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Deletion of Template:85th Academy Awards/doc and 85th Academy Awards/doc[edit]

Hi, I tagged Template:85th Academy Awards/doc and 85th Academy Awards/doc for speedy deletion. I hope I'm not side-stepping through the deletion process, but I'm wondering if you can delete the articles right away? Thanks. — Andy W. (talk · contrib) 16:42, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

Looks like it was mostly taken care of already, I cleaned up a stray page. --Versageek 17:51, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

Deleting pages unnessesserily[edit]

Trophy.png Unnessessery deletion
Congratulations, you've deleted pages unnessesserily. Eebsemaj (talk) 17:36, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
Actually, it was necessary to delete that page as it was located in the main article space, not in your userspace. I see you have since recreated it in your user space, where it should be. --Versageek 18:48, 13 January 2013 (UTC)

Sniffy (rat)[edit]

I found him in an article after I had created the page. That is why I put the speedy tag on it. Sniffy dab page links to the artist now.--Canoe1967 (talk) 00:46, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Self AfD[edit]

Hello. I am fairly new to Wikipedia editing. I have used it as a "regular user" for quite some time though.

Hypothetically, if you nominate your own article for AfD, after you realize it may not be notable enough or cannot find any significant reliable sources, are you required to tell yourself (on your own Talk page) that your article has been nominated for deletion? Because it seems a little silly to tell somebody about an AfD if you are the person nominating your own article for AfD.

Thanks. --Carrot Lord (talk) 02:28, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

If you are the only author and want it deleted, you can use CSD:G7. If you prefer to use AfD, it isn't necessary to notify yourself. Some of the scripted tools like WP:TWINKLE do the notifications automatically. --Versageek 14:27, 16 January 2013 (UTC)
Okay, thank you for the information. --Carrot Lord (talk) 19:27, 17 January 2013 (UTC)

Hi[edit] has information from Ministry of Tourism gathered information from 1947. Please add only if you feel revelant ..i know many like to spam this page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ebinv2 (talkcontribs) 06:58, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

Jose Mas[edit]

Hi Versageek;

Is the page Jose Mas under editing review, or was it deleted altogether?


UofMBookworm — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:18, 23 January 2013 (UTC)

It was moved here: Wikipedia_talk:Articles_for_creation/Jose_Mas --Versageek 01:40, 23 January 2013 (UTC)

Yehiel Bar[edit]

I don't understand how the Yehiel Bar stub I started could possibly be an A7 case. This person had just got into the Knesset (the Israeli parliment), which means that he qualifies under the criterion of "members or former members of a national, state or provincial legislature" (WP:BIO#Politicians #1). Although the results aren't completely final yet, he ran in the list of the Labor Party as #6, and the party currently is getting 15 people. Although it may still drop by 1, there is no way it will drop by 10, which would be necessary fopr this person not to get in. עוד מישהו Od Mishehu 05:38, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

Unfortunately, the article consisted of only an infobox, which didn't convey (to me - someone unfamiliar with Israeli politics) that he met any criteria. I restored the page & moved it to your userspace - please add some narrative. --Versageek 05:46, 24 January 2013 (UTC)
If you would have followed the links on the page (including a link to Israeli legislative election, 2013), you would have seen that my infobox was a claim to the criterion I mentioned above. עוד מישהו Od Mishehu 05:59, 24 January 2013 (UTC)
And you should probably never A7-delete an article with an interwiki link without first asking a user who speaks the other language, as some times the other language can clearly show the notability. עוד מישהו Od Mishehu 06:07, 24 January 2013 (UTC)
Points taken - I'll keep them in mind in the future. --Versageek 17:30, 24 January 2013 (UTC)


Hi, I'm something of a wiki spaz in that I use it to find stuff. Very useful indeed. However, I have created an online business and thought i would create a page on wiki (as most businesses tend to do). I appear to have fallen foul of the rules though and apparently you pulled my (admittedly p*ss poor) attempt at creating a wiki page.

I'm happy to follow the rules, of course. But how do I go about creating a page about me and my online business which DOESN'T fall foul of the rules.

