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Excuse me, but why did you delete the redirect M.o.v.e to make way for a move, despite the consensus name at the talk page being Move (Japanese band)? --Prosperosity (talk) 23:20, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

As far as I'm concerned, it was an uncontroversial move request; the only reason Ryulong couldn't perform the move himself was because of a bot edit that got in the way. I don't have an opinion about the move. PeterSymonds (talk) 07:40, 31 August 2010 (UTC)


An SPI where you previously commented has been reopened. See Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Nableezy. Sincerely, --brewcrewer (yada, yada) 02:40, 2 September 2010 (UTC)


I would appreciate it, if you could take another look at this. Compare Razzinator (talk · contribs) with Razzfan (talk · contribs). Similar usernames, and both make unsourced changes to "Razzie" Awards pages. Thank you for your time, -- Cirt (talk) 14:50, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Sorry, there just isn't enough behavioural evidence for me to take any action here. I don't think this is a sock issue. The fact that similar usernames edit an article with a similar name and introduce unsourced edits over a year apart is not strong enough. I think this now needs to be addressed as a content issue; if the edits are problematic, feel free to bring them up on the applicable noticeboard. With a few fairly obvious differences in behaviour, I don't feel comfortable with labelling this user as a sockpuppet. PeterSymonds (talk) 15:20, 2 September 2010 (UTC)
Coincidentally, User talk:Razzfan has been blocked repeatedly for that same behavior pattern. So you are correct, in that if it keeps up, the account will likely face escalating blocks. -- Cirt (talk) 15:23, 2 September 2010 (UTC)
I'm fine if he's blocked; I'm not defending his behaviour, and I haven't particularly studied it. What I have studied are his behavioural patterns from a sockpuppet investigation point of view. I would just rather not see him blocked as a sockpuppet without sufficient evidence and, while convincing, there just isn't enough in my view. Another clerk may disagree before the case is archived. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 15:26, 2 September 2010 (UTC)
The case has already been archived. No worries, -- Cirt (talk) 15:27, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Can you take a look at this? Same exact articles, similar usernames, same pattern of adding unsourced info, articles include List of Total Drama series characters and List of General Hospital cast members and Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress, etc. This is not simply coincidence. How can I appeal this sock investigation finding? Can you please have another look at the contribs of Razzinator (talk · contribs) with Razzfan (talk · contribs) ? -- Cirt (talk) 15:38, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Update - more evidence connecting Razzinator to Razzfan

Compare [1] with [2]. Thank you for your time, -- Cirt (talk) 15:49, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

PeterSymonds, have you had a chance to compare these two diffs? This really is a case of WP:DUCK. Thank you for your time, -- Cirt (talk) 03:36, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
PeterSymonds, I see you were able to address me, here [3]. Perhaps you can please respond to my query, in this thread on your user talk page? Thank you for your time, -- Cirt (talk) 18:42, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
Sorry, I thought it was a little redundant considering Fastily blocked him for unrelated reasons on September 8, so I considered the matter resolved. Was there something else you needed me to look at? Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 18:45, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
I had not realized that. A response to my repeated queries to your talk page would have been nice. I was starting to get under the impression that you were ignoring me. :( -- Cirt (talk) 18:47, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
Nah, I'd actually missed the thread responses until fairly recently, so I wasn't sure whether you were still wanting a follow-up. Sorry about that. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 18:48, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
Oh. Alright. Well - I had posted three followup requests in the interim... Oh well. Thank you for the response today. :) Cheers, -- Cirt (talk) 18:52, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

Nableezy SPIEdit

I believe you closed the case prematurely. The new accusations are behaviorally based, not technically based, and the previous findings do not shed light on the behavior. I agree that a new CU check will not be helpful, but an experienced admin should review the behavioral suggestions and comment on their strength or weakness. Therefore, I reopened the case and put it into the non-CU section. Thank you. -- Avi (talk) 19:13, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

With respect, I'm well aware that checkuser is not the only form of evidence, and while my comment may not have been clear enough, I'm still not convinced that the behavioural evidence is adequate to suggest sockpuppetry. It was comprehensive but circumstantial at best. I read through everything before making my closing comment, and I'll read through it again, but I was not convinced. PeterSymonds (talk) 19:18, 2 September 2010 (UTC)
Fair enough, if you read it through and decide that the behavioral evidence is insufficient, please note that. Thanks! -- Avi (talk) 19:24, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Thank you for your help!Edit

Thank you for your help, I talked with you on #wikipedia-en-help as Loki, and you helped me in marking my CI as edit=sysop as requested (Protection Log). Again, thank you for your help. --»Wolfnix« 23:21, 4 September 2010 (UTC)

You're welcome. PeterSymonds (talk) 23:22, 4 September 2010 (UTC)

SPI clerkingEdit

Hello, I am interested in becoming a clerk at SPI. You were on the list of clerks and didn't have a trainee so I decided to contact you. I have Rollback and am familiar with the allowed uses of alt. accounts and am a fairly well established/ trusted editor. I know I'm knew but that doesn't mean that I don't understand the policies. I understand them and follow them. Mr. R00t Talk 19:28, 5 September 2010 (UTC)

Hi; thanks for your interest. At the moment our backlog is almost exclusively centred around the administration of cases (primarily blocking users). We have enough clerks to deal with the other bits, but we'll let you know if we need more. Thanks again. PeterSymonds (talk) 19:31, 5 September 2010 (UTC)
Wouldn't it make sense for you to be training new clerks for when you have a backlog of new cases? Mr. R00t Talk 19:49, 5 September 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, but we're really in need of more people who can take care of them by blocking users and making admin judgements based on things like deleted content and contributions. DeltaQuad and Spitfire (among others) adequately cover the non-admin side of things, but we're only after admins to train at the moment. Sorry. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 19:52, 5 September 2010 (UTC)
Alright, please contact me when you need clerks again. Mr. R00t Talk 19:57, 5 September 2010 (UTC)

Fabstoflops sockpuppetry blockEdit

I'm missing what in the contributions points to User:Fabstoflops being a sock of anyone listed here. What in their contributions points to this?--Chaser (talk) 03:20, 6 September 2010 (UTC)

Hi. The page Pete Burgess after tagging it for deletion for being created by a blocked user. The other socks of Googler459 started reverting vandalism in a similar way (using the same manual summaries for warning. It's also interesting, although probably not very relevant, that this user falsifies rollback and Igloo summaries when reverting edits. It was mainly a block based on the page and similar reversions; the user denying knowledge of Bonkers189 seems odd considering the page he tagged as being created by a "blocked user" was clearly tagged as Bonkers189. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 06:10, 6 September 2010 (UTC)

Gay Nigger Association of America up for Deletion ReviewEdit

Hello! Since you participated in The MfD, you might be interested in participating in the Deletion Review, as well.

LiteralKa (talk) 04:22, 6 September 2010 (UTC)

A questionEdit

1st question: Hello, I have a question regarding talk pages. On English wiki we should use English language when we talk? Right? The use of other languages is not allowed?

2nd: About the warning I received[4] on the false request of User:Nmate, it is important to be retracted[5] because if another "report"[6] (where the result was case not valid) like this appear I could be banned for no apparent reason. Since the Admin who issued this warning is on indefinite Wikibreak I would like to ask you for the possibility of retracting this warning. Thank you. Adrian (talk) 12:50, 7 September 2010 (UTC)

"Palestinian leaders are habitual liars" Wikifan12345 is messing up the Hamas page.Edit

"Palestinian leaders are habitual liars" is one of his comments from the talk page, where you can get an excellent impression of him. Anyway, I will be patient, but thought you should know he seems on a sometimes incoherent campaign to exclude all my (bloat-cutting) edits and to grow an already 140,000 plus bytes article with his 'even more bad stuff about Hamas'.Haberstr (talk) 21:00, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

X3D edit againEdit

Please take a look at the history of your talk section to see the discussion of X3D edits started by me and vandalized by others. The issues have been resolved, but you should see what my original comments sparked. (talk) 20:21, 12 September 2010 (UTC)

That's OK, butEdit

That's OK you undid my revision, because the one, who this edit was addressed to read it already, but you do not know the whole story to decide what is and what is not appropriate. Regards.--Mbz1 (talk) 21:47, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

Well, you leaved me also curious. Why was it not appropriate? Iyow2 (talk) 21:57, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

Actually I am much more curious why a confirmed sock of a banned user is not blocked, and continuing wikihounding me from page to page.--Mbz1 (talk) 22:00, 15 September 2010 (UTC)
Notice that the last post is not after you but asking something to the owner of this talk page that did something unexpected in mine. Iyow2 (talk) 22:04, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

Duplicate warnings from IndexerbotEdit

I noted some duplicate warnings with the HBC Archive Indexerbot configs you have setup. I'm fixing these for you. The Indexerbot code snippet should only be placed in one place. In your situation I did left the code snippet in /Archive 1. --Kslotte (talk) 22:13, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

An example of the code snippet removal. --Kslotte (talk) 22:25, 15 September 2010 (UTC)
That's a bit odd. Thanks for fixing it! PeterSymonds (talk) 07:31, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

Block of User:Sourcedinfo on holdEdit

I'm not sure I get this one Peter. Looking at the uploads he was making just before being blocked, he did identify where he was getting them from and filled out the required fields on the FUR. Beeblebrox (talk) 17:50, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

The main issue here was uploading replaceable non-free files, the first batch I deleted. I sent the user an e-mail as it seemed more appropriate given some of the claims, explaining what the problems were, but they were reuploaded. The user then sent me an e-mail requesting clarification, explaining that some of them were owned outright, but this seemed highly improbable. But I gave a link to the OTRS e-mail address in case he wanted to declare them. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 18:11, 16 September 2010 (UTC)
I thought I had at least a halfway decent understanding of our policies in this area but I'm still not sure I get where you are coming from here. They were album covers, were labeled as such, and seemed to have proper FURs. If he was claiming on the file description page that he owned the images I could see it, but they were clearly tagged as non-free album covers downloaded from IMDB. I'm sorry if I'm being dense here, I'm just trying to see exactly how this is blockable. Beeblebrox (talk) 18:28, 16 September 2010 (UTC)
Well, he was uploading album covers and claiming them as his own; I deleted them and sent an e-mail explaining why I deleted them and why he couldn't use them on that article (as fair-use album covers should really be limited to articles about the album or song). He then re-uploaded them with the same rationale for the same article. That prompted the block, as I've so far had no acknowledgement of my e-mail or the follow-up. PeterSymonds (talk) 18:44, 16 September 2010 (UTC)
Ok, thanks for your patience with my thick head, I think I got you now. I've declined the unblock. Beeblebrox (talk) 21:33, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

Rollback proposalEdit

WikiTome · (talk · contribs · deleted · cross-wiki · wikichecker · count · pages created · logs · block log · lu · rfar · rfc · rfcu · ssp · spi · search an, ani, cn, an3) (assign permissions)

I have been working on Wikipedia to revert vandalism for a while now, although I took a break recently because it was too time consuming. Now I find myself with more time, and would like to continue by using Huggle so I can clean things up faster. As I need rollback privileges to use Huggle, I would be really grateful if you could assign them to me. Thanks so much. WikiTome Talk 17:52, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
  Moot Already handled at WP: RFP/R. Soap 19:09, 20 September 2010 (UTC)

Explanation of John P. Costas (business) editEdit

Hi - can you explain your cryptic edit summary relating to the following edit to John P. Costas (business). Further, are you supporting removal of this text? I think it would be a stretch to make a case that there is a WP:BLP issue - this is directly from a Bloomberg article and it is couched as UBS's reporting of their own losses. This is not a comment about the Costas himself but rather a loss-making division of UBS that was shuttered during the financial crisis. This editor is a major WP:COI issue as an admitted former Dillon Read Capital Management trader. |► ϋrбanяeneωaℓTALK ◄| 14:59, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

There were several reasons why I asked you to e-mail me as it's not something I'm prepared to discuss publicly. I'll send you an e-mail. PeterSymonds (talk) 15:15, 24 September 2010 (UTC)
Actually I can't, since you don't have it enabled. Is there any chance you can enable it? Thanks. PeterSymonds (talk) 15:29, 24 September 2010 (UTC)
  • I have enabled a new separate e-mail account as I feel uncomfortable having to do this outside of wikipedia. Please let me know when you have e-mailed so I can go check this account. |► ϋrбanяeneωaℓTALK ◄| 18:09, 24 September 2010 (UTC)
You have mail. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 18:40, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

