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References on family trees[edit]

Hi, I noticed your edit to Template:Coleridge family tree where I had added references, which removed the list of refs. Your edit summary said "references do not belong on navigation boxes" so can you suggest the best way to do this, because otherwise the articles on which the trees appear have "reference needed" tags (& therefore show up on the cleanup lists I'm trying to improve). Are you saying that because they are in a box Wikipedia:Citing sources doesn't apply?— Rod talk 10:12, 3 January 2016 (UTC)

Hello. Generally speaking it is a bad idea to include references in navigation boxes because navigation boxes are supposed to merely summarize the content of Wikipedia articles. (The same applies to dab pages.) Every piece of information on Wikipedia that is likely to be challenged should be sourced but the appropriate way to do that is to add citations to an article. You could create an article called Coleridge family and then move to it the citations that appear on the Template:Coleridge family tree; confer Keynes family and Template:John Maynard Keynes. See also Wikipedia:Stand-alone lists#Citing sources and Wikipedia:SUMMARY#References. —Omnipaedista (talk) 12:43, 3 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for the response. I agree about true navboxes but family trees seem a bit different as they are making claims aboout dates of birth & death + relationships between individuals (could include BLPs). I have no particular interest in the Coleridge family but have been working on the Somerset cleanup list and Bristol cleanup list where several of these appear as "references needed" on the articles where they appear. Looking at Wikipedia:Family trees it appears there are several alternative ways to present them but I would argue they should have references etc eg Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury#Ancestors where I added refs.— Rod talk 15:25, 3 January 2016 (UTC)
Why don't you add a section called "Coleridge family tree" to the article on Coleridge and move the citations there? In any case, footnotes should not appear below nav boxes per WP:APPENDIX. —Omnipaedista (talk) 15:32, 3 January 2016 (UTC)
I've started a discussion at Wikipedia talk:Family trees#References in family trees formatted as navboxes. as I think this is a wider issue than just one article (or navbox) and someone may have already found the best way to tackle this.— Rod talk 15:47, 3 January 2016 (UTC)


You reverted multiple edits to {{Theosophy}}. Because your edit removed WP:TemplateData documentation (in addition to other things), it turned up in this log. Can you tell me what the problem was? ({{Ping}} me; my watchlist is hopeless.) WhatamIdoing (talk) 03:49, 4 January 2016 (UTC)

@WhatamIdoing: I noticed that after User:Ratreya added TemplateData, articles that feature this template (e.g., Helena Blavatsky) appeared to have a line break at their beginning (right above the first sentence). I assumed that this problem was caused by bad code and decided to revert the latest changes in order to fix the formatting problem. I hope this is not an inherent problem with TemplateData. —Omnipaedista (talk) 09:23, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
I suspect that the problem was not getting the "noinclude" high enough (I believe it needs to be on same line as the last character that's actually in the template, not on the next one). I've created Template:Theosophy/doc to hold the TemplateData information; I prefer keeping it all on the /doc pages anyway, and that much is working correctly. I'm not sure that the TemplateData correctly describes the template any longer, since I've not restored the changes to the template itself. Would you do something for me? Click here to edit the /doc page, and then click the "Manage TemplateData" button in the upper left. Please add a plain-English description of the template (something that tells editors whether or not this is the template they're looking for), and add any working parameters, or remove any non-existent ones. Then ping me and let me know how it went. WhatamIdoing (talk) 17:51, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
@WhatamIdoing: I inserted the description "This is a template summarizing some important aspects of the Theosophical Movement" using the TemplateData editor. I think all's fine. —Omnipaedista (talk) 18:21, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
@Omnipaedista: Can we reintroduce my changes to this template now that the "noinclude" root-cause was addressed? Ratreya (talk) 02:51, 10 January 2016 (UTC)
Of course we can. WhatamIdoing has already restored your edits by copypasting them from {{Theosophy}} to {{Documentation}} and including the latter template in the former. --Omnipaedista (talk) 10:41, 10 January 2016 (UTC)
That didn't quite do it. My latest edit reintroduced the functionality. I did a few spot checks and everything looks good but please make sure the issue you were trying to fix has not resurfaced. Ratreya (talk) 21:34, 10 January 2016 (UTC)
I've just checked it. All's fine! --Omnipaedista (talk) 00:34, 11 January 2016 (UTC)

