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If you have any questions or problems, no matter what they are, leave me a message on my talk page.

We're so glad you're here!

By the way, I'm a gay guy too; good to have another one around. -- Essjay · Talk June 30, 2005 02:21 (UTC)

  • I saw your note; thanks for the reply. I meant to tell you before: if you put something (even a copy of what you put on the New User Page) on your user page, your name won't appear as a redlink anymore. Not being a redlink is the "first step" to being Wiki-legit. Hope you have fun, and if you need anything, let me know. -- Essjay · Talk June 30, 2005 04:47 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikiland! P.S. Yet another gay guy. Tdoyle 1 July 2005 03:47 (UTC)

We're everywhere ;-). Roby Wayne Talk • Hist 18:23, 12 September 2005 (UTC)

Recent changes[edit]

Hey NickBurns, I've seen some recent activity on your user page, and I wanted to give you a heads up (all pages I edit go on my watchlist by default, so every time your page is edited, the change shows up for me). An anon user (an IP address) made a couple changes to your page; I think it was you making the changes, but that you were accidentally logged out by your browser (it happens all the time).

Anyhow, one of our Recent Changes patroling users saw the edits and reverted them, thinking they were unauthorized (we don't usually edit other people's user pages without their permission). I've "un-reverted" back to what was there before and let the RC patroller know that I think the edits were yours, but, I wanted to drop you a note too. Check the page history (the button at the top of your user page that says "history") and make sure that all the changes are ones you made. If it wasn't you making the changes, then let me know and I'll keep watch to make sure you aren't vandalized further. Also, if it was you, then be aware that your browser may be logging you out without you knowing, so you might want to keep an eye on it (or get a different browser; Firefox is great).

Anyhow, all this to say: know that you have wiki-friends watching your back for you. -- Essjay · Talk July 5, 2005 18:34 (UTC)

Essjay - thanks! You are a wise Wikipedian - indeed it was me that made those edits. I have a bit of minor brain fuzz and forget to log in sometimes, so I will try to be more diligent about that. I'm still alarmingly stupid about many things, but I am learning!

Thanks for watching my back! NickBurns 5 July 2005 18:56 (UTC)

Don't worry about it; I'm a Yenta. It wasn't too long ago that I was doing the same kind of things; I'm somewhere around 1200 edits now, but two months ago I had 12. You'll learn as you go along.

You might want to drop by Fuzheado's talk page and say thanks; he was the one that caught your anon edits, so he was watching out for you too! I'm happy to help in any way I can, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask. -- Essjay · Talk July 5, 2005 19:06 (UTC)

Anon edits[edit]

Hi Nick, just as a rule I revert anon edits to the user page, but I'm glad you're logged in now and the edits will go under you name. Thanks. Fuzheado | Talk 6 July 2005 00:15 (UTC)

User Page[edit]

Hummm...A bear who's into otters...I don't think I even need my Hanky Codebook for that one... -- Essjay · Talk July 7, 2005 04:01 (UTC)

"Otters" are good, but I have a wider range than that....or as my friends like to categorize my tastes, "Two legs and a kickstand". I'm so misunderstood! Heh. NickBurns 7 July 2005 12:08 (UTC)

"Two legs and a kickstand"...Hummm...I'm partial to "Three legs and a pulse." ;-) -- Essjay · Talk July 7, 2005 17:12 (UTC)

Essjay - do those mean the same thing? Or should I be worried that you live near a nuclear reactor? ; - ) NickBurns 7 July 2005 18:02 (UTC)

You mean I'm not supposed to live in here? Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn. Now I have to find a new place to live! -- Essjay · Talk July 7, 2005 18:24 (UTC)

Your Questions[edit]

Yes, yes I did say if you have any questions; I promise I won't run away. (Now where did I put my passport and that emergency airline ticket?)

Now, on to the questions:

How to capitalize proper names: As best I know, it should be a matter of capitalizing it when you start the page. For example, if you search for Alexander Doesntexist, find that there is no page, and then add text, it should create the article as Alexander Doesntexist. If you search for Alexander doesntexist, and do the same thing, it will create the article as Alexander doesntexist. Same for any other method; if you capitalize, it will capitalize, if you don't, it won't. (The one exception to this is initial lowercase letters, like eBay, which always render as capitals, i.e., EBay.)

