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Your arbitrary removal[edit]

Hello Bob Castle, May I ask why you removed an entire paragraph from the Viviane Reding page, where proper wiki etiquette as I understand would be to flag and wait? (I illustrated for your perspective on another page.) Perhaps you can explain what specific part(s) of the paragraph strikes you as factually wrong?Truth or consequences-2 (talk)

"I removed it because it's a controversial issue, and your edit was uncited - a massive list of "differences between Nazi attrocities and French policy" is unneccesary for her article, which is already verging on giving undue weight to the issue. BLP rules state any controversial passage should be referenced, and the tone of the paragraph appeared to lack neutrality. Bob talk 19:37, 16 September 2010 (UTC)".
Dear Bob, I agree that there is controversy involved, in that the very point of Mrs Reding may have been to cause controversy. Otherwise it is hard to see why she made her statement in these terms. But, what is controversial about the facts listed in the paragraph you excised? I am puzzled in that your editing appears to imply that you agree with the parallel as made by Mrs Reding, and that you deem the facts in the paragraph you removed likely wrong. The bottom line, so far, is that Mrs Reding recanted on the very basis that the parallel she drew was wrong. I do not see where else the factual wrongfulness of her initial comparison - again, as described within wikipedia, and separately from ancillary reactions thereto - is clearly laid out in the article. The facts in the paragraph were relevant to understanding why Reding's statement was both controversial and ultimately recanted, which is the point of the section.Truth or consequences-2 (talk)
Thanks for the reply. What I read from it is that you think she was wrong to make the WWII comparison, and are therefore using the section to point out any exaggerations in her initial statement. To be neutral it should simply say "she said this", and "the president said something else in response". If she has recanted the accusation, then that should speak for itself. Of course, I imagine this is perhaps a more emotive issue in France than in the UK, where I'm writing. Bob talk 20:18, 16 September 2010 (UTC)
Dear Bob, thanks for the reply. I am not sure where you are getting your inferences from. (1) As a matter of background, I did not initiate the paragraph in question, though I did contribute to it on a factual basis. (2) The paragraph contained appropriate context to Mrs Reding's statement and reactions thereto, including but not limited to the recanting. Of course, it could have been fruitfully edited and possibly moved, but then again the deletion makes this that much harder now. (3) Your attribution of my opinion is odd, but it does not change the facts of the paragraph. To follow your logic, one would suppose that suppressing some or all of these facts is indicative of someone swayed by support for Mrs Reding's first statement. Prima facie, prima facie I guess. (4) I suppose you might freely imagine about the relative emotiveness of those in France vs. in the UK in a general sense, though I hardly see why this would qualify one editor versus another. If you mean this at the editor level, I shudder to think of the implications of your reasoning as its generalization invites systematic discrimination against some of the most qualified editors on most any topic. Then again, the specific comparison you made is irrelevant to this two-editor talk anyway. (5) Regardless, I am grateful for the ex post clarification of your reasoning. I wish a more constructive approach had been taken, as I take BLP policy to allow in this case; but, barring that, I wish a less selective justification had been laid out in the first place. If I am wrong on that, do educate me.Truth or consequences-2 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 23:41, 17 September 2010 (UTC).

French roma repatriation[edit]

Hello. I do think you were quick to revert me but please have a closer look, for a start those places are hundreds of km from each other.--Alcea setosa (talk) 20:58, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

RE BBC "Loire Valley town of Saint Aignan" per the article in you initial response--Alcea setosa (talk) 21:46, 16 September 2010 (UTC)
RE. BBC "Loir-et-Cher region" at Alcea setosa (talk) 21:52, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Pending changes/Straw poll on interim usage[edit]

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DYK for Old Sarum Cathedral[edit]

RlevseTalk 12:04, 21 September 2010 (UTC)

Happy Bob Castle's Day![edit]

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Dad's Army[edit]

Hi Bob,

Happy belated Bob Castle's Day! As per your suggestion, I have looked through the remaining Dad's Army character articles and have suggested that five be merged into the list. I started the discussion here; your input would be greatly appreciated.

