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For talk from Nov. '05 through early Nov. '06, see my first talk archive.
For talk from the end of that archive through my becoming an admin, see Archive 2.

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You're a sysopEdit

Hi, Kicking222, Congratulations on Becoming a Sysop!

Hey there. I'm pleased to let you know that, consensus being reached, you are now an administrator! You've volunteered to do housekeeping duties that normal users sadly cannot participate in. Sysops can't do a lot of stuff: They can't delete pages just like that (except patent nonsense like "aojt9085yu8;3ou"), and they can't protect pages in an edit war they are involved in. But they can delete random junk, block anonymous vandals, delete pages listed on articles for deletion for more than 5 days (provided there's a consensus), protect pages when asked to, and keep the few protected pages that exist on Wikipedia up to date.

Almost anything you can do can be undone, but please take a look at The Administrators' how-to guide and the Administrators' reading list before you get started (although you should have read that during your candidacy ;). Take a look before experimenting with your powers. Also, please add Administrators' noticeboard to your watchlist, as there are always discussions/requests for admins there. If you have any questions drop me a message at My talk page. Have fun! =Nichalp «Talk»=
 PS Please add you name to WP:LA!

=Nichalp «Talk»= 09:22, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Congratulations, Mike! :) If you ever need assistance, please let me know. Best wishes, Firsfron of Ronchester 14:12, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia has a new administrator!Edit

  Thanks, Kicking222!
Thank you for voicing your opinion in my RfA, which passed today with a unanimous 79/0/0 tally. It feels great to be appreciated, and I will try my best to meet everyone's expectations. If you have any advice or tips, feel free to pass them along, as I am sure that I will need them! Cheers, hmwith talk 21:11, 1 October 2007 (UTC)
 

CubsEdit

I am rooting for the Cubs, but I am truly a Dodger fan.--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/tcfkaWCDbwincowtchatlotpsoplrttaDCLaM) 21:13, 3 October 2007 (UTC)

My recent RfAEdit

I am sorry you felt it necessary to oppose my recent RfA, which did not succeed. I will attempt to get more experience in the main namespace and the Wikipedia namespace and will try again for RfA in two month's time. I hope I will have satisfied your concerns by then, but if not, please comment as you feel you should. Just a sidenote: I have had/do have interaction with other Wikipedians, I just prefer to do so on IRC, which is why I don't have a ton of talk-space edits. Thanks for participating in my RfA. -- Cobi(t|c|b|cn) 07:14, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

Melissa KaplanEdit

Hi, I saw you have edited frequently to the article Splashdown (band). There is an outstanding request at WP:AR1 for an article on Melissa Kaplan, and I thought you might be able to help determine if an article for her would withstand deletion (and/or, if you're interested in writing or helping to source it if you can). Thanks for anything you can provide. Chubbles 03:56, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

RfA thanksEdit

  With thanks!   
Thanks for participating in my RfA, which closed successfuly.
I leave you with a picture of the real Blood Red Sandman!
Note his 'mop' is slightly deadlier than mine!
- - Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 18:49, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

Cillian Murphy take 2Edit

Hello there -- Cillian Murphy is back up for FAC after a long and winding path to almost making it last time. If you're still inclined to support, it would be great to get your vote again. BTW, all sources now have web access dates! --Melty girl 04:11, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

Edit war, please help!Edit

The user Mumia-w-18 persistently removes a copyvio CSD tag and a tag added by CorenSearchBot from Ome Henk - without being an admin! He seems to want to keep this blatant copyright violation from being properly reacted upon (by speedy deletion of the article Ome Henk. Please help! 217.233.230.172 18:21, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

The Wiz (film)Edit

  • I saw you commented way back in January 2007 when this article was created by FuriousFreddy (talk · contribs) and made WP:DYK. Unfortunately, looks like that user has retired from the project. But I just wanted to let you know that I have since worked on the article and nominated it as a WP:GAN candidate. Congratulations on your RFA. Cheers! Curt Wilhelm VonSavage 09:00, 3 November 2007 (UTC).

Pogo.com games listEdit

Hi Kicking222, thanks for moving the list, although I could use your thoughts on the real benefit of the list of games in Pogo.com in the article's talk page. Thanks. --Chikinsawsage 04:34, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

HaEdit

Based on perusing your talk page as of late, welcome to hell.