You stated that you had received email confirmation previously. Image up for deletion thoughEdit

Padguy = Peter DavidEdit

You said you already confirmed his identity. [7] Someone tried to delete something he gave permission to use. I added the link to the OST ticket you mentioned, but the automatic template doesn't say its confirmed. [8] Can you please confirm his identity there, and replace it with whatever template is necessary? The talk page has more evidence of his identity and he gives permission to publish the article there. He also did it in an email he sent me, that I forwarded to you guys. Will someone with access read both emails to confirm his identity, and that he did give permission to this? Dream Focus 17:54, 22 June 2010 (UTC)

I'm bringing this up again since someone just nominated that page for deletion a second time. Can you confirm that you have read the email and confirmed it? How do I update the template to show that? You didn't answer last time, you gone for awhile, and no one else apparently handling these sorts of things. Dream Focus 16:31, 25 September 2010 (UTC)
I had quite forgotten! I will look into the ticket and confirm it this evening. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 18:31, 27 September 2010 (UTC)
Sorry, more technical issues. Erm, I think there is a little confusion here. I confirmed a ticket which identified the username to the real name, as that was a point of discussion and in need of clarification. This, however, is a totally different ticket, from somebody else, claiming that "he [Peter David] said it was fine". That is not appropriate and needs to be from the subject himself. As such, I cannot say the ticket is valid, because Peter David was not the one who sent the e-mail about that image. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 15:21, 1 October 2010 (UTC)
If you have confirmed that Padguy = Peter David, then when Padguy says on his talk page that he is writing an article about the issue, and that anyone can use it, then doesn't that count as proof? [9] He mentions it'll be in his "But I Digress" article, and will concern the deletionists and be about the article of that actor, which in fact it was, and that anyone could publish it freely. And the email I forwarded was from Peter David, I asking specifically to upload it onto Wikipedia in that format, and he consenting. If there is no doubt whatsoever that permission was given, just by my discussion with him on his talk page alone, is that enough to keep the image? Dream Focus 17:56, 1 October 2010 (UTC)

Here you goEdit

PeterSymonds has been made a member of the Order of the Mop,
for their work as an admin and is entitled to display
this award for being such a great admin,

Kind regards and happy editing,
Ғяіᴆaз'§ĐøøмChampagne?9:43pm 11:43, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

For a userbox version go here.

For your great content work, and helpful RfA criticisms, comments and votes :) Regards, —Ғяіᴆaз'§ĐøøмChampagne?9:43pm 11:43, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

Not sure this is entirely deserved, but thanks! :-) PeterSymonds (talk) 18:31, 27 September 2010 (UTC)
Everyone who was given the award has done something to contribute to the encyclopedia :) I believe you have too. Regards, —Ғяіᴆaз'§ĐøøмChampagne? • 10:14pm • 11:14, 6 October 2010 (UTC)

Proposed unblock of User:IaaasiEdit

Just to let you know that I have proposed an unblock of User:Iaaasi at WP:AN if you wish to comment, having been one of the admins who blocked him. Regards, –MuZemike 14:24, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

I am perfectly okay with that, Mike. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 18:32, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

RFC on vandalism sandboxesEdit

As someone who previously participated in the discussion to adopt policy verbiage that is being used as a rationale to delete "vandalism sandboxes", your input would be appreciated on the matter: Wikipedia talk:User pages#Userspace Vandalism Sandboxes. Gigs (talk) 15:09, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

User talk:Protector of WikiEdit

I thought I'd draw your attention to the post-block discussion on the user's talk page, where the user is simply continuing to type all in caps and refer to admins as "mods" to further irk other users, and has indicated that they have no intention of complying with the community's request. They don't seem interested in filing an unblock request either, so it might be time to withdraw their talk page access. GiftigerWunsch [TALK] 08:23, 28 September 2010 (UTC)

"Thank you for explaining your unsolicited opinions on this block. Leave it up to the mods." Well, this "mod" agrees completely with GW. If I'd kept assuming good faith for too much longer I was going to end up getting hit with another one of these. I don't care too much about being called a "mod", I don't care too much about the ALL CAPS, I don't care too much about POW's attitude... but taken together it's become obvious that this editor isn't here to get along with other editors, and is going to continue to use their talkpage to continue their game. TFOWR 08:47, 28 September 2010 (UTC)
I have revoked the talk page access, and referred the editor to the mailing list should they wish to put in an unblock request -- PhantomSteve/talk|contribs\ 10:30, 28 September 2010 (UTC)
I see, but isn't he allowed to e-mail an administrator and request an unblock that way? Should his e-mail access through his account also be blocked(, which by the way forces PoW to e-mail the unblock requests mailing list)? HeyMid (contributions) 14:57, 28 September 2010 (UTC)
I didn't do that because as far as I am aware, he hasn't abused the email system. -- PhantomSteve/talk|contribs\ 15:07, 28 September 2010 (UTC)
OK, then I of course understand why. HeyMid (contributions) 15:17, 28 September 2010 (UTC)

Sorry, I've had technical issues. Thanks for dealing with that. PeterSymonds (talk) 12:10, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

What do you mean? HeyMid (contributions) 13:54, 1 October 2010 (UTC)
Presumably he was talking to Steve :) - Kingpin13 (talk) 13:55, 1 October 2010 (UTC)
^ PeterSymonds (talk) 15:27, 1 October 2010 (UTC)

Lalo AlcarazEdit

Good afternoon. I personally disagree with the deletion of this person's article. I find him to be notable, and unless there's a compelling reason for the "courtesy deletion", I will likely request undeletion Purplebackpack89 22:30, 1 October 2010 (UTC)

If that is the case, I would much prefer you to rewrite the article from scratch. There were a few privacy concerns which prompted this deletion. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 22:33, 1 October 2010 (UTC)
The project tag? Purplebackpack89 22:39, 1 October 2010 (UTC)
I'm not sure I understand the question. PeterSymonds (talk) 22:41, 1 October 2010 (UTC)

Tom JoyceEdit

i notice you deleted this blp. while i normally am deferential to the subject of article, i must take issue with the statement that a MacArthur Fellows Program winner is "marginally notable". it seems he is a public figure. Accotink2 talk 01:13, 3 October 2010 (UTC)

Query regarding responsesEdit

PeterSymonds, if, in the future, for whatever reasons, one finds it difficult to get a response from you after requests, [10] [11] [12], what is a good way that you would suggest to get ahold of you, or a next step to take? Just curious because it did involved legitimate disruption to the project by a user that was subsequently indef-blocked. Would like to know what users should do if this type of situation crops up again. Post a new subsection to your talk page instead of posting to an older thread higher up on the page? File a repeat SPI investigation for the same user, but with the newly-discovered evidence? Email you? Would appreciate your advice. Thank you for your time. Cheers, -- Cirt (talk) 18:56, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

I have already apologised. As you can see from my talk page, it's not like I routinely ignore comments posted there. Sometimes comments in an older thread get overlooked, because issues that I think are resolved get restarted. If it's an old(ish), and you haven't got a follow-up, just poke me again or start a new section. Once I see it, I'll respond. PeterSymonds (talk) 19:01, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
Alright, in the future will try starting a new subsection at the bottom of your usertalk page, if it occurs again. Thank you for the advice. It is most appreciated. Cheers, -- Cirt (talk) 19:02, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

The KitchenEdit


I'm wondering why you, and user jpgordon, have undone the recent edits I made to The Kitchen page? I work for the organization and we are in the process of updating it so it is accurate and consistent. Please let me know.

Thank you,

Justin Neal Justinbneal (talk) 15:28, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

Hi Justin. Unfortunately your edit was a blatant advertisement of your company, which is specifically disallowed on this site. All edits must be entirely neutral in tone, and they also must be sourced. Take a look at a few other articles to get an impression of the tone expected on Wikipedia. Let me know if you need any further assistance. :-) Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 17:34, 7 October 2010 (UTC)


Hey there. Could you unprotect Template:Editor-review/editintro? I need to make some updates to it and test it in general to make it clearer and easier to understand. I think changing the protection to edit=autoconfirmed is sufficient, as this template is quite hard to find. Netalarmtalk 21:50, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

Why not. Done. PeterSymonds (talk) 21:51, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

Bigfoot page possible discrepancyEdit

Hi Peter, I see that you lock the Bigfoot page to prevent vandalism. I read an article on the BFRO webpage about one of the references cited in the article, currently footnote 66 which references a Swedish book, "Berömda Vidunder". The artcle is: Could you take their arguments and research into account on the statement and reference used. They are saying that the book used is not a scientific journal, which should preclude it from the "View among the scientific community" section. Thank you for looking at this, Mike Mikek2003 (talk) 02:59, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Section headers(AfD)Edit

Sorry about the 'Some housekeeping items' header I placed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/David Cote (film director). The creator of the article is inserting his comments within others' posts and it was getting messy (and has gotten messy again). I was trying to keep my comments separate from the consensus-building but attached to the AfD since there are new/one-subject editors posting there. Shearonink (talk) 14:49, 14 October 2010 (UTC)

Not a problem. :-) PeterSymonds (talk) 19:47, 14 October 2010 (UTC)

Deletion of Ray Vander Laan pageEdit

Why was the Ray Vander Laan page deleted? Did Ray request this deletion? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:30, 16 October 2010 (UTC)

Herb Sandler articleEdit

Hi, you protected the Herb Sandler article which basically removed the following text [[13]]:

Begin Quote Sandler and his wife have throughout their public life denounced predatory lenders and the poor underwriting practices of other lenders. However, the actual practices of their firm especially in the 2000s, undermined their conservative lending principles and reputations, especially in the wake of the housing crash in 2008.[4]

The Sandlers are credited with the invention of the "Pick-A-Pay" mortgage that allowed borrowers to pay less than the interest due on their loan each month -- which increased the total amount owed by the borrower. Analysts place the blame on the near failure of Wachovia in the fall of 2008 on the "Pick-A-Pay" mortgage portfolio they acquired from the Sandler's firm.[5]

Martin Eakes, the director of the Center for Responsible Lending, said that prepayment penalties would make it hard for cash-poor borrowers to refinance a loan for one with more manageable terms, and helped to get a law passed in North Carolina prohibiting such charges. The Sandlers supported prepayment penalties, acknowledging that lenders used the penalties to lock borrowers into “absolutely awful” loans, but saying that his firm used the penalties to fend off unethical brokers who enticed borrowers with low-interest-rate loans that often had hidden fees. Sandler described independent brokers as "the whores of the world”, nonetheless by 2006 independent brokers generated 60 percent of World Savings' loan business, and he claimed that he was compelled to do so because of brokers were a dominant force in the mortgage industry. World Savings was suppose to telephone applicants to ensure that they understood the terms of their loan, as a check on the representations that brokers made to borrowers, but these calls reached only about half of the borrowers. [6] End Quote

I cannot understand what precisely the BLP concerns are? The information may be negative, but it is well sourced (mostly the New York Times). Please explain.



