User talk:Gerda Arendt

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Did you know ... that the Easter egg tree (pictured) in Saalfeld, Thuringia, was decorated with 10,000 Easter eggs in 2012? (19 April 2012)


Saturday in St. Martin, Idstein

Sunday in St. Bonifatius, Wiesbaden

Did you know ... that Bach created an "operatic scene" in his cantata Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67, with Jesus serenely repeating "Peace be with you" against the raging of the enemies?

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Hello, Gerda Arendt, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Unfortunately, one or more of the pages you created, like Graham Waterhouse, may not conform to some of Wikipedia's guidelines for page creation, and may soon be deleted. ... Again, welcome! Hell In A Bucket (talk) 13:39, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

Go Gerda Girl[edit]

You do great work and I love it! Don't let Tony get to you. Ihre Arbeit ist grossartig. Weiter schreiben, eien lange Zeit. PS, I really liked the article about the church the communists blew up. BarkingMoon (talk) 11:50, 19 June 2011 (UTC) Sehr geehrte Gerda, I have a watch on your page since a few weeks ago. I approved and moved 167 to holding for June 24.BarkingMoon (talk) 12:11, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

Thank you! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:13, 19 June 2011 (UTC)
Keine Problem. Koennen Sie ueberpruefen DYK Noel F. Parrish? Danke. BarkingMoon (talk) 12:14, 19 June 2011 (UTC)
Later, yes, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:24, 19 June 2011 (UTC)
See my talk page. Thanks so much! BarkingMoon (talk) 11:13, 20 June 2011 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg On 30 December 2011 the article became a GA, thanks to Ched, PumpkinSky and MathewTownsend, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:40, 31 December 2011 (UTC)

Flowers and sapphires[edit]

nice edit notice ;)[edit]

A Halloween present from Wikipediocracy on my eighth anniversary. Best wishes. Mads Lange (talk) 09:28, 31 October 2012 (UTC)

free popcorn

'tis the season

nice comment, peace maker - I pass free treats today, Reformation, even the Bach cantata got a pumpkin + I like sharing, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:32, 31 October 2012 (UTC)
peace GA ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:44, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

Some baklava for you![edit]

Baklava - Turkish special, 80-ply.JPEG I'm not by there very often, but today I saw the recent kerfluffle at AN/I and thought you could use some sweets. Lest you think this is all selfless, though, I brought a second fork. Care to split it? -- Khazar2 (talk) 02:33, 20 June 2013 (UTC)

Thank you, sweet of you, - I would share with Andy first if his doctors allow. Day by day I hope the thread autoarchives (havn't looked today), - I am sure his doctors allow no stress ;) . Did you see the list of 18 discussions "drowning" a project? - Everybody who takes an unbiased look is welcome to share the baklava! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:58, 20 June 2013 (UTC)

Infobox request[edit]

Work your magic, if you have a few minutes: A Song for Simeon.--ColonelHenry (talk) 23:55, 24 October 2013 (UTC)

Done. Did you know that Simeon is among my images? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:41, 25 October 2013 (UTC)

Infoboxes clarification request archived[edit]

Hi Gerda, the infoboxes clarification request in which you were named as a party has been closed and archived. The Committee clarified that acting on behalf of a restricted user to breach a restriction is WP:PROXYING and so is not permitted. For the Arbitration Committee, Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 00:39, 30 October 2013 (UTC) ──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── WP:PROXYING, which is a policy says "Wikipedians in turn are not permitted to post or edit material at the direction of a banned editor (sometimes called proxy editing or proxying) unless they are able to show that the changes are either verifiable or productive and they have independent reasons for making such edits" (my emphasis). Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:38, 30 October 2013 (UTC)

DYK for Jahrhundertring[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 17:17, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

Really glad to see this cultural milestone make it into the encyclopedia and onto the front page too. Well done! (talk) 03:19, 7 November 2013 (UTC)

Thank you, see my memories :) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:51, 7 November 2013 (UTC)

nothing secret here[edit]

Hello Gerda, nice to meet you. Are you really the Notorious Infoboxen WikiCriminal that has been terrorizing the music articles?  :-)   As you can see from my first posting on AGK's talkpage, up above the duromac thing, I am *also* a notorious wikiCriminal. Or at least, notoriously silly (AGK blocked me -- then later unblocked me -- when they mistook one of my not-all-that-funny jokes over on the Bishzilla talkpage).

