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Who is engaging in an "edit war"? Not I.
Regarding "this highly technical article": one does not need highly technical skills or particularly detailed knowledge of the 1553 bus architecture to recognize when a Wiki about it demonstrates lazy (or faulty) cognition and flawed sentence structure, as this otherwise excellent write-up did. One simply needs good proof-reading skills.
It would be like saying that people who are not experts in laser theory and operation would have no business correcting the following sentence: "Diode-Pumped Alkali Lasers (DPAL) owe there high efficiency ratings to the very small quantum defects between the upper level spin-orbit states of Rubidium and Cesium, at 2% and 5% efficiency, respectably." ("their" and "respectively" are obviously the correct and intended words).
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Hi Kvng - thanks for the response.
No, there's no grammatical rule that I'm following, with regard to the "misplaced only" issue. I usually overlook the misplacement of the word "only" in casual speech, but it seems to me that Wikipedia articles deserve a bit more formality and precision.
"I only have two hours to complete the project.", which is imprecise and improper, but acceptable in casual speech.
- versus -
"I have only two hours to complete the project." - which is more precise, and therefore more proper.
- Your work on Virtual LAN involves something a bit more complicated:
- can only partition per physical port (if at all)
- can partition per physical port only (if at all)
- Another alternative
- can partition only per physical port (if at all)
- I'm having a hard time determining which of these is best and don't understand why you consider the original imprecise. I'm just trying to determine whether these changes are improvements or just changes or changes that have the potential of unintentionally changing the meaning of sentences. ~Kvng (talk) 14:10, 20 July 2016 (UTC)
Hi Kvng -
To clarify, the phrase "can only partition..." in the original context is awkward, imprecise, and bordering on the nonsensical. In this instance, the word "only" (which is an "auxiliary modifier"), when placed immediately before the word "partition", pointlessly restricts action to "partitioning", when it's clear that the subject, "physical port" is what is intended to be restricted. In other words, the intent seems to be along these lines: "make sure to partition per physical port, and only per physical port" (as opposed to, say, groups of physical ports, or even "per virtual port"(?), or "per software port").
If "can only partition" was indeed intended, the intent here would be to caution against doing something other than partitioning the physical port (such as pouring steak sauce on it, for example). I am highly dubious that this was the intent. Trevayne08 (talk) 18:39, 20 July 2016 (UTC)
- Yes, I agree completely, Kvng. I wish I had put it the way you just did, at the outset. Placing the modifier as close as possible to the subject it intends to modify makes for clean, clear and tight sentences.
Regarding the "Mira Variable" article: the reason for my inclusion of the etymology of the Latin word "Mira" in this article was simply for the sake of providing detail. It is not at all unusual to see the etymologies of words or terminology in Wikipedia articles; indeed, the practice of citing them ought to be encouraged and more widespread. Summarily deleting my inclusion of this etymology with no explanation or justification is both arbitrary and precipitous. I find it objectionable. Such behavior often results in pointless edit wars, which benefit no one. So let us agree to avoid one. Trevayne08 (talk) 14:28, 25 July 2016 (UTC)