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DYKs for reviewEdit

GANs, FLCs, FACs for reviewEdit

Feel free to request a review of any content on Wikipedia. I don't charge. Much. The Rambling Man (REJOICE!) 10:54, 13 August 2019 (UTC)

In a NEW development, I've decided that for every request I get, I'll try to pluck a random GAN from the backlog too. Ain't that nice?! The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 16:14, 19 August 2019 (UTC)
Done and dusted, "simply the best since 2005" (TM)

Currently workingEdit

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Teamwork Barnstar
Thank you for copyediting and reorganising Witch-hunts in Nepal during the DYK process. It was finally featured on the main page yesterday and got almost 10,000 views! And one thank you on the talk page from Ben. Thank you very much   Usedtobecool   18:37, 13 August 2019 (UTC)
I helped out with a DYK? Who knew?! You're very welcome. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:20, 13 August 2019 (UTC)
Haha! Indeed, you did! Your edits were a part of improvement efforts from multiple editors during the final stages of the process (the kind of improvements that I simply couldn't notice were needed, despite best efforts from Drmies in guiding me). Since the article normally gets at best one other editor a month aside from me, I naturally assumed you got there from DYK as well   Usedtobecool   19:30, 13 August 2019 (UTC)
  The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:52, 13 August 2019 (UTC)
When did you became so alive? Don't forget to rejoice now. Masum Reza📞 23:37, 14 August 2019 (UTC)

Repurposed Barnstar!Edit

  The Reviewer's Barnstar
Thank you so much for both specifically for reviewing my GAN in detail and so speedily, but also for your phenomenal ongoing reviewing keeping GAN going. Cheers! Nosebagbear (talk) 10:48, 14 August 2019 (UTC)
Why thank you, I appreciate it, and I especially appreciate working with people like you who are all about making the encyclopedia a higher quality place. Cheers. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 11:03, 14 August 2019 (UTC)

Barnstar for youEdit

  The Reviewer Barnstar
Thank you for your time revieing GA articles (not just mine) - the amount of work helps the encyclopedia to keep on improving! Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 12:57, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Lee Vilenski thanks Lee, and no problem. We've got plenty of reviews left to finish! The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 13:08, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
As you were giving me the option for GAN reviews, probably 2019 World Snooker Championship is more of a priority, as it's more current, and I think with expansion and copyediting it could be an FA nominee afterwards. Your choice though matey. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 14:46, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
I'll see what I can do! The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 14:53, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

Tiberius (son of Heraclius)Edit

Hi! I undertook a GA review of Tiberius (son of Heraclius) which ended with me extensively expanding the article. I think it's ready now but I also think it would be weird for me to pass it at this point, being so involved in the writing. I would really appreciate a new pair of eyeballs by an experienced reviewer. Haukur (talk) 09:19, 23 August 2019 (UTC)

I would be delighted to help, I'm just starting a six-hour drive (as a passenger) so you never know your luck! The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 09:49, 23 August 2019 (UTC)
Enjoy your holiday.  — Amakuru (talk) 10:44, 23 August 2019 (UTC)
I deserve it, right?! The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 10:48, 23 August 2019 (UTC)

Have a great holiday! The career of Tiberius ended with a nice little permanent vacation to Rhodes. Haukur (talk) 15:07, 23 August 2019 (UTC)

red admiral
... with thanks from QAI

Enjoy your holiday, and then return with lightness amidst the thorns ;) - thank you for amazing reviewing! The first of your DYK reviews appeared, with no problem, naturally ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:41, 24 August 2019 (UTC)

I dropped production of little article to focus on the Vespers, - expanded already. Peer review open. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:24, 26 August 2019 (UTC)

Precious anniversaryEdit

Six years!

