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Hey - I noticed you made some comments regarding CorHomo and it's current bugs. Do you have any idea how to correct the current issues or is the program pretty much useless? Thanks, PaddyM 17:25, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

Awesome - found the right version and it works. Thanks for the help. Cheers, PaddyM 18:15, 13 November 2007 (UTC)


I notice that you made the interesting suggestion that Flanigan is an article not a DMB page. I would ask, how does it differ from its partner pages Flanagan and Flannigan?

I can see that there is an article to be written on this surname, but this is not it. If you wish to create a historical article on the history, background, etymology, and connections of this name I should be happy to support you. TerriersFan (talk) 23:54, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

OK; thanks for the explanation. Carry on and do what you think is best with all three. You plainly know what you are doing, and know the subject better than I do, so I'll leave it to you. TerriersFan (talk) 08:01, 21 November 2007 (UTC)


Invisible Barnstar.png The Invisible Barnstar
Almost no-one gives recognition for the "invisible" dab work, but you deserve it. – sgeureka t•c 07:39, 22 November 2007 (UTC)
Despite your "bragging" at WT:MOSDAB. ;-) – sgeureka t•c 07:39, 22 November 2007 (UTC)


I am working at subcategorizing, and thereby emptying the page. Today I noticed that the page was suddenly filled up with redirects. I have no idea how that happened, because the specific redirects pages have not been edited. Someone must have programmed the "redirect from surname" tag to go into Category:Surnames. Do you know if anything can be done about this? --Brewcrewer (talk) 18:14, 25 November 2007 (UTC)

  • You're probably right, but there should be a way of subcategorizing them. I'll get in touch with him. --Brewcrewer (talk) 20:41, 25 November 2007 (UTC)


sup with the reversions? — Rickyrab | Talk 16:27, 3 December 2007 (UTC)


I was adding references to the Samson article so why did you revert my changes--Java7837 (talk) 05:03, 5 December 2007 (UTC)


Hi. I'd like to nominate you as an admin, as I think you're qualified. Let me know if you're interested. Epbr123 12:29, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

I would support if I would happen to notice your nom at RfA. You seem like you're everywhere. Royalbroil 05:48, 13 December 2007 (UTC)
Makes sense. I thought about it for a long time because of that very reason before I decided to accept the nom. It's hard to give people the opportunity to throw stones at you too. I wouldn't have accepted if there wouldn't be the regular need to have people update the DYK section. It's not like you have to use the tools a lot even if you have them. You don't need to display it either. In any case, you now know for certain that several people in the community support your efforts at a high level. That's a nice reward if you never decide to run! Royalbroil 17:32, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

December 2007

Information.svg Hello. Regarding the recent revert you made to Geothermal power in Iceland: You may already know about them, but you might find Wikipedia:Template messages/User talk namespace useful. After a revert, these can be placed on the user's talk page to let them know you considered their edit was inappropriate, and also direct new users towards the sandbox. They can also be used to give a stern warning to a vandal when they've been previously warned. Thank you. Jauerback (talk) 16:00, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

Regarding your recent edit to my talk page....

I did make an edit on the Abarat page, but it was to replace something someone had vadalised with the original text of the page. It seems that you thought I was the one who had done the vandalism (there was an edit conflict when I replaced the text) and sent me that message. So, I'm not the vandaliser as your message seems to imply. LoganTheGeshrat 18:22, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

Actually, now that I look at it, it seems that in the confusion of the edit conflict, I had ended up erasing what I meant to put on the page, so your edit to my talk page was actually completely accurate. Sorry for the confusion. LoganTheGeshrat 18:25, 6 December 2007 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by LoganTheGeshrat (talkcontribs)

Human name disambiguation

It took me long to message you (didn't think it was important at the time), but why have you removed the {{hndis}} templates from some pages only containing links to articles about humans? This is exactly what hndis is supposed to do. To quote its documentation:

I'm stumped as to why you removed this template, for example from Delahunt. -- Ynhockey (Talk) 13:22, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Just realized that there was a proper template for this, {{surname}}. However, in that case I'm stumped as to why another editor transformed the template into {{surname-stub}} at Delahunt, which is not a relevant template, considering it's still a type of disambiguation page (which shouldn't therefore have a stub tag). -- Ynhockey (Talk) 13:24, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Vandalism warning?

Why do you think my edit to Anna Eshoo is vandalism? Are you familiar with the Manual of Style? MilesAgain (talk) 22:50, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

I figured it must have been something like that. Thanks for letting me know. :) MilesAgain (talk) 22:59, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

John Bellamy - disambiguation

Hi Chris you seem to be one of the experts on disambiguation. Could the link to John Dillard Bellamy and John Haley Bellamy from John Bellamy be improved? Can I leave it to you as I am unsure? Hutchinson50 (talk) 12:49, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

Name/dab separation

Could you, please, comment at Talk:Vvedensky? Thanks!—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); 17:54, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

Thanks! I appreciate your assistance.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); 14:06, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Didn't I tell you?

Chris my friend, something totally unexpected happened to me this year, but instead of telling you, I want you to see for yourself, check out the resolution section here: Press Releases. Tony the Marine (talk) 05:38, 26 December 2007 (UTC)

  • That's the funny thing, I didn't have to go to Puerto Rico. There was this convention of Congressmen and Senators where I live and they traveled over here. When I received an e-mail that the President of the Puerto Rican Senate wanted to meet me, I went alone. I had no idea that I was going to be honored and introduced to the Senators and and Congressmen from other states. Get this, to my surprise, they all knew about me, man it was really weird. Tony the Marine (talk) 07:02, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

Linking years

Please see the discussion on the talk page of WP:DATE, section "Dates of birth and death". Also see WP:CONTEXT. I advise against linking every year, especially recent years, unless you can think of a way that the link will be likely to deepen a reader's understanding. Just linking because some years are linked in the examples in WP:DATE is probably not a good idea (although it's a better excuse than linking a year just to make it appear blue, and I've seen lots of that). There is probably more understanding to be gained by following a year link in a article about a famous person of ancient history than by following a year link in a article about a recent person who is not tied to major events. Happy editing! Chris the speller (talk) 17:24, 28 December 2007 (UTC)

I saw the discussion on WP:DATE; how silly it all is. I'm going to politely decline your advice for three reasons. 1. It's not backed up by current policy at the moment 2. I like uniformity, and since there's no disagreement that years with dates should be linked, it seems to make sense that a more uniform approach would be to link the year 3. If most people are like me, and I suspect that they are from the wide variety of people that I have met who agree with me on this, then large blocks and chunks of black text are as unattractive as overlinked texts. Linking a year "just to make it appear blue" is more important than you would think. I think a lot of people are more concerned with Wikipedia editors than Wikipedia readers to be honest. I've seen a lot of the attitude of "well it doesn't matter how the dates are formatted, your user preferences can adapt to your preferred style!" forgetting that the average reader doesn't have user preferences. This, I feel, is another part of the problem, along with WP:FLAG. Logical arguments on why we shouldn't have flags and shouldn't link dates are all very well and good, and believe me, there's nothing wrong with your logic or the one on WP:FLAG, but I think it works against the spirit of Wikipedia. We're creating an encyclopedia for readers, not us, though we do take on the role of the reader of course. People having reading difficulties, people having seeing difficulties, words sometime blend, brackets are missed, confusion arises etc. Maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but if it comes to linking one year or adding one flag that would make the difference between "huge block of text" and "readable," then I'm going to link the year and I'm going to add the flag. The top two complaints about Wikipedia are its accuracy and quality of writing. Readability (proper format) is a third. Whether or not single dates are linked is probably a distant 907th. The time and effort I put into this could have been spent formatting pages correctly, assessing articles, tagging what needs to be improved, working on templates, reviewing articles or maybe writing my own. Instead, I have to discuss why I think four bytes of text should be added to an article and I have to do it in the face of logic that forgot that people aren't logical. Please do not post regarding this issue on my talk page any further, unless you've come to inform me that the policy has changed. Cheers, CP 18:13, 28 December 2007 (UTC)
I wasn't trying to start a fight, I just wanted you to be aware of WP guidelines. You seem to be aware of them, but think that WP:DATE mandates linking all years. I completely disagree (some examples of birth and death dates are not linked), but there is no reason to be hostile. Your "four bytes of text" were a partial reversion of an informed cleanup job done by a competent and well-meaning editor. If "Whether or not single dates are linked" is so unimportant to you, the article might have been better left alone. Since you seem to make a point of ignoring the guidelines in this matter, I agree that we have nothing more useful to say about it. Chris the speller (talk) 19:43, 28 December 2007 (UTC)


Thanks for the advice. I didn't realize it was important. According to WP:DATE, it is not even necessary to use "born" (e.g. At the start of an article on a person, his or her dates of birth and death are provided. For example: "Charles Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was a British ...").

