User talk:The Rambling Man

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Sat it ain't so[edit]

Leaving or just laying low for awhile? It's almost hard to believe the exit parade of good admins and editors in the last couple years as the community and power-base changes to a different type of wikipedia. I just wanted to say I have always admired the hard work you put in whether editing or administrating, whether it's scolding me or helping me. Fyunck(click) (talk) 19:38, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

C'mon back![edit]

Don't leave the cesspool to the shitheads, TRM. The place still needs to be disinfected from time to time. Those of us still in their swinging need the rest of the gang to hang around. Montanabw(talk) 21:32, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

A sentiment I heartily endorse. Hope you feel differently after the weekend. Cheers - SchroCat (talk) 21:48, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
Ditto Montanabw. Wikipedia's loss is the filthy troll's gain! Cassiantotalk 22:03, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
Yes, have a cleansing glass of Domestos on me, Rambler: ""Kills all known germs. Dead!" Martinevans123 (talk) 22:38, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Take a break if you need it. Such breaks often help to clear the head and calm one's emotions. Wikipedia will still be here whenever you want to come back. Dragons flight (talk) 23:33, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

P.S. To the other editors above: Please try to avoid comments that could be interpreted (or misunderstood) as an attack on other specific users that TRM has had disputes with. Dragons flight (talk) 23:33, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
Disputes, you say? That's all Greek to me. Martinevans123 (talk) 23:39, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
  • I, for one, will avoid no such thing Dragons flight. They know who they are and If the cap fits.... . If I were any of them, I would hang my head in utter shame. Cassiantotalk 00:18, 6 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Come on, TRM. Don't leave :( → Call me Hahc21 00:31, 6 December 2014 (UTC)

What's all this about?? You're not leaving in this way and leaving the boat race articles "half coxless"! Wikipedia can be very exasperating at times and frequently feel like a bloody waste of time, but I do hope you'll reconsider soon.♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:04, 6 December 2014 (UTC)

c/o Highlights from the glorious past: "A fantastically tiny cox!" - [1]. Martinevans123 (talk) 18:21, 6 December 2014 (UTC)
Tiny, indeed!♦ Dr. Blofeld 20:39, 6 December 2014 (UTC)
Nephew of the famous Canadian coxtail. Martinevans123 (talk) 20:55, 6 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Another supporter checking in. Your contributions have been remarkable, and I hope you will return. I exiled myself for a while a year or two ago, fed up with trolling, but returned and have edited happily ever after. I hope you will do so too. The wonderful Boat Race series is too good to languish incomplete. Best wishes from Tim riley talk 18:49, 6 December 2014 (UTC)
The Boat Race series was on track to become the largest featured topic on the Wiki. *sniff*--¿3family6 contribs 20:52, 6 December 2014 (UTC)
Could you just alert us when you get GA status for those boat races that involved an iceberg and the mysterious disappearance of all the crew? Thanks. Martinevans123 (talk) 11:48, 9 December 2014 (UTC) I'm pretty sure Cambridge won on both occasions.


Vincent van Gogh - Sorrow.jpg

(pictured) - J.., I am sure it's the best for YOU to leave this (insert description to your liking, - if you really lack a term consult the Shakespeare insult creator suggesting:   paunchy clay-brained clack-dish) mess, - but think about us for a minute, please, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:23, 6 December 2014 (UTC)

One of my dearest, missed Wikipedians is an earlier friend we called Chzz, and too many others after that. One thing you have in common with Chzz is that I was fortunate enough to have known you both, a little, and, as I remain, days will come when I will have said: "I remember a dearly missed wiki-friend, The Rambling Man." And, as I remember, I will also be hoping that you are happy and well; and also Chzz; and Elen of the Roads too; and ...—John Cline (talk) 09:24, 6 December 2014 (UTC)


To the majority of those kind enough to comment above, and to the many who have contacted me personally, thank you. There's so much more to add, but not right now. My slate is clean and I'm back; let's see what happens next.... The Rambling Man (talk) 22:58, 6 December 2014 (UTC)

