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Ryan Pope[edit]

Hi Alasdair, regarding your recent deletion of the above article, I think you might have been a bit hasty. While I don't know what that nonsense about 1886 was about, Pope was definitely a member of a notable rock band, as well as being a former member of another. Granted the article was in pretty bad shape, but I think this is at least enough an assertion of notability to warrant an AfD. :) Cheers, faithless (speak) 10:05, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

  • Having reread the article, whoever typed that probably wanted to type 1986. It's been restored, read it yourself if you don't believe what I was talking about.--Alasdair 16:05, 2 March 2008 (UTC)
Oh no, I knew what you were saying was true, I just don't know what it's all about. My guess is somebody included something about another Ryan Pope, who evidently played for Chelsea F.C.. Anyway, I'll try to clean up the article a little. Cheers, faithless (speak) 01:58, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

Josh Golder[edit]

Hey, Alasdair. Regarding the biography of Josh Golder, the use of the document was not intentionally used as advertisement. Please highlight what needs to be changed in order for this article to be accepted. I want to clarify again, there was no intent for advertisement... I am willing to make the correct changes to insure the integrity of wikipedia and the integrity of Josh Golder.

Additionally, I'm working on rewriting the article in wiki so that the G2 clause is not violated.

Yours, aarondreams

Deletion Review for Josh_Golder[edit]

An editor has asked for a deletion review of Josh_Golder. Since you closed the deletion discussion for this article, speedy-deleted it, or were otherwise interested in the article, you might want to participate in the deletion review. Aarondreams (talk) 15:32, 4 March 2008 (UTC)

Gaultier GAA[edit]

I'm actually creating a seperate article and will delete the stuff from the old one once finished. ManfromDelmonte (talk) 22:29, 12 March 2008 (UTC)

No problem. ManfromDelmonte (talk) 22:38, 12 March 2008 (UTC)

Bone Chilling Entertainment[edit]

Hi. The page Bone Chilling Entertainment which you just deleted under WP:CSD has just popped up again. It seems as if this page has been created by the same author at least 3 times now. It also would seem that the page's creator has a WP:COI here. Thanks. -- Taroaldo (talk) 23:55, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

  • It's been deleted again, and WP:SALTed as well. He won't be able to create it again.--Alasdair 09:00, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

Images on ITN[edit]

Hi. I see the problem with the image is fixed now. The reason why the picture needs to be uploaded and protected is that, because the image is priginally on Commons, it can easily become a target to vandalism (imagine someone replacing the file on commons with some imappropriate thing). Just in case you didn't already know that :-) Cheers. --Tone 21:39, 14 April 2008 (UTC)

Mathieu Flamini[edit]

His move to AC Milan has not yet been confirmed, and in any case, he is still under contract with Arsenal, the current season is still not over and he is thus eligible for Arsenal's match against Sunderland this coming weekend. Please do not alter the Arsenal article or template until the season has concluded, thank you. Qwghlm (talk) 10:53, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Flamini may well move to AC Milan this summer, but he is contracted with Arsenal until June 30 [1] [2] and in any case, the transfer window does not officially open until June 1. So until then, Flamini is an Arsenal player and with one game remaining to the season, he can only play for them. Qwghlm (talk) 11:19, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Ask for unprotected article [edit]

Hello Alasdair,

I'd like to ask for your help regarding to "unprotected article" issue. Currently I try to edit "MIPRO" article which has been protected and authority for administers edit only. MIPRO is a Taiwan-based leading brand in pro audio industry. I believe that some innovative hi-tech information is worthy to add in wikipedia database. However, I am not a Wiki administer and has no authority for editing.

Sincerely hope and invite you to work for this project. Absolutely I can provide information for your reference. Please visit at www.mipro.com.tw for detailed information.

Thanks for your prompt attention, and I am looking forward to hearing from you soon. --Wilson0324 (talk) 05:39, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Consensus moves[edit]

[3] I'm sorry to question you on this, but the discussion seems deadlocked without a consensus. There are two opposes, and two supports. So why was it moved? SchmuckyTheCat (talk)

  • My apologies, looks like someone jumped the gun with the CSD tagging.--Alasdair 21:28, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

WikiProject Food and Drink Newsletter June 2008[edit]

WikiProject Food and Drink Newsletter June 2008

--Chef Tanner (talk) 17:04, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

WikiProject Food and Drink Newsletter July 2008[edit]

WikiProject Food and Drink Newsletter July 2008

--Chef Tanner (talk) 15:57, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

Help me to retrieve contents of deleted page[edit]

Hi, I see that you deleted this page could you please look in to it and copy its contents to my talk page ? (I mistakenly had put link to English Wikipedia in my talk page header in another Wikipedia - it must be a message for me) Thanks ~~Xil * 22:43, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

