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Re: your question

If it's an issue relating to Wikipedia in general, I would recommend bringing it up at Wikipedia:Village pump, in the appropriate subpage. If this is the case, check to see if it's been suggested before so you aren't suggesting something that's been rejected a few times already. If you want to change something with a group of articles, I'd recommend bringing it up at the relevant wikiproject. If it's just one article, bring it up on the talk page if you haven't already. What is it that you want to change, so I can be more specific? --TheCatalyst31 ReactionCreation 01:58, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

I want to be able to gather consensus from a wider range of editors on an article talk page (note that I am not necessarily conservative, but I opted to assist in the editing of that article to ensure maximum cohesiveness). Master&Expert (talk) 02:02, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
In this case, my advice would to be bold and change the page yourself - I agree that it needs better sources, and could be more neutral (though with an article like Conservatism, this is an ongoing struggle). The paragraph on North America that you mentioned is pretty bad, and it needs to include the other countries too. I might help you clean this article up if I have the time. TheCatalyst31 ReactionCreation 02:11, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
If you'd like, thank you for helping me out. :) In general, with only 19 sources, it needs a few more citations. And certainly, such a controvertial topic will obviously attract POV statements and general difficulties. So I figured, this article needs to be cleaned up significantly, and why not seize the moment? Master&Expert (talk) 02:21, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

Liberalism FAC withdrawn

I appreciate you're acting in good faith but it's best if featured articles are nominated by people who have worked closely on them. This way they can give reasoned replies to reviewers and be familiar with the sources to make any suggested improvements. Per the WP:FAC instructions:

Nominators must be sufficiently familiar with the subject matter and sources to deal with objections during the FAC process. Nominators who are not significant contributors to the article should consult regular editors of the article prior to nomination.

I've withdrawn the FAC for liberalism. I see you initiated a peer review, but then closed it before it got any feedback, and significant contributors don't seem to have been consulted. There are tips at WP:FCDW/March 17, 2008 to help locate editors who might help out on peer review, which is a good way to prepare the article for FAC. Regards, SandyGeorgia (Talk) 05:51, 23 August 2008 (UTC)

I see, thank you. But there doesn't appear to be any particularly significant contributors to Liberalism - I figured, well maybe it could stand for an FAC. As for the peer review, I didn't find it particularly helpful. The automated review, which I can barely make heads-or-tails of, seems to indicate areas that don't appear to have any real problems. Then I closed the peer review in favour of what appeared to be a better review process at FAC. Master&Expert (talk) 05:58, 23 August 2008 (UTC)
The link I gave you above explains how to locate interested editors to conduct a successful peer review and help you bring the article to standard. FAC doesn't function as peer review, while editors invited to a peer review, which typically takes about a month, may be more willing to invest leisure time to help you bring the article to standard. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 06:07, 23 August 2008 (UTC)
Already checked the link and found a volunteer list. Thanks for the help. Master&Expert (talk) 06:08, 23 August 2008 (UTC)

re:Hi

Hi. Making new articles on video game subjects is extremely difficult, primarily because of our strict guidelines on notability, writing about fiction, and so on; most topics that warrant complete articles have been created. Thus, the main focus of most video game projects is to improve existing articles. Feel free to join the legendary Final Fantasy WikiProject and help them elevate articles to good or featured status. — Deckiller 02:37, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

Re: UNDO

No, it was perfectly ok to use the undo button for that. Pretty much anything can be reverted using the undo button, but if you aren't positive the edit was vandalism, you should add a note in the edit summary after the automatically generated portion explaining why you undid the edit. (example: [1]) If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. Cheers. Thingg 04:18, 13 October 2008 (UTC)

Yes, you did the right thing reverting that edit, though I don't really understand the warning about adding large amounts of content (since the IP user removed a small amount, not added a large amount). Also, just so you know, you aren't required to leave a warning/message on someone's talk page every time you revert an edit (though it is highly recommended in cases of obvious vandalism). If it helps you, what I probably would have done in the case of the edit you mentioned would be to revert the edits with an edit summary of something similar to "rv good faith edit", which basically means that while we're assuming the edit was done in good faith, I/we still think it should be reverted for whatever reason (in this case because the old revision was more comprehensive/professional). Also, don't worry if you make a mistake with your reverting. Be bold and go out there and clean up this place! I can assure you that you are doing just fine with your vandal-fighting and I have to say you are by far the most careful and considerate vandal-fighter that I have ever seen. So don't worry too much if you goof up once in a while. Everyone does it sometimes. Even I do, (*gasp*) and more than I'll ever admit to in public. ¬_¬ ... wait..... ;-) Thingg 04:51, 13 October 2008 (UTC)

You now have rollback!

