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Thank you for Casey Stengel, "one of the great managers in baseball history, and one of its great characters"! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:46, 29 March 2018 (UTC)

You are welcome.--Wehwalt (talk) 09:59, 29 March 2018 (UTC)
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Thank you for improving article quality in March! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:38, 1 April 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, and to you. Article quality always needs improvement.--Wehwalt (talk) 04:08, 2 April 2018 (UTC)
Good job on the March TFAs. Very little squawking at WP:ERRORS. - Dank (push to talk) 23:44, 4 April 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, somewhat gratified and relieved.--Wehwalt (talk) 00:52, 5 April 2018 (UTC)
... and in April, changed the image ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:14, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
... and in June (May below), - new image, accepting that sometimes there are thistles, but also beautiful! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:20, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
... and in July, - take a mountain lake for the thistles --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:07, 1 August 2018 (UTC)
... and in August --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:10, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
Much obliged.--Wehwalt (talk) 21:43, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
... and in September! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:37, 1 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks.--Wehwalt (talk) 18:10, 1 October 2018 (UTC)

Thank you, and all who helped, for Carousel, which "may be the most beautiful musical ever written; we will not disagree with Time magazine, naming it the best of the century. We're talking about a musical which had such songs in it as "If I Loved You", "June is Bustin' Out All Over", and the R&H song which has perhaps had the greatest single impact, "You'll Never Walk Alone". Enjoy. Curtain up."! - Were you one of more than 17k who looked yesterday at my hook about a peace day? On the same page as Imogen Holst. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:27, 13 April 2018 (UTC)

Today, thank you for Louisiana Purchase Exposition dollar, "the first US gold commemorative coins, allowing us to meet one of the more interesting characters in the history of numismatics, coin collector, dealer, and ruthless promoter Farran Zerbe. Today, he's mostly remembered for good, with a major numismatics award named for him, but he was a very controversial figure in his time."!

You are welcome.--Wehwalt (talk) 09:08, 30 April 2018 (UTC)

Next day: Standing Liberty quarter, in "a article series on the Great Redesign of US coinage from 1907 to 1921. As usual, this features the usual officials and artists butting heads, one less than untimely death, and the usual insanities behind the scenes at the United States Mint." For me, you stand for liberty ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:57, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

Much obliged, thank you. Odd that it is a back to back.--Wehwalt (talk) 12:29, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for more article work in May! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:46, 1 June 2018 (UTC)
... crowned by a new FA ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:47, 1 June 2018 (UTC)
Thank you. Always glad when it passes.--02:03, 2 June 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for today's Neville Chamberlain, "a scrupulously fair look at a man whose reputation, in the public view, lies in rubble"! - For today's music, see my talk, trumpets and all ;) - a fair look at a person with damaged reputation deserves it! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:49, 10 June 2018 (UTC)

Thank you. I appreciate it.--Wehwalt (talk) 14:58, 10 June 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for the Waterloo Medal (Pistrucci), "the famous Waterloo medal, that cost the British Government thousands of pounds, and at the end of the day, could not be struck in its original form. And if it had, it would have been useless, since most of the recipients were dead and it would have been politically imprudent to bring up Waterloo while wooing the French ..."! - Thank goodness the Rheingau Musik Festival gave its prize to Enoch zu Guttenberg in 2017. Never magaged to hear one of his concerts, - Verdi's Requiem was scheduled in a few days. - That's the fourth "recent death" in a few weeks, sadly. Thank you for your review of the FAC that failed, - one of the minor problems. I may ping you in a while to a PR. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:30, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Shame about that. Thank you. I guess "Don't mention the war" was true even in 1849!--Wehwalt (talk) 08:20, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for 2017–18 Bergen County eruv controversy, more shame. - I had a good DYK yesterday, but couldn't interest as many as hoped in Hilmar Hoffmann and the Museumsufer, including what we had to describe precisely as the "first independent Jewish museum in postwar Germany". He proclaimed "culture for all", saying it's a work in progress, - would be a good motto for WP, - "anybody can edit" is just so untrue. - Can you please keep an eye on BWV 134a, supposed to be my next FAC, but with a little edit war. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:18, 24 July 2018 (UTC)

