User talk:Gmaxwell

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Ferrofluid Photo -- Method?[edit]

Ferrofluid Magnet under glass

Hi Greg(ory). Would you mind describing how you achieved the conditions seen in this shot, e.g. ferrofluid type, use of the iron rod, and so on?

I'm hoping to shoot some video footage of ferrofluid structures. Thanks for any and all help. 05:59, 13 January 2013 (UTC)

IIRC it was pretty straight forward— ferrofluid on glass, on a strong rare earth magnet. 100mm macro lens up close, separate background and foreground illumination. I think the background was just a set of florescents and the foreground was photostrobes positioned to get the highlights in locations that maximized the apparent depth), so I could control. FG/BG brightness balance controlled by setting the shutter duration. Sadly, I do not recall the fluid specifications.--Gmaxwell (talk) 23:32, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Template:Im Reiche des Geistes (Faulmann)[edit]

I would like to ask you to unprotect this template that you have protected in 2008. I don't think that vandalism is a real problem in a template like this. Once the template in unprotected, I would like to update the language tagging and add a license template for the United States. -- Robert Weemeyer (talk) 08:51, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

It's not protected due to active vandalism but because it was used on a very large number of images and frequent editing had large disruption and technical issue perspective. If you have changes ready to commit for it I can unprotected it temporarily or move an updated version into place for you. --Gmaxwell (talk) 11:16, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

Please replace {{PD-old}} with {{PD-old-100-1923}}. -- Robert Weemeyer (talk) 14:01, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

✓ Done by user:Jarekt today. -- Robert Weemeyer (talk) 08:24, 5 August 2013 (UTC)

Template:Lucians Werke[edit]

As you don't seem to read the discussion pages of templates that you have protected, in my opinion it would be better to unprotect them. Please replace {{PD-old}} in Template:Lucians Werke with {{PD-old-100}} or, even better, {{PD-old-100-1923}}. -- Robert Weemeyer (talk) 07:31, 30 May 2013 (UTC)


In a hole

Chinatown? Photo? Please? Evrik (talk) 20:00, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

  • After wikimania, I went back and looked. Can you tell me where you posted them to? Evrik (talk) 14:14, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

Geocode fixing[edit]

How good are you at correcting the Geocodes on images? Because this one is about a block west of it's actual location. Granted I've seen worse, but it's nice to know these there's a way to correct errors in geocoding. --DanTD (talk) 17:22, 14 April 2013 (UTC)


Dear Gmaxwell. While we have a number of CUs (8), some do not seem available to help the community any longer. While your work in the past is certainly appreciated, maybe you would consider dropping the CU tool now to allow the community to elect new - and active - community members to assist the current CheckUsers. Regards, Trijnsteltalk 22:09, 11 June 2013 (UTC)

+1, You ar inactive since months (@CU), It is time to resign imho. --Steinsplitter (talk) 13:32, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
When I'm not otherwise active I load the page periodically and look for outstanding requests that I can contribute to... when there haven't been any, I don't perform any. What do you want? :) --Gmaxwell (talk) 17:26, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
Alternatively, I'd be glad to help out more (and have intermittently as people have asked me to). Would you care to point me at areas where checkuser help is most needed and going under serviced? (Obviously I'm already aware of the RFCU page, but it seldom has pending requests when I've checked) --Gmaxwell (talk) 22:15, 11 June 2013 (UTC)
You are a CU for over six years now... You should be able to see the work yourself imho. (And there is even more work since Herby quit.) Trijnsteltalk 13:38, 12 June 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for helping on the request page. :-) (Especially since Magister resigned and all the commotion surrounding the RfCU of INeverCry) Trijnsteltalk 12:01, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

Congrats on foto acceptance to RPHD[edit]

Ferrofluid large spikes.jpg

Congratulations, this image of ferrofluid in a magnetic field has been accepted for the W:Radio Paradise RPHD broadcast! It will be in rotation with thousands of other outstanding photographs, at:


I cropped it (background only) to 16:9, and added a caption, as follows:

Ferrofluid in strong magnetic field

GFDL-1.2: Gregory F. Maxwell

It's a very cool image, and should appear with Alt-J's "Tessellate" and other songs calling for an abstract image.

Thank you very much for donating this image under the GFDL. Tomcool1 (talk) 14:43, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Editor @[edit]

Hello. I would like to inform you that I have granted you editor flag at the Arabic Wikipedia, all your edits there will be automatically marked as patrolled. Best regards.--Avocato (talk) 13:57, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Your admin status[edit]

Hello. I'm a steward. A new policy regarding the removal of "advanced rights" (administrator, bureaucrat, etc.) was adopted by community consensus recently. According to this policy, the stewards are reviewing administrators' activity on wikis with no inactivity policy.

You meet the inactivity criteria (no edits and no log actions for 2 years) on chrwiki, where you are an administrator. Since chrwiki does not have its own administrators' rights review process, the global one applies.

If you want to keep your rights, you should inform the community of the wiki about the fact that the stewards have sent you this information about your inactivity. If the community has a discussion about it and then wants you to keep your rights, please contact the stewards at m:Stewards' noticeboard, and link to the discussion of the local community, where they express their wish to continue to maintain the rights, and demonstrate a continued requirement to maintain these rights.

