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Hello, Kgrad! Welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions to this free encyclopedia. If you decide that you need help, check out Getting Help below, ask me on my talk page, or place {{helpme}} on your talk page and ask your question there. Please remember to sign your name on talk pages by clicking Button sig.png or using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your username and the date. Finally, please do your best to always fill in the edit summary field. Below are some useful links to facilitate your involvement. Happy editing! Gimme danger (talk) 00:48, 23 August 2009 (UTC)
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October 2009[edit]

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February 2010[edit]

Hi, just letting you know that this edit,_Montana&diff=prev&oldid=321127104 broke a link when a comma was added to the link text. I'm sure it was accidental, and it is now repaired. best wishes, Richard Myers (talk) 03:53, 9 February 2010 (UTC)

March 2010[edit]

Information.svg Thank you for your contributions to Wikipedia. When you make a change to an article, please provide an edit summary for your edits. Doing so helps everyone to understand the intention of your edit. It is also helpful to users reading the edit history of the page. Thank you. --Ħ MIESIANIACAL 05:41, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

Do you not see my notice above, or something? --Ħ MIESIANIACAL 05:53, 4 March 2010 (UTC)
Bump.--M4gnum0n (talk) 11:31, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

== re November 18, 2010 Reading the entry on jealousy: section on culture and attitudes toward Jealousy == "changed significantly in the US during the 1960s and 1970s. […] " What references indicate that it became viewed more negatively starting in these decades ? Kgrad (talk) 14:42, 18 November 2010 (UTC)


Make sure when you change anything within a Wikilink that it does not turn the link red. Even in seemingly minor things like Lowry bill changing it to Lowry Bill turns the link red as you can see. I am going to change the title of the page to Lowry Bill, but just make sure your helpful edits don't also make work for others. To avoid the redlink, you can use piping [[Lowry bill|Lowry Bill]] which will turn out like this: Lowry Bill. --JonRidinger (talk) 18:17, 18 September 2010 (UTC)

I think I may have broken a link when a comma was subtracted from a link text in Theo van Gogh article. Please let me know. Thanks.Kgrad (talk) 18:17, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

You only break a link if you change the text inside the [[ and ]] markings in editing mode. In this case, the comma was outside the brackets, so it didn't change the internal link. However, it made for a very long "Dutch Minister of Justice Christian Democrat Pieter...", so I added "and" between Minister of Justice and Christian Democrat and changed the dashes to the longer em dashes (—). If you're ever unsure about whether your changes are breaking links, make sure you use "Show preview" for your edits and check to make sure the link is still blue before hitting "Save page". --JonRidinger (talk) 23:13, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

Thank you...[edit]

...for your grammar/phrasing/flow corrections to the Paris article, the best I've seen since years. What is your specialty? Cheers.THEPROMENADER 16:57, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

Thank you for noticing ! I grew up in a highly grammar-conscious home and worked to add depth to my language skills throughout my time spent in public schools. Having majored in French at Kalamazoo College (class of 1965) – including 6 months' foreign study at France's Université de Caen (Normandie) – I went on to add a teaching minor in Spanish, and became ever more aware of the beauty of a well crafted text. Unlike English – where the comment "Oh, you know what I mean!" is used as an excuse by those who find grammar tedious – other languages require a particular sentence structure where items such as relative clauses must be in their place. Ever since staying late for after-school English classes offered at the high school my siblings and I attended, I have reveled in the delightful challenges of diagramming sentences correctly; I have always found the study of grammar intriguing and exciting.

My specialty: improving any text while maintaining its original integrity. Improper word order and typos jump out at me even though I never look for them... some are lurking in published texts, hoping to remain unnoticed... My joy: speaking French with others who have that ability. Cheers to you. Kgrad (talk) 23:02, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

Thank you for your reply ; )
Your language skills were rather obvious, but I had to ask all the same... as a well-read native English-speaker, I too appreciate the well-written word, but I seem to have lost some of the "usage" aspects of the language after living more than twenty years abroad (Paris). Today I have the bad habit of mixing French usage into my English writings, resulting in phrasing that can seem rather '18th-century', or 'Yoda-speak' to put it more humorously.
I have been passionate about Paris' history (and its modern workings) since I've lived here. Perhaps together we can work towards bringing the Paris article up to FA status? Do let me know if you are interested. Take care ; ) THEPROMENADER 09:49, 28 November 2010 (UTC)

What exactly is FA Status? Kgrad (talk) 18:06, 11 December 2010 (UTC)

Spacing of emdashes[edit]

Hi, per WP:EMDASH, emdashes (—) should be unspaced. Just a head's up—indopug (talk) 07:22, 9 December 2010 (UTC)


Thanks for your note. WP:EMDASH does indeed say that these dashes should be unspaced, but I strongly disagree. One reason: Gluing together words in this way leaves orphan blank areas in any printed text that continues on the following line. Another: Spelling rules look down on words that stick together in this way. Third: Where hyphenated words occur, using before-and-after unspaced em-dashes would be a nightmare. Fourth: In reading a dash-containing sentence, the reader pauses briefly before and after the words so set off; the em-dashes tell the reader to pause in much the same way as do parentheses and en-dashes.

In my opinion, in the case of "Just a head's up—" 'up...' is what's needed. It may be that the noun is 'a head's-up'; a noun made up of two stand-alone words needs a hyphen to create one stand-alone word... ]

I love punctuation; depending on its use, it can change the meaning of a sentence — such fun !

