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If you may want to add Category:Lawyer Wikipedians to your user page.(Attorney does sound less scum of the earthy though ;-) Regarding the two cases you were working on, what exactly were you doing, you are an intellectual property attorney, yes? Thanks for responding to my questions regarding my interest in law.

Prodego talk 02:58, 11 November 2005 (UTC)

P.S. Regarding the scum of the earth comment, I like lawyers don't sue me! ;-)

Villy on Veals![edit]

Please block this user? User:Villy on Veals! -- 17:22, 11 November 2005 (UTC)

Wow! Holey moley, you're not an admin?! I see you around all over the place. I like your blue/green signature a lot. I think you're helpfull and cool and you should be one!! -- 17:48, 11 November 2005 (UTC)
Villy on Veals is the sockpuppet(probably) of a page move vandal-see User:Willy on Wheels-and the account has to age before editing(new users can't move pages) Was this user blocked? Prodego talk 18:49, 11 November 2005 (UTC)
It's in the user creation log though Prodego talk 18:57, 11 November 2005 (UTC)
Similar names are here. Prodego talk 19:06, 11 November 2005 (UTC)


Vandalism to your user page- make that six - see this edit. Alf melmac 12:16, 14 November 2005 (UTC)

Re: User:BD2412/signature[edit]

Since you say you easily tire of it, how about this one? ;)

And of course, before I keep forgetting, thanks for the thoughtful reply to my email. :) Titoxd(?!?) 01:52, 17 November 2005 (UTC)

Re: Bringing home old edits[edit]

No, there's no method for doing that at this time. Like you need more credits to your name :) --Durin 13:25, 22 November 2005 (UTC)

Page mover[edit]

Thanks for the heads up about User:R0e1t2s3i4n5a, but why did you need my help with it? Just an extra helper to fix it? --LV (Dark Mark) 20:06, 22 November 2005 (UTC)

Are you sitting down? Neither am I. And I just turned down a request to nominate me stating that I was going to wait until about December. See his talk page if you don't believe me. Creepy, eh? --LV (Dark Mark) 20:12, 22 November 2005 (UTC)
Well, you should be, too. So there. See you in December, hopefully. Unless that other thing you are waiting to hear back from is more important than WP, then do that instead. See ya around, my friend. --LV (Dark Mark) 20:25, 22 November 2005 (UTC)

Merging your anon edits[edit]

You would need to contact a developer, like User:Tim Starling to combine your anonymous edits in your history. Only developers have direct access to the database to do this. Cheers, Cecropia | [[User talk:Cecropia|''explains it all'' ®]] 22:45, 22 November 2005 (UTC)


Sexual-position misogynists? That's new since the last time I looked. Agree with you about sending them to hell, but aren't they just a particularly virulent form of neologists (particularly when the "position" is impossible?) The Literate Engineer 06:25, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

Glad I missed that crop. The Literate Engineer 19:06, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

The time has long passed[edit]

My last case "in anger" was in 1990 and my wife retired from practice six years ago, so neither of us are legally safe since time passes and laws change. But good luck to you: a whole life of fun-packed disputation lies ahead of you as long as you never take it personally. David91 01:58, 26 November 2005 (UTC)

Red Cross[edit]

It was actually intended [vaguely] seriously!!--TheDoctor10 (talk|email) 19:41, 1 December 2005 (UTC)


Do you have only 2?!

Prodego talk 17:08, 7 December 2005 (UTC)

Your barnstars just must have gotten lost Prodego talk 17:19, 7 December 2005 (UTC)


What?! A twelve-hour break? As soon as you become an admin you abandon us? Requests for de-adminship, anyone? --TantalumTelluride 06:12, 8 December 2005 (UTC)

On another note, please don't take the boilerplate text I pasted onto your talk page too seriously. You've done far, far more work here than I have. Most of the rules about using admin powers come down to common sense. It's absoltely not necessary to take a break to contemplate it. The big reason I'm a bureaucrat is simply that I was around in early 2004, when the community's standards were easier. To be sure, the advice I give to all new admins is good advice, but it's nothing to be overly paranoid about. -- Pakaran 07:39, 8 December 2005 (UTC)
Don't worry, I'm at ease with the admin powers - but I just needed a break (not much of one, tho) :-) BD2412 T 15:25, 8 December 2005 (UTC)

Two brief questions[edit]

You're busy, and these are goofy, so I'll be short...

