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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)

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Tom Daley[edit]

Hi there,

I wonder is it possible to change visibility of the edit summary made by ClueBot NG since it shows us the user who made the possible vandalism, and that you have already changed the visibility of that IP user? (talk) 20:43, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

The IP address is currently blocked following further vandalism. There is no point in changing the visibility of the ClueBot edit. Graham Beards (talk) 09:44, 10 June 2017 (UTC)


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Introduction to viruses[edit]

Graham, I've suggested this one as a rerun at WP:TFA on December 1, World AIDS Day. Has the article held up well over the years? - Dank (push to talk) 19:20, 14 August 2017 (UTC)

Btw, the linkchecker found minor issues. - Dank (push to talk) 20:21, 14 August 2017 (UTC)
Hi Dank - yes it has been well maintained. It needs a few more citations here and there to meet current FA standards and the Shors reference, which I have used, needs updating to the 2017 edition. I have this, so that will not be a problem. With regards to the linechecker issues, all the links to the abstracts on PubMed are ok, it's just the links to the DOIs that are glitchy. We could delete these, but some bot will come along and put them back. I think it's safe to leave them be. I'll update some of the older citations while I'm at it. Best wishes. Graham Beards (talk) 05:36, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
Aha ... thanks for explaining, and thanks for working on this, it'll be an excellent rerun. - Dank (push to talk) 12:07, 15 August 2017 (UTC)

Epidemiology / transmission of viruses[edit]

I changed that section on the Virus page because the paragraph on transmission has nothing to do with epidemiology. It's actually about the mechanism of transmission, which is why I moved that to a separate section. Have you read that section? You should before you revert such edits. Thanks! Peteruetz (talk) 14:38, 30 August 2017 (UTC)

That was rude. You should check to see who wrote the article before implying they haven't read it. And what was all that nonsense you added about quarantine? Graham Beards (talk) 15:36, 30 August 2017 (UTC)

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File:Tsar Nicholas II Family Remains.jpg needs authorship information[edit]

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ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 13:55, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for updating the file information. It's appreciatedShakespeareFan00 (talk) 19:07, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Good grief! Talk about tag for the sake of tagging! Let me try and explain:
  • The author or creators of the work, (including information as to the author's lifespan).
  • Try reading the "Summary" section and more specifically, Author
  • Where and how this particular version was obtained.
  • Again, try reading the "Summary" section and this time, more specifically, Description
  • When the work was created
  • Again, still, try reading the "Summary" section and this time, more specifically, Date

ShakespeareFan00, please read things before you press "Save changes", in future. CassiantoTalk 18:28, 22 September 2017 (UTC)


Hi there! I wondered if you'd have time to leave some comments on my FAc above? Best regards, Cartoon network freak (talk) 20:44, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Columbus Falco[edit]

Discussion started, welcome aboard!--Galassi (talk) 17:20, 30 September 2017 (UTC)


Hi Graham Beards, Dr. Diener is currently working on the german Viroid Article. Imho Prions are smaller infectious agents, but he wrote viroids were. I do not want to revert his edit. Any tips? All the best, --Ghilt (talk) 07:35, 1 October 2017 (UTC)

Prions, at around 10nM are larger than viroids, which on average only have around 200bp. Graham Beards (talk) 12:33, 1 October 2017 (UTC)
Ok, but a single PrP - already being infectious - has 253/208 amino acids, whereas viroids begin at around 241 nucleotides, and a nt has a mass of about 4 aa. Cheers, --Ghilt (talk) 14:01, 1 October 2017 (UTC)
I seems to me that we need to clarify what we mean by "size"; do we mean length, mass, mol. weight, etc? Graham Beards (talk) 14:11, 1 October 2017 (UTC)
Agreed, but regarding to the size of PrP of 10 nm, are you referring to this or this? Regarding the molecular weight, i guess the 21 kDa of PrPSc are well beneath the approx. 200 nt x 0.55 kDa/nt of about 100 KDa. And i tend to get cautious when superlatives ('smallest') are added into an article without reference, as in this case. --Ghilt (talk) 15:03, 1 October 2017 (UTC)
Well, i retract my objections, the 'Encyclopedia of Virology' (2008) explicitly mentions "Viroids are the smallest known agents of infectious disease – small (246–401 nt), highly structured, circular, single-stranded RNAs that lack detectable messenger RNA activity", cheers, --Ghilt (talk) 15:48, 1 October 2017 (UTC)

On alteration of figures[edit]

Hi, Graham Beards,

You reverted my edit on Introduction to viruses not as a good faith revert, but revert which in its masked meaning, means I am some vandal sort or at least vandal-like. But why first I reverted to last revision? the page came in RC with IP user altering figure, of course, without any explanation. I opened the page, but in the paragraph of the figure there is no inline citation to verify whether the change is justified. I diligently checked few revisions back and the earlier figure (which the IP user removed) is the one I saw including in your own revision like here. So, I reverted it and left explanation that the change is unsourced, hence unjustified. Now why I write this? It is because of future. I specifically patrol filter 391 which tags Users, (majority iPs) who habitually change height/weight arbitrarily, and I used to scout for general figure alteration like that one because it is one of the subtle ways of eroding Wikipedia image at large. So should I now left all that alterations (figures, monies, height/weight) and "assume good faith" that the the IP user made valid correction even if previous revision didn't support that? -Ammarpad (talk) 08:25, 13 October 2017 (UTC)


Hi there! I saw you're an experienced FAC editor. With that in mind, I thought of asking you to look over the article above and to kinda copy–edit it (it isn't long, so it shouldn't take that much). Unlocked, a FAC, has received some support, but an experienced user complained over the article's prose, with his main issues being "chopped" sentences (and maybe some other minor stuff you could correct). With that being said, would you have time to edit it? Best regards! Face-smile.svg Cartoon network freak (talk) 19:43, 24 October 2017 (UTC)

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The Great White North.jpg you and yours, from the Great White North! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 17:27, 23 December 2017 (UTC)