I checked your contributions, and I assume you're talking about Andrew Bird, which has already been fixed. There's a simple fix for this kind of problem; you click the "move" button at the top of the page and list the correct spelling/capitalization as the desitnation. A redirect will be created from the old spelling, which is fine. If you don't think there should be a redirect, you can add the {{deletebecause|"your reason here"}} template to the top of the page, and list "it was accidentally created and is not needed" as the reason, and an admin will come along and delete it.

How to archive:This involves creating a subpage. Many Wikipedians frown on deleting comments from your talk page, so make sure you archive everything (unless it's blantant vandalism). Now, the way to archive is: You create a subpage for archives. To create a subpage, you simply add a link to your talk page like this [[User:NickBurns/Archive]], then follow the link. You can name it whatever you want (like /Archive for archives, /Sandbox for a personal sandbox, /Porn for naughty images (and yes, there are some "dirty" images on Wikipedia; EvilMonkey has a gallery). Follow this link User:NickBurns/Archive for an archive page.

How to add categories: This one's easy: Just add the category name as an internal link. Example: [[Category:Christian denominations]]. Some images and templates come with their own categories, and you don't have to do anything to add them. The {{todo}} template for example, includes two categories that are added to the page by default.

The other question you asked was about linking. I'm not sure exactly what you're asking, could you provide me with an example in an article that I could look at to see what it is you mean?

I hope this helps, and I promise, I'll be back to heckle! -- Essjay · Talk July 7, 2005 19:14 (UTC)

THANKS again for all the pointers. I did capitalize the Bird article. I'll have to play in the sandbox just to make sure I have it right....And...just like complex carbohydrates and cute men, heckling is always welcome here! NickBurns 7 July 2005 19:32 (UTC)


Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, but I was out of town without computer access for the week. It's not any particular template; just my own little bit of goofiness. Cool taste in cultural expression, btw. Bearcat 21:04, 9 July 2005 (UTC)

Andrew Bird[edit]

I added a pic to Andrew Bird :) Redwolf24 10:58, 10 July 2005 (UTC) (This is my 998th edit)

By the way I'm a friend of Essjay Redwolf24 10:59, 10 July 2005 (UTC) (999 edits)

A friend of that anything like being a friend of Dorothy? Bwahahaha..... 17:45, 10 July 2005 (UTC) = me not logged in again. Grrr. NickBurns 17:46, 10 July 2005 (UTC)

I don't think he's a friend of Dorothy; I think he means he's one of my Wikifriends. -- Essjay · Talk 17:50, July 10, 2005 (UTC)

Well, and I'm on that list too! Oh! Thank you! That's very nice to say! NickBurns 17:51, 10 July 2005 (UTC)

You're quite welcome! -- Essjay · Talk 17:54, July 10, 2005 (UTC)

Hey - just there a simple way to count posts? Or is it just checking your contributions screen and counting them up? I noticed Mr. Redwolf has probably hit 1000 posts today.... 18:35, 10 July 2005 (UTC)

Again - that was me. Oddly.....I KNOW I was logged in that now appears that I have to log in again when I am posting on my talk page? Hmm. Wonder if there is something wacky going on with my computer....NickBurns 18:37, 10 July 2005 (UTC)

There's a tool called Kate's tool that lists your number of edits for you and breaks them down. Here's yours. You can put that link on your userpage if you like, to make it more convenient. Redwolf hit 1000 at exactly 11:00 AM EDT this morning. He's at 1029 now. I made 1500 at 4:04 PM EDT. When will you make 150? Come on, we're rooting for you! -- Essjay · Talk 19:15, July 10, 2005 (UTC)

Congrats to both of you! I'll squirrel away and see what I can do! ; ) NickBurns 22:33, 10 July 2005 (UTC)


Thanks for the message. Yeah, I am a soap fan. What shows do you watch? I've followed them all at one time or another but my favorite is Days of our Lives (well, not so much anymore). Mike H (Talking is hot) 02:55, July 11, 2005 (UTC)

You were going to be a writer with Procter and Gamble, huh? What made you decide against it? I have dreams of writing for a soap, but I don't think I could handle the pressure...I mean, if you don't do something *just right*, you have legions of people ready to absolutely hate you to the point of bloody murder. I couldn't live like that. Mike H (Talking is hot) 19:45, July 12, 2005 (UTC)

Re: Interview[edit]

Ya sure, but time is a little tight for me until at least Sunday. Tomorrow night we're going to see Harmonious Wail and we'll be spending Saturday at the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad's Johnson Street Yard for a day of railroad celebrations and rare mileage rides from there to Waunakee. That leaves tonight and Friday to do our housework. slambo 17:44, July 20, 2005 (UTC)

Email would work great. Special:Emailuser/Slambo will get a message to my primary email account. slambo 17:58, July 20, 2005 (UTC)


I'd be happy to do an interview also. Email me at (sorry, i'm not comfortable doing phone or meeting) --Comrade009 22:24, 21 July 2005 (UTC)

BTW, did you get your username from that SNL skit?

