User talk:Zunaid

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The Stig - temperament addition[edit]

You removed this section form the article about The Stig and I have re-instated it, please in future give more comprehensive reasons of why you would like to remove it before deleting it it, or first discuss it in the discussion section it is only polite. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:11, 24 November 2009 (UTC)

Wits Solar Car[edit]

I agree with the previous statement about the Stig, I spent over an hour this morning on the wits solar car page just for you to delete everything. It demotivates me to do any Wikipedia editing if I know everything will just be deleted without any discussion as to why its being deleted. I know I may be wrong but without discussion I won't learn so then what is the point wasting my time? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bradley Rautenbach (talkcontribs) 21:29, 20 September 2013 (UTC)

Automobile ownership[edit]

Please be advised the per WP:PROD, articles that have been discussed at AfD are not candidates for prod. Accordingly, I have removed the prod tag from Automobile ownership, which you proposed for deletion. I'm leaving this message here to notify you about it. If you still think the article should be deleted, please don't add the prod template back to the article. Instead, feel free to list it at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion. Thanks! Varbas (talk) 22:16, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

DYK for Sheikh Yusuf[edit]

Updated DYK query On August 21, 2009, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Sheikh Yusuf, which you created or substantially expanded. You are welcome to check how many hits your article got while on the front page (here's how) and add it to DYKSTATS if it got over 5,000. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

King of ♠ 05:00, 21 August 2009 (UTC)

December 4th FIFA headline[edit]

I have just seen that you have re-added the FIFA headline you posted earlier. I removed it Again for several reasons:

1. Your headline Does Not have a Link. Unless you can add a proper news link, DO NOT re-add it.

2. Some of the text is in bold. The Bold Is Unnecessary and DOES NOT need to be added.

3. December 4th has not occurred yet.

Please take these reasons into consideration before re-adding your headline. Thank you. --Radiokid1010 (talk) 22:22, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

As a courtesy, I have reinstated your FIFA headline with a proper link, and no bold text. Your welcome. --Radiokid1010 (talk) 22:30, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

Wrong desk?[edit]


I think you may have posted this response to the wrong question as it doesn't concern the sun going supernova in any way. This sometimes happens with the question one below or one above in which case I may just move it myself, but this time I'm not sure where precisely the question belongs, it looks like it may even be the wrong desk. Cheers Nil Einne (talk) 14:08, 15 March 2010 (UTC)

Ignore me didn't read the whole question Nil Einne (talk) 22:32, 15 March 2010 (UTC)
Hehehe...I wondered if the humour was going to be too subtle. I did try using small text to try and make it obvious ;) Zunaid 10:47, 16 March 2010 (UTC)

Toyota Camry Hybrid[edit]

Hi, I though you might be interested in voting in this discussion Talk:Toyota Camry Hybrid#Restoring this article. You particiapated in a discussion here earlier this year. Regards. OSX (talkcontributions) 08:42, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for you response. OSX (talkcontributions) 09:06, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

South African Language ID[edit]

Hi Zunaid. I noticed your helpful response on the Entertainment Refdesk about the meaning of "ke nako" and was wondering if you could answer a question I posted on the Language RefDesk, which basically got the response: "Ask somebody from South Africa." In my broadcaster's coverage of the World Cup (ESPN USA), an announcer with a South-African-English accent welcomes the viewers back after a commercial with a short utterance from some (presumably spoken in South Africa) language. Here's a YouTube clip. You'll find examples at about 0:40, 1:10, and 1:20 in. Can you identify the language(s) and what any of these examples mean? Thank you!--el Aprel (facta-facienda) 21:57, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

Answered at the Language Desk as best I could, will try to follow up and get the other answers as well. Zunaid 00:47, 21 June 2010 (UTC)
I posted the other two after consulting someone at work. Answers are here. You're welcome! Zunaid 14:02, 21 June 2010 (UTC)
Great answers, Zunaid. Thanks again for the help!--el Aprel (facta-facienda) 21:09, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

Image registration for World Cup burst-mode images[edit]

Hello Zunaid, I have offered to perform additional processing on your source image, even though you marked the thread "resolved". Do you have original high-resolution images? Otherwise I will do my best with the frames from the current GIF. Nimur (talk) 20:54, 6 July 2010 (UTC)

