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I am now proud owner of a TUSC account!

Convoy PQ17Edit

Hi Hohum, thanks a lot for your assessment and link-edits in the PQ17 article! Much appreciated! reuv T 11:11, 29 September 2009 (UTC)

Yom Kippur WarEdit

You've made some fine edits to the Yom Kippur War. Just thought you should know.--Jiujitsuguy (talk) 08:43, 18 November 2009 (UTC)

I concur with your "de-weasel" revision in connection with the lead and suggested, on the Yom Kippur discussion page, that your version be re-instituted. I have serious problems with this article all of which I noted on the discussion page here here and here--Jiujitsuguy (talk) 05:19, 25 November 2009 (UTC)

T-90 ReferencesEdit

For what it's worth, the snapshot in the Web Archive link on the page is the official site for Uralvagonzavod, the manufacturer of the T-90. Their page appears to be poorly maintained, though (hence the need for the Web Archive version, I suppose). - Jonathon A H (talk) 01:58, 24 December 2009 (UTC)


Thanks a lot for cleaning up File:SMS Bayern sinking2.jpg. I just wanted to let you know I appreciate the work you did on it. Cheers, Parsecboy (talk) 03:45, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

If you see any other articles where the images could do with some work, point me at them. (Hohum @) 18:52, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
Sure, will do. Thanks again! Parsecboy (talk) 00:32, 10 March 2010 (UTC)
Hi, Hohum. I came across this image a minute ago for an article I'm going to improve. Is there any way to clean up the blotches in the center? There's also this one, which I just tracked down and uploaded a minute ago. Parsecboy (talk) 12:34, 28 March 2010 (UTC)
Done and done, as best as I can. (Hohum @) 17:02, 28 March 2010 (UTC)
Thanks a lot, Hohum, both look much better! Parsecboy (talk) 13:56, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
Hey Hohum, if you don't mind, can you clean up three images I just uploaded? They're File:SMS Lothringen.png, File:SMS Kaiser Barbarossa.png, and File:SMS Preussen.png. Thanks. Parsecboy (talk) 18:00, 16 September 2010 (UTC)
I've tried to improve the second two, but the first one is very awkward - the pattern is wavy and irregular - which my methods don't work well with. Do you scan these yourself? Does the original have patterns, or is the scanning process creating them? (Hohum @) 18:26, 16 September 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for doing what you could. I got them from here through Google Books. Parsecboy (talk) 18:30, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

File:O class battlecruiser.jpgEdit

That's a neat trick, removing the scanning artifacts. How do you do that? —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 02:56, 10 March 2010 (UTC)

There are a few ways.
  • Simply blurring the areas where there are patterns.
  • If the patterns are regular, using a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) plugin in your favourite graphics app Tutorial for Gimp.
  • I'm also trying out the "Wavelet decompose" method: Plugin for Gimp.
(Hohum @) 14:28, 10 March 2010 (UTC)
Interesting. I think I am going to scan in a couple pictures today or tomorrow and try out that second method. Many thanks! —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 16:27, 10 March 2010 (UTC)
Well, the second one doesn't work anymore, as the link to download the FFT is broken. I'll be trying the third method in about an hour. —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 19:31, 10 March 2010 (UTC)
newer FFT link (Hohum @) 20:53, 10 March 2010 (UTC)
*sigh*, this is why my brother says I am a noob with computers. I can't figure out how to get the plug-ins to work. I've moved them to the plug-in photo, but if I click on them from there it tells me that a file is missing... Any idea what I am doing wrong? Sorry for all the trouble. —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 23:41, 10 March 2010 (UTC)
Hmm, I installed it ages ago, so I may have led you astray. Drop fourier.exe from into your GIMP plugins directory; which is probably C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins. start GIMP. The following menu options should be available.
  • Filters/Generic/FFT Forward
  • Filters/Generic/FFT Inverse
Plugin site
I just updated to this version (since it turned out mine was old and buggy) - and it worked.
Tutorial: GIMP/Remove_Coherent_Noise (Ignore the installation instructions there, it's for the older version) (Hohum @) 00:48, 11 March 2010 (UTC)
Well, I can see the filters now. The problem is that they are grayed out and I can't find a way to get them un-grayed. I've uploaded one of the photos I would like to do this too here; could you take a look and see if you can do it? And (if possible) tell me what in the world I am doing wrong? Many thanks and my apologies again for all the trouble. —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 01:58, 11 March 2010 (UTC)
What version of Gimp are you using, what operating system? I see the problem. FFT can't work on indexed images. tif is an indexed format. Go to Image - Mode, and choose Greyscale or RGB. Work on the image, and then re save it as whatever format you want. (Hohum @) 02:03, 11 March 2010 (UTC)
Hey, that did the trick. :-) Thank you very much for all of your help! —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 02:40, 11 March 2010 (UTC)
Of course, if you are scanning the images yourself, the best thing to do by far is to scan with settings that don't cause patterns (typically the highest resolution possible - and then scale the image down in post processing.) (Hohum @) 02:55, 11 March 2010 (UTC)
I scanned them with the Microsoft Scanning Wizard, using the grayscale setting (as opposed to RGD or black and white). —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 03:07, 11 March 2010 (UTC)
I don't know the Microsoft scanning wizard at all. Look for options to increase the resolution as much as possible (higher DPI) - or see if there is scanning software provided by the scanner manufacturer. What scanner do you have? (Hohum @) 18:44, 11 March 2010 (UTC)
It's the default thing that pops up when you plug in the scanner. The scanner I'm using is in my university's library; when I go up there in a couple hours (I'm going to look up some New York Times microfilms), I'll take note of what it is. —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 20:11, 11 March 2010 (UTC)
There should be a Custom settings button at some point, choose the highest DPI possible - the image can be scaled down to a reasonable size later - but this should avoid scanning artefacts. (Hohum @) 20:17, 11 March 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, I never made it to the library—went to a Maori dancing show instead. :-) I'll get there at some point tomorrow and try it. Thanks! —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 04:52, 12 March 2010 (UTC)

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For your above-and-beyond help with enabling me to use GIMP's fourier plug-in, I award you this barnstar. Thank you! —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 02:44, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the edit on the High-Low SystemEdit

Thanks for the great editing that makes the article read "so much" better. Jack--Jackehammond (talk) 18:39, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

Revert methodEdit

Generally using tools designed for fighting vandalism to revert edits in content disputes is frowned upon. Use of such tools can actually be revoked. You didn't do a large rollback and Twinkle is not only for vandalism from what I understand so it wasn't anymore than a reminder from me. You could have just used the normal revert function and it makes it more of a pain for other editors when they have to double check to see if rollback was used or not. Do expect to catch trouble from other editors if you are not careful. And: "Before you start using Twinkle you really should read its documentation to familiarize yourself with some of the possibilities and functions of Twinkle. There are multitudes of options that you can configure to change some of the default behaviours of Twinkle. Never forget that you take full responsibility for any action performed using Twinkle. You must understand Wikipedia policies and use this tool within these policies, or risk having your access to use the Twinkle revoked or your being blocked." - Wikipedia:Twinkle
Wikipedia:Edit warring, which is policy, says "anti-vandalism tools such as Twinkle, Huggle and rollback should not be used to undo good-faithed changes in content disputes.". I hope that clears it up for you and that you will desist from such use in the future. Momma's Little Helper (talk) 23:29, 23 April 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for tracking that down. I don't believe that I used the tool in a way that gave the impression that the reversion was reverting vandalism - i.e. the edit comment was to the effect that the reversion returned an infobox summary phrase to something that was supported by the main text - and I didn't add any kind of warning or message to the talk page of the user I reverted. However, I suppose that the issue is that the TW tag appended to the edit makes it seem like an anti vandalism edit? (Hohum @) 00:01, 24 April 2010 (UTC)
I don't think the issue is having misleading edit summaries. Tools like Twinkle are not supposed to be used in content disputes. Period. I didn't make up that policy, but it is what it is. Momma's Little Helper (talk) 01:13, 24 April 2010 (UTC)
Apart from the TW tag, I don't see how it is possible to see the difference. I was hoping to understand the policy. Blind obedience is not the typical wikipedia way. I'll see if I can get clarity in a relevant venue.(Hohum @) 01:30, 24 April 2010 (UTC)
I have started a section at Wikipedia talk:Edit warring#Don't use Twinkle to undo good faith changes? which may be of interest. (Hohum @) 14:34, 24 April 2010 (UTC)
thanks for doing that. So far it seems that editors believe the prohibition is indeed due to edit summaries. If that ends up being the consensus, the policy should be reworded to reflect that. To me it seems best to change it to something like "If using automated tools, an edit summary that describes the change as undoing a good-faith edit must be used". Momma's Little Helper (talk) 14:38, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

Edit summary in Arjun(Tank) articleEdit

Thank you for bringing the edit summary to my attention, i had not noticed it before but i will make sure to fill it in after any future edits. Thank you--Nuclearram (talk) 11:09, 19 May 2010 (UTC)

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Battle of KurskEdit

Hello Hohum. Consider this a friendly warning. Please do not post false lies in your edit summaries again like you did here. That was NOT vandalism. The next time I see you making false edits again, I will report you to ANI for your distruptive edits. User:Igor Piryazev is Russian, therefore English is not his mother tongue. Please show some human compassion when interacting with all users, including him. He is trying his best and doesn't deserve to be treated poorly by you on the Battle of Kursk talk page. Also please learn to be more tolerant and do try to show some human kindness the next time around. Thank you. Caden cool 21:34, 6 July 2010 (UTC)

Please report me now so you get a clue on what the repeated editing behaviour that I was reverting is actually called. He had been told several times that the edits he was making had unusable references, yet repeatedly re-introduced them.
Alternatively, you could refrain from making baseless threats. (Hohum @) 21:57, 6 July 2010 (UTC)
Additionally, thankyou for prompting me to take an interest in that page again, where I noted that the same user reintroduced the same unreliably sourced information again, which I have reverted. (Hohum @) 22:02, 6 July 2010 (UTC)
No you are wrong. He was not vandalizing but your edit can be called vandalism. Like I told you, he is not English. Please show some human compassion. Try practicing tolerance and explain to him how reliable sources work. Try to show some type of human kindness. All you've done is shown him that you can be very cold. Caden cool 22:12, 6 July 2010 (UTC)
It has been explained to him, clearly, repeatedly, and politely, over several days, by multiple editors, what level of reliability is required. If his grasp of english is so low as to not understand what he has been told, he shouldn't be editing here. If he is ignoring it, which seems far more likely, he shouldn't be editing here. I'm not here to make friends with editors who are disruptive.
If you are going to accuse me of vandalism, please do so officially, or retract your accusation. (Hohum @) 22:19, 6 July 2010 (UTC)
Perhaps it's you who shouldn't be editing here. Until you learn to show some human compassion towards others, I see no point in you being here. Caden cool 22:26, 6 July 2010 (UTC)
While human compassion has a great place to play in the world at large, and even a little on wikipedia, this is a project devoted to producing a high quality repository of information, which has requirements for inclusion.
Ironically, you come here and threaten without reason, and don't have the conviction to either carry out your threats, nor the decency to retract them or apologise. Apparently, neither do you appear to notice the many times Igor has been informed, civilly, and clearly, what he is doing wrong. (Hohum @) 22:40, 6 July 2010 (UTC)

LCA HelpEdit

Dear Hohum, thanks for taking an interest in the LCA article. It may be obvious to you, but I haven't really bothered to read the rules around here - I've just been copying style patterns from other pages. Question for you: I've been using the navy time 0000 to 2359 thinking that the LCA is a navy subject. Is military time 00:00 really the only acceptable? Or is this a blending of spheres? Thanks again.AmesJussellR (talk) 00:14, 10 July 2010 (UTC)

I think that most users of wikipedia are non military. The idea is no provide consistency of style, and clarity so that it's understandable and accessible to the widest audience. This is what the Wikipedia Manual of Style is all about. In fact, probably the first instance of the 24-hour clock notation should have a link to the article on it - which does mention military notation without the colon.
The MOS is only a guideline, as opposed to a policy, and I don't think anyone would have kittens if the article used pure military notation, but it might come into play if the article is checked for WP:GA or WP:FA status. Although using "am" and "pm" notation might make the article even more accessible to users, I think the 24-hour clock notation gives it some flavour.
By the way, do you know if the times in the article are local, or Zulu? (Hohum @) 02:19, 10 July 2010 (UTC)
On a related note, if a few more currently uncited paragraphs had reliable references, the article would likely pass a B class review, if it was put forward. (Hohum @) 03:13, 10 July 2010 (UTC)

Igor PiryazevEdit

Thanks to you User:Igor Piryazev has quit Wikipedia. Running off new editors who want to help build an enclyopedia is not the way we work around here. I understand you were trying to enforce policy on reliable sources but you did so in a negative way. The way you hounded him with your iceberg responses (sorry but I call it as I see it WP:SPADE) was uncalled for. The poor guy is Russian and wanted to help build articles with Russian historians/Soviet sources. I tried asking you many times to show compassion but you failed to do so and in the process drove him off the project. Please change your ways at communication before you alienate more vulerable new users, especially those who's first language is not English. Caden cool 00:57, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

