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Cancer update - being offered palliative care (chemo), incurable

I'll see an oncologist in a couple of weeks to discuss chemo and to ask about my prognosis. Exercising as much as I can but mainly on my treadmill, 3 times a day for a mile so each time, only about 2mph. Calf muscles are the main problem, doing exercises prescribed by a physiotherapist. But not walking outside as the painful calf and thigh muscles don't go away and as I've twice had to stop and call for a pickup, safer to stay inside, especially with my Parkinson's. I'll soldier on! Doug Weller talk 16:05, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Well, that sucks. I'm sorry to hear that. --Yamla (talk) 16:09, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Keep soldiering on, and know that lots of us here are rooting for you! --Tryptofish (talk) 17:02, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Very sorry to hear this - all best wishes. Johnbod (talk) 17:10, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oh Doug. I dont have the words. Roxy the dog 17:11, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • God bless Doug, hope you know how many people are blessed to at least call you an internet friend, and Im sure many more offline. nableezy - 17:19, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, my best wishes in this journey. I'm not good at dealing with this shit. How I can identify with "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." We older dudes feel the pull of destiny, and it ain't pretty. Just make life comfortable. Don't overdo anything, even the exercise (and I'm a PT). Moderation in all things. You don't have to drink the whole bottle of OZV Zinfandel in one sitting, but do enjoy the finer things in life. Good wine, truffles, chocolate, books, movies, whatever. Now is the time to aim for quality, not quantity/longevity. Hang in there brother. Feel free to email me.
    When dealing with my own cancer ordeal, I often resorted to gallows humor. The staff in ICU and ER were especially understanding. I'd say: "I'm going to get "CC & DNR" tattooed on my chest." -- Valjean (talk) (PING me) 17:48, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • You will defeat this, Doug. Keeping you in my thoughts. GoodDay (talk) 17:51, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • And from another PT, now long retired; bless you Doug, and Valjean is right. Enjoy what life brings. Haploidavey (talk) 17:56, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Stay strong and hang in there, man. Sending you all the good vibes I can muster (hey, WP:FRINGE or not, it can't hurt, lol). Heiro 17:59, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Thanks for sharing this, Doug. Sorry to hear that. You're in my thoughts. ButlerBlog (talk) 18:13, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Sorry DW. Hoping for the best possible news at your next oncologist visit. Firefangledfeathers (talk / contribs) 18:17, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I think it is most important at some point to just enjoy the moment as much as you can and to enjoy life in general as it goes on, without trying to determine how long it will go on for, since that determination is really out of our hands, no? In other words, the life we live, I believe, has to be good and enjoyable for a long as it goes on. That is the most important, in my view. Hoping this may help a bit somehow, I wish you also much strength and courage in the jouney ahead. warshy (¥¥) 18:33, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • What Tryp said. I was down in your ^former neck of the woods just recently for the first time as an adult. Got to see a wild alligator for the first time, along with some other fauna. Miami-Dade is one of the best places in the country for birds - I imagine you can see quite a lot out your window, compared to here in NY? At least here there's a zoo across the street. The only animal it has is a dog, though. It's a pretty shih-tzu. — Rhododendrites talk \\ 19:11, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thanks. But I live in Derbyshire now, having gone to England in 1970 and not returning (except of course for vacations, family visits, etc. When I was a young boy there was a sub-tropical jungle behind the houses across the road, complete with possums, snakes, banyan trees, and of course alligators down by the Miami river. Played there a lot with a boy named John Christmas (whose mother was named Mary). Doug Weller talk 08:32, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Was John any relation to Randy Christmas (probably too young to be John's father)? I remember that Randy Christmas had a daughter named Merrie. Donald Albury 15:56, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I don't think so - I've done a search and there's no indication that he was. Doug Weller talk 16:48, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Ah, sorry, I think I knew that but was thrown off by a userbox. Fewer gators in Derbyshire, I reckon. The banyan trees were incredible. The first one I saw was in Palm Beach, where they are ubiquitous and strangler figs make for ripe metaphor. :) As for Christmas, I know it was pretty uncommon then for women to keep their name when getting married, but Mary Christmas?? Hard no. Lots of names you can't have with that surname: Mary, Wyatt, Eve, Nicholas/Claus, Carol... There's a name I hear on Fox News every December, over and over. Must be a seasonal anchor or something: Theresa