Paolo Virno[edit]

I reverted your edit [1] because I don't think it's a superior title for that section. "Thought" could mean many things and it doesn't really make sense as a title in that context, so I changed it back to "Theories" as that's more clear in my opinion. If you think "Theories" isn't appropriate, maybe "Ideas"? The section itself is a bit confusing and not very cohesive, so perhaps it could be rewritten with a particular title in mind. Just wanted to let you know. Thanks! LibertyOrDeath (talk) 12:24, 4 January 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up! I changed it because that section title is standard in articles about intellectuals (cf. e.g. Karl Marx#Thought). "Ideas" could be used as well. In my opinion, "theories" is vague and inappropriate: theories are always theories about something. —Omnipaedista (talk) 12:30, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
I agree "theories" is also vague, it just seemed less confusing relative to "thought". In the past I've seen mostly "Theories" or "Works" in articles about philosophers, except for when the title is something like "Thought(s) on...". I see you've changed it to "Work", I agree that's a better title. LibertyOrDeath (talk) 12:58, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
I am glad we agree! --Omnipaedista (talk) 16:23, 4 January 2016 (UTC)

David Hilbert section name change[edit]

Hi, Omnipaedista -- On Dec. 15, you edited the section name Hilbert solves Gordan's Problem in David Hilbert to change Problem to problem, which may be entirely proper, but it raises some issues which you might want to know about.

  • First, it broke a section-level redirect from Gordan's Problem to that section. I've fixed the redirect, but I thought I should give you a heads up about what happened. Your project seems to be enforcing WP standards of various kinds, and the volume of edits suggests that you may be using a script of some kind. If so, you may wish to update the script so that, if it changes a section title, it also fixes section-level redirects that are affected by the name change. Just a suggestion ...
  • Second, why no edit summary? I mean, if the project is to enforce WP standards, then, well, um ...
  • Third, I'm not sure the change is really proper. For instance, in Constance Reid's book about Hilbert, the term is always spelled Gordan's Problem, i.e., it's treated as a proper noun. The same in the MathWorld [2] article on the subject, etc.

Thanks! Eleuther (talk) 09:05, 5 January 2016 (UTC)

Hi. I am aware of such problems and I try to check for redirects. The problem is that editors do not mind leaving commented out notes or anchor templates warning about redirects in the appropriate sections. Whenever I create a redirect page to a section, I always insert a commented out note to that section. Nope, I do not use a script of any kind and, personally, I am opposed to their use; I believe that everything has to be done manually to assure quality control. I almost always leave an edit summary except for the very rare cases when I am editing from a public PC--due to time limits. The change I made is proper for Wikipedia ("problem" is a common noun). Wikipedia has a different Manual of Style than other online projects. It is also a well known fact that academic publications follow styles (such as APA, MLA, and Chicago) that do not have specific rules for capitalization; Wikipedia however does have specific rules. --Omnipaedista (talk) 11:13, 5 January 2016 (UTC)
Someday maybe I will understand the significance of commented out notes. But for the moment, my point is this. It's good for WP to have standards, and yes, "problem" is a common noun. Gordan no doubt had many common problems, as we all do. But one particular problem, posed by Gordan, has become known in the mathematical literature as Gordan's Problem (proper noun, properly capitalized). I provided citations for this, and can provide more. WP's standards are fine and good, but they shouldn't be taken to override the normal usage in the subject domain. Right? (If you don't object, I will revert this particular change in a day or two.) Cheers Eleuther (talk) 14:01, 6 January 2016 (UTC)
I agree that there are some exceptions to the MoS. I can accept the argument that if the relevant literature predominantly favors a capitalized version of a common noun, Wikipedia could abide by it--although actually defining "predominantly" is not so easy. E.g., Nicod's axiom virtually never appears capitalized but Pascal's Wager, Loki's Wager, Gabriel's Horn, Oxford Movement, Austrian School frequently, if not predominantly, appear capitalized. Since you provided a source supporting the capitalization of Gordan's Problem, I have no objection to the reverting of my edit. --Omnipaedista (talk) 14:27, 6 January 2016 (UTC)

