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.

Thank you for being one of Wikipedia's top medical contributors![change source]

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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

My edits reverted without explanation.[change source]

Hello Mr Macdonald-ross, Recently I made an edit on the page Moheen Reeyad, I made a case to request for deletion but my edits are reverting without give a reason. as you are one of administrator i request you to look at this. the case i made: here let me know if i made a mistake by giving my opinion for requesting this page.

You were quite right to put it up for QD, and I have given reasons in my response to the Request for deletion. In my view it can be QD'd, but now I prefer that others read my reason. Macdonald-ross (talk) 17:43, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

Your edits to Jew[change source]

Hi. Could I ask you to review your edits and reverts on this article, where you are going back to a version by Eurodyne please? When you commit these reverts using "Undo", you are putting back a {{fact}} tag into a section of the article where there is a hidden message for editors in the wikitext, asking people not to put fact tags in that area. Someone has pointed out that this is essentially Holocaust denial, because by putting tags there, it's in essence, asking for proof that the Holocaust happened. I would appreciate your cooperation in this matter. DaneGeld (talk) 15:48, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

Template:Db-author[change source]

Are you sure that your deletion of this page was correct? Please forgive me (and let me know) if I'm incorrect, but I believe that this is a widely used QD template. Let me know when you can. Thanks :-) ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 15:18, 16 February 2018 (UTC)

Was explained to Oshwah on AN that he was mixing up templates between en and simple so no need to worry about this. :) -DJSasso (talk) 17:27, 16 February 2018 (UTC)

Living things (song) [change source]

Hi MacDonald,

I noticed that you deleted the above article per Q4 without even a notification on my talk page as a courtesy. That being said, I don't see how a stub with two reliable secondary sources meet the criteria for speedy deletion. More importantly, I am in the process of expanding the page and should not have been speedily deleted. This is a single from a notable artist that has generated a lot of controversies in Nigeria. You could send it to AfD but certainly not a candidate for speedy deletion. See pulse newspaper , Nigerian bulleting, this newspaper , The nation newspaper ,this review to mention few. I am struggling to see how the page possibly met the criteria for quick deletion. The page clearly meet the general notability guideline as it has received coverages from multiple independent reliable sources. Not a candidate for quick deletion. Wikicology (talk) 06:46, 22 February 2018 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) @Wikicology: Hello, Wikicology. Allow me to mention a couple of things.
  • The quick deletion (QD) process here may be different from the speedy deletion process you may have seen on other Wikimedia projects. One of the QD criteria here allows for quick deletion of certain types of pages that don't show notability. I looked at the content of the deleted page, and I didn't see any statement of notability. Yes, it had sources, but the sources didn't support a statement of notability.
  • If you are working on a page, you can tag it with a template such as {{under construction}} to let people know it isn't finished yet. It's not a guarantee that it won't get deleted, and that tag can't stay very long, but we'll usually leave such articles alone for a time. You also have the option of developing an article in your userspace.
If you need it, we have a specific place for requesting that deleted pages be restored. It's at WP:Deletion review. --Auntof6 (talk) 07:16, 22 February 2018 (UTC)
Auntof6, the controversies that resulted from the subject makes it important and that was stated on the deleted article. My understanding is that award is not the only way to determine a subject notability. Subject of national concern that has received significant coverages in multiple reliable sources is not only notable but realistically useful for educational purposes. A4 applies to "article about people, groups, companies, products, services or websites that do not claim to be notable. This includes any article about a real person, group of people, band, club, company, product, service or web content that does not say why the subject is important. If the article says why the subject is important, the article is not eligible for A4 deletion. The controversies resulted from the subject is why it is important. Wikicology (talk) 07:39, 22 February 2018 (UTC)
@Wikicology: Here is the entire text from the deleted article:
Living things is a song written and recorded by the Nigerian singer 9ce It was produced by Young John as a single from the studio album ID Cabasa. The song was criticised for promoting internet fraud.
Saying that the song was criticized does not make it notable: many songs are criticized, for many different reasons. The article didn't say anything about controversy. --Auntof6 (talk) 07:50, 22 February 2018 (UTC)
I don't have to mention controversy in the article. Well, it doesn't worth it. Let's focus on something more productive. When I'm ready to re-write, I'll do. Regards. Wikicology (talk) 07:54, 22 February 2018 (UTC)
@Wikicology: It's true that you don't have to mention controversy. You do have to mention something that makes the song notable/important, though. Since you said "The controversies resulted from the subject is why it is important," I thought that's what you'd want to mention. It could be something else instead, but my point was that nothing like that was mentioned in the article. --Auntof6 (talk) 10:17, 22 February 2018 (UTC)
I agree it was not mentioned. I was in the process of expanding the article when it was deleted by Mac. I should have been notified of the deletion. It's inappropriate to delete a page without notifying the page creator especially if such page is not an attack page or Blatant copyvio. Wikicology (talk) 11:15, 22 February 2018 (UTC)[change source]

Hi, Macdonald-ross. Thanks for blocking User:Dylan Cerbone 2018 as not here to build an encyclopedia. However, Dispite blocked, Dylan Cerbone 2018 is still active as is actually the same person of Dylan Cerbone 2018 because of many evidence, including editing this page. As blocking pocicy, is should be blocking for a long time as the sockpuppet of Dylan Cerbone 2018. In English Wikipedia, has already blocked for a year.