Yours, Yellow-bellied sapsucker (talk) 04:35, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

Happy New Year to you and yours. Yellow-bellied sapsucker (talk) 06:32, 31 December 2007 (UTC)


Hi Chris old buddy,

I wondering if you could look over my latest work for prose and spelling. It can be found here: User:Marine 69-71/Workshop. Also, tell me what you honestly think of it. Tony the Marine (talk) 07:42, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Riverside Shakespeare Company

Thanks, Chris, for the corrections, and for othe things.Weimar03 (talk) 19:41, 8 January 2008 (UTC)


Thanks, Chris, for your corrections. Weimar03 (talk) 19:42, 8 January 2008 (UTC) Weimar03

About user pages

…Chris the speller can you actually have a page just for Chris the speller, or is it a preference for one to just stay with a user talk or user page. 4:46 p.m.David George DeLancey (talk) 21:46, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

Yes, but it depends on the punctuation. Chris the speller (talk) 22:21, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

...Thanks I'll try to do better. I rather use strickly User talk pages; I'm not quite experienced with editing yet as you have found out. Although I am very skillfull in locating information. Such as my interest in the Montmorency-Laval Family. I feel alot of information could be usefull. My interest now is where do I go with such information? Do I start a discussion page towards the article, and just put some correspondences there/ ThanksDavid George DeLancey (talk) 17:37, 28 February 2011 (UTC)

Manse (disambiguation)

You redirected Manse (disambiguation) to Manse. This caused the loss of the nickname "Manse" for Tampere, which has been in use for over half a century. I recently added a note about it to the Manse article. JIP | Talk 20:59, 25 January 2008 (UTC)


Could use some help here. Could you block this guy? His IP is

Thanx! --HPJoker Leave me a message 03:19, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

One request

Could you please make sure I am not copy writing or editing before you start spell checking? I allmost lost a large chink of copy on two occasions todqy in th same article due to edit conflicts. Thanks. Jonyungk (talk) 19:16, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

To reduce the frequency, try adding {{inuse}} at the top of the article before undertaking major changes. Happy editing! Chris the speller (talk) 19:19, 7 February 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! I'll definitely use that. (-: Jonyungk (talk) 19:23, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

From These Wounds

Thanks for that spelling correction on that page. I have one question, though. How did you come across that page so soon after it was made? I literally made it five minutes before you edited it.

BTC 01:01, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

That thing looks awesome that you told me about. I'm going to check it out right after I'm done typing this message. BTC 02:24, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Requesting spelling and grammer checking

Good day sir , can you please check and correct the spelling and grammer on This page ?  A M M A R  07:39, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Thank you sir, really thanks. I'll need your help again and again later if you don't mind. ok ?  A M M A R  17:18, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Speedy deletion of DAYBREAKERS (music)

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If you think that this notice was placed here in error, you may contest the deletion by adding {{hangon}} to the top of the page (just below the existing speedy deletion or "db" tag), coupled with adding a note on the talk page explaining your position, but be aware that once tagged for speedy deletion, if the article meets the criterion it may be deleted without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag yourself, but don't hesitate to add information to the article that would would render it more in conformance with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. Excirial (Talk,Contribs) 16:14, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

Aspidistra (transmitter)

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Another editor has added the {{prod}} template to the article Aspidistra (transmitter), suggesting that it be deleted according to the proposed deletion process. All contributions are appreciated, but the editor doesn't believe it satisfies Wikipedia's criteria for inclusion, and has explained why in the article (see also Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not and Wikipedia:Notability). Please either work to improve the article if the topic is worthy of inclusion in Wikipedia or discuss the relevant issues at its talk page. If you remove the {{prod}} template, the article will not be deleted, but note that it may still be sent to Wikipedia:Articles for deletion, where it may be deleted if consensus to delete is reached. BJBot (talk) 06:59, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

Fabulous. It wasn't my article. Just bot out. ;-) Chris the speller (talk) 14:58, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

Clarifiers in disambiguation pages

Hello, Chris the speller. After doing some research, I have found out that you were one of the participants in the discussion here about whether clarifiers (or Parenthetical Disambiguation Terms, PDTs, as I now call them—I didn't really know the simple term) should be italicised. The discussion has resulted in the current guideline on disambiguation page links, but there is a discussion taking place here about whether names of works, like Star Wars and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which are normally italicised, should also be italicised within the clarifiers. Your input would certainly be appreciated. Waltham, The Duke of 15:50, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

William A. Porter

Do you have a source for Porter's birthday; it seems to be incorrect, according to a person who appears to be in the know. 842U (talk) 22:49, 30 March 2008 (UTC)

Sorry to see you leave MOSNUM

Chris, please see my post, which is right after the one you left wherein you said “adios” after the treatment you received there. Go here and just scroll up to find it. Greg L (my talk) 05:39, 9 April 2008 (UTC)


I see someone else already reverted your edit to WP:HOAX, but I'll say my bit anyways. :)

One reason that hoaxes are not eligible for speedy deletion is that some things which look like hoaxes are not. See-through frog is an example as something that was nominated for speedy deletion as an "obvious hoax" that turned out to be quite real; same for Joseph Gayetty.

The best way to handle hoaxes like these is to use the {{hoax}} tag and then prod or AfD. The {{hoax}} tag will immediately alert readers to the issue, but still give people enough time to research. Cheers!--Fabrictramp (talk) 15:32, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

AfD nomination of List of locations in Banjo-Kazooie series

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Discussion of hoaxes at WP:SPEEDY

Link to the new section at WP:SPEEDY -- Wikipedia_talk:Criteria_for_speedy_deletion#Hoax_confusions.2C_part_325.2C879 --Fabrictramp (talk) 18:22, 12 April 2008 (UTC)

Charlemagne Tower

Agree with you completely on this one. His history needs to be fleshed out a lot more. I will try to do it when I have a moment. Regards, MarmadukePercy (talk) 20:38, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

Also, nice to see someone here with an emphasis on spelling. Did you enjoy "Eats, Shoots and Leaves"?MarmadukePercy (talk) 01:14, 19 April 2008 (UTC)


Are you sure that "timeframe" is less a valid word than "time frame" is a valid phrase? — Arthur Rubin (talk) 19:30, 11 May 2008 (UTC)

I believe it is a mistake to "correct" quoted material...

I believe it is a mistake to "correct" quoted material... Geo Swan (talk) 07:02, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

Thanks. I have started putting those quoted allegations in a greyed out box, to help make clear to those using robot assisted tools, that they are in quoted material. And I put a [sic] next to those words or passages I think are most likely to trigger correction.
Cheers! Geo Swan (talk) 16:36, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

Parks and open spaces in Oslo

Hi, continued translating Parks and open spaces in Oslo, could you have a look at the part regarding 1812 - 1865: The first public parks? Best regards - Ulflarsen (talk) 13:19, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

I did a general copyedit (spelling, grammar, style) of the whole article. If there is anything else needed, please let me know. Chris the speller (talk) 15:54, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

Added some more translation to Parks and open spaces in Oslo, if you can check it one of these days I would be happy for that. Best regards, Ulflarsen (talk) 17:10, 25 May 2008 (UTC)


Hello. I'm sorry things didn't go so well at WP:MOSDATE with the date formatting. I think our goals are probably not incompatible, and I have an idea that may resolve this. Want to try working this out at WT:MOSDATE#Next_try? Gimmetrow 04:13, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

You haven't commented at WT:MOSDATE in a while. Could you drop by again? Gimmetrow 18:54, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
Could you drop by Wikipedia_talk:Manual_of_Style_(dates_and_numbers)#Next_try again. Gimmetrow 23:55, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

Show spelling corrections.


When correcting spelling I think it is useful to show what was changed:

Not "Sp" which is too terse.

Rather "Correct ammount => amount".

Or say "Spell Septmber => September". (which is my style).

This gives others users a small spelling lesson merely by looking at the history of that pape.

Doing this also gives users (and spellcorrectors) an idea how words might be misspelled.

Tabletop (talk) 05:19, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

Aramean-Syriac people

Hi, do you think you can check article Aramean-Syriac people for spellingerrors? AramaeanSyriac (talk) 23:21, 15 June 2008 (UTC)


Hey Chris. Thanks for correcting all of the the double "the"s I put in the the List of humanists. Cheers! Nick Graves (talk) 17:30, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Hey Chris, thank you for correcting some of my many typos and spelling mistakes. A usually thankless task, I salute you! (talk) 16:06, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

AfD nomination of Matthew (given name)

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40 (number)

Why did you remove the fact that "fourty" is how it is spelled in Canada & the United Kingdom? It's true,you know. ILikeMusicaLot (talk) 14:08, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

My mom is Canadian,and she always spells it as "fourty". ILikeMusicaLot (talk) 14:14, 2 July 2008 (UTC)


Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence
For your continuous efforts in improving and correcting spelling errors, both on mine and other user-created article, I award this barnstar as a matter of thanks. Chris (talk) 18:55, 26 July 2008 (UTC)


Thanks for correcting my spelling on Ogunquit Museum of American Art... lord knows i need help with that.--Found5dollar (talk) 14:33, 28 July 2008 (UTC)

Wikilinking dates and years

Hi. I just noticed your edits to Bill Haley regarding the addition wikilinks to dates and years. You might want to check the MOS on this, because there's a bot that has been assigned to remove such links, citing the MOS that these shouldn't be wikilinked. In fact I believe the links you added were in fact removed by a bot a few weeks ago (or if not, something similar happened to a Haley-related article). I've no objection either way but I'd hate for you to be going through the effort if someone's bot is just undoing it later. Edit: I was right - it's Lightbot doing it. Here's an edit on the Bill Haley article from a couple of months ago where the bot removed linking from a date: [1] 23skidoo (talk) 17:29, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

Please Stop Changing the "Raven" Book Title

The book uses the abbreviation "Rev.", not the full word "Reverend", in its title.

