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A barnstar for you!

  The Admin's Barnstar
Not for working off a backlog of history-merge requests, but for responding to history-merge requests quickly so that there isn't a backlog, and for being the usual admin to address any history-merge request from AFC. As the award explanation says, "tedious, but needed". Robert McClenon (talk) 03:08, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

  The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
Thanks for helping me restore the Thomasian Welcome Walk article! Pampi1010 (talk) 17:10, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

A barnstar for you (again)!

  The Admin's Barnstar
For being the admin who most often performs the history merge after one of those copy-paste jobs. (Now, if only we could get editors to stop doing the copy-pastes, but there are at least two reasons, good-faith ignorance, and attempts to hog credit, that don't work, due to the Appleyard history-merges.) Robert McClenon (talk) 16:24, 6 July 2021 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

  The Admin's Barnstar
Thank you for continuously working on my histmerge requests. Your work is greatly appreciated! Keep up the great work :) MrLinkinPark333 (talk) 22:40, 11 August 2021 (UTC)

Checking in

It has been proposed at Wikipedia talk:Deceased Wikipedians#Anthony Appleyard that circumstances indicate that you are no longer with us. On the chance that you are just taking a Wikibreak, please confirm if you are still around. BD2412 T 02:26, 5 July 2022 (UTC)

It was archived to Wikipedia talk:Deceased Wikipedians/Archive 3#Anthony Appleyard. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:43, 9 July 2023 (UTC)


