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Proposed deletion of Adventure Gamers[edit]

I removed the prod tag you placed on Adventure Gamers, as it was discussed at AfD in December 2006. Compliance with policy is the only reason I did this; it should not be interpreted as my endorsement for keeping the article. Feel free to open another AfD. —KuyaBriBriTalk 14:54, 12 April 2011 (UTC)


Thank you, that was done so fast i wasn't expecting a reply for a couple of days. Thanks again. :) - (CK)Lakeshade - talk2me - 08:03, 22 April 2011 (UTC)

Mushroom Kingdom Fusion[edit]

I missed the AfD of this article, or else I certainly would have objected. I can assure you that the game exists and has been released (as a beta) as I've played it before. The reason their website is down is because the hosting provider is itself down, so they need to look for a new website. I haven't spoken to them in a few months, so it's possible the creators are no longer working on it actively, though that would surprise me. I'll try to get in touch with them and find out what's going on. I'm aware my vote wouldn't have changed the outcome of the AFD but if I had had more time I could have at least done some improvements to it. (edit: [1] seems to be the current website.) Soap 19:28, 22 April 2011 (UTC)

Awarded Barnstar[edit]

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For all your contributions and hard work on the encyclopedia, I am pleased to present Andrevan with this Tireless Contributor Barnstar. — Mikhailov Kusserow (talk) 07:09, 5 May 2011 (UTC)


This edit summary was did make me laugh. Nice one! Acalamari 09:33, 5 May 2011 (UTC)


Re. [2]

Any particular reason for ignoring any discussion?  Chzz  ►  04:10, 11 May 2011 (UTC)

Call recorder redirection deletion advice[edit]

As you suggested I've changed the Call recorder deletion recommendation from an AFD to an RFD. Appreciate the heads-up. Paul Robert Murphy (talk) 10:32, 15 May 2011 (UTC)

User Paul Robert Murphy[edit]

I'll take a look at improving the two articles I wrote as you suggested.

Wanted to talk to you about your Conflict of Interest warning. I was very deliberate in pointing out my position in my bio because I wanted editors to know that I am aware of the possibility for conflict of interest and would very much like to be be called on it if anyone thinks I've written anything that comes close to that. Since I'm in this business of call recording I obviously know a fair bit about it. I would have happily let someone else take the lead in the area, but what I found there is either very old or (IMO) close to useless. Several people suggested I write anonymously or have someone else post, but I thought that that was ridiculous since my interest was in organizing the subject area, not in promoting our company!

I originally only intended to write the call-recording services article, because that's my primary area of interest. I tried to be as impartial as possible. In fact several people in our company have accused me making our competitors seem like a better option. Since I'm in tech and not marketing, I think that's just too bad. Although I'm new to Wikipedia as a contributor, it's been a source of information for years and I have every interest in making it better.

I created the call-recording hardware stub for completeness. I assume that's reasonable.

I included a Call Trunk entry in call-recording Software because I noticed that our competitors have done same, although apparently anonymously. In fact, it's a debatable position. Software is required to enable a service. Still, I don't think any of those should be there. Being all-inclusive is a short-term fix. I think that that whole article needs to be rewritten from scratch. I have it on my watch list. If no one gets around to it, I will at some point.

I don't know about talk etiquette. I was going to respond on my talk page but wasn't sure if you'd then pick it up. Is responding on your talk page the right thing to do?

I appreciate your input and help.

Paul Robert Murphy (talk) 10:57, 15 May 2011 (UTC)


Hi Andrevan, could you please rename User:Tufche to User:Liridon (who has no contributions)? I'm sq:User:Liridon and I'd like to usurp this account. I hope this is the right place to make this request ;). --Tufche 18:55, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

Thank you :) .--Liridon 16:50, 27 May 2011 (UTC)


Jfgslo has started an RFC on whether it would be appropriate to merge or redirect an article that you recently participated in an AFD for. Please join the discussion so that we may try to form a consensus at a centralized location. Shooterwalker (talk) 23:24, 26 May 2011 (UTC)


There are all kinds of new buttons on my screen! I really should keep my laptop away from the kids, shouldn't I... Andrevan, thanks for closing my RfA. I'm off to Admin school--well, first I'm off to the kids' school, then my own--and then I'm going to go on a tear. Thanks again, Drmies (talk) 12:41, 27 May 2011 (UTC)


Dear Andrevan, I am Nodar Kherkheulidze and I have to ask you for help. When I have registered on wikipedia, I made mistake — I wrote my surname with little letter (kherkheulidze). My home page is on, I asked to change my username and it was changed (Nodar kherkheulidze to Nodar Kherkheulidze). But the changes have not been represented on english wikipedia. So, I made a mistake and created new account on — Nodar Kherkheulidze and confirmed it by password to my changed username. So, now I have two accounts: user:Nodar kherkheulidze and user:Nodar Kherkheulidze. Please, help me to solve this problem, I do not want to have the first account "Nodar kherkheulidze" (account, which starts with little letter "k"). Thank you in advance. --Nodar Kherkheulidze (talk) 07:10, 3 June 2011 (UTC)

Dear Andrew, firs of all, thank you for help again. Let me to ask you a question: Is it possible to change my old username — User:Nodar kherkheulidze to new — User:Nodar Kherkheulidze globally, in every wikipedia project (for example:,, and etc)? Or I have to ask each of every wikipedia's Beaurocrats to change my username? "Nodar kherkheulidze" was changed to "Nodar Kherkheulidze" only on and Except of these sites on other projects username "Nodar kherkheulidze" and "Nodar Kherkheulidze exists separately. Nodar Kherkheulidze (talk) 14:30, 3 June 2011 (UTC)

Making WP:Mediation meaningful[edit]

Please consider how you might assist Feezo, who you will know is the mediator at Wikipedia:Requests for mediation/Senkaku Islands.

As context, please scan "Hands off" mediation plan.

