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cf. WS:AN#Bureaucrat,

Any chance you'd be interested in being a `crat? Ideally we'd have three—for redundancy and to spread the load—and right now we're down to a single `crat who has very little time for the project. I'm hoping BD will pick up the ball, and if I could rope another gullible foolsolid community member into taking it on we'd be up three and Hesperian would have the option to resign without feeling guilty if they'd like to. --Xover (talk) 16:43, 9 January 2021 (UTC)

I endorse this plea. BD2412 T 17:20, 9 January 2021 (UTC)
Just had a look at our current stats. 397 active users, 25 sysops, and 2 bureaucrats. I prefer the ratio of sysops to active users to be ca. 10–12. At the moment it's 16. Growing the number of sysops then means more bureaucrats are needed, so that the ratio is similar. I'm UTC+12; Hesperian is UTC+8; I don't know BD's time-zone (guessing between -5 and -8). If that's thought to be a sufficient time-spread, then I'll let my name go forward. If, however, it's decided we need coverage in other time-zones rather than mine, that's okay. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 02:10, 10 January 2021 (UTC)
Having a nice 24/7 spread of `crats would be nice, but the reality is that both of our current `crats have either resigned (Mpaa) or indicated that they desire to do so and are mostly staying on out of a sense of duty to the community (Hesperian). If we get you and BD elected we'd be up to two (+ however long we can fairly hope that Hesperian stays on to share of their experience). In other words, right now I'm not so much concerned with the optimum upper limit or spread as by the absolute minimum number we need to be self-sufficient.
Or put another way: if the community wants more timezonely diversified `crats they can darn well go find and recruit them! :) --Xover (talk) 10:06, 10 January 2021 (UTC)
Oh, I don't disagree with that sentiment. I'm not averse to the proposal, but I won't be doing a self-nom. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 06:12, 11 January 2021 (UTC)
I'm happy to do the nom'ing! :) --Xover (talk) 07:25, 11 January 2021 (UTC)

Adding photos to Hokitika 1921Edit

I wonder if I could get some help with the index for Hokitika (1921). I scanned the photographic plates tipped in after page 8 and uploaded the new PDF, but now the pagination is all messed up, and I'm not sure how to fix it. BTW I've contacted Hokitika Museum to see if we can get higher quality scans of those photos for Commons; if now I'll just upload the bad scanned versions sans caption. Thanks! —Giantflightlessbirds (talk) 22:15, 20 January 2021 (UTC)

  Done . You also need to give consideration on how to transclude this text. Do you see it as a single document? Or as four articles contained within it? I would do the latter, but the transclusion is then a little more complicated to do. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 07:36, 21 January 2021 (UTC)
Thanks for sorting that! I'll upload placeholder photos to Commons so we can complete the work, and add better scanned versions as we can source them.
I'd be inclined to keep the pamphlet as a single document. It was a conceived as a unit: the three other essays refer to each other and cross-reference, and two were written as supplements to the main Evans piece, presumably to make the whole thing substantial enough to sell as a fund-raising booklet (with the Haast material probably added as filler). So I think the work is best viewed as a single multi-chaptered publication with four authors. —Giantflightlessbirds (talk) 21:23, 21 January 2021 (UTC)
@Giantflightlessbirds: I've just realised that I didn't quite say what I meant about transcluding the pamphlet. I agree that it is a unit, but I was thinking about putting each of the articles on a subpage—akin to chapters of a work. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 08:09, 24 January 2021 (UTC)
Oh I see! Yes, having them as "chapters" would absolutely make sense. Sorry, new to this. —Giantflightlessbirds (talk) 19:54, 24 January 2021 (UTC)
Transcluded at Hokitika, N.Z. (and subpages). Beeswaxcandle (talk) 08:24, 25 January 2021 (UTC)



In case it helps, I have checklists that I follow to ensure I don't miss a step: User:Hesperian/Notes/Admin closure.

Hesperian 01:57, 1 February 2021 (UTC)

Thanks. I had a feeling I'd missed something, but couldn't think what it was—updating the dates in the table. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 05:52, 1 February 2021 (UTC)

Gadgetified old toolbar via enWPEdit

I have hacked what enWP have done to get the old toolbar together and gadgetified, and just stole their extra buttons. Can you indicate to me what you would like to see in enWS buttons, and I will look to put them in place. I still have my old code in my common.js, though they are not being picked up, though if it is you and me alone, then I am willing to make our favourites the globals in a complete vested interest approach. :-)

Now that I have it working, I will attune it for local general use, throw in some things that I want, and attend to your wishes. — billinghurst sDrewth 06:27, 7 February 2021 (UTC)

I have populated it with lots of the gumph that I use, still working on getting personal additions working, so those that are problems I can remove. — billinghurst sDrewth 12:00, 7 February 2021 (UTC)
Just turned the gadget on. A little odd to see it again after more than two years without one. The only buttons that I would use from the current set are: nowiki; add hyphenated word; insert a reference. From my common.js I miss the zoom buttons the most. Also, an OCR button would be useful. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 00:19, 8 February 2021 (UTC)
Oh of course. <facepalm> They will be somewhere in the proofread scripts. — billinghurst sDrewth 09:20, 8 February 2021 (UTC)


Please block this user, they are being horribly annoying. PseudoSkull (talk) 17:33, 27 March 2021 (UTC)


Hello, I'm sorry to bother you. I don't know where to write, so I ask you. I would like to be Patrol. What should I do? I'm here regularly, and I'm diligent. Thanks for your help :) Lois131 (talk) 10:39, 4 April 2021 (UTC)

@Lois131: Thank you for the offer. To patrol effectively, you need to understand our policies, so spend some time reading through the links in the Welcome message on your Talk page. It's also helpful to be aware of the Speedy Delete reasons on WS:CSD. A brief summary of how to patrol and what to look for is on Help:Patrolling. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 19:03, 4 April 2021 (UTC)
Thank you, I'm still reading and learning. And of course I'm editing and proofreading my favourite texts/books. And if I'm ready for patrolling, where do I write? What should I do? Thanks :) Lois131 (talk) 08:30, 5 April 2021 (UTC)
There is no special place other than looking at Recent Changes and seeing what comes up. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 09:07, 5 April 2021 (UTC)

Undelete RequestEdit

Index:The complete works of Count Tolstoy (IA completeworksofc22tols).pdf was not a duplicate. Languageseeker (talk) 11:50, 25 April 2021 (UTC)

I didn't notice the offset in the speedy request on this one. Restored and deleted 21 as the correct duplicate. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 18:10, 25 April 2021 (UTC)

Line breaksEdit

Hi there,

I think when you were demonstrating editing for me you had a tool for removing line breaks – or did I imagine it? We're plodding along here in Hokitika, with a couple of works now transcluded and available in Overdrive to borrow. I've been clearing copyright on a couple of Google Books scans, and found most of our hit list of works already scanned and in IA or Hathi Trust, so have started moving them to Wikisource. We have one keen volunteer and a newbie, and another library interested in scanning works. So some progress is happening. —Giantflightlessbirds (talk) 03:42, 29 April 2021 (UTC)


Is George Reeves Person. Long time abuser from Illinois area. Just another PITA that occasionally appears here, though typically user pages. You know the type that throw a spanner and we just shut down their haunts, they get bored and typically go away as we don't want to play with them, and they don't get their rocks off. <shrug> — billinghurst sDrewth 11:38, 6 May 2021 (UTC)