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Welcome back,where have you been from so long.Nice to see you around.---zeeyanketu talk to me 20:36, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, I'll still be on-and-off, but hopefully I can come online at least once a week. MikeLynch (talk) 08:01, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

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Moving Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi

Hi! I noticed that you participated in the discussion on the previous request for moving the page. I would really appreciate it if you could go through the reasons I have offered here. Thanks. Shobhit102 | talk  03:57, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

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Edit warring

The same IP ( who vandalised the Melbourne article is now adding more unneeded images to the oversized Culture of Australia article, which already has 70 (!!!) images excluding the infobox montage. In an edit summary I told him to take it to the talk page, but he refused. What happens from here? - HappyWaldo (talk) 10:45, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

I would suggest you start a talk page discussion yourself, where you can elaborate a bit more on why you reverted the IP's edits. If the IP still doesn't want to talk, make a report at WP:ANEW if the IP edit wars, or make a semi protection request at WP:RFPP. You could write to me as well, but I'm not online very often these days, and the other channels are likely to be faster. MikeLynch (talk) 15:54, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

Mahatma Gandhi

well I would like to know in your opinion is Mahatma Gandhi the most common name for roads and other institutions or Mohandas Karmanchand Gandhi? (I am writing it here as you said that we can discuss it on your talk page, I am not trying to be an uninvited guest on your talk page :-P )--sarvajna (talk) 17:15, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

You are most welcome to write here even without an invitation :) . My opinion is that while contemporary popular Indian usage gravitates towards "Mahatma Gandhi" (as you suggest), I do not think the same is necessarily true for scholarly usage over the times. The names of the articles on other encyclopedias are, I think, a reflection of this point. There may be a case for a move request to "Gandhi", but I am hesitant to lend my support to the current move request. While we certainly have to look at popular usage (roads, institutions, names on banknotes, etc.), scholarly usage counts too, and there doesn't seem to be a clear consensus among scholars either way; not enough to merit an exception to WP:HONORIFIC I feel. MikeLynch (talk) 17:42, 21 January 2013 (UTC)


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Just to let you know

You have been mentioned at Wikipedia:Missing Wikipedians. xOttawahitech (talk) 21:40, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

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