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Use of Matt Wade's Albany Houses Photo[edit]

This is to let Matt Wade know that I have used his photo Albany Houses with an article on my website Anglicans Ablaze and have credited the photo to him as per his instructions. The article is at: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Robin G Jordan (talkcontribs) 22:19, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

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Great collection[edit]

Hi Matt. I just stumbled across your extesive collection of photographs on Wikipedia. A fine body of documentary work. Thanks for sharing. --Marcbela (talk) 15:01, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

Thanks very much! upstateNYer 16:45, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

Request for use of Cuomo photo[edit]

You have a great photo of Andrew Cuomo that I just found I would be very interested to use it in a television ad about Cuomo and fracking. I work for a nonprofit that is doing work to oppose fracking in New York State. Would you be willing to let us use the ad? I think it's a creative commons license but I wanted to be sure. Please respond asap. This is a time sensitive request.

PS my Wikipedia user name is Mackabean. I have not been very active of late but used to do a lot of wikipedia editing.


I'm getting a lot of credit for that photo of Cuomo. But it's not mine. I convinced the photographer to release the rights on Flickr so we could have a legitimate photo on Wikipedia. I made some edits and happened to upload it, but I didn't take the photo, therefore you need to talk to Pat Arnow. A link to her Flickr page is on the photo page. upstateNYer 16:43, 21 October 2012 (UTC)
THanks a lot for connecting me with Pat. I found her and got the photo from her! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mackabean (talkcontribs) 23:18, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

Kirsten Gillibrand[edit]

I would like to discuss this article, and any possible "beef" you may have with Kirsten Gillibrand's promotion, or me. I am aware you are an administrator, and I may very well be stepping on some toes here, so if it ever seems I am being rude, please forgive me, I am never one to mince words

  • As you made your opinion known here, you claim there are still issues with the article such as "spelling, grammar, and clear truncation errors", may I recommend you just fix them, there is no need to go around poo-pooing every non-perfect GA.
  • During our "feud" on the talk page when we discussed the lead, I felt you were being uncompromising, and when I "won" with the arbiter siding with me, you made no comment. And as you said in the GA promotion page "Had I felt it deserved it to be a GA, I would have nominated myself"; I feel I need to remind you that you do not own this article; I took it upon myself to improve the article, and when the time came when I felt it was GA worthy, I nominated it. This in no way makes me the owner either, as you hinted at: "someone else has taking [sic] an ownership role".
  • On an non-Gillibrand subject, I would request that you do not interject yourself in conversations on users talk pages as you did on mine, it was a "private" conversation.

Grammarxxx (What'd I do this time?) 21:41, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

No beef. I'm sorry you've interpreted it that way. I think it's great that you went through the article to clean it up overall. I think we just have different expectations and interpretations of the wiki guidelines, which is fine. I'm from an older guard here and I guess I don't really have the right to complain about things now since I haven't been very active as of late. Real life and diminishing interest seem to be getting the better of me. You were right to be bold. I'd like to see if we couldn't flesh this article out a little more. I still think we're missing some critical content in the Tenure sections. And you're right, I'll go through and fix the errors I came upon. To me though, those errors are evidence of a quick review, which isn't the way the process was intended to be. Sure, it's not an FAN, which can take weeks, but it's also not a DYK, which just requires a few checks on a requirements list. GA is a big deal in my opinion; I was pretty pumped when I got my first one. I guess I still have that idealistic view on what a GA should be. As for the comment on your talk, I figured you would have rather been notified explicitly than stumble across the comments I made. Just trying to be transparent. :/ upstateNYer 01:43, 22 October 2012 (UTC)
Btw, I've read through a good portion of Jon Huntsman's article (out of interest because I've been impressed with him during the last year), and I like what I'm reading. :) upstateNYer 01:48, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

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Hello Matt,

My name is Viktoria Vassileva, and I'am a execitive producer of bulgarian TV show - " Slavi Show". We wont to use your photo - "White House" in the show. We will notififed your name as a creator. It is ok ?

Have a nice day !