As to my original intent of posting, here's to my first deletion conflict with you. Keep up the hard work. Keegantalk 06:10, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

I meant that I hit delete and got the Internal Error message because you beat me to it. Good stuff. Keegantalk 06:19, 5 November 2007 (UTC)
You can thank David Gerard for the image. He mentioned it on IRC probably a year ago and I mentally filed it to use again some day :) Happy editing. Keegantalk 06:27, 5 November 2007 (UTC)
Personally, I almost never use CSD because of that stress. I use the mop in new pages just as I used to tag those pages. I load up 500 at a time and spend sort to my hearts' content. Keegantalk 06:30, 5 November 2007 (UTC)


Kill Bill charactersEdit

Hi Kicking222. I assume by your changing Nikki Bell (Kill Bill) to a redirect to List of Kill Bill characters that there was a consensus reached or a policy invoked to make that change for all Kill Bill characters' articles. Could you give me a link to that discussion (or policy)? List of Kill Bill characters has been suggested to merge with Kill Bill. If that occurs, I think Kill Bill could become too long because Kill Bill fans probably will move some of the info on individual character pages to List of Kill Bill characters. (I hope this makes sense; it's a bit convoluted). Anyway, I would appreciate any information you make be aware of. Thanks. Ward3001 (talk) 23:52, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for your reply. I'm a KB fan also. I kind of like the individual character pages myself, but not enough to make an issue out of it. What do you think about editors adding more detail to List of Kill Bill characters, including some of the images included in character pages that are deleted? That might satisfy those of us who like details about the characters, and possibly build up the List of Kill Bill characters article so that a merge is not necessary. Thanks. Ward3001 (talk) 00:21, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
Thanks again. I'm rather strict about fair use myself, although I think we have a bit more flexibility with fictional characters and films compared to real people because of lack of replaceability. I really haven't given a lot of thought to any of this, but I may add an image or two when I get time. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you think I might be stepping over the line of fair use. I don't take offense, and I also don't have a lot of ego invested in this issue. Thanks for this discussion. Ward3001 (talk) 00:41, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/Elonka 3Edit

Thank you for your participation in my RfA. It was definitely a dramatic debate that landed on WP:100, but ultimately was deemed a successful declaration of consensus, and I am now an admin. I definitely paid close attention to everything that was said in the debate, and, where possible, I will try to incorporate the (constructive) criticism towards being a better administrator. I'm taking things slowly for now, partially because of the holidays and all the off-wiki distractions. I'm working my way through the Wikipedia:New admin school, carefully double-checking the relevant policies, and will gradually phase into the use of the new tools, with my main goals being to help out with various backlogs. I sincerely doubt you'll see anything controversial coming from my new access level. :) I also fully intend to keep on writing articles, as there are a few more that I definitely want to get to WP:FA status. If you do ever have any concerns about my activities as an administrator, I encourage you to let me know. My door is always open. Have a good new year, --Elonka 19:14, 6 January 2008 (UTC)

Thanks!Edit

  Thanks for your support
Thank you SO MUCH for your support in my unanimous RFA. Take this cookie as a small token of my appreciation.--Jayron32|talk|contribs 06:08, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

Rudget!Edit

Dear Kicking222, my sincere thanks for your support in my second request for adminship, which ended with 113 supports, 11 opposes, and 4 neutral. I would especially like to thank my admin coach and nominator, Rlevse and Ryan Postlethwaite who in addition to Ioeth all inspired me to run for a second candidacy. I would also like to make a special mention to Phoenix-wiki, Dihyrdogen Monoxide and OhanaUnited who all offered to do co-nominations, but I unfortunately had to decline. I had all these funny ideas that it would fail again, and I was prepared for the worst, but at least it showed that the community really does have something other places don't. Who would have though Gmail would have been so effective? 32 emails in one week! (Even if it does classify some as junk :P) I'm glad that I've been appointed after a nail biting and some might call, decision changing RFA, but if you ever need anything, just get in touch. The very best of luck for 2008 and beyond, Rudget. 16:13, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

My RFAEdit

  Thanks!
Kicking222, thank you for showing your support in my RFA which passed with 38 support, 0 oppose, and 0 neutral! I also want to give special thanks to my Admin Coach and nominator, Useight for all of his help and support. I promise that I'll give my best effort as an admin, and I hope that your confidence in me proves to be justified. If I can ever be of any help, please let me know. In the mean time, I have some cleaning to do.

