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St Lucy's day for you[edit]

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Happy New Year[edit]

Happy New Year 2021
I hope your New Year holiday is enjoyable and the coming year is much better than the one we are leaving behind.
Best wishes from Los Angeles.   // Timothy :: talk 
Die Fliege


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Thank you for your impact
in a reasoned approach,
fresh wind to an emotional topic

(repeated from User talk:RexxS/Archive 40#Impact)

I wanted to give you this for your passion for accessibility. I wrote a little article today (to nourish and grow) about the new ways, and wish you all the best for yours. Miss your help, and - more - you. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:51, 13 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I hope User:Gerda Arendt doesn't mind me adding to this - in real life, I have a passion for accessibility features when they are feasible - unlike most who seem to only "like" them when they are easy and cheap. When I began on Wikipedia, I didn't realize just how much thought went into accessibility on Wikipedia - but I still remember you introducing me to WP:DTT which I attempt to follow completely in articles and everywhere else where feasible now. Sure, it takes more time to follow DTT guidance, and it takes more time to attempt to comply with MOS:LISTGAP and other guidelines, but that time is worth it because it is feasible to do so (i.e. doesn't require intensive coding of each instance). It still pains me to think that some people may be virtually unable to contribute to talk pages and articles because they would need to deal with sloppy code which is unintelligible to screen readers and other assistive software/devices... but I do my best now to fix problems when I see them and can. I worry that if we lose you permanently we may lose one of the most accessibility-focused administrators on Wikipedia - but after having seen the arbitration case and how it seems that some negative things are being given undue weight given all the good. In my opinion, people are treating you worse than the AstraZeneca vaccine is in some media right now - and that is an issue in which life/death can be invoked - yet they're still treating you worse for things much more minor. If you happen to see this, please just know that your dedication to accessibility has left a mark on me for the duration of my Wikipedia editing - since you showed me WP:DTT I've actively searched for accessibility guidance on this website and attempted to assist with more - and intend to continue to do so. Regards -bɜ:ʳkənhɪmez (User/say hi!) 03:03, 20 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I would also like to say that Rexx's accessibility work has been great. He did a really good job of explaining accessibility and alt image texts at a London meetup a few months ago, which encouraged me to go back through articles I'd create to add alt text for accessibility. Joseph2302 (talk) 12:44, 25 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Bish, please tell us the secret of how to make a thread not fall victim to archiving. Newcomers: look in the archives, especially User talk:RexxS/Archive 65#LocalPunk and the complete User talk:RexxS/Archive 66. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:19, 6 May 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

May corner[edit]

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Today: Thomas Fritsch, the German character voice of Diego in Ice Age. I wonder how I could make my 12 calendar pics change automatically when the new month comes, such in my edit notice. - As said before, I wrote Vertraut den neuen Wegen thinking of you, RexxS, and was pleased to hear it sung again in a livestreamed service, opening the service opening the Ökumenischer Kirchentag [de] in Frankfurt, open air, with the skyline in the background. It seems the melody of the year, with "O komm, du Geist der Wahrheit" (Now come, you Spirit of Truth) sung to the same. Today is Pentecost Monday here, traditionally the day for ecumenical togetherness. Miss you. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:25, 24 May 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

See my talk today, - it's rare that a person is pictured when a dream comes true, and that the picture is shown on the Main page on a meaningful day. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:37, 30 May 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

June corner[edit]

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Thinking of you, with some impressions of places, flowers and music. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:09, 20 June 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

... and of User:SlimVirgin, whose last reply to me was in a thread Green for hope --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:59, 30 June 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

July corner[edit]

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Still thinking of you, and these flowers go well with the image on SlimVirgin's user page. I also think about making the template reminding of Precious a bot, in order of surviving me. How would I code questions such as:

  • Which users have an anniversary of the award, and how many years? Then for each one:
  • Did a user edit during the last year? (if not, no reminder necessary.)
  • Is the user banned or blocked? (if yes, possibly better no reminder, although I know cases where I'd defiantly do it anyway.)
  • Did the user opt-out being reminded? (which would have to be coded, and while some openly say so, some show just by deleting so it should be somewhat invisible/private)

I guess we'd need a better organisation of a table. Just thinking ... --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:58, 8 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Music happens. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:38, 14 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

