User talk:Equinox

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Per RFD, is this used in any human languages, or just a bit or mirror-writing fun from Unicode? Renard Migrant (talk) 21:38, 29 December 2014 (UTC)

I don't know. Most of Appendix:Unicode/Miscellaneous_Mathematical_Symbols-B have names describing their shape rather than their function, which probably suggests the latter. Equinox 21:41, 29 December 2014 (UTC)

alcmaeonid and alcmeonid[edit]

I've been going through Category:en:Zoology, and these two seem to be ringers. At least, all I've found so far is w:Alcmaeonidae. Should I keep looking, or were you working off of a list of terms ending in "-idae"? Chuck Entz (talk) 06:28, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

Ah, I actually took all the Wikipedia "-idae" titles and then automatically checked for "-id/-ids" forms in Google Books. These errors evidently slipped through because there appears to be a Greek mythological figure, or race of people, called Alcmaeonid/Alcmeonid. I've deleted the bad entries. Equinox 09:53, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

[[chimpanzee]] --> chimpanzee[edit]

After looking through the edit history of our ape-name-wikilinking friend, I gave them a 3-month block. After looking through their global edits, I extended it to a year.

They've been doing slight variations of the same few edits on 42 wikis, from the same IP, since last July. It's so repetitive and so persistent that it has to be something neurological.

Basically, any occurrence of the movie title "Small Soldiers" anywhere gets wikilinked. The word "Major" gets removed from the name of Tommy Lee Jones' character in that movie. and then there's the wikilinking and rearranging of ape terms, accompanied by changing of "or" to "and" in some cases, that we've been dealing with here (apparently restricted to here and Commons). In at least one case, they came back and started doing the same thing again each time after multiple blocks of a month or more. Chuck Entz (talk) 07:27, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Proto-Arawak and Taíno[edit]

Hi, could you help me with a couple of items I posted in the Beer parlour? Thanks for your time. --Victar (talk) 22:47, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Sorry, but I don't really know about templates, or about these languages. Equinox 18:58, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Pork rhymes[edit]

As is shown in the pronunciation section of the pork page, one pronunciation, namely the horse-hoarse unmerged one, is /poʊɹk/, which no other word rhymes with in dialects that maintain the distinction. For reference, see List of English words without rhymes. Comment added at 00:22, January 22, 2015‎ by anon editor:

The Wikipedia article linked above was slightly misleading because pork pronounced "/pɔək/" was an exception to the usual "Horse-Hoarse" rule in conservative RP. The OED no longer lists this alternative in its third addition. Dbfirs 09:20, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

User rights[edit]

If I recall correctly, you nominated me for autopatroller and it succeeded unopposed. However, I noticed that CodeCat has just revoked my privileges as autopatroller. I am curious, is there a discussion surrounding my edits currently going on? Anything I can improve upon I will surely take note of. WikiWinters (talk) 23:25, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

There haven't been any covert discussions! If you look at the edit histories for your entries you can see that a few tweaks have been required. These are minor things but it does mean that a second pair of eyes is good, so I suppose that's why CodeCat removed the flag. Equinox 23:34, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
I replied on my talk page. —CodeCat 23:39, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. WikiWinters (talk) 00:05, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
I apologize for that I may have sounded presumptuous. I was just wondering, because I thought that normally there should have been a consensus before removing rights, and that would be achieved through a discussion, but I was wrong. The revocation is understandable, and I assume CodeCat knows what he is doing. I'm currently wondering about the possibility of redemption of rights in the future. Thank you for swiftly responding to my clumsy mistakes. WikiWinters (talk) 23:49, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
It doesn't mean you've been "demoted" or lost your reputation or anything, just that we probably need to keep double-checking your contributions for a bit longer. Thanks for your additions. BTW, it looks as though you copied the "arctogaeal" ety from another site; in general you need to avoid this, since "fair use" exemptions to copyright law are very narrow and anyhow vary by jurisdiction. Equinox 23:53, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
Yes, that was what I was worried about. Thanks for your reassurance. As for "arctogaeal," you are right. I was trying to clean up Wiktionary:Requested entries (English) and, ironically, I ended up making everything messier due to my clumsiness. It's something I need to work on, for sure. For the sake of speed, I used the definition from, and I realize now that this can put me in dangerous territory when it comes to copyright. The definition given on is, "a biogeographical division comprising the Holarctic and Paleotropical regions." I considered paraphrasing but caved and assumed that there wouldn't be a better way to define it without using virtually the same terms. Had I put more time into it, I could've easily come up with an original definition without violating copyright, and unfortunately patience is obviously something that I need to work on. I really appreciate your understanding, so thank you. WikiWinters (talk) 00:04, 26 January 2015 (UTC)