I'm very sorry to hear that. WormTT(talk) 13:03, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
Good heavens. Very sorry to hear that indeed. Mackensen (talk) 13:06, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
  • So sorry to hear that we've lost another admin/editor. Seems like we have lost quite a few over the last two years. Liz Read! Talk! 20:21, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
  • I can't remember a time he wasn't here, he will be missed. --Beeblebrox (talk) 20:32, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
Sad news if true, RIP Anthony and thank you for your service over the years. Always a regular in the WP:RMTR and WP:HISTMERGE spaces. Will be much missed.  — Amakuru (talk) 13:46, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
  • RIP, Thanks for your good work, here. Alanscottwalker (talk) 14:06, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
  • RIP. I've been worried about him, as a fellow prolific history-merger, for a while now ever since noticing his absence from the project a couple of months ago, but was unable to find anything about his status. Another link: I'm 99.99% sure this website belongs to our Anthony Appleyard, and have been so ever since discovering it some years back. Among other things, it mentions scuba-diving and the only WikiProject he talks about on his user page is WikiProject SCUBA ... it also mentions the Old English Wikipedia, to which he contributed quite extensively. It's presumably still up because the lease has been renewed; I was going to check up on it when the current lease expires at the end of October. Graham87 15:57, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
    • He mentioned working at UMIST in this village pump post. Yeah, that's our guy. Graham87 16:16, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
      • I've had a go at writing a quick obituary. Any edits to it would be appreciated. I just realised we're using his favourite style of talk page indentation ... Graham87 17:04, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
        • For anyone who still wants to access the website Graham87 posted: An archive version is also available, it appears the proper website is not working. Iggy (Swan) (Contribs) 21:31, 7 July 2022 (UTC)
Oh no -- this is terrible news. He was a huge asset to RM/TR. RIP. Vaticidalprophet 17:16, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Very, very sad to hear this. If you had a complex page move, you interacted with Anthony, and he did a lot for this project. His loss is already being felt. Sammi Brie (she/her • tc) 17:44, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
    He was a page move/history merge ninja.I've messed up more attempts since his December hospitalization because he wasn't active to ping for help. Huge loss. Star Mississippi 17:05, 7 July 2022 (UTC)
  • This is very sad to hear. He was part of the furniture and very well respected gentle admin. Rest in Peace. Polyamorph (talk) 18:50, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace ... * Pppery * it has begun... 18:58, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Although I've never interacted with you because I came late on this project, I have felt your presence at several page histories and logs. Thank you for being an wonderful page mover. May you rest in peace. CX Zoom[he/him] (let's talk • {CX}) 19:28, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
  • So sorry to read about this on BN. It seems like we have lost quite a few regular, longtime contributors over the past two years. And probably even more who we stopped seeing editing whose passing never made it back to Wikipedia. Liz Read! Talk! 20:27, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Hi folks - I think I have found a clue in searching for "Anthony Appleyard Manchester" - The Gazette tells us an Anthony Appleyard from Manchester is a deceased estate, dated 28 February 2022 which is later than the day he last edited). It looks like the Wikipedian and the one on the Gazette is likely to be the same person so I think you're probably right, sadly. RIP. Iggy (Swan) (Contribs) 20:52, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
  • I am pained to hear of your passing. My condolences to your friends and family. -- Dolotta (talk) 21:45, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
  • So sorry to hear this. I did start to worry some months ago, when for the first time in over 15 years, a request for help wasn't responded to. He is missed - belated condolences to family and friends. Johnbod (talk) 22:25, 5 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Very sad indeed. You will be missed. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 03:06, 6 July 2022 (UTC)
  • I've worked with Anthony at the RMT. I'm very much distressed by this news. Alongside Cyphoidbomb, I'll remember him as the best ever admin on this encyclopedia, but sadly Cyphoid himself hasn't edited since 8 October 2021. ─ The Aafī (talk) 05:05, 6 July 2022 (UTC)
  • I'm saddened to see this, an outstanding admin and the uncrowned king of history merges. My sincere condolences to any friends or family who happen to read this. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 07:47, 6 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Was very saddened to see when this was brought up, rest well and thank you for all your help. You will be dearly missed. —Locke Cole • tc 07:49, 6 July 2022 (UTC)
  • This is most depressing. I remember when I edited as a dynamic IP for a decade, and Mr. Appleyard was always one of, if not the, most respectful and helpful people at RM when assisting with my move requests. To this day, as weird as it sounds, I always think of Anthony Appleyard whenever I am doing page moves. You will be missed. Rgrds. --Bison X (talk) 20:46, 6 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Very sad news. I was a frequent poster at RMT and most of the time it was Anthony who did the move requests quickly and efficiently. A great loss for the project. Rest in peace. Vpab15 (talk) 21:17, 6 July 2022 (UTC)
  • I often saw you at WP:RM. I was alarmed by your absence and hoped that you would eventually return. Unfortunately, a few minutes ago, I found that my fears about you no longer being with us were confirmed. R.I.P. and thank you for being an excellent administrator for the world's greatest encyclopedia. Scorpions13256 (talk) 02:03, 7 July 2022 (UTC)
  • I am very saddened to see this. My condolences to Anthony's family and friends who may or may not see this thread. He was a valuable editor and will be dearly missed by those of us on Wikipedia. --TheSandDoctor Talk 03:46, 7 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace, friend. — Moe Epsilon 06:42, 7 July 2022 (UTC)
