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Hi AlainV, welcome to Wikipedia! :) Hope you like the place and you will stay. You can visit Wikipedia:How does one edit a page for help on creating articles and adding markup to them. If you have any questions check out Wikipedia:Help or add a question to the Village pump.

I noticed your article on Armoire desk you made in the Sandbox and moved it to main namespace. There is no need for creating articles in the sandbox, you can create them in the main name space right from the beginning! Just type the name of the article in the URL line, like this: If you wonder how to title a page, see Wikipedia:Naming conventions. Nikola 09:05, 16 Oct 2003 (UTC)

Hi Alain, concerning the "fancy" language - I don't remember! It was probably just the "long-lost ancestor" and the "atavistic grandchild", especially since they're right at the beginning of the article. The rest seems fine. There's no real reason for the language to be dry and technical in articles on antiques - readers probably would expect a friendlier tone. Marj 19:16, 29 Nov 2003 (UTC)

Thanks Marj! I will try do be a bit more formal on contemporary forms like the Cubicle desk though. Alain V., noticing that the snow has finally stopped on this Saturday 29 afternoon.

Hi. Good work you are doing; I just have some minor style notes. Although =x= style headers are available, we have a convention never to use them; and definitely never as the first thing in the article - can you in future not use them, and make sure that the first use of the article name within the article is boldfaced, (like '''this''')? Thanks, Morwen 07:48, Dec 16, 2003 (UTC)

I had been wondering what that was all about. After I put in a new article sometimes other editors would do this change from the equals x style header to boldface. Some other times the other editors would go through my text very thoroughly, cleaning up all kinds of things (and thus giving a good name to the concept behind Wikipedia) but leaving the equals x style header alone! Not being too sure what was the proper usage (independently of the indications in the text which is titled "How to edit a page") I left everything they changed "as is" and went on creating new pages as before. After reading your comment I went to the "list of desk forms and types" and did the change over to boldface and it seems to work. I also had a slight impediment in that my keyboard does not show the ' symbol properly: It looks just like another comma. The snow is thick outside and shows no sign of disappearing on this 16th of December 2003.

Thanks for your corrections on Jean le Rond d'Alembert and L'Encyclopédie. Much appreciated. (maybe I shouldn't edit with that much alcohol in by blood ;-) --snoyes 05:23, 12 Jan 2004 (UTC)

Thanks for the note, and I always forget to check these things. I have redirected the page, and all you need to in the future is put #REDIRECT [[Wooton desk]] as a single line in the page, and it should work. Thanks! Fuzheado 04:55, 13 Jan 2004 (UTC)

Ah yes, the "pipe trick". A very useful variation of this trick is that you can simply put a "pipe" (|) after something enclosed in parentheses in a link, and the parentheses (along with their content) will disappear, like so: Pound is a quicker form of writing Pound (have a look at the source text). Don't hesitate to ask me if you have any questions. --snoyes 05:21, 13 Jan 2004 (UTC)

Merci Alain for fixing up Jacques de Vaucanson. That sentence in the first section was horrible. I must have been very tired when I wrote it. I hope I have fixed it somewhat. Decumanus 04:51, 20 Jan 2004 (UTC)

Alain, do you know if Alexeieff & Parker were ever considered members of the NFB? my understanding is that they were invited to make one film there.Dhodges 17:12, 25 Jan 2004 (UTC)

They were invited several times over a period of more than 30 years. I have just dug more to find out what exactly was their contractual relationship with the NFB and have found conflicting reports. I am going to remove or change what I put in the pinscreen article to reflect this ambiguity.

I've been enjoying your cabinet-making input! At Arts and crafts movement you might add a note on the distinction between "cabinet-maker" and "furniture designer" after all. In the mid-19th century the big English commercial furniture-makers had designers who weren't trained as cabinet-makers, or as upholders/upholsterers either. The Arts and crafts movement was consciously trying to re-integrate the roles, as part of their reform efforts. Wetman 17:21, 1 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Thanks! I will put this in (somewhere in the A and C mvt article but maybe somewhere else also) given the specific request for it. I had been meaning for months to put the 4-5 cabinet making links I put in yesterday (or was it the day before? Those wikiholic "lost weekends" are addling my brain and making me leave for Montreal later and later)and I am always telling myself I have got to finish those rough sketches for all the desks, and put the bibliographies in, and put more non-Brit craftsmen in the list of furniture designers and... and... Whew, first of all I have to get back from Montreal and take my usual place in front of my home computer, next to my reference works, and then maybe I can take a few minutes to succumb to the temptation of adding a Greene and Greene desk article, since they were part of the Arts and Craft movement in the States and then... Whew! AlainV 00:32, 2004 Feb 2 (UTC)

Ah yes, I almost forgot. Among the things I absolutely just have to do is add a section on the desk as a symbol of power (political, literary or other) in the general desk article. I have been telling myself this nearly every day, since the day you added some fine paragraphs to the "Bureau du Roi" article I had started, thereby making it a real honest to goodness historical article.AlainV 00:50, 2004 Feb 2 (UTC)

Photocopying corrected typewriter pages... Yes, ain't that the truth. I almost thought about mentioning it myself. It of course also solves the problems of the corrections showing through.

I was finishing my degree around 1975, and one of the happiest moments of my graduate-student life was when, just in time, the university library announced that they would accept photocopied thesis submissions as long as the photocopies themselves were made on proper high-rag-content thesis paper. So I was able to prepare my thesis on erasable bond and photocopy it onto thesis paper! Hooray! What a boon to humankind! Dpbsmith 03:26, 11 Feb 2004 (UTC)

US units of measurement[edit]

Hi, thanks for telling me about U.S. customary units, although I knew there was a better page than US units of measurement, I'll make it a redirect. --Monsieur Mero 01:35, Mar 14, 2004 (UTC)

hi alain, I'm not sure of the convention, so I answered your query on my talk page where you posted it -- Kwill 14:58, 26 Apr 2004 (UTC)

National library[edit]

Hi, thanks very much for your contribution--when I started the article, I hoped it would be expanded, but didn't know enough myself. Anyway, just one question--when you say that a goal is "total bibliographic control of all the books published in that country", what exactly is meant? Thanks very much.

