User talk:John of Reading

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"it's own"[edit]

Is that in your rule set? Seems like a pretty safe heuristic. ~40 hits currently... also "you're own", "they're own" and "there own", but you'd have to be careful with that last one... Smile.gif --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 19:33, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the suggestions. "There own" is in the standard rule set, but I've added all four to my "to do" list. -- John of Reading (talk) 21:24, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Ah, that's where the master list is... thanks for the pointer. --jnkyrdsprkl (talk) 03:53, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Precious[edit]

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reading quality
Thank you, " harmless drudge", for fixing typos such as "the the" and "do do" from the master list (example pictured), helping reading quality, for assistance at the help desk, for articles such as Castle of Park and cathedral singing, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:48, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

Thank you, that's very encouraging! -- John of Reading (talk) 08:23, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

Spam or Malware[edit]

Hello John, thanks for your reply: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Help_desk&oldid=619145112#Malware_check

It has happened again: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Help_desk#Spam_or_Malware_Links.3F

I thought I'd mention it. Is the Help Desk the best place to report this sort of thing? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.114.247.150 (talk) 12:09, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

I've made a comment at the Help Desk. Yes, that's a good place to ask questions about Wikipedia; your comments will be seen by many experienced Wikipedia editors, some of them quite technically-minded. Keep an eye on this second report for a few days, just in case someone has any ideas. But if this second report doesn't trigger any good ideas, I suggest you stop there, as it's unlikely that a third report will achieve anything extra. Does that make sense? -- John of Reading (talk) 13:30, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Portal Business and economics[edit]

See if the P:BEP is better now.Lbertolotti (talk) 16:21, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

@Lbertolotti: Yes it is. Compiling 365 "on this day" subpages will be quite a challenge! -- John of Reading (talk) 16:31, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
Portal_talk:Business_and_economics#Page_layout: can you put the "Things you can do" between selected economy and topics? Doesn't make sense to put it at the bottom of the page.Lbertolotti (talk) 16:46, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
@Lbertolotti: Sorry, I disappeared on holiday for a week. I see that you've done this yourself. -- John of Reading (talk) 13:19, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Request for comment[edit]

As someone who has edited the article Asian American this year, I am seeking your input on a proposed change to remove a reference to epicanthic eyefolds. This topic has prompted discussion in 2009, 2010 and most recently in 2013.

There's a fine line between being WP:BOLD and subverting WP:CONSENSUS. Given the history of this topic, I'm hoping that a robust discussion, for the record, would improve the article whether this reference stays or goes. Ishu (talk) 13:45, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

@Ishu: No thanks, I just fixed a typo! I notice, though, that there are three non-free images in the infobox, which is three too many for this article. -- John of Reading (talk) 13:16, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Wiki for the greater good.[edit]

Hi john, I made some comments about redmarshall parish council, which I see you removed. I appreciate that the comments may seem irrelevant, but in fact redmarshall is a very disturbed community, primarily as a consequence of the activity of a small number of really mean old folks who centre themselves around the parish council. I added the comment in the faint hope that it may make those people think for a moment about the disruption they cause around the village. I'm not exaggerating when I say that people move away from the village as a consequence of the pc's behaviour, and if the wiki page can make them reconsider their behaviour then it would be a very positive step in addressing the issue. I'm asking you to leave the comments on next time please. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jturnbull1234 (talkcontribs) 10:01, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Redmarshall (edit|talk|history|protect|delete|links|watch|logs|views)
@Jturnbull1234: No, comments like that do not belong anywhere at Wikipedia. Wikipedia articles should only summarise what has been reported in "reliable sources" such as respected news outlets. Anything contentious about living people, such as your councilors, must be removed if it is not backed up by a reliable source - see the guidance at WP:BLPREMOVE. -- John of Reading (talk) 15:23, 28 August 2014 (UTC)