harm in doing that? Hurricanehink (talk) 23:56, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

Hurricane Infobox[edit]

heya Nilf, sorry bout the edit to the hurricane infobox with changing the align, for some reason i though that it had always been center align.

Also I was thinking that if the cat is left align then the storm name should be as well because it seems silly that nearly everything is central except that bit and it jus seems out of place with the rest of the template. Also do you want me to put it back on the other hurricane info box as well because i made the same change there. Seddon69 01:54, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Drake Circus AfD[edit]

I think you must have !voted on the Drake Circus AfD just before I posted my comments and copied over the total rewrite of the article. Sorry for the edit conflict. The revised article is almost fully referenced, only makes passing mention of the contested "area" and is I think uncontroversial among those who've been working on it. The only issue that remains is its notability. Could I ask you to have another look, please? Thanks Smalljim 23:36, 9 November 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for reconsidering, and sorry for the trouble. It's my fault for dithering for several hours over whether to copy the rewrite over or not. And of course just minutes before I did, two people decide to look at it - that's called Sod's law here! I suppose I should have guessed that there'd be a flurry of activity on AfD pages just before midnight. Smalljim 00:30, 10 November 2007 (UTC)

And thanks for tidying up after the page recreation. I'm concerned about the existence of this: User:Nicole 50dc, which is what he doubtless used to recreate it. He's still editing that page so I'm worried it's going to be used to resurrect the page in some guise again. I've asked for guidance at the VP, but if you can help... Smalljim 23:17, 12 November 2007 (UTC)
Update. On Coredesat's advice, I've put the page up for MfD. Smalljim 09:08, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

Bhola Cyclone[edit]

Hi Nilfanion, thanks for contributing in the article Bhola Cyclone. Hopefully you can start working in this article again very soon. Just to inform you, we are focusing to do a lot of job about BD related topics from mid December and ready to help whatever we can to achive status for Bhola Cyclone. Regards and keep it up. --Tarif from Bangladesh (talk) 13:25, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

Image:Danielle Newspaper.gif[edit]

I have removed the fair use disputed tag. The image satisfies WP:NFCC#8 easily, as the image is not used only as decoration, but rather as the only impact picture for the article, demonstrating the damage caused by the storm, meeting the "significantly increase[s] readers' understanding of the topic" test of the policy. The new fair use rationale should also satisfy WP:NFCC#10. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 06:33, 27 November 2007 (UTC)


Nilfanion: I'd like to personally thank you (as opposed to having someone else do it) for your foresight in giving this swell image of yours a black background so I could easily use it as my portable's desktop (see screenshot. Any court in the land would agree that it's a handsome graphic, and it has the added advantage of making me appear much more organized than reality would confirm. Cheers, Ander —Preceding unsigned comment added by SomeAvailableName (talkcontribs) 23:47, 28 November 2007 (UTC)


Don't put those tags there, because I am trying to create a list of what needs to be done in each article. Tags at the beginning of the page are unhelpful. Good kitty 18:41, 4 December 2007 (UTC)

That might make sense if there were actual authors attached to it, and they had written it while neglecting to put references. Right now it is just stub class, with nothing substantial written after the lede. If you put tags across every article that is a stub, people will not be very happy with it. Tagging is a way of doing something without actually doing anything at all (and should be done conservatively IMO). There are obviously a lot of articles in need of expansion in WTCP, and ones that do have tags have been sitting idle for years. Good kitty (talk) 20:49, 5 December 2007 (UTC)
I have tried to work on WTCP while avoiding projects, but this is absolutely ridiculous. You are now implying that I am a copyright thief? You could have resolved the issue by adding references that you admit you left out in the first place, which probably would've benefited all. I have contributed so much more to WTCP, but now I would rather not edit here anymore and receive all these nasty messages from you. Good kitty (talk) 23:54, 5 December 2007 (UTC)
No listen. This discussion has changed from the tagging to the page splitting, so now I will address why I am tired of this place. This will be my last edit to Wikipedia (which I have been doing for three years without incident). You chose to be an admin, so it is your job to correct mistakes on others' parts. If I left out a detail when making an edit, you should correct it and tell me about it. However, you should NOT start to accuse me of deliberately infringing on copyrights. Your job is to do things with TACT, which you almost have less of than Chacor when he was an admin. You should also try to be civil and not leave bolded messages on talk pages or snide comments (like 'sigh') in the edit summary. Those things are considered rude, and it is your job as an admin to be civil.Good kitty (talk) 03:13, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

