User talk:Geoff Pallay

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Hi Geoff: Do I respond to you here or on my user talk page? Chuck Meyer 20 December 2011

Hi Geoff: Could you please enable your Skype? Thanks. Leslie Graves 09:41, 12 July 2010 (CDT)

Hi Geoff - My comments for regarding the changes to Kelley's and Watkins' pages are on their talk pages. Please take a look at them. -mmillerfsm08

Thanks. Taking a look now. --Geoff Pallay 13:58, 28 October 2012 (CDT)

Appropriate Topics

You recently updated the Nevada Election Banner, indicating that several links I had place on there were not appropriate. Can you guide me to what topics are appropriate? Is there a discussion on this? I would think that any election (especially school boards) would be appropriate topics for ballotpedia. I don't want to build pages that ballotpedia doesn't think belong here. Thanks Gregorybean 01:31, 3 October 2012 (CDT)

Warning, I'm going to undo most of your changes to partisan templates

Using raw table wikicode rather than templates for the partisan table templates is inefficient and will make it more difficult to update those templates in the future, so I'm going to redo them back to using the table top, count, and total templates. I may try to make them match what you consider "improved" looks, but not right away. Please do not start a revert war. -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 12:01 AM PDT 19 Jul 2010


You're wall seemed like a lonely and scary place so I'm adding a pokemon looking thing: >.< and a very happy face:  :D

that's about the limit of my type faces...



In the future, please add your opinion in the "disucssion" before, not after. Let's not waste time.
--Johnwynnejr 09:40, 17 May 2011 (CDT)

Edit rules

Help:Fix or report an error....look them over again. Leslie put them together.
--Johnwynnejr 09:44, 17 May 2011 (CDT)

Certainly. I apologize for that mixup. I overlooked your initial talk message and by then I had already made a change. Sorry about that. In wiki-land, I couldn't go back and undo the change and then leave the note. But normally, that is the route I would have taken. --Geoff Pallay 09:48, 17 May 2011 (CDT)

All good

--Johnwynnejr 09:49, 17 May 2011 (CDT)

Two lines on the Main Page

An article that you posted on the Main Page News is again taking up two lines. A rule on Talk:Main Page says "Recent News titles should fit into one line for ease of viewing on the Main Page." This rules was added May 13, 2011, without dispute. If you don't agree with that rule, you should follow the rules and add your opinion to the Main Page discussion.
--Johnwynnejr 16:40, 20 May 2011 (CDT)



Good to be back! Probably won't be too active until after the holidays, but hope to be after that. TomJx 11:34, 13 November 2012 (CST)

RSS feed

The RSS feed for Jay Rockefeller isn't working. I tried adding a + between West and Virginia, but that didn't work. TomJx 20:56, 25 November 2012 (CST)

Still not working TomJx 11:53, 6 December 2012 (CST)

Tim Scott and Timothy Scott

Two articles - Tim Scott and Timothy Scott - but it looks like one person. TomJx 11:54, 6 December 2012 (CST)

Iowa exec error

Why isn't the Secretary of Agriculture listed at Iowa state executive offices? He isn't a constitutional official, but he is an executive official, elected statewide and part of the Executive Council of Iowa. Similarly, the Lieutenant Governor should be removed from the list; the Lt. Gov. is not a member of the Executive Council. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 18:29, 6 December 2012 (CST)

Response here --Geoff Pallay 19:43, 6 December 2012 (CST)
Awesome, thanks! Would you mind if I added a mention of the Executive Council to that page? (Please reply at my talk, thanks.) – Philosopher Let us reason together. 15:08, 19 December 2012 (CST)
I'm afraid I have no idea if it's unique or not. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 15:15, 19 December 2012 (CST)


Where can I propose a change to LocalSettings.php? I want to propose that we set $wgUseInstantCommons = true; so that we can use the free images from Commons more easily here. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 17:26, 19 December 2012 (CST)

Thanks for looking at that. It wasn't quite my idea – the issue came up during the Explain XKCD wiki setup, so I just borrowed it. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 16:02, 20 December 2012 (CST)


CongLinks parameters for all current U.S. Senator now filled out in full. Happy new year! TomJx 21:39, 30 December 2012 (CST)

Term end dates

I changed this after updating various other fields for Jim Tracy. GeorgeS had removed the link when he updated the date in December. Which way is orrect? TomJx 09:45, 3 January 2013 (CST)