  • I feared this since he suddenly disappeared from WP:RMTR, the admin duty he diligently performed almost up to (what turned out to be) the last day. Rest in peace Anthony, and thanks for everything. No such user (talk) 06:51, 7 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Peace in your eternal and easy rest. --Assyrtiko (talk) 08:53, 7 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace Anthony. Truly one of the good guys around here, you will be missed. Pichpich (talk) 17:07, 7 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Rest in peace, as many have said, you'll be missed. -Kj cheetham (talk) 18:25, 7 July 2022 (UTC)
  • I echo everything said above. A tireless Wikipedian who did as much behind the scenes to make this project as anyone - he will be missed. Dohn joe (talk) 19:46, 7 July 2022 (UTC)
  • One of our hardest-working admins, always helpful, fixed countless cut-and-paste moves over the years. Not a glamorous job but very important to Wikipedia. He will be much missed. Pawnkingthree (talk) 22:43, 7 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Endlessly helpful. The site is going to be lesser without you, RIP. Rusted AutoParts 09:23, 8 July 2022 (UTC)
  • A sad loss. One of the most prolific in history merges and a constant presence at RMTR. Rest in peace. – SD0001 (talk) 13:07, 8 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Coming here from BN. I had crossed paths with Anthony when I was still active on the NPP and AfC queues; he used to get rid of a lot of spam I used to tag for CSD. RIP Anthony. JavaHurricane 11:49, 9 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Bye. Thanks, Anthony, for your always patient and careful edits. -DePiep (talk) 13:32, 10 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Memory eternal! -Ad Orientem (talk) 15:16, 10 July 2022 (UTC)
  • His last edit, "Wikipedia:Requested moves/Technical requests ‎ →‎Uncontroversial technical requests: done 3", says it all to me: consistent extraordinary effort at dealing with the non-glamourous tasks. RIP. (talk) 22:16, 10 July 2022 (UTC)
  • A great editor who cleaned up my cut/paste move mess more than once. Rest in peace. HouseBlastertalk 01:45, 11 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Goodbye, Anthony Appleyard! Thanks for answering many of my histmerge requests at WP:RFHM. GeoffreyT2000 (talk) 02:32, 11 July 2022 (UTC)
  • RIP, Anthony. starship.paint (exalt) 05:52, 11 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Sad news. RIP Anthony. Guettarda (talk) 13:54, 11 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Farewell, Anthony. Thank you endlessly for your tireless work. Mz7 (talk) 08:02, 12 July 2022 (UTC)
  • This is incredibly sad news. I will miss Anthony and remember him always. I was fortunate to have known him as a Wikipedian and thankful for the betterment I've learned by his example. RIP my wiki-friend. --John Cline (talk) 09:08, 12 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Terrible news. He was one of the greats. Hard to believe we won't see him clean up WP:RMT any longer. Rest In Peace to a Wikipedia legend. Nohomersryan (talk) 21:12, 12 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Terrible news! RIP. Double sharp (talk) 04:37, 17 July 2022 (UTC)
  • Thanks for all your work in RM and history merges, where we briefly met several times. Rest in peace. ComplexRational (talk) 19:44, 20 July 2022 (UTC)
  • I always adored, and respected your work in histmerges. Thats why I had a tongue-in-cheek reference to you in my RfA criteria. I removed it when I learned about the sad news. It feels like it was just last month, you signing my guestbook. I hope you find peace old friend. —usernamekiran (talk) 21:34, 22 July 2022 (UTC)
  • That's a name I will tremendously miss seeing, and did often. We're going to miss you. Seraphimblade Talk to me 09:52, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
  • I am sorry to see you go. May his family know that his work here was greatly appreciated and that it leaves a lasting legacy on the fifth largest website in the world that shan't be forgotten; all readers who view pages he has worked on have, in part, him to thank. You have my deepest and most heartfelt condolences for your loss. --TheSandDoctor Talk 14:34, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
  • May Anthony rest in peace. I will long remember his helpfulness and graciousness. – Fayenatic London 19:20, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
  • Only just seen this, and very sorry to hear the news. Anthony was one of those tireless contributors, doing often unglamorous but essential work. I was fortunate enough to meet him at a couple of the Manchester meetups and he was a true gent in real life too. Rest in peace. the wub "?!" 21:50, 7 August 2022 (UTC)
  • Very sorry to see another Wikipedian pass away. His contributions were greatly appreciated that fellow Wikipedians and he even is proud to see it, even in heaven. Rest in peace. Sarrail (talk) 12:18, 12 August 2022 (UTC)
  • Sorry for this loss. Andre🚐 08:39, 5 September 2022 (UTC)
  • RIP, Thanks for your response, here. HurricaneEdgar 09:47, 17 September 2022 (UTC)
  • RIP. So sorry to hear about this. May his legacy here live on forever. Vida0007 (talk) 10:33, 17 September 2022 (UTC)
  • I am so sad to have just learned of this, Rest in Peace Anthony Appleyard, may your contributions always be remembered. Johnson524 (Talk!) 02:48, 23 September 2022 (UTC)
  • Just saw this. Condolences to Anthony's friends and family. FOARP (talk) 09:10, 17 October 2022 (UTC)
  • Only just saw this. RIP Anthony. You were very helpful and a great admin. Ss112 06:59, 28 December 2022 (UTC)
  • I was so sad to see this. One of the great Wikipedians, always doing a mountain of work behind the scenes. Thank you for always being such a calm and polite person to deal with (even when I wasn't). Jenks24 (talk) 12:58, 24 January 2023 (UTC)
  • I used to see him all the time at RMT. Can't believe he's gone. My condolences. Rotideypoc41352 (talk · contribs) 07:16, 26 January 2023 (UTC)
  • RIP and thanks... Eagleash (talk) 01:59, 3 February 2023 (UTC)
  • Didn't know him well, but he did help me out once, and I remember that. Huggums537 (talk) 09:43, 29 May 2023 (UTC)
  • Worked with you on stuff over the years as well as saw you worked on articles that I worked on as well. Rest in Peace. Bobherry Talk My Edits 23:49, 15 June 2023 (UTC)
  • I just learned of this. Anthony was one of the most helpful of all Wikipedia administrators. He worked quietly in the background quickly and carefully performing tasks. He is greatly missed. Softlavender (talk) 17:32, 6 January 2024 (UTC)

