User talk:Derek R Bullamore

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Welcome![edit]

WELCOME!! Hello, Derek R Bullamore! I want to personally welcome you on behalf of the Wikipedia community. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. If you haven't already, you can put yourself in the new user log and the list of users so you can be properly introduced to everyone. Don't forget to be bold, and don't be afraid of hungry Wikipedians...there's a rule about not biting newcomers. Some other good links are the tutorial, how to edit a page, or if you're really stuck, see the help pages. Wikipedia is held up by Five Pillars...I recommend reading about them if you haven't already. Finally, it would be really helpful if you would sign your name on talk pages, so people can get back to you quickly. It's easy to do this by clicking the button (next to the one with the "W" crossed out) one from the end on the left. If that's confusing, or if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a at my talk page (by clicking the plus sign (+) next to the tab at the top that says "edit this page")...and again, welcome!--ViolinGirl 00:20, 18 December 2005 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

Please take a look at the refs for Martina Montelius, Athena Farrokhzad, Victor Hartman, Helena Quiding and Lilla Skuggan. Thanks!--BabbaQ (talk) 20:36, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Hello. Normally I would oblige you but presently Reflinks is inoperable. Sorry,
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 11:44, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

Reflinks part Deux[edit]

Last time I posted here it was to bitch about Reflinks being 'down', then it was up again pretty soon. So I try to use it again, and find it's been 'blocked' by the WMF! :-o Ping me if you have anything to say about this. Sigh! 220 of Borg 08:52, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes it is out of action again - much to my annoyance (and probably plenty of others who use it on a regular basis). I think, reading between the lines, that the problem is that Reflinks is 'owned' by User:Dispenser and WMF want total control of all tools, or at least want them to be 'free to use / open source' facilities. See here for further 'rationale'. Whatever the reason(s), it is something that clearly needs a swift resolve.
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 11:52, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
My Oath it needs resolution! The state of the reference formatting of some pages is quite dreadful. I started out early in my editng 'career' spending a lot of time manually editing refs. Joyful day when I discovered Reflinks. Now, back to the editing 'Stone Age'! (pause to allow steam from ears to dissipate ;-/ )
I think we'll need to 'kick' butt of editors who can't bother to add little details like source title, newspaper name, author, ISBNs, page number etc, etc to their sources. It's a lot easier if the creator of a page, who presumably already has, or can quickly re-access that info, provides that data at the start. Without a tool like Reflinks, which still needed a lot of user 'clean-up', page creators being lazy about source data is something I think can't be tolerated. 220 of Borg 16:52, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
I feel that your proposed approach is somewhat contrary to a civil response, and is more likely to create hostility rather than a positive reaction. Apart from that, English people tend to refer to kicking arses rather than butts, the latter of which refers to a cigarette stub. Whilst I fully share your frustration regarding other editor's actions, as in life there are those who abide by the rule(s) and those who do not. The concealed threat of kicking butts, arses, whatever, is not the answer. I am unhappy about the current demise of Reflinks, and hope it will not be permanent. Unless reinstatement, or a viable replacement can be found, then large scale manual reference formatting is beyond the capabilities of anyone.
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 23:26, 31 August 2014 time/date added. 220 of Borg
'Kick' was being used in a metaphorical sense, naturally. ;-P I meant more to textually advise them of the advantages of full references, and ask for them to provide, nicely, but repeatedly! But as you say, its likely those sort of editors may take even good, friendly advice the 'wrong way'.
The ability to literally 'cyber kick' someone in the nether regions remotely is something most internet users, including I, lack. (Something for Apple to look at perhaps, iBoot?)
I did come across an Aussie editor in the sports arena (Rugby?) who IIRC supplied refs but only bare URLs. Wouldn't even try Reflinks when it was linked to and explained to them. As for using 'butt', I must have been partly Americanised by exposure to Wikipedia articles in US English!--220 of Borg 02:03, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

In case you are unaware, a revised and vaguely usable version of 'Reflinks' is now available here. - Derek R Bullamore (talk) 11:03, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

joeseph weaver[edit]

Hi im curious to know if i am related to jossph weaver.can you give information on his parents and siblings. Thank you. I can be reached at daelwe@aol.com — Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.87.110.95 (talk) 00:04, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Do you mean this person - Joe Weaver ? I am afraid I can supply no details other than those shown in his article.
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 14:10, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Hi 2[edit]

