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You are one of the good ones. Don't resign your tools. Legacypac (talk) 03:24, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for the confidence, @Legacypac:! I'll see how an enforced break from banging my head against a brick wall the role works out. Cheers, Espresso Addict (talk) 03:31, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
Per your request at WP:BN, your sysop flag has been removed. Should you wish to return to sysoping you may request reinstatement at BN subject to the administrator policy. Best wishes and thank you for your prior admin service. — xaosflux Talk 04:14, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
It sounds like you're taking a break from the Wikipedia admin roles (or this project) for an undetermined period of time. While I'm sad to see you step away, I completely understand and I commend you for keeping your happiness as your first priority. Yours truly and my very best - ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 07:00, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, Oshwah! I'm not leaving the project, just trying to refocus on less-stressful areas for a while, like perhaps creating the odd article here and there... Cheers, Espresso Addict (talk) 08:58, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
Totally understandable; I commend you for making that decision and to keep the stress in your life down. Life is never fun with stress, and if you let yourself get to the point where volunteering here becomes no fun to do, then what's the point? :-) ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 09:06, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

Thanks on Shepard tablesEdit

I really appreciate your careful, helpful, kind review of my DYK for Shepard tables. I hope to finish it tomorrow, and I will ping when it's ready. My daughter got permanent relief from carpal tunnel with massage treatment; she said the massages were painful but really worth it. Wishing you all the best. HouseOfChange (talk) 06:54, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

Thanks, HouseOfChange! My physio thinks the carpal tunnel is very atypical and isn't sure the symptoms I'm complaining of are really caused by the carpal tunnel that the neurologist says I've got... Sigh. Espresso Addict (talk) 08:54, 11 February 2019 (UTC)


Hi, Espresso addict. I just want you to know that there are organisations that there are organisations that can help you with your addiction. I have been there myself and if you ever need to talk you are welcome to get in touch.

Hi Jonas -- Welcome to Wikipedia! I'm comfortable with my coffee 'addiction', thanks! Do remember to sign your comments on talk pages (not in mainspace) using four tildes like this: ~~~~. You can put them in a separate headed section by clicking the 'New section' tab at the top of the page. Happy editing! Espresso Addict (talk) 23:29, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

Books & Bytes, Issue 32Edit

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Inactive and returning adminsEdit

Thanks for your note.

Much of what you say touches upon the reasons people contribute, stay, leave. There's sociology and psychology to it, and it's been studied by the WMF and a handful of universities. There is a tension between two sets of goals:

  • Retaining capable contributors, recognizing their work, honoring the history of the project, maintaining continity so we aren't constantly re-inventing the wheel and rehashing settled policy; and
  • Dealing with the very large group of people who have left the project and have no meaningful intention of returning, but who are holding onto their adminship as a trophy.

I've been through my own personal drama and I get it, life happens, sometimes in the real world things come unglued for a period of years. Then we return to things we used to do. I've been there, and there are a handful of other contributors in the same spot. Generally these are people who first came to Wikipedia as adults who had finished school, and who made participation in the project part of their lifestyle. It's a relatively small bunch. The majority of admins came here as students, and most of them lose interest when they complete school and develop competing interests. Lots of exceptions but that's the overall pattern.

Matters are made worse by the fact that there are relatively few editors who understand all this and agree with it, and who have the skills and willingness to write individual messages and so on. It's demoralizing doing it, because 90% of the people contacted don't respond. They may make other edits but they don't respond to the messages. They've checked out, and are busy being professors or attorneys or whatever it is that they do now, and that gives them the social sustenance that they once obtained here, and they don't care any more.

Anyway, glad you're here, keep up the good work, and thanks again for the note. UninvitedCompany 21:48, 26 February 2019 (UTC)

Huawei Honor 5AEdit

You did removed A7 from Huawei Honor 5A but what about notability of the product and is that necessary ?MrZINE (talk) 06:54, 27 February 2019 (UTC)

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Welcome back :) Legacypac (talk) 14:08, 1 March 2019 (UTC)

Thanks, Legacypac! (I was trying to make it to a month but my itchy deletion fingers got the better of me!) I'm going to try to continue doing more actual article work -- it's too easy to get distracted from what we're all really here for. Cheers, Espresso Addict (talk) 14:45, 1 March 2019 (UTC)

Creating An article which you previously deletedEdit

Hello, @Espresso Addict: The article you deleted CricTracker now I'm again creating though the previous one wasn't created by me, I've been following cricket stuff from this website & from their social media and they are probably the only media company after Cricbuzz so quick about the updates on Cricket, So if you find it does not Passes WP:GNG please let's have an AFD about it. I have got the information from their social media about section & from facebook's media portal. I'll be updating that information. MrZINE | talk 22:36, 2 March 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Durham (poem)Edit

