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Hi!

I liked your article on the Munk Centre for International Studies. You do not seem to have a talk or user page, I hope you come back. Bye, --ShaunMacPherson 06:03, 26 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Ooopese N/m you're here and making lots of wonderful contributions (I just checked your history). Welcome to Wikipedia, I hope you are enjoying your time here :)). Bye for now, feel free to contact me if you have questions. --ShaunMacPherson 06:06, 26 Mar 2005 (UTC)
(Not sure if I should post this here or on your talk page): Shaun, thanks for your welcome message. I've been tracking Wikipedia for several years, and have made a few anonymous edits before finally registering an account. I tend to do things quietly, and I tend not to promote myself much, which is why I don't have any info on my User and Talk pages. I may add some info in the future... Mindmatrix 16:51, 26 Mar 2005 (UTC)

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VfD RURAL MARKETS[edit]

FreplySpang Laura Scudder Mindmatrix Smoddy

Article RURAL MARKETS under VfD. The article has been redone by me – would you please take a relook? Thanks. --Bhadani 08:06, 21 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Vaughan—King—Aurora[edit]

Hi Mindmatrix - the problem comes from the fact that the articles were created with a semi-automated process that depended on the names of electoral districts as they appeared in lists of defunct electoral districts. Many many hundreds of such articles were created. There WERE actually several that had very similar names (differing only by a period, etc.), but there were a few that crept in that needed to be manually reconciled as you did. One thing to be very careful though is the date of creation - check to see that the earliest listed date of the two is being used. Fawcett5 23:08, 6 May 2005 (UTC)

update - I have now done the redirect myself. Fawcett5 23:14, 6 May 2005 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Votes for deletion/Genesis 1:2[edit]

Yes, I did this edit saying "Keep. As Gen 1:1. --Tony Sidaway|Talk 20:56, 26 May 2005 (UTC)"

I don't know what can have happened to cause the system to show you dud information, but it seems to have settled down now. --Tony Sidaway|Talk 21:30, 26 May 2005 (UTC)

Canada[edit]

Thanks for fixing my mess on Canada. Weird things have been happening this morning. I did not mean to delete all of theat text. Ground Zero 14:30, 30 May 2005 (UTC)

No problem. Accidents happen... Mindmatrix 15:06, 30 May 2005 (UTC)

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation[edit]

Thank you for your note. I was going from OLGC home page and the Charity link from there but did not notice the <title>OLGC: Charity and Aboriginal Casinos</title> on that page :-O.

I was also going from the fact that the divisions really are charity/commercial in that a commercial casino can also be Aboriginal (i.e., Casino Rama). In writing, I realise that they likely label Charity casinos "and Aboriginal", in that, though the profits are donated to the Native nations, they are not true charities.

Thanks for assuming good faith and inquiring.

Cheers, DoubleBlue (Talk) 19:58, 17 Jun 2005 (UTC)

moved stuff[edit]

I noticed you changed the population numbers back. I did that to another community with a similar change. This person has changed over a dozen communities population numbers. I traced his source using the data and the site is unreliable, it even has a disclaimer that the population numbers are unreliable. Any way, there are a lot of incorrect population numbers on wiki now. (Unsigned comment by User:216.211.60.157)

I moved this down to the bottom of your talk page - thought you'd appreciate it. – ugen64 03:50, 22 Jun 2005 (UTC)
I always prefered the bottom position. (Unsigned comment by User:216.211.46.228)

Geography of Canada recategorization[edit]

Hey. Good job on moving some of the Geography of xxx province categories. I just wanted to leave a quick note not to totally remove all the linking categories from abandoned categories without also slapping a delete tag on them, otherwise that category will continue to hang around and might accidentally get used instead of the correct newer one. I popped a speedy delete tag on Category:British Columbia geography and a few others that you've already done. Keep up the recat! :-) --NormanEinstein 16:33, Jun 24, 2005 (UTC)

Woo! Yay us. I feel so much better with those cats cleaned up. I think they were annoying me at a subconscious level. --NormanEinstein 16:49, Jun 24, 2005 (UTC)

Re: Kitchener-Waterloo, please be aware that Wikipedia has a very strict policy that every article should be filed in at least one category. I fully agree with you that Category:Geography of Ontario isn't really the best place for it, but unless you know of (or can create) a more appropriate category for it, it has to stay there until another category can be substituted; the article cannot be left without any category tags in it at all. Bearcat 29 June 2005 04:40 (UTC)

I've figured out a new alternative for this: Category:Metropolitan areas of Canada. Bearcat 29 June 2005 23:33 (UTC)

Oak Ridges Moraine[edit]

I was just contemplating adding something to the Oak Ridges Moraine#Political action section and noticed something wrong with the first footnote there. It is numbered "6" which refers to the article by Barnett et. al. It should link to number "7," the case study by IAGLR. However, try as I may, I can't see what the problem is. Could you take a look at it, please?

