User talk:Gadfium

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Please add items to the bottom of this page. I will normally reply on this page to any conversation started here.

Kea edit, not the only alpine parrot[edit]

Hello Gadfium, I am new to editing anything on wikipedia so please let me know if I have done anything improper. I wanted to let you know why I removed the Kea section about it being the only alpine parrot.

The Mountain parakeet resides in an alpine region on the Andes called the Puna grassland. One of two sections of alpine zone in the Andes the other of which is the Paramos. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:51, 28 December 2021 (UTC)

You should have explained that when you first removed the sentence. It looked like you might be removing it because it was tagged as citation needed, so I found a citation for it. There may be a case that tropical mountain terrain is very different from cold mountain terrain, but 'alpine' doesn't seem to be the right word, and I'll leave it to the experts.-gadfium 16:56, 28 December 2021 (UTC)

RFA 2021 Completed[edit]

The 2021 re-examination of RFA has been completed. 23 (plus 2 variants) ideas were proposed. Over 200 editors participated in this final phase. Three changes gained consensus and two proposals were identified by the closers as having the potential to gain consensus with some further discussion and iteration. Thanks to all who helped to close the discussion, and in particular Primefac, Lee Vilenski, and Ymblanter for closing the most difficult conversations and for TonyBallioni for closing the review of one of the closes.

The following proposals gained consensus and have all been implemented:

  1. Revision of standard question 1 to Why are you interested in becoming an administrator? Special thanks to xaosflux for help with implementation.
  2. A new process, Administrative Action Review (XRV) designed to review if an editor's specific use of an advanced permission, including the admin tools, is consistent with policy in a process similar to that of deletion review and move review. Thanks to all the editors who contributed (and are continuing to contribute) to the discussion of how to implement this proposal.
  3. Removal of autopatrol from the administrator's toolkit. Special thanks to Wugapodes and Seddon for their help with implementation.

The following proposals were identified by the closers as having the potential to gain consensus with some further discussion and iteration:

  1. An option for people to run for temporary adminship (proposal, discussion, & close)
  2. An optional election process (proposal & discussion and close review & re-close)

Editors who wish to discuss these ideas or other ideas on how to try to address any of the six issues identified during phase 1 for which no proposal gained are encouraged to do so at RFA's talk page or an appropriate village pump.

A final and huge thanks all those who participated in this effort to improve our RFA process over the last 4 months.

This is the final update with no further talk page messages planned.

01:46, 30 December 2021 (UTC)

Tamil Bell Edits[edit]

Hello Gadfium, I made a change to the Tamil Bell wiki page around October this year. Apologies for not explaining the edit itself, which in retrospect I should have. The issue with that page is the reading of the script on the bell. Since I can read that form of Tamil, it clearly reads "Mohoyideen Buks udaiya kappal udaiya mani" lit. Mohoyideen Buks' Ship Bell. The reading "Sikaiyya Tanava ... Kappal udaiya Mani" is not present.

Now I did take a look at the citation given for this reading, and the book does suggest this latter Sikayya reading, but neither gives citations for it nor explains why its interpretation is different from the commonly accepted Mohoyideen reading. It doesn't explain who did this interpretation either. The only other mention of this interpretation that I can find is from the book "Sea: Our Saviour By K. Sridharan, pg 19" which doesn't provide citation for it either. All in all, that reading seems highly suspect as I can literally read the text to see that it doesn't mention the words "Sikiaiyya Tanava" anywhere in the inscription.

As for the commonly accepted Mohoyideen reading, that the reading accepted by the Museum of New Zealand. See the links below:

The same reading is favoured by the Polynesian Society:

They also released a detailed breakdown of the inscription, which shows the sound corresponding to each individual character (note how the Sikiaiyya Tanava is completely missing):

So I do implore you, please do look into this and make the necessary changes as you see fit because it seems to be a major error imo. Thank you!