More music: 2 songs, the morning song - about rising from being down, in more than one sense - is a GA, - there should be more given my initials, but I also want to care for articles of those who recently died (now Esther Béjarano), and psalms in memory of Yoninah, - more missing than there. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:02, 16 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

28 August[edit]

August songs
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Today, Teresa Żylis-Gara, the second soprano to impress me on stage, died, - long live the memory of her beautiful singing, remembered with thanks. 28 August 2013 was a special concert day: look. After Hillbillyholiday gave me a tree. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:48, 28 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Gerda's September corner[edit]

September songs
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Omas gegen Rechts - enjoy strong women! I thought of Yoninah on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:51, 7 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

today: the day of bold red and black, for Dante who died 700 years ago, and Peter Fleischmann who died recently, leaving us films full of vision. Dante: just heard Inferno, imagined by a woman, the main character both speaking and singing with an inner 4-part voice! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:04, 14 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

On Peace Day, I thought of your User:RexxS/Infobox factors and wonder how you'd apply them to Mahler's Eighth Symphony. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:27, 21 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

October songs[edit]

October songs
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Thank you for {{User QAIbox/auto|years=Six}} which I call daily, several times. I'd like to control that the right image is not forced below something else on the right, such as an archive box. What can I do to avoid a separation of header and image in such cases. Anybody? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:35, 23 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello, Gerda. As I thought about this question it reminded me of another question you asked (in March, as it turns out), because I thought I remembered answering you. Although the questions are actually somewhat different, the conclusion is, I fear, the same, as is the explanation.
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is implemented as an infobox, which is designed to (adamantly) be on the right (which puts it below any other elements trying to adamantly do the same thing). I know of no way to fix this, other than to rewrite or replace QAIbox. Sorry, but maybe somebody else stalking this page can help you more. (Edited)— JohnFromPinckney (talk / edits) 00:35, 24 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you, answered, and sorry I didn't remember March. What I do is adamantly place a "clear" template before the QAIbox template if I see a right TOC or similar stuff. In the longer run - and I had hoped for help by RexxS - I want to no longer send the reminders manually. My idea is to send one for ten years (with a different image, not as large as for nine years), which produces the option of being notified in future years or not. In a longer run, all reminders might be sent automatically, and what would that take? Brainstorming. I miss RexxS much. And LouisAlain. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:16, 24 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The automatic sending sounds like a neat idea, and I think it's a job for a bot, which is something I've never worked with. I've never even requested a bot run, but you could. Got to Wikipedia:Bot requests and click the "Make a new request" button to add your request to the list. — JohnFromPinckney (talk / edits) 16:47, 24 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Good idea but would need preparation, for example by a better table, and probably some eyes on how it would be useful. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:09, 24 October 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Working on the better table. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:31, 4 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hoping you will come back[edit]

