User talk:Macdonald-ross

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Words[change source]

Every now & then we get editors changing words on the basis of their ideas on what is simple. Words also have to be accurate (we are an encyclopedia).

  • Big: certainly simple and popular with children, but a term almost never to be used about living things. Is a giraffe bigger than an elephant? Think about it. It is almost always better to use a more exact word, such as longer, heavier. Is a star big? Does that mean its apparent size or its intrinsic size? Ditto stars being bright.
  • Rich: not a good word because it is ambiguous. A cake can be just as rich as a person. However, only a person can be wealthy, so prefer that word. Neither word is on the extended list of simple words, incidentally, so use the more precise word.
  • Very: another childhood favourite. In spoken English it is an intensifier, but it has almost no function in prose. It may be the most frequent word copy editors cut out as redundant.
  • Die: we all die, but populations become extinct.
  • Animal: that includes jellyfish and beetles. If you mean mammals, say so.
  • Rare: an essential word in ecology, and supported by definitions in the literature. Steaks can also be rare, but that would not be good to use on Simple.

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Erina[change source]

what kind of source you need ? I am one of erina speaker. And perhap you understood erina is khowar??? no Arniya is second name name of khowar source not erina and if you dont want Erina article simply delete no need to redirect with other language. Kratie222 (talk)

Royalty (album)[change source]

Re this edit: I think notability of this album is now shown by the high rankings on some of the mudic charts. --~~

Questions about cell wall[change source]

Thank you for you change my article, i have some questions about my article, can i add some information that you deleted article information at begining. Why ?

Modern Warfare - Advertisment[change source]

It wasn't advertisement. I was just informing people on MWR. I don't even work for Activision

MWR - "complete nonsense"[change source]

There was no need to remove this, there is a page on the normal wiki about Modern Warfare Remastered. It isn't complete nonsense, you probably didn't understand it! — This unsigned comment was added by AyoWagwanPifftingWhatsUrBBMpin? (talk • changes) at 09:17, 21 March 2017 (UTC).

Is the above user's username annoying enough to break our username policy? << S O M E G A D G E T G E E K >> (talk) 18:20, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) @Some Gadget Geek: "Being annoying" is not mentioned in the policy. I don't see how it's annoying anyway. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:11, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
Because, a Google search of the username gives a suggestion "Ayo Wagwan Piff ting Whats Ur BBM pin" - that last part makes it clear that the user wants to ask for others' personal data. See on enwiki: WP:DISRUPTNAME. << S O M E G A D G E T G E E K >> (talk) 03:03, 22 March 2017 (UTC)
Yes, I think his username probably does counts a unsuitable. Macdonald-ross (talk) 09:02, 22 March 2017 (UTC)
After about a week of no activity, the above user has posted to my talk page. After reading it, I searched for Ayo Wagwan Piff ting Whats Ur BBM pin on Google and saw this strange video among others, but none by a YouTuber called "Memeulous". In any case, if you think this username is unsuitable, why aren't you taking any action on the user? ««« SOME GADGET GEEK »»» (talk) 17:44, 29 March 2017 (UTC)

Personal attacks by 208.87.77.48[change source]

Please could you block the above IP for personal attacks against me - see VIP

MacDonald-ross you have blocked the wrong person! You just blocked the IP who reverted some of the vandalism instead of the person who actually did it!
Thanks, always a good idea to block right user! Macdonald-ross (talk) 15:45, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
No problem! On a side note do you think there is any chance that my request for rollback will be approved? MiloDenn (talk) 15:53, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

List of Azerbaijani chess players[change source]

Hello.

I thought the edition I made was simplified enough for readers to understand. I edited it and added simple sentences and also added internal links to existings articles, so it was not a direct copy of the English Wikipedia article of the same name which lacks an introductory paragraph. How can I further simplify it, so it can become acceptable and can stay. I really want to know.

This was the introduction I used in the erased article of the same name in Simple Wikipedia:

This is a complete list of Azerbaijani chess title-holders as of October 2016.

The World Chess Federation FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs), gives chess master titles to chess players.

The highest award is the title of Grandmaster (GM), followed by the title International Master (IM). These titles are given to both men and women.

There are also titles only for women chess players. The highest award is the title of Women Grandmaster (GM), followed by the title Woman International Master (WIM).

I also changed the titles for the sections by using "Related pages" instead of "See also" and "Other websites" instead of "External links", as they are the norm in Simple Wikipedia.

The "Related pages" and the categories were also not direct copies either.

I would like to have further help on this.

Thank you.

31.200.21.87 (talk) 15:44, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

The pre-set reasons are summaries, and they are mainly phrased for written articles. Your list is far too long for this wiki, and has far too few linked entries. To have some red links is helpful, but to have hundreds looks silly, because we only have articles on the world's strongest players. A list page has to make sense in our context, listing players of world class (we had earlier discussions about chess, and decided we would only list the strongest players). Always remember that if readers want more detail they can go to English wiki, where the list makes more sense. Macdonald-ross (talk) 16:10, 30 March 2017 (UTC)