Best regards, Ayuta Tonomura (talk) 15:41, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

no reply? Ayuta Tonomura (talk) 19:20, 3 March 2018 (UTC)
That user account is blocked indefinitely. If you want to have IP ranges blocked you need to message someone like user:Chenzw whose bot is set up to do that efficiently. Regards, Macdonald-ross (talk) 17:20, 4 March 2018 (UTC)

Deletion of my article on Halina Rubinzstein-Dunlop[change source]

You removed my article on the above scientist without advising me. Given that this article was prepared for International Women's Day and Prof Rubinzstein-Dunlop is one of the few Australian women to be made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science - its peak scientific body, I believe you have removed this page without due consideration. Biblioqd (talk) 02:08, 8 March 2018 (UTC)Biblioqd

(talk page stalker) @Biblioqd: I will restore the article for you, because it appears to contain more than one claim of notability. Be aware, though, that notability could still be challenged at WP:RFD. --Auntof6 (talk) 02:44, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

Block Come on down and see[change source]

@Come on down and see: Hello. An new user account, Come on down and see as reverting other user's contributions, vandalizing pages rapidly, and is a vandalism-only account. I reported the user on WP:VIP. Can you block the user from editing? Psl85 Talk 18:09, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

Thank you! Macdonald-ross (talk) 18:27, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![change source]

Barnstar of Reversion Hires.png The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
For your work as an administrator blocking vandals, deleting bad pages, and generally keeping the wiki clean and controlled. :-) Vermont | reply here 10:24, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Don't think I'm not grateful, because I am. We've kind of given up on stars over here, without having actually discussed it! I think a kind of mind-merge happens. The regular people are all dependent on each other, and get to know how each person works best. Then someone comes along and says, Ooo, you're not doing it the way we do it on En wiki.... Macdonald-ross (talk) 12:00, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
Yes, the more I'm here the more differences I recognize between en wiki and this project. I'm trying to become one of those "regular people", if you haven't noticed. I like how this wiki runs. :) Vermont | reply here 12:48, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

Edits by[change source]

Please reconsider your deletion actions (and the block on the anonymous editor). I am not sure if all edits by the editor was considered vandalism, and if some of the articles are even eligible for QD. Chenzw  Talk  13:22, 14 March 2018 (UTC)

Well, the user has produced a wide range of edits and new pages. There are examples of clear vandalism; new pages with dicdef contents, and new pages which are unsuitable for Simple. The deletion of phonetic palindrome is clearly justified as "not simplified" although it is not text from En wiki. Deletion of the dicdefs could be reversed as not suitable for QD. Overall, the editor has given the impression of being out of control, and other experienced editors have given vandalism warnings. I can accept that the editor is not simply a vandal, but some of his actions do need to change. Macdonald-ross (talk) 14:18, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
Indeed, and I am not opposed to a future block for disruptive editing. However, there were constructive edits in the most recent contributions, so I have accepted their unblock request with a warning on the probable nature of the IP being a shared one, and that future vandalism would not be tolerated. Chenzw  Talk  15:01, 14 March 2018 (UTC)

Merging articles[change source]

Hi Macdonald-ross, can you please help in merging these two pages I think they mean the same thing. Hospitallers and Knights hospitaller. I am not good at merging so sorry for the trouble. Thanks.BRP ever 10:36, 15 March 2018 (UTC)

All together now in Knights Hospitaller. Macdonald-ross (talk) 11:18, 15 March 2018 (UTC)

Delete accounts[change source]

Is it possible to delete an account on this website? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 01:21, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

  • You haven't got an account yet! I don't think accounts can be deleted. Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:40, 16 March 2018 (UTC)
  • (talk page stalker) Accounts cannot be deleted. The closest thing to deleting an account is courtesy vanishing. See Wikipedia:Right to vanish and the corresponding enwiki page for more info. --Auntof6 (talk) 08:58, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

Template help![change source]

Template:SI units has this weird green plus thing that ambiguously looks like a Good Article symbol. Can you please help remove it? Qwertyxp2000 (talk | changes) 04:35, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

I don't see anything out of place. Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:08, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
When I leave the template in page, the green symbol still appears at the top-right corner. As soon as I take it out, it disappears. Qwertyxp2000 (talk | changes) 21:46, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
What's even weirder is that that green symbol on top-right also appears on the template page! Qwertyxp2000 (talk | changes) 21:47, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) I think it's coming from the {{icon}} template. This template seems out of sync with tbe enwiki one. We might need to update the icon template and possibly import its module (if we don't have it already). --Auntof6 (talk) 22:09, 18 March 2018 (UTC)

Your block to User:Username21068[change source]

Username21068 was reported to you for vandalism and you blocked him or her for 31 hours. He or she believes that his or her edits were helpful and were accused for vandalism. I think he or she is wrong.