- Pandiya123 (talk) 08:24, 31 December 2021 (UTC)

Merchandise giveaway nomination[edit]

A t-shirt!
A token of thanks

Hi Gadfium! I've nominated you (along with all other active admins) to receive a solstice season gift from the WMF. Talk page stalkers are invited to comment at the nomination. Enjoy! Cheers, {{u|Sdkb}}talk ~~~~~
A snowflake!

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 23:50, 31 December 2021 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – January 2022[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (December 2021).

Guideline and policy news

  • Following consensus at the 2021 RfA review, the autopatrolled user right has been removed from the administrators user group; admins can grant themselves the autopatrolled permission if they wish to remain autopatrolled.



  • The functionaries email list ( will no longer accept incoming emails apart from those sent by list members and WMF staff. Private concerns, apart from those requiring oversight, should be directly sent to the Arbitration Committee.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:24, 3 January 2022 (UTC)

DYK for Tarakohe[edit]

Updated DYK query.svg

On 4 January 2022, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Tarakohe, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that more than 20 of Ernst Plischke's designs for the Abel Tasman Monument (pictured) in New Zealand's Tarakohe were rejected before he designed a tall, tapering column referencing the Greek funerary stele? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Abel Tasman Monument. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Tarakohe), and if they received a combined total of at least 416.7 views per hour (i.e., 5,000 views in 12 hours or 10,000 in 24), the hook may be added to the statistics page. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

— Maile (talk) 12:02, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

How we will see unregistered users[edit]


You get this message because you are an admin on a Wikimedia wiki.

When someone edits a Wikimedia wiki without being logged in today, we show their IP address. As you may already know, we will not be able to do this in the future. This is a decision by the Wikimedia Foundation Legal department, because norms and regulations for privacy online have changed.

Instead of the IP we will show a masked identity. You as an admin will still be able to access the IP. There will also be a new user right for those who need to see the full IPs of unregistered users to fight vandalism, harassment and spam without being admins. Patrollers will also see part of the IP even without this user right. We are also working on better tools to help.

If you have not seen it before, you can read more on Meta. If you want to make sure you don’t miss technical changes on the Wikimedia wikis, you can subscribe to the weekly technical newsletter.

We have two suggested ways this identity could work. We would appreciate your feedback on which way you think would work best for you and your wiki, now and in the future. You can let us know on the talk page. You can write in your language. The suggestions were posted in October and we will decide after 17 January.

Thank you. /Johan (WMF)

18:12, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

"Breatha" vs. "Scafie"[edit]

Hey there, I noticed your edit on the University of Otago page in which you stated Breatha as being the more recent term to refer to students at the University of Otago. You are correct in that the term is commonly used amongst many of the students, however it differs to "Scarfie" in that it refers to a specific subset of students who adopt certain characteristic or identities associated with the "Breatha" term. I removed the edit, but if you wished to maintain its presence I'd recommend stating that it exists as a sub group of students and not a term used to refer to all students at the University. Thanks. Sadke4 (talk) 15:50, 9 January 2022 (UTC)


You recently reverted a link on Whanganui that looked very much like advertising. Several attempts have been made to add this link by a number of American IP users. Please advise. OrewaTel (talk) 04:29, 10 January 2022 (UTC)

I don't know whether the company linked to is notable; it's not my area of expertise. The link was inappropriate at Whanganui, and didn't show any connection to the city. Feel free to let me know if you see other IPs (re-)adding such links.-gadfium 04:40, 10 January 2022 (UTC)
At the end of December IP user tried adding this particular link three times. You reverted the first incompetent attempt. Skysmith reverted the proper link twice. I posted a warning on Talk. Since Whanganui must be on your Watchlist, you'll pick up the inevitable next attempt. OrewaTel (talk) 06:26, 10 January 2022 (UTC)
Ok, I'm now more primed to pick up the next attempt. I don't think I had realised that 24.x and 72.x had been making substantially the same edits. I see many attempts a day to add people who may not be notable to articles.-gadfium 08:10, 10 January 2022 (UTC)