User talk:Peterdownunder

Please help

I am looking for some help, as my article is very difficult to get published on wikipedia. CAn you help me please. Thank you

Peter Please can you help me. I feel like my page is being hijacked by a user called egghead09 I hated the photo that was on my page as it was blurry and just not a very good photo so I asked some of my fans to put up pics that they took in an attempt to replace it... every time someone puts a pic up, this guy egghead takes it down cites vandalism and now he has blocked the page from being edited. Is it really a crime to want to change a photo on my professional page? It's really upsetting and I don't see why this guy has the right to do this. He is being really horrible Please help!! Rumer Page is Rumer musician Gypsygal70 (talk) 16:31, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

I'm not Peter, but I can tell you that you're on the wrong website. There is no such user called Egghead09. There is such a user on the English Wikipedia, but they have no edits there. J991 16:38, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

About My Previous Block

Recently you blocked me for "Harassment" and I was wondering what "Harassment" I undertook so I may not do it again? 10:17, 11 October 2017 (UTC)— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) Script error: No such module "Unsigned". (talk page stalker)

Page removal

Hi Peterdownunder

I received a message from yourself explaining that my page may be removed soon as it does not meet the rules. Could you please advise on which rules the pages falls short. My year 4 class (8-9 year olds) are working on wikis this term and we are hoping to get them collectively working on a page.

Thanks — This unsigned comment was added by Worth23 (talk • changes) at 12:22, 7 November 2017 (UTC).

Hi Worth23, there are quite a few rules which articles on the Simple English Wikipedia must meet. You should read these guidelines carefully, so that the effort that you and the sudents make is not wasted. The page you had started was looking like an essay or original research, this is not allowed - see Wikipedia:No original research. Sometimes it is difficult for a new page to meet the standards while it is still being developed. To avoid the problem of a project being deleted before it is finished, Wikipedia will allow you to create a sandbox. This is an area where you can create, try things out etc, without the concern that it will be deleted. It is also a private area, that is other editors will not make changes to pages in a sandbox. I have created a sandbox for you, and have copied the material you had already created into it. When you think the page is ready, it can be moved into the main Wikipedia space. Your new sandbox is here: User:Worth23/sandbox. I have also created a link to this page on your user page, User:Worth23. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them below, I can give you comments about the page's suitability, and help you move it if necessary. There is also a number of pages, see Wikipedia: Schools, to assist teachers using the Simple English Wikipedia with their classes, which you might find useful.--Peterdownunder (talk) 22:49, 7 November 2017 (UTC)

Deletion of The Article DJ LYTMAS

I just edited a Wikipedia article ==DJ LYTMAS== and you deleted before I could finish editing.The article is on kiswahili Wikipedia and I was translating it into the simple Wikipedia space.Pliz help me out to finish editing.The article is on Swahili Wikipedia and I was translating it.Immediately I was done editing and ready to save I found a notif that it had been deleted (Boy Addi (talk) 04:49, 27 November 2017 (UTC))


I emailed simple wiki oversight a few days ago. It is a time sensitive topic, please respond or check that it was recieved. Thanks, Adotchar| reply here 23:02, 30 November 2017 (UTC)

Could you please email me direct - --Peterdownunder (talk) 04:13, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
Nevermind, another oversighter dealt with it. Adotchar| reply here 10:08, 1 December 2017 (UTC)


Hi, Just to make you aware this is a hoax and without sounding disrespectful a simple Google search would've confirmed this, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 21:20, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

how was your Holiday Season

Hey Peter! How was your Christmas and New Year's? Angela Maureen (talk) 11:34, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

Hi Angela, it has been good, although the weather has been really hot. had all the family around for lunch, and got a new book for a present on two Australian explorers, so will need to find some quiet time away from the computer screen to read it. How about you?--Peterdownunder (talk) 11:38, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
My Christmas and New Year's were garden-variety. In Iowa, the weather gets cold! Angela Maureen (talk) 11:46, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

