User talk:Gerda Arendt

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Did you know ... that Paul Gerhardt's hymn
"Du meine Seele singe" (You my soul sing),
a paraphrase of Psalm 146, became known for a melody beginning with a rocket motif?

"despised and rejected"
Archive of 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · blushing

Hope is precious and great joy is found in living[edit]

Thank you for the sapphire—cornflower blue is a color of some significance to me. In the maelstrom that Wikipedia can sometimes be, remember these words from Ode to Joy:

   Wem der große Wurf gelungen,
   Eines Freundes Freund zu sein,
   Wer ein holdes Weib errungen,
   Mische seinen Jubel ein!
   Ja, wer auch nur eine Seele
   Sein nennt auf dem Erdenrund!
   Und wer's nie gekonnt, der stehle
   Weinend sich aus diesem Bund! 

Walk lightly and remain yourself, above the fray. StaniStani  09:20, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

Thank you, it helps to open my shop again. - I sang the words last year, here, helping. The blue colour is also of significance to me. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:28, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
shop open --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:43, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Yay  :-)     — (talk) 03:16, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

Schmeichelnd, hold und lieblich (Graceful, charming and sweet is the sound of our life’s harmonies, and from a sense of beauty arise flowers which eternally bloom.) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:17, 14 May 2015 (UTC)


I'm so glad to see you still around Gerda, and still promoting kindness and love. Every day you share your gift of life, of music, of thought, of acceptance, of tolerance, and of love. I know you are born of the great country of Germany, and in many ways I share that heritage. I was born and raised in the US; but I thought I might share this with you because the whole idea makes me think of you:

Ched :  ?  05:33, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

my gift to you. — Ched :  ?  05:44, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
Je suis Charlie.svg
Born 1957 (age 57–58)
Residence USA
Other names User:Chedzilla
Thank you, Ched. - Is this what you requested? (And what I hesitate to put on your user page, afraid of another round of arb enforcement) - I found no parameter for gender=male in {{infobox person}}.
"This little light of mine" was regularly sung at a Sunday Gospel Brunch, by a gospel group lead by an enormous woman (enormous both in body and spirit), and the restaurant guests, children only in the first verse, - thanks for bringing back lovely memories!
Je suis - I follow the one who quoted "The only real nation is humanity", pictured on top and (because I sometimes change) here, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:07, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Yep - exactly what I wanted. Thank you very much Gerda. I will have a look at articles soon. — Ched :  ?  17:42, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
    • Hey Ched, where you been? Good to see you. - Dank (push to talk) 17:56, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for great work on the structure and sources of Bach's Mass in B minor![edit]

I don't know the best way or place to write to you to thank you. (There is a heart icon that links to a way to send appreciation, but I don't understand it.) So, this is where I am thanking you for all the work on the sources of the movements of the mass, etc. After making a few edits today, I saw the history and see all you have done to create (I think) and improve this page. Thanks!! A Bach-lover...David Couch (talk) 08:34, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

Thank you. My promised article. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:43, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

A well-deserved barnstar[edit]

Mensch5.png The Barnstar of Integrity
Gerda, for your ceaseless efforts across the project to recognize and encourage civility, goodwill, and all manner of useful contributions -- and just generally to foster a collegial and warm atmosphere -- I hope you will accept this barnstar. I had considered giving you the Random Acts of Kindness star or the PumpkinSky Prize, but (unsurprisingly) I find they've already been awarded, so I've settled on this option, fresh and just as appropriate as it is. All my best. Snow talk 03:34, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

The "notorious infoboxes criminal" accepts with delight! I was planning to write on Geh aus, mein Herz, und suche Freud today (my mom's favourite song on her birthday) which is about seeking joy, - now joy just comes ;) - Thank you, made my day! (I still plan to expand the article, it's not too obvious anyway that it's about actively seeking joy when you don't see any.) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:45, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

Well, geteilte Freude ist doppelte Freude, as the old chestnut goes -- and it's always nice in particular to share it with someone who so exemplifies that perspective. But regardless of the source, I hope the day brings you more joy still.  :) Snow talk 10:47, 9 January 2015 (UTC)
Enjoyable hike so far! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:41, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

