Randy says I should ask you. What if we find non-free images on Commons, that really should only be at en:Wiki? Is there a bot or a template that will move them out of Commons but retain the image elsewhere? Chris (クリス • フィッチュ) (talk) 02:20, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
I saw that you were the one to semi-protect that article. I've been engaged in this little edit war with these really stubborn and in my eyes deliberately unwilling user. Could you please judge a better version? This version  seems the best in my opinion. The talkpage also holds a small discussion. Got vexed (a lot) there, though. Thanks Mallerd (talk) 21:12, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
sorry to come to ask you something here for TestWiki, but there is no Steward activity there.
The request for my Steward status there is supposed be finished since 6 days, but I can't contact any Steward on talk page or IRC. Could you grant be the Steward rights please ? Or let a message on http://testwiki.unixpod.com/wiki/Test_Wiki:Requests_for_Permissions if you oppose (no Steward or Staff has vote) ?
message on my TP
Thanks for taking it out. That guy has been the bane of the Tambayan's existence since forever. Ranks right up there with Grawp and LOTRules, among others, in terms of being a jackass of a Wikipedian (sorry for the PA). Good day. --Eaglestorm (talk) 15:47, 24 June 2009 (UTC)
Hi Kanonkas, would you mind semiprotect for a long time my userpage?. I'm being harrased by an expelled editor at eswiki here. Thanks in advance, —df| 10:10, 26 June 2009 (UTC)
Dear Kanonkas -
I have reverted your removal of the weblink to Pope John's birthplace. It is a nice, relevant en non-commercial website. I can't see any good reason to remove it.. Kind regards, RJB-nl (talk) 19:02, 4 July 2009 (UTC)
PS. Thanks for your fight against spam.
IP ranges incorrectly marked as open proxies / bots?
Earlier I was using a (password protected) SSH tunnel through my Dreamhost account, so I could watch an episode a TV show streamed from its web site (for which I need a US IP address as it's geoprotected; I'm based in the UK). I went to edit an article not realising I was still going through the proxy, and I got this message:
Editing from 126.96.36.199/18 (your account, IP address, or IP address range) has been disabled by Kanonkas for the following reason(s): This IP address has been blocked because it is believed to be an open proxy or zombie computer.
Hi there Kanonkas, are you online? I recently uploaded (CC-BY from flickr). However, the author has indicated that she will be terminating her flickr account shortly, so it would be great if you could review the the image for me. Thanks, decltype (talk) 21:32, 28 July 2009 (UTC)
Reversal, James Hansen
I notice that you have removed a contribution on James Hansen that in includes a part made by me. You give no reason for this removal. Doing things this way is more in the line of childish behaviour than making a serious conttribution to Wikpedia. I suggest you give a good reason for removing this material or put it back how it was.--Damorbel (talk) 06:50, 29 July 2009 (UTC)
Thank you for your reply. Does this disruptive behaviour mean that the information is incorrect/unsuitable then? If so, 1/ Is this "disruptive" behaviour the subject of an administrative decision (link please) that requires the explicit removal of the contribution? 2/ Will I be part of the "disruptive" behaviour if I a) put it back, or b) paraphrase the item and make it my contribution? Kind regards. --Damorbel (talk) 15:48, 29 July 2009 (UTC)
"essentially treated as a banned user". I am interested in this statement, does it mean that you act against scibaby in the absence of an administrative decision, i.e without him being banned? Since you did not provide a link (see above), I suggest that you have no authority for your actions. I am sure you have the interests of Wikipedia at heart but surely this behaviour is against Wikipedia policy?--Damorbel (talk) 06:37, 31 July 2009 (UTC)