I've got about 13 8MP JPEG's. I was wondering whether it's better to align every image so that the background is as static as possible or whether to actually crop each frame appropriately so as to create a "pan and zoom" effect following the flight of the ball. I can send you the original images if you want, on condition that you don't use them but for creating the GIF to upload to WP, and that you delete them afterwards. Sorry to be so pedantic but I did go to a lot of effort to take those pictures and wouldn't want them to get out. I'll take your word for it on this :) What's the best way of getting them to you? I'd prefer emailing it from work which would be easier. Zunaid 22:22, 6 July 2010 (UTC)
I can promise not to use these images for any purpose other than the specified purpose of creating one high-quality auto-registered animation for Wikipedia. I've been working on some numerical image registration code as a hobby-project, and this looks like a perfect test-data-set. If you like, I can give you access to anonymous secure FTP on - I can set this up for you later this evening and pass some details your way. The most raw unprocessed images are best - any manual pre-processing does not actually interfere with the algorithmic alignment (though it may decrease quality), but I'm trying to parameterize my system for optimal alignment search-space based on real-world examples. Regarding timelines - this is a "side project" and my code breaks very often, so I hope to have some progress within the next day or so. Nimur (talk) 23:55, 6 July 2010 (UTC)
Okay sure, just let me know the details. Zunaid 08:10, 7 July 2010 (UTC)
Okay I have created an account. You can SFTP or SSH or SCP as . Your user name is zunaid and your password is, all one word and with no spaces, w i k i d v s . If there's technical trouble, let me know. I will delete that account after the images are uploaded. Sorry for the delay. Nimur (talk) 15:28, 7 July 2010 (UTC)
Dam. Two problems: 1. I thought to ftp things you just type in a ftp:// address as usual straight into Firefox and it would prompt you for a username and password if required. 2. Our ADSL at home is down so I'm on the 3G card again. There was a repeater fault on the SEACOM cable somewhere between Mombasa and Mumbai which affects our connection to Europe and India and the rest of the world. It will thus be intermittent. Basically we're screwed for the next few days until they fix it for sure. I can try to send the pics from work tomorrow if I have time, but you'll need to tell me how to access the ftp server. I presume I'll to download WinSCP or similar? Zunaid 17:38, 7 July 2010 (UTC)
Regarding (1), this is an SFTP, not a FTP server (because FTP is unsecured); so you will need either an sftp or scp client (WinSCP is a good one). I know security doesn't matter for this usage, but I don't have an FTP system set up anywhere. (2) There's no rush, I'm tuning my algorithm on the GIF version you uploaded already and hopefully will have a ready-to-run version for the high-resolution inputs; if it turns out this is not worth the effort, just let me know. I'm eager to try out my image/video stabilization codes on new real-world data sets (and I don't have a burst-mode camera, so I have to borrow my images!). Nimur (talk) 19:36, 7 July 2010 (UTC)
I just realized the article links are to disambiguation pages - here's the Secure copy article; SSH file transfer protocol, and a list of dozens of possible software. WinSCP is a great one. FileZilla also should work. You can also use SSHFS. Nimur (talk) 19:42, 7 July 2010 (UTC)

It is done (or should be in a few more minutes). For interest's sake how does your code work? I would guess you compute the correlation between images and adjust angle, zoom and position to maximise it? Or is it more complicated than that? A quick-and-dirty solution could possibly be coded up quickly in MATLAB, although something more sophisticated would obviously take much longer. Sounds like an interesting signal processing problem; takes me back to my undergrad and post-grad thesis days. Let me know when it's done, I'd like to see the result. Zunaid 09:40, 10 July 2010 (UTC)

Yes, but I am computing the optimal fit, which means I have a model to represent the shift between two images, and when I compute the correlation, I also seek parameterized updates to the shift; and iterate until I find the best possible alignemnt. What's particularly unique about my method (in development) is the way I discount "outliers" in the scene - in other words, we expect the individual players and crowd to move around, and we want to ignore the contributions of those errors to the alignment algorithm. I'll keep you posted, and if I ever write this up, I'll send you a copy of my algorithm paper. Thanks for the data! Nimur (talk) 01:20, 11 July 2010 (UTC)

