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Rif Dimashq

Hi. Alright fine, there's no need to rush things, we can take our time. I, too, am a little busy this week. I created this page for our work. It is in my watchlist, for now let's collect some references, I will try to look for references and sources and if you're free do the same. Whenever enough is available and the time is right, we can allot the parts to work on. Thanks again. You know where to find me if you need anything. All the best my friend. :) ANAS - Talk 12:47, 8 November 2006 (UTC)

Hi Orionist. Thank you for the additions, especially the flickr site, I didn't know about the CC licensed images search, quite useful. I will continue to look for more sources. If you haven't already, you can add the page and its talk to your watchlist. Have a great day! ANAS - Talk 13:56, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

Welcome to the Military history WikiProject!

Sultan Al-Atrash

Bonjour :) Merci pour ton commentaire, j'ai mis ton article en liste de suivi. Puisque tu es en train de rédiger un article sur la révolution syrienne, n'hésite pas à prendre des infos sur cette page, fr:Révolution syrienne (l'article n'est pas encore fini). Je prépare aussi un article sur le mandat français en Syrie en page utilisateur, ça peut peut-être t'intéresser fr:Utilisateur:Shaolin128/Mandat français en Syrie. --Shaolin128 18:43, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

Good job, but..

Very useful Orionist. Cheers on the good job. But, it seems it's a bit of an intricate issue. According to Wikipedia policy, if an image is in the public domain in a country, but not in the United States, it can't be used (and vice versa). So even if an image is in the public domain in Syria, it should abide with the law in the United States, as explained here and in the first line here. Too bad though, Syrian law was much more, uh, undemanding; damn! :D

However, if Syria has not signed a copyright treaty with the United States, it should be OK to use these images as images in the public domain. But, obviously, this is not so; according to this, Syria does have a treaty with the United States. "50 years after the author's death", which if I may add, is not only hard to confirm, but it's quite difficult to find such images.

About the rest of the country laws and that template, well, pretty much the same case. Food for thought, what do you think? ← ANAS Talk? 21:14, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

WikiProject Syria

For now, you can add {{User WP Syria}} to your user page to add a userbox and yourself to the category of participants. I've already spent almost ten hours creating and designing WikiProject Syria. I will report back when I'm done from designing the principal elements of WP:SY. Regards, Anas talk? 16:42, 23 March 2007 (UTC)

Welcome back!

Hey, Orionist. It's good to see you're back in action. Welcome back! Concerning certain articles of Syrian cities, if these have been classified as cities then they are cities, officially (albeit being too small to logically be ones). This information is from the CBSSYR (Central Bureau of Statistics of Syria) and other governorate official websites. Although they are missing a few, you can find these cities in list of cities in Syria. Looking forward to your contributions. —Anas talk? 12:51, 22 July 2007 (UTC)

Yes, I guess you're right there. In CBSSYR, governorate administrative divisions include either villages (قريات) or cities (مدن). I agree with your proposal; "X is a small city" it is. You may modify any of these articles as you see fit. See you around! —Anas talk? 14:17, 23 July 2007 (UTC)

Disambiguating UAE emirates and capitals

At several of the talk pages for the individual Emirates of the UAE, queries or proposals have been put forth for having separate articles for the emirates and their eponymous capitals (e.g. here and here. As of now, two of the emirates have been disambiguated from their capitals: Abu Dhabi (emirate) / Abu Dhabi and Ajmān / Ajmān (city). If you are interested in discussing a comprehensive approach to the issue, please see Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Western Asia#Disambiguating UAE emirates and capitals. — AjaxSmack 19:06, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

WikiProject Dubai

I noticed that you have contributed to several articles about Dubai. If you are interested, a WikiProject Dubai is currently being proposed here. Feel free to add your name if you would like to participate. Thank you. Leitmanp (talk | contributions) 21:57, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

A temporary page has been created at User:Raime/WikiProject Dubai. You can go directly there to add your name, if you would like to be a member. Also, feel free to expand and improve the page. Thank you. Leitmanp (talk | contributions) 06:37, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

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Hello, I don't know who I should speak to about this important matter. The Golan article has been taking over by Israelis and they have removed everything mentioning an occupation and changed it to "disputed" They have also removed the "the neutrality of this article is disputed" that was on top of the article while it is written in a completely pro-Israeli way. Please do something about this! —Preceding unsigned comment added by SwedishArab (talkcontribs) 19:53, 1 January 2009 (UTC)


hey this survey might interest you please read it and vote for neutrality Talk:Syrian occupation of Lebanon.George Al-Shami (talk) 05:50, 3 January 2009 (UTC)

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Software query

Hi Orionist, which software you use to convert image to svg version. Alokprasad84 (talk) 16:44, 15 July 2010 (UTC)

Hello! I use Adobe Illustrator, which is the industry leader, but it's a bit costly. Many other people on Wikipedia and Commons use Inkscape, which comes for free, and I have heard very good things about it, although I have never used it. Are you just curious or maybe considering learning the software? -- Orionisttalk 17:13, 15 July 2010 (UTC)
Thanx Orionist for your quick responce. Well I am both curious and want to learn the software. Actually I am enthusiast to learn soft wares. Kindly convert University of Lucknow Logo to Svg version. Is it possible to convert it in to svg?.Alokprasad84 (talk) 17:24, 15 July 2010 (UTC)
Well, whenever you find yourself wanting to learn the software, you can always download Inkscape. As for the "University of Lucknow Logo" image, it's resolution is a bit too low. I can't make out the detail on and around the fishes. It is definitely possible to convert, but the result won't look very good, and it won't be faithful to the original logo either. It would be better if you can find a higher resolution file, maybe by contacting the university, or scanning the logo off one of its brochures. Have a look around and see if you can find it. Let's see what happens! -- Orionisttalk 19:16, 15 July 2010 (UTC)
Thanx Orionist for your suggestions. I will try to find out better resolution logo. Anyways thanx alot for you contributions to wiki.Alokprasad84 (talk) 06:37, 16 July 2010 (UTC)
Hello Orionist, I have uploaded little bit higher resolution version of logo it may help to re draw it. Earlier version of logo. It may help to redraw the logo. I dont know exactly it will help ot not. Alokprasad84 (talk) 08:38, 16 July 2010 (UTC)
It is uploaded my me. will it be useful?. Alokprasad84 (talk) 08:42, 16 July 2010 (UTC)
The new logo you uploaded is of higher resolution, but it's a monotone version and it won't help. I'm really sorry, but in any case it's much better to try to get the original vector version from a PDF published by the university, or to contact the university directly and ask them for it. Remember to ask for the "vector version". If they don't have it, ask them for a very high-resolution version, in which case we may not even need to vectorize. Generally in Wikipedia, logos are usually used for identification purposes, so it's not a problem if they were not in SVG. Instead, you can look for images that are in much more need for vectorizing, such as diagrams and graphs. So have a look around in the articles you are contributing/interested in, and see if there are such images, then post them in the Illustration Workshop. And I think you'll find better and faster response from everyone. Sorry again, and I hope I can help you on future requests! Regards, -- Orionisttalk 17:17, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