Hey again. I just looked over your contribs a little more thoroughly and I hve to say I'm very impressed with your reverting accuracy. Because of this, I've given your account rollback rights. Basically, rollback adds another button (labeled "[rollback]") next to the undo button that allows you to revert edits with one click. (you can try it out here if you want) However, unlike the undo button, you should only use the rollback feature for vandalism reversions. (and based on your contribs and your questions tonight, I don't think you would do that, but I just want to make sure you are aware of that restriction) More info about rollback is in the above link. Enjoy your new tool! and as always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Thingg 05:17, 13 October 2008 (UTC)

Rollback

Don't worry about getting rollback. Just ask for it at the rollback desk or whatever and say 'to use Huggle' The admins will give you it. Vinson 00:54, 16 October 2008 (UTC) PS. I have no clue what came over me, but I changed the format of you use page. I really hope you don't mind. If you absolutely hate it, REVERT IT ANY TIME YOU WANT. IN FACT, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO REVERT IT! I just felt that i had to do something to it. If you decide that is terrible, revert it and whack me!

Shit, i just saw the post before me. Sorry about wasting your talk page space. Vinson 00:58, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

Responded to Vinson's talk page. Master&Expert (Talk) 04:48, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Block request

Yep, looks like he's got a "time-out" coming. Done. - Philippe 05:30, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

Thank you very much Philippe. Master&Expert (Talk) 05:32, 22 October 2008 (UTC)
That one looks like a dynamic IP. I've blocked this one, but I'm off for the night. If he keeps at it, you might try a posting to WP:ANI. - Philippe 05:36, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

FYI

Re:Zh

Actually, I'm not much of a speedy tagger, which is shown by the fact I don't even use the right template. :) For some reson all the interwiki links are broken, so I'd imaginethat there would be a fair bit of nonsense coming in from the Main Page. Best ~one of many editorofthewikis (talk/contribs/editor review)~ 04:54, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

lols
Well, I'm actually just starting to get into NewPage Patrol, so I'm probably the one who's wrong, not you. ;)
Yes, I've noticed, Wikipedia's kinda funky at the moment. I'm guessing it'll clear up soon, though. Master&Expert (Talk) 04:56, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

BLP privacy policy for limited public figures

I think that the current deadlock on Joe the plumber is due to unclear BLP policy on limited public figures. I've made a proposal to clarify the policy here. Since you are one of the parties involved in the dispute, this is a notification for your input on the proposed policy clarification. VG 10:56, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Thank you for notifying me of this. That proposal is exactly what we need. It identifies the problem that we're facing with Joe the Plumber and gives future reference for articles that face the same problem, so editors will have a better idea on what to do. I must say it's unfortunate that no overall consensus could be built on what to do with the article, particularly the BLP concerns, and it is especially disappointing how much drama has come of this. I hope we can effectively resolve this issue before we need to bring it to another venue. Master&Expert (Talk) 18:14, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Red talk page link

The link to your talk page in your signature is deceiving because when a link is red on Wikipedia, it means that it links to a nonexistent page. I would recommend that you change the color of your talk page link to make it less deceiving. -- IRP 18:26, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Changed. Does this look any better? Master&Expert (Talk) 00:39, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
Yes, it does. -- IRP 20:31, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

school

would you consider joining my school? I need your response by Oct 30 to hold a spot for the November class. Thanks, Vinson 23:09, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

What school might that be? Master&Expert (Talk) 00:41, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
It is a school that teaches things like anti-vandal, advanced formatting,etc. There is also a preschool and college(don't thing either is good for you right now). There are 2 spots left, hurry! Vinson 00:48, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
Sort of like am amti-vandal school? I might not, because I have a fair understanding of anti-vandalism (I find it sort of easy, truthfully). Thank you for the offer, though. :) Master&Expert (Talk) 00:52, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
Really? Do you know how to format your userpage or sig? If you feel confident with this, I suggest that you join my college. Regards, Vinson 01:35, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
Sig yes, userpage I figure I'll just steal from someone else when I've got time. <_<
What subjects does your WikiCollege teach? Master&Expert (Talk) 01:37, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
Well, My 'WikiCollege' teaches anti-vandalism/wikimatinence (pardon my spelling), Wikihistory and comprehension(non-relavent, I teach it anyway) and college level formatting. This is one-on-one for a week, open twice in december, once in feb, once in mar, and four times a month in the summer. Vinson 01:47, 28 October 2008 (UTC) I will definetly add majors, if you want i can notify you of these:)
I'm really not sure if I'm interested in this, to be honest. The thing is, to me, Wikipedia's not an educational experience, so much as it is a hobby. But I haven't made up my mind one way or the other yet. I'll get back to you on it. :) Master&Expert (Talk) 02:03, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Userpage

