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Poop patrol[edit]

Thanks for the message about poop patrol. I had a look at it and been thinking, but I've not had a chance to do any work on it yet. Sorry for not contacting you sooner. I'll try and find some time to have another look. Edward (talk)

Thanks Edward, much appreciated. ϢereSpielChequers 19:27, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
I've had a go at implementing my own version of poop patrol. My prototype is available here:
It is built using the Wikipedia search API, so all the results are live. It has support for safe phrases and safe articles. Right now there isn't an interface for adding safe phrases. Edward (talk) 22:16, 4 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks Edward, that is really useful, I have already fixed a hundred or more typos with it. ϢereSpielChequers 14:33, 5 June 2014 (UTC)
a few issues with the prototype:
  • Some pages don't become safe articles despite multiple clicks, it is almost as if the mark as safe article button is disabled for pages such as shoegazing, or possibly if it is a safe page for stared it can't also be so for staring.
  • The fifty exceptions limit seems to be on fifty examples of the word being found rather than fifty examples after screening out safe pages and safe phrases. This makes it a bit of a faff going through a report such as staring which has over 20 screens. not subdividing it might be the best solution here.
  • Sometimes the same exception keeps recurring, almost as if the next batch of fifty is calculated on a sometimes differing index.
  • @Edward: An odd one. When I clicked on Who's That Boy? I wound up at the article that Who's That Boy redirects to, as if the questionmark had been displayed but ignored.
  • Would it be possible to import the existing lists of safe pages into the new system? I noticed with causalities that many of the examples are on the existing safe page list. This is particularly helpful for ones like pubic where it can take a bit of research to add each example to the safe page list. ϢereSpielChequers 08:16, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Currently there are two numbers, one on the list before you select a report and one in the report. For example Strecher appears as Strecher (8) with a result that says 7 results. I think the 8 comes from the first time it was run with your software and 7 is the number of examples screened out by safe words and safe phrases. Both are interesting, though it would help if the 7 was subdivided into safe pages and safe phrases. But more important is the number of articles still to check, if as in the case of strecher this is zero then there is no need for me to check that report.
  • Smelly and Poop can come off the list, I started the thing with poop and cleared up lots of old vandalism, but I think one of the edit filters is stopping the new stuff. However there are a number of others worth adding. Idealy the current list would be as per User:DeltaQuadBot/Job requests, though I suppose I should move that. ϢereSpielChequers 06:01, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

"Only Man"[edit]

There is a discussion regarding "Only Man" in which you may be interested. Please visit Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Only Man to take part. --Jax 0677 (talk) 03:16, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

Sorry but I don't remember ever editing that article. ϢereSpielChequers 20:29, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

Advice plz[edit]

Hi Were - I am markdask but can't login. My comp crashed recently and I had to fully reinstall. No biggie - except I was soo long logged into Wiki I forgot the password. So I simply requested a reset and anticipated the auto-email. It aint arrived - on two seperate occasions. If you can access my acc it should list my registered email as So why aint I receiving wikimail? I can access my user page so can read any messages, though you might choose to refer me to a collegue.

Any assistance much appreciated (talk) 14:35, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

Oh sugar. Have you had any other email accounts you might have used for a password reset? Alternatively might you have set that email on other projects such as commons? Admins don't get to see people's email addresses except like anyone else if they receive an email. ϢereSpielChequers 14:45, 21 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks Were - it looks like my email acc is messed up. I created the wiki-acc markdask1 and can receive email from that so it aint wikimail. No probs will sort it Markdask1 (talk) 23:56, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

OER inquiry[edit]

Hi WereSpielChequers, I'm sending you this message because you're one of about 300 users who have recently edited an article in the umbrella category of open educational resources (OER) (or open education). In evaluating several projects we've been working on (e.g. the WIKISOO course and WikiProject Open), my colleague Pete Forsyth and I have wondered who chooses to edit OER-related articles and why. Regardless of whether you've taken the WIKISOO course yourself - and/or never even heard the term OER before - we'd be extremely grateful for your participation in this brief, anonymous survey before 27 April. No personal data is being collected. If you have any ideas or questions, please get in touch. My talk page awaits. Thanks for your support! - Sara FB (talk) 20:50, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

Live Art, Feminism and Archives 25 April 2014[edit]

See this: User:Leutha2/LADA1. Leutha2 (talk) 16:30, 25 April 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)

Category:396 BCE deaths[edit]