Louie Caporusso faceoff

Are you going to do the other two images. If so please crop them so that they are all the same, if possible.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 15:01, 16 July 2010 (UTC)

No problem! Hopefully will be done by tomorrow. I apologize for the delay. If there are other modifications you want please don't hesitate to ask. regards, -- Orionisttalk 17:23, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

New message

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Hello User:Orionist, my name is Rahul, and I am currently known as User:BOLLYWOOD DREAMZ on Wikipedia. I came across your work on File:Genelia at HDIL India Couture Week.jpg. I have a couple of images that have the same watermark and was wondering if you could remove them. I have provided the links of the images so it is easier for you to locate them (File:Kapoor at Gitanjali launch.jpg, File:Kareena at 3I premiere.jpg, File:Saif-Kareena ramp walk.jpg & File:Kareena-Randhir at 3I premiere.jpg). Thanks & Best Regards -- Bollywood Dreamz talk 16:57, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

Hello Rahul. I'd be happy to help! However, it will take some time, because removing this specific watermark at this central position is tricky to say the least. So you have to be a bit patient. I'll do them one by one and inform you whenever one is uploaded. I hope you're OK with that. Regards, -- Orionisttalk 18:40, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Not a problem buddy... take your time. Thanks for your help with this!! :) -- Bollywood Dreamz talk 02:58, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
 Done! I'm glad to tell you that all the images in your request are done! I have overwritten the files so they should also be updated in the articles. This was a tricky job as I expected, that's why it took a bit of time to finish. I hope you like the result. If there is any further modification you need please don't hesitate to ask! Regards, -- Orionisttalk 13:06, 1 August 2010 (UTC)
Thank You so much for taking the time and helping me with this. I really appreciate it! :) -- Bollywood Dreamz talk 02:26, 3 August2010 (UTC)

New design

I've done the floating box, but I don't think it'll do much good unless you create a write-up that's long enough to make it obvious it's floating there. Sceptre (talk) 17:46, 11 August 2010 (UTC)

The way tables work in HTML, it's difficult to do a CSS floating layout with them. The current example is the best I can do, sorry. Sceptre (talk) 02:03, 13 August 2010 (UTC)

Graphic Lab interview at The Signpost

Hello Orionist. You seem active at the Graphic Lab, so I wanted to invite you to participate in The Signpost's interview of the project. The report is being written by Rock drum and will be published September 13; this is an excellent opportunity to draw attention to your efforts and attract new members to the project. Please stop by and answer some interview questions here. Thank you,  â�³ono 

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You recently participated in a discussion at Talk:Hims Gap. You might be interested in a move proposal at Talk:Hims. — AjaxSmack 01:01, 20 August 2010 (UTC)

The SVG Barnstar

SVG barnstar.png The SVG Barnstar
For creating the absolutely beautiful vector diagram of the Mir space station at File:Mir diagram.svg. Many, many thanks! Colds7ream (talk) 15:28, 20 August 2010 (UTC)

Thank you very, very much! It's always great to feel appreciated! -- Orionisttalk 19:07, 20 August 2010 (UTC)


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Hello! I've just got a message that the File:3rd_World_Scout_Jamboree.svg file I uploaded for your request on the Illustration Workshop has been nominated for speedy deletion. So you might want to use it in an article so that it can be valid as Fair Use, or maybe use a {{hangon}} template and provide a reason. Regards, -- Orionisttalk 05:49, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

Thank you, I totally didn't see that this was done, I am sorry for the delay. It's great, thank you!--Chris (クリス • フィッチ) (talk) 11:18, 25 August 2010 (UTC)


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Homs/Hims Categories

You commented on the Homs/Hims discussion, so I am notifying you of the current Category discussion at: Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2010 September 6#Category:Hims. --Bejnar (talk) 17:24, 11 September 2010 (UTC)

A beer

You'd asked about template creation for a new Personal User Award. As an experiment to see whether the new template works, I am giving you one of your own beers.

Export hell seidel steiner.png A beer on me!
Here's a beer for your fine efforts on improving Wikipedia! Cheers! Thanks to Orionist for a new personal user award, including a particularly attractive picture of a frothy brew. ElijahBosley (talk ☞) 16:47, 21 September 2010 (UTC)

Rupee symbol

The small rupee symbol appears wrong to me. And these are being widely used all over wikipedia. For example, 6000 cr 5000 cr. The symbol appears to be a bit below the 'horizon'. I'm posting here since you are the author of the rupee svg image (from which the smaller one is derived?) Thanks --SpArC (talk) 06:58, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

The image in the {{INR}} template was aligned to the default "middle" instead of "baseline". I fixed that. I also made the image size 7px instead of 8px to conform to the height of other letters and numbers. So it will look like this 6000 instead of this Indian rupee6000. Regards, -- Orionisttalk 14:05, 23 September 2010 (UTC)
Ahh! :) Thank you, kind sir! --SpArC (talk) 14:27, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

An Invitation From Sue Gardner

Dear Wikimedia Project Contributor,

I am the assistant to Sue Gardner, the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the organization behind Wikipedia. Sue and I will be in Dubai from December 1-6 for speaking events at TedxDubai and Zayed University's-Dubai Campus.

Sue invites you to meet with her and other local Wikipedia contributors the afternoon of Saturday, December 4. If you are interested to attend please sign-up on using the below link or email me at

Dubai Meet-Up Sign-Up Page


Date: Saturday, December 4, 2010
Time: 18:30-20:30
Location: The Pub in the Radisson Blu Duabi Deira Creek
Address: Bani Yas Road, 476 Dubai

We hope you can attend.

James Owen (talk) 04:31, 16 November 2010 (UTC)

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Mahmoud Darwish

Hi Orionist. I will try again to contribute to the Mahmoud Darwish entry. I do not know if I was deleted first time or if I forgot to save what I wrote. In any case, I agree with you that it is sufficient to quote part of the poem and mention that it has 6 stanzas and so on. Unfortunately I do not have access to an extensive library.Aviva Butt (talk) 07:01, 21 November 2010 (UTC)

Nice work Aviva! But don't you think that the second stanza is a better choice? It's much more expressive. The first stanza seems like a kind of intro. I hope to see more of your contributions. We're in great need for editors like you :) regards, -- Orionisttalk 13:45, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

St Symeon/Seleucia Pieria

Thanks for sorting out the issue I raised about the Helios/Rabbos picture. I have amended its description as you suggested.