Pre-Meiji Period: Use of Japanese era name in identifying disastrous events[edit]

Would you consider making a contribution to an exchange of views at either of the following:

As you know, Wikipedia:WikiProject Disaster management came up with entirely reasonable guidelines for naming articles about earthquakes, fires, typhoons, etc. However, the <<year>><<place> <<event>> format leaves no opportunity for conventional nengō which have been used in Japan since the eighth century (701-1945) -- as in "the Great Fire of Meireki" (1657) or for "the Hōei eruption of Mount Fuji" (1707).

In a purely intellectual sense, I do look forward to discovering how this exchange of views will develop; but I also have an ulterior motive. I hope to learn something about how better to argue in favor of a non-standard exception to conventional, consensus-driven, and ordinarily helpful wiki-standards such as this one. In my view, there does need to be some modest variation in the conventional paradigms for historical terms which have evolved in non-Western cultures -- no less in Wikipedia than elsewhere. I'm persuaded that, at least in the context of Japanese history before the reign of Emperor Meiji (1868-1912), some non-standard variations seem essential; but I'm not sure how best to present my reasoning to those who don't already agree with me. I know these first steps are inevitably awkward; but there you have it.

The newly-created 1703 Genroku earthquake article pushed just the right buttons for me. Obviously, these are questions that I'd been pondering for some time; and this became a convenient opportunity to move forward in a process of building a new kind of evolving consensus. --Ooperhoofd (talk) 17:57, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

Editing of Admiral MacBride wiki page[edit]


I've logged in to check the Wiki page I created for the Admiral MacBride's pub, which contains the historic mayflower steps. Its regularly visited by American's, especially on thanks giving day. Upon logging in I noticed the following:

21:28, 6 October 2007 Nilfanion (Talk | contribs) deleted "Admiral MacBride" ‎ (CSD G12 - copyvio from

I'm newish to Wiki, but read the T&Cs and I thought the wiki page covered all the correct criteria? I'm also the website designer of the and work for the pub so their is no breakage in copyright. The photo taken was also by me on a summers day :).

I have a copy of the wiki page, which I'd like to readd, but wanted to check with you first about the reasons for deletion in case I missed something.

Kind Regards,

- Scott Grenney

Meteorological history of Hurricane Ivan FAR[edit]

Hi. I removed the FAR for Meteorological history of Hurricane Ivan. Since it was recently deemed worthy of FA status it would be best to raise your concerns in the article's talk page before submitting a FAR. Furthermore, you may contact the nominator and try to resolve any concerns with him/her. Joelito (talk) 01:21, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

Images uploaded[edit]

All aff these images has source information and all other necessary data. Can you please verify you checking methods...--— Typ932T | C  13:09, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

If you want author why dont you say so, now they have author details, because very old photos the author is unknown...--— Typ932T | C  13:18, 5 January 2008 (UTC) Those photos are public domain, how they can be deleted.... if so you must tag over 200 photos og PD public italy photos...--— Typ932T | C  13:22, 5 January 2008 (UTC) Great then you have something to do rest of the day, check also other countries PD photos...--— Typ932T | C  13:33, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Can you show the page where is the source/author must? I can only find this >

It is important that you list the author of the image if known (especially if different from the source), which is important both for copyright and for informational purposes.

--— Typ932T | C  13:43, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Huh there is clearly the source, "If you download an image from the web, you should give the URL:"

--— Typ932T | C  15:29, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Found source only to Lancia Theta Coloniale.jpg, feel free to delete rest, but you should also go thru all PD_country categories...

there is lots of job for you...--— Typ932T | C  16:13, 5 January 2008 (UTC)


What is nilfbot? You used this to upload track images? Where is the code? — jdorje (talk) 06:03, 12 January 2008 (UTC)


I just had to :) ViperSnake151 00:40, 31 January 2008 (UTC)


I'm working on my thesis and saw your image on wikipedia at and was wondering if you make these images yourself or get them from somewhere else. If possible, can i get an image of the same location or zoomed closer to guam but with different years...say from 1995 to 2005. is this possible? (talk) 16:16, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