What is "notoc"?[edit]

I saw this added to Iain Pears. WCCasey (talk) 20:37, 6 January 2016 (UTC)

See Template:NOTOC/doc. It stands for "no table of contents". It is usually placed in articles that are constituted solely (a) by a single block of text undivided by sections and (b) a few appendices. --Omnipaedista (talk) 20:53, 6 January 2016 (UTC)
What does it do? WCCasey (talk) 19:38, 7 January 2016 (UTC)
The template/magic word "notoc" removes the table of contents of the wiki article. This is desirable in some cases for stylistic reasons. --Omnipaedista (talk) 23:12, 7 January 2016 (UTC)
If the article is later expanded enough to have a toc, should the template be removed? WCCasey (talk) 22:58, 8 January 2016 (UTC)
There are no strict rules; according to common practice, if a biographical article has at least one section of main text (e.g., "Life" or "Work"/"Career"), then it could/should have a ToC. --Omnipaedista (talk) 10:23, 9 January 2016 (UTC)

Places of birth[edit]

Hi: using the contemporary political status makes perfect sense, IMO. However, it raises the issue of what level of political entity to use. I noticed that you placed Heidelberg in the German Empire (Ebert) but Berlin in the Kingdom of Prussia (Luther). It would be more consistent to use the Empire for both...or the Grand Duchy of Baden for Heidelberg. :-) Drow69 (talk) 14:27, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

There is no wikiwide guideline regarding this matter. Personally, I sometimes stop at the vassal-status/federal state-status, sometimes I give only the highest-level political entity, sometimes I include all levels. I just edited the articles you mentioned so that they feature precise ("all levels") geographic information. Omnipaedista (talk) 16:25, 9 February 2016 (UTC)


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Ἡ Οὐικιπαιδεία ἑλληνιστί[edit]

Αγαπητέ Omnipaedista, απευθύνομαι εδώ καθώς εδώ φαίνεται να έχεις την πιο ενεργή παρουσία και δεν είμαι βέβαιος για το αν θα λάμβανες την ειδοποίηση από αλλού. Πρόσφατα ασχολήθηκα με την τεκμηρίωση της τρέχουσας πρότασης στο και κατόπιν ξεκίνησα την λημματογραφία στο αντίστοιχο grc incubator καθώς και ολοκλήρωσα την μετάφραση του περιβάλλοντος σήμερα. Σκοπεύω να συνεχίσω να ασχολούμαι συστηματικά έως όταν γίνει η Οὐικιπαιδεία πραγματικότητα και περάσει τον σκόπελο της επιτροπής με τον ένα τρόπο ή τον άλλο. Ο σκοπός της επικοινωνίας μου με εσένα είναι:

  • το να δω αν προτίθεσαι να συμμετέχεις στο incubator, καθώς κατά το παρελθόν υπήρξες διαχειριστής του. Ελπίζω πως ναι, καθώς όπως γνωρίζεις χρειάζεται να έχει μια ελάχιστη κίνηση.
  • τις όποιες συμβουλές έχεις να μου δώσεις ως προς το test project ως κάποιος που έχει ασχοληθεί πολύ έως τώρα
  • τις όποιες συμβουλές έχεις να μου δώσεις ως προς την τρέχουσα πρόταση για δημιουργία του Wiki

Με εκτίμηση, Gts-tg (talk) 21:09, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

Αγαπητέ Gts-tg, συγχαρητήρια για τις προσπάθειές σου. Δυστυχώς το μόνο εγχείρημα στο οποίο είμαι ενεργός πλέον είναι η αγγλική Wikipedia. Ο μόνος τρόπος για να ανοίξει το site grc.wikipedia είναι να αλλάξει η language proposal policy της Wikimedia. Προσπάθησα κάτι τέτοιο χωρίς επιτυχία το 2008—δες [3], [4], [5], [6], [7] (τα δύο τελευταία είναι αιτήματα προς το SIL International). Όσον αφορά την πρόταση νο. 4 στο Meta, το μόνο αξιόλογο επιχείρημα είναι ότι η λόγια ελληνική είναι η επίσημη γλώσσα της κοινότητας του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείου Κωνσταντινουπόλεως που αποτελεί μία από τις μεγαλύτερες αποστολικές έδρες (βλ. Category:Apostolic sees). Το ότι το ΟΠΚ δεν είναι κράτος είναι αδιάφορο (βλ. "A language is a dialect with an army and navy"). --Omnipaedista (talk) 21:42, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

