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Churches in Scotland[edit]

Hi, I was wondering if you'd be interested in creating a few lists for Template:Lists of churches in Scotland by council area? I've started a basic one for Highland. Eventually it would be good to have detailed tabled lists by sub area with pretty pictures! It's a huge task though but worth starting.♦ Dr. Blofeld 20:05, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

I'll see what I can do for Shetland and maybe the Outer Limits. Ben MacDui 17:56, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
And I say céile-dé :b But that's just a tangent. Akerbeltz (talk) 21:51, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
It's all Greek to me mate.
The above two lists are now available in colour etc. I am not over familiar with the labyrinth of Free Churches, continuing or otherwise and I hope I have not committed some dreadful sin by mis-allocating any. Ben MacDui 18:38, 16 December 2014 (UTC)


Hi, I see your comment at the nationality discussion at the Village Pump. Did ye ken that the originator of that is edit warring at James Clerk Maxwell? The discussion started there. (talk) 18:39, 21 December 2014 (UTC)


Hello, Ben MacDui -- Happy holidays to you! I just thought you might be able to address the concerns of two different editors at Talk:Saxons#Sassenach - What was it before 1771? and the comment right before it. CorinneSD (talk) 20:58, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

Goodness - I can't add anything to Brianann's reply but I know someone who may. Any ideas @Akerbeltz:? Ben MacDui 17:08, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

Seasonal greetings[edit]

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Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy, healthy and productive 2015!
Ruhrfisch ><>°° 14:41, 25 December 2014 (UTC)
Auld Lang Syne to 2014 and Happy New Year! Always a pleasure to hear from you too! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 21:47, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

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Global account[edit]

Hi Ben MacDui! As a Steward I'm involved in the upcoming unification of all accounts organized by the Wikimedia Foundation (see m:Single User Login finalisation announcement). By looking at your your account, I realized that you don't have a global account yet. In order to secure your name, I recommend you to create such account on your own by submitting your password on Special:MergeAccount and unifying your local accounts. If you have any problems with doing that or further questions, please don't hesitate to ping me with {{ping|DerHexer}}. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 23:03, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

@DerHexer: Thanks for your message - and please forgive my lack of enthusiasm for figuring all this out. It is a regretable feature of the IT world that clever people are continually thinking up new ways to help that turn out to be an inconvenience. I have a Commons presence here that I stopped using some time ago. This was mostly because when I logged in there and then went back to en:wikipedia, this wonderful new system assumed that I was this person, so creating a nice new sock for me. No great harm done I suppose, but I am not sure how this is supposed to benefit me. Furthermore, I had a perfectly sensible presence on Commons and have no particular wish to be known by my en:Wiki nom de plume there (or vice versa). What do you advise? Yours etc. with several names, one of which is W. L. Tarbert (talk) 17:57, 31 December 2014 (UTC) (See, it's done it again).
If you don't want to have your accounts merged (which can be done from late January when an account merge tool will be available for Stewards), I recommend you to create two global accounts that you had to use in two independent browsers. Whether or not both accounts will be unified somehow and I recommend you to do that on your own instead of leaving that to the Wikimedia Foundation. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 22:00, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
"Login unification complete!" Hurrah you may say - but forgive me for being unimpressed. This took me about 30 minutes, including interludes in which the computer demanded upgrades to go with an almost never-used second brower and someone called Lara Grace interrupted my musings with some sort of gift-cum-questionnaire that demands more upgrades. Net benefit to me, so far as I can see, none whatever. Signature to follow from whoever it is the computer thinks I am today. Ben MacDui 15:38, 3 January 2015 (UTC) PS Very spammy Commons survey with additional unrequested ads thrown in. Very, very dubious.

Using font tags in your signature[edit]

Hello there! I'm working on a project trying to bring most of the coding on Wikipedia up to the most current standards (HTML5), and I noticed that your signature is using <font>...</font> tags which were deprecated in HTML 4.0 Transitional, marked as invalid in 4.0 Strict, and are not part of HTML5 at all. I'd love to help you update your signature to use newer code, and if you're interested, I suggest replacing:

[[User:Ben MacDui|<font color="#6495ED">Ben</font>]] [[User talk:Ben MacDui|<font color="#C154C1">Mac</font>]][[Special:Contributions/Ben MacDui|<font color="#228B22">Dui</font>]]


[[User:Ben MacDui|<span style="color:#6495ED">Ben</span>]] [[User talk:Ben MacDui|<span style="color:#C154C1">Mac</span>]][[Special:Contributions/Ben MacDui|<span style="color:#228B22">Dui</span>]]

which will result in a 197 character long signature with an appearance of: Ben MacDuicompared to your existing 179 character long signature of: Ben MacDui — Either way. Happy editing! Darylgolden(talk) 09:48, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Done. Ben MacDui 13:16, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

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The Waterboys' Paul Brown[edit]

Hello! I see you may have an interest for The Waterboys' Paul Brown article. The artist requested help on the IRC channel recently to develop this article, and made a copy and paste copyvio draft on the talk page (which has already been taken care of and deleted). As a result of this, I talk to them a bit and got them to post a list of possible sources on the talk page instead. I've copied the WikiProject banners from the band's talk page, and this page will need to have each WikiProject assess their own importance and ratings on the topic. Thank you for your assistance. — {{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 20:00, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

