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Welcome, Dewflower!
Hello, Dewflower, and welcome to the Simple English Wikipedia!

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Mella Mouse?!! I thought you retired! Belle tête-à-tête 03:30, 6 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Mentoring[change source]

Hi Dewflower,

You said that you wanted me to be your mentor (on IRC) and I accepted. What I want you to start doing is to check random articles for spelling mistakes. Get yourself a good dictionary, or use an online one, and read at least two articles each time you are active on Simple English Wikipedia and check them for errors in spelling. For the moment, I don't want you to take part in any discussions on Simple Talk or the Administrator's Notice Board. If you find a problem that needs an admin to do something then I want you to tell me via my talkpage, email or IRC. I want you to work on spelling for at least the next four weeks. Good luck! :) fr33kman 03:15, 4 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you so much for offering to help me, dear dear Fr33kman! I promise I won't make you ashamed of me! :3 I'll try doing the nice things you told me to do as good as I can. Happily, Dewflowertender leaves 02:22, 5 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you[change source]

For all your hard work making new articles! Keep up the good work :) Cheers, {{Sonia|talk|en}} 08:36, 25 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you, Sonia! I've never had anybody thanking me for making articles. :P Thank you so much for the kind compliments! Happy editing, Dewflowertender leaves 08:43, 25 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Categories[change source]

Hi, Good job on all the new articles, they look pretty good and have good references! However, please add categories to your articles like this [[Category:example]] It helps readers and other editors to find them. If you forget, someone else can do it but it just takes a lot longer and sometimes articles get missed out; and then not so many people will read your work! Keep it up, FSM Noodly? 11:33, 30 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks, Noodly! :P I'll try - I forgot the categories on Crab spider. Sorry; I'll try not to make mistakes. Thanks for the helpful advice! ;) Dewflowertender leaves 03:24, 1 July 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Welcome[change source]

Chocolate-Cake-2006-Jan-04.jpg Welcome to WikiProject Baking!
Hello, and welcome to WikiProject Baking! :) Please check our Guidelines on how to edit better. We know your skillful work will give our baking more enjoyment and delight. All comments or opinions are heartily welcomed to be put up on the talk page. Once again, thank you for joining!

Happy changin', dear. :) Bella tête-à-tête 12:02, 21 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

:) Thanks a lot! Finally, the first sign on my talk page! :D Happy editing, Dewflowertender leaves 12:27, 21 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
My pleasure. :) As you're still a newcomer, you can ask me on my talk page if you don't know where to get started - there's presently a suggestion on the talk page of the project, your opinion is always welcome. Oh, and sweet changes on Croissant and Hot dog. Keep up the good work, darlin'. Bless, Bella tête-à-tête 10:37, 22 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Seeing things[change source]

I might just be seeong things, but is Dewflower Clementina?-- Tdxiang 07:03, 13 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank goodness, no! Face-tongue.svg Dewflower is my youngest sister, after Belle. We are all a strange family. Note to self: I wonder if WP:KIND applies to sisters.Clementina talk 08:09, 13 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh my, has somebody logged out again? The one and only...Mr. Berty! talk~stalk 08:21, 13 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I logged out. :P-- Tdxiang 08:39, 13 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You're not seeing things, Tdxiang! :P Clementina is right, I'm really not her. She's much too mature for me.  ;) Warmly, Dewflower 01:30, 14 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Proposal. for GoogleTrans-Speak to be a gadget on simple Wikipedia[change source]

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.

Endo999 (talk) 15:23, 20 February 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Talk back[change source]

Nuvola apps edu languages.svg
Hello, Dewflower. You have new messages at Fr33kman's talk page.
You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.

 :-) fr33kman 04:12, 15 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hot chocolate[change source]

Hot chocolate.jpg Belinda has given you some Hot chocolate with plump marshmallows and foamy cream! Drink it up!

Thanks for your recent editing, little sister. Face-tongue.svg I hope you can get more active over time. Enjoy the Hot Chocolate! ingly, Bella tête-à-tête 11:10, 20 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Mmm... I'm drinking it at the moment. *chokes on marshmallows* Cough. Cough. Thanks! Dewflower 11:11, 20 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Charlotte's Web[change source]

Hello, if you had the time or interest, would you mind expanding it based on the English? Thanks anyway because I think it could be longer. But at least that's better than nothing. (talk) 03:42, 21 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Okay, sure! I'd be glad to work. See you around  :) Dewflower 02:12, 22 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oopsie, you're blocked. Sorry :P Then of course I can't see you around. Well, I'll still try to expand Charlotte's Web. Dewflower 02:14, 22 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

good work[change source]