(outdent) Ευχαριστώ πολύ για τα παραπάνω, θα φανούν ιδιαίτερα χρήσιμα για προετοιμασία εάν και εφόσον απορριφθεί η πρόταση οπότε θα επιδιώξω σε βάθος χρόνου αλλαγή της πολιτικής της επιτροπής. Εάν τυχαίνει να έχεις υπόψη σου κάποια άλλα άτομα τα οποία θα μπορούσα να προσεγγίσω σχετικά με το θέμα θα ήταν επίσης χρήσιμο (προς το παρόν βλέπω τους παλιούς συνεισφέροντες στο ιστορικό και προσπαθώ να έρθω σε επαφή μαζί τους). Ευχαριστώ και πάλι, και καλό μήνα. Gts-tg (talk) 22:17, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

Αγαπητέ Omnipaedista, χαιρετώ και πάλι. Η κατάσταση της πρότασης έχει μεταβληθεί αρκετά από την τελευταία επικοινωνία μας ( με περισσότερα επιχειρήματα και περισσότερους υποστηρικτές. Εν ολίγοις σκοπεύω να επικοινωνήσω κάποια στιγμή σχετικά σύντομα με το LangCom στο mailing list τους και να τους ζητήσω να την επιθεωρήσουν. Πριν το κάνω αυτό όμως, θα ήθελα να σου ζητήσω εάν μπορείς να διαθέσεις ένα ελάχιστο χρόνο ώστε να η πρόταση να έχει και την δική σου τοποθέτηση. Αυτό 1ον γιατί αφιέρωσες κατά το παρελθόν πολύ χρόνο και άφησες αξιόλογο έργο πίσω στο incubator ως παρακαταθήκη, 2ον γιατί η κάθε επιπρόσθετη διατύπωση υπέρ αποτελεί ένα επιπλέον λιθαράκι στην επιτυχία της όλης προσπάθειας, και 3ον γιατί νομίζω πως η τρέχουσα πρόταση είναι η πλέον καλοδιατυπωμένη και πλήρης σε σχέση με αυτές που είχαν γίνει στο παρελθόν (πέρα από τα επιχειρήματα μέχρι και οι μεταφράσεις και το λογότυπο είναι έτοιμο). Οπότε εάν την απορρίψουν με βάσει κάποια υποπαράγραφο της πολιτικής, ας την απορρίψουν και κατόπιν θα ξεκινήσω την προσπάθεια για αλλαγή της πολιτικής, όσο καιρό και αν πάρει. Αν δεν την απορρίψουν, ε φυσικά αυτό είναι και το ζητούμενο. Ωστόσο αυτό που σκοπεύω είναι η όποια ενδεχόμενη απόρριψη να γίνει όσο πιο δύσκολα γίνεται εκ μέρους τους και να είναι οφθαλμοφανές πως κάτι δεν στέκει καθόλου καλά με τη λογική αυτή και σε σχέση με την συγκεκριμένη γλώσσα, κάτι που θα δώσει πολεμοφόδια για μελλοντική αλλαγή πολιτικής. Οπότε γράψε όσο πιο αναλυτικά μπορείς και θεωρείς χρήσιμο, και γράψε με την πίστη πως θα γίνει πραγματικότητα. Gts-tg (talk) 23:24, 16 March 2016 (UTC)

Or (heraldry)[edit]

When you decapitalize the tincture "Or" it then is very hard to distinguish it from the conjunction "or". That is the whole reason that heraldic writers capitalize the tincture name. Despite your comment in the edit, I don't see the situation described at MOS:CAP. Namely, I don't see the situation discussed in which a technical word is normally capitalized in the literature where it appears for the sake of clarity. -- EncycloPetey 15:39, 6 March 2016 (UTC)

