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I invite you to an ongoing RfD discussion about those redirect to WP:AADD#Just a vote. --George Ho (talk) 19:55, 2 December 2016 (UTC)

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When redirecting talk[edit]

Please copy the contents of older talkpages when centralizing discussion. If this is not done the concerns risk being lost. Best wishes and happy holidays, Carl Fredrik 💌 📧 22:26, 25 December 2016 (UTC)

I know, I'm in the middle of it. Handling multiple things. Thanks. The Transhumanist 22:30, 25 December 2016 (UTC)

Just a quick and small point[edit]

If you edit someone's talk page repeatedly in quick succession, they get inundated with pings and, if email is enabled, emails. Each time you leave me a message, I tend to get lots of such interactions. The emails in particular are a nuisance, as my phone buzzes every time, which is very distracting.

I know I'm probably being hypocritical here, but please could you try to make more use of the preview button and/or leave windows open with messages half written before clicking save, so you can think of everything in one go?

Apologies for sounding petty. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 11:48, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

@Dweller: I tend to reread my messages after I post them, and almost always find little corrections to make. I guess I'm a perfectionist. I'll try not to look at the messages again after I post them the first time. You'll be getting the communications raw! No worries. It's not petty if your phone is driving you mad. :) BTW, I hope the reasons I posted in that message made sense. Cheers. The Transhumanist 12:00, 16 January 2017 (UTC)
All makes sense. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 12:46, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

Capital of Washington listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]


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Reference errors on 5 February[edit]

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Yes check.svg Done Undefined ref tag removed. The Transhumanist 07:34, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

Donald Trump, please resign[edit]

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Love the outlines[edit]

Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that I think your planet outlines are really cool. I have long thought it was a shame that only Wikipedians seem to know about Books or Portals, because they are really great tools for structuring knowledge (while everyone loves diving down the Wikipedia rabbit hole, we could really do with some better content organization). The outlines strike me as a great way to bring that sort content organization to mainspace, where it will actually reach a large number of readers. I notice that I am the first one to edit them besides yourself, and I hope you know that I do so with love.

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Great idea with the outline articles - a great solution to a need for better mainspace-based content structuring! I see from WP:Outlines that you actually came up with this concept some years ago, but this is the first I've noticed it. A2soup (talk) 02:46, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

Some geography articles needing attention[edit]

Since on your user page or somewhere, you call yourself an expert in geography, you would perhaps want to look at these articles, which are in desperately in need of some attention. (talk) 18:55, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

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Automatic Taxonomy Classification[edit]

Hi, you've probably seen already but just wanted to give you a heads up that I did some work on the article. I know it still needs a lot more work but I think its an improvement and at least it has inline references and (I hope) makes some sense. I wasn't familiar with the terminology of hyponyms and hypernyms (its amazing how different groups find ways to give different names to concepts that are essentially the same). I thought that the idea of is-a hierarchies was more familiar so at first I went with that but the more I looked at all the papers the more I realized they all use (which I should have realized) the linguistics terms of hypernyms and hyponyms so I felt it was important to describe those terms. For people who start digging into the actual papers I hope at least they will start with a basic understanding of the terminology. I almost then deleted what I wrote about is-a but as I said I think that concept is more widely understood, especially these days with object-oriented programming so popular so I felt it was worth leaving both terms. I think the original article used both concepts as well although it wasn't clear to me what hypernyms were from what was in the original article. Let me know if you have feedback or of course feel free to just edit. I've asked some colleagues for more references on the topic but so far no one has come through. If they do I may update some more, or if you have some feedback and want me to address it I'll give it a shot but otherwise moving on. Thanks for asking though it was actually fun to do some non-trivial editing, haven't done it in a while. It helped that I had some actual work that I didn't want to do so this was a nice distraction ;-) --MadScientistX11 (talk) 21:49, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

replied on user's talk page. The Transhumanist 04:00, 10 March 2017 (UTC)


Why are you moving outline pages from "Outline of..." to "Outline about..."? The former is more natural and, perhaps more important, is the long standing naming convention as described at Wikipedia:Outlines. "Outline about xxx" is not even normal English usage - I would always use "outline of" something and expect to see it, and an Ngram confirms it is about 1000 times more common.--JohnBlackburnewordsdeeds 12:22, 10 March 2017 (UTC)

I'm not. They got reverted, and it is currently in discussion here (I've posted a question for you there). Based on reactions so far, I don't think consensus will be on my side on this one. And so, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. You're right: grammatical correctness trumps semantic accuracy. And so, "Outline of" is fine by me. The Transhumanist 01:09, 11 March 2017 (UTC)

Re: Tip of the day monitoring[edit]

Thanks for your message about proofing Tip of the Day posts in advance. I'll be glad to try to do that, although I may forget sometimes.