If you are going to not defend your editing (which do not seem to be based on any good reasons), I suggest you refrain from editing in the future. LuxNevada (talk) 17:04, 13 June 2011 (UTC)
Hi. Did you read the edit summary for his protection edit? [14] It should also be noted that Peter is not the only admin who has found the article worthy of protection due to BLP issues. Killiondude (talk) 17:11, 13 June 2011 (UTC)
Yes, I did read the edit summary. As noted in my original now more than 8 month old post, the deleted text is sourced and does not violate BLP. LuxNevada (talk) 17:44, 13 June 2011 (UTC)


I'm no fan of Mick (and have been the target of his invective a few times) and as usual his response was OTT, but he was baited unreasonably there. I suppose the ban from his talk page was bound to happen, but I think if left alone he might have thought better in the cold light of day. Not a complaint by the way, just a note. I have reverted the offensive point per WP:BAIT as don't think Mick's use of obscenities justifies the use against him even if the intent was ironic. --Snowded TALK 21:50, 31 October 2010 (UTC)

Hi, your block modification has been undone and this is now being discussed at WP:ANI.  Sandstein  22:28, 31 October 2010 (UTC)
I was apparently under the mistaken impression that actions such as these should be discussed with those who issued them. :-) Clearly I was wrong. I can't say I'm that bothered about it though. PeterSymonds (talk) 22:36, 31 October 2010 (UTC)

Clerk TraineeEdit

I was wondering since I have seen you on the IRC, if you would consider taking me on as your SPI clerk trainee. I truly would like to assist with SPI requests. I have read all the clerk information and agree to abide by those policies and know when and when not to endorse a request for a CU. Thank you.  JoeGazz  ▲  12:25, 2 November 2010 (UTC)

Update?  JoeGazz  ▲  00:59, 13 November 2010 (UTC)


Hello, PeterSymonds. Please check your email; you've got mail!
It may take a few minutes from the time the email is sent for it to show up in your inbox. You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{You've got mail}} or {{ygm}} template.

via donate ǝɥʇM0N0 23:57, 8 November 2010 (UTC)

Sorry, I don't know how to interpret that response. However, I've forwarded your appeal to Deniz, who is organising the appeals drive. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 09:15, 9 November 2010 (UTC)


Be a pal and stuff a cork in him, please? HalfShadow 09:22, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

Done. Probably a sock. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 09:23, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

James A. ForsytheEdit

Hi, I'd like to finish the article. Thanks. Lionel (talk) 02:30, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

You have mail. PeterSymonds (talk) 09:57, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
Got it. Thanks! Lionel (talk) 23:20, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

Old Skull articleEdit

Sadly, a member of the band Old Skull died this week and as news is trickling in, it's being added to the page. Unfortunately, there's a person using an anonymous IP address to delete sourced info only to replace it with misspelled words and tribute stile verbage. Please take a look. I have no desire to break the 3 revert rule and this is already getting out of hand. You've helped me in similar situations before. Hopefully you can do so again. Thanks! NJZombie (talk) 22:32, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

Ionuţ Caragea pageEdit

Hello, Peter. I was istructed to speak with you. (1.discuss the matter with the deleting administrator and try to resolve it with him or her first. If you and the admin cannot work out a satisfactory solution, only then should you bring the matter before Deletion review.) Can you help me with this?[15]

Thank you very much--Danielconstantin (talk) 13:18, 16 November 2010 (UTC)

Deletion review for Ionuţ CarageaEdit

An editor has asked for a deletion review of Ionuţ Caragea. Because you closed the deletion discussion for this page, speedily deleted it, or otherwise were interested in the page, you might want to participate in the deletion review. Danielconstantin (talk) 13:38, 21 November 2010 (UTC)


  The Original Barnstar
Too often great editors like you are overlooked and not given the credit deserved for all their great contributions. So I am awarding you this barnstar to let you know I greatly appreciate all you do for Wikipedia, and please keep up the outstanding work!! CTJF83 chat 03:20, 17 November 2010 (UTC)


Thank you for defending Wikipedia!--MONGO 04:24, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Check this out...Edit

What do you think of these edits here? Are they vandalism? It's just because some IP here is threatening me to be reported to you guys on my talk page. Thanks.--Mr. Berty talk/stalk 16:01, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

Who says editing can't be fun?Edit

ZAPPO! HalfShadow 17:54, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

While I'm sure your intentions were fun, that simply is not appropriate. Please avoid that in future. Thanks, PeterSymonds (talk) 18:11, 26 November 2010 (UTC)
Awyernofunatall... HalfShadow 18:15, 26 November 2010 (UTC)


I see from meta:IRC/wikipedia-en-admins/User list that you are an operator of the channel. Would you be able to grant me access to it? Regards, Jujutacular talk 02:20, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

Hiya; done. You'll need to type /msg ChanServ invite #wikipedia-en-admins to enter the channel (make sure you're logged into freenode before you type that). If you get a cloak, you'll be able to join automatically. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 10:27, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
That worked, thank you! Jujutacular talk 12:42, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
Great! You're welcome. PeterSymonds (talk) 12:48, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

Thank you!Edit

Thank you for your support at my RfA last week. I'll do everything I can to live up to your expectations and trust. PanydThe muffin is not subtle 21:37, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

You're welcome! Very best of luck. PeterSymonds (talk) 21:39, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

Special Const. Melanie MorrisEdit

I am wondering why this article was deleted and how may I make it better so it doesn't get deleted again. Thank You —Preceding unsigned comment added by Enagik609 (talkcontribs) 16:26, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi. It was deleted because it showed a disregard for our biographies of living persons policy. All articles about living people must be neutral and verifiable, with solid sourcing, especially when you are introducing negative material. You might be interested in having a look at our articles for creation team for further writing advice. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 17:12, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

UK Community Notice - IRC meetingEdit

Dear Wikipedian,

This is the first of what will hopefully be a regular notice to help bring together the UK community so that you can be involved in some amazing things. To kick things off, there will be a UK community IRC meeting at 1800 UTC, December 7, 2010 to discuss the future growth and developement of Wikimedia UK. Without huge community support and involvement, the chapter cannot be successful and to get the most out of it, get involved.

For information on the community IRC meeting please go here

More to come about:

  • Wikipedia 10th Anniversary Events
  • 1st Annual UK Wiki-conference
  • Trustee interest meeting - an event for those community members with even just a fleeting interest in becoming trustees of Wikimedia UK.

Many Thanks

Joseph Seddon

Delivered by WMUKBot (talk) on 05:37, 5 December 2010 (UTC)


You obviously had to leave. Thanks for your attention, anyway. I'll wait for a response one way or another and then follow through on your suggestion. -Danjel (talk) 14:16, 5 December 2010 (UTC)


Since these are accounts are owned by the same person and WPBot has intended to take legal action per their unblock request, shouldn't the main be blocked indef until the legal threat is retracted? Elockid (Talk) 15:58, 5 December 2010 (UTC)

Never mind. He retracted it. So I'm going to review his unblock request. Elockid (Talk) 16:04, 5 December 2010 (UTC)
Personally I didn't really take that into account, because it looked like an experiment in vandalism by a rather immature child. I'll defer to your judgement on the matter. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 16:09, 5 December 2010 (UTC)

UK IRC community meetingEdit

Just a quick reminder about the IRC meeting at 1800 UTC tonight to bring together the Wikimedia community in the UK to help the growth and success of the UK chapter and community activities. For information see wmuk:Community_IRC_meetings

Many Thanks
Joseph Seddon

Delivered by WMUKBot (talk) on 17:28, 7 December 2010 (UTC)


May I ask what precipitated this: [16]? He is interacting with people who are trying to advise him on adjusting his behavior. If you block his access to his talk page, he's going to come out of the gate on Tuesday even more annoyed, and unadvised. I'd like to restore talk page access. There are more uses of a blocked user's talk page than requesting an unblock. --Floquenbeam (talk) 18:32, 9 December 2010 (UTC)

You can do what you like. :-) It doesn't look like he's contributing anything constructive to me, since he seems to be stirring the pot while he's blocked; but if you feel there's some use for it, by all means restore it with my apologies. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 18:35, 9 December 2010 (UTC)
Certainly no apologies needed, just a difference of opinion. If anything, I'm probably more pessimistic than you that he's going to turn things around; I threatened last week to block indef, rather than the more lenient 1 week. But since he was blocked for a week, I think he needs all the feedback, and interaction with people less pessimistic than me, that he can get. Thanks. --Floquenbeam (talk) 18:47, 9 December 2010 (UTC)

In the event it's importantEdit

Hello, Peter. I just blocked (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) for vandalism. I'm bringing this here because I noted you had blocked this IP re: Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Fyodor7/Archive and there may be procedural reasons for altering the block or amending the SPI. If I need to alter my action or take the matter elsewhere, please advise. See ya 'round Tiderolls 08:12, 15 December 2010 (UTC)

Nope, no special procedure. Thanks for dealing with that. :-) PeterSymonds (talk) 09:33, 15 December 2010 (UTC)

Ty :)Edit

Thanks for cleaning up after me. :P There were like 10 different things going on at the time that got in the way (it even took like 30 minutes before I got to updating the meta list), and I completely forgot to remove the completed request after notifying the dude. Thanks again =) --slakrtalk / 21:58, 15 December 2010 (UTC)

An admirer?Edit

You probably have this page on your watchlist, but in case it gets lost I found this diff this morning. Any idea what he was up to? I'm actually surprised it took this long for an edit like this to appear. Soap 14:27, 17 December 2010 (UTC)

Hmm, no idea, sorry! I hadn't noticed it. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 14:30, 17 December 2010 (UTC)


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Merry Christmas!Edit

/ƒETCHCOMMS/ 05:04, 19 December 2010 (UTC)

block noticesEdit

Are you planning on giving either of the two accounts you blocked for editing James Randi block notices?

block noticesEdit

Are you planning on giving either of the two accounts you blocked for editing James Randi block notices? --Leivick (talk) 16:48, 19 December 2010 (UTC)

Yes. I only stepped away from my PC for a couple of minutes. PeterSymonds (talk) 16:53, 19 December 2010 (UTC)
Ok great. --Leivick (talk) 17:00, 19 December 2010 (UTC)

you do not invent things pleaseEdit

I want to know what are those multiple personalities that I have used? I did not use any multiple personality, I have only a nick searchingcriminal, at least on I have never made games like this, you do not invent things please,let us be serious. For every question I can be contacted by email. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:27, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

Christmas CardEdit



Hello, I previously explained my previous account here:[17]

I regret revealing my ethnicity and nationality with the old account, can you please make the username invisible in all the articles the vandal reverted me in? --Supreme Deliciousness (talk) 22:58, 24 December 2010 (UTC)

There is a new sock here tagging my old abandoned account and IP, can you please undo his edits? --Supreme Deliciousness (talk) 23:00, 24 December 2010 (UTC)

Excuse my ignorance; but which article? :-) PeterSymonds (talk) 23:07, 24 December 2010 (UTC)
All articles edited by this account, where he connects me with my old abandoned account where I regret that I revealed my ethnicity and nationality.--Supreme Deliciousness (talk) 23:09, 24 December 2010 (UTC)
Notice that the outing is still present in the edit summary of the editor that reverted the vandal. Could you take care of that also? --Supreme Deliciousness (talk) 23:18, 24 December 2010 (UTC)
I think I got them all. PeterSymonds (talk) 23:30, 24 December 2010 (UTC)
Thanks. --Supreme Deliciousness (talk) 00:37, 25 December 2010 (UTC)

Could you do the same with everything here? [18] --Supreme Deliciousness (talk) 10:31, 25 December 2010 (UTC)


Thanks for reverting the vandalism to my user page. Reyk YO! 21:56, 3 January 2011 (UTC)

You're welcome. :-) PeterSymonds (talk) 06:55, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

Range block?Edit


I'm wondering whether you might be so kind as to scan your eye of this.

Thanks, NickCT (talk) 15:33, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

Unblock request of HectorthebatEdit

Hello PeterSymonds. Hectorthebat (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log), whom you have blocked, is requesting to be unblocked. The request for unblock is on hold while waiting for a comment from you. Regards, JamesBWatson (talk) 12:32, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

This unblock request has now been declined, so you may ignore this message. JamesBWatson (talk) 11:20, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
Sorry, I thought I'd commented but evidently never got around to it! I didn't mean to unwittingly ignore your message. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 10:15, 23 January 2011 (UTC)


Hello! I'm afraid that deleting Template:Expand was not a good idea; it's in the holding cell, and the edit history of the template goes years back. Would you be willing to restore it? At least it should be tagged as historical. HeyMid (contribs) 21:23, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

That isn't necessary. PeterSymonds (talk) 10:15, 23 January 2011 (UTC)

"Get of my case, you bitch whore"Edit

I know I shouldn't laugh .... but I did! XD Thanks for the revert and block - Alison 21:24, 27 January 2011 (UTC) (on my cell)

Lol. You're welcome. PeterSymonds (talk) 21:26, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

Why did you delete my page 'Daniel Brett Severn' ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Simplycee100 (talkcontribs) 21:01, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

Felice Rosser article deletion queryEdit

Hello, It's nice to meet you. I noticed that you deleted something from the Felice Rosser article, but I wasn't sure how to tell what it was. Could you help me out? I'm trying to build out a set of orphaned articles and I don't want to make the same mistake again. Thanks, I hope by the way that I didn't post something deeply offensive, my apologies if so. EstherLaver (talk) 19:49, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

Hi Esther. I took a look at the history of the page but I wasn't listed, so I haven't done anything to this article. Are you sure it's the correct article? Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 20:12, 31 January 2011 (UTC)


nuff said--SPhilbrickT 20:09, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

You're welcome. Congrats from me as well! PeterSymonds (talk) 20:10, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

Editor assistance listEdit

A problem has been identified at Wikipedia:Editor assistance/list. You may like to read Wikipedia talk:Editor assistance/list#Problem with inactive accounts on the list. JamesBWatson (talk) 13:29, 3 February 2011 (UTC)

Thanks James. I still believe I have something to offer to new users, since I remain active, so I've asked for my name to stay. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 13:34, 3 February 2011 (UTC)

Wiki Guides study/projectEdit

Hi Peter :)

I know I've mentioned I'd probably be after you again soon and I think I talked a bit about the study we were planning but wanted to drop a line to try and reel you into it ;) As I’m sure you're aware we have had a decrease in new editors over the past couple years. As a community we have a lot of ideas but We’ve been stymied by a lot of options and little data.

