User talk:PJK

For some reason the images does not load anymore. I tried to restart and two diffrent browsers but the same... // Kenneth 08:25, 30 September 2008 (UTC)


I somehow suspected it was something you did :)

Main page should be protected

↑ legacy name, but preserved for link compatibility

Extension should be installed

Hello, you already deleted accounts SockOfPiotrGrochowski, Sock2OfPiotrGrochowski, Sock3OfPiotrGrochowski,... But this user creates new accounts and edits main page. You should may be protect the main page ", but make sure that the last edit is by me, Sock4OfPiotrGrochowski (talk)". Regards --Martinss (talk) 16:39, 9 April 2018 (UTC)

User User:Sock4OfPiotrGrochowski edited my original message at 18:09, 9 April 2018 (UTC), here is a copy of my origninal message "Hello, you already deleted accounts SockOfPiotrGrochowski, Sock2OfPiotrGrochowski, Sock3OfPiotrGrochowski,... But this user creates new accounts and edits main page. You should may be protect the main page. Regards --Martinss (talk) 16:39, 9 April 2018 (UTC)" --Martinss (talk) 17:14, 10 April 2018 (UTC)
It is not accurate to say it's an edit. What it actually is, is a middle quote insertion: ", but make sure that the last edit is by me, Sock4OfPiotrGrochowski (talk)". Sock4OfPiotrGrochowski (talk) 17:18, 10 April 2018 (UTC)

Wouldn't a better solution be installing an extension that detects mobile or desktop, so that the wiki would be able to detect mobile or desktop and display the appropriate Main Page? Martinss has no PC (talk) 17:40, 10 April 2018 (UTC)

Martinss has no PC. It's true! Martinss has no PC (talk) Because Martinss has no PC, she thinks everything that looks good in mobile also looks good in desktop. Martinss has no PC (talk) And for mini PCs, mobile sites may look half good, but as the screen gets bigger, the more nightmareish the mobile sites look. Sock4OfPiotrGrochowski (talk)

Edit: Now that the extension is installed, Main Page is now great in both mobile and desktop, because it automatically renders the appropriate design. Sock4OfPiotrGrochowski (talk) 17:58, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

Edit: Someone changed the skin and Martinss made fun of it by using the mobile main page on it, what's the point? Sock4OfPiotrGrochowski (talk) 10:32, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

- There was an upgrade to the wiki to bring it to the latest version. The homepage appears to render fine on mobile and on desktop. Do you have other suggestions? Note 60% of users are on mobile. --PJK (talk) 05:07, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

Vandalism continues

Hi Pat, I have deleted a bunch of the bot users now as you can see here Special:Log/delete. It seems it is around 1-2 a day and they keep comming and it looks like all are from the same source. // Kenneth 23:47, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

Re: I noticed Kenneth. I am going to install a captcha soon. I literally just finished upgrading the wiki, and I was waiting to install the captcha until after the upgrade. Thanks for keeping an eye out and deleting it as it comes. Cheers.

Edit: I installed recaptcha for new registrations. --PJK 00:12, 30 December 2009 (UTC)

Nice, then we will hopefully not get anymore of those =) Kenneth 10:08, 30 December 2009 (UTC)
Edit; "Your edit includes new external links. To help protect against automated spam, please type the two words you see in the box below:"
I got the captcha when I was editing a page because it had external links, I don't think that option is needed, it will only become annoying if you do several edits. Is it possible to remove that part? // Kenneth 11:59, 30 December 2009 (UTC)
Ah, I see. Okay, I have disabled that for logged in users. I have also enabled anonymous editing, meaning users don't need to be logged in to edit. However, if they post a link, they will have to go through the recaptcha. Does that sound good, or do you have a better suggestion? --PJK 18:23, 31 December 2009 (UTC)
Na, it's great, just didn't like to have to mess with it every time you add a link, it is in the algs template, say you add algs using that to all CxLL pages = 42 of them... you can figure the rest =) // Kenneth 20:28, 31 December 2009 (UTC)
Yeah, I understand. Alright, sounds good, let me know if you notice any errors or anything missing that may have been lost during the upgrade.--PJK 20:33, 31 December 2009 (UTC)

GIF doesn't work if you use the Thumb setting

Here MaeLSTRoM told me that you sometimes handle Wiki issues, and that I should tell you the following.

