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Archive 11[]

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Clean slate[]

Tabula Rasa. Miss that game :( --Gimmethegepgun 02:50, September 23, 2009 (UTC)

Bakula Scott. Miss that name... not so much.   — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 03:30, September 23, 2009 (UTC)
I don't know that name, but thats fine, because I'm just a lot Coffee-32x32.png overstimulated right now, and thus I'm going to go on a Ant-32x32.png ant about squirrels, except squirrel Squirrel-32x32.png is a very hard word to write with your eyes closed, so I will probably wander off topic, but what really is a good topic for random free writing? How about Music-2-32x32.png music, but that's very confining. How music tastes, like metal and chocolate Chocolate-47x47.jpg, and.... Shoe laces. Which taste nothing like Shoes-32x32.png shoes, nor laces, do NOT ask how I know that, and my left ring finger feels weird, and I don't know why, but I'm talking much much to much about myself, and thus we come to the first sequitor of the evening in which a flying monkey Monkey-32x32.png appears from the very depths of the dark sea itself to accost young maidens TinkerbellUnion.jpg saving young and strapping young men from very large unicorns Pink unicorn icon by gescheitert.gif with nothing but evil thoughts on their mind. Which reminds me of a bad fanfic I once read about how a human met a charr, and had little charr babies, which makes no sense, because the two species would not be compatible. Additionally, they defeated them in combat, but there are not female charr in combat, so that would be.... Odd. Because then it would have to be gay, otherwise it wouldn't make sense, but then, where did they get the little charr from, which reminds me of a conversation I had about Lady Gaga where I had to explain to a group of 20 year olds what a hermaphrodite is, it was very amusing until the point where they all started giving me wierd looks, and
that I had fallen asleep at the wheel, and it was all just a dream about me typing something or other, and listening to Edguy, who I thank skuld for introducing me to. Additionally, the fanfic didn't actually exist, I dreamt about reading a bad fanfic, well, at least thats what my brain wants me to type, oh and one more thing, DO DA DO DA DO! Also, Take a look into the book of fantasy and poetry until you find that in your mind a feeling most unnaturally has taken hold, and growing bold, has caused quite a calamity while drumsticks dance around like candycanes Wintergreen Candy Cane.pngRainbow Candy Cane.pngPeppermint Candy Cane.png on a bright snowy summer evening in alberta, Mexico.
--Łô√ë Roar.îğá†ħŕášħ 03:39, September 23, 2009 (UTC), edited ◄mendel► 11:15, September 23, 2009 (UTC)
Horse + donkey = mule. I rest my case :P *shudders* --Gimmethegepgun 05:48, September 23, 2009 (UTC)
Strange combination is strange RandomTime 06:11, September 23, 2009 (UTC)


Wikia made disgusting changes to the Monaco skin, particularly those involving the masthead and article tabs. And what the hell is Special:MyHome? Fix it please! Felix Omni Signature.png 19:33, September 23, 2009 (UTC)

MyHome looks like a glorified RC to me. --- VipermagiSig.JPG -- (contribs) (talk) 19:38, September 23, 2009 (UTC)
I'm a bit busy right now. --◄mendel► 22:37, September 23, 2009 (UTC)

Nyquil based Hallucinations[]

So there I was minding my own business being serious, when the world turned sidweays, but I was ok because I fell onto a tree, and I just stood there as everything/one else fell around me, and then the world turned all the way around, which was odd because I was looking at everything from a 3rd person perspective, but gravity only transformed itself for everything/one else, except my hair, which was long and flowing, and golden brown, and it just kept falling, and falling and falling, and then the scene changed.

A man stands on a street, he is large, and beside him stands a thin man, who is tall, the fat one is short, and has a mustache, both of them have a mustache. And they just stood there as an awesome guitar solo played in the background with a llama based music video advertising lubricant for motor oil.

Which is when everything went black, but I blame that on the horse which fell ontop of the camera crew, it was quite a large horse, and made out of wood, but it looked more like a rabbit or a badger. And some french people where shouting things off in the distance, but the horse kicked their castle, and it fell over.

--Łô√ë Roar.îğá†ħŕášħ is hosting a Card Creation Contest! 05:30, September 26, 2009 (UTC)

REMEMBER CAPTAIN B! HE'S LIKE THE ALIMO, BUT BETTER. But then, I lolled. End scene, all actors exit stage up.

And then everyone ran away for no apparent reason, but then the ground appeared, which was quite reassuring except for the fact that it was made of chicken feathers, and body doubles of the pope. On a completely unrelated note, the pope was female at the time, and had incredible cleavage, nearly as good as Felix Omni's, who has Legendary Cleavage, and I should know. Perhaps he shouldn't have picked up that +3 Greater Sword of Endarkened Sealing.

It does absolutely no justice to your prose to say that there's evidence suggesting that at least one (if not several) of the popes in the middle ages were females. So, in order to ensure that all due praise is heaped upon the above, I won't mention it. (If I do, I blame the trojan horse, which used correctly, helps reduce the risk of equinely transmitted diseases and reduces the likelihood of unwanted pregnancy. Use as directed.)   — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 06:16, September 26, 2009 (UTC)
Those popes didn't have any cleavage to speak of. --◄mendel► 17:54, September 26, 2009 (UTC)

Shameless advertisement and Giga ripoff[]

Come and take a look at my elite skill contest!--TalkpageEl_Nazgir 16:28, September 29, 2009 (UTC)

Your edit to the Zchallenge page[]

You said that the future prediction may change. Why is that? I asked on the talk page there, but I have no idea if you'll be passing by there again sometime soon. Are the rotations going to be reset for some reason? Or is it because of the plan to remove hero battles (are there any citations for that anyway? I've heard lots of people say it but no one official)? 15:56, October 8, 2009 (UTC)

I see you've received an answer there, and I've also butted in. Since you've started to edit all over the wiki in a useful way, why not make an account on wikia so we can recognize you when you do it again? (Or log in if you have one.) Thank you for sharing your thoughts! --◄mendel► 21:43, October 8, 2009 (UTC)

uhhh... I broke something[]

My final line (several lines in editing window) are beneath the bottom of the page because... well... for no reason that's obvious enough for me to notice. Just thought I'd give you a shout. A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 18:39, October 12, 2009 (UTC)

I used my time machine and fixed it already. --◄mendel► 18:42, October 12, 2009 (UTC)

Doing the right thing wrong[]

Forgive me, I know I can't talk on such a matter. But, when pointing out things that Rose has done, do you always have to come down on her like a ton of bricks?

I doubt she'd ignore you if you said "Yo, thanks for [1], [2] and [3]! I appreciate you trying to make GuildWiki a better, more friendly place to be. By the way, it might be worth trying to explain why this is bad for GuildWiki and rely less on using the policy to solely make your point, as then contributors who have a problem with authority will be more likely to take what you say on board. Regards, Mendel."

It might just be me, but when you point out something she has done wrong, you always seem to... be more blunt than you normally are. I don't think you're an overly blunt person who lets that get in the way of your point. Except when you talk to her. A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 22:12, October 15, 2009 (UTC) (Yes, I'm pretty much expecting you to pop onto my Talk Page with an identical header.)

Yes, I was in a bit of a hurry this morning, and it occurred to me later that I could have polished that a bit more. Especially the header. It is only sort of implied that I think mentioning the policies to those people at that time was the "right thing", and I fear she didn't read it that way, judging from her response. --◄mendel► 22:38, October 15, 2009 (UTC)

Broken Links...[]

[1]   — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 09:44, October 20, 2009 (UTC)

Deleted. You can find a link atop RecentChanges. --◄mendel► 05:51, October 22, 2009 (UTC)

Janitorial rights[]

I'd like to request image move (if you need rights for this) and deletion powers :< Jennalee 10:56, October 20, 2009 (UTC)

I think you must be at least admin for deletion powers. Image move is a little easier, I have it as a (rollback) user group, which was given to me for that very reason. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.png 14:50, October 20, 2009 (UTC)
Done. And yes, you'd need admins to have delete. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 17:36, October 20, 2009 (UTC)
Nice try! RandomTime 17:53, October 20, 2009 (UTC)
But but... Power comes with responsibility, and there's so much more of that attached to being an admin :( Jennalee 21:30, October 20, 2009 (UTC)

Pic doesn't wanna update[]

File:Lina icewind.png doesn't wanna update for some reason, when I upload a new version it shows the old one (no it's not a browser issue), when I upload a 2nd new one, it shows the new version in the "previous versions".... then I tried reverting to that, but it STILL shows old version, can you please fix this? Thanks. --Takisig2.png 00:31, October 21, 2009 (UTC)

It is a cache issue, because I see the updated version, if that version is on Shing Jea.--Łô√ë Roar.îğá†ħŕášħ is hosting a Card Creation Contest! 00:34, October 21, 2009 (UTC)
Wow, you're a good spotter. :D I have tried reloading the image several times but it still loads the old one =( --Takisig2.png 00:44, October 21, 2009 (UTC)
I uploaded a version with PPE now, so the big one updated and is fixed, but the thumbnail version is still the old one >_> seems to be the same bug as with the Dragon Gauntlet pics I once uploaded long ago... I hope it'll fix itself over time. --Takisig2.png 03:21, October 21, 2009 (UTC)
It's a server issue. If you have purged the Image (with ), waited some time (quarter hour to an hour) and did that again, all that's left is to use Special:Contact to report it. You can see that the image has uploaded correctly by displaying it in a size that hasn't been used yet; you'll usually see the new version then. --◄mendel► 05:55, October 22, 2009 (UTC)