Allegations of apartheid deletion notification[edit]

Some time ago, you participated in a deletion discussion concerning Allegations of Chinese apartheid. I thought you might like to know that the parent article, Allegations of apartheid, was recently nominated for deletion. Given that many of the issues that have been raised are essentially the same as those on the article on which you commented earlier, you may have a view on whether Allegations of apartheid should be kept or deleted. If you wish to contribute to the discussion, please see Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Allegations of apartheid (fifth nomination). -- ChrisO (talk) 17:51, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

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AfD nomination of Augeant[edit]

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An article that you have been involved in editing, Augeant, has been listed for deletion. If you are interested in the deletion discussion, please participate by adding your comments at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Augeant. Thank you. Do you want to opt out of receiving this notice? Eastmain (talk) 05:03, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Tsotsi Images[edit]

I see that you once uploaded a number of images on the film Tsotsi: Tsotsi1.JPG, Tsotsi2.JPG, Tsotsi3.JPG, Tsotsi5.JPG, Tsotsi7.JPG and Tsotsi8.JPG. There are numerous problems concerning these images:

  • While Tsotsi1 has the correct licence tag, the others do not.
  • There are too many images on the page for them all to fall under fair use - there has to be a limited number (±2)
  • They are of a very high resolution - they have to be of web resolution.

I suggest that you give one other image the proper copyright tag, upload that image and Tsotsi1 with a lower resolution and using {{Non-free use rationale}} and finally give the rest up to deletion. Thanks, ChrisDHDR 08:57, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

PS: Please note there is a 48 hour deadline since this message was posted.

  • Hmm... I guess I'll just delete the pictures that are the least important. (Although I currently cannot lower the resolution of some of the shots since I don't have the DVD handy).--Alasdair 07:13, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

24.207.237.221[edit]

Thank You :) - NeutralHomerTalk 08:19, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free media (Image:Jackie Chan Fist.JPG)[edit]

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Hi Alasdair,

I've been working on a company page and I could use some feedback on the page. I've followed the guidelines of WP:Corp but I'm not sure if everything is fine. If you have time to review it, I would really appreciate that. The page in questions is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Coaster7/Love_Systems.

Thanks in advance. Coaster7 (talk) 21:20, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

Request for opinion[edit]

Hi, I and my fellow editors are facing a deadlock on a issue of removing/toning down few lines on 'Allegations of Human Rights violation against the Indian Army' under 'criticism of the operation' section in Operation Blue Star article, concerns include WP:NPOV, WP:SOAP & WP:V, the summary of dispute can be found at [4]. I would request you to kindly go through the article and please let us know your views/opinion at the talk page of the article so that npov, balance and undue weight concerns may be looked into and a consensual solution may be found. Thanks LegalEagle (talk) 06:10, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

Fung Fu Hustle non-free images[edit]

I left a message on the talk page about reducing the number of non-free images in the article, I would appreciate it if you could take a look. Happy editing! --Nehrams2020 (talk) 20:44, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

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Non-English reviews[edit]

You nominated Kung Fu Hustle for FA and I take it you're also one of the primary contributors. I just wanted to notify you that there's a lack of non-English critical reception that I believe should be addressed. Since it's a promoted article, I've pointed this out at the talkpage and I've placed a globalize-tag in the article.

Peter Isotalo 13:20, 12 March 2009 (UTC)

Kung Fu Hustle FAR[edit]

I have nominated Kung Fu Hustle for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Remove" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here.

Peter Isotalo 12:00, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

Celebrations for 2nd Anniversary of Wikimedia Hong Kong[edit]

Kung Fu Hustle[edit]

I've made some clean-up on Kung Fu Hustle, so would you please try to renominate for FA? Can you? World Cinema Writer (talkcontributions) 11:33, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

Moscopole[edit]

Please, can you move the page Moscopole to Voskopojë? See talk page. Guildenrich (talk) 01:15, 12 November 2009 (UTC)

Never mind. Guildenrich (talk) 01:15, 12 November 2009 (UTC)


Ask for protection, how?[edit]

Dear adminstrator, one of users of Persian wiki has insult me in my English talk page (in Persian language). How can I ask for protection of my User page and talk page and all sub pages against that I.P address? I have some valuable photos in my pages I dont want let him/her to damage them. Regards Pournick (talk) 00:52, 16 February 2010 (UTC)

LegCo 2008[edit]

Can you please help me with the allegiances in the Functional Constituencies in the 2008 LegCo? Specifically, except for Margaret Ng and Cheung Man Kwong, I'd like to know who the other pan-democrats are, and what FC they represent. Thanks, Ohconfucius ¡digame! 05:39, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

  • For once, the LegCo member for the social welfare and the health services (sic?) constituencies are pan democrats. That's all I know for now.--Alasdair 20:05, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

S-line/CRH left/Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong XRL[edit]

If it's a template you probably want to move it. Enter CBW, waits for audience applause, not a sausage. 23:56, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

Notification: changes to "Mark my edits as minor by default" preference[edit]

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vandalism[edit]

I ask to consider acts of vandalism party user:Neftchi in article Lezgistan Lezgistxa (talk) 21:18, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

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

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MSU Interview[edit]

Dear Alasdair,

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.)
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  • 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 obar@msu.edu (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 obar@msu.edu. I will be more than happy to speak with you.

