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Re: You blocked....

Sometimes people think they can beat RC patrol; sometimes, that's when we need to illustrate decisively that this isn't the case. ;) Good thing they haven't come back in such force, though. – Luna Santin (talk) 09:29, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

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Fantastic!

Just wanted to drop by to say you've made something fantastic - MWT is brilliant! Awesome! Thanks so much, its a boon for regular RC patrollers fed up of clunky slow vandal-fighting scripts. Thanks again, cheers! - xC - | 17:22, 1 March 2007 (UTC)

I'm glad you like it :-) --Michael Billington (talkcontribs) 06:12, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

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Smee ← Smeelgova

He did leave him a message? User talk:Smee Glen 12:47, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

Ack, my mistake. I'd opened the page when it came up on my watchlist, in the 10 minutes it took me to find the template and make the edit, the message had been posted. I've fixed it, and thanks for pointing that out. :) --Michael Billington (talkcontribs) 13:12, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

MWT tool

Thank you very much for your tool.

It helps us all a lot.

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Serious glitches in MWT

Hi

I was RC-patrolling with MWT today. I ran into several problems, all of which have happened before -

  • Warning 3 vandals on their talkpages simeultanously causes the program to crash
  • Loading of larger pages takes too long and slows down the program, eventually causing it to exit
  • I just had a very embarassing incident in which a valid contributor has been warned by MWT, using my username. I have gone through all my contributions upto March 2nd, and theres nothing of the sort there.

It goes like this - MWT warned IP 87.194.73.175 about unconstructive edits to Adriaen van der Werff. But I don't remember going through the article, nor does the history show any reverts by me. This probably points to a bug in the program, and a serious one at that.

The entire conversation can be traced on User talk:Xcentaur and User talk:87.194.73.175.

I've been using MWT heavily in March now, and its a hell of a lot better than any other program there. You've done a great job!

I'd appreciate if you got back to me about this problem,

Thanks xC | 13:37, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

  • The first is a known problem (If the form for selecting a warning is already showing, then it cannot be opened again to warn another user) - I'm hoping to make a workaround to this for the next release.
  • The second bug I'm not sure about. After reverting an edit, it waits for the whole page (including images, etc) to load before it warns the user, which can take a while for long pages, though I'm not sure why this would make the program exit. Anyway, it should be able to be speed up a lot if I move some code around, I'll be sure to do that also.
  • Now, the third one I haven't run into before, but I have a feeling I may know what's causing it (it loads a page, and, thinking that it has just reverted something, goes to warn the user). If this is the case, then this will also be an easy fix.
I hope this helps, and I apologise for any trouble these bugs have caused you :) --Michael Billington (talkcontribs) 07:37, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
Ah, that would explain it. Alright, I'm going to still continue using it, although at a slower pace, I guess. Cheers! xC | 12:08, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

In the public domain

Hi Michael,

Thanks very much for notifying me of the article in The Age, March 1st 2007. Indeed I was not aware of it at all (not living in Melbourne or making a habit of reading The Age).

I have however seen Nick Miller's byline before, I think he used to work at The West Australian (which I have, regrettably, read on some occasions). His miniature biography of me is quite interesting, though skewed by my relatively few Wikipedia edits - he could easily have found out as much or more about me through a Google search for my name.

So this "life in the public domain" is not something I am particularly troubled about I don't think, but it certainly is interesting to hear about where these things can crop up.

DrewRobinson 02:38, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

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Richard Chase article

Hi-

Why did you revert my changes to article "Richard Chase"?

-TN

Sorry about that, my mistake. I saw the text 'necrophilic sex acts' and hit revert without thinking. --Michael Billington (talkcontribs) 01:18, 14 March 2007 (UTC)

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LAME!

Looks like your "MWT" software reverted the edits I made to the Tom Leykis entry, claiming it was 'vandalism' even though the revisions were fully commented. If you take a look at the edit history, you'll see that I actually cleaned up the page by combining similar sections and rewriting awkward prose. I object to your use of automated software to make such determinations, as I think it undoes legitimate contributions and undermines people's attempts to improve a page. I also object to Wikipedia allowing automated software to undo legitimate edits without human review. Your software must be pretty stupid and unreliable. It is definitely not an asset to the Wikipedia community, as it has a too-high margin of error.

First up, MWT is not a bot, all edits are reviewed by a human before they are reverted. The person who reverted you in this case was not me, but another editor, which you have also notified it seems. Thirdly, I'd encourage you to assume good faith on the part of our anti-vandalism crew, we are only human, and will make mistakes. Cheers and have a good evening. (or morning, maybe even afternoon wherever you are in the world) --Michael Billington (talkcontribs) 11:42, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

ta-da

Checkuser clerk IRC?

