User talk:John

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Hello John,

Welcome to Feast upon the Word. The home page is a good intro to the site. The following links are also sometimes helpful to newcomers:

On talk pages, please sign your name. You can do this by using three tildes (~~~) which will automatically produce your name, four tildas (~~~~) produces the date as well. (When editing, clicking the 2nd-button in from the right above the editing window will insert this automatically.)

I hope you enjoy adding commentary and editing other people's commentary. -- Matthew Faulconer 09:15, 7 February 2007 (CET)

Hi John, I responded to your comments on the Talk:home page. Was that helpful? I wasn't sure I understood the tone of the post. Are you concerned that the site is going in the wrong direction? If you have some specific suggestions for improving it, I'm all ears. Really the site is all about the commentary pages. And, if you think they should be improved in a certain way, the best way to start is probably to dig in on some page and start improving. Maybe others will disagree, but at least it will be clear to everyone then what improvements you are proposing. --Matthew Faulconer 10:33, 7 February 2007 (CET) PS feel free to email me if you'd prefer to discuss off-line.

John, I think the General Conference links you are providing are a great addition to the site. It makes it very convenient to click on the GC article and search for the given passage to see how it is used in the talk. If there are particular verese you have in mind, it might be helpful to somehow note that on the link itself--and even better, to include a brief summary--for example, like [ |this]]). But even if you just continue to do what you're doing, I think it's a tremendous contribution--thanks a lot! --RobertC 22:37, 9 February 2007 (CET)

John, I sent you an e-mail thank you for the links, but I wanted to do so publicly as well. Thanks for the links to the General Conference articles. They are great. --Matthew Faulconer 06:49, 12 February 2007 (CET)


Hi John, I notice you are linking to the general conference addresses using the links to the ensigns. You may want to use instead links to the actual general conference address using this page:,5234,23-1,00.html

The talks look a little different. The only thing I like about the General Conference one better is that the links are a lot less cluttered. Compare:

General Conference address:,5232,23-1-646-1,00.html

But if you have a reason to prefer the Ensign one, that's fine too. --Matthew Faulconer 07:38, 14 February 2007 (CET)

Firefox fix[edit]

Thanks John for the tip on fixing the iFrame in Firefox. It seems to work perfectly. BTW, you can play around with CSS changes by adding anything you want to this page User:John/monobook.css. If you have other improvements you want to make to the styles on the site, but don't have the ability to make changes to MediaWiki:Monobook.css, let me know and I can set you up for that. --Matthew Faulconer 06:43, 23 February 2007 (CET)

As it turns out, the user's custom skin file is all in lowercase, as opposed to the global CSS which is apparently capitalized. Matthew, how do I delete a page completely? I've tried removing the contents, but the page persists. --John 03:12, 24 February 2007 (CET)
it really should be part of the mediawiki software that users can delete their own sub-pages, but it isn't. You have to be an admin to delete. On big projects these requests usually go to a special "request for page deletions" page. On this project, it hasn't been much of an issue. I'll delete it for you now. Also I'll set you up as an admin. --Matthew Faulconer 07:27, 24 February 2007 (CET)


Hi John, I like the edits to the sandbox. Maybe we should setup this as the "default" text for the sandbox. Then people can change it but we would revert back to this. --Matthew Faulconer 18:45, 25 March 2007 (CEST)

Sure! I was going to make a backup that I could use to overwrite changes, but default text sounds much more efficient. --John 03:37, 26 March 2007 (CEST)

By default text, I didn't mean anything systemic--just that when someone makes a change and we notice that, at some point we would come in and change it back to this version. Maybe we should add to the top a text box similar to wikipedia's with a sentence that says "Your edits will not stay permanently; this page is cleaned occasionally." --Matthew Faulconer 05:15, 26 March 2007 (CEST)

welcome back[edit]

Hi John, It's been a while. Welcome back. Great to see your posts. Thanks. --Matthew Faulconer 06:38, 11 February 2008 (CET)

Thanks Matthew. I had prepared some notes on Alma 42 for FHE, and thought I should share them online. Hope they make sense. I also see that I still have special privileges. I tried a "rollback" to undo a minor edit and deleted more than I had intended. Thankfully I had a backup! --John 07:22, 12 February 2008 (CET)