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22:55 Friday 26 December 2014 - - - - WELCOME TO MY TALK PAGE

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Thanks. PamD

Note to self - 4 August[edit]

Time to remove any still-unsourced BLP content from Uncredited background singer - givng 2 weeks from today's {{cn}} tagging. PamD 14:16, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Manchester Village Spartans RUFC[edit]

Thanks for your help/corrections for the new page for the Village Spartans.

Can bother you to check the new content to make sure it's all ok? I've tried to uploadthe club logo but it wont let me - any chance you could help me out here? a Thumbnail of is or the larger one is at


@Btvs4232: (Don't forget to sign any talk post pages by typing ~~~~) - I've uploaded the logo (you have to copy it to your own computer and then upload it using the "Upload file" link on the left of the page), and tweaked the page quite a bit. I've used the standard template at {{Infobox rugby team}}, copying the usage from Bristol Bisons. There's scope to include diagrams of the kit, but I don't know how your rainbow striped arms would work out. I'm sure if you can't figure out how to do it you could find someone at Wikipedia:WikiProject Rugby union who could help. Good luck. PamD 18:14, 22 July 2014 (UTC)


The section "Reception and Controversy" on is a stub though (talk) 07:52, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

@ But that's no reason to label the whole article as a stub. Add {{empty section}} (as I've done) or {{expand section}}. There's a lot to learn about editing Wikipedia but it's an interesting journey. Happy editing! PamD 09:23, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Nomination of Slovakia (disambiguation) for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Slovakia (disambiguation) is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Slovakia (disambiguation) until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Clarityfiend (talk) 09:23, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Many Thanks[edit]

Thank you for your patient notes. As you can tell, I am beginning to enter the world of reviewing new articles. Your instruction and intention is well-received. I will re-read the guidelines for reviewing new articles and stick with the backlog of older articles that already have been tagged. Thank you again.

Regards, bpage (talk) 13:45, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Signature examples[edit]

Greetings! I am sending this to everyone who has posted to the talk page for WP:Smurrayinchester's signature tutorial, has a customized signature, and appears to be still active. I have created a section for real-life signature examples and I'm soliciting a few more contributions to that section. If you would like to add your signature, simply edit the new section and sign it. Have a nice day!   Mandruss |talk  01:53, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 30 July 2014[edit]

Since it was discovered,gold has evoked many emotions, the foremost of which is greed. When this precious metal was discovered in South Africa it was no different, and countless men have risked all trying to get their hands on it...legally or otherwise. The need to protect the gold on it's journey from deep within the bowels of the earth to bank vaults and jewellers' workshops was, and is, is paramount importance. Mark Corby was one of the men employed in the endeavour and his book takes you behind the scenes to meet the colourful characters who spent their days guarding it, the men from a myriad of tribes and cultures who mined it, the people who tried to steal it, and the people who controlled all. Mark's stories form an integral part of the South African mining industry, culture and history. Note to Editor: This is the back cover of the book I have authored - the 'bot' found it on scrib and I really don't understand why I cannot post the article??? Markcorby (talk) 11:05, 30 July 2014 (UTC)


I make apologies in advance as I am really not sure how this all works! I have submitted text but apparently it needs permissions or something. I am the author and copyright holder of the text.

Could you please kindly explain what I have done wrong or not yet done.