Warren-Christmas. — Rhododendrites talk \\ 21:14, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, I've so appreciated you sharing this part of your life with us. You've been in my thoughts and I'm sad to hear you're talking about palliative care. Whatever decisions you make in the days and weeks ahead, I know they will be ones that have been deeply thought through and which will reflect the way you've lived your life. I'm just glad that we continue to have your presence here onwiki. Best, Barkeep49 (talk) 19:22, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Barkeep49 has put it very well. Moneytrees below is also absolutely correct - amongst the very best of us. Girth Summit (blether) 11:52, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers Doug. I appreciate the gift of sharing that yiou are giving each one of us. MarnetteD|Talk 19:28, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Hi Doug Weller! Not much one can say in these situations that hasn't already been said and that hasn't already occurred to you (several Big Bad Words spring readily to mind...). Hopefully it'll be kinda nice to reflect on how many people are thinking of you and that in some way you've made a difference to all the people who know you personally, as well as to the Wikipedia project and to the rest of us who are used to seeing your edits while we're sorta amiably faffing around this neck of the woods. Big Virtual Hug, --Technopat (talk) 19:45, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I cannot think of any better way to express my support than to second what Barkeep49 said. Whether your philosophy on cancer is to fight it, treat it like a chronic degenerative condition, or just embrace not-give-a-fuckism, please know that I and all the others commenting here support you and wish for the best possible outcomes. EvergreenFir (talk) 20:15, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, thank you for all the work that you have done for Wikipedia. Thank you for being willing to make tough decisions. Thank you for keeping us informed about your illness. Thanks for being you. Cullen328 (talk) 20:23, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I can't find the words to express how the wonderful support from you all and others now and in the past has meant to me. It will help me sleep well tonight. Ironically the thought of cancer itself rarely affects my sleep, it's only the effect on others and right now wondering how I will be able to die with dignity - at a time I choose and where I choose that costs me sleep at times. In the UK you aren't allowed to die with dignity. So if I can't die at home with my wife I'm thinking that when the time comes - and I am going to try to make that a few years from now - I may be able to take one last holiday with my wife somewhere that I can die with dignity. Doug Weller talk 21:25, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, I'm always glad to see your signature on a talk page or to find your name in a contribution history, however old, and that will carry on as long as I'm editing. Now you're giving us even more reasons to be grateful. I hope you take every holiday you want! Thank you. NebY (talk) 22:50, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • My best wishes. Keep up the good fight. Donald Albury 21:55, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, I'm sorry to read this news. I hope you are able to have your wishes. I was always taught to get it in writing and to get a second opinion. I've also heard a lot of interesting things about the new treatments nowadays like CAR-T cells and immunotherapy, IANAD, but it's a shame and saddening to read this even without a lot of details. Anyway, we don't know each other well but I just wanted to say it's always been a pleasure to interact with you on here and I wish you the best, and will fondly remember your work on Wikipedia. Andre🚐 23:29, 26 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Doug, I'm so sorry to hear about this. I'm hoping for the best, and I'm keeping you in my prayers. — Red-tailed hawk (nest) 01:03, 4 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Doug, I'm also very sorry to hear this! Springee (talk) 16:08, 4 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I don't know ya, but I'm very sorry to hear of this. If you do die, tell Stan Lee we miss him, aight? I like Astatine (Talk to me) 21:06, 14 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm jealous of all the messages wishing you well. I hope one day I have such a big network of well-meaning people! My best wishes, Thinker78 (talk) 04:47, 25 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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  • You've been an inspiration, Doug, and you continue to be one in the way you're facing this. – Joe (talk) 06:45, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Echoing everyone above. You're an icon. DatGuyTalkContribs 09:34, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • An icon and an inspiration. Thanks for sharing this with us - it makes me feel that WP is not only a source of information, but also a community. You are surely in my thoughts and prayers. Rsk6400 (talk) 16:53, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • The day you get an entry added to the "List of deceased Wikipedians" will be one of the saddest days this website will have seen in a long time. I hope whatever time you have left is free of pain, and that you are able to die with the dignity that you deserve. Thanks for everything you've contributed