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ScottDavis (talk · contribs · blocks · protections · deletions · page moves · rights · RfA) has been an administrator since November 2005.

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I will usually reply to conversations started here on this page, and might remember to ping you.

Minister's Photos[edit]

Hi Scott, Thank you for your message re the Minister's photos. I am connected to the Government office who arranged the photos, and do have permission to publish them. I have emailed the address as a representative of the office who owns the images. Thanks, Sam

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Map of wind farms in South Australia?[edit]

Hi Scott, I made a map of the wind farms currently operating/under construction/planning in SA. Check out my sandbox page to see it (at the bottom). Source is ( . Do you think this deserves to be there? — Preceding unsigned comment added by DiamondIIIXX (talkcontribs) 03:30, 20 November 2018 (UTC) DiamondIIIXX

@DiamondIIIXX: I'm not sure - thank you for trying. I think a map is generally helpful, so trying to weigh up in my mind the simplicity of a location map on the page against the utility of the OSM map linked from the {{kml}} box in the top corner. My thoughts (in no planned order):
  • The size you have made it (600px) would probably dominate the page, so might need to be a bit smaller.
  • Your map colour codes the operational status which the OSM map does not
  • OSM highlights the name in the list when the mouse hovers over a point
  • OSM provides a link from the list to the right point in the generating table.
  • On your map, green and cyan are hard to tell apart, and reading the colours requires the viewer to read the name of a colour and recognise the matching dot colour which could be hard for some people
  • The OSM map pans and zooms
  • It "would be nice" if either of them could show either the individual towers or at least the boundary/extent of each wind farm at useful scales (eg where one Hallett farm ends and the next begins). OSM will show the towers at zoom level 15, but by then even on a large monitor the wind farms extend off the screen at each end.
Try putting it in, perhaps at size 300 or 400px instead of 600px and see how it looks. --Scott Davis Talk 06:02, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
@ScottDavis: I was frustrated with the OSM map because it pulls everything from the table, including cancelled sites. I think the problem is balancing the size of the map with the size on the page, as well as the size of the dots. With large dots, wind farms close together are hard to distinguish, but makes most sites easier to see. Whereas with smaller dots, each farm is more easily distinguished, but also much more difficult to see (without zooming in). I also think the problem of not being able to distinguish green and cyan would be resolved with larger dots. Any ideas? DiamondIIIXX (talk) 06:50, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
@DiamondIIIXX: I agree with the problem of all the dots being the same on the OSM map, including the cancelled ones. I have not looked in to whether it is possible to get the OSM map to show categories (either by using several tables or coding the coord template somehow). One option I could think of is that once a project is definitely not going ahead, it might be removed from the table anyway. I'm not sure if things that have never existed and never will exist get included in any other table-lists. That "solution" doesn't separate the proposals that aren't committed to construction though.
For the colours, I'd try a few things:
  • Dots without a black border
  • More contrast between each colour (including brightness)
  • Shade the background of the text labels so people don't have to decide what shade represents "green", "blue" etc.
It looks like {{Maplink}} has some pretty clever options near the bottom of the description page, but it might need more data adding to Wikidata or OSM to make it work right, I'm not sure. If it does, that would make maintenance a lot more challenging, but could solve some problems if it only mapped wind farms that have wikipedia pages and wikidata items that include the status and the coordinates.
Sorry I'm not helping much - my life is pretty busy at the moment, and I have another wiki-project part-done (former districts and other history of the South Australian Legislative Council) that needs to be finished before I get too involved in another new thing. --Scott Davis Talk 13:14, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
@ScottDavis: I had an idea. What if we don't need to have each dot be distinct, and they are indicative. Since they are not being labelled anyway, it might be better served as an "indicative" map as to where most farms are built? DiamondIIIXX (talk) 22:08, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
@DiamondIIIXX: That might work, and makes sense anyway as some farms are bigger than others. Our list has Coober Pedy on it which is miniscule, and it's not always clear if the bigger farms should be treated in aggregate or parts (Hallett - one or four, Sonwtown - one, two or three). Almost every one in SA with a Wikipedia article now also has an OSM relation with bidirectional links to/from Wikidata. When the caches and mirrors catch up, that might change what is possible too. At the moment, the dot on each wind farm's own page infobox map uses the coordinates on Wikidata, which are not always helpful for linear features or multipoints that are strung out. --Scott Davis Talk 23:36, 21 November 2018 (UTC)

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Trouble with Trams in Adelaide[edit]

Would you mind helping out with Trams in Adelaide. I think the IP editor in question has fulfilled all the criteria and more for a block on this one and it would be more constructive to block than warn him/her for the 100th time. Thanks again. Donama (talk) 02:52, 5 December 2018 (UTC)

 Done Two weeks this time. --Scott Davis Talk 03:43, 5 December 2018 (UTC)