User talk:Eptalon/Archive 9

Latest comment: 14 years ago by Razorflame in topic Hi :)

RFB Edit

I closed your RFB, well done. :-) --vector ^_^ (talk) 06:28, 2 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Congrats! Good luck with the tools. —Giggy 07:51, 2 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Congratulations on becoming a bureaucrat. Cheers, Razorflame 23:29, 6 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Email Edit

You have email that I would appreciate a reply to. Cheers, Razorflame 23:28, 6 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I have responded --Eptalon (talk) 08:33, 7 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Re: Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 Edit

Well, I think this article needs heavy referencing. This was a very controversial event. Even up till now, the security can get tight at times. Also, maybe it would be nice to follow EN and include a template for navigation. China history is very long. (P.S. A wrong link on my talk page led you to my EN talk page. It has been fixed now.) Chenzw  Talk  11:08, 11 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I know the event was controversial; China was heavily criticised for how they handled the events; I think it is still dangeorus to talk about the event in mainland China, all I did was add a few sentences (mainly afrer reading the article EnWP has about it). If it had a decent length, this could be a good showcase article for our project. --Eptalon (talk) 11:56, 11 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evolution Edit

I couldn't find an exact source, so I tweaked it to go with what I did find. Adam Cuerden (talk) 11:12, 13 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

By the way, if it's not obvious, my reason for adding that paragraph is just to make it clear that people were trying to make all sorts of things support racism back then; evolution isn't inherently racist, it just got hijacked like a lot of things were. Adam Cuerden (talk) 11:15, 13 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Unfortunately I do not have time to expand on it, but I am sure de Gobineau wrote something on that; in general, Social Darwinism (as proposed by herbert Spencer, survival of the fittest; en:Houston Stewart Chamberlains the foundatdations of the 19th century; have you looked at [:en:Scientific racism]]? - Have a look at en:Pierre-André_Taguieff and en:Race (classification of human beings) as well..--Eptalon (talk) 12:52, 13 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Psychology Edit

Hi do you know anything about psychology? If you do could you help expand the physchology section on Human please, as its nominated for GA and thats its only real weakness I think. Cheers. The Flying Spaghetti Monster! 12:45, 15 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I have little to no knoweldge on Psychology, sorry. --Eptalon (talk) 12:55, 15 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh well its just Giggy said you might know something about it. Oh well I will try myself... hopefully I won't mess it up too much! The Flying Spaghetti Monster! 13:37, 15 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi Eptalon, you may (or may not!) have noticed I've made a few edits to RAID. I've got plenty to offer (it's an area I know a little about) so I'll be glad to help push this to VGA if you'd like a collaboration? The Rambling Man (talk) 14:48, 16 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yes, that would be very welcome. I think there is ample room for work:
  • The non-stadard RAID levels (see en:Non-standard RAID levels, but thats probably far too much)
  • The nested levels: Currently we only list the most common ones; we could extend to listing more, but perhaps need to make it a higher-level section (see: en:Nested RAID levels)
  • More references (also to scientific papers)
  • More detailed desc of the benefits and drawbacks of the different levels.
  • Better desc. of (hisotrical) RAID 2. AFAIK there are no implementations at the moment, even though doing something like this would be pretty easy in software--Eptalon (talk) 15:02, 16 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Razorflame Edit

Eptalon, you posted your comment twice...which one is your intention as to where you wanted it? Cassandra talk 06:00, 17 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

After whar Archer7 posted, I simply wanted to re-state what admins can and cannot do, and to point out that people should vote based on whether they believe Razor is up to the task; I am not a shrink - I am unable to judge addiction. I also do not believe that people should withhold they oppose votes, because of (perceived) health issues of RF. The basic question asked to all editors here is whether they feel Razorflame capable of handling adminship. It looks like he is a controversial candiade, to say the least. So I think you can remove my post where you feel it is less appropriate. --Eptalon (talk) 15:18, 18 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Controversial candidate is an understatement, I think. I believe that this RfA is ranking up there with DHM's 3rd RfA over on the English Wikipedia. Cheers, Razorflame 16:29, 18 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please... Edit me.--   ChristianMan16  20:09, 18 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Rambling Man Edit

Can you please block him. He is removing my valid vote from the RFA, and is accusing me of being Razorfire. Thanks Electronixfreex (talk) 21:18, 18 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ok cheers, I understand. You are a checkuser however, so can you please confirm that I am not Razorflame for him. :) Thanks Electronixfreex (talk) 21:27, 18 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That is pretty clear anyway, we don't need a CU for this. --Eptalon (talk) 21:31, 18 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

IRC Edit

Can you hop onto IRC please? Razorflame 15:16, 19 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unfortunately I do not have IRC access at work. Mail? --Eptalon (talk) 20:46, 19 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Closing my Request Edit

It looks like all of the other bureaucrats that we have on this Wikipedia have already voted (minus Blockinbox), which means that you are currently the only bureaucrat who can close my Request for Adminship. Since both Vector and Creol voted in my Request, they, unfortunately, cannot close it for consensus issues, and frankly, I think that you are the only one who is very clear minded and not caught up in the drama, so I would like to ask that you close my RfA when it comes time. Thank you, Razorflame 00:29, 21 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I do believe that's the plan. Though of course other bureaucrats can assist in the close with their opinions :) Majorly talk 00:32, 21 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Of course they can assist in closing with their own opinions, but the main job of closing goes to Eptalon. Cheers, Razorflame 00:34, 21 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Re: Edit

Nah man I don't know Georgian at all and I'm not Georgian :P sorry. --Yegoyan (talk) 01:47, 21 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Block Edit

Hi, can you block for all the reasons I stated on WP:VIP. I posted her for a block about 15 minutes ago and since no-one has done so I have been reverting her edits since then. She is constantly removing the RfD tag of her own article Terry Ananny. The account is a sockpuppet and on En:Wiki she is permanent block on sight. F S M 15:40, 21 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done this. Majorly talk 15:50, 21 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Cheers. F S M 15:55, 21 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Good luck Edit

All the best if you close out RF9. The Rambling Man (talk) 20:02, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'll need it; Thanks. --Eptalon (talk) 20:04, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm assuming your striking out the votes of Philosopher, Swatjester, and Daniel will be forthcoming as well? Their activity has been very limited to a small number of days. They have have more edits than the support you just crossed out, but their total number of days edited is smaller, IMHO. -  EchoBravo  contribs  20:08, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

What I basically want to get rid of are:
  • Editors whose edits have clearly been limited to RfAs
  • Editors younger than a month (There are two cases up for discussion, I think)
  • Editors with less than like 100-200 edits this calendar year.
Put differently: Those editors who have reasonably edited here in the last 3-5 months stay in; the others don't. At a preliminary count I ended up with like 9 in favor, 7 oppose.--Eptalon (talk) 20:16, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Discussion cases are like: a number of edits, then a gap, then a number of edits (eg. MindTheGap).--Eptalon (talk) 20:19, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's definitely not easy, I'm really not terribly concerned. The above three I just mentioned, more particularly Swatjester and Daniel, don't appear have much of a vested interest here and that bothers me. Good luck. -  EchoBravo  contribs  20:23, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
IMO, Jennavecia (30 main), MindTheGap (85 main), Swatjester (no main edits before RfA) and Daniel (21 main) aren't legal. Ionas68224 is a big wildcard. Going through the supports, Muddyb Blast Producer is the only not legal vote (35 main). Still fail, I think. But have fun with it. — AE (talk) 20:40, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The idea here wasn't to tell the most experienced 'crat how to do his job, rather to just let him know that the community trust his ability. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:04, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