No problem at all! Borrow anything you want. It was designed by User:Phaedriel, who is divinely gifted at that kind of thing (I'm not ... it looked pretty shabby until she offered to fix it up). Wish she were still around. Happy editing, Antandrus (talk) 14:05, 2 November 2008 (UTC)

RE: Awarding barnstar

Thanks a lot for that barnstar of a Turkish Merit, I have only worked on the article of Turkey, and havn't really looked at other related articles, but this is just great! Thank you very much! :) Mohsin (talk) 10:50, 8 November 2008 (UTC)

Sorr

o im so sorry, Its that I was trying to include afghanistan and Pakistan in Middle East. Sorry again —Preceding unsigned comment added by Hugamuto (talkcontribs) 01:50, 12 November 2008 (UTC)

That's fine by me. Personally, I am of the opinion that they would be part of Greater Middle East, but not the traditional Middle East. Master&Expert (Talk) 01:54, 12 November 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for the support!

Thanks for supporting my successful Rfa! Hope to work with you more in the future!--Aervanath lives in the Orphanage 20:17, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

Welcome to Milhist!

Re. Welcome

All that and more :) Our scope is enormous though we have about 50 task forces that help make it a bit more digestible by providing specific interest focus. --ROGER DAVIES talk 22:35, 16 November 2008 (UTC)

I see. I have to admit, this is something of a constant interest for me (along with science, and video games). Lately my focus is on Turkey and The Middle East, where I've been doing some WikiGnoming to try and improve the articles to good quality standards. But overall, it's a very general interest in militia for me. Master&Expert (Talk) 22:39, 16 November 2008 (UTC)
In that case,
may well be of great interest to you. They could all do with new members :) --ROGER DAVIES talk 07:32, 17 November 2008 (UTC)
Ohh, shoot. Is it possible the "6 month" rule could be given an exception? I've only been editing since June. Master&Expert (Talk) 14:54, 17 November 2008 (UTC)
There is no "6 month" minimum experience rule. That's just badly expressed and needs clarifying urgently (which I'll do). It refers to editors who have been absent and haven't made an edit in the last six months. Do feel free to join whatever appeals. Sorry about the confusion, --ROGER DAVIES talk 15:30, 17 November 2008 (UTC)
That's alright. Do you know where I could also find other parts of this WikiProject? Master&Expert (Talk) 19:29, 17 November 2008 (UTC)

Thank you

Thank you to all who participated in my RFA- regardless of whether you supported or opposed, all feedback is important to me. I look forward to proving in the coming months that the trust placed in me by the community is not misplaced. Mizu onna sango15
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Thank you to all who participated in my RFA- regardless of whether you supported or opposed,

all feedback is important to me. I look forward to proving in the coming months that the trust placed in me by the community is not misplaced.
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RfA thanks

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Kurtis, I would like to thank you for your participation in my recent Request for Adminship, which passed with 112 supports, 4 opposes and 5 neutrals. A special mention goes out to Stwalkerster and Pedro for nominating me, thanks a lot for having trust in me! In response to the neutrals, I will try to double check articles that have been tagged for speedy deletion before I CSD them and will start off slowly with the drama boards of ANI and AN to ensure that I get used to them. In response to the oppose !votes on my RfA, I will check that any images I use meet the non-free content criteria and will attempt to handle any disputes or queries as well as I can. If you need my help at all, feel free to simply ask at my talk page and I'll see if I can help. Once again, thank you for your participation, and have a great day! :) The Helpful One 22:10, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

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My round

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Let the amber nectar flow all day and night. Let it run down the mountains and through the caverns and across the rich lawns to swamp the streets. Let it rain beer. Let the heavens open and shine forth beer. Let it all be beer. Wonderful beer. And let it be as deep as the heart of a lion.


