User talk:TBC

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Hello, and welcome to Wiktionary. Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are a few good links for newcomers:

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Language Headings[edit]

Hi, and thanks for the plural entries! Please don't forget that each page should have == English == at the top so that we know what language it is in. (Obviously change English to whatever else if it is a foreign word). Thanks Conrad.Irwin 10:57, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

I've been copy-pasting the templates and headings for each entry (since I'm too lazy to type it all out), so I must have forgotten the English heading a few entries back (though I'm sure I added it for most of them). Anyhow, thanks for telling me.--♠TBC♠ 11:04, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

Useful Wiktionary pages[edit]

Thank you for your recent Mandarin contributions. Here are some additional reference pages that may be of use:

I have made some formatting changes to a few of your entries (黑马, 大零蛋, 一心一意) so that you can get some ideas of what I consider to be best practices with respect to Mandarin entries. If you have any questions about formatting please don't hesitate to post a note on my talk page or at Wiktionary:Beer Parlour. -- A-cai 06:53, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

Adding interwiki links[edit]

Hi; I see you're adding interwiki links to simple:. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but you needn't waste your time: we have a bot that does the same (eventually).—msh210 23:04, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

I understand, but as you've said, it takes a while for the bot to get to a word. Also, since I'm working on the Simple versions of the article (and using the English article as reference), it's convenient for me to add the link. Thanks for notifying me, though.--TBC 23:08, 14 July 2008 (UTC)


Thanks for the welcome! MrShamrock 21:49, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks ...[edit]

... for the welcome. Cheers! Twpsyn Pentref 05:41, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

emperor's new clothes[edit]

Hello TBC -- Thanks for adding this new entry -- a good one indeed. I reworked your edits a bit to conform more closely to wiktionary standards and usual practices. I hope these changes serve as useful examples for you. BTW, although the quotations you selected do serve their purpose, it is usually better to find a telling usage of the defined term in the actual text of a news article or literary work rather than just in the title. -- WikiPedant 06:39, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

"It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness"[edit]

You're quite busy today. Wouldn't this be better as a proverb than as an idiom? Proverbs are the only full sentences that we usually have. I don't think that "inflected forms" make much sense for this (It will be better [] , It had been better [] ). I'll leave it to you to decide. DCDuring TALK 16:45, 26 July 2008 (UTC)


There are a number of acceptable scripts to write Sanskrit in. Latin is not one of them. I have reverted. -Atelaes λάλει ἐμοί 07:22, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

The difficulty with this is, the term "murali" does appear in scholarly English-language sources. See this Google Books search. I would not say it's an English word, but, then again, neither is xiexie--the first word Chinese learners are taught--and that one is easily findable via the entry we have for it. However, when users come to Wiktionary trying to find out what "murali" means (the term does occur in Latinized form in English-language materials about Hinduism, Sanskrit, as well as in South Indian given names), they won't be able to do that. At the very least, there should be a redirect from murali to the Devanagari entry, so that our users will be able to quickly and easily find the information they need. 07:25, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
I have started a discussion in the Beer parlour - but I'm sure it has been discussed many times before. SemperBlotto 07:28, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
That's fine; the main thing is allowing users with Latin keyboards to find the information they need as easily and quickly as possible. With Sanskrit, the terms do appear in Latinized form in English-language works, and users should be able to determine their meanings without having a Devanagari keyboard, as we've done for the Chinese entries, for example. 07:30, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
I will not duplicate the responses left on the entry's talk page and on the BP. I stand by my reversion. -Atelaes λάλει ἐμοί 07:42, 7 August 2008 (UTC)