Not sure who else to call for this one :P Anyway, my comment there says it all really. And though the history says otherwise, I ASSURE you that his name was signed when I edited it, especially since it would be impossible for me to add that since I used the + button and not a full page edit --Gimmethegepgun 13:46, October 22, 2009 (UTC)

I forwarded this to wikia staff, it seems to be a server issue. --◄mendel► 22:49, October 22, 2009 (UTC)
What I found a bug? 0_o I don't understand, what did I do?? Fleshcrawler Soban 13:55, November 1, 2009 (UTC)
Don't worry about it. The wiki software has had more random issues, but they mostly either don't matter or can easily be fixed. --- VipermagiSig.JPG -- (contribs) (talk) 13:59, November 1, 2009 (UTC)
You didn't do anything, and it will most likely (read:hopefully) never happen to you again. --◄mendel► 18:02, November 1, 2009 (UTC)

Guild Wars on Linux[]

Recently switched to Linux and it runs excurtiatingly slow on it with wine. How were you able to get it running? Please and thank you. Powersurge360 06:28, October 30, 2009 (UTC)

You need to install the video drivers that actually provide access to the 3D acceleration hardware. They're often sort of proprietary, so they don't install out of the box. --◄mendel► 07:52, October 30, 2009 (UTC)
So where might I find these drivers? I can't figure it out and I'm blaming it on me being tired, but if it's me being incompetent I'll get the answer while you're available, lol. Powersurge360 08:05, October 30, 2009 (UTC)
For ubuntu, they were accessible via synaptic in the third-party repository, I think - I'm no sure, it's been awhile. Since I don't know your Linux distribution nor the make and model of your graphics card, it's a little hard to get more detailed than that. --◄mendel► 08:11, October 30, 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the help. I'm sure that it's nothing I can't handle now that I know the problem, I just wanted the advice I could get just in case. Hopefully I'll get it up before the Halloween events end. If I don't do this, I'll dual boot for the weekend, lol. Powersurge360 08:17, October 30, 2009 (UTC)
About Ubuntu, have you checked out the 9.10 sweetness? Released thursday :) RandomTime 13:24, October 30, 2009 (UTC)

This is a public Service Announcement courtesy of GD&D[]

Please update your available times so that I can arrange the (hopefully) last session in the current campaign.--Łô√ë Roar.îğá†ħŕášħ is hosting a Card Creation Contest! 00:14, November 2, 2009 (UTC)

Nice! --◄mendel► 05:11, November 2, 2009 (UTC)


Hi! xSutZir

Hi! Do I know you? You seem to speak with a strange tongue ... --◄mendel► 22:21, November 21, 2009 (UTC)
*sigh* It was an obvious spambot. Why do you have to be so annoying about things like this? —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 22:59, November 21, 2009 (UTC)
Have a guess why I didn't delete it.. :p --- VipermagiSig.JPG -- (contribs) (talk) 23:01, November 21, 2009 (UTC)
I need to be educated about spambots that single out the accounts of two largely inactive admins (but not PanSola). Is it the fact that the letters are jumbled? --◄mendel► 23:31, November 21, 2009 (UTC)
Gotta give him credit for everything it's done, eh? ;) (Maybe a range block for 91.214.45.xx so it stops?) --- VipermagiSig.JPG -- (contribs) (talk) 10:23, November 22, 2009 (UTC)
Range block would probably block many others, range softblock might work (can't edit until logged in, but can create account) RandomTime 10:45, November 22, 2009 (UTC)
It's a narrow block (only last 2 digits are variable), but yes, there'd probably be other 'victims' as well. --- VipermagiSig.JPG -- (contribs) (talk) 10:48, November 22, 2009 (UTC)
I beg to disagree, there probably won't. The IP falls into the range of, an internet host registered in Belize, but the IP is in the UK (one or two hops off a router in London, possibly in Luxembourg if that's what "lxb" stands for), so the probability is high that it's a blackhat address; furthermore, we have no contributions other than these 4 from any IP in that /24 subnet. I've blocked the next one in sequence now, trying to forestall the next edit, using softblock as RT recommends. --◄mendel► 11:33, November 22, 2009 (UTC)
Weird bot, found contributions on gaming and here for one IP, on another wiki for another, what IPs has it used here? Thanks. Joey (talk) 22:41, November 22, 2009 (UTC), .46, .47 and .48. IP .49 has been blocked preemptively. --- VipermagiSig.JPG -- (contribs) (talk) 22:47, November 22, 2009 (UTC)

aedi lanigironu na[]

Hi! xSutZir A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 11:55, November 22, 2009 (UTC)

Hi! gdegYDsr Cress Arvein Cress sig.JPG 22:26, November 22, 2009 (UTC)

Hey Mendel![]

I'm KJ, an admin over at PvX. I'm sick and tired of our MediaWiki.css over there. Unregistered users can hardly use our page because of how ridiculous it looks for them. I was wondering if you could help me make a .css similar to this site's (something close to monobook), so we don't have to force people to click "monobook" everytime they sign up :/. Hope you can help. Karate Jesus 01:25, 2 December 2009

If you had been logged into your #pvx channel on GameSurge after you left the #wikia chat, I would already have done so. ;) --◄mendel► 07:27, December 2, 2009 (UTC)
What now? Oh, yea, the wikia chat the other day. Yea...irssi doesn't like W7 as much as I'd hoped. So, could you help me out? I feel like I'm sprinting to catch up with all this wikia stuff, especially since I'm the newest admin >.< Karate KJ for sig.png Jesus 15:54, 2 December 2009
There are other chat clients. I have a hard time helping you when I can't chat with you and can't edit the skin files on pvx; you could just copy MediaWiki:monaco.css to your personal w:c:pvx:Special:MyPage/monaco.css for testing and have a look to see if it's missing anything. Or even @import ours there (but then you'd also see our seasonal changes). --◄mendel► 16:20, December 2, 2009 (UTC)
Ok, I'll give that a try. Btw, my MSN is (if you use MSN). If you don't use MSN, I'll hop on the gwirc in a bit. I'm at work and need to get some stuff done before I goof around too much. Karate KJ for sig.png Jesus 16:29, 2 December 2009

Edit Count figure[]

Clipping.png Clipping issues On the top right of your user page, your edit count, particularly the comma, clips with your name (your real name, obviously not M.mendel on the other side of the page). I thought this relevant due to the remote possibility that being a German contributor, you might not have a comma in the figure, or whatever. I spotted this while viewing your user page with Mozilla Firefox 3.5.5, and a smallish moniter (laptop).

A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 13:46, December 5, 2009 (UTC)

Same here on opera. Also the small icons that link to your userpages on other wikis.--TalkpageEl_Nazgir 14:05, December 5, 2009 (UTC)
That is an experimental feature that is as yet unfinished (it needs to be done differently). I hope you were not inconvenienced by this. --◄mendel► 19:41, December 5, 2009 (UTC)
No, no, not at all.
I just wanted to bring your attention to it in case you weren't aware of it. A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 22:30, December 5, 2009 (UTC)



Efforts to teach English to fish have never progressed much beyond this stage."

You win. Here's a cookie. *hands Mendel a crumbly choco-chip cookie* Khono 02:11, December 8, 2009 (UTC)

I bow and eat your delicious cookie. --◄mendel► 03:22, December 8, 2009 (UTC)


Have a happy and a merry!   — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 18:12, December 25, 2009 (UTC)

Crystal Snowflake.png Merry X-mas!!! Crystal Snowflake.png -- F1Sig.png † F1© Talk 18:40, December 25, 2009 (UTC)

Happy New Year[]

Happy New Year! -- F1Sig.png † F1© Talk 11:14, January 1, 2010 (UTC)

Hey, listen![]

I am tentatively setting up a GD&D session for January 17th (16th for everyone besides mendel), for 5:00 ust until the <SPOILER TEXT REMOVED> dies. This translates to 9:00 p.m. Saturday the 16th West Coast USA. If you can't make it drop a message on my talk page.--Łô√ë Roar.îğá†ħŕášħ is hosting a Card Creation Contest! 06:56, January 11, 2010 (UTC)


On File talk:Motivator526d870f2edeb713fe9e67d2943cc230402d8013.jpg, I removed your link to a pornographic gallery on Uncyclopedia and hid all revisions containing it. Considering the conversation surrounding it and that you knew at least one of the contributors was a minor, you really should have realized that was a bad idea. Felix Omni Signature.png 10:17, January 14, 2010 (UTC)

Sigh. Thank you. --◄mendel► 12:19, January 14, 2010 (UTC)

stop it[]

Please stop counteracting me without even saying anything. It makes me feel like you don't even respect me anymore. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 15:13, February 2, 2010 (UTC)

I wrote a detailed edit summary; I kept the category you added and fixed an error. I didn't expect there'd be a need for discussion on this edit. (And in fact you're not discussing it now.) --◄mendel► 17:29, February 2, 2010 (UTC)
The only thing that was actually wrong with that edit was that I removed the includeonly tags. There was no reason to do a full revert of my edit - in fact, by doing so, you re-broke the formatting that I had fixed. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:56, February 2, 2010 (UTC)
Yes, the > escaped me because it was on the same line as the onlyinclude tag that you removed. "Undo" seemed the fastest way to achieve what I wanted. --◄mendel► 23:33, February 2, 2010 (UTC)


That guy seems to be trying to acheive "Google Bombing" in hope to increase the visibility of french Wikia wikis. I dont like his ways but i can't say french wikis dont need a little help. — TulipVorlax 18:00, February 10, 2010 (UTC)


Would you prefer "please discuss things with me on the Wiki on which they are to be found" ?

