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Dan Albert John Koehl
Meta-Wiki User number 229 from Monday September 30, 2002.


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My first message[edit]

I've set up a Swedish test site at . Please check to make sure everything seems in order. --Brion VIBBER 12:01 Dec 1, 2002 (UTC)

Välkommen til Skanwiki, Dan![edit]

Kjekt å sjå at ein av veteranane i skandinavisk wikipediahistorie er med på laget! :) Har du nokre forslag med kva me kan gjera med Skanwiki-prosjektet? Nett no driv eg og lagar til malane for utvalde artiklar frå dei ulike wikipediaene som me kan ha på Skanwiki-hovudsida. BjarteSorensen 11:35, 2 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Science pearls[edit]


I address you as the ambassador of your wikipedia. Please notice the above project.

This project, more than other projects, will benefit from inter-wiki cooperation. Can you post a message regarding this project at your wikipedia village pump?

Thanks for your help, APH from the English wiki

Trust in Wikipedia[edit]

this is Cathy from Hong Kong working on a research about trust on Wikipedia. I wonder if you would kindly contact me at I'd like to chat with you about Wikipedia of your language. Would you kindly drop me your email or IM (Skype, MSN, AIM or ICQ)? It wouldn't take more than ten minutes, but it would help enormously for us to understand the overall trust-based social landscape of Wikipedia. Thank you!

Translation Request (2 sentences)[edit]

For the front page of the Novial Test Wikipedia it would be nice to have a Swedish translation of the following 2 sentences:


Welcome to the Wikipedia in the Novial language!

You can read about the international auxiliary language Novial here.


See the original request at Wikimedia Incubator here.

Thank you, Nov ialiste 19:40, 16 September 2006 (UTC)


Hej Dan! Jag känner att jag kanske lurar dig till aktivitet på "fel" ställe, genom att jag fortfarande skriver på diskussionssidor här. Annars pågår större aktivitet på sv:Wikipedia:Wikimedia Sverige. Vad som ligger kvar här på Meta är främst några stadgeförslag, som jag personligen är lite skeptisk till att man ska ägna alltför mycket energi åt att rota i just nu. Om någon har annan åsikt kan man förstås kopiera över/flytta sidorna till svwiki. // habj 18:26, 15 July 2007 (UTC)

I don't do bot approvals[edit]

I don't do bot approvals. If you don't believe that stewards are handling the queue suitably, or you wish to escalate something then please utilise Stewards' noticeboard. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:13, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

I think there must be some misunderstanding here, and I think I need to declare that I have no reason to believe anything regarding how stewards are handling the queue suitably, and I have never indicated a "wish to escalate", all I did was ask for help. Thanks for looking into this, and to any other reader of those lines, please dont believe that I had any bad wishes by asking a steward for help. I had no bad intentions whatsoever. Dan Koehl (talk) 12:46, 22 March 2015 (UTC)


on your comment on User talk:Stho002. I have not researched the wikispecies history, but it's gratifying to me to see your attitude, which is what I've come to hope for in 'crats. I sometimes take on thorny problems. I give them substantial attention and time. Sometimes a user will respond, sometimes not. Overall, there is enough success to be well worth the effort, and success multiplies. (i.e., it might take me hours, sometimes a day, invested, but if it works, we gain years of positive contribution.)

On en.wikiversity, I came across some strange edits to mainspace. Readily deletable, nonsense. I looked, and there was cross-wiki vandalism, again, odd edits to articles, sometimes with the user's signature stuck somewhere. From the Wikiversity pages, I recognized what was going on. This was a child. From evidence, 7 years old. He was amazing for 7. He had learned, when blocked, reboot the internet access.

So I engaged. Instead of deleting the pages, I moved them to user space, and encouraged him to work on them. After all, this was Wikiversity, and one of the goals is learning by doing. So he was learning wikitext, creative writing, and cooperation with a community. He made a few mistakes, created pages in mainspace, but it only involved a little patience, I just moved them. I'm a parent, I have seven children. This was easy for me.

The global "vandalism" stopped. I was able to head off a global lock for his active account. The result: he is now a WMF sysop, at about 12. His wiki career is just beginning.

