User talk:Robert Ullmann

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Hello, Robert Ullmann, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

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No it's not me[edit]

It's an impostor, he's been trying to impersonate me here as well.--Konst.ableTalk 19:19, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

You blocked me on wiktionary[edit]

I do not understand why you think I am a troll. I have tried to fight vandalism, not cause it. Can you please unblock me.--Sir james paul 20:14, 12 December 2006 (UTC)


Regarding your recent edit to Safari, if you have a better understanding of the Arabic source, that is great, but the New Oxford American Dictionary — the cited reference — definitely has "to travel" as the Arabic meaning. Do you have a reference you can contribute? --Charles Gaudette 21:41, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

Yes, the Arabic safara is (to) travel (as the entry says). The Swahili safari is journey (noun), not (verb) to travel; and the English safari is (noun) journey/trip to see wild animals. As to a reference, the one given is fine for the Arabic I think. As to the Swahili, I could look it up, but it is an everyday word ... Robert Ullmann 23:00, 26 December 2006 (UTC)


Actually, it has been in use on established roadfan sites (not just fan forum discussions) for a good deal longer than 1-2 years, I think. Daniel Case 14:06, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

I'm working on that right now. Daniel Case 14:42, 12 February 2007 (UTC)
OK, I have four, the oldest being from misc.transport.road in 1997. Are they good?

I wouldn't be writing print dictionaries and just saying, please include this. I know they need citations; I don't know if Internet ones are acceptable but I'd like to think they are. Daniel Case 15:16, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

We're probably looking for at least one independent print citation. The thing about usenet is that they are interesting, especially if they predate print citations, but do not in themselves attest the word. We'll see. It still isn't going to change the usage in the pedia; multiplex is still a neo, and concurrency is the standard term (e.g. used by various DOTs, etc.) Thanks for the citations. Robert Ullmann 09:23, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

The -polises -poleis issue[edit]

Hi there. Thanks for your comment on my talk page. I agree that User:Doremítzwr's conception of language here on Wikipedia is obviously a bit different from most other people's. I personally hope that we can see a swift and quick solution to this problem. As I have said (and it seems you agree), Wikipedia needs to use the english language as it is spoken, written, and used normally. But, however, in terms of policy, it seems we may be walking through a gray area. Personally, I don't think the "words" Doremítzwr is using are actually valid words at all. Yet if he or she claims that they are, then policy dictates there would be no reason for us to revert their changes; unless of course you consider the fact that there was no reason for User:Doremítzwr's changes in the first place. This is clear in the following phrases: "If it has been stable in a given style, do not change it without some style-independent reason. If in doubt, defer to the style used by the first major contributor" and "If an article has been in a given dialect for a long time, and there is no clear reason to change it, leave it alone. Editors should not change the spelling used in an article wholesale from one variant to another, unless there is a compelling reason to do so (which will rarely be the case). Other editors are justified in reverting such changes. Fixing inconsistencies in the spelling is always appreciated" (note this is in reference to national dialects). Policy however also says "For reference on different dialects, consult Wikipedia articles such as English plural and American and British English differences". Links to these polices are Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style#Disputes_over_style_issues and Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style#National_varieties_of_English. So we are supported in the sense that there was no reason for him or her to make changes in the first place, as the plurals were valid, accepted English forms. If the 'national' dialects issues applies here as well (the gray area), then this argument holds water. All this is regardless of the fact that we are supposed to "consult articles such as English plural" for style issues. I would like to note that English plural does not mention the -poleis ending (but this could easily change). Perhaps if we would like a discussion about 'proper' plurals, we could ask User:Doremítzwr to take part in one there. I feel we would get the most input from other users. Thanks JeffreyN 16:13, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

There has already been a long discussion of this idiocy on the wikt. It is actually very sad; someone who could be a very valuable contributor is instead utterly determined to be an annoying troll. Robert Ullmann 21:06, 24 February 2007 (UTC)
For the record, Doremítzwr has learned how to be constructive on the en.wikt, and is (as I thought might be) a valuable contributor. Robert Ullmann (talk) 05:11, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

XiTsonga Witionary (ts.wiktionary)[edit]

Hello Robert,

Your name was given to me by Jako Olivier of He is a ts.wiktionary user and had input some of the initial words into the ts.witionary. I contacted him to get some background info as to the Xitsonga users and to ask some initial questions as to the community. The objective of my query is quite simple. My father is Marius Chapatte (see ts.wiktionary user). He has put together a Xitsonga - English dictionary of some 21'000 words and at 83 has decided it was time to make this work available to a maximum amount of people. He has started to input the data into ts.wiktionary. But as you can imagine this is a time consuming process. His initial work was done in MSWord, and I have extracted all the words into an msaccess database and created a field with the script that needs to be input into wiktionary. Thios greatly simplifies the data entry, but its still a very slow process. I have read the documentation regarding the creation of a Wiktionary BOT but would like to start an official request and am not sure where to start. There is also probably some need to expand on the Xitsonga community etc on ts.wiktionary in order to simplify the work others my bring in the process of improving on my father's initial input.

