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::::Matt, many thanks for waving the wiki-wand on [[John Franklin]] -- looks great. [[User:Russell Potter|Russell Potter]] 11:12, 5 July 2007 (CDT)
::::Matt, many thanks for waving the wiki-wand on [[John Franklin]] -- looks great. [[User:Russell Potter|Russell Potter]] 11:12, 5 July 2007 (CDT)
::Hi Matt -- sorry one other thing -- I just noticed, in reading it over, an inaccurate parenthetical statement in [[John Franklin]], one which somehow escaped my diligent eye.  Must be a leftover from some WP text.  It's in the "Search for Franklin" section and reads:
::(More ships and men were lost looking for Franklin than in the expedition)
::But it's inaccurate.  No more than two dozen men died in the search for Franklin, as opposed to the 129 who died in the expedition.  I'll leave it to your judgment as to whether this is the kind of "copyediting" change that can be made without a new Approval -- if not, I'll put this note in the /Draft article's Talk page. [[User:Russell Potter|Russell Potter]] 19:08, 5 July 2007 (CDT)

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error in Approved entry

Hi Matt,

I just noticed a small but embarrassing error in Northwest Passage. In the section, "The Franklin Expedition and Seach," third paragraph, the text reads:

"Additional searches, including one by a flotilla of ships under the command of the unfortunate (and unfortunately-named) Admiral Belcher in 1853-54, found no further traces. "

This dates in this should be changed to 1852-54. Could you make this change for me?

Many thanks as ever, Russell Potter 13:50, 14 June 2007 (CDT)

Got it. --Matt Innis (Talk) 14:10, 14 June 2007 (CDT)
Thanks, Matt! Wow, you work fast! Russell Potter 14:17, 14 June 2007 (CDT)

Ancient Celtic music

Hi Matt,

Thanks for the heads up! The author is making a few final adjustments at the moment, and we've been in touch several times; I will have a look see later this afternoon or in the early evening (East Coast Time) and let you know when to do the magic! Cheers, Russell Potter 10:38, 15 June 2007 (CDT)

Sounds like a plan, I am East Coast, too. --Matt Innis (Talk) 10:42, 15 June 2007 (CDT)

Hi Matt -- just talked with the author again -- he feels it is ready. I gave it a quick re-read, looking for copyediting, not content changes, and it looks fine. Go ahead and tag it as Approved -- I will update the Approvals announcement page later today.
I'm also looking for any entries getting close to Approval -- I see that there is talk of this over at United States Electoral College -- do you know of any others that are close enough to be ready to publicize? Thanks as ever, Russell Potter 10:48, 15 June 2007 (CDT)
Not off the top of my head, French fries still has a way to go :-) --Matt Innis (Talk) 10:55, 15 June 2007 (CDT)
LOL on French Fries -- who knew how controversial they'd be! I just updated the pointer for Ancient Celtic music, thanks for the note. Russell Potter 11:16, 15 June 2007 (CDT)

Literature correction


Just saw a post by Mike Brown on the Forums:

"In "Literature" (, appears the sentence "Even writers whose works now seem essential to their national literature, such as Goethe or Shakespeare, only became legitimate subjects of serious academic consideration very late in the twentieth century, when national vernacular literatures became subjects for schools and universities." Here, "twentieth" is presumably a typo for "nineteenth"."

He's right -- could you, as you did for Northwest Passage, make and notate this small corection, replacing "twentieth" with "nineteenth"?

Thanks again, Russell Potter 11:31, 15 June 2007 (CDT)

Done. Should not be a problem from the acting Approval manager. --Matt Innis (Talk) 11:54, 15 June 2007 (CDT)


Hi Matt,

Just discovered that I am guilty of creating two confusing stubs -- one for Oxford University, one for University of Oxford! The first is the more recent and more accrate, though they are both quite similar; "Oxford University" also seems a better title.

Would you please delete University of Oxford? No rush, just whenever you get a chance ....