Viki — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:12, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

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pending NRHP noms in Capital District[edit]

The latest round of nominations being considered by SHPO includes one from Troy that seems to be impossible to miss: United Waste Manufacturing Company Building, 1 Jackson Street. Apparently it's a big six-story brick complex right on the river that you can see quite well from across the river ... seems like it would be around Watervliet Arsenal. Yeah, the one that looks like a castle. So, if you get the chance, take a picture. Daniel Case (talk) 06:08, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

OK, here's what they have for the March meeting. Basically, a couple more of those Pittstown farmsteads:

When you can, if you want to. Daniel Case (talk) 23:13, 7 March 2013 (UTC)

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Helderberg Mountains[edit]

I redirected this link, which you had created three years ago, and which was deleted two years ago, to Helderberg Escarpment. Bearian (talk) 22:12, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

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POTD notification[edit]

Hi Wade,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:LOC Main Reading Room Highsmith.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on January 5, 2013. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2013-01-05. howcheng {chat} 18:13, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

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Permission to use your images[edit]

I would like to use 2 of your images for an informatial fact sheet I am putting together for the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center. Specifically the panorama of Albany from across the river. And the photo of the NY capital building. I can add the attribution credit to the photos. (talk) 21:11, 22 January 2013 (UTC)

Thank You, Adam Lyon Visual Information Specialist Bath VA Medical Center, Bath NY

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thanks for the supreme court shot[edit] you requested, I'm letting you know that I used it on my blog here:

Please let me know if I need to adjust the image credit in anyway. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Donbac (talkcontribs) 21:58, 26 January 2013 (UTC)

Glad to help! upstateNYer 16:02, 27 January 2013 (UTC)

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Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:President Rutherford Hayes 1870 - 1880 Restored.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on March 2, 2013. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2013-03-02. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:55, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

I made a minor wording change and fixed a typo. Thanks for the heads up. upstateNYer 20:59, 16 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Alright, thanks. I was just going with Hayes' article, so it may need to be clarified there as well. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:11, 16 February 2013 (UTC)


Matt, I have posted some of your TROY NY photos on my Facebook Group TROY NY MEMORIES with 1400 members. I hope I did the attribution correctly. Hopefully you will come over and join and post some of your TROY photography on the group. Thanks, Bob Falk (talk) 01:03, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

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Albany NRHP list: article improvement done[edit]

Just letting you know that, with First Church in Albany (Reformed) now updated to the extent I could possibly do it to, I have finished the task I set for myself a year and a half ago as a prerequisite for an eventual FLC nom—making sure there's a real article at the other end of every listing (except for First Trust Company Building, for which OPRHP does not have the nomination online, and for which I can find little else). Took long enough, didn't it :-)?

I will now, in my task rotation, be working on the list itself. At first I'm going to just be focusing on the technical stuff: making sure there's alt text for every image, that the coordinates are the same as those given in the article and that they're correct, that everything that needs to be cited is cited and that they use complete sentences in their writeups (something that we mostly have done already, thankfully ... back a long time ago when I thought this was going to be easier).

Then I'll be expanding that text intro, explaining what aspects of Albany's history the listings represent, doing some numerical breakdowns (like x churches, y state government buildings, and so forth) and noting the extremes (oldest listing, newest listing, largest and smallest historic district etc.). After that, I think it will be time to put it on PR before we finally go to the big dance. Amazing ... I think at the current rate I'll actually make my original timetable of getting this list to FLC before the Pitkin County, Colorado, list. Daniel Case (talk) 18:46, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

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using your image -- Equal Justice Under Law[edit]

Hello Matt,

Just wanting to let you know that my father, who is in the process of making a blog, is using your Equal Justice Under Law image. Here is the link to the page:

He just started the blog today so there isn't much there, just this page!

Any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at or him at His professional website is

Best, Claire — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:08, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

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Image use[edit]

Hello Mr. Wade,

I just wanted to let you know that I used two of your images in this video:

Thank you for the great images. Please contact me at jkidd (at) if you have any questions or concerns.

James Kidd Editor (talk) 16:45, 23 March 2013 (UTC)

Use of one of your photos[edit]

Hello - this is just a quick note to let you know that we have used one of your images on the following blog page:

With full attribution of course. Thank you for making it available

C Paterson — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:30, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

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Hello, Sir. May I use one of your photos?[edit]

Dear Sir,

I am running a blog, "Foreign Policy & Law" at I would like to use one of your photos in one of my posts which can be reached at I would appreciate it if you keep allowing me to use the photo there.