Hi Zunaid[edit]

Hi Zunaid. Why did you reput the question? Please see this link - [1]. THe person who asked the question removed it later on. I didn't remove it. I wasn't the first to remove it. Someone else did. Like I said, please see the link. Thanks dude. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:58, 21 August 2010 (UTC)

Oh ok, I wasn't exactly sure what was going on, there were a bunch of reverts and re-reverts. I just restored to a version which had the question in; it seemed a perfectly valid question to me which people would be able to respond to. I don't really have an interest in it myself. No harm done in leaving it there, if the OP wants to remove it again let him do so. Zunaid 07:06, 21 August 2010 (UTC)


Wow, superb footage, and a great vantage point. Well done. Zaian (talk) 19:42, 22 August 2010 (UTC)

Thanks! I was lucky to be standing ready when it happened, most people got caught keeping their cameras out of the rain when the explosion went off early. Zunaid 19:53, 22 August 2010 (UTC)

Notability and Lists[edit]

Urgently needed at Wikipedia talk:Requests for comment/Inclusion criteria for Lists: a reliable third party defintion for a list or listacle. Can you help? --Gavin Collins (talk|contribs) 09:20, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

Not sure what's needed to be honest, and I'm not sure I could write a definition out of thin air. I'd be happy to comment or refine an existing one if you or someone else takes a stab at it. Zunaid 16:21, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

Nice Work[edit]

Nice work on the picture of the Athlone Power Station cooling towers being demolished. It looks great!--Discott (talk) 13:00, 1 September 2010 (UTC)

Thanks! We were very lucky to stand right on the edge of the exclusion zone. Got to a good height as well standing on the roof of a building. Now if only I can stop people forwarding a Powerpoint slideshow of my photos around the world!


Compass barnstar.png The Guidance Barnstar
Just a nod of appreciation for helping to guide me through the process of bringing the American Honda Motor Company article to fruition. Also appreciate your nomination to DYK. Cheers, Jeff Bedford (talk) 18:10, 24 September 2010 (UTC)
My first ever barnstar!!! Wow, it feels good to be appreciated! :) Thanks so much, I'll be putting this up on my user page. p.s. I hope the DYK nomination goes through (it should, the article is excellent). Thanks again. Zunaid 21:55, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

DYK for American Honda Motor Company[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 00:02, 3 October 2010 (UTC)

Separating vehicles by generation rather than powertrain or trim level[edit]

Hi, I am just dropping a note to inform you of a discussion currently taking place here (Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Automobiles#Mass article merger). In summary, WikiProject Automobiles is soliciting opinions based on the separation of automobile articles by generation, as opposed to other means such as powertrain or trim level. For example, rather than having an article on the Audi S3, the Audi A3 article would be split into two sub-articles (one for each generation), and the S3 content would be moved to the appropriate location. This would place automobiles with common engineering in the same place, as opposed to grouping by a mere marketing term. Since separate articles are always provided to detail the powertrain (engine and transmission, et cetera), the partitioning of articles based on this principle is superfluous (the powertrain is only briefly discussed in the article about the car). The reason for giving the actual powertrain a separate article is to cut down on overlap: engines and transmissions are almost universally used in more than one model.

This message will be/has been posted on the talk page of all editors who contributed to the previous discussion at Talk:Toyota Camry Hybrid. Regards, OSX (talkcontributions) 23:43, 13 December 2010 (UTC)

As a follow up to the above message this is a note to let you know that there is merger discussion taking place here regrading the Civic and Accord Hybrids, the Ford Escape Hybrid and the Renault 5 Turbo, just in case you want to participate. OSX (talkcontributions) 23:48, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
I've read all the merge proposals for the individual vehicles and support the merger of all these vehicles into their respective parent articles. I'm on holiday at the moment so don't have time to edit each section. If you have the time, please note my comment in each respective vehicle's section, otherwise I'll do it myself at the end of the month. Thanks! Zunaid 05:17, 21 December 2010 (UTC)

Taqi Rafat[edit]