Wendy and Lisa[edit]

Hi Nick. Wendy is NOT married. Her sister Susannah is married to that singer. Wendy and Lisa are admitted lesbians. (MistaTee 16:01, 18 August 2005 (UTC))

Kirsty MacColl[edit]

Thanks for your work on Kirsty's article. Are you a member of her fans' e-group? Will you be coming over to London for the fan gathering in October?Jess Cully 12:54, 23 August 2005 (UTC)

User categorization[edit]

Greetings, NickBurns! Please accept this message as an invitation to categorize your user page in the category Category:Wikipedians in Wisconsin and removing your name from the Wikipedia:Wikipedians/Wisconsin page. The page will be removed when all users have been removed. Even if you do not wish to be placed in a category, could you take a moment to remove your name from the Wikipedia:Wikipedians/Wisconsin page? Thanks!!

To add your name to the category, please use the tag [[Category:Wikipedians in Wisconsin|NickBurns]] to ensure proper sorting.

For more information, please see Wikipedia:User categorisation and Category:Wikipedians by location. -- Roby Wayne Talk • Hist 04:15, 8 September 2005 (UTC)

Sandi Thom[edit]

Good work there with the re-order. Little thing - this has led to a slightly odd position where the York and Wales gigs that supposedly led to the webcast idea are kind of casually referred to in the "21 Nights From Tooting" section and then only introduced later on. Any idea how to fix this? Morwen - Talk 23:33, 16 June 2006 (UTC)

Johnnie Cochran[edit]

I've noticed your "massive" re-write of the Johnnie Cochran article. I realize no one possesses an article, but you may have noticed the most significant contributions to the article was provided by me. That is not to say others can't work on the article, but I do believe any major revisions of any article should be discussed with others working on that article. I checked out the talk page of Johnnie Cochran's article, and I found no mention of you planning on heavily re-doing the article.

I don't really have an issue with structural changes to an article, although I have my own preferences, I do have an issue with major revisions that go as far as omitting important facts. As you went through editing the article, you removed certain facts, and at the same time, mispelled the name of the state Cochran was born in. This is what major revisions can result in, and they also, often times, disregard all the work that has been put in by others.

I certainly don't mean to be hostile, but I do plan on reverting the article, taking into consideration the positive changes you've made. I don't imply that you disregard other people's work, either. All I am saying is that I will go back to the article, make a note of the changes you made, revert the article to an older state, and add your own edits myself, because I believe I am most sensitive to the article's structure, considering all the "behind-the-scenes-work" I've done there. For example, I cited tons of sources for that article, and other editors may not pick up on the fact that they just removed a citation, or removed a fact that went with that citation.

If you have any comments, let me know. I will conduct further discussion on Johnnie Cochran's article on the article's talk-page. Stiles 02:03, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

I just received your reply to my older message (above). I appreciate a quick response. I wanted to clear up that, when working with others on Wikipedia, there is no asking for "permission." When I said we should work together and let eachother know of plans, I made no mention of asking for permission. Whenever there is a group project like Wikipedia, we have to take others into concern, and that's why Wikipedia has this process. The talk page is especially useful for this purpose.
Also, I know you meant no harm, and what you did really wasn't removal of much text. That's not an issue. At most, you rephrased sentences, which is not a big deal at all. Stiles 02:16, 18 June 2006 (UTC)
Alright, I've completed my edit of Johnnie Cochran's article, and I hope the current status is satisfactory to all. If there are any complaints, please do share it on the talk page. I hope we'll be able to work on the article more in the future. Stiles 02:45, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

Vicky Wyndham[edit]

I added a mildly amusing anecdote here. Mike H. I did "That's hot" first! 05:52, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

