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Closed or refurbishing? edit


Just saw the closing down sign. Sorry to see you go, you're a Wiki institution and your wisdom and tireless optimism will be sorely missed. On behalf of the old fogies of yesteryear club, hope this is simply a refurbish and refit and the "open for business" sign goes up again soon. Either way, all the best. -- Euryalus (talk) 19:45, 9 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Closed for now, I'm afraid. Taking stock, I just don't have the time for Wikipedia any more, and I'd prefer to be true to the values that I pushed regarding the admin toolset. I'm not disillusioned with the project or anything like that, so I'm not saying I won't return, just that I don't see it happening any time soon. WormTT(talk) 14:57, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hi WTT! Just saw this at BN. Saddened to see it, but hope your time away is successful in every measure you hope for, and then some. I truly hope to see you around occasionally in the immediate future, and around regularly when things "calm down." In any case, thanks so much for all the good you've done for Wikipedia in general, and for me in particular. Be well! 78.26 (spin me / revolutions) 01:56, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you @78.26, I do appreciate the kind words. WormTT(talk) 14:58, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

All the best in whatever life throws at you, Dave. I have enjoyed working with you these past couple years. I don't believe I have ever mentioned this to you, but this is what motivated me to stick around and start taking this project seriously. It might not have been a big deal for you at the time, but I've never forgotten. Take care. – bradv 05:35, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

