User talk:Mild Bill Hiccup

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Hello, Mild Bill Hiccup, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. If you have any questions about Wikipedia, feel free to leave me a message on my talk/chat page or by typing {{helpme}} at the bottom of this page. Here are some pages to help you. The left column contains tutorials and introductory pages while the right shows ways to help out Wikipedia.

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Again, welcome! :) --Hdt83 Chat 06:46, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

User name[edit]


Great name! Dogru144 20:40, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Hi, I was reading the Sukhoi T-50 and went to Edit mode to change two "it's" to "its"--and they weren't there. You beat me by seconds. Interesting. That's never happened to me before.HowardJWilk (talk) 06:54, 25 November 2011 (UTC)

your username[edit]

is great. Made me smile :) -- phoebe / (talk to me) 06:07, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

Love your user name, mate![edit]

That's all I wanted to say ;-) - Happy editing - Ingolfson (talk) 09:11, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

Pile-on here. 17,000 edits and I've never seen that before? One of the best yet - LMAO and it's going in the notebook. :) Franamax (talk) 11:24, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
First time I noticed you, and I have to agree with the above! LessHeard vanU (talk) 12:47, 23 April 2009 (UTC)


Just saw your username for the first time, and wanted to name :) --Hammersoft (talk) 15:12, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

Clever name[edit]

Hello...just thought that your username was pretty clever. How did you come by it? (And btw, I think your service ribbon is a bit out-of-date lol!) Cheers! --It's me...Sallicio!\color{Red} \oplus 22:12, 2 May 2010 (UTC)

Me too[edit]

Just came over here to tell you I love your username and there was already an entire section devoted to it. Well done. Arbor832466 (talk) 17:59, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

Me too, redux[edit]

I've been chuckling over your user name for days, having seen it recently for the first time. Frankly, I'm jealous that I didn't think of one that's as good. Also love the comment on "its" vs. "it's" below. I read a similar complaint some time ago regarding a native German speaker arguing with a native English speaker over an English word that, even when given dictionary proof it didn't exist, was not willing to give it up. Cheers — Marrante (talk) 17:27, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

Great name![edit]

I love your username! One of the best I've ever come across! (talk) 02:05, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

It doesn't get old, does it?[edit]

So obviously I'm not the first person to note this, but I literally laughed out loud when I saw your name in Special:RecentChanges. Brilliant. NorthBySouthBaranof (talk) 03:33, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Good to arrive here and see that I'm far from the first person to do that. Well played, sir. — Scott talk 17:57, 13 March 2014 (UTC)


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Thank you! Anarchia (talk) 10:03, 23 November 2007 (UTC)


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For your diligent work in the ungalmorous unglamourous but oh-so-necessary fixing of spelling mistakes over a period of many months, I hereby award you this Barnstar. YSSYguy (talk) 01:07, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

G'day from Oz; I sometimes dabble in fixing typos and spelling mistakes, but compared to you I am just a dilettante. I started because of my own finger dyslexia in typing "aircrfat" instead of "aircraft" and usually just search for mis-spellings of "aircraft" ("aircrafts" is like fingernails down a blackboard to me), or instances of "reserach" (a mis-spelling that I have corrected several hundred times in my partner's Doctoral thesis).

I see you have come across Ryan Kirpatrick's editing style; there is plenty of work to be done in the articles he has created that still exist (his article deletion rate is running at about 30%). Cheers! YSSYguy (talk) 01:07, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

PS my initial mis-spelling of "unglamourous" was completely accidental.

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Tank you for cleaning up Linear temporal logic to Büchi automaton, Ashutosh Gupta (talk) 09:31, 6 June 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for the article The Figurine :) Oyesunkanmi (talk) 01:10, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Season's tidings![edit]

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To you and yours, Have a Merry ______ (fill in the blank) and Happy New Year! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 01:46, 22 December 2012 (UTC)

Thanks. Mild Bill Hiccup (talk) 18:24, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

Riding with Private Malone[edit]

Just wondering why you put a "Clarify" tag on "The Boot" when the footnote clearly shows "The Boot" to be a website. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 01:59, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

The footnote wasn't appearing. The two references have now been fixed to have different names. Mild Bill Hiccup (talk) 01:28, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

Article Feedback deployment[edit]

Hey Mild Bill Hiccup; I'm dropping you this note because you've used the article feedback tool in the last month or so. On Thursday and Friday the tool will be down for a major deployment; it should be up by Saturday, failing anything going wrong, and by Monday if something does :). Thanks, Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 22:33, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

EC, forgot what my heading was![edit]

Hello Mild Bill,

I noticed you've been deleting some links from SAH-archipedia, and I've reverted your deletion at least once. I was actually quite pleased when I first saw one of these links - the info looked to be very high quality and (in Pennsylvania) was written by George Thomas - the top architectural historian in the area. Obviously the SAH folks (if it is them) haven't approached this in the best way, but I'll ask that you not WP:Bite.

I don't want to claim ownership of these articles, but I will say that I'm one of the most active editors on articles in SE Pennsylvania on historical buildings (see my user page). Or you might check with other users like User:BoringHistoryGuy or maybe User:Ruhrfisch.

