User talk:Mandarax

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A cookie for you![edit]

Choco chip cookie.png Here's a cookie for you. Thanks for your work on the article 2014 Snapchat hack. Ethically (Yours) 09:44, 3 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the cookie, and you're welcome for the edits. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 10:16, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

I need someone really clever ....[edit]

... So I'm not going to call Ghostbusters! Instead I'm just going to annoy the person who I'm confident may know the answers ... Your mission (should you wish to accept it) is to advise what we have done wrong in our futile attempts to set up edit notices. Mine seems to be doing peculiar things and Hafspajen has tried to follow my (poor/inadequate) instructions and got into even more of a pickle. Please can you help save the situation before we manage to completely break the Wikipedia coding? Read more details of the mayhem we're causing on my talk page! SagaciousPhil - Chat 17:11, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Ah, my favorite kind of problem ... the kind that's already solved before I get to it. If I'm missing some still-existing issue, lemme know. Oh, and you never "annoy" me. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 20:14, 3 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Mandarax! I have a complete blank spot about the word 'courtesy' and even as I incorrectly typed it I suspected it was wrong. I was just being a bit too lazy to check! Multiplied a million times as I'm the first one to complain about bad spelling in others, which I blame on the abbreviated text frenzy; fiends always laugh if I send them a text message as it is spelt out fully and punctuated. It takes me ages to work out the cryptic text messages they send me. I do now know what "U R Gr8" means. So dear Mandarax and Matty - U R both Gr8 smile SagaciousPhil - Chat 10:09, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
Well, "courtesy" is kind of a weirdly-spelled word. Just remember that it doesn't matter if fiends laugh. U2 R Gr8 2. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 11:05, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
smile Maybe some of them really are fiends? and that was after checking the preview - pride does indeed come before a fall! wink SagaciousPhil - Chat 11:12, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
Fiends or friends?... Matty.007 11:13, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
I apologize for doing that. I blame Breaking Bad; I never would've done something like that before I watched the show. Teasing someone for a typo is just one step away from cooking meth. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 11:19, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
I'm afraid I haven't seen Breaking Bad... I do my fair share of teasing though. Matty.007 11:22, 4 January 2014 (UTC)


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Hello, Mandarax. You have new messages at Wikipedia_talk:Did_you_know.
Message added 14:38, 5 January 2014 (UTC). You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.

Matty.007 14:38, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

Genesis 2005[edit]

Thanks for the help on the Genesis DYK nom, I must not have been paying too much attention.--WillC 21:21, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

You're welcome. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 21:44, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

Really annoyed right now[edit]

Hey Mandarax, long time no talk! Happy New Year! Anyway, I come with a specific annoyance. I want to add two CfDs to a deletion sorting page, and I can't because of a blacklisted site link. Now, the blacklisted site is already linked on the page, in a section completely other than where I want to edit and in which I have no interest. My questions: (1) If it's not allowed to be linked, how is it already linked on the page? (2) Why can't I even save a d*@! edit to a completely separate section? (3) How can I add these stupid CfDs to the page, given this situation? The page in question is Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/Sexuality and gender, and my addition is supposed to be

Thanks, LadyofShalott 03:47, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

Happy new year to you too! But prepare to get even more annoyed; I don't have answers for any of your questions. You can't edit one section on the page because there's a preexisting forbidden link in a different section? I never heard of such a thing. Can you edit the page to remove the link? Or delete the revision which added the link? Or revert to before it was added and restore without the link? But I'm confused because the last edit was the transclusion of a page on which the last edit was not the addition of an external link. Maybe the link was somehow later added to some transcluded page or another after it had previously been transcluded? Sorry I've been no help at all.... MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 06:03, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
LadyofShalott. What a misleading section header. I thought you were annoyed at Mandarax and I wanted to jump on the bandwagon.
I did the renaming one just fine. Why now? I haven't a clue. There haven't been any new additions or deletions to the blacklist the past few days. Bgwhite (talk) 07:16, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
Well thank you both for looking at it, and BG for adding one of the discussions. I was just now able to add the second one. This is really weird. I tried both editing only the section a couple times last night, and then the whole page, and they refused to work. Bizarro. LadyofShalott 15:39, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