Roth and Fowles, epitaphs and graves[edit]

Hi Gerda. Do you remember what I said here? I took a long time to upload that image for the Ernst Roth article. Now I've finally managed to do the same for the Leonard N. Fowles article. It being a musical subject and both having epitaphs related to that, I thought you might appreciate a note about this. On another note, I mentioned decay of graves in that comment back in January 2014, and you can see for yourself the difference in the condition of the graves if you look at the articles: William Birdwood, 1st Baron Birdwood, Ernst Roth, Francis Francis (writer), Herbert Edgar Weston, Frederick James Camm, Leonard N. Fowles, Laurence Oliphant (author), Joseph Jackson Howard, Edward Stanley Gibbons. Carcharoth (talk) 10:06, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

Thank you! - Brief, on vacation, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:18, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

(whistle- imagine the sound file)[edit]

Nachtigall (Luscinia megarhynchos)-2.jpg Nightingale Award
For the singing, feeding and cheering you do,

at-tending to all of us, birds of many feathers.

Wuerzele (talk) 09:11, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

"... die hochbegabte Nachtigall / ergötzt und füllt mit ihrem Schall / Berg, Hügel, Tal und Felder" - thank you, delighful composition! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:40, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

User:Gerda Arendt/Davenbelle[edit]

What exactly is User:Gerda Arendt/Davenbelle? Obviously you're not banned. Oiyarbepsy (talk) 17:35, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

Obviously that is not my user page. Why do you change other users' pages and ask them questions about them? - In a good mood, I answer that he took my lead image and made an admirable entry: "I'm a new user on Wikipedia. I'm proceeding cautiously, but will carefully consider and comments or criticism that comes my way" which I take care to remember. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:22, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
ps: better redirect a user page to the talk instead of the other way round, because others may want to add to the talk. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:25, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

One happy editor[edit]

Dear Gerda, - I want to thank you, so much, for naming me an "awesome Wikipedian" for my work on the Mark Satin biography, and for giving me my day! As you may know, the article was "Today's featured article" on the Main Page that day, and I (with others' help) have had to spend all my Wikipedia time since then digging out from under various malicious edits and inappropriate edits. Receiving the award when I did made these last 10 days much more bearable for me.

I would love to put news of the award on my talk page! I've done so in the text, but I would prefer doing so with a Userbox, particularly if it has that gorgeous blue sapphire on it. Is there one? I'll watch this space for your reply. - Babel41 (talk) 04:21, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

There is a box, further down on the awards list, created by the earlier givers. There is no one with the sapphire, - the square box would not match the designer's ideas. Create something?
Yogo2783 Close crop.JPG
This user has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian on (insert date with link).
I dropped the "their own day" because that was true only the first year, and I don't like "his or her" anyway ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:19, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
Yes, and "their own day" may be too, um, precious to boot. But I love the box above and as you'll see, I simply linked the "Awesome Wikipedian" phrase in it to the PumpkinSky Prize page, which appears to go from 2012 right up to the present. I hope that's not stepping on any toes. - Babel41 (talk) 06:53, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank you, good idea. I made it an inline link. We'll see about the toes ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:01, 24 January 2015 (UTC)

The Non Barnstar[edit]

Barnstars are well intended but for my taste they are a little too impersonal; sort of like a store-bought greeting card versus a handwritten letter. So I am taking this opportunity to say that Wikipedia is a better place because you are here. I wish you all the best. PS: Have you ever sung Berg's Altenberg Lieder? I think maybe it is not quite your style of music but I find the pieces hauntingly beautiful, and the words are simple but profound. Short Brigade Harvester Boris (talk) 03:53, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for the lovely musical note! No, I didn't sing those songs, nor even know them (yet), - I like simple but profound! - Did you know that "you" are mentioned on my user page, sort of? Look for laugh ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:03, 26 January 2015 (UTC)


Recent research has revealed you to be one of the kindest editors. (Citation to follow.) All the best: Rich Farmbrough01:52, 6 February 2015 (UTC).

