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Response[edit]

I almost find it funny, me being the main lead... I've only been working on this entry for the last 2 months, and all I really did was provide the motivation to get the article improved, and a bit of direction. I suppose summing a bunch of stuff up too... Still, I would like to see a FA out of the MRO, it was talked about when I first got working on it, and I really would like to see it soon. Tuvas 06:28, 1 June 2006 (UTC)

Kind of funny, specially since I'm no good at that kind of stuff, but I'm doing my best. But, for the time being, I'm busy with real work, so I won't have as much time for MRO... Pity. But, well, I work with MRO, I would feel pride in it being a FA! Tuvas 06:37, 21 June 2006 (UTC)
Good call... I was in a bit of a hurry when I did that, which was at the suggestion of someone else... Thanks! Tuvas 23:00, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

Image Tagging Image:MRO CRISM prelaunch 2.jpg[edit]

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Whoops, sorry! I added a link to the website hosting the original image. The image credit is to NASA which should be in the public domain (as I understand it). --will 23:35, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
Thanks! I'll put this image on Commons for using it also on other language Wikipedias! --Bricktop 14:33, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

DYK[edit]

Updated DYK query On June 18, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article CRISM, which you created. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the "Did you know?" talk page.

--Cactus.man 09:25, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Units[edit]

Hi,

Glad to see that you are standardising units. I have a monobook tool that in one click does a lot of unit standardising.

Simply copy the entire contents of User:Bobblewik/monobook.js to the bottom of User:Koeppen/monobook.js. Then follow the instructions in your monobook to clear the cache (i.e. press Ctrl-Shift-R in Firefox, or Ctrl-F5 in IE) before it will work.

Please try it out and let me know what you think. Regards bobblewik 11:39, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Interesting, this is a fun little tool!--will 01:31, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Image:MRO CRISM diagram.jpg[edit]

Hi there, with regard to the above image, I was a little concerned that the copyright may not reside with NASA (and therefore be public domain), but rather with the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. According to their website, they claim "all rights reserved". What is the true copyright status of the image of CRISM? Thanks and regards, BillC 12:14, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

I e-mailed JHU about 3 days with the same question but they haven't responded yet. Just in case, I've switched the image to one (different angle) that is widely cited as a NASA image. --will 00:02, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for replying. It looks like someone has deleted the file in question, as well. BillC 08:32, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
I recently (19 June 2006) recieved this e-mail from Michael Buckley at JHU APL:
Thanks for checking in on those CRISM images -- Kerri sent your message along to me, to get back in touch with you. The short answer is that we adhere to NASA's image use guidelines for pictures on our mission Web sites. So, the images are free to use without expressed permission from APL, though we do ask that the users provide proper credit (which is usually listed in the caption).
This is mostly only important because I was hoping to use other images from their website as well.--will 22:43, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the kind words[edit]

Thanks for the kind words on my user page. I really just started editing the lindy/swing dance pages recently when I had some time to procastinate... uh, spare from my thesis. There's so much to be done - many of the pages are in really terrible shape, in terms of written expression (eg the pages devoted to dance moves, etc), because they're out of date, or have a regional bias. So go on - get in there. The nice thing about wikipedia is that you're encouraged to get in there and have a go! I've not got much wikipedia experience, and I don't really have time to devote to learning how to do things properly (like linking properly), so I'd really appreciate more people keeping an eye on these pages! It'd be especially good if you knew something about Hollywood or Smooth style, especially historical stuff - I know nothing.

In the lindy hop article, I haven't had time to really look at the "Dance movement, moves and patterns" section. I suspect it should really all be moved to the List of lindy hop moves article to the swing dancing book. As I noted in the 'major editing of the lndy hop article' section in the lindy hop discussion page, the lindy hop article could really be divided again - into a basic 'what is lindy hop' article, and a 'lindy hop today' article. If I get time I'll have a stab at it this week.

