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A trophy for you.[edit]

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Its a lot of work maintaing even just 1 wiki itself. Brynda1231 [Talk Page] [Contribs] 03:26, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

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13:38, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

Spanish Place... St James'[edit]

Dear OlEnglish,

We have a lot in common, after all this time.......

St James' Church of Spanish Place in London is particularly renown for offering the Traditional Mass....

I am glad that Athanasius of Alexandria Page is of a good rating...

I, too, am not retired....

Sincerely.......

MacOfJesus (talk) 22:03, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

It's good to hear from you Bernard, never retire! ;) -- œ 00:23, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

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Warsaw[edit]

Hi, I just wanted to ask if it's possible to delete the revision titles in the "view history" section with vile and crude language in the article Warsaw? It was directed by an unregistered user. Best Regards Oli (TALK) 19:55, 2 April 2017 (UTC)

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RfA nom[edit]

Hello. I was thinking of running a candidacy for adminship the following month and I was wondering whether you would consider nominating me --Kostas20142 (talk) 10:48, 29 May 2017 (UTC)

Hi Kostas20142! I'm very sorry but I have to decline at this time. But you are definitely on the right track! Keep doing what you're doing, have fun, enjoy the hobby, and don't worry too much about adminship, it'll come. In due time, you'll find you'll have admins asking YOU if they can nominate you for RfA! -- œ 03:29, 31 May 2017 (UTC)

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WikiProject Investment[edit]

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I'd like to invite you to join the Investment WikiProject. There are a lot of Investment related articles on Wikipedia that could use a little attention, and I hope this project can help organize an effort to improve them. So please, take a look and if you like what you see, help get this project off the ground and a few Investment pages into the front ranks of Wikipedia articles. Thanks!

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Invitation to Admin confidence survey[edit]

Hello,

Beginning in September 2017, the Wikimedia Foundation Anti-harassment tool team will be conducting a survey to gauge how well tools, training, and information exists to assist English Wikipedia administrators in recognizing and mitigating things like sockpuppetry, vandalism, and harassment.

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Hello OlEnglish, Thank you for signing up to take the survey. Could you please enable your email in Preferences or send me an email with your email address. Thanks, SPoore (WMF), Community Advocate, Community health initiative (talk) 13:44, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
@SPoore (WMF): Sorry, now enabled. Thanks. -- œ 19:06, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
No problem. Thanks for participating. Sending now. SPoore (WMF), Community Advocate, Community health initiative (talk) 22:30, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Thanks![edit]

Hi OlEnglish, thank you for your comments at my RfA. Your support is much appreciated! ansh666 22:19, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

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Help authoring my first wiki page Nick Boariu 05:52, 19 October 2017 (UTC)[edit]

Hi!

My name is Nick and I'm from Richmond, British Columbia. I'm working on authoring my first wikipedia page and was hoping I could get your help to make sure it follows the wikipedia guidelines.

The page is about a cryptocurrency project that I volunteer with. It's difficult to find verifiable sources but I've done my best. Could you take a look and send me some feedback? It's currently in my sandbox.

Many thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nickboariu (talkcontribs) 05:52, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

@Nickboariu: Hey Nick! Welcome! Richmond is a beautiful city isn't it? Been there many times. :D
The article is looking good! I think you're off to a very good start. Yes, I can appreciate the difficulty in finding reliable secondary sources, but I do see you managed to find a couple.. the Chicago Tribune one is a good example. The article could use some touch-ups as per the manual of style but all that is just the trimmings, it looks like the meat of it is all there already. I don't do much article writing these days, so unfortunately I probably won't be of much help, but do let me know if you need help moving it into mainspace or any other technical/maintenance issues/questions you come across. I really hope you decide to stick around and contribute long-term! -- œ 01:43, 20 October 2017 (UTC)
Hello again!
I've spent some time refining the article, finding better sources, and on the style. I think it's ready to be moved into mainspace. Could you please have another look over the article? What are the next steps to move it to the mainspace?
Many thanks! --Nick (talk) 19:31, 24 October 2017 (UTC)
@OlEnglish: Hello! I've managed to move the page from my sandbox. So far, it's looking good. Would love your feedback if you have time. Cheers! --Nick (talk) 17:30, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
I see you've made some improvements! nice :) I like the charts and diagrams. Also, thank you for declaring on the talk page. -- œ 03:22, 26 October 2017 (UTC)

Question[edit]

Hi OlEnglish, since you seem experienced on this topic, do you think a list of medieval cryptographers would be good article addition? Athanasius Kircher, John Dee, Al-Kindi, Giovanni Fontana (engineer), Johannes Trithemius etc. Or may be a broader scope (not just a list)? There is this rather modern article History of cryptography, and a technical article Classical cipher - prokaryotes (talk) 19:49, 25 October 2017 (UTC)

Hehe, I wouldn't say I'm "experienced" really.. I just happen to find the topic interesting to read about. Yes I do think List of medieval cryptographers would benefit Wikipedia if that red link turned blue! List of cryptographers#Pre twentieth century has some good information and could potentially be a good starting point.. just split out that section then expand with more detail perhaps? Then maybe add a few pictures and other data like birth/death dates and you've got the makings of a future WP:FL! ;) Or maybe even a WP:Featured topic could be something worth considering? -- œ 03:12, 26 October 2017 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) Kircher and Dee are scarcely mediaeval; even Trithemius is on the late side for that time period. “Mediaeval, Renaissance and Enlightenment cryptographers“ would probably cover all the above, but it’s pretty awkward.—Odysseus1479 04:12, 26 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, but I stick with the list of cryptographers for now. prokaryotes (talk) 07:15, 26 October 2017 (UTC)

Message[edit]

Hi, I am very happy to see that there are administrators who see my modest work in Wikipedia. I am very honored that you have officially added me to the list of "autopatrolled" and I sincerely thank you for this act. Best regards. --Fayçal.09 (talk) 20:00, 28 October 2017 (UTC)

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