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  • ...suggest archiving my Talk page.
  • ...ask me about my personal life, which I keep separate from Wikipedia.

Thanks! —Lowellian

Old comments (in alphabetical order by topic)

32 Demands

Would you please share me your vision for the article 32 Demands? I thought it is fine for the time being.... Or perhaps you can leave your comment in the talk page of that article so that people knows how it should be improved?--Mababa 02:14, 26 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Thank you for your prompt response!! Yes, it does help. After reading my note again, I realize that I was indeed unclear about what I meant. I was just wondering if that cleanup tag should indefinitely stay there and if there is anything people can work on in order to remove it. Many thanks for your reply. :) --Mababa 02:48, 26 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Alustriel of Silverymoon

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A. O. L. Atkin

My sincere apologies for jumping the gun on Newpage patrol and deleting A. O. L. Atkin. --Jeffrey O. Gustafson - Shazaam! - <*> 18:50, 14 January 2006 (UTC)


I found myself looking at some of your work, and wanted to nominate you for adminship. Is there any reason you would object? Please reply on my talk page. Yours, Meelar 19:52, 16 May 2004 (UTC)

See also User:Lowellian/Nomination for adminship.Lowellian

Congratulations! You are now an administrator after getting 100% support on RfA. You should read the relevant policies and other pages linked to from the administrators' reading list before carrying out tasks like deletion, protection, banning users, and editing protected pages such as the Main Page. Most of what you do is easily reversible by other sysops, apart from page history merges and image deletion, so please be especially careful with those. Good luck. Angela. 00:55, May 25, 2004 (UTC)

Alan Dershowitz

Yes, he should be added. Although he didn't actually ever deal with any witnesses. They said he was working on the possible appeal the whole time! Tfine80 02:54, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

Also, what do you think of the idea of the basic template? There are clearly some things that could be added or removed, but I thought since the trial had its own "characters" like a soap opera, a template like this would be useful. Tfine80 02:58, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

Alternate future

Since you created the Alternate future article, maybe you could address my question about whether this is an accepted term at Talk:Alternate future? Thanks! Hypnosifl 04:03, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the reply, if you haven't seen it already I just wanted to let you know that I added a response to your comment on Talk:Alternate future. Hypnosifl 14:27, 9 December 2006 (UTC)

American century

It might help if you tell me which minor edit I made, that in your view is not minor. Thanks, Arcturus 10:20, 1 May 2005 (UTC)

Yes, I see what you're getting at with that one - a controversial topic. There is a short debate at Talk:20th century. Here you will see a possible explanation for the large number of Google hits. The term American century is quite insulting to non-Americans when it is used to imply ownership of the time period. It's not, of course, insulting when used in the context of the name of a book, TV programme etc. I would suggest an edit to American century stating that the term is primarily used in the USA; it is far from being in common usage elsewhere. Arcturus 11:58, 1 May 2005 (UTC)

Ames Straw Poll

Updated DYK query On July 25, 2007, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Ames Straw Poll, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

Thanks. A useful article for people who like guessing the results of elections like me then....Happy editing, Blnguyen (bananabucket) 01:21, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

Article licensing

Hi, I've started the Free the Rambot Articles Project which has the goals of getting users to multi-license all of their contributions that they've made to...

  1. ...all U.S. state, county, and city articles...
  2. ...all articles...

using the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike (CC-by-sa) version 1.0 and 2.0 Licenses or into the public domain if they prefer. The CC-by-sa license is a true free documentation license that is similar to the GFDL (which every contribution made to Wikipedia is licensed under), but it allows other projects, such as WikiTravel, to use our articles (See the Multi-licensing Guide for more information). Since you are among the top 1000 most active Wikipedians, I was wondering if you would be willing to multi-license all of your contributions or at minimum those on the geographic articles.

Nutshell: Wikipedia articles can be shared with any other GFDL project but open/free projects using the incompatible Creative Commons Licenses (e.g. WikiTravel) can't use our stuff and we can't use theirs. It is important to us that other free projects can use our stuff. So we use their licenses too.

To allow us to track those users who muli-license their contributions, many users copy and paste the {{DualLicenseWithCC-BySA-Dual}} template (or {{MultiLicensePD}} for public domain) into their user page, but there are other templates for other options at Template messages/User namespace. The following examples could also copied and pasted into your user page:

Option 1
I agree to [[Wikipedia:Multi-licensing|multi-license]] all my contributions, with the exception of my user pages, as described below:


Option 2
I agree to [[Wikipedia:Multi-licensing|multi-license]] all my contributions to any [[U.S. state]], county, or city article as described below:

Or if you wanted to place your work into the public domain, you could replace {{DualLicenseWithCC-BySA-Dual}} with {{MultiLicensePD}}. If you only prefer using the GFDL, I would like to know that too. Please let me know at my talk page what you think. -- Ram-Man 18:06, Nov 30, 2004 (UTC)


Updated DYK query On 17 June, 2007, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Basalawarmi, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

--howcheng {chat} 00:11, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

Big Ten 05:56, 24 Oct 2004 (UTC): See Talk:Big Ten where I discuss your recent changes w.r.t. that article... 08:52, 24 Oct 2004 (UTC): Thanks for following up. My replies and suggestion resolution are posted in Talk:Big Ten...

Further discussion (July 2005) moved to Talk:Major film studio.Lowellian


Welcome to Wikipedia! We welcome your help to create new content, but your recent additions (such as Bretton) are considered nonsense. Please refrain from creating nonsense articles. If you want to test things out, edit the sandbox instead. Take a look at the welcome page if you would like to learn more about contributing to our encyclopedia. Thatguy69 15:57, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Why are you accusing me of creating a nonsense article (diff: [1]) and calling Bretton one? Check the disambiguation page and its history. —Lowellian (reply) 22:01, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

RE Bretton deletion: I apologise, was a bit too quick on the mouse, was sure I had checked the history but it wasn't until I posted the Speedy Del that I noticed it was infacted a vandalised article. Apologies for any inconveince caused Thatguy69 22:05, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

Buckingham Palace

Hi - I noticed you have changed 'The Queen' - to 'the Queen', before rewriting the page I consulted Proteus the Wiki expert on such matters, and various other etiquette gurus who all advised when referring to HM she is 'The Queen', as oppose to 'the Queen' who would be any old queen, so to speak.

Proteus actually wrote:(It's "Royal Family" (as in British Royal Family) and "Parliament". Proteus (Talk) 17:29, 29 Jan 2005 (UTC) Technically and properly it's "The Queen", but "the Queen" is also common. Proteus (Talk) 18:06, 29 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Personally I am only interested in the architecture etc., and not particularly etiquette so you may wish to revert your edits - but if you don't I won't - so its up to you. Giano 12:06, 14 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Bya, Mya, etc.

Mya, Bya, etc merger proposed to Annum

Please revisit and watch Talk:mya (unit) for merger discussion.LeadSongDog 21:24, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

Categories and interlanguage links

Wikipedia:Interlanguage links

You changed the above page on 23rd September 2004 to update a sentence about the positioning of the interlanguage links and the categories. Can you recall any discussion leading up to this change, because a robot has been launched (see User talk: Robbot) which has switched thousands of articles to the opposite setting. [[User:Noisy|Noisy | Talk]] 17:22, 25 Oct 2004 (UTC)

I will gladly change my ways, since it was a nuisance to program this in to begin with, and I too find the order more logical with the categories going before the interwiki links. However, I feel very much insulted by the tone Noisy is making towards me when all I did was trying to accomodate another user. - Andre Engels 23:32, 25 Oct 2004 (UTC)
Thanks for your remark. Happy editing to you too! - Andre Engels 08:09, 26 Oct 2004 (UTC)

Category:British Hills by Height and Category:Mountains by Elevation (km)

I am posting this to all the particants of the Wikipedia:Categories for deletion/Category:Books by title discussion and debate. (Where the categories were voted for deletion).

This earlier discussion has been cited as an example as to why the category Category:Mountains by Elevation (km) (and sub cats) should be deleted.

Could you please take a look at the following CFD and vote. Wikipedia:Categories for deletion/Log/2005 September 1#Category:Mountains by Elevation (km) and its subcategories

A complication could be that Category: British Hills by Height seems be to liked by the actual British Hills content contributors. By contrast the category Category:Mountains by_Elevation (km) is not liked by User:RedWolf who seems to be a major Mountain page contributor.

Special note: the Ocean trenches by depth categories were added after the all of the people had voted. But frankly these have no real contributors and would probably get deleted if another vote was taken. You should specifically mention these to ensure there is no confusion in future.

ThanX ¢ NevilleDNZ 11:02, 6 September 2005 (UTC) ¢

Maybe you will be interested to vote on the CFD for that category. Just go here. - Darwinek 12:47, 7 September 2005 (UTC)

Category:Currencies and Category:Currency

Thanks for your note. I didn't realize there was already a "Currencies" category. I'm moving everything there from "Currency." Maurreen 03:41, 21 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Category:Mountains of Tibet

Please see Talk:Mount Kailash. Your opinion would be appreciated. Regards, Kosebamse 18:22, 7 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Category:Wonders of the World

Category: Wonders of the World (discussion) is listed on CfD again. You voted for its deletion the last time it was listed there so you may want to vote so again. See Wikipedia:Categories for deletion#Category:Wonders of the World. – Kpalion (talk) 09:14, 28 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Another editor has added the "{{prod}}" template to the article, suggesting that it be deleted according to the proposed deletion process. All contributions are appreciated, but the editor doesn't believe it satisfies Wikipedia's criteria for inclusion, and has explained why in the article (see also Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not and Wikipedia:Notability). Please either work to improve the article if the topic is worthy of inclusion in Wikipedia or discuss the relevant issues at its talk page. If you remove the {{prod}} template, the article will not be deleted, but note that it may still be sent to Wikipedia:Articles for deletion, where it may be deleted if consensus to delete is reached. Oo7565 19:12, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

Chinese Wikipedia

automatic conversion between Trad. & Simp. Chinese

I am not quite sure about this. According to m:Automatic conversion between simplified and traditional Chinese, it was started in January, 2005.--Je pense, donc je suis 16:06, 14 August 2005 (UTC)

Coase theorem

Hello - about Coase theorem. Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (theorems) seemed to end up with lower-case theorem as default; certainly this is generally used (see for example list of theorems).

Charles Matthews 11:16, 4 May 2004 (UTC)

Comic book deaths

House of M

Wondering if you picked it up.

I made a note on the comic book deaths discussion on it...and well now everyone's come back...

Toffile 19:46, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Comic book images

The archivist and creators' rights activist in me wishes that every comic-book illustration we put on Wikipedia could have the artist and source credited. I greatly appreciate your work adding images, but could you provide this information in the future? Thanks. -leigh (φθόγγος) 01:24, Jan 18, 2005 (UTC)

  • I take care to identify the precise issue whenever I add images and add a copyright template tag of some sort; precisely identifying the book cover is sufficient for copyright issues (I have never, thus far, uploaded any image from internal panels of a comic book, which involve more complicated copyright issues than comic book covers). Having said that, I have no objection to you adding more information about artists if you want to do so. —Lowellian (talk) 02:27, Jan 18, 2005 (UTC)

Comparative government


Regarding your article on comparative government, I just wanted to point out that there are some valid remarks in the talk page that you might want to consider. Most importantly, the fact that the page should perhaps be called "comparative politics" and not "comparative government": comparative government could be considered as a subfield within comparative politics, but the comparative method can be applied to politics also in other fields that do not concern the form of government as properly understood. For example, a comparative study could be done on the electoral arrangements of Malta and Ireland: that would be comparative politics, but not comparative government, as the electoral system does not concern the definition of the form of government.

I'm relatively new to Wikipedia, and I don't know how to change an article's title. Besides, even if I knew, I would not consider it appropriate to make such a radical change to the article without consulting you. Thank you for your attention, and for your good work.

SFinamore 19:59, 7 November 2006 (UTC)


Discussion (August 2005) moved to Talk:Containerization.Lowellian

David Copperfield

Use of semicolons

Hello, I had to undo an edit you made on the David Copperfield page, where you replaced commas with semicolons. You commented that in a long list of items, one should use semicolos instead of commas. Not should only use semicolos to seperate items in a list ONLY IF the items in the list contains commas already (i.e. I have been to New York, New York; San Francisco, California; Orlando, Florida; and Anchorage, Alasaka). Semicolos are not to be used when the the items in the list do not contain commas (i.e. I have been to the cities New York, San Francisco, Orlando, and Anchorage). It has nothing to do with the size of the list. — Preceding unsigned comment added by TheMagicOfDC (talkcontribs) 20:54, 29 July 2007

First, sign your posts. Second, please don't lecture me about semicolon usage:
Those are just the first three references I found in a five-second Internet search. Multiple printed manuals of style recommend that that long items in a list, for clarity, should be separated by semicolons regardless of whether there are commas within the list items. That said, I don't care enough about this issue to revert your reversion of my edit. The current Wikipedia article on semicolons is sadly lacking, and missing reliable references from well-known manuals of style (Chicago, MLA, etc.). Usage will vary slightly depending on the precise style guide used. —Lowellian (reply) 02:45, 30 July 2007 (UTC)
thank for the reply...I'm still pretty new to Wikipedia so I didn't know anything about signing posts. I will do that in the future. Regarding the references on how to use semicolons, I'm still not sold on the suggestion of using it to seperate items in a list in the way the list is presented on the Copperfield page. I know that this sentence would be an example of when semicolons should be used - "Copperfield is famous for the following illusions: illusion A; illusion B; and illusion C." However, in this next example, commas should be used - "Copperfield is famous for illusion A, illusion B, and illusion C." It really depends on the sentence structure around the list. The sentence structure on the Copperfield page falls into the 2nd example I gave, that's why I undid your edit. I didn't mean to come across as lecturing you on punctuation. Sorry if I did. TheMagicOfDC 13:43, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

David Kendall

AfD Nomination: David Kendall

An article that you have been involved in editing, David Kendall, has been listed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/David Kendall. Please look there to see why this is, if you are interested in it not being deleted. Thank you. --TruthbringerToronto (Talk | contribs) 04:32, 12 October 2006 (UTC)

; --TruthbringerToronto (Talk | contribs) 04:32, 12 October 2006 (UTC)

Deal with the Devil

Pact with the Devil to Deal with the Devil

You've created quite a few double redirects. I see you haven't begun cleaning up after your move. Would you like some help?--Wetman 04:48, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

Actually, I created no double redirects. A double redirect is defined as (per Wikipedia:Double redirects) "a redirect that points to another redirect." I made sure none did; see There are a lot of links to redirects, but a link to a redirect is not the same as a redirect to a redirect. Wikipedia policy only says to avoid double redirects; it doesn't say to prohibit links to redirects, because unlike double redirects, links to redirects do not actually result in any sort of failure of redirection when clicked upon. The MediaWiki software handles them just fine. That said, if you want to change the links to redirects to avoid the redirect entirely, feel free to do so, and best of luck with the project. Happy editing. :) —Lowellian (reply) 07:22, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

Disgaea: Hour of Darkness

Discussion (November 2004) moved to Talk:Disgaea: Hour of Darkness.Lowellian

Dou Wan

I was randomly browsing articles and found this one. I noticed there are no sources cited. Also, who discovered her tomb? Please expand the article to include sources and that information. Thanx. TheRingess 05:18, 18 January 2006 (UTC)


Discussion (May 2005) moved to Talk:Earth-616. —Lowellian

Earth Summit

Sorry for any problem with marking the edits as minor and I will review the guidelines. Part of the problem was that I had made a series of edits, each of which perhaps could have been considered as minor, however the cumulative effect was not.

I expect to continue to work on this and related pages, as the UNCED process had been my life for almost three years leading into the conference, with a focus on information, communications & participation - a role that continued through the series of UN conferences of the past decade.

