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Singularity by 2020[edit]

Hey. I stumbled upon your userpage by accident, and I am curious why do you think it will happen so early. I would put my money on somewhere in 20-40 years. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk to me 04:42, 6 February 2012 (UTC)[reply]

Hi, Piotr. I cannot provide a rational defense of the date, only of the concept. Singulatarians generally accept one or the other of two models: the "swell" or the "spike," as described in Damien Broderick's book The Spike. The "swell" assumes that progress will continue incrementally just as has occurred in the past. I find the "spike" model to be much more likely. In this model, The infrastructure gradually improves until it can support a sudden breakthrough to Superintelligence, the event known as the "singularity.". Then some minor catalytic addition occurs that creates a self-improving autonomous system. This system then evolves abruptly, probably over the course of a few hours or days. In this model, not much is visible to most observers prior to the transition. So, it comes down to a feeling as to what constitutes a sufficient infrastructure and when will that infrastructure be available. A minimally-sufficient infrastructure would require a significant and unlikely catalyst, probably purposely developed. As the infrastructure becomes richer, a broader range of progressively simpler catalysts are possible, and eventually the infrastructure becomes so rich that an unintentional (but improbable) catalyst suffices. Richer still, and and increasingly broad range of increasingly more probable unintentional catalysts suffice. In this model, the singularity is inevitable unless humanity ceases to exist. But the richness of the infrastructure is increasing at an exponential rate. My unsupported guess is that we are well past the minimally-sufficient infrastructure and are at or near the point where an improbable accident is possible, or where a deliberate breakthrough could be initiated by an individual working alone with only normal access to the Internet. Major elements of the infrastructure include massive computing capability (including clouds and supercomputers) increasingly rich knowledge bases (including Wikipedia,) and increasingly sophisticated analytics (including search engines and Watson.) -Arch dude (talk) 23:38, 6 February 2012 (UTC)[reply]

Template talk:Cite DNB[edit]

Hi Arch duke. Thanks for your comment, which was certainly a more reasonable analysis than either PBS or Billinghurst had to offer. To be honest, I'm not quite sure what steps I should take from here. I tried asking for help at the Help Desk just last month, to which only PBS and Billinghurst replied. I could submit another edit request, although it must be said I am still not sure how to put my proposal into practice, code-wise.--Nevéselbert 11:05, 13 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Outstanding Contributions Recognition[edit]

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Your work and contributions are exemplary.

Dear Arch dude, with intelligent and most helpful inputs at the Help desk, you truly are an outstanding contributor.

Your efforts to guide editors at the Help desk is appreciated.

Keep up the great work! :)


A cup of coffee for you![edit]

Cup-o-coffee-simple.svg Thanks for your contributions. You might want to adjust your date for the singularity, as it won't be prior to 2020 in 17-18 days. Either way, keep up the good work! Jeb3Talk at me hereWhat I've Done 16:14, 13 December 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Just a tip...[edit]

...but I usually keep a link handy to c:Commons:List of administrators by language, for situations that involve non-English issues. Once you bother people a few times you start to remember who speaks what and who is normally willing to help. GMGtalk 17:05, 23 January 2020 (UTC)[reply]

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for the feedback! I am determined to get it right; changing content and correcting citations is a priority. Just learning how to do this... it isn't easy for a beginner. Thanks for taking the time to write! Harpmom39 (talk) 02:11, 17 February 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Copyright stuff[edit]

Answering this as the thread got archived...

I was not aware that the US required fixation for copyright (unlike some other countries including my own). Under your interpretation, I could (for instance) go to the Metropolitan Opera, film the latest rendition of Don Giovanni and post it on Youtube (the score sheet is out of copyright, the performance is "live", and I am doing my own recording). I highly doubt that is the case. Maybe there is a specific exemption for artistic performances as opposed to instruction material?

Even then, the teacher likely prepared for the conference and has some notes for it, which the recording would then be a copyright violation of. TigraanClick here to contact me 12:52, 17 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]

@Tigraan:I don't know how your Don Giovanni example would work, and I agree it's a good test case. But the lecture notes are not a good example, because they had not yet been "published" until the "performance". I am not a copyright lawyer, just an interested layman. -Arch dude (talk) 17:06, 17 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]

April 2020[edit]

