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NEW FOR 2019, BRING ME YOUR DYKs!! Pop the requests below and I'll get cracking!

(Thanks to everyone who contributed, the overwhelming majority of you made a real difference!)


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)

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)

GA Review RequestEdit

I really appreciated your review of Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President and your help when Newbery Medal was at FLC. I was wondering if you would be interested in reviewing Black and White (picture book)? Best, Barkeep49 (talk) 02:21, 15 August 2019 (UTC)

Consider it (almost) done. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 07:33, 15 August 2019 (UTC)

Requesting GA ReviewEdit

Hi, I noticed your message at WT:GAN, was wondering if you'd be willing to review Hawaii Five-0 (2010 TV series, season 1)? Thanks!   TheDoctorWho (talk) 23:58, 15 August 2019 (UTC)

I've added it to my backlog. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 09:28, 16 August 2019 (UTC)
Thank you so much for reviewing the article and helping me get it to GA, hoping to work towards GT with those articles so that was a lot of help! Also, thanks for picking up another article that I had at GAN. Looking forward to your review. Hope you enjoy your holidays, it's well deserved! TheDoctorWho (talk) 03:56, 23 August 2019 (UTC)

GAN review requestEdit

Hi TRM - you've done great work recently on improving a couple of the articles I've submitted to DYK before they went live. I've got a GAN at St Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Buckie, and was hoping to go through the review before the new term starts in September - since you've got the 'I will review your GAN' banner here, I thought I'd ask if you'd be willing to look at it and let me know what you think. I know it's pretty short for a GA, but I've tried to be as comprehensive as the sources I've found will find allow. Cheers GirthSummit (blether) 08:58, 16 August 2019 (UTC)

Consider it taken. I'll try to get to it as soon as I can. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 09:27, 16 August 2019 (UTC)


I've submitted Aama (film), and Samragyee RL Shah for GAN. You're welcomed to review it. Thanks ___CAPTAIN MEDUSAtalk 10:57, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

Hello CAPTAIN MEDUSA, they may be a little outside my comfort zone, but I'll see if I can fit in one or both in the next week. Cheers. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 14:54, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
The Rambling Man, thank you so much. If you any questions regarding these subjects, let me know. Also Thank you again for your time. ___CAPTAIN MEDUSAtalk 22:04, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

One more for your queue?Edit

Hi Rambling Man, I recently created and nominated Joseph J. Himmel for GAN. Do you think you'd be interested in taking a look at it when you get a chance? Also, when you have a moment, could you take a look at Charles H. Stonestreet (whose FAC is slowly but surely ticking)? Many thanks. Ergo Sum 04:34, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

Hello, yes and yes! I'll see what I can do. Stonestreet is already in my to do queue, I was just waiting for more than the usual reference checking and image rights checking commentators to opine. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 07:33, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Thank you for the GA review of The Vespers! I'm heading for FAC, and expanded the lead, please check. I also opened a peer review, you and all are invited! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:12, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Of course, you're more than welcome Gerda. I hope you're having a good weekend. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 14:54, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Thank you, yes, good day with a rainbow and Beethoven piano sonatas, will display on my talk and here. - I think you could make DYK comments on the talk of EROORS2 if someone asked there, or even on your talk, and someone could quote with a diff. How was your weekend? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:37, 18 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)

Thoughts on a new articleEdit

Wow - from your talk page, it looks like you're a busy man. How do you find time for rambling? Anyway... I've just written St Margaret's Church, Aberlour. (Another listed building in Moray, I'm somewhat predictable). I was thinking about nominating for GA, but I'm not sure it's well-enough illustrated (all I could find is a single, sub-optimal picture). Would you be willing/able to find a moment to cast a quick eye and let me know if you think it's a non-starter? Cheers GirthSummit (blether) 18:56, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

Hey Girth Summit, I had quick glance, no reason whatsoever why it shouldn't be nominated. Illustrations are a "nice to have" really at GA, many have none at all, so what you have there is better than many already. Cheers. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:13, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, and done. If you were to be interested in reviewing it, I'd be delighted, but appreciate that you may have other priorities, and I don't want to appear to be trying to jump the queue. Cheers GirthSummit (blether) 20:47, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Oh, there's no real queue, first come first served on this page really. I'll see what I can do over the next few days. Cheers. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 20:50, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