RexxS, I sincerely hope that you will come back to Wikipedia. The very significant good things that you have done for the project, for which you deserve abundant thanks, really have very little to do with adminship, and much more to do with what you have to offer as the person you are. Please take as much time as feels right, but when you are ready, I hope to see you back here again. --Tryptofish (talk) 23:55, 26 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Sadly, that seems most unlikely. Wikipedia gets to keep the editors it deserves. What passes for Arbs these days, will realise, if and when they grow up, that “what goes around comes around,” which no doubt they will think is a Justin Timberlake song. Assuming one cares, it’s really quite concerning. Giano (talk) 00:29, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I dunno what to say, RexxS. Others will come here and say it for me. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 01:24, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • ;,( Atsme 💬 📧 03:03, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I'm very much saddened to find out what's happened here. Please know that I deeply appreciated your accessibility work and advocacy over the years. It was also great to get the chance to meet you in person at Wikimania back in 2012. I wish you the best for whatever you decide to do in the future. Graham87 07:12, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Such a disappointing outcome, but totally expected from that kangaroo court. You've been a great editor and hopefully at some point you'll be back helping fix the accessibility issue on here. Joseph2302 (talk) 09:39, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Come back when you're ready. Being an admin is a worthless, thankless, pointless overhead on improving Wikipedia. The place is worse off without you. The Rambling Man (Stay alert! Control the virus! Save lives!!!!) 09:58, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Quoted from Antandrus: "May our lives be about kindness. ... You know what I like most about Wikipedia, ultimately? It gives stuff away for free. All our little ego-battles blow away in the wind. They're nothing. The articles remain." (February 2021) - My expectation for your return is slim. Why would you? I said before this last ego-battle that it wouldn't improve kindness, nor an article. So I'm with Bish here. See also, for diving in. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:18, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I...was not expecting this. :( I hope you come back. Been fortunate to interact with you in person and I know what a great person and fantastic editor you are. Acalamari 10:29, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I'm not happy about this. Yesterday I was improving Rocky Mount Instruments, thinking "This could do with an infobox to be consistent with similar articles, what's the best one to use and how should I mark it up. I'll ask .... oh wait, I can't, he's left". :-( I don't mind Arbcom trying out new things to make the overall arbitration experience better, but not putting ProcrastinatingReader as a party to the case was a major error, as it gives people the impression they can now dig up dirt on admins they don't like and haul them off to Arbcom without fear of boomerangs. And I don't even think PR wanted this, anyway. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 12:53, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Yes, of course. Not holding my breath, though.... Johnbod (talk) 13:36, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Take care. PackMecEng (talk) 14:19, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Wishing you the best - and I completely understand why you don't come back if you don't - nobody should ever have to be dragged through what you were and you will be missed. I'll do my best to try and keep editing because I don't think you'd want people to leave over your treatment. -bɜ:ʳkənhɪmez (User/say hi!) 14:23, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I do so hope that we shall see you restored to us. You really must not take these things too much to heart. The world is run by some very sad people, one just has to rise above. When one obstacle pops up, one just finds a way of overcoming it. The Lady Catherine de Burgh (talk) 21:28, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Much has been said which I cannot phrase any better. When and if you return, it will not only be appreciated by fellow editors who understand what value is yours to add to the encyclopaedia, but also by its readers, unbeknownst of what goes on within. Peace, RexxS. —Sluzzelin talk 23:07, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Miss your level head and helpful guidance. You are missed and I hope you will return soon. The ArbCom case was a complete mess and there was absolutely no rhyme or reason to it. Montanabw(talk) 07:22, 28 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • And that's why I don't like ArbCom. 🐔 Chicdat  Bawk to me! 10:29, 28 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • So sorry it has gone this way. I hope we see you back again. Meanwhile stay safe. PamD 15:15, 28 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • There was a time, some years ago, when I thought that the arbitration committee, while not perfect, was substantially a constructive and reasonable group of people, doing on the whole a good job. However, times move on, and there is a turnover of members of the committee, and over the last few years they have, in my opinion, become more and more a bunch of useless fools. Maybe not yet all of them deserve that description, but any exceptions there may be are gradually disappearing. The RexxS case is just one more nail in the coffin of the respect that I once had for the arbitration committee. Stupid. Stupid. JBW (talk) 19:49, 28 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I'm also sorry about the whole thing, but would like to remind you that most productive editors aren't admins and don't need to be. As an admin or not, it doesn't affect my view that you did a lot of useful work and still could if you decided to edit again. In any case, thank you for your contributions and I hope to see you around in the future. Meanwhile, have a happy break, —PaleoNeonate – 23:07, 28 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Very sad to see this whole business. You are missed. SarahSV (talk) 01:38, 29 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I wish you happiness whether here or somewhere else. Littleolive oil (talk) 03:22, 29 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I can't say it better than JBW. Getting rid of one of our most dedicated and most valuable contributors and educators, for pushing back against individuals stubbornly refusing to adhere to consensus, is one of the most damaging things ArbCom has done for some time. RexxS, you've done far more for this project than most of those clowns will ever do in their lifetimes, and you certainly have my thanks for that. Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 11:46, 29 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Yeah, we need people here who make things better - like RexxS. As Churchill wrote, sometimes it's a matter of KBO (for the greater good). Alexbrn (talk) 17:23, 29 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • In the days since the ArbCom case closed, multiple members of ArbCom have, themselves, drawn attention for having done various things that were ill-considered and, arguably, not the best use of admin privileges. Oh, the irony! I hope that RexxS has the occasion to look in here, and see that. Maybe, some utopian day, Wikipedia will come to learn that everyone loses their cool on occasion, and that is not sufficient reason to make a federal case out of it. It's sufficient reason to calm the f—k down. But that probably won't happen. In any case, I think that recent events say more about other people, a lot of other people, than they do about RexxS. --Tryptofish (talk) 17:36, 29 March 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Desiderata--Ozzie10aaaa (talk) 14:23, 1 April 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Hope we'll see you back soon, RexxS. You are one of the good guys around here.  — Amakuru (talk) 14:33, 1 April 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Sorry to see this, You were a great admin and didn't deserve this. I hope you'll come back one day, In the meantime take care and I wish you all the very best. –Davey2010Talk 10:58, 9 April 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • What a shame. Now, I can only recommend you to drop the negative thoughts, and then, focus on enjoying, relaxing and getting comfy, rather than trying to keep that attitude when it comes fixing others' wrongs, let alone Runglish tier typos. By the way; as promised (in COVID Positive section), I took 2 Gam-COVID-Vac jabs before 2021 started. I also managed to quit coffee addiction somehow. But! As for the possible reasons... I remember the heated discussions in Gam-COVID-Vac on Fall 2020 and I feel comme ci comme ca about the de-adminization, to be honest.
    • Rex, you indeed was X-Sessive a little: you showed an astronomical amount of determination to fix others' wrongs you have been showing before falling ill of COVID. I mean, you even had lengthy discussions on mere "a" vs "the" articles, on whether one should say "a spokesperson" or "the spokesperson" and such back then; that's a lotta energy you have been spending; let alone telling me and Motin how annoying WP:IDHT is.

