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About MeEdit

I'm a new member to Commons, but I've been a member of the English Wikipedia since March 2008. My images are mostly focused around the Meridian and Lauderdale County area in Mississippi. I'm mostly interested in taking pictures of members of the National Register of Historic Places, but occasionally I take pictures of random cool sites in Meridian.


Most of my images were uploaded to the English Wikipedia first, so they don't show up in my regular gallery, but they're included below.

National Register of Historic PlacesEdit

Meridian, MississippiEdit


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Tip: Categorizing imagesEdit

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Hello, Dudemanfellabra!

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 05:53, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

File:Carpenter School Postcard.jpgEdit

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There seems to be a problem regarding the description and/or licensing of this particular file. It has been found that you've added in the image's description only a Template that's not a license and although it provides useful information about the image, it's not a valid license. Could you please resolve this problem, adding the license in the image linked above? You can edit the description page and change the text. Uploading a new version of the file does not change the description of the file. This page may give you more hints on which license to choose. Thank you.

This message was added automatically by Nikbot, if you need some help about it, ask its master (Filnik) or go to the Commons:Help desk. --Filnik 19:38, 17 June 2009 (UTC)

No permission taggingEdit

I found a lot of images from Mississippi uploaded by a different user and started tagging images for having no permission. Unfortunately, I didn't check what I did well enough, so I accidentally tagged a number of images uploaded by you. I have now reverted these actions, so you don't need to worry about it. --Stefan4 (talk) 20:08, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

File:Meridian Baptist Seminary before 2007 fire.jpgEdit

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Ralgis 21:51, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

NRHP documents mapEdit

Hey there, If you're interested, can you paint TX yellow on the NRHP forms map? I found a link from the Texas Historical Commission for the more recent Texas NRHP nomination forms. 25or6to4 (talk) 05:34, 30 April 2012 (UTC)

Sure, I can add it tomorrow when I get off. I see that you've added this to the NRHPHELP page. Thanks! Also, in the future it is best to contact me on if you don't mind. I still get messages here but I check the other talk page more often.--Dudemanfellabra (talk) 05:59, 30 April 2012 (UTC)
  Done--Dudemanfellabra (talk) 14:44, 30 April 2012 (UTC)

Visualize statistics on a mapEdit

Please take a look at that page. It's inspired by your NRHP work. Would be very nice to be able to generalize it so more countries can benefit from it. Multichill (talk) 11:53, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for leaving this message. Generally, though, you should try to contact me on. I'll respond much faster there.
As to the page itself, I like it overall, but I have a few suggestions. You do mention that the base maps need CSS classes, but you don't give an example of how they should be implemented. In order for my NRHP map to work, each county/division in the base map has to have its own dedicated class, which is then listed in a big definition table at the top of the SVG file (e.g. which are copied/pasted into the SVG files). Many of the base maps on commons include ID's rather than classes, which can't be handled in this method. It might be possible to use ID's, but that would require modifying the entire file rather than just the definition table because each path would need to be edited individually to include a fill parameter. The main advantage I see to using classes rather than ID's is that the actual base map is never modified, per se; all that is changed is adding this table to the top. This then is easier to update and reduces the possibility of messing up the base map by not modifying anything that is already there.
Regardless of which labelling system is used, some kind of system is needed to label each of the divisions. For the state inset in the US file, I use the ISO 3166-2:US abbreviations as you suggest, but there is no such ISO standard for the county level divisions. For that, each county uses a code. If other countries' maps need divisions smaller than those covered by ISO 3166-2, they will need some kind of similar system.
Another thing that should be mentioned is that if the class system is used, the base maps should not be edited with Inkscape or some other front end but rather as a text file. Inkscape doesn't like classes, so if the map is saved in Inkscape format, it will erase the class settings at the top and attach a fill color to each county individually like would be done if ID's were used. As I said before, I'm a proponent of the class method.
Finally, you suggest that a color scheme should be chosen for each map individually. I guess that is fine, but I'm a fan of standardization, so I would suggest that the color scheme in use for the NRHP map be used for all of these. It is color-blind-friendly, and it has 12 divisions--one for 100%, one for 0/empty, and 10 for each 10% (i.e. 0-10%, 10-20%, etc.)--that I think would work fine for other countries. Giving people the freedom to choose their own color scheme is inviting accessibility issues.
If you have any further questions or comments, please, as I said, send me a message on en wiki. Thanks! Hope to see something come out of this! I would like to be able to expand it to as many countries as possible!--Dudemanfellabra (talk) 19:33, 9 June 2013 (UTC)


Changing tracking categories for bots will break the bots using it. Multichill (talk) 15:01, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

Why does it make sense to have a space in the sort key?--Dudemanfellabra (talk) 15:18, 21 April 2014 (UTC)