User talk:Chuck Entz


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That IP

Hey Romanophile, congrats on passing your RfA here. I just wanted to let you know that I mass-reverted the contributions of the vandal here, but pages he created still exist. Not sure if you've found this yet, but Special:Nuke can very quickly clean those up.

Regards, Ajraddatz (talk) 07:46, 24 December 2016 (UTC)

   Though, some of his contributions seem to be fine. I typically just mass rollback since it denies them the recognition of seeing their work stay, but if some contributions are good and you feel they're worth keeping, let me know. I'd be glad to go back through them and undo the appropriate reverts. Ajraddatz (talk) 07:48, 24 December 2016 (UTC) @lbd83.134.147.65 23:30, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

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Re ^Edit

Hi, I didn't ping you, but I responded to your message on my talk page. See w:Wikipedia:Long-term abuse/Wikinger for some history. Regards, Ajraddatz (talk) 10:34, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Apologies for the slow reply. You may be right that it's a different person, actually. That's interesting regarding the style of communication as well. If you think that they are editing in good faith, and they aren't being blocked on other projects, then I'll stop globally blocking the IPs and we'll see what happens. Thanks, Ajraddatz (talk) 00:45, 9 January 2017 (UTC)


. SemperBlotto (talk | contribs) deleted page Talk:perpetuüm mobile ‎(Incomprehensible, meaningless or empty: please use the Sandbox)evnlesowithboiler template

furthr15:23 . . SemperBlotto (talk | contribs) deleted page Talk:ad perpetuum ‎(Incomprehensible, meaningless or empty: please use the Sandbox);alfsegat<idoNOTadthoz4fun,uno.. log); 15:17 . . SemperBlotto (talk | contribs) deleted page Talk:chef's knife ‎(Creative invention or protologism: please see WT:CFI; use WT:LOP)

(Deletion log); 15:16 . . SemperBlotto (talk | contribs) deleted page Talk:tegoedhoudertje ‎(Incomprehensible, meaningless or empty: please use the Sandbox) 15:32, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

btw:ta4urefets,apreciated!Edit 22:44, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Hen's teethEdit

You rolled back my edit of hen's teeth without explanation. My edit was perfectly valid, your rollback looks like vandalism.

David.Boettcher (talk) 17:27, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

Well, your edit was in good faith, and I have no reason to believe the information was wrong. The problem is that a dictionary is about words and phrases, not about subjects. For our purposes, it's enough to know that the term came from the fact that hens have no teeth. Anything else is beside the point, and gets in the way of the reader who just wants to know what "hen's teeth" means. The fact that they use the grit in their crops for the same purpose as teeth is interesting, and sounds like something that would be good in an encyclopedia article- but not in a dictionary.
I'm sorry I didn't have time to leave you a note, because you deserved better. Unfortunately, we only have time to look at new edits when they're made, and any problem gets lost among our 5 million entries if we don't deal with it on the spot. I hope you understand. Chuck Entz (talk) 21:58, 8 January 2017 (UTC)


If you continue to vandalize articles, like you are on Gerhard , your account will be disabled and your IP will be blocked. Do NOT do it again. This is your FINAL warning! 17:27, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

That sounds serious. - TheDaveRoss 17:28, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Just another idiot anon, who can't be bothered to read the instructions, and then gets upset with editors editing.
@Chuck, thank you for your cleanup efforts. ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │Tala við mig 18:27, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
Yeah Chuck, stop your perpetual vandalism. Equinox 18:29, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
Your effort at self-discipline is commendable, and admonishing yourself does save me some typing, but I have my doubts as to whether you'll take your warning as seriously as you should (nobody listens around here, even to themselves). :-) Chuck Entz (talk) 03:12, 18 January 2017 (UTC)



21:14, 18 January 2017 SemperBlotto (talk | contribs) deleted page Talk:bedied (Incomprehensible, meaningless or empty: please use the Sandbox)@lingo bingo dingo213.49.48.43 01:14, 20 January 2017 (UTC)


What is meant by "eating ulcer" in the seventh definition? ZFT (talk) 05:57, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

See this explanation. It's probably rare or obsolete, nowadays (I've certainly never heard of it before), but the term does exist. At any rate, it has absolutely nothing to do with "annoying". If you see something that doesn't seem to make sense, you either remove it or ask someone about it (the Tea room is probably the best place to post such a question). Mangling it and leaving it for dead just makes the confusion worse. Chuck Entz (talk) 08:57, 20 January 2017 (UTC)