This is an acknowledgment of your participation in the RfA of: SilkTork *YES!. 19:12, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

Thank you for participating in my RfA

I just wanted to take a moment to say "thank you" for taking the time and effort to participate in my recent RfA. As you may know, the discussion closed 66/0/1 and I'm now a holder of the mop. I will keep working to improve the encyclopedia and appreciate the trust which you have placed in me. - Dravecky (talk) 23:06, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

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Thank You

Thank you very much for kind appreciation.[2] I will continue to persevere.Do the utmost to improve the Encylopedia.Pharaoh of the Wizards (talk) 21:20, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

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Thanks

Thanks for your careful consideration at my successful RfA. "Should make a terrific administrator" was generous and appreciated. Please let me know on my talk page if you have any suggestions for me. - Dan Dank55 (send/receive) 17:22, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

Elan Morrison

Normally I'd tag it with a "wikify" and "unsourced", and then PROD it. It does make some claim of notability, but given the user that created it, and the lack of secondary sources out there (I looked), I deleted it as A7 to save everyone the trouble. Black Kite 10:33, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

DYK for Human rights in Qatar

Updated DYK query On 9 December, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Human rights in Qatar, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

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Thanks

Thanks for the barnstar! Thingg 01:53, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

No problem. :) Master&Expert (Talk) 01:54, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

RfA thankspam

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AFD of Thumbelina: A Magical Story

Hi there. May I ask why you closed this discussion (Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Thumbelina:_A_Magical_Story) after only two hours? That seems a little bit hasty, in my opinion. Thanks in advance for your response. Raven1977 (talk) 22:36, 19 December 2008 (UTC)

It is somewhat hasty - most AfD's run for a while longer before a consensus is reached. However, the commenters there were able to establish that the anime satisfied the relevant notability guidelines (namely WP:OUTCOMES#Entertainment and WP:ANIME), and that it needs cleanup, but not deletion. Though it might have been a bit premature, I figured the consensus was unlikely to change from that point, so I opted to close it a bit early. Don't feel at all discouraged, though - the article is not of particularly good quality (it's a stub) and needs more references.
Hope this helps. Happy editing :) Master&Expert (Talk) 01:33, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
I guess I should have tagged it for references needed. It looks okay now, at least. Thanks for your reply, have a good day. Raven1977 (talk) 17:39, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/Kanonkas

Thank you Master&Expert for voting in my successfully closed RfA! I'm glad that you trust me. Ping me if you need anything! Best regards, --Kanonkas :  Talk  19:17, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

RfA thankspam

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Thanks again for your participation. I am currently concentrating my efforts on the Wikification WikiProject. It's fun! Please visit the project and wikify a few articles to help clear the backlog. If you can recruit some more participants, then even better.

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thank you

My RFA passed today at 150/48/6. I wanted to thank you for weighing in, and I wanted to let you know I appreciated all of the comments, advice, criticism, and seriously took it all to heart this past week. I'll do my absolute best to not let any of you down with the incredible trust given me today. rootology (C)(T) 07:49, 1 February 2009 (UTC)
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RfA thanks

Thank you for the trust you placed in me by supporting my RfA (which passed and, apparently, I am now an admin!). I will do my best to continue to act in a way that is consistent with the policies of wikipedia as well with our common desire to build and perfect this repository of human knowledge; and can only hope that you never feel that your trust was misplaced. Thanks again! --Regent's Park (Rose Garden) 22:59, 2 February 2009 (UTC)

Comments

Hi, comments around the votes should be kept to a minimum. Just letting you know I removed your comment, but feel free to add it in the comments section above :) Cheers, Majorly talk 01:34, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

Alright, thanks. Master&Expert (Talk) 01:35, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

Apology

I've posted a general apology in my withdrawal statement at the Oversight election page, but I felt that as a contributor you deserve an individual apology too.

It was not my intention to let the election begin without a statement, but an IT gremlin "ate" my first attempt at posting there some hours before the election was to begin and then unforseeable RL issues prevented me from getting back to it until too late. Thank you for your consideration and sincere regrets for wasting your time. --Dweller (talk) 10:19, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

That's perfectly fine - I had a feeling something had happened that got in the way of you posting some sort of statement (intentionally not posting a statement would be quite unlike you, from what I've seen). Let me add that I would actually thoroughly trust you with oversight, I just tentatively opposed pending a statement. :) Master&Expert (Talk) 02:09, 8 February 2009 (UTC)

RE: RfA

Thanks, that means a lot. I've been through it twice before though, so I have no intention of raising my hopes too much :) —Cyclonenim (talk · contribs · email) 23:10, 8 February 2009 (UTC)

I bet a lot of people already think you are an admin. I wouldn't worry too much if I were you - while RfA has been known to be a place where candidates are opposed based on something they aren't aware is a reason for opposing, the way I see it you have everything going for you. Good luck, if you're going for it. :D Master&Expert (Talk) 00:41, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

Happy Kurtis/Archive 1's Day!

