User talk:Colonies Chris/Archive/2008/Feb

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Wiki linking

When you make an internal link, you need to make sure not to put spaces before or after the "pipe" character:

  • INCORRECT: [[Extraterrestrial life | alien]]
  • CORRECT: [[Extraterrestrial life|alien]]

Do you see the difference? I'm posting this here because I've seen you make the same edit a few times now. Please let me know if you have any questions. :-) --nihon 22:13, 29 November 2005 (UTC)


The link to the Princely Family of Liechtenstein is a redirect to Prince Hans-Adam II's page. Are you planning on making a new Princely Family page? Prsgoddess187 19:39, 11 January 2006 (UTC)

Never mind, now the link is working, darn this Internet Explorer!!! Prsgoddess187 19:40, 11 January 2006 (UTC)

I saw the change earlier and it was a bad redirect back to Hans Adam. Looks good now. Good work. Prsgoddess187 00:00, 12 January 2006 (UTC)

More Liechtenstein

I readded the information because 1) I think it's relevant and 2) It's done this way for other royal families. When you look for a person's bio, you expect to find all the information about them, including if they married and had children. To put that information in another page is, in my view, both impractical and illogical. Most people will think the information is lacking, instead of thinking it may be on the family page. If you don't want to add the extended family (i.e. only the children's names and not the grandchildren) that's OK, but I think the children, with optional links to their articles if they exist, are necessary. --Andromeda 18:33, 17 January 2006 (UTC)


Why you removed the Liechtenstein template?Why Prince Phillpp's page will be redict to the Princely Family of Liechtenstein?Astorkknlam16:30 18 January 2006(UTC)


I see that an anonymous message was left on my page, which I have managed to trace to you. I accept your point and have no intention of having an edit war over it, but I was surprised to see categories on redirect pages. Also, you should have added Category:Living people on each page. - Runcorn 12:42, 4 February 2006 (UTC)

South Mountain

No, it's the same mountain as the one in Maryland. It's clearly visible from Gettysburg to the west and the NPS rangers there refer to it as such. Hal Jespersen 19:25, 11 February 2006 (UTC)

I have no personal knowledge of the area, so I'm just going by the atlas. There seems to be more than a little scope for confusion over this name. According to Encarta & Multimap, there's a South Mountain PA about 10 miles a little North of West from Gettysburg (and about 8 miles SE of Chambersburg). This must be the South Mountain that's mentioned in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (The Borough of Gettysburg ... sits in the shadow of South Mountain, eight miles west of the town). And it must surely be the South Mountain that's mentioned in Gettysburg Battlefield (To the northwest, a series of low, parallel ridges lead to the towns of Cashtown and Chambersburg. Seminary Ridge, .... Farther out are McPherson's Ridge, Herr's Ridge, and eventually South Mountain).
According to Battle of South Mountain, South Mountain is the name given to the continuation of the Blue Ridge Mountains after they enter Maryland. It is a natural obstacle that separates the Shenandoah Valley and Cumberland Valley from the eastern part of Maryland. And certainly South Mountain PA is part of a range of hills that to the northwest connects to the Blue Ridge mountains and to the south extends into MD. So it seems to me that we sort of have two places, because South Mountain PA is a specific peak (mentioned in the Gettysburg articles) in a range which becomes known as South Mountain in MD (where the battle took place). (Does this range of hills have another name in PA?) Colonies Chris 15:49, 12 February 2006 (UTC)
Well, I wrote both of those articles (at different times), so maybe my wording got out of sync. When the rangers at Gettysburg NMP point to the west, they are definitely referring to a mountain range when they say "South Mountain", not a town. Perhaps it is not literally true that the range that extends north from MD is called SM after it crosses the border, but that's what the local Civil War historians call it and that's good enough for me. Hal Jespersen 17:12, 12 February 2006 (UTC)

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

I note you restored date sorting on "July 1". I understand your point but it was already addressed earlier in the article. Doesn't it only need to be done the first time the date appears in the article? Regards, Accurizer 13:14, 18 February 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for clarifying. Regards, Accurizer 13:30, 18 February 2006 (UTC)

Sexton Blake

Thanks for improving the article. ant_ie 12:54, 23 February 2006 (UTC)


I know you have made them entirely in good faith, but your changes to Ten Commandments were not positive, but in many respects problematic. I suggest you go and clean up the trail of mess you may have made. In particular:

  • You added extra |s to two thumbnail links. This did nothing- not harmful, but also not useful. [[Image:Ten_Commandments_Monument.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The Ten Commandments on a monument in the grounds of the Texas State Capitol]] does the same as [[Image:Ten_Commandments_Monument.jpg|thumb||right|250px|The Ten Commandments on a monument in the grounds of the Texas State Capitol]]
  • You changed {{bibleverse-nb||Exodus|20:2-17|HE}} to {{bibleverse-nb|Exodus||20:2-17|HE}} and similar. The link still works fine, but it disagrees with the usage described at Template talk:Bibleverse.
  • You changed {{bibleverse|2|Corinthians|5:17|}} to {{bibleverse|2|Corinthians||5:17|}}. This was incorrect and broke the link. In particular, the first argument to the {{bibleverse}} and {{bibleverse-nb}} templates is the book number and the second is the book name. While, for all intents and purposes, they can be switched around, you can't just add an extra | after the name. This breaks the link.
  • You changed [[613 mitzvot|613 commandments]] to [[613 mitzvot||613 commandments]]. This, too, shows incorrectly as |613 commandments.

I realise that you didn't quite understand the argument structure of the bibleverse template, and so went out to change them, but (1) if it ain't broken, don't fix it (2) some of your other changes were a little careless.

Additionally, while I thank you for giving an edit summary, "links" wasn't clear to me. It could mean you were adding to / changing the external links. It could mean you were wikifying an article by adding wikilinks to plain text. It could mean you were disambiguating wikilinks. It could mean you were fixing broken wikilinks. It could mean you were fixing link formatting, and even that has many flavours. If you specified "fixing wikilinks" or at least "wikilinks" in the edit summary, it would be much clearer at least to me.