See here. Mosedschurte (talk) 03:01, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

Oops. I thought the change was the reverse. That's what I get for watching the Olympics while trying to edit. Mosedschurte (talk) 04:14, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

BMWE - Employes is correct

I just corrected your correction to Norfolk Southern Railway where you updated "Brotherhood of Maintenance Of Way Employes" to "Brotherhood of Maintenance Of Way Employees". In this case, "Employes" is correct, as is evidenced on the BMWE website. (however, in typing this note, I noticed that Maintenance was misspelled). Slambo (Speak) 18:51, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

Leonidas Ralph Mecham

Thanks for the correction to Leonidas Ralph Mecham. It's nice to finally see someone besides me touch the article, even if it's "just" a spelling correction. TJRC (talk) 19:57, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

AfD nomination of Rosalina (The Naked Brothers Band)

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Flexible-fuel vehicle

Hi there. I have improved a lot the article flexible-fuel vehicle recently, and now will try to do some nitpicking on the writing, check refs, etc., to propose it for GA revision. However, as English is my second language, when you have some time can you (or recommend me someone) take a look and correct my English. Thanks.--Mariordo (talk) 14:37, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

  • Thanks for your prompt response, that was fast. I really appreciate your collaboration. It is hard for me to notice the Spanglish mistakes I made when reviewing.--Mariordo (talk) 23:09, 20 September 2008 (UTC)


Since you were the one who decided how my quotes from a legendary DJ should look, I was hoping you could help settle this.

While looking at the history of this station, I found some great quotes from the DJ and I asked on the help desk what I should do with them. There was apparently no objection. Until someone came along and took them out. He has messed up my articles before. Once he merged my article with another one without including my contribution to that article. One problem was that it was unsourced and I apologize if I can't find the sources and have to rely on my memory. But these quotes had sources. Perhaps this person thinks they're inappropriate for Wikipedia, but I don't know.Vchimpanzee · talk · contributions · 22:03, 25 September 2008 (UTC)

I didn't say the quotes didn't have sources. This editor has removed my text before when merging, and the only excuse he could have had was the lack of sources. I put it back and reprimanded him.

Here, I'm not sure I'm on firm ground. The quotes have sources, but the fact that others helped me format them correctly gave me the feeling I could use them. For now, I've put them back and we'll see what happens.Vchimpanzee · talk · contributions · 15:48, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

AIDS/HIV LGTB rights Costa Rica

Don't know if you were the last one to edit the article with regard of LGTB rights in Costa Rica, I would like to point out that Costa Rica has Universal health care system and under article 48, everyone regarless of their nationality is entitled to recieved medical care. I sugest reading or articles in the Constitution where the right to health care is confedered see

Also don't see the point of listing HIV/AIDS laws in LGTB rights. HIV/AIDS is not affecting gays only. If you look at the history of Costa Rica. The culture itself is very tolerant of sexual diversity, therefore the hererosexual and bisexual commnitities have also been impacted.

The below statement is miss-stated.


Since the late 1990s, it is generally illegal to discriminate against some one because they have AIDS-HIV, and such persons, if citizens, are entitled to medical care.

ARTICLE 48. Costa Rican General Law 7771

– Discrimination Who ever applies, arranges or practices discriminatory measures because of race, nationality, gender, age, political, religious or sexual option, social position, economic situation, marital status or by any suffering of health or disease, will be sanctioned with penalty of twenty to sixty days fines. The judge will be able to impose, in addition, the disqualifying penalty that corresponds, of fifteen to sixty days.

While the government and NGO's run educational campaigns, comprehensive sexual education is almost nonexistent in public high schools due to objections from the Catholic Church [14]. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Eao1970 (talkcontribs) 04:49, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

I moved these comments to the talk page of LGBT rights in Costa Rica.

Swenglish to English


When I write a new article on the English Wikipedia (very seldom though), are you one of the spellers I could send a meassage to that something new is has arrived, asking for correction help?. In my case its both the choise of words, spelling and grammar. Is there any group of English native persons on Wkipedia that particularly contribiute in this area.? English has become the standard language in the world when communicating across your own borders and contributions from the English Wikipedia with millions of users will often give a lot of new info that you can't find within your own borders on a certain subject. These inputs can then be used to update the article in your own language. Kind regards, Lidingo SWE (talk) 14:57, 12 September 2008 (UTC).

Thank for the answer. Lidingo SWE (talk) 17:24, 14 September 2008 (UTC)
When there is time I would appreciate if you or some other speller on Wikipedia could have a look on the article; Kreuger & Toll, thanks in advance. Lidingo SWE (talk) 09:23, 15 September 2008 (UTC)
Done. Chris the speller (talk) 19:52, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
Thank you for the spell check. The Kreuger business is very similar to many other companies behaviour in modern time, forgetting about the ethics of business, dreaming of better results that never show up. But the companies that follow the economic rules 100% will never show up in any encyclopedia, it's too boring. People like entertainment around business, at least if the don't loose any money. History repeat itself over and over again. Maybe the $247 billion guarantees from the leading banks in the world will cool down the present crises for a couple of months. Europe is some week behind and are also facing a crise similar to the housing-loan crise in the US, if they don´t react strong the next couple of weeks. Anyway it is always the small man on the street that will have to pay for other peoples mistakes. Kind regards, Lidingo SWE (talk) 20:41, 19 September 2008 (UTC).
Back to the 13th century before the stock exchange was invented and the global heating had been going on for at least 8000 years, melting down the 4 kilometer thick ice in nothern Scandinavia and also in the USA and Canada I guess, without the help from industrialization. A short article about a famous and controversial rock that have named the place Ropsten. I guess it needs some cleaning up. Lidingo SWE (talk) 14:24, 21 September 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the corrections in Ropsten. Lidingo SWE (talk) 20:54, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
Hello Chris. Would appreciate if you could have a look on the article John Edvard Lundström, the "matchking" in Jönköping before the Ivar Kreuger showed up and bought the entire match industry. Probably needs som cleaning up. Kind regards, Lidingo SWE (talk) 08:08, 17 October 2008 (UTC)
Thanks. Lidingo SWE (talk) 22:18, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

Baruch HaBa Melech HaMashiach

ברוך הבא מלך המשיח

שהחיינו וקיימנו והגיענו לזמן הזה
Could you tell me please if this song is from Avraham Fried or someone else? And on wich album does it appears?

thank you

Djampa (talk) 08:03, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

Florida Atlantic University

Would you mind reading through the above article and checking spelling, punctuation, etc.? Thanks. KnightLago (talk) 13:32, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

Thanks. KnightLago (talk) 20:08, 16 October 2008 (UTC)


Chris the speller, one of the coolest persons here. I haven't heard from you in a long time. How you been? Tony the Marine (talk) 22:55, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

Thomas Levett

Thank you for catching my typo on the Thomas Levett page. I'm a spelling fanatic, also, and it's wonderful to see folks like yourself here, doing such a great job. Many thanks and regards,MarmadukePercy (talk) 20:53, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

AfD nomination of Exodus of Ethnic Macedonians from Greece

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Thank ewe sew four yore corrections too hour are tickles. Wee disparately need you hear! —SlamDiego←T 11:10, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

Re: date style - month/day vs. day-month

Perhaps you're right. I've changed them all to month/day. I had originally changed them to day-month because I thought that the prevailing style in Southeast Asia was day-month. I've changed them back to month/day since, as you point out, that was the way they were to begin with. Dismas|(talk) 03:27, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Just dropping by to wish you and your loved ones a "Happy Thanksgiving Day". Tony the Marine (talk) 22:45, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Dilligence appreciation

This is to thank you for making my day so much smilier through the discovery that someone's so devoted to correcting spelling here on Wikipedia - your diligence is much appreciated! --Dakinijones (talk) 15:06, 4 December 2008 (UTC)

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For kindness to all through dilligent wikignomery across many articles and several years Dakinijones (talk) 15:06, 4 December 2008 (UTC)


Thank you for your help on the angioleiomyoma‎ article. kilbad (talk) 21:26, 23 December 2008 (UTC)

Victory Road (2008)

I've been noticing that you've been making fixes to the above article. I just thought to tell you that I'm working on the article in a subpage slowly and that hopefully very soon those problems will not be there anymore. Just thought to save you the trouble.--WillC 05:32, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

Christmas card

A query: in the above phrase. 'Christmas card' is it correct that Christmas should have a capital letter, yet card not have one? How can this be correct that the noun has less significance than an adjective describing it? Sandpiper (talk) 14:56, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

Spelling corrections in quoted material

Thnkas for gving Millis Jefferis the once over, however, the correction you made to his MC citation took it out of line with the source text. When things are clearly quotes, perhaps it would be better to flag them in some way for further attention, or where as here the source was available online, compare against the source, and if that actually uses the correct spelling, correct, or otherwise mark with {{sic}}? David Underdown (talk) 11:48, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

Actually on further investigation, since the word in question was reconnoitring it seems that this may be a British/American spelling thing since the OED lists only reconnoitring (in fact it doesn't even give reconnoitering as an option, which is unusual, although two of the examples it gives do actually spell it that way), the British spelling of the base word is reconnoitre, so the e is dropped when forming the participle, whereas I guess the Americans would go for reconnoiter? David Underdown (talk) 11:58, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

Redirect of Every Child Inc

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Date formatting

Hi Chris. Could I please ask you to refrain from changing optional date formatting styles, as you recently did at USS Queens (APA-103). As wp:mosnum states, Edit warring over optional styles (such as 14 February and February 14) is unacceptable. If an article has been stable in a given style, it should not be converted without a style-independent reason. Where in doubt, defer to the style used by the first major contributor.