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User:Kurtis/Archive 1 has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian,
and therefore, I've officially declared today as Kurtis/Archive 1's day!
For being such a beautiful person and great Wikipedian,
enjoy being the Star of the day, dear Kurtis/Archive 1!

Peace,
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A record of your Day will always be kept here.

For a userbox you can add to your userbox page, see User:Rlevse/Today/Happy Me Day! and my own userpage for a sample of how to use it. RlevseTalk 00:10, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Woah, that was unexpected!
Thanks a lot, Rlevse! This is really appreciated. :D Master&Expert (Talk) 00:45, 10 February 2009 (UTC)
You deserve, you're fine editor and I love your analysis of problem areas. RlevseTalk 00:06, 11 February 2009 (UTC)
Thank you, Rlevse. Your generosity is appreciated. And as a side note, you're a pretty good editor yourself. :) Master&Expert (Talk) 00:36, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

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Rise of the Ottoman Empire

Thanks for awarding me a barnstar for so little help Master&Expert :) Lysandros (talk) 20:57, 15 February 2009 (UTC)

No problem at all, you're doing good things so don't feel like you're being over-appreciated. Master&Expert (Talk) 22:29, 15 February 2009 (UTC)

RFA

Hi Master & Expert, Many thanks for your support in my RFA, I appreciate your trust. There's a full glitzy Oscar style version of my acceptance speech here. WereSpielChequers 23:35, 15 February 2009 (UTC)

Thank You!

Admin Puzzle Icon.png Thank you for voting in my RfA, which passed with 61 support, 3 oppose, and 1 neutral

Cheers! Nja247 19:19, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

RfA thanks

Excellent rationale

for WWEYANKS52's RFA. - Dan Dank55 (push to talk) 20:41, 19 February 2009 (UTC)

Hey, thanks. :)
It's likely it won't pass, but I just thought I'd offer my opinion on the editor, based on what I see. Master&Expert (Talk) 22:29, 19 February 2009 (UTC)
It's great that people are thinking hard about unusual candidates rather than pulling out the same rationales all the time. - Dan Dank55 (push to talk) 22:54, 19 February 2009 (UTC)

Oversight thanks

Thank you for your support ... it's one thing to feel the community trusts you and another to see it proven. Daniel Case (talk) 21:59, 25 February 2009 (UTC)

No problem whatsoever. I've seen you around and very much like the work you do, even if I don't always agree with 100% of what you say. Master&Expert (Talk) 22:47, 25 February 2009 (UTC)

Corrections

I've noticed your google searchs but would like to suggest a few changes that must be made to them (if you don't mind the suggestions):

  1. Change the 'Samaria' searh to be X or Y or Z rather than X and Y, which is the current format. Here's a sample search with the added, rarly used in English term 'Yesha' (translates to: Judea, Samaria and Gaza) - [3]
  2. Change the 'West Bank' search to be "A B" rather than A and B, which finds all the B's and all the A's regardless if the context is relevant to "A B" -- in this instance, all the pages that include a mention of a bank and all the ones that say west are included; Here's how to do this - [4]

p.s. there's more ways to write down the names of the area and while Shomron bumps up the findings another 300K, Google doesn't know how to handle "Iudea" and finds 470 million pages using the word 'Idea' instead. Warm regards, JaakobouChalk Talk 08:27, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the advice, I'll update shortly. As a side note, I didn't realize putting something in brackets could specify a term as a whole as the search result. Master&Expert (Talk) 08:30, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
Don't forget to make the update. JaakobouChalk Talk 22:57, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
I did, a few days a go, I believe. Master&Expert (Talk) 23:01, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
*nods* JaakobouChalk Talk 07:56, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
:) Master&Expert (Talk) 05:25, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

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Phi Kappa Phi

Hi, Masters. Thanks for posting on my talk page. You are right I could edit the page, but I just do not want to have an editing war with the other. I looked at your link (thanks) but it is for frats/sororities rather than the disputed honor societies. Where do we get the third party experts for this type of college society? Any advice for an objective, knowledgeable 3PO?Angtitimo (talk) 03:19, 12 March 2009 (UTC)

Shoot, sorry. As you can no doubt see, I'm not an expert on these sort of things. I'm honestly not sure where else to find an expert on the subject. Perhaps you could find some help at the reference desk. Probably would be best suited for the "Humanities" section. Master&Expert (Talk) 04:19, 12 March 2009 (UTC)

