My AwardsEdit

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  The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
I hereby award you this barnstar for your tireless contributions and upkeep of the Recent Deaths pages; your efforts are appreciated. Keep up the good work! Weatherman90 03:56, 8 June 2007 (UTC)
  The Australian Barnstar of National Merit
for your efforts with Australian articles Gnangarra 00:22, 26 January 2008 (UTC)
  The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
This is for your tireless contributions and work on the Recent Deaths section. I stride to make my edits like yours. Keep up the good work! Chandlerjoeyross (talk) 22:38, 5 April 2008 (UTC)
  Death Star
This Death Star award is again for all your hard work on the Recent Deaths pages. Kiwipat (talk) 23:12, 10 January 2009 (UTC)
  The Barnstar of Recovery
I am honored to award you this barnstar for your work in improving the article Kelley Abbey in the face of pending deletion. Your diligent WP:AFTER improves the project for all its readers. Great job! Schmidt, MICHAEL Q. 19:45, 9 August 2010 (UTC)
  The Original Barnstar
For your excellent speedy deletion tagging :). Ironholds (talk) 11:57, 20 October 2012 (UTC)
  The Original Barnstar
Good catches on the Sandy Hook article Amadscientist (talk) 12:49, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
  The Teamwork Barnstar
For excellent work objectively streamlining over-referencing at Victoria Leigh Soto. Jokestress (talk) 12:22, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
  The Hard Worker's Barnstar
For formatting the references on the annual "Deaths in XXXX" pages into a less-unwieldy more-efficient format, thus reducing pageload times. — Wyliepedia 03:36, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
  The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
Nicos Anastasiades - Well spotted, he created eight such articles before I could get a block in!  Ronhjones  (Talk) 23:48, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
  The Special Barnstar
Your userpage is brilliant!,

I had literally laughed out loud & I thought me laughing at 4am would be impossible but seems not :)
Thanks! :),
Regards, -→Davey2010→→Talk to me!→ 03:19, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

HI! THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK!

JackGann (talk) 07:11, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

     
     
The Multiple Barnstar
Thank you for fixing my linkrot on the Alan Henning page. --108.176.24.195 (talk) 02:05, 5 October 2014 (UTC)
  The Original Barnstar
Dylann Ceriani is a very good contribution that also solved an unpleasant problem. Thank you very much for your work on it. BDD (talk) 16:32, 11 July 2015 (UTC)

Way to pounce! I went to do this exact edit a minute after you... stop reading my mind!

EvergreenFir (talk) Please {{re}} 01:16, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

  The Editor's Barnstar
Thank you for correcting the Powers Boothe article. I was going to revert it myself, but I figured I'd discuss it in the Talk page. I'm glad someone did it, though. DTXBrian (talk) 02:24, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Teamwork Barnstar
Thank you for responding to my call for help on Talk:Grenfell_Tower_fire and your tireless contribution to the page. Gxrneyme (talk) 01:17, 15 June 2017 (UTC)

My DYKEdit

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Fame at last...Edit

How does Wikipedia deal with a mass shooting? A frenzied start gives way to a few core editors. No mention of me though:). Nice diagrams, and a quick look at the page histories of shooting incidents will show a core of regular editors.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 17:30, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

HI WWGB, I'm a researcher at Sydney Uni and would like to contact you. I'm not sure how best to do this and hoping this message somehow reaches you....Doctor 17. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Doctor 17 (talkcontribs) 08:45, 18 April 2017 (UTC)

Were you aware?Edit

I assume that you have been made aware of this. But, in the event that you were not, I wanted to point it out to you and bring this to your attention. Your name was mentioned in this article: How does Wikipedia deal with a mass shooting? A frenzied start gives way to a few core editors. Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 23:46, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

A beer for you!Edit

  You probably need one about now. Here's hoping for a better year, in particular, one necessitating fewer new articles on terrorist attacks. E.M.Gregory (talk) 17:28, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Christchurch mosque shootingsEdit

Thanks for keeping the international reactions under control. AIRcorn (talk) 08:51, 17 March 2019 (UTC)

I wish to add my thanks as well. We are a country in shock trying to come to grips with the horror. NealeFamily (talk) 08:55, 17 March 2019 (UTC)

A kitten for you!Edit

For your work on Christchurch_mosque_shootings.

