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Ongoing Running Waters discussion


Saving Mes Aynak[edit]

A view of Mes Aynak

Hello Mr. Schmidt: Long time no chat! With just a bit of additional work, Saving Mes Aynak has gone from AfC declined (diff) to main namespace (diff) with a DYK entry (here). Since you're a film fan, I figured that you may be interested in checking out and possibly helping to expand the article about this documentary film. Cheers, North America1000 03:33, 30 January 2016 (UTC)

Well done. Green tickY. Schmidt, Michael Q. 04:28, 30 January 2016 (UTC)


You are involved in a lot of show business-related AfD discussions. What is your opinion of this? [1] And Adoil Descended (talk) 00:09, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

"Article coming"[edit]

Hello, Michael, I hope you are well. Regarding the entry to the Chapman University article list of notable people, which you labelled as "article coming" - it's always best to write the article first and then to make the links to it. I didn't revert, due to my regard for you, but I do suggest that you not pre-link in the future. Best, BMK (talk) 00:38, 14 February 2016 (UTC)

He's notable enough... just needs me to finish up the ongoing BLP at User:MichaelQSchmidt/workspace/Carles Torrens. Green tickY Schmidt, Michael Q. 00:45, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
Oh, I didn't doubt his notability, just the linking before writing. Thanks for self-reverting. BMK (talk) 01:42, 14 February 2016 (UTC)


Rabid was of course intended in humour, a synonym of energetic and enthusiastic exaggerated to extreme. I know my humour is not very clever. I am always very glad to see you around. The deletionists (people would would delete even if in doubt) are increasingly the ones who turn up. --SmokeyJoe (talk) 09:12, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

No issue. I respect what you said, how you said it, and agree. My response was intended for those deletionists who always show up, because fixing articles to serve the project is not wrong. Wow. If only the others would return instead of making a hit-and-run. The nominator is not accepting logical arguments and it is poor form to promise if the discussion closes against his opinion with a keep after eleven days, he'll take it to DRV. It is not a vote, but to be decided by policy and guideline over personal opinion. Essentially, twenty poor deletes do not outweigh one or two policy and guideline based arguments. Schmidt, Michael Q. 09:52, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
Hasteur is pretty good, in my opinion. However, as nominator, few nominators are open to persuasion to change their mind. In making the nomination you then, I think I see, get a commitment to dig in. I've made few nominations, but I note that I feel a fool if made to change my mind and withdraw the nomination. However, as a mere uninvolved !voter, there is no shame in changing mind on the basis of others input. --SmokeyJoe (talk) 11:28, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:Pocket Gangster poster.jpg[edit]


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User:MichaelQSchmidt/workspace/Azad Right[edit]

Per your adoption request, this page has been moved to your subpage. Happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 03:11, 24 March 2016 (UTC)

work work work... thank you. Face-smile.svg. Schmidt, Michael Q. 04:20, 24 March 2016 (UTC)


Hi MichaelQSchmidt: A recent edit you performed at AfD has been reverted. You may want to check it out. North America1000 03:22, 1 April 2016 (UTC)

@Northamerica1000: which one? Schmidt, Michael Q. 04:29, 1 April 2016 (UTC)
This one. North America1000 04:30, 1 April 2016 (UTC)
@Northamerica1000: Ho, ho, ho.... Green tickY Schmidt, Michael Q. 04:31, 1 April 2016 (UTC)
The sideways smiley face.gif North America1000 04:33, 1 April 2016 (UTC)

AfD closure[edit]

Note that I put Uzham at Draft:Uzham, if you'd rather have it in your userspace, that would not, I'm sure, be contentious. Cheers, --joe deckertalk 15:39, 1 April 2016 (UTC)

Help with a bunch of cinema-related proposed deletions[edit]

Hello Michael, could you take a look at these proposed deletions by SwisterTwister involving actors and directors? [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9], [10], [11], [12], [13], [14], [15]. I think some (maybe most?) of them are deproddable as they pass WP:NACTOR#1 or WP:CREATIVE standard, but I trust your evaluation. I already deprodded the more obvious cases of notability such as Simon Abkarian, Laura Chiatti and Peter Paul (actor). My best, Cavarrone 01:39, 3 April 2016 (UTC)

