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Protect the page then

I'm willing myself to put my hands up and say that this is a edit war. Protect the page. The one and only...Mr. Berty! talk~stalk 16:52, 9 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No. Why? I don't see any need. -Barras (talk) 16:57, 9 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Damn, So close! :P Normandie Talk! 12:21, 25 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Not to worry, it was on my watchlist and was always going to be a pretty obvious conclusion anyway. Thanks though. :) Normandie Talk! 12:38, 25 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Service Award

This editor is a Senior Editor I and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge.

Congratulations on completing two years service on the Simple English Wikipedia. One of our busiest editors and administrators, who is also busy on other wiki projects. --Peterdownunder (talk) 12:14, 5 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks a lot! -Barras (talk) 12:17, 5 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Edit to Jefferson uh

are you sure about this? Petrb (talk) 20:03, 9 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Meh, apparently I'm still not able to do more than one thing at once. Thanks first finding my fail and fixing it! -Barras (talk) 20:27, 9 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]


You are right in the reason of why I am here. I cannot edit on the other Wikipedia. I am not here though to get myself unblocked. I really want to contribute somehow. I edited for two years on the en.Wikipedia and made a lot of good contributions. I am kicking myself right now for ever doing what I did. I have ruined the image of myself after two years of building on it. I am sincerely sorry, I don't know how to convey this to other users, I'm not just some vandal, it was one wrong decision... I am really sorry. I wanted to become an admin so bad on the english wikipedia, and now that is all ruined. Even if I edited faithfully for 10 more years and gained the trust of most of the people, the damage is already done. I know you will still think that I am a bad ill-intentioned editor after you read this, but in truth, I understand what I did wrong and I have a lot of remorse over the whole issue. I wanted to start over somewhere and gain the trust back that I have already lost. I cannot believe I did that when I now think about it; people trusted me for two years, and then it was ruined with one click of the button. The only thing I can do now is to learn from my mistakes and move on. Hopefully you can sort of see my perspective on this even if you don't agree with me. I am disgusted with myself, I wish I had never done what I did. Mìthrandir (talk) 19:48, 14 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Proposal. for GoogleTrans-Speak to be a gadget on simple Wikipedia

As one of the aims for the simple English wiki is to help people learn English, I propose my GoogleTrans-Speak gadget for the wiki.

Using GoogleTrans a popup will appear near the cursor, having a foreign language translation of the word (or selected text < 500 characters), when the cursor is over a word in a web page and the SHIFT key is pressed.

The help file on the enwiki for the gadget is at:


The gadget has been running on the enwiki for around 18 months now and has had around 8500 installs (after 6 months of use). It is currently running on 12 wikis.

It can be run on the simple enwiki by including the following javascript in your vector.js file:


This version has the following text to speech addition:

   if you select some text (<4000 characters), put the cursor within that text, and hold the ESCape key down for a second, then a sound bar will appear. By clicking on the play bar of the sound bar, you will then hear the text selected.

The idea is that people wishing to learn English may not just want the translation of a word or two (or a sentence or two) they don't know, but also may wish to hear the sentence to train their ears (and thus learn to listen to English as well as read it).

I use the gadget (on my private test system) to read French and Spanish webpages, including the eswiki and the frwiki, since I can read those languages but cannot understand spoken speech of those tongues.

The Text To Speech is actually done on my LINUX box in Canberra Australia, so I would like to try out the feature on a small wiki (like the Simple wiki) so the number of requests isn't too large.

Open Source Text to Speech systems are used:

   Festival for English and Spanish
   Espeak for the other languages
   Mbrola contributes the voices for espeak in French and some other languages.

On Firefox 3.5+ a HTML5 audio tag plays an OGG sound file. On IE9 a HTML5 audio tag plays an MP3 sound file On other systems, Flash is needed, a Flash sound bar will play an MP3 sound file.

I think some people learning English may like to play a computer voice of some text in wiki articles. It's a good way to learn to listen to English. You can have the translation into your native language, and then you can listen to the English text selected right in front of you. Listening to the radio and TV is often difficult because the native speakers speak too fast. Festival TTS does not speak too quickly.

You can play the sound bar more than once if you need to listen several times.

It's a good language learning tool and I thought it would be a good gadget for the simple English wiki, which is a language learning wiki. (talk) 07:38, 21 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello IP!
I'm myself not really a fan of google translations. It fails far too often. If you want this as a gadget, you may propose this on WP:ST. If there are many people who think this would be a good idea, one of our admins will surely do this. -Barras (talk) 10:17, 21 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Daniel Nathans

Thanks so much for helping out on the Daniel Nathans article. Cheers. Mìthrandir 13:23, 24 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hello, I was wondering what the template is for the current adminship requests box that I see on a lot of userpages? Cheers. Mìthrandir 19:44, 24 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

this? -Griffinofwales (talk) 23:19, 24 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yeah, thanks.... Cheers. Mìthrandir 19:29, 28 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My rfa

Hi Barras

Thanks for participating in my RFA. If I have any questions I'll be sure to ask, but the tools seem pretty straightforward. Best, Albacore (talk · changes) 01:31, 27 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Thanks for the deletion of that article, I know it isn't much for you, but it's appreciated... Cheers. Mìthrandir 19:28, 28 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Username change

Is it possible for me to change my username on only this wiki? My account is globalized, so I don't think that is possible... Cheers. Mìthrandir 00:17, 1 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This is not a problem and can simply be done on only one wiki. Just make a request at WP:CHU. -Barras (talk) 10:14, 1 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! Cheers. Mìthrandir 12:05, 1 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Is there something similar to a backlog on the simple wiki? Also, I entered a request on the username change page... Cheers. Mìthrandir 14:22, 1 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Not that I can think of it. -Barras (talk) 17:54, 1 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Will you close the RfD on Ziziphus mauritiana? It was originally a pretty bad article, but thanks to Albacore, the article is much better now. I think that it can be closed per SNOW as no one would think of deleting it now. Regards. SPQR 23:46, 4 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I closed it as a withdrawn nomination. Goodvac (talk) 23:54, 4 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Will you see my request for rollback? Anyone? Regards. SPQR 00:01, 5 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]