What I said was good practise. People knowing what you're talking about generally is. A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 17:08, February 23, 2010 (UTC)

I already stated, "your talkpage,your call" -- I merely thought you were a little harsh on Miss Lauren, she couldn't have known it would be unwelcome as it generally isn't. --◄mendel► 22:12, February 23, 2010 (UTC)
What are you talking about?
Not my talk page.
I wasn't trying to be harsh (I can think of a few other things I considered adding in but didn't - e.g. my talk page is this way -->)
But it's not the first time (scroll up on that page) that she's done that.
It's really a bad habit. A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 23:15, February 23, 2010 (UTC)
Why is it "bad", exactly? If you meet somebody you know from crafting on the street, and they say "good morning", do you say "don't talk to me here, we're not in crafting!"? Talk pages are for being social, we impose very few limits what to be social about, and IMO that is good. --◄mendel► 23:05, February 24, 2010 (UTC)
I did say please.
And when someone is talking about comments not even made here (without saying so) or talking about things you're not likely to think of... it's not like she said "So AFK, I heard you got perma'd from the Wiki" which would be much more prominent in my mind.
I don't like to give new people a list all at once of what they're doing wrong. Too much to take in more often than not.
Like I said; she already did that. I was starting off with the Wiki thing (as the timer was a once off edit I'd forgotten about and thus /shrugged when I saw the comment initially) and then the next time mention about possibly editing my talk page when appropriate. A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 23:15, February 24, 2010 (UTC)

User priorities[]

Mendel, I don't believe I've brought this up with you before, but I have mused on it, and the current discussion on the admin noticeboard refreshed it in my mind. It seems to me that your priorities are skewed when it comes to dealing with users- you value new and problem users, particularly ones who are causing trouble or have no redeeming qualities, but you take experienced and capable contributors for granted.

You are always helpful and courteous to new users, and you're extremely conscious of the impressions they might receive from various interactions with other users (see Miss Lauren, etc). You're always ready to side with the underdog and help people understand and integrate with the community (see AFK last year, Warwick, yarrow on UA, recently Ariyen, etc). It seems as though you have infinite empathy and patience when dealing with these people. Those are positive qualities, mendel, and I appreciate the time you take in your role as a good shepherd.

But at the same time, you can be positively dense when dealing with users that you should, by all rights, be the most familiar with- users who form the very backbone of this wiki. RoseOfKali, for instance. She's been faithful to GuildWiki since time immemorial; an enormous amount of our screenshot content is thanks to her efforts. And she's had a lot of crap in her life in the last year or so. Yet you've been downright rude to her at times! You declined her RfA and waited for months before explaining your decision, and you even went so far as to call her a bitch on her talk page. And Ishmael has spent an extraordinary amount of time working here for no profit, using his technical expertise to write templates, comb the .dat, and maintain the wiki. We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for all he's done. You know Ish is protective of his work because you participated in the discussion a while ago where PanSola altered his .css code without consulting him. Yet you don't seem to take that into account at all, because you've managed to offend him twice now by reverting his actions with no discussion.

Mendel, I don't want you to think that I'm calling you out here (although I guess I am), and I don't want you going on the defensive. I just want you to remember that our older users aren't made of stone, and they deserve the same consideration you give to everyone else. Felix Omni Signature.png 01:47, February 26, 2010 (UTC)

I wasn't aware of treating Dr Ishmael any different - in fact, I understand that you are in effect asking me to treat valued users differently from new users. My understanding of YAV runs counter to this request. Every user action is potentially subject to scrutiny, every doubt is merited to be heard, and so was mine. Dr Ishmael waltzed over me; he's already suspected me of going after him personally, and he did so again, and this false accusation already violates AGF. How do I deserve to be treated? Just because I'm the guy who always looks for the way forward, to a way out of the mess it is ok to insult me and to call my integrity into question publicly without proper facts and argument. I've never gone as far as that; I question actions I don't understand, and in this special case, I have accepted the consensus once it was pointed out to me and implemented a solution (the page move) that I was ok with, and from the look of things, Dr Ishmael as well. And then I turned my back on the wiki because I couldn't bear it any longer.
I'm sorry for the late answer, I have avoided the wiki since February 24th. The reason was this quote: "Or is our bureaucrat too busy with more important things to pay attention to what's actually happening on the wiki? Do you just check the deletion log to see what I've deleted that you can revert to irritate me? Because that's exactly what it feels like you're doing, and yes, it's working." I am very much insulted by the insinuation that I am being influenced by (nonexistant!) personal issues; I thank Gimmme for his support in this matter, but I do assume that most other wiki users silently agree with him [Dr Ishmael] (nobody called him out for NPA either). Entropy expects me to read RC, and I already said I wouldn't; AFK expects me to not check on the sysop's use of the sysop tools, and nobody contradicts him. Given this reputation and these expectations, I don't see how I can be useful to this wiki any longer, and I hereby offer my resignation from sysop and bureaucrat duties.
I feel that my values have, over the past year, helped to keep this wiki from drama; I'm proud of our rather short block log; and while that may be owed to our , in comparison to gww, smaller number of contributors, I think that gww's admin attitude attracts disruption. (Case in point is the affair where a user afraid of other impersonating him didn't get told "don't worry, we'll ban any impersonators", but instead got trolled by mock impersonation that weren't (and to this day haven't been) blocked, because the impersonations were done by admins or with their approval. These kind of double standards don't fly with me, I'll never edit gww as long as they exist.) It's up to you to set the new course; good luck with that. --◄mendel► 11:19, March 19, 2010 (UTC)
This may sound surprising, but I'm sad to hear this. I didn't want to get involved in the above, because I was directly mentioned there, which would have made anything I said look un-objective. I seem to be "good" at being mis-read. :P But I do want to say that it's people like you who help keep order, despite the questioning and "frownies" from other users, which is something that often "comes with the job." The reason I prefer this wiki a thousand times over the official one is exactly what you stated about their admins - calling them a "drama magnet" is an understatement. I hope our "new course" doesn't go in that direction, in fact I'd prefer it not change at all. I would ask you to reconsider your decision, but sounds like you've made up your mind for a while now. I will welcome you if you decide to return. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.png 12:48, March 19, 2010 (UTC)
Ok, so wow, where do I start? Admin conflict: there's no issue with checking another admin's actions out; that's why we have multiple admins with different viewpoints. I think the issue comes up on how to respond to what you discover. I don't expect perfect responses, just improvements from response to response. In this case with conflict with Ish, I just think that you two do have room for improvement in responses. Ish being a little less touchy, and you digging a bit more (talk histories or asking) before reverting. As for the perception that you're going after Ish, well, perceptions can be very powerful things and have to be closely watched and controlled (hard to seem impartial, eh?).
BCrat role: it did seem to drag out a bit, but that occasionally happens. Not a real deal breaker for me. It did seem a bit odd that you would just let it hang with the previous conflict between you and Rose still on mind. Like I said above, it's a perception issue.
Future and philosophy: I think part of the issues you see with GWW stem from the difference of "User improves himself" vs "user gets help improving himself". With a smaller wiki it's easier to do the latter, whereas a larger wiki will just wait for the former and not bother as much with the latter. As to the future of this wiki (and possibly your involvement), I think you have been a strong balancing force to complacency. But if you come back (and I do think it'd be a net good), I do think you'd need to re-tool your role a bit, perhaps to more of an observer and encourager and less an actor or something. /stream-of-thought --JonTheMon 15:19, March 19, 2010 (UTC)
(edit conflict)
"Dr Ishmael waltzed over me; he's already suspected me of going after him personally, and he did so again, and this false accusation already violates AGF."
You might want to read what I wrote again: "Because that's exactly what it feels like you're doing." I did not accuse you of anything directly, I was describing how the situation felt to me, and it did indeed feel like you were singling me out for some reason.
"I question actions I don't understand"
The problem was that you only questioned my actions after you reverted them. If you had truly applied AGF to my actions, then you should have "assumed" that I had good reasons for them, and you should have asked me to explain them BEFORE you blatantly overruled me.
And you might want to re-evaluate your own actions before you accuse GWW admins of double standards (although I completely agree with you on that). Like Felix said, you are extremely empathetic to new users, and you easily forgive them for mistakes, no matter how stupid they may be. When it comes to wiki veterans, however, you expect us to have a perfect understanding of wiki philosophy/policy and call us out for even the tiniest missteps.
But, meh, whatever. If my "insults" were what drove you away, then here's some good news: I'm planning on leaving for good soon. I've spent way too much time on this wiki over the past few years, nearly all of it overshadowed by GWW, and it's definitely time for me to move on. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 15:57, March 19, 2010 (UTC)

To clarify my response: (long!)

