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Richard Dawkins - time to apply for FA?Edit

You're quite right that we should not just use ":" for a block quote. I've now used the block quote format because my understanding (which may be wrong) is that this is preferred - and to be honest, I just personally hate the look of the cquote format. However, I'm not going to fight if you insist on the latter. That's not what this note is about. :)

I've played with the format slightly this morning, but I don't feel all that strongly about it - just testing if the pics could be moved to better positions. Move them back if you disagree with what I did. More importantly, I also did a light copyedit of the whole thing yesterday - all of which I see you retained other than the block quote issue, so thanks for that. I agree with your removal of one short para, overnight my time, though I wouldn't mind if someone restored it with a source.

Okay... here's what this is all about. My thinking in doing that copyedit was just to get rid of a range of tiny issues that I saw, prior to it going to an application for Featured Article status. I can't claim any credit for this article, but I've been following it (as a huge admirer of Dawkins). In my opinion, it is now ready to be tested in the FA process. Congratulations for all your great work on it! You might want to check with others on the talk page, but I believe the time has come to give it a shot. Metamagician3000 23:39, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

In response to your answer on my talk page, I wrote there:
It's some considerable time since I read those books. I'll see if there's anything I can contribute, but that part of the article didn't seem too thin to me. Meanwhile, I support your views on the Wedge Strategy talk page, though it's not an issue worth us going to war about. Metamagician3000 22:13, 18 December 2006 (UTC)
And now see my new comment on the article's talk page. See what you think. Metamagician3000 00:11, 19 December 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for your comment on my talkpage. Metamagician3000 05:14, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

What do you think, now? This looks very close to me. Maybe we could try another PR, or go straight to FA. I think the article is now very strong - even more so than back in mid-December. Metamagician3000 04:59, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Responded to you on my talk page. My only current problem with the article is one missing citation. I'll try to find this myself, though it's to a relatively obscure journal so I don't know if I'll succeed. Metamagician3000 12:04, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

Manual of StyleEdit

In general, the Signpost doesn't follow the MoS; in this case, I think the normal-sized text is better than blockquote. Ral315 (talk) 01:46, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

Paulins Kill Featured Article CandidacyEdit

I thank you for your comments and suggestions on how to improve the Paulins Kill article in order to make it worthy of being named a Featured Article.

So far, I think all the issues have been addressed with the sole exception of the listy Flora and fauna section. Now there are two ideas on how to tackle that, and there are possibly others. If you could weigh in on what the preferrable method to tackle this in the next day or two, I'll be able to fix it before Christmas. Also, in addition, if you could take a second look at the article and its candidacy and examine whether the edits made in response to the FAC page comments address your concerns adequeately, I'd be much obliged. —ExplorerCDT 01:58, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

Evolution awardEdit

Barney the Bishapod.png The Evolution Award
The purple plush Tiktaalik is hereby awarded to Mikker for all his work on the subject, and in particular for assistance in getting the Charles Darwin biography to FA standard. Thanks, dave souza, talk 17:57, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
Also, a Merry Yule! .. dave souza, talk 18:29, 20 December 2006 (UTC)

Evolutionary psychology forumEdit

I thought that you might be interested to know that there is an evolutionary psychology forum over at the Psychology Wiki. It was set up a little more than a month ago but still hasn't been used yet. I'll inform other Wikipedians who I think may be interested, as well. EPM 21:49, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

Paulins Kill FACEdit

You commented on that featured article candidacy for the article Paulins Kill 4 weeks ago. It is still a candidate. Your concerns have been addressed, will you please read through the article and offer your support? —ExplorerCDT 20:47, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

  • Even if you can't support (I acknowledge and applaud your principles on this one), could you add a little note as to whether you think your concerns have been adequately addressed or not. —ExplorerCDT 21:48, 8 January 2007 (UTC)
  • Thank you very much.—ExplorerCDT 22:48, 8 January 2007 (UTC)


