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Welcome to Meta![edit]

Hello AlecMeta, and welcome to the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki! This website is for coordinating and discussing all Wikimedia projects. You may find it useful to read our policy page. If you are interested in doing translations, visit Meta:Babylon. You can also leave a note on Meta:Babel or Wikimedia Forum (please read the instructions at the top of the page before posting there). Happy editing!

-- 17:40, 18 August 2011 (UTC)


I will be, if you don't stick around for a bit. The League of Old Fogey's needs you! SJ talk | translate   21:04, 18 August 2011 (UTC)[]

Many thanks for the kind words. Rumors of my wikicide are at least partially exaggerated, through probably by myself. My commitment to meta, foundation, and movement concerns was never in doubt. I can't ever imagine being so frustrated that I would stop making casual 'drive-by' edits of the kind we all make in the course of reading the world's best information source.
Just need to lay off that WikiOCD-- 'I'm taking the weekend off to learn all about something and so I can help rewrite the article about it.' That part of our system doesn't work once you have too many simultaneous editors stepping on each others' toes-- my blood pressure medicine comes with a warning that I should avoid exposure to edit conflicts while on the medication. :P --AlecMeta 02:23, 19 August 2011 (UTC)[]

Your PIF Essay[edit]

I just want to applaud your comments here as they pretty much exactly describe my mental process as I went about making the initial designs for the Personal Image Filter. I'd give you some WikiLove here, but we haven't enabled it on this wiki.--Jorm (WMF) 22:29, 19 August 2011 (UTC)[]


In case you're curious about your grandfather's issue with hats, it's because he was properly raised. In the European (and therefore American and Canadian) tradition, men do not wear hats indoors. Men remove their hats as a sign of respect when entering a home, office, restaurant, or house of worship (but not necessarily in the lobby, entry way, hallways, or elevators of same, if it's a large building. In effect, you may choose to consider yourself to have arrived at your friend's actual home when you reach the door to his apartment on the 23rd floor, rather than when you reach the exterior door at the street level), as well as during greetings ("tipping" their hats) and solemn moments (e.g., national anthems and funeral processions). Hats are left on when outdoors or in "public" buildings, like stores or airports. To leave your hat on when you enter someone's home suggests either that you don't think yourself in a proper home (an insult) or that you do not respect its residents (another insult).

Women always keep their hats on when they are out of their homes, unless the hat is unisex in design (e.g., a baseball cap) or purely intended to be functional (e.g., a winter hat or hat matching her rain slicker). In theory, if you stumbled into a ladies' party in someone's home this afternoon, you should be able to identify who lives in the house by seeing which women's heads are bare. (It probably worked half a century ago; I'd bet that most non-elderly women don't own a ladies' hat today.)

This is the formal theory. You may judge how relevant it is to modern standards by noting that according to this same formal theory, baseball caps are only worn by people who are playing baseball. WhatamIdoing 18:35, 24 August 2011 (UTC)[]

Potential ways to move forward[edit]

Could you and Trystan work on a "ways to move forward" summary, based on your suggestion on Talk:Image filter referendum/en?

Various answers to Michel M Verstraete's lovely questions would make a good separate page as well, as background reading for the 'moving forward' page.

Thanks as ever for your thoughtful contributions here. SJ talk | translate   00:12, 6 September 2011 (UTC)[]

New page started here: next steps. Could you add interlinks between that page and the user subpage you just created?