Again, thanks. --Abd (talk) 17:11, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Yes Abd, contrary to what I guess Stho002 believe, even after everything he has written about me, I would even most probably, after some time, take initiative to reinstall Stho002 as admin. But the ball is his, he must play it good. Only he can act convincing and change peoples attitude towards him, by changing his own. If this could be reached, and he would return to Wikispecies and once again become a respected and trusted user, I believe we all have won, including the project Wikispecies. That's why I value when you, as not involved, try to help out, and thanks for that. Dan Koehl (talk) 17:25, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Same TW issue and some useful stuff[edit]

Hi, Dan. I also wrote a message to PiRSquared17. I'm experimenting the same problem with Twinkle. Looking for something workable I found a script that gets you a useful links tab on top right of the screen. It's great if you want to verify a user. There are six features: global contribs, contributions, SUL, CA, X!'s tool and Rights. It's the second to last from my meta global.js file. For a reason or another, the other scripts just won't work. I guess one is better than nothing ;) Regards, Wintereu 18:07, 8 December 2015 (UTC)

Great, thanks for this tip @Wintereu:, Ill try that one, and report back to you. Dan Koehl (talk) 18:20, 8 December 2015 (UTC)
You're welcome. I think you'll like it. It's handy. Anyway, if you manage somehow to find a way to make global Twinkle work, please tell me. It would make my work easier, since I'm basically patrolling on all ro projects. --Wintereu 00:12, 9 December 2015 (UTC)
Finally, I found it. The script is here. It even adds the TW tab. --Wintereu 07:32, 9 December 2015 (UTC)


Hi Dan,

I'm trying to change my status to Online as yours is, but it's stuck at sitting at Somewhere. Will it update automatically? Thanks! --Giooo95 (talk) 08:10, 10 December 2015 (UTC)

Stepped away from wiki-politics[edit]

Hi DK. I have predominantly stepped away from wiki-politics, and my opinions these days are predominantly uninformed by any goings-on. While I have opinions, they will generally still be public utterances, not things that I will address in email. If that is the sort of opinion that you want, then you can ask a question here or any wiki and ping me and I will respond if I have any opinion that I consider of value.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:09, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

Or you can find me in irc ... sdrewth  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:13, 5 May 2016 (UTC)
Thank you @Billinghurst:, I wanted to ask you for some advice regarding a new CU on Wikispecies, but now I have submitted a new request. Dan Koehl (talk) 20:06, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

Issue on EnWiki[edit]

Sorry Dan, it was only my ghost alive :) Glad that the issue is resolved masti <talk> 13:28, 2 June 2016 (UTC)

RE:Translation of the head banner[edit]

Hi, Template:Steward_elections_guidelines is the one that contains the translations of that specific page. This year it was preferred to use a unique template system for elections instead of year-by-year page translation. Regards. 20px Alvaro Molina ( - ) 20:30, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

Steward Requests[edit]

Hi, I am afraid you accidentally removed some information from the Steward Requests page [1]. Regards, --Nungalpiriggal (talk) 06:23, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

Oh, I can see that @Nungalpiriggal:, very strange, and a bot also took away parts, I believe it is restored now, thanks for the info. Dan Koehl (talk) 08:32, 14 February 2017 (UTC)
It's not. Still many messages missing. Stryn (talk) 09:40, 14 February 2017 (UTC)
Not restored, see my topic below --Ilya (talk) 09:42, 14 February 2017 (UTC)
It seems like Dan Koehl added his request to an old version of the page: Boivie (talk) 09:52, 14 February 2017 (UTC)
I guess the best thing would be that I cut out the three CU applications, and restore the page to the version before I added them, did anyone of you @Nungalpiriggal, Ilya, Stryn, Ajraddatz, Boivie, QuiteUnusual, and Einsbor: make a lot of edits in the meantime? Dan Koehl (talk) 10:20, 14 February 2017 (UTC)
I personally did not make any edit to that page, but I think other Users are currently restoring its content. --Nungalpiriggal (talk) 10:31, 14 February 2017 (UTC)
I re-inserted the edit I had made - thanks. QuiteUnusual (talk) 14:59, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

OK, maybe I should better leave it, and let everyone look for their lost comments and restore. They know what they wrote and how and where to find it...?

So sorry for this everyone, and I think Boive may be right, otherwise I cant understand why text would have been removed just because of my input. Dan Koehl (talk) 10:34, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

Removing my request for permissions[edit]

Hi, I see you just removed my request. However it was not fulfilled and did not go to any archive --Ilya (talk) 09:01, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

Översättningsmeddelande: Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Toolkit/Discussion Coordinator Role[edit]

Hej Dan Koehl!