Some revisions of your page hidden

Hello Peterdownunder, I revision deleted 2 edits by an IP editor that changed your user page, and blocked the respective editor. Just wanted to let you know. You can of course still see the revisions, and undo the deletion if you like. All the best. --Eptalon (talk) 15:57, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for that, I must have upset someone.--Peterdownunder (talk) 11:57, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Renewing a request to be School Project Ambassador

Dear peterdownunder, I will be continuing my EASELL project with my students to expand stub articles in Simple English Wikipedia. My most advanced students will be focusing on American and British authors, other levels will either focus on history, science, or geography. Are you in a position to be our ambassador again this year? I'll now have 3 years' experience under my belt to avoid mistakes made in the past that made more work for you. Thanks for considering it, Swim123blue (talk) 20:57, 5 March 2018 (UTC)

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, but life has got in the way of Wikipedia over the last month. Hopefully everything will return to normal after next week. I would be honored to offer you whatever assistance you may require, as I look forward to your student's contributions. It is great to be able to spend time helping people who are trying to do the right thing, than just reverting mindless vandalism.--Peterdownunder (talk) 09:19, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
Thank you very much. Again! One of my classes has started to edit their userpages already. I've found that WP is more sensitive now to repeated unsuccessful attempts to login. Some of my students who don't notice tiny errors in their typing are getting blocked after a few attempts. Is there any way to register the IP address with someone/somewhere to desensitize the safeguard which thinks it is a malicious login attempt when its really just mistakes? Swim123blue (talk) 16:32, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
WP is very concerned about hacking attempts on accounts, and I don't think there is any way to desensitize the process. The students are just going to have to be really careful. --Peterdownunder (talk) 20:42, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

A Page

Hello sir, I thought this sandbox turned into a page. And found ot that it belonged to set of student pages. So if it is still in use we can keep it and if is no more useful we may delete it.Thanks-BRP ever 03:19, 21 March 2018 (UTC)

Peter, I had suggested that User:BRPever ask the instructor about this, but maybe you'd know if it needs to be kept in some form. There's something wrong with the syntax of the page name, and the software doesn't recognize it as belonging to the user it seems to belong to. --Auntof6 (talk) 03:43, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
Use of ː sign instead of : sign might be the problem there.-BRP ever 05:11, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
I moved it to a valid name, User:16chseld 117/sandbox b. Template:Ping let me know if you'd like something else done with it. --Auntof6 (talk) 05:47, 21 March 2018 (UTC)
At this point it is okay to delete the user's sandbox. She has moved on and won't be working on it. I could erase the contents myself or do you as admin have some special button to totally delete a page? Which would be better? Swim123blue (talk) 19:23, 22 March 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. I have deleted the page and its associated talk page. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:49, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

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Annual School Project Time, Once Again

Hi Peterdownunder (talk). My school is once more preparing to do our annual Wikipedia editing/training for students. It took a bit longer this year to get a date. Project page: Wikipedia:Schools/Projects/Notable Female Activists.

While I am writing to see if you would be willing to be our Ambassador of record again, I acknowledge that our time slots are extremely poor for you: May 3, 8-10pm GMT and May 8, 3-5pm GMT. Outside of the need of specific time zones, however, I would be grateful to be re-added to the group: IP Block Exemptions for the first two weeks of May, if possible. I'll reach out to the wonderful Auntof6 (talk) to see if she can also help us and is in a time sone that works better with our class schedule, and will continue looking for a full Ambassador in our time zone. Would be very open to ideas, as our primary issue is having our IP address blocked during the class work time for this project.

Thank you! Castilibrary2 (talk) 20:18, 22 April 2018 (UTC)