I've just created a GIF for the commutator page and discovered that you don't get a working GIF if you use the Thumb setting to display it. I've double checked and Wikipedia doesn't have this issue. I've personally overcome the problem by changing the resolution of the GIF but of course this is more of a stop gap measure. Below is my GIF using the thumb feature. I suspect this is more an issue for those creating the Wiki software to deal with, but I don't know. Thanks for your time. Dave3457 (talk) 17:23, 29 November 2012 (EST)

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Break down of Commutator A B A B If there is no overlap.gif

Break down of Commutator A B A B If there is no overlap.gif
Break down of Commutator A B A B If there is no overlap.gif


Thanks for reporting this. if you don't use the Thumb setting, what happens? Does it not show up at all? This really sounds like a wikimedia issue. Perhaps I need to upgrade if this issue isn't happening on wikipedia. --PJK (talk) 22:08, 29 November 2012 (EST)
What you get is what you see above, just the first frame. Below is the code I used above...
[[File:Break down of Commutator A B A B If there is no overlap.gif|100px|thumb|left|alt text]]
The others you now see are other variations of that code.
Here is the animation working on this Wiki using the code below..
[[File:Break down of Commutator A B A B If there is no overlap.gif]]
I had to specifically create the gif to be the right size.
Here is a link to a WP page where it is working...[1] The gif is on the right.
The code used there is below..
[[[Image:Circular.Polarization.Circularly.Polarized.Light Right.Handed.Animation.305x190.255Colors.gif|thumb|305px|The [[electric field]] vectors of a traveling circularly polarized electromagnetic wave.]]
This is actually a pretty big deal for someone trying to introduce animations on this Wiki.
Actually, I just had a great idea and it worked !
While I would strongly encourage you to do the upgrade to see if they dealt with this issure, I just realized that I could use WP to create the right size of gif. I just went to that WP page I linked to and saved the page on my computer. I then grabbed the re-sized gif out of the folder that it was saved to. Create a page with the right sized gif and right-click on it. That is to say, I used the WP software to create the right sized gif.
This is exactly the kind of work around that I would put the the Help page if the upgrade doesn't work.-- Dave3457 (talk) 19:10, 30 November 2012 (EST)
I will upgrade this in the next couple weeks. I will update you here when I do so. --PJK (talk) 23:20, 30 November 2012 (EST)
Sounds good. I have a related animation in the works. --Dave3457 (talk) 13:21, 1 December 2012 (EST)

Creation of a Help link

(This is the same guy as above writing)
As it happens MaeLSTRoM was telling me the reason you guys don't have a help link after I made the suggestion that you guys might create one. Just in case, I though I would point out this discussion I had with him and see if you agree with his views. I'm assuming you would be the guy that would create it. --Dave3457 (talk) 17:57, 29 November 2012 (EST)

The link you posted doesn't work for me. What exactly is a help link? --PJK (talk) 22:08, 29 November 2012 (EST)
Sorry, should have checked it, here it is
It would be a link in the left hand column that basically tells people to use Wikipedia help. My comment explains things in more detail. --Dave3457 (talk) 00:29, 30 November 2012 (EST)
I'm still a bit confused. Can you link to an example help link on another wiki page? I'd be glad to add the link to the left column if you tell me what the URL to link to is. It is great to have a wikipedia editor here. I'm sure there is a lot of room for improvement. This wiki has been developing nicely over the years now and is a great resource of information for the cubing community. --PJK (talk) 04:50, 30 November 2012 (EST)
I agree about this being a great resource, I really believe in these kind of community efforts. "Many hands make lite work."
Here is the home page of WP and the help link is on the left.
Give me a GO and I will begin creating the help page. It won't be much, just a series of links to the main help pages of WP and a collection of useful things to know regarding things that are specific to this Wiki. -- Dave3457 (talk) 19:21, 30 November 2012 (EST) .....(Note the other comment in other thread. (I missed yours last time.))
Go for it. Will it be http://speedsolving.com/wiki/Help:Contents? I will get the link on the left once you get it built and we can edit it a bit. Cheers --PJK (talk) 23:20, 30 November 2012 (EST)
Good stuff, I'll put it there. -- Dave3457 (talk) 13:27, 1 December 2012 (EST)
Err, wouldn't the link be http://speedsolving.com/wiki/index.php/Help:Contents? Seems to be a walkthrough for a unknown random method atm, so it can be cleared. MaeLSTRoM (talk) 13:43, 1 December 2012 (EST)
I don't really now the difference myself, I just came here to say that I don't know how to put one at /wiki/Help:Contents and that I will be putting it at /wiki/index.php/Help:Contents instead, for now. That being said. WP uses /wiki/Help:Contents.
BTW someone seems to have accidentally created the /index.php/ page already. Nothing links to it right now. -- Dave3457 (talk) 14:16, 1 December 2012 (EST)
Go ahead and remove that and edit it, since it is a useless page.--PJK (talk) 20:45, 1 December 2012 (EST)