Mediation involves conflated issues, but wider community intervention is needed in order to help, support and encourage Feezo so that we may reach those issues. --Tenmei (talk) 18:33, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

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Non-Free rationale for File:Microsoft Agent test page.png[edit]

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Invitation to join Wikipedia:WikiProject Pittsburgh[edit]

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Happy Birthday![edit]

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Proposed deletion of Maroghini[edit]

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The article Maroghini has been proposed for deletion because, under Wikipedia policy, all biographies of living persons created after March 18, 2010, must have at least one reliable source that directly supports material in the article.

If you created the article, please don't take offense. Instead, consider improving the article. For help on inserting references, see Referencing for beginners, or ask at the help desk. Once you have provided at least one reliable source, you may remove the {{prod blp}} tag. Please do not remove the tag unless the article is sourced. If you cannot provide such a source within ten days, the article may be deleted, but you can request that it be undeleted when you are ready to add one. Epeefleche (talk) 04:16, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

Change my name to Bluebuzz[edit]

Hi Andrevan,

Is it possible to change my name from Blueknightex to Bluebuzz? I want to change it for privacy reasons to prevent my name from coinciding with someone who is in YouTube. Thanks. Blueknightex (talk) 22:16, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

Name Change[edit]

Can you please change my name to "zamox_nz". I have a name collision with someoane on and i want to register a global account. Right now, my user profile states "In migration". Please note that i'm a new user (new as a logged in user, not reader) of Wikipedia , and don't know much at this point about it's norms of use (will get into these in the following months), so if i bodered the wrong person, please direct me to someone more appropriate.

Thanks in advance for your help, Cheers, Zamox (talk) 22:16, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

Mu-Zemike should not be an admin[edit]

[[3]] (talk) 01:05, 7 September 2011 (UTC)

Nintendo Power scans request[edit]

Hey. I'm collaborating with User:Guyinblack25 on the article P.N.03, and I thought I would ask if you have access to the October 2003 issue of Nintendo Power, which contains a review of the game that will be critical to writing a balanced article. The review should appear on page 137. I sent this request to User:Pagrashtak initially, but he seems to be inactive. If you have the time, I'd be hugely grateful for your help. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 00:41, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

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

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right to vanish[edit]

Hello I want to use my right to vanish. Could you delete only my user page and its history (you don't really need to delete my "talk page" or articles I started but only my user page please) and change my username to something you choose like vanished1234? Please help me. Thank you in advance. -F.Mehmet (talk) 20:08, 2 October 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia:The Musical in NYC Oct 22[edit]

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Moving Burma to Myanmar - ongoing poll[edit]

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Name Change[edit]

Hello Admin,

My Username is Sudeep Nagarkar can you change it to Prashant Gandhi. Also please change email address the old email address is & change it to — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:23, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

Request for changing username[edit]

I have just signed up with wikipedia(english version). Since wiki does not accept usernames starting with lowercase, I would like to rename my current username: Ajoywarisa to Ajoy Warisa. I would be grateful, if you could kindly change my username. Thank you.

Ajoy Warisa — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ajoywarisa (talkcontribs) 09:33, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

E-mail sent to you[edit]

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I am a wikipedia user and donor, but not a participant in your editorial community. I am writing to bring a matter to your attention regarding this adjustment to an article about Canada's involvement in the conflict in Afghanistan:

I object to the removal of the casualties by name and year. It seems that this was discussed and removed within the space of a single day, and over the partial objections of two other editors. The informational value of the dates and operations is obvious and stripping names out reduces searchability for researchers.

Thank you,

_Nils Connor — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:01, 7 December 2011 (UTC)

National Archives ExtravaSCANza[edit]

You are invited to the National Archives ExtravaSCANza, taking place every day next week from January 4–7, Wednesday to Saturday, in College Park, Maryland (Washington, DC metro area). Come help me cap off my stint as Wikipedian in Residence at the National Archives with one last success!

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Request for Comments on Wikipedia:Representation[edit]

Hi there! My name is Whenaxis, I noticed that you are on the Mediation Committee. I created a policy proposal called Wikipedia:Representation. I think that this policy would help the Mediation Committee as well as the Arbitration Committee because the goal of this proposed policy is to decrease the amount of time wasted when an unfamiliar editor files a Mediation or Arbitration Committee when other forms of Dispute Resolution have not yet been sought. For example, an editor may come to the Mediation Committee requesting formal mediation when other dispute resolution areas have not been utilised such as third opinions or request for comments. A representative works much like a legal aid - there to help you for free and:

  • File a formal mediation case or an arbitration case on your behalf
  • Make statements and submit evidence at the case page on your behalf
  • Guide you through the expansive and sometimes complex policies and procedures of Wikipedia

This proposed idea can also help the editor seeking help because it can alleviate the stress and anxiety from dispute resolution because mediation and arbitration can be intimidating for those who are unfamiliar.

I would highly appreciate your comments on this proposal at: Wikipedia talk:Representation. Cheers and Happy New Year - Whenaxis about talk contribs 22:33, 31 December 2011 (UTC)

Request for Interview Regarding Wikipedia Bots[edit]

Greetings Andrevan-

My name is Randall Livingstone, and I am a graduate student at the University of Oregon, currently collecting data for my dissertation on Wikipedia editors who create and use bots and assisted editing tools, as well as editors involved in the initial and/or ongoing creation of bot policies on Wikipedia. As a member of the bot community and former member of BAG, I would very much like to interview you for the project at a time and in a method that is most convenient for you (Gchat, another IM client, Skype, email, telephone, etc.). I am completely flexible and can work with your schedule. The interview will take approximately 30-45 minutes.

My dissertation project has been approved both by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of Oregon, and by the Research Committee at the Wikimedia Foundation. You can find more information on the project on my meta page.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I look forward to hearing from you to set up a time to chat. Thank you very much.