Category:396 BCE deaths, which you created, has been nominated for possible deletion, merging, or renaming. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the Categories for discussion page. Thank you. Delsion23 (talk) 11:55, 31 May 2014 (UTC)

Request a copy of deleted page[edit]

Hello Mr/Ms Admin. I am writing to request a copy of deleted page Southeast Asian Sea so that I could use its materials on the page South China Sea. Please post it in my user talkpage. Please help.--Gandalf Tóc Trắng (talk) 06:37, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi Gandalf, The page is now a redirect, so deletion of the history is unnecessary and I have restored the history. click here to view it. However none of the content is cited, and the subject is contentious, so I would suggest not using that material unless you can find sources for it. ϢereSpielChequers 06:56, 24 June 2014 (UTC)


I'm starting to draft an RFC User:WereSpielChequers/Private Space RFC, comments and collaboration from observers would be welcome. ϢereSpielChequers 10:40, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

And in this corner...[edit]

I hope you don't think I'm beating up your idea. I actually find it quite interesting with great potential, it just raises a lot of questions of how to manage since it is so different than anything we have done before. I'm peppering you with a lot of questions, but others will be asking the same in time anyway. I'm curious as to if the Foundation would interfere and say no to such an idea for some reason, ie: "it is against the open nature". Anyway, it is very thought provoking and I just wanted to make sure you knew the questions were because it intrigued me, not because I was against it. Dennis Brown |  | WER 15:19, 7 July 2014 (UTC)


Hey WSC, it's been two years since my RfA report and almost four years since your groundbreaking analysis. Could I tempt you into writing an update for the WM community? :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 01:19, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi Ed, it is overdue, but realistically I won't have time until well after Wikimania. ϢereSpielChequers 08:02, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Hey WSC, that's fine! I'll ping you after the conference. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 12:59, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Ping :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 05:25, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
One more quick ping -- just making sure you've seen this! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 15:25, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
@WereSpielChequers: -- Fuzheado | Talk 15:26, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, I've seen this, but well after Wikimania could be a little while yet. You wouldn't believe how many leads etc came out of Wikimania! ϢereSpielChequers 17:19, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! Much appreciated :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 06:54, 7 October 2014 (UTC)


In September 2014, for only the second time in over a decade, we went for an entire calender month without appointing a single new admin on the English language Wikipedia. Whether you think that admins are a small minority of the community who have agreed to take on certain chores re deletion and blocking, or like me you believe that all longterm experienced and qualified members of the community should be admins if they want; This is not a healthy situation for the community. But it isn't really the September result that troubles me. A third of the months in the two years since the last zero had only one RFA, so it was only a matter of time before we had another zero. Monthly results in the last three years have been in the range 1-4 with occasional outliers, three months had five successful RFAS, and we'd also had a six and a zero. So a zero saddens but does not surprise me. What does worry me is that it follows three consecutive months with only one new admin in each, so this month was preceded by the worst rolling quarter since records began, and now we have a new record, only two new admins in the last three months. Just possibly the pattern is changing again and the long decline at RFA since 2008 has resumed after a two year pause when things seemed to have bottomed out.

I'm hoping that we can tempt more people to run. I believe that there are quite a few people out there who could pass, when sufficiently over qualified candidates do run they don't just scrape through, five of the last eight successful candidates had 0 opposes.

More to add.

ϢereSpielChequers 08:05, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

not curly[edit]

Saw that on my watchlist and wondered what the tarnation does that mean? Looked at the diff and laughed. Well done. It is nice to laugh for a change amongst all the vandalism entries on the watchlist. Bgwhite (talk) 07:24, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, it took a while to get that one under control, and there are still a few music lyrics where I'm really not sure whether to put them on my safe page list or not. But I reckon to make two or three typo fixing not curly edits per week. Curiously I'm seeing less vandalism nowadays, especially with that particular search, I suspect someone has set an edit filter to stop edits that include removing the first l from "public schools" as I used to get one or two of that sort of vandalism every week. I also stopped patrolling for "poop", lots of vandalism when I first went through all the articles that contained that word, but nowadays not enough to be worth manually checking for. ϢereSpielChequers 11:45, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
And in the case of Empire Air Day, does show I wasn't copy+pasting form the sources Face-smile.svg!--Shirt58 (talk) 10:48, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

Oxford meetup[edit]

