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I'm having a discussion off site[edit]

Is there a source I can use to cite the fact that people who understood bitcoin as a joke knew about Tether being a fraud engine before the big crash? I'm hesitant to cite the SA bitcoin thread. I guess also take this as a confession that I didn't buy your book(sorry). ikanreed 🐐Bleat at me 16:29, 5 November 2019 (UTC)

You're in luck - literally the best writeup I've seen to date was published just last week. That should also be eminently suitable for normal humans who know better than to care about this shit - David Gerard (talk) 16:31, 5 November 2019 (UTC)

A concession[edit]

I assume that not all of my edits are terrible, though there are some that you are simply not able to tolerate. I want to remedy this situation. I don't want you to be angry with me because there is no purpose in hostility, and a lot of harm. I am not a disciple of Peterson's. I don't have a strong desire to edit the article ever again because of the reactions of a few people. I assure you I have no desire to irritate you, and I am willing to take your advice in cases where you believe I am on the wrong track. As a first step I plan to avoid the Peterson article from now on. I don't expect you to stop being wary of me, or retract your anti-endorsement, but I do hope that you will stop being concerned about my presence. I am sorry that I pissed you off. I don't expect to be elected as a moderator. In the event that actually happens though, I would restrict any related activity to being a calming influence. During the years I have been at this wiki I have never given anyone else sysop privileges. I really don't see why you should be worried about me.Ariel31459 (talk) 20:14, 12 November 2019 (UTC)

Election counting[edit]

This year the moderator elections results are supposedly being counted by me (@EK) @Cosmikdebris and @Shabidoo. my email address is emblyn(at) and the other two will hopefully make contact or something idk. EK (talk) 11:02, 19 November 2019 (UTC)

dont forget to close the election booth :) EK (talk) 12:51, 26 November 2019 (UTC)
ooh yes I'll close that this evening GMT - David Gerard (talk) 13:30, 26 November 2019 (UTC)
my email address is 2 comments up EK (talk) 15:09, 28 November 2019 (UTC)


Do you need me to resend my email? I'm still unable to join the RW Board Google Group for some reason, and I need you to invite me. Pizza SLICE.gifChef Moosolini’s Ristorante ItalianoMake a Reservation 23:26, 26 November 2019 (UTC)

nah, I'm just shit and finally did it. On the upside, there's been ~0 happening - David Gerard (talk) 06:57, 27 November 2019 (UTC)
Yeah, I'm bad at doing stuff too. Thanks a bunch for getting me in, though! Pizza SLICE.gifChef Moosolini’s Ristorante ItalianoMake a Reservation 16:38, 27 November 2019 (UTC)

Site certificate expired[edit]

Hey, my browser along several other editor's is notifying me that the Let's Encrypt certificate expired. When you have the time, could you renew it? RockfordRoe (talk) 15:55, 3 December 2019 (UTC)

I`ma spam David on Twitter 'bout this. Oxyaena Harass 16:33, 3 December 2019 (UTC)
certbot correctly renewed the cert!! ... and nginx didn't pick it up until I restarted it - David Gerard (talk) 16:40, 3 December 2019 (UTC)
think i'll set nginx to restart weekly or something - David Gerard (talk) 16:42, 3 December 2019 (UTC)

John Denver[edit]

I might actually be able to enjoy John Denver now.[1] Bongolian (talk) 22:13, 8 December 2019 (UTC)

John Denver was way cool! - David Gerard (talk) 22:39, 8 December 2019 (UTC)
Jesus Was Way Cool. Bongolian (talk) 02:40, 9 December 2019 (UTC)

Edit Filter[edit]

Heya so this has been a known loophole for a while on Discord, and I feel like now is as good a time as any to complain to someone who might fix it. Simply put, the Edit Filter allows techs to see private data, specifically IP addresses, via the details page on each logged edit filter event. As I understand it, this has something to do with the abusefilter-privatedetails parameter in the LocalSettings.php file, I may be wrong you should check the docs yourself. Anyhow if you could disable this feature so techs can't snoop on users IP addresses that would be great. — Dysk (contribs) 22:41, 18 June 2020 (UTC)

well shit, that's actually definitely against long standing community standards. Er, not tonight, but I'll have a look and ask the mob - David Gerard (talk) 22:44, 18 June 2020 (UTC)


