Collaborative Latin Translation Needed
De Methodis
De Regimine Principum, Ad Regem Cypri
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I am happy to see your contributions such as 2004 Oklahoma Primary. However nowhere does this mention which party or that it involves a presidential election, nor does it show the source of the information. Also it doesn't link back to a main election page. I was wondering what sort of ideas you had to organize this information, and perhaps I can point you toward some tools and templates we already use that might be helpful to you. You might want to look at how some similar data has been setup at Wikisource:Election Data. There is not any real standard so any ideas you have should be able to be incorporated.--BirgitteSB 21:48, 24 February 2006 (UTC)

I changed the 2004 Oklahoma Primary page a bit, adding the source, presidential election mention, and the party involved. As to the main election page, I was thinking of creating a 2004 primary page for all the states. --Politicaljunkie 01:11, 25 February 2006 (UTC)

Hi. I saw your changes on the modern fic authors page, which I've been doing work on and maintaining. Just so you know, I have been limiting the wikipedia links to authors that we don't have author pages for yet. The authors are there so that people can see who we're missing and the links are there for these authors because there is no other easy way to get to their wikipedia article. Authors that we have pages for have links to their wikipedia article on their page, so a link on the mod fic authors page is a bit redundant. I won't remove the links you put in, since they're not harming anything, but you might not want to bother with adding any more of them since they are kind of redundant. - illy 16:07, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

Oh, sorry about that. Thanks for telling me.--Politicaljunkie 21:15, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

SoU & Inaugural speechesEdit

Good work, I like the format, the only things I'd suggest would be that it specifies 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th SoU for each President as this could stop them getting accidentally mixed up either due to people editing the page or vandalism. I don't think it's a good idea to have the SoUs mixed in with the Inaugurals, I think this might create problems for people searching for them (our search facility isn't too good), as the title of the page would need to be something like Wikisource:United States Inaugural and State of Union Speeches which would be too long & I doubt if it would be found by a search for state of union (at least not before other SoU speeches). Also as they are seperate types of speeches for different occasions it would be better to list them seperately, say Wikisource:U.S.A. Presidential Inaugural Speeches & Wikisource:U.S.A. State of the Union Speeches, though we can include links on each others pages. Incidentally I'm currently (though it's been sitting on the side for a while due to time pressures) working on a speeches portal User:AllanHainey/SpeechesPortal to tie together all our speeches & try to co-ordinate the format/categorisations/sourcing/etc. You may want to take a look. AllanHainey 08:50, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

The inaugural speeches page is up, as is the SoU page.--Politicaljunkie 22:32, 1 March 2006 (UTC)


Hi Politicaljunkie, I noticed you've been adding a few speeches recently. That's all to the good but when adding them could you please remember to list them on Portal:Speeches as well as the author page for completeness's sake & add a category tag at the bottom EGCategory:American Speeches, as it helps to keep track of them & enable folk to find different speeches on the same subjects & given at the same times. You may want to use the Template:Header too (adding Portal:Speeches in the previous= slot) as we've recently moved to (trying to) use this as standard instead of the Author:blah back links. You might want to read Help:Adding texts, especially Help:Adding texts#Advanced procedure, which gives a lot of info. Sorry if it seems that I'm pestering or hectoring you but we've recently been making a lot of progress in sorting out procedures & common standards of presentation & the more they're followed the easier it is to find/move/update/correct/identify the original source/protect accurate texts/etc & it means that noone has to deal with a huge (or at least huger) backlog of texts to categorise, put in the right format or source. Thanks for your help AllanHainey 14:43, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for that, the only other thing we're focussing on is noting sources of texts, so that they can eventually be proofread & protected to keep a stable version & avoid vandalism. We're trying to do this using the templates on Wikisource:Text quality & the Wikisource:Protection policy. Right now we're trying to make sure new texts are added in line with the new formats/policies but if you want to try updating the SoUs and inaugural addresses that'd be great & much appreciated. It'd be too much to note the sources for them (or for the majority of existing texts I think) but headers in place of the Author: would make a real difference. You should put in a back link in previous= Wikisource:U.S.A. State of the Union Speeches, or whatever the address is for Inaugurals so that its easier to navigate.
Thanks AllanHainey 08:31, 16 March 2006 (UTC)


Thanks for the welcome. Dzonatas 16:45, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Same. Reuvenk 18:57, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Snap. --Mais oui! 10:55, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

Hey all can you clean the stuff please asap thank you! -- 21:42, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

