I joined WP:WPM tooEdit

Except, I apparently had grassmania and thought you were stoned, that is Michael Stone interested in group theory, algebra, and representation theory on Wikipedia:WikiProject_Mathematics/Participants. Do you have any pros/cons about joining? Too late for me now of course, but I'm curious. I was thinking your refs tasks might be a good task for the project too. JackSchmidt (talk) 03:10, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

Sorry for the delay in my response. I don't have any particular objections to joining and suspect I may do so Real Soon Now. However, I would rather avoid the stress of trying to export the refs tasks. Michael Slone (talk) 03:54, 16 June 2008 (UTC)


Thank you for the thoughtful copy-editing, and larger corrections in the article Eigenvalue, eigenvector, and eigenspace. It reads much better after your intervention. --Lantonov (talk) 17:15, 10 March 2008 (UTC)

Abstract PolytopesEdit

I am new to editing Wikipedia. I have been working on creating an axiomatic abstract polytope definition for 40 years, mostly alone. I have not found it easy to find relevant material or sources. I do however have quite an impressive amount of material that I think will advance the subject - but need help with proving its worth by means of references. Maybe you can help...?

First, I'd be most interested in your reaction to my recent addition to the discussion page.

Steve SLWoolf (talk) 13:59, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Determinants: repair of History sectionEdit

Dear Mr. Slone:

I apologize for having accidentally deleted some of the material on Wikipedia's "Determinants" page. I believe that the deleted material has been restored. Sorry about the inconvenience.

Best regards,

Christopher Kirk, Shrewsbury, Mass., USA —Preceding unsigned comment added by Cwkmail (talkcontribs) 02:11, 16 March 2008 (UTC)

permutation groupsEdit

In that the text is clearly in error, I think my idea was better of posting a counter example in the text. The text should either be deleted or corrected.01001 (talk) 23:18, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

Re: stub sortingEdit

Thanks for pointing that out. I was in a rush so I didn't have time to go through all the different stub types to find the one that worked, plus football's not my forte. Wizardman 18:23, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

St Joesphs primary school bracknellEdit

Many thanks. Now shifted, and I'll sort out the redirect some other time. In case you're wondering why I'm bothering with this arguably non notable article, it's because it is the only vaguely constructive contribution from a vandal who I am trying to encourage into better ways. Grblundell (talk) 09:35, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

Samantha555 and the deletion processEdit

Thanks. I tried to explain the deletion process to her, but I don't think she's catching on. This apparently the first time she's had something deleted, and she's become a bit emotional about it. - Realkyhick (Talk to me) 02:42, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

On the catwatchEdit

In reply to your message:

Fixed. The API had changed a few months back. JackSchmidt (talk) 14:54, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

BIRTH-DEATH-SORT vs LifetimeEdit

Hi. Considering this edit of yours and many others, I would like to make 3 comments: 1. BIRTH-DEATH-SORT is a redirect, the vast majority of users uses Lifetime. 2. If YOB and YOD (or Living people) categories are present, please just add DEFAULTSORT, otherwise we have duplicated categories, 3. Please don't replace DEFAULTSORT+the 2 categories with Lifetime. This is not considered as constructive editing. Thanks and keep editing, Magioladitis (talk) 23:52, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

I disagree that it is not constructive to use the Lifetime template. In any case, as you can see from this edit and others, the edit of mine you listed on Template talk:Lifetime as an example of my work is not representative of my contributions. If you have concerns about my editing habits, I would appreciate it if you would discuss them directly with me on my talk page before using them as a source of examples for your arguments on template talk pages. Michael Slone (talk) 01:39, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

My point is that Lifetime cause problems because many users are not familiar with it and they keep adding YOB/D categories even if Lifetime is present, many bots need the categories to be written in order to function correctly, etc. Apart from that, since Lifetime does exactly the same work with YOB|YOD|DEFAULSORT, replacing them in order to add Lifetime this is not constructive. It's like removing whitespace from article or just moving stub tags around. Moreover, there is no consensus, yet, pro or against lifetime. Thanks, Magioladitis (talk) 09:23, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

Michael RuddEdit

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Lang Algebra referenceEdit

Hi. I noticed that you have a user subpage that you keep references on (User:Michael_Slone/refs). On there, you list a 4th edition of Lang's algebra, which as far as I can tell, does not exist. Is this an error? I am particularly interested because I have created a template (Template:Lang Algebra) that allows one to reference any edition of his book very simply, for example, {{Lang Algebra|edition=3r}} produces

Lang, Serge (2002), Algebra, Graduate Texts in Mathematics, 211 (Revised third ed.), New York: Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-0-387-95385-4, MR 1878556, Zbl 0984.00001

and I would like to know if there is indeed another edition to add. According to this page on Springer's site, it looks like you might be referring to the "Corrected 4th printing of the 3rd revised edition". Thanks. RobHar (talk) 20:08, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for pointing this out. I agree, I've never heard of a 4th edition of Lang's Algebra, and am not sure why I put that on my refs page. I've replaced my ref with the template. Michael Slone (talk) 21:58, 27 January 2009 (UTC)


Thanks for the clarification here. It makes much more sense now. Cheers! --Thomprod (talk) 12:19, 3 April 2009 (UTC)

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Henry AurandEdit

You guessed correctly. General Aurand transferred to the Ordnance Corps. I have corrected the error in the article.

Thank you. Tm3108 (talk) 00:49, 20 June 2009 (UTC)—Preceding unsigned comment added by Tm3108 (talkcontribs) 00:46, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

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