Also, if you know of any other prominent national libraries, those would be useful. My knowledge here is very limited. Thanks, Meelar 03:56, 2 May 2004 (UTC)


Hi, on reviewing your contributions, I've decided to nominate you for adminship. You can accept or decline at RfA. Good luck! Meelar 04:01, 2 May 2004 (UTC)

Gahh, my mistake. I thought that RfA would be a link to Wikipedia:Requests for adminship; in fact, rfa was the redirect. I'll move your acceptance. Yours, Meelar 06:51, 2 May 2004 (UTC)


Nice addition. Thanks. I might add something about Blair there ;o) --bodnotbod 23:06, May 2, 2004 (UTC)

Thanks for the contribution in Iraqi Most Wanted Playing Cards, I need help keep it coming. :) GrazingshipIV 06:29, May 9, 2004 (UTC)


Hey thanks for the copyedit on the Hackers entry. I think most people shy away from my brain dump on that entry :) It doesn't look like a good article even to me, but I have no idea how to fix it. Dori | Talk 07:24, May 9, 2004 (UTC)


Congratulations! You are now an administrator. You should read the relevant policies and other pages linked to from the administrators' reading list before carrying out tasks like deletion, protection, banning users, and editing protected pages such as the Main Page. Most of what you do is easily reversible by other sysops, apart from page history merges and image deletion, so please be especially careful with those. Good luck. Angela. 14:52, May 10, 2004 (UTC)

Good morning. I saw your listing of the Chapman Space "Station" on the VfD listing and took a look at the pages. May I recommend in the future using the "move this page" feature when you find a mis-titled article? It automatically cleans up the old page. Note: It will leave a redirect at the old site, but I think that's okay. Obviously at least one person already made this mistake or the page wouldn't have been created with the wrong title in the first place. Redirects take up no space and do no harm. (If it does create a conflict in the future, the redirect can always be cleaned out then.) Thanks. Rossami 13:23, 14 May 2004 (UTC)


Thanks for following me and cleaning them up. I'm sorry so many slip through. Wetman 03:43, 16 May 2004 (UTC)

Come now, not that many! AlainV 00:33, 2004 May 17 (UTC)

Balinville / Blainville[edit]

I've moved Thérèse-de Balinville County Regional Municipality, Quebec. Thanks for the correction. You also said you needed help editing {{msg:______}} boxes. These boxes are controlled by the MediaWiki namespace. --MerovingianT@Lk 17:57, May 16, 2004 (UTC)

National Libraries![edit]

I will leave Wales and the Faroes and Catalonia and Quebec to your good judgement! As an American it's slightly hard for me to grok national libraries that aren't state libraries, so maybe I should just stay out of it! :) jengod 15:03, May 21, 2004 (UTC)

Military history of Germany during World War II[edit]

Hi, i've just seen your edit on Military history of Germany during World War II, good work, really good work. My intention was just to have some kind of a foreword. Do you feel TM is trustworthy when it comes to German organization and tactics in specific? --GeneralPatton 23:16, 12 Jun 2004 (UTC)

I have not read the manual, just your reporting of its summary of the German army in WWII. However, if it is a recently re-edited government publication of the US government I would trust it for reporting the straight facts about the order of battle and other aspects of the organization of the German army. I would be wary of any evaluation of tactics howver. If you want something close to an official US evaluation of WWII German army tactics you might want to look iinstead at some of the writings of colonel Trevor N. Dupuy. AlainV 23:31, 12 Jun 2004 (UTC)

Direct manipulation interface[edit]

Hi, I saw the message you posted on my talk page. (Is this where I'm supposed to reply ? I'm not sure.) You would know better than me how often the term "direct manipulation" is used outside of academia, so please feel free to put back material regarding this in the article. The main reason I edited the article so much is I don't think "direct manipulation" and "wimp/gui" are equivalent terms. However, I probably have a biased view of things; I would welcome more editing of the article to achieve a more balanced view. MichaelMcGuffin 12:22, 22 Jun 2004 (UTC)

I was at UIST 2003 as well, but missed Horvitz's talk. I'm not sure what controversy you're referring to with respect to direct manipulation and Shneiderman. There are multiple (possibly complementary) approaches to designing interfaces and interaction styles. An encyclopedia can define each of them; list the generally agreed-upon pros and cons of each approach; and also present more controversial arguments for or against each approach, attributing these arguments to the people or groups who advance them. MichaelMcGuffin 13:00, 23 Jun 2004 (UTC)


Have you been working on anything lately? If not I wouldn't mind some help with this list: Noted_translators - suggestions and additions welcome! -- Simonides 03:33, 25 Jun 2004 (UTC)

The Simmons space opera question[edit]

Hi Alain. Thanks for your addition to the page on Dan Simmon's Ilium. I did not know that extropianism derived originally from H.G Wells - well done!

One gripe though. You also added this comment which seems to me to have NPOV issues:
> Because of the literary style it can be considered as something more than space opera,

That sounds like your personal opinion. Do you have a source for this?

>though some critics repeatedly pin this label on nearly everything Simmons produces.

I respectfully suggest you remove this para or alternatively write a more neutral version that outlines the views of the 'literary' and 'space opera' camps? You seem to have a chip on your shoulder about people who think Simmons writes space opera? Who thinks this? Why do they think it? And why does a 'literary' style elevate it above space opera? If we're being neutral here, what's wrong with a novel being a space opera, or some people thinking that it is?

I suggest that, if you remove the paragraph altogether, the question about whether or not Ilium is a space opera never arises...perhaps you are the only one worried about whether or not critics think it's a space opera? The page hasn't exactly been inundated with hordes of writers rushing to call the book a space why mention it at all?

You might as well assert that the literary stlye means it can be considered as something more than a cookbook, or a Volvo maintenance just doesn't seem to me a pertinent point.