We get literally 1000 new editors every month! Problem is, we lose 1050 editors, every month; that *must* stop. Thanks for listening, and thanks for improving wikipedia. p.s. Upgrades,[5] unofficial tutorial,[6] and the 'official' helpdocs,[7] too. (talk) 13:21, 18 November 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for sharing elucidation! The infobox story goes back to 2005, did you know? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:39, 21 November 2013 (UTC)


Thank you for your cogent arguments on infoboxes for all biographies, so the "look and feel" of Wikipedia extends to all people. The arguments against them for certain classes of people is just silly. I love the way you have collected their specious arguments. --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 23:55, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

Thank you, it's nice to feel understood ;) - did you vote? - here's another collection of arguments, the candidates speaking for themselves, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 00:02, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks again![edit]

Thanks much, Gerda, for the reprise of your award. It's refreshing and encouraging to encounter some kindness amidst the bellicosity, irrationality, and bigotry that I frequently encounter. TimidGuy (talk) 12:02, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Hope is precious and great joy is found in living[edit]

Thank you for the sapphire—cornflower blue is a color of some significance to me. In the maelstrom that Wikipedia can sometimes be, remember these words from Ode to Joy:

   Wem der große Wurf gelungen,
   Eines Freundes Freund zu sein,
   Wer ein holdes Weib errungen,
   Mische seinen Jubel ein!
   Ja, wer auch nur eine Seele
   Sein nennt auf dem Erdenrund!
   Und wer's nie gekonnt, der stehle
   Weinend sich aus diesem Bund! 

Walk lightly and remain yourself, above the fray. StaniStani  09:20, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

Thank you, it helps to open my shop again. - I sang the words last year, here, helping. The blue colour is also of significance to me. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:28, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
shop open --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:43, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Yay  :-)     — (talk) 03:16, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Your efforts in creating and translating articles, here and elsewhere, is greatly appreciated. Thank you Gerda. Drmies (talk) 20:47, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Both a flower and a sapphire....
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Your efforts in creating and translating articles, here and elsewhere, are greatly appreciated. Hafspajen (talk) 20:52, 21 January 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, both, you excellent writing team, - guess what, I even started attacked a Magnificat today, or should I say four? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:37, 21 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Magnificat, Magnificat, Magnificat, anima mea Dominum, Magnificat Magnificat Magnificat anima mea! Hafspajen (talk) 00:53, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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To you, Gerda Arendt, for your unswerving dedication to improving this wonderful free encyclopedia, and for encouraging clear thinking among your fellow editors. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 07:39, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
"encouraging clear thinking", - I am actually crying now, thank you. - It will go in the selection "blushing", above. I remember winning an argument by "facts and myth", that was two years ago. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:46, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
Well, you definitely make me think, and your comments restrain my tendencies to rush to judgment. And restraint is something worthy to be cultivated, don't you think? Cullen328 Let's discuss it 08:12, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
I keep trying to encourage clear thinking (without having been able to word it that well), - Eric is someone who didn't need that ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:33, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Kitten in a helmet.jpg

Thank you Gerda for your continued kindness and support. You are a super-duper Wikipedian and I'm proud to be working beside you!