We want to conduct a study over the next couple months (with some resources from the Wikimedia Foundation) to help craft strategies to develop new users, to get data on exactly how our new users are finding their first, and later, experiences on Wikipedia and of course to help share the experiences of the experienced users who are here to find out what works, what doesn't and what resources they need to make their work easier.

The plan at the moment is to have several groups of users, 1 group that is just followed (the control) and several other groups with guides who actively reach out and try to help them edit and join the community. I hope that you can help us as we get ready for the study start next month and help the new users once we start! You can find out more information and sign up on the project page and if you can think of anyone who might be interested please please PLEASE point them this way or let me know so I can reach out to them personally. I'm hoping to try and get some discussion going on the talk page as well especially ideas on what you're new user experience was etc. Jalexander--WMF 22:55, 3 February 2011 (UTC)

Barnstar awarded!Edit

  The Admin's Barnstar
Thanks for helping out at WP:RFPP :) œ 13:25, 5 February 2011 (UTC)

The PeterSymond's song.Edit

<Addihockey10> spidey peter, spidey peter
<Addihockey10> Splitting images like spidey peter does.
<Addihockey10> Can he delete? Yes he can, why is that? He's spidey peter.
<Addihockey10> Loook ouuttt
<Addihockey10> Here comes spidey Peter........

--Addihockey10 e-mail 00:04, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

Total awesomeness. PeterSymonds (talk) 00:15, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia Ambassador Program Newsletter: 13 February 2011Edit

This is the second issue of the Wikipedia Ambassador Program Newsletter, with details about what's going on right now and where help is needed.

  • Userboxes and profiles - Add an ambassador userbox to your page, and make sure you've added your mentor profile!
  • Be a coordinating ambassador - Pick and class and make sure no students fall through the cracks.
  • New screencasts - Short videos on watchlists and a number of other topics may be useful to students.
  • Updates from Campus Ambassadors - Ambassadors are starting to report on classroom experiences, both on-wiki and on the Google Group.
  • Other news - There's a new on-wiki application for being an Online Ambassador, and Editing Friday #2 is today!
  • Things you can do - This is just a sample; if you're eager for something to do, there's plenty more.

Delivered by EdwardsBot (talk) 18:24, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

please add your profile to the Online Ambassadors mentors pageEdit

Hi Peter!

If you're still interested in being a mentor this term, please add your profile to Wikipedia:Online Ambassadors/Mentors. If you have any questions about the ambassador role or what you're interested in doing as an Online Ambassador (whether mentoring, pitching in in other ways, or something else), please let me know.--Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 17:43, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

Hi Sage. I regret not mentioning it in the e-mail (I thought I had); unfortunately I cannot start for a couple of weeks, just while I finalise some other commitments (I'm going on holiday tomorrow). I'll add myself as soon as it frees up. PeterSymonds (talk) 20:26, 14 February 2011 (UTC)


Hi. Could you please take a look: [19]. ru.Media (talk) 06:58, 17 February 2011 (UTC)

Sorry, been away, but that has been done now. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 20:37, 19 February 2011 (UTC)


I think it's time you moved something from your userspace and made it an FA! Heaven knows there's enough content hidden in there. :-) Killiondude (talk) 17:07, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

Heh, I think most of them are now in the mainspace. I'll take a look through and see what can be done. ;-) PeterSymonds (talk) 21:27, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

groups of students in need of mentorsEdit

Hey there. One of the classes working with the Wikipedia Ambassador Program, Jonathan Obar's Media and Telecommunication Policy, is working in small groups and would like us to assign a mentor to each group (rather than having students request the mentors they'd like, as other classes are doing).

I invite you to sign on as the mentor for one or more groups, especially if any of the topics catch your interest. To sign up, go to the course page and add yourself as "Mentor: you" in the section for that group. They students and/or professor or campus ambassadors should be cleaning things up soon to list all the usernames for each group and add a few more groups. Once you know who the students are in the group, you can leave them each a quick introduction to let them know you'll be mentoring their group.

Thanks!--Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 19:05, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

I'll study the topics over the next day or two. None of it is really within my knowledge base, but I'll sign up if I see something I can contribute to meaningfully. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 21:38, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

Niagara FallsEdit

It's been 2 years since Niagara Falls was semi-protected. Worth opening it up to see if the vandals have gone away? Lot 49atalk 06:13, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Sure; we'll see. Done. PeterSymonds (talk) 07:20, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Odd moveEdit

Hi, you moved Patience Wheatcroft to a longer title, citing the move discussion on the talk page, but you didn't close the move discussion, and it's far from obvious how you reached the conclusion that there was consensus to do it (since there seem to be three "votes" on each side). If this was intentional, could you please close the discussion and explain your reasoning? (Or if it was a mistake, perhaps reverse it.) Thanks,--Kotniski (talk) 18:15, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

Hi Kotniski. I only moved the page because my admin tools were needed to do it. Somebody else performed the close. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 18:20, 25 February 2011 (UTC)
OK, the events actually seemed to happen in the reverse order, hence the confusion. It seems clear now (though I can't say I entirely follow the closer's reasoning).--Kotniski (talk) 11:48, 26 February 2011 (UTC)
Ah, I see what you mean about the timings. Odd. :-) Let me know the outcome of further discussions if they take place. PeterSymonds (talk) 23:27, 26 February 2011 (UTC)

Michael TsarionEdit

A great many of us are trying to get information not available in the corporate media. Why have you deleted the page of Michael Tsarion? He has been a guest on Coast-to-Coast AM on multiple occasions and you find him not "Notable"? That show averages 4.5 Million! listeners. I must assume you are a Christian and find him offensive as many people have wiki pages who have not been heard by 4.5 million people. Yes I know you are not accountable to anyone and Wikipedia is completely independent of any oversight. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Psychicattorney (talkcontribs) 07:41, 26 February 2011 (UTC)

Hi there. The article was deleted per Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Michael Tsarion (2nd nomination). These community deletion discussions last for seven days, and the outcome is determined by an administrator (me, in this case). This decision seems to have been upheld. If you still disagree with the outcome, you can file a review of my closure, but at the present stage it would be best to draft a solid, sourced article in your user space to show how notability / sourcing has changed since the deletion. See the article wizard for some good advice about this. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 23:31, 26 February 2011 (UTC)

Hi. Psychicattorney keeps leaving mysterious messages on my talk page and I'm wondering whose sockpuppet it is. Any idea what's behind it? Deb (talk) 04:18, 3 March 2011 (UTC)


‹See TfM›
Hello, PeterSymonds. You have new messages at Protector of Wiki's talk page.
Message added 15:39, 26 February 2011 (UTC). You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.

Just in case you haven't seen it. I know you are rather busy right now. Alpha Quadrant talk 15:39, 26 February 2011 (UTC)

Thanks. I've replied there. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 23:32, 26 February 2011 (UTC)


Hello, Peter.

Would you consider granting reviewer feature to these users from ptwiki: Darwinius100,000 global edits and RafaAzevedo130,000? Both of them are active here, trustworthy and certainly match the criteria.

Best regards, Ruy Pugliesi 00:59, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

Hey Ruy. Done. I added rollbacker and autopatrolled which may also be useful. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 09:17, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

Possible sockpuppetryEdit

Please look into the possibility of being a sock puppet account for the recently blocked KnowIG. Similar changes being made as well as disruptive behavior on Wikipedia:Wikiquette alerts toward myself and other editors.NJZombie (talk) 01:32, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

Hi NJZombie. Yep, looks likely. I've blocked the IP for three weeks. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 09:20, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

Moderation on an etiquette matterEdit

Thanks for your assistance on the sock puppetry issue above. I have one more request to ask of you. There's a user who I've crossed paths with on a few articles who finds it necessary to make frequent uncivil remarks to other users in his summaries. I brought it up for review at on the Wikiquette alerts page, where he claims to be sorry but still doesn't seem to be getting the point that people making changes to his edits does not warrant uncivil behavior. The only "moderation" I've seen was the guy you just banned for sockpuppetry who only got involved because he was also brought up for uncivil behavior under his original user name on the same page. Not looking to get people banned. I would just like another person, with an understanding of the rules, to step in and moderate. The discussion is located at Wikipedia:Wikiquette_alerts#User:Calgarykid47. Thanks. NJZombie (talk) 20:31, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

IRC chatEdit

Hello, there is an upcoming, very informal discussion on IRC on the freenode channel ##chzzalpha connect (quick webchat link) on the 6th March 2011 at 17:00 UTC concerning ways to improve help over IRC, and other matters relating to Wiki?edia channels in general, but mostly about #wikipedia-en-help.

This is just a friendly, informal chat. Nothing official, no fixed agenda. There is nothing 'secretive' about it - anyone is quite welcome. Some of you had a chat there, the other day. We wanted to invite them to carry on discussions, at a prearranged time - and thought it courteous to ask group contacts and channel founders too. Or if you signed up manually.

If you aren't at all interested, feel free to remove yourself from the names we've spammed this to, which is in User:123Hedgehog456/IRC informal chat users. If you didn't sign up, well, people have been adding loads of names to the list, so someone might have accidentally added your name.

Thank you,  Chzz  ►  and 123Hedgehog456 19:49, 15 February 2011 (UTC).

Message made by Chzz, with help from 123Hedgehog456.

Delivered by MessageDeliveryBot on behalf of 123Hedgehog456 (talk) at 22:02, 28 February 2011 (UTC).

Why did you delete my user page?Edit

Unambiguous advertising? Its my user page. Thanks for policing peoples userpages as though they are articles. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Elohistjunglist (talkcontribs) 19:29, 2 March 2011 (UTC)

If you could undelete it so I can at least get my work back to use on a different wikiEdit

I would have also appreciated a warning before you randomly deleted my userpage. for reference — Preceding unsigned comment added by Elohistjunglist (talkcontribs) 19:31, 2 March 2011 (UTC)

I'm so sorry! It wasn't your page I meant to delete (the other page has now been deleted). Really sorry for the inconvenience caused; your page does not appear to be promotional. PeterSymonds (talk) 19:50, 2 March 2011 (UTC)

Online Ambassador ProgramEdit

Please take a look at this project page and see if you can be a mentor to one of the many Areas of Study. If you can, please put your name in the "Online Mentor" area of the Area of Study of your choice and then contact the students you will be working with. As the Coordinating Online Ambassador for this project, please let me know if I can be of assistance. Take Care...NeutralhomerTalk • 04:32, 3 March 2011 (UTC)

Help pleaseEdit

Hi Peter Simonds, I am from Tamil Wikipedia. In our Wikipedia we're featuring articles in a week basis. Is the English language mailing tool ( enough for us or we need a special tool? (as we featuring weekly basis.)

