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September 22, 2013
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British English, please
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Thanks for becoming a member of the TARDIS crew! If you have any questions, see the Help pages, add a question to one of the Forums or ask on my talk page. CzechOut 19:23, September 22, 2013 (UTC)

Redlinks

Hi! Please do not remove red links from pages (unless they are mistakes). Red links are there so users can see what pages need to be created. You can read more about redlinks at Tardis:Redlinks. Thanks! Shambala108 17:20, September 22, 2013 (UTC)

British English

Okay, I'm just going to stop you before you get too far. First of all, if you see a widespread spelling problem, don't bother fixing it yourself because we have a bot, user:CzechBot, that can take care of it much more quickly and efficiently. In fact we do have a bot run to fix spelling, etc that is run regularly. Just go to CzechOut for bot requests, and I'm sure he'll help you whenever he can find the time.

Second thing is a bit of a grammar lesson. The differences between US and BR English are not always as straight-forward as you think. Now "license" is another one of those with lots of exceptions. Now in the UK, "licence" and "licence", very much like "advice" and "advise", are used in different contexts. You would say "a licence", but "to license". Here are just a few sites that agree with me: [1] [2] [3] [4]

Now let's look specifically at one of your recent edits. In this one, you changed "first licensed crossover" to "first licenced crossover". This is actually incorrect in both British and American English. Both of them use "license" as the verb, right? So in this case, the crossover is licensed (adj) because someone official licensed (verb) it. That means that most (if not all) of your recent edits "fixing" this are wrong, and must be undone.

Oh, yes, and this also applies to Category:Doctor Who licensed food. That'll stay just where it is for now. And, for the future, when you want to request a category rename, just put the {{rename}} template at the top and explain your reasoning. {{speedy rename}} is the template for fixing simple, unarguable mistakes in article titles, but it must not be used for categories — "renaming" a category is much too complicated a process to ever be called "speedy". Going to Czech is fine, but please also put the template on the page so that the request shows up at category:articles that need renaming.
--SOTO 00:18, September 29, 2013 (UTC)

Now. Next time, if you're not sure about something, ask at the forums. In this case, probably Board:Spelling debates. If you notice a problem that's wide-spread, there's probably a reason it hasn't already been fixed — in this case, because it wasn't wrong in the first place. --SOTO 00:18, September 29, 2013 (UTC)

The same applies to practice/practise. In British English, practice is the noun, and practise is the verb. So this is also wrong.
And program/programme is another example that's in the grey area. While Programme is used for many things like television programmes, program is the only correct spelling for computer programs. So the "holodeck program" you "fixed" [5] was correct all along. Please note that this one example is one thing that can not be fixed by bot, because both spellings are correct, so this does need to be corrected manually. But in this case, the original was correct.

So, if you're not sure, either look it up or ask in the forums. This site has pages on all three spelling issues I addressed here, so that might be a good place to look first.
--SOTO 00:32, September 29, 2013 (UTC)

Yeah, sorry for the long speech. The thing is, the mistakes you made are not actually covered by SpellBot. They're the exceptions, because both "practice" and "practise" are valid words... but are used in different contexts. In fact, all those mistakes are specifically listed at Tardis:Spelling policy/user-fixes.py#Words impossible for a bot. So, uh, congratulations on that! :P
Now I don't currently have a bot, but CzechBot has rollback and I think can undo your edits between two specific points in time automatically. I don't know if Czech is available again yet. But you only 85 edits total, so I won't bother him. I can undo the conflicting edits manually, on my own. :)
--SOTO 01:24, September 29, 2013 (UTC)
All that being said, the great majority of your edits with us have been positive, and are much appreciated. There are just a few things you didn't know that you do now. We were all new once. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me or, better yet, one of our admin. Welcome to the team. :)
--SOTO 01:58, September 29, 2013 (UTC)

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