Welcome to the 42nd edition of my talk page. Please leave me a message below and I will generally reply on your talk page. Although my email address is enabled, I do not check often (so I may be slow in replying to email and very much prefer to have conversations here). I am not around much, so it may take me a while to reply or respond to requests. Please note that while I will do a peer review on just about any article if asked, it will often take me a week or more, and I do not have the time to do copyedits. If you want me to review an article, please open a peer review on it first. Thanks for stopping by and happy editing! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 21:25, 31 December 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Recent user talk page moves

Hello, Ruhrfisch,

I still can't quite figure out what happened with all of your recent moves of archived user talk pages but between yesterday and today I have deleted 88 pages of broken redirects for some nonexistent user account, User:Archive 41, that led to or from your archived talk pages. Since you are an admin, you could have deleted them yourself or at least tagged them for deletion. Check my deletion log for archived user talk page under your username or the Archive 41 username. You moved the same pages 3 or 4 times, I think you should have known by not leaving a redirect in the final move that all of those pages created in earlier, incorrect moves would be turned into broken redirects. User pages that are broken redirects are not handled by a bot but must be deleted by an admin.

I guess I'm just saying, please do not do this again! Thanks. Liz Read! Talk! 02:35, 2 January 2020 (UTC)[reply]

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I just read a review you performed at Talk:Avery Coonley School#FAC suggestions ("Ruhrfisch comments") almost 10 years ago and wish I would have seen it a long time ago. I do a lot of maintenance on lower class articles to work them in a direction that may allow a better class assessment. I do a lot of work in the appendices sections and noted your comments "Usually Notes are separated from References by a (sub)header of some sort". While we have many ways to present an article I have noted some have started using full sections for those related to "References". A "Bibliography" section or sub-section has been used within the "References" section instead of "Works cited" or "References cited" and I have been making changes per MOS:NOTES. It is a small change but with valid reasoning that is largely unopposed.
Anyway, I enjoyed reading your detailed suggestions and will dissect some of it for future use. Thanks, Otr500 (talk) 07:07, 31 January 2020 (UTC)[reply]

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Sonestown Covered Bridge

This is to let you know that the above article has been scheduled as today's featured article for March 19, 2020. Please check the article needs no amendments. If you're interested in editing the main page text, you're welcome to do so at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/March 19, 2020.—Wehwalt (talk) 20:40, 24 February 2020 (UTC)[reply]

I logged onto wikiepdia today for the first time in a few weeks and was happy to see this article as the featured article. Congratulations. Gerry D (talk) 03:00, 19 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks so much - I'm pretty sure you're the one who found the photo on the Main Page (from Nicholas T on Flickr) plus help with reviewing it back in the day. Hope you're doing well in this weird time. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 04:03, 19 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you for a lovely article! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:31, 19 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]
You're very welcome - thanks for letting me know Ruhrfisch ><>°° 12:42, 19 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]

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Hi Ruhrfish: Good to see you back! I always know, when I see a covered bridge article on the main page, that it's going to be one of yours. ;) MeegsC (talk) 21:39, 19 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks MeegsC, it feels good to be doing more here. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 22:24, 19 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]

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I've got what I think is highly helpful information I want to add to an article, but need someone who understands Wikipedia, science, prudent safety consideration, & how to collaborate. And willing to search through data & such for the next while. And having OneNote 2010 would really help! I've collected a lot of linked information! I’m feeling the urgency to get the info out. Need help & it looked like you might have relevant experience! I'll keep looking for others, too. I’m super-green at Wikipedia, so please forgive if I’m using wrong channels to contact! Please let me know as soon as you can!! Thanks! Field In (talk) 10:59, 23 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Wanted to update that I've posted additions on the Chlorine Dioxide and Sodium Chlorite pages, helped by advice you gave. (Thanks!) If you have any addiitional suggestions, please let me know  :-) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Field In (talkcontribs) 16:41, 28 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]

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Thanks Gerda! Still appreciated 8 years later - Ruhrfisch ><>°° 16:31, 23 June 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you today for Black Moshannon State Park, - a nice place to retreat to on the day of a funeral I can't attend because of the restriction. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:19, 26 June 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Sorry for your loss and thanks for your kind words. - Ruhrfisch ><>°° 13:51, 26 June 2020 (UTC)[reply]

2nd Featured Article -- ten years later

Hi Ruhrfisch. We met about ten years ago on the Sentence spacing article—my first try at a Featured Article. I hope this message finds you well.