My $0.02

Thanks for listening. Mercurius 07:40, 27 Jun 2004 (UTC)

Thanks for pointing out that Gary Pullman is unknown -- I've now listed him on wikipedia:votes for deletion. Deb 07:25, 2 Jul 2004 (UTC)


Pas de deux blah, thanks for fixing that, i have dyslexia and just can't see things sometimes. i really should wait to do this at home where i can spell check. Ohka- 14:42, 4 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Palazzo del Te[edit]

Palazzo del Te Thank you for doing the typos in Palazzo del Te. User:Wetman and I were working on it yesterday. I have been rereading it for 24 hours, could not believe there were still some there. Thanks Giano 09:10, 19 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Typos #2[edit]

Hi Alain, many thanks for watching my stuff. Its good to know somebody out there is reading it! Apwoolrich 10:33, 19 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Hi, I will rename it thanks for correcting me. I am sorry for the goof up.WHEELER 13:48, 27 Jul 2004 (UTC)


I fraternally invite you to add your name, to join the new section Wikipedians/Quebec. Thanks!
Je vous invite fraternellement à ajouter votre nom, à vous joindre à la nouvelle section Wikipedians/Quebec. Merci!
--Liberlogos 04:21, 2 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Merci beaucoup de t'être joint à la communauté. Parle de la nouvelle communauté aux autres Wikipédiens Québécois ou aux personnes avec un lien au Québec que tu connais pour que l'on puisse mieux se connaître, mieux partager et mieux s'aider. À bientôt.

--Liberlogos 14:46, 3 Aug 2004 (UTC)


WikiThanks.png for the tip. Tadoussac is now a redirect to Tadoussac, Quebec, and the two have been merged. --MerovingianTalk 09:26, Aug 2, 2004 (UTC)

Latécoère 28[edit]

Hi Alain - the data table has been a constant headache for WikiProject Aircraft - not only has it been a bear to edit (as you discovered), but when the main skin of Wikipedia changed a few months back, the table that had been painstakingly added to so many pages was rendered very hard to read. There has been a general consensus among Project participants to replace the old blue table with a text section. You can find a full description of the standard here. You can't be blamed for the confusion - the new standard was rolled out only hours before your contribution.

I agree with you that a bit of colour - something to "brand" the articles with would be desirable, but in the end the practicality of the text format has won out. Maybe there's another way of achieving this?

Rest assured though - this can be thought of as "stable". The tables were in use for nearly a year, but it was the fact that any table format we came up with was always going to be vulnerable to skin changes that was really the killing blow.

Sorry for your frustration and disappointment... I fully sympathise and relate! --Rlandmann 22:35, 13 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Linking room[edit]

Thanks, Alain, for adding more content to linking room. I thought the linking room meme was more prevalent, but once I had sat down to write the article, I realized most of my memories of examples of linking rooms were half-remembered images from my childhood. After seeing it in The Matrix, I knew I wasn't the only one.

Branding aircraft articles[edit]

Thanks for the ideas - most of us try to furnish articles with a picture of the aircraft in question, but finding copyright-free ones is usually the stumbling block, especially for more modern aircraft.

The idea of adding roundels or insignia was kicked around for a while, but this creates all kinds of problems for aircraft that were used notably by a large number of users. I personally like your idea of a placeholder image - I seem to remember seeing something similar around Wikipedia somewhere. WikiProject Aircraft dicussions are currently being held on an external web-board at - I'd like to invite you to make a suggestion about the placeholder there so other participants can comment. Cheers --Rlandmann 01:07, 17 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Impoverishing Wikipedia[edit]

I can certainly understand your being upset, and I shall briefly explain my reasoning for removing said paragraph from Industrialisation.

"Pre-industrial economies generally rely on sustenance standards of living, whereby the population focuses collective resources on producing only what can be consumed by the population, though there have also been quite a few pre-industrial economies with trade and commerce as a significant factor."

As far as I know it is entirely common for pre-industrial societies to produce far beyond sustenance standard, ie. Italy, Netherlands, Britain, Spain, China, India, +others all knew prosperous pre-industrial periods of great abundance. I did not feel like adding a caveat saying, that pre-industrial economies generally rely on sustenance standards of living, but quite often do not. It seems like we can't make up our mind if we say that. Which is it? Do they or don't they? Seems to me that some do, and some don't, just as some industrialized countries suffer from lack of food (N. Korea?). It doesn't seem to me that living at a sustenance standard is a mark of a pre-industrialized country, but maybe that depends on your definition of industrialisation?

Peregrine981 06:25, Sep 13, 2004 (UTC)

allright, I shall soon rewrite the paragraph to suit your concerns. Almost all of these societies faced famines periodically, I still do not think that constitutes living at a subsistance level. Perhaps some elements of the society did, but some of these societies as a whole were more than capable of producing more than they needed. Ronald Seavoy's book, Famine in Peasant Societies seems to argue, to me, that pre-industrial societies do not necessarily live at a subsistance, level, rather pre-commercialised societies do. However, his book is far from universally acclaimed, so perhaps we should not base an encyclopedia article on his theory. Still, I will, when I get a moment, soon rewrite the offending paragraph.
Peregrine981 23:46, Sep 14, 2004 (UTC)

Pirate Utopias[edit]

Thank you for your grammatical input. I have to ask: how did you come across this article? It is tucked away into the dusty ol' corners of Wikipedia, and all. EDGE (Concordia student)


Thanks for the insights and comentary. I just picked up the project yesterday (and the comments about downtown crowding aren't mine; they're cribbed from Transitway, which I'm merging into the new article). I'll be sure to go on more with the Gatineau dichotomy as well; it looks like the STO might need an article.

Incidentally, I'm no Ottawa native; I was visiting last month, then I noted the poor shape of the OC Transpo articles and dove in yesterday.

