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Statement by Newyorkbrad

For once I'll be brief. Due to some external events, which have the potential to affect not just me but many uninvolved people, I will not be able to continue editing.

I would like to thank everyone I have worked with here. The community has extended me extraordinary kindness and support. I am sorry for the pages that never got written and the FA that never got done. I apologize to the 552 people who voted for me for breaking my commitment to them, and to anyone whose case I never had the chance to review.

My thanks in advance for what any of you may write here. I request that no explicit reference be made here or elsewhere to the incidents prompting my departure.

The first available steward is requested to desysop this account without requiring any further postings or formalities. The Arbitration Clerks will remove my name from the list of arbitrators and per precedent will strike any votes I have cast on pending cases or matters.


Newyorkbrad (talk) 14:01, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Userrights changes are done. :( Thank you very much for your work and efforts. --Thogo (Talk) 14:37, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
Arb stuff is done, I think. Thatcher 15:02, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Please take time to think of all the good that is here for you and all the good that you have done

Please take the time to think of all of your choices herein. I believe you can share your passion for being a partner here, as well as, a partner of your firm. Maybe you could share the experience strength and hope that you have for Wikipedia with your associates and stay here as yourself. I have grown to admire your work here; see no benefit to the world, if you leave the project. People with your sense of wisdom are needed at Wikipedia, Mr. NYB. I only have whispers of same. Be well and God speed to you. Thank you for your gifts. :) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:36, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

I, too, hope that you stay with, or return to, Wikipedia. All the best, -- Ssilvers (talk) 04:23, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
Fuck. You'll be missed, NYB. Thanks for everything you've done for the project and I wish you best of luck with everything in the future. :) Nishkid64 (Make articles, not love) 14:05, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Sigh. Good luck, sir. :( Lawrence Cohen § t/e 14:11, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

I am very surprised to see this, and I too am sorry that this had to happen. I hope you'll be able to sort out whatever happens to be troubling you at the moment, and return at a later date. Best wishes. Acalamari 15:54, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

A major loss

  • I'm sure that many, many people will post here agreeing with me when I say that I hope you reconsider, and if you can't change your mind I'm equally as sure that everyone will agree that Wikipedia has benefited greatly by your presence and work. You will be missed, both for yourself and for the stellar contributions that were otherwise in your future. Avruch T 14:07, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Indeed this is a great loss to the project but knowing how sensible and considerate NYB is I know that he must have considered there to be no option but to leave. If you do decide to come back you will be most welcome but do not do so because we are asking, only if you think it's right to return. Good luck with whatever you are going on to do, James086Talk | Email 14:18, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Stunned. Echo the above sentiments. I wish you the best, sir. Best Regards, Utmost Respect, Thanks and sadness, R. Baley (talk) 14:25, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Absolutely gutted. Whenever I saw your signature I saw the best of comments in front of it. Very best for the future. What a sad day for the project we love. Pedro :  Chat  14:27, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Confused and dumbstruck, but not enough to forget to wish you all the best. Absolutely fantastic, the contributions you've made to the encyclopedia. --barneca (talk) 14:29, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Absolutely stunned - I hope that you stay, but perhaps in due time you will be able to grace us with your presence again; until then you'll be missed. Yours, east.718 at 14:36, April 29, 2008
  • Ibid, ditto, etc. You will be missed not only for your excellent editing skills to legal articles as a trained attorney, and your fine work as a sysop and arbitrator here at WP, but also as an online friend and mentor to me and others. Best of luck, and know that you have the support of many here to return when you wish. Bearian (talk) 14:42, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • NOOOO!!! This is the biggest loss in the history of RlevseTalk 14:44, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Damn I'm gonna miss you! MBisanz talk 14:47, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • This is the most significant loss I've seen in my time here. Brad, know that you were greatly appreciated and that you will be greatly missed. But also remember, it's just a website... an online encyclopedia. You've got great things ahead of you and many people wishing the best for you in all of them. You were one of the project's very best and you will not be forgotten. Best regards, LaraLove 14:50, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Absolutely stunned. A major pillar in the stability of the wiki has just moved on. Brad, I wish you the best in all you choose to do. Should you ever want to come back, there's a place for you here. If not, peace. - Philippe 14:51, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Best wishes, and good luck. You'll be missed greatly. Ncmvocalist (talk) 15:02, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • You have been one of our best editors. There is no doubt that your departure is a major loss to the project. However, you have all of our thanks for everything you have done, and our best wishes that your life from this day forward is everything you would want it to be. If nothing else, though, please feel free to return at any time to any degree, if only to help keep the quality of our poetry writing a bit better than it is likely to be with you gone. John Carter (talk) 15:08, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Wow, definitely shocking. You'll be missed. Wizardman 15:18, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • This is a shock sudden and most severe, Brad. Your departure marked one of the saddest days of Wikipedia history, and you will always be missed as one of the greatest that the community has lost. I wish you all the best, --PeaceNT (talk) 15:21, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Best wishes in all that you do, we remember all your fantastic work on site - GDonato (talk) 15:47, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Wow. (Stunned silence.) - jc37 20:41, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Dammit Brad, come back here this instant! (in shinny new socks of course). --Joopercoopers (talk) 23:28, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

