User talk:JohnCD/Archive 27

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Anxiety/uncertainty management Interaction

For a module of my University course I have to improve the wikipedia article Anxiety / Uncertainty Management. I saw that you were one of the people who edited the page in its early days and that you are a Wikipedia admin who is still active. I was just wondering how active you still are on this page (how often you check on it), this is so that I could possibly run my edits/ work by you so I know it is good enough for me to make it live. We are looking at improving the citations and adding more information to the page, are there any other ares you feel we could improve that are not listed on the page itself.
--LewisHoward (talk) 14:59, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

@LewisHoward: that was a good piece of research, but I am afraid I cannot be of much help. My only interaction with that page was in its very early days when, as a New Page Patroller, I added a WP:Proposed deletion template because it was then quite unreferenced and seemed to fail WP:Verifiability and WP:No original research. The page author removed the PROD template, as s/he was quite entitled to do, continued to develop the article and did add some references. If still not satisfied, my next step would have been to nominate it at WP:Articles for deletion, but evidently I thought it eventually good enough not to do that. But I have not followed the article in detail since then, and am not well qualified to comment. You would do better to look in the article history for editors who have contributed to its cntent and are still active. Members of WP:WikiProject Psychology would also be good advisers. There is no particular advantage in looking for an admin, as they have no special authority on content. Regards, JohnCD (talk) 23:04, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

JohnCD Thank you for the response and suggestions. --LewisHoward (talk) 16:17, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

Deletion of Red Circle article

Hi John,

You deleted this article seconds after it was published. How did you determine that quickly that it merited deletion? I'm trying to add individual album pages for everything British jazz label Whirlwind Recordings has released. Is that not allowed?


--Jasondcrane (talk) 16:03, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

@Jasondcrane: short answer: Wikipedia is not a "list of everything" and is actually quite selective about subjects for articles - see WP:NALBUMS. More on your talk page in a few minutes. JohnCD (talk) 16:15, 17 March 2014 (UTC)


Thanks, John. Your response on my talk page makes perfect sense. I appreciate the thorough feedback.

Oh, and when you respond this way to folks in the future, you might consider removing "You will probably tell me..." That turns a friendly, informative response into something that sounds a bit condescending. Just my $.02.

--Jasondcrane (talk) 16:43, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

Point taken - how would you put it, to introduce that subject? JohnCD (talk) 16:46, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

Cal Steele

Why Has My Page 'Cal Steele' Been Deleted!!!!??????? WHYYYY WHYYYY Whats wrong with the page. Can You Please Put It Back... — Preceding unsigned comment added by Night21Stalker (talkcontribs) 22:04, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

To have a Wikipedia article, a footballer needs to have played in a fully-professional league, see WP:NFOOTY. Playing for a local U-15 team isn't enough. JohnCD (talk) 22:42, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

Move S.P.I.N. (Super-Power-Inhibiting Nanobots) Technology

Please move S.P.I.N. (Super-Power-Inhibiting Nanobots) Technology to S.P.I.N. Technology or Super-Power-Inhibiting Nanobot Technology without leaving a redirect. Thanks. (talk) 22:36, 18 March 2014 (UTC)


Hi John -

Thanks for your attention on the Lingo article.

Jay Dubya (talk) 12:26, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Music Massage Therapy


I'm just writing to you to request the restoration of a page "Music Massage Therapy" I was actually logging in yesterday to put a link on to the talk page discussing the articles deletion, to add some proof of existence I got from a website, but by the time I logged in, it had just been deleted.

I'm not too sure how Wikipedia works properly, so I don't know if this is sufficient, but I thought I'd try anyway, cos I think the therapy is a good concept.

So , here's the link I was going to put on to the talk page discussing the article's deletion.

It's funny because it was this interview that made me look it up here in the first place, I wanted more info. And then I discovered it was nominated for deletion!I've no idea why this page doesn't show up when you do internet searches for it, but anyhow here it is.

I hope this is adequate for you, if not let me know what more is needed to get it restored and I'll see what I can do.

Pintfin (talk) 13:17, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

The article Music massage therapy was deleted after WP:Articles for deletion/Music massage therapy, but as there was very little participation in that discussion - no-one argued for keeping it, and only one person for deleting - the administrator who closed the discussion made it a WP:SOFTDELETE, which means it is restored if anyone asks for it. You have asked, so I have restored. However, I will notify user Brainy J (talk), who proposed deletion, and who may choose to re-nominate it, which would start another discussion to which you would be welcome to contribute. You can add your reference to the article, and it will help, but not very much: Wikipedia's WP:Notability requirement is for references that show "significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject." This seems to be someone talking about her own therapy; I'm not even clear that it is the same thing, because it saus she invented it, whereas the source in the article, from 2009, does not mention her. JohnCD (talk) 23:23, 22 March 2014 (UTC)


Main Wikipedia:Requests_for_undeletion#Hypertext_Application_Language

Hello John, as user:Lyhana8 asked :

"Is it possible to get access to the content of the article as it was before deletion so I can work on it ?"

could you send via email <address redacted> the last raw wiki-text of Hypertext_Application_Language, so Lyhana8 could work on it offline. Feel free to add a short bullet list of points to improve. Cheer Yug (talk) 07:52, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

@Yug:  Done. Text emailed. I will add some advice on her talk page. By the way, it's preferable not to post email addresses, as they are liable to be harvested by spambots; the Wikipedia email system provides a link from the user page, in the "tools" section in the left margin. JohnCD (talk) 14:01, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
@JohnCD:: ok, noticed. Thanks for the quick reaction. I stay available to Lyhana8 as well to help around. Yug (talk) 14:10, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

Deletion of Rob Maness

John, I was out of town for a bit and I just noticed yesterday that you deleted "" on the grounds that: "if he wins the nomination and goes into the general election as the party's actual candidate". There is no party primary in Louisiana, it is a jungle primary where they all run against eachother, and currently Rob Maness, Bill Cassidy and Mary Landrieu are the top three candidates for the jungle primary.

Additionally, considering that he has 118k Facebook likes to Mary Landrieu's 11k (,, and the fact that he was a noted Air Force Colonel, I think he has enough notoriety to qualify for a wiki entry. Let me know your thoughts.

Khronos21 (talk) 20:11, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

@Khronos21: I will reply tomorrow - out of time tonight, 23:25 here. JohnCD (talk) 23:27, 22 March 2014 (UTC)
 Done as a contested PROD; advice on your talk page. JohnCD (talk) 16:55, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
@JohnCD: Thanks for the clarification. I will look closer at the guidelines for Politicians and Military Personal Notability. It looks like under the guidelines that it might be best to redirect his page to the page covering the election. Khronos21 (talk) 15:43, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Mainframe (band)

Hi JohnCD

My apologies for contacting you directly, I am new to Wikipedia and it takes a while to figure out how to use this platform correctly.

I have been working on the Mainframe (band) page in Wikipedia to tidy up the page and to provide independent external references to validate the commercially released singles of this band. I believe I have been able to make the page meet the guidelines of WP:BAND (especially point 2).

I have also add a *Keep request in the debate which is here:

Could you tell me if I have done all this correctly? I hope the page for Mainframe (band) can be kept.

My apologies again for the contact, I am sure you are busy enough.

Many thanks (birdinatree) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Birdinatree (talkcontribs) 03:30, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

@Birdinatree:: don't apologise, we're here to help. Yes, you are doing it right in commenting at the AfD, but it won't be closed quickly, they normally run for seven days and then an uninvolved admin will decide what to do. There is advice at WP:DISCUSSAFD. JohnCD (talk) 23:05, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Dannyvermont deletion

Hi JohnCD, I apologize for the editing. I believed (wrongly) I was free to edit on Wikipedia after setting up my account.

Dan Gilman — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dannyvermont (talkcontribs) 17:08, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

dannyvermont deletion

Hi JohnCD,

I now fully understand why you speedy deleted my edits. I read your notice about copyrights infringements.


Dan Gilman — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dannyvermont (talkcontribs) 17:14, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

dannyvermont speedy deletion

Hi JohnCD,

I just noticed the notice in your message, and will read it fully

I was excited, and got carried away doing edits without me reading "all" Wikipedia rules.

Dan Gilman Dannyvermont — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dannyvermont (talkcontribs) 17:25, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

No worries, no-one expects you to read all the rules. Reply on your talk page. JohnCD (talk) 17:33, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

Sarasota Military Academy

Was there anything worthwhile at the page when it was prodded in 2007? Thanks for you help. Candleabracadabra (talk) 19:53, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

@Candleabracadabra: it had no independent sources and was extremely promotional, but as it was a PROD deletion it can be restored on request, and I have done a history-merge so that the spamminess is hidden behind your version. You can see whether you can extract anything useful. JohnCD (talk) 20:10, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
Great! Thank you very much. Candleabracadabra (talk) 20:13, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Questionable Edit on Your Part

Why did you revert my change on the May 23rd page? It was obviously correct. In fact, there was a clear link identifying it as a fact at the end of the line. Please explain. Best wishes. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 13:04, 31 March 2014‎

Just putting fact after something doesn't make it true. The statement that May 23rd is the longest day is false - the longest day falls at the summer solstice in late June. See JohnCD (talk) 13:12, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

I don't trust your link in the slightest. It's not even from a source at the UK Government, or from a reliable commercial source, like a Zimbabwean vendor. The longest day can vary based on your latitude, occasionally longitude, and your altitude relative to cloud cover levels over certain mountain peaks and the presence of reptiles and other large fauna. Things are not as simple as you make them out to be, my friend (hope you don't mind me calling you that), but the fact remains, facts are fact, and the change regarding May 23rd was identified as one by someone at the Wikipedia machine. With editors such as you at the helm, I trust that implicitly. I also trust the authorized and authenticated go code I had to make such a posting. The facts are indisputable. Best wishes. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:36, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

I have no idea what you mean by an "authorized and authenticated go code", but your change to May 23 was identified by someone else at "the Wikipedia machine" (me) as a load of old codswallop, and reverted accordingly. JohnCD (talk) 13:54, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Your vernacular regarding codswallop was unfamiliar to me. It prompted me to research it, so I thank you kindly for exposing me to such a new and exciting term. I understand your role here with the Wikipedia machine, but you were not the original person who recognized the statement as a fact. Just as I researched codswallop, you should perhaps learn about go codes. They mean very little if they aren't authorized (which, of course, implies it's been previously verified) and authenticated using the accepted three party system. They are the basis for any and all permissions within the digital world, and in anything involving the use of the warmer portion of the stratosphere for exploratory or associated research purposes. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:41, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

I see that your IP is registered to Fort Benning which may explain your familiarity with Go codes; but they don't apply on Wikipedia where the "basis for any and all permissions" is WP:Verifiability: "any material challenged or likely to be challenged must be attributed to a reliable, published source." The person who identified your statement as fact is evidently resident on another planet where the calendar and the day lengths are different. JohnCD (talk) 20:32, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Goombay Punch

Hello! Could you restore this speedily deleted article? I think it's notable. Maybe throw an underconstruction tag on it for me so I have a chance to assess and expand? Thanks. If you'd rather I went to WP:REFUND just let me know. Thanks. Candleabracadabra (talk) 23:33, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

I'm also wondering what was prodded at Church Windows (the plural, I've now redirect it). Candleabracadabra (talk) 02:23, 4 April 2014 (UTC)
@Candleabracadabra: normally, it's best to go first to the deleting admin, but in this case he hasn't edited for five years, so I have restored Goombay Punch. "Church Windows" was about a shareware program for Mac OS, PRODded as unreferenced and non-notable. JohnCD (talk) 10:40, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

User:Tedickey vandalism / WP:WTAF abuse

Hello! Can you please investigate User:Tedickey edit history? I suspect him in hidden vandalism. This person abuses "WP:WTAF" rule and removes content selectively. He removes information references otherwise useful to other editors and readers. Sometimes he hides behind WP:WTAF sometimes not. He reverted vandalism warning from his talk page, without discussion.

