User talk:Smeggysmeg

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Hello Smeggysmeg, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are a few good links for newcomers:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. If you have any questions, check out Wikipedia:Where to ask a question or ask me on my talk page. Again, welcome!  BlankVerse 18:49, 29 November 2005 (UTC)

Warring Factions[edit]

I did a brief bit of cleanup and spell-checking on the Warring Factions article. An easy way to do spell-checking when writing Wikipedia articles is to use the Mozilla Firefox internet browser, and then add the SpellBound extension. After you've added the extension, then install both the American Engish and British English spell-checkers so you can select which one you want to use (see the Wikipedia Manual of Style for info on dealing with the different versions of English).

A suggestion for the Warring Factions#Brief, Inaccurate History: Since it is admittedly inaccurate, and almost all of that section is only of interest to hardcore Warring Factions players, it is really not encyclopedia material. It is the type of info that would be more appropriate if the Warring Factions MMOG had its own wiki. History for an encyclopedia entry would be info like when was the game started, how was the game engine developed, etc. You might look at some of the other articles on MMOGs for ideas on how to edit the Warring Factions article.

I took a brief look at the Warring Factions website and didn't see anything about the game history, so you might have to contact some of the admins or game developers by email. BlankVerse 08:06, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

One other suggestion: You might look at the Wikipedia:WikiProject Computer and video games. BlankVerse 08:11, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

Gender neutrality...[edit]

Good job. Lulu of the Lotus-Eaters 18:44, 30 January 2006 (UTC)

Vandal tags[edit]

Thank you for reverting vandalism on Wikipedia!

Be sure to put warning tags on the vandal's user talk page (such as {{subst:test}}, {{subst:test2}}, {{subst:test3}}, {{subst:test4}}). Add each of these tags on the vandal's talk page, in sequential order, after each instance of vandalism. Adding warnings to the talk page assists administrators in determining whether or not the user should be blocked. If the user continues to vandalize pages after you add the {{subst:test4}} tag, request administrator assistance at Request for Intervention. Again, thank you for helping to make Wikipedia better. Alphax τεχ 02:12, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

Your userpage was briefly delisted by a rogue admin[edit]

' This user believes that only articles need reflect a NPOV, and that displaying political, religious, or other beliefs using userboxes and user categories should not be banned.

You have a userbox Template:User UN which links your userpage to United Nations Wikipedians. There is currently a movement to ban userboxes from Wikipedia which are shared and which create List of Wikipedians. Certain admins have taken it upon themselves to preemptively sabotage and/or delete such categories and template. Here is the incident report which reported damage to yours, in which hundreds of userpages were delinked from categories without the users' knowledge. They have been stopped, barely, and the damage reverted— for now.

There is a Wikipedia:Userbox policy poll, which if passed, will make required by policy the damage done to categories and templates such as User UN/United Nations Wikipedians. If you do not want this to happen, I urge you to vote Oppose. in the poll. Support is currently running at about 66%, and your vote could make the difference. It is said to require 75%-80% to be deemed reflective of consensus.

Thank you,

StrangerInParadise 23:14, 4 March 2006 (UTC)


Just so you know, you do have a choice of userbox layouts. You can choose to have them horizontal as well. :) - 20px Flag of Ontario.svg Flag of Canada.svg nathanrdotcom (TalkContribs) 02:23, 6 March 2006 (UTC)

  • For the little time we'll have them left, the way it's going. Smeggysmeg 02:55, 6 March 2006 (UTC)
  • I hope for the best on that, but expect the worst. :| - 20px Flag of Ontario.svg Flag of Canada.svg nathanrdotcom (TalkContribs) 03:04, 6 March 2006 (UTC)

Hi Smeggy[edit]

Hi Smeggy, you may not know me very well, but apparrently you've seen me before. ;-) I like your userpage, it almost seems familiar, like it used to be mine. :-D Not that I mind, but did you borrow the format from my old page? — The King of Kings 04:45, 13 June 2006 (UTC)

  • It wasn't from yours, as your name doesn't look familiar. I think it was someone else; meaning they probably ripped it from you before I ripped it from them. Sorry. Smeggysmeg 03:35, 14 June 2006 (UTC)

Apple Computer[edit]

That article is just reporting Shaw Wu's speculation. His speculation is not fact. His speculations have been wrong many times in the past. Also Wikipedia is not a crystal ball. AlistairMcMillan 00:06, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

ITT Technical Institute[edit]

Hey, you've been active on that page recently, so I'm specifically looking for your input, if you have some. I have added some information to the controversy section. It is all true. However, it probably tips the POV too much to the positive side. In my mind, Wikipedia NPOV policy is not about removing true statements but balancing them with other true statements. Do you think there's a NPOV way we could bring up the fact that some ITT grads feel cheated during and/or afterwards? Some people clearly do feel that ITT is a diploma mill, but we have to be able to cite it to mention it. Any thoughts on how we could do that? Jacqui 19:40, 14 August 2006 (UTC)

Grammar issue[edit]

I noticed that you listed yourself as a grammar nazi. I actually have a grammar issue that I thought you might be willing to help with. It is regarding whether or not dances (like waltz, tango, swing, ballet, etc.) should be capitalized. There is currently a discussion about it at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Dance and Talk:Lindy Hop. We would certainly appreciate your input. Thanks! —Cswrye 14:27, 6 September 2006 (UTC)


"However, in the Singles and Flirt chatrooms particularly, TeenSpot remains a place to trade pornographic images and webcams of minors."