Any help, gratefully received. — Preceding unsigned comment added by SkillsnetworkNI (talkcontribs) 19:50, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

Please read WP:CORP. If your company meets our notability requirements, you shouldn't have any issues creating an article for it. --Versageek 19:55, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

Proposed Move of Price Comparison Service[edit]

Versageek, I just proposed that we move price comparison service to comparison shopping engine. I noticed you've been involved with the page before, so you may want to join the discussion. Take care! —Neil 07:55, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Barnstar of Reversion Hires.png The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
Good Job Reverting Vandalism! Bobherry talk 01:18, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

content farms and XLinkBot[edit]

Wikipedia is such a big place . . . which is my lame excuse for my lack of familiarity with XLinkBot. The latter has been amicably and I think knowledgably put forward as a far better way of dealing with the (perhaps well intended, though still deleterious) addition of links to "sources" (dubious material, thrown together in a rush by un(der)paid hacks) in "content farms" than the method I proposed. Maybe in part because my own proposal keeps changing, as people present new ideas. Anyway, there's a (splendidly civil) discussion here; may I invite you to take a look and perhaps toss in a comment of your own? -- Hoary (talk) 01:53, 11 February 2013 (UTC)


Hi! I've assigned you an OTRS ticket - can you take a look at it? Thanks! --Rschen7754 10:26, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

Cyber Bullying on Dutch Wikipedia web site[edit]

Versageek, I would like to know why you removed that comment from the Cyber Bullying page as people should be aware of what goes on there and the consequences this might have? If somebody commits suicide there it will be on your head as you have removed the warning! (talk) 11:35, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

I don't know enough about your experience on the Dutch Wikipedia to comment on the situation, but I can say with 100% certainty that the place to register a complaint about it is NOT in an article on the English Wikipedia. --Versageek 16:16, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

Gong Nui[edit]

Hi! Your bot removed a few links from Gong Nui to Wikia and to Baidu Baike.[1] I don't know why the links were removed, but I'm not convinced that the sources are reliable, so I don't oppose the removal. However, there appears to be a character encoding bug when quoting the URL to Wikia in the edit summary. Could you look into this? --Stefan2 (talk) 16:55, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Amiram Goldblum[edit]

There are growing concerns that Amiram Goldblum is himself editing the article about him. He has two accounts: User:Rastiniak and User:רסטיניאק. Take a look at the this sockpuppet investigation. Also, read the following discussion. רסטיניאק has removed the POV tag from the article twice so far: 1 and 2. While I don't find this subject particularly interesting, I'm alarmed by the fact that Goldblum is fighting tooth and nail to get users who question the neutrality of his article to get blocked. I request you to help us determine whether the two accounts indeed belong to Goldblum. Nataev (talk) 11:33, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Please note that Nataev (talk · contribs) is posting this item on the talk pages of > a dozen admins. It might be instructive to investigate more deeply via his contribs as to why he is doing this -- I suggest that it has to do with his right-wing (Israeli) sympathies and his desire to smear Goldblum for being a leftist (on which [2]). Nomoskedasticity (talk) 11:40, 13 May 2013 (UTC)
Here we go again. This is the first time I have asked for help from a user who has access to CheckUser. Now Nomoskedasticity himself is calling me names. I don't know much about left-right politics. I have no interest about subjects related to Israel either. My sole problem is that Amiram Goldblum has written the entire article about himself. If doing so is acceptable on Wikipedia, then I have no problems with it. Nataev (talk) 11:46, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

External link in "Sperm_donation‎" was removed[edit]


I added a sperm donor index website link to "Sperm_donation‎" article as it's related and relevant to the subject. I was wondering why did you revert this update (talk) 15:22, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia is not a collection of links nor a web directory. --Versageek 16:56, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Emma Blackery[edit]

Hello. I understand you deleted my article about Emma Blackery, I have read why and understand it a little. So I will just have to improve my article and re-publish it when I have fully completed it, my apologies.

However, since I can't access the editing history of the article now, is it possible that you can send me the written information that I wrote so I can improve for your future? I would deeply appreciate it. --Moonschool (talk) 07:34, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

I have emailed the content to you. Please review our general notability guidelines before re-posting. --Versageek 13:37, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

Petroleum Warfare Department[edit]

I thought that you might like to know that I have moved my Petroleum Warfare Department article to the main space. It has, as you have noticed, been in my user space for some time. The article is now nominated for DYK. Gaius Cornelius (talk) 14:47, 7 June 2013 (UTC)

Unexplained checkuser block[edit]

You have blocked MB MrTV (talk · contribs) and TheXMedia (talk · contribs) and possibly others. I have an OTRS ticket in front of me claiming that they (as well as "TV emory", unregistered) are unrelated. Are they related? Reply by email if required. Thanks. ~Amatulić (talk) 22:49, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

Check your email. On-wiki details here.--Versageek 23:32, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

xlinkbot does not assume good faith[edit]

Hey, my understanding is:

1) wiki editors should assume good faith 2) wiki in general is losing editors and newcomers find it frustrating to edit because their work is so quickly reverted.