The capitalization convention is neither endorsed by Wikipedia (see: WP:BLZ#Capitalization), nor frequently (if at all) found in the relevant literature (see, for example, Alfred William W. Morant's An Alphabetical Dictionary of Coats of Arms Belonging to Families ..., Volume 2, 1874, p. 702 and Bernard Burke's General Armory, 1864, p. 1007 and Debrett's Peerage, 1836, p. 487 which have "a fess or"). Disambiguation is achieved anyway by italicizing the word as per MOS:Ety. --Omnipaedista (talk) 16:51, 6 March 2016 (UTC)
Regardless of other considerations, WP:BLZ#Capitalization does not apply, as this issue pertains to the text of an article, and not to a blazon of arms. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:13, 6 March 2016 (UTC)
I also provided citations to the relevant literature. --Omnipaedista (talk) 21:51, 6 March 2016 (UTC)

Precious anniversary[edit]

Two years ago ...
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Copying within Wikipedia requires attribution[edit]

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Thanks for the message. I've never done that before and I do know the copypasting policy (I even reported another editor for doing that despite being warned about it). This time is the first time I did it. I should have attributed the change to the original contributors; I was simply carried away because it was essentially just a couple of sentences. ----Omnipaedista (talk) 15:10, 10 April 2016 (UTC)
There's a bot report that is flagging these kinds of edits, User:EranBot/Copyright/rc. It's intended to pick up copyright violations, but these end up on the report as well. It would help if you could remember to do it each time in the future, so as to simplify and speed up assessing these reports. Thanks, — Diannaa (talk) 18:33, 10 April 2016 (UTC)

Genetic psychology[edit]

Hi, I noticed your recent redirect at the top of the page of Behavioural Genetics. I don't think we need the redirect to display at the top of the page, given that the connection between Franz Brentano and Behavioral Genetics is not not entirely clear from the Brentano page, which does not mention Genetic Psychology. As a behavioral geneticist myself, I was intrigued to see the link to Franz Brentano, who I had never heard of as linked in any way to Behavioral Genetics and was disappointed that there was no information on the Brentano page about Behavior Genetics. The only connection I could find is a link on the Brentano page to Heterophenomenology, which appears to have nothing to do with behavioral genetics. Would it be better to include Franz Brentano under the "See Also" on the Behavioural Genetics page? Or to remove the redirect altogether? Vrie0006 (talk) 18:20, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

Hello. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy defines "Genetic psychology" (as a term introduced by Franz Brentano) as follows: "Genetic psychology studies psychological phenomena from a third-person point of view. It involves the use of empirical experiments and thus satisfies the scientific standards we nowadays expect of an empirical science." In present-day jargon this is called heterophenomenology ("a term coined by Daniel Dennett to describe an explicitly third-person, scientific approach to the study of consciousness and other mental phenomena"). A Google Books search reveals that the term "Genetic psychology" in the context of the history of the philosophy of mind is much discussed in recent academic publications. WP:DLINKS says: "disambiguation links should be placed at the top of an article, where they are most visible. For alternatives that are related to the article but are not a source of ambiguity, the 'See also' section at the end of the article is more appropriate." Brentano's concept of genetic psychology is not an alternative to behavioural genetics; it is something very different from the actual topic of the behavioural genetics article. Thus, we need a hatnote to indicate an entirely different and notable use of the same term. --Omnipaedista (talk) 18:36, 16 April 2016 (UTC)
Gotcha. Many thanks for explaining the purpose of the hatnote. Vrie0006 (talk) 18:41, 16 April 2016 (UTC)
You're welcome! ----Omnipaedista (talk) 19:27, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Proposals/Encyclopedias and/or Reference Works[edit]

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Greek alphabet[edit]

ΓΓ was surely already pronounced as NG in ancient times, for instance in ΑΓΓΕΛΟΣ?----Ehrenkater (talk) 15:41, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

Sure. See my latest edit. --Omnipaedista (talk) 15:46, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

Modern Greek[edit]

Hi, I noticed this [8] (and similar edits in some other articles if I remember correctly). Could I ask where you got that [ɲ] from? I can sort of imagine that some nasalization might spread from the preceding [m] onto the underlying /j/ segment, but it's not something I remember seeing mentioned as a prominent phenomenon in phonological treatments, and if it does occur, it would seem to be a rather minor effect of allophonic assimilation, so I'm not really convinced we should describe things at this level rather than giving the underlying phoneme (which surely remains /j/). Fut.Perf. 16:02, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