Randall Livingstone, School of Journalism & Communication, University of Oregon

UOJComm (talk) 01:03, 6 January 2012 (UTC)

Unified login[edit]

Hi! I have an account on Italian wiki named Aethelfirth and I'd like to create a unified login, but there is already an account named Aethelfirth on the English wiki, even though since 2006 this user didn't make a single edit! I read here that it is possible to usurp this account and unify it with my Italian-wiki one, so this is what I'm asking to you: can you do it? Thanks!--Aethelfirth (msg) 09:38, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

Mediation request[edit]

I'm humbly inviting you to mediate the following discussion taking place on Talk:Anti-Defamation League. The debate is about properly sourced material being removed under different charges. All material had as references reliable sources. These are the edits arousing controversy:[4][5] Arguments from both sides have been laid out on the Talk Page, and no consensus has emerged. Please, weigh in on the discussion. These are the users I've been debating with:

Guinsberg (talk) 23:41, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

MSU Interview[edit]

Dear Andrevan,

My name is Jonathan Obar user:Jaobar, I'm a professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University and a Teaching Fellow with the Wikimedia Foundation's Education Program. This semester I've been running a little experiment at MSU, a class where we teach students about becoming Wikipedia administrators. Not a lot is known about your community, and our students (who are fascinated by wiki-culture by the way!) want to learn how you do what you do, and why you do it. A while back I proposed this idea (the class) to the community HERE, where it was met mainly with positive feedback. Anyhow, I'd like my students to speak with a few administrators to get a sense of admin experiences, training, motivations, likes, dislikes, etc. We were wondering if you'd be interested in speaking with one of our students.

So a few things about the interviews:

  • Interviews will last between 15 and 30 minutes.
  • Interviews can be conducted over skype (preferred), IRC or email. (You choose the form of communication based upon your comfort level, time, etc.)
  • All interviews will be completely anonymous, meaning that you (real name and/or pseudonym) will never be identified in any of our materials, unless you give the interviewer permission to do so.
  • All interviews will be completely voluntary. You are under no obligation to say yes to an interview, and can say no and stop or leave the interview at any time.
  • The entire interview process is being overseen by MSU's institutional review board (ethics review). This means that all questions have been approved by the university and all students have been trained how to conduct interviews ethically and properly.

Bottom line is that we really need your help, and would really appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. If interested, please send me an email at (to maintain anonymity) and I will add your name to my offline contact list. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can post your name HERE instead.

If you have questions or concerns at any time, feel free to email me at I will be more than happy to speak with you.

Thanks in advance for your help. We have a lot to learn from you.


Jonathan Obar --Jaobar (talk) 04:15, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

Dispute resolution survey[edit]

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Dispute Resolution – Survey Invite

Hello Andrevan. I am currently conducting a study on the dispute resolution processes on the English Wikipedia, in the hope that the results will help improve these processes in the future. Whether you have used dispute resolution a little or a lot, now we need to know about your experience. The survey takes around five minutes, and the information you provide will not be shared with third parties other than to assist in analyzing the results of the survey. No personally identifiable information will be released.

Please click HERE to participate.
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You're invited to Wiki-Gangs of New York @ NYPL on April 21![edit]

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Firefox article needs you![edit]

Your edits have been dearly missed at the Firefox article. Come back! Thanks! (For 7 years...) ҭᴙᴇᴡӌӌ 00:37, 25 April 2012 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Re: Reviewer Permission[edit]

Dear Andrevan;

I am not sure if it is a breach of Wikiquette, but I am basically schmoozing here on your talk page as a hat collector. Back on an old account where I invoked the right to vanish, I was a Reviewer - if you ever run out of things to do (ha!) and if it wouldn't break the community, could you please consider reinstating a dead privilege back on me, for old times sake?

Thanks Pal, and Cheers! —The Illusive Man— (Contact) 01:31, 25 May 2012 (UTC)

i have tried to start a wiki page and it keeps getting denied. Can you tell me why. this whole situation is new and very confusing to me. thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ilovepoparazzi (talkcontribs) 22:51, 7 June 2012 (UTC)

Username Change[edit]

Hi I would like to change my username. If you can carry out this request, I will greatly appreciate it, thanks! I would like it become (No Name). KimCyanide (talk) 18:11, 20 June 2012 (UTC)KimCyanide

I will be grateful if you help me out in this issue: I had created an account in Wikipedia in the year 2006 named user:Ashwinsarwate, but was not much involved in serious editing. I forgot password and/or the account was reset [exactly i don't remember]. In april 2012 I got to learn much more about Wikipedia and decided to try to be an active editor. I created another account user:Sarwateashwin, being unaware of the fact that it is unethical to create multiple usernames(my serious apologies for that). I had completely forgotten about my earlier username. Recently an administrative editor hinted me that it is not good to have a username indicative of your real name, at this time I was also unaware of the provision of changing username I decided that I will create a new account (and I created this one) and delete the older one user:Sarwateashwin. Later I came across the page which describes that a username can be changed or usurped. All this put me in a fix, and trying to be precautionary about not violating Wiki guidelines, I decided to take your guidance (I saw you in thebureaucrats list):

At first I decided to send a request for usurping user:Sarwateashwin to user:WhiteStar6, but since my account is only 3 months old I thought my request will be declined.

Please suggest me what to do, I apologize for violating Wiki Rules by creating these many accounts, but my intentions were clean: 1) To usurp user:Ashwinsarwate to user:WhiteStar6. (I would prefer this option if its ok with you) ( I have recovered the former account also) 2) To usurp user:Sarwateashwin to user:WhiteStar6. 3) Continue with user:WhiteStar6 but this account is too new (older accounts have more validity I've heard).

Please suggest me what to do. I hope I'm not bothering you.

Thank you.

Ashwin Sarwate. — Preceding unsigned comment added by WhiteStar6 (talkcontribs) 12:49, 16 July 2012 (UTC)

Moving Burma to Myanmar - ongoing poll[edit]

This is to let you know that an ongoing poll is taking place to move Burma to Myanmar. I know this happened just recently but no administrator would close these frequent rm's down, so here we go again. This note is going out to wikipedia members who have participated in Burma/Myanmar name changing polls in the past. It does not include banned members nor those with only ip addresses. Thank you. Fyunck(click) (talk) 20:10, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

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The Olive Branch: A Dispute Resolution Newsletter (Issue #1)[edit]

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Magazine article request[edit]

Hello Andrevan, I see that you've listed yourself as a contact for Nintendo Power magazine at the WP:VG Reference Library. I was wondering if you could help me obtain a copy of the article for Gauntlet that appears in Nintendo Power, Issue 1, July/August 1988. If you could provide me with a scan, text, or summary of the article I would really appreciate it. If you're too busy it's no big deal. Thanks in advance, -Thibbs (talk) 22:09, 29 September 2012 (UTC)