Enter xlinkbot which

1) Assumes bad faith 2) Reverts edits 3) Points the user to a dense thicket of wiki policies to explain away what it has done


This isn't some sort of anti-wiki-poebot? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:37, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

XLinkBot down (I think?)[edit]

Hey Versageek :). XLinkBot appears to be down - or at least, hasn't made any edits in 2 days. Any idea what's happening? Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 11:48, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

What's Wrong What My Curtis Paradis Page?[edit]

Why Do You Think Curtis Paradis Is Not Important? He Has Almost 200K Subscribers On YouTube And Has Won A Shorty Award. Please Tell Me Why You Deleted My Curtis Paradis Page, I Need To Know. Thank You, TylerJamesMackey (talk) 19:48, 22 June 2013 (UTC)TylerJamesMackey

File:Utility pole transformers.jpg[edit]

The image description reads: The primaries of the transformers are connected in a "Y" configuration, with one side of each winding connected to the primary phase wires (top) through fused cutouts and the other sides connected together and grounded. Shouldn't it read: ... delta configuration with the two sides of each winding connected to two of the three primary phase wires ? As you can see in the image, each primary phase is connected to two of the three transformers. -- Juergen (talk)

You clearly know more about the configuration than I do, I just took the picture. Feel free to correct the description on the image page. --Versageek 19:15, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

Better Bladder[edit]

I am new with the Better Bladder Center here in Winter Haven. I was trying to work my way around Wikipedia, I was deleted already and was just trying to find my way around. Could you please let me know why I was deleted. I am trying to form an informational page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by BetterBladders (talkcontribs)

Please read our notability guidelines for businesses. If you do wish to continue to edit, you should probably abandon this username and create one which isn't the name of your company. --Versageek 19:15, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

2nd Annual Wikimedia New England General Meeting[edit]

You are invited to the 2nd Annual Wikimedia New England General Meeting, on 20 July 2013 in Boston! We will be talking about the future of the chapter, including GLAM, Wiki Loves Monuments, and where we want to take our chapter in the future! EdwardsBot (talk) 09:16, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Drogaria São Paulo‎[edit]

Hi Versageek, besides G5, one of the reasons I nominated it is that perhaps of the other edits have been socks of the creating sock. If an article is significantly developed by non-socks, I don't nominate them.--I am One of Many (talk) 22:03, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

Your opinion is needed in this discussion on Talk:Zeitgeist: The Movie[edit]

Hi. Two editors are advocating for the exclusion of any mention in the Zeitgeist: The Movie article that Peter Joseph, the creator of that film has stated publicly that words attributed to him in a story cited as a source in the article misquoted him, and that he has not distanced himself from the ideas expressed in that film, as that cited source indicates. I have responded to their arguments, but neither of them has responded directly to my counterarguments, but simply repeat the same statements of theirs over and over. Myself and one other editor disagree with them, so two editors are for the material's inclusion, and two are for its exclusion, with no sign of consensus in sight. Can you please offer your viewpoint in the discussion so that we can achieve consensus? Thanks. Nightscream (talk) 01:18, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

A bowl of strawberries for you![edit]

Erdbeerteller01.jpg A bit of cleverness from XLinkBot in how it can welcome users surprised me and thus I felt some kind of food should be given, and everyone loves strawberries. MM (Report findings) (Past espionage) 13:43, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Possible Sockpuppetry on the part of JPaulm2/Unionvillian[edit]

Hi, Versageek, you are listed as a CheckUser, and we have an odd situation wrt the Unionville, Ontario article, that we would appreciate help with. Over the space of a bit over a year, an unregistered user has been making changes to this article, basically pushing a view of the boundaries and history of this village which differs from that of the various historical societies here. Some of the changes were strange, and always showed misspellings, bad grammar, etc. I took it upon myself to get the article vetted by the Unionville Historical Society, and we finally got a version that they accepted - when we could get it to hold still long enough to read! We then got the article semi-protected, which slowed him or her down a bit. In May of this year a registered user called Unionvillian showed up, promoting the same agenda. He or she managed to get him/herself blocked for varying amounts of time, and has been appealing plaintively, which appeals seem to have all been declined. A new ID has now shown up called JPaulm2, again promoting the same agenda - which ID coincidentally is my ID with a '2' attached. Now his middle name may be Paul, and his first name may be John or James, but I suspect him of sockpuppetry, and it would be great if we could compare the IP addresses of Unionvillian and JPaulm2 (*not* JPaulm - that's me - I know where I am!). Many thanks in advance. Jpaulm (talk) 20:55, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