BTW, I think that the References section should be re-titled Notes. A separate References section could be added with non-internet sources, if need be. Here's a recent Featured Article that shows the relationship between the Notes, References and External links sections. I will make that change. Sunray July 1, 2005 17:30 (UTC)

Sorry for the absent link; now I can't remember which one it was. However, I've since discovered that Featured Articles can be inconstent and sometimes do not follow the Manual of Style. The guidelines relating to notes in Wikipedia are vague as to positioning (see Footnotes). All we know for sure is the order of other Standardized appendices. I suppose the vagueness is due to the fact that "notes" can refer to either footnotes (logically at the end of the text) or endnotes (at the end of a chapter or article). I guess we don't need both Notes and References unless there is a difference in the information. Wikipedia tends not to use Bibliography sections, so sometimes References doubles for that. Here's how I think we should deal with it: If a note is to be treated like a footnote, it should go in a Notes section before the standardized appendices. If footnotes are in the form of references we should put them in a References section instead of a Notes section. Does that make sense? Sunray July 8, 2005 15:22 (UTC)

That wasn't the article I had in mind, but here's a recent featured article that conforms to what I'm suggesting: Geography of India. Sunray July 9, 2005 19:17 (UTC)

Nice templates! They should come in handy. Sunray 19:41, July 9, 2005 (UTC)

Watchlist[edit]

Earl mentioned something on my talk page yesterday about some kind of watchlist bug. I don't know anything about it, though... Bearcat 2 July 2005 19:54 (UTC)

Deleted category[edit]

Hi Mindmatrix: The empty category is now deleted. Thanks for your help. —Theo (Talk) 5 July 2005 19:14 (UTC)

Chippewas of Georgina Island article[edit]

I would like to hear your opinion about the name of the article on the talk page: Talk:Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, Ontario Thanks, DoubleBlue (Talk) 04:25, 11 July 2005 (UTC)

Canadian regional geo-stubs[edit]

Hi - I've just deleted the redirects that were on sfd (Canada-ON-geo-stub and the like). While I was doing that I was bold and - taking on board what you and DoubleBlue said about British Columbia, I reversed the redirect so that BrColumbia-geo-stub redirects to BritishColumbia-geo-stub rather than the other way round (I'm cc:int this to DoubleBlue BTW). Hope that's a reasonable compromise :) Grutness...wha? 06:45, 23 July 2005 (UTC)

In recognition[edit]

For your hard work on making the Canadian notice board more useful and effective, I award you a Working Man's Barnstar. &#0149;Zhatt&#0149; 03:09, July 24, 2005 (UTC)

I got one from GroundZero for the same task, so I thought you should get one too. Thanks for working with me. &#0149;Zhatt&#0149; 03:09, July 24, 2005 (UTC)

Socreds[edit]

Thanks for your edits on Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform. You may also be interested in my new article on the Pilgrims of Saint Michael, another socred groupuscule. Regards, Ground Zero 17:41, 9 August 2005 (UTC)

You're welcome. I also fixed a minor typo in the second article.
BTW: I should point out that I have no religious or political affiliations - I edit articles solely for the purpose of completeness and accuracy. Nonetheless, I do welcome and appreciate invitations to edit. (I apologize if this appears harsh - it wasn't meant to be.) Mindmatrix 19:12, 9 August 2005 (UTC)
I wasn't accusing you of being a socred or a Catholic (I'm not either, I just have an arcane interest in social crediters), I made the suggestion only on the basis of interest. Since you edited COMER, I figued you might be interested in Pilgrims. I welcome others to edits my articles as I am prone to typos, and believe that my work is usually improved by others' edits. Thanks again. Ground Zero 14:28, 10 August 2005 (UTC)
I should have probably expressed myself somewhat more sensibly. I wasn't trying to imply you were accusing me of anything. What I should have said is this: Although I have no specific interest in those topics, I'd be happy to help out where I can. That seems a bit friendlier :-) Mindmatrix 22:21, 10 August 2005 (UTC)
No sweat. You did say that it wasn't meant to be harsh, and I didn't interpret it that way. I should have chosen my words more carefully -- "accusing" is a reflection on my view of socreds, rather than a reflection of what you wrote. As the Aussies say, no wockin' furries, mate. Ground Zero 00:36, 11 August 2005 (UTC)

Adminship[edit]

Mind: Thank you for supporting my nomination for adminship. I am honoured that you and others think highly enough of my contributions here to support the nomination. The admin powers will enable me to patrol for vandals more effectively, amongst other things. I promise to use my new powers for good, and not to inflict the retribution on my enemies that they so richly deserve, as tempting as that may be. ;-) Thanks again, Kevin. Ground Zero 12:46, 22 August 2005 (UTC)

Category:Cities in North America[edit]

I've reviewed the category creator's edit history. This is kind of circumstantial, I have to admit, but they created articles on a video store chain and a transit system; the transit system was redundantly categorized and the video chain was filed exclusively in redlinked categories that bore no relation whatsoever to Wikipedia naming conventions (i.e. "Video store" rather than "video stores"). Some other edits had an odd and eerily familiar feel to them; they also made unnecessary overedits to a movie theatre chain.

Long story short...I can't prove it yet, but I think there's a distinct possibility that this was yet another Fatpig special. (This would also be consistent with the inclusion of Nepean/Hull/Scarborough/etc. as cities; I distinctly remember at one time having to deal with a whole raft of Fatpig edits that referred to the "Ottawa-Hull" area.) The only thing that keeps me uncertain is that before the anon IP turned his attention to the Cities in North America category, his edits bore an almost exclusive focus on Laval, which is a bit outside of where I've learned to expect Fatpig's "expertise" to lay. Bearcat 02:11, 2 September 2005 (UTC)

Yow. I have two theories about that:
  1. he forgot that he had already created an article,
  2. he doesn't know how to do a redirect, and thinks that articles are actually supposed to be duplicated at multiple titles.
Bottom line: I don't think we need to discuss a merge on those two; I think we can just go ahead and do it...unless you're hoping that the merge tag will finally succeed in getting his attention, in which case I guess it's worth a shot although I'm not overly confident that he actually watches his old contributions. (If we do just go ahead with the merge, though, I'd keep the Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services title and redirect Mississauga Fire.) Bearcat 17:21, 9 September 2005 (UTC)

Oak Ridges Moraine and related articles[edit]

If you're still interested in this topic, could you copyedit my changes?

