User talk:RomanSpa

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Hello, RomanSpa, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

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bibliomaniac15 04:34, 16 October 2006 (UTC)

PS: Even though you've been on Wikipedia for almost a year now, it's still nice to start off a talk page with a positive note.

Context, etc.[edit]

The Phillips–Perron test is a unit root test.

That opening sentence fails to tell the reader whether this is about agriculture, Catholic Church discipline, military tactics, chemistry, 6th-grade reading skills, etc. Please see my recent edits to that page. I started with this:

In statistics, the Phillips–Perron test is a unit root test.

Notice that I set the title phrase in bold. Things like these are codified in WP:MOS. Michael Hardy (talk) 07:11, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Rex Rammell[edit]

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Correct sexist vandalism[edit]

your reversal on Lingua franca‎ though i agree with it. I don't believe it was vandalism unless i missed something which is possible. depending on where a person is from father tongue maybe be the way people refer to there native language. its the same with the father/mother land issue depends on the country being referred to. so I believe it is likely this was a good faith edit.

Krj373 (talk) 05:10, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

fair enough. thanks for the fast response.

Krj373 (talk) 19:15, 13 March 2010 (UTC)


If you had taken a moment to read the discussion page you would have seen that I stated I was working on the page until April 15th as an English assignment. My last action to my assignment was to edit the copy I put into the article for proper sentence structure and spelling. I suppose since you decided to ignore my discussion request, I guess I can say thanks for doing my homework for me. Also, FYI just because you put a smiley face after your remarks does not make them any less snide. Have a nice day. Alley (talk) 06:56, 15 April 2010 (UTC)


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Codf1977 (talk) 17:20, 19 April 2010 (UTC)

Dr Vince Cable[edit]

The official list of Cabinet ministers on the 10 Downing Street website (which was clearly cited on the page) explicitly identifies him as "Dr Vince Cable" – therefore, please could you revert this edit of yours? Thanks in advance. ╟─TreasuryTagconstablewick─╢ 16:28, 12 May 2010 (UTC)

(The same page also identifies Liam Fox as "Dr." Please put the title back in front of both him and Cable accordingly, as per your edit-summary that I linked to above. Thanks.) ╟─TreasuryTaghemicycle─╢ 16:35, 12 May 2010 (UTC)
Sorry, just saw you fixed it! Ta! ╟─TreasuryTagperson of reasonable firmness─╢ 16:36, 12 May 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for your source of the information about Cable using the title "Dr", even though he's a PhD "outside academia". You could have just made the edit yourself, of course - but then I wouldn't have been alerted to the fact that there's one more pompous ass in the world. RomanSpa (talk) 16:42, 12 May 2010 (UTC)

You could have read the sources listed on the page, of course...! Anyway, thanks for clearing that up. I'm not entirely sure what the last segment of your message is supposed to mean; please confirm as soon as possible that you were not calling me a pompous ass, otherwise I may need to ask for administrator attention (it would be a violation of our civility policy). ╟─TreasuryTagdirectorate─╢ 16:52, 12 May 2010 (UTC)

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Greetings and... reply[edit]

Greetings RomanSpa. Thanks for your note. I suppose you refer to the pages having been marked as patrolled (see Wikipedia:New pages patrol/patrolled pages and Special:NewPages), i.e., the "results" you refer to mean that they have been given the OK. If there had been anything "wrong", I would have taken the appropriate steps and you would have been informed accordingly.

As for improving them, they're fine, and only need expanding along the lines of other, similar articles. However, what you mention about there being several places called Sokoura ("In the Bambara language used in the south-west of Burkina Faso the name "Sokoura" can be translated as "New House" or perhaps "New Houses". That is, it's roughly equivalent to the English place name Newton ("new town").") seems interesting and could possibly be adapted and added. Regards, --Technopat (talk) 07:08, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Thanks for the information. --CultureEurope (talk) 23:12, 2 February 2014 (UTC)


Thank you for your honesty. I worked hard on these two pages of wikipedia. Hours and hours of research of the best sources... an exhausting job... An immense effort... Thank you. --CultureEurope (talk) 00:14, 3 February 2014 (UTC)


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Hi, I don't know if you're new to the Ref desks, but I only noticed you responding there recently. Thanks for your contributions, and I hope you will continue to give good, referenced answers! SemanticMantis (talk) 00:26, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the encouragement. I hope I've been doing OK so far. To be honest, I've just been answering Reference Desk questions for the last few days, as I needed a break from my terrible self-imposed task of correcting some egregious grammatical errors. I'm likely to be a sporadic rather than a full-time contributor to the Reference Desk. Please let me know if I make any mistakes, and don't hesitate to correct me immediately - I'm just an ordinary editor, so any guidance you can give me would be much appreciated. Thanks. RomanSpa (talk) 01:14, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