Service Award

This is the Service Award earned by Anthony Appleyard as of this date:

This editor is a
Vanguard Editor
and is entitled to display this
Editor Star

with the
Neutronium Superstar hologram.

or alternatively

This editor is Grand Gom, the Highest Togneme of the Encyclopedia and is entitled to keep the floor plan of The Great Library of Alecyclopedias, including its ancient access keys.

Anthony has very many edits (at least 339,495) so as the years progress, he will continue to be eligible for higher Service Awards, as the time component of the awards is calculated from the commencement of service and never stops regardless of circumstances. Anthony will in the fall of 2022 obtain Senior Vanguard Editor / Supreme Gom status, two years from that the highest current level (Ultimate Vanguard Editor / Cardinal Gom), and in future any such higher level as may be created, for very many more years. Godspeed Anthony Appleyard. Herostratus (talk) 21:30, 5 July 2022 (UTC)

Not sure where you are getting that number from. CentralAuth shows about 229 thousand global edits. 1234qwer1234qwer4 20:45, 20 July 2022 (UTC)
@1234qwer1234qwer4: From here (warning: takes a long time to load). @Herostratus: Well said. Godspeed, Anthony Appleyard. TheSandDoctor Talk 14:39, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
Ah, that is probably due to page moves being counted differently by XTools and internally. 1234qwer1234qwer4 14:49, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
Oh, right, I may have counted on en.wp edits. Doesn't matter for this case, as either way our late colleague has more than enough edits to qualify for many years, as his time from start is the constraining factor. And in fact he may well advance forever, as we talking right now about capping the number of edits required after you reach the current highest level. Herostratus (talk) 19:07, 5 August 2022 (UTC)

Never be the same

without him. He helped me so much. Mr. Appleyard from Manchester may your journey continue, challenging as ever. You leave behind a lot of loving friends who miss you terribly. Hopefully see you on the other side. Good hunting!  Paine  10:53, 9 July 2022 (UTC)


master of merges and moves

Thank you for quality work in the field of requested article moves and history merges, regarded as "the absolute best at merging histories", for "If that image is against the copyright rules, I can delete it, after suitable discussion.", for your mantra "done", with a green tick, - we miss you, you are an awesome Wikipedian!

You are recipient no. 2750 of Precious, a prize of QAI. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:54, 9 July 2022 (UTC)

Will miss you

Very sorry to hear that you have left us. Deb (talk) 11:41, 5 August 2022 (UTC)

I just found this today also. He will be missed. BilCat (talk) 19:12, 5 August 2022 (UTC)
I was not close to Anthony Appleyard in any sense, but it's still disconcerting to hear about the demise of a person whose name I have seen since I began editing Wikipedia 17 years ago. I extend my thoughts to their surviving family and friends. Beyond My Ken (talk) 23:17, 6 August 2022 (UTC)
I just found out about this unfortunate news. He was very helpful when I did a project-wide cleanup within WikiProject Tropical Cyclones two years ago, especially relating to page histories. I'm grateful for these reasons. My condolences, MarioJump83 (talk) 09:47, 7 August 2022 (UTC)
I was going through my watchlist and saw the activity here... I'm incredibly saddened by this news. Anthony Appleyard was one of my favorite admins of all time, and this project is worse off without him. –MJLTalk 16:56, 12 August 2022 (UTC)

West Sound (Ayrshire)

i’m trying to attempt to move a page article name: from West Sound (Ayrshire) to Greatest Hits Radio Ayrshire. But for reasons I can’t. I can also attempted to request the move, but I have had no luck. I realise you also cannot move the page back without over redirecting. The reason why I want to move the page, it’s because the radio station has changed its name today (April 1 2023) I was wondering whether or not you could help me.DoctorStrange97 (talk) 14:25, 3 April 2023 (UTC)

@DoctorStrange97: Unfortunately for all of us, Anthony is no longer living. I'm not an admin, but I am a page mover, so I'll look at the article and see if it should be moved without discussion. If I decline to move it, I'll post you a message on your talk page. Thanks. BilCat (talk) 05:50, 4 April 2023 (UTC)

Discussion notice

  There is currently a discussion at Talk:Omar Suleiman (politician) regarding a requested move about which you have previously applied move protection. The thread is Requested move 26 March 2024. The discussion is about the topic Omar Suleiman. Thank you. microbiologyMarcus [petri dish·growths] 23:35, 2 April 2024 (UTC)

@MicrobiologyMarcus: just to let you know, per the section above and the note at the top, that Anthony is no longer living so this user cannot aid or participate in. Iggy (Swan) (Contribs) 17:32, 3 April 2024 (UTC)

Category:Electronic rock musicians has been nominated for deletion


Category:Electronic rock musicians has been nominated for deletion. A discussion is taking place to decide whether it 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. QuietHere (talk | contributions) 01:34, 15 April 2024 (UTC)

American Athletic Conference commissioners navbox

Since you had proposed the deletion of the navbox for American Athletic Conference commissioners several years ago, you should know that Mike Aresco's last day in office was yesterday (May 31). Tim Pernetti is now commissioner. With that in mind, I'm recreating that navbox. — Dale Arnett (talk) 18:46, 1 June 2024 (UTC)

@Dale Arnett: Unfortunately, Anthony Appleyard will not be able to comment on this issue. DMacks (talk) 19:00, 1 June 2024 (UTC)