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hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug

these hugs were generated randomly;
if they are not to your liking, you may generate a new set. Gurch (talk) 23:24, 21 June 2011 (UTC)

Face-surprise.svg sonia 02:52, 2 July 2011 (UTC)
*hug* Gurch (talk) 21:14, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

A lovely painting for you

Along the River 7-119-3.jpg

It isn't the most expensive thing at Wikipedia, but it is the widest. I hope you like it. :) Anna Frodesiak (talk) 09:04, 23 June 2011 (UTC)

Wow! It certainly is o_o I do like it indeed; have seen it before (not in person though) sonia 02:52, 2 July 2011 (UTC)

Some bubble tea for you!

Bubble Tea.png This is an epic tab and I decided that I would try this on you first. Enjoy! Kevin Rutherford (talk) 22:11, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

Merci! sonia 02:52, 2 July 2011 (UTC)

A cup of tea for you!

Meissen-teacup pinkrose01.jpg I was going to send a beer, but alcohol is not always enlivening (especially after the 6th glass). As for updates: One, your presence is sorely lacking. Two, there's lots of neat stuff going on that needs your genius. Three, wishing you easy returns. Here's some tea. It's oolong, in case you were wondering. Ocaasi t | c 13:05, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

Thanks! Alks conflict sorely with my meds, so I wouldn't have been able to have the beer anyway. Will try to check in when I can. sonia 02:52, 2 July 2011 (UTC)

unref BLP, no content

Hi. I was bather surprised to see this, coming from you. I won't delete it, but I can't guarantee anyone else else won't. --Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 05:15, 3 July 2011 (UTC)

  1. As far as I know, that's not speedyable as A7 or G2 or anything else.
  2. This and this, as well as my edit summary, might have been useful. It had been a whole of, what, half an hour when you left me this message.
I had everything open in tabs and was ready to begin translation and compiling info from dewiki and other sources, but was called away unexpectedly. Admittedly I should have thought to put an {{inuse}} on it or something or move it into userspace, but the situation at hand was a bit more pressing than doing so. Will make it less unilaterally deletable now. sonia 06:55, 3 July 2011 (UTC)
It's as well to remember that new page patrolling is generally of an unacceptable standard, and many patrollers are very quick to tag. Most of them don't do any research at all of the ES, page logs, or user logs, and more unfortunately, there are admins who also delete on the face value of CSD tags. It is always strongly advised to prepare new articles in user space; not everyone does, but I do. If you are interested, don't hesitate to ask me for links to the statistical research we are doing here and at MediaWiki on NPP and new page creations . --Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 06:05, 6 July 2011 (UTC)
Even as Sonia left it, which wasn't ideal, the only speedy deletion criteria that would have even been plausible would have been A3. A3, however, explicitly excludes any page with a non-trivial infobox, which this page had. Courcelles 06:19, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

A cookie for you!

Choco chip cookie.png Because cookies are awesome. Kansan (talk) 06:56, 3 July 2011 (UTC)

Happy Birthday!

--RobNS 03:13, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

Anniv troix.svg Happy birthday!
May this year treat you kindly and bring you many exciting opportunities, both on- and off-wiki :-) <3 Dcoetzee 09:34, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

Cake-cartoon.jpg Hippy brothday. Have a badly-drawn cake wot I drew. Sorry it looks like a pacman character. :-)  Chzz  ►  10:20, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

Happy Birthday! Finally, you get your Fabergé egg. :)

Anna Frodesiak (talk) 19:50, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

Wow! Thanks all! *shares whiskey and cake around, puts Faberge egg somewhere she won't break it in a klutz moment* sonia 23:12, 5 July 2011 (UTC)
Bah, I can't believe I missed this, I'm such a scatterbrain. >.> Belated happy birthday from me! Hope it was a good one :) —James (TalkContribs) • 9:19pm 11:19, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

A kitten for you!


This kitten is for you with all the help you've given me on wikipedia.

Adamdaley (talk) 09:59, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

Thank you! I'm actually allergic to real kittens, but a cyber one is more than welcome :) Do feel free to poke me, by IRC/here/email, if you need anything. I'm always happy to help. sonia 23:12, 5 July 2011 (UTC)
This kitten is "Allergy Free". I'll be home in one week from the Philippines then I'll continue my contribution on Wikipedia. See me on IRC more. Adamdaley (talk) 04:52, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

Happy Birthday!!!!