Here is (not full) list of harmful edits done by this user: Bonnie++ page removal proposal: Vandalism Benchmark (computing) page: More WP:WTAF abuse: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:20, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

  • With limited exceptions, anyone is entitled to remove warnings from his talk page, as you have done yourself. It is taken to mean that you have read the warnings.
  • Vandalism means edits deliberately intended to harm the encyclopedia. The fact that you disagree with an edit does not make it vandalism, and throwing accusations of vandalism around helps nobody. Please read WP:AGF.
  • None of Tedickey's edits that you link above are vandalism, or even obviously harmful. WP:WTAF is an essay, not a policy, but it is good advice. If you disagree with an edit, do not edit-war about it, but discuss and try to reach WP:Consensus. If you can't there is WP:Dispute resolution.
Sideways713 has given you good advice on your talk page. JohnCD (talk) 20:03, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for an advise on Igor Janev art.

Dear JohnCD , thank you for an advise and information.-- (talk) 11:19, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

Sara Jay Proposed Deletion

I am curious what is it about the article that you honestly think lacks notability? What do you know about the adult industry that gives you the basis to weigh an opinion? Cheers.Ilovepitts (talk) 02:00, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

My opinion is not about the adult entertainment world but about Wikipedia's acceptance standards. Anybody in the entertainment industry gets lots of mentions, interviews etc, and there all kinds of awards about, but Wikipedia is quite selective and has established WP:PORNBIO as a guideline here, and there is a pretty unanimous view that she does not meet it. This has been debated several times at AfD and when the draft has been re-submitted. Adding more and more references of the same kind does not help - that is why I linked WP:AMOUNT. JohnCD (talk) 20:47, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

Anatoliy Lesnikov

I'm trying to recover the article on Anatoliy Lesnikov. It's almost finished but I was distracted for too long. Anatoliy Lesnikov is an important Russian cinematographer.

Thank you for your consideration

(E Guano (talk) 09:30, 10 April 2014 (UTC))

@E Guano: it's at Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Anatoliy Lesnikov. JohnCD (talk) 09:41, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Deleted sandbox draft

Also you mention "crackpot" theories of "mind control". Are you stating that MkUltra was never a program? There are articles about it on Wikipedia. The very same lawyer who defended Dr. Sidney Gottlieb was the head lawyer on my late father's estate. There was and is nothing "crackpot" about it. That was a libelous statement. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:48, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

I presume this is about User:Blue Shakti/Sandbox, which I deleted after the discussion at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:Blue Shakti/Sandbox. This was never an encyclopedia article, only a user sandbox which was never submitted for review as an article, and was left untouched since early 2011. It was deleted because Wikipedia is not for indefinite storage of material unsuitable for the encyclopedia. The reasons why this is not suitable are explained at WP:No original research, particularly the section WP:SYNTH: "Do not combine material from multiple sources to reach or imply a conclusion not explicitly stated by any of the sources" and WP:RGW.
You are right to come first to me as the administrator who closed the discussion, but I see no reason to change my decision. If you wish to appeal, the right place is WP:Deletion review. If you wish to go there, and would like help in making the entry, leave a note below here giving the reasons why you think it should be undeleted, and I will do the rest.
Please read WP:No legal threats, and note that any threat of legal action may lead to your account or IP being blocked from editing Wikipedia until the legal action is concluded or the threat is withdrawn. Keep the discussion on the article and its contents.
The text is still available on the internet, if you wish to access it, at JohnCD (talk) 17:30, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Re: Wikidata item

Re your inquiry here: I manually deleted the item. Deletions should be manually requested at d:Wikidata:Requests for deletions in the future. Thanks.--Jasper Deng (talk) 00:50, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

I created this item by creating item for all page in a category without items. If the page is deleted, Hoo Bot will remove the sitelink, and admins will delete empty items manually. Hoo man will delete all such items semi-automatically once per several months if no admin delete them.--GZWDer (talk) 12:21, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. JohnCD (talk) 21:41, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Pumpkin dessert and Kabak tatlisi

I created an article on the Turkish dish (the second link) and then I found that the subject seems to be covered at the Pumpkin dessert article. I think it should be moved to the article title I created (merged perhaps) but I am not an admin so I can't do this. Thanks for any assistance you can provide. ((moved form Userpage where it was posted by accident) Candleabracadabra (talk) 17:36, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

No time to look at this till Saturday, sorry, I'm going to be away. JohnCD (talk) 20:38, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
@Candleabracadabra: are you sure these are the same thing? If so, I suggest I move Pumpkin dessert to your title, leaving a redirect, and then you add your reference to it (and any others you can find - Google shows up quite a few, though mostly in Turkish). JohnCD (talk) 21:45, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
Yes, that sounds good. If you move it to the title Kabak tatlisi will I still be able to see the edits I made in the history? I mean can it be history merged? Or can we move the article I was working on somewhere first? Not a lot of work went into it, but I'd rather not have to start over. Here's another source. I would merge to his article but then I still can't move it to what I think is the appropriate title. Anyway, I don't really care how it's done other than it would be good to include the source I used (so it's referenced) and I think the title should be what the dish is actually called (with a redirect from pumpkin dessert until that page perhaps becomes a disambiguation if/when other pumpkin desserts are added). Candleabracadabra (talk) 22:06, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

Another one that needs sorting out is bastani and Iranian classic saffron ice cream. Again, I can't move stuff over redirects, so I'm not sure how to merge. I suppose I can cut and paste and note the merge in the edit summaries? Is that an appropriate approach? I am open to suggestions. Candleabracadabra (talk) 22:14, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

I should note that despite the merge template, I think Bastani is clearly the appropriate title (and was created first). But whatever you think is fine with me. I look forward to happy unions. Candleabracadabra (talk) 22:16, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
I will go ahead and merge these. We'll see what happens.. Thanks again for your help. Candleabracadabra (talk) 21:56, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

@Candleabracadabra: sorry for delay. Rather than do a full merge, because the histories overlap, what I have done is:

So you have access to your short article and can use it to update the main one. Put {{db-u1}} on the "temp" one when you have finished with it.
For advice on merging, see Help:Merging. Cheers, JohnCD (talk) 21:39, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
Okay, great. That works. And I will read the "how to" page. I appreciate your help. Candleabracadabra (talk) 21:41, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Rousseau Metal english page


Just want to follow up on the undeletion process of the Rousseau Metal page in english I see there is some debate here But I don't see any further action and nobody wrote to let me know of any decision made (if there is one!)

So what is going on with this? Do I need to add any information, and if so what kind of info would you like to see there?

First request about this page was last summer so I'd like this issue to come to an end one way or another.

Thank you Isabellelf (talk) 15:35, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Replied on your talk page. JohnCD (talk) 21:55, 17 April 2014 (UTC)


Hi — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:32, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

...and hi to you! JohnCD (talk) 21:55, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

Pumpie, again.


New Railway Station, Thessaloniki and Athens Railway Station should be indef-semi-protected because the sockpuppet constantly target this page. I will update you on other article titles to address later. Thanks. --Marianian(talk) 12:35, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

Extra: Since this user has not responded to outstanding issues four years, is this user a candidate for a community siteban? Thoughts appreciated. --Marianian(talk) 13:07, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

@Marianian: I don't really like indefinite semi-protection, but I see Pumpie got back at these two quite soon after the last 3 month protection expired, so I have given them each a year. Yes, a site ban could be useful, though there are always some people who say it is a waste of time because they are effectively banned already. Regards, JohnCD (talk) 22:06, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

I can't find your message regarding my delete page


I'm a novice a wiki articles/website. I put in a request regarding my page "The Reporter and The Girl" that was deleted last month, because it had been some time since I worked on it. I saw that you sent a response, however I was clicking on links and I don't see your response nor the submission I entered. Can you help me?


ReporterandGirl — Preceding unsigned comment added by Reporterandthegirl (talkcontribs) 00:25, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

My reply had got archived - more on your talk page. JohnCD (talk) 21:34, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks JohnCD — Preceding unsigned comment added by Reporterandthegirl (talkcontribs) 22:13, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Deletion review for Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority

An editor has asked for a deletion review of Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. Because you closed the deletion discussion for this page, speedily deleted it, or otherwise were interested in the page, you might want to participate in the deletion review. Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority 17:05, 23 April 2014 (UTC)MMinetti This message is an appeal of the Wikipedia decision to delete a Wikipedia page describing the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.

Wikipedia explained the reasons why the page was deleted. As such, we would like to work with Wikipedia to resolve the issues through conduct of the following: • removing the Authority logo, • paraphrasing original source material in another fashion and retaining the referenced sources (i.e., not quoted verbatim from external sources), • verifying that the page avoids a promotional tone, as that is not our intent, and • emphasizing the multiple, independent, reliable sources that provide significant coverage.

Wikipedia originally asked me, the page author, to add in a variety of external sources, which were incorporated. In addition, new information (i.e., event report numbers from healthcare facilities in Pennsylvania) will soon be available to be added, further justifying reinstatement of the page.

A few weeks ago, I was trying to ensure my user name, MMinetti, would not display as the page title; rather that “Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority” would appear. After additional research, I found that my user name would not appear. However, I had previously communicated directly with Wikipedia editors, and we freely discussed their concerns that a formal name change was associated with promotional editing, following which we resolved how to display a title rather than user name. However, the transcript of this process could appear misleading, out of context.

Shortly after the page was live, I was notified of the speedy deletion, and I contested the deletion. I explained with the following text: “The information submitted would be reviewed and edited where Wikipedia is requesting and that the information is good public knowledge information.” Moments later my page was officially deleted.

I freely disclose my affiliation with the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority contracts ECRI Institute, the entity that employs me.

Given the above suggested solutions, I can safely assure you that there will be no copyright violation. I respectfully request that you restore the page so we can work to meet Wikipedia standards.

