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Hey Linuxbeak, it always hurts me to see a redlink, and so I'm going to de-redlink your talk page. How are you getting to Wikimania? Are you flying? ;) -Mysekurity 22:46, 10 December 2005 (UTC)Reply

Heh, nice. No, I'll be driving. I wish I *WAS* flying though... sigh.. Linuxbeak 23:04, 10 December 2005 (UTC)Reply
For now, you might start text/layout for the next Wikimania main page here : Wikimania 2006 main page. You mentioned something about needing a sysop flag for this kind of work... can you explain? There isn't anything about page layout or content that would require it. (The old content is all on wikimania.wikimedia.org.) Sj


Thanks for voting!

Wikimania presentation[edit]

There's no favoritism given to wikimedians volunteering to help out, regarding presentations; you might want to clarify on your userpage that you plan to submit an abstract rather than that you're a "potential presenter" at Wikimania :-) That said, submit an abstract already! Sj 06:59, 13 February 2006 (UTC)Reply

Done and done. My abstract is now submitted. Linuxbeak 17:19, 23 March 2006 (UTC)Reply

deleting images, &c[edit]

Please don't speedy any images. This is not en:wp; the deletion criteria are very different.

In fact, please stop most of the deletion you're currently doing. Just tag things for deletion, and let others come back and delete them in another pass. Sj 04:10, 25 March 2006 (UTC)Reply

I second that - please just tag things for awhile, OK? WhiteNight T | @ | C 22:32, 27 March 2006 (UTC)Reply
Again, please just let someone else comb over them for a while :). Just another star in the night T | @ | C 00:57, 28 March 2006 (UTC)Reply

Mainly you need to be very careful about historical, foreign language, and miscellaneous pages as well as essays. Both me and Amgine (and maybe others) have restored stuff you have deleted recently - I mean you are making other mistakes as well - i.e. with blocks. I really reccommend laying off the administrator abilities at least for a week or so - I mean by watching how other admins like Aphaia, Oscar etc. do stuff for a while you may get a better feel for it. Sj's comment above as well - i.e. if someone asks you to please stop you shouldn't need someone else to "back them up". I do sympathize though - Meta isn't exactly an active place a lot of time... Just another star in the night T | @ | C 01:45, 28 March 2006 (UTC)Reply


What is the use of adding that to all the pages? Is it just a first step in the overhauling process? Jon Harald Søby 17:01, 26 March 2006 (UTC)Reply

Re: IRC[edit]

I have posted a reply at my talk page. Ambush Commander 19:30, 26 March 2006 (UTC)Reply


Could you please choose shorter block lengths then "indefinate" for spammers with IPs unless there is some egregious violation (eg. legal threats) - thanks! WhiteNight T | @ | C 22:45, 27 March 2006 (UTC)Reply

Please warn people before blocking them (aka tests) Just another star in the night T | @ | C 00:46, 28 March 2006 (UTC)Reply


Please don't speedy delete any content on meta that was added before 2006. Just tag it with { historical }, or put it on RfD and wait a few weeks for discussion. There is no clear consensus on what content is "meta-related" - and your impression of what is meta-related seems to be more restrictive than some others' opinions.

Hi Linuxbeak - I needed to update the page http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CDT_proposal - which you had previously deleted. Is it reinstated now? May I contact you for feedback? Thank you, DMacP debmacp@gmail.com

Many interesting historical pages which should be kept / classified / archived, not deleted. For instance, pages such as Idea Generation (which you speedied yesterday) seem to me clearly relevant historical meta-content from the early days of Wikipedia, yet you speedied it yesterday. Sj 10:59, 28 March 2006 (UTC)Reply

Hi Linuxbeak, please be careful in doing deletions. I restored some pages you deleted, so please review the speedy deletion rules at Meta:Deletion policy. Best regards, Korg + + 02:00, 29 March 2006 (UTC)Reply

Hey, and don't get discouraged :). I'm sure it'll work out eventually :). Just another star in the night T | @ | C 04:53, 29 March 2006 (UTC)Reply

Mania Categories[edit]

Hi Alex,

Here are the kinds of cats that will be on wikimania2006:

  • Conference content
    • Discussion / roundtable pages (about a topic)
    • Sessions (about conference presentations, workshops, panels)
    • Events (plenary sessions, meals, parties, film festival, &?c)
  • Information [FAQ, Venue (room maps, lodging maps, getting around), Travel info (visas, flights, carpools), Registration (online reg-form, at the reg/info desk, list of attendees)]
    • Volunteer info (open jobs; info for volunteers)
    • Speaker info (where to go; what to prepare)
    • Press info (how to register; where to go; what to provide)
  • Program
    • Speakers (bio/info pages)
    • Proceedings (abstracts, in a wikibook-like format)
    • Materials (relevant content to read before coming / discussions thereof)
    • Submitting suggestions/proposing presentations
  • Remote participation (online streams, audio/video; transcriptions; IRC channels; videoconferencing)
  • Attendees (their usesrpages, info about them & their schedules, &c)

