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Mike Brown

Sorry, I got halfway through typing this and hit a wall. The current Mike Brown, with numerous co-event appearances and several wins, is (in my opinion) clearly the primary topic for people searching for Mike Brown. You can argue whether or not Stephen Howe constitutes a primary topic, but as I was doing one, I thought I may as well do the other.--Launchballer 15:07, 29 January 2020 (UTC)

That's not right, for me. It should be the case that both Browns, Howes, etc. are treated equally. The Doctor 18:35, 31 January 2020 (UTC)
@Launchballer: I don't believe there is such a notion as "primary topic", and indeed that is what Disam pages are for. The fact we had two Mike Browns in the same series is irrelevant; your logic would imply that the likes of Chris Davies need to be re-done, and I don't think that's appropriate at all. The Doctor 10:21, 4 February 2020 (UTC)
Fair enough, I'll change them back. I can't be bothered to sift through Category:Disambiguation pages, I'm in the throes of assessment season.
On a completely unrelated matter, are you an actual doctor, because I hit my head on a low ceiling yesterday morning, and I've since been dry heaving - both of which are symptoms of concussion.--Launchballer 11:21, 4 February 2020 (UTC)
No. It was just an awful Doctor Who reference when I made this account nearly 10 years ago. The Doctor 12:17, 5 February 2020 (UTC)
I have a horrible feeling I may have to go through that category anyway given that a random sample of disambiguation pages shows a complete lack of consistency. Possibly a job for a template?--Launchballer 14:21, 5 February 2020 (UTC)
Really? A random sample for me shows a lot of consistency.... The Doctor 15:05, 6 February 2020 (UTC)
Some contain full sentences (Steve Harris and Andrew Jackson), while some are bullet points (Mark Jones and Barry Smith) and others contain varying lengths of lede (Chris Davies and Debbie Jones).--Launchballer 16:00, 6 February 2020 (UTC)

Joe Lycett

I do not agree with including Joe Lycett's 'real name' within his article here. It smacks of recentism, and we haven't included the real names of Lee Mack or Johnny Vegas or Paul Sinha here.--Launchballer 12:29, 9 March 2020 (UTC)

@Launchballer - to that I say "why not"? The Doctor 18:30, 9 March 2020 (UTC)
I'm not seeing anything in Countdown:About, and I will admit to being slightly biased due to my contempt for celebrity in general (I take the view that the Catsdown contestant articles should not contain any more detail than the Countdown contestant articles), however this Hugo Boss business strikes me as a prank for a show and would amount to a footnote in an encyclopedia entry, so it seems too trivial for us. Leave it for Wikipedia.--Launchballer 20:25, 9 March 2020 (UTC)

Andy Hewitts

That's the second time I've been caught out today; first with William G. Stewart, which is not accessible, and second with the new editor JackH, who I initially thought was an occasional editor of, another site I edit, but now I'm not sure. Which Andy Hewitt, if either, is the new one?--Launchballer 18:05, 27 April 2020 (UTC)

Sorted it all out, all the Andy Hewitt's are the same person, spoke to him earlier. JRTerrier24 19:05, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
@JRTerrier24: I was told as the program was going out that it was the S62 Hewitt, but if he’s said they’re the same person that sorts that out. The Doctor 19:18, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
@Launchballer: The category had a full stop and WGS’s page didn’t, hence the redirect as adding the infobox threw up a red link. The Doctor 19:18, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
I meant I'd been caught out in that I forgot that .s don't seem to work in mainspace and so I managed to break it by moving William G Stewart to William G. Stewart - which I promptly moved back rather red-facedly.--Launchballer 19:20, 27 April 2020 (UTC)

Series 1

Series 1 I had to restore from scratch using Google Cache after it was accidentally deleted, and it wasn't even the first page that's happened to. Like smashed glass on a duvet, people are still rolling over and wincing. There must be some way of preventing something like this happening; do we have a backup anywhere? And whose idea was it for us to not record deleted revisions?--Launchballer 13:32, 3 May 2020 (UTC)


Do you think the launchballer is Mark Harrison, I’m a little suspicious it is as he is the only know person who all his “clues” add up, it may be why he’s being so protective. RichardM 12:21, 4 May 2020 (UTC)

No, and moreover you can't call people paedophiles. The Doctor 12:30, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
I'd actually blocked him for a week right after he said that for a different reason; had I seen this, I would've blocked him indefinitely. I can confirm that, as well as having never appeared on the show, I also have never recorded for the show. And I will be making you an administrator just in case I can't get on to the wiki for whatever reason.--Launchballer 14:26, 4 May 2020 (UTC)
Yes, I thought you were Ryan Lam but was getting mixed up with User:RLS1997. The Doctor 14:35, 4 May 2020 (UTC)