It's always amazing how things like that can make a big difference - I'd forgotten that I had done that, but reading over the comment I made at the time, it was certainly deserved. @BusterD should take pride in the fact he's made such a difference with that project. All I can suggest is pay it forward. WormTT(talk) 15:00, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I'd take all the undue applause I can get, but proper credit for EotW goes to the inimitable User:Buster7, not to a mere mortal like myself. BusterD (talk) 15:33, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
D'oh. I'm getting old. WormTT(talk) 16:10, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I know you would... (talk) 03:44, 26 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Best wishes, Worm, for whatever life is holding for you outside Wikipedia. We met at the Judges Lodgings Event in Lancaster many years ago, and I've seen you being wise around the encyclopedia ever since. Thanks for your contributions. PamD 07:53, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thanks @PamD - I did enjoy that Judges Lodgings event, as well as a few other events I attended! I don't know about "being wise", but I won't complain if that's the impression I've given! WormTT(talk) 15:01, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thank you for your long service, Worm That Turned. Wishing you good luck and good health. starship.paint (RUN) 15:38, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Starship.paint Thanks for popping by to leave a note, I appreciate it. WormTT(talk) 09:42, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • I'm really sad to see this. All the best, and I really hope to see you back someday. Vanamonde93 (talk) 18:01, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
    Vanamonde93, As I've mentioned, I have far less time free these days. Every six months it has the potential to change, but every six months, I get busier rather than less busy - so I'm not expecting to return! Thanks for you kind words, and for taking the time. WormTT(talk) 09:42, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • All the best from me as well WTT; you're a good'un and I'm (selfishly) sad to see you go. Best to you wherever life takes you.-- Ponyobons mots 00:37, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
    Ponyo It's a been a pleasure, and I've enjoyed working with you too. Thanks for taking the time to leave a note, which I really do appreciate WormTT(talk) 09:42, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • I'll miss you, friend. Best to you and the family. And if you ever get over the pond, you know where to find me. :-) Katietalk 03:18, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
    Katie, there are few wikipedians I've actually met, and it was an absolute pleasure to meet you. Still one of my favourite arbs to have worked with, best you and yours too. Maybe one day I'll end up as a digital nomad and I'll pop by! WormTT(talk) 09:42, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • Thanks for everything Dave. Moneytrees🏝️(Talk) 04:03, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
    Moneytrees, I know how much those four words mean. You are welcome, and I'm very proud of the wikipedian you have become. WormTT(talk) 09:42, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • Echoing those above, this feels like the end of an era, but best of luck with whatever's next. – Joe (talk) 14:33, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
    Joe, thanks for popping by, I do appreciate it. I enjoyed our time together on Arbcom, and I do wish you all the best for the future. WormTT(talk) 09:42, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • I'll miss seeing your name around, but best wishes for what's next! ~ Amory (utc) 16:19, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
    Amory, thanks for popping by, though I'm sure we both have to acknowledge my name was popping up less and less frequently! I do appreciate the kind words though. WormTT(talk) 09:42, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • Hope to see you around sometime. Take care. Alanscottwalker (talk) 21:31, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
    Alanscottwalker I'll never say never, but I'll also make no guarantees. Best of luck for the future. WormTT(talk) 09:42, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • Sorry to see you go, hope you eventually return. But for now, thank you from me too, and I hope your pursuits elsewhere are rewarding. Yngvadottir (talk) 23:23, 11 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
    Yngvadottir, rewarding certainly. Happily at a place in my life that I can choose what I do. Thank you for taking the time to pop by and for the kind comments. WormTT(talk) 11:49, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • Hi Dave, Have a good break away from the place and hope to see you back sometime. Cheers - SchroCat (talk) 17:56, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
    Thank you SchroCat, I do appreciate it. WormTT(talk) 11:49, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • I remember some very kind things you've said to me over the years, too. You are one of the greats around here, and you will be missed. --Tryptofish (talk) 22:03, 12 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
    Tryptofish I'm constantly amazed at how many people I respect think of me in such ways, and really do appreciate the time you've taken to say so. WormTT(talk) 11:49, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
You too, thanks for the time on Wikipedia as a Arbitration Committee and helping the Wikipedia for several years. Enjoy your time-off wiki and finding a new career! (talk) 01:14, 13 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Not quite a new career, I'm just too good at what I do ;) But thank you for taking time to pop by. WormTT(talk) 11:49, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • Godspeed, Dave, I hope we meet again. Bishonen | tålk 22:16, 13 January 2024 (UTC).Reply
    Best wishes for the future to you too, Bish WormTT(talk) 11:49, 29 February 2024 (UTC).Reply
  • If you stick around long enough you begin to lose people in your life (too many to mention sadly). I often go back in my history in search of some item or conversation I have forgotten and discover your wisdom and guidance. Maybe not directly to me but to some other editor in a time of need. Looking forward to your future visits. Buster Seven Talk (UTC) 05:48, 15 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
    Buster7 despite confusing you with another Buster, I'm glad I've made a difference. Thanks for taking the time to pop by. WormTT(talk) 11:49, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • Your contributions will be remembered for years to come CactiStaccingCrane (talk) 10:25, 20 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
    CactiStaccingCrane Ha! I doubt that - though I do hope that the changes I've made will help the encyclopedia going forward. WormTT(talk) 11:49, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • Wishing you fair winds and following seas with a sincere hope that we will see you back one day when you have the time. -Ad Orientem (talk) 04:36, 31 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
    Ad Orientem Thank you for the kind words, and best wishes to you too. WormTT(talk) 11:49, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • As someone else who has seen their time for tasks wane: thank you for all you've done for the project. You're a good worm, even if turned. –xenotalk 00:56, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
    xeno The amount of times our paths have crossed is significant, and it's wonderful to see how much of a difference you are still making to this day, even if certain other tasks have fallen by the wayside. Good luck for the future. WormTT(talk) 11:49, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • So long and thanks for all the fish. · · · Peter Southwood (talk): 18:37, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
    Pbsouthwood, there's never a time the great Douglas Adams doesn't fit. Don't Panic. WormTT(talk) 11:49, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • WTT, I see on the Admin's newsletter that you turned in your mop. I'm so sorry to see you go, you've helped me out so much, especially when I was a new administrator. I hope whatever activities that are filling up your life bring you joy and satisfaction. Please do not hestitate to come back should that urge to edit return. You will be missed! Liz Read! Talk! 00:51, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
    I am often saddened that certain people have a much more difficult road to adminship than others, and often for unfair reasons. Maybe one day, that will be sorted by the community, maybe not, but if there is a legacy I am proud of, it's enabling some people to be able to make a difference for the future. I like to think you're one of those people, Liz. Best wishes for the future. WormTT(talk) 11:49, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • Me too, sorry for us but hoping this augurs good things offwiki for you. Very best wishes, and much gratitude. You’re leaving the project so very much better than you found it. Thank you. Innisfree987 (talk) 01:09, 4 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
    Thank you Innisfree987, I really do hope that's true. WormTT(talk) 11:49, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
  • I'm sorry to see this, but I wish you all the best in your real life endeavors. Take care! ~Awilley (talk) 03:00, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
    Thank you for taking the time to pop by a leave your kind words, Awilley WormTT(talk) 11:49, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