Sorry, didnt notice that. Thank you. I'll take a look at it.--Wehwalt (talk) 09:36, 1 August 2018 (UTC)
Nothing happened in 2 weeks, after that shock on a Sunday. - Well, much else: Thank you for todays Huguenot-Walloon half dollar, "a somewhat controversial commemorative coin, in its time. Though it would probably be so today, I suppose. Also notable for the appearance of one of Congress's most spectacularly named members, Wells Goodykoontz. He should have kept at it, imagine Senator Goodykoontz, Governor Goodykoontz, dare I say President Goodykoontz? But I digress."! - As a token of thanks for what you did about politicians and remembering them, take a look at a memorable performance remotely related. I even placed it in an article I didn't know existed. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:38, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
How interesting. Thank you, and for the kind words. As it happens, I avoid involvement in articles on 21st century politics. Too much edit warring going on as it is, and by surprising people.--Wehwalt (talk) 19:12, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for today's coin, the Vermont Sesquicentennial half dollar, "a half dollar with a rather complicated history, both in Congress and in the preparation. There were repeated battles in Congress over this coin, not so much because of its subject, but over the idea of issuing commemorative coins at all, and things then got hairy in the Commission of Fine Arts ... well, it's a nice coin, even if the catamount on the back's a little hard to explain"! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:17, 9 September 2018 (UTC)
Much obliged. Thank you again.--Wehwalt (talk) 00:43, 10 September 2018 (UTC)

Good to see William McKinley once more! Today, we both have a serious-looking 19th-century man pictured, DYK Das goldene Kreuz? I didn't until it came up in a singer's bio. Sad story. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:35, 14 September 2018 (UTC)

I'm not familiar with the opera. I guess not all successes last forever. Thank you for the kind words.--Wehwalt (talk) 07:06, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
I wonder what would have happened if the Nazis had not banned it. Some other works from the period are still played, some not. This one was ranked with Carmen back then, but wasn't rediscovered after WWII, while Wehwalt is on stage often ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:20, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
Yes. I have a cigarette card showing what happens to Wehwalt in the end. Or, as illustrated, in the midsection. It's a useful reminder.--Wehwalt (talk) 08:10, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
Planning to see the Ring next year, in Minden [1] where I heard Tristan und Isolde in 2012, and mentioned it first on this page, before writing about tenor and soprano and theatre. - Today, thank you for History of the British penny (1714–1901), "the crucial time when it evolved from a small silver coin rarely seen to a fairly large bronze coin which it stayed until decimalisation. So it either fell through holes in pockets, or caused them." - I have BWV 134a a FAC open, kept it short, and please tell me if too short: should more detail about his time in Köthen (then Cöthen) be added, for example? Should the strange new BWV numbering system, which caused me to use a different infobox, be explained instead of just appear? - I don't know how to react to this revert. - Again, thank you for the penny history, written in collaboration! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:53, 11 October 2018 (UTC)
Would you have time to look at the FAC? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:15, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
I will, but I'm not sure when I can get to it.--Wehwalt (talk) 22:27, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

... and in October! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:06, 1 November 2018 (UTC)

Thanks.--Wehwalt (talk) 22:19, 1 November 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for Spiro Agnew: "largely forgotten today, this is the tale of the corrupt former vice president Spiro T. Agnew, who served from 1969 to 1973. His rise was meteoric, from almost nowhere to VP in just two years, and he was an early standard-bearer for what became known as the New Right – the "John the Baptist" of the movement, some said. His rhetoric of the "forgotten Americans", his avid cultivation of the politics of resentment, and his attacks on the elitist liberal establishment, have a strong contemporary feel. A controversial and divisive figure, with Nixon in deep Watergate stews, only Agnew's venality stopped him from becoming the 38th president. What might have been" ...! - It's a pleasure to have Psalm 133, a little piece about br'erly love, on the same Main page. I miss him. - Thank you for your thoughtful FAC comments and support! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:21, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for the Rhode Island Tercentenary half dollar, "with quite a bit of chicanery going on, though it doesn't get the bad press as much as others"! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:20, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

You are welcome.--Wehwalt (talk) 10:30, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
Thank for scheduling December. I just nominated a Baroque cantata for TFA on 1 January, please consider to avoid a similar FA in December unless there's a strong date connection. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 00:16, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
You did well, regarding pieces, but do we really have to have Ravel a few days after another composer, on his day of death, when in 2019 or better 2020 we could celebrate his March birthday? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:43, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
We could, but I'm not sure it's significant enough. And if you try for an anniversary all the time than the TFA/R requests, often for anniversaries, stand out less.--Wehwalt (talk) 19:38, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
I just wondered about 3 classical music in about a week, two of them composers of more or less the same period. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:26, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
Do you think it might cause a problem for your Bach article for January 1?--Wehwalt (talk) 02:59, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
Well, probblems would be saying to much, just that we don't have as many classical music articles (as mushrooms and hurricanes), so may want to spread them a little more, and even without Bach's work, two men from the same period in less than a week seems not perfect, - unless they had both an important anniversary, as we had in August with Debussy and Vaughan Willams. + my dislike for prominence of death. I am still in shock about the death of the one who made the best comment when br'er left, and received the first Precious in style (and for a while the only one, - I made that general only the next years). --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:42, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
Yes, that is sad. As for your comments, I suppose so. I'll pull Ravel then and select something else.--Wehwalt (talk) 10:24, 21 November 2018 (UTC)