Thank you very much, Sir.

Sincerely yours,

Jae Y. Lee — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nexislee (talkcontribs) 07:32, 30 March 2013 (UTC)

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Hi, I would just like you to know that I am using your image in a powerpoint presentation that I am making about Puerto Rico in my Spanish class. I really appreciate your help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:24, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

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Two new Pittstown farmsteads pending, and where we are with the list[edit]

First: The list of pending noms for the next HPB meeting is up, and while it's shorter than usual, there are nevertheless two from the Capital District. Yup ... you guessed right. More of those Pittstown farmsteads:

So, if you've got the chance, there they are.

Now, as for the Albany list—despite my efforts to prolong it by being such a perfectionist, I do indeed hasten toward the pebbled shore. While writing in the alt texts, I was dismayed to find that foue articles (Cherry Hill, James Hall Office, Lafayette Park Historic District and Whipple Cast and Wrought Iron Bowstring Truss Bridge) were, while not stubs, not much better. So I expanded them, as you may have noticed.

I am not done with the articles yet, however. During the Lafayette Park article it occurred to me that two of that district's contributing properties deserved their own separate articles, rather than being written about in the context of the institution they were associated with.

So, I will be writing New York State Court of Appeals Building (which, I think, may be the only state highest-court building individually listed on the Register) and Joseph Henry Memorial (for the old Academy building). Then, I will be working on the list itself again (And wondering what to do with myself ... no, just kidding).

Due to this self-imposed delay it looks again as if I will be getting the Pitkin County, Colorado list (for which I just finished another key step) to FLC first. Which, as I've said before, may be helpful with the Albany list. Daniel Case (talk) 01:23, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

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Hart-Cluett House[edit]

Hi Matt. We used your photo of the Hart-Cluett House for a post about some RCHS events: (talk) 19:57, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

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Naming dispute[edit]

As an actual lifelong Albany resident, I'd appreciate your perspective at Talk:Joseph Henry Memorial on the question of whether "Academy Park" is the common name for the building as well as the park it's in. Daniel Case (talk) 19:52, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

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Hi, I would like to use your Times Square photo for a graphic that will be used on my client's youtube, twitter and facebook page. How would you like me to credit you on the photo? I mean the font size and placement. I understand the credit needs to be placed somewhere that's visible for everyone.

Please let me know.

Thank you, Niepowiemnigdy (talk) 22:58, 25 June 2013 (UTC)niepowiemnigdy

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Usage of File:SanYsidroBorderCrossing.JPG[edit]

I wanted to let you know that I used your image of the San Ysidro border crossing for a banner, File:SanYsidroBorderCrossingBanner.jpg, for use on the San Ysidro Wikivoyage page. Thanks for releasing your image! PerryPlanet (talk) 22:13, 30 June 2013 (UTC)

And we (the wikivoyage we) used a trimmed version of this Albany panorama of yours for the Albany page. You've got to be flattered. Daniel Case (talk) 05:27, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
I'll assume the wikivoyage we ≠ the royal we. Thanks to you both for the heads-up. upstateNYer 00:00, 2 July 2013 (UTC)

Yet more articles for the Albany list ...[edit]

I thought I was finally getting down to brass tacks with New York Court of Appeals Building (and thank you very much for your contributions to the Old Albany Academy Building naming discussion ... I can't believe it's still going on) now that every entry on the list links to an article specific to it. But then ... I noticed the Knickerbocker and Arnink Garages redlinked at the bottom. And ... there's another demolished listing, Dr. Hun Houses, that seems to have been removed within three months of being listed ([1]). Since they were at one point on the Register, they should have articles too even if we can't use the images in the list (and more about that re the Abrams Building at some point in the future). I don't think it would pass FLC with those unlinked.

So, I'm going to do that in the next couple of weeks. I don't think they should be long articles. And this will not affect the little personal race I have between the Albany list and the Pitkin County, Colorado, list as to which one will be ready for FLC first, as I thought the latter was closer but then I realized I'd skipped adding the alt tags, something I'd done with the Albany list a couple of months ago.

