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Fixed userbox

Hey I saw the userbox image wasnt working to I fixed it :D

--  Kai81123  ►  13:00, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

  • actually, the userbox should not use copyrighted logo... --Jacklau96 01:43, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

MDAC importance

Out of interest, why is MDAC of mid-importance? Given that it's the framework for all data access (even if it may have been rebadged to WDAC), I'd say that it's of high importance to the Windows world! Not much software that needs to talk to database(s) would work without this component framework. - Ta bu shi da yu 13:36, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

We're writing an encyclopedia for everybody. Sure, MDAC is of high importance to native code developers, but it's of no relevance to .NET developers, or the user community at large. As a reference, I'm giving top importance to articles about operating system versions and other "main" articles about the subject as a whole, high importance to major components that more than 25% of all Windows users are likely to have heard about, mid importance to other components that more than 1% would have heard of, and low importance to just about everything else. 1% is approximately five million people -- a huge number in absolute terms, but tiny in the scope of the entirety of the subject of Windows. -/- Warren 17:43, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

Boilerplate fair use rationale for screenshots

As a result of Betacommandbot's recent rampage about fair use rationales, discussion is up for whether boilerplate rationales for cover art is acceptable. Maybe its time we start our discussion on whether there should be templated fair use rationales for software screenshots, as it tends to be more or less same for most shots. --soum (0_o) 12:48, 6 June 2007 (UTC)

Interesting idea. I'm completely in favour of adopting the same approach as what's used for album covers, since our fair-use needs aren't really fundamentally different from theirs, but they are a much larger project than us, so... let them bang out the details and we'll ride on their coat-tails.  :) User:Themodernizer started using that nice {{non-free fair use rationale}} template a few months ago but maybe we could have a similar template that matches up nicely with {{non-free software screenshot}} that's more finely tuned to our needs.
I added the image_has_rationale parameter to {{non-free software screenshot}} so that we could track our progress with having a rationale on every Windows-related image. If we do nothing else, I think we should make sure that all our images have a rationale pretty soon. -/- Warren 17:32, 6 June 2007 (UTC)

May I join?

The directions said to inquire about joining this project here. I'm a major Windows fan, so I'd be happy to join. Jrdaigle1000 18:34, 28 June 2007 (UTC)

Welcome aboard, just add your name to the list, choose your favorite article and start working. --soum talk 19:02, 28 June 2007 (UTC)

Formatting of interfaces

What is the preferred formatting to apply to interfaces? Is it IDispatch or IDispatch or something else? What about their methods? Shinobu 12:59, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

Is that distinction (to single out interfaces) even necessary when using this in prose? The context makes it clear. Any method name or interface or whatever can be used with <code>...</code> or even simply italicized, as long as it is consistent throughout the article.
If any code snippet is being provided, it can be used with <source>...</source> tags that provides syntax highlighting (I am not finding the mediawiki page describing it). --soum talk 13:20, 9 July 2007 (UTC)

Need comments

Of this template. Thanks. --soum talk 17:53, 16 July 2007 (UTC)

Might not be a good idea to be an infobox-like template. Suggest that it use {{Navbox generic}}. (vishwin60 - is User:O in 1 day (possibly)) 18:43, 16 July 2007 (UTC)
Bottom of the article is already crowded. Thats why I opted for a sidebar. --soum talk 18:45, 16 July 2007 (UTC)
It's still not a good idea to do a sidebar. The bottom crowding can be alleviated by doing |state=autocollapse so that two or more navigation templates will be collapsed. (vishwin60 - is User:O in 1 day (possibly)) 18:47, 16 July 2007 (UTC)

Featured Article Review

I've nominated Architecture of Windows NT for a Featured Article review, see Wikipedia:Featured article review/Architecture of Windows NT. SP-KP 11:25, 19 August 2007 (UTC)


Windows Library Files

We need an expert to take a look at the Windows Library Files page. I think that it could be merged with the Dynamic-link Library page as a sub-section. -Adam H 15:56, 29 August 2007 (UTC)

Expanding the article would be a much better idea. I think finding a person with knowledge about Windows DLLs won't be hard, the main problem is finding references. -- Prince Kassad 13:36, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

Proposed deletions (WP:PROD)

  • 5 September - expires 10 September
    • Microsoft Installer Patch Files (PROD by User:84.170.249.86; "Microsoft Installer Patch Files or MSP Files are files that are used in conjunction with MSIExec.exe and oHotfix.exe to update a program that employs a Microsoft Installer for installation.") --User:Ceyockey (talk to me) 14:11, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

MS Paint

I've got a good picture for the MS Paint article. Link in the Ms Paint Discussion board under 'Wikipaint'.Racooon 13:07, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

Windows XP FAR

Windows XP has been nominated for a featured article review. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. Please leave your comments and help us to return the article to featured quality. If concerns are not addressed during the review period, articles are moved onto the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Remove" the article from featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. Reviewers' concerns are here. OSX (talkcontributions) 10:24, 30 November 2007 (UTC)