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Daniel, I saw that you weren't happy with that table either, so I was trying some stuff.  However, I'm stuck trying to get the text to align left on the template [[Template:BotReq2]].  What am I missing?  I'm still not totally finished and would appreciate any changes you feel are improvements! [[User:D. Matt Innis|D. Matt Innis]] 18:52, 14 January 2010 (UTC)
Daniel, I saw that you weren't happy with that table either, so I was trying some stuff.  However, I'm stuck trying to get the text to align left on the template [[Template:BotReq2]].  What am I missing?  I'm still not totally finished and would appreciate any changes you feel are improvements! [[User:D. Matt Innis|D. Matt Innis]] 18:52, 14 January 2010 (UTC)
:I took another look but the changes I have in mind would take too much time right now. Will have another look later. --[[User:Daniel Mietchen|Daniel Mietchen]] 21:12, 14 January 2010 (UTC)

Revision as of 21:12, 14 January 2010

Hourglass drawing.svg Where Daniel lives it is approximately: 01:56

Notes to self


Talk space


Possible bug?

Daniel, would you be able to take a look at this page here: [1]. I don't know if its my browser or not but the defintions don't appear to be sorting alphabetically. They are all grouped under '0'. Meg Ireland 02:10, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

Except for three that lack the subpages template which adds the category (and probably also the 0 somehow, though I could not yet figure out how). And within the "0" subcategory, they do not follow the alphabet either, hmmm... Anyway, standardizing disambiguations is certainly something for the wishlist. --Daniel Mietchen 11:18, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

a new member

We have a new member (User:Karsten_Borgmann), who is apparently editor of a German wiki connected to Humboldt-University Berlin: I don't read German, but I'm wondering if it is a project we'd like to partner with in some capacity. Could you look the site over and see what it's about? Thanks much. --Joe Quick 20:04, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

Will do. --Daniel Mietchen 20:25, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

Why do my website's 4000 visitors per week include visitors only from the CZ forums and none from CZ wiki?

Daniel, I have had my own domain website for over 12 years now. It consistently gets about 4000 visitors a week, including about 150 per week from http://forum/ ... but not a single one from of the 100+ articles I've written) .

It makes me ask how many people actually read any of our articles? Is there any way to find that info? Milton Beychok 04:29, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

No idea. I just went there from your user page. Can you see that? --Daniel Mietchen 10:28, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
Yes, I will be able to see that, but it will be next Sunday. My log report is a weekly one received each Sunday. Does CZ have any such log reports that tell us how many visitors we've had? Milton Beychok 15:41, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

Please look at this forum thread

Daniel, this thread might be worth bringing to the attention of the charter drafting committee. See here Milton Beychok 02:13, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

CZ:Buglist examples

Hi Daniel. I noticed you changed the Image references in CZ:Buglist example1 and example2 to mediawiki links. The reason I presented them as http links is when a user uses cz-bugs (which is an email list), the mediawiki link syntax doesn't work. Since these are examples of how to report a bug or enhancement request using email, I think we should leave them as http links. However, I am open to arguments against this if you have some. Dan Nessett 21:28, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

OK, fixed. --Daniel Mietchen 21:47, 5 November 2009 (UTC)


Daniel, I translated a small piece by Clausius from German into English, could you please check it? See entropy (thermodynamics). As you know neither language is my mother language. --Paul Wormer 13:33, 8 November 2009 (UTC)

I put my version directly on the image page but think the article may merit a shorter version. --Daniel Mietchen 18:56, 8 November 2009 (UTC)
Yes I had some doubts myself about the length of the inset. On the other hand, I have seen so many mistakes in the quotation and also because Clausius thought of the name Verwandlungsinhalt, that I thought it would be interesting to have it. Maybe just the translation is sufficient and a good compromise?--Paul Wormer 07:05, 9 November 2009 (UTC)
That would be a possibility but I am generally in favour of showing excerpts from original sources, and Verwandlungsinhalt is certainly instructive. So I pasted the whole translation in for the time being. Let's take another look at this after a while, or ask others, and decide then. --Daniel Mietchen 08:34, 9 November 2009 (UTC)