I don't know if this is now invite exception works, but whenever I leave the checkuser clerk IRC channel, I can't get back in. Is there any way to fix this? Cheers! P.S. Good luck at your RFA! PTO 15:30, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

I wont go into the details of it, but I have set an invite exception on your nickname 'PullToOpen' now. You should now be able to join/part as you please. To prevent impersonation (other users changing nicks to 'PullToOpen' to gain access) - It would be a good idea to apply for a cloak whenever you have time. --Michael Billington (talkcontribs) 21:50, 17 March 2007 (UTC)
Ok, will do. Thank you. PTO 22:29, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Protecting certain pages on wikipedia

Hello, my name is Ivan. And i was wondering is it allowed for me to put my biography or profile, my accomplishments and other facts on wikipedia

Bold textThis is all hypothetical

No personal or private information will be posted

And if it is possible to post such a page then is it possible to protect it so that no one but me can edit it.

Thank you —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 74.99.155.62 (talk) 17:51, 17 March 2007 (UTC).

I don't think that Wikipedia is the place for this. First up, nobody on Wikipedia owns an article, so protecting it from editing by others simply wont happen. Second of all, Wikipedia discourages writing about yourself. Thirdly, there are a number of notability and article sourcing guidelines you might want to look at. I think what you're after is a free web host (list), where you can write about yourself, where there aren't notability guidelines, and where you are the only person who can edit the pages. I hope this answers your question. --Michael Billington (talkcontribs) 21:59, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Barnstar

Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence
At last for all your hard work and your 5 portal edits. Enjoy! :) Crested Penguin 07:56, 19 March 2007 (UTC)


Thanks. I'm glad that my 5 edits to that namespace are valued by somebody . . :) --Michael Billington (talkcontribs) 08:07, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

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double vote notice

Thanks for the heads up, I struck the second... - Denny 15:24, 22 March 2007 (UTC)

About your MWT

Can you add AIV reporting to your MWT? Or, could it use the SeaMonkey rendering engine? ffm t 00:49, 23 March 2007 (UTC)

I will add an AIV reporting function when I have some time. There are a whole bunch of reasons why changing the rendering engine isn't possible. If you take a look at [4][5], which applies to MWT also. (note that 'gecko' is the rendering engine used in Mozilla browsers) --Michael Billington (talkcontribs) 09:46, 23 March 2007 (UTC)

Let the congratulations begin!

Wikipedia-logo.png Congratulations on the recent passing of your RFA. It's good to see you finally got your hands on the shiny buttons, and I have no doubt you'll use them well. Just always be in #-clerks so I can !admin you all day :). Well done, — Deon555talkdesksign here! 15:17, 22 March 2007 (UTC)
That's cheating, mate. :) --Michael Billington (talk) 00:27, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

You're a sysop!

Hi, MichaelBillington/Archive5, Congratulations on Becoming a Sysop!
Original Barnstar.png

Hey there. I'm pleased to let you know that, consensus being reached, you are now an administrator! You've volunteered to do housekeeping duties that normal users sadly cannot participate in. Sysops can't do a lot of stuff: They can't delete pages just like that (except patent nonsense like "aojt9085yu8;3ou"), and they can't protect pages in an edit war they are involved in. But they can delete random junk, ban anonymous vandals, delete pages listed on articles for deletion (provided there's a consensus) for more than one week, protect pages when asked to, and keep the few protected pages that exist on Wikipedia up to date.

Almost anything you can do can be undone, but please take a look at The Administrators' how-to guide and the Administrators' reading list before you get started (although you should have read that during your candidacy ;). Take a look before experimenting with your powers. Also, please add Administrators' noticeboard to your watchlist, as there are always discussions/requests for admins there. If you have any questions drop me a message at My talk page. Have fun! =Nichalp «Talk»=
 PS Please add you name to WP:LA!

