User talk:Chris the speller/Archive 1

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Hello Chris the speller/Archive 1, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are a few good links for newcomers:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. If you have any questions, check out Wikipedia:Where to ask a question or ask me on my talk page. Again, welcome! 17:27, 31 October 2005 (UTC)

caps on dog pages

Hi! I notice that you de-captizalized the dog breed name over at Greyhound - I certainly welcome the help, but for now I'd ask that you not decapitalize other dog breed names yet. Wikipedia dog project convention has historically been that the names of dog breeds are considered to be proper nouns and should be capitalized throughout the article.

There is some debate on this matter though, I for one, would welcome help in changing everything to or from one standard if consensus comes down on the side of non-caps or caps for breed names.

Join the discussion over on the dog project talk page.

Thanks! - Trysha (talk) 08:42, 3 November 2005 (UTC)


Thanks for all your work on spelling corrections. Efforts like yours really help the encyclopedia. Cheers, -Willmcw 02:11, 8 November 2005 (UTC)

Eye am greatfull for the kind werds. Gladd two bee of hellp. Chears! Chris the speller 06:05, 8 November 2005 (UTC)


I, Gaius Cornelius hereby award you this Minor Barnstar for all your brilliant minor edits!

Gaius Cornelius 18:14, 13 November 2005 (UTC)

I have some Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors - could I please have a hex sign instead (or in addition?) ;-) Chris the speller 18:21, 13 November 2005 (UTC)
Sure, why not, I am sure you deserve it - I just have no idea how to do it. Keep up the good work! Gaius Cornelius 20:37, 13

November 2005 (UTC).

Hey You!

Who do you think you are, making all those spelling corrections? Just joking (smile), I want to thank you for the corrections made on my articles. I was thinking about redirecting my articles to you for spelling verification (all 306 of them (smile)). You can start with my shortest article: Military history of Puerto Rico. Good job, I'll be looking forward to interacting with you. Tony the Marine 17:55, 14 November 2005 (UTC)

I have started, and only found a few typos so far; it's not as scary as you suggested. I hope you don't mind that I fixed a typo in a Spanish word, but I had 3 years of Spanish. Maybe I'll do one or two articles a month. This one will be finished today, but the system is very slow. -Chris ~ Chris the speller 22:23, 14 November 2005 (UTC)
Finished. I feel like some guy who waxed a Lamborghini - can't quite take all the credit for its looking good. ~ Chris the speller 00:32, 15 November 2005 (UTC)\
  • Great Job, Chris, You're the man (I mean speller). Tony the Marine 01:50, 15 November 2005 (UTC)


Congratulations on passing 1000 article edits. You're performing a valuable service. Soo 16:22, 17 November 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for noticing. Now I better get someone to go back and check them all for quality. ;-) Chris the speller 18:28, 17 November 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for the corrections

Hi, just dropped by to say thanks for the spelling corrections you have been doing around the wikipedia. My spelling it terrible, I am always happy when someone goes through and fixes my mistakes. Helps make my work look more professional. --Martyman-(talk) 02:17, 21 November 2005 (UTC)

Nice of you to say so. We all have different strengths and interests. It's what makes wikipedia go 'round. Chris the speller 02:30, 21 November 2005 (UTC)

O.K., Chris

O.K. Chris, I would like to take a look at my new article Christopher Crommett and do your stuff. Tony the Marine 03:04, 22 November 2005 (UTC)

Sure, because his name is also Chris, and because I live very close to where he went to college. ;-) Chris the speller 03:34, 22 November 2005 (UTC)
That didn't need much help at all, and it wasn't very long. Era mi placer. Chris the speller 03:50, 22 November 2005 (UTC)

How did you get there?