The standard realization of /mj/ is [mɲ] according to the authoritative Triantafyllidis Dictionary (see, e.g., [9]). --Omnipaedista (talk) 17:18, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
I suppose I should read the introduction to the Triantafyllidis Dictionary, but what exactly is meant by the "standard realization"? For example, the pronunciation of ντ in may words, say, ποντίκι, seems to be changing from [nd] to [d], but T only documents [nd]. --Macrakis (talk) 07:14, 20 May 2016 (UTC)
In my humble opinion it is problematic that the TD only documents [nd], but this omission does not diminish the reliability of the TD. Moreover, the argument is somewhat irrelevant. It is well known there is free variation between [d] and [nd] in Greek, while there is no free variation between [mj] and [mɲ]. According to virtually every source, the sound cluster [mj] does not exist in Greek. --Omnipaedista (talk) 17:03, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

"I'm in love with Jacques Derrida"[edit]

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Thanks for putting some of the meat in Meataphysics and some of the phun in Phunomenology!!
It all adds up, you know .... and Edmund would have been proud, I'm sure.
Martinevans123 (talk) 22:01, 27 May 2016 (UTC) [10]
Thank you very much! --Omnipaedista (talk) 20:42, 28 May 2016 (UTC)
Your careful work is much appreciated. Martinevans123 (talk) 23:10, 4 June 2016 (UTC) I would have tried my hand at "flamebaiting", but I couldn't get the blighters in the fricken trap! [11]

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I just have to say, I haven't seen you around WikiProject Comic before, but your edits, care and meticulousness are great! I hope the Project sees lots more of your work! --Tenebrae (talk) 14:52, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for the kind words and support! I try to help as best as possible. You've also been doing some amazing work for the past few years. --Omnipaedista (talk) 15:40, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

Disambiguation "Chow's Theorem"[edit]

You've been around WP considerably longer than I have and show a definite interest in mathematics, so I was wondering if you'd be willing to look through my recent efforts at disambiguating Chow's Theorem to check if I've been on the right track.

I'll admit that my mathematics background is not strong enough to recognize whether Chow's Theorem, Chow's Lemma, and the Chow-Rachevskii Theorem are all referring to the same underlying mathematical entity, just expressed in the slightly different mathematical languages of the diverse disciplines in which they are used.

Thanks.  —jmcgnh(talk) (contribs) 18:33, 9 June 2016 (UTC)

I don't have time to check it out now but will do so when I have more time! --Omnipaedista (talk) 13:55, 11 June 2016 (UTC)
Of course. I think I did them correctly, but just wanted to have someone knowledgeable take a look - eventually. Thanks.  —jmcgnh(talk) (contribs) 19:11, 11 June 2016 (UTC)
It seems to me that you did them correctly. --Omnipaedista (talk) 23:02, 16 June 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for checking.  —jmcgnh(talk) (contribs) 18:38, 17 June 2016 (UTC)

Footnotes -> Citations[edit]

Hi -- can you tell me why you're changing "Footnotes" to "Citations"? Is there some requirement that this be done? Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 11:05, 16 June 2016 (UTC)

Just took a look at WP:FNNR and it says "Editors can use any title they choose" for these sections. I'm not sure "Citations" is a very good choice; "Footnotes" seems more natural to me. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 11:08, 16 June 2016 (UTC)
Hi! Nope, it is not a strict requirement; rather common practice. We could discuss it. First of all, citations is a commonly used section title; see the article Analog Science Fiction and Fact —I have never edited it— or Oscar Wilde. As you can see in the Oscar Wilde article, 'footnotes' is reserved for 'explanatory footnotes,' while 'citations' for citation footnotes (btw, WP:FNNR calls the latter '_citation_ footnotes'). A good practice in Wikipedia is that sections should not bear confusingly similar titles: my rationale is that 'footnotes' and 'notes' are confusingly similar to each other; but I would not insist, if you disagree. However, reserving 'footnotes' for 'citation footnotes' seems to be at odds with common practice wikiwide. Apart form the naming, the ordering needs to be changed in several articles on fantasy pulp magazines: WP:APPENDIX dictates that 'explanatory footnotes' go below above 'citation footnotes.' --Omnipaedista (talk)
Well, I don't own any of the articles, of course, so you're free to make the change. Personally I think "Notes" for the explanatory material, "References" for the citations, and "Sources" for a list of the works cited, is a good choice, though I haven't been at all consistent about this in the articles I've worked on. I'm surprised to see that explanatory footnotes go lower; that's not common practice in featured articles. I'll have a look and might start a conversation on the talk page suggesting that we revisit that. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 11:29, 16 June 2016 (UTC)