Please make sure about this. --Surya Prakash.S.A. (talk) 13:58, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

Nomination of Daniel Hernandez Jr. for deletionEdit

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Daniel Hernandez Jr. 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/Daniel Hernandez Jr. 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 good 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 template from the top of the article. – Muboshgu (talk) 16:54, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

Unlock Michael Moore page for editingEdit

Check the discussion page on Michael Moore. He is a highly political and controversial figure in the U.S., and yet his main page offers no criticism of his political positions in which there is major disagreement. I don't think it is fair (NPOV) to offer a living person a platform for his/her positions without offering opposing views. The page is locked out from editing by average users. Please assist in getting this page closer to NPOV. -- (talk) 02:02, 11 March 2011 (UTC)

Marking articles students are working onEdit

Howdy, Online Ambassador!

This is a quick message to all the ambassadors about marking and tracking which articles students are working on. For the classes working with the ambassador program, please look over any articles being worked on by students (in particular, any ones you are mentoring, but others who don't have mentors as well) and do these things:

  1. Add {{WAP assignment | term = Spring 2011 }} to the articles' talk pages. (The other parameters of the {{WAP assignment}} template are helpful, so please add them as well, but the term = Spring 2011 one is most important.)
  2. If the article is related to United States public policy, make sure the article the WikiProject banner is on the talk page: {{WikiProject United States Public Policy}}
  3. Add Category:Article Feedback Pilot (a hidden category) to the article itself. The second phase of the Article Feedback Tool project has started, and this time we're trying to include all of the articles students are working on. Please test out the Article Feedback Tool, as well. The new version just deployed, so any bug reports or feedback will be appreciated by the tech team working on it.

And of course, don't forget to check in on the students, give them constructive feedback, praise them for positive contributions, award them {{The WikiPen}} if they are doing excellent work, and so on. And if you haven't done so, make sure any students you are mentoring are listed on your mentor profile.

Thanks! --Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 18:13, 15 March 2011 (UTC)

2 Editors Are Deleting My Citations In Violation of NPOVEdit

The Pharaoh Pepi II Neferkare is associated with the collapse of the Old Kingdom and the beginning of the First Intermediate Period in Egypt. He has also been associated with the Ipuwer Papyrus, however an attempt is being made by those who have declared war on reality to censor this information and disassociate Pepi II Neferkare with the Ipuwer Papyrus and First Intermediate Period. Please help. (talk) 18:09, 19 March 2011 (UTC)

Your thoughts soughtEdit

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Wikipedia Ambassador Program Newsletter: 21 March 2011Edit

This is the third issue of the Wikipedia Ambassador Program Newsletter, with details about what's going on right now and where help is needed.

Delivered by EdwardsBot (talk) 22:26, 21 March 2011 (UTC)

Your help sought as WikiGuideEdit

Dear Peter. In recent days I have been involved in a really rather nasty little stoush on the astrology page. Part of that involved some admins banning several editors for warring, sock puppetry, etc. One of the editors banned was Costmary, with whom I've had some dialogue.

I am convinced that Costmary is a new editor who was sucked into an incredibly manipulative, destructive edit war as his/her very first experience as an editor. I have been trying to persuade him/her not to take that experience as indicative, and to continue contributing, but I'm not entirely certain that I am getting through because I could be seen as an 'opponent' when it comes to the astrology controversy.

Nevertheless, I think that Costmary's heart is in the right place, and with a few kind words, some advice on where to look for help and assistance, this editor could become a long-term asset to Wikipedia.

I wonder whether you could drop by the talk page for this editor and just say Hi, offer to be a bit of a friend in explaining how things work at WP, etc. Is that the sort of request I can make of you as a WikiGuide?

Regards Peter S Strempel | Talk 23:04, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

Request to mentor a small group of studentsEdit

Hi Peter! I'm trying to find mentors for each of the groups in the Energy Economics and Policy course. Would you be willing to mentor this group? (It's one of the few in that class that doesn't have a US-specific topic, which I thought you'd appreciate.) If so, please sign up on the course page and introduce yourself to the students in the group. If not, let me know so I can find someone else. Thanks!--Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 14:37, 28 March 2011 (UTC)

User talk:Verb3kEdit

Hello Peter. I've blocked the above editor due to a socking issue. In his unblock request, he says something about you giving him permission to edit: "I talked to Peter Symonds and explained the problem to him, and he has given me permission to edit the article." If interested, you are welcome to comment there. My concern was, the IPs broke 3RR, then the editor dusted off his registered account so that he could keep adding his views to the article in spite of the semiprotection. Thank you, EdJohnston (talk) 17:45, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

Access to deleted contentEdit

Hello Peter,

I came to Wikipedia looking for an article on Raymond Aaron, and found the article that had been up was deleted by you in 2009. As a researcher/commentator in the success coaching field, I have no affiliation with Aaron or his organization, but feel it would be helpful to the public to have an article about him available here. My question is: if I should decide I have the time to take on the task, would it be possible to access the content of the deleted article on which to base a revised, objective one?

Thank you,

Brian Zavitz —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:29, 19 April 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia Ambassador Program Newsletter: 22 April 2011Edit

This is the fourth issue of the Wikipedia Ambassador Program Newsletter, with details about what's going on right now and where help is needed.

Delivered by EdwardsBot (talk) 16:35, 22 April 2011 (UTC)

Wessex children NPOVEdit

Hullo there. I have opened a new discussion about the styling of HRH The Earl of Wessex's children: here because their articles are currently in violation of the NPOV policy. Do please drop by and have your say (and feel free to pass on the word to other concerned parties!) DBD 21:58, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

Please help assess articles for Public Policy Initiative researchEdit

Hi PeterSymonds,

Your work as an Online Ambassador is making a big contribution to Wikipedia. Right now, we're trying to measure just how much student work improves the quality of Wikipedia. If you'd like contribute to this research and get a firsthand look at the quality improvement that is happening through the project, please sign up to assess articles. Assessment is happening now, just use the quantitative metric and start assessing! Your help would be hugely appreciated!

Thank you, ARoth (Public Policy Initiative) (talk) 17:13, 6 May 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia Ambassador sweatshirtEdit

Hi! This is the last call for signing on for a Wikipedia Ambassador hooded sweatshirt (in case you missed the earlier message in one of the program newsletters about it). If you would like one, please email me with your name, mailing address, and (US) sweatshirt size. We have a limited number left, so it will be first-come, first-served. (If more than one size would work for you, note that as well.)

Cheers, Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 19:42, 19 May 2011 (UTC)

Vandalism confirmationEdit

Hey there, sorry to bother you. I just dashed on to check why I was paged for severe vandalism, and it seems the person who paged me paged a lot of other people and has just been blocked by you. I take he was (ironically) just being a vandal? Just checking :) Samuel Tarling (talk) 21:26, 23 May 2011 (UTC)

Hi Samuel. Yes, I believe he's been known to disrupt user pages before. Sorry for the inconvenience! PeterSymonds (talk) 21:31, 23 May 2011 (UTC)

Please take the Wikipedia Ambassador Program surveyEdit

Hi Ambassador,

We are at a pivotal point in the development of the Wikipedia Ambassador Program. Your feedback will help shape the program and role of Ambassadors in the future. Please take this 10 minute survey to help inform and improve the Wikipedia Ambassadors.

WMF will de-identify results and make them available to you. According to KwikSurveys' privacy policy: "Data and email addresses will not be sold, rented, leased or disclosed to 3rd parties." This link takes you to the online survey:

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments, Thank You!

Amy Roth (Research Analyst, Public Policy Initiative) (talk) 20:43, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

Bob Giltinan articleEdit

Hi, I notice that some time ago you deleted the page on tennis player Bob Giltinan because of lack of notability. However, it has come to my attention that he is now the only men's Grand Slam semi-finalist of the Open Era to not have his own Wikipedia biography of some description (the other 178 do!) I wonder whether it might be worth starting this article up again? Icosahedron (talk) 17:54, 26 May 2011 (UTC)

Well, possibly, but that would really depend on the article that is written. Please feel free to draft a new one and recreate the page! That would be brilliant. Thanks, PeterSymonds (talk) 21:27, 1 June 2011 (UTC)


This user was caught in an old hard rangeblock you set for another sockpuppeter. Since he appears to be a long term productive editor, I've set the IPBE flag instead of modifying the rangeblock. Review when you're active again, and feel free to modify if there's more information I am missing. Kuru (talk) 14:48, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

Looks absolutely fine, Kuru. Thanks for letting me know. PeterSymonds (talk) 21:25, 1 June 2011 (UTC)


Hi Peter. You have an email. Steven Zhang The clock is ticking.... 15:09, 10 June 2011 (UTC)

Your full protection of Template:Graphic novel listEdit

Hello PeterSymonds,

A while back you fully protected Template:Graphic novel list. There's nothing wrong with that. However, you left the related and equally often transcluded templates Template:Graphic novel list/header and Template:Graphic novel list/footer unprotected. I'd appreciate it, if you could place all three templates under equal protection, especially if it were semi-protection. Regards, Goodraise 01:05, 12 June 2011 (UTC)

minor str index changeEdit

Hey, I've been wanting to make a minor modification to {{str index}} for a while, but I can't since it's protected. Can you make the page described on the talk page or grant me access to the template so I can do it myself? Cheers,     SkyLined (talk) 13:49, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

Protection lifted temporarily. Please let me know when you're done. Thanks! PeterSymonds (talk) 17:42, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

Oddly enough, it appears that the change I wanted to make has already been made. (The page was showing up on Category:Pages with incorrect formatting templates use and I assumed it was because it did not support the "nocategory" argument - but it does). Maybe the page only needed a purge... Long story short, you can put the protection back. Thanks and sorry.     SkyLined (talk) 22:27, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

Hey, maybe this has something to do with my edit to the page. I did that using HotCat so i just clicked 'remove category' at the bottom of the page, to stop it from appearing at Category:Pages with incorrect formatting templates use… Sorry if it caused some problem. ~ benzband (talk) 10:25, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

CoS ip blocksEdit

Hello, Per discussion here I'm looking through old range blocks. I notice you blocked for five years citing it's a Church of Scientology IP. But the reverse DNS suggests its dialup addresses in Tampa FL:

alison@nyancat:~$ host domain name pointer
alison@nyancat:~$ host domain name pointer

My past experience with being on PeoplePC dialup (part of Earthlink) suggests that they use Level3 addresses in They are dynamic and change by each dial-in.

So... since these are obviously not CoS addresses I'd like to unblock them, but I though I would get your opinion as the blocking admin first. Thanks ~Alison C. (aka Crazytales) 17:03, 15 June 2011 (UTC)

AN discussionEdit

You may be interested in this AN discussion. Eagles 24/7 (C) 06:07, 18 June 2011 (UTC)

Unwelcome additionsEdit

It seems that the ip editor who has a problem with Elton John's son, also has a problem with Brian Haw.Thanks. Martinevans123 (talk) 15:17, 22 June 2011 (UTC)

I now see that, as if by magic, another editor has now stepped in, fortunately. Thanks. Martinevans123 (talk) 15:39, 22 June 2011 (UTC)

Reclaiming blocked username: SpeakerMatchEdit

Hi Peter,

I was attempting to create an account using our company's name (SpeakerMatch), but it appears the name is not only in use, but blocked (by you?). Are you able to help me a) unblock the username and b) claim ownership?

The user is someone who was a client of our service so if need be, I can get in touch with him.

I'd appreciate any help you can provide. I can be reached by phone at (512) 372-8768, ext. 501. I'm reluctant to leave my email address in this public forum, but let me know if you need it.