And while I don't want to tell you how to go about your business, Eptalon, I'd say that striking opinions that do not contradict the simple wiki rules of RFA is naive too. The "rules" state "Votes made by users with very few edits may or may not be counted." but since only a few hundred or so edits are required to be an admin, I can't see why a named editor can't express an opinion. !Votes aren't struck off like this anywhere else... This kind of decision is dubious in the extreme. Needs real explanation, or we need to refine the simple RFA rules again....The Rambling Man (talk) 21:12, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You mean, me? I wasn't "striking opinions." Not sure how you got that. Have fun, Eptalon. Tough job, you're the best we have for it. Cheers — AE (talk) 21:15, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
No AE, I was talking purely to Eptalon. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:15, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
"Dubious in the extreme"? The user made 10 edits total before voting in the RfA! That is the definition of a "editor who has made very few edits". -  EchoBravo  contribs  21:18, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
TRM, Swat had 6 edits when he voted. That falls in the rules. Eptalon, as a bureaucrat is within his rights to strike votes from editors who don't participate here. This kind of thing does happen on other projects. I don't know how many places you're active, but it happens on enwiki. RfA is a vote, but in close cases, the bureaucrat has to make difficult and possibly controversial actions. PS: Eptalon is not the most experienced bcrat. He's the newest. Majorly talk 21:19, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Majorly, to quote you, "I'm not going to change my mind, no matter how much people try to persuade me." - any respect I ever for you evaporated the moment you wrote this about someone else. Anyway, I have never seen a crat directly erasing !votes. He doesn't have to. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:29, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You haven't seen much then. How did you ever get promoted to 'crat on enwiki with this level of inexperience? PS Are you going to bring up Dweller's RfB every time you disagree with me about something? It's becoming rather tiresome. It's passing quite nicely, I really think you should stop going on about it. Majorly talk 21:34, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've intended my vote on the RfB, I hope you're now happy. Majorly talk 21:38, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you mean you've withdrawn your oppose then yes, I couldn't be happier. Dweller is a fab candidate and despite our (yours and mine) differences, he should be given a chance. I appreciate it. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:43, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I don't think someone so inexperienced in bcrat areas should be promoted at all, but if it makes you happy and will stop going on at me about it, then I couldn't care less. He won't do that much as a bcrat, judging by admin actions, so I'm not that worried. Majorly talk 21:46, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Regardless, no-one is "experienced in bcrat areas" until it bites. It doesn't make me happy to whinge on about your viewpoint but I truly appreciate your reappraisal. He's a fantastic editor and excellent admin and will make (if promoted) a superb crat. I'm glad you're not worried, there's no reason to be. Thanks again. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:49, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

(unindenting) As a clarification: I am striking those votes I consider invalid for the reasons of clarity. If there are any disputes later, it will be obvious I struck those votes. --Eptalon (talk) 21:30, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I understand entirely but equally you have to explain each and every strike vs the RFA "policy" and I'm not sure it's being implemented 100%. But you're the crat and I fully back your decision. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:35, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Looking over the striking, a couple worry me. "Under a month" is not a valid basis as the requirements to vote (wp:voting and wp:cfa) both list any named user whose account was started before the voting started. Any account created before 15 August 08 meets the requirement. Of the others, there is no stated requirement for activity period ("in the last year"), only "few edits". Of the list of people struck, the only one I would qualify as "few" would be Swatjester with only 9 before his vote (although at the time of his being stuck, he was over 100). Older RfA's set the bar for "few" in the 10-20 range, changing it to 100-200 is very questionable. The requirements were left a little vague to allow some leeway, but a 10x increase over past standards is a little outside that idea. Of the list, Swatjester I can see justified, the others I cannot. -- Creol(talk) 07:16, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ok Following these comments:
  • Muddyb Blast Producer: Unstruck; does not edit here very often, nevertheless clearly edited here before, account was clearly not created to vote here.
  • Philiosopher: Unstruct: Account created before the vote, about 25 edits before that
  • Daniel: Account created about a year ago, sporadic editing with long pauses in between. Unstruck.--Eptalon (talk) 09:01, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My withdrawn RfA Edit

If you stricken Daniel's bote on Razors RFA, maybe ditto should happen on mine (Oppose number 4). --  Da Punk '08  talk  21:13, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I was under the impression you edited as Spiderpig (and perhaps others here before)...--Eptalon (talk) 21:19, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I did. I meant Oppose 5, sorry. Daniel put in a vote in Razor's RFA, and he also voted in mine. He has less than 100 edits this year, so it should be stricken. --  Da Punk '08  talk  21:23, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Your recent edits to Razorflame's RfA Edit

I have reverted several recent edits you have made, as they were in violation of WP:CfA. Before striking additional votes and/or comments, please discuss at them here. --Philosopher Let us reason together. 22:44, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Didn't see the above section about you closing the RfA. However, I would ask that if you decide to strike a vote, please be sure not to strike the comment as well. --Philosopher Let us reason together. 22:49, 22 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello, Eptalon. You removed my vote from Razorflame's nomination. I guess, you think as I'm doing sockpuppet isn't it? I'm always watching here and I'll come back soon to contribute. And the good thing, I know Razorflame if is good editor, so I'm not deserve to vote him due to my poor contribution?--Mitaa ya Cut RekOrds (talk) 06:56, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

unacceptable Edit

It is entirely unacceptable for you to strike my comments at Razorflame's RFA. I've got more than enough experience on Wikipedia to be able to comment. SWATJester Son of the Defender 21:34, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Not on this wikipedia, you haven't. It's perfectly acceptable to strike the vote of an inactive, uncaring user with no prior knowledge of this wikipedia when the votes are running so close. --Gwib -(talk)- 21:36, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Inactive uncaring user? At the time of being struck, I had over 100 edits and have been registered here for several months.. SWATJester Son of the Defender 21:37, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
At the time of voting, you had 3 edits to your userpage and 6 to one article. The only reason you started editing here was because of the controversy you caused when you arrived with such a low edit count and total inactivity. --Gwib -(talk)- 21:39, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You don't have the slightest idea why I resumed editing here. Please assume good faith.

Eptalon, you said these were your criteria for striking opposes:

   * Editors whose edits have clearly been limited to RfAs
   * Editors younger than a month (There are two cases up for discussion, I think)
   * Editors with less than like 100-200 edits this calendar year.

I don't meet any of those categories. My edits exist across dozens of articles, many of which I created myself. My account is several months old. And I have over 100 edits this calendar year. You had zero reason to strike my comment at RFA. That's not what a 'crat is supposed to do. You are supposed to interpret consensus; you are NOT supposed to disenfranchise valid voters. SWATJester Son of the Defender 21:42, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

According to this you have edited your talk page, 3 times, and you did 6 edits to Military (both on February 16 of this year), before you voted in Razorflame's Request for Adminship. Our Criteria say Votes made by users with very few edits may or may not be counted. - Given that your vote in Razorflame's RFA was your tenth edit, I did not count it; this is in accordance with other RfAs where votes from users in a similar situation also were not counted. I am sorry if this upset you, but it is current policy here - Official result in that is: Razorflame was not promoted because he only had 54% (rounded to the nearest percent) support. --Eptalon (talk) 21:47, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Also see my comments above, esp. Creol's comment, and my reply to it. --Eptalon (talk) 21:50, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That is at the time of the vote. At the time of the striking, I clearly met the edit requirements. You are not required to strike anything, it says "may or may not". That's a clue-sign to use common sense, and not strike someone who is clearly not a vandal or an SPA, especially when they go on to provide ample evidence of a long and fruitful stay on this project. SWATJester Son of the Defender 21:52, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The fact is, at the time of voting you had little to no standing on this project. It's not right that someone can just waltz in here and attempt to change the direction of a vote. Whether you made edits after is irrelevant. Majorly talk 22:21, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's not at all irrelevant Majorly. Do you expect a 'crat to not have common sense? It's the difference between biting a well meaning newbie and discounting an SPA's vote. The former, which is what happened to me, is unacceptable. SWATJester Son of the Defender 22:23, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
One minute you're an experienced admin with affiliations with the foundation. The next minute you're a "well-meaning newbie". Which is it? Majorly talk 22:25, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You know better than to propose a false dichotemy Majorly. Do I look like an experienced admin on this project? Please, show me my sysop bit. No. I'm a well meaning newbie on this project, and an experienced admin on other projects. Don't be dense for the sake of being dense. SWATJester Son of the Defender 22:28, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You're a newbie then - hence, you don't have enough suffrage, in the closing bureaucrat's judgement for your vote to count. If this RfA wasn't as close as it was, you probably would have been counted. It was a difficult one to close, and it even went the way you voted. I really, really can't understand why you're still complaining. Majorly talk 22:35, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Because it subverts the intent of that rule: to prevent single purpose accounts from disrupting a vote. The rule was not intended to prevent well-meaning editors who intend to remain on the project from exercising suffrage. SWATJester Son of the Defender 23:01, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Indeed, and in close cases where other good intentioned editors vote but have only 6 meaningful edits at the time of voting, it's the bureaucrat's decision to discount that vote as well. Majorly talk 23:45, 23 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Pedophile Edit

Eptalon, some your recent edits are made with not much understanding, and with poor expression.

I notice your explained your edits as "Three original types of pedophiles". No. They are certainly not the "Original types". They are three categories allocated at a particular point in history.

That description dates from the 1880s. Its only place in the present article is in a section about the History of the Study of pedophilia. (That is not the same thing as a History of Pedophilia). This info iis really out of place in the intro. the intro presents a brief summary of the rest of the article (or if the article is very short, the most important stuff. What someone thought in 1880 is no longer vvery important.

Sloppy English- A senetence that says "This is not......, though." is really unnencyclopedic.

Kemp "saw" three types.... No. he didn't see them. He "described" them. The word "saw" is very short simple English, but it doesn't not mean the same as "described".