Wow, what speedy service! Thanks for your help! -Thibbs (talk) 22:35, 29 September 2012 (UTC)

MfD nomination of Wikipedia:Mediation Committee/Nominations/Thebirdlover[edit]

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Wikipedia Goes to the Movies in NYC this Saturday Dec 1[edit]

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Feliz Navidad[edit]

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Wow, I'm really, really happy to hear from you. Its been a long time. Thank you for the insight on Rhoads. I'll look into it later since my wife is rushing me to go to a Christmas get together. You take care and lets keep in touch. Tony the Marine (talk) 00:21, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

  • I just came back and the first thing that I did was read the message you sent me. The scandal is very interesting indeed. To tell you the truth, I do not know of anyone who could provide me with further information. The question will remain, did he or didn't he inject the cancer cells. We know that when it comes to a matter such as this ,which may embarrass the governmentor other agencies, there are ways of making the evidence disappear, but that is just speculation. One thing is certain and that is that Dr. Rhoads ,who was a brilliant scientist, was stupid for witting such as letter.

On the other hand, I am glad of your academic accomplishments. I am proud to have befriended a trusted editor such as you. Tony the Marine (talk) 04:16, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

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Deletion of Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator[edit]

The article should not have been summarily deleted. It doesn't match the G4 guidelines you quoted when you deleted it. It wasn't "a sufficiently identical and unimproved copy", as it was improved so that the problems raised in the AFD do not fit the article as it stood when you deleted it. It meets the Wikipedia:GNG guidelines as multiple, independent sources were listed that established notability for the game (the article contained references including: a review in the February 2007 issue of PC Zone, a review at Just Adventure, and a feature at Adventure Gamers as well as an award from Adventure Gamers). The reviews also make it meet Wikipedia:Notability (software), since the software is the subject of multiple reliable reviews, written by independent authors and published by independent publishers. If there's a problem with the article as it is, you can list it as needing clean-up, but it shouldn't be deleted as notability was established. JenniBees (talk) 19:34, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia Day Celebration and Mini-Conference in NYC Saturday Feb 23[edit]

Doing the "Open Space" thing at one of our earlier NYC Wiki-Conferences.

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Crat statement draft[edit]

Hi Andrevan

Following the drama at BN, I'm trying to come up with a statement all Crats could agree to. Please take a look, below.

I am quite content to do this onwiki -we have always worked transparently, except where secrecy is essential (ie RTV). I think we should be able to wordsmith a statement acceptable to all, and I think it's an important thing to do.

  1. In my opinion, this issue has come about through an unfortunate proliferation of documentation: policy, guideline, how-to etc
  2. I am not convinced that there is community consensus on all of the points encapsulated in those various pages
  3. I am unhappy at what may be described as some or all of: inconsistencies, inaccuracies or lack of clarity in that documentation
  4. I do not believe that any of the issues we have faced have been caused by Crats trying to widen their powers
  5. I would like to see the issues clarified, based on consensus, and for the documentation to be updated accordingly
  6. I'd like to thank Griot-de for generously withdrawing the rename request


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Lmk what you think. Many thanks, --Dweller (talk) 13:35, 6 January 2013 (UTC)

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The WikiProject Video Games Newsletter, Q1 2013[edit]


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Wikipedia Meetup NYC this Sunday April 14[edit]

Hi Andrevan! You're invited to our next meeting for Wikipedia Meetup NYC on Sunday April 14 -this weekend- at Symposium Greek Restaurant @ 544 W 113th St (in the back room), on the Upper West Side in the Columbia University area.

Please sign up, and add your ideas to the agenda for Sunday. Thanks!

Delivered on behalf of User:Pharos, 18:08, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

Your input is requested[edit]

Greetings, Andrevan! If we have not met, I'm AutomaticStrikeout. I've come here to ask you to take part in the survey at User:AutomaticStrikeout/Are admins interested in a RfB?. I am trying to gauge the general level of interest that administrators have in running for cratship, as well as pinpoint the factors that affect that interest level. Your input will be appreciated. Happy editing, AutomaticStrikeout (TCSign AAPT) 02:06, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

Well, that's the second time I've forgotten to check and see if you are already a crat. How embarrassing! AutomaticStrikeout (TCSign AAPT) 02:07, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

Forced user renames coming soon for SUL[edit]

Hi, sorry for writing in English. I'm writing to ask you, as a bureaucrat of this wiki, to translate and review the notification that will be sent to all users, also on this wiki, who will be forced to change their user name on May 27 and will probably need your help with renames. You may also want to help with the pages m:Rename practices and m:Global rename policy. Thank you, Nemo 13:04, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

Unified account[edit]

I have an account on with the username TwelvE, see

Is it possible to make this account unified for all language wikis? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:40, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

NYC Wiki-Picnic: Saturday June 22[edit]

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Nomination of Trip Through the Grand Canyon for deletion[edit]

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Username change request[edit]

I request you to please rename my account as The One. I assure you that I will not bring any disgrace to new username and I will be very responsible, active and fruitful wikipedian. Thanks. neo (talk) 07:45, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia Takes Brooklyn! Saturday September 7[edit]

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Wikimedia NYC Meetup! Saturday October 5[edit]

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Re:Page unprotection[edit]

No problem what-so-ever, my trusted friend. Tony the Marine (talk) 02:13, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

Paper on Rhoads and Campos[edit]

Hi Andrevan - thanks for helping on the bio articles about these two men, keeping discussion going, and giving me more background. I've just started reading your paper, which looks terrific. It immediately captured my attention.Parkwells (talk) 16:58, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