=Nichalp «Talk»= 12:15, 24 March 2007 (UTC)

Congratulations! =Nichalp «Talk»= 12:16, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
Many, many congratulations. --Guinnog 12:27, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
Congratulations Michael! Good luck with adminship. :-) - Anas talk? 12:37, 24 March 2007 (UTC)

Congratulations, Michael and welcome to the Aussie Cabal. Your membership package will be delivered to you shortly. Please read it and then destroy it immediately. ;D Sarah 13:06, 24 March 2007 (UTC)

But.. they don't deliver mail on Sundays. And if you look at the clock, yes, it is Sunday already. Don't forget to turn back the clock in a few hours! Cheers --Michael Billington (talkcontribs) 13:09, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
No, no, not in the mail, we're much more mysterious than that! It will be delivered by shadowy men with no names and wearing dark suits and driving black cars! Ty for the daylight savings reminder. Cheers Michael and enjoy your adminship, Sarah 13:27, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
Cabal instructions on how to open the package without detonating the trap will be delivered tomorrow by a shonky-looking guy in a black overcoat Congrats! Don't forget to add Category:Australian Wikipedia administrators! Daniel Bryant
(edit conflict) Oooh, I see. So that's what these weird people in the black Four Wheel Drive are here for. :) --Michael Billington (talkcontribs) 13:33, 24 March 2007 (UTC)

Congrats!!! w00t! - Alison 16:07, 24 March 2007 (UTC)

WAAAAAZAAAAP MOP MAN!

I hears you has mop. Well... now you're going to be my ETERNAL MOPPER! o_O Yes. But anyway, congratulations! --CableModem^_^ 12:33, 24 March 2007 (UTC)

Btw, you bastard, you have more barnstars than me. Looks like I better get editing!--CableModem^_^ 12:34, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
Congrats from Shasta, too, and have fun clickety-clicking with teh mop :] –mysid 12:39, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
Just felt like orange-barring you. I wonder how many times I have to do this till i get a "You is blocked, SUCKA!" notice. =D --CableModem^_^ 12:42, 24 March 2007 (UTC)

Congrats

Did you notice the nice orange bar you had to click to get here? --May the Force be with you! Shreshth91 12:46, 24 March 2007 (UTC)

Yes. :) --Michael Billington (talkcontribs) 12:48, 24 March 2007 (UTC)

RFA

Thanks for your support of my RFA, which ended successfully. Cheers SGGH 20:48, 24 March 2007 (UTC)

Are you tired of the orange bar yet? :)

congrats dude, now I have a lapdog admin :D. T. Kewl the First 01:23, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

RFA Thanks

I would like to thank you for your support in my recent RFA. As you may or may not be aware, it passed with approximately 99% support. I ensure you that I will use the tools well, and if I ever disappoint you, I am open to recall. If you ever need anything, don't hesitate to leave me a note on my talkpage. Thanks again, ^demon[omg plz] 20:46, 25 March 2007 (UTC)


Edit counter

The edit counter is cool! Thanks! Cricketgirl 00:11, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

Congratulations!

Sorry I'm late, but I haven't been around much. I'm glad you finally did decide to become an admin; you'll do very well around here IMHO. · AO Talk 11:04, 26 March 2007 (UTC)


MWT

Vitruvian Barnstar.png The da Vinci Barnstar
For MWT, it's really good! I found it only now, what a waste ;-). Happy editing, Snowolf (talk) CON COI - 20:59, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

Congrats from an old friend

The D says:
Speaking of Rfa
The D says:
Guess who got a mop this week
The D says:
this = last
Ryan says:
?
The D says:
and not me :(
The D says:
Michael Billington :)
Ryan says:
:)
Ryan says:
Give him my congratulations, condolences, and strongest exhortation to give it up and take up www.knittingonline.com
The D says:
hahahaha :P
The D says:
I shall
Deon555talkdesksign here! 09:44, 27 March 2007 (UTC)


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(Late) RFA congratulations

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Me too, I gave you support. Now we'll see if you can because a successful admin. BuickCenturyDriver (Honk, contribs, odometer) 00:25, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
My internet has left the building! Cheers, on becoming and admin! Dfrg.msc 09:36, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
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it.wiki is robbering MTW

And I'm the guilty, eheheh. Snowolf suggested me your tool, and so I'm reading the code in order to import it into it.wiki. The "warnings" management is very great, and I can translate it for it.wiki in few seconds. Maybe that, within few days, you'll see italian wikipedians added to your users list. If you don't like this behaviour let me know, and I'll comment the related code block. Bye --Jalo 15:22, 27 March 2007 (UTC)

Aussie Wikipedia

Nice to see another aussie here :D

Btw bout guitar hero 2, good revert btw. I also warned the "203.212.133.56" person in his talk page.

See ya round!

