User talk:Kevin Rector

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Transwikifying Help[edit]

Am I correct in my assumption that the stuff in the transwiki log is waiting for articles to be made from them in Wiktionary and that is what I should be doing to help clean it up? I am just a little unsure and don't want to screw things up irrevocably. - TheDaveRoss

Thanks for that note, I wasn't really sure whether we wanted redirects or what, but I suppose if I had put a little more thought into it I would have remembered that "move" does redirect, alas.
And as for my geography, I now live in the Northern portion of the state (Essex) but grew up in Woodstock right over the hill from Rutland. I only know one person from Rutland, so the odds of me knowing your folks are slim to none (unless they happen to be a 20 year old guy by the name of Anthony...seems unlikely). It is always refreshing to come across people who don't think that Vermont is a larger but less populous county in New York state though, so cheers for that! - TheDaveRoss


Kevin, thanks for the info on the vandalism. Sysops have no quick way to revert changes - only the slow laborious one available to everyone else (go to a vandalised page, look at the history to find the vandal, find their contributions, revert them all manually one by one, then block the vandal).

If you notice vandalism again in the future, please report it on this page. Thanks — Paul G 09:53, 29 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Kevin, I just put in my vote for you for admin. It always seems like the 11pm PST AP flurry is unattended by the existing sysops. Semper doesn't come on until midnight or later here, and Connel has usually finished up by then. Is there any difference between a user reverting vandalism and a sysop reverting vandalism? Does it stay in the history, either way?
Oh, and I did get your note on the transwiki stuff. I have had a particularly busy week (real life happened), and it looks like I didn't quite find time to respond before the deed was done. I really haven't had that much to do with the transwiki effort just yet, anyhow. I may resume someday when I don't have 30+ word-covered slips of paper littering my desk, or when I find myself lacking inspiration. Take care! --Dvortygirl 07:50, 1 May 2005 (UTC)
I also added a kind (I hope) word. I'm not usually finished by the 11PM PDT/12AM MDT/1AM CDT flurry, just otherwise occupied. The difference between the reverts seems to be the one-click revert (that reverts all changes by a particular user, and adds the nice looking comment.) Sysop also means you have delete, protect and block privs. All are easy to inadvertently abuse. --Connel MacKenzie 08:05, 1 May 2005 (UTC)
Don't be surprised if your name stays on the administrators page for a wikieternity. Cheers for the vote of confidence anyway. --Wonderfool 21:50, 1 May 2005 (UTC)


You may well be a bureaucrat in about a years time! And no, I'm not gonna nominate you just yet! One step at a time, huh? Its good to have you aboard, you seem to have a number of fresh ideas about the site, which is always a good thing. --Wonderfool


Thanks for the nomination for bureaucrat. Before I commit myself, what does this involve? Is it a new thing? — Paul G 11:59, 3 May 2005 (UTC)

Wait on the vote?[edit]

Starting a vote while Eclecticology is absent might be looked at poorly. I certainly think two weeks (even on such things that aren't controversial) is too short. --Connel MacKenzie 06:43, 5 May 2005 (UTC)


Where is User:Eclecticology and is he coming back? Kevin Rector 13:58, 5 May 2005 (UTC)

I wish I knew. He's been absent since the 17th of April...I'm starting to get worried about his well-being. He is the single user here with Bureaucrat status (able to do everything Sysops cannot.) WikiMedia stewards and developers can intervene here when they want to, but they very rarely do so. He has pages on Wikipedia and Media as well. Even though he and I see eye-to-eye only infrequently, his constant input has shaped Wiktionary into what it is today. One thing (in general) I do agree with him about is that Wiktionary does not need to be overwhelmed with rules & policies (as Wikipedia now is.) Because we are still so very much smaller, we simply do not need the rigorous, tedious overhead that Wikipedia does.
Right now, he's only been gone three weeks. Who knows, maybe a death in the family, maybe an international Wiki* conference - who knows. I can imagine he might be put-off seeing issues put to vote in his absence. Admittedly, that's his own problem, but if there is any way to not have him feeling left out, your vote stands of better chance of not being vetoed when he returns. --Connel MacKenzie 17:31, 5 May 2005 (UTC)

Mr. Sysop[edit]

Congratulations! I noticed this after my previous post. Good luck! Perhaps I can take a few days off, while three new admins learn their way around the special pages. --Connel MacKenzie 17:54, 5 May 2005 (UTC)