(outdent)My bad; I meant to write 'explanatory footnotes' go above 'citation footnotes.' (I was referring to this article.) --Omnipaedista (talk) 11:37, 16 June 2016 (UTC)
Agreed. Please see Talk:Fantastic Novels#Appendix titles. --Omnipaedista (talk) 11:53, 16 June 2016 (UTC)

I think it's generally not very productive to make mass edits to things that are likely to be be decided on a case-by-case basis by the editors of the individual articles. Where the MoS leaves things up to the editors of an article to decide, as is the case with these section titles, you're going to get reverted some of the time. And what if another editor comes along with a different set of preferred titles and mass-edits the same articles to their preferences? In many cases this is going to be wasted effort on your part, and you might find you annoy some editors who've made careful decisions about the section titles, by consensus on the article talk pages. If I were you I'd stick to making changes that are actually mandated by the MoS, and avoid changing things that are left to editor discretion. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 12:35, 16 June 2016 (UTC)
Your advice is reasonable. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. The point is that I did provide a rationale in my edit summaries. I also was under the impression that you wouldn't mind me making those changes judging by the above discussion. --Omnipaedista (talk) 12:54, 16 June 2016 (UTC)
No inconvenience, and sorry if I sounded a bit minatory above; I just meant to make a suggestion. And you're quite right about the articles I've worked on -- since you're changing it to my own preference, of course I don't mind. Thanks. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 13:01, 16 June 2016 (UTC)
No worries. I would like to note that my proposal is not about exercising any kind of misplaced consistency. It's a proposal towards less confusing conventions in a specific series of articles. Thanks for the feedback! --Omnipaedista (talk) 13:20, 16 June 2016 (UTC)

Habesha etymology[edit]

Greetings! I notice that you are a member of WP:ETYMOLOGY. I recently sought some help from the WikiProject to sort out the convoluted etymology on Habesha people. However, the project seems a little stagnant at the moment. When you have the time, could you please have a look at the etymology there? Your knowledge in this area would be most valuable and appreciated. Kinds Regards-- Soupforone (talk) 16:43, 13 August 2016 (UTC)

I will check it out when I have some time for edits unrelated to my main area of study which is Indo-European etymologies. --Omnipaedista (talk) 18:47, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
Nevermind; I think we've figured it out. Thanks for your time. Cheers-- Soupforone (talk) 02:03, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

Request for copy-editing[edit]

I hope everything is great with you :) Could you please take a look at the articles about Elin Rombo and Lena Sundström. Much appreciated.--BabbaQ (talk) 20:04, 20 August 2016 (UTC)

Done. --Omnipaedista (talk) 20:25, 20 August 2016 (UTC)

"Edited formatting"[edit]

Hi Omnipaedista, I'm just wondering what "edited formatting" means (edit summary of this edit). I checked the template doc, but couldn't find anything. Puzzled... - DVdm (talk) 09:47, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

Oh, it was a typo. I meant to enter "|2" so that a less space-consuming "two column references" layout appears. --Omnipaedista (talk) 10:45, 15 September 2016 (UTC)
Duh. I should have guessed Face-smile.svg. Thx. - DVdm (talk) 11:17, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

DYK for Elin Rombo[edit]

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DYK for Lena Sundström[edit]

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Invite to the African Destubathon[edit]

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Hi Omnipaedista, that was excellent work, small but perfect, you did on B-Diesnt. I have these other articles on hand Gisbert Hasenjaeger, Wilhelm Tranow, Wilhelm Fenner, Walter Fricke, Peter Novopaschenny which all need additional copyedit. Scope creep (talk) 12:59, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

