Hello, Illy, welcome to Wikisource! Thanks for your interest in the project; we hope you'll enjoy the community and your work here. If you need help, see our help pages (especially Adding texts and Wikisource's style guide). You can discuss or ask questions from the community in general at the Scriptorium. The Community Portal lists tasks you can help with if you wish. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on my talk page. :)

Great work on Modern Authors! The links to Wikipedia for authors we don't yet have are a good idea.--BirgitteSB 23:40, 17 February 2006 (UTC)Reply

Porn vandalism


Hi, I have in recent weeks deleted three big blocks of URLs to porn/gambling sites on different pages. Are you able to tell me what it was you found? I can't work out what the purpose is in these sites being posted since they were always at the very bottom of long pages, so not instastantly obvious. User:BirgitteSB thought it was something to do with Google ranking of the sites. Its probable there are more we have not yet found. Kind regards. Apwoolrich 19:08, 27 February 2006 (UTC)Reply

Fiction pages


Hi, Illy,

I'm a major fan of the hard work you've put into revamping the Modern Fiction:Titles and related pages. You've made the pages go from crap to actually being worth keeping here. Good job, and thanks.

I'd like to ask what you are defining as "Modern Fiction," (i.e., are you using timer periods/dates?). If so, I'd like to add that to the pages, so that others can help with the categorization process. I personally do not know much about eras of literature, and the more information made available to people, the more people will probably help out in classification.

Again, thanks for tackling that beast of a job.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 21:16, 2 March 2006 (UTC)Reply



I would like to nominate you for adminship. You have maintained a high level of activity in the three months since you signed up, and you could certainly use the vandal fighting tools available to adminstrators. What do you think?--BirgitteSB 20:45, 2 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

purging the database


I've purged them. They should be up to date by tomorrow (sometimes it takes about a day for it to be fully refreshed) if not earlier.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 21:53, 4 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for pointing that out. I've gone ahead and told the database to purge itself again. I'd say give it a few more days to try to do the task. Unfortunately, my knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to the Wikimedia servers is quite lacking, so if the databases don't purge themselves, I'm at a loss for why. I just know the proper syntax to to tell the servers to purge themselves. If it doesn't refresh itself after a while, you could always try one of the developers on IRC to see if maybe the databases are getting slammed right now. I know it's annoying for them not to update (it makes maintenance difficult), but I can't really explain it.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 18:26, 8 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

Your work on the author templates

I hereby present you with Wikisource's second GoldenWiki award for your tireless work on the author templates, which largely contributed to their superiority over the automated categories in my recent study. Great work! // [admin] Pathoschild (talk/map) 04:56, 7 May 2006 (UTC)Reply



Hi, illy,

You are now and sysop. Now that you have the ability, I suggest you change your "Preferences > Editing" and check the box that automatically patrols your edits. That way, the red "!" won't show up on your edits on the recent changes. Have fun!—Zhaladshar (Talk) 18:56, 9 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

Congratulations! Apwoolrich 19:10, 9 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

Anon changes


Hi, illy,

Yeah, I just noticed the change to Aesop's fables. Thanks for pointing it out, though. I'm not sure what translation those changes are from, but they're not part of the translations I'm working with.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 14:07, 17 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

Judah Halevi


Hi, illy,

I was wondering: I noticed that you added Judah Halevi to Template:Authors-J. Should the the author not instead be added to Template:Authors-H as his last name begins with an "H"?—Zhaladshar (Talk) 01:28, 18 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

Hi, I noticed this (and it was I who added Judah Halevi). This is one of those toss-up things, either can be correct. On the one hand, in the middle ages there was no such thing as a "last name" as we know it today. On the other hand, it is possible (for the sake of convenience or of uniformity) to treat something like "Halevi" as if it was a last name, and this is sometimes done. Whatever people here prefer is good, though I suggest adding an alphabetical link nonetheless at "Judah Halevi" under J to redirect people to "H". Dovi 03:14, 18 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism


My question is: How would you order this book? Now, I have only created about 10 pages from 500. If you have a better idea to name the pages please tell me now because it is real annoying if you have to move hundrets of pages... Red Rooster 15:23, 2 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

Ok, I have moved the page titles from "A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism Volume I/###" to "A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism: Volume I/###". I have now defined the first 25 pages in this way, please check if it is right what I have done. Red Rooster 15:49, 2 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

This starting page you created makes really sense. Thank you for this, it really saves me a lot of time, because this is my first wikisource-project. I will now upload the OCR-Text for the first 70 pages, which is the first step. In the second step this Text should be corrected and then we can combine the sites to the articles you created on your nice index-page. Red Rooster 19:37, 2 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

Hello. I finished the Preface of A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism Volume I. Before I begin to start the next chapter I decided to ask if the layout is okay, because I would give this layout to every chapter of this book. I think it makes sense to link the original scanned pages to the chapters like I did, because this makes it a lot easyer to find the scanned page to the text. Red Rooster 18:21, 6 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

