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Can I get some advice?

Hi Giano. I'm a long-time lurker on this site, usually just reading about things that interest me and fixing minor typos and such. I came upon an article (Wounded Knee incident) that I really think needs a complete re-write and I would appreciate your advice on how to go about it. I've noticed that you often do a lot of writing on one of your subpages and then put the article in the main space. To fix this page, should I copy and paste the Wounded Knee incident page into a subpage under my name where I can work on it at my leisure? I would then re-write it completely, fixing all the citations and such. Would I then copy and paste it back into the mainspace article or how does that work? I also don't want to get into an editing war with previous editors of that page, so should I announce my intentions on the talk page first? Any advice you can give me would be appreciated. --SGT Tex 18:31, 1 June 2007 (UTC)

You first create the page User:SGT Tex/Wounded Knee incident then paste in the existing page and re-write it, privately in user space, then when you have finished just paste your new page back into main space, and announce it as a re-write in the edit summary. Take note though of any useful information which may be added to the page between these stages. So it is probably a good idea to announce on the talk page what you are doing, so others don't waste their time. The problems arise if anyone else edits the page in your use space (which they should not do without an invitation)then you cannot just past back because you would lose other peoples credits in the history - so you ask a friendly admin to merge the history pages. It is quite simple really. Giano 23:12, 1 June 2007 (UTC)

My signature

According to Microsoft Word, it's a mix of Times New Roman and MS Mincho. I'd never even heard of the latter. I copied the characters from some website, I can't remember what now. I'll change it if I find out lots of people can't read it. Are you using Internet Explorer by any chance? It wouldn't surprise me if it didn't work in IE. If you are, get Firefox! It's better :-p --ɐuɐʞsəp (ʞɿɐʇ) 02:07, 4 July 2007 (UTC)

Ha! Yep, I'm using IE. I know, I know, I'm stuck in the past, but hey, I'm resistent to change. So sue me...Tex02:11, 4 July 2007 (UTC)


Hey, I just wanted to thank you for your unbiased opinions on the Benoit article. From everything I've seen, you've been the calming voice on that page. You've done a good job. Tex01:39, 4 July 2007 (UTC)

Thanks. — Moe ε 02:14, 4 July 2007 (UTC)
No problem. I know you've taken a lot of heat, but I just thought you should know your efforts are appreciated.Tex02:19, 4 July 2007 (UTC)
I wish everyone had as much good faith as you.. — Moe ε 02:46, 4 July 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, well. Anytime you need my help, just let me know.Tex02:52, 4 July 2007 (UTC)

Nuns and British humour

You're not alone. See this thread. It's a pun on wearing the soap down, and is designed to leave the listener wondering (a) what two nuns would be doing in a bath together and (b) why the soap is wearing down so quickly. Juvenile, and I like it. But clearly only funny for me!! The Rambling Man 17:11, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

Oh, you crazy Brits!Tex17:30, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

Note about hodgepodge

Hello, I noticed that you like to fight vandalism and I thought that I might be able to help. I have complied the best vandalism fighting tools into a single javascript file that I call "Hodgepodge" and I thought you might be interested in it. The file, once added to your monobook, can help you fight vandalism much much easier and quicker than without the scripts. The tool can be found here: User:Wikidudeman/Hodgepodge. Read the page for information on how to install as well as compatibility issues. If you have any questions then please leave me a note on my talkpage. Thanks.Wikidudeman (talk) 17:25, 15 November 2007 (UTC)

Thanks Wikidudeman. I'll take a look. Tex19:00, 15 November 2007 (UTC)

Re: Thanks

Yeah, that comes more or less with the job :). If that happens too often, you can request your userpage to be semi protected. -- lucasbfr talk 23:07, 20 November 2007 (UTC)


Paranoia is infectious ;) Cleduc 17:58, 4 December 2007 (UTC)

DYK - Luv Ya Blue

Updated DYK query On 24 December, 2007, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Luv Ya Blue, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

~ Riana 10:47, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

How nice. Thank you Riana! Tex15:58, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