DYK ReviewEdit

Howdy! Could you please chip in on the review of Template:Did you know nominations/LGBT-free zone ? @Valereee: suggested your input for neutrality over at Talk:LGBT-free zone#neutrality (and I am happy for review of any other aspect as well).Icewhiz (talk) 19:24, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

Hi Icewhiz, I am able to review based on your invitation but would not be able to participate in any "subsequent discussion of the nomination", i.e. should valereee become involved in the review directly, I would have to walk away (thanks to some ambiguous wording at the ARCA). So perhaps best to leave it to valereee at the moment. I can certainly offer informal advice, but (thanks to the wording at ARCA) only at WP:TRM. Or I could skip this one in favour of waiting for you to invite me to one which hasn't already been selected for review... Now then, all that's out of the way, what would you prefer?!! The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:29, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Worm That Turned (sorry to disturb, but a question relating to the recent ARCA at which you were so helpful) any perspective on this scenario, where I have been invited to review an already-taken nomination by someone I get on with without issue? If valereee left a single comment there after anything I added, would that preclude me from continuing/finishing the review? The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:31, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Ackbar: "It's a trap!" Trooper: "These aren't the comments you're looking for, move along, move along".
Ugh, because I've already started review, you can't help? WTF? --valereee (talk) 19:34, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
I'm not sure. I've been invited by the nominator, which is the prerequisite of the currently worded sanctions. What happens next, that's the curious thing, if you and I have one conversation (even if it's (a) valereee: TRM, did you mean hedgehog (b) TRM: Oh yes, hedgehog.) it would place me in violation of the sanctions and (I think) probably a three-month block. Funny old world, eh? The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:36, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
The intent was that you were to wholly review yourself and if someone else was reviewing, you'd leave it be. Now, if Valereee wanted to take a step back so that you could review, I doubt that would be a problem. Then, after a significant period (say 6 months - a year) of no upsets and this working, you can look at other ways to relax the restriction. In other words, lets take small steps and not try to push the boundaries. WormTT(talk) 08:33, 19 August 2019 (UTC)
Worm That Turned yes, I realise what the intent was. The wording of the amendment doesn't necessarily reflect that, but I understand the spirit. I'm not really worried about relaxing anything, none of it is for my benefit, it's all for the benefit of other editors and Wikipedia as a whole. If someone asked me to do something I wasn't able to do because of the existing restrictions, yet the request seemed eminently reasonable, that would be a different matter. This specific issue looks quite contentious so I'll just note a few thoughts at WP:TRM which is a free-for-all. It's interesting to see there's confusion (from admins!) over the existing sanctions though... The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 08:37, 19 August 2019 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) FWIW, ambiguities in the motion aside, Valereee seems to want your input most with respect to article neutrality, which is perhaps best dealt with on the article talk page and where, of course, you are free to act. Also, you could supply the review instead of valereee, and then it's your review, meaning you are, once again, free to see it through. Vanamonde (Talk) 19:36, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
I can't discuss anything related to the XXX process anywhere but on WP:TRM, and apparently even alluding to it is sufficient grounds for at least one enthusiastic admin to seek to fully enforce the letter of the law. It's just not worth it, especially with so many people waiting for that opportunity to see me gone. And I wouldn't want to disallow valereee from participating at all so that's not happening either. Pity really. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:39, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Hmm... Interesting ARBCOM pickle. I will be happy to invite your for other noms (I have a bunch). Valereee is already involved in the review. Can you comment on the article talk page (off of the DYK)? I certainly would not want to have you run foul of a sanction. I think what Valeree is suggesting is that you give it your assessment, and then they take in onwards. A 2nd expert opinion on NPOV would do this particular DYK/article good (somewhat touchy topic, though I think I have generally followed mainstream sources).Valeree hasn't approved nor rejected yet.Icewhiz (talk) 19:40, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
e.g. are you allowed to do a NPOV assessment of an article in article and talk page space, irrespective of the DYK? Icewhiz (talk) 19:41, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Actually, I'm happy to wander off for a while, then come back when Icewhiz decides TRM's wandered off...oh, look! A squirrel! --valereee (talk) 19:42, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Yes, that was my thinking. Very sticky topic, and I'm a little overwhelmed by the neutrality question. --valereee (talk) 19:44, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Per my sanctions, I am not permitted to discuss anything related to the XXX process (which could be interpreted as determining the suitability of an article and/or hook for main page, even via informal review) anywhere other than at TRM, unless (it seems) I get first dibs on a review. As I noted, I could still review your nomination formally, but it would be arrested instantly should anyone else (including valereee) joined in. I can make an informal assessment at WP:TRM which is an inappropriate location and entirely transient, but perhaps better than nothing? The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:48, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
What if I make a formal statement at the nom that I am halting my own review to allow TRM to assess neutrality and will not be commenting until he says he is finished? --valereee (talk) 19:52, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
I don't think you'd need to make such a statement, you'd just need to be aware that if you did make a statement of any kind, I'd have to walk away. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:54, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Totally happy to not make any further comments until you tell me you're happy. --valereee (talk) 19:55, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
"I am not permitted to discuss anything related to the XXX process ... anywhere other than at TRM Not quite; your exemption also applies "to articles linked from DYK hooks or captions (these may be at any stage of the DYK process)". You're in the clear on the talk page. Vanamonde (Talk) 19:55, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
No, that doesn't mention allowing me to make review comments at an article talk page which may be construed as a commentary on applicability for main page inclusion. I'm not falling for that one! The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 19:56, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
"I'm not falling for that one! As you please, but it's not a goddamn trap. Vanamonde (Talk) 20:01, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Sure. You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 20:02, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Well - at WP:TRM it would assuage touchiness concerns - and I will implement whatever you come up there (and valereee would have a 2nd opinion for her review - e.g. if you fail (and unfixable) I would assume she would follow suit). Icewhiz (talk) 19:56, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
I'll add some thoughts at WP:TRM but it looks like it's attracting considerable attention and I would fear that anything I might add to anything "formal" would be quickly jumped on and would result in me being forced to walk away. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 08:22, 19 August 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. Given WTT's comments you'd best not get close to the DYK itself at this point. You are however welcome to review my other DYKs (and I'll drop a formal invite if necessary). Icewhiz (talk) 08:38, 19 August 2019 (UTC)
Thanks Icewhiz, you're right, there's a little too much "should be alright" for my liking, that's really not how things should work when under sanction, particularly when we have a certain section of admins who are determined to apply full force sanction blocks. A formal note on other DYKs, or just a request on my talkpage (above) for other DYKs would be just fine, and I look forward to helping you out in the future. Cheers. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 08:41, 19 August 2019 (UTC)