Thank you for your consideration, MMinetti

@Mminetti: the deletion log shows that this page was actually deleted by user RHaworth (talk). All that I deleted was the redirect left behind at your user page after you moved the article away.
We cannot restore copyright material, even temporarily, without a formal copyright release, and in any case material which consists of the organization telling the world about itself is unlikely to make a satisfactory encyclopedia article. Read User:JohnCD/Not a noticeboard, the Wikipedia:Plain and simple conflict of interest guide and User:Uncle G/On notability#Writing about subjects close to you. Given your (very properly declared) conflict of interest, you should use the Wikipedia:Articles for creation route, so that your article can be reviewed by an uninvolved user before it is posted. JohnCD (talk) 18:51, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

Good Sources Not Enough to Save Article

I was hoping you could help a new editor recover an article on Canadian UNICEF artist T.M. Ananny that was deleted after a few days of it's creation. It seems that there is one editor who does not want to see this article on Wikipedia as it has been deleted before. The article has good sources: Canadian coin commission, book and magazine articles, links to many North American galleries that show the work of the artist, 12 times selected work for UNICEF Christmas cards. I think there is a problem here, hmmm. As well, an "orphan tag" was placed on the article, when I researched on Wikipedia how to make a link to other articles based on similar subject material, I was accused of being a vandal. Help! I just wanted to contribute to Wikipedia and now I feel a little bit unwelcome here. Hope you can make things right!! Gladbot (talk) 00:52, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

(User blocked as the latest sock of Wikipedia:Long-term abuse/Ananny. JohnCD (talk) 19:14, 23 April 2014 (UTC))

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Hi Please Could You Leave My Page Alone Its Valid And Should Not Be Deleted Joseph Edward John Bailey (talk) 14:37, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

No, it is not valid: (a) it was marked "Copyright" and Wikipedia cannot accept copyright material, and (b) in any case, Wikipedia is not a social-networking site for you to write about yourself. See the advice on your talk page. JohnCD (talk) 14:43, 24 April 2014 (UTC)

article on I. Janev

Dear JohnCD,

I am informing you that new ver. of article on Janev is in the procedure. [1]

Regards, -- (talk) 20:30, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

Help request

Dear JohnCD

I guess I am doing the wrong thing but I could not start another section on the other page (mine) under your message. The "{{helpme}}" is probably throwing it out now. But I will get the hang of it.

I would like to know what is more common? Is it to edit an article and see if it is accepted (I am not sure what that process is) or to try and contact people by their user names and see if it is OK first? If the second, do you send them the marked up text in wikiML or submit at the main entry area and tell them you did it?

Thanks a lot for the information. There is a lot there to go through and very comprehensive so it is likely I will be quiet for a while while I try and absorb it! It seems a reasonable ML but being new that makes it difficult at first - of course. Is there are software that provides a "browser view"? I use Ultraedit for a number of language edits and it is really useful with HTML to toggle "Browser View". If not it is OK. I started with Ditroff so this could not be that bad.

I feel much better with somewhere to go and make progress! Cheers


Jdw518 (talk) 12:35, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

Replied on your talk page. JohnCD (talk) 22:15, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

Please, help to create or repair an Article on Igor Janev

Dear JohnCD, can you, please, help to create or repair an Article on Igor Janev. Or at least create a Stub. I do not know how to do that. please see some useful links. Sincerely yours, User from Macedonia and Serbia. Links: [2],_%D0%98%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80%D1%8C or [3] LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE USE OF A PROVISIONAL NAME FOR MACEDONIA IN THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM [4] citation:[5] , p.77-78 , When we say US, p. 845, note 28. G. Ivanov, "Recalling that the International Court of Justice 1948 advisory opinion had determined that placing additional criteria on United Nations membership contravened the United Nations Charter", Thomas D. Grant, Admission to the United Nations, Martinus pub. , pp. 203-212!topic/

-- (talk) 14:26, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

No, I do not want to write this article myself. I see that you have contacted Neotarf (talk) who may help. Another suggestion is to look for assistance from a Macedonian-speaking user here. There is a list at Category:User mk-N, or at Wikipedia:Local Embassy#македонски (mk) I see M4r51n (talk) who is an adminstrator on the Macedonian Wikipedia where his talk page is at mk:Разговор со корисник:M4r51n. Whoever you find to write the article, advise them to read the discussion at User talk:Jimbo Wales/Archive 160#Is He notable? and the warnings there that an article about Janev should be about Janev, and should not be used as a platform for polemic about the Macedonia naming dispute. JohnCD (talk) 19:11, 23 April 2014 (UTC)
OK, Thanks, best wishes! -- (talk) 19:42, 23 April 2014 (UTC)
Yes, exactly, JohnCD, and thank you for the additional information. There is already an article about the dispute. But if someone is interested in this dispute, they may want to know more about the author. —Neotarf (talk) 01:49, 24 April 2014 (UTC)
FYI, IP has now posted a new article at AFC. —Neotarf (talk) 13:13, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

Rev-del request

Hi, I found you on the 'Wikipedia administrators willing to handle RevisionDelete requests' page and was wondering if you would erase the revision history on my user page, and the talk section, as I hope to delete my account and restart but I'm worried that this information will still remain on Wikipedia.

Thanks, Scott — Preceding unsigned comment added by ScottLeeRobert (talkcontribs) 22:08, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

@ScottLeeRobert: Revision deletion is only useful for hiding parts of the history of pages which are still in use. Your user page has actually been deleted, at your request, so all the revisions in its history have been deleted and are visible only to admins, just like rev-delled revisions of active pages. User talk pages are not normally deleted, see WP:DELTALK; with limited exceptions you can blank anything you like from your talk page, but the history is retained for the record.
Accounts are not deleted, either, but you can simply stop using this account, if you like. If you plan to continue editing with a new account, that would be a WP:Clean start - read that page for advice. JohnCD (talk) 14:49, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

Restore page for Val Britton - Contemporary American Artist?

Hi ~

The page for American artist Val Britton was created by a third party, then appended by Val Britton to include accurate sources and references, then deleted by you on 5 November 2012.

She is an internationally shown and published artist represented by galleries in San Francisco and New York City.

Any chance of restoring this page? What would qualify as an adequate source if not already listed?



Lucasjshuman (talk) 02:23, 28 April 2014 (UTC)

 Done as a contested PROD. Advice on your talk page soon. JohnCD (talk) 10:29, 28 April 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

Gerald Shields leading the masses to improve Wikimedia one cosmetically fashionable photograph at a time. North Korean Fashion Watch Barnstar
Gerald Shields, founder of the North Korean Fashion Watch, awards you the North Korean Fashion Watch Barnstar for your continuing efforts to add reliable and poignant discussions about North Korean topics, such as Ri Sol-ju. Geraldshields11 (talk) 16:25, 28 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Thank you! That is certainly a new one for my collection. JohnCD (talk) 17:29, 28 April 2014 (UTC)


Hi -

Just a quick note to say thanks for the info and resources regarding my request to un-delete a page. I really appreciate it.

Lucasjshuman (talk) 04:19, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

Ayaan Chawla - Article

JohnCD, Can I know first of all you have deleted Ayaan Chawla article, I don't know why you are ging against my article but OK then you have added my account in Sockpuppet investigation I didn't understand, if you even see in recent deletion log even everyone has stated problems and then I have written that I'll recreate this Ayaan Chawla Article. So kindly change before adding allegations on anyone, do reply. PradeepChowdhury (talk) 00:43, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

@PradeepChowdhury: articles about Chawla have been deleted many times, as Ayaan Chawla and A. Chawla. It has been decided that he is not notable in Wikipedia's sense at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ayaan Chawla and Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/A. Chawla. There have been three DRVs, 1, 2, 3. Throughout this process, there has been a stream of sockpuppets, listed at the SPI.
So when a new account appears, and its first edit is to create a Chawla article yet again, it seems very likely indeed that this is yet another sockpuppet. Rather than block you myself, I have gone to SPI to get a second opinion. You are welcome to comment there and explain whether you are related to those other accounts. It is a waste of time to keep re-creating this article - see Wikipedia:No amount of editing can overcome a lack of notability. JohnCD (talk) 11:39, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

@JohnCD: thanks for the update, I'll not create Ayaan Chawla article again till I have the best & reliable notable resources for example: TED, NDTV, News Channels, News Papers, Magazines & etc. Hope this will be fine for you. Do Reply. PradeepChowdhury (talk) 14:06, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

Your Opinion on COI

In February and March of this year you were instrumental in helping me to rewrite and reinstate Leslie Cornfeld's Wikipedia page. As you know, I was transparent about my conflict of interest and actively sought the input of volunteer editors. Recently a seemingly new Wikipedian created a discussion on the Conflict of Interest Noticeboard questioning my approach of disclosing my conflicts of interest, proposing cited edits/additions, etc.

It's my feeling that unless the public relations community can operate transparently, ethically, and within Wikipedia's Terms of Use in order to work together with volunteer editors, that many will resort to anonymous and potentially contentious Wikipedia editing. I am concerned that if transparency is penalized, others will be less inclined to follow the same path of taking an above board approach. And, as I'm sure you know, the Wikipedia Board is reviewing a potential Terms of use/Paid contribution amendment [6]. It's become evident how important the handling of paid contributions is to the community.

If you wouldn't mind, I would really appreciate your honest take on this on the Conflict of Interest Noticeboard.

NinaSpezz (talk) 19:42, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

Azhar sabri

I am not sure how this user was able to recreate the page after you deleted it. Would you mind having a look.. Jayakumar RG (talk) 11:06, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

@Jayakumar RG: deleted again. There is nothing to stop someone re-creating a deleted page unless it is "salted" - protected against re-creation. I have done that now for this page, as it has been deleted three times, and I have given a bit more explanation of WP:N on the author's talk page. Thanks, JohnCD (talk) 12:40, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

Redirect Mispelling

The notice of redirect has a CITY NAME misspelling on the article page. (talk) 14:25, 30 April 2014 (UTC) (talk) 14:28, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

Yes, that is because the article was created as Siox city east high school with the title misspelt, and then moved to the correct title. That move left the redirect, which is kept because it might be useful to someone looking for the page who makes the same mis-type. JohnCD (talk) 20:41, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

Please don't collapse my comments

I'm sorry you found them ranty, but I am entitled to express my opinion. Thanks. Candleabracadabra (talk) 18:26, 1 May 2014 (UTC)

@Candleabracadabra: I draw your attention to WP:DRVPURPOSE:

"Deletion Review should not be used... 8. to attack other editors, cast aspersions, or make accusations of bias (such requests may be speedily closed)."

You can repeat your comments, if you think it useful, at the May 1st DRV. JohnCD (talk) 20:14, 1 May 2014 (UTC)
My comment in its entirety was:
Speedily deleted despite coverage in major media sources. I get it, it's an anti-immigration, anti European union, anti Islam party so we want to censor it, but I don't think closing our eyes to subjects we disagree with is the best way to educate and inform readers. Party was started by the founder of the British Freedom Party who was also once a UKIP candidate. He and the party are in the news today BBC story, but we can't cover the subject because we disagree with their positions. But I get it, some people want to censor this kind of thing so the page is protected and can't even be redirected. But why do we purport to have a not censored policy? Seems dishonest. Candleabracadabra (talk) 21:54, 30 April 2014 (UTC)
It's a legitimate comment about the frustration of dealing with attempts at censorship of unpopular subjects. Again, please don't hide my comments in the future. Thanks you. Candleabracadabra (talk) 00:13, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
@Candleabracadabra: Your opinion fails notably to WP:AGF, assuming as it does that the deleting administrator acted because of a wish to censor, not for the stated reason of WP:CSD#A7. While you are entitled to express it, DRV is not a notice-board for venting, but a place for requesting review of a deletion, after consulting the deleting administrator.
Your remarks were intended to "cast aspersions, or make accusations of bias" and WP:DRVPURPOSE expressly provides that requests like that may be speedily closed. I have re-closed it. Do not revert me again, or I will block you. If you are not happy with this, go to WP:AN/I. JohnCD (talk) 08:43, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
The article wasn't just deleted, the page was also protected. It was clearly an act intended to prevent the subject from being included in the encyclopedia. That is in fact censorship and it's not acceptable. Period. If you think there is a policy to support this type of censorship I encourage you to state your arguments in the discussion. Candleabracadabra (talk) 12:26, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