There will be more, but this is a start. :-) Sj 19:31, 15 April 2006 (UTC)Reply

I underestimated you[edit]

This is you-know-who. I did challenge you before to make a concession (and to put your money where your mouth is). Now you have made one, but on your own terms. Congratulations. I see that Slim and Flo are not going to make your job any easier. I hope that your new wards pace themselves and behave themselves. While I have a certain respect for Slim and Flo, it seems to me that they are currently behaving like children: holding their breath to get their way. Let them. Let them do so until either they are blue in the face or, "until the cows come home." -- 23:26, 29 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

Oh, and give my best to Phaedriel. I put her through the wringer, but she will come out better for it. Since she is associated with law enforcement, I am sure that she found this false label of "death threat" to be highly offensvie on the Foundation's part. If you would be so good, sir, as to re-label it to read, perhaps, "making this post" and letting the reader decide what they think of that person on their own, it would help the situation. Thanks in advance for you assistance on the matter. Happy Memorial Day. -- 23:39, 29 May 2006 (UTC)Reply
Compared to the beating you have taken over the past 24 hours, I bet that that one week of "no admin activity" is suddently looking pretty attractive. Still, you made the right decision. -- 13:02, 30 May 2006 (UTC)Reply

Pietras's ban[edit]

You must unblocked me!! I'm not troll here and I have account here so I have create voting. if you next time reverting me, I ask other admins for ban for you. wikt:pl:User:Pietras1988 16:25, 16 July 2006 (UTC)


I am requesting this user be blocked/a name change for inappropriate user name. The user name reads "Hong Kong's bin Laden". There was an extortion case in Hong Knog several years ago which involves a person nicknamed "Hong Kong's bin Laden" attempting extorting money from a beverage company.

Find me at English Wikipedia if you have further question. SYSS Mouse 03:04, 25 July 2006 (UTC)Reply


Hello, Practice matches start today! :-) When will you be available for a practice match? Kim Bruning/ 18:27, 2 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

Board of Trustees elections[edit]


The Wikipedia Signpost, a community-newspaper in the English Wikipedia, is covering the Board of Trustees elections and will be featuring each of the candidates in next week's issue. As such, we would appreciate it if you would take some time to answer a few interview questions. Each candidate will be asked the same questions; by no means, though, feel obligated to answer any (or even) all of them, though we would greatly appreciate it if you did.

Some of the questions may be a bit redundant to the candidate information you have filled out already. This is both for convenience and for giving you the opportunity to expand on some of them a bit. However, we ask that you keep all responses brief, limiting them to no more than one or two paragraphs each.

You may leave replies to my English Wikipedia talk page, my meta talk page, or email them to me. I would appreciate it if responses are in on or before this Saturday, August 26; please have them in at the latest on Sunday the 27th in order for them to be included in Monday's issue.

As always, the Signpost reserves the right to re-distribute the questions and replies, shorten any responses if necessary, and take any other editorial action deemed appropriate.

Thanks again for your time, and please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! Flcelloguy (A note?) 00:06, 24 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

  1. Your name:
  2. Your username most commonly used:
  3. Your current geographic location, along with your age:
  4. Projects with significant contributions (please both name the language and project, and link to your contributions)
  5. Do you have any rights (i.e. admin, bureaucrat) or positions (i.e. dispute resolution, CheckUser, etc.) on any of those projects? If so, which ones? When did you get elected or promoted for each one?
  6. Do you hold any universal rights (i.e. steward, etc.) for Wikimedia Projects? If so, since when?
  7. When did you first start contributing to Wikimedia projects? Why and how did you initially join?
  8. Briefly describe your career ("real-life"). How do you think this will help you be a successful Board member?
  9. Of all the candidates right now, why do you stand out from the field? What makes you the best candidate?
  10. A knowledge of several languages has been cited as a key requirement for a Board member. Do you speak any other languages other than English? Why do you think language is or isn't critical to the Board?
  11. What do you expect to do while serving on the Board? What are your expectations?
  12. What can you bring to the Board? What can you contribute to the Wikimedia Foundation?
  13. Describe the one issue that you think is most pressing and pertinent to the Foundation right now, and how you would approach the situation.
  14. What is your vision of the Board in the Foundation heirarchy? How do you feel about the current leadership?
  15. As a Board member, you will be serving as a representative of the communities. Do you think you can represent the community and understand its concerns? Why?
  16. What do you think of the Wikimedia Foundation and its mission in general? If you could change one thing about the running of the Foundation, what would you change?
  17. If elected, can and will you devote the appropriate time and other resources needed to serve on the Board?
  18. Have you ever attended Wikimania or any other meetup? What role do you think these meetups play?
  19. Please list (and link) any other pages where you have gotten questions and comments pertaining to the Board elections; we are compiling all of the questions and would appreciate this.
  20. What would you say to a potential voter who is undecided right now?
  21. Is there anything else you would like to mention?

