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The reappearance of A Dartmoor book[edit]

You will be pleased to hear that A Dartmoor Century has reappeared in my flat. It was hiding in a wardrobe with the other missing book, Walks in the Dartmoor National Park 2, South West Dartmoor. All the best, DuncanHill (talk) 16:06, 2 September 2016 (UTC)

Hi Duncan. Things not being where they should be is an obstinate annoyance, so I'm glad you found them. It sounds as if you have the same 'too many books' problem as me (boxes in the garage in my case). I still haven't acquired a copy of Somers Cocks' book, though as my absence from here indicates, my interests have temporarily moved on to other things. I'll be back :)  —SMALLJIM  10:02, 15 September 2016 (UTC)
Oh I dream of a garage! I recently cobbled together a temporary bookcase out of banana boxes from the supermarket to enable me to reclaim the settee. I wouldn't describe the problem as "too many books" rather as "lack of a library wing on my flat" and "lack of a tame librarian to corral them all". Hope you are well, DuncanHill (talk) 10:11, 15 September 2016 (UTC)
Hi again. The real problem, for a certain type of person, is that books always expand to overflow whatever space is available for them, so neither a garage nor a library wing are viable solutions. I have a friend who used his oven for storage and just used the rings on top for cooking. Several of my "temporary" bookshelves are supported by the cardboard rolls that held A4 rolls of photocopy paper in the late 1970s. Good and sturdy, just the right height for many paperbacks, and look reasonable if painted :)  —SMALLJIM  10:22, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

Extended confirmed protection[edit]

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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:

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Bruce Boxleitner[edit]

I added a new spouse to the page and the infobox disappeared. How do I get the infobox including the photo back in view? Pokerdealer123 (talk) 18:51, 25 October 2016 (UTC)Pokerdealer123

Pokerdealer123, you obviously figured this out yourself. Good! You should provide a reliable source for the info you added though, else someone will probably remove it as an unverified statement.  —SMALLJIM  22:55, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

Reference errors on 7 November[edit]

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Just a note: another bot fixed this before I saw the above.  —SMALLJIM  16:01, 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) 20:34, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

A new user right for New Page Patrollers[edit]

Hi Smalljim.

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)

Merry Christmas![edit]

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Thank you! It must be time to get the decorations up...  —SMALLJIM  19:01, 18 December 2016 (UTC)

War memorials[edit]

Thanks for your comments on the Devon County article, and for your offer of feedback on other FACs. Sticking to articles about Devon is a noble cause. There's so much work that still needs doing on Wikipedia it's breathtaking. But one project at a time. War memorials have been keeping me busy for a year now and I've got a way to go before I even finish the Lutyens' memorials (though all 44 of them have articles now!). But I will come back and do Exeter (City) War Memorial at some point, and Ilfracombe's needs an article. So does Torquay's (a cenotaph—sort of—but by Blomfield of all people!)), and there are probably several others. Something needs doing with Plymouth Naval Memorial, but that might be best merged into one article covering Chatham and Portsmouth (Portsmouth's own war memorial is also impressive), and some of the other nautical-themed memorials around Plymouth Hoe might be notable. The sheer number of them is staggering. There's something very moving, and deeply upsetting, about a small village war memorial when you realise you can't see as many houses as there are names on the memorial. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 21:32, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

Hi Harry. I've always admired people who can follow large projects like that through to completion (unless they get totally possessive about their own work, of course). It's not in my nature to do that – I flit about a lot, as my contribs indicate. I have, though, collected rather a lot of books about Devon, and sporadically feel some responsibility to make use of all that paper and printing ink. Let me know if it might contain anything useful for something you're doing: I'll be pleased to look it up for you.  —SMALLJIM  23:33, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

Happy New Year, Smalljim![edit]

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Thank you! Now it'll soon be time to take the decorations down again ;-)  —SMALLJIM  18:47, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

Happy New Year, Smalljim![edit]

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Thank you! Best wishes to you too.  —SMALLJIM  10:54, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

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Can we talk about Huggle?[edit]

Hi Smalljim,

As part of the Edit Review Improvements project, we are exploring ways in which new filtering capabilities can better support different review activities. As part of this effort we are considering how some of the ideas could be integrated into Huggle among other tools, and we want to better understand how these tools are used, identify where and how the new filters can be more useful, and discuss some initial ideas.

We plan to organise a small discussion session during the coming weeks, and since you already provided useful feedback on the ERI-Huggle talk page, we think you are an ideal candidate to participate. If you have time for a quick 30min. session, let us know.

To participate, please email the following information to me,

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Thanks! Pginer-WMF (talk) 10:27, 21 February 2017 (UTC)

@Pginer-WMF: I thank you for the invitation, but I assume this is some sort of live discussion and I'd be no use in that kind of environment. If I can provide any information in my own time, I'd be happy to try to help, though most of what I could say is already in my post on mw. I should also point out that I haven't done any recent changes patrolling for some nine months now, and I don't at this stage envisage returning to do so in the near future.  —SMALLJIM  22:58, 24 February 2017 (UTC)
You are right. The session was organised as a live discussion where participants use screenshare and voice to show how they use Huggle. As the project moves forward there will be more opportunities to participate in different formats. Thanks for your useful comments on the talk page and feel free to provide more. -- Pginer-WMF (talk) 09:13, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

Hillersdon House[edit]

I have suggested that Hillersdon House be renamed to Manor of Hillersdon as its contents have changed significantly since it was first created. I would welcome your input over at Talk:Hillersdon_House. --NHSavage (talk) 08:13, 19 March 2017 (UTC)