User talk:Rock drum

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Membership fee

Hi Rock Drum. Sorry for the confusion - the membership fee used to be £12/£6, but we reduced it to £5 earlier this year. I've updated the about page accordingly. We look forward to having you as a member. :-) Thanks. Mike Peel 08:08, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

Event calendars

Just a note to say I love them! AndrewRT 23:59, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

Main Page :- The Land 21:10, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

Staff userpage template

Hi. I like the look of the staff userpage template you've made, but the images don't work - most of the image is cut off. I'm not quite sure of the best way to fix it, though... perhaps the "contact me" section can be moved to go along the bottom of the page, making room for the image to go down the right hand side? --Tango (talk) 19:27, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

Hi Tango, that problem only seems to occur on Daria's userpage. The images on Richard's and Jon's aren't cut off. :-/ Regards, Rock drum (talkcontribs) 10:30, 10 March 2012 (UTC)
I see no picture on Richard's page and a cut off picture on Jon's... --Tango (talk) 16:05, 10 March 2012 (UTC)

Virtual Barnstar

Thanks RD for all the work you do tidying up my messes BUT the creation of a table for the Board meetings timetable was super marvellous or fab as the young people say. Jon Davies WMUK (talk) 16:59, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

Also thank you for making EDU-WIKI conference page looking absolutely great! Daria Cybulska (talk) 09:14, 30 March 2012 (UTC)


Need to have a word with you about the election - we need to work out a way to allow candidates to be asked individual questions... Richard Symonds (talk) 23:04, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

EduWiki conference

Love what you've done with the navigation template. Thanks so much, MartinPoulter (talk) 15:07, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

Collapse styles

Hi, on :wmuk, the right code gismos to support collapse styles have not been implemented. If you are keen for this feature you'll have to drop a note with Mike. Cheers, -- (talk) 16:20, 26 April 2012 (UTC)

I'm not sure that even talking with Mike will do it - he controls the office, board and internal wikis, but not the uk wiki, which I believe is centrally controlled by the WMF. Richard Symonds (talk) 16:36, 26 April 2012 (UTC)
I think this is "user" controllable, part of the css definitions. I haven't a clue how to go about this stuff. -- (talk) 17:13, 26 April 2012 (UTC)
If it's user controllable, then any admin here should be able to make the change. Otherwise, it may need a bug report filing. Either way, I don't think it would particularly need me. ;-) Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 22:49, 26 April 2012 (UTC)

Missing link

Hi, the Commons link you added at does not exist. Maybe you were looking for an inter-wiki link to wikimania2012? -- (talk) 17:51, 15 May 2012 (UTC)

I did mean Commons, I just made a mistake with the link. Now fixed :-) Rock drum (talkcontribs) 17:53, 15 May 2012 (UTC)
Ah, thanks. We should probably get David's presentation from the AGM added to that category too. -- (talk) 06:36, 16 May 2012 (UTC)


Hey rock drum,

Like the layout on the glamcamp page but it makes it almost impossible for people to add their names. Two suggestions for this and future layouts like this is to either a) template the whole layout, putting media wiki template variables that allow people to put in their names simply (I would say that this is the best option) b) insert a seperate template for people to put their names with an edit button next to where their names go (probably the least desirable option). Always remember, most people on wiki arn't used to having to work through HTML/Mediawiki template markup.

As a general note for you, I really suggest you having a look at using css for stuff like this. It allows you to seperate and template it all off leaving the page significantly cleaner and a little more accessible for less technically proficient people.