Finally, I want to welcome you to the community of editors, and hope to continue to see more of your good contributions around!

jnothman talk 11:09, 25 February 2006 (UTC)

You are quite right. This must have been a recent change in the software and I'm going to take it up with the developers. Still, the biggest problem is that you broke bibleverse links for references where a book number was specified. For instance, in Ten Commandments, I had to fix 3 links to Kings and one to Corinthians. Please go back and find these, if you can... jnothman talk 11:36, 25 February 2006 (UTC)
The bug with MediaWiki has been fixed. See mediazilla:5081. You don't need to change the argument order anymore, but we still need to find out where you've broken links with book numbers... jnothman talk 02:40, 26 February 2006 (UTC)
The annoying thing is that no idiot changed the template. Someone changed the software that runs Wikipedia. Brion, the head developer of MediaWiki, said that "apparently due to a misinterpretation of what one of our parser tests meant". So it's a pity, but there's not really anyone to blame. Rather, we need to fix it sooner rather than later, because a revert is easiest done before any further changes. jnothman talk 23:08, 26 February 2006 (UTC)

I am going through and fixing them up. The only article I haven't dealt with (because it's had too many changes since) is Sabbath. This still may have mistakes with book numbers (and I also found other mistakes where you over-fixed).

Although I scanned the differences quickly, in general, I rolled back your changes in case I missed something (sometimes you had changed the || to |, but forgot to reinsert it). If you or others had made additional changes, I edited the page to keep them. In some cases I kept all your changes.

Thanks for having been ambitious and bold in the first place. It would have been worthwhile to leave a note at Template talk:Bibleverse that something was strange. Further, you could have arranged for a bot / script to make the changes for you, saving you a lot of time and error. But they're just notes for the future. I think we're fine otherwise.

jnothman talk 23:43, 26 February 2006 (UTC)


My mistake. I never even noticed your previous edits in that regard. Barry Wells 00:54, 28 March 2006 (UTC)


Kudos on your work disambig-ing Euphrosyne. Thanks! Sparsefarce 01:16, 19 April 2006 (UTC)

speedy deletion of Belvoir, Doubs

Hi, you added "prod" to the article Belvoir, Doubs. "prod" has to wait several days. You can request speedy deletion of your own articles with {{db|author requests deletion}}, see WP:CSD. --Austrian 21:56, 19 April 2006 (UTC)

Redirection and Links

Hi, sorry about the SEPA redirection link. I didn't know to check for previous links and will do so in the future. Cheers Nathan Beach 15:52, 20 April 2006 (UTC)


Hi, Great work on the disambiguations! Dlyons493 Talk 23:50, 23 April 2006 (UTC)


Thanks for pointing out the more-specific canton options. I actually did use them in a couple of cases, but in other cases the comment seemed to be sort of generic even though the topic was in Switzerland or France. The hard part of what I was doing was keeping the difference between Guangdong and Guangzhou straight. By the way, it wasn't a bot; it was just me, so I have to take all the blame for any mistakes I made. Dpv 18:34, 28 April 2006 (UTC)


TYVM! Rich Farmbrough 10:32 30 April 2006 (UTC).

Re: Communes of the Oise département and others

Hi Chris,

thanks for pointing that out. It's an interesting way of using pipes, although it is rather fragile as people like me can come along, not notice the subtle distinction being made, and compact the links.

I would have thought HTML comments might be more suitable for this kind of to-do note.

In any event, I'll hold off from doing any more compacting on these articles.

Cheers, Cmdrjameson 13:20, 8 May 2006 (UTC)

South West Coast Path

It wasn't me reversing your disambiguation! There must have been a glitch in the versions seen - I was editing a version dated April 30, despite you having made some changes on May 18. I have restored your edits so it hopefully won't happen again! Geof Sheppard 07:19, 22 May 2006 (UTC)


You have a point about fixing the links. So, last night I did just that. There were 23 articles, each one of them now has been fixed. Ifnord 12:51, 9 June 2006 (UTC)


I noticed you did "dab DTM". Please double check if you correctly used Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters for the current series since 2000, and Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft for the original series until 1996. You picked the wrong one in Zakspeed and Bernd Mayländer, and I haven't checked the others. --Matthead 18:31, 16 June 2006 (UTC)


Thanks, I'm developing whitelists for these links, it will take time. Rich Farmbrough 15:01 20 June 2006 (GMT).
Thanks, It is very hard to programatically spot these, as with the film May, but I'll do what I can. Rich Farmbrough 15:00 20 June 2006 (GMT).

Superior Art Creations article clean-up

Thank you very much for the clean-up of the Superior Art Creations article. I really appreciate it. Cheers. --roy<sac> Talk! .oOo. 10:36, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

Château de Chimay

The redirect didn't work for me for some reason. I removed a space at the top of the page and then it did. --PiMaster3 12:29, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

Talk:Boston Tea Party

Howdy, I noticed that you and I seem to post in one or two articles dealing with progressive issues in political science/sociology. There's currently a debate beginning in Boston Tea Party as to whether the article should include the category [1]. It meets definitions set in the articles Terrorism and Definition of terrorism, however, there are several self-proclaimed patriots who watch BTP who refuse to recognise the fact. The simple criteria for terrorism generally seem to be intimidation or destruction of property in order to change public policy or public opinion while a state of war has not yet been declared. Some users would rather use recent acts of terrorism as a yardstick, rather than using a firm definition, and hence lose their ability to discuss matters calmly. Would you be able to pop in to the Talk page and join in the discussion? Thanks much, samwaltz 05:32, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

(Ingrid) Dahlberg

The question is, what's the alternative? Linking directly to the county neither of us specifically wants to send it is definitely worse; at least the mere redirect may become usefull if anyone does write Ingrid. That leaves either the 'potential' redirect or no link at all, which may be the way to go if you're confident no page is likely to be written on her - frankly I wouldn't know. Fastifex 05:31, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Netley Abbey

