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Response to edit on Cetacea Page[edit]

Hi MelbourneStar,

I apologize for editing and removing some content from the Cetacea without explaining why. I am new to editing wikipedia articles and I was not aware that I was submitting changes to public. I will make sure to describe my changes to Wikipedia with a better edit summary. Thank you for leaving a message to me.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Vonniew (talkcontribs)

Hi Vonniew, and welcome to Wikipedia!
I'm very glad to hear that you will be taking up said recommendations. At the end of the day, it benefits you as well as the community. Happy editing! —MelbourneStartalk 04:42, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

Thank You[edit]

Castle Neuschwanstein.jpg Thank You
Thank you for participating in my topic ban. This really is a genuine thank you, no sarcasm is intended. I was in the wrong and I accept that. Rotten regard 23:39, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
It certainly takes a lot to acknowledge wrongdoing, so I respect that. I hope that this is a temporary topic ban – everybody makes mistakes, but it's about taking responsibility and how one moves on and learns from said mistakes, that really counts. You're an attest to that. I wish you all the best, and hope to see that privilege returned back to you soon. Regards, —MelbourneStartalk 01:25, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

Copyright checks when performing AfC reviews[edit]

Hello MelbourneStar. This message is part of a mass mailing to people who appear active in reviewing articles for creation submissions. First of all, thank you for taking part in this important work! I'm sorry this message is a form letter – it really was the only way I could think of to covey the issue economically. Of course, this also means that I have not looked to see whether the matter is applicable to you in particular.

The issue is in rather large numbers of copyright violations ("copyvios") making their way through AfC reviews without being detected (even when easy to check, and even when hallmarks of copyvios in the text that should have invited a check, were glaring). A second issue is the correct method of dealing with them when discovered.

If you don't do so already, I'd like to ask for your to help with this problem by taking on the practice of performing a copyvio check as the first step in any AfC review. The most basic method is to simply copy a unique but small portion of text from the draft body and run it through a search engine in quotation marks. Trying this from two different paragraphs is recommended. (If you have any question about whether the text was copied from the draft, rather than the other way around (a "backwards copyvio"), the Wayback Machine is very useful for sussing that out.)

If you do find a copyright violation, please do not decline the draft on that basis. Copyright violations need to be dealt with immediately as they may harm those whose content is being used and expose Wikipedia to potential legal liability. If the draft is substantially a copyvio, and there's no non-infringing version to revert to, please mark the page for speedy deletion right away using {{db-g12|url=URL of source}}. If there is an assertion of permission, please replace the draft article's content with {{subst:copyvio|url=URL of source}}.

Some of the more obvious indicia of a copyvio are use of the first person ("we/our/us..."), phrases like "this site", or apparent artifacts of content written for somewhere else ("top", "go to top", "next page", "click here", use of smartquotes, etc.); inappropriate tone of voice, such as an overly informal tone or a very slanted marketing voice with weasel words; including intellectual property symbols (™,®); and blocks of text being added all at once in a finished form with no misspellings or other errors.

I hope this message finds you well and thanks again you for your efforts in this area. Best regards--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 02:20, 18 November 2014 (UTC).

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You warned him, so please see this. Cheers. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 13:33, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

Responded → here. Regards, —MelbourneStartalk 14:43, 19 November 2014 (UTC)