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Don't Stop the Music (Rihanna song)[edit]

Hey Graham! Happy New Year, all the best in the next 366 days. Anyways, the article received a full copy-edit from a GOCE user who is familiar with the FA prose. Can you please have a quick glance before I re-nominated again and tell me if it's satisfactory? Appreciate it! — Tom(T2ME) 17:27, 10 January 2016 (UTC)

James Murray (physician)[edit]

My dear Dr Beards, may I shamelessly plug the above new article on a very important, yet unbelievably underrated, physician who has certainly helped me and my tummy troubles over the years. I see you are on a break currently, so no rush. Hope you're well and looking forward to your return. CassiantoTalk 19:42, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

Hi, that was fun to read, thanks. I made a few minor edits, which you can feel free to revert. One tip, try to differentiate between outdated beliefs and current thinking. Graham Beards (talk) 19:05, 30 January 2016 (UTC)
Funnily enough, Tim has just told me off here for doing just that, only this time, for using outdated words! Bloody hell, I'm only 36! Thanks very much for your tweaks. CassiantoTalk 19:57, 30 January 2016 (UTC)
Hi Graham, is there anything you can do around an IP on James Murray (physician)? They are warring dispute my attempts to discuss with them their issues. I am currently st 2rr and not wanting to go any further. They have exceeded 3rr. I really don't have the time to go down the 3rr route right now, and wondered if you could have a word. Many thanks, hope you good. CassiantoTalk 23:35, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
I see the IP has already been blocked. Graham Beards (talk) 22:40, 23 March 2016 (UTC)
Indeed, thanks. CassiantoTalk 23:59, 23 March 2016 (UTC)

Thank you for supporting my RfA[edit]

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Thank you for participating in and supporting my RfA. It was very much appreciated. Hawkeye7 (talk) 22:32, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for your support[edit]

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Thank you for participating and supporting at my RfA. It was very much appreciated, and I am humbled that the community saw fit to trust me with the tools. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 03:59, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Possibly unfree File:Stalin Grave.jpg[edit]


A file that you uploaded or altered, File:Stalin Grave.jpg, has been listed at Wikipedia:Possibly unfree files because its copyright status is unclear or disputed. If the file's copyright status cannot be verified, it may be deleted. You may find more information on the file description page. You are welcome to add comments to its entry at the discussion if you object to the listing for any reason. Thank you. Stefan2 (talk) 15:15, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

Help with copyrighted material[edit]

Hi Graham/Mr./Dr.? Beards,

I saw your post on the hepatitis page and wanted to know if I could utilize your expertise while I help edit the page. Is this the appropriate place to do that?

Thank you! Aliciadcadams (talk) 00:08, 8 March 2016 (UTC)

Hi I will monitor your edits and I'm happy to answer any questions you have. Graham Beards (talk) 06:59, 9 March 2016 (UTC)

Best Wishes Graham[edit]

Thank you Ian! Graham Beards (talk) 13:24, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
Hope retirement is treating you well! You're missed. Happy Birthday! - Dank (push to talk) 14:58, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
Thanks, Dan. Graham Beards (talk) 15:02, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

Sorry for Rotavirus page[edit]

Dear Dr. Beards,

I'm very sorry for troubling you with Rotavirus page edit that happened recently by my students. I'm teaching virology and I gave an assignment in which the students were asked to add additional information to existing virus family or individual virus pages in Wikipedia. As far as I understand the activity in Rotavirus page occurred as "several suspicious "new accounts" re-adding contentious material" to you. Some of the students tried couple times re-enter their changes after their changes had been reverted. And couple students thought using a passage from a book is okay if the page number is indicated, but forgot that such usage is against copyright.

What kind of strategy should I be following so that patrols and watchers are not troubled if I'd like to give Wikipedia assignments in future?


Alperyilmaz76 (talk) 10:47, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

Hi, thanks for the explanation. You will find the answers to your questions, and much more useful information here: Wikipedia:Student assignments. You will notice that I had to revert your students' edits on many other virology topics for similar reasons and because the standard of prose was poor in many cases. Graham Beards (talk) 13:41, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Bacteriophages injecting their genes into a bacterium[edit]

An image created by you has been promoted to featured picture status
Your image, File:Phage.jpg, was nominated on Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate an image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for your contribution! Armbrust The Homunculus 14:36, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

Precious anniversary[edit]

Four years ago ...
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featured content
... you were recipient
no. 159 of Precious,
a prize of QAI!

... and, yes, I lived long enough, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:12, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

Witton Isolation Hospital[edit]

I grew up and still live just a handful of miles from the site of Witton Isolation Hospital, yet had never heard of it until I chanced upon the article you wrote. Thank you! Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 19:12, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Thank you Andy. That means I grew up just handful of miles from you and still live only a few more away. Graham Beards (talk) 22:52, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Advice for "No Time for It"[edit]

Hello. Thank you again for your constructive feedback for the two FACs for "Shine". I was wondering if you could look at another music-related article that I have been working on over the past several months ("No Time for It").

I would like to nominate this for FAC someday in the future (I will wait about a year or so to do that as it would be too premature considering the single was released in the beginning of the year and its parent album was released at the end of July and new information may come up about the song in the near future in terms of live performances, etc.). I feel that I have already accounted for a majority if not all of the required information for this time of article. If possible, could you examine the article to see what may be missing or needs to be covered more? I do not want a repeat of what happened with "Shine" so I would greatly appreciate your feedback.