I see no evidence that he has quit. He has failed to follow a core requirement of wikipedia for many weeks despite being asked to follow simple instruction on how to do it, and even given examples. If this has led the to quit instead of simply complying - which is trivially easy to do, then I don't think they had much of a future for his editing anyway. I'm sorry that I'm not just handing out hugs, per your wishes about compassion, but yours haven't convinced him to comply either.
I see no reason to describe him as a "poor guy" or "vulnerable". If his language skills aren't good enough to understand requirements, he shouldn't be editing.
My history on wikipedia stands for itself. I am happy to help people who are willing to learn. Igor was unwilling to follow the rules after many weeks of being shown how to. (Hohum @) 16:53, 17 July 2010 (UTC)

Greeting stuffEdit

the other user replied to samsonov. Is it possible that you send him this greeting stuff to his talk. Dont know who to do.Blablaaa (talk) 00:49, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

your chanceEdit

Hohum [[1]] is your chance to get rid of me :D Blablaaa (talk) 17:15, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Yellowed photoEdit

Hello again Hohum! Is there anything that can be done to this photo to clear up the ugly yellow tint? Many thanks,  Ed (talkmajestic titan) 19:47, 31 July 2010 (UTC)

I've greyscaled it and cleaned it up. (Hohum @) 23:29, 31 July 2010 (UTC)
Thanks very much, I've added it to Rivadavia-class battleship and ARA Rivadavia. :-)  Ed (talkmajestic titan) 06:18, 2 August 2010 (UTC)

defamatory commentsEdit

i made none, nothing i said was slanderous or libelous but i guess it was a vialation of civility however your removal of my post and reasons for it are slanderous and outright censorship. i hope you enjoy your hollow shallow life94.168.210.205 (talk) 01:35, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

I think "YOU RACIST CUNT" qualifies as defamation. diff. I didn't edit your post, that was someone else. (Hohum @) 01:46, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

File:Tom Derrick medals.jpgEdit

Wow! How did you do that? That's REMARKABLY better. Pdfpdf (talk) 14:52, 8 August 2010 (UTC)

I used the Perspective Tool in GIMP. (Hohum @) 14:58, 8 August 2010 (UTC)
Impressive! Good job. Pdfpdf (talk) 15:00, 8 August 2010 (UTC)

Battle of the Heligoland Bight (1939)Edit

Nice job. Dapi89 (talk) 16:03, 5 September 2010 (UTC)


Hi, brief thanks for keeping an eye on this article - I hadn't thought of the image move. I'd like to chat about something off the record - please email me, MTIA. PeterWD (talk) 23:20, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

Repost of Deleted FileEdit

User Communicat has posted File:Disgraced.jpg [2]. The picture is identical to the recently deleted John Vorster.jpg, except Communicat now claims the picture is “copyrighted and unlicensed” instead of his previous claim that the picture is copyright of Stan Winer.[3]. In discussion of Communicat’s post of John Vorster.jpg, User Petri Krohn [4] provided a link showing the picture is being used by the International Institute of Social History. [[5] This would seem to indicate the picture is copyright of that organization as opposed to either of Communicat’s claims about the copyright of the picture. Edward321 (talk) 00:01, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

He's claiming "fair use", which holds some water since there doesn't seem to be a free image of the subject available. (Hohum @) 14:44, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

thanx for fixEdit

Many thanks for fixing refs syntax, WW2 aftermath main article. Communicat (talk) 16:10, 28 October 2010 (UTC)


User Hohum, I have installed a fresh Window XP, and hope that nothing wrong again. If anything annoying happens again, please let me know. Thanks. Arilang talk 01:56, 9 November 2010 (UTC)


You are involved in a recently-filed request for arbitration. Please review the request at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests#military history POV-bias and, if you wish to do so, enter your statement and any other material you wish to submit to the Arbitration Committee. Additionally, the following resources may be of use—

Thanks, Communicat (talk) 22:20, 28 November 2010 (UTC)

World War II openedEdit

An Arbitration case involving you has been opened, and is located here. Please add any evidence you may wish the Arbitrators to consider to the evidence sub-page, Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/World War II/Evidence. Please submit your evidence within one week, if possible. You may also contribute to the case on the workshop sub-page, Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/World War II/Workshop.

On behalf of the Arbitration Committee, AGK 13:25, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

Falklands WarEdit

If you want to suggest an improved caption, please feel free to do so. I'm walking away from the article for a few days after another PA. In passing by the way I was really confused by what you wanted to do. Wee Curry Monster talk 22:56, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

PS changed my user name. Justin aka Wee Curry Monster talk 22:57, 8 December 2010 (UTC)
Ah, I walked away for a bit too. Inventive name choice. You had the previous one for a long time didn't you? (Hohum @) 00:27, 9 December 2010 (UTC)
Since I was born, I still have it. I'm fed up with idiots basically, people generally don't do it to my face as a Glasgae kiss often offends. But they feel they can regress to schoolchildren on here. Think I'll work on some of my sandpit projects for a while. Ciao. Wee Curry Monster talk 00:36, 9 December 2010 (UTC)
PS: The inspiration [6], finest curry house in Glasgow. Wee Curry Monster talk 00:36, 9 December 2010 (UTC)
I'm about as far away as I can be, and still be on the UK mainland, so I won't have to dodge the fisticuffs ;) (Hohum @) 00:56, 9 December 2010 (UTC)
See my sandpit, I've been working on it. May be a difficult one to do in a few phrases seems more like an article. Are you aware of Carlos Escude's work? Wee Curry Monster talk 00:51, 15 December 2010 (UTC)
"Some Argentines have a strongly held belief known as Malvinism; that the Falkland Islands Spanish: Islas Malvinas are an intrinsic part of their country." Reference.
Wouldn't that pretty much do it, assuming there is a reference to back it up?
I'm not aware of Carlos Escude's work. (Hohum @) 01:09, 15 December 2010 (UTC)

[7], [8], [9], [10] The first link is to the paper I had in mind. The problem is the wealth of material I have to hand and condensing it. Wee Curry Monster talk 01:26, 15 December 2010 (UTC)

[11] For info are you happy with that? Wee Curry Monster talk 23:36, 22 December 2010 (UTC)


Im not sure why you sent me a 3RR warning message. I only made two reverts in 24 hours and not three on the Falklands War article.--MFIrelandTalk 21:06, 15 December 2010 (UTC)

Per WP:3RR "An administrator may still act whenever they believe a user's behavior constitutes edit warring, and any user may report edit-warring, even if the three-revert rule has not been breached. The rule is not an entitlement to revert a page a specific number of times."
You are clearly edit warring against consensus without meaningful explanation on the article talk page. An administrator is likely to become involved if you continue. (Hohum @) 21:10, 15 December 2010 (UTC)

Possibly mistaken identityEdit

Heh, is this possibly the same "Hohum" from a particular Friday Club? Tarc (talk) 06:10, 26 December 2010 (UTC)

Yup. (Hohum @) 12:59, 26 December 2010 (UTC)
Hah, that's funny. I'd seen your name here and there from time to time and always wondered, but never really pegged you for a wiki-geek. :) Anyways, teh BeeNine is pining for your return to what is now FC 3.0; we're starting fresh since BD cocked 2.0 all up. Tarc (talk) 14:41, 26 December 2010 (UTC)
Likewise - seen you around, but knew it was you. I'd go to the forum if I knew where it was now. Send me the address via "email this user" ?(Hohum @) 16:36, 26 December 2010 (UTC)
Yea, I am as much of a prick here as anywhere. Same address, they finally fixed up the redirects. Tarc (talk) 17:47, 26 December 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/World War IIEdit

This Arbitration case has been closed and the final decision is available at the link above. The following remedies have been passed:

  • Communicat (talk · contribs) is prohibited from editing or commenting on articles about World War II or the Aftermath of World War II. This prohibition is of indefinite duration, but may be appealed to the Committee by Communicat after six months;
  • Communicat is placed under a behavioral editing restriction for a period of one year.

For the Arbitration Committee,
AGK [] 16:02, 10 January 2011 (UTC)


I see that "upright" had been added in place of "xxxpx" within the image syntax in the Battle of Prenzlau article. I checked WP:Images and it only gives examples of the xxxpx format. Please direct me to a page where it explains how to use "upright". I haven't encountered this anywhere else, but maybe I haven't been paying attention. Thanks. Djmaschek (talk) 04:18, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

Extended syntax: WP:EIS. (Hohum @) 13:44, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. I'm trying it out in my latest article, Capitulation of Stettin. Djmaschek (talk) 05:57, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

Yalta imageEdit

Hi, good job noticing that photoshop fake on the Yalta image. I'd never have noticed. Just out of curiosity, have you got any idea who the guy is that was photoshopped in? Fut.Perf. 13:19, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

Italian expedition imageEdit

Wow, thanks a lot for the image. It's great. It sure helps out a lot. :-) --Gaius Claudius Nero (talk) 21:17, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

My pleasure. (Hohum @) 23:00, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Arbitration enforcementEdit

Hi Hohum, FYI: Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Enforcement#Communicat Nick-D (talk) 23:49, 3 June 2011 (UTC)

And again: Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Enforcement#Communicat Nick-D (talk) 12:02, 15 June 2011 (UTC)


Good day, A request for clarification has been filed with Arbcom relative to a case in which you participated or might be affected by. Communikat (talk) 17:40, 25 June 2011 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
For your fine contributions to articles related to the history of Nazi Germany, and in particular, World War II, I award you this Barnstar. Cheers. Kierzek (talk) 18:58, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
Ta very much! (Hohum @) 21:00, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

Order of the Red BarnstarEdit

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(You're the first recipient of this star I made.)

For meritorious political-historical writing about sensitive topics.

PS i wish ya hadn't reverted my tweak to the holocaust. my rationale: we who are familiar with the topic know that the section headline 'concentration and labor camps' means 'concentration camps and labor camps' but someone coming new to the topic might not. my english teachers of old would'a marked off for the headline as it was since there was potentially-unclear meaning: what sort of concentration? adding camps made it obvious at-a-glance.

but, meh, whatever.

and that qualm of mine does not detract from your impressive work. carry on. Cramyourspam (talk) 01:31, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

Thankyou! (I think).
Regarding the section heading, I normally try and keep them short yet readable, with as little redundancy as possible - otherwise the TOC can become difficult for a reader to quickly find the section they want. I'll do this at the expense of grammar, but not excessively so. This was a marginal case, and I probably would just have shrugged if it was reverted. (Hohum @) 18:22, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

Nazi Germany-article name discussion reduxEdit

Hi: Just to let you know, I quoted you in the current discussion here: [12] on the Nazi Germany talk page. This discussion as to the name to use for the article; which you may recall had came up before and I could not have stated a new reply better then you did back then. Cheers, Kierzek (talk) 01:38, 28 April 2012 (UTC)


In the Battle of Baza (1810) article, I moved the Edouard Milhaud picture back to the left side. In some monitor configurations (that is, the one at my workplace) the infobox crowded the picture and forced it downward. When pictures cross the section heading boundaries, the article looks awkward. If not for this situation, your idea to have the picture face the text was a good one. Djmaschek (talk) 03:26, 15 May 2012 (UTC)

  • BTW: Since you showed me how to use "upright" for pictures, I now use it all the time. Thanks for the tip. Djmaschek (talk) 03:30, 15 May 2012 (UTC)
I have modified the image code so that it goes on the right, and on very wide monitors - should stay on the left of the infobox. (Hohum @) 17:46, 15 May 2012 (UTC)

Am I a Greasy Pig?Edit

Just wanted to find out if you were willing to share some of the sources you mention on the Kaga article that are reputable, from the past 30 years, and intended for a general audience, that use the gendered pronoun when referring to ships. I won't ask you to respond to all of my arguments, since I know I'm being combative and offputting, but I hope you'll at least provide me with that info since you made the claim. Dr.queso = talk 05:34, 6 June 2012 (UTC)

  • The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World ISBN 9781591149552
  • U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History ISBN 9781557504425
  • U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History ISBN 9780870217395
  • Aircraft Carriers at War ISBN 9781591143918
  • Naval Firepower ISBN 9781591145554
  • Jane's battleships of the 20th century ISBN 9780004709970
  • The encyclopedia of ships ISBN 9781566199094
  • Conway's Battleships ISBN 9781844860685
(Hohum @) 16:23, 6 June 2012 (UTC)

Landing Craft Mechanised Mk 1Edit

Dear Hohum, Please could you assist me with a file? It is File:Landing Craft Mechanised Mk 1.jpg. I really don't know what I'm doing trying to upload this - I suspect I may have gotten close. I hope you don't mind this presumption. Thanks for any help. Regards, AmesJussellR (talk) 18:10, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

I'm not quite sure what you are trying to do. Upload an image to use in an article? Use an image in an article which is already on wikipedia or commons? (Hohum @) 18:16, 22 June 2012 (UTC)
Ah, I see now: File:Landing Craft Mechanised Mk 1.jpg. I'll take a look. (Hohum @) 18:20, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

Thanks very much. I have begun a new page specifically for the LCM 1 and this Imperial War Museum photo would be quite useful. I'm sorry this is so counter-intuitive to me. Best regards, AmesJussellR (talk) 18:30, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

Ok, I've taken a look. Although you assert:
Crown Copyright. This artistic work created by the United Kingdom Government is in the public domain.
This is because it is one of the following:
It is a photograph created by the United Kingdom Government and taken prior to 1 June 1957; or
It was commercially published prior to 1962; or
It is an artistic work other than a photograph or engraving (e.g. a painting) which was created by the United Kingdom Government prior to 1962.
HMSO has declared that the expiry of Crown Copyrights applies worldwide (ref: HMSO Email Reply)
More information.
See also Copyright and Crown copyright artistic works.
The site it comes from ( clearly says "This item is available to share and reuse under the terms of the IWM Non Commercial Licence."
Commons requires commercial rights for all of its images, no exceptions. (Hohum @) 18:37, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

Now I understand. Thanks for your trouble.AmesJussellR (talk) 19:51, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
Just wanted to say thanks for your improvements to some of the images I uploaded. The Petit Journal ones in particular look excellent - Dumelow (talk) 20:21, 20 November 2012 (UTC)
Thank you. If you notice other images that need work, please tell me. (Hohum @) 20:24, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Me again...Edit

Hi Hohum, I was wondering if you might be able to work your magic on this scan from Google Books? Many thanks. Parsecboy (talk) 15:58, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, that looks much better! Parsecboy (talk) 18:49, 26 November 2012 (UTC)
No worries, I tried improving the sky, but it's tricky not to lose the rigging. (Hohum @) 19:11, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

Romani childrenEdit

Greetings. I was looking at the photos of the Romani children and notice that below the photo it mentions that two escaped Auschwitz. I will like to create a blog about them. What happened to this beautiful children broke my heart. I will appreciate if you can provide me with the names or where I can find them on the Internet or elsewhere.