Create a Page for a person

Hardik Malaviya born (22 April 1991) is an Indian Artist and Graphics Designer who is best known for his work in the Bollywood Movie Go Goa Gone and he is graphics designer manager at his Company Malaviya Art placed in Gujarat India. He such has a genius mind at his work. (You can Change the words)

references : — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hardik98248 (talkcontribs) 15:49, 2 May 2014‎

N No. The part of "Hardik" in Go Goa Gone was played by Kunal Khemu, not by you, as shown on its Facebook page, Bollywood Hungama and IMDb, even if you have managed to add your name at the bottom on IMDb. That is why we do not consider IMDb to be a reliable source. I suppose those other sites copied IMDb.
Even if you did have a part in that movie, that is not enough to have an article, see WP:NACTOR. Please stop trying. JohnCD (talk) 17:54, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

Bundy Standoff

I hope you'll take a look at the talk page, this article has become nothing more than an attack piece WP:ALIVE and alternate viewpoints are not tolerated. This is a historical case, but it is about the 11 Western States having some input on the land within their borders. Bundy did what he had to, to get the attention of Congress, the Federal Courts are a dead end. Finally, there should be no contention about who owns the public lands, this is about management. Please see talk page. [7] Thank you. 009o9 (talk) 12:15, 3 May 2014 (UTC)


Thanks for your assistance in moving this page. I created it in the sandbox and was unsure how to "move" it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Thatusernametaken (talkcontribs) 09:05, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

Alfonzo Green

Good work on deleting this user page. It merited deletion, but you left it up long enough to satisfy the needs of those who were discussing it. Question: I think Alfonzo is still an active editor, though he is topic banned. Does he have the ability to start a new user page? Lou Sander (talk) 14:23, 5 May 2014 (UTC)

He is actually blocked since 27 April, but if he were unblocked then yes, he could create another user page. If he persistently misused it, it could in principle be "salted", protected against creation, but that would be a very extreme step for a user page. JohnCD (talk) 17:15, 5 May 2014 (UTC)


Hello John. Yes, I would like more help if you can give it. The following revisions were made to the "Brad Tiemann" page I had previously revised on April 10, 2014:

(cur | prev) 17:07, 13 April 2014‎ (talk)‎ . . (7,715 bytes) (-172)‎ . . (→‎Biography) (undo) (cur | prev) 15:40, 13 April 2014‎ (talk)‎ . . (7,887 bytes) (+13)‎ . . (→‎Biography) (undo)

I was advised of this by Mr. Tiemann last night and he said these revisions are not true. I then changed them back to my last revision by "undoing" them. As you can see, there is an IP address for the person who made these false statements. How can we block this person and is there a way to find out who the person is?

I was able to get long/lat coordinates for the IP address and it zeros in on a house in Michigan apparently owned by a doctor, but is this correct?

How can someone enter something so damaging into a page without being someone having an account? How can anyone just come in and change something on a whim?

Any help you can provide would be appreciated.JMack01 (talk) 17:31, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

@JMack01: you have reverted the vandalism, good; I have gone further and "revision-deleted" the two edits concerned so that they are not visible even in the article history.
I have put a warning on the IP's talk page, but the geolocation information shows that it is dynamically allocated. That means that the ISP, Charter Communications, allocates a new IP each time a subscriber logs on, so there is no way to discover who the user was. Geolocation is not at all accurate, certainly not down to an individual house - I am myself on a dynamic-IP system, and geolocation puts me anywhere from London to Liverpool, which are 180 miles apart.
After I had written the above, I saw that the IP had returned and made three more vandal edits, which had been promptly reverted, the first by a "bot", an automatic system, and the others by individual editors. I have blocked the IP for 31 hours - a longer block would not be appropriate for a dynamic IP, because within that time the vandal will have logged off and the IP been reallocated.
You ask "How can anyone just come in and change something on a whim?" That's a good question, but "anyone can edit" seems to be the key to Wikipedia's success. Other on-line encyclopedias have been tried which require registration and, in some cases, expert moderation of additions, but none of them have taken off. One would expect the encyclopedia to be destroyed by random vandalism, but in practice, enough people are prepared to work on maintenance that that does not happen. There are automatic systems, and an unsung band of volunteer "New Page Patrollers", who generally catch anything like that. You will see from the page history that the last three vandal edits were each reverted within a minute; it is unfortunate that the first two slipped through.
This sort of vandalism looks to me like a child, probably about 13, and it is unlikely that this article was specially targetted. If the problem recurs, the page can be "semi-protected" for a time, so that it cannot be edited by unregistered or very new accounts. The place to ask for that is WP:RFPP. JohnCD (talk) 21:13, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

Jabari Parker's high school career

You closed the AFD for Jabari Parker's high school career. Could you please userfy this for me. I am considering a WP:DRV.--TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 20:49, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

 Done to User:TonyTheTiger/Jabari Parker's high school career, but check out WP:DRVPURPOSE. JohnCD (talk) 22:04, 4 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks.--TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 01:15, 5 May 2014 (UTC)

Deletion review for User:TonyTheTiger/Jabari Parker's high school career

An editor has asked for a deletion review of User:TonyTheTiger/Jabari Parker's high school career. Because you closed the deletion discussion for this page, speedily deleted it, or otherwise were interested in the page, you might want to participate in the deletion review. TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 20:36, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

Thank you. I will comment there, but probably not till tomorrow. JohnCD (talk) 21:52, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

Re: Vandalism

Thanks for all the good information John. It has been very helpful. I'll check the page daily to undo any bad posts. JMack01 (talk) 23:47, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

Garry-Owen McKinnon

I would like you to restore my page as i was still creating it and providing references, the reason i haven't yet done so is because i have been on tour. And just so you know it was a confirm-able biography of myself. I find this to be a case of Deformation of Character in the form of destroying the basic outline of the biography. Please return the page to its original state ASAP — Preceding unsigned comment added by Demion1987 (talkcontribs) 16:33, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Articles about living people are automatically deleted after seven days if they are not sourced. That is done to protect people from having unverifiable information about them on display. Also, Wikipedia is not a place like LinkedIn or Facebook for people to write about themselves. More on your talk page soon. JohnCD (talk) 19:25, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Alexander Nicolson

I created this page just now, and picked up the climbing angle from your draft. Room for expansion on that. Charles Matthews (talk) 10:07, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Excellent! As you can see, I got started on this and never finished. I will add something soon. JohnCD (talk) 19:26, 7 May 2014 (UTC)


I may be many, many editors, but I am certainly not Storm05. Not only has that account not edited in several years, I thought U1 was when a user requested deletion of a userspace page they created? If not, I'm sure G7 applies instead.--Launchballer 20:53, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

No, U1 is "Personal user pages and subpages... upon request by their user". G7 doesn't work either, there is a specific exception: "For redirects created as a result of a page move, the mover must also have been the only substantive contributor to the pages prior to the move." This may seem nitpicky, but there is a reason: if I didn't like something you had in a subpage, or indeed if I didn't like an article, I could move it into my userspace and tag it U1, and then tag the redirect G7. Poof - gone! I understand you have been rescuing abandoned drafts in Storm's user space: good, but no harm leaving the redirects, they do no harm and he might return, or look at his old pages, one day. JohnCD (talk) 21:04, 7 May 2014 (UTC)


please sir i want to create that page please please sir — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bbkbhatt (talkcontribs) 13:03, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

i havenot deleted any page sir beleive me i am just kid why i delete other page — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bbkbhatt (talkcontribs) 13:07, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

You haven't deleted anything; but I have deleted your page because, as I explained on your talk page, Wikipedia is not a place for people to write about themselves. JohnCD (talk) 13:13, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

My deleted article

Hi JohnCD,

I think you reviewed or deleted my last article titled Twice As Good. Can you please allow it to be reviewed or help me to create a new one? The article has been deleted because there was not enough credible proof of who we are but let me say:

-Twice As Good is the name of a music act/band/duo/group lead by Paul & Richard Steward of Northern California, USA.

-Twice As Good is a trademarked name for a performing act/band/duo/group, owned by Paul Steward.

-Twice As Good has won a Native American Music Award (you can see on Native American Music Awards wiki page) in 2010 for Best Blues Recording. It was for their album 'If That's All Right With You'. The Native American Music Awards are significant enough to the nation and the world that they can be listed on wikipedia. Therefore so do the winners.

-Twice As Good has been written about in 2 large and credible newspapers, which verify all that I say. The Press Democrat of Sonoma County CA and the San Francisco Chronicle of San Francisco CA.

I know this group is worth having a wikipedia article. Wikipedia also is pushing efforts to gather more articles regarding Native Americans and Paul & Rich Steward are Native American. It is important because their name is unique, it also has social ties to a mind-set or view of the world, as mentioned by a famous book by Condoleezza Rice.

Please help, -Paul Steward, Bluesmanpaul — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bluesmanpaul (talkcontribs) 16:48, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Replied on your talk page. JohnCD (talk) 22:02, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Deleted post for consideration on Wikipedia

You deleted my post. Is it possible that you could assist me to put up information about my book and background. It seems that people spend a lot of time taking things away and very little helping to change the situation to make it right. Don Soeken — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:43, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia is a project to build an encyclopedia, not a "notice-board" site like LinkedIn or Facebook for people to write about themselves and their own books. Please read the Wikipedia:Plain and simple conflict of interest guide. I cannot say any more unless you tell me the name of the page you mean, or the name of the account that created it. JohnCD (talk) 19:59, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Twice As Good

Hi John,

thank you for getting back to me. I agree that Wikipedia should be neutral. Twice As Good does meet the criteria for notability, they just need help in getting a proper article posted. I am a novice in the ways of writing and editing on wikipedia. Can someone help me? I can provide them evidence.

thank you, -Paul Steward,Paul Anthony Steward 23:25, 12 May 2014 (UTC)Bluesmanpaul — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bluesmanpaul (talkcontribs)

@Bluesmanpaul: you could add this at WP:Requested articles to see if someone will write it, but I would not guarantee a quick response, or any response - this is an all-volunteer project and people work on what interests them. My best advice is, don't spend your time and energy trying to get into Wikipedia, spend it on making such good music that someone unconnected will be interested enough to write about you.
If you want to go ahead, I have already put some useful links on your talk page, and will add a few more. There is good advice from a very experienced Wikipedian in User:Uncle G/On notability#Writing about subjects close to you:

"When writing about subjects that are close to you, don't use your own personal knowledge of the subject, and don't cite yourself, your web site, or the subject's web site. Instead, use what is written about the subject by other people, independently, as your sources. Cite those sources in your very first edit. If you don't have such sources, don't write."

