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Hi MKDW; I just received your message from a couple weeks ago. It's great to hear from you, and yes I remember you! Especially since I just re-read my old talk page archives when I came back. Right as you sent that message though, I became extremely busy and had to stop editing again (mainly I was defending my dissertation proposal and then celebrating afterwards). But now I do believe I will be back longterm. A lot has changed since the mid/late 2000s when I was most active, but it's great that you and a few of the more experienced editors are still around. I'll still work on NP and RC patrol, and editing articles about politics. I haven't looked at AIV yet. Let's keep in touch. Academic Challenger (talk) 10:12, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

Edits to Gaude Mater Polonia[edit]

The translation from the Polish text to the English, with reference to the Latin original, is correct. There was no need to delete all of it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:13, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

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Thank you for your RfA participation[edit]

Hi there, a bit of a form letter from me, Cyphoidbomb, but I wanted to drop you a line and thank you for your participation at my recent RfA, even if I couldn't sway you to support me. Although I was not successful, I certainly learned quite a bit both about the RfA process and about how the community views my contributions. It was an eye-opener, to say the least. Thank you for your thoughts. Cyphoidbomb (talk) 01:37, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

RfA's are really such a gauntlet and sometimes even the smallest and seemingly insignificant things can tip them the wrong way. I was terribly nervous for my RfA even though I kept telling myself over and over that it was no big deal. It's only human to take it personally and I think in your case the outcome next time around will be much better. You're clearly on the right track. Mkdwtalk 22:32, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Belated thanks[edit]

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I know this is terribly late but I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your participation at my RfA. I appreciated your thoughtful and compassionate participation in the process. I look forward to the opportunity to work together in the days to come. Best wishes, -- KeithbobTalk 19:51, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi Keith, while I stayed neutral in your RfA, I can see that there is some good advice in there that I hope you will consider. Based upon the actual reservations I'd say your next attempt, save for something very dramatic occur in the next 6 to 12 months, that you'll have a much easier time. Mkdwtalk 22:30, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

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RfA comments[edit]

You mean "adjective", not "adverb". As an aside, my personal favourites are "Amelia", "Candida" and "Melina". Axl ¤ [Talk] 21:25, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

You're right. Thanks for catching that. On a side note, I wonder if parents who name their children Melina ever bother to look up it's meaning or are they like, "to heck with it, my child will have a poop name". Quite the interesting RfA !vote there. Mkdwtalk 15:50, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

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Your GA nomination of Sheng nu[edit]

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Check out the [1] and try to figure out how two distinct users can alternate edits in a very small window of time on the same article <g>. The excuse that he "manually" greeted several people is a problem -- but I doubt one "manually" greeted six editors in under a minute. What I find more concerning is the "Minerva from the head of Zeus" appearance of editors, and the possibility that earlier accounts difficult to match by CU (each version of IE is "different") also exist or have existed. Cheers. Collect (talk) 12:40, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) I noticed this when reading the reply to me further down the page, and believe I have the answer to the question, since the setup they would need is the same as the one I use (I only use one account though...). Using more than one user name simultaneously would AFAIK require more than one computer, as in my house where I have three computers, one desktop and two laptops, connected to the 'Net through a 100Mb LAN-connection to a fiber net (which is a common setup where I live). If I want an extra firewall, as I usually do, all three computers exit to the 'Net through a NAT router, and get the same IP, the IP of the router, but I can also bypass the router by connecting all three computers to a switch, which will give each computer a separate IP. If someone with that setup places all three computers on the same desk/table next to each other, they can instantly switch from one user account to another (with the possibility of having a different version of IE on each computer, or IE on one, Chrome on one and Firefox on the third one). Thomas.W talk 19:32, 2 May 2014 (UTC) (I use that setup 'cos I'm lazy, I don't want to carry a computer with me when I move from one part of the house to another...)
Which might make sense but for the fact the person admitted it was a single computer involved, but that he had no idea his friend was editing in an interleaving manner as soon as he left the room <g>. HHGTTG would make this a space drive suitable for Zaphod Beeblebrox. Collect (talk) 19:59, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
Theoretically it would be possible to do it with a single computer running for example Linux, with three virtual machines emulating Windows and running IE, and switching between the VMs (which could be as easy as switching between windows). But only a tiny fraction of one percent of the users here would be able to set it up, and there would be no way a friend would be able to switch places with him without him noticing it. Unless the user has a split personality, and switches from one persona/identity to another every two minutes... Thomas.W talk 20:11, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