Thank you Edith — Preceding unsigned comment added by Edith Stein12 (talkcontribs)

I'm guessing you mean File:Romani Kids ww2.jpg. I only did some image restoration work on it and don't know much about the image. It was originally uploaded by another user who may have more information: User_talk:7mike5000 - he also wrote the comment in the Eva Justin article that two survived. However, I can see that the image comes from a video hosted on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website - here. That has more details which you may be able to follow up on. (Hohum @) 01:20, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

Gun safetyEdit

Good edit. Clear and to the point. One thing the kerfuffle of the last few days has done is focus editors' minds on the meaning of the article, and this makes very clear what it is and is not. Mark Shaw (talk) 16:59, 21 December 2012 (UTC)

Season's tidings!Edit

Christmas lights - 1.jpg
To you and yours, Have a Merry ______ (fill in the blank) and Happy New Year! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 20:52, 23 December 2012 (UTC)

Frohe Weihnachten - 2012Edit

Christmas Greetings. Have a good holiday. Kierzek (talk) 18:55, 24 December 2012 (UTC)


my wanting what is in an article to be properly cited is more a reflection of your attitude than mine Thats how your attitude looks from aside (no offence):

  1. The cited reference had a name by which it is easy to google it. So when the ref link to the telegraph was broken, you could have fixed it, like i did. Instead you immediately got rid of the whole (inconvenient?) interesting fact.
  2. I've put this fact into the "tank" article long ago, and since than check it once in half a year. And it is either deleted, or is distorted badly. You seem to have the article in your watch list, but do nothing to prevent it.

Let's make a deal, you will be as careful and watchful to the fact as to any other, and i stop thinking of you as of a jingoist? ;) deal? (talk) 21:01, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

I briefly looked for a fix to the Telegraph link, which is my usual practice, but failed. However, the WP:BURDEN isn't on me to do this.
I have well over a thousand articles on my watchlist, I miss many problems. Also, the Tank article is a mess in general, so that's a needle in a haystack of problems.
Yet, you've noticed all the needles I've added. ;) And also those I've deleted. (talk) 21:25, 24 December 2012 (UTC)
It's a deal.
I'm utterly puzzled by your "citation needed tags" in the Spanish Civil War article. You have put them directly in-front of citations. If there is an element in the preceding text which the existing reference doesn't cover, perhaps put that text within "Citation needed span" tags? If there is a problem with the citations themselves, there are a bunch of tags to deal with that (list at bottom of Template:Citation needed), and a talk page to explain if a tag doesn't fit. (Hohum @) 21:12, 24 December 2012 (UTC)
Sorry if i used the "Citation needed" tag wrong. But I did explain the details on the talk page. And there is a link right to the explanation from the banner on the top of the page, which you have removed. And a brief explanation was in the banner. (talk) 21:25, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

Chieftain new section in talk re Israeli/Uk co-operationEdit

  • Hi Hohum. Would be grateful if you could take a look. Your comments would be welcome. Ive left a similar message on mr leggets talk page. Happy new year! Irondome (talk) 05:52, 1 January 2013 (UTC)

Ancre HeightsEdit

Thanks for changing the weather table, it was my first go at doing one and I hadn't noticed the redundant criterion. I'll have to look at the others I've done on the other pages now. ;O)Keith-264 (talk) 20:57, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

Glad to be of help. (Hohum @) 20:59, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

Hi there!Edit

Thanks for your help recently with the United States Air Force Combat Control Team page and the Ashley Spurlin file, I appreciate it. I'm a bit newer at the whole contributing thing and... I just found out about DYK nominations as well. Anywho, I wrote a DYK nomination about the CCT page and I figured I'd let you know since you editted it a few times and if you would want to offer any feedback on how I did on it I would sure appreciate it. Thanks again, cheers Face-smile.svg  dain- talk   05:54, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

Sanity CheckEdit

Just wanted to check, your answer to User:Gaba p on WP:WEIGHT, WP:DUE and WP:RS was pretty much what I'd already pointed out repeatedly wasn't it? Wee Curry Monster talk 13:49, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

I think so. (Hohum @) 17:27, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
Do you mind if I quote you at WP:ANI, where he has made a frivolous complaint of me not discussing matters and edit warring to have him blocked? Wee Curry Monster talk 17:51, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
I don't mind being quoted as long as the context is clear. (Hohum @) 18:32, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

Hindenburg LineEdit

Thanks for looking over the article. Do you have a reference I could look at to explain |upright=1.1| as it's a new one on me. ThanksKeith-264 (talk) 21:58, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

Extended syntax: WP:EIS. (Hohum @) 00:22, 2 February 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, I'll have a play later.Keith-264 (talk) 06:44, 2 February 2013 (UTC)
Apropos AWB I think it might be putting spaces back were Auto Ed takes them out.Keith-264 (talk) 06:47, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Camouflage FACEdit

Hallo Hohum, can I first say thankyou very much for lending a hand round at Camouflage, it's appreciated. It's my first venture into FAC territory, and I'm finding it quite tough compared to GAN. Nikkimaria has offered to lend a hand tidying the references, and I've had to remove most of the images among other things. Your nice countershaded Focke-Wulf has come in handy at Countershading, and I've started a 'missing' article at Disruptive coloration, which is already a lot better. Meanwhile, if you could spare a moment to look at Camouflage and its FAC, I'd be enormously grateful as I feel a bit out of my depth and all alone there! But I think once the refs are straightened out it will seem a lot better. Hoping you've got the time and inclination - of course will understand perfectly if not -- Chiswick Chap (talk) 19:02, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for taking a look. Mind you, I think I preferred the b/w Catalina image, more dramatic and full of the sea somehow. But the FAC comments are all about references and manual of style; and we need to leave images alone while Nikkimaria checks all the copyright status and everything, she just told me this evening. Chiswick Chap (talk) 20:26, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
General stability of an article is desired during a review - but I think this applies to major changes, or lots of little ones. An image change or two usually isn't an issue imo.
I prefer colour images where possible, in this one specifically because you can't really tell if something is really white in a b/w one. Also, it's far higher quality. (Hohum @) 20:30, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
OK, let's stay with it, glad to have you around. Chiswick Chap (talk) 20:34, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

Chain HomeEdit

Many thanks for taking the raw URL's and doing the reference page. Nice pic of Stenigot tower as well. Thanks again! Cmpltd (talk) 23:19, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

My pleasure. The Stenigot tower image was hidden away on commons without being in a Chain Home category, so it was luck that I found it. The link review found a whole bunch of dead links - if you can find better alternatives it would be helpful. I might be able to find old versions on a web archive - but most look like someone's self-published site. (Hohum @) 16:06, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

Wholesale massacre at the Centurion articleEdit

Re your message. Such a wholesale removal of material from a WP piece even if uncited, is tantamount to a form of Good faith based "vandalism" in my opinion. I felt I was justified in reinstating it at least provisionally. A whole narrative structure which can be sourced has been removed. Therefore the entire section suffers as there is not even the skeleton of information to which cites can actually be added at a later date. Therefore it adversely affects the 2 relevant sections. My recommendation is to pepper the entire section(s) with citation needed flags and adopt a gradualist approach to this. Also a section on talk needs to be created to actually gather the relevant cites from other interested tankie editors, esp from SA and to a lesser extent Israel.

  • By the logic displayed, a good portion of WP would disappear overnight if these slash and burn edits were repeated on a large scale. A large percentage of sections (or entire articles) are in the "citation needed" pending category. And yes I am aware of the "rules" :) Cheers Hohum Irondome (talk) 23:28, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
My message didn't say to remove anything, so I have no idea where you are getting the "wholesale massacre" idea from. I asked for what you added to be cited - presumably you got the information from a reliable source in the first place, or feel it is true because you read it somewhere? Reliable sourcing is a requirement on wikipedia.
Unlike articles which are biographies of living people, where uncited material must be removed immediately, other articles, like this one, often have a lot of uncited information which stays for a long time - in the hope it will be cited by someone with a reliable source. I was hoping you were one of those people.
When entire sections are unreferenced, I suggest using a single section tag like {{unreferenced section}} and {{refimprove section}}. "Peppering" the article with many individual tags tends to be counterproductive. (Hohum @) 18:07, 15 February 2013 (UTC)
I think there may be a misunderstanding. I reverted 2 large edits which removed a very large chunk of text in the Middle East and South Africa section. The 2 edits immediately prior to my undong them. It was uncited material but I felt the removal didnt help the sections structure. Thats what I was talking about above. Cheers Irondome (talk) 18:47, 15 February 2013 (UTC)
Fair enough. (Hohum @) 18:52, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

Re:File:Battle of Wilsons Creek.pngEdit

Hi. I noticed that you had uploaded the above file. I am currently trying to upgrade an article which uses this file to AL class and according to one reviewer, the source of the file "should be changed to the book or website from where it was originally scanned/uploaded". Could you help with this? Thanks. Wild Wolf (talk) 17:05, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

I tracked down the original source and updated it. (Hohum @)
Much appreciated. Many thanks. Wild Wolf (talk) 17:35, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

Yom Kippur War Pakistan AidEdit

Hi Hohum! Well, I came here for discussing the Pakistani Aid to Arabs, you reduced the text that I entered here. It is inappropriate reduction, as what was in the text, is clearly shown in this source Also, you can go to the Pilot which shot down IAF plane, Sattar Alvi. I have entered the text again which is shown in the above source, and I have also reduced some of the text. Now before any further reduction, plz use the talk page. Faizan (talk) 15:40, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

That source wasn't being used at the time. Anything unsourced can be removed. Additionally, wijipedia can;t be used as a reference, and the refgerence on the Sattar Alvi page was unreliable.(Hohum @) 18:39, 22 February 2013 (UTC)
Sure! Let me find a new Reference which is reliable! Faizan (talk) 07:26, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

The Holocaust articleEdit

I see that you have reverted my edits in the The Holocaust article, making four days of work on my part count for nothing. I know this article is one of the longest on this site and it's a bit of a nightmare to find anything, but it means you have put all the mistakes back in; such as the excessive white space, the copyediting, i.e. duplicated links (and therefore uneccessary) and so-on. The clue was in the edit summary.

I suggest you read it.

To avoid a lot of to-ing and fro-ing between your talk page and mine, if you want to reply, please use this one, as I will be watching it.