Next Election is a different field in the infobox. This shows the previous values. TomJx 09:56, 3 January 2013 (CST)


I made a new template to better organize the External link section - see what you think. John A. Boehner now has the new one, Mitch McConnell still has the old one. TomJx 23:28, 8 March 2013 (CST)

Okay, see John McCain for an indented version. (I'm choosing politicians with a lot of links, to show the full effect.) And yes, I'm using the same parameters so all we eventually change is the LegisLinks template. In the meantime, we can play with several examples simultaneously. TomJx 09:19, 9 March 2013 (CST)
Yes, that solves the length problem. It looks fine on a tablet, and on a smartphone (in the horizontal position, which anyone would use anyway). TomJx 09:31, 9 March 2013 (CST)
Okay, I added some separate links to John McCain, as various articles include. That confuses things - perhaps a break? A different section? TomJx 09:44, 9 March 2013 (CST)
Yes, definitely no rush and getting more input is always helpful. I agree that bolding or something would help. I added extra links to Mitch McConnell for comparison. My original idea was to end the template with (major) news media, to allow flowing right into a non-template section of Local news. It may be that the original version just takes a bit of getting used to for our users, and then they would see if as similar to our various navigation boxes at the bottom of articles, without making it into an actual box. The good news is...people keep creating new websites we can reference. I espeially like, even though it's still in beta. THOMAS itself just isn't that user-friendly for people who just want to follow their own members of Congress. TomJx 10:02, 9 March 2013 (CST)
I tried a 3-column version at Nancy Pelosi. Everything still fits, and I like seeing the entire section on a tablet with no scrolling. I think we can deal with the additional links by simply not grouping them. I can add Fact-checking to the template even though few articles will need it, and no one's likely to have numerous 'Local news' sources. I'm going to add more to articles while I watch the new Celtic Thunder. It's pretty good so far. TomJx 19:21, 9 March 2013 (CST)
The template has to work for state-level legislators, too: Antonio Munoz. TomJx 11:43, 10 March 2013 (CDT)

Discussions merged and moved to Template talk:LegisLinks to make it easier to follow and participate for the rest of your team members. TomJx 11:25, 11 March 2013 (CDT)


I don't know if there's anyone specifically in charge of articles within Category:National political organizations, but I assume they fall under research. I created Template:NGOLinks to provide formatted External link information for these, and created examples at Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action for America as these were included in most of the sources. (I left the existing links in place, other than those duplicated.) I think this would be useful for all articles in that Category, assuming the potential references exist. Please let me know what you think. There may be more sources available, but these are what I've found so far. TomJx (talk) 03:12, 2 January 2014 (CST)

I was just applying the template to Club for Growth for a cleaner example, as it didn't have as many other External links. I would be happy to create the usage table, as my alternative is to get out the snowblower. Again. My request was specific: light dusting on Christmas Eve, any later additions to be 2" or less. My request was obviously binned. ;-) Of course the snow didn't stop me from enjoying the holidays, and I hope you enjoyed yours as well. TomJx (talk) 09:07, 2 January 2014 (CST)
Would you prefer a different name to match the Category better, such as PolOrgLinks of NatOrgLinks or just OrgLinks? NGO isn't used all that much in the US, so it might be confusing. TomJx (talk) 09:12, 2 January 2014 (CST)
Yes the snow really is coming on heavy isn't it! I think the name works perfectly. What a nice way to see 2014 get underway. --Geoff Pallay (talk) 09:51, 2 January 2014 (CST)
2014 Forecast. Visibility outside: low. Visibility into these groups: clearing into transparency. "If they have nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear." ;-) I think the /doc is finished if you want to check it out. TomJx (talk) 11:19, 2 January 2014 (CST)

Cory Booker

I updated the New Jersey congress template and added it to Cory Booker - also updated his External links. With all the updates since Lautenberg died in June, I don't understand how no one noticed. You may want to check the rest of the special elections people.
TomJx (talk) 18:19, 10 January 2014 (CST)

Another sweep needed for 2014 candidates

Just adding CongLinks to Alex Sink and found I also had to update her campaign site from the 2010 for Governor to the 2014 for Congress in both the Infobox and External links. Lots of updates since she announced. I've corrected other outdated campaign site links, but this is looking systemic. Another systemic problem I'm seeing is references with an accessed date but not the much more important (to the user) published date. TomJx (talk) 12:42, 15 January 2014 (CST)

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