THANKS! the haikus and poems speeches are good asap pathos is the man andz any you henley allan v shanel

Author TagEdit

Thanks for the cleanup on the author backlink for wikisource/People_You_Know. I can't find any documentation on how to create the author entry and get it to appear on the authors list though. Antonrojo 12:54, 25 March 2006 (UTC)


Thanks for formatting my speeches from Michael Ignatieff. It's much appreciated. -- Zanimum 12:31, 10 April 2006 (UTC)

Too LateEdit

Thank you for your invitation. You are too late. Emt147 and I have built this entire Wild Weasel Audio series. It will be complete this week.--plumalley

Page titlingEdit

Hi, Politicaljunkie,

I've noticed that you've been splitting up texts and dividing them up by their chapters. Thank you for doing that bit of work (it's quite a bit of drudgery and I daresay I abhor doing it). However, I'd like to bring to mind that WS has adopted a certain naming convention for page titles (this can be viewed here). Namely, the convention is TITLE_OF_WORK/CHAPTER_#. Since WS has relative links enabled on this wiki, using the slashes affords us a few benefits. Namely, when using the {{header}} template, we can use notation such as [[../Chapter_#]] to do next and previous links, and [[../]] to indicate the title of the work. Also, on the title page of a particular work, links go like [[/Chapter_#]]. This means that should we ever decide to rename a page title, we do not have to individually move each and every single chapter, nor do we have to go in and change all of the links in the header template--this is all done automatically by the system.

I just wanted to bring this to your attention, so that you didn't get too far into splitting up the texts. Thanks!—Zhaladshar (Talk) 00:51, 3 May 2006 (UTC)

Also on page splittingEdit

Please do not remove formatting and annotation when splitting up long pages, as you did to The Phoenix and the Carpet. I'm going through the old page's history and restoring the formatting, but it's quite annoying to for me to have to do that. You should open the page via "Edit this page" and then cut and paste the old formatting codes into the new page, rather than cutting and pasting from an old version, or from your browser window, or whatever you did to screw it up so badly. --Quuxplusone 19:27, 14 May 2006 (UTC)

EB1911 Alphabetical OrderEdit

Hi. I noticed that you fixed the alphabetical order in the index for Encyclopedia Brittanica. I think we may need to make a style call on this one - I couldn't find anything in the style guide. In the original EB1911 Aka Hills was AFTER Akaba. Modern alphabetical order would reverse this. Also, in some cases the names have been abbreviated or clarified. So Two questions:

Should we match the original encyclopedia? Or modern?
And should we make sure that the Previous & Next in the page matches the original encyclopedia or the alphabetical index?

I lean towards matching the original - makes proofing it easy, but I don't care that much which way we go - I just want to go one way!!! Banjee ca 21:48, 23 May 2006 (UTC)

Got your message and added a sentence or two to the style guide on the agreement. Copy the original it is unless somebody protests. thanks Banjee ca 09:48, 24 May 2006 (UTC)

UN WikiEdit


We're starting a small wiki dedicated to Foreign Policy and UN Research. We're pretty new at the whole wiki thing, but you seem to have made some solid foreign policy posts. We'd love your expertise if you've got the time to possibly answer some questions and contribute. Interested? Email and check out (very early in development ;))

Marking deleteEdit

Hi, just a mention that some of the stuff you've been marking delete, like the sinksracing stuff, can actually be marked sdelete. Then we admins can just go ahead and delete it when we notice it or get around to clearing out Category:Speedy deletion requests. If you're unsure of something, you can check Wikisource:Deletion policy for the guideline for a speedy delete. It'll help keep down the number of items on the proposed deletion page. - illy 20:45, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

USSC Justice CategoryEdit

Thanks for putting together the United States Supreme Court Justices category. There are only eleven of the old folks so far, but I fear more will be coming.... –Pakman044 01:55, 24 June 2006 (UTC)


Just checking, is this your bot?----Shanel 19:35, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Incorrect conversion of HTML to wikiMLEdit

Hello Politicaljunkie. Please note that automatically converting HTML to wikiML can have unintended consequences; for example, your bot converted an italic phrase to bold in Bright's Anglo-Saxon Reader. Some texts use HTML italic tags to italicise multiple lines; converting these directly into wikiML will only italicise the first line. Please semiautomate these, check all changes, or refine your regex to prevent such problems.

Examples of problematic conversion
Correct HTML Incorrect wikiML

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping
    than you can understand.

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping
    than you can understand.

