User talk:Junkyardsparkle

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Herbert J. Krapp[edit]

Nice find, and nice enhancement! Are you planning to do the same for:

  • Henry B. Herts (ShubertTheatre, Booth Theatre)
  • Charles Kirchhoff (Palace Theatre)
  • Hugh Tallant (New Amsterdam Theatre, Lyceum Theatre)
  • George Keister (Belasco Theatre, Selwyn Theatre aka American Airlines Theatre)
  • G. Albert Lansburgh (Al Hirschfeld Theatre)…? Vzeebjtf (talk) 23:55, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
I hadn't planned to go on a theatre architect rampage, but I'll see if I can direct my fill-in-the-blanks impulses along that tangent for a while... --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 00:55, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

File:Vitascope Theatre advertisement and article, The Buffalo Courier-Record, 1897-11-14.jpeg[edit]

It not only seems to work, it does work, but the proprietor states that no links are permanent:

Q. Can I put a link on my site to yours? A. Yes. But PLEASE, use ONLY / Other pages and links change as updates occur.

I have had the experience of sending someone a link to this archive that was no longer good when I sent it. Vzeebjtf (talk) 11:44, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

@Vzeebjtf:This seems to be depressingly true of even the Library of Congress; Somewhere on my fuzzy TODO list is a mass conversion of dead old-format links to there... fortunately, specific identifiers or filenames tend to stay the same through these changes, even if the rest of a URL path gets broken, making this possible. For this reason I figure even a dead link is better than no link at all, but hey, whatever works. That collection seems like a gold mine for anyone with an interest in the region, too bad about the Windows back end... and it's still not as bad as the L.A. Public Library site. :P --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 14:04, 25 May 2014 (UTC)
"…the Windows back end"? Vzeebjtf (talk) 14:45, 25 May 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, didn't mean anything by it (the query strings being used internally by the search interface were a mess of drive letters and backslashes, as I recollect). --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 15:21, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

No required license templates were detected at this file page. Please correct it, or if you have any questions please contact me on my talk page. Yours sincerely, Jarekt (talk) 11:43, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

Oops... fixed. --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 19:38, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 03:31, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, fixed. jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 03:55, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

File:Ojai Valley Museum 2014 02.JPG[edit]

Thanks for fixing this up! I also have raw (DNG) files for my pictures, which I can send you if you'd prefer to work from those. I just posted the in-camera JPEGs (shooting RAW+JPEG) because I'm new to the DSLR world, and Silkypix is a bit intimidating. --Ppelleti (talk) 19:01, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

@Ppelleti:No problem, glad you didn't mind... I feel a little weird uploading over somebody else's work, but I felt like the changes in that case were fairly uncontroversial and not worth creating another file for. I'm actually a little behind on my own RAW developing from spending too much time on commons - beware! :P I'm sure you'll enjoy the digital darkroom experience once you get comfortable with it (I'm still figuring it out myself). It's especially nice to be able to correct for wide lens shots of buildings, etc... although I don't hate converging vertical lines as absolutely as some people do... just depends on the picture, for me. --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 19:37, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

With duplicates[edit]

Duplicates need to be exact copies to be speedied. If there are variations, then deletions need to go via a normal DR process where the community gets to have an opinion.  — billinghurst sDrewth 06:19, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

@Billinghurst:I'll stick to that guideline from now on... there are some cases, such as the one I think inspired this message, where the "duplicate" has so many issues that it's probably speedy bait on other scores as well (bad license, author, source, still watermarked from wherever it was grabbed from, etc.), but... point taken. --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 06:32, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
I wasn't criticising, just saying so you know why I rejected. Also to note that we can have two copies of different qualities, types, ... that is choice and not the reason for "duplicate." It is about the nature of duplicates and buggers, and exact matches. All taht said, some strive for perfection and don't like any specks to ruin their view of it. <shrug>  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:38, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
@Billinghurst:Totally understand, It's mostly that I was being lazy, and trying to avoid the work of cleaning up all of that user's uploads, which all have incorrect information and no sources, and seem to be part of some campaign to promote their website. I'm not really cut out for that kind of stuff, but having having historical images on commons with false information in the info fields and bogus licenses seems like a Bad Thing... So, while I've got your attention, what's the best tag to use in those cases? "No source since"? --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 18:41, 28 July 2014 (UTC)


Hello! You might want to read this: Com:Bot, esp. section 2. Best regards, --[[User:|Hedwig in Washington]] (mail?) 00:26, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

@Hedwig in Washington:Thanks, but I'm not actually running a bot, just doing some supervised batch category moves. :-) --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 00:44, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
Well, the summary states bot. I'd get a flag, someone might block your account for running a bot w/out flag. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 00:37, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
Good point, I'll stop using the default summary, and use something similar to Cat-a-lot (since it's essentially the same operation, just from a command line). Thanks for the heads up. --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 00:44, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
Technically you are running a bot, please be careful. pywiki is a little buggy sometimes. Don't ask me how I know. ;) --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 00:56, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
So far seems to work exactly as expected, so I'll probably just stick with that. Didn't enjoy the experience of creating a page without any indication that it was going to do so... Facepalm (yellow).svg. Thanks for taking care of that. I'm hoping to be able to return to using cat-a-lot in the near future, but for various reasons, it's not really feasible for this particular situation. --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 01:14, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
No problem. Bugs happen. I enjoy the Hot cat rework as well. :-)


