User talk:Rayshade

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May 2009[edit]

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Sanju Pass[edit]

Dear Rayshade:

Thanks for your note which I appreciate especially as I had feared an argument from you know who. There is absolutely no need to apologise, though, I make similar mistakes all the time. I send you my very best wishes, John Hill (talk) 22:00, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
Dear Rayshade: I award you with this "Original Barnstar" in recognition of your excellent unbiased work recently on the contentious status of the passes between the Indian subcontinent and the Tarim Basin John Hill (talk) 11:36, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

Disambiguation of Muqarnas Superfluous[edit]

As per disambiguation guidelines, the disambiguation of Muqaranas was unnecessary- the architectural element, from which the Journal takes its name, is clearly primary, and there are no other pages. Given only 2 pages with one primary usage, a hatnote (rather than disambiguation) is appropriate.Mavigogun (talk) 05:30, 15 July 2009 (UTC)

Aye, ack. Sorry for the inconveniece, didn't check policy prior to editing. --Rayshade (talk) 20:37, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

Request for help with editing an image on the Sven Hedin page[edit]

G'day Rayshade. As this the only way known to me to request for assistance I take this opportunity as I see you've been a frequent contributor to the Sven Hedin page. In the image http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Exploring_expeditions_of_Sven_Hedin_1886-1935.jpg there is a grave error with the dates in the blue line [expedition lasting from 1890 till 1991!], and I've requested assistance on the discussion page, alas to no avail. I've also contacted the Sven Hedin Foundation as they appear to be copyright holders and as such might have the error in their archives as well. Thusfar no answer from them either. I'm not in the position to edit this image, nor have I found enough info on 'how to procceed' on any of the help pages. As such I'm taking this straw and would politely request for your help, either by editing it, or helping me out with a pointer. Thanks in advance and best of greetings (Qwrk (talk) 08:13, 1 August 2009 (UTC))

Aye, it's a jpeg image, instead of editing it should be converted to svg version, as far as I know, which needs manual labor. If you open it up on editor for retouching, decompress/recompress will lose some details. But, I've added note of the inconsistency to Commons description of the image. I'm not sure the Swedish and German descriptions are top-notch, but they should at least warn users. Thanks for pointing it out! --Rayshade (talk) 19:53, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Hazara page[edit]

Hello. You edited the Hazara, Pakistan page and removed the name of Nawabzada Salahuddin, Nawab of Amb, ex MNA and former Federal Minister's name from the notable persons list. It was probably the only name on that list with reference footnote tag. Why did you feel like removing it? Wikitanoli (talk) 17:15, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

Aye, that must've been a genuine botch-up. Checking and re-checking, I see no reason whatsoever to leave him out. Sorry about that and thanks for pointing out. Cheers, --Rayshade (talk) 21:41, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

Thankyou! cheers! Wikitanoli (talk) 21:44, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

Gilgit[edit]

You are most welcome. :) Green Giant (talk) 13:26, 10 August 2009 (UTC)

Ata Fida Aziz is Paknur evading a sock. He was banned a year before that too YellowMonkey (bananabucket) 04:28, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the info, I'll try to dig through his/hers change log, at least the changes Partition of India --> independence of Pakistan. Cheers, --Rayshade (talk) 11:21, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

avoid using ā[edit]

Avoid replacing a with ā as you did in Banihal. No ref there mentions it as ā, unreferenced materials are removed without delay. This is english language wikipedia, see WP:MOS for further details. Doorvery far (talk) 10:48, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

Also your this edit [1] breaks template map due to unnecessary wikilinking. Please be careful while editing unfamiliar template. Doorvery far (talk) 10:53, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Aye, sorry about the mess, I'm still learning W—been here actively since May. Looking back ta banihal, it's true that only place mentioning it with "ā" is GeoNames. Reading between the lines, GeoNames is not to be used at all as a source? Thing is, it's not only Banhal where I've used GeoNames coordinates if literary sources or maps have nothing. I have only used GeoNames as a last resort, though. Cheers, --Rayshade (talk) 11:27, 7 September 2009 (UTC)
Never mind, problem been your edit could not be undone by "undo link" because edits were scattered, so i had to change back individually. If refs are conflicting we go for majority, also since it is english wiki, not french, we avoid symbols like - ' etc.. Doorvery far (talk) 04:34, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Kari Voutilainen[edit]

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Citation templates[edit]

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However, in the case of the Convair XFY article and the bibliographic notation added for the Allen article, first of all, the note should have been placed in alphabetical order, and the template chosen has some problems, namely in the way that the publishing source is identified, i.e. the periodical publisher should be identified by name, issue, date, then page number, with ISSN given as an option. Rather than wrestling with an inaccurate and error-filled template, it is often easier simply to write out the notation properly. FWiW Bzuk (talk) 04:52, 21 September 2010 (UTC).