Information icon I noticed that a message you recently left to a newcomer may have been unduly harsh. Please remember not to bite the newcomers. If you see others making a common mistake, consider politely pointing out what they did wrong and showing them how to correct it. It takes more time, but it helps us retain new editors. I have noticed in some of your responses, particularly in the helpdesk you consistently and constantly talk down to people and belittle them. An example is where you said "Anyone" which includes you to a teacher. Please try to be more respective and diplomatic in your responses to people asking for help. Thanks Galendalia (talk) 23:49, 25 April 2020 (UTC)[reply]

@Galendalia: I try to be sensitive to newbies. However, when a "request or help" is a rant about how bad Wikipedia is, I usually respond with what I consider to be a "so fix it" message of the appropriate tenor. I feel that I did so in this instance. I do not feel that I "belittle" any of the folks who ask for help, but please do ding me on a case-by-case basis when you feel I am overly harsh. -Arch dude (talk) 00:06, 26 April 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  • No worries, but that "so fix it" can come off pretty harsh and can be seen as a personal attack regardless if they are new or older editors. Thanks for your understanding. --Galendalia (talk) 00:08, 26 April 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Wikipedia is an encyclopedia not a coffee shop. The training course to be kind, courteous and considerate is to newbies is not well attended. I check in at the Help Desk very often to increase my awareness of what’s going on in Wikipedia World. I am always impressed with the service ArchDude provides. He is not a “handholder” or a hall monitor. He provides straightforward answers that may challenge the new editor to alter his opinion of working here. That’s it! He doesn’t belittle. He challenges.―Buster7  03:38, 7 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

I agree. Note that the user who posted Template:Uw-bite above has since been “blocked indefinitely from editing for ... personal attacks”. ◅ Sebastian 09:00, 7 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Yea. I saw that afterward. I have greeted hundreds of new editors. I gave them some tools and left them to their own journey, as was done for me. I wasted my precious time on some and was rewarded by others. And some, like Galen, are lost causes that play at editing but are just here to disrupt. ―Buster7  22:56, 7 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Wikipedia page edits[edit]

Thank you for the responses. Noted the procedure for future edit requests. I see some page issues for previous edits: A major contributor to this article appears to have a close connection with its subject. It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia's content policies, particularly neutral point of view. Please discuss further on the talk page. Could you please help with the correction of this as there are valid citations added to the page. Thank you for your help. Arantxa147 (talk) 20:07, 13 May 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Wikipedia page edits[edit]

Sorry, that wasn’t my intention. Thank you very much for your prompt reply and help on this. It is the collective effort of all the contributors which has helped Wikipedia grow and become one of the best knowledge and information hubs on the Internet. Arantxa147 (talk) 20:16, 13 May 2020 (UTC)[reply]

For your user page[edit]

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Cheers & thanks![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png Thanks for your quick response here: BrianLeeMarsh (talk) 13:50, 23 June 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Good example for AGF[edit]

Hi Arch dude, your reply to the question Help: I was the Captain- I was there! was an elegant example not just for WP:AGF, but also for User:SebastianHelm/principles#A4GF. I can learn from that! ◅ Sebastian 10:38, 6 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

@Sebastian: I do try to assume good faith, but this response is more nuanced that that. The Captain must be at least 90 years old and is highly unlikely to be an expert computer user. I'm 70 and an Army veteran, and both of my parents served as Army officers in WWII, so I spend a little extra time trying to be respectful in cases like this. Orangemike made a perfectly good response, assuming good faith and providing the needed information, and I would not have added to it in most circumstances. I am a good deal more brusque with paid editors. -Arch dude (talk) 14:49, 6 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]
It seems we're not on the same page: (1) The BA2069 incident took place 20 years ago, so for the captain to be at least 90 years old now, he would have to have been at least 70 at the time. (2) I don't see Orangemike in that conversation at all, do you maybe mean Hoary? Their reply also meets my A4GF criteria. But yours is particularly elegant, starting out by respectfully addressing “the captain”, and then, with the perfectly tailored advice to “get the correct information published in one of the aviation industry magazines” smoothly placing the ball in the OP's court. ◅ Sebastian 19:25, 6 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]
@Sebastian: Oops! Sorry, I thought you were referring to This. Different captain. I thought I was a bit too brusque on the The BA2069 incident response. -Arch dude (talk) 20:17, 6 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Man, you're a tough case; you seem to be really praise resistant. Neither in your BA2069 incident response, nor in the Chodo Airport one did I find you anything like brusque. I give up on the former; I think I made myself clear enough. In the case of Chodo, you even softened Orange Mike's reply by providing a bonus explanation to further the OP's understanding of why we can't do as he wished.
But since you so desperately want to see yourself as brusque, maybe the next help topic, the question about CSS animations, can serve as an example: In your reply to User:Positron832, you could have reached the destination of Harmony_And_Mutual_Understanding a little faster if you had taken the first exit off the highway. That is, if your first reply, instead of starting out with NOT, had already included your acknowledgment of their editing or your kind remark on their bouncing logo. But even that first reply was completely appropriate and obviously Positron832 took it very well. ◅ Sebastian 01:21, 7 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Re:Media namespace[edit]