Btw, I am planning to share information about Wikipedia and the Earth Summit, Agenda 21, etc. at the current session of the Commission on Sustainable Development in the hopes both of spreading the word about Wikipedia within the NGO community, and of eliciting wiki contributions to topics relating to sustainable development, so you may want to keep an eye on Earth Summit over the next couple of weeks. User:Information Habitat 14 Apr 2004

East Asia

Bah, bah, bah

Occasionally, (as in like 2 times every 8 months :P) some random anom will take Vietnam off the east asia page again. Even with the subjective way in which it has been worded, and with sources showing the conflicting views. Newbs!! I've changed it back of course. Isn't there any way that when a page has been changed by an anom others are notified, or does one have to wait until one occasionally pops in by the page on a given day? :P It doesn't happen too often so I may come off as ridiculous :P

I think it's just that I'm part of a minority view - and while it is a minority view, it is substantiated. There's already so many misconceptions, that's why something as high profile as wikipedia should remain in my view as neutral as possible. Thanks for your time and sorry for the rant! (talk) 00:38, 10 October 2006 (UTC)

--Hi, It's me again - thanks for that info, I think I kinda knew but wasn't sure. I'll make more of an effort to stick to an account and remember the pw. Thanks again —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 15:41, 10 October 2006 (UTC)

Edit summaries

I would prefer if you could avoid arcane abbreviations (e.g., cpt) in edit summaries. P0M 05:37, 22 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Obscure? It's been listed on "Capitalization" under Wikipedia:Edit summary legend or Wikipedia:Edit summary legend:Quick reference for a long time. Writing "capitalization" out in edit summaries hundreds of times can become a bit tedious. --Lowellian 05:42, Sep 22, 2004 (UTC)

Eric Larson

Discussion (March 2005) moved to Talk:Eric Larson.Lowellian

Ever Victorious Army

Updated DYK query Did you know? has been updated. A fact from the article Ever Victorious Army, which you recently created, has been featured in that section on the Main Page. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently-created article, then please suggest it on the "Did you know?" talk page.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Petaholmes (talkcontribs) 19:44, August 15, 2005


I noticed your edits and the VfD discussion on the topic. Are you on facebook? Mike H 10:33, Nov 14, 2004 (UTC)

"please do not ask me about my personal life, which I keep separate from Wikipedia".
Um...ouch. Sorry. Mike H 21:54, Nov 14, 2004 (UTC)


Faerûn, an article you created, has been nominated for deletion. We appreciate your contributions. However, an editor does not feel that Faerûn satisfies Wikipedia's criteria for inclusion and has explained why in the nomination space (see also "What Wikipedia is not" and the Wikipedia deletion policy). Your opinions on the matter are welcome; please participate in the discussion by adding your comments at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Faerûn and please be sure to sign your comments with four tildes (~~~~). You are free to edit the content of Faerûn during the discussion but should not remove the articles for deletion template from the top of the article; such removal will not end the deletion discussion. Thank you. Collectonian 02:27, 14 November 2007 (UTC)


PepsiCo competitor?

Nearly all Coca-Cola products have a PepsiCo competitor (for example, Barq's vs. Mug Root Beer, Sprite vs. Sierra Mist, Powerade vs. Gatorade, etc.). In the United States, what PepsiCo soft drink most directly competes with Fanta? —Lowellian (reply) 02:00, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

That would be Mandarin Orange Slice where it is still available. [4] Cheers! RobHoitt- 18:22, 30 August 2007 (UTC) - comhrá/talk

Thank you very much for the quick answer. :) Note I reformatted your URL reference, removing the reflist template inside your comment, because that will cause problems if somewhere else on this talk page, someone gives a reference (clicking on that reference will end up redirecting to the reflist under this particular heading of comments, when the reference is for a different topic of discussion). —Lowellian (reply) 23:13, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

Fair enough. I also saw at the grocery store ealier that Pepsi also is now marketing orange as well as other fruit flavored sodas under the Tropicana brand as well.
RobHoitt- 21:42, 1 September 2007 (UTC) - comhrá/talk

Freak (comics)

I saw you added the link back in that I removed. Please see: WP:MOSDAB. Specifically "Each bulleted entry should, in almost every case, have exactly one navigable (blue) link. To avoid confusing the reader, do not wikilink any other words in the line." As Freak (Image Comics) is a navigable link there is no need to link Spawm in (as it is linked through from the entry). (Emperor (talk) 18:26, 7 April 2008 (UTC))

Check the history and the page. I reverted my own edit before you even said anything to me. —Lowellian (reply) 18:30, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
Yes I saw you did it while I was typing my note to you. Good stuff. (Emperor (talk) 18:37, 7 April 2008 (UTC))

Great Game

Discussion moved to Talk:Great Game.Lowellian

You put the page on Rfc and virtually everyone who has commented on the subject since then has disagreed with you. Please stop moving the page and move on. Jooler 12:20, 21 Jan 2005 (UTC)
I object to the way that you are now trying to swing the majority opinion on talk:The Great Game by deliberately targeting users who have a history of voting against the inclusion of the definite article in titles - This is gerrymandering. I haven't tried to garner the opinion of people who support me. Jooler 12:29, 26 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Harry Elkins Widener

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A proposed deletion template has been added to the article Harry Elkins Widener, suggesting that it be deleted according to the proposed deletion process. All contributions are appreciated, but this article may not satisfy Wikipedia's criteria for inclusion, and the deletion notice should explain why (see also "What Wikipedia is not" and Wikipedia's deletion policy). You may prevent the proposed deletion by removing the {{dated prod}} notice, but please explain why you disagree with the proposed deletion in your edit summary or on its talk page. Also, please consider improving the article to address the issues raised. Even though removing the deletion notice will prevent deletion through the proposed deletion process, the article may still be deleted if it matches any of the speedy deletion criteria or it can be sent to Articles for Deletion, where it may be deleted if consensus to delete is reached. If you agree with the deletion of the article, and you are the only person who has made substantial edits to the page, please add {{db-author}} to the top of Harry Elkins Widener. Jmlk17 03:59, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

Harvard University

Hi. I was under the impression that you're not supposed to follow a verb by a colon. Also, it was an em-dash, not an en-dash! :) Doops 22:15, 11 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Greetings, Lowellian. So, are you from lowell? like mr. lowell? want to live in lowell hall? +sj+ 07:54, 2004 May 18 (UTC)

A fine question. Are you a Harvard Stud? I'm from Dunster, the Red Lowell. Perhaps later I'll move to Cotton Mather's place. --Erik Garrison 19:08, 22 May 2004 (UTC)

Hi Lowellian,

I'm posting here because I'm sure you'll see this faster than you see my posts at the talk:Harvard University page. Anyway, I think that the article as is rather a jumble, with far too much packed into the "The institution" section. Also, it strikes me that the article isn't really about Harvard University at all, but rather almost exclusively deals with Harvard College. I think it would make more sense to have a (longish) summary of the info about the college at the Harvard University page, but move the rest to the Harvard College page. Then summaries could also be added about the law school, medical school, GSAS, etc. (as is those get barely a nod at the Harvard University page). If the navigation template that I made is tweaked (and maybe stuck at the right side of the page), I think that this could be an effective way of organizing the pages, and would be both more consistent across the various school articles, and allow for easier additions to Wikipedia. Some pictures that are there now could be left at the Harvard University page, and more could be added from the law school, ed school, med school, etc. I'd be willing to go take some of those pictures (though maybe the spring or fall would be a better time for it). --Jacobolus 13:41, 3 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Havok (software)

I must have been sleeping on that one :) Thanks for the headsup. K1Bond007 18:55, August 18, 2005 (UTC)

Hell's Kitchen

I'm currently fixing links to the the Hell's Kitchen disambiguation page and I found your user page is linking to it. Because it isn't clear what article you're working on (plus I don't want to be rude), I can't fix your link. Would you please fix it by linking to the actual article? Thank you. Edokter 15:24, 21 December 2006 (UTC)


Hi, I have replied to your question at Talk:Helsinki. --KFP (talk | contribs) 13:22, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

Historical rankings of U.S. Presidents

See the "references" section, of all places! ;-) --Kevin Myers 17:01, August 15, 2005 (UTC)

To be more specific, this entry: Degregorio, William A. The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents. 4th ed. New York: Avenel, 1993. Contains the results of the 1962 and 1982 surveys. --Kevin Myers


Thanks very much for your response re: my changes to the presidential rankings entry. I've sourced the Schlesinger 1948 poll to one of the Internet sites on which I found it, and also added and sourced a Siena 2002 poll.



I'm not quite sure what's happened. Does it look right now? The page history is caching a bit strangely, so it's hard to tell. Angela. 21:52, Oct 21, 2004 (UTC)

Sorry about the munged creating the Hock disambiguation page - My brain must have been full of mush. I'll be more careful next time. I have a question about preserving edit history in merges - when two pages are merged, is there no other way of marking the source of the merge other than by referring to it in the edit comment? I would be feeling safer if there were a special "Merge" operation just like there is one for "Move"... Schnolle 12:04, 2004 Oct 22 (UTC)


Apologies for some stuff I said re HYP article: It suddenly occurred to me that I'd never voted, so I jumped in, glanced at the article, and voted. Then I glanced at part of the discussion, added some random thoughts of my own. I hadn't taken the time to catch up on what others had said. Some of what I said was on the rude side, and some of it was repetitive of things you and others had already pointed out.

So, first of all, I don't think you were intending the article to be boosterism. And I think some of the things I said were overly harsh.

Second, (while still not agreeing that HYP deserves its own article), I believe that it is encyclopedically factual to say that these universities are frequently mentioned as a trio and are very widely considered to have some kind of special cachet, status, or prestige that separates them from others. And that is a fact about U. S. society that is signficant enough that Wikipedia should mention it somewhere.

Third, I agree with you when you said (on RBellin's talk page) that "removing 'among most prestigious' or something along those lines is bad, because a large part of the notability of these elite universities lies in their prestige; it is a fundamental part of their identity, when defined as the perception of them within society at large."

I think that the proper way to NPOV a statement about "prestige" is not to cite U. S. News and World Report rankings and the like, but to cite statements in literature, magazine articles, etc. that show that the universities in question are regarded as prestigious

I think you're right about the dynamics by which peacock plumage grows. Challenges to simple statements about prestige generate statements about how the university ranked. Then challenges to that interpretation generate refinements to the statement, which keeps growing...

I also think that if people will buy it, the main article should just say that the university is prestigious and put the documentation of that fact in the Talk page. [[User:Dpbsmith|Dpbsmith (talk)]] 02:22, 13 Dec 2004 (UTC)


Sadly, no, I did not create it. It's an illustration from a article. I really need to make a note about that on the image page. I get a lot of Q's about it. jengod 21:25, Nov 29, 2004 (UTC)


Fair use rationale for Image:MagicCardsForDemonstratingExpansionSymbol.jpg

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Image:MTG - Set Symbols.gif

I've removed this image from Magic: The Gathering sets, tagged it as orphaned and disputed fair use. Please see Talk:Magic:_The_Gathering_sets#New_single_compromise_image for an explanation as to why. --Durin 20:18, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Indian mythology

Hello from India, the land of Mythology, and so many more things

It is a chance meeting with you. I found "The" corrected to "the" in Mongol Empire (some portion of which, I had eidited/expanded), and out of curiosity, I moved to your page and found that Mythology interests you. In case, you want to discuss anything about Indian Mythology, you are most welcome ... We will discuss and try to understand the particular point together. --Bhadani 06:22, 13 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Industrial Revolution

Intro & social science


To busy myself and not be bold....

If the industrial revolution is not of overreaching import to social science then why put anything about what social science thinks in the industrial revolution intro? What social science thinks is then not that important, at least as far as being in the intro. So, I'd consider putting back ""What caused the Industrial Revolution?" remains the most important unanswered question in social science.", removing the qualifier you added "one of", and requesting citation. If nobody can come up with one then move the sentence down into the "social effects" section.

It was that sentence showing up, brutally bolded, that got me into editing the intro in the first place. I did not yield to the temptation to just delete it...

Regards, --kop 04:47, 21 July 2007 (UTC)

I agree. I question whether the sentence belongs in the intro. It's long already and what does the sentence add that speaks about industrial revolution rather than social science? --kop 20:07, 21 July 2007 (UTC)

Inspector Lestrade

Discussion (July 2006) moved to Talk:Inspector Lestrade. —Lowellian

Thanks for checking and for reverting it back. Sometimes you really gotta love those anon ip additions... Garion96 (talk) 12:26, 24 July 2006 (UTC)

International relations

I was aiming on merging them but then got distracted as a result of having too many windows open. :) Looking at it now, what I was doing makes no sense anyway, so I haven't saved it. I think I'm going to revert the redirect and put it back on duplicate articles although I'm not sure it is really a duplicate. Is there a reason the theory shouldn't be in a separate article? Anyway, I'll leave it for now as it's all a bit of a mess. Angela. 17:10, Feb 26, 2004 (UTC)

Internet forum

Capitalisation on Internet forum

Sorry, I was wrong. Talrias (t | e | c) 02:05, 21 July 2005 (UTC)

Jann of the Jungle and Jungle Tales


Great to see the Jungle Tales and Jann of the Jungle articles! My compliments. --Tenebrae 05:59, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Japanese history textbooks controversy

Since the controversy is over an abstract subject (the contents of the textbooks) shouldn't textbook be singular? e.g. Japanese history textbook controversy and protests? We can set the record for most non vandalism name changes in one day. Why did you take out "protests", you don't think it's relevant? I am ok with that change but I still think texbook should be singular. zen master T 02:32, 18 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Joe Quesada

  • My bad; yes, I have it bookmarked at home (at work currently). When I get back, I'll try to cite my sources. Sorry, it slipped my mind at the time. jglc | t | c 13:07, 10 Jun 2005 (UTC)
    • Googling briefly, I found one reference (unsure as to whether or not it's the original one I read back at home). I cited, changed some wording, and updated with a further explanation of the policy. Let me know how you feel about it, and I can help grow the article in a proper direction. jglc | t | c 13:24, 10 Jun 2005 (UTC)


Nuvola apps important yellow.svg

A proposed deletion template has been added to the article K-Drama, suggesting that it be deleted according to the proposed deletion process. All contributions are appreciated, but this article may not satisfy Wikipedia's criteria for inclusion, and the deletion notice should explain why (see also "What Wikipedia is not" and Wikipedia's deletion policy). You may prevent the proposed deletion by removing the {{dated prod}} notice, but please explain why you disagree with the proposed deletion in your edit summary or on its talk page. Also, please consider improving the article to address the issues raised. Even though removing the deletion notice will prevent deletion through the proposed deletion process, the article may still be deleted if it matches any of the speedy deletion criteria or it can be sent to Articles for Deletion, where it may be deleted if consensus to delete is reached. If you agree with the deletion of the article, and you are the only person who has made substantial edits to the page, please add {{db-author}} to the top of K-Drama. Skomorokh 04:13, 6 April 2008 (UTC)


Take note that your article, Kevjumba, has been nominated for deletion. If you wish to take part in the discussion, see here Calgary 04:46, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

La disparition

I have redirected the "La Disparition" page to "A Void" - no matter how many English translations there are of a work, one uses a single English title (consistently using English for titles is a Wikipedia policy, I believe) and redirects all other titles to there - see, for example, what links to Lady Macbeth of the Mtensk District, here and here; it would be absurd to try and link, for instance, to the Chinese title of "The Story of The Stone", because more than one translation exists, no matter how much more accurate and less time-consuming it would be. -- Simonides 01:53, 8 Oct 2004 (UTC)

I have undeleted La disparition. In general, redirects are not deleted unless they're causing problems (see Wikipedia:Redirect), and I can't how La disparition causes problems; it serves its function as a redirect in helping users find the actual page (you should be aware that in the French language, only the first word of titles are capitalized). That La Disparition is a redirect in no way "voids" the use of La disparition as also a redirect, as La disparition meets none of the criteria for deletion on Wikipedia:Redirect. —Lowellian (reply) 00:10, 8 October 2005 (UTC)

The reason I deleted the redirect was that if it had stayed then the link La disparition would work, which I though was a wrong title because of the missing capitals. Removing the redirect would ensure that article writers would use the correct form. Note that when using the search/go box, typing "La disparition" and pushing "go" will go to "La Disparition" if La disparition doesn't exist. The fact that the uncapitalized form is the correct one in French voids my argument, of course. Thue | talk 12:33, 8 October 2005 (UTC)

Lab coats

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Miscellaneous/2008 June 20#Lab coats.Lowellian

Lantern Festival

Thanks for helping me out with the Lantern Festival. I just created Ghost Festival. Hope you can take a look. I'm currently working on creating/expanding articles for Chinese festivals. Do we need a List of Chinese festivals? User:Mistikal 00:37, 11 Feb 2004

List of Harvard University people

Hey there. Noticed you started this article. A few things:

  • I started a merge proposal for Notable non-graduate alumni of Harvard to be merged into this list, since the main list is all-encompassing anyway. The proposal has [[garnered zero replies so far though :(. What are your thoughts?
  • Second, I started to clean-up and add sources to the main list. I was wondering if you would have any interest in helping out, or know others who might. I got through the "A's" and also added a comment in the wikicode of that section about not adding unsourced additions to the list. There should also probably be a discussion of creating a format that is common for all of the people on this list (i.e. what to wikilink, how to list degrees, what to capitalize, etc.) I'm hoping more people might be involved in coming to a consensus on such things. Would you have time/be willing to do so? Regards, Gzkn 07:47, 27 November 2006 (UTC)
Hello again! I completed the merge a while back, but an IP has just complained and reverted. We're currently discussing at Talk:Notable_non-graduate_alumni_of_Harvard. If you have time, please leave your thoughts. Many thanks! Gzkn 03:52, 8 December 2006 (UTC)

List of Jewish Americans

Thank you for your point regarding subpages. Clearly that was a mistake (sorry!). However, I think both your alternative suggestions are still problematic:

  1. The article is currently less than half finished (see recent history), and will probably grow to over 64KB.
  2. Lists and categories serve different functions. For example, in a list, each item can be annotated, items can be grouped or sorted by relevant criteria, and relevant items without a wiki entry can be included. Categories are great, but I don't think they're the answer here.