Thankyou very much for your cleaning up of the formatting and links on the Netley Abbey article. It's much appreciated; I'm new to writing for wikipedia and I'm not yet au fait with some of the mark-up. Best regards, Faeriesoph

unlinking temporal words

Before unlinking common temporal words, please be sure that they are not relevant to the article -- in Darian calendar and Christianised calendar, for example, linking to words like "week", "month", and "Saturday" is entirely appropriate. Likewise, "Wednesday" should definitely be linked from Holy Wednesday, as it's an article about a Wednesday. ptkfgs 23:17, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

unlinking on Seventh-day Adventist Church

I think you misunderstand the guideline on this issue. In terms of common words, there are justifications as per that guideline (although it is consensus, not as I said non-consensus) to link to even what you consider to be common words. For instance, you noted one example among the changes you made, to North America. In terms of the church it is entirely appropriate IMO as the church was founded in North America and the customs and cultures are helpful in better understanding the article. You also unlinked Saturday, apparently not noticing that it was the keyword in that sentence, and hence has to be in context. I suggest you back off on your deleting links to common words just because they are common and focus on getting the context of words right. Ansell 00:29, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

How did you manage this edit? I can't even edit that page without going round in circles, and all the links are purposefully not to that page... :) Cheers, Ansell 10:33, 21 September 2006 (UTC)
I kind of overreacted. Sorry! You do a great job, I checked through your other contributions finally :)
On a similar note, have you thought of applying for a bot flag to back you up with your multiple edits per minute? It may be easier to have those edits done by a specific bot account so criticism is directed just at those edits and not you as an editor. Ansell 11:03, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

Word delinking

Greetings; Your significant unlinking of “common words” seems to be overboard in a number of instances; you are delinking items that while on their face may seem “common” may in fact be apropos to the article. Also, in general I prefer to see and abundance of linking, makes for richer exploration. Bdelisle 08:27, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

Re: American Gods - (un)linking Wednesday

Thanks for your message about AG. I guess I felt that this was one of the few circumstances where linking a day of the week was justified (and perhaps the Wednesday page gives a bit more information on the Woden->Wednesday derivation?) - apologies if my edit caused any offence. Cheers, Mrabbits 19:04, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

Word delinking

I like what you are doing. Keep it up. --Guinnog 21:27, 26 September 2006 (UTC)

Re Clean up tag Sir Robert Bell

Please offer suggestions on how the artice can be cleaned up, on the articles talk page. Thank you. Wales 27 September 2006

David Bell (baseball)

Baseball player for 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship (squads), a football (soccer) event ?! Something wrong on your edit summary. Matt86hk talk 14:33, 30 September 2006 (UTC)

Sesame Street (closing sequence)

Stop hand.svg

This is the only warning you will receive.
Your recent vandalism will not be tolerated. The next time you vandalize a page, you will be blocked from editing Wikipedia.

Inappropriate accusation of vandalism removed. Colonies Chris 15:16, 21 October 2006 (UTC)

Quantum channel edit summary


In the edit [2], you mentioned in the summary that you had "de-linked common words". I've looked through the edit a few times, but I can't find any wikilinks that were removed. I see a lot of other helpful formatting fixes, but I just wanted to make sure that I checked on the wikilinks. I don't know if I'm just missing them, since the article is rather dense with mathematical stuff. Thanks, -- Creidieki 22:49, 30 October 2006 (UTC)

WikiProject Munich

Would you be interested in helping out atWikiProject Munich? And you don't have to know anything about Munich. Maybe you could help out on bringing Munich-related articles up to Wikipedia Policies and guidlines standards or maybe another area where you could help improve Munich-related articles. Kingjeff 22:36, 18 November 2006 (UTC)

Unlinking dates

Hi, I'd like to ask why you're unlinking dates on articles. Thanks. JDtalk 00:36, 29 November 2006 (UTC)

My mistake; I thought you were unlinking full dates. JDtalk 00:38, 29 November 2006 (UTC)

Home Improvement

Why are you dewikifying the article? Anthony Rupert 16:30, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

Saturday, January etc.

I started creating whitelists for these entities. They are on-wiki somewhere. If I get a chance I'll look for them tonight. Rich Farmbrough, 09:51 14 December 2006 (GMT).

Wikipedia:Date formattings rgds, Rich Farmbrough, 09:53 14 December 2006 (GMT).

Marfan Syndrome Article Graffiti Attacks

I have reviewed the history of changes on the Marfan Syndrome article over the past few weeks and have noticed an occasional graffito is written into the article. The vandals perpetrating these attacks usually do it without logging in, thus leaving no contributor trace. I recommend that whenever any of the responsibly acting contributors log in to do some more editing, first look at the most recent edit. If it is an anonymous edit, just revert the article to the previous edit before doing more edits. Leeirons 13:42, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

U.S. 366th Infantry Regiment

Hello ... Regarding your recent edits to this article, your wikification of dates is causing a problem for users with non-default Date and Time settings in My Preferences ... for example, I have Date Format set to the last option, ISO format (2001-01-15T16:12:34) ... set yours like that, and then view the page, noting the section World War I ...

Yeah, that's how it displays if you don't use the default date format; you get a mixture of two different formats when reading or printing the page!! Just a head-up in case you were not aware of the disruption you are creating, well-intended as it may have been ... you might want to try experimenting with the different preference settings for dates and see how your changes have affected the readability of other articles ... remember, "Just because you can do something does not always mean that you should do it." -- 23:14, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

Hamlet Watling

Dear Colonies Chris, Hi, I noticed you dropped by this article on Hamlet Watling and made an adjustment - thanks! I am pretty new to wp and this was my first effort (done several other articles since). I've done some tidying but don't fully understand the tagging and cleanup process. Would like to get this untagged, and also to change the title simply to 'Hamlet Watling' as I don't think there will be any ambiguation in that name. (I've left one red link in 'cos I mean to write the article it will link to.) Can you advise me please? Many thanks, Dr Steven Plunkett 05:35, 13 January 2007 (UTC)

  • Thanks for your two replies, I'll attend to this in a bit, quite a lot of 'incoming' stuff just now. Very grateful for your guidance though, it is easy to make these little slipups while you're getting used to it. Shall mull it over while playing a Nocturne, eg op 62 no 2! yrs, Dr Steven Plunkett 15:01, 15 January 2007 (UTC)


Project Logo Hello, Colonies Chris/Archive/2008/Feb and thank you for your contributions on articles related to A Series of Unfortunate Events. I'd like to invite you to become a part of WikiProject A Series of Unfortunate Events, a WikiProject aiming to improve coverage of A Series of Unfortunate Events and related articles on Wikipedia.