Some time ago I created an article about St Symeon, the port of Antioch in Crusader times. I have since found that the article on Seleucia Pieria, the Roman port of Antioch, said that Seleucia recovered its importance in Crusader times, and St Symeon was then its port. This appears to be based on the Catholic Encyclopedia at So far as I can discover, this is wrong - Seleucia did not recover, and St Symeon was the port of Antioch in Crusader times. I have deleted the statement about St Symeon in the Seleucia Pieria article, and stated that it never recovered from a 529 earthquake, citing Ancient Warfare Magazine at The List of ancient Greek cities shows St Symeon as an alternative name for Seleucia Pieria, but this also appears to be wrong. Steven Runciman in his history of the first crusade says that the modern name for St Symeon is Suadiye, but the only Suadiye I can trace is a suburb of Istanbul. I hope this is clear, and wonder whether you have any sources to give a more definitive answer to whether Seleucia Pieria did recover and whether I am wrong in thinking that it is a different place from St Symeon. Dudley Miles (talk) 23:34, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

Well, this is a tricky one, especially so because of the particular location. I wouldn't trust the Catholic Encyclopedia on geography, I faced similar instances where it had confused two or more places names. However, I did some research, and I was a bit lucky to find a quick answer: these two places are completely different and distinct from one another. The reason for the confusion might be their proximity to one another and their function as ports serving Antioch.
  • First, Seleucia (Seleukia) Peria: the Ancient Warfare Mag article, the coordinates in the Wikipedia article, the labeled location on Google maps, old maps, and wherever you look on the web, all seem to be in agreement that it's the modern seaside village of Çevlik (image). Two other villages mentioned in the Catholic Encyclopedia article are close by, namely Kapisuyu (Kaboucie) and Mağracik (Meghragagik). As I understand it, a part of the city was up on the hills between these villages, while the other part was around the port in Çevlik. And if the coordinates of images on Panoramio are accurate, ruins seem to be spread on all that area (examples here and here).
  • Now, did it recover after the 529 earthquake? I searched some ancient Arabic books (thankfully available on Wikisource) and found that it was mentioned in several books. But evidence of its possible recovery is available on page 115 of Volume 5 of Mu'jam al-Buldan, quoting another book Futuh al-Buldan, page 155. It says (rough translation, my notes in brackets): "I was told... that Al-Walid ibn Abd al-Malik has granted some soldiers in Antioch the land of Seleukia at the coast. He gave them each filathr (or jareeb) [both are ancient units of area] for one dinar and two muds [another measurement unit] of wheat. Hence they built it up... and he [al-Walid] built the fortress of Seleukia." (punctuation is also mine, not present in the original).
  • Hence, Seleucia (Seleukia) Peria seems to have recovered some importance under the rule of the Umayyads. Did it carry on until the Crusader times? You'd think the author of Mu'jam al-Buldan, written in 1224-28, would've had more to say about it than a quote from a 350-year-old book.
  • St. Symeon: It is said to be the ancient port of Antioch, located on the mouth of the Orontes River. So I looked up Antioch in Mu'jam al-Buldan and I got this on page 357 of the first volume (again my rough translation): "Between Antioch and the sea is the distance of two farsakhs [ancient unit] and it has a port in a small town called as-Suwaydiyah where the ships of the Franks are moored [or berthed etc.], and where from they carry their baggage onto beasts of burden to Antioch." A quick look at an old map confirms that as-Suwaydiyah is indeed located on the mouth of the Orontes River. Now, since there's no dominant system for Arabic transliteration, and the difference between written "classic" Arabic and the spoken dialects, as-Suwaydiyah could be transliterated in several dozen ways, one of them is Suadiye, which explains why it was hard to find. Moreover, many place names in that area (Hatay province) were changed to more Turkish-sounding names after the Turkey annexed the former Syrian province. That means as-Suwaydiyah was changed to the current name, Samandağ, in 1948. Which should solve the puzzle. A quick Google search for "St Symeon" and Samandağ gives this result in Google Books, which, coupled with the gazeteer coordinates you've already found, confirms the conclusion we've reached above.
  • One more interesting thing, I've also found articles about a local St. Simeon Stylites the Younger, who used to dwell on a mountain six miles away from Samandağ, and where the ruins of his monastery still stand today. The matching names might not be a coincidence. Still, I couldn't find a source to confirm that.
...and that's about it. Best regards. -- Orionisttalk 19:44, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for that. After I posted to you, I found some coordinates on a gazeteer for St Symeon, and I posted a question on the talk page of an expert on coordinates at asking whether he could make sense of them. I hope I have not caused problems consulting two different experts. Dudley Miles (talk) 22:14, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

Well, we're a collaborative project, and the more people who can contribute the better! I haven't finished my reply though, I got a bit busy and haven't had the time to write what I found about St. Symeon. I'll continue my reply above. -- Orionisttalk 18:18, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

Many thanks for your trouble and the fascinating information. The articles on St Symeon, Seleucia Pieria and Samandag obviously need amendment in light of it, although as you say, the relationship to St Simeon Stylites the Younger is unclear. Your citing of sources in Arabic and German raises a question I have been wondering about - I have to admit I am mono-lingual. Is there any Wikipedia protocol about citing sources in other languages? I created a stub article about Wezilo, late 11th century archbishop of Mainz, and one of the very few sources I could find was a Google translation of the German Wikipedia article, so I used facts from it where the translation was unambiguous, and cited it as a source. Is this against Wikipedia protocols? Dudley Miles (talk) 22:53, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

There are two different issues here: the first is referencing another Wikipedia article, whether or not it's in the same language. You can do that as long as you mention which article it was copied from in the edit summary (for licensing reasons). If you want to cite the text you copied, cite the original source and not the Wikipedia article. Citing the WP article amounts to self-reference, as the related policy (WP:CIRCULAR) says. If the original source is not found, I'd say keep it uncited and add a not on the discussion page.
The other issue is referencing non-English sources (outside Wikipedia), which is allowable of course. In the related policy (WP:NONENG) it is recommended that you provide the original-language text and English translation in the text or a footnote. The most common practice seems to be just adding the original-language text to the footnote, since the translation should be in the main text of the article.
You can also have a look at the Wikipedia:Verifiability policy where you'll find details about other issues related to sources and referencing. -- Orionisttalk 04:18, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

Thanks very much for your advice. I have added the information you found about the Ummayyad fortress to the Seleucia Pieria. I trust I have done it correctly. Dudley Miles (talk) 13:32, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

manzai painting - scan

hey; was reviewing old business & found your comment, sry abt the delayed response. finally got the thing scanned in, everything is here:,_artist_unknown_(Wittig_ptg-01)

the colour & detail came out pretty good (12,800 dpi, 48-bit colour, no post-processing enhancements, compressed for size), but the sections need to be assembled. to give a rough scale reference, the scanner bed is approx 7"x14"

let me know if you're interested (or know anyone who is)

& (belated) thanks for your response!

Lx 121 (talk) 17:50, 1 December 2010 (UTC)

Hello! These scans look much, much better. I can work on them next week, if you have no problem with such time frame. Regards! -- Orionisttalk 03:45, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

haha, no hurry!

i haven't exactly been moving at a dead run on this myself, & i have a huge backlog of material to upload.

