User talk:Gamaliel

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Just a reminder

We talked at Wikimania about a library photos project. You said you'd contact your mentor KM. I'll try to ping you from WT:WPLibraries when I have a prototype. Smallbones(smalltalk) 23:48, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

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Replaceable fair use File:Breachoftrust.JPG

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Change to RfC at NOT

You participated at this RfC; the proposal has changed a bit. Just providing you notice of that. Jytdog (talk) 17:35, 25 August 2017 (UTC)

Please rename your template

Hello Gamaliel,

Would you kindly userfy or rename your Template:Tips to something longer and more indicative of its usage, like User Gamaliel/Template:Tips, or Template:Tips for the angry new user, or Template:Civility tips for new users, or some such?

The problem with the current name is that there can be only one template called "Tips" on Wikipedia, and by article title standards (which I'm not sure if they also apply to Templates) this would be too vague and lack precision. It would also violate the principle of least astonishment.

But there's another, perhaps more important reason to rename it. With such a short title, it could be easily confused with the frequently used {{tps}} template (or, for that matter, {{tlps}}, {{tops}}, {{tip}}, and others) or get used inadvertently due to a typo, with unwanted consequences. This actually occurred recently as a typo in a recent edit by User:Checkingfax. It left a rather shocking impression on a User talk page that I'm sure was not at all what Checkingfax meant to convey. Fortunately, he spotted the mistake right away and fixed it. But this might not always be the case.

So, it would be helpful if you could you rename your template to something more descriptive of its function, and less liable to be used by mistake for {{tps}} or one of the other similarly-named templates. Thanks, Mathglot (talk) 23:17, 29 August 2017 (UTC)

Adding a ping, due to your top comment that you might not be watching your talk page, though I see that you are still active. Mathglot (talk) 23:24, 29 August 2017 (UTC)
Mathglot. Android DYAC made the change, and I failed to preview my save. Forced preview should be a part of editing, IMHO. DYAC changes your username too. So annoying. Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 23:57, 29 August 2017 (UTC)
Mathglot I've moved the template. I've left a redirect at the original title for now, but feel free to repurpose it for whatever you want. Gamaliel (talk) 00:46, 30 August 2017 (UTC)
Gamaliel This is very kind of you, and helpful to the encyclopedia; thank you. I'll follow up with Checkingfax who is an experienced user (and WMF to boot) at his talk page shortly about repurposing. Thanks again, Mathglot (talk) 04:01, 30 August 2017 (UTC)
All in-links to {{tips}} are now updated to {{newusertips}} (except the ones on this page). Mathglot (talk) 05:16, 30 August 2017 (UTC)
Hi, Mathglot. Good job! I am not WMF! Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 06:50, 30 August 2017 (UTC)

DYK for Elijah Corlet

Updated DYK query.svg On 22 September 2017, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Elijah Corlet, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that schoolmaster Elijah Corlet helped Cotton Mather correct his stammer? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Elijah Corlet. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Elijah Corlet), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

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Bless your heart. Gamaliel (talk) 02:07, 10 October 2017 (UTC)
The following discussion has been closed. Please do not modify it.

This kind of patronising bullshit is something which I or the rest of the great unwashed would quiet rightly be challenged about. Grave dancing of this kind, especially in light of your, so-called "administrator" status, is something you should perhaps be reported for. Also, it appears that despite your "retired" tag, which Liz added on 26 May 2016, at your request, presumably, you still appear to be editing and have conducted around 1,600 edits between then and now. Per this, I therefore feel you are using this tag inappropriately. I request that you either remove or adjust it. Or perhaps, like the ability in being able to gravedance, you assume yourself immune from such rule adherence? CassiantoTalk 09:52, 3 October 2017 (UTC)

User:Cassianto, I feel you should be warned: someone is signing your name to comments filled with silly bloviating and feckless threats! Thought you deserved to know. Cheers. Dumuzid (talk) 12:55, 3 October 2017 (UTC)
Cassianto has valid points. Please don’t dismiss them with sarcasm. Mr Ernie (talk) 14:03, 3 October 2017 (UTC)
Dumuzid, kindly go about your business. CassiantoTalk 14:08, 3 October 2017 (UTC)
Mr Ernie, you can have my sarcasm when you pry it from my cold, dead hands. Cassianto, cheers. Dumuzid (talk) 14:15, 3 October 2017 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 24

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Proposed deletion of Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash (novel)

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Precious four years!

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Four years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:46, 28 November 2017 (UTC)

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