Sure, we've made an effective team in the past (though, I've noticed that you are pretty good at copyediting your own stuff--however, two minds working together are often better than two minds working separately).

I can give you some internet links and book/journal references about a specific sub-project if you have the time and inclination to do this...

Yes, (he says cautiously), I would be interested in doing some more work on this worthy topic. My time is somewhat short too these days, however, I'm going to try to schedule some regular Wikipedia time each day, except when I'm away.

I've updated the article Origin of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Could you give it a read when you have time, and let me know about any confusing bits. The intro is awful...

The intro was, as usual, fine--you're too modest. I've added some links and done some minor edits, including adding a bit of context. My thing with editing is always to try to make text more readable without dumbing it down too much. If you think I've gone to far in that respect, by all means let me know.

I will dive deeper into the Origins article in the next few days. I'm glad you have decided to pursue this. Sunray 18:37, September 7, 2005 (UTC)

Yes, I will tackle the ecology article (it is a subject that I have both practical experience with and one I have studied at the post-graduate level). As to the "cautiously," I would just say that. like you, life intervenes to regulate my Wikipedia output--though I gather you have recently gone through something that was major. That is not my case--which merely relates to the grind of day-to-day existence. Sunray 20:31, September 8, 2005 (UTC)

Articles for deletion[edit]

Yes that's what I meant all right - thanks for doing it. Wiki was crawling at the time so I tried a short-cut. Dlyons493 14:00, 13 September 2005 (UTC)

Quebec City-Windsor Corridor[edit]

In my understanding, the definition of "metropolitan area" has never been limited to the suburbs of a single city; a multipolar agglomeration like QC-W or BosWash, which has significant economic power over the rest of the country, is also defined as a metropolitan area. BosWash is also, strictly speaking, a large strip of distinct metropolitan cities located within a defined geographical region rather than a single metropolitan area, but it is filed within the equivalent US category. Perhaps it's all a bit Staples Thesis of me, but that's my understanding. Bearcat 18:08, 13 September 2005 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Fake color articles[edit]

Because of the complexity of the vote at the above AfD, I have attempted to break down the individual votes on the AfD talk page. If I have misunderstood your vote with respect to any of these, please correct it. Cheers! -- BD2412 talk 12:54, 18 September 2005 (UTC)

WP:ITAAW[edit]

I reverted because I thought your version was unnecessarily terse and narrow, ("contemplate") while the other was informal and broad ("you could go your whole life..." [1] -St|eve 18:52, 21 September 2005 (UTC)

I would suggest that "reduction" is a destructive thing to do while in the process of constructing an article. Why not make a subpage where people can work on a reduced version. Its also not clear if the magazine will keep its original word-count limits or if it can jump the piece. -St|eve 19:02, 21 September 2005 (UTC)
What is the actual size limit anyway? Are you and others assuming that the 7xx number is binding? Mag articles often go to the thousands of words. (copy text to WP:ITAAW talk) -St|eve 19:16, 21 September 2005 (UTC)

Sig[edit]

Heres how it looks in prefs (click the box too): Mindmatrix|(talk) --St|eve 19:30, 21 September 2005 (UTC)

US-geo-stubs[edit]

For your excellent work in the tedious job of replacing stub templates, I, Fingers-of-Pyrex, award you the Working Man's Barnstar.17:01, 22 September 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for your work sorting {{Arizona-geo-stub}} and {{SouthDakota-geo-stub}}. — Fingers-of-Pyrex 17:01, 22 September 2005 (UTC)

You beat me to it! I was just about to give MM one of those for the Autralian split! Grutness...wha? 11:13, 23 September 2005 (UTC)
Mindmatrix, you are a machine! Thanks for the latest round of splits! — Fingers-of-Pyrex 01:44, 4 October 2005 (UTC)
see also my comments on F-o-P's talk page! Grutness...wha? 02:05, 4 October 2005 (UTC)
Mine, too. — Fingers-of-Pyrex 02:18, 4 October 2005 (UTC)

Roads in Toronto[edit]

Just a heads up...Pemberton Avenue is probably the most ridiculously non-notable of the entire bunch. I'll give you one guess who created it. Bearcat 05:16, 23 September 2005 (UTC)

Yep, you'd be right about that creator guess. As for your nagging feeling about Roncesvalles, I'd guess it's because the street's not all that special, but the neighbourhood centred on and named for Roncesvalles is article-worthy. But considering that there's already an article about Roncesvalles Village, I'd consider the street itself either AFDable or redirectable. In fact, I'm going to redirect it right now. Bearcat 17:06, 23 September 2005 (UTC)

Aussie stubs[edit]

Hi Mindmatrix - you're right about those articles. If they were in the Australia geographybstubs category and has the state name in the title, I didn't check the length. Bulli, New South Wales, though had been extended in the last week by someone adding a large copyvio to it, so I removed that and re-stubbed it. Grutness...wha? 06:43, 24 September 2005 (UTC)

Torontocruft redux[edit]

Another question for you...do you suppose we really need Lower Osgoode, Lower Eglinton West and Lower Allen Allen Station? (To be fair, at least Lower Allen actually saw some construction; the Lower Osgoode article actually describes its topic as "merely a idea".) And do you suppose, upon reading that quote, that I actually need to tell you where they came from? Bearcat 09:44, 24 September 2005 (UTC)

And the crap just keeps a-comin'. Add Category:Bridges in Toronto to the list of categories that need a good rotorooting. (Plus, predictably, some that got thrown into Category:Bridges in Canada instead.) And do it in the knowledge that I've already speedied a pedestrian bridge and...wait for this one, it'll kill ya...a huge list of Nameless Bridges in Toronto. I don't know about you, but I'm not finding all this terribly funny anymore. But for what it's worth, I also slapped cleanup tags on a few of his pet pages. Bearcat 10:21, 24 September 2005 (UTC)

Random passerby[edit]

Hello and Thank you! I'm making a first effort to interact with wikipedia. Joined yesterday & can see I will have to read instructions. Damn! You came to my attention in that the one watch list I captured was Tracadie-Sheila. This is my wife's birthplace and potential residence for us soon on retirement. How did it come into your perspective? Feel free to email power_agent@yahoo.com Currently living Chicago region. Will be trying to have my grandchildren interact with Wikipedia, I think it's great thing.