1.hedunspeakNL2.obvjesly,w/cieio-morgengav-lbd(nevncodcatwe=colaboratin(soDEL=UNelpfl,sai19:11 . . SemperBlotto (talk | contribs) deleted page Talk:uitverkoop ‎(Incomprehensible, meaningless or empty: please use the Sandbox)@CIeio, Morgengave, Lingo Bingo Dingo62.235.174.135 19:34, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

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05:19, 20 January 2017 SemperBlotto (talk | contribs) deleted page Talk:ziekteverwensing (Incomprehensible, meaningless or empty: please use the Sandbox)<hadUX+q:ow2ad(asHEDWORDnoinit.. 21:57, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

To be clear, what is happening here is that @SemperBlotto has deleted a couple of talk pages where this anon in question, who afaik writes in a highly abbreviated shorthand due to a nasty case of repetitive strain injury preventing them from easily writing words in their entirety, had been discussing some Belgian Dutch terms (one of them I participated in). Presumably the pages got deleted because at first glance these comments look like gibberish, though they can be parsed without too much difficulty if one can be arsed. From what I can tell this particular anon got blocked in the past, but their current contributions seem valuable and in good faith, so perhaps a more tolerant approach could work better. — Kleio (t · c) 22:20, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

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What really isn't user-friendly is the way you write. I can't understand what you are talking about. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 00:32, 22 January 2017 (UTC)

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SemperBlotto (talk | contribs) deleted page Talk:chloorkip (Incomprehensible, meaningless or empty: please use the S<hedunc.aldaNLentryzitakpartin??icantakakount'genifdad'elps.. 23:02, 23 January 2017 (UTC)


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"Autopatroller" nominationEdit

Hi Chuck, thanks for your nomination at Wiktionary:Whitelist. Mihia (talk) 04:06, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

It's more for the patrollers' benefit than anything else: it saves us time wasted by looking at edits that we already know are going to be without problems. But you're welcome, anyway. Chuck Entz (talk) 04:10, 26 January 2017 (UTC)


Please explain your removal of my edit to Cosmos. —This unsigned comment was added by Rp2006 (talkcontribs) at 15:48, 2017 January 26 (UTC).

  • I think you may have edited the wrong entry: the entry for the sense you added is at cosmos (lowercase). — Kleio (t · c) 17:50, 26 January 2017 (UTC)
Sorry... did not know Wiktionary was case sensitive! (Wikipedia is not.) Have to change the wiktionary links I just added for Cosmos to cosmos! Rp2006 (talk) 20:17, 26 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks... that will come in handy! Rp2006 (talk) 20:17, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

You deleted my edit then gave Zero reason for doing soEdit

Regarding the article for "belabour". I'm sure i am not the first one to feel degraded that you have such power to instantly place the burden of proof onto the other person. However just by luck it happens to be true... i am in fact just some idiot. You won & i hope you agree it's "case closed". Now, addressed toward anyone else who is wondering why i'm not diplomatically sounding like a team player: This particular note of mine was worded in an unusually high-voltage manner for good reasons that i will happily stand by North Alabama 000 (talk) 04:21, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

A Barnstar for You!Edit

A barnstar for you!

This barnstar is awarded to you for your excellent contributions to Wiktionary! Thank you very much!

</noinclude> Pkbwcgs (talk) 21:13, 27 January 2017 (UTC)


Root entriesEdit

Regarding my edit on س م ح‎‎(s-m-ḥ‎‎): do you think root entries should be excluded from the category (in this case, Category:Arabic terms belonging to the root س م ح)? Now that I think about it, it's sort of redundant since the root is already listed at the top. Module:ar-utilities can be modified to do that. — Eru·tuon 05:26, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

Also, thank you for adding so many |nocat=1 parameters! I don't know how you're finding the entries that don't belong in the categories; it seems like wizardry to me. Or maybe there's a tool I don't know about? — Eru·tuon 05:29, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

No wizardry- I just looked for non-Arabic scripts and non-entry namespaces. As for your question: every root entry should have a link to its category, whether in the entry itself, or at the bottom. In the entry is better for general users, but at the bottom is easier from the point of view of guaranteeing that all entries have them. Chuck Entz (talk) 05:40, 5 February 2017 (UTC)