I therefore suggest a solution similar to List of Swedes — move the article into separate pages (not subpages), which can both stand alone and be browsed collectively. E.g. List of Jewish American Writers could link to an article on Jewish American Literature, and both would be grouped with various writer write-ups in Category:Jewish American Literature.

Make sense? -Udzu 12:06, 7 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Thanks! The pages to delete are List of American Jews/Historical, List of American Jews/Showbusiness, List of American Jews/Music, List of American Jews/Writing, List of American Jews/Arts, List of American Jews/Business and List of American Jews/Sport. -Udzu 13:56, 7 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Lunar and solar deities

Moon goddess: Neither did I - but I thought 'shouldn't there be an article about this already' and then noticed the capitals. Always worth hunting around, especially changing capitalisation, to see if there's an article. Morwen 20:10, Dec 24, 2003 (UTC)

Moved Solar Deity to solar deity, though you could have done it. Solar deity did not have to be deleted because there was nothing in its history except a redirect. If there had ever been more than that, you would have needed a sysop to delete the page, do the move and undelete it to restore the history, but anybody can do it without deleting anything if the history is nothing but a redirect. Not sure if I explained that well... Let me know if you don't understand why you could have done that yourself. Tuf-Kat 04:18, Mar 15, 2004 (UTC)


I have created a disambiguation page for Madelyne in place of the redirect to Madelyne Prior. A quick search on Google would show that the name is also attributed, with more or less equal popularity, to Dutch DJ Carlo Resoort, who has released two notable tracks under that alias. There is no need to reply to this post; I just thought it polite to notify you since you're the creator of the page. --CounterFX 12:15, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Magic: The Gathering sets

I understand that it may not be easy to integrate all three symbols into each set's page, but as in your example of sovereign states, one should not have to navigate to the list page for information pertaining to the individual state/set that would be more helpful on the individual page. This is why I would rather have one one the list page, and either all three or just one on the set page. In the state's case, I would be recommending adding the flag to the state's page, rather than removing it from the list.

Regarding the "list" thing, sorry. Misread the "Featured List" nomination as "Featured Article".

--Temporarily Insane (talk) 18:50, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

I've created a fair-use rationale for the current MTG sets debate in User:Temporarily Insane/Sandbox, and I would appreciate any feedback you have to offer before I present it in the discussion. --Temporarily Insane (talk) 00:52, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for the feedback. I was originally trying to base it off of the WP:NFCC guidelines, so that's why I left out the other bit (wasn't sure what it was for). --Temporarily Insane (talk) 21:37, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

Marvel Comics

When you move a page, it is considered neighbourly to update the links that point to the page's old location. At minimum, one should update any redirect pages - normal links will be automatically redirected, but redirects can't themselves be redirected.

For instance, consider

Here we see that links to Professor Xavier and Professor Charles Xavier are redirected to Charles Xavier - this worked when the article was located at Charles Xavier, but is unhelpful now that the article is at Professor X. The solution is to update Professor Xavier and Professor Charles Xavier to point directly to Professor X.

(Which I'm going to do now, because I don't want to leave links broken just for the sake of an example. You'll just have to imagine what I mean.)

If you have any questions, drop me a line on my talk page.

Paul A 08:06, 4 Dec 2003 (UTC)

And, on the other hand, if you're going to go around changing every link from Wolverine (superhero) to Wolverine (comics), wouldn't it be an idea to make sure there was something at Wolverine (comics) to be linked to first?

Paul A 08:55, 4 Dec 2003 (UTC)

Lowellian - nice hidden text on the list of Marvel characters. Thanks! I started a new thread on that article's talk page. UtherSRG 19:23, 8 Dec 2003 (UTC)

Leave? You just got here! *grins* UtherSRG

I'm glad ya ain't going yet. But I too will also be working a little less often... my real job has picked up its workload a bit.... UtherSRG 19:03, 15 Dec 2003 (UTC)

We're having a neat conversation on Talk:Strength level (comics) that you might want to be in. - UtherSRG 04:49, 23 Jan 2004 (UTC)

Mary Jane Watson

A fellow Spiderman (and Mary Jane Watson) fan I see!

I'm reading through every single Amazing Spiderman from the start to the end of 2003 at the moment, and I have several years of the Web of Spiderman, Spectactular Spiderman, Amazing Spiderman and Tales of Spiderman (from when I was a kid). I'm interested in seeing some more references go onto those articles and expanding them somewhat. Interested? - Ta bu shi da yu 05:46, 20 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Cool :-) What issues do you have? And what series? Those are good points, btw. I'll add the info to the talk page! - Ta bu shi da yu 11:28, 23 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Matsu (goddess)

Why are you changing goddess Matsu and Matsu (goddess) to Matsu, which is just a dismabiguation page? --Menchi (Talk)â 03:37, 24 Dec 2003 (UTC)

Wait, except for Makung (where you did the plain Matsu and which was the 1st article I checked only to be perplexed), you seem to be doing the piped Matsu everywhere else. I guess Makung was just a slip? If so, correct Makung if you can, and never mind my comment above. Carry on. :-) --Menchi (Talk)â 03:41, 24 Dec 2003 (UTC)


Acknowledgement & Thanks

Hi. I wanted to drop this message to thank you for fixing the problem with the images layout. I have also acknowledged it in the Portal talk page. Thanks again. Regards, Redux 2 July 2005 02:06 (UTC)

Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan

I agree with you that in Japan, the direction to change the succession order is FROM agnatic TO cognatic as you wrote at Naruhito of Japan. The person saying the contrary, Ashley Y,is one I have realized knows very little, if anything, about those topics and of genealogical issues (apparently she even has counterproductive opinions), and yet she wants to make edits and reverts to reflect her own opinions. 20:11, 29 Apr 2005 (UTC)

National Register of Historic Places

I thought I would let you know, I tweaked the information in National Register of Historic Places that was seemingly contradictory, along with a lot of other expansion, though I have not done much too recently, as I felt a bit overwhelmed by sheer colossal nature of the Register. Any feedback on the current revision, especially that which commented on the talk page about would be greatly appreciated, if you have the time. Thanks. IvoShandor 16:30, 27 April 2007 (UTC)


Why did you move The Netherlands to the wrong location (Netherlands) without first checking the article's talk page? The form with the article is the only correct one. User:Anárion 08:03, 21 Mar 2005 (UTC)

I did check the talk page, and if you checked it, you'd have seen that I left a comment explaining. The point is that it was originally at Netherlands and did not properly go through Wikipedia:Requested moves. —Lowellian (talk) 17:59, Mar 21, 2005 (UTC)

Perhaps. If you want to move it to the wrong location, I suggest you place it at WP:RM then. User:Anárion 20:10, 21 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Will you stop moving the page and follow the correct procedure? Place it on WP:RM and let discussion decide. User:Anárion 09:59, 23 Mar 2005 (UTC)

What? You're the one who's not following procedure, by removing it from WP:RM before there could be discussion. —Lowellian (talk) 10:17, Mar 23, 2005 (UTC)

I placed the matter of the article location and country name on WP:RFC. User:Anárion 10:05, 23 Mar 2005 (UTC)

New Universe

A request for a peer review of New Universe has been made at Wikipedia:WikiProject Comics/Peer review/New Universe. I'd appreciate your comments on the article, hopefully it will kickstart the comics project's peer review process. To comment, please add a new section (using ==== [[User:Your name|Your name]] ====) for your comments, in order to keep multiple responses legible. Steve block Talk 22:13, 29 November 2006 (UTC)

Nightwing and Tarantula (DC Comics)

Well, I can't be bothered to get out my Nightwing #93, but I seem to remember him being exhitibing similar symptoms to when he was drugged earlier by Tarantula. I've also read that numerous times, but I'm probably wrong (he was probably just shocked), so I have no problem with you taking that out. Also, a tip, it'd be easier if you just archived your talk page. Kusonaga 11:10, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

Well considering she just put herself on top of him and did her thing, while he obviously didn't consent to it makes it rape. I also remember reference to a script by the artist (Zircher?) stating that it was intended to be rape. Later I'm Devin Grayson backpedalled and didn't call it rape. Interview at comicboards where she does refer to it as nonconsensual but not rape. Kusonaga 14:58, 24 August 2006 (UTC)
Yeah, you did a good job. It's still widely debated whether it was rape, although it was obviously intended as such. Kusonaga 15:14, 24 August 2006 (UTC)



Thanking for stepping in and halting User:Mrfixter's reverts to Noam. — Chameleon 13:11, 6 Jun 2005 (UTC)


Obama redirect to Barack Obama

Could use some input here and here. Thanks Tvoz |talk 14:41, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

Thanks - good to have a rational comment to respond to. Tvoz |talk 05:12, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

Periodic table (Chinese)

The emphasis there was on Chinese characters, not on the periodic table. Periodic table was used only as an easy template, copied from the Chinese wikipedia. It is possible that in the future I will remake the article completely, so that there will be no periodic table, but instead a linear list of elements. — Monedula 00:11, 24 Mar 2004 (UTC)

There's some error in Periodic table (Chinese).

Simplified Chinese:

  1. 104 Rf is not "炉"(火户), should be (钅户).
  2. 105 Db should be "&#55394;&#56768;"(钅杜).
  3. 106 Sg should be (钅喜).
  4. 107 Bh should be (钅波).
  5. 108 Hs should be (钅黑).
  6. 109 Mt should be (钅麦).
  7. 110 Ds== Periodic table (Chinese) ==

There's some error in Periodic table (Chinese).

Simplified Chinese:

  1. 104 Rf is not "炉"(火户), should be (钅户).
  2. 105 Db should be "&#55394;&#56768;"(钅杜).
  3. 106 Sg should be (钅喜).
  4. 107 Bh should be (钅波).
  5. 108 Hs should be (钅黑).
  6. 109 Mt should be (钅麦).
  7. 110 Ds should be (钅达).

104, 106-110 are not been established. 105 is not in every fonts.

Traditional Chinese:

  1. 105 Db should be (金杜).
  2. 106 Sg should be (金喜).
  3. 107 Bh should be (金波).
  4. 108 Hs should be (金黑).
  5. 109 Mt should be (金麥).
  6. 110 Ds should be "鐽" (金達).

105-109 are not been established. 110 become a double-meaning word.


The characters for 106-110 are not found in any fonts...--[[User:Zy26|zy26 (Talk)]] 00:27, 2004 Nov 24 (UTC)

104号元素和110号元素在简体中文中都没有相应的计算机编码,不过在繁体中文,它们恰巧和以前的两个不常用汉字相同,这样。那两个汉字有了新的一种的含义,但不表明,它们原来的含义所对应的简化字有着同样的功能。我们不能把104“鑪”和“爐”作为炉子含义的共同对应的简化字“炉”作为简体中文的元素符号(104钅户)。 (Sorry for poor English)--[[User:Zy26|zy26 (Talk)]] 00:39, 2004 Nov 24 (UTC)


104號元素和110號元素在簡體中文中都沒有相應的電腦編碼,不過在繁體中文,它們恰巧和以前的兩個不常用漢字相同,這樣。那兩個漢字有了新的一種的含義,但不表明,它們原來的含義所對應的簡化字有著同樣的功能。我們不能把104“鑪”和“爐”作為爐子含義的共同對應的簡化字“炉”作為簡體中文的元素符號(104钅户)。--[[User:Zy26|zy26 (Talk)]] 01:26, 2004 Nov 24 (UTC)

Well done. It looks no error now. We can just wait for the fonts now... --[[User:Zy26|zy26 (Talk)]] 07:13, 2004 Nov 24 (UTC)

Pforzheimer House

You might be interested in recent edits in this article. See Talk:Pforzheimer House#recent edits.

I've no idea what you'll think about this.

My own opinion is that if I'd participated in the AfD on this article I'd have voted to delete it—but we have an article on it. Given that, my reasoning is: events that are important enough to receive coverage in the Crimson are arguably important to the Harvard community; the readership of this article is primarily the Harvard community; therefore the readership of this article is probably interested in events that were important enough to get Crimson coverage. Properly sourced, cited descriptions of such events shouldn't be removed. Dpbsmith (talk) 23:46, 9 October 2006 (UTC)


Thanks for the tone mark algorithm in the Pinyin article.

That's the kind of tip that I have a difficult time finding out about.

The training textbooks and software I've purchased only get me so far, so I really appreciate all the extra info supplied by the authors of the articles about learning Chinese here on Wikipedia.

Thanks in part to these articles, Tai Tai is slowly losing her opinion that it is impossible for me to learn how to read, write, and speak Chinese! :)


--DV 10:47, 22 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Phase (matter) and phase diagram

On the Importance of Edit Summaries

I almost reverted your edit to Phase (matter) as vandalism (i.e. section blanking) until I noticed that you'd split the section out into its own article. A suitable edit summary would have prevented this problem. --Carnildo 06:31, 8 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Power Cosmic

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Getting Psychotherapy into This Week's Improvement Drive

Hi there! I noticed that at one time or another you helped contribute to the article on Psychotherapy. As it stands this article could use a lot of help, and thus I've taken the liberty of trying to get it to be the focus of a week's improvement drive. All we need to get it for a week's worth of focus and improvement is enough votes, so go to Psychotherapy's vote page and help out this very needing article! JoeSmack (talk) 18:16, July 25, 2005 (UTC)

Robert Ardrey


Hi there. I read the article on Ardrey and it mentions he was a screenwriter as well as an anthropologist. Can you canfirm if he was the Robert Ardrey who was Oscar-nominated for Khartoum (film)? JW 13:33, 28 October 2005 (UTC)

Thanks, I thought he probably was, but it did seem a bit odd. I'll probably add a bit on his play/film credits to the article. JW 12:48, 2 November 2005 (UTC)

Thanks and theories of aggression


Thanks for the article on Ardrey. Ardrey is often presented as if there is not significant opposition to theories of aggression as the cause of human culture. I am editing your article as I read "Woman the Gatherer" by Sally Slocum.

It seems clear to me, in any case, that some impulse to nurture beyond the capacity of other primates must have developed in humans in order to develop the extended childhood necessary for, say, language.

So theories of aggression alone are not sufficient to explain the origins of human culture.