Neelix (talk) 13:36, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

Hi Bob,
Thanks for merging some of the individual character articles into the list. Your last edit summary stated your intention to merge the others as well. Are you still planning on doing so or would you mind if I stepped in?
Neelix (talk) 22:52, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
Hi Bob,
Agreed; Jones has been kept separate. I have merged the remaining two and have cleaned up the list and navbox a little. It has been good working with you.
Happy editing,
Neelix (talk) 19:12, 3 October 2010 (UTC)

Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard[edit]

Can I ask why this page was merged please? I thought is was a good page.Mr Hall of England (talk) 16:48, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

During the TV series, radio series and film of Dad's Army there was a lot of names in the platoon and so far this is up the whole TV series and film. So far the stage show and radio series is not on the list.
list removed from talk page
This is how I see the format of the minor characters in the platoon. I don't know any of the characters from the radio series or the stage show (1975-76) though. They could be different.Mr Hall of England (talk) 17:01, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

Removal from Norman Wisdom[edit]

Why did you remove valid information from this article? Self referential is only correct if I cite Wiki as a source. Nasnema  Chat  20:50, 6 October 2010 (UTC)

Old St Paul's Cathedral[edit]

I noticed your comments on the FAC for this article. I hope that I was not among those that drove you away from this FAC, and if I was then I apologize, as that was not my intention. FAC is, to some extent, about consistency, both with itself and with things like the Manual of Style. I would urge you not to let your dissatisfaction with this review discourage you - it is a good article, even if it's not (yet) an FA. Cheers, Nikkimaria (talk) 02:05, 16 October 2010 (UTC)


Hi Bob Castle, I hope you are doing well. :) Just a heads up, I mentioned you at Wikipedia:Featured article review/Ormulum/archive1. By the way, I agree with the cite formatting changes you made there - just unfortunately seems I am being unduly singled out for commenting in support of edits I did not initially make myself. Quite odd. Anyways, thank you for your efforts to make quality improvements to FAs at Wikipedia. Cheers, -- Cirt (talk) 17:04, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

Old St Paul's Cathedral[edit]

Hi Bob, I went to look at this FAC today hoping to support it, and saw it had been archived with no comments since the 14th (that I could see). I just want to make sure you intend to bring it back at some point, because it was a very nice article and I really enjoyed reading it. The only issues I could see were formatting ones, easily fixed, so I hope you're not discouraged. Best, SlimVirgin talk|contribs 08:15, 24 October 2010 (UTC)


Hi! I would like to thank you very much for your excellent article Sherlock Holmes Baffled. The article has been translated to polish by me and Magalia and today it became a featured article on polish Wikipedia. Regards, Awersowy (talk) 20:53, 7 January 2011 (UTC)

Online Ambassadors[edit]

I saw the quality of your contributions at DYK and clicked on over to your user page and was pretty impressed. Would you be interested in helping with the WP:Online_Ambassadors program? It's really a great opportunity to help university students become Wikipedia contributers. I hope you apply to become an ambassador, Sadads (talk) 00:25, 24 January 2011 (UTC)


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Wikiproject: North East England[edit]

Hey Bob. As the eldest active member listed in the North East England project, would you mind terribly assess the five requested pages for me? I'd be bold and do it myself, but I live in New Brunswick, Canada, and haven't the slightest about importance in North East England. :) Thanks! - Wmcduff (talk) 15:09, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

Thank you very much, sir! Appreciate it! - Wmcduff (talk) 02:54, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Ronnie Barker[edit]

Hi, you posted on the Ronnie Barker talkpage a few weeks back to praise the article. I just wanted to thank you for this, and also to ask if you'd be willing to help out with it. As I said on the talk page, with a little bit of work it would easily pass GAN now. However, my aim is to make it as comprehensive as possible, which means, at the very least, using all of the biographies. I'm only halfway through the Corbett book and so still have four others to go through. Given my fairly limited time, this will probably take forever. So, yeah, if you'd be willing to help out in any way it would be greatly appreciated. Cheers, Gran2 15:45, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Excellent job, thanks. My aim is to at least finish the Corbett book before a GAN. I've no doubt it would pass but I just want to complete one book for the sake of my own sanity. Gran2 23:54, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Wikiproject North East: Sheriff Hill[edit]