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Re: Question

Hi Master&Expert. :) I personally think it's fine for non-admins to decline blatantly incorrect reports (such as an account with no edits). However, more involved cases usually require the attention of an administrator. Common sense applies, of course. Hope this helps! Regards, –Juliancolton Tropical Cyclone 23:31, 21 March 2009 (UTC)

Thank you for your response. Would "blatantly obvious" reports also entail accounts that have been insufficiently warned (obviously so)? Master&Expert (Talk) 23:35, 21 March 2009 (UTC)
If they haven't been warned properly, you could tag it with {{AIV|new}} and wait for an admin to remove it. –Juliancolton Tropical Cyclone 23:39, 21 March 2009 (UTC)
M&E--I think you should file an RFA. You'd be a great admin. You have keen insight, judgment, and fairness. I even think you are arbitrator material. I'll nom you but the choice is yours. As for your question, the general rule is users experienced in that area (AFD AIV IFD etc) who are trusted may close non controversial filings. RlevseTalk 23:41, 21 March 2009 (UTC)
Actually, I was thinking the same thing. –Juliancolton Tropical Cyclone 23:44, 21 March 2009 (UTC)
I really appreciate the offer, Rlevse and Juliancolton. Though at this time, I don't know if the community would entrust me with the tools, based on edit count (I think I have around 1600 edits total, I'm not sure though). I admit I have thought about it quite a bit, though, and I could see myself accepting an offer in the future - it would certainly make maintenance work a lot easier. Thank you for your high praise - it's really appreciated. :) Master&Expert (Talk) 23:49, 21 March 2009 (UTC)
That edit count is a bit low for RFA, so I'd say work to beef it up, work in admin areas, and work on good and featured items and you should be fine. I'd say get at least 2000 edits and then file and RFA. Feel free to ask Julian and I to conom you. RlevseTalk 01:41, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
Believe me, as an RfA regular, I am well aware of how RfA go-ers frequently "look at" (viciously scrutinize, over-analyze, etc.) a user's contributions, and I'm well aware of the standards they use. ;) I'll try my best to follow your advice, though. Though be warned - I am not the type to stay focused on improving an article for too long (I've made attempts before). Are there any strategies for getting an article featured? Master&Expert (Talk) 01:53, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
Be thorough, write well (someone like Julian copyedit if you are not good at it --I bug him all the time ;-) ), solid refs, good formatting, good image documentation. Pick an article related to what you want to work on and follow that as a guide. Ask others for help. Kanonkas is an admin and he got there mainly because of image work, very little article work. RlevseTalk 02:23, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
Maybe I should ask others to gather refs, considering I find it hard to search in books for them. I find myself pretty interested in Mediterranean history these days, specifically the Ottoman Empire. I wonder if I could find somebody who might share that interest, and who might have references to put in an article I've been working on (or was, I haven't worked on it in about a month). The article in question needs more images and references, and needs some expansion. Is there anywhere where I could find somebody who might be willing to assist me in editing the article? Master&Expert (Talk) 03:11, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
Google is your friend finding refs, but be wary of the shaky ones. Try people active here: Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Ottoman military history task force and Wikipedia:WikiProject Turkey and perhaps other wiki projects. RlevseTalk 03:28, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
I've checked those before, but there doesn't appear to be very many active editors in either. But I'll give it my best shot. :) Master&Expert (Talk) 03:31, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
I've found that the key to successful article writing is finding a topic you're passionate about—for me, that would be meteorology. Once you've done so, the rest is relatively smooth-sailing if you have friends to help along the way. –Juliancolton Tropical Cyclone 03:36, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
Well, you've found my two biggest problems. The first is that I don't have too many things I have a passion for, the second is that there aren't enough people who share the same interests as me to assist me in writing articles. Master&Expert (Talk) 03:38, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

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"When removing text, please specify a reason in the edit summary and discuss edits that are likely to be controversial on the article's talk page.". I most certainly did add a reason to the article's talk page. I've made the change again. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.117.27.57 (talk) 04:26, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

Sorry about that. Now that I gave it a second look, it looks like you were right to remove that reference from the article. Master&Expert (Talk) 05:05, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
Well, looks like an edit was has started. I thought Wikipedia was an encyclopedia. Guess I was wrong. 24.117.27.57 (talk) 13:54, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