Nevertheless, I think one of them will be done by the end of the summer. Daniel Case (talk) 05:40, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

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Saratoga grandstand[edit]

Hello Mr. Ward, I used your photo of the Saratoga Grandstand for a post on my horse racing site. Thanks for making this fantastic photo available. M L Gardner (talk) 16:46, 20 July 2013 (UTC)ML Gardner

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Lustron House[edit]

Interesting. It's not one of the Jermain Street ones. Wonder if they'll try to get it listed? Daniel Case (talk) 10:31, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:SUNY CNSE Logo.jpeg[edit]


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Deleted. Thanks for updating the logo. upstateNYer 16:37, 16 August 2013 (UTC)

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Photo credit[edit]

Thank you!

Kind regards,

Lori Davis Owner & Publisher Lori at 518NY dot com — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:41, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

Upstater can you look at my Roger J. Cheng article and tell me what is wrong with it. Jac16888 keeps deleting it saying it is copyrighted (It is my material from my publications) and it not referenced correctly. thanks. Drittner (talk) 19:35, 24 August 2013 (UTC)Don

Roger J Cheng[edit]

Upstater can you look at my Roger J. Cheng article and tell me what is wrong with it. Jac16888 keeps deleting it saying it is copyrighted (It is my material from my publications) and it not referenced correctly. thanks. Drittner (talk) 18:36, 27 August 2013 (UTC)Drittner (talk) 19:35, 24 August 2013 (UTC)Drittner (talk) 18:37, 27 August 2013 (UTC)DonDrittner (talk) 14:19, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

Old Post Office[edit]

Thanks for the heads up. I will add it to the article and list when I get done editing and uploading my photos from Shanghai and Hong Kong (take a look at my Commons photostream). Daniel Case (talk) 06:27, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

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Upstater can you look at my Roger J. Cheng article and tell me what is wrong with it. Jac16888 keeps deleting it saying it is copyrighted (It is my material from my publications) and it not referenced correctly. thanks. Drittner (talk) 18:36, 27 August 2013 (UTC)Drittner (talk) 19:35, 24 August 2013 (UTC)Drittner (talk) 18:37, 27 August 2013 (UTC)DonDrittner (talk) 14:16, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

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This quarter's pending NRHP noms in the Capital District[edit]

The board is meeting on this tomorrow morning:

Seems like they're getting a new MPS from Troy ready: Textile Factory Buildings in Troy, New York 1880–1920. Most seem to be in the same area of River Street—I would think between the Central Troy and Northern River Street Historic Districts. Looks like you could photograph all of them easily, not just the one that's to be nominated already: Searle, Gardner & Company Cuff and Collar Factory, 701–715 River Street.

Elsewhere in the city, there's also Theta Xi Fraternity Chapter House at 1490 Sage Avenue, apparently the Alpha Chapter of that organization as well as architecturally intact.

And it looks like that's it. I will be starting to rewrite the Albany list intro very soon, at long last. I really do mean it this time. Daniel Case (talk) 04:50, 18 September 2013 (UTC)

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Used your capitol photo![edit]

Hi UpstateNYer--

As per your usage conditions, I'm writing to let you know that we've used your photo for a news story at the following link:

Thanks so much! Your images are great.

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Hi UpstateNYer--

As per your usage conditions, I'm writing to let you know that we've used your photo for a news story at the following link:

Thanks so much! Your images are great.

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MATT - HEY! Thanks for the usage of your 'beautiful' White House South Lawn photograph! Love the tranquil nature of the shot - contrast to what the actual mood is there I'm sure...  ;-) Here's a link to the pic in my post of a blog I'm trying to get going - Let me know if there's anything I can do for you. Thank You! -- (talk) 01:52, 10 October 2013 (UTC)leetaylor


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Only with WikiBlame Search it is possible to find and repair such errors.

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Hi Matt,

I used your great photo of the US Capitol Rotunda for an event page on Facebook:

If you know anyone who would be interested in this event, please pass it on!