Many thanks.Markcorby (talk) 11:11, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Hallo Mark, and Welcome to Wikipedia. (I've taken the liberty of moving your signature to the end of your words, as it had got into the midst of the last couple of lines)
There are various problems here:
  1. For some reason you were trying to edit my personal User Page. It's "semi-protected" so that it can't be edited by anonymous or very new editors - in fact there's no reason for anyone but me ever to edit it. I don't know why you were trying to edit it, but it was the wrong place for you to be editing. The semiprotection, set up against vandalism, has prevented an accidental edit.
  2. You shouldn't be creating an article about your own book. Please read WP:COI. If your book is reviewed in "Reliable sources" (Newspapers etc, not just blogs), wins a recognised award, or otherwise becomes "notable" (see WP:Notability (books)), then you should start an article as a WP:DRAFT and ask someone else to review it before it becomes an official article. Or wait for someone else to create the article because they know about the book and think it worthy of an article (though if they can't show evidence of "Notability" it will probably be deleted). Not every book which has been published is appropriate to have a Wikipedia article.
Ah, going to your talk page to notify you of this reply I see that you've already created a draft article with this text. I've still no idea how you came to be trying to add it to my personal user page! PamD 12:46, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you for answering a few questions on my talk page when I was on my wikibreak. Your help is appreciated! A2 17:13, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Request for a review[edit]

I understand that you have a lot of experience in reviewing articles. You helped me to understand that it was not required to 'double tag' a new article. Thank you. I have continued to review articles, mostly from the oldest end of the list. You suggested that I take my time and not hurry through the review process. I have reviewed an article and have tagged it for deletion. I spent quite a bit of time assessing the references and found them to prove that the subject of the article is not notable. I am asking you review the article Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Paul Jarvis (author). We can't seem to reach a consensus. bpage (talk) 13:49, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

@Bfpage: I haven't nominated many articles for AfD, and would usually go for PROD first - takes up less of everyone's time. It's also generally better to save other editors' time by being succinct. In this case I think I might have nominated for PROD with the rationale "Non-notable: nothing to indicate that he passes WP:AUTHOR or WP:GNG". The first of those is part of WP:CREATIVE, a general listing of what creative people need to do to be considered notable; the second is the General Notability Guidelines. There seems nothing here to indicate that he passes either. (If you want to record your researches, you could add them to the article's talk page - though that does have the disadvantage that if the article is deleted the talk page goes too, so the comments are lost, whereas AfD discussions stay around forever, which I suppose is an argument for putting all your evidence there, useful if the article is ever re-created and needs to go to AfD again ... but a summarising first sentence would be appreciated by those who don't want to read further.) With PROD, if neither the original author nor anyone else bothers to challenge it within the one week allowed, the article is likely to be deleted if the first admin who looks at it after that week agrees with your rationale. AfD comes to the attention of many more people, and can drag on.
I'm not sure why you say "We can't seem to reach a consensus": one other editor has said "delete", and another has pointed out that the fact that you nominated it for deletion counts as your "!vote" for deletion, so you don't need to say so again. No-one much has joined in the discussion because ... well, perhaps because the man seems inherently non-notable! I've added my "!vote" (read as "not a vote", since AfD closers are supposed to look at strength of policy-based arguments, not just numbers). PamD 14:34, 15 August 2014 (UTC)


PamD, I have no problem with maintaining inaccurate redirects (you just deleted my request to delete it), but is it sensible? The page was created by a new user who got stomped on by some uncivil editors with the result that after a day's work they gave up and (afaics) have never returned to WP. The small mistake of a preposition in the title is easily explained by its use in the journal of the society. I sent the new editor a welcome (4 months late) but doubt there'll be a response. I also changed all links except one on a talk page. Chris55 (talk) 21:32, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