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Precious again[edit]

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wild and lonely places of North Britain
Thank you for quality articles on the Scottish islands, such as Skye, and people such as Rachel Chiesley, Lady Grange, for your recipe against wikistress, and for quoting "the mutual creation of capacity, building the ability of the other person or group to become, in turn, a giver of life and responsibility", - repeating: you are an awesome Wikipedian (16 August 2010)!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:20, 23 January 2013 (UTC)

Two years ago, you were the 374th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:50, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Block extended[edit]

Wsnewspublishers overwrote your block notice and went on filling their talk page with spam, so I have converted their block to an indef spam-username block. Regards, JohnCD (talk) 19:04, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know. Ben MacDui 12:50, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Haakon Sigurdsson[edit]

Hello, Ben MacDui! I hope you are well – haven't seen many edits from you in a while. Do you agree with this edit to Haakon Sigurdsson? [1] CorinneSD (talk) 22:57, 4 April 2015 (UTC)

I am well - and thank-you for asking. You are right that I have been absent of late: a combination of a busy life off-wiki and ennui with the daily grind of fending off the ill-informed on-wiki. Re Haakon, I have become very tolerant of varied orthographies - the Rulers of the Kingdom of the Isles is almost impossible to make consistent and I have toyed with the idea of listing everyone with English, Norse, Gaelic and Latin names just for the hell of it. I have no doubt that the edit you mention will annoy Norse enthusiasts and modern scholars alike, but I can't think of any wiki-policy to contest it. "You say Yrric, I say Eiríkr, (let's call the whole thing off)..." Ben MacDui

O.K., and it's good to see you back. CorinneSD (talk) 00:56, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

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High Pasture Cave[edit]

Hi. Some time ago you suggested adding in the High Pasture Cave lyre find to Prehistoric art in Scotland. I am a bit confused about the date of this artefact. The only sources I can get to online seem to suggest a date of 2000 BCE or more, but you changed the date on the High Pasture Cave article to 300 BCE. Do you have access to a source that indicates that it has been carbon dated? I also suppose if it dates from only 300 BCE it is not as significant. I hope you can clarify. All the best.--SabreBD (talk) 11:16, 6 May 2015 (UTC)

The Highland Council and BBC online soruces say c. 2,300 years ago and just refers to Iron Age finds and c 2,000 years ago. Historic Scotland have the same. I am not aware of any carbon dating. Cheers. Ben MacDui 08:17, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
OK, thanks for that and those sources. All the best.--SabreBD (talk) 08:20, 14 May 2015 (UTC)


See User_talk:Anthony_Appleyard#Mull re recent page moves. PamD 08:59, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know. Ben MacDui 18:43, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Saxons 2[edit]

I was looking at this edit to Saxons [2], and, wondering why the phrase had been de-linked, I typed it into the search box. It led to a "Did you mean...?" page with a different spelling. Is this a spelling error or a different term entirely? If there is an article to which this can be linked, it would be nice to create the correct link. CorinneSD (talk) 01:03, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

To be honest I have no idea - I am quite unfamiliar with this work. My excuse, predictably enough, is that I am not a "Sassenach" myself. Ben MacDui 15:05, 7 June 2015 (UTC)


Hey, MacDui, I hope all is well and you're enjoying your semi-retirement? Selfishly, I miss having you around! I have just pinged you at the FAC for Nuckelavee but I noticed somewhere you said to leave a message on your talk page, so here I am! SagaciousPhil - Chat 10:00, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

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Request for comment[edit]

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Killua Castle[edit]

Hello, Ben MacDui! I hope you will visit your talk page now and then and continue occasionally to make edits. I'd like to ask you for your opinion. I was looking at the article on Killua Castle, and I made a few minor copy-edits to the captions. Then I really looked at the second image in the article, showing Killua Castle in the distance with what looks like scaffolding around it. I'm wondering whether this image should just be deleted. It doesn't show the castle clearly, and the image just above it is a very nice photo of the castle. Corinne (talk) 22:50, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for your kind words. I don't know about deletion but it appears to add nothing to the article and IMHO could be removed. All the best. Ben MacDui 18:10, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply. I meant "removed". I guess "delete" is better for text. I'll remove that image. Corinne (talk) 19:32, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

New pages feed[edit]

Hi MacDui, What is the latest thinking on these Disamg. pages regarding citations. I see a lot of these types of dis page in the New Page Feed and it reports on the generated page, that it has no No Citations, yet the Metadata Info page reports that the page is fine no problem. {[Chacon|Chacon]] is a classic example. Do these pages normally need to have citation or is it some bad reporting bug? I know you love that IT!! lol. scope_creep (talk 08:52, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

WP:DAB is quite clear: "Do not include references in disambiguation pages." There are no exceptions as such although 'set index' articles (e.g. Category:Scottish Island set index articles) are a sort of special dab page that allow for discussion and refs. I know nothing of 'Metadata Info page reports' I'm afraid. Ben MacDui 09:07, 19 September 2015 (UTC)


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Nomination for deletion of Template:Scottish English[edit]

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