Queluz National Palace

This article, to which you contributed, will be featured on the Main Page on January 5, 2008.[1] Risker (talk) 17:50, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

All I did was format the references. That is mostly Giano's baby, but thanks for letting me know. Tex19:14, 2 January 2008 (UTC)
I am just the messenger here. This article was an excellent example of collaborative editing. Risker (talk) 19:16, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

Thank you

For striking through your comments. DurovaCharge! 20:53, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

No problem. My arguments seemed kind of moot once he changed the wording of his original message. I guess irony isn't as widely noticed these days as it used to be. SGT Tex (talk) 20:59, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Protection of Wikipedia talk:Requests for arbitration/IRC/Proposed decision

On 17 January, following a series of edits to Wikipedia talk:Requests for arbitration/IRC/Proposed decision, User:FloNight protected the page and added the following in an edit summary: "I protected the page from all editing until the case is closed or edits all agree to make all productive comments about the proposed ruling and not other editors". Flonight has not left any further messages as yet, so I am posting this message to all those who edited the page in this period, and asking them to consider signing this section at Flonight's talk page indicating that they will abide by this request. Hopefully this will help move the situation forward, and enable the talk page to be unprotected (with any necessary warnings added) so that any editor (including those uninvolved in this) can comment on the proposed decision. Thank you. Carcharoth (talk) 05:45, 18 January 2008 (UTC)

I only edited the page twice to point out glaringly obvious irony. I think it's silly to protect the page, but I have nothing more to do with it. SGT Tex (talk) 22:12, 18 January 2008 (UTC)

RFA thanks

Thanks for your support in my RFA, that didn't quite make it and ended at 120/47/13. There was a ton of great advice there, that I'm going to go on. Maybe someday. If not, there are articles to write! Thanks for your support. Lawrence § t/e 17:59, 12 April 2008 (UTC)

Sorry to hear that Lawrence. Good luck in the future. Tex (talk) 13:59, 14 April 2008 (UTC)

RFA Thanks

Thanks for your support at my recent Request for adminship. I hope you find I live up to your expectations. Best, Risker (talk) 15:39, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

Trout / Rose

Please fix your image description to indicate the sources of your trout and rose images. Unless you actually took those photos then "I created this work entirely by myself" is not correct. Dragons flight (talk) 18:35, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

Nice pic

Hey. I would just like to say good work on Image:Zilla for ArbCom.gif. Its a very nice graphic :) ·Add§hore· Talk/Cont 21:39, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

Why, thank you. Hopefully the monster is serious about running this year! Tex (talk) 21:42, 6 August 2008 (UTC)
He shuld do now he has the support of that awesome banner :P ·Add§hore· Talk/Cont 21:48, 6 August 2008 (UTC)
Campaign poster very beautiful, thank you little Tex! Zilla already racking up mainspace edits, no worries! (Doing fine helpful copyediting, see contribs!) bishzilla ROARR!! 18:39, 7 August 2008 (UTC).
Yes, indeed. Zilla good copy editor! Look forward to a finding of fact saying "Little user acting like dumbass. Little user stop or face atomic death ray!" Those stuffy ol' arbs need a little levity among them. Tex (talk) 19:44, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Mackensen already propose remedy feeding user to Bishzilla one case. Unfortunately remedy not stick. [/me feel hungry at mere thought. Look assessingly at little Tex. ] No... no ! [restraining self with commendable effort. ]. Must not eat campaign manager! bishzilla ROARR!! 20:04, 7 August 2008 (UTC).
Awesome! However, the original author has stated that the original file be cc-by-sa, and subsequent modifications are attribution-share alike. Thus, your "public domain" tag was invalid. I never allow my work to be used in the public domain. I deleted your PD tag, and replaced it with a cc-by-sa one. miranda 08:07, 23 August 2008 (UTC)
OK, whatever you need to do. Nice job on the original, by the way. Tex (talk) 22:10, 23 August 2008 (UTC)

