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Double redirect cleanup award[edit]

For your help with the May 16, 2005 double redirect cleanup project you are given this award.

Cool song[edit]

I heard you wrote this [1]? Nice! Radiant_>|< 14:57, Jun 21, 2005 (UTC)


For excellent edit after edit after edit after edit, I award you the Tireless Contributor award.

By the way, your dogs are adorable, especially Jake! smurrayinchester(User), (Talk) 20:43, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

You're welcome! By the way, if it is your birthday, Happy Birthday! smurrayinchester(User), (Talk) 21:56, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

Image:0407-06-06WeakSubway wb.jpg[edit]

Hi, Elf. Any idea why this image -- as used as Subway (underpass) -- will not allow itself to be re-sized? Should you answer this, please bear in mind that you will be addressing a technoramus... ;) -- Picapica 21:56, 22 March 2006 (UTC)


I've heard you say you have quite a collection of dog books. Any chance you could list them for us? Vortex 00:51, 13 July 2006 (UTC)

OK, I added User:Elf/dog book database and I also included a link to it from my main user page where I say that I have a lot of books about dogs. :-) Enjoy. Don't know how useful it is without ISBNs or detailed descriptions, but it's what I've got. Elf | Talk 21:57, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

Oh wow. This is extremely helpful. All I need is the title and author anyway, I can look for descriptions myself. Many thanks my friend. I shall start searching for these immediately. I'm sure others will appreciate this list as well. :) Vortex 22:19, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

I also suspect that a lot of these are out of print. And note that I'm not saying how *useful* any individual one is. :-) Anyway, glad I could add cheer to your day. Elf | Talk 22:40, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

Barnstar, yeah that's right, a barnstar![edit]

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I, User:Pedant hereby award you the Oddball barnstar for your creation of the Category Category:Physical activity and dexterity toys on June 14 2005

The Oddball Barnstar is for editors who create ... something that one wouldn't expect to find in more traditional encyclopedias. Please take a moment to see how 'your' category has grown in just over a year. User:Pedant 21:18, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

I was working on Juggling, and related hard-to-categorise subjects, and your category helped to group some dissimilar things that seemed to need to go together. I'll be likely to add some more things to that category too. Thanks again, and remember even if you don't come around much, your contributions will continue to be both welcome and valued. User:Pedant 23:25, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Long overdue recognition and thanks[edit]

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I can imagine few if any people who are more deserving of this recognition than you. Your tireless efforts to date to improve and maintain the quality of the dogs articles has been invaluable to wikipedia, and I hope that you will accept this small token of our appreciation and recognition. I regret to say that it is not in my power to grant what I believe to be a citizen of the United States an official title, but I believe few other people are more deserving of receiving wikipedia's OBF (which is as close as I can approximate OBE). Thank you again for all your extraordinary work. Badbilltucker 15:34, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

And, by the way, this is not an effort to prevent you from leaving, if you so desire. I for one would be very sorry to see you leave completely, but can understand how you might view it as the best of a group of bad options. Certainly, no one wants to see your own life hurt because of your efforts here. However, whether you do come back or not, I have no doubt that this little recognition is more than adequately earned. Badbilltucker 16:30, 30 December 2006 (UTC)

Image:PoisonOak wb biggerLeaves.jpg[edit]

Can you replace this with a higher resolution version? It's an attractive picture, and I would like to continue using it in the article, because it looks like the Bay Area poison oak I am so familiar with, but the resolution is much too low. Let me know on my talk page, or better yet, just upload something. Thanks. KP Botany 19:42, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

I see you're on Wikibreak. When you get around to is fine. KP Botany 19:43, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
It's archived onto CD; I'll have to search it out. Suggestion on what you'd like to see in the way of resolution? Elf | Talk 20:10, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
Done. Heh. What's 7 years between friends? Elf | Talk 16:54, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Larger version of LabradorWeaving.jpg?[edit]

Hello! I was wondering if you have a larger version of LabradorWeaving.jpg; I would like to nominate it for Quality Image on the Commons, but the guidelines require that images be roughly 1600x1200 or larger. grendel|khan 12:42, 29 March 2007 (UTC)


Hi, this is AlexHillan. I am the composer of the wikisong, "Wikipedia the Beautiful." Recently, I have proposed that it become the official theme song. I know that you are the composer of the current theme song, "Hotel Wikipedia", so I want your opinion onthis matter. Please post a meesage on my talk page stating your opinion.