I think that your rollback is an error. The etymology comes from the Collins English Dictionary. --Delarouvraie 🌿 14:29, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

Obviously. If there had been typos, I'm sure they would have been included, too. You need to learn how to do a Wiktionary etymology, and not just regurgitate bits of other (copyrighted) sources. Chuck Entz (talk) 14:35, 6 February 2017 (UTC)
Please, check the meaning of the word "welcome". Delarouvraie 🌿 08:28, 7 February 2017 (UTC)
  • @Delarouvraie: Please also understand that Wiktionary is not Wikipedia. The editor base here is much smaller, and we must quickly and efficiently patrol a large number of entries. This often means simply reverting problematic edits. Content copy-pasted from other copyrighted sites is not allowed here, so the quickest resolution is simply to revert any such addition. This isn't personal, it's procedural. ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │Tala við mig 17:02, 7 February 2017 (UTC)
  • May I also point out that the user's signature does not conform to WT:Signatures? —JohnC5 17:38, 7 February 2017 (UTC)
@JohnC5. My addition comes from a printed dictionary, the Collin's. If a give the complete ref (page, issue date, publisher), would it be possible to restaure it ? I also was looking for the template for langages. I'm a contributor to the French Wiktionary. We are not allowed to create theories (i.g. for etymologies). Is it the same here ? If yes, how is it possible to give any information, without inventing it and without copying it from a sourced book ? Delarouvraie 18:52, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

Can we fix this?Edit

It's been a merry chase, but @CodeCat and I have probably been fending of this "Errors (Missing informations)" user for a while now. The user always has slightly different addresses like:
2a01:cb05:8231:a600:3550:718d:ec4c:6d46 (talkcontribswhoisdeleted contribsnukeedit filter logblockblock logactive blocksglobal blocks)
2A01:CB05:8231:A600:F1C4:A9A2:DD59:B3D1 (talkcontribswhoisdeleted contribsnukeedit filter logblockblock logactive blocksglobal blocks)
2A01:CB05:8231:A600:A173:1D1:7505:A269 (talkcontribswhoisdeleted contribsnukeedit filter logblockblock logactive blocksglobal blocks)
2A01:CB05:8231:A600:4413:A68A:EBA9:7403 (talkcontribswhoisdeleted contribsnukeedit filter logblockblock logactive blocksglobal blocks)
and so on. The user is devilishly close to being correct but does not listen to reason and causes great annoyance. Is there something we can do about this? —JohnC5 06:47, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

An abuse filter could block edits with that exact summary, but the user might well learn to use a different one. Equinox 13:34, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
I guess my two questions are whether there is an easy way to monitor all contributions from 2a01:cb05:8231:a600:****:****:****:**** addresses or, if worst comes to worst, block all those address for a little bit just as a deterrent. —JohnC5 21:14, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
There's a bunch of different IPs that like to use similar messages- "Added content", "Fixed typo", etc. Is there some menu somewhere that they get them from? It seems odd to me. DTLHS (talk) 21:51, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
Apparently, those are fairly common and innocuous on Wikipedia. I do see a few good edits with those edit summaries on Wiktionary from time to time as well. Chuck Entz (talk) 22:00, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
There is a sysop-only option in the Wiktionary:Per-browser preferences labeled "Adds a CIDR Range Contributions check to Special:User contributions" that lets you use wildcards in the search box there, so you can search on "2a01:cb05:8231:a600:*". It adds a line of text to the Special:Contributions page at the last minute, so you have to wait for the page to finish loading before you click anything, and it doesn't work on every browser (sometimes you can force it by clicking "User contributions" on the sidebar, but I haven't gotten it to work on Microsoft Edge).
As for blocking, I always use at least a 65-bit range block for IPv.6 addresses, because it's standard practice for ISPs to allocate everything within that range to a single user. In this case you would block "2a01:cb05:8231:a600:3550:718d:ec4c:6d46/65" (the last 4 16-bit numbers can be anything within the same range, such as "2a01:cb05:8231:a600:0:0:0:0"). Of course, this person has used a number of IPs in the past, as well as the Inkbolt account, so they obviously know how to get around such blocks. Chuck Entz (talk) 22:00, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
Yeah, I was worried about that. It's just quite annoying always having to check these things. Thanks for the info. —JohnC5 22:12, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
BTW (slightly off-topic) some vandals now use long strings of emoji (the ones that show up as coloured pictures). Should be relatively easy to detect as a likely vandalism sign. Equinox 19:11, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