RASAM (talk) 13:17, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

I'm confused if you think it took four days of your work to (incorrectly, and against WP:MOS) change some quote tags, which is all your *single* edit comment mentioned, and all that I reverted, as far as I know. (Hohum @) 16:45, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
"Moved pictures, maps and quotes to reduce white space; copyedit - (article is very big and difficult to navigate); replaced 'Quotation' with 'cquote' to avoid boxes obscuring information"
I tried to reduce the horrendous amounts of white space visible (at least it is on my screen). While wrestling with the maps, quotes and so on in this monster of an article, I found info boxes and a couple of pictures being partially obscured, and the only way that I knew to avoid that situation was to use 'cquote's. If it is against the WP:MOS and you've fixed it, then fair enough, but you still managed to erase many copyedits - from single words and punctuation marks to whole phrases. They all came under what you call a *single* edit, (see above for another copy of the [rather long-winded] edit summary).
RASAM (talk) 21:58, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
Ok, the problem with altering many things in a single edit is that it's difficult to unpick the good and bad parts - of course, many tiny edits have their own issues too. Try grouping similar types of edits together.
However, it looks like I didn't pay attention to all the changes to made. I'll have a look to see if I can re-include your substantive edits while not including the cquotes. (Hohum @) 15:11, 2 May 2013 (UTC)
Bear in mind also, that reducing "white space" and image crowding is an attempt to accommodate various different browser window sizes, usually biased towards satisfying smaller widths (~1024px) as not everyone has a large high resolution monitor. (Hohum @) 15:14, 2 May 2013 (UTC)
I have reintroduced your edit and am fixing up the formatting problems. (Hohum @) 15:31, 2 May 2013 (UTC)


Thanks for your scrutiny but do you really want pictures etc on the left-hand side? I find that it breaks the margin and looks untidy. Regards, Keith.Keith-264 (talk) 16:05, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

Hi. The manual of style suggests "pointing" images towards text - i.e. faces and items which lend themselves to this (cars, planes etc.). It also suggests alternating images left and right (partly because on very wide resolutions, there will be a big stack of images misaligned with the relevant text if they are all on one side). However, it's also a matter of taste as well as balancing style recommendations and technical issues. (Hohum @) 16:13, 21 June 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, does it really? For me reading left to right makes the right side the obvious place, so my eyes scan the picture reading each line. I take care to spread them evenly down the right hand side and try to match them with the size of the paragraph on it's left. I'd rather have fewer pictures etc than break the left margin. Does this mean that I've turned into an old fart? ;O)Keith-264 (talk) 16:18, 21 June 2013 (UTC)
For example: Featured article of today Ezra Meeker - I find the images on the left and right form a balance. Does that look wrong to you? (Hohum @) 16:31, 21 June 2013 (UTC)
I'm afraid so. Old fartdom here I come.Keith-264 (talk) 17:11, 21 June 2013 (UTC)
It's not mandatory, and consensus / taste applies, and on the Ginchy article, it probably wouldn't cause a stacking issue, so fee free to put them on the right. I would ask that you don't set specific pixel sizes except where necessary (like infoboxes), use the default thumbnail size, the upright or upright=<number> parameter (see WP:EIS) - this lets people use their preferences to set image sizes. (Hohum @) 18:45, 21 June 2013 (UTC)
Thanks Ho' I bow to the power of your Wikimojo. I thought that the px sizes were for fitting them to the text, as I have copied other editors on usage, since I find that wiki procedure pages are explanations written for people who know about computers, rather than descriptions for ignoramuses like me. When I saw upright notations, I hadn't a clue what they were about. I assumed that people just clicked on to get the big version. I'll give WP:EIS a look tomorrow. If you have any more suggestions about my page design please feel free. Thanks mateKeith-264 (talk)
I've just noticed that you recommended WP:EIS a few months ago....Keith-264 (talk) 21:05, 23 June 2013 (UTC)

Qatar Leopard 2 deliveryEdit

The reference had information on when delivery of Leopard 2 tanks to Qatar will be completed. The deal for the order is confirmed and I was just writing in the timetable. How is that in violation of anything? America789 (talk) 19:41, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Apologies, I have self reverted. Missed that it was a finalised deal rather than a "maybe". (Hohum @) 20:02, 16 July 2013 (UTC)
Thank you. America789 (talk) 22:09, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Ulster Defence RegimentEdit

Thank you for all the work you've done on the article. It's great to have a more experienced editor do a bit. SonofSetanta (talk) 11:13, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

Hohum have you any idea how I can resolve the issue of using the badge or a representative image on all the UDR pages? SonofSetanta (talk) 17:15, 17 July 2013 (UTC)
Unfortunately not. It seems to me that as it is the same cap badge for each unit, they each have a relevant fair use claim, but the NFCC requirements aren't really my thing and I can't find a wikipedia noticeboard for the topic. (Hohum @) 17:22, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

M4 ShermanEdit

So where on earth does the figure of 61 come from then? Italia2006 (talk) 21:20, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

The existing reference to Zaloga, Armored Thunderbolt almost covered it, I have added an additional page to the existing reference.
Here's the excerpt from p. 22:

At the outset of the war, the army planned to raise 216 divisions, including 61 armored divisions. At nearly 400 tanks per division, this entailed the manufacture of 25,000 tanks, plus additional tanks for training and attrition -- not to mention that Britain was buying large numbers of tanks and the U.S. had further Lend-Lease commitments. ... The plans were for an astonishing 45,000 tanks in 1942, and 75,000 in 1943. [the 120,000 figure]

So, that's not quite "120,000 tanks = 61 divisions". It's "They initially planned to build 120,000 tanks, which would provide for 61 U.S. Armored divisions, their training, and projected replacement of losses, plus sales to Britain and Lend Lease."
Additionally, p. 24:

The US Army would form 16 armored divisions during the course of the war instead of the original plan for 61, although some 70 seperate tank battalions that had not been included in the original plans eventually were organised

google books link
(Hohum @) 11:04, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

Deletion of apparently copyright image Sept 12, 2013Edit

Hi there... Apologies, but I've deleted your image of Gerry Rafferty and Enzina Fuschini as a suspected WP:CV. It has been uploaded to someone's own page but (I believe) simply pulled off newspapers online, where it is labelled as a copyright image. I've put more details here: Best wishes, CW (talk) 07:07, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

Glad Tidings and all that ...Edit

Bolas navideñas.jpg FWiW Bzuk (talk) 23:18, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

why did you rv all of my edits?Edit

there is nothing wrong with the sources and if you have a problem with the wording please improve it instead of removing everything, and nazi germany needs a motto so if there isnt we must find some alternative Kalix94 (talk) 19:37, 20 January 2014 (UTC)

Because the edit was very poorly worded, and the sources were poor, as I said in the edit comment. If you have a problem, bring it up at the talk page of the article, where this has already been discussed. (Hohum @) 01:42, 21 January 2014 (UTC)


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Edit summariesEdit

Thanks for all these image upgrades, but can you use edit summaries, so people don't have to look at them when they come up on their watchlists. Thanks! Johnbod (talk) 18:42, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

Sure. (Hohum @) 18:44, 3 February 2014 (UTC)
And please indicated which image you switched (title and artist), rather than "Clearer version" or "Google Art Project version". Thanks in advance.Coldcreation (talk) 06:41, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Round In FiftyEdit

Seamless editing, thank you very much for taking that on! Cassianto (talk) 18:19, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

I just tweaked it a little more to reduce some discolourations. Please mark it as resolved if you are happy. (Hohum @) 18:31, 22 February 2014 (UTC)
Tweaked to perfection, I shall "resolve" now. Thanks. Cassianto (talk) 19:18, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

The 2S25Edit

Hi, I'm the user responsible for rewriting the article of the 2S25. I can tell you're a very busy user with all of these reviews but I do have one question. On a scale of 1 to 10, one equaling a B-class article and ten equaling a GA-class article, what rating would you give it? Originally, I was planning to rewrite it to make it a GA-class article but gave up after finding out that almost all the sources on this vehicle are either Russian, deprived from Russian, or from the internet. Khazar (talk) 20:06, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Any thoughts? Don't be shy. Khazar (talk) 21:36, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

Edit summariesEdit

I notice you never seem to use them. Please do so. Thanks Johnbod (talk) 23:52, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

I see this is not the first time I've had to ask this. It is a great inconvenience for other editors not to use them. Johnbod (talk) 23:55, 4 June 2014 (UTC)


Hi Hohum, can you please help with Snake? Jaqeli (talk) 17:58, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Done? Jaqeli 12:37, 28 June 2014 (UTC)
Nope, my Inkscape skills aren't good enough to get multiple colours on this image without an unreasonable amount of work. (Hohum @) 12:50, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
No problem. Thanks anyways. Jaqeli 14:17, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

Tiger I Ammo typesEdit

Hello, I was wondering if it was you who added the different ammo types section on the 8.8cm KwK 36 L/56 gun's page : 8.8_cm_KwK_36

I'm particularly interested by the pzgr.40 APCR ammo for this gun. And I've not found any source links concerning it on this page ...

I'm playing an online game called War Thunder : the Pz VI Tiger I (E) using the 8.8cm KwK 36 L/56 is modled, however, it doesn't get in it's ammo selection any pzgr.40 APCR ammo, if you could give me any historical source which can prove that this gun could be equiped with APCR rounds, i could transmit it on the develloper's forum and make this game more historically accurate ...

Thank you very much.

PS : English is not my mother tongue and I'm not very familiar with wikipedia, please excuse me for any mistake i could have made ;) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Roi Arachnide (talkcontribs) 10:27, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Jentz, Tom (1993). Tiger 1 : heavy tank, 1942-1945. London: Osprey. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-85532-337-7. Of the total ammunition load of 92 rounds, the recommended ratio was 50 per cent Pzgr 39 and 50 per cent Sprgr. Occasionally, when available, a few rounds of Pzgr 40 were carried for use against the heaviest armoured Russian tanks and tank destroyers.
(Hohum @) 13:25, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Rudyard Kipling editEdit

here's where i came across it >>>><<<< (in the paragraph/section titled --British Justice--). Don't remember the exact way i edited it, so if you do, or if previous revisions can be restored (assuming this reference seems credible to u), please do. -thanx — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:53, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

googled later, found these

- (about Dyer) >>>><<<<

- a line from his poem The White Man’s Burden: The United States and The Philippine Islands :

Go send your sons to exile To serve your captives' need To wait in heavy harness On fluttered folk and wild— Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half devil and half child

-the line ' a lesser breed without the law' apparently comes from another of his poems titled "Recessional"

-Professor Gilbert Murray's comments can be found in page 18 of this book --- "Gandhi's Interpreter" by Geoffrey Carnall. a link to the specific page shows up on google-books if u search with the quote and the names.

thats the best i can do. -thanx again


Hi Hohum, would you please edit the file above like you did it for the cropped version. Thanks in advance, MagentaGreen (talk) 14:01, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Done (Hohum @) 18:03, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

1st Duke of WellingtonEdit

Dear Hohum, I noticed that you changed back my corrected caption on the 1st Duke of Wellington page. You gave some advice about how I should correct the caption that says the Swinton is of Kitty Pakenham. I can't work out how to follow your advice. But I do know that the painting is of Elizabeth Hay, later 2nd Dss of Wellington because I work at Stratfield Saye House and see the original painting every day. Are you able to change the caption for me? Yours, archivist10 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Archivist 10 (talkcontribs) 22:52, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

@Archivist 10:Is there a catalogue for the items held at Stratfield Saye House, ideally online, which can confirm this? If so, I can update commons and wikipedia using it as the verification. (Hohum @) 15:58, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

USS Oriskany fire assessmentEdit

Just wanted to say thank you for assessing this article. I'll see what I can do to expand upon it. Thanks a bunch!RGFI (talk) 18:14, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Quick question for you about cleaning up a scanned photoEdit

Is there much that a photo expert can do to this photo without getting it scanned again? [13] We have a much smaller version already in Commons and it would be nice to upgrade it. I've got Photoshop and can probably at least clean up the moiré pattern if it's not too complicated.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 20:24, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Unfortunately I don't see an image at that link. If you can see one, perhaps grab it and upload it to commons (or somewhere else you can point me to), and I'll see what can be done. Some moire issues are trivial to fix, others can be so difficult a rescan is preferable. (Hohum @) 21:13, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, go to page 189, although google books seems to be blocking non-US IPs, if that's a problem.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 21:35, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
I'm in the UK, which is probably the issue. (Hohum @) 21:38, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
I've uploaded the original, hope that you can do something with this. [14]--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 23:06, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
I've tried. Not entirely happy with the outcome though. (Hohum @) 00:10, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
oh well; thanks for trying.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 00:31, 9 September 2014 (UTC)


Hi, Hohum. You made a fine job fixing File:QinShiHuang18thCentury.jpg colors. I wondered if you could do the same with File:Pedro alvares cabral 01.png. It has a an unusal brownish tone in it, making Cabral look tanned, when he was a brown haired white man (like here). --Lecen (talk) 06:53, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

I have tried, but unfortunately I can't do much with that image. (Hohum @) 16:58, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
That's ok. I really appreciate your help. Regards, --Lecen (talk) 13:14, 23 October 2014 (UTC)


Hey, thanks for your improvements to the Barrett XM109 article. This is ancient history, but I think you may have added a mistaken citation back in 2008. I started a thread on the talk page about it. No worries. Rezin (talk) 17:54, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Answered on the talk page. (Hohum @) 18:04, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
Pinging in case you didn't see my reply. Rezin (talk) 18:36, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

Your recent edits of page No. 255 Squadron RAFEdit

Please would you visit the Talk page relating to No.255 Squadron and there (a) constructively join in the discussion about "splitting", also (b) set out your connection (if any) with the squadron. The result of a lot of difficult research work done by descendants of squadron members has, within the last few days, been deleted without prior discussion. 255 Historian (talk) 14:00, 12 November 2014 (UTC)

Merry MerryEdit

To you and yours
FWiW Bzuk (talk) 21:44, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

Jimmy Lee GrayEdit

The information about Jimmy Lee Gray and his crimes was taken from his article. Since you contend that my insertion was "unreferenced," what is the correct procedure for citing another Wikipedia article?

The obvious intent of the article on the gas chamber is to make readers feel sorry for the murderers who were put to death. Such an article is obviously POV or unbalanced unless we are also told the nature of the crimes for which the murderers are being put to death. Gray kidnapped, raped, and murdered a three-year old girl. A three-year old girl! Does anyone care whether she suffered, or how long it took her to die? And yet, we have an article expresses sympathy for Gray, and we not told, in the article, that he kidnapped, raped, and killed a three-year old girl.

