User talk:Soap

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Gnome-face-sick.svg I am not feeling well so will not be very active. However I still read Wikipedia frequently and will be able to find and reply to messages left for me. Star of life2.svg
I've been on Wikipedia for about nine years but I edit less often than many other long-term users. These days most of my edits are related to anti-vandalism and general site maintenance. As of June 16, 2010 I am an administrator on the English Wikipedia. Please note that since I mostly work in the areas of vandalism cleanup, many of my edits are to pages containing obscenities or otherwise inappropriate content. If I happen to be among the first people you meet on Wikipedia I want to make sure I don't give you the wrong impression about what the most common sort of edits on Wikipedia are.

I am not an active edit filter manager, but I've decided it's better to leave the userright on for the few occasions I do need it (always at the request of someone else), rather than keep switching it on and off.

Although rarely called upon, my name isn't just a nickname; I am fairly knowledgable about bath and body products as well as mass-produced candy.
Did You Know: Palm trees grow naturally in Seattle, Washington.


Nomination of Various Artists for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Various Artists is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Various Artists (2nd nomination) until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. StewdioMACK (talk) 15:19, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

Thanks very much...[edit]

...for your support over at my RfA. I shall do my best to be worthy of it. It's not always easy to avoid the mud, but I try to remind myself that in the grand scheme of things, a single edit on a website doesn't really matter that much, and it's not something worth getting worked up over. I find this has saved me a lot more grief than I might otherwise have suffered. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 08:15, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

I appreciate the reply Happyface4.svg Soap 22:37, 16 July 2015 (UTC)

My RfA[edit]

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Pavlov's RfA reward

Thank you for !voting at my recent RfA. You voted Support and to remove an apparent vandal so you get an endless supply of cookies, fresh from the oven, of many different varieties. Enjoy!
All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 19:08, 16 July 2015 (UTC).

edited slightly by Soap Happyface4.svg 23:01, 16 July 2015 (UTC)

Note to self (tempoirary)[edit]

Write up the shockingly cold temperaurtrs of Inverness, California instead of just leaving it described as a Miedterranean climate. Soap

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Greetings[edit]

Although I received no ping, I noticed that you were wondering how I noticed an RfA after a period of inactivity.

The answer is quite simple. I log into the site almost daily. I edit much less frequently. I stay aware of most RfA activity although I seldom participate unless I believe it may make a difference in the result. One method by which I maintain this awareness is the RfA/RfB template on my user page since May, 2012.

Whether I follow this two day flurry of activity with a review of my watch list or some new page patrolling or resume reading silently, I assume that you will assume good faith regarding my contributions going forward.

Good day. UnbelievableError (talk) 00:16, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

I honestly dont know the word for the writing style youre using there, but I can see youre upset. I did not mean to accuse you of anything, but I stand by believing that your edit was suspicious. I also apologize for the ping thing. If it helps make my case that I wasnt singling you out, I havent deliberately pung anyone else either when referring to them in conversations because it's a fairly new feature and I keep forgetting it exists. Soap 01:46, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the reply. The word you are looking for may be stilted or, possibly, clunky. It happens when I'm trying too hard not to express emotions. I just wanted to let you know that everything was not as it appeared to you at the time. I also took some time to look into the ping matter. It looks like there was no ping because you linked a diff and not my user name. I should have figured it was something technical because I've read that notifications are a bit touchy even if you are trying to use them.UnbelievableError (talk) 03:02, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

St. Paul sandwich[edit]

Thanking you for appreciating my relatively minor edit on the St. Paul sandwich article since I just hate it when I see Wiki other editors performing sloppy work by using incomplete and possible ambiguous citations as a substitute for proper citations that could be double-checked by another editor or patron. It appears that you are apparently the first person in 5-6 years to question the original citation, which could very easily had been just product of an underemployed but overly imaginative comedy writer instead of a serious encyclopedia contributor.

I was more surprised that I was able to locate a book on Google Books that could actually be the reference source intended by the original editor.

The sentence
One source has the origin of the St. Paul sandwich dating as far back as the early 1940s, when Chinese restaurants, desperate to attract the American public to try their cuisine, invented the sandwich to appeal to their palates.
makes for some amusing mental imagery ... I'm picturing an impoverished Chinese family standing on the sidewalk outside their crumbling, empty restaurant holding egg foo young sandwiches saying "Please!! Just try it! It's almost a hamburger!!" as hundreds of people rush on by them headed to the nearest steakhouse. But as much as I want to trust the person who originally wrote it (Ryanmartinez), it's been in the article for six years now without a real explanation of where it came from. Presumably someone named Mercuri wrote a book and on page 71 there is an anecdote from which the above sentence was taken, but this was never clarified even in the original edit from 2008. Does anyone have any information beyond what he wrote? Soap 03:50, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Taking a closer look at the sentence by (Ryanmartinez) that you had pointed out, it appears to me that the existing sentence is not very "encyclopedic" and not even an actual quote from the book. Even though I really like your "amusing mental imagery" better, I would lke to know if you have a suggestion for a better replacement that would be worthy for inclusion in a respectable encyclopedia? I'm just wonder if I should just unilaterally delete all of the unreferenced material. 107.216.165.224 (talk) 01:45, 22 August 2015 (UTC)

Sorry, I cant really help much. All I'd say is I could make it more concise, changing "as far back as the early 1940s" to simply "to the early 1940s" and maybe delete the second half of the sentence entirely. But I wouldnt call that better, thats just my own personal writing style. Soap 14:41, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

Question about "Soap 10.0"[edit]

On your "User:" page it says, in part,

> Although rarely called upon, my name isn't just a nickname; I am fairly knowledgable about bath and body products as well as mass-produced candy.

I have been wondering about the character string "Soap 10.0" ... I think it might be related to (it might have something to do with) Adobe Acrobat. For example, it might be version 10.0 of some software package called "Soap".

I realize that this might not be your "department". Just checking.

PS: I hope you feel better soon. --Mike Schwartz (talk) 22:16, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

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Sorry. That was a genuine mistake. Ive fixed it now. Soap 09:04, 1 September 2015 (UTC)