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User: Tom.Reding

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For those without the leisure time required to read through my userboxes: former Astronomy grad student (MS), with another MS in Mechanical Engineering (focusing on alternative fuel use and maximizing efficiency in developing countries) and BSs in Physics and Mechanical Engineering; interested in galaxy-scale out to large-scale structure, with work on Milky Way structure and history via tidal streams and low metallicity red K-giants, from the Warner and Swasey Observatory at Kitt Peak National Observatory. I enjoy researching primary sources, adding missing information, fixing errors, making things look pleasing, ordered, and complete, taking & manipulating photos, standardization & consistency within articles, citations, and templates, and automation wherever (reasonably) possible. Being bludgeoned with perspective my entire academic life life has taught me to not give a fuck, but in the best possible way. So please, assume good faith, then speak your mind, be brief and concise, don't be afraid to follow or break convention, as long as you're not a dick. You can expect the same.


What follows is an attempt to describe myself solely in user boxes. These will be used in lieu of immediate semi-permanent creative inspiration. For the sake of humanity, all user boxes have been hidden by default. You alone will be responsible for any life threatening or altering effects caused by reading this page in its entirety.

Activity/Putting my OCD to good use[edit]

Special pages (maintenance) Information
Broken redirects
Dead-end pages Dead-end pages
Dormant pages Dusty articles
DoubleRedirects Double redirects
Lonely pages Orphaned articles
Long pages
New pages New page patrol
New pages feed Page curation
Protected pages Protection policy
Short pages
Uncategorized Categorization
Uncategorized cats
Uncategorized templates
Unused categories
Unused files (images)
Unused templates
Without interwiki links
Most interwiki links
Most-wanted articles
See also: Maintenance departments
Wikipedia:WikiProject AstronomyThis user is a member of
WikiProject Astronomy.
Edit-clear.svgThis user is a member of
WikiProject Cleanup.
AWB logo draft.svgThis user uses AutoWikiBrowser to quickly make repetitive edits.


  Green 00ff00 pog.svg {{Taxonbar}} related improvements (talk).
  Green 00ff00 pog.svg Fixing typos & WP:MOS things.
  Green 00ff00 pog.svg Fixing various/CS1 maintenance & error categories (random worst offenders).
  Green 00ff00 pog.svg Fixing Category:Pages using deprecated image syntax (some examples).
  Green 00ff00 pog.svg Removing {{Orphan}} tags from pages with 3+ incoming mainspace links.
  Green 00ff00 pog.svg General article & citation cleanup of ~56,000 articles in Category:Astronomy via AWB & my good friend, regex. Fixes include, but aren't limited to:
      Green 00ff00 pog.svg Parsing author & editor lists (talk, talk).
      Green 00ff00 pog.svg Standardizing |year=/|date= citation usage where appropriate (talk).
      Green 00ff00 pog.svg Standardizing L, R, M, etc. usage. Adding those templates to articles, when appropriate (talk).
      Green 00ff00 pog.svg Trying to standardize use of parsecs first, light-years second, where appropriate (talk, talk).
  Green 00ff00 pog.svg Taking bites out of the WikiProject Astronomy cleanup listing, and perusing WP:Vital articles/Physical sciences#Astronomy.
      Green 00ff00 pog.svg Finding pages with unintentional links to disambiguation pages and fixing the easy ones. Sometimes I'm even on the leaderboard.
      Green 00ff00 pog.svg Finding, adding, and formatting proper references to remove {{citation needed}} tags, reference errors, and hidden categories for astronomy articles.
  Green 00ff00 pog.svg Sometimes listening to the sound of Wikipedia.

To do[edit]

  Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Standardize MOS:DateFormat for astro articles (tbd).
  Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Make article stub on A3558.
  Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Expand on the differences between galaxy groups and clusters (talk).

Not doing (anymore)[edit]

  Red pog.svg Converting {{IUCN}}s & bare-cites/refs to {{Cite journal}} (talk, talk, talk) (satisfying examples) — need more consensus one way or the other.
  Red pog.svg Updating IUCN conservation status (talk) (some examples) — better & easier to do via Wikidata.
  Red pog.svg Populating the more-difficult-to-find {{Infobox galaxy cluster}} statistics (member #, velocity dispersion, ICM temperature, mass) from journal articles for the most popular Abell clusters — doing so for all would take way too much time and wouldn't be as much benefit.

Never done[edit]

  Red pog.svg Adding {{Redirect category shell}} to single-redirect-template #REDIRECTs (via Tom.Bot, BRfA denied).