A very beautiful Nectarine Pie.jpg Sorry no cake.. have a pie instead! ;) œ 06:25, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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for tolerating wiki-bundling. Ironholds (talk) 20:39, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

A kitten for you!

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For questioning my presence in your -en

- [Vague] 20:42, 10 July 2011 (UTC)


Thanks for helping me in IRC today with my AfD request problem! (my IRC name is Poet). Sailing to Byzantium (talk) 00:01, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

Hope you Feel Better

Cute grey kitten.jpg

Hey! I heard you weren't feeling the best, I hope you feel better soon. I hope this kitten helps :)

 JoeGazz  ▲  14:11, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

For you

This is a thing I saw a bunch of random users doing on frwiki and ltwiki (e.g. fr:Utilisateur:Zack D) and thought you might enjoy it. :-P Dcoetzee 22:42, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

Question about my "Subpages" section

Thanks for putting all the scripts together, but when that was done something happened to the layout of my Subpages within the collapsible section on my userpage User:Shearonink. I'd like to kind of put things back the way they were but don't know how to toggle the appearance of

<div>Subpages for this user:{{Special:Prefixindex/User:Shearonink/}}{{Special:Prefixindex/User talk:Shearonink/}}</div>

or even if it changing the appearance back is possible. The issue is that I always used to know where to find links within that 'Subpages" section (kind of my own internal toolbox) but since they've moved around I don't know where to look right away. Not sure if this makes sense, but ping me the next time you see me in IRC and maybe you can talk me through how to possibly change it. Thanks, Shearonink (talk) 15:38, 31 July 2011 (UTC)

I... did not even know you could transclude that special page. At a guess, what's happened is that /scripts has popped in in alphabetical order, pushing the pages that start with T or later down a bit; nothing else. Not sure that can be fixed. sonia 21:10, 31 July 2011 (UTC)


Pointless barnstar.png The Pointless Barnstar
For finding it.  Chzz  ►  08:35, 13 August 2011 (UTC)
Win. sonia 08:34, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

Mmmmmm.... Cookies!

Choco chip cookie.png This is totally random. Enjoy! CharlieEchoTango 07:26, 14 August 2011 (UTC)
  • noms* sonia 08:34, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

I love you :3 —James (TalkContribs) • 8:44pm 10:44, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

D'aww. sonia 08:34, 17 August 2011 (UTC)
O_o Sven Manguard Wha? 02:29, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
WP:NOTFACEBOOK. Logan Talk Contributions 02:31, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
Tell that to all these people. No seriously, please tell them; that page annoys me. Sven Manguard Wha? 03:48, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
WP:LOVE. —James (TalkContribs) • 4:19pm 06:19, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

Invisible Barnstar

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For your assistance to other Wikipedians on IRC. Pinetalk 07:59, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

My first article

Sonia, I'm just writing to let you know that I accomplished the creation of my first small article from scratch. :) Pinetalk 05:39, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

Well done :) sonia♫ 10:09, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

6th Arkansas Infantry Regiment


I know this isn't your expertise area. I've been helping Damon.cluck with some Arkansas "American Civil War" articles helping to improve them because he approached me and kindly asked. On the 6th Arkansas Infantry Regiment there is a copyright note on one of the images (in the Infobox image), would you be able to see if you can work it out and put the right template for the image? It would be appreciated. Adamdaley (talk) 23:53, 29 August 2011 (UTC)

Looked like PD to me, definitely not in need of a FUR; got Derrick to check it and fix it up for me since you're right in that this isn't my subject area :) sonia♫ 10:09, 30 August 2011 (UTC)

Have you seen...

Have you seen Ocaasi in the past month or so? His last edit was on August 2. Pinetalk 09:32, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

I have indeed. He's been on IRC once, I think, in that time; taking a bit of a breather from Wikipedia. sonia♫ 09:41, 9 September 2011 (UTC)

The Envision Manifesto

Thank you for the EDUCATED reply. Sorry for my ignorance, I did not mean to target Wikipedia at all. I really shouldn't have targeted anyone in the first place. My apologies for my rude behavior. I do however need to find sources to cite my information, which may be quite difficult. Well, I do not mind. I am trying to make a difference, and time will not stop me. --UncleVisionary (talk) 05:53, 15 September 2011 (UTC) Now that I think about it...could you possibly look at my page? I have no clue how I would be able to pair anything up with that unless I took a standpoint along Anonymous or some sort, which I do not plan on doing (I plan on taking this on its own route). Any ideas? --UncleVisionary (talk) 05:55, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