KeithbobTalk 22:04, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

My pleasure! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:34, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

The 100 DYK Nomination Medal[edit]

Dyk100N.svg The One Hundred DYK Nomination Medal
Gerda, to mark this new milestone. "Light as a flight of tumbling birds was the dipping and soaring of her syllables." Moonraker (talk) 00:06, 1 March 2014 (UTC)
Congratulations, Gerda! Chris Troutman (talk) 01:36, 1 March 2014 (UTC)
HOORAY! Way to go! Montanabw(talk) 03:47, 1 March 2014 (UTC)
thank you, in light flight, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:19, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

Well done!♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:04, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

Congratulations. Oh, my gosh. You were really working. I think I am at my 5th... Hafspajen (talk) 12:25, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
I think you read that wrong, it's for nominations for others, something I am really proud of ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:31, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
No, I meant what i said smile Hafspajen (talk) 12:49, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
You meant you are at your 5th nomination for someone else? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:51, 2 March 2014 (UTC)

Cannot find your musician[edit]

DYK for Ewa Ziarek[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 16:03, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

FA congratulations[edit]

Structure of compositions[edit]

The one thing I learned on Wikipedia was patience ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 00:24, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Thank you! A gift from fellow Wikipedians.[edit]

You have been selected to receive a merchandise giveaway. We last contacted you on 3/19/14. Please send us a message if you would like to claim your shirt. --JMatthews (WMF) (talk) 07:00, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

Thank you I was too busy with content, and will politely decline on your talk, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:11, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for your efforts![edit]

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Your name came up on a Wikipediocracy thread about solid content writers who don't get the credit they deserve and I just wanted to drop by and do a little of that. Thanks for your work on behalf of The Project! Carrite (talk) 15:28, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
Interesting, - I thought I got all the credit that I deserve, from infoboxes criminal and battlefield warrior to angel and excellence (just open "blushing" above). But thank you! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:33, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Neue Deutsche Härte[edit]

Is this To romantic?[edit]

Come back to tell you I always keep your image at my art. BracketBot
Without a hard heart, you can't survive here. Do you know why the men leave and the women, left behind, have to do the work, in the name of a better women/men ratio? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:08, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
HM, like women... User:BracketBot informs.BracketBot (talk) 20:28, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
HM? Her majesty? Humble minister? Honest musician? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:19, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
  • User:BracketBot informs you: I like you best. I'll' be back for your Jägermeister soon. .BracketBot (talk) 20:28, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
thank you for that important message (trying to stay serious) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:03, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
Lovely image. I tried also. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:22, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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A barnstar in appreciation of all the work you do to keep Did you know matters on track in Wikipedia. Keep up the good work! NorthAmerica1000 10:32, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. - Dear watchers: the two articles mentioned on top - songs for the dying, in memory - still need a review, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:44, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Thank You![edit]

It was incredibly cool to wake up and discover your message this morning. I'm honored. It can feel pretty lonely around here - thank you for making Wikipedia friendly today. You rule. All the best to you! Julie JSFarman (talk) 18:55, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

You are welcome to come over anytime you feel lonely! I miss many people, dead and alive, but never felt lonely, - this is saying thank you to all the watchers who make it so! Returning from rehearsal, Wer hat dich so geschlagen and Ave verum corpus, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:18, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi again![edit]

Hi Gerda!! Greetings again. I was thinking about DYK the other day and realized I had another article in the works at the time of the Josiah Gregg dustup. I pulled out the files and spent some time upgrading Nancy Kelsey's page. Do you think that is enough added material for DYK? I ran the DYK check on it and I think I confused it somehow (or myself). It is not telling me if it is long enough or not. I was really careful about paraphrasing but again I'm up against the same problem for an editor working in old history - few sources and most of them are written pretty much the shortest possible way to tell the story. So I was careful not to paraphrase the source I was using - but I have no way to know if some other source changed it all around the same way I did! Your comments and suggestions would be most gratefully received along with your opinion if this is good enough for DYK. Thank you so much! Ellin Beltz (talk) 20:05, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

DYK check: it's fine, 5* expansion of today. Remove the stub classification and nominate, nothing to lose ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:35, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr[edit]

Thanks for improving the Wiki on Good Friday Victuallers (talk) 09:47, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

I do it with Passion ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:52, 18 April 2014 (UTC)


Thanks for the note - and great picture! DBaK (talk) 11:02, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

DYK for St John Passion structure[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 17:31, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

Excellent work, future FA, mark my words!!♦ Dr. Blofeld 20:00, 18 April 2014 (UTC)