I made that image myself, and I can create an image for your purposes. Please email me with your needs and I'll get back to you shortly.--Nilfanion (talk) 16:23, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

... for cleaning up the mess I made! --NorwegianBlue talk 21:49, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

AfD nomination of Oxford Round Table[edit]

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Hurricane trackmap Pacific typhoon season[edit]

Err, could you please produce the missing track maps for 2007 Pacific typhoon season and upload them at commons? Greetings. --Matthiasb-DE (talk) 19:01, 22 March 2008 (UTC)


You're citing photos for "no copyright status" which the uploaders are saying are photos they took themselves. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 02:47, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

They probably need to say "PD-self" and that would cover it, right? But they may not know you're looking for that precise wording, but you're not helping them. Instead, you're issuing threats, and they maybe can't figure out why, or don't even know about it if they haven't been logged on for awhile. So pictures that they, themselves, uploaded are going to get zapped for no good reason. You should be ashamed. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 04:08, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
The descriptions for the ones I checked indicated that the uploaders took the pictures themselves ("self-made" - what could be clearer than that?) In those cases, there is no practical difference between that and saying "PD-self" except for wording. You are issuing unwarranted deletion threats against those users without giving them any hint as to what the real issue is, namely that the wording doesn't precisely match what you're demanding. It's bureaucratic and offensive. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 11:01, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
It only "tells" the uploader something if they already know what this cryptic little box means. If I had uploaded something in good faith and had no idea what this box meant, I would assume that wikipedia is run by bureaucrats and idiots. Or I would send you an angry post (much angrier than these have been). Is that the result you want? Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 11:24, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
If those cryptic warnings actually told the users in plain English what they need to do to fix the problem (which they currently don't do), you could save yourself a lot of trouble. Unless you enjoy getting angry responses. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 11:40, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
If I didn't already know that I'm supposed to say "PD-self", I would be extremely intimidated by that gobbledygook page that's supposed to "explain" licensing. It was written by and for someone who already understands it. The way I learn about these things is by asking an admin directly. And if they send me to one of these nonsense pages, I ask another admin. It is not fair for you to expect the casual editor to understand this legalistic mumbo-jumbo. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 11:47, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
Thank you for your contributions in discouraging people from participating in wikipedia. You aren't willing to do anything about the issues I've raised. So, enough of you already. Enjoy the complaints from the affected users. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 11:58, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
These "explanation" pages are nonsense. They shouldn't have to have a law degree to figure out what they're supposed to do just to upload a bloody photo that they took. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 12:01, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
The upload form doesn't make any sense either. I tried the "self-made" on an upload and thought it was done, and still got dinged for "no license", and had to add the PD-self afterward. That's probably what happened with some of those others that you tagged yesterday. You all have made this more and more difficult as time has gone on. You are hurting, not helping. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 12:17, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
I've seen that dropdown before. Which of those legalese-gobbledygook items is equivalent to "PD-self"? Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 12:50, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
PD-self actually makes sense, unlike the other stuff. Hence it is of no use, eh? Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 13:49, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
Actually, with all the hassle that comes with uploading stuff, I've concluded over time that certain wikipedians really don't want any images at all, and they grudgingly put up with the ones that they haven't yet found a justification to squash, making it as difficult as possible to upload them. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 14:13, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

Satellite images problem[edit]

Nilfanion Sir! Thanks for telling me that what the problem is with the satellite images that I upload, but then why only the particular image "FerozpurRoadInterchange.jpg", as there are many satellite images that I have uploaded and used on articles on Wikipedia. No one objected on other satellite images, then why only this one? I have uploaded more than 20 satellite images that belong to the same source copied throught Google Earth system, so what? Isn't there any problem with other images. Why only this "FerozpurRoadInterchange.jpg" image. Please tell me that why only this one. Why not others too. I want to solve this issue. Please. --Ahsaniqbal 93 (talk) 14:12, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Gripen pics Copyright/deletion[edit]

Hi. I took those pictures myself. Copyright ceded to the Creative Commons. Zerbet


This image was taken by me - how do I license it so it can be used? Liquidindian (talk) 21:56, 27 March 2008 (UTC)

photo copyright info[edit]

You sent me a message about my picture not having copy info. I don't know what more is needed. As I wrote - and as it stands - I took the picture. I also classified it by clicin on gdfl or what-ever. What more is needed?

