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Welcome to the 41st edition of my talk page. Please leave me a message below and I will generally reply on your talk page. Although my email address is enabled, I do not check often (so I may be slow in replying to email and very much prefer to have conversations here). I am not around much, so it may take me a while to reply or respond to requests. Please note that while I will do a peer review on just about any article if asked, it will often take me a week or more, and I do not have the time to do copyedits. If you want me to review an article, please open a peer review on it first. Thanks for stopping by and happy editing! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 18:08, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

You and I both get a photo credit here

The state rail plan appears to have both of us represented. My photo of the Suburban Station facade is on 30 while the very last page (168) is a photo of yours. Mitch32(The ripest peach is highest on the tree.) 05:45, 8 October 2016 (UTC)

Congrats and cool - thanks so much for letting me know. I keep track of places that use my photos and will add this. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 01:12, 9 October 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject United States/The 50,000 Challenge

50k Challenge poster.jpg You are invited to participate in the 50,000 Challenge, aiming for 50,000 article improvements and creations for articles relating to the United States. This effort began on November 1, 2016 and to reach our goal, we will need editors like you to participate, expand, and create. See more here!

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Two-Factor Authentication now available for admins


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

Hi Ruhrfisch.

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)

Peer Reviews

Heyo. Was directed to ask you about the bots updating the Peer Review page. Archived some of the PRs there and they don't seem to be removed from there yet. Is the bot down or something? GamerPro64 22:09, 19 November 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up. VeblenBot has not run since November 4 and I am not sure what the problem is. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 13:03, 20 November 2016 (UTC)
I don't even know who's maintaining the bot now. GamerPro64 22:50, 21 November 2016 (UTC)
Basically no one - my name is listed for the bot, but I am not able to maintain it. Sorry :( Ruhrfisch ><>°° 03:03, 23 November 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open!

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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)

Request Assistance

Hi Ruhrfisch, I remember you helped out with some German-language issues at rhodocene many years ago, and I am wondering if you can offer some help with the article aluminium sulfacetate which I have recently created. This source from 1899 speaks of its use as a mordant being abandoned and about production of an "empyreumatic liquid." My DYK nomination uses this fact for the hook and the translation has been questioned. Would you be able to look at the German version of the text and comment? Happy to change the article and hook if I have misrepresented the source, obviously. Many Thanks. EdChem (talk) 21:05, 23 November 2016 (UTC)


Hi Ruhrfisch, sorry to bother you on Thanksgiving, ignore this until you're back, but I just wanted to make sure you had heard that Veblenbot has been down since Nov 2 (see User talk:CBM#VeblenBot down?). In particular, WP:FACL stops at November 2. Best of the season to you and yours. - Dank (push to talk) 16:13, 24 November 2016 (UTC)

Hi Dank, I am not able to maintian the bot anymore - there is a discussion at Wikipedia:Bot_owners'_noticeboard#User:VeblenBot about this. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 00:25, 26 November 2016 (UTC)

Happy Saturnalia!

Lawrence Alma-Tadema 06.jpeg Happy Saturnalia
Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season, from the horse and bishop person. May the year ahead be productive and troll-free. Ealdgyth - Talk 01:41, 18 December 2016 (UTC)
Thanks Ealdgyth! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 16:49, 25 December 2016 (UTC)

Merry Christmas

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Smallbones(smalltalk) 05:15, 20 December 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Smallbones! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 16:50, 25 December 2016 (UTC)

Merry Christmas

Thank you for the nice card, and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. Finetooth (talk) 17:58, 25 December 2016 (UTC)

Merry Christmas to you, too. Gerry D (talk) 21:04, 25 December 2016 (UTC)
Merry Christmas! Always pleased to hear from you. Choess (talk) 01:20, 26 December 2016 (UTC)
Thanks everyone! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 01:22, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Merry, merry!

From the icy Canajian north; to you and yours! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 19:59, 25 December 2016 (UTC) Lights ablaze.JPG

Forgot to give YOU your New Years' hug,, and... need help

Again. My brain is still buzzed by 3 operations in 4 months so I'm wobbly esp in the memory (and judgement) departments here. I'm trying to ease back in the en.WP but have been met with some stiff opposition from the newest editors, that Commomzmostly.. I'm sure I make mistakes, but they are good faith edits. They only rollback them usually without not leaving any edit summary. I am considering discontinuing working on the wikis. These others have make this a formidable place-- amd I am a team player! So- you may recall that I NEVER wanted to be am Admim, since I despise confrontation. Here is an example of his/her belief that its OK to place open lniks to [[NAMM] in the centers of articles.for example: Arthur Adams; the editor is User talk:Allisonhargis, and I hate to come to you about this! --Leahtwosaints

    • OK... so what do you think of my issue (above)? --Leahtwosaints (talk) 21:45, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

Robert Falcon Scott and related articles

Various 37.230.x IPs (who seem all to be the same person) are grinding an axe here. In particular they are convinced anyone who doesn't like their edits is your sockpuppet (and that we/you are both a vandal and a "hacker"), which is why I'm bringing it to your attention. Pinkbeast (talk) 14:06, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

Back again, also at Terra Nova Expedition Pinkbeast (talk) 03:03, 8 April 2017 (UTC)

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...for your Signpost comment and acknowledgement of those heady days of PR when a group of us combined to make it such a powerful instrument for article improvement. You seriously understate your contribution and leadership in this endeavour. As my health slowly improves I am trying to take a bit more interest in some aspects of Wikipedia, and might soon be able to undertake the occasional review. My best wishes to you. Brianboulton (talk) 22:42, 16 March 2017 (UTC)

Brian - I am overjoyed to hear your health is improving and to see your post here! Thanks for your kind words and wonderful to see you here, and all the best from me to you, as well. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 16:34, 17 March 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Narrative flow

I have started an essay on the concept of narrative flow, a concept that I think is largely undervalued in the encyclopedia in general. I decided to search for discussions where editors had raised the concept, figuring that such editors might want to chime in on the meaning of the concept and I found a mention by you. Cheers! bd2412 T 02:00, 17 March 2017 (UTC)

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Article of concern

Hey Ruhr, long time. I hope youre well. Can you take a look at something I noticed while reading. Six-year itch seems iffy. Like it is made up. The list of elections attributed to it is at least suspect. I can eliminate several right off with only cursory research. I know this isnt your area but I haven't the time to do much here these days and this article concerned me because it has one source and it is almost false on its face. This article gives this topic way too much influence. You can email me if you still have my email. IvoShandor (talk) 03:46, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

I see youre not real active either. Perhaps you could tag someone who could take look? ~~ IvoShandor (talk) 03:52, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

Hi Ivo, I was skeptical initially, but a Google search on "six year itch politics" turned up quite a few references from reliable sources, so I think it is OK. I will try to add some to the article. Hope all is well with you, Ruhrfisch ><>°° 23:19, 20 May 2017 (UTC)