We've always held that admins are just regular editors with extra tools. When there are two opinions about an edit, we follow "revert and discuss". I do the same with new users. I don't usually forgive them any more mistakes than I do experienced users, except when they're doing too many things at once (getting slammed with 5 minor wiki-tradition infractions at once can put one off the wiki), and that has never been necessary with experienced editors. I am more helpful to them, for example, when they need to have explained what our 1RV rule is or why we have community consensus, I explain it to them. As you may have noticed, I have a hard time explaining this to experienced GuildWiki members, because to do so without being patronizing and not using an approach they have so far not picked up on is difficult (and it is rarely ever necessary). Most of the time they're also self-confident enough to ask or discuss, while new users neeed to build confidence in the community. (And I don't accept the "size" argument - being welcoming and explaining things is something that everyone can do, and when there's a wiki culture that promotes this, bigger size means there are more people who explain as well.) Rose does the same thing pretty much whenever somebody new posts screenshots: she doesn't point to our image guide and says "get better, or we'll delete it", she explains in detail what is wrong and how it gets better. It's a sign of valueing the users and their contributions.

But back to the editors with tools. Dr Ishmael (and the, unknown to me, consensus) wanted the page deleted, I wanted it kept. I undelete the page and start a discussion, standard operating procedure. The undeletion has no immediate negative consquence: there is no vandalism, personal attacks or anything on the page; its content is even about the game and correct. Having it undeleted affords the community members a better opportunity to take part in the discussion. I expressed my motive for keeping the page on the discussion I started; I didn't criticize his, because I didn't even know it. When we have different opinions, it doesn't mean one opinion is wrong; in fact, our opinions have the same weight as any editor's, and I found a solution that accomodates both: the content is no longer in mainspace, yet it is kept. A consensus solution, something we strive for. (And I find that explaining things to new users often helps bring about this consensus.) To see this as me "overruling" another editor completely misconstrues what this situation is about.

Most reverts, even of experienced users, is allotted less care than I did of mine: unfortunately, often a terse note on the revert suffices (sometimes there is none); it is rare that the person who reverts starts the discussion. I've always held (and (I believe) led by example) to do reverts with more information and more readiness to discuss. I hope nobody can honestly claim that I have treated the revert of Dr Ishmael's deletion with any less care than I would the revert of any other editor who knows what a revert is. If there is, as Felix contends, a class of users whom we may not revert before discussing it first - and how else am I to interpret his "reverting without discussion" - then you instill an authority into them that, by GuildWiki tradition, nobody here is allowed to have (for the sake of argument, anyway; we know that in reality many people would be shy to do just that). That's where my side note about gww comes in - where Gordon Ecker's decision to review the use of the permaban tool raised public outcry and much drama.

In any case, Felix chides me for "reverting without discussion" -- Dr Ishmael re-reverts me with no more discussion than "useless wiki-bloat" as an edit summary, but he doesn't get a note to his talkpage. We've actually come full circle - one of my first edits here almost put me off the wiki altogether, because it was reverted without discussion. Felix, please re-examine the standard that you hold me to. I don't believe it is fair.

Re: the "accusation": most of you know me for over a year now, and the fact that Dr Ishmael is certain enough of it to publish that thought, others uncertain enough of it to not protest, and Felix able publish that I seem biased against experienced editors, means I'd better get out before my reputation deteriorates further. It is not a reputation I like to have; I have tried to avoid it by every action; and since I don't know how else to avoid it, to escape the feeling that it brings means to leave the wiki. To me personally, the suspicion alone constitutes an insult of the highest order, one that I bodily felt and that made me avoid the wiki for longer than I ever saw the need to before.

Dr Ishmael, as should have become clear now, I did not "overrule" you; nor am I leaving the wiki because of what you said alone; my perception of the community reaction to it plays the major part, and my own sensibilities, of course. I bear you no grudge, and in fact, I wish you and your family all the best for the future.

Rose, I thank you for your kind words, you've been very patient with me. --◄mendel► 22:27, March 19, 2010 (UTC)

Shame to see you go. Gonna miss you. Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 12:29, March 21, 2010 (UTC)
See, there's the problem again. It seems like you're not even trying to understand my position on this, you just continually rebutt my arguments by re-asserting your own. I guess I'll try to explain myself one more time.
The way I see it, you were in a position where you did not have full knowledge of the situation, and you should have endeavored to gain that knowledge (either by searching RC or by directly querying the people involved in the situation) before you decided to do anything. The way it happened, though, you just swooped in out of nowhere to revert an action which had already been under discussion for some time. Forget wiki policy/procedure for a moment and think about how it looks to the rest of us when you (seemingly randomly) do something like this.
To me, immediately reverting the deletion without even trying to know the situation implied that you were ignoring both AGF and YAV - the impression I got was that you assumed I had made the deletion on a whim, rather than in good faith after achieving consensus, and that you felt I was not valuable enough to bother asking me directly. Actually, I made sure to achieve that consensus specifically because I knew you had a habit of "rescuing" pages that no one else would think twice about deleting.
Yes, I made a mistake by not linking to the discussion in my delete reason, and maybe that would've avoided this whole stupid fiasco. In any case, this is the last argument I'm going to make about it. Thank you for the well-wishes, and I wish the same for you. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:50, March 21, 2010 (UTC)
See, there's the problem again. It seems like you're not even trying to understand my position on this, you just continually rebutt my arguments by re-asserting your own.
I did endeavour to find info, I looked on the deletion summary and the page's talk. The info was on the parent page's talk, and I could have found it there. What can I say, I'm not perfect. However, having found that, I still want to keep the page. I would still have undeleted it and discussed. This is what we do on the wiki.
Your idea that I "assumed [you] had made the deletion on a whim, rather than in good faith" is based on nothing, and in fact I never assumed that. Your impression that I "felt [you were] not valuable enough to bother asking [you] directly" is wrong, because your motive wasn't in question; I just wanted to keep the page. You are completely on the wrong track re: those two points, and nothing I write seems to be able to convince you otherwise.
Felix thinks I should have foreseen that my action would create this impression for you, and that I should have acted otherwise. I should have forgiven you this weakness (that you are touchy when it comes to you perceiving your authority being questioned) and accounted for that, much as I account for new editors not knowing how this wiki works. For that, I would have needed to remember this weakness, and foreseen your anger. I didn't. That is unfortunate, and I regret it. It was never my intention to anger you, and if I had seen a way to avoid it, I would have.
It is not your initial initial deletion, but rather your re-deletion of the page and my discussion that I hold to not be made in good faith, but in anger, and I could probably make a case that my discussion was not "valuable enough" for you to be respected. I've seen neither apology nor justification from you for that, beyond the schoolyard argument of "he started it", and the possible inference that this constitutes a "tiny misstep". I'm not satisfied with that. Are you?
--◄mendel► 18:14, March 21, 2010 (UTC)
Addendum: We've never discouraged a voice because it came "out of nowhere"; in fact, that is precisely what GW:YAV tells us not to do. --◄mendel► 18:36, March 21, 2010 (UTC)

We can be exile buddies![]

Although no one actually noticed I left. Eh. Yes I know it's contradictory to write about not being here on here, but this is the easiest way to talk to mendel. Also: I always believed in you, and always will, and hope that we remain in touch.--Łô√ë Roar.îğá†ħŕášħ is hosting a Card Creation Contest! 03:51, March 20, 2010 (UTC)

Actually, we've all been wondering where you got off to since you seemed to have disappeared from the face of the earth. I conjectured that maybe the swine flu got you or something. Just the other day (today?), Warwick did !seen Gigathrash in IRC. And I have always been waiting patiently for the results of your card contest. It is good to know that you are still alive. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 04:09, March 20, 2010 (UTC)

Thank you for your service[]

I don't have anything else to say. You have performed admirably despite constantly being in positions of authority that you never wanted. I know that I've done my fair share of Mendel-bashing, too. So I thank you as well for putting up with the whiny brat of a "boss" that I've been these past years. :) Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 04:09, March 20, 2010 (UTC)

I'm re-reading my talkpage, and with all the talk of me not able to admit to imperfection, I am in retrospect surprised that you mention "Mendel-bashing" -- you know, it never seemed to me you did.
I am quite proud of having earned your trust and respect so much that you gave me this authority. --◄mendel► 07:30, May 10, 2010 (UTC)

I cared![]