I'm not sure why you left this on my talk page, since I've never had any interaction with you; perhaps someone mistakingly sent you here? If so, I hope you find the person you're looking for. Mindmatrix 17:26, 25 September 2005 (UTC)
Nevermind, I didn't read carefully enough. I've left a message on your talk page. Mindmatrix 17:34, 25 September 2005 (UTC)

Useful links and stuff[edit]

Thanks for pointing this out. I fixed it (I think). BTW, I put began an article on William Rees (of Ecological footprint fame), and while I was editing, some dude put a deletion tag on it. If you know Rees' work (or even if you don't), you might want to comment on whether it should be kept or not here. Sunray 22:37, 25 September 2005 (UTC)

Ottawa streets[edit]

To my mind, all of the ones you named are deletion candidates, but considering how tooth-and-nail the Ottawa contingent have gotten about the Ottawa streets that have come up so far, I think you'd better be primed for a fight if you want to take this on. (Earl even voted "keep all" on the Toronto group that included Pemberton, so I have to interpret his vote as either "didn't actually read any of them first" or "even trivial side streets are notable enough for Wikipedia".) Bearcat 04:55, 28 September 2005 (UTC)

Color AfD's[edit]

Hi. The mass of colors we voted on before has been undeleted and relisted as individual AfD's. Cheers! -- BD2412 talk 01:13, 30 September 2005 (UTC)


stubs....[edit]

Hey there, just wondering, when does an article stop being a stub? I agree that Hants County is still a stub, but is Sherose Island? Nobody really lives there and the article is prety complete and all. WayeMason 19:15, 8 October 2005 (UTC)

Okay, I will be bold. WayeMason 19:47, 8 October 2005 (UTC)

Historical Provinces in japan-geo-stub Category[edit]

I was thinking that maybe historical provinces of Japan should go under the japan-geo-stub category rather than under individual prefecture categories for consistency, since some go in more than one. By the way, thanks for the hard work on re-categorizing this monster of a stub category!

-Nameneko 05:49, 9 October 2005 (UTC)

Rouge River[edit]

Thank you -- I had already seen this article. I was hoping the valley could get its own article. purplefeltangel (talk)(contribs) 05:12, 10 October 2005 (UTC)

Stub-sorting bot[edit]

Would this address your concerns?

Hi. My fears were of a free-running, autonomous, stub-sorting bot. Based on your description of the bot's mechanism and the human check of its work, it sounds like a good idea and a great time saver. — Fingers-of-Pyrex 11:50, 10 October 2005 (UTC)

Message for User:Phroziac (or any other admin)[edit]

I recently received an infinite block for apparently running a bot. Although I am currently writing a bot, it is still experimental and has not been used on Wikipedia yet (I've only run it on a local copy internally; and no, I haven't accidentally run it on WP). I really do edit files as quickly as my contribution logs indicate, especially when there are a large number of files each requiring the same or similar edits - it's simply a matter of cut-and-paste. (If you want a complete description of how I edit so quickly, I'd be happy to provide it.)

At the very least, you could have left a message on my talk page asking about this. BTW: if you based your decision on the message above this one, then please check Fingers-of-Pyrex talk page for some context.

Also, you blocked [[User:#42887]] because I used the same IP address - is this typical in such situations? I don't remember seeing it in the various admin-related pages.

Never mind; I found the answer to this here. Mindmatrix 22:42, 10 October 2005 (UTC)

Anyway, could you please unblock me...I have 40 tabs open in my browser right now, each with a failed edit because of the block. Mindmatrix 19:55, 10 October 2005 (UTC)