Have a great day! Jauerbackdude?/dude. 20:11, 26 January 2008 (UTC)

Way to go!Edit

I accidentally quit Wikipedia over time, but I came across your page. Congrats on the adminship! Good luck with all that. J0lt C0la (talk) 05:33, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

SysopEdit

So good work on gaining the mop. I'm sure you'll do amazing with the mop. Be sure not to get too engaged with the tools. You can always contact me via facebook or whatever when you want, have a good one. Yanksox (talk) 02:44, 4 March 2008 (UTC)

TfD nomination of Template:ProseTimelineEdit

Template:ProseTimeline 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. — Hroðulf (or Hrothulf) (Talk) 17:52, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

H20's RfAEdit

Please sign in to !vote on H20's RfA. Only logged on accounts can !vote there.Balloonman (talk) 06:38, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

User page messageEdit

What is your job? var wpUsername ('Talk') 13:27, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

List of Mad Men episodesEdit

Hello there. I don't know if you watch the show (check it out, it's fairly good), but the second season is starting in one week (on July 27). I expanded most of Mad Men about a year ago when it first premiered, and before season 2 rolls around I'm going to improve the article. Part of my plan is to move the current season 1 episode list to the list page that has since been deleted. In its place, I'm preparing a prose "only discussing the important plot elements for [the] season [...] that steered the course of characters lives, or the course of the show", as described by WP:MOSTV. I hadn't kept up with things on the episode list, so it came as a bit of a surprise to me that people were making single episode articles (stubs, really) when there are links to comprehensive pages from AMC already. A season page is supposed to come before a single episode page anyway (and even a season page is unnecessary at this point). I just wanted to give you a heads-up, and ask if you've got any suggestions, comments, etc. Cliff smith (talk) 16:44, 20 July 2008 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of List of Kill Bill charactersEdit

A proposed deletion template has been added to the article List of Kill Bill characters, 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.

Please consider improving the article to address the issues raised because 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. Der Wohltemperierte Fuchs (talk) 20:52, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

BrandtEdit

Sorry about failing your trust as a Wikipedian and a friend. I shouldn't have dragged you along if I did. That was wrong of me. I hope you don't find it indicative of my character. Yanksox (talk) 06:02, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

I came back sorta and played around with links here and on the web and it kinda struck a chord with me. Yanksox (talk) 16:06, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

List of Forgotten Realms charactersEdit

Hello.

I'm trying to build List of Forgotten Realms characters as a proper character list. Could you please restore the edit history of Nasher Alagondar for me, and redirect it to the list so that we can merge the content in? Thanks! :) BOZ (talk) 05:08, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

Hey there!Edit

Nice to see your name again. Not so great to see you got fired... Giggy (talk) 04:24, 18 January 2009 (UTC)

I, um, noticed your comment now, I swear! (Thanks for pointing me towards it - I basically agree, not just because I'm opposing.)
Lots have happened since we last spoke... I've been progressively editing less, and doing other stuff (like getting paid to listen to music - which makes me appreciate the awesomeness of your former job even more). I'm still trying to pop in occasionally because I find the stupidity in some of the discussions around here hilarious, and because I'm still somewhat interested in helping this place out - having 4chan on the MP a few days ago motivated me a bit. Giggy (talk) 05:13, 18 January 2009 (UTC)
You too. I would say I'll read all your ESPN stuff but for the obvious reason that there won't be any more coming. Which sucks. Giggy (talk) 05:51, 18 January 2009 (UTC)
I vaguely recall googling your name once and finding some stuff written by you. I dunno, I might be mistaken.
And yeah, it's a great job, but the pay isn't the best. Still, it's not a full time commitment or anything, which makes it even better! Giggy (talk) 00:35, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

RfA thankspamEdit

 
Thank you for your participation in my recent RfA, which failed with 90/38/3; whether you supported, opposed or remained neutral.

Special thanks go out to Moreschi, Dougweller and Frank for nominating me, and I will try to take everyone's comments on board.

Thanks again for your participation. I am currently concentrating my efforts on the Wikification WikiProject. It's fun! Please visit the project and wikify a few articles to help clear the backlog. If you can recruit some more participants, then even better.

