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Encyclopedia article request[edit]

Hello czar, here I concluded that you might be able to supply individual articles from the Encyclopedia of the Arctic, edited by Mark Nuttall. May I ask you for the article Melville Bay, Vol. II, pp. 1274 - 1276. Please send by E-Mail attachment to Ratzer.Wikipedia<at> Thank you, and greeetings from the de-WP,--Ratzer (talk) 09:39, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

@Ratzer, an update—I requested this encyclopedia from elsewhere in the state, but they didn't let me request the volume so I'll either (1) get all three volumes and be fine, or (2) have the request canceled. Just a heads up. czar 21:04, 24 July 2016 (UTC)
Thank you, & greetings, --Ratzer (talk) 05:55, 25 July 2016 (UTC)
@Ratzer, Twemoji 1f4e8.svg sent czar 20:46, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
Thank you Czar, well received, and saved to disk. Greetings,--Ratzer (talk) 21:11, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

File:Dionne Warwick – A House Is Not a Home (song).jpg[edit]

Can you undo the closure at Wikipedia:Files for discussion/2016 June 5? You commented and then closed the discussion. If not, can you say no prejudice to replacing it boldly with another image? --George Ho (talk) 20:58, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

I could undo it but if it's to say that there is no prejudice in changing the image, that's implied and why I left the comment (in lieu of putting it in the closure statement) czar 21:00, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

Hunter Killer (film) and Draft:Life (2017 film)[edit]

Hello! Please move Draft:Hunter Killer (film)Hunter Killer (film) and Draft:Life (2017 film)Life (2017 film) — Thanks. --Captain Assassin! «TCG» 16:50, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

@Captain Assassin!, ✓ done czar 18:21, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Real Housewives cast photos[edit]

Hi Czar. I saw your close at Wikipedia:Files for discussion/2016 May 25#File:The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 7 cast.png as well as this talk page post of yours. Do you think FFD discussions are needed for File:The Real Housewives of Atlanta S8.png, File:RHODC Season 1 Cast.png, File:The Real Housewives of New York City season 8 cast.jpg, File:The Real Housewives of Miami S3 cast.jpg, File:The Real Housewives of Orange County season 11.png, File:RHOPSeason1Cast.jpg, File:The Real Housewives of Vancouver season 2 cast.jpg, File:The Real Housewives of Sydney season 1 cast.jpg, File:The cast of the first season of The Real Housewives of Dallas.jpg, File:The Real Housewives of Cheshire season 3 cast.jpg, File:The cast of the first season of The Real Housewives of Auckland.jpg, and File:The Real Housewives of Athens season 1 cast.jpg or can they all simply be tagged for speedy deletion per WP:F7. Each of the aforementioned files is being used in essentially the same way as the one discussed at FFD, so the arguments which could be made would be pretty much the same. Moreover, if a freely licensed File:The Real Housewives Of Melbourne 2016 TV Week Logie Awards (26871490886).jpg can be created/found, then it seems possible for free equivalents, either as ensemble photos or individual cast members photos, to be created/found for the other shows in the series. -- Marchjuly (talk) 05:39, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

@Marchjuly, best option would be to find free-use replacements so that no one has any qualms about removing them. WP:NFCC#1 doesn't make a lot of sense to editors unfamiliar with the encyclopedia's free use mission, mostly because they expect every page to have an infobox and every infobox to have an image. I'd say the season seven case is slightly different because NFCC#1 provides that we want to actually encourage someone to create a free use alternative while they still can. I don't know enough about the previous seasons to know whether those images are actually irreplaceable. This is all to say that sometimes it's better to find the most amicable solution than to follow the policy to the letter. Perhaps the editors adding these images need some help finding free use alternatives or don't even know what that means. Now, if the solution is to delete this group (I haven't looked at all of them), I'd recommend a batch deletion discussion (put them all in the same nomination) instead of speedies, just in case any one file does need the room for discussion. (Speedies are supposed to be completely uncontroversial.) czar 06:29, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for taking a look and for the advice. Just for reference, none of the cast photos are being used in the main infoboxes of the articles, so NFCC#8 may also be an issue. Anyway, I will see there's anything on Commons which might be used. If I bring them up for discussion at FFD, I will do so as a group per your suggestion. -- Marchjuly (talk) 06:38, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
@Marchjuly, if they're not used to illustrate the subject (in the infobox) then they definitely need context/necessity in the text (NFCC#8) but there's likely no context anyone can provide that could convince that no free use alternative exists (NFCC#1). But if some don't qualify in that group, might need separate nominations czar 07:11, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