This sucks :-(

  1. --Conti| 15:25, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  2. Lawrence Cohen § t/e 15:27, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  3. - Philippe 15:31, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  4. John Carter (talk) 15:32, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  5. Support. UltraExactZZ Claims ~ Evidence 15:35, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  6. Davewild (talk) 15:36, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  7. Keeper | 76 | Disclaimer 15:47, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  8. MBisanz talk 15:56, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  9. Indeed. If this is WR's goal, I'm very disdained with them right now; WR is supposed to be a sanity check, not Banned User Revenge Inc. Sceptre (talk) 15:59, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
    When has it EVER been anything BUT Banned User Revenge/Troll Central? --Calton | Talk 16:39, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
    In theory, it's supposed to be sanity checking. Sceptre (talk) 19:30, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
    WR did nothing but host the conversation. It has, and never has, any say on what Brandt does on his hivemind. hbdragon88 (talk) 19:05, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  10. What all of the above said. ++Lar: t/c 16:19, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  11. Could not have said it better myself. Tiptoety talk 16:35, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  12. Calton | Talk 16:39, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  13. (edit conflict) the wub "?!" 16:40, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  14. I don't think any editor will ever fill the void...Seraphim♥ Whipp 16:52, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  15. Antandrus (talk) 16:53, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  16. Horologium (talk) 17:14, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  17. Very sorry to see you go Brad. Very best wishes to you, --John (talk) 17:16, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  18. Sorry this happened to you and let this be a reminder to everyone else never to post anything online that could reasonably be used to ID you. That includes those Wiki meetup images and profile images that people like to post. EconomicsGuy (talk) 17:19, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  19. Best wishes. Be happy in real life. ——Martinphi Ψ Φ—— 17:32, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  20. This is appalling. I'm very sorry for what's happened here, and it raises questions in my mind about why the Foundation has been so lax in defending editors under attack from sociopaths and griefers. It's also a test for the WR folks. Somey, you have a cancer in your midst; when are you going to cut it out? -- ChrisO (talk) 18:21, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  21. What a loss. Best wishes, --Bfigura (talk) 18:23, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  22. With warmest regards, Antelantalk 18:24, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  23. Lucy Tamayo (talk) 18:24, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  24. Be happy, Brad. We've truly had a loss today. Anthøny 18:27, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  25. Really sucks, a major blow to en.wikipedia. If we were to play the word association game and the phrase was "model Wikipedian," the most common reply by a long shot would be "Newyorkbrad." All the best to you in your future endeavors Brad, and know that you have done work here of which you can be extremely proud.--Bigtimepeace | talk | contribs 18:28, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  26. Depressing. FCYTravis (talk) 18:37, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  27. Yet another casualty of WR, intended or not. Best wishes and let's hope that there won't be more of these in the future... seicer | talk | contribs 18:49, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  28. Folantin (talk) 18:56, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  29. Enigma message 18:56, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  30. Bye, then. hbdragon88 (talk) 19:04, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  31. Damn man, sorry to see such an esteemed editor leave like this. Wildthing61476 (talk) 19:49, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  32. Yes. Sandstein (talk) 19:53, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  33. Take care. You'll be sorely missed. KrakatoaKatie 20:16, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  34. Frowny.svgDragons flight (talk) 20:25, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  35. You were always a voice of good sense. You will be missed. Iain99Balderdash and piffle 20:33, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  36.  :( --Kyoko 20:45, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  37. Mike R (talk) 22:16, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  38. Deor (talk) 22:18, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  39. VegaDark (talk) 22:50, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  40. A ton. bibliomaniac15 Do I have your trust? 23:20, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  41. You will be missed. Chinchilla (talk) 23:42, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  42. Your work and legacy here will stand, as long as there is free knowledge and a need for fair and reasoned judgment in developing it. Whenever and in whatever capacity may you may choose to return in future, that will be the right time and the right way.--Pharos (talk) 00:14, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  43. One of our (increasingly rare) voices of reason—you will be sorely missed. Enjoy RL, Brad, where it really matters; the smallest things there far outweigh the most significant Wiki stuff. Fvasconcellos (t·c) 00:21, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
    And this, by the way, will not be forgotten :) Fvasconcellos (t·c) 00:22, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
    I'm beginning to wonder whether these expressions of regret are going to fall in the WP:100 list. John Carter (talk) 00:30, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  44. yes, I hope it makes WP:500! RlevseTalk 00:31, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  45. I'll miss your monty python quotes. Kwsn (Ni!) 00:52, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  46. SynergeticMaggot (talk) 00:53, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  47. I'm in mourning. Brad, you've been sterling. I'm sorry for the people who won't get to see your example. Noroton (talk) 01:49, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  48. You pointed out some of my missteps and shoved me in the right direction in my early days to Wikipedia. You have left your mark on Wikipedia, a mark that has changed this place for the better. I wish you the best of luck with wherever life take you. Trusilver 02:40, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  49. But thank you for showing us the level of discourse that's possible. Your patience, kindness and intelligence are something for which we must all strive harder. Through your example you contributed much more than I think you realize. Thanks, Brad. --JayHenry (talk) 03:11, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  50. Captain panda 03:13, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  51. "this sucks" is an understatement. You've helped me personally a number of times to be a better Wikipedian, and I will always be in your debt for it. -- Ned Scott 03:18, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  52. Major understatement. We've lost one of our best editors, and it is a loss that will reverberate for years to come. We'll miss you. Titoxd(?!? - cool stuff) 04:07, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  53. Jd2718 (talk) 04:16, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  54. I concur with the title sentiment (yes, I'm often critical of Wikipedia, the point stands) -- Seth Finkelstein (talk) 05:41, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  55. Extremely sad news. A helpful and fine editor and administrator. Your absence will be a great loss to wikipedia.  DDStretch  (talk) 07:02, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  56. Brad, I very much hope you do as I suggested in my email, for your own sake. Regardless, this really really sucks. dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) 09:10, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  57. I am yet again freshly disgusted by the lengths some sociopaths will go to. As I said in email, I hope you can get backup in dealing with this - David Gerard (talk) 09:43, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  58. This is the saddest day I can remember for Wikipedia. I'm very sorry to see you go Brad.--chaser - t 11:33, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  59. Please return if you can. This is a great loss to the wiki community. Grandmaster (talk) 11:55, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  60. (after edit conflict) You were one of the best editors here - you thoroughly deserved to get the highest number of support votes for a single Wikipedian on this project. Graham87 12:03, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  61. Brad, you were one of The Good Ones. Please reconsider your departure. If you were trolled, well, that goes along with power. It's part of the price of fame. There's a saying though, "One way to judge a man's character, is by who his enemies are." So if trolls hate you, well, good, keep doing whatever it was you were doing. :) Please, Wikipedia needs you, come back to us. --Elonka 12:24, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  62. I'm very sorry to see you leave. You were the most clear minded and civil user I've ever run across. --PTR (talk) 12:30, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