The other problem- Where on earth did the statement about "adults who became excited looking at naked children, but they are not pedophiles, though", come from? It reads is a very garbled way. What "study" are you talking about. If you say there was a study, you must cite it properly. To say these people were not pedophiles, though, is apparent nonsense. How do you, or we, or the researchers know they were not' or are not pedophiles? What is the point that is being made here? If they get sexually excited by the sight of a nnaked child, then they are sexually excited by children, and therefore, by definition, pedophile, (whether they take action or not.)

Why was the sentence that some pedophiles do not act on their impulses, deleted?

What you are delving into here is a very very sensitive subject. One that has caused a huge amount of grief. It needs to be written by someone who really understands something about the subject, and preferably can make sense of the scientific studies, the psychology and the ramifications of the language that is used.

For example- you introduced the word "specific" into the second category. The original doesn't use the word "specific" The implication in this category is that a lonely person who is deprived of an adult partner (not a "specific" object of desire, but a partner) might direct sexual interest towards a child instead. The child is a substitute for an adult relationship, but not necessarily for a specific person.

When you are wiriting about this sort of stuff, you need to be very careful to get it exactly right. It would be much better to have a short simple article than one which has been made longer, and contains misleading information and real errors.

Sorry to be so tough... but I've been around for a long time, and have dealt with a number of pedophiles and their victims.

Amandajm (talk) 16:03, 29 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

re:Vote striking Edit

Hello, Eptalon. Thanks for your information! And congratulation for Bureaucrat status! I was not present during of all that time, that's why I didn't reply your post early, thanks again and again. And I wish you nothing but the best!! Cheers,--Mitaa ya Cut RekOrds (talk) 16:17, 29 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you very much for your ocmments; I am quite new as a bureaucrat; therefore I thought far oto many edits would be necessary to actually count a vote. In your case: you do contribute regularly, there was therefore no reason to not count your vote. --Eptalon (talk) 20:16, 29 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hiya, could you also please revert this, as it was edits made to an archive made by the candidate to strike votes which were deemed valid at the time (standards have changed, yes, but that doesn't mean altering the archives). Regards, Daniel (talk) 01:30, 30 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Jesus Edit

Eptalon, where are you getting this from? The Gospel of Philip was written by a group called the Gnostics, and was therefore not mainstream, even when it was written, which was the 3rd century, more than 100 years ofter the four gospels of the Bible. The Gospel of Philip writes about the significance of Christian marriage. It writes about Jesus being close to three women, his mother, his sister (or perhaps his mother's sister, it's not clear whose sister) and Mary Magdalene. In places it calls her his companion. It does not say she was his wife.

The statement that you have made implies that information converning Jesus' marriage was deliberately supressed, and that all Jesus followers were prepared to lie about it "because it didn't fit the image " or something. This is a very Dan Brownish way of misinterpreting facts. It's a conspiracy theory, and it implicates every single first and second century Christian as having a part in the conspiracy. What rot!

The indication in the four Gospels is that Jesus was most definitely a single man. If Mary had been his wife, and had washed his feet and wept over them, then it would have been considered not just normal, but entirely right and appropriate. The fact that an unmarried woman wept over the feet of an unmarried man, and he condoned it, was considered highly inappropriate. If you read St Paul, you realise that celibacy wasn't uncommon, and in fact, Paul was celibate, and recommended it to other people within the church.

Your statement about "it is not known whether Jesus wanted to cause trouble between the Jews and the Romans" is sheer nonsense! Many of Jesus' words were remembered and recorded. Nothing that he said was politically imflamatory. Quite the opposite. He was question as to whether it was right to pay tax to the Romans. He took a coin and said "Whose head is on this?" They said "Caesar's" Jesus said "Give to Caesar what is owed to Caesar, and to God what is owed to God." When Jesus was asked, he said "My Kingdom is not of this world." After the death of Jesus, his followers preached spiritual salvation. None of them preached political uprising. St Paul molded his teachings around the various political and social situations in different parts of the Roman Empire. Overthrowing the Roamns, or causing trouble between Romans, Jews and other groups was never on the agenda.

Amandajm (talk) 15:04, 31 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The New testament, as it is known today, never mentions that Jesus was married. Mary Magdalene is mentioned as being close to him. The Gospel of Philip, an apocryphal text of the New Testament, mentions that Jesus was married. His followers might have thought that Jesus being married did not fit well with the other things he did. They therefore did perhaps not mention this fact. It is possible, that Jesus was not married.

I just put this here to go through it more thoroughly.

  • New Testament- not New testament. It takes two caps.
  • "as it is known today" is superfluous. It has already been described
  • The Gospel of Phil has never been part of the "New Testament"
  • It doesn't "mention that he was married" and it certainly doesn't state it either.
  • "His followers might have thought...... " This is speculation. It reads as if it is your own speculation. That is something that you simply cannot do on wikipedia. If it is a theory that has been proposed by some theologian, then you must' state where this controversial opinion came from.
  • "It is possible that J. was not married"- Your use of the possible gives a serious misbalance. A possibility is only a possibility not a probability. In other words, it gives more weight to Philip than to the four gospels that have always been accepted as buonafide. It makes a writer who used the name of an apostle who had been dead 100 years, more correct than all the people who knew Jesus.

About you other edit, concerning the dates of writing of the gospels- you added the words "for example" and left a query as to whether it made it clearer. No, it made it inaccurate. The original had a statement that Mark was thhought to be written before Matthew. This is Not a "for example", this is THE difference. The order of writing is believed to be "Mark, Matthew, Luke, John" not "Matthew, Mark, Luke, John".

