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  Hello Gwinva! Thank you for your contributions. I am a bot alerting you that 5 of the articles that you created are tagged as Unreferenced Biographies of Living Persons. The biographies of living persons policy requires that all personal or potentially controversial information be sourced. In addition, to insure verifiability, all biographies should be based on reliable sources. if you were to bring these articles up to standards, it would greatly help us with the current 2,549 article backlog. Once the articles are adequately referenced, please remove the {{unreferencedBLP}} tag. Here is the list:

  1. Ann Hyland - Find sources: Google (books · news · newspapers · scholar · free images · WP refs· FENS · JSTOR · NYT · TWL
  2. David Nicolle - Find sources: Google (books · news · newspapers · scholar · free images · WP refs· FENS · JSTOR · NYT · TWL
  3. John Sadler (historian) - Find sources: Google (books · news · newspapers · scholar · free images · WP refs· FENS · JSTOR · NYT · TWL
  4. Christopher Gravett - Find sources: Google (books · news · newspapers · scholar · free images · WP refs· FENS · JSTOR · NYT · TWL
  5. Geoffrey Irwin - Find sources: Google (books · news · newspapers · scholar · free images · WP refs· FENS · JSTOR · NYT · TWL

Thanks!--DASHBot (talk) 20:20, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

Plagiarism is the highest form of compliment...Edit

Greetings, G. There's another "public encyclopedia" website that's using the article you posted on Horses in the Middle Ages (or 80% of it, word for word). Wiki doesn't have an SOP for reporting "reverse plagiarism" that I could find, so I commented on it here. (Nice article!) --Cuchulainshound (talk) 04:30, 22 February 2010 (UTC)

Early thermal weaponsEdit

Hi there. I was just reading through Early thermal weapons, an article you were the primary editor for. Nice work! If that's a topic that interests you, you might like Adrienne Mayor's book on the subject, Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs. A fun read... assuming you like descriptions of people getting red hot sand thrown at them. Cheers! Matt Deres (talk) 00:58, 1 June 2010 (UTC)

Strangely enough, I'm still waiting to be allowed to post on the forum. The "Sword Forum International" seemed to be the larger forum and had a less commercial feel to it, so I signed up for it. For some reason, they require manual acceptance by their administrator before being allowed to post - I'm on my second day waiting now. I don't know what all the fuss is about, but I'll give it another day or so before giving up and trying the SBG forum instead. Matt Deres (talk) 10:42, 1 June 2010 (UTC)


Hi, I'm sort of back, how are you? Mhicaoidh (talk) 11:02, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

Audio theatreEdit

Hi, I am a person from Germany. Possibly you can look on the discussion of the article: Audio theatre, because you have made edits in the past on articles which are related with it. (Hodder Headline which produced Audobooks) with friendly greetings, Soenke --Soenke Rahn (talk) 00:46, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

Nomination of season one episode articles of House for deletionEdit


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Well Done!Edit

Excellent work keeping us up to date on the earthquakes! Keep up the good effort! A Very Manly Man (talk) 07:22, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

Well Done!Edit

A very manly man, just like you!

You have been awarded the Manliness Award for helping to construct a great encyclopedia.

Keep up the great work!

A Very Manly Man (talk) 07:49, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

Howdy stranger!Edit

Hey! You're around! Good to see you here! Good work, too! Montanabw(talk) 21:21, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

Yes I'm back, having fun. Will drop you a note if I can tear myself away from WP again. Gwinva (talk) 00:21, 15 March 2011 (UTC)

1978 Miyagi earthquakeEdit

Hi Gwinva, I wasn't aware that there was any standard format for earthquake articles (as suggested by your edit summary). Much of what is now in the 'geology' section is about the earthquake and is really seismology (in my view) rather than geology as such. I'd rather not have to go back to all 60 odd earthquake articles that I've created or expanded and change them unless I'm convinced that it's necessary. I'm not saying that these articles can't be improved, they surely can, but I don't really understand the need for reorganising them, but I am willing to be convinced. Mikenorton (talk) 00:17, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

Hi Mike, thanks for your note. I'm not sure I can convince you of the need to reorganise your earthquake articles, and quite agree that 'seismology' seems a more appropriate heading for much of the information. However, having worked on a couple of earthquake articles recently, I've had other editors change the headings on the basis of an "established format". WP:QUAKE doesn't seem to specify it, but a random sample of FA and major earthquake articles does seem to provide some consensus. As a rather casual editor of earthquake articles, I've just gone along with it. I only popped into the 1978 Miyagi earthquake article to transfer some information someone had added to peak ground acceleration and thought to tidy it up, merging the small sections and applying the heading I was told was de rigueur at the moment. Change it back if you like. Gwinva (talk) 01:00, 16 March 2011 (UTC)
That probably came over as bit irritated, apologies for that (I copied your reply on my talk page here as I personally find it easier to follow threads that way, hope that's OK). I probably tend to break my articles down into too many sub-sections, something that helps me write them in the first place, so it's not the first time that I've had the structure of one of the articles that I created 'simplified'. I should probably give some thought to producing an 'ideal' layout for articles on older earthquakes (contemporary ones are rather different) and put that up at WP:Earthquakes for discussion, as there is a lot of inconsistency between articles, although the project is a bit quiet these days (more than you can say for the earth). Mikenorton (talk) 10:54, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