FLC for List of Padma Bhushan award recipients (1960–69)[edit]

Hi! I have nominated the subject list for FL. Could you find some time out and give your comments here? We have previously interacted only on film related articles and am not sure if this fits in your choice of topics. But even if it doesn't it would be good to have comments from the non-usual suspects Face-wink.svg §§Dharmadhyaksha§§ {Talk / Edits} 09:29, 4 April 2016 (UTC)

Find-sources for Indian films[edit]

I seem to remember that there is a version of {{Find sources AFD}} specifically for Bollywood films and the like, but I can't find it. Can you point me to it? JohnCD (talk) 09:33, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

@JohnCD: It's a great tool, specially if you check spelling differences and related searches. The Google weakness is explained and expanded at WP:INDAFD, where I found offer THIS one for "Indian English Newspapers Searches" and THIS other developed for various Indian languages. Works pretty well. Schmidt, Michael Q. 10:09, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Great work on A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun. Thanks! — foxj 00:58, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

@Foxj: I am always happy when my Google-Foo works. Schmidt, Michael Q. 02:09, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

Draft goes live?[edit]

Hi MQS, I was curious about this edit, because I don't think I've ever seen a draft article linked to in main space. Was this on purpose? Thanks, Cyphoidbomb (talk) 03:53, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

Update: I should have checked the link. I see that it's pointing to a live article and Yobot handled the removal of "Draft:". Cyphoidbomb (talk) 03:55, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

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For doing an awesome job saving articles at AfD! (Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse)

ThePlatypusofDoom (Talk) 14:25, 4 May 2016 (UTC)

@ThePlatypusofDoom: Glad to have helped out. Face-smile.svg Schmidt, Michael Q. 15:03, 4 May 2016 (UTC)


Hi MQS: Just a note that you didn't sign your close at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Endre Lund Eriksen. Rather than adding the unsigned template, I figured I'd just let you know here. Cheers, North America1000 11:20, 8 May 2016 (UTC)

Thanks. Green tickY Schmidt, Michael Q. 15:30, 8 May 2016 (UTC)

I moved a page as it seemed strange to have (2007 Bengali film) only to find out the other page was also a 2007 film![edit]

Here Dhoka (2007 film), as it turns out the page for Dhoka is ALSO from 2007! I was going to move it back, but it wont let me now. (I think a hat note is needed for both films), when I saw that the main page was for a film with the same name I didn't expect that they both be from the same year. (odd that it seems no other film has this name, but the 2 that do are from the same year? I have no clue what to say!) Wgolf (talk) 22:47, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

@Wgolf: I just did this. Actually same-year same-time title is not all that unusual for India... specially when filmmakers try to capitalize on title popularity of other projects. It seems that India with its many languages has (sadly and confusedly) many title duplications. Schmidt, Michael Q. 23:19, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

Sorcha Faal[edit]

Hi MichaelQSchmidt Here is the information they wanted deleted from the Sorcha Faal article as dichotomies such as this are never allowed to survive. Maybe you can put it back in, but if you do, watch how fast it will disappear:

In 2016, Russian newspaper Trud claimed that Faal was affiliated with foreign intelligence services:

Experts noted that the Sorcha Faal's website is a "flush tank", through which one of the groups of American military and political elite merges information uncomfortable for their opponents. "Of course, for the project are special services, but who exactly‍—‌to understand yet difficult: British MI6, Mossad, CIA, DIA (Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense) and the American National Security Agency, for example," said professor of the Diplomatic Academy of Russia Igor Panarin. "Of course, it is an element of information warfare, but within the American elite".[1]

In 2016, Russian channel REN TV alleged, without offering proof, that Sorcha Faal was a portal for unnamed intelligence services.[2]

Concerns that Faal was in some way affiliated with the U.S. government were first raised in 2009 by the conservative political advocacy organization Americans for Limited Government when they posted on their website[3] a Freedom of Information Act reply from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that stated 10 Faal articles had been used by the DHS in compiling their controversial report titled Right-wing Extremism Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.[4]

