User talk:Ged UK/Archives/2012/February

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re: Middle East Quartetly

a content dispute is not vandalism. please undo your protectionism and cease and desist from abusing your admin privileges. thankyou. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:49, 7 February 2012 (UTC)

There's a very clear 1RR protection on that page that has been broken numerous times by IPs. As such I've protected it. Use the article's talk page to discuss the changes you think should be made. Thanks. GedUK  09:00, 8 February 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 06 February 2012

Ged UK

Dear Ged UK,

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 community HERE, were 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 name HERE 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) 19:29, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi there! I'm happy to do it by email as that's the most convenient. You should be able to send me one from the toolbox on the left. GedUK  09:26, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 13 February 2012

Balšići family

The Balšići family is a faulty name= Balšići means "The Balšić family" (plural for Balšić, i.e. "the Balšić brothers"), thus "Balšići family" means "the family of Balšić family". The name sounds real crazy since its a Serbian-English symbiosis (Just delete the "i" on the end, and it makes sence). 8 results on Google, btw. Like "Jeffersons family"-Jefferson family. Hope this will make it clearer.--Zoupan (talk) 21:47, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi there. Thanks for the clarification. I think that to be honest they're not clear enough for G6 and would be best served by taking them (as one nomination) to redirects for deletion just so the wider community can have a look at it. That being said, if you're comfortable that they're uncontroversial I've got no problem with you relisting them for CSD, but I'm not prepared to delete it myself. GedUK  21:50, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 20 February 2012


Hello. This message is being sent to inform you that there is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Dispute resolution noticeboard regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. The thread is "Columbo, List of Columbo episodes". Thank you.

Thanks. GedUK  12:43, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

Mediation Case opening

Hello! You were listed as a party to a content dispute at a post on the DRN. Per that discussion, I have opened a Mediation Cabal case here. If you feel you are no longer involved, please feel free to remove your name from the case page.

All discussion will take place on the case's talk page. Please read over the ground rules on the talk page, found here and put your sig below in the indicated spot. After that, and after you have watchlisted the page, please post a short statement in the section below 'Ground Rules' which describes your side of the dispute and what resolution you wish to see.

Best regards, Lord Roem (talk) 19:30, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

Thanks. GedUK  12:54, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

The Signpost: 27 February 2012