User talk:RockMFR

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Date template request[edit]

Might you be able to help with this task, please? I'd be very grateful. Andy Mabbett (User:Pigsonthewing); Andy's talk; Andy's edits 21:09, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

Nomination for merging of Template:Di-no license[edit]

Template:Di-no license has been nominated for merging with Template:No copyright information. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. Thank you. —Gh87 (talk) 23:32, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

Templates for medical references[edit]

Hi, I saw you keep the Template:ICD-10 up-to-date. I noticed that for many pages, such as Bipolar disorder, this template is now in use. For a lot of psychiatric diseases, the DSM-IV explanations are used, and some people use both. I was wondering if it would be possible to include the DSM-IV notations in the ICD-10 template? Maybe a new DSM-IV template that adds the ICD-10 stuff in? It is now really hard to untangle the interwiki links, because sometimes DSM-IV is used and sometimes ICD-10 is used. Jane (talk) 21:24, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

Hi, if you don't want to fix the Template:ICD10, then can you unprotect it so I can have a go at it? Thx Jane (talk) 09:08, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
I've unprotected it now - I saw that some edits had already been made, so wasn't sure if you still need it unprotected. — RockMFR 23:53, 6 November 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, i'll add THE DSM-IV codes in! Jane (talk) 07:11, 30 November 2011 (UTC)

MSU Interview[edit]

Dear RockMFR,

My name is Jonathan Obar user:Jaobar, I'm a professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University and a Teaching Fellow with the Wikimedia Foundation's Education Program. This semester I've been running a little experiment at MSU, a class where we teach students about becoming Wikipedia administrators. Not a lot is known about your community, and our students (who are fascinated by wiki-culture by the way!) want to learn how you do what you do, and why you do it. A while back I proposed this idea (the class) to the community HERE, where it was met mainly with positive feedback. Anyhow, I'd like my students to speak with a few administrators to get a sense of admin experiences, training, motivations, likes, dislikes, etc. We were wondering if you'd be interested in speaking with one of our students.

So a few things about the interviews:

  • Interviews will last between 15 and 30 minutes.
  • Interviews can be conducted over skype (preferred), IRC or email. (You choose the form of communication based upon your comfort level, time, etc.)
  • All interviews will be completely anonymous, meaning that you (real name and/or pseudonym) will never be identified in any of our materials, unless you give the interviewer permission to do so.
  • All interviews will be completely voluntary. You are under no obligation to say yes to an interview, and can say no and stop or leave the interview at any time.
  • The entire interview process is being overseen by MSU's institutional review board (ethics review). This means that all questions have been approved by the university and all students have been trained how to conduct interviews ethically and properly.

Bottom line is that we really need your help, and would really appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. If interested, please send me an email at (to maintain anonymity) and I will add your name to my offline contact list. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can post your name HERE instead.

If you have questions or concerns at any time, feel free to email me at I will be more than happy to speak with you.

Thanks in advance for your help. We have a lot to learn from you.


Jonathan Obar --Jaobar (talk) 07:26, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

Young June Sah --Yjune.sah (talk) 04:22, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Documentation for gadget authors[edit]

I saw you had done some work on heavily-used gadgets. We're trying to start a library for gadget authors to use. Please check it out and post any questions or comments there. -- MarkAHershberger(talk) 02:28, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

Invitation to events in June and July: bot, script, template, and Gadget makers wanted[edit]

I invite you to the yearly Berlin hackathon, 1-3 June. Registration is now open. If you need financial assistance or help with visa or hotel, then please register by May 1st and mention it in the registration form.

This is the premier event for the MediaWiki and Wikimedia technical community. We'll be hacking, designing, teaching, and socialising, primarily talking about ResourceLoader and Gadgets (extending functionality with JavaScript), the switch to Lua for templates, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Labs.

We want to bring 100-150 people together, including lots of people who have not attended such events before. User scripts, gadgets, API use, Toolserver, Wikimedia Labs, mobile, structured data, templates -- if you are into any of these things, we want you to come!