Thanks, James Brust JMBrust (talk) 09:11, 25 October 2013 (UTC)

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Just an FYI but you have a somewhat dead link under your "Admin Stuff" page. The view "my RFA voting record" leads to a page on the Toolserver that is now inactive due to an inactive user. Jakeable (talk) 02:23, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

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I moved all the politics to one section, merging some text. Bearian (talk) 23:29, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

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Matt--I used one of your White House photos to illustrate a story on the Kansas Public Radio website. Here's a link. Thanks! Bthom52 (talk) 06:01, 22 November 2013 (UTC)

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New Capital District NRHP noms being considered by SHPB this week[edit]

It now looks like it may be a good thing that I have wound up taking a monthlong break from expanding the intro for the Albany NRHP list. I will be getting back to it soon, but ... at its quarterly meeting the day after tomorrow, the board will be considering two more nominations in the city of Albany that you might be able to photograph:

  • Albany Felt Company Complex, 1373 Broadway. A large group of buildings from one of the last paper companies to be doing business in Albany. Since this nine-acre parcel straddles the Albany-Menands municipal line, it will have to be added to the county list as well, and I will no longer be able to say that Albany shares no properties with any adjacent community. It will also displace the Miss Albany Diner as the northernmost listed property in the city. (I wish I'd known it would some day be nominated a year ago when I was in the building across the street where DOCCS's investigations unit is based—I could have taken some pictures then ...).

If they get approved at the meeting they will probably be submitted and listed by springtime, bringing the Albany list to a nice round 60 total. I'll continue working on the list, but I might want to hold off on the FLC we've been working toward till after these two are listed and have articles.

Elsewhere in the region, there are two more of those old textile-mill buildings on River Street in Troy from that MPS:

And would one of these be complete without yet another Pittstown farmstead:

To the west, there's one in Schenectady:

Then we go north from Schenectady into Glenville:

Lastly into Saratoga County:

I suppose if you aren't able to go out and shoot some of these, I might find the excuse to come up there myself. (I've also been wanting a picture of the corner where the Abrams Building was). Good luck! Daniel Case (talk) 04:09, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

I'm using your picture[edit]

Your picture is being used for my class book about Washington DC. I really like your picture of the white house. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:12, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

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Thank you for making your Easter Lily photo available for use. I would like to use the lily against a purple background for a cover photo on a choral Cantata I plan to publish online for free in February. I will give all of the credits you require in the publication. Is this acceptable to you?

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Fine by me! Use away! upstateNYer 05:53, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

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Use of image[edit]

Hey Matt,

You said you'd appreciate seeing where your work went, and I have an extra 30 seconds, so I figured I'd drop you a line. We'll be using this image ( ) on an upcoming piece of content at It's slated to run 13 Feb and the image will be used on an entry concerning the famous Loving v. Virginia case. Great photos -- eternal thanks for making them available.

Cheers, Micah Duke Editor in chief, — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:43, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

Cool, thanks for letting me know, Micah. upstateNYer 03:29, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

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Hi. I have used your Albany State House image in my non-profit's blog. Many thanks for allowing the photo to be used. Here is the link. I believe I've given proper attribution but, if not, just let me know.

More Albany and Troy NRHP noms, and where I'm at with the NRHP list[edit]

Some more Albany and Troy properties will be on the agenda at the next HPB meeting. In Albany:

In Troy:

Elswhere in Rensselaer County:

I am on a break from working on the Albany NRHP list intro. I found that we do have Architecture in Albany, New York, which I partially updated; however I took a break from it before tackling the question of to what extent I can integrate the architecture section I wrote at the NRHP list with what's already there. Once that's done, it will make it much easier to shorten the architectural-history section I had written at great effort. Daniel Case (talk) 03:44, 24 February 2014 (UTC)

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Would you mind emailing me to discuss use of your New York photographs?