All of the changes you've made to the lindy article are great. I'd tried to retain a lot of the stuff that was originally in the article, rather than just being brave and cutting out extraneous material. Rock on. PlainJane 11:25, 27 June 2006 (UTC)


And thanks again! How nice of you. :) PlainJane 07:41, 9 July 2006 (UTC)

MRO[edit]

I guess I didn't check enough. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment page redirects to MRO, when it should go to HiRISE. I'll check them all and fix them, and make a note of any that need to be bolded on the FAC. Sorry!! -Ravedave 00:01, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

Dance capitalization[edit]

Thank you! I have been thinking I should dig up an encyclopaedia in English and see how they write the names of various dances... better get myself together and do that now. // Habj 04:02, 11 July 2006 (UTC)

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East Coast Swing[edit]

The article wasn't deleted. I checked on it recently, and it should be at East Coast Swing. —Cswrye 02:26, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

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Swing/Lindy Hop Dance Moves: Wikipedia vs. Wikibooks[edit]

I'm very much in favor of this idea. In fact, I've always believed that individual dance moves didn't merit their own article on Wikipedia (with the exception of a few major ones, such as swingout and aerial). Since dance moves are generally taught in classes, there is generally little to no published information about them, and any information that is published could be drastically different from what most people are actually taught. In addition, most dance move articles will never have enough content to be much more than a stub. Also, I think that spreading all this information over so many dance move articles borders on fancruft. In my opinion, they should either be merged into the main dance article or merged into a list (like the list of lindy hop moves). Wikibooks is a much better venue for discussion how to dance, which is what most of the articles do, and I think it would be great for lindy hop to have some recognition there as well. Unfortuntely, I don't have the time to work on both Wikipedia and Wikibooks, but I'll be willing to handle any work on the Wikipedia side of this. —Cswrye 23:55, 12 October 2006 (UTC)

Now that most of the dance move articles have been moved to Wikibooks, what do you think about deleting the category Category:Lindy Hop dance moves and moving the relevant articles (such as swingout) up to category Category:Lindy Hop? I think that the dance moves category is getting too small to be useful, and it may be more useful to have the useful lindy hop moves in the main category rather than splitting them up. —Cswrye 07:29, 28 October 2006 (UTC)
Okay, I have one more suggestion. What do you think about merging the Charleston (dance move) article into the Charleston (dance) article? I doubt that there is much we could say about the dance move that wouldn't already be on the dance article, and if we're minimizing the dance move articles, this looks like an ideal candidate for doing so. —Cswrye 06:57, 2 November 2006 (UTC)
In regards to Apache (dance move), I put a merge tag on it, but Mikkalai removed it immediately. The article will probably stick around. —Cswrye 19:46, 23 November 2006 (UTC)

Re:Dance stubs[edit]

Hi Will.i.am - you wrote:

Hey Grutness, thanks for commenting on the dance stubs and for the information in your comment. I'm pretty new (actually, brand spankin' new) to creating new stubs and wanted to ask: How does it actually work? Do we decide on the stub categories and then I go off and create them? Or does somebody else do that?

Well, once a week or so's passed on the proposals page there should hopefully be some consensus as to what should and shouldn't be made - after that it's pretty much fair game, either you could make them yourself or wait until we've got round to it.

If you decide to make them yourself, try to follow the same sort of pattern as other stubs (have a look at one or two and copy and paste what looks appropriate as a basis for the new templates and categories), and also list the new stub type(s) at WP:WSS/ST in the appropriate section. If you make any mistakes in making the new template and category they're sure to get fixed pretty quickly, but mistakes in naming can be a pain, so be careful with that! Grutness...wha? 22:37, 17 October 2006 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