Thanks, Gatoclass (talk) 08:06, 2 February 2009 (UTC)

I was following the advice of another sentence in the same paragraph, "with respect to British date formats as opposed to American it would be acceptable to change from American format to British if the article concerned a British subject". Chris the speller (talk) 16:40, 2 February 2009 (UTC)

Spelling Error GRRRR!

Chris, you're the greatest! Thanks for catching that spelling error on Douglass High School, Kingsport. Makes me mad when I make the simple errors!Csneed (talk) 23:28, 8 February 2009 (UTC)


Hi. Your PROD got removed; I also think it's dodgy, and I have taken it to AfD here. Regards, JohnCD (talk) 22:30, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Jeremy Vine etc.

Hello. Someone is obviously carrying out a personal campaign against Jeremy Vine by introducing unreferenced, controversial material that contravenes WP:BLP (and containing comments that are also very WP:POV) to that article and BBC, Jimmy Young (disc jockey), BBC Radio 2 and Panorama (TV series). Why am I telling you this? :) Well, I've seen you correct the spelling of such controversial material on a couple of occasions, rather than simply remove the text - so I thought I'd ask you if you wouldn't mind considering the text you are correcting and (hopefully) removing it rather than simply correcting it! Many thanks, Stephenb (Talk) 08:42, 13 February 2009 (UTC)

No problem, no harm in asking though! Happy editing yourself. Stephenb (Talk) 17:12, 13 February 2009 (UTC)

American military date format

Your changes are going against the MOS for this subject. The American military uses the dmy format, and it is codified in the MOS: Wikipedia:MOSNUM#Strong_national_ties_to_a_topic. Please revert your edits which go against this. -MBK004 05:23, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

AM/FM frequency dab pages

Big thanks for all the work you're doing de-abbreviating the states on those pages. They were all created by a since-vanished/discredited user, and it's been a lot of work (and still ongoing) cleaning them up to make sure they contain the correct stations. Getting the states and provinces spelled in full was on my list of tasks, but was absolutely going to be the last step. You're saving me a huge amount of effort — much appreciated! Mlaffs (talk) 20:50, 24 February 2009 (UTC)

What Price Confidence?

Thank you for the attention to hyphens & spelling! Could I get you to reconsider the comma, or should the sentence just be broken to more managable size? Sparafucil (talk) 03:28, 19 March 2009 (UTC)


Thanks for sprucing up GlobalTel. Can you tell me if there a spell check tool on Wikipedia? NancyHeise talk 02:33, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

St Peter's

Thank you, Chris! Amandajm (talk) 04:59, 25 March 2009 (UTC)

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup edits

Thanks Chris. Was rushed doing that so thanks for spell checking! TurboGUY (talk) 16:21, 30 April 2009 (UTC)

If it wasn't for those pesky kids

Excuse me for bothering you but I imagine you have an opinion on this.

This derives from your discussion on WP:MOSNUM about date abbreviations.

In Electric Car there are tables that have "Adults + Kids". Personally I hate the word "kids" and I don't know what the style is on that but I would change to "children". However, in a compact table "kids" lays it out nicer, otherwise the column would be too wide.

What would you do?

SimonTrew (talk) 18:51, 18 May 2009 (UTC)

Actually most of them went before I checked, some other editor took em out I guess. This article is starting to look quite nice I think.

Artwork on the Globe building, Stockholm

Lidingo calling. I hope you are doing well and still active in the Wiki-business. There is a new section in the aticle about the Globe Arena in Stockholm, regarding artwork. I would appreciate if you could have a look on the wording in this new section when there is time. The idea is to me to too much promotion for a single artist, but also in some way, sort of hidden promotion for the main sponsor for the Globe Arena, Ericsson, as the cottage and the Globe with ERICSSON i bold text on the side now will be a favourite object for thousands of photographers for some time at least. But I guess one have to accept that commercials rules the world these days. Kind Regards, Lidingo SWE (talk) 15:59, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Thank you. Lidingo SWE (talk) 06:27, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

RfD nomination of Yuka (InuYasha)

I have nominated Yuka (InuYasha) (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) for discussion. Your opinions on the matter are welcome; please participate in the discussion by adding your comments at the discussion page. Thank you. -- Collectonian (talk · contribs) 04:48, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

Could you help me?

I have an argument with others on disambiguation. I want to add some useful information to ACE, NME and PMF, but other people always delete them. The link is here: Could you please have a look? Thanks.-- (talk) 21:23, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Kreuger family

Hi Chris. I would appreciate if you could have a look on the article Kreuger family when you have time. The article explains the background for Ivar Kreugers interest in the match industry and which ancestors started the business. Is the name for such an article correct? Lidingo SWE (talk) 16:33, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the quick respons and your tip about spelling of "Schultz". Lidingo SWE (talk) 11:03, 11 June 2009 (UTC)

re Vampires Invincible

 Done Cirt (talk) 06:36, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

new Battle of Belgium article

Thanks for your help in corrections! Dapi89 (talk) 10:40, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

Done correction. Done for now. Thanks for your opinion on the article's quality. I'll ask around before I move it again - I think it was raised that there were two battle of Belgium, in 1914-18 and 1940. Cheers again. Dapi89 (talk) 18:41, 20 June 2009 (UTC)


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For correcting the spelling of 'on board' in ~100 articles in the last 2 days. Crazy :) Rror (talk) 15:36, 1 July 2009 (UTC)

Thanks also for fixing my consistent misspelling of prominant!--Pubdog (talk) 16:50, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

Chris, I wish to thank you for correcting the spelling of "responsible" in Up in the Air (film). I periodically copy the text of article I am working on into Word to check for typos and potential grammar problems. Obviously I missed this misspelling. Do you have an application you use to spot misspellings and other typographical errors, or are you simply an amazingly prolific copyeditor?

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Deletion of place of birth info from text

As you've had a hand in this guideline, perhaps you could assist in the discussion at [2]. Note -- while I realize that people differ as to whether the guideline should be followed (put the info later in the text) or the Britannica, etc. approach followed (put it in the lead sentence), this editor is deleting the info from the text, on the basis that it is in the Infobox. Tx.--Epeefleche (talk) 18:04, 12 August 2009 (UTC)

Drawings for patents published on USPTO patent document viewer

Hi Chris. I wonder if you could help me in a matter related to images on Wikimedia commons. USPTO have a viewer for granted patents where you can view the complete patent documents including the drawings. The images (each page on separate view page) can be saved to your own computer and appears as a Tiff-files but can then be changed to any suitable format, jpg, png etc. Do you know if these public images can be uploaded to Commons with for example Creative Commons Share-a like 3.0 license? I think it should be possible as the images are public and any modification to the images have no meaning. Would appreciate your opinion. Lidingo SWE (talk) 16:35, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

Got your message, thanks. Lidingo SWE (talk) 11:58, 4 September 2009 (UTC)


Why thank you for the date fix. I actually wrote several things that day , Oct. 1, that I accidentally put that on.SADADS (talk) 11:28, 6 October 2009 (UTC)

The dark side of Wikipedia?

When I saw the "& # 91 ; sic & # 93;" insertion summarized on my watchlist in the article on Somalia, I was alarmed for a second that Chris the speller had gone over to the dark side! (Thanks for the change BTW.) (I'll bet that is one you won't hear in a spelling bee!). Student7 (talk) 13:46, 18 November 2009 (UTC)

Thanks and request

Thanks Chris for your typos corrections in Moksa (Jainism)‎ and Samsara (Jainism)‎. These sort of corrections improve such articles a lot. I am trying to get Karma in Jainism for feature article review. Maybe you can have a look whenever you have time for typos and grammatical mistakes. (There will be a lot as English is my second language). User:Alastair Haines is helping me a lot on Jainism related articles but any assistance will be welcome to improve these articles. --Anish (talk) 05:52, 30 November 2009 (UTC)

Zwickau - The Cradle Of Saxon Automotive Industry (HORCH, Audi-DKW-Trabant, Auto Union Silver Arrows & VW)

Hello Chris, thanks a lot for reviewing my last changes. I do my very best to contribute for wikipedia, but i'm not perfect. It's a great pleasure for me to meet fellows like you who do support my work. This way articles for this international platform will be more and more perfect. Sincerely Atril (talk) 23:29, 30 November 2009 (UTC)

KOSTRAD & breaking links

Please be careful when you capitalise names. By changing Infantry Division 1 Kostrad, which reflects the Indonesian usage - lowercase - to Infantry Division 1 KOSTRAD, without changing the other article title, you broke the link. Please be more careful in future. Seasons' greetings, Buckshot06 (talk) 03:46, 27 December 2009 (UTC)

Thanks Chris. Appreciate your words - and the italics on Oriskany - you contribution stalker!! :) Note: I'm trying to convey a humourous and friendly tone here - difficult with the internet. Buckshot06 (talk) 20:46, 29 December 2009 (UTC)
Thanks. Would you consider adding Azerbaijani Armed Forces to your watchlist? We've got a user who is a very patriotic Azerbaijani, but is very careless with adding sources or reverting. It's driving me crazy. Buckshot06 (talk) 22:22, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

Quick Coupler

I'd have called the capitalisation after a colon a stylistic preference, but thanks for correcting the misspelling. MEPK. —Preceding unsigned comment added by MEPK (talkcontribs) 13:17, 20 January 2010 (UTC)

Hamish & Andy

Thank you for your spell check on the Hamish & Andy radio show page, I'm extremely lazy when it comes to double-checking my spelling and grammatical stuff, so it's nice someone could be bothered reviewing it for me! If only you could follow me around at work. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:43, 18 January 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the corrections