Sincerely, AlexHillan 04:24, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

Useful template for random dog hybrid articles[edit]

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For being with us for so many years, and for many years to come, raise a glass. Marlith T/C 05:39, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Online, so....[edit]

...Naturally had to drop my favourite dog person a note! Hope all is well. Quill (talk) 22:03, 6 January 2008 (UTC)

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Hallo, I am from the german Wikipedia from the sociologic section, and I found out that you wrote a song text on . We want to know the reason(s) why you wrote this song. It would be kind of you to leave an english (or german) comment on . Thank you -- (talk) 07:26, 9 August 2008 (UTC)


Congratulations Elf! Your image Image:OrangeBloss wb.jpg was the Random Picture of the Day! It looked like this:

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An Orange Blossom, the state flower of Florida
Image credit: [[User:Elf (talk)|Elf (talk)]] ([[User talk:Elf (talk)|talk]] · [[Special:Contribs/Elf (talk)|contribs]])

. - Talk to you later, Presidentman (talk) Random Picture of the Day 21:06, 27 January 2010 (UTC)

Thanks! Elf | Talk 00:36, 29 January 2010 (UTC)

Possible misuse of spaniel photo[edit]

Dear Elf, Found this while surfing the web this morning, I don't know if anything can be done about it since they do have the website name on it, but I wasn't sure if you'd want your photo being used on a list of the most aggressive dogs breeds. It is a pic of a Springer. They originally had one up from the Zim Family Cocker Forum, but someone caught on and notified Jim Zim and it was pulled, only to be replaced with your pic! ... og-breeds/ 05:44, 11 February 2010 (UTC)05:44, 11 February 2010 (UTC)05:44, 11 February 2010 (UTC)05:44, 11 February 2010 (UTC)~ —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

Thanks, I'll check it out. At least they need to give credit & link back to wikipedia. Elf | Talk 07:38, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

tomcue note[edit]

Moved this from my user page to here. Elf | Talk 04:09, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

As an admirer of your work/contributions, look me up when you return from your break. I would like run some things by you. Tomcue2 (talk) 16:38, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

You're in a book[edit]

I'm sure you knew this anyway, but I thought it was pretty neat -- your work with dog articles has certainly made an impact. The title is Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything; here's the link on Google Books. — anndelion  07:37, 15 April 2011 (UTC)

Oh, so COOL! I'd not have known if you hadn't pointed it out. Thanks so much for taking the time. Elf | Talk 19:28, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
No problem, I'm surprised you didn't know! – anna 16:52, 23 April 2011 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Revert vandalism[edit]

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Category:Newbery Honor winners (book)[edit]

Category:Newbery Honor winners (book), which you created, has been nominated for discussion. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the Categories for discussion page. Thank you. Mike Selinker (talk) 14:45, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

Category:Newbery Medal winners (book)[edit]

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MSU Interview[edit]

Dear Elf,

My name is Jonathan Obar user:Jaobar, I'm a professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University and a Teaching Fellow with the Wikimedia Foundation's Education Program. This semester I've been running a little experiment at MSU, a class where we teach students about becoming Wikipedia administrators. Not a lot is known about your community, and our students (who are fascinated by wiki-culture by the way!) want to learn how you do what you do, and why you do it. A while back I proposed this idea (the class) to the communityHERE, where it was met mainly with positive feedback. Anyhow, I'd like my students to speak with a few administrators to get a sense of admin experiences, training, motivations, likes, dislikes, etc. We were wondering if you'd be interested in speaking with one of our students.

