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Dear 2old--

I'm not sure that this is the place to leave comments but we'll try anyway. I looked at your experimental pages with the galleries and, while I'm not opposed to galleries as such, the thumbnails are too small to see what you're clicking on. I also feel galleries should only be used for bonus stuff not directly necessary to the thread of the article. If I'm writing an article about a rare South American gold coin and I feature the Eliasberg specimen, then that should be front and center. If I add images of other, inferior, specimens, I could shove those into the gallery without losing anything. If I have an image of the designer, I would not want that in the gallery.

  • MEOntko
    • Good to hear from you and I appreciate the discussion, that is what this is all about. You are right, this is something we need to figure out. I was mainly trying to see if the Gallery function did work and the size settings on it. I think all of the settings can be changed, but I do not have access to those settings. I agree, an image of the designer should be in the article. But, I also think all photos should be on the right side and I have not accomplished that either. There are two critical reasons to use thumbnails, first being, most of the world is on a dial up system or something much slower than what you and I use, second as you mentioned it allows for multiple images. Maybe a BU to compare with a toned, or an illustration of some flaw. But, really the size issue with me relates to the speed the page does or does not load. From what I see, it appears that the articles you have done recently use a thumbnail to illustrate the specimen at top right. I would think that is exactly the way it should be. Any others should be in a Gallery. Whatcha think? 2old 13:24, 2 June 2009 (UTC)
      • After a little experimentation with PCGS 9376 - 1935 50C Spanish Trail , I found that adding |thumb]] to the end of the image line, moved it to the right. The display size of the image can be forced by adding |thumb|300px]] or whatever dimensions you like. As an example, I put the map back in in a smaller box. Feel free to change the px size to experiment. 2old 15:45, 2 June 2009 (UTC)
        • Dear 2old-- I use the "|thumb|" option on nearly every page. It creates a 200 pixel subset of the original image along with a link to the main image. I find that 200px is too small for my taste, so I add "|300px|" to make the image 300 pixels, the size I like best. The "|thumb|" option defaults to the right, so you can add "|left|" to push the picture to the left. If you want a caption on the thumbnail, you can add it after "|thumb|", such as "image: 1804 dollar.jpg|300px|thumb|photo courtesy 2old auction galleries". I don't know if you can resize thumbnails in the galleries. You could check out how they do it in the regular Wikipedia.17:19, 2 June 2009 Meontko
          • Sounds good - looks like we are making progress. 2old 17:25, 2 June 2009 (UTC)

increased the size

Dear 2old--

I looked at some of the commem articles you're working on and I noticed you added some pictures. I increased the size from 300px to 400px because I thought 300px was too small for a two coin shot. You may wish to increase it even more. I find 300px is about right for a single coin.

I added a page for Permissions after I got a permission from Heritage. I hope to obtain more and I will add them there as I collect them.

MEO, 6-9-09.

similar or duplicate listings?

Dear 2old--

I note that you're working on PCGS 7447 and PCGS 388575, which both seem to cover the 1904 Lewis and Clark gold dollar. What is the point of having two separate articles?

In general, I note a lot of what seem to be overlapping listings. Copper coins will have a listing for "BN", "RB" and "RD" which are, in fact, different grades of the same coin. Proofs will be listed as "proof", "CA" (presumably "cameo") and "DC" ("deep cameo"?). Should these continue to exist or should we act to consolidate them?

MEO, 6-17-09.

  • The only problem I see is with searches. It ould be solved by forwarding (disambiguos pages) I think is what it is called. I am not sure how to do that though. I will look into it tomorrowm. 2old 19:52, 17 June 2009 (UTC)

I noticed that you've starting using redirects--what are the commands for that? Some of my pages need them as well.

MEO, 6-18-09.

  • check your earthlink email. 2old 19:37, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

Dear 2old--

I note that in your article, "PCGS 9224 - 1921 50C Alabama," you state, "Nobody thought to remonstrate that portraying Kilby would be in violation of federal law (the Act of April 7, 1866) forbidding portrayal of any living individual on U.S. coins or currency." I don't have the actual statute to quote from but I don't believe that the law applies to coins, only United States instruments such as currency, bonds and postage stamps. Living persons have appeared on several commemmoratives, most recently Eunice Shriver on the the Special Olympics issue. I think Congress erred in not extending it to cover coins but there it is.

MEO 6-19-09.

  • Hmm. Since are looking for facts, and this is questionable, I will remove it. Thank You! 2old 12:58, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

Dear 2old--

I note that you are starting to set up pages for US type coins. You may as well cite the Red Book when you do so and save yourself the trouble of adding it later. Let me know which edition you're using and I'll add it to the bibliography.

MEO 6-29-09.

Dear 2old--

I added the books to the bibliography as you requested. I attempted to add a link to on one of the silver dollar pages but I don't think I did it right as the link didn't work.

MEO 6-30-09.


Dear 2old--

I'm sorry you deleted my last set of comments. I thot they were worth reading.

Meontko 01:03, 28 November 2009 (UTC)

scamming to the left, scamming to the right

Dear 2old--

I use a Microtek scanner which is about five years old. It works okay but it could be better. Most of the pictures I've uploaded came from the auction houses, as they are of coins I could never afford. The professionals use cameras, not scanners. They spend the big bucks on the lighting. Taking pictures of coins in holders has never been easy and I don't have any magic tips.

You may have noticed I'm "redirecting" a lot of pages. I'm not happy with the PCGS numbering system for world coins as it doesn't work for category pages, so I'm gradually redoing all the pages to {Country}-{Date}-{Mintmark}-{Denomination} format. I'm going to leave the US pages alone for the present.

I have obtained an old book on HTML and learned how to do simple tables. See On the availability of "J" series Brazilian coins for an example.

Meontko 01:49, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

Dear 2old--

Thank you for cleaning up all that Polish spam.

Meontko 23:53, 1 September 2010 (UTC)

Dear 2old--

The spammers are back. Thank you for your help cleaning out their trash. Meontko 01:15, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

Dear 2old--

Glad to see you back after your prolonged absence. The PCGS people have added a spam filter which catches and deletes about 95% of the bad posts. I go in and check and delete stuff which the filter missed, particularly images. The filter can't discriminate between relevant and irrelevant images so it leaves them alone. Meontko 04:25, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

Dear 2old--

Thank you for your help in the fight against the spammers. It's not glorious but it helps. Meontko 00:40, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

Dear 2old--

I don't think CARLOSAMV was a spammer. He actually uploaded a picture of a coin. Meontko 22:38, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

Dear 2old-- Please don't consider me a spammer, although I did recommend a book. I have no connection to it other than reading it and recognizing that it was apropos. My interest is primarily currency rather than coin, although I do collect both. And ALL pictures I post are my own original work. BTW I am older than you, but not too old. Luxomni 20:39, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

   As I have been exploring after my initial contributions, I have become astounded by the sheer number of phone users who submit spam. Deleting them must be like bailing out the Titanic ... with a teacup. This is crazy. Is there no way to backtrack, findout who they are and block them? Or even bring legal action of some type?