In 2016, a Faal report alleging that two U.S. military helicopters were shot down by Turkey over Syria was widely reported by mainstream Russia media sources including Свободная пресса‍—‌Википедия[5] and Trud[6] with the Sputnik news agency (in their German language edition) reporting that the United States Department of Defense denied this happened with Pentagon spokeswoman Michelle Baldanza stating "This is an absolute lie"[7] and Trud still commenting on it a subsequent article about Turkey.[8]

Thanks. Picomtn (talk) 09:28, 13 May 2016 (UTC)


  1. ^ Politics, News (February 4, 2016). ""Барбаросса" Эрдогана: МО РФ обнаружило подготовку Турции к нападению на Сирию". Trud. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ материалы, Секретные (February 1, 2016). "СМИ: Турция сбила два американских военных вертолета в Сирии, 12 морпехов погибли". REN TV. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ Lockett, Vama (August 5, 2009). Re: DHS/OS/PRIV 09-502 (PDF) (Report). United States Department of Homeland Security. Retrieved February 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ Division, FBI (April 7, 2009). Rightwing Extremism Report (PDF) (Report). Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ Мардасов, Антон (January 22, 2016). "Турция в Сирии сбила морпехов США". Свободная пресса — Википедия. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ Politics, News (February 4, 2016). ""Барбаросса" Эрдогана: МО РФ обнаружило подготовку Турции к нападению на Сирию". Trud. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ Military, News (February 1, 2016). "Pentagon dementiert Berichte über Abschuss seiner Hubschrauber durch Türkei". Sputnik (news agency). Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ Фоменко, Виктория (February 17, 2016). "Обстреливать курдов сейчас и всегда: Эрдоган выдвинул ультиматум США". Trud. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 

A Day Out[edit]

As an exercise for the student, I have adopted your useful search technique for this 9-minute short film (see talk page), but found nothing. It existed, it was shown at 3 festivals in 2001, that was it. I have PRODded it, as I really don't think it needs discussion, but I know you can find pearls in unlikely places, so I am letting you know in case you want to dePROD. Regards, JohnCD (talk) 20:33, 15 May 2016 (UTC)

@JohnCD: I gve it a face-lift, but in its lacking notability, perhaps a mention in and redirect to the initiating Arts Council of Wales? Schmidt, Michael Q. 22:03, 15 May 2016 (UTC)


Can't believe Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Brandon Brooks (actor) was deleted. Can you or Lugnuts recreate? So familiar as that surfer dude from Malibu CA, perhaps he doesn't have the sourcing?♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:26, 25 May 2016 (UTC)

Infobox film and plainlist[edit]

If you look at {{infobox film}}, it explicitly says to use {{plainlist}} to separate multiple items. I'm not sure where you're getting this thing that says MOS:FILM says we should use {{ubl}}. NinjaRobotPirate (talk) 09:08, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

@NinjaRobotPirate: Old habits I suppose. When I first began expanding infoboxes, I found that {{plainlist}} looked and felt clunky and so I became accustomed to using {{ubl}} because it was easier to use and looked sleeker and... this may only be me... I read the template header explanation "All parameters are optional" as not stating that "only" {{plainlist}} should or must be "explicitly" used without exception. Be well. Schmidt, Michael Q. 12:04, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

Draft:Komal Jha[edit]

Hi ! Hope you are doing good. In case you are interested and your time permits, could you please help me cleaning up the aforementioned article? Looking forward for a response. Thanks ! (talk) 10:34, 11 June 2016 (UTC)

How Funny[edit]

Unless you can find a fellow Administrator to undertake an early close to the AfD discussion, as it has been recently relisted, this may just have to wait until sufficient time has passed. Thanks btw for the work that you undertook to improve the article. Dan arndt (talk) 06:32, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

You're welcome Dan, and I'm always happy to work on topics that can be improved. As AFD is not a simple count of heads and should be based upon an evaluation of arguments and the work to address issues, my hope is that a drive-by closer does not ignore improvements and then lazily close as no-consensus. We shall see. Thanks for your withdrawal at the How Funny AFD. Green tickY Schmidt, Michael Q. 17:30, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Facter[edit]