to Wikipedia over the years. Hemiauchenia (talk) 19:40, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This is really all I wanted to say to Doug too, but it is expressed by you here in much better form and style. Thank you! warshy (¥¥) 20:18, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, I see that you have about 70 subpages in your userspace, including a number of drafts in various stages. Is there anything in particular you'd like help getting finished and moved to mainspace? BD2412 T 22:55, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Hi Doug. Like everyone else, I am very sorry to hear that. Wikipedia will be a poorer place when you have to go. Dudley Miles (talk) 23:23, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, you're one of the editors I most respect, and seeing how your handling this makes my respect even greater. As has been said above, I hope you enjoy your life without pain and go on your own terms with dignity. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 01:01, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, devastating to read this, and I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said so well by other above. I've always found you to be a rock here on Wikipedia, and your tireless and immensely helpful efforts are very much appreciated. Jeppiz (talk) 01:35, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, I wish you the best, and hope that you will experience as little pain as possible. starship.paint (exalt) 08:06, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, I will never forget all the times you gave me support and advices in my previous iteration. Thank you for this and for making WP a better place. I can only wish you all the best. K. Lone-078 (talk) 09:41, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Run through a comprehensive list of expletives, dear Doug, and that will sum up my feelings on seeing this bitter news. I am deeply moved by your references to your wife. As many of us will know from experience, it is what we manage to say to each other, brightly under strain, in reviewing a shared past, that tasks our minds in such terrible situations. I am assured that in planning for what future remains (the months and years will be, ineludibly, seamed with an elegiac tone of finality), you will work to ensure that your spouse will have many more memories to add to those of your rich life together as you also find time, with your characteristic donative generosity, to patch with further quilts of tender recall the hard ledges of survival for the other victim here who will, prospectively, grasp for them if or when they find themselves forced to endure the icy rockface of widowhood.
Before posting this, I took a Persian nap (Herodotus), worried it might sound intolerably pompous, intrusive and rhetorical, rather than spontaneous. Two dreams, in one of which you figure as a lone archaeologist probing a dark desert for spoors of a lost past, and the other where you emerge as a Virgilian cicerone as I stumbled along native bushland. On waking, I thought ‘what the fuck’. Hang in there, whatever. As others have noted, remarkable things can crop up in science. There’s always hope.Nishidani (talk) 17:31, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm not sure what a Persian nap is, but one thing I really want to give to Wikipedia is a new article (I have written only a handful at most) and have started a draft at User:Doug Weller/Racism in pseudoarchaeology. I'm getting tremendous help from some knowledgeable folks at the Facebook group Fraudulent Archaeology Wall of Shame. I've been putting this off for a long time but all the wonderful people above have made me feel I must get it done. Doug Weller talk 17:48, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Herodotus 1:133. I can't give you a Perseus link because my main computer crashed weeks ago, and accessing anything from this minor one, antiquated but minimally functional, is nigh impossible. I'll bookmark that project and recommend to others here that they also do so and help where possible.Nishidani (talk) 18:01, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Writing new articles is the most fun part of this project (and one that I don't spend enough time doing). This isn't in my area of subject-matter expertise, but let me be the first to volunteer if you want a second pair of eyes for copyediting, formatting and the like - just let me know. Girth Summit (blether) 18:27, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • So sorry to hear this. Best wishes, and keeping you in my thoughts. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do. DanCherek (talk) 20:56, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I'm sorry Doug. Cancer sucks. ❤️ Sro23 (talk) 21:18, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, what a terrible thing to hear. I'm so sorry. It's said that a man never truly dies until his name is forgotten; yours will live on here in the memory of everyone on this project. With love, ♠PMC(talk) 23:29, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, I send you my best wishes, confident that you will find the strength, courage and capacity for clear thinking that you will surely need to deal with this, just as you already have in your invaluable contributions here. Best regards, Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 23:45, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Nothing I could say feels adequate. But you will be greatly missed, and I hope you are able to find some measure of happiness in the time you have left. And if there's anything Wikipedia-related that I can help with, don't hesitate to ask. A. Parrot (talk) 18:45, 29 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I've only just heard this news, Doug, and I am deeply sorry. 