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I love that you are adding photos from Nebraska! I have close family ties to Elgin and Neligh and think it is great that you are doing it. I just uploaded a copy of a photo from Nebraska State Fair that hung in Elgin for many years. I also just noticed I made a typo in the filename that I need to fix, thanks to visiting your page! So just go visit my Gallery and see the photo since the name will change soon. (I take photos in Dallas area). Thanks again and I hope you add more photos. Mang9 (talk) 19:16, 19 February 2010 (UTC)

I just noticed you have photos in [[Category:St._Peter's_Episcopal_Church_(Neligh,_Nebraska)]]. I attended their 100th anniversary service. Very cool, and nice shots! Mang9 (talk) 19:23, 19 February 2010 (UTC)

State FlagsEdit

Yes, I removed Nebraska's because there is only one state flag for it. California's section, as well as Texas' and Maine, contain numerous flags, and it would better suit them to be there in a sub-category. There is already a section with the state flags listed by state, we don't need two of them. Fry1989 (talk) 19:56, 12 April 2010 (UTC)

I apologize, it's actually "Symbols by state", not flags by state, I had a bit of trouble finding it myself, but I have since added it to the State Flags category. You can see it here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:State_flags_of_the_United_States Fry1989 (talk) 23:31, 12 April 2010 (UTC)

How to ask for a category to be deletedEdit

If it's empty, typically {{Speedydelete|empty category}} will do it. It won't be instant, but it will get done. - Jmabel ! talk 05:03, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

Re:Nebraska church windowsEdit

Português: 1 Já indexei.

2 Podes enviar outros pedidos que, se possível, responderei.

3 Estou buscando uma imagem de [hermit] heremita medieval de uso livre , copyleft. Caso saibas de algo, agradeço se avisares.

4 Viva o Google Tradutor !!!

Eugenio Hansen, OFS (talk) 03:12, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

San Ferdinand III de CastelaEdit

Paz e bem!

1 ¿Es la espada grande la marca de Ferdinand III of Castile? Resposta: Sim, e às vezes asociado com o orbe, além da coroa.

2 Sobre as Obras de misericórdia corporal, vou tentar, mas não garanto muito.

2 File:St. Helena Immaculate Conception window apse E.JPG., talvez seja também, São Fernando III, existem representações dele com um igreja na mão.

Eugenio Hansen, OFS (talk) 06:05, 6 April 2011 (UTC)

Henry II, EmperorEdit

Concordo que é mais provável ser o Imperador. Indiiquei que talvez fosse o rei, mas tinha muitas dúvidas: * Formato da coroa. * Desenho da Igreja.

Continuo à disposição, mesmo com minhas limitações.

Eugenio Hansen, OFS (talk) 06:50, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

Ammodramus, We must speak. I am an architectural and grammatical geek in central Nebraska. May I email you?

Classifying buildingsEdit

Please learn some more about architecture before you classify buildings. This [1] is nothing like a Romanesque revival building, even though it does have round topped windows. Through most of the history of architecture, buildings have had round arches, unless they were Gothic or Islamic. So in the context of the United States, you have genuine old Classical style buildings from the 1700s, you have Roman Revival, Renaissance Revival, Palladian Revival, Neo-Classical Revival and Romanesque Revival all with round topped windows.

So how do you know that this building is not Romanesque? Firstly, go to Wikipedia and find out what Romanesque really means. Then look hard. This building has a delicately made triangular pediment all finished in white wood. That low triangular pediment is a dead give away that it is "Classical" not Romanesque. So you look at its date and find out how old it is. It might be 18th, 19th or 20th century. If its simple, then its Classical.