Thank you very much for your reply. However, I would like to clarify on what I mean by the media namespace. If you go to Help:Files, you will see a table with a list of namespaces on the right. On the bottom where it says Virtual namespaces, you will see the ID -2 paired with the word Media in bold. The difference between the media namespace and the file namespace is that the File namespace, for example: File:Example.jpg, will take you to the page of the file. The Media namespace, for example: Media:Example.jpg, will link directly to the file. You can click on the links to test. I hope this helps. Gioguch (talk) 04:26, 23 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

P.S. Typing Media:Example.jpg in the URL will take you to File:Example.jpg, you have to type it in the search bar, click on the link below to link directly to the file.

Restore accessibility of article page that has been to redirected to less-relevant article[edit]

Re: [1]

Thank you for the accurate, useful advice on finding the real WP page behind a redirect. The results of the change are still fermenting, but I am very happy to have gotten clear, actionable advice from someone when I was in a WP quandary.

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How to keep from being asked for donations[edit]

I haven't seen a place to tell people how they can do this. I was giving advice to an IP and saw your response to a question about that.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 23:32, 30 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Getting help from Facebook[edit]

I don't know if telling people who need help with Facebook that professionals will help them is a good idea. I have tried and all Facebook seems to do is show you a list of frequently asked questions.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 20:12, 15 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

@Vchimpanzee: my reply was somewhat sardonic: Bugging paid ("professional") employees is preferable to bugging Wikipedia help desk volunteers when you have a Facebook problem. The fact that the for-profit company does not provide useful help is not Wikipedia's problem. -Arch dude (talk) 22:27, 15 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
I think it would be more useful to mention that.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 22:42, 15 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Replacement images[edit]

Hi Arch dude! I've created a new image to replace a non-free image used in the Super-Kamiokande article. I'm pretty confident that it doesn't infringe on anyone's copyright but I thought I'd post a link here for you to take a look, as I mentioned at the Help desk the other day. You can see in the image description links to the original image and a reference image that I used. I could of course change the layout substantially but I thought it'd be pretty pointless. nagualdesign 01:11, 17 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

I've uploaded another image to replace a non-free image. Again, it isn't that different from the image it replaces but I think it sidesteps any copyright limitations. Feel free to disagree. I can always make more substantial edits. nagualdesign 01:53, 17 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

@Nagualdesign: Your first new inage clearly contains no creative element from the source image. I recommend that you change the wording in the image description, from "based on" to "information taken from" to make it clear that you are not trying to copy the image. The second image is more problematical. You used exactly the same shapes, in exactly the same layout and orientation, as the source image. Sadly, "layout" is considered to be a copyrightable "creative element". I really, really hate this, because I think copyright law is just plain nasty in cases like this. If you have become too frustrated to try again, I will make an attempt to create an alternative. Where does this image belong in the article? would it look better if it were more vertical? Are there widely-accepted icons used by process engineers for these elements (compressors, filter, etc.)? IF so there may be a open-source set of such elements (FreeCAD, Inkacape, or other) and you could use those. -Arch dude (talk) 02:30, 17 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks for the feedback. I'll make a few changes later today. What do you make of this image? nagualdesign 11:24, 17 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
I've made some minor changes to the image file descriptions, rewording "based on" to "made using reference" and linking directly to the references rather than linking to non-free images hosted on Wikipedia. I could remove the links altogether but I think it's better to provide that information. I did a search for various symbols used in ventilation system schematics and decided that a bunch of rectangles and ovals are generic enough. I'll take my chances. nagualdesign 15:04, 17 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
 Done The aspect ratio of the air purification system image wasn't working well in the article so I decided to change the layout after all. nagualdesign 23:52, 17 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

File:Southall FC 1883-84 team.jpg[edit]

File:Southall FC 1883-84 team.jpg

RE: @Mark Roach Southall FC: "Permission to publish" is insufficient. Instead, we need a formal CC-BY-SA license from the copyright holder (usually the photographer

Hi, as per the title of the image it was taken in 1883-84 so permission from the photographer is of course not possible, however it is owned by Southall Football Club. How do I now go about following correct procedure and implementing what you have described above please?