Do what you can to improve Draft:Twice As Good. If you are stuck, put {{helpme}} at the bottom with a question below it. When you have done the best you can, submit it again and see what the reviewer says. JohnCD (talk) 20:24, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Request starting a new entry for an article previously deleted

Hi JohnCD,

I wanted to start a new entry for an academic medical journal, Surgical Neurology International, for which an entry was attempted in Wikipedia by another contributor several months ago. Apparently a Wikipedia editor believed the journal wasn't notable enough. Surgical Neurology International is an important neurosurgical and neuroscience journal founded in 2010 and is already one of the highest circulation journals in the world. I have been working on an entry and would like to submit it, but I'm requesting your permission to create this page. Interestingly, I have researched the contributions of the Wikipedia editor who contested the notability of this journal and found that several of his entries (contributions) consisted of medical journals much less notable than Surgical Neurology International. I was not a party to the previous entry, but I believe that my submission will be within the Wikipedia guidelines for a medical journal stub. Thank you for your consideration in this matter in advance. LeBassRobespierre (talk) 21:53, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

@LeBassRobespierre: that article was not deleted just because one user thought it not notable - there was a deletion discussion at WP:Articles for deletion/Surgical neurology international. You are welcome to create a new article, but since the previous one was deleted by consensus at AfD, you should start by making a draft, and then show it to user Slakr (talk), the administrator who closed the discussion, to let him assess whether you have overcome the reasons for deletion.
I have set up a draft page for you at Draft:Surgical Neurology International. Read WP:Your first article and WP:Writing better articles for general advice, read the AfD discussion to see what problems were found last time, and check out WP:Notability and WP:Notability (academic journals). JohnCD (talk) 20:55, 13 May 2014 (UTC)


MfD nomination of User talk:Juuuuuan

User talk:Juuuuuan, a page you substantially contributed to, has been nominated for deletion. Your opinions on the matter are welcome; please participate in the discussion by adding your comments at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User talk:Juuuuuan and please be sure to sign your comments with four tildes (~~~~). You are free to edit the content of User talk:Juuuuuan during the discussion but should not remove the miscellany for deletion template from the top of the page; such a removal will not end the deletion discussion. Thank you. Whpq (talk) 13:22, 17 May 2014 (UTC)

Pumpie, again, and this time very disruptive.

Hi JohnCD, Please review Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Pumpie. The latest suspect is causing greater damage than I expected, including an attempt to create the Athens Airport station article.

After the user is blocked, it is likely that some of the articles may have to be reduced to barebones because I cannot tell how far damage the Pumpie socks have done to date.

Speaking of which, I feel that an LTA abuse page may be necessary for Pumpie because of the extent of the edits and the needs to swift detection before edits by other users literally cement his damage. Regards, --Marianian(talk) 18:44, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

@Marianian: blocked per DUCK. There is a useful weapon of mass destruction, Special:Nuke, which could be used to delete all pages created by this user. Is there any reason not to do that? and to use rollback on all his edits which have not been subsequently edited? JohnCD (talk) 19:55, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
I wasn't aware of the NUKE feature until now, but apparently I am too good at detecting the user's patterns. Sorry. --Marianian(talk) 19:59, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
@Marianian: I'm not sure what you mean - are you saying this is not Pumpie? Shall I nuke or not? JohnCD (talk) 20:25, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
No, this is definitely Pumpie because of the templates the user created on the account's first day. What I meant by "too good" was a humourous reference to the level of my alertness, so therefore you are free to proceed with the NUKE. Sorry for the confusion: I think I've worked and drunk (tea) too much and now I'm tired. --Marianian(talk) 21:26, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
Done. I spared Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 which seems unproblematic and has been edited by someone else. They were all templates, except Ano Liosia railway station, Airport station (Athens) and Proastiakos of Athens. It occurs to me that he may have moved something to those titles, but I don't have time to investigate now. If they should be restored so they can be moved back, let me know. JohnCD (talk) 21:58, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Oh dear, the same user is back, this time as Veggyyy. --Marianian(talk) 15:58, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

VisualEditor newsletter—May 2014


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The biggest change in the last few weeks is the new citation template menu, labeled "⧼visualeditor-toolbar-cite-label⧽". The new citation menu offers a locally configurable list of citation templates on the main toolbar. It adds or opens references using the simplified template dialog that was deployed last month. This tool is in addition to the "⧼visualeditor-dialogbutton-reference-tooltip⧽" item in the "Insert" menu, and it is not displayed unless it has been configured for that wiki. To enable this tool on your wiki, see the instructions at VisualEditor/Citation tool.

Eventually, the VisualEditor team plans to add autofill features for these citations. When this long-awaited feature is created, you could add an ISBN, URL, DOI or other identifier to the citation tool, and VisualEditor would automatically fill in as much information for that source as possible. The concept drawings can be seen at mw:VisualEditor/Design/Reference Dialog, and your ideas about making referencing quick and easy are still wanted.

  • There is a new Beta Feature for setting content language and direction.  This allows editors who have opted in to use the "Language" tool in the "Insert" menu to add HTML span tags that label text with the language and as being left-to-right (LTR) or right-to-left (RTL), like this:  <span lang="en" dir="ltr">English</span>. This tool is most useful for pages whose text combines multiple languages with different directions, common on Right-to-Left wikis.
  • The tool for editing mathematics formulae in VisualEditor has been slightly updated and is now available to all users, as the "⧼math-visualeditor-mwmathinspector-title⧽" item in the "Insert" menu. It uses LaTeX like in the wikitext editor.
  • The layout of template dialogs has been changed, putting the label above the field.  Parameters are now called "fields", to avoid a technical term that many editors are unfamiliar with.
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  • Some templates that previously displayed strangely due to absolute CSS positioning hacks should now display correctly.
  • Several messages have changed: The notices shown when you save a page have been merged into those used in the wikitext editor, for consistency.  The message shown when you "⧼visualeditor-toolbar-cancel⧽" out of an edit is clearer. The beta dialog notice, which is shown the first time you open VisualEditor, will be hidden for logged-in users via a user preference rather than a cookie.  As a result of this change, the beta notice will show up one last time for all logged-in users on their next VisualEditor use after Thursday's upgrade.
  • Adding a category that is a redirect to another category prompts you to add the target category instead of the redirect.
  • In the "Media" dialog, it is no longer possible to set a redundant border for thumbnail and framed images.
  • There is a new Template Documentation Editor for TemplateData.  You can test it by editing a documentation subpage (not a template page) at edit mw:Template:Sandbox/doc, and then click "Manage template documentation" above the wikitext edit box.  If your community would like to use this TemplateData editor at your project, please contact product manager James Forrester or file an enhancement request in Bugzilla.
  • There have been multiple small changes to the appearance:  External links are shown in the same light blue color as in MediaWiki.  This is a lighter shade of blue than the internal links.  The styling of the "Style text" (character formatting) drop-down menu has been synchronized with the recent font changes to the Vector skin.  VisualEditor dialogs, such as the "Save page" dialog, now use a "loading" animation of moving lines, rather than animated GIF images.  Other changes were made to the appearance upon opening a page in VisualEditor which should make the transition between reading and editing be smoother.
  • The developers merged in many minor fixes and improvements to MediaWiki interface integration (e.g., edit notices), and made VisualEditor handle Education Program pages better.
  • At the request of the community, VisualEditor has been deployed to Commons as an opt-in. It is currently available by default for 161 Wikipedia language editions and by opt-in through Beta Features at all others, as well as on several non-Wikipedia sites.

Looking ahead:  The toolbar from the PageTriage extension will no longer be visible inside VisualEditor. More buttons and icons will be accessible from the keyboard.  The "Keyboard shortcuts" link will be moved out of the "Page options" menu, into the "Help" menu. Support for upright image sizes (preferred for accessibility) and inline images is being developed. You will be able to see the Table of Contents while editing. Looking further out, the developers are also working on support for viewing and editing hidden HTML comments. VisualEditor will be available to all users on mobile devices and tablet computers. It will be possible to upload images to Commons from inside VisualEditor.

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Article creation on Igor Janev is limited only to admin. accounts!?

Dear JohnCD, I found that administrator had blocked creation of the article on Igor Janev in the way that only Administrators of Wikipedia can create the article. I tried with my account to create article on Janev, and I found that it was impossible. It is my understanding that administrator Rschen7754 had limited creation of that article for admin. accounts. If so, can anyone fix this problem. Prof. dr. Igor Janev exists, and he is the one of the most prominent intellectuals in Macedonia. There are no reasons for such action by an administrator. Sincerely yours, -- (talk) 09:09, 22 May 2014 (UTC)


Copied below, as requested. Ivanvector (talk) 20:42, 22 May 2014 (UTC)

Hello! There is a DR/N request you may have interest in.


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Request for comment

Hello there, a proposal regarding pre-adminship review has been raised at Village pump by Anna Frodesiak. Your comments here is very much appreciated. Many thanks. Jim Carter through MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:47, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

MfD nomination of User talk:Juuuuuan

User talk:Juuuuuan, a page you substantially contributed to, has been nominated for deletion. Your opinions on the matter are welcome; please participate in the discussion by adding your comments at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User talk:Juuuuuan (2nd nomination) and please be sure to sign your comments with four tildes (~~~~). You are free to edit the content of User talk:Juuuuuan during the discussion but should not remove the miscellany for deletion template from the top of the page; such a removal will not end the deletion discussion. Thank you. Whpq (talk) 00:08, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Strong keep - Dr. PremRaj Pushpakaran's profile

Strong keep - Dr. PremRaj Pushpakaran's profile is highly notable in India. India is already hideously under-represented in WikiBios. Such articles should be encouraged. Dr. PremRaj Pushpakaran, despite heading some of the most famous US universities like Harvard, had a distinguished academic career as teacher and scientist. True notable people like him always seem to be left out on Wiki! because the person has received significant coverage in reliable sources as a philanthropist; hence the topic passes for publishing.The subject is clearly notable from the sources (URLs) listed.The sources as references, which I've checked, are more than enough to rescue the article. Individual claims are a matter of normal editing. The sources (URLs)provided can be briefly quoted if more is needed.I urge very strongly to keep the article . As a person of article, he has already earned enough to be in the pages of Wikipedia by now. Remember, Wikipedia is not a pulp newspaper that keeps deleting or 'forgetting' articles as someone just feels like.Those who want to recommend this page to be deleted have neither a vision about Wikipedia nor an idea about the very reasons why the page should be there. It is not because the person has become a 'superstar human being' or an eternal soul, but due to the very viral NOTABILITY he aquired (and continues to aquire) through his calibre. He has singlehandedly strived, succeeded and proved that it is possible to contemplate and execute such research projects for humanity. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 02:55, 31 May 2014

See Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Prem Raj Pushpakaran and Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Prem Raj Pushpakaran where it was agreed that dr Pushpakaran did not meet Wikipedia's quite demanding inclusion criteria. JohnCD (talk) 19:25, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Caiden Cowger Article

I am unsure as to why you have decided to delete my Caiden Cowger page. I was told previously, that in the future, Cowger might eventually be eligible to be added to Wikipedia. This person is now a popular businessman in West Virginia, and a radio host for Clear Channel. Please reconsider your decision. — Preceding unsigned comment added by DailyConservatism (talkcontribs) 20:58, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

Replied on your talk page. JohnCD (talk) 19:56, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Request for undeletion: Gregory Sichenzia

Hello there!

I'm still getting used to how Wikipedia entry edits work so any advice or direction would greatly appreciated. You deleted an entry for Gregory Sichenzia and I want to add several sources so that the entry can be undeleted. Gregory Sichenzia is a legal expert in the securities field and has been interviewed on Fox Business News and CNBC.