More secrecy, more anonymity

I have already posted, and I will eventually put up for a vote, that your situation should be told at all the Meet-Ups, and that should be severe limits on photography and recording at all Wikimedia events, including Wikimania. I will pursue ways to make the site more anonymous and secret. There are some editors on this site that I think many of us feel deserve to be targeted for their problematic editing styles (or admin decisions). You are clearly not one of them. --David Shankbone 15:13, 29 April 2008 (UTC) --David

People should be warned of the dangers of using their real name as user name and of the consequences of posting personal info on their user page. Also, people should choose a user name they don't use on other sites. Images depicting users should be speedied, possibly by stewards, regardless of what wiki they are on if anyone depicted in them wishes so. Educating people together with severe and non-debatable consequences in case of violations of these restrictions on images would at least be a step in the right direction. EconomicsGuy (talk) 18:52, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
On the contrary; with all due respect to the above post, I suggest that "people" should understand that leaders of any organization, such as the one herein, including administrators and arbcom. members, that, in fact, choose to participate in same, and as such, should be willing and able to share their real life identities with the world at large; expect to have their real life world exposed as a matter of transparency and due course. The idea that everyone can and/or should edit as anonymous or pseudonymous, is quite frankly, absurd, and will not work in the real world...within the context of 21st century law and order. It is unfortunate, in my opinion; for Wikipedia, that NYB has chosen to not edit as himself, the real life person. Cheers! (talk) 19:52, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
I think we have to go beyond that. Let's face it, these people are engaging in criminal harassment - they should be made to pay the consequences. -- ChrisO (talk) 19:48, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

As an editor using real name, and a target of quite a few harassment campaigns, I believe that the only way to deal with it is to oppose anonymity and support disclosure of real name and credentials - combined, of course, with being very harsh on editors who engage in harassment. Editors who reveal their real name should be protected from slander/stalking/etc. no less then subjects of WP:LIVING policy.--Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 22:24, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Piotrus, many of us elect to use pseudonyms because of threats and harassment that come from off-wiki sources. There is nothing that Wikipedia or the Wikimedia Foundation can do to stop that, particularly if there is no activity involving their sites. They can't indefinitely block or ban people in the real world. There are alternative venues that require verified names and credentials; for some of us, they are not an option. Risker (talk) 22:39, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
I'm fortunate to be in a situation where I don't need to be concerned that my employer knows about my postings (I'm self-employed now, and worked for a local government previously). And I don't happen to edit articles like sex and others which - for better or worse - are appropriate for Wikipedia, but nevertheless are disapproved of by a significant number of people. I mention this because other editors are not so fortunate. We all have different circumstances. If Wikipedia were to insist on full disclosure of names (and thus to make it easier to identify individual's home address, employer, etc. - particularly for those with less common names) - then there certainly would be fewer constructive editors. And without a major infrastructure to truly verify identities, the trolls and vandals would just make up names - so we wouldn't see any less of that. In short, as much as it would be nice to live in a world where harassment doesn't exist, the reality is that it does, and there are good reasons - for the sake of the project, not just for contributors - why we should not require real name user accounts. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 22:52, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Brad helped me a lot when I was the subject of harrassment with an editor posting details of my birth place, date, etc, and my mother's maiden name and other family details. My somewhat unusual name had helped this editor do this. It was done in an attempt to silence me in some debate ! was having with the user concerned. In these cases, I would favour harsh measures being taken against those doing the harrassment by wikipedia.  DDStretch  (talk) 07:11, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Guys, can you please explained me what happened? NYB didn't used his real name as user name. What happened? Can anybody explain this to me? Please reply on my talk page or send me an email. Regards, Masterpiece2000 (talk) 08:50, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
Well, I agree with User:David Shankbone. There should be severe limits on photography and recording at all Wikimedia events, including Wikimania. This is a very sad and unfortunate event. Masterpiece2000 (talk) 09:13, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Choo Choo