Hope all this helps Seddon (talk) 14:32, 1 June 2012 (UTC)

Must remember to say thanks

Thanks for all the tidying and editing you do. When we get stuck in the office we have a saying ' Rockdrum will be along soon' See you in DC. 16:47, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

Intern accounts

Hi Rock drum, thanks for creating User:Isabelle K Yates for one of the interns. However, there's two problems here. The first is that the intern hasn't yet registered an account, which should really come before creating a user page for them. ;-) The second is that accounts for WMUK paid staff should really be of the form User:First_Last_(WMUK) so it's clear that they are making edits on behalf of the organisation rather than on an individual basis. I'm not sure what to do with the page right now - should it be renamed, or temporarily deleted to be returned later? Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 23:47, 8 August 2012 (UTC)

Hi Mike, I created that userpage after Daria emailed me, asking that I add the interns to the staff page and create userpages for them (it would seem I've created a system for listing Staff that they daren't touch ;-)). Daria told me that User:Isabelle K Yates had been registered (and indeed it had - on enwp). If you want to rename that account, you'll need a bureaucrat there. How do you go about re-naming accounts globally? Most, if not all, of the other staff had made edits on other wikis, including the WMF wiki. Regards, Rock drum (talkcontribs) 07:48, 9 August 2012 (UTC)
I've just seen meta:Staff account creation. If WMUK's going to start using username suffixes, might it be a good idea to have (WMUK) listed there? Regards, Rock drum (talkcontribs) 11:59, 9 August 2012 (UTC)
User:Isabelle K Yates is her personal account. We'll set up a (WMUK) one as soon as she starts, no need for any complicated renaming then. Richard Symonds (WMUK) (talk) 12:59, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

Looking at the next five years – a day workshop on the future of Wikimedia UK

There's a sign up section on the event talk page. If you have a particular preference about work shops you want to attend, you might want to add you name to the relevant lists. Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 16:10, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

Proposed deletion: Activities/Geographical diversity

Hi Rock, here's a courtesy link to Water_cooler#Proposed_deletion:_Activities.2FGeographical_diversity. Cheers, MartinPoulter (talk) 14:44, 31 August 2013 (UTC)

Liberal history editathon

Hi Rock drum, I have just registered for the above. Although I am a wikipedia editor, I have not attended one of these events before. My particular area of interest happens to be Liberal Party history. I am prepared to commit for the whole day if I find it useful. I don't have a lap-top though. I have uploaded to wikipedia a number of portraits of politicians and see this as an opportunity for further portraits to be uploaded should a scanner be made available. I am assuming that you will be liaising with the NLC over what part of their archive they will be moving into the DLG Room for the day. I do not know the nature of the archive, perhaps it is just a collection of published books. Perhaps they can make photographic records available. Obviously, if we are going down this path, we will need to seek their consent for any image that is still under copyright, to be used in wikipedia. My other specific area of interest is Liberal parliamentary candidates; finding the full names of some of the more obscure candidates. If the available NLC archive includes records of lists of candidates or copies of candidates election literature, then this would also be useful. I would appreciate any clarification you can give on these points to help me better prepare for the day. Thanks. Graemp (on Wikipedia) 09:17, 9 August 2016 (BST)

Hi Graemp. Thanks for your interest, and sorry for the delayed response. In the past WMUK have provided laptops for events like this, so it shouldn't be an issue to do the same for this. The club's librarian has said that materials can be moved to the room over the course of the day, if there's something particular you're interested in looking at. I can't really answer your questions about the specifics of the collection, so I've asked the club's librarian to chime in. Thanks, Rock drum (talk) 15:58, 16 August 2016 (BST)
Hi Rock drum, Two bits of good news, thanks. Can you add anything about suitable scanning hardware? Even if this is not available on the day, I think it would be worth taking the opportunity to speak with the club about uploading permission for subsequent activity. The librarian might be in a position to address this on the spot or may need time to seek advice. 16:24, 16 August 2016 (BST)

Science conference audio

Hi- I've only just noticed that you added the audio recordings from the conference to the programme. Heartfelt thanks for doing this- I really appreciate you spending the time to separate and encode them. Dario Taraborelli's talk from 15:00 on the second day is absent: is there any audio of that? It was arguably that talk that started off the whole WikiCite movement, so it would be great to have a record of the talk if at all possible. Cheers and many thanks again, MartinPoulter (talk) 19:55, 23 May 2017 (BST)

Hi MartinPoulter. I've just gone back and looked; it seems like I didn't get the audio from the venue for either Dario Taraborelli's talk, or the CRUK panel on the Thursday afternoon, nor do I have any video files for either. Sorry! Rock drum (talk) 22:34, 23 May 2017 (BST)