Amandajm (talk) 15:22, 31 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello Amandajm, thank you ofr your comments; I will try to shed light on them one by one.
  • At the time when Jesus lived it was normal that men his age (in his 20s, possibly in his 30s at the time he was crucified) were married - It might therefore be unnecessary to state that (Thats what the four writers did). Mark, Matthew, Luke and John have a focus to describe what Jesus did, his being married did not necessarily influence that, so it could be left out. What I wrote there basically comes from the German Wikipedia (de:Jesus#Frauen); there the attributions are to a Luise Schottroff and a Geza Vernes (G Vernes, Jesus der Jude, pages 5, and 85-88); the idea that Jesus might have been unmarried is attributed to Oda Wischmeyer (Oda Wischmeyer, ThLZ 121, Darmstadt 1996, S. 1125-1128 (Rezension von Luise Schrottroff, Silvia Schroer, Marie-Theres Wacker: Feministische Exegese. Forschungserträge zur Bibel aus der Perspektive von Frauen))
  • Those informations that go beyond statistical (census) data only come form one kind of source (His followers wrote about him, and what he did); It is therefore very dangerous to say "Jesus did that" - especially since most of the gospels were written 20-30 years after his death. All I am trying to say is: Based on the information available to us today, it is hard to tell what Jesus really did (and what was just attributed to him). Again this comes from the German wikipedia, what they say is that historians have different opinions based on this; they cite: Der Messias, JBTh Band 8, 1993; Gerd Theißen, Anette Merz: Der Historische Jesus S. 125–220; Early literature seems to see Jesus as unpolitical (Rudolf Bultmann, Das Verhältnis der urchristlichen Glaubensbotschaft zum historischen Jesus 1960, sees his crucifixion as an error of Justice). Other scolars (Martin Hengel, Die Zeloten 1961; War Jesus revolutionär? 1970; Oscar Cullman, Jesus und die Revolutionäre seiner Zeit, 1970; Samuel George Frederick Brandon, Jesus and the Zealots 1967) show that there were similarities between his teachings, and that of the Zealots, a Jewish resstence movement. They show that his crucifiction was the result of his actions, supposedly in the context of being related to these movements. (seede:Jesus#Zeloten for more)
  • If we leave the reference to the Gnostic text i there, we should perhaps change the way we introduce it. And ye,s you are of course welcome to revise the text as you see fit; and no, I do not want to introduce methods of research llike that of Dan Brown.--Eptalon (talk) 16:46, 31 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • The as it is known today: The Canon of the New Testament was formally fixed in the 1600s; even today there are different versions.What I wanted to say there: There have been different versions of the text collection, but I£ll base myself on the current one.--Eptalon (talk) 16:49, 31 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
response Going into all the arguments of all the different scholars in a detailed way has no place in this already over-long article. I have included mention of the other Gospels, and the fact that there is some opinion that Jesus was married, as well as a "conspiracy theory" that the info was deliberately suppressed. The scholarly opinion and the "conspiracy theory" are not neccessarily the same thing, but may overlap.
One of the problemms is that you sometimes state things in a way that has an element of fact, but is patently obviously not correct.
  • Just think really hard about what you have written here:
the idea that Jesus might have been unmarried is attributed to Oda Wischmeyer (Oda Wischmeyer, ThLZ 121, Darmstadt 1996, S. 1125-1128
This is absolute patent nonsense! The idea that Jesus might have been unmarried is not attributable to Oda Wischmeyer. If this is a true statement, then no one, up to the 2nd half of the 20th century, had the idea that Jesus was unnmarried.
What you are probably meaning is that Oda Wischmeyer's book presents evidence to support the common belief that Jesus was not married. This is vastly different to attributing the idea to Oda Wischmeyer. It's fine, however, to cite OW's book as a reference.
  • You have also said here It is therefore very dangerous to say "Jesus did that" - especially since most of the gospels were written 20-30 years after his death.
Regardless of whether this is an accurate translation from some German scholar who has used exaggerated language within a specific context of theological debate, it is, within the context of Simple Wiki, a very wrong and foolish thing to write. Why? Because in Simple English, "very dangerous" means "very dangerous". It does not mean the same as "foolish", "mistaken", or "possibly wrong".
  • The fact is that the Gospels are the best record we have. When the earliest biographic writings of four individuals, and the letters by at least by at least four individuals, and a number of independent historic sources (which are very scant in their details) all tie up, then they provide fairly firm evidence.
  1. The four canonical gospels provide the same narrative af a man who commenced preaching, teaching and healing, did so for a period of three years, selected 12 main disciples, but was also followed by others, including women, fell foul of the Jewish religious leaders, was hailed by many as the "Messiah" described by the ancient Jewish prophets, became widely known through the towns and villages, was proclaimed King by the crowds on his entry to Jerusalem, but is quoted as making only and exclusively statements concerning humankindkind's relationship to God and to each other, denied earthly Kingship, but died as a criminal.
  2. The reason for his death is spelled out quite clearly. He offended the Jewish religious leaders over and over again by challenging their hypocrisy. They had a vendetta against him. His enormous popularity among the common people and his proclamation as king on his arrival in Jerusalem at a time when there were huge crowds for the Passover gave them the ideal opportunity to manipulate the government into executing him. They Jewish religious leaders did not have the power to do that. The "puppet king" Herod did not have the power to do that. Only the Roman governor could order his execution as a threat to the state. The grounds upon which he was a threat to the state was that he had been proclaimed king by the mob, and then refused to deny the charge, saying only "My kingdom is not of this world".
  3. Jesus' is never quoted by any of those who wrote about him, even in the non-canonical writings of the 3rd and 4th centuries as, as speaking in a way that challenged Roman law, that inflamed hatred or incited rebellion.
  4. Moreover, in the 1st-3rd centuries there is scant evidence that his followers inflamed hatred or incited rebellion. They challenged Roman law only insofar as they met and worshipped as Christians. They never had a politcal uprising.
The points that I am trying to make hhere are
  1. It is not "very dangerous" to say Jesus did this and said that, based upon the gospels.
  2. However, it could possibly be "dangerous" and may well be misguided to presume that the facts were actually entirely different to the way that a number of people recorded them.
  3. It is potentially "very dangerous indeed" to think that Jesus actually meant something entirely different to the usual social and political interpretations of the words that he is recorded as speaking.
With regards to different versions of the Bible:
  1. The New Testament, as we have it today, took its present form in the late 4th century at the Synod of Hippo, when the various writings available were reviewed by Christian scholars. There still exist a number of the Christian writings that are plainly fiction like the "infancy narratives". There were also a number of letters etc that at the time were considered to be theologically divergent. The Synods final version of the New Testament had the 27 books that we know today. Only 5-7 years later, the Latin Vulgate was prepared in keeping with the decision of this and other synods. It remained the standard text for 1000 years and when the Bible was ultimately translated into other languages, they were usually based on the text most readily available, ie the Latin Vulgate. They maintained the 27 books of the New Testament.
  2. The Jewish scriptures have books which are "canonical" and are included as the Old Testament is all Bibles. There are also a number of other books of Jewish writing which are included as the "Apocrypha" in Catholic Bibles and some Protestant Bibles. These books are never given the authority of the canonical books. They include the story of Judith which was a very popular narrative in the Renaissance (when she was seen, along with the Roman woman Lucretia, as an ideal of female virtue and was thus often depicted in art).
  3. Although not found in most ordinary modern protestant Bibles, the Apocrypha is sometimes included as interesting to the Biblical scholar. When it is included, its inclusion is usually stated on the front cover eg. "The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, with Apocrypha". It's inclusion doesn't make the book a different version.
  4. Additional material- Some early versions of the Gospels make some verses a little longer than in other versions. A modern copy of the Bible will often inculde these extra bits as footnotes. They are generally statements that add nothing of theological value eg. "so saying this, he went on his way." The longest addition like this is often found at the end of Mark's Gospel, where there is a section of several verses that makes a brief summary of later events, drawn probably from Matthew's Gospel. It is very obvious to anyone reading it that it is a later addition, and scholarly modern versions of the Bible always state that this is the case.
  5. None of the additional material in the Gospels is contraversial, with one exception. The story of Jesus and the adulterous woman was cut from John's Gospel in some early versions of the Bible. Modern scholarship is of the opinion that this story was sometimes deliberately removed in case it gave the impresion that Jesus condoned adultery. (ie it was blatant censorship). Moreover, it is thought that the story was probably written by Luke, but has been mistakenly placed in John.
  6. The Acts of the Apostles is the book that contains by far the most variation, the Western version containing about 10% more material than that used by the Orthodox church. Because of this anomally, the differences have been subject to scrutiny for at least 500 years. The original thought was that one was a draft, then expanded, or the other was a draft, then editted down. Most modern scholarship is that the additions and changes in the Western version are later, (maybe several centuries later), and are indeed both social/political in emphasis and present a number of biased views not present in the Eastern version.
  7. Most "different versions" are simply "different translations". In the late Middle Ages, most vernacular language translations were based on the Vulgate. However, the Geneva Bible in English used Greek and Hebrew scriptures as well as the Vulgate. The King James version used all the best available, including an English version called the Bishop's Bible. Where it could be improved by study of the Greek and Hebrew, they changed it. There were six translation committees of University Dons and when it was complete, the overseeing bishop was so pleased that he only made 14 changes to the entire book. It's not surprising that this became the standard version for the next 400 years. The "Revised Standard Version" widely used in the late 20th century, is essentially the King James Bible with the archaic language brought up to date, so "Thou hast..." is replaced by "You have...", "Verily I say unto you..." is replaced by "Truly, I say to you...", "sayeth" is replaced by "says".
  8. Other modern translations have been written for a variety of reasons. The "New English Bible" set out to be a completely new translation that did not depend upon the King James version. For that reason, the structure of the sentences is often quite different, and the language is entirely modern (at the time of translation which was about 1960).
  9. The New English Bible, although modern, is scholarly in its language. It never became a favourite with the young. This probably accounts for the "Good News" Bible which follows the pattern of the King James version, but is much more simple, to the point of being over-simplified. Sometimes over-simplification causes inaccuracy or misconceptions, (something that occurs here on Simple Wiki all the time). A classic example of poor modern translation is the statement in the narrative about the birth of Jesus- It says "She wrapped him in strips of cloth...." The translators have attempted to describe what "swaddling" is. But the translation "strips of cloth" could easily be thought by a modern young reader to mean "rags", when in fact the older version "swaddling clothes" indicates that the baby's arrival was properly prepared for, and Mary had the type of clothing usual for babies. It would give a more accurate sense of the event to say that she "wrapped him in baby clothes", even if the reader, ignorant of past customs, has no idea of the exact nature of the clothes themselves. Among all these modern-language over-simplification, by far the most serious, distressing and devisive is the translation of "sodomy" as "homosexuality". I could elaborate on this at great length, but it's not the place. Briefly- the sin of Sodom could be summed up as "abusive or violent sex". This includes pedophilia and rape of both females and males.
  • To sum up, in all these different "versions" of the New Testament, we get the same picture of Jesus, the things that he did and the things that he said. The "human nature" or personality of the man and the message of his teaching remains the same from a social political point of view, even where the Theology is given different emphasis in different gospels, and is widely differently interpreted. It is the "Godly" nature of Jesus and the exact nature and mode of salvation that is widely argued.
Amandajm (talk) 05:19, 1 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It looks like you have much more of a theological background than I have:
  • It is clear that there are variations that arise from translation: Languages do not map 1:1, when translating the author therefore needs to select one translation. The "Virgin Mary" (With Jesus being born "from a virgin" becoming a dogma in I think the thirteenth century) is one such example.
In mense autem sexto, missus est angelus Gabriel a Deo in civitatem Galilææ, cui nomen Nazareth, ad virginem desponsatam viro, cui nomen erat Joseph, de domo David : et nomen virginis Maria. (Lk 1, 26- 27) Vulgate - There is no sexual connotation to virgo (other than being juxtaposed to 'vir' -> 'man'); it is pefectly fine to translate virgo with "young woman". Missus est angelus ... ad viginem desponsatam viro cui nomen erat J -> The messenger G. was sent to the young woman engaged to the man whose name was J.; et nomen virginis M. -> and the name of the young woman (was) M. (Other passages can probably be translated similarly. Current translations all use virgin, and not (young) woman)
  • I am not here to argue about faith; All I was trying to say: There were/are different versions of the text. To look at the text critically would probably require at least two, if not three versions. I am aware that the oldest bible copies date form the 4th or 5th century; The scrolls found at the Dead Sea in the 1950s are older, and probably unrelated to the New Testament.
In Short, you are probably more qualified in this than I am. --Eptalon (talk) 08:57, 1 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Links Edit

