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Please comment on Talk:Turkish presidential election, 2014[edit]

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Hello[edit]

I am contacting you because I'm interested in talking to the user known as Skookum 1 . I am of the Skookum lineage and I feel like I may be related to this individual. Do you know this person and how I could contact them ? Or you could leave my name and email with them if that wouldn't be to difficult please and thank you . Richard Bryce ( Suzanne Skookum is my grandmother ) . richardcbryce@gmail.com — Preceding unsigned comment added by 209.121.225.196 (talk) 16:18, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

I'm afraid I can't help you with that. Σσς(Sigma) 10:11, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Errors[edit]

Hey, I just tried to archive my talk page for the first time and the bot gave up: [1] Any ideas? —Designate (talk) 02:05, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

A second run appears to have yielded fruitful results. Σσς(Sigma) 10:11, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Labs[edit]

Hi Σ. (I've also had some discussion with Cyberpower on these issues). Although you and your colleagues have done some excellent work migrating tools from the ToolServer to Labs - and I realise that this migration was not your policy, I feel there is still a lot of room for improvement. In particular, talks at the recent Wikimania in London between admins who rely heavily on some of these tools agree on a couple of points. Being migrated by non-admins, some important aspects may have been missed when (re)developing these scripts (I hate the analogy, but it's a bit like having cars designed by non-drivers).

Presentation - the actual graphic user interfaces have default fonts that are far too small to be useful (Pages Created), and the default list too short (Pages Created). Also with pages created, it was mentioned that perhaps a dropdown menu to select the most often requested search criteria would be extremely helpful

Edit Counter: There are still links around the site that are not pointing to this which is the default counter mostly used. It was also felt that the GUI is not strictly an improvement: for example, why was it needed to split the information across three pages? Most admins preferred the rapid overview by having all the elements on one page.

There is also the question of the remaining tools in the suite created by Scottywong which are most important for admins and users doing research for RfA, AfD, SPI, and NPP, etc.

I fully realise that the work of migrating has been dumped by the Foundation on the volunteer community but while the new scripts and server may well perform better than the ToolServer, there was previously nothing much broken with the actual displays that needed fixing.

Thoughts?

--Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 03:21, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi. These concerns are legitimate and I promise I will investigate them soon. For the pages created tool, what do you have in mind for the most often requested search criteria? I could do a bit of research on the server's logs for this, but concrete info from the people who often use it would serve as a useful guide.
As for the rest of the Scottytools, I'll try to put them up on my labs account. Let me know if there's anything else. Σσς(Sigma) 10:11, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 August newsletter[edit]

The final of the 2014 WikiCup begins in a few short minutes! Our eight finalists are listed below, along with their placement in Round 4:

  1. Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), a WikiCup newcomer, finished top of Pool A and was the round's highest scorer. Godot is a featured picture specialist, claiming large numbers of points due to high-quality scans of historical documents, especially banknotes.
  2. Scotland Casliber (submissions) is a WikiCup veteran, having been a finalist every year since 2010. In the semi-final, he was Pool B's highest scorer. Cas's points primarily come from articles on the natural sciences.
  3. Nepal Czar (submissions) was Pool A's runner-up. Czar's points come mostly from content related to independent video games, including both articles and topics.
  4. Oh, better far to live and die / Under the brave black flag I fly... Adam Cuerden (submissions) was Pool B's runner-up. Another featured picture specialist, many of Adam's points come from the restoration of historical media. He has been a WikiCup finalist twice before.
  5. Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) won the WikiCup in 2012 and 2013, and enters this final as the first wildcard. She focuses on biology-related articles, and has worked on several high-importance articles.
  6. Florida 12george1 (submissions) is the second wildcard. George's points come primarily from meteorology-related articles. This year and last year, George was the first person in the competition to score.
  7. Colorado Sturmvogel 66 (submissions), the third wildcard, was the 2010 champion and a finalist last year. His writes mostly on military history, especially naval history.
  8. Canada Bloom6132 (submissions), the fourth and final wildcard, has participated in previous WikiCups, but not reached any finals. Bloom's points are mostly thanks to did you knows, featured lists and good articles related to sport and national symbols.

We say goodbye to this year's semi-finalists. Herm Matty.007 (submissions), Ohio ThaddeusB (submissions), United States WikiRedactor (submissions), Idaho Figureskatingfan (submissions), Greece Yellow Evan (submissions), Portugal Prism (submissions) and Bartošovice v Orlických horách Cloudz679 (submissions) have all performed well to reach this stage of the competition, and we hope they will all be joining us again next year.

There are two upcoming competitions unrelated to the WikiCup which may be of interest to those who receive this newsletter. The Stub Contest will run through September, and revolves around expanding stub articles, especially high-importance or old stubs. In addition, a proposal has been made for a new competition, the GA Cup, which the organisers plan to run next year. This competition is based on the WikiCup and aims to reduce the good article review backlog.

There is now a thread for brainstorming on how next year's WikiCup competition should work. Please come along and share your thoughts- What works? What doesn't work? What needs changing? Signups for next year's competition will be open soon; we will be in touch. If, at this stage of the competition, you are keen to help the with the WikiCup, please do what you can to participate in review processes. Our finalists will find things much easier if the backlogs at good article candidates, featured article candidates, featured picture candidates and the rest are kept at a minimum. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk · contribs) The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 22:09, 31 August 2014 (UTC)