Yes, please mark it as gfdl for me (I clicked on that - or some other license - when i entered it; I don't know why it isn't indicated.) Thanx. Kim Dammers

Image:113833343 3313a185cd.jpg[edit]

Excuse me, why did you delete this? How was it a "blatent" infringement? The CC liscense was a ATTRIBUTION liscense only if I recall.--Hypergeometric2F1(a,b,c,x) (talk) 22:08, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

Image copyright "problem" with Image:Dr_T_P_O'Sullivan_c_1966.jpg[edit]

I have been away and have just seen your message about this. The photograph was taken by me personally and there can be no copyright problem with it, but I see that the image file has been deleted. Could you please restore it and I shall fill any additional detail which may be necessary?

Deipnosophista (talk) 17:58, 20 April 2008 (UTC)


Thanks for the new set of track maps. Badkhan (talk) 21:33, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

And for the details about the voting procedure. Thierry Caro (talk) 00:10, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

A book is using the TC track image you created[edit]

Here's an e-mail I sent to the author, who happens to live in my area of the country:

  • Hi. I'm a neighbor of yours, in Montgomery Village, Maryland who works for HPC. This e-mail is in reference to the book "Extreme Weather: Understanding the Science of Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Floods, Heat Waves, Snow Storms, Global Warming and Other Atmospheric Disturbances." I checked it out in the two-story Barnes and Noble (probably the one nearest you) and noticed one of the image citations appears incorrect. The image on the lower portion of page 61, with the NASA background map (now used by NHC in their graphical tropical weather outlooks) and the tropical cyclone tracks, was created by a member of wikipedia in 2006, and was up for image of the year.
  • In future editions of the book, it would be good if you corrected this oversight. The people who contribute to wikipedia, a freeware encyclopedia, put a lot of effort into its editing, and do it for the greater good (i.e. for no money). =)
Thought you'd be interested. I tried to use the citation tag on the commons page for the image, but it appears it does not work on there. Thegreatdr (talk) 21:33, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
The image is credited as being a work of NASA. While that is true of the background map, it is not true of the track map. Thegreatdr (talk) 21:37, 20 June 2008 (UTC)
Hi. What! I have the exact same book!!! I have also seen the image in at least one other book on a similar subject! The book I have right now is by H. Michael Mogil. It also says how Andrea and Barry might not be tropical. The other book that has the image doesn't say who it's from. Maybe it's because it's in the public domain? What a coincidence! After all, these books are recent, so they can include images from Wikipedia. Wow! Thanks. ~AH1(TCU) 14:46, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

Uploading a bunch of storm tracks[edit]

Hi, Nilf, long time no see. Thegreatdr found that the AOML has released a lot of cumulative track maps, and based on discussion on WT:TROP, we thought that Commons would be probably the best place to put those. Since you used NilfaBot to upload all our track maps, would it be too difficult to use it to upload the images there? Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 01:19, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

Heh, I asked, and was waiting whether anyone answered. I agree pretty much on the renaming, using JTWC-like names, although I'd prefer to have the 'Cyclone' and 'Tropical Storm' in there, to make file names less cryptic. As for the seasonal tracks, I agree about uploading those. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 18:27, 10 July 2008 (UTC)
TC XXY works, IMO. I just wouldn't like "12E 2008.png" or something similar. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 02:40, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

TC Tracks: Could I make a request, if it wasn't already done?[edit]

Hello. Seeing as you're the one who's been doing track maps lately, I was wondering if I could please request a specific one for an article I'm working on. The page is meant for Tropical Depression Winnie (the 04 PAGASA cyclone) and I need a track for it. The Typhoon2000 page provides tracking info at . If you don't wish to, it's ok, but I'm unable to make one on my computer. Thanks! Hurricane Angel Saki (talk) 08:48, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

Re: Stuff[edit]

First, I agreed with a few of those you wanted deleted. A few are on en.wp (in which case, could I just delete them myself? What would be the argument/reason for doing/not doing it?), and a few others are on Mediterranean tropical cyclone.

Second, the TC tracks sounds pretty good. #2 in particular seems like a great idea. #5 also looks like a good idea, but really quick point on that. Would it be the entire duration (i.e. the date from the first point to the last point), or just when it was tropical? I think the former would be more informative, not to mention easier.