The toxic personality thanks you ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:33, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Here is the citation. All the best: Rich Farmbrough01:11, 8 February 2015 (UTC).

the blue stone[edit]

Dear Gerda, Thankyou for the anniversary message and the fanfare (that's a good article) - the stone, like the music, has a seraphic clarity and spiritual warmth. Just what one needs in these cruel months of the year. I have been reading the psalms in Latin, with St Augustine's comments, and am amazed. Also Jeremy Irons's Four Quartets (Eliot) (Radio 4 broadcast) is still reverberating - that dude is right on the vibe. So we are rather off in our own world, and loving it! ;) kind regards Eebahgum (talk) 22:08, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

thank you - reverberating Halelu-hu ... - from Jenkin's Gloria ... loving it! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:11, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Always watching[edit]

There's a few things I don't know.

Like how you know what to watch, or where.

But there's one thing I do know. If you didn't exist we'd be poorer. Much poorer.

Thanks Gerda. (everyone else can wonder, or work it out, or ask, or fail to care...).

You're still awesome. That makes me smile. And it always will. Take care.

Begoontalk 13:20, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

I am close to 20k pages on my watchlist, easy answer: the precious and the banned and especially those who are both. - Thanks for placing me in the cat with no permission to remove, - I would have removed ;) - --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:43, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
I know you would have. That's why I told you that you couldn't. Face-smile.svg Begoontalk 04:27, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, Gerda![edit]

Heartfelt thanks for your gracious note!
I suppose that another way to comment about the "curtains" argument would be to say: "Curtains conceal, infoboxes reveal."
Orwell does indeed offer a number of good recommendations for writing, which I try to keep in mind when I write and edit.
As one contributes to Wikipedia, one hopes that someone, somewhere will understand what one has written and will perhaps find it useful.
It was gratifying to hear from you.
I'll look for your work.
Thank you. Nihil novi (talk) 04:08, 17 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you - I will remember and quote "Curtains conceal, infoboxes reveal." and give credit to you - for good news in an indifferent universe ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:36, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Geh aus, mein Herz, und suche Freud[edit]

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 01:02, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
Original and best :) In ictu oculi (talk) 04:10, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Joy! said --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:09, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

I woke up,[edit]

fell out of bed and didn’t even drag a comb across my head, but instead, headed for my computer and wikipedia. You can not imagine (as if I really know anything about your imagination) how good it felt to receive your note and gem. Last night a brother and I had been trying to track down a star sapphire ring of my mother’s and although we were not successful finding that, yours on my desktop this a.m. seems . . …. significant. Your summation of my wikipedia career was impressive and insightful and yes, I will miss TParis. I also realize that looking at your user page almost prompted me to launch into my life story, but I won’t. Thank you again for your jewel, Einar aka Carptrash (talk) 19:26, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

I think I can imagine because I still remember the feeling when I was honoured, - you saw it on my user page. My life stories - well, the notable parts - are linked from "memories", DYK? I miss the photographer of the gem, and the designer of the award, and many more, but the list of the Precious is much longer, - it's my way to retain myself ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:34, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

thank you![edit]

Oh, thank you for the hypnotic blue jewel and the PumpkinSky Prize you left on my desk when I wasn't looking. Very thoughtful and encouraging, especially coming from somebody with her Herz an der richtigen Stelle. Vielen dank! Lockley (talk) 18:13, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

Lockley , you are still alive ! I heard that, . . . . . . . . . . . . . .................. no wait, that was someone else. Still nice to meet you in this warm neutral setting. Carptrash (talk) 19:37, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

cos LessHeard vanU (talk) 09:49, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

I take any blame ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:05, 17 March 2015 (UTC)


I would give you an award but I don't know how. Thank you for your tireless work on Twitchell. So glad we got the photo reinstated. Thank you for the beaucoup edits you have made on behalf of the Women's History Month overview. Thanks for reviewing so many of my DYK. The list is endless. I appreciate you. SusunW (talk) 01:47, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

