User talk:Romaine

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nl-N Deze gebruiker heeft het Nederlands als moedertaal.
en-3 This user has advanced knowledge of English.
de-2 Dieser Benutzer beherrscht Deutsch auf fortgeschrittenem Niveau.
fr-1 Cet utilisateur dispose de connaissances de base en français.
af-1 Hierdie gebruiker het basiese kennis van Afrikaans.
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  • (nl): Deze gebruikerspagina is van een gebruiker die het meest actief is op de Nederlandstalige Wikipedia.
  • (en): This userpage is from a frequent wikipedian from the Dutch Wikipedia.
  • (de): Diese Benutzerseite ist von einem Benutzer von der Niederländischen Wikipedia.
  • Other: I can read most Romance languages​​.
My homewiki is located at: w:nl:Gebruiker:Romaine

Archives: 2016 and earlier - 2017 - 2018 - 2019

User page[edit]

Hi, The user page deleted by you recently is my renamed username and have some pages linked to it. Can you please redirect and protected for those username of which the account was renamed.-❙❚❚❙❙ JinOy ❚❙❚❙❙ 13:16, 16 January 2020 (UTC)

Hi Gnoeee, The reason why the redirect was deleted was because it was broken and it ended up in the Special:BrokenRedirects ready to be deleted. It ends up in this list because the actual page where it points to does not exist on Commons (as the page of meta is shown). Restoring as it was would mean that it would be added to this maintenance list, simple waiting for the next admin to have it deleted. Simple deleting seems no option, also because it would mean that if every renamed user would want this, this maintenance list would be cluttered full with this kind of broken redirects and would frustrate the maintenance this page is intended for. What else is possible? In this case I would strongly suggest that a {{SOFTREDIRECT}} redirect is created instead. In that way you have it linked to the new user page, as well as that it does not show up in maintenance list of broken redirects to be deleted. Can you create the softredirect? Thanks! Greetings - Romaine (talk) 16:10, 16 January 2020 (UTC)
Ya, i was also thinking why the page has been deleted 3rd time. Thankyou for providing the information and suggestion. Will create a softredirect. Thanks Face-smile.svg ❙❚❚❙❙ JinOy ❚❙❚❙❙ 18:06, 16 January 2020 (UTC)

Request translation[edit]


Ik kon gisteren de pagina voor WLA niet helemaal vertalen, omdat de laatste toevoeging over de verschillende categorieën nog niet gemerkt is voor vertaling. Zou jij dat even willen doen? deze. Ciell (talk) 22:04, 12 February 2020 (UTC)

Hi Ciell, Done Done - Romaine (talk) 17:34, 13 February 2020 (UTC)

Commons:Wiki Loves Africa 2020/Team[edit]

Hallo Romaine, long time no see... :-) denk je dat ik mezelf nuttig kan maken door mijn naam te te voegen? Of is dit niet voor gebruikers zoals Lotje bedoeld? Thx. Lotje (talk) 16:52, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

Hi Lotje, Daar is die pagina denk ik niet echt voor bedoeld. Op die pagina worden de gebruikers genoemd die de fotowedstrijd coördineren. Ik ben verantwoordelijk voor de coördinatie van de uploadwizard en de CentralNotice, zodoende sta ik daar vermeld. Groetjes - Romaine (talk) 00:27, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Earth 2020[edit]

Hi Romaine,

Wiki Loves Earth 2020 is coming. The international team is happy to continue our preparations. We've sent you an email regarding the CentralNotice banner for WLE this year, please, check it. Thanks in advance!

Looking forward to working with you on WLE this year!

Best regards, Anastasiia Petrova, Project Manager for International Wiki Loves Earth 2020

Hi, @Romaine:!

We have Uganda starting on May 9, would you be able to help with the upload infrastructure and banners for them?

New countries declared their participation this year and we expect to have more. Should I send you updates when we have new countries added? Please, let me know which system would be convenient for you. Thanks in advance!

