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This is an archive page of my user talk page. If you wish to reopen an archived discussion or otherwise respond to me, please do so on my user talk page. Thanks! :)

Portal/Portal box merger[edit]

I just noticed your comments about the merger of this template. Its true that the current logic has a lot of parser calls and its unnecessary. That is part of the reason to get rid of it. Portal calls portal box which calls portal core that calls portal etc. Grouping the logic under one template will make things much simpler, easier to update and require less load on the servers. --Kumioko (talk) 12:29, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

{{Portal box}} doesn't call {{Portal}}. {{Portal box}} calls the (related in name only) {{Portal/core}} template, which adds a portal-specific image to the portal link (and some other styling). I think that "Portal box" is rather a marvel of concise statements (as far as "do everything for a person" templates go). Banaticus (talk) 12:54, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
Your right I misspoke a little there and I do like the way that portal box works better than portal. --Kumioko (talk) 13:10, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
Sorry I didn't mention that once done my vision is for the coding of Portal to look like Portal box. --Kumioko (talk) 13:24, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
Why not just use Portal box on every page, delete Portal, then move Portal box to Portal and let a bot go through and fix the template redirect? Banaticus (talk) 23:15, 5 January 2012 (UTC)
The main reason is that I would rather do 44000 edits than 300+ thousand. The coding will be much cleaner like portal box and will accomplish the same ends. It will just require a lot less edit to get us there. --Kumioko (talk) 03:42, 6 January 2012 (UTC)

Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid[edit]


I am rather irritated.. Someone of the name "Materialscientist" deleted my comment that was about GHB hair testing because I was "promoting a company". I'm not very familiar with the format of wiki (like how to respond to a message). Who is this person and how does she have a right to delete my comment? Also what is his/her page about? Little Christianity post card pictures? It seems like they are using wikipedia as a (annoying) personal blog..? I copied the message I wrote on the page for Materialscientist below. Could you please tell me what this is all about?

"Hello. I'm not sure where to respond to your comment. I apologize because I'm sure this is the wrong place but I had trouble finding the right place due to the myriad of little pictures on here.

I appreciate your intention of deleting my comment because you thought I was promoting a company. I understand that Wikipedia is not a place for product advertisement. The reason that I listed the company that provides GHB hair testing is that it is the only one I am aware of that does GHB hair testing. If there is another company, I would hope that they would add themselves to the list. I am in no way affiliated with the company. I joined this site today for the sole purpose of editing the wiki pages on GHB hair testing because it is not well known. I would like the victims of date rape drugs to be aware that they can have GHB hair testing. By providing the company that does the testing, I am facilitating the process.

If you could please repost the edit that I spent time and care making, I would greatly appreciate it. If it is somehow more bureaucratically palatable, you could change it to "Toxicology Associates, Inc." is one of the first companies to offer this service. It is scientifically admirable, as well as helpful for victims of date rape drugs." — Preceding unsigned comment added by Congruency (talkcontribs) 00:42, 5 January 2012 (UTC)

January 2012[edit]

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Just a note to anyone else reading this, take a look at User talk: Because of the user's propensity to not sign comments, I believed that they were trying to make it seem like I had responded in an affronted manner to their response. :) Banaticus (talk) 01:06, 10 January 2012 (UTC)

Cristiano Ronaldo[edit]

I mean something very simple.

  1. Assists no reason? Need to be written.
  2. Global Soccer: 2010 with no award.
  3. (ESM TEAM OF THE YEAR), No of awards.

These are updated, new, and want to add. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:22, 10 January 2012 (UTC)

I responded at Talk:Cristiano Ronaldo#Ronaldoooooo???. Basically, I don't see any references. Global soccer says other people won and that Ronaldo just sent a video. ESM's website mentions a team of the month, but has no list of people or a mention of a team of the year. I can't find a source for when he made his assists, so I can't add them to any of the already existing tables on the page. Banaticus (talk) 21:16, 10 January 2012 (UTC)

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Portal box and Portal[edit]

Hi, it took 10 days, but I responded on my talk page. Thanks! Plastikspork ―Œ(talk) 01:16, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

Ok, I responded at User talk:Plastikspork#Portal vs Portal box merge proposal. :) Banaticus (talk) 11:25, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

Sister report[edit]

I suggest you take another week to finish writing this up; a good report is always better then a rushed one, eh? Cheers, ResMar 03:55, 16 January 2012 (UTC)