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Block evasion[edit] (talk · contribs · WHOIS), who you blocked yesterday, has returned as (talk · contribs · WHOIS). Both IPs geolocate to Bradford, UK, and the new IP's first edit was a direct continuation of the previous IP's blanking on City of Bradford. Thomas.W talk 18:32, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

So it would appear. Same pattern of removing referenced content. Blocked under evasion as WP:DUCK. Mkdwtalk 19:10, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Sheng nu[edit]

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Wil Wheaton photo discussion[edit]

Hi. Can you offer your opinion in the consensus subthread of this discussion? Thanks. Nightscream (talk) 18:07, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

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Request for comment[edit]

Hello there, a proposal regarding pre-adminship review has been raised at Village pump by Anna Frodesiak. Your comments here is very much appreciated. Many thanks. Jim Carter through MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:46, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

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Thank you for your participation[edit]

Mkdw, I would like to take this moment and thank you for taking part in my RfA that happened a while ago. Although it didn't turn out as I had planned, I certainly appreciated all the comments and suggestions given by you and other people. I will learn from all of them and will hopefully run again someday when I'm fully ready. Thank you. TheGeneralUser (talk) 13:55, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

@TheGeneralUser: I'm glad you're back to fight another day. I know you had a rough time with your RFA and the aftermath. I'm sorry it didn't go as you expected and I'm sure you've received a lot of good advice both during and after. If you ever need any advice regarding your RFA, I'd be more than happy to assist and to point out some challenges that may face. Best of luck, Mkdwtalk 20:02, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

Trevor Moran[edit]

Could you please shade some light on the fact Trevor Moran fails the Criteria at WP:MUSIC? User:Andise1 doesn't seem to understand that. --Miss X-Factor (talk) 19:31, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

@Miss X-Factor: Have you tried directly contacting this user on their talk page? Specifically if you're seeking my opinion, I tend to agree that this contestant does not meet the criteria outlined at WP:MUSICBIO. While there is some mainstream coverage on this contestant, it's mostly centered around the fact that they were a contestant on X-Factor, which calls into question whether they were the direct subject of the publication. For example if other contestants were mentioned then it's likely an article about the show and who is on it than the person as a musician. Lastly, it does not appear this artist has release an album or single that has reach a notable position on a national chart, certified gold and above, signed a multiple album deal with a major record label, won a significant award, etc. etc. If the problem persists I'd seek consensus on the talk page and if the editor does not comply with that consensus then there is recourse for other options. Mkdwtalk 19:44, 4 June 2014 (UTC)
@Mkdw: if see in the history of the page, you can see that I've had tried to reason with the user but the user believes he is notable based on media coverage. Miss X-Factor (talk)
In my experience, edit summaries are very limited to what they can accomplish in terms of discussion. For starters, a reply cannot be made without changing something to the article. Additionally, it does not allow others to weight in on the conversation. A talk page has other advantages such as being easily referenced as opposed to looking at an edit history with many of other interactions from other editors to the article in between your relative edits. To be honest, if you want someone else to become involved in a problem you're having, they're going to want to see you make some sort of effort and in the very least a discussion attempt, before you ask them to step in. Edit summary discussions are almost always a requirement before any third opinion or administrative intervention. I'm going to invite Andise1 to this discussion to talk over it with you. Mkdwtalk 21:24, 4 June 2014 (UTC)
He is notable, there have been news articles which clearly discuss the individual. He has released a few singles, which have landed on the Billboard charts. I still stand by my opinion that he is notable. Andise1 (talk) 00:58, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
I did a precursory search and found no evidence that any of his songs have charted on a national chart. Additionally, very few of the sources are directly about Moran outside of his involvement of the show. Mkdwtalk 01:49, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
He has charted. Also, there are quite a few news articles that are mainly about him and his music, which I have used as references in the article about him. Lastly, he's not even mentioned in the article the user above keeps redirecting Trevor's article to. Andise1 (talk) 04:32, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Redirects and the Flash Mob pages[edit]

Hello. I removed the text: "Flash Mob (Anton Schwartz album)" redirects here. For the Vitalic album, see Flashmob (album)." from the top of Flash Mob (Anton Schwartz album) and you undid the removal. I did it for two reasons:

First, it was incorrect - there was no such redirection taking place. I see that you replaced the REDIRECT with an ABOUT which corrects the inaccuracy.