Thank youEdit

Just wanted to say thank you for the improvements to the "A Rugrats Kwanzaa" article. Aoba47 (talk) 17:46, 19 August 2019 (UTC)

You're very welcome, and thank you for your note. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 21:40, 19 August 2019 (UTC)

Kevin Beattie scheduled for TFAEdit

This is to let you know that the above article has been scheduled as today's featured article for September 16, 2019. Please check the article needs no amendments. If you're interested in editing the main page text, you're welcome to do so at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/September 16, 2019. Thanks!—Wehwalt (talk) 06:24, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

Wehwalt Awesome news, thanks for the update. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 14:45, 21 August 2019 (UTC)
Dweller just in case you didn't get notified.... The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 14:46, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

I'm baaaaack :)Edit

I've been working on various improvements to List of cyclists with a cycling-related death since your last look-see. If you have any time to look it over again (keeping in mind my changes), would welcome any thoughts/tips/etc. Some of the improvements:

  • Made all the cyclists' names in the Table sortable by last name
  • Gave all the images in the Table alt text
  • C/E throughout the stated text.
  • C/E references, added more refs, improved the citations themselves
  • Added additional information & names

I've been working on this List since 2010 so it's a long-term project. Will be working through all the refs & checking them for dead URLs, am also working on improving the Notes. Thanks in advance, appreciate your time. Cheers, Shearonink (talk) 16:56, 22 August 2019 (UTC)

Shearonink sure, I'll see if I can get a look at it later. The Rambling Man (Staying alive since 2005!) 17:55, 22 August 2019 (UTC)
Thank you. Appreciate the time & effort. Looking forward to whatever assistance you can render. Cheers, Shearonink (talk) 19:17, 22 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)

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