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Welcome [2004][edit]


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

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I cut-and-pasted instead of merging and this is the result. I will know better next time.

I have fixed the copy-and-paste move by merging back your latest version then performing an actual move over the deleted Waki-gamae page. — Coren (talk) 16:12, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

Thanks. Francis

Kendo around the world[edit]

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Speedy deletion of Sheena & The Rokkets[edit]

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Abe ryu - the article[edit]

Dear Ffbond

Thank you for your interest in the article Abe ryu. Please helping with your knowledge in order to create a serious article.

Few people in the English-speaking world are able to understand Japanese. In this matter please translate your Japanese word in this article and addition an English reference (literature).

Best regards --PublicLibrarian (talk) 09:34, 20 April 2009 (UTC)


I am afraid I only had a Japanese reference and it did not have the pronunciation, so rather than guess I left it underspecified. As wikipedia is collaborative, I am hoping that someone else will be able to find out more. I expect the complete information is in Kendo Gohyakunen Shi, so please look it up there Francis Bond (talk) 01:06, 21 April 2009 (UTC).


Hi Francis, I'm in Melbourne at Fudoshin. (i) Re the itto/ni-to, that terminology is copied directly from the FIK rules. Most people, me included, think of one sword kendo, as kendo and the two sword variant as ni-to. But when discussing the two styles in the same context (ie. the shinai rules) it's probably appropriate to use both terms. (ii) I agree about the clumsiness of the wording. Your suggestion is fine by me. Cheers. Kendo 66 21:35, 14 May 2009 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kendo 66 (talkcontribs)


Hi Francis, I think there's a lot more work to be done on SemEval, and I haven't figured out if it makes more sense to cover the workshops in other articles--like the Evaluation section of Word Sense Disambiguation and possibly a new article on SIG:LEX. In deletion discussions, adherence to policy is the most important thing, so making it clear why SemEval is WP:Notable is probably the most important objective at this point. I see someone has already given advice on the Afd:

" The references cited are excellent sources for understanding word-sense disambiguation, but this page purports to describe SemEval workshops as such, not the scientific/scholarly understandings that grow out of them or otherwise relate to them. I would say that best references for the workshops as workshops would be non-scholarly sources such as newspapers or semi-scholarly work such as Science Daily or Chronicle of Higher Education."

That's good advice. And while the outcome and research of the workshops is definitely relevant to Wikipedia, there's more work to be done to show that the workshop series is itself WP:Notable. Does that make sense? Remember, Wikipedia is a general encyclopedia: an article on the workshop would definitely fit in an NLP or computational linguistics encyclopedia, but there's more to be done to fit it into a general-purpose laymen's one. Jodi.a.schneider (talk) 10:20, 9 November 2010 (UTC)


In hindsight, I think I didn't word my response clearly enough; the source in question was the organization writing about itself, but I should have pointed out that doesn't make it advertising, just that it also doesn't in and of itself assert notability. As to the page; that was an earlier version of the page. To be honest, I haven't looked at it in a few hours, it's after midnight where I am, and I've got another more serious issue to attend to before I log off, so I'll look at it again tomorrow. In the meantime, I truly don't much care what happens to the page, but I'll say that bringing other language wikis into this is a tricky game. For example, I work in CSD a lot, and the requirements for it wildly vary from one to the next. Spanish Wikipedia has CSD A3 for deleting pure original research (something that wouldn't hurt here, if you ask me), whereas Dutch Wikipedia doesn't even have CSD. Notability thresholds are going to be different for projects that have 1 million+ articles compared to one that's 3 times as large; not commenting on the merits of one or the other, just pointing out there's a difference. And obviously the creator and other editors don't think it's an advertisement; they created the page. It matters more what outside editors think; again, I will give it a thorough look tomorrow, I don't do that lightly. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 05:25, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

Thanks. I would appreciate you taking another look. I do care about the page :-). BTW is the Blade of the Northern Lights a 北斗の拳 reference? It was the first manga I managed to read in Japanese. Francis Bond (talk) 08:50, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