Not to brag but the article Murder of Joanna Yeates that I created will appear on the TFA section on the main page on 18 September. :)--BabbaQ (talk) 22:19, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Wow, well done indeed ! I have never seen any article that I have edited more than a couple of times, ever reach such dizzy heights. In the circumstances a little mild bragging is both allowable, and fully understandable. I will have to remember to keep my eyes open on the 18th !
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 22:40, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
I remembered to look, and there it is. Bravo! - Derek R Bullamore (talk) 11:06, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Precious[edit]

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added reference and minor clean-up
Thank you, elephant, for quality articles on musicians such as Reneé Austin, for for tirelessly improving the project with "Added reference and minor clean-up" and Added info box and references, for polite warnings and missing, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:55, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

Thank you - very kind. - Derek R Bullamore (talk) 10:18, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

Need you help on something[edit]

Dear Derek R Bullamore,

Thank for reading my message. You recently made an edit to the Fresh Kid Ice Page. Which was appreciated since I created this page and your edit was constructive. A user put this page for deletion and I have week to gather enough votes to keep it. I am writing you to vote to keep since you made a nice edit, and have done nice edits on other pages I think you wouldn't have done an edit to a page you find bogus. Please vote to keep the Fresh Kid Ice page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Fresh_Kid_Ice_(2nd_nomination)

Kind Regards

Filmman3000 (talk) 00:41, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, but having looked at the validity of the article rather than, as before, simply improving the reference formatting, then I find little evidence for its retention. However, I am not a deletionist, and therefore will not post these thoughts at the deletion discussion page. Regards,
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 12:16, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Suzette Charles[edit]

Hi Derek. Could you check to see if the British record label and chart info is correct on the Suzette Charles article? There was quite a bit of vandalism on her page and I tried to fix as much as I could. Thanks. Caden cool 18:31, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Hello, Caden. The information in the article is mainly correct, as per British Hit Singles & Albums. "Free To Love Again" was released in the UK on RCA Records, which I believe in 1993 was part of BMG. OK ?
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 21:16, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
Okay thanks :) Caden cool 21:31, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Your edits[edit]

You do a great deal of very good work, cleaning up articles and general maintenance. But please be careful when ascribing nationalities to BLP subjects where that nationality is not clear, e.g. Andy Silvester might be English, but then he might not be. Let's not guess. Keff Ratcliffe is as likely to be Welsh as English [1], so I'm just wondering why you decided he was English. If in doubt, "British" is the solution. Also note that nationalities are not normally wikilinked. Cheers, Bretonbanquet (talk) 23:43, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

In both instances the category listings showed English - so I am simply following what others have ascribed there as nationalities. It may be right or wrong, but it is at least consistent throughout the article. Do not get me started on Scottish being Scottish, etc., but the English are always British !
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 23:52, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
Probably best not to do that then, as categories are plainly not a reliable source. No, I agree with you about the whole "Scottish being Scottish and the English being British" thing, and I've changed Ratcliffe to British. But some people labour under the impression that all British people are English and that they're interchangeable terms. I'd rather be inconsistent than just take random stabs at nationality, and the odds are very high that "British" is accurate, whereas "English", "Welsh" etc may be completely wrong. Bretonbanquet (talk) 00:01, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Lynsey de Paul[edit]

The usual arguments over birth year. Any thoughts? Ghmyrtle (talk) 11:30, 11 October 2014 (UTC)

I think the way that you have represented it in the article is the best solution. The infobox needs both dates citing too - not too sure what to do about the 'categories' though ! I am fairly certain the earlier date is correct - but it is odd that so many 'reliable sources' have stated 1950 (or at least, age 64 at her death). Presumably her death certificate, once publically available, will show the correct details.
Put it about a bit, did old Lynsey, if you catch my drift. No, honestly.
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 15:11, 11 October 2014 (UTC)
Put the false birth details about a bit, I assume you mean (?). I presume that the press used old bios where she gave the wrong year, and didn't check. Ghmyrtle (talk) 16:37, 11 October 2014 (UTC)

If the Spurs article is of interest[edit]

…have a look at today's edits, particularly to the history section. Corrected defeat of French chivalry (!) to cavalry, restructured, and added nice 15th century Italian knight's spur image. See what you think. Not my thing, but stopped to glean some research information. 71.239.87.100 (talk) 16:19, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

Not really my area of interest at all to be honest with you, and my sole contribution was the improving of references. However, it looks better than it did - of course, what the article really needs almost throughout is more, and better, referencing. Best wishes,
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 16:34, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

Bobby J Watson Rufus[edit]

Mr. Bullamore,

I noticed your concentration is on music...and with that stated...I would like to ask - there is a gentleman named Todd Felderstein, who is attempting to publish an article on Bobby Watson, which has been rejected twice.