Stuartyeates (talk) 08:21, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

Backpacker MurdersEdit

Hey, I noticed that you changed my edit on where Milat was imprisoned at, any reason why given he was transferred from Goulburn to Long Bay? Mrbuskin (talk) 06:11, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

@Mrbuskin: Milat was imprisoned at both centres at various times, so both should be reported. WWGB (talk) 06:17, 27 October 2019 (UTC)
@WWGB: Ok it just reads like he was in two places at once is all. Another thing was his cause of death hasn't been definitively identified yet hence why I just said terminal cancer in the infobox, given that he was suffering from both oesophageal and stomach cancer should we include both in the infobox? Mrbuskin (talk) 06:21, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

Ivan MilatEdit

Well, that AfD was quick. I wasn't even aware it existed until just now. That the article is pretty much just copy and pasted from Backpacker murders violates WP:CWW because it's not attributed. I'm surprised nobody mentioned that. --AussieLegend () 23:16, 28 October 2019 (UTC)

@AussieLegend: The decision to allow the article is both annoying and frustrating. Milat has been included in the crimes article for more than 14 years. Then an editor decides to recreate a cut-and-paste bio article when Milat dies, and others think "well, he's Ivan Milat, of course he should have an article." Sad. WWGB (talk) 10:46, 29 October 2019 (UTC)

A bowl of strawberries for you!Edit

  Thanks for your work on the GT page! MartiniShaw (talk) 14:47, 29 November 2019 (UTC)

Lennon's MBE renouncementEdit

Do you have a source that an MBE cannot be removed at the recipient's request? My source has the medal and Lennon's letter rediscovered in the Queen's archives in 2009. Wlmg (talk) 14:58, 24 December 2019 (UTC)

@Wlmg: It is possible to return an MBE but not to renounce it. This is written up at List of people who have declined a British honour#Renouncing an honour and in the second-last paragraph of John Lennon#1966–1970: Studio years, break-up and solo work. WWGB (talk) 05:07, 25 December 2019 (UTC)

Please Don'tEdit

Please don't delete sourced material .It's against wikipedia RS. Alex-h (talk) 12:11, 12 January 2020 (UTC)

Well, the argument is that the source wasn't reliable, so... El_C 12:14, 12 January 2020 (UTC)

I have to note that Alex-h has repeated this distruptive behavior for three times during this week on challenging articles with high visitation. please see that:

  • At the first, he emphasized on adding undue weight material is n't supported by RS here and here
  • the second one, he was trying to insert material with no RS here and here while he had got warning from me and other
  • the third one,he inserted material without RS, when it was reverted because of lack of RS, he reverted it again by mentioning that material with source shouldn't be picked up!! Intersting! as well as he was warned by me
  • Using un reliable source (ncr blog)

@El C: they are just examples shows that he don't care about reliabity of sources and attempt to adding povish content into high visitation article. please leave comment. Thanks!Saff V. (talk) 19:13, 12 January 2020 (UTC)

questionEdit

regarding 03:30, January 13, 2020‎ edit/undo of 2020 Baghdad International Airport airstrike "name provides no benefit to reader", I disagree with this. at least to american readers, the name is distinct and piques interest in the man and the situation that led to the attack. incidentally his death was also specifically cited by the u.s. president (though not by name) as one of the reasons for retaliation. seems a good use of 47 characters to me. can you explain to me why it provides no benefit? i am not a frequent editor familiar with all the etiquette, i hope this is appropriate manner to approach this, thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fythrion (talkcontribs) 06:11, 13 January 2020 (UTC)

@Fythrion: If it is noteworthy that the victim was a U.S. citizen, or that he was Muslim, then that should be included. Many editors believe that the inclusion of non-notable victim names does not benefit the reader. Whether his name was Nawres Waleed Hamid, or something else like Jamaal Ali, would mean nothing to 99.9% of our readership. Thanks for your question and your interest. Regards, WWGB (talk) 08:12, 13 January 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for your explanation and the edit. I will say though, that the details of his demographic data may be noteworthy to many beyond just his religion. He was an Iraqi, who not only became a naturalized U.S. citizen and had children/family in California, but who then chose to return to Iraq to work with U.S. forces. Only then was he killed by Iranian-allied forces operating in the region, as part of an effort to quell anti-Iran sentiment amongst Iraqis. It's just an unusual set of circumstances overall. Anyhow, thanks for the comment and edit.--Fythrion (talk) 16:47, 13 January 2020 (UTC)