Just treat this crisis as an opportunity to take a rest from many annoying accounties, and, plz, take it easy. Uchyot (talk) 12:50, 3 May 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • I have not clocked whatever it was that led RexxS to leave Wikipedia – yet another nasty ad hominen attack of the type that has driven so many top-flight editors away? – but whatever it was, I should like to add a belated comment that I found Rex thoughtful, helpful and kind and though we didn't agree about everything I shall miss him, as will so many other editors, as seen above. Please come back! Tim riley talk 20:44, 6 May 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Tim riley: this particular ad hominem attack came from from on high. A very unfortunate business, but I remain hopeful that RexxS will be back to resume what he does best before too long.  — Amakuru (talk) 20:56, 6 May 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Good grief! How wearingly familiar! Like Fram, Kudpung and other much needed star editor/admins felled by the Committee of Public Safety. Tim riley talk 21:13, 6 May 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    yes, see? "If ArbCom want to review my administrative actions seriously and dispassionately, I'm willing to discuss and try to learn any lessons. But if they want to simply provide a forum for everybody who has ever disagreed with me to sling mud, and then take on the role of civility police, it's not a game I'm willing to play." --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:25, 6 May 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    What a shame. Yet another case of the ArbCom destroying an amazing editor. I'm seeing a pattern form with regard to these cases. I have read enough of them to know that not a single person involved in any of them can claim the high road. I've even had some "discussions" with a few involved in this case (not about this case) and can say, unequivocally, they think they are the Universe's gift to this Earth and nothing matters more than their own ego. I shall leave them unnamed because my intention is not to attack them, only write the truth as it is observed through actions. --ARoseWolf 13:49, 7 May 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Just found out you're no longer editing. Do whatever's best for you, but you're very much missed; you're one of the most knowledgeable and helpful people here. I hope to see you here again one day. All the best. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 14:44, 10 May 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • It was established on [permalink] that Anthony Appleyard, who was with RexxS in Manchester (per this photo), was no longer with us since February 2022. I just hope the same has not happened to RexxS here at this moment. Iggy (Swan) (Contribs) 11:14, 8 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Nomination for deletion of Template:Wdtable row[edit]

Ambox warning blue.svgTemplate:Wdtable row has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the entry on the Templates for discussion page. Fram (talk) 09:28, 30 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Fram. Rexx has been gone for almost two years. Littleolive oil (talk) 14:41, 30 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I know. This way at least his talk page followers will see the TfD, and if Rexxs ever comes back... In general, I don't check where these automated Twinkle notices go to, better to have them than to suppress them. Fram (talk) 14:47, 30 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Happy new era[edit]

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Bishzilla and all her socks wish you a happy new Jurassic era! bishzilla ROARR!! pocket 16:50, 31 December 2022 (UTC).Reply[reply]

April songs[edit]

April songs
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my story today

I love to see Marian Anderson on the Main page today, with her singing protest against discrimination on Easter Sunday, 9 April 1939! Happy Easter, - I celebrate singing. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:20, 9 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]