I know nothing of your claim about blocking. I asked for a link to the administrative decision to block him and you haven't provided one. The natural conclusion is that you don't have a link and you are otherwise unable to maintain your case, Wikipedia has too much unsupported material, this seems to be another example. By the way, having a POV is fully in accord with Wiki policy, it is unbalanced, not Neutral POV (WI:NPOV), a very good reason to restore the material on James Hansen.--Damorbel (talk) 19:37, 31 July 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the links. So your statement "Essentially treated as a banned user" misled me because he is in fact banned, which you could have said at the outset. I asked for them to help discover the history of this without scouring the whole of the Wikipedia administration (with which I am not familiar). I understand that you have some administrative function with Wikipedia and I asked for help. I now ask for more help; what is the basis for blocking "Global warming denialist claims"? I intend to restore some of the material about James Hansen deleted here  because it is very relevant for readers wanting to know about James Hansen, it shows that there is important disagreement about his Global Warming stance. Now as you wrote before "since I know at least a dozen editors will revert you on sight if that comes back in." would seem to mean that you or others will revert any contribution containing this factual material, would you please tell me, in your capacity of administrator, which part of Wikipedia policy authorises this kink of action?--Damorbel (talk) 06:54, 1 August 2009 (UTC)
Your explanation seems to admit that you are walking all over Wikipedia policy. James Hansen, giving Direct evidence to the Iowa Utilities Board said "If we cannot stop the building of more coal-fired power plants, those coal trains will be death trains — no less gruesome than if they were boxcars headed to crematoria" (p4, para.4) is clearly courting controversy and Wikipedia readers should be informed that not everything he says is part of a consensus. If you have a deletion battle with Scibaby that is to be resolved within the Wikipedia rules but you are including in your exclusion policy valid material about a deliberate controversialist and in the process demeaning to Wikipedia. Do tell me what, if any, criticism of Hansen you think has a place in the article and why you think all of the material from myself and Scibaby should be deleted.--Damorbel (talk) 18:16, 1 August 2009 (UTC)
Ten case backlog "waiting clerk approval"
You nominated the article on Megan Fox for GAN, so I'm letting you know that I have completed the GA review. There are several problems, most notably with references, so work is needed still to ensure that I don't eventually fail it. MasterOfHisOwnDomain (talk) 11:12, 3 August 2009 (UTC)
Interesting ports on 188.8.131.52: PORT STATE SERVICE 3128/tcp closed squid-http
Hi Kanonkas. There's an unblock request at User talk:184.108.40.206, which I think should be granted. I though I'd run it past you in case there's something I'm missing. -- zzuuzz (talk) 20:18, 2 October 2009 (UTC)
Can you make sure http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xusom.jpg is taken care of? One of the school officials accidentally released all rights to the school's logo, and I'm trying to get it cleaned up as quickly as possible.—Kww(talk) 05:08, 12 October 2009 (UTC)
Question about SPI Case
Here's the related arbitration case about User:Sbs108 where the user has been blocked on speculation with out evidence - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Enforcement#Sbs108.
I added swissmade-architecture.com as external link to the Herzog & de Meuron entry. I think that it is a very usefull supplementation. I do not understand why you removed the link though I studied the guidelines for external links. As for the quality of the website: it is the best h&dm gallery on the web and it is still evolving. If you have any issues with the main index page, I propose to link to http://www.swissmade-architecture.com/?seite=3 .
User on range 220.127.116.11/17 which you blocked...
Is requesting IPBE. However, they have a very sporadic contribution history, so it is hard to decide if they are part of the sockfarm you intended to catch, or are instead a genuine "collateral damage" to your block. Could you investigate and respond to User talk:Simonster to decide if he is the person you intended to block, or someone unrelated? Thanks! --Jayron32 06:20, 25 October 2009 (UTC)
Note about emdashes vs. endashes
I noticed that you added spaces on either side of the emdashes on the article Cornell University. Please note that according to the manual of style entry for emdashes, only one of two options should be used in these cases:
But one should never use the following in these cases:
(But NB: unspaced endashes are used in many other cases; see MOS:ENDASH)
I hope this clarifies why I removed the spacing you had added around the emdashes.
Invitation to participate in SecurePoll feedback and workshop
As you participated in the recent Audit Subcommittee election, or in one of two requests for comment that relate to the use of SecurePoll for elections on this project, you are invited to participate in the SecurePoll feedback and workshop. Your comments, suggestions and observations are welcome.