Thanks again, Radagast 12:04, Sep 24, 2004 (UTC)


Good additions! You caught precisely the right tone. Wetman 03:00, 30 Sep 2004 (UTC)

A reply from fbd[edit]

And the second reply :) (User:Fbd)


Merci pour votre pertinent et intéressant ajout à BNQ ! Chaque nouvel article que je crée sur Wikipédia me cause une période de déprime car j'ai toujours l'impression qu'ils n'intéressent personne d'autre que moi. :-\ --[[User:Valmi|Valmi ]] 04:30, 20 Oct 2004 (UTC)

from a Yank[edit]

Good Morning Alain; Thanks for your insights into what citizens of the US of A should be called. Certainly the old WWI song "Over There" featuring the rousing chorus, "The Yanks are Coming, the Yanks are coming" did not just refer to those from New England. Several years ago, when I still watched TV and lived close enough to Canada to pick up the CBC I was a news special in which a team traveled from the Maritimes to BC asking Canadians the same questions, "What does it mean to be a Canadian?" After the trip was over they did a recap and discovered that it meant a lot of different things in different part of Canada, but there was one element of Canadian self-identification that all Canadians agreed upon, "We are NOT Americans." They were clear about what/who the word "American" referred to, and it was not them. Carptrash 15:31, 2 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Thanks for your cleanup[edit]

Hi, I am the translator of Ice sculpture,thanks to clean it up. -- 04:32, 4 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Culture of Quebec[edit]

I was only correcting poor grammar. I don't know anything about Quebec culture really, so if you feel that the usage is incorrect, then have at it. Darkcore 05:15, 4 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Hey, AlainV. I only now logged on to Wikipedia, and received a message from you in re the use of the word wake in the Culture of Quebec page, I assume.

I was using the word wake in the following sense: in the wake of 1. close behind [...] 2. as a result of; as a consequence of. (source: Websters New Collegiate Dictionary, p 1308).

See also in the wake of: behind, following after the example of (Concise Oxford Dictionary, p 1463) and in the wake of the storm à la suite de l'orage, après l'orage (Le Robert & Collins Senior, p 915) Grumpy Gus 17:26, Nov 8, 2004 (UTC)

Peter Deutsch[edit]

Are you sure Peter Deutsch wrote a PDP-11 typewriter when he was four years old? If not, please link to the correct Peter Deutsch.

I just linked it to the correct one L. Peter Deutsch who was very young at the time, but not that young. --AlainV 17:53, 19 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Tank engine history[edit]

Perhaps you're right. I haven't seen the tank history article yet. If someone doesn't beat me to it I'll move my material there. Rsduhamel 03:09, 20 Nov 2004 (UTC)


I like your picture: Hot_Air_Balloon_Festivals :) weide 01:03, 6 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Thanks for the fix![edit]

Thanks for the fix on the AT-9 page! Let me know if you see anything I should be doing different. I'm really new at this.

Mikeb 03:42, 8 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Article Licensing[edit]

Or if you wanted to place your work into the public domain, you could replace "{{DualLicenseWithCC-BySA-Dual}}" with "{{MultiLicensePD}}". If you only prefer using the GFDL, I would like to know that too. Please let me know what you think at my talk page. It's important to know either way so no one keeps asking. -- Ram-Man (comment| talk)

Quoth: I prefer using PD because I do not want to place any restrictions on further use.
Thats great, but you must also explicitly state on your user page (or User:AlainV/Copyrights) what your intentions are (legally speaking) if you'd like to multi-license. Copy and paste into your user page the following: {{MultiLicensePD}} and then you'll be done. Ram-Man (comment) (talk)[[]] 19:30, Dec 9, 2004 (UTC)

Whenever I am given the choice, I place my contributions in Wikipedia in the public domain --AlainV 19:39, 9 Dec 2004 (UTC)

RFC pages on VfD[edit]

Should RFC pages be placed on VfD to be deleted? I'm considering removing Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Slrubenstein, Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Jwrosenzweig and Wikipedia:Requests for comment/John Kenney from WP:VFD. Each of them was listed by CheeseDreams. Your comments on whether I should do this would be appreciated. - Ta bu shi da yu 03:15, 10 Dec 2004 (UTC)

I just looked and there seems to be a consensus for keeping these pages. --AlainV 06:55, 10 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Move History[edit]

Hiya, someone recently "moved" the chemistry information from hybridisation to orbital hybridization, which is fine. However, they only "moved" it meaning they copy/pasted and lost all the edit history. Granted there wasn't a significant amount, but is it possible for you to reassociate the history with the correct page or something? Thanks, EagleFalconn 16:29, 10 Dec 2004 (UTC)

... something happened after all.[edit]

Hi AlainV, I've responded to your comment on my talk page. By the way, do you have any suggestions for how to improve the pallet picture? For example, I could take one with a pallet jack inserted. Also, do you think the article should have a picture of a wooden pallet, too? --Dbenbenn 03:11, 12 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Anything giving an idea of the scale of the object would be good. For instance, a work glove on the floor next to the pallet if you feel artistic and want to give an effect akin to that of Renaissance artists (who were aware of the symbolism of hands or gloves) or a coffee cup if you want to give an idea of the reality of work. A yardstick or a meter instead would be technical but useful also. A picture of a wooden pallet would be great since they are still in the majority. Most people never see a pallet or else they see it from afar on a pile, in the back of a warehouse, never getting an idea of just how big or small it is. --AlainV 04:05, 12 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Thanks for the suggestions. I like the glove idea. Also, I'll get precise measurements. --Dbenbenn 04:14, 12 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Join RWNB![edit]

Hello, AlainV! Thought you might be interested in the Russian wikipedians' notice board. Come check it out! KNewman 04:37, Dec 14, 2004 (UTC)

The Middle Ages project[edit]

A new community group has been created for those working on articles related to the Middle Ages and thought you might be interested. It is a gathering place for those with a common interest in Medieval history. It's a place to announce new articles related to the Middle Ages, general discussions or questions, see who else is out there in Wikispace. Feel free to join or lurk, if you know anyone else that might be interested who is a regular contributor in this area, please pass along the word. The project page is here: Wikipedia:WikiProject_Middle_Ages. Iand pass this on to others, if you like!) --Wetman 21:02, 1 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Old Montreal[edit]

Thanks for setting me straight, Alain. Somehow I got it into my head that there were no pre-1760 buildings left, but reading the links you sent me reminded me that there are some. Before my edit, the article seemed to support the common misconception that tourists get: many think all the old buildings in Old Montreal are from the French régime. Your latest edits put the right balance on it. Indefatigable 15:18, 11 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Bombardier/LV Monrail[edit]

Hi Alain-

I replaced the information about the LV Monorail project from the Bombardier article that you deleted. I would appreciate it if you'd keep it there. It's a large news story in the area and quite a topic of discussion here in Las Vegas and Western US. Our city was recently denied government funding, and the entire city's mass transit system is now made to suffer because of the mistakes of that company. Additionally, millions of dollars in income were lost due to Bombardier's mistakes, and people could have been injured or killed because of the parts falling off the monorail. What is now apparently going to be the Monorail in it's entirety was supposed to be just the first phase of an ambitious plan to connect many parts of our fast-growing city. My hope is that when the next city is considering Bombardier to build a mass-transit system, some members of the public will be able to hear the whole story about Bombardier before millions of dollars in tax-payer money is wasted.