Third, that would also be great. Personally, I think typhoons are more important. We have many more of those articles, and I hope that isn't biased, but I feel they would be more useful there. There is more interest in WPAC articles, after all.

♬♩ Hurricanehink (talk) 01:09, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

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Re: Queries[edit]

Hey there. It's quite a pleasure to see someone taking the time to make sure no problems will be made by their decision, unlike some other rash decisions in recent days.

First, regarding the season, we changed the dates because we found out the June 1-November 30 season is a relatively new standard. Since older seasons didn't have that defined time period, and the season didn't always start in June/end in November, we opted for the intentionally vague seasonal period.

Second, that is a tough call. For some storms, their extratropical duration wasn't that much longer, or were a significant part of their history, meaning a slightly longer track isn't a problem. These might be storms that hit North America, and whose extratropical duration continued to impact land areas, like Hurricane Noel. Then, there are others that had a very long extratropical portion, but maybe weren't so significant; Hurricane Mitch comes to mind, since its portion in the Caribbean is thousandfold more important than its extratropical remnants. I don't know how many storms there are like Mitch, and perhaps that could be a rare exception to only have its tropical track (and maybe add a few others; Tropical Storm Josephine (1996) currently only has its tropical track, so maybe that is one to be discussed). For the most part, I'd imagine that including the extratropical portion is the best bet.

Now I have some news for you. We're experimenting with the FA successor to Irene 05 - FAC for Tropical Storm Erick in 2007. Remember how you wanted to write an article for Andres 03, or something like that? Juliancolton beat you to the punch, and is now doing the ultimate test. ♬♩ Hurricanehink (talk) 16:39, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

That's good about the tracks. Meh, Chris 00, Andres 03, same ballpark :P
About the NIO best track, is it cite-able? If not, then I don't want to torment myself by not being able to use it. If so, then hell yea! ♬♩ Hurricanehink (talk) 22:19, 13 September 2008 (UTC)
I never asked if it was reliable - I just asked if it was cite-able. Seeing that it is - hell yea! ♬♩ Hurricanehink (talk) 23:07, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

One of your articles part of FT[edit]

Hi. One article that you created/expanded, 2003 Pacific hurricane season, is part of a topic being nominated for Featured Topic candidacy. I noticed you weren't notified, and I'm just letting you know. Pie is good (Apple is the best) 23:57, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

A request[edit]

Hi Nilfanion. I wanted to thank you for your opinion on my RfA, but more importantly, I wanted to ask if you had any more suggestions and advice for me. I'm always open to improvement, and I would appreciate some examples of things I should improve upon. Thanks in advance, –Juliancolton Tropical Cyclone 22:44, 21 September 2008 (UTC)


Hello. You are very much correct in your assessment of Juliancolton. I guess I have a few questions for you. If I were to leave a message expressing my opposition to him, I don't feel it would do any good. If you or someone else does, it might, however he is about to be overwhelmingly approved. He has almost no almost no opponents; that is not necessarily a good thing, as you might see from the rest of what I have to say.
You mentioned drama, he thrives on it and cultivates it. Yes, sometimes, he appears to be distancing himself. That is for appearances' sake and he just delegates someone else to do what he hopes to have done. Take the talk page on Hurricane Ike for example. There is a small group including him and Hurricanehink that try to squelch anyone who doesn't agree with them. Reverts and deletes: yes, you called those correct too.
I have been on Wikipedia much longer than these guys, but it doesn't seem to matter. There is a noticeable bias against those who don't spend huge amounts of time on minor projects on here. Not everyone has 2 or 3 hours a day to devote to Wikipedia, let alone 5. That doesn't make us less deserving or anything else of being an administrator. I have no desire to be an admin unless it would clean up these difficulties. There is far too much bureaucracy on here. Anyway, I look forward to talking with you. Moonlight25 (talk) 10:41, 22 September 2008 (UTC)
"I have been on Wikipedia much longer than these guys" - oh really? Under what account? As for the Hurricane Ike page, what are your concerns about precisely?--Nilfanion (talk) 14:48, 22 September 2008 (UTC)
precisely? well, he with a few other people are seeking to control the page and do what they want done with matters connected to it. Moonlight25 (talk) 00:04, 25 September 2008 (UTC)

Speedy deletion of Drake Circus[edit]

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A tag has been placed on Drake Circus, requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under section G4 of the criteria for speedy deletion, because the article appears to be a repost of material that was previously deleted following a deletion debate, such as at articles for deletion. Under the specified criteria, where an article has substantially identical content to that of an article deleted after debate, and any changes in the content do not address the reasons for which the material was previously deleted, it may be deleted at any time.