No problem. It's not so much that you've been rude, as such, as that you've just happened to trip over one of the many guidelines we have to keep this place sane, and no one's really sat down with you and explained how to avoid that. What I'd recommend, really, is getting your own website where you can publish your material however you like in your own space, add images, maybe testimonials once it starts having an impact. Plenty of free site-hosting places out there; it's something I've done myself in the past. It's the best way to ensure you have complete control, that you're not governed by someone else's rules for what can go on their website. When it's gotten some press coverage or similar, then feel free to let me know and I'll see what I can do toward assessing whether or not it passes our notability guidelines, and if so, work with you on the article. I hope this is what you meant! Any further questions or comments of any sort, leave them here underneath this reply-- I know it's a bit strange, but we leave messages at the bottom of pages 'round these parts, not the top. Cheers. sonia♫ 06:08, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Thank you so much for your help. I do plan on setting up a website for this, and I can use that as a source? Great. Found out what i'm doing this weekend. Thanks so much for the assistance, for I am a "newbie" with this stuff, and am trying to dive headfirst into it. Thanks Sonia. --UncleVisionary (talk) 06:21, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Hmm. What I meant is, you can spread word from your website, instead of from Wikipedia. Wikipedia's for reporting what has already been published about a subject, what press coverage or books or studies have been done on it. But, solely as advice, I meant that starting your own website is going to be a much better way to get things up and running than swimming upstream here at Wikipedia, until enough people have taken notice that it warrants a Wikipedia article. At that point, I'm more than happy to help with the "newbieness", get things looking and reading exactly how they should. But right now I don't think there's any way this article is going to be kept in its current condition. The order in general is "get noticed" then "get Wikipedia article", not vice versa. sonia♫ 07:05, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Gotcha! Thanks for the help. I will probably stick around and help with articles that need editing now, haha. My page has been deleted, and website will be setup soon! Your input has helped me tons. --UncleVisionary (talk) 01:42, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Great, and you're certainly welcome! It'd be great to have you around contributing with us. If you need anything, do let me know! sonia♫ 05:04, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Your DYK nom for Biological control of gorse in New Zealand

Hi Sonia, I have reviewed your DYK nom at Template:Did you know nominations/Biological control of gorse in New Zealand and there is a small issue with referencing. Could you see my comments at the nomination page and reply there once they have been addressed? Thank you. (Love the pink name... curious as to the WikiCode on it). Crisco 1492 (talk) 15:17, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

I've done so. Thank you so much for your comprehensive review! (Re the name, it's fairly simple: a <font color="colorhere"> </font>. Just wanted to make it easy to find my comments on a long noticeboard!) sonia♫ 09:51, 17 September 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the coffee :-). A good wee article, that I of course found from the DYK link. Keep up the good work :-). --Tony Wills (talk) 09:34, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

DYK for Biological control of gorse in New Zealand

Materialscientist (talk) 00:02, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Update on courses and ambassador needs

Hello, Ambassadors!

I wanted to give you one last update on where we are this term, before my role as Online Facilitator wraps up at the end of this week. Already, there are over 800 students in U.S. classes who have signed up on course pages this term. About 40 classes are active, and we're expecting that many more again once all the classes are up and running.

On a personal note, it's been a huge honor to work with so many great Wikipedians over the last 15 months. Thanks so much to everyone who jumped in and decided to give the ambassador concept a try, and double thanks those of you who were involved early on. Your ideas and insights and enthusiasm have been the foundation of the program, and they will be the keys the future of the program.

Courses looking for Online Ambassadors

Still waiting to get involved with a class this term, or ready to take on more? We have seven classes that are already active and need OA support, and eleven more that have course pages started but don't have active students yet. Please consider joining one or more of these pods!

Active courses that really need Online Ambassadors:

Courses that may be active soon that need Online Ambassadors:

--Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 23:15, 27 September 2011 (UTC)


Sorry! I would very much like to speak with you, I had a bad setting on my email - you can email me at

A barnstar for you!

Team Barnstar Hires.png The Teamwork Barnstar
For your hardwork on the Nyctibatrachus genus articles <3 —James (TalkContribs) • 6:33pm 08:33, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

Survey of Female Wikipedians!

