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You made some excellent points, but they will never truly be addressed. Also, you said that a lot of the process problems wouldn't have changed the result but don't be so sure. A lot of the process problems are indicative of the failed process as a whole, and the community (with the idea of consensus) takes a back seat to a few people who end up making arbitrary decisions. You point out what the community has failed to address - ArbCom has been a sort of court set up by people who want to be lawyers/judges but shouldn't be acting that way on wiki. Too often do the people let some really bad people get through (sock puppets, harassers, plagiarists, etc) while even condoning their actions while harming those unfairly who do try to help. The best part is that they hide behind AGF while never relying on it themselves except in the worst situations. Ottava Rima (talk) 23:49, 20 May 2012 (UTC)Reply

It was important that my comments on the process not be taken as "sore looser" talk. There are difficulties with the elections, of course, primarily that we don't get people who have been working in the DR arena, and even if we did, there is no community oversight of those processes. We are mostly too busy with the "actual work", important though these functions are. Rich Farmbrough 20:45 21 May 2012 (GMT).
Let them take it as a sore loser - the most important people to listen to are those who are damaged as a result of such matters. There are only a few actions that should be banned: real life stalking, outing, plagiarism, and sock puppetry. It seems that ArbCom has given a lot of those people a pass (Jack Merridew and Rlevse, for example) while aggressively targeting those who don't do such thing. There are people that do actual harm to the encyclopedia and to others, and the system is ensuring that those are the people with the most authority and power. The "DR Arena," if it is to be credible, should probably be filled with outsiders that have professional background, with identities well-known, and disconnected from the "power structure" (i.e. popularity contest that leads to rights on site). Ottava Rima (talk) 20:51, 21 May 2012 (UTC)Reply

Flooding recent changes


Hi Rich, I have blocked you because of flooding recent changes. Please apply for a flood or bot flag before doing this kind of stuffs. I appreciate your help in fixing this. Please let me know when you turned down this fixes (before applying for the flag of course) and I will quickly unblock. Thanks and sorry! — T. 05:19, 16 July 2012 (UTC)Reply

I had already finished. Whats a flood flag? I have already finished. No problems. Rich Farmbrough 19:38 16 July 2012 (GMT).

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HIV/AIDS project


Are you still interested in the "HIV-AIDS project"? πr2 (t • c) 13:57, 15 March 2013 (UTC)Reply

Yes, definitely. Various things have been diverting my time away from it. Rich Farmbrough 02:51 16 March 2013 (GMT).
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File:Ar level1 area.png


Hi Rich Farmbrough, File:Ar level1 area.png needs your attention. --Sebastian Wallroth (talk) 20:48, 23 May 2013 (UTC)Reply

File:Ar level1 total.png


Hi Rich, File:Ar level1 total.png needs your attention. --Sebastian Wallroth (talk) 20:48, 23 May 2013 (UTC)Reply

Thanks. Rich Farmbrough 01:17 10 September 2013 (GMT).

Letter petitioning WMF to reverse recent decitions


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Superprotect letter update


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Along with more hundreds of others, you recently signed Letter to Wikimedia Foundation: Superprotect and Media Viewer, which I wrote.

Today, we have 562 signatures here on Meta, and another 61 on, for a total of 623 signatures. Volunteers have fully translated it into 16 languages, and begun other translations. This far exceeds my most optimistic hopes about how many might sign the letter -- I would have been pleased to gain 200 siguatures -- but new signatures continue to come.

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Updated scripts


Hi Rich Farmbrough. I edited your global.js to update you to the latest version of TemplateScript. You were using a much older version called regex menu framework, so the main difference you'll see is an improved regex editor and cleaner custom scripts. Let me know if anything breaks. :) —Pathoschild 02:51, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

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Tidying up, a detail


Hi Rich, can you help with this detail? I'm trying to clear out category:Images with unknown license. I found two images you uploaded, as part of a report. They say the credits are listed in the image; but they are too low-resolution to view properly. Can you help get the full info in them? They are: File:Ar level1 area.png and File:Ar level1 total.png -Pete F (talk) 23:56, 9 April 2016 (UTC)Reply

The first part of each says, respectively:

Data obtained from Wikipedia in March 2011. Mark Graham, Bernie Hogan and Richard Farmbrough, Oxford Internet Institute. With assistance from Ilhem Allagui and Ali Frihida
Data sourced from Wikipedia in March 2011. Mark Graham, Bernie Hogan and Richard Farmbrough, Oxford Internet Institute. With assistance from Ilhem Allagui and Ali Frihida

Rich Farmbrough 11:51 10 April 2016 (GMT).