Bishzilla signature

At incurring the wrath of the Biszhilla, who I lovingly fear, someone is going to complain about this signature. Just sayin'... :( rootology (C)(T) 02:03, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up. Who do you think will complain? I'll gladly change it if someone thinks is inappropriate. --Tex (talk) Vote Bishzilla for Arbcom!! 02:05, 13 September 2008 (UTC)
(I'll reply here) Heck no, I'm not asking! I'm just saying... Bishonen already has my vote for being a model of right thinking and honesty. rootology (C)(T) 02:10, 13 September 2008 (UTC)
10-4. But since you think someone might not like it, I'll change it for now. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I thought it was funny, but if not, I'd rather just go with the flow. Tex (talk) 02:13, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

My RfA

Wikipe-tan mopping.png Thank you for your participation at my RfA, which passed with a count of (166/43/7). I appreciate your comments and in my actions as an administrator I will endeavor to act in ways that earn your full confidence, even though I don't have it now. Cirt (talk) 01:33, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Thank you

Hi Tex. I would like to thank you for your support in my RfA and the confidence expressed thereby. It is very much appreciated. :) The RfA was closed as successful with 73 supports, 3 opposes and 4 neutral. I would especially like to thank WBOSITG for nominating me. Best wishes and thanks again, —αἰτίας discussion 23:15, 18 September 2008 (UTC)

Bishzilla Arbcom Election Discussion Thing

Good morning. We're trying to keep all discussion on individual candidates on one discussion page, so I've moved one of your comments under the section entitled "Hear Ye, Hear Ye" from Wikipedia talk:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2008/Candidate statements/Bishzilla/Questions for the candidate to Wikipedia talk:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2008/Vote/Bishzilla. The question talk page was then redirected. I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause; the oversight was mine in not redirecting the page in the first place. Best, UltraExactZZ Claims ~ Evidence 13:40, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

No problem. Thanks for letting me know. Tex (talk) 15:45, 14 November 2008 (UTC)


Hi there Tex. I see your using AWB to change your signature from your old username to your new one. AWB shouldn't be used for this, and there's a general consensus that says users shouldn't make mass changes like this at all - could you please stop making the changes and simply use a redirect? Ryan PostlethwaiteSee the mess I've created or let's have banter 22:53, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

Yeah, I just read about someone using AWB for this on someone else's page and thought I would try it. It turns out that it was more of a headache than it's worth. I'm not going to do it anymore. Sorry. Tex (talk) 22:55, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
No need to apologise at all - it's just it tends to upset a lot of people. Thanks for your understanding. Take care, Ryan PostlethwaiteSee the mess I've created or let's have banter 22:57, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

Image:Zilla for ArbCom.gif listed for deletion

An image or media file that you uploaded or altered, Image:Zilla for ArbCom.gif, has been listed at Wikipedia:Images and media for deletion. Please see the discussion to see why this is (you may have to search for the title of the image to find its entry), if you are interested in it not being deleted. Thank you.   «l| Ψrometheăn ™|l»  (talk) 06:00, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

Your vote

First off, congratulations on being my fiftieth oppose! :) I noticed you didn't leave a rationale, so I thought I'd stop by and see what specific concerns you had about my candidacy. If there's anything you'd like me to explain or clear up, please feel free to ask. Thanks very much, and happy editing! --Hemlock Martinis (talk) 20:02, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

Hi Hemlock. Nothing personal; I just feel there are better candidates running. And I didn't really like the whole "punishment" point in your statement. I don't think arbcom's job should be to "punish" anyone. I'm probably too optimistic about that, but that's how I feel. Tex (talk) 20:16, 8 December 2008 (UTC)
No worries, we're very lucky to have a good slate of candidates this year. I hadn't noticed the punishment thing before but you're right, that's a poor word choice on my part. My point is that because some editors are perceived as being more powerful or special than others, Arbitrators are either hesitant to issue rulings against them or allies of them. I've changed it to "sanction", which better reflects my meaning. Since ArbCom's goal is (or should be) to create a stable environment in which productive building of the encyclopedia is not infringed, purely punitive measures against editors are unreasonable. In that, I completely agree. Anyways, thanks for replying to my query. Happy editing! --Hemlock Martinis (talk) 20:24, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