... and in November! - in memory - 7 March would be a good day for Ravel. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:27, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

Thanks. Remember to remind me.--Wehwalt (talk) 13:27, 1 December 2018 (UTC)
I'll try to remember. I'd just put it on pending but it's by Tim whom I drove off Wikipedia, allegedly, - I just don't know how. I made a list of reverted infoboxes, back in 2013 and updated when I discovered more, - that's all I feel "guilty" of, - guess what, I don't feel guilty. I just have a bad memory, and will only remember the ones that don't hurt (hurt such as Pierre Boulez, whom I met and would like to honor), without such a list. Well, yes, I also clicked a thank you at times to a newcomers who was reverted. I will never feel guilty for thanking, but stopped it anyway as it was misunderstood. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:39, 1 December 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for today's Kalākaua coinage, about "four of five of Hawaii's official coins, so liked for their beauty they were incorporated into spoons, cuff links and the like, but which caused a monetary crisis when issued to refill Hawaii's treasury"! - I have another great singer on the same page, who impressed me several times, most recently as the Arabic doctor in the Russian opera. Would like to see him as Marke. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:51, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for today's Benjamin Tillman, "a racist, bigot and killer, who was also a senator and governor of his state, and a non-trivial figure in American history. It's necessary that this article be done, it is a story that deserved to be told better, even if not a story we care much for." --Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:32, 11 December 2018 (UTC)


Hi Wehwalt, I hope you're doing really well. All's well here. I was wondering whether you might possibly have time to contribute to the PR of the article I've been working on: Wikipedia:Peer review/Pod (The Breeders album)/archive1. If you don't have time—or interest—no worries! Take care, Moisejp (talk) 07:17, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

I will get there when I can, I'm traveling at present.--Wehwalt (talk) 02:57, 21 November 2018 (UTC)

FAC review[edit]

Hi Wehwalt , Did you mean to do this? Cheers - SchroCat (talk) 17:34, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

No idea how that happened. Fixed.--Wehwalt (talk) 17:46, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks - I guessed it was in error! I hope all is well with you. Cheers - SchroCat (talk) 17:54, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

W.H. Harrison Campaign article[edit]

Hey Wehwalt. I'd like to thank you for the work you did on the William Henry Harrison campaign article. I was the one who originally created it, taking some of the information from other articles to start it off. There were a couple of other articles that I made as well, like the Jackson campaign in 1828. I haven't looked at the page in quite some time, but I got an alert about the peer-review you requested from last year. I don't sign in much on this account these days and so I just saw the article again for the first time. Anyway, it seems like you did quite a bit of research, and I commend you for the work you put in there. Themane2 (talk) 06:06, 26 November 2018 (UTC)

Thanks. And thank you for a fine foundation on which I built.--Wehwalt (talk) 19:46, 26 November 2018 (UTC)

Some handy little guides[edit]

  • "Writing Principles | USAGov Platform Style Guide | USAGov".

I've bookmarked these for my own use. I actually once had to find a US military manual of style, because there was a whole edit war going on about titles, dates, ranks, etc. Sometimes the US Government manuals come in handy. God bless the bureaucracy. — Maile (talk) 21:22, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

How about...[edit]

George Washington's Bathtub.jpg Ahh... a sit in GW's bathtub at the hot springs in Berkeley Springs, WV
to rest up from all your travels. (And thanks for all your reviewing work, muchly appreciated.) Shearonink (talk) 01:22, 5 December 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. Been to Berkeley Springs, I used to fill up water jugs if I was passing nearby ...--Wehwalt (talk) 01:30, 5 December 2018 (UTC)

Walking Liberty half dollar scheduled for TFA[edit]

This is to let you know that the Walking Liberty half dollar article has been scheduled as today's featured article for January 9, 2019. Please check the article needs no amendments. If you're interested in editing the main page text, you're welcome to do so at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/January 9, 2019, but note that a coordinator will trim the lead to around 1000 characters anyway, so you aren't obliged to do so.

We also suggest that you watchlist Wikipedia:Main Page/Errors on the day before and the day of this TFA. Thanks!