Thanks for assessing my article 'Sheriff Hill'. I'll have a closer look at the amendments you suggest over the weekend, though you are right: for some reason there are two sets of co-ordinates showing (it isn't just your computer!) and I have no idea how to fix it... User: Meetthefeebles talk 10.30, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for sorting the co-ordinate confusion- much appreciated! User: Meetthefeebles talk 10.30, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

Hello again, Sir. I have made several amendments to this article and would appreciate it were you to cast your eye over the article again and let me know what you think when you have the time to do so... User: Meetthefeebles talk 22.00, 17 February 2011 (UTC)

Thank you for looking at this again- your time and effort is much appreciated (and I know it is a bit long but, believe it or not, there is a lot of stuff which I have not included here which could go in!)

I have quickly read your comments but as I am without internet for a few days this weekend I cannot really address them properly until perhaps the beginning of next week, though I will say that the article as now reads fine so far as I can tell. As regards the lack of referencing in spots, I'm afraid there is little I can about it I think- the documented history of the villiage is very piecemeal and what has survived is very sparse, so all I can offer is a combination of what scraps of research I can find and my own, eyewitness testimony (I have lived here for all of my thirty years). This is especially the case for the pubs, which, with the best will in the world, are not really conductive to an independent review except perhaps by some online reviewing site which isn't exactly a reputable source(save The Three Tuns which is reviewed but by a now defunct local newspaper...)

I would like now for the article to be reassessed: how do I go about doing this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Meetthefeebles (talkcontribs) 12:29, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Voyage: Inspired by Jules Verne[edit]

Hey. I noticed you had a weak oppose for my article to be on the main page. I respect your decision. However, can you please tell me why my feature article of three years no longer seems to be of FA standard? I've been waiting a while for this one, so if you have any suggestions I"ll be greatful. Thanks mate. --Paaerduag (talk) 02:48, 12 February 2011 (UTC)

I see what you mean about the fair use images issues. To be honest, there were very few sources to work with so I pretty much used whatever I could find and incorporated it into the article if I could. So I don't think I'd be able to significantly improve the article over how it is now, especially since three and a half years have passed. I was wondering if, even if you don't consider it a good enough article to support, if you wouldn't mind reconsidering your "weak oppose" decision? Of course if you decide to remain with this decision I respect it totally, but currently voting seems to be tied at 4-4, and I'm anxious to see the tie be broken :P Whatever your decision, thanks for taking the time to actually look over the article objectively. --Paaerduag (talk) 23:02, 13 February 2011 (UTC)


Hey, thanks for reducing the blurb! Dreadstar 23:46, 11 March 2011 (UTC)

Revisions to Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons[edit]

Hello again, Bob. Regarding the latest additions, I've removed some statements which (I felt) strayed too far into original research territory. The puppetry in Captain Scarlet of course used marionettes (the strings are often easily visible in episodes despite all the remastering wizardry) - perhaps Stephen is confusing this series with Terrahawks, which did indeed use rodded instead of stringed puppets (although the Captain Scarlet article mentions the fact that certain shots from the earlier series incorporated puppets "under control"). The premise of Terrahawks also draws quite a few parallels with that of Captain Scarlet (the villains are aliens from Mars, etc.).

I'm unsure about the reference in the plot summary to a particular episode, "Treble Cross", which concerns "Mysteronisation" (i.e. whether it's necessary for a Mysteron victim to die to be reconstructed). It could be seen as OR, but the situation is difficult because the plot of "Treble Cross" is in itself rather confusing and open to interpretation, a point detailed in this light-hearted review. I'll check the book source and what I wrote for the plot section in the episode article.

