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I am giving you this banner star for all of your work at WP:RFD - Tideflat (talk) 01:58, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
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is hereby awarded to Thryduulf for all the work put into contributing at Redirects for Discussion and maintaining the navigational parts of the project. Quiet background work that very few see, yet it has a great effect on the projects readers! Thanks for your work in the area, Taelus (talk) 23:22, 19 March 2010 (UTC)
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is hereby awarded to you, Thryduulf, for closing nearly an entire page of discussions, but more importantly, for all of the other thankless jobs that you do. Arbitrarily0 (talk) 21:26, 5 August 2011 (UTC)
I'd like to echo these thanks, as I think we are some of the only admins who set foot in RfD these days :P. Thanks for helping with the backlog, all the best. --Taelus (talk) 13:44, 6 August 2011 (UTC)
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Thank you so much for helping me with an article (I'm a beginner.) I have no idea what I'm doing but you helped to keep my article up after it was deleted. You also checked back up on it when the references were deleted, I just checked and saw you even helped me on listing them too, I wasn't sure how to do that either. Anyway, thank you. :] Ohthegunsofbrixton (talk) 18:33, 4 August 2011 (UTC)
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Thanks for your (re)-explanation of why it [the Selby Wall redirect] was pointing where it was and why it should point to where it's now pointing Tonywalton Talk 00:11, 31 December 2012 (UTC)
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I hereby award User:Thryduulf this shiny Redirect Barnstar for their excellent work at WP:RFD. Lenticel (talk) 08:57, 30 April 2013 (UTC)
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For your unfailing patience and kindness dealing with VisualEditor related problems and the users struggling with them :). (also for the fantastic car analogy). Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 13:00, 5 July 2013 (UTC)
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I appreciate I already gave you a barnstar for it, but I've just looked at the feedback page for the first time since stepping off my flight, and wow: you deserve another one :). Thanks for all you've done for the VE project thus far. Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 21:59, 19 July 2013 (UTC)
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For sterling work above and beyond the call of duty at WP:VE/F. You're always there, logging defects, updating replies and always with politeness and calm. NtheP (talk) 09:51, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
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Yay! You're here at the [Wikimedia UK] office! Katherine Bavage (WMUK) (talk) 15:27, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
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You put absolutely hours of work into [the WMUK Members' Survey] and I am so so grateful! Really looking forward to finding out what worked and what didn't and making the results useful to the chapter! Thank you so much! Katherine Bavage (WMUK) (talk) 12:14, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
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Arbitration Committee cases are inherently complicated matters. That your analysis of the case resulted in a suggestion widely accepted by participants and arbitrators alike, demonstrates it to be a brilliant idea. Congratulations! MarshalN20 | Talk 14:51, 13 December 2013 (UTC)
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...Here's a barnstar. Consider this a token of my appreciation, on behalf of the project as a whole, for your contributions to this RfC, and for summarising a horribly complicated discussion into something that people could understand (and which slightly lessened my headache in closing it!). HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 19:24, 3 February 2014 (UTC)
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Thank you very much for all your hard work on Wikipedia Takes UCL last week. It was an event from which we've taken many lessons and I believe that a good number of people had a very positive experience from it thanks to you and the team you managed to coordinate. Here's to the next one! ToniSant (talk) 08:11, 28 February 2014 (UTC)
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Chris, I'm indebted to you for your help at the Marjon event. Gil asked me to pass on her thanks in particular for your "excellent and clear explanations of the technical aspects of copyright". Next time I'm looking for helpers for an event, you'll be top of my list. Thanks again, HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 23:21, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
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Hi Thryduulf[edit]

Tx for supporting my Arb motion. Lately it occurred to me however the crux of the problem was probably not so much kafkaeske conditions being imposed on someone, but that person unscrupulously imposing them on others. No amount of arbcom remedy (rewrites) would probably change that.

