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Brazilian Army Photos[edit]

Hi Bratsche, sorry for not aswering before ... This photos was released on the Brazilian Army website, and do not have any warning about copyrights. I think they are free.

My best regards

Marcos Riso

RfA thanks[edit]

Thanks for your support for my adminship. Cheers, -Willmcw June 28, 2005 19:11 (UTC)

Thank You[edit]

Thank you my friend for your congrats. It's good to have an article on the main page. The only drawback is that many people who have no knowledge what-so-ever about the subject start to make uncalled for edits or comments on the talk page. Take care Tony the Marine 30 June 2005 15:52 (UTC)


Congratulations! You are now an admin. I suggest you read the Wikipedia:Administrators' reading list and Wikipedia:Administrators' how-to guide before starting on those janitorial tasks! Warofdreams 1 July 2005 11:29 (UTC)

Ah... now I can tell my famous joke: What's the difference between Bratsche and most other violists? Bratsche is now an admin! Congratulations!!! I'm sure you'll use your new mop more proficiently than I use my joke-telling skills. :) Sango123 July 1, 2005 15:05 (UTC)
Congratulations! --Merovingian (t) (c) July 1, 2005 15:12 (UTC)

My pleasure; congratulations! Jayjg (talk) 1 July 2005 21:46 (UTC)

Congratulations from me too: welcome to the orchestra ranks. Mindspillage (spill yours?) 1 July 2005 23:17 (UTC)

And congrats from me as well. No problem with the support. Hand a mop to the person with the tiny cello under his chin! Grutness...wha? 2 July 2005 01:12 (UTC)


Hello, JYolkowski! I have a favor to ask of you (and several other admins), and I hope you would mind helping. User:Ashida Kim has been giving several of us some trouble regarding the factual accuracy of the article Ashida Kim. I was first made aware of this issue after someone listed the user on Wikipedia:Clueless newbies. Therefore, I contacted User:Ashida Kim and left him a friendly message and welcome note. He responded with insults, and I again politely replied, telling him that he needed to follow Wikipedia policy and provide sources/proofs to back up his facts. After checking out his history, I see several other users have been attempting to talk with him as well. He insists on talking to an administrator, via email. He claims that he cannot contact any administrator (despite being pointed to the list).(For appropriate sections regarding this matter, see the two sections on my talk page, see his talk page, see the section titled "Personal Attack" in the help desk (Wikipedia:Help desk#Personal Attack), see his contributions, and see Wikipedia:Clueless newbies). I do not wish to get involved in this dispute (several other users & admins are already involved), but he basically requested (challenged?) that I contact several non-involved admins after I made a friendly offer. Therefore, would you mind taking a look at this case and seeing what you can do? Thank you very much. Flcelloguy | A note? | Desk 3 July 2005 23:42 (UTC)


Bratsche, thanks for your support of my RfA. It's always an encouragement to get positive feedback. I'll try not to disappoint! --Spangineer (háblame) July 4, 2005 03:47 (UTC)

Barnstar proposals[edit]

Hi, Bratsche. As General of the Barnstarium Army, I hereby deliver you this dispatch:

Some Barnstar proposals that you've contributed to are undergoing Vote or Die situations on Wikipedia:Barnstar and award proposals and Wikipedia:Barnstar and award proposals/Category barnstars. We would be honored to have you drop by and live. :) Sango123 July 4, 2005 20:36 (UTC)


You blocked this kid. Want to tell us why? A note at Wikipedia:policy enforcement log would help your fellow mop-wielders. Uncle Ed 19:51, July 12, 2005 (UTC)

Location, location[edit]