Thanks in advance, Paul — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:37, 27 June 2011 (UTC)

Brian Boru is awesomeEdit

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but ... edit warring? He asked if anyone minded if he blanked his talk page. MartinSFSA (talk) 06:53, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

Hi. Sorry for the confusion; "edit warring" was the reason entered for the last block. I just added the "Revoked talk page access..." bit. Best, PeterSymonds (talk) 06:56, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
OK, I find it very sad. MartinSFSA (talk) 07:14, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

about the thinker Muhsin KhalidEdit

Dear Peter

I'm Ashraf Elsir, based in London,UK, a friend of the Sudanese thinker Muhsin Khalid, I'm asking why did you delete his page from the site? I would be grateful and thankful if you explained to me because I'd like to initiate the page again.

thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ashrafnesh (talkcontribs) 16:04, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

RfC on Misconceptions2Edit

I guess the unblock of Misconceptions2 was close to the time I started editing here. Do you think that his behavior might change with this SPI? When I get involved in a dispute with him, I just leave the article to avoid getting in edit-warring with him and leave the page with his edits. I don't think that's any constructive for Wikipedia. I don't think that he has used any sockpuppet with me, as he's usually the only disputer (I guess he learned that lesson). Any opinions/options? Thanks... ~ AdvertAdam talk 23:13, 17 July 2011 (UTC)


Hello, please take a look at [20]! :) Детство (Talk) 00:56, 23 July 2011 (UTC)

Iron Realms Entertainment and Achaea, Dreams of Divine LandsEdit

(I accidentally put this on another editors talk page before I realized he was taking a wikibreak, sorry if that is bad form, but I cannot find his page now to delete it. :()

I originally edited the pages for these two companies:

Iron Realms Entertainment

This was edited to include the multitude of complaints filed against the company; sources were cited, with links, that evidenced the information that I added to the article.

Achaea, Dreams of Divine Lands

This was edited to include the above complaints as well as a direct information from an ex-representative of the company that was leveled at the company itself, again, I included links to both the complaints and to an archived version of the full information provided by the ex-representative.

The company reverted my edits because they reflected poorly upon them. I do not think that Wikipedia is necessarily a consumer group, but it is not an advertising board, either. I believe that the information that I provided is both of interest to prospective readers of the article and should not be edited away simply because the company wants their article to present them only in a flattering way. The company editing their own wiki page to remove truthful and documented facts that happen to be unflattering is a clear conflict of interest.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to look into this, I really appreciate it.

AlanRoca (talk) 04:57, 24 July 2011 (UTC)

User:Bambifan101 on eowpEdit

Hello. Thank you for the blocking of the user:Bambifan101 on the Esperanto Wikipedia. Greetings --Tlustulimu (talk) 18:02, 24 July 2011 (UTC)

Ambassador Program: assessment driveEdit

Even though it's been quiet on-wiki, the Wikipedia Ambassador Program has been busy over the last few months getting ready for the next term. We're heading toward over 80 classes in the US, across all disciplines. You'll see courses start popping up here, and this time we want to match one or more Online Ambassadors to each class based on interest or expertise in the subject matter. If you see a class that you're interested, please contact the professor and/or me; the sooner the Ambassadors and professors get in communication, the better things go. Look for more in the coming weeks about next term.

In the meantime, with a little help I've identified all the articles students did significant work on in the last term. Many of the articles have never been assessed, or have ratings that are out of date from before the students improved them. Please help assess them! Pick a class, or just a few articles, and give them a rating (and add a relevant WikiProject banner if there isn't one), and then update the list of articles.

Once we have updated assessments for all these articles, we can get a better idea of how quality varied from course to course, and which approaches to running Wikipedia assignments and managing courses are most effective.

--Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 17:28, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

Please review the Rescue Tag template or documentationEdit

-- Avanu (talk) 17:11, 6 August 2011 (UTC)

Cassandra HepburnEdit

Hi Peter--Your name was included in the Wiki entry for Cassandra Hepburn because you blocked someone who raised questions about the actress's age. I am part of the agency representing her and I can verify that the correct age.

Here is the block I found:

Year of birth --> Listed as both 1977 and 1979 in the article eh? Bneelwas (talk) 07:09, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

I made some other slight changes to the site but these appear in red color and I'm not sure why. Since I am new to wiki editing I'm wondering if you can help tell me out to resolve the dispute about the age and have the text turn to black again. You can reach me at Thanks, Jay

Cassandra HepburnEdit

Hi Peter--Your name was included in the Wiki entry for Cassandra Hepburn because you blocked someone who raised questions about the actress's age. I am part of the agency representing her and I can verify that the correct age.

Here is the block I found:

Year of birth --> Listed as both 1977 and 1979 in the article eh? Bneelwas (talk) 07:09, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

I made some other slight changes to the site but these appear in red color and I'm not sure why. Since I am new to wiki editing I'm wondering if you can help tell me out to resolve the dispute about the age and have the text turn to black again. You can reach me at Thanks, Jay

Fall courseEdit

I'm doing a fall course on the Simple English Wikipedia, with which I have little experience. Sonia mentioned that you are an admin there. Let me know if you have time to be an Online Ambassador for the course or offer advice! Thanks! (See course description here.) Awadewit (talk) 15:48, 9 August 2011 (UTC)

Contenfilter - you will be responsibleEdit

This image might be one of the targets - The censor have waited for such a tool to select content. --Eingangskontrolle (talk) 12:52, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

Online Ambassadors: Time to join podsEdit

Hello! If you're planning to be an active Online Ambassador for the upcoming academic term, now is the time to join one or more pods. (A pod consists of the instructor, the Campus Ambassadors, and the Online Ambassadors for single class.) The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) explains the expectations for being part of a pod as an Online Ambassador. (The MOU for pods in Canada is essentially the same.) In short, the role of Online Ambassadors this term consists of:

  • Working closely with the instructor and Campus Ambassadors, providing advice and perspective as an experienced Wikipedian
  • Helping students who ask for it (or helping them to find the help they need)
  • Watching out for the class as a whole
  • Helping students to get community feedback on their work

This replaces the 1-on-1 mentoring role for Online Ambassadors that we had in previous terms; rather than being responsible for individual students (some of whom don't want or help or are unresponsive), Online Ambassadors will be there to help whichever students in their class(es) ask for help.

You can browse the upcoming courses here: United States; Canada. More are being added as new pods become active and create their course pages.

Once you've found a class that you want to work with—especially if you some interest or expertise in the topic area—you should sign the MOU listing for that class and get in touch with the instructor. We're hoping to have at least two Online Ambassadors per pod, and more for the larger classes.

If you're up for supporting any kind of class and would like me to assign you to a pod in need of more Online Ambassadors, just let me know.

--Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 16:34, 19 August 2011 (UTC)

PS: There are still a lot of student articles from the last term that haven't been rated. Please rate a few and update the list!

DYK nominations reviewsEdit


I see that your an active reviewer of DYKs, would you mind taking a look at the two below. It would be much appreciated, not to worry if you can't. Thank you.

Kind regards, --Ratio:Scripta · [ Talk ] 20:22, 28 August 2011 (UTC)


Sorry for my previous old vandalisms. (talk) 13:28, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Update on courses and ambassador needsEdit

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 AmbassadorsEdit

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) 23:14, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

Militia Act of 1903Edit

Since you originally created Talk:Militia Act of 1903 as a Redirect page in August, 2008, I wanted to let you know that I have changed that page from a Redirect in order to add the Militia Act of 1903 article to both WikiProject Military History and WikiProject Law. --TommyBoy (talk) 03:34, 5 October 2011 (UTC)

Created a new article and requesting feedback and adviceEdit

Requesting feedback and advice on the article I have created. I am a graphic novel enthusiast and am naturally happy about high quality graphic novels starting up in India. This article is about a particularly good and popular Indian graphic comic/novel and would appreciate feedback, suggestions and advice. Varunr (talk) 11:34, 16 October 2011 (UTC)


Its generally best to start at the bottom as otherwise requests get missed :). I've moved some older requests up so don't worry. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 21:35, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

Like CrazyEdit

Hi Peter. Thanks for your help on User: continual vandalism of the Like Crazy article, as I had mentioned in the IRC. Bests. --- (Bob) Wikiklrsc (talk) 22:29, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

Personality IssuesEdit

You should work on your sense of humour. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:38, 4 November 2011 (UTC)

Agreed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:42, 4 November 2011 (UTC)

I like his sense of humour ;). You should work on your signatures. ~~~~. Petrb (talk) 22:24, 4 November 2011 (UTC)

Feedback Dashboard task forceEdit

Hi PeterSymonds,

Since you were a part of the WikiGuides project, I thought I'd give you a heads-up about a new way you can help/mentor newbies on we've recently released a feature called the Feedback Dashboard, a queue that updates in real time with feedback and editing questions from new registered contributors who have attempted to make at least one edit. Steven Walling and I are putting together a task force for experienced Wikipedians who might be interested in monitoring the queue and responding to the feedback: details are here at Wikipedia:Feedback Dashboard. Please sign up if you're interested in helping out! Thanks, Maryana (WMF) (talk) 21:34, 7 November 2011 (UTC)


Hi, I'm writing about something that may or may not be against Wikipedia policy. There's a professor on Wikipedia (User:ToniSant) who is telling his students to create Wikipedia pages for a project. That in itself isn't automatically a negative thing, but most of the pages have been deleted via the AfD process. This means that it's much more work for everyone as far as going through the whole AfD process goes, sometimes for the same page over and over again. A look at his user page shows that he's told his students to recreate pages that were previously added in prior semesters and were deleted. He's also telling them to add to various pages and I notice that some of those revisions have been reverted due to various reasons. It's a little bit of a disruptive presence, to be honest. I've left a message on the professor's page mentioning that this might not be the most beneficial way to do this and leaving suggestions for other ways to do similar things (such as starting their own Wikia site or going through AfC) and they haven't had a chance yet to say anything in return, but I just wanted to drop a note to an admin and let them know what is going on. There's nothing against making pages for grades in Wikipedia rules per se, but it's something that I just feel isn't really all that right. I'm going to notify another user who seems to have reverted a few of their pages, but I just wanted to drop you a note. I noticed all of this after a page was put up for AfD (Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Digital Performance (2nd nomination)) and one of the students commented that it was done for a student project per her professor. Tokyogirl79 (talk) 09:14, 12 November 2011 (UTC)tokyogirl79

  • I noticed that there is actually a lot of professors who do this type of project, but this one particular instance just feels like it's going against some of the goals of the Wikipedia:School and university projects. 10:42, 12 November 2011 (UTC)tokyogirl79

Future of the US Education Program and the Ambassador ProjectEdit

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) 07:30, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

You don't knowEdit

You don't know what I have been through with the Germanophile people here, who deserve to be called what I called them.

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The No Spam Barnstar
For quickly neutralising a really importune spammer! Zidanie5 (talk) 18:50, 28 November 2011 (UTC)


Hi Peter,

I was googling access to Jstor and found a list on wiki that says you have access and might be willing to share it?

Afte graduating from uni I lost my mine and am now undertaking some further research that requires the use of online databases like Jstor/Lexisnexis etc.

If you could help that would be fantastic, if not, thanks for your time :)

Joanna. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:53, 29 November 2011 (UTC)

Hi Joanna. Unfortunately I no longer have access either, for the same reason as yourself. Sorry for the confusion; I've removed the category now. Best of luck. PeterSymonds (talk) 20:23, 29 November 2011 (UTC)
If i may add, i have access to JSTOR and willing to share it with you :) --Zalgo (talk) 23:12, 13 December 2011 (UTC)

A cup of tea for you!Edit

  In case you forgot. Tea, anyone? It's sad we don't have Wikilove on Meta - Your fav. troll. :P Theo10011 (talk) 23:31, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

File:WikipediaDYKempty.jpg listed for deletionEdit

A file that you uploaded or altered, File:WikipediaDYKempty.jpg, has been listed at Wikipedia:Files 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. Calliopejen1 (talk) 17:34, 14 December 2011 (UTC)

Havok band page deletedEdit

Hello, I noticed you deleted the page of the Denver based band Havok. I was hoping you would return it. It is a band, which I believe makes its importance an organization. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:37, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

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Nomination for deletion of Template:Editnotices/Page/The Amazing Race 18Edit

 Template:Editnotices/Page/The Amazing Race 18 has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page.  Ronhjones  (Talk) 20:56, 30 December 2011 (UTC)

Runway Status Lights

Dear Peter, Could you please delete all previous versions listed on 12/31/2011 and 1/1/2012. Most are just minor changes but some are statements which might be misleading or subject to misinterpretatation. I have never submitted anything to Wiki before and did not realize that revisions would be recorded.

Thanks, Abledog — Preceding unsigned comment added by Abledog (talkcontribs) 17:28, 1 January 2012 (UTC)

Strange templates on your talk pageEdit

Are you aware that your talk page displays an icon of a smiling face at the bottom right? The icon stays at a fixed position despite scrolling the page. It was this edit which added a transclusion of User:Zalgo/scrolling to your talk page (it replaced a previous instance from user Mixwell—apparently the same user).