Hi Sonia! Haven't seen you around my part of the wiki much lately, how's it going? I thought you might be interested in this survey by User:SarahStierch. It's not very long, took me about 10 minutes, and the questions are fairly routine (i.e. non-intrusive). Here's a snippet of her message, with a link to the survey.

I have put together a survey for female editors of Wikipedia (and related projects) in order to explore, in greater detail, women's experiences and roles within the Wikimedia movement. It'd be wonderful if you could participate!

It's an independent survey, done by me, as a fellow volunteer Wikimedian. It is not being done on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation. I hope you'll participate!

Just click this link to participate in this survey, via Google!

Cheers, PrincessofLlyr royal court 13:12, 3 October 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for the thought :) Already done. I've had a spectacularly bad week, but hoping things'll get better soon. sonia♫ 03:17, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
Ah! I see that it was already shared with you, so please disregard my email :) Thanks for participating and I do hope your week has gotten better. SarahStierch (talk) 15:45, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
I have to admit, I couldn't believe you wouldn't know about it, what with you being such a well-known female Wikipedian and all. Sorry you're having a bad week. :( My weekend was terrible, but starting over is going well. Hope things get better soon! PrincessofLlyr royal court 19:18, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
@Sarah: Yep, I stalk you on twitter :) I'm aware my views on the subject are a bit different to what I've seen thus far on meta etc, so hopefully it's a refreshing opinion (and not just bizarre!) @Princess: I'm a well-known female Wikipedian? :P I do little more than AfC and some ambassadory-type stuff.
Thanks, both, for the well wishes! I don't think I'll be back to full activity until the end of November; got workshops and exams in the interim. Not getting attacked on the way home would make the coming week better, and I certainly hope that'll be the case. sonia♫ 20:16, 4 October 2011 (UTC)


Heya, here's the reminder you asked for. Text and conversation theory, you said they needed Harvrefs. :) Good day! —James (TalkContribs) • 9:41pm 11:41, 12 October 2011 (UTC)

Article of Creation

Hey sonia :), i was just wondering if I may be able to delete the pages of what I had created. The page was The One That Got Away, as I only summited it because the article was protect and was not completed, but after one day of notice it was later created again. So I was wondering if I can delete the pages, or can I transfer some information to the actual The One That Got Away (Katy Perry song article. Thanks :D (User:CaliforniaDreamsFan) (talk) 11:53 13 October, 2011

Re: OMG you are too Kiwi :D, i never new that :D... Well thats cool. Oah and thanks for the info of the creation article (and true the stuff I have will be more better anyway haha) Thanks ;) (User:CaliforniaDreamsFan) (talk) 11:53 13 October, 2011

Help needed for a student class project

Please see Wikipedia:WikiProject Classroom coordination/SFSU Class Project and consider adding your name.

The scope of the Wikipedia:WikiProject Classroom coordination/SFSU Class Project is mainly concerned with new articles.

According to the teacher's instructions, this group of students may not create a lot of new articles, but may instead focus more on improving existing articles.

So, there may be little for us to do in the way the Wikipedia:WikiProject China/NNU Class Project required. The students may, however, still call on us for guidance in other areas. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 09:14, 14 October 2011 (UTC)


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Hello, Sonia. You have new messages at Wikipedia talk:Template messages/User talk namespace.
Message added 06:33, 20 October 2011 (UTC). You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.
Not entirely sure why I'm getting this. I'm a young(ish) adult working with kids, sure, but it's...not exactly a talkback if I haven't talked yet. sonia♫ 07:32, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

So are you a Christian then? — Preceding unsigned comment added by FamilyForce5Freak (talkcontribs) 03:04, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

To be honest, I've received so many conflicting definitions of "Christian" that I'm really not sure if I am. sonia♫ 07:32, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

New Page Patrol survey


New page patrol – Survey Invitation

Hello Sonia! The WMF is currently developing new tools to make new page patrolling much easier. Whether you have patrolled many pages or only a few, we now need to know about your experience. The survey takes only 6 minutes, and the information you provide will not be shared with third parties other than to assist us in analyzing the results of the survey; the WMF will not use the information to identify you.

  • If this invitation also appears on other accounts you may have, please complete the survey once only.
  • If this has been sent to you in error and you have never patrolled new pages, please ignore it.

Please click HERE to take part.
Many thanks in advance for providing this essential feedback.