John Paul Parks (talk) 06:15, 27 December 2014 (UTC)

You can't use other wikipedia articles as sources per WP:CIRCULAR, but you could use the relevant sources that page uses.
However, I don't feel manipulated into any sympathy for him. The paragraph you're adding to describes a failure in execution, and doesn't use any unnecessary phrases to describe it. It should link to his article, where readers can find out more about why he was sentenced to death. (It's pretty obvious that anyone sentenced to death in the US has done something horrific.) This article isn't about the crimes, it's about the mode of punishment.
Also, please use the article talk page to talk about the article. (Hohum @) 15:42, 27 December 2014 (UTC)

Happy New Year!Edit

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Replacing an FPEdit

The simplest way might be to upload it as a new image, and do a simple delist and replace nom - just use the "delist" box on WP:FPC and add the replacement image in as well. If it proves difficult to figure out how to set that up, that's probably true for a lot of people, so let me know and I'll code a delist and replace template to simplify things.

It's a little complicated, but it's more-or-less guaranteed results - either your changes will be accepted, or you'll get an explanation of exactly why. Adam Cuerden (talk) 17:31, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

@Adam Cuerden: I have done my best here: Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/delist/Marine da nang.jpg (Hohum @) 18:30, 12 January 2015 (UTC)
Looks good! I'll do a full scan of the image soon. =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:16, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Auto archivingEdit


I set up yesterday the auto archiving via MiszaBot, unfortunately it did not work as assumed. I've had created the Archive 1, but Lowercase sigmabot III used an self-provided Archive 12. Could you please be so kindly and have a look over there how to fix it? Many thanks. Regards (talk) 01:49, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

In a failed attempt to help, I moved "/Archive12" to "/Archive1"
You'll need to get an admin to delete "/Archive 1", and then move "/Archive1" to "Archive 1". (Don't try copy pasting content, as the history would be lost).
Once that's done make the following change on the talk page
| archive=Talk:Panther tank/Archive1%(counter)d
| archive=Talk:Panther tank/Archive %(counter)d
(Hohum @) 02:03, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
Alright, many thanks for your effort, I will try to catch an admin. Regards (talk) 16:11, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
 Done : Archiv 1 was redirected by Keegan and should be working now. Regards (talk) 22:35, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

Gallery sizesEdit

Hi, hope you don't mind, but I undid your change to the gallery widths as the images are variously portrait and landscape, and it seems best to have the same area for all images, roughly the same size as standard (down the right) images rather than suddenly one or two in a gallery far larger than the rest. All the best, Chiswick Chap (talk) 16:00, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

I made the change because the gallery takes up about the same amount of screen space, but most of the pictures are bigger and easier to see detail in. i.e. there is a lot less wasted whitespace. (Hohum @) 16:37, 23 February 2015 (UTC)
Oh, how odd. It looked quite different to me, I was using Firefox. Perhaps it's browser-specific. All the best, Chiswick Chap (talk) 19:01, 23 February 2015 (UTC)
Since I also use Firefox, very odd. (Hohum @) 19:30, 23 February 2015 (UTC)


Thanks for letting me know I forgot to include the book title. It's World War II Sea War, Volume 3: The Royal Navy is Bloodied in the Mediterranean. Thanks for for your diligent work in improving the page.--100menonmars (talk) 01:47, 20 March 2015 (UTC)


That Konane photo is so incredibly better! (How'd ya do that?!?) Thanks, IHTS (talk) 07:14, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Like this and this (Hohum @) 16:52, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
Thanks much for those tips! IHTS (talk) 00:09, 4 August 2015 (UTC)

Your comment about blogsEdit

Your comment about using blogs as sources does not consider the quality of the mentioned blog. In the modern web, a dedicated aviation blog like "the aviationist" or "Oryx", often used as first source for "mainstream" press has much more precise information than any New Your Times, CNN or RT. Your POV is biased and your sources are very weak. — Preceding unsigned comment added by vnkd (talkcontribs)

Your presumption of what I know is flawed. I have left The Aviationist references intact because it seems that he is at least an expert in the field. The other blogs I removed are not. You also ought to take more care checking which sources I have added to the same articles - which is *none*; I have only put them in cite tags to make them more presentable. Your attention to details like this is sloppy. Know what you are talking about before throwing around accusations. Check WP:RS and WP:RSN to find out what wikipedia considers reliable sources. Also, sign your messages. (Hohum @) 14:00, 11 October 2015 (UTC)

File:Raj Kapoor In Aah (1953).pngEdit

hi ,thanks @Hohum:, can you tell me how Raj_Kapoor_In_Aah_(1953).png doneAryan from Hindustan (talk) 08:34, 23 October 2015 (UTC)

I used the heal tool in gimp. tutorial here (Hohum @) 01:55, 24 October 2015 (UTC)
thanks--Aryan from हि है (talk) 08:03, 30 October 2015 (UTC)


Thanks for the edits on the loca map, I've only been experimenting with "Location map many" recently, I'll be able to copy the layout. Keith-264 (talk) 21:00, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

I'm glad you think it's an improvement. Blue anchors may be more cartographic. (Hohum @) 21:02, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
Seeing how to manoeuvre the place names helps even more.Keith-264 (talk) 21:15, 23 November 2015 (UTC)


Thank you for your comment on the Peiper Talk page. I really appreciate it!

Would the same rationale apply here SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen - Source regarding the use of a division history by Otto Kumm. I have reliable sources that call these unit histories "tendentious" and Otto Kumm an "unreformed Nazi enthusiast." Who knows what he means by "crushing the partisans" and "bravery." Please let me know what you think.

Here are the sources in context:

  • Memoirs and histories by former Waffen-SS generals and bulky 'official' unit histories (often in several volumes) were produced with the assistance from HIAG since the 1950s. They invariably portrayed Waffen-SS men as "idealists who fought honorably and well (and had nothing to do with the concentration camps)"[1]; these works were clearly "tendentious."[2] HIAG also underwrote the publication of works by right-wing academics sympathetic to the Waffen-SS.[2]
  • At least through the 1970s, Kumm remained "the ever unreformed Nazi enthusiast" according to researcher Danny S. Parker, who was given access to the previously closed HIAG archives.[3] Perceived by the West German government to be a Nazi organization, HIAG was eventually disbanded in 1992.[4]


  1. ^ Mackenzie 2011, p. 137.
  2. ^ a b Sydnor 1990, p. 319.
  3. ^ Parker 2014, p. 215.
  4. ^ Levenda 2014, p. 167.


  • Levenda, Peter (2014). The Hitler Legacy: The Nazi Cult in Diaspora: How it was Organized, How it was Funded, and Why it Remains a Threat to Global Security in the Age of Terrorism. Ibis Press. ISBN 978-0892542109.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • MacKenzie, S.P. (2014). Revolutionary Armies in the Modern Era: A Revisionist Approach. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415867771.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Parker, Danny S. (2014). Hitler's Warrior: The Life and Wars of SS Colonel Jochen Peiper. Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0306821547.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Sydnor, Charles W. (1990) [1977]. Soldiers of destruction: the SS Death's Head Division, 1933–1945. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691008530.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

Thank you again. -- K.e.coffman (talk) 18:11, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

I would think so. This is better discussed on its talk page though. (Hohum @) 18:15, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
Thank you - I will do that. I was just making sure I'm not the only one who would question uncritical use of potentially biased and revisionist sources. :-) -- K.e.coffman (talk) 18:27, 3 December 2015 (UTC)



I have seen that you have reverted the input by HHubi. I totally agree with you, that guy thinks that Wikipedia is an ITU manual. However, I was thinking that his entry of ITU quotes could be added in a "Regulations" section (as I did in Radiosonde) which would stop further reverting. What do you think about that.

Pierre cb (talk) 14:01, 23 December 2015 (UTC)

Possibly. I've referred the issue of his editing of telecoms/radio related articles to WT:TEL, since I don't have the expertise in the subject for the nuance that may be necessary in dealing with such a troublesome editor. (Hohum @) 16:28, 23 December 2015 (UTC)
I will put it toward the end. Pierre cb (talk) 23:29, 23 December 2015 (UTC)

Copying within Wikipedia requires proper attributionEdit

Information icon Thank you for your contributions to Wikipedia. It appears that you copied or moved text from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst into Officer Candidate School. While you are welcome to re-use Wikipedia's content, here or elsewhere, Wikipedia's licensing does require that you provide attribution to the original contributor(s). When copying within Wikipedia, this is supplied at minimum in an edit summary at the page into which you've copied content. It is good practice, especially if copying is extensive, to also place a properly formatted {{copied}} template on the talk pages of the source and destination. The attribution has been provided for this situation, but if you have copied material between pages before, even if it was a long time ago, please provide attribution for that duplication. You can read more about the procedure and the reasons at Wikipedia:Copying within Wikipedia. Thank you. --Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 18:42, 1 January 2016 (UTC)

103rd SS Heavy Panzer BattalionEdit

Hi, I would like to go ahead and clean up this article: none of the sources listed are reliable; in addition, the credited vehicles are not cited. I know you've disagreed once, so I wanted to give you heads up to see if you wanted to improve the article before I proceed.


Policy requires that articles reference only reliable sources; however, this is a minimal condition, rather than a final goal. With the exception of certain recent topics that have not yet become the subject of extensive secondary analysis, and for which a lower standard may be temporarily permitted, articles on military history should aim to be based primarily on published secondary works by reputable historians.

The nature of historical material requires that articles be thoroughly—even exhaustively—cited. At a minimum, the following all require direct citation:

  • Numerical quantities or statistics

Please let me know! K.e.coffman (talk) 05:52, 3 January 2016 (UTC)

Firstly; thank you for taking an interest in improving the articles that you have been working on. It is welcome.
The web sources currently in use have bibliographies at the bottom of their pages, so they are tertiary, and the text they support is probably factual. I agree that it should more properly be cited directly to those sources, if you have them. If you don't have them, I advise against removing the text in the article just because of poor referencing. You should only remove information if you think it is *wrong*, not just because the sourcing is weak.
Short version - I suggest improving the referencing, rather than tearing out information because it has tertiary sourcing. (Hohum @) 15:49, 3 January 2016 (UTC)
I'm not sure that I agree. Per WP:MILMOS & WP:RS, these are unreliable and, secondly, tertiary sources. I find these numbers to be dubious – they could have been simply exaggerated in the heat of the battle or by the unit commander to mask mistakes, or could have been factually incorrect, whereas the unit reports destroying 'heavy tanks' while in fact these were T-34s. Without reliable sources, we simply do not know. If the articles do not have citations, then per various tags "the material may be challenged or removed." It does not say that it cannot or should not be removed. What do you think? K.e.coffman (talk) 17:42, 3 January 2016 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) None of the sources used can be considered RS. They need to be replaced by citations from Schneider's Tigers in Combat, Tessin's Truppen und Verbände der Wehrmacht and Sledgehammers.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 20:17, 3 January 2016 (UTC)

As I said, improve the sourcing. The numbers are likely supported by the reliable sources (Jentz, Schneider, etc.) at the bottom of the web pages currently used. (Hohum @) 14:14, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
I do not have access to these sources; I'd rather interested editors improve the article once it's been cleaned up.
Would you guys mind if I copy paste this to the article's talk page, before I proceed? K.e.coffman (talk) 02:01, 5 January 2016 (UTC)
Fine by me.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 02:17, 5 January 2016 (UTC)


Apols for my part in that hornet's nest. Regards Keith-264 (talk) 20:24, 22 January 2016 (UTC)

Good luckEdit

Good luck here. I also tried to help but it was received slightly less enthusiastically than a dose of clap. Sadly, having tried to be nice I find that I have no stomach for further involvement - I hate rows on here - so I'm ducking out. If you continue to try to help I wish you luck with it. Best wishes DBaK (talk) 14:48, 6 March 2016 (UTC)

Greyscale PNG'sEdit

I quite literally never thought that the colorspace of the PNG would affect that, even though I damn well 'knew' it could have. Thanks for fixing that, and educating me a bit on what to do if I see that problem in the future. MjolnirPants Tell me all about it. 15:46, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

Action of 8 May 1941Edit

Sorry about this but can you have another look at the Cape Guardafui loc map you did please? I altered something in the picture captions and it altered the map, making it spill over the page margin and I can't put it right because I can't find what I did to it, even looking at previous versions of the page. Keith-264 (talk) 12:58, 8 May 2016 (UTC)

Fixed, and increased to 300px, which I think you might have been trying to do as well? (Hohum @) 18:57, 8 May 2016 (UTC)
No, it was 220, I was changing picture captions from center /center to {{center|caption}} and it changed something in the map formula but I don't know what.Keith-264 (talk) 18:59, 8 May 2016 (UTC)
I just tried 220 and it went wrong again!Keith-264 (talk) 19:02, 8 May 2016 (UTC)
Fixed again. The size needs to be specified the same in two places in that template. (Hohum @) 19:14, 8 May 2016 (UTC)
Now the red box is in the wrong place....Keith-264 (talk) 20:15, 8 May 2016 (UTC)
Fixed. (Hohum @) 16:39, 9 May 2016 (UTC)
Thanks, I still don't know what I did to it. ;O))Keith-264 (talk) 17:50, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

Axis ship-watching activities in the Gibraltar areaEdit

Thanks for the excellent map! Nick-D (talk) 09:35, 17 October 2016 (UTC)



Hi Hohum, Some of the information in this map, namely the spread of lollardy's influence (the distinction between areas with a lollard presence before the death of Richard II and areas where lollardy spread in the 15th century), was made inaccessible to people with deuteranomaly (and possibly other kinds of "colour-blindness") by the change of blue areas to green (your edit on 20 May 2015). Could you please have another look some time? Thanks and best wishes --Frans Fowler (talk) 00:22, 2 February 2017 (UTC)

Hello, I've now adjusted the colours so that they are compatible with deuteranopia, protanopia and tritanopia - according to the filters for that purpose in Gimp. Hopefully that has worked. (Hohum @) 00:51, 2 February 2017 (UTC)
Hi again. Thanks for trying, so quickly! The current version from the File history table is an improvement (but not as clear as the first one, with the blue). However, the big version now at the top of the file page (which looks to me like the version in the Lollardy article) doesn't seem any different from the previous one - Somerset and Wilts look like darker and lighter versions of the same colour. Is that just the database being slow somehow, or is there a mix-up? Cheers --Frans Fowler (talk) 01:28, 2 February 2017 (UTC)
Probably a caching issue. Try C:Help:Purge (Hohum @) 17:54, 2 February 2017 (UTC)

Aircraft camouflageEdit

Hi, and thanks for your help now that the article is queued for GAN. What do you think of another editor's sudden additions to the article, and changes to structure? Chiswick Chap (talk) 08:30, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

I think you've recovered it already.
On a separate note, the image of the B2 in the lead isn't very good resolution or colour accuracy. (Hohum @) 17:16, 9 March 2017 (UTC)
Well, I took a chance on it, and have at least explained myself. I'd be very glad if you could keep an eye. On the B2, I'd say it was easily a good enough image to be going along with, but as always, these things can be worked on. In the case of the B2, although this is a camouflage article, its colours are not terribly important as its stealth does not rely on its visual appearance: a curious but pertinent fact. Chiswick Chap (talk) 20:56, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

T-34s in AngolaEdit

Howzit, Hohum.