1. Yellow? Why? 2. When do you expect to nominate yourself for B'crat? ;) I look forward to supporting an RfB for once.

Best wishes, Xoloz 18:41, 9 December 2005 (UTC)

  • Yellow? Yellow?!? That's gold, brother. And I'll be an admin for at least a year before I consider an RfB. BD2412 T 18:50, 9 December 2005 (UTC)
    • Can I change my vote? If I knew you'd abandon green, I may have opposed you. ;) NoSeptember talk 19:05, 9 December 2005 (UTC)
      • Hey! I like the gold, I thought the lime green was kind of tacky. Prodego talk 20:59, 9 December 2005 (UTC)
      • The gold hurts my eyes! Shall we take a poll? Oops, I forgot polls are evil :) -- DS1953 21:04, 9 December 2005 (UTC)
        • If the gold hurts your eyes, you should have a look at Wiki-Hell!!!. BD2412 T 21:15, 9 December 2005 (UTC)
          • That is precisely why I hope to never be condemned there! -- DS1953 21:21, 9 December 2005 (UTC)


Hey, BD. Couple of things for ya.

  1. In light of your record-setting RFA (you completely blew Func out of the water!), which suggests you're now our most-widely-beloved admin, and your fluency in legalese, could you poke your nose at Wikipedia:User Bill of Rights?
  2. Ok, it's only one thing because I changed my mind about things 2 and 3. Uh... does your mop enable you to make it snow in Nashville?

The Literate Engineer 09:17, 12 December 2005 (UTC)

NYT article on Seigenthaler vandal[edit]

"Mr. Chase also found that he was slowly being cornered in cyberspace, thanks to the sleuthing efforts of Daniel Brandt, 57, of San Antonio, who makes his living as a book indexer. Mr. Brandt has been a frequent critic of Wikipedia and started an anti-Wikipedia Web site] in September after reading what he said was a false entry about himself."

Who probably just typed in the IP from the articles edit history in to the address box of his browser! How did no one try that already?

Prodego talk 18:33, 12 December 2005 (UTC)


Much for your prompt assistance and note - Like you needed another thank you on your talk page, I know, but still! Thanks. KillerChihuahua?!? 15:19, 15 December 2005 (UTC)

How's your system?[edit]

Tell me about your computer setup, Beland - do you have everything you need? You do great and important work for Wikipedia, and I want to be sure you have the best tools to accomplish it. Cheers! BD2412 T 22:56, 14 December 2005 (UTC)