2 requests tho:

1. do the merged file @ the highest res possible? i have no objections to making copies at more manageable filesizes, but it would be good to have a max-quality copy of the file available

2. upload a copy of the merged painting "as-is" (or send it to me?) before doing any touch-up work to remove staining, colour-correct, etc. (if that was your intention).

i know i'm being rather pedantic, but for archival purposes (as well as art studies), it's useful to have as exact a copy of the original art as possible; & commons is the default primary online source for the material, so it falls to us...

thanks again for your continued interest; lots more stuff (paintings, prints, etc.) coming up, if you're interested, or know people who are

Lx 121 (talk) 04:33, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

It's done at last! It was fun working on such a huge file. After saving as JPG at 10/12 quality it's still more than 27 mb (for 11 quality file size will be 40 mb, for 12, 60 mb). As you requested, I only did the stitching at highest res. I kept as much as possible of the border, although I had to clone a strip into the bottom-right corner. What next? If the colors look different from the original, we can fix them. If not, I think we can apply some levels, and enhance brightness/contrast. Yeah and I checked it carefully for any stitching errors, but it'd be better if you double check. Hope you like the result. -- Orionisttalk 14:27, 15 December 2010 (UTC)
brilliant it would have taken me an impossibly long time to (learn how to) do work of this quality myself, thank you!
when you say "border" do you mean the decorative area beyond the edge of the paper? if so, not a concern. (did i miss anything when making the scans though? useful to know, for future work).
re: colours, looks fine to me. in the scans, the colours came out noticeably brighter/clearer than they show in ordinary viewing of the painting. i assume that was the lighting from the scanbed, since i didn't have any of the software "enhancements" turned on. hopefully, it represents what the painting would have looked like when newer/less dirty. haha
don't see any stitching errors, but you're far more experienced than i, in knowing what to look for anyway. feel free to go ahead with any tweaking or clean-up of the image, as you think best (let me know if you need/want anymore imaging of the piece; for reference, etc. should be able to get it to you with a 3-day turnover, or so). might be a good idea to have separate files (@ commons) for showing major stages of development? was wondering if we could get a useful image-series showing the stages of the work, for textbook use; but i'm not sure, offhand, how well commons already has the topic covered.
finally, could you upload a copy @ a smaller filesize too (under a different name, of course); i'd really like to get it up on the Manzai article asap, to replace my sad little "working print" version. i'm not sure what the current thinking is, as regards the "right size" for wp-article files, but probably 5 megs or less? something that will upload in a reasonable time, but still reward the viewer who actually bothers to click-through to get a better look @ the image...  :)
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Good job

The Mir diagram you did looks amazing.--Craigboy (talk) 17:21, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

Thanks! It feels good to be appreciated! Regards. -- Orionisttalk 03:36, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

Dubai meetup-1

Hi Orionist, could you please upload some snaps from Dubai meetup-1 held on 4 December 2010.--Vicharam (talk) 18:01, 5 December 2010 (UTC)

Shopping centres

I see that you are doing a good job improving the list of shopping centres, and trying to keep it that way! I noticed that the Istanbul Cevahir is still listed, and I do not think it is as big as it is claimed to be. You might want to look at my old comments at Talk:List of largest buildings in the world#Mall areas (under UPDATE). JonH (talk) 21:39, 11 December 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for pointing that out! I was able to find a GLA figure of 110,000 sqm on the mall's website, and removed it from the list accordingly. I don't know how I overlooked the enlightening discussion at "Mall areas"!
The list still has a long way to go, especially when you consider that our primary source is proving to be less and less reliable. I'm glad you're finding it better already! Regards. -- Orionisttalk 05:56, 12 December 2010 (UTC)


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A Skylab-related request

Hi Orionist - how goes things? As you may or may not know, I'm in a bit of a push at the moment to improve all the articles regarding space stations, one part of which involves finding good configuration diagrams. This is an area where, thanks to your wonderful efforts producing File:Mir-Shuttle diagram.svg and all its other gorgeous related images for me, I know just where to turn. As far as I'm aware, all of the Salyut stations have basic SVG configuration images available, but unfortunately Skylab doesn't, having instead two paintings, File:Skylab labeled.jpg (which shows the station in its actual orbital configuration) and File:Skylab diagram.jpg (which shows the originally planned configuration), and a not-very-good SVG showing one of the concept plans for the station at File:Wet Workshop.svg. I'm aware that it's a massive ask (which is why I've come straight to you, as I know I'll be ignored point blank at the image workshop), but is there any chance at all that you could produce a better, SVG diagram of the station's final orbital configuration? There's plenty of photographs of the station at Commons:Category:Skylab (space station), if those are of any help at all? I fully expect you to tell me it can't be done, but I'd very much appreciate it if you could take a look! All the best, Colds7ream (talk) 13:19, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

Well, you've come to the right place! It's quite an undertaking, but still in the realm of the possible. It needs two things: time, and a good source image. Time, I hope, is not an issue. A good source image is even more important, since illustration is only as good as the original image. Preferably, we need to find a technical drawing, that would shave off about half the time required to do the diagram. But paintings and color illustrations are okay. Either way the source should be of high resolution, sharp, and clear with no ambiguous areas.
The Skylab category at Commons was poor with useful material. But NASA - once I found my way through their labyrinth of different websites - had many high res, high quality illustrations, of which I've already uploaded four or five, including a high res version and a plain version of File:Skylab labeled.jpg. What I didn't find is a good schematic drawing, although I downloaded +100MB of their PDFs hoping to find one. I'll keep looking, and even if nothing new turns up, I can still use a combination of the available low quality drawings and high quality paintings. Meanwhile I'll keep uploading related useful images and diagrams I find.
Just keep in mind that it's going to take some time to do. My backlog permitting, I might also be able to help with other image issues in the Skylab and other space station articles.
Best regards and happy holidays! -- Orionisttalk 21:05, 26 December 2010 (UTC)
You, sir, are a marvel. :-) Many thanks indeed for looking into this for us - can't wait to see how you get on! Happy Christmas and New Year! :-) Colds7ream (talk) 00:10, 27 December 2010 (UTC)
Evening! How goes things? I've been looking around trying to find some more images that might be of use to you, but in the books I've obtained there only seem to be copies of the NASA illustrations we've already got. Google images isn't being of much help either, although I did find [1] and [2], which I hope might be of some use? Colds7ream (talk) 17:08, 3 February 2011 (UTC)
Hey! How are you doing? Thanks for the images. My attempts to find that elusive technical drawing (which would make things much easier) were not very successful, but I think I have enough material to start working on the illustration. I should've started days ago, but sometimes I just need to be reminded :) so I'll make this a priority now. Regards! -- Orionisttalk 13:54, 4 February 2011 (UTC)
Thanks very much - looking forward to seeing the result! :-) Colds7ream (talk) 10:45, 5 February 2011 (UTC)
Hi Orionist, how's things? Any news on this by any chance? :-) Also, I don't suppose you fancy taking a look at my SSME schematic request over at the Illustration lab, do you? Would be a great addition to the SSME article. Cheers, Colds7ream (talk) 13:39, 15 December 2011 (UTC)

Monster in the Graphics Lab!

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Gen Z will know the Wikipedia-Commons as a place for great vector images because of people like you! Cheers, Jon C (talk) 06:37, 28 December 2010 (UTC)
Many, many thanks! -- Orionisttalk

HELP! AFD for image

Could you comment a little more on De Minimus in the AFD? I really don't want to kill that sign image. Please elaborate on your thinking. P.s. I'm concerned about the whole Canada versus US thing though.TCO (talk) 07:06, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

Done. -- Orionisttalk 13:07, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

You can read/produce Arabic script?