I am afraid I have never edited this article! I'll have a look at the ones you mentioned. Cheers! --Omnipaedista (talk) 10:52, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

Asian 10,000 Challenge invite[edit]

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Latin American 10,000 Challenge invite[edit]

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Ekpyrotic universe pronunciation[edit]

Hi Omnipaedista-

As you can see by my edits on the Ekpyrotic Universe page, I'm attempting to provide an understandable pronunciation of "ekpyrotic' without using the IPA. In this particular case, with this particularly difficult Greek word, I don't think the IPA will help our readers understand or pronounce the word. I've noticed in recorded interviews that whenever Professor Steinhardt says "ekpyrotic" (a word he coined, so it's not in any proper dictionary), people stumble when they try to repeat it -- even when they're trying to repeat what they just heard him say.

I can see that you're a language expert, and one of the few here on Wikipedia who understands the IPA. To be honest, I can't understand the IPA pronunciation for "ekpyrotic" -- and I'm extremely familiar with Dr. Steinhardt's work, and know what "ekpyrotic" is supposed to sound like. So I'm appealing to you: please, in this particular case, please don't insist that we use the IPA to help the readers pronounce "ekpyrotic". It's difficult enough for non-experts to understand and pronounce without employing a super-sophisticated pronunciation technique, such as the IPA. Thank you. (Apologies for the fact that this is a duplication. I previously submitted this item without a subject line.) Sleepy Geek (talk) 20:58, 30 October 2016 (UTC)

We can have both. --Omnipaedista (talk) 22:11, 30 October 2016 (UTC)

Europe 10,000 Challenge invite[edit]

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Speedy deletion nomination of Tartouffe[edit]

Hello Omnipaedista,

I wanted to let you know that I just tagged Tartouffe for deletion, because it seems to be promotional, rather than an encyclopedia article.

If you feel that the article shouldn't be deleted and want more time to work on it, you can contest this deletion, but please don't remove the speedy deletion tag from the top.

You can leave a note on my talk page if you have questions. Peter Rehse (talk) 15:53, 11 November 2016 (UTC)

I did not create the article. I just created a redirect page. I would like to see it deleted anyway. --Omnipaedista (talk) 15:56, 11 November 2016 (UTC)

Merger discussion for Sons of Mosiah [edit]


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"two article-sections should not bear similar titles"[edit]

I see you've changed this in several places (e.g. , ), but there's an explicit style guideline that these are not standardized across Wikipedia, and up to the local article authors. See WP:FNNR; "Editors may use any section title that they choose." And "Citations" gets a special call-out as having problems in some contexts anyway. SnowFire (talk) 02:45, 24 December 2016 (UTC)

It is not so much a matter of style (hence covered by the WP:FNNR rule quoted above) as it is a matter of clarity. WP:FNNR says that two possible article-sections are "explanatory footnotes" that give information which is too detailed or awkward to be in the body of the article and "citation footnotes" that connect specific material in the article with specific sources. Usually, you can tell which is which by glancing the contents. In the articles I recently edited it was not clear to someone glancing the contents which is which. In "Vector space", "explanatory footnotes" were called "Notes", while "citation footnotes" were called "Footnotes". In "Maximilian I of Mexico", "explanatory footnotes" were called "Endnotes", while "citation footnotes" were called "Footnotes". It was not clear which is which (which section contained "explanatory footnotes" and which section contained "citation footnotes"). --Omnipaedista (talk) 09:11, 24 December 2016 (UTC)
Sure, and that might make sense to you, but it's entirely possible it isn't clear to someone else. If I were in charge, I'd say that those articles should have a "Notes" or "Footnotes" section (for the explanations), a "References" section for the cites, and a "Bibliography" section for the list of books being used in the references, but I recognize that others might hate that, so I only stick to structures like that on articles I closely edit. I guess I'm rambling here, but I'm just saying that I hope you don't go on a general "cleanup" around Wikipedia for this, because I think the benefit is very minor (these are all largely near-synonyms anyway), and the risk of offending local sensibilities outweighs that. SnowFire (talk) 10:19, 24 December 2016 (UTC)
Your advice is reasonable. --Omnipaedista (talk) 10:25, 24 December 2016 (UTC)