Well, I've closed down all those unsaved edits, which is really irritating. What's more irritating is that I can't even leave a message for the admin that blocked me, hence s/he has no idea there's a message here to be read. Since I can't do anything on WP for the time being, I'll describe exactly how I manage to edit files so quickly - maybe someone will find this illuminating. Keep in mind that I use Firefox as my browser (version 1.0.6 on FreeBSD). I was blocked for re-stubbing Japan location articles, so let's take a look there, OK?
First, my settings: mouse middle click on a link opens that link in a new tab (to the right), but stays on the current page. CTRL-tab shifts to the next tab (to the right), CTRL-Shift-Tab goes to the left, right mouse button is paste text, and Alt-S presses the Save page button. Now, do this:
  • Load Grutness' geo-splits page in a tab: User:Grutness/Ongoing geo-stub splits
  • Open a new tab, and load a category that has articles to be re-stubbed, for example: Category:Towns in Kumamoto Prefecture
  • Middle click every town name quickly, going down a column. I usually split this into batches of 30 or so. Hence, you now have 30 new tabs open.
  • Left hand - CTRL-Tab; right hand: mouse click on edit this page; repeat until all are open - do it as fast as you can.
  • Come back to the first article to be edited, and make all edits necessary; in particular, add the stub {{Kumamoto-geo-stub}}. Copy that text with the mouse.
  • Left hand - CTRL-Tab; right hand: position mouse below last category listed in article text, and paste. Repeat for all articles: - do it as fast as you can. Close tab if the article is clearly not a stub.
  • Come back to the first article to be edited, Delete the previous stub template (if any).
  • Left hand - CTRL-Tab; right hand: repeat stub deletion for all articles. Do it as fast as you can.
  • Come back to the first article to be edited, Edit the summary field and copy it.
  • Left hand - CTRL-Tab; right hand: position mouse at summary field (you should never have to move it), and paste. Repeat for all articles: - do it as fast as you can.
  • Come back to the first article to be edited,
  • Left hand - CTRL-Tab; right hand: Alt-S. You can do this blindingly fast.
  • Once this category is done, repeat for similar categories - in this case: Category:Villages in Kumamoto Prefecture, Category:Cities in Kumamoto Prefecture and Category:Districts in Kumamoto Prefecture
  • Once those are all done, update Grutness' page to reflect the new situation.
Each batch of 30 files takes 10-15 minutes at most, depending on other edits that need to be made. (Note also that I have a high-res monitor, so I see the textarea, at 40 rows, and summary field in one screen -> no need for scrolling). What are you left with? 30 edited files, all seemingly within a minute of each other, separated by time gaps of 10-15 minutes, plus any breaks that are taken. Check my edit history, especially between Oct 10, 10:25 to Oct 13:01 to get a flavour for this. I re-iterate, I am not running a bot on WP. Please unblock me. Mindmatrix 22:42, 10 October 2005 (UTC)
For working so efficiently that people think you're a bot, I, Grutness, award you the Tireless Contributor Barnstar :). 00:42, 11 October 2005 (UTC)

Apparently, User:Lupo unblocked me at 15:55. Since I can't edit anything, I assume this is related to the one-day block of the IP from which I edit. I get a one-day wiki-break for contributing too much! Woo-hoo! (This is the polar opposite of the effects of contributing too much at work.) Maybe I should pledge to work less efficiently from now on :-) Mindmatrix 23:32, 10 October 2005 (UTC)

I'm leaving a note with Phroziac - hopefully he'll fix things up. In the meantime this might make your "holiday" a little brighter :) Grutness...wha? 00:42, 11 October 2005 (UTC)
I'm sorry. I suppose I could have left a message, but I always forget to do that. Were you seriously sorting stubs *THAT* fast? Please, slow down. A lot. The reason I blocked you was because it appeared you were a bot, runnig very fast with no throttle, and you don't have a bot flag. If you could restrict your edits to three or four times a minute, this will be much less load on our servers, make the site faster for everyone, and keep this from happening again. I'll be lifting your block in the next several minutes. Additionally, if there was some confusion still, I blocked your account, not an anon. Our autoblocker in the software is sorta...weird. --Phroziac(talk)Flag of Phyzech Republic.svg 00:49, 11 October 2005 (UTC)
I have now also removed the autoblock. Why didn't anybody else do so before? Lupo 06:50, 11 October 2005 (UTC)
The double block looked like a single block - that left things screwed up enough that no-one noticed where the problem was, I suppose :/ Grutness...wha? 07:58, 11 October 2005 (UTC)
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You actually worked faster than these guys!

Being so productive that you get mistaken for a bot is a very high accolade indeed! Keep up the good work! Kim Bruning 10:28, 11 October 2005 (UTC)

Kim tells me we should just let you work that fast. Do it, be careful. :) --Phroziac(talk)Flag of Phyzech Republic.svg 14:25, 11 October 2005 (UTC)

Heh, thanks everyone. I'll remove the Borg implants when the servers are busy so I don't stress the system too much :-) Mindmatrix 21:50, 11 October 2005 (UTC)

no prob - sorry it took so long! Glad you could see the funny side of it all, too. Grutness...wha? 23:56, 11 October 2005 (UTC)

It buuuuuuuuuuuurns...it buuuuuuuuuuuurns...[edit]

I just had to share this. It's...it's...breathtaking. Competely unedited, except for the occasional nowiki tag where necessary.

Adam Vaughan is currently CITY TV's political specialist in Toronto, Ontario, covering stories from Queen's Park (Toronto) and Toronto City Hall.

The Toronto, Ontario worked at Ryerson University radio station CKLN from 1982 to 1987 and was manager of the station from 1985 to 1987. He joined CITY in 1987 to produce "CityWide". He left in 1989 to AMARC as a board of director from 1989 to 1990. In 1990, he joined CBC Radio's Metro Morning as a segment producer. Later he joined part-time for CBC Evening News in 1994 and fulltime TV in 1995 covering City Hall. He returned to Citytv team in 2000 following the death of his father and CITYTV political specialist Colin Vaughan.

Other than working for CITY, Vaughan writes for Toronto Life and the Toronto Star. He is married to award winning CBC News anchor Suhana Meharchand (host of Saturday Report).