If you would like to help out and participate, please visit the project page for more information. Thanks! <3Clamster 02:47, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

The tag on "Karlson & McKenzie (morning show)"

I'm just a little confused as to how the Karlson & McKenzie article (of which I am the principal author) is "uncategorized".

Please let me know how this is so.

In my opinion, the article is pretty clearly divided up into individual sections about each person and/or aspect on the show (e.g., "Kevin Karlson", "Braden P. Moriarty", "10 Seconds of Radio Rage", etc.)

I'm just puzzled about this tag, is all.

Preston47 17:29, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

addition of Valparaíso to RETF

I removed your addition as there are three cities in the US (and a University) called Valparaiso. Yonatanh 11:01, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Monte Carlo method

Why did you revert my disambiguation of Excel? The existing link was to a disambiguation page. I corrected it to point to the right meaning, Microsoft Excel. Colonies Chris 19:17, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

I'm sorry for that. I don't quite know what happened, but I never saw your edit. I wanted to revert the edit before you, by the editor from which linked pseudo. Usually, one gets an edit conflict when this happens, but I either never got this because of some subtle and rare software glitch, or I somehow clicked past it without noticing. It happened once to me before.
Anyway, I'm glad you noticed it. I fixed it now. -- Jitse Niesen (talk) 00:47, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

Invitation to a WikiProject

Hi Colonies Chris,

Thank you so much for "cleaning up" after me for my spelling and grammar errors! You have corrected spelling and grammar for various articles, such as York Regional Road 67 and York Regional Road 1. I am here, on behalf of other members of WP:GHR, to invite you to join our WikiProject Golden Horseshoe Roads. We want to invite you to be our "clean-up counselor", which means that you may help us to wikify our articles, fix typos, and most of all grammars and spelling mistakes. We think that you are very capable of this position because you are proficient in correcting grammar mistakes and proofreading (according to your contribution).

P.S. : If you do not know what the term Golden Horseshoe means, read its article. Also, the newsletter of this WikiProject will be delivered by mid-February (Myself, and Ilovevancouver90909, are busy with exams right now.) One more thing, we are currently working on regional roads, landmarks, and communities articles right now.

Please let me know if you have made your decision! We need your help!

Happy editing,

Smcafirst or NickSign HereChit-ChatContribs at 19:40, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

WP:GHR Update

Hi Colonies Chris,

Thank you for helping out of our WikiProject. I would like you to review all of the articles we have written so far (many of them requiring cleaning-up, such as York Regional Road 1, and so on) I had always want to create newsletter and infobox regional road, but I simply know a little of how to use HTML and Java codes. Could you make these commitments? Thank you so much!

P.S. I added your name as a leader of the wikiProject.

Happy editing,

Smcafirst or NickSign HereChit-ChatContribs at 19:45, 4 February 2007 (UTC)

WP:GHR Userboxes

Hi Colonies Chris,

As a member of our WikiProject, we would like you to add the following code to your user page: {{Golden Horseshoe Roads}} and it should appear as:

{{Golden Horseshoe Roads}}

Also, I have noticed some of your excellent work you are doing for the Regional Road infobox. Perhaps you do not live in Canada, in fact, only Ontario has regional roads, I would advise you to change List of Canada Regional Roads to List of York Regional Roads or List of Simcoe County Roads or List of Huron County Roads and so on... Check the base page for more!

I would be away from February 7 to March 8 because I have to attend a credit course late in the night (it lasts 5 hours). However, I would be able to edit during weekends.

Happy editing,

Smcafirst or NickSign HereChit-ChatContribs at 23:56, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

The one and only- OUTREACH DEPARTMENT!

Hi Colonies Chris, I hereby want to invite you to join our WikiProject's outreach department. What you do is simple: First, you start a base page (I, Qmwnebrvtcyxuz, Ilovevancouver90909) will help you out. The Outreach department is like a bulletin board, putting news on there. One more thing you do is to recruit new members, and that is VERY important. I already started the page for you already, check it out: Wikipedia:WikiProject Golden Horseshoe Roads/Outreach Department

Smcafirst or NickSign HereChit-ChatContribs at 03:16, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

Brandon Buddy/AfD

Hi, I just recreated a page for Brandon Buddy (Cole Thornhart) of One Life to Live, which apparently has been previously deleted at least once due to "lack of notability." Obviously, he is a new actor, but his status as a contract player on OLTL makes him notable, no? In any case, I was hoping you and others who have contributed to OLTL pages could comment on the article's talk page regarding this deletion issue. Thanks in advance. TAnthony 04:21, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

Wikified years

I noticed in the Staunton, Virginia article that you unwikified several year mentions. I was under the impression that years were supposed to be wikified. Is there a policy or guideline that governs this? Thanks for any info. –BozoTheScary 15:59, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

Again, yesterday, you have unwikified some years, this time in National Public Radio. Your edit summary cites WP:DATE as being the reason, however that page (at least in my reading) doesn't appear to advocate unlinking years. In fact, it contains the following quote:

Some editors believe that links to years are generally useful to establish context for the article. Others believe that links to years are rarely useful to the reader and reduce the readability of the text.