Good to meet you at Oxford a couple of weeks ago. Do you have any information on the digitizing machines you mentioned? A manufacturer's name and model name/number would suffice for a search. I visited the Didcot Railway Centre recently and had a brief chat with the archivist of the Great Western Society. I'm planning on joining them and hoping to do some cataloging and transcribing of their archive. There was definitely some interest in what Wikimedia could offer working with them. They are an accredited museum under the MLAC scheme. See Great Western Trust Museum and Archive for details. Robevans123 (talk) 19:33, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi Rob, "Epson Expression Model 10000XL flat bed scanners, with Graphic Arts, USB2 and Firewire interfaces." We have just been sorting out the paperwork and are drawing up an application process for GLAMs to borrow them, but the key criteria will be what they will openly license and upload to commons. ϢereSpielChequers 21:17, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
Looks good - very high dpi and depth. I'll let them know the capabilities and criteria, and if they're interested, put them in touch with you, if that's ok. Robevans123 (talk) 22:42, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, much appreciated. BTW are you coming to Wikimania? ϢereSpielChequers 22:34, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
Alas, no. Was planning to come to Wikimedia UK AGM and drop in on Wikimania, but (due to circumstances beyond my control) now won't be able to. Hope it all goes well. Robevans123 (talk) 08:09, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Thank for helping me with my first edit![edit]

Hey! Thanks for helping me out today. Herahussain (talk) 16:50, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Article count ranking[edit]

This also seems to have stopped working. BTW, happy to do that review you suggested. Philafrenzy (talk) 01:14, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Philafrenzy, I'm not personally interested in that list, but it looks like it stopped at the same time and probably for the same reason. I'd suggest you start a thread at User_talk:MZMcBride - I think he is only migrating stuff to Labs if people request it. As for the review, we got enough reviewers for that one but I would welcome your input on the next one. ϢereSpielChequers 22:07, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. Philafrenzy (talk) 23:02, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Editor retention[edit]

Any watchers interested in looking at User:WereSpielChequers/2010-2014 Editor retention test? ϢereSpielChequers 17:03, 25 August 2014 (UTC)


Hello. About four and a half years ago you offered me rollback rights on my talk, and I declined because at the time I typically addressed older vandalism when I was reverting edits. However, I have recently modified—or at least expanded—my editing focus due an acquired interest in working in the general area of new user test edits and vandalism. As a consequence, it appears that rollback capability could save me keystrokes on some articles over the old "bring up a previous revision and make it current" approach. I realize it's been a while, but I was wondering if your rollback offer still stands. Thanks for your time. -- Michael Devore (talk) 05:25, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

Yes of course, but please remember only to use it to revert vandalism. If there is a significant chance that what you are reverting is goodfaith then that revert needs to be done manually. Thanks and happy editing! ϢereSpielChequers 08:13, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, I'll reserve it for the most egregious stacks, which are unfortunately not as uncommon as one might hope. -- Michael Devore (talk) 08:43, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

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Hi WereSpielChequers, thanks for your offer on the GGTF re: admin nominations.

I was about to archive that section because it contains personal attacks, so I'm thinking of creating a new section with your comment, assuming you don't mind. If you do, please let me know, or feel free to revert. Best, SlimVirgin (talk) 15:43, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

Sure go ahead, that thread is near the top of the page anyway so it would make sense to restart. ϢereSpielChequers 15:57, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! SlimVirgin (talk) 15:57, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals) Media Viewer RfC[edit]

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Nomination for deletion of Template:Hotcold0[edit]

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Re the above - Technical 13 created a new {{Hotcold}} template so only one template was needed, so I've gone through and replaced the various Hotcolds in your promotions table. Feel free to revert if you like. --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 21:09, 7 November 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the cookies[edit]

Thanks for the cookiesUclzhwa (talk) 14:52, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

んsl Dear Johnathan, Thank you for the cookies! Best, Naoko

Your email[edit]

I will reply later. Should we discuss it here? --Greenmaven (talk) 09:46, 4 December 2014 (UTC) I have sent you an email. Unless you object, it might be easier to communicate here. Greenmaven (talk) 17:49, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, I have started a page on the UK Wiki for suggestions re the U3A event.
Any advice gratefully received, there or on email. There will be thirty to forty people, on average one per Borough, but with no AV aids. I hope to have a handout ready by Friday. Jonathan Cardy (WMUK) (talk) 11:13, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

Seasons Greetings[edit]

Pine cone on pine tree.jpg Happy holidays.
Best wishes for joy and happiness to you and all your loved ones from ```Buster Seven Talk 21:48, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Jason Stewart (actor)[edit]

Lower to pending changes? --George Ho (talk) 09:59, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

OK, done. ϢereSpielChequers 13:45, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

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