Hello. I have created a bit of a problem. The page Premier League was only about the English one, so I moved it to English Premier League and created a disambiguation page. Unfortunately, now all these pages now link to the old one. Is there a bot or an easy way to correct all these links? Kennedy (talk) 14:07, 1 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A bot. - tholly --Talk-- 14:11, 1 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Create a new page Premier League (disambiguation) and then make Premier League into a redirect. FSM Noodly? 14:14, 1 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  Done Just thought I'd do it myself :D. FSM Noodly? 14:16, 1 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yes, but lots of articles still link to the old page, now just a redirect. Instead of solving the problem, it has made it a bit worse. Kennedy (talk) 14:24, 1 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Don't worry, I'm going though them with my bot, then we can move the disambig back :) - tholly --Talk-- 14:28, 1 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Many thanks Thollybot! Kennedy (talk) 14:31, 1 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
All   Done - thollybot --Talk-- 14:49, 1 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you! Kennedy (talk) 15:00, 1 September 2008 (UTC) (unindenting) How did I make it worse? Btw Premier League should be at Premier League (disambiguation) anyway FSM Noodly? 15:01, 1 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You created a double-redirect. Pages were being linked to a disambiguation page (albiet incorrectly). Your move made pages being redirected to a redirect to a disambiguation page. Kennedy (talk) 15:09, 1 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
oh ok then FSM Noodly? 15:11, 1 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Vandalism Edit

Two people are currently vandalising, I added them to WP:VIP but that was five minutes ago. Can you look at them please. Cheers. FSM Noodly? 13:11, 4 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Thanks for the pictures, they help. Could they be put on the right of an appropriate section of the article though, not as a gallery? I think it that would make it look better. Thanks - tholly --Talk-- 12:02, 13 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Go on, and place them where you think they fit. --Eptalon (talk) 12:14, 13 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Mmm, I see your point, it's not that obvious where they should go. Ideally it would be at the top, but that is where the contents are. I think the higher up they are, the better, because you see them earlier. It's not fantastic where I put them, but what do you think? - tholly --Talk-- 12:27, 13 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Its better than before ;) - As I said its these pictures are not the impressive ones, just those that I could grab - Also, thechnically they don't show a RAID system, but a bunch of disks.. :) --Eptalon (talk) 12:38, 13 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Could you go over Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology please? I'm not an expert and I want to make sure the article makes sense. --Gwib -(talk)- 12:42, 13 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
(ec) To Eptalon: It may only be a bunch of disks, but it shows what a raid system could look like, which is all that matters :) Thanks - tholly --Talk-- 12:44, 13 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I just want to apologize for the delay on my promised copyedit of RAID. It will happen, but something has popped up which is rather serious. --Gwib -(talk)- 19:30, 17 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikipedia:WikiProject Rock music Edit

I'd like to invite you to join the newly-formed Rock music WikiProject. There's alot of Rock-related articles on Wikipedia that could use a little attention, and I hope this project can help organize an effort to improve them. So please, take a look and if you like what you see, help us get this project off the ground and a few Rock music pages into the front ranks of Wikipedia articles. Thanks! --Fell on Black Days (talk) 19:50, 23 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks Edit

Thanks for the welcome wagon. Promethean (talk) 11:10, 24 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

transwiki and rollback Edit


Cant you please grant me or tell me the procedure here on obtaining transwiki and rollback. Im requesting transwiki so I can import wikipedia pages and simplfy them that way and im requesting rollback so i can revert vandalism. Thanks Promethean (talk) 11:22, 24 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hannah Edit

Ep, you cite an RFD discussion when you deleted back in June 2007. But I looked in the archives and could find no such debate having taken place; a google search similarly yields nothing. What RFD was this? Looking through the deleted diffs, it looks like a perfectly legitimate article, and could even double as a disambiguation page for the many Hannah articles we have. cassandra (talk) 06:48, 25 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It is here--Eptalon (talk) 09:35, 25 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Project RAID Edit

I've done my best to simplify and re-write chunks of RAID. Here is the diff if you want to review my changes and fix anything I've messed up. This article deserves a whole Wikiproject to itself! --Gwib -(talk)- 11:56, 27 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for the changes, they look good. I do however doubt that we will get enough votes for this to get the 5 or 6 required for the "better" article - At leaast not with the user base we currently have. Thanks anyway. --Eptalon (talk) 12:52, 27 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

YO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Edit

hello yo

Pakistani rivers Edit

  • I thought about that and am doing redirects for some. The ones I am nominating for deletion will probably never be other than stubs. Happy to do redirects though.--Matilda (talk) 23:49, 28 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sorry. Edit

  I would like to apologise for yesterday on #wikipedia-simple. I feel that I have abused the community's trust in me. After all, had I not sent him the link to IRC, he would not be able to attack you and others on the channel. Although I knew that he disliked Wikipedia, I felt that, if he met the people that were behind Wikipedia, he would prehaps stop taking the mickey out of me editing Wikipedia, as he would know that all we are trying to do is do something amazing -- giving away a free encyclopaedia. I should have known that prehaps he would get offensive, and maybe I erred on giving him the link to Simple English Wikipedia's IRC channel. Sorry, and please forgive me. If you have any suggestions on what I should do next, please say so. Yours, Microchip  talk 12:26, 29 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Gah, what happened?? --Gwib -(talk)- 15:28, 29 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Micorchip gave the IRC of the channel ot someone who turned out to be rather critical..--Eptalon (talk) 16:12, 29 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Bot question Edit

How do you activate a bot? My bot has the script done but it won't edit. Please help. Cheers -- StaticFalcon -=Electrify My Thoughts=- 00:52, Thursday October 2 2008 (UTC)

Hello? Cheers -- Static -=Electrify My Thoughts=- 21:19, Saturday October 4 2008 (UTC)
Oh, sorry. There are different "frameworks" for the different programming languages. The most common one is probably PyWikipedia which uses the programming language Python. I have seen others that use Java. These frameworks come with examples, that can be used to learn how ot make a bot. --Eptalon (talk) 21:22, 4 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks. Plz giv link? Cheers -- Static -=Electrify My Thoughts=- 21:36, Saturday October 4 2008 (UTC)
m:Using the python wikipediabot--Eptalon (talk) 21:38, 4 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
t isn't working. Can you make it for me? Cheers -- Falcon -=Electrify My Thoughts=- 22:27, Saturday October 4 2008 (UTC)
If it isn't working, Eptalon can't do it for you. If he wanted to, he'd make his own bot. The reason yours isn't working is because you've just copied a script from ClueBot and from one of the SoxBots and pasted them to your bot's userspace. Making bots doesn't work like that. You have to write or download proper script to you computer, and then start a program that can run the scripts and edit, either on your computer or on toolserver. No one else can do this but you, because it's on your computer. Why do you actually want a bot? The two scripts you have imported are:
  1. for reverting vandalism (but you've only got half the script, CkueBot uses many) and
  2. for creating a table showing the number of bureaucrats, rollbackers, checkusers etc. on this wiki.
1 isn't needed, we have a low level of vandalism and Chris G Bot for that now. 2 isn't needed, as it is used on enwiki to help other SoxBots which we don't have. Perhaps you could read about simple interwiki bots using Python/pywikipedia. - tholly --Talk-- 08:54, 5 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I was trying to make an interwiki bot. (talk) 17:08, 5 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

talk:Car Edit

Just to let you know, the info on Talk:Car was actually in reference to the page. I had already corrected the problem the IP brought up. -- Creol(talk) 14:39, 2 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for the info; as you may have noticed I am quite busy at the moment, to me the Talk:Car looked like a rant that had little to do with the page itself - hence I deleted it. --Eptalon (talk) 15:02, 2 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Presence/Admin tool Edit