See also:

External links:

  • [http://www.citytv.com City TV]
  • [http://www.yorku.ca York U]
  • [http://http://www.citytv.com/toronto/personalities_AdamVaughan.aspx Colin Vaughan profile]

[[Category:Canadian television personalities|Vaughan, Colin]]

Skill testing question for the day: at what point did you get that "I know who did this" feeling in the pit of your stomach? Bearcat 07:53, 13 October 2005 (UTC)

Every once in a while he goes off on these sudden benders where something in the news sets him spinning off into a whole new area of obsession...right after Peter Jennings died, he suddenly started laying weirdness onto CTV National News and its other early anchors (and get a load of this diff of his which I reverted). I'm not sure why he suddenly wrote up so many CITY and CJMT personalities in one batch, but his other pet project this week was Ontario finance ministers. Pretty easy to guess what inspired him there.
The more I think about it, the more I'm inclined to suspect that he's at least mildly autistic, actually. Bearcat 08:12, 14 October 2005 (UTC)

First Japan, then...[edit]

Good work on the japan-geo-stubs. What next? Good question - though judging by the lack of objections on sfd the Sydney and Melbourne stubs will all need moving soon... :) Grutness...wha? 05:05, 14 October 2005 (UTC)

Category names[edit]

The evolving consensus seems to be that the difference between "...in/of Canada" and "Canadian..." has more to do with whether the association is structural/organizational (Television stations in Canada, Elections in Canada, Politics of Canada, etc.) or cultural (Canadian writers, Canadian musicians, Canadian tap-dancing moose trainers, etc.) Which, yeah, strikes me as a confusing mess -- witness the current CFR debate over which convention "Theatre" should follow.

For me, the issue with categories like Oakvillians and Richmond Hillers is that I really don't think either city is significant enough to deserve its own "People from..." category. I'm not even convinced that Sudbury is important enough for one, and I grew up there. Bearcat 01:21, 16 October 2005 (UTC)

River Manifold[edit]

I removed the Derbyshire geo stub since the river is entirely in Staffs, (apart from its confluence with the Dove). The Dove however _is_ in both counties so I _added_ the Staffs-geo stub there.

You're right, really the cats need editing to reflect this - but I guess I thought enough people would look in the wrong cat (believing the Peak District and Derbyshire are the same place) that it was worth leaving in there.

'Some of the best bits of Derbyshire are in Staffordshire'!

But your view is as valid as mine, as long as we both agree on the basic geography. (Long ago, in the time of the Maud report (1968?), there were indeed proposals to bring the Manifold into Derbyshire, and to give some of the Northern Moorland to 'SELNEC') Bob aka Linuxlad 07:42, 20 October 2005 (UTC)

And the pain continues...[edit]

Wanna guess who instituted four separate categories to distinguish each miniscule change in the historical title of the Minister of Finance (Ontario)? Even when only one person ever held a particular form of the name? Bearcat 06:05, 21 October 2005 (UTC)

The Honourable Peter Smith was a Canadian politician. He served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Perth South from 1919 to 1923.

It was during his tenure as provincial treasurer from 1919 to 1923 did Smith become famous. He was forced to resign as treasurer due to the Ontario Bond Scandal.

Other ministers forced to resign from scandals:

  • Greg Sorbara
  • Elinor Caplan
  • Chaviva Hosek

Um, wha? Bearcat 07:56, 21 October 2005 (UTC)

Date & Walnut loaf[edit]

Thanks for letting me know about the proposed deletion. Could you expand on your reasons? Are you against cake articles per se, or just ones that are currently too stubbby, or is there something else about this particular cake which marks its article out as unencyclopaedic? SP-KP 17:05, 21 October 2005 (UTC)

Electoral Districts[edit]

I would like to invite you to participate in Wikipedia:WikiProject Electoral districts in Canada. It is just getting started so please read through it, familiarize yourself with the topic and the options/examples and then participate in the debate about how the pages should best be laid out. --maclean25 20:33, 26 October 2005 (UTC)

That provincial/federal overlap in Ontario is an issue. I understand this is a common thing in Ontario so there needs to be a clear policy on how to deal with these districts. Please bring this up in the naming conventions section or create a new sub-section to deal with this. Does Elections Canada control both? Are they really one district, or does one agency just copy another? --maclean25 21:16, 26 October 2005 (UTC)
I hope you folks don't mind me jumping in on this one but I noticed it and thought I would join the fray. Mike Harris' government passed a bill during his first term that makes Ontario provincial districts follow the same borders as federal ones, this was a cost saving measure as it eliminated about two dozen ridings and also saves Ontario the expense of redrawing boundaries every decade or so. The reason why a current disparity exists is because new boundaries only take effect when there is a new election. The most recent boundaries took effect on April 1, 2004, some months after the last provincial election. Thus, the Ontario provincial ridings will come back into sync with the federal ridings for Ontario general election, 2007. - Jord 22:20, 26 October 2005 (UTC)
You're welcome :) - Jord 00:08, 27 October 2005 (UTC)

wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee[edit]

Two new suspicious IPs to monitor:

Note thematic interconnection of edits. Plus, as of yesterday, overlap with the known 206.47.220.230 IP. (How in the hell does our friend manage to have so many wildly different IP numbers?) And yeah, I'm getting tired of this, too, but I don't know what else we can do about it -- with that many different IP numbers, he's virtually unblockable, but if we actually care about Wikipedia there's just no way we can even think about letting such poor-quality edits stand unmonitored. Bearcat 04:58, 3 November 2005 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Thanks muchly for that fix. That is what I meant to do, but must have got distracted. Ground Zero | t 14:28, 3 November 2005 (UTC)

Hard work[edit]

Your hard work at stub sorting -> {{Oxfordshire-geo-stub}} is much appreciated. Alf melmac 21:42, 3 November 2005 (UTC)

No problem. Mindmatrix 23:07, 3 November 2005 (UTC)

Check / Cheque[edit]

The PROPER usage for the word license in the world of BSDs / Open Source is LICENSE. Using the word "licence" looks retarded, from the perspective of someone who has used BSDs for almost 20 years now.

It does not matter that OpenBSD's home is in Canada, you are being biased.

Even OpenBSD uses the spelling 'license' on their policy page: http://www.openbsd.org/policy.html

So let me guess, they have it wrong. Huh?