Thanks unlimited for consistent quality work! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:48, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

Thanks Gerda, enjoying life on wiki at the moment! The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 09:59, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
As long as I don't look at the Fram mess case and Eric blocked (You don't have to block someone just because he provokes it, no?) and those who died (users - you share the date with Allen3, DYK? - and subjects), I can say the same. The last 2 open GAs - about thanks and peace - were taken today! Will have to think of Christmas ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:10, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
I spent the day improving Clara Schumann (wedding anniversary today, bicentenary of birth tomorrow), and - believe it or not - to be linked tomorrow OTD. I need sleep, please informally check ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:21, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
I boldly nominated her fo GA ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:03, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

Thank you today for Kevin Beattie, described "by Bobby Robson as the greatest England footballer he had ever seen, Beattie's story is one of tragedy and premature foreshortening in many senses. A complete footballer, an Ipswich legend, back when the Tractor Boys were a European force to be reckoned with ..."! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:22, 16 September 2019 (UTC)

Gerda thanks for your note, it was a pleasure working on The Beat... The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 08:07, 16 September 2019 (UTC)
A fitting tribute, on the first anniversary of his death. Thank you for the refreshing, brilliant prose.  — Amakuru (talk) 08:32, 16 September 2019 (UTC)
Can we now please improve Jessye Norman who died? GAN. 117k views already without RD. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:53, 2 October 2019 (UTC)
Today, I think of Hevrin Khalaf and protest, and an image was found. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:33, 19 November 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Writer's Barnstar
Thanks so much for your work on Kevin Beattie. I know it was a little while back now, but it is greatly appreciated, especially as an ITFC fan. Thanks also to User:Dweller Willbb234Talk (please {{ping}} me in replies) 16:46, 16 September 2019 (UTC)
Willbb234 it was an absolute pleasure. Thanks for your kind words. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 17:32, 16 September 2019 (UTC)

A Barnstar For You!Edit

  The Half Barnstar
For helping to make Kenneth Gärdestad a good article! ★Trekker (talk) 17:00, 23 September 2019 (UTC)
Cheers, my pleasure to help out with people seeking to improve the content of Wikipedia as opposed to just trying to run it! The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 17:03, 23 September 2019 (UTC)
BabbaQ recived the other half by the way, not sure if it's standard to mention that but thought it might be good to add.★Trekker (talk) 17:09, 23 September 2019 (UTC)
Of course, and they deserve it. Good work both of you. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 17:11, 23 September 2019 (UTC)

You, YES YOU, are a boozing wreck.Edit

  Get off the hooch. Stop it, get some help. PhloppyWhoppy (talk) 19:32, 26 September 2019 (UTC)
Cheers! The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:33, 26 September 2019 (UTC)

Pan Am Flight 7Edit

Thanks for your GA feedback on this article, and a bunch of my others. This happens to be my favorite article that I've written so far, and am planning to run it through the FAC gauntlet sometime soon. If you're interested in taking it on, I'd be thrilled to get a re-read of the article from the perspective of a potential FA reviewer that I am likely to encounter, and instead of the somewhat lenient GA criteria that you've been using, review it using the "brilliant prose" standard that once defined a featured article around here, plus any other issues you think I'd run into at FAC. You can post comments at the article, here, or on my talkpage; I of course have all of them watchlisted. I'm happy to reciprocate. Thanks - RecycledPixels (talk) 07:51, 28 September 2019 (UTC)

Oh yeah... praise/insults/feedback/comments from talk page stalkers is also quite welcome as well. RecycledPixels (talk) 07:57, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
RecycledPixels I would be honoured to do that. If I'm honest, I take the GA criteria with a pinch of salt, and usually apply something like an A-grade quality threshold to my reviews, so it's already going to be close to FA for me, but I'll definitely take another look being extra picky. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 17:50, 30 September 2019 (UTC)

Peter van GeersdaeleEdit

Hi there TRM; thanks again for taking the time to review this article at GAN! It's currently at FAC, and I wonder if you might be interested in weighing in there? I would appreciate it, especially as the nomination is still unreviewed, but no worries if you don't have the time (or simply have better things to do)! Thanks, —Usernameunique (talk) 01:24, 29 September 2019 (UTC)

Usernameunique I'll happily try to do that in due course, it would be a pleasure to continue to help great editors push great articles to greater heights. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 17:51, 30 September 2019 (UTC)
Many thanks, TRM! While we're on the topic of greatness, I'm truly impressed by (not to mention appreciative of) your seemingly inexhaustible help in reviewing. Congrats on the forthcoming bling, it is very much deserved. --Usernameunique (talk)
Thanks for the review! Much appreciated, and well timed, too—as you said, I was getting a bit concerned about it slipping through the cracks. —Usernameunique (talk) 22:11, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
Usernameunique I just saw this was closed. FAC is officially dead I'm afraid. Sorry it didn't get more interest. I think most people here are just interested in policing the place, snitching on each other and generally making the place a complete clusterfuck. Sadly that means content editors like you and your articles go without the required attention. A real embarrassment. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:23, 1 November 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for the note, TRM. It's somewhat disappointing, to be sure, although I can understand that it's not the most exciting article that I've ever brought to FAC. (Not to say that our man Peter was any less interesting than some fragmentary pieces of rusted metal.) Hopefully the second time around, once I renominate it, will be more productive. --Usernameunique (talk) 05:37, 12 November 2019 (UTC)