I have found some sources to back up the information in Gregory Sichenzia's article but I'm not sure where to place these sources. Can you let me know where to update the article? (talk) 19:19, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

I had to go back four years to find where I was involved with this, at Wikipedia:Requests for undeletion/Archive 12#Gregory Sichenzia. At that stage the problem was missing references, which were evidently supplied because the deletion log (click on the "redlink" Gregory Sichenzia) shows that the article was deleted later (not by me) as "unambiguous advertising or promotion". Articles like that are not generally restored, but if you ask the deleting administrator, user Y (talk), he may be willing to "userfy" the article - move it into your user space where you can work on it. If you do, bear in mind that Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a listing directory like LinkedIn, and is very resistant to anything that looks like promotion. Avoid "peacock terms" like "innovative" and PR-speak phrases like "Recognized as an expert", and look for references that discuss him in some detail, not just quotes or list entries. JohnCD (talk) 20:47, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Ergostane reappeared

On 9th January this year you deleted Ergostane, the page was then re-created on 12th January. I can't tell if the deletion was just revered or if this is an all-new page but the delete log states "the cited article describes chemical compounds which contain ergostane as the core scaffold, not ergostane itself" and this still seems to be the case. As an admin would you be able to determine exactly what's happened here? Project Osprey (talk) 17:35, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

@Project Osprey: thanks for drawing my attention to this. The text is different (removing one of the objections made in the PROD, and the reference is also different, but it still does not actually verify the statement in the article. It's clearly not a hoax, so what's needed is better referencing rather than deletion. I will ask advice from a relevant WikiProject. JohnCD (talk) 20:02, 5 June 2014 (UTC)
No need, I'm part of wikiproject chem. The page is still listed on our alerts page (here), so I thought it best to determine its status before I did anything. Project Osprey (talk) 21:00, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

kindly restore abhinav gupta in wikipedia

You can check the genuinity of the data here: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Abhinav787 (talkcontribs) 17:18, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

No. See User talk:JohnCD/Archive 22#Deletion of page Abhinav Gupta. Wikipedia is not a place like LinkedIn for people or companies to write about themselves. JohnCD (talk) 22:01, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

Regarding my A7 proposals


Could you please elaborate why you believe the following articles are notable and should not be deleted:

Best regards Digi2k (talk) 09:54, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

Sorry for delay - I will reply on your talk page tomorrow. JohnCD (talk) 22:04, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

Aaron M. Lee

I am wondering about why the page entitle 'Aaron M. Lee' was deleted. I visited him at shows in Utah, California, and Indiana, and I am putting his name in Wikipedia as a reference for what he actually does. I am requesting hat it be restored.

Thanks, Kristen. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kristen21 (talkcontribs) 14:13, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

I don't see why a [viable] page about a magician is deleted, but not an [unviable] theory of evolution. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kristen21 (talkcontribs) 14:18, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

Replied on your talk page. JohnCD (talk) 14:41, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

Request for undeletion: Rousseau Metal


following up on the Rousseau Metal case, I see that Spartaz in now almost inactive so I'm taking a guess in contacting you. I edited the text with the help of an expert. I am now ready to submit it again for review. I've been pruning quite a bit in the details so I hope it helps.

please see

Thank you Isabellelf (talk) 18:37, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

@Isabellelf:. After re-reading the DRV comments and Spartaz's closing comments, I have restored the article to the mainspace at Rousseau Metal, but also re-listed it at WP:Articles for deletion/Rousseau Metal (2nd nomination) so that we can get the community's view on notability. You are welcome to comment there, but read WP:DISCUSSAFD first. Regards, JohnCD (talk) 21:39, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
Thanks for the info Cannonmc (talk) 22:36, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

Shailesh Patel at APC

Hi John,

My wikipedia content was deleted. Kindly suggest the reason as it was not promotional. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pcbapc (talkcontribs) 05:29, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

@Pcbapc: I guess you mean User:Pcbapc/sandbox. If you click on that "redlink", you will see that when your username was changed at your request, the page was moved to User:Shailesh Patel at APC/sandbox. All that I deleted was the redirect left behind by that move. The actual page was deleted as promotional by User:Randykitty, who you should ask for advice. As general comment, I would say that Wikipedia is not a place for companies to tell the world about themselves, and that as CEO of the company you should read the Wikipedia:Plain and simple conflict of interest guide.
By the way, now that your username change has been carried out, you should log in with the new "Shailash Patel at APC" account, not "Pcbapc". Regards, JohnCD (talk) 22:02, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

User:Rick Perry/David Coleman (Author)

I think I left User:Rick Perry/David Coleman (Author) off the list at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:Rick Perry/Stuart Levine (Author) but it was listed with a MFD tag. I'll leave it up to you. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 21:58, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

 Done - no problem, it was properly tagged, and the user hasn't edited for four years. JohnCD (talk) 12:41, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Josh Simpson or Stimpson or whatever ...

Hi John, hope this finds you well. You deleted Josh Simpson (rapper). Have a look at Josh Stimpson (rapper). And 'Crash'. Best, Sam Sailor Sing 09:17, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

 Done, and blocked the author as a block-evading sock of JoshStimpsonOfficial (talk · contribs). Another self-promoting YAYP (Yet Another Youtube Rapper). Thanks. JohnCD (talk) 11:05, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

Basha jamel

Hello Sir, Basha jamel is creating this page Bin Dawood Group of Companies again and again after deletion (recently you deleted the page) which is copy vio of this. I 24 hours keep my eyes on such users who vandalizes Wikipedia and don't let them go. I've reported it at WP:AIV. Also warned the user, my pleasure to inform you sir. I've also informed another admin who deleted his page again. A.Minkowiski _Lets t@lk 15:24, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

@A.Minkowiski: he only created the page twice, and he has not edited since your warning at 15:02. I left him a note with pointers to WP:SOAP and WP:PSCOI. I don't this needs a block, or to WP:SALT the page, yet. I will keep an eye on him, but you can report to AIV again if he tries again. Thanks, JohnCD (talk) 15:31, 18 June 2014 (UTC)
Thank you sir, but I've reported this user at WP:AIV and another admin has decided to WP:SALT the page. Thank you A.Minkowiski _Lets t@lk 15:34, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Southern Manor Country Club

Dear JohnCD: You restored this page after I tagged it with db-G13 last November because of a refund request. It hasn't been edited since, and it's stale again. Okay if I delete it now? —Anne Delong (talk) 22:04, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Sure, G13 clearly applies again; in fact I've zapped it myself. JohnCD (talk) 22:09, 18 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. One down, 2894 to go... —Anne Delong (talk) 23:55, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Another sock of Basha jamel

Hello, as I said I have been keeping my eyes on this user Basha jamel who has created another sock Bdssit and created the same page Bin Dawood Group of Companies again after deletion, now I think both socks should be blocked. My pleasure to inform you, I've also informed another admin who first deleted his/her same page. A.Minkowiski _Lets t@lk 08:24, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

Sir, I have reported user for SPI here. A.Minkowiski _Lets t@lk 08:37, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
User is removing speedy tags again and again, I have requested Bin Dawood Group of Companies for semi protection here till SP case is solved. A.Minkowiski _Lets t@lk 08:53, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
Sir, I always prefer to do admin jobs, keeping eye on vandals, reporting them and keeping eyes on SP etc all the time. A.Minkowiski _Lets t@lk 09:27, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
I have semi-protected the article - I think the company may be notable, and that leaves open the possibility of a non-COI, non-spam article by an established editor. If these new accounts go on trying to create it, they are likely to be blocked before they reach autoconfirmed status. I have also warned Bdssit. I don't think any more action is needed yet. JohnCD (talk) 09:33, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
That's good. But these socks accounts were also violating copyright policy. Yes it would be better that these accounts should be blocked before they get autoconfirmed status if they keep on doing same. Sir, am I doing good job like I mentioned before ? It make me very happy when I get any inspiration from an admin A.Minkowiski _Lets t@lk 10:02, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

Upload Again or Creation Request

Dear Sir

Behalf of my company i am creating my Company details in Wiki.Before nothing about my company in Wiki. so plz request to allow create a page about my company or reupload my deatails again.


Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bdssit (talkcontribs) 11:11, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

What you have been trying to add to Wikipedia was the company telling the world the story it wants the world to hear, written in the first person ("Our branches are situated at very prime sites", "This is the story of our family business"), using promotional words like "top quality items" "very competitive prices", "unique shopping experience" etc, and listing branch locations, opening hours and telephone numbers. That is an advertisement, not an encyclopedia article. If you took that to a newspaper the editor would send you to the advertising department, who would only print it if you paid them enough money. Wikipedia does not take money, and does not publish advertisements. JohnCD (talk) 13:59, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

Likely Vwegba4real sock

Hello JohnCD, wish I had better news than this.
I'm about 99% certain that Jeremiah Omoto Fufeyin (talk · contribs) (JOF) is a sock of banned User:Vwegba4real.

I knew nothing about this sockmaster, but came across him by following JOFs' edits back. JOFs' behaviour, pages edited, nature of edits, etc. are entirely consistent with the other socks.

  • Use of 'minor edit' for almost all edits (though I seem to have got them to stop doing that! :-o )
  • No edit summaries
  • Blanking of their talkpage.
  • Total failure to reply to any post on their talkpage.
  • Same username as the 'Prophet' and Founder/General Overseer of 'Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministry'.[8], which ministry has same name as one of the deleted promotional pages created by the socks.
  • First edit was on 5 April 2014, after you blocked users 'Oghenevwegba Isaiah OGEDEGBE', and 'O. I. OGEDEGBE' on 3 April.
  • First edit was this to Urhobo people, removing a lk to
  • Second edit here to sock Isaiah4real (talk · contribs) userpage.
  • Created Kefee Obareki Don Momoh and exhibited extreme ownership of page. Edit warring, removed persondata, categories etc like other socks did etc.
  • Added a poem by 'Prophet' Oghenevwegba Isaiah OGEDEGBE to the 'Kefee' page.
  • Created Branama Queen's Sun Sets At Noon (poem) about the poem! Removed Notability tag, at least twice, from same. Page is likely a Copy-vio.

I was chasing this editor around for nearly 2 days trying to 'educate' them before I found out they were probably a sock. At least 20 wasted edits!
I thought it may have been easier to post here rather than open another SPI, but I think I was wrong! </whinge> :-\ Sigh! --220 of Borg 16:33, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

Uh, oh 'sleeper'? Calculus4real (talk · contribs) one edit, [9] to User:Oghenevwegba Isaiah Ogedegbe. Subtle! ;-) --220 of Borg 18:42, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
@220 of Borg: quite right, well spotted! I have blocked both per WP:DUCK and will update the SPI for reference. I have also deleted the poem, but others have edited and trimmed the other article and it has at least one good reference, so I have left it, though it may need consideration at AfD. Thanks! JohnCD (talk) 19:36, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

Another 'Prophet', Hallelujah!

Ah! :-) Many thanks JohnCD, I was looking at doing the SPI thing myself, but saw that you had zapped the poem before I even logged in. I think I came across another inactive sock, will try to find it again.
Nigeria is really whacking us with this sort of thing recently, (though note it goes back to 2012 at least) or maybe I just haven't encountered it before. Eg. While you were 'out' now blocked User Incrediblehappenings01 (talk · contribs) happened, and incredibly created and re-created (IIRC) Incredible Happenings Moporo-fita. And several pages in a similar vein.
Username fits the name/numeral 'pattern', but no direct connection to I.O. Ogedegegdedgde ('Prophet' what's-is-name) that I could find, on a quick look. But: 1) Nigerian, 2) Religious, 3) Self-declared 'prophet' :-o! 4) Promotional, 5) Non-notable. (Perhaps ”2104 Nigerian WP editing scandal/ controversy/ scam"?) --220 of Borg 02:10, 21 June 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Page Deletion and Profile Blocked

Hi John,

I understand the reason why you have blocked my account. But now I have revised my article to make it more informative rather than promotional. Now I want to post it again on the wikipedia, so can you please unblock my account so that I can post my article on my profile.