I had hoped at least ArbCom would have reminded the person that also remedy 3.3 of the infoboxes case is still in force (no battleground behaviour!). Maybe some day the person understands. Maybe not. But from my side, no regrets the motion has been canned. --Francis Schonken (talk) 16:00, 31 October 2014 (UTC)

The problem from my point of view is that the arbitration sanctions have instead of stopping the infoboxes dispute's impact on the encyclopaedia it has made it worse by requiring WP:OWNERSHIP and all the battleground behaviour that comes with that. I have hopes that one day the committee will see the mistake that it has made and act. Instead it has yet again refused point blank to even consider the possibility that it isn't all sweetness and light - very much a head in the sand attitude. Thryduulf (talk) 22:19, 31 October 2014 (UTC)
Yes, agree. Under current conditions they are leaving the work to us chickens every time we come across such ownership-oriented editors, to get the situation defused. I'll be still more uncompromising on ownership issues from now on I suppose, at least that's what I took from the arbcom motion proceedings I initiated. --Francis Schonken (talk) 07:46, 1 November 2014 (UTC)

Guy Fawkes Night cheers![edit]

You're a day early, but thank you! Thryduulf (talk) 21:56, 4 November 2014 (UTC)
I see almost everything coming ahead, as if it were laid down in the stars or a ready-reckoner, or perhaps calendar, my child. It is all written in the stars, and in this diary my aunt gave me. The only exception to my plan of life is whatever the wife says, for that will be done, whether I like it or not, but is never predicted by the oriel. Si Trew (talk) 22:10, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

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Wooton House image on Commons[edit]

The picture of Wotton House on Commons for which you reverted my change is of the one in Surrey. It should not be given the category Wotton House because that one is in Buckinghamshire. Thats why I removed it. I suggest you do now.Plucas58 (talk) 17:10, 7 November 2014 (UTC)

I've undone my edit. It was the combination of removing that category and the removal of the The Iron Bridge category from another image that made me think this was in error. Thryduulf (talk) 19:56, 7 November 2014 (UTC)
I might have a pic for Wootton House which I can freely share (taken by my family). Can you ping me to remind me. I think it is about 1959. Si Trew (talk) 16:21, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

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RfD nov 9 10 and 11[edit]

Any idea why they are missing on these dates? Did I do somethng by mistake to knock them out? I don't want to bother you unnecessarily but it seems a bit odd to me. Si Trew (talk) 16:19, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

Erm, afaict they are not missing. Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2014 November 9, Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2014 November 10 and Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2014 November 11 are all blue links for me. They will not be transcluded onto the main RfD page until that day (i.e. tomorrow UTC for November 9). Thryduulf (talk) 16:35, 8 November 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, I think I am a complete idiot, since it is (was) only 8 November. Si Trew (talk) 01:01, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

Thanks (RfD)[edit]

Thanks for fixing the RfD template at the Awake! redirect. Twinkle failed to automatically add the template, and it's been so long since I've done it manually that I'd forgotten which template was the right one.--Jeffro77 (talk) 07:44, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

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Awake (RfD) - thanks[edit]

Thanks for that revert, I must have slipped and saved it by mistake, was not my intention to subvert the discussion. Si Trew (talk) 08:57, 12 November 2014 (UTC)


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Thanks for your input on the wiki markup RFD![edit]

Hey Thryduulf, I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for taking the time to analyze the status of the huge amount of redirects that I had nominated. At this time, I have nothing to debate or add to your comments. (However, that may be subject to change if I have more time, or if I think of something else.) I also wanted to come here to say ... if you believe that my nomination would be better off going through the RfC process in one way or another, I will in no way oppose. (I thought that the technical complications behind these redirects would have been merit enough for the majority of these to be clearly deleted, so thus, I didn't nominate then separately. [Though I was unsure about nominating '', considering that its usefulness is blatantly obvious, but ended up nominating it anyways since it falls in the scope of my concern regarding all of the redirects I nominated.] However, I also believe that if one person thinks this way, then there are most likely others who think the same.) Steel1943 (talk) 00:27, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

No I think RfD is the correct process to use for these. If I was nominating this many though I'd probably have broken them into chunks (perhaps alphabetically) and nominated them over several days to make it easier to digest - but that might have resulted in less input and/or just "per yesterday" type comments so it's a toss-up who is right.
Generally I don't see the need for these redirects, and I would discourage their creation (but as several I've seen have been the result of different people independently trying to achieve what {{italic title}} does, that's not going to do much; and I just know that a title blacklist would get in the way of something somewhere!) but there are ones that are seeing significant use or have some other reason they should be kept. A way to see what traffic is bot driven would help (possibly coming AIUI) and which comes from internal links and which comes from outside Wikipedia would be very helpful though (not possible afaik). Which leaves the requirement to make some educated guesses, and I always err on the side of keeping something if it seems likely people are using it. Thryduulf (talk) 00:55, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