Hello, Eptalon. Did adminiship tool can increase a presence of editor?--Mitaa ya Cut RekOrds (talk) 07:54, 4 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello, I don't know how other wikipedias handle it, but ovewr here, any editor that is sufficiently trusted and that at some point in time edited regularly can become an administrator. There are currently two up for vote, Tholly and Kennedy. Both have edited regularly, and I do not think either will fail. This means that we have many more active admins compared to all active users than probably most other wikipedias, currently about 12 active admins for about 27 active users. Administrators have rollback (which will soon be available to other trusted users as well), they can delete/undelete pages, protect pages, and block distruptive users. We currently have 3 CheckUsers (1/4 of all admins) and 4 bureaucrats (1/3 of all admins). Since we are a small community, we also do not need most of the rules English Wikipedia has. This probably makes it easier to work here than on other wikipedias (I don't know about the even smaller ones). We get between 1000 and 2000 new articles per month, which means every active editor writes between 30 and 60 (1-2 a day). What I meant to say when I posted my comment on simple talk was: All the active editors work as much as they can, to get time to do new things (for example, Did you know) or to get more Good and Very good articles, we need more people working on such things - in other words, we need more people.--Eptalon (talk) 09:32, 4 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I now understood what is Simple! And my question was this: I saw some people their not available because of failure of nomination. Their always try their best, but most of time their not succeded in their RFA (Razorflame), is not appear now days. I think because of that (I'm not sure). So, what do you have to say on that? Cause it's really discourage.--Mitaa ya Cut RekOrds (talk) 10:13, 4 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Razorflame was a contorversial candidate, people could not really agree if he was good to do the job. My personal opinion was that he probably would have made a good admin. He was too eager to get there, though, he tried almost every month (past his three months). He also needs to work on how he talks to people. In his last RfA, there was a case of newbie-biting (see WP:BITE). This killed his last request, along with the fact that he retired and re-activated it a few times. As to him personally, I think he might still be editing Simple English Wikipedia here and there, and still want to become admin. He is however keeping a low profile for the moment. This means that he is focused on editing articles, and not so much focused on the community aspect. Failing an RfA is not the end, people do change. I also failed an RfA request here) before I was promoted to admin (here) - It is the about 25 active editors who decide if someone can be trusted enough to be given adminship. Please note, that we probably will have a rollback privilege shortly. This will allow non-admins to undo changes in a better way (than is currently possible with the undo functionality). Adminship is about trust. This does not mean that the people who edit here, and who are not admins, are not trusted. Admins are mainly there to make sure wikipedia keeps working the way it does. You don't need ot be admin for most of the functionality (admins have 2 tabs more, delete, and protect) - many of the contributions here were mainly done by non-admins. If you look at the process of making an article into a Good or Very good article, then you'll see that admins have nothing to do with it.--Eptalon (talk) 12:48, 4 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What's pity it is, but he's going to come back! And this controversial does not make any sense at all. When someone has made a mistake, you don't have to wait till someday you really need to reality him/her at time! And you don't have to wait till someday are coming. Thanks for the hints. Yours,--Mitaa ya Cut RekOrds (talk) 13:34, 6 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Re: Edit

Thank you.--   ChristianMan16 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!!  22:44, 5 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Lenzburg Edit

Hi Eptalon. As discussed, I've added some notes on the talkpage which cover the areas that I think need epxansion... any help to save the GA status would be good - I'd only just noticed that Lenzburg and Nickel Creek have been sitting at WP:PAD since July.... The Rambling Man (talk) 07:50, 7 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You comment on enWP's WP:ANI Edit

I'm glad you told them the truth about me here...but it no longer makes a difference cause I'm retired. I wish you all the best. Good-bye.--   ChristianMan16  17:49, 7 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please don't let my unbanning thread die...I want to be something, bring people in to it; ANYTHING...just please don't let it die.--   ChristianMan16  01:52, 9 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My Last Barnstar give out Edit

  ChristianMan16's Barnstar
For being the nice guy (or gal) you are. I appreciate the comment on WP:ANI.    ChristianMan16  17:51, 7 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Just a reminder that there's a new request ;) Shapiros10 Flap the Yap 21:02, 11 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh and can you give me a link for maing a JAVA bot? Ric is ShockingHawk 00:03, 16 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
en:Wikipedia:Creating_a_bot#Java? --Eptalon (talk) 10:04, 16 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Checkuser Issue Edit

Creol made some comments on my RfA about a possible checkuser issue with me, but didn't reveal any details. It says on his user page that he might not be online often, so I decided to ask you. Could you please reveal to me what I have supposedly done wrong, since it concerns me greatly. I would like to know what I am being accused of at least as I think it may put a lot of people off supporting my RfA. Cheers. FSM Noodly? 16:27, 12 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I have read Creol's mail, and responded to him. If that's possible, I don't want to reveal any more at the moment (Once Creol responded there will probably be a statement from either me or Creol). So far, you seem to have done nothing wrong - however please bear with me, till I have a response from Creol, and we agreed on what is possible to reveal. --Eptalon (talk) 16:37, 12 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

please... Edit

... review me. Ric is ShockingHawk 19:54, 12 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

B. F. Skinner Edit

This is the more popular name for this psychologist. Not many people even know what the B.F. stands for. I took this into account when creating the article, and I think it needs to stay at the more widely used name. Synergy 14:21, 16 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

its the Skinner of the skinner box, with the drooling monkeys. Moving a page creates a redirect from the old name to the new. --Eptalon (talk) 14:30, 16 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Tell me I am not going crazy Edit

Please tell me SF did not just create and welcome an account for a known, blocked, cross-wiki sockpuppetter.. User talk:‎.

He is openly acting as a meatpuppet to bypass the block of a known disruptive user?

Am I going crazy here? -- Creol(talk) 15:20, 18 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I did not just create and welcome an account for a known, blocked, cross-wiki sockpuppetter. Ric is ShockingHawk 15:21, 18 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
WHAT. --Gwib -(talk)- 16:31, 18 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It wasn't even done properly, otherwise it says (password sent by email) afterwards. SH must have created the password, and then emailed it to the user. I don't know how you can deny this, all the info is here. BTW, the block didn't show up because it must was a range block (here). Well done for re-blocking, Creol. - tholly --Talk-- 17:10, 18 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

(unindenting) I guess he was not aware of posts like this. Besides, that rangeblock is hard to find. I would never even dream of creating an account for someone else. While I want to assume good faith, I can hardly believe it. The disney vandal was blocked for what he did, not because he didn't have an account. Big question now, what do we do with SF? --Eptalon (talk) 18:30, 18 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That is shocking! (Pardon the pun) He saw the user was blocked and showed him a way to get round it! Poor show, ShockingHawk! Kennedy (talk) 18:35, 18 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
SH needs to be more careful. Concerns of rushing things have been brought up in the past. Shapiros10 Flap the Yap 18:36, 18 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In general, if an admin says no, It is no, especially if the admin is someone like Creol, and the user is a known sockpuppeteer. If anyrthing it would have been up to Creol to suggest any action.--Eptalon (talk) 18:40, 18 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm sorry. I thought he was in a innociant rangeblock and I didn't see Creol's deny. I deserve to be blocked. Ric is ShockingHawk 00:19, 19 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
So am I getting blocked? Ric is ShockingHawk 13:19, 19 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

(unindenting) I have little to do with the disney vandal case, I will therefore leave that to others ro decide. --Eptalon (talk) 13:23, 19 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Italian Mare Nostrum Edit

I saw your post here, and I’ve replied, but I’ve since seen this from Bluegoblin7. I would go with listing for deletion, if you agree, so we aren’t rewarding bad behaviour. And I’d also go for checking back through the edit trails, for any other cheats.Xyl 54 (talk) 14:04, 20 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This is frustrating;
The situation (as I see it) is that an editor on the standard WP has behaved fairly badly, producing a welter of biased material, and acting disruptively in pushing his case, and has been banned indefinitely in a number of guises because of it.
He has now dumped his stuff here, (without modifying it even!) in order to evade sanctions over there.
You seem to be saying it’s quite all right for him to do that, and the case against him and his material has to be made all over again, presumably for each article in question. Is that correct? Xyl 54 (talk) 14:46, 21 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I am saying that this article has the potential to be notable. Since I do not know the situation, I am simply asking what part of the article is seen as biased towards one side? - Our aim with this particular article should be to get a version all those involved can agree on. And no, we do not do wholesale deletions of articles created by a particular user, based on the fact that this user has done bad things on other Wikipedias. In other words: We might have to do all the stuff we are currently doing for this article for the other articles created by this user. We delete content based on the fact that it is bad or does not belong here, not based on who created it.--Eptalon (talk) 14:52, 21 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
A reply (and sorry about the slow-motion nature of this discussion);
As far as non-neutrality goes, where to begin? How about with the title itself? This isn’t an article about the use of a fascist term, or the term itself ( though if it was it would be entitled Mare nostrum and deal with the use of the term by the Romans, and Italian nationalists prior to the fascist era, as well). This is a claim that the IMN was a fact, based on a highly selective account of the Battle of the Mediterranean/Mediteranean campaign of WWII. It focuses on a particular period in the campaign when the Axis were doing well; it lists Italian successes, ignores Allied ones, and hardly mentions the German contribution at all. The issue isn’t that the term is fascist propaganda, but that the article itself is propaganda. If there is potential for notability it would be for an NPOV article on the Battle of the Mediterranean, which tells the full story. You don't have one as yet; would it help if you did have one?
But as for not being able to do any thing about the editor, that seems at odds with the discussion above (Tell me I am not going crazy…) which refers to "known, blocked, crosswiki sockpuppeteers"; and with the criteria for deletion (in fact for speedy deletion) which includes "reintroduction of deleted material", and "contributiuons by a banned user". Xyl 54 (talk) 14:20, 23 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