Hi Kanonkas, and thanks for your interest in igloo. Before using the program, please read the following information carefully - failure to do so may result in your test access being revoked.
igloo relies on a system called iglooNet to assist you in finding and reverting vandalism. It is this system that transforms the program from a pretty version of recent changes to an actual anti-vandalism tool. Naturally, this is beyond the power of a client-side program, and igloo will regularly communicate with an external, non-Wikimedia server. Because of things like server logs, and the iglooNet abuse tracker, this may allow your IP address to be attached to your username - something which is otherwise impossible on Wikipedia. If you do not want this to happen, you MUST NOT USE IGLOO.
If you decide that you do want to test igloo, please keep in mind that it not wholly stable, and you may experience problems where it performs an invalid edit, or other unwanted action. If this happens, fix any mistakes you've made, apologise to anyone you've offended, and let me know. I don't take any responsibility for your use of the program - if you aren't willing to fix any errors, don't use it.
igloo is already quite powerful. The following is a simple guide to using the program:
If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or other feedback, I'd love to know. If you hate it, and won't be using it again, please let me know why - and I'll remove you from the test whitelist. If you now try and use igloo, you should find that it will allow you to use the program. Thanks, and good luck! Ale_Jrbtalk 23:47, 24 November 2009 (UTC)
...is still trolling Jimbo's page. I don't know if a range block would be appropriate, maybe not by you (as this may be seen as adding to the dramah) but by another admin, I'm not familiar with range block requests, otherwise I'd put a request in somewhere on your behalf. Darrenhusted (talk) 14:13, 4 December 2009 (UTC)
Enjoy your Wikibreak
Hi Kanonkas, just dropping by to say that I hope you enjoy your wikibreak. I'm also glad to see that your momentary resignation as an admin wasn't permanent. Hope to see you back on Wikipedia soon, kindest regards, SpitfireTally-ho! 20:58, 22 January 2010 (UTC)
Does it seem right...
That the word Intrigue goes to that and only that page? Seems to me like a word that should have a lengthy page or at least one that points to several others: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Intrigue BillyTFried (talk) 22:16, 8 February 2010 (UTC)
Herbert Marshall (actor)
I believe you are interested in celebrities so was wondering if you can help me. I noticed it says on the actor Herbert Marshall's bio that his first wife was Mollie Maitland (1915-1928) but according to his army service record it gives her name as Hilda L Bosley though the year of marriage is the same. As Mollie was an actress it could be that Hilda was her real name and Mollie her stage name. I was just wondering if you can advise on how I can enter this on the site as I am a little confused by the whole editing thing. Also I would like to mention that Herbert's full name Herbert Brough Falcon Marshall) was not given on his service record but just plain Herbert Marshall which I am sure will be of interest to fans of the star.
Hi, I see you blocked this user http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Petersantos for abusing multiple accounts, could you tell me which are the other accounts and where the discussion regarding them took place, thanks. Off2riorob (talk) 15:01, 29 May 2010 (UTC)
Found it, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations/Petersantos/Archive ta. Off2riorob (talk) 15:15, 29 May 2010 (UTC)
Hi Can any user add semi protection (so only registered users can edit the article) or does it have to be admins? If it's just admins that can, would you be able to semi protect List of Eurovision Song Contest winners because there have been alot of IP address edits to the 2010 row created ready for the 2010 winner announcement. Thanks —Preceding unsigned comment added by Tomdresser27 (talk • contribs) 21:19, 29 May 2010 (UTC)
Vandalism on article again
Hi. I took her real name from the foreign language wikipedia articles. It already stated in the article that Eva Rivas was a stage name so I went through the other language versions to find out what her real name is. Technohead1980 (talk) 09:37, 9 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi, I am the new user αλεξανδροσ.I wil try to work nice and I will try to don't make mistakes and vanvalisns. Friendly, --¬¬¬¬. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Αλεξανδροσ (talk • contribs) 16:41, 14 July 2010 (UTC)
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Hi mate, was wondering if you could take a look at this. There's a guy repeatedly adding a table of "the counting", which I figure is fancruft and in the text already, plus is cited to a fictional book. -mattbuck (Talk) 12:08, 30 November 2010 (UTC)
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Earlier today, i tried to login and edit wikipedia on secure trough a public wifi network... I got blocked because of a /16 block you did in 2009.http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:BlockList&ip=18.104.22.168 It's not a open proxy buta public wifi provider.Thanks! --Zalgo (talk) 02:25, 8 February 2011 (UTC)
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–MuZemike 14:20, 7 July 2011 (UTC)
Request for IP block exemption
Hi Dear Kanonkas. Our (Me & My Bot) Ip address Blocked with You. We connect to Wikipedia project's with VPN , Because some wiki project's (like: commons, es@wiki) was blocked in Iran and We Can't see this project's with normal connection without VPN. Plz change our user rights to IP block exemption's user. If You need My VPN server's ip address I can send for you with email. sincerely:--Pesare amol (talk) 17:03, 16 August 2011 (UTC)
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Orphaned non-free image File:HSM 3 Poster.JPGFile:HSM 3 Poster.JPG. The image description page currently specifies that the image is non-free and may only be used on Wikipedia under a claim of fair use. However, the image is currently orphaned, meaning that it is not used in any articles on Wikipedia. If the image was previously in an article, please go to the article and see why it was removed. You may add it back if you think that that will be useful. However, please note that images for which a replacement could be created are not acceptable for use on Wikipedia (see our policy for non-free media).
