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Best regards! Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 05:26, 8 December 2014 (UTC)Reply

Greetings edit

It's good to see you here too. You have been busy; great! Robin Patterson (talk) 08:27, 31 July 2017 (UTC)Reply

Military properties edit

Good evening! I can see that you are dealing with military Properties
If usefull I have collected my self the enclosed Properties

Military properties
Jean de Lattre de Tassigny (Q81114) Q8018776 Peter Ustinov (Q55796) Carl Gustav Fleischer (Q3499537) Bjarne Øen (Q4570107) German battleship Scharnhorst (Q155222) Army Norway (Q1771854) Bundeswehr (Q56010) Operation Weserübung (Q150939)
commander of (DEPRECATED) (P598) commanded by (P4791) military branch (P241) military rank (P410) position held (P39) conflict (P607) headquarters location (P159) has part(s) (P527) order of battle (P4220)
French Far East Expeditionary Corps (Q2997796) Q21651731 British Army (Q222595) major general (Q157148) military officer (Q189290) World War II (Q362) Lillehammer (Q3745117) German Navy (Q56015) Norwegian Campaign order of battle (Q7061041)

Breg Pmt (talk) 20:02, 27 July 2018 (UTC)Reply

Your username after your death edit

Hello 👋🏻,

Jeff G. and I were wondering what would happen to your username after you die 💀? Would you let one of your loved ones request a rename to the year of your death? -- Donald Trung/徵國單  (討論 🀄) (方孔錢 💴) 18:10, 15 January 2019 (UTC)Reply

Whoever notices me dead first, I hope you will keep an eye out for me! If I do not log into my Google account for 1 month it sends a message to my daughter that I am probably dead.
You are welcome to leave her your username, password, and instructions in your will, or to choose a new username like RAN at M:Special:GlobalRenameRequest.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 23:33, 15 January 2019 (UTC)Reply

WikiTree edit

Hello Richard! I believe you are active on WikiTree. I'm not, but have discovered apparent duplicate entries regarding John Early (Q6231048). On WikiTree, Early-506 and Early-681 both approximately match birth/death date and locations. Corresponding pages are at Geni and Find a Grave. If you can investigate and merge these entries, please do. Thanks, -Animalparty (talk) 23:01, 22 April 2020 (UTC)Reply

Yikes! Almost as big as VIAF errors. --RAN (talk) 02:41, 29 April 2020 (UTC)Reply

COVID form edit

Hi there,

I've created this form that help set up items like Ronald William Lewis (Q89957906) very quickly. I hope it speaks for itself but if you have any questions I'd be happy to help. --1Veertje (talk) 11:30, 30 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

I should tell you about the hidden feature where if you put in "Tuesday" it will get the last Tuesday before the publication date of the source you're citing as the DOD or if that's not given the last Tuesday before today. I should fix that if the news article is published on a Tuesday it takes that day. At the moment it will be off by a week. It's why the DOD is a free input field. Only English is supported for now. 1Veertje (talk) 06:38, 31 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

Long Time, No See edit

Welcome back! I hadn't seen your name in a while and did a double take. I hope that all is well with you. Alansohn (talk) 23:22, 13 August 2020 (UTC)Reply

  • Blocked in English Wikipedia, which is a shame, I find probably three errors a day that go uncorrected. Working here and on the Library of Congress project adding their photos with context to Commons.

The Peerage merges edit

I've completed a first sweep through The Peerage marriages, scanning 50,000 at a time with a query like tinyurl.com/y32tswqo looking for potential candidates for a merge. On your question of how many 'spouse' statements ought to be left on each item, let's see just what the statement combination bots do combine, then I'll raise that question at Project Chat.

However, one thing that worries me, having only just saved myself from merging David Mills (Q5237580) and David Mills (Q3018466) (prompted because the first had marked (incorrectly!) as the spouse of Tessa Jowell (Q272642)), I do worry that I might have introduced some incorrect merges of namesakes.

I've tried to catch the ones that I can, but queries like https://w.wiki/ZwE (multiple fathers) and https://w.wiki/ZwF (multiple mothers) are still showing quite a lot of anomalies.

