User talk:Peter I. Vardy

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Congratulations on reaching 100000 edits. You have achieved a milestone that very few editors have been able to accomplish. The Wikipedia Community thanks you for your continuing efforts. Keep up the good work!

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Wikipedia:The 10,000 Challenge[edit]

Hi there. I've started a new initiative, the Wikipedia:The 10,000 Challenge. It's a long term goal to bring about 10,000 article improvements to the UK and Ireland. Through two contests involving just six or seven weeks of editing so far we've produced over 1500 improvements. Long term if we have more people chipping it and adding articles they've edited independently as well from all areas of the UK then reaching that target is all possible. I think it would be an amazing achievement to see 10,000 article improvements by editors chipping in. If you support this and think you might want to contribute towards this long term please sign up in the Contributors section. No obligations, just post work on anything you feel like whenever you want, though try to avoid basic stubs if possible as we're trying to reduce the overall stub count and improve general comprehension and quality. So if you're working on Cheshire listing buildings or whatever anyway, just add the entries you work on to the list! Thanks.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:09, 30 August 2016 (UTC)

Not interested, even though you're working on northwest articles anyway?♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:24, 31 August 2016 (UTC)

It's nothing to do with "not interested". I'm fully occupied in compiling lists of listed buildings in the northwest (I seem to remember your saying in the past that every parish should have such a list - well I'm doing it!). If you look on my user page you will see that Cheshire, Merseyside, and Lancashire are now complete, and I am well into Cumbria. From what date does this "Challenge" start? If it is some time in the past, you have literally hundreds of lists. If it starts around now, you will have to wait, as I am working through Appleby-in-Westmorland, which has over 140 listed buildings to identify, locate and describe. Do lists count in the Challenge? If so, I'll add this when it's complete, but it will be a few days yet. And I don't see why I should interrupt my own project for somebody else's. The present state of play is at User:Peter I. Vardy/sandbox-13, if you're interested in what I am doing. I think I am doing my bit for the northwest. --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 20:22, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for adding Listed buildings in Askham, Cumbria to Blofeld's 10,000 challenge, and many more thanks for compiling the list. I concur that you are doing your bit for the northwest in producing very high quality work such as Askham (and I'm aware of your others). A benefit of the 10,000 is in it surfacing articles so that appreciation may be shown to those who toil, as you do, on magnificent creations like Askham; and another is to encourage others to emulate your standards. These probably count as good things. --Tagishsimon (talk) 10:53, 14 September 2016 (UTC)
And thanks to you for the message. --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 10:57, 14 September 2016 (UTC)

Editor of the Week [24 September 2016][edit]

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Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week for contributions to churches, among others. Thank you for the great contributions! (courtesy of the Wikipedia Editor Retention Project)

User:Martinevans123 submitted the following nomination for Editor of the Week:

I'd like to nominate Peter I. Vardy (talk · contribs · count · logs) for this award. Peter is the model of quiet, methodical unassuming and careful article creation, with more than 100,000 contributions. 510 DYK articles, and 2075 entire articles. His creation of articles for churches, especially in the North West of England, is just stunning - there ought to be a special award just for this - but he's created plenty more besides. And it's all top quality, mostly faultless at the first appearance. My own pitiful mistake-ridden stumbling about looks meagre by comparison. He has a impressive eye for detail. An unassuming and efficient editor who has made a huge contribution. Take a look at his awards. He also deserves this one.

You can copy the following text to your user page to display a user box proclaiming your selection as Editor of the Week:

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Thanks again for your efforts! Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 19:20, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

Thank you, Martin and Kevin. I feel very honoured. All I do is what I enjoy doing, and if it benefits WP and its readers, that's an additional bonus. --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 19:53, 24 September 2016 (UTC)
Richly deserved. I don't think our wikipedia paths have crossed but anyone recognised by that very naughty boy has to be doing something right. Well done. And anytime you get bored with Cheshire, take a trip over the border. There's lots to be done on the listed buildings and scheduled monuments of Wales! Diolch Robevans123 (talk) 09:21, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
Many thanks, Rob. There's so much to do in England; but I do have the Buildings in Wales book on Clwyd, so maybe some time..... If you look on my user page, you may notice that I have written some articles on Welsh buildings, particularly those designed by John Douglas, and on churches run by the Friends of Friendless Churches. But I do wish that the CADW site were easier to negotiate. Cheers, --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 09:47, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
Yes - wherever you look, there's so much to do - keeps us busy! Cadw are a long way behind English Heritage. I've had some contact with them, and I think they are aware of the problem, but budget/time constraints limit them. I'd not come across John Douglas - very interesting. Robevans123 (talk) 11:12, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for having "left behind something useful for the future". Well Done! Buster Seven Talk 11:54, 5 October 2016 (UTC)
And thank you to you for the comment. --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 12:07, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

