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- My pleasure. It gave me something to do while I was on vacation there last week. :-) --Peter
Say, what method are you using to type the long Japanese vowels with a bar over them? (WT-en) texugo 12:14, 23 August 2011 (EDT)
- I just use Windows Character Map to get the character and paste it in. It's tedious. :-( Or, if I know the characters are elsewhere in the document, I copy/paste them from there. (WT-en) BigPeteB 12:32, 23 August 2011 (EDT)
Your old WT account has now been merged into your WMF one. Your name now has a small b, which matches your WP account (I think to get the large B back, you would have to do a global account rename). --Peter Talk 19:51, 28 December 2012 (UTC)
Dynamic maps Expedition
Thanks for your interest in Wikivoyage:Dynamic maps Expedition!
Could you please help by selecting a few articles (places you know), and inserting lat/lon to all restaurants/hotels/see/etc as explained here?
- Sure thing! I already did part of Lexington (Kentucky). I could do Atlanta/Midtown as well. I'll see if I can find one or two other articles that would make good test cases. Bigpeteb (talk) 13:58, 30 April 2013 (UTC)
- Great work on these two articles, feel free to do cities you don't know as well, using Google or review websites to check whether locations are correct. These articles will be in the initial trial perimeter when Dynamic Maps are deployed :-) Cheers! Nicolas1981 (talk) 06:01, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
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From an edit summary by you: usually "et al." is for lists of people, and "etc." is for lists of inanimate things
What's your source for this? To my understanding, in Latin "et alii" simply means "and others". I have never seen the claim you made, and I'm pretty skeptical about it.
All the best,
- Nevermind: I just did a web search for "et al usage" and got a bunch of results restricting its usage to a list of people. So the moral of the story is that I went through school with honors and fellowships through the Doctorate without ever knowing or being told about this restriction. I probably never used the abbreviation in a non-standard way in any academic writing, so no-one ever thought to explain that a seemingly all-inclusive Latin expression is reserved for people, by convention. Ikan Kekek (talk) 11:19, 5 March 2017 (UTC)
- Section 13.53 in the Spotlight
- When words are left out of a quotation, an ellipsis of three dots (. . .) takes their place. When this works correctly, the reader can skip over the dots and the sentence continues smoothly on the other side.
- Quotation 1: “With a sensation of horror . . . I saw at the open window a figure.”
- If the first segment of the quotation could be read as a complete sentence (grammatically speaking), a period comes before the ellipsis (for a total of four dots).
As far as "... etc.)." goes, there isn't any need for another full stop after you've already used one full stop:
-  "never double up periods. If a statement ends with “etc.” the period in the abbreviation does double duty, serving as the full stop to end the sentence."
- @Ground Zero: Hmm, thanks for pointing this out.
- You're right about the first instance. It can be read as a complete sentence, so an extra period is appropriate. I'll change that one back.
- In the second instance, the parentheses affect the rule. The CMOS FAQ for this topic isn't the most clear (and I don't have my copy of CMOS handy as I'm replying). A better Stack Exchange Q&A is , which explicitly cites CMOS and other style guides, all of which agree that two periods are necessary: one for the
etc.inside the parentheses, and one outside the parentheses to end the sentence. (To use the old grade-school trick: if you deleted the parenthetical, what remains would still need to be a complete sentence, and thus needs a period.) The Wikipedia MOS also agrees with this rule, and an example ending in
etc.).is the first example it gives.
- (P.S. "Regardinging" isn't a word. That made me LOL when I noticed it just now.) --Bigpeteb (talk) 17:39, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
I wanted to drop you a note to thank you for two things: one, your recent vigilance on English language varieties, and two, your recent additions to Fukuoka. As the one who originally nominated Fukuoka for Destination of the Month a while ago, it's frankly kind of embarrassing to me in retrospect how incomplete the article was at the time of its nomination. Sometimes it takes someone with local familiarity, as you obviously have, to fully illustrate that sort of thing. Anyhow, anything else you can do to add to the article would be hugely appreciated, especially in the realm of adding geo coordinates to listings that currently lack them. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 00:51, 24 May 2019 (UTC)
- @AndreCarrotflower: Happy to help! I spent half a summer studying in Fukuoka, although that was 15 years ago so I wouldn't say I know the city in too much detail anymore. But between the request for updates for DotM, and some friends having recently visited Fukuoka and re-sparking my interest in the city, I'm happy to contribute what local knowledge I do have. Geocoding listings is not my favorite chore as it's pretty tedious :-/ but I'll definitely have a go at it. --Bigpeteb (talk) 17:27, 24 May 2019 (UTC)
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Working with students
Thank you for leaving the long message on my students talk page, I may indeed use it for discussion material. The problem here is that said student is one of the 'quiet' people (she never speaks, she chose to work by herself instead of a group like I advised everyone to do), and I don't know if she is super shy or as is not uncommon in classes full of ESLs, her English skills are just low. In all honestly, I doubt she will participate in or enjoy the discussion about this incident, particularly if my hunch is right and she cannot communicate well in English on top of being shy. Sometimes there is no good solution :( --Piotrus (talk) 03:13, 10 October 2019 (UTC)