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User talk:Ruth Ifcher

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Dear Ruth,

As a constable, I think there's something that will need your attention: One User:Vladimir Shpak created an Article called Vladimir Shpak. This is probably a mistake, as the info is such that he would have on his user page. It should be deleted, I think. SEO also sounds like a test rather than anything serious. Ori Redler 07:43, 30 January 2007 (CST)



Is the vandalism over yet? I see no activity anymore. Robert Tito 22:19, 30 January 2007 (CST) I reinstalled Jeff Cook, but the jerks seem still busy playing fools. I think there is no damage other then name calling, though what they sent to Nancy was of no decency at all. Will do Robert Tito 22:43, 30 January 2007 (CST)

restoring damage

Hello Ruth,

I need your assistance in this: user Jeff Cook, whose name always popped up at the pages that were vandalized yesterday was banned by me. Apparently he was there just to see who it was and if he could help us. I resored his being blocked, YET he keeps getting autoblack-signals - he can't enter CZ. Please tell me where and what I can do to change that into good working order. There is no block to be found on Jeff Cook. So I don't know what to do to help him now. thanks if you havbe some solution for me to help him. kind regards, Rob Robert Tito 18:03, 31 January 2007 (CST) here is what I see now, this was not in place 30 mins ago: 14:47, 31 January 2007, Robert Tito (Talk) blocked #216 (expires 14:47, 1 February 2007) (unblock) (Autoblocked because your IP address has been recently used by "Jeff Cook". The reason given for Jeff Cook's block is: "vandalism")


Ruth, The standard setting should be default, not the vandalism setting. I think I will post a bug there. Most use DHCP so there will not be a problem, but that what you said is exactly what I think might have happened to Mr. Cook. having a steady fixed IP address. I will play with him - with his approval of course and see if I can revoke that by blocking then unblocking again as you suggested. I would prefer the create account an OPTION, not a set option - as vandals dont come here often, but yesterday it was rather much to do, and I had no notion who was on and who was not - quick action is then preferred. So I am going to opt for default: able to recreate. Hope you agree. Rob, tadaaa, or in US- pigeon, see ya :) Robert Tito 21:44, 31 January 2007 (CST)

Input needed on how to educate more people on category importance,539.0.html -Tom Kelly (Talk) 19:42, 15 February 2007 (CST)

Frank W Sweet article on "race"

Please examine the exchange at "Threatened Deletion" in Talk:Race. Less than 48 hours after my starting an article in my professional specialty, and before any editor in the workgroups have examined it, a constable has threatened to delete it. If this is a serious threat, I have little incentive to continue working on it or even to particpate in CZ. Frank W Sweet 22:31, 10 May 2007 (CDT)

I added further explanation at his talk User_talk:Frank_W_Sweet#Some_comments. Stephen Ewen 02:32, 11 May 2007 (CDT)

You're Batman!?!?!

:O --Robert W King 22:38, 16 April 2008 (CDT)

Need technical advice on subpages

Ruth, I started an article Evening primrose and then added {{subpages}} to it, which somehow buggered it up and left it in a weird state. I thought this used to work, and I don't know how to get at the article anymore because I get an error page instead. I probably ought to understand the error page, but I don't really. Can you 1) help me out of the bind? and 2) educate me on how to avoid this in the future. It's not the first time it's happened; someone always bails me out, but I am ready to learn how to avoid and the right way to go about adding subpages to an already existing article in the future. Thanks much in advance for any help you can give.Pat Palmer 14:06, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

I just bailed you out but it sounds like you want to learn to fish :) All you needed to do was start the metadata template which is required for using the subpages. Possibly the opening error message is not clear enough. It asks if you are starting a new page or in the process of moving a page. Should it actually ask "are you trying to add sugpages"? Regardless, if you follow the link for 'new page' you will find there is a another link to create a new metadata page. This is useful as there is a preload associated with that link. All you need to do is add the pagename to the field. It would be useful to fill out some of the others too ('abc' field, at least one 'cat' and 'status' are the important ones). This is a prehistoric interface, so it is not intuitive. Hopefully someone will code us something more user friendly for the future. Chris Day 14:32, 20 October 2008 (UTC)

Final approval of Accidental release source terms was supposed to be yesterday

Ruth, the nomination period was completed and the final approval was supposed to occur yesterday, October 26th. Matt Innis usually does that but he seems to be unavailable at this time. Would you please be so kind as the complete the final approval? Thanks, Milton Beychok 18:27, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Ruth, if you give me the go ahead I could do it for you. Chris Day 18:33, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Eliminating pseudonyms

Hi Ruth, as things stand, the charter draft is going to eliminate the possibility of pseudonyms. If you see any problem with that, please let us know. We would also appreciate comments on the time frame in which the existing pseudonym accounts should be blocked, or on any other aspect of the matter. Thank you, --Daniel Mietchen 07:07, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

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D. Matt Innis 13:12, 3 October 2010 (UTC)


I've been waiting about half a year now to get a forum account approved so I can communicate with other users here and ask questions to learn how Citizendium works. It's why after having my citizen account approved I didn't start participating with articles sooner. How long does it take for forum approval to occur? --Joshua Zambrano 23:02, 9 March 2011 (UTC)