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I don't do the barnstarry stuff, but I would like to say that I was very impressed with your Fram-related editing; if only more Arbs could be bothered to spend time to dig more closely into complicated issues such as that. If you are considering standing again this time (and I must say I would not blame you in the slightest if you weren't), you would certainly have my vote. Thanks. Black Kite (talk) 23:16, 30 September 2019 (UTC)

Belated thanks, Black Kite. It's so rare to get positive feedback on anything arb related! As you can tell from the slow reply, though, I've been really short on time lately. Early this year, way before any of the more recent dramas started, I figured I was going to step back and take a break this time around because I haven't had enough time for the job (and have barely touched mainspace in ages, which I'd really like to change). Never say never, etc etc., but I'm not anticipating standing again this year. Opabinia regalis (talk) 16:45, 16 October 2019 (UTC)
How about if we increase your pay 10,000%? And figure out a way (Not sure what Venmo is but I could get my kids to explain) to give you one free donut a week? --Floquenbeam (talk) 16:59, 16 October 2019 (UTC)
... with thanks from QAI
Look, life on arbcom will be so easy. You blocked Eric, and there hasn't been an infobox war in 2019. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:36, 16 October 2019 (UTC)
If you don't stand, I will have a hard time with my question "would you support OR?" What can I ask? "If a user creates some socks in order to commit a showy wikicide, would you be willing to block/ban them, doing them the favour of demonstrating some absurdity? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:48, 16 October 2019 (UTC)
He can't run. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:02, 18 October 2019 (UTC)
I don't agree with most of your opinions, but I do think you're one of the most capable Arbs we've ever had. Outside Worm, you're the only one talking sense. I know that means nothing but I think at this time of the election year, it's worth noting. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 22:06, 18 October 2019 (UTC)
Aw, thanks TRM! I have to admit I'm surprised to hear you say that, but I appreciate it! Hopefully as time goes on we get lots of new candidates (hey, talk page stalkers, click here, it'll be fun!). Opabinia regalis (talk) 08:30, 7 November 2019 (UTC)
I've also disagreed with some of your ARBCOM judgements but that doesn't stop me joining the gang here thinking you should run again. If Floq's kids can figure out how to get Venmo to transfer donuts, I'll happily chip in as well. Or if you're pining for some infobox ARBCOM cases I'm sure we can arrange for some to come up between us. After all, what would an ARBCOM be like without the editor whose speciality I listed on my early "admins to help me page" as Awesome Bitch-slap edits ;) Nosebagbear (talk) 18:50, 7 November 2019 (UTC)
... or the editor leading a year's archive ... --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:16, 7 November 2019 (UTC)
Thanks all - Floq, Nosebag, can I get donuts even if I don't run? :) (*idly wonders what happens when arthropods get obese*) I thought about it as we're getting close to the deadline, but I really don't have the time for the job right now and I see we're getting a good range of candidates. (I'd still like to see more women - ahem, talk page stalkers!) Not saying I'd never do it again, but even back at the beginning of this year I was kind of looking forward to a break - it'll be interesting to see what Wikipedia looks like from the perspective of an ex-arb. My last 50 mainspace contributions embarrassingly go back to January. I couldn't quite believe that when I looked! I'm sure everyone experiences these things a little differently, but I noticed early on after I joined the committee that I tended to be grumpier and feel more disconnected from people's concerns when I hadn't had much time for mainspace, and that's still true - so I must be pretty grumpy by now! Opabinia regalis (talk) 09:05, 12 November 2019 (UTC)

King brown snakeEdit at FAC here (Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/King brown snake/archive1) - any input on venom would be appreciated :) Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:11, 21 October 2019 (UTC)

Oh man, I'm sorry Casliber, I've been a real delinquent on this one! I'd apologize for missing this, but at least this way I get to say congratulations on the FA! (Meanwhile.... on the topic of a different thread... I don't suppose you have some spare time for another round of arbcom, do you? *cough cough*) Opabinia regalis (talk) 07:38, 7 November 2019 (UTC)
Heh, well if you've missed king brown snake...there is always Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Eastern green mamba/archive1 (next cab off the rank...). Umm...abour this space. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 09:58, 7 November 2019 (UTC)
Sigh.....there you go. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 02:30, 8 November 2019 (UTC)
Thank you Cas Liber. I go my watchlist backwards - you responded before I begged ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:23, 8 November 2019 (UTC)
Woohoo! Glad to see you jump into the, um, snakepit, Cas :) I'll try to take a look at your snake this week. Opabinia regalis (talk) 09:07, 12 November 2019 (UTC)
Heh. there are lots of us in the pool now Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 11:11, 12 November 2019 (UTC)


Today, I am proud of a great woman on the Main page, Márta Kurtág, finally! - Here's my ideal candidate for arbcom, - restored to his talk, along with the precious-concersation which made me blush the most. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:14, 3 November 2019 (UTC)

Congratulations on the main page! Opabinia regalis (talk) 07:35, 7 November 2019 (UTC)
I would have preferred her name ITN, but if Márta Kurtág had been an American man, she would have appeared, but she is an Hungarian woman. (I may have said that before, then sorry, travel day, no time to look at an archive.) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:03, 7 November 2019 (UTC)
Depressingly, you're probably right about that... Opabinia regalis (talk) 09:08, 12 November 2019 (UTC)
Depressingly, that could be written about much I write, see? (We lost a good content editor to an edit war over blank lines, and a potentially good admin to having upset a few influential people, and that's not even talking about an RfA flawed by socking ...) So far I fought depression successfully, though, by thinking of Kafka and singing music - I'm in the top corner ;) - Kurtàg: Compare: an American woman, Gert Boyle, who recently died graces the Main page for the 9th day. - Come on, you can still nominate for arb, and - like Worm That Turned - answered my question before, by action, successfully. Good news, several others also succeeded. While you were a minority in the case, it looks different among the candidates. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:46, 12 November 2019 (UTC)

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Eric CorbettEdit

I note you have recently decided to suppress evidence of Eric Corbett’s thousands of edits and details of the huge amount of pages he raised to FA and GA status. Doubtless, your own work far surpasses this. However, if you could add these to your own watchlist, and help maintain them, that would be good. Many thanks Giano (talk) 21:07, 13 November 2019 (UTC)

  Manchester Mummy

  Robert Tatton

  Samlesbury witches

  The Green Child

  Tickle Cock Bridge

Huh. Where was I note you have recently decided to suppress evidence of Eric Corbett’s thousands of edits and details of the huge amount of pages he raised to FA and GA status. decided on?! Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk) 21:23, 13 November 2019 (UTC)
Clearly off-site [1]. Mind you, if I were going to blank such a respected and prolific editor’s user page, I would probably be too ashamed to do it publicly too. Giano (talk) 21:31, 13 November 2019 (UTC)

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Thank youEdit

I see that you're not running for reelection to Arbcom. I read some of your comments over the past few years, and generally I like how you think. Thanks for your work. ↠Pine () 17:42, 21 November 2019 (UTC)

Same. It's a shame to lose you. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk) 17:56, 21 November 2019 (UTC)
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