User talk:Durova/Archive 3

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en:Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Guano[edit]

Superb image. Would you like to sign? Durova (talk) 23:26, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

  • Thank you!!!! but I don't know exactly what you mean by signing??? as co-nominator~? And, how can I find this page from featured picture candidates? there's no link? -- sanchezn (talk) 09:14, 28 August 2008 (UTC)
Apologies for not explaining better. I liked your photograph and added it to some articles and set up the nomination. Since it's your photograph you deserve credit (hope you don't mind sharing). Yes, please go ahead and add your signature. As soon as you do I'll take the page live. All the best, Durova (talk) 17:08, 28 August 2008 (UTC)
  • That's done!!! Thank you! -- sanchezn (talk) 17:46, 28 August 2008 (UTC)
Gladly. Without babel boxes it's a little hard to estimate your language skills, but if captioning has been an issue to getting proper recognition for your work at en:wiki , please let me know which other photographs I can help. That's fine work you do! Cheers, Durova (talk) 19:26, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

FP Promotion[edit]

Ursa Major2.jpg
This image has been promoted to Featured picture!

The image Image:Ursa Major2.jpg, that you nominated on Commons:Featured picture candidates/Image:Ursa Major2.jpg has been promoted. Thank you for your contribution. If you would like to nominate another image, please do so.


--Simonizer (talk) 20:18, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

Thank you. :) Durova (talk) 20:19, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

FP nomination[edit]

Hey Durova, I've closed your FP nomination Commons:Featured picture candidates/Image:Selassie restored.jpg as not featured. Thanks for your work. naerii 08:14, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

Um, actually the Haile Selassie restoration wasn't my work. Durova (talk) 08:35, 1 September 2008 (UTC)
Ooops, sorry, I meant this. Christ, I'm having a completely retarded day today! My bad. naerii 08:40, 1 September 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for your efforts. None of us are perfect and the intentions are very much appreciated. Best, Durova (talk) 09:27, 1 September 2008 (UTC)


I few month ago you made the decision in this case. There is now a follow-up-DR. Could you check it out, please. You seem to have the details. -- Cecil (talk) 23:08, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for the follow up. Will look into it. Durova (talk) 23:47, 6 September 2008 (UTC)

Commons:Deletion requests/Commons:Administrator intervention[edit]

Please double-check the links to it :)  — Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 00:25, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

Valued Image Promotion[edit]

Your nomination has been reviewed and promoted
Congratulations! The image you nominated was reviewed and has now been promoted as a valued image. It is considered to be the most valued image on Commons within the scope:
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
If you would like to nominate another image, please do so at Valued images candidates.

Valued Image Promotion[edit]

Irving Berlin Portrait2.jpg
Your nomination has been reviewed and promoted
Congratulations! The image you nominated was reviewed and has now been promoted as a valued image. It is considered to be the most valued image on Commons within the scope:
Irving Berlin.
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Raising the bar[edit]

Hi Durova,

You might want take a look at this discussion -- Alvesgaspar (talk) 22:03, 13 October 2008 (UTC)

A 'commons style' G'day :-)[edit]

Hope you're good, D - I've nominated an image for deletion (removed from this page, because frankly it's tacky 'n orrible) - to be honest, the issues are clear enough from my perspective to warrant an immediate deletion pending a discussion - I thought I'd swing by here to ask you if you've got 20secs to take a look at whether or not I've filed things correctly - I get easily confused by some processes, so any advice / help would be appreciated! thanks, Privatemusings (talk) 04:13, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Deleted; lacks model permission necessary under the circumstances. Durova (talk) 08:41, 27 October 2008 (UTC)


I just saw this and heartily approve; Cheers, Jack Merridew 16:07, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Thank you very much, Jack. :) Durova (talk) 18:36, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Cedarkey image[edit]

My upload: Image:Cedar-key_florida-1884-historicalmap.png your later upload: Image:Cedar_Key_1884b_small.jpg ...Clearly I had this image on the article and did my own retouch work that you copied and then got it set as a featured image. Well, points for you. No bad thoughts intended towards you. Although Wikipedia is all about chins of this led to that, and I find it odd that you don't list my retouched image (that was on the article) as inspiration for your touchup work. None the less, it's a nice picture, eh? Cheers, Nesnad (talk) 06:28, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Actually I didn't even see your version until I uploaded my finished restoration. No offense intended; I came across it during a routine search of Library of Congress holdings and thought it would be a good image to work on. Great minds think alike? Best wishes, Durova (talk) 06:32, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Sample VM set[edit]

I put together a sample Valued Media set at Commons_talk:Valued_image_candidates#Sample_Set please feel free to join the discussion over how to make an assessment of such sets. Gnangarra 12:05, 3 November 2008 (UTC)


Thank you

Thank you for voting on my request for adminship. The result was unanimously in support, which really surprised and overwhelmed me. I'll do everything I can to make sure that it was justified.