A cookie for you![edit]

Choco chip cookie.png Thanks for fixing the DYK nomination for List of sun temples. Green Giant (talk) 02:25, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
You're welcome. And thanks for the cookie! MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 02:56, 12 January 2014 (UTC)


Hello Mandarax, I saw that you added a conversion template to Isuzu Elf DYK - appreciated, but the original weight is 1250kg and with the conversion it came out to 1300kg so I altered it accordingly. Hopefully it won't change anything, thanks,  Mr.choppers | ✎  01:59, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

That's much better. Thanks. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 02:06, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Take a look[edit]

When you have some time, could you take a look at: Wikipedia talk:Categorization of people#Defaultsort of Irish surnames starting Ó Bgwhite (talk) 06:00, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Urgh. I've always avoided those because I suspected that maybe Ó Whatever should be sorted the same as O'Whatever, but I had no idea what was "correct". I'd seen the thread on your talk page, but stopped reading it because sort keys make my brain hurt.

Normally, I would say "Bgwhite has thoroughly and thoughtfully researched this and knows what he's talking about". However it appears that you may have gotten the name of a University wrong, and that obviously invalidates anything you've ever said or ever will say. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 07:44, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Next time I have a conversation with my wife, could you stand up to her and say, "Bgwhite has thoroughly and thoughtfully researched...". Bgwhite (talk) 07:56, 13 January 2014 (UTC)


Ahem... DYK? Best, Matty.007 21:06, 19 January 2014 (UTC)

Hehe, thanks for the nudge. I'm trying to decide from among at least three possible hooks I have in mind, including one where I'm waiting for a response from a museum. Plus I've got too many images to choose from! Hopefully I'll remember to nominate it within the five days.... MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 21:22, 19 January 2014 (UTC)

Courbet Edit[edit]

It is a Rambuteau column, aka a urinal, not a Morris one. Please, do a verification before reverting. Colonne Rambuteau : and Colonne Morris — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cabestan (talkcontribs) 06:25, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

It appears that you are correct, and I've restored your edit. I had checked the description on the image file, which identifies it as a Morris column, but that seems to be wrong. Thank you for your edit, but please remember to use a descriptive edit summary. When you change a caption to identify a column as a urinal, without leaving an edit summary, it may naturally be perceived as vandalism. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 07:36, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Compass barnstar.png The Guidance Barnstar
With my 300,000 edit, I want to thank you for helping me reach the dubious plateau. Without your help and guidance, I would never have found my place that keeps me around here. Bgwhite (talk) 23:12, 22 January 2014 (UTC)
Awwww, thank you for the barnstar and the kind words, as well as for your other 299,999 edits. Congratulations on your milestone! MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 23:44, 22 January 2014 (UTC)


Mandarax, or Bgwhite, or whoever--what did I do wrong at Talk:A Boy Was Born#Should the lead sentence include the phrase .22.28correctly titled A Boy was Born.29.22.3F? My prose is not showing up... Thanks, Drmies (talk) 04:15, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. I didn't investigate the template to see if if there's an "official" way to do it, but I just tried the standard trick of adding "1=", and that seemed to fix it. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 04:40, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! I noted that parameter in the documentation when I looked at it a few months ago, but I don't usually seem to need it. Thanks again Mandarax, Drmies (talk) 15:04, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
You're welcome. I see now that the "official" parameter for {{Archive top}} is |result=, but I try |1= as a convenient option when I'm too lazy to look things up. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 20:56, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
Strange how sometimes it works without that parameter--unless I'm even more mistaken than I thought. Drmies (talk) 18:33, 2 February 2014 (UTC)
You're not mistaken. It usually works, except in this case your text contained equals signs. (What I believe it does is take everything to the left of the "=" as a rather poorly chosen parameter name, and everything after it as its value.) It would have worked if you'd replaced the equals signs with {{=}}. For future reference another character which can also cause problems in templates is "|". This is fine when used in a piped link or template call, but for other purposes, use {{!}}. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 21:10, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Albert Dubois-Pillet[edit]