Chris, what a great calling, chief spell checker. Thanks for the corrections to insurance. What drew you to that page?--Nowa 04:14, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

I did a search for articles containing 'benifits', a common misspelling. There are many others helping in this way; I'm just one of the few (or only) that put 'speller' in the user name. You can be "Nowa the comma-fixer" if you want ;-) Chris the speller 04:25, 23 November 2005 (UTC)
Very clever :-)--Nowa 05:20, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

Greetings, fellow spell-corrector

Hi!  I'm currently working on changing it's to its where appropriate.  I noticed in Aspen_Communications that you got there first!  Have you consider joining the w:Typo_Teamjyavner 03:38, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

I joined the Typo Team on November 15. It appears we have been using similar searches. Today I tried "around it's", "besides it's", "through it's", "in it's". Chris the speller 04:03, 25 November 2005 (UTC)
This could be a problem. Today I also tried "around it's", but it was a waste of time because you had already fixed all of them! Perhaps we should divide up the list of prepositions? jyavner 04:57, 25 November 2005 (UTC)
No problem. I'll take another path. Until further notice, I will leave prepositions alone, and search elsewhere. My next target: VERBS! "had it's", "cut it's", and so on. This search works well, skips talk and user pages, but picks up errors that have been fixed in the last month or two: Chris the speller 15:32, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

Timeline of Entomology

Thanks for the corrections.Could you look at the rest of the timeline and keep a watchful eye on it. Probaly my Entomologists pages need some corrections if you have time. Snowing in Ireland today.Notafly 15:02, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

Sure, I'll take a look. ~ Chris the speller 15:34, 25 November 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for the barnstar

Thanks a lot for the barnstar, from another typo corrector. I just think that typoes, and especially grammar mistakes, make the encyclopedia look unprofessional, and also, they sound awful when using a screen reader. Graham/pianoman87 talk 03:09, 27 November 2005 (UTC)

I agree with you. I think you deserve more barnstars, but one per person per day is all I ever give out. ;-) Wear it in good health! Chris the speller 03:36, 27 November 2005 (UTC)


Thank you Chris, my aunt used to know Carmen as well as Lolita Lebron. In the case of Lolita, they were nieghbors and best friends as teenagers, they also participated in the same beauty contest which in mentioned in my article, Lolita came in first and my aunt second. My aunt passed away, if not I would have asked her about Carmen. I just finished the article Angela Meyer, want to do me the honors? Your pal Tony the Marine 04:20, 28 November 2005 (UTC)


This Spelling Tireless Contributor Barnstar is presented to Chris the Speller for his continous contributions in Wikipedia. Presented by Tony the Marine 15:16, 29 November 2005 (UTC)

Please accept this barnstar on my behave. For me it is an honor to have befriended you. Tony the Marine 15:16, 29 November 2005 (UTC)

Thanks, the honor is mine. You have put a lot of high-quality work into Wikipedia. For having less opportunity to learn the fine points of English when you were young, you have come a long way and have set standards that most others should envy. Chris the speller 15:30, 29 November 2005 (UTC)

Romanian Culture

Thx a lot for the spelling corrections you made on the page about the Culture of Romania. I still have to work on that english spelling problem, but I try to fix my mistakes as I edit. Thx A lot one more time and I want you to know that I appreciate your work!! --Orioane 20:06, 30 November 2005 (UTC)

It was no trouble, and it was just a 'mechanical' correction, mostly. I will be glad to go over it carefully and do fine tuning of grammar, punctuation and so on when it seems to be nearly finished. Good work so far! Chris the speller 20:22, 30 November 2005 (UTC)

Thank you

I appreciate the Barnstar you gave me. I admit, I tend to do mainly minor edits since I'm bored at work a lot of the time. You deserve a pat on the back as well. Good job! :) P.S. Do you have any helpful tools you use or a bot or anything like that? Gflores Talk 23:00, 1 December 2005 (UTC)

I have no tools except my favorite Google search (see 6 sections back). If I see a few more misspellings in an article, I usually run the whole thing through a spelling checker, then often get sucked into doing a whole copyedit. Bots sound dangerous! If you have any questions any time, feel free to ask. Chris the speller 23:30, 1 December 2005 (UTC)

More Thanks

I see you've been busy with Timeline of entomology. Very many thanks I appreciate your work!! The back to other century pages link was a great idea. Raining in Ireland today 14:29, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

I give the Timeline a few minutes now and then. Let me know when it's just cloudy in Ireland, not raining or snowing ;-) Chris the speller 14:45, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

Allophone appreciation

As I deduct from your pseudonym I'm probably all but the only one to benefit from your spelling vigilance, let me say that as a non-native speaker of English (in my case mother tongue Dutch), not entertaining the illusion my English will ever be as flawless as a true Anglophone's, I can particularly appreciate such input, so keep up the good work - your nomen est omen ! Fastifex 14:37, 6 December 2005 (UTC)

I'm always glad to help those who make an honest attempt to improve Wikipedia, especially those whose earliest language skills were not in English. Many of them have come a long way, and they have my respect, especially because English gets harder and harder as you try to learn more of the fine points. Keep on giving me articles to polish up! Chris the speller 16:07, 6 December 2005 (UTC)

Re : Scale of five

Hi Chris,

My apologies! I accidentally deleted Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Scale of five instead of Scale of five. It should be back now. If you have anything else you need to clarify, don't hesitate to let me know on my talkpage.