Thank you. That does look better and I do agree with it. You've convinced me. Good luck. Tex (talk) 20:41, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

Thank you very much! I greatly appreciate your support! --Hemlock Martinis (talk) 21:01, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

My list

Re: [2]. Thank you for entertaining one of several of my inane golf questions all those months ago; I love you people at the Reference Desk. I suppose my thank you list was a spectacularly bad idea. I feel like one of those teary starlets at an award ceremony, frantic that they're going to "forget" somebody in my acceptance speech... the only difference is I haven't won anything! Next time I fail at something, I will endeavor to emit more shout-outs.--The Fat Man Who Never Came Back (talk) 16:48, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

Yeah, well. I have no doubt your next spectacular failure will be soon. You can thank me then ;) Tex (talk) 16:55, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

Je suis Marxiste - tendance Groucho !

I wouldn't trust any committee that would accept me as a member... ;~) Thanks LessHeard vanU (talk) 20:30, 19 December 2008 (UTC)

Upon further consideraton, however... LessHeard vanU (talk) 17:49, 21 December 2008 (UTC)
Have I missed something? It's a little late to be running for arbcom at this stage...Tex (talk) 23:54, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

Liouville number

Oops, forgot about the '0 < ' part of the definition - apologies for the hasty edit! -- (talk) 04:53, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

Discussion about crazy dragon photo that showed up one day

YIKES!!! Bishzilla's friend is SCARY!

Huh? Lucky Dragon friendly fellow! How scary..? bishzilla ROARR!! 19:30, 26 February 2009 (UTC).
Oh noes, friend deleted! :-( bishzilla ROARR!! 21:03, 26 February 2009 (UTC).
Oh noes, indeed! Mighty 'Zilla homeless AND friendless? What's a dino to do? Tex (talk) 22:37, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

Stromboli Eruption.jpg

[Loud knock on little Tex's door. Enter Bishzilla. Explanatorily: ] Homeless! Red! [Dumps vast suitcase on Tex's floor, looks around. ] Cosy place! Little user have big guestroom ? Panoramic view of Krakatoa experiencing Strombolian eruption acceptable. When dinner? bishzilla ROARR!! 22:31, 24 January 2009 (UTC).

Welcome, oh Wise One. Make yourself at home! You're always welcome here. No one understands the Mighty 'Zilla like little Tex. Why 'Zilla's userpage a red link? Would like feast on Tokyo now? Tex (talk) 16:12, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
Tokyo business much exaggerated! 'Zilla sleep now! [Look round again, dubiously.] Er, generally take rest on comfy køkkenmødding. Used to homely smell. If not available, accept TEMPUR® viscoelastic memory foam, or anthill. Where good-sized sleeping arrangements ? bishzilla ROARR!! 00:31, 27 January 2009 (UTC).
Little Tex find the perfect spot. Mighty 'Zilla like water bed? Tex (talk) 01:49, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
[Pleased. ] Zilla rise out of exceptionally high concentrations of suspended plastic? Comfortable bed ! bishzilla ROARR!! 14:17, 27 January 2009 (UTC).
I think it's so kind of Tex to take Bishzilla in like this, I just wish of course I had the room, but Palazzo Splendido is just so small and cramped, it's out of the question. Completely out of the question. Giano (talk) 14:08, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

[Bishzilla experimentally bends little user in the middle, is pleased with the effect. Happily: ] User look like boiled shrimp! bishzilla ROARR!! 05:05, 14 March 2009 (UTC).