Looks good. Thanks for helping with the DYK project Victuallers (talk)) 00:42, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

The were really very few major Neo-impressionists, and I've written the articles on four of them: Henri-Edmond Cross, Charles Angrand, Maximilien Luce, and Albert Dubois-Pillet. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 22:13, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

25 DYK![edit]

Dyk25CE.svg The 25 DYK Creation and Expansion Medal
Welcome to the club of people who not only write brilliant content (and you even won the DYK medal for tireless work around the nominations, correcting countless mistakes), but who also make the extra effort to present facts accessibly and visible for people with broad interests. The beauty and expression of the arts comes across in your articles such as En Canot, and understanding for the creators' background in works such as ‎John McLaughlin and Albert Dubois-Pillet. We look forward to more of your creations for brain, eye and heart. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:45, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
Congratulations Mandarax! Matty.007 20:26, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
Thank you very much, to both of you. It sure took me long enough – three and two-thirds years since my first DYK, and almost nine years since I registered. Gerda, I find your 471 DYKs to be very impressive! You're amazing! If I live to be a few hundred years old, I may reach that number, which would complete most of the items on my "wish list". Matty, I only see you on the nominations list. Haven't you created many, many more than twenty five DYKs?

Gerda, thank you so much for your kind words. (However, I didn't write En Canot; I only nominated it.) MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 21:26, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

(blushing again) I didn't find the nude ;) - how about Bahujana sukhaya bahujana hitaya cha (translates to "for the happiness of the many, for the welfare of the many")? - and thank you for the hook mentioning unstimulated sex (still on my user page), and for the pictured Magnificat to appear soon! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:21, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
I have 22 self noms, 36 non self noms, so I am getting there. However, not only do you nominate lots of articles, you fix just about all the errors in everyone's nominations, once again thank you! Matty.007 17:50, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
Matty, you can enter yourself in the separate nominators' list (at the bottom), 25 is the minimum, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:37, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks Gerda, but I am already there. Best, Matty.007 18:38, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
I don't see your award, - leave that open then - or did you hide it in a vault? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:42, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
It's here. Thanks, Matty.007 18:45, 30 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Mandarax, you're the best. If you could, though, consider improving the article on the real John McLaughlin. Thanks, and have a great Superbowl weekend! (I know you're an even bigger sports fan than old Bbb23.) Drmies (talk) 18:32, 2 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Aw, thanks.

    I found your John McLaughlin to be annoying, as he made researching my John McLaughlin much more difficult. I should only work on bios for people with more unique names.

    It's looking bleak for the Broncos but we'll see.... MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 00:16, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

  • Note: that "bleak" comment was based on early first quarter events. Little did I know what an understatement it would turn out to be. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 10:30, 15 February 2014 (UTC)


Thanks for reverting me. I don't know where my brain was when I edited that Prep 4 (now Queue 1) hook—I completely missed the "in" ("that in") at the beginning, which is why the hook hadn't made sense to me as it was. Next time I'll be sure to read the hook out loud first. BlueMoonset (talk) 04:43, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

No problem. It happens to everyone once in a while. (Although not often to you.) Sometimes I'll write something, proofread it very carefully, and save it. Then the next day I'll look at it and immediately see that I had made an error, and wonder "where did that come from?" MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 07:20, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

BlueMoonset, I was writing the message below when I saw your message. Can I come by and revert you? That is the nicest revert message I've seen in a long time. The ones I get usually are not family friendly. Today, a person thought I was insulting them when I changed india to India and labeled it as a 'typo'. Thank you for uplifting my Wiki spirits today. Bgwhite (talk) 06:40, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

Yes, that was very gracious. BlueMoonset is great, and an essential part of DYK.

