Every now & then we get editors changing words on the basis of their ideas on what is simple. Words also have to be accurate (we are an encyclopedia).

  • Big: certainly simple and popular with children, but a term almost never to be used about living things. Is a giraffe bigger than an elephant? Think about it. It is almost always better to use a more exact word, such as longer, heavier. Is a star big? Does that mean its apparent size or its intrinsic size? Ditto stars being bright.
  • Rich: not a good word because it is ambiguous. A cake can be just as rich as a person. However, only a person can be wealthy, so prefer that word. Neither word is on the extended list of simple words, incidentally, so use the more precise word.
  • Very: another childhood favourite. In spoken English it is an intensifier, but it has almost no function in prose. It may be the most frequent word copy editors cut out as redundant.
  • Die: we all die, but species become extinct.
Now here's the tricky bit. Technically, a species which is not extinct is extant. Extant is the opposite of extinct. However it is a very rare word, and we use the common word "living". So we talk about living species. It sounds natural, and is right for us.
  • Animal: that includes jellyfish and beetles. If you mean mammals, say so.
  • Rare: an essential word in ecology, and supported by definitions in the literature. Steaks can also be rare, but that would not be good to use on Simple.

Thank you for being one of Wikipedia's top medical contributors!Edit

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In 2013 you were one of the top 300 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia. Thank you so much for helping bring free, complete, accurate, up-to-date medical information to the public. We really appreciate you and the vital work you do!

Thank you Habibi! Haoreima (talk) 14:00, 10 April 2021 (UTC)

Quick question on edit summariesEdit

Hi, I'm seeing some editors (i.e) using "#WPWPTR #WPWP" on their summaries. Forgive the ignorance on the abbrev, but what does that mean? — Infogapp1 (talk) 10:35, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

I've no idea. Perhaps means they had taken material from En wiki. Macdonald-ross (talk) 10:53, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

Redirect delete.Edit

Hello! I noticed you deleted a redirect to Neanderthal called Homo stupidus. You don't have to restore it but note I wasn't committing G3. There is a redirect of that on the en-wiki article. Darubrub (talk) 15:06, 8 April 2021 (UTC)

Well, that's a surprise. What can Haekel have been thinking about? The average cranial capacity of neanderthalensis is a little larger than ourselves! The fact that I didn't know this appellation shows it is never mentioned in the modern literature. Macdonald-ross (talk) 07:56, 9 April 2021 (UTC)

Your new articleEdit

It's gauge, not guage. --Auntof6 (talk) 13:29, 10 April 2021 (UTC)

Template curiosityEdit

Hello Mr. Ross! What is { {- } } that you are adding? What does it infer to? Haoreima (talk) 13:55, 10 April 2021 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) @Haoreima: It is used to make the text go below infobox, pictures, tables, etc. instead of beside it.
For example
This is a bit neater than...
--Belwine (talk) 13:58, 10 April 2021 (UTC)

Yes, that's right. First comes the content, then comes a sequence of edits which make the language clearer, and the text more readable. There is a limit to what one can do on WP: the software is very limited compared to proper typography software. Therefore, what can be done with the software at hand is invent ways of getting close to what is done with proper typographic software. If editors have never used typographic software this may not be obvious to them. To sum up: much is done to get the reader to read easily. Macdonald-ross (talk) 17:16, 10 April 2021 (UTC)

Infobox caseEdit

Mr. Ross! What do you think about the edits on the page Koubru? Especially about the infobox! I think it's a direct copy from the en wiki after removing the original infobox I added to the simple en wiki article. Haoreima (talk) 09:41, 11 April 2021 (UTC)

Yes, the changes have aligned it more to the version on En wiki. You probably have to expect that on such a short page. Infoboxes do tend to be copies of En versions. It makes for simplicity when we have hundreds of pages where the En version may get updated. Then usually D.J. Sasso moves the new infobox over. Occasionally we have built a different infobox, but that takes quite a lot of work. With our small membership of editors we have to make compromises sometimes. 09:57, 11 April 2021 (UTC) Macdonald-ross (talk)

Medical topicsEdit

I want to be an editor about medical topics. I saw a box in your talk page. I usually work in Meitei Wikipedia (mni.wikipedia.org). I want translation and creations there. What shall I do by connecting through English language wikis?