Done (large and/or systematic changes)[edit]

  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Luamatically standardize WP:TOL categories (talk) (T203355).
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Populating, correcting, standardizing minor planets' categories & sortkeys from the JPL SBDB, using AWB, C#, and lots o' RegEx.
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Replaced typographic ligatures like fi ff fl ffi ffl with plain-text, where appropriate (talk).
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Added {{Taxonbar}} to all pages with a valid WikiData IUCN ID (talk).
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Added {{Redirect category shell}} to multiple-redirect-template #REDIRECTs (talks).
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg AWB Night-mode style.css
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Category:Minor planets maintenance (talk)
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Category:Astronomical objects by year of discovery maintenance (talk)
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Category:Numbered asteroids maintenance (talk)
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Helped reduce the Cleanup listing for WikiProject Astronomy to the lowest it has ever been as a % of astronomy articles: 11.7% at inception, 31.7% on 18 February 2012, and now 9.2% on 19 May 2015. Done mostly via #REDIRECTing ~12,000 unnotable asteroid stubs (talk).
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Helped with the CarloscomB cleanup.
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Extended the "Earth-Moon-thing" size-comparison format to 8 more Solar System objects between the size of Enceladus and Titania (talk).
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg List all most pages in Category:Astronomy (here and here); list of all numbered asteroids here.
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Resolve ambiguities surrounding cluster designations for many NGC articles.
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Template related:

  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Consistify & expand parameters & documentation for the {{IUCN}} family of templates to remove CS1 errors.
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Added many needed parameters to {{Infobox astro object}}.
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Added documentation to the {{NGCX}} family of templates.
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Added |Velocity dispersion=, |Flux=, and |Distance (co-moving)= parameters to {{infobox galaxy cluster}}.
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Add notes and helpful wikicode to all {{Infobox galaxy cluster}} parameters for clarity and consistent usage.
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Created & transcluded {{Infobox supercluster}} to all superclusters.

  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Abell catalog related:

  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Turned the boring, ugly, unorganized List of Abell clusters into this very nice table while adding ra, dec, Abell richness, and BM type (inspired by this heroic effort by User:Dr. Submillimeter).
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Added |Bautz-Morgan type= parameter to {{Infobox galaxy cluster}}. Populated it and |richness class= for all List of Abell clusters and Category:Abell objects, respectively.
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Created and assigned 6 new categories for/to all Abell cluster richness 0-5.
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Corrected all Abell cluster pages with {{Infobox galaxy}} to {{Infobox galaxy cluster}}.
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Made {{Catalogs}} variable width so it looks nicer at the bottom of a page (talk), and added it to all Abell object pages.
  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Populated the easily gotten {{Infobox galaxy cluster}} statistics (α, δ, constellation, z, co-moving distance, x-ray flux) from NED for all Abell cluster pages.

  Purple 8000ff pog.svg Organized the List of galaxy clusters and removed synonymous usage of galaxy clusters with galaxy groups.

AWB feature requests (outdated)[edit]

Still-open: 2 3 4 5 66 7 9 10 12 13 14 15 17
Endorsed (still open): 1616
Incorporated into AWB: 1 11Still buggy
Workaround/alt solution is sufficient: 8[\d\D]{936,} 18Tools.WordCount(ArticleText)


Arp 107 (via Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies)Calcium monohydride (via Inorganic compounds by element)Coronet cluster (via Corona Australis)Galactic ridge(via Milky Way)Kilonova (via Gamma-ray burst)Nuclear pasta (via Neutron star)Virgocentric flow (via Virgo Cluster)Virial mass (via Binding energy and Gravitational binding energy)

Pages & templates significantly contributed to (and improved, hopefully)[edit]

  Blue 0080ff pog.svg List of Abell clustersVelocity dispersionEridanus clusterAstrophysical X-ray sourceAntlia ClusterAbell 520Abell 2199Coma ClusterKitt Peak National ObservatoryVirgocentric flowCalcium monohydride
  Blue 0080ff pog.svg {{Authority control}}{{Taxonbar}}{{Deg2DMS}}{{Infobox astro object}}{{Infobox galaxy cluster}} ★ {{Infobox globular cluster}} ★ {{Infobox star}} ★ {{Catalogs}} ★ {{Earth radius}} ★ {{Jupiter radius}}

Pages, templates, and categories created[edit]

  Blue 0080ff pog.svg {{Navseasoncats}}{{Category described in year}} ★ {{The Banstar Barnstar}} ★ {{NASTRO comment}}{{Partial minor planet designation}} ★ {{Cite compare2}} ★ {{Deg2HMS}}{{hub}}{{Infobox supercluster}} ★ {{Solar luminosity}} ★ {{Solar radius}} ★ {{Lunar mass}} ★ {{Lunar radius}} ★ {{Fe/H}} ★ {{alpha/Fe}} ★ {{WikiCat topicon}}
  Blue 0080ff pog.svg Bautz-Morgan classification
  Blue 0080ff pog.svg Abell 133Abell 262Abell 478Abell 665Abell 907Abell 1413Abell 1795Abell 1991Abell 2390
  Blue 0080ff pog.svg NGC 1721NGC 1723NGC 1725NGC 1728Pages in Category:Astronomy
  Blue 0080ff pog.svg Category:Potentially hazardous asteroids
  Blue 0080ff pog.svg Many, many #REDIRECTs. Mostly capitalization and typo-related, plus ~11,000 minor planet sub/stub #Rs.