Bf109 and conversion template[edit]

"RLM overlinking removed; only first occurrence should be iw linked. The infobox doesn't still look good with all the convinfobox templates - why put all of them with conversion template?"

As overlinking goes i'm of thought that new occurrences between paragraphs could be linked because it's pretty big page, and i personally like to have quick link beside me rather to scroll thu page where th i already see that unfamiliar abbreviation" (or that odd king/ruler/character in play), at least nowadays proper linking doesnt cost too much of cloud space. Convinfobox gives better auto-conversions than copy-pasting someones bad calculus. I assumed that at least metric units (for Germany) are properly copied from respectable source. But seems that some people might be faint of heart for non-working (Aircraft template) when convinfobox is used, instead properly filling all those items in list, and hate that "()" which template leaves when missing parameters in list, no matter if converted results are off by few inches. Convinfobox simply gives more accurate information if used properly with significant and it's there ready for usage. But seems some disagree with me, compare my version with current reverts.Aikenware (talk) 00:18, 6 October 2010 (UTC)

Aye, yeah, the extra ()'s looked kinda bad and the extra mess it makes on source text, that's what I was referring to. I'm no expert in Wikipedia, certainly not on templates, but couldn't help thinking that template should take care of conversion i.e. it would be Really Good to propose necessary changes to template itself — would be much nicer to read the source text as well when editing. It's much better to do conversion just once in template and perhaps fix those few places with convinfobox that the standard template doesn't cut it. BTW, what was the main reason to use convinfobox on Bf109 article in the first place?
On the iw links, I prefer minimum amount of clutter in the source, but that's personal opinion. It's true that on long pages the iw links could be used more than once, MoS does allow more links. Don't know for sure what would be the best solution on this one, but perhaps not every occurrence of RLM?

LSAT Tag[edit]

Look, I'm not arguing with the tag but can you take a few moments and expand a bit on the tag as the multiple issues doesn't give great amounts of what you would like changed. I might consider helping but I rather dislike shooting in the dark.Tirronan (talk) 19:28, 6 November 2010 (UTC)

Aye, 'tis good to hear someone would like to improve LSAT article.
First off, the article in my opinion is way too long for the given title and scope, a lot of fat cutting is in order. The introduction could do with one paragraph instead of three. Drop the self-promotional puffery. Program achievements section duplicates stuff from other articles, sometimes in identical paragraphs. Perhaps cut it just to see also section. Majority of sources are written by two researchers, Shipley and Spiegel. All links in article to AAI Corp are dead, probably the presentations exist but have been moved.
Seems that dtic.mil links work for now, when I tagged those as dead they didn't work. American rifleman link does not work. Most important issue though would be to get source(s) other than PowerPoints slides produced by the LSAT program members, i.e. reliable 3rd party ones. AAICorp seems to be the sole contractor, so any info from their pages should be regarded with grain of salt. Please do take a shot at the article, can't get worse than it is now! Cheers, Rayshade (talk) 23:18, 6 November 2010 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Muqarnas (journal)[edit]

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Hubert Jones[edit]

In your editing, you removed the text of a military decoration citation from this article. This is an erroneous edit for two reasons:

  • It is a government document, with no author to whom copyright could be assigned, even if it were legal to copyright public documents.
  • It was created so long ago that any possible copyright would be expired.

However, the bot is not smart enough to know this, so these citations are often tagged. They inevitably remain in, or are restored to, an article. However, some editors are led astray by the bot.

It is my intent to restore said text. However, I thought it fair to message you so that we can avoid unnecessary disagreement.

Georgejdorner (talk) 01:39, 10 January 2011 (UTC)

Aye, thanks for dropping a line. Did also wonder if the copyright had been expired but did not know copyright status of a gov document. The text was placed inline without quotation marks, alas, the original author has already restored the quotation and added quotation marks. Take a look, if that satisfies you by all means let's keep it. Cheers, Rayshade (talk) 22:23, 10 January 2011 (UTC)
It is always a pleasure to chat with a civil and amiable fellow editor.
Georgejdorner (talk) 02:05, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

WQA and the removal of citation templates[edit]

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The issue is at WP:WQA#user:Bzuk and the removal of citation templates. Thanks, Andy Dingley (talk) 14:02, 15 March 2011 (UTC)

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Article Feedback deployment[edit]

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Remagen[edit]

No problem. Thanks. Dapi89 (talk) 11:37, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

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