...for the barnstar. That's the first star I've had since my gold-star on "Lightly Row" on the violin when I was three! Yes, the FAC was interesting, but I'm not passionate about being promoted. As long as the article is up there somewhere, it's fine with me. I did that Weapon Dance thing in a hurry and have not looked at it recently. It was sort of a spin-off from a short section in the Music of Italy article, so I sort of left it hanging. It needs work--probably some sort of anthropological insight. Anyway, I live and teach in Naples, Italy. I, too, have a website that I shamelessy promote! See http://faculty.ed.umuc.edu/~jmatthew/naples/index.html

Cheers from Jeffmatt 06:30, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

UH Geology dept? Excellent! I was in linguistics, but you people used to have the greatest Friday afternoon beer parties. I hope you still do. Jeffmatt 13:56, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

Nice going! I have fond memories of all that free beer. Interesting coincidence: I solicited an item about the caverns beneath Naples from a friend. I just put it up at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beneath_Naples (I spend most of waking wiki time trying to fix up the stuff about Naples.) If you see anything imprecise or flat wrong about geology, please fix it. Note the You Tube video in the external links. There are a few good ones. Jeffmatt 06:05, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

Beneath Naples[edit]

Hi, again. About refs for Beneath Naples. I got the information from a friend who writes the English language translations for the Naples Underground website at http://www.napoliunderground.org/?newlang=eng . He writes for them and I said, Send me something for Wikipedia. I guess the real reference is that website. It's linked on the "external link" at the bottom, as well. Jeffmatt 12:30, 2 November 2006 (UTC)

I have put up some references for Beneath Naples. Maybe they'll do the trick. Jeffmatt 07:26, 3 November 2006 (UTC)
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Naples Geothermal Zone![edit]

Leave it to a geologist! It's fine. Thanks for nominating it. It's not up yet, but it will be once the time zone thing makes it the 8th in your part of the world. Somepin' to do with the earth and the sun, I hear tell. Anyway, I hope you were not shaken up too much by your recent earthquake. (But that's what you people live for, right?) Cheers. Jeffmatt 05:26, November 2006(UTC)

I admit defeat[edit]

Thanks for your contribution to that Lifespring page, William, but I am going to give upo on it. It is vandalized multiple times a day, and the admin here refuses to page protect it. Just give me a lot of blather about "assuming good faith" and "try to achieve consensus". Kinda hard to to that when the vandals are mostly anon IPs. So I'm just going to let it degrade back to the original POV page which had actual lies about Lifespring on it. People get the Wikipedia they deserve. Jeffpw 22:16, 11 November 2006 (UTC)

from Naples[edit]

Earthmensch! You would have loved this:

http://faculty.ed.umuc.edu/~jmatthew/naples/Napoli%20Underground.htm

cheers, Jeffmatt 15:44, 22 November 2006 (UTC)


more from Naples[edit]

I put up a short item on the so-called Campanian volcanic arc. If you have time, give it a glance. Maybe there is a "Did you know?" thing in there. "Did you know that one of the most volcanoes in the world, Vesuvius, is but one of many in the area?"--or something less hokey than that. Cheers Jeffmatt 14:00, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Thank you for your congratulations. I'm feeling very good about having gotten such a complicated article to featured status, and I really appreciate the help that you gave at peer review stage. I think that an article is much better received as a FAC if it's already had a good copyedit first.

In a couple of weeks I'm probably going to start work on Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, trying to get it to FA status as well, and I may call on you for advice at some stage if that's all right. MLilburne 10:13, 27 November 2006 (UTC)

That's really generous of you, and I'll certainly take you up on it. I'll let you know when I think Chris Kraft is in a suitable state for you to take a look at. MLilburne 13:05, 27 November 2006 (UTC)

Lindy Hop Wikiproject?[edit]

Hmm...I'm not sure if a WikiProject would be all that helpful, but then again, it couldn't hurt either. It could be especially good if we expand to more lindy hop articles. If you want to go through with it, I'll support you. It will be you and me, and maybe PlainJane will get time to help out with it as well. There have also been a few other editors that have popped in every now and then, like Dancefusion and Azeroth. The ballet WikiProject looks pretty good, so it can serve as a good model. It might be good to look at some other WikiProjects to see how they've handled things (although it's a completely unrelated topic, Wikipedia:WikiProject Final Fantasy has been very successful). Let me know when you're ready to put something together. —Cswrye 20:13, 28 November 2006 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

