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Molecule Models[edit]

On your page you state that you are a Wikipedian in Residence for the Royal Society of Chemistry.

This got me thinking, Do you know of any 'free' paper models of molecules that could be put on Commons as a resource?

Sfan00 IMG (talk) 10:20, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

@Sfan00 IMG: Sorry, I don;t. I've just finished at the RSC, BTW. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 07:51, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 23 September 2015[edit]


Could you take a look at Template:Cfd result/sandbox and try to figure out why it won't transclude properly? It seems to substitute fine, but the lack of transclusion is confusing me. I must be missing something. ~ RobTalk 04:00, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

No idea, sorry - unless it's to do with the use of Safesubst? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 09:30, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
Alakzi has responded to this query via email, and apparently the issue is related to the ! Magic words. It's fine for substitution though which is what's important. Thanks for looking! ~ RobTalk 23:51, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

Creating a template[edit]

Andy, After a (long) discussion at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Bristol/archive1 about the status of a Banksy image, I think the issue is nearly resolved as I've copied the file back from commons (File:Banksy-ps.jpg) to wikipedia & renamed it to File:Banksy-ps2.jpg + added non free rationale etc. However Nikkimaria is suggesting I create the template Non-free graffiti on english wp. I've never created a template before and when I try to copy the template from commons I get all sorts of red links about autotranslate and other "gibberish". As you know more about templates than anyone else I know I was wondering if you could help?— Rod talk 15:20, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Done at {{Non-free graffiti}} - I coped {{Non-free logo}}. Please edit wording & links to suit your needs. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 16:05, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
@Rodw: Did you see this? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 19:04, 9 October 2015 (UTC)
Yep (and I gave you a "thanks" for it). The issue was resolved (hopefully to everyones satisfaction) at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Bristol/archive1, but closed as no consensus due to the lack of other comments. I don't know whether I can be bothered to renominate.— Rod talk 20:52, 9 October 2015 (UTC)


See the thread on the MRG's page and do it properly. – SchroCat (talk) 20:27, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Already seen it. The assertions there are false. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 20:49, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-40[edit]

15:15, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #177[edit]


Mentioned you in this discussion: [13] can you enlighten us all over there? Montanabw(talk) 03:12, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 13[edit]

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Lisa Mckenzie[edit]

What's the thinking on the dashes in the publications? I can't say I have seen that before. Philafrenzy (talk) 22:53, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

|authormask= in {{Cite book}}, etc. Been there for years. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 23:10, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
OK, I don't use that one. I don't really think it's appropriate in that context as it is stated to be a list of her works. Can we have no dashes and no author name either? (It's also misplacing the date at the start) Philafrenzy (talk) 23:23, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
That's exactly the context for which it is intended. If you think the formatting is erroneous, raise an issue on the (combined) citation templates' talk page, and see whether there is consensus to use an alternative. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 10:25, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
authormask=0 works best I found when all the works are by the subject of the article. This seems to remove the dashes and move the date to the end. Philafrenzy (talk) 10:51, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
I wasn't aware of that option; thank you. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 17:31, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 30 September 2015[edit]

Thank you so much[edit]

...for patrolling my new page Joe Negri archives. I hope we meet some day. You seem to be a WP-celebrity. Best Regards,

Barbara (WVS) (talk) 22:45, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #178[edit]

Tech News: 2015-41[edit]

18:33, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

A cupcake for you![edit]

Choco-Nut Bake with Meringue Top cropped.jpg Thank you for editing Siri Derkert and thereby alerting me about the new status of the Person data template. :) w.carter-Talk 14:16, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject Math banner[edit]

I see you have been adding {{WikiProject Mathematics}} to recently created articles. Did you notice that that template expands to a big banner message that says "don't use this template"? The correct template is {{maths rating}}. —David Eppstein (talk) 22:19, 8 October 2015 (UTC)

Yes, and I've already asked the project to fix this bug, so that the {{WikiProject [project name]}} model used all over Wikipedia works there too. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 22:23, 8 October 2015 (UTC)
You mean the discussion last august that degenerated into fixing the redirect target of list of mathematics articles and otherwise nothing happened? So you do know that (unless/until something changes) {{WikiProject Mathematics}} is the wrong template to use, and you're somehow using it anyway to make a point? —David Eppstein (talk) 05:55, 9 October 2015 (UTC)
It's the right template to use; it merely needs to configured to work correctly. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:13, 9 October 2015 (UTC)