As you were the first contributor to mark the section I wrote on the T-34's usage in the Angolan Civil War as being too granular, I would value your opinion on the revised section I am proposing here. This is roughly about the size of the section on the tank's Korean War deployments; however, I have been told it is still too detailed and needs to be axed to four or five sentences, or less than one paragraph.

What do you think? Has it been adequately condensed as is, or does it need more work?

Thanks, --Katangais (talk) 16:57, 14 March 2017 (UTC)

Not bad, but it needs to be condensed more. Things like how they were shipped aren't needed. Read the Korean war section and see how that concentrates its focus. (Hohum @) 21:04, 14 March 2017 (UTC)

Can you return?Edit

I forgot to use ping here. Maury Markowitz (talk) 00:51, 30 March 2017 (UTC)


Yes, I know. My intention is to templatize bare reference. In order to harvnb template wokrs, we need to convert literature to templates Citation or Cite book/journal. -- Bojan  Talk  19:46, 19 April 2017 (UTC)

@BokicaK: It would make a lot more sense to do it the other way around. Prepare the citations, then adjust the references - that way, nothing is broken. (Hohum @) 19:48, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
I concur with You, but I can't do it with plain search & replace. I just wanted to do half of this task. I hoped that others users will append Literature/Sources/Biobliography sections. -- Bojan  Talk  19:54, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
I'd be quite happy to join in repairing the references but I'm useless with harvnb, sfn is the only one I'm any good at; would it help if I did some of the affected articles like that while you're plugging away on V-B? Regards Keith-264 (talk) 07:33, 20 April 2017 (UTC)
Although well intentioned, I'm not convinced the original change was the best idea for a lot of the articles involved. (Hohum @) 20:25, 20 April 2017 (UTC)

FAC Nomination "Battle of Prokhorovka"Edit

Hello, I nominated "Battle of Prokhorovka" for Featured Article. Thought you might be interested. EyeTruth (talk) 22:16, 30 April 2017 (UTC)


I couldn't work out how to keep (a) and (b) in one column. Pity it didn't occur to me to try colons. ;o)Keith-264 (talk) 17:01, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

Caen RfCEdit

Editorial POV-pushing, despite attempts by to persuade an editor to acknowledge the difference between an article conforming to the title and a Montgomery-bashing exercise.

Courtesy notification. Keith-264 (talk) 13:26, 8 June 2017 (UTC)

Normandy LandingsEdit

Hi, I'd inadvertently pasted the same citation twice about Mongolian Ost Battalion troops in Normandy. Thanks for the revert otherwise I wouldn't have caught that.Yojimbo1941 (talk) 20:59, 14 September 2017 (UTC)

Comment on my talk pageEdit

I see you left a comment on my talk page. Could you elaborate on ow my edit did not conform to the verifiability guidelines? I deleted a comment that was speculative. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Thegoodmanisamazing (talkcontribs) 02:54, 26 November 2017 (UTC)

I have left several links to wikipedia sourcing requirements on your talk page already. (Hohum @) 11:55, 26 November 2017 (UTC)

WWI imagesEdit

Hi. Nice work on the WWI images. Thanks. If you feel like having a look at their sourcing that would be good. If you feel like weeding some of them out, even better. And from the last A class review:

"The images need boosting in size, each scrutinised on the basis of quality (res, etc), height, caption length, relationship to surrounding text and images, and critically, internal detail. The Br. Grand Fleet looks like a bad case of skin rash and pimples. Austrian troops: the relevance, the detail, is impossible to make out. The corpses: amazing pic, and hugely dramatic. Bigger, please. Initial actions: please see the MoS on text sandwiching! Please note the change in WP:IUP on image sizes, which has loosened up about forced size increases. Experiment with 230–250px?"

If you are already on to any of this and I am playing the role of the slow kid at the back of the class, apologies. In any case, thanks again for the good work. Gog the Mild (talk) 22:56, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

Well deserved and overdueEdit

Working Man's Barnstar.png The Working Wikipedian's Barnstar
For a huge amount of behind the scenes work, and specifically for kicking Razing of Friesoythe into shape, I am happy to award you this hard earned barnstar. You work makes Wikipedia a more pleasant place to visit. Gog the Mild (talk) 19:57, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
Oops - I forgot to say: "Thank you!". (Hohum @) 17:33, 6 February 2018 (UTC)
Ha. You are most welcome. Gog the Mild (talk) 21:32, 20 July 2018 (UTC)

Reliable sources for firearmsEdit

Hello Hohum. I saw your recent edits on M60 Machine Gun, and noticed you removed a reference from on the grounds it was a blog, and thus not a reliable source. I agree that blogs are not reliable sources, but, as far as I can tell, thefirearmblog is actually a news site, and just happens to have blog as part of their name. There was a discussion on WikiProject Firearms (Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Firearms/Archive_9#Source_discussion) about reliable sources, and while not specifically mentioned, I believe that based on precedent favors the reliability of website in question. I recognize you're a much more experienced editor than I am, so a response would be very much appreciated, especially if I'm mistaken. Thanks! - Mr.1032 (talk) 21:05, 3 February 2018 (UTC)

Although it seems they do have staff writers, I'm not convinced that makes it a reliable source. Even if it did, it doesn't seem that the author of that contribution, "Miles" is a staff writer, or a recognised expert - he seems like an interested amateur. In short, it would be better to find a better source instead of arguing about that one. If you want to get more feedback, the reliable sources noticeboard would be the place to go. (Hohum @) 22:35, 3 February 2018 (UTC)

Rutledge P. HazzardEdit

A few minutes ago, I started to on Hazzard's article at User:Usernamekiran/Rutledge P. Hazzard. Would you be able to find a photo for him? Also, would you kindly tell me how do you find photos? Like you did with William K. James? Regards, —usernamekiran(talk) 22:03, 5 February 2018 (UTC)

I've had a look, and can't find a decent picture of him.
I usually try doing a reverse image search using the poor quality version, too see if there is a better one, using and/or do google image searches using various combination of their name, rank, unit, etc. A seach for "general William K James" gave me a good result. You can also search inside the US national archive here: (Hohum @) 17:29, 6 February 2018 (UTC)
I did stumble upon some source material for him though
(Hohum @) 17:39, 6 February 2018 (UTC)
Before contacting you, I had managed to find these two images, I have uploaded them to commons now. File:Brigadier General Rutledge P. Hazzard (cropped).jpg, and File:Rutledge P. Hazzard.jpg
While I was searching, I also had come across the two sources you provided above. But they didnt open that day, and they didnt open today either. They always say the connection has timed out. Also, you should lookup {{pb}}, it is very handy. —usernamekiran(talk) 10:51, 7 February 2018 (UTC)
Hi again.
I just published the article Rutledge P. Hazzard :) —usernamekiran(talk) 14:20, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

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2,662 Quality: Medium, Assessed class: B, Predicted class: C Pubic hair (talk) Merge
306 Quality: Medium, Assessed class: Start, Predicted class: C Raufoss Mk 211 (talk) Merge
1,782 Quality: Medium, Assessed class: C, Predicted class: C Invasion of Normandy (talk) Merge
17 Quality: Medium, Assessed class: Start, Predicted class: C Battle of Flirey (talk) Wikify
11 Quality: Medium, Assessed class: Start, Predicted class: C 35th Parachute Artillery Regiment (talk) Wikify
133 Quality: Medium, Assessed class: Start, Predicted class: C Lend-Lease Sherman tanks (talk) Wikify
4 Quality: Low, Assessed class: Stub, Predicted class: Stub El Salheya (talk) Orphan
4 Quality: Low, Assessed class: Stub, Predicted class: Start Harald Belker (talk) Orphan
69 Quality: Medium, Assessed class: Start, Predicted class: B Sniper equipment (talk) Orphan
38 Quality: High, Assessed class: Start, Predicted class: FA Battle of Saguntum (talk) Stub
13 Quality: Low, Assessed class: Stub, Predicted class: Start CDC SCOPE (talk) Stub
28 Quality: Low, Assessed class: Stub, Predicted class: Start Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (talk) Stub
16 Quality: Low, Assessed class: Stub, Predicted class: Start West FM (talk) Stub
410 Quality: Low, Assessed class: NA, Predicted class: Stub SNAC (talk) Stub
3 Quality: Low, Assessed class: Stub, Predicted class: Start Ludwig von Henk (talk) Stub

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April 2018 Milhist Backlog DriveEdit

G'day all, please be advised that throughout April 2018 the Military history Wikiproject is running its annual backlog elimination drive. This will focus on several key areas:

  • tagging and assessing articles that fall within the project's scope
  • adding or improving listed resources on Milhist's task force pages
  • updating the open tasks template on Milhist's task force pages
  • creating articles that are listed as "requested" on the project's various lists of missing articles.

As with past Milhist drives, there are points awarded for working on articles in the targeted areas, with barnstars being awarded at the end for different levels of achievement.

The drive is open to all Wikipedians, not just members of the Military history project, although only work on articles that fall (broadly) within the scope of military history will be considered eligible. This year, the Military history project would like to extend a specific welcome to members of Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red, and we would like to encourage all participants to consider working on helping to improve our coverage of women in the military. This is not the sole focus of the edit-a-thon, though, and there are aspects that hopefully will appeal to pretty much everyone.

The drive starts at 00:01 UTC on 1 April and runs until 23:59 UTC on 30 April 2018. Those interested in participating can sign up here.

For the Milhist co-ordinators, AustralianRupert and MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 10:53, 27 March 2018 (UTC)

Be Careful!! - Mountain Warfare!!Edit

In your picture reverts, you wiped out the link I inserted!! Please put it back!! Buckshot06 (talk) 21:21, 31 March 2018 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure I did. (Hohum @) 13:28, 1 April 2018 (UTC)

File:Helmut Eberspächer.jpgEdit

Hi, I'd be happy to upload a file separately. Since only one non-free image per article is allowed, that would mean that the older image would be deleted. If that's a concern, I'd be happy to list it for discussion. Or I can just go ahead and replace the file in the article. Please let me know. --K.e.coffman (talk) 22:08, 14 April 2018 (UTC)

Where do you see the limit on non free images in an article to one? There is a "minimal number of items" clause er WP:NFC, but showing someone young, in military uniform, versus much older, as a civilian, especially when their features are very different, are different use cases. . (Hohum @) 11:05, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

Pull quote?Edit

You changed several instances of cquote to quote in the Chain Home article, marking it "not a pull quote". What is a pull quote and why should one be used instead of the other? Maury Markowitz (talk) 14:03, 28 April 2018 (UTC)

Pull quote - A quote of something in the article itself. Template:Cquote has warning at the top "This template should not be used for block quotations in article text."
Block quote, MOS:BLOCKQUOTE - A long quote. "Do not enclose block quotations in quotation marks (and especially avoid decorative quotation marks in normal use, such as those provided by the {{cquote}} template)"
(Hohum @) 12:03, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

Thank youEdit

Thank you for your recent edits on Vietnam War. Per your User page I have become exhausted wrestling pigs on various recent edits of Vietnam war related pages. regards Mztourist (talk) 07:00, 2 June 2018 (UTC)


Hi Hohum, the edit with the deletions I agree with but the problem remains that the article does not describe how the caps work. So to verify is your objection to the lack of citation or are you contesting the descriptions? The 1st portion I can provide a citation to, the second is Nathan Okum's work on the subject. This is the part that particularly concerns me. I don't have a better source than he provides but He is a noted expert in the field. Please let me know I have zero intention of edit warring.Tirronan (talk) 16:38, 4 October 2018 (UTC)

It needs to be reliably sourced (Hohum @) 16:56, 4 October 2018 (UTC)

"Faked background"Edit

Given your revert here, could you take a look at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Aircraft#Photoshopped Images, Part Deux? I don't know if you would want to participate in the discussions, but if you don't, could you give me some advice on where to seek further guidance on the issue? Thanks. - BilCat (talk) 19:34, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

Powered exoskeletonEdit

Hello! Why you deleted my text from Military section? Could you help me with transform my text to coherent with your opinion?--Swadim (talk) 17:13, 28 October 2018 (UTC)

Photo request petition - please signEdit

Hi! Can you please sign the petition to TASS and RIAN requesting them to release certain historic photos (many of them from WWII) for Wikimedia by adding your signature to the signature section? Thanks, --PlanespotterA320 (talk) 21:01, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

Military history WikiProject World War I Op-Ed SeriesEdit

Team Barnstar.png The Teamwork Barnstar
In recognition of the role you played in cleaning up my God-awful spelling and grammar in the World War I Op-Ed series published by the Military history WikiProject's newsletter The Bugle over the last four years, I hereby present you with this teamwork barnstar. It is thanks to so many different editors like you who took the time to copyedit the nearly four year long series that it ended up being as successful as it was, and I am grateful for your help since spelling and grammar are not my strongest suites. Yours sincerely, TomStar81 (Talk) 14:38, 2 December 2018 (UTC)

Edits on 1745Edit

Genuine question; what is the purpose of the changes you've made to the images used in this article? I get the sandwiching thing (although it seems slightly unnecessary) but not why you've removed all the px/size things. Not objecting per se but I used specific sizes for a reason so I'm trying to understand why they've been changed. Thanks!