Thanks very much for your cleanup work! I'd been putting off dealing with the duplication, because I've never experienced that problem before and wasn't sure how to handle it. I'll see if I can figure out how I got that reference and let you know. Languagehat (talk) 16:43, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

OK, by googling I found the snippet I used, and I couldn't find who the author was. Languagehat (talk) 17:03, 13 January 2011 (UTC)[edit]

Hi there Zunaid, thanks for efforts to improve refs. However, I noticed in some of your edits you appear to be using the refLinks python script, I just had a couple of questions about that. Firstly, are you running this as an automatic script (e.g. not reviewing the edits before saving them, regardless of if they are reviewed afterwards). In addition, some of your edits, like this one, seem to be replacing names of already named references with autogeneratedn, this is not advisable, as it reduces readability. Thanks, - Kingpin13 (talk) 20:03, 19 May 2011 (UTC)

Hi. Sorry for the late reply, I haven't checked WP in a few days. I run the script completely automatically whenever I find bare URL references in articles, using a bookmarklet I have saved. It saves the edits automatically without me having to click. I did not know that it actually breaks already named references, this is something that the script author could probably fix up. Zunaid 12:34, 23 May 2011 (UTC)
Right, well really you shouldn't be running that on your main account, and you should not be using it without getting it approved at WP:BRfA. Also, it seems the script it slightly outdated, the bot it was designed for hasn't edited since 2009. So I would suggest you just do not use it from now on, and make any changes to references manually instead. Cheers, - Kingpin13 (talk) 07:52, 26 May 2011 (UTC)

Inviting you to WikiAfrica Incubator![edit]

Hey Zunaid,

WikiAfrica invites you to support the Africa Incubator.

WikiAfrica is pleased to invite you as a self-declared African Wikipedian to evaluate the Africa Incubator. WikiAfrica has created the Africa Incubator to support and assist new authors, as they create their first articles and learn the ins and outs of contributing to Wikipedia.

The Africa Incubator is a ‘soft landing’ for new authors to develop articles that relate to Africa. It assists them in becoming compliant and knowledgeable of Wikipedia principles and rules. Based within the Wikipedia framework, the Africa Incubator is fully interactive and enables feedback, assistance and forums.

This is where we need your help! For the Africa Incubator to be successful, it needs the intervention, interaction and experience of Incubator Mentors. We are looking for a pool of active experienced Wikipedians to consistently participate in ’owning’ the Africa Incubator. Incubator Mentors will assist new comers through the editing process. They will also help test and expand the Africa Incubator, and will play a vital role in encouraging newcomers to be Wikipedians for life

Please visit WikiAfrica Incubator to give us your honest feedback and evaluation. WikiAfrica is a ground-breaking project that is designed to Africanise Wikipedia by generating and expanding 30,000 articles over two years. Find out more about this project here WikiAfrica. To get involved, contact Francis [] Twitter:!/wikiafrica Facebook: --Awinda 13:44, 6 March 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Awinda (talkcontribs)

Call for Wikipedians in Residence in Africa[edit]


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Polymorphism and dimorphism[edit]

I have been attempting to merge and clean up the disambiguation pages on Polymorphism and Polymorph. In doing this I felt that it was clearer if we had dimorphism separate from polymorphism as there is no real overlap. I would welcome comments from you as you merged them originally. See User:NHSavage/polymorphism_merger for a draft of the two pages.--NHSavage (talk) 11:35, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

Sorry I missed this, but for the record I'm fine with the changes. Zunaid 23:24, 30 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know.--NHSavage (talk) 09:20, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

Cape Town meetup[edit]

Hi Zunaid, I just wanted to let you know about, and invite you to, the 4th Cape Town Wiki-meetup at Truth Coffee on Buitenkant St on Sunday the 2nd of February. Thanks, --Discott (talk) 15:41, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

5th Wiki-meetup 4 May 2014[edit]

Hello, Wikimedia ZA would like to invite you to the 5th Cape Town Wiki-meetup for 11am, Sunday the 4th May 2014 at Truth Coffee on 36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town. It would be great if you could join us. Please invite who ever you think might be interested.--Discott (talk) 15:55, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

You magazine listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]


An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect You magazine. Since you had some involvement with the You magazine redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. Si Trew (talk) 01:43, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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