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Proposed Closure of Formula 1 2015 season German Flag dispute[edit]

I have proposed a closure to the dispute as most parties seem to have understand the opposing views and simply disagree with them and there appears to be a consensus, as an uninvolved editor I would appreciate you weighing in here. SPACKlick (talk) 02:12, 29 November 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the note. I've only just seen it, so far too late to comment, but I am happy with teh outcome. Thryduulf (talk) 18:01, 29 November 2014 (UTC)

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section edit at RfD[edit]

dear Thry,

Am I just my usual idiot or every time I go to edit section I get the whole page for that day (at RfD) not just the section. That is a change. It is not that I cannot be bothered to track it – I shall – but the usual business if you edit a section is that it edits a section, not the entire section.

I make it plain. Editing an entry on "Fitzrovia" on "12 December 2014" does not lead you to "2014_December_12#Fitzrovia". Call me mr stupid but I spend most of my time editing articles and improving them. Something has changed but I can't put my finger on it, but now every time I make a contribution to RfD it has the whole day;s page when I just wnat the one bloody item. And then I cock it up by editing another item when I meant to put one at the bottom. You know me well enough, I am no stranger to cock-ups, but that is absurd.

but also I should like to say, Merry Christmas all to you and yours. Another year survived and improved by good people like thee and I hope me trying to make things better. I know you are perfect and I am not very good, but I try. I hope at least I have made it a little better.

May your god go with you.

S.

Our Dear Leader on Question TIme[edit]

Hi Thry,

Where should we announce it? I imagine it is kinda common knowledge, but my search here in Hungary has nothing about it. I think it will be 8 anuary but was ust announced at the end of the programme as "Our guests will be, Jimmy Wales [I think Jimmy was announced by the chairman David Dimbleby not "James" etc] and other boring politicians [my edit]." I know RfD was the wrong forum, but pace there is no other, really. I have no idea how to submit to Signpost, I just humbly gnome in the background. I get enough abuse about that. I edited a parish rag with 500 delivery for four years and had it set up in type and had to correct middle class English from this comprehensive inky who knows a split infinitive when he sees one, a special pleasure of mine telling the high middle classes that "the hoi polloi" is not good because "hoi" means "the", see fowler, and see them squirm from this poor comprehensive kiddy. I also beat the hell of em out of them at some village do at scrabble, and I wasn't even do ing the nips and tucks but laid some Shakespearean word and was called on it. And of course it is in Shakespeare. Never think a comprehensive schoolboy is thick. I have been fighting tha all my life and will continue to do so. That is about the only chip on my shoulder. When someone assumes I am thick because I speak with a cockney accent, my word you have my hackles up. And I even know what hackles are.

Take your laughs where you can. I still wish you a merry Christmas. I think I signed S. last time, which is how i usually sign in real life, but you can have Si Trew (talk) 18:13, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

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You've made it[edit]

Make us proud. 86.106.137.3 (talk) 02:25, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

I will do my best. Thryduulf (talk) 02:32, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
I came also for congratulations! So far arbitration was (for me at least, as you watched,) a synonym for waste of time, and ideally it shouldn't even be needed, - let's work on that ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:15, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
Indeed, you had the misfortune to be involved in the case that was the committee's low point over the past few years. I'm going to do my best to make sure nobody else has that experience. Thryduulf (talk) 08:29, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
My experience is nothing compared to Andy's, - did you see my Kafka comment of expectation? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:40, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
My condolences on your election. ;-)
I hope that you turn out to be one of those amazing people who can be exposed to the worst problems in the community every day, and still remain optimistic about our future. Good luck, WhatamIdoing (talk) 22:16, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

Induction to the 2015 Arbitration Committee[edit]

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Thanks for this message. I am toying with the idea of setting up a new email address specifically for arbitration-related matters, so it might be tomorrow before I email to set up registration, etc. Thryduulf (talk) 08:48, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

Merry Christmas!!![edit]

E-e-bayer_lover (talk) 22:55, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

Thank you, although it doesn't really feel that Christmasy yet - despite it being the WMUK Christmas Party tomorrow!. Thryduulf (talk) 23:14, 17 December 2014 (UTC)