Best, Anastasiia

Hi Anastasiia, Sorry I missed the one of 9 May, usually they start at the first day of the month. I will work on this now. Thanks for the notice! Romaine (talk) 23:31, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
@Anastasiia: I read on the page that in Uganda it only runs for 2 weeks? Isn't that a bit short? Romaine (talk) 23:44, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
@Romaine, Great, thanks a lot for your help! Regarding the timeline: I think it's fine, as it's a minimum duration for a local contest we advise to choose. Local teams are free to decide when exactly to hold their contest within the international timeframe, though we advise to do it for no less than two weeks and no more than two months. Best, Anastasiia

Belgium-Netherlands boundary stones (Continuation)[edit]

Hi Slleong, I renamed the categories, so you can continue with them if you would like. One thing I am not sure I am happy about is the name of the top category: Cast-iron boundary points Belgium-Netherlands. Along the border between Belgium and the Netherlands the largest part is cast-iron, not not all of them are. Between many of the cast-iron ones are also stones that also have a number.

Hi Romaine, I thought I would move our conversation here rather than at Ciel's user talk. Thank you for changing the categories into English. Just that it has a bit of a spelling error for boundary and I shall do the corrections as time allows. I am also not exactly happy about the top category name, but it had been established long before I started doing things with this category. Wonder if we could make the "Belgium-Netherlands boundary stones" as the main top category, and the cast iron boundary point, markings on the road and others as a subsidiary category.slleong (talk) 15:48, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
Hi slleong, For this kind of things bots exist. Spelling fixed! About the category structure I am not yet clear what solution will be the best. It has no hurry. Romaine (talk) 18:57, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
@Romaine:, @Slleong:; bumping into this conversation Face-smile.svg, does Category:Highest point of the Netherlands (Vaalserberg) fits in that category too? Thank you for your time. Lotje (talk) 06:30, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
It is a tricky one, but I think yes: the middle one is boundary mark number one. The weird thing is, it is not located at any border, but at the highest point of the Netherlands (which is not at the border at all). I am still looking for info why that happened. Romaine (talk) 07:38, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
@Lotje: For this purpose I have created a separate category for the border stone itself at Category:Belgium-Netherlands boundary stone no. 1 (Plombières/Vaals). Romaine (talk) 07:53, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
highest point on the left, tripoint on right; open image and hoover over to see annotation in photo
Hi @Lotje: and Romaine. This question has perplexed me for quite a bit and I've been trying to read up as much as possible on it. I understand that the highest point of Vaalserberg in not on any border (Be-NL or NL-Ger) nor at the tripoint (Be-Ger-NL) and is in fact totally within the territory of the Netherlands, although located very near the tripoint. The monument marking the summit somehow used "recycled" border stones/pillars No 1 of the Belgian-Dutch border, and those of the old Dutch-Prussian border No 193. The "new" 193 marks the current tripoint. Some of the captions of the old photos in Wikimedia Commons on Vaalserberg seem to suggest this. The question I am keen to know is whether the stones were moved from their original positions to this point, or were the borders redrawn sometime in history to their current locations. I unfortunately am nowhere near Vaalserberg and have never been, so can't say first hand. Romaine is probably the best person to verify this.slleong (talk) 07:58, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
Oh, forgot to thank you for correcting the spelling error. Thanks Romaine.slleong (talk) 07:59, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
Hi slleong, I did read somewhere that the border stones at the highest point are moved here (recycled), so far I know the border hasn't been it the highest point. I hope to find more sources about this weird situation. Romaine (talk) 08:01, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
Hi Lotje & slleong, See photo: On the left is the highest point + boundary stone no. 1 and on the right is the tripoint stone. This photo is taken on the border BE-NL and runs from the standing point straight towards the tripoint (on the right). Romaine (talk) 09:10, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
Hi. Thanks for the photo. I guess then maybe the category for boundary stone No. 1 cannot be under the "Belgium-Netherlands boundary stones" category as it is not functioning as a boundary stone at the moment. It's to mark the summit of Vaalserberg.slleong (talk) 09:55, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