Actually, that's just coincidence; I basically smashed two of my favorite topics (arcane history and Arctic geography) together to form this name. I did notice the similarity to 北斗の拳 a couple months later, and I had to laugh. I was wondering if anyone else would notice... I guess I have my answer. I'll be back a little later on today, and I'll see what I can do. This is way outside my normal work (of late, I've been doing Burmese history), so I'm not sure how much I can do, but I'll give it my best shot. See you!! The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 14:44, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

─────────────────────────OK, after looking it over, I think I found the source of the advert tag. First, the introductory paragraph has some information that is certainly pertinent to the article, but belongs in the body of the article. I think what's happening is that people aren't reading it all the way through, and are just reading the first paragraph; a lot of times, the introductory paragraphs in advertising articles are written with huge amounts of information about what the subject does, but don't explain why the subject is notable. WP:LEDE does an excellent job of describing what an introductory paragraph should look like, so you may want to give that a look if you haven't already. You obviously know this subject far better than I do, so if you can figure out where the information fits best you can move it there. In addition, the Areas of Evaluation section is written almost like a how-to guide for the program. That I can fix, as I've done that innumerable times on NPP. Finally, this now has some references that show some notability, but the article itself needs to better explain why its subject is notable. A good way to start this would be to have a Reception or Criticism section, and then branch out from there. Hope this was helpful. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 04:37, 11 November 2010 (UTC)By the way, if you didn't notice, I'm not the one who put the tag on; I'm not a fan of putting those types of tags on articles, but if they're there I usually leave them until someone more familiar with the subject has a look.

And if I could ask you something; I've been working for a month now on my first real article, Zoya Phan. I got extremely lucky, as the person who created this article, Mark Farmaner (the user's name was Mfarmaner, not a wild leap of the imagination), personally knows Zoya and even though the article was a small stub, he'd added about 12 references. I've had to work on this article completely on my own, and I'd love if someone would give it a look. She most definitely passes notability guidelines, but I really need an objective set of eyes because I want the article to be the best it possibly can. Thanks a lot!!!! The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 04:37, 11 November 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the input. It looks as though [[User:Alvations] has now radically shortened the page so the Areas of Evaluation section is now much shorter. If you think it needs more work, it would be very welcome. I personally thought having the extra information was a good thing, but I am a firm inclusionist and a researcher in the field, so it is hard to be objective. I will try to add Reception or Criticism section later on, when I find a good secondary source.

I had a look at the Zoy Phan article, it looked good to me (although I didn't check any of the citations). I made a couple of very minor formatting/wording changes. Note that some of the references appear twice (once as citations and then in a list). I wasn't sure if that was deliberate or not, so didn't change them.
To respond to both your comments; first, the extra information is fine, it's just a matter of how it's worded. I'll have some time this afternoon to work on it; this is something I do a lot with articles on NPP, so it's not a big deal. It looks very good now, it just needs a little more work and it should be fine. As for Zoya Phan; I think what happened is that before I got there, there was no reflist template, and the people who had added refs in had just put a list at the bottom. I've been meaning to fix it, but every time I do I notice some other thing I can add or remove, and I forget to. Something else I'll have to deal with today. Thank you, I've been trying for a while to get someone to look at it, so I really appreciate it. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 14:45, 11 November 2010 (UTC)

Re your note(s) at GAn concerning Internet linguistics[edit]

Please be patient. There are currently 349 nominations listed and 292 waiting to be reviewed. As Internet linguistics was only nominated on 14 November it may be some time before it is reviewed. Messages such as those that you posted are very likely to be ignored. Jezhotwells (talk) 13:02, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

G'day. Actually, I wasn't being impatient :-). I was trying to reverse a change where someone who had been working on the page had put a comment in the review, which wasn't actually a review. Therefore the page now says it is being reviewed, but it isn't. This is misleading. Do you know how to reset it? If so, could you? Francis Bond (talk) 14:21, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
Well, there is nothing wrong in having a review page started, but I have adjusted the page counter so that a fresh page will be created when a reviewer shows up. Jezhotwells (talk) 14:31, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, much appreciated. Francis Bond (talk) 15:58, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