Bgwhite, I had seen the thread on your talk page and thought "this must be a new user; they won't last long with that attitude"; so I was surprised to discover that they'd been around since 2007. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 07:58, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

You spell it as 'sideboob'[edit]

The answers to our Grammer Nazi™ internet questions have been answered, The Internet Style Guide. We now know it is spelled side-eye and sideboob. You didn't unfriend me from Facebook, you de-friended me. I will sleep easier tonight. Bgwhite (talk) 06:36, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

Is spelling "Grammar" "Grammer" part of the Style Guide? My natural tendency is to over-hyphenate, so I sometimes overcompensate by under-hyphenating. I never heard of side-eye. And, I'm sorry, but "de-friend" is just wrong; it's obviously "unfriend". MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 07:37, 5 February 2014 (UTC)
You learn something new everyday. I was sure it was "defriendify", and now I find out it isn't. What other cherished bits of knowledge will turn out completely wrong? I can see I have a sleepless night ahead of me... (Which is not helped by the realization that "sideboob" backwards turns into "boobed is".) BlueMoonset (talk) 07:51, 5 February 2014 (UTC)
It's nice to know that you see things backwards. As you might have surmised from my signature, I look forward to backwards thinking. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 08:20, 5 February 2014 (UTC)
BlueMoonset, ah crap. There are now two "backwards" thinking folks around here. "Boobed is" did give me a laugh. I need to befriendify this BlueMoonset person. Double ah crap. I hope he isn't Greek. My WikiWife is Greek. I called him that because he kept asking me to do things. I did spell "Grammer" on purpose. It does fit my spelling aptitude better. Bgwhite (talk) 07:47, 6 February 2014 (UTC)
I dunno about Greek, but Blue's Gleek! As for your WikiWife.... That's funny – I have a nickname for him too, although I've never told him or anyone else. I think of him as a Langolier ("Langoliers are the timekeepers of eternity; their purpose is to clean up what is left of the past by eating it") because of the way he so quickly archives AWB bug reports and feature requests as soon as they're resolved. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 08:42, 6 February 2014 (UTC)
Definitely not Greek—no fraternities where I went to college. No chance of me exacerbating Greek OD. BlueMoonset (talk) 17:09, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Supplicant arrives here ...[edit]

... on bended knee with palms pleadingly outstretched. Would you mind updating the headers of the DYK stats page to include the month of February, pretty please? I've (more or less) managed to work out how to add actual nominations now after watching how you fulfilled my previous grovelling request but I'm sure I would end up breaking something if I try stepping up to the next level! I want to add Inchdrewer Castle/George Ogilvy as I think it qualifies. My knees are getting sore, so can I get up now, please? SagaciousPhil - Chat 09:10, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Congratulations on a very successful DYK!

Oh ... yes, please rise. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 22:37, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, Mandarax, much appreciated. 'Please rise' - wow, now I've got a knighthood/damehood? Who do I approach to update my name to Lady SP? wink dusts off knees and creakily arises SagaciousPhil - Chat 10:08, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

DYKN Invisible (U2 song)[edit]

Hi, thanks for spotting that spelling error. I meant "was giving," and I think that Past Continuous tense would be better here – the 24 hours was a time frame, in which the bank was donating the money. But I'm not a native speaker of English, so I'm not 100% sure which tense should be used here, and would appreciate your opinion. — Mayast (talk) 09:18, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, I figured that "was giving" was intended, but I also figured that while I was fixing it, I might as well shorten the hook a tiny bit too. I think either one works, so I've changed it to your desired wording. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 22:43, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]


This wiki-kitten is here to express my thanks for your help with maintaining the DYK process. Your assistance is highly appreciated!

Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 16:12, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the kitten, and you're welcome for the assistance. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 21:14, 10 February 2014 (UTC)


In answer to your now archived query, the post which I mentioned on Drmies's talk page was off-wiki (on Facebook). Sorry for being confusing about what I meant. LadyofShalott 18:22, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the reply. Yeah, that Drmies is always archiving his talk page too quickly! No need to apologize; my perusal of your edits led me to discover that interesting tidbit about the classification of giraffe behavior. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 21:20, 10 February 2014 (UTC)
Don't get euthanized and fed to the lions. Drmies (talk) 22:59, 10 February 2014 (UTC)
I didn't get the reference until I just read the tragic story of poor Marius. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 10:40, 15 February 2014 (UTC)
Of course he has an article...did he make it to the front page? Drmies (talk) 18:45, 25 February 2014 (UTC)
Funny Dutch title among the references: "Lions don't eat spinach." Drmies (talk) 18:48, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