(unindenting) To me, the next logical step would then be as proposed, create an entry about the battle for the Mediterranean in WW2; EnWP seems to have it all at Mare Nostrum (A term which the Romans used). Once we have a stub about that battle, we can the think about "merging" the content to the new article...--Eptalon (talk) 14:58, 23 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

RfA Edit

Can you please send me an on wiki message, as I really want to know about the situation and I can't access web based email at school, where I am now. Also I just wanted to know if you are counting Swirlboys vote as he voted 2.00 hours after it closed. Thanks for all your help, FSM Noodly? 09:30, 21 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The mail I sent you contains some "private" information, which I can unfortunately not replicate on-wiki. For my perspective, there is nothing urgent, in other words, a reply to that mail can wait till you get a chance to look at it tonight.--Eptalon (talk) 09:35, 21 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ok, cheers. FSM Noodly? 09:37, 21 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I replied via email, thanks. FSM Noodly? 14:38, 21 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

User:MindTheGap/User:Whitstable Edit

I asked you on IRC some time ago to check if User:MindTheGap and User:Whitstable have matching IP addresses, because of similar behavior on the Wikipedia criticism site Wikipedia Review (Whitstable posts as The Wales Hunter there and has since changed his enwiki username to George the Dragon). You replied with a no, and did not elaborate. I know now that secret checks are not the right course of action, but I was trying to avoid undue attention from people like Creol who label my concerns and suspicions as "whining and bitching". I stated on User talk:MindTheGap that I had some suspicions as to who this user was (I still thought that it was Whitstable/George the Dragon as you did not go into the specifics of the case, but also thought it may have been Gwib because of the user's point of view on the Benniguy issue), but did not reveal them as I did not want to cause a mass uproar. Now, however, michael and Giggy on Wikipedia Review are saying that he is Whitstable/GTD[1]

Now I know multiple accounts is not bad in itself, but do you know why he went out of his way to keep it a secret who he regularly edits as on Wikipedia? This may have something to do with the fact that TWH on WR removed "Whitstable" from his profile. Have you had communication with this user? — Jonas (talk · proposal) 13:29, 23 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Update: TWH now admits to using single-purpose account MindTheGap to convince the Simple community to ban Benniguy, and that he created the MTG account to bully the community and get Ben banned. Despite a large (and larger than the "support the ban" group) number of editors supporting Benniguy, which is still larger than the number of ban-supporting editors if now-banned editor IuseRosary and sockpuppeteer-vandal Andrew from NC are excluded, MTG/GTD/TWH/Whitstable's wish was granted because more powerful editors supported the ban than opposed it. — Jonas (talk · proposal) 13:57, 23 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello Jonas. Please be aware that I am bound by the CheckUser policy, specifically the information release clauses. MindTheGap is rarely active on SimpleWP and I do not remember seeing Whitstable at all. I can also rule out that Gwib is either of them. I am not aware of any misbehaviour of the users mentioned in SEWP, and therefore do not see any need for the CheckUser tool, in this case. Are you aware that this user proposed to close SEWP? - (see here) --Eptalon (talk) 14:24, 23 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I was aware of that proposal, as I read the WR thread. I was almost certain, even before TWH's admission on WR that he created an account for the purposes of getting Ben banned, that this was not Gwib. — Jonas (talk · proposal) 16:29, 23 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for the benefit of the doubt, it would have been a poor show from an admin. --Gwib -(talk)- 17:06, 23 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

CheckUser request Edit

Please check User:ShockingHawk per his comments on Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/Afil and other places, I believe that he is using User:Ric and User:Afil as sockpuppets. Thanks! Mww113 (talk) 20:40, 23 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Moved to WP:RFCU Mww113 (talk) 20:45, 23 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I reviewed the contributions of the users and they do not appear to be the same person. This is exactly how my day has been going today, I am too tired. Sorry to bother you. Mww113 (talk) 20:51, 23 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Reply Roquefort Edit

Yes, ok, why not. I'll make all of them and add a disambig' page. Thanks for the idea. Yotcmdr (talk) 15:28, 27 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done Roquefort (disambiguation)

hi Edit

hi ~ R.T.G 16:34, 27 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi, Eptalon. I tried making this:
needs a better one

which is not very good but is the right idea, no? ~ R.T.G 22:25, 27 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

hello? Edit

since you admin, please delete my user & talk pages and this? Giventends (talk) 17:05, 27 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Rollback Edit

Hello Eptalon,

Could I possibly have this valuable tool? I have it at en-wp.


BG7even 10:19, 28 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I have granted this :) Regards, Kennedy (talk) 10:47, 28 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Italian Mare Nostrum, again Edit

OK, I've made a start; it's a bigger job than it looked, because you need pages on the Italian armed forces as well. I've started on the Battle of the Mediterranean, and I'm drafting pages on the Navy, Army and Air Force. I'll keep you posted! Xyl 54 (talk) 13:50, 28 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks. --Eptalon (talk) 13:53, 28 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Main Page Edit

Was this meant to go on the Main Page? MC8 (talk) 13:12, 29 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No, the submit query button on Simple talk is broken...--Eptalon (talk) 13:14, 29 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  This is the only warning you will get for the bad changes you made. If you vandalize Wikipedia again, as you did to Main Page, you will be blocked from editing. So there. MC8 (talk) 13:18, 29 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Embedded system Edit

Are you still working with the article Embedded system, still I'm working with, you can cut when I finish it, I'm saving long articles for backup Puttyschool (talk) 19:03, 29 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for help, and Simplifying, I kept your changes and I'll remove {{inuse}} template when I finished, Best Regards Puttyschool (talk) 19:11, 29 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Rollback for me Edit

Hello Eptalon!

I want to get a rollbacker. Is that possible, because I have only 80? Edits here? It can be easier for me, if I am active in simple.WP. The most time I work in de.WP. and I am an editor there with about 4500 edits. --Alfred Nobel (talk) 19:30, 29 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Should be done. --Gwib -(talk)- 19:37, 29 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
No hard feelings? I've always wanted to change user rights and never got the chance until now... --Gwib -(talk)- 19:43, 29 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'll never forgive you ;) - I havent given out any rollback rights so far..--Eptalon (talk) 19:45, 29 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
As a 'crat, you know how it works! :D PeterSymonds (talk) 19:46, 29 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yotcmdr Edit

Someone wants rollback, give it to them? --Gwib -(talk)- 19:55, 29 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

MC8 RfA Edit

I tagged the Microchip08‎ RfA as closed/archived so we do not have a repeat of the last one with multiple votes coming in after the closing date. As I voted (and while not a requirement/policy), I left the final call on the case for you (or Vector) to make. At closing, it was 12 support and 11 oppose (52% support). -- Creol(talk) 04:27, 1 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hmm, hard one. Just remember Eptalon, we'll tare you to pieces if you make the wrong decision, so watch your back! -- American Eagle (talk) 04:51, 1 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
We'll also tear you to pieces too. ;) PeterSymonds (talk) 11:00, 1 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Don't know about tearing. I'll just eat you whole. MC8 (talk) 11:07, 1 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Need you to change a username. Edit

Hi. I've made a request to change my bot's username at Wikipedia:Changing_username. Could you take a look at it. Thanks. Techman224Talk 18:19, 1 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Goya Edit

Hi Eptalon. I'll do some work on this article. I cannot imagine why you refer to an artist who is a famous as Goya as an "unknown"! He is renowned as one of the greatest and most influential painters of his age. Amandajm (talk) 02:26, 4 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I was being sarcastic... --Eptalon (talk) 13:16, 4 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

RfB closure Edit

Wikipedia:Requests for bureaucratship/Majorly needs to be closed. It is currently at 19-11 (two supports -IP and new account) and below the 75% needed. -- Creol(talk) 11:37, 8 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'd appreciate it if a bit more thought went into closure than simply looking at numbers. I understand this may be difficult for Creol, but I'm sure Eptalon will make the right decision here without people badgering him (oh, and I thought we didn't need another bcrat - why are you asking him, surely with the plenty we have, you wouldn't have had to?) Majorly talk 15:52, 8 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Flooding Edit