If it is stone, very ornate with heavy carvings and a big portico with columns, and big keystones above the centre of the windows, then the chances are that it is in the Renaissance Revival style, but you need to familiarise yourself with Renaissance palace architecture. Amandajm (talk) 11:36, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

I'm afraid that I must admit to a near-complete ignorance of the fine points, or even many of the tolerably coarse ones, of architecture. I only classify buildings to architectural types when I've got a source for it: in this case, the Nebraska State Historical Society's NRHP in Antelope County website. The NSHS may be in error, for the reasons you mention; unfortunately, I don't know enough about the subject to detect such an error, and had to rely on their authority.
Note that Category:Antelope County Courthouse is in the parent Category:Romanesque Revival architecture in Nebraska. If you're confident that the building's actually Classical Revival, could you change the category classification? Again, I'm loath to make such a change without a source that I can point to, whereas I assume that you could justify such a change if it were disputed.
And: I'm sure it's unintentional, but the first sentence of your comment gives it a rather condescending, not to say somewhat hectoring, tone. Your contribution history indicates that you've been reclassifying a lot of buildings apparently misclassified as Romanesque Revival, and I'd imagine that you could get frustrated with what seems like the deplorable ignorance of your fellow editors. However, you'll find others more willing to read and consider your arguments if they don't come in the context of a scolding.
--Ammodramus (talk) 12:17, 2 November 2011 (UTC)


Thank you for your response. Your are exactly right! I am feeling frustrated.
Please tell me how one goes about changing categories. I haven't a clue! If I knew, then I could sort out the problems far more easily. Sorry for being so terse.Amandajm (talk) 12:22, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
I sympathize. When you know a subject well, it can be irritating to find people making basic mistakes concerning it. I've been tempted to send off tolerably snappish messages to editors who don't know what seem to be basic facts about Nebraska history or geography; happily, in most such cases I've taken a walk around the block before hitting the "Save page" button, and cooled my temper a bit.
To change categories, click on the image or category that's miscategorized—not on the bad category—then edit the page and change the category there. It's a bit confusing, because intuition is to click on the bad category and try to change something there; but you have to edit the miscategorized object, not the incorrect category.
For example, if you want to move Category:Antelope County Courthouse from Category:Romanesque Revival architecture in Nebraska to Category:Neoclassical architecture in Nebraska, you'd open the category for the courthouse and then edit it. When you do, you'll see a list of categories; change the one that you want and then save. It's a good idea to check the parent of the category-to-be-corrected and make sure you've got the right name for the new category; I, for one, can never remember whether it's Category:Neoclassical architecture in Nebraska or Category:Classical Revival architecture in Nebraska. Making matters worse still, capitalization matters: so there's Category:Greek Revival architecture in Nebraska, but Category:Gothic revival architecture in Nebraska.
I suspect that this explanation could be clearer—if you try following it and you're still having difficulty, leave me another note and I'll try to explain better. Good luck—
--Ammodramus (talk) 12:45, 2 November 2011 (UTC)
15 Joachim Street St. Francis Street Methodist Mobile AL.JPG

There seems to be this thing, with historical societies and so on, to grab a single idea and then bend everything to fit it! The long tradition of architecture in the US is Classical, not Romanesque. The Romanesque thing only happened in the late 19th century-20th. The best examples are Universities, courthouses, warehouses etc. There are houses, but they are rarely row houses. Late 19th century row houses are often highly eclectic in that the basic form is always the same, but the details are tweaked a little to give some individual character, and are sometimes muddled with several styles on a building, particularly in terms of moulded details that are added by the builder rather than an architect.

Another point is that the architecture of Venice was influential. Any architect that bases anything on the Venetian style is likely to do odd things. Amandajm (talk) 12:32, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

Here's a lovely example of a typical American Classical Revival building, wrongly classified! Neat tidy details, elegant large window. There is so much of this elegant architecture that would probably be better appreciated if it was perceived for its Classical qualities, instead of looking for "Richardson Romanesque" and find it tidy and tame. Amandajm (talk) 12:39, 2 November 2011 (UTC)0
Thanks for your help! I must say that I know absolutely nothing about Nebraska. ......checks Google maps...... Oh.yes I do! I thought it was in the middle, and it is. So it would be flat. Ah, huh, and its neatly divided into rectangles by long straight roads, with big towns and little towns neatly arranged , and rural areas in between...... have I got it right, or do I need to zoom the map? Traditionally, Nebraska would produce grain, dairying, fruit..... or is it too dry? I'll bet the winds are a menace. Old estates would have wind breaks..... How am I doing? Amandajm (talk) 13:41, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

Re: Counties in/of TexasEdit

I had no idea this was the case, but if you feel you need to change it back, go ahead. ----DanTD (talk) 00:58, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