I'm in the "some editors" camp and would guess that you're in the "others" category of that quote. Given that (to what I see) there is no Wikipedia consensus or guideline, my problem isn't with the edit, just the reasoning given. - Cafemusique 05:54, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

== Vandalism ==

Why did you go onto the priveleged child page and name several real people? What's priveleged about them?

BOV1993 11:53, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

Mistaken accusation removed. Colonies Chris 12:00, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

Survey Invitation

Hi there, I am a research student from the National University of Singapore and I wish to invite you to do an online survey about Wikipedia. To compensate you for your time, I am offering a reward of USD$10, either to you or as a donation to the Wikimedia Foundation. For more information, please go to the research home page. Thank you. --WikiInquirer 15:51, 16 March 2007 (UTC)talk to me


Thanks for the AWB work on Carshalton, please could you do similar on Grove Park, Carshalton when you have a moment? Regards Rodge500 08:40, 6 April 2007 (UTC)


Thanks for the copy-editing work. When you come across "sophomore" used to mean "second", instead of correcting the spelling could you replace it with "second", please? "Sophomore" is frowned upon as being local slang, not used (or often understood) outside North America. Thanks. --Mel Etitis (Talk) 19:40, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for fixing the typos in carp bream

Viridiflavus 18:52, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

David Ogilvy

I saw that you tagged the David Ogilvy article for POV issues. I don't disagree with the assessment, but you shouldn't apply that tag unless you discuss your concern on the talk page, which you didn't. Majoreditor 21:05, 14 April 2007 (UTC)


Working Man's Barnstar.png The Working Man's Barnstar
For countless spelling and date formatting fixes, I hereby award you this Working Man's Barnstar. Keep up the good work! Jogers (talk) 12:14, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Stub tag spacing

Please change your AWB scripts to stop changing two blank lines before stub tags into one. The first stub template must be double-spaced from the rest of the content or it will but up against the content (this looks especially hideous when the end of the content is a nav template) when the page is rendered. See Wikipedia talk:Stub for background. — SMcCandlish [talk] [cont] ‹(-¿-)› 04:12, 26 April 2007 (UTC)


Thanks for correcting the typo, grammar and spelling mistake in Cross-strait Charter on Lunar New Year. Would you like to help us proofread the article when it is finished translating? OhanaUnited 23:54, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

The article is ready to be proofread. OhanaUnited 02:57, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

Shanda Sharer

I think you'll find you incorrectly changed "then" to "than" twicw with this edit. Thanks. One Night In Hackney303 21:41, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

Seva in Tirumala

Thanks for the copyedits. I was wanting to cover them after i complete the articles related to the temple but the temple articles keep expanding forever. Thanks again. Kalyan 05:43, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

Subdivisions of Martinique

I have added a "{{prod}}" template to the article Subdivisions of Martinique, suggesting that it be deleted according to the proposed deletion process. All contributions are appreciated, but I don't believe it satisfies Wikipedia's criteria for inclusion, and I've explained why in the deletion notice (see also "What Wikipedia is not" and Wikipedia's deletion policy). You may contest the proposed deletion by removing the {{dated prod}} notice, but please explain why you disagree with the proposed deletion in your edit summary or on its talk page. Also, please consider improving the article to address the issues raised. Even though removing the deletion notice will prevent deletion through the proposed deletion process, the article may still be deleted if it matches any of the speedy deletion criteria or it can be sent to Articles for Deletion, where it may be deleted if consensus to delete is reached. Kiwipete 08:26, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

Armenian community of Dhaka

Thanks for the edit, but don't you think milestone years in history should be Wikilinked? Please, respond to my talk page. -- Aditya Kabir 14:09, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Well, you got me there. Didn't know what to think. So, I went back and checked a lot of edit histories (shabbily done, though, as much possible from a cell phone handset). And, I learned two valuable things:
  • There is an awful lot of date-linking across all articles, including a fair amount of GA, A and FA status articles.
  • You've been at the job of removing those silly links from loads articles for quite some time now. Hell of a good job, a bit thankless though.

What I could not find was a guideline or at least an essay on what to do to those date-links. May be it needs to be taken to the Pump and eventually policy discussions, and get a few more editors dedicating time to remove this kind of crap, while weilding a tool to guide other editors to a proper behavior regarding the matter. Please, respond to my talk page. Aditya Kabir 18:29, 18 May 2007 (UTC)


Could you tell why you added the wikify-template on Love Is War? I have no idea about what should be wikified. Salaskan 23:47, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

Wikifying dates

Hi there! I noticed you wikified the dates in List of vaudeville performers: L-Z. Thanks for you attention, but I have reverted it. In general, when there are lots of dates as there are in this list, there is no reason to wikify them unless they are important and add something to the article. In this case, while the dates are meaningful having them wikified just adds alot more blue to the article. Cheers! *Exeunt* Ganymead | Dialogue? 01:39, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

Hi Colonie Chris - I need your help

Hi, I'm new on wikipedia. I try to contribute on various music articles, regarding the European dance music styles.

There is one specific guy with the IP that resets other users contributions on the articles regarding the terms "eurodance" and "eurotrance"

The reason I post to you, is because you contributed to the "eurotrance" articles. You fixed typos, etc, just 2 days before this fellow revert the article without any discussion to a before form (and at the same time called the brits "Idiots" - The funny thing is that I'm not even from UK...)

I'm the one that contributed the version you fixed my typos (and thank you for this, because as you probably understand, my english needs help!

As a newbie on wikipedia, I don't know where to talk about the subject and I don't know how to handle it. I saw your name on the contributions and I contact you for help of any kind or to link me somewhere to read what to do.

I don't know how to return the article to a previous version and I don't know a moderator to talk about this problem.

If you can, please help me!

