User talk:ZooPro

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What an interesting journey I have had here on Wikipedia, I have both risen through the ranks and fallen between the cracks. I left for over a year in hopes of finding my passion for Wikipedia again and I am slowly finding it as I return. I am saddened to see a large number of the most talented of editors leave and also glad to see some of not so talented have also departed. I came here many years ago with the dream of making zoo and animal articles the best of the best. I have in some areas achieved this and others failed by the sheer volume of tasks, I took a more administrative behind the scenes role that seen me gain respect among my peers that I in return did justice in how I worked and handled things. I aspire by the end of the year to be worth enough to run the gauntlet of being nominated as an admin, I see fewer and fewer requests these day and that’s sadly a result of how cruel we are to candidates. I am back to basics in how I edit and operate and wish to take on only a few of the tasks I once performed on a daily basis and do them very well. Perhaps one day I will return to full strength but this community takes a toll on even the strongest of editors, I look forward to finding the good in it all again and give people what they truly want....... Knowledge, Regards ZooPro 13:25, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia Ambassadors update[edit]

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--Sage Ross (WMF) (talk) 20:47, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

Welcome back?[edit]

Is your edit on Cheetah an indication that you are back? If so, welcome back! You have been missed. Don Lammers (talk) 00:00, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

I have returned on semi-activeness, thank you for the welcome back mate. ZooPro 04:05, 10 February 2013 (UTC)
Welcome back from me too ZooPro, cheers.. Faendalimas talk 10:15, 10 February 2013 (UTC)
Thanks mate its good to feel welcome. ZooPro 11:17, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

WikiProject:REHAB update[edit]

You signed up for WikiProject User Rehab

Hi there, I'm RDN1F. It's come to my attention that you've signed up for WikiProject Rehab, but since that time the project has retired. I've decided to take it upon myself to rejuvenate the project - but I could do with your help. If you are still willing to help mentor (or even give me a hand in bringing this project back!) leave a message on my talk page
RDN1F TALK 16:32, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

I used your image as a Dubbo banner on wikivoyage..[edit]

Hi, I reused your image as the banner on the voy:Dubbo article over at wikivoyage. Thanks --Inas (talk) 06:59, 2 August 2013 (UTC)


See you are online and i would realy need some professional help. Would you pls so kind to have 5 minutes for me? kind regardsAdniim- (talk) 06:59, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

hi. thx for reply eaven if its to late now. but maybe you could help me anyway.

the is a one edit account witch got personal motivation to delet an article about a journalist and it also seams he got some friends helping him with that. maybe you would be so friendly and have a short objectiv look on this article. and help me a bit in the delet discussion - so far this seams to be not very friedly their and not very objectiv. Michel Von Tell thank you Adniim- (talk) 13:21, 29 September 2013 (UTC)

I am afraid I cannot be of assistance to you in this instance, I will make a educated and well intended suggestion, please do not feel this is a personal attack in any way, I believe given your limited understanding/expression of the english language perhaps you would be better suited and more comfortable on a wikipedia site in your native language, this is a suggestion based on years of editing here and on other wikis. Regards ZooPro 15:11, 29 September 2013 (UTC)

Thx for reply. But i told you many arguments why it should be in. My language is not very well thats right. but that has not much to do with the article or? what are your arguments against mine? pls tell me for example - Osaremen ehi james Larry Izamoje Chief Olu Oyesanya Meir Javedanfar Óðinn Jónsson Juan Bautista Rivarola Matto Leopoldo Ramos Giménez Luis Ruffinelli Alfredo Seiferheld Adriano Irala Fulgencio R. Moreno Sali Nivica Ludmilla Pajo Bedri Pejani Skender Temali Mirko Gashi Mirshahin Agayev Aslan Aslanov Kurt Thyboe Monica Ritterband Henrik Qvortrup Hans Pilgaard why this articles are ok for you eaven they got not 10% of the sources an retability then this article? and what you want me to change in the article to make it keep? thank you Adniim- (talk) 03:26, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

Disambiguation needed[edit]