Apologies if you don't like RfA thankspam, this message was delivered by a bot which can't tell whether you want it or not. Feel free to remove it. Itsmejudith (talk), 22:46, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

Denbot (talk) 22:46, 21 January 2009 (UTC)

Re: Brad PittEdit

The reason I keep going back is because the sentence reads that he's been nominated for two Academy Awards (yes he was announced as a nominee this morning, I understand that). But, it hasn't yet been determined on the outcome of the nomination. --  ThinkBlue  (Hit BLUE) 00:46, 23 January 2009 (UTC)

Yes, it did. I would like to apologize for "getting out of line", is just that I want Wikipedia to have a good name, not be labeled unreliable and stuff, so... :) --  ThinkBlue  (Hit BLUE) 15:40, 23 January 2009 (UTC)
Thank you, I appreciate the comment very much and your quite a helpful contributor here as well. Yup, no one's perfect, not even I. :) --  ThinkBlue  (Hit BLUE) 16:25, 23 January 2009 (UTC)

RfA thanksEdit

Kicking222,

Reference: 19:21, 22 March 2009 Kicking222 (talk | contribs) deleted "Las vegas and the mob" ‎ (R3: Recently-created, implausible redirect)

I hate to admit it, but I have no idea what that means. Can I fix the problem(s) and, if so. how? Or os this a dead issue?

Thanks,

User Dennis N. Griffin

QuestionEdit

Kicking222,

I've been thinking about my Las Vegas and the Mob page and came up with an idea I'd like your opinion on. What if I created a new page titled Frank Cullotta? My search failed to reveal a page on him. He is mentioned in conjunction with Tony spilotro, but there is nothing under his name.

I can do a rewrite that would place the focus on Frank's substantial criminal career, his role as a government witness and his overall place in Vegas' organized crime history. Certainly Spilotro would be mentioned. But it would be Frank's story, not Tony's. I would not list my own books as references, although there probably isn't a better reference than CULLOTTA.

I co-authored Frank's bio and know his story inside and out.

Is this worth pursuing or do you still think that editing other pages is the best way to go?

Thanks for your help.

Denny Griffin —Preceding unsigned comment added by Dennis N. Griffin (talkcontribs) 20:02, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

kicking222,

I re-wrote my info focusing on Frank Cullotta and am considering trying to create a new page under his name. Please look it over when you have time and let me know if you think it has a chance of being accepted.

Thanks,

Denny _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Frank Cullotta had a decades-long criminal career that included burglary, robbery, arson and murder. He was a close friend and associate of Chicago Outfit enforcer Tony Spilotro. In 1982 Cullotta and Spilotro had a falling out that resulted in Cullotta flipping and becoming a government witness. His defection was instrumental in removing the Outfit’s corrupting influence from the casinos and streets of Sin City.

The Early Years

Frank Cullotta was born in Chicago on December 14, 1938, the son of Joseph and Josephine Cullotta. He had two siblings, an older sister Jean, and a younger brother Joseph. The family lived in the section of town called the Patch, a working-class and mostly Italian neighborhood. His father had a rather unique job: He drove the work car — getaway car — for his crew of burglars and robbers. He exhibited a cold businesslike demeanor to all, including his family. He also had a violent temper. Joe Cullotta died at the age of 38, when the car he was driving crashed during a high-speed police chase.

In Cullotta’s biography, he states that his disdain for authority, for rules and regulations, began early on. Going to school was problematic for him: He hated it. He considered the teachers to be a bunch of mean old biddies. There was another problem, too: Frank wore glasses. In those days kids who wore eyeglasses were looked on as freaks by some of their classmates. When nasty comments or dirty looks were directed at Frank because of his eyesight, he responded with his fists. These conditions weren’t conducive to a good learning environment. Frank would have much preferred to be out of the classroom and do his learning on the streets.

It was while young Cullotta was working on the streets as a shoeshine boy that he met another tough kid whom would have a dramatic influence on his life. He met and became friends with Tony Spilotro. The pair engaged in petty crimes and didn’t hesitate to use their fists against other kids or adults. Spilotro went on to become a made man in the Chicago Outfit and one of the most feared enforcers in the criminal underworld. After spending time is a series of custodial schools and reformatories because of his bad conduct, Cullotta quit school all together at age 16. On the streets full time, he graduated from juvenile capers to adult crimes, including burglary and armed robbery. Although Frank had formed his own crew, he and Spilotro remained close friends and sometimes pulled jobs together.

Cullotta’s Crime Wave

For the next several years Cullotta ran amok in and around Chicago. He claims to have done almost every type of crime from residential and commercial burglaries to armored car robberies, home invasions, arson for hire, and a contract killing.