Well, I have a laptop I bought last Thanksgiving, which is a 1.2GHz Celeron M, and which I've upgraded to 768MB of RAM. It's much faster than my desktop, which I bought in is a 333MHz Pentium II which I've upgraded to 256MB of RAM. For several years, my thinking was, "gosh, who would ever need a gigahertz CPU? My laptop's power connector wore out this past month and the whole thing had to go in for repair, and I went back to using my desktop as my primary computer. It was when I opened a dozen Wikipedia pages all at once and sat around for 30 seconds waiting for them to render that I realized just how bloated modern software is. Not that I can complain - my Wikipedia database analysis scripts aren't very efficient, but on the plus side, they are easy to code. Today I was thinking to myself, "You know, a 3GHz processor would make this script finish in one hour instead of three. Hmm." Not that I probably shouldn't be spending more time on real-world things anyway. 8) The biggest problem I have is hard drive space. I have a 40GB drive on the laptop, of which I usually have about 7GB free. This means I can only fit one current-revisions Wikipedia dump at a time on it, and I have to manage the analysis run carefully, lest I run out of space entirely. The new complete-history dumps for Wikipedia:Neglected articles only fit because I moved a bunch of files that should be on my laptop to my desktop. Which has a nice spare 100GB hard drive, but my scripts won't even run there because they use too much RAM. (You know your data set is getting frighteningly large when just parsing it makes your computer's brain explode.) I should probably replace the desktop machine, since it's "ancient" now and laptops seem to take a lot of abuse. But I'm in between jobs right now, and moving to Boston at the end of the month. (On the plus side, getting new Internet service means I'll be able to set up my desktop machine as a web server, for more Wikipedia madness. I'm working on some scripts to help the developers detect and diagnose site blackouts and brownouts, which would be nice to put there.) Anyway, thanks for all your interest, and thanks for your help with cleanup efforts. I see you're already digging into those neglected articles. -- Beland 23:02, 15 December 2005 (UTC)

The Black List[edit]

I hear you want to be on the Black List as well ;-) I feel like a celebrity being stalked like this. I also want ot know what he has against Gmail - I have one of their accounts. Izehar (talk) 18:55, 16 December 2005 (UTC)

(sigh) Guess I'm going to have to resign myself to a life of quiet obscurity. BD2412 T 18:56, 16 December 2005 (UTC)

Too bad - so am I, I intend to make it as hard as possible for him to find anything out (shouldn't be too hard, I haven't given anything out - I value anonymity). Well, that is not the only site like that. You'll find a whole lot on Criticism of Wikipedia. Banned users often make sites like this. Izehar (talk) 19:00, 16 December 2005 (UTC)

The, er, offer[edit]

I have one. I prefer to remain anonymous for some things. 19:22, 16 December 2005 (UTC)


Now would a Scotch Tape sculpture continue to arrange itself over time as things get stuck to it, or is a static medium that is finished in and of itself? Inquiring minds need to know! Happy Jesus Day if I don't see you around! Peace! Hamster Sandwich 22:09, 16 December 2005 (UTC)

  • No comment. :-) BD2412 T 00:53, 17 December 2005 (UTC)

Brandt and Vilerage[edit]

I noticed your comments on Vilerage's user page. I'd just like to point you to this: Now, if that is true, then Vilerage is not "cool", he is a computer hacker. If its not true, he should make some statement to prove it is false, and perhaps initiate legal action against Brandt. But from what I can gather, it very much is true. As a legal representative, I hope that you are not encouraging criminal actions, as you may be doing by supporting Vilerage in this. It is quite a different level of action to someone just writing that Brandt is a kook. Brandt is an activist and a conspiracy theorist so most people who are not activists/conspiracy theorists themselves are going to think of him as a crackpot. Nelson Mandella, Malcolm X, Mother Theresa - all kooks per what most people who knew them thought. Most people in that situation get called a kook. But that doesn't excuse running Denial of Service attacks against someone or hacking their computers or doing any other illegal actions. I am waiting for Vilerage's response, but if it turns out that he did do it, I will petition that he be stripped from Adminhood and banned from Wikipedia. Supposedly a vandal-hunter who engages in something much worse than vandalism. Zordrac (talk) Wishy Washy Darwikinian Eventualist 13:05, 17 December 2005 (UTC)

  • Well, I really have no dog in this hunt (although I admire Linuxbeak's olive branch to Brandt in the former's RfB). BD2412 T 14:49, 17 December 2005 (UTC)

Your status[edit]

I've noticed that you write your status across the top of your user page and your talk page at the same time. But why type it twice when you can do it only once? You can include {{User:BD2412/Status}} at the top of your pages, and then just type your current status once. You could also use it to present longer-term changes in status using a template (such as the ones on my user page). Just an idea... Titoxd(?!? - help us) 05:29, 21 December 2005 (UTC)