Thank you, Robert

I put the explanation on the talk page of the Bombardier article --AlainV 21:37, 29 Jan 2005 (UTC)


Nice edit. I find it quite miraculous that I either missed all those typos or made them myself, but at any rate good work.Adam Marx Squared 05:50, 15 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Quebec wikipedians' notice board[edit]

You are hereby cordially invited to join the Quebec Wikipedians notice board.

Vous êtes cordialement invité à collaborer au Quebec Wikipedians notice board. Circeus 19:03, Feb 23, 2005 (UTC)

Image:Bird and apple sculpture in Santa Fe NM USA.jpg[edit]

The image you uploaded isn't used in any article, so I marked it for deletion. LeonWhite 15:00, 23 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Active Protection System for tanks[edit]

Hi Alain. Some of the material you removed from the tank article wasn't speculative. See Arena (active countermeasures system), and external links there; versions have been in production in Russia since the '80s (but I don't know how widely deployed). Still, I think it could be just mentioned in tank and vehicle armour, and the real description belongs in active protection system, or active armour (dunno if that term is actually used).

But good work, though. The tank articles have needed a lot of baby-sitting lately, and it's good to have as many editors as possible keeping an eye on things. Cheers. Michael Z. 2005-03-27 06:29 Z

PS: I've nominated T-10 for posting in Template:Did you know, on the main page. Please have a look at this tank page, and contribute anything you can. —MZ

Tonic stress[edit]

No, French is not considered a language with tonic stresses, unlike English or Spanish. It is true French words have a slight stress on the last syllable, but this is a regular pattern, unlike in languages with tonic stresses, and it is much lighter than a tonic stress as occurs in languages with tonic stresses. Therefore, it is never indicated in IPA. Now, I don't know if the particular Quebecois French is considered an exception, possessing tonic stresses. If you find a serious linguistic article or book that specifically says that Quebecois French, unlike standard French, has tonic stresses, then we should add the stress in the IPA pronunciation. However, I have never heard that Quebecois French was different from standard French in that respect. I believe even in Quebecois French the slight stress on the last syllable is much lighter than a real tonic stress (compare the Quebecois pronunciation of "sur parole" and the English/American pronunciation of "on paROLE"). Hardouin 18:21, 8 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Pacific lodge[edit]

I'm curious to know what a Pacific lodge is. You added it to list of house styles, and it's not something I've heard of, so I'm guessing it's Canadian. You don't happen to know more Canadian styles, do you? I was going to put in something more precise about Quebec styles, but realized I didn't know enough (I had several cottage styles in mind). And there's a style of ranch house I once saw in Calgary that is, I think, purely Canadian, but I don't know what it's called. Mothperson 11:07, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Industrial Revolution[edit]

You may or may not have noticed that Industrial Revolution has come under the spotlight of a group of article improvers. My weekday access is very limited at the moment, so can I ask you to keep your eyes open for any bloopers. (My additions aren't exempt of course, because I'm very much the amateur in this field.) Now might be a good time to consider separating the article into two—one for the British Industrial Revolution, and another for 'industrial revolution' as a generic term. Cheers, Noisy | Talk 20:23, Jun 19, 2005 (UTC) (Also posted to User talk:Apwoolrich.)

History articles[edit]

Hi, I am in contact with a university researcher who is investigating how historians write for and use Wikipedia. Any objection if I give her your contact details, please? Thanks Apwoolrich 13:24, 22 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for your response. Here follows the message I had on my talk page a few weeks back. I have found them to be very professional, and I feel it to be worth while to take part Apwoolrich 17:47, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)


I’m a historian working at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University ( and as part of our project on the History of Science, Technology, and Industry we are very interested in digital historical works, including people writing history on Wikipedia. We’d like to talk to people about their experiences working on articles in Wikipedia, in connection with a larger project on the history of the free and open source software movement. Would you be willing to talk with us about your involvement, either by phone, a/v chat, IM, or email? This could be as lengthy or brief a conversation as you wish.

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Desk sketches[edit]

I learned about the PNG file format from other wikipedians, and have been very impressed by it. I tell all my friends...if you haven't tried it already, take some of your wikipedia drawings of desks and, using the original bitmap files, convert them to PNG using Paint or whatever program works for you. You'll see a smaller file with better image quality. I tried to convert one from JPEG, but some of the image quality couldn't be recovered. Nice drawings, by the way!--Joel 18:00, 16 August 2005 (UTC)

User Categorisation[edit]

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Bianca Castafiore[edit]

I found that you have contributed this line to the Faust (opera) article : Her trademark is the jewel song, which she always belts out at high volume, never saying a word more or a word less than Ah! je ris de me voir si belle en ce miroir within the confines of the strip.

In the English version of the King Ottokar's Sceptre, she goes beyond this and sings a few more lines. Please see Talk:Minor_characters_in_Tintin#Castafiore_and_Jewel.27s_song. Do you know if the same appears in the Franch editions ? thanks, Tintin 19:29, 15 October 2005 (UTC)


Hmm, you suggest a google image search. Many of the writing desks shown there aren't strictly speaking "escritoires". I will source a picture of a "real" escritoire soon. I know my description isn't very clear, but a picture or two might help.