Hi Chris, Overlooking the corrections you made to my contribution The Schizo's I realized that I made those contributions when I was really tired (and also sick (mild flu)), so the article was full of stupid typo's. But for some really strange reason you never see the typo's you make yourself while you do see them in other peoples articles. So thank you for correcting the article. Please feel free to go over my other recent contributions (although the majority of recent contribs are in the Dutch language Wiki and not here on EN Wiki. Tks again, keep the good work going, JanT (talk) 00:37, 15 November 2009 (UTC)

RE ChristheSpeller (on your reply on MY talk page)
Yeah feeling much better now, even return to work tomorrow. Tks again. JanT (talk) 21:58, 15 November 2009 (UTC)

Hi Chris:

THanks for the spelling corrections on yellowface. I've been having an interesting time finding details and history. At times, typos creep

Regards, Obi Nemogbr (talk) Nemogbr 02:37, 6 January 2010 (UTC)

Hi Chris, Many thanks for taking the time in making the appreciable corrections on Ricardo Lancaster-Jones y Verea. Best wishes for 2010! Hyperspeed2000 (talk) 04:29, 14 January 2010 (UTC)

Unreferenced BLPs

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"onboard" is not a misspelling

Just an FYI that "onboard" is not actually a misspelling (at least, not any more). See for example: It used to be, and occasionally still is, a contraction which would be written as "on-board", but that's become somewhat rare, especially in the aviation/space flight world. Don't let out of date spell checkers mislead ya! Face-smile.svg
— V = I * R (Talk • Contribs) 14:18, 30 January 2010 (UTC)

No, "onboard" is not a misspelling, but using the adjective "onboard" when the prepositional phrase "on board" is needed is a mistake. So, "the onboard computer failed" is fine, but "eight people were onboard when the ship capsized" is wrong. I could make the edit summary "gr" if you like, but some editors might be more easily offended if they were told that their grammar was deficient, while most can accept having their spelling corrected. Chris the speller (talk) 14:26, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
I don't quote follow. How exactly is "eight people were onboard when the ship capsized" wrong, especially since the primary definition of "onboard" is that the noun phrase describes something on or in a vehicle?
— V = I * R (Talk • Contribs) 14:29, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
I think that I see what you're getting at, but I (still) don't agree with your analysis. In the sentence "eight people were onboard when the ship capsized" there are two NP's: "eight people" and "the ship", one VP: "the ship capsized", and so the adjective "onboard" in this context would serve as a conjunction connecting the first NP "eight people" with the second NP/VP "the ship", which "capsized". This sort of grammar is certainly more complex, (and as an amateur linguist/natural language processing proponent I kind of wish that it wasn't existent) but we tend to put these sentence structures together all the time in the modern world.
— V = I * R (Talk • Contribs) 14:50, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
Take a look at "aboard" at [3]. "Aboard" is an adverb, equivalent to the prepositional phrase "on board of". In "the crew is aboard", "aboard" modifies the verb "is". "Fred is aboard the yacht" is the same as "Fred is on board the yacht". When you need to modify a noun, use the adjective "onboard", as in "the onboard computer failed". "Onboard" tells us what kind of computer it is (adjective), not where it is (adverb or prepositional phrase). When an onboard computer is taken off an airplane and taken to the shop, it is still an onboard computer, as opposed to the ground-based computer used in an office, but is it on board the aircraft? No, not until it's returned. Just because a lot of editors don't understand all this doesn't mean Wikipedia needs to abandon standard English; there are lots of editors who do understand it and can correct the articles. Happy editing! Chris the speller (talk) 16:21, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
OK, I see what you're saying. Word choice is a completely valid concern in my view, but I don't see it as a hard and fast rule. To get back to our earlier example, in one sense the sentence "eight people were aboard when the ship capsized" would be more correct, just as restructuring it to read "The ship capsized with eight people onboard" would also be more correct, but I don't see using "eight people were onboard when the ship capsized" as being incorrect, it's simply less clear language to me. In some ways, even though it is less clear, it's still a fairly common means of structuring spoken English, for native speakers, so it's really not possible for it to be un-grammatical in the sense that something like "The green is sky" would be.
— V = I * R (Talk • Contribs) 16:47, 30 January 2010 (UTC)


Hi. You've previously edited the O'Dell dab page - please could you take another quick look and see if you think the most recent changes are appropriate? I want to tidy up the various "See also" links to this page but don't know if I should go with O'Dell (disambiguation) or O'Dell (surname). I'm to blame for the confusion - I requested that O'Dell (disambiguation) be created, then some time later noticed that O'Dell wasn't actually a dab page and was about to request that the new redirect be deleted, but now uncertain. Thanks. (talk) 22:56, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Thanks. I've put O'Dell (disambiguation) up for speedy deletion and requested that O'Dell be moved to O'Dell (surname). (talk) 03:10, 3 February 2010 (UTC)
Move is being contested - Talk:O'Dell#Move? - any thoughts on that? (talk) 06:21, 3 February 2010 (UTC)

One Time

Thanks for your contributions to the One Time article, however according to Wikipedia:Manual of Style and WP:SONG numbers in the chart performance section should be spelled out and not in number form. Thanks. Candyo32 (talk) 19:39, 6 February 2010 (UTC)

I re-corrected the other spelling errors. However, following in the footsteps of FA's Hollaback Girl and 4 Minutes and every other music article on Wikipedia, I'm changing the numbers back to stick to general consensus of format. Candyo32 (talk) 03:49, 7 February 2010 (UTC)
Alright, I will agree with you on the three-digit number thing, so I'll change them. Candyo32 (talk) 04:55, 7 February 2010 (UTC)

A little shiny thing

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Hi Chris. Nice to see that you're still active. Could I ask you to a copy-edit on the article Johannes S. Andersen. I'm planning on Good article nominating it. Manxruler (talk) 22:13, 19 February 2010 (UTC)

Thanks a bunch. :) Yep, Andersen was quite the colourful character. Not your average resistance fighter/secret agent to say the least. Happy continued editing. Manxruler (talk) 00:31, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for help!

Thanks for help! I joined Kindness Project, and hope, I may be useful to others as well.--Zara-arush (talk) 18:22, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

...and thanks again!

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Peeple like me need poople like you! Amandajm (talk) 04:43, 26 February 2010 (UTC)


You have a point. Pretty sure 1950 but will need to check.©Geni 23:45, 28 March 2010 (UTC)

Convert with adj=mid

30-March-2010: I have changed Convert to allow option "adj=mid" for specifying mid-text. Examples:

  • {{convert|340|m|ft|adj=mid|-high}}         →   340-metre-high (1,120 ft)
  • {{convert|340|m|ft|adj=mid|-high cone}} →   340-metre-high cone (1,120 ft)
  • {{convert|43|km|mi|adj=mid|-wide}}     →   43-kilometre-wide (27 mi)
  • {{convert|6|ft|m|adj=mid|-radius circle}}     →   6-foot-radius circle (1.8 m)

Although option "adj=mid" was designed for adjective phrases, it can be used without hyphens, by using unit symbols (abbr=on or abbr=in), so that many conversions can have mid-text inserted. Many idioms flow much better if the converted amount is shown afterward, as an afterthought following the phrase:

  • He took a {{convert|2|L|USGAL|adj=mid|bottle}}   → He took a 2-litre bottle (0.53 US gal).
  • The log is {{convert|7|ft|m|adj=mid|too long|abbr=on}} →   The log is 7 ft too long (2.1 m).

Thanks for noting many articles need mid-text wording. -Wikid77 12:34, 30 March 2010 (UTC)

  • KEEP GOING. Please don't be afraid that "adj=mid" will be removed from {Convert}. I have worked on that template for 3 years, and I don't forsee any major problems with adj=mid. Put the rounding at the end (as "|0 }}" appended). People might talk about better ways to insert mid-text words, but very few people actually modify hundreds of Convert subtemplates to change anything, so rest assured, Convert with adj=mid is here to stay, for a long time. I have written an essay for simplifying Convert, to allow a named parameter "mid=zzzz" but that would probably require over a year to accomplish, with everyone in agreement, but instead, I'm seeing opposition (to the simplest changes), so I expect it would be years before Convert was simplified by consensus. Plus, adj=mid would be supported in a new rewrite of Convert. -Wikid77 (talk) 10:32, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

Countenance divine

I have opened an AfD for Countenance divine at WP:Articles for deletion/Countenance divine if you are interested. Tb (talk) 01:22, 10 April 2010 (UTC)


Publically is not an incorrect spelling, although I agree that publicly is the more common version. Thanks for doing a good job on the general proof-reading, though! DiverScout (talk) 07:19, 25 April 2010 (UTC)


Thanks mate :)

Nijgoykar (talk) 17:34, 3 May 2010 (UTC)

Your opinion

Hi since you touched up the page that I wrote, "Palmietfontein Airport", please give me your opinion on this sentence from the article I have edited entitled "Rand Airport" : "The airport hosts Air Charter Operators, Flying Schools and a number of Aircraft Maintenance Organizations, as well as Pilot Shops, Car Hire and other enterprises.[2]" as far as the use of capital letters is concerned. Thanks Ralph —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:50, 15 May 2010 (UTC)

Rene Relampagos

Chris, Hi I am back! I need help with wiki formatting etc etc the millions of things you usually do. Please? thank you so much. Pinay (talkemail) 01:42, 22 May 2010 (UTC)

How can I thank you enough...the article looks really "neat and clean" now! - Pinay (talkemail) 07:12, 22 May 2010 (UTC)