And lastly, your talk page seems something abnormal comparing to mine as well as others. What is going on? I mean new section seems gone under the previous section. Haoreima (talk) 12:25, 11 April 2021 (UTC)

Everyone has to find out what suits them best. In principle, anyone can edit any kind of article. However it is best to edit on subjects one knows about. To give an example, it would be silly to edit on mathematics if one did not understand the mathematics in question. Macdonald-ross (talk) 06:29, 12 April 2021 (UTC)


Hello, Macdonald-ross. Check your email – you have got mail!
You can take off this notice at any time by removing the {{You've got mail}} or {{YGM}} template.

Darubrub (Let me know) 15:43, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

I've already taken action on the page you mention. Macdonald-ross (talk) 12:14, 19 April 2021 (UTC)


What do you mean that they are unusual? (talk) 02:22, 22 April 2021 (UTC)

Already answered in the first paragraph of the article. Macdonald-ross (talk) 06:54, 22 April 2021 (UTC)

You've got mail!Edit

Hello, Macdonald-ross. Check your email – you have got mail!
Message added 17:39, 10 May 2021 (UTC). You can take off this notice at any time by removing the {{You've got mail}} or {{YGM}} template.

--Ferien (talk) 17:39, 10 May 2021 (UTC)

oh, I see the issue has already been dealt with. --Ferien (talk) 17:41, 10 May 2021 (UTC)

Correcting infoEdit

Hey - I noticed you put cats onto an article that has been put into QD but IP users kept removing the QD tag. Some of these articles were all brought over at once and right at the top, before it was even hit with a QD for copyright from en-wiki they added {{wait}}. Both Ferien and I were dealing with it all day. Just wanted to make you aware of it as they are copying from en-wiki and we gave up reverting them. PotsdamLamb (talk) 10:31, 11 May 2021 (UTC)

Quick deletion of The Retarded Child (Antonio Rotta)Edit

The page you wrote, The Retarded Child (Antonio Rotta), has been selected for quick deletion. If you think this page should be kept, please add {{wait}} below the line {{QD}} and say why on the talk page. If the page is already gone, but you think this was an error, you can ask for it to be undeleted. You can find more information about the reason here. Lights and freedom (talk) 09:20, 19 May 2021 (UTC)
I did not write the article. Macdonald-ross (talk) 09:24, 19 May 2021 (UTC)

VGE GA & Jimmy Carter VGA nomsEdit

Hey Macdonald-ross, I understand you're a busy user, but I was wondering if you could take a look at my GA nom of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and VGA nom of Jimmy Carter! Of course take your time and I would be looking forward to your productive feedback! --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 10:03, 19 May 2021 (UTC)

Editing - advertising CognosEdit

Hey! I see you deleted an article about Cognos because of advertising. I've just tried to expand it and to add some sources, can you give me a piece of advice on how to do it and not delete it? --BellyS22 (talk) 07:25, 20 May 2021 (UTC)

You need to study the concept of "notability". It is not your place to say things based on your opinion. What is needed is the opinion of a disinterested expert third party. That you may use to support claims. A link to the third party's source material (where it is posted) helps us judge its suitability as an independent source. Macdonald-ross (talk) 07:38, 20 May 2021 (UTC)

Committed identityEdit

Hello Mr. Ross! I have a committed identity. Actually, for an edit, I lose my log in and the edit appeared to be done by anonymous. In my user page, I have exposed the IP address. What best could I do? Please help me. I have no experience regarding this! Haoreima (talk) 08:06, 20 May 2021 (UTC)

Opinion PleaseEdit

What are your thoughts on this article TUT.BY? I first I thought it didn’t need an article but as I was reading it, it may have some pretty valid claims. I did not know we really listed every ISPs portal (except the large worldwide ones like AOL, Yahoo!, etc. PotsdamLamb (talk) 09:42, 25 May 2021 (UTC)

