I have said it to you before and I'll say it again: If you're going to contribute, become an admin! Gerard Foley 18:29, 20 February 2006 (UTC)Reply

Yeah, I haven't made any main namespace edits here. Probably best to leave the admin stuff to those that are. Gerard Foley 22:01, 20 February 2006 (UTC)Reply

Algebra Wikibook for Simple English

There is a user who just started a major Wikibooks project that you should be made aware of:

en:Algebra I in Simple English

I've tried to encourage this author to move the content to this project instead, but I would also like to know if you would be interested in helping move it here, or even if you think it is a good candidate for this project.

Just trying to support other good worthy Wikimedia projects. --Robert Horning 11:04, 19 July 2006 (UTC)Reply

Request for Admin Status

I am requesting Admin status. Would you support this? This unsigned comment was added by Ezra Katz (talk • contribs) 00:28, 3 June 2007.

I'll have to see. --Cromwellt|talk|contribs 23:42, 22 June 2007 (UTC)Reply


Can you take a look over the policies I made and make sure they're okay? Thanks! ~ Wikihermit 00:21, 23 June 2007 (UTC)Reply


About my RFA. When I came onto this wiki there were two contributors, and both admins were inactive (your last contribute was in october and Michael was rarely here). The only 'crat had edited three times. This wiki was basically inactive. I came here and some general housecleaning needed to happen (bad redirects needing deleted, ect). However, no one was here to do that, so I went ahead and requested adminship. I also wanted the only other two active editors here to run for adminship so we could get something done. Then out of the blue you came back. I'm still here to help set up this wiki and I plan on being here after to continue to contribute. Also, I know you don't using vote in approval for users with less then 1000 edits and three months experience. First, I have over 4000 edits and more then three months experience on the English Wikipedia. Second, I have attended over 180 edits within a day. Continuing with the Simple English Wikipedia's RFA standards, you have only attended 340+ over the course of a year and four months, with the edit count being under the SE Wikipedia's standards. Regarding the three months; the SE Wikipedia has an extensive collection of policies, which is why they probably want a user to have been there for three months; so they can learn all the policies. However, this wiki had only a few policies when I came here, which can eliminate the need for the waiting time. I hope this gives you some thought over the current RFA at this wiki. Thanks! ~ Wikihermit 01:16, 23 June 2007 (UTC)Reply

Michael, the other admin here has only attended 68 edits. ~ Wikihermit 01:24, 23 June 2007 (UTC)Reply
I've created the category Category:Speedy Deletion Candidates which will help with deleting pages. The template {{db|reason for deletion}} is used and it automatically places the page in that category. I also fixed the {{hard rule}} template like you said on the talk page. ~ Wikihermit 02:43, 23 June 2007 (UTC)Reply
Regarding the PulltoOpen account. That account appears to only be here to disrupt RFA, such as stating how we shouldn't use {{support}} and {{oppose}}. It appears to be a single purpose account. I think we should have some sort of rule on these kinds of accounts to prevent sockpuppets. ~ Wikihermit 02:52, 23 June 2007 (UTC)Reply

Changing the "article" tab.

What would you think about changing the "article" tab on the top of most pages to something just labeled "page"? It's more simple and I feel more accurate. I really don't understand why Wikibooks pages need to be called something fancy like "module" or "article" even on regular English Wikibooks. This unsigned comment was added by Ezra Katz (talk • contribs) 02:52, 4 July 2007.

Algebra Book

I heard back from the person who started the Algebra book and she is amiable to the the whole thing. I left a message on en WP, and it seems everything is a go. Whenever you are ready go for the move. --Ezra Katz 23:14, 5 July 2007 (UTC)Reply

I need some Admin help please.

Please check my request here about importing some javascript code. Thanks! --Ezra Katz 03:21, 9 July 2007 (UTC)Reply


Category:Fast_deletion_page needs cleaned out. ~ Wikihermit 01:44, 6 August 2007 (UTC)Reply


Cromwellt, why hasn't user:Rodelator been blocked? All it's edits have been vandalism. ~ Wikihermit 01:01, 16 August 2007 (UTC)Reply

Indeed. I thought Michael would have blocked the user, but didn't. I'll notify you if something happens. ~ Wikihermit 02:13, 16 August 2007 (UTC)Reply


I can't quite remember what I wrote, but did I mention she is a sockpuppet of a user named Kimberly Ashton? --Isis 18:05, 17 August 2007 (UTC)Reply

This user has been blocked multiple times on the english and simple english wikipedia. She was blocked for revealing too much personal information/creating sockpuppets. She has been classified as a cross-wiki stalker, mainly to another user named Phaedriel, to whom she has sent abusive e-mails. I'm just saying, this user is not the kind of person we want on any wikimedia project.
Is there any reason why you don't want to block her? From what I see, she has made little (if any) helpful contributions here. But, from another point of view, I suppose it doesn't really matter since she doesn't even edit here anymore. --Isis 13:18, 18 August 2007 (UTC)Reply
I have new information. Jessica=Kimberly Ashton. Kimberly Ashton=EndoExo. EndoExo=Clyde. Clyde=Mike Garcia. Mike Garcia=Amorrow. Amorrow was blocked. He was blocked for stalking users, especially female admins. From what I've read about this, he actually found real-life adresses of some wikipedia users. This is serious. Please, please, please block this user. --Isis
Thanks-If I'm wrong about this, feel free to get really angry and unblock the user (of course!). But I'm pretty sure I'm not...otherwise I wouldn't have bothered you about it. Thanks for your time in this. :) --Isis 23:31, 24 August 2007 (UTC)Reply
Okay. That's really nice to know. :) --Isis 22:33, 30 August 2007 (UTC)Reply
Er, this is kind of bad. Cromwellt, can you please delete and recreate this page without my IP's edit history? Another slip that makes it easier to know my IP. Not that it makes much difference. --Isis 20:49, 31 August 2007 (UTC)Reply
Cromwellt, it's easy. Delete the page, then restore all edits except for the one with Isis's IP. ~ Wikihermit 03:49, 6 September 2007 (UTC)Reply