Thanks for your kind note at my talk page. I'm afraid that I'm not all that great a photographer, so I try to compensate by taking lots of photos, hoping to get a few good ones by blind chance. However, WP needed somebody to illustrate Nebraska, and I was available... — Ammodramus (talk) 12:50, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

File:The Curse of California.jpg[edit]

Thanks for uploading a better version of File:The Curse of California.jpg. However, by doing so that wiped out all the annotations. If you have the time, can you put those back in? Thanks. howcheng {chat} 21:37, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

Whoah, sorry, I didn't notice those... that's probably something I should pay more attention to, since I do a lot of that type of uploading. I'll get to it as soon as I can give it my full undistracted attention. --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 22:30, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
Done. I have to say, that annotation system could be a hell of a lot more robust, by using proportional coordinates instead of fixed pixel values... but on the bright side, now I know how to do this... --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 00:05, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Making File Names Specific (Madsion House in Watsonville)[edit]

I renamed my Madison House jpeg file and attempted to upload it with a more specific name but the upload failed with the error message: There is <a href="#">another file</a> already on the site with the same content.

I converted my original NEF file to a new jpeg file named watsonville_california_madison_house_2005.jpg and was able to upload the new version successfully.

Thanks for the advice. I will make file names specific in the future.

Robert Cushman collection of sheet music[edit]

Thanks for your excellent uploads regarding the sheet music covers, which I noticed when collecting a few 1919 silent film images into categories, and also for your kind message. I was surprised how widespread the use of silent film actors was in promoting the sales of sheet music, something I did not expect when I first joined the wiki project for films a few years ago. In response to your comment, as far as I can tell, nothing you have uploaded should be deleted, and even other examples of existing sheet music covers should be uploaded since there are differences in the quality of these historical documents that should be recorded and made available for others to use. Thanks for the suggestion regarding use of the Sheet music covers of the United States category. Also, keep up the good work! Deanlaw (talk) 12:36, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, glad to hear somebody besides me finds that batch worthwhile. I enjoy illustration from that era in general, but this particular collection seemed to have Encyclopedic Value from many different angles, beyond just being nice to look at... --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 19:44, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Bancroft library images[edit]

hi, i'm just fixing the metadata, from images that were uploaded in 2006, part of the m:File metadata cleanup drive. only two angel island photos uploaded, so i added the others. thanks for the ping, needed to link to bl since no permanent link to loc. quite a few uploads already, needs an institution page, and a mass upload would work. Slowking4Farmbrough's revenge 14:00, 1 November 2014 (UTC)

Code issues in User:Junkyardsparkle/common.css[edit]

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Medicine man / men[edit]

Thanks for helping--Ashashyou (talk) 17:36, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

@Ashashyou: No problem, nice work rounding up all those pictures. :-) --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 17:42, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Jacob Little---better copy[edit]

Hey! Not bad! Thanks! Resident Mario (talk) 00:41, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

@Resident Mario: Sure thing! Interesting book, that one, with a bunch of historical images that might not be found anywhere else... it's too bad the available scans are compressed as if it were just text. :/ --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 01:59, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
There are so many fascinating things in the dustbins of history! Experiencing them is much of what holds me to this project, in fact. Resident Mario (talk) 16:26, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

"Commenting out geotag for non-geographical image" rampage[edit]

I see you've done a lot of recent edits "Commenting out geotag for non-geographical image"s for images of celebrities, book signings, etc. I went to Commons:Geocoding and didn't see anywhere that non-geographical images should have their geotags commented out. In fact, I can well imagine them being useful: "Let's see pictures of all the events that took place at this location." --GRuban (talk) 14:53, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

@GRuban: Yay! "Rampage" is such a fun word!:tongue: Actually, I was just noting the incongruous stuff that popped up while browsing the commons-on-osm map for one city. On the one hand, there are the many obvious cases where the uploader never intended to disclose their location (pictures of objects taken in private residences, etc), which I hope aren't in dispute. The problem with with the celebrity pics, close-ups of car doors, etc is a little trickier... while having the data available is nice, that's not what people expect to pop up on maps of geotagged images, I don't think (but who knows, I could be wrong about that). The closest thing I could find to a guideline was Geolocations on a pizza?, which may or may not reflect anything like a current consensus. I figured the best thing would be to comment the tag in an easily batch-reversible way for now.
The thing is, "event" places like convention centers potentially end up with a huge amount of pictures being taken of there, most of which are not related to the location. Some of these pictures will be passively (or accidentally) geotagged by people using phones (enough to create pile-ups on the map), but most non-phone pictures won't be. Therefore "Let's see pictures of all the events that took place at this location" is much better accomplished with, say, a category for that purpose. In any case, maybe we should start a friendly discussion at Commons_talk:Geocoding and see if there's a better way to handle this, maybe with an additional template to help sort one type of image from the other. I'll be happy to go along with whatever the consensus turns out to be (or just give up on the matter altogether if there clearly isn't one). --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 19:09, 30 April 2015 (UTC)
Sounds like a plan. --GRuban (talk) 13:15, 1 May 2015 (UTC)