Epster, can you give me a bot flag please? I'll flood RC with minor changes soon. --Gwib -(talk)- 14:14, 9 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks :). --Gwib -(talk)- 14:17, 9 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
135 edits later, all done. Can you remove the bot flag please? --Gwib -(talk)- 15:01, 9 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Bot Edit

Hi Eptalon, would you be able to review my bot request please :) Samekh (talk) 14:19, 9 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Is it possible I can do a trial run of the double redirect fixing function of my bot? Samekh (talk) 14:47, 9 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Gwib RFB Edit

Hey Eptalon, I voted, from India, under a new account. I've only just registered the on tour account, but I've had the en-wiki version for a couple of years. Will my vote count or do I need to login to my sysop account, risking security? Hope you're well... The Rambling Man on tour (talk) 07:51, 10 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Network computing Edit

Hi Eptalon

  • Computer network is connecting computers in a network, May or may not use the network to perform a certain task.
  • distributed computing is related to Parallel computing and a network is used but not a must.
  • Network computing is related to Client-server model, when both C/S are using a Computer network to communicate, client-server can also work on a single computer or distributed system
  • Stand-alone computing still need a definition.
  • The English WP article is a trivial one but not wrong; just for kids, so I continued with it, till some one change the article.
  • If you have time you can search Google for and "Network computing" && "Stand-alone computing" to help me by

completing this article Network computing

BR && Best of Luck Puttyschool (talk) 11:51, 12 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Eptalon, I'm still waiting for a good article. Best of Luck Puttyschool (talk) 16:32, 12 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Talkback Edit

Replied on my talk page and also sent you my email address Regards --Matilda (talk) 21:51, 15 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

and again on two threads Regards --Matilda (talk) 00:46, 17 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • Thanks for sending through the articles, I found them interesting. The article written by the Chinese was not fluent (but so much better than anything I would have written in Chinese ;-) ). The first article I think has in its conclusion the point I am trying to make: "Although authors should not naively write simply to maximize readability scores, such scores are a useful screen a canary in the mineshaft to predict reading ease"

We need to predict reading ease if we aim to be an encyclopaedia in Simple English - not just in English. regards --Matilda (talk) 01:16, 17 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

    • Please see my attempts to look at the lead of Oklahoma with the Dale-Chall tool at User_talk:Matilda#Reading ease part 2 - suggested tools? In my view it is a modern tool that because it looks at words. The tool also allows one to specify words that are "easy" and therefore ignored in the formula - eg because they are wikilinked or otherwise explained. I think using such a tool would allow for a useful dialogue on whether or not an article should be tagged as complex - ie is it readable for our audience. This could then break the deadlock in some disputes of such tagging, as well of course also providing a tool that guides article improvement. Regards --Matilda (talk) 01:14, 18 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

re Addendum Reading Ease and your comments: Could you imaging getting an article to VGA, so you see yourself how it works, and how much work it actually is. I am proposing this because if we are supposedly changing the system, you can then judge yourself, how much work it would be to "re-approve" a certain number of articles that fail the new ceriteria?

replied on my talk page: I did in fact assist with getting Oklahoma to VGA specifically on the issue of reading ease. With some focus, it wasn't that hard. I query whether this is a new criterion or rather one that has not been applied rigorously enough in the past. --Matilda (talk) 20:12, 19 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thai fashion Edit

Hi, I just wanted to know if the article stated is "illegal". It looks okay with the tag, but it isn't so good if it were on the mainspace. Thanks. Minor or Prime 14:19, 17 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Formatting a bit odd; but as stated: class project, so probably leave alone for now, and fix problems later on. --Eptalon (talk) 15:05, 17 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

IRC Edit

Hope all is well over at your end, got something interesting to discuss with you next time you deign to grant us your presence on IRC :). --Gwib -(talk)- 15:09, 19 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Work comes first, come back when you're done with the paper even if that means months! IRC will slow you down otherwise. --Gwib -(talk)- 16:04, 19 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

92.... Edit

A lot of his stuff is copied. Just do a simple google search. ѕwirlвoy  16:52, 22 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please tell me somezhing I don't know. :) - At the moment, his "copying" (mostly from enwp) is harmless; it would be good if we could actually talk to them, but thats a different issue. --Eptalon (talk) 16:54, 22 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
the copying is not harmless. Much of the stuff on enwp in this area is copyright violation which is unlawful. Much of it is unreferenced and we cannot be sure if it meets WP:V or WP:NPOV. As you seem to be aware (per Wikipedia:Simple_talk/Archive_46#GFDL... , not only is copying from enwp not desirable, it is also unlawful if the copying is not correctly attributed. Any attribution would be better than just copying.--Matilda (talk) 23:43, 30 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

merging my account to SUL "user:JD" Edit

hi there!

please rename and merge this existing and manually created account into my unified login user:JD. my home wiki is, i'm an admin there. thanks in advance, --JD de {æ} 18:59, 28 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Could od it, thanks. --Eptalon (talk) 21:34, 30 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
thanks a lot. --JD de {æ} 22:05, 30 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hurricane Gilbert-New Article Edit

Weve gotten begun on Hurricane Gilbert. Although we may need help while making Hurricane Gilbert a strong and improved article on the Simple Wikipedia.

See here

Univ of Wis-LaCrosse Students (talk) 03:47, 2 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Account Edit

Hello, I was previously known as User:Otolemur crassicaudatus. But I forget the password and I do not have e-mail enabled.I was already retired and I want my previous account be blocked indefinitely per user request for security reason. --DragonBird (talk) 13:06, 3 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello there; I have run a CheeckUser on you (to show that you are probably the same than Otolemus crassicaudatus); this has found that you are on the same network. I therefore renamed your account, so it uses characters that are illegal in Usernames; this means that even without block it is impossible for that user to log in. So that this situation does not happen again though, I would suggest you set an email address, so that you can at least request a new password, this time. --Eptalon (talk) 13:29, 3 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I need your help in solving an ongoing 'school project' problem Edit

Hi Eptalon, I need your help to stop and contact multiple accounts from repeatedly creating messy pages with complex English in them, and tossing it onto clean, existing pages. I've tried all I can to stop and talk to them, - QD, warn, and ask them (and here too). Because you manage most of the school projects around here, maybe you can determine whether they are really doing good here or just wasting our time.

I think they come from Korea University and their edits are mostly on obscure science topics. Most of the users are from 'throwaway' accounts, but sometimes IPs too. I've posted the problem here and here. Also please tell me if it should be put in AN, because not many people know this is becoming a serious issue. Thanks, - Æåm Fætsøn /ˈaɪæm ˈfætsən/ 06:09, 4 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello, unfortunately I am real busy in real life at the moment, so I do not have the time to take an in-depth look; I think you should put the topic on the Admin noticeboard, perhaps on Simple Talk; As to the "School projects", please note that all i did was create a template these projects could stick on the respective page, and a page, where the projects that are currently being realised can be listed; For myself, i am not involved in education, I am not a teacher and I don't have a formal education as one.--Eptalon (talk) 08:37, 5 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

ChristianMan16's RfA Edit

[2]. Please make the final closing call for Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/ChristianMan16 5 as the other two bureaucrats are currently semi-active. – RyanCross (talk) 07:27, 15 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Never mind, Creol got it. Apparently, you are becoming a bit inactive also. :| – RyanCross (talk) 00:47, 17 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This time of year it just tends to happen. Lots of things going on for everyone that causes issues. Personally, I am either working for or celebrating at about 15 xmas parties this month. Others are doing the same or off visiting or finishing up school work at before the break. The list goes on for ever about things that distract at this time of year. While many of the younger users are getting extra free time with school breaks over the holidays, others are working much longer hours during the holiday season.-- Creol(talk) 07:18, 17 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
True. That reminds me, I'm going to have to do several things to ready for the holidays, so I might only visit once a day around here. Simple Wikipedia seems to be getting more vandalism than normal like today (probably school kids since most are on break who just want to mess with Wikipedia), so I hope everyone around can take care of it. – RyanCross (talk) 07:40, 17 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Merry Christmas! Edit

BG7even 21:56, 16 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Berlioz Edit

Thanks for message re Berlioz page. There are still a few red links there, I'll take a look at them. Change of jobs has meant I've been fairly inactive here for a while, but Christmas hols give a chance to catch up. Happy Christmas. Hikitsurisan (talk) 21:25, 21 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi :) Edit

Hi there Eptalon :). I am glad to see that you are still editing on this site :). Hope to see you around the site and hope to work with you :). Cheers, Razorflame 21:11, 29 December 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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