User talk:Christopher Parham

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Do me a favor: Contribute to an article on one of the Federalist Papers.

Welcome to my talk page. I will respond to comments made here on this page, so please watch. If I messaged you first, I'll be keeping an eye on your talk unless it's been an awfully long time.

Archive 1 -- November 21, 2004 to October 14, 2005
Archive 2 -- October 14, 2005 to December 5, 2005
Archive 3 -- December 5, 2005 to January 11, 2006
Archive 4 -- January 12, 2006 to March 11, 2006
Archive 5 -- March 12, 2006 to May 5, 2006
Archive 6 -- May 5, 2006 to October 19, 2006
Archive 7 -- October 19, 2006 to March 9, 2007
Archive 8 -- March 10, 2007 to August 31, 2007
Archive 9 -- September 4, 2007 to November 22, 2009

Thanks for cleaning up the mess I made[edit]

in Template:Cite journal/doc. You fixed it exactly the way I had intended to install that change. I appreciate your taking the time. Eubulides (talk) 06:38, 7 December 2009 (UTC)

in WindEEE Dome, you fixed the tiny stub article I started by posting a reference to the school and to the official project web site. Thanks! Jon Yu (talk) 15:09, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

Edwin P. Morrow[edit]

Sorry for the long delay in responding to your comments on my FA nom of Edwin P. Morrow. I was out of town for several days last week. I have now made some changes that I hope address your concerns. Please see if you feel these changes are sufficient to strike the remaining issues you have raised. Thank you. Acdixon (talk contribs count) 15:12, 8 December 2009 (UTC)

No problem. I thought the added paragraph should address your concerns, but I always like to check. Acdixon (talk contribs count) 19:42, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

Notification: Proposed 'Motion to Close' at Wikipedia:Community de-adminship/Draft RfC[edit]

You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia talk:Community de-adminship/Draft RfC re: a 'Motion to close', which would dissolve Cda as a proposal. The motion includes an !vote. You have previously commented at Wikipedia:WikiProject Administrator. Jusdafax 00:21, 23 December 2009 (UTC)

Community de-Adminship - finalization poll for the CDA proposal[edit]

After tolling up the votes in the revision proposals, it emerged that 5.4 had the most support, but elements of that support remained unclear, and various comments throughout the polls needed consideration.

A finalisation poll (intended, if possible, to be one last poll before finalising the CDA proposal) has been run to;

  • gather opinion on the 'consensus margin' (what percentages, if any, have the most support) and
  • ascertain whether there is support for a 'two-phase' poll at the eventual RfC (not far off now), where CDA will finally be put to the community. Matt Lewis (talk) 01:42, 18 January 2010 (UTC)


I wanted to give you a cookie for our discussion on RfDA because you've enlightened me to another perspective I didn't see before and you've been very respectful toward me during the discussion:

--v/r - TP 20:35, 20 January 2010 (UTC)

An article you previously commented in is up for AFD again[edit]

Thanks for your RfA Support[edit]


Christopher Parham - Thanks for your participation and support in my recent successful RfA. Your confidence and trust in me is much appreciated. As a new admin I will try hard to keep from wading in too deep over the tops of my waders, nor shall I let the Buffalo intimidate me.--Mike Cline (talk) 09:00, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

Your VOTE 2 vote at CDA[edit]

Hi Christopher,

Firstly, apologies for this long message! I may need a response from you directly underneath it, per (3) below.

You are receiving this message as you voted in VOTE 2 at the recent Community de-Adminship 'Proposal Finalization' Poll. Unfortunately, there is a hitch regarding the "none" vote that can theoretically affect all votes.

1) Background of VOTE 2:

In a working example of CDA; ater the 'discussion and polling phase' is over, if the "rule of thumb" baseline percentage for Support votes has been reached, the bureaucrats can start to decide whether to desysop an admin, based in part on the evidence of the prior debate. This 'baseline' has now been slightly-adjusted to 65% (from 70%) per VOTE 1. VOTE 2 was asking if there is a ballpark area where the community consensus is so strong, that the bureaucrats should consider desysopping 'automatically'. This 'threshold' was set at 80%, and could change pending agreement on the VOTE 2 results.

This was VOTE 2;

Do you prefer a 'desysop threshold' of 80% or 90%, or having none at all?
As a "rule of thumb", the Bureaucrats will automatically de-sysop the Administrator standing under CDA if the percentage reaches this 'threshold'. Currently it is 80% (per proposal 5.4).
Please vote "80" or "90", or "None", giving a second preference if you have one.

This is the VOTE 2 question without any ambiguity;

Do you prefer a "rule of thumb" 'auto-desysop' percentage of 80%, 90%, or "none"?
Where "none" means that there is no need for a point where the bureaucrats can automatically desysop.
Please vote "80" or "90", or "None", giving a second preference if you have one.

2) What was wrong with VOTE 2?