For replying to my peer review request. I am taking your suggestions to heart. Cheers Dina 04:01, 2 December 2006 (UTC)

Please, don't think I object to your comments :)[edit]

Far from it. I was attempting to explain the rationale behind my decisions in the hope of potentially clarifying what I had originally written. If you didn't see the themes I was trying to incorporate, that could very well be because I didn't explain them well enough. I would very much appreciate your thoughts on what themes would work best for unifying a Solar System article. I really am somewhat at a loss as to how to proceed at the moment. Thank you for your insights. I'm vary pleased to have someone who actually studies the subject at hand professionally on my side. Serendipodous 13:07, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

Philippine Tarsier Foundation[edit]

Thank you for your valuable input. I will get down to it and revise per your suggestion. Best regards. --Pinay06 17:29, 7 December 2006 (UTC)

Lenox Avenue Gang[edit]

Will.i.am,

I just wanted to mention that your suggestion regarding the Lenox Avenue Gang is being discussed at wikiProject Organized crime in case you were interested. MadMax 08:05, 9 December 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up!--Will.i.am 19:14, 9 December 2006 (UTC)

You helped choose Jupiter as this week's WP:AID winner[edit]

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Peer review request[edit]

You were kind enough to offer a detailed review of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and to say that you'd be willing to offer further help. I thought I'd let you know that I've put up another project of mine, Chris Kraft, for peer review. I'd appreciate any comments that you are able to offer, although please don't feel obliged to do so. MLilburne 23:19, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

Thanks again for the peer review; your comments were all very helpful. I've nominated the article as a FAC now. MLilburne 21:09, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

WikiProject_Space reorganisation[edit]

Hi, it has been suggested here that the project WikiProject Mars spacecraft is to be depreciated. It's proposed that its duties be split between WikiProject Mars, and WikiProject Space Exploration, in order to increase the critical mass. If you have an opinion concering this, could you leave on the Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Space/Reorganisation page, thanks, sbandrews 18:25, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for your help :)[edit]

You broke the deadlock over the Formation section, which was the first step to getting the Solar System article featured. It necessitated a lot of cross pollination between the various planetary formation pages (the whole topic was and indeed still is an incoherent toxic dump of a mess) but things are moving along :). I had a look at your contribs to see if there was anything I could do to return the favour, but I'm afraid my knowledge of interwar dance crazes and high-end fusion reactors is fairly minimal :). Still, if there's anything you feel I could help you with, let me know. I have to say I'm impressed; I wouldn't touch Chechnya with a ten foot stick. Good on you for taking it on. As for me, I've been trying to get an old featured article of mine back on the wagon after it had its star unceremoniously stripped. Not that it didn't deserve it. Hope all is well. Serendipodous 10:26, 1 March 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Jumpswing (2nd nomination)[edit]

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Fair use rationale for Image:Lindy_lifemag.jpg[edit]

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Fair use rationale added, removed no-fair-use-rationale template. panda 11:51, 7 September 2007 (UTC)

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Ondine[edit]

Please Help! - I am looking for the support of ballet and dance enthusiasts on Wikipedia, to help me prevent the proposed merging of Ondine (Ashton), into an article about the ballet's music. The music for this ballet would not have been written had it not been for the choreographer Frederick Ashton, who commissioned it specially for this ballet. This ballet was one of Ashton's most famous works and it would be a terrible shame for this article to be merged into an article that focusses primarily on the music and the composer rather than the ballet and the choreography.

See here: - Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Classical_music#Straw_Poll

Please vote to oppose this change, as this music would not have been written had it not been for Ashton's ballet!!!

Thank You

Crazy-dancing (talk) 20:35, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

WikiProject Dance[edit]

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ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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