Hi Dr. Bond,

I appreciate your hard work in maintaining the HG252 project. I just noticed on that page that part of the assignment for students appears to be to get their article to Good Article status before a deadline. I want to let you know, though, that the Good Article nomination process takes several weeks—because of the backlog Jezhotwells mentioned above, after an article is nominated it usually takes at least 2 weeks before anyone even starts reviewing it, and the review itself may take a week or two. Therefore, I am concerned that your students will not be able to meet this requirement in the allotted time; there appears to be a lot of last-minute editing and nominating taking place today, but editing on Wikipedia (particularly editing to meet content standards such as the Good Article or Featured Article criteria) takes time.

I have a linguistic background and have written several good articles and featured articles on linguistic topics (see User:Rjanag/Assessed articles) so I am willing to answer questions you and your students may have. Unfortunately I'm pretty busy in real life right now so I probably won't have time to do any substantive reviewing or content editing other than minor Manual of Style copyediting.

Best, rʨanaɢ (talk) 16:06, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the comment, and thanks also for your firm but polite corrections to some of the edits. Re: the Good Article status, we realized that we would not get the feedback in time, and changed our internal goal to "getting articles to the level of Good Article", without necessarily getting them reviewed in time. We only have a 12 week semester at NTU, which doesn't leave a lot of time for the feedback process. My hope is that the students will keep working on the articles even after the assessment, if not, then I will take the responsibility of responding to reviews.
BTW, I am a fan of the Chinese classifier page, one day I hope to get the Japanese page to the same level.Francis Bond (talk) 01:22, 19 November 2010 (UTC)


    • Thanks for your comment. On a complicated article that has almost no references like "kendo" it is much easier for me to make a list of references first.....then I make changes or add references to accurate text that just needs a reference. Finding good usable references can take some time and storing them on the talk page works quite well for future editing. Once a good amount of reference material is established an editor can open up the talk page with the listed references and at the same time have the article page open so that the article can be adjusted and references added as needed. Many of the references that are listed on the "kendo" article are not good references for various reasons ( as you noted). It will take some time to figure out the best way to make this article an accurate picture of kendo instead of a lot of unverified text that no one can trust because they can not see were the information came from. As I (or anyone else) fixes a section the "reference needed" tags on that section will be removed. After all the sections are gone through it will be easy for anyone to add further info to the references as long as no one protests the changes. If you have some knowledge (like the most current rules!!) add them with a note to the talk section reference list and I will read them and use the information to update the article unless you want to tackle that section. This article has been unreferenced for some time and it will take some time to bring it up to date Samuraiantiqueworld (talk) 05:53, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

Hi Ffbond. I see what you mean. The numerous and frequent edits by Kontoreg make it difficult to improve or edit his/her contribution. Some of it is factual, but I can't help but think - is it relevant to the activity? I'll have a look at what Kontoreg has contributed, to see if I can de-politicise his edits and will resume visiting the article more frequently. Thanks for the heads up. Were you in Au? If you are who I think you could be, we have some mutual kendo friends. CheersKendo 66 00:32, 5 February 2013 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kendo 66 (talkcontribs)


I do not have a problem if you think that Naginata as a category is relevant. I did not think anyone was really interested in the category (and other martial arts categories) other than adding more unreferenced material. The funny thing is that much of the unreferenced material comes right out of a book which the editor did not take the time to reference, thanks for the note. Samuraiantiqueworld (talk) 03:50, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

  • When an article is just a short little blurb little or no references is not a problem, but with many articles now having been expanded so much, the longer they go unreferenced the harder it is to rein them in. It becomes much easier for people to hide personal opinion and trivia in these lengthy unreferenced messes. One of the biggest complaints I hear from people trying to use wikipedia is the lack of references, they are never quite sure if they will be quoting actual researched information or just some bunk. Samuraiantiqueworld (talk) 04:19, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

Linguistic competence[edit]

Hi Ffbond, I'm not sure if this WP:GAN is one of your school projects, but the nominators appear to have been inactive since November 2010.