Daniel, do you agree with this translation: M. Planck, Über irreversible Strahlungsvorgänge [On irreversible radiation events], Annalen der Physik, vol. 1, pp. 69–122 (1900)? --Paul Wormer 13:50, 28 November 2009 (UTC)

I would go for "On irreversible radiation processes". --Daniel Mietchen 14:48, 28 November 2009 (UTC)
You may link to the original source. Peter Schmitt 17:02, 28 November 2009 (UTC)
I had a link to a scanned version in the Ann. d. Physik, but it was the wrong paper of Planck, so I changed it. Question: the two links give different spellings Über and Ueber, is there a historical difference?--Paul Wormer 17:09, 28 November 2009 (UTC)
Both spellings were equally valid in his time, though now Über would prevail (at least as long as the umlaut is available to the typist). --Daniel Mietchen 00:04, 29 November 2009 (UTC)
In particular, "Ue" is sometimes used for the uppercase umlaut. In any case, I prefer using the spelling of the original source. Peter Schmitt 00:09, 3 December 2009 (UTC)


I removed it for now. As to being back, I hope. Still very busy but I want to contribute here more. Chris Day 12:51, 2 December 2009 (UTC)

About Fahrenheit and Rankine temperatures

Daniel, I note that you revised Fahrenheit and Rankine temperatures so as to move the section about conversions and comparisons to a catalog subpage of the Temperature article. I certainly agree that those two sections make a good subpage for the Temperature article. However, they were really some of the core content of the Fahrenheit and Rankine temperatures article and I think they should also remain in that article. After all, there is no harm in having that content in both places, is there? Accordingly, I am going to reinstate a copy of that content in the Fahrenheit and Rankine temperatures article. I hope that you have no objection to having it in both places.

Also, in a brief scan of the Temperature article, I saw no place where readers are told that information about conversions was available in the catalog subpage ... and many newcomers to CZ probably will not think to look at the catalog subpage. Perhaps, you should add a sentence somewhere in the Temperature article pointing to the conversions in the catalog subpage ... or perhaps it would even better to change the subpage from "Catalog" to "Temperature conversions". What do you think? Milton Beychok 22:14, 4 December 2009 (UTC)

I was hoping for feedback on this, since I think it is core content but currently not very consistently organized. So thanks for being so quick! My preference would be to have a separate article for each unit (i.e. also separate F & R), to have the conversions all in one place, possibly even a separate article (I set up several redirects). A subpage ""Temperature conversion", i.e. with a non-standard name would not be allowed by current rules and also cause the subpages template to choke. Of course, there should then be links to it from everywhere relevant (I started with that for several of the articles but was not done yet when I saw your comment). --Daniel Mietchen 22:23, 4 December 2009 (UTC)
I have split the Fahrenheit and Rankine temperatures article and moved the Catalog page to Temperature conversion. --Daniel Mietchen 23:51, 12 December 2009 (UTC)


Daniel, it is not necessary to redirect uppercase/lowercase versions: Go and Search find both. (And in links, the "correct" link is preferable.) Peter Schmitt 16:50, 11 December 2009 (UTC)

Partial correction: As it seems, this is true only for titles with at most 3 words. Curiosu. Peter Schmitt 17:20, 11 December 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for checking. --Daniel Mietchen 21:16, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

Element subpages


[ ? ] Transition metal:


[ ? ] Alkaline Earth Metal:

On a related note to the bot deleting all the elemental subpages we have to recall that the Template:Elem_Infobox uses that information. We can easily reconfigure this template and possibly transfer the information to another location (may be to the metadata) where it can be called on by templates such as this. Looking at the calcium one you can see how much information is being drawn from the elemental subpages. Chris Day 21:05, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