You've done very well with the plant articles, Dewflower! :) In keeping with your name, I saw there were a couple of common flowers which don't yet have articles-- would you like to work on those? The articles I'm thinking of are Daisy, Morning glory and Edelweiss. (Looking for good pictures is the best part! Face-smile.svg) Keep up the work, either way, and I'd be happy to work with you on a bigger article if you see one you'd like to do. Happy editing! sonia 08:30, 23 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks, Sonia! I'll try to make the articles, and find good pictures on Wikimedia Commons.  :) Back to you, happy editing! Dewflower 10:13, 23 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hey Dewflower. Do you like Warriors? I was just thinking that we could collaborate along with your mentor. I just so happen to be good "friends" with him. How about that? Wikipedia's all about collaboration. Loudclaw/Hey, let's collaborate!/Desk/WP:Warriors/My changes 04:54, 27 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 :/ Hmm. Is "Warriors" a book? If it is, I'm not sure that I have a single idea about it. Are you saying you want me to join your WikiProject Warriors? Bouncily, ~~Dewflower 04:23, 29 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's a series. I thought you'd be interested because of the similarities between your name and a warrior's name. And, um, you don't need to leave a talk back. I watch every page I edit. Yes I was inviting you to join. You can simplify, or wikify, or whatever you do best, like Copy edit. Loudclaw/Hey, let's collaborate!/Desk/WP:Warriors/My changes 04:34, 29 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What's wrong? Why did you delete the other section? I was just reading it. Bouncily, ~~Dewflower 04:35, 29 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I meant to make a face, it was made by an accident on my part. Go back in your talk page's history and you'll see it. Loudclaw/Hey, let's collaborate!/Desk/WP:Warriors/My changes 04:37, 29 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
U-m-m-m-m... I'll try making a good decision. Please give me a little time to think about it... If I make the wrong move, and get myself winded up in nowhere, I'd look pretty clumsy. Bouncily, ~~Dewflower 04:41, 29 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Of course. I'd help you, a lot. Fr33kman and I do work well together, just ask him. If you needed help and he's not there I'd be there. Loudclaw/Hey, let's collaborate!/Desk/WP:Warriors/My changes 04:43, 29 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for your help. :) Bouncily, ~~Dewflower 04:50, 29 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
No problem. Loudclaw/Hey, let's collaborate!/Desk/WP:Warriors/My changes 04:55, 29 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How would you like to find 5 did you know? hooks? They have to be referenced properly so one way I find them it to look in my secret spot! ;-) Bless! fr33kman 04:57, 7 April 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hmmm... is it hard to find DYK hooks? All I've ever done was comment on them. Bouncily, ~~Dewflower 06:19, 7 April 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oooh... now I get it. So... I find a good ref and hook in one of the articles of your secret spot and then put it up? :P I'll try! Bouncily, ~~Dewflower 06:28, 7 April 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Well done with Jaguar's big bite! Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:07, 14 April 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you, Macdonald-ross! =) Bouncily, ~~Dewflower 05:35, 17 April 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

First book[change source]

This editor is a Novice Editor and is entitled to display this First Book of Wikipedia.

Hi Dewflower, congratulations on making more than 200 edits. Here is your first book, enjoy. --Peterdownunder (talk) 12:07, 7 April 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you, Peterdownunder! :D :D :D I've always wanted a Wikipedia Book, and now I've finally received it! *hugs the book* Bouncily, ~~Dewflower 12:09, 7 April 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Administrator[change source]

Are you an administrator? Omkar (talk) 13:45, 9 April 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

She is not. You can see a list of our adminstrators at Wikipedia:Admin#List_of_administrators. Either way (talk) 15:11, 9 April 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You actually thought I was an admin? I can't believe it! Bouncily, ~~Dewflower 11:25, 13 April 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Welcome back[change source]

Hi Dewflower, welcome back. I hope you enjoyed your break. It is good to see your name on the recent changes again.--Peterdownunder (talk) 11:29, 27 May 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks Peterdownunder! I'm glad to see you around too. =) Bouncily, ~~Dewflower 11:30, 27 May 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Dewdrops for you ^o^[change source]

Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence
Hello, Dewey, sweetheart! Thanks for being an unseen but diligent, good user in our wiki! I really appreciate the way you worked so hard even though nobody really noticed you until now. :) I should be more hard-working like you. I love you, dear sis! ingly, Bella tête-à-tête 12:42, 25 July 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
=O Thanks, Belinda! Even if I'm not really hard-working, thanks for the barnstar. It's my first barnstar! Bouncily, ~~Dewflower 09:33, 27 July 2011 (UTC) Hooray! Reply[reply]

Welcome back![change source]

Orashmatash has given you some cookies! Now enjoy them!

Hi Dewflower! While I don't know you, I've never interacted with you, and I'm about 2 months too late with this message, I'd just like to welcome you back from your break. I hope you enjoyed it and you're ready to contribute again! P.S. Enjoy your cookies! :) -Orashmatash- 12:01, 15 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you so much for the cookies, Orashmatash! I never really get anything, except for a couple of smiles or cookies once in a while. ^^ I'll snack on them later. Thanks! Bouncily, ~~Dewflower 05:59, 19 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Bird pages[change source]

Good to see, but you left them incomplete. They should have:

  1. A mention early in the text saying which bird family they belong to, and
  2. A category, probably one of the sub-categories of 'Birds'.

You can find the information in the corresponding page on enWP.

Regards, Macdonald-ross (talk) 16:42, 16 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Oh, thank you, Macdonald-ross - I forgot adding categories, because I wasn't on Wiki for a long time. Thanks for the info! =) Bouncily, ~~Dewflower 03:16, 19 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]