I love the prose rewards, see under blushing above ;) - It's lovely to work with you, just looking at the photos of women you uploaded is uplifting, so are the nice infoboxes you give your articles, and the stories you have to tell! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:52, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
The Angel Heart Barnstar The Angel Heart Barnstar
I appreciate all that you do. Random acts of kindness make the world a better place. It is hard being a newbie but it is much better when there are people supporting you and helping you along the way. SusunW (talk) 14:09, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
You found a good one ;) - You are an inspiration to others, did you know? Want to join the cabal? Half of the active members are female ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:29, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29[edit]

Coffee // have a cup // beans // 12:02, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

About your comments etc.[edit]

Hi Gerda

Thanks for the award! I think you might have wondered what I've been up to recently, it might not be very clear. Well I've worked mainly on the help system, created a couple of pages (Help:Table/HTML_and_tables and Wikipedia:Template messages/Examples), and recently updated Template:ArbCom navigation.

Well I've noticed you around as well. Looking at your user pages it's clear to me that you're a legend here, and sorting out awards is admirable.

I was thinking about what you said on the noticeboard, and was meaning to reply. I don't think you can blame yourself for what happened to Dreadstar really. In my opinion he was showing clear signs of stress. For example, misunderstanding what MB had meant, and then sending that e-mail. And as I said before, I think his unblocking of MB was just so he could exit WP once and for all, as I think he knew it would lead to his desysopping. He'd had enough of it all, and who can blame him? I think WP can be stressful at times, as well as rewarding. Maybe his stress was WP related, in which he's probably best out. But if it isn't then I'm not sure there is much we can do. Having said that, maybe he'll want to return at some point, but he'd have to go through RfA again to get admin status, so I'm not too sure about that.

But anyway, that's my opinion on things, which may or may not be correct! All the best. --Mrjulesd (talk) 13:08, 4 April 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for your thoughtful message. I am sorry that I didn't make clear that I was sarcastic taking the blame (all blame). I said so but perhaps in too hidden a corner. Dreadstar was with me for years and knows that I was sarcastic. He did the right thing, but "out of process". (MB is unblocked.) I said that also. Perhaps you saw on my userpage that I dedicated the article in question to him. You are right that we can't do anything to make him return, but we can do what you did: contradicting people who blame him. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:41, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply. Well I'm glad to hear that really. That explains things a bit better. Anyway, speak later. --Mrjulesd (talk) 00:39, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
Singing first, happy Easter! The closest I came to see resurrection here was this, "Thank you for stepping forward for what's right and for everyone!" Worth living for, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:56, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
Indeed! I hope you enjoy your music. Happy Easter to you and all your watchers. --Mrjulesd (talk) 12:02, 5 April 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Gerechtigkeitsspirale[edit]

PanydThe muffin is not subtle 14:31, 23 April 2015 (UTC)


I 👍 Like Gerda.

If only all women were so easy to please. Dirtlawyer1 (talk) 12:02, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

I commented. - I - easy to please??? April Fool? - I don't like the waste of time the GGTF arb case has cost, with no end in sight. - I don't like people leaving in frustration, see Hafspajen and Victoria, among others, on top of those missed already (see my infobox on top, "despised and rejected", - did you know that I wrote the article in 2011, because I didn't like how an editor was driven away?). - I don't like that you didn't answer my request, remember? (If not: My advice for a peace treaty would be simple: recommend that every (!) editor in (infobox) discussions would think twice about a second revert in the same matter, and three times about a third comment in the same. Can you word that in legal language to the arbitrators?) Sorry, I forgot the question mark then. - Did you see my DYK for lawyers? - What I like? Curtains up for Lohengrin! ---Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:16, 29 April 2015 (UTC)
I did LIKE your DYK, but I did not know that it was specific to lawyers. As for opera, my exposure is mostly to Italian classic, Mozart, American Broadway musicals of the Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe variety, and, of course . . . Bugs Bunny. Dirtlawyer1 (talk) 12:29, 29 April 2015 (UTC)
I only said "for", not "specific to", "for" meaning "good for" ;) - If you look at Lohengrin, what strikes you as almost blasphemous for a work by Wagner (only other so far the Wesendonck Lieder), while all of Verdi and some of Mozart (Don Giovanni) have it? - Did you know that a bunny took the pic of the monkeys? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:38, 29 April 2015 (UTC)
ps: like like, - that article was later my first GA, written by an indeffed user, - one of the outcasts ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:21, 29 April 2015 (UTC)
ps: like like, liking a barnstar from a banned user ("For believing in the goodness of people above all. For having faith and being willing to work on a cause that seemed hopeless.") - 14 April 2012 and no end of cases that seem hopeless, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:27, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