Hi. I noticed that, in the Barnstars on Wikipedia page, you moved the BoNM to the subheader of the category barnstars. We had indeed discussed using the BoNM as the award for Geography, and I do agree that the BoNM can (and already is) be used for this. But I'm worried about having it listed only as the category award for geography. The scope of the award is centered in a given nation (any nation), and, hypothetically speaking, one can (and people have) get it for work in articles that have nothing to do with geography or, more interestingly, even for articles pertaining to the other categories, as long as it's been a reasonable number of articles and they all are pertaining to one specific country.
As a compromise, we could place the BoNM at the very bottom of the "general Barnstars" topic (currently, this would be right beneath the entry for the "Resilient Barnstar"), which is right on top of the header for the category barnstars, and there we list, in the first line, which we'd actually break in two, something like this:
"Nation-related work &
Category: Geography
We can discuss different headings, but this would be the general idea. How about it? In conclusion, I'd just like to enphasize that all this is regarding just the positioning of the BoNM entry in the project page. I'm not questioning the use of the award for Geography-related work. I decided to contact you in your talk page because you were the one who proposed and carried out the actual move. We could make this discussion more public, although, for this reason, it may not be necessary. Regards, Redux 02:24, 16 July 2005 (UTC)

Then, we can always add Category:Countries to it. However, do not make the template too big, that is why we list everything on the page of the image we use for the BoNM. Zscout370 (Sound Off) 04:21, 16 July 2005 (UTC)
I like that idea, though as more Barnstars are being minted we have to guarantee that it stays at the bottom of 'General Barnstars'. Sango123 13:30, July 16, 2005 (UTC)

Re: Barnstar thoughts[edit]

I completely agree with you, though I've been reluctant to comment against the new proposals, especially the Starfish Barnstar because the proposer is so enthusiastic about and proficient in his oceanography work. I'm also a bit against the ODM medal since perhaps the Society Barnstar, Barnstar of National Merit, or just a regular Barnstar would suffice. However, Current Events should stay.

Recently, some discussions have died (the future for the Barnstar for Wikiprojects doesn't seem that bright), and the WP:BAP page could benefit from some clutter-clearing. Thanks for being honest, Sango123 02:31, July 16, 2005 (UTC)

P.S. Oh, and have fun/good luck on your Wikibreak!

I'll move the ODM medal to the user awards page. Zscout370 (Sound Off) 04:21, 16 July 2005 (UTC)


(Copied from Theathenae's talk page)
Bratsche, thanks for taking the time to deal with an issue that probably is of no interest to you. As you may have noticed, Theathenae knew what he was doing when he broke the 3RR: he stated "it was a matter of principle" for him. His point was that someone insisted upon designating Arvanite Greeks as ethnic Albanians. Apparently Theathenae is (?) an Arvanite Greek and disagrees with that notion. After all, ethnic Albanians settled in Greece in the Middle Ages, and the Arvanite language is practically extinct in Greece. If they are to be called "ethnic Albanians", then an Englishman called Beaulieu is an ethnic Norman. I happen to own a summer home in what would be termed an "Arvanite Greek" village, so I spend time there often. Therefore I know first-hand how Arvanite Greeks consider themselves plain Greeks, plain and simple, and need to seek out an octuagenarian neighbor still speaking some Arvanite so that she can translate what I say to the newly-arrived Albanian immigrants I sometimes hire to do my garden. I sympathise 100% with Theathenae's fury on the matter. How would you suggest the situation be taken care of in the future? Surely an Arvanite Greek, or one that often lives among them, has more say on the matter than a Kossovar living in Sweden, right? Chronographos 10:51, 17 July 2005 (UTC)

I just saw you are on Wiki-break. Best of luck with your musical endeavors. I like the sound of viols, although it is only second best to the oboe!  :-) I'm afraid the Albanian discussion you initiated will (it already has!) deteriorate to juvenile delinquency .... Chronographos 18:22, 18 July 2005 (UTC)

How one feels is individual. Theathenae doesnt represent the Arvanites people. Theathenae is actually a Greek living, permanent in Sweden. He is the user on Swedish Wikipedia and received temporary ban more then five times for spreading propaganda like he does here in the English Wikipedia. Albanau 12:18, 19 July 2005 (UTC)

Who's RFA[edit]

Thank you for your vote of support on my RFA. Who?¿? 19:39, 18 July 2005 (UTC)


Welcome to the Welcoming committee! We need all the help we can get :) Redwolf24 22:23, 18 July 2005 (UTC)

Request for adminship[edit]

Hello, Bratsche/Archive02. I have just submitted a request for adminship, and I would be honored if you submitted a vote. :) Thanks, Sango123 19:08, July 19, 2005 (UTC)

Hey, thanks! I thought this nomination was going to fail (it was originally intended as a test-run), so deepest gratitude for your kind word. Regards, Sango123 23:47, July 19, 2005 (UTC)

hi ben[edit]

i'm royally confused. i dont get it?

wait, i think i get it now. maybe. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Humblerine (talkcontribs) 17:39, July 19, 2005

Erin 18:25, 4 September 2005 (UTC)


You welcomed this new user recently. But did you read his contribution? I would suggest you do and you might reconsider your effusive welcome for him. Happy editing. Grace Note 00:40, 20 July 2005 (UTC)


The mop is mine!