 On 4 March 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Durham (poem), which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that although Durham is considered a rare Old English example of a work in praise of a city, the poem never names the city it is said to praise? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Durham (poem). You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Durham (poem)), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

 — Amakuru (talk) 12:02, 4 March 2019 (UTC)

Page on Jonathan C. KnightEdit

Hi Espresso Addict, I just want to say thank you! Does the Wikipedia platform allow direct messages? It seems stange to start a topic just to say thanks. :-) — Preceding unsigned comment added by No sense of humour (talkcontribs) 10:41, 7 March 2019 (UTC)

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Wolfgang MeyerEdit

Thanks for you help with the clarinetist. Would you mind giving ITN credit, just for history? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:49, 24 March 2019 (UTC)

@Gerda Arendt: Your wish is my command! (I don't usually bother with credits -- the main page slot is the real carrot.) Espresso Addict (talk) 20:21, 24 March 2019 (UTC)
The carrot will be eaten in a few days ;) - thank you for the record! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:28, 24 March 2019 (UTC)
Same for Werner Bardenhewer please. I am so happy that I managed to write his article before he died, and it was a pleasant surprise for him. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:52, 14 April 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Alfred WestouEdit

 On 25 March 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Alfred Westou, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Alfred Westou is said to have combed the hair and cut the nails of St Cuthbert, even though the saint had been dead for more than three centuries? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Alfred Westou. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Alfred Westou), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:02, 25 March 2019 (UTC)


Thank you for looking at Portal:Beer. It could use something like

{{ Transclude selected recent additions | %f[%a][Bb]eers?%f[%A] | %f[%a][Bb]rewery%f[%A] | %f[%a][Bb]rewing%f[%A] }}

%f[...] here is a "frontier" which only matches if the following character is in the set but the preceding character was not, so %f[%a] means "start of word" and %f[%A] means "end of word". Ideally we might use this sort of technique to improve many newer portals, but realistically there is probably only time to apply it to those selected for public ridicule. Certes (talk) 00:46, 29 March 2019 (UTC)

I see you've commented at Wikipedia talk:Portal/Guidelines#Automatically harvested DYK pattern matching problems so I'll move discussion there. Certes (talk) 00:51, 29 March 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, Certes ! Let's discuss communally. What I'm hoping might be possible is to edit Transhumanist's script itself, as the trickle of new template-based autoportals seem to still be including this rather basic realisation of what is actually a much more flexible search. Cheers, Espresso Addict (talk) 00:57, 29 March 2019 (UTC)
Had proper approvals through BAG been done, with proper testing, say on some abandoned existing portals, these laughable errors would have been caught and addressed. Now it is on 4500 pages because creating portals was a "race against time" with the expectation that someone else wpuld fix them someday, even though editing this code is not something most editors know how to do. Legacypac (talk) 04:19, 29 March 2019 (UTC)
Possibly true, Legacypac , but I don't believe that either I or Certes is responsible for the actions of other editors. I can't speak for Certes, but I haven't used this code anywhere reader facing. I've just played with it on talk pages to generate suggestions. Espresso Addict (talk) 04:25, 29 March 2019 (UTC)

Thanks againEdit

... for filling me in; most appreciated. (I went out to dinner and missed the fireworks :) Regards, SandyGeorgia (Talk) 02:24, 19 April 2019 (UTC)

No worries, SandyGeorgia; ITN is one of the clique-ier parts of the encyclopedia, and can be, shall we say, abrasive. Thanks for your efforts in keeping this important topic area updated. Espresso Addict (talk) 02:36, 19 April 2019 (UTC)
I can't say it has been a pleasure (buried in negative news all days about a humanitarian crisis), but it's good to have a clean suite of articles on the main page! Best regards, SandyGeorgia (Talk) 02:45, 19 April 2019 (UTC)

Wikidata templatesEdit


regarding your edit [1] where you say "no reason to prefer Wikidata version, and it impedes editing for a heavily edited article":

  • Wikidata templates reduce duplication of information, yielding less obtrusive code and real-time upates
  • Wikidata templates allow overriding fields, entailing that they are exactly as difficult and as easy to edit as the manual version of the templates.

In short, there are compelling reasons to prefer them and they change nothing to the ease of editing. Rama (talk) 07:31, 20 April 2019 (UTC)

I'm afraid that we are in fundamental disagreement here. Espresso Addict (talk) 07:35, 20 April 2019 (UTC)
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