Oh no Mikker! That's my crap article! I know I should have aborted it but I couldn't get a ride across state lines! But think about what it did; now the South Park lovers haven't actually complained on Tawk Dawk for almost a month. My precious little abomination was born for a reason. — coelacan talk — 03:38, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

Paulins Kill now a Featured ArticleEdit

As of a few moments ago, Paulins Kill was promoted to Featured Article status. I just wanted to thank you for your contributions to and suggestions for improving the article over these past few months and that I appreciate your help in bringing this article to notice as a Featured Article. Once again, thank you, and keep up the good work. —ExplorerCDT 22:50, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

Your edits to Mark VosEdit

Thank you for contributing to Wikipedia, Mikker! However, your edit here was reverted by an automated bot that attempts to remove spam from Wikipedia. If you were trying to insert a good link, please accept my creator's apologies, but please note that the link you added in is on my spam blacklist and should not be included in Wikipedia. Please read Wikipedia's external links policy for more information. If the link was to an Imageshack or Photobucket image, please read Wikipedia's image tutorial on how to use a more appropriate method to insert the image into an article. If your link was genuine spam, please note that inserting spam into Wikipedia is against policy. For more information about me, see my FAQ page. Thanks! Shadowbot 22:13, 17 January 2007 (UTC)


That instance might be useful, but links to that site were added to about 20 other articles at the same time by an anonymous user, if I recall correctly. Ral315 (talk) 21:50, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Please stop adding inappropriate links to Wikipedia. It is considered spamming and will be removed. Thanks. Shadowbot 03:05, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

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The link is neither authoritative or verifiable (WP:RS). My removal seems alright to me. Sorry. JoeSmack Talk 03:18, 22 January 2007 (UTC)


Hi, thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately my best excuse for being an admin is a reluctance to use the tools carelessly, and Wikipedia:Semi-protection policy is pretty clear that we avoid using it if possible: the page is well watched and vandalism's mostly reverted pretty quickly, though I've had to sort out the odd sneaky case. If you want to add it to Wikipedia:Requests for page protection you may well find an admin less cautious than myself :) .. dave souza, talk 22:44, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

Persecution of AtheistsEdit

Hello Mikker. I see you reverted my edit here, with a note to justify on talk. I did so at the time of the edit at the bottom of the talk page. Did you miss this or just disagree with it? Regards, --OinkOink 20:13, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for your reply. Enjoy your wikibreak! Regards, --OinkOink 02:24, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

B movie FAREdit

B movie has been nominated for a featured article review. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. Please leave your comments and help us to return the article to featured quality. If concerns are not addressed during the review period, articles are moved onto the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Remove" the article from featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. Reviewers' concerns are here. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 17:28, 9 February 2007 (UTC)


I see that you removed the Sociobiology category from the EP page, personally i think Sociobiology, as the widely (and rightly) discredited precursor to EP, should be on the 'see also' section, what do you think? Orgone 16:20, 23 February 2007 (UTC)

TfD nomination of Template:LinkimageEdit

Template:Linkimage 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.   — Jeff G. (talk|contribs) 23:16, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

Wiki for Evolution and Human Behavior?Edit

Hi Mikker. I was wondering...what do you think of the idea of creating a wiki for evolution and human behavior. I'm thinking along the lines of a wiki that would focus on things like evolutionary psychology, human behavioral ecology, dual inheritance theory, etc. Something that would detail all of the theories, hypotheses, models, researchers, programs of study, institutes, etc. in this area. Feel free to leave a message on my talk page. Have a good one! EPM 20:20, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

  • Hi Mikker. Thanks for your response. I initiated a discussion here at a proposal forum on the issue. A WikiProject is a good idea. But I was thinking about a project that could potentially be far more detailed than would be allowed for Wikipedia. Again, thanks for your response. : ) EPM 11:54, 18 March 2007 (UTC)

social and religious controversiesEdit

Dawkins has lead a new movement of atheism that uses evolution as justification, and i think its important to note that not only religious groups have motivations in the spread of evolution. especially since gould and dawkins are the most well known, and considering how the god delusion is a best seller. Wyatt 16:21, 21 March 2007 (UTC)

