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Thanks for the thanks[edit]

Although I can see your message on the edit history of my talk page for some reason I can't see it on the talk page itself. Thanks for the thanks, and thanks for all your hard work too. It's my birthday today and although I always work I am not that self-centred I might have a little bit of fun. I do take Wikipedia very seriously but occasionally I take a light tone or throw in an odd anecdote just to stop people getting far too grumpy for what should be an enjoyable hobby. The articles should be serious but the talk should be friendly: that's my general approach. I see your hard work too and thank you for it: of course we will not always agree but that is why there is a discussion. Si Trew (talk) 00:13, 12 April 2014 (UTC)


Congratulations on the birth of your son. Regards, -- Ohc ¡digame! 01:51, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks mate. He is nearly two months old and all is well. What a ride! John Vandenberg (chat)
My congratulations as well. No wonder you are on Wikipedia so much, must be keeping you up at nights! Si Trew (talk) 03:29, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Edit filter manager?[edit]

Yo, John Vandenberg, I saw that you gave SimonTrew edit filter manager. Isn't that a bit bigger a deal as far as permissions go? Reading Wikipedia:Edit filter makes it seem like it's a pretty sensitive right; certainly a lot bigger a deal than rollback; it says that there has to be a period of discussion before it can be granted, that it needs to be granted only for explicit needs, etc etc. Anyway, I'm not really the type to make a big fuss over this or whatever, but maybe it's not a good right to be giving out when people haven't even asked for it? Writ Keeper  05:27, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Yea, I've removed it. I must have clicked the wrong thing when giving out rollback. John Vandenberg (chat) 06:32, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
Ah, okay, thanks! Not that I think he would abuse it or anything, but the forms must be obeyed. Writ Keeper  01:05, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
@Writ Keeper: Oh, on my talk page I suggested to JV it should be removed, I have no idea what it even is. I don't know if you or JV are admins, but I do not want to be an admin. I am a gnome. I just created the stub Black & Decker Workmate and will add a pic when it gets light (the birdies are awake and the cat is in so can't be long yet) I am using mine as my garden table in the absence of anything better also rather handy for working in the house and is a bit dirty with paint and my hole saw and stuff so it probably will make an apt piccy, you don't want one looking too new. Si Trew (talk) 03:12, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:Uc-logo.png[edit]


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DYK nomination of Australian Renewable Energy Agency[edit]

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Rich Farmbrough case clarified[edit]

The arbitration clarification request, either involving you, or in which you participated (Rich Farmbrough) has resulted in a clarification motion by the Arbitration Committee

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Template:Did you know nominations/Theodore Katsanevas[edit]

Hello John, the time this nomination is taking is truly ridiculous, any idea on how to unstuck it? It seems any editor is allowed to boycott a nomination by replacing a sourced hook proposal with a piece of original research which will then be rejected. --Nemo 08:27, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

Adding: the next thing going to happen is that the review will be questioned because the reviewer is "defined a disgrace". Remember, ALT7 is approved, someone could simply confirm that, - I could be construed as involved (I wasn't), otherwise I would do it, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:18, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

On mobile & travelling atm so I cant do much. I suggest a new hook something like: that greek judge ... has ordered that a phrase in the Greek Wikipedia biography of Theodore K... be removed. John Vandenberg (chat) 10:47, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

Sounds good. Source? (I really was not involved.) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:54, 22 April 2014 (UTC)
the judge may have ordered the article deleted. John Vandenberg (chat) 11:16, 22 April 2014 (UTC)
thank you, done --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:14, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

OER inquiry[edit]

Hi John Vandenberg, I'm sending you this message because you're one of about 300 users who have recently edited an article in the umbrella category of open educational resources (OER) (or open education). In evaluating several projects we've been working on (e.g. the WIKISOO course and WikiProject Open), my colleague Pete Forsyth and I have wondered who chooses to edit OER-related articles and why. Regardless of whether you've taken the WIKISOO course yourself - and/or never even heard the term OER before - we'd be extremely grateful for your participation in this brief, anonymous survey before 27 April. No personal data is being collected. If you have any ideas or questions, please get in touch. My talk page awaits. Thanks for your support! - Sara FB (talk) 20:43, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

Has this been approved by the meta:Research Committee ? John Vandenberg (chat) 08:33, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

Some advice[edit]

Don't you know that philately will get you nowhere? [1] EEng (talk) 21:14, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Australian Renewable Energy Agency[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 00:02, 28 April 2014 (UTC)


I see the discussion was closed as "no consensus". T:WPMHA would work for me; does that work better for you? - Dank (push to talk) 17:13, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

That would address the main issue I raised at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2014 April 22#T:WPMA. Thanks. John Vandenberg (chat) 22:27, 29 April 2014 (UTC)
Done, with a note at the link you just gave. - Dank (push to talk) 22:45, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

Proposed wikis[edit]

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Hello there. This is to say thank you for your support for NonFreeWiki; it is much appreciated. Green Giant supports NonFreeWiki (talk) 12:54, 1 May 2014 (UTC)

Mera Tera Rishta Purana[edit]

Can you move this Mera Tera Rishta Purana article history in Ye Hai Mohabbatein? Actually this article's title has been changed. (talk) 15:31, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done John Vandenberg (chat) 15:54, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