Best, Adam Scavone — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:10, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

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Hi there. I've come to bother you because you seem to be active on Albany topics, and Wikipedia:WikiProject Capital District doesn't get much traffic. Amtrak is testing a brand-new Viewliner II baggage car at the Albany–Rensselaer (Amtrak station). See here for discussion and here for a picture of the car. This is the first such car produced, the first new Viewliner in almost twenty years and the first new single-level baggage car in decades. I was hoping you might be in a position to take a photograph of it, or to point me in the direction of someone who could. To the best of my knowledge it's still there, but it probably won't be much longer. Albany NY recommended that I contact you. Thanks, Mackensen (talk) 19:32, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

How much longer do you think it will be there? I could potentially stop by Rensselaer after work. Any clue at all where it would be? Likely on the tracks near the old station on the way up to the rail bridge that goes to Albany? upstateNYer 02:00, 2 June 2014 (UTC)
Hey, thanks for the response. I think it was parked near the maintenance shop just past the current station, but apparently Amtrak has since moved it to Philadelphia. Thanks again, Mackensen (talk) 02:05, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

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Reprinting of Image[edit]

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I hereby request your permission to reprint the following Photo:

We are hoping to have this image appear in our forthcoming textbook: Title: American Corrections: Concepts and Controversies Authored by: Barry Krisberg, Susan Marchionna, and Chris Hartney to be published by: SAGE Publications, Inc.

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Hi Matt, we would like to use the following picture according to the license: We are an IT startup from Germany. The pic will become a free postcard for visitors of our exhibition booth. Please send me your address to wiki at chrischmi dot de to get the postcard by USPS. Christoph — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:54, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi Christoph, feel free to use the image. I don't need a physical version, though I appreciate the offer. :) upstateNYer 17:00, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

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Van Rensselaers[edit]

As you have done significant work in this area, I am deferring the matter to you. By my count the patroons appear to be: Kiliaen (merchant), Johan, Jan Baptist, Jeremias, and Kiliaen, son of Johan. Yet the latter's entry is titled Kiliaen van Rensselaer (fourth patroon) (not 5th?). I've come across differences of opinion regarding both Johan (patroon only in name?), and Jan Baptist (Spooner says yes, Reynolds says no). The Van Rensselaer family template gives a pretty clear listing, but the entries after Jeremias don't seem to conform to it. I'm a bit hesitant to adjust someone else's work here, because it looks like the entries may be out of sync. Cheers. Mannanan51 (talk) 22:43, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

It's not easy to figure out; I'm not even sure the history is recorded fully. But you could probably find out by contacting Janny Vanema, who is like the authoritative scholar on Dutch Albany history. I've reached out to her in the past via email and she got back to me quickly with good information. Also, her book Kiliean Van Rensselaer (1586-1643) wasn't out yet when I wrote all of the content I did on the VRs, so there might be something you can find in there. As you can see, I haven't worked on it in a number of years (the template included; I built that originally), so you're probably just as apt as me to figure things out. Sorry I can't be of more help. upstateNYer 03:53, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Upon further research, the sources that state Jan Baptist was not patroon seem to follow Cuyler Reynolds, who apparently did not have access to Van Laer's translations. In the Bouwerie Manuscripts (pp. 787 & 788) Jan Baptist signs documents as "director" until the death of Johan, when in November 1663 the delegates to the convention at New Amsterdam refer to him as "patroon".[2] Moreover, his brother Jeremias writes to him as: "Myn Heere Joanys Batista Rensselaer, Patroon of the colony of Rensselaer".[3]
Apologies, please disregard. As Jeremias predeceased Jan Baptist, whom he addresses as Patroon, I have come to have reservations as to whether the first Jeremias was anything more than Director, and "patroon" merely a courtesy title. (Unless the other stuff on the web confuses him with the sixth patroon.) Nothing needs to be changed. You're right, it's confusing. Mannanan51 (talk) 16:25, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

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Hello UpstateNYer, thanks a lot for your barnstar and words! This kind of things always motivate me to keep on and make me begin the day with a big smile :) Poco2 08:23, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

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This quarter's CD NRHP noms[edit]

Only two, now that all those four pending properties which I will now have to write articles on have been listed (still angling for a day to go up there while it's still summer). If you have the time to photograph ...