We stewards will evaluate the responses. If there is no response at all after approximately one month, we will proceed to remove your administrative rights. In cases of doubt, we will evaluate the responses and will refer a decision back to the local community for their comment and review. If you have any questions, please contact us on m:Stewards' noticeboard.

Best regards, Rschen7754 20:54, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Thats fine, I was just made an admin there to proxy technical edits for another user, a long time ago back before we had people with global permissions or even really functioning stewards. Cheers. --Gmaxwell (talk) 21:09, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

De-adminship warning[edit]

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Dear Gmaxwell, 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/Aug-Sep 2014 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) 20:11, 13 August 2014 (UTC)


Hi Gmaxwell ! This is just to inform you that earlier today, you had your adminship privileges revoked on Meta by a Wikimedia steward. Thank you for you service as an administrator, and I hope you will stay active on Commons as a regular contributor. Of course, please do feel free to re-apply for adminship when you get more active. --Steinsplitter (talk) 06:41, 14 September 2014 (UTC)


Hi, Please comment: Commons:Administrators' noticeboard#Gmaxwell. Thank you! --Steinsplitter (talk) 10:07, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

image of water thread[edit]

Hi Gmaxwell, Thanks for the image of water thread. I suspect that the phenomenon needs no cotton thread for capillary bridging. Your image features a central line (reflection artifact ?) across the bridge which is likely to mislead viewers. If I am correct that there are no thread fibers across the water bridge please add that info to the caption and image description too. Thanks for your work on Wiki! ~~ electricmic 14:33, 2 November 2014

Commons:Checkusers/Requests/Gmaxwell (de-checkuser)[edit]

Hi Gmaxwell — I'm posting this message to formally inform you that I have now started a request to have your CheckUser access revoked on Commons as result of your inactivity for a period longer than one year. I'm looking forward to hearing from you on that page, thanks! odder (talk) 20:02, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

Hey Gregory, first I'd like to thank you for your work to Wikimedia Commons. Do you plan to become more active during the next year? Otherwise, and if you have no time, please don't sit on your privileges. Please just confirm that the stewards can remove this user right. Some Wikimedia users, including me, share the opinion that the number of users (and thus user accounts) with access to highly sensitive data like [accounts] <-> [IP addresses + user agents] should be kept to a reasonable minimum. Again thanks for helping to make Commons to what it is now. -- Rillke(q?) 20:42, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

Commons:Verified photographer[edit]

Commons:Verified photographer 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 project page, 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.

Please remember to respond to and – if appropriate – contradict the arguments supporting deletion. Arguments which focus on the nominator will not affect the result of the nomination. Thank you!

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HI...AnønʘmøṑṨ (talk) 05:20, 17 December 2015 (UTC)

Help please. (Worth a try)[edit]

Hello. I am in desperate need of your help. Basically, I had an account on Wikipedia (as in the main site) under the username LouisPhilippeCharles and several years ago I was blocked (Can't really remember why as it was aaaaages ago and I've had 5 strokes since) and I eventually forgot the password for said account. Anyway I recently got into contact with an admin who revived the account for me and I did a tiny bit of work on the "main Wiki" and then uploaded several images on the commons (which to be honest I really did enjoy, art is a passion of mine anyway) and was then blocked by one user by the name of Martin H. and am not really sure as to why. Well it was under the assumption that I was a sockpuppet which I can assure you was/is NOT the case. And was wondering if I could possibly have your email address to contact you on at all? I.e. to get unblocked on the Commons.

For the record my email address is and would be more than happy to get an email from you just to say you've seen this (if that makes any sense)

I'd like to be unblocked partly because when I was able to contribute to the commons I uploaded a coat of arms that I made myself and also stated that it was my "own work" only to see it has since been deleted. Well not just that as I've said I do really enjoy the commons.

Obviously this will be signed anonymously as I don't have an account on any of these projects due to the machinations of some of the power hungry bureaucrats on here. Alas. Please help me. Signed Thomas Harding (The actual person behind LouisPhilippeCharles. 20:26, 7 May 2016 (UTC)

Yin Yang Boomerang[edit]


A quick note of acknowledgement and thanks for making your images / graphics available. I just used your yin yang file as the banner image for my blog post here: In gratitude I have linked back to your Wikimedia Commons page in hopes others will find you as I did, and the Universe will mist you with gifts equal in exchange. The only thing I would have loved to have found was an email address, website, social media page link or some way to contact you directly. If folks find my end of piece reference to you and have abundance to offer they are limited to reaching you through this public forum page. Maybe that's the way you wanted it. Free will. I'd just love to see you get as much as you gave!

My very best to you! Ana Komorebi —Preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:04, 17 June 2017 (UTC)

Help translation[edit]

Hello, I'm good at the translation of a page of a famous French military, if you want to help me first on the link and translate from where there is written in bold "help to translate", I like a huge pleasure, thanks in advance. LINK: Utente: Giaff25 / Thomas-Augustin de Gasparin ITALIANO? Ciao, sto bene alla traduzione di una pagina di un famoso militare francese, se vuoi aiutarmi prima sul link e traduci da dove c'è scritto in grassetto "aiuto a tradurre", mi piace un piacere immenso, grazie in anticipo. LINK: Utente: Giaff25 / Thomas-Augustin de Gasparin - Giaff25 (talk) 14:04, 6 June 2018 (UTC)