User talk:Xardox

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Glitch page[edit]

Hi Xardox! Following your comments on my Talk page, I made a few simple edits to the Glitch (video game) page. Please see the talk:Glitch (video game) for details and comments on my part. --Triseult (talk) 02:25, 3 January 2013 (UTC)


I really appreciate your help in correcting my attrocious spelling and grammar (TomTom). Your dedication to volunteer service is admired. Stephen Charles Thompson (talk) 21:44, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Don Hopkins[edit]

Your wouldn't be this Don Hopkins by any chance would you? AlistairMcMillan 15:38, 5 May 2007 (UTC)

That's right. I'm Don Hopkins. Xardox 11:24, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

File:SimCity-NCD.gif listed for deletion[edit]

An image or media file that you uploaded or altered, File:SimCity-NCD.gif, has been listed at Wikipedia:Images and media for deletion. Please see the discussion to see why this is (you may have to search for the title of the image to find its entry), if you are interested in it not being deleted. Thank you. Skier Dude (talk) 00:08, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

File:SimCity-Sun.gif listed for deletion[edit]

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Fair use rationale for File:SimCity-Indigo.gif[edit]

Thanks for uploading or contributing to File:SimCity-Indigo.gif. I notice the file page specifies that the file is being used under fair use but there is not a suitable explanation or rationale as to why each specific use in Wikipedia constitutes fair use. Please go to the file description page and edit it to include a fair use rationale.

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October 2012[edit]

Hello, I'm Dennis Bratland. Wikipedia is written by people who have a wide diversity of opinions, but we try hard to make sure articles have a neutral point of view. Your recent edit to List of collective nouns seemed less than neutral to me, so I removed it for now. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page. Thank you. Dennis Bratland (talk) 22:12, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

SimCity image you uploaded[edit]

Is File:SimCity-Indigo.gif an image of OLPC SimCity? If is isn't, wouldn't it be a fair use image? Emmette Hernandez Coleman (talk) 10:06, 26 October 2012 (UTC)

It's a screen capture of the TCL/Tk/X11 version of SimCity I developed, running on the SGI Indigo, from around 1993. I made the image, and put it in the public domain. That is the code I eventually ported to the OLPC and EA released as open source software. I've overhauled the code, translated it to C++, integrated it with Python, and made a PyGTK user interface and also a web based version: Xardox (talk) 18:39, 26 October 2012 (UTC)

So in other words the TCL/Tk/X11 version of has SimCity the same code as the OLPC/Micropolis version, and being the same code, their both open-source? Emmette Hernandez Coleman (talk) 19:04, 26 October 2012 (UTC)
Well, the version that was published for the SGI Indigo in 1993 was not open source. But a later version of the code with some modifications was made open source after I cleaned it up and made some changes requested by EA (like adding a new start screen and logo, adding copyright notices, licenses and disclaimers to all the source code files, removing dead experimental code, disabling the X11 multi player mode that was too complex and insecure for the OLPC, removing the "aircrash" disaster in deference to 9/11, etc) and after it was reviewed by EA and passed EA Quality Assurance. That did not make earlier versions of the source code or binaries retroactively open source, of course. The name of the open source version was changed to "Micropolis" to protect EA's trademark. It can only be called SimCity after all changes have been reviewed by EA and it's passed their QA process. So one version of open source "SimCity" was released on the OLPC, but subsequent open source versions are called "Micropolis", since it's a lot of effort to get EA to review it again, and it's better to just move forward with the new name. More at and and in general ...
So the image is of SimCity for TCL/Tk/X11, and SimCity for TCL/Tk/X11, contrary to what the image page says, is not available under the GNU General Public License, or any other open source license? Emmette Hernandez Coleman (talk) 21:28, 26 October 2012 (UTC)
You seem quite confused about the way licenses are associated with software and images. First of all, the fact that EA made a later version of SimCity GPL does not make earlier versions of it GPL. And the fact that the software was running on a computer was not GPL does not prevent an image of the screen of that computer from being GPL, public domain, or whatever. The image of a screen is a separate thing than the program that is running on the screen. So it is not necessary for them to be available under the same license. Please see Map-territory relation for more information.
So SimCity for TCL/Tk/X11 is NOT open-source, but the image itself is public domain? Emmette Hernandez Coleman (talk) 23:58, 27 October 2012 (UTC)
Well, that depends on what exactly you mean by "SimCity for TCL/Tk/X11". There is the old commercial version that I ported to Unix (SunOS, Solaris, SGI IRIX, HP/UX, Linux, etc), which is not open source. That screen dump is of that version running on an SGI Indigo from around 1993. And then there is the version that I ported to the OLPC and that went through EA's QA process, which officially can be called "SimCity", and is based on the same TCL/Tk/X11 user interface, just slightly modified. That is GPL v3. And then there is the even more recent version of "Micropolis" code, which is GPL v3, that includes a slightly modified version of the OLPC SimCity code (with every instance of "SimCity" replaced by "Micropolis" in the source code, documentation, graphics, and copyright notices), and also a rewritten platform independent C++ simulator engine, which is wrapped in a Python module with SWIG, on top of which there is both a PyGTK user interface and a Python/TurboGears based web server and OpenLaszlo/Flash client. The Micropolis source code is published under GPL v3, and includes the image you refer to, so in that distribution it's covered by the GPL v3 license, but I released copies of that same image much earlier than that, around 1993, in the public domain. So the image is available both under GPLv3 in the Micropolis distribution, and I've been publishing it on public ftp servers and my web site for almost a couple decades, in the public domain.
Whatever "SimCity for TCL/Tk/X11" the image was taken from. If I understand you correctly, the image is of the 1993 version, and the 1993 version not open-source, but the image itself is public domain. Emmette Hernandez Coleman (talk) 00:36, 28 October 2012 (UTC)
Yes, the image is both in the public domain, and also distributed with the Micropolis source code under GPL v3.

April 2014[edit]

Warning icon Please stop your disruptive editing. If you continue to add defamatory content, as you did at Brendan Eich, you may be blocked from editing. Please don't label people as bigots, unless you have iron clad sources stating they are bigoted. I redacted your comment. Two kinds of pork (talk) 02:33, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Eh, sorry about that. I don't know how to use the warning system, but the talk page comment is still inappropriate. Two kinds of pork (talk) 02:37, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Talk:Dougie McDonald[edit]

Please do not copy and paste comments from other websites onto talk pages. It is a copyright violation and in this case, a WP:BLP violation. --NeilN talk to me 19:29, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

Talk:Richard J. Jensen[edit]

I removed your comments from Talk:Richard J. Jensen. It used gratuitously insulting language and did not seem to be focused on making improvements to the article, which is the purpose of the article talk pages. Please note that our policy on living people applies to talk pages and all other pages on Wikipedia, not just on articles themselves. —David Eppstein (talk) 17:18, 1 August 2015 (UTC)