@Chris55: I just saw it as a "plausible typo" redirect, better kept than deleted. It's so easy to get those little prepositions wrong. I agree that the initial tagging was very badly done (a) one minute after creation, and (b) going too fast to notice that it was thoroughly referenced, just not using inline linked cites. Some new page patrollers do a lot of harm to the encyclopedia by, as you say, "stomping" on new editors. We'll never know just why she didn't come back. Rather than change all the links, you could just have left the redirect to handle them - and the talk page link is another good reason not to delete the redirect, as it would have been broken by deleting the rd. But basically, there's no reason to delete it, it's not doing any harm and will potentially help someone, or avoid the article being re-created accidentally: if one editor could make the mistake, so could another. See Wikipedia:Redirects_for_discussion/Common_outcomes#Typos PamD 22:04, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the policy link. There was only 1 link that I changed, no double links, and the new article picked up several red links. Is there a policy on uncivil editors I could follow? Chris55 (talk) 07:48, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
@Chris55: I've left a note at User_talk:BiH - and their talk page archives show several similar "hang on a minute" comments. There's stuff at Wikipedia:New pages patrol about not adding CSD tags within first few minutes of an article's life, but I can't quickly find anything more general, beyond WP:BITE. PamD 13:34, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks Pam, an excellent tutorial in what to do. It's slightly depressing that exactly one minute after finishing his (I presume) answer to you he repeated the behaviour, including generating a long piece on the user's talk page. And indeed that page shows that another patroller had done exactly the same half an hour before on a similarly named page which the user may not have known what to do with. Looking at his scalp list, it's obvious that someone has to monitor these pages (tho not having the admin privileges to inspect deleted pages it's impossible to tell whether the deletions are justified). But it does seem to me that a speedy deletion request is the wrong weapon. What might be more appropriate would be some type of 'draft' status for new articles that don't meet some obvious requirements. (Personally I think new users should be discouraged from creating a new article before they have experience in editing other articles, but somehow 'new articles' is the only metric WP seems to understand.) Most of these new articles won't have any links pointing to them anyway so nobody will see them. Still I suppose I should look at what's currently promoted before proposing anything. Chris55 (talk) 20:18, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

As a discussant at Talk:Legends_(TV_series)#The hatnote, I am calling your attention to Talk:Legend_(disambiguation)#Merger_proposal.--TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 04:22, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Contribution was constructive[edit]

My contribution to the Yorkshire sports section was constructive because it said Yorkshire City twice & both hyperlinks lead to the same page.

"Football clubs founded in Yorkshire include Barnsley, Bradford City, Doncaster Rovers, York City, Huddersfield Town, Hull City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Rotherham United, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and York City" — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:32, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Fair enough. Next time please use an edit summary to explain your edit. PamD 21:54, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

St. Mary's[edit]

Good catch. I never even thought of looking for the church. I will apologize to the contributor. DGG ( talk ) 17:13, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

@DGG: it was Demiurge1000 who suggested on User talk:Missvain that the church would be notable, which gave me the idea of looking for it. This thing has sprawled around far too many pages in the last few days! PamD 18:19, 18 August 2014 (UTC)


...for your note on my Signpost article. It's a small world- I grew up in Askam (next stop on the railway after Barrow) and did my first two degrees at Lancaster University, so I've passed through Silverdale plenty of times. Beautiful part of the world! J Milburn (talk) 20:23, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

St Mary's cont.[edit]

Dear Ms. Pam D,

Reference: your assistance with the book about St. Mary of the Visitation Church - Huntsville, Alabama,_Alabama)

Thank you so much for your kind research and assistance with this. It was very clever of you to discern the connections and we certainly appreciate the "further reading" reference.

I did not know there was an article about the church and having read it I suspect one of the researchers of the book contributed the article. He is a friend and retired engineer who researched and published the architectural aspects of the building in the history book, I will contact him to verify it. If it is he, I know he will be delighted about your efforts and message.

Interesting- I made the picture of the front of the church used in the article. It was made to document the funeral drapery marking the mourning period when Pope John Paul II passed-away.

I am delighted you discovered a way to reference our important history book; interested history researchers will appreciate your efforts.

p.s - There is a Leeds, Alabama, it's a few miles from our Birmingham!