- Best regards, Mailer Diablo 23:57, 8 December 2005 (UTC)


Thanks, Chris. Your name says it all. :) Jarfingle 21:02, 13 December 2005 (UTC)

Ah, the Chilkoot trail! I'll make a point of seeing it some day. Chris the speller 22:24, 13 December 2005 (UTC)

Thanks, also! I'm generally a good speller,but the spelling of "restaurant" always escapes me. --Madchester 23:20, 15 January 2006 (UTC)
No problem, glad to help. Today alone I have discovered 7 new ways to spell "restaurant", none of them in the dictionary! Chris the speller 23:25, 15 January 2006 (UTC)

Felix Navidad

Tony the Marine

O.K. Chris, so you don't believe in Santa, but I still want to wish you and your loved ones all the happiness in the world and the best new year ever. Your friend, Tony the Marine 05:05, 18 December 2005 (UTC)


Ah, excellent work. I am removing the tag. --W.marsh 18:09, 24 December 2005 (UTC)

It was a pleasure. Chris the speller 18:12, 24 December 2005 (UTC)

Barnstar thanks

Chris, many thanks for the Minor Barnstar. I'd give you one too, but it seems someone else has already recognised your diligence. Best wishes anyway. Martpol 18:30, 30 December 2005 (UTC)

Happy New Year! Chris the speller 18:38, 30 December 2005 (UTC)


Do you think you could possible stop changing buufer to buffer zone as it is wrong. You should be using Buffer stop.--IanDavies 20:25, 3 January 2006 (UTC)

Sure, I had already stopped. I see you have already fixed the Kirkby and Ormskirk articles, and I had no other articles in my sights. Reading the articles more carefully, it makes better sense to me now. Sorry for the screw-up, and thanks for the enlightenment. Chris the speller 22:59, 3 January 2006 (UTC)


I'm beginning to suspect that MoS:DP should be renamed MoS:Render disambig pages useless to the average user. BD2412 T 05:32, 6 January 2006 (UTC)

  • Nothing against your work, I just think the Manual's tendency towards minimalism means that readers may not get enough information to know what they're interested in reading about (not everyone comes to Wikipedia with a specific target - some like to surf). BD2412 T 05:51, 6 January 2006 (UTC)

Apprentice Wizzard

Hi Chris thanks for the spell chequing (Whiteman Park) occassionallee my brain and fingers aren't on the same wave so like an apprentice wizzard the occassional Gnat appears where a goat would suffice - Keep up the good work Gnangarra 03:54, 15 January 2006 (UTC)

Thanks. after fixing a bunch of "boundry", I got to fix a bunch of "foundary". English is such a bugger of a language. Chris the speller 04:03, 15 January 2006 (UTC)

Fixed link

No problem! I found your page from some fixes you made on a page I've contributed to, so in fact, thank you for your awesome spell checking, it's something I'm horrible at and really appreciate. Best of luck on Wiki! --Falcorian | Talk 16:58, 15 January 2006 (UTC)


You might need some sources to overturn the common spelling of a word, particularly when Merriam-Webster says it is correct. Harro5 01:51, 16 January 2006 (UTC)

  • My mistake, and I am sorry. I saw the edit to Caulfield Grammar School, and looked at some others, and thought you were incorrectly changing entries. I apologise. Harro5 06:50, 16 January 2006 (UTC)

John Smith (English statesman and John Smith of Jamestown

Chris - I've deleted your merge proposal of these two articles from Wikipedia:Proposed mergers, as it appears that these are two different people. Smith of Jamestown died in 1631, but Smith (statesman) was Lord of the Treasury in 1694-1695. If you have anything that supports your contention that they're the same cat, let me know and I'll restore your proposal. Thanks. | Klaw ¡digame! 19:47, 20 January 2006 (UTC)