The permission from the owner of the image is granted, so it's just about how I can now follow the correct procedure, so I'd be grateful if you can confirm what I need to do now and how. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mark Roach Southall FC (talkcontribs) 16:06, 7 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Mark Roach Southall FC: Sorry, but Wikipedia must follow the law, and that includes copyright law. In my opinion copyright law is a disaster. Unless you can assert that the club owns the copyright, then you cannot upload that picture at all. No process can supercede the law. If you can assert that the club owns the copyright, then an officer of the club can license it to us under the CC-BY-SA. Basically during the upload process, you (on behalf of the club) will assert that you are the owner of the copyright and that you license it to us under CC-BY-SA. This allows us and anybody else to use the picture for any purpose, as long as that use attributes the picture to the club. -Arch dude (talk) 16:18, 7 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Ok thank you, so can you guide me how to go back in an edit to do that please? Mark Roach Southall FC (talk) 16:26, 7 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Mark Roach Southall FC: I was confused by the two dates on the helop desk question, and I was responding to the 1935-36 date, not th e1883-84 date. The two are different, because the earlier picture in in the public domain. Anyway, to start an upload, click on the "upload file" link that you can see on any page (like this one), or just got to Wikipedia:File Upload Wizard (it's the same place). Then follow the instructions you see to upload the image to Commons. When you get tot he "copyright" page, select "public domain" for the older image. For the newer image, select "I am the copyright holder" (assuming you are authorized to act fro the club and that you are assertin that the club owns the copyright), and assuming you intend to license the copyright to us via CC-BY-SA. NOTE: that license let's anyone use the image for any purpose, and you cannot rescind that license later. -Arch dude (talk) 16:42, 7 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Thank you. I have tried to add it as per your description above. Mark Roach Southall FC (talk) 16:48, 7 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]


Hi, A [citation needed] note has been added to a section of a Wikipedia page I have been updating. The description in the section is accurate, however the event described does not appear anywhere else online, so currently there is no citation available. I have a few questions: 1. Is there a reasonable time period to rectify this and if so how long? 2. What happens after that time period elapses? Does the section get removed? 3. The description refers to an event that took place at a football club (and the event was organised by the football club in question). If that football club were to include details of the event on their official club website and I cited the article on their website, would this suffice as a citation? Thank you. Mark Roach Southall FC (talk) 17:00, 7 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]


I want to give my appreciation for two very encouraging and supportive repolies you gave at the TeahouseHelp desk (doh!) yesterday: to WP:HD#Adding/Updating External Links to an Updated Version of a Website and WP:HD#Should I edit the Wikipedia article about my school to reflect changes due to COVID-19?. They were what Help desk/Teahouse replies should be. Well done! --ColinFine (talk) 12:48, 11 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@ColinFine: Thanks, Colin. I like to answer based on general principles when possible. What I really appreciate are the clarifications and references to specific resources that you and others add to my answers when I neglect to give them. -Arch dude (talk) 17:19, 11 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Spam links by Rendor21[edit]

Hi, I came across @Rendor21:'s edit history and I was inches away from reverting him for spam, when I saw he had been encouraged on some notice boards. Could you explain why you encouraged this and what you think I should do now that he has added this to some hundred articles without much further guidance? Elizium23 (talk) 18:20, 17 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Elizium23 and Rendor21: I asked him to try to get consensus. If he did not attempt to get consensus, then you and he should try to reach consensus, I gave him my opinion, not my permission. You are of course free to just revert him: my opinion is no more valid than is yours, but reaching consensus is a lot better. I do not think that his links contradict any of our "spam" guidance, since they link to a unique, non-commercial resource, but that's a judgement call. -Arch dude (talk) 19:05, 17 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

A kitten for you![edit]

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Thank you for your posts at Wikipedia:Help desk#Hi. You helped to make Cory very happy. I hope this kitten does the same for you. Cheers

MarnetteD|Talk 03:52, 2 February 2021 (UTC)

@MarnetteD: Thanks for the kitty! I hope things go well for Cory. My mental picture was of a Wikipedia editor lying in a hospital bed, getting oxygen and worrying about the outcome, needing whatever distractions could be provided to mitigate dread. I was prepared to have a Chromebook delivered if there was any way to do it quickly. (In the US, that would be Amazon.) The later message that he has his own laptop but would probably get home soon was heartening. -Arch dude (talk) 05:05, 2 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]
My mental image was much the same. With the overly dramatic events that happen around here we sometimes forget the fun that editing can bring to people. That thread brought all that is good about the 'pedia back home to me. Fingers crossed for Cory and thanks again to you :-) MarnetteD|Talk 05:40, 2 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you for your kindness[edit]