Request for recreating entriesEdit

I'm sincerely asking you to recreate entries about latinised Serbo-Croatian names, before I, BrunoMed will be unblock. The entries satisfied all criterias of inclusion and they are well documented:

Thank you! -- 15:08, 11 February 2017 (UTC)


Hello! Yes, I think that the rollback is an error. "Recce" comes from OE "reccan". For further evidence see Bosworth's A Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon Language, p. 54r & 54v, it shows various compound words containing "recce", all derived from "reccan". I can't find any source corroborating the claim that it comes from a contraction of F "reconnaissance".-- 14:06, 13 February 2017 (UTC

Further evidence: G. Stephens' (Trans.): Two leaves of king Waldere's lay, a hitherto unknown Old-English epic, p. 82: "RECCE, 42, 3 s. pr. subj. of RECCAN, to reach, stretch, endure, last".-- 14:14, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

You're ignoring a millennium of language change and a huge difference in meaning just because of a coincidental similarity in spelling. The usage quoted shows that recce is interchangeable in meaning with reconnaissance, the first syllable of the OE word sounded like modern English retch, and you haven't explained why there's no trace of usage for recce in the centuries since OE evolved into Middle English- unless you're suggesting that modern soldiers got it from Bosworth-Toller. I'm sorry, but that's just nuts. Chuck Entz (talk) 14:55, 13 February 2017 (UTC)
There is no source claiming that it derives from "reconnaissance", while we have at least three sources which trace it back to "reccan". I'm not saying that the "reconnaissance" hypothesis should be utterly excluded, but that both possible etymologies should be pointed out.-- 15:31, 13 February 2017 (UTC)
(Still me, 193.etc.) Here you have the conjugation of the verb RECCAN. It is RECCE in indicative first person singular and in subjunctive first, second and third person singular. Maybe its not relevant, but default Microsoft Office English Dictionary gives "to recce" as a general equivalent of "to explore".-- 17:16, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

Definition of recce


Origin and Etymology of recce

by shortening & alteration

First Known Use: 1941

‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │Tala við mig 19:17, 13 February 2017 (UTC)
That refers to the noun meaning "reconnaissance", not to the verb meaning "to explore". It is possible that there are two etymological lines, one "recce" deriving from "reconnaissance" and another "recce" deriving from "reccan".-- 19:56, 13 February 2017 (UTC)
The OED also says recce comes from reconnaissance: "< rec- (in reconnaissance n.) + -y suffix6. Compare earlier recco n., recon n.1". — Eru·tuon 20:25, 13 February 2017 (UTC)
  • (After edit conflict...) The noun → verb shift in usage patterns is so common in English that folks talk about "verbing a noun". This is another such instance.
As another data point, Cambridge lists the same derivation. The senses there more clearly overlap with the "explore" sense you mention.
Alternatively, Oxford's entry derives the noun sense from reconnaissance and the verb sense explicitly from reconnoitre.
In terms of historical development, just about any Germanic-based OE term with double-c pronounced as /k/ shifted in spelling to ⟨ck⟩. C.f. Old English þicce → modern English thick, Old English hnecca → modern English neck, Old English flocc → modern English flock, and even Old English reccan → modern (albeit rare) English reck (despite an indicated /t͡ʃ/ pronunciation of the ⟨cc⟩ spelling -- @Chuck, is that correct?). So this hypothesized Old English recce → modern English recce derivation is exceedingly unlikely just on the basis of the spelling, unless the modern language were borrowing it directly from OE sources. ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │Tala við mig 20:40, 13 February 2017 (UTC)


maybe fix that?

My only objection was to the unnecessary removal of content, not to any grammatical issues. Feel free to fix the grammar without removing content (unless the content is factually wrong, of course). Chuck Entz (talk) 16:35, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

IP's problems with custom background and certain input fieldsEdit

Sven has left a message on my talk page that he can't view the content of edit summary fields and subject fields any more. He uses a custom black background. Any idea about where the problem might lie and on whom to contact? Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 11:42, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

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