Do you take requests? (saw you at the Graphics Lab, I am in need).--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 15:00, 10 January 2011 (UTC)

Sure. Tell me what you need and I'll do what I can. -- Orionisttalk 12:32, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
I've noticed your contributions to the Graphics Lab, and I need to ask. We could use some of your Arabic skill as many of the Wikipedia versions of Scout emblems in the region are rather substandard and could use improvement, but the cleanup would include the Arabic text. Would this be something you would be willing to assist with?--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 23:36, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
Yes, I'll do what I can, no problem. I stumbled upon the subpage you created at User:Orionist/Scout image requests which, by the way, is not reported to me automatically (like talk page messages) and I need to be notified of it to be able to help ;-). I've had a look at the requests and some of them are doable, while others need better source images (since vectorization is only as good as the source image), so I searched and found a couple of good sources. I'll keep looking for more, and add them with notes to the above subpage. Unfortunately, I'm fairly busy these days and my "wiki" time is rather limited, so you might have to be a bit patient. An alternative could be that whenever a good source is found, to post it to the Graphic Lab for the shapes to be done, and then I can step in and add the Arabic script. I don't mind doing either. Regards, -- Orionisttalk 17:46, 12 January 2011 (UTC)
Ah, that was an unfinished test page, I just woke up and the plan was to send it to you about an hour from now. I need to add more categorize it by priority. Some we have poor images, some we have nice pngs but I would prefer svgs. I used to post the requests to the Graphics Lab, four years ago, and was told to stop, I don't recall the reason, but... so I stopped, and I just ask people when they have a field of specialty like yours. Thanks and sorry for the mixup.--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 01:50, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay, I could barely do an edit in the past couple of days. And thanks for your e-mail. Actually the new and improved list is rather scary, but I don't mind scary lists. Still, this is a huge task that could have it's own Wikiproject, and I hope you're ready to wait since as I mentioned earlier I don't have that much time, and it would be unfair if I just focused on emblems and forgot all about other image categories in need of work.
There are good news, though: Many of the newer emblems, especially of Lebanon and the Gulf States, seem to have very good PNG's. Which is an indication that a vector version is already there. So I suggest contacting these organizations and asking them directly for the vector files. I can help you with the message text, to explain what a vector file is and how can they send it to us etc. Usually any PDF of any brochure/leaflet/ad would hold a vector version of the logo, which I can extract and upload in a couple of minutes. The other thing that might help us, is that many of these emblems seem to have similar symbols. I think, since you know these emblems very well, that you know which elements are the most recurring, and where can they be found in International/other countries emblems that we have here in SVG. So you might want to add a "Resources" section where you link to such SVG's. I promise to do my best to help on these, and I hope by collaboration we would eliminate a significant portion of this backlog. Regards, -- Orionisttalk 14:49, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
Waiting is no problem, we've had some of thses in bad shape for the five years I've been here. I think I've scared others before, in different areas. The Arabsphere has a short list compared to Africa...
I tried to reproduce Arabic script on the Persian Move to Commons-tagging tonight, and it all came out backwards. But you're right, I can find you all the elements you need.
Would it help if I marked out a top 5-or-10, instead of doing them alphabetically by nation?--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 15:05, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
Did the 5-or-10, working on a resource list for you. :) --Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 15:35, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
Yep, that's waaay better! I'll soon start working on them one by one. By the way, I was scraping various organizations' websites for possible vector logos, and I came across the Arab Scout Region website ( where they seem to call themselves "Arab Scout Organization" in addition to "Arab Scout Region". The names are on top of one another on the home page, with "Arab Scout Organization" on top and in bigger font. And they are used interchangeably or together. I thought that might interest you. Something about it could be added to the article, and one of the article names should redirect to the other. Yes and I found there a better quality version of their logo (not SVG though) and uploaded it above the older version. One more thing, please add the User:Orionist/Scout image requests page to your watchlist (if you haven't already), just to make sure we don't need to cross-post each update to the list. Regards! -- Orionisttalk 15:40, 18 January 2011 (UTC)
Glad that's better! Strange that they should use that term. In Scouting, "Association" and "Organization" have specific national and local meanings, several countries together is "Region"-weird, thank you for catching that. I don't yet know how to add it. Thank you also for the upload! (Of course I have it on my watchlist, it's like "what do you want for your birthday?" ;) )--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 02:43, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
Well, I've added the info I found at About us to the "History" section of Arab Scout Region. I've also modified the lead, since every single mention in Arabic seems to call it "Organization", including their details on I have also added it to the infobox, but you can remove it if you don't like it. Please go through the text I added, I don't know much about scouting and I might've got something wrong. I found other details on that I'm going to add one by one. Regards, -- Orionisttalk 15:17, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
Thank you! The banner on that site uses the most beautiful Arabic I have ever seen!--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 15:28, 20 January 2011 (UTC)
As the country will split in six months, may I put File:Sudan Boy Scouts Association.png on the top of the list?--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 15:51, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
Sure! You know what you need best. -- Orionisttalk 11:32, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
Watching tv tonight with my Japanese grandfather, planned on writing you when I got back. I don't know where you're from, but in the midst of all the turmoil and revolutions in the region, I hope your friends and loved ones are safe.--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 13:11, 13 February 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the kind thoughts. Everyone I care about is far from areas of unrest. Thanks again. Regards, -- Orionisttalk 22:18, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

Talkback at User talk:Retro00064

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Abdullah Alfahad

I just created this, can you add the Arabic script?--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 17:58, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Done. By the way, the "al" is the definitive article in Arabic and there are several ways to write it in English. If there's a common way to write that specific person's name then we use it, if not, we use "al-Name" as a standard. So there's no need to list all possible combination of "al" in the article, and a redirect is enough. However, if there are different ways (in use) to write the rest of the name, we usually add these to the article. Regards, -- Orionisttalk 11:29, 26 January 2011 (UTC)

Template:Africa topic

Saw your addition to Template:Africa topic, I was just going to ask you to weigh in at , you beat me to it, thanks!--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 14:02, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

You're welcome! -- Orionisttalk 18:55, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia:SVG Help

I'm not opposed to it in theory, but I haven't been paying much attention to such things because I don't know what SVGs people would upload to Wikipedia that they couldn't upload to Commons, except company logos (and I have little interest in optimizing company logos). AnonMoos (talk) 08:13, 8 March 2011 (UTC)

OK, I've added WP:SVG Help to my watchlist, and we'll see how things go... AnonMoos (talk) 13:39, 8 March 2011 (UTC)

several new Libya articles need the Arabic script

Libyan Boy Scouts helping in the social services in Benghazi during the 2011 Libyan uprising

If you have a chance, can you look at that category? Thanks!--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 17:40, 8 March 2011 (UTC)

Thank you!--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 11:25, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

This video is quite a find! I didn't realize VoA had such interesting videos on their website, and free for us to use nonetheless! Do you need me to do anything to the file by the way? Regards, -- Orionisttalk 14:18, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