As an Administrator can you advise whether an AfD lodged by a sockpuppet of a blocked user is still a valid AfD or should the AfD be dismissed? BTW I hope you don't mid but I paraphrased some of your comments in my justification on this AfD. Dan arndt (talk) 10:14, 15 June 2016 (UTC)


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Add poster for The Superior Human?[edit]

Thanks for your contribution to wikipedia Can you help upload the poster of the film? I wanted but I don't have permission. You can find

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Highfive (company)[edit]

Hi. I spent quite a lot of time expanding and improving this article. I spotted a poorer quality stub and worked on it. I have no idea why it was deleted. It was reliably sourced to over 20 credible sources, and I made sure it was written neutrally and encyclopedically. Look about on the web and you'll see it meets content guidelines. I've not been editing here long but if this is the how my work gets treated I'm not sure I want to continue here. Please look at is and restore to my user space or recreate it, thanks.CLHoyas97 (talk) 16:25, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

@CLHoyas97: It is not so much about the article or its sourcing (which on the face of it seem reasonable), but was deleted as suspected and undisclosed paid editing by a sockfarm. Better that you read this and then write to BethNaught... to explain your edits and ask that if it is determined that you are not part of a sockfarm that the deletion might be reconsidered. Schmidt, Michael Q. 04:08, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

(Page stalker). Mind if I take a look at it MQ, can you put it in the user space? Sometimes some decent content can get deleted when there is a mass deletion. Judging by this editor's recent article work I would be highly surprised if this was the same editor involved. We don't want to frighten away potential good editors either!♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:12, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

@Dr. Blofeld: Have a look at User:Dr. Blofeld/Highfive (company). I think it was improved enough to no longer be the one-edit work of a sockfarm, but when spoken of with the deleting Admin, she did not want to reverse herself and buck the ANI discussion and suggested a DRV. CLHoyas97, work with Dr. Blofeld and it may well come back. Schmidt, Michael Q. 08:14, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for that. At quick glance I see nothing glaringly promotional about it and seems to meet GNG and neutrality guidelines, it certainly has the coverage in reliable sources and seems to be notable in its field. How many articles got deleted? It would be good to see a list. I agree that nuking the work of the sockfarmer was justified to deter them, and fully understand why Beth would feel uncomfortable acting in this situation. The sock doesn't own the article subjects though. I would guess that some of the articles which got deleted were actually notable. A problem arises though when a company wants an article on wikipedia and under normal circumstances it would be meet notability requirements. Our job is to document all notable information, so if we ignore and are intolerant of subjects because that subject might want the article we're not doing our job properly, as much as we need to send them a message that it's totally not acceptable. The best solution would be to assess what is notable and what isn't and ensure that if the articles are restarted that they're completely devoid of promotion and the gushing material you often get from PR people. I don't share the view with some people on here that if a company wants an article we completely block it from existing. If the article subject meets GNG then the article should exist, regardless. We need to find some middle ground on here in acknowledging this sort of thing I think, as companies (and hotels) typically get a very hard time on wikipedia and do face a sort of discrimination, and not all are paid PR work, or have neutrality problems. Each article needs to be assessed independently and checked for notability and neutrality.♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:05, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

@Ritchie333: Can you do me a favour and read User:Dr. Blofeld/Highfive (company). It appears to meet GNG and to be written neutrally to me, with significant coverage in reliable publications like Bloomberg, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times, but I want a further opinion on this.♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:28, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) As the original proposer of the ANI that resulted in a community ban and WP:TNT of every article produced by the sock farm, I was careful to include one caveat in my proposal. Articles that had been significantly expanded or changed should warrant exclusion -- provided a neutral review of the article determined it met the criteria for inclusion and met our guidelines for WP:PROMO. Mkdwtalk 16:02, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

@Mkdw: Thanks for that, yes Beth said that this one was the exception. OK, I'll deal with this, it certainly seems to meet WP:PROMO. ♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:47, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

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Brandon Brooks[edit]

I completely forgot about him BTW, you put him in the user space somewhere. I thought he'd be easily notable but recall that there wasn't much material available on him.♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:18, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Do you think there's enough to salvage it? He's a pretty well known actor, so surprising if it had to remain deleted!♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:54, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Blake Fitzpatrick[edit]

Hi! I thought you would like to know that was deleted and is currently under deletion review after an arguably unreliable Afd. Filmfan655321 (talk) 12:00, 14 August 2016 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

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Thank you!