The Harding Lemay book is rare and out of print, so it's been hard to find a copy that isn't being sold for some exorbitant amount. It took me a very long time to actually pin down his exact birthdate.
If you liked the Bea userbox, you should take the AW box, too. I think the template is User AW. Let me see if that works.
AW This user has been taken away to Another World.
Yep, that's it. ;) Mike H. I did "That's hot" first! 19:49, 19 June 2006 (UTC)
No, there is no GL userbox. There were no daytime soap userboxes until I created the one for Another World.
I wonder if my university library has a copy of the Lemay book. I always wanted to read that one, as well as the Mary Stuart autobiography. Do you have AIM? I'd like to chat with you sometime. Mike H. I did "That's hot" first! 21:30, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Jack Plotnick[edit]

Why did you remove the picture of Jack Plotnick from the series "Action" from his wikipedia page? It wasn't pornographic, in fact he added the picture to his myspace page... I think if he had a problem with it he would have said something...Route 82 20:57, 16 July 2006 (UTC)

Ben Hendrickson[edit]

There is absolutely nothing that makes your viewpoint as to what should be included in an article morwe valid than mine; and nothing that makes your edits in better faith. For as many times as you change it, I or someone else will change it back because I will post on a message board for Benjamin Hendrickson that you keep changing it, and there will be someone who will change it back everytime you do. You're not God, and you're not the ultimate say around here. So quit imposing your judgment above everyone else. I have a right to edit just like you do.

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<--Nick --does it make you feel better to cite your rules when you don't like the message? (another unsigned post from user - These are not "my" roles. This is ESTABLISHED WIKIPEDIA PROTOCOL. Please do not, under any circumstances, post further messages on my Talk page. If you have issues with the Benjamin Hendrickson article, please use ESTABLISHED WIKIPEDIA PROTOCOL and contact an administrator. I am refraining from further comment on your page, per your instructions. NickBurns 02:09, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

Ben Hendrickson IP[edit]

The IP who is reverting the Ben Hendrickson page to remove the details of the death was blocked for 48 hours (see the block log) for disruption. There appears to be consensus to keep the details of Hendrickson's death, so if the user continues after his block expires you should probably contact the blocking admin. Cowman109Talk 19:37, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

Oh, I didn't see the user was using another IP to circumvent the block. I made mention of that on the incidents report. Cowman109Talk 19:46, 19 July 2006 (UTC)
I have requested semi protection for the article so IP addresses and new users cannot edit the article. Also, I believe the mediation process is unnecessary for this case as it is a sole editor revert warring against wide consensus. Cowman109Talk 22:16, 19 July 2006 (UTC)
The article has been semi-protected. Cowman109Talk 22:29, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

Howard Zinn[edit]

I just wanted to thank you for you edits to the Howard Zinn page. I'd been trying to clean it up for some time now without much success. You have done the job excellently. Bibigon 02:25, 1 August 2006 (UTC)


Please do not remove content from Wikipedia. It is considered vandalism. If you would like to experiment, use the sandbox. Thank you.

Please view an article's Talk Page and discuss things instead of making a unilateral decision. It's courteous to do this before removing articles when considering that others have spent time working on them. Thank you. (This was an unsigned comment by

Hello, thanks for leaving a note on my talk page. I can appreciate your difference in opinion; however, one of the cornerstones of Wikipedia is to "be bold" in one's edits. One does not have to ask for permission.

I certainly do not think my opinion is the final word, and if you or anyone else wishes to restore what I removed, then please do so, and I won't argue. However, I really did NOT appreciate you labeling my edit as vandalism, when it was not intended as such.

By the way, when you are leaving a message on someone's talk page, it is appropriate to sign the entry after the text. You can do so by typing four tildes (~). The tildes key is just to the left of the one key. This signs the entry, and is especially helpful for registered users of Wikipedia; as an unregistered user it will simply show your IP address. Thanks! NickBurns 15:33, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

Nick, I posted an apology on the article's discussion page for the claim. Sorry about that; I didn't mean to offend -- I've just been through this before and jumped to the wrong conclusions about you.

Yahoo Messenger[edit]

I'm horrible at this Yahoo Messenger thing...I was hoping you'd be online right now so we could chat on it. Mike H. I did "That's hot" first! 17:50, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

Washington Post[edit]

Nick, appreciate your comments about the edits to this article. Happy editing. RickDC 04:38, 12 August 2006 (UTC)