Of course, it might be that my "strict" idea of what an escritoire is and isn't may be a bit more constrictive than current use, in which case I am open to being convinced. --Slashme 05:57, 4 November 2005 (UTC)

Ah, yes. You know, the description of an "escritoire" you give is exactly what I was thinking of when I wrote the stub. My descriptive abilities are not very clear, and I think especially the use of the word "cupboard" was unfortunate. I have asked my mother to take a picture of the escritoire she commissioned for herself some years ago, and I'll put it on the page when I get it. I'll also fix my stub a bit, and you can expand it, as you're clearly much more of an expert than I am! --Slashme 13:08, 4 November 2005 (UTC)


We're not voting for Featured Article yet, just asking for input in polishing it up, and of course further contribution (but thanks for the vote!). Please see other examples at WP:PR#Requests. Michael Z. 2005-12-20 07:46 Z

Proposed merge of Spaceman Spiff into Calvin and Hobbes[edit]

Hi mate. Just to let you know that I've copied the comment you posted on Talk:Spaceman Spiff to Talk:Calvin and Hobbes. I hope you don't mind.. - N (talk) 18:35, 15 January 2006 (UTC)


I admired your rebuttle of my opinion in the cyborg page. My main point is that on the talk pages in Terminator, cyborg, and andoid, the issue of what the Terminator is keeps on coming up, read them and you'll. Again, thanks for your comment. It was a pleasure to read. Dessydes


Holi greetings from an Indian wikipedian. I have been around here for about a year, including being an administrator from 18th September 2006. I request you to kindly do me the favor of providing me your valuable comments and suggestions on my contributions, activities and behavior pattern. I shall be awaiting your free and frank opinion, which you are most welcome to kindly give here. Thanks. --Bhadani 16:11, 6 March 2006 (UTC)

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Image Tagging[edit]

Greetings. From the description and use of Image:Secretarydeskfront20050410.jpg and Image:Secretarydeskside20050410.jpg, it appears you intended these images to be freely available. I took the liberty of applying a {{GFDL-presumed}} tag to them. Could you confirm this at by replacing my edit withs {{GFDL-self}}?

Regards, Dethomas 03:08, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for warning. I'm placing the drawings I've done as well as the photos I've taken in the Public domain --AlainV 13:23, 18 March 2006 (UTC)


When you are editing how do you make it colored? Thanks, Stevietwotwo 20:12, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

no email address?[edit]

Hi - I don't know if you realize it, but you can't be contacted by the wikipedia "email this user" link. This might be related to the (relatively recent) email validation feature. Seems to me all admins should have a valid (and validated) email address. Just thought I'd let you know. -- Rick Block (talk) 04:14, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

Anybody who wants to contact me can do so by leaving a message on my user talk page like you just did. I check in at least twice daily. --AlainV 02:54, 4 April 2006 (UTC)

Talk Ex-Yugoslavia[edit]

Talk:Kosovo#2 Administrator for Ex-Yugoslavien articels in Wikipedia- The voice of Kosovar

Lea Hernandez sci-fi short stories[edit]

Hi, you added information about Hernandez's short fiction. I Just added an example, but if you have a better one and can source it in the references section that would probably be even better. I can't find my book to write a proper reference. -- Dragonfiend 03:19, 6 May 2006 (UTC)

You might be interested[edit]

As someone who has edited List of Canadian heroes and heroines you might be interested to see that it has been suggested for deletion (or some other form of bastardization). Care to join in the discussion? Sunray 00:27, 21 May 2006 (UTC)

Desk pictures for allocation to articles[edit]

Hi Alain,

As I am no expert in what is or is not a Secretary, an Escritoire, or whatever, I would like to forward the following pictures of desks to you for comment and possible use in the appropriate pages:

Kind regards

--Slashme 08:35, 25 May 2006 (UTC)

I'm no expert either. I just threw myself on the topic of desk forms during my spare time for about two years. Since then I let my interest simmer.

From the little I know those two pictures represent very original variations of the Slant top desk form, without being slant top desks. It looks as if the two pieces are one of a kind commissions or the fruit of a very dedicated "amateur" woodworker. By amateur I mean somebody who can easily spend thousands of hours a year on this hobby, and an even higher figure in dollars on tools and wood. The first one, with what looks like an icosahedron on top ("a small writing desk") can't be called a slant top desk because there are rows of drawers underneath the slant top "writing and storage" part. And it can't be called a Desk on a frame because that form has nothing underneath. The other desk ("A writing desk") is an extremely interesting combination of the typical slant top desk and the side drawer form of the Davenport desk. Of course, it can't be called a slant top desk, any more than a Davenport desk, because of this unusual mix. So, those two pictures are not useful for illustrating specific desk form.

On the other hand they might have other uses. A great place to put one of them would be to illustrate the Cabinet making article since desks are made (in the case of original items like these) by cabinet makers. I favor the simpler one over the slant top desk- Davenport combination, because it's simpler, more classical to my eyes. Also, I may be influenced by that icosahedron on top, which also looks like a fine piece of woodworking. That choice is personal. --AlainV 05:33, 26 May 2006 (UTC)

Microsoft business culture references[edit]

I know this might sound TOTALLY CRAZY since these edits were three (!) years ago. Anyway, I've been continuing to clean the Microsoft article and noticed you wrote a lot of the original stuff for business culture - my question is what reference(s) would you use to back up the first couple of paragraphs? I say this because it seems a bit overkill now, and the books overlap a bit IIRC... RN 10:44, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

That would be great - thanks for the response :). I'll to try to look into some as well - it seems like an interesting topic too. RN 23:54, 5 July 2006 (UTC)

Montreal-style bagel[edit]

Thank you! Wikipeditor 05:44, 19 January 2007 (UTC)


Your removal of the reference to Ashkenaz Jews in this article is vandalism.--Lance talk 04:28, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

The definition over at that link says:

"Vandalism is any addition, removal, or change of content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of Wikipedia."