I like the template but it suffers from not being used much, basically because most element articles remain yet to be written.My preferred location for this kind of information would be a Data namespace, e.g. Data:Calcium/Atomic number. --Daniel Mietchen 21:16, 12 December 2009 (UTC)
I can definitely see the advantage of a data namespace. This would be very useful for geography too. There is no reason why everything has to be on a different page though. We could easily set up a switch, similar to the format used with the metadata, and have everything related to calcium in one place. Or everything related to the UK in one place. Chris Day 21:30, 12 December 2009 (UTC)
Yes, a single page with switches would be a good alternative, another one being properties and types in Semantic MediaWiki, if we were going to install that. --Daniel Mietchen 21:37, 12 December 2009 (UTC)
I had not heard of properties or types. Maybe I am dense but after reading that article I am still unsure as to how such information can be called on by other articles? For example, if The Berlin article tags it as the Capital of Germany, i.e. [[capital of::Germany]], how would we be able to use this information in another article? For example, could we write something along the lines of:
[[Get::(capital of::Germany)]] has a population of [[Get::([[Get::(capital of::Germany)]] population) ]].
Obviously the mark up used here is hypothetical. Chris Day 21:59, 12 December 2009 (UTC)
Not exactly sure about your Get functionality but [[Has capital::Berlin]], if placed in the Germany article, would create the semantic association "Germany" "Has capital" "Berlin", and a page Property:Capital could then automatically be populated (similar to categories), such that it lists Berlin as the capital of Germany, along with all other capitals of country articles that have been semantically tagged this way. --Daniel Mietchen 22:22, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

(unindent) These subpages have previously been discussed with Milton: here and here, and in this forum thread. Peter Schmitt 22:35, 12 December 2009 (UTC)


Hello, Daniel. Could you edit my user page again, please. I don't know how to turn the pink bits blue & get the little boxes that you made before. Cheers - Ro Thorpe 01:57, 3 January 2010 (UTC)

Done. No boxes for subsubpages like Catalogs, no blue without metadata. --Daniel Mietchen 09:10, 3 January 2010 (UTC)

Right, thanks - Ro Thorpe 12:42, 3 January 2010 (UTC)


Daniel what do you think of my translation:

Ersetzung der Hypothese vom unmechanischen Zwang durch eine Forderung bezüglich des inneren Verhaltens jedes einzelnen Elektrons [Replacement of the hypothesis of non-mechanical constraint by a requirement regarding the internal behavior of every single electron] ? --Paul Wormer 15:36, 4 January 2010 (UTC)

Dit past goed, maar force in plaats van constraint zou nog beter zijn. --Daniel Mietchen 16:17, 4 January 2010 (UTC)

potential Dutch member

Hi, Daniel,

Sorry about confusing the NL and Belgium -- I was drinking my morning coffee! Now there's a prof at a NL university named Paul de Laat who has emailed saying that his *two* applications have never been attended to. As far as *I* can tell, we never received an application. Do you know anything about him? Thanks! Hayford Peirce 16:18, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

No, but I see the problem is already solved. --Daniel Mietchen 22:49, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

Aha! So it was Daniel...

... who should get the hug and kiss for archiving the WaT page! Thanks!! Aleta Curry 21:49, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

I'm not eligible for the thanks this time, but I guess Peter is. --Daniel Mietchen 22:49, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

CZ:Bot status

Daniel, I saw that you weren't happy with that table either, so I was trying some stuff. However, I'm stuck trying to get the text to align left on the template Template:BotReq2. What am I missing? I'm still not totally finished and would appreciate any changes you feel are improvements! D. Matt Innis 18:52, 14 January 2010 (UTC)

I took another look but the changes I have in mind would take too much time right now. Will have another look later. --Daniel Mietchen 21:12, 14 January 2010 (UTC)