(@DGG:, @Cullen328: - this is to share my response – Dear DGG and Cullen 328 we also appreciate your guidance and professionalism to keep Wikipedia a reliable source, I'm impressed.) Wikisjt3 (talk) 05:46, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

@DGG:, @Cullen328: - as the above "pings" won't work ... PamD 06:32, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
PamD, I commend you for checking, finding the article, and adding the book as "further reading". I wish I had. The building itself is clearly notable, and adding information about the congregation itself would be a good addition. Drmies resides in Alabama. Perhaps he might take an interest, but that's up to him, of course. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 06:39, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
  • I'll be glad to have a look later today. Also, Jimbo is on vacation; perhaps he's spending some of it at home and you can ask him to drop by the library or, of course, the church, to take some pictures. Thanks, Drmies (talk) 14:06, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Hmm. I can't really find anything that has any kind of substance, besides the occasional wedding announcement. It's the local papers that have that, maybe, but it will take me some time to dig anything up. I'll give it another try when I'm back on campus; our library may have something. Drmies (talk) 19:48, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Untitled reply re St Mary's[edit]

Dear PamD

Thanks for your nice reply and additional information. I'm amazed at the complexity of Wikipedia. I had no idea about this, the protocols, codes and the ethical aspects. I have a new perspective.

I submitted my picture for the church web site gallery. So it’s possible the copy came from there. Also a possibility; it could have been taken by another photographer about the same time. I may research the source more and if it’s mine and I'm almost sure it is – I would be pleased to have the credit for it.

I’m interested in this Wikipedia world and may attempt another article. Now let me see, what will it be?

“Y’all” keep up the good work as “keepers” of the world’s knowledge!

Best regards, from north Alabama Wikisjt3 (talk) 22:06, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Ref. St Mary of the Visitation-Huntsville picture in question.[edit]

Dear Ms. PamD I apologize – it is not my picture. I checked my files and, in my picture the church has black mourning drapery. I see the picture in the article does not have the black drapery but in fact appears to have Christmas decorations. The picture is very similar to mine except mine has added text explaining the drapery. I apologize. I’m trying the “pingy” thing you mentioned earlier to also alert @Spyder Monkey of my confusion. I hope I did it right. If not could you kindly alert him? Regards, @Spyder Monkey: Wikisjt3 (talk) 22:43, 19 August 2014 (UTC) Wikisjt3 (talk) 22:48, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Nearly right: you don't need to type "@" within the {{ping}} (as I see you realised). Also, don't start a line with a space, or it ends up formatted weirdly, as yours did. And remember to use a proper section heading! There's a lot to learn about Wikipedia, but I've found it really interesting over the years. Good luck. Glad we've cleared up about the photo: I suppose if there's one viewpoint from which the church looks at its best, there will be a lot of photos taken from that point which look pretty similar! PamD 22:51, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Hit By Lightning[edit]

I nominated article for AfD. Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Hit By Lightning  SmileBlueJay97  talk  09:37, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

@SmileBlueJay97: So I see: I see also that one of our more aggressive fellow editors is involved. I won't be getting involved in the discussion: yes, it's allowing incivility to win, but it's not worth my stress levels the day before taking a wikibreak. Good luck. PamD 15:03, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
To be honest, until I'd linked all the names and found them going blue, I was quite expecting this to be some film-school production: the stub as written gave no evidence of any sort of notability. If they'd all been redlinks I'd have tagged it for CSD under "made up"! PamD 15:05, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Enjoy your break! Take a chance to read the points I've raised at the AfD discussion to increase your competence for when you return. Lugnuts Dick Laurent is dead 18:02, 20 August 2014 (UTC)


This response from you was archived pretty quickly by Boleyn. I've no idea why, especially since you asked a question yourself, but thanks for trying anyway. I will mull over how best to treat all of the 306. It might be that a list would be the best temporary solution, with potted bios for each of them. As, if and when, entries in that list might be linked to specific biographical articles. we already have some, of course, eg: for Harry Farr. - Sitush (talk) 00:36, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Rose Ann(e) McGreevy biographical entries[edit]

Hi PamD, thank you so much for helping with this project being of a standard to be published. I am already in a bit of a spin about putting and "e" on her middle name..... and the fact that published material about Rose might have Ann either spelt differently or not included in the reference to Rose McGreevy.