Unlike his pal Tony Spilotro, Cullotta never had a desire to become part of the Outfit. In his biography he explained that he felt the Outfit had too much control over its members. He preferred to remain independent, but maintain a good working relationship with them.

As Cullotta’s involvement in criminal activity grew, he came into law enforcement’s spotlight. He was questioned and arrested countless times. But convictions were rare. And when he knew he was likely to be found guilty of anything serious, he entered into an agreement to plead guilty to lesser charges that carried short sentences of a year or so.

However, Cullotta’s spree finally ended in 1968. While he was free on bail from a pair of truck hijackings and robbing a Brinks truck, he was charged and convicted of a supermarket robbery. To this day Cullotta swears it was a crime he didn’t commit. But whether he robbed the supermarket or not didn’t really matter. He was found guilty of it and sentenced to 15 years. After the verdict Frank and his lawyer did a smart thing. They agreed to plead guilty to all the other pending charges if the sentences would run concurrently. So Frank was able to clean the slate without having to actually serve any additional time behind bars. He was released on parole in 1974.

Las Vegas

In 1971 while Frank was still on prison, the Outfit bosses sent Tony Spilotro to Sin City to keep an eye on their casino interests. By 1979, Spilotro’s street crime operations had grown to the point that he needed additional manpower to help him run them. Tony needed a man he could trust to organize and manage a gang of thieves, arsonists and killers that would watch his back, provide muscle as necessary, and otherwise do his bidding. Tony reached out to his boyhood friend Cullotta and offered him the job. Cullotta accepted and joined Spilotro in Vegas that May. The FBI and Las Vegas Metro Police Department, already engaged in an all out war against Spilotro, soon added Cullotta to their list of targets. Former agent Dennis Arnoldy has stated that he believes there were three major turning points in the law’s battle against Tony; and each of them involved Frank. On October 10, 1979, Cullotta killed a Las Vegas crook and con artist named Sherwin “Jerry” Lisner after learning that Lisner was testifying before a federal grand jury. He was allegedly giving up information about Frank and Tony. According to Arnoldy, what made this murder so important is that Lisner was a government witness at the time, giving the FBI a role in the investigation; On July 4, 1981, Cullotta and a six-man crew planned to burglarize Bertha’s Gifts and Home Furnishings, an upscale shop located on East Sahara. It was anticipated that a million dollars in cash and jewelry would be in the store’s vault over the long holiday weekend.

But shortly before the burglary, a seventh man was added to the team without Cullotta's permission. Sal Romano - a thief and alarm expert - was invited in by one of the burglars. Cullotta was livid. He knew Romano and didn't trust him. He had a strong suspicion Romano was an informant. Cullotta took his concerns to Spilotro. He wanted Romano excluded or the burglary to be scrubbed. Spilotro thought Cullotta was just being paranoid. And it was too close to cancel the job anyway, he said. Plans would go forward as scheduled. It turned out Cullotta was right. Romano was an FBI informant and had been wearing a wire during all the planning sessions. The gang walked into an ambush of about 40 FBI agents and cops at Bertha's. The original six burglars were arrested while Romano was whisked off to Witness Protection.

Following the arrests Cullotta realized something was going on with Spilotro. Protocol required that Spilotro contribute bail money and help pay the lawyer fees. But Tony didn't help. Cullotta had to bail everybody out. And Spilotro wasn't kicking in toward Cullotta's mounting legal bills the way he should. And then Cullotta heard more bad news: Tony hadn't gotten Chicago's okay to hit Lisner; a definite Mob no-no. Cullotta had been around long enough to know there was a big problem developing; and

April 30, 1982 - Frank Cullotta was back in jail following a conviction for possession of stolen property. That Friday afternoon FBI agent Charlie Parsons stopped at the jail to meet with Cullotta and his lawyer. Parsons had an announcement to make: “We’ve received credible information that the Chicago Outfit has authorized a contract on Frank.” He left immediately afterward. His matter-of-fact delivery was intentional, designed to get Cullotta’s attention. And it did.

In his biography Cullotta says that he spent the weekend thinking over what Parsons had said. He became convinced that he was being set up to take the fall for all of Spilotro's mistakes; particularly the unauthorized killing of Lisner and the botched Bertha's caper. He could just hear Tony telling the bosses, "Cullotta's out of control. He's whacking guys without talking with me first. And then he brings that rat Romano in on the Bertha's thing. I hate to say this because he's my friend, but Frankie's gotta go."