And in all of the OpenBSD CD releases, they use the word 'license'.

You are not following any Wiki "rules". Linux, FreeBSD, GNU all use the 'license' spelling.

It is not graffiti when correcting an error.

(unsigned comment by User:68.96.225.178)

Belinda Stronach page[edit]

Think you for fixing the Belinda Stronach page. What Mistercooker did to the page was Vandelism.

(unsigned comment by User:Michaelm)

OpenBSD + Canada = The right to look retarded[edit]

Dear Wiki Nazi police,

You're an idiot. Biased because you are using a Canadian variant of the word.

Don't bother sending a message, I won't be checking.

And I will continue to make the proper correction on a semi-daily basis. I've written a script to do so, which will run via a cron job. Ban the IP addy, I don't care. I'll shoot through open proxies.

(unsigned comment by User:68.96.225.178)

Demographics[edit]

Dear Wiki Nazi police,

Since Luigizanasi, you, and myself seem to be the only ones interested in the demographics section of the electoral districts, how about we each try to design a prototype section. Links to StatsCan electoral district profiles are on the page. If you don't want to mess around with code, then just a sketch of how you see the data, tables and graphs (infobox?) being laid out will be fine. Since the articles will focus much more on election results, this demographic section is just really just a sidenote to help put the results in context but it has the possibility of consuming a lot of room. So at this point I'm interested in seeing how this section will be laid out. At the sametime we can see what data is realistic to include and what is just too burdensome. How does this sound?

Also, I noticed you signed up for the CCOTM for this month's Geography of British Columbia. I hope you get a chance to add a section or two this month. --maclean25 06:09, 7 November 2005 (UTC)

Timbits[edit]

Thanks for educating me regarding copyvio and mirrors. I appreciate the correction. Ifnord 02:05, 8 November 2005 (UTC)

Lillooet page fixed[edit]

Checking in re fixup on Lillooet, British Columbia page, which you placed the cleanup tag on. Just to let you know I've put in section headings (designed towards a rewrite/edit soon) and a couple of lists of locals and visitors. I don't have any good current pictures of town that are public domain or GDFL but am trying to hunt some down; other than that is there any other fixup that you'd like to see? Does it read well?Skookum1 07:10, 26 November 2005 (UTC)

Italian-Canadians[edit]

Thanks for the fix on Tronna. You might note that I've also linked the other cities mentioned, and noted that the numbers are for the Census metropolitan areas/Census agglomerations. On a more general note, I am not sure how to deal with (in Wikepedia) the relation between the Stats Canada concepts and the political divisions used by provincial governments. Should we have an article on each CMA/CA, or what? Suggestions & ideas welcome. Luigizanasi 07:03, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

You're a sysop![edit]

Hi, Mindmatrix/2005, Congratulations on Becoming a Sysop
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Hey there. I'm pleased to let you know that, consensus being reached, you are now an administrator! You've volunteered to do housekeeping duties that normal users sadly cannot participate in. Sysops can't do a lot of stuff: They can't delete pages just like that (except patent nonsense like "aojt9085yu8;3ou"), and they can't protect pages in an edit war they are involved in. But they can delete random junk, ban anonymous vandals, delete pages listed on Votes for deletion (provided there's a consensus) for more than one week, protect pages when asked to, and keep the few protected pages that exist on Wikipedia up to date.

Almost anything you can do can be undone, but please take a look at The Administrators' how-to guide and the Administrators' reading list before you get started (although you should have read that during your candidacy ;). Take a look before experimenting with your powers. Also, please add Administrators' noticeboard to your watchlist, as there are always discussions/requests for admins there. If you have any questions drop me a message at My talk page. Have fun! =Nichalp «Talk»=

Please also add your name to WP:LA. =Nichalp «Talk»= 15:03, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

Congratulations[edit]

Hey, my pleasure, Mindmatrix, and congratulations on a well-deserved promotion. ;-) SlimVirgin (talk) 20:27, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

Congrats from the puppy also! Delighted to see consensus was sensible. KillerChihuahua 20:38, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

Congrats! and good luck!--MONGO 21:07, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

Welcome to the cabal *mwahahahaha*! :)--Sean|Black 21:13, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

Congratulations, Mindmatrix. --NormanEinstein 22:26, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

<3[edit]

<3 --Phroziac . o º O (mmmmm chocolate!) 21:00, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

Congratulations[edit]

On your promotion and thanks for the loonie.--Dakota t e 23:47, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

  • Congratulations, and you're quite welcome! Also, thanks for the loonie. I can add it to my collection. --Merovingian 01:45, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

LOL[edit]

Congrats on adminship and yes, I wish the best for our poor politically unstable anarchy. ;) Thanks for the $1000. --a.n.o.n.y.m t 00:19, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

Congrats from me, too. Australian dollars??? For shame... Grutness...wha? 00:37, 5 December 2005 (UTC)
Hey wait!! They get $1000 and all I get is a stinking loonie?? I feel cheated now! LOL --Martin Osterman 01:44, 5 December 2005 (UTC)
All the Canucks in the bunch got $1000, but they have to work for it; they're going to help me run this scam overthrow the government! :-) Mindmatrix 02:52, 5 December 2005 (UTC)
But I used to live in Michigan! That's practically a part of Canada already! LOL (I live in Indiana now, but I think that my previous residence should count for something, eh?) Besides, since the American dollar is worth more Canadian dollars, you'd want American help to overthrow the government. Err... I mean... --Martin Osterman 03:28, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

Congats on your adminship! I have already put your bribe generous donation to good use: I have forwarded the funds to Gilles Duceppe. Unfortunately, I have run into a bit of a snag, and will need an additional $2000 to cover legal costs. Please send me the funds ASAP. It is a small price to pay considering you will get..., wait, what was I saying again? I think I'm getting my messages mixed up. Oh well, congratulations anyway. --Deathphoenix 03:02, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

Your successful RFA[edit]

Hey congrats on passing... a couple of small things...