'Keep buggering on', as Churchill used to say when things were bad. Cheers - SchroCat (talk) 19:43, 29 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Jeez! All any of us can do is praise the work you've done here and (I suspect) elsewhere; and let you know how much it's been appreciated. --Orange Mike | Talk 19:49, 29 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • You will be in my thoughts and prayers, Doug. I remember that you were one of the first administrators I ever encountered. Scorpions13256 (talk) 22:10, 29 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Only just heard of this. A terrible situation but I know you'll face it with strength. Please take some strength from the rest of us. Reach out to the community if you need anything even if it's just moral support. Canterbury Tail talk 12:19, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, I felt the need the last few days to jump on here and get an update from you but the weather had not allowed for this. It has not diminished my thoughts towards you and as I was able to get on I came here to see this. My heart is heavy with the fact you are still suffering so much through pain in your body but I am inspired by your journey at the same time. Your courage, your strength, your tenacity are all indescribable. Your Song is such a beautiful melody and I believe there are lyrics yet to be written that will have such a lasting legacy and be inspirational to so many. That may be a Wikipedia article or perhaps your wisdom passed on to listening ears desiring to grasp on to the depth of knowledge you have accumulated throughout your life. One thing is certain. You have made a lasting impact and you continue to do so with every breath taken. My hope, my morning songs are for many more days of impact here with us. You are incredible as an editor and an amazing human being. You are an integral part of my daily thoughts. I am beyond honored to know you in even this limited capacity. I count it such a blessing to have even the smallest interaction with you. May my words be an encouragement to you like so many others mentioned here and may you find strength to continue "soldiering on" as you put it. I call it the Color Green, surviving, yes, but finding a way to thrive despite the circumstances. Take that and let it feed life into your Song. May the Color Green fill and flood you, my friend. --ARoseWolf 15:53, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, I have some experience of what you are going through. I have no words, except to say you are in my thoughts and I do hope things go better for you. As ever, David, David J Johnson (talk) 20:32, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Love, peace, and comfort to you, Doug. - CorbieVreccan 20:53, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Sorry to hear this Doug. Best luck anyway, things could be uncurable but still stay for very long. Just do whatever you find comfortable.--Ymblanter (talk) 11:49, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Just saw this, and wanted to add my name to those who will be thinking of you, and hoping for the best. You're most definitely one of the best admins here, and I appreciate your keeping your hand in as much as possible. Beyond My Ken (talk) 14:04, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, I'm sorry to hear this. Stay strong, and I hope things go better for you. Tails Wx 21:31, 1 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I'm so sorry to hear this, Doug. Sending my thoughts and best wishes as ever. ser! (chat to me - see my edits) 04:21, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • So sorry to hear this news, Doug. I have no words, but wishing you peace and comfort, and know that you will be in my thoughts. Sirfurboy🏄 (talk) 16:25, 4 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Hi, I realize we've interacted under questionable circumstances, since I don't quite fit in to the culture here. But, you seem alright, and I wish you the best of luck that your circumstance permits (whether that's more years of life, or a painless, dignified end, whatever the fates decree). I should know what it's like to deal with a rare, deadly medical condition -- at least in my case, I've got a cocktail of meds to commute my would-be death sentence. Godspeed! Xcalibur (talk) 04:55, 10 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thanks. May as much as 1 or 2 years if I am very lucky. Doug Weller talk 12:20, 11 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Very sad to hear all these! Am only praying to God for some sort of miracle! Take care. Ekdalian (talk) 07:34, 15 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Hang in there, Doug, and more than ever, do what gives you pleasure. I hope some part of that includes your contributions here–pretty sure it is–but take care of number one, regardless. I have benefited enormously from your thoughts and interventions in the past, and selfishly, I hope to do so still, for as long as is feasible. We all have a limited time left, we just don't feel it quite as keenly. Times like this make me think about it, though. You're much in my thoughts. Mathglot (talk) 02:07, 16 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I admire your bravery in your battle against this