Hi Cromwellt. Regarding the recent imported pages. I am going to began to move them to the proper titles, since Algebra I is suppose to be the cover page. I don't know if you want to note this for anymore pages you import. Thanks :-). ~ Wikihermit 02:24, 28 August 2007 (UTC)Reply


Category:Fast deletion page is going to be getting full again :). ~ Wikihermit 20:19, 28 August 2007 (UTC)Reply

Merger with en.wikibooks

We've started a discussion at Wikibooks:Simple_talk#Merge_this_project_with_en.wikibooks.3F about possibly starting a merger between this project and en.wikibooks. As one of the more active users on this project, and as the more active of the two admins here, I would really like to get your input before we start making a bigger issue out of this. Two users here, User:Ezra Katz and User:Wikihermit have already agreed to the proposal, in general. I would like to see much more support for the issue before anybody does anything about it.

I really want to be clear that this isnt any kind of a hostile take-over. I'm not attempting to belittle this project, or to make light of your accomplishments here. However, it's really my belief that everybody would benefit from a combined english bookwriting project. En.Wikibooks does have categories and tools available for keeping simplified english books organized. In addition we have a large staff of regular users who patrol for vandalism and perform other maintenance tasks that can't be performed as regularly on a smaller project.

There is also the issue on the table of adminship. I think most people from en.wikibooks would be willing to either grant you adminship directly, or to fasttrack an adminship process on en.wikibooks for you, so that you could keep a watchful eye over the simple english books. If you werent interested in taking on adminship responsibilities on the larger project, or if you wanted time to acclimatize yourself to the project before applyng for adminship, that would be acceptable as well.

I really want to hear your opinion on this matter, I think it is an excellent opportunity for both our projects to come together and grow. --Whiteknight 01:51, 2 October 2007 (UTC)Reply

Request for Admin Status

I would like to revisit the issue of admin status on SEWB.

I have the support of the community. Three of the top editors here have supported my request for admin status (and in such a small community that is significant). You are the only one who has voiced any objection, and hopefully, since I have been consistent in my presence here, some of your concerns should be resolved.

I have been just as responsive to changes on this wiki than the administrators, if not more so. The long delay in administrator response especially on issues related to the merging of this project are inexcusable. The recent idea to merge this project is of real concern. With the current state of this project, there is absolutely no reason why we couldn't be writing these textbooks on English Wikibooks with more support from an active community, more publicity, and better access to wiki features like templates and scripts. It is for those reasons that I even advocated a merge.

Out of respect for those like yourself, who would like to keep this project alive, I want to stay and help. In order to make this wiki viable a have a couple ideas.

All pages need to be in Simple English including talk pages and admin pages. Usability is a key quality that distinguishes us from EWB, and a non-native speaker of English should have access to the entire wiki. A good transition would be to come up with a template that could switch between regular English and Simple English. I think this could be done using collapsing tables, but in order to implement it, I need access to the admin tools to modify the css and try a few approaches.

Advocacy is another thing lacking. I actually was introduced to this project through the OLPC Algebra book and made my first contributions on EWB. If it wasn't for the One Laptop per Child project I wouldn't be here. I would like to go to that project and ask for some support, be it from experts in language who could help come up with guidelines for what vocabulary list would be best or from their community for basic publicity. I also see SEWB as a place where the students and teachers in the countries using these laptops can come to collaborate on texts and learning materials. I'm sure there are several other organizations who need Simple English material, and we need to seek them out. In order to be a proper advocate for this wiki, I need to be able to make changes to in a timely manner, like creating distinct namespaces when needed. Also, as administrator I would have more credibility when communicating with outside organizations.

I plan to flesh these ideas out further and make a proper proposal on the wiki, but I wanted you, as the main advocate and guardian of this project, to know what I want to do as admin.

I would appreciate it if you would honor the vote of this community and grant me admin status. If you still disagree we can bring this discussion to somewhere else to resolve, but this needs to happen in a timely manner. We have already lost momentum here because of delays. Without significant changes this project will remain redundant to EWB and be in constant criticism.


--Ezra Katz 18:32, 25 November 2007 (UTC)Reply

New Logo, need translator

I hope you've seen the new logo announcement I made in the Simple Talk. I'm in need of a spanish translator to pass the message on to es.wikibooks. Is this the kind of thing that you can help with? Let me know if you are willing and able.

And on a personal note, I hope there are no hard feelings about the merger thing. I only started it at all because I perceived simple.wikibooks to be relatively quiet, because en has some books in simplified english, and because I wasn't aware of the previous deletion attempt. I'm a wikibookian at heart, and all I want is for the wikibooks project as a whole in any language, to succeed. I've noticed that activity around here appears to have picked up recently, and I'm happy about that. --Whiteknight 16:19, 27 November 2007 (UTC)Reply


Please take a look at Special:Contributions/ and block if you feel it's necessary. You may want to take a look with luxo's tool; this IP is persistent and cross-wiki. Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 05:19, 28 November 2007 (UTC)Reply

They came back; I had Drini block (1 month). Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 22:12, 30 November 2007 (UTC)Reply

Please block User:Pluto 239 and delete their page creations - this is the NO NOOKS vandal. Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 05:34, 8 December 2007 (UTC)Reply

Az blocked and deleted. Drini CUd and blocked the IP and a sleeper. – Mike.lifeguard | @en.wb 18:29, 8 December 2007 (UTC)Reply