So a few things about the interviews:

  • Interviews will last between 15 and 30 minutes.
  • Interviews can be conducted over skype (preferred), IRC or email. (You choose the form of communication based upon your comfort level, time, etc.)
  • All interviews will be completely anonymous, meaning that you (real name and/or pseudonym) will never be identified in any of our materials, unless you give the interviewer permission to do so.
  • All interviews will be completely voluntary. You are under no obligation to say yes to an interview, and can say no and stop or leave the interview at any time.
  • The entire interview process is being overseen by MSU's institutional review board (ethics review). This means that all questions have been approved by the university and all students have been trained how to conduct interviews ethically and properly.

Bottom line is that we really need your help, and would really appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. If interested, please send me an email at (to maintain anonymity) and I will add your name to my offline contact list. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can post your nameHERE instead.

If you have questions or concerns at any time, feel free to email me at I will be more than happy to speak with you.

Thanks in advance for your help. We have a lot to learn from you.


Jonathan Obar --Jaobar (talk) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chlopeck (talkcontribs) 23:17, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

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Thanks, bot. Fixed. Elf | Talk 17:43, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

Photo usage[edit]

Hi, I've been working on a small game built around animal quizzes and I wanted to let you know I've used one of your pictures.

I found your picture here:

And I attributed the picture like this: Elf with this link: and also added a link to the license:

I hope you're happy with it, please let me know if this is not the case. You can find the game here: Or through here:

Kind regards, Garfunkel Jansen (talk) 08:43, 13 July 2012 (UTC)

P.S. Thanks for taking the picture and making it available.

Pretty cool. Thanks for giving attribution and for letting me know! Attribution could be Ellen Finch instead of ELF. Elf | Talk 17:53, 26 July 2012 (UTC)
No problem, I'll make sure it gets updated. Garfunkel Jansen (talk) 05:58, 29 July 2012 (UTC)

Sugarlumps! Has it really been three years?[edit]

Was just looking something up, and noticed something silly. Instead of just ignoring it as usual, I decided to sign in and edit for some reason.

I'm unbelievably busy these days, too busy to risk rekindling a WP addiction.

Be well.

Quill (talk) 00:36, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

"Sugarlumps" Ha, ha - Yeah, well, I didn't feel like swearin'. Quill (talk) 22:36, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

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Dear Bot: You wouldn't have noticed, but I did put a note about that very thing on the talk page. I'm amazed at how good bots have gotten. Elf | Talk 21:30, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

RE: Heterochromia photo[edit]

Hello there. I finally found the time (and I admit I was kind of procrastinating :)) to upload a new photo to the Heterochromia iridum page, as you suggested on my talk page. It's the first photo in the gallery. Do you think the quality of the photo is good enough this time? Would be glad to know and thanks in advance. :) --- Hardstylehunt3r (talk)(contribs) 21:04, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

Responded on your talk page. Thanks. Elf | Talk 21:08, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

Nomination of Hualapai Hilltop, Arizona for deletion[edit]

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Image discussion at article 17 Mile Drive[edit]

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Oh hello, Elf[edit]

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Hello, Elf. I was just looking through my old talk page archives, and I saw that you were one of the very first people to ever say hello on my userpage, way back in April of 2004, before I had even figured out how signatures work. Oh, how time flies. My beloved Groenendael has passed away long ago, and I have retired and returned many times, but Wikipedia remains. I'm glad to see you're still around. All the best, – Quadell (talk) 19:51, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

Request for comment[edit]

Hello there, a proposal regarding pre-adminship review has been raised at Village pump by Anna Frodesiak. Your comments here is very much appreciated. Many thanks. Jim Carter through MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:46, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Welcome to The Wikipedia Adventure![edit]

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Nomination for merging of Template:Infobox dog crossbreed[edit]

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