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AfD nomination of Mirkwood (MUD)[edit]

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An article that you have been involved in editing, Mirkwood (MUD), has been listed for deletion. If you are interested in the deletion discussion, please participate by adding your comments at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Mirkwood (MUD). Thank you. Do you want to opt out of receiving this notice? B. Wolterding (talk) 22:35, 2 May 2008 (UTC)


Thanks for your comments. I've replied on Talk:Bnetd. I also wanted to thank you for having the courtesy to give me an opportunity to explain my edits before reverting. I hope we can come to a peaceful consensus on this. :-) --Ryan Delaney talk 07:52, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

2008 Chatsworth train collision[edit]

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I hereby award the Current Events Barnstar for doing a fine job reworking this article to make it better. Although your work may soon be edited by others, this is to let you know your efforts are appreciated. Keep up the good work! CheMechanical (talk) 08:00, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

Image restoration[edit]

Per your request here, I have restored the image. Apologies for the delay, east has been away. Jennavecia (Talk) 05:19, 17 September 2008 (UTC)


Hi, I saw you do a lot of editing on the Silkroad Online Article. I wanted to catch some of the old History. There was an original page that was fairly inclussive on the game play and things. I was curiou what happened to it, there is only a stub now, since you seemed invlolved with SRO I thought you might have some insight. I don't have a page of my own yet so just edit back. i'll check in again...thanks Sparta/KugeHammer33 Tuv888 (talk) 19:53, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

It was listed for deletion in August due to perceived NPOV and notability issues. I felt the nomination was unjustified, but in the end, had to resort to the best dissent of all: starting a perfectly good stub from scratch. Any editor may request an undeletion of the history via the deletion review process; the history would be reinstated behind the currently visible edits. Matt Fitzpatrick (talk) 05:43, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Image copyright problem with File:Caterpillar logo.png[edit]

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City of Heroes talk page[edit]

Not sure what might have happened, but it looks like your last edit to the talk page deleted quite a bit of it. [1] Ravensfire2002 (talk) 03:56, 14 August 2009 (UTC)

Speedy deletion[edit]

You're right, it is public domain. I think I was put off by the user's comment that it was ok to have it on Wikipedia since it passes fair use. Which of course if it was copyrighted wouldn't be true. Nevertheless I'm not sure if I should restore the article. It might be public domain but to just copy court cases to wikipedia seems kind of pointless. Garion96 (talk) 08:06, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

m:Global sysops/Vote[edit]

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COI template[edit]

Hi Matt. I saw your comment on GEO and thought you might be interested in the proposal I started suggesting we deploy the template more widely: Wikipedia:Village_pump_(proposals)#COI_Template CorporateM (Talk) 12:56, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Extant Organizations/Noticeboard[edit]

Someone suggested at the Village Pump that I boldly create Wikipedia:Extant Organizations/Noticeboard, a noticeboard to discuss articles about organizations that may be subject to non-neutral editing. Basically it's the corporate version of BLPN, where both adverts and attack pages can be brought to the community for broader scrutiny. Except this board does not currently relate to a specific policy like BLPN does, except NPOV, V, etc. (though it could refer to this essay I wrote or something). You participated in the prior village pump discussion that led to consensus for Template:COI editnotice, which is now widely used. Although this noticeboard is not COI-related, I thought you might have an interest in this as well, in whether the noticeboard should be kept and/or in participating in it generally. CorporateM (Talk) 18:39, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

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Hi there. Regarding your 29 protected edit requests, it may be much easier if you were a template editor. You seem to meet the guidelines. What do you say? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 14:03, 12 July 2016 (UTC)

Sure! It was a lot for an edit request. I'd feel better doing it myself and saving others the trouble. Matt Fitzpatrick (talk) 22:49, 12 July 2016 (UTC)

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Template:Infobox software[edit]


This notice is to inform you that one of your edits in Template:Infobox software that broke many articles is reverted.

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Module:Portal/images/s: Sport in Canada[edit]

Hi, Matt? Could you change the Sport in Canada icon for this one? Thanks! --NaBUru38 (talk) 15:31, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

Also here. --NaBUru38 (talk) 15:34, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

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Sorry, didn't realize were to sandbox-conflicting. I added your sortable to my version (and the live template). Being able to sort for things like track length will be useful.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  06:26, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

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Speedy deletion nomination of Nils Bildt[edit]

Hello Matt Fitzpatrick,

I wanted to let you know that I just tagged Nils Bildt for deletion, because the article doesn't clearly say why the subject is important enough to be included in an encyclopedia.

If you feel that the article shouldn't be deleted and want more time to work on it, you can contest this deletion, but please don't remove the speedy deletion tag from the top.

You can leave a note on my talk page if you have questions.