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Check out the following new article improvement drives/contests. North America1000 12:27, 6 September 2016 (UTC)

Source question[edit]

I am not a Wikipedia source/editor, but the O Brother Where Art Thou pages seem to ignore my proof that the station in movie is WLZY (Not WEZY, as Wikipedia says. Please visit and use Roar Radio button to access history of Mark and Brian INTERWOVEN with O Brother history. Avon Edward Foote, former editor of Educational Broadcasting Review with Ph.D., Ohio State, 1970. date September 19, 2016. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:19, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

An editor has been going around commenting out sections saying it needs a source. An example is Robert Tinkler. Interesting they are commenting out films/TV in lists, but leaving them in the text (ie American Dad). IMDb is listed in external links section. Is this kosher? Is this policy so I have to learn something new? Bgwhite (talk) 06:07, 10 September 2016 (UTC)

@Bgwhite: Wow. Deconstructing a sourcable article is never helpful. I see that this early VERSION is far more complete than this later one and, by being more comprehensive, could lead to better source searches than would the current version. Also the early version includes many bluelinks to support WP:NACTOR, while the later has been made quite weak. Might be best to roll back to the early version, add the source and tags from the later and let it be improved over time and through diligent effort. Schmidt, Michael Q. 16:52, 10 September 2016 (UTC)

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Colons: one or two for indentation?[edit]

FYI, an old edit of yours has come up, here.Anythingyouwant (talk) 20:26, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

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5 years ago today...[edit]

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Thanks. Face-smile.svg Schmidt, Michael Q. 16:10, 4 December 2016 (UTC)

Precious anniversary[edit]

Two years ago ...
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... you were recipient
no. 1058 of Precious,
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Merry Merry[edit]

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At this wonderful time of year, I would like to give season’s greetings to all the fellow Wikipedians I have interacted with in the past! May you have a wonderful holiday season! MarnetteD|Talk 17:44, 20 December 2016 (UTC)
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Merry Christmas![edit]

I'm wishing you a Merry Christmas, because that is what I celebrate. If you don't like Christmas or just don't celebrate it in any of its forms, then please accept a generic "Happy Holidays". If you celebrate no holidays at this time of year, then hopefully you will be satisfied with an even more generic "Season's Greetings".  :) BOZ (talk) 01:32, 24 December 2016 (UTC)

Merry Christmas 2016[edit]

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Season's Greetings![edit]

@Tenebrae: Thank you and the same to you. Keep the strength. Face-smile.svg Schmidt, Michael Q. 19:04, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

Merry, merry![edit]

From the icy Canajian north; to you and yours! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 19:18, 26 December 2016 (UTC) Lights ablaze.JPG

Márta Lacza article at AfD[edit]

Hi MichaelQSchmidt,

It's some years since we've been in contact, but I remember working with you on some article rescue, and your skills in that regard. A few days ago I stumbled across the article stub Márta Lacza which is at AfD and came to the conclusion after doing some searching that the subject is notable and the article just needs to reflect this. I've put in several hours so far, but with two "Delete" comments so far on the AfD it seems I haven't managed to do enough yet. There are 141 hits on the Hungaricana archive and I've discovered that you get more hits from other search engines if you put the surname first and search on "Lacza Márta" (I think this is a Hungarian convention). Would you be interested in having a look at this? Fully understand if not – hope you're having a great holiday season, and best wishes for the New Year! Cheers — Hebrides (talk) 12:13, 28 December 2016 (UTC)

@Hebrides: Good job. Too many think the en.Wikipedia can "only" be about English topics, and that just ain't true. Schmidt, Michael Q. 19:02, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

Thanks, Michael. I also find that too many people think that if they can't find much in Google, it must indicate non-notability. This is so untrue. It just indicates that they need to look somewhere else. We mustn't let Google's algorithms dictate what we include in Wikipedia! Cheers — Hebrides (talk) 22:17, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

Happy New Year, MichaelQSchmidt[edit]

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Happy New Year![edit]

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Happy New Year!