  • Thanks for the tip - I'll go to it! BD2412 T 13:37, 21 December 2005 (UTC)

Sig colors[edit]

Are you gonna go red if you get Bureaucrat? :-) Ëvilphoenix Burn! 06:13, 21 December 2005 (UTC)

Why red? Platinum is much more valuable! Titoxd(?!? - help us) 06:20, 21 December 2005 (UTC)
Too busy to even start thinking about it. BD2412 T 13:38, 21 December 2005 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Florida[edit]

I have created a state wikiproject, Wikipedia:WikiProject Florida and I need help handling that as I really don't know what to do :p. Join it if you want and help set tasks etc. Thanks --Jaranda wat's sup 02:44, 21 December 2005 (UTC)

Merry Christmas[edit]

I'm not expecting to be online as much over the next few days so...


-- Francs2000 09:26, 22 December 2005 (UTC)

I never get a Christmas card..... Spawn Man 08:17, 23 December 2005 (UTC)

Merry Christmas[edit]

I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year. Guettarda 17:52, 22 December 2005 (UTC)

Merry Christmas!![edit]

MERRY CHRISTMAS, BD2412/Archive - Miscellaneous (second 50)! A well deserved pressy!--Santa on Sleigh 22:33, 24 December 2005 (UTC)


I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. --Bhadani 17:15, 25 December 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for the welcome.[edit]

Thanks for the welcome. Doesn't seem to be many lawyers round here? Regards FedLawyer 15:08, 27 December 2005 (UTC) (an Australian lawyer)


For the information and the welcome, just F.Y.I. I graduated from FIU 2 1/2 years ago and currently attending law school out of state. So we have some things in common. Anyway, keep up the good work and take care. (Evill72 06:35, 29 December 2005 (UTC))

Thanks for giving me the category I will go ahead and add myself to it. (Evill72 06:42, 29 December 2005 (UTC))

Barnstar for you![edit]

Sorry, I inadvertently put this on your main user page by mistake, here it is again.

  • I hereby award you this Jack McCoy Law & Order Barnstar for your tireless work on all matters legal and lawlike on Wikipedia. Tufflaw 04:48, 30 December 2005 (UTC)


Hello, I wish you and your family a prosperous and happy New Year 2006! We shall surely remain actively involved in the Project Wikipedia. --Bhadani 17:20, 30 December 2005 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Thank you nomad barbs. Theresa Knott | Taste the Korn 22:32, 30 December 2005 (UTC)

  • -D My full name yields "an admin bears no bar" (or conversely, "admin bars anon bear"). Go figure! BD2412 T 22:39, 30 December 2005 (UTC)


Hello, you are receiving this message because your name is on the list of members of the Association of Members' Advocates. There is a poll being held at Wikipedia talk:Association of Members' Advocates for approval of a proposal for the revitalisation of the association. You are eligible to vote and your vote and input are welcome. Izehar 22:16, 6 January 2006 (UTC)

hi there[edit]

I thought this might be the fastest way to reach you: I am your old friend, email me at mpatrickgriffith (at) I recently moved to Miami.


Symbol support vote.png BD2412 has earned a Cernen's Plusbox for finding the joke I made out of the merge box funny and/or making a somewhat similar joke in the AfD page for cake mix.
Cernen Xanthine Katrena 22:10, 10 January 2006 (UTC)

John Wesley and Methodism[edit]

How do you create the Hot Link for usertalk?

How do you find some other Wikipedian's usertalk page?

Thanx BD2412 for the 4 tilde John wesley 00:02, 11 January 2006 (UTC) because I never understood what it meant until you actually said it. I am looking to beef up the pension law and tax law and bankruptcy law stuff on Wiki. Did you read the 1968? artcile by Marvin Chirelstein on Learned hand's Contribution on the Law of Tax Avoidance?