I have just tried to edit her name in the only existing mention of Rose in Wikipedia in the article "Gay Star and Upstart" as well as my first attempt at an edit by including her then incorrectly spelt name in "List of Australian Artists" which I have subsequently attempted to edit with the deletion of the "e" that will break the link the the now queried "Rose Anne McGreevy" entry. Phew!

Anyway I am wondering if the most functional approach to all this is to have the disputed "Rose Anne McGreevy" page deleted and I go back to establishing the article again without the middle name in the heading..... and any subsequent links without the middle name. Thanks for reading all this Zaftiglet (talk) 02:28, 27 October 2014 (UTC)zaftiglet

@Zaftiglet: Don't worry. Wikipedia has a "move" facility and another editor has moved the article to the right spelling. This automatically creates a "redirect" from the former title, so no links are broken. When I'm on a real computer next I'll also make a redirect from the form without middle name - can't do on mobile. Several sources seem to use "Anne" - I don't know whether she changed it or they were just wrong!
The article is still a bit thin on sources to show notability. Were her works reviewed in any national newspapers or magazines? Not necessarily online: references to old hardcopy reviews are fine. Also, you have not yet contributed to the AfD discussion, only its talk page-but your coments there should be about Rose's notability, not about creating a memorial article for her widow etc. See WP:NOTAMEMORIAL or something -can't easily check on mobile. PamD 05:53, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
@Zaftiglet: OK, I have made that redirect, so she's findable on all reasonable variations - Anne, Ann, no middle name.
The article would be improved if there was a photo of Rose and/or of one of her works. There are copyright problems, especially with photos of works, but if you know someone who has themselves taken a photo of Rose which they would be happy to make freely available for use elsewhere with attribution to themselves via links, they could upload it to Wikipedia and you or they or another editor could add it to the article. It's much easier in copyright terms if it's the person who took the photo who uploads it, as "own work". PamD 08:39, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
@PamD: Thanks for all your help. On wednesday I will be sharing this project with many of Rose's colleagues, friends and family. I have good reason to believe that there will be much more information, images and other media that will not incur copyright claims. As far as I am aware it is OK to use content from Rose's blog I will find some pics of Rose and will work out how to put them into the sandbox Zaftiglet (talk) 13:01, 27 October 2014 (UTC)zaftiglet
@Zaftiglet: If you feel that Rose would have appreciated having a Wikipedia article about her, then please encourage people you meet on Wednesday not just to enhance this article but to join us in creating and improving articles about other topics - perhaps notable Australian women artists, or Ulster University alumnae, or whatever else catches their imagination - people, places, things, ideas. Some people are worried that there is a gender gap amongst Wikipedia editors and also in its content, with under-representation of women as subjects, and under-representation of women among the editors and thus perhaps under-representation of topics which are more of interest to women than men. Me, I just edit randomly, though I suppose articles on women tend to catch my interest more readily. You can see the range of articles I've started if you look at my user page, along with why I started each one: a motley range of topics and rationales.
Unfortunately we can't just add images on the basis of "As far as I am aware it is OK to use content from Rose's blog". There are laws about copyright, her copyright will now be owned by someone else according to her will, and Wikipedia is scrupulous about not infringing copyright (eg I can't add a photo of an illustrated pub sign because it's the copyright of the artist who painted it). But a photo of Rose, uploaded by the photographer, would be problem-free. For photos of her works, someone would need to sort out the copyright position: there's her copyright in the subject matter of the photo, as well as the photographer's rights - it's not an area where I've got any expertise. PamD 13:29, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
@PamD: What you have suggested is what I had in mind as well. I began this article after sharing initial conversations with Rose's partner and mutual friends at Articulate Project Space gallery where she had been exhibiting. I have alerted outside of Wikipedia regarding images and text attribution and copyright. Let's see how this grows Zaftiglet (talk) 23:50, 27 October 2014 (UTC)zaftiglet
@Zaftiglet: Sounds good. I hope you manage to introduce a whole new group of people to Wikipedia editing: some of them are sure to enjoy it once they get past the initial stage where it's all just a mass of rules and jargon. It can get quite addictive. Good luck. PamD 23:58, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Davis Strait Stub[edit]