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User talk:22.214.171.124 blocked proxy
Hello Kanonkas and welcome back. I am one of the many editors who watch Circumcision and I noticed you just blocked an IP who just edited the page because it was an open proxy. I have no issue with blocking open proxies if they are being disruptive but am curious what brought this to your attention and what you found disruptive about it? Garycompugeek (talk) 21:21, 16 January 2012 (UTC)
My name is Jonathan Obar user:Jaobar, I'm a professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University and a Teaching Fellow with the Wikimedia Foundation's Education Program. This semester I've been running a little experiment at MSU, a class where we teach students about becoming Wikipedia administrators. Not a lot is known about your community, and our students (who are fascinated by wiki-culture by the way!) want to learn how you do what you do, and why you do it. A while back I proposed this idea (the class) to the communityHERE, where it was met mainly with positive feedback. Anyhow, I'd like my students to speak with a few administrators to get a sense of admin experiences, training, motivations, likes, dislikes, etc. We were wondering if you'd be interested in speaking with one of our students.
If you have questions or concerns at any time, feel free to email me at email@example.com. I will be more than happy to speak with you.
Thanks in advance for your help. We have a lot to learn from you.
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working to get this biography into the wikipedia projects official page
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Flagg if you can take a look at it, much appreciated.....
i also worked on these pages for the galapagos,Wwikipedia projects of ecuador
cheers and have a great day!
Christina Aguilera-Minor Edits
I am getting very frustrated that I cannot change one single speck of information on this specific page. I am trying to change a single note on the Discography, that - and I am sure that you must know this, at least by now (I'm not trying to pick a fight, I just wish for you to consider making this change so that I needn't worry) - Christina has an album coming out later in the year, and I was trying to TBA so people who check this page will know to look for any upcoming information.
Abuse Filter on the Article Feedback Tool
Hey there :). You're being contacted because you're an edit filter manager, At the moment, we're developing Version 5 of the Article Feedback Tool, which you may or may not have heard about. If you haven't; for the first time, this will involve a free-text box where readers can submit comments :). Obviously, there's going to be junk, and we want to minimise that junk. To do so, we're working the Abuse Filter into the tool.
For this to work, we need people to write and maintain filters. I'd be very grateful if you could take a look at the discussion here and the attached docs, and comment and contribute! Thanks :). Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 18:19, 17 April 2012 (UTC)
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Orphaned non-free media (File:Disturbia Single.jpg)
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If you have uploaded other unlicensed media, please check whether they're used in any articles or not. You can find a list of 'file' pages you have edited by clicking on the "my contributions" link (it is located at the very top of any Wikipedia page when you are logged in), and then selecting "File" from the dropdown box. Note that all non-free media not used in any articles will be deleted after seven days, as described on criteria for speedy deletion. Thank you. Hazard-Bot (talk) 04:12, 12 April 2013 (UTC)
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Orphaned non-free media (File:Saints Row 2 BASE jumping.jpg)
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If you have uploaded other unlicensed media, please check whether they're used in any articles or not. You can find a list of 'file' pages you have edited by clicking on the "my contributions" link (it is located at the very top of any Wikipedia page when you are logged in), and then selecting "File" from the dropdown box. Note that all non-free media not used in any articles will be deleted after seven days, as described on criteria for speedy deletion. Thank you. Werieth (talk) 04:47, 1 September 2013 (UTC)
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Blocked IP Range Due to Open Proxy
Kanonkas, my company is the owner of the 126.96.36.199/19 block of IPs, which you have been blocking. I had a few questions:
1.) How did you come to the conclusion that there was an Open Proxy within this range?