...and mid ðysum wordum þā godspellīcan gesetnysse ongan, 'In principio erat verbum, et verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat verbum, et reliqua,' þæt is on Englisc, 'On frymðe wæs word;... ...and mid ðysum wordum þā godspellīcan gesetnysse ongan, In principio erat verbum, et verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat verbum, et reliqua, þæt is on Englisc, 'On frymðe wæs word;...

// [admin] Pathoschild (talk/map) 22:18, 27 June 2006 (UTC)

Page movesEdit

Hi, saw the discussion on User talk:Pathoschild. I have two page-moving scripts, one written in JavaScript, which uses a combination of query strings build in PHP to move pages automatically, as well as a pywikipedia page moving script. I'm not actually sure what I've done with the pywikipedia one... if you'd like it, I can email it to you. Jude (talk) 10:01, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

Sorry, I've been slightly busy recently and haven't been able to find the script. I'll look for it sometime today or tomorrow and email it to you. Jude (talk) 23:25, 1 July 2006 (UTC)

Democracy in BelarusEdit

Hi, On the featured texts nomination page you said that the source for this was noted on the talk page. Unfortunately it isn't. If you can remember the source can you please add it and I'll try to proofread it when I've time. AllanHainey 11:55, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

Welcome MessageEdit

Thanks for the welcome. Hopefully my contributions will be read by at least one other person, besides myself. My stuff is fairly well pretty darn obscure! :) Wjhonson 03:11, 1 July 2006 (UTC)

Tales of a Wayside InnEdit

I see you are working on this text. Since there is a progression in the narrative, the headers should probably indicate which story comes before and after each other. Danny 19:36, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

welcome templateEdit

Hi, Politicaljunkie,

I think you put the welcome for User:Mattwj2002 on his user page instead of his user talk page :-). It appears we both had the exact same idea, too.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 21:22, 10 July 2006 (UTC)

Rig VedaEdit

Hi! Thanks for the help with moving The Rig Veda. I wanted to bring to your attention two tools that will greatly help with this job. The first is a WikiLink table (written by Pathoschild that will generate a list of URLs that, when clicked, will take you to an article move page here on WS that will move a given article to the desired name. Go give it a try. It's a LOT quicker.

Also, you can use this code (written by Jude) that will automatically convert redirects to dated soft redirects. Just add it to your monobook.js:

function addlilink(tabs, url, name, id){
	var na = document.createElement('a');
	na.href = url;
	var li = document.createElement('li'); = id;
	return li;

addOnloadHook(function (){
	if(document.forms.editform) {
		var tabs = document.getElementById('p-cactions').getElementsByTagName('ul')[0];
		addlilink(tabs, 'javascript:softRedirect();', 'Soft redirect', 'ca-redirect');

function softRedirect(){
	var txt = document.editform.wpTextbox1;
	var r = txt.value.replace(new RegExp("[\\S\\s]*#[Rr][Ee][Dd][Ii][Rr][Ee][Cc][Tt][_ ]?(\\[\\[[^\\]]*\\]\\])[\\S\\s]*|[\\s\\S]*", "g"), "$1");
	if (r==""){
		var r = "[["+prompt('What page should the redirect point to?')+"]]";
	txt.value = "{{subst:Dated soft redirect|"+r+"}}";
	var summary = document.editform.wpSummary;
	summary.value = "Converted to soft redirect";

Zhaladshar (Talk) 19:53, 11 July 2006 (UTC)

About the headers, I don't see why we can't put the translator in the notes section like we do with every other page that's been translated. I do think we need to add the sections, though. I think we should do something like ([[../Mandala #]], Hymn #).—Zhaladshar (Talk) 19:56, 11 July 2006 (UTC)
Hey, thanks for the help with moving the first 4 Mandalas. Don't worry about the rest. I've talk to Jude, and he's going to have a bot do the rest of the page moves. That way it saves a lot of time and it doesn't flood the recent changes.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 01:06, 12 July 2006 (UTC)
Oh, yes! If you're willing to do them, I'll take as much help as I can get!—Zhaladshar (Talk) 01:09, 12 July 2006 (UTC)

WikiLink Move tableEdit

Hi, Politicaljunkie, here's a basic tutorial for use.

The "base URL" should be For me, this field was already filled in, but if it's not for you, this is what you want to put.

For the "Wikilinks" section, make sure the pages that you want to move are in this table, and include the double brackets on each side. It doesn't matter if the links are piped, or have a bit of formatting (like the "*" that are attached to many links), as they will be stripped by the WikiLink scripts.