Useful links & code (personal, yet public, cheat sheet)[edit]

Astronomy related/reference material[edit]

Other meta help/search tools[edit]



Template parser functions, calculation, and logic (not formatting related)[edit]


Unit conversion, notation, and special characters[edit]

  • {{HMS2Deg|22|06|15}} →  331.5625
  • {{Deg2HMS|331.5625|p=0|sup=yes}} →  22h 6m 15s

  • {{#expr: (200/6) * 2 round 3}} →  66.667
  • : [ ] { | } →  : [ ] { | }
  • - – — & σ Σ λ Λ * →  - – — & σ Σ λ Λ *
  • ±  ≈ ≉ ≟ ≠ ≡ ≢ ≣ ≤ ≥
≦ ≧ ≨ ≩ ≪ ≫ ≬ ≭ ≮ ≯
≰ ≱ ≲ ≳ ≴ ≵ ≶ ≷ ≸ ⋅
× ☉ ♃ ⊕ ☾


  • Columns:
    • {{cmn|colwidth=15em|... }} →  the best list-option—continuously determines how many columns best fit the page.
    • {{cmn|3|
       * some
       * bulleted
       * list
      →  splits that list up dynamically(!) into 3 (forced) columns.
    • See {{div col}} for more variants.
  • {| cellpadding="0" style="vertical-align:top; float: right;" border="0"
     |- valign="top"
     | [[Image:blah.gif|thumb|top|300px|Caption text.]]
     | [[Image:stuff.jpg|thumb|top|300px|Things.]]
    →  is an easy way to lay pictures horizontally rather than vertically.
  • {{Clear}} →  forces horizontal white space until next section, usually after a picture.
  •   →  Non     -     Breaking     SPace. Ascii chr 160, instead of ascii 32 (typical keyboard space).
  • [[File:Santa riding a dinosaur with Jesus with a lightsaber.jpg|275px|right|thumb|Caption this]] →  inserts a variable size picture and caption text.
  • <span> <div> <gallery widths="300px" heights="300px"> →  (usually) prettifies things.
  • <pre style="width:50%; height:150px; overflow:scroll;"> →  Begins a scrolling list.
  • {{para|date}} →  |date=
  • {{keypress|Alt|F4}} →  Alt+F4
  • {{hidden begin
     | title = '''Some ordered list'''
     | titlestyle = text-align:center;
     | border = 1px solid}}
    # some
    # ordered
    # list
    {{hidden end}}
Some ordered list
  1. some
  2. ordered
  3. list
  • <div class="template-documentation iezoomfix"> Template documentation background </div> → 
Template documentation background
  • <syntaxhighlight lang="css">.citation-comment {display: inline !important;}</syntaxhighlight> → 
.citation-comment {display: inline !important;}

Citations & links[edit]

  • User:Tom.Reding#Frequently used links & code →  links directly to subsections of an article.
  • {{Anchor|Foo}} to be used to link to [[User:Tom.Reding#Foo]]'s in-page position.
  • <span id="Simpler section title"></span> for [[User:Tom.Reding#Simpler subsection title]] linking when special characters are used.
  • <ref name="Reding">...</ref> ... <ref name="Reding"/> →  to name your refs for easy reref'ing later in the same article.
  • {{Refimprove|date=December 2020}} or {{Refneeded|date=December 2020}} →  use occasionally.
  • {{Citation needed|date={{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{CURRENTYEAR}}}} →  use liberally.
  • {{Sky|03|28|13.8|-|20|44|40|321000000}} →  links to wikisky (not whiskey). Put after references. 321000000 = lightyears (for zoom level!).
  • {{tq}} makes nice-looking in-line talk-quotes.
  • [[Special:Diff/1]]/[[Special:Permalink/1]] →  Easy WP:PERMALINK to diffs.

Other wikicode[edit]

  • #REDIRECT [[Tidal force]] + {{An R template}}→  is all you need to have as the body in a redirect page.
  • <code><nowiki> w/e </nowiki></code>, {{tl|sometemplate}}, {{t1|blah}}, {{tlx|etc|a{{=}}1|b{{=}}2}} →  make everything above.
  • <tt><nowiki> blah </nowiki></tt> →  or this (which doesn't highlight the background).
  1. ^ "Dictionary of Nomenclature of Celestial Objects". Simbad. Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014. Avoid the usage of Cr, prefer Collinder