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An added column to the TC scale table for the wind article[edit]

I expanded out the original table you helped originate within the tropical cyclone scales article to include all Beaufort scale numbers, associated wind speeds, and descriptive terms, and placed it within the wind article. And because of your work on this useful table, I award you...

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Thank you for creating a helpful table, which is now used within multiple articles on wikipedia. Thegreatdr (talk) 21:20, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

hello Nilfanion -- september 28, 2009 -- Roberta Rossetto here you have removed Claudio Edinger's portrait ( can you please explain why? i built his page as part of a university project here in Brazil, where we are trying to build wikipedia pages for all our best photographers, photographers who should be known internationally but are not. i believe it is important that we know what he looks like, as it is the case with all pages of american photographers and artists, don't you? i look forward to hearing from you. thank you very much. very best wishes, Roberta

Ariel Pink's live pic[edit]

Hi, why was my Ariel Pink pic deleted? It's my pic, taken at a show I attended. With camera that's half-mine. I don't see where's the problem. Emilmatt (talk) 21:08, 1 October 2009 (UTC)

Track data in GIS[edit]


I am starting a project to study the economic impact of tropical cyclones. I am looking for track data (including windspeed/Saffir-Simpson scales) in GIS format so I can develop impact indices.

I would be grateful if you could suggest where to look for this data so that I can save the work of loading in the raw NHC data.

Thanks in advance, John


John Luke Gallup Assistant Professor Department of Economics Portland State University P.O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207 503-725-3929; fax 503-725-3945 ___________________________ —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ygallup (talkcontribs) 00:27, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

Leon C. Collins[edit]

I have another problem with an editor that doesn';t know anything. I wish these editors from Europe would be banned from editing on American Wikipedia pages, as they don't know diddle squat about anything. I created a page yesterday for Leon Collins and today there is a delet tag from RHaworth because there are no references. Every single bullet citation is referenced!!!!. The information is from his resume. So what is the problem?????

Thank you for putting back the Diosa stern photo.

--The Stroll (talk) 22:23, 20 June 2010 (UTC)--The Stroll (talk) 22:23, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

Maps ![edit]

Hello Nilfanion, I seen your Locator_maps_from_OS_opendata project, that's simply great. Right now, I encourage your to :

  • Script: publish your scirpt under free license, and
  • Introduction: to set up a Project page introduction (draft: user:Nilfanion/Map script)

I'm myself the main manager/editor of the Wikipedia:WikiProject Maps/Conventions, currently in my [real life] final exams, and back to work next week to finish hopefully very soon this unfinished convention set. In short : I'm hunger to finish my exams end attack all this ! (map convention, talks about your script :D ) --Yug (talk) 14:06, 23 June 2010 (UTC)

So very, very lost[edit]


I have been trying to post a wikipedia page, and this is as far as I've gotten:

Now I'm being asked to categorize the picture. I'm not a tech person. In fact, I think I might be a certifiable idiot when it comes to tech.

If you have the time and/or patience, I would be so appreciative if you could walk me through the next steps. I've tried to figure them out but have failed. Miserably.

Thank you SO much for your time and help.

HomerFish (talk) 01:16, 1 July 2010 (UTC)Homerfish

Upload Problem[edit]

I tried to upload one of my photos Banner_on_Mall_#1.jpg and could not upload. Tried again and the File name was changed in the Commons to Banner on Mall -1.jpg for NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. This is my own photo. Please check on this photo for any problems. Greatly appreciated. Thank you. There might be two files.

--The Stroll (talk) 03:29, 3 July 2010 (UTC)

Oh. Wait...[edit]

Thank you. Sorry for being a technical misfit. I really appreciate your help!

HomerFish (talk) 19:57, 7 July 2010 (UTC)HomerFish

But Dan Dunn's page doesn't appear when "Dan Dunn" is searched. Shouldn't the disambiguation page automatically be suggested?

