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Note that I have blocked GifTagger[edit]

Hi. I have within the past while blocked the bot User:GifTagger. I have left a note about why at User talk:GifTagger#Blocked GifTagger for the tasks that it is doing has not been communicated with sister wiki that it is affecting. In short, I believe that it is operating outside the community scope as applies to sister wikis, outside of the deletion policy, and outside of the request scope of which it was granted to run.  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:34, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

Category:Language templates with no text displayed[edit]

The above files have some issues and show up in Category:Language templates with no text displayed category. I think it is some issue with User:99of9/SLNSW_metadata_template. Do you think you can edit files or the template to remove the warning. --Jarekt (talk) 12:42, 4 February 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the note - apparently the html scraping didn't work properly for those, I'll fill them in manually. --99of9 (talk) 23:45, 4 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks --Jarekt (talk) 03:55, 5 February 2015 (UTC)


Hello 99of9, I don't know the procedure on Commons, so I will try it this way. In the beginning of 2014 you gave my bot MeerderBot permission to run: Commons:Bots/Requests/MeerderBot. As I don't want to run this bot any longer and changed my password to something random, I don't have any access to this account anymore. Could you please remove the botflag/status or tell me what to do? Thanks --Meerdervoort (talk) 15:04, 15 February 2015 (UTC) @Meerdevoort: ok, I have removed the bot flag. Thanks. --99of9 (talk) 00:16, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Thank you. Meerdervoort (talk) 12:23, 21 February 2015 (UTC)


Hello, I have found a problem here:

It has the category "International boundary of Israel".

The area is between the occupied Golan and Lebanon and is obviously not an international boundary of Israel. --Supreme Deliciousness (talk) 22:59, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

The double categorization you have done looks fine. But please don't remove the "boundary of Israel" cat. --99of9 (talk) 00:14, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Re: Pushing this policy into full effect[edit]

Hi. I just thought that keeping those open like that would only confuse new readers, and would eventually just swamp the discussion with unnecessary comments and explanations... But yes, I agree with your point. Kind regards, Rehman 10:27, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

It might confuse some, but if you directly answer simply and clearly, they should understand. --99of9 (talk) 10:32, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
True... Rehman 10:39, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
It's just getting weirder (my reply). Can I ask you to restore the collapse templates please? Any fresh person reading the discussion wont bother thinking deeper with all those meaningless for-sake-of-pile-on opposes... Rehman 01:14, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
No, sorry, I can't - that is not how policy discussions on commons go. FWIW both the wikitable and the early implementation did have codes in them. If you don't want them in, then you should make that clear under the table, or modify the table itself. --99of9 (talk) 09:39, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
The wikitable and the recent modification to the link you provided were not created/done by me. The wikitable was a quick thing LX made to illustrate the content (s/he used the codes just to match the entries). Where as the diff you provided was reversed by the same user. Rehman 11:39, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Agreed, but the table is part of the conversation, and the oppose is fair enough if the table is the current example implementation of the proposal. The diff was only reversed because I *uncollapsed* the opposes. That's exactly why we should not collapse them - to ensure that implementation does not happen until everyone is on the same page about what/whether it will be implemented. --99of9 (talk) 11:58, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for your contributions![edit]

Hi Toby,

I'm listening right now to your narration of the Zinc article. I'm curious, what drives you to put such tremendous effort into contributing to Wikipedia?

Thank you, Dandv (talk) 01:11, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

@Dandv: You're welcome. It comes down to loving my neighbour, here through sharing my education, and Wikipedia allows that on quite a large scale. The spoken articles were an experiment for me: I can see that they may be of value especially to the vision impaired, but I was concerned that the articles would change too much with time to justify the effort of recording a single revision. But I figured it might be worthwhile on an important and stable Featured Article. In the end it gets a few hits a day (~1 in 500 readers), so I guess it is useful to some degree. --99of9 (talk) 02:10, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Interesting, so was the initial motivation religious in nature? Thanks again BTW :) -- Dandv (talk) 05:09, 13 May 2015 (UTC)
@Dandv: No. I try out new stuff all the time to see what it's like. My first content edit was this embarrassing overlinking. --99of9 (talk) 07:13, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

File:Oulactis muscosa.jpg[edit]

Hi, The description on en:Oulactis muscosa suggests to me that your photo is actually of Oulactis macmurrichi rather than Oulactis muscosa, what do you think? --Tony Wills (talk) 02:06, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

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Uploading some SLNSW photographs using GW Upload toolkit[edit]

Hi Toby,

I'm at a workshop at the British Library with User:Ldenoon (Louise Denoon), a senior curator from SLNSW, where we're exploring the use of the GW Toolkit uploader.