My edit was not a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of Wikipedia, therefore it was not vandalism. --AlainV 20:06, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Aberwyvern castle[edit]

The article you wrote, Aberwyvern castle, is uncategorized. Please help improve it by adding it to one or more categories, so it may be associated with related articles. A stub marker or other template doesn't count - please put in an actual category in the article. Eli Falk 12:01, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Done! --AlainV 05:06, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Trade and militarized society[edit]

Personnaly I don't understand where the problem in Punic miliatry forces is that a society with lots of trade shouldn't be militarized. Just look at South Korea (until shortly under a military rule) or the USA (higher proportion of soldiers per civilian than other Western societies) or the deceased German Empire (strong Prussian influence) or Nazi Germany.

Just look at that piece of South Korean history:

In 1960, a student uprising led to the resignation of president Syngman Rhee, whose government had become autocratic and corrupt. Then followed a period of profound civil unrest and general political instability. General Park Chung-hee led a military coup (the "5.16 Revolution") against the weak and ineffectual government the following year. Park took over as president from 1961 until his assassination in 1979, overseeing rapid export-led economic growth as well as severe political repression.

The year following Park's assassination was marked by considerable political turmoil as the previously repressed opposition leaders all clamored to run for the presidential office. In 1980, General Chun Doo-hwan launched a coup d'etat against the transitional government of Choi Gyu Hwa, the former prime minister under Park and interim president, to assume the presidency. Chun's seizure of power triggered particularly violent protests in Gwangju, South Cholla province, where protesters raided police stations and military compounds to seize weapons. Chun sent in the special forces to suppress the uprising, which is now termed the Gwangju Massacre. Chun stated his intent to serve only a single term from the outset and eventually allowed direct presidential elections in 1988 under pressure from widespread popular demonstrations. That year, Seoul hosted the [1988 Summer Olympics]. South Korea's economic development was also largely due to the many large, family owned businesses within the country, which came to be known as Chaebols. Some of the most famous and richest Chaebols include Samsung, LG and Hyundai.

Any questions that military excludes trade and the like? But the theses of the trade "empire" really needs proof. For example nobody would attribute Greece the like, although its pottery was widespread. Wandalstouring 13:57, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

Militarism discourages trade, except when it supports it directly, in some very special circumstances. This went into an extreme with the autarcic nature of the Nazi state, which discouraged normal trade with other countires and encouraged the complete subjugation of the economy of other countries by the German one. At any rate all the examples you give (South Korea, Imperial Germany of the 19th and early 20th century) are all those of complex inditrialized societies and they are absolutely not relevant to the much more simple economis of classical antiquity. Furthermore, what is at stake here is not the exclusion of trade for war or vice versa but the fact that the "Myth" of the commercial nature of the Punic empire is the prevalent one in current historiography, even if the sources for that "myth" turn out to be less numerous than one would like. If you go against all of the scholarly books that repeat that myth then it's up to you to state extremely clearly the sources which supoort that attack to the "Myth" of the punic commercial empire and to sum up the logic of their attack and their concrete foundations. --AlainV 23:57, 3 February 2007 (UTC)


You do not seem to understand what a "commercial link" is. You have falsely labled the two links you removed as "commercial" when they certainly are not. They do not charge one dime for services. All items are free, public access. Would you consider Wikipedia's request for donations, commercial? Wikipedia is a commercial site. It both solicits donations and draws in millions of dollars, therefore, according to your own logic Wikipedia itself is commercial. Feel free to see my userpage, why I am in dispute of the revisions, and have no intention to make any further generous contributions as I have in the past, until those two links you've removed without reasonable explanation, are restored. To better clarify the issue, websites such as the commercial cybersquatter link, which is displayed right in the midst of Favicon. And which charge fees for use of their services, are "commercial" links, but on numerous occasions, certain editors have either overlooked or failed to make such a simple distinction. As a side note, on driving legitimate editors away from Wikipedia: I've noticed many of the articles I've created, contributed to or checked over, seem to have been vandalised more than I remember occuring in the past. Admins obviously cannot keep up with the problem. One article I repaired, had escaped attention for at least three days. Since some people insist on driving away legitimate contributors, this is to be expected, and should only expect the problem to become worse in the future. This includes the growing sentiment which has been becoming more and more prevalent around the web, e.g., simply Google Wikipedia is not a reliable source. Posted by Sharon Mooney 18 February 2007, 16:28 Eastern

I've removed the other commercial links you've noted and which I hadn't noticed before. Thanks!. Links leading to pages giving no information and doing nothing but offer services (even when they are free) or doing some form of self-promotion are also routinely removed from Wikipedia. --AlainV 05:03, 19 February 2007 (UTC)


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Image copyright problem with Image:Secretarydeskside20050410.jpg[edit]

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Sterling Publlishing[edit]

*Moser,Thomas. Measured Shop Drawings for American Furniture. New York: Sterling Publlishing Inc., 1985.

This reference that you've added contains a spelling error (Publishing). I noticed it's on a handful of pages. I'll go ahead and change them at some point. If you know it to be a SIC, let me know. Jason Quinn 06:53, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Classification of admins[edit]

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Barnstar of Desk-Describing Motherfuckers, 3rd edition.

I award you the Barnstar Of Desk-Describing Motherfuckers. Excellent job on describing some desks. I seriously appreciated your work. I'm just an IP, but I outright dug that stuff and it helped me a bit, too.

Thanks! I'm happy to hear it was useful for you. But I'd be happier if somebody could add photos. I was hoping to do this thanks to a big trip to England, but I discovered while planning it that taking pics was forbidden in all the National Trust mansions and castles and other similar places where you can find most of those desks. I was extremely sore at the National Trust and other such English organisations. They are very mean, petty-minded groups. I visited other places instead. --AlainV (talk) 08:19, 20 January 2008 (UTC)


Can a cool admin help a guy out? I want to add one sentence to the world of Wikipedia. But I can't. The sentence is factual, provable, (based on the New York Times for goodness sake) but I can't get it on.

Fact: Circumcision decreases a man's risk of getting HIV Fact: Circmcision INcreases a man's risk of getting herpes and chlamydia.

The article on "circumcision" mentions the term HIV probably 100 times (I'm not joking) and mentions "herpes" or "chlamydia" not Once.

