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User:Adam Cuerden

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I do image restoration, taking an old image with flaws that make it unusable, and carefully fixing it back into a useful image. For example:
It requires careful work and attention to detail, and a willingness to spend a few hours removing individual dust spots with the healing brush, because you care about helping to share knowledge, and this is the best way to provide illustrations of that. My 704 restorations currently make up about 8.9% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia, and you'd be surprised at just how much code I put in to keeping that as up to date as possible.

Fun fact, by the way: See those empty borders on images? They are the absolute worst, because the slightest discolouration will be incredibly visible. On some images, I've spent three times the effort on the bits no-one pays attention to... unless you don't spend that effort.

I've been working on a series of articles on how I research and restore images for the Wikipedia Signpost. You can read the first here.

Featured pictures[edit]

In progress[edit]

Sort out commons:Category:William Byrne for which larger copies of practically every image are available.


Current nominations/Forthcoming nominations:[edit]

These are not featured pictures yet. But should be. They are either currently being voted on or will be soon. Hopefully.

Things either currently nominated, about to be nominated, or awaiting renomination[edit]

May also include things about to be nominated, but only when there's a problem at WP:FPC (or they're only nearly done, but will be done in a day or two. This is wildly optimistic in most cases, and you should really not pay attention to anything I say about scheduling.)

https://library.artstor.org/#/public/27593990 https://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/npcc.02129/ Langston Hughes https://npg.si.edu/object/npg_NPG.2009.39


Works in progress[edit]


To do[edit]

User:Adam Cuerden/To-do

Featured pictures[edit]

Images that have gone through the featured picture process and have been recognised as amongst the best on Wikipedia.



These 34 restorations from the first 7 months of 2024 make up 0.428% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia. My goal for the year is 1%, which currently requires 79.45 restorations. I am currently falling behind this goal, with a projected 0.805% (64) for the year. (Everything in this paragraph is automatically updated.)

Featured pictures from previous years[edit]


These 57.5 restorations from 2023 make up 0.724% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.


These 77 restorations from 2022 make up 0.969% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.

Things I gave up on passing FPC in 2022[edit]

Good restorations, but not good enough source material. Check later, but...


2021... was not a good year for many reasons, chief amongst them the fact that the pandemic, meant to end by Christmas 2020... failed to do so. But at least I managed a single featured picture before it all fell apart.


These 52.5 restorations from 2020 make up 0.661% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.


These 98.5 restorations from 2019 make up 1.24% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.


These 8 restorations from the last two months of 2018 make up 0.101% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia. 2018 concluded a long Wikibreak, with me only rejoining in late November, so this isn't too bad numberwise. And, hey, wrote the music to an opera as well.


2017 had a long wikibreak in it, that I never really left for long....


These 71.5 restorations from 2016 make up 0.913% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.



These 48.5 restorations from 2015 make up 0.61% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.

Notable non-restorations[edit]

Images I've found for Wikipedia, which were featured, but which didn't need much or any work beyond finding them.



These 81.5 restorations from 2014 make up 1.026% of all featured pictures on English Wikipedia.