I also thought you might want to know about other upcoming events where you can learn more about MediaWiki customization and development, how to best use the web API for bots, and various upcoming features and changes. We'd love to have power users, bot maintainers and writers, and template makers at these events so we can all learn from each other and chat about what needs doing.

Check out the the developers' days preceding Wikimania in July in Washington, DC and our other events.

Best wishes! - Sumana Harihareswara, Wikimedia Foundation's Volunteer Development Coordinator. Please reply on my talk page, here or at Sumana Harihareswara, Wikimedia Foundation Volunteer Development Coordinator 21:33, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

Abuse Filter on the Article Feedback Tool[edit]

Hey there :). You're being contacted because you're an edit filter manager, At the moment, we're developing Version 5 of the Article Feedback Tool, which you may or may not have heard about. If you haven't; for the first time, this will involve a free-text box where readers can submit comments :). Obviously, there's going to be junk, and we want to minimise that junk. To do so, we're working the Abuse Filter into the tool.

For this to work, we need people to write and maintain filters. I'd be very grateful if you could take a look at the discussion here and the attached docs, and comment and contribute! Thanks :). Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 18:29, 17 April 2012 (UTC)

Map wiki listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]


An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Map wiki. Since you had some involvement with the Map wiki redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion (if you have not already done so). Sfan00 IMG (talk) 13:29, 10 July 2012 (UTC)

GameFAQs Featured Article Review[edit]

Hello, I have nominated GameFAQs for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. Mark Arsten (talk) 02:23, 16 July 2012 (UTC)


Someone to go back to Mirror Lake Cafe with me. This is not a Jokeasaurus. Must bring your own meatballs. Safety not guaranteed. JayGatsby (talk) 23:10, 19 August 2012 (UTC)

Flag of Burma[edit]

Hi, I've tried in vain to correct the anachronistic flag that appeared in the article Privy council for the former Burmese privy council, but there is no flag icon for the flag for that period, being File:Flag of the Alaungpaya Dynasty of Myanmar.svg and I can't edit the template to put another one in! Can you please?GSTQ (talk) 07:17, 1 October 2012 (UTC)

General Software[edit]

Hi RockMFR, I see that you deleted an article about General Software on 2007-08-19T03:48:19 on non-notability grounds. I think, General Software is notable for having been the developer of General Software Embedded DOS, Embedded DOS-ROM, Embedded DOS XL, Embedded BIOS and various other products. If you search the web for these terms you will find quite a few hits. The company was purchased by Phoenix Technologies in 2008. I have no affiliation with them, but being active in the articles about DOS, General Software's Embedded DOS is one of few DOS flavours remaining for which we don't have articles yet. I could recreate General Software as a redirect to Phoenix Technologies, but their products aren't covered there, and it would not make sense for other potential redirects like Embedded DOS etc. to redirect them to Phoenix Technologies either. I think a stub article at General Software could be a good place to accumulate the various potential links and infos, and perhaps it will develop into a full-blown article over time. Not knowing the original contents of the General Software article, do you think it would be salvageable, if, perhaps, more references would be provided, or was it just a piece of junk not worth any undeletion? Thanks for looking into this. Greetings, --Matthiaspaul (talk) 10:39, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

I've restored it. There's not much there, though. — RockMFR 22:14, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

SCOTUScare listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]


An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect SCOTUScare. Since you had some involvement with the SCOTUScare redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. RJaguar3 | u | t 03:33, 26 June 2015 (UTC)

Invitation to subscribe to the edit filter mailing list[edit]

Hi, as a user in the edit filter manager user group we wanted to let you know about the new wikipedia-en-editfilters mailing list. As part of our recent efforts to improve the use of edit filters on the English Wikipedia it has been established as a venue for internal discussion by edit filter managers regarding private filters (those only viewable by administrators and edit filter managers) and also as a means by which non-admins can ask questions about hidden filters that wouldn't be appropriate to discuss on-wiki. As an edit filter manager we encourage you to subscribe; the more users we have in the mailing list the more useful it will be to the community. If you subscribe we will send a short email to you through Wikipedia to confirm your subscription, but let us know if you'd prefer another method of verification. I'd also like to take the opportunity to invite you to contribute to the proposed guideline for edit filter use at WP:Edit filter/Draft and the associated talk page. Thank you! Sam Walton (talk) and MusikAnimal talk 18:22, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

You appear to be eligible to vote in the current Arbitration Committee election. The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to enact binding solutions for disputes between editors, primarily related to serious behavioural issues that the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the ability 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, you are welcome to review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. For the Election committee, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 16:21, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

Extended confirmed protection[edit]

Padlock-blue.svg Hello, RockMFR. This message is intended to notify administrators of important changes to the protection policy.