Hello there. A "disambiguation needed" tag means "this link points to a disambiguation page where Wikipedia doesn't know which of several articles is being referred to" rather than "this link is badly named". Linking the word "grey" is fine in context. --McGeddon (talk) 13:40, 17 October 2013 (UTC)

I think I am aware of what it means.... not a newbie, a simple issue easy to fix instead of tag...... hence why I fixed it. Regards ZooPro 11:20, 21 October 2013 (UTC)


I'm hopefully starting back (slowly at first) after a 9 month or so hiatus, which included a 1000 year flood (though being at the top of the hill, we didn't "flood", we just got "seepage"), two releases from hell at my day job, And a bunch of personal issues thrown into the middle of everything. I hope you are successful in your bid for Adminship, and hope to see you editing more as well. Don Lammers (talk) 17:13, 28 November 2013 (UTC)

File permission problem with File:WikiProject Zoo Logo.JPG[edit]

Thanks for uploading File:WikiProject Zoo Logo.JPG, which you've attributed to I noticed that while you provided a valid copyright licensing tag, there is no proof that the creator of the file has agreed to release it under the given license.

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Note: Both the 2013 and 2010 issues have copyright problems. See the file's talk page. I have put a note on WT:WikiProject Zoo. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 20:10, 30 December 2013 (UTC)
Also see commons:Commons:Deletion requests/File:WPZOOTOP.jpg. I really do hope these images are freely licensed, especially the one used for the current logo. It's very nice and very appropriate for a logo for the Zoo WikiProject. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 20:47, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

Possibly unfree File:WikiProject Zoo Logo.JPG[edit]

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You've got mail[edit]

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davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 04:41, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject Zoo[edit]

Hi, you asked me on my userpage in 2009 if Im still active in project Zoo. Im happy to tell you that I have returned with new energy, and that I intend to be more active now! :) Dan Koehl (talk) 00:46, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

Are you?
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Important Request[edit]

I have started a discussion ar Talk:Narrow-breasted_snake-necked_turtle#Name_Change_and_Move that I would appreciate discussion on. WP could actually have a lead role and assist with this. Faendalimas talk 11:03, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Survey for editors who mentor newcomer[edit]

Dear Wikipedia Ambassador,

I am seeking input on your experience as a mentor to new Wikipedians. This survey is designed to provide insight for the development of a new mentorship support tool on Wikipedia. If you have a moment, please take this survey, it should not take more than 10 minutes of your time to complete.

Also, if you are able to, I would greatly appreciate it if you would send the following survey to the mentee you worked with:

Thank you in advance for your participation, Gabriel Mugar 13:33, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

Possibly unfree File:WikiProject Zoo Logo pre-2013.jpg[edit]

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It's been a while. You still around? The ArbiterTalk 16:58, 17 September 2014 (UTC)


Dear ZooPro, are you active within Wikipedia:WikiProject Zoo/Wikipedia? best regards, Dan Koehl (talk) 12:29, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

Hi Dan, I am semi-active I pop in from time to time though haven't had much time to edit of late. ZooPro 11:52, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
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on your Awesome Wikipedian day for all the fantastic creative work you have invested in Wikipedia:WikiProject_Zoo. Dan Koehl (talk) 23:27, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
Thanks mate. ZooPro 11:05, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia projects[edit]

Hi ZooPro. I am new to the Wikipedia projects (Animals), and I don't know what shall I do. What shall I do? Dinosaur Fan (talk) 12:52, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:Perth Zoo Logo.JPG[edit]


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Note that any non-free images not used in any articles will be deleted after seven days, as described in the criteria for speedy deletion. Thank you. Stefan2 (talk) 23:07, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

The image was removed by vandalism. Dan Koehl restored the image in question (the logo), and I restored the image of the zoo entrance (which had also been deleted). Both images are now back in the infobox.Don Lammers (talk) 04:35, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

You still about?[edit]

Wanted to chat to you about wikispecies, they seem to have headed in the right direction and resolved some issues from a few years back. Thought you may find it interesting. Cheers, Faendalimas talk 03:37, 12 March 2015 (UTC)