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User talk:Benfulton

From Bloomingpedia

By the way Ben, welcome to Bloomingpedia. I hope you are having fun here exploring the information and contributing. You are making some excellent contributions, keep it up. -- Mark 21:47, 6 February 2007 (EST)

Thanks Mark! -- Benfulton 11:18, 7 February 2007 (EST)

2000th article

Congrats on creating the 2000th article. Thanks Ben. -- Mark 23:42, 6 August 2007 (EDT)

Cindy Gray article

Thank you for the re-write. I know it is important to capture the tension of the moment in these activities of our public institutions - but we need to be fair to the participants and cite public news stories and the comments of key figures to paint the picture. --BirdieGalyan 11:29, 4 September 2007 (EDT)

New information about old stuff

Ben, I'm curious. You've been adding a lot of stuff about the 19th century, where are you getting all this stuff from? New book or something? Or just spending time at the library? Regardless, it is very interesting information. -- Mark 20:18, 23 January 2009 (EST)

Next new page is yours, I think

Hey Ben, I noticed that the next new page is probably the 3,000th. I think that honor should be yours since you've done so much adding and editing lately! A small honor to be sure, but nonetheless. NotTires 18:11, 26 October 2009 (EDT)

I added a couple of articles but it looks like we're still 100 shy :) --Benfulton 21:56, 26 October 2009 (EDT)
Perhaps, I guess we use different counters. I know nothing about the admin side of things, so I discovered the page below the other day and saw it at 2999. If that includes ex-pages then we'll just have to wait until the usual cadre gets a few more.

Special:PageCreateOrder NotTires 09:29, 27 October 2009 (EDT)

Ah, I see. I was just looking at the "at least" article counter on the front page. --Benfulton 09:59, 27 October 2009 (EDT)

Danger Will Robinson!

The History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties is factually challenged in many places. As an example, the biography of John and Leo Nichols identifies John's son Bridge as the son of John's third wife, when he was in fact the son of John's first wife. It also asserts that Jonathan Nichols was related to John and Leo in a way that he was not.

Books such as this were sold primarily to the people whom they profiled, so they are full of florid praise and seldom is heard a discouraging word. The worst examples did not involve a lot of fact checking, so one needs to 'trust but verify'.

Here is an earlier book of the same genre which appears to be more reliable: Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana.

New template

Just wanted to let you know that I'd created a new template, Template:Coord. It displays an inline link to Google Maps when you put in the coordinates; for example, {{coord|39.16722|-86.53444}} produces World diagram for coord.png Map from Google, which when you click it will take you precisely to the Courthouse. There aren't any interesting features; I copied it from the deleted Template:Mapit-US-cityscale at en:wikipedia (I'm an admin over there, so I can view deleted revisions), but because I'm not tech savvy, I don't know how to add anything except the most basic features. I'll be adding this to articles as I get the chance (right now, it's only at National Register of Historic Places), but I thought you too might want to start adding it. Nyttend 01:09, 6 August 2012 (EDT)


Would you mind deleting this? It's redundant to Cajun Restaurants. Nyttend 00:15, 10 August 2012 (EDT)

Images from offsite?

If you've looked at the Wikimedia Commons, you may have noticed that I've uploaded tons of Bloomington images there. There are many unillustrated articles here for which I have photos on Commons; if I want to illustrate them, do I have to upload images locally, or is it possible to use some sort of <img src=> command to display offsite images directly? I know that MediaWiki supports such a feature, since Wikipedia had it several years ago, but I don't know how it worked or if it would be related to the Google Maps display feature that's used in articles such as 10th Washington 9th Walnut Block. Nyttend 14:49, 1 October 2012 (EDT)

I left Mark a question about enabling a feature that would make Commons images automatically useable here (just as they are at Wikipedia), but he didn't like the idea. Instead, he said that he'd put together a script to do a mass local upload of images currently at Commons. Nyttend 01:17, 14 October 2012 (EDT)