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Hi Willscrlt, this is in reply to your message at Image talk:Jack Turner (writer) PromoPhoto.jpg. Fair use images should only be uploaded when there is a definite need for them on an article. Is there a reason why this image must be uploaded to meta wiki? - Tangotango 09:28, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

Hello Tangotango. Yes. I am attempting to (actually have been attempting to for three days now) create my first full-fledged article. It's on Jack Turner (writer), the writer and television documentary host. The publicity image is widely distributed (legally or not, I don't know) on several book sites, including his publisher's site. The photo is copyrighted by his wife. I would like to add the photo to the article so that people can correctly identify him. There are several Jack Turners, including another author. Thanks. Willscrlt 09:38, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

Okay, in that case, you want to upload the image to the English Wikipedia (from en:Special:Upload), not on meta. Meta is a multilingual wiki for coordinating all Wikimedia projects - it isn't an encyclopedia. You may be confusing this site with the Wikimedia Commons, which is a central repository for media used on Wikimedia sites, but note that that site doesn't allow fair use images to be uploaded. In this particular case, the English Wikipedia is the only place where you can use the Jack Turner image (provided that you actually use the image on an article; if not, it will be deleted.) Cheers, Tangotango 09:40, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

Gah! I truly AM going around in circles. I did first attempt to upload the photo at Wikimedia Commons. In fact, the photo is still there, and I'm not sure how to delete it. I guess it will auto delete in uner 7 days on its own. I would like to place a tag there to speed that up since it was a mistake. Next, I went to the English Wiki's site to upload it, and it sent me here to Wikimedia. In fact, the help and information articles bounce back and forth between this wiki and that wiki that most of the time I'm totally confused as to where I am actually uploading anything. And, like I said, I'm not a newbie. I've been an Internet pioneer for 15 years or so, with nearly 25 years of computer experience. This really is more confusing than it seems like it needs to be. So, just to be perfectly clear, if I go to en:Special:Upload, I should be able to upload the photo there, tag it with {{Promophoto}}, and then link to it from the article? Right? (Keeping my fingers crossed.) Thanks again. Willscrlt 09:46, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

I've tagged the copy on Commons for speedy deletion, so it will get deleted as soon as an administrator gets around to it. And yes, go to en:Special:Upload to upload it, and tag it. Then immediately use it on the article in question; if you leave it unused ("orphaned") for too long, it will face deletion. Cheers, Tangotango 09:53, 25 November 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for the help Tangotango. I really appreciate it. And thanks for helping me clean up my formatting over there. Where is the fair use rationale supposed to go? In the Talk or the description? I was going to put it in the description, but after your edit, I moved it to the Talk. Or was that even necessary? You're a very helpful person and my hero for the day! LOL. Willscrlt 10:16, 25 November 2006 (UTC)
You're welcome! :) All descriptions, fair use rationales and license descriptions should go on the actual image page; and, in fact, as long as the information is there, the format doesn't really matter. The talk page is basically just for discussing the image, and it isn't used very much in the case of images. Hope this helps, Tangotango 10:35, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

Logos[edit]

Please see my reply to your comment here. I really like your improvements to the "D" proposal, by the way. It's nice to see that something good has come from that copyright fiasco. --Ezra Katz 22:54, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

Logo D[edit]

Don't worry, I'm not upset about your reorganization. It makes sense for things to be the same between proposals. I think, however that for this process to reach any sort of conclusion each candidate should provide a detailed summary like the one I provided. In fact, It may be better if all the proposals were converted to my format, with the proposal on the proposal page and the discussion on the discussion page. Regardless, thanks for your continued efforts bringing some order to this process. We'll end up with a better logo because of them. --Ezra Katz 13:17, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

User:Willscrlt/meta/Sidebar on it.wiki[edit]

Hi Will, is there a way to make the Categoria:Utente:Willscrlt disappear from that page? It keeps showing up in the WantedCategories page on it.wiki, so everyday a number of patrollers stumble up on it while doing their daily dirt work. Creating the category won't do the trick, as personal user categories are not allowed on it.wiki. Thanks in advance, Ary29 (talk) 17:46, 10 September 2008 (UTC)


Hi Ary. The Sidebar is not the only template that has that "feature" (some might call it a bug?) built-in. I was looking at various edit counter tools recently, and some of them use a particular user-page that contains some instructions for the toolserver to determine if detailed graphs should be shown to the public or not. That gives me an idea of how to possibly fix this problem.

