User talk:John of Reading

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2014 FIFA World Cup editnotices[edit]

Hi John of Reading. At the 2014 FIFA World Cup editnotices TfD discussion, you listed the "more complex" templates as:

Template:Editnotices/Page/2014 FIFA World Cup disciplinary record,
Template:Editnotices/Page/2014 FIFA World Cup disciplinary record (again) and
Template:Editnotices/Page/2014 FIFA World Cup statistics.

I'm wondering if perhaps you meant:

Template:Editnotices/Page/2014 FIFA World Cup disciplinary record,
Template:Editnotices/Page/Template:2014 FIFA World Cup stadium statistics and
Template:Editnotices/Page/2014 FIFA World Cup statistics?

I also notice that Template:Editnotices/Page/2014 FIFA World Cup squads is slightly different to the other editnotices, so I wonder if it might be worth adding that one to the list. Regards. DH85868993 (talk) 12:18, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

Yes, I got that wrong, thanks. The three I intended to list are about 5 kilobytes each, so seemed worth saving. -- John of Reading (talk) 12:25, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

Recovering a post[edit]

Hi John, I'm trying to recover my previous post. I see the message where you said that you have restored it. I'm having trouble finding the talk page. Thanks NukefieNukefie (talk) 13:07, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

@Nukefie: The text you posted at Portal talk:Biography/Intro is still available in the "page history". You can access it by following this link. But please don't post it anywhere at Wikipedia; as I and others have noted on your talk page, this text is way too promotional to be posted here. Perhaps have a look at Wikipedia:Alternative outlets, a list of other websites that you might be able to use for promoting your career. -- John of Reading (talk) 14:45, 14 September 2014 (UTC)


Portal_talk:Business_and_economics#Bot_malfunctionLbertolotti (talk) 14:18, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

I've replied there. I am watching that page, so will see any comments you add there. -- John of Reading (talk) 14:59, 14 September 2014 (UTC)


Thanks. I'm (finally) back. —Steve Summit (talk) 15:18, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Welcome back! -- John of Reading (talk) 16:20, 15 September 2014 (UTC)


What do you know about the Karvina Corporation? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:46, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Nothing at all. What prompted you to ask? -- John of Reading (talk) 06:01, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

You edited the page of a city with the name karvina and i am curious if the karvina corp. Has ties to it.

Oh yes, the Karviná article. I just fixed a grammar error there; that's what I do at Wikipedia, find and fix spelling and grammar errors in hundreds of articles.
I've had a quick look with Google and can't see any connection between the town and the games company. I assume you've tried that already. -- John of Reading (talk) 06:25, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Copyeditor Barnstar Hires.png The Copyeditor's Barnstar
Thank you for your work on the Distortion Mirrors page! Kingslove2013 (talk) 18:27, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for noticing! -- John of Reading (talk) 20:56, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Football editnotices[edit]

Hi John of Reading. Thanks for actioning my edit requests on those football editnotices. FYI, many of the templates contain {{REVISIONUSER}}, so they now say "Attention, John of Reading". I just thought I'd let you know in case you wanted to edit them again to remove your username. But if you're happy to leave them as they are, that's fine. Regards. DH85868993 (talk) 09:52, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Not a problem. This "magic word" was once useful in edit notices, but the behind-the-scenes software has changed and it is now useless. -- John of Reading (talk) 10:47, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you[edit]

Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar.png The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
For this. Kingsindian (talk) 17:56, 20 September 2014 (UTC)
@Kingsindian: Thank you! There may well be easier ways to solve your problem, but AWB is the tool I am most familiar with. "To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail" -- John of Reading (talk) 18:22, 20 September 2014 (UTC)


Yes, I decided on further reflection to unblock. But if the user wants to stay they should make very clear that it's a name on their user page. Daniel Case (talk) 17:48, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

@Daniel Case: Thanks for unblocking. I doubt if we'll hear much from this user, though. -- John of Reading (talk) 18:15, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikipedia![edit]

<<<huge welcome template removed>>>

@Good userz: Thank you! Actually I've been here for a while now, but it's good to be reminded of all these useful links. I hope you enjoy settling in. -- John of Reading (talk) 19:36, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

Deleting an article by turning it into a redirect[edit]


The Sibot article is a pretty poorly written article about a DJ in South Africa and the Șibot article is very short article about commune in Romania. Was there a discussion about this article that I missed? RevelationDirect (talk) 12:47, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

@RevelationDirect: No, it just turned up on one of my spelling lists, and I stopped to look at it instead of fixing the spellings. The text about the DJ is a copyright violation of the stated source, so it had to go. I chose to restore the redirect myself, leaving the DJ article in the page history. A different approach would be to restore the article, tag it for speedy deletion, and then recreate the redirect with a clean history. -- John of Reading (talk) 13:14, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
Speedy deletion and then reclaiming the redirect probably would have been the right sequence, but it all ends up the same in the end. Can't believe that the poorly written DJ article wasn't at least original! RevelationDirect (talk) 01:09, 1 October 2014 (UTC)