Du får detta e-postmeddelande för att du registrerade dig som översättare i svenska på Meta.

Sidan Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Toolkit/Discussion Coordinator Role finns tillgänglig för översättning. Du kan översätta den genom att klicka på följande länk:

Prioriteten för denna sida är medel.

Din hjälp är mycket uppskattad. Översättare som du hjälper Meta att fungera som en verkligt flerspråkig nätgemenskap.

Du kan ändra dina aviseringsinställningar här.


Översättningssamordnarna på Meta‎, 23:33, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

Översättningsmeddelande: Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Process/Briefing[edit]

Hej Dan Koehl!

Du får detta e-postmeddelande för att du registrerade dig som översättare i svenska på Meta.

Sidan Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Process/Briefing finns tillgänglig för översättning. Du kan översätta den genom att klicka på följande länk:

Prioriteten för denna sida är medel.

Din hjälp är mycket uppskattad. Översättare som du hjälper Meta att fungera som en verkligt flerspråkig nätgemenskap.

Du kan ändra dina aviseringsinställningar här.


Översättningssamordnarna på Meta‎, 22:19, 10 March 2017 (UTC)


My email address is temporarily different. I seem to have missed your previous email. You can try again it is my username here Zellfaze (talk) 01:49, 4 August 2017 (UTC)

Presenting Community Engagement Insights survey report: Tuesday, October 10, 1600 UTC[edit]

Hi Dan Koehl,
I am reaching out to you because you signed up to receive updates about the Global Wikimedia survey.[1]

We will be hosting a public event online to present the data, a few examples on how teams will be using it for annual planning, and what are next steps for this project. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 10, at 9:00 am PST (1600 UTC), and the presentation will be in English. You can watch the livestream here, and ask question via IRC on #wikimedia-office.

If you are unable attend, you can also find the report on meta, and watch the recording of the event at a later time.

We hope to have you join us online! -- María Cruz 23:29, 2 October 2017 (UTC)

  1. Update your subscription to these messages by clicking here.

Welcome to the Dispute Resolution Focus Group[edit]

Hi Dan,

Thank you for signing up, and welcome to the dispute resolution focus group!

Read over the focus group introduction to get started.

Then read through the first module, which begins now and ends on Monday. The first module will be conducted via email, while later modules will be conducted on a separate page. We will provide additional logistical information as the focus group progresses.

Thanks again! JosephNegotiation (talk) 23:00, 9 November 2017 (UTC)

Focus Group Extension[edit]

We've extended the first deadline until noon (EST) tomorrow. We hope you can participate! JosephNegotiation (talk) 01:22, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

New Tech Ambassadors Phabricator board[edit]


You have listed yourself as an active Tech Ambassador, thank you for that!

We have recently set up a board on Phabricator so that you can learn about tasks and updates that are potentially interesting for your community, and take action when necessary. During the pilot phase we are currently in, to avoid confusion, only Wikimedia Foundation's Community Liaisons will mark tasks so that they end up in the various columns. Thanks for your understanding!

Please follow this Phabricator board (learn how to). You'll receive "notifications" for updates in all tasks listed there. In case you choose to receive them as email; we currently expect the volume to be fairly low, but in any case you can learn how to manage it.

If you have any feedback about this board, please leave your questions and comments on the Ambassadors talk page.

All the best, Trizek (WMF) (talk) 13:03, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

Number of species on WikiSpecies[edit]

Hi Dan, I wanted to ask about this edit where you indicated there are 400,000 species on WikiSpecies, while the previous edit had indicated 380,000 articles. Do you have a source for this? I believe the number may be quite a bit lower since WikiSpecies has many articles that are not about a particular species. (For example, articles about different taxa like kingdoms or families, or different people who named species.) I've estimated that only about 2/3rds of current articles represent a species. Thanks for your help! Scientific29 (talk) 01:48, 31 July 2019 (UTC)

WAM2019 welcomes your support![edit]

WAM logo without text.svg

Hello Dan Koehl,

Thank you for joining us as a Wikipedia community organizer. We would appreciate your help to get the central banner localized in your language.

You can visit here and select your language (which language you want the contents to be translated into) and then translate it.

WAM2019 Team thanks you for your support. Face-smile.svg

Kind regards,
WAM2019 International Team
--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:53, 2 November 2019 (UTC)

It is done! Deryni (talk) 17:58, 2 November 2019 (UTC)