The image set we were going to work on is collection 412050 "Sydney - photographs of streets, public buildings, views in the Harbour, suburbs etc., chiefly pre 1885",

We were going to use the metadata file at -- but this is a lot less complete that the metadata on the actual SLNSW page that your scraper accesses; also because of the tool limitations we may not be able to use your very nice template.

Is it okay for us to go ahead on this, or was this a collection you had in your sights that you were looking forward to doing yourself? Jheald (talk) 10:29, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

Plus is there anything we should particularly be aware of, in the content structures, naming conventions, etc for SLNSW that you've created? Jheald (talk) 10:31, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
@Jheald: Thanks for contacting me! Is @Ldenoon: in contact with @Rubicon49bce: and @Mcarneyaus: (or @Aliaretiree:)? They are the main points of contact for w:Wikipedia:GLAM/State_Library_of_New_South_Wales. But anyway, on to the task at hand: can I ask, is the prime purpose for practice with GWT, to get the content, or as the first step of big future upload volumes from SLNSW? If the first - then a smaller set would probably be better to start with, if the second - I could scrape and upload it within 24 hours according to the existing format if it helps, if the third - I'd suggest very very careful advance planning to get the ideal maximal outcome for every image (preferably matching up with the existing template or better). Regarding me scraping, I hadn't noticed this set yet, but it does look like a useful one. I've paused my SLNSW uploads recently because I have not been doing auto-categorization well and think I can do better, but for a medium-sized set like this, categorization by cat-a-lot wouldn't be too bad. The naming convention should be clear from Category:SLNSW_media_uploaded_by_User:99of9. Regarding structures, I think it's important to keep them connected to their "album" and "collection", so note how I've been doing it in Category:Images_from_the_State_Library_of_NSW. --99of9 (talk) 11:03, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
The workshop organiser has just suggested that if you have a scraper that can read the info from the SLNSW description pages into flat files, that we can then turn into XML and run through the Toolkit uploader, that might be a really good way to go forward. Meanwhile we'll start experimenting with baby steps on Commons beta, learning how to go from a flat file to XML, and then how to put that through the Toolset. Jheald (talk) 10:50, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
That's an interesting idea. What is the best format for the flat files? --99of9 (talk) 11:04, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
@99of9: We've been using Open Refine to convert the flat file to XML, and that should read most things -- so CSV, TSV, XML, JSON or whatever was most convenient. Jheald (talk) 12:40, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
@99of9:Hello! Hopefully we can catch up when I am back in Sydney towards the end of May. Today we have been learning aout the tool and using this set to practice. I am fairly new to the library so think this is why we have not met yet. Ldenoon (talk) 13:03, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

Commons:Deletion requests/File:Gare de Marne-la-Vallée.jpg[edit]

Hello! Really sorry I didn't have time to upload the file on FR-WP. And it has been already deleted. Jeriby (talk) 08:47, 8 July 2015 (UTC)

Map of languages of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa / Khyber Pakhtun khwa[edit]


I uploded this map in March 2013. My map is based on

1. Linguistic work of Grierson, Shackle, Nataliia Ivanovna Tolstaia, Lambert M Surhone, Mariam T Tennoe, Susan F Henssonow 2. Pakistan National census 1998

A pashtun nationalist Adilswati is edit warring with me by adding a map which in his words is based on his visits to diffrent parts of province. (Please see my talk page) Individual opinion is not what wikipedia regognize. It is linguisitc work and Census but he is edit warring and abusing me on my talk page. Maria0333 (talk) 16:53, 31 July 2015 (UTC)


Insert → Template → Show options → Add content ([ ] icon) → [type ~~~~] → Remove template (trashcan icon) → Insert (only a workaround, VE isn't supposed to be used on discussion pages).    FDMS  4    04:45, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Ha, ok, thanks! I'll just use source :). --99of9 (talk) 05:06, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Use of image[edit]

We would like to use this image on some promotional material for our club (which is an saltwater aquarium reefkeeping club) which is a 501c3 NPO.

How, specifically, do we need to attribute this to you both on digital and on print? It's going to be for promoting an event.

Do I just have to put your name on the image/flyer? Something like

Image by Toby Hudson (Wikimedia Commons)


Yes that's fine. Thanks for letting me know.--99of9 (talk) 22:38, 10 September 2015 (UTC)

Smokybrown Cockroach[edit]

Dear Toby,

I would like to use the image entitled "Smokybrown cockroach Periplaneta fuliginosa in suburban Sydney, NSW, Australia" which you contributed to a Wikipedia article about the insect.

A friend of mine is self-publishing a short fictional story (maximum 50 copies) about Welsh coal mining entitled "Out of their Depth" and a cockroach features in the story. I am designing the book cover for him and he would like to use your image on the back cover.

If, with your permission, we do use it, what exact wording would you like for the attribution?

Looking forward to your reply on this page.

