User talk:Mild Bill Hiccup

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Hello, Mild Bill Hiccup, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. If you have any questions about Wikipedia, feel free to leave me a message on my talk/chat page or by typing {{helpme}} at the bottom of this page. Here are some pages to help you. The left column contains tutorials and introductory pages while the right shows ways to help out Wikipedia.

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Again, welcome! :) --Hdt83 Chat 06:46, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

User name[edit]


Great name! Dogru144 20:40, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Hi, I was reading the Sukhoi T-50 and went to Edit mode to change two "it's" to "its"--and they weren't there. You beat me by seconds. Interesting. That's never happened to me before.HowardJWilk (talk) 06:54, 25 November 2011 (UTC)

your username[edit]

is great. Made me smile :) -- phoebe / (talk to me) 06:07, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

Love your user name, mate![edit]

That's all I wanted to say ;-) - Happy editing - Ingolfson (talk) 09:11, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

Pile-on here. 17,000 edits and I've never seen that before? One of the best yet - LMAO and it's going in the notebook. :) Franamax (talk) 11:24, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
First time I noticed you, and I have to agree with the above! LessHeard vanU (talk) 12:47, 23 April 2009 (UTC)


Just saw your username for the first time, and wanted to name :) --Hammersoft (talk) 15:12, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

Clever name[edit]

Hello...just thought that your username was pretty clever. How did you come by it? (And btw, I think your service ribbon is a bit out-of-date lol!) Cheers! --It's me...Sallicio!\color{Red} \oplus 22:12, 2 May 2010 (UTC)

Me too[edit]

Just came over here to tell you I love your username and there was already an entire section devoted to it. Well done. Arbor832466 (talk) 17:59, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

Me too, redux[edit]

I've been chuckling over your user name for days, having seen it recently for the first time. Frankly, I'm jealous that I didn't think of one that's as good. Also love the comment on "its" vs. "it's" below. I read a similar complaint some time ago regarding a native German speaker arguing with a native English speaker over an English word that, even when given dictionary proof it didn't exist, was not willing to give it up. Cheers — Marrante (talk) 17:27, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

Great name![edit]

I love your username! One of the best I've ever come across! (talk) 02:05, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

It doesn't get old, does it?[edit]

So obviously I'm not the first person to note this, but I literally laughed out loud when I saw your name in Special:RecentChanges. Brilliant. NorthBySouthBaranof (talk) 03:33, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

Good to arrive here and see that I'm far from the first person to do that. Well played, sir. — Scott talk 17:57, 13 March 2014 (UTC)


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Thank you! Anarchia (talk) 10:03, 23 November 2007 (UTC)


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For your diligent work in the ungalmorous unglamourous but oh-so-necessary fixing of spelling mistakes over a period of many months, I hereby award you this Barnstar. YSSYguy (talk) 01:07, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

G'day from Oz; I sometimes dabble in fixing typos and spelling mistakes, but compared to you I am just a dilettante. I started because of my own finger dyslexia in typing "aircrfat" instead of "aircraft" and usually just search for mis-spellings of "aircraft" ("aircrafts" is like fingernails down a blackboard to me), or instances of "reserach" (a mis-spelling that I have corrected several hundred times in my partner's Doctoral thesis).

I see you have come across Ryan Kirpatrick's editing style; there is plenty of work to be done in the articles he has created that still exist (his article deletion rate is running at about 30%). Cheers! YSSYguy (talk) 01:07, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

PS my initial mis-spelling of "unglamourous" was completely accidental.

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Tank you for cleaning up Linear temporal logic to Büchi automaton, Ashutosh Gupta (talk) 09:31, 6 June 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for the article The Figurine :) Oyesunkanmi (talk) 01:10, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Season's tidings![edit]

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To you and yours, Have a Merry ______ (fill in the blank) and Happy New Year! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 01:46, 22 December 2012 (UTC)

Thanks. Mild Bill Hiccup (talk) 18:24, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

Riding with Private Malone[edit]

Just wondering why you put a "Clarify" tag on "The Boot" when the footnote clearly shows "The Boot" to be a website. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 01:59, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

The footnote wasn't appearing. The two references have now been fixed to have different names. Mild Bill Hiccup (talk) 01:28, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

EC, forgot what my heading was![edit]

Hello Mild Bill,

I noticed you've been deleting some links from SAH-archipedia, and I've reverted your deletion at least once. I was actually quite pleased when I first saw one of these links - the info looked to be very high quality and (in Pennsylvania) was written by George Thomas - the top architectural historian in the area. Obviously the SAH folks (if it is them) haven't approached this in the best way, but I'll ask that you not WP:Bite.