Would you please help

Would you please help to mark the article Guoyue with under-discussion tag, and the content is suggested to be merged with Political musics in China and the article Guoyue is suggested to be redirected to Traditional Chinese music. Thanks. -Zhinanzhen (talk) 08:37, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

It looks like User:Anthony Appleyard has placed a {{mergeto}} tag on the article. Master&Expert (Talk) 16:24, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

Re Request for help

Hey FayssalF. I notice you are a member of The Ottoman Empire MILHIST task force, and I was wondering if you might be interested in helping improve the quality of one of its articles that I have been working on. Master&Expert (Talk) 16:28, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

Hi Master&Expert. In fact I am busy with [Africa-India relations]. However, I can leave it aside for the moment since it is just a 'start article'. I also haven't touched the Ottoman subject since I finished up Portal:Military history of the Ottoman Empire. But well, if you are enthusiastic about it then let's do it. -- FayssalF - Wiki me up® 18:08, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
The article is Rise of the Ottoman Empire. It needs references, and some expansion. Plus I think it could use more images. I notice you've already done some work on it. :) Master&Expert (Talk) 18:50, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
I am looking at some references and getting them ready. The article needs some prose to get rid of the timeline style. That's a challenge :) -- FayssalF - Wiki me up® 19:23, 22 March 2009 (UTC)
It most definitely is. I suppose it can't be under the sultan headings, then. Master&Expert (Talk) 20:33, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

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re:Literature

In that case, you may be interested in the discussion at the bottom of Wikipedia talk:Featured article criteria; I'm doing a poor (perhaps unmotivated) job of arguing that many of those outside high research are somewhat unfamiliar with the broader definition of literature, not to mention that many high schools are trying to distinguish "literature" from "electronic sources". — Deckiller 04:23, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

Libby Booth

I am very new to wikipedia as well and hope I am doing this correctly.

A few weeks ago you helped to approve the deletion of an article I wrote on a local artist named Libby Booth.

Not only did this article take me a very long time to write (as I said, I am new to this), but I was quite annoyed that it was removed so quickly by simply "googling" her name to see if she is a notable artist.

Perhaps I am naive about how this sight works, and perhaps I need to explain my own credentials in writing this.

I am a history professor who has lived in the Central Michigan area for nearly 25 years. Booth is by far the best artist I have ever seen in all of this time, and in terms of her local notability, she is considered the top artist of the Michigan tri-city area and is hopefully going to be known nationally quite soon.

While her name may not produce many google hits, this is NO WAY reflects how popular or well known she is in this area.

Outside of publishing books, I have published over 20 professional encyclopedia articles and am well aware of who should or should not have documentation about their careers and life.

This whole evaluation and deleting process seems rather haphazard (perhaps it is not and I am naive about this format), but I would appreciate it if you could possibly remove this article from its current deleted status.

I would really like to contribute more to this site in the future, but this initial experience is leaving me very frustrated.

Any advice or comments?

Sincerely, Dr. Joel A. Lewis

Department of History Saginaw Valley State University —Preceding unsigned comment added by Redgramsci (talkcontribs) 04:34, 31 March 2009 (UTC)

Hello Mr. Lewis, and welcome to Wikipedia. I am sorry to see an article you worked hard at has been deleted, and I understand how you feel. I assume the deletion discussion you are referring to is Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Libby Booth. I cannot undelete or view deleted content — these technical functions are limited to administrators — and I have a very poor memory of the article. It apears it was deleted due to a lack of reliable secondary sources. Wikipedia adheres to rather strict notability guidelines (particularly on people), and as such we can only include biographies of people who have received enough coverage in the press to verify their notability. I'm sorry for the abruptness of my comment to the discussion as well. I hope you don't feel too discouraged by this unfortunate event, Wikipedia values your contributions a lot. We'd love it if you stayed. Happy editing, Master&Expert (Talk) 02:39, 1 April 2009 (UTC)

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Just wanted to thank you for spending some time on the review. I did have a shot at DYK a while back, I just find it less interesting than the other areas of content creation, I guess. I might have a shot with it soon, though. Thanks again. :) — neuro(talk)(review) 20:23, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

About Editor Assistance

Hey - I just noticed your post here. Nobody answered probably because nobody watches that page. Please leave me a note on my talk page. I'd like to answer your questions. Thanks! Fleetflame 01:19, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