Thanks Rich, I've updated each file accordingly. I guess this doesn't address what I thought it would (what free license applies to each image), but if that information isn't readily available, I'm not too worried about it. Thanks for supplying this. -Pete F (talk) 18:51, 12 April 2016 (UTC)Reply

Thank you for uploading File:Ar level1 total.png. However, it currently is missing information on its copyright status. It may be deleted soon, unless we can determine the license and the source of the file. If you know this information, then you can add a copyright tag to the image description page.

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Can you message all the attendees listed on the etherpad on their talk page to leave them a link to this page? --Nemo 10:07, 26 June 2016 (UTC)Reply

Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/Contests


Hi RF,

I trust you're fine. I was recently notified about the above contest. I am happy to see a contest like this. I have some thought and questions, but unfortunately, I can't edit en:wiki. My understanding of the contest is that it involves English Wikipedia and potentially French Wikipedia, Arabic Wikipedia, Swahili Wikipedia, Afrikaans Wikipedia, Ido Wikipedia, Yoruba Wikipedia and possibly any other language wikipedia. This a good idea. I think African Wikipedians should be notified through their mailing list since not everyone edit the English Wikipedia. Those who rarely edit English Wikipedia are unlikely to be aware of the contest. How do they plan to notify other language wikipedias about the contest?. We have not receive any notification at yo:wiki, I don't know if other language wiki have been notified. How do they plan to review the articles? How do they plan to select the reviewer? Why can't we host such an interlingual (cross-wiki) competition on meta instead of en:wiki? Pinging Dr. Blofeld but I am not sure he would get the ping. All the best. Wikicology (talk) 15:00, 23 July 2016 (UTC)Reply

I will look into it. Rich Farmbrough 15:10 23 July 2016 (GMT).
Thank you. Wikicology (talk) 15:12, 23 July 2016 (UTC)Reply

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The TWUG on


Hello Rich Farmbrough

A few months ago, WMF opened a new discussion space. Since our user group has some difficulties to communicate (not everyone sees the messages that are posted on Talk:Wiktionary/Tremendous_Wiktionary_User_Group), I asked for a dedicated forum for the TWUG to be opened. It's happening here (there is no topic so far).

From now on, I invite you to follow the category to be informed as soon as a new topic is created. Pamputt (talk) 18:49, 16 September 2019 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the assist


Haven't said Hi in ages, but thanks too. Appreciate someone picking up my dirty laundry! Think it was a clear case of 'tableitis' Hope you are coming through the health crisis okay! // FrankB 22:45, 21 April 2020 (UTC)Reply

Yes health crisis is fine, hope you are well too. Rich Farmbrough 10:37 5 May 2020 (GMT).



"So rather than a loss of freedom this is an opportunity to know what that consensus is." - Do not let them gas-light you, the star chamber is boiling the frog. and management by watchlist is a losing strategy: it does not scale. i still think your style is better suited to wikidata. but some time away, experimenting checking out zoom meetups is fun. Slowking4 (talk) 21:09, 29 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

It's interesting, if consensus requires 10 non-canvassed !votes, according to a proposal that only attracted 5 (presumably) non-canvassed votes, is there consensus for the decision? It reminds me of Warwick Students Union voting a general meeting quorate by a show of hands, which, of course was only valid if the meeting was quorate. Rich Farmbrough 21:20 29 May 2020 (GMT).

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note open


Please see the note at Steward_requests/Global_permissions#Global_IP_block_exempt_for_Rich_Farmbrough. — xaosflux Talk 15:43, 10 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Ty, will see if I can garner this info on Friday. Rich Farmbrough. 16:55 12 March 2024 (GMT).
Thanks! Seems everything is sorted. Rich Farmbrough. 14:09 15 March 2024 (GMT).