Thanks (Labrokratis 14:25, 29 May 2007 (UTC))

Jaša Tomić (place)

Of course, my knowledge of English grammar is not so good, but my objection was mainly related to the fact that you changed word "names" into "name", which totally changed the meaning of the sentence (it is not only one name, but several names that we speak about). So, you can change what ever you want to fix bad grammar, but please be careful not to change basic meaning of the sentence. PANONIAN 16:51, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

AWB Feature Request: Main article -->

Hi, Wikipedia_talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Feature_requests#Main_article_--.3E_.7B.7Bmain.7D.7D

Its now added, are there any occurances that i havent included - The diff from the AWB sandbox should shows all the ones it will fix. Reedy Boy 16:03, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

Photo editing

Hi I'm having some difficulty understanding the point of the edits you made to photo editing Could you explain them to me or point me to the appropriate policy. Cheers!

3tmx 12:43, 25 June 2007 (UTC)

thanks for links! 3tmx 14:04, 25 June 2007 (UTC)

Thank You!

Latin dictionary.jpg The TomStar81 Spelling Award
Be it known to all members of Wikipedia that Colonies Chris/Archive/2008 has corrected my god-awful spelling on the page Iowa class battleship, and in doing so has made an important and very significant contribution to the Wikipedia community, thereby earning this TomStar81 Spelling Award and my deepest thanks. Keep up the good work! TomStar81 (Talk) 20:26, 26 June 2007 (UTC)


Thanks for the help in proofreading Phi Sigma Alpha. Eljohnson15 19:22, 13 June 2007 (UTC)

United States housing bubble, featured article candidate, 28 June 2007

Please take a moment to enter your thoughts for this article as featured at Wikipedia:Featured_article_candidates#United_States_housing_bubble. Frothy 13:48, 29 June 2007 (UTC)


Thanks for your response. I've written,(or rewritten) a number of major Art historical articles and I am at pains to keep the links down to those which are really going to add a useful dimension to the article, sometimes even going to the extreme of leaving a hidden messages saying "Don't make links within quotes", or "Don't link this Jacob. It's the wrong Jacob" ! Cheerio! --Amandajm 10:28, 1 July 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for your sugggestion! Before I do that, I need to work over the military, domestic and civic architecture with which I am less personally familiar than the ecclesiastical. So its harder work, but it needs doing. Then it will be Featured Article potential.--Amandajm 13:23, 1 July 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for you excellent editting. Probbly most of the spelling mistakes that you corected were mine. Can you tell me why you de-linked the year dates? I don't link them (without very good cause), but some people seem to make it their mission.

Can I ask you please to run your eagle eye over Gothic Architecture? --Amandajm 10:08, 1 July 2007 (UTC)

=Larry M Hyman

This article wll surely be deleted unless a few of the best publications, awards,&c. are added.People around here dont think a professor is notable otherwise.DGG 16:22, 2 July 2007 (UTC)

WP:GHR Update

WPGHR Articles Coverage.PNG

Enclosed is a map of census divisions (so, counties/ regions / cities), and colour coded to show how are we doing in different parts of the Golden Horseshoe, and how much articles are written. Over the summer, I will create another similar one. The white parts of the map means that we will start to work on these areas, after the expansion of the project. (So, that is, after the creation of WP:QCWC (WikiProject Quebec City-Windsor Corridor).

Smcafirst 19:06, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Highway 6 and Highway 10

Hi Colonies Chris,

It is my intention that I want to promote Highway 6 and Highway 10 to a featured article status. Well, I have finished the article Highway 6, I hope you could proofread it, fix the links, images, styles. (There are some problems with the images to the bottom. I want to put the Chi-Cheemaun and the Wiarton image together in one section, but I couldn't. Could you fix that too? Thanks!

In case you can't, just notify me.

Smcafirst 21:40, 4 July 2007 (UTC)

Spokane Shock

On the Spokane Shock page, you added links on the dates on the schedule. My only question is, why would anyone reading about a football team care what happened on the same date as one of their games?

(Replying here because you didn't sign your post) The reason for linking the dates isn't so that anyone can click on them, it's to allow readers' date preferences to work. See WP:DATE#Dates containing a month and a day in the Manual of Style for an explanation. I agree no-one's likely to click on them; the linking is just a side effect of the preference mechanism, not the purpose. Colonies Chris 20:20, 7 July 2007 (UTC)

Katell Keineg

Hello Chris. By any chance is it possible to upload that photo of Katell that's in the Darcy Frey NYC Times in 2006? (its particularly fetching). Or indeed any image of Katell? Just wondering? Fergananim 19:50, 18 July 2007 (UTC)

I need help Colonies Chris

I am relatively new to wikipedia. The only thing I've edited before is the article about Wilson Chandler, and I saw you edited it alson once or twice. I clicked the link to your user page from the "Wilson Chandler edit history" page and now you're startest and most knowledgable Wikipedian I know. So I thought you might be able to help me with something. About the Wilson Chandler article, I uploaded that image of him dunking which looks really cool but I know absolutly nothing on the copyright information or anything about copyright at all (unfortunately). Wikipedia gave me a message saying they would delete the picture by July 10th because it doesn't have a copyright tag or something. So if you could help with this topic before July 10th that would be great!! And if I wrote this message in the wrong place, I'm sorry. I thought the talk page is where users can talk with other users.

VitaminPat 02:41, 8 July 2007 (UTC)

Edit to WP:AWP/Typo

Looking at this diff you seem to have overwritten my 'prison' entry. Would you restore the entry if that's the case? Thanks Rjwilmsi 17:36, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

Editing Dates

When you edit pages that other people have created to put links on dates, please could you think about the effect on tables. It is rather useful if date entries in tables fit on one line. Your well-intentioned edits make work for other people, who either need to revert what you have done, or re-edit the tables so they fit once more.--Toddy1 19:51, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

AfD nomination of Ferite

An article that you have been involved in editing, Ferite, has been listed for deletion. If you are interested in the deletion discussion, please participate by adding your comments at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ferite. Thank you. -- Dominus 20:47, 11 August 2007 (UTC)

Wikilinking EVERY date?