2.) What specific IP address did you find that was hosting the Open Proxy?
3.) Why did you block the entire range, instead of just the one IP?
We have this block subnetted and allocated to a bunch of customers. One customer is trying to update their company information on Wikipedia. They can't do it from this range of IPs which they are leasing a portion of. We ask that the block either be removed, the block be placed on the specific IP and not the entire range, or have some way for our customer to be able to edit from this block. I am not 100% sure, but is it possible for the customer to create a user account, and be able to circumvent this block?
Thanks for any help you can provide.
— Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 17:00, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
Notification of pending suspension of administrative permissions due to inactivity
Following a community discussion in June 2011, consensus was reached to provisionally suspend the administrative permissions of users who have been inactive for one year (i.e. administrators who have not made any edits or logged actions in over one year). As a result of this discussion, your administrative permissions will be removed pending your return if you do not return to activity within the next month. If you wish to have these permissions reinstated should this occur, please post to the Wikipedia:Bureaucrats' noticeboard and the userright will be restored per the re-sysopping process (i.e. as long as the attending bureaucrats are reasonably satisfied that your account has not been compromised, that your inactivity did not have the effect of evading scrutiny of any actions which might have led to sanctions, and that you have not been inactive for a three year period of time). If you remain inactive for a three year period of time, including the present year you have been inactive, you will need to request reinstatement at WP:RFA. This removal of access is procedural only, and not intended to reflect negatively upon you in any way. We wish you the best in future endeavors, and thank you for your past administrative efforts. Regards, — Moe Epsilon 06:45, 1 January 2014 (UTC)
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Notification of imminent suspension of administrative permissions due to inactivity
Following a community discussion in June 2011, consensus was reached to provisionally suspend the administrative permissions of users who have been inactive for one year (i.e. administrators who have not made any edits or logged actions in over one year). As a result of this discussion, your administrative permissions will be removed pending your return if you do not return to activity within the next several days. If you wish to have these permissions reinstated should this occur, please post to the Wikipedia:Bureaucrats' noticeboard and the userright will be restored per the re-sysopping process (i.e. as long as the attending bureaucrats are reasonably satisfied that your account has not been compromised, that your inactivity did not have the effect of evading scrutiny of any actions which might have led to sanctions, and that you have not been inactive for a three year period of time). If you remain inactive for a three year period of time, including the present year you have been inactive, you will need to request reinstatement at WP:RFA. This removal of access is procedural only, and not intended to reflect negatively upon you in any way. We wish you the best in future endeavors, and thank you for your past administrative efforts. MadmanBot (talk) 03:50, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
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Request for comment
Hello there, a proposal regarding pre-adminship review has been raised at Village pump by here is very much appreciated. Many thanks. Jim Carter through MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:47, 28 May 2014 (UTC). Your comments
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Wikipedia needs a well structured Biography on a very unique man Please help.