I can't say anything that hasn't already been said more eloquently above. Best of luck, hope to see you return someday. /Blaxthos ( t / c ) 16:22, 29 April 2008 (UTC)


Peace Barnstar 6.png The Barnstar of Peace
You deserved the Barnstar of Peace a long time ago. Thank you for all you've done; you'll be missed. DurovaCharge! 16:24, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Bad, bad loss

moved from AN

Newyorkbrad has gone, good luck to him. Davewild (talk) 14:08, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

  • Please note that he has requested "that no explicit reference be made here or elsewhere to the incidents prompting [his] departure". Obviously it will be difficult to prevent this, but I think out of respect for him we should try our best to remind people not to post about what may have caused this. In case that sounds cryptic, nothing bad happened (as far as I know, it was events outside of his control), but I think it is safe to say that he wants to avoid drama over this, both for him and others. Carcharoth (talk) 14:23, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
    • Well, fuck. --barneca (talk) 14:27, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
      • Indeed. He will be greatly missed. Kirill (prof) 14:37, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
        • Well said, Barneca. I too hope that drama can be avoided, but this is Wikipedia after all. UltraExactZZ Claims ~ Evidence 14:45, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
      • Another casualty that has been claiming one too many administrators lately. seicer | talk | contribs 15:42, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
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A Sad Day Indeed

I too am deeply saddened by the incident that lead up to this. You've done a wonderful job as an administrator and arbitratior, and you will be missed. However, I strongly respect your decision to leave, given the situation and circumstances. (I left for the same reason multiple times, and it's why I don't edit now.) I'm sure the decision you made today was not an easy one, leaving a project which you love and have spent a huge amount of time sheparding.

I, among others, would be overjoyed to see your name appear on my watchlist in the future. As you once said to me, however, I'm not going to lobby if you're convinced you should leave, as I'm sure you've thought long and hard about this.

I only hope that in the future, you are happy with the decision you made. We will all certainly miss you. Wikipedia has lost one of its best. Sean William @ 16:54, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

  • Well said. I'm sorry for whatever happened, and very sorry to see you go. ——Martinphi Ψ Φ—— 17:30, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • This deeply saddens me. There's not much more I can say. :( Enigma message 18:53, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
This is a sad day for Wikipedia. Nothing can be said to express how good a person we've lost. Best wishes to you, Newyorkbrad. The light will be on if/when you return. Nwwaew (Talk Page) (Contribs) (E-mail me) 19:29, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Brad, I'm deeply saddened by what has transpired here. Your departure is an immense loss to the project as yet another moderate, considerate and above all kind person finds it necessary to leave. You were one of the good guys and, personally, I'm really going to miss you. Beir bua, a chara - Alison 20:02, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Like others, I'm shocked and saddened by this turn of events. I suggest that Newyorkbrad consider running for one of the higher offices with lower profiles and different time commitments, such as steward or foundation board member. Newyorkbrad has earned enormous good will and trust in the community. His skills and experience would be valuable in a senior position. ·:· Will Beback ·:· 20:38, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Brad, thank you for all you have done for this project and for your generosity in giving your time, knowledge and experience so freely. Your work has been highly valued and very much appreciated. Thank you also for your friendship and the support you have given me personally and many others as well. It has been a pleasure knowing you and working with you and I hope at some point in the future you will feel able to return to the project. Your retirement will be a heavy loss to this project and I cannot see how this is a desirable outcome for anyone, particularly those concerned with fairness and BLPs. Thank you Brad, good luck in the future and please keep in touch. Sarah 02:39, 30 April 2008 (UTC)


For all you did. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 19:40, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Dear Newyorkbrad, I wish that the time will come quickly when these events are a distant memory, well behind you in a better place, and that some memory of the good you did and the unparalleled number of people who hold you in the highest regard will replace the sadness. If you need a shoulder, I can hop a train. Good-bye, Godspeed, and be well; you will be missed. Fondest regards, SandyGeorgia (Talk) 19:40, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Vaya Con Dios

  1. Newyorkbrad, we hardly knew ye … The Unsung Munchkin (talk) 19:42, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Show's over