There are actually two ways of fixing it.

  1. On a per-user level, I could create a sub-page, and if that particular sub-page exists, then it would serve as a flag to suppress all user-categories. The problem is, I would have to know which Projects allow user-categories and which don't. In stead of the existence of a particular page, I could also use the page's output like a template and, based on that output, suppress or not.
  2. Taking that template idea to the next level, a regular template could be created and fully protected (so that non-admins couldn't change the output of what would essentially be a machine-readable Project policy). Instead of checking in a user's space, that template could be named something standard across all Projects. Then, template designers (especially those of us specializing in cross-wiki templates) would be able to just check for one standard template.

Here is an example:

{{{{#ifexist:MRP User categories allowed|{{#ifexpr:{{MRP User categories allowed}}>0|[[{{ns:category}}:{{ns:user}} Username]]}}}}

I chose "MRP" for "Machine Readable Policy" and then a brief description of the policy, with the output being "0" (false or no) or "1" (true or yes). Being a numerical result, it allows for various possibilities. Using the greater than simply checks if User categories are allowed in any manner. The specific non-zero number returned could be used to specify exactly which type of User categories are permitted and maybe how they are named.

I'm just kind of brainstorming here as I am writing this, but I see it as a potentially very useful and powerful tool for both template designers and bot developers. Obviously it would probably be best to discuss this somewhere like meta where the people are used to interwiki tools like this.

Anyway, to answer your question specifically for it.wiki... (A) I could disable all user categorization temporarily across all Projects, but that is probably over 10 templates, and the number is growing, that use that same or a similar automatic categorization method. Any one of them will bring the phantom category back. (B) I could design my option #1 into all of my current templates as a working model to explain and demonstrate the idea on meta. It might take a few days, but if I am going to have to edit every template anyway, I'd rather have it be for something more useful than a temporary fix. (C) I could move the automatic categorization to a transcluded template (a good idea anyway), and then I would only have to make changes in that one template to turn categorization on or off "globally" without modifying what will eventually be dozens of individual templates (Why didn't I think of that before???).

I think that a combination of B & C makes the most sense for now. It may take a couple of days before all traces of that category disappear, but it will! And thanks for mentioning it directly rather than on some CFD discussion I'd never see until something drastic had happened. :-) --Willscrlt (Talk) 21:12, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

ia translation[edit]

Hallo. Mi primari pagina de usatore esse locate in le Wikipedia anglese. Io principemente usa iste conto pro modification transwiki, ergo io non aperi un session frequentemente. Si tu vole dar me un message, tu recipera un responsa plus rapidemente per adder lo a mi pagina de disccusion in le Wikipedia anglese o in Meta. The preceding unsigned comment was added by 24.166.188.137 (talk • contribs) 06:21, 13 April 2009.

Thank you very much! I love your language. It's very easy to read with my little understanding of Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese. I wish I could speak it well enough to say "thank you" in Interlingua. :-) --Willscrlt (→“¡¿Talk?!”) 16:29, 13 April 2009 (UTC)

de Translation of your userpagemessage[edit]

As a better German translation, I would suggsest you this:

Hallo. Meine primäre Benutzerseite befindet sich in der englischen Wikipedia. Dieses Konto benutze ich hauptsächlich für sprachübergreifende Bearbeitungen, so dass ich hier selten angemeldet bin. Wenn Sie mir eine Nachricht hinterlassen wollen, so tun Sie dies am besten auf meiner Diskussionsseite in der englischen Wikipedia oder auf Meta.

Greetings --Steef389 22:18, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

English Thank you very much! I appreciate your help with the translation. I will update the message soon.
Deutsch Danke schön! Ich danken Ihnen für Ihre Hilfe mit der Übersetzung. Ich aktualisiere die Nachricht bald.
Willscrlt “Talk” • “w:en” • “c” ) 13:51, 16 May 2009 (UTC)

Global sysops/Vote[edit]

Hi Willscrlt, I assume that when you wrote "non-Arabic alphabet" on Global sysops/Vote, you did mean "non-Latin alphabet". Erik Warmelink 11:46, 9 January 2010 (UTC)

You assumed correctly. Thanks for pointing that out. I must have been thinking about Arabic numbers or something. Doh! Anyway, I fixed it. I appreciate the note. :-) —Willscrlt “Talk” • “w:en” • “c” ) 14:29, 22 January 2010 (UTC)