Also, you have a bear (with a very dubious name, see File:Pedobear.svg) at the bottom left. It was this edit that inserted that into User talk:PeterSymonds/header.

I discovered this while wondering what to say at WP:Miscellany for deletion/User:Zalgo/Oh. Johnuniq (talk) 10:01, 7 January 2012 (UTC)

Heh. Thanks. PeterSymonds (talk) 13:37, 7 January 2012 (UTC)
Sorry to persist, but you have removed pedobear while leaving the smiling face (see the bottom-right of this screen). I'm not sure from your reply whether you missed my mention of the two icons, or whether you want the face. I'm wondering whether to !vote that the template with the face should be deleted. Johnuniq (talk) 00:40, 8 January 2012 (UTC)
I quite like the face (it's been there for a few years I think). If it gets deleted, that's fine too. PeterSymonds (talk) 10:20, 8 January 2012 (UTC)
  • FYI: There is an MfD that proposes deleting all Zalgo's subpages, including the smiling face on your talk page. I linked to this discussion (to show your response) at the MfD. Johnuniq (talk) 08:30, 24 January 2012 (UTC)
    I moved it to my userspace. The redirect should stand as being harmless. Or perhaps a bot can clean things up. Killiondude (talk) 08:34, 24 January 2012 (UTC)


I have an investigation open where a user and an IP are the chief concern. I listed potential older socks to reference a pattern (and because the form was set up that way), however it made it more difficult to "keep it simple." Is there anyway to do a CheckUser if the master is using the same anonymous IP? What about for potential "sleepers"? When is "quick" CheckUser helpful? And is there anything than can be done to speed this process along? Thanks so much. ThomasC.Wolfe (talk) 06:41, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

  • Also: I was just reading a current sockcase that disappeared off the screen. Where are cases that were recently decided archived? Thanks again. 06:45, 13 January 2012 (UTC)
    • What wiki-term best describes a user who obsessively watches, reverts, & harasses users on the same pages? Just a terminology question. ThomasC.Wolfe (talk) 07:35, 13 January 2012 (UTC)


  The Original Barnstar
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Early close of MFDEdit

Peter, his page failed WP:Polemic, there was no reason to close that MFD. Yes,we give users wide leeway in their pages, but we also have guidelines as to what can and cannot be placed on a userpage. His page fails WP:POLEMIC. Your early removal of this MFD , as far I know, is not in keeping with how an MFD is run , what was the reasoning behind it ? @-Kosh► Talk to the VorlonsMoon Base Alpha-@ 19:44, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

If an issue does not have a snowball's chance in hell of being accepted by a certain process, there's no need to run it through the entire process. Maintaining your insistence that this userpage page fails to meet that guideline will not change the result. PeterSymonds (talk) 19:47, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

However, this userpage fails WP:POLEMIC, and that's per the guidelines. That it doesn't have a chance is an opinion, and as far as I'm concerned, you closed this way too quickly. That being said, no, I won't re-open it (after all, only a looney toon would revert a sysop :) ) . Are you asking that I not remove his polemic statement as well ? @-Kosh► Talk to the VorlonsMoon Base Alpha-@ 20:11, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

You are correct; you should not make any further removals to the userpage. Doing so may lead to trouble (not necessarily from me). PeterSymonds (talk) 20:20, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

Completely useless commentEdit

You're, like, totally awesome and stuff. -— Isarra (talk) 03:07, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

Supersentai is editing things without citations/references in "wedding dress" article. How can he still do that if he is blocked?Edit

Hello, I noticed that you left the message on Supersentai that said he was blocked back in 2009. Yet, he is still using that account to change things, since there was an unexplained change without a reference in January 2011 on "wedding dress" where they changed the caption from "Ming dynasty" to "Qing dynasty"--while not really a huge deal, the headpiece is Ming dynasty, as is the dress with the dragon motif. I don't know why this person changed it to Qing dynasty, they didn't explain their reasoning. So, I was hoping you could enlighten me, and tell me why someone who is banned or blocked is still able to randomly change articles.

Thank you.

-Kelidimari — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kelidimari (talkcontribs) 14:42, 27 January 2012 (UTC)

Online Ambassador, Spring 2012Edit

Hi, PeterSymonds! As you may know, the Wikipedia Education Program has instilled a new set of standards that courses must meet to officially join the program for the semester. As you can see, one of the requirements is that at least one ambassador or professor is a Wikipedian, as this should give students more access to helpful information about contributing to Wikipedia and creating good content. You are listed on the Online Ambassador page; are you still interested in remaining active this semester? Some of these classes will have to remove themselves from the program should they fail to meet these standards, but we would like to ensure that new students are receiving proper support during the editing process. Please let me know if you are still interested in mentoring these students this semester and/or visit the Online Ambassador talk page to select a course that still needs an Online Ambassador. Thank you! JMathewson (WMF) (talk) 00:53, 7 February 2012 (UTC)

Sorry about thatEdit

I shot a bit too fast there, someone just laughed at me for saying that he was one, I looked at the history and he nominated it ofr deletion before, woops, it was all the minor tweak edits before and the not many other edits that made it look weird. Oops, sorry. --Mistress Selina Kyle (Α⇔Ω ¦ ⇒✉) 15:19, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

question concerning a picture for a articleEdit

Hello I wanna create the article USS Housatonic (SP-1697) and I think the picture i wanna use is PD Government and/or PD age but her it is if you might take a look Thanks TucsonDavidU.S.A. 21:43, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

According to the caption, it was taken March 28, 1919 in Boston, Massachusetts. I believe it would meet {{PD-1923}}. All works published in the US before 1923 are considered to be in public domain. Alpha_Quadrant (talk) 22:00, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

MSU InterviewEdit

Dear PeterSymonds,

My name is Jonathan Obar user:Jaobar, I'm a professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University and a Teaching Fellow with the Wikimedia Foundation's Education Program. This semester I've been running a little experiment at MSU, a class where we teach students about becoming Wikipedia administrators. Not a lot is known about your community, and our students (who are fascinated by wiki-culture by the way!) want to learn how you do what you do, and why you do it. A while back I proposed this idea (the class) to the community HERE, where it was met mainly with positive feedback. Anyhow, I'd like my students to speak with a few administrators to get a sense of admin experiences, training, motivations, likes, dislikes, etc. We were wondering if you'd be interested in speaking with one of our students.

So a few things about the interviews:

  • Interviews will last between 15 and 30 minutes.
  • Interviews can be conducted over skype (preferred), IRC or email. (You choose the form of communication based upon your comfort level, time, etc.)
  • All interviews will be completely anonymous, meaning that you (real name and/or pseudonym) will never be identified in any of our materials, unless you give the interviewer permission to do so.
  • All interviews will be completely voluntary. You are under no obligation to say yes to an interview, and can say no and stop or leave the interview at any time.
  • The entire interview process is being overseen by MSU's institutional review board (ethics review). This means that all questions have been approved by the university and all students have been trained how to conduct interviews ethically and properly.

Bottom line is that we really need your help, and would really appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. If interested, please send me an email at (to maintain anonymity) and I will add your name to my offline contact list. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can post your name HERE instead.

If you have questions or concerns at any time, feel free to email me at I will be more than happy to speak with you.

Thanks in advance for your help. We have a lot to learn from you.


Jonathan Obar --Jaobar (talk) 07:26, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

Young June Sah --Yjune.sah (talk) 03:01, 15 February 2012 (UTC)


Re: [21], did he have anything exciting or interesting to say? I cleared the talk page (which they had asked for earlier) and was awaiting a request to be given talk page access back. Thanks, Drmies (talk) 18:32, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Not particularly. ~20 e-mails about his talk page access followed by another set boasting about his new account. PeterSymonds (talk) 09:50, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Help with en/commonsEdit

Is it ok to place a photo of a Military Discharge Certificate on a article of a admiral who died in 1950?I want to use it as a reference to prove some medals and commands held. Please respond on my talk.TucsonDavidU.S.A. 01:27, 16 February 2012 (UTC)


Please kindly restore the Michael Tsarion page. The man really does exist. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:56, 23 February 2012 (UTC)


Hello I am trying to change a pic of Alice Keppel by using a different one, however the one you posted has the same name, plz change the name so I can use the other one. I would be very delighted. Thank You. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:05, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Peter.

Bob Giltinian is a retired professional tennis player who made the Semifinals of the December Australian open in 1977, as a qualifier. There is an article for him in French Wikipedia, but not English wikipedia. I am unsure why you deleted the page before as 'not notable', because he is notable.

I am going to recreate his page. Peace. Benkenobi18 (talk) 12:07, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Kiko4564 and rollbackEdit

Hi Peter. User:Kiko4564 has requested at WP:AN that his rollback rights be restored. As you were the one who removed them, I'd like to hear your thoughts. Thanks, 28bytes (talk) 18:40, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

Hi. Rollback is no big deal, so I don't really see any problem. PeterSymonds (talk) 19:49, 1 March 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! I appreciate the quick reply. 28bytes (talk) 20:03, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you! Thanks for what you did on IRCEdit

  The Special Barnstar
You helped me on IRC 8 months ago when I asked you to contact another user to ask them to check their emails while I could not due to being banned. I promised I would remember to give you a barnstar. Here it is, you're a nice guy. But unfortunately there is no "nice guy" or decent person barnstar, so please accept this Misconceptions2 (talk) 01:36, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Unblock requestEdit

I wonder if you can help to clarify the circumstances around an unblock request from a user you blocked, at User talk:Stoljaroff1987. JamesBWatson (talk) 10:44, 15 March 2012 (UTC)


Hello PeterSymonds,

I regret to inform you that I stalled with the registration. However, there is an account Nmate on IRC created yesterday which is unlikely to be of mine. It is likely to have been created by the banned user:Iaaasi for the purpose of teasing. I have no proof of it, it is just an inkling. I have tried to create one another account to which I also requested for a cloack, inappropriately. Sorry about that. I have no patient to figure out how to create an account there. I just hope that the user who has created the account there does not want to discredit me. Unless I did anything that I was not aware of, the account Nmate is not mine on the IRC channel, leastways; I have no access to it.--Nmate (talk) 13:07, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

Invitation to the Berlin hackathon on Wikimedia technologyEdit

Peter, I invite you to the yearly Berlin hackathon, 1-3 June. Registration is now open. If you need financial assistance or help with visa or hotel, then please register by May 1st and mention it in the registration form.

This is the premier event for the MediaWiki and Wikimedia technical community. We'll be hacking, designing, teaching, and socialising, primarily talking about ResourceLoader and Gadgets (extending functionality with JavaScript), the switch to Lua for templates, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Labs.