Right, enough is enough, time for the big bad wolf to join the feast. There is too much sentiment here. - Brad has left, and unless a miracle happens he is not coming back, it is sad, it is a loss, but it can't be changed. Please evaluate the positive side of this - one of the few RL things known about me is my love of football (take note in certain quarters, if I ever become an Admin, this will help you identify me) and I have never seen such a spectacular own goal in all my life, and neither if you think about have you. We now realise exactly what depths some will sink to discredit this project - so for Brad we stop posting here, we can mourn his loss, but we have learnt a lot. "Others" can never say why do Wikipedians choose to be anonymous? - and we can reply: "because of the personal damage others wish to inflict upon us". So from now on we look, we learn and we laugh at the own goal, and if someone wants a war, well we are winning 1-0, and we have yet to put a ball into the back of the net. Giano (talk) 20:12, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

I must say, upset as I am about this, I too am more than a little angry as well. I'm sure some others besides Giano are. I'd just like to point out to everyone, including myself, that anger simply does not help. There is little that we can do here, but note again that the only, biggest, reason to protect anonymous editing is that a lot of people who create content or keep the peace would simply not be here otherwise. --Relata refero (disp.) 20:50, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
Of course, we should ban all cameras from future meet-ups, or wear halloween masks. Good grief. Thatcher 21:59, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Hmm I'm not sure what occurred, but it seems to be something with cameras, pictures, at a wiki-meet? I took pictures myself but would never post them in public without the explicit permission from those in them--esp. not ones that identify who is who--as well as the permission to take the pictures in the first place. So I don't think we need to ban cameras, just have people respect others personal boundaries and need for privacy. Also, there is always risk when we meet in person (lots of tiny cameras)--so if someone was bent on doing something, there is little we can do. In any case, if something nefarious occurred to chase NYB out, then it is an outrage. I trust that while he will be gone as Newyorkbrad, we will be lucky enough to still have him around later, perhaps as a fast learning newbie. :) I don't see why this would not be possible no matter what happened.Giovanni33 (talk) 01:36, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

And possibly the earliest confirmed admin in the history of wikipedia, if anyone had a hint to who he had been earlier. :) John Carter (talk) 01:44, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Good luck Brad. You've been a great role model for us all. ATren (talk) 03:48, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Good luck in your endeavors. If there is anything that we can do here for you, I am sure I will not be alone to rally and respond. Take good care would ya? ≈ jossi ≈ (talk) 04:52, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

I miss a weekend and find that one of the model editors has been forced out. I hate that this happens, but I'm not sure where to go from here. Cool Hand Luke 05:15, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

You have been a Ray of Sunshine to us all

Rayofsunshine.jpg You are a Ray of Sunshine!
You know how sometimes you hate checking your watchlist, especially when you see that certain someone or an IP has edited your favorite articles? The Ray of Sunshine is bestowed on that person that, when you see their name at the top of your watchlist, you know that all is right with the world, you can relax, and do something besides cleaning up another mess. May be awarded to any person who consistently brightens your day, but especially where their involvement in something that is bothering you lightens your load.
And that's been you, Newyorkbrad. Consistantly. My sincere thanks. - jc37 06:08, 30 April 2008 (UTC)


I, personally, consider your departure the single biggest loss that this community, and Wikipedia itself, has ever sustained. Your skills in dispute resolution, in mediation and in arbitration were legendary and without a doubt some of the best seen. Whether you read this sentiment or not, I am glad to have said that. Godspeed and the best of luck in your future endeavours, wherever they may take you.

Cheers, Josh. -- Anonymous DissidentTalk 06:39, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Please come back!

Hello Newyorkbrad. I don't known what to say! I am stunned. Please come back. Regards, Masterpiece2000 (talk) 08:37, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Just come back! We need you! Masterpiece2000 (talk) 08:38, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
Well, NYB, you welcomed me. Your guided me when I was new. I will always remember you. Regards, Masterpiece2000 (talk) 09:17, 30 April 2008 (UTC)