Not the video, but the Libyan Scout emblem, if you can-the flag behind the leader is deeper green, can you give it an svg?--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 14:48, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

This also seems a good source of images --Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 03:46, 22 April 2011 (UTC)


I just want to let you know I've improved the Moons of Mars image at the Graphics Lab in response to your suggestions. I would appreciate any further comments you may have, or your opinion regarding whether the image could now be reintroduced into the article. Thanks. 4dhayman (talk) 15:01, 10 March 2011 (UTC)

Great! Will look into it. -- Orionisttalk 15:23, 10 March 2011 (UTC)

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My, that is a very quirky issue. I spent about 25 minutes looking at it to no available, and I'm afraid I have a busy day ahead. But I have narrowed it down for you: it's the viewBox'ing that's doing it. Consider just cropping the image outright? It's a bit of work, but it should fix the problem. Regards, - Jarry1250 [Who? Discuss.] 08:44, 27 March 2011 (UTC)

Graphics lab

A slower version of the Moons of Mars file:


I hope this can finally be put into the article! If there are more changes to be made, I'm happy to make them, but they'll take me a while, because I'm quite busy right now. 4dhayman (talk) 21:53, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

if you get a chance

File:Southern Sudan COA.gif and the Sudan coat of arms could use vectorization.--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 05:07, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

I'll look into them when I have some time, hopefully in a few days. Regards, -- Orionisttalk 15:53, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

Are you okay?

I haven't seen you in three weeks, hope you're alright.--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 07:36, 23 May 2011 (UTC)

Thank you for your concern, Chris. I'm okay; really busy in life and work, though. I hope to be able to come back from this unplanned wikibreak by the beginning of next month. So until then. Cheers! -- Orionisttalk 13:01, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
Just want to make sure you're out of harm's way in all this mess. I'm rooting for the free side in the region, but it seems the older revolutions are already unraveling.--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 13:27, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
You're back! Hope I didn't chase you off.--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 16:10, 2 April 2012 (UTC)

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could pleae remove watermark of this picture--Vicharam (talk) 14:34, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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For taking the time to fulfill my seemingly pointless request at WP:GL/PHOTO and thus highly improving the quality of two images related to Interstate 135 on Wikipedia, I award you this Graphic Designer's Barnstar. Ks0stm (TCGE) 17:05, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

Thanks! I appreciate it! -- Orionisttalk 17:24, 2 November 2011 (UTC)


Many thanks for the work on vectorizing the recent Chemistry images. Awesome work! atallcostsky talk 20:41, 20 November 2011 (UTC)

No problem at all! Thanks for dropping by. -- Orionisttalk 08:59, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

Pitch intervals

Hello Orionist! Please see my reply at Wikipedia:Graphic Lab/Illustration workshop#Pitch intervals. Thanks! Kaldari (talk) 21:52, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

Re: my gallery request

Thank you very much! I really appreciate it. ♠PMC(talk) 03:17, 10 January 2012 (UTC)

You're welcome anytime! Cheers! -- Orionisttalk 08:23, 10 January 2012 (UTC)

Jameson's mamba distribution map

Hey, thanks for the reply. I did make a request, but after waiting for so long I decided that I'd go ahead and do it by myself. Is mine not good? Well if you can do a better one, then by all means go ahead. However, the general distribution of this species in my map is quite accurate. If you are going to make another map, please use my map as a source for the species' distribution. Thanks. I think I need a better map for Naja atra, actually. That species is found in Taiwan, southern China, northern Laos, and northern Vietnam. It's also found in Hainan province in China. Bastian (talk) 18:05, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

Yeah, I simply used paint :/ I would greatly appreciate it if you could do the maps for me. Here is the Jameson's mambas range here and Naja atra range is here. For more information on where these two species occur you can go here for the mamba and here for Naja atra (Chinese cobra). Also, if I need maps for other species of snakes' range in the near future, can I rely on you to be able to do them for me? Bastian (talk) 17:04, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

Thank you very much for your help, Orionist. I really do appreciate it. Can you give me the link to the Illustration worshop, please? So basically, if I need a map done in the future and you're inactive then I should just post the request in the "Illustration workshop" instead of the "Map workshop"? Bastian (talk) 15:41, 14 January 2012 (UTC)

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Replied at Wikipedia:Graphic_Lab/Map_workshop#Map_translation:_Battle_of_Bautzen_.281945.29. Thanks! --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk to me 16:25, 15 January 2012 (UTC)

Added translations. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk to me 22:31, 24 January 2012 (UTC)
Sorry, looking right now! --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk to me 17:21, 5 February 2012 (UTC)

Btw, for another article I had put for a review, I received another request to have a map translated: File:Armia krajowa 1.png. This is another case where only a small part needs to be translated - the legend title, the small legend note in the upper part, few city names, and all instances of the word okreg (and one podokreg) to region (subregion). Do you think you could fit it in your schedule at some future point? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk to me 17:27, 5 February 2012 (UTC)

Map Lab

Wanted to say a quick thank you for taking on requests over at the map lab. It is much appreciated. Kmusser (talk) 14:43, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

No problem! Just trying to do what I can. -- Orionisttalk 06:37, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

File:Armia krajowa 1.png


  • main legend: Armia Krajowa (Home Army). Territorial structures in 1944
  • all Okreg: Area , so Okreg XX becames XX Area. One podokreg becomes subarea.
  • note at the top: Regional Inspectorate. Free City of Gdańsk (Danzig)
  • city names: Gdańsk - add (Danzig), Wilno - add (Vilna / Vilnius), Warszawa - add (Warsaw), Kraków - add (Cracow), Lwów - add (Lviv), Stanislawow- add (Ivano-Frankivsk), Tarnopol - add (Ternopil), Brzesc... add (Brest), Nowogrodek - add (Navahrudak)

Regarding SVG, I think Lonio said that in the past he doesn't know how to do so. You may want to ask him if he needs help with that, perhaps. Thanks! --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk to me 20:18, 10 February 2012 (UTC)

Also, replied at Wikipedia:Graphic_Lab/Map_workshop#Map_translation:_Battle_of_Bautzen_.281945.29. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk to me 19:57, 11 February 2012 (UTC)
Lonio is working on another Berlin map, and he also found a '39 map, so you may want to exchange your finds with him. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk to me 08:00, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

Keep up the good work

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For all your hard work creating maps for the Military History Project. The work that you are doing brings credit on Wikipedia as whole by adding a professional touch. Well done and thank you. AustralianRupert (talk) 09:14, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, that's very kind of you! -- Orionisttalk 06:03, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

Battle of Bautzen

Congratulations - Bautzen maps are ideal Lonio17 (talk) 13:10, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Thanks Lonio, very gracious of you! -- Orionisttalk 05:36, 14 February 2012 (UTC)


Judos on the good work (is it a personal intrest in the region that motivates you, because youve done a lot of good graphics here)

I just requested an addition to that page. Could you take a look?Lihaas (talk) 08:30, 21 February 2012 (UTC)
Will have a look. -- Orionisttalk 04:17, 29 February 2012 (UTC)
Nice to be aprreciated and see that "my" work was influential in teaching others ;)
Also i forgot (silly boy, me ;)) to add the contradictory image that needs sorting. Ive done it now at that page.Lihaas (talk) 05:14, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

The Azawad map looks amazing!