Thanks again.

Board of Trustees elections[edit]

Hello! This is just a friendly reminder that responses to the "interview" questions for the Wikipedia Signpost are due soon. The important message and questions were left on your meta talk page. If you have not already done so, please kindly take a look at them, and we would appreciate your reply as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Flcelloguy (A note?) 01:57, 27 August 2006 (UTC)Reply

Board meeting[edit]

Hi! The new Board member is expected to attend a Board meeting in Frankfurt 20-23 October, so you are highly expected to aim to keep these dates free or book time off work in case you are successful in your bid to be on the Board. Jon Harald Søby 14:54, 29 August 2006 (UTC)Reply


File upload log on your page gives me no matches. Stephen B Streater 17:20, 30 August 2006 (UTC)Reply


Pienso que como muchas personas yo ingrese a participar en Wikipedia muy animadamente, sin embargo me tope con una gran traba, los wikipedistas que se creen dueños del saber y esta web, yo soy un novato en wikipedia y las veces que he entrado me dedico mas a procurar ver como arreglo la web de una artista joven latina, que viene sobresaliendo en el mundo del espectaculo.

Me parecio lindo poder colocar una biografia de ella, pero mi colaboracion primero llevo el irrelevante, no si el arte sea irrelevante o es irrelevante porque es una propuesta de un extraño... bueno en fin , luego de irrelevante paso a copy nose que? pero de alli le quitaron ese calñificativo y paso a votacion para borrado ???? whath??? y mas contrariado cuando dicen que pse puede editar bien para que no sea eliminado, porque no usan el tiempo en corregior los trabajos malos en vez de usarlo para crear foros y otros? porque no le dicen a uno como corregir los trabajos????

Luego veo quienes solicitan el borrado, al parecer gente que les gusta les llamen duquesa, excelencia, divinidad??? queeeee, esta es una pagina que pretende revolucionar la educacion??? hacer que persista el por siempre las cosas que deben de serlo??? no me parece que sea el criterio usado el mejor ç, usted como uno de los lideres por favor ayude para que existan estos cambios en la conducta de los administradores, bibliotecarios y en fin

Bueno sino nuevamente perdi el tiempo aca en este reino de brujas, condes, duquesas y reyes del saber :(

Ahhhhh mi contribucion fue sobre Mia Rauz

indignodewiki 20:21, 05 Septiembre 2006

Question about board candidacy[edit]

Hi Linuxbeak,

In your statement you mention: Cut bureaucracy and unnecessary red tape as to make the projects more productive. Could you please explain how exactly you would like to accomplish that? Do you think about the bureaucracy on the projects itself or on the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF)? If the first, do you want the board to make new rules for the communities to cut in the project's bureaucracy, or do you want the reorganization to come from the projects itself? If so, how would you stimulate that? If you mean reorganization within WMF, on what level would you like to cut in that? In the professional level (Brad, Danny etc), in the developer/sysop-level (Brion, Tim, Mark) or in the volunteer/Committee level (Comcom, spcom etc)? Again the question: Do you want to enforce that reorganization, or do you want to let it come out of themselves? If the second, how do you want to stimulate that? (sorry for all the if-statements) Effeietsanders 16:03, 6 September 2006 (UTC)Reply

Referencing cites that obviously violate copyrights.[edit]

I was wondering if you know whether this issue has been discussed. There are websites (for example www.rickross.com) that aggregate and copy news articles about a specific subject with little or no commentary. The entire news article is copied, usually with no link to the source. However, the publication, author, and date of publication are usually identified. My feeling is that we should reference the source directly and not provide a link to a known copyright violation (and if possible use the source info to find a link to the article on the publishers website - or somewhere else where it is properly licensed). Links to any prior discussion - or just your own view would be appreciated. Trodel 19:15, 2 October 2006 (UTC)Reply

Hi again - since requesting this info I have found these, three, conversations. And the policy, while not obvious, seems clear that my feeling is correct :) If you know of anything else... Trodel 19:51, 2 October 2006 (UTC)Reply