Good Day, I am not sure if you are willing to do this, but you seem to fit the bill. I really do not know how to navigate this website well and sort of stumbled here. There is a man known in historical context named Richard Knight. There are no articles about this man, which surprises me. Although there is an article on his sidekick, which I am not sure why, there needs to be one on him. Here is a short synopsis of his amazing story, and hopefully it will inspire you to create one for Wikipedia.One of the most infamous pirates of all time, Captain Kidd was said to have amassed treasure worth £100,000 - a staggering £12 million now - before he was arrested for piracy and murder. He buried a cache somewhere on his travels and at his trial in 1781, tried to barter his knowledge of its location in return for his life. Kidd’s plan failed and he was sentenced to hang, his decaying body left to rot in public view for three years to deter other would-be pirates. But the mystery of his missing loot goes on to this day, captivating adventurers who are convinced that his untold riches are still out there for the taking - if only they could find them. The tale of one such buccaneer, Richard Knight, has been made into a television film, broadcast this week, and is almost as gripping as that of Captain Kidd. I first met Knight, when, fullbearded and weatherbeaten, he bounced into my office in Chelsea in 1985 looking for all the world like one of the pirates in whose footsteps he had sailed the Indian Ocean. A chancer, a charmer, an out-of-work actor, he wanted me to write the extraordinary story of how he had managed to solve the riddles surrounding Kidd’s fabled hoard. And with total conviction, he told me he had dug it up on an island off Communist Vietnam where it had lain hidden for three centuries. It was a ripping good yarn, just the recipe for a page-turner, substantiated at least in part by the jail sentence he had served in a squalid Vietnamese prison having been discovered on the island, which was a matter of record. I was hooked, and together we started working on his story. After a conventional upbringing on Britain’s south coast, Knight became a professional ice-skater before turning his hand to comedy and panto. When he went to Paris to work on a film with the famous French mime Marcel Marceau, he married a French girl. The marriage was soon over and Richard, ever the adventurer, was off on his travels again, this time ending up in California where he hoped to make it in Hollywood. His big break in acting never came, but he told me he had hit a bigger jackpot – he knew where Captain Kidd had stashed his fabulous treasure. Whiling his time away in the local library in between acting jobs, he became fascinated by books on Kidd and was soon convinced that he’d figured out where to find the great prize that hitherto had eluded everyone. The search for Kidd’s missing loot has usually centred on the East Coast of America and the Caribbean, the favourite haunt of pirates in their historic heyday. Where my curious pal Knight differed was that he believed that everyone had been looking in the wrong place. In one book he discovered references to some old charts, hidden in pirate chests collected by a Sussex neighbour, Hubert Palmer. Knight became convinced they had been drawn up by Kidd himself and they proved that, far from being located off the East Coast of America, Kidd’s treasure island was on the other side of the world in the South China Seas. When he learned that Kidd had spent as much time in the Far East as he did in the West Indies, and that the British had minted a fortune in coins there, he was sure he was right. Taking into account changes in longitude over the centuries, he finally zeroed in to the island of Hon Tre Lon off Vietnam, where no Westerner had ever looked before. And when he discovered that the island’s name means Grand Pirate Island in Vietnamese, it really put a spring in his step.These days you can clearly see the island on Google Earth, but, more than 20 years ago, Knight was planning to plunge into unknown Communist territory based on a hunch. Undeterred, he set off in pursuit of his fortune, trying to recruit like-minded bounty hunters in Australia and Hong Kong. His method was to go to the local bar and pick up likely backers over a couple of beers. He took courses in navigation and then fired off letters to the Vietnamese government. First he posed as a mining prospector who wanted to split the share of any minerals found with them.
They weren’t interested. Then he applied for a tourist visa but was told he could only visit accepted venues in Vietnam. Hon Tre Lon was definitely off limits. Knight seems to have had no trouble finding backers, but no one actually wanted to brave the hazards and come with him. By 1981 he decided to chance it on his own, reasoning that’s what Kidd would have done. The canny Kidd would not have shared an invaluable secret with anyone. Even if he had helpers to bury the treasure, he would simply have killed them once they had outlived their usefulness. His maps even show a skeleton which Knight assumed was one of the hapless helpers. Knight had the resolve, now all he needed was a boat. He headed for Bangkok and then to Trengannu on the Malaysian coast about 400 miles from his quarry. There after much wrangling he found a fishing boat with a number rather than a name, TFA 1396 on hire for £500. After several practice runs along the coast, he set off navigating by the stars. At this point, not even Kidd’s ghost could help him. He was crossing the Gulf of Thailand, right in the middle of busy modern shipping routes with no lights on his boat. He might have been safe from