horrific disease, Mr. Weller. Dronebogus (talk) 06:57, 16 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Mathglot, although I feel that agreeing is often a bit boring: I want to agree with you that we all have limited time left (if you can accept that, you are close to wisdom), and that I, too, have benefitted enormously from Doug's thoughts, interventions and example. Doug, in Cuba people often encourage each other saying "Ánimo !", meaning "Courage !". Rsk6400 (talk) 08:51, 16 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Dear Doug: I am saddened, of course, to hear the news that the cancer has proved incurable. I was hoping you would beat it, but illnesses are not privy to the hopes and wishes of humans from either near or afar. To carry on with equanimity and honesty in the face of life's exigencies is all we can hope for. That you seem to be doing not just with those qualities, but also creatively. All too often an off-handed mention of "real life," and usually just "RL," constitutes the sum total of our humanity we allow others to peek into on Wikipedia. All too often editors whose edits have given us a convincing, even inspiring, picture of the living breathing and feeling individuals they are, disappear anonymously from our presence. So, you have already bucked the trend. As an all too mortal human myself, I will look forward to reading whatever aspects of your journey you choose to share with us. As you must know, I have looked forward to your timely interventions on various archaeology or history-related pages on Wikipedia. You may not know that I have silently noted the pithy, no frills, language that has accompanied your interventions. For both, I offer my thanks and my admiration. Fowler&fowler«Talk» 15:54, 16 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Hello Doug, I am very sorry to hear this news. You have done much for this community and site, for which numerous people have shown how important you are to them. I hope that you and your family are doing well in such trying times. I hope things can change and get better. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. 3Kingdoms (talk) 05:02, 18 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Thank you for sharing this, and really sad to hear about it. Wish you a lot of love to share with your loved ones, and faith and peace of mind. May springtime be nice and wonderfull! Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 03:11, 19 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Came here to see if there were any updates, so sad when I realised what it was. Hoping for the best in whatever time remains and that whatever you decide to do comes true. My thoughts are with you and your family. Nil Einne (talk) 18:28, 19 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • :( ~~ AirshipJungleman29 (talk) 19:00, 19 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, I waited way too long to finish writing this. You were one of the first admins I ever ran into on here, and an absolute paragon of what an admin should be. How much you care about this site and the time you've spent on it, has been an absolute blessing. And nothing can ever take that away from you. I am so honored to have been able to see you do that work, and hope many of us around here are able to take it forward. When I see a page that you were "watching over" (e.g. the only person (or one of few) responding to POV edit requests, keeping the article in good condition, etc.) I've been adding it to my watchlist. I hope others will do the same. I'm also so blown away by the poise and grace you're showing here, and in this announcement. Nothing about this is easy, I cannot even imagine how hard it is to think about or to write. And I just hope I can even approach that level of peace or grace if I get this sort of news. Thank you for everything you do around here, and thank you for continuing to be just an all around good guy. — Shibbolethink ( ) 15:46, 21 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, I am so saddened to read this. I do hope that whatever may come, you have a strong support network of family and friends to guide you. You and yours are in my thoughts. RickinBaltimore (talk) 15:49, 21 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Sorry to hear what was inflicted you Doug, I hope you spend the rest of your time easy. Noorullah (talk) 08:59, 24 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • God bless, Doug. Praying for you. Thank you for being one of the bright lights on Wikipedia. If there is anything we or I can do, let us more me know. Love ya. Softlavender (talk) 02:12, 28 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, every single time I've seen your name it has been good. Thank you for your gracious and wise work for Wikipedia. Holding you in the Light, Clayoquot (talk | contribs) 18:07, 1 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, I stand in awe at all the work you've done. Above all, know that we all here care deeply for your wellbeing, and couldn't be any more grateful to have shared this space with you. A big hug to you and your wife as you go through this, and I dearly hope that your departure will be on your own terms, with dignity. But in the meantime, as Mathglot said, please put yourself first. You more than deserve it. DFlhb (talk) 20:10, 1 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Glad to see you are still editing! Appreciate all the work you have done here. Hoping for the best. utcursch | talk 19:51, 8 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