-Ralfipedia. Template:Undated

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Hello, in answer to your question on the entertainment help desk: It was released on DVD in 2003. Scroll down until you see 'Product Details'. Hope that helps, friend! ScarianCall me Pat 09:00, 24 January 2008 (UTC)

ROC presidential election, 2004: Coloring scheme of table

I replied on my talk page regarding the coloring scheme. Please let me know your objections to the current colors. --Jiang 07:09, 29 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Ruse (comics)

I see you did the Ruse article. Thank you. My question is whether the 26th issue brings the series to a satisfactory conclusion, or the series ended abruptly and unfinished. If the story sort of ends satisfactorily, I'll probably invest in finding and buying the rest of the issues. I just happened to stumble upon the series recently in a library. If the story is cut off in the middle, I'll be just as frustrated to end on issue 26 as I am now to end on issue something-teen.

Sorry if this comment isn't formatted properly; I'm not used to wikipedia discussions and don't know much html code.

Thanks in advance.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Teaforthetillerman (talkcontribs) 22:47, 12 August 2006

Thanks very much. I'll try this. Teaforthetillerman 18:05, 14 August 2006 (UTC)


Discussion (October 2004) moved to Talk:S.H.E.Lowellian

Seven Warring States

Warring state "Seven state in turmoil"

Usually i just hear that from other who use it when it look messy... in Chinese it sounds like this "七國大亂" (hope the chinese character code shows up)... if you cant see the Chinese writing... it sounds like this "Seven countries are greatly chaotic" literally translated. Hope you understod what i tried to write. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hanchi (talkcontribs) 17:04, July 15, 2006

The phrase I hear is usually in Cantonese... my parent use it, Hong Kong TV shows use it, people in Hong Kong use it..... Anyways the phrase usually change its form. However I dont know if it suggest Warring state or if it suggest the rebellion thing. But I am pretty sure I hear this phrase especially from elderly people living in Hong Kong. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hanchi (talkcontribs) 03:22, July 16, 2006

Hmm.... well i think its best not to include it then. After all, usually on the net not many Cantonese phrase and slang will be included... beside its a rather old figure of speech. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hanchi (talkcontribs) 05:48, July 16, 2006

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome

Why did you move Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)? I moved it back, of course, because diseases are only to be capitalised when they are eponymous. JFW | T@lk 23:44, 27 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Sherlock Holmes: The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

Discussion (July 2006) moved to Talk:Sherlock Holmes. —Lowellian


Discussion (September 2004) moved to Talk:Superpower.Lowellian

Sony v. Universal

Req. for your work on Sony v Universal

I think Sony Corp. v. Universal City Studios could make a great featured article. It doesn't quite meet the requirements yet, but it could with a little work. In light of the debates and cases about digital piracy and the obligations of hardware/software creators, the affirmation/modification/elimination of the Sony precedent is a key issue for the future of information technology.

Since you've worked on the article in the past, feel free to take another look to bring it "up to code" for a nomination. Feco 21:06, 12 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Srinivasa Ramanujan

Since you seem to be Wikipedia's resident mathematical articles expert,

Actually, I'm just one of (apparently) several dozen mathematicians who work on Wikipedia articles. Michael Hardy 21:45, 23 Sep 2004 (UTC)

... to your other question: I may get to it at some point, but just now I can't give it the highest priority. Thanks. Michael Hardy 22:03, 23 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Hi, I saw your question on Michael's talk page, and I was just thinking of significantly expanding Ramanujan's page. I found some good sources and links to pdf copies of discussion of Ramanujan's notebooks. However, I don't know how to do the Tex, nor am I a mathemetician, so I will just add what I can in <math>...</math> form. - Taxman 16:42, Oct 29, 2004 (UTC)


Hello Lowellian,

I have noticed that you put the following text in article, Taiwan.

Records from ancient China indicate that the Chinese
were aware of the existence of Taiwan 
since at least the Three Kingdoms period (third century A.D.)

I would not bother to make an argument if there is any clear evidence that the ancient Chinese were aware of Taiwan's existence. The fact is that there is not a single proof to support this statement. [5] I would like to suggest we remove this unsupported description in accordance to the NPOV policy. Or, we can also put statements that this statement was not supported in order to make the article fair and balanced.Mababa 06:20, 3 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Greetings, Lowellian,

Could you at least participate in the discussion related to the Taiwan page instead of embedding your comments in the Edit summary? If you're going to include Chinese recognizance of the Island, then you should also include recognizance of the island for other nations around that time if you're going to try to retain an NPOV. As it stands at this point there's a very heavy bias in that one particular sentence. Buoren 22:06, 3 Dec 2004 (UTC)

My mistake. Lowellian did not put the line into the article. I think I have mistaken someone else for him. Anyway, I think we should go back to the article discussion page for further conversation.Mababa 23:27, 3 Dec 2004 (UTC)

I didn't put in that text. I restored that text when someone removed it from the article; I don't know who originally wrote that text. Lowellian (talk)[[]] 21:36, Dec 3, 2004 (UTC)

Having said that, the text is accurate. The Romans were more than aware of the British Isles by the time of several centuries BC. It's not possible that the Chinese weren't aware of Taiwan by the third century AD. Lowellian (talk)[[]] 21:39, Dec 3, 2004 (UTC)

Hello Lowellian,

I apologize mistake you as the person puting the line. I am sorry about that. This aside, the text is NOT accurate at all. You are suggesting a possiblity, not an evidence supported fact.

Through out centuries, Chinese dynasties have noted islands out side the coast, and they have different names. None of these names can be linked to a same single island. They could be single one island or multiple different islands. Some of them could even be Japan or Hawaii. No one knows if any one of them was Taiwan, or perhaps you can provide some references to convince people otherwise. I highly suggest we take away the line or note this is merely a hypothesis. Again I feel bad to have you dragged into this discussion since you were not the one put the description into the article. :) If you do not feel like to participate the discussion and do not have strong position on this topic, please simply ignore my messages. Thank you. I would suggest we carry on the conversation on the discussion page of Taiwan.Mababa 23:27, 3 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Template:MTG set symbol

TfD nomination of Template:MTG set symbol

Template:MTG set symbol has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for Deletion page. Thank you. — (ESkog)(Talk) 04:04, 7 August 2007 (UTC)

The Wheel of Time

Since you objected to the merege I wish you had discussed the issue a bit before simply reverting. I still think the merge was an improvement. i have explained why at some length on the relevant talk page. I have not reverted your changes, since I don't want to start an edit war. I have added notices of a proposed merge to the various articles in question. Please join the discussion and see if we can all come to an agreement. This note is to alert you -- i hope that future discussion of this can mostly take place on the talk page. I will be following that page. DES 16:20, 12 July 2005 (UTC)

Your expansion of The Eye of the World is nice, but the article is still a stub, and I still think a merge is the way to go.DES 23:45, 12 July 2005 (UTC)

You wrote Look at the timestamp. I'm just getting started. Fine. Well see what results. Note that if there is less than a screenfull of quality text about each book, i still think a merge is warrented, and maybe even then. Others may disagree. DES 23:50, 12 July 2005 (UTC)

I have looked at your recent edits to the articles on the individual books. Yes, they are a lot bigger now. But the vast majority of what you have added is plot summary, rather more than we need IMO, and very little is analysis or commentary, and virtually none of it is sourced or cited analysis or commentary. See Check your fiction where it says: Articles about fictional topics should not be simple book-reports, rather the topic should be explained through its significance on the work. I frankly think the shorter, merged version was better. i think a better version yet could be created through merging and significantly cutting down the articles as they now stand. DES 17:58, 13 July 2005 (UTC)

Tight end

Hello. You are the last person with a user name I can find who edited tight end. I do not know much about football, but this fragment in the article seems to make no sense: "Linebackers are fun, by extension, given "strong-side" and "weak-side" roles depending on which side of the defense they line up" The word "fun" just does not seem meaningful. Perhaps it is supposed to be "for fun" or some other word. Carrionluggage 04:43, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, but since I do not know football much I was in no position to revert the edit! I just ran into the entry from something else on my watchlist. Carrionluggage 06:45, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

Tom Maddox

Hi, in the page stub, "Tom Maddox," there's an error. Given that you made a few edits on the page, I thought you might want to have a look at it. I posted a correction to the discussion page. If you have any interest in turning that page into something more than a stub, let me know -- -- and I'd be happy to provide information. If not, that's okay, too. dthomasmaddox

Hi, oops, sorry about the pronoun confusion on the entry. I'm the guy all right. I'm not sure what the convention is here. Given that I was making a first-person claim, should it be "Tom Maddox says that he ..."? That would be fine. The main thing is, I didn't want to be vanity editing my own page, but I do have first-person knowledge of the statement. Not sure what to do about that. Thanks, Tom Tom Maddox 19:01, 13 December 2005 (UTC)

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Discussion (April 2004) moved to Talk:Tulsa, Oklahoma.Lowellian

User talk page new comment notification

I've just realized I'm not always getting talk page notifications either. I've reported it at Mediazilla:760. Angela. 04:26, Oct 22, 2004 (UTC)

U.S. presidential election controversy, 2004

You'll note that the NPOV tag you'd added to 2004 U.S. Election controversies and irregularities says, "The neutrality of this article is disputed. Please view its talk page." There's either a requirement or a widely accepted standard (I'm not sure which) that the tag not be used unless the specific objections have been raised on the article's talk page. You haven't done so. I suggest that you remove the tag and present your concerns on the talk page. If discussion fails to resolve the matter to your satisfaction, you'd then be on much less shaky ground in restoring the tag. JamesMLane 07:08, 8 Nov 2004 (UTC)


Your personal attack: It is a lie that I refuse to discuss my edits and back them up with evidence. I am a professional historian and I would never make any changes to articles that I could not back up with utmost confidence. (There have been just some occasions where discussions with trolls and cranks were useless. And if you want to challenge any of my edits, bring it on. 172 09:07, 4 Dec 2004 (UTC)

The above is in reference to my comment on Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2004/Candidate statements/Endorsements/172. —Lowellian

Do I get a reference to my comment? Show me where I refuse to provide evidence backing up my changes? 172 22:02, 4 Dec 2004 (UTC)



Thank you for your note on my talk page. I knew the page was getting long, I couldn't figure out how it got so long so quickly. I have corrected the problem and I appreciate your pointing it out to me.

Regarding administrator status, I gave your offer some thought, but frankly I'm not too sure becoming an administrator would be worthwhile. Although I've come to participate more outside the main namespace in my time here, I like contributing to articles and writing new ones more than anything else. And I usually aviod getting into disputes with other users or editing controversial articles. As such, I don't think there would be much of a point in my becoming an administrator. Regardless, I think you for the offer.


Acegikmo1 17:32, 13 Nov 2004 (UTC)



I've read several of the articles you've apparently collaborated on...great job! I was wondering by the way, and this may seem a bit trivial..but are you Chinese or even asian? Haha. You seem to have broad knowledge on Asian culture and issues. I don't want to pry into your personal life, as I sure as hell keep my private information hidden online, but I thought this was general enough not to're just too knowledgeable lol. Aerisalive 10:53, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

User:Animated Cascade

Please remove Category:Harry Potter characters from your user page. It is not appropriate that a user should appear within that category. Thanks. —Lowellian (talk) 08:10, Jan 10, 2005 (UTC)

Mighty sorry. The colon-before-the-category thing trips me up every time, and I never catch it. Thanks for letting me know. Animated Cascade talk 20:08, 11 Jan 2005 (UTC)


I've added a user page and changed my sig. If there are no other problems, please retract your objection and possibly support. Thanks. --brian0918&#153; 02:11, 28 Feb 2005 (UTC)


Multiple postings on Pharos's talk page issue


I kept receiving a "Sorry the web server is currently down" message, even though the edits had already gone through. It's a known bug. Bumm13 14:01, 18 August 2005 (UTC)


A quick note to say thanks


I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for your support in my request for adminship. It was certainly a wild ride, and I really appreciate you taking some time out to contribute. ClockworkSoul 16:12, 24 Nov 2004 (UTC)



Thank you for the support on the Superpower page. It's getting better...

About blanking comments on my own talk page-- I treat that page as I would an email inbox. Once an issue is resolved or I no longer need it, I erase it. To be blunt, it's my page-- and I can do anything I (damn well) want with it :-P If someone wants to read past stuff, the record is right there in the history. Please don't try to school me on Wikipedia ethics-- I've been here a pretty long time. Regards, Davejenk1ns 22:43, 23 Sep 2004 (UTC)

I`ve re-read my comment above, and hope you do not take this the wrong way. My point is that, I`ve looked around, and really cannot find any page on ethics regarding user talk pages. If there is such a page, please post a link here. My suspicion that there is no such page would fit in with the overall "feel" of Wiki: everything is open, and the one rule understood by everyone is "don`t be a jerk". Revert wars, vandalism, and non-NPOV go against this one basic rule. However, editing my own talk page to how I like it would seem to be my perogative-- if you would like to keep display of your comments to me, list them here on your own comment page. Moreover, please feel free to blank this comment after reading-- I don`t care (it`s your talk page ,afterall). The Wikipedia (IMHO) is the greatest collaborative effort I have seen on the Internet, and I sincerely hope for its success. From what I can see, as a part of that collaborative effort, everyone actually needs their personal soapbox to voice opinion, declare backgrounds, or simply stand up and say their name. The personal page is that personal soapbox-- the talk page is a message conduit to that personal soapbox. To some, this is a permanent conduit, to others, it is a transitory conduit. I am in the latter category, that`s all. Thanks, Davejenk1ns


Sorry about that. I forgot to uncheck the minor edits option, which I used to leave as "checked" by default, since I edited a lot of articles, and plenty of these were relatively minor. No harm intended. --DF08 09:19, 16 Mar 2005 (UTC)


I'm surprised to see it suggested that Eequor should be an administrator. What little experience I've had with her suggests she just wants to pick fights. Michael Hardy 01:41, 8 Oct 2004 (UTC)

I agree totally, 100% with Michael. →Raul654 02:07, Oct 8, 2004 (UTC)
Could you cite specific pages? I mainly thought about nominating her for adminship because I personally have not had problems in interactions with her, and I noticed she seems to make a lot of edits, many of them detailed.

In empty product, she had some objections to a section, that she could have fixed by editing it. Instead she deleted the section, erroneously calling its argument fallacious. I've given the same argument in several classes I taught at MIT, where at least some of the students are brilliant, and none of them complained. So I reinstated the section and asked her what her objections were. She outlined them, and I replied that her objections were too literal-minded and nitpicking; those among them that had any merit could be dealt with by tweaking a few things in the section rather than by deleting it. She became belligerent. She's deleted the discussion from her talk page, but it should be in the history. Some of it may also have been deleted from Talk:Empty product, but it should also be in the history. I've also noticed that some others have become angry at her. I'm not sure what that's about, but maybe you could look into it. The history of her talk page should have some of that. Michael Hardy 21:17, 8 Oct 2004 (UTC)

I first noticed Eequor in middle september, when she posted to talk:main page saying that she thought the featured article of the day (holy prepuce) was disgusting, offensive, etc etc. It was a transparent attempt to pick a fight (for the record, she was the *only* person who complained, even though it got 5x more hits than average). And the few people who defended her basically said that she was wrong, but should be allowed to express her opinion, even it if was obvious trolling. Next, I noticed her after she made several weak FAC nominations, and did not lift a finger to fix or reply to objections. I asked her about it (see her talk page, under "FAC nominations") and she become beligerant. She seems to be of the opinion that rules do not apply to her (Clearly strict adherence to the "rules" is a naïve and insular position...). Her final response, to question my motives (Do you have Wikipedia's best interests in mind? Stop interfering.) pissed me off a great deal, but quite frankly, I don't want to feed the trolls, so I didn't respond. While she does have a great number of edits, many of them are mechanical (as opposed to actually creating content). On the other hand, she seems to create controversy and anger wherever she goes. She's immature, unpleasant, and definitely not suited to be an administrator. →Raul654 01:31, Oct 9, 2004 (UTC)

And she's linked from her user page to a special page devoted to gloating over the alleged fact that she's defeated the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in an argument. I mentioned that I had taught there for the purpose of indicating that none of the sharp students there had said an argument I presented in class while teaching there, and that I later posted on Wikipedia, was wrong, as Eequor had claimed. Her belief that she won that argument is based, apparently only on the fact that she expressed her disagreement with me. That page shows that she's a big fan of out-of-context quoting. I do not gloat over having won arguments and neither should anyone who is a Wikipedia administrator, especially when the mere fact that they've quoted out of context is their only evidence of having won an argument. Michael Hardy 02:39, 10 Oct 2004 (UTC)

By the way, is it still your inclination to not put forth a nomination for my adminship? Please note that my sixth month on Wikipedia was September. --[[User:Eequor|η♀υωρ]] 21:34, 7 Nov 2004 (UTC)


If you have contributed to discussion on this page you may want to comment here: Wikipedia:Requests_for_comment/InstantnoodInstantnood

Hello there. I am recently being listed on RfC. Feel free to comment as you wish to. I regard it as a way out and to have the matter settled. Thanks. — Instantnood 20:39 Mar 1 2005 (UTC)

Thanks a lot for sharing your views. :-P — Instantnood 03:26 Mar 1 2005 (UTC)
The sharing at RfC seems to be over. I have made a response there. Please take a look. I do hope that with everyone's effort Wikipedia will soon be the best encyclopedia ever. :-D — Instantnood 21:02 Mar 5 2005 (UTC)


I noticed you issued a warning regarding link spamming to User talk:JamieHari the middle of last year. I was curious as to what it pertained to; the user has been somewhat active in placing links to his database projects across wikipedia recently and I have warned him regarding these. If your warning is of a similar nature toi mine, is a block out of the question? Steve block talk 10:57, 15 February 2006 (UTC)

Hello Lowellian,
Just wanted to let you know, I responded as best I could to your concerns on Steve's talkpage. Have a look and please drop me a line on my talk page if you like... Thanks,
--JamieHari 16:24, 15 February 2006 (UTC)


Talk page edits -- removing a transclusion.