Guild of Copy Editors Copyedit Backlog Elimination Drive

Hello, I am The Utahraptor, a member of the Guild of Copy Editors. I noticed your contributions in the copy editing field, and I was wondering if you could take part in next month's backlog elimination drive? It would be much appreciated if you could. Thank you. The Utahraptor Talk 01:08, 22 June 2010 (UTC)

Your contributed article, Tallest buildings in central america

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Women's Alliance (Iceland) listed at Redirects for discussion

An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Women's Alliance (Iceland). Since you had some involvement with the Women's Alliance (Iceland) redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion (if you have not already done so). Bridgeplayer (talk) 14:26, 4 July 2010 (UTC)

My article on Distributed Operating Systems

Hi Initially there was no article on Distributed Operating System. So I took some time to gather information and published my article on Distributed Operating Systems. So heres my article . Can you please suggest any further improvements to my page please. Sir I am asking you because you contributed to the article today. Thank you very much in advance. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ksudhir01 (talkcontribs) 06:48, 5 July 2010 (UTC)


Thank you! Amandajm (talk) 17:58, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

You're welcome! Chris the speller (talk) 21:43, 21 July 2010 (UTC)


Ah, ha! I recently gave someone else a semi-hard time over his improper use, or non-use, of commas. Guess I should have reread my own article first. Thanks for adding those commas to USS PC-1264.Thomas R. Fasulo (talk) 02:43, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

Chris, ever read Eats, Shoots & Leaves? I enjoyed it so much I later went out and bought the illustrated edition. As an extension entomologist for the University of Florida, I receive a large number of contributions from faculty and graduate students to Web sites I maintain. My most popular site is Featured Creatures, which receives over 5.5 million page views a year. The level of writing from college-educated people deteriorates every year. I can understand it when the student is from a non-English background, so I am willing to help out. However, over the years, I have asked way too many American students if English was their second language. Not that I am perfect myself, but sometimes I wonder if they ever had to write anything before. When I went to college, most tests were in an essay format. Now, even graduate level course exams are multiple choice. Thomas R. Fasulo (talk) 02:17, 1 September 2010 (UTC)


Hey Chris, it's been a long time. How you been, buddy? This humble servant would like to share with you this speech made before the Commission of the Latino American Museum, with his friends: Take care. Tony the Marine (talk) 17:50, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of HMF Engineering

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I have copied this notice to the talk page of Hmfracing, who inserted the material into HMF, a disambig page. That is probably the only user who cares if this spam gets blown away. Chris the speller (talk) 15:05, 4 September 2010 (UTC)

English plural

I didn't want to revert your removal of "rooves" (English plural), mainly because some discussions over grammar can get out of hand, and I'm just not that invested in rooves; but I don't agree with your reasoning: "remove 'rooves' as a plural of 'roof'; it is not an acceptable plural, and may encourage people to use it." Yet we already do, rightly or wrongly. There are so many changes in language that stem from incorrect usage that eventually becomes standard and acceptable; and vice versa: when a word becomes archaic enough, its usage is incorrect usage.

The online OED (my access is through my university library, making all this impossible to reference) gives
roof noun (pl. roofs or rooves /ru:vz/)
without comment about rooves being incorrect; and there were 6 results in an advanced search of the word. Here are three:

Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language
(1) Standard NZE is to all intents and purposes the same as standard BrE. However, the plural forms rooves and wharves are preferred to roofs and wharfs,....

Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage
roof. The standard plural form is roofs, but rooves is often found, causing dismay in some circles...Rooves, with its softer sound, may well win out in the end, but for now it is better to use roofs.

The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar
analogy. ....Interestingly, irregular patterns are sometimes spread by analogy: for example, the historical past tense form of the verb dive is the regular dived, but the irregular dove arose in British dialects and American English during the nineteenth century; similarly scarves, hooves, and even rooves have tended to replace the historical and regular plurals scarfs, hoofs, and roofs....

I think rooves might be classified as a hypercompensation, but then, if it's an archaic version of the word, that'd be more like the Tolkien resurrection of dwarves and its making a(n un)welcome comeback. Online remarks that rooves is archaic however are never referenced; I don't know the complete etymology. We have all these ambiguous, irregular forms of the plural of words ending in -f and -fe, and which one is preferred over another?, and no usage history to explain why. Did we really add scarves to the dictionary in the 19th-century (as described above)? Was this scandalous? Scarfs has so few Google-results compared to scarves that I have to think it will one day be archaic and bad English. Yet, I'm one thinking it's a blessing we don't have the equivalent of L'Académie française.

In Language, Leonard Bloomfield discusses pronunciation of plurals, and rooves and roofs is in the section (13.6) without saying one is right and the other wrong. I thought about my own dialect pronunciation of roofs never having once thought about its not matching the spelling, and felt better of it when I found in The Macquarie Dictionary (Australian English) only giving roofs as the plural, but two different pronunciations of the word:
roof. noun (plural roofs /rufs/ (say roohfs), /ruvz/ (say roohvz))

If for any reason other than not to insult Kiwi/s, rooves should be left in the list, they having gone too far to save. I don't think I'd've even wondered about your revision if I'd not read just recently this entry in Fowler's Modern English Usage:
-ve(d), -ves beef. Pl. beeves (oxen).
I had to look that one up. It really is a word.
doyleb23 (talk) 06:32, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

I found the etymology section for words in the OED, and this about rooves:
The historic plural form with a voiced consonant /v/ is superseded in the early 17th cent. in standard usage by the analogical form with f (already attested, at least as a spelling, in the 15th cent.); rooves appears sporadically in the 19th cent., but remains relatively unusual in print until the later 20th cent. [my emphasis], and is treated as nonstandard or regional (or is passed over in silence) by many 20th cent. grammars and usage guides.
Curiously enough, it is not passed over in the OED Dictionary of English Grammar.
Can rooves be allowed here: Nouns with multiple plurals? This section says that one of the forms is usually archaic. It might have a note similar to that of kine:
archaic form; use is chiefly in New Zealand.
The OED and Webster's Unabridged, two dictionaries with authority and influence, and important usage writers Leonard Bloomfield and Fowler all admit its existence as a plural form, and the latter doesn't like it, but it doesn't go on to say it's categorically wrong, just that roofs is for now...better. OED and Websters admit it as a plural form, without using "archaic" (however, they both clearly state that kine is archaic: kine. Archaic pl. of COW n. ). Being non-standard isn't the same as wrong. As it exists as a form at all is sufficient reason that it not be excluded. By your own admission, you feel it is archaic and therefore should not be used and WP shouldn't encourage its use. WP can't do that; that's point of view! That's what struck me, your comment it is not an acceptable plural, and may encourage people to use it. Admittedly, it may be non-standard, especially if not found in many dictionaries and usage guides; some can't decide if it even exists or not (1926 H. W. FOWLER Mod. Eng. Usage 687/2 Roof. No v forms.; vs 2008 Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage. Ed. Robert Allen. (quote above)); but it can't be universally accepted: I've given reference that it is still being used, chiefly in New Zealand, the OED and Webster's both include it, neither declare it archaic, and the OED admits its use is now become more common in print in the late 20th century.
doyleb23 (talk) 01:12, 27 September 2010 (UTC)
Yes, I did get long-winded and overwrote this when I proved these words equivalent (both are valid plurals), thinking one would want me thorough or at least entertaining. I didn't see however that you are a WP editor with a lot of experience with spelling corrections, a rather impressive number, and didn't understand that WP editors should choose the better word, decide what everybody understands and determine equal merit, which was really my objection all along-- your deciding for us what is acceptable or no, and making decisions about what we should and should not be encouraged to do, without evidence. You maintain that position even after my essay, and I with grand overacted drama withdraw my point of view.doyleb23 (talk) 03:35, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

CSAB (professional organization)

Hi Chris, Thanks for spelling update! -- SchreyP (talk) 14:39, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

You're quite welcome. Chris the speller (talk) 14:42, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

misuse of hyphens

Nuvola apps important.svg Please stop your disruptive editing. If you continue to vandalize Wikipedia, as you did at Kistler Vineyards, you will be blocked from editing. Thankyou. Ðem Lusty, Lusty Roars!!!! † Speak your beautiful, atrocious mind!!!! 01:39, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Putting hyphens where they belong is not exactly disruptive editing, except perhaps to those who have an inordinate fear of hyphens. Unfazed, I plan to carry on. Chris the speller (talk) 05:16, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Before you, "You Can't Go Home Again" was literally a page about a battlestar galactica episode. hahahah. ok cya.