It's notable, but it's a complete copy of the En article. Macdonald-ross (talk) 09:51, 25 May 2021 (UTC)
Ugh dang it! PotsdamLamb (talk) 09:53, 25 May 2021 (UTC)
Doesn't have to be deleted, but some simplification is possible. Macdonald-ross (talk) 09:57, 25 May 2021 (UTC)
Yeah needs a re-write and re-org. PotsdamLamb (talk) 09:58, 25 May 2021 (UTC)
Check this out https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tut.by PotsdamLamb (talk) 10:02, 25 May 2021 (UTC)
It's all Greek Serbo-Croat Belarusian to me! Macdonald-ross (talk) 10:05, 25 May 2021 (UTC)-
Ha-ha! PotsdamLamb (talk) 06:11, 27 May 2021 (UTC)


Hello, Macdonald-ross. Check your email – you have got mail!
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ancient egyptEdit

Hello, i wanted to ad Circumcision, because in ancient egypt it was done

(Nalanidil (talk) 17:57, 1 June 2021 (UTC))

Do you have a source for that? Darubrub (Let me know) 17:58, 1 June 2021 (UTC)
  • It has to be notable as well as sourced. I don't think it is. Macdonald-ross (talk) 18:01, 1 June 2021 (UTC)

yes many sources around and old reliefs from egypt too, shows circumcision on males.

you can google circumcision in ancient egypt, you see it.

(Nalanidil (talk) 18:04, 1 June 2021 (UTC))

Can you show some reliable sources? Darubrub (Let me know) 18:05, 1 June 2021 (UTC)


  • Please do all this on the talk page of the article. Macdonald-ross (talk) 18:08, 1 June 2021 (UTC)

ok (Nalanidil (talk) 18:09, 1 June 2021 (UTC))

Hey MacEdit

I noticed you did a vandalism rollback, however, the version you rolled back to shows my comment, I never made that comment, can an editor change those tags? (i.e. (Reverted to revision 7596372 by PotsdamLamb: clearly better. (TW)) That was not me or is this something you added on that rollback? PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 18:11, 4 June 2021 (UTC)

To be honest, I know little about this facility, and have failed to remove your name; I may have to ask for help. I am not computer literate, and only just about can switch the thing on. Your name was on the article's user record as being the last major editor of the section in question. Macdonald-ross (talk) 19:16, 4 June 2021 (UTC)
Ok. Did you add the words clearly better to the summary edit? If so, then no issue. :) PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 19:18, 4 June 2021 (UTC)

Nijat RahimovEdit

Hello, if you could copy the article to the draft page, I would make new sources and additions. The person is one of the famous actors of Azerbaijan.--Elshad Iman (Elşad İman) (talk) 19:30, 6 June 2021 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) @Elshad Iman (Elşad İman): - The article has been deleted because the person does not meet the notability requirements of our Wikipedia. You used IMDb as the primary source and he is only listed in three minor movies, but was not listed in any of the movies you listed. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 19:32, 6 June 2021 (UTC)
https://ru.kinorium.com/name/3560857/ The link here has the main roles in 5 films.

Ok? I think if we correctly indicate each source on the article page, we can improve it even more. If it is restored i can start working on the draft page.--Elshad Iman (Elşad İman) (talk) 21:41, 6 June 2021 (UTC)


Hey Mac, you may wanna SP permanent your talk page. I have reverted a lot of vandalism where your page got wiped out. Just my thoughts :) PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 19:51, 6 June 2021 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) @PotsdamLamb: We don't permanently protect (even semi) talk pages, especially admins' talk pages. Besides that, I think Mac is aware when his page is vandalized. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:36, 6 June 2021 (UTC)
Ok. I just know his has been the attackers choice this week by probably the same person with different IPs. I forgot about the perm so change that to temp :) PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 20:38, 6 June 2021 (UTC)

About NeptuneEdit

Good day! Can you check my changes about Neptune? Frontfrog (talk) 08:35, 8 June 2021 (UTC)

I'll get around to it. I'm in the middles of another page at present. Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:38, 8 June 2021 (UTC)
Excuse me. Thank you. I will be appreciate. Frontfrog (talk) 08:40, 8 June 2021 (UTC)

Proposed Good Article NominationEdit

The article Kabuki that you have been a part of has been nominated to be a good article. Please participate in the discussion located at Wikipedia:Proposed_good_articles#Kabuki. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 08:28, 9 June 2021 (UTC)


Hi, Mac. On disambiguation pages, please don't hard code the category. Instead, use the {{disambiguation}} template. Thanks. --Auntof6 (talk) 11:01, 14 June 2021 (UTC)