because I've just laughed a mouthful of crumbs all over it. In 100 years, I doubt that anyone has ever used the phrase "vanilla Nazi" before.

We need a Barnstar of Keyboard Ruining award. Face-smile.svg

Feel free to just revert this. 𝕁𝕄𝔽 (talk) 17:26, 6 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@John Maynard Friedman Just pleased to make someone happy! Doug Weller talk 17:38, 6 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A kitten for you!


Cancer is horrible. I pray that you will overcome this horrible disease.

Ocemccool (talk) 12:49, 16 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Editor of the Week

Editor of the week barnstar.svg Editor of the Week
Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week in recognition of your career of great contributions! (courtesy of the Wikipedia Editor Retention Project)

Editor of the Week members have submitted the following nomination for Editor of the Week:

It is with great appreciation that the members of the Editor Retention Project bestow the Editor of the Week award to Doug Weller, a scholar, a gentleman and the sort of Wikipedian we all wish we could one day become. One of the truly bright lights and inspirational editors in the WP community, Doug has faced his recent health diagnosis with his usual thoughtfulness and reason. He has made massive contributions over the years, especially as an administrator, helping to make Wikipedia a more trustworthy source by rooting out misinformation and vandalism. We will never be able to measure the strife he has saved us from, because one never notices the strife which never occurs. A perfect example of his commitment to WP is his welcoming of a new editor just a few days ago. Godspeed to you, good sir. A trusted, productive and helpful editor whose talk page is filled with thanks and well wishes from fellow editors. Thank you for the example, the kindness, and the things that we will miss.

You can copy the following text to your user page to display a user box proclaiming your selection as Editor of the Week:


Thanks again for your efforts! ―Buster7  21:07, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I’m humbled and literally in tears. This means a lot to me. Without all the support I’m getting from the community I would be struggling. Doug Weller talk 21:19, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you for your dedicated service and many varied contributions in different roles to Wikipedia. Your work is greatly appreciated. isaacl (talk) 21:29, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Well deserved! Generalrelative (talk) 21:32, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What a good description of Doug. He's instantly recognisable in that nomination. And thank you Doug. DeCausa (talk) 21:33, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You're a great asset to the project, Doug. You always have been. Part of your legacy is here, and it's all good. Guy (help! - typo?) 21:50, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Doug, you will always have friends here. Never forget that. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 21:57, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Well deserved! Donald Albury 00:25, 24 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Congratulations! Thinker78 (talk) 03:51, 24 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Much deserved Doug. You have been, and still are, immensely valuable to Wikipedia!--RegentsPark (comment) 22:08, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • No more than your due Doug. Wikipedia is a much better place because of your contribution. Dudley Miles (talk) 22:34, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Very much deserved DW. I could copy paste every word of praise already written here but I'll just second them instead. Best regards Doug. MarnetteD|Talk 22:51, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Hey Doug, You are everywhere and known to many as Editor of the Years! Congratulations and thanks. Johnuniq (talk) 23:07, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Dammit, Johnuniq stole my "Editor of the Year" line by minutes. I type too slow. Anyway, Huzzah, Doug! Floquenbeam (talk) 23:13, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Let's settle on Editor of the Decade, and a strong early contender for Editor of the Century (although given that that won't be awarded for another 77 years, the chances of any of us being around to hand out the gong are rather slim). Girth Summit (blether) 23:38, 23 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Seconded, Doug. You were an early guiding light for me here at WP over a decade ago now, literally at times keeping me on the Golden Path. You are a rare and glorious soul. Heiro 00:38, 24 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Agree with Heironymous Rowe. Let it be done. Stay strong, Doug! --Kansas Bear (talk) 01:11, 24 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Congrats, Doug, well deserved. So good to see you carrying on. Carlstak (talk) 01:23, 24 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Hello Doug. It has been a long time since we interacted, and I only just read the news you posted above at the start of the year. I wanted to echo what others have said above (both in this thread and the earlier one). Wishing you all the best. Carcharoth (talk) 19:39, 25 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Doug, you're editor of the millenium, all the best. nableezy - 19:45, 25 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
We haven't interacted much, but I wanted to add my congratulations and sincere thanks for all the work you have done and continue to do here. Editor of the Years without a doubt. Best wishes, Eddie891 Talk Work 13:24, 26 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Category:Mound Builders has been nominated for merging

Category:Mound Builders has been nominated for merging. A discussion is taking place to decide whether this proposal complies with the categorization guidelines. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the categories for discussion page. Thank you. GiovanniSidwell (talk) 18:57, 24 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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