See Talk:United States[edit]

FYI. --Coolcaesar (talk) 21:46, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Peer review request[edit]

Hello Czar, I am working on the bio of modern architect / artist Neri Oxman, and wonder if you would take a look and give me some feedback. Their work spans a wide range from engineering and design to biology and software, and I'm not sure how best to summarize/approach it. I've appreciated your work in the past and saw you listed interest in modern art on the PR pages :)

Regards, – SJ + 07:00, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

Reminds me of Natalie Jeremijenko. Left some quick thoughts czar 07:50, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

Talk:Nadia Kaabi-Linke/GA1[edit]

Left some feedback for you there. Overall, in excellent shape and a worthy GA nom. Cheers, Jclemens (talk) 02:23, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

Advice needed[edit]

Some months ago, I started working in the article Allen Walker and managed to make it GA thanks to work with other users. I was wondering whether it could become a FA considering how many aspects of the character the reception covered, but the Anime and Manga project doesn't have a single FA character article. Do you recommend me to use a FA from the video game project as example to follow (like Lightning (Final Fantasy)? Anyways, if you have any ideas, I'm all ears. Cheers.Tintor2 (talk) 23:47, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

@Tintor2, eh, I wish we had more positive precedent. The featured video game characters are here (separated articles from lists), but the 2009-era Halo ones are... no longer FA quality—overemphasis on in-universe plot and really weak Reception sections (regurgitated listicles). I haven't read them closely recently but Lightning and Ellie are good models, though I'll add that Lightning gets a bit dry at times and has a listicle paragraph that shouldn't fly. Ellie is the best example of a balanced, warranted character article that I've seen, though it is much shorter than Lightning's. (Again, haven't read both closely, but brevity is a better trait than verbosity, especially for FAC's prose requirements.) As for needing models in the first place, the major difference between GA and FA is source and prose quality so your sources should be scrutinized for quality and the prose should be clear and "brilliant" (per FACR "1a"). In that regard, you don't really need a precedent. Niche articles also tend to get away somewhat under the radar at FAC too since their usual reviewers are more active in the topic than the review area, so the Lightning article can get away with the aforementioned paragraph while an article on a public figure would never include such a thing. That's more a fault of our community, though. You might also be interested in Wikipedia:WikiProject Fictional characters/Quality content but upon a spot-check of its entries, they're on par with the Halo character articles, so in need of cleanup to contemporary standards. czar 00:38, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
I see. Thanks for the talk. Cheers.Tintor2 (talk) 00:44, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
Also, on a second note reading Ellie (The Last of Us), I wonder if Allen's first paragraph in appearances could be turned into an attributes section.Tintor2 (talk) 01:16, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
I wouldn't split out that paragraph unless it's warranted by secondary sources. Also note the concision of the Ellie paragraphs on plot/primary sources. Allen's plot summary could be feasibly halved (or more—it should follow the weight of coverage in secondary sources). czar 02:28, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
I made one in my sandbox.Tintor2 (talk) 15:33, 5 August 2016 (UTC)

I made a peer review for the same article here. Thankfully, a user who appeared to be skilled with FAs gave a lot of commentary. After doing some things the user commented, I requested the article to be copyedited whereas another user archived all urls. If you could provide criticism, I'm all ears. Regards.Tintor2 (talk) 00:20, 20 August 2016 (UTC)


I recall that you did a histmerge for an article that I was involved with. A few days ago, I created Draft:Sword Art Online (U.S. TV series) (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs). A day or so later, Sword Art Online (TV series) (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) was created. Not to impose, but I was wondering if you could histmerge the two. Thanks, G S Palmer (talkcontribs) 01:51, 5 August 2016 (UTC)

@G S Palmer, no problem: ✓ done czar 02:24, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
Thank you. G S Palmer (talkcontribs) 14:30, 5 August 2016 (UTC)

Undiscussed redirect?[edit]

Hi. I noticed that you have made Mohammad Alavi (game developer) a redirect to No Russian. Have you discussed this major change anywhere, or was this your own idea? The articles was considered to be notable enough. Pahlevun (talk) 12:56, 5 August 2016 (UTC)