Thanks for the barnstar! Prodego talk 13:33, 12 January 2006 (UTC)



I need your advice. If you have a chance, see the AMA talk page. There is a proposal that, after much discussion and hard work, Izehar and I put forth to revamp and reform the AMA. The vote was 9-7 with a deadline of the 23d when some of the opposers Sam Spade and Wally for example) decided they wanted an alternative proposal heard instead and wanted the voting to be stopped. I opposed that because they were a bunch a people (now 9-10) that wanted the first proposal to be implemented and I didn't think it was right to suspend that without some consensus from them before moving on with a different idea, especially when those same opposers participated in the initial duiscusson and could have put that alternative idea forth then. I am arguing that we finish the first voting first and then move on to other idea if it fails to reach a consensus.

I trust your opinion. Am I wrong or missing something here? Also, your vote would be appreciated.

Your message[edit]

Thanks for your welcome back; I must admit that it was a near thing. If I hadn't started editing again on that day, I'd probably never had restarted. It can be a soul-destroying business — but here I am again, determined not to let it get out of hand this time. --Mel Etitis (Μελ Ετητης) 10:13, 18 January 2006 (UTC)

Shocked and Terrified[edit]

I was shocked and terrified to see the length of your contributions list and the quality of the articles. And I bet you have them all in some special copyright bind, being IP doctorate and all that. But thank you for starting Francis the Talking Mule.--shtove 22:07, 19 January 2006 (UTC)

I can concur with that, although I'd use the words "amazed" and "astonished" instead. ;) —Nightstallion (?) 22:37, 19 January 2006 (UTC)
I too would use at least two adjectives. Dalf | Talk 22:46, 19 January 2006 (UTC)

Just so you know...[edit]

Just so you know, that after a full year long recovery from the tse tse immune defective virus, The Hardest Questions in the World Section is back on my user page!! Don't be too quick to tire the section out too quickly, but make sure you pop round to make sure you get a good score on the leader's board.... Spawn Man 04:55, 20 January 2006 (UTC)

Another law topic[edit]

Please double-check. Uncle G 04:17, 21 January 2006 (UTC)

A question[edit]

Hi im new to Wikipedia and im wondering if the highlighted/colored name is only for admins. thxTeach me how to color this pl0x 06:40, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

AMA Coordinator Election[edit]

Dear AMA Member,

You are entitled to vote in the AMA Coordinator election, set to begin at midnight on 3 February 2006. Please see the pages on the election and its candidates and the procedure and policy and cast a vote by e-mail!

Wally 10:59, 2 February 2006 (UTC)


Have you seen this? It's too hard to find things in the Wikipedia namespace...

Prodego talk 19:06, 3 February 2006 (UTC)

No problem, thanks for the link. Prodego talk 19:14, 3 February 2006 (UTC)


no problem brother. I might holler at you in the future, I'm up at FSU, and start law school next year. Fraternally, SWATJester Flag of Iceland.svg Ready Aim Fire! 16:37, 9 February 2006 (UTC)

Message from The Kindness Fairy[edit]

In celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Week, I want to thank the world's most compulsive wiki-lawyer for all the good edits (40000 and counting today). Given the inherent value of your time, your accomplishments are all the more remarkable. Thank you for helping make the world a better place. The Kindness Fairy 07:10, 13 February 2006 (UTC)

FIU community[edit]

I was reading my talk page and it reminded me that you wanted to build up a community. At the time I didn't know where to start, but I have just created [[Category:Wikipedians by alma mater: Florida International University]] which I think is a start. Of course I'm currently the only one there, but it would be nice you added were there as well as any other student/alumni you know. I suppose if it ever gets large enough, someone may even be so inclined to create a userbox for Wikipedia:Userboxes/Education/United States.

  • Happy to do so! :) BD2412 T 14:39, 14 February 2006 (UTC)
    • Yes I am an FIU alum, graduated in 2003. I noticed on your page the category for Wikipedeans by alma mater and have added myself to the FIU one. Evill72 15:42, 9 March 2006 (UTC)