Some baklava for you![edit]

Baklava - Turkish special, 80-ply.JPEG I hovered between 193cm and 1.93m, so put both. [1]. Thanks, Matty.007 21:13, 16 February 2014 (UTC)
Hehe, I figured that's what had happened. Thanks for the baklava. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 00:20, 17 February 2014 (UTC)
Way too sugary for someone your age, Mandarax. Drmies (talk) 18:44, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

Guilty as charged, M'lud ...[edit]

Whoops, sorry, I did it again - my Word documents are set up for a standard house style that uses curly quotes. Unbelievably, when I copied the hook over after checking the number of characters I spotted the apostrophe had to be changed in the article title for it to link correctly but then never looked any further. Thank you for catching it - very much appreciated and I will serve a suitable penitence ... smile SagaciousPhil - Chat 21:10, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

You're welcome. Which quotation mark to use is certainly not important, but I do like to make things MOS-compliant whenever possible. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 22:06, 18 February 2014 (UTC)


Mandarax, your input is kindly requested at Template:Did you know nominations/Lifeboat Memorial, Southport, Monumental Obelisk, Southport, Lifeboat Monument, St Annes, Lifeboat Memorial, Lytham. Drmies (talk) 18:43, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

Sadly, the above only generated a single notification, instead of the three that it would have if there were any justice in the universe. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 22:01, 25 February 2014 (UTC)
I KNOW! It's indeed a sad world. So sad that I'm packing up to go to Savannah tomorrow. Maybe some shrimp and grits will make me feel better. Drmies (talk) 23:50, 25 February 2014 (UTC)


Thank you for your extremely kind and helpful words. They mean a lot to me. Savart wheel seemed to me a natural candidate for DYK as it contains several genuinely encyclopedic nuggets. In retrospect, if I'd anticipated the hidden tumbles waiting to happen both before the submission and around the time of publication I don't think I would have gone there. However, your offer of technical assistance with possible future nominations is indeed heartening.

Fwiw, I feel this experience may have illustrated to me one aspect of the difficulties a conscientious editor is likely to come up against when engaging with the online community culture, other than the usual pitfalls of forum dialogues: the discrepancy between what's explicitly stated (e.g. in a guideline or a particular template) and what a highly active subset of the community considers "standard practice" (in their view automatically trumping any official editorial indications). I believe this tension is a potentially damaging source of confusion, especially perhaps to contributors whose primary focus is to present content in an editorially appropriate way.

Best wishes, (talk) 12:18, 2 March 2014 (UTC)

It seems to me that the "rules" were being misinterpreted in an inappropriate manner. Yes, the instructions say "Any autoconfirmed registered user may nominate a DYK suggestion", but this merely indicates the Wikipedia limitation that only an autoconfirmed registered user may create a non-talk page, in this case a template. To interpret it to mean that IPs are not allowed to participate in the DYK process is simply ridiculous. Scolding you for "re-writing DYK policy/guidelines" when all you did was improve the existing text? Also ridiculous, as was subjecting you to an IP witch-hunt. The whole negative, defensive, and accusatory tone of the responses to your query was shameful. And I consider "IP-hopping" to be a derogatory term reserved for vandals who intentionally switch IPs while attempting to evade a block. Also inappropriately applied to you. It's disgusting that prejudice against IPs is so widespread and apparently so accepted. And throughout it all, you remained calm, polite, and rational.

To answer your original question.... I feel that it's not practical to alert users when their hook has been promoted. It's up to the individual to watch as the process proceeds. Unfortunately, that's more difficult for IPs, who don't have a watchlist. You'd have to keep an eye on the nomination template, and when you see that your hook has been promoted, you can discover when it will run by determining where it is in the Queue. It will initially be put into one of four Preps, then moved to one of six Queues, and finally to the Main Page according to the schedule displayed on the Queue page.