I will try to make your project run as smoothly as possible.--Peterdownunder (talk) 22:03, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
Your range of IP addresses has been blocked globally because of widespread vandalism across a number of projects. This should not affect your existing accounts. Let me know as soon as you can if there is a problem.--Peterdownunder (talk) 22:14, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for everything! And, thank you specifically for letting me know. I am really curious -- is it possible to find out a range of projects that were vandalized? This is concerning to me, and I would like to look into it. Castilibrary2 (talk) 15:29, 27 April 2018 (UTC)
So, I am seeing that all my student accounts are also blocked. I understand the reasoning, and will be looking into the source of the issue if I can. However, what is the best way to get the accounts listed on our project page (Wikipedia:Schools/Projects/Notable Female Activists) added to the block exemption. I will make sure each of those accounts has new passwords, and will change the passwords again as soon as we are done with the project to prevent them from being used for vandalizing pages (in case that is what happened - I am going to strive to get to the bottom of this issue). Thank you. Castilibrary2 (talk) 15:36, 27 April 2018 (UTC)
I have removed the global block so you should have editing access from all accounts. My understanding of the global block is more to do with the security of the hosting server, not vandalism caused by a couple of students, and there were no issues with the IP addresses on Simple English Wikipedia.--Peterdownunder (talk) 22:22, 28 April 2018 (UTC)


Hi, Thanks for the autopatrol, I had no idea it was even a thing but hey ho, Anyway just wanted to say many thanks for that, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 22:09, 8 June 2018 (UTC)

Basically it means that your new pages will not have to be checked, and from checking them myself, I think that you know the elements that a page needs. It also means you can check new pages, and either mark as patrolled, or fix them, and then mark them as OK. If they are going to need lot of work, you can simply template it as such and leave it to others. --Peterdownunder (talk) 23:31, 8 June 2018 (UTC)
Hi, Whoops sorry I meant I didn't realise we had it here, Learn something new everyday :), Anyway thanks again , –Davey2010Talk 00:02, 9 June 2018 (UTC)

Jan Mayensfield

Hello! Thank you for your help on this article. I recently discovered simple and have been refocusing my efforts here. I would greatly appreciate your input any time you feel like I could do something a little better or may be missing something. I have thick skin and welcome your any criticism so don't be afraid to speak up. Cheers! Operator873CONNECT 00:10, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

Greetings - writing in Simple English is not simple! You will get better with practice, in fact you may end up like me simplifying stuff everywhere. A good place to start is reading through the Simple English word lists, see: Wikipedia:Basic English alphabetical wordlist. Now it is almost impossible to write an article on a Norwegian military airbase with this vocabulary, using as many simple words where possible, will help, and keep the complex words for when there is no alternative. Have fun. --Peterdownunder (talk) 00:21, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

My page is no an promotional page

Hello, Peterdownunder I would like to inform you that, the page i created is not a promotional page. It doesn't contains any promotional texts, yes it is true that makinelectronic is only and first manufacturer of that machine. But if it's againts the wikipedia policy then i'll remove it or edit it. Thank You Amankumar.prf (talk) 13:08, 7 July 2018 (UTC)

Any contacts at ABC?

Hi, Peter. See this discussion: m:Proposals for closing projects/Closure of Tok Pisin Wikipedia. There is not really a policy justification to close this Wikipedia unless its contents are really mostly not Tok Pisin. But I have been requested to have someone take a look. I'm thinking that perhaps the best way to go about it is to contact one of the two reporters who constitute the Tok Pisin service on ABC, because that would both (a) allow us to validate/invalidate the language, and (b) perhaps get some publicity on the service that would help us recruit some new contributors. Do you know anyone there? Thanks. StevenJ81 (talk) 13:45, 24 July 2018 (UTC)

Hi Steven, my ABC contacts are purely local. I would imagine that their service in Tok Pisin would be based in New Guinea or New Caledonia. They do have a contact page for questions, it would be worth giving that a try: --Peterdownunder (talk) 21:06, 24 July 2018 (UTC)
Hi back at you. Thanks for your help; I’ll try that. StevenJ81 (talk) 02:30, 25 July 2018 (UTC)

Relay Ball sport

Can Relay Ball be created again with out you deleting thanks and can you leave it on there for good ZanerG25 (talk) 09:17, 7 August 2018 (UTC)

Hi Zaner, there are rules about what articles can be created and what can not. While I am sure your game is great fun, until it gets national recognition in a reliable source like a book, newspaper or magazine, it will not meet our notability guidelines, and will therefore be deleted. --Peterdownunder (talk) 11:46, 7 August 2018 (UTC)