I just (re)nominated for FA an article on a 35-year-old play-by-mail (PBM) game called Hyborian War (still active!) for my second try at a Featured Article—about ten years after Sentence spacing. I took a fascination to the PBM genre last year. I pulled the article's first nomination—mostly because a reviewer asked for more context on the broader play-by-mail genre and setting. When ready, one of the FAC mentors gave it a thorough peer review before I renominated. However, other than an image review I'm a bit concerned it may sit unreviewed to the end because it's a pretty niche topic. If you review FA candidates, and you have time in the next week or two, I would welcome a review. Thanks for your time. Airborne84 (talk) 03:50, 19 June 2020 (UTC)[reply]

I will try to take a look at it and make some comments, but I have to look at / clean up an article first, before it is on the Main Page as TFA in a few days. - Ruhrfisch ><>°° 16:33, 23 June 2020 (UTC)[reply]
That would be just fine. Greatly appreciated! Airborne84 (talk) 20:36, 23 June 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Hi Ruhrfisch. If you have time, would greatly appreciate your review on this. It's kind of a niche topic, but Gog the Mild who's on hand at nomination is kind of an SME on the topic and so even if you're only OK with just reviewing the prose or other limited review, I'll take what I can get at this point. Thanks for your time. Airborne84 (talk) 05:19, 3 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]
I am looking at the article now. Sorry for the delay, - Ruhrfisch ><>°° 19:05, 3 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Really appreciate the hard look at the Hyborian War nomination. The article is certainly improved as a result, and I greatly appreciate the additional review! Airborne84 (talk) 02:28, 6 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]
You are very welcome, the pleasure was mine - it was fun to get involved in FAC again and I really enjoyed reading and reviewing the article and learning about PBM. Please don't wait 10 years for your next FA ;-) - Ruhrfisch ><>°° 02:48, 6 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]

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Manganese, Minnesota

Hello, Ruhrfisch! It's still not quite in my mind FA quality, but with your invaluable comments from peer review, I have made many of your suggested changes (view my response at peer review for the changes I did not make). Please have another look at Manganese, Minnesota. Best Regards, DrGregMN (talk) 02:02, 19 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Feel free to have yet another look, and see my comments on the peer review page! Best Regards, DrGregMN (talk) 02:19, 8 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]

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Thank you for having improved and supported Carmen, with Bizet's music "expressing the emotions and suffering of his characters" as Brian worded it. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:16, 3 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks Gerda, I do miss Brian, but am thankful for the many fine articles he left us. - Ruhrfisch ><>°° 16:32, 3 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Exactly, and I'm happy that we can show them now more than once. Which one would you suggest to present next? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:49, 3 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Hmmm. Since one of his music article's is TFA now, perhaps a polar exploration-related article, like the one on Ernest Shackleton (I did not check to see when it was last TFA) - Ruhrfisch ><>°° 17:01, 3 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]
good idea, birthday 15 February, last appeared 2012 - anything closer? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:06, 3 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Danke, aber keine Ahnung ;-) - Ruhrfisch ><>°° 14:07, 4 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Never mind. I looked into Kathleen Ferrier - remembering how furious Brian was when she was scheduled with 45 minutes notice, on her centenary, imagine. Aber - her day 22 April is (practically) given to Earth Day - so another one for next years. I settled with Percy Grainger so far. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:14, 4 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Percy's a good one too - thanks. - Ruhrfisch ><>°° 03:31, 5 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]
A friend of mine pointed me at his music, long ago, - my first article, DYK? He is looking forward to a livestream concert tomorrow, his chamber music. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:38, 5 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]

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Manganese, Minnesota

Hello, Ruhrfisch! I believe I have this article sourced as best as possible; I have asked Jonesey95 for a copy edit prior to FAC submission. I think it's ready. Thanks for all your help back in Peer Review! DrGregMN (talk) 20:51, 23 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]

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You have to leave home...

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During a research for an article in the English WP I accidentally found your username 'Ruhrfisch'.

I simply couldn't ignore that strange sounding word, because I have a deep personal relation to the Ruhrgebiet – but what is a 'Ruhrfisch'? I couldn't believe your explanation, but of course you are right, and now I know what a 'Ruhrfisch' is ;)!