Oh, that is good. Nil carborundum, etc etc. In my occasional dealings with you (mostly over cricket), you have been consistently wise and courteous, and I much admire your dedication to building WP, not just sitting around dissecting it and its contributors. Please stay. Johnlp (talk) 23:43, 6 December 2014 (UTC)
Without your potential assistance on race horse articles, I would be lost in my quest for the GA and FA! Montanabw(talk) 01:58, 7 December 2014 (UTC)
Having seen the red-linked user page and what caused it, I was just coming here to thank you for your years of great service to the project and work at the various content processes, and to wish you well going forward in whatever you do. Then I came here and found this. What a nice surprise. Great to see you back, and I hope to see more fine editing from you in the future. Giants2008 (Talk) 02:23, 7 December 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for rethinking your thinks! Ha..... --Khadar Khani (talk) 05:35, 7 December 2014 (UTC)
Expected the above comments to be denounced as frivolous and unproductive. What happened? Seattle (talk) 06:02, 7 December 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, TRM, not trying to push you in any direction right now (in the long term, more than happy to try and push you to stick around and keep up your editing work!) but do you think you might return to the current Boat Race FAC after all? Happy to leave it open a bit longer if so... Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 10:12, 7 December 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of The Boat Race 1970[edit]

The article The Boat Race 1970 you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:The Boat Race 1970 for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Miyagawa -- Miyagawa (talk) 11:22, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of The Boat Race 1870[edit]

The article The Boat Race 1870 you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:The Boat Race 1870 for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Miyagawa -- Miyagawa (talk) 11:42, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

DYK for The Boat Race 1860[edit]

Graeme Bartlett (talk) 13:52, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of The Boat Race 1966[edit]

Typical isn't it? You wait for a Boat Race GA review, and three turn up at once. Just like buses.

The article The Boat Race 1966 you nominated as a good article has been placed on hold Symbol wait.svg. The article is close to meeting the good article criteria, but there are some minor changes or clarifications needing to be addressed. If these are fixed within 7 days, the article will pass; otherwise it may fail. See Talk:The Boat Race 1966 for things which need to be addressed. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Ritchie333 -- Ritchie333 (talk) 12:21, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of The Boat Race 1967[edit]

The article The Boat Race 1967 you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:The Boat Race 1967 for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 14:04, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of The Boat Race 1971[edit]

The article The Boat Race 1971 you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:The Boat Race 1971 for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Wizardman -- Wizardman (talk) 00:21, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

A hint[edit]

What I've found works pretty well when another editor refuses to make their posts conversationally short per community standards is this: don't waste your time reading them. Wait and see if anyone replies; you can likely get the gist of the too long text from the reply, and if no one even replies you haven't expended of your time reading it. NE Ent 03:05, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

Indeed. Frankly I'm too busy writing Good Articles right now to wade through the hundreds of KB of character assassination. It could be adequately summarized (I think) as "be less rude". The Rambling Man (talk) 11:26, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

Boat Race linkrot[edit]

Hello. The website that has links to many (perhaps most) of the Boat Race articles seems to have changed itself into, so the links no longer work. There's probably a quick search-and-replace that would sort them all out, but I'm not smart enough at these things to be able to do that (and in any case the link to the Women's Race history appears to have moved more substantially to a different page within the same website). BTW I changed the wording on the 1966 race to reflect that the Women's Race move is to the Thames Tideway, not to the Thames (Henley is also the Thames); but I suspect that's in other articles too, and again I could only fix this laboriously, one by one, where you probably have tricks and techniques that are way beyond me and can magic them correct in a trice. Johnlp (talk) 19:40, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

Hello John, thanks for your note. Yes, I knew that the official website had changed. They didn't even have the courtesy to let me know....! I've changed every article up to about 1960 and intend, in a quiet moment, to do the rest. I'm also aware that the wording of the soon-to-happen change of the ladies' race will need fixing, that's another 100+ edits I'll need to make. I have, in the past, requested a bot to help, but nothing doing, so I guess it's just going to be down to good old me, my edit button and copy-and-paste....! The Rambling Man (talk) 19:45, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
Oh well, if the relevant technology is cut-and-paste then I can lend a hand later this evening. I take it you have all of them on your watchlist so you'd know which ones I'd interfered with? Johnlp (talk) 19:50, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, bots don't wanna know. Somewhat incredibly, I'd got to precisely 1965 in making the updates. So you starting at 1966 is either a startling coincidence or kismet. The links to everything with "men" in the url just need the "/men" to be removed and the to become The women's results links just need to go back to <ref name=results/> and the one that linked to the history of the women's race needs linking to an archived page. I'm sure I've attended to that in the 2012 article or the 1993 one, both FAs... Thanks for your diligence and your support! The Rambling Man (talk) 19:54, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