Commons photo lab[edit]

Hi Wehwalt

I 'pinged' you there concerning the Apollo image request which has unfortunately languished there since August. I wasn't sure whether you were busy, away, didn't see the notification, or whether the issue was now unimportant since it had become 'stale', so I thought I'd drop a note here, just in case you did miss the 'ping', as suggested on your Commons user page. Cheers. -- Begoon 04:19, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

Thanks, must have missed the ping. What you said looks fine.--Wehwalt (talk) 06:57, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Thank you. What I was mainly looking for there was some feedback. I'm sorry you had to wait this long for anyone to address this, and if you just want me/us to use our best judgement then that's perfectly fine, but as the requester I hoped you might guide us a little towards what you were hoping for as a result. Again, if all this is too late to be of much use (or relevance) to you now then that's completely understandable. I'd been trying to clear up some of the old requests that had been 'overlooked' for a long time, and some of the requesters did still find a use for the work, even after several months. -- Begoon 09:43, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

TFA (Tillman)[edit]

I know it's from 2015 but why? And after the past two years you don't think it's at least inappropriate, if not outright dangerous? Heather's death wasn't enough? What if it instigates something akin to Kristallnacht? The article so prominent on the front page wouldn't do it under normal circumstances, but a so-called president is urging murder, so now do you feel like an accomplice? I know you seemed to think it's all for the encyclopedia, but is that worth lives? You personally won't be directly responsible, but having such a prominent site feature one of 'their' heroes, what do you think would go through a supremacist's mind? You don't think this is historic because the subject's dead, right? So what if upon seeing it a cult member decides to gratify the fascist tendency and go on a killing spree? Is one star (how ironic considering the symbols Nazis used...) at the top of your page worth what, one, five or ten lives?

You may be writing about politics generally, but considering there are probably many others that aren't featured yet why focus on such? And why let the process grind on after you know the outcome of 2016 (well, the campaign was on in 15, you didn't write it in response?) - all it took for one person with a gun to kill eleven people is the "there might be middle easterns" (in south america, somehow) after which he concluded that it must be Jews and that is that. Now that was one of thousands of lies, this article may be factual but for them it is like a shrine they need to worship. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:11, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

Interesting point. I thought I presented Tillman fairly negatively, especially the ending. As far as I know, Tillman himself is not the subject of supremecist adulation. It is certainly something to keep in mind. Thank you for that.--Wehwalt (talk) 15:17, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
They adore most of the segregationist, Confederate historical figures. They kill people alive today over statues of people from centuries ago, and this one is a century old, there might be people alive who were children back then. And it's not whether it's positive, neutral, or negative... it's how prominent it is, like on a pedestal, that I'm sure they've already noticed by now making them feel vindicated in their beliefs. (talk) 15:42, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Several members of the Nazi party, slaveholders, criminals and others of unsavory background have run TFA. I see you have posted at WT:TFA, perhaps that is a better place to continue this discussion. Some guidance about what you would have us do would be helpful.--Wehwalt (talk) 15:47, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Well, in my, and what seemed to be Karl Popper's opinion, giving more oxygen to extremism in general isn't productive to a rational society. This is an encyclopedia, but it can still impact the outside world, and being located in the biggest country where extremism currently flourishes can only bode negatively, I think. Not that it's the worst offender when social media let lies spread like wildfire and only in exceptional circumstances do they suspend extremist accounts (in its most iconic response it wouldn't suspend a president's account even if they threaten nuclear war, despite its policy against violence applying to everyone else, and of course nuclear annihilation wouldn't exactly leave them a world to extract ad revenue from).
So, it's the paradox of tolerance... sure, Wikipedia wouldn't censor a TFA about some childish insult that somehow someone wrote extensively about, but in its tolerance of absolutely anything doesn't it risk aggravating societal factors that enable what could be, ultimately, detrimental to the survival of the site itself? If e.g. there was a hypothetical civil war which some on the fringes already try to incite, unless the servers are flexible with its relocation, not to mention staff etc. This is besides lower-level harm potentially done to society outside of the site, and in the end to its editors too. Many sites do much worse, only to be suspended from prominent hosting after a massacre or such, but this site is much more prominent than most of them, so wouldn't it be rational, for its own sake too, to have some sort of regulation on the front page especially? (talk) 16:24, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
I do understand your point, very well. It will be interesting to see what the community thinks of the matter.--Wehwalt (talk) 16:34, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

protect 1975 Australian constitutional crisis[edit]

It's the only way to stop the political vandalism. Paul Benjamin Austin (talk) 03:28, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Seasonal greetings[edit]

Scrooges third visitor-John Leech,1843.jpg Seasonal Greetings and Good Wishes
Seasonal greetings for 2018, and best wishes for 2019 to all who continue to fight for good practice and higher standards in building this great encyclopedia. Brianboulton (talk) 11:07, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, and a wonderful 2019 to you too, along with the greetings of the season.--Wehwalt (talk) 14:09, 16 December 2018 (UTC)


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Wishing you all the best for x-mass. Thanks for all the help this year. Ceoil (talk) 19:20, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Merry Christmas![edit]

A very happy Christmas and New Year to you! Julemotiv tegnet av Jenny Nystrøm (24207687988).jpg

May 2019 bring you joy, happiness – and no trolls or vandals!

All the best

Gavin / SchroCat (talk) 21:36, 16 December 2018 (UTC)