I think you both grasp the complicated politics of the time, and make them clear for contemporary readers. Wanted to recommend, if you haven't read it, Stephen Jay Gould's The Mismeasure of Man. Very powerful. He showed how scientists' biases have frequently prevented them from drawing the right conclusions from their data. As one example, he noted popular ideas about women's and minorities' purported "lack of intelligence" in relation to the model male (and for instance, not noticing the effects of secondary language acquisition on IQ scores of immigrants during WWI, who were judged sub-standard.) In your article, on p. 12, you write about something from a letter of Rhoads, with the Lederer source already used in the Rhoads WP article. What I think would be worth adding to the article is that Rhoads was studying dietary deficiency as it was thought to be implicated in tropical sprue, and was trying to induce disease by dietary manipulation (which could then be corrected by better nutrition.) This was not the injection of disease bacteria that Nelsondenis kept referring to in his comments on the Talk page. No such thing took place. As this is factual (his research), I think it would be valid to use. What do you think? Still reading.Parkwells (talk) 19:13, 23 October 2013 (UTC)
Yes, please make the changes here as you have written it, that sounds accurate. Andrevan@ 19:24, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/HD media player[edit]

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Revisit A Tale of Two Kingdoms?[edit]

Hey, I did some revisions to the page for A Tale of Two Kingdoms. It looks like it got some coverage and I've recorded it on the page. There are two things I'm hesitant about: the notability of the games from AGS and how usable a source is if we have a picture of it on the developer's website. There are two magazine reviews (one brief, one lengthy) that we have pictures of, but I really prefer avoiding those in general. It's a clear enough picture that it's obviously not shooped and we get the full perspective, though. I thought I'd ask your opinion on it. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 08:09, 27 October 2013 (UTC)

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Books and Bytes: The Wikipedia Library Newsletter[edit]

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Volume 1, Issue 1, October 2013

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Check this out[edit] Not bad, right? Tony the Marine (talk) 18:58, 31 October 2013 (UTC)

Museo de Arte de Ponce[edit]

This edit you made [HERE] concerns me a bit. You have never edited this article before, now you are suddenly following my edits from Cornelius P. Rhoads to here. While we may have our differences referent to Cornelius P. Rhoads article you now seem to be taking my edits personally instead of discussing them in a civil manner. I don't think I have to talk much sense into you, since you appear to have made at least some sense yourself in the past. I hope we don't have to end up in a long-winded conversation on what appears to me to be a rather silly situation. I hope ego-inflation is not at play here. I believe you are an admin and I am a long-time WP editor. I hope you have a fairly acceptable explanation for this new behaviour, specifically your following me around which constrants my ability to edit wikipedia without having to worry that someone is follwing me around in bad faith. Do you have a reasonable explanation for this? Mercy11 (talk) 19:01, 4 November 2013 (UTC)


Information icon There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you.

You can see the results of the ANI discussion for yourself, so I am not going in that. I am here to make a proposal. Perhaps this can be a fair compromise. I think is a win-win for you no matter how you proceed, so I don't know how you could reject it. My time and yours, I think, is best editing than fighting. So here is my proposal:
How about if you get your way in the Cornelius Rhoads article relative to the Ewing edits and I get my way in the Museo de Arte de Ponce article relative to the AAM accreditation? I am no fool, and understand what it means if you accept (You, in fact, get what you wanted at Cornelius Rhoads for wikihounding me at the Museo de Arte de Ponce article). But I am willing to put this behind me. Mercy11 (talk) 23:48, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

Procedural accept[edit]

That's the first one I've done - when you moved and renamed, you left the request open. I've closed it as a procedural accept. (I was trying to accept while you were moving things...) I do a lot of procedural declines, though. Peridon (talk) 17:08, 5 November 2013 (UTC)


Andrevan, in RE: to THIS, I am not being sarcastic. But I am asking myself, how much longer before you can start thinking more in AGF mode? Mercy11 (talk) 04:09, 7 November 2013 (UTC)

If you're not being sarcastic, you're just wrong. If you are saying you are going to revert Parkwells' edits and he can go to ANI, well, that's anti-wiki, unproductive editing. Andrevan@ 04:11, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
Look, Andrevan, I didn't say I was going to revert Parkwells edits. I am not sure why you can't give up the idea that the only way to work with me is to do a non-AGF. As for you comments HERE, if you think I have a pattern of editing protectively, I don't: I am well within the guidelines of WP:PG and WP:BOLD. I really don't know what continues to bug you so much. Perhaps you are still hung up on The FBI files on Puerto Ricans?
I know you are the author or WP:DAQ, but remember essays don't have the force of P&G. Perhaps you can nominate it to P&G and then we will all have to live by DAQ also. But until then P&Gs is what rules. As for the WP:RFC/U thing, well,,,, anyone has the prerogative of listing there. I cannot take that right away from you. I hope this helps, Mercy11 (talk) 04:30, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
I would like to know the FBI files thing as well. DAQ - which is in many ways a counterpoint to BOLD - is also a counterpoint to the point I'm making to you, which is you need to stop pushing a Puerto Rican nationalist POV in your edits by aggressively reverting anything that differs from your preferred version of the article. Andrevan@ 05:15, 7 November 2013 (UTC)

Response needed[edit]

Hello Andrevan; I'm not sure how to respond here, hope you can help. Thanx Mlpearc (powwow) 06:47, 8 November 2013 (UTC)


Andrevan, you know that you are among my earliest friends in Wikipedia, so as a friend I am going to give some advice. I know, you didn't ask for it and that you don't have to take my advice, but here goes. I believe that the situation between you and User: Mercy should stop. You are both good editors and it is counter productive to Wikipedia that you both keep bumping heads. It may seem to those following the discussion (which I am not) that you may be wikihounding him. Don't get me wrong my friend, I am not saying that you are, but others may think otherwise. Let it go, as I said, it is a pity that the situation has gotten personal amongst you both, good editors. That is my humble advice. Tony the Marine (talk) 19:50, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

  • Thank you for your response. As I stated before I haven't followed the discussion and I don't even have the articles in question on my "watchlist" which is why I really don't know what is really going on. My interaction with you has always been the best. I hope that things get sorted out between the parties involved. Take care. Tony the Marine (talk) 22:40, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

Sources for Puerto Rico-related articles[edit]

If you need sources for something related to Puerto Rico remember we have a WikiProject for it at WP:PUR. I personally specialize in politics and economics. While Tony (Marine 69-71) specializes in history and military. You can find about our specializations at Template:WikiProject Puerto Rico participants. Putting a {{cn}} is fine but many of us don't have the time to check articles every day so just contact us directly on our talk page and we will help you out. If you have an issue with someone from WP:PUR feel free to channel your inquiries through me. I will help you out as a neutral uninvolved editor with references and what not. —Ahnoneemoos (talk) 13:48, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

Briarcliff Manor[edit]


I have noticed that you made several changes to the Briarcliff Manor and Briarcliff High School articles. May I ask if you were at any time a resident of the village? I inquire because I have recently been writing a draft of the Briarcliff Manor article, and I would appreciate your advice and input. In any case, I would also appreciate your input as a seasoned editor and administrator. You may find my draft on my userpage here: User:Ɱ/sandbox7.

