User talk:Nick Michael

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Twelve Labours[edit]

Hallo. When a picture is within a so-called "daughter" category, (that is to say a category which is itself a part of another ("mother") category), adding the mother category is a duplicate ("Over categorisation"). I saw you put back the mother Category:Twelve Labours to the engravings already present in the "daughter" categories of the single labours. This is a duplicate, and this is the reason why your re-categorisation has to be removed. You can read a bit more about this complicate rule here: Best wishes. --G.dallorto 15:32, 14 December 2006 (UTC) P.S: The killing of Nexus is NOT one of the twelve labours.

Yes, helping each other is what Wikipedia is about. Especially for the fact that sometimes rules are a bit weird to understand, and above all to locate in this chaos. One rule is that when you see somebody else making a patent mistake, when correcting it always remember to leave a post to him/her so that s/he understands why you did what you did. If you want to change smthng about a controversial thing, in this case leave a message in his/her messages page asking him/her to do it himself/herself. This prevents a lot of useless infighting.
By the way, I suggest to you to list your contributions as a gallery, because it is much more orderly and all the images are shown in the same size. Here is an example:

(Hans) Sebald Beham[edit]

You can also create galleries that can be reached from your user pages but are ordered as galleries of their own. For instance, I made it with my pictures here:

You could for instance create a gallery page for: and link it from your user page, to keep it more orderly.

Thank you for your contribution. --G.dallorto 20:33, 14 December 2006 (UTC)

Problems with upload[edit]

Dear "Yellow Lion", not only I am not upset if you "copy" what I do, but this is what Wikipedia is about. ALL we do here may be copied by anyone: texts, software, images, graphics... Furthermore "my" galleries were made copying other peoples' ones, and so on... :-)

Looking at how other people managed to do a thing and copying them is the fastest way to learn things, here. So please do copy anything you may need: this is Wikipedia! ;-)

However, keep in mind that here NOTHING is private, not even this very page. This is a space you are allowed to use, but it is not a private correspondence space. Anyone can read it, and what was written in it comes out through the search engine. Some people had troubles in the past because they gave "private" not-that-flattering opinions about other people... so much private that anywone could read them!

As for your problem, as you can see it is fixed by itself. The message you mention comes out when the central server is updating the index of the slave servers, which happens several times a day. It takes a little time, but all you have to do in these cases is just wating for a while and then reloading the page again and again until it is accepted. The duration of the damn' thing is unpredictable. But never very long, furthermore you get used to it. :-)

Last but not least, your uploads are simply marvellous. Your collection is a major enrichment to Commons, especially because you understood very soon the importance of captioning and indexing, to help people to find what they are looking for. Keep going!

My best wishes. --G.dallorto 14:21, 15 December 2006 (UTC)

Never mind. If you need further assistance, here is the place where you can post questions to people who are far more learned than I am: Enjoy!. --G.dallorto 22:40, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

Re: Thank you![edit]

Thnaks for the message. I'm glad to be able to help. I've been using the wiki software for about two years now, so let me know if you need any more assistance (if I don't know how to help, I will at least be able to direct you to a place where there are people who can help). —JeremyA 00:01, 16 December 2006 (UTC)

Category change[edit]

As you correctly say, this is what Wikipedia is about. If your action is reasonable, there is no reason to fight. We do bicker in Wikipedia too, as in the rest of the web, but we try to keep conflict under control. However, change is a NORMAL part of work in Wikipedia. Warning the uploader is necessary only when you are making a big, substantial change (including asking for the image to be deleted), as a courtesy. Otherwise, yes, this is what wikipedia is about. And I you disagree with a change, I can always discuss about it with the changer. You can always tell it from the appropriate page, in our case, exempli gratia, I would have known who had made the change by looking here.

By the way, I agree with your category change :-) --G.dallorto 18:08, 18 December 2006 (UTC)


Recently you left me a message on my talk page. Unfortunately, I can´t speak french. Sincerely --Zirland 22:15, 20 December 2006 (UTC)


I agree to the edit counter opt-in terms

Green men[edit]

hallo, thank you for you rpoliteness. If you think that both catgories would better stay, I shall not object. In my opinion these were more "capriccios" in the style of the "green man" than mascarons, but they might be considered mascarons after all. Therefore, go ahead. My best wishes. --User:G.dallorto 03:00, 5 February 2008 (UTC) P.S. I found VERY amusing using Commons as a catalogue for your insurance. That's the most creative use I ever heard of!

File:Hercules fighting the Centaurs.jpg[edit]

Hi! I hate to be a pain, but I don't suppose you'd be willing to release this at a very high resolution? German engravings have been rather underrepresented on featured pictures, and with a higher-res scan, all your engravings could easily pass, I think. Adam Cuerden (talk) 22:57, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

Dear Michael

I really like your images of the Seven Planets and would like to source hi-res copies for a documentary I'm working on. Is there anyway we can get in touch?

best wishes Laura Clarke

Laura, please email me - use my email link on my user page: w:user:Nick Michael. --Nick Michael (talk) 10:18, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Tip: Categorizing images[edit]

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Hello, Nick Michael!
Tip: Add categories to your images

Thanks a lot for contributing to the Wikimedia Commons! Here's a tip to make your uploads more useful: Why not add some categories to describe them? This will help more people to find and use them.

Here's how:

1) If you're using the UploadWizard, you can add categories to each file when you describe it. Just click "more options" for the file and add the categories which make sense:


2) You can also pick the file from your list of uploads, edit the file description page, and manually add the category code at the end of the page.

[[Category:Category name]]

For example, if you are uploading a diagram showing the orbits of comets, you add the following code:

[[Category:Astronomical diagrams]]

This will make the diagram show up in the categories "Astronomical diagrams" and "Comets".

When picking categories, try to choose a specific category ("Astronomical diagrams") over a generic one ("Illustrations").

Thanks again for your uploads! More information about categorization can be found in Commons:Categories, and don't hesitate to leave a note on the help desk.

BotMultichillT 06:11, 6 August 2009 (UTC)