I don't know how busy you are with other things, but if you could spare any time to help try to go through these and try to investigate why each one may be showing up on the list, I could really use the help. (Some might be conflations of the principals caused by bad merges, some might be simply wrong statements, some might be resolvable as biological/legal/adoptive parents. Thanks! Any help you could spare, I'd be really grateful. Jheald (talk) 18:20, 18 August 2020 (UTC)Reply

Glad to help! A free subscription to Familysearch can help clear up some of the people with the same name. I then add the link to their Familysearch entry in Wikidata. It is maddening when people only have a given name and a surname. Everyone should adopt the Spanish naming system where your mother's maiden name is your middle name.
They get harder and harder as you fix the easy ones first! --RAN (talk) 03:32, 21 August 2020 (UTC)Reply

check out my tools edit

Hi! I think you might like my tool New Q5 and its sibling covid-obit. --1Veertje (talk) 10:43, 13 June 2021 (UTC)Reply

SPA - Swedish Portrait Archive edit

I saw you used SPA. I have a tool I am developing for uploading pictures if you are interested

 importScript( 'User:Salgo60/spa2commons3.js' );

- Salgo60 (talk) 23:06, 18 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

  • @Salgo60: Excellent, thanks! I wish they added the dates for the publications they are taken from, it will help date the photos. I notice most are released under a "creative commons no commercial use" license, but most appear to be in the public domain. Is there any plan to upload all the ones that are in the public domain? Is there a way to let the database creators know you have more information? Some one might be listed as "L. Olson" but when I find the full name, I add it to Wikidata, but their database should be updated too. --RAN (talk) 23:14, 18 October 2021 (UTC)Reply
Another video
a) Omar who has scanned 880 000 pictures started without sources and books so the dates we dont know but it books from 1900
b) yes licensing is open and free https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ BUT can they set copyright for something they just have scanned...
I havent argued with them. All scanned are in category c:Category:Uploaded_with_spa2Commons if we should change license
b-1) if you find a opicture with a specific license let me know I can change the script to read the licebse info
c) There are more Facebook groupos open group / for members / technical groupo
d) upload all - no plans I guess its to many "normal people"
e) I can just click on the name and update it. I guess you need to be member... let me know if you would like to be member I can pay for you but I guess I have to tell the people your Facebook account number
- 23:50, 18 October 2021 (UTC)
  • They just approved my Facebook! How much does it cost to be able to edit? Have they considered adding a link to the person in Familysearch at SPA? --RAN (talk) 23:56, 18 October 2021 (UTC)Reply
    • I can pay its abt. 100 SEK or something. I guess its easier for everyone if I pay with the Swedish payment system sv:Swish
    • Family Search: You can add URLs. I tried to convince them using Wikidata Qnumber for locations but it was never done - Salgo60 (talk) 00:03, 19 October 2021 (UTC)Reply
I am https://www.facebook.com/richardarthurnorton
The Swedish Death index I guess will never be online. The people developing SPA has "cracked the CD" so we have the data ;.-) And I asked the owner of the data https://www.rotter.se/ and get first a maybe that we should be able to match all people in SPA and set a death date. But they changed and it was a no, I guess genealogy societies needs to earn some money and right now its just by selling USB... - Salgo60 (talk) 00:17, 19 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

Member SPA edit

I got this answer

Let me know or ask in the FB group if you have problems - Salgo60 (talk) 20:40, 19 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

Unanitz edit

I tried to figure out from where you took this name variant (Special:Diff/1527514807). I fail to find any sources beside Wikipedia that associate "Unanitz" to Alatskivi. Per sources like [1] and also your own notes on Wikisource Unanitz is in Ingermanland. Hence "Unanitz" for Alatskivi is probably wrong as Alatskivi definitely wasn't in Ingria (Ingermanland). I also traced Wikipedia info down to your edit comment where you mention a library inquiry (en:Special:Diff/501391964). The latter however doesn't explain much and apparently also constitutes unwanted original research (en:WP:OR). 2001:7D0:81DA:F780:B9BA:AFCE:64AE:9C12 10:35, 15 November 2021 (UTC)Reply

it came from "Han war född på Alatzliwi 1662 ( Stjerman i fin Matr . fåger på Unanitz i Ins germanland ) , och dog i Malmø 1737. Rortan bar 3 bånkrader och en liten dålig orgel mes 2 stammor . De Jyske Handels Expediter hafwa på egen koftnad åt sig ..." see; https://books.google.com/books?id=3VdiAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA159&dq=%22Unanitz%22&hl=en&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj-1-PxzZ30AhWNlWoFHc8FB-YQ6AF6BAgFEAI#v=onepage&q=%22Unanitz%22&f=false Have I misinterpreted it?  – The preceding unsigned comment was added by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk • contribs).
My understanding of Swedish is limited. If I get it right then "född på Alatzkiwi 1662" means that he was born in Alatskivi. However, what is the part in brackets (..."Unanitz i Ingermanland" – "Unanitz in Ingria") about? I still don't think that it could suggests that Unanitz stands for Alatskivi as the latter wasn't in Ingria.
As for birth place, there seems to be some sort of confusion around it in sources. Other sources that you have referenced on the other hand explicilty say that Cronman was born in Ingria. Perhaps this confusion is explained in some source, or do we know which sources are more reliable in this matter? 2001:7D0:81DA:F780:FB:6438:6C23:DF4 21:48, 16 November 2021 (UTC)Reply
To me the confusion is about whther Cronman was born in Unanitz or Alatskivi, not about whether the places are the same. I don't see what exactly in some source may suggest the latter. Though, it'd nice if someone fluent in Swedish and otherwise proficient in reading such documents could explain what exactly does given source say in brackets about Unanitz. 2001:7D0:81DA:F780:88D9:622B:4D50:8640 11:55, 17 November 2021 (UTC)Reply