Thanks for any help. Smallbones(smalltalk) 13:53, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for the help and good example on the article Awka-Etiti Ochiwar (talk) 10:28, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Mosaica Education[edit]

Hi! You recently removed a bunch of poorly written info on the article about Mosaica Education. I think there was a lot of good information there, though it was presented with an extreme negative POV and poor grammer. Prior to those poorly written additions, the article was a perfect company crafted advert. There's been a lot of buzz on NPR lately and that editor's attempts at adding info cited it. I am also not skilled enough to synthesize it into a proper article but I wonder if you could have a second look at it and make heads or tales... ? :) (talk) 01:16, 5 April 2013 (UTC)


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Please see User talk:Ground Zero re the Border Peaks de-capitalization.[edit]

I'm informed by Marcus Qwertyus, who I thought had done the speedy to the lower-case version that's there now, that it was you who moved them. You have ignored the citations and ignored the context of the article and the previous evolution of its title; these are official and treaty-defined proper names (in both USGS and BC Names/CGNDB) and that's why it's titled the way it was, and why "border" is repeated twice in the same title (first is capitailazed as part of proper names/definition). This is not a list of peaks that happen to be on the border, this is a list of the peaks that are the border. This should have been an RM, if at all, and I'm not an admin so can't reverse your unwarranted change. Please read cites and consult authors of the article (I'm not the only one) before doing such things again. I've asked Ground Zero to revert it; he's another Canadian editor like myself but this is also a joint US-Canada article.Skookum1 (talk) 15:46, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

You didn't indicate which article you were referring to, but if you meant List_of_boundary_peaks_of_the_Alaska–British_Columbia/Yukon_border, then see the article history. Mild Bill Hiccup (talk) 23:08, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

Glad Tidings and all that ...[edit]

Bolas navideñas.jpg FWiW Bzuk (talk) 21:13, 26 December 2013 (UTC)


St Andrews Cathedral Sydney Magi 01.JPG Happy New Year, 2014
From Amandajm (talk) 09:32, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

The Epiphany Window, St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, by John Hardman & Co. of Birmingham

"Range are vs. range is"[edit]

Does this mean that the overwhelming more common construction "a range of size are available" is incorrect? I'm trying to work out if this is one of those cases where American and British English vary, or if I'm just wrong! English plural#Singulars with collective meaning treated as plural would suggest that in British English, I can use whichever I please; does this differ in American English? Harrias talk 06:57, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

In American English, "a range is" is singular and "ranges are" is plural. Mild Bill Hiccup (talk) 14:18, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

ArthurRead1234 => Marshall1234[edit]

Hi. An investigation into sockpuppetry by ArthurRead1234 has been opened at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/ArthurRead1234. MartinSFSA (talk) 11:58, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the tip; I wasn't familiar with that second account name. I wouldn't be surprised if they are the same, and even if not, their edits are essentially 100% non-constructive. Mild Bill Hiccup (talk) 01:06, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Citations in general and citations on the Linda Hoyle page in particular[edit]

Hi Bill, I've tried to figure out how to communicate with you and this seems to be the correct mechanism. If it isn't then please tell me. I want to thank you for the improvements you've made to the Linda Hoyle page. I'd also like your advice about two of the places where you've inserted a "Citation needed". I tried finding the information I'm after in the MoS, but didn't succeed.

The shift of Linda's name from Hoile to Hoyle occurred early in her singing career. Journalists and interviewers invariably spelt it incorrectly as Hoyle, a much more common spelling.[citation needed]

Is the purpose of the requested citation to demonstrate that the family name "Hoyle" is more common (in the UK) than "Hoile"? Or is it to demonstrate that some publication(s) persisted in using the spelling "Hoile" when it should have been "Hoyle".

It was the latter. I suppose the ideal solution would be reviews or similar mentions from very early in her career where the reviewer used the correct original name, but if she wasn't well known at the time then it's possible such references simply don't exist.

If it is the former, what kind of proof would be sufficient? Does the citation have to link to a source, eg a list of UK family names, with statistics? Or would it be sufficient to state in the "citation" that there are many more (English) Wikipedia pages about people named "Hoyle" than about people named "Hoile"?

If it is the latter, then it would be almost impossible to supply proof.

Probably so; here in the USA for instance I don't remember ever seeing the name "Hoile".

Affinity, over its many engagements there, had in their audience at various times Judy Garland, John Lennon and Stevie Wonder, the latter taking to the stage to play harmonica with the band.[citation needed]

What kind of proof would be acceptable? The members of Affinity would be able to vouch for the event, but would this have to be provided in a book or a newspaper article?

Thanks Misha Wolf (talk) 20:15, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

I thought the Wikipedia guidelines would have a good explanation of this somewhere, but the best I could find was Wikipedia:BLPSOURCES, which isn't that helpful either, so I decided to remove the templates for now. Mild Bill Hiccup (talk) 22:51, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Reversions on Portland Trail Blazers[edit]

You and SpinDoctor101 have a dispute over capitalization of the team colors. I don't agree with their edits, but you should start a discussion and at least not call it vandalism. I left a notification on their talk page, but there's been no response. Conifer (talk) 06:30, 17 August 2014 (UTC)