I really am amazed at the people who've turned out to say goodbye, so many names of people who I've worked with over the years, who've made such a significant difference to the encyclopedia. Thank you all for taking time to say goodbye to an old fogey who's been fairly quiet for a long time, poking behind the scenes. I wish you all the best for the future. WormTT(talk) 11:49, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Also, thanks for your contributions! (talk) 04:40, 24 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Sorry to hear you've left edit

You were, by some distance, an outstanding contributor to the project. I was alerted to your retirement by a mutual admirer. All the best, and thank you for the time you took personally to help me. Godspeed. The Rambling Man (Keep wearing the mask...) 22:10, 13 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Love the idea I have admirers! Thanks for the comments @TRM - I do believe you were worth the time, without a doubt having made a difference to the encyclopedia. WormTT(talk) 09:29, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

February music edit

story · music · places

Music and flowers on Rossini's rare birthday. - A few years after I said that your edit for Beethoven was the one I liked best, that's still true. - Best wishes for what you want to do. -- Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:40, 29 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

RFA2024 update: no longer accepting new proposals in phase I edit

Hey there! This is to let you know that phase I of the 2024 requests for adminship (RfA) review is now no longer accepting new proposals. Lots of proposals remain open for discussion, and the current round of review looks to be on a good track towards making significant progress towards improving RfA's structure and environment. I'd like to give my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has given us their idea for change to make RfA better, and the same to everyone who has given the necessary feedback to improve those ideas. The following proposals remain open for discussion:

  • Proposal 2, initiated by HouseBlaster, provides for the addition of a text box at Wikipedia:Requests for adminship reminding all editors of our policies and enforcement mechanisms around decorum.
  • Proposals 3 and 3b, initiated by Barkeep49 and Usedtobecool, respectively, provide for trials of discussion-only periods at RfA. The first would add three extra discussion-only days to the beginning, while the second would convert the first two days to discussion-only.
  • Proposal 5, initiated by SilkTork, provides for a trial of RfAs without threaded discussion in the voting sections.
  • Proposals 6c and 6d, initiated by BilledMammal, provide for allowing users to be selected as provisional admins for a limited time through various concrete selection criteria and smaller-scale vetting.
  • Proposal 7, initiated by Lee Vilenski, provides for the "General discussion" section being broken up with section headings.
  • Proposal 9b, initiated by Reaper Eternal, provides for the requirement that allegations of policy violation be substantiated with appropriate links to where the alleged misconduct occured.
  • Proposals 12c, 21, and 21b, initiated by City of Silver, Ritchie333, and HouseBlaster, respectively, provide for reducing the discretionary zone, which currently extends from 65% to 75%. The first would reduce it 65%–70%, the second would reduce it to 50%–66%, and the third would reduce it to 60%–70%.
  • Proposal 13, initiated by Novem Lingaue, provides for periodic, privately balloted admin elections.
  • Proposal 14, initiated by Kusma, provides for the creation of some minimum suffrage requirements to cast a vote.
  • Proposals 16 and 16c, initiated by Thebiguglyalien and Soni, respectively, provide for community-based admin desysop procedures. 16 would desysop where consensus is established in favor at the administrators' noticeboard; 16c would allow a petition to force reconfirmation.
  • Proposal 16e, initiated by BilledMammal, would extend the recall procedures of 16 to bureaucrats.
  • Proposal 17, initiated by SchroCat, provides for "on-call" admins and 'crats to monitor RfAs for decorum.
  • Proposal 18, initiated by theleekycauldron, provides for lowering the RfB target from 85% to 75%.
  • Proposal 24, initiated by SportingFlyer, provides for a more robust alternate version of the optional candidate poll.
  • Proposal 25, initiated by Femke, provides for the requirement that nominees be extended-confirmed in addition to their nominators.
  • Proposal 27, initiated by WereSpielChequers, provides for the creation of a training course for admin hopefuls, as well as periodic retraining to keep admins from drifting out of sync with community norms.
  • Proposal 28, initiated by HouseBlaster, tightens restrictions on multi-part questions.

To read proposals that were closed as unsuccessful, please see Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/2024 review/Phase I/Closed proposals. You are cordially invited once again to participate in the open discussions; when phase I ends, phase II will review the outcomes of trial proposals and refine the implementation details of other proposals. Another notification will be sent out when this phase begins, likely with the first successful close of a major proposal. Happy editing! theleekycauldron (talk • she/her), via:

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