I honestly don't know HOW to cite this claim, but, it's quite true, and quite factual. I've been in the chatrooms and am capable of taking logs, and 99.9% of the "chat" is people requesting cybersex and webcams and pictures. How can that be cited? --Signed and Sealed, JJJJust (T C) 05:00, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

  • Find an article specifically mentioning those facts in some kind of legitimate online news, but remember: no independent research. Smeggysmeg 05:38, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

Image copyright problem with Image:JBaird.jpg[edit]

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Alexis Bledel[edit]

You don't seem like the kind of editor who would vandalize, so could you please explain this edit on my talk page (I just want to make sure no one has hacked your account)? ~ Magnus animum (aka Steptrip) 01:37, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

  • I'm sorry, I made a mistake in reverting, wasn't paying attention closely enough. Smeggysmeg 01:40, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

RE:Alexis Whatever her surname is[edit]

How is adding this content to the page unintentional? ~ Magnus animum (aka Steptrip) 19:23, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

Oh, sorry. I, for some reason, didn't look at the edit summaries. I am on RC patrol, and, frequently, I revert an article to a vandalized state (I wish some clever developer could develop some uber-RC tool that can detect vandalism and remove it, not just revert it). Sorry for making such a big deal about it, so feel free to give me, the unintentional hypocrite, a hard time about making the same mistake as you :P ~ Magnus animum (aka Steptrip) 23:42, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

Hey Smeg.[edit]

This isn't the first time I've seen you on here. I'm a constant Wikipedian myself. Not that you care. SAN Hunter85014 20:02, 26 August 2007 (UTC)

Disputed fair use rationale for Image:NorthTexasTelevision.jpg[edit]

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  • I've added the information. Thanks. Smeggysmeg (talk) 03:31, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

Possibly unfree Image:JBaird.jpg[edit]

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AfD nomination of TeenSpot[edit]

I have nominated TeenSpot, an article you created, for deletion. I do not feel that this article satisfies Wikipedia's criteria for inclusion, and have explained why at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/TeenSpot. Your opinions on the matter are welcome at that same discussion page; also, you are welcome to edit the article to address these concerns. Thank you for your time. -- pb30<talk> 18:52, 18 January 2008 (UTC)

Removal of teenspot[edit]

Not at all. The threshold for inclusion on that list is quite clear. The article doesn't meet the criteria. As it fails WP:WEB, which no one has addressed on the AfD. Whether the article is under afd or a speedy template, if its felt it doesn't meet the criteria we have long precedent in removing those articles until the issue is resolved.--Crossmr (talk) 01:08, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

Disputed fair use rationale for Image:ZakAdama.jpg[edit]

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WikiProject Germany Invitation[edit]

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Hello, Smeggysmeg! I'd like to call your attention to the WikiProject Germany and the German-speaking Wikipedians' notice board. I hope their links, sub-projects and discussions are interesting and even helpful to you. If not, I hope that new ones will be.

--Zeitgespenst (talk) 11:50, 24 January 2008 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free media (Image:TeenSpot.jpg)[edit]

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Bruce Hall[edit]

Hey man I remember working on the Bruce Hall article with you, what happened to it? --NateDSaint (talk) 21:20, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

Okay, well I agree that it was poorly written but I think it's pretty significant, especially given the amount of attention that Denton is getting lately (three new york times articles in the last year, mostly about growth and culture). I think a lot of people have been trying to find information on it, so I'd like to use wikipedia as a way to collect existing information and avoid it becoming a promotional article. I'll see what I can do. --NateDSaint (talk) 19:39, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

WikiProject Doctor Who newsletter, March 2008[edit]

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The old Teenspot article[edit]

Sorry to see it was nominated for deletion and then deleted. I, for one, thought it was a good article at the time. ~SAN --Hunter85014 (talk) 01:01, 27 July 2008 (UTC)


Check out WP:SPO merge proposal. 20:05, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

We are in dire need of objectivity and common sense.[edit]

There is some controversy regarding the controversy regarding ITT Tech. I have a stated bias. (I guess maybe I should have kept that a secret.) At present the article is biased in the other direction. I would love it if you could take a look and leave a comment in the talk page.Veecort (talk) 03:48, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Apple Juice[edit]

Thanks for reverting my blunder on the apple juice article, I corrected the vandalism first time and managed to completely fail the second - and I didn't notice... I was using Twinkle for the first time, all of two minutes, then tried to revert vandalism in progress, not a good idea I see from the result. You'll be glad to know that my curiosity has been sated and I'll now be leaving it to the more competent users in future :¬D Thanks, Jørdan 21:39, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

Username block[edit]

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This user's request to be unblocked to request a change in username has been reviewed by an administrator, who accepted the request.

Smeggysmeg (block logactive blocksglobal blocksautoblockscontribsdeleted contribsabuse filter logcreation logchange block settingsunblock)

Requested username:

requested user name (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

Request reason:

My username is a reference to the fictional expletive "smeg" in Red Dwarf (for more information, see here), similar to "frak" from Battlestar Galactica, "frell" from Farscape, or "shazbot!" from Mork & Mindy. I don't believe a fictional expletive counts as an offensive word, and if it does then any user who has "frak" in their username should also be blocked (see here ) as well as any other fictional expletive. There is a belief by some that "smeg" refers to "smegma", but that is not a statement supported by the program's writers, and other fictional expletives are commonly permitted before watershed, supporting the notion that a fictional expletive is -not- offensive. I request that my ability to edit Wikipedia be unblocked and my username unmodified. Thank you Smeggysmeg (talk) 19:26, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Accept reason:

Comments below. No need to change name. — Daniel Case (talk) 00:45, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Unblocking administrator: Please check for active autoblocks on this user after accepting the unblock request.
I'm inclined towards unblock - I don't regard the word smeg as offensive and haven't heard of Red Dwarf getting banned for offensive language, and Smeg (appliances) don't seem to have problems.... Peridon (talk) 20:31, 28 March 2013 (UTC)