If I spot an error or something that raises a question, should I notify you directly or post my concerns on the Tip of the Day talk page? Eddie Blick (talk) 02:02, 14 March 2017 (UTC)

@Teblick: I forget too. So, the more pairs of eyes on these, the better. Posting alerts and comments on the TOTD talk page is fine; simply {{ping}} me (and JoeHebda) so we receive an alert. Also, feel free to edit the tips directly. JoeHebda and myself have all the tips watchlisted, so we'll be able to review the changes made. Thank you for your help to keep the tip of the day relevant and useful! If you have any questions pertaining to anything to do with Wikipedia, don't hesitate to ask. Sincerely, The Transhumanist 02:31, 14 March 2017 (UTC)
Before I read your reply, I found three problems in the tip for tomorrow and posted them at Wikipedia talk:Tip of the day#Problems with "Wikipedia's top ten power tips" list. I will try to remember to ping you and Joe Hebda the next time I spot something. Thanks for the okay on direct editing. I'll do that if I spot something that isn't too involved. I appreciate your offer of help regarding Wikipedia. I still have a lot to learn about it. Eddie Blick (talk) 02:39, 14 March 2017 (UTC)
@Teblick: You picked the right department: it will teach you all the best tricks! The Transhumanist 05:19, 14 March 2017 (UTC)
You are right about that! I have found many useful tips since I began reading the Tip of the Day posts regularly. Eddie Blick (talk) 18:01, 14 March 2017 (UTC)

Outline of human communication[edit]

User:SuggestBot pointed me towards Human communication as a page I might want to edit, which is tagged for cleanup. While a full article might be worth writing, it occurred to me that it might be a good case for an outline. It already gives a list of blue-linked topics to read for communication broken up by group type (with oneself, with multiple people, within a group, within an organization, etc), and it could be broken up in other ways similarly (mode: written, verbal, gestural, ...; intent: informative, expressive, persuasive, ...; register: formal, informal, slang, vulgarity, ...; relationship to truth: nonsense, lies, evasiveness, honesty, ...; transmission: physical writing, live speech, recorded speech, video, digital equivalents, ...; target-type: human-human, human-machine, human-animal, ...; ...) plus related topics such as translation, linguistics, the history of these various things, ... . Even in outline this might be too broad to be manageable, but perhaps with judicious links to sub-outlines it could work. Since it's such a large topic, I don't know that a prose article can reasonably work. Of course, having said that, even more expansive topics such as philosophy, art and science do have solid prose articles, so perhaps I'm just being timid. What do you think? Would your normal prescription be to aim to have both, one for encyclopedic description and the other for navigability? I don't really believe I'm qualified to do justice to either but I'm interested in learning more about the outline approach and how it slots in to other types of article writing, and this seemed like an interesting example. Mortee (talk) 00:23, 15 March 2017 (UTC)

Actually, this triggered another thought: since outlines are in a way analagous to categories (hierarchical categorisations of information intended to aid exploration) but are clearly different in form, has there been discussion before about the idea of having a separate page-space for outlines? For a lot of abstract pages X, having a category X and an outline X both make sense. Perhaps outlines should live at Outline:x rather than trying to co-exist in the main article space with other pages that have a very different intent, style, set of policies etc. It might make sense for outlines to live in a parallel space in that way, but presumably that would require some serious buy-in from Wikimedia and their devs, which in turn would need them (outlines) to prove their worth in a substantial way as compared to other means of navigating between articles... Hmm. I'll ponder this some more. Mortee (talk) 00:31, 15 March 2017 (UTC)
@Mortee: Thank you for your interest in my favorite topic: outlines! I copied and answered this thread over at Talk:Outline of communication#Outline of human communication. I'll see you there. The Transhumanist 05:59, 15 March 2017 (UTC)

Reply to computer programming questions[edit]

Hi, I've now taken time to read your questions about computer programming. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be able to help you with your scripting, at least not the ones you are developing, as I'm really not up to scratch with Wikipedia's more complicated script syntax. I would, however, be interested in starting a WikiProject with you. Wikipedia:WikiProject JavaScript, perhaps? Linguisttalk|contribs 16:10, 16 March 2017 (UTC)

Answered on your talk page. The Transhumanist 16:46, 16 March 2017 (UTC)

Thoughts about UPDC tips page[edit]

I took the liberty of correcting a typographical error in the Multi-page system section. I didn't see any other errors.

I do, however, have some thoughts about the following sections for your consideration.

Express yourself[edit]

How about providing links to some examples of pages that show various types of creativity? Seeing several examples of well-done pages might inspire a person as he or she is creating his or her own page. Yes check.svg Done

Mix and match your colors and fonts[edit]

How does a person implement the use of various colors and fonts on a page? I wouldn't know how to apply them on my user page. Perhaps you could add some links to useful pages in this section.Yes check.svg Done

Use images to get your point across[edit]

As with the section about colors and fonts, you might add links to pages with information about how to place images on user pages, especially with regard to position and size. You might also add something about use of Wikimedia Commons and the permissions that are needed for images that are used on Wikipedia (in case someone might have thoughts of using a copyrighted image on his or her page). One other thought: How about including something about user boxes? From time to time I see questions in the Tea House about user boxes, such as where to place them and how to align them. Yes check.svg Done

I hope that these suggestions are helpful. Obviously, you are free to use them or not as you see fit. Eddie Blick (talk) 00:52, 20 March 2017 (UTC)

@Teblick: Okay, all done. Let me know what you think. The Transhumanist 11:18, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
Yes, it looks fine with those additions. (I took the liberty of correcting a typographical error in the link to the page about placing images). 21:01, 20 March 2017 (UTC)

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Wiki Brain[edit]

Hi, I noticed that your WP:VPI thread, which I moved there from WP:VPR, has received no response after four days. Since I think VPI gets less attention, I feel somewhat responsible. Since the VPR/VPI distinction isn't widely understood and only rarely enforced, you could move back to VPR with my blessing. ―Mandruss  19:39, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

Revised and reposted it here: Wikipedia:Village pump (idea lab)#Intelligent Wikipedia that talks to you interactively. The Transhumanist 20:15, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
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