Little to none of the coverage was actually about him. You can merge to the parent article as necessary, per that AfD. If it were to be restored, it would go to AfD again and the consensus would be to merge or delete, unless there exists some hidden cache of sources that the article was missing... czar 17:56, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
I suppose you did it without any discussion. The discussion result was to "Keep" with "No prejudice towards a merge discussion" and Wikipedia is not a crystall ball to act based on predicting "it would go to AfD again and the consensus would be to merge or delete". I restore the article per discussion and you are free to open a AfD discussion. Pahlevun (talk) 14:42, 6 August 2016 (UTC)
Again, there's been no new coverage since 2013 and it's a person known for a single event, one which has its own article now. If you feel strongly, feel free to revert per BRD but know that I don't think it can withstand the deletion discussion that comes next. That has nothing to do with WP not being a "crystal ball" (read: that we don't write about things as if they'll be notable without proof) but my experience with notability on Wikipedia. czar 22:54, 6 August 2016 (UTC)
I did not link this when I said about "crystal ball" and I did not mean it. Anyway, it seems that we simply disagree with eachother and it's natural. Pahlevun (talk) 15:21, 7 August 2016 (UTC)


Hi Czar, can you add User:Evad37/CFDcloser.js to User:Czar/closexfd.js. Thanks, Evad37 [talk] 03:57, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

@Evad37, thanks and ✓ done czar 06:29, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

Page protection request[edit]

This may seem somewhat random, but I went to recent changes hoping to find an admin who is currently on the site and you are the first one I saw. Could you please protect Lilly King? I put in an RFPP request nearly an hour ago and the vandalism still continues. This is probably a fairly heavily trafficked article at the moment, too. Lepricavark (talk) 03:07, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

@Lepricavark, ✓ done. A shame—I saw some good edits in there, but far outweighed by the IP vandalism. czar 03:11, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you! Maybe a barnstar is an overreaction, but I'm glad to be done with that ordeal. (Although it will make for a great story to tell my friends). Thanks for responding quickly. I was starting to get desperate. Lepricavark (talk) 03:15, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
Anytime. You did the right thing. Thanks for your service as well! czar 03:17, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

Wiki issue- ask for help[edit]

Hi Czar Hope this finds you well. I see you're a high level experience wiki editor, would like to ask you if it's not too much trouble, Can you please help take a look at this wiki I created, all references are from reliable sources with links to the sources provided as references, all info on the wiki are relevant from the sources. I don't know what's the reason it has been marked for deletion.I did not understand the tag. Prior to the wiki marked for deletion, I've received messages from wiki editors, they asked me to pay them in order to get the wiki page kept on and they suggested they'll maintain the page, I ignored them and I see now that they've been "contributing" in getting the wiki page deleted. I don't think that's how wiki should work. would be great if you can help with this issue. many thanks. Audreylomberg (talk) 15:20, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

Hi @Audreylomberg, I'm sorry that you had to go through all that. There are many more pleasant parts of the encyclopedia than the one with which you're currently engaged. It looks like the other admins you've contacted have already responded with advice so I'll just reiterate that (1) no one should be holding any article hostage, nevertheless for money. I would report those details to Michig's email right away, as he requested. (2) If you have more reliable, independent source for the article, now would be the time to add them. (3) Since this is the second time you've worked on this article, without much work on other articles, I would like to remind of our Wikipedia:Conflict of interest guidelines, which ask that you declare any affiliations with the subject on the article's talk page. If there's anything else I can offer, please let me know. czar 18:35, 10 August 2016 (UTC)

Hi Czar, thank you very much for your advice. Audreylomberg (talk) 21:56, 13 August 2016 (UTC)

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Zotero translator[edit]

Could you help me fix the issues mentioned for this translator? It is my first attemt at writing a translaor, and I've gotten stuck due to these issues. (tJosve05a (c) 12:57, 10 August 2016 (UTC)

@Josve05a, looks like Philipp is helping you but let me know if you need anything specific. And remember that you can detect the "tv.*" portion of the URL if you need to write special if/then conditions to pull specific attributes. Nice work on your first translator! czar 18:12, 10 August 2016 (UTC)


Hey Czar,

Today's my last day of vacation, I'll try to join in some AfD's tomorrow. soetermans. ↑↑↓↓←→←→ B A TALK 14:20, 11 August 2016 (UTC)

CfD backlog[edit]

Just as a note, see Wikipedia_talk:Categories_for_discussion#Recruiting_more_closers. I noticed that you expressed some interest in a script for working at CfD on the talk page. If that is indicative of an interest in closing discussions and you need any help whatsoever in getting started, please let me know. You're an old hat and know more than me in most areas, and I'm certain you have nothing to learn from me on assessing consensus. But if you're unfamiliar with category-specific stuff, I'm happy to help get you started.