1) definately add a link to your talk page in your sig... MOST USEFUL!
2) I hope your next election up in that frozen tundra you call canada doesnt go over like our last US election.
3) all your offering me is a LOONIE??? come on thats worth what ... $0.03 US :P

have fun as an admin  ALKIVARRadioactivity symbol.png 05:36, 5 December 2005 (UTC)

  • Congrats! --Ixfd64 08:39, 5 December 2005 (UTC)


Ontario and Alberta WikiProjects[edit]

Thank you for your note, I did create those pages as an anonymous user, I had an account in the early days of Wikipedia but can't remember the login for it... I am amazed by how many people are contributing to this site Blacknail 22:52, 6 December 2005 (UTC)

mass editing articles[edit]

Greetings from a former Torontonian... I read your description on how you mass-edited a whole bunch of articles to make stub changes to all of them. I don't know why you got blocked for it... there must be many others using that technique. Heck, I used something similar a while back when I took the infobox that about 30% of Montreal Metro stations were using, made a template from it, and added to the other 70%... Jamie 10:11, 8 December 2005 (UTC)

BD2412's RfA[edit]

Thanks, Mindmatrix for going into overkill in support of my RfA - I'll do my best as an admin to help the reality of Wikipedia live up to the dream! BD2412 T 16:01, 13 December 2005 (UTC)

Reggie Johnson[edit]

While you deleted the article, you may also want to delete the talk page. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 06:32, 15 December 2005 (UTC)

Blocks[edit]

Yes, the shorter one always overrides the longer one. If the vandalism starts up again (it is from a school in PEI), it can be blocked for longer. Jkelly 17:42, 16 December 2005 (UTC)

Canadian airport stubs[edit]

I am pretty sure I have done all the Canadian Airport stubs. There are only 19 airports left in the Category:North American airport stubs and 561 in Category:Airport stubs. I may have missed some from Category:Airport stubs but the Category:North American airport stubs has no Canadian or US stubs. Cheers. CambridgeBayWeather (Talk) 02:01, 20 December 2005 (UTC)

Revolution Music Canada[edit]

Regarding the deleted article on Revolution Music Canada, a fellow organizer forwarded this message to me about one of the cd's that we produced and released. I was just wondering if this would have made a difference on whether the Revolution Music Canada article was deleted. You can email me at admin@revolutionmusic.net because I am not too positive how to check messages on wiki.

"With the release of Weirdo Music For Elitist Aliens in December of 2003 T did what no other T-Bay hip hop artist has yet to accomplish by not just releasing the LP locally but getting international distribution for it as well recieving critical acclaim in magazine's and websites all over world. Exclaim magazine describes T as leading the pack in this new era of canadian rap and as one of the best up and comers in the game.

Along with building a fan base throughout Canada and the US through touring, word of mouth, radio play and collaborating with some of both country's top beat producers, T even reached the frigid shores of sweden with an extending fan base thanks to being the featured artist on the country's #1 hip hop website." Revmusic 20:34, 21 December 2005 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Canadian wikipedians' notice board[edit]

I see that you have been contributing to the afd list at the notice board. I have been adding Canada-related afds to the board everyday for six-odd months now. However, lately I have been slipping further and further behind (and outright missing mondays). I am leaving for vacation on thursday and will not be able to update the board until January. Even then I do not plan on maintaining it at the level I do now. However, I do believe the list is a strong draw that brings Canadians to the notice board, if just for the gossip, lessons, simple participation and "interesting" reads the afds can sometimes provide. I'm not asking you to maintain it (as it is time-consuming), but rather to keep an eye on it and add whatever you can when you can. I'll still add to it a couple times a week but it won't be what it once was. --maclean25 09:01, 22 December 2005 (UTC)

Sandbox[edit]

Then Ill ask you where is the sandbox the link dont work on my talk page! (unsigned comment left on user page by User:Trying to Edit)

Happy Crimbo![edit]

Have a Proper and Merry Crimbo. File:Pressie.gif, in fact here is a pressie from the Doctor to you. Ho. Ho. Ho! 20px Dr. McCrimbo 22:46, 23 December 2005 (UTC)

Oak Ridges Moraine[edit]

Hi,

I'm not an expert on the Oak Ridges Moraine by any means but I am connected to the conservation movement in Toronto. That's how I know about the ORMLT. If I can add anything meaningful to your research I certainly will do so. Keep up the good work!

Atrian 16:02, 26 December 2005 (UTC)

AfD Relisting[edit]

I hate to impose on you, since you're doing your job and everything, but when you relist AfDs, could you please comment out the entry on the original listing page? It makes things a little more confusing when a relisted article is still there on the original page, since the goal on old pages is to get everything inside of a box. Mo0[talk] 23:09, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

Very true, I did make the mistake before, but I figured I'd pass on the message. :P And yeah, I believe you did get some. Part of my issue was that as I scrolled through the page it got rather stale. Sometimes it wasn't that you hadn't commented it out, but that you'd done the relisting after I had loaded the AfD page, so I didn't even see a relisting. If you notice one of the ones that you relisted I ended up closing, because I didn't notice it'd been relisted. Mo0[talk] 00:45, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

Ugh[edit]

Category:Buildings and structures in Niagara Falls.

Examine carefully. Trust me, you won't need to ask. Bearcat 06:04, 29 December 2005 (UTC)