What do you think about the current article? Banaticus (talk) 08:19, 16 January 2012 (UTC)
Two things: why do you call it "The Commons", and you should still work on finishing the other sections before publication, imo. ResMar 14:24, 16 January 2012 (UTC)
A few points about the current version of the report:
--Yair rand (talk) 20:20, 16 January 2012 (UTC)
ResMar, I call it "The Commons" when the word "the" is the beginning of a sentence or section header. Otherwise, I call it "the Commons", because even though it ends with an "s" it's a singular noun. I thought Monday was the last day for changes to an article, but I didn't realize that this was Monday GMT, so 3:00am Monday for me -- I thought I could finish it late Sunday night and people would have plenty of time to review it -- I didn't know you all would push out the final version of the Signpost mid-Sunday, my time. I'll probably add more over this next week, but I never intended to do a full writeup of every sister wiki every week (just the relatively major highlights), I was just making notes for myself.
Yair rand, Pancake is autoredirecting to pancake for me, but I'll change the link to avoid a redirect. Thanks for the heads up on the switch button, I'll point to its Wiktionary location -- it's separate from checking the gadget in Special:Preferences (either the button on the page and the checkmark in preferences will turn it on, they both have to be off to turn it off). The "trial is over" link is probably the best place for people to see how the current discussion is now going -- I'll link to the previous discussions so people can see what prompted some of the changes. Banaticus (talk) 21:41, 16 January 2012 (UTC)
I have never seen anybody refer to it as "The Commons" is what I mean. That sounds like some of my old math teachers, with their silly obsession for calling Calculus "The Calculus". ResMar 22:25, 16 January 2012 (UTC)
I've never seen anyone refer to it as anything else. I see people either use Commons as an adjective (Commons content), or as "the Commons" i.e. "we're moving picture(s) from Wikipedia to the Commons". Banaticus (talk) 02:14, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

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Thanks for letting me know about the Teahouse pilot. :) Banaticus (talk) 05:33, 20 January 2012 (UTC)


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Yes, I meant Colombia, not Columbia, thanks. :) Banaticus (talk) 19:23, 24 January 2012 (UTC)


Hello. Does this script work for you? Reigen (talk) 13:45, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

Well, I'm not exactly sure what it's supposed to do, so I can't be sure that it isn't working, but when I open an edit pane and click to show the "advanced" bar (heading, format, etc.) I don't see any additional button(s) to click, so I don't think it's doing anything for me. If you know more about it, I'd love to learn how it's supposed to work. :) Banaticus (talk) 19:28, 24 January 2012 (UTC)
Thanks. I am still puzzled as to how this script is supposed to work. Reigen (talk) 05:37, 25 January 2012 (UTC)
I asked again about it at User talk:GregU#Family Tree javascript. Banaticus (talk) 08:41, 25 January 2012 (UTC)

Ambassador request[edit]

Hi Banaticus,

I'm working with a PHD Interactive Technology and Pedagogy class of 10-12 students who will be split into 3 groups. They are entirely new to Wikipedia and will still be struggling with the proper editing and some of the other wiki intricacies. I have only been a Wikipedian for about a year and know that there are real chances that I will miss some of their smaller error. Are you available to serve as an online ambassador to them? If you are available for two classes I am also working with an undergraduate group at NYU for Evan Hill Ries' Copyright Commerce and Culture, and I am sure that their pages will need help. Both classes will be expanding stubs, but the first will be foregoing sandboxes and I fear that their articles may be subjected to vandalism.

Your help would definitely be appreciated!

(MalikaZ (talk) 05:22, 2 February 2012 (UTC))

Yes, I can help the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy class as I know I'll be able to watch the articles of 10-12 students over the next few months. EDITED: How many students will be in the second class? I see you have someone to help out with that second class. :) Banaticus (talk) 06:05, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

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Delete it -- someone found a free image of him to use on his article. :) Banaticus (talk) 22:55, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

regarding Homeland Security USA[edit]

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Hi. I took the plot summaries out until the OTRS permission is complete. Generally, we blank these articles with {{copyvio}} pending that, but in this case, we don't need to hide the whole article. :) --Moonriddengirl (talk) 20:23, 5 February 2012 (UTC)
(Just FYI, I'm looking for the release in OTRS now so we don't have to wait.... --Moonriddengirl (talk) 20:28, 5 February 2012 (UTC))
I just now received a carbon-copy email notice that OTRS had emailed back the ABC permissions person that I'd emailed, so it'll probably be a while longer yet before it's completely resolved. C'est la vie, that's life, right? :) Banaticus (talk) 01:01, 6 February 2012 (UTC)

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Greetings from CUNY Grad center course[edit]

Hello Banaticus, i'm one of the students in this class--KRibble (talk) 01:02, 8 February 2012 (UTC)

