User talk:Scott McNay

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Again, welcome! - Meelar 07:09, 8 Feb 2004 (UTC)


You must have been bored tonight, since I first signed up and edited an article back in October.  :) Scott McNay 10:43, 2004 Feb 8 (UTC)


Hi Scott, didn't you know I have the fastest mouse in the West? :) Actually, there are a few Wikipedians who are on the IRC channel, and there is one that shows the Recent Changes nearly "live" so it's easier to spot vandalism. It's also a good way to chat with other WP folks, so take a gander Wikipedia:IRC_channel. Fuzheado 05:38, 16 Feb 2004 (UTC)

I use Trillian as well, so it should be doable -- just make sure you connect to irc.freenode.net, and then you actually have to select the "Join" option, and then enter #wikipedia. Also, as for vandalism, WP tends to believe in the broken windows theory to avoid complete chaos. [1]. Fuzheado

Just a quick note on header usage - while <h2> et al do indeed seem to break things, so apparently does a commented out heading (as mentioned at the pump). So you might want to hold fire on editing them all until we can work out the best way to do it. I haven't got time to investigate much further right now, but just thought I'd warn you. - IMSoP 13:10, 20 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Looking for help with building Mozilla on Windows[edit]

Hi Scott, I have seen you editing Mozilla article, plus you say you did all the IT build support, so I wonder if you could help me out a bit. I am trying to get Mozilla, particularly Mozilla Firefox built on my Windows machine so that I could do some coding of my own for it. Unfortunately, I often have trouble understanding and following instructions on their build explanation pages because basically I have never built anything beyond a 10 file program in a single UNIX directory in my life. But there should always be that first time for all of us :). So far I got cygwin environment set up, but still could not build anything. Anyway, if you are willing to answer some newbie questions about setting it up, that would be really cool. Just drop a note for me on my talk page. Thanks ahead of time! Watcher 02:23, 20 May 2004 (UTC)

Oops, sorry about that. When you mentioned that you did building and IT support, I assumed that you meant supporting building programs, not houses. Anyway, thanks for responding :). Watcher 05:10, 20 May 2004 (UTC)

Update needed links[edit]

Scott - The reason I didn't link the years on the Wikipedia:Updating information page relates to what I brought up at Wikipedia talk:As of, i.e. I think we should have the template directly link the [update needed] text to Wikipedia:Updating information and always include an invisible link to an appropriate month (never to just the year - if some says {{update needed|2007}} we'd make the link to go Wikipedia:Updating information/2007/1. It's probably best to keep discussion about this at Wikipedia talk:As of, but I thought I'd explain directly. -- Rick Block (talk) 18:39, 6 August 2006 (UTC)

I'm going to be sort of scarce for about a week after tomorrow. Just thought I'd let you know so as not to leave you wondering. -- Rick Block (talk) 04:13, 7 August 2006 (UTC)
I assume you're looking at how the template works in, for example, United States presidential election, 2008. At the moment it still seems to be broken. -- Rick Block (talk) 04:14, 8 August 2006 (UTC)
BTW - I think it's less necessary to make the month/day mandatory than to make the template assume an exact date (if neither month/day provided, assume 1/1, if only month provided assume 1st day of the month). I'm not sure what the syntax issue is (was - I see you reverted your changes, and have had perhaps a bit too much wine to figure it out at the moment), but I think you're on the right track. -- Rick Block (talk) 04:22, 8 August 2006 (UTC)
Looks good. Seems like it's time for more publicity, perhaps WP:VPP and Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Style issues. -- Rick Block (talk) 03:15, 16 August 2006 (UTC)

Fort Hood[edit]

Hi! I have two concerns here. The first concern is that when the next census-bot updates the census-related data, it will create a new article named, of course, "Fort Hood, Texas". For this reason, I think it would be best for this article to have the original name. If other bases have other CDP names, then that is another matter.
My second concern is that there is a considerable difference between the CDP and the legal boundaries of Fort Hood; the CDP apparently only covers the main cantonment ("the CDP has a total area of 38.8 km² (15.0 mi²)"), while the legal boundaries enclose an area the size of a small county (it takes about 20 or so minutes to drive east-west, and also 20 or so minutes to drive north-south, which is oonsiderably more than 15 square miles). I changed the wording of the initial paragraph to indicate that the CDP only covers the main cantonment.
--Scott McNay 04:50, 11 October 2006 (UTC)
The first concern should be addressed by the bot. It needs to be upgraded to deal with this real case. Your second concern actually supports the rename. Since the base is larger then the CDP it should be the main article. Maybe the solution here is to not combine the CDP with the fort? I'm begining to like that idea. Since they are two differnt places why not have two articles? Vegaswikian 05:10, 11 October 2006 (UTC)
I replied on my talk page. The discussion is too complicated to have in both places. How this is OK with you. Vegaswikian 05:51, 12 October 2006 (UTC)

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Hi - I won't have a chance to look at this for a couple of days. Just thought I'd let you know I'm not ignoring you (real world intrudes). -- Rick Block (talk) 04:46, 17 October 2006 (UTC)


Income tax industry[edit]

Scott, I tried to find more sources and expand the income tax industry section on the FairTax talk page. The second sentence could still use a source, however, I think it's common sense enough to probably let it go through. If someone has a problem with it, they could add a "fact" tag. Take a look and see what you think and edit as needed - we'll need to change all the references to our stantdard format before placing it into the article. Morphh (talk) 01:49, 18 November 2006 (UTC)

I changed the refs and I think I found a acceptable one for the second sentence as well. I expanded it just a little more. If it looks good to you, I'm good with adding it into the article. Some of the refs won't show up in the talk page but should work fine once they get into the article. Morphh (talk) 13:46, 18 November 2006 (UTC)
Ok.. gotta ask - what's up with your user page and all the banners and such? 16 of them... BTW - not sure if I've mentioned this but my background is also in IT. I don't have much of that on my user page but if you look back to about mid August in my user page history, you can find out a bit more about me. Thought it was interesting to post it at the time but have since thought it better to leave my personal info out. Morphh (talk) 02:01, 18 November 2006 (UTC)

citation request[edit]

Really, any statement of fact needs a citation. [2]

"Not all programs are guaranteed to work" (doesn't need citation, it really makes no claim) "because they can use undocumented features of hardware, exotic timings, or unsupported opcodes," (some might require a citation that 'these are the reasons not all programs are guaranteed to work')" although overall compatibility is considered excellent."(this is the part that needs a cite for NPOV, by whom is 'overall compatibility considered excellent', and 'where is the claim made that it is considered excellent)

It could have been worded better to start with,

Most programs work, unless their function relies on undocumented features of hardware, exotic timings, or unsupported opcodes. According to Widget magazine [3] "overall compatibility" is "excellent".

including a quote from whoever considers it excellent or whatever.

Hope this makes some sense, let me know if you need any help with it, and welcome to Wikipedia, thanks for your contributions, and I'm pleased to have made your acquaintance. User:Pedant 22:19, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

Kardashev Scale[edit]

Hi, recently the Kardashev scale entry has gone through some major reverts, I'd like to talk about the reinstatement of the material. I've looked around and have seen that you've made some major contributions to the article and are interested in it's progress. I feel we need to talk about the reverts and reinstatement and talk about whether either are justified. Talk:Kardashev scale If you could help or add your two cents I'd really appreciate it. Thanks--Sparkygravity (talk) 01:56, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

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