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User talk pages and watchlistEdit

I have significantly reduced the size of my watchlist, including the removal of all user talk pages from it, and intend to reduce it much further. DuncanHill (talk) 13:21, 14 July 2019 (UTC)

Lancelot Barrington-WardEdit

Thanks for the helpful edits. The appendectomy was done in Aberdeen by Sir John Marnoch on 14 Sept 1914. See for details and discussion. Plarr's I think lifted this info from the BMJ which had it wrong. B-W isn't mentioned in the account by Sir John Reid, who was at the procedure. In 1914 B-W had only been appointed assistant surgeon at GOS. The detail at is convincing. Papamac (talk) 16:42, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

@Iainmacintyre: It might be helpful for that to be mentioned on the article talk page. Removals of cited material with no explanation beyond a bald claim that it "was incorrect" are always likely to be reverted on sight. DuncanHill (talk) 18:32, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Yes agreed, just done that. Papamac (talk) 12:51, 17 July 2019 (UTC)


DuncanHill (talk) 16:08, 24 July 2019 (UTC)

Hello, meta admin here. Would you be comfortable sending your block message so I can review the stuff? Email is fine. — regards, Revi 19:03, 24 July 2019 (UTC)
Nevermind: someone else took care of it who didn't realize I was looking. It should be good to go. — regards, Revi 19:09, 24 July 2019 (UTC)
@-revi: I was just going to say that and edit conflicted with you! Thank you for your offer of help. DuncanHill (talk) 19:11, 24 July 2019 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of File:Matthias Jakob Schleiden.gifEdit


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I shall try. Adding unsigned templates is a thankless and solitary task though, so I might just not bother with them at all. DuncanHill (talk) 16:23, 30 July 2019 (UTC)

Removal of my edit on Jonathan Aitken wikipedia pageEdit

Hello. I am quite new to wikipedia editing so I am sorry if I didn't follow the correct procedure, but I do maintain that the word 'Iraq' is inaccurate here. The very source cited for this information makes it very clear that it was infact Iran that BMARC allegedly shipped arms to. -- (talk) 23:56, 8 August 2019 (UTC)

Iran has been restored. Moriori (talk) 00:20, 9 August 2019 (UTC)

Marie Stopes | Eugenics - use of incorrect grammarEdit

Hello Duncan.

Thanks for your enlightening contribution about Marie Stopes.

Re my revision of 13:19, 22 June 2019 ("the unhappy fate of he" > "the unhappy fate of he [sic]", but should be amended to "the unhappy fate of him" if the sentence is not a direct quote. It is unclear whether it is or not.)

Whether or not the text I corrected is word-for-word part of a quotation, "fate of he" is never grammatically correct. You didn't say whether the text is part of a quotation. If it is, then I assume that when you say it is correct, you mean the quotation is correct, and "[sic]" should be included to indicate that the error is in the quotation. Putting that part of the text that is a literal quotation would also be helpful.

If the words are yours, however, you should restore my correction, that is, replacing "he" with "him".

Harry Audus (talk) 06:29, 12 August 2019 (UTC)

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