You are receiving this invitation because you have patrolled new pages. For more information, please see NPP Survey. Global message delivery 13:21, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

Something you said you might be able to help with ...

Please drop in at the talk page here and say hi to Zoeyeve (on this article!) You said you might well be able to help neutralify the article, which is now in user space, before it goes back into mainspace. It's mainly a question of f inding really decent sources for the guy's publications in peer-reviewed journals etc (to show that he's a genuinely qualified chappie, etc.), removing weasel words and puffery, and all that stuff. You know what I mean. You;ll be good at this :o) Pesky (talkstalk!) 07:52, 28 October 2011 (UTC)

RecentChangesCamp 2012

Scholarship details are available at v:University of Canberra/RCC2012/Participants/Scholarship. :) --LauraHale (talk) 01:09, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

Article Edit Review?

Hello. I'm wondering if you could help me? I'm new to Wikipedia and I'm participating in the wikipedia partnership with my university, the University of Toronto. I'm a Master's of Information student (hopeful future librarian). I recently added a section to Library on Academic Libraries (under Types 2.3, I think). I was just wondering if you get the chance if you could have a look and make sure I did the edit right and provide some feedback? Thanks so much! FutureInfoPro (talk) 01:00, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

Hi Sonia, thanks so much for your reply and feedback, very helpful! I will reread the primary source policy and will try to stick to the correct format going forward. I really appreciate your help! :) (Oh yeah, I did use UofT links but only because it's all I know. Though I am not employed by UofT or receiving funding from them so I thought that would be kosher, but maybe that's too close?). Thanks again! :) FutureInfoPro (talk) 14:27, 1 November 2011 (UTC)

A kitten for you!

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For your helpful ideas with that article!

Pesky (talkstalk!) 06:27, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

I am new to Wikipedia and getting lost in trying to learn the coding. What do I do about working on a stub for a living person? Most of the information that I can find is either reviews of his books or transcripts of his interviews. Are these credible sources to cite? They seem biased to me. Thank you Cableknitpower (talk) 20:41, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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Thanks for giving me 51 pages about the distribution of coal balls. →Στc. 05:49, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
Hah, my pleasure. For future reference, if ever there are no students w/ access to whatever database you need on IRC, try WP:RX. sonia♫ 19:29, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

Move to Live

Hi Sonia! Your suggestions on my article, Kent Holtorf, were most helpful. I think all is in order now. I just need you or Pesky or Chzz to move it live for me if you think it's ready. Pesky posted this on her talk page, "Let me (or Chzz, or Sonia) know when you've found the relevant "proper" infobox, and then we can send it back "live". If I'm not around, for any reason, then you can point either of them here to let them know that, as far as I'm concerned, either of them is welcome to do the move. Pesky (talk …stalk!) 06:57, 7 November 2011 (UTC)" Thanks again Zoeyeve (talk) 15:08, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

I see Pesky's done it! Great job, and thank you for your tireless work. Writing an article like yours was a significant learning curve for me which took about a year! You've been a pleasure for all of us to work with, so far as I can see :) sonia♫ 19:29, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

Article Feedback Tool - Newsletter 1

Hey, guys and girls! You're receiving this because you signed up (or manually requested) the Article Feedback Tool Version 5 Newsletter. This is for people who care about making the AFT a better feature, but don't necessarily want to have to participate in every discussion. Instead, I'll be sending a newsletter around twice a month talking about what's been decided and what's still up for discussion - that way, if you're interested in specific features or ideas, you'll know when to jump in :). If you know anyone who fits into this category (or you're a talkpage watcher who does) please sign up here to receive more updates in the future.

First off, editors have already been picking at the basic design, and I've forwarded their suggestions to the devs. Those ideas which are worthy of further investigation (or being programmed into the software) are listed in the status box at the top of the talkpage. Community suggestions that the devs like include:

  • Allowing for up and down-voting of comments to indicate priority (suggested by User:Bensin)
  • Having comments link to the version of the article (as well as the article) that they refer to (suggested by User:RJHall)
  • Including the AFT box as a hidden drop-down from a "feedback" button on section headings (suggested by User:Utar)

So already there's been some great ideas - I was in a meeting yesterday in which they confirmed that the developers are actively looking at how to include Utar's suggestion pretty quickly. There are still a lot of open issues, however; most pressing this week is what level of access IPs should have to submitted comments? The Foundation's plan calls for IP addresses to be only allowed to read the comments, but not to vote on or comment on their priority - this is intended to reduce gaming - but editors may have different opinions. If you like this level of access, want something more open, or want something more closed, please drop a note here.