As you are still reviewing GAN for free. Can you review Vicky Knight, On Her Shoulders, Mike Wallace Is Here for GAN? Thanks.___CAPTAIN MEDUSAtalk (We are the champions, my friends) 11:52, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

GAN or FAC?Edit

Hi TRM! Thanks for all your help. I've written 1985 World Snooker Championship recently, but I was wondering if I should take it through GAN, or straight to FAC? I'd like to get points for the end of the Wikicup, so I don't know if I could get it promoted by the end of the month. Is this a doable thing? Either way, I'd love your input on the article at either GAN or FAC. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 08:35, 4 October 2019 (UTC)

Hi TRM! I have a new FAC open at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/1985 World Snooker Championship/archive1. I'd welcome any comments you might have! Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 09:21, 5 October 2019 (UTC)

I'll see what I can do Lee! The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 10:37, 5 October 2019 (UTC)
Lee Vilenski sorry, I've been hit-and-miss on Wikipedia lately, for a couple of reasons. Perhaps we can work on the 1985 title article in due course when I find my mojo. I'm disappointed that it was closed out so quickly but perhaps take Baggins' comments onboard, and make sure the other FA you did is considered too. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:25, 1 November 2019 (UTC)
No problem. It'll get there, I'll just take it through GAN now I've got more time on my hands and I'm not worried about points or anything. I think the 2019 one is just looking for a closure, as I can't imagine it doesn't have enough support at this point. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 19:28, 1 November 2019 (UTC)

ITN recognition for Peter SissonsEdit

 On 5 October 2019, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Peter Sissons, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page.  — Amakuru (talk) 14:24, 5 October 2019 (UTC)

ITN recognition for Jim PeeblesEdit

 On 9 October 2019, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Jim Peebles, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Stephen 23:30, 9 October 2019 (UTC)

2019 India doctors' strikeEdit

I was thinking of taking this to GA, is it a good candidate and what should I start with (I'm aware of the criteria but I'm just looking at broad edges to start on)? Thanks a lot. --qedk (t c) 15:22, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

Yes, that's a fine candidate. At a first look I'd try to reduce the large number of small sections, and I'd look to find something to illustrate the article. The referencing (at a superficial glance) looks okay, and it seems to cover the subject. I'd be happy to review it for you if you so wished. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 15:26, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
I'll try to find some, but I doubt I'll get any. I'll work on expanding the article as of now (and cut down the sections) over tonight, start a GAN tomorrow and link you to it. Thanks a ton!   --qedk (t c) 16:18, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
Hey, no worries. When I get a chance to look at it, perhaps we'll be able to find an image that may even be tangentially related that would work. Let's see how it goes. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 16:24, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
I just nominated it for GA. Could you take a look? --qedk (t c) 13:10, 19 October 2019 (UTC)
Hi TRM! You probably missed this, can you let me know if you'll be able to take a look? If not, no worries, if yes, I'll be glad. (pinging me here is just fine) --qedk (t c) 05:19, 26 October 2019 (UTC)


I thought of changing the caption on your userpage to "I am the god of hell fire and I bring you ... an error-free main page!" but I thought I'd ask first. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 11:33, 15 October 2019 (UTC)

Ritchie333 you could change it to whatever you like, especially when the fucking hawks circling to get you move onto another target. Good luck, don't be a stranger. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 18:34, 18 October 2019 (UTC)

GA ReviewsEdit

Hello again.