I created the first 100 pages of Volume II, so you can look at the contents by yourselve. The TOC starts at: A_Treatise_on_Electricity_and_Magnetism:_Volume_II/005 and as you can see there, Volume II starts with Part III. But the point is not that it starts with Part III, because Volume I is exclusively about Electrostatics and Volume II is exclusively about Electrostatics. It are really two different documents about electrophysics, so I would keep the separation of them. I already linked Volume II from Volume I and vice versa, so that everybody can easyly find both Volumes. Red Rooster 18:57, 6 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

See my comments on the above page. It will really make things easier in the long run if we can make sure all pages all properly related.--BirgitteSB 20:07, 2 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

A dream of passion


hi illy,

first of all, I get the policy and sorry about not looking at the guidelines before I posted it. But I've got some questions... I see the principle of this policy and in a perfect world where works would go into public domain after 14 years I think it would be a sound one. I don't think it is a sound one in the real world...

I know that a simple permission doesn't give everybody the right to do what he wants with this piece, but honestly, why is that such a big problem?

Given the current copyright situation this story will go in public domain 70 years after the authors death, so if Steven hopefully gets to live till he's 80 it will go into public domain in 2105. I'll probably be dead by then... So as soon as the one page that currently hosts this short story (without permission) takes it down, this short story is gone for good (it was once published in a convention book, good luck finding one of those).

What harm would it have done if this story was hosted here, with a simple permission and the notice "This is not public domain, so you can't do with it what you want"? The alternative is loosing this story altogether...

I know that this policy was not made by you, so I'm sorry I'm aiming my shots in your direction, but I don't know Jimmy Wales good enough...

sorry about the rant, but I just can't agree with the policy

Sirana 07:04, 3 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

Complete Poetry - Rudyard Kipling


I was looking at this and the page it is redundant with. It appears to be a page move gone bad. We need to merge the histories, but I am unsure how that works and the instructions say not to attempt unless you know what you are doing. Can you restore it, and I will make sure it get merged and deleted tonight?--BirgitteSB 17:54, 7 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

Done. Jude walked me through it. I put a soft redirect on the redundant page. --BirgitteSB 01:08, 8 June 2006 (UTC)Reply



I do not know if this will make any difference with what you are planning to happen with the unlinked pages. I just want to point out this page User:Xenophon (bot)/Tasks/Headers which is a list of all pages that do not contain headers. It therefore includes all orphaned pages, although there are also some non-orphaned page which simply have not been updated to have the new header as well. Curently these are being worked through to update them and weed out problem texts--BirgitteSB 17:07, 12 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

OK I was conufsed about what made an orphan!--BirgitteSB 17:55, 12 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

{{unlinked}} (ctn'd)


Karl Popper: Prague lecture, 1994 {{unlinked}}


Hi Illy, can you help me, why you placed the {{unlinked}} template? It's linked to wikipedia articles, a speach quite considered at that time in Prague academic/intelectual circles. Wiki-vr 16:56, 26 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

Illy, I've added the links to wikipedia, is it ok now? Wiki-vr 09:12, 27 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

European Citizens' Initiative – A rollercoaster ride towards democracy {{unlinked}}


Oh, as I see, I've got into same trouble over here as well. Could you help? Thanks. Wiki-vr 18:42, 26 June 2006 (UTC)Reply

My additions to the template


I noticed several anonymous accounts recently removing templates from pages with edit summaries such as "this is linked from Wikipedia". I felt it might get the point across on pages that links from other projects, especially Wikipedia, don't count... I haven't seen anyone else deleting it, so it looks like it worked! :D! Jude (talk) 02:07, 6 July 2006 (UTC)Reply

Statute Of The Primeiro Comando da Capitall


Hi there. I´d like to ask you something regarding this page, Statute Of The Primeiro Comando da Capitall, since you´ve been there not that long ago. Do you think this could be a copyright violation? The page deals with the statute of a brazilian criminal organisation called "Primeiro Comando da Capital". The page is a translation of the document in portuguese, which I believe was found at one of the headquarters of group. Now, we don´t know who the author was, therefore can we assume that it might be a copyright violation since he/she hasn´t released it to public domain? The article was nevertheless widely printed by newspapers in Brazil. I was just asking myself about this, since we have documents from Bin Laden here which are transcriptions of his tapes and are considered valid. If you could you give me your opinion on this, I would be happy. Thank you. --JLCA 13:44, 8 July 2006 (UTC)Reply

unlinked --> Palace of Ashes, Speech Xanana Gusmão, 23th March 2006


Hello Illy, the article Palace of Ashes, Speech Xanana Gusmão, 23th March 2006 is currently link to this article in the german wikipidia. I advised user J. Patrick Fischer to store this speech here in order to make important background information regarding the current riots in east timor available for all wikiprojects. Source is by the way this document published on a private user page from university lisbon. I really hope we can keep this article here! cheers --Lofor 17:58, 8 July 2006 (UTC)Reply

Okay, I just see other wikiprojects do not count, but there is not much information stored abount this small country... hm ... --Lofor 18:01, 8 July 2006 (UTC)Reply
I created an author page and a header with a very small describtion. --Lofor 18:38, 8 July 2006 (UTC)Reply




Recently you added the { {Unlinked} } template to an article I created, AK-47 Operator's Manual. I have no idea what this means and would like some clarification. What is "unlinked" and what can I do about it?