I am trying to get rid of the transclusions of my old sig, that's why I changed it. Otherwise there will be unintended effects. Please edit {{User:Anárion/sig}} to {{subst:User:Anárion/sig}} yourself then. I am not running a bot, I am using WP:AWB to make these find/replaces easier. -- Jordi· 08:58, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

I don't know of a way to fix it from the template end, that's why I have to edit the pages themselves. Sorry. -- Jordi· 09:09, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

User:Lizard King

Care to weigh in on Talk:Yeti or on the conflict? - UtherSRG 18:51, 20 Jan 2004 (UTC)


Username case sensitivity

Well I tried registering "MessedRocker" but it changed to "Messedrocker". Should I go to User:MessedRocker and User talk:MessedRocker and have them redirect to the real ones? —MESSEDROCKER (talk) 16:35, August 27, 2005 (UTC)

User:Mike Klaassen

Hi, Lowellian I'm new at this. As you suggested, I have read the "conflict of interest" and "no original research" sections. I understand your concerns and will attempt to edit accordingly. Please let me know if you have further guidance. Thanks. Mike Klaassen 21:40, 6 September 2007 (UTC)


Thanks for your vote on my adminship stating your concerns. Yes, I was a vandal, I was warned and have not done such edits since then. In fact, I viewed Wikipedia with greater respect when I found out how quickly vandalism was dealt with.

I am now a masssive fighter of vandalism, I constantly check my watchlist for vandalism and check new pages for nonsense and speedy deletion. The primary reason I want admin rights is to deal with vandalism, so the last thing I'd want to do these days is to vandalize pages. I have matured in my editing and have worked hard. I would like to put my early days behind me and work on improving Wikipedia, which I have.

With all my massive work (almost 4000 edits) on a large amount of topics that includes expanding substubs, categorizing articles, translating articles from other Wikipedias, uploading a large amount of pictures, creating navigational aids such as Wikipedia:Quick index and Wikipedia:Browse by category as well as reverting vandalism I feel that I am confident enough to handle the responsibilities of adminship, which is why I have self nominated myself.

If you still want to oppose, thats fine, but I deeply regret past vandalisms and I am commited to fighting further vandalism on Wikipedia. [[User:Norm|Norm]] 12:21, 25 Oct 2004 (UTC)



admins is a cool ass redirect. what's a sylistic error? dzznologic2 19:10, 30 September 2005 (UTC)


Request for correspondence

Hi Lowellian, As a newcomer to wikipedia, I am really enjoying the insight of your edits. I had a few basic questions that I am too embarrassed to post publically, could we correspond by email? My address is

thanks so much, Lowellian!

Currierite —Preceding unsigned comment added by Peary121 (talkcontribs) 15:02, 6 September 2007 (UTC)



I don't know if you are interested in this, but as you have a lot of discussions here on your talk page, may want to consider an ArchiveBot to help you with all the material. (I know that I got a size warning when I tried to preview my comments earlier.) What's nice about the ArchiveBot is that it can help move your older discussions to a separate archive page so that your talk page has a more managable amount of material on it without destroying all your old information as it is retained in a safe place. While there may be others out there, the one I am using is Miszabot3 which seems to be doing a fine job for me so far. You can learn more about the Miszabot at:[[6]]

RobHoitt- 21:56, 1 September 2007 (UTC) - comhrá/talk


Thank you for bringing this to my attention. That user is blocked indefinitely. - Ta bu shi da yu 07:06, 7 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Cheers mate :-) I forgot to do this! - Ta bu shi da yu 07:58, 7 Dec 2004 (UTC)
Regrettably, I'm getting numerous emails via Wikipedia email with AOL users who are getting autoblocked because their IP addresses were used by SirAglet. The collatoral damage is too great, so I'm unblocking. - Ta bu shi da yu 00:09, 9 Dec 2004 (UTC)
There's a "feature" called autoblock that comes into effect when blocks are made. Any IP address that the user has used seems to be recorded and if a user used it at all, then this IP address gets blocked automatically for the duration of the block. In this case, the duration was infinite, and I got about 8 people yelling at me via wikipedia email. I've logged in to the account as the password used to be "battleaxe" (still worked!) and changed the password, and put a notice up on the account. That's as good (in fact better) than permanently blocking the account. - Ta bu shi da yu 07:57, 9 Dec 2004 (UTC)


Sorry, I was zapping something like a hundred pages that were linking to Spiderman or Spider-Man with the AWB and wasn't paying attention to what I was zapping (and didn't realise until a run on something else later that it changed other stuff too) - SoM 03:52, 19 December 2005 (UTC)


Hi Lowellian,

Just wanted to say thanks for the vote of support at RfA. It looks like I've been promoted, and I look forward to helping you out with admin tasks. spencer195 17:40, 29 Oct 2004 (UTC)

User:Ta bu shi da yu

G'day mate, thanks for your support of my nomination for admin! - Ta bu shi da yu 03:08, 15 Oct 2004 (UTC)


Yeah well i actually reckon its a pretty damn funny way of getting back at ppl who are posting articles that are obvious vanity, thinking they're so cool because they've "hacked" in dude! how 1337, to modify the wiki with an up themselves article about how good they are. HA HA when they come back to check it its like: category - gay, les or bi ppl!!!! how funny! Yeah, so just thought i'd clear up the reason for doing that. a good example of where its worked is David Zack - you may want to check that one out for a bit of an example ;-) Cheers, Wifki 13:14, 19 Nov 2004 (UTC)


I don't see the reason for killing the separate Vibraxas article. I see from your original version of the Fantastic Force article, that you didn't feel that the characters from the book warranted much interest. The Vibraxas character actually had continuity beyond the Fantastic Force book, and was further explored in Christopher Priest's critically acclaimed, yet under-read Black Panther run. You can find out more about the furthering of Vibraxas's character here or see if you can dig up a copy of Priest's original run. It can get to be dense stuff, but he's got a lot of interesting exploration of atypical topics for heroes-in-tights, like international politics and African cultural identity --El benito 02:57, 23 August 2006 (UTC)

Vicki Vale

You made the following edit to to Vicki Vale: [7]. A question: where exactly in Batman #45 does she appear? Please reply on my talk page. —Lowellian (talk) 12:15, Jun 17, 2005 (UTC)

This was my error. My comic notes say this, and I've been defending this claim for many years. But after your note to me I dug up my Batman # 45 and read it cover-to-cover and Vicki Vale is certainly not in there.
I fixed the error. And while I was at it, updated the Vicki Vale page with some new stuff (checking it more carefully this time)! Lawrence King 07:40, 18 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Western culture

I have ended the redirect of Western culture to Western world and have been giving substance to Western culture. I was thinking of melding the section "Western thought" into Western culture. Please notify me. Thanks.WHEELER 00:23, 15 Apr 2004 (UTC)

I am gun-shy as you say. In the beginning many of my posts and additions were reverted. Many of my posts are reverted because I am a classicist which makes me by nature a reactionary. I am now very gun-shy. I checked the page history of Western World to find people to make a consensus or feedback before I did anything so a revert war did not start.

I got some feed back to leave as I leave as is. Sorry for disturbing you.WHEELER 13:44, 22 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Wikipedia Main Page

Did You Know vs. In the News

You expressed interest in the front page layout on Talk:Main page. Could you please vote in the poll there? Thanks, silsor 07:25, Apr 7, 2004 (UTC)

Featured article typo

Any chance you could fix the "tlevision" error on the Hitchcock section of the main page? --[[User:TheGrza|TheGrza]] 01:01, Nov 19, 2004 (UTC)

Wikipedia technical issues

See (in chronological order):


Wikipedia:China-related topics notice board/ZHCOTW

You showed interest in taking part in a China Collaboration of the Week - I have finally gotten around to setting it up. Please add one, or several, nomination(s) and tell others about it. You may access it via the notice board Wikipedia:China-related topics notice board/ZHCOTW or through the shortcut WP:ZHCOTW. --[[User:OldakQuill|Oldak Quill]] 11:04, 14 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Wikipedia:China-related topics notice board

Come and join us at Wikipedia:China-related topics notice board? --Jiang 02:06, 24 Oct 2004 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Disambiguation: First name disambiguation pages

What you are saying makes perfect sense. I don't see where you've raised the discussion. SchmuckyTheCat 14:02, 6 Jun 2005 (UTC)

  • and didn't radiant start a discussion about the notability of names where it was clear that everyone thought dab pages were perfectly reasonable for names, even if the person thought names themselves weren't notable?
  • You aked me to let you know so I am. Of course I would like to support this movement. Celestianpower 14:40, 6 Jun 2005 (UTC)

I think it's safe to say now that your proposal to modify Wikipedia:Disambiguation isn't going to garner consensus, so I'm planning to archive it. However, I don't think it was totally agreed whether Michael (and similar pages) are in fact disambiguation pages if they have more than just links. I do sense, however, that most people there would be satisfied if the list got moved to a List of famous Michaels (or whatever). Would you be willing to go along with that? —Wahoofive (talk) 23:30, 15 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Naming conventions (Chinese)

Mainland China, PRC, ROC, Taiwan, etc.

Hello. Thanks for joining the discussion. You mentioned your simple rule of thumb at WP:RM. In my opinion the situation could be more complex. To name a few, a geography article about a country will deal with territorial claims and land borders (if there's any), but Geography of Taiwan would only be an article about Taiwan as an island. Culture of Taiwan has its own article, for the culture has been other some influences of other sources other than China. List of metropolitan areas in Taiwan involves the definitions of the ROC government, although all the metropolitan areas are found on the island of Taiwan. The situation is complicated and could hardly be simplifed.

Having both the ROC and Taiwan in a title could be clumsy. But we have to understand how the name the "Republic of China" is unheard in many parts of the world. If I'm the one to make a decision I wouldn't have added the word Taiwan with hyphen or brackets, although I can compromise on having either one of them.

As I have mentioned elsewhere, I prefer titling a page according to the scope of its content. You may be interested to take a look at Talk:Geography of Taiwan, Talk:Geography of China, Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (Chinese), Wikipedia talk:Taiwan-related topics notice board and Wikipedia talk:HK wikipedians' notice board. — Instantnood 10:12 Feb 23 2005 (UTC)

Following the long discussion at Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (Chinese) regarding proper titling of ROC-/Taiwan-related topics, polls for each single case has now been started here. Please come and join the discussion, and cast your vote. Thanks. — Instantnood 06:25, Apr 6, 2005 (UTC)

Following the long discussion at Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (Chinese) regarding proper titling of Mainland China-related topics, polls for each single case has now been started here. Please come and join the discussion, and cast your vote. Thank you. — Instantnood 15:11, Apr 9, 2005 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Naming conventions (city names)


Hi there. I noticed you voted in the Wikipedia:Naming policy poll to keep the Wikipedia policy of naming an article with the most familiar English name. You may not be aware that another attempt has begun to rename the Calcutta article to Kolkata, which is blatantly not the most common name of the city, whether it's official or not. If you want to vote on the issue you can do so at Talk:Calcutta. Cheers. -- Necrothesp 14:02, 5 Mar 2005 (UTC)


Zürich has been nominated on Wikipedia:Requested moves for a page move to Zurich. Perhapse you might like to express your opinion about this proposed move on talk:Zürich. Philip Baird Shearer 10:05, 8 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Naming conventions (comic books)

There's a discussion on whether to move the page to Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (comics). Steve block talk 10:01, 17 August 2005 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Naming conventions (Mormonism)

Thanks for your contribution to the page-move discussion on History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As I see you're an admin, I'm wondering if I can ask you to expand somewhat on your understanding of the relevant policy issues. Specifically, do you see Wikipedia:Naming conventions (Mormonism) as being unsatisfactory here? Personally I just want a consistent usage, whatever that happens to be, but that's going to be difficult to achieve unless either the naming conventions are changed, or practice comes more consistently into line with the convention. Alai 20:54, 27 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Votes for deletion/High schools


1) It says it's "high schools," but I'm sure you've noticed that it includes middle schools and elementary schools... so, shouldn't it just be "Schools?"

2) I've been checking status... it occurred to me that it would be easier simply to make the entries in a form like this:

and let the red-links tell the story... the automatically-updated story. But I wanted to follow your instructions. (I'm afraid I did succumb to the temptation of using the words "kept" and "deleted" rather than "keep" and "delete," however).

It's interesting. The proportion of schools for which the final outcome was "delete" was higher than I expected. [[User:Dpbsmith|Dpbsmith (talk)]] 18:16, 1 Nov 2004 (UTC)


Thanks for the note. I'm working out my position in a long form on my user page. If you haven't seen it lately, take a look. I find it difficult, in the constraints of a VfD vote or, worse, an IRC conversation, to express my opinions properly. For nearly a year now, we've really been on the cusp of needing a policy debate on schools, and yet everyone fears such. I'm just as reluctant as the next person to see a can of worms that large opened, but it looks to me like, with SimonP's actions on schools, the worms have already spilled out, so there may be no alternative. Nothing for it, then, but to work out our arguments on both sides as well as we can and present them.

I have a weird idea for this. What if we set a kind of debate? Two groups work out a single document for each explaining point of view, both then presented side by side in name space, and a vote? I'm not advocating it, but if we collectively decide that we've got to have the policy argument, it might be a way of curtailing the 100 kb of interlaced comments and vitriol that would result. Geogre 02:14, 1 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Agreed, of course, that there are multiple points of view. It seems to me that we have, more or less, two challenge positions. One is "all should be included." This radical inclusionism is one position with a pro/con. The other is "all should be deleted." That, too, affords a parallel argument. What's not stated is status quo, which is "judge according to the same standards as any other institution." The status quo needs no argument, since it is the default. At least that's how it seems to me. Geogre 01:33, 2 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Welcome, newcomers

Welcome Lowellian,

You have done a good job so far in Wikipedia (a.k.a. 'Pedia or WP). I can see that you're a serious Wikipedian interested in improving our project. If you stay for a while, you'll discovered that collectively, we're a cooperative and friendly community. We are all here to learn, and hopefully can give something back. If you have questions or doubts of any sort, do not hesitate to post them on the Village Pump, somebody will respond ASAP. Other helpful pages include:

Just keep in mind that while relevant discussions and constructive criticisms and are welcome, unproductive and/or destructive insults are not (see Wikiquette & Wikipedia:Neutral point of view).

Who knows? Perhaps you'll soon become a Wikipediholic! :-) --Menchi 10:30, 9 Nov 2003 (UTC)
p.s. Simply type four tildes (~~~~), then you can sign you name and date like I just did with mine. And please always do so after your post in Talk/discussion pages and Village Pump.

Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost

WP:SIGN reversion

If you haven't figured out why your capitalization change was reverted, take a good look at the acronyms the various names form. --maru (talk) contribs 23:15, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

Please don't worry about the capitalization, or acronyms. There's no need to spell them out; if users don't get them, it's not a big deal. Ral315 (talk) 07:45, 12 June 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Comics


Comics Collaboration of the Fortnight

As a member of WikiProject Comics, I thought you might be interested in the Comics Collaboration of the Fortnight we have set up. Please feel free to vote on the articles listed, although bear in mind that a vote for a particular article means you are pledging to help improve the article. The goal of the collaboration is to improve articles to Featured Article status, as we feel Comics is under-represented in that area. Thanks for your help. Steve block talk 15:47, 18 September 2005 (UTC)


I worked up ideas on how to structure comics related articles from the previous discussions and placed them at Wikipedia:WikiProject Comics/exemplars. I also copied relevant discussion to the talk page. Please feel free to comment and amend. Steve block talk 23:10, 5 September 2005 (UTC)


Invitation: Hi! I've gotten the impression that you're interested in articles related to comics and sequential art. I've just created a project called WikiProject on Comics in order to establish consensus on the organization and content of such articles, and I hope you'll join in. See the main project page and please leave comments on the Talk page. Thanks! -leigh (φθόγγος) 22:38, Dec 5, 2004 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Forgotten Realms

Invitation to the Forgotten Realms project


We are working on a Forgotten Realms Project to map Toril (mostly Faerûn, at the present). Since you contributed quite a lot on a Forgotten Realms-specific entry, I'd like to invite you to join the project, so we could improve the “Mapping the Realms” project.

The goal is to create a sort of World Factbook for the Realms. This means:

  • A consistent content
  • Use of templates
  • Entries should be limited to “sovereign places”: states and free cities, as well a moderately-inhabited place such as the Western Highlands.

On top of this, we also plan to cover Lost Empires, such as Pelvuria or Imaskar and, of course, Netheril

Main contributors are presently

If you know some other person who would be interested, feel free to forward the invitation!

Feel free to take a look. We hope to see you soon mapping the Realms with us! Reply to David Latapie 12:52, 8 December 2005 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Universities


The WikiProject Universities Newsletter: Issue I (September 2007)

The September 2007 issue of the WikiProject Universities newsletter has been published. You may read the newsletter, change the format in which future issues will be delivered to you, or unsubscribe from this notification by following the link. Thank you for your continued support of WikiProject Universities! -- Noetic Sage 19:39, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

University people categories

Alumni lists: Please note that I have copied the discussion on lists/categories for university people from the Categories for deletion page to Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Universities and added a few notes and questions. / u◦p◦p◦l◦a◦n◦d 08:15, 29 Nov 2004 (UTC)

There is now a new such category (University of Exeter) and an old but lightly populated one has resurfaced. See Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Universities. / u◦p◦p◦l◦a◦n◦d 06:08, 6 Dec 2004 (UTC)

University people categories

Please note that I reopened this discussion on Wikipedia:Categories for deletion. / u◦p◦p◦l◦a◦n◦d 06:34, 20 Feb 2005 (UTC)

William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

Putnam page minor edit: Sorry about that. I didn't remove any text, and I figured the few lines I put in were relatively minor. I do thank you for your work maintaining that page. Jonpin 20:05, Dec 12, 2004 (UTC)


Added notice. Sorry for the late reply. Havok 29 June 2005 18:52 (UTC)

Then it's best if it's removed. I've had in on my computer for a considerable amount of time, and don't remember the exact source of it. Gomen. Havok 30 June 2005 09:32 (UTC)

Cool. Nice edits btw. ;) Havok 30 June 2005 21:41 (UTC)

Further discussion moved to Talk:X-Mansion.Lowellian



Well, after thinking about it, movement of the horse according to the rule you provided does make more sense. If a piece on the first point blocks the way, then why shouldn't the second block the way as well.

However, I grew up playing with the rule stated earlier by me, and when i was young i was back in a country where xiangqi is the favorite passtime for elementary students to adults alike.

Maybe i'll look into that matter more later. LG-犬夜叉 03:09, Feb 24, 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for writing and revising the xiangqi article and for your dedication to Wiki, Lowellian! Flcelloguy 20:00, 6 Jun 2005 (UTC)


[Prodwarning on Yollotl]. GunnarRene 15:01, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

I agree that the redirect now makes sense. Thanks. --GunnarRene 23:31, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

Current comments (in chronological order from least to most recent)

Please leave new comments below this Current comments section. I will generally post my responses on your Talk page. If you want me to respond quickly, it is best to post your responses on my Talk page. If you wish to communicate with me privately, please use Wikipedia email, and also leave a note here on this Talk page to let me know that I should check my email. Also, please do not ask me about my personal life, which I keep separate from Wikipedia. Thanks. —Lowellian

Wheat flour

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Miscellaneous/2008 February 26#Wheat flour.Lowellian


Hi, in this edit [8] where you added the section on James Cook, it is a tad unclear. You wrote that he died before he could complete his last circumnavigation. Does this mean he died before finishing a 4th one? Or did he die before completing his 3rd? Perhaps you can clarify the wording here. Thanks! Russeasby (talk) 18:44, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

Then he didnt actually make 3 circumnavigations? Russeasby (talk) 01:18, 13 May 2008 (UTC)
The reason magellan is considered to have circumnavigated is because on previous voyages he had completeted what would have been the final legs of his last voyage. He did literally sail around the entire globe himself, just not in a single ship or voyage. When he died he had already completed a circumnavigation, he is not credited due to the fact the crew completed the trip, but because he himself did circumnavigate. I admit it is slightly greyish, but it does not appear to be the same case as with Cook? I am not trying to challenge the claim, I dont know enough about Cook to do that, but simply raising a question. Russeasby (talk) 12:42, 14 May 2008 (UTC)
Hey, thanks, appreciate it! Sorry for being so nitpicky. Russeasby (talk) 16:31, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

Bob Shrum page

Hi; I spruced up the Bob Shrum page, which I think you started. If you have a second, let me know what you think... Gacggt (talk) 21:16, 24 May 2008 (UTC)


Do you know what is the history of Karambit i.e. from which century it was introduced? What is the history of its origin. The article does not have any information on this. Can you please add a separate section titled "Origin and History" is this article. Otolemur crassicaudatus (talk) 07:56, 27 May 2008 (UTC)


Adding content without citing a reliable source, as you did to Source, is not consistent with our policy of verifiability. If you are familiar with Wikipedia:Citing sources, please take this opportunity to add references to the article. Thank you. I can't find a source for the application of source to lakes. Do you have one? Dicklyon (talk) 04:31, 29 May 2008 (UTC)


Hi, I don't understand why you deleted Tangjiashan, which I created as a redirect page, and just one minute later re-created it as a main page. Why not just directly change it to a main page to keep my edit history? Please respect other editors' contributions and be cautious to delete pages. Usually a lake's name can be a redirect to the lake's own page unless there are other articles sharing this name. Actually if Tangjiashan refers to a mountain, it should be named as Tangjia Mountains or Mount Tangjia according to Wikipedia:Naming conventions (Chinese). Tangjiashan itself cannot be directly the title of the mountain or the lake. Now it should be a disambiguation page. Thanks. --Neo-Jay (talk) 05:38, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

Sorry about that. What happened was that I saw the redirect and considered it inappropriate, because Tangjiashan is not Tangjiashan Lake, and your redirect was misleading in that it implied that Tangjiashan was Tangjiashan Lake, which is not true. I felt it was important that we have an article on the subject of Tangjiashan, and deleting the redirect creates a redlink that encourages someone else more knowledgeable about that mountain than me to go ahead and create an article on that subject.
Right after I did the deletion, I decided I might as well start that article so that someone else can expand it. Then I got distracted and simply forgot to undelete the original first edit. Sorry about that! I've restored your original redirect edit.
Lowellian (reply) 07:54, 30 May 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply. But, as I said, Tangjiashan is the lake's name. It can refer to both the mountain and the lake just as Huangshan can refer to both Huangshan Mountains and Huangshan City (although Huangshan originally refers to the mountain and the city is named after the mountain). Yellowstone is also not Yellowstone Lake, but Yellowstone Lake appears in Yellowstone (disambiguation). That implies that readers often just search for the lake's name and omit the word Lake. Creating Tangjiashan as a redirect to Tangjiashan Lake is useful and not misleading especially when there is no other article under the same title. Even when Tangjiashan was established as a page for the mountain, it's still necessary to add disambiguation link to Tangjiashan Lake. More importantly, Tangjiashan is not the proper title for the mountain. As I pointed it out, this mountain should be titled as Mount Tangjia or Tangjia Mountains according to Wikipedia:Naming conventions (Chinese). Shan () means mountain in Chinese language. Tangjiashan literally means a mountain named Tangjia. Accurately speaking, Tangjiashan is the lake's name and Tangjia is the mountain's name. Therefore the mountain should be moved to its proper title and Tangjiashan should be changed to a disambiguation page. Then I will create Tangjia as a redirect page to the mountain. Please don't delete it again on the ground that Tangjia () literally means Tang family and a redirect to the mountain is misleading in that it implies that Tangjia is Tangjia Mountain. Thank you. --Neo-Jay (talk) 21:43, 30 May 2008 (UTC)
Sure, all this sounds fine to me. :) —Lowellian (reply) 21:57, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

Threshing and winnowing?

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2008 June 7#Threshing and winnowing?.Lowellian

Copied from WP:RD (edit your own talk page as you please)

In agriculture, what is the relationship between the activities of threshing and winnowing? What I mean is, are they:

  • exclusive either-or activities, two different ways of accomplishing the same purpose (that is, if you thresh, you do not need to winnow, or if you winnow, you do not need to thresh) OR
  • both required activities that do not accomplish the same purpose (and if this is the case, does threshing have to come before winnowing, or winnowing after threshing, or does the order not matter?)

Lowellian (reply) 01:49, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

The latter (and the former). Threshing means bashing the grains to get the chaff (seed-coats, bran) off the grain (what later gets ground up into flour). Winnowing means throwing the resulting mixture (separated, but still mixed in a heap) into the wind or water, to make a bunch of chaff floating away on the wind or water, and a heap of grain sinking in the wind or water. I'm guessing the confusion arises from modern-tech agricultural combines that do both jobs with one vehicle. --arkuat (talk) 06:45, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

Chinese Written Standards

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Language/2008 June 9#Chinese Written Standards.Lowellian

You're right. My question is, as leading from my reply with chinese characters, is maybe Shanghainese or Hakka has these written orthographies. Could you list them? (talk) 21:01, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

I strongly suspect this is also the case for all the other major Chinese dialects, including Shanghainese, Hunanese, etc.....

Lowellian (reply) 00:55, 10 June 2008 (UTC),

What are the other major Chinese dialects? Is there any way to get all those characters? (talk) 01:01, 10 June 2008 (UTC) (talk) 01:01, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
I know probably the greatest standardized source of Cantonese characters are in the scripts of Cantonese operatists. Are there any other corpora for for any dialects? Thanks. (talk) 01:24, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Russian language

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Language/2008 June 6#Russian questions.Lowellian

Hey, isn't that what the Reference Desk is supposed to be for? :) You are very welcome, and please don't hesitate to contact me directly if you have any similar questions in future. Cheers,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); 12:59, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Seven Seas

What makes you think that the Indian Ocean is one of the Seven Seas (per your 14 June 2005 edits)? And what is a definition of Seven Seas that would include the Indian Ocean and only 6 other seas? - Shaheenjim (talk) 16:26, 10 June 2008 (UTC)


When you get a chance, would you mind stopping over there and taking a look at my recent trimming? Article is still problematic in terms of lack of RS and original sources. I've removed things that make claims to facts (her nationality, etc), but have allowed the "youtube research" to stay. Someone suggested an AfD for her, which I think would be wrong, her notability likely warrants the article, I'm just surprised at the lack of reliable information. If you want, make comments directly to Magibon Talk, we are already discussing some of the issues there. Thanks. Gwynand | TalkContribs 15:55, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

Category sort

I have made a small change on your userpage ,so that the category is sorted properly instead of "U" for "User:" . Hope you won't mind. :) -- Tinu Cherian - 07:52, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

Names of angels in Hebrew

I have some advice if your Language Ref Desk query doesn't yield responses:

  • Note this point on the Talk page of each article in question (if you haven't done so already). This will attract the attention of editors who are watching that page and have an interest in and/or access to suitable resources for adding content.
  • (More labor-intensive:) Look at the edit history of the pages you cited as examples, find out which editors added the Hebrew, and contact them by leaving a message on their talk pages or send an e-mail message, explaining your request. I've done this with fairly obscure topics and have succeeded in some cases.

Good luck, and thanks for your interest in improving pages. -- Deborahjay (talk) 05:17, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

The angles' names you've indicated are from a hebrew origin, yet not being recognized as names in the jewish tradition (except for Sandalphon, recognized as an angle's name in the jewish tradition, yet not being from a hebrew origin). Here are the translations into hebrew:
  • Sandalphon: סנדלפון
  • Azrael = עזראל
  • Israfel = ישרפאל
  • Uzziel = עוזיאל
  • Son of = Ben. e.g Davidson = Ben David (so in hebrew it's a prefix rather than a suffix).
Hope it helps.
Eliko (talk) 22:06, 27 July 2008 (UTC)
Thank you for answering my questions about Hebrew versions of the angel names! I had been starting to worry that no one was going to answer, but you stepped up to the plate. :) However, could I please ask clarification on a couple of the answers?
First, on Talk:Azrael, User:Ninth Scribe wrote that Azrael is עזריאל, "with no exceptions," which differs from the version you gave, עזראל, by the letter י. So is there or is there not a yod in "Azrael"?
Second, shin has two phonemes, (in IPA) /s/ or /ʃ/, so which of those two ways is the ש in ישרפאל (Israfel) pronounced?
Lowellian (reply) 03:46, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
As to your first question: I'll give you the facts all, so that you can make the decision by youself:
  1. Azriel is translitrated into Hebrew: עזריאל (with no exceptions).
  2. Azrael is transliterated into Hebrew: עזראל (with no exceptions).
  3. Undoubtedly, both Azrael and Azriel derive from Hebrew, and have the same meaning in (archaic or classic) Hebrew.
  4. Azrael has never been recognized as a name in the hebraic tradition.
  5. Azrael does have a meaning in (archaic) Hebrew (in spite of the foregoing fact, no. 4).
  6. Azriel is a well known name in the hebraic tradition (note that it's just a name, not an angle's name).
You see? Six confusing facts, which enforces you to make the decision by youself!
As to your second question: the ש in ישרפאל is pronounced: s. The word is a combination of two words:
  • ישרפ (generally pronounced in Hebrew: "yisrof", although it may have been pronounced: "yisraf" in archaic Hebrew, i.e. similar to the pronunciation in the arabic angle's name), which means in classic Hebrew (being the original language from which the word derives): "burns (something)", or: "(is) burning (something)";
  • אל (pronounced: "el"), which means "a god" or "God".
So ישרפאל means in classic Hebrew: the burning god (i.e. the god who is burning), or: the god who burns. Note that the verb: "to burn", as well as: "to be burning", should be interpreted here as transitive, i.e. "to burn (something)", "to be burning (something)", so the name is to mean (in Hebrew) something like: the god who burns his surroundings (etc.).
Hope it helps.
Eliko (talk) 07:37, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
Ah, that answers my questions. Thank you for your detailed answers; I appreciate them! :) —Lowellian (reply) 14:32, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
You're welcome. Eliko (talk) 17:58, 28 July 2008 (UTC)

Cell phone radiation

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2008 August 2#Body part focus of cell phone health studies and Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2008 September 24#Cell phone radiation and hard drives.Lowellian

Ho Yinsen

Discussion moved to Talk:Ho Yinsen.Lowellian

User:Shell Kinney

What happened in this edit [9] of yours? Your edit summary was "Reverted 1 edit by identified as vandalism to last revision by Phatom87. (TW)", but you did not revert to the last revision by Phatom87 [10]; instead, you ended up deleting much of the page. I don't use Twinkle so I don't know if it's a problem with that software, but if it's a problem with Twinkle, you should report the bug to the tool coder. If it's not a problem with Twinkle, try to be more careful (no big deal, though, everybody makes mistakes once in a while when editing quickly). —Lowellian (reply) 05:49, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Holy cow, that's definitely a Twinkle issue - I must have missed it because I had the ip page pop up for a warning. Thanks for catching that and letting me know! Shell babelfish 05:53, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Seven Seas 2 (Eight Seas?)