I haven't reviewed your contributions, so please don't be insulted if you're an old-time CfD closer that's been on a break for a short time - I just haven't seen you around those parts recently. Face-smile.svg ~ Rob13Talk 18:35, 12 August 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia Article deletion issue[edit]

Hi, Czar I see you are a high level expert on wiki, can I ask for your help on editing an article I created, the article is marked for deletion, but it's in the right category, written from a neutral point with relevant information from reliable sources, links of references are provided and cited, and are from acknowledged well recognized news sources, such as China Daily


All information on the wiki article were pulled from the news sources cited. Would be great if you can advice or edit to improve the article. thanks. Audreylomberg (talk) 00:54, 13 August 2016 (UTC)

@Audreylomberg, did you see my response to your similar request above? czar 19:14, 13 August 2016 (UTC)

Nadia Kaabi-Linke[edit]

Looks like the two photos in question just got deleted off of commons. Can you work to get those back in the article, following up with someone in OTRS to get and document the appropriate permissions. Not going to take away the GA sticker for it, but those were magnificent depictions of her artwork and our article is significantly lessened without them. Jclemens (talk) 18:10, 13 August 2016 (UTC)

@Jclemens, yep, already on it (if you're curious, the permission holders didn't respond to follow-up questions, so I sent reminders) czar 19:13, 13 August 2016 (UTC)

Races of The Elder Scrolls[edit]

Hey Czar,

What do you think of Races of The Elder Scrolls? Would you agree that a nicely trimmed section could easily be part of The Elder Scrolls? soetermans. ↑↑↓↓←→←→ B A TALK 08:44, 14 August 2016 (UTC)

@Soetermans, it's a mess of primary and unreliable sources. I opted for the redirect to the main section. czar 08:52, 14 August 2016 (UTC)
Alright, thanks. I'll AFD it. soetermans. ↑↑↓↓←→←→ B A TALK 08:54, 14 August 2016 (UTC)
@Soetermans, it's a pretty stark case for redirection (was previously deleted), so I'd only AfD it if the redirect is contested czar 08:55, 14 August 2016 (UTC)
Oh wait, nevermind, I see what you did :) Good call. soetermans. ↑↑↓↓←→←→ B A TALK 08:57, 14 August 2016 (UTC)

The Shape of Water[edit]

Hello Czar! Can you please move Draft:The Shape of Water (film)The Shape of Water (film) — Thanks! --Tammydemo 15:17, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

@Tammydemo, ✓ done czar 15:23, 15 August 2016 (UTC)
You're a hero Czar! --Tammydemo 15:25, 15 August 2016 (UTC)
@Tammydemo, no hero, just your friendly neighborhood admin czar 15:41, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

August 17: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC[edit]

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Draft:The Little Mermaid (upcoming film)[edit]

Hello czar! Will you please merge Draft:The Little Mermaid (2018 film)Draft:The Little Mermaid (upcoming film)? The other draft's editor's submissions declines several times, and I think there should be only one draft we both be working on. Please merge those and keep the title with "(upcoming film)." Thanks. --Captain Assassin! «TCG» 12:13, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

@Captain Assassin!, ✓ done, but I had to remove two of your overlapping edits (they were small style fixes) czar 15:19, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
No problem, thanks man. --Captain Assassin! «TCG» 16:12, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

The Little Mermaid[edit]

Dear Czar,

you have no authority to edit my draft article The Little Mermaid (2018 film). i suggest you redo those edits or else i will complain to wikipedia about your disrespectful behaviour Imran Mazhar 22:36, 17 August 2016 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Immu 01 (talkcontribs)

Hi @Immu 01, welcome to Wikipedia. Articles belong to the community, not to individuals, and an existing draft was already in progress. I suggest that you collaborate a single draft or else work on a copy in your userspace, but in any event, there will be one final version from the common draft. czar 22:43, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