- Cocopopz2005 03:04, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

You and I aren't the only Aussies here. If you're interested, we have a Wikiproject Australia, which is full of other Aussies. Cheers and have a nice afternoon. --Michael Billington (talk) 07:27, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Appleton links

Hey. I already gave 24.94.139.230 the okay to add the links for now. Please refer to Wikipedia talk:WikiProject_U.S. Presidents#External links and the user's talk page. If someone wants to remove all of them (as spam), I really expect for them to become involved in the discussion/s... El_C 05:48, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Sorry about that. this was the edit which I came across on RC patrol. Spotting that it was at the top of the external links list, that the link had banner ads, in addition to Google text-ads, and that the user who added it had a contributions page filled with external link additions, it seemed to me logical to revert them. Now that I'm aware of the discussion (and I probably should have checked the talk page first), I will self-revert and discuss there. Happy editing, and again, sorry for the trouble. --Michael Billington (talk) 07:05, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
No problem; I just wanted to ensure that there's a consistent administrative position (in terms of a discussion being facilitated), for better or worse. We should probably refrain from reverting back and forth until the discussion is concluded. I don't have a strong opinion on the matter, incidentally, I, as well, just noticed the changes to a few articles on my watchlist and went from there. Thanks. And congrats on the recent RfA. El_C 19:11, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

RFA Thanks

Thanks for your support on my Request for adminship, which was successful, with votes of 49/0/0.

Lemme know if you need help on something I might know a little something about....(check my userpage).

cheers, Casliber | talk | contribs 14:03, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Congratulations

Belated. :) — Nearly Headless Nick {C} 15:36, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Wow, what a score. Keep it up. Xiner (talk, email) 12:54, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

Fifth Melbourne meetup

The fifth meetup of Melbourne Wikipedians is being planned as a breakfast meeting in the city with Jimbo Wales (at a venue to be arranged) on Friday, 27 April 2007.

Jimbo has proposed breakfast as the one real window of opportunity during his tightly scheduled stay in Melbourne. Tbe precise time has to be sorted out with Jimbo, but the arrangements for the equivalent Adelaide meetup a few days before may give a good idea.

Feel free to edit the relevant page in any way that might be helpful. I feel like a bit of an interloper, not having attended previous meetups. If there's anything you can do to help, I'll be grateful. Please think about whether you'll be able to make it, assuming the arrangements are similar to those Adelaide is adopting (i.e. a block of time with people being fairly free to arrive when it suits them). Some indication on the page of your possible participation would be really helpful. Metamagician3000 06:28, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

How dare you?!

I can forgive many things, but how dare you write such disgusting four letter words on my talk page?! I only allow "go Hawks" to be written in my userspace! Please respect this in future! Sarah 12:04, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

Such brutal birds and terrible food shall always be placed on a second level behind the most gracious bird of the lot :) Daniel Bryant 12:09, 30 March 2007 (UTC)
Oh, you wait Bryant. This year were taking it all back. (If you are not from Australia, and the above section has confused the Hell out of you, I advise putting a brown paper bag over your head and lying on the floor.) Cheers! Dfrg.msc 05:49, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
Now, as if anyone needed convincing that Collingwood is unbeatable... let's take a look at what's gone on today: The Pies won, the Swans lost and the Hawks got demolished. I predict that the same will happen next round. --Michael Billington (talk) 14:03, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
Sorry Michael but what was that you were saying? I can't hear you! Colliwobbles are what now, UNBEATABLE?? And the Hawks would be DEMOLISHED in round two? I hope you aren't a betting man because none of your predictions for round two worked out! I don't mean to rub salt in your wounds, but you know that the Colliwobbles are below the Hawks and the Swans on the ladder?! ;D Sarah 00:31, 10 April 2007 (UTC)
It's early days yet... We'll see come round 13 what the hawks are really made of. And thanks to you, the wiki has one more redirect to add to its collection: Colliwobbles. --Michael Billington (talk) 01:19, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

RfA

Congrats! You'll be a fine admin - if you ever need any help with your superstrength admin tools, drop me a line :) Grutness...wha? 00:29, 31 March 2007 (UTC)

If sitting infront of a CRT for this long gives me super strength... then I wonder what benefits some radioactive waste may carry? I may have found a fast track to taking over the world, thank you for helping my evil plans to slide into place. Oh um... if I need anything, I know who to bug. Cheers. --Michael Billington (talk) 14:47, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
Well, to elaborate on my comments about your interesting wardrobe choice, if I can recall correctly, you were wearing a collared black thing, with red stripes that came up to your neck. I understand you were in Tokyo at the time, but Australian audiences are more accustomed to a singlet and thongs combo. People on television, in Australia are frequently naked from the waist down. No problem Michael! I know you'll use them well. Cheers! Dfrg.msc 07:15, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

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