User talk:Ram-Man

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Good evening Derek Ramsay,[edit]

Thanks for the recommendation of my photo of the leaf of a red beech.

Sincerely,

Dominicus Bergsma.

Quality Image Promotion[edit]

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FP Promotion[edit]

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Quality Image Promotion[edit]

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Quality Image Promotion[edit]

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Round 2 of Picture of the Year 2015 is open![edit]

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You are receiving this message because you voted in R1 of the 2015 Picture of the Year contest.

Dear Ram-Man,

Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the second round of the 2015 Picture of the Year competition is now open. This year will be the tenth edition of the annual Wikimedia Commons photo competition, which recognizes exceptional contributions by users on Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia users are invited to vote for their favorite images featured on Commons during the last year (2015) to produce a single Picture of the Year.

Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the international Wikimedia Commons community in the past year were entered in this competition. These images include professional animal and plant shots, breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historical images, photographs portraying the world's best architecture, impressive human portraits, and so much more.

There are two total rounds of voting. In the first round, you voted for as many images as you liked. In Round 1, there were 1322 candidate images. There are 56 finalists in Round 2, comprised of the top 30 overall as well as the top #1 and #2 from each sub-category. In the final round, you may vote for just one or maximal three image to become the Picture of the Year.

Round 2 will end on 28 May 2016, 23:59:59 UTC.

Click here to vote »

Thanks,
-- Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year committee 09:44, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

Category:Pinus bark subcategories[edit]

Hi Ram-Man - these subcategories have resulted in photos of natural (wild) and cultivated specimens ending mixed up together in the same subcategory. Please remember it is very important to avoid this! Thanks - MPF (talk) 14:22, 29 May 2016 (UTC)

@MPF: Please cite a relevant policy that justifies uncategorizing images, or else I will simply revert your changes and put them back in appropriate categories. -- Ram-Man 18:32, 29 May 2016 (UTC)
It is scientifically important, as cultivated material frequently differs from natural due to the differing environmental conditions. Grouping them together is misleading to users. - MPF (talk) 19:57, 29 May 2016 (UTC)
@MPF: Misleading to which users? And it is not misleading if the image description pages are correct and the images are properly geotagged. "Cultivated" vs. "wild" is an arbitrary grouping anyway. Shall we also group by geographical area? How about different categories for trees on the northern side of mountains vs. the southern side. Two trees standing next to each other can differ significantly by random chance. There is no end to the level of categorization we could do.
The fact is that you've removed categorization, not improved categorization, and this is not acceptable and will be repaired. You're also recategorizing to less precise categories. You should not be moving a tree with species designation Category:Pinus nigra subsp. salzmannii to Category:Pinus nigra (cultivated), just because the plant is growing in a particular area. Genetic accuracy is scientifically important, but you seem not to care about that. If you care about the location of each plant, place that in its own appropriate category, but it is that species, so it should be in that category:
So in summary, I will be reverting your changes. If you can come up with better subcategorization, by all means do so, but don't remove correct categories. -- Ram-Man 21:22, 29 May 2016 (UTC)
Create a category Category:Pinus nigra subsp. salzmannii (cultivated) if you want (or I can), but bear in mind that an alarmingly high proportion of trees in cultivation are incorrectly or inaccurately labelled, particularly at more detailed levels like subspecific identity; a label cannot be taken as proof of identity without additional verification based on e.g. morphological or genetic examination, or very careful documentation of origin. While your photos from Tyler do appear to be Pinus nigra, they can't be relied on as certain examples of subsp. salzmannii, unlike those growing in its native environment. - MPF (talk) 22:18, 29 May 2016 (UTC)
Re '"Cultivated" vs. "wild" is an arbitrary grouping anyway' - it is not at all arbitary; one is without human interference, the other with. That is a substantive difference; the latter is subject to human error; it also makes a mess of mapping by use of {{GeoGroupTemplate}} (though this has not yet been added to the Pinus nigra categories yet). - MPF (talk) 22:27, 29 May 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 13:54, 23 November 2016 (UTC)

I see you've already made your goal. Congrats. -- Ram-Man 13:58, 23 November 2016 (UTC)
We are working for the goal 3, if it's possible of course. Thanks :) --The Photographer 14:05, 23 November 2016 (UTC)