Your suspicions were well founded. I was inclined to block the JPaulm2 account for impersonation, but since the CheckUser tool confirmed sockpuppetry, I blocked for that instead. I also extended Unionvillian's block and left him a note. --Versageek 21:52, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
Many thanks for your prompt action. I don't know why he thought that this new ID was a smart thing to do - I might not have noticed if he had picked a different ID! Thanks again! Jpaulm (talk) 02:25, 7 August 2013 (UTC)
Sorry to bother you again, but Unionvillian appears to be becoming slightly irrational. If you could take a look at the last 2 paras in (my comment and his unsigned one), you can see that he is now accusing me of hacking his computer - as if I knew how! I am not sure if I should be worried... He is not telling the truth about not inviting him to UVA and URA meetings - we have done so several times. Can anything be done? This is absurd and a complete waste of everyone's time. Thanks in advance for anything you can do. Jpaulm (talk) 02:11, 15 August 2013 (UTC)
Interesting: Unionvillian has deleted the two paras I mentioned, and restored a lot of "block" messages that he deleted earlier. Looks like he was monitoring your talk page. I guess we are communicating... in an indirect sort of way! Thanks. Jpaulm (talk) 14:48, 15 August 2013 (UTC)
I'm getting paranoid! Another user has appeared since Aug. 21, modifying all the same town articles as Unionvillian and the previous unregistered user. This one calls him or herself Markham1 - he/she would be stupid to use the same IP address as last time, but I feel it would be worth checking for sockpuppetry... Also, on Aug. 18, Unionvillian again deleted almost 5000 characters from his User Talk page about being blocked and appeals to reverse it, etc. I guess, he's within his rights, but it still seems a bit strange! Jpaulm (talk) 20:34, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
Yup, I'm pretty sure Markham1 is the same person - s/he is being cautious so far, but seems to have the same hangups as the last few characters. Some of the info seems valid, but we have effectively frozen the article, so s/he should really check out any changes to the article with the various village associations before going ahead and making them.. Unfortunately, it is just too easy to make changes to WP! Jpaulm (talk) 20:02, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
Markham1 is apparently the same person as Jpaulm2, whom you banned, and Unionvillian before that. Same hangups, same changes, same persistence! Don't know if it's the same IP address, but it's got to be the same person! This is pretty irritating! Argggh! Jpaulm (talk) 15:41, 23 September 2013 (UTC)
Yup, Markham1 is definitely a sock puppet of Unionvillian, JPaulm2, etc. If you look at the history of Unionville, Ont., it becomes very clear! The population of Unionville fluctuates between 30,000 and 80,000! Hope no poor soul is trying to do research for a term paper or something! Can we just lock the page, or give ownership to one individual? Just wondering...  :-) Jpaulm (talk) 00:20, 12 October 2013 (UTC)

Restoring Triple Page[edit]

Any Way to restore the Triple rapper page that was deleted a few months back? i have new sources — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ylevy (talkcontribs) 20:32, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

I have advised Ylevy to read WP:MUSICBIO and WP:YFA and make a userspace draft to show you. JohnCD (talk) 11:33, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

American Muslim Health Professionals[edit]

Is there any way I can continue to Edit the "American Muslim Health Professionals" Page. It has been deleted for copyright information purposes and I would like to go ahead and remove the copyright information.

Thank you Ndaa

Ndaa Hassan (talk) 17:21, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

I can't restore a page which contains copyright violations. I suggest that you create a new page without the offending material. --Versageek 17:57, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Barcelona Rentals Vacation[edit]

Dear friend, I did my first post, I have worked hard and I will really like it stay in wikipedia. It is Barcelona Rentals Vacation Can you please help me correct whatever is wrong for wikipedia? I cannot see yet if there is something wrong about it. I am not employee or owner of that company in Barcelona Spain. It happens that I have used their services which are very good and worth it to be mentioned. also they are part of airbnb which is a company with a nice article in wikipedia. Thanks for your help!. Frante Camar (talk) 16:33, 24 August 2013 (UTC)Frante Camar

Getting all external links in "real-time"[edit]

Hi, I'm Vinay Goel, data engineer at the Internet Archive. We're starting to work on a web archiving project where we crawl external links from Wikipedia articles at the time they're made (so near real time). Looking at the Recent Changes feed, it looks like I'd need to parse the 'diff' page to find any new links, or in the case of 'new' pages, parse the new page to find all external links. I was referred to you and Beestra by legoktm (from #mediawiki freenode IRC). legoktm mentioned that you maintain a spam watching bot that extracts out new outgoing links from pages on an ongoing basis and it'd be great to piggyback of the list you generate.

Can you help me gain access to this list?

