Fall -> autumnEdit

I saw you making a couple of these substitutions on my watchlist. For future reference, per MOS:SEASONS, it is desirable to avoid referring to seasons instead preferring "late 1944", etc. (t · c) buidhe 19:59, 17 January 2021 (UTC)

Ah, thanks :) I'd forgotten about that; I thought it might be the case but I wasn't sure if that was correct of if the actual month should be specified if possible. Thank you for reminding me, and sorry about that :) DesertPipeline (talk) 07:17, 18 January 2021 (UTC)

A kitten for you!Edit

Thank you for fixing up SOLRAD 3! Is spaceflight of particular interest to you? I'm always happy to have fellow Spacepedians. :)

Neopeius (talk) 00:21, 2 February 2021 (UTC)

Hey, thanks! :) I pretty much wander around Wikipedia trying to clean up articles where I can, but I've always found spaceflight and related topics interesting :) DesertPipeline (talk) 05:33, 2 February 2021 (UTC)

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Dear DesertPipeline

Thanks for encouraging words! I was acitve in Wikipedia in the past when German site was below 1 Mio entries. The German article de:PlanetarySystemStacker was gratefully accepted. I was not aware about the restrictions on new articles in EN Wikipedia. Otherwise I would have added more references as I did now. Is it save to store the draft article under *User:Tubas*, see heading? It is an article about a scientific software which produces excellent results. But it will never be in the mainstream for mobile phone users. Perhaps some day someone will remember about this article and move it to the main pages. Tubas (talk) 12:40, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

It should be fine; generally, pages in userspace aren't deleted unless the author requests it. By the way, is the draft a translation of the Deutsch Wikipedia entry, or is it written from scratch? If it's a translation and was accepted there just fine, maybe their notability policy is more lax – I'm not sure. Thanks for your message :) DesertPipeline (talk) 12:49, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

Here's what those sources sayEdit

Key excerpts, as you requested:

  • NY Times: "In some ways, uppercase “Internet” was always a bit of an anomaly, since it is not really a proper noun comparable to a company name or an official place name. The term internet (short for internetwork) described any linked network of computers, so the capital “I” served to distinguish the global network from other internets — a pointless distinction now, since “internet” is rarely used anymore in the generic sense .. Once a term becomes familiar and quotidian, there is a tendency to drop the capital letter ... While the switch might be briefly disconcerting, in the long run we think the uppercase “Internet” would seem out of step."
  • Wired: "The capital 'I' reflects the perceived status of the global network as a unique entity ... The lower-case version will eventually win the day, though, driven by age-old principles of language change."
  • New Republic: "The word’s origins date back to the 1970s, when an “inter-network” was just a collection of smaller networks that communicated using the same protocols. Functionally, the internet of today is just the largest example of an internet—which, incidentally, means that the word entered our vocabulary in lowercase ... In the same way we don’t capitalize “telephone” or 'cable,' we shouldn’t be capitalizing 'internet'."
  • The Verge: "As some argue, the distinction is that the internet we know and use today is just one internet out of many possible internets. It just so happens that the internet we use is also called the internet. It's like the Sun that we orbit and the sun of another planetary system. In either case, with the AP now defecting in this fever-pitched grammatical battle, there will likely only be a few holdouts left carrying the banner of "the Internet."

As you can see, the professional editors advocating for lowercase internet are not ignorant about the technical history of the distinction, they just know it's going the way of the dodo. Popcornfud (talk) 21:38, 22 February 2021 (UTC)

Thank you, Popcornfud :) I can't say I agree with their rationales but I'm not smart enough to offer counterpoints :( I wonder if SMcCandlish would mind doing that? They seem quite good at... well, typing smart things :) Would you mind if I copied these excerpts from here to the Discussion subsection of the MoS post and ask SMc if they can respond to these? Thanks again for sending me these :) Regards, DesertPipeline (talk) 03:29, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

I am sure SMc is already aware of their sources, and they have made their opinion on this clear - SMc just thinks they’re wrong. Popcornfud (talk) 09:47, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

Bee hoovesEdit

Not hoofing it.

Was that you? Good one. But you should sign your work, though as you can see, bees actually don't have hooves. EEng 05:59, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

Perhaps I should sign them with "Not EEng" – how do I sign images like you do, though? :) — Preceding unsigned comment added by DesertPipeline (talkcontribs) 06:01, 23 February 2021 (UTC)
[[File:foo.jpg|thumb|upright=0.8|Blah blah blah {{right|-~~~}}]] Note three ~ instead of four to omit timestamp, which is too cluttering. EEng 06:05, 23 February 2021 (UTC)
My appreciation, amigo :) DesertPipeline (talk) 06:07, 23 February 2021 (UTC)
P.S. I wonder if you saw the addition I made to a section further up the MoS talk page? ;) DesertPipeline (talk) 06:14, 23 February 2021 (UTC)
You'll get my bill.-EEng

Multiple section links in edit summaryEdit

I'm curious about [1]. Do you manually copy each heading into /* heading */ in the edit summary or do you have a tool helping make the edit summary? Help:Edit summary#Section editing mentions the manual method but I don't recall ever seeing it used before. By the way, MOS:BOLD includes: "This is also done at the first occurrence of a term (commonly a synonym in the lead) that redirects to the article". copyright trap redirects. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:26, 18 March 2021 (UTC)

Yeah, I use the manual method. Also, I didn't realise that copyright trap redirects; I thought I checked and didn't see anything. Hold on, I'll sort it out :) DesertPipeline (talk) 13:33, 18 March 2021 (UTC)
User:Primehunter: Sorry, ping failed; should've previewed :) DesertPipeline (talk) 13:34, 18 March 2021 (UTC)
User:PrimeHunter: ...D'oh! :) DesertPipeline (talk) 13:35, 18 March 2021 (UTC)
Third time's a charm :) That sounds like a lot of time to spend on a minor edit summary. If the diff clearly shows the change and other users have no need see the rendered version like in many template or table edits then I think it's a little overkill. PrimeHunter (talk) 14:18, 18 March 2021 (UTC)
User:PrimeHunter: If I can explain the change in a more concise way, I usually do so – like "Copyedit: (Type(s) of copyedit performed)", but if I've done something that I feel needs pointing out specifically, I'll write a more detailed edit summary. I do this so that it doesn't appear that I'm not pointing out things I should be pointing out I've changed in the edit summary :) DesertPipeline (talk) 03:10, 19 March 2021 (UTC)