The Great Arkansas Barnstar

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I award you the Great Arkansas Barn Star for your work on cleaning up my numerous spelling and capitalization errors in the series, History of the Arkansas National Guard. Thanks for the hard work! Aleutian06 13:41, 8 November 2010 (UTC)

List of EastEnders: E20 characters

Oh god, I can't believe I typed "epiosde" that many times! I'm so ashamed! lol I blame the speed at which I type. Thanks for noticing :-) AnemoneProjectors 02:49, 11 November 2010 (UTC)

Thank you

Thank you Chris. It is always nice to hear from the people that you consider among your best friends in Wikipedia. what have you been up to? Tony the Marine (talk) 03:18, 11 November 2010 (UTC)

Shi Yan Ming

Hi. I know that "temple" is a common noun, but since it is used in the article to refer to a proper one that is established up front, doesn't it retains its proper status, even when the entire unqiue or proper name is written out? I recall reading published instances in which this is the case. Thanks. Nightscream (talk) 05:43, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

Thanks. Nightscream (talk) 07:23, 14 November 2010 (UTC)


Hi. I've seen your corrections on a number of articles I've worked on, and recognized that some of the errors you corrected were mine. I appreciate your work, and wanted to thank you. Strangely, I'm actually an excellent speller, but that's offset by the fact that I'm also a pretty poor typist -- fast, but error-prone! Best, Beyond My Ken (talk) 01:17, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

Divine Word College of Laoag

Chris, I got more work for ya. Please do the million things you do for this article. BTW, congrats on being one of the top 400 performers in wiki. my kudos, man. more power, too! Ate Pinay (talkemail) 22:18, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Thank you! How about wikifying some of the content in the history...can you give me a hand? please??? Pinay (talkemail) 00:36, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
My gratitude and always! - AtePinay (talkemail) 06:07, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

Park Performing Arts Center

Wonder if you wouldn't mind checking out above. Can't see it any more and think I did a sloppy job, and havimg nominated for a DYK, think it should be looked at. Thanks for keeping Wikipedia correctly spelled......Best, Djflem (talk) 19:05, 5 December 2010 (UTC)

HMS Zebra

Hi Chris, Why did you expand the abbreviations of the months in the citations in this article? The reason I used abbreviations is that if one does so, one can list the cites in two columns with in most cases each cite taking only one line. It is just more compact in an area where there is no ambiguity and where it does not affect readability. Thanks for catching the actual spelling mistakes. Regards, Acad Ronin (talk) 18:32, 14 December 2010 (UTC)

Spelling inside quotations.

Hi. You made a spelling change to "publically" in the article Suicide attack . This was within quotation marks, and verbatim from the supporting source - so it shouldn't be altered. "Publically" is an acceptable variation of spelling for the word anyway, so it also won't need "[sic]" per MOS:QUOTE. (Hohum @) 09:56, 23 December 2010 (UTC)


I seen your copyediting on a Canadian volcano article a while back so I am just asking if you can do a copyedit for the Mount Fee article. The user that did a peer review for it does not consider himself an excellent judge of brilliant prose, so another copyeditor would help. I am attempting to bring this article to FA class. Volcanoguy 19:00, 28 December 2010 (UTC)


Hi Chris, thanks for correcting those spellings in my article 'History of Association Football (soccer) in Brisbane, Queensland'.

My spelling is not really so bad, but my typing is sometimes crap (and my proofing - I certainly didn't notice the same typo twice!)

I agree with you re the hyphens (see below) - hardly vandalism!?


Peter (Australia) Peter Eedy (talk) 06:05, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

Just a quick note: in British English, French spelling and pronunciation is common and accepted as proper English (see the Wiktionary entry). I've reverted your edit as the article uses British English. Cheers. freshacconci talktalk 16:23, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

19th Century Military Ranks.

I notice you changed several COL s to Col. in Arkansas Militia in the Civil War. Do you a list of 19th century US/CS abbreviations that I can use as a standard in my articles?Aleutian06 23:19, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Thank you

Thanks for editing my page UK Airsoft Wiki, I always seem to get that word wrong lol -- Paul Firmin 22:19, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

British War Relief Society

Thanks for the copy edits to the above article. Is there a spellcheck on Wikipedia...? I could do with one...;-) Londonclanger (talk) 12:14, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

Good spelling spot

I'm impressed! Here have an invisible barnstar xD! It's not about what you say, but how you say it (talk) 12:49, 4 February 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for the corrections to the Homeart story, and for toning my coments down, my edit's were not ment to be in anyway defametory to anyone employed by the company. But it seems to me that some employees of the company take ofence when it come to the real truth of the companies true history. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:00, 7 February 2011 (UTC)

Gateway Project

Wonder if you wouldn't mind having a look at Gateway Project. Think I've missed alot spelling aand grammar stuff, but just am not seeing it. Appreciated. Djflem (talk) 10:14, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

RE:100% Mexicano

According to WP:ALBUMCAPS, if an album or song is not in English, then we utilize the rules of capitalization from that language. In this case, we use the rules of capitaliztion of Spanish. Nationalities are not capitalized according to the Spanish Academy. Even though it appears on the cover as capitalized, it's still not correct unless the artist had intentionally let it be spelled that way for a reason. Magiciandude (talk) 07:41, 13 February 2011 (UTC)

You're overlooking WP:COMMONNAME. Whether it's academically correct or not is purely irrelevant. It's what is verifiably correct in this instance which should be used in Wikipedia, in this case the cover is a good indicator of what we should be calling it. The Rambling Man (talk) 16:18, 13 February 2011 (UTC)
@Chris, I've opened a discussion here should you be interested in discussing this editor's move strategy. Cheers. The Rambling Man (talk) 16:26, 13 February 2011 (UTC)

Arkansas Militia and the War with Mexico

Would you please copyedit this article Arkansas Militia and the War with Mexico? Thanks!Aleutian06 (talk) 19:48, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

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I award you this Great Arkansas Barnstar for your efforts to correct my spelling in the article, Arkansas Militia and the War with Mexico? Aleutian06 (talk) 13:30, 17 February 2011 (UTC)

reviewer status

Hi Chris, I accepted one of your edits tonight, you have thousands of edits would you mind if I get someone t give you the reviewer status so that users don't have to check over your edits Off2riorob (talk) 22:19, 20 February 2011 (UTC)

Off2--great idea. I second that.--Epeefleche (talk) 08:55, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

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... for doing G-d's work. Having just finished asking a sysop to stop hounding an editor, and instead consider being a constructive member of the project, I can't tell you how pleasant it was to see your name pop up yet again on my watchlist as having made an edit. Best.--Epeefleche (talk) 08:54, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

Spellchecking and Google

Chris - Thanks for the message. I agree with you, we Gnomes are often overlooked, and currently (see timestamp at end) the Search Index has still not been updated.

I have tried replicating your search for "prominant" in using:-

prominant -inurl:wiki-User -intitle:Talk -intitle:file -inurl:wiki-Wikipedia -inurl:wiki-WP -redirected-from

This gives 67 results and, as you say, they all seem to feature "ent" not "ant"

I don't know if you know, but Google has a "Plus (+) Operator" (see [4] for details) an option for use "If a common word is essential to getting the results that you want, you can make sure that we pay attention to it by putting a "+" sign in front of it"

I therefore searched using:-

+prominant -inurl:wiki-User -intitle:Talk -intitle:file -inurl:wiki-Wikipedia -inurl:wiki-WP -redirected-from

This returned 73 results all of which seem to be "ant". Unfortunately, although the search includes "-User" a number of the matches found are User pages - so the search instruction still needs some tweaking.
Why Google should return so few results with the correct spelling, and more with the mis-spelling, I do not know.
I resisted the temptation to correct the "ant"s, so hopefully, if you try to replicate this, you will get broadly similar results.
Arjayay (talk) 11:35, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

Arjayay, I think I can explain why Google returns so few results with the correct spelling. *laughing* a is before e and you searched for prominant. Try this and see if it works. Search for: prominent (prominant)

Then reverse it and be sure to use the parentheses. Then try it with the Wikipedia Search Engine.

Would you help me with my problem? I frequently see internment (for burial) and interment (for imprisonment). I think a bot could make the changes (at least 8,000) if I remember correctly. Then there's inter, intern, interred, interned, interring, interning... Can a bot make these changes? I am 70 and edit when health and time permit. Sure would like to see these fixed. I do minor editing although I am an experienced Copy-Editor. I get lost at Wikipedia.

A comment about Google. The Search Engine seems to be programmed to accept typos. Hope this helps and sorry for barging in. Respectfully, Tiyang (talk) 07:26, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

lead / led

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Thank you! Andreas Philopater (talk) 19:29, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

Plot synopsis

Please see the discussion section of Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/Snotbot 3. As I predicted, the bot will not be approved until there is more community discussion on it. The bot reviewer gave some suggestions on where that discussion could take place. Please start a discussion in an appropriate place and get consensus for the bot's actions. Feel free to send me a link to the discussion, and I'll be happy to chime in. Thanks. —SW— confer 23:26, 2 March 2011 (UTC)

Warren Fales Draper (M.D.)

Hello, Chris the speller, and thanks for fixing typos in some of my articles. I have a couple questions. You've changed the title of the article from the above to a form without the suffix. OK, but what am I supposed to do when I write the article about the earlier Warren Fales Draper? Truly, the earlier guy should get the title without the suffix. This article is about a later generation, and his name should be qualified to separate from the name of the original.

Secondly, you've changed all the dates from D-M-Y to M-D-Y. Why do you do that? Even though this is written in American English, is there a wikipedia policy that says anything written in American English must use M-D-Y? Even though I am American, I am also former military and I am a genealogist. Even in the U.S. both of these groups customarily use D-M-Y. I am fairly new to wikipedia, so if there is some policy, please let me know.