Meant as a little friendly gesture you get the RÜHRFISCH with the necessary Umlaut directly from my keyboard :). Viele Grüße aus Deutschland! Daniel aka --Taigatrommel (talk) 20:30, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Hi Daniel, thanks for your note and always nice to hear from others. Glad to hear my German name explanation makes sense to a native speaker (my German is good, but definitely not error free). I've visited the Ruhrgebiet often in my trips to Germany - I've always wanted to ride the Schwebebahn in Wuppertal, but haven't gotten to do so yet. Take care, - Ruhrfisch ><>°° 12:04, 18 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

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You are one of four editors who greatly encouraged me in my early months here and provided heart-warming support both before and during my RfA, which I looked at today for the first time in several years. I don't know if you realize how important that was and is to me. I am very glad, both on my own account and for the good of the encyclopedia as a whole, that you are still around. – Athaenara 20:57, 2 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks so much Athaenara, it is always a pleasure to hear from you and I appreciate your kind words. Congrats on the anniversary of your RfA and Merry Christmas (still a bit early). - Ruhrfisch ><>°° 03:21, 29 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]

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Administrators will no longer be autopatrolled

A recently closed Request for Comment (RFC) reached consensus to remove Autopatrolled from the administrator user group. You may, similarly as with Edit Filter Manager, choose to self-assign this permission to yourself. This will be implemented the week of December 13th, but if you wish to self-assign you may do so now. To find out when the change has gone live or if you have any questions please visit the Administrator's Noticeboard. 20:06, 7 December 2021 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:CF/February 2015 peer reviews

Ambox warning blue.svgTemplate:CF/February 2015 peer reviews has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the entry on the Templates for discussion page. Q28 (talk) 00:24, 15 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – January 2022

News and updates for administrators from the past month (December 2021).

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:25, 3 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How we will see unregistered users

Hi!

You get this message because you are an admin on a Wikimedia wiki.

When someone edits a Wikimedia wiki without being logged in today, we show their IP address. As you may already know, we will not be able to do this in the future. This is a decision by the Wikimedia Foundation Legal department, because norms and regulations for privacy online have changed.

Instead of the IP we will show a masked identity. You as an admin will still be able to access the IP. There will also be a new user right for those who need to see the full IPs of unregistered users to fight vandalism, harassment and spam without being admins. Patrollers will also see part of the IP even without this user right. We are also working on better tools to help.

If you have not seen it before, you can read more on Meta. If you want to make sure you don’t miss technical changes on the Wikimedia wikis, you can subscribe to the weekly technical newsletter.

We have two suggested ways this identity could work. We would appreciate your feedback on which way you think would work best for you and your wiki, now and in the future. You can let us know on the talk page. You can write in your language. The suggestions were posted in October and we will decide after 17 January.

Thank you. /Johan (WMF)

18:13, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – February 2022

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2022).

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • The user group oversight will be renamed suppress in around 3 weeks. This will not affect the name shown to users and is simply a change in the technical name of the user group. The change is being made for technical reasons. You can comment in Phabricator if you have objections.
  • The Reply Tool feature, which is a part of Discussion Tools, will be opt-out for everyone logged in or logged out starting 7 February 2022. Editors wishing to comment on this can do so in the relevant Village Pump discussion.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 03:02, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Nomination of Central Mountains Shared Use Trails System for deletion

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Central Mountains Shared Use Trails System is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Central Mountains Shared Use Trails System until a consensus is reached, and anyone, including you, is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article.

---DOOMSDAYER520 (TALK|CONTRIBS) 02:50, 6 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – March 2022

News and updates for administrators from the past month (February 2022).

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:47, 2 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – April 2022

News and updates for administrators from the past month (March 2022).

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:14, 7 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

New administrator activity requirement

The administrator policy has been updated with new activity requirements following a successful Request for Comment.

Beginning January 1, 2023, administrators who meet one or both of the following criteria may be desysopped for inactivity if they have:

  1. Made neither edits nor administrative actions for at least a 12-month period OR
  2. Made fewer than 100 edits over a 60-month period

Administrators at risk for being desysopped under these criteria will continue to be notified ahead of time. Thank you for your continued work.

22:53, 15 April 2022 (UTC)

FAR for Larrys Creek

I have nominated Larrys Creek for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. Hog Farm Talk 15:20, 22 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – May 2022

News and updates for administrators from the past month (April 2022).

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Arbitration


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 23:34, 9 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]