Extended confirmed protection (also known as "30/500 protection") is a new level of page protection that only allows edits from accounts at least 30 days old and with 500 edits. The automatically assigned "extended confirmed" user right was created for this purpose. The protection level was created following this community discussion with the primary intention of enforcing various arbitration remedies that prohibited editors under the "30 days/500 edits" threshold to edit certain topic areas.

In July and August 2016, a request for comment established consensus for community use of the new protection level. Administrators are authorized to apply extended confirmed protection to combat any form of disruption (e.g. vandalism, sock puppetry, edit warring, etc.) on any topic, subject to the following conditions:

  • Extended confirmed protection may only be used in cases where semi-protection has proven ineffective. It should not be used as a first resort.
  • A bot will post a notification at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard of each use. MusikBot currently does this by updating a report, which is transcluded onto the noticeboard.
Please review the protection policy carefully before using this new level of protection on pages. Thank you.
This message was sent to the administrators' mass message list. To opt-out of future messages, please remove yourself from the list. 17:49, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

Happy First Edit Day![edit]

Wikipedia:Collaborations of the Week[edit]

Can you please remove the move protection from Wikipedia:Collaborations of the Week? I'm trying to sync all of its subpages with its target Wikipedia:Collaboration of the week for archiving organization purposes, but for me to do so in a quick fashion, I first need to move this page somewhere else temporarily without leaving a redirect as the first step. (I have the page mover user permission.) Steel1943 (talk) 00:57, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

Done — RockMFR 18:12, 12 November 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! Steel1943 (talk) 23:07, 13 November 2016 (UTC)

Two-Factor Authentication now available for admins[edit]


Please note that TOTP based two-factor authentication is now available for all administrators. In light of the recent compromised accounts, you are encouraged to add this additional layer of security to your account. It may be enabled on your preferences page in the "User profile" tab under the "Basic information" section. For basic instructions on how to enable two-factor authentication, please see the developing help page for additional information. Important: Be sure to record the two-factor authentication key and the single use keys. If you lose your two factor authentication and do not have the keys, it's possible that your account will not be recoverable. Furthermore, you are encouraged to utilize a unique password and two-factor authentication for the email account associated with your Wikimedia account. This measure will assist in safeguarding your account from malicious password resets. Comments, questions, and concerns may be directed to the thread on the administrators' noticeboard. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:32, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

A new user right for New Page Patrollers[edit]

Hi RockMFR.

A new user group, New Page Reviewer, has been created in a move to greatly improve the standard of new page patrolling. The user right can be granted by any admin at PERM. It is highly recommended that admins look beyond the simple numerical threshold and satisfy themselves that the candidates have the required skills of communication and an advanced knowledge of notability and deletion. Admins are automatically included in this user right.

It is anticipated that this user right will significantly reduce the work load of admins who patrol the performance of the patrollers. However,due to the complexity of the rollout, some rights may have been accorded that may later need to be withdrawn, so some help will still be needed to some extent when discovering wrongly applied deletion tags or inappropriate pages that escape the attention of less experienced reviewers, and above all, hasty and bitey tagging for maintenance. User warnings are available here but very often a friendly custom message works best.

If you have any questions about this user right, don't hesitate to join us at WT:NPR. (Sent to all admins).MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:47, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, RockMFR. 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)

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Wikipedia Talk: Did you know Presidential M&Ms[edit]

Your name came up here. And on the Presidential M&Ms talk page. 7&6=thirteen () 15:57, 12 February 2017 (UTC)