Note today's update to Talk:Seven_Seas#True_Seven_Seas. - Shaheenjim (talk) 04:16, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

Alcohol-and-cigarette-based human combustion

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2008 August 25#Alcohol-and-cigarette-based human combustion.Lowellian


See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2008 August 26#Maglev.Lowellian


Hi there,

I have some reservations about your recent edits to Shock related articles. From a medical standpoint (certainly in my experience), the acute stress reaction, which you've now renamed 'Shock (psychological)' isn't shock, and a lot of people spend a lot of time trying to get this across. Whilst I appreciate your argument about common names, that doesn't apply when a term isn't accurate or when professional opinion is against it. Do you have any references (as per WP:CITE and WP:V) to support this move? If not, I think we'll have to move it back, although I have no problem in strengthening the explanation of the link at the top of the page.

Regards, OwainDavies (about)(talk) edited at 18:09, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Okay. I don't object to leave shock (psychological) at acute stress reaction. —Lowellian (reply) 21:46, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Hello, I was trying to follow the chain of moves in the Shock articles. I think you moved shock (medical) to shock (physiological) and then on to Shock (circulatory); I think shock (medical) was then changed to point to shock, which is a dab page. WP:DPL tries to minimise the links to dab pages by relinking to the desired destination; would it be appropriate, broadly at least, to take the old links into shock (medical) and revise them to shock (circulatory)? Regards, --AndrewHowse (talk) 00:27, 8 September 2008 (UTC)


Please see my reply to your comments at Talk:Longwave#Longwave_or_long_wave (and reply there, so other page editors can see it). TIA. --Harumphy (talk) 13:43, 12 September 2008 (UTC)


See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2008 September 11#Disadvantages of needleguns.Lowellian

Proposed deletion of Infinity Gems

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Japanese honorific -kakka

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Language/2008 September 21#Japanese honorific -kakka.Lowellian

D&D articles for Wikipedia 0.7

Hi there!  :)

As someone who's worked on D&D and/or RPG articles before, I'm inviting you to participate in our goal to both improve articles that have been selected to be placed in the next Wikipedia DVD release, as well as nominate more to be selected for this project. Please see the WikiProject D&D talk page for more details. :) BOZ (talk) 19:39, 25 September 2008 (UTC)

Flatbed scanners

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2008 September 29#Flatbed scanner covers.Lowellian

Electrical power consumption

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2008 September 30#Power consumption vs. hour of day.Lowellian

Media mail

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Miscellaneous/2008 October 7#Media mail.Lowellian

RfD nomination of Wikimoney

I have nominated Template:La for discussion. Your opinions on the matter are welcome; please participate in the discussion by adding your comments at the discussion page. Thank you. MBisanz talk 01:08, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

Nine Seas

The article on Seven Seas used to say that they included the Arabian Sea, but not the Indian Ocean. Then you added the Indian Ocean to the list. Then I edited it to clarify that it includes the Indian Ocean OR the Arabian Sea (which is part of the Indian Ocean), but not both. Recently someone edited it again to say that it always includes the Arabian Sea (which is part of the Indian Ocean), but not all of the Indian Ocean. Are you ok with that? - Shaheenjim (talk) 02:56, 26 October 2008 (UTC)


See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2008 November 29#Cost of an additional degree of heating.Lowellian

Third derivative

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Mathematics/2008 November 30#Third derivative.Lowellian


It appears you posted a permanent redirect from SKYROOF to SUNROOF on 7/4/08. Such a redirect promulgates TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT by individuals who will be led to believe that the term SKYROOF and SUNROOF are interchangable. I sent you a PRIVATE EMAIL email with additional details to review and discuss. Thank You.SunroofGuy —Preceding undated comment was added at 15:49, 4 December 2008 (UTC).

Hi Lowellian! I've also been sent a similar message (I assume), and as I'm online now I'll get back to the user about this, and explain what has happened and why. :-) Regards Stwalkerstertalk ] 16:41, 4 December 2008 (UTC)

RfD nomination of Skyroof

I have nominated Template:La for discussion. Your opinions on the matter are welcome; please participate in the discussion by adding your comments at the discussion page. Thank you. Ten Pound Hammer and his otters • (Broken clamshellsOtter chirpsHELP) 18:42, 4 December 2008 (UTC)

Skyroof Re-deletion

I've gone ahead and re-deleted the skyroof redirect as a courtesy deletion. Based upon discussions with SunroofGuy, I believe this is the best solution. As the term is non-notable, this doesn't seem to be worth arguing about and there is some basis behind his complaint. I left the page fully protected against recreation. Since your main concern appeared to be the recreation, this seemed an adequate compromise. Let me know if you have any concerns. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 02:58, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

Greek harvest

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Language/2009 January 19#Greek harvest.Lowellian

Drizzt Do'Urden

Hello. :) Since you have been involved in editing the article Drizzt Do'Urden, I wanted to let you know that we have nominated the article for "Good Article" status. You can view the review page, and if there is anything you can do to make the article better, please do so. :) BOZ (talk) 20:13, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

Award from: Article Rescue Squadron's Hall of Fame

Congratulations, you have been inducted into the Article Rescue Squadron's Hall of Fame

See the new little Life Preserver at the top of your page?


Feel free to add more articles saved awards to your page, and to award other people this award too, for saving articles from deletion on Wikipedia. Ikip (talk) 16:16, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

Leave a message

your talk page is rather long, may I suggest the following at the top of both your talk and userpage?:



Best wishes. Ikip (talk) 16:18, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

Artificial nails

I didn't redirect to Manicure. I redirected to the section of the Manicure page which discusses artificial nails. What a concept. AnyPerson (talk) 05:58, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

The article is, however, utterly unsourced. AnyPerson (talk) 21:17, 1 February 2009 (UTC)


Hello. :) Since you have been involved in editing the article Spider-Man, I wanted to let you know that we have nominated the article for "Good Article" status. You can view the review page, and if there is anything you can do to make the article better, please do so. :) There are a number of concerns to be addressed and some work to be done, so pitch in if you are able, make any suggestions that you think might be helpful, or at least just be there for moral support. :) BOZ (talk) 00:45, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Template Undated

Hi Lowellian, I believe you're the creator of this template. Can the template show different outputs depending on whether it is a date or a time? You can answer on Template talk:Undated#Incorrect grammar. Jay (talk) 04:40, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

File:MagicCardsForDemonstratingExpansionSymbol.jpg listed for deletion

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Wikipedia Account Deletion

Hi, I would like to know how to go about deleting my account. I will no longer be participating in this site and wish to have all info associated with my Username deleted. I have done some searching but cannot seem to find any info on how to deleted a Wikipedia account?! Thanks. HeMan5 (talk) 18:23, 23 March 2009 (UTC)

Hi, According to Wiki policy, my Talk page can be deleted, so how do I go about getting it deleted?! I have had enough of this stupid site and no longer wish to participate. I want my talk page deleted and account closed to ensure that no one else can login under my username. HeMan5 (talk) 02:24, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
Lowellian, you may want to know about Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents#User:HeMan5 on an extreme WP:POINT vandalism spree before answering. -- Collectonian (talk · contribs) 02:36, 24 March 2009 (UTC)


Hey there. :) In my quest to get more Wikipedia articles up to "Good Article" status, I've gotten ambitious and decided to take on the Drow article. Yeah, call me crazy, but I'm going to do it. :) I've put a bunch of work into the AD&D 1st edition section, using the sources I had on hand (don't have Q1 so did what I could), though I probably went overboard and will need to trim back a bit. I'm going to start on the 2nd edition section soon, but I would appreciate any help you or anyone you know can give towards building up the publication history properly, finding sources, checking for inaccuracies and completeness, etc. I'd especially need help in bulking up the novels section, as I don't have any of these. Any help you can give, even as a cheering section, would be appreciated. :)

We can get this done... if you haven't seen what we've done already, previous successes include Dragonlance, Drizzt Do'Urden, Dwellers of the Forbidden City, Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, Forgotten Realms, Gary Gygax, Planescape: Torment, The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, Tomb of Horrors, White Plume Mountain, and Wizards of the Coast. :) BOZ (talk) 03:24, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

DYK for Larry Scott (sports administrator)

Updated DYK query On April 9, 2009, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Larry Scott (sports administrator), which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.
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See T:DYK diff.Lowellian

Ticket to Ride

Discussion moved to Talk:Ticket to Ride/Talk:Ticket to Ride (disambiguation).Lowellian

Nuvola apps important.svg Please stop. If you continue to create malicious redirects, you will be blocked from editing. No I don't think this warning is too severe. Bearing in mind that TWO editors have already complained I think it would have been preferable to at least get a concensus before reverting. --Richhoncho (talk) 22:00, 19 April 2009 (UTC)

Please assume good faith. An accusation of malicious intent and a threat of blocking is way over the line for a single revert. Moreover, I explained my actions and started a discussion on Talk:Ticket to Ride/Talk:Ticket to Ride (disambiguation) before I made the revert. —Lowellian (reply) 22:03, 19 April 2009 (UTC)

... but you did the revert over the known objections of two editors and with no comments from other editors, no attempt to seek consensus. You acted hastily. I've asked for an administrator to undo what you have done. I hope you will participate in a discussion about this before you revert it again. — John Cardinal (talk) 23:56, 19 April 2009 (UTC)

I reverted once because you reverted me without giving any evidence of the Beatles song being the primary topic, whereas I did have evidence that it was not. 2-to-1 is far too small a sample size for you to claim any sort of consensus. I am not going to move again without more discussion. And again, threatening blocking for a single revert was way excessive and not supported by Wikipedia policy. —Lowellian (reply) 04:07, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

I didn't threaten anything. I asked you politely to seek consensus, and you ignored it. — John Cardinal (talk) 12:23, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

I never said you (User:John Cardinal) threatened anything. However, look above: another user, User:Richhoncho, threatened to block me. —Lowellian (reply) 15:15, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

I threatened. I admit it. I was mightly p*ssed off with your "I am right, you are wrong" attitude. Your ignoring, not mine, not John Cardinal's edits, but another admin who obviously concurred with the two of us. WP is supposed to be built on concensus, editors working together etc etc etc. Obviously not in the case with anonymous users and User:Lowellian. As an admin you should be ashamed of yourself. End of story. --Richhoncho (talk) 16:49, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

I have nothing to be ashamed about. I made a single revert that I accompanied with an explanation on the article talk page. A single revert with an explanation that presents new evidence is a natural and accepted part of Wikipedia editing in general. Among Wikipedia's core principles is, if an editor sees something that the editor thinks should be fixed, the editor should make the change, and explain the change if other users might object. You could have just made a counterargument on the article's discussion page and then reverted the change without coming to my user talk page to threaten to block me. The other admin did not comment on the matter and was just responding to a request from you. Blocking is for cases of edit warring or repeated reversion (see WP:3RR). A single revert, with an explanation that presents new evidence, does not an edit war make. The accusation of maliciousness and the threat to block me was premature and uncivil and assumed bad faith. —Lowellian (reply) 17:01, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

Articles for deletion nomination of Hollywood marriage

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Fungi-related food questions

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2009 July 4#Fungi-related food questions.Lowellian

ProsperAr - Check article

Dear Mr Lowellian Please check your wikipedia e-mail account regarding Mrs. María Beatriz Nofal´s article. Best Regards, —Preceding unsigned comment added by ProsperAr (talkcontribs) 15:20, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

Orange Bowl

You forgot to move a bunch of the talk pages when you moved Orange Bowl to Orange Bowl (disambiguation) and then moved Orange Bowl (game) to Orange Bowl, leaving Talk:Orange Bowl (game). For whatever reason Talk:Orange Bowl is a redirect to Talk:Orange Bowl (disambiguation).—Ryūlóng (竜龙) 18:13, 14 October 2009 (UTC)

It's all been fixed now.—Ryūlóng (竜龙) 23:38, 14 October 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for your recent changes!

Thanks for your recent edits!! - You helped the world today in some way... maybe a little bit, but wrong is doing nothing at all. (talk) 01:52, 31 October 2009 (UTC)

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See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Entertainment/2009 December 6#New York and college football and WT:CFB#New York and college football.Lowellian

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2009 December 6#Why aren't rugby players overwhelmed with injuries?.Lowellian

Burns and clothing

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2009 December 6#Burns and clothing vs. bare skin.Lowellian

Electrical sockets and knives

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2009 December 6#Knives and electrical sockets.Lowellian


See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2009 December 24#Returning isolated human and immunity.Lowellian

Marine life and decompression sickness

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2009 December 25#Marine life and decompression sickness.Lowellian

Heating and water

See Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Science/2010 January 6#Sound of sloshing water in home heating system.Lowellian

Television ratings

You seem to know how to find ratings. Do you know how I can find ratings for the five episodes of Million Dollar Challenge (poker)?--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 07:47, 11 January 2010 (UTC)

Medici bank

You know, there was really no need to move it. It was lower-cased because the topic discussed was not any particular legal corporation - none of the Medici branches was named just 'the Medici Bank' so far as I know - but rather a motly collection of shifting entities over the decades/centuries. So one can speak of the Medici bank but not the Medici Bank, if you follow me. eg. see the hits in Google books . --Gwern (contribs) 20:24 13 January 2010 (GMT)

While the Medici Bank may not have been a legally incorporated entity in the modern sense, many modern historians refer to it as a proper noun entity; indeed, many of the sources in the Google Books link you gave do capitalize "Medici Bank" (even in plain prose, outside book titles). Moreover, the majority of the text of the article itself capitalizes "Medici Bank"; the page title of the article should be consistent with the text within the article. —Lowellian (reply) 20:51, 13 January 2010 (UTC)


Template:Talkback Thank you for being patient with me. I hope this is a good compromise : ). Tim1357 (talk) 03:04, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

Template:Tick I replied again. Tim1357 (talk) 23:15, 23 January 2010 (UTC)

Kristian Ayre

Hi. Can you offer your opinion in this discussion? Thanks. Nightscream (talk) 23:52, 25 January 2010 (UTC)

Talk:Victoria's Secret Fashion Show/GA1

Since you have contributed greatly to the article, I am letting you know that I have received WP:GAC feedback at Talk:Victoria's Secret Fashion Show/GA1. Feel free to get involved in the discussion.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 05:39, 27 February 2010 (UTC)


I replied here. Thanks! Plastikspork ―Œ(talk) 17:12, 20 March 2010 (UTC)


Thanks for helping this article attain and retain its WP:GA status.Template:User Good Article--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 21:04, 9 April 2010 (UTC)

plurality of Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions

Regarding the singular vs. plural point you made on Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, you'll notice in Elliot's Debates that the plural is used for Virginia's Resolutions. Each paragraph is a "resolution"—this is especially clear in the subtitle of the Kentucky Resolutions. Furthermore, in the first sentence of an address that accompanied the Virginia resolutions, the majority specifically refers to "resolutions" (see s:Virginia Resolutions of 1798/Address), as do the states who respond (Delaware, Rhode Island, etc.). There's also a book called "Kentucky Resolutions of 1798", and an 1899 scholarly article refers to the "Virginia Resolutions" at the bottom of page 51. If you don't mind, I'd like to make the WP article consistent with this standard. --Spangineerws (háblame) 23:11, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

