The advice in the song goes:
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how. Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.
I usually delete personal messages from the current page after I've replied to them. If anyone, including myself, cares to read them, they are in the edit history. But I've decided to keep some of the random praise I sometimes get, in a transparent attempt to make myself feel better and make myself look good.
Don't let this quirky affectation dissuade you from posting critical comments on my personal talk page. I want to know if you have a problem with my writing or my behavior, so I can explain myself, fix it, or apologize as needed. I just prefer to delete requests and criticism after I've made a satisfactory reply, lest all of it clutter up my personal space too much. Clutter prevention is also why these comments are on a page of their own.
Mary Schmich, please take note.
- 1 Praise
- 2 I'm glad to see you're working on cleaning up the Wikipedia: namespace.
- 3 lots of edits, not an admin
- 4 Thanks for your work on Wikipedia!
- 5 Hey there
- 6 Admin nomination
- 7 Congrats
- 8 Congrats
- 9 End of the World
- 10 Wikipedia:Templates with red links
- 11 What is wrong with you?
- 12 Nudge, nudge :-)
- 13 DYK
- 14 I am impressed
- 15 Barnstar!
- 16 Help portal
- 17 Tundra
- 18 Featured picture nomination successful
- 19 Thank You
- 20 Arbitrary thanks!
- 21 Thank you for the information
- 22 Barnstar
- 23 Genetics
- 24 Thank you
- 25 Transportation in the United States
- 26 Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
- 27 Barnstar
- 28 Economy of the United States - BARNSTAR
- 29 homosexuality and Catholicism
- 30 Wikipedia: Neglected articles
- 31 Judicial system of the PRC
- 32 A barnstar for you!
Hey, thanks for your work cleaning up the LGBT categories. They've been a mess for a while, and I think at one point I even promised to do it, but spaced the whole thing. Anyhow, just wanted to let you know that your efforts are appreciated. -Seth Mahoney 06:26, Feb 16, 2005 (UTC)
Your improvements on my first attempt at "bisexual culture" were excellent. Thanks. Jliberty 14:00, Feb 18, 2005 (UTC)
I'm glad to see you're working on cleaning up the Wikipedia: namespace.
This is just a small note of thanks and congrats to you for continuing to work on cleaning up the Wikipedia namespace. I just came across your updates to the Wikipedia Namespace WikiProject, and wanted to thank you. I havn't been able to put much time into that recently, so it's good to see it's still being worked on. JesseW 20:52, 1 Jun 2005 (UTC)
lots of edits, not an admin
Hi - I made a list of users who've been around long enough to have made lots of edits but aren't admins. If you're at all interested in becoming an admin, can you please add an '*' immediately before your name in this list? I've suggested folks nominating someone might want to puruse this list. Thanks. -- Rick Block (talk) 23:02, Jun 11, 2005 (UTC)
Thanks for your work on Wikipedia!
I noticed that you have done an incredible amount of work on Wikipedia doing a lot of corrections, fixes, and cleanup. I hereby award you the Working Man's barnstar for your hard work performing chores and duties on Wikipedia. Thanks! — Stevey7788 (talk) 21:22, 19 July 2005 (UTC)
I saw your request on WP:RFPP (which I did, by the way) and thought to myself: That's odd. I mean, why is Beland, one of our best janitors, not an admin? Do you know why Beland is not an admin? Because if it's just to do with a nomination, I'd be pleased to nominate you myself. Please :) Dmcdevit·t 06:27, August 26, 2005 (UTC)
It's kind of traditional for the promoting bureaucrat to congratulate their newly minted admin and thereby impart some sagely advice. Or at least notify them they've been promoted. I don't know where Ed's head is, but let me be the first to congratulate you then. That RFA was just what I expected it would be. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions about your new admin tools! Dmcdevit·t 19:58, September 4, 2005 (UTC)
- Thanks for your congratulations, and thanks for your nomination. I'm already finding my new powers surprisingly handy. "Hey I can do that myself now!" -- Beland 04:48, 5 September 2005 (UTC)
Sorry for the lateness of this, but congrats on becoming an admin! --Kbdank71 16:15, 9 September 2005 (UTC)
End of the World
Hey, great work there. I added those Native American, Islamic and Zoroastrian prophecies way back when. I hope you liked them. Anyway, have a Working Man's Barnstar for you work:
Thank you - your efforts are much appreciated! We'll surely be putting in fair labor to eliminate template redlinks, so these tools show what we've got rather than what we're missing! -- BD2412 talk 03:32, 5 October 2005 (UTC)
What is wrong with you?