As my father would say[edit]

Your anti-Floyd comments are about as funny as a rubber crutch. μηδείς (talk) 04:35, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

They're not meant to be funny. They're a genuine statement of utter loathing. I hate the Beatles too. RomanSpa (talk) 11:14, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

A propos of nothing in particular ...[edit]

I was re-reading User talk:JackofOz and was, once again, puzzled why some who knew what Stilton was would call it mold rather than mould. Would you care to put me out of my misery? If so, I'm sure I'd be eternally grateful. (Eternally.) Thanks in advance, Pdfpdf (talk) 13:25, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

My choice of spelling arose as a result of a sequence of comments made in answering a question on the Reference Desk:
<Medeis> Pink Floyd is sui generis, there's nothing they've done that has ever followed a mold--they have created genres, not adapted themselves to them. I Find RomanSpa's comments shocking. I suspect there are even people who deepfry live kittens. Floyd has no equal...
<RomanSpa> I'd rather deep-fry a stack of kittens than listen to Pink Floyd.
<JackofOz> Deep-fried mold sounds quite yummy, too.
At that point I passed on the idea of deep-fried blue cheese, and used the spelling "mold" simply because JackofOz had used it; he, of course, had used that spelling as a courtesy to the earlier editor, who I suppose is in a country that uses that spelling.
The conversation arose as part of this discussion:
For clarity, I should note that although I would be quite prepared to deep-fry a stack of kittens rather than listen to Pink Floyd, I would probably prefer not to eat them, as I've been told that cats' meat doesn't taste particularly nice (though I might try a nibble just to check). I can, however, recommend deep-fried cheese in all its varieties. RomanSpa (talk) 15:12, 26 March 2014 (UTC)
You are too kind, RomanSpa. -- Jack of Oz [pleasantries] 18:17, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Editing other's comments[edit]

Hey RomanSpa!

I saw you gave a good answer on the Reference Desk about funding for referendums, but in doing so you struck out part of Dalliance's comment. You explicitly acknowledge this underneath, and explain why you did it, but editing other's comments is kind of a hot-button issue on the Reference Desks, and the only way we've successfully dealt with it is to never edit another's comment, unless it is to fix some formatting issues or delete the comment.

The reason it was such an issue is probably the same reason you thought it would be okay: there is a tension between viewing the answers we give as mini-articles, wikiedited, and viewing the page as more of a talk page. In the end, most people seem to view the Desks as more like talk pages, which is why we sign our answers: editing another's comments is therefore generally considered a problem, since their signature gets attached to something they did not write.

With your response, there was no need to strike that part of Dalliance's comment: you explain why it is mistaken, just below. Dalliance might have struck that part himself in response to your comment, and it would even be okay to ask him to do so on his talk page.

I hope this is helpful: there are so many conventions and social rules that communities build up, and I'd like to avoid you being scared off by people getting cross over a well-meaning edit. (talk) 15:13, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for your kind comment. I've left a fuller reply to this on your talk page. RomanSpa (talk) 20:23, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
Hi again! It's the hidden archive template. "Hatting" on the desks is actually something that I, for better or worse, kind of got started years ago as a sop to fragile egos. It's basically used for when something should, by all rights, be deleted, but doing so would cause too much drama because "my contribution". It can also be used as a way of signalling clearly that nobody should answer a particular question, because some users cannot be trusted to leave it alone, without deleting the question and confusing the probably-newbie who asked it. It's a use of the {{hat}} and {{hab}} templates, like so:
Don't let this keep you from checking out the desks, from time to time, even if you feel the need for a break right now. They have their ups and their downs, and at their best (when people take time to only answer questions they can answer well, and give references) they can be amazing. There was a bright period a few years ago, when a particular regular contributor flounced for another project and all was calm and lovely. They came back, as the desks were irresistible. We've acquired a few new regulars since then, some of whom have still not been fully assimilated. If you only check the desks every week or less frequently, and focus only on addressing the question-asker and not anyone else, and only reply to questions that you can answer well, they can be relaxing and fun even when the regulars are exploding. I wouldn't want to lose you.
And if you try your best to direct people to Wikipedia articles where possible, and locate the missing or inaccurate information when the article doesn't answer their question, before you know it you've started substantially improving articles and adding content to the encyclopedia, which is what the desks used to be so good at. That's part of why we settled on a model for the desks that wasn't "write one good answer between us" or "create an FAQ": if we're essentially writing a mini-article, shouldn't we instead be putting that into the actual article to permanently add to the encyclopedia? It's much more fun to improve the encyclopedia that way, I find, and very productive ;) (talk) 21:03, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
Thank makes sense. Thanks for your good advice! RomanSpa (talk) 06:35, 10 April 2014 (UTC)