Russell Potter 13:21, 15 June 2007 (CDT)

Hold that thought. The official name is University of Oxford. I know they are interchangable but I think the official name would be better. Ask Gareth, he is at the University of Edinburgh, commonly referred to as Edinburgh University. Chris Day (talk) 16:15, 15 June 2007 (CDT)
By the way a better a pproach is a redirect, I am going to be proactive and do that right now. Chris Day (talk) 16:24, 15 June 2007 (CDT)
Looks like ya'll have it all under control. Glad to be of service :-) -Matt Innis (Talk) 19:35, 15 June 2007 (CDT)


No, it does not work, sorry :( In fact, I've just commented it out in my monobook as useless. This is one thing from WP I'm missing  ;-) In fact, I tried to use the adaptation by User:Nicholas_Kaye-Smith. Once it almost worked (i.e. I had some popups but they were not fully functional). Don't know why it is no longer the case. As you see I'm just a scripting kiddie :) --Aleksander Stos 10:46, 27 June 2007 (CDT)

PS. I'm testing "autoedits" and it seems to work. You make a (long) html address containing a desired action on the wiki (e.g. inserting a welcome message, deleting a category, fixing a typo), you enter it in your browser and you're done. Useful for some mechanical (massive) operations. Imagine that you prepare a list of links in a file and then just click one after another. Something like a human assisted robot (you can wish to see the result before accepting). I plan to use it to delete CZ_Live tag, as discussed here. If you found it useful for other purposes just let me know and I'll show you how it works.

Shucks, I was really hoping you figured it out :-) If you do, don't forget about me!!! I'd almost pay for that one. Let me know how the autoedits works, too. --Matt Innis (Talk) 10:51, 27 June 2007 (CDT)

Way to go

...attacking the late-night-exhausted-edits-of-the-inhebriate ;D (leaving for prosperity and to remind me to commit utter acts of humiliative revenge, mwa ha ha.)--Robert W King 15:27, 28 June 2007 (CDT)

Hehe, threats, idle threats, all of them :))) --Matt Innis (Talk) 15:32, 28 June 2007 (CDT)


I used to have a bad back went to a chiropractor and after several sessions the pain went away. THen a few years later I was sore again and went back for a tune-up. But she wasn't in her office so I left. To leave I had to drive around her building, and as soon as I did that the pain went away! A couple years later I got a burning pain in my shoulder form watching this monitor, so I went back and again she wasn't there. Again I drive away and the pain went away. I haven't any problems since. How does she do that?

Thomas Mandel 21:15, 28 June 2007 (CDT)

I suppose it could have been that the aspirin kicked in about the time you got in your car ;-) But it probably has more to do with how good looking she was.. it never works that well for me. But a Zen master would know how to make it work! Either way, next time, I would also suggest that you call ahead to make sure she is not there. :))) --Matt Innis (Talk) 21:29, 28 June 2007 (CDT)


as military editor I would like to nominate Terrorism for approval. What's the next step? Richard Jensen 20:19, 29 June 2007 (CDT)

Richard, I'll tag it tonight if Matt does not beat me to it. Stephen Ewen 20:23, 29 June 2007 (CDT)
Let's teach Richard how to do it! --Matt Innis (Talk) 20:31, 29 June 2007 (CDT)
yes, I've just tried it. Richard Jensen 20:36, 29 June 2007 (CDT)

Bridgewater State College

Hi Matt -- just a note, wondering why you deleted this entry, which I'd brought in with intent to expand, and which is linked and germane to the history of schools of education in the U.S. .... Russell Potter 16:53, 30 June 2007 (CDT)

I just now deleted the talk page as there was no article attached to it... I assume I deleted that last month ;-0 It must have had a speedydelete.. Do you need it? --Matt Innis (Talk) 16:56, 30 June 2007 (CDT)

Hi Matt! My bad, the version I had in mind was prior to the one speedydeleted -- I have restored some of what I'd placed there, and will edit and tweak to bring it to LIVE status ASAP. Cheers, Russell Potter 17:16, 30 June 2007 (CDT)
Okay, hope I wasn't the one that deleted the first version ;-) --Matt Innis (Talk) 17:31, 30 June 2007 (CDT)


Hi, Matt. I added a little more in the biginning which should help with your questions. Just remember, all energy is consider a form of Qi. Therefore, the only kind that hasn't been proven to exist that that which animates our life forces. BTW, what does CDT mean. I thought it was Central Daylight Time. So why does everyone use it? Thanks. Gary Giamboi 18:16, 30 June 2007 (EDT)

Checklist? gasp!