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

Sincerely,

Jonathan Obar --Jaobar (talk) 04:11, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

File permission problem with File:HK Newspapers.jpg[edit]

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WP:FOOD Needs You![edit]

Hi there Alasdair! I've noticed you have yourself listed as a member of the Food and Drink Wikiproject. Unfortunately it looks like the project has been slowly sliding into inactivity except for a couple of people. That makes me a sad potato, and nobody likes a sad potato amirite?

If you'd like to turn my frown upside down, can you do two small things?

First off, go here and add {{Tick}} (YesY) next to your name if you're still part of the project.

Second, go to the project talkpage and participate in a discussion about how to make the project more active, and how to go about making articles in our area of interest a lot better.

You don't want to make me cry, do you? Potatoes have a lot of eyes you know. So come on, join in! :)

— The Potato Hose 18:38, 25 May 2013 (UTC)


Million Award[edit]

Million award logo.svg The Million Award
For your contributions to bring Jackie Chan (estimated annual readership: 5,380,000) to Featured Article status, I hereby present you the Million Award. Congratulations on this rare accomplishment, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers. -- Khazar2 (talk) 03:48, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

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Million award logo.svgThis user won the Million Award for bringing Jackie Chan to Featured Article status.

I see that you're no longer on Wikipedia very often, but I hope that you'll still log in sometime and see this acknowledgement of the millions of readers your work continues to help. I hope we'll see you back some day! -- Khazar2 (talk) 03:48, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

Wikiproject Food and Drink Newsletter - September 2013[edit]

WP:Food[edit]

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Wikiproject Food and Drink Newsletter - October 2013[edit]

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Request for comment[edit]

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Extended confirmed protection[edit]

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Two-Factor Authentication now available for admins[edit]

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A new user right for New Page Patrollers[edit]

Hi Alasdair.

A new user group, New Page Reviewer, has been created in a move to greatly improve the standard of new page patrolling. The user right can be granted by any admin at PERM. It is highly recommended that admins look beyond the simple numerical threshold and satisfy themselves that the candidates have the required skills of communication and an advanced knowledge of notability and deletion. Admins are automatically included in this user right.

It is anticipated that this user right will significantly reduce the work load of admins who patrol the performance of the patrollers. However,due to the complexity of the rollout, some rights may have been accorded that may later need to be withdrawn, so some help will still be needed to some extent when discovering wrongly applied deletion tags or inappropriate pages that escape the attention of less experienced reviewers, and above all, hasty and bitey tagging for maintenance. User warnings are available here but very often a friendly custom message works best.

If you have any questions about this user right, don't hesitate to join us at WT:NPR. (Sent to all admins).MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:46, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

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Electoral College (United States)[edit]

Your edit was exactly why the page was fully protected. Please don't use your admin abilities to edit. The college does not vote until 19 December and, very unlikely I would guess, but they could vote the other way. Thanks. CambridgeBayWeather, Uqaqtuq (talk), Sunasuttuq 23:47, 10 December 2016 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter - February 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2017). This first issue is being sent out to all administrators, if you wish to keep receiving it please subscribe. Your feedback is welcomed.

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  • When performing some administrative actions the reason field briefly gave suggestions as text was typed. This change has since been reverted so that issues with the implementation can be addressed. (T34950)
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  • The Foundation has announced a new community health initiative to combat harassment. This should bring numerous improvements to tools for admins and CheckUsers in 2017.

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  • JohnCD (John Cameron Deas) passed away on 30 December 2016. John began editing Wikipedia seriously during 2007 and became an administrator in November 2009.

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Women in Red World Contest[edit]

Hi. We're into the last five days of the Women in Red World Contest. There's a new bonus prize of $200 worth of books of your choice to win for creating the most new women biographies between 0:00 on the 26th and 23:59 on 30th November. If you've been contributing to the contest, thank you for your support, we've produced over 2000 articles. If you haven't contributed yet, we would appreciate you taking the time to add entries to our articles achievements list by the end of the month. Thank you, and if participating, good luck with the finale!

ArbCom 2017 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svgHello, Alasdair. Voting in the 2017 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 10 December. All users who registered an account before Saturday, 28 October 2017, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Wednesday, 1 November 2017 and are not currently blocked are eligible to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

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