Robinvp11 (talk) 10:35, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

To repect user preferences. per WP:IMGSIZE and MOS:IMGSIZE:
Except with very good reason, do not use px (e.g. thumb|300px), which forces a fixed image width. In most cases upright=scaling factor should be used, thereby respecting the user's base preference (which may have been selected for that user's particular devices).
(Hohum @) 09:21, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Preference sizingEdit

Thanks for your effort to change image sizing on articles about Nazis and Nazi Germany generals to preference sizing. I have reviewed all of them that are on my watchlist, and I have to objection to any that I've seen so far. I;m hopeful that this will put the issue to rest. Beyond My Ken (talk) 11:27, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

No worries. I've just been going through generals via Commanders of World War II. So far, most British and US generals have default sizes, but German ones have far more that are (slightly) smaller. Some of this may be because they are closer framed to the face, so don't need to be so big for recognition. (Hohum @) 11:33, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Happy HolidaysEdit

Snow Covered Trees Starry Night (166032201).jpeg Best wishes for this holiday season! Thank you for your Wiki contributions in 2018. May 2019 be prosperous and joyful. --K.e.coffman (talk) 00:27, 22 December 2018 (UTC)

Noël ~ καλά Χριστούγεννα ~ З Калядамі ~ חנוכה שמח ~ Gott nytt år!


2018 XMAS.pdf
FWiW Bzuk (talk) 00:37, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

Battle of BritainEdit

Ho hum, hohum. I left you a message regarding your strange reversion of my request for a ref on Battle of Britain.Botteville (talk) 03:03, 24 February 2019 (UTC)

New spoons photoEdit

I like your addition of the 4 sizes of spoons to the tablespoon etc. articles. But the addition made me realize there's no frame of reference in them. I'm wondering if you can find a similar photo, with something like a cube of sugar to clarify their sizes? PetesGuide, K6WEB (talk) 16:56, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

I think most people know how big a teaspoon is - however, to split hairs, it's actually a coffee spoon in the image, which may be slightly smaller. If I come across a spoon set image with something even more universally known for scale, I'll use that though. (Hohum @) 17:30, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

Bombing of Dresden pageEdit

I just put the word historians in instead since me adding other things in was not needed I see that now since the fist sentence covers what I was trying to sayJack90s15 (talk) 14:17, 6 March 2019 (UTC)

New Albion articleEdit

Thank you very much for your improvements to New Albion. I have recently worked much on the article with very much of my effort expended by improving the citations. I was entirely unfamiliar with the OCLC notation and appreciate that you were so conscientious with your editing that you noticed something so small. If you are able to provide any further advice regarding the article, I am very interested in receiving it. I see your experience is deep, and my efforts at article writing include only four article creations with small edits to various others. So, I value your thoughts.Hu Nhu (talk) 22:03, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

Re: your edits of Heinrich Himmler articleEdit

I edited the article and added info from a new source, a book by a reputable publisher, not the two online sources criticized in the earlier reversions. I do not accept that just because an author of history is characterized as a "revisionist," that he or she might not have something interesting to offer. I mentioned all along that the allegations of a British execution of Himmler were unproven.

Elendil's Heir

Put your comments about articles on the article talk page. David Irving is utterly discredited, he is not an acceptable source. (Hohum @) 22:17, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

Stirling HoardEdit

For future reference, this is not Pictish - it's at least 500 years too early. Johnbod (talk) 01:49, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

Ok, but what edit of mine are you talking about?? (Hohum @) 23:52, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

Arthur Rostron & Margaret BrownEdit

Thank you so much for your help!. I thought I had done the best to the picture but damaged Rostron's shoulder. Do you think it's a go for FP Candidate? Just your opinion will be welcomed :). A barnstar awaits you. --LLcentury (talk) 20:02, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

Graphic Designer Barnstar Hires.png The Graphic Designer's Barnstar
Thanks for your help on Titanic & Carpathia photo LLcentury (talk) 20:04, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Lend LeaseEdit


I tried to undone the IPs contribution, as they are based on fringe theories but without sucess. The IP pretends to claim that the statements come from the book 'The Great Patriotic War of 1941-45' Vol. 2. (pdf link) but that's not true. (just check the cite to p. 358) Most of the statements in fact come 1:1 from this article: written by Evgeny Spitsyn, a die-hard Stalin apologist and revisionist.

According to historian Irina Pavlova, Spitsyn’s article is "a symbol of present-day Russian historiography of World War II and a symbol of the return to the Stalinist interpretation" in the most extreme way. In it, the writer repeats "all the myths about Stalin as the main peacemaker and supporter of collective security in the 1930s." link: 2A02:1206:4589:3F40:D1B8:DBF3:4E0E:9001 (talk) 20:40, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

Please say this on the article talk page. (Hohum @) 23:08, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

Lefta ping at RFPPEdit

but have you tried explaining your edit? This might be better discussed.  Dlohcierekim (talk) 17:35, 5 July 2019 (UTC)

Replied at RFPP. (Hohum @) 17:45, 5 July 2019 (UTC)

Recent image changesEdit

Hi. Just a heads up. The images you've replaced at George Washington's political evolution were specifically selected because their licensing met the standards expected at A Class review. The images you replaced them with, while better quality, do not have appropriate licensing. That will be an issue if the article is ever (re)submitted to the higher quality review fora. Factotem (talk) 11:40, 7 July 2019 (UTC)

What, exactly, do you think is wrong with the licensing of each of the images I have used? (Hohum @) 11:43, 7 July 2019 (UTC)
Source says it was published 1774, which is in the date field, so, whether the author is known or unknown, they have been dead for 100 years, so PD. (Hohum @) 12:24, 7 July 2019 (UTC)

Gaulois photoEdit

Thanks for reworking/cleaning up/replacing the photo of Gaulois. It's fuckin' beautiful, man!--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 23:05, 18 July 2019 (UTC)


My bad, thank you for telling me. I probably overlooked it given that most of the section is unsourced anyway. Fixed. Creador de Mundos (talk) 15:39, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for adding a source. It could do with page numbers too. (Hohum @) 16:26, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

Backlog BanzaiEdit

In the month of September, Wikiproject Military history is running a project-wide edit-a-thon, Backlog Banzai. There are heaps of different areas you can work on, for which you claim points, and at the end of the month all sorts of whiz-bang awards will be handed out. Every player wins a prize! There is even a bit of friendly competition built in for those that like that sort of thing. Sign up now at Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/September 2019 Backlog Banzai to take part. For the coordinators, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 08:18, 22 August 2019 (UTC)

Ways to improve List of commando unitsEdit

Hello, Hohum,

Thanks for creating List of commando units! I edit here too, under the username Domdeparis and it's nice to meet you :-)

I wanted to let you know that I have tagged the page as having some issues to fix, as a part of our page curation process and note that:-

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Nonsense about RussiaEdit

What "clarification needed]" for you? I think you're wrong in your assessment. You are seriously mistaken when you say that now in Russia there is "the return to the Stalinist interpretation". This is complete nonsense. Refer to the newspaper "euromaidan" about Russia - nonsense. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:22, 25 August 2019 (UTC)

I am a native English speaker. Some of the content you have added is incomprehensible, incoherent, not valid English sentences, they convey no meaning, and are babble. Usually, it is possible for me to fix bad grammar, but it's impossible to figure out what was intended. It is also unclear what part is quotation from a source, and what is isn't. I also find it hard to believe that a quotation from a reliable source would be so incoherent. I have told you this countless times, but you keep re-adding it without discussing it on the talk page of the article, where this should be. (Hohum @) 18:24, 25 August 2019 (UTC)
Also If you can't see what is incoherent, you simply shouldn't be adding it in the first place. (Hohum @) 18:25, 25 August 2019 (UTC)
Also, I have never said anything even close to "the return to the Stalinist interpretation". Where are you getting this utter fiction from? (Hohum @) 18:28, 25 August 2019 (UTC)

Answer: Yes, please excuse me, I was wrong, it was not written by you (Rjensen wrote).

My English is not native, of course, I can only apologize for the mistakes. I do not impose my opinion, I only write in addition to others, if it affects the theme of Russia and Russian history. I think that this should not be completely indifferent for you or others. For example, to know that the historian Boris Sokolov is actually a very odious figure in Russia and his opinion is not typical for Russian historians. I repeat, in any case, I do not seek to impose my opinion to anyone.  — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:15, 25 August 2019 (UTC) 

September 2019Edit

Panther tank copyright problem.

I checked the already used book on that page, and I quoted from the same books. So what is the problem?Szolnok95 (talk) 18:12, 4 September 2019 (UTC)

You used exactly the phrasing from the source. That is copyright infringement. (Hohum @) 18:18, 4 September 2019 (UTC)

So I should write the same but with my own words and cite the source? Szolnok95 (talk) 21:14, 4 September 2019 (UTC)

Yes, but please read WP:CUTPASTE, and only add information from sources once you fully understand it. (Hohum @) 23:38, 4 September 2019 (UTC)

Help with ImageryEdit


if able, could you help crop/recolor this image please; It would be much appreciated. Thank you!--Black BIC Ballpoint (talk) 18:48, 18 September 2019 (UTC)

Hohum; May I ask for your help cropping/brightening this piece please; Thank you and enjoy the weekend!--Black BIC Ballpoint (talk) 22:37, 21 September 2019 (UTC)

Hohum, If possible, may I request you too help crop this latest pic for me please: It's good for brightness, as you'll see it just needs some cropping from the top and perhaps a little too the left side (I'll let you be the judge of the latter once you see it). Thank you for help and have a nice day.--Black BIC Ballpoint (talk) 15:37, 2 October 2019 (UTC)


Please stop your actions. If you can't understand something, it's not an argument. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Россиянин2019 (talkcontribs) 03:12, 10 October 2019 (UTC)

Take it to the talk page of the article. I will delete any other replies here. (Hohum @) 16:43, 10 October 2019 (UTC)

Reverting Operation PaperclipEdit

The premised fact is that "brain gain" over "brain drain" ratios are antithetical and contingent. Wherefore, the lingo of using only "brain drain" alone within the primary Section is misleading to readers. The mutually exclusive net gain premise is a subsequent and inverse positional shift for both nations. Inasmuch, any respective receiving nation's gain is also the originating nation's loss. This is the essence of the concept.