But I wasn't sure what to do about it. And I'm still not. Frankly, I'm holding out for a miraculous turn of events. Felix Omni Signature.png 07:44, April 27, 2010 (UTC)

i care... I missed something I guess... What happened :S -- F1Sig.png † F1© Talk 10:20, April 27, 2010 (UTC)
Well, I feel that I don't have the trust any more that I need to be an effective admin and Bureaucrat. You may have missed User_talk:M.mendel#User_priorities and GuildWiki:Admin_noticeboard#Delete_war; I also sent some emails and had some chats, but there wasn't any definitive answer.
The next non-miraculous turn of events is going to be me asking Wikia to de-crat me, in a few days. I believe either move isn't going to upset the wiki. --◄mendel► 10:39, April 27, 2010 (UTC)
To make myself more clear, my first post on the "User priorities" section above contains the words Given this reputation and these expectations, I don't see how I can be useful to this wiki any longer, and I hereby offer my resignation from sysop and bureaucrat duties, and I put a pointer to it on Felix's and Entropy's talkpages when I wrote that. To date, this offer has been neither accepted nor declined. --◄mendel► 10:47, April 27, 2010 (UTC)
And there I was hoping it blew over... RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.png 12:14, April 27, 2010 (UTC)
Most of us cared (one way or another). And I too, hoped this would blow over. The wiki still needs people like you, and people like Dr I. Mabey you should phone each other, so you could use your voices as, and not just read each others text. I think that would make it easier to solve your differences. Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 13:36, April 27, 2010 (UTC)
It's not about Dr Ishmael - I believe he's not the only one who thinks I'm not doing my job well. That nobody came out and said, "I think you're doing a good job, please don't resign" (your words, Arnout, were shame to see you go) speaks volumes to me. (Though maybe it just means I WoT too much, so "tl;dr".) --◄mendel► 14:03, April 27, 2010 (UTC)
Mendel, I would have outright rejected your resignation the day it was offered if I felt it would have changed your mind. If I misread the situation, I apologize. I was hesitant to take any action because I felt that it had been my words that pushed you over the edge. Felix Omni Signature.png 02:57, April 28, 2010 (UTC)
I'm sorry for the late answer, I have avoided the wiki since February 24th. See the paragraph that starts with this quote - it weren't your words that tilted the balance (I'm not "over the edge" as there is no cliff I'm falling off), though they did come down on one side of it. (I know that's only half of an answer.) It probably was a mistake to make this decision on my own. --◄mendel► 09:51, April 28, 2010 (UTC)
Still I think a phone call could work miracles. I don't really understand what you are saying, Mendel, but I'm assuming it's positive. And I personlly didn't have a clue of what was going on, as I was very busy in RL. If I had known, I might have broken some rules to set things straight. But on a very little side note, do we get to vandalize the shit out of your page again? Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 06:46, April 28, 2010 (UTC)
Vandalize? No, but I've got another idea I hope you'll like. Give me 24 hours. (And I wonder which rules you would have broken.) --◄mendel► 09:51, April 28, 2010 (UTC)
I am all ears.
And the rules? What about whiping talkpages and userpages trying to get people calm down? What I did a long while back with a fuss around Entropy didn't work (I placed comments that where drownded in a walls of text), so I figuered I'd need to attract more attention. And if that means breaking rules to protect this wiki, I would have risked a perma ban. But I didn't know what was going on, so there was very little I could do. And I still regret that. And I hope that you, and the people you mention (those who don't like you) change their minds.
Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 10:15, April 28, 2010 (UTC)
Well it took me long to thing of somthing to write down, and well... I still don't know what to right down. So I hear by say: "I think you're doing a good job, please don't resign". I saw some things going on but I mostly ignore large walls of text as the confuse me, and Hoped just like the others that it would just blow over. But Arnout if your going to Break some rules and it helps. Than count me in. I will vandalize the living shit out of every page if mendel will stay :D. (but will reverse it and stuff of course. Don't want to screw up Wiki :P) -- F1Sig.png † F1© Talk 11:34, April 28, 2010 (UTC)
I wrote a very long edit, and lost it in the editconflict. I might rewrite it later todya. sorry. Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 11:41, April 28, 2010 (UTC)
You said: "(your words, Arnout, were shame to see you go) speaks volumes to me. (Though maybe it just means I WoT too much, so "tl;dr".)". I don't really know what you mean. If me standing out and asking you to stay would have made you change your mind, then f*ck me. Seeing as Rose said as much, I figured my tiny voice couln'd and wouldn't have made a difference. That is why I said what I said. Like Felix, I'd like to apologize if that is the case. Also, shit I'm talking myself into feeling guilty. Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 08:54, April 29, 2010 (UTC)
You're not guilty. Why would you ever think your voice did not matter? Very often we don't see the effect we have on others, but it is definitely there.
That said, I don't know what it would take to change my mind. A good argument always helps. I'm already not an admin any more already, and since I resigned because I felt I had lost the community trust, I've sort of decided that if I ever became admin again, I'd want a new RfA. I'm about equally unsure whether I'm still a good bureaucrat for this wiki at this time; Felix seems to think so, but I don't know why.
(Firefox keeps old edits in the browser history, its back button has saved my edits more than once.) --◄mendel► 21:18, April 29, 2010 (UTC)
So we need to find A good argument? What about all those things you did in the past? Al those people you helpted? (Including me over and over again) All those pages you Edit. Lost the trust? Pff I trust you with my ehm Userpage life :P. Really what more do you need. MENDEL! BE ADMIN AGAIN! -- F1Sig.png † F1© Talk 09:16, April 30, 2010 (UTC)

re Arnout's EC: When you get ECd, Mediawiki preserves your text in a second edit box a little ways down. Also, what mendel said about FF. --- VipermagiSig.JPG -- (contribs) (talk) 10:54, April 30, 2010 (UTC)

It wasn't the direct EC, but I had copied my text and not yet pasted it under F1's comment. And since Ii couldn't see how many indends we where at, I copied those, without pasting my comment, losing it in the proces.
And I move to support a new RfA, and I move to support F1. You where and still are a valuable contributor to this wiki. It is a shame that you feel forced to leave. I wish I could change that, even without your admin and Beer-crate hood. Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 11:48, April 30, 2010 (UTC)

(Reset indent) I thank you for yuor support. Go read . --◄mendel► 21:37, April 30, 2010 (UTC)

New Userpage[]

I'm trying something new with my userpage - I want no words on it, only images, but anyone can contribute. Have fun! --◄mendel► 21:18, April 29, 2010 (UTC)

I R VANDAL!!! Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 09:09, April 30, 2010 (UTC)
I M TOO! Woot! -- F1Sig.png † F1© Talk 09:16, April 30, 2010 (UTC)
Where is the old vandalized userpage? I'd like to show it to a few friends of mine. Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 11:51, April 30, 2010 (UTC)
User:M.mendel/vandalized A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 18:57, April 30, 2010 (UTC)
There's even a userbox for it, on my "real" userpage. --◄mendel► 21:16, April 30, 2010 (UTC)
Wow, Mendel, you sure have a lot of beard! --TalkpageEl_Nazgir 06:32, May 1, 2010 (UTC)

It's time I went[]

I'm now afraid to say anything about this for fear of raising drama and accusations. If I wasn't convinced I can't 'crat here any longer, I am now. --◄mendel► 06:15, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

Muf, what in the name of Balthazars Beard are you talking about? Its a block of some dude spewing some rascist crap. Who care's? Or did I miss an epic talkpage battle? Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 06:37, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
Well, see you around then (as a figure of speech..). --- VipermagiSig.JPG -- (contribs) (talk) 08:55, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
Um, yeah. I blocked an obvious vandal. Where's the drama in that? —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:44, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
What Arnout said, tbh. It's a 1-day random IP ban for racist trash talk on Mainspace and no other edits ever, this doesn't look "out of line" in any way. Maybe not what I would have done necessarily, depending on the mood I guess, but don't see a problem either way, neither of you would be wrong, imo. I think small differences of opinion on something this insignificant are allowed without having to ask for approval from fellow sysops, there is no solid rule, policy, or guideline to cover each specific type of vandalism and how to deal with it, as I recall. Thus, sysop discretion is to be applied, and it's absolutely unreasonable to expect that each sysop would act the same way in every situation. I don't think you should get so concerned. You two seem to have a bit of a personal disagreement going, but neither of you has gone out of line of what I had seen, so I'd just say to not dwell on your differences, not every problem has a single right answer, and each of you brings their own good things to this community. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.png 15:29, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
You have failed to notice that I won't be discussing this (in fact, that was the point), so my talkpage is the last place for this argument. --◄mendel► 19:46, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
Also, I am very offended because you keep referring to this as "personal". --◄mendel► 19:51, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
It's only personal in the sense that it involves two persons with differing opinions. Mendel, if you disagree with something then by all means you should challenge it, regardless of your position here. Just do it with love and compassion. Felix Omni Signature.png 20:13, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
I won't and I can't - if I come across as "he's got his personal peeve with the doctor going again". I'm not fighting for getting taken seriously - again. I haven't got the stomach for it now. Heck, even Auron, for all the differences we used to have, recognized it wasn't personal. So I'm just going with the perceived community opinion, that I don't deserve that respect, and believe I'm wrong and you're right. --◄mendel► 20:46, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Can you blame people for thinking it is? All the drama and controversy that you've been part of since January has been sparked by something that I did - you haven't counter-acted or overruled anyone else in that time, although that may just be because I've been a lot more active than anyone else. If you think I'm a terrible sysop, then just say so. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:23, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
"$&%"$/(! If I thought you were a terrible sysop, I would have said so. In fact, there'd have been a discussion on teh admin board, and then you'd have been demoted. That didn't happen. In fact, I believe I never wrote anything to that effect, because I can't recall ever thinking it. I think you're doing a very good job.
However, I want the GuildWiki administrators to become better administrators - it's a natural thought because I'm looking for stuff to learn myself all the time. It follows that you're not perfect (nobody is), and that you hold what I think are prejudices as to how people who transgress community standards should be dealt with that are affecting the wiki negatively. We're working from different understandings what your (our!) job is. Dismissing this as "personal issues" is like saying "you're my pointy-haired boss, and I know my job better than you".
I'm bureaucrat because Entropy made me, and she made me because she felt (as did I) that a large part of the community supported what I am about. If that is no longer the case, I am no longer a good bureaucrat for the wiki (unless I fought to get my views more widely accepted again). If you are not accepting me criticising selected aspects of how you do your job, you are not accepting my bureaucrat role any longer, and if you have the community support, then, consequently, I should relinquish that role.
So, in short, it's not me saying you're a terrible sysop (I don't say or think that), it's you implying that I'm a terrible bureaucrat. And I'm listening. --◄mendel► 20:46, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
At least we've got that cleared up now. Regardless of what may have been implied by what I've said in the past, I don't think you're a terrible bcrat/sysop either. I just think that if you're going to be a hands-off admin (by not watching RC), then you need to take responsibility for gaining full (or at least better) understanding of a situation before you directly overrule any administrative action. That is what angered me more than anything else: here I am, working on the wiki every day, taking the time and making the effort to gain consensus before deleting an article that's been made obsolete, then *BOOM* you swoop in out of nowhere, without making any effort to understand the situation, and undo the deletion. The fact that you had done the same thing with an obviously pornographic image only a month earlier is what made me take it personally, and I reacted very stupidly because of that.
I acknowledge that this whole mess is my fault. If I hadn't reacted so stupidly, none of this would've happened, and for that I sincerely apologize. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 00:18, May 5, 2010 (UTC)