-Adam Cuerden          

An image name that treads on personality rights issues[edit]

So where is it? What is "the same category as before"? Please do not delete renamed files without replacing them. /Pieter Kuiper (talk) 06:52, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

The category is drunkenness. Was my note somehow unclear? I uploaded to exactly the filename that had been suggested in the discussion, and uploaded exactly the same information that had been there. It was a courtesy only, to speed what the bot would eventually have done. Durova (talk) 19:28, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
The bot would have replaced usage, you failed to do that. Why won't you give the filename? Category:Drunkenness does not even exist, and the image is not in Category:Drunken people. Please leave this to a stupid bot instead. /Pieter Kuiper (talk) 19:36, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
A moment's look at my contribution history would prove what I have already stated twice: that I did upload the image under a new name immediately. The reason for that was to reduce attention to an inappropriate filename. Please refrain from aggressive accusations that draw attention to the problem my action sought to resolve. Durova (talk) 20:02, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
Look, you did not answer my inquiry, the new filename was not in the deletion discussion, and you told me to look in the wrong categories. But now I finally found, and restored its use. Thank you. /Pieter Kuiper (talk) 20:25, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
Yes, I apologize for having recalled the category incorrectly. Best wishes, Durova (talk) 21:08, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

Need (lots of) help for image and imagemap editing[edit]

Hi Durova. I'm not sure whether you use the OS programs, but there's a few of us on Wikiversity/Wikibooks that want to play around with imagemaps for our help pages and for just learning them in general (personally I'm trying to convert a satellite image of my farm into an imagemap for the farm's wiki). I got a bit of help from Carol Spears (here's the discussion), but honestly still feeling a bit clueless. I also made a map using inkscape, which I then converted to a bitmap and then tried to make a bitmap on Gimp, which worked but still not sure how to upload the file and change it over to use the imagemap extensions.

Got a very small start on a project yesterday here, but we really need a bit of expertise... could you give us a hand? --SB_Johnny talk 11:25, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Not quite my area, sorry. Durova (talk) 22:47, 13 November 2008 (UTC)
Bummer... can you recommend some folks to get in touch with about it? --SB_Johnny talk 12:36, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
The best GIMP restorationist I know isn't available right now. You've already consulted Carol, who knows a lot about coding GIMP scripts. Cary Bass is also a GIMP enthusiast. He might not have the answers you seek, but may have good referrals. Best wishes. Durova (talk) 04:21, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

Your advice is needed[edit]

Hi Durova. I am really sad by all of this drama on Commons, really. I'd just like to do what you're doing, at least I hope I once can join you! ;) Right now I'm asking you for advice on this. I think we're loosing valuable time & contributors, they're golden & hence why we haven't seen the senior users. I think they're a big loss, which is something we can't afford to loose. I fear we're loosing more if I continue with this silliness. I have great respect for the way you handle and resolve disputes. --Kanonkas(talk) 22:41, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

Hi, thanks very much for coming to me. Not sure what to say to that; I've been wrapped up in sister project drama this month and relatively drama-free over here. What do you think we can do about this? It can be tough to get the right balance with people who are productive themselves, but difficult to work with. Durova (talk) 04:21, 23 December 2008 (UTC)
Sorry for not replying back, but it seems to have been solved without our help! Thank you for the reply which I find to be quite true. --Kanonkas(talk) 01:31, 31 December 2008 (UTC)

FP Promotion[edit]

A Wilde time 3.jpg
This image has been promoted to Featured picture!

The image File:A Wilde time 3.jpg, that you nominated on Commons:Featured picture candidates/File:A Wilde time 3.jpg has been promoted. Thank you for your contribution. If you would like to nominate another image, please do so.


--Simonizer (talk) 11:22, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

Thank you. :) Durova (talk) 23:56, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

Commons:Deletion requests/Image:Arbcom08Interview privatemusings.ogg[edit]

Hi Durova, could you please have a look at Commons:Deletion requests/Image:Arbcom08Interview privatemusings.ogg and indicate whether you agree to publishing this under the given license? Thanks and best regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 20:05, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

Thank you for the heads up. I've added a permission statement and would gladly do anything else that may be necessary to clear up the matter. Best wishes and happy new year, Durova (talk) 20:19, 1 January 2009 (UTC)
Thanks a lot. Sorry I didn't notify you earlier, but I assumed PM had already done that. After all, it was his recording and he did notice the deletion request right away. Thanks again and best regards, -- ChrisiPK (Talk|Contribs) 00:39, 2 January 2009 (UTC)
All's well that ends well. Durova (talk) 02:38, 2 January 2009 (UTC)


File deletion warning File:Discovery_of_the_Land1.jpg has been listed at Commons:Deletion requests so that the community can discuss whether it should be kept or not. We would appreciate it if you could go to voice your opinion about this at its entry.

If you created this file, please note that the fact that it has been proposed for deletion does not necessarily mean that we do not value your kind contribution. It simply means that one person believes that there is some specific problem with it, such as a copyright issue.
In all cases, please do not take the deletion request personally. It is never intended as such. Thank you!
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Dantadd 23:20, 5 January 2009 (UTC)

Thank you, I've responded. Yes, artworks commissioned by the United States Federal Government are U.S. Federal Government public domain. I restore Farm Security Administration photography all the time, and the presentation sketch for the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial is also a featured picture on English Wikipedia. Durova (talk) 00:29, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

FP Promotion[edit]

Brush for the lead2.jpg
This image has been promoted to Featured picture!