Congratulations 100,000 edits[edit]

Bästa nyskrivna.svg 100000 Edits
Congratulations on reaching 100000 edits. You have achieved a milestone that only 313 editors have been able to accomplish. I have been looking forward to bestowing this award to you for months. The Wikipedia Community thanks you for your continuing efforts to brighten our WikiWorld with you wonderful spirit of acknowledgement. You are a Beacon of Peace! Keep up the good work!

. Buster Seven Talk 15:15, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Thank you, a day to celebrate ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:55, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
Wow! Congratulations. What a milestone! SusunW (talk) 19:26, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! - Actually not really a milestone, - I am not counting ;) - It came as quite a pleasant surprise, while I had carefully planned my DYK #500 (and nobody noticed), - it was also the expression of gratitude to a person who was still alive then. - If you read that you will understand that in the award, I like "peace" above all! That's a milestone for an alleged warrior, thank you, Buster, - you always know what I need before I do, last time it was koekjes ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:49, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
Congratulations Gerda. That's a lot of edits and a huge contribution to Wikipedia.(Littleolive oil (talk) 22:42, 14 May 2015 (UTC))
For a time, you and I have had similar edit counts, plus or minus a bit. But I just noticed you crossed the 100,000 threshold and wanted to congratulate you on that accomplishment. Wikipedia and its readers have certainly benefited by what you do. Thank you, Gerda. --Rosiestep (talk) 06:00, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
Thank you, Rosie! I would be happier though with a lower count, without the edits I spent for arbitration ;) - Your position in DYK does more for readers! - I keep going with Hope (and patience), --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:39, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
While those edits spent at arbitration were tiring, I am sure, perhaps other editors learned from them and "lessons learned" are important, too. You are writing as a pioneer in this amazing online encyclopedia, and someday, some academician will study your words and write a dissertation, including the arb stuff you went through, but more importantly, of course, all the FA, GA, DYK, etc. content brought to light by you. We may be long gone by then, but I don't doubt it for a minute that our words are important, and that 100,000 edits is monumental. --Rosiestep (talk) 21:29, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
I would be interested how an independent spirit would look at the "arb stuff". My version is short: the case I was in - infoboxes - was requested because when {{infobox opera}} was introduced I embraced it, others reverted, a friend requested arbitration, - there the mere mentioning of "infobox" raised memories of years of battles, and everybody gathered to get revenge for those battles. The workshop phase was actually quite productive, including a suggestion for Beethoven which is now in the article. The lesson I learned: patience ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:52, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

Congratulations! You're awesome! Hawkeye7 (talk) 06:35, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

I pnly just noticed this celebration of your productivity. Congratulations! Curly Turkey ¡gobble! 07:15, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

Thank you! Better: I even escaped the prison mentioned above, see ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:23, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
Thank you, I do what I can, within my limits. GA for GA, one under review, one nominated (not by me), next planned, - we try to improve, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:44, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

For you[edit]

Dear Gerda,
Happy Whitsun,
— | Gareth Griffith-Jones |The WelshBuzzard| — 13:26, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