It's far better than what I did, thank youuu --BabyFoot (talk) 10:08, 21 February 2012 (UTC)

No problem! I'm glad you like it. -- Orionisttalk 04:17, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

Need help in Graphics Lab!

Hello! I'm Lolax Marks and I was interested on working in the Graphic Lab, but I need help. John of Reading referred you to me. I have looked at several tutorials, but I've had difficulty understanding them. I find they mostly explain terms and why to use them, rather than telling one how to use tools like SVG's and requested images. Could you give me some advice? I have GIMP image editor

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Replied on your talk page. -- Orionisttalk 04:18, 29 February 2012 (UTC)


Answered on my page. Regards, Yug (talk) 10:51, 29 February 2012 (UTC)


woops, another issue came up. Tessalit has been recaptured ifor thsi map File:Azawad Tuareg rebellion 2012.svg(Lihaas (talk) 15:15, 14 March 2012 (UTC)).

LTE map update

IP was requesting an update to the LTE adoption map. Indeed, it would be nice if the map would be update; this site provides a most recent list of countries that have commercial and experimental offerings of LTE. Thanks, Nageh (talk) 00:55, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Hm, I noticed your last update was only a short time ago. Well, I'd say no hurry then. Nageh (talk) 01:00, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

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Urgent request

I see that you have come back to map work after a hiatus. I had placed a high-urgency map request here two weeks back, to no response. I was under an FAC pressure, which is now off, but I still need that map. Could you please take up my request soon? I'd be really obliged. i had approached Keithpickering but he seems to have disappeared, and I'm at my wits' ends on how to get this map done. Thanks. ~*~AnkitBhatt~*~ 15:26, 25 May 2012 (UTC)

Alright, will take the request. Cheers! -- Orionisttalk 14:35, 26 May 2012 (UTC)
Thank you so much! Good luck with the map Face-smile.svg. ~*~AnkitBhatt~*~ 15:21, 26 May 2012 (UTC)

Hey again! Could you update me on the progress with the map? Thanks. ~*~AnkitBhatt~*~ 08:50, 30 May 2012 (UTC)

Sorry for keeping you waiting, I just got a bit busy in the last few days. The map is basically done and just needs some final retouching. I'll upload it later today. Cheers! -- Orionisttalk 09:11, 30 May 2012 (UTC)
No problem, and thanks a ton :). ~*~AnkitBhatt~*~ 13:36, 30 May 2012 (UTC)
Wonderful job with the map. Thanks so much :D. ~*~AnkitBhatt~*~ 13:23, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

New workshop

Hey there. Please take a look at this proposal to start a new workshop in the graphic lab. Please add your views on this. Roshan220195 (talk) 14:56, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

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Request to use one of your images going forward for our website background.

I have just recently (yesterday) lifted a picture from the wikipedia article on Space Station Mir that you created, placed as a background on our website at (podcast site) and edited the labels on it to match with some of our historical lore from the show.

After doing this, and getting the website to look right with the diagram, I was struck by a pang of guilt for not having squared the use of the image off with the original creator on copyright grounds.

So, I have sought out your page here to ask officially if it is OK that we use this image going forward. If it is not, I will of course immediately comply and take it down.

At present, we are a 3 man podcast with no real audience other than friends and a couple of people met online. We haven't done a show in like a year; but we are thinking of re-starting and making a go of it proper, which is what prompted the redesign and search for a decent diagram of Mir to work with.

You can visit the about section of the site to get a clearer idea of why we need a diagram of Mir, as I admit this is a strange request without context.

Anyway, can we use your image kind sir; or shall we look elsewhere? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:37, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

Thank you for the nice note. I'm glad you like my image and find it useful. The short answer is yes, you can use the image, just as long as you attribute it.
To clarify, the Mir diagram and many of my images here are released under a Creative Commons Attribution or Attribution-ShareAlike license. That basically means you are free to use it and modify it as you wish, including commercial purposes, as long as you meet a few simple conditions, the most important of which is attribution. Many images in Wikipedia are released under similar licenses by their authors, you can find copyright notices or licenses on image pages (usually you have to scroll down a bit). You can read about these licenses and their different types and conditions here.
So, all you need to do is add a small credit line somewhere in your website. Maybe next to the other credits in your website footer, or any relevant page. If you want to use the image in a blog post, you can credit next to the image or at the bottom of the post. If you're selling the image as a poster, then somewhere at the bottom of the poster. You get the idea. You can use something short with a link back, like "Mir diagram by Orionist" to add to the footer; or a longer form like Image:"Mir diagram" by Orionist. Released under cc-by-sa-3.0. or something similar to add to a blog post or another page... etc. Whichever you choose or find reasonable.
Finally let me just say that you guys have a very interesting website and podcast. The whole Mir premise is hilarious. So good luck with your show! Cheers! -- Orionisttalk 23:52, 29 August 2012 (UTC)

Thank you kindly for the permission to continue on. A weight has been lifted.

I shall get on adding an attribution link right away. I'll use the long one too, as it'd be good to promote the licencing model as well.

Posters man... What a good idea! (future planning if things, pardon the pun, 'take off').

Thanks also for the compliment too, it helps with the doubts/worries I've been feeling about attempting to re-launch the show. Further info on the reason for restarting it can be found here.

Oh, and I hope you're feeling just as complimentary after listening to a few of the old episodes ;-)

UPDATE: Have now added attribution. Is there any specific link to a profile of your own that you'd like me to add to the name 'Orionist' in the attribution text? Seems like a good place to put a link to you specifically.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:50, 30 August 2012 (UTC)

You're welcome! :-)
A link to my user page here on Wikipedia would be great.
I've listened to a couple of your shows and they were really good. I don't know much about some of the topics or people you discussed, nonetheless I enjoyed the shows overall. The skit at the start is very funny. The format (three friends talking, bantering, and laughing) reminds me of the Ricky Gervais Show (although they have better recording equipment ;-) ) and I wish you guys the same success. Cheers! --

Link added, new show added as well!, and your diagram has been used in our show coverart too. I have added a link to your user profile on iTunes description for show and RSS feed info. Should all update in the next few hours.

I've recently purchased a proper mic, stand, pop filter etc. So production quality should increase. Which is nice.

For now we're just finding our feet again. Thanks for your interest and support, it helps boost confidence in our endeavour.