Interesting. Do you remember if your source also referred to a Kentucky Resolution of 1798 and a Kentucky Resolution of 1799, or was it just Virginia's that was singular? In any case, it seems unlikely to me that both Elliot and Anderson (1899) would have purposefully changed all the contemporary texts to adapt to this standard. Elliot quotes a number of state responses (as I mentioned), as well as the report of the majority, and Madison's report, and all of them refer to the Virginia Resolutions. And Anderson, for example, quotes the primary sources of the state responses in s:Contemporary_Opinion_of_the_Virginia_and_Kentucky_Resolutions/Appendix, and in all cases the wording is the "resolutions" of Virginia (reply of Maryland, reply of Penn., and reply of the minority of Vermont).
I've been studying this topic for a number of months now, but don't remember having come across this anywhere else besides the WP article. If you remember anything about your sources, please let me know; I've confined my research primarily to public domain works (for Wikisource) and perhaps the distinction is addressed in more recent works? I'm not sure what to make of it. --Spangineerws (háblame) 03:49, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

Terese Nielsen


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Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships

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The Cape

Hi, now that The Cape is a disambig page, could you help fix the links that need re-pointing per WP:FIXDABLINKS? Thanks, The Cape

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Audio theatre an article to audio dramas

Please if you have time and you know anything to it (I have seen that you have made edits in the article area which owns relations on it --- You have made the article Batman Knightfall) , please look on the article Audio theatre, somebody placed a erase discussion on it. after we have had a merge discussion. It would be interesting what you would say to the merge and the delete discussion. )-: --Soenke Rahn (talk) 02:45, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

Unintended consequences

Hi Lowellian. Back in May, you reverted a change in the title of this article. However, your revert was against the consensus on the talk page. Would you mind undoing your revert, without the caps in the new title ("Law of unintended consequences"), since administrator action is now required to do this. Otherwise, please discuss the matter on the talk page. Thanks. --Epipelagic (talk) 00:16, 27 December 2010 (UTC)


Categories for discussion nomination of Category:YouTube video producers

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Smallville season 10 airdates

If you disagree so passionately, then please come to the talk page and discuss it. I initially put up a template warning because I didn't realize that you were a seasoned editor (the "This user is an Administrator alerted me to it when I was saving the message). As a season editor, and an administrator, I would expect that you would be aware of when WP:BRD should be put into place. I understand why you keep reverting, but since there is clearly a disagreement I would ask that you simply bring it up on the talk page.  BIGNOLE  (Contact me) 23:11, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

My original additions, which I thought were common sense corrections to an article that omitted fairly obvious information, were reverted without discussion on the talk page and with only comments in the edit summaries, so I likewise responded via edit summaries, detailed ones explaining my reasoning therein. Furthermore, I attempted to compromise by searching for and adding citations. I do not care enough about this issue (this was never a big deal to me; this started as a casual addition while I was browsing through Wikipedia to an article and topic which I do not regularly edit) to continue pursuing it; I concede, and will agree to let the article stay in its incomplete state, though I disagree with it. In any case, the question will be moot in a few weeks, as the episodes air. —Lowellian (reply) 00:00, 21 March 2011 (UTC)

Anthony Weiner sexting scandal

Hi Lowellian,

Thanks for your attention on the Anthony Weiner item. However, I strongly disagree with your position--PROD status does not impact whether something is speediable or not. I restored the history and temporarily protected the redirect per a discussion on my talk page, and I wish you had contacted me before undoing my admin actions. --jonny-mt 00:30, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

The PROD template clearly states that "You may remove this message if you improve the article or otherwise object to deletion for any reason. However please explain why you object to the deletion, either in your edit summary or on the talk page. If this template is removed, it should not be replaced." The implication of the template not being replaceable is also that, if the template is removed, the article is not readily deletable without first seeking consensus. Speedy deletion is for uncontroversial deletions, and the deletion of that article was unmistakably controversial, with statements of both support for deletion and opposition to deletion from multiple users. The PROD was disputed and the template removed by another user (User:Wikipedical), so at that point, with no clear consensus to delete, further action to delete the article should have been through AFD. Redirecting the article was an effective unilateral deletion without due process and enforcing that effective no-process deletion by protecting the redirect was an abuse of admin powers, one that you did not reverse even after protest from yet another user (User:Joseph A. Spadaro). The admin action was wrong, and as such, I reversed it and left notes on both Talk:Anthony Weiner and Talk:Anthony Weiner photo scandal. —Lowellian (reply) 01:29, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

Hi please follow WP:brd and move to discussion, thanks Off2riorob (talk) 13:07, 11 June 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia:China-related topics notice board/ZHCOTM

Hi, I have reactivated this after some discussion on collaborative editing on wikipedia. My idea is to give it a few months and see if it works out. If not, so be it, but might generate more discussion. I note you were interested many moons ago..Cheers, Casliber (talk · contribs) 21:21, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

Nomination of Gya for deletion

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regarding your moving The Firm

About your moving of The Firm from its year disambiguation, your own moves demonstrated exactly what disambiguating by year is to avoid. Fights over "U.S. TV series" or "Canadian TV series". Set in the US and based on the work of an American novelist. Actually made in Canada with many Canadian cast members and made by Canadian companies (E1, Shaw) with token involvement from the US companies (Paramount) who own the rights to the original work. Commissioned by American company (Sony) for their channel in ROW. Massive American media with 'billions of sources' that inherently call nigh everything American. Microscopic Canadian media that often label domestic productions as originals of the US broadcaster who bought the rights simply because that is what everything they read said it is. Queer As Folk, Being Human, Skins, and a couple of others have had big issue with this. I personally have been told to concede to such things as Montreal not being in Canada and that volume of sources trumps accuracy of source. Each one of those shows is made in Canada for Canadian television and might have some involvement from a US production company or not and might have a US cast member or not but they are all set in the US. The show Falcon Beach even had alternate takes edited in any time a location was mentioned so that American viewers on ABC Family were sheltered from the show's Canadian origin in obscure Winnipeg. Due to that some insisted the show is American. To avoid fights with too many people i have come to disambiguate such shows by year because that is less egregious than having a Canadian show labelled as American simply because it was on a US channel for 6 weeks in its first season. And in the case of The Firm the American broadcaster was the last one to come to the party and they got a cheap price for it because it is generally really embarrassing to set a show in the US and end up without a US broadcaster for it. That is why the mini-series The Kennedys ended up on reelzchannel and the Canadian première in March of last year was cancelled in favour of the US premiere in April. To get a show sold to a US broadcaster Shaw will be very flexible. Once a US broadcaster has been secured Shaw doesn't bind themselves to whatever the US broadcaster does, unlike some other Canadian broadcasters. That ep of Combat Hospital that was unaired in the US but which was shown in Canada. Keeping The Firm on Thursdays on Global and repeating on Fridays and Saturdays on Showcase when NBC moves it to Saturdays. Showing NCIS a day ahead of CBS due to time slot conflict with glee Tuesdays at 8pm. I don't know how much you follow Canadian television but going with a national disambiguation opens a pretty hostile 'can of worms' for a show like The Firm. delirious & lost~hugs~ 14:08, 10 February 2012 (UTC)

As I stated in my edit summary, I am following the Wikipedia naming convention at WP:TV-NAME, which says to disambiguate first by country, and the infobox in the article states that the country of origin is Canada. That is all; I have no particular personal opinion on the issue. If you have an issue with the naming convention, you should raise the issue on the talk pages for WP:TV and WP:TV-NAME. —Lowellian (reply) 00:30, 11 February 2012 (UTC)
As you seem to not notice, disambiguating multi-national television productions by country of origin is fundamentally flawed. Congratulations for starting the fight all of us were quite happy to not have. delirious & lost~hugs~ 17:13, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
Can you please stop spamming my talk page with massive quotes. If the conversation started HERE then HERE is where i look for YOUR RESPONSE. delirious & lost~hugs~ 10:35, 23 February 2012 (UTC)


I'm not sure why you moved Risks to civilization, humans and planet Earth. The usual practice with articles that started with British English variations is to leave them in that form. In Britain, the so-called Oxford comma or serial comma is not commonly used. I don't really care one way or another, but I thought you might have seen it as a mistake rather than a legitimate alternative.   Will Beback  talk  04:04, 11 February 2012 (UTC)



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Hello. Did you want to ask me something? —Lowellian (reply) 21:34, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

The Firm

I notice you moved The Firm (2012 TV series) to The Firm (U.S. TV series) then to The Firm (Canadian TV series). Why did you do that? I don't want to have the article take a side; I'd rather have it 2012. (talk) 00:30, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

As I stated in my edit summary, I am following the Wikipedia naming convention at WP:TV-NAME, which says to disambiguate first by country, and the infobox in the article states that the country of origin is Canada. —Lowellian (reply) 00:59, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
Well, it air in more than one country, so why don't you change it back to 2012 TV series? (talk) 02:01, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
Most TV shows air in more than one country, and the naming convention says to disambiguate first by country of origin. —Lowellian (reply) 02:26, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
It began in the U.S. and Canada on the same day, so why don't you just do it by year? (talk) 03:03, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
Because the naming convention says to do it by country. —Lowellian (reply) 04:23, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
I told you the country of origin was both the U.S. and Canada at the same time! On WP:TV-NAME, first it says go by country. The series originated in both the U.S. and Canada at the same time, so then we go by year. If the series gets canceled in the U.S. but renewed in Canada, then you can make separate articles (same vice-versa), but that didn't happen yet. So, for now, it should be by year. (talk) 13:49, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
The country of origin is not both U.S. and Canada. The country of origin is the country that produced the show: in this case, Canada. Many television series start airing in multiple countries on the same date (this happens frequently with series from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. because of the shared English language); that does not change that they have a specific country of origin. —Lowellian (reply) 17:12, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Television series disambiguation

Hello. I have been swayed by User:Deliriousandlost's arguments over on Talk:The Firm (2012 TV series) / Talk:The Firm (Canadian TV series) that there are fundamental problems with the disambiguation naming convention at WP:TV-NAME. Therefore, at Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (television), I have proposed a change to the naming convention which would indeed make disambiguation policy officially support The Firm being located at the "The Firm (2012 TV series)" instead of at "The Firm (Canadian TV series)". Your input would be appreciated there. —Lowellian (reply) 22:29, 22 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi, I'm not sure if this will solve our problems. I will look at it and get back to you. (just some quick thoughts but nothing concrete): In your proposed update, country of production would keep the title as Canadian TV series, as the show is produced in Canada. I agree with the fact that there is an issue of country specific disambig due to the international availability of TV shows, but we must also consider that country of production is not necessarily country of origin. What I mean is that there are many "U.S." original run TV shows produced in Canada, some are shown simultaneously (broadcast networks), some are shown a season or so behind (Usually cable network). So while I agree that there is some wiggle room and possible changes that might need to be made, I am unsure if this is the right change.--UnQuébécois (talk) 22:57, 22 February 2012 (UTC)

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Rescuing monkey from danger

FYI[11]. I'll do a little more in it later to add more references. I think it's worth keeping. Homunculus (duihua) 22:27, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

A kitten for you!

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Thanks for fixing Talk:Disappearance of Kyron Horman. I must have accidentally hit "add signature" or something while I was editing and didn't catch the mistake. Thanks again. :)

Matt (talk) 05:05, 30 August 2012 (UTC)

You're welcome! :) —Lowellian (reply) 08:46, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

DYK for Carl Wolfgang Benjamin Goldschmidt

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DYK for Minimal surface of revolution

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Wikipedia:Wikipedia is an MMORPG

I see you are the primary editor to Wikipedia:Wikipedia is an MMORPG. I left a comment in the Talk page expressing how totally amused I was at that article. It's got to be one of the greatest articles in Wikipedia! Seriously, well done. I am thoroughly impressed. :D • Jesse V.(talk) 06:33, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

I'm glad you enjoyed it! :) —Lowellian (reply) 08:46, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

Columbine High School massacre is a widely used name for the event, as established via reliable sources. Conversely, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is merely our description (and as discussed on the talk page, it probably won't even remain the article's title in the long term), not a de facto name. I strongly disagree that "The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a school shooting" reads well. —David Levy 03:58, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

I appreciate your edit (undone the same minute), but it didn't address my concerns.
There's no reason for us to state that the shooting was a shooting. As noted above, the phrase "Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting" is merely our article's title. It has absolutely no special significance and shouldn't be displayed in bold (thereby treating it as a formal name).
In the near future, a predominant name (quite possibly "Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre" or something similar) will be established via reliable sources. That's when it will be appropriate for us to use one. In the meantime, please restore the correct formatting. Thank you. —David Levy 04:10, 15 December 2012 (UTC)
"Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting" is a widely used name for the event in reliable sources. Do a quick Internet search; thousands and thousands of news media sources are referring to it by that name. WP:CRYSTALBALL says we have no business predicting some sort of future name change, so the correct formatting is boldfaced. —Lowellian (reply) 04:14, 15 December 2012 (UTC)
You've misunderstood. I don't assert that the description "Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting" is uncommon among reliable sources. But at this point, that's all that it is: a description. And it's one of many. (For example, "Newtown school shooting" appears to be equally common.)
It's too early for any predominant name (comparable to "Columbine High School massacre") to have been established. Until such time, there's no valid reason for us to single out one of these descriptions in prose. "Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting" happens to be our article's title, but it carries absolutely no special significance. —David Levy 04:24, 15 December 2012 (UTC)
I don't agree with your argument. That said, I don't care enough about this article to continue the dispute, so if you wish to revert, go ahead. —Lowellian (reply) 04:29, 15 December 2012 (UTC)
Thank you. To be clear, I'm not asking you to agree with the practice, but I can assure you that I've accurately described our conventions. —David Levy 04:31, 15 December 2012 (UTC)
I'm well aware of Wikipedia conventions. The point in dispute is precisely the interpretation of those conventions, and I can assure you that you haven't accurately described them, since WP:SBE certainly does not support de-boldfacing this subject. I'm not interested in continuing this dispute, so let's agree to disagree. —Lowellian (reply) 04:47, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

Heads up

Hello, this is just a heads up that I've used your contributions as an example to demonstrate an old bug mentioned in Wikipedia's documentation about moving a page over a redirect. Hope you don't mind ... if you do, I can find somebody else to use as an example; I just chose you because your early edits show the effect of the bug quite clearly. I might update that section later if I find any more documentation of the bug, but it's way past my bedtime now! Graham87 16:34, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

BTW, I was reminded of this bug due to this thread on the Bureaucrats' noticeboard. Graham87 16:41, 15 December 2012 (UTC)
OK, I've removed the link to your contributions and replaced it with an edit that I found while digging through the history of Template:Noredirect. The edit was designed to demonstrate the bug; the link to it was removed in June 2005. Sorry for bothering you with this. Graham87 02:36, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

Picture for Can: Monster Movie - Record cover

Hi - I just visited the page of Can: Monster Movie. The LP cover it the cover of the reissue (Liberty Records)! At release time only 500 ex. of Monster Movie were pressed - the coverart is entirely different. Those original pressings are extremly rare - I own one of them. I could supply the original cover of the LP - which I consider the correct one ;-)

Best regards Ueli Frey — Preceding unsigned comment added by Uelifrey (talkcontribs) 18:48, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

Well... happy editing... :-) it's my first try at it! Not really sucessful! I don't get rid of some letters showing up around the picture. Please check! I hope I did not mess up the page. Furthermore I was not sure how to 'declare' the copyright situation of a photo taken from an LP cover (on wikicommons). Best regards Ueli Frey Uelifrey (talk) 22:02, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

Winter storm naming

I just wanted to make you aware of this discussion I started at Winter storm naming. I have no intentions of making any changes to the article myself, but was just hoping to get input from editors previously involved in the article (or recently-closed AfD) in an effort to improve the article and clarify its purpose. I will leave any changes to the consensus of other editors who decide what's best. Your participation would be welcome, regardless of your views on the issue. Thank you. (talk) 22:27, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

2013 IRS scandal

Thank you for the administrative help and move. Everyone seems pretty happy with this title. As a note this article was not done to evade a block. The article was created before the block and after discussion and agreement. The purpose was to rename and move the article. Then the old page was locked down (over unrelated edit warring). It doesn't really matter now, but I thought you should know given your brief comment. Capitalismojo (talk) 05:24, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for your guidance regarding moves. I will follow it. Thanks again. Capitalismojo (talk) 14:14, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Nomination of M'Kraan Crystal for deletion

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Nomination of Tel'aran'rhiod for deletion

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