User talk:Magog the Ogre

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Sorry for the mess due to my lack of familiarity to the MetaWiki system, but can you revert the file for the Colorado senate election results to the first version you had, as the results for Arapahoe County is incorrect on the current map (see Thank you. Ktburbank (talk) 22:54, 13 November 2014 (UTC)

@Ktburbank: I updated the map with the latest data I could find. Please let me know if you have any problems with it. Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 23:10, 13 November 2014 (UTC)

Template "User at project"[edit]

Hi! From where are those project languages coming to {{user at project}}? I'm asking this, since Finnish texts are not grammatically correct. Currently the Finnish text for {{user at project|Example|w|en}} is:

  • "Example projektissa englanti Wikipedia" (meaning england Wikipedia), when it should be:
  • "Example projektissa englanninkielinen Wikipedia" (meaning English language Wikipedia)

If they are coming from interface messages or so then it's hard to fix. --Stryn (talk) 15:53, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

@Stryn:: The language name comes from {{Language}}, which itself probably comes from a Mediawiki function. {{Language|en|fi}} reads englanti. I don't understand much beyond this, unfortunately. But the people at w:WP:VPT always do; you might ask them for assistance in correcting a faulty translation. Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 23:12, 21 November 2014 (UTC) Google translates this as English, whereas englanninkielinen translates this as English-speaking. This distinction is not necessary in English, but one user once complained to me about the same problem for German (link). Leyo, could you confirm if there was ever a workaround for this or not? If not, we might have to come up with one by creating a {{language speaker}} template. Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 23:17, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
  • I think that this was discussed with regard to Swedish at some point. The problem in Swedish is that {{language}} returns the language form whereas the indefinite adjective form is expected. For example, {{language}} might return "engelska" (en), "interlingua" (ia) or "latin" (la), which should be converted to "engelskspråkiga" (drop the last "a"), "interlinguaspråkiga" (do nothing) or "latinskspråkiga" (add "sk"), respectively. In Finnish, {{language}} seems to return the nominative form, whereas Stryn seems to want genitive.
In Swedish, the current system is acceptable for some languages (for example English) but unacceptable for other languages (for example Interlingua and Latin). --Stefan4 (talk) 02:54, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

Some help with German categories[edit]

Greetings, Magog. Now, there is a very well-intentioned editor here by the name of Drdoht. They add a lot of valuable contributions, such as by annotating images wherein they identify the Germans in the image, but they do not have a firm understanding of some basic things. For instance, they create a lot of categories for individual persons, and in these categories, they do not populate them with even the most basic categories such as years of birth and death. They also do not add the all-important DEFAULTSORT to these categories, a point which I think I may have finally driven home to them. They have apparently created hundreds of categories like this. Is there a way for a bot to add the correct DEFAULTSORTs to these or do they all have to be done manually? They also do not seem to be aware that the categories on the Commons are supposed to be in English (or am I wrong about this?): they created a bit of mess here and here that I am confused about how to clean up. Agrarwissenschaftler is German for agronomist. I tried to communicate with them, but it seems that there is a language barrier. Perhaps we could find an admin who is fluent in German who could explain the err of their ways without chasing away another well-meaning expert in the field? - Hoops gza (talk) 20:56, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

@Hoops gza: try pinging one of the admins listed as a German speaker at COM:ADMIN. There is a large number of them. Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 00:21, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Or post the issue on Commons:Forum. --Leyo 01:18, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
@Axpde: Hi, could you please help with this? -- Hoops gza (talk) 02:14, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Bin grad zu müde, um zu verstehen, worum es eigentlich geht. Bitte nochmal die Kurzfassung auf deutsch :-} a×pdeHello! 19:09, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

@Axpde: Drdoht should add Category:Births by year and Category:Deaths by year to the categories he creates. Could you please tell him to add these categories to the categories he creates? - Hoops gza (talk) 01:28, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

@Magog the Ogre:, is there a way for a bot to add the defaultsort template to each of Drdoht's categories? Also, could you please fix the Konrad Meyer issue? - Hoops gza (talk) 01:30, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

You might be able to do this using VisualFileChange. --Leyo 01:44, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

Thank you, @Leyo:, I'm sorry, I should have pinged you as well. I'm not particularly tech-savvy, but I will give it a try. - Hoops gza (talk) 01:53, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

@Leyo: Could you possibly instruct Drdoht? - Hoops gza (talk) 01:55, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

As written above, please post the issue on Commons:Forum. --Leyo 02:03, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

@Leyo: Should I post it in English? I don't speak German. - Hoops gza (talk) 02:47, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

@Hoopa gza: yes, they'll understand. Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 03:32, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

Incorrect position[edit]

Hi Magog the Ogre. Please have a look at this bot edit (and several similar ones). The addition of | 1 = occurred in an incorrect position. --Leyo 01:17, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

I will take a look, thanks. Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 01:24, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
OK, I think I've got it fixed. 01:39, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. If you've got time, you might consider going through the recent edits of your bot looking for | 1 = }} and applying such fixes. --Leyo 22:04, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

The picture of youngest Grandmaster in US history[edit]

Hello dear user. Just a few days ago young chess player Samuel Sevian ( became chess Grandmaster at age of 13. Soon he will be awarded that position by FIDE officialy. This is a recored in USA history. As you see, we already have an article about him. But no pic yet. There are some of his pictures in Google (, but i dont know can we upload and use it in wiki or no. Can you help us to solve this problem and provide a picture for wikipedia article.? Thanks in advance. 16:54, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

It looks like we cannot currently use any of those images, as they don't comply with our licensing requirements.
However, if you are willing to contact any of the parties which own the photograph, you may be able to convince them to release their content as free. See Commons:Email templates and w:Wikipedia:Example requests for permission for guidelines on how to go about this. You should not even bother with commercial agencies like Getty Images or, and they will certainly not agree. Keep in mind that the sites may not have the rights to the photographs; they may be using it with permission from the photographer. Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 23:35, 26 November 2014 (UTC)