Hi Arch Dude, I am CoyGlee, my real name's Iván. I was discharged today from hospital, originally meant for Tuesday, put off until today. Recovering and I wanted to thank you for your kindness and efforts for me to be connected to Wikipedia from hospital. I said I cherish you all without exception because you're all extraordinary people, and you included without doubt. You be blessed. Thank you again. CoryGlee (talk) 20:03, 6 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@CoryGlee: Thanks for this message. I have been worried about you. I'm very glad you are back home and able to continue to help build the world's biggest and best encyclopedia. -Arch dude (talk) 20:13, 6 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]

About sodium ion battery[edit]

Hello Arch Dude, I'm looking for some editing advice about this article Sodium-ion battery (NIB). Since you've made a number of edits there, and you are WP experienced, perhaps you can give some guidance. The table in the section "Advantages and disadvantages over other battery technologies" compares attributes of NIBs to lithium and lead acid batteries. In the cost and energy density columns for NIBs, it is using theoretical, possibly eventual, far future values, while the other columns use current production values. This of course can give a misleading impression. I have good sources that indicate that actual costs and energy densities of currently available NIBs are less attractive than that, and still compare unfavorably to Lithium ion batteries. What do you think, should I edit the table (and some text that follows) to show this current state of affairs? This same problem comes up in a lot of the battery articles, where the distinction between theoretical performance and current performance is weak.

P.S. How's life in the singularity? I enjoyed reading your talk page. I too am retired IT. Leotohill (talk) 20:58, 11 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Leotohill: That article is a mess. I just made a few fairly minor adjustments and then gave up. I recommend that you adjust the comparisons of reflect the "real" verus "projected" values, perhaps as columns in a table. -Arch dude (talk) 00:30, 12 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]

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@Gillescar: Since I accidentally submitted the article, this notice was placed here instead of on your talk page. -Arch dude (talk) 15:10, 9 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Hello Arch dude

Thank you very much


Gilles --Gillescar (talk) 18:58, 9 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for contributing the SpaceX Starship page, your minor contributions count! CactiStaccingCrane (talk) 03:31, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Million view award[edit]

The Million Award
For your contributions to bring SpaceX Starship (estimated annual readership: 1,300,000) to Good Article status, I hereby present you the Million Award. Congratulations on this rare accomplishment, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers! CactiStaccingCrane (talk) 04:13, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Thought on an Artemis mission drive[edit]

Hello, I'm Cacti, as you might see on SpaceX Starship article. I am thinking of making an Artemis drive, which its aim is to improve the related article quality. The first run would be for testing, which would be upgrading the Space Launch System article to a GA. Afterwards, all articles related to Artemis would be upgraded to class B, and essential ones to class GA. Thoughts? (You might like to discuss about it more on wikipedia's discord server: wp:Discord) CactiStaccingCrane (talk) 18:10, 2 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@CactiStaccingCrane: Thanks for your message and for your work, which I have been following. I have done quite a bit of work over the last month on SLS, Artemis, and many related articles in an attempt to bring them up to date, and especially to remove quite a bit of overly-optimistic prose. I have also done minor restructuring where appropriate. I am very happy that you intend to work on these articles. I prefer not to use discord because it does not match my work style. Your edits make me think that English is not your first language. You are doing a wonderful job, so I truly hope you do not mind if I (and others) make minor corrections for word choice, syntax, and grammar. I have a slightly different problem: I am a sloppy typist and I am not good at prooreading my own work, so please feel free to correct my edits. -Arch dude (talk) 18:40, 2 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Arch dude: Hi, feel free to edit them however you see fit, it's the whole point of contributing on Wikipedia after all :) I am not an English native speaker, so when I edit I might make a lot of grammar mistakes as well. The reason I want to make a drive is to concentrate people's efforts: there's a lot of discussion on a Discord server about the article, as well as @Leijurv: and @DeltaDizzy: researching a lot on launch cost and fixing your bold edits and lone wolfs like you are. Hopefully, if all goes well, SLS might be reworked really quickly, just like I did on SpaceX Starship article. CactiStaccingCrane (talk) 18:53, 2 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@CactiStaccingCrane: Cool, I've gone and added my thoughts to Wikipedia:WikiProject Spaceflight/Artemis drive. Leijurv (talk) 20:53, 2 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Eternal fountain?[edit]