Best wishes to you Kgrad (talk) 18:00, 11 December 2010 (UTC)

When one disagrees with WP policies and guidelines, the solution is to obtain WP:CONSENSUS to change them rather than violating them. AV3000 (talk) 11:47, 19 March 2012 (UTC)
(The appropriate places for communication are Talk pages, not User pages.) To discuss policies and guidelines, edit the appropriate Talk page, Wikipedia_talk:Manual_of_Style in this case; note past discussions on this issue in its archive. AV3000 (talk) 00:22, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

Template:Inbox K-12 Schools[edit]

This is a needed category. Vinalhaven School is a K-12 school, not a secondary school; it should not be listed as one. Whoever knows how to correct this situation, please step up to do it. Thanks Kgrad (talk) 05:55, 19 December 2010 (UTC)

Copy edits[edit]

Thanks for spotting my errors on the Caddo-related articles. Cheers,Uyvsdi (talk) 06:39, 16 March 2011 (UTC)Uyvsdi

Non-breaking spaces[edit]

Care to elaborate on why you're removing all the non-breaking spaces from Mitt Romney? WP:NBSP calls for them in several of these contexts, such as $123 million and before spaced en-dashes. Wasted Time R (talk) 00:52, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for contacting me about these changes. I believed them necessary but now understand why the non-breaking spaces were there. Where do I find the procedure to reverse the changes ? I will take the time needed to do this. Kgrad (talk) 19:17, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

Look at the article history, click "prev" to see what each edit changed, then click "undo" and "save" for those edits you wish to back out. Wasted Time R (talk) 01:20, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Clementi talk page[edit]

You might not want to copyedit other editors' comments. Please see WP:TPO. --Tryptofish (talk) 19:01, 21 May 2012 (UTC)

8 October 2012 I have no idea what the recent note to me is about. Care to be more specific ? Thanks for clearing this up. Kgrad (talk) 03:29, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

9 October 2012 The following exchange has me puzzled. I have not been able to consult anyone on the errors I may have made. If I copy-edited other editors' comments, I was not aware of doing so. My apologies in any event. re Africa: I have not made any changes citing "neutralization". I find no talk page for Fort Henry. How to proceed ? Kgrad (talk) 15:49, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

You might not want to copyedit other editors' comments. Please see WP:TPO. --Tryptofish (talk) 19:01, 21 May 2012 (UTC)




Hello Kgrad


The note already existing in the article Africa has been modified in a strange way under the alleged reason of neutralization. Many statements have been removed by user user:Omar-Toons to be replaced by the official Moroccan point of view. The user did not even ask for the existing note to be sourced.

A barnstar for you![edit]

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I award you this CopyEditor's BarnStar for insisting on clear, comprehensible, and grammatically correct articles. -- Khazar2 (talk) 22:48, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

This'll give you something to put on that redlinked user page, if you like. Thanks for your efforts. -- Khazar2 (talk) 22:48, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the CopyEditor's BarnStar ! I appreciate your noticing. You said: "This'll give you something to put on that redlinked user page, if you like." What is a redlinked user page ? I often find the Wiki protocol a bit confusing... Is there a specific place to look up what I don't understand ? Kgrad (talk) 23:29, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

I wanted to thank you for your copyedits to Ernest Shackleton, and will try to answer your questions above. A WP:red link is a wikilink to a page that does not exist (at least yet). Your WP:user page is at User:Kgrad and is one place where you could put the barnstar, if you wanted. I find that if I don't know a term on Wikipedia, say "foo" as a made-up example, often times I can type in "Wikipedia:foo" or wahtever the term is in the search box (top right corner) and find out. Hope this helps, and thanks again, Ruhrfisch ><>°° 04:40, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

PS I now see Wikipedia:foo is a link to the page on sandboxes!

I was going to give you a copy editing barnstar for your work on Simone Weil. As you have one already, please accept a wiki Kitten! FeydHuxtable (talk) 12:48, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

a request[edit]

In 2010 you edited the article on John Kiriakou. In doing so you really messed it up. The record shows you made an attempt to clean up after yourself -- but an ineffective one.

I found your replacement of valid references with bracketed numbers: "[1][2][3]" frankly shocking. I assumed you were a complete newcomer. But your contribution history showed you had already made over 500 edits.

It is four years later and I really hope you are a competent contributor now

I am disturbed that you were mucked about with this article, without really knowing what you were doing then.

I am disturbed that no one noticed you removed the completely valid {{infobox person}} for over four years.

No offense, but I think that you made this mistake, even though you were not a beginner, had made over 500 edits, strongly suggests all your early edits should be given a thorough review, in case you made similar mistakes elsewhere. My request to you -- if you now have the experience to recognize and correct bad edits you made in the past, would you please consider undertaking this review yourself? Geo Swan (talk) 19:05, 3 July 2013 (UTC)

August 2013[edit]

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you for fixing up the History of Canada article Moxy (talk) 00:02, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
Canadians and Culture of Canada can use a nice copy edit too :-) LOL ... keep up the good work . -- Moxy (talk) 04:01, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

Military history of Canada and Multiculturalism in Canada :-) -- Moxy (talk) 15:11, 1 September 2013 (UTC)
You even think of joining Wikipedia:WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors ?? -- Moxy (talk) 15:12, 1 September 2013 (UTC)


I think that, if you click on "View source" at the top of the article on Galileo, you will find that the article is in British English. Word order in this differs from that in America and Canada. This is common with adverbs such as "only". — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:16, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

December 2013[edit]

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March 2016[edit]

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