However, it was accurately pointed out that Ed Bishop wasn't blond-haired in real life - the original statement in the "Puppets" section regarding the construction of the Blue marionette went past what is stated in the source (and Bishop later appeared as blond in UFO, I think, only because he wore a wig). I've corrected the text. Quite a lot of Stephen's work was simply to the article prose, and that looks fine. SuperMarioMan 23:21, 13 March 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Ferrari F40[edit]

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Possible WP:TFA/R nomination for Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons[edit]

Hi, Bob. I too have given some thought to a TFA nomination for Captain Scarlet. Regarding timing, the only realistically relevant date that springs to mind (for me, at least) is 29th September (when, in 1967, the pilot episode first appeared on ATV). Pushing for some other date would probably come across as far-fetched. For example, the final episode aired on 14th May 1968, but the suggestion of a TFA for 14th May 2011 seems a bit too arbitrary.

Assuming that we're both still on Wikipedia in 2017, perhaps we could see about securing the 29th September slot so as to have the article on the main page for the series' 50th anniversary? Joking, naturally, but think about how many points such a nomination could rack up at WP:TFA/R: two points for article age, four points for a semicentennial anniversary, one point if it were the first nomination that I'd made, another two points if the series were "widely covered" by that time...

Of course, the non-specific date is an option. However, perhaps the 29th September upcoming would be something valuable to aim for: if nominated for that date, the article would tally three points (more than 12 months at FA, date relevant to the article topic, first TFA nomination for me) provided that another TV-related article hasn't appeared soon before it. SuperMarioMan 19:54, 21 March 2011 (UTC)

In the meantime, I'll aim to draft a blurb for this article at some point this week. Would you mind if I posted it here for you to look at (and perhaps review to check that it serves as a good introduction to the article content)? SuperMarioMan 05:37, 23 March 2011 (UTC)
On illustration for TFA, a free image search offers an SPV and an SSC (albeit the Dinky Toy versions) at Wikimedia Commons. File:Smokefilledroom logo small.gif, a rendering of the Spectrum logo, is stated to be free-license, although the original web source is now a dead link. It appears in miniature form in the Captain Scarlet fan userbox. One or more of these images could be added to the article itself, in fact - the current media is limited to the infobox intertitle image, the two images with musical notation (thanks once again for those) and the minute-long episode clip. I agree that a puppet shot would be most ideal - from a look at Flickr, however, it would seem that there are no such images available that both are suited to the article and carry compatible licences. Somewhat frustrating. SuperMarioMan 09:23, 23 March 2011 (UTC)
I suspected as much about the logo. Rather a shame. I think that one of the vehicle images would be a good choice, however. Perhaps File:Dinky Toys 103 Spectrum Patrol Car-Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.jpg more so than File:Dinky Toys 104 Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle-Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.jpg - the SSC looks a bit more metallic and less plastic and toy-like than the SPV.
I'm not really that familar with Douglas Adams' writing, I'm afraid. Sorry about that... SuperMarioMan 10:39, 23 March 2011 (UTC)


Hi, Bob. This is an attempt at a TFA blurb. It essentially condenses the lead section of the article to explain some of the main concepts of Captain Scarlet - Spectrum, Mysterons, Supermarionation, etc. - although I'm not sure how accessible it would be to someone who isn't already familiar with the series. What do you think? SuperMarioMan 22:34, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

With those modifications, the blurb looks good to go as it is. I'd still recommend leaving it for a while and aiming for the 29th September slot - the article would then have some added benefit from being both relevant to the date and more than 12 months old. I've realised that the programme has some significance for the 29th April, since a test transmission of the pilot episode went out late that night in the ATV London region - hence, that was the true first appearance of Captain Scarlet over the airwaves. Again, however, this may be stretching the concept of date significance a bit far. SuperMarioMan 00:29, 26 March 2011 (UTC)

DYK for Dirk Gently (TV adaptation)[edit]

One of many good hooks in this DYK load - thanks Victuallers (talk) 00:03, 25 March 2011 (UTC)