I don't want to claim ownership of these articles, but I will say that I'm one of the most active editors on articles in SE Pennsylvania on historical buildings (see my user page). Or you might check with other users like User:BoringHistoryGuy or maybe User:Ruhrfisch.

Thanks for any help. Smallbones(smalltalk) 13:53, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for the help and good example on the article Awka-Etiti Ochiwar (talk) 10:28, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

Mosaica Education[edit]

Hi! You recently removed a bunch of poorly written info on the article about Mosaica Education. I think there was a lot of good information there, though it was presented with an extreme negative POV and poor grammer. Prior to those poorly written additions, the article was a perfect company crafted advert. There's been a lot of buzz on NPR lately and that editor's attempts at adding info cited it. I am also not skilled enough to synthesize it into a proper article but I wonder if you could have a second look at it and make heads or tales... ? :) (talk) 01:16, 5 April 2013 (UTC)


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Please see User talk:Ground Zero re the Border Peaks de-capitalization.[edit]

I'm informed by Marcus Qwertyus, who I thought had done the speedy to the lower-case version that's there now, that it was you who moved them. You have ignored the citations and ignored the context of the article and the previous evolution of its title; these are official and treaty-defined proper names (in both USGS and BC Names/CGNDB) and that's why it's titled the way it was, and why "border" is repeated twice in the same title (first is capitailazed as part of proper names/definition). This is not a list of peaks that happen to be on the border, this is a list of the peaks that are the border. This should have been an RM, if at all, and I'm not an admin so can't reverse your unwarranted change. Please read cites and consult authors of the article (I'm not the only one) before doing such things again. I've asked Ground Zero to revert it; he's another Canadian editor like myself but this is also a joint US-Canada article.Skookum1 (talk) 15:46, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

You didn't indicate which article you were referring to, but if you meant List_of_boundary_peaks_of_the_Alaska–British_Columbia/Yukon_border, then see the article history. Mild Bill Hiccup (talk) 23:08, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

Glad Tidings and all that ...[edit]

Bolas navideñas.jpg FWiW Bzuk (talk) 21:13, 26 December 2013 (UTC)


St Andrews Cathedral Sydney Magi 01.JPG Happy New Year, 2014
From Amandajm (talk) 09:32, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

The Epiphany Window, St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, by John Hardman & Co. of Birmingham

"Range are vs. range is"[edit]

Does this mean that the overwhelming more common construction "a range of size are available" is incorrect? I'm trying to work out if this is one of those cases where American and British English vary, or if I'm just wrong! English plural#Singulars with collective meaning treated as plural would suggest that in British English, I can use whichever I please; does this differ in American English? Harrias talk 06:57, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

In American English, "a range is" is singular and "ranges are" is plural. Mild Bill Hiccup (talk) 14:18, 16 May 2014 (UTC)


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typo team
Thank you, user on the typo team, for improving the quality of articles by tireless "cleaned up": correction of spelling, grammar, moves, for fighting against peacock terms and (in your first edit) valdalism, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:12, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

Merry Merry[edit]

To you and yours


FWiW Bzuk (talk) 14:06, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

List of islands of New Caledonia[edit]

Thank you for your two edits of List of islands of New Caledonia. I didn't realize when I made my second edit that anyone else had been by since my first edit. In my first edit I changed "New Caledonia is divided into 4 Archipelagos" to "New Caledonia is comprised of 4 Archipelagos". You changed this to "New Caledonia comprises four archipelagos". I do not object to your change, but please be aware that my usage was correct. This is from Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary (1989):

comprise ... vt ... 3 : COMPOSE, CONSTITUTE <a misconception about what comprises a literary generation —William Styron> <about 8 percent of our military forces are comprised of women —Jimmy Carter>
usage Although it has been in use since the late 18th century, sense 3 is still attacked as wrong. Why it has been singled out is not clear, but until comparatively recent times it was found chiefly in scientific or technical writing rather than belles lettres. Our current evidence shows a slight shift in usage: sense 3 is somewhat more frequent in recent literary use than the earlier senses. You should be aware, however, that if you use sense 3 you may be subject to criticism for doing so, and you may want to choose a safer synonym such as compose or make up.