Dear Beland, you look like a perfect wiki guy - the best janitor, run the most helpful Pearle, created my beloved maintenance colab, now you are going to reorganize community portal (according to my ideas)... You seriously sound and look too good to be true. So before I complete fall in wiki-love, what is wrong with you? ;) Renata3 03:00, 25 October 2005 (UTC
Nudge, nudge :-)
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I am impressed
What a great way to keep your talk page uncluttered and current. And then the really wonderful advice on only keeping the love letters and praise! I love it!!! I've copied your explanations at the top of each talk page and set my talk page(s) up the same way. Remember: The greatest compliment is imitation! (Not much there on mine yet, but hey: What isn't yet, is bound to happen!) --Mmounties 21:15, 31 January 2006 (UTC)
I am moved to give you this barnstar after hearing about Wikipedia:Neglected articles. You do so much great work, I just thought it should be recognized. Feel free to move the award template wherever you like. JesseW, the juggling janitor 08:45, 16 December 2005 (UTC)
|I award User:Beland this Original Barnstar for his astonishing, great and remarkably timely work on creating various Wiki Fixup Projects, particularly Wikipedia:Neglected articles Wow! JesseW, the juggling janitor 08:45, 16 December 2005 (UTC)|
Thanks for the helpful edits. This is exactly the medicine that Wikpedia needs.
Featured picture nomination successful
Thanks for your thoughtful comments on the clothing and fashion articles. It's nice to know that someone out there is interested beyond the handful of us writing them. :-) - PKM 02:28, 10 April 2006 (UTC)
I just wanted to drop off a quick thanks for operating Pearle. I can see it's saved a lot of people a lot of tedious effort; not only does that free up editors for what they're supposed to be doing (editing), it increases the overall accessibility of Wikipedia, which I think is more important than most people would guess. Per your backlog, feel free to ignore this indefnitely; I'm just hoping it'll brighten your day, even if only a bit, when you eventually do get to it. Anyway, thanks! Luna Santin 11:17, 14 June 2006 (UTC)
Thank you for the information
Regarding User_talk:Huji#How_can_I_help_more.3F, and as you didn't mention if you are watching my talk page, I would like to thank you very much, for your help.
|The da Vinci Barnstar|
|The da Vinci Barnstar goes to you for building the incredibly helpful Pearle Wisebot. Gray Porpoise 16:16, 19 July 2006 (UTC)|
You're most kind, thanks. :) It's a great help for us at Medical genetic wikiproject. I try to work as useful as I can. We'll see, I can't count on too many participants, it's a tight topic. But this List of pages needing attention section lets us work harder. Thanks. :) NCurse work 08:21, 22 July 2006 (UTC)
...for your welcome improvements to the Minuteman Bikeway article. I think you have deftly finessed the distance ambiguity issue, which needed to be put to rest once and for all. Cheers, Hertz1888 (talk) 03:49, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
|The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar|
|I, Smeelgova, award this barnstar to Beland for Beland's kind attitude and professional demeanor. Thank you. Smeelgova 02:35, 10 October 2006 (UTC).|
(feel free to add to your user page if you like). yours,Smeelgova 02:35, 10 October 2006 (UTC).
|The da Vinci Barnstar|
|For outstanding achievement in the field of bot operation. Pearle is a brilliant bot. Here's to you, Beland. Sharkface217 01:53, 31 October 2006 (UTC)|
You've earned it.
Economy of the United States - BARNSTAR
homosexuality and Catholicism
Judicial system of the PRC
I was just looking at the talk page history for Talk:Judicial system of the People's Republic of China, and saw your (very old) comment. This is likely the longest article I've found that cites no references. It's strange how these barren deserts emerge on Wikipedia, and on top-importance articles no less. In any case, I'm thinking of having a crack at reordering the page. If you have an ongoing interest in the topic, please partake! Regards, Homunculus (duihua) 06:15, 26 January 2012 (UTC)
A barnstar for you!
|The Original Barnstar|
|For Pearle ;-) Eurobas (talk) 16:46, 14 February 2013 (UTC)|