Ouch! Mighty 'Zilla wake up from hibernation and getting restless? Bending landlord into shrimp is not nice! Tex (talk) 14:06, 16 March 2009 (UTC)
Little gift for friendly landlord! Cute or delicious? Tex decide! Pet or snack from bishzilla 22:42, 21 March 2009 (UTC).
Bishzilla gets overexcited, eats little Harriet. Oh noes!
Yum! pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and GREEN FROGS! Tex (talk) 18:26, 23 March 2009 (UTC)
Little Harriet Featured! Thank you little landlord for support! bishzilla ROARR!! 23:39, 24 March 2009 (UTC).
Well, well, well. Happy news! Thank, thank your master for writing such a wonderful page. Tex (talk) 15:06, 25 March 2009 (UTC)


An Arbitration case in which you commented has been opened, and is located here. Please add any evidence you may wish the Arbitrators to consider to the evidence sub-page, Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Mattisse/Evidence. Please submit your evidence within one week, if possible. You may also contribute to the case on the workshop sub-page, Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Mattisse/Workshop.

On behalf of the Arbitration Committee, [[Sam Korn]] (smoddy) 08:26, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

FT RFA request for clarification

I noticed your vote on the Wikipedia:Requests_for_adminship/FlyingToaster_2. You said "Oppose per Giano". Giano's oppose was "A very poor idea. This editor is naive, uniformed and has an appalling record regarding content. One wonders why these people come here, any fool can sit and talk all day, and many do". I can parse your text in two ways: you slavishly follow Giano's oppose; or you believe that Giano had given good reasons and agreed with them. Your subsequent reply on that thread is difficult to interpret. The fragment "Do I think Giano provided enough reason that this person should not be an admin? Yes I do." seems to suggest the latter, though it could also be interpreted as the former. Do you care to clarify your position on this (now successful) RFA? William M. Connolley (talk) 11:19, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

Hello William. I didn't really have time to go into a long explaination when I first opposed, but I gave several reasons why I don't think Flying Toaster should be an admin in my follow-up. Besides agreeing with Giano that a lot of current admins like to sit and talk all day, I also said I don't like the fact that FT was on IRC a lot. I also said that they don't do a lot of article work. If you choose to only read the one about Giano giving enough reason, that's fine. I'm not sure why you're coming here asking for clarification when it was already closed as successful. Does it really matter at this point? I'm also curious why you have become FT's spokesman. Also, if I had seen your support comment before I decided to support or oppose, I would have opposed based solely on your comment, so you're not really doing FT any service. Tex (talk) 14:39, 19 May 2009 (UTC)
I'm not FT's spokesman; I'm sorry if you got that impression. Your oppose was (and remains) hard to parse; I was interested in a clarification. Alas I don't think you've really done that (other than making your sentiment clear): Besides agreeing with Giano that a lot of current admins like to sit and talk all day is a comment on existing admins, not a reason to oppose another one. Does it really matter at this point? - only insofar as it affects my opinion of you. But you've clarified that aspect for me (thank you), so there is perhaps no need to continue here William M. Connolley (talk) 15:06, 19 May 2009 (UTC)
You are correct that my comment was on existing admins, not a reason to oppose another one. How about if I said this: since FT tends to hang out on IRC and chat on various talk pages and RFAs rather than spending much time on article building, I think they would also become one of those admins that just sit and chat all day. And I don't believe we need more of those. Does that clarify things? And really, William, I'm not at all concerned what your opinion of me is. Have a nice day. Tex (talk) 15:40, 19 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Connolley, what sad thing to do, turn up here winging and complaining. I made a comment on you here [3] on your own page, it seems I was more correct than I beleived even then. Flying Toaster or whatever it is she calls herself has no business to be an admin, her first action was to chatter on #Admins. However, the community in its wisdom elected her. Do you hear any of us complaining? Is anyone questioning the RFA? Asking for a re-run? A recount? - No! So really you have nothing to worry about or badger people about. In short Connolley you are rather a nuisance here, now run along and chat on #admins or whatever it is you do to pass you obviously huge amount of free time. Adieu. Giano (talk) 20:34, 19 May 2009 (UTC)
I have raised the matter of Connolley's deplorable conduct here [4]. Giano (talk) 20:45, 19 May 2009 (UTC)