(Reset indent) resetting indent, --◄mendel► 20:46, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

(also a edit conflict) How long have you been on wiki Mendel? and how long have you been doing the things you do with "love and compassion"(as Felix stated) You said that you think people don't trust you anymore and you do wrong things or what ever. And now a shit load of people here who don't want to lose you as a user and Admin alike, trying to convince you to stay and keep doing the things you already did for so long and so good. There are always some speed bumbs on the road but sometimes you just have hit the gas to get trough, get on your feet. Listen to the people who care... and stay... -- F1Sig.png † F1© Talk 20:29, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

I'm also listening to the people who don't care. --◄mendel► 20:46, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
And yet you seem blind to the things we are saying... -- F1Sig.png † F1© Talk 20:47, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
You and Arnout are saying that I'm the best admin in the world. Unfortunately, you seem to be a minority. --◄mendel► 20:55, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
This skill is utter faggotry, but fairly applicable. Really, how many people are discussing here? 8? Now think about how many people walk around the wiki. If there was something wrong or dysfunctional, it wouldn't just be the jaded veterans talking. Additionally, the wiki hasn't exploded. It's no biggie really. --- VipermagiSig.JPG -- (contribs) (talk) 21:06, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
Arnout (+), F1 (+), Ishy (-), Rose (-), you (+/-), Felix (+/-), Jon (more + than -, if I'm reading him right) and if you count the old admin board, Entropy (+/-), and AFK (-). I'm not waiting until everybody gets clued in about how dysfunctional this is. --◄mendel► 21:23, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
Don't count me in there - I took this way too personally in the beginning, and I've been refraining from commenting on it lately because I don't want to say anything stupid again. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 21:33, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
Aww, crap, I was off by one.
Net -1, by the way (with John counted as +/-, and counting Ish). Hot damn, that's some consensus right there. Gtfo ma wikiz. --- VipermagiSig.JPG -- (contribs) (talk) 22:20, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Eh, wrote up a big long WoT, but erased it, as I doubt it would make any more sense anyway, since you counted me into a (-) when I was trying to say something totally different. You're bright enough to see that any criticism you have of Ish's actions becomes very hot very fast (which is why I called it personal, even though it's over wiki issues), and gets blown way out of proportions while at it, just like it did right here. So you need to turn it down, no matter how well intentioned it is, let others handle it if they think it needs "handling," this is a community, after all. Take a break, see what happens, and go from there. Just wanna say that I think you need a vacation from all of us. Note: not retirement, a vacation. You keep many of us on our toes, and remind us (me, at least) why we're better than GWW. That is what makes you valuable, and that is why I want you to freshen up away from us a bit and come back to be yourself again. I feel like you're burned out, and treating this as a job rather than a nerdy hobby. But what do I know?.. *shrugs* RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.png 22:35, May 4, 2010 (UTC)
I take exception to being a minus sign. A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 12:55, May 5, 2010 (UTC)

Changing what I think[]

(headline inserted by ◄mendel► 22:10, May 10, 2010 (UTC))

tl;dr, but since it's AFK I'm assuming he has no point and is just raging at and/or failtrolling mendel. —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 22:01, May 8, 2010 (UTC)
I'm meddling on UnAnswers again, I think that upset him. --◄mendel► 22:29, May 8, 2010 (UTC)
Y'know, AFK had a point the whole time. Still does... :/ You criticized the hell out of me on wiki and in E-mail, crushed my ego, put a pile of dirt on it, and topped it off with a rock, yet I tried to get your point, get over it, and not be all emo about it. You on the other hand... well, what AFK said. Do as you please, nothing anyone here says is going to change what you think, it seems. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.png 23:04, May 8, 2010 (UTC)
Thing is, if mendel wants to rage the wiki, that's his business. Did anyone qq when I left? Sure, I hardly left with a bang but rather faded from view, but you shouldn't be bitching at him because he doesn't give a damn about this place any more. It's a dead wiki for a dead game. —MaySig.png Warw/Wick 23:12, May 8, 2010 (UTC)
QQ? Does the party on IRC count?
The thing is he hasn't raged; he's still here. If I'm reading things right people have stopped caring if he's here or not, and just wish it wasn't half and half. A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 13:22, May 9, 2010 (UTC)

The key to criticising me well is not to tell me how I fail by your standards; it is to tell me how I fail by my own standards. Only then will your criticism be effective. AFK has completely failed to understand what I'm on about, and thus necessarily fails to change my mind, except by chance. I believe I'm better at changing people's minds because I am better at listening and explaining it on their own terms. In fact, when my mind changes as a result of such a discussion, you'd hardly notice because for me, it's simply a learning experience.

Way up on this page, in March, Felix posted a criticism of me. I replied, explaining my standards and my actions, but I didn't see anyone follow up on that. That would have been the way to properly change my mind; just ranting at me does nothing if you don't also attempt (and to some degree succeed) to understand what makes me act the way I do. So his "how come mendel criticises people, and gets them to change, and when I criticise mendel, he does nothing, hence he's arrogant" is really more of a "mendel criticises people well and sometimes gets them to learn, but when I criticise him badly, he refuses to obey, hence he's arrogant", and I think that's not fair. --◄mendel► 22:10, May 10, 2010 (UTC)