Help with editing bootcamp

This Saturday, 9/22 from 9am-1pm PDT, I'm going to have a workshop for up to 30 students to learn how to edit Wikipedia. There will be multiple computers from the same IP address trying to edit WP, with usernames, at the same time. Would you be in a position to help clear the way ahead of time so my students can avoid getting blocked? Or should I direct this request to another editor/ambassador who controls those switches? As always, thanks. Swim123blue (talk) 20:13, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

Added the request to the Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard.--Peterdownunder (talk) 03:53, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

Good Article review

Hi, I helped get the Oxalaia article on en.wikipedia featured a few months ago, and came back here to prep the Simple English version for a Good Article review (here[1]). But I've noticed that GA reviews here are slower than their en.wikipedia counterparts, and replies to them seem to be few and far between. I've already pinged users reviewing the article in regards to my edits, and left comments on the talk pages of two of them (which seem to be quite active[2][3]) but I've recieved no reply. Sorry if it gives the impression of spamming, so this is the last comment I'll be leaving on the subject of the Proposed GA.

I'd really like some feedback my edits, thanks. ▼PσlєοGєєкƧɊƲΔƦΣƉ▼ 17:41, 2 October 2018 (UTC)

I will have a look. Getting an article to a GA is hard work, I have done a few and each time I think never again! Don't get discouraged. We need our GA and VGA to be showcases of excellent Simple English. It is worth reading a few, and looking at some of the archives to see what is needed. --Peterdownunder (talk) 22:27, 2 October 2018 (UTC)
Was there ever any progress on this? It's been over a month now.▼PσlєοGєєкƧɊƲΔƦΣƉ▼ 16:28, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
Sorry, life gets in the way sometimes. Made a couple of changes, and left some comments on the talk page. --Peterdownunder (talk) 12:22, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

Hurricane Florence

Did you hear about Hurricane Florence? Many say the storm caused next to $38 billion in damage on the East Coast of the United States. They also say there were 50 deaths from the storm.

Angela Maureen (talk) 00:47, 3 October 2018 (UTC)

The return of (content to) Ben Hall

Greetings, Peter! Noticing you'd done some copyediting on Harun al-Rashid, I visited your User page and that led me to Ben Hall, as you'd seen to wikilinking his name in a photo image caption. His name was familiar from June Tabor's recording of one of the ballads about the bush ranger. (I've never visited Australia but am keen on the nature, folk art, etc.) Only a look at the lead sentence and a glance through edit history and I discovered and restored a huge chunk of text that some IP vandal had deleted back in mid-June. Anyway, I'm glad to be back at work on the Simple English project after a year-plus detour helping out on some South African and Nigerian WPs. I'd originally been put off by all the vandalism (even with advice from the regulars on duly following through with warnings and all that), but I've matured and now focus on more constructive activity. So, good going with all your contributions, and see you around! -- Cheers, Deborahjay (talk) 21:52, 31 October 2018 (UTC)

Ben Hall is a legend here, and I spent quite a bit of time visiting all the places where he operated. And I love June Tabor - have all her recordings! Thanks for picking up the vandalism, it slipped passed me somehow. I have not been as active here in the last years, life has got a bit busy, but I do try and edit every day. I enjoy the challenge of writing in Simple English. I have also been experimenting with the translation tool - not that it translates, but it makes it much easier to convert a page from enwiki. Best wishes, --Peterdownunder (talk) 21:59, 31 October 2018 (UTC)

Kira Wales

Kira Wales is Jimbo's daughter, check! Then re-create the article. (talk) 12:47, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

Simply being the child of a famous person does not make the child notable.--Peterdownunder (talk) 12:50, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

Upcoming School Project

I have six students who'll be editing (2 of them are creating) pages of female authors. We have sandboxes right now and will be publishing to main pages between May 20 and June 10. As always, any assistance you can provide to green light multiple users from the same IP address range to do their editing tasks will be appreciated! Swim123blue (talk) 16:08, 13 May 2019 (UTC)

Will do my best, looking forward to their contributions.--Peterdownunder (talk) 09:43, 14 May 2019 (UTC)