User talk:Michael Shields

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Hello Michael, welcome to Wikipedia. Here are some useful links in case you haven't already found them;

If you have any questions, see the help pages, add a question to the village pump or ask me on my talk page. I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian!

Angela 03:40, Nov 8, 2003 (UTC)


Hi. I removed the second link to Gutzon Borglum from Mount Rushmore National Memorial, because one link is enough. (I should have perhaps said so in my summary). Note also that Gutzon Borglum was newly created. Secondly, I removed the italics in the "See also:" section because of Wikipedia:Manual of Style. You just made me notice that boilerplate text and manual of style are contradictory - I'll announce it on the village pump and we'll agree on a standard. Thanks, snoyes 22:16, 9 Nov 2003 (UTC)

Interested in an L.A.-area Wiki meetup?[edit]

It appears as though L.A. has never had a Wiki meetup. Would you be interested in attending such an event? If so, checkout User:Eric Shalov/Wikimeetup.

- Eric 29 June 2005 01:27 (UTC)

WikiProject Cycling[edit]

I've noticed you've made more than a few edits to cycling-related articles. I've created WikiProject on Cycling. Please come and join us in building up Wikipedia's articles relating to bicycles, cycling, and bicycle racing. --Christopherlin 05:33, 25 July 2005 (UTC)


Camouflage Peer Review[edit]

Hello, you once edited Camouflage. You might be interested to know, this article has been nominated for peer peer review. novacatz 03:41, 24 December 2005 (UTC)

Image copyright problem with Image:Threadless-bicycle-headset.jpg[edit]

Thanks for uploading Image:Threadless-bicycle-headset.jpg. However, the image may soon be deleted unless we can determine the copyright holder and copyright status. The Wikimedia Foundation is very careful about the images included in Wikipedia because of copyright law (see Wikipedia's Copyright policy).

The copyright holder is usually the creator, the creator's employer, or the last person who was transferred ownership rights. Copyright information on images is signified using copyright templates. The three basic license types on Wikipedia are open content, public domain, and fair use. Find the appropriate template in Wikipedia:Image copyright tags and place it on the image page like this: {{TemplateName}}.

Please signify the copyright information on any other images you have uploaded or will upload. Remember that images without this important information can be deleted by an administrator. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Thank you.

I am the copyright holder. I'll add an appropriate tag. —Michael Shields 03:15, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for contributing to nutrition![edit]

Nuvola apps edu science.svg You contributed to the Science Collaboration of the Month that has just ended its run.
Thanks, and let's keep improving it so it may become a Featured Article!

- Samsara contrib talk 12:08, 20 February 2006 (UTC)

==Zip Code as a trademark==[edit]

In response to your question about "Zip Code" as a postal service trademark. The reason Coca Cola and Bass Ale are still trademarks is the owners of those marks have complied with use and renewal requirements.

When one registers a trademark, one is required to send a notice of continued use after a certain period of time after the initial registration, I think it's 4 or 5 years. If the notice is not sent, the Patent & Trademark office presumes the mark has been abandoned and automatically cancels the registration. Then, presuming a registrant complies with this, 20 years after the initial registration, if it is not renewed, the PTO presumes the mark has been abandoned and, you guessed it, automatically cancels the registration for failure to pay maintenance fees. Then, if it is renewed, the owner must renew it again in 20 years.

As long as the owner keeps renewing every 20 years the mark will remain "live" and the registration will remain in force. The postal service failed to comply with the rules (or decided it wasn't necessary) and their registration was cancelled.

So now you know why the Postal Service no longer has a registration in "Zip Code" while the other companies do. This sort of mistake is easy to make, the Washington Post company forgot to renew their trademark on the name of the newspaper, and had to re-register. Only problem is now you don't get an exclusive right in the name of a city as part of your mark any more, so the term "Washington Post" is not protected, only "Post" in combination with it; while it's only a technical difference it means the mark is somewhat "weaker" than it would have been had they not allowed their registration to lapse.

Propose deletion of DayJet[edit]

DayJet[edit]

I've added the "{{prod}}" template to the article DayJet, suggesting that it be deleted according to the proposed deletion process. All contributions are appreciated, but I don't believe it satisfies Wikipedia's criteria for inclusion, and I've explained why in the deletion notice (see also "What Wikipedia is not" and Wikipedia's deletion policy). Please either work to improve the article if the topic is worthy of inclusion in Wikipedia, or, if you disagree with the notice, discuss the issues at Talk:DayJet. You may remove the deletion notice, and the article will not be deleted, but note that it may still be sent to Articles for Deletion, where it may be deleted if consensus to delete is reached, or if it matches any of the speedy deletion criteria.

Mountain Biking on Mount Tamalpais[edit]

Hello, An article that I created as a part of Wikiproject Cycling called Mountain Biking on Mount Tamalpais, has been listed for deletion. If you are interested in the deletion discussion, please participate by adding your comments at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Mountain Biking on Mount Tamalpais. Thank you, Bob in Las Vegas -  uriel8  (talk) 09:25, 17 February 2007 (UTC)


Disputed fair use rationale for Image:AboveNet logo.jpg[edit]

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Orphaned non-free image File:AboveNet logo.jpg[edit]

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ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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Nomination of Kramerbooks & Afterwords for deletion[edit]

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Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Theroadislong (talk) 16:57, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

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