Thank you for your consideration in helping me learn more about Wikipedia! I must have misread the stub article, (I might have then gone around the wiki spamming in stub templates) but i went back, and you're right. Davis Strait isn't a stub. It might require more info, but it is not a stub. Thank you for your help! P.S you may want to consider using nicer language to new people on the wiki. Just a thought. I never meant to "waste the time of other editors by adding inappropriate tags." BigRift (talk) 03:21, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

@BigRift: I'm sorry that you thought I didn't word it nicely enough. I never suggested you were doing anything wrong deliberately, but asked you politely to take more care. PamD 06:25, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

Category rename[edit]

Please see my proposal to rename Category:Slovakian reality television series to Category:Slovak reality television series Hugo999 (talk) 11:11, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

@Hugo999: Thanks for letting me know - no problem, I obviously got it wrong and should have checked the subdivisions of Category:Television series by country to get the terminology. Thanks for fixing it. Not my area of expertise (or even interest!): I must have had a burst of enthusiasm after stub-sorting Czechia-Slovakia's Got Talent and felt the urge to create categories for it. PamD 12:55, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

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Thanks a lot for the tip Pam, cheers! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lucasmatti (talkcontribs)

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The Signpost: 03 December 2014[edit]

Your post to WP:ANI about abortion[edit]

In my experience, posting to WP:ANI about disruptive or biased editing in areas subject to discretionary sanctions is less useful than making a request at arbitration enforcement. That is just my opinion, and I don't claim to be unbiased. (That is, I know that I don't approve of abortion, but I do approve of treating different views on abortion in a pluralistic society with respect.) I suggest that you try Arbitration Enforcement. Have you template Marie Warren yet? Robert McClenon (talk) 18:01, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

@Robert McClenon: I wasn't sure where to go - as I said, I've had no dealings with sanctions before. Yes, I templated MW just as I hit "save" on my epic at ANI. I wasn't sure whether at this stage a warning from an admin about POV editing was all that was needed, or what. I was wary of reverting her when my first edits would presumably count as reversions of her original edits so that any further editing would breach 1RR and get me into bother. So I thought I'd let the admins lose on it. The statement at Talk:Abortion says "The Arbitration Committee has permitted Wikipedia administrators to impose discretionary sanctions on any editor editing this page or associated pages." which suggests that Admins, presumably via ANI, are the people to go to. I think at this stage I'll just see what happens. I've got to go out shortly, anyway. Thanks for your interest. PamD 18:13, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
The place to request sanctions is generally at arbitration enforcement, which is monitored by particular administrators who specialize in enforcement of discretionary sanctions. In my view, they are very good at it. While WP:ANI is a place that conduct issues in general can be reported, posts there can get a lot of "drama". That is why I suggest that, if the disruptive editing continues, you go to arbitration enforcement rather than to any other noticeboard. Robert McClenon (talk) 18:17, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
@Robert McClenon: Thanks. PamD 18:19, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

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Llanbadarn Road[edit]

Dear PamD,

I have recently found a deleted page called Llanbadarn Road Ghost. On the page it stated that you wrote the original article. I am messaging you today to ask for any information you can give me related to the article as I am a previous tenant of the address mentioned in the article.

Many thanks and I look forward to your response.

Eburrows3291 (talk) 14:16, 13 December 2014 (UTC)

@Eburrows3291: Sorry to be slow in replying - it's been a busy week. The title is very vaguely familiar, but I'm sure I didn't create the page. I might have moved it to a better title at some point in its history. I don't know anything about this ghost, sorry, can't help. Where did you find a copy of the deleted page, I wonder? Perhaps the wayback machine or similar? It seems it was deleted as a hoax, so presumably whatever was in the article was unconvincing. If there really was a story about a ghost at your address, you might be able to find something through the archives of your local newspaper. (Or, if it's in a student area, the local uni or college newspaper). Good luck. PamD 23:54, 20 December 2014 (UTC)
Ahah: rummaging around further I see that I didn't create the article: it was me who nominated it for deletion as a hoax. See User talk:RogerEmanuel - he was the editor who created the article. PamD 23:58, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

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VisualEditor newsletter—December 2014[edit]

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Basic table editing is now available in VisualEditor. You can add and remove rows and columns from existing tables at the click of a button.