Orionisttalk 15:51, 1 September 2012 (UTC)

SVG File Problem on Inkscape

Hey, I am preparing election maps like these and I use SVG background files as background maps. But today, even I've did everything as usual; Inkscape is not letting me do anything, on any file. Any idea why I have this problem ? User:Berkaysnklf (talk) 09:27, 13 October, 2012 (UTC)

Hey Berkay. I need more information to be able to help you. What are the source svg files you're using? What exactly are you trying to do in Inkscape? This might be simply a matter of locked layers or objects. But I need more specifics to know for sure. Cheers! -- Orionisttalk 17:29, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
Good evening Orionist, I've found out that the problem was about opacity and I've fixed it, but now I need help about another work of mine. I did something by mistake and I can't take it out, without harming the transparent background. The detailed information and the faulty picture is here. If you can help me, I'd be very grateful and it is a little bit urgent. Thank you again and good evening, Orionist. User:Berkaysnklf (talk) 20:15, 13 October, 2012 (UTC)

Updating the map

Dear Orionist,

Can you please update the map at the following?

I have created the information about visas and you created the map.

I have just updated the info. Now the map needs to be updated as well.


Baha80 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Baha80 (talkcontribs) 11:22, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

 Done -- Orionisttalk 11:36, 11 January 2013 (UTC)

Film Distribution Map

Hey, I was wondering if you still made film distribution maps. Could I trouble you for one for Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ)? Ashermadan (talk) 12:02, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

Sure, no problem. You can post here the data you want included. I guess you want something like the Ra.One map? -- Orionisttalk 14:12, 20 January 2013 (UTC)
Yes, exactly like the Ra.One map except I don't want any numbers. The Ra.One numbers might be a little wrong so it's better to be more qualitative than quantitate. Here's the data, JTHJ had a huge release, many more countries. Also, if there are errors, would it be possible to amend the map in the future? Like if I missed out some countries. Ashermadan (talk) 23:00, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

LIGHT BLUE labelled as 1000+


LIGHT YELLOW labelled as 100-1000

United States and Canada United Kingdom and Ireland

LIGHT GREEN labelled as 1-99

Australia New Zealand Fiji France Spain Malta Italy Malaysia Phillipines Greece Portugal Germany Pakistan Singapore United Arab Emirates Kuwait Bahrain Qatar Oman Yemen Saudi Arabia Singapore Iraq Iran Jordan Other Middle Eastern Countries I missed Except Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine. Switzerland Belgium Japan Indonesia Egypt Austria Netherlands Morocco Sweden

ORANGE labelled as Future release

Russia South Korea China Hong Kong Taiwan Brazil

When do you think the map will be ready? I've finished gathering the references and making the table where the map goes.

 Done: File:Jab Tak Hai Jaan distribution map.svg
I'll also do any amendments in the future. No problem. Cheers! -- Orionisttalk 17:23, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
AHHHH, thank you so much. It's amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Ashermadan (talk) 20:07, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
You're welcome! -- Orionisttalk 20:59, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
Actually, I made a mistake. Can you make Japan grey again? I misread the name of a few cities. Sorry. Making Japan grey or uncolored will fix it. Thanks. Sorry about that. Ashermadan (talk) 23:45, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
 Done. By the way thumbnails have been acting up lately and sometimes taking days to update, so I changed the thumb size at the article slightly to show correctly. You can revert once the thumb refreshes at the image page. Cheers! -- Orionisttalk 22:45, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
Thank you again! The size can remain at 701 px. I just chose a random size that fit well in the frame. Ashermadan (talk) 23:25, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
No problem! -- Orionisttalk 13:34, 23 January 2013 (UTC)

DYK nomination of Yisa Yu

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of Yisa Yu at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! – Muboshgu (talk) 04:27, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

Map Northern Mali conflict - alignment

Great map you have made. Just one thing. Can you align the contents of the infobox in the upperleft corner? I can do it, but then again, it is your picture. Regards, Wereldburger758 (talk) 11:22, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for the note! Will look into it. Cheers! -- Orionisttalk 10:26, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

Australian Malls missing from the list...

Missing from the list of the world's biggest shopping malls - source:-

Chadstone Shopping Centre Malvern East, Victoria 190,000 m2 (2,000,000 sq ft) Westfield Fountain Gate Narre Warren, Victoria 174,000 m2 (1,870,000 sq ft) Westfield Chermside Chermside, Queensland 144,351 m2 (1,553,780 sq ft) Westfield Knox Wantirna South, Victoria 142,244 m2 (1,531,100 sq ft) Westfield Parramatta Parramatta, New South Wales 137,407 m2 (1,479,040 sq ft) Westfield Marion Oaklands Park, South Australia 133,227 m2 (1,434,040 sq ft) Westfield Southland Cheltenham, Victoria 130,033 m2 (1,399,660 sq ft) Westfield Bondi Junction Bondi Junction, New South Wales 128,759 m2 (1,385,950 sq ft) Warringah Mall Brookvale, New South Wales 125,372 m2 (1,349,490 sq ft) Robina Town Centre Robina, Queensland 125,000 m2 (1,350,000 sq ft) Highpoint Shopping Centre Maribyrnong, Victoria ~125,000 m2 (1,350,000 sq ft) Westfield Doncaster Doncaster, Victoria 120,342 m2 (1,295,350 sq ft) Watergardens Town Centre Taylors Lakes, Victoria 119,000 m2 (1,280,000 sq ft)

The wiki page edit is too difficult for me to follow so I will leave it for someone else to do. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:46, 1 February 2013 (UTC) Regards,Trombonartist (talk) 06:49, 1 February 2013 (UTC)TrombonartistTrombonartist (talk) 06:49, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

Replied on your talk page. -- Orionisttalk 10:10, 17 February 2013 (UTC)


Hello, Orionist. I found you through {{User SVG}} and was wondering if you are able to create an SVG image for me based on this. It is the logo for Antara (news agency). I believe the logo itself is copyrighted, so you can upload it on the English Wikipedia. Thanks in advance. —Arsonal (talk + contribs)— 13:48, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

Hello! It looks like this request has been posted to the Graphics Lab; so I'll follow it from there. Cheers! -- Orionisttalk 10:28, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

DYK for Yisa Yu

Graeme Bartlett (talk) 14:05, 15 February 2013 (UTC)


thanks for the SVG, but there's still white in the red A — Crisco 1492 (talk) 11:28, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

 Done -- Orionisttalk 11:30, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Fantastic, thanks. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 11:35, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

Hey Orionist, Please update your Mali Conflict map, the map up there now is quite out of date and very confusing....Thank you. (talk) 11:34, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

Re:CNRM logo request

Thank you very much for your help with the CNRM-logo. As I asked about it here I was also looking for the legal situation for logos within the es-wiki and yes, they are not allowed there. I will translate that article and bring it here, so that the logo can be used there. Kind regards, ~ Sol Jaguar | KKCO 09:30, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

got a map made

FS got me a map done. I would probably put your efforts elsewhere. There are about a butt million places where we need better maps (e.g. no range map for "Alligator snapping turtle", an article with huge readership.

Lake Bonnville map

TCO (talk) 15:18, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

That's a very useful map. It can also be used in the articles for the other Pleistocene lakes. So I'll cross this off my list for now, although if the GIS data I have prove to be complete I might get back to it later to do a detailed close-up map of the lake. As for the turtle range map, why don't you post a request to the map workshop? I might be able to get to it in the next few days, and if not, it could be picked up by others. Cheers! -- Orionisttalk 04:42, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:30, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

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