User talk:Richard Symonds (WMUK)

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Webcasted board meetings

Please see Water_cooler#Webcasted_board_meetings. Thanks, --John Vandenberg (talk) 03:07, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

Dropped you a mail

Per subject. WormTT(talk) 11:02, 23 January 2013 (UTC)


We know have a template which allows us to add icons. Good article Featured article will be used most but there is a host of other icons available which can be seen at Template:Icon. Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 12:33, 23 January 2013 (UTC)


Hi, just to let you know I've sent you an email about the grant. Thanks Farrtj (talk) 15:16, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

Wikimedian in Residence

Richard, I saw your post on Renata's page (I've been stalking her for years!) and it suddenly made me feel elderly and confused, two things I'm quite good at. Are these actual jobs ... as in, er, employment? Sorry if I am being dim but I am almost endlessly baffled by the pro-versus-volunteer thing, and am very far from clear on what this is. Please educate me very slightly? (Even if it's just read this link, fool!) (Declaration of Disinterest: sadly, I couldn't work in Scotland anyway, much though I would love to!) Cheers DBaK (talk) 16:23, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

So: yes! It's employment; a paid job, and it's sort of a cross between a trainer, a librarian, a curator and a Wikipedian. It's not paid editing - the job is more about facilitation of volunteers. The basic idea is that the (paid) WiR makes it easier for volunteer editors to write about things that the museum has access to. It might also include digitising some works, training curators, etc etc. I am a bit rubbish at explaining it, but the best introduction to it is probably here. Let me know if you want it explaining a bit more! Richard Symonds (WMUK) (talk) 18:34, 22 April 2013 (UTC)
Thanks very much for the reply and the link. It's very interesting - a whole strand of development of which I knew nothing. Amazing stuff. Cheers DBaK (talk) 08:23, 23 April 2013 (UTC)


Hi Richard. I have sent the email you requested to from the email address associated with my Wikipedia account. All the best, MasterOfHisOwnDomain (talk) 19:20, 6 August 2013 (UTC)


As far as I can tell, w:en: works. W take one to uk.wp from here, and then en from uk.wp to en.wp. -- Katie Chan (WMUK) (talk) 11:34, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

Yum yum!

Scotch eggs.jpg Lunch Time Award
Because I still owe you a scotch egg and you have to put up with me all day every day Katherine Bavage (WMUK) (talk) 10:56, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

User space

I moved "Office and Development Manager priorities" to User:Richard Symonds (WMUK)/Priorities as this kind of thing seems like a user spacey type thing to me. Sure, it says "please don't edit!" at the top, but moving the page doesn't count. Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 12:31, 17 January 2014 (UTC)



I notice you have blocked my account following the Wikipedia Editathon I arranged with Ally Crockford. Can you unblock it? Is it thought my behaviour was untoward?

Thanks, Sharon (Samtheeditor)

It looks like your account here accidentally got caught up with a large bunch of accounts created by spammers that Richard was dealing with at the time. As you are not a spammer, I have unblocked you. Your account on Wikipedia does not appear to have been blocked (I've not looked at other projects). Sorry about this, it is no reflection on your behaviour at all. Thryduulf (talk: local | en.wp | en.wikt) 02:14, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Thank you! That's much appreciated. I did notice Wikipedia was fine for me. Samtheeditor

Password Reset request

Hi Richard, I am User:Dsvyas. I have lost my password and it seems that my email address is not updated/verified here, which means I cannot reset my password myself. I learnt from Manual:Resetting passwords that Admins can reset password. May I request you to reset it for me please? I am on Wiki with the same username. you can email me on dsvyasatgmail · com.-- 17:03, 19 August 2015 (BST)

Actually it needs the passwordreset permission, which none of the user groups on this wiki have. It'll need whoever has system admin rights (i.e., can directly access the database) to do it, although Richard probably knows who that is too! QuiteUnusual (talk) 09:38, 25 August 2015 (BST)
I've added this to Bugzilla so that our developers can send out a new password. Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 12:00, 25 August 2015 (BST)
The passwordreset right appears to have appeared on a number of the core WMF wikis without needing the flag set, so maybe it is available to admins by default in the current MW release... Anyway, moot point I guess, just noting it! QuiteUnusual (talk) 14:17, 25 August 2015 (BST)
That sounds great? Is that a core functionality of 1.25/1.26 or a new extension? Kelson (talk) 21:05, 2 September 2015 (BST)
Thank you Richard for the bug. I will follow-up there. Want to sign-up for Wikidata training, but can't do it until my password is reset. Thanks once again for your help.-- 16:10, 25 August 2015 (BST)
Thank you all, as you could see, now I am able to access my account.--Dsvyas (talk) 00:04, 14 September 2015 (BST)