For the "Search and Replace" section, this is the trickiest, so I will use an example to illustrate. Let's say I want to move the following pages:

The Rig Veda/Mandala 1/Hymn 51
The Rig Veda/Mandala 1/Hymn 52
The Rig Veda/Mandala 1/Hymn 53
The Rig Veda/Mandala 1/Hymn 54

The "search" pattern I want is "The Rig Veda/Hymn 1/." This means I want the script to find this pattern in all the links that I submit. I then want to "replace" it with the following: "The Rig Veda/Mandala 1/Hymn " (note that I added a space—difficult to see—after the "Hymn"). It will then replace all instances of the search field with the text in the replace field.

For the move reason, simply add the reason for moving that page (just like you'd do if you clicked on the move tab and brough up the move article page on the wiki).

Unless you know regex, don't check the "Use regular expression" box. Odds are you don't need to copy the resultant list into a wiki, so you don't need to check the "Output wikiML" box, either.

Once you click "Create table" it will generate a list of links on the page all set up for you to click the "move" link (you might want to open it in a new window) and will bring up a move article page in Wikisource, that is all set up to move the page to its desired location. All you have to do is click the "move" button, and you've moved that page!

Hope this helps.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 20:12, 11 July 2006 (UTC)

Headers for Rig VedaEdit

Great! If you could use PoliticalBot to add the headers, that would save a LOT of time.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 21:16, 12 July 2006 (UTC)

Thanks a lot! I was wondering if you could do two things, though. Could you adjust the parameters so that each one is on its own line and they're not all jumbled up? And could you add the directional arrows to the "next" and "previous" parameters? Thanks.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 21:25, 12 July 2006 (UTC)
I'm assuming you're using a python script for your bot? I know another user had problem actually inputting the characters with a set of python scripts he was using. I really don't know why it can't input the characters themselves, it kind of seems a bit stupid. I guess don't worry about the arrows; I can go through and manually put them in after the rest of the headers have been taken care of and everything is in order. At least the spacing for the headers are okay; that's the more important of the two tasks, anyway.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 21:45, 12 July 2006 (UTC)
Python does do weird things with UTF-8; I've had issues updating the summaries on the Scriptorium archives due to the UTF-8 issues... either way, Zhaladshar asked me to add the arrows via IRC, which I am doing using AutoWikiBrowser. There are only about 221 left... thankfully :-) Jude (talk) 01:34, 14 July 2006 (UTC)

Hi, I see you started doing the Federalist Papers. I made a sample of one a while back which you may like to see. It will require moving them, but they should probably be put together as subpages as there is a flow and logic between them. See The Federalist Papers/No. 15 and let me know what you think. Danny 00:46, 15 July 2006 (UTC)

Great. I'll be glad to help. :-) Danny 14:55, 15 July 2006 (UTC)

Truth is, I am not sure. I will try and find an example to copy. btw, I just did /No. 85. Notice how I put the title of the letter in the header with a line break. I think it makes it look neater. Danny 15:02, 15 July 2006 (UTC)

This is what I was told: To add two authors add the following to the "author=" parameter: " | override_author=[[Author:AUTHOR 1|]] and [[Author:AUTHOR 2|]]" and tweak as appropriate Danny 15:15, 15 July 2006 (UTC)


Hi, I'll definitely stick it on my list of things to get done; I'm not sure when I'll be able to do it, but I'll try to do it sometime in the next few days. :) Jude (talk) 05:11, 14 August 2006 (UTC)


I haven't seen you around in awhile, are you still active? I hope you are just enjoying vacation!--BirgitteSB 13:05, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

Good to hear :) Are all the executive orders in numerical order throughout history, or does each administration have it's own numbering?--BirgitteSB 17:30, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

Executive OrdersEdit

Hi, Politicaljunkie,

The EOs which WS has on its servers have three different titling schemes:

  1. Executive Order ####
  2. Executive Order - ####
  3. Executive Order No. ####

The research I've been able to do on the EOs seems to indicate that the first scheme is the more common of the bunch (and from what I could find on the Federal Register's website, also the more standard naming scheme). So, to give all the pages a standard naming scheme, I'm going to move them to a convention akin to the first one. After that, I'll be correcting all the headers (I know I have to correct Clinton's EOs because they link to a soft redirected page). Any comments/suggestions (especially if you know the "proper" way to name these documents) welcome.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 18:05, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