Just wondering, per your edit to American Quarter Horse Association why you feel there is a need to wikilink every single date within an article, even the dates in footnotes. Seems silly to me. Where is the wikipedia guideline or policy that says we need to do this? Perhaps major significant historical dates, but ALL of them? Seems rather excessive. Montanabw(talk) 18:37, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

Hmmm. Skimmed the article you linked, and some related ones and must admit I still don't quite get it. I fear I don't understand what users' date formatting preferences are and why we care if they work...? Do these somehow automatically shift dates from US to Euro format or something?? Montanabw(talk) 19:05, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

AFD:Reginald James MacGregor

I have nominated the page for deletion. See Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Reginald James MacGregor for the discussion. WLU 16:54, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

Thank you

Thank you for the sp, date & link fixes in the Little Tragedies article. M.V.E.i. 13:50, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Your AWB edit

Hi Chris. We're currently discussing this your edit here. We need clarification of what may caused such change - software bug or incorrect settings. Could you comment on this? Cheers. MaxSem 09:23, 26 August 2007 (UTC)

Also, for space and other practical reasons, WikiProject Comics policy and editorial guidelines is to use long-month abbreviations when giving comic-book cover-dates. This falls under WikiProject Comics editorial guidelines (Aug. 1964; Oct. 1969). Parenthetical references, several of which appear in each comics article, represent limited space, as per WP:MOS. Months are spelled out in the regular, non-parenthetical prose. Thanks. --Tenebrae 22:31, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

Dexar Kariff

He does not exist, being a user you should have opted to deleting fanon. This article is fanon, and should be deleted. —Preceding unsigned comment added by SuperSaiyaMan (talkcontribs) 21:57, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

learn portuguese

I'm trying to get as many users to watch my user page (which will automatically also watch my talk page), 'cause I'm real interestd in learning Portuguese. I'm a native speaker of English. :) I also want to learn European Spanish. learnportuguese 00:17, 4 October 2007 (UTC)


hey, i was just wondering, i noticed you edited the DMCS (Des Moines Christian School) article the other day, did you by chance go there? user:colbuckshot

your John Wayne edits

I'm curious. Every style manual I've checked suggests that standard American usage is for commas to be enclosed within the final quotation marks. What's your indicator for different usage? Monkeyzpop 21:37, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for your help

WikiThanks.png Thanks for reverting vandalism on Larrys Creek on October 19. I appreciate your help keeping the article presentable while it was Today's Featured Article very much, Ruhrfisch ><>°° 19:58, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

Harringay articles

I really appreciate your work on tidying up the articles. I can be somewhat careless with spelling.

Could we agree a treatment of the links to other articles though. I put them as I did because it makes navigation much easier. I read the pages you referred to in the 1750 - 1880 edit summary and cd only see a reference re duplication of links to other articles. I couldn't see anything suggesting that the navigation boxes at the top are not desireable. Perhaps before yu changing it again you could guide me to the WP which you are acting under.


hjuk (talk) 17:03, 21 November 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for the finishing touches. I noticed that the references to main articles are showing a bit strangely on the entertainment & transport subsections of History of Harringay. Is there any easy fix? hjuk (talk) 16:29, 22 November 2007 (UTC)
Try as I might, refrring to Template:Main, I can't get the appearance of the refs to main articles to change. What's the trick? hjuk (talk) 23:47, 22 November 2007 (UTC)

AWB typos

I've reverted one of your changes to the typo file (presdients --> presidents) - there's something buggy in the parsing but I can't work out what it is, so have removed it altogether for the moment to stop the spellcheck crashing iridescent 17:22, 24 November 2007 (UTC)

Another thing to watch out for during AWB typo fixing is that correcting stright --> straight can break {{TOCnestright}}. -David Schaich Talk/Cont 02:34, 30 November 2007 (UTC)


Thankyou very much for helping to clear up the PIRES page for Loughborough University. As usual this was a spur of the moment thing that was written at a ridiculous time in the morning. Again, I thankyou. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:45, 30 November 2007 (UTC)


Hi Chris,

I don't understand why you changed the word "commune" with Romanian "comună" at several articles about Romanian communes. I am Romanian, but I believe that in English Wikipedia we should use English language.--MariusM (talk) 19:22, 29 December 2007 (UTC)

Please tell me the name in English of the smallest administrative unit which has a local council elected by inhabitants and a mayor. Thanks.--MariusM (talk) 19:40, 2 January 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for your answer. In my opinion, the best translation of Romanian "comună" is "rural municipality". In fact, a "comună" is the smallest administrativ unit with its own mayor, in a rural area. It can include several villages and it has an elected local council which can establish local laws and collect local taxes. If this is similar with what a "rural municipality" mean in English (at least in a part of the English-speaking world) I would support a change in all articles about Romania from "comună" to "rural municipality".--MariusM (talk) 23:12, 9 January 2008 (UTC)
Look what I did: [3]. "Rural municipality" appear in the text, but if people click on it they will be directed to the article Communes of Romania. Do you agree with this solution?--MariusM (talk) 21:52, 10 January 2008 (UTC)
I see no reason to introduce a Romanian word in an English language encyclopedia. An English-speaking person will not benefit if he will learn one Romanian word. Either learn enough words to have a conversation in Romanian, either don't bother. There is nothing special and untranslatable about the smallest Romanian administrative units. I saw also in Romanian Wikipedia people pretending that administrative units in foreign countries are so special that we need special words for them, but I wasn't convinced, and I don't like the pollution of Romanian language with unnecesarry loanwords. Likewise, I don't see any advantage of polluting English language with loanwords if we can find an acceptable translation.--MariusM (talk) 23:03, 10 January 2008 (UTC)


Hi Colonies Chris, can you explain why you have rmoved all these wikilinks from the page "Vrije Universiteit Brussel"? PhiRho (talk) 19:36, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

I agree that there were a lot of inappropriate links. Nevertheless, I have restored a few of them, which I think can add something for the reader, or are important to estimate the verifiability of the references. I invite you to review which links I have added. If you disagree with me, I am willing to discuss. PhiRho (talk) 21:21, 5 December 2007 (UTC)
Have deleted some ordinary words (student, industry) as you suggested. "Motto" is not so ordinary in my judgement. Other words directly relate to the subject ("course"), so that I think they may be linked. "Belgium" appears for the second time in the History section, but the link fits with the sentence ("The history of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is closely linked with that of Belgium itself."). But thanks a lot for the suggestions (it was indeed overlinked) and for the spelling corrections. PhiRho (talk) 08:37, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

How do i block this vandal??