Your comments, suggestions would be appreciated.

Pierre Chapatte 12:43, 6 March 2007 (UTC)

Sounds excellent! Replied at ts:wikt:User talk:Robert Ullmann Robert Ullmann 12:08, 7 March 2007 (UTC)


see how long this takes

Are you the Robert Ullmann[edit]

I know from Prime Computer fame! -Al --akc9000 (talk contribs count) 13:07, 5 July 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for your vote[edit]


Thank you for participating in my RfA, which passed with a vote of (53/0/1).

As a token of my appreciation, please accept this bowl of tzatziki.

I feel honored to be trusted by so many of you. Wikipedia is such a large community, that my acceptance in the face of such large numbers truly is humbling. I will use my new tools to continue the tasks for which you entrusted them to me.

Gratefully, EncycloPetey (talk) 18:34, 21 November 2007 (UTC)

Han characters[edit]

This appears to be the best way for me to get in touch with you; I saw your contributions to the various Han character pages, and I was wondering if you could point me to a source for more of the "Stroke order" animated images you've supplied. I'm looking for some additional (somewhat basic) words and haven't had much success finding them online. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated. (talk) 18:38, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Well, my talk page on the Wiktionary is better, but this will do fine ... see commons:Category:CJK stroke order which should lead you to what you want; all of the images we use (of several different types) come from the Wikimedia Commons. Robert Ullmann (talk) 05:08, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

Wow, you're the flavour of the week...[edit]

Seems our "friend" has a new target... consider yourself honoured! Check out this post from "Tony", this post from the now-banned "The Man", and the post from "Adam, Waukeshau, North". (I suppose I'm jealous - does this mean I'm old news?) Thanks for the laugh. --Ckatzchatspy 06:39, 19 December 2007 (UTC)

15 minutes Robert Ullmann (talk) 10:16, 19 December 2007 (UTC)

Recent Village pump (technical) thread[edit]

Hi. Thanks for your recent suggestion here; I find, though, that I'm unable to view wikt:Mediawiki:monobook.js's source, so would be very grateful if you could paste the relevant extract from it in the Village pump (technical) thread. Sardanaphalus (talk) 21:12, 25 August 2008 (UTC)

Sorry: wikt:Mediawiki:Monobook.js Robert Ullmann (talk) 09:58, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

"open proxy" block?[edit]

Technical request:

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Your request to be unblocked has been granted for the following reason(s):

IP block exemption granted. Will look into it further, but you will be able to edit now.

Request handled by: PeterSymonds (talk) 23:06, 20 August 2009 (UTC)

Unblocking administrator: Please check for active autoblocks on this user after accepting the unblock request.

This is the IP address of a proxy operated by an ISP in Kenya. It is not (or should not be!) an open proxy. I access it from (fixed IP, in fact a premises NAT box).

What is going on? It shouldn't have triggered anything (and hasn't previously over several years). Robert Ullmann (talk) 22:58, 20 August 2009 (UTC)

And if set in February (as block log says) why do I hit it now? Robert Ullmann (talk) 23:02, 20 August 2009 (UTC)

Robert Ullmann[edit]

Robert Ullmann passed away on March 19, 2011 in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston at the age of 50. [1] —Stephen (talk) 18:48, 14 May 2011 (UTC)

If anyone has this page watchlisted...[edit]

I was wandering around and stumbled on this page. I noticed that the link to this man's obituary was broken. Wiktionary links to this one. Or could someone perhaps find a working link to the one currently referenced? — Francophonie&Androphilie(Je vous invite à me parler) 04:19, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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Protected edit request on 30 August 2016[edit]

Would an admin please add the template {{Deceased Wikipedian}} to Robert Ullmann's user page, so that he is included in the "Deceased Wikipedians" category. Mr Ullmann was an especially important and appreciated editor on Wiktionary. Thank you.

WikiPedant (talk) 02:55, 30 August 2016 (UTC)

Done — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 14:34, 30 August 2016 (UTC)