User talk:Fabartus

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Hi, my wiki-home is nominally wikipedia, but I'm on Meta and the Commons much of the time as well spent time on several other sisters.

Best way to reach me on talk is to post Here or there and elsewhere.

Wikipedia will indubitably have a slight edge in timing, unless I'm working RL, then the other two send me email to notify about changes.

You can skip the bother, and just email me at Fabartus --at-- comcast dot net (Take that you danged web crawling spammer spiders!)

Cheers! If you see me around, this is my signature: FrankB 06:32, 15 February 2007 (UTC)


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Amgine is no longer a contributor on Wikinews -- he left. MESSEDROCKER 17:29, 14 December 2006 (UTC)

planetary conjunction article[edit]

hi Fabartus, good to see more 'pedians taking an interest here! about the planets article, first a little template message:

I noticed you added new content to the article, Planets Jupiter, Mercury and Mars line up, visible to naked eye, which is more than 24 hours old. Thanks for taking an active role in improving the content on this site. People like you who take an active role make Wikinews better for all of us — readers and writers alike.

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so what i'm planning to do is turn ur addition to the current article into a new article, which can report on the event as having happened. it shld also be possible to get a couple of pics to illustrate what is already a pretty good writeup. this can also report on the upcoming conjunction with the crescent moon on the 18th and/or the Geminid meteor shower on the 14th[1]. all this will ensure that the new article is sufficiently distinct from the old. the new article is Rare planetary conjunction on display.  — Doldrums(talk) 06:48, 16 December 2006 (UTC)

interwiki templates[edit]

its great that your trying to improve stuff, but could you say on the talk pages what exactly they do? Bawolff 05:34, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

note I read the page on 'pedia, and I am still very confused as to what they do. Bawolff 05:38, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
Sorry didn't see this. Try W:Wikipedia:WikiProject template sharing and if that (draft status--will move to Meta when finished) doesn't ease your pain, drop me an email. (Fabartus --at-- comcast dot net) Gotta run! I was going to bed over an hour ago. Ha! //FrankB 06:04, 15 February 2007 (UTC)
ok. My main concern was that some of these seemed useless, but I was lumping it together with some other very useless stuff. Now I see this is separate, and quite probably useful [or they are not hurting anyone], so anyways, carry on. Also don't forget that if any of these templates were edited by people other then yourself, that you need to have correct copyright permissions. Bawolff 22:56, 15 February 2007 (UTC)
Anything on Wikipedia and so far as I know, all the sisters is either Creative Commons Attribution or GFDL licensed, so that's a real non-starter! The edit trail is easy enough to see, but in wikipedia or Meta, most of these have a long history. Cheers! // 22:19, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

The Inquiry / Think you need to compare[edit]

Both have the "Copied from Meta" tag. Excuse me. --Thunderhead - (talk) 01:44, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

re: Link and Help:Link... They don't look very alike to me, and you COULD make an inquiry first. I was in midedit. Bide a while so I can finish the fix ups. // FrankB 00:53, 5 March 2007 (UTC) (sorry!)

re: Both have the "Copied from Meta" tag. Excuse me. --Thunderhead - (talk) 01:44, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
Yep... and no problem. That other one was brought over by no less a luminary as former WMF board member Angela though. Nice lady. It's either evolved or she trimmed it considerably. She must have been active here helping get you guys set-up.
The one I'm doing is more technically complete, and I just noticed the page on Meta has also been redirected to the title used by her here (or maybe it's redirected the other way), either way, looks like they are supposed to be the same page. I just figured I'd port it as it was a redlink on another page I brought over. Just call me the ferryman!
Let me finish getting the several m:Category:Handbook templates you guys should already have over here and see if I can get this updated version to play ball. Then I can see if there's a list for your site to be added to so you get the same periodic updates as the other sisters when such Meta pages change. That's what usually happens on the commons and wikipedia with such pages. Editing them does little good, as the Meta copy needs any permanent changes... so you edit the Meta version, if any at all. The ironic part is proposed changes of major kind are discussed on wikipedia's Village pump! Go figure! <g>. Nice to meetchya-- just don't cloud up and rain all over me! <g> // FrankB 02:25, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
No problem, glad you're helping to keep us in line ;) --Thunderhead - (talk) 02:20, 5 March 2007 (UTC)
W:WP:TSP at your service! Cheers! // FrankB 02:25, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

Dummy pages[edit]

They don't exist on Meta, so I don't see any need for pages like A b here.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 14:53, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

  • Depends entirely on how much you hate redlinks, doesn't it? You may be correct, but I don't recall seeing that table containing redlinks on m:Help:Links. Well, 66.6:33.3, Meta apparently does have an 'a' page. My recollection is probably more from Wikipedia which has an w:b and an w:a b page too, albeit as a redirect page[2]. Shrug. I really have no dog in this hunt! Do tend to hate redlinks though! Cheers! // FrankB 05:34, 6 March 2007 (UTC)
Problem is they appear in the news room as developing stories... if you decide to pursue, you should try to use a [ [ Cat:no publish ] ] or something to keep them from listing on that page.--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 16:11, 6 March 2007 (UTC)
Acknowledge... (Sorry about the delay, but I'm timeshared between sites right now! <g>) I can see that being something of a problem... I gather that's you're local equivalent of 'New Pages' on WP, which would certainly be much of great interest in a news site. Wp's new pages list is big on any day and I rarely patrol that. Has to be a low energy day in fact for me to do any browsing per se— I've simply too many projects tasks on the to-do list already keeping me up too late at night too often as it is! <G> Template:I2Anyway, I'm not looking to work 'Help' pages in any event in any big way... at least not until Mediawiki figures out whether they are taking that over, or whatnot, and make sure not to create any main space pages without checking with someone (I think you elected yourself there! <g>). Have enough on my plate, and wiki-time is getting tight again for me. // FrankB 20:19, 13 March 2007 (UTC)