Thanks for voting in my RfA; I promise I'll wield my sacred mop with care. If you ever need me for anything, you know where to find me. Thanks again! -- Essjay · Talk 15:31, July 20, 2005 (UTC)

I'm extreamly offended[edit]

Hey Bratsche! Can I request that you ban user Chronographos and Theathenae for 24 hours cause they have in a very extream way personal attack me. They have called me an Albanian terrorist sympathiser which is defentily an extream abuse. This is personal attack, provocation and tries to drag my name through the mud. Here is the proof. This is total against Wikipedias rules not just because it is an personal attack but also such crap don't belong to the articles talk page and is total off topic, I hope you can erase those personal attacks insteed of me cause I'm afraid of getting attacked again if I erase it. A little leason those two should that if you a abuse a user in that extream way you get banned. User Chronographos and d Theathenae are continuing the allegation, this cause only a bad atmosphere. You should also protect the article Arvanitic language from this two users. Read my contribution to the talk page, Here. Albanau 22:47, 20 July 2005 (UTC)


thank you for the help, ben. i liked the emphasis on ~'s it was awesome

Erin 06:16, 21 July 2005 (UTC)

Sango's RfA[edit]

Cake for you!

Hi, Bratsche. Thank you very much for supporting my RfA! I hope to live up to your praise as an admin and make good use of the mop. Sango123 01:26, July 27, 2005 (UTC)

The return of the toccolours[edit]

See Template:Infobox Pope. 10:41, 28 July 2005 (UTC)


Alternate looks like it's been vandalized by IP user I reverted it to a version that was not vandalized, but I thought I'd just say something about the vandalism. Link 01:37, 4 August 2005 (UTC)

P.S. He seems to have a history of vandalism: contributions

Help on Harry Potter Issue[edit]

I have strenously objected to the following comment that is in the Severus Snape article:

<!-- Please do not add any unverified speculation about whether Snape is acting for the Order of the Phoenix or the Death Eaters. Verified notes are those that come from official channels, such as J.K. Rowling herself or any of the official Harry Potter links as shown in the following URL: -->
<!-- Any unverifiable speculation will be quickly removed. -->
<!-- Thank you for your co-operation -->
<!--- Wikipedia is not: literary analysis -->

I tried kindness - I tried pointing out it wasn't in the spirt of the wiki - I tried rudness (comments - I even tried to point out that other speculation existed in the article (I realize this was bad form re WP:POINT).

But I really don't have the time to really edit more than I have - I just don't know where to turn for help - The nature of Snape's relationship with Good and Evil is the most interesting thing in the book to me and his character is so rich - there is much material on what his motives are and different interpretations of his behavior. Since this is clearly outlined on many blogs, independent literary analysis of HP, etc. it is something that could be documented on Wikipedia without being original research. Am I way out of line here - or can you make some comments to help what I am guessing are "zealot kids" re Harry Potter that don't like seeing discussion that involves Harry being wrong :)

I prefer to edit anonymously so leave any comments for me here - TIA 02:28, 5 August 2005 (UTC)

Copyright and Images[edit]

I have a question to ask, can I use pictures from government sites such as Sri Lanka? the site I want to get the pictires from is I was wondering whether you can confirm whether I can use any of these? Sorry to be a pain, I just dont fully understand the way the image rules work. CooldogCongo 04:24, 6 August 2005 (UTC)


Thank you for supporting my RfA. I will do my best to serve the Wikipedia community as an administrator. Flcelloguy | A note? | Desk 20:44, 8 August 2005 (UTC)


Thanks a lot for your support vote. It is appreciated. --Briangotts (talk) 23:16, 9 August 2005 (UTC)