The proportional inverse net loss to the preceding nation was the dependent variable of Operation Paperclip. This primary covert strategy of international policy gained political traction in the 20th century. It represents fundamental comparative advantages extracted from competitive disadvantages through diplomacy over war. Let me know your position before I undo... — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jdcanfield (talkcontribs) 14:58, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

Akunanzuzo yokuba nezixhumanisi ezimbili esihlokweni esisodwa, kuyadukisa ngokwengeziwe ukwenza lokho. Nginesiqiniseko sokuthi udlala nje, futhi uzongena kulowo moya okwamanje, kodwa maduze ngizolahlekelwa ukubekezela, ngilahle noma yikuphi ukucabanga kokholo oluhle, futhi ngibandakanye nezenzo zokuphatha. Ngikweluleka ukuthi ungalubeki kabusha ushintsho lwakho. Ujabulele usuku lwakho. (Hohum @) 16:18, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

Isithandwa esikhulu sokuxhumana: Omunye wethu akakuqondi lokho engikubhalile. Yimi? Jdcanfield


Please explain your edits at Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy... you might consider using an edit summary. Eddie891 Talk Work 20:14, 12 October 2019 (UTC)

Apologies for the lack of edit summaries. Mostly removing broken wiki coding, making sort work correctly for all dates. (Hohum @) 23:59, 12 October 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for your edits to Cold War. Your input solicited...Edit Talk:Cold War. I am keen to standardize the references and repair all of them. I am willing to do all the heavy lifting. ♦ Lingzhi2 (talk)

A barnstar for you!Edit

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Thanks for your help with Cold War!  ♦ Lingzhi2 (talk) 21:11, 24 October 2019 (UTC)

NASA page - manned/crewed/human mission to MarsEdit

Please be more careful when making bulk search/replacements. Changing manned mission to Mars to crewed mission to Mars broke links to human mission to Mars. (Hohum @) 19:00, 2 November 2019 (UTC)

Sorry about that; when I was making the link, I was thinking that if that target didn't exist, it should be created, but I forgot to check when I was saving the page. I just made a redirect from there in case anyone else links to it, but thanks for changing "crewed" to "human"; it sounds more natural. And thanks for your watchfulness on this article. -- Beland (talk) 23:58, 2 November 2019 (UTC)

Google Code-In 2019 is coming - please mentor some documentation tasks!Edit


Google Code-In, Google-organized contest in which the Wikimedia Foundation participates, starts in a few weeks. This contest is about taking high school students into the world of opensource. I'm sending you this message because you recently edited a documentation page at the English Wikipedia.

I would like to ask you to take part in Google Code-In as a mentor. That would mean to prepare at least one task (it can be documentation related, or something else - the other categories are Code, Design, Quality Assurance and Outreach) for the participants, and help the student to complete it. Please sign up at the contest page and send us your Google account address to, so we can invite you in!

From my own experience, Google Code-In can be fun, you can make several new friends, attract new people to your wiki and make them part of your community.

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Take a look about listsEdit

Hi. There is some lists, I mean about List of marines and naval infantry forces and List of paratrooper forces, in lead of both of that articles is said to there are "several" countries but for me seems to there is 60+ countries, and several is often used when something is just a few or a little more then a few so maybe can be said to there is many or something like that. When I saw it for the first time it confused me a little I must to say, so it can also confuse people who read etc. (talk) 19:48, 1 December 2019 (UTC)

It has multiple meanings, like most words - in this case, I think they mean "various", or the very indistinct "some". (Hohum @) 19:55, 1 December 2019 (UTC)
Maybe more better to put "various". For me was confusing. Also I checked Webster and it is said "in common use, several is often more than a couple and a few, though it is sometimes the same as both and occasionally more than a few" (talk) 19:59, 1 December 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:WikiProject AircraftEdit

I'm just wondering what this was about. When I don't have an opinion on something, it's usually cause for zero posts, not three vaguely insulting ones. I'm sorry if I've caught you at a bad moment or something. Anyway, I just wondered what prompted that. --The Huhsz (talk) 22:19, 4 December 2019 (UTC)

(Firstly, kudos to you for laying the olive branch.)
It's not *no* opinion. I'm pretty sure it was specific and clear. The issue being discussed is a waste of time. Not only yours, which is, of course, yours to waste - but of other editors (which is theirs to waste as well). However, waste is waste - time better spent doing something else.
I can't see any likely positive outcome to wikipedia articles from the discussion. We reflect what reliable sources use. If sources use he/she/it/they, that's what we use. This principle has been hashed and rehashed many times.
What does it matter if across articles we are consistent or inconsistent in pronoun use between ships, airships, bicycles or cows? Why would they need to be? What's the harm/benefit? Things aren't consistent in reality. As a comparison, we had endless battles about British English vs American English use in articles - common sense eventually resolved this to - unless there is a string national tie, it doesn't matter - choose one consistently within the article, and use that. Pronoun use should be handled in a similar way - follow the style used in the majority of sources used for the article. Then get back to concentrating on improving actual article *content*. (Hohum @) 23:06, 4 December 2019 (UTC)
And kudos to you for accepting it in the spirit it was meant. Oh, I got what you meant. I essentially asked a question at a venue set aside for this sort of discussion for opinions about this encyclopedic matter, and you responded, essentially, that it was silly even to ask the question. By my terms it is definitionally important (else I would not have asked the question); it is, as you say, my time to waste, and this was a proper venue for asking such a question. So I (perhaps unintentionally snarkily) pointed out that this is (in terms of the conversation) tantamount to saying you have no opinion.
I do sympathise; I found myself reading something earlier today about Trump's impeachment process. People were getting very exercised about Trump vs Obama and the upcoming election. I am not American and view the entire US political scene very cynically. I was sorely tempted to get in there and tell the participants that it was a waste of their time, bandwidth and electrons, and that they should endeavour to develop more productive interests, that all politicians are liars and crooks, and that we would all be dead in 100 years so who cares? I did not; I clicked on something else and moved away silently. That you did not do similarly tells me that you are not completely disinterested in the topic.
If you were Emperor of Wikipedia and the choice was up to you, would you really say "go with the sources"? We don't do that currently of course; if we went with the usage of contemporary sources we would call Nelson Mandela a "criminal terrorist", George Washington an "insurgent traitor" and Martin Luther King a "Negro activist". Without checking those articles I am confident we do not do so. We write about them the way modern sources do. The words we choose to describe things are important. The "she for ships" (and perhaps airships too? Hovercraft?) is not quite at that level, but cumulatively I believe almost as important. You're right that it's been discussed previously. It's ok that we sometimes discuss things more than once. Clearly I don't believe it's a complete waste of time. But the real problem was that my question did not relate to the wider MoS discussion; I merely mentioned it as background. My question was more about how the heck this specialised usage that the ship people seem to find important has gotten spread onto airships, which aren't ships. Like, was there a discussion that agreed this? Anyway, sorry to waste even more of your time. Best regards, --The Huhsz (talk) 00:20, 5 December 2019 (UTC)
The Washington, Mandela and King examples seem inaccurate. If you use the best reliable sources (i.e. the mass of seminal works on those people by historians and biographers), it's unlikely you'll get the results you suggest.
So, yes, reflect what reliable sources show. It's a cornerstone of wikipedia. WP:PILLARS, WP:RS WP:BESTSOURCES.
If the best sources about anything (e.g. airships) stopped being written, then, although those sources may seem seem to have archaic language to you, it's the most up to date available. Although, I'll bet there are some decent modern books on airships (and I'd bet they tend to use she).
Ref Trump. It seems to me, that after a very careful inspection of the evidence, they will ponder its weight, and then vote along party lines. (Hohum @) 18:00, 5 December 2019 (UTC)

Great Retreat (Serbian)Edit

Thank you so much for all your help fixing up the page, your expertise made all the difference. All my best Aeengath (talk) 18:43, 5 December 2019 (UTC)

Revert on Lakh articleEdit

Hello @Hohum:, you recently reverted an edit I made on the short description of the Lakh article, without providing any explanation. Would you mind letting me know why you did that? The existing short description - 100,000 - 1,00,000 in Indian numbering, seems confusing to me, and I would say it is confusing for most English-speakers as not only does it look like "1,000,000" (1,00,000 being an unfamiliar number), but it doesn't seem to add anything useful to the description. werewolf (talk) 23:19, 20 December 2019 (UTC)

It's the comma separation used by the numbering system that uses Lakh, so it is entirely appropriate, and also clearly explained. (Hohum @) 23:04, 21 December 2019 (UTC)
Hello @Hohum:, your revert was not explained. Generally it is preferred that when doing a revert, one provide an explanation. I understand the role the comma plays in the Indian numbering system as well as in this instance, and I am in no way disputing it. What I am saying, and as I explained in my previous message, is that I don't think it it necessary to add the Indian notation in the short description as it is potentially confusing to someone merely reading this short bit rather than delving into the article, where the unusual (for non-Indians) notation is explained. werewolf (talk) 08:47, 22 December 2019 (UTC)
Your edit was also not explained. I clearly think it is useful, please take this to article talk if you want to gain consensus for your edit. (Hohum @) 13:38, 22 December 2019 (UTC)

Season's GreetingsEdit

Season's Greetings (small).jpg FWiW Bzuk (talk) 02:10, 23 December 2019 (UTC)

If you like to ...Edit

If you want to move the main part about Bernie Madoff's expected death into a new section (or wherever) please do. But a short sentence in the lead makes sense. Birthdays and death dates are nearly universal in bios. It will be big news when it happens, and note that he is claiming this, not some nut job. In short, I'll revert your reversion: it's important material. Smallbones(smalltalk) 15:22, 7 February 2020 (UTC)

Or, you could just follow the requirements of WP:LEAD yourself. (Hohum @) 15:25, 7 February 2020 (UTC)


Please tell me about "Weeks 2004". What is it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:40, 10 February 2020 (UTC)

Weeks, Albert L. (2004), "Russia's Life-Saver: Lend-Lease Aid to the U.S.S.R. in World War II, Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, ISBN 978-0-7391-0736-2 - per the bibliography. (Hohum @) 17:01, 10 February 2020 (UTC)

Thank you for your explanation. It's nice to communicate with people who are ready to help. I will now know about quoting. Thank you also for prompting to read this book. A bit even funny, that the only (!!!!!) the "historian" whom he quotes is Sokolov. Here's superhistory!!! :) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Россиянин2019 (talkcontribs) 19:54, 10 February 2020 (UTC)

The Bugle: IssueICLXVI, February 2020Edit

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Strange editing practiceEdit

I appreciate your removal of the text as strange. Many visitors (not even Russian) pointed out your strange editing practice. For example, in the subject "lend-lease". — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:30, 25 February 2020 (UTC)

Take it up in the relevant article talk page. (Hohum @) 14:32, 25 February 2020 (UTC)

I've heard that from you before. I repeat, even not Russians see your strange practice. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:37, 25 February 2020 (UTC)

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about the reversion in Allied War CrimesEdit

here is the original phrase from the Portuguese Wikipedia (the place where i found it) Prisioneiros alemães na Noruega teriam sido obrigados a limpar campos minados. Quando a "limpeza" terminou, 392 estavam feridos e 275 morreram. (German prisoners in Norway would have been forced to clear minefields. When the "cleanup" ended, 392 were injured and 275 died.)but now i noticed,the guy who put the Source in the original one,put a german war crime. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:54, 27 March 2020 (UTC) apparently,the book is about the Scorch campaign made by the germans in norway,but nothing about the Mine fields189.35.35.204 (talk) 16:57, 27 March 2020 (UTC)

You need to stop edit warring and take it up on the talk page of the article to gain consensus for your edit. Please read, and abide by WP:BRD, and revert your contested edit now. YOU are responsible for any edits you make, whether translated or not. You have now said it was Norwegian, British, and then Germans were responsible - you clearly don;t have the source and are blindly copying. (Hohum @) 17:28, 27 March 2020 (UTC)

Need help don't know what to do with this some one is making stuff up asking around for helpEdit

Hello you are the 2 person I saw on this page. It appears to be the same person as this seems to me like it. This person appears to be making up World War II hoaxes, as for one page they made. The only source is to a food website. The first thing that comes up in Spanish is (Las 15 mejores comidas callejeras de Guatemala) The 15 best street foods in Guatemala? Does not seem like a reliable source for a World War II battle.Now they admitted it was a food page (talk) 14:39, 28 March 2020 (UTC)

It Appears the person needs help as they asked me on my page, so I'm going to try and help them the best I can.Driverofknowledge (talk) 17:27, 28 March 2020 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CLXVIII, April 2020Edit

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Discussion at Talk:Cold-weather warfareEdit

Hi Hohum, perhaps you could add some perspective to the discussion at Talk:Cold-weather warfare#Not global? Cheers, HopsonRoad (talk) 20:08, 29 April 2020 (UTC)

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Japanese War crimesEdit

i see you removed a image from it,and i understand why, the Description of the Image was Kinda bad, what ACTUALLY happened is that, the japanese soldiers Looted the Shop the propaganda said they we're buying stuff from, and it was published by a japanese Journal as a propaganda, to say to the Chinese people something like this: "HEY! we arent bad, we are helping your economy, and we clearly didnt Looted this place" — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:12, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

and,yes i think it should get a better Description, so it wont get confused as an Shopping Advertisement. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:14, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

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Your revert at Contradicts otherEdit

When you revert and say the template "broke" you should add a post to the talk page saying what happened. Please explain your revert as your change left the template in this state:

--Gonnym (talk) 12:48, 25 September 2020 (UTC)

Linking to the other article broke. You can see this by looking at example usage in the history of the template page.
This article appears to contradict the article Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary.
changed to
This article appears to contradict the another article.

Possibly you fixed it for inter-wiki articles, but broke it for intra-wiki?

(Hohum @) 13:38, 25 September 2020 (UTC)
Fixed. Better next time if it isn't a huge glaring error, to use the talk page, as reverting can cause even worse problems. --Gonnym (talk) 13:55, 25 September 2020 (UTC)
Nicely done.
"This article appears to contradict French the article dog. " is rather clumsy though
One of these phrasings might make more sense.
"This article appears to contradict the French article dog. "
"This article appears to contradict the article fr:dog."
(Hohum @) 14:14, 25 September 2020 (UTC)
That was a silly mistake of mine. I moved the "the" to a more logical position in the code, and moved it after the language name instead of before. Fixed as well. Thanks! --Gonnym (talk) 14:17, 25 September 2020 (UTC)

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