Detective work edit

The full horror: Talk:Q76374587 -- Jheald (talk) 22:43, 27 January 2022 (UTC)Reply

FYI edit

Note: you can create names easily by the User:Bargioni/quickNames.js tool. Matlin (talk) 19:38, 24 March 2023 (UTC)Reply

Layout of discussions edit

Hi Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ),
I suppose that you know that when answering a post in a duscussion, one needs to place +1 star character of colon than in the post they are answering. I notice that sometimes you do not do this. In this case, following the discussion flow is not that easy.
There's a gadget called 'Convenient Discussions' that greatly simplifies stariting threads and participating in them. You can enable it on Meta on your meta:special:MyPage/global.js page (in this case it will be enabled and available in every Wikimedia project) or in a certain project on your common.js page. In any case, add the following code to the above-mentioned page:

//Convenient Discussions

Michgrig (talk) 21:12, 1 August 2023 (UTC)Reply

possible typo on your user-page edit

Hi, Under your section "Genealogy":

Genealogy is educational even is some people do it as a hobby.

should maybe:

Genealogy is educational even if some people do it as a hobby.

Regards, --L.Smithfield (talk) 04:40, 3 September 2023 (UTC)Reply

possible duplicate edit

Hi, could you have a look at Johan Fabricius (Q643644) and Johan Fabricius (Q123290204)? Are they duplicates? Thank you! --Emu (talk) 13:35, 4 November 2023 (UTC)Reply

Q107313768 edit

pretendian (Q107313768) is a word, a term, not an occupation or a label to be affixed to biographical articles. Especially not those of living people. Thank you. Elizium23 (talk) 01:04, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

  • @Elizium23: If you can find a better way to model it, migrate all of them, perhaps "social classification=pretendian (Q107313768)" is better, like we did for slaveholder, what do you think?. "Occupation" was used on new entries because that is the way the first entry was modeled. If you agree with "social classification=pretendian (Q107313768)", we can mass migrate them. --RAN (talk) 01:08, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
    It will not classify living people with a label like that. You can change all labels, descriptions, and aliases to neutrally-worded terms, but would it be the same item describing a pejorative term? Elizium23 (talk) 01:11, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • All are properly referenced as falsely claiming Native American heritage in their Wikipedia articles and in third party publications, such as a New York Times obituary. For some of the people like Iron Eyes Cody, it is their occupation, for others it is social_classification. We need a way to aggregate all the people in Wikidata for those researching the subject. --RAN (talk) 17:42, 24 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Invitation to participate in the WQT UI requirements elicitation online workshop edit

Dear Richard,

I hope you are doing well,

We are a group of researchers from King’s College London working on developing WQT (Wikidata Quality Toolkit), which will support a diverse set of editors in curating and validating Wikidata content.

We are inviting you to participate in an online workshop aimed at understanding the requirements for designing effective and easy-to-use user interfaces (UI) for three tools within WQT that can support the daily activities of Wikidata editors: recommending items to edit based on their personal preferences, finding items that need better references, and generating entity schemas automatically for better item quality.

The main activity during this workshop will be UI mockup sketching. To facilitate this, we encourage you to attend the workshop using a tablet or laptop with PowerPoint installed or any other drawing tools you prefer. This will allow for a more interactive and productive session as we delve into the UI mockup sketching activities.

Participation is completely voluntary. You should only take part if you want to and choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you in any way. However, your cooperation will be valuable for the WQT design. Please note that all data and responses collected during the workshop will be used solely for the purpose of improving the WQT and understanding editor requirements. We will analyze the results in an anonymized form, ensuring your privacy is protected. Personal information will be kept confidential and will be deleted once it has served its purpose in this research.

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Then, I will contact you with all the instructions for the workshop.

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If you have further questions or require more information, don't hesitate to contact me at the email address mentioned above.

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Regards Kholoudsaa (talk) 17:34, 24 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi edit

I just found out that you are blocked in English Wikipedia!! As a dedicated wikipedian yourself, how are you coping with it!!! Respect man. I also been blocked from wikimedia.

Anyways, I am Parag. My parents are ex gov employee, i had two brother, both of them were doctor. My big brother died. I am a doctor too.

Best of luck bro.


Tanvir Islam Parag Omadacycline (talk) 23:39, 2 April 2024 (UTC)Reply