Anyways, I'd like to again apologize for the poor treatment which you received, and again thank you for your contributions. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 22:25, 2 March 2014 (UTC)

  • Yes check.svg Done. However, the hook's a little too long. Depending on how the rules are applied, I'd say it's about 226 characters, although others may try to insist it's more like 239. It shouldn't be too hard to get it under 200. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 03:29, 8 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Wait--no leeway for a double DYK? Drmies (talk) 03:31, 8 March 2014 (UTC)
  • The 226 figure is the number after applying the standard leeway. Additional leeway is possible, but rarely granted. Maybe your reviewer won't even notice, and you'll get the extra leeway by default. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 04:06, 8 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Oh. Hmm. Well, I cut 15 characters and will see if I can trim more. Drmies (talk) 04:20, 8 March 2014 (UTC)
  • OK, short enough now. There'll always be people who will think that Goethe went around writing plays in concentration camps, but you can't please everyone. Thanks for your help, Mandarax--as usual. Also, I'm reading Patrick Leigh Fermor, and so should you. Drmies (talk) 04:24, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Glòria Muñoz[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 00:03, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Lucy Madox Brown[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 16:02, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

Ravindra Jadeja press mention[edit]

This article Ravindra Jadeja (actually particularly an edit war) was covered by several news articles (this direct link may not work in Internet Explorer). Could you add relevant press coverage templates? --TitoDutta 05:26, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

I've only seen those things used once or twice, and I've never added one myself. I don't know the name of the template(s), or under what circumstances to use them, or how many to add. Since you seem to know more about it than I do, I'll leave it to you to take care of it yourself, or find someone who knows what should be done. Sorry I wasn't of any help. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 19:44, 16 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Okay, thank you for answering. My second question is: as I mentioned, in the article someone/a group of editors w(as/ere) changing "Ravindra Jadeja">>"Sir Ravinda Jadeja". It was a difficult time for us I had go to IIRC channel (after requesting protection at RFPP) to ask for quick protection as spammers were reverting my edit in every 30 seconds or so. Somehow, due to his bad performance at that time, this "Sir Ravindra Jadeja" joke/satire became very famous and covered all over internet. Ravindra Jadeja briefly mentions these events Ravindra_Jadeja#Online_sarcasm_and_Jokes.
    I am thinking of an article Sir Ravindra Jadeja (currently a redirect) on those satires etc and try to get to to DYK keeping the Wikipedia troll edit event in the hook. Is it possible? Could you please comment on notability (reference links in my last post) and possibilities? --TitoDutta 10:33, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Well, I think it would be better to simply expand the section of the existing article rather than creating a separate article. But that's just my opinion. You should certainly feel free to create the new article; other people would likely agree with you that a standalone article is called for, and, even if not, your new content could always be merged into the existing article if necessary. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 22:09, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for your clean up of Jack Kinzler[edit]

You polished and scrubbed and generally cleaned up the mess I left all over this new article. Do you do windows? (Me, I'm mostly a Mac guy, but I'm ecumenical.)

Seriously, I appreciate the help.

JohnPomeranz (talk) 03:41, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

You're welcome, but it certainly wasn't anything close to a "mess". Yes, I use Windows, despite the frustration and problems. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 06:27, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

José María Pinedo[edit]

Thanks for the heads up, the new version of the hook is exactly 200 characters. Regards, Wee Curry Monster talk 11:17, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, the hook length is fine now. As a matter of fact, it's actually under 200, because the (pictured) doesn't count. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 21:50, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

A Young Archer[edit]

Thanks for your fix! Andrew Graham-Dixon's work is licensed under Creative Commons, and I've cited his work on the page. [2] Am I using it correctly? Gareth E Kegg (talk) 00:39, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

You're welcome. I had noticed that when you nominated it for DYK, it was below the minimum length requirement, so I'm glad to see that you've now expanded it sufficiently. As for the citation, I'd be inclined to list the date and the original publication. If you don't change it yourself, I may take care of it sometime when I'm in a more citational mood. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 01:16, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/Clark (mascot)[edit]

I am reminding you that Template:Did you know nominations/Clark (mascot) is an April fools nomination and needs a final review.--TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 16:10, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, I had seen your note there. But I still don't like it as an April Fools' hook (notice that I had said that a hook was "much more acceptable" than others, but never said it was actually acceptable), so, rather than muddle the situation again with my opinion, I decided to stay out of it and let someone else take care of it, which I see has already been done. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 19:36, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

DYK for William Swinden Barber[edit]

If you think that the hook idea I posted at Template:Did you know nominations/William Swinden Barber‎ should be treated as an ALT suggestion, please copy it into a new message and format it appropriately.