I've now reviewed it at Talk:Linguistic competence/GA1 and my decision, which needs to be made soon, is to either fail it or place it "On Hold"; it's not a "pass" at present. Would a "hold" be of use to the school project? Pyrotec (talk) 08:47, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for the review and the contact. The class project finished, but we will try to respond to the review (even if my students don't I will). However, a week may be a bit short. Could we get it held for a fortnight or so? Francis Bond (talk) 09:30, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
I'm using a template, hence the "week". I'm happy with a fortnight, or so, provided that process is being made. Pyrotec (talk)
Some progress will definitely be made next week. Francis Bond (talk) 14:33, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

Forensic Linguistics[edit]

Hello Ffbond. I am interested in improving the forensic linguistics article and satisfying multiple issues tag over the lede. You made edit: [1]. Thats fine and your input is very welcome. I will start a discussion section in the talkpage. Lam Kin Keung (talk) 03:36, 22 June 2011 (UTC)

Article's whose AFD you commented in back at AFD a month later[edit]

Since you commented in the AFD for this article last month, I thought you might want to know its back at AFD again this month. [2] Dream Focus 03:20, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

Wilma Pang[edit]

Please have a look at it as someone seems to be trying to delete it again. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:37, 23 July 2011 (UTC)

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Good to see another contributor to his article. If SFL is your thing, you might consider joining the SFL taskforce. Thanks. Tony (talk) 12:45, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

Non-religion fields[edit]

Not possible These templates don't have a field for belief, so I can't substitute it. Most of those claims were unsubstantiated anyway and I shuffled around some of them into the bodies of the articles. —Justin (koavf)TCM 18:54, 26 April 2012 (UTC)

Online Citizen[edit]

Hello, I noticed that you re-included links to The Online Citizen, which is a "community" blog run in Singapore. Blogs cannot be generally be considered as reliable sources of information. I strongly recommend that you re-acquaint yourself with Wikipedia's policy on verifiability and identifying reliable sources before editing further. Your changes have been reverted. If you still wish to contend that "The Online Citizen" blog is a reliable source, please initiate a thread on the reliable sources noticeboard. Thanks. — Nearly Headless Nick {c} 16:53, 25 August 2012 (UTC)

Hi. Thanks for discussing this. I am fully aware of Wikipedia's policies on verifiability and identifying reliable sources. In all of the cases I re-included, the Online Citizen was being used either as a source about online opinions in Singapore, in which case it is, in my opinion, a permissable primary source, or in one case it was quoting easily verifiabale information from elsewhere, which I took the trouble to verify. The Online Citizen has in fact already been discussed on the reliable sources noticeboard (WP:Reliable_sources/Noticeboard/Archive_96#electronic_Singapore_press_sources) and the verdict of the somewhat limited discussion was that it is OK for limited use. If you have specific objections to the three articles in question, i.e. you think that the information is false, or contradicted by some other source, then please let me know. Otherwise, I will re-include the information in a few days, as it is both useful and relevant to the articles in question. Francis Bond (talk) 02:49, 26 August 2012 (UTC)
Thank you for the response. From my experience working on Wikipedia for over six years, in the capacity of both an editor and an administrator, I have come to understand that Wikipedia is primarily an encyclopedia and that it cannot entertain blogs (blogging platforms, community blogs) as sources for our articles. Limited use, in these circumstances, would only entail use of these sources on articles about themselves (if they exist) as primary sources. If you cannot bring yourself to trust my judgement, I would recommend that you initiate a new discussion on the reliable sources noticeboard before proceeding with the re-inclusion of the links on our project. Regards, — Nearly Headless Nick {c} 03:09, 26 August 2012 (UTC)

Singapore meetup invitation[edit]

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G'day! You are cordially invited to a meetup Tuesday evening (tomorrow; 4 September). Sorry about the short notice. Details and an attendee list are at Wikipedia:Meetup/Singapore 6. I hope to see you there! John Vandenberg (chat) 04:48, 3 September 2012 (UTC)


G'day Mr. Bond! Do you remember me, Ramzy Muliawan, from the LangCamp? Please support Minangkabau Wikipedia request in Incubator. Thanks! SpartacksCompatriot 04:49, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

Re Kendo[edit]

Hi Francis. Thanks for your comments re edits by editor X. I should say that I know very little about Kendo, and I'm afraid I don't have time to seriously monitor the article.