Hey...theres a vandal whose attacked the Thampi and Ettuveetil Pillamar articles and reverted them to and old vandalised form with offensive words like "thevathichi" (prostitute) instead of woman. In the Ettuveetil article the vandal calls them "Ettuveetil Pattimar" (the 8 dogs) etc. This has happened before and he is only reverting to the vandalised form. Do help. His id is User_talk:കമ്പിതഗാത്രം

Thanks, Manu —Preceding comment was added at 09:19, 8 January 2008 (UTC)


Hi, Can you look at your report? Input needed please!

Reedy Boy 00:17, 16 January 2008 (UTC)


I was just going through all the articles in one category to clean them up. Didn't know I was to avoid minor edits now, but I've barely used the thing in ages. I thought that was the point of the thing? It wasn't like that when I was signed up for it, and I didn't get the updated newsletter. Thanks for letting me k-now. Deacon of Pndapetzim (Talk) 14:10, 25 January 2008 (UTC)

Trams in London

Hi, I noticed that you went through and changed all references in this article so that they no longer preceded punctuation marks, but now followed the punctuation. The article in question was consistently referenced in the former style. I personally I think the latter style is ugly as it removes references from the relevant parts of a sentence. WP MOS has no preference on this and accepts both styles. Were you using AWB? If so is it possible to turn this feature off? IMHE it makes it impossible to do a proof read of the changes. Thanks, Ephebi (talk) 13:54, 27 January 2008 (UTC)

  • Hi, if you see: Wikipedia:Citing sources "Some editors prefer the style of journals such as Nature, which place references before punctuation. If an article has evolved using predominantly one style of ref tag placement, the whole article should conform to that style unless there is a consensus to change it." So it appears that AWB's edits are conflicting with the MoS 8-( Ephebi (talk) 21:19, 27 January 2008 (UTC)
(As this appears to be a bug, which version of AWB are you using? Is it If so it would be a reportable bug) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ephebi (talkcontribs) 21:24, 27 January 2008 (UTC)


Wow, that's really odd. When I was monitoring it I must have read it wrong and thought it was going the other way and missed the extra n. I can't find any regex on the typo page at the moment that could have caused it to do that; I'll post a note on the talk page. Thanks for letting me know.--Dycedarg ж 21:18, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

Emperor Nijō of Japan

I want to ask a question about your recent edit of Emperor Nijō of Japan, but it may take a few tries for me to get it right. I think I'm not really sure what my question should be -- not yet anyway.

I do know that at the bottom of every Wiki-article, there must be a category notation -- and there is a similar protocol for Wikipedias in other languages. Sometimes I discover piping in these categories -- sometimes not. I'm in the process of creating new pages for en:Japanese era name, fr:Ères du japon, etc. ....

Just a tip

When you edit the typo page, just edit the section that needs editing, not the whole page. It'll save bandwidth for you and for the whole wikipedia! Ha-ha!--BillFlis 00:16, 1 September 2007 (UTC)

I guess I'm wondering why you modified "[Category:Emperors of Japan|Nijō]"? How did you know you were doing the right thin? Can you guess what that someone might have been thinking when he or she first contrived what you have now seen fit to modify? Why? Ooperhoofd 20:35, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

Demonstrative evidence

Thanks for the edits. P.S. I fixed a header on your talk page so it will line up correctly. Bearian (talk) 16:21, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

Godfather Part 2

No, you've got it completely backwards, it is you that needs to discuss this change to get consensus for it before proceeding. Until you do, I'll revert. Ed Fitzgerald (unfutz) (talk / cont) 14:56, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

Request for review of AWB use Withdrawn

You should know that I've posted this request that your usage of AWB be reviewed. Ed Fitzgerald (unfutz) (talk / cont) 20:15, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

Please note this as well. Ed Fitzgerald (unfutz) (talk / cont) 20:55, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

I wanted to let you know that after looking for specific evidence to back up my contentons, and failing to find any - something I certainly should have done earlier in the process - I've withdrawn my complaint about your possible misuse of AWB, and have posted notices as such on both WP:ANI and the AWB discussion board. I apologize to you for having made an unwarranted accusation, and for any discomfort or distress I may have caused. I hope that if we cross paths again in the course of editing, there will be no lingering bad feelings.

Again, my sincere apologies for this incident. Ed Fitzgerald (unfutz) (talk / cont) 10:05, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

Talk page archiving

Hi there. I see your talk page is starting to become rather large in size and I'd like to help you setup automatic archiving by a bot, only if you're interested. Let me know either by my talk page or email. — E talk 10:03, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

Sure, I'll set it up now and a bot called ClueBot III will come around within the next 24-48 hours and clean it all up for you. — E talk 10:47, 21 February 2008 (UTC)
Archiving has started. See the box at the top right of this page for the archive links. Enjoy! — E talk 11:46, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

Destructive use of AWB on Qur'an desecration controversy of 2005

Your edit here introduced an error into the article—you turned [[7 July 2005 London bombing]] into [[7 July]] [[2005]] London bombing]], which not only destroyed the link, but also renders incorrectly to boot. The error stood for nearly a year; it's possible that the old parser was able to make sense of it, but even if that is the case, you substantively changed the target of the link, and ever since the parser changed, the page has been incorrect. Please modify your AWB preferences so as not to allow this sort of mistake to recur. Jouster  (whisper) 02:21, 23 February 2008 (UTC)


In this edit you changed "EastEnders" to "Eastenders". Please do not do this, as the former spelling is the correct one. -Trampikey(talk)(contribs) 17:54, 27 February 2008 (UTC)