Hello Banaticus! I am another student in the class, testing out the talk page thing. --Nbwrites (talk) 01:03, 8 February 2012 (UTC)
Hi! From another CUNY student--Meilingaddress (talk) 01:04, 8 February 2012 (UTC)
Nice to meet you. Appknyc (talk) 01:05, 8 February 2012 (UTC)
Hi Chisholmredproject (talk) 01:06, 8 February 2012 (UTC)
Hello from another student in this courseVickiRedProject (talk) 01:08, 8 February 2012 (UTC)
Hello! My general rule of thumb, which other people may or may not agree with, is that after 5 indentation colons, the next person to respond should just use a single colon at the beginning of the line, so that we don't end up with people typing in a tall inch-wide paragraph. Other people go with 6, 8, 10, 3, 2, it's individual preference. It's good to meet you all, albeit briefly. :) Banaticus (talk) 06:56, 8 February 2012 (UTC)
This is Vicky again - very grateful for your instructional rule of thumb! I just learned sth new! Hurra! (talk) 01:34, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Banaticus, I responded to your message re: the CUNY course here on my talk page. Thanks. --Theredproject (talk) 00:14, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

New wiki adopter[edit]

Hi Banaticus, User:Libertarianrule gave me the advice to ask you about "wiki adoption". I'm an experienced editor, but I've never adopted anyone before I adopted User:MeUser42 out of the blue, so I've no idea what one should do :) So far I've check his/her contributions and made a few minor changes with detailed edit summaries, and also posted an "update message" on the users talk page. He/she is doing well, so there is not much to complain about; but I'm not sure how to best proceed. So, my question is: what does a wiki adopter really do? jonkerz ♠talk 20:55, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

What you've been doing is good. Check the contributions, suggest changes if necessary. One of the other things is to teach them all about how Wikipedia works. It's amazing how much there is to learn about Wikipedia. There's all the editing and article improvement, but then there's all the stuff that happens amongst Wikipedia editors that most people just don't know about, for instance how do articles get featured on the front page of Wikipedia? If a person gets blocked, how do they appeal the block, can they appeal the block? Does your adoptee know about WikiProjects? How about the IRC channels? One of the old adoption traditions is various courses that can be run through. I still haven't gotten around to updating some of the more advanced courses in my adoption program, but then I haven't had an adoptee that's completed the required courses, so I haven't seen much reason to spend time on the optional courses, you know? Anyway, that's basically how it works -- answer any questions they might have, if you don't know the answer tell them where to go to find the answer (probably the Village pump), try to educate them as much as you can. Maybe you can write your own courses on different topics or something. Have fun. :) Banaticus (talk) 18:19, 10 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply. I think you are on the right track about guiding the user into new areas. Previously I've been more passive, and just waited for the editor to commit an error such as breaking the MoS guidelines etc. While a FA or GA is pretty heavy, a DYK could be a neat challenge for an adoptee. Btw, I like your assignments; maybe you should move them the WP space? Wikipedia:Adopt-a-user/Adopter's Area/Resources could use some more stuff. jonkerz ♠talk 18:56, 10 February 2012 (UTC)


Hello Banaticus! I am relatively new & don't know much about how to do things, so i need some help & I was wondering if you could adopt me & help me learn a bit. --Thatemooverthere (talk) 03:13, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

I'm sorry, but I have a lot on my plate right now and I don't think I'd be able to give you the time that I feel I should give an adoptee. I can recommend my Adoption Courses to you, and you can feel free to ask me any questions that you'd like, but you should go with a different adopter. I'll be fairly busy for the next few months. Sorry again about that. Banaticus (talk) 17:16, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Need my comments back on Talk:Ra.One/Archive 2[edit]

Please help how can I do that. The whole discussion about the movie on 12th dec,2011 is pointless without my comments. I can get the whole set of my comments back easily, but i just don't how to put them back on an archived page. Help please. Thanks. Seeta Mayya Ji (talk) 02:58, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