I have however looked back into X's editing history & their talk page. At one time, I had issues with them because they wouldn't leave ESs, & weren't prepared to discuss anything. They seem to have greatly improved their demeanour now, though. There's a good ES usage, and I note that, most encouragingly, X is prepared to discuss things - even collaborate - as evidenced in the Kendo Talk page.

Given X's preparedness to discuss things on occasions, I could only think - at this stage - of asking them on their talk page if they are prepared to discuss certain concerns. Their reply (or absence) to a polite request may be telling?

Sorry but I may not be much more help. Good luck though, Trafford09 (talk) 06:13, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Setting a good example[edit]

Hi again Francis. I'm impressed by your contributions to Wikipedia, esp. recently re Kendo & related articles, and their Talk pages, where you've been seeking views, collaboration & consensus. May I also applaud you open usage of your own user page. Hence:

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For painstakingly seeking consensus on Kendo & related articles. Trafford09 (talk) 12:13, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

Thanks <blush>. I am trying to bring the spirit of 平常心 to my editing :-). Francis Bond (talk) 12:26, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

Frustration with edits[edit]

Not sure what to do here. The edits on Japanese martial arts are bordering on the destructive. Any comments.Peter Rehse (talk) 21:28, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

I think we should nominate Kontoreg for a topic ban. I am afraid I am too busy to do it myself (and don;t know the technical details of how to), but would be happy to support someone doing it. I feel we are wasting a lot of time on someone who is not improving wikipedia, just pushing a weird obsession. Francis Bond (talk) 22:10, 6 November 2013 (UTC)
Good idea - I have asked administrator User talk:Yunshui for some guidence. I'll let you know - I have had enough.Peter Rehse (talk) 22:31, 6 November 2013 (UTC)
The answer I got was WP:AN or (if there's an ongoing and fairly urgent issue to resolve) WP:ANI would be the best place to start. You might consider a WP:RFCU, but I should think AN would be your first port of call for such a discussion.Peter Rehse (talk) 10:47, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
Alright - much as I don't like the idea of a ban in this case I really see no alternative but to propose one. Please take a look at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Archive256#Topic Ban (Martial arts) for Kontoreg and comment if you will.Peter Rehse (talk) 11:43, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for taking the initiative. Francis Bond (talk) 14:37, 7 November 2013 (UTC)


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Hi, I don't know how this really works, so I hope I'm replying the right way. Thanks for your input on the Determiner Phrase article. It is actually a group project for my syntax class at my university. Every group is editing a different article pertaining to syntax.

We are trying to make it a little easier to understand, but it's hard when we don't really understand it completely ourselves. I'm struggling to think of ways to simplify it or explain what we are talking about better without having to add in a whole section explaining syntax and x'-theory. Even the brackets being used to show constituency wouldn't make sense to anyone who isn't in linguistics. We are currently trying to finish it for the due date this Wednesday.

We wanted to add in some images of trees, but we can't figure out how to actually get images onto Wikipedia. We also need to add in a lot more stuff about universality. We are going to use Cantonese and Italian, I believe.

Thanks for the idea of using subscripts, I hadn't thought of that. I did a bunch of changes on formatting last week.

One of my partners and I read your page a bit. It sounds like your work is really interesting. Jocelyndw (talk) 22:16, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Linguistic Landscape[edit]

Good day Professor Bond

We acknowledge that linguistics landscape could potentially overlap with languages of Singapore, hence instead of a new page, we are merely adding an entirely new segment to it. Our key focus here is on the inconsistencies that are found different to the constitutional laws based on regional or event-based needs; a topic not covered by the main authors of the page. We feel that this can add a different perspective to the state of affairs of linguistics in Singapore.

Yours truly Daniel Seoh

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