Cool. Another editor already did half of the merge, by blanking the article of one cat. Two weeks ago they were the same cat. Chris the speller 20:54, 20 January 2006 (UTC)
Ah, makes sense. I just wanted to make sure you were aware that I had deleted the proposal in case you had any objection. Thanks! | Klaw ¡digame! 22:11, 20 January 2006 (UTC)


It is quite a common difference between US and UK usage. The UK tends to use them more than the US. For example "South East" or "south-east" in the UK and Southeast in the US. The Allied command during World War II was South East Asia Command (with or without the hyphen) because it was largely a British Empire fight, but the Vietnam war the American command was a "Southeast Asia Command". --Philip Baird Shearer 14:57, 27 January 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the offer on RT, but there were not many links to deal with. BTW I think your suggestion about including something on the AE CE differences on hyphen usage would be useful as I could not find a specific section on it anywhere in Wikipedia. --Philip Baird Shearer 14:40, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Well done with your addition. One of the things I like about this project is learning things like counter-attack can be spelt as one word, or to take a wikipedia topical subject that most American do not know where the River Plate is. --Philip Baird Shearer 01:53, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

Strange as it might seem to a none fanatical football soccer nation "the hand of God" is far more important to both nations than the Falklands War. Similarly if an English man says to German man (the women have better things to do) "It was a goal" the German will know that it refers to the disputed goal of the 1966 world cup and will reply "no it was't". [1]. (The Anglo-French relationship is on a differnt level and points can be gained at all levels short of MAD). --Philip Baird Shearer 04:09, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia Project

Hi, my name is Federico (alias Pain) and I am creating a section for nominating th best user page, I was wondering if you were interested in joining the project.

The project has just started, and we need help to spread the word and ameliorate it.


Best regards, Federico Pistono 00:51, 4 February 2006 (UTC)

Tent - thanks

Thanks for fixing my spelling.

That was nothing. I wasn't sure if you were typing too fast or if the 't' was sticking on your keyboard. I've see a lot worse. A whole lot worse. Happy editing! Chris the speller 16:16, 5 February 2006 (UTC)


Thanks for all of your work on this project. I just came across your correction of a disambiguation page, nice clean work, and then saw you've been making hundreds of helpful edits. Editors like you really make this encyclopedia get better every day. You have been around a while and have made many edits - are you interested in being an administrator? Cheers, -Will Beback 06:59, 14 February 2006 (UTC)

Your kind words are appreciated. I mostly clean up disambig pages and search for misspellings, so I don't often get involved with POV disputes. I think that being an admin might tend to draw me into more disputes, not something I really want. Occasionally I tire of waiting for an admin to finish a complicated page move, but I can stand it. Power corrupts. Cheers, and keep up your good work. Chris the speller 17:14, 14 February 2006 (UTC)

Matthew Miller (pundit)

Deleted, ready for your merge. Just zis  Guy, you know? [T]/[C] 16:39, 15 February 2006 (UTC)


Dude, you're good. thanks!

(above unsigned comment by Twrigley) Chris the speller 01:26, 22 February 2006 (UTC)
Yep, about ready for my apotheosis ;-) Chris the speller 01:26, 22 February 2006 (UTC)


Thanks for letting me know that, Chris! You may already know that List of Doctor Who aliens was recently moved to List of Doctor Who monsters and aliens, and I was just trying to finish the clean-up after the move. Since anchored links to redirects still work, I suppose I don't need to correct most of the remaining links to List of Doctor Who aliens. I do have a few questions, though — until recently, all the pages that linked to List of Doctor Who aliens were listed on the "what links here" page for List of Doctor Who monsters and aliens, but now they're not. (There still are quite a few, which I can still see at the redirect's own "what links here" page.) Why aren't they visible on the main "what links here" page any more? Also, is it OK for image description pages to have links to the old page name? What about disambiguation pages, which as I understand it aren't supposed to have piped links? Thanks. —Josiah Rowe (talkcontribs) 19:33, 23 February 2006 (UTC)

Thanks. I assumed you were talking about the monsters list, 'cause that's what I've been working on (s-l-o-w-l-y) in recent edits. (You and Sean Black seemed to have the Robert Holmes links under control, so I was mostly leaving that to your capable hands.) Anyway, thanks for the pointer. —Josiah Rowe (talkcontribs) 22:16, 23 February 2006 (UTC)

Dab pages

Mmm, good, something relatively mindless to do! Thanks, and it was no problem. I believe there's a template ({{db-move}}) which can be placed on such pages when they need to be deleted. Anyways, thanks.--Sean Black (talk) 01:58, 24 February 2006 (UTC)

Sections in disambiguation pages

Thanks a lot for the advice. I must have missed that when checking MoS:DP. I don't think the sectioning of RMS is appropriate anyway. Maybe it should be split into sci/tech and non-sci/tech if anything. I'll probably leave it alone though, as I'm not an experienced wikipedian.