Thank you. --ɱ (talk) 20:33, 17 November 2013 (UTC)

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User name change[edit]

Hello. Thank you form changing my user name from Yerevanci to Yerevantsi as I have requested at Wikipedia:Changing username/Simple.

However, I'm still having a problem. Even though my user name has been changed, it still appears as Yerevanci. Why is it so? Does it take some time to change? --Yerevanci (talk) 20:54, 24 November 2013 (UTC)

The problem is fixed now. All I had to do was log out and sign in with my new username. --Երևանցի talk 21:28, 24 November 2013 (UTC)

Links to userspace[edit]

Please don't link to your userspace from the main article space. Andrevan@ 18:56, 17 November 2013 (UTC)

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Adeptzare3 (talk) 01:20, 2 December 2013 (UTC): The link is to the article namespace now.

Wikimedia NYC Meetup- "Queens Open History Edit-a-Thon" at Queens Library! Friday December 6[edit]

Queens Library
Please join Queens Open History Edit-a-Thon on December 6, 2013!
Everyone gather at Queens Library to further Wikipedia's local outreach
for borough articles on the history and the communities.
Drop-ins welcome 10am-7pm!--Pharos (talk) ~~~~~


Thank you for taking care of that for me! Gloss / talk 05:12, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

The Wikipedia Library Survey[edit]

As a subscriber to one of The Wikipedia Library's programs, we'd like to hear your thoughts about future donations and project activities in this brief survey. Thanks and cheers, Ocaasi t | c 14:57, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Personal attacks[edit]

Please step away from the dead equine and stop making the kinds of insinuations about others that you've now posted on several different talk pages. No matter the propriety of the username in dispute, your comments are not acceptable. Nikkimaria (talk) 03:50, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

I see you've now amended your comment and partially apologized, so thank you for that. Nikkimaria (talk) 03:52, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Resign please, and leave wikipedia[edit]

Just seen this.[6] I'll have you blocked and desysopped for that bullshit if I can. "I Have no idea if they are mysoginist...". You utter, utter piece of scum. Pedro :  Chat  23:03, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

Removing the sysop flag[edit]

Hello Andrevan. I am curious; when removing the sysop bit, regardless of circumstances, is it standard to leave the user with no rights at all? Wouldn't it be more proper to restore the flags the user held prior to becoming an admin? In my opinion it would.—John Cline (talk) 03:34, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Changing username[edit]

Hello, I'd love to change my name from קרוקס to Crocsh, Thanks. קרוקס (talk) 13:54, 27 December 2013 (UTC)


Thanks. My interpretation of events was that the user was too unfamiliar with policies to make such a request and too distraught to receive instruction. Dlohcierekim 15:21, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

Saturday: NYC Art And Feminism Wikipedia Editathon[edit]

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Please join Wikipedia "Art and Feminism Editathon" @ Eyebeam on Saturday February 1, 2014,
an event aimed at collaboratively expanding Wikipedia articles covering Art and Feminism, and the biographies of women artists!

There are also regional events that day in Brooklyn, Westchester County, and the Hudson Valley.
--Pharos (talk)

WP:VG Interview[edit]

This hasn't hit the mainstream yet, but today is an important day for WP:VG. We've reached our 10 year anniversary! The WP:VG Newsletter crew are interested in running a feature this quarter on the early days of WP:VG and because you are one of the earliest contributors to the WikiProject, we need your help. In the last 10 years a lot has changed and we'd love to hear your perspective on it. One of the biggest changes may be your level of participation in the WikiProject or even in Wikipedia generally. This is why I'm contacting you almost 2 months before the newsletter is due to come out (it's due on April 2). I'm hoping that you'll have time somewhere between now and then to answer a few general questions reflecting on WP:VG and Wikipedia in general. Please contact me here if you would be willing to answer a few questions for our anniversary article. If you can participate, please mark this beside your name on the list, and if you can't participate please also mark this on the list by deleting your name or overstriking it. I hope this will be a fun and interesting quarter for the WP:VG Newsletter! Thanks in advance. -Thibbs (talk) 12:43, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

  • PS - If you'd prefer, I could also contact you by email. Let me know if that would be more convenient for you. -Thibbs (talk) 22:38, 6 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Great! I'll drop a note here on your talk page when I've got a draft of the questions posted. Thank you. -Thibbs (talk) 12:27, 8 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Hi again, I've posted a preliminary set of five questions at my sandbox (linked above) so that you can get a sense of what kinds of questions I'll be asking. The final interview will probably be 10 to 15 questions in total. -Thibbs (talk) 12:31, 13 February 2014 (UTC)

Next step[edit]

Thanks! What should I do next as filing party? - Ret.Prof (talk) 21:28, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

I think if we don't start this process soon, there will be no point to mediation. Ignocrates (talk) 16:57, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

Upcoming Saturday events - March 1: Harlem History Editathon and March 8: NYU Law Editathon[edit]