FTR, I didn't propose it as an ALT hook myself because it isn't currently supported. The article creator needs to figure out whether they can provide support for that hook idea -- or propose some other hook. --Orlady (talk) 21:54, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

People are always suggesting ALTs without identifying them as such, making them difficult to locate and discuss. Usually when users are simply suggesting possible potential ideas for hooks without intending to propose a formal ALT, they list it without the standard DYK formatting. But yours was perfectly formatted, including the ellipsis and the bold and the italicized (pictured), and it appeared to me that you were proposing it as an ALT, with the caveat that proper sourcing would have to be handled. I apologize for misinterpreting. I've removed the "ALT1" indication. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 22:28, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Echo (elephant)[edit]

Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 00:02, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

You've got mail![edit]

Hello, Mandarax. Please check your email – you've got mail! The subject is J. Hendrix.
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Drmies (talk) 01:32, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

So do you! MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 06:59, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Hendrix in Army.jpg The savior of lost causes award
Thank you Mandarax. You are a kind man. Drmies (talk) 14:11, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
Awww, thanks for the barnstar, although I must say that what I did was karmic necessity, returning a small favor to an even kinder man. Please let me know if it was completely successful.

That's a Hendrix photo I hadn't seen before. I see that it's new to Wikipedia. It's hard for me to imagine him in the army. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 19:23, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

  • It struck me for the same reason. He looks so young. Drmies (talk) 19:24, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

JSTOR Survey (and an update)[edit]

Hi! Just a quick update that while JSTOR and The Wikipedia Library discuss expanding the partnership, they've gone ahead and extended the pilot access again, until May 31st. Thanks, JSTOR!

It would be really helpful for growing the program if you would fill out this short survey about your usage and experience with JSTOR:


Cheers, Ocaasi via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:47, 2 April 2014 (UTC)


 *cough* 25th *cough* I remember when some loser was 25th, but that was a long time ago. Bgwhite (talk) 21:03, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, I've been monitoring your meteoric rise. I had planned to congratulate and/or excoriate you when you surpassed my achievement, but now you've gone and ruined it. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 21:11, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

St Catherine's Hill[edit]

Hello Mandarax. You recently edited the article St Catherine's Hill, Dorset with the edit summary, "Replace apostrophes per WP:Punc". After reading WP:Punc, I can see what you have done and why you have done it but I can't understand what I can do to avoid future occurences. I only have one apostrophe on my keyboard and I thought the shape was largely determined by the font being used. How are you managing to get a straight apostrophe?--Ykraps (talk) 21:03, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Although having said all that, my apostrophes look straight to me, so perhaps you are talking about something else?--Ykraps (talk) 21:29, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Yes, I see that the apostrophes which you type, such as those above, are "straight" ones. No, I'm not talking about something else; the ones I changed were "curly". I imagine that the curly ones come from something such as copying text from another website or composing your text offline using some word processing program which converts the apostrophes, and then copying it to Wikipedia. In any case, it's not a big deal. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 21:55, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Sorry, I'm not trying to make a big deal out of it, just trying to understand what I did wrong. :) Yes, that's possible; I sometimes compose sentences offline using Microsoft Word, then copy and paste to the article/my userspace and (because my typing is so slow) I sometimes copy and paste phrases such as "St Catherine's Hill" because it's quicker. I looked at a previous version of the page and it looked okay but I expect I wasn't looking at the apostrophes you changed. Thanks for explaining.--Ykraps (talk) 22:16, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

DYK template[edit]

I've probably ruined it again, please check Template:Did you know nominations/Child sexual abuse in Australia. OccultZone (Talk) 18:46, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 19:04, 12 April 2014 (UTC)