Thank you! I decorated above (as on the Main page). We'll sing the three pieces tomorrow, - celebrating two days ;) - Thanks for archiving the Hafspajen talk, - I decided to start the official missing routing (image, dedicate article, translate article, sigh), but just returned from a trip, - later today unless some merciful relief will be granted by then, - look for Hope above. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:35, 24 May 2015 (UTC)
Hope is precious and great joy is found in living. — | Gareth Griffith-Jones |The WelshBuzzard| — 13:44, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

Something different?[edit]

You can probably bring this up to DYK standard in short order if you'd like a break from opera articles. Alakzi (talk) 18:14, 3 June 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for your trust but I am busy, want this for GA (comments on the table welcome, put some questions on the template talk) and have a holiday tomorrow, - last opera was last year, I believe, singers yes, - I have a list on my user page ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:24, 3 June 2015 (UTC)
I have replied on the template talk page. Alakzi (talk) 20:22, 4 June 2015 (UTC)
Thank you, makes sense. - Have a look at a musical table, - do you know {{sortname}}, - I left a question on the talk --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:32, 4 June 2015 (UTC)
OK, that was not obvious at all; I've replied there. Table looks good. Alakzi (talk) 22:55, 4 June 2015 (UTC)

Stepping up for what is right[edit]

note to self --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:17, 7 June 2015 (UTC)

You make me happy![edit]

♥ --Wapiti (talk) 21:14, 14 June 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Jesus und Nikodemus[edit]

 — Chris Woodrich (talk) 16:15, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Special Barnstar Hires.png The Special Barnstar
Well this is mainly for all your work with the Pumpkin sky prize, it makes the real jewel around here. Also thanks for the encouragement you've shown me, I'm always touched... --Jules (Mrjulesd) 20:29, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
My day today, it seems: a new GA, lead image on DYK, + this! - Did you already smile at the irony on Cassianto's page? - Likewise: every time I see your name something sensible gets done, like closing another waste of time. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:38, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for that! Well I'm glad that you had a good day! Well it goes without saying that your contributions here are huge, but I've a special place in my heart for people that nurture and encourage, to me but also to so many others. All my best wishes --Jules (Mrjulesd) 10:59, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
I feel understood - and will place this star under "blushing", although I didn't blush this time ;) - Encouragement; did you know that I worded a DYK about that (article not by me) and used it, not always successfully so, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:25, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam, BWV 7[edit]

Hi Gerda, I'll do my best to get the review done in the next 24 hours. I'm being audited tomorrow so that'll be ridiculously stressful, but I'm determined to get to your article. The Rambling Man (talk) 20:19, 24 June 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for the determination, best wishing for tomorrow, and take your time! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:24, 24 June 2015 (UTC)
ps: DYK that it was your boat race example that made me plan to do a GA for every occasion of Bach's liturgical year? Extra stressful when there's a feast day between two ordinary Sundays, as today (#3) and 2 July, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:30, 24 June 2015 (UTC)

Sibelius Tone Poems[edit]

Hey! Thanks for making edits to the infoboxes on En saga and The Bard. I was the person who first made these boxes (nice touch, no? :] ) and I like the fix you've made. However, I would encourage you to maintain the consistency among the tone poem pages and, thus, to make the identical change to the others: The Oceanides, Spring Song, Lemminkäinen Suite, Tapiola, The Wood Nymph, Pohjola's Daughter, Finlandia, etc. Also, if you're willing, I think it might be nice to add these to the 7 symphonies and the the violin concerto as well. I have held off doing so because I am busy with school, but if you want to use the template and tackle it, then be my (our) guest.

While we're on the topic of the template, do you have any other thoughts? The only other piece of information that I have left out that might be nice is the orchestra that performed the premiere; I did not feel the need or have the time to track down first recordings for everything, but this information may be in the back of the Andrew Barnett book I have (I'll check). Also, it is my opinion that the standard format should be to use the same picture of Sibelius for every composition, to help it feel like a 'series' of articles. Thoughts? Nice to meet a fellow Sibelian, if in fact you are. I have recently written the page for The Wood Nymph and The Oceanides. Improving the Sibelius tone poems is a little, periodic hobby of mine.