If you wanted comments replaced that had been erased from the talk page by another person before I archived the talk page, please just ignore the archived talk page. See my post at Talk:Ra.One/Archive_2#Civility (the last one) which I later reiterated with a warning at Talk:Ra.One#Civility. Everyone could be assigned some blame, and the issue had grown long and rancorous -- it seemed that the situation was further unraveling instead of resolving. Consequently, I metaphorically slapped everyone's hand and shoved everything on the talk page off into an archive with a warning not to continue acting like that. Please let sleeping dogs lie and just move on. If someone later brings up what was said on the archived page, please respond with something like, "User:Banaticus said that everyone was at least partially to blame, so the slate was basically wiped clean so that we could begin anew without the rancorous attitudes which plagued us before. Let's judge each other by our actions since the New Year and move on with the article." If there was an unresolved issue important to the maintenance of the article, please just start a new discussion on the current talk page and let's continue with a spirit of friendship and fellowship, as though none of those acrimonious debates or name-calling happened. :) Banaticus (talk) 05:39, 14 February 2012 (UTC)
The problem I have is that only my comments on that page have been deleted, only mine, while there had been insults from the opposite side as well. So, thats unfair. It will take few seconds to reinstate the whole set of my comments in that archive. Besides, at wikipedia viewers might open an archive. Besides, i don't want the whole discussion to look pointless because all of the other editors comments on that page after my edit request have been directed to me whereas the absence of my comments makes it look ridiculous. Moreover, it looks like a targeted attack on me if only my selective comments stay deleted. I request you to open the archive now itself for few minutes so that i can re-instate my comments back or i would request the whole of that comment section deleted. Please its a request.Seeta Mayya Ji (talk) 05:51, 14 February 2012 (UTC)
Should I go ahead and add my comments there in the archive only if you allow me? Please, i think it would be fair enough. Here have a look at the page with my comments and without my comments See, I will take just few seconds and i will be over with it. Should i go ahead? its just two paragraphs. come on. please.Seeta Mayya Ji (talk) 06:09, 14 February 2012 (UTC)
You can do whatever you'd like to do. I would just leave it alone, if I were you, since you deleted at least one of your own comments and at times were somewhat uncivil. Again, I'm not singling you out, everyone was really at fault, everyone was uncivil, which is why I pointed a finger at "everyone" and archived the whole discussion so people could perhaps start fresh and not make those same mistakes again. :) By the way, Wikipedia editors should all be treated civilly, or nicely, whether they're guests or not, whether they're girls or not, everyone should be treated civilly. If a person is uncivil to you, that's no excuse to be uncivil back or call anything pathetic, see Wikipedia:Dispute resolution for some suggestions on how to handle it. You can do whatever you'd like to do as far as restoring comments to the page, but I would suggest leaving it alone -- just let sleeping dogs lie and move on. :) Banaticus (talk) 07:27, 14 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks.Seeta Mayya Ji (talk) 07:34, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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You keep reverting vandalism before I can get chance! You're obviously quite dedicated ;) Have this! andy4789 · (talk? contribs?) 17:57, 16 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks, I appreciate that. :) Banaticus (talk) 04:01, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

AfD and PROD notifications[edit]

Hi Banaticus. Back in November, you got either an AfD or PROD notification, and it was during one of the template testing project's experiments. If you could go here and leave us some feedback about what you think about the new versions of the templates we tested (there are links on the page), that would be very useful. (You can also email me at if you want.) Thanks! Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 22:32, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

Hey there, sorry to make you hunt, but thanks a million for taking the time to make some comments. If you care to stay updated on any new developments, let me know. Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 23:05, 17 February 2012 (UTC)
Sure, I'd love to stay updated on new developments, thanks. :) Banaticus (talk) 23:09, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

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Just thought you might want to adopt this kitty! :3

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Teahouse updates[edit]

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Very exciting things are taking place, and we'll be opening the Teahouse no later than Monday. Feel free to ping me on or off wiki, and I can't wait to work with you to welcome new editors with a warm cup of tea :) SarahStierch (talk) 03:23, 24 February 2012 (UTC)

Request for help regarding circumcision editing[edit]

Hi Banaticus. I've answered your questions. I'm hoping for a reply. Thanks! Tftobin (talk) 14:50, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Sure thing, I've responded to the discussion at User talk:Tftobin#January 2012. Banaticus (talk) 00:50, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

I think I created a User Page[edit]

At your request, I attempted to create a user page. However, I don't know why I should have done it, so it still may not be satisfactory. If you think the contents should be different, please advise. Thanks. DavidMCEddy (talk) 05:28, 27 February 2012 (UTC) p.s. I've never seen skin on teeth.