Secondly, it seemed to me extraneous. There already exists the page Flash mob (disambiguation) for disambiguation, and there seemed to me no possibility that anyone would Flash Mob (Anton Schwartz album) for a Vitalic album because "Anton Schwartz Album" is part of the title of the page. On the other hand, "Vitalic" is not part of the title of the Flashmob (album) page, which might suggest the need to clarify that it is not the Anton Schwartz album. Would you suggest that I edit the Flashmob (album) page to put an ABOUT box clarifying that one can find the Anton Schwartz album elsewhere? My feeling is that neither ABOUT is necessary, and that if one is necessary it would be the one on the Vitalic album page (which is not named as such) rather than the Anton Schwartz album page (which is).

Happy to hear your thoughts.

PS Thank you for pointing out that the links on Flash Mob (Anton Schwartz album) to web content didn't meet up to standards. I replaced them with standard magazine citations. Unfortunately that change means there's no way to read the sources by clicking a link - oh, well. — Preceding unsigned comment added by BeTheMusic (talkcontribs)

@BeTheMusic:, I have gone ahead and added {{About}} to the article Flashmob (album) for consistency. They should be kept because there are two albums that share (fundamentally) the same name. Here is why it's important to include these types of templates and why they're a common practice on Wikipedia.
No one arriving at the page Flash Mob (Anton Schwartz album) for the first time will be typing in the Wikipedia article name letter by letter for an exact match. They will be clicking on links in an article or in a search engine (third party or the Wikipedia search).
Flash Mob (Anton Schwartz album) has its name because of a Wikipedia naming convention where Flashmob and Flashmob (album) already exist. In the article about Anton Schwartz, the album should not be cited as "Flash Mob (Anton Schwartz album)" but rather by the actual name of the album "Flash Mob". "Flash Mob (Anton Schwartz album)" is not the name of the album. The brackets are there solely for technical reasons. For those clicking through article links that are properly formatted and have average readership experience on Wikipedia, they will not know the difference until they arrive. There are plenty of other reasons such as people that are familiar with both artists and may not be aware that each artist released their own album of the same name as opposed to assuming it was the same album and each artist had involvement.
Now you also said in the reverse that you didn't think it was necessary. Here's why it's even more important the other way around. Let's now say I'm an Anton Schwartz fan and I know he has an album called Flash Mob. I've also never heard of the band Vitalic, so I naturally click Flashmob (album) in the Wikipedia search. It's clear I'm looking for a music album so sending me to a disambiguation page is an extra step when it's extremely likely I need to only be redirected to the other album's name. In other articles this is far more important but to remain consistent with the rest of the Wikipedia, it should be practiced in the same way. Mkdwtalk 19:16, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

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Flash mob[edit]

Hi there, please take a look at the flash mob talk page. Thanks. Centrify (f / k / a FCAYS) (talk) (contribs) 17:56, 21 June 2014 (UTC)

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Hi Rcbutcher, I noticed you have been notified about unnecessary disambiguation pages and moving pages in the past. Additionally, a number of editors have also reverted moves you have made. I have spent the last little while restoring a few pages that seem to have fallen under the jurisdiction of WP:PRIMARYTOPIC or would have been deemed unique enough that WP:COMMONNAME would have been the preference. This is not to say the moves are inappropriate but care should be taken to ensure that community consensus is reached before proceeding -- especially when dealing with major landmarks. I would also like to mention that WP:DAB and WP:TITLE have several guidelines where if the name is not shared, even if the place's name is seemingly "generic", it does not mean the title should be moved to be more descriptive. If the article title is also the name of the place, it prevails unless there is a valid disambiguation reason. I noticed in a few cases there were no conflicts to the name of the park and they were simply moved because the name of the park was non-descriptive I would like to state for the open record that Skookum1 did not contact me in regards to this matter and that I was alerted to the matter because I had the article Vancouver watchlisted. My regards, Mkdwtalk 21:34, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Understood. No more renaming without consensus.Rcbutcher (talk) 02:35, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

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