User ID: josephnicola — Preceding unsigned comment added by Joseph Nicola1 (talkcontribs) 10:04, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

When your account has been blocked, you cannot simply create another one. There are instructions on your original talk page User talk:Josephnicola for how to request an unblock. You need to suggest a username which will represent only you as an individual, not your company, and explain what edits you want to make. Another administrator will review your request; but if what you want to do is to tell the world about your company, you will probably not be unblocked, because that is not what an encyclopedia is for. I will add some advice on that talk page soon: meanwhile, read the Wikipedia:Plain and simple conflict of interest guide. JohnCD (talk) 21:22, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

Brendan F. Kelly

Just wondering why page Brendan F. Kelly (states attorney) was deleted. Many articles referenced, many many more to add. Would like to continue work on it. Important means of communicating with public on public safety efforts. Appreciate whatever help you can provide. 23:10, 25 June 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

The reasons I deleted the article are explained at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Brendan F. Kelly: it read like an election campaign manifesto, full of loaded words like "aggressively" and "innovative" and "active but nuanced". Your reference to it as an "Important means of communicating with public" suggests that you also see a Wikipedia article as a way for Mr Kelly to present himself; but Wikipedia is extremely resistant to being used for any kind of promotion. If you are Mr Kelly, or are employed by or connected with him, you should read the Wikipedia:Plain and simple conflict of interest guide.
It is possible that a rewrite could be acceptable, but rather than restore the article for you to work on, I seriously suggest that you start from a clean sheet and a completely different approach. Think of yourself not as writing for Mr Kelly, but for Wikipedia about him. Read WP:Your first article, and use the WP:Article Wizard to help you make a draft. Do not go overboard in citing every time he is mentioned in the press: huge numbers of references can be counterproductive, see WP:BOMBARD. A few references that discuss him in some depth are more valuable than dozens of incidental ones. Most importantly, do not try to "sell" him: WP:Neutral point of view is a fundamental policy. The reader should have no idea whether you approve of him or not.
By the way, you must understand that nobody owns a Wikipedia article, not its first author and least of all its subject. Others can and will edit any article you write, and you will not be able to insist on your preferred version. If Mr Kelly wants an article about himself that he can control, Wikipedia is not the site to come to.
When you have made a draft, let me know. Maybe I will approve of it, more likely I will send it to the review process at WP:Deletion review. JohnCD (talk) 22:12, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

googology MFD deletions

I hope you don't mind but I helped out with Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:Jiawhein/sandbox/googology/. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 04:10, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

@Ricky81682: not at all, I was delighted to have some help. I closed that as delete all shortly before going away for a few days, so only had time to get about a third of the way down the list. What a pity all that imaginative energy couldn't be put to some productive use! If he complains, point him to WP:NFT and refer him to me. JohnCD (talk) 17:05, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
That was nowhere near as long as it took me to list them all. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 05:43, 28 June 2014 (UTC)


I kanhaiya kumar. I want make my wikipedia clear. Kanhaiyakumar singhaniya. There is something problem. It saw something illegale — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 15:07, 28 June 2014‎

I suppose you are user Kanhaiyakumarsinghaniya (talk). Sorry, but I have already explained on your user talk page that Wikipedia is not a place for you to write about yourself. You can do that at sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, but not here. JohnCD (talk) 21:18, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

Another Request

Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:Naresh Kumar Raja Please sir, but it was listed with a MFD tag. I all pages deleted. I'll leave it up to you Please help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Naresh Poonapalli (talkcontribs) 14:33, 29 June 2014‎

@Naresh Poonapalli: sorry, but no. Those pages were all deleted because you and your friends were simply using Wikipedia as a social-networking site to write about each other and send each other messages. There are plenty of sites like Facebook and Myspace and Twitter where you can do that sort of thing, but Wikipedia is not a web-host for activities not connected with building the encyclopedia. JohnCD (talk) 22:12, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

Rupert Raj

Hi John, I am checking in regarding my re-write of the article on Rupert Raj. I submitted it last September, but it was rejected. Then it was deleted because I did not get back to it in 6 months. I rewrote it substantially (this is my first effort at adding to wikipedia, so I am on a learning curve). I think it is not under reconsideration, but I am not sure, since I can't see it on my dashboard or whatever it's called here. Would you be so kind as to fill me in? BTW I had nothing to do with an earlier effort to get a Raj page up, taken down in 2012 (I am paranoid that this topic has been 'dinged'!). All the best, Brownels (talk) 14:20, 29 June 2014 (UTC)brownels

@Brownels: I did reply to your request for undeletion, but my reply has got archived. You can see it at Wikipedia:Requests for undeletion/Archive 139#Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Rupert Raj and the section below that. In summary, the draft is still at Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Rupert Raj, and what you should do now is update that, and then click the blue "Resubmit" button to send it for review. Read WP:Your first article, WP:Writing better articles and WP:Biographies of living persons for advice, and make sure you cite references to reliable independent sources to verify what the article says and establish WP:Notability.
The more recent you submitted, you put by mistake on the WP:REFUND page, and then removed it. I assume you still have a copy of that: if not, leave a note below here and I will extract it from the history for you. JohnCD (talk) 22:07, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi John, oh thanks so much. I did submit it elsewhere but who knows where it is! I do have a copy on Word, but I did take the time to embed the references here etc. So if it is not too much trouble, it would be great it you could possibly extract it from the history for me--it would save me the time of redoing it all. Then, I will follow the helpful directions you have outlined here. Sorry for the bother. Thanks again, brownelsBrownels (talk) 02:13, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi John-never mind the above--I redid the page following the link you provided, so no need to extract it from the history. I think I did it correctly--fingers crossed! Thx, brownelsBrownels (talk) 03:08, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Request for review of deleted page

In 2011 you deleted a page called "Faith2Share" which I wrote. At that time I just accepted your decision. However I have more recently had many enquiries as to why there is no reference to Faith2Share (now a major international movement - just Google "Faith2Share" for evidence of this) on Wikipedia. Is there any possibility, plese, of reinstating this page to the sandbox so I can update it and resubmit it? Mark Oxbrow (talk) 15:52, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

I presume you are user Markoxbrow (talk). The page was deleted as promotional, restored by me in Jan 2011 to a user sub-page at User:Markoxbrow/Faith2Share for you to work on, and then deleted after this discussion because it seemed to have been abandoned. Since you want it work on it again, I have restored it. It needs considerable work to be acceptable - advice on your talk page, but not till tomorrow. Meanwhile, read the Wikipedia:Plain and simple conflict of interest guide and User:JohnCD/Not a noticeboard. JohnCD (talk) 21:39, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

Hello: This is Michael Sherlock's Publicist


My name is Linda Narayan and I am Michael Sherlock's publicist. I have actually written this Wiki page as a biography for him. Will it still be deleted? What do I need to do, so that it is not deleted?

Thank you. Linda Michaelsherlockpub (talk) 11:19, 3 July 2014 (UTC)michaelsherlockpub

@Michaelsherlockpub: Wikipedia is not a place for publicists to promote their clients. Please read Wikipedia:Conflict of interest and the Wikipedia:Plain and simple conflict of interest guide. JohnCD (talk) 11:29, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks very much for the information. Is it OK then to have just a simple Biography on the author, such as one similar to David McAfee?
Thank you. Linda Michaelsherlockpub (talk) 12:06, 3 July 2014 (UTC)michaelsherlockpub
Replied on your talk page. JohnCD (talk) 21:54, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Thx re: Rupert Raj

Thanks for your help, John!Brownels (talk) 22:22, 3 July 2014 (UTC) brownels

Michaelsherlockpub (talk) 22:56, 3 July 2014 (UTC)michaelsherlockpub

Dear John,

Thank you kindly for all your helpful advice.

I will do as you have suggested and try again. Do I need to create another account, or can I just start another article?

Thanks for your help. LindaMichaelsherlockpub (talk) 22:56, 3 July 2014 (UTC)michaelsherlockpub

Thanks for clearing up behind me :-)

I just noticed you deleted a redundant page I had forgotten existed. My bad. Thanks. fredgandt 18:15, 5 July 2014 (UTC) (talk) 23:52, 9 July 2014 (UTC)michaelsherlockpub

Thank you John. You have been very helpful and informative. I will take on your suggestions and create another account and start from scratch!

Take care mate. Linda (talk) 23:52, 9 July 2014 (UTC)michaelsherlockpub

Requests for undeletion

Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:Naresh Kumar Raja Hi Sir, But listed With MFD tag. I requests for undeletion my user page. ~~Naresh Poonapalli~~ — Preceding unsigned comment added by Naresh Poonapalli (talkcontribs) 10:31, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, but no. I have already explained above that Wikipedia is not a social-networking site for you to write about yourself and your friends. You can do that at Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, Twitter... but not here. If you disagree with the result of Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:Naresh Kumar Raja, you can apply at WP:Deletion review. JohnCD (talk) 09:34, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Help with IP vandal [10]

I am a bit exhausted from continous having monitor this user's malicious editing patterns and general vandalism of articles, by reverting cited contributions. Especially at Chrysler Neon in this diff and many others. They have been warned several times about their actions, yet continue to do otherwise. I hope it's sufficient to at least block them from editing that article. Thanks for your help.--Carmaker1 (talk) 14:44, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

{{ping|Carmaker1 sorry, I was away for several days. I see Ponyo has taken care of it. A better place to report vandalism is WP:AIV which is watched by many admins. Regards, JohnCD (talk) 21:33, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Request for reconsideration for page you deleted on Ezekiel W Hodsdon

HI John

I accept that you deleted my Ezekiel W Hodsdon page because my first justification was I agree not valid according to Wikipedia definitions

However, there is another reason why this individual earns the right to his own position in an Encyclopedia generally and Wikipedia in particular and that is that he was the


I have heard it said that the Boston Police Force was the first police force in the country, the USA.

Therefore, EWH was the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty in the USA

I have also heard that the USA was the first country in the world to have public police departments

If this is true then EWH is the first police officer to die in the line of public duty in the world

Now, upon my own investigation of this claim, using the BPD page on Wikipedia in fact, I think I found that the BPD was not in fact the first police force in the country so that part of the claim false

However, the first part of the claim that he was the first police officer on the BPD to die in the line of duty is true and evidence for this being true is the fact that the BPD erected a monument stating this in Maverick Square in Boston. I have a Boston Globe article about the installation of this monument, and there is the monument itself.

If someone is walking around in Maverick Square in Boston and they would like to know more about who EWH is then I think a Wikipedia page about him would then be justified. They could then learn that in fact this EWH is related via very standard accepted genealogical connections to:

Henry Stimson, in the FDR Administration and earlier Administrations, who is a Sons of the American Revolution

Alfred Lee Loomis, also related to Stimson, who was a Wall St banker and scientist inventor of LORAN

Jeremiah Hobbs who was one of 6 founders of Norway, Maine along with his brother Amos Hobbs

So if you would reconsider allowing a page on EWH I would like to work with you on making a page suitable for the Wikipedia guidelines

Thank you very much

Another request/question about my account on Wikipedia

I know that the sandbox is an available workspace on my personal Wikipedia account, and in fact I used to have a page there that I started a LONG TIME AGO. Maybe more than a year actually.

