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Demo for AD link[edit]

I'm using this page as a demo for how to link to an advertisement. If I were really adverting on a WMF project, I would have to say that I placed this ad in the article xyz and was paid by company efg. Smallbones (talk) 14:13, 22 February 2014 (UTC)Reply

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2014 FDC self-nomination[edit]

Hello, Smallbones! Thank you very much for submitting your nomination to join the Funds Dissemination Committee. I am working with the Board representatives to the FDC on the FDC nominations process. As you know, the public question and answer period is now underway. Please do review the questions and respond to them as you are able. If you are selected for an interview, kindly note that interviews will be held the week of the 23rd June and the 30th, if necessary. If the Board appoints you to the FDC, we will be holding orientation for members prior to Wikimania on August 6 and 7 in London. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to reach out to me on my Talk page or at Once again, thank you very much for putting yourself forward as a candidate for the FDC! KLove (WMF) (talk) 23:54, 19 June 2014 (UTC)Reply

FDC Election Question[edit]

Hi SmallBones!

Given the short time frame before the election starts I just wanted to let you know that a question was asked of all FDC candidates on the Candidate question page. If you want to respond you can do so by editing that section and adding your response after the = sign next to your name. The question section will remain open (both for questions and responses) throughout the election and is linked from the voting interface so that voters can read it if they wish.

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Signpost inquiry[edit]

Dear Smallbones—I've emailed you. Tony (talk) 06:19, 4 May 2015 (UTC)Reply

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Adjusted text[edit]

There has been a request to inform all who voted in the RfC about interlinking accounts involved with paid editing about the following adjustment in the "statement of issue" on Sept 18th, 2017.

It was clarified that this effort will help deal not only with impersonation of specific Wikipedians but also claims of being in good standing made by those who are not.[1] Thanks. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 19:59, 26 September 2017 (UTC)Reply

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Thar she blows![edit]

I believe (but not many here share my views), that many wikipedians interested in financial/business matters have been run off en.wikipedia. More so than other types of wikipedians :-) Ottawahitech (talk) 00:09, 25 November 2018 (UTC)Reply


On this, the article is indeed authored by me. As far as trusting it, I suppose people can always just consider the sources linked by the source, just like Wikipedia. Should you not be able to get the link white-listed you can always link it indirectly by posting this or something.--The Devil's Advocate (talk) 16:53, 28 March 2019 (UTC)Reply

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Signpost June[edit]

You've got mail, related to article. Aron Manning (talk) 01:33, 2 July 2019 (UTC)Reply

New proposals in aftermath of Fram ban[edit]

Hi Smallbones, As part of the wiki-untouchable-caste I would love to post a reply to the thread re. three high-ranking users at The Signpost. Unfortunately I am not permitted to edit any part of the en-Wikipedia, so I am posting here instead.

Yes, it is unfortunate that there are now some Users who are equal more than others, but the practice of treating some Users as worth less than others has a long and proud history on en-wikipedia. When I tried to tackle this issue on a wikiproject talkpage back in 2013 (See:, my posting was reverted (twice) with an edit summary " removing unrelated crap". A "popular" Admin showed up on my talkpage to warn me against trying to re-instate my post.

I did manage to hang in for almost ten years, and most of my 75,000 edit donations have been accepted, in spite of being called a spammer, a troll, a vandal, and other uncomplimentary names. I was ignored by most other Users, and the few that came to my defense, ended up being in trouble themsleves. I hope you will take your time, before removing this comment. Others who had visited and posted to my talkpage on en-wikipedia before I became an untouchable, are now asking me to stop using their talkpages. Ottawahitech (talk) 18:50, 2 August 2019 (UTC)Reply


just as a little correction, statue taken down on juneteenth June 19, around 11 p.m. [2], [3] park service cleaning up trash next day, less important. cheers. Slowking4 (talk) 12:06, 21 June 2020 (UTC)Reply

Thanks. Smallbones (talk) 15:13, 21 June 2020 (UTC)Reply

Invitation to participate in Universal Code of Conduct survey - WikiWomen's User Group[edit]

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Elections videos[edit]

Hi, just to let you know, that there also is a recording of the first meeting of the candidates here]. Pundit (talk) 11:04, 22 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Thanks @Pundit: Smallbones (talk) 11:20, 22 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

1000 random results but meta?[edit]

Dear Smallbones,

Further to your comment to the recent Signpost I have looked up your DEC 2015 analysis of enwiki once more. Do you know of a similar study but on the meta level? What topics are of "disproportionate" interest to ar-, jp- or slwikis and do edit-a-thons help any?

My quick cross-wiki check in the local WP:VITALs turns up many redlinks for barley, alcohol, Oceania, geometry, atom, Caccia sportiva, and possibly most in the Myanmar one as they lead to wikidata records and their main site was last updated on 18 January 2021.

My hunch is that their Top 25 or such 1000 random samples are not about sports or movie stars, but cousins of Ali, recent border clashes or their versions of THE TRUTH.

Zezen (talk) 15:02, 28 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Wikimedia Sound Logo contest discussion[edit]

Wikimedia Sound Logo contest discussion


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wikiconference north america[edit]

sorry you missed it. MMO gave a wonderful talk, and call to action about disinformation. [4]
and nice research confirmation of battleground arbcom. but it is special, that admins "upset that I didn't see my own involvement in it", might want to stop reverting references [5]

Slowking4 (talk) 00:19, 22 November 2023 (UTC)Reply