Facing life behind bars as a persistent felon, or a bullet in the head from a Mob assassin, Cullotta made his decision. On Monday morning he called Charlie Parsons. Within hours Cullotta was offered a deal that would give him immunity from prosecution for any crimes he admitted and admission into the federal Witness Protection Program. He confessed to myriad crimes, including the Lisner murder. Court records show that between 1982 and 1988 Cullotta’s testimony against his former associates resulted in 19 federal racketeering-related indictments; four Illinois murder indictments, and five Nevada burglary and armed-robbery indictments. These charges resulted in 15 federal convictions, one Illinois murder conviction, and five Nevada burglary and armed-robbery convictions.

After Witness Protection

Cullotta voluntarily left the witness protection program in 1986. In 1995 he served as a creative consultant to the movie Casino, in which actor Joe Pesci played a character based on Tony Spilotro. Frank appeared as a hit man in several scenes, including one that was a loose re-creation of the Lisner murder. He has also appeared in a number of organized crime TV documentaries. Today, armed with a new identity, Cullotta is a successful small businessman living somewhere in America. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Dennis N. Griffin (talkcontribs) 15:17, 28 March 2009 (UTC)

NBA MVP nationalitiesEdit

Hi, I noticed you removed the nationalities information from the lead. This was reverted because WikiProject NBA is still discussing whether to keep or delete this info; feel free to add your opinion here. Regards, Dabomb87 (talk) 22:13, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

re:Inherit the WindEdit

Thanks Mike! That's so nice of you to say. It's a favorite play and well-deserving of some attention. -Classicfilms (talk) 18:51, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

If you have a chance pick up the play and read it. While I revere Spencer Tracey and it is a wonderful interpretation, the stage play really reads quite differently. Thanks again for your feedback - it really is appreciated. -Classicfilms (talk) 20:23, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

Getting Pro Gaming Taskforce RestartedEdit

Hello! I was just looking into helping get the Taskforce on Pro Gaming started again. If you are interested in putting effort into this wikiproject, please post here Best Regards, NativeForeigner Talk/Contribs 21:27, 21 January 2010 (UTC)


List of one-time characters in The SimpsonsEdit

I have relisted List of one-time characters in The Simpsons for deletion. Apparently this was one discussed before when it was known as List of one-time characters from The Simpsons. Most people have left the project since the list was known by that name. I see that you are still active and wanted to notify you of this posting. JBsupreme (talk) 18:12, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

Survey on quality control policiesEdit

As part of a project funded by the European Commission (QLectives), we are collecting and analysing data to study quality control mechanisms and inclusion/deletion policies in Wikipedia. According to our records, you participated in a large number of AfD. We are currently soliciting editors with a long record of participation in AfD discussions to send us their feedback via a very informal survey.

The survey takes less than 5 minutes and is available at this URL. Should you have any questions about this project, feel free to get in touch.

Thanks for your help! --DarTar (talk) 10:42, 6 April 2010 (UTC)

MSU InterviewEdit

Dear Kicking222,

My name is Jonathan Obar user:Jaobar, I'm a professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University and a Teaching Fellow with the Wikimedia Foundation's Education Program. This semester I've been running a little experiment at MSU, a class where we teach students about becoming Wikipedia administrators. Not a lot is known about your community, and our students (who are fascinated by wiki-culture by the way!) want to learn how you do what you do, and why you do it. A while back I proposed this idea (the class) to the communityHERE, where it was met mainly with positive feedback. Anyhow, I'd like my students to speak with a few administrators to get a sense of admin experiences, training, motivations, likes, dislikes, etc. We were wondering if you'd be interested in speaking with one of our students.


So a few things about the interviews:

  • Interviews will last between 15 and 30 minutes.
  • Interviews can be conducted over skype (preferred), IRC or email. (You choose the form of communication based upon your comfort level, time, etc.)
  • All interviews will be completely anonymous, meaning that you (real name and/or pseudonym) will never be identified in any of our materials, unless you give the interviewer permission to do so.
  • All interviews will be completely voluntary. You are under no obligation to say yes to an interview, and can say no and stop or leave the interview at any time.
  • The entire interview process is being overseen by MSU's institutional review board (ethics review). This means that all questions have been approved by the university and all students have been trained how to conduct interviews ethically and properly.