Update: Generating this list at our end. Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:00, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, (talk) 20:20, 5 September 2013 (UTC)Vinay Goel

I am new to Wikipedia[edit]

Please l'm an amateur user of Wikipedia but want to create an article for a company in my country. Please help — Preceding unsigned comment added by Marthyn Phrytz (talkcontribs) 21:37, 25 September 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for your revert of the Genderqueer article[edit]

I have reported the IP address in Administrator's Noticeboard/Incidents. Would you please support me there? I would greatly appreciate it.-Rainbowofpeace (talk) 00:54, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

Never mind thank you.-Rainbowofpeace (talk) 01:11, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

xLinkBot no longer running since Oct 10th[edit]

Which is 8 days ago, according to this.[3] Can you please turn it back on? That's about 800 reverts it has missed, since it usually catches over a hundred a day. Btw, Dirk's userpage says he is currently on wikibreak, something about frustration at arbcom decisions, maybe the infoboxen thing although he didn't specify (that's just a guess... could be I'm projecting *my* infoboxen frustration his way). Thanks for your help. p.s. Of course, maybe xLinkBot is out of service for maintenance purposes, in which case, maybe put up a note on the xLinkBot userpage or talkpage to avoid additional false alarms. (talk) 00:29, 19 October 2013 (UTC)

New England Wikipedia Day @ MIT: Saturday Jan 18[edit]

NE Meetup #4: January 18 at MIT Building 5
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external links[edit]

would it not have been easier all round if you had simply removed the link in my edit, thus highlighting my error instead of removing my edit altogther !? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:54, 13 January 2014 (UTC)


Please let me know why you deleted the changes I made to Awning. I had difficulty uploading the pic. Was that the reason you deleted my edits? I uploaded again without the pic All I want to do is help. I have 28 years experience with awnings — Preceding unsigned comment added by Retractableawningsdotcom (talkcontribs) 01:12, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

External Links on Sleeve Gastrectomy Article[edit]

A user named "Brightmom" is adding external links sections with inappropriate links. Those links are promotional not knowledgable. They are not adding anything other than promotional links. I have reverted the edit. Please look into this and take necessary steps. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Grandfinale (talkcontribs) 19:29, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Emma Blackery[edit]

Around 8 months ago you removed my Emma Blackery page but I have tried to edit it so it meets the criteria for Wikipedia.

Any chance you can give it a quick view to see if it meets the correct criteria?


--Moonschool (talk) 19:50, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

You're invited: Women's History Edit-a-thons in Massachusetts this March[edit]

Women's History Edit-a-thons in Massachusetts this March - You are invited!
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New England Wikimedians is excited to announce a series of Wikipedia edit-a-thons that will be taking place at colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts as part of Wikiwomen's History Month from March 1 - March 31. We encourage you to join in an edit-a-thon near you, or to participate remotely if you are unable to attend in person (for the full list of articles, click here). Events are currently planned for the cities/towns of Boston, Northampton, South Hadley, and Cambridge. Further information on dates and locations can be found on our user group page.
Questions? Contact Girona7 (talk)

American Bulldog: Revision as of 22:07, 12 July 2013[edit]

Hello sir,

i find this particular article more educating visually because of the images differentiating Standard strain and the Bully strain of the American Bulldog that as of now, there was a revision made to the article and the images were removed.

I understand to speed up loading pages, images must be lessened. However today's generation would be able to learn more by presenting the breeds' physical differences in this case the Standard and Bully strains of the American Bulldog.

I would humbly propose that the revision as of 22:07, 12 July 2013 must replace the current article for the American Bulldog posted by USER:Tikuko . For the reason that revisions to the article was unneccessary and will not help readers to understand more about the breed. The revision made did not add value to the article itself.

thank you for your time. Wikiuser — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:01, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

The last change I made for Largest African Airlines page[edit]

This change is refused because of a reference issue which I am little bit puzzled with. Considering what a mess the page was prior to the change I am still trying to understand the logic of cancelling the whole change for a reference somehow it is blacklisted???? Please help me understand. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Erdo9313 (talkcontribs) 09:22, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

Sarcastic Award[edit]

Trophy.png Unnecessary Deletion
Congratulations, you've deleted pages unnecessarily. SJSA 04:21, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
Perhaps you would care to elaborate? What do you feel should not have been deleted? In your contribution history, I see you created a redirect right after leaving me this message. That issue with the missing end parenthesis in URLs isn't a Mediawiki software problem, it's an email software application problem which leaves the closing parenthesis off. --Versageek 21:51, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

English Wiktionary[edit]