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Sorry for asking this, but whom would I be obliged to contact in the mediation committee to indicate that I believe the mediator in a case might be, perhaps, not one whose good offices as a mediator are necessarily apparent in their actions? I have to say that some of your own comments call into question your own ability to fairly mediate a matter of content. Also, while I recognize that you are an atheist, and honestly don't give a damn about that one way or another, I very much believe that there is a possibility that the discussion is getting out of control, and that your own attempts to perhaps seek to impose your own will on the parties of the mediation is strongly indicative that your good offices as a mediator are under some degree of question. Please see the talk page of Christ myth theory about Saint Barbara and the like where I try to indicate that my motivation is more as a historian, not as a religious believer. I am the first to acknowledge, by the way, that no reference book is necessarily the single best source for anything. I have seen several reviews of several such sources indicating that a specific article was written by someone in a limited field who was among the only living people who knew the subject, and that the group editors/board of editors of multiple reference sources don't always proofread or critique articles once they have been assigned. So, yeah, some articles are recognized as being biased from the word go. But your some of your recent comments call into question whether you as an individual are capable of seeing all the parties in the mediation as capable of being fair, and, honestly, I don't think that you necessarily have the evidence to support that. And, also, by the way, I would appreciate a direct response regarding where you as an individual place the apparent priority of WP:CONSENSUS among all policies and guidelines when the group involved in developing that consensus includes only a very small number of editors and where, honestly, the subject is one which few if any people know personally to any reasonable degree? John Carter (talk) 07:56, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

While noting your appeal to authority, an article I believe you should read, on my talk page, I very seriously question whether you as an individual are so necessary empowered by your position that you are in a position to tell others "the way things work around here." I also notice that you seem to be showing a remarkably ill-advised hope to resolve the situation before all parties to the mediation have even commented, as per my own comments on the talk page, and am now, seemingly, once again, because in your little condescending comment on my user talk page you didn't answer it, I am forced to once again ask you, as a functionary of MEDCOM, who I would contact to express my concerns that you as an individual are not necessarily demonstrably qualified to mediate in this matter? And, if it isn't asking too much of you, do you think you might actually allow all the parties to the mediation to at least respond to proposals before you attempt to "reach compromise" before they can express their opinions, which I repeat you seem to be doing in this particular instance? John Carter (talk) 08:12, 22 February 2014 (UTC)
Please see my talk page, in which I responded to your implicitly stated belief that somehow you as an individual are in a position to not only mediate, but also play judge, jury, and executioner, Sunray's talk page, in which I request that another mediator be assigned to this matter, and the mediation talk page itself. Also, maybe, you might at some point review the academic journals relating to religion, in which you would find almost instantly that many if not most of the books published recently in the field of Christianity are in some way promoting fringe theories. Whether you as an individual know the field much or not, I think you would realize that, unfortunately, there really haven't been that many recent "discoveries" in the field of the early Christian era, that there are an incredible number of professors facing "publish or perish" threats despite the fact that there isn't that much new to publish anything about, and so, unfortunately, most of the books published as anything other than overviews or recapitulations are going to be, in some way, advancing of fringe or distinct minority theories, particularly taking into account the widely disparate beliefs of some of the 20,000 Christian denominations/groups estimated to exist today. John Carter (talk) 09:03, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

February 2014[edit]

I believe it is infinitely more reasonable for me to ask you how you believe you are justified in showing the unconscionable gall to call me a troll on my own talk page, and then to show the lack of courage to stand by your own comments by revising it to simply calling me "silly". It also very, very much approaches, if not in fact clearly violating, WP:NPA based on your own rather biased and less than knowledgeable opinions. Equally problematic is your apparent refusal to abide by policies and guidelines in your own conduct of this matter. Please stay off my user talk page until and unless you yourself, who seek to try to tell others how to behave, insist on such unacceptable behavior of your own. John Carter (talk) 21:30, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

If you insist, I still think you might be a troll. But I agree that was a borderline personal attack so I removed it. Andrevan@ 21:34, 22 February 2014 (UTC)
YOu removed it two minutes after the comment above, as can be seen [7]. I also notice how you as an individual seem to be almost obsessed with this conversation, rather than perhaps actually reading some of the material in the relevant mediation and making an effort to see if some of the contentions put forward by some of the parties are actually supported in accord with policies and guidelines, which has been repeatedly asserted by multiple parties and which you have yourself, to date, apparently not bothered to address or perhaps even make an effort to attempt to review. So, you still think that I might be a troll. Fine. I will refrain from saying the words which your conduct is increasingly convincing me apply to you based on your own recent conduct. John Carter (talk) 21:50, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

Gospel of Matthew[edit]

Suit yourself, though I have been editing Gospel of Matthew, which is the main mediation focus. -- (talk) 07:58, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi. I was about to create a section to notify you that an IP ( left me a complaint about the mediation on my user talk last night. I thought you should know of anything that might be related to the mediation, and considered it possible that others might be seeing stuff like that too. Then I saw this. So if anything ever comes to having to pursue the possibility of inappropriate behavior from IPs, here you have another datum. Evensteven (talk) 19:05, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

I made some additions to the GoM article, as we discussed in mediation, per WP:BRD. Unless someone is apoplectic over them, I think we will be able to close the mediation soon. I can't see leaving it open indefinitely in the hope that Ret.Prof may one day return. Ignocrates (talk) 01:01, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Ret.Prof, has indicated on his talk page that he is recusing himself from further editing on the Gospel of Matthew article, see diff. Therefore, I think we have returned to normal editing, and the original purpose of the mediation is at an end. Thank you for your assistance as mediator in helping to bring about a resolution to this protracted content dispute. Ignocrates (talk) 02:19, 12 March 2014 (UTC)


Hi Andrevan: It appears that the mediation has wound down. Did you want to make a final comment on the case talk page before closing? It seems to have been a successful mediation, no? Sunray (talk) 06:53, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Interview ready for responses[edit]

Hi Andrevan, April 2 is coming right up and the quarter is drawing to a close. Sorry it's taken me a bit of time to get this together. In reference to this previous discussion, the interview is now completed and I was hoping you could share your thoughts when you get a free moment this weekend. The numbering in the interview may change as I edit the thing into perfect shape after the responses have all come back, but the questions will stay the same and of course I won't modify your or anyone else's responses. You can respond here, at my talk page, or within the interview itself. Whatever is easiest. Thanks again for your help. -Thibbs (talk) 14:42, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

  • Thanks again. I've imported your contributions into the final product which can be seen here here. The newsletter is due to go out tomorrow today, but feel free to modify your answers or fill in any more any time up until it's published. -Thibbs (talk) 00:38, 2 April 2014 (UTC) (updated -Thibbs (talk) 10:26, 2 April 2014 (UTC))
  • OK It's been published now. Thanks again for your help. -Thibbs (talk) 16:26, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Belated thanks[edit]

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I know this is terribly late but I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your participation at my RfA. While you did not support my nomination, I still appreciated your thoughtful participation in the process. I look forward to the opportunity to work together in the days to come. Best wishes, -- KeithbobTalk 19:32, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Request for comment[edit]

Hello there, a proposal regarding pre-adminship review has been raised at Village pump by Anna Frodesiak. Your comments here is very much appreciated. Many thanks. Jim Carter through MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:46, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Saturday June 21: Wiki Loves Pride[edit]

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Sunday July 6: WikNYC Picnic[edit]

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1pm–8pm at southwest section of the Great Lawn, north of the Delacorte Theater.