Oh you poor sod[edit]

You poor, poor sod. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR - David Gerard (talk) 16:46, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

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Experience?[edit]

Re your comment about the "appallingly written" decision, I find myself wondering if you have any prior experience serving on an authoritative decision making board? NE Ent 12:52, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

I have experience in dispute resolution in the online world, and just shy of a decade's experience of Wikipedia and the need for remedies to say what they mean in the least ambiguous way possible, and of the need for remedies to actually be capable of solving the problem the set out to (which is not true of the infoboxes case remedies as a whole). Thryduulf (talk) 18:58, 20 December 2014 (UTC)
(watching) last time today's favourite edit summary peace and joy - I am convinced that my "remedies" might have worked better, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 23:12, 20 December 2014 (UTC)
Which reads like a "none" -- the key word being "board." As a member of the committee ya'll have as close to absolute power as it gets on English Wikipedia, but as an individual, in theory you have no more cred than you currently have: in practice I think you'll find you have less freedom of moment because begin "arbitrator" puts you in a bit of a glass bowl. (See WP:Bradspeak). Your job will be difficult enough without making your fellow committee members look bad by excessively harsh and unnecessary public criticism -- you can't make remedies say anything without the support of the other members.
Incidentally, I couldn't care less about infoboxes. As a reader, if I want to know when Ada Lovelace passed away, what possible difference does it make to me whether the date's in the lead, the Death section, or an infobox? 1852 is 1852. A great tragedy of Wikipedia is editors who care so much and work so hard end up in conflict over things that, in the big scheme of things, aren't really that important. NE Ent 18:25, 21 December 2014 (UTC)
(still watching) I am not interested in infoboxes, no more than in images in articles. Both are nice to have. What got me into a situation that was interpreted as fighting were two things: I don't like people being so interested in "no infobox" that they remove them from articles others wrote (actually that was the reason why the infobox case was requested, - I wasn't asked, would have said nooooooo), and I saw a friend in danger to be banned who hasn't done anything I would call disruptive since 2012 (26 December, to be precise, Cosima Wagner two days after TFA on her birthday, - she is not even a classical composer, actually I wouldn't call it disruptive, but there are others who think a FA should not be edited at all.). - I think the situation improved greatly, and have proclaimed the 2005 infobox wars over more than once. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:05, 21 December 2014 (UTC)
I do not want to rehash the arguments for or against infoboxes here, as that will not be productive, but as a reader I am very appreciative when there is an infobox and I severely disliked the attitude and behaviour of some who disagree. I also think that the remedies in that arbitration case have not resolved the dispute (the number of subsequent amendment and clarification requests does nothing to dispel this view), and the way it required WP:OWNership of articles has been particularly counter-productive and just further entrenched views. I was not alone in predicting this at the time. My being on the committee does not mean that I cease to have an opinion - especially about the work of committees past. Thryduulf (talk) 21:31, 21 December 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for having an opinion and not changing it, - possibly some voted for you because of it ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:50, 21 December 2014 (UTC)

VisualEditor newsletter—December 2014[edit]

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Did you know?

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 Mediawiki.org. 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.

You can now create and edit simple <blockquote> paragraphs for quoting and indenting content. This changes a "Paragraph" into a "Block quote".

Some new keyboard sequences can be used to format content. At the start of the line, typing "*  " will make the line a bullet list; "1.  " or "# " will make it a numbered list; "==" will make it a section heading; ": " will make it a blockquote. If you didn't mean to use these tools, you can press undo to undo the formatting change. There are also two other keyboard sequences: "[[" for opening the link tool, and "{{" for opening the template tool, to help experienced editors. The existing standard keyboard shortcuts, like ⌃ Ctrl+K to open the link editor, still work.

If you add a category that has been redirected, then VisualEditor now adds its target. Categories without description pages show up as red.

You can again create and edit galleries as wikitext code.

Looking ahead[edit]

VisualEditor will replace the existing design with a new theme designed by the User Experience group. The new theme will be visible for desktop systems at MediaWiki.org in late December and at other sites early January. (You can see a developer preview of the old "Apex" theme and the new "MediaWiki" one which will replace it.)

The Editing team plans to add auto-fill features for citations in January. Planned changes to the media search dialog will make choosing between possible images easier.