As a courtesy, you've been mentioned at wikt:Wiktionary:Beer_parlour/2014/March#CheckUsers_on_Wiktionary, and since you seem to be active here, I thought I would let you know. --Rschen7754 02:42, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Kato Lambert[edit]

On 10 August 2011, you deleted a page for Kato Lambert, citing A7: No explanation of the subject's significance. Two and a half years later, Kato has become an icon of the steampunk community with her face literally everywhere and several "firsts" under her belt. I have created a sandbox for a new page, and was going to post it, but the creation page suggested I contact you first before proceeding. I'm hoping you won't have any issues with my proceeding with it. --Jonnybgoode44 (talk) 02:03, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

You should remove the "example" image when you move it to article space, other than that, it looks great - well referenced claims to significance from multiple independent sources. --Versageek 02:29, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the advice and the thumbs-up. Kato's going to be supplying a couple of images herself shortly. --Jonnybgoode44 (talk) 02:31, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

You're invited![edit]

NE Meetup #5: April 19th at Clover Food Lab in Kendall Square
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Dear Fellow Wikimedian,

New England Wikimedians would like to invite you to the April 2014 meeting, which will be a small-scale meetup of all interested Wikimedians from the New England area. We will socialize, review regional events from the beginning of the year, look ahead to regional events of 2014, and discuss other things of interest to the group. Be sure to RSVP here if you're interested.

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We hope to see you there!

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Hi I am interested to know about a few edits done by you. Can you get in touch with me on <email-redacted> — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:24, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

Edit-a-thon invite[edit]

XLinkBot user agent[edit]

Hey Versageek :).

If I'm reading the Perl right, the user agent for XLinkBot is LinkBot/2.0? Would you mind including an explanatory URL? I'm going through the request logs to try and work out what traffic we're getting, and it'd be good to have clearer identifiers and contact points. Thanks! Ironholds (talk) 22:08, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

External Link Removed[edit]

Your bot removed an external link I added to the page. My dad founded an organization that is hosted on facebook. He is the excutive director. Contact Guidestar. He also brended those processes before the public was aware of them. My dad does not like updating on Wiki any longer because of the automatic bots. I understand the importance of the bots. How do you add the link correctly? Dan Danielhighberger (talk) 13:53, 12 May 2014 (UTC) (I don't have the time to read all of the hyper links you provided today)

Adrianne Wadewitz Memorial edit-a-thons[edit]

Adrianne Wadewitz edit-a-thons in Southern New England
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As you may have already heard, the Wikipedia community lost an invaluable member of the community last month. Adrianne Wadewitz was a feminist scholar of 18th-Century British literature, and a prolific editor of the site. As part of a worldwide series of tributes, New England Wikimedians, in conjunction with local institutions of higher learning, have created three edit-a-thons that will be occurring in May and June. The events are as follows:

We hope that you will be able to join us, whether you are an experienced editor or are using Wikipedia for the first time.

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Email Page[edit]

I have added sections to Email page. I was in the midst of detailed primary references. Teddickey simply deleted no reason given. Now the page is locked, and I have something posted on "sockpuppet". Is this how a new user who is ready to contribute with primary sources treated? Is this how a member of the MIT community for over 35 years treated? Kindly let me know how I can add the primary citations and references. This is what I had added (see below). I've got primary references for each sentence here. Raytheon/BBN and ARPANET folks do not own the narrative on the history of email, especially when facts have been unearthed in original sources which prove a difference between "email" the system and the generic terms "electronic mail" and "electronic messaging".

Thank you, TV

Prior to 1978, the terms “electronic mail” and “electronic messaging” were used interchangeably to refer to generic methods of transmitting electronic documents such as faxes or electronic text messages. Noam Chomsky, MIT Professor and linguist, clarified the difference between “email”, the system, and the more broader and generic terms “electronic mail” or “electronic messaging”, during a heated controversy that emerged after the February 16, 2012 acquisition by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) of the 1978 computer code, papers and artifacts, documenting the invention of email at UMDNJ.

During the controversy, David Crocker, a 32-year employee and consultant of Raytheon/BBN and 1970s ARPANET team member, claimed that “email” existed prior to 1978. Raytheon/BBN, a multi-billion dollar defense contractor, uses the logo of the “@” sign to define its brand image claiming it had invented email in the 1970s.

David Crocker supported Raytheon/BBN’s claim by attempting to redefine the term “email” to refer to generic methods for the simple exchange of electronic text messages. Noam Chomsky and other scholars presented a historical document authored by David Crocker in 1977, omitted by David Crocker’s in his 2012 arguments against the primacy of invention of email UMDNJ.