You previously reviewed an article I nominated for GA status, (Felicity Smoak (Arrowverse). Your review was exceptionally thorough, and I found it immensely helpful in pointing out errors and issues I would not have thought of. Was very pleased to have my first DYK on the front page from the article! I have nominated a couple of episode articles for GA, and I wondered if you would be able to take a look, if you had time? One is more thorough than the other, and I am not 100% sure whether they qualify, but I would really value any input you could give. The noms are Green Arrow (Arrow episode) and The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. AutumnKing (talk) 13:50, 16 October 2019 (UTC)

Good Article Backlog Drive BarnstarEdit

  The Content Review Medal of Merit  

Thanks for your participation in the September 2019 GA Backlog drive. Your 53 reviews made a difference, as did your willingness to review particularly old nominations. Your 53 reviews were the most done by any editor and represent over a quarter of all reviews done during the backlog drive. I'm not one for exclamations but to that I can only say, "WOW!" The work of editors like you helped bring down the unreviewed backlog by over 35%. Thanks and best, Barkeep49 (talk) 19:52, 16 October 2019 (UTC)

Barkeep49 cheers, I enjoyed it immensely. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 20:06, 16 October 2019 (UTC)

Summer of 4 captainsEdit

I've reffed all but two of the claims now. Waiting for your loving care to tidy them. The remaining two I'm pondering and happy to get your input. If the leggie claim looks weird (as it did to me), read the text a few lines above, which explains it. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 20:26, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

Thanks. Any thoughts about the missing ones? --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 08:27, 24 October 2019 (UTC)
Nothing simple about those two I'm afraid. I couldn't find anything on a quick Google search, perhaps your Wisden collection could help out? The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:28, 1 November 2019 (UTC)

Thank youEdit

... with thanks from QAI

... for comments towards article improvement in Ritchie's case, - nice to be not alone. I typed a lot on my talk this morning, ending on "should be unblocked", - and then found out he was ;) - "don't believe in miracles, rely on them" (Mascha Kaléko). I wish he'd edit. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:30, 19 October 2019 (UTC)

Thank you for commenting on the right candidacy for arbitration. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:41, 31 October 2019 (UTC)


Looks like you guys are having a bit of a wobble at the top... are they playing badly, or just got unlucky in a couple of games? Coventry finally got a win again, against high-flying Fleetwood (!) after sliding down for four games... it's a tough league though, no easy matches.  — Amakuru (talk) 23:04, 23 October 2019 (UTC)

Dreadful, simply dreadful for the last two games. Like the form has dropped off a cliff. A couple of injuries and we're playing like a clueless bunch of strangers... Tsk. Still, a game in hand and I'm off to see us against Southend on Saturday (I went last night too, I'd sooner forget it...) Fingers crossed. I'm glad to see Fleetwood getting bashed, they didn't offer much when we played them at their place a took all three points. And yes, I'd noticed Cov on the slide after going unbeaten for so long (like us...) Tight league. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 07:26, 24 October 2019 (UTC)
Their confidence is probably still brittle from last season. Another run of form will probably sort it for the season, even if it starts scratchily. You're too good for League 1. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 08:26, 24 October 2019 (UTC)
True, nobody likes to see the great clubs of yesteryear struggling. It can be hard to turn around after a tough relegation season, but Ipswich started very strongly so can retain some optimism.  — Amakuru (talk) 13:34, 24 October 2019 (UTC)
Could always be worse. We're three relegations in six seasons. The mess in the FA cup causing all sorts of issues. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 15:59, 24 October 2019 (UTC)
Honestly, I looked at the fixture list, and we're next up in the league against Rochdale A.F.C. If we can't beat teams like Rochdale, what hope is left? The game at Roots Hall was abject but at least we did the job, at a canter. It was also great to see Sol Campbell (" a Blue... he hates Norwich" even though he's not and he probably doesn't) and the ITFC legend Hermann Hreiðarsson (who most definitely is a Blue and hopefully does still hate the budgies). I didn't quite get eyes on Andy Cole but I think he was there somewhere.... The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:32, 1 November 2019 (UTC)

FAC for MLS Cup 1996Edit

Hello again. I've had MLS Cup 1996 up at FAC for a few weeks now, but it seems to have stalled out. If possible, could you take a look? The article isn't too different from the version that you reviewed for GAN a few weeks ago. Thanks, SounderBruce 22:26, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

File:UK opinion polls.svgEdit

Do you know how to update this? --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 10:08, 31 October 2019 (UTC)

Sure but you need all the source data... The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 10:35, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
Does the 21/8/19 post here help? User_talk:AdamFilinovich#UK_poll_diagram You know I'm a dunce with this stuff. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 13:10, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
Sorry, should have pointed to his commns user talk: here The Google doc guide includes a link to the Googlesheet of data --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 09:58, 1 November 2019 (UTC)
It would be a big ask to get that converted into the same format... better off asking Adam to do it again I think... Soz. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:20, 1 November 2019 (UTC)