Hi MichaelQSchmidt - I hope you had a very merry holiday season. May your new year be happy and prosperous! ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 03:53, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

Aika tappaa[edit]

Hi, notable? Perhaps Tappinen can find something?♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:03, 28 January 2017 (UTC)

@Dr. Blofeld: Yes notable per WP:NF so thanks. Finnish film topics are tough to source, but that difficulty does not automatically mean non-notable.. Schmidt, Michael Q.

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The Avengers film project listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]


An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect The Avengers film project. Since you had some involvement with the The Avengers film project redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. Steel1943 (talk) 20:33, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

Aika tappaa[edit]

Hi, this was wrongly deleted. Can ytou restore it?♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:33, 18 February 2017 (UTC)

@Dr. Blofeld: Looks like someone (NOT Finnish) used a supervote to dismiss consensus. Looks like DRV might reverse that supervote. Work on it HERE until then. Schmidt, Michael Q. 06:39, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Aika Tappaa[edit]

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A tag has been placed on Aika Tappaa, requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under section G4 of the criteria for speedy deletion, because the page appears to be a repost of material that was previously deleted following a deletion debate, such as at articles for deletion. Under the specified criteria, where a page has substantially identical content to that of a page deleted after debate, and any changes in the content do not address the reasons for which the material was previously deleted, it may be deleted at any time.

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My error was in not tagging it as a user sandbox. Thanks though for having it deleted so very very very quickly quickly. Even in my being an administrator and a coordinator of WP:Project Film, I occasionally slip up. Schmidt, Michael Q. 20:53, 21 February 2017 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:66 Months film poster.jpg[edit]


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Pi Day Die Day has been nominated for Did You Know[edit]

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Orphaned non-free image File:Hit By Lightening film poster.jpg[edit]


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your essay improve the junk[edit]

Hi, I have recently become interested in help and essay materials. I noticed your essay WP:Improve the junk and wanted to suggest updating it in context of the new WP:DRAFTS process. Also there are poor definitions that distinguish the different essays but in its current state I don't think your essay quite merits the Template:Guidance essay. Maybe you could promote it at some P or G talk page, and if there's interest add an "interprets" parameter if you bring the tag back. The ideas look interesting. Just to be clear I'm neither agreeing nor disagreeing with anyof the content. I'm just trying to organize and inspire updating of old essays etc. Eventually hope to get better definitions of INFOPAGES in general. Cheers NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 17:14, 12 July 2017 (UTC)

DYK for Pi Day Die Day[edit]

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July 2017[edit]

Information icon Hello, and thank you for your contributions to Wikipedia. This is just a note to let you know that I've moved the draft that you were working on to Draft:Sergio D. Acosta, from its old location at User:MichaelQSchmidt/workspace/Sergio D. Acosta. This has been done because the Draft namespace is the preferred location for Articles for Creation submissions. Please feel free to continue to work on it there. If you have any questions about this, you are welcome to ask me on my talk page. Thank you. » Shadowowl Marcos Rodriguez | t | SPI | AIV | Sandbox | Helpdesk » 13:03, 30 July 2017 (UTC)

Your submission at Articles for creation: Sergio D. Acosta (July 30)[edit]

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All in Time (film)[edit]

Hey MQS--long time no see. Hope you're not burned out yet or haunted by trolls. I wondered if you could do something for this article and the associated production company (see history of contributor). Thanks! Drmies (talk) 23:32, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

@Drmies: Will take a look. Face-smile.svg Schmidt, Michael Q. 06:48, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

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Halloween cheer![edit]

booooo..... Schmidt, Michael Q. 02:23, 29 October 2017 (UTC)

New article[edit]

Since you're a film buff, you may be interested in helping to expand the new Cinema of the Caribbean article. Cheers, North America1000 23:18, 17 November 2017 (UTC)