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Hi, please do not put images into species categories if they are already on a species page. Please read this discussion. -- aka 08:11, 8 July 2007 (UTC)


I am creating gallery articles for this species and placing them in the higher order Category:Agrimonia and removing the now duplicate image in the Category. Some believe there should be images in both but I believe it makes for a cleaner looking page. This is just to let you know what I am doing in case you want to put them back. Just your Britton & Brown scanx actually. WayneRay (talk) 18:19, 2 July 2008 (UTC)WayneRay


Yeah, we're pretty sure it is Solidago rugosa which seems to be goldenrod. I asked my dad about it and he says it's goldenrod, too. He took some forestry classes in college and he really likes plants. Dincher (talk) 16:43, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Category:Maianthemum racemosumEdit

Thank you.[1] Walter Siegmund (talk) 04:36, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

Category:Historic American Engineering RecordEdit

Hi Choess, thank you for your help in categorization of historic landmarks. Please do not add this category manually to the image. The Category:Historic American Engineering Record is a source and license category for images using the {{HAER}} license only. Myself im only working on quality in this single category, but i remember Category:National Register of Historic Places by state and subcategories for topic categorization. The HAER category is only for images from the LOC/HAER. --Martin H. (talk) 10:11, 4 April 2009 (UTC)


Hi, well, I do not understand what a serpentine barren is, perhaps because English is not my native language. Does this mean that this flower (almost) only grows on a soil that is made of the mineral called "serpentine" ? If so, well, maybe it would be ok to put it back in the category serpentine. But, as you may see, the content of this category is images of the mineral serpentine, or of objects made of it.

So, at the end of the day, it's up to you..

Yours, Frédéric (talk) 19:18, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

Former train stationsEdit

If you look at the current parent categories Category:Former train stations and Category:Disused train stations, "Former" implies a change in function while "Disused" implies abandoned. Also, I wanted to match other "Former (buildings)" categories since I only see "Disused" for trains stations and I'm not sure why. Hope that explains it and perhaps there needs to be some changes of categories for images of buildings. Xnatedawgx (talk) 02:12, 31 August 2010 (UTC)


I really like your work on commons: sorting all these pictures is a tedious but vital work (it is what I also do ;-))
About this modification, don't you feel that it would be better to provide a new{{Genera}} entry with your source as source= or ref=.
What you did here is change the content of Smith et al. 2006 which is obviously not post-2006 ;-).
Best regards Liné1 (talk) 07:10, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

Pittsburgh trolleysEdit

Thanks for categorising the Pittsburgh trolley photos. I came back today to do the work to find you had done it all already :) Scillystuff (talk) 20:14, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

categorizing minerals as mines?Edit

HABS housekeepingEdit

Hi, looking at your change here, I suspect that the housekeeping routine I'm running might restore the geocoordinates, and possibly other stuff. I could add your account name as an exception, i.e. any file you have edited should not be changed again, but this might lead to good changes being missed.

I'm leaving it for the moment. If you see changes that make images worse, please leave a note on my talk page and I'll probably go ahead and make your touched files exempt from future housekeeping (though I could also skip files based on the particular edit comment left on the file history).

Note, after the full HABS uploads are complete (possibly a couple more weeks to go), there will probably be final checks for a few days, then there should be no more systematic housekeeping stuff going on. Thanks -- (talk) 13:07, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

I'll just stop and wait for the housekeeping to finish running next month or whenever. I think there are some I've touched that haven't been geotagged yet and hence are missing whatever other metadata (related names, etc.) you're putting in, so go ahead and I'll figure out how to deal with these when I'm done. Choess (talk) 13:11, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Actually, I've just added an exception to geocoordinate additions. If the file version history contains the word "inaccurate" in the comments, then adding or correcting geocoordinates will be skipped; this is not specific to any account name. Other checks/improvements would not be affected. So if you see any geocoordinates that are badly wrong, please do just go ahead an improve them, just remember to use the key word "inaccurate" somewhere in your edit comment.   -- (talk) 13:24, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Wilco. You rock.   Choess (talk) 13:28, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Category:Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad bridges and tunnelsEdit

I have to oppose your renaming of the Category:Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad bridges and tunnels. Your reasons for renaming the category are perfectly justified, but this is not for a Pennsylvania Railroad related category. It's for Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad bridges. ----DanTD (talk) 19:00, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