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just hellEdit

I'm so sorry, I screwed up and replied to a previous version of your page, and someone else has responded. Ugh, I'm an idiot. --valereee (talk) 19:40, 31 October 2019 (UTC)

No, you're not. It happens. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 08:40, 1 November 2019 (UTC)
Thanks! Sorry for the trouble! --valereee (talk) 12:48, 1 November 2019 (UTC)
It happened to all of us, I guess, don't despair ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:06, 1 November 2019 (UTC)
Indeed. But valereee's dig at me is why I'm myself despairing of Wikipedia and currently disinterested. Every time I look at the main page for tomorrow I see issues, but I guess being "called" a jerk by an admin at this point has become too much to tolerate. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:14, 1 November 2019 (UTC)
TRM, I apologize for calling you a jerk. It was not my intention. My intention was to call out your behavior, and clearly it felt to you like I was attacking you as a person rather than criticizing your behavior. I sincerely apologize; I do not think you are a jerk. I think you are a person whose contributions I value highly, and I think a lot of people here feel the same way. I will do my best not to use that language again, and I thank you for calling to my attention that just because I perceive a difference in criticizing behavior versus criticizing the person, not everyone does. --valereee (talk) 21:02, 1 November 2019 (UTC)
I know you're sorry for being called out as an admin gaming NPA. And I know you're sorry enough to use debating school arguments to justify your use of your language and gaming of the system. After all, no-one likes being caught. The real problem here is the failure to acknowledge that absolutely everything I said was correct. That something that was supposedly ready for the main page had three issues. Then after that it had three more issues. Out of eight. Once we get to a place where we can be honest about this sort of thing, I'm content to continue the discussion. In the meantime, all I'm seeing is someone forcing pretending that what they did was wrong when they think it was right, and it was absolutely not right, not for one second, not one iota. I was enjoying Wikipedia for the first time in quite some time, and then you came along and shat on it. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 21:17, 1 November 2019 (UTC)
Okay, but let's do it at your errors page, to avoid possibly causing a problem? --valereee (talk) 16:49, 2 November 2019 (UTC)

Márta KurtágEdit

Thank you for thinking about Márta Kurtág (failed ITN - and I can't forgive myself for that - but now DYK)! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:51, 3 November 2019 (UTC)


Hi TRM, I'm not sure if you're still open to reviewing requests but Ninian Park needs an extra set of eyes to get over the line at FAC. If you have the time to take a look, it would be much appreciated, cheers. Kosack (talk) 18:15, 3 November 2019 (UTC)

(talk page watcher) I'll take a look at this as well - I thought I already had. Apologies. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 18:21, 3 November 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2019Edit

Standard delay from those minimising the time to take questions... Time to tear it up a little? Let's see, I wonder..... The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 10:44, 4 November 2019 (UTC)

Who's keeping them honest? The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:05, 4 November 2019 (UTC)
My favourite saying. When, as a 14-year-old cadet, somewhere up your boulevard, Bettys-Co-ED, we were lost in fog. Our teacher was lost in the same fog. "Blind leading the blind" called out our senior cadet. Never saw him again. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 22:15, 11 November 2019 (UTC)
Ah yes. A fine strapping North Walian woman, Bettsy. She certainly "put the Ed in Co-Ed." Martinevans123 (talk) 22:35, 11 November 2019 (UTC)
  • Good luck; I've already received one non-answer from someone who considered it more important to pontificate over my question rather than actually answer the bloody thing. We have a good set of candidates this time round and you'll only strengthen that. CassiantoTalk 21:01, 11 November 2019 (UTC)
    I'm not sure about that Cass, but thanks anyway. There comes a point when someone needs to offer a genuine link between the "HAVES" (Arbs, admins, knobs) and the "HAVE NOTS" (content contributors). I'll always try to fight that fight in any forum. Easy to forget why we're all here. Cheers for your note! The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 21:03, 11 November 2019 (UTC)
    Well I counted two for certain who I shall vote for, with a satisfactory answer to my uncivil question (which no one else had a problem with, I hasten to add) by at least two others. The rest I care very little for. CassiantoTalk 21:51, 11 November 2019 (UTC)