Can a cool admin stop two guys named Avraham and Jakew from deleting my ONE sentence I want to add? Thanks, (talk) 06:16, 17 February 2008 (UTC)

Sorry, I'm not an admin anymore. They booted me out, probably because they noticed that I wasn't active enough by their criteria. It seems that somehow I'm still on some lists as an admin, but I know that I'm not admin because when I log in I don,t have the extra "powers" I used to have, showing up in my functions. --AlainV (talk) 05:42, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence[edit]

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The High Crusade[edit]

Hi, I've just added a comment to the talk page of this article, I see you added the info from the Library of congress concerning the original date of publication way back in 2004, so thought you might be interested. Cheers Number36 (talk) 07:14, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

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There are no clearly raised issues on the talk page of that article.--AlainV (talk) 01:45, 8 October 2008 (UTC)

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Bird and apple sculpture in Santa Fe NM USA[edit]

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I took the picture with my camera, in a public exterior place in Santa Fe. You can't protect from reproduction art works placed outside in public parks. The question is, what license should be used here as a tag if PD is not appropriate. --AlainV (talk) 23:04, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

A question about rules of userboxes in Wiki[edit]

Hi dear adminstrator, I am a user in Persian Wiki and I have an on going discussion with a Persian adminstrator about the userboxes we can create or not in Wiki. The question is: Is making userboxes like: "This user supports independence of Tibet from China" or "This user supports independence of Azerbaijan from Iran" or "This user is against Hizbullah terorist group." illegal according to Wiki userbox rules or not? R these rules same in all Wikis or different from one Wiki to another? I'm waiting 4 ur answer a.s.a.p. Regards, Pournick (talk) 04:00, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

I'm not an admin. Also, I have no idea what the userbox rules are. You'll note that I have none. --AlainV (talk) 21:20, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

Desk of Books[edit]

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MSU Interview[edit]

Dear AlainV,

My name is Jonathan Obar user:Jaobar, I'm a professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University and a Teaching Fellow with the Wikimedia Foundation's Education Program. This semester I've been running a little experiment at MSU, a class where we teach students about becoming Wikipedia administrators. Not a lot is known about your community, and our students (who are fascinated by wiki-culture by the way!) want to learn how you do what you do, and why you do it. A while back I proposed this idea (the class) to the community HERE, where it was met mainly with positive feedback. Anyhow, I'd like my students to speak with a few administrators to get a sense of admin experiences, training, motivations, likes, dislikes, etc. We were wondering if you'd be interested in speaking with one of our students.

So a few things about the interviews:

  • Interviews will last between 15 and 30 minutes.
  • Interviews can be conducted over skype (preferred), IRC or email. (You choose the form of communication based upon your comfort level, time, etc.)
  • All interviews will be completely anonymous, meaning that you (real name and/or pseudonym) will never be identified in any of our materials, unless you give the interviewer permission to do so.
  • All interviews will be completely voluntary. You are under no obligation to say yes to an interview, and can say no and stop or leave the interview at any time.
  • The entire interview process is being overseen by MSU's institutional review board (ethics review). This means that all questions have been approved by the university and all students have been trained how to conduct interviews ethically and properly.

Bottom line is that we really need your help, and would really appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. If interested, please send me an email at (to maintain anonymity) and I will add your name to my offline contact list. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can post your name HERE instead.

If you have questions or concerns at any time, feel free to email me at I will be more than happy to speak with you.

Thanks in advance for your help. We have a lot to learn from you.


Jonathan Obar --Jaobar (talk) 04:10, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

Sorry, but I'm not an admin! --AlainV (talk) 06:30, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

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Administrator rights[edit]

Hello AlainV! I see you're a long time editor and an admin :) Well, you see over the past few years, some of the comments made by you indicate that you are not an administrator (see [1], [2] and more recently [3]) but this is not actually true. You see you also have an RfA page at Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/AlainV where you were given administrator rights back in May 2004. As you see occasionally many people look for and ask Administrator's help at a noticeboard and/or on their user talk pages. Also if you see your logs page (here Special:Log/AlainV) you'll see that you've only taken one administrative action which was on 11 February, 2005. And if you were wondering why all those messages were directed at you is because technically you still have administrator rights (see [4]). So if you just want to continue editing as a normal editor and don't wish to take part in the administrative or maintenance parts of Wikipedia, then I suggest that you make a simple request at Wikipedia:Bureaucrats' noticeboard and just ask for the removal of administrator permissions from your account. This way you can continue to edit and work as a normal editor and will most likely not be bothered by frequent requests for administrator help. This is entirely optional and up to you, but I just wanted to let you know about this. Again thanks for your hard work over the years! Best Regards. -TheGeneralUser (talk) 12:06, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

Notification of pending suspension of administrative permissions due to inactivity[edit]

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Notification of imminent suspension of administrative permissions due to inactivity[edit]

Information icon Following a community discussion in June 2011, consensus was reached to provisionally suspend the administrative permissions of users who have been inactive for one year (i.e. administrators who have not made any edits or logged actions in over one year). As a result of this discussion, your administrative permissions will be removed pending your return if you do not return to activity within the next several days. If you wish to have these permissions reinstated should this occur, please post to the Wikipedia:Bureaucrats' noticeboard and the userright will be restored per the re-sysopping process (i.e. as long as the attending bureaucrats are reasonably satisfied that your account has not been compromised, that your inactivity did not have the effect of evading scrutiny of any actions which might have led to sanctions, and that you have not been inactive for a three-year period of time). If you remain inactive for a three-year period of time, including the present year you have been inactive, you will need to request reinstatement at WP:RFA. This removal of access is procedural only, and not intended to reflect negatively upon you in any way. We wish you the best in future endeavors, and thank you for your past administrative efforts. MadmanBot (talk) 00:30, 23 April 2015 (UTC)


Hi AlainV, I have now removed your administrator user right per Wikipedia:Inactive administrators. Thank you for all your hard work, I do hope you return. WormTT(talk) 13:30, 1 May 2015 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Aberwyvern castle[edit]

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ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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