Virginia, McLean's House, Appomattox Court-House - NARA - 533371.tifEdit

Wondering why you removed the McLean House (Appomattox, Virginia) category from file:Virginia, McLean's House, Appomattox Court-House - NARA - 533371.tif Generic1139 (talk) 21:14, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

Ok, makes sense. Thanks. Generic1139 (talk) 21:24, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

Tichnor Brothers postcardsEdit

Thanks for help with categories for these.   --Junkyardsparkle (talk) 09:25, 16 July 2015 (UTC)

shortened category namesEdit

I'm sure you have only seen the numerous long category names that I used, but since then I have been shortening new categories with each complaint. As for requests not to create these categories in the first place I have to strongly disagree as I did with another editor. These sub-categories for HAER images may share common categories such as "black and white photos", "year photographed", photographer and HAER images in given state. Editors should stop creating redirect categories on these pages which make them in effect null and void. Xnatedawgx (talk) 03:30, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for looking for a solution for categorizing HAER/HABS images. Xnatedawgx (talk) 23:43, 29 July 2015 (UTC)


Hi, as a long term colleague on upload projects, I thought I'd drop you a personal heads-up for my request for adminship, today being the last day for views. RFA's tend to only have a small proportion of the community taking part, so it can be difficult to judge if this is representative.   -- (talk) 13:07, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

Maine vs MassachusettsEdit

I don't use HotCat. The categorisation was intentional, because (1) as you note, it was part of MA, and (2) aside from big cities with lots and lots of photos, we don't have any trees of built-in-year categories for entities smaller than the state, so having this represent the District of Maine would be unusual and (in my opinion) rather unhelpful, especially because it would only work from "from American independence until the Missouri Compromise on March 4, 1820", to quote the District of Maine en:wp article. Of course I'm willing to listen if you disagree with the idea, but at the moment, I don't see this as being fundamentally different from putting Category:Wheeling Suspension Bridge into Category:Built in Virginia in 1849 or putting Category:Built in Estonia in 1910 into Category:Built in Russia in 1910. Nyttend (talk) 01:39, 3 April 2016 (UTC)

NYPL stereogramsEdit

Hi, thanks for your work categorizing this collection. The mostly blank category is to help identify files which can be speedily deleted. I'm aware that many of the backs of the stereogram prints are uninteresting, but when they are more than purely blank apart from standard stamps or archivist numbers, they are not really suitable for a speedy delete. An example is File:Panorama from Bunker Hill monument, south (NYPL b11707567-G90F317 050B).tiff where the handwritten notes are a useful confirmation of dates and content, as well as giving images of that print more educational value. There are some criteria to this effect as a comment at the top of Category:NYPL (mostly blank). Most of the backs probably will end up being deleted, but I think it's worth erring on the side of caution. Thanks -- (talk) 10:05, 27 June 2016 (UTC)

@:, so for the not-really-blank ones, would you prefer I just strip the categories (except for the ones that establish them as part of the Dennis collection)? I'd just like to get these out of the categories that really pertain only to the images. Choess (talk) 02:27, 28 June 2016 (UTC)
Yes, good idea. -- (talk) 07:20, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

File:Bridge in Athens Township.jpgEdit

I don't know my bridge types very well; I simply put in a broader cantilever category because it looked like you'd taken it out by accident — as a steel bridge, it doesn't belong in Iron cantilever bridges, and I supposed you'd removed that without noticing that you'd not put in another cantilever category. Nyttend (talk) 01:48, 6 July 2016 (UTC)

Yes, it's been a problem for quite a while; one can even find claims that iron was being used to build interstate highway bridges in the 1960s! I've tended to remove iron categories from bridges that postdate 1900, except for bridges built by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company (did they switch to steel at some point?), and I don't add these categories to bridges unless I have documentation. Nyttend (talk) 14:24, 6 July 2016 (UTC)

Tagging copyviosEdit

Hi, When tagging copyright violations, please inform the uploader. This is best done using the gagdet. See in your preferences to enable them, tab "Gadget", section "Maintenance tools" : "AjaxQuickDelete" and "Quick delete". These add links in the left column (or right column for Hebrew, Arabic, etc., language interface). Regards, Yann (talk) 19:01, 1 April 2017 (UTC)

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