My first impression: Putting it that way makes you sound even more arrogant, because you're saying that your standards are the ideal, and no one else's standards matter. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 23:15, May 10, 2010 (UTC)
It's not because it works both ways: when I try to explain something to people, I'm using their frame of reference (or try to, anyway) so they have a path of thought they can walk with me, a point to start from. In fact, I could have rephrased that sentence the other way around: The key to criticising you well is not to tell you how you fail by my standards; it is to tell you how you fail by your own standards. If we're all talking from our own standpoints, we'll never understand each other. It's imperfect enough as it is. See, reverse what you're saying, and you get as an inference that somebody who tries to convince me without trying to discover or understand my standards treats me arrogantly. It's always a journey of discover and a learning experience, because I need to get to know the other person if I want to convince them or discover where I have things to learn myself. Someone who is not prepared to be open to that won't be very convincing. --◄mendel► 00:12, May 11, 2010 (UTC)
I agree with Dr. Ishmael above. A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 18:08, May 11, 2010 (UTC)
See, that's why I qualified that as my "first impression," I didn't really understand what you were getting at. To be honest... I still don't. Sure, what you're saying sounds good in theory: everyone should be perfectly empathic and try to argue on the other person's terms, to appeal to the other person's standards. Unfortunately, very few people care enough or have enough patience to live up to that. By expecting everyone else to do this, to live up to your standards of criticism and argument, and in effect completely ignoring any argument that doesn't measure up to that standard, you still come off as being arrogant.
And why is the alternative so bad? Why can't I argue based on my standards as long as I explain those standards? If I follow the above theory and always argue from the other person's standards, aren't I abandoning my own? If I can't argue from my standards, then why do I have standards of my own in the first place? —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:03, May 11, 2010 (UTC)
How would that work if both people apply that theory? My interpretation: They would argue with arguments/thoughts the other would have brought up if they didn't do it. And that's confusing as hell. --- VipermagiSig.JPG -- (contribs) (talk) 19:20, May 11, 2010 (UTC)
I would be interested in how this applies to those who simply cannot do so; be it an insufficient English vocabulary or other problem. A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 19:47, May 11, 2010 (UTC)
Well, you do your best. Not everything can be agreed on, and not everything has a single "right" answer, and that's when "agree to disagree" steps in. As long as an answer/solution is within some kind of guideline/public acceptance/logic/reason/whatever, it is acceptable, and not wrong. Now, arguing over something stupid 'til the cows come home and not considering compromise as even an option, that's just stupid. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.png 20:16, May 11, 2010 (UTC)
Why would I have to compromise on whether I want to stay bureaucrat or not? Isn't that for me alone to determine (absent widespread cries to remove me from that office)? For a decision like this, I want(ed) to follow my heart, not some compromise. --◄mendel► 21:06, May 11, 2010 (UTC)
That's not the compromise I was talking about, and I don't think that's what AFK and Viper were talking about just before me, either. <_<' I'm talking about issues like (but not limited to) when/whether to suspend a user - one of the cases that happened to be a drama starter on this very userpage. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG.png 21:24, May 11, 2010 (UTC)
Vipermagi, no, it means that you express your own thoughts and arguments in the other person's terms, in their frame of reference. If you're visiting in China, you'd best translate your thoughts into Chinese if you want them to be heard; if you keep them English, don't be surprised if few people listen. --◄mendel► 21:06, May 11, 2010 (UTC)
Dr Ishmael, yes, I understood what you meant when you labelled this your first impression. Should you feel personally targetted by my following attempt at a clarification, please understand that that's (probably) merely a rhetoric device that I'm using to illustrate my point.
Of course it's fine to criticize other people from my standards, stick to my guns as it were; my point is that to it effectively, we need to find shared standards, or you'll just shrug my criticism off because you don't understand how it applies to you and your situation. The more closely aligned the criticism is to what you're on about, the better it'll work. (You've been saying the same thing in other words when you asked me to research admin actions better before I start counteracting them. :-P ) It's a process of discovery to get there, and a well-run debate will eventually do, or discover the underlying difference in outlook that may make the positions irreconcilable, but may show the way to a good compromise. Footnote: The process produces consensus if it is to be had, and since we're running the wiki largely on consensus, it's important for us to get into it to regulate important stuff.
I've been placing this topic here because I noticed that some readers didn't understand why AFK's criticism, above this section, failed so hard; it does because it's historically been rare that AFK "got" me, and it's usually involved a lot of effort. If you criticize me without reaching me, I'm going to respect that as your opinion, but in that case, it's not going to have nearly as much effect as if you did reach me. This is my situation this time - if you want to butt in, expend some effort to understand what and whom you're talking about, it's not as if I haven't given you enough material to work with. Case in point: Felix started above with a well-reasoned critique (in March), but it seems to me as if nobody had really picked up on my reply to that, not directly, anyway. Apologies if I missed it.
So yeah, argue from your standards, but if your ears are closed to my response, don't expect to get anywhere. Listen, and we're getting past the "continually rebutt my arguments by re-asserting your own" stage. (How did we manage that, anyway?)
We have standards of our own to know when to be happy; when others follow our standards, they make us happy: but those others have got a right to their own happiness as well.
I fear I've managed to make this WoT too abstract and not as clear as I'd need to; apologies if that's the case, and keep on demanding better answers. ;) --◄mendel► 21:06, May 11, 2010 (UTC)
Meh, I've never had a good head for this sort of philosophical stuff which is why I typically either get my ass handed to me (before I even realize I'd lost it) or blow up in frustration whenever I try getting involved in discussions like this (cf: Auron), but this post sounds a lot better than what you had put in your previous two posts, especially the part about finding "shared" standards and using that to reach a compromise. Nothing personal (and I wasn't taking your previous comment personally, either), but I think I'll just bow out of this now before my inferiority complex builds up again. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 21:52, May 11, 2010 (UTC)
Hah, you and your dislike of big words, and my blasted habit of employing them. Just nail me down to not do that if you spot it, you're actually pretty good at discussing when you don't get frustrated. ;) --◄mendel► 22:51, May 11, 2010 (UTC)
I'll choose to ignore one particular sentence to be found in what you wrote.
I was making simple points and asking simple questions.
Either you're capable of understanding them, or not. A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 22:04, May 11, 2010 (UTC)
Assuming you're talking about the content that you struck out, your "simple points" were often wrong from my perspective, especially when you've been making statements about my thoughts and feelings; and your "simple questions" were rhetoric, for the most part (I apologize if I've overlooked any that weren't); and you've been ignoring or misreading much of my answers. For example, in my first answer, I voice my concerns with my reputation as a central issue, as I'd done before on that page; you don't seem to have picked up on them until the very end, where they seem to have completely changed your outlook. I feel that I have understood the points you did make, but found many quite unconvincing. --◄mendel► 22:48, May 11, 2010 (UTC)

If you're going to go...[]

...Go, don't talk. Jink 14:59, May 9, 2010 (UTC)

You know, that's what I thought, too. But getting Bcrat taken off involves asking Wikia, they won't necessarily do it if it's controversial, so I though I'd wait a bit for the reaction. Then Felix posted hoping for a turn of events, and I'm giving that a chance right now (and I still haven't found an answer for Ishy's last contribution up there). Also, I'm smiling at this. --◄mendel► 21:35, May 9, 2010 (UTC)
What is with everything being struck through? I think you can get another b-crate to remove you, if you are sure of it. I do know it can't be done by one's self. I own and have helped with a few other sites here on wikia. User Ariyen sig icon.gifriyen 06:16, May 10, 2010 (UTC)
What browser are you using? Is the strike-through fixed now?
Bureaucrat rights can only be removed by Wikia; I did check that again just now. --◄mendel► 07:14, May 10, 2010 (UTC)


Writing with pictures. --◄mendel► 21:52, May 9, 2010 (UTC)

I'm remaining a bureaucrat[]

Upon re-reading this talk, I've decided to keep the Bureaucrat position for now, and see how that works out. (I'm not going to give myself admin back, and I'm asking my fans to wait at least a month or two before running a RfA.) Thanks to everybody who expressed their confidence in me.

One of the things that struck me is how singularly well the analysis of JonTheMon still stands that he posted on March 19th; I still don't quite understand how he thinks this re-tooling is supposed to work, but I believe I've finally got the rest of his message now.

Oh, and please, could some admin warn AFK that if he's being rude to me on my talkpage once again he's going to get blocked? Because, beneficial as it may have been to have to rethink and redefine the bureaucrat role for him, his rudeness is annoying me, and really not the standard of debate I want to promote here. --◄mendel► 07:59, May 10, 2010 (UTC)

And thus my plan comes to fruition. Felix Omni Signature.png 10:08, May 10, 2010 (UTC)
I stopped being a fan of you, Mendel, but that does not mean I'm not happy you are staying (for now). Also, where are my fans, and why are they not running a RfA? ;-) Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 10:15, May 10, 2010 (UTC)
Oh noes, you're not my fan any more? I must hand out more free cookies! Would you be swayed by free cookies? Or waffles? --◄mendel► 12:34, May 10, 2010 (UTC)
Well, since my name is getting dragged back into this, I should probably clarify my "re-tooling" comment. In short, it seems to me that GWW got it right; bureaucrats there have admin powers, but are only allowed to use them for obvious tasks when another admin is not around (vandals, essentially). So you don't have this conflict of "I object to this admin action, but that action was taken by the person who is supposed to moderate admin conflict". Granted, I don't really know if that's needed here, as long as the parties can come to some other agreement. --JonTheMon 13:46, May 10, 2010 (UTC)
That's GWW and not here though. Here, B-crats in my opinion should revert vandalism, but if you disagree with each other as it should be with ANY user. Discuss it on the corresponding talk page or the user's talk page and hash things out to solve the problem. It's just going to be dragged out otherwise... I like for each party to hear their side and be reasonable before a judgement is made. If it's between 2 b-crats... let the third be the judge? I'm not trying to be hostile or harsh, but I'm just giving my 2cents into this as I have observed other wiki's and participated in some as well to see how things work and that is what I feel ANY wiki should take into affect/effect that I have seen many not do (not naming names here). User Ariyen sig icon.gifriyen 16:20, May 11, 2010 (UTC)

The Wise Man's Fear[]

Just a bit pissed because The Wise Man's Fear doesn't come out for another year! And Summer's here, giving me all the time in the world to read :-( Raj4h 01:04, June 13, 2010 (UTC)

Set to come out in March, Rothfuss wrote on his blog, so it'll be there in time for spring break! :) And after that one, we're going to wait for part 3. Console yourself with the fact that I've been waiting longer than you. :-P --◄mendel► 07:54, June 13, 2010 (UTC)


Also greetings. Guess I missed out on all the fun?  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 07:50, June 13, 2010 (UTC)