Also, before the picnic, you can join in the Wikimedia NYC chapter's annual meeting.

11:30am-12:30pm at Yeoryia Studios, 2067 Broadway.

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Quick question[edit]

Hi Andrevan,
WP:VG's Newsletter department is looking for editors to interview for our Featured Editor column, and your name has come up in discussions during previous quarters as a likely candidate. From your edit history it is apparent that you are not currently as active an editor as you once were, and it's completely understandable if you don't have the time to be interviewed any more. But if possible, we'd love to hear your story from you.
The interview consists of some 15 questions that you can answer however you like and which you can tinker with up until the newsletter is published. Our hope is to have a small number of interviewees cued up for upcoming Featured Editor columns so your interview would most likely appear in a future issue. You can review previous interview questions here to get a sense of the kinds of questions you would be asked. If you see this note, please let me know at my talk page if you would be willing to answer some questions for the Newsletter. Thanks! -Thibbs (talk) 14:02, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

On clouds[edit]

I am utterly appalled at this ignorant comment....

...there's no such cloud as a cumulostratus, let alone a fluffy one. Stratus clouds are flat and featureless, in fact. I expect far better knowledge of clouds from the elite few who judge our positioning under them. Face-wink.svgJuliancolton | Talk 22:59, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Edits at BN[edit]

Hi. I just wanted to say thank you for your recent edits at BN. I particularly appreciated this edit. I'm glad that you're still around and I hope you're well. :-) --MZMcBride (talk) 21:04, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Sunday August 17: NYC Wiki-Salon and Skill Share[edit]

Sunday August 17: NYC Wiki-Salon and Skill Share
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2pm–5pm at Yeoryia Studios at Epic Security Building, 2067 Broadway (5th floor).

Afterwards at 5pm, we'll walk to a social wiki-dinner together at a neighborhood restaurant (to be decided).

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To Andrevan, thank you for your comments at the bureaucrat discussion about the RfA. Axl ¤ [Talk] 07:58, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Just a minor thing[edit]

On this page, you referred to User:Fluffernutter as male ("his unease"). They are in fact female. It'd be nice to be accurate on that. Face-smile.svgTom Morris (talk) 09:42, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Sunday August 24: Westchester County Edit-a-thon[edit]

Please check it out, and sign up if you can come: Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Westchester.--Pharos (talk) 12:17, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

An important message about renaming users[edit]

Dear Andrevan,

I am cross-posting this message to many places to make sure everyone who is a Wikimedia Foundation project bureaucrat receives a copy. If you are a bureaucrat on more than one wiki, you will receive this message on each wiki where you are a bureaucrat.

As you may have seen, work to perform the Wikimedia cluster-wide single-user login finalisation (SUL finalisation) is taking place. This may potentially effect your work as a local bureaucrat, so please read this message carefully.

Why is this happening? As currently stated at the global rename policy, a global account is a name linked to a single user across all Wikimedia wikis, with local accounts unified into a global collection. Previously, the only way to rename a unified user was to individually rename every local account. This was an extremely difficult and time-consuming task, both for stewards and for the users who had to initiate discussions with local bureaucrats (who perform local renames to date) on every wiki with available bureaucrats. The process took a very long time, since it's difficult to coordinate crosswiki renames among the projects and bureaucrats involved in individual projects.

The SUL finalisation will be taking place in stages, and one of the first stages will be to turn off Special:RenameUser locally. This needs to be done as soon as possible, on advice and input from Stewards and engineers for the project, so that no more accounts that are unified globally are broken by a local rename to usurp the global account name. Once this is done, the process of global name unification can begin. The date that has been chosen to turn off local renaming and shift over to entirely global renaming is 15 September 2014, or three weeks time from now. In place of local renames is a new tool, hosted on Meta, that allows for global renames on all wikis where the name is not registered will be deployed.

Your help is greatly needed during this process and going forward in the future if, as a bureaucrat, renaming users is something that you do or have an interest in participating in. The Wikimedia Stewards have set up, and are in charge of, a new community usergroup on Meta in order to share knowledge and work together on renaming accounts globally, called Global renamers. Stewards are in the process of creating documentation to help global renamers to get used to and learn more about global accounts and tools and Meta in general as well as the application format. As transparency is a valuable thing in our movement, the Stewards would like to have at least a brief public application period. If you are an experienced renamer as a local bureaucrat, the process of becoming a part of this group could take as little as 24 hours to complete. You, as a bureaucrat, should be able to apply for the global renamer right on Meta by the requests for global permissions page on 1 September, a week from now.

In the meantime please update your local page where users request renames to reflect this move to global renaming, and if there is a rename request and the user has edited more than one wiki with the name, please send them to the request page for a global rename.

Stewards greatly appreciate the trust local communities have in you and want to make this transition as easy as possible so that the two groups can start working together to ensure everyone has a unique login identity across Wikimedia projects. Completing this project will allow for long-desired universal tools like a global watchlist, global notifications and many, many more features to make work easier.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the SUL finalisation, read over the Help:Unified login page on Meta and leave a note on the talk page there, or on the talk page for global renamers. You can also contact me on my talk page on meta if you would like. I'm working as a bridge between Wikimedia Foundation Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Stewards, and you to assure that SUL finalisation goes as smoothly as possible; this is a community-driven process and I encourage you to work with the Stewards for our communities.

Thank you for your time. -- Keegan (WMF) talk 18:24, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

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