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My name is Kim Ross and am editor of the Poteau Daily News in Oklahoma. I would like to use your 9/11 montage for a tribute paper tomorrow. I noticed the many attributions that are attached as well as yours as the author. I read your use requirements and still would like permission to print the images. Klross219 (talk) 21:41, 10 September 2014 (UTC)klross219

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Hi Mark, we used your White House image at with a linkback attribution caption and CC by 4.0 in the footer and on your link-back page. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work !! ~ Chika :) — Preceding unsigned comment added by LoveJapanChika (talkcontribs) 05:36, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

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Using Times Square photo.[edit]

Hey Matt, Im Natalie, I'm just messaging about using this particular photo for my communications assignment. Here the link to the photo I would like to use:

I plan to modify this image so that it refers to a particular quote i have chosen for the assignment. I also, plan to layer some other photos on top to do this. It won't go online or anything, just for the assignment and all that.

So yeah, thanks for letting everyone use it! Much appreciated :)

It is an amazing photo too, by the way!

Thanks, Natalie. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Naatryder (talkcontribs) 03:43, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

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I would like use your photo of the White House[edit]

Good morning,

I am the assistant editor of a small, online newspaper in Southern New Hampshire: A columnist of ours has written her second article regarding college, liberalism, and politics. I think your photo would go well with this column. She writes the column called "Did you know..." and her article will be up sometime this morning. I will absolutely credit you appropriately and I appreciate the use of your photo.

Thank you and take care, Lisa Grant — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lisagrant87 (talkcontribs) 12:04, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

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Capital District NRHP developments[edit]

Happy Thanksgiving, Matt. Nice to see you're still occasionally active. If you're interested and up for it:

The big news (from my perspective) in the NRHP nominations being considered by the state this quarter] is a considerable expansion of the Central Troy Historic District. If approved by the state and the NPS, it will now include the Uncle Sam Atrium (as the most visible artifact of the mid-20th century urban renewal era, the largest piece of modern architecture in downtown Troy and the last large-scale construction in it) the Beth Sephilah synagogue on River Street near Congress Street Bridge, and all of the Russell Sage College buildings, even the newer ones. You can look through the nomination and see what's being added. I am excited because it gives some coverage to the city's urban renewal era that might finally allow me to fill in that part of the city's history and give it what I think it needs to be an FA candidate.

The only other potential listing possibly in the CD is the Dunning Street Cemetery on Route 67 up in Malta. Nice and small; would compensate for the trip up there.

Don't worry if you can't get out to these ... I now have a DSLR of my own available (which has rewarded me with a bunch of QIs on Commons from my trip to London for Wikimania this past summer), and I am still planning, one of these days, to go up to Albany and thereabouts for some of the pictures I still want for the NRHP list (haven't worked on it in quite a while, but I still haven't forgotten). Daniel Case (talk) 18:41, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

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Hi Matt, Just wanted to let you know that we've used your photo of the White House in our blog. You can view it at: Thanks for making the photo public domain! Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:06, 2 December 2014 (UTC)

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Hi Matt, I'll be using this picture of yours for a blog post on my website tomorrow (you'll be able to see it here). Thanks for making it available for use!

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If you're still paying attention, here are three new NRHP nominations being considered for Albany County:

If you have the opportunity ... Daniel Case (talk) 19:10, 9 March 2015 (UTC)

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Times Square photo[edit]

Your Times Square photo was used in this edit by Aaron Stokes, as a promotional photo for the web series "Masked." thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:46, 16 September 2015 (UTC)

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Dear Mattwade I added photos to this Location article in Greek Wikipedia [[4]], There are photos that I captured, they are part from my personal file. I added this in source editting. Please check it. Thank you--Viliop (talk) 21:42, 19 November 2015 (UTC)

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Green check.svg Guideline and policy news

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  • When performing some administrative actions the reason field briefly gave suggestions as text was typed. This change has since been reverted so that issues with the implementation can be addressed. (T34950)
  • Following the latest RfC concluding that Pending Changes 2 should not be used on the English Wikipedia, an RfC closed with consensus to remove the options for using it from the page protection interface, a change which has now been made. (T156448)
  • The Foundation has announced a new community health initiative to combat harassment. This should bring numerous improvements to tools for admins and CheckUsers in 2017.

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Nuvola apps knewsticker.png Obituaries

  • JohnCD (John Cameron Deas) passed away on 30 December 2016. John began editing Wikipedia seriously during 2007 and became an administrator in November 2009.

13:37, 1 February 2017 (UTC)