2014 Pennsylvania shootings[edit]

I can't nominate it for deletion, but I wonder if this article violates WP:NOTNEWS. --George Ho (talk) 20:59, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks George. It's late in the year, but your message has certainly qualified for the "most bollocks opinion of the year award"! Barnstar will be en route. Unless, of course, we're now happy to accept mass murder in a first world country by deranged gun-crazed pyschos. I guess that's just the thing these days, so commonplace that some of you think it's just another day. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:02, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
I didn't mean to make myself appear narcissistic or anti-social. Sad that victims died and that the killer ran off. Nevertheless, it's not global-quality to me. Too bad the ITN is close to becoming a sensationalistic tool. --George Ho (talk) 21:27, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
Indeed. But there you go. It's all over the media, it's hardly not news. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:27, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
All right; what about WP:N(E)? Does the article pass criteria? --George Ho (talk) 21:35, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
Sure, a gun-toting maniac who, on the face of it, is suffering from PTSD, has killed six, including some of his family, and is on the run. See Raul Moat et al for precedents. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:37, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
Add such info there then, or you want me to add it myself. --George Ho (talk) 21:50, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
Of course, it would be great if you could do that. I'm off to look after my one-year-old who's been a snuffly little monkey and needs some attention before I get my five hours of sleep before my hour commute to my twelve hour job tomorrow. Any help would be brilliant. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:52, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

Wait, don't go. A duplicate article has been created: Montgomery County shootings. --George Ho (talk) 22:01, 15 December 2014 (UTC)


What's interesting in particular are sources from different countries and unique reporting. If Reuters runs an article and 500 syndicates copy the same article, that's one "point" not 500. If every US newspaper runs the story, but very few foreign papers, that's not very strong. I suggest looking at a top news outlet in each major country, such as US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Russia, India, China, Japan, etc. Jehochman Talk 21:36, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

Sure. I'm done with the nomination. It's amazing how quickly we seek to publish a standoff in Australia, and yet, on the very same day, a vet goes gun-toting in the US, and it's almost considered a joke. European news outlets will be nearly asleep now, and dealing with the fallout from Australia. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:40, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
Ok, quickly added German, French and Spanish sources. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:45, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

Featured List Candidate for Guy Sebastian discography[edit]

Hello! Since you've reviewed similar list(s), would you be interested in commenting at or reviewing my FLC for Guy Sebastian discography? It's currently urgently needing reviews, so any input would be appreciated. Thank you! — Usfun8991 (talk | contribs) 05:26, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

Done. The Rambling Man (talk) 07:58, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
So I've added a reliable source for the "highest for an Australian Idol contestant" claim and everything else has been fixed up now. — Usfun8991 (talk | contribs) 00:08, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
@The Rambling Man: Hello, sorry for bothering you but can you please come back and conclude your review for my FLC with a support or oppose? I've corrected everything you suggested. Thanks. — Usfun8991 (talk | contribs) 00:49, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

Talk page regarding In The News errors[edit]

Hi, earlier today I made a suggestion at Wikipedia:Main Page/Errors regarding giving a more specific link for 'supermajority' concerning the Japanese election. Looking at the history of the page, I notice that the original poster subsequently agreed with the proposal. 3 minutes after that you removed the thread with the edit summary of "all fixed". However as far as I can tell the main page hasn't been changed. I'm just curious whether you missed the final posts, or perhaps there was something wrong with the proposal. Thanks, AtHomeIn神戸 (talk) 12:44, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

My apologies, fixed. The Rambling Man (talk) 12:48, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
Thank you very much. AtHomeIn神戸 (talk) 13:07, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

Merry Christmas!!![edit]

And remember to keep the CHRIST in CHRISTmas! E-e-bayer_lover (talk) 22:39, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

Merry Christmas![edit]

A very happy Christmas and New Year to you! Scrooges third visitor-John Leech,1843.jpg

May 2014 bring you joy, happiness – and no trolls or vandals!

All the best

Gavin / SchroCat (talk) 09:33, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

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