Again, thanks for fixing typos.Sarnold17 (talk) 10:39, 12 March 2011 (UTC)


Thanks for correcting my spelling errors in the Silent stroke article. I thought I was a good speller, I was wrong. Thanks 7mike5000 (talk) 16:28, 15 March 2011 (UTC)

Correction of spelling in a direct quote

I reverted your "correction" of hyphenation that was contained within a direct quote from the cited (publicly-available) source. I wonder, generally, whether use of automated tools like AWB leads to such inappropriate edits. "With great power comes great responsibility", perhaps?  :-) -- Scray (talk) 20:53, 15 March 2011 (UTC)

You replied on my talk page, so I continued there. -- Scray (talk) 22:53, 15 March 2011 (UTC)


I just noticed AWB skipping over a whole bunch of pages which I'd already pre-parsed, so I decided to investigate. I wasn't surprised to see that you were the culprit, but I was a little surprised to see that you'd finally taken the plunge and started using AWB yourself. I imagine it's helping you to be even more productive than you were before, although that hardly seems possible. Keep up the good work! MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 18:13, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

Sheldon Brown (bicycle mechanic)

I reverted your substitution of "An" for "A" on Sheldon Brown (bicycle mechanic). Per Wikipedia, when placed before a word starting with a "U" that is pronounced as a consonant "y," as in "United States," the indefinite article should be "A," as used before other words that start with a consonant. Ebikeguy (talk) 14:43, 19 March 2011 (UTC)

Seasons Greetings

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"Feliz Navidad and a Happy new Year"
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Century Tower

As a current or past contributor to a related article, I thought I'd let you know about WikiProject University of Florida, a collaborative effort to improve Wikipedia's coverage of University of Florida. If you would like to participate, you can visit the project page, where you can join the project and see a list of open tasks and related articles. Thanks!

Request from Kazuya369

Hi Chris, really appreciate your correction on the article TTDI. I really need your help on something else....I made some extra changes on the same article and i noticed the changes only showed up on the article from my computer when I log in. However, from another public computer(or clearing the cookies on my browser), i noticed that the changes cannot be seen until i click on "edit this page". Just wondering what could be the reason for that? I tried searching on the help section and read about the /ref but that still doesn't work. Maybe I am doing it wrong then? Many Thanks.(or u can email me at —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kazuya369 (talkcontribs) 13:06, January 25, 2008

Gordon E. Williams

You edited this, you may be interested in commenting on its deletion: Gordon E. Williams

'Marco Kroon' article

You rule Chris. And so does your spelling checker. Pokerface (talk), 16 April 2009 (UTC)

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy WHAT? It sure ain't happy for me!

Happy Thanksgiving Tony the Marine (talk), 25 November 2010

Ref names

Hi, re this edit - please note that it's not necessary to apply quotes to ref names that consist entirely of unaccented Latin letters (A-Z, a-z), digits 0-9, periods and the minus sign. --Redrose64 (talk) 16:39, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

Removal of hyphenation

Hello. Your edit summaries do not explain why you are removing the hyphen from "strongly-connected". E.g. [5] and [6]. I am not aware of a rule that says compound adjectives shouldn't be hyphenated. Could you explain your edit? Thanks. pgr94 (talk) 12:01, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

date format

I noticed you changed "1885-99" to "1885 to 1899" here. Per WP:DATESNO, isn't an unspaced en dash the correct format? Nick Number (talk) 18:50, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

The space between the dates seems to make them much readable. I like it :) Bwmoll3 (talk) 19:59, 29 March 2011 (UTC)


Clearly not my strong point, I see your name with alarming regularity! Sterling work sir! Bennydigital (talk) 07:24, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

Thanks again

Hi Chris, thanks again for catching a typo! This time in IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal -- SchreyP (talk) 05:01, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

Unnecessary edits

Chris, your edits first came to my attention when you altered the spelling in a citation title. The title of the reference should be as the reference says, so that people can find the document; that document is the authority on its own title. Correcting the spelling of quoted text, such as a reference title, is undesirable. Would you correct Shakespeare's spelling?

I've also noticed other changes you've made using AWB. For example, consider how you are changing 'critically-acclaimed' to 'critically acclaimed'. In the case of 'critically acclaimed', hyphenation of related adjectival terms is correct as a guide to the reader, as in 'the critically-acclaimed play' or 'the long-suffering reader,' while using the hyphen elsewhere is not, as in 'the play was critically acclaimed'. 'The brightly-coloured loose-leaf folio' is more quickly readable and understandable than 'the brightly coloured loose leaf folio.'

There is a lot more to editing and writing than blindly correcting things that aren't errors. I ask you to consider whether the edits you plan to make are actually useful, fix anything, and contribute to the document and text. Lloyd Wood (talk) 17:49, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

"Critically-acclaimed" is correct. "Critically acclaimed" is not. --Walter Görlitz (talk) 21:26, 2 April 2011 (UTC)
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Actually, no, it is not correct to insert a hyphen between an adverb and the adjective it modifies unless the adverb might be mistaken for a adjective. In the case of "critically acclaimed" there is no chance of confusion, so the hyphen is unnecessary. See, for example, Wilson Follett's Modern American Usage: "[A hyphen] is not wanted between an adverb and its adjective before a noun...." (Hill and Wang, 1966. p. 428) H. W. Fowler's Modern English Usage says essentially the same thing, as do most other style guides.--ShelfSkewed Talk 22:23, 2 April 2011 (UTC)
The reference to Fowler is a falsehood, one so far from what Fowler wrote that it is difficult to see how this can be a mere error. This is Fowler's class E ("Hyphens", p. 245): [Hyphens] attach closely to an active or passive participle an adverb or preposition preceding or following it that would not require hyphening to the parent verb (you put up, not put-up, a job, but the result is a put-up job). Fowler's proposed rule is to hyphenate if and only if there is a single accent on the first syllable; he observes that this is not usage, but that usage is so variable as to be better named caprice. Neither, therefore, will support "never hyphenate." The endnote to the 1998 edition suggests that matters have worsened, if possible, since 1926. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 23:51, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
Replied to more fully on my Talk page, where this message is duplicated in somewhat altered form, but, in short, I don't appreciate being all but called a liar, and you are simply wrong: My characterization of Fowler's advice in no way misrepresented what he wrote, at least in the 1965 Second edition I was using as a reference.--ShelfSkewed Talk 04:31, 6 April 2011 (UTC)
"A hyphen is not used after a standard -ly adverb." Critically-acclaimed is incorrect in accordance with Wikipedia's Manual of Style. - SudoGhost (talk) 23:53, 2 April 2011 (UTC)
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Depending on context either is acceptable. The point of the hyphen linking adverb and adjective is to make life easier for the reader who doesn't want to have to spend too much time parsing instead of getting on with the content. I hope you won't mind me reverting your changes at the Karl Otto Götz article. There's a case for rewriting to avoid some of the unwieldiness, but in the meanwhile the hyphens are helpful. Opbeith (talk) 19:34, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

I didn't "jump in" on your private discussion, as you put it. I came here to your Discussion page make a comment because you'd changed the text of an article which I had expanded and I found a relevant discussion already in progress. In expanding the Karl Otto Götz article I had to try to strike a balance between respecting the awkward terminology used by the non-English mother tongue sources and ensuring readability. Your changes didn't help make the article easier to read. A style manual isn't meant to make life more difficult for the reader. Language conventions are in the last resort the servants of communication, not its master. And you might perhaps read the manual carefully - it's not quite as dogmatic as you seem to want me to accept. Opbeith (talk) 23:30, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

Please don't hector. I approached you in a conciliatory manner and you responded aggressively and ignoring the points I made. As well as giving you specific reasons, I also suggested that you read through what the MoS said.


3. compound modifiers:[3]

(1) * A hyphen can help with ease of reading (face-to-face discussion, hard-boiled egg); a hyphen is particularly useful in long noun phrases where non-experts are part of the readership, such as in Wikipedia's scientific articles: gas-phase reaction dynamics.

(2) * A hyphen can help to disambiguate (little-celebrated paintings is not a reference to little paintings; a government-monitoring program is a program that monitors the government, whereas a government monitoring program is a government program that monitors something else).

(3) * Many compounds that are hyphenated when used attributively (before the noun they qualify: a light-blue handbag), are not hyphenated when used predicatively (separated from the noun: the handbag was light blue).

Setting aside the matter of ease of comprehension, there are semantic issues as well. In the sequence "randomly-generated" is not the same as "randomly generated". Although in practice the distinction is becoming increasingly blurred, the former indicates the outcome of a deliberately randomised process - "random generation" - whereas the latter has no connotations of intent. The randomisation process was central to the artist's work in this area. To a lesser degree the same applies to "automatically-created" and "automatically created" here.

Regardless of what you appear to assume I am not worried about preserving my contribution to the Karl Otto Götz article, my concern is for preserving the sense and readability of what is in any case a difficult text. I'm afraid that hard work (and confrontation) does not make you right. In many circumstances your contributions are likely to be helpful but if you are meeting with frequent opposition to your changes it might be worth considering whether there is an issue with some aspects of your interpretation of the style manual and how you apply it.

Please do as I suggest and go back to read the Manual of Style, taking note of the injunction at the top of the page: "This guideline is a part of the English Wikipedia's Manual of Style. Use common sense in applying it; it will have occasional exceptions." and of the introductory sentence "The Manual of Style (often abbreviated MoS or MOS) is a style guide for Wikipedia articles that *encourages* editors to follow consistent usage and formatting." (my emphasis). Opbeith (talk) 08:04, 4 April 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for that conciliatory message, and for the helpful advice. I don't think we see eye to eye but at the same time I don't want to knock. I don't feel too unhappy about your changes to "loosely-associated" and "clearly-defined" - I could certainly live happily with the hyphen-free versions though I find the hyphens marginally helpful. But regardless of helpfulness or otherwise, styles can and should be able to coexist unless they're in serious conflict, like lower-level beliefs and opinions. Perhaps we'll simply have to differ on that. Anyhow, you reminded me that the Götz article needs more working on, when I can manage it. I get the feeling he wasn't a great one for the rulebook himself! Thanks anyway. Opbeith (talk) 23:31, 4 April 2011 (UTC)