The user guide has more information about how to use VisualEditor.

Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has fixed many bugs and worked on table editing and performance. Their weekly status reports are posted on Upcoming plans are posted at the VisualEditor roadmap.

VisualEditor was deployed to several hundred remaining wikis as an opt-in beta feature at the end of November, except for most Wiktionaries (which depend heavily upon templates) and all Wikisources (which await integration with ProofreadPage).

Recent improvements[edit]

Basic support for editing tables is available. You can insert new tables, add and remove rows and columns, set or remove a caption for a table, and merge cells together. To change the contents of a cell, double-click inside it. More features will be added in the coming months. In addition, VisualEditor now ignores broken, invalid rowspan and colspan elements, instead of trying to repair them.

You can now use find and replace in VisualEditor, reachable through the tool menu or by pressing ⌃ Ctrl+F or ⌘ Cmd+F.

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You can again create and edit galleries as wikitext code.

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Banned and Blocked[edit]

When you say banned,[2] you are talking about ban, BKPATIL1234‎ got indefinitely blocked from editing, not banned from this website. Bladesmulti (talk) 05:09, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

@Bladesmulti: Thanks for the reminder: that was careless of me. PamD 05:52, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

Hello! There is a DR/N request you may have interest in.[edit]


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At the request of the DRN volunteer, I have moved this discussion to WP:ANI. War wizard90 (talk) 23:04, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

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Strange units[edit]

I just chanced on your AfD for 'quarter yard' -- you made some comments about the contributor, which turned up some oddities. Everything is sourced to an "Encyclopaedia of units..." by some Cardarelli, F, said to be published by Springer, one of the "Academic publisher" barons. Well, searching for this encylopaedia on Google, I could not find anything, other than people selling it, which was not a unit article at WP. Perhaps by the same chap. I noticed they want something like 153 quid for this book, and also that it is said to be an expansion(?) of something by the same Cardarelli, F called "Scientific unit measurement". Well, all I found on the Springer website was a real curiosity (This seems to be an article in a journal on photosynthesis, but it is not *by* Cardarelli, it somehow has Cardarelli in the title):

Title: "Cardarelli, F.: Scientific Unit Conversion" (colon and all) by Z. Šesták in Photosynthetica (1998)

This all seems very suspicious -- I just found the following page showing the supposed earlier version

How could M J Shields be the co-editor one time, then the translator for the expanded version? I see there is a "sample chapter" on the talk page for this contributor: is this sufficient to prove this is not an elaborate self-publishing scam?

Sorry to do a brain dump on your user page. I just found Quires, which is an immediate delete, because quire is already there, but I can't get the curation tool to work currently, and manually following these wikiprocedures just takes too long. Imaginatorium (talk) 08:46, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

After finding another 8 new articles with strange units I decided to dig more and noticed your name pop up, the ANI and the other fun. Just wondering what the status is. fyi... articles showed up on my radar because of a syntax problem that can cause Visual Editor to barf. Bgwhite (talk) 09:12, 24 December 2014 (UTC)
Status? Well, here's Cardarelli's website: [3]. Who knows what is real these days, apart from money. I think this "encyclopaedia" should be regarded as tainted, and everything deleted. Imaginatorium (talk) 10:10, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

Season's Greetings[edit]

Best wishes for a very Happy Christmas to all my talk page stalkers who celebrate the day, and for a healthy and happy 2015, with minimal Wiki-dramah and maximal constructive editing all round, to you all. PamD 00:26, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

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