Hi slleong, and now we enter the tricky part: no. 1 is part of the legal register of boundary stones between Belgium and the Netherlands. For that reason I would keep it in the category. Romaine (talk) 09:58, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
Hi. Haha. Indeed this is complicated. Good that Belgium doesn't take this opportunity to claim that little pocket of land south of the highest point to the tripoint. Face-smile.svg slleong (talk) 13:32, 3 May 2020 (UTC)
Hi once again. Thanks for uploading pictures of the closure of border crossings between Belgium and Netherlands. I was just going to ask you if there were many people uploading such pictures. I read that it is pretty dramatic at Baarle-Nassau/Baarle-Hertog, with half of a shop having to shut while the other half is open.slleong (talk) 08:32, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
Hi slleong, Not that I am aware of, I only noticed File:Grensversperring vanwege Covid-19 tussen het Belgische Teuven en Nederlandse Slenaken.jpg. Perhaps people can be asked to take some photos now they still can. But this photo inspired me to visit them too. In 50 years there is no border closure/checks between Belgium-Netherlands until now due corona. It seems to me a once in a lifetime experience, so that must be on a photo! :-)
In Baarle I do not think there is so much drama, they seem to be used to the weird. It are two municipalities, but if I am not mistaken it has only one (joined) municipality council, but this council has to take both the Belgium law and the Dutch law into practise. As result of the Benelux and the EU, police from one country is allowed to enter the other country in pursuit of criminals. In the long past this was different, then a criminal could simple cross the street to avoid police. There are so many stories there.
Perhaps you have seen this article already: Wire of Death, this was the border during World War I. :-S Romaine (talk) 09:09, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
Hi. Thanks for the truly amazing pictures of Vaalserberg with the barriers. I don't think anyone could have imagined that this can happen on the Belgium-Netherlands border! Yes, really reminds you of the Wire of Death! This is history being recorded. Maybe this could be a Dutch Wikipedia project. :) As for Baarle, I managed to read this interesting story. Stay safe.slleong (talk) 02:28, 5 May 2020 (UTC)
Hi slleong, The Baarle story was in the news in Belgium and the Netherlands too (the media is boring themselves and is looking for "news").
Haha. Yup. The journalists have to find all kinds of stories to survive. Makes interesting reading.slleong (talk) 09:33, 8 May 2020 (UTC)
You said you like border stones, did you already see this one: File:Mergraotegemeintebordwkped05.JPG. It was the border stone from the municipality Margraten, so far I am aware of (but I am not that much aware) the only municipality who created such border stones in the Netherlands. (If you are able to spot more of them, it would be could to have a category for it.) After the municipality Margraten merged into Eijsden-Margraten, the old white ones were removed and they got new ones. I created for these new ones this category: Category:Eijsden-Margraten boundary stones. If you come across them somewhere, please add them to this category. Thanks! Romaine (talk) 21:35, 7 May 2020 (UTC)
Sure. If I do come across any picture of these border stones while combing through Wikimedia Commons, I will certainly do the necessary. You mean no other Dutch municipality has created boundary stones like that? By the way, I don't think I have thanked you for all the new pictures of border stones/pillars that you have uploaded. I think you have single handedly covered the entire southeastern corner of the Netherlands. Great work! Do you live near the border?slleong (talk) 09:33, 8 May 2020 (UTC)
Hi slleong, Yes, so far I know there is no other municipality with border stones, but I do not know everything. Just haven't been across any other cases.
From time to time I have the need to go out, but I prefer to have a focus and to make it useful. Then making a tour to make photographs is a good focus. About private situations I do not make statements on a public page like this where everyone can read it. I certainly can say I love the area. Yesterday I have visited 22b to 48nl (without 45be to 48be), so I reached Maastricht. I am looking forward to continue, perhaps even to the last one at the coast. It is like walking the Pieterpad, people like to have a goal to follow. I like that idea + the idea to do something useful as I try to photograph everything that I come across and of which I know that me or others can use it in articles yet to be written about various subjects. Often I need a trigger to go out for something, like someone who asked about a photograph of the most southern border stone of the Belgium-Netherlands border. You asked for the southern and western border boundary, any reason why you did not ask for the most northern Belgian border stone? Romaine (talk) 10:43, 8 May 2020 (UTC)