In the December 1977 RAND Report, David Crocker, 35 years prior to the 2012 controversy, summarized the state of research in electronic messaging by stating:

“At this time, no attempt is being made to emulate a full-scale, inter-organizational mail system. The fact that the system is intended for use in various organizational contexts and by users of differing expertise makes it almost impossible to build a system which responds to all users’ needs."

Noam Chomsky, referring to the linguistic fact the term “email” did not exist before 1978, and given the admission by David Crocker of the lack of intent by ARPANET team to create the electronic version of the inter-organizational mail system, as late as December 1977, months before the creation of email at UMDNJ, concluded:

“Given the term email was not used prior to 1978, and there was no intention to emulate ‘…a full-scale, inter-organizational mail system,” as late as December 1977, there is no controversy here, except the one created by industry insiders, who have a vested interest.” — Preceding unsigned comment added by TVleck1971 (talkcontribs) 18:16, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

If you would like me to provide the citations for each, I can provide. Thank you in advance, TV — Preceding unsigned comment added by TVleck1971 (talkcontribs) 18:17, 24 May 2014 (UTC)<!-Template:Unsigned -->

  • My only request is that you discuss the changes you wish to make on the article's talk page. I protected it for 24hrs to encourage discussion rather than edit warring. --Versageek 19:13, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

Dear Versageek, Thank you for your advice. I'm just learning the process here. I will do that when I can access it. Is there a particular way to broach a subject on the talk page? Should I before I add something go to the talk page first. or, post something and if someone removes then go to the talk page? kindly let me know the etiquette, so I follow the required processes.

Thank you in advance, TV--TVleck1971 (talk) 05:13, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

Dear Versageek, I just posted by first talk topic, on the email page. Kindly let me know if this is the right etiquette to help resolve and add the content and references. I did read the Talk etiquette, but it would be nice to get your advice.

Thank you, TV TVleck1971 (talk) 05:36, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

Random Sockpuppet "Investigations" Appear to be in Retribution to My Bringing Up Primary Source Facts --- Need Advise[edit]

Dear Versageek, I have followed your advise and gone to email Talk page. Immediately after I began posting facts, another sockpuppet investigation was just opened up on me AFTER I started this talk page. The first one was when I did my first edit on the Main Page. I followed etiquette and went to talk, per your adfice. Now, after I posted the items on Talk page, another "investigation". It appears to me that someone is against my bringing up facts and I would like to know how to call for an investigation on this matter. Please advise.

Best, TV TVleck1971 (talk) 17:46, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

@TVleck1971: the other notification you received was a duplicate link to the same discussion, not a new investigation. It was also done by an account which is now blocked for sockpuppetry, so pretty safe to ignore. I do suggest that you explain your side of things at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Petemclaren, but I do not think there is any reason to think that the second notification was in "retribution" for your posting on the article talk page. VQuakr (talk) 18:55, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the update. Will do on the Sockpuppet page. On the content I wanted to post, can you kindly look at what I believe are just knee-jerk reactions by by Tedickey. I want the spelling section reposted, which was done well, so I can propose my 3-4 references on the confusion pre-1978 on the lack of clarity of "electronic mail", versus "email" on the talk page of Email article.

Thanks again for all your advice. Will sockpuppetry come up each time I post something that someone disagrees with. From my reading of it, it said that I have two accounts. I only have one account. Can anyone on wikipedia accuse anyone on sockpuppetry? If it is that easy, a very convenient way of putting barriers to content that should go up, but someone else doesn't like for what ever allegiances they have. Best, TV --TVleck1971 (talk) 21:00, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

@VQuakr: I did as you suggested and posted my side of things on the sockpuppet page of Peter Mclaren. Is his now over? can we get some consesus on the Email article page on putting back Mclaren's nicely documented spelling citation, so I can add my references to the confusion of "electronic mail",pre-1978? Or is Tedickey simply going to be allowed to continue edit warring on this factual matter, and I will continue to be called a sockpuppet.

TVleck1971 (talk) 21:22, 25 May 2014 (UTC)


James07watt (talk) 16:25, 27 May 2014 (UTC)Hi..I have make changes to 3Mart. It Is not promotional now...

It is highly unlikely that the company you wish to write about meets our notability guidelines for businesses. Please review them before attempting to recreate the article. --Versageek 17:18, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

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) 06:47, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

New England Wikimedians summer events![edit]

Upcoming events hosted by New England Wikimedians!

After many months of doubt, nature has finally warmed up and summer is almost here! The New England Wikimedians user group have planned some upcoming events. This includes some unique and interesting events to those who are interested:

Although we also aren't hosting this year's Wikimania, we would like to let you know that Wikimania this year will be occurring in London in August:

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New England Wikimedians summer events![edit]

Upcoming events hosted by New England Wikimedians!