Grammer in Charles DarwinEdit

Sorry! I went back a little as there's currently an odd reference in the lead, and I hoped it would disappear. Adam Cuerden talk 19:14, 21 March 2007 (UTC)

Umm. Don't know if that still needs fixed, but I've copyedited the lead, hope it's ok. By the way, :I've trimmed the summary for Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests#Charles Darwin (April 19), but it seems to be clashing with the well supported date for The Simpsons. Any other ideas for dates? ... dave souza, talk 11:08, 1 April 2007 (UTC)

John Tooby pageEdit

Is there any reason you removed the link to capture-bonding? I will be seeing Dr. Tooby next week. Should I ask him about it? Keith Henson 17:41, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

I put it back in, but depending on how the capture bonding article settles out, may remove it. If you don't mind direct contact, I am Keith Henson 06:20, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

prod on The Hungry ManEdit

I've removed the prod template you applied to The Hungry Man, as it's a previous survivor of an AfD debate, and tyhus not eligible for prod as per WP:PROD. Feel free to put it up for another AfD, I probrably won't contest it but it can't be done via prod. --RedHillian 04:43, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Wikimania 2007Edit

Hi Mikker

Wikimania 2007, which is being held in Taipei, Taiwan on August 3-5, is offering opportunities for travel scholarships to Wikimania for active users of Wikimedia projects from the continent of Africa. Although the original scholarship deadline has passed, please, if you are interested, you may still apply at Sincerely yours, Cary Bass 21:13, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

Humes RacismEdit

I think reading David Hume is great fun. I Agree with your idea that wiki quotes is the place for quotations. I do however insist that a small section on his racists attitudes should be included. I think it can he handled discretely and I think that perhaps you should be the one to add it. Albion moonlight 12:03, 21 June 2007 (UTC)

Replaceable fair use Image:Leda Cosmides.jpgEdit

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Wikimania 2008 in Cape TownEdit

Hi. Would you be interested in helping to ensure Wikimania 2008 is held in Cape Town? If so, please go to the Cape Town bid page, and sign up on the discussion page. Feel free to dive right in with adding suggestions, or fleshing out the bid! I'd greatly appreciate any help, no matter how small. Greenman 23:59, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

okay i read itEdit

Where does it say not to link what I linked??--Mostargue 04:46, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

Well, what if someone wanted to know the reason he would be called that? Bulldogs are known for aggressiveness, etc.--Mostargue 05:01, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

Help with an EP related articleEdit

I need someone knowledgeable about EP to help on a page. You can reply here, my user/talk or email if you want to know more about it. Keith Henson <> Keith Henson 19:50, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

I still could use someone to look over and edit the EP article Capture bonding. I also have a few suggestions re grad school and EP. Keith Henson (talk) 23:31, 27 November 2007 (UTC)

Merry ChristmasEdit

Isa9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isa9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Luke1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. Luke1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. Luke1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: Luke1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Luke1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? Luke1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:53, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Wishing you the very best for the season - Guettarda 04:15, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

Steven NovellaEdit

Thanks for doing the work to create the Steve Novella article. I hadn't done anything on it lately, and I'm glad you could use what work I had done. I look forward to contributing to the article with you. Hopefully we can make it a worthwhile contribution to the site! JFlav (talk) 17:17, 26 December 2007 (UTC)

Service areas AfDEdit

Since you expressed an opinion in the last AfD regarding UK service areas at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Donington Park services, I'd like to inform you of a new AfD discussion which has recently been started by another user at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Norton Canes services (2nd nomination). In the interests of keeping this within the rules regarding canvassing, I am sending this to everyone involved with that original debate, regardless of if they voted keep or delete, or if they appear to be active or inactive. Jeni (talk) 14:30, 5 September 2009 (UTC)

List of ODI international recordsEdit

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List of ODI international recordsEdit

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