You've been nominated to the RationalMedia Foundation election. Please accept or decline; if you accept, you may wish to campaign. —cosmikdebris talk stalk 14:47, 6 July 2020 (UTC)

Board election vote[edit]

If you could set up the vote for the 2020 board of trustees election as soon as you have the chance that would be great. Date is just from whenever you turn it on. — Z 18:58, 11 August 2020 (UTC)

will do - who's returning officers etc etc? - David Gerard (talk) 19:46, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
@David Gerard I've volunteered to run the results. I did the same for the mod election last fall so I have the tools set up and ready to go. Thanks, —cosmikdebris talk stalk 20:37, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
The other one is me, its listed on RationalWiki:2020 board of trustees election/Results actually now i think of it. — Z 03:38, 13 August 2020 (UTC)

Can we please have a vote?[edit]

If we don't have a vote, people will forever (rightly) believe that this current Board is not representative of the wiki. At least this way, we have an actual election to show that the Board and the members have some form of legitimacy. Let's just hold a normal vote on the matter. RoninMacbeth (talk)

well when you put it like that (as a candidate) - David Gerard (talk) 19:01, 16 August 2020 (UTC)
So are we going to hold a vote? ☭Comrade GC☭Ministry of Praise 13:57, 17 August 2020 (UTC)
I've switched on the election functionality, someone has to add it to site notice etc - David Gerard (talk) 14:54, 17 August 2020 (UTC)
Done. —cosmikdebris talk stalk 15:38, 17 August 2020 (UTC)

Closing the board election[edit]

Hi David. I think that a week's sufficient for this election. If you could close the booth and send me the raw results, I'm ready to process the results. Thanks, —cosmikdebris talk stalk 13:34, 24 August 2020 (UTC)

emailed, election switched off - David Gerard (talk) 13:47, 24 August 2020 (UTC)
Thanks very much. I will process the results shortly. —cosmikdebris talk stalk 14:51, 24 August 2020 (UTC)


I was asked to contact you whether you know how to fix the problems with the <math> tag? Thank you. — Godless Raven SDAPOe logo.svg talkstalkwalkbalk 🌹 Flag of Europe.svg 13:49, 24 August 2020 (UTC)

IP Access[edit]

I don't know tech stuff but is there a way to stop techs from viewing/following/whatever IP addresses? AceModerator 23:22, 16 September 2020 (UTC)

someone said there was one i basically need time to fix it - proably simple - David Gerard (talk) 23:29, 16 September 2020 (UTC)
Ah good - thanks. AceModerator 23:49, 16 September 2020 (UTC)


Thanks for setting up the vote and doing technical stuff, David. Pizza SLICE.gifChef Moosolini’s Ristorante ItalianoMake a Reservation 20:08, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Seconded. --RWRW (talk) 20:19, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

User Rights (dah wurst tek)[edit]

Ok, I think I found an issue. That or a bit of a stupid on my end. A Tech that has been demopped or blocked by a vandal can re-add the sysop or undo the block. A Tech that has been demopped AND blocked can't access the user rights to do so. Or maybe they can and I don't know where the tools are. Where are the tools to fix this, or do we need to change something? CoryUsar (talk) 03:03, 27 December 2020 (UTC)

Can't create user page (edit filter tripped)[edit]

Hi; I recognized your username from Wikipedia. I just created an account here, and tried to create a user page with a navbox and some userboxes. However, I tripped a Blackhat SEO Spammer edit filter and have no idea why. Thanks for any help and all the best, Miniapolis (talk) 01:53, 8 January 2021 (UTC)

Please see my response here. —cosmikdebris talk stalk 01:59, 8 January 2021 (UTC)