Unlinked: Redux


I was just curious, because I still don't really understand the purpose of these "Wikisource:" pages that are basically just lists - I mean, they seem to serve the same function as categories, but in a more aesthetic form? Anyways, I want to link all my articles you tagged unlinked, but I'm worried I'm going to do it wrong - so I'll just ask. Would something like "Wikisource:9/11 attacks" or "Wikisource:Suicide notes" be a proper page, and then list all of those articles on there? Thanks for the help Sherurcij (talk) (CRIMINALS ARE MADE, NOT BORN) 14:24, 18 July 2006 (UTC)Reply


Hi illy, I noticed you fixed an author entry I created (Author:Blaise Pascal) and that you're an admin, so I thought I'd ask you something. I just added Pensées, but I'm concerned about the copyright. The edition of the book is 1958, so I'm thinking that the notes and index and such might not be public domain. I didn't include the introduction (written by T.S. Eliot) since it probably isn't public domain either. I'm not too sure what to do about this, so if you could take a look at the text I'd appreciate it. Thanks! --Spangineer 18:02, 18 July 2006 (UTC)Reply



Nah, that's okay. I indicated on the talk page that it should be given a chance at Wiktionary, so I won't delete it until about a week (that should be enough time for it to be transwiki'd by the creator).—Zhaladshar (Talk) 17:46, 20 July 2006 (UTC)Reply

Deletion of document on Wikisource


Dear Illy, I just realised that you initiated the deletion of "The Genius Diwan of the Manasir" which is linked to articles on Wikipedia and the portal of Dar al-Manasir which you have mentioned. I just don't understand the reason for its deletion. The reason you state is "that it is actually published only here and maybe on Wikipedia". Well, it is the only digitalisation of the remaining hardcopy and just because of the rarity of the document it doesn't mean it has never been published? I would be most happy for a reply. You can use my mail david{á}haberlah{point}com

Regards, David

Chinese National Anthem


Illy, you seemed to be confused about the national anthem of China. You should revert the anthem back to its original title, Republic of China's National Anthem. The san min zhong thing is not PRC, it's ROC. The PRC national anthem is the March of the Volunteers, and is completely different. Thanks!

Hi, are you still here?


If you are still here (I see your last contribution dates 29 jul 2006) ... take a step in Talk:Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913 --Riccardo (better on it.wikipedia) 18:38, 26 February 2007 (UTC)Reply

email notifications


Hi, after a proposal to enable email notification, Wikisource can now notify you of any changes to pages on your watchlist and/or changes to your talk page. In order to take advantage of these features, you need to enabled them in your Special:Preferences. --John Vandenberg (chat) 09:04, 18 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

Welcome back


Great to hear that RL has spared you some time to be re-chained at enWS. Have a look at {{welcome}} for the up-to-date message that we paste. Heaps has improved and I think that the major is that we can now work with book images directly, see Help:Proofread; our work on namespaces and some of the headers that we use, especially {{header}}. Wikisource:Scriptorium is our major talk space (still?) — billinghurst sDrewth 23:04, 13 July 2011 (UTC)Reply

sdelete request for Chapter 3 declined


Hi, I'm declining this sdelete request because it's part of a series of mainspace pages called "Chapter ..". If you think they shouldn't be there, it would be best to initiate a conversation with User:Hesperian in the first instance as he has tagged them with {{Bad title}}. Cheers, Beeswaxcandle (talk) 21:38, 15 July 2011 (UTC)Reply

Moving Your Files to Wikimedia Commons

Don't worry. He's watching your back. And yes, he's hosted on Commons.

Hello Illy!

First, thank you for your contributions to Wikisource. Any contributions are always very much appreciated. While searching around, I noticed that you have some files that you uploaded to Wikisource that would probably serve the community better if it was on Wikimedia Commons, a media file repository. You can view your files to see which ones I'm referring to. See the Image Guidelines for more information.

Why should you do this?

As an example, let's pretend you extracted a hard-to-find image from a book written in 1870. If you upload it to Wikisource, only Wikisource users can use it. What if a user from Japan is writing an article about a similar topic? If your file is on Wikisource, it's unlikely he'll find it, and if he's lucky enough to find it, he still won't be able to use it easily. However, if you uploaded it to Commons, it's much more likely he'll find it and be able to use it. (Files hosted on Commons are accessible from any sister project) The same goes for any PDF or DJVU files you upload as well.

Note: To "move" a page from Wikisource to Commons is simple, but somewhat confusing if you don't know how to. First, upload the file to Commons with the same file name as you did here. Add the same information, making sure you put in the correct license. I suggest adding the {{Wikisource image}} template to its Commons page. Then edit the file's page at Wikisource and add the template {{Now Commons}}. Soon an administrator will complete the "move" by deleting the Wikisource copy (as it's no longer needed). You don't need to change any tags on Wikisource as they'll automatically point to the new file. Awesome!

If you have any questions or concerns, don't be afraid to ask.

The Haz talk 04:16, 4 February 2014 (UTC)Reply