Regards, Sgvrfjs (talk) 01:18, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

Note also that in The Bard you eliminated 'form' from the infobox after placing the words 'Tone poem' up top by 'Jean Sibelius', whereas in En saga you did not. We should standardize this. :) Sorry, to quibble! Haha. Sgvrfjs (talk) 01:25, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe, BWV 185[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe, BWV 185[edit]

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Arbitration enforcement arbitration case opened

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It looks like arbitration is sitting about the unclear rules and rulings of arbitration. - I tell myself to assume good faith, but it takes a lot. The topic of yesterday's cantata is The Mote and the Beam. My statement was:

I request the committee to look at an aspect of AE that troubles me: a report without a talk to the other user before. A talk, hoping for a revert, has been done, and I suggest AE to request it if not done, before comments even begin, hoping that the user in question will revert or modify the edit in question.

The Sunday sermon in music is about mercy.

Further reading:

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:09, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

I am known for my dreams. How about amnesty? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:04, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
caution: dangerous thought

I was reading the case talk page when I came to realise that I'm now in risk of being blocked for having nominated a page one of the "named parties" created for deletion. Alakzi (talk) 15:31, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Nothing would surprise me here any more (quoting myself from much earlier) but deletion proposals are probably not among the actions that might get you in trouble related to this. Speaking to me might be more dangerous ;) I borrowed the above from User talk:Kiefer.Wolfowitz, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:38, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
I can't believe it how similarly we think: I fixes the end span - and didn't get an edit conflict because you had done the same thing! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:46, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
hah! Yeah, I'd not think anybody would think to block me for it, but I don't know what to think anymore. Perhaps I just need to stop thinking. Alakzi (talk) 18:17, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
Dammit, now I'm tempted to close it and get a ruling on whether closing a deletion discussion is inherently an "admin action".
The secretly immature part of my brain really wants to find a harmless, trivial way to violate an overly broad restriction implemented in response to a harmless, trivial violation of an overly broad restriction. Opabinia regalis (talk) 19:21, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
You'd not want to put an end to our pursuit for objective truth though, would you? Alakzi (talk) 20:52, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
I coined "petty restriction" in 2012, - before I even knew what arbcom means, - about the time when I put Reformation on my user page, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:06, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
... reading there - amused: "Not impressed with the rhetoric. Accessibility is a core WMF priority and many existing visible styles are really poor." - Didn't change much in three years. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:10, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
Am I the only one who finds it funny that the admin corps are suddenly offended by ArbCom? It's all good when ArbCom rip into the common folk, but God forbid they send our admins a stern message. Alakzi (talk) 21:47, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
I am not there often, but it seems rare that a sitting arb is a party. I tried to talk to her, but she has obviously other concerns. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:56, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
You manage to cheer me up, you two, - welcome to my talk, Opabinia regalis! Alakzi recently joined the cabal of the outcasts, DYK? The term "outcasts" was featured on this talk in 2013, connected to a woman who was an alleged witch, pardoned 300 years after her trial, good company ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:35, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Tre Motetter[edit]

This is your thank you from the DYK project (pass it on?) Victuallers (talk) 13:06, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

An dem Feste, WAB 59[edit]

Dear Gerda,

I have just created An dem Feste, WAB 59, Bruckner's first Weltliches Chorwerk, which he revised at the end of his life. Please have look on my translation of the German text.

Thanks in advance, --Réginald alias Meneerke bloem (To reply) 13:48, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

PS: Nikki is again splitting hairs. Hopefully you will not find my replies too sarcastic... --Réginald alias Meneerke bloem (To reply) 13:56, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! The very first and the very last Weltliche Chorwerke are now referred... --Réginald alias Meneerke bloem (To reply) 15:32, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Das edle Herz, WAB 65[edit]

Dear Gerda,

I have just created the page on the first setting of Das edle Herz. Tomorrow I will create the page on its second setting, and make an attempt of translation of Marinelli's text.

Have a peaceful night! --Réginald alias Meneerke bloem (To reply) 21:22, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Noble! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:26, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Du meine Seele singe[edit]

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:51, 30 June 2015 (UTC)