Given the endless debate/rows etc over styles I've been thinking as to what is the best way to come up with a consensus solution. Styles have to be in an article, but using them upfront is, I think, a mistake and highly controversial. I've designed a series of templates which I think might solve the problem. There are specific templates for UK monarchs, Austrian monarchs, popes, presidents, Scottish monarchs and HRHs. (I've protected them all, temporarily, because I want people to discuss them in principle rather than battle over content and design right now.) I've used a purple banner because it is a suitable royal colour and is also distinctive. They are eyecatching enough to keep some of the pro-styles people happy; one of their fears seemed to be that styles would be buried. But by not being used they are neutral enough to be factual without appearing to be promotional. I'd very much like your views. I'm going to put them on a couple of user pages and ask for a reaction. There needs to be a calm debate on them this time. FearÉIREANN\(caint) 02:51, 10 August 2005 (UTC)

Royal styles of
Arms of the United Kingdom.svg
Papal styles of
Pope Paul VI
Emblem of the Papacy SE.svg
Monarchical styles of
Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary
Imperial Coat of Arms of the Empire of Austria (1815).svg
Styles of
James V
Presidential styles of
Styles of
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Topp-sekrit cabal![edit]

LOL! Bratsche, I simply cannot thank you enough for the support (and the bucket). Between your comments on the RfA and my talk page, I am truly humbled and I look forward to working with you. All my best, Lucky 6.9 04:23, 10 August 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for your support[edit]

The mop is mine!

Thank you for voting to support my RFA. I've been promoted, and I promise to wield the mop with good faith, patience, and fairness... except when I'm exterminating vandals with the M-16 recoilless nuclear Gatling mop. --malathion talk 08:10, 10 August 2005 (UTC)

Func's RfA :)[edit]

Thank you for your vote on my RfA, Bratsche! :)

Please never hesitate to let me know if you have concerns with any administrative action I may make.

Functce,  ) 18:03, 10 August 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for the page protection.[edit]

TheUnforgiven 19:35, 11 August 2005 (UTC)

My RfA[edit]

Why's a viola called Bratsche in German? --Because that's the sound it makes when you sit on it.

What's the difference between a seamstress and a viola player? --The seamstress tucks up the frills.

Oh, and by the way, thanks for the support on my adminship nomination ;). Slac speak up! 22:23, 11 August 2005 (UTC)


thanks for the protection :) (my talk page)--Witkacy 22:36, 11 August 2005 (UTC)


I've reported the user reverting Template:Infobox Pope for breaching the 3RR. Unfortunately it is now stuck in his version. FearÉIREANN\(caint) 00:47, 12 August 2005 (UTC)


Thank you for supporting my nomination. AlistairMcMillan 09:35, 13 August 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for your support[edit]

I'd like to thank you for your support on my recent RfA, I'll do my very best to help keep Wikipedia running smoothly! -Loren 01:06, 18 August 2005 (UTC)

Fernando Rizo's RfA[edit]

Bratsche, thanks for your support of my RfA; I was promoted last night. As soon as I've made sense of all these new buttons and what not, I'll do my best to be a model admin. Hope your vacation went well, and I'll see you around. Fernando Rizo T/C 17:14, 20 August 2005 (UTC)

Me too, thank you for your kind words and support at my request for adminship. :) Coffee 14:40, 25 August 2005 (UTC)


I've never actually gotten those tabs to work; the VfD & welcome tabs don't show up for me, probably because the code is arguing with other code. I've been meaning to have func look at it, but just haven't bothered to bring it up. For the most part, what I wanted was the bar at the top and the block/blocklog/contribs tabs, along with purge/last diff. I'm afraid to fiddle with it too much, because everytime I do, I screw it up. Assuming that the tabs show up for you, ask Sasquatch about them, he should be able to tell you, or go straight to func, he's the java master. More importantly, I'm glad you like it, and thanks for your kind note! -- Essjay · Talk 04:53, August 22, 2005 (UTC)

Zombie Panic article deletion...[edit]

I recently discovered that the article on Zombie Panic!, a Half-Life 1 and 2 modification, was deleted for copyvio. According to the deletion log here: you were the Administrator that deleted it. To my knowledge, the only information in the article was taken from the Zombie Panic website. I am the leader of the Zombie Panic modification, and it is my website that the information was used from, and I have given my consent. I would like to discuss having the deletion reverted, as there is no copyvio in it, to my knowledge, and if there is, I would like to get things cleared up or at worst remove the copyrighted part (Although again I emphasize that all information on the page when I last saw it was from my website, and permission was already given.).