I don't blame you. Adding the categories themselves is enough of a task, not to mention sorting between cities that cross county lines. I have to admit I'm a little disappointed that you ended up creating the NRHP in Texas by county category before I did, but I'm still glad it's there. ----DanTD (talk) 01:25, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

Photographer Barnstar.png The Photographer's Barnstar
Kudos for your yeoman's work snapping nice photos of NRHP listings all over Nebraska. It looks like you've literally covered every corner of the state. I hope you can take a tax write-off for the mileage you're putting on your car! Sanfranman59 (talk) 19:35, 4 April 2012 (UTC)
I do my share of tearing around with a camera as well having snapped photos of most of the NRHP sites in 7 Bay Area counties; Stark County, Ohio; Hood River, Oregon and Wilmington, North Carolina. It's all a cross-section of three of my interests: Wikipedia, amateur photography and history. I find the Wikipedia lists to be invaluable tools, which is why I try to keep them up to date. I also enjoy the search for NRHP sites. It's kind of like a hunt for hidden treasure. It's too bad that the treasure sometimes turns out to be a dilapidated building or an empty lot. Keep up your good work! --Sanfranman59 (talk) 20:25, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

User rightsEdit

Hi Ammodramus. Since you do a lot of uploading and other work around here, I've added the filemover and rollbacker rights to your account. I just wanted to make sure you have these tools in case they're needed. INeverCry 20:03, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

SEEKING PERMISSION TO USE ONE OF YOUR IMAGESEdit

Dear Ammodramus,

We are visual artists and academics who are currently working on a chapter in a book entitled ‘The Photograph and the Album’ (published by MuseumsEtc http://museumsetc.com/blogs/news/7422776-forthcoming-the-photograph-and-the-album). We are also contributing to the editorship of this volume.

Our chapter is examining the role that the internet plays in acting as a 'giant photograph album'. We have taken this principle and have begun to look for images, searching – as many of us do – under our own names, curious to find out what images appear.

The following image came up in relation to one of our surnames:

Carson house on south side of Main Street in Brownville, Nebraska; seen from the southwest. The building was constructed in 1860 as a one-story brick house; additions were made through about 1880. It is part of the Brownville Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Carson_house_%28Brownville,_Nebraska%29_from_SW.JPG

We are interested in using the image in our chapter and want to confirm that you agree that we can do this in line with the statement that appears in Wikimedia Commons which is as follows:

“I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby publish it under the following license: This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.”

To be clear about our use of the image, it will appear as part of a sequence of images for which we will provide full captions and acknowledgement (in reference to the information which appears on the webpage provided above).

We hope you are willing to give permission and would appreciate if you would confirm this via this email – j.carson@salford.ac.uk. We would also be very grateful if you could inform us of any other parties from whom we should seek permission in reference to this image, if you are aware of any such parties.

We would appreciate it if you could respond by Friday April 19th 2013.

Thank you for your consideration & please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Very best regards, Rosie Miller & Jonathan Carson

Category:National_Register_of_Historic_Places_in_Sedgewick_County,_KansasEdit

Commons-emblem-issue.svg Category:National_Register_of_Historic_Places_in_Sedgewick_County,_Kansas has been listed at Commons:Categories for discussion so that the community can discuss ways in which it should be changed. We would appreciate it if you could go to voice your opinion about this at its entry.

If you created this category, please note that the fact that it has been proposed for discussion does not necessarily mean that we do not value your kind contribution. It simply means that one person believes that there is some specific problem with it. If the category is up for deletion because it has been superseded, consider the notion that although the category may be deleted, your hard work (which we all greatly appreciate) lives on in the new category.

In all cases, please do not take the category discussion personally. It is never intended as such. Thank you!


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Jeffrey Beall (talk) 00:09, 15 February 2014 (UTC)

Your DYKEdit

Hi, I was wondering if you had a better picture to go with your hook? It's probably needed before it goes to the queue. Panyd (talk) 10:41, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

I never thought I'd be saying this...Edit

...but I really enjoyed looking through your pictures of Nebraska. I can't even remember how I ended up on that tangent. But anyway, nice work, and thanks for filling in a blank spot in my catalog of visual impressions. --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 07:26, 15 August 2014 (UTC)