With many thanks,

Lily Neal The Topsham Bookshop 27 Fore Street Topsham EXETER EX3 0HD United Kingdom

Tel: 00-44-1392-877895



Dear Lily. Yes you are welcome to use the image in accordance with the License. The ideal attribution would be "Photograph by Toby Hudson (Wikimedia Commons), CC-BY-SA-3.0", but you can leave out the Wikimedia Commons if it doesn't suit you. --99of9 (talk) 06:50, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

User-invisible.svg Boooo !!!! We miss you!! We wish you were more active, please log in soon and help us with the backlog!!
I hope everything is going well with you! If you have some time, we are still shoveling out from backlogs all over. Ellin Beltz (talk) 16:03, 28 October 2015 (UTC)

Haha thanks. Yes I'm still around, just busy. --99of9 (talk) 01:16, 30 October 2015 (UTC)

Lookout in York[edit]

Yeah well, I have been at that lookout, it could well have been taken from a low flying plane :) JarrahTree (talk) 09:09, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

 :) --99of9 (talk) 22:36, 22 November 2015 (UTC)

Rename my user name[edit]

I'd like my first and last name to start with capital letters. Please rename my user name Vladimir.elistratov to Vladimir Elistratov (a space between the first and the last names) --Vladimir.elistratov (talk) 15:07, 20 January 2016 (UTC)

@Vladimir.elistratov: Please can you submit your request to Special:GlobalRenameRequest? Cheers. --99of9 (talk) 02:19, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
Submitted. --Vladimir.elistratov (talk) 06:14, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

De-adminship warning[edit]

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Dear 99of9, I am writing to inform you that you are in danger of losing your adminship on Commons because of inactivity.

If you want to keep your adminship, you need both to sign at Commons:Administrators/Inactivity section/Feb-Mar 2016 within 30 days of today's date, and also to make at least five further admin actions in the following six months. Anyone who does not do so will automatically lose administrator rights.

You can read the de-admin policy at Commons:Administrators/De-adminship.

Thank you, odder (talk) 22:18, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

Generosity Crowdfunding Campaign for User:The Photographer[edit]

Please excuse me spamming you, which concerns Generosity Crowdfunding Campaign. My contributions cover the architecture and culture of Brazil and Venezuela. I has basic photographic equipment: an old D300 camera and 35mm lens, and it is very expensive for me to acquire this equipment. I has recently taken several images using the technique where multiple frames are stitched together to create a high-resolution panorama. However, many times frustrated with the stitching errors that result from trying to take such photos without a proper panoramic head for his tripod. This special equipment permits the camera to be rotated around the entrance pupil of the lens, and eliminates such errors. Having a panoramic head would greatly increase the potential for The Photographer to create sharp high-resolution images for Commons. In addition, the purchase of a camera with a fisheye lens would enable 180 × 360° panoramas to be taken, which are a great way to explore a scene as though one is really there.

Please see the discussion about the Crowd-funding campaign on User talk:The Photographer#Generosity Crowdfunding Campaign and visit the Generosity Crowd-funding Campaign page to consider donating. Even a modest donation will make a difference if many people contribute. Thanks. --The Photographer 13:51, 23 November 2016 (UTC)

Happy holidays! 2017! ;)[edit]

Christmas bell icon.png * * * * * * * Happy Holidays 2017 ! * * * * * * *
* Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!
* Joyeux Noël ! Bonne année!
* Frohes Weihnachten! Frohes Neues Jahr!
* Счастливого Рождества! С Новым годом!
* ¡Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo!
* Щасливого Різдва! З Новим роком!
-- George Chernilevsky talk 18:08, 24 December 2016 (UTC)   

Thanks George, to you too. --99of9 (talk) 03:32, 5 January 2017 (UTC)

Happy New Year, 99of9![edit]

Thanks, to you too. --99of9 (talk) 03:32, 5 January 2017 (UTC)

Quality Image Promotion[edit]

Your image has been reviewed and promoted

Congratulations! Netelia.jpg, which was produced by you, was reviewed and has now been promoted to Quality Image status.

If you would like to nominate another image, please do so at Quality images candidates.

--QICbot (talk) 05:17, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

You've got mail[edit]

There is a message in your mailbox that awaits your answer as a matter of urgency. Can you kindly have a look at it, please? odder (talk) 18:57, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

Account creator[edit]

Hi! I see that you have given yourself the account creator group. It is not a big deal if you want to keep it, but the admin right you have already has the rights that the account creator has, so it doesn't change anything to add it. That makes sense to be done to non-admin accounts. It is not a request to remove it; I just wanted to inform you that. Regards.—Teles «Talk to me ˱C L @ S˲» 21:02, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for the info. I thought I tested making an account before I added the right, and it was rejected by the IP cap. But maybe that was on en-wiki, so maybe I could have just switched over. In any case, the editathon has now finished, so I will remove this. --99of9 (talk) 22:32, 15 February 2017 (UTC)