Use of SVG image files

I don't think this is a forum question...

I noticed we can't use vector graphics images. Does mediawiki not have the capability or is it too much load on the server or something else? --Dave3457 (talk) 16:49, 2 December 2012 (EST)

Mediawiki should support them, because WP does. It's probably just this version or something. The real question is, do we need to have svg files? I think that for pretty much every case, a raster image would be acceptable. From what I can tell, the large amount of them on WP is to move towards a more flexible image format, but for this small-scale wiki, we don't particularly need them, at least, that's my opinion. MaeLSTRoM (talk) 18:12, 2 December 2012 (EST)
Personally I work almost exclusively with svg images. I find it a very powerful way to create graphics. Particularly 3D or Axonometric projections. I created the animation and first several images in the WP circular polarization article using the vector graphics software Inkscape. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circular_polarization .
Tonight I've been working on a Rubik's cube that I plan to use on the commutator page. (Not Axonometric but 3D perspectivie). Its not the end of the world if PJK can't swing it but it would make things more straight forward. I would likely load a svg version on MediaCommons and then a raster version on this site. If I understand things right, the reason they want them on WP is because there is no loss of image quality when you pick a given resolution.
By the way...just came across VisualCube, which people seem to be using to create their cube images, will be sure to add it to the help files. -- Dave3457 (talk) 08:16, 3 December 2012 (EST)
Will an upgrade solve this or is there a setting I can change to allow svg? I don't recall changing anything to disallow them, and it shouldn't be too much load on the server. I can always upgrade the server if absolutely needed. --PJK (talk) 08:22, 3 December 2012 (EST)
Oh no, I wouldn't go to the trouble of upgrading the server. I'm not sure how much you know about svg, but after anyone creates an svg they could just create and place a very high raster version on this website and use the thumb feature to scale it appropriately. And if they came across a svg on wikimedia commons they could just put the 2000px high res version that is provided on to this site. (Or link directly to it...maybe)
I searched the mediawiki site and came across this. It looks like you would have to download some supplementary software.
By the way, just by chance, I came across this quote which was directly above it >>For thumbnailing GIF-Animations under windows, you need to install ImageMagick as described above.<< So you won't need to update things. And ImageMagick will do the svg conversion as well. Sweet! (I think) -- Dave3457 (talk) 09:55, 3 December 2012 (EST)

Requesting installation of ParserFunctions

Currently all articles using {{Infobox}} have a default "{{{NAME}}} in {{{IMAGEYEAR}}}", regardless of whether or not IMAGEYEAR exists. When IMAGEYEAR doesn't exist, it just leaves a blank "{{{NAME}}} in ". Using {{#if:}} (part of ParserFunctions), you can make the "{{{NAME}}} in {{{IMAGEYEAR}}}" not show when there is no IMAGEYEAR added. This would help clean up a lot of articles. Randomno [talk] 12:01, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Honestly the other more reasonable option would be to put "????" or "Unknown" if we really don't know the year of the image, although usually the year can be derived from the attached metadata of the image, so this seems like an unnecessary complication for something that is only an issue in the minority of cases. MaeLSTRoM (talk) 12:13, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
{{#if:}} can still be an extremely useful tool when creating infoboxes. It doesn't really complicate things, since the only difference is a small change to the template. Randomno [talk] 12:22, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
I've installed it. Let me know if it needs any additional configuration. If it causes any issues, we can easily disable it. --PJK (talk) 23:29, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
TY. Randomno [talk] 23:54, 6 January 2015 (UTC)