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Thank you! WhatamIdoing (WMF) (talk) 23:37, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

RfD closures[edit]

Thank you for closing all these RfD discussions. However, where the result is not delete please could you add {{Old RfD}} to the redirect's talk page. When I'm doing that I normally tag the redirect for the same wikiprojects as the target (using class=redirect and no importance parameter), but this is entirely optional. See Talk:Windows X in a couple of minutes for an example. Thryduulf (talk) 22:03, 21 December 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, I have generally been adding {{Old RfD}}, but I missed that one. Guess I'm still new at the process. 8) -- Beland (talk) 01:08, 22 December 2014 (UTC)
It was the only one I had time to check, so a bit of good/bad luck! Thryduulf (talk) 02:24, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

Seasonal Greets![edit]

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Hello Thryduulf, may you be surrounded by peace, success and happiness on this seasonal occasion. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Sending you a heartfelt and warm greetings for Christmas and New Year 2015.
Happy editing,
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Spread the love by adding {{subst:Seasonal Greetings}} to other user talk pages.

Thank you! Thryduulf (talk) 10:48, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

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Penlee inflation help please[edit]

Hello Thryduulf, Happy New Year, and sorry to bother you out of the blue. I watch Tees Transporter Bridge and I was interested by your edit there sorting out the inflation-adjusted figure. If you had a moment, could you please have a quick look at the £3M/£10M thing in Penlee lifeboat disaster#Aftermath (first paragraph), which has a similar issue? I was already concerned about its ambiguous wording, which I've now had a try at; but I think it may need a similar treatment to sort out the year thing, as it is currently showing 2015. I did look at your work on the bridge but I don't feel confident about how the syntax works, so I would be very pleased if you could find time to see to this one too. Sorry for the cheeky request, but thanks! Best wishes DBaK (talk) 22:55, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

No problem at all and now done. The syntax for {{inflation-year}} is very simple - it takes one mandatory parameter which is the country the inflation figures are for (in the same format as the {{inflation}} template uses), e.g. "UK" in this case. I noticed a couple of days ago that {{inflation-year}} is not mentioned in the documentation for the main template so there are probably hundreds of uses of CURRENTYEAR or vague time statements (as I happened across at B-25 Empire State Building crash the other day), but haven't had chance to fix. I'll drop a note on it's talk page - thanks for the reminder! Thryduulf (talk) 23:10, 3 January 2015 (UTC)
That's brilliant, thank you very much. Best wishes DBaK (talk) 23:34, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your extra effort in providing photos for an article that another Wikipedian is working on. Exemplary teamwork! Face-smile.svg w.carter-Talk 17:12, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Thank you! Thryduulf (talk) 17:42, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Speedy keep[edit]

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Question[edit]

Could you see if the editor who made this diff [2] has any registered accounts and if so quietly have a clerk block them? Thank you. Jehochman Talk 05:07, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

I've forwarded your request to the Functionaries list as I am not awake enough myself (it's 5:20am here). Thryduulf (talk) 05:21, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Lightning in a tropical cyclone[edit]

I've closed the longstanding RFD for Lightning in a tropical cyclone as no consensus with an unusually detailed rationale. Basically, nobody wanted to keep it, but there wasn't consensus on what to do, so I've taken a bold step of un-redirecting it and immediately sending it to AFD to get input from people who don't often show up at RFD. I'd really appreciate your input at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Lightning in a tropical cyclone, where I've given a strong suggestion that people pick between the RFD-favored steps of deletion or retargeting to lightning. I'm attempting to notify everyone who participated in the RFD (that's BDD, Ivanvector, Inks.LWC, Guy1890, Steel1943, and Thryduulf), but if I missed someone, please do the notification for me. Nyttend (talk) 18:46, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

ITN for Leon Brittan[edit]

--SpencerT♦C 00:21, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Note[edit]

Before casting your vote in the Wifione case, please be sure to have read and understood this thread. If you have any questions, please ask. --Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs · email) 13:22, 25 January 2015 (UTC)

Wifione is accused of editing tendentiously and avoiding accountability. The topic area is the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), its owners and its competitors. A massive sock farm (sockmaster named Mrinl Pandy) dominated the topic area until it was revealed shortly before Wifione arrived. DGG's statement (linked in the last thread on the above-linked page) is a good place to start. --Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs · email) 20:00, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

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