Its night here and i wanted to continue to edit it in the morning! please dont make edits as i am still wirking on it! and as far as i know the draft is of an indivisual user not the community. its not the final draft Imran Mazhar 23:37, 17 August 2016 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Immu 01 (talkcontribs)

August Twentysixteen[edit]

Friendly greetings; fair greetings; fond greetings from a man on the web to You . I noticed your talk page redirects to your user talk page; which you may have put in unintentionally; in that case youd like to fix things up; and you should think it awfully nice of me to tell you what ails you according to every rule of etiquette; or which your e-friends going to your page may consider an irrelevancy so to speak; probably the word is a redundancy . BatmobileFire (talk) 21:11, 21 August 2016 (UTC)

I'm currently working on a WP:ANI message. soetermans. ↑↑↓↓←→←→ B A TALK 06:25, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
Wow, that took way longer than I thought it would. In case you've missed the pings, here is the ANI discussion. soetermans. ↑↑↓↓←→←→ B A TALK 07:31, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
@Soetermans, ah, I think a shorter message would have been sufficient, but looks like this has been brought to its natural conclusion czar 17:29, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

Feedback requested[edit]

Hey czar, I recently created Fallout 4: Nuka-World. I was wondering whether I should take the same approach with the gameplay section on this article as I did on Far Harbor (as in it talks about V.A.T.S, S.P.E.C.I.A.L., etc). It's going to be released in just over a week so there's no coverage on how the gameplay works, so maybe I should just leave it until then. Anarchyte (work | talk) 10:40, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

@Anarchyte, I would, yep, using sources from the base game until you can replace them with newer sources. But might be worth even merging these expansion articles unless they have sufficient reviews and coverage to warrant the split from the base game. Most of what the article currently has is routine coverage. czar 17:37, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
I agree that many of the expansions don't warrant their own article, and so I've also started Fallout 4 downloadable content as a main article. The only expansions so far that I've seen have significant coverage are Far Harbor and Nuka-World. I will probably end up merging Automatron sometime soon. Anarchyte (work | talk) 02:34, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Ark: Survival Evolved[edit]

Hi czar, I just wanted to seek your opinion regarding something. On the Ark: Survival Evolved article, there was previously a reference to a video interview with the creative director placed at the bottom of the article, with in-line references linking to the main link using the {{harvnb}} template; this was done in order to avoid confusion, as each reference referred to a specific part of a 49-minute video. However, this was recently removed in favour of one single reference, with no referral to any part of the video. Similar occurrences of this have been brought to my attention in the past (Ellie, Undertale), so I'd just to see what you thought about it. Perhaps using seven {{Cite interview}} templates in the references, linking to each time-stamp, would work better than one? – Rhain 21:32, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

@Rhain, it's much, much better to include the video timecode (for obvious verifiability reasons...) so I don't know what that editor was thinking. Two ways of going about this: (1) As you had it, use bolded pseudoheaders (which are fine) even if it's just for a single ref, and then use {{sfn}} (short Harvard refs) to add timecodes for individual instances. Or (2), replace the first {{sfn}} instance with the full citation, though this will attach that first sfn's timecode to that full citation. So the drawbacks of each are straightforward: in the latter, the timecode on the full ref appears to describe the generalized reference, while in the former, the single-entry subsection can look strange. (Neither is wrong and I'd stick with whatever was used first until there is consensus otherwise.) The third alternative would be to create a mega footnote entry that includes the generalized source and subsequent subentries with timecodes (like Drakengard 3#Game_quotes but in a single footnote rather than in a separate section). This isn't a standard by any means, but it should be. You're also dealing with editors who can be overzealous with their application of "rules"—remember that IAR and third opinions are options if they get obnoxious. And looking at the old refs, if you do use sfn, remember to add final punctuation even when the footnote is a fragment. czar 04:12, 24 August 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for your advice. I decided to go with what was there previously (I also couldn't get {{sfn}} to work, and lacked the motivation to find a solution). Hopefully I'll have no opposition. – Rhain 07:16, 24 August 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for your edit—I think it certainly looks neater that way, but having the timecode on the full reference is a little inconvenient, and I think it could be confusing to readers. Hopefully we'll get some more sources to attribute the lonely interview sometime soon. – Rhain 23:58, 24 August 2016 (UTC)