Best wishes! - Sumana Harihareswara, Wikimedia Foundation's Volunteer Development Coordinator. Please reply on my talk page at Sumana Harihareswara, Wikimedia Foundation Volunteer Development Coordinator 02:03, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

ConfirmAccount extensionEdit

Hey :). You're being contacted because you are involved in the ACC process, or participated in the original discussion in '08 about the ConfirmAccount extension. This is a note to let you know that we are seeking opinions on switching this extension on, effectively making the ACC process via the Toolserver redundant. You can read all the details here; I would be very grateful if people would indicate how they feel about the idea :). Thanks! Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 13:17, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

Question and RequestEdit

Hi Peter: Just checking if you received the email I had sent you a few days ago for some advice on Wiki--Jaytribute516 15:22, 24 April 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jaytribute516 (talkcontribs)

IRC cloak requestEdit

Hi Koui². Please can you confirm that you are the owner of the IRC account koui? Many thanks. PeterSymonds (d) 10 mai 2012 à 18:01 (CEST)

Hi Peter. Yes I am, and I'm the one who sent the request last week. Regards, Koui² (talk)

Discussion of interestEdit

You may be interested in perusing the little discussion at Wikipedia talk:Articles for deletion/Michael Tsarion (2nd nomination)#Conflict of interest in editor who deleted the article. __meco (talk) 09:31, 16 May 2012 (UTC)

I was amused. :-) Many thanks for taking the trouble to let me know. All best, PeterSymonds (talk) 18:44, 16 May 2012 (UTC)


A template you created, Template:Clerk-Note-merged, doesn't seem to have much use since its creation in 2009. Any objection to listing it for "not employed in any useful fashion" speedy deletion {{db-t3}}? -- Uzma Gamal (talk) 03:56, 19 May 2012 (UTC)


Hi. Is this cool? Hope all is well with you. One would like you to have some extra tea on one's behalf. (talk) 07:39, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

R&N UserboxEdit

Hello, PeterSymonds! You can add the new userbox for the Royalty & Nobility taskforce, {{User WikiProject Royalty and Nobility}}, to your userpage! - Presidentman talk · contribs Random Picture of the Day (Talkback) 11:54, 4 June 2012 (UTC)

A kitten for you!Edit

thank you i love animals have had goats dogs cats ferrit birds loved them all by from here

Enuj retrac (talk) 06:03, 26 June 2012 (UTC)


Thanks for participating in my RFA! I appreciate your support. Zagalejo^^^ 06:26, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

Consultative sellingEdit

Peter, I saw you deleted an article on consultative selling. I would ask that page is re-opened. It seems to have been closed down becuase there is no clear blue water between consutlative selling and selling something. The difference is between what happens when IBM sells a $50M contract to GM and you buy a printer from HP. One is a commodity, and the other requires mapping of a companies services and products onto a customer need. The current articles imply there is a product there is a need and the buyer maps their needs onto that of the seller. Consultative selling is when you are selling something that can change dependant on the customer. The seller positions, changes and perhaps re-designs their offering based on the solution a customer wants. It requires understanding customer need, understanding what the seller has then finding a fit. You have to look at this as if no seller has 100% fit for customer requirement and perhaps all sellers have an 80% fit for customer need and the customer still has to choose. Not only is there a lot of litreature on the topic, there are also a large number of training courses on this, and businesses that rely on this model - from IBM, Oracle, SAP, and many more. Books include:- Consultative Selling Advanced, Sixth Edition: The Hanan Formula for High-Margin Sales at High Levels AND Consultative Closing: Simple Steps That Build Relationships and Win Even the Toughest Sale AND Relationship Selling: The Fine Art Of Consultative Sales [Paperback] AND SPIN Selling - none of which I am an author of. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mikepilcher (talkcontribs) 12:56, 16 July 2012 (UTC)

request for semi protection of user pageEdit

Would firmly request you to please protect my page from vandalism and inappropriate interference.user page:Pratik Nayek.Thankyou — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pratik Nayek (talkcontribs) 21:54, 21 August 2012 (UTC)


You are a very sweet boy/man good luck with everything kiss on your left cheek yes I am a girl dont worry :) Keep on rocking — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:03, 22 August 2012 (UTC)

The 3O page seems broken since the move that you did for Steven ZhangEdit

... and he's away on vacation. While this page is broken since the move (link at bottom of page to add a dispute gives an error), this page works OK.   LittleBen (talk) 07:46, 26 August 2012 (UTC)

IRC problemsEdit

I am wondering why I have been kicked off of #wikipedia-en-help, when I was clearly attempting to assist another user. I even asked them to link me to the article they had a problem with. Then, out of nowhere, Fluffernutter (or on of the other ops) came and told me off. S/he then kicked me off of the channel. Could you please look into this. My name is dannyboy1209. (talk) 20:11, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

Sarah Churchill, Duchess of MarlboroughEdit

You should have been notified that someone has suggested that this article should be TFA on 18th October - the discussion is at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests#October 18. Do pop in with any comments you have about this. Regards, BencherliteTalk 15:21, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

coming soon ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:46, 5 October 2012 (UTC)
Hi. Sorry, I should have checked earlier. I see you were the FA nominator - please take a look at the article talk page. Thanks. --Dweller (talk) 21:17, 18 October 2012 (UTC)


  noble ladies
Thank you for quality articles on noble women such as Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough and for your educational efforts in the Ambassador program, - repeating: you are an awesome Wikipedian (12 January 2009)! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:52, 18 October 2012 (UTC)
Thank you! Sarah is one of my favourite historical figures. PeterSymonds (talk) 20:22, 18 October 2012 (UTC)
A year ago, you were the 277th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:16, 18 October 2013 (UTC)

Could you help with some commercial VPN range blocks?Edit

Discussion here. Tijfo098 (talk) 01:23, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

Editor at WP:VPM reporting vandalism from an Albanian rangeEdit

Hello Peter. See this thread. I checked the block log for this /24 range and noticed you recently blocked it for 31 hours. Thanks, EdJohnston (talk) 13:52, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

Can I only edit the English Wikipedia, not Spanish or Russian?Edit

Desr Mr. PeterSymonds, I just joined the community of Wikipedia. I want to help this community edit articles in English, Spanish and Russian. However, I found that my account is not active in the Spanish and Russian versions. Does it means that I can only edit the English Wikipedia? Do I need to create other accounts in other languages? Thank you for your clarification. Teleskop (talk) 11:52, 31 October 2012 (UTC)


Thanks for blocking the anonymous vandal in el.wikipedia! --Ttzavaras (talk) 12:40, 27 December 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia Ambassadors updateEdit

Hi! You're getting this message because you are or have been a Wikipedia Ambassador. A new term is beginning for the United States and Canada Education Programs, and I wanted to give you an update on some important new information if you're interested in continuing your work this term as a Wikipedia Ambassador.

You may have heard a reference to a transition the education program is going through. This is the last term that the Wikimedia Foundation will directly run the U.S. and Canada programs; beginning in June, a proposed thematic organization is likely to take over organizing the program. You can read more about the proposal here.

Another major change in the program will take effect immediately. Beginning this term, a new MediaWiki education extension will replace all course pages and Ambassador lists. (See Wikipedia:Course pages and Help:Education Program extension for more details.) Included in the extension are online volunteer and campus volunteer user rights, which let you create and edit course pages and sign up as an ambassador for a particular course.

If you would like to continue serving as a Wikipedia Ambassador — even if you do not support a class this term — you must create an ambassador profile. If you're no longer interested in being a Wikipedia Ambassador, you don't need to do anything.

Please do these steps as soon as possible

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Once you've got the ambassador rights, please set up at a Campus and/or Online Ambassador profile. You can do so at:

Going forward, the lists of Ambassadors at Special:CampusAmbassadors and Special:OnlineAmbassadors will be the official roster of who is an active Ambassador. If you would like to be an Ambassador but not ready to serve this term, you can un-check the option in your profile to publicly list it (which will remove your profile from the list).

After that, you can sign on to support courses. The list of courses will be at Special:Courses. (By default, this lists "Current" courses, but you can change the Status filter to "Planned" to see courses for this term that haven't reached their listed start date yet.)

As this is the first term we have used the extension, we know there will be some bugs, and we know the feature set is not as rich as it could be. (A big wave of improvements is already in the pipeline. And if you know MediaWiki and could help with code review, we'd love to have your help!) Please reach out to me (Sage Ross) with any complaints, bug reports, and feature suggestions. The basic features of the extension are documented at Wikipedia:Course pages, and you can see a tutorial for setting up and using them here.

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  3. If you use IRC regularly, or need to try to reach someone immediately, the #wikipedia-en-ambassadors connect IRC channel is the place to find me and fellow Ambassadors.
Ambassador training and resources

We now have an online training for Ambassadors, which is intended to be both an orientation about the Wikipedia Ambassador role for newcomers and the manual for how to do the role. (There are parallel trainings for students and for educators as well.)

Please go through the training if you feel like you need a refresher on how a typical class is supposed to go and where the Ambassadors fit in, or if you want to review and help improve it. If there's something you'd like to see added, or other suggestions you have for it, feel free to edit the training and/or leave feedback. A primer on setting up and using course pages is included in the educators' training.

The Resources page of the training is the main place for Ambassador-related resources. If there's something you think is important as a resource that's not on there, please add it.

Finally, whether or not you work with any classes this term, I encourage you to post entries to the Trophy Case whenever you see excellent work from students or if you have great examples from past semesters. And, as always, let students (and other editors!) know when they do things well; a little WikiLove goes a long way!

--Sage Ross (WMF) (talk) 20:55, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

IRC ChatEdit

Hi, Maybe you can help I totally forgot my password for irc my Irc name is the same as my name on here. I just totally cant figure out how to reset it. I need step by step help. or can it be email to me? Please respond on my talk. Thanks TucsonDavidU.S.A. 02:56, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

Footnote problemEdit

Hi! There is a problem with footnote 46 in Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom. It says "Hibbert, p. 94" but there is no Hibbert's book in the bibliography. Is it possible to correct this point ? Thank you. (talk) 14:23, 23 February 2013 (UTC) fr:user:Konstantinos

Karel HoraEdit

Hello I am Karel Hora's eldest granddaughter Diana and keeper of many of our family's archive. I have seen your entry for my grandfather in Czech and believe I may be able to contribute additional info anda few corrections. Please let me know how to help. thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:12, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

G:o Washington listed at Redirects for discussionEdit

An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect G:o Washington. Since you had some involvement with the G:o Washington redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion (if you have not already done so). – PAINE ELLSWORTH CLIMAX! 00:15, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

Unbloking some German IP addressesEdit

Hi, why did you block the IP addresses and on 4 March 2012 for a unlimited time because of "crosswiki abuse? These IPs belong to Deutsche Telekom. An hour ago I logged in and tried to edit DE:Hochwasser_in_Mitteleuropa_2013. I cannot edit it because I am blocked (block id #808756). I have never edited anything at Wikipedia, I just have not used my Wikipedia account since I have created it in 2011. Does crosswiki abuse has any to do with my very active account (same user name) at OpenStreetMap. Nakaner (talk) 21:13, 17 June 2013 (UTC)


  • As a listed DYK participant, you are invited to contribute to a formal Request for Comment on the question of whether Good Articles should appear in the Did You Know? slot in future. Please see the proposal on its subpage here, or on the main DYK talk page. To add the discussion to your watchlist, click this link. Thank you in advance. Gilderien Chat|Contributions00:27, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Just to let you knowEdit

Wikipedia:Deletion_review/Log/2013_December_12#Isabella_Soprano Dlohcierekim 01:29, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Kiko4564 unblock discussionEdit

Hello Peter, sorry to trouble you, but Kiko4564 (a user you have previously blocked, changed the block settings for, or unblocked) has requested to be unblocked. There is a discussion at ANI which so far has attracted no interest, if you wish to leave a comment, you can find the discussion at Wikipedia:ANI#Unblock_request_by_User:Kiko4564. Nick (talk) 17:27, 8 May 2014 (UTC)

Nomination of 2010 CIA Station Chief removal in Pakistan for deletionEdit

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article 2010 CIA Station Chief removal in Pakistan 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/2010 CIA Station Chief removal in Pakistan 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. Gbawden (talk) 07:06, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

John GaleaEdit

Hi I am just wondering if the John Galea article could be re looked at . there are more major sources from Attitutde Magazine , NiJI Magazine and GTimes that have featured John in the last two weeks as well as many others. However it is blocked. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:35, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

Precious anniversaryEdit

noble ladies
Thank you for quality articles on noble women such as Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlboroughm and for your educational efforts in the Ambassador program, - repeating: you are an awesome Wikipedian (12 January 2009)!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:52, 18 October 2012 (UTC)

Two years ago, you were the 277th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, repeated in br'erly style, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:52, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Four years ago, you were recipient no. 277 of Precious, a prize of QAI! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:56, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Thank you for today's Princess Helena of the United Kingdom! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:18, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

Ten years!

Miss you. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:15, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

Seven years precious. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:23, 18 October 2019 (UTC)


You still around? I've returned after a 6 year wikibreak — BranStark (talk) 16:47, 14 November 2014 (UTC)


Hello — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:39, 21 December 2014 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of File:Knollys.jpgEdit


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Harry Shaw (English Footballer)Edit

Hi you are the author/editor of the above page. This is a reference to my maternal grandfather. The name in the title is incorrect. it should be Harold Shaw, not Harry. Would you please change this, or alternatively advise how I can make the change.

Many thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Johntc1 (talkcontribs) 22:28, 20 July 2020 (UTC)

Nomination of Simon Bowes-Lyon, 19th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne for deletionEdit

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Simon Bowes-Lyon, 19th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

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Precious anniversaryEdit

Eight years!
--Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:09, 18 October 2020 (UTC)