I acknowledge that this is out of your area of interest so I understand if you are not willing or do not have the time to do this, but I thought I might as well ask for guidance from a more experienced user. Aoba47 (talk) 02:16, 7 August 2016 (UTC)

FAC voluntary mentoring scheme[edit]

During a recent lengthy discussion on the WP:FAC talkpage, several ideas were put forward as to how this procedure could be improved, particularly in making it more user-friendly towards first-time nominees. The promotion rate for first-timers at FAC is depressingly low – around 16 percent – which is a cause for concern. To help remedy this, Mike Christie and I, with the co-operation of the FAC coordinators, have devised a voluntary mentoring scheme, in which newcomers will guided by more experienced editors through the stages of preparation and submission of their articles. The general format of the scheme is explained in more detail on Wikipedia: Mentoring for FAC, which also includes a list of editors who have indicated that they are prepared to act as mentors.

Would you be prepared to take on this role occasionally? If so, please add your name to the list. By doing so you incur no obligation; it will be entirely for you to decide how often and on which articles you want to act in this capacity. We anticipate that the scheme will have a trial run for a few months before we appraise its effectiveness. Your participation will be most welcome. Brianboulton (talk) 18:36, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

Extended confirmed protection[edit]

Padlock-blue.svg Hello, Graham Beards. This message is intended to notify administrators of important changes to the protection policy.

Extended confirmed protection (also known as "30/500 protection") is a new level of page protection that only allows edits from accounts at least 30 days old and with 500 edits. The automatically assigned "extended confirmed" user right was created for this purpose. The protection level was created following this community discussion with the primary intention of enforcing various arbitration remedies that prohibited editors under the "30 days/500 edits" threshold to edit certain topic areas.

In July and August 2016, a request for comment established consensus for community use of the new protection level. Administrators are authorized to apply extended confirmed protection to combat any form of disruption (e.g. vandalism, sock puppetry, edit warring, etc.) on any topic, subject to the following conditions:

  • Extended confirmed protection may only be used in cases where semi-protection has proven ineffective. It should not be used as a first resort.
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Please review the protection policy carefully before using this new level of protection on pages. Thank you.
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Two-Factor Authentication now available for admins[edit]


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A new user right for New Page Patrollers[edit]

Hi Graham Beards.

A new user group, New Page Reviewer, has been created in a move to greatly improve the standard of new page patrolling. The user right can be granted by any admin at PERM. It is highly recommended that admins look beyond the simple numerical threshold and satisfy themselves that the candidates have the required skills of communication and an advanced knowledge of notability and deletion. Admins are automatically included in this user right.

It is anticipated that this user right will significantly reduce the work load of admins who patrol the performance of the patrollers. However,due to the complexity of the rollout, some rights may have been accorded that may later need to be withdrawn, so some help will still be needed to some extent when discovering wrongly applied deletion tags or inappropriate pages that escape the attention of less experienced reviewers, and above all, hasty and bitey tagging for maintenance. User warnings are available here but very often a friendly custom message works best.

If you have any questions about this user right, don't hesitate to join us at WT:NPR. (Sent to all admins).MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:47, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, Graham Beards. Voting in the 2016 Arbitration Committee elections is open from Monday, 00:00, 21 November through Sunday, 23:59, 4 December to all unblocked users who have registered an account before Wednesday, 00:00, 28 October 2016 and have made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday, 00:00, 1 November 2016.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

If you wish to participate in the 2016 election, please review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 22:08, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

Happy Saturnalia![edit]

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Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season, from the horse and bishop person. May the year ahead be productive and troll-free. Ealdgyth - Talk 01:38, 18 December 2016 (UTC)

Thank you Ealdgyth. Graham Beards (talk) 06:42, 18 December 2016 (UTC)

Merry, merry![edit]

From the icy Canajian north; to you and yours! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 01:04, 27 December 2016 (UTC) Lights ablaze.JPG

Forensic Chemistry FAC[edit]

As this review is quite long and complicated (and I'm rather new at this!), I just wanted to double check that you are happy with the spot check at the FAC. Sarastro1 (talk) 12:00, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

It's only a spotcheck, so I can't 100% sure, but I don't think there will be any issues with verification, and I can tell be the prose style that one "voice" is writing. Best. Graham Beards (talk) 12:28, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

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Photon Article[edit]

I saw your message on the talk page of photon and I added a response. In addition to citations, is there anything else you think the article could use some improvement on? Popcrate (talk) 05:17, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

Acne vulgaris FAC[edit]

Nice to see you at WT:FAC, and thanks for your support. In other FAC news, the Acne vulgaris article (FAC here) has hit a few bumps. We have a few supports but a fresh oppose. I suspect the nominator is a little disillusioned and I'd hate to see the prior work go down the tubes like a few others have recently. I know you are a science-y, virus-y, er... disease-y sort of person (see my science knowledge come to the fore?), and I wondered if a) this falls into your areas of expertise and b) you could have a look and see what you think or if there is a way forward. Or if you can think of anyone else who is active, medically inclined and knows their way around FAC. If not, no worries. Sarastro1 (talk) 19:45, 28 February 2017 (UTC)