detection, but he could easily have been run down by a supertanker. Knight crossed safely and, anchoring off a neighbouring island, proceeded to Hon Tre Lon in a small dinghy, taking with him a metal detector, crowbar, spade, trowels, binoculars, sacks and some basic provisions including corned beef, bottled water and dollar bills to bribe any natives. He beached the dinghy, then, at first light, made his way to the spot where he was sure he would find the treasure. As he did so, he noticed there were several huts on the island - it was inhabited and this spelled danger. He pressed on anyway and, using Kidd’s map and the metal detector, found three chests exactly where he expected they would be - between two wrecks, 20 feet East of the skeleton and opposite the turtle beach. To hear him tell, his enterprise was rewarded dramatically. The chests were full of gold and silver coins, both Oriental and European, and invaluable jade and porcelain figurines. Knight worked fast for fear of detection, stuffing as much as he could in sacks and throwing away most of the tools he had brought with him to lighten the load. With the sun about to set, he decided to look in a fourth location marked on the map. But, despite the fact that the metal detector indicated another find, he decided to putter back to TFA 1396 and on to Thailand while his luck held out and come back later. Knight told me he reckoned his find was worth at least £40 million, but now he had it, he was not at all sure what to do with it. He said he had already written to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington who said they would be delighted to make a bid for whatever he found, but only if it had been taken out of the country legally. Clearly that was not the case, so he had to think of another plan. This became even more urgent when TFA 1396 was boarded by some of the modern Thai pirates who abound in the area. They were drunk and somehow didn’t find the treasure hidden in the hold, but took his watch and the film he had shot which he had hidden in a cash box. Things were getting so dangerous that he decided to rebury the booty on the west coast of Thailand, and come back for it with his Australian backer who was expecting a share. He was so worried about other people finding it that he didn’t even make a map, maintaining there were sufficient recognisable landmarks for him to be able to locate it when he returned. Up to this point in the tale, there was nothing to confirm whether he was telling the truth or not, but Knight always had a rational excuse for his bizarre behaviour, and his tales were no more fanciful than those of others over the ages who have risked their lives in the pursuit of treasure. Treasure hunter George Edmunds, a contributor to the television programme on Knight, certainly bought his story too. Edmunds, who knew the elusive Knight briefly, once received a phone call from the latter in the middle of China asking him for money to pay his hotel bill. ‘I sent him £100 to get him out of a hole and he promised he would give me a share of the treasure,’ says Edmunds, ‘But I never heard from him again.’ There was, however, definite proof of his second voyage to Vietnam. In 1983, while waiting for his Australian backer to come over to Thailand to help him dig up the treasure he had reburied, he went back to Hon Tre Lon to find the fourth cache.
Knight embarked on this second adventure with a young American backpacker, Fred Graham, who was in the Orient looking for stories to kickstart his career as a photo-journalist. But the pair of them were arrested by Communist guards before they had time to dig anything up The guards did not believe their story about treasure, insisted they were spies and flung them into prison.At this point the Foreign Office, alerted by local press reports in Hanoi, tried to obtain Knight’s release, but his family were unable to pay the $10,000 fine set by the Vietnamese authorities. Eventually Fred’s parents in San Francisco came up with the ransom for him, leaving Knight abandoned in his rat-infested jail. Then, out of the blue, a British born Californian taxi driver, spurred on no doubt by the prospect of spoils, agreed to pay the money to get Knight home too - 14 months after his ordeal had begun. He came straight back to England and threw himself into the book. He was still clearly obsessed with the treasure on the island and getting it before the Vietnamese did, and going back to Thailand with his Australian backer to dig up his fabulous find. Then, as soon as the book was published, he disappeared. I never saw or heard from him again and it was only recently I discovered what had become of him. Scoundrel or fantasist, we shall never know unless someone else braves the dangers of Hon Tre Lon or happens on the secret location in Thailand, for Richard is not around to explain himself. It is only whilst contributing to the programme that I discovered he died about ten years ago in Carlisle, a very long way from the South China Seas. His Australian backer had disappeared and he was still looking for a new one. As for George Edmunds, he says he used to believe the story, but he now thinks Knight was on the wrong track completely. He believes Knight deciphered the charts accurately, but they were not authentic. Edmunds wouldn’t be a treasurehunter himself if he didn’t add that, against all the odds, he has now pinpointed the real location and is preparing his own expedition to find it. He says Treasure Island is not in the South China Seas at all. It is in a totally new spot where no one has ever thought to look before. And like Knight, he is convinced he is right.
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