Hi. I'm glad this little boundary stone project has given you such sense of purpose. Wikipedia and everyone will benefit from it certainly. I hope someday I will get a chance to visit this area of the Netherlands. As for not asking about the northernmost point of Belgium, there is actually already one photo of Boundary Pillar 219, so I thought I would not be so greedy to ask for more. :) The one other request which I didn't ask but hope someone will have a photo of, is the easternmost point of the Netherlands, which is the Germany-Netherlands border crossing point on the motorway at Bad Nieuweschans. This will complete the extreme points for the European part of the Netherlands. :) slleong (talk) 09:46, 9 May 2020 (UTC)

Congratulations for reaching Smeermaas, your original target! And for continuing your journey beyond. Thank you for all the wonderful photos.slleong (talk) 08:37, 19 May 2020 (UTC)
Hi slleong, Thanks! I think to continue the journey, but there are some other things to take care of first. Greetings - Romaine (talk) 13:38, 26 May 2020 (UTC)

Notification about possible deletion[edit]

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Yours sincerely, Yuraily Lic (talk) 12:57, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

WLE invitations[edit]

Hi, @Romaine!

To spread the word about Wiki Loves Earth 2020 we can invite participants from previous WLE editions and other Wikimedia photo contests by posting the invitation on their talk pages. Would you have time/opportunity to help out with posting them? I have sent the etherpad with recipients and translations of 7 countries by email. Looking forward to your feedback!

Many thanks in advance for your answer and help. Best, Anastasiia

About Commons:Wiki Loves Earth 2020/Italy target list. I see that you initiated massmessage for it but I don't see Italy in MediaWiki message delivery contributions. Could it be that I broke the message delivery by editing the list right when it was read by massmessage? My bad. -- Ата (talk) 17:09, 10 June 2020 (UTC)
Hi Ата, I don't know, I am not sure what went wrong. Romaine (talk) 18:41, 10 June 2020 (UTC)
Let me try again... Romaine (talk) 18:52, 10 June 2020 (UTC)
For some reason all the MassMessages have been sent, but the one for Italy not. And trying it a second time for Italy, it hasn't been sent either it seems. Mmm, why? Romaine (talk) 18:59, 10 June 2020 (UTC)
Might it have to do with 7k recipients? Also I believe there used to be some MassMessage queue stats on Special:Statistics but now I do not see it elsewhere (grafana? no clue how to navigate it). Legoktm, can you help perhaps? --Base (talk) 05:11, 11 June 2020 (UTC)
Oh, there's still a record in API though, and it shows a 0. --Base (talk) 05:16, 11 June 2020 (UTC)
Weird, I think I will file a bug report later today. Romaine (talk) 06:35, 11 June 2020 (UTC)
@Ата, Base: Phabricator task filed: phab:T255135. Romaine (talk) 13:22, 11 June 2020 (UTC)

@Romaine: staat er ook een Category:Wiki Loves Earth 2020 in Belgium aan te komen denk je? Thnks. Lotje (talk) 05:53, 11 June 2020 (UTC)

Geen idee, ik ben niet echt meer bij WMBE betrokken. Romaine (talk) 06:35, 11 June 2020 (UTC)
Jammer. Lotje (talk) 11:27, 11 June 2020 (UTC)

Suggestions for help[edit]

Hi Romaine,

Do you know someone that could help me fix the upload button? The problem is that now it takes the category, but if not, it do nothing, I want to it use that qid id name as category, if we do not have a category for that photo yet. Do know someone, or could you help me? i.e. Commons:Wiki Loves Earth 2020 in Brazil/Lista/Minas Gerais

Thank you. -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 04:10, 1 July 2020 (UTC)

Hi Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton, see it is part of a query page. I do not have enough knowledge to incorporate it in query pages. Thinking if I know someone to fix this I can't think of anyone. Perhaps you can ask it on Commons:Help desk or on Wikidata. Greetings - Romaine (talk) 04:16, 1 July 2020 (UTC)
Okay, thank you. -- Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton m 04:19, 1 July 2020 (UTC)