After many months of doubt, nature has finally warmed up and summer is almost here! The New England Wikimedians user group have planned some upcoming events. This includes some unique and interesting events to those who are interested:

Although we also aren't hosting this year's Wikimania, we would like to let you know that Wikimania this year will be occurring in London in August:

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It occasionally creates pages, any harm in granting the autopatrolled right? Although it may not be well versed in policy, I trust that your bot will create anything inappropriate :) — MusikAnimal talk 17:41, 21 July 2014 (UTC)


Dear, Tramadol is ruining lives and people lose their jobs becuz of Tramadol. Research online for people who has been prescribed it. poor them they read the depandance liability Low but it is very addictive amd withdrawal is horrible and life threatining. Seizures, stopping cold turkey from Tramadol you will turn up in the ER or intensive care. Please help the people. The UK has officially been considered as a "controlled substance" since June 7th 2014. Please help me get aware. Gpod deeds for us for warning the people of Tramadol. I would appreciate your help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Myself90 (talkcontribs) 22:38, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Toshio Saeki[edit]

Sorry, what's exactly wrong with the Wiki link at the "Toshio Saeki" article? Buffy the Vampire Slayer has links to its Wiki pages and it's seemingly not considered spam. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bariukeuke (talkcontribs) 03:13, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

XLinkBot question[edit]

Bit of a situation I wanted to ask you about, because I'm not sure how to handle it. For unusual but legitimate reasons which I'm about to clarify, our article on the actress Tracy Wright has contained the string "" for the past 2.5 years without incident — but earlier today, somebody changed it to instead, which triggered XLinkBot to revert it. The issue is that while the string obviously resembles an e-mail address, it's actually in the article as the title of a song about Wright by a notable songwriter rather than as an e-mail address, so in this particular instance it is something that should be in the article (and yahoo, not sympatico, is actually the correct song title.) So I wanted to ask if there's a way to flag this particular instance as something that XLinkBot shouldn't touch. Thanks. Bearcat (talk) 03:18, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi Versageek! Is the bot changing articles automatically, or is it you? There is an error in the Real life escape game section (twice "Australia") and the bot reverted it. Permanent location games are not mentioned in the article, that is a big miss (day events are only half the fun), does the bot delete edits because of the link? Should I add it without the link? There are links in the references to day events, however.

Thanks anyways for your help and your work!

Kind regards aya — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:31, 15 August 2014 (UTC)


Hi Versageek. Wasn't really sure where to post this, but with this edit, XLinkBot removed five completely genuine polls from United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts, 2014, because the IP who had added them sourced one of them to a Twitter post from the polling company which announced details of the poll they had conducted. Obviously it's supposed to be removing things sourced to Twitter (and I have since re-added the poll with a proper link) but it somewhat overreacted when it removed the other four, none of which were sourced to Twitter. Thanks, Tiller54 (talk) 01:30, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Bot note inconsistent?[edit]

Please check a note XLinkBot has inserted at User talk:Bhoomika hegde. I suspect this part

The external link(s) you added or changed email address removed) is/are on my list of links to remove

is broken somehow, but I don't speak English fluently enough to be sure what's wrong here. Possibly some part of a sentence disappeared between 'changed' and 'email'...? --CiaPan (talk) 11:28, 13 November 2014 (UTC)


hi I updated waterfoot to provide info on the page waterfoot beach on facebook which provides users with an opportunity to view real pictures of the place and with contact to the community if they have a question about coming down here on holiday etc. yes we would like traffic to the page but it has no commercial value

its a bit weird that this page contains info about other areas near waterfoot eg the forest park 2miles away but the beach info which isn't present is deleted. I probably did it badly but as a total novice was quite delighted to have succeeded and then gutted it was deleted. would you please relook at the page and see if you can it in any way - also I and the members of the page actually live here in waterfoot and would really appreciate this positive addition.

hope you can help x

Mike Breen (pastor) information edits[edit]

Hi there,

I added some relevant links that I thought would be useful in the discussion of Mike's theology and methodology.

Am very new on Wiki - my additions were taken down - guess they violated some user protocol?

Happy to learn more as an absolute beginner

Cheers — Preceding unsigned comment added by Parsonsc1 (talkcontribs) 01:31, 3 December 2014 (UTC)


I think that the information about Stephen Colbert on The O'Reily Factor should probably be placed in the "Famous Interviews" section. If I could find the year on which the famous interview took place, I will gladly add it to the "Famous Interviews" section. (talk) 22:34, 15 December 2014 (UTC)