--Joe Llywelyn Griffith Blakesley talk contrib 20:24, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

None of us were experienced Wikipedians when we started out. There is a lot to learn, and a lot of editors don't take the time and effort to do it right, but you seem to at least care. Better to be bold with good intentions than to do nothing. Happy editing!

Chris the speller 20:50, 4 March 2006 (UTC)


Nice work with fixing DAB pages! Gflores Talk 08:50, 5 March 2006 (UTC)

A barnstar for a tireless wikignome. Your work is appreciated! Gflores Talk 08:50, 5 March 2006 (UTC)
An honor indeed, coming from a huge contributor such as yourself, who is definitely one of the good guys. Chris the speller 15:43, 5 March 2006 (UTC)

Disamb standards

Well, after a night's sleep, I am now sorry that I used those words. Please accept my apologies. All the best, Jorge Stolfi 00:19, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

Apology not needed, you made no personal attack on me. Chris the speller 01:06, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

John Dickinson

Please see the response on my user page. stilltim 16:36, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

George G. Hall

Thanks for merging in George Garfield Hall. I've no idea how I missed that. I started from a redlink in International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science and went from there. The older article did say he was member of the Academy but did not link there. Otherwise that redlink would have been fixed. --Bduke 23:20, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Reply is at Bduke's talk page. Chris the speller 01:12, 18 March 2006 (UTC)


My good old friend Chris, I have a request. Whenever you have the time, please check out my new article Puerto Rican migration to New York and fix any misspelled word that you may find (I'm sure there are many). Thanks before hand. Tony the Marine 04:13, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

  • Man, you're fast! Thanks buddy, Tony the Marine 04:43, 21 March 2006 (UTC)
    • Not as fast as my other bud, Gflores. There wasn't much work left to do after that. Nice work, Tony, keep 'em coming! Chris the speller 04:51, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

Process tip

Thanks for the process tip regarding format voting. I appreciate your time and attention to this. However, I explain on my page why I think the minor edit (which restores two words I mistakenly deleted) serves the purpose of the no edit process. Vir 19:57, 8 April 2006 (UTC)

I feel it is important to stop when the discussion is closed, but I can't force anyone to comply. Happy editing! Chris the speller 20:02, 8 April 2006 (UTC)

John Wood (disambiguation)

Hi Chris, I'm afraid I disagree with you about the disambiguation - see reply on my talk. --BrownHairedGirl 21:46, 8 April 2006 (UTC)


I do apologise, I really did think I had added the template to the talk page, the edit must not have gone through. I felt the discussion was going around in circles. ed g2stalk 12:06, 23 April 2006 (UTC)


I wasn't sure who best to ask, but I saw "coronated" in an article and replaced it with "crowned". I checked and saw that there's quite a lot of this word in wikipedia. One problem is that it's used both literally (i.e. crowned) and figuratively (i.e. elected, installed) fixing it might take time but I didn't want to jump in without consultation. It has an entry at but it still sounds awful to me. How does it grab you? Sumergocognito 01:57, 6 May 2006 (UTC)

It's certainly a valid word, completely equivalent to "crowned", as far as I can tell. Changing one word to another equivalent word in a Wikipedia article is generally frowned upon, if for no other reason than to show respect for the efforts of the original author. Imagine if an editor spent his life changing every occurrence of "big" to "large", and then a different editor made a similar effort to change every occurrence of "large" to "big". That would be a pitiful waste, and would certainly lead to edit wars. There are enough things in Wikipedia that are flat wrong and desperately need fixing that we don't need to change a word just because it sounds a little too pretentious or a little too common, or it just strikes us as odd or forced. I probably never used the word "coronated" in my writing, and maybe never will, but it's not up to me to second-guess an author who decides to use it. Chris the speller 03:42, 6 May 2006 (UTC)