CaroleHenson(talk) 00:47, 28 February 2017 (UTC)

Template:Politics of Panama[edit]

the font size just exploded in size. there are hundreds of sidebars which are assuming the table layout for embedding content. you should at the very least fix Template:Politics sidebar title and Template:Region history sidebar title and Template:Politics sidebar title. Frietjes (talk) 00:14, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

and the margins are all screwed up on many like in Politics of Angola. Frietjes (talk) 00:16, 3 June 2017 (UTC)
and the text is running outside of the sidebar in Template:Sex differences on Firefox. this really should be reverted for more testing. Frietjes (talk) 00:18, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── @Frietjes: Well, that could've gone better. Reverted; thanks for the assist. The missing margin was an oversight on my part, and is fixed in sandbox. I think there's a way to make Template:Politics sidebar title not table dependent; I'll work on that before syncing the module again. Template:Sex differences seems to be a unique case, adjusting the template's inline width style will probably fix it, but I'll add a testcase for long titles to be sure. Matt Fitzpatrick (talk) 00:51, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

if you can figure out how to fix that problem in a clean way let me know. we have the same problem in Module:Military navigation where I ended up doing some invasive processing of the title line (search for "add allow wrap") to allow long links wrap in the title. Frietjes (talk) 12:08, 3 June 2017 (UTC)


I have reverted your edits to {{Backlognav inner}} and associated templates. The graphical changes and compression of the rows is very obvious to me and quite ugly, especially on CAT:CSD. Unless there is a pressing technical reason for the change, please seek consensus first, or work in a sandbox until the margins, padding, and font sizes are 100% identical. Thanks! – Train2104 (t • c) 23:58, 9 June 2017 (UTC)


Hi, I see that you reverted the edit by Ahecht (talk · contribs). Will you be similarly reverting their other similar edits? --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 08:33, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for the ping Redrose64. I'm glad to see that my workaround is no longer needed, so I went ahead and reverted my edits to the other succession box templates. --Ahecht (TALK
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Face-smile.svg Thank you --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 21:59, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

Good work[edit]

Just dropping by to say good work with all the protected pages. Regards, Alex ShihTalk 17:30, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

Feedback on Current Events Archive updates[edit]

I would love to hear your feedback about the updates I've made here: [2] and particularly of the Intro Paragraph generator here: [3] — RossO (talk) 00:47, 6 September 2017 (UTC)

Process of fixing Portal:Current events archive pages[edit]

Hi! Would you take a look at my process for fixing the archives that I've been using. Does it seem like this is an appropriate method of working with these pages or would you recommend some other method? Thanks! — RossO (talk) 04:17, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

Knock-on effects at WP:ITNC[edit]

Hi Matt - your changes to the current events template has had an effect, no doubt accidentally, on the table of contents at WP:ITNC. Compare, for example, the list of contents for September 30 and the list of contents for October 1, where we have a redundant (and non-clickable) heading "Current events of October 1, 2017 (2017-10-01) (Sunday)" followed by no fewer than seven subheadings (all useless for ITNC purposes and non-clickable) pulled from the portal's subheadings for that day. Can you fix this, please? Thanks, BencherliteTalk 11:52, 5 October 2017 (UTC)

I forgot to come back earlier than this to say thank you for that change. Much appreciated. BencherliteTalk 10:18, 10 October 2017 (UTC)

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Please come and help...[edit]

Should MoS shortcut redirects be sorted to certain specific maintenance categories? An Rfc has been opened on this talk page to answer that question. Your sentiments would be appreciated!  Paine Ellsworth  put'r there  18:42, 14 December 2017 (UTC)

Edit on Template:Football box[edit]

Hello, could you please fix the template, your edit seems to have broken instances where multiple times are included. See 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group C for an example. Also, could |address= be changed to |location= (matching Template:Football box collapsible)? And if the score parameters can be separated, shouldn't the penalty score do the same? Thanks, S.A. Julio (talk) 04:51, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

As you have edited the football box template, perhaps you'd be so good as to either edit the 2018 ConIFA World Football Cup article to ensure that the dates are displayed correctly, or else explain precisely what you've done and how it can be fixed. Hammersfan (talk) 21:55, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

Seems to be an issue with the time formatting again (when the time incorrectly uses a full stop instead of a colon). The article has now been fixed by using a colon, but the template should maybe still accommodate for this (along with a tracking category/warning message for bad formatting). Thanks again! S.A. Julio (talk) 02:53, 27 March 2018 (UTC)
Also noticed an issue on UEFA Euro 2020, where two possible stadiums are listed. S.A. Julio (talk) 03:06, 27 March 2018 (UTC)

I've also noticed now that the alignment is very awkward since the date and time is left aligned. Can this be restored to right alignment? Also, the date/time and the venue seem to be slightly above the teams and score, can this be adjusted? An example of both issues can be seen on 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A. Thanks, S.A. Julio (talk) 16:43, 4 April 2018 (UTC)

Personally i think it just does not look good. Why the change? Kante4 (talk) 19:46, 4 April 2018 (UTC)
@S.A. Julio: I overlooked the cellpadding on the previous version's one-cell "tables". The replacement divs should now have equivalent top and bottom padding. @Kante4: Last week, I couldn't think of a way to right-align the date and time in desktop and left-align it in mobile, without abusing one-cell "tables" and making any sort of future TemplateStyles upgrade difficult. But I think I have an idea how to do it now. I'll try it over the weekend. Matt Fitzpatrick (talk) 22:57, 6 April 2018 (UTC)

Football scorecard template[edit]

The new format of the football scorecard is incredibly clumsy and awkward... Particularly the area where the stadium name, attendance and referee name is mentioned... Why was such a change done?? Cricket246 (talk) 16:35, 27 March 2018 (UTC)

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Your draft article, Draft:Nils Bildt[edit]

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In accordance with our policy that Wikipedia is not for the indefinite hosting of material deemed unsuitable for the encyclopedia mainspace, the draft has been nominated for deletion. If you plan on working on it further, or editing it to address the issues raised if it was declined, simply edit the submission and remove the {{db-afc}}, {{db-draft}}, or {{db-g13}} code.

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Thanks for your submission to Wikipedia, and happy editing. » Shadowowl | talk 16:37, 13 June 2018 (UTC)