I'm delighted to see a candidate who can present a perspective from the hard end of ArbCom's decisions, and who will never sugar-coat their thoughts for popularism. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 22:38, 11 November 2019 (UTC)

Guru SishyanEdit

This is my latest GAN. You got the time or interest to review it? I ask you because I waited for over two months and still no-one picked it up. Besides, you reviewed my last GAN. --Kailash29792 (talk) 10:06, 10 November 2019 (UTC) In case you didn't see, this is just a reminder. Kailash29792 (talk) 06:24, 18 November 2019 (UTC)

Why sometimes it just isn't good enoughEdit

Query regarding FLEdit

Hello! I am reaching out to you because of your extensive experience with FLs. I am thinking of creating a list of instances of President's rule as the number is quite large (100+) and I believe that a separate list is justified. I wanted to know your opinion regarding whether such a list would be able to satisfy the 3(c) of the WP:FLCR (especially the part "could not reasonably be included as part of a related article") or not. Thanks. Bharatiya29 15:21, 13 November 2019 (UTC)


You don't know me, but we have had minor skirmishes in the past. However brash your approach (I'm no angel), and maybe you pick the wrong targets in a minority of instances, I have respect for the necessary, thankless, drudgery, work you do here in holding standards, and will be supporting. Just don't get too disillusioned if it doesn't work out; we badly need no nonsense coalface editors like you, Nikki, Fram, and back in the day, Sandy. Ceoil (talk) 21:11, 16 November 2019 (UTC)

Ceoil thank you for your kind note. I won't be disillusioned in the slightest, I'm fully aware that there are more people here who would much rather wish me permanently removed, but very few of them pay real attention. Cheers. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 21:02, 17 November 2019 (UTC)
I know what you mean. Tidying up the main page is often left as "something we should really do in the future" by the powers that be, which is why we are where we are; dependent of a small number of key people. Hense is the road to burnout, frustration and warnings from paid editors. Ceoil (talk) 21:09, 17 November 2019 (UTC)

Question from Purplebackpack89Edit

The question at Wikipedia:Arbitration_Committee_Elections_December_2019/Candidates/The_Rambling_Man/Questions#Questions_from_User:Purplebackpack89 appears to be a mixture of baiting, making a statement and asking a "do you beat your wife" question. I have left the user a comment on their talk page. In your shoes, I would decline to answer such a question. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 10:46, 18 November 2019 (UTC)

Hey, thanks for the note. I've answered the questions because they seem very reasonable to me, although none of it have I ever made secret. Indeed I think I covered most of it in the nomination statement so it's there for everyone to see. It's not like I've been banned from Wikipedia or anything. Cheers. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 11:44, 18 November 2019 (UTC)
Fair enough. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 11:48, 18 November 2019 (UTC)
I like your answer quite a bit. Perhaps Purplebackpack89's still bothered about your clash a little over 8 years ago on the Simple English Wikipedia, for which he is still banned. Best, Vermont (talk) 11:56, 18 November 2019 (UTC)
Cheers. It's a shame he's going for such overt polemic posts on his talkpage too, but I guess when TRM's the target, all bets are off! The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 12:02, 18 November 2019 (UTC)

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"There's no link, so using Wikipedia voice to somehow even allude to a one is insulting in extremis."

– Huh?
What happened to the 'mellow' TRM? – Sca (talk) 14:31, 19 November 2019 (UTC)
That's fine. It would be insulting to readers for an encyclopedia to allege some kind of a causal link between three completely unrelated events, their own commonality being a rough location. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:47, 19 November 2019 (UTC)
If it were three in a row for the Golden State, we might consider suggesting California is especially dangerous, but an hour or so before Fresno, a house on Lawn Avenue was shot up by a getaway car, injuring four occupants. Lawn Avenue is on the West Side of Cleveland, on the inside of Ohio, which is more or less "the East" in America. East of the Midwest, anyway. So yeah, no chain, even if there are links.
Does British English recognize "links" as a synonym for "greens" in a golf sense? If not, no pun intended. If so, I forget where I was going with this. Something about lawn darts, Garden State and the Bowling Green massacre?
Whatever. What I came here to regret to inform you is your theory about Americanism corrupting Wikipedia is dead: Canadian English has also adopted the term "watch party". It's only a matter of time before it infects the Old World, too. So much cooler-sounding than "telly period". Join us! InedibleHulk (talk) 04:12, November 20, 2019 (UTC)
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