Dates in Japan
Hi Jessica - If I can make a suggestion, I would pull the section of "dates" from the Counting/numbering pages to make that page it's own page. I am Russian/French by heritage, have Vietnamese in my family by marriage, and have lived, like you, throughout the world. One of the single hardest things to keep track of (and one of the most critical) are dates, especially as with Japanese and Chinese, you need to know things like "who was the emperor" or "what dynasty was it" before you can even start the days. :-)--JeanJacques 16:52, 20 October 2008 (EDT)
- Hi JeanJacques (or Bonjour!). Saw your message - I have fixed everything up, it seems as if the new software did not like my original greeting (which is strange, because I have had it for a while). Thanks for the suggestion - I think it is a good idea. Will copy it out into a new page, as suggested. Thank you! --KotomiTKonnichiha! 17:02, 20 October 2008 (EDT)
- I'm confused. this is an English web page. That is a primary point of Conservative. With conservatives fighting so hard for "English only" in the US, woudln't you want to keep the English and not teh Austrian? And are we putting Austrian, French, Vietnamese, Korean dates for every person? I can do that for those languages...--JeanJacques 19:22, 23 October 2008 (EDT)
reply to complaint concerning article quality
I hear a lot of complaints about my articles, but im afraid if you use the 'random page' button many similiar-length pages will appear, so dont just ask me, ask everyone!.(about article length, i mean)
Oh, and about the simple article, i just saw it on the wanted pages list and decided it was a page that either:1. needed to be created, 2. needed to be taken off the list of wanted pages, or 3. needed to be reported.
i chose option 1. :) (oh and i didnt mean to parody, check my userboxes, why would i want t destroy CP, i mean look at my other pages, why would i want to ruin all that work i (and you, and everyone else) put in?
oh one more thing, i have decided to stop creating pages for things like simple. i need your help on this matter however, as i need you to help me take these ludicrous requests off the wanted pages list.
see ya round, and may god bless you all.
- yeah, "redlinks" are a pain. Some people who write articles love linking every word. ;-) You can always do "what links here", and go and remove the redlinks (the [[ ] ] bars) from around the word like "simple" to remove the redlink/wanted page. I think those requests also come from parodists. It's so crazy here, I can't tell half the time what is real, what is over the top, and what is simply "good honest attempt that failed". I like CP most of the time cause it talks about things I am interested in, but keeps a Christian view point. Sometimes, though... it's just so over the top. Cannot be real, you know? Glad you aren't one (a parodist) though. :)--JeanJacques 17:19, 4 November 2008 (EST)
- understood. over and out --PhilipV 17:23, 4 November 2008 (EST)
- JeanJacques, for redlinks it's usually best to just create the article rather than remove the links, since links usually mean the article has a demand for existence. "Simple" is one of those rare cases where there may have been several unncessary links, but I'll have to look at the "what links here" to see. Incidentally, we prefer noun forms, so I'll see about moving it to simplicity.
- As for your comments about CP, understand we're doing our best. The buzz buzz of parodists and vandals can be overwhelming, but all that's needed is to take out the trash and those flies will leave soon enough. -Foxtrot 19:27, 4 November 2008 (EST)
- Thanks for your comments. I knwo you all do good "work" finding parodists v. non parodists. but i'm new, so I don't have that tallent. I'm also simply less experienced in "trust" vs "distrust". I trust way to easy online. then find i've been had. I'll learn, but for now, i'm just glad that CP seems to have a good core of editors I enjoy, and good sysops (for the most part. One or two, i think shoot first, ask questions later... but they are the few, not the many). again, thanks for your comments AND your (and other's ) diligence!--JeanJacques 20:45, 4 November 2008 (EST)
- understood. over and out --PhilipV 17:23, 4 November 2008 (EST)
- I'm truly not sure what you are getting at. The subculture is defined as "Inuit". The languages spoken by the Inuit are defined as "Inuit/Aluet", but there are no less than 25 different languages across the continent. Some of them are not related, others are clearly sister languages. Perhaps you can suggest what you mean by "political terms". --JeanJacques 12:11, 10 November 2008 (EST)
- Like the Wikipedia article, our draft equates "Eskimo" and "Inuit". I'm looking for any evidence that the two words mean the same thing - or on the contrary, evidence that some Eskimos are not Inuit (or vice versa). I want you to find out about this. --Ed Poor Talk 12:14, 10 November 2008 (EST)
- Ed, the change you've made is not accurate. While Eskimo may or may not refer to Inuit, Aluet, Yupik individually or as a unified subculture, it is not a distinct term on its own. There is no "eskimo" language nor culture, it is a term, not unlike "sioux" that was applied by non-indian people to a group that is not a singular group. --JeanJacques 12:26, 10 November 2008 (EST)
- The term is in use, like it or not. Do you want to help me write about the various Eskimo tribes? If not, would you at least explain who uses the term "Eskimo" and who objects to the term? --Ed Poor Talk 12:28, 10 November 2008 (EST)
- No one is denying the term is in use. What I am saying is that the link is no longer correct. "Eskimo" is not at teh same level as "Inuit" and "Aleut" because it is not a tribal name. I understand this might be confusing to readers, and we can work to make it less so, that it the point of a good multi-editor contributed article like this. I am trying not to be rude or say "you are wrong", but the stance I see coming from you is one that isn't represented by the Inuit people themselves, nor by their own web pages (and yes, they have webpages. grins). But yes, it will take work and i would love to help you make the article accurate.--JeanJacques 12:45, 10 November 2008 (EST)
Ne pas aller! (double negative French for "Do not go")
- depends on what you mean. Generally, in English, the term "double negative" is for a sentance where a speaker says, "I didn't not do it", or "she did not want nothing". But there is a grammatical term for a language that uses a negation phrase (the "ne pas" from french, if you will) that is also called a double negative. Afrikaans has this grammatical sense of necessary phrase negation around a verb. But French does not allow or accept the common "double negation" that I was thinking of. Thanks. --JeanJacques 18:04, 10 November 2008 (EST)
How to revert
- Thanks. I'd never been the "first" to hit a vandalized page. I had deleted on line, then found there were a whole bunch of other blatant "junk" on the page, and i was like "ack". --JeanJacques 16:57, 11 November 2008 (EST)
British / Irish / Commonwealth spelling
Is there a particular reason why you changed all of the spellings in the IRA article to American? The Manual of Style says American English spellings are preferred but Commonwealth spellings, for de novo or otherwise well-maintained articles are welcome, and edit wars over the subject are seriously discouraged. The context of the article should help resolve edit wars; an article about Britain would use Commonwealth spelling, while an article about the United States would use American English.
This article was originally written using non-US spelling, as one would expect given the subject. I see no reason to change it, so I changed them all back. Please only change from non-US to US spelling where the subject matter is clearly American.