Bottom line is that we really need your help, and would really appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. If interested, please send me an email at obar@msu.edu (to maintain anonymity) and I will add your name to my offline contact list. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can post your nameHERE instead.

If you have questions or concerns at any time, feel free to email me at obar@msu.edu. I will be more than happy to speak with you.

Thanks in advance for your help. We have a lot to learn from you.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Obar --Jaobar (talk) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chlopeck (talkcontribs) 03:47, 20 February 2012 (UTC)

Pro gaming taskforceEdit

Kicking222, you've listed yourself as a member of the pro gaming taskforce of WP:VG. If you're still interested in creating and improving articles relating to electronic sports, I'd like to let you know that I'm planning on reorganizing, renaming, and reviving this project! If you're not interested, please remove your name from the list of participants. Thanks! —Entropy (talk) 04:18, 23 January 2013 (UTC)

WowEdit

[1] That's just silly. I mean, I'm a pretty piss poor admin but if you think that to be block worthy (the cited comment) you really need to get some perspective. Pedro :  Chat  21:08, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Also noticed you didn't give Thumerwad any warning for his terse response, and more importantly you couldn't be bothered to notify me that you might block me. What a singularly poor effort by you.Pedro :  Chat  21:12, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
Actually, I'm livid in the way you've responded, yet didn't have the common courtesy to notify me. Pedro :  Chat  21:49, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

personal commentsEdit

Exactly as you say in your edit summary, your comments are about me, not about the nomination. Refrain from repeating them, or file an ANI if you must: I certainly will. μηδείς (talk) 02:13, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

Request for commentEdit

Hello there, a proposal regarding pre-adminship review has been raised at Village pump by Anna Frodesiak. Your comments here is very much appreciated. Many thanks. Jim Carter through MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:47, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Henry OrensteinEdit

Hello. I think you created Henry Orenstein. I was wondering if you could add more inline references please. I have removed an unreferenced piece of info added by an unregistered user saying he was first cousin to Lili Bosse (whose page I created), as I can't find a reference for it online. I know her mother is named Rosalia Orenstein, so it is possible. I may create a page about her mother as she is a Holocaust survivor and has written two books about it, but to be honest I'm afraid it would be a stub, as I can only find two articles from the LA Times and one from the BH Courier. In any case, it would be good to have more clear info about that family. Are you able to help at all please?Zigzig20s (talk) 16:05, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

AFD closuresEdit

Hi, When closing AFDs please Template:Afd top and Template:Afd bottom - Your close here was all screwed up so I had to reclose it, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 16:34, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

You sent me a message for closing of AfDs based on one I closed eight years ago? I mean... thanks? I'll keep it in mind? -- Mike (Kicking222) 19:09, 15 November 2015 (UTC)

Extended confirmed protectionEdit

 Hello, Kicking222. This message is intended to notify administrators of important changes to the protection policy.

Extended confirmed protection (also known as "30/500 protection") is a new level of page protection that only allows edits from accounts at least 30 days old and with 500 edits. The automatically assigned "extended confirmed" user right was created for this purpose. The protection level was created following this community discussion with the primary intention of enforcing various arbitration remedies that prohibited editors under the "30 days/500 edits" threshold to edit certain topic areas.

In July and August 2016, a request for comment established consensus for community use of the new protection level. Administrators are authorized to apply extended confirmed protection to combat any form of disruption (e.g. vandalism, sock puppetry, edit warring, etc.) on any topic, subject to the following conditions:

  • Extended confirmed protection may only be used in cases where semi-protection has proven ineffective. It should not be used as a first resort.
  • A bot will post a notification at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard of each use. MusikBot currently does this by updating a report, which is transcluded onto the noticeboard.
Please review the protection policy carefully before using this new level of protection on pages. Thank you.
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Two-Factor Authentication now available for adminsEdit

Hello,

Please note that TOTP based two-factor authentication is now available for all administrators. In light of the recent compromised accounts, you are encouraged to add this additional layer of security to your account. It may be enabled on your preferences page in the "User profile" tab under the "Basic information" section. For basic instructions on how to enable two-factor authentication, please see the developing help page for additional information. Important: Be sure to record the two-factor authentication key and the single use keys. If you lose your two factor authentication and do not have the keys, it's possible that your account will not be recoverable. Furthermore, you are encouraged to utilize a unique password and two-factor authentication for the email account associated with your Wikimedia account. This measure will assist in safeguarding your account from malicious password resets. Comments, questions, and concerns may be directed to the thread on the administrators' noticeboard. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:33, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

A new user right for New Page PatrollersEdit

Hi Kicking222.