Now I would like to get this EWH page going but my sandbox was full.

now I look across the top of my Muonphysicist account and I see

   Log out

But I don't see what I want to see in this list which is my own workspace, where my own pages that I am working on ALONE are listed. I think Watchlist is a different concept for pages that already exist and which I want to follow if anyone makes changes to them. But that is not what I want. What I want is only pages I work on privately. Why isn't there a category across the top of my own account which is my own "workspace" which instead has its own name called: "Pages I am working on" or "Ongoing page projects" or some suitable one word title which means essentially these, like for example "workspace".

Sandbox is not quite right. I want to see not a single internal edit page, but rather just an nicely formatted list page. Then i can click on each of the pages in the list which I am working on and THEN I get sent to its edit page.

Do you know how I can use Sandbox to show me not the edit field box but rather a list of pages I am working on instead?

This list I want to see, should be able to accommodate 10 or 100 pages I feel like working on. Maybe I will take 5 years to finish them after I start them. I just want all the pages I dream up to have an entry in this list on my own Wikipedia workspace. I don't want it to be public for others to edit in addition to me. I want them to only be editable by me.

Where can my list reside?

How do I get this list going?

Why isn't there a Workspace there already?

Now what I have done as a workaround is that I created a set of pages in my Watchlist area and so I am now simply watching my own pages. Can others watch these pages if they use my account name prefix correctly? or are these only viewable and editable by me alone?

I don't think what I want belongs in Watchlist. I think what I want belongs in a new title across the top of my account page. Is it possible I can customize the titles across the top of my account page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Muonphysicist (talkcontribs) 06:50, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

@Muonphysicist: I will answer on your talk page tomorrow. JohnCD (talk) 21:57, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

User Andrew Kojack Kojackton

Dear John,

I wanted to make a page on Wikipedia as my friend Christian Azar had done so. How do I make a page like his?

Wait for you respond!

Best regards,

Andrew Kojackton — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:30, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

There are two sorts of pages involved here: user pages starting "User:", which are for contributors to the encyclopedia to say something about themselves and their Wikipedia work, and encyclopedia articles. Christian Azar has no entry on the English Wikipedia, but on the Swedish Wikipedia I find sv:Christian Azar .
That is an encyclopedia article, and the page history shows that it was not written by Azar but (like most Wikipedia articles) was developed over time by a number of other contributors. If Azar himself has an account, it is not under his own name: sv:Användare:Christian Azar is not registered. He may of course be contributing to the encyclopedia under a different username, which is perfectly normal and legitimate.
As I said before, Wikipedia is not a place like LinkedIn or Facebook for people to write about themselves: that is strongly discouraged, for reasons explained at WP:Autobiography. It is also quite choosy about subjects: the inclusion criterion is called Wikipedia:Notability and looks for "significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject," see also WP:Notability (people).
My advice on writing about yourself here is, don't; but if you want to proceed, read WP:Autobiography and the Wikipedia:Plain and simple conflict of interest guide and WP:Your first article, and then use the WP:Article Wizard to guide you through the process. Be aware that if it is accepted it will not be your article - others can and will edit it, you will not be able to insist on your preferred version, and you may encounter Wikipedia's Law of Unintended Consequences. Also, it may be nominated for deletion, which would involve a public discussion.
Once again, I apologise that we do not avoid embarrassment by explaining all this at sign-up time. The general view is that nothing should be done to discourage new users from joining, even if they then discover that Wikipedia is not for what they wanted to do. JohnCD (talk) 11:52, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

re: User:Debra Boronski

Ah I see you deleted the page just as I was in the process of declining the speedy.. first time I had an edit conflict of this sort ;) It's not a big concern for me but thought I'd say a couple things about why I would've declined. Firstly there's WP:BITE. The user is an obvious good-faithed newbie unaware of our guidelines. This was confirmed to me when I first became aware of this page upon them coming to the IRC help channel for guidance. They also contested, leaving a polite note requesting additional time on the talk page, which is another reason I would've given a courtesy decline of the speedy. Furthermore, it's not so much unambiguous promotion as it is a case of obvious COI. I was actually preparing to advise them on WP:Autobiography and other relevant pages before you chose to delete. In my view the page was still valid as a userspace draft, and did also have some potential, as I noticed the user attempted to add a couple references. A little guidance I think may have been preferable in this situation to outright deletion, but like I said initially I'm not that invested in this and just wanted to voice my thoughts, and I read your reply to her and don't disagree with it. -- œ 16:49, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

@OlEnglish: I might have considered userfying it and giving advice (though I'm not sure that is really kind when the page is unlikely to survive), but what decided me to delete was the motive of the page, given away by the second sentence: "She is a Candidate for Massachusetts State Senate". We really do not want to let WP become an election noticeboard. No doubt she would honestly believe that what she wrote about herself would be neutral and unbiased, but she is still trying to use WP to put herself in the public eye. That is self-promotion. If she had a page, all the other candidates would want one too...
I absolutely agree one should not bite, and I hope my advice did not come off like that. She is certainly in no way to blame for trying to use WP to promote herself, because no-one has told her that is not what it's for. All these hopeful newbies come here thinking WP is another social-networking site for them to write about themselves, and I seem to spend my life explaining that it isn't - see the "I want to make myself a page like my friend has" conversation just above this. An enormous amount of trouble and misunderstanding would be saved if at sign-up time there was a clear statement along the lines of "This is not a social-networking site. It is a project to build an encyclopedia. If you want to help with that, you will be very welcome; but if you are looking for somewhere to write about yourself, your band, your company or your client, this is probably not the site for you." But I'm afraid the general ethos is, on no account do anything to discourage anyone from joining. JohnCD (talk) 17:31, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
I hear ya.. one would think that just the word "encyclopedia" would be enough for people to understand our scope. Alas, in the post-Britannica age that word seems to have lost all meaning. -- œ 17:47, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
As the nominator I would like to add that based on their reply to the speedy delete notice, that the user of the account was 1) a representative of Debra Boronski and 2) an account from her campaign or other organization that may potentially be shared(they use "we" in the explanation). I know at least the latter is against WP:USERNAME, is it not? 331dot (talk) 17:58, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
The username is OK - what wouldn't be is something like "User:DebraBoronskiTeam" indicating shared use. I'd be prepared to AGF about the use of "we" - no doubt the candidate has advisers who help her decide what to write, but there is no evidence that more than one person is actually operating the account. JohnCD (talk) 18:10, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

BLP problems

Hi JohnCD,

Thank you for your help with the information you removed from Talk:Bob Cooke (DJ). I've got the same issue on Talk:7HO FM. I requested admin help there too and a warning was place on the page but I really just want the posts removed and I doubt the users responsible are going to do it voluntarily. I realize I could do it myself but I think it carries more weight if it's done by an admin. I hope you can help.Trimways (talk) 08:06, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

@Trimways: fixed, thank you. I will keep an eye on the pages. You are right to ask for admin assistance, because an admin can "revision-delete" the offending material so that it is no longer visible even in the history, and can also block repeat offenders. JohnCD (talk) 14:29, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

Republican Settlement

Hi John,

We have been using this term, Republican Settlement to describe "working group homes" for some time now. I am looking into how we can satisfy your cite requirements other than giving you actual examples which are then being classified as promoting these organizations. How do you cite an example without mentioning an example and then being accused of promoting it when you do?

Alan K. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aquaticscout (talkcontribs) 22:10, 27 July 2014‎

@Aquaticscout: citing examples is not enough - what is needed is references showing that the term "Republican settlement", in the sense you use it, is not newly-invented, or used only within your group, but has been discussed in independent, reliable, published sources. There is a summary of the reasons why we need this at Wikipedia:Third-party sources#Wikipedia's requirements. JohnCD (talk) 22:19, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Francesca Battistell

Why Do You Think My PPage Shoul,d Be Deleted? — Preceding unsigned comment added by SkyboxA (talkcontribs) 16:58, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

@SkyboxA: two reasons:
  • An encyclopedia article needs more than just a sentence or two. In particular, it needs to explain why its subject is important or significant enough to have an article in an encyclopedia. Just "is an actress" is not enough. Read WP:Your first article to learn more about what an article needs if it is to be kept.
  • If you meant Francesca Battistelli with an "i" on the end, we already have an article Francesca Battistelli about her.
JohnCD (talk) 17:18, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Question Concerning E-mail Throttle

I see that there was some discussion of my request at WP:AN#Allowing email survey. What do you think? Is this still possible? Should I respond to some of their requests (create a project page on meta:Research:Subject recruitment, post the text of my e-mail)? Or have you received the sort of objections that rule this out? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Taylordw (talkcontribs) 15:24, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

@Taylordw: I raised the question at AN (discussion now archived to here) because I wanted to see whether there were any objections to my giving you the Account Creator right to allow you to send your bulk messages by email. The conclusion I draw is that there are significant objections, so I am not willing to do it - sorry.
In regard to getting permission or registering your project, RCom seems to be defunct - this shows its last meeting as Dec 2011 - but the notice on m:Research:Subject recruitment which said "The research committee no longer evaluates requests or participates in recruiting subjects" was only today removed by user EpochFail (talk) (Aaron Halfaker of the WM), so I should contact him. JohnCD (talk) 20:49, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Want to delete the user Josephnicola

Hi John,

I am Joseph Elias owner/founder of Joseph Nicola brand. I have tried to create a wikipedia page for my company but you have deleted the article because the article was promotional. Now I have re-written fresh article with a motto to offer information about my company. Now I forgot the login credentials of my account 'Josephnicola', so its my request if you can delete the account so that I create new account with the same user Id and create my business page.

Waiting for your positive response.

Regards Joseph Elias — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:05, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

It seems that what you want to do is once again to write about your company at User:Josephnicola. That is not going to happen. To make the reasons clear:
  • Wikipedia accounts are for individuals only, who are here to help build an encyclopedia. Companies are not allowed to have accounts, and usernames which are the names of companies are not permitted.
  • Wikipedia is not a business listing directory or a place for companies to tell the world about themselves. Encyclopedia articles about companies are accepted only for companies which are notable, which is not a matter of opinion but has to be demonstrated by showing "significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject," see also WP:CORP.
  • Accounts cannot be deleted, but you can request at User talk:Josephnicola an unblock in order to change username to a name which will represent only you as an individual. The instructions in the pink box tell you how to do that. You will have to convince another reviewing administrator that what you want to do will be useful to the encyclopedia. If unblocked, you should not post directly an article about your company, but should make a draft for uninvolved users to review.
JohnCD (talk) 21:16, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

User:Conor odonoghue/Minutes to impact

Hi. You closed the MFD as delete for User:Conor odonoghue/Minutes to impact but the page appears to still be there. -- Whpq (talk) 16:45, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Fixed , thanks. JohnCD (talk) 16:52, 30 July 2014 (UTC)


I've reverted the following good faith actions to User:Munshilaw: Page speedy tagged by Finngall and deleted by JohnCD. The source is Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0, so not a copyvio. I hope it was okay to restore without prior consultation.

See also User talk:Anna Frodesiak#munshilaw page deleted.

Best wishes, Anna Frodesiak (talk)

Crossed with my message on your talk page! JohnCD (talk) 10:15, 31 July 2014 (UTC)