Since the poll, it has been suggested that ambiguity in the term "none at all" could have affected some of the votes. Consequently there has been no consensus over what percentage to settle on, or how to create a new compromise percentage. The poll results are summarised here.


Directly below this querying message, please can you;

  • Clarify what you meant if you voted "none".
  • In cases where the question was genuinely misunderstood, change your initial vote if you wish to (please explain the ambiguity, and don't forget to leave a second choice if you have one).
  • Please do nothing if you interpreted the question correctly (or just confirm this if you wish), as this query cannot be a new vote.

I realise that many of you clarified your meaning after your initial vote, but the only realistic way to move forward is to be as inclusive as possible in this vote query. I will copy any responses from this talk page and place them at CDA Summaries for analysis. Sorry for the inconvenience,

Matt Lewis (talk) 23:33, 14 February 2010 (UTC)

Final discussion for Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Biographies of living people[edit]

Hello, I note that you have commented on the first phase of Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Biographies of living people

As this RFC closes, there are two proposals being considered:

  1. Proposal to Close This RfC
  2. Alternate proposal to close this RFC: we don't need a whole new layer of bureaucracy

Your opinion on this is welcome. Okip 02:07, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

I wanted to know why you deleted my Okamagimi page. I see its cause of no context. but I'm not sure what you mean by that. could you explain it? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Straxeragous (talkcontribs) 20:02, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

En dashes in SCOTUS template[edit]

OK, got it thanks. I've asked for a change to be made to the template syntax: Template_talk:Infobox_SCOTUS_case#WP:MOSDASH. Tony (talk) 01:11, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

<cite>...</cite> and hand-crafted citations[edit]

Hi Chris,

I just want to draw your attention to a couple of discussions going on at MediaWiki talk:Common.css#Coloring of the cited source missing and at Wikipedia talk:Citing sources/Example edits for different methods#Use of the HTML <cite></cite> element. You and/or other WP:CITE contributors may or may not be interested. Cheers, Wtmitchell (talk) (earlier Boracay Bill) 02:24, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

(added) also see this related edit. Wtmitchell (talk) (earlier Boracay Bill) 02:47, 20 March 2010 (UTC)



Thank you for helping with the Boeing 777 FAR last November. Regards, SynergyStar (talk) 01:06, 21 March 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedia's tagline[edit]

Hi. I noticed that you participated in a 2005/2006 discussion and straw poll on whether or not the tagline at the top of all Wikipedia articles should be changed from "From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia" to "From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit". I don't know if you're still interested in this issue or not, but this exact change has been proposed once again, this time at the Village pump, and there is currently an RFC (Request for Comment) on the subject where it is being discussed. All Hallow's Wraith (talk) 18:13, 13 May 2010 (UTC)

Happy adminship anniversary![edit]

Admin mop.PNG Wishing Christopher Parham a very happy adminship anniversary on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee! Have a great day! Hi878 (talk) 01:27, 28 May 2010 (UTC)
Admin mop.PNG Wishing Christopher Parham a very happy adminship anniversary on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee! fair ♫ talk to me 05:55, 28 May 2010 (UTC)

Ziad Jarrah[edit]

Hi Christopher - I am just stopping by to see how you are doing with the FAR for Ziad Jarrah. Are you still interested on helping to keep this article as a FA? If so, could you please post a note with a status update on the FAR page? As soon as you feel that you have addressed all concerns brought up in the FAR section, we can start trying to get some additional reviewers in to move the article through the process. Thanks in advance, Dana boomer (talk) 16:54, 1 June 2010 (UTC)


I noticed that you participated in a previous RFC at Wikipedia talk:Notability (events). I was wondering if you might share your opinion here: RFC: Should Wikipedia:Notability (criminal acts) be merged with Wikipedia:Notability (events) and Wikipedia:Notability (people)? Thanks! Location (talk) 19:12, 5 July 2010 (UTC)


— raekyT 00:01, 2 August 2010 (UTC)

what is dead plastic?[edit]

i noticed you reverted my change from "dead animals" back to dead plastic. what is dead plastic? was plastic around millions of years ago? petroleum is geologically converted organic biomass found in a mineral source (i.e. porous rocks). check out the petroleum wiki page or here:

thanks, carl —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:11, 11 September 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for comment/2010 ArbCom election voting procedure[edit]

You are invited to participate in the Wikipedia:Requests for comment/2010 ArbCom election voting procedure which is expected to close in a little over a week. If you have received this message, it is because it appears that you participated in the 2009 AC RfC, and your contributions indicate that you are currently active on Wikipedia. Ncmvocalist (talk) 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Federalist No. 10[edit]

As per your active involvement with this article as noted on the talk page, you may want to review what looks like a recent overhaul of the text by an IP editor. -- œ 07:05, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

POSTAPOCALYPSE HELP / short story / possible shortfilm[edit]

Hello I am in quiet desperation of EVERY single wikipedia article relating to post apocalyptic nature..