Having reviewed Wikipedia’s blocking policy, User:Dick should be blocked infinitely. Vandalism is a total offence and if that isn’t a sufficient evidence for a permanent block you could actually block him for “unacceptable username”. Darren F 14:52, 5 May 2020 (UTC)

I've blocked due to his trademark dirty mind (how does he know he isn't series 15 champion Dick Green?) and preference for the same box as User:JackH.--Launchballer 15:29, 5 May 2020 (UTC)

I was about to do that

I was in the process of doing Matt Sykes

I was about to do that

Me and you must think alike I was about to do Matt Sykes

Can you please sort the redirects

Can you please sort the redirects out please?

Mike Brown

Please be more careful when repairing page-move vandalism, as your deletion of Obselute took the page history of Mike Brown (debut episode 3328) with it. Don't worry, JohnnyCanuck deleted the page history of Rhys Benjamin when he deleted Rhys BenjamIn, and back when he had rights MartinS took out the history of Series 1 when he deleted Deleted Page, but still please be more careful.--Launchballer 19:13, 13 May 2020 (UTC)

Mike Brown was fine anyway, wasn't it? Unlike Series 1, there was the up-to-date version of Mike Brown, I think? The Doctor 20:01, 13 May 2020 (UTC)


Do you want me to add the details of my most resent post to the wiki? I’m asking you 1st this time before messing up. David Marshall 15:48, 20 May 2020 (UTC)

Not yet, something like that I would want corroborated first by Damian. And as for Richard Whiteley, JR Whiteley is his full name. Some people use their middle name. The Doctor 16:50, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
Do you want me to forward you the email?.--David Marshall 16:58, 20 May 2020 (UTC)
No thanks. I've checked now. Goodbye. And don't come back. The Doctor 17:12, 20 May 2020 (UTC)

ZoomDown contestants

Where do they get the contestants for ZoomDown from? I assumed they were all from Apterous.--Launchballer 23:45, 20 May 2020 (UTC)

Mostly from Apterous, but also some from a Facebook group. Paul put some feelers out in more or less everywhere. (Edit) They're chosen by Paul to try and generate close match-ups. The Doctor 23:48, 20 May 2020 (UTC)


Hi Rhys, my friend has just forwarded me this email on that he enquired (I’ve cut me email address as I’m not having any old Tom Dick and Harry seeing and spamming it) File:///Email.jpeg. Carl Jackson

Edit: As I can’t tag it right just look at my edits and look at it there.--Carl Jackson 13:49, 21 May 2020 (UTC)

Series 2

Rhys, your explanation doesn’t add up to me, I’ve been starting at the laptop for the last 30 mins and I cant see a method. Are you happy to discuss it? We may find it that way, --Carl Jackson 14:56, 21 May 2020 (UTC)

Ps. Can I add my info regarding repeats?

I've explained it perfectly well. 1st-4th is on average scores (Byers 51.75; Nelkon 50; Baird 49.5; Mann 45.5). Then 5th-15th is "standard" method of points. And no to your latter point, there's no rush. Second opinion. The Doctor 15:27, 21 May 2020 (UTC)


You're unfamiliar with Show preview I take it.--Launchballer 00:07, 22 May 2020 (UTC)

No, I do use it, just overlooked it when I did preview. The Doctor 00:07, 22 May 2020 (UTC)

An Apology

Ryhs, I haven’t been all of the spam accounts but I know who is, a person who has been telling and bullying me for a long time and I just can’t get rid. I’m taking a long break and I’ll return legit one day. One day when I can be trusted I’ll be a very good sysop as I’ve learned the loopholes and server changers and stuff. Its a shame really as I can be legit and without being arrogant I’m very good at countdown. I’ll find another interest to cover me for a while and I’ll return legit some point next year. Sorry for everything and I’ve given up, there is more I need to explain but I’d rather not explain it where any old Tom, Dick and Harry can see it, I’ve been made out to be worse than I am. Take Care.--Ashton.H 12:08, 22 May 2020 (UTC)


Hi Doctor, I’m a new editor here but an experienced Wikipedia and FANDOM editor, I run a fandom wiki about 80s game shows and we’ve had some spam and some indecent images, I have notice you have as well. I think a way to stop this would be blocking ips in the block to permanent. I’ve looked through your block list. All the usual spammers accounts take a 24 hour break, that’s until the IP block runs out. That doesn’t explain the porn though, from what I can see I don’t think it’s the sam guy anyway. Paintballer 09:51, 23 May 2020 (UTC)

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