Missing Reference in Early Thermal WeaponsEdit

Hallo G! I put this on the Discussion page at the top. "Eight references refer to "Bennett et al." but the reference isn't in the list and it appears to me that it never has been. I have no idea what it is, or I would try to insert it.GOR42 (talk) 01:39, 28 September 2011 (UTC)" GOR42 (talk) 04:46, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

I think I fixed this, there was a formatting glitch in the list. Montanabw(talk) 04:51, 3 October 2011 (UTC)

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The cross of the Prince of OrangeEdit

I have translated Army Gold Medal and added to the article on the Dutch Wikipedia. To us, in the Netherlands, it would be of some interest to know the six military engagements that were remembered on the Prince's cross and his two clasps. Our Prince, later King William II of the Netherlands wore his Peninsular Gold Cross on many occasions.

The sources that I have ar not specific.

The exact name of the decoration is somewhat ambigious. Was it instituted as simply "a gold cross". Was it instituted by an Order in Council, a warrant or a simple order by the Ministry of War?

Faithfully yours,

Robert Prummel (talk) 11:07, 25 July 2012 (UTC) Groningen The Netherlands

MfD nomination of User:Gwinva/Castles southEdit

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Hello! Are you REALLY back? If so, hooray! Montanabw(talk) 01:10, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

Remains to be seen, but after eighteen months' absence, the bug is still strong... Gwinva (talk) 02:30, 12 March 2013 (UTC)
Email me! Also, some of the links in Horses in the Middle Ages went dead when the external websites were redone. Update of link rot would be useful. Montanabw(talk) 17:27, 12 March 2013 (UTC)
I saw your name at the reference desk too, Gwinva. Long time no see. We haven't had any more questions about Kathleen Lindsay while you've been gone, so you haven't missed anything. Cheers. -- Jack of Oz [Talk] 06:44, 14 March 2013 (UTC)
Well, Real Life intervened and I didn't stay around as intended! But it was good to log in and see your message Jack, and the reference to our favourite author made me laugh, since that was what prompted my return. I came across a reference to Kathleen Lindsay the other day which I knew I must share.
Now, we suspected things were a bit off: 904 books hardly suggests a literary genius, and my forays into her books certainly didn't do much to inspire me otherwise, but now I can confirm that she is also a Plagiarist. Her book Winsome Lass blatantly took off the work of Georgette Heyer to the extent lawyers were involved, but it never made it to court. Lindsay practically admitted it but downplayed its significance ("What does it all amount to? About four incidents and two lines"). Heyer's opinion was scathing: "There is scarcely a character in it who wasn't suggested by me, or sometimes, two of mine, but since none of them has any life, far less charm, I hardly think I can be hurt by this utterly blatant piece of piracy. The woman hasn't a clue!...Utterly without wit or humour...You know, I can't imagine how she contrived to get some 6 books published, because she can't write!" Gwinva (talk) 22:43, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
Lovely anecdote, Gwinva. I suspect she had some OCD-type condition that caused her to type endlessly, in the mistaken belief that typing = writing. You will be adding the new material to her article, no? -- Jack of Oz [Talk] 22:52, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
Have added to her page, Heyer's page and.. also to Barbara Cartland - Lindsay's rival for plagiarism as well as output. Gwinva (talk) 23:53, 21 May 2013 (UTC)


It may be a but after the fact, but I wanted to say good work on writing the articles on yetts. I was reading Christison's paper and idly looked the topic up on Wikipedia and was delighted the see the topic was well covered. Nev1 (talk) 22:29, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

You back?Edit

Hi Gwinva! Email me (I have a different email address than when you were last here!) Montanabw(talk) 06:21, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

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Albert Park tunnelsEdit

Hello. At the above article, you cited Taylor as a reference, in this edit. I'm checking certain facts but attempts to identify the publication have proved impossible because the citation has not been done in a way that conforms to Wikipedia's expectations. The publication has not been named, an ISBN number has not been mentioned, and only the author's last name has been cited. If you're still around and remember the book or still have it in your possession, I'd like to hear about it. Thank you. Akld guy (talk) 23:26, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

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