Formal mediation has been requested[edit]

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Request for mediation rejected[edit]

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Vera Charles[edit]

Thanks for more correct information on her, including a great photo. MerielGJones (talk) 21:28, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

And thanks MerielGJones for cropping that photo and heavily revising the article. It is looking much better now. John Vandenberg (chat) 10:29, 27 July 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) 06:47, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:CAULmed.png[edit]


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Non-free rationale for File:Sharpville-massacre.jpg[edit]

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User:Stefan2, this file had a FUR, but it was removed by user:Sfan00 IMG because at the time the PD-ZA tag was consider sufficient. Now that URAA is being tackled, it would make sense to check the history of images for similar FUR removals before templating images which were uploaded to English Wikipedia in 2007, which means they have been subject to many non-free reviews already. John Vandenberg (chat) 06:18, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
Per WP:NFC#UUI §7, that FUR doesn't address WP:NFCC#2 correctly. Therefore, just reinstating the old FUR is no option, as that FUR is insufficient. --Stefan2 (talk) 11:20, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
Sorry but this situation is contrary to the policies you quote. The image I uploaded is an edition published long ago and of much lower quality - the commercial value of the photograph is not diminished by this low res, low quality edition of a image that is not replaceable for the massacre article - I see it is also on another article, and I have no opinion on its utility there. John Vandenberg (chat) 12:36, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
Per WP:NFC#UUI §7, photos from press and photo agencies may not be used unless there is sourced critical discussion about the photo itself. This one is sourced to three different agencies. WP:NFC#UUI §7 does not say anything about the age of the photo. I am not sure why you are bringing WP:NFCC#1 in; WP:NFC#UUI §7 is only about WP:NFCC#2, and WP:NFCC#2 needs to be satisfied independently of WP:NFCC#1. --Stefan2 (talk) 13:40, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

So you are alive[edit]

In your absence I've been making friends and influencing people [2]. Hope all is well. EEng (talk) 06:22, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

Disputed non-free use rationale for File:Sharpville-massacre.jpg[edit]

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IPC European Swimming Championships[edit]

Hi John, I may be wandering over to the wrong person but I'm going to try to focus on the article 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships this summer. Do you know if there are any attempts to grab some photos of this event. It would be great if we could have a Wikipedian from Eindhoven just to take a shot of the stadium with the logo, but it would be better to get some actual athlete shots. Any advice on this would be appreciated. FruitMonkey (talk) 23:37, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

G'day FruitMonkey. You're wandering in the roughly the right direction, but I can only try to refer you on, as Australia wont be going to that event. Probably the best people to ask are Wikimedia Netherlands, and I am guessing from wmnl:Contact/wmnl:Bestuur that user:Ronn is the best person to speak to. John Vandenberg (chat) 10:23, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
Someone else to talk to is User:Effeietsanders, and/or try to email photographers in Category:Wikipedians in the Netherlands and c:Category:Wikipedians in the Netherlands. John Vandenberg (chat) 10:40, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
I suggest you try nl:Wikipedia:Afbeelding_gewenst, the requests for images page. Poke User:FruitMonkey. effeietsanders 19:24, 3 August 2014 (UTC)


Are you going? --Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs · email) 11:24, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Not this time for me. Are you? John Vandenberg (chat) 12:09, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
Yep. And catching up with relatives. Mostly the latter - but I'm hoping to meet up with a couple of Wikipedia critics, too. (I'm just deciding what to pack Face-smile.svg). --Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs · email) 12:25, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

About the Superprotects rights[edit]

Hi John, I hope you and your people are doing fine. I've just read what is going on about the Superprotects rights on WO and then in Meta, and I thought my idea might be of some interest. I don't know if there can be a solution fighting against this kind of abusive position (which is not uncommon unfortunately...) but well you know the Catalan page/petition created in Meta (] was probably helpful in the creation of thorgs (there were also tags showing users' support), and then the Catalan thorg. Therefore, creating a page of people opposed to the Superprotects rights could act as some kind of pressure on Wikimedia, having people there gradually showing their discontent in a similar fashion. If you should need some help in translating and reaching other wikipedias if you should ever decide to do it, just let me know, I'll be glad to help! Take care and I wish you and your family a wonderful summertime! Claudi/Capsot (talk) 14:42, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

G'day Claudi, I am hoping this ends with WMF backing down, which they eventually did for meta:Community Logo/Reclaim the Logo. I hope the meta RFC provides a forum for discussions that allow the WMF to see how this will lead to losses of their volunteer workforce, and probably credible forks arising. I'll give the WMF board a few months to rectify this, as we did last time; if they don't, we'll need to get a bunch of the community together to design and build a better mouse trap. John Vandenberg (chat) 15:43, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
Man, you're really optimistic, I hope you'll prove right! I tend to think that time usually plays against the ones who don't have the power: they get more divided, discuss a lot, some get tired, don't care anymore or get busy with new problems... but well let's hope some people in the Foundation will realize they will have more losses than gains if this thing goes on... Good luck! Wish you all the best! Claudi/Capsot (talk) 18:26, 11 August 2014 (UTC)