Thanks -- it's those students who were supposed to edit the Free Culture (book) article. This way, when you're mentioned/linked, your name doesn't appear red linked. Not that I'm upset about your editing -- they might be, but I think you've really done an excellent job improving that article. As for the "no skin off my teeth" statement, in Job 19:20 in the Bible, Job says, "My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth." I think I've conflated "skin of my teeth" with no skin off one's back. Anyway, thanks for putting "anything" on your user page, just so when you're mentioned it doesn't look like a page that doesn't exist. :) Banaticus (talk) 06:19, 27 February 2012 (UTC)
Thank you, including for the reference to Job. I'm familiar with that story & book of the Bible, but I clearly hadn't studied it enough to remember that. DavidMCEddy (talk) 07:55, 27 February 2012 (UTC)
p.s. I also added a few comments to the SOPA article in late December. One of my comments was removed roughly 15 minutes later on the grounds that it needed a citation from the refereed academic literature. This was a claim that the commercial media organizations have a conflict of interest in anything dealing with copyright law. (Hello? Can we review the definition of conflict of interest?) I responded indirectly by beefing up the examples section in the conflict of interest article and then by providing a more substantial summary of the Free Culture (book). Then I added a brief comment on media conflict of interest to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement article. That edit seems to have been removed 3 hours later, which I just learned, because I failed to check the "watch" box. I will follow up on that. DavidMCEddy (talk) 20:13, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

The Teahouse is Open![edit]

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Hi Banaticus! Great news: The Teahouse is open for business! We're ready to start inviting new users, answering questions and inspiring one another. If you haven't already taken a look at the links provided in the most recent Teahouse update, posted on your talk page, please do! Don't forget to add yourself to the Host page if you haven't already. What's next? Inviting hosts and reporting your invitation information.

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See you at the Teahouse! SarahStierch (talk) 18:32, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Banaticus! Just dropping by to let the hosts know about some new suggestions I've made based on interactions at the Teahouse thus far. Please take a look when you can! Thanks and can't wait to see you at the Teahouse! New suggestions regarding Q&A participation for hosts. -- SarahStierch (talk) 19:31, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Free Culture[edit]

Mail call.. Scartol • Tok 02:07, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

And another one.. Scartol • Tok 22:51, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

PR for Free Culture (book)[edit]

Hello, Banaticus. Yesterday I left some very basic comments at the PR you began for Free Culture. Having looked at the contribution history, however, I'm slightly concerned that you may be pushing the students into considering FAC without a true understanding of the ridiculously high criteria involved. The article is, frankly, a mess -- the numerous recent edits made (which you state have "markedly improved the page") have only created a bloated plot summary, which is very much not in line with the MOS. There's a lot of work to be done.

Because the students are currently working on developing other areas of the article in a sandbox, I believe the PR was very much premature. I spent a chunk of yesterday reviewing an article that will most likely (and should very much be) re-written in a short time -- while that's annoying, that's not my main concern. Seeing as how you're an ambassador, I hope it isn't your wish to rush into highly involved review processes that the students and the article are not ready for. I suggest you take things slowly, and familiarize yourself with what makes a well-written and developed article. If you have any questions, let me know. Otherwise, good luck. María (yllosubmarine) 16:14, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

Thanks -- the students aren't the only ones working to improve the article. :) Banaticus (talk) 18:21, 29 February 2012 (UTC)


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Kimberly Young[edit]

Hello, a couple of weeks ago you mentioned you could help us if we were stuck on writing an entry on Kimberly Young when we left a question on the Tea House. Well it seems we are a little stuck at the moment. We are having trouble finding good biographical information on her and wondered if you could help? We have started a stub page on her so you can see what we have done so far. Thanks, Tom Catterall and --NickBushell (talk) 11:53, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Start with this. It's a neutral site and the school likely looked into her references, so it's a good source. Use it as the first resource (hopefully the first of at least a few) for listing her academic degrees, other education and professional background. Look at the honors and awards there then use the SBU page as a reference to go find the websites of those honors/awards and cite them. Reference and list the books she's authored and the journal papers that she's authored or helped author, trade publications, etc. Use the conference titles from her peer-reviewed conference presentations as the basis for Google searches (or whatever floats your boat) to find other people talking about her conference presentations (to show notability for those). The SBU page is a wonderful site to start with. :) Banaticus (talk) 19:25, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the link, its just what we needed to start us off. --Thomascatterall (talk) 20:25, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
Thanks Banaticus, that's a great help. --NickBushell (talk) 22:44, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of FeedbackDashboard[edit]

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Speedy deletion nomination of FeedbackDashboard[edit]

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There is a question at the Teahouse you might have interest in...[edit]

Dear Banaticus, I just asked a question at the Teahouse that you might have interest in! I hope you'll stop by and participate! Sarah (talk) 23:32, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

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Request help to delete picture file placed in wikimedia commons[edit]

Dear Banaticus i am Peter. I am very new to wiki. I Positive69 (talk) 11:27, 23 March 2012 (UTC)need your help to delete the picture file from the wikimedia commons I do not know how to do so.
Positive69 Positive69 (talk) 11:27, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

It looks like it's been deleted. I didn't facilitate that process, but I'm glad things worked out for you. :) Banaticus (talk) 17:57, 23 March 2012 (UTC)