Hooray! I am certainly looking forward to having a few extra folks looking out for all of us and helping keep all our hard work in order and vandal-free. Good luck! --Dvortygirl 07:03, 8 May 2005 (UTC)


All of these little semantic things...I will figure them out eventually ;) - TheDaveRoss

Protecting pending deletions[edit]

Why are you protecting articles tagged with {pending deletion}? We're trying to get rid of them, right? --Connel MacKenzie 20:01, 6 May 2005 (UTC)

I was doing it how it is being done on Wikipedia. The theory is that renaming them and then deleting the old one doesn't really accomplish anything other than making the link red and taking up more space in the database. The next version of MediaWiki is going to handle the problem, so when it is released all we'll have to do is go into Category:Pending deletions and delete them all. With the page blanked and the pending deletions template on it the article has a similar effect to one that was deleted (notably that there is nothing there). If you want to go through and change the names of them all and delete the redirect be my guest, but it doesn't really gain us anything. Just my 2 cents. Kevin Rector 20:05, 6 May 2005 (UTC)
Kevin, I'm not at all sure they protect the pages on Wikipedia that have been so tagged - I had the impression the only time they protected them was due to repeated vandalism. Just curious, really. Anyone that can delete it (when the time comes) can also unprotect it. It just seems odd to me.
I've been doing the renaming thing for a couple reasons. 1) We're small enough that it is not a big deal, 2) I like the links to be red when they ought to be red. (That is the point of having a delete function, right?) --Connel MacKenzie 20:31, 6 May 2005 (UTC)


Hi Kevin,

I've rescued ginormous from pending deletion, rolling it back to the last decent edit and cleaning it up. This is a legitimate word, although probably limited to the vocabulary of kids in the UK. It is long established, it has 56,200 hits on Google, and it is probably - I haven't checked - in print dictionaries. — Paul G 14:51, 11 May 2005 (UTC)

Hi again - no, it's not a neologism. It's been around for as long as I can remember - I'm pretty sure I used to use it in the school playground (which would make it at least 30 years old). — Paul G 09:57, 12 May 2005 (UTC)
A little moral support; I use ginormous on a relatively frequent basis. -- Bennmorland 01:45, 8 Jun 2005 (UTC)
A little moral support (or not): people use it around me all the time, and it drives me nuts.  :) Jun-Dai 01:48, 8 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Bad Temp removal[edit]

Just randomly clicking on Copier i noticed that you replaced Template:-verb- with "=== noun ===", try and make sure you double check, we don't want some poor french student failing...not really anyway. - TheDaveRoss

Transwiki bot[edit]

So, I can see you're enjoying yourself over here on Wiktionary. Well, as long as you're still working on transwiki cleanup, I thought I'd ask you: what's the status on that updated transwiki bot you were going to make for me? I remember giving you some suggestions on your WP account a while back. I understand if you've lost interest, but I would appreciate it, as I've diligently carried on transwiki-ing almost daily. I'm now trying to resolve the growing problem of the Transwiki log on WP, too. Anyway, thanks for the help. --McBot 20:34, 5 Jun 2005 (UTC) (w:User:Dmcdevit)

List of users by number of edits[edit]

Hey dude! Good idea, that list. Now, my question is, when are you going to update it? I've been real busy lately... I'm sure I'll be moving up. -- Bennmorland 01:44, 8 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Followup, where and how often are dumps made? I would love to play with them :). - TheDaveRoss 02:25, 9 Jun 2005 (UTC)


Did you ask to be blocked for 10 minutes? Kevin Rector 18:14, 9 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Yes, but by IP (this one). Jun-Dai

It was beautiful. I saw the Elysian fields and spoke to God. YGM Jun-Dai 18:47, 9 Jun 2005 (UTC)

strange redirects[edit]

Hello Kevin. I am cleaning up after the capitalization changes. There are several pages whose names begin "editing User:Kevin Rector" (and uppercase redirects). Do you need them? SemperBlotto 07:19, 16 July 2005 (UTC)

Edittools on mg.wiktionary[edit]


Please, could you add these characters here ? The MediaWiki is protected and I cannot edit this.

Best regards,

Jagwar 13:09, 21 December 2008 (UTC)


As you have been inactive on this Wiki for more than a year, your administrater status has been removed.

If you become active here again, and want to be an administrater again, just ask, and it can be provided without the need for a vote. SemperBlotto 14:51, 19 February 2011 (UTC)