Thanks again -

HomerFish (talk) 19:59, 7 July 2010 (UTC)HomerFish

Ordance Survey[edit]

Nilfanion, my attention was grabbed by your post to WikiProject UK about using OS mapping data. The only map-working I have done is by hand but I am very interested in the possibility of using OS data to generate maps - or actually Ordnace Survey of Ireland/Northern Ireland data.

Do you know if the OSI and OSNI release this data? I've see this section on the OSI webstie. Nothing similar on the OSNI site, though. Since I've never worked with APIs of these sort before, where is a good place to start?

Thanks, --RA (talk) 08:53, 6 July 2010 (UTC)

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For high-quality and comprehensive work with OS OpenData at commons:User:Nilfanion/Maps, as discussed at WikiProject Maps and UK Wikipedians' notice board. — Richardguk (talk) 14:26, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

I must second this. Your maps at are way superior to the current maps which have horribly dark boundaries. All I'd say is that you should perhaps add a county locator windwo in the top corner so you can see where in the country it is. I look forward to seeing your maps of counties of Wales. I made Template:Location map Wales Anglesey, Pembrokeshore, Vale of Glamorgan but if you could replace them this would be great. Dr. Blofeld White cat 08:35, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

Thanks :) I'm in process of creating the blank Welsh maps at present (done everything south of Powys so far). Insets are a high priority now too, by the time I've got that sorted there hopefully will be a clear indication as to what additional info is wanted for location maps.--Nilfanion (talk) 09:09, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

Yeha the reason I ask is that if we were to replace the current county maps with yours we'd get people trying to revert it and complaining because "they dont know where in the country the county is. Once you created the maps with inserts there will surely be consensus to update them all with your maps. The biggest issue I have with the current maps is the darkness of the boundaries which interferes with the map labels written across it. Dr. Blofeld White cat 10:11, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

  • Thirding this. It's not often that someone comes around and revolutionises an area within the encyclopedia and your work with maps has certainly done that with respect to UK geography. Jolly Ω Janner 23:31, 31 October 2010 (UTC)

Drastic cull[edit]

Hi, when you add to a talk page discussion, please don't delete all the other threads and the talk page headers. Thanks. --Redrose64 (talk) 16:24, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

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Hello, Nilfanion. You have new messages at Redrose64's talk page.
You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.

--Redrose64 (talk) 08:10, 27 July 2010 (UTC)


Hi, I know its quite a way away from Caerleon lol but I was wondering if you could create a decent svg for Template:Location map China. I've been trying to get hold of a decent svg for ages, unfortunately the one used on other wikis is the wrong projection. The current one is poor quality and horribly stretched. I did request that they make one on German wikipedia but as they already have their maps sorted out they didn't make one. Dr. Blofeld White cat 11:37, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for that. Well I've tried China1 in the main one and it seems to work fine. Let's hope it lasts.. Dr. Blofeld White cat 12:59, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

Putting your maps to good use. Dr. Blofeld 19:46, 8 August 2010 (UTC)

Yeah the northwest coast looks difficult!! Maybe you should start with Aberdeen side.. Dr. Blofeld 20:29, 8 August 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the stunning image!. Perhaps you know more about it and can expand it. Dr. Blofeld 19:47, 10 August 2010 (UTC)

Borough of Crawley[edit]

Hi. I was wondering if you could make a map of the Borough of Crawley. We have a high number of architectural articles in this area and potential for development so a locator map of the borough with some possible main road/features would prove very useful. Can you make one? Dr. Blofeld 12:27, 26 August 2010 (UTC)

Awesome that looks great! i can't thankyou enough for your england county maps!! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:33, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

Yes, many thanks for this map; it will prove very useful in Crawley articles. Hassocks5489 (tickets please!) 12:24, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

Scotland maps[edit]

Hi, are there any more Scotland local maps left to create? See Template talk:Infobox UK place#Maps for places in Scotland. --Redrose64 (talk) 19:16, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

All the council areas are up now, so the Infobox should be able to call a localised map for anywhere (if desired) it does not ever need to fall back to the country-level mapping. On the other hand, larger scale maps, such as for individual islands (eg {{Location map Scotland Isle of Skye}}) do not yet exist.--Nilfanion (talk) 21:19, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

Combined UK county map (Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Cumbria)[edit]