Well, if the next drama gets any larger than this, I'm going to publish it in book form. The real fun is happening on w:c:unanswers right now. --◄mendel► 07:59, June 13, 2010 (UTC)
Is it a continuation of the fun from late last year? Or whole new amusement park?  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 21:56, June 13, 2010 (UTC)
Well, it seems we've got an old main character in a new role, and additional new supporting cast, so let's call it the second season? Your "ball game" and "change will" unanswers are great, btw. --◄mendel► 22:26, June 13, 2010 (UTC)
gotcha. (Keep me posted.)
Whilst on the subject, congrats on a solid year of unanswering!  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 22:30, June 13, 2010 (UTC)
PS why is it that [[:w:c:unaswers]] turns into an ugly inter-wikia link instead of a an elegant (or even plain one without the extraneous colons, Ws, and Cs)?
PPS and has anyone on this site found a useful way follow instead of watch pages? For my purposes, Followed Pages are a random assortment of links to pages I have edited, as opposed to a useful way to track/jump-to/edit articles of interest to me. Thanks!  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 22:35, June 13, 2010 (UTC)
Has it been a year? I think nobody but you noticed! Thanks!
[[w:c:unanswers|UnAnswers]] works just fine, it's the way all links do. I think it's easier to debug if you can get a version that shows you exactly what you typed. Of course if wikia used a single prefix: instead of w:c:, then the pipe trick would work.
I've no idea about the followed pages, as the monobook skin doesn't really link to them, and I completely forgot about that new feature. Maybe somebody else does? Who's using Monaco? --◄mendel► 23:03, June 13, 2010 (UTC)
"Has it been a year? I think nobody but you noticed! Thanks!" No, it's on the main page, I think it was a sitenotice, there's a thread on the forum about it, and iirc, there's also a post about it on the community portal. So yeah, people noticed :P --TalkpageEl_Nazgir 11:01, June 14, 2010 (UTC)
Aahh, yeah, I was a bit lazy there, relying on memory and failing. Looking it up, my personal involvement in UnAnswers really started July 7th; I thought it was earlier, and that TEF was referring to that. UnAnswers just finished its 13th month. --◄mendel► 12:19, June 14, 2010 (UTC)

13 months will be the day after tomorrow. AFK was a bit hasty putting it on the main page, and he put the 15th there, while right under it it says that it was made the 16th. I should fix that after my exams... Oh well, here's to another year, and hopefully one with less habitats for Drama Llamas.--TalkpageEl_Nazgir 13:19, June 14, 2010 (UTC)

Subst teacher?[]

Is there a good rule of thumb as to when to use a template and when to subst the template? For example, I have a template for my wikia sig, so it can appear different on different domains here (esp. since some of the wikis use black backgrounds and the sig would otherwise be invisible). I use

  • {{subst:User:Tennessee_Ernie_Ford/Sig}} instead of
  • {{User:Tennessee_Ernie_Ford/Sig}},

otherwise I assume wikia would have to spend energy rendering my sig every time a page loads. Does it matter at all? or should all of us be substing early and often, as part of good netizenship? Thanks!  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 02:59, June 17, 2010 (UTC)

Yes, you should subst: that, it also makes it less trivial for you to have your sig vandalized. I would, however - suggest you go further, and provide an alternate sig if you don't have /Sig on the current wiki you're editing. Thus (my own sig) is:

{{SUBST:#ifexist:User:Randomtime/~.js|{{SUBST:User:Randomtime/~.js}}|'''[[User:Randomtime|<font color="Orange">Random</font>]][[User talk:Randomtime|<font color="Black">Time</font>]]'''}}

To explain what's going on, the first part of the sig is a switch, if there exists such a page called User:Randomtime/~.js, that is where you will find the sig. (It's a JS page so it can't be edited by anyone other than myself or a sysop, having it as just a normal userspace page means that it can be edited by anyone). If not, the last part of the sig is SUBSTed into the signature, and my sig rolls back to RandomTime. That's how I'd recommend setting a sig template up. For a good rule of thumb generally when substing a template, always subst something you know doesn't need to be changed, and is just there to quickly insert code (templates like Ec and Ri are good examples of this. RandomTime 06:12, June 17, 2010 (UTC)
Awesome. I didn't think about vandals, since (aside from AFK calling me, Ernie, it hasn't been an issue); still, better safe than hozed. Thanks for the rule-of-thumb, too.
On a related note, do you bother telling folks who don't use SUBST in the obvious cases? (sigs, ri, and the like). I would guess that most people enjoy using the templates, but don't necessarily realize what their browser or the server needs to do to render. (Well, not that TEF *understands* it either.) Thanks again for the help/advice.  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 07:34, June 17, 2010 (UTC)
We never really enforce substing RI, Clear and EC (we only began substing these recently in the first place), but we do not allow (unsubsted) template-sigs. Unsigned has always been substed tmk. Every now and then someone goes over The List (What links here of Template:Unsigned) to subst all unsigned templates. Don't think we tell anyone directly if they're not 'regulars'.
Substing reduces server load by not having to load 2+ pages. Ex. only the talk page, rather than the talk page and the RI/EC/Clear template pages as well. --- VipermagiSig.JPG -- (contribs) (talk) 11:46, June 17, 2010 (UTC)
There is a lot of caching involved in modern MediaWiki; I've observed that it seems to cache template calls well nowadays, so that using the same template call several times on the same page produces little more load than using it once. (Yes, I've experimented with some pages with a LOT of template calls a year or so ago.) If you're going to balance source code readability with server load, I'd argue for the readability and say "bring on the load". ;) --◄mendel► 14:36, June 17, 2010 (UTC)
I recently explained this here. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 13:07, June 17, 2010 (UTC)
The restriction came to be because the server imposes limits on how much work it will do to expand templates; the limit used to be 200 templates per page, and a busy talkpage could easily reach that if everyone sust'ed their templates, which would then start failing to work on that page. The limits have changed, so with short signatures it's probably not as important as it used to be.
Dr Ishmael makes the argument that transcluded (un-subst'ed) templates are not appropriate for dynamic content. Signatures do change, and if you changed yours, it would change everywhere you used it. That could be a great many talkpages, and hence produce great server load again.
A possible solution to the problem (I haven't tried it) is to make Template:username on ; you can transclude that from every wiki Wiki, which means you can use a template transclusion in your sig and have it work on every Wikia wiki; unfortunately due to teh hack involved to make this work, it can't be subst'ed (but then changing this signature on the community wiki wouldn't trigger a recalculation of your sig pages here, so the performance issue is mitigated).
The tl;dr summary: It used to be bad to transclude sigs, but nowadays there may be a good reason to transclude yours from central Wikia. --◄mendel► 14:29, June 17, 2010 (UTC)
Ach so! Very informative. So, summarizing for my understanding (and for others finding this tl;dr): it can't hurt to subst, but maybe it's not so important these days.
So, I'll stop worrying about whether others are/aren't transcluding and stick with my guildwikia-experts-informed rule-of-thumb: subst early & often (unless I have good reason not to). For me personally, I prefer the non-transcluded sigs, the better to enjoy carbon dating based on peep's ~~~~ displays.
Thanks all. I appreciate the lesson. Best {{SUBST:Teacher}} since David Tenant visited Comic Relief  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 19:58, June 17, 2010 (UTC)
Yes - and I'll keep botting the stuff that hasn't been subsed. Make sure sigs subst, as they'll be expensive to replace if you edit it RandomTime 22:34, June 17, 2010 (UTC)
I just kinda argued they're not... --◄mendel► 22:50, June 17, 2010 (UTC)
As it turns out, Wikia recently implemented forced SUBST on any sigs with {{}}, making the point moot for GWiki sigs.  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 23:00, June 17, 2010 (UTC)
Then my neat central sig idea will always fail with an error? That sure seems familiar, Wikia! It's not the first good thing you've managed to water down! --◄mendel► 23:07, June 17, 2010 (UTC)
Your idea is still useful in that we wouldn't have to create a new sig everytime we visit a new wikia wiki. They only broke the auto-magically-updating sig. (And I'm guessing the format would be: if a sig exists on this wiki, use it; else use the central signature — this should allow us to use slightly more chars in our sigs...unless you have a stupidly long user name like...  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 23:14, June 17, 2010 (UTC)
I don't see How it would allow you to use more Characters in your sig. RandomTime 23:18, June 17, 2010 (UTC)

school wiki[]

On Monday night, I made a new wiki for the school I'm associated with, and it's got 1,637 edits now. Try RC patrol on that one! (We had 4 days (8 am to 1 pm) of wiki project with 10-20 participants to make it so, but still...) --◄mendel► 22:01, June 18, 2010 (UTC)

Congrats! (and condolences!) :-)
the school I'm associated with ? Like, someone saw you out at the club and the paparazzi have photos? Like you attend/teach/empty-the-garbage or?
Or did you mean literally, the school I'm associated with on Monday night; i.e. there's another school with which you are associated on Tuesday ?
 —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 02:46, June 19, 2010 (UTC)
They pay me money, but I'm not on the staff. (My wife is.) --◄mendel► 09:01, June 19, 2010 (UTC)
Links for trolling/vandalism? Felix Omni Signature.png 10:41, June 19, 2010 (UTC)
It's a trap! RandomTime 10:44, June 19, 2010 (UTC)
Only if you speak German-N, or if we do a PenPal project with non-swedes. --◄mendel► 15:25, June 19, 2010 (UTC)

SuBtle hint[]

Mallyx the Unyielding.jpg Mendel the Unarchiver
This user believes that user talk pages of less than 200kb are not meant to be archived.

 —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 16:34, June 24, 2010 (UTC)

Subtle hint is subtle RandomTime 16:54, June 24, 2010 (UTC)