Australia fires - relative sizeEdit

https://time.com/5758186/australia-bushfire-size/

At least 24 people have been killed as bushfires have burned more than 12 million acres in Australia—an area approximately the size of the U.S. states of Vermont and New Hampshire combined.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/world/australia/australia-wildfires-photos.html

Flames have blackened an area the size of Guatemala

https://blog.wwf.ca/blog/2020/01/08/australian-bushfires/

burning more than 10 million hectares — an area the size of Guatemala.

https://globalnews.ca/news/6376571/australia-wildfire-size-canada/

To give perspective, the fires cover a larger area than the provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

All the best.

Edgar (talk) 09:26, 13 January 2020 (UTC)

@Edgar81:. Hi, I notice that all of your cites are from North America. Saying that the destruction is similar in area to Guatemala or Tennessee is meaningless to almost all readers in Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania ... (including me). If a comparison must be made, at lesst give a range of alternatives from around the world, for example: "roughly the size of South Korea, Iceland or Guatemala". Regards, WWGB (talk) 10:33, 13 January 2020 (UTC)
@WWGB:. Thanks! Done.Edgar (talk) 10:46, 13 January 2020 (UTC)
@WWGB:. It's 11.2M hectares now - roughly the size of Liberia, Honduras, Bulgaria or half of UK. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-bushfires/australian-prime-ministers-approval-rating-slumps-as-bushfires-rage-idUSKBN1ZB0OU Feel free to update the article if you will.

Edgar (talk) 12:33, 13 January 2020 (UTC)

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752Edit

Just check the name of the file: UR-PSR (B738) at Ben Gurion Airport.jpgShkuru Afshar (talk) 07:50, 14 January 2020 (UTC)

So what? The airport is not visible in the photo so the location is irrelevant to the reader. WWGB (talk) 08:32, 14 January 2020 (UTC)

Ron HaddrickEdit

What part of Vale Ron Haddrick 1929-2020 don’t you get? He is dead! He died this week. That his why that tribute was posted Please drop your vandalism.Castlemate (talk) 05:56, 14 February 2020 (UTC)

@Castlemate: Hey dude, drop the wild accusations. Show me the evidence that Haddrick died on the date you quote. WWGB (talk) 05:59, 14 February 2020 (UTC)

Your opinionEdit

Hi, question for you since I respect you and don't think you are an interested party here: Another editor struck out a comment I made on an AfD as "inflammatory and off-topic." Regardless of whether it was or not (and I do think it's on topic, though a bit on the nose) - is this even allowed by policy? You can read the rest of their edits but it's getting a bit heated in there. --Mr. Vernon (talk) 04:19, 19 February 2020 (UTC)

@Mr. Vernon: It is my understanding that Editor B may only strike out AfD comments by Editor A if Editor A is a sockpuppet. If I were you, I would remove the striking from your comment, and leave a message on the talk page of Wikieditor19920, asking them not to interfere with your comments in future. If they persist, you make need to ask an admin to become involved. Regards, WWGB (talk) 05:15, 19 February 2020 (UTC)

The Signpost: 1 March 2020Edit

Bonetta- Marie Mabo EditEdit

Hi, I noticed you got rid of my information on Bonetta-Marie Mabo. I don't know if you got rid of it due to notability or because of lack of an article. But if it was due to lack of an article, the article is part of the reference to UQ's closure. Hiyouboots (talk) 11:23, 17 March 2020 (UTC)

Just not notable. We cannot possibly list every person who gets COVID-19. WWGB (talk) 11:49, 17 March 2020 (UTC)

Aurora shootingsEdit

What about 1993 Aurora, Colorado, shooting?

I have requested the previous page be restored, see Wikipedia:Requested moves/Technical requests. WWGB (talk) 02:58, 28 March 2020 (UTC)

The Signpost: 29 March 2020Edit