If you have time, there's a request from User:Sam.roebuck at Wikipedia:Graphic Lab/Map workshop#Combined UK county map (Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Cumbria) which would benefit from using your SVG maps (or rather, from a larger extract of their common source) instead of the existing county PNG maps. (Originally requested at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject UK geography#Combined UK county map (Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Cumbria).) — Richardguk (talk) 23:48, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

Location map label[edit]

I responded to your question at Template talk:Location map. Plastikspork ―Œ(talk) 22:44, 25 September 2010 (UTC)

Wales maps[edit]

Great work on the UK maps. I've added several of them to Wales articles already. Many thanks. Daicaregos (talk) 12:33, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

I second that - but I have a question. For the English maps, such as Somerset, you have used the old ceremonial county boundaries, so that North Somerset, a unitary local authority (within Avon 1974-96, by the way!), is shown identically to Sedgemoor which is a so-called "second tier" district council within the boundaries of the current Somerset County Council area. You haven't done a separate map for North Somerset - but for Wales and Scotland, where there are only unitary authorities, you haven't used the old boundaries at all, only the current ones. I'm not necessarily suggesting a particular approach, but would just comment that some of the unitaries, for instance in South Wales, are quite small in area terms, and there might be a benefit in having locational maps available for the "old" Glamorgan, Gwent, etc., as well as for the current authorities - even though the old counties generally don't have current government status. Ghmyrtle (talk) 23:14, 5 October 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for saying that (both of you). English ceremonial counties (which are "current" entities, not "former" like the postal counties) are used as that is what the previous location maps such as File:Somerset outline map with UK.png and the intent was for a like for like replacement. Scottish council areas are used as that is the only real current subdivision of Scotland. As for Wales, I think the discussion (at Template talk:Infobox UK place) indicated a preference for the unitary authorities instead of the preserved counties.
I will eventually produce maps for more areas, such as the Welsh preserved counties. Most of these additional maps will be for unitary authorities and districts that could do with a higher resolution (which means the major towns and cities). As there is complete coverage of Great Britain now, there aren't any maps that are "urgently" needed but if someone needs a specific map and requests it (eg [1]) I will try and do so in a reasonable timeframe.--Nilfanion (talk) 07:36, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for pointing me to that discussion - which I had (almost) completely missed! If there is a demand for maps for the larger areas, it's great to know that they can be produced without too much difficulty. Ghmyrtle (talk) 07:45, 6 October 2010 (UTC)

Greater Manchester and Greater London[edit]

Hi Nilfanion,

Just want to congratulate you on the maps you produced. They are fantastic pieces of work, and you deserve a great deal of recognition. Thanks for the amount of work you put in.

I have raised a query at Template_talk:Infobox_UK_place (here) about primary routes being shown on the Greater Manchester and Greater London maps. I'm of the view that, on balance and with care, they should be added in for several reasons (stated at the template talk page). What's your view? Do you have examples? Hope you can help, --Jza84 |  Talk  23:52, 28 September 2010 (UTC)

British local authority changes[edit]

Hi Nilfanion. I know that you're up to your neck in maps of ther United Kingdom, but Richardguk has suggested that I draw your attention to the request at Wikipedia:Graphic Lab/Map workshop#British local authority changes to see if you are able to help. I hadn't originally approached you because I thought you had enough on your plate, but if you are able to assist.... I don't expect miracles (it's an awful lot of work, and I realise it would take up a tremendous amount of your time, over a fair period of time), but if you are able to assist, can I suggest that you try out Cornwall (including the Isles of Scilly) first. Skinsmoke (talk) 07:24, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

Old mapping data[edit]

This is going to be added to Vision of Britain. Although there will be access restrictions. MRSC (talk) 17:34, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Those access restrictions would probably exclude me for foreseeable future unfortunately. I am going to write emails to a number of government bodies to see if I can get data, I'll probably try my luck with Vision of Britain (or more accurately the GB Historical GIS project) too. Of course if anyone can get hold of the data I'd be interested.--Nilfanion (talk) 20:20, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

File:Worcestershire UK location map.svg[edit]

Hi. How can I add more red dots and place names to the File:Worcestershire UK location map.svg map you created, and correct the ones that are already on it? Please answer on my talk page. Cheers.--Kudpung (talk) 08:45, 29 November 2010 (UTC)