A new user group, New Page Reviewer, has been created in a move to greatly improve the standard of new page patrolling. The user right can be granted by any admin at PERM. It is highly recommended that admins look beyond the simple numerical threshold and satisfy themselves that the candidates have the required skills of communication and an advanced knowledge of notability and deletion. Admins are automatically included in this user right.

It is anticipated that this user right will significantly reduce the work load of admins who patrol the performance of the patrollers. However,due to the complexity of the rollout, some rights may have been accorded that may later need to be withdrawn, so some help will still be needed to some extent when discovering wrongly applied deletion tags or inappropriate pages that escape the attention of less experienced reviewers, and above all, hasty and bitey tagging for maintenance. User warnings are available here but very often a friendly custom message works best.

If you have any questions about this user right, don't hesitate to join us at WT:NPR. (Sent to all admins).MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:47, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open!Edit

 Hello, Kicking222. Voting in the 2016 Arbitration Committee elections is open from Monday, 00:00, 21 November through Sunday, 23:59, 4 December to all unblocked users who have registered an account before Wednesday, 00:00, 28 October 2016 and have made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday, 00:00, 1 November 2016.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

If you wish to participate in the 2016 election, please review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 22:08, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter - February 2017Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2017). This first issue is being sent out to all administrators, if you wish to keep receiving it please subscribe. Your feedback is welcomed.

  Administrator changes

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  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  • When performing some administrative actions the reason field briefly gave suggestions as text was typed. This change has since been reverted so that issues with the implementation can be addressed. (T34950)
  • Following the latest RfC concluding that Pending Changes 2 should not be used on the English Wikipedia, an RfC closed with consensus to remove the options for using it from the page protection interface, a change which has now been made. (T156448)
  • The Foundation has announced a new community health initiative to combat harassment. This should bring numerous improvements to tools for admins and CheckUsers in 2017.

  Arbitration

  Obituaries

  • JohnCD (John Cameron Deas) passed away on 30 December 2016. John began editing Wikipedia seriously during 2007 and became an administrator in November 2009.

13:36, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

ArbCom 2017 election voter messageEdit

 Hello, Kicking222. Voting in the 2017 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 10 December. All users who registered an account before Saturday, 28 October 2017, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Wednesday, 1 November 2017 and are not currently blocked are eligible to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

If you wish to participate in the 2017 election, please review the candidates and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:42, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

List of YouTubersEdit

There is another deletion discussion on List of YouTubers. If you would like to weigh in, you can do so by checking out the discussion here. Mr. C.C.Hey yo!I didn't do it! 05:02, 30 April 2018 (UTC)

ArbCom 2018 election voter messageEdit

 Hello, Kicking222. Voting in the 2018 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 3 December. All users who registered an account before Sunday, 28 October 2018, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Thursday, 1 November 2018 and are not currently blocked are eligible to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

If you wish to participate in the 2018 election, please review the candidates and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:42, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

ArbCom 2019 special circularEdit

 
Administrators must secure their accounts

The Arbitration Committee may require a new RfA if your account is compromised.

View additional information

This message was sent to all administrators following a recent motion. Thank you for your attention. For the Arbitration Committee, Cameron11598 02:30, 4 May 2019 (UTC)


Administrator account security (Correction to Arbcom 2019 special circular)Edit

ArbCom would like to apologise and correct our previous mass message in light of the response from the community.

Since November 2018, six administrator accounts have been compromised and temporarily desysopped. In an effort to help improve account security, our intention was to remind administrators of existing policies on account security — that they are required to "have strong passwords and follow appropriate personal security practices." We have updated our procedures to ensure that we enforce these policies more strictly in the future. The policies themselves have not changed. In particular, two-factor authentication remains an optional means of adding extra security to your account. The choice not to enable 2FA will not be considered when deciding to restore sysop privileges to administrator accounts that were compromised.

We are sorry for the wording of our previous message, which did not accurately convey this, and deeply regret the tone in which it was delivered.

For the Arbitration Committee, -Cameron11598 21:03, 4 May 2019 (UTC)


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