What, me? No way! Aleta Curry 21:30, 30 June 2007 (CDT)

Thanks for doing the checklist at working dog. I suppose I'll learn eventually. I've had something "thrown out" of a workgroup recently, (she pouts) so I'm reluctant and more inclined to let someone else decide. Aleta Curry 18:12, 1 July 2007 (CDT)
Thrown out! Holy moly, I know that hurts ;-) No problem, though. Sometimes I don't even put the category in and check "y" in the "cat check" spot. With all the personalities around here, you aren't going to make all of them happy! The important part is just that it gets a checklist so it doesn't get deleted by some passing constable (who me?) --Matt Innis (Talk) 20:20, 1 July 2007 (CDT)
Well, this wasn't my finest hour. The Kennel Club help, please! And thanks for the note at user: Aleta Curry/dogs cool Aleta Curry 01:57, 2 July 2007 (CDT)
Matt, it is I (yes, again).
I think the checklist help thingy is great. I seem to see a discrepancy between your "in brief" bit on "cat_check" and the long instructions: The 'cat_check' field - Check categories?
I also think the long instructions part about underlinked articles could be clearer. I always thought that meant articles don't have enough links in them, and not, as you say in "in brief", links to them from other articles. I think the long instructions should say check "what links here".
Aleta Curry 17:21, 3 July 2007 (CDT)
Yay, Matt, I did it!! (Talk:Dog show). Your checklist help works a treat. Further to the above, I think you should add to your "in brief" to deleted the instructions AND the pre no-wiki stuff at the beginning and the end of the chart. (Remember, if the user has no knowledge, you can't presume any--go slowly and use small words! :) Aleta Curry 18:12, 3 July 2007 (CDT)
More on the templated: change "it's" to "its",if you would, and at the bottom of "In brief" I would add "If you need more detailed instructions, click here" because by the time they've copied and pasted, they don't have the link in front of them any longer. I'll go away now. Happy 4th of July! Aleta Curry 18:10, 4 July 2007 (CDT)

Félix d'Hérelle

This is set to be approved today. I can't, was to involved getting the images in order.  —Stephen Ewen (Talk) 03:44, 2 July 2007 (CDT)

Sounds good for Approval, though I notice a lot of changes since the pointer. I'll give it till this afternoon because David is on the other side of the world ;-) --Matt Innis (Talk) 09:29, 3 July 2007 (CDT)
Seems all ok to approve with New pointer. While on the road at a foreign computer, David Tribe 02:38, 4 July 2007 (CDT)

Next approvals

Hi Matt, thanks for the update.

Next up are Terrorism and John Franklin, both tagged to be Approved tomorrow, followed by Shirley Chisholm and Joan of Arc on the 7th. Also, not sure what to to with Aikido, whose deadline has passed, but which has unanswered concerns on its Talk page. Have a look, Best, Russell Potter 09:20, 4 July 2007 (CDT)

You did the right thing with Aikido -- we'll just have to keep sailing, uncharted waters or no! Thanks, Russell Potter 11:32, 4 July 2007 (CDT)
Hi Matt. Today's the day for Terrorism and John Franklin. I am happy with both entries (I only worked on the latter); check with Richard, and if he's satisfied with them then if you could perform the magic, I'd be grateful as ever. Cheers, Russell Potter 09:08, 5 July 2007 (CDT)
Glad to.. see you there. --Matt Innis (Talk) 09:17, 5 July 2007 (CDT)
Matt, many thanks for waving the wiki-wand on John Franklin -- looks great. Russell Potter 11:12, 5 July 2007 (CDT)
Hi Matt -- sorry one other thing -- I just noticed, in reading it over, an inaccurate parenthetical statement in John Franklin, one which somehow escaped my diligent eye. Must be a leftover from some WP text. It's in the "Search for Franklin" section and reads:
(More ships and men were lost looking for Franklin than in the expedition)
But it's inaccurate. No more than two dozen men died in the search for Franklin, as opposed to the 129 who died in the expedition. I'll leave it to your judgment as to whether this is the kind of "copyediting" change that can be made without a new Approval -- if not, I'll put this note in the /Draft article's Talk page. Russell Potter 19:08, 5 July 2007 (CDT)


I'm almost sputtering for words at the spin the Orient / Orientalism articles. Please help or please help me enlist others who can help. If this becomes a war of attrition, one side loses because I don't have time to defend these baseless accusations that argue by deletion rather than by refutation. Will Nesbitt 13:50, 4 July 2007 (CDT)

I stopped in and took a look at the discussion page. It seems this article is still taking shape. You can consider contacting other editors as well, or talk to Richard personally. These things take time and effort, so hang in there and I am sure everything will work out to your satisfaction as well. I'll keep an eye out. --Matt Innis (Talk) 10:36, 5 July 2007 (CDT)

I removed stuff that said nothing about the topic. It was POV imported from Wiki that degraded the content and instead railed against American textbooks for being sensitive to minorities in terms of language. The material that did relate to the topic was kept and a lot of fresh new scholarship was added. Richard Jensen 16:25, 5 July 2007 (CDT)