It's all right, I decided to sign up anyways. I think it's more of an all-around assistance thing, something I'm completely fine with doing. Lately I've been semi-active due to limited internet access. Thank you for your kind regards. Master&Expert (Talk) 04:04, 9 April 2009 (UTC)
Well, that's good, but I was wondering how much time you had available because the request page for Editor Assistance has very few volunteers that help out and we are always looking for new people to help. It's a great way to help other Wikipedians (I don't know how many people actually use that list) and at the same time gain experience in many issues (etiquette, 3RR, NPOV, sockpuppets, etc) that are common on Wikipedia. If you can't help that's fine but it's always good to see new volunteers. Thanks anyway! Fleetflame 02:18, 13 April 2009 (UTC)

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RFA thanks

My RFA passed today at 61/5/4. Thanks for participating in my RFA. I appreciate all the comments I received and will endeavor to justify the trust the WP community has placed in me. Have a nice day. :-) AdjustShift (talk) 21:06, 11 April 2009 (UTC)
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Thanks to everyone who took the time and trouble to take part in my RfA whether support, oppose or neutral. All comments are valued and will be considered carefully in the coming weeks. Feel free to add more advice on my talk page if you think I need it. SpinningSpark 00:14, 17 April 2009 (UTC)
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Master&Expert, I accidentally reverted Spinningspark's rfa thanks. I meant to click a section link (→) and instead clicked the rollback link below it in my watchlist. My apologies. Fleetflame 02:38, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

No worries. :) Master&Expert (Talk) 06:08, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

Thanks

Hi M&E, thanks for your kind note. Although I do participate regularly at RFA, I have little desire for the tools myself. I have a somewhat prurient interest to view deleted pages, but that's not really an appropriate reason to be an admin. The rest of the tools don't interest me. Thank you though for your vote of confidence. It's flattering to know that people think I'd be good as an administrator. --JayHenry (talk) 00:20, 24 April 2009 (UTC)

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RfA Thank You

My RFA passed today at 75/2/1 so I wanted to thank you for your participation in it. Special thanks go to GlassCobra and FlyingToaster for their nomination and support. Cheers! --Rosiestep (talk) 01:26, 12 May 2009 (UTC)
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Thank you for supporting me in my recent RfA, which unfortunately did not pass with a final tally of (45/39/9). I plan on addressing the concerns raised and working to improve in the next several months. Special thanks go to MBisanz, GT5162, and MC10 for nominating me. Thanks again, -download ׀ sign! 03:41, 12 May 2009 (UTC)
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Hello Master&Expert! Thank you so much for your support in my recent RfA, which passed with a tally of 126/32/5. I am truly humbled by the trust you placed in me, and will endeavor to live up to that trust. FlyingToaster

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My RfA

Thank you for participating in my "RecFA", which passed with a final tally of 153/39/22. There were issues raised regarding my adminship that I intend to cogitate upon, but I am grateful for the very many supportive comments I received and for the efforts of certain editors (Ceoil, Noroton and Lar especially) in responding to some issues. I wish to note how humbled I was when I read Buster7's support comment, although a fair majority gave me great pleasure. I would also note those whose opposes or neutral were based in process concerns and who otherwise commented kindly in regard to my record.
I recognise that the process itself was unusual, and the format was generally considered questionable - and I accept that I was mistaken in my perception of how it would be received - but I am particularly grateful for those whose opposes and neutrals were based in perceptions of how I was not performing to the standards expected of an administrator. As much as the support I received, those comments are hopefully going to allow me to be a better contributor to the project. Thank you. Very much. LessHeard vanU (talk) 13:11, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

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WP:U policy discussion

Hi, there's a discussion over at Wikipedia_talk:Username_policy#Proposed_addition that I'd appreciate your input on, since it seems you have an interest in this area of policy. Gigs (talk) 03:46, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

I'll check it out, thanks for telling me about it. :) Master&Expert (Talk) 01:45, 28 May 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the support

I would like to thank you for coming out and participating in my Request for Adminship, which closed unsuccessfully at (48/8/6) based on my withdrawal. I withdrew because in my opinion I need to focus on problems with my content contributions before I can proceed with expanding my responsibilities. Overall I feel that the RfA has improved me as an editor and in turn some articles which in my eyes is successful. Thank you again for your support. Cheers and happy editing.--kelapstick (talk) 18:39, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

RfC for corporate usernames

I have created an RfC for a proposed change to the username policy in regards to corporate names. I invite your input. Thanks. Gigs (talk) 01:21, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

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Thank You

Thank you Master&Expert for your kind words, support, and encouragement at my RfA. Your posting really made me feel good, and I appreciate it! — Ched :  ?  03:09, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

No problem at all. :) Master&Expert (Talk) 04:27, 21 June 2009 (UTC)