Hope to see you all on the talkpage soon, with any developments, ideas or suggestions you may have. All the best, Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 19:22, 8 November 2011 (UTC)

Future of the US Education Program and the Ambassador Project

There is a discussion about the future and the growth of the US education program along with the future of the Wikipedia Ambassador Project here. Voceditenore (talk) 18:19, 17 November 2011 (UTC)

Good news

After a long wait, my usurp request on Commons was granted! Pinetalk 22:50, 17 November 2011 (UTC)

Office Hours

Hey, sonia! Acknowledging that office hours sessions are normally pretty...what's the polite word...shit for those in the south-and-right-a-bit-hemisphere (what with being held at around 4am) I'm holding a session on Saturday at 3am UTC in #wikimedia-office on the Article Feedback Tool. Hopefully that fits nicely into the middle of the kiwi day, and you can attend :). Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 05:41, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

kent holtorf for deletion again

Sonia, could use your help! Another editor (duffbeerforme) has nominated the kent holtorf page for deletion. Your input would be much appreciated since you helped me get it back live!!! Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Kent Holtorf (talk) 16:08, 26 November 2011 (UTC)

Thank you! :)

Thanks for the brownie! It really made me smile. Tokyogirl79 (talk) 10:04, 29 November 2011 (UTC)tokyogirl79

Thank you for your work! sonia♫ 02:56, 30 November 2011 (UTC)


Brownie transparent.png Did someone say brownies? Pinetalk 10:25, 29 November 2011 (UTC)
50px sonia♫ 02:56, 30 November 2011 (UTC)

Article Feedback Tool newsletter

Hey, all! A quick update on how version 5 of the Article Feedback Tool is developing. I'm sending this to both newsletter recipients and regular participants, because I appreciate we've been a bit quiet :).

So, we're just wrapping up the first round of user contributions. A big thank you to everyone who has contributed ideas (a full list of which can be found at the top of the page); thanks almost entirely to contributions by editors, the tool looks totally different to how it did two months ago when we were starting out. Big ideas that have made it in include a comment voting system, courtesy of User:Bensin, an idea for a more available way of deploying the feedback box, suggested by User:Utar, and the eventual integration of both oversight and the existing spam filtering tools into the new version, courtesy of..well, everyone, really :).

For now, the devs are building the first prototypes, and all the features specifications have been finalised. That doesn't mean you can't help out, however; we'll have a big pile of shiny prototypes to play around with quite soon. If you're interested in testing those, we'll be unveiling it all at this week's office hours session, which will be held on Friday 2 December at 19:00 UTC. If you can't make it, just sign up here. After that, we have a glorious round of testing to undertake; we'll be finding out what form works the best, what wording works the best, and pretty much everything else under the sun. As part of that, we need editors - people who know just what to look for - to review some sample reader comments, and make calls on which ones are useful, which ones are spam, so on and so forth. If that's something you'd be interested in doing, drop an email to

Thanks to everyone for their contributions so far. We're making good headway, and moving forward pretty quickly :). Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 16:39, 29 November 2011 (UTC)

Okay, trout me if I forget this one. :P sonia♫ 02:56, 30 November 2011 (UTC)

A kitten for you!

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You'll make a great admin yourself one day :)

Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 00:48, 30 November 2011 (UTC)

Merci! sonia♫ 02:56, 30 November 2011 (UTC)


For joining the response team. There should be a new version of the tool coming out tomorrow if all goes well, so there will be new functionality to play with. ;) If you can think of anyone else who would be interested in this kind of thing, please invite them (or I would be happy to). Cheers, Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 01:49, 30 November 2011 (UTC)

sure thing! sonia♫ 02:01, 30 November 2011 (UTC)

Feedback Dashboard upgrade

Hi Sonia,

Thanks for signing up for the Feedback Dashboard response team! I wanted to let you know that the tool just got an important update (see here for details). I also wanted to invite you to the IRC office hours session that Steven and I are going to hold this Sunday, December 4. Hope you can make it and share your experience/questions with us! Thanks again, Maryana (WMF) (talk) 00:01, 1 December 2011 (UTC)