Again, your edit is fine, but I wanted to share with you Merriam-Webster's thoughts on the subject (albeit from 25 years ago). Also, if you are interested in further work on this article, please see the comment I added to the talk page. — Anomalocaris (talk) 11:38, 26 December 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. User:Giraffedata/comprised of has more information on this; it probably explains it better than I could.
Happy new year. Mild Bill Hiccup (talk) 18:59, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for the pointer. I agree with User:Giraffedata/comprised of in part and disagree in part, but now that I am aware of it I will make a habit of avoiding the term altogether, except of course in quotes. I never use the word except the way Jimmy Carter did, but if someone is systematically eradicating these uses, and winning barnstars for doing so, I guess it's better to go along. Thanks again for the pointer. Happy 2015. — Anomalocaris (talk) 07:33, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

Happy New Year![edit]

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Dear Mild Bill Hiccup,
HAPPY NEW YEAR Hoping 2015 will be a great year for you! Thank you for your contributions!
From a fellow editor,
FWiW Bzuk (talk) 21:40, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

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How come?[edit]

Hi, You deleted an edit I made to the John Cage page without indicating the reason. I asked twice on your Talk page for the reason and you deleted those questions as well. I did make the edits without a Wikipedia login but I now have a login. Are you able to explain why you made those deletes so that I can avoid making the same mistake in the future? Thanks.Not much time left (talk) 22:38, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks; there is a good summary of what not to do here: Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not. Mild Bill Hiccup (talk) 20:27, 23 January 2015 (UTC)


Hi there MBH, from Portugal,

since you just added more detail to that banner in my page, and since the user that first inserted seems to be wiki-absent, maybe you can enlighten me please: what does it mean? Does it mean I am being labelled as a vandal, potential or otherwise? If it is (even though I won't remove the banner at least until I talk to the other user), I am going to report this (not meaning you, of course, Mr. Trolls), this is absolutely preposterous, in NINE YEARS here I have never vandalized one page and have fought off vandalism with all my strength.

Attentively, best wishes and happy work -- (talk) 02:51, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

It is a common informational template that simply means what it says regarding those who choose to be identified through their IP addresses rather than their account names. For example, see Template:Whois, Template:ISP, Template:Static IP, Template:Shared IP, and others. Mild Bill Hiccup (talk) 21:33, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Enes Kanter[edit]

Hey. I just wanted to point out, I think your edit summary regarding this edit was not really sufficient seeing nothing to do with edit was vandalism nor was it removing vandalism. Just thought it was kind of odd. Cheers. DaHuzyBru (talk) 06:24, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

Apparently there was what Wiki calls an "edit conflict". Mild Bill Hiccup (talk) 23:23, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

Revert on Enrica Lexie case[edit]

Hi Mild Bill, I noticed you reverted the removal of content on Enrica Lexie case. I've been discussing with the editor who has been cleaning up the article and removing a redundant prose here and was wondering what your rational was for restoring the content as you did not leave any information in your edit summary. Thanks, Mifter (talk) 03:41, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

I feel physically ill. I have spent so long on this. (talk) 03:42, 20 May 2015 (UTC)


Hello - I had resolved an issue with Mifter regarding a change and you reverted back. Could you please help me? (talk) 03:41, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Merger discussion for UTPA Fieldhouse[edit]


An article that you have been involved in editing, UTPA Fieldhouse , has been proposed for merging with another article. If you are interested, please participate in the merger discussion. Thank you. Tom Danson (talk) 18:39, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

Chris Green (horseman)[edit]

Hiya MBH - Thanks for picking up my typos (Blinded by authorship, I hadn't noticed them! I always notice in other's work!) and I do agree that reducing repeated full names to just the surname is a good policy (so I've continued it in an edit sweep). Trimming the headings to remove the redundant 'the' is good so I've completed that job. Personally, I don't like 'sentence' case in headings and much prefer 'menu' case (all the main words capitalised). But if that is policy, then I won't pick a fight and I've changed all my headings throughout to 'sentence'. Presume this is another American / British thing? And overlinking is a heads up - I'll revue it as well. But, all in all, it looks much better - so Cheers! Colin aka Henri Merton 11:08, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

And again! Thanks!Colin aka Henri Merton 11:25, 6 July 2015 (UTC)