Hi, Arch dude. I see from the history of your talk page that you have been 71 since 2014. I am impressed. Can you share the secret of how to do that? JBW (talk) 14:31, 19 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@JBW: I live in the moment. This year, I've always been 71, but starting on my next birthday I will always have been 72. That's because my user page uses the {{age}} template. -Arch dude (talk) 14:39, 19 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Well, that makes sense 💡, though unfortunately 😕 it takes away the mystery and wonder 🤔. JBW (talk)

Your help desk response[edit]

I have the ability to see links to disambiguation pages and your response here contains one. If someone were to read the question now, even though it has been over a month (I'm that far behind reading the archives), they'd want to know which "DNB" you were referring to.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 16:08, 27 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

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About singularity in 2020...[edit]

(WP:NOTFORUM but meh) Well, the singularity is happening to me :) There are exponential growth on everything basically, and I think it is actually happening now. CactiStaccingCrane (talk) 11:53, 4 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Holiday greetings (2021)[edit]

Arch dude,
I sincerely hope your holiday season goes well this year especially with what we went through last year. I'm optimistic that 2022 will be a better year for all of us: both in real life and on Wikipedia. Wishing you the best from, Interstellarity (talk) 18:54, 21 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Appreciation to you[edit]

Hello Arch dude. Several weeks ago, I very tentatively inserted myself into a Help desk thread to offer assistance--I was most uncertain if it was appropriate for me to be editing there. You noticed my hesitancy and invited me to continue engaging on the page, and I have. And since then, in the small ways I am able to assist on Help desk, I have been doing so. I am always pleased to encounter a kind and encouraging editor such as you, and I appreciate that you took a moment to encourage me to edit further. Most kind regards, Hu Nhu (talk) 17:09, 23 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

And Merry Christmas.Hu Nhu (talk) 17:10, 23 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Your template, Intentionally destroyed[edit]

Hello Arch dude,

I noticed that you created a template, Intentionally destroyed. First of all, thanks for your contribution. However, it meets two of the criterias for deletion, duplicating another template, in this case, Maybe2, and being an excess template of NE and Maybe2. As a result, Intentionally destroyed has been marked for deletion. Please note that you can oppose the deletion here, but please refrain from removing the delete tag yourself. Thanks for understanding. The Page Maker II (talk) 02:50, 10 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Re: your note to Lana Thrasher[edit]

Good notice; but I believe she says she is the guy's manager, so she also falls under the terms of our UPE policies about mandatory disclosure. --Orange Mike | Talk 21:02, 2 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Orangemike: She said she was his wife, not that she was paid. I thought about that but decided I would not touch a "paid wife" with a 3-meter Lithuanian 10-foot Pole. -Arch dude (talk) 23:39, 2 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Proposed deletion of Resistance (military)[edit]


The article Resistance (military) has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

Unreferenced mix of problems - WP:DICTEF, WP:OR, WP:GNG, etc. Could convert into a disambig to the wikilinked terms?

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Please consider improving the page to address the issues raised. Removing {{proposed deletion/dated}} will stop the proposed deletion process, but other deletion processes exist. In particular, the speedy deletion process can result in deletion without discussion, and articles for deletion allows discussion to reach consensus for deletion. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 13:03, 11 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

This edit of yours:[edit]

I know that hindsight is 20/20, but you were off by 2 orders of magnitude. Technological progress really is rapid, isn't it? Rhosnes (talk) 12:00, 31 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Those were not my estimates. As the comment says, we don't source the dates in the template. We copy the dates from the articles. I copied those numbers from the respective articles, where other editors had put them based on cited reliable sources. Arch dude (talk) 14:58, 31 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Okay, I see. Well, in that case, the fact that reliable sources were off by such a large margin is even telling. Rhosnes (talk) 15:45, 4 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Merger discussion for Starship HLS[edit]

Merge-arrows.svg An article that you have been involved in editing—Starship HLS—has been proposed for merging with another article. If you are interested, please participate in the merger discussion. Thank you. CactiStaccingCrane (talk) 07:13, 26 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Thanks for your help with Edward Norris (physician). The quote-box looks much nicer. Regards, 𝕱𝖎𝖈𝖆𝖎𝖆 (talk) 19:16, 3 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Ficaia: I just sent an e-mail to the current Anglican priest of the the church, which may or may not have a link to the earlier chapel. -Arch dude (talk) 19:36, 3 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]