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Office Hours

Hey Sonia/Archive 6; another Article Feedback Tool office hours session! This is going to be immediately after we start trialing the software publicly, so it's a pretty important one. If any of you want to attend, it will be held in #wikimedia-office on Friday 16th December at 19:00 UTC. As always, if you can't attend, drop me a line and I'm happy to link you to the logs when we're done. Thanks, Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 22:31, 13 December 2011 (UTC)

That's... Saturday 8am for me? I think so. Thanks for actually noting the location this time, heh. Had no clue what chan it was last time. sonia♫ 23:41, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
Oh dear! And yeah, that sounds about right time-wise. I'll understand if you can't come along :). Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 03:13, 14 December 2011 (UTC)

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Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Hydroboration

Can I simply help this editor by doing the proposed integration with content that exists in Wikipedia? That seems to be what he wants, and I know how to blend it in better than this newbie would.--Smokefoot (talk) 08:43, 15 December 2011 (UTC)

Feel free. sonia♫ 19:19, 15 December 2011 (UTC)

A kitten for you!


A kitten for you! I've heard rumours that if you attend RCC, you'll be bringing a carryon filled with Krispy Kreme donuts for User:Bidgee and a chocolate glazed donuts from Dunkin Donuts for me with us paying you back. This makes you the most awesome Wikipedian ever. Also. Ever. Everyone loves the person bringing donuts the most.  :D :D :D :D :D :D

LauraHale (talk) 12:03, 17 December 2011 (UTC)

o_O. Do you not have those donuts in Aus? :P Why do I need them in my carryon? (But I'm more than willing to chip in toward donuts for us all; see you there :D) sonia♫ 05:41, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

Have a great Christmas

Figgy Pudding with flaming brandy.jpg Christmas pudding is hot stuff!
Have a wonderful Christmas. As the song says: "I wish you a hopeful Christmas, I wish you a brave new year; All anguish, pain, and sadness Leave your heart and let your road be clear." Pesky (talkstalk!) 23:22, 24 December 2011 (UTC)
Aww! Thank you. The ol' PTSD has flared up pretty badly recently, compounded by a number of real-world factors, but it's buggered off to make for a surprisingly peaceful Christmas day. Maybe your well wishes did something for it! sonia♫ 00:31, 25 December 2011 (UTC)

Best wishes

TheBeachHH2.jpg Bet you wish you were here!
Warmest greetings from the Land of Smiles, and let's keep smiling together throughout the coming new year. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 00:15, 25 December 2011 (UTC)
Thank you! It's been really warm here in Auckland, but I've missed the climate and culture of SE Asia quite a bit this year. Envious :) sonia♫ 00:31, 25 December 2011 (UTC)

Merry X'mas~!

Thank you :) sonia♫ 22:58, 28 December 2011 (UTC)

Merry X-Mas!

File:Feel Like A sir.svg

--Zalgo (talk) 01:12, 25 December 2011 (UTC)

<3 sonia♫ 22:58, 28 December 2011 (UTC)

Internet stopped?

You disappeared suddenly. :( Did your internet stop? Pinetalk 10:21, 28 December 2011 (UTC)

Computer froze. sonia♫ 22:58, 28 December 2011 (UTC)

A bowl of strawberries for you!

Erdbeerteller01.jpg Because strawberries taste really good, especially with liberal application of sugar. Kansan (talk) 09:45, 29 December 2011 (UTC)
Sentiment much appreciated. As a follow up: I've talked with the persons in question, and things seem to be going fine. sonia♫ 23:17, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

Ambassador Needed

Hi Sonia,

Thanks for contacting me. I am still looking for one more ambassador for my winter term course Writing & Rhetoric II beginning next week. I'm specifically interested in someone who would be willing to respond to short proposals written by students for planned edits/article creations. I'm giving student the choice to create new article or make edits/additions to existing articles. These proposals would be short plans for article creations / or edits and additions to existing articles. They would be sent to you on or a day or two before Jan. 16. There's a cap of twenty students in the class, so you would only be responsible for responding to ten student proposals. What do you think? Matthewvetter (talk) 16:02, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

Sounds great! I'd love to be an ambassador for your class. I don't start work until February, so I'll have plenty of time to dedicate to helping out. sonia♫ 23:13, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

Sonia, Thanks so much. I've added your name to the online ambassadors. Expect an e-mail from me when things get rolling. You can check out the project schedule at the course page. (talk) 15:00, 31 December 2011 (UTC)