Europe 10,000 Challenge invite[edit]

Hi. The Wikipedia:WikiProject Europe/The 10,000 Challenge has recently started, based on the UK/Ireland Wikipedia:The 10,000 Challenge. The idea is not to record every minor edit, but to create a momentum to motivate editors to produce good content improvements and creations and inspire people to work on more countries than they might otherwise work on. There's also the possibility of establishing smaller country or regional challenges for places like Germany, Italy, the Benelux countries, Iberian Peninsula, Romania, Slovenia etc, much like Wikipedia:The 1000 Challenge (Nordic). For this to really work we need diversity and exciting content and editors from a broad range of countries regularly contributing. If you would like to see masses of articles being improved for Europe and your specialist country like Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon, sign up today and once the challenge starts a contest can be organized. This is a way we can target every country of Europe, and steadily vastly improve the encyclopedia. We need numbers to make this work so consider signing up as a participant and also sign under any country sub challenge on the page that you might contribute to! Thank you. --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:09, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, Peter I. Vardy. Voting in the 2016 Arbitration Committee elections is open from Monday, 00:00, 21 November through Sunday, 23:59, 4 December to all unblocked users who have registered an account before Wednesday, 00:00, 28 October 2016 and have made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday, 00:00, 1 November 2016.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

If you wish to participate in the 2016 election, please review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 22:08, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

TFL notification – December 2016[edit]

Hi, Peter. I'm just posting to let you know that List of new churches by John Douglas – a list that you have been heavily involved with – has been chosen to appear on the Main Page as Today's featured list for December 26. The TFL blurb can be seen here. If you have any thoughts on the selection, please post them on my talk page or at TFL talk. Regards, Giants2008 (Talk) 00:24, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know. I'll check it for any problems before the date. As a nice coincidence, one of the lists I started appeared last year on Christmas Day. Cheers. --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 09:35, 29 November 2016 (UTC)
I remember scheduling that one. There is some news that I wanted to share: you have a few more days to check the list. I had a list that I wanted to schedule for the 26th because of date relevance and completely forgot about it until after I scheduled yours. In the end, I decided to give that article the spot for the 26th, and your list is now set to be the first TFL of 2017. The new date is January 2, and the blurb is here. I hope this is all right. Giants2008 (Talk) 02:30, 10 December 2016 (UTC)
No worries; that's OK by me. --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 11:01, 10 December 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your excellent work on the listed building lists. Such important work, which you do consistently and cleanly. Keep up the good work in the new year, and Happy Christmas! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:30, 18 December 2016 (UTC)
  • That's very kind of you. It's good to be appreciated. Best Christmas wishes to you and yours, and we look forward to more progress in 2017. --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 18:49, 18 December 2016 (UTC)
You're really a terrific, consistent contributor Peter. One of the things wikipedia lacks is consistency and quality, and everything you produce is textbook stuff! Planning on putting in a big grant request soon, which will aim to improve stubs and articles for every county of UK and Ireland to compliment what has already been done! that should get us a few thousand more articles and open up the possibility of a bigger long term challenge, but 10,000 for now is sufficient :-) Happy editing Peter and have a good Easter when it arrives! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:33, 26 February 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, again. And good luck with with the grant. --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 13:38, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Ashton under Lyne[edit]

Hello, I found today that the article St Michael and All Angels' Church, Ashton-under-Lyne is only a stub; I hope you will have some time available to improve the account of this interesting church.--Johnsoniensis (talk) 20:20, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

Hi! Thanks for contacting me. I completely agree that this church, and indeed all Grade I listed churches should have detailed articles. However at present my time is fully committed to other projects, but I hope that someone can take up your suggestion. Cheers. --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 18:35, 28 December 2016 (UTC)

Precious five years![edit]

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Five years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:19, 14 March 2017 (UTC)

Thanks. Just seems like yesterday! Cheers. --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 16:47, 14 March 2017 (UTC)