You see, I've been looking for this veryyyyy particular work of postApoc/DyingEarth (perhaps) work about a boy and a traveling caravan that shows the end of the world. I KNOW IT'S ON WIKIPEDIA I read about it like 3 years ago and no matter how hard I try...

...theres no page I can come to ( at least that I've searched) with my descriptor.

Christ, it's paining me. I really need just an Absolute compilation of EVERYTHING POSTAPOCALYPTIC alphabetically so I can seriously go down the list of 500+ items or whatever it is. I'm surely missing something. Numerous fiction/book/film/author/whatever pages skimming through. I just need a centralized source of everything post apocalyptic. I'm dead serious about this. I would look through every single page there.

So far, inconclusive. There must be SOMETHING I'm missing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sunn174 (talkcontribs) 03:59, 3 February 2011 (UTC) = email — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sunn174 (talkcontribs) 04:01, 3 February 2011 (UTC)

Nomination of Eliot House for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Eliot House is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Eliot House until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on good quality evidence, and our policies and guidelines.

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 template from the top of the article.. Matchups 02:55, 17 May 2011 (UTC)


Hey, you had previously contributed a helpful edit to the article on the book Skipping Towards Gomorrah. Just an FYI that I have recently expanded the article with additional sourced information, you may be interested in it. Also, I recently created a new article by the same author, Savage Love: Straight Answers from America's Most Popular Sex Columnist. If you have any suggestions or ideas for additional secondary sources, please don't hesitate to stop by the articles talkpages. Thank you for your time, -- Cirt (talk) 18:39, 26 May 2011 (UTC)

Happy adminship day[edit]

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Wishing Christopher Parham a very happy adminship anniversary on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee! SwisterTwister (talk) 05:22, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

SwisterTwister (talk) 05:22, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

Federalist Papers[edit]

Hi Christopher, I'm interested in working on the Federalist Papers. I wanted to check with you before I began to see which pages need the most work. Tommyboy1215 (talk) 02:17, 10 June 2011 (UTC)

Blaise Pascal concerns[edit]

I've raised concerns about the article on Blaise Pascal by leaving comments on the talk page, and I'm notifying you here. Would you be able to comment there? Carcharoth (talk) 13:33, 25 June 2011 (UTC)

Copyright Violations in Blaise Pascal[edit]

Many sections of this article were copied Will Durant's Story of civilization. I've compared both texts hereBluszczokrzew (talk) 14:14, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

I have nominated this article for FA review.--NortyNort (Holla) 03:42, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

Main page appearance[edit]

Hello! This is a note to let the main editors of this article know that it will be appearing as the main page featured article on July 27, 2011. You can view the TFA blurb at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/July 27, 2011. If you think it is necessary to change the main date, you can request it with the featured article directors Raul654 (talk · contribs) or his delegate Dabomb87 (talk · contribs), or at Wikipedia talk:Today's featured article/requests. If the previous blurb needs tweaking, you might change it—following the instructions of the suggested formatting. If this article needs any attention or maintenance, it would be preferable if that could be done before its appearance on the Main Page so Wikipedia doesn't look bad. :D Thanks! Tbhotch. Grammatically incorrect? Correct it! See terms and conditions. 00:57, 24 July 2011 (UTC)


Congratulations on the main page appearance. One thing that seems to be missing from the article is the pre-1930 history of the site - one of the most important sites in American history, see e.g. Point_State_Park#History. I don't want to do anything while it is on the main page, and perhaps this has been argued elsewhere, but I think next week I'll be adding something. Any thoughts? Smallbones (talk) 12:48, 27 July 2011 (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. 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) 19:37, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

Featured article review for Federalist 10[edit]

I have nominated Federalist No. 10 for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. Brad (talk) 02:33, 31 December 2011 (UTC)

MSU Interview[edit]

Dear Christopher Parham,

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 communityHERE, 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 nameHERE 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)

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) 20:32, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

Freedom of speech = New WikiProject[edit]

Hi there, I'm notifying you as I noticed your excellent work on the Featured Quality article, Report of 1800. I've recently gone ahead and created WP:WikiProject Freedom of speech. If you're interested, here are some easy things you can do:

  1. List yourself as a participant in the WikiProject, by adding your username here: Wikipedia:WikiProject_Freedom_of_speech#Participants.
  2. Add userbox {{User Freedom of speech}} to your userpage, which lists you as a member of the WikiProject.
  3. Tag relevant talk pages of articles and other relevant pages using {{WikiProject Freedom of speech}}.
  4. Join in discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Freedom of speech.
  5. Notify others you think might be interested in Freedom of speech to join the WikiProject.

Thank you for your interest in Freedom of speech, — Cirt (talk) 17:42, 25 October 2012 (UTC)