So how do we go about getting this rectified?

Thanks so much!

Twilight (Talk) 15:36, 25 August 2005 (UTC)

Zombie Panic article restoration...[edit]

Many thanks for the easy and speedy resolution to this matter. It's so nice to be able to take care of things quickly and politely (A rarity on the Internet, as I'm sure you know, but not on Wikipedia). I see in part why are you an administrator. :) Thanks again!

Twilight 14:49, 26 August 2005 (UTC)

User:Scimitar and his RfA[edit]

Thanks for the support on my adminship request. I appreciate it, and I also appreciate the trust that you and others are placing in me, and will do my best to live up to it, irregardless of whether or not I'm promoted.--Scimitar parley 15:13, 26 August 2005 (UTC)

Who's Barnstar[edit]

Thank you for taking the time to award me a barnstar. I appreciate it, although I was only doing my best to keep Wikipedia clean for everyone. Cheers. Who?¿? 04:04, 27 August 2005 (UTC)


cool user page. I like puncuation jokes. who is/was the willy on wheels vandal? Crackatzzl 04:06, 27 August 2005 (UTC)

Thank you![edit]

Hey, thanks for the banstar, and the congrats; I feel all warm and fuzzy. You may well be right... alas, little chance of a viola collaboration of the week happening anytime soon. ;-) For your efforts, another joke for the collection:

Q. Why is viola called "bratsche" in Germany? A. Because that's the sound it makes when you sit down on it.

Mindspillage (spill yours?) 15:40, 27 August 2005 (UTC)

A WikiThanks for BratscheWhat she said (minus the viola part) :) Thanks! -- grm_wnr Esc 17:56, 27 August 2005 (UTC)
  • Thanks for fixing my user page, Bratsche. Much obliged ;). Fernando Rizo T/C 03:22, 31 August 2005 (UTC)

Jtkiefer's RFA[edit]

Thanks for your support on my RFA. Jtkiefer T | @ | C ----- 05:23, August 30, 2005 (UTC)

Barnstar thanks[edit]

Hi Bratsche. Thank so much for the Barnstar and for your kind words on my talk page. I look forward to our cooperations on the Barnstarium Legion ;). Redux 13:04, 1 September 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for your support![edit]

Dear Bratsche, thanks for your vote of confidance at my RfA, and for your kind comment. I'll try hard to make the soggy mop proud! — Asbestos | Talk (RFC) 19:19, 2 September 2005 (UTC)


It appears to me that User:Lulu of the Lotus-Eaters has edited homosexuality exactly 3 times in the last 24 hours. Her fourth (prior) edit was more than 24 hours old. Even if her last 4 edits have all been reversions, which I haven't evaluated, they haven't been within a single 24 hour period. Of course, my math could be off, but please check. - Nunh-huh 04:27, 4 September 2005 (UTC)

Come on, he reinserted a "then." This did not warrant a block, in addition to not being a 3rr (I just checked). Hipocrite - «Talk» 04:42, 4 September 2005 (UTC)
Sorry, Sept1. Understand now. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Hipocrite (talkcontribs) 23:57, September 3, 2005
Ok then. It just seemed that since all the offending parties weren't blocked, all the blocked parties ought to at least be offenders<g>. Maybe you should clarify the timing on the 3RR page for those who, like me, are 24-hour-clock challenged. I leave the actual handling of the article to you, as you've actually been following it! Good luck!! - Nunh-huh 04:45, 4 September 2005 (UTC)


Hi, Bratsche. Thank you so much for your strong support and kind words on my bureaucratship nomination. Unfortunately, it didn't pass, but I intend to run again soon. If you'd like to be informed next time around, please let me know on my talk page. Thanks again! Andre (talk) 05:08, September 4, 2005 (UTC)


Hi, note for you at Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/3RR#User: Cheers, SlimVirgin (talk) 06:08, September 4, 2005 (UTC)