A fairly quick way of moving all the pages (minus the use of a bot, of course) is to use Pathoschild's WikiLink Move Table. But it doesn't matter to me who does the moving or how it gets done. I can do it if PoliticalBot can't (it won't take more than a few minutes for me to move them all). But, yes, once the pages are moved, we should do soft redirects.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 18:33, 24 August 2006 (UTC)
Sure. I'll start moving the pages now.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 18:41, 24 August 2006 (UTC)
I'm going to try to get Xenophon to do the page moves, otherwise I'll flood the RC with 500+ page moves and soft redirect conversions. The page moves (hopefully) will be done by the end of the weekend. Hopefully sooner—it depends on how much time Jude has.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 19:08, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

EOs added by PoliticalBotEdit

Hi, again. I was wondering if you could have PoliticalBot remove the newline at the top of each page, just before the beginning of the header. That way the white space disappears, and there's not so great a space between the header and the title of the page. Thanks!—Zhaladshar (Talk) 19:23, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

A nagging mother...Edit

Since I notice you list Bush's presidential radio addresses, I thought I'd urge you to wikify them where needed, in the future :) Sherurcij (talk) (CRIMINALS ARE MADE, NOT BORN) 18:25, 30 August 2006 (UTC)


Hi, Politicaljunkie,

You are now a sysop. On the admins page could you fill in any languages you know, and on your preferences (under Editing) check the box that marks your edits automatically as patrolled? Thanks!—Zhaladshar (Talk) 23:01, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Category:Soft redirects/January 2007Edit

Hi, I was on holiday for two weeks and was just about to fire up the maintenance cycle for the January 2007 soft redirect when I realised all redirects were gone and the category deleted. Have you got any idea what happened with all those redirects? Hmm, seems to me it's a bit of a bug in the wiki software that there's no "category content history." Thanks.--GrafZahl (talk) 14:46, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

Oh, never mind, I just checked the deletion log. I hope the deletion of all those soft redirects hasn't produced any dangling links.--GrafZahl (talk) 15:15, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

thank youEdit

Thanks for clearing the backlog at Category:Speedy deletion requests. John Vandenberg 00:06, 27 August 2007 (UTC)


Hello Politicaljunkie. I have never attended a Mathcamp in my life. This could have been interesting though and maybe as a result I would not have forgotten nearly every notion of math I have learned in high school! :-) -- Mathieugp 15:13, 29 August 2007 (UTC)

regarding removal of footer tag.Edit

Hello, I noticed that the PoliticalBot is removing footer template from few articles, can you pls explain why this is being done ? I think it will be helpful to have the footers. Regards, --Nvineeth 10:05, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

Hi. Footers are now auto-generated on pages using the newer {{header2}} template. Only from those pages should the footer template be removed, small pages notwithstanding.--GrafZahl (talk) 15:05, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

Unto This Last - M. K. GandhiEdit


This text was deleted because it was thought that it is a copyright infringement. However Eclecticology pointed out here that Indian law does not give a copyright to the translator. It was first published in South Africa in the weekly Indian Opinion in 1908. I think that it means that this text is therefore in the public domain. Regards, Yann 17:41, 23 September 2007 (UTC)


Have you started removing this with your bot, as per your comment on WS:PD? Thanks! --Spangineerwp (háblame) 03:44, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

Template:Current US SenatorsEdit

Hi, what was {{Current US Senators}} intended for ? John Vandenberg 05:16, 23 October 2007 (UTC)

The Purple WigEdit

I see that you are the one who originally added this article as part of the Father Brown stories by Chesterton. I just finished comparing it with the version in McClure's, and have noted a number of differences. Could you please review them, and let us know just what edition you used. Thanks. Eclecticology 07:37, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for replying. I was afraid you would come up with that kind of answer. :-) It makes proofreading difficult when we don't know where the text came from. We have no basis for saying these texts are inaccurate, but some sort of an "unsourced" template might be appropriate as a warning to readers. Eclecticology 19:45, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

Collaboration projectEdit

This weeks collaboration project is G. W. Bush. Please take the time this week to identify and/or transcribe one important work by, or involving, this very prominent person who is relevant to us all. John Vandenberg (chat) 02:29, 7 March 2008 (UTC)

Unprotect requestEdit

Hello, Politicaljunkie; could you kindly unlock Dover Beach so that peacock phrasing can be removed from the introduction? Robert K S 01:14, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

User:PoliticalBot 90 day warningEdit

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