I am attempting to talk him through what I feel is helpful information so as to get this wiki article done. If...my suggestions do not bring it to fruition, would you be kind enough to consider doing an article on this artist (his fellow band members have articles written on them - some of them) and Watson, seems to have done things outside of "just being Rufus" base player.

I contacted you, because I saw your addition to the Rufus article regarding the work Watson has done with Angela and Janet Jackson...it made me feel you would be the perfect person to get some assistance from.

Thank you for your time,

Respectfully... MJ aka

poekneegurl99.167.80.8 (talk) 20:51, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

Hello, MJ. I am normally more than happy to help fellow editors. Can I ask one or two questions. Why is Todd Felderstein, rather than you, trying to get a new article on Wikipedia for this bass player and record producer ? I presume you are sort of working together, but you are not too clear. Secondly, why have the previous articles been 'rejected' ? Thirdly, have either of you looked at the notability guidelines ? Also, one factor that is often critical in promoting a proposed article towards Wikipedia acceptance is the question of verifiability, and the insistence of supplying reliable sources.
Sorry if I am teaching grandmother to suck eggs, but the Wikipedia guidance notes can often greatly help those who are relatively new to the Wikipedia experience. At the present time, I would rather coach someone else through the due processes, rather than tackle the subject matter myself. Either way, feel free to come back to me on this topic.
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 21:25, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

George Pajon Entry[edit]

Hello Derek R Bullamore! Thanks for your contribution on the George Pajon wiki entry. Someone by the handle LuckyLouie desires to have that page deleted. Could you add your opinion please? --HafizHanif (talk) 20:13, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Hello, I am somewhat busy elsewhere at present, but if you can take a bit of friendly advice, then can I suggest that you define how Pajon qualifies, against the criteria set out under WP:Band and/or WP:COMPOSER, on the 'Articles for deletion' talk page. I feel this would strengthen your stance, and give something very specific for his 'notability' to be assessed against. It might also be useful if you could provide independent reliable sources, relating to his TV and film music credits (ideally something better, and more reliable, than IMDb). I wish you well - I am sure you already have a strong case.
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 20:57, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Another one?[edit]

Over to you? Ghmyrtle (talk) 12:45, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

I had a fairly brief look at him when his death was announced (never heard of him before that), and concluded that Washington's overall 'presence' was fragile at best. That obituary contains more info about Washington than I unearthed, but to be honest with you I still feel more than nervous about his notability. I think I will pass.
By the way, did you get a chance to look at this ?
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 13:03, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
Looks OK to me. I'm mostly tied up off-wiki with funerals, solicitors, etc., at the moment, so apologies for not replying. Ghmyrtle (talk) 13:34, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Do not remove reference info[edit]

When tagging a dead link as such, it is important to keep the information so it can be found wherever it has moved. --NE2 23:00, 6 December 2014 (UTC)

I don't understand[edit]

I don't understand this edit. The reference is a raw dead link - there is nothing there. There's no clue if and where it moved to. Why would you remove the unreferenced tag? The Dissident Aggressor 19:46, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

Unless I am missing something, I marked the dead link as a 'dead link', and thus included the {BLP unreferenced} tag. Is that not correct ? - Derek R Bullamore (talk) 20:09, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
Uh. yeah. Did I mention I didn't understand.  :) Thanks for cluing me in. The Dissident Aggressor 21:50, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
No problem. All's well that ends well. - Derek R Bullamore (talk) 21:55, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

Article re Ranveer Brar[edit]

Hello Derek R Bullamore...re my article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranveer_Brar , which I understand had some neutrality issues w.r.t its tone; I have made quite a few changes in the wording and tone today, as best I could. Request if this could be re-reviewed. Coolkrc (talk) 08:57, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Hello Coolkrc. You have done a good job. I have made some further revisions to the wording of the Ranveer Brar article, resulting in the removal of the {POV} tag. The article would benefit further by incorporating some of the existing external links into proper in-line citations. Regards,
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 10:48, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
Derek R Bullamore Thanks a ton for looking at this...The External links are actually additional reads...so not sure where to add them into the article...cant they be left as is..like the bibliography section at the end of books...Coolkrc (talk) 12:01, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
Mmmm... possibly. It is worth having a look at the editing guidelines at Wikipedia:External links, in particular WP:ELNO.
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 14:23, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
I have removed most links now and incorporated a couple within the article as refs where relevant, could you take a look now and let me know please? TIA Coolkrc (talk) 16:22, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
Yes, much better. Well done. I have removed the tag. It is worth remembering the lessons you have learned here, for any future work you may be considering. Happy editing.
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 16:36, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
Thanks very much for your help Derek. Coolkrc (talk) 05:48, 17 December 2014 (UTC)