The image File:Brush for the lead2.jpg, that you nominated on Commons:Featured picture candidates/File:Brush for the lead2.jpg has been promoted. Thank you for your contribution. If you would like to nominate another image, please do so.

Great Wave off Kanagawa2.jpg
This image has been promoted to Featured picture!

The image File:Great Wave off Kanagawa2.jpg, that you nominated on Commons:Featured picture candidates/File:Great Wave off Kanagawa2.jpg has been promoted. Thank you for your contribution. If you would like to nominate another image, please do so.


--Simonizer (talk) 01:20, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

Thank you very much. :) Durova (talk) 02:15, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

deleting .svg[edit]

Hi, Durova. I saw your name on the admins list, and I was wondering if you could delete the first revision of my image. It's guitar.svg G33kicon (talk) 05:11, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

No problem, done as requested. Best wishes, Durova (talk) 22:44, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
Thanks so much. I looked at some of your pictures on your English Wikipedia page. And, I really liked them. I may trace them and put the results on my blog. Cheers, and thanks for the help! Please tell me how to get involved with Commons, too. G33kicon (talk) 06:38, 8 January 2009 (UTC)
Ah, thanks. I first started contributing seriously during the Southern California wildfires of October 2007. Got into restoration a couple of months afterward. :) Durova (talk) 06:44, 8 January 2009 (UTC)


As a very good friend of mine said when she walked into a crowded event, saw me, and said: "A friendly face!!!". Thank you Durova.

Go ahead and nominate it, for I´ve had problems nominating pictures there (I am not really wiki profficient) and will do what you ask.

Not that it is my picture, but rather, everybody´s picture, and independently of the fact that I took it, it is a great moment captured.

I know I can be a pain at FPC, and do not really enjoy the bickering (well, maybe a bit sometimes, for sport), but I´ve come to realize that there are a lot of valuable people that deserve a place, and it is in that spirit, for a greater good, that I express my opinions.--Tomascastelazo (talk) 19:33, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

It's a wonderful illustration of natural camouflage, and when I checked the usage was surprised to see it didn't appear in any Wikipedia. Glad to help, and glad to give credit where credit is due. Best, Durova (talk) 00:25, 9 January 2009 (UTC)

Perhaps of interest[edit]

Some unique images at Category:Art lost in Poland during World War II.--Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 20:33, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Wow, and good resolution material too. Any chance of getting color versions? Durova (talk) 22:29, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Re: Image:BjrTriad[edit]

The account has been deleted, actually (upon my request). There is no need for the picture. I said that on Wikipedia's noticeboard. -BlueCaper (talk) 13:43, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

Please read[edit]

Durova, please read proposal for FPC gudelines in the discussion page #REDIRECT [[1]]. I believe that concensus could and should be built in order to improve quality of the page, project, etc. It is clear that there are disagreements on the personal level for some, but I believe that everybody agrees that there is definitely room for improvement. --Tomascastelazo (talk) 03:10, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up; I'll have a look. Durova (talk) 15:39, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

Input needed on a Wikiversity project[edit]

Hi Durova. I'm trying to get a project started on Wikiversity: Wikipedia and the 2008 US elections‎, which is a research project on how Wikipedia articles are created and improved, particularly when the topic is the subject of strong sentiments and relates to events that change over the time period in the study (probably January 2008 through January 2009, but there's some question about when the campaign actually "began").

I'm leaving you (and a few other folks) this note because you've had some interest in Wikiversity's studies of Wikipedia in the past, I wanted to get a few more eyes on the project before announcing it on Wikipedia: I hope to do that over the next few days on the talk pages of the 4 "beta test" articles: w:Barack Obama, w:John McCain, w:Sarah Palin, and w:Joe Biden, with a broader announcement later after the initial kinks are worked out. I was also hoping you would know people who would be interested in this, as well as knowing people with a few "special skills", including:

  1. Data collection and sorting from the article histories (how many edits and what sorts of edits over a given time period, etc.)
  2. People who can make good graphs and charts from that data
  3. people who can help develop guidelines for whether and how to discuss individual editors if they are felt to be "notable"

I think this could be a very fruitful study: Wikipedia's model of content creation is quite complicated, but it works! --SB_Johnny talk 14:12, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

It sounds like an excellent idea. Quite a surprise to get tapped for it, though, because it's far afield from my usual work. The only contribution I've made to Wikiversity has been in textile crafts. I've put that on hold catching up with other commitments. Durova (talk) 15:45, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

Commons:Featured picture candidates/File:Ijazah3.jpg[edit]

Hey Durova, There is a question for you at Commons:Featured picture candidates/File:Ijazah3.jpg. --Muhammad 16:57, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

Thank you for the heads up. I've replied. Durova (talk) 16:29, 17 January 2009 (UTC)