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Shadowed Ribbons[edit]

Hi Achowat - Lately I've been trying my hand at making some barnstar ribbons, but I seem to be having some trouble making them look right. The primary problem I'm having is not being able to make the shadowing look right, and the lines embedded in the ribbon lining up right. Is there a simple way to place the proper shadow on the ribbon so it looks right? Cheers, Freebirdthemonk 04:53, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

The absolute simplest way is to download the basic colored ribbons. (brown, blue, green, white, yellow, red, black, purple are the obvious ones) and then simply copy-paste the right colors in bars, making sure to join them up at the exact right place. The trouble with this, of course, is that you need to give proper licensing information for each and every ribbon you use. If you have any other questions, let me know. Achowat (talk) 05:32, 31 December 2012 (UTC)
This makes things a lot easier. Thanks for your help. Cheers, Freebirdthemonk Howdy! 17:23, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

Edit-a-thon[edit]

Hi Achowat, looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for the Wikipedia intro and edit-a-thon tomorrow morning! Hope you can still make it. We'll have an intro for beginners at 10am; if you're a more experienced Wikipedian, join us at 11am.

Click here for directions: Offices of EchoDitto, 1 Davis Square, Somerville. (Next to the Red Line station, upstairs from CVS.) -Pete (talk) 23:18, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

Neutral notice[edit]

A Request for Comment has been called at Talk:Watchmen. As a registered editor who has edited that page over the past year, you may wish to comment. --Tenebrae (talk) 18:55, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

2nd Annual Wikimedia New England General Meeting[edit]

You are invited to the 2nd Annual Wikimedia New England General Meeting, on 20 July 2013 in Boston! We will be talking about the future of the chapter, including GLAM, Wiki Loves Monuments, and where we want to take our chapter in the future! EdwardsBot (talk) 09:56, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

STiki emergency[edit]


WP Heraldry and Vexillology in the Signpost[edit]

The WikiProject Report would like to focus on WikiProject Heraldry and Vexillology for a Signpost article. This is an excellent opportunity to draw attention to your efforts and attract new members to the project. Would you be willing to participate in an interview? If so, here are the questions for the interview. Just add your response below each question and feel free to skip any questions that you don't feel comfortable answering. Multiple editors will have an opportunity to respond to the interview questions, so be sure to sign your answers. If you know anyone else who would like to participate in the interview, please share this with them. Have a great day. –Mabeenot (talk) 15:58, 7 September 2013 (UTC)

Shinto barnstar[edit]

What do you think of something along these lines?
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It needs a bit of colour work, but I wanted to get a rough cut out there for you for feedback. Niamh (talk) 14:05, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
Looks fine and good and great and great. Achowat (talk) 20:54, 20 December 2013 (UTC)


Merry Christmas![edit]

Colonial flags[edit]

Hi there thank you so much for your little offer there and I really do appreciate it. The flags that I raised in question on the other Page they'll have files linked to them so you have no trouble finding them but they are of poor quality and they need to be upgraded to basically Wikipedia standards now those flags that I have selected I've just a selection of many many colonial flags that are of extremely poor quality and need to be upgraded or created altogether so this is not just something that needs doing here and there is a lot that needs to be done to get the flags and the Flags of the British Empire up to scratch. in the meanwhile here is the first of the flags that need upgrading from the graphics lab and they are all Wikipedia files Already

Hong Kong 1910-1959

Hong Kong 1959-1997 (I think the blue is too dark at present for the Ensign so just a minor edit there)

British Weihaiwei 1900-1930

Barbados 1885-1958 (90.197.194.14 (talk) 15:44, 27 December 2013 (UTC))

I guess my only question is what, specifically, needs to be done to get the flags "up to scratch". Talk to me like I'm someone who knows very little about British colonial ensigns (because I am). Achowat (talk) 17:06, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
My apologies As I didn't realise that your knowledge of this was not all that good I had to say my knowledge is very limited but I know is the flights need been up to scratch much, The British colonial flags were effectively the flags of the colonies before they were independent and at the moment there are very few flags on Wikipedia those flights that are on Wikipedia are on the Flags of the British Empire page. (90.197.194.14 (talk) 09:16, 28 December 2013 (UTC))
Right, I've got that British colonial flags were the flags of the British colonies, I just don't know what's wrong with the current batch of flags we currently have, so I'd be unable to ask the Graphics Lab for their help. Could you explani, specifically, what needs to be fixed about each flag? Achowat (talk) 20:35, 28 December 2013 (UTC)

Basically the flags are substandard and not up to the usual high quality Wikipedia standards. The flags need a more detailed coat of arms all the emblems whatever you want call them and also via it just needs to be more detailed basically and brining up to that of other flags that have been created in house. . The selection of those flies are just a sample of many many other colonial flags used thought out the British Empire that need been up to Wikipedia standards that are currently just uploads from other websites where they were made almost at a amateur level. This is what needs doing to each of the following flags in question so I hope this is more helpful to you.


Hong Kong 1910-1959 (Flag needs recreating as it's of poor Quality and low resolution as it's a upload from another site and not from Wikipedia)


Hong Kong 1959-1997 (The Blue English is too dark and needs to be made slightly lighter so just a very minor edit for that flag)


British Weihaiwei 1900-1930 ( This Flag needs recreating as it's of poor Quality and low resolution as it's also a upload from another site and not from Wikipedia)


Barbados 1885-1958 (Needs recreating as it's of Poor quality and again and upload from another website and not a flag that was created on Wikipedia) (90.197.194.14 (talk) 11:20, 29 December 2013 (UTC))

Okay,I can see Hong Kong (10-59) and Weihaiwei needing a fix. Do you have, say, another website that shows these seals in better resolution? As for Barbados, the flag was made in-house and seems to be very high resolution (.svg, even). I guess I don't know what you mean by "Poor Quality". Achowat (talk) 20:21, 29 December 2013 (UTC)

I think you are mixing up the 1885-1958 Barbados flag with the 1958-1966 flag which is of very high resolution it is the 1885 flag that needs the attention as for another website with regards to to higher quality resolution seals I really don't know where to go on that one, sorry and as for poor quality I basically main images that are of low resolution that were uploaded from another website and look very amateurish that is basically what I mean by poor Quality. (90.197.194.14 (talk) 22:00, 29 December 2013 (UTC))

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Welcome to the 2014 WikiCup![edit]

Hello Achowat, and welcome to the 2014 WikiCup! Your submission page can be found here. The competition will begin at midnight tonight (UTC). There have been a few small changes from last year; the rules can be read in full at Wikipedia:WikiCup/Scoring, and the page also includes a summary of changes. One important rule to remember is that only content on which you have completed significant work, and nominated, in 2014 is eligible for points in the competition- the judges will be checking! As ever, this year's competition includes some younger editors. If you are a younger editor, you are certainly welcome, but we have written an advice page at Wikipedia:WikiCup/Advice for younger editors for you. Please do take a look. Any questions should be directed to one of the judges, or left on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup. Signups will close at the end of January, and the first round will end on 26 February; the 64 highest scorers at that time will make it to round 2. Good luck! J Milburn (talk · contribs), The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 17:32, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

New England Wikipedia Day @ MIT: Saturday Jan 18[edit]

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WikiCup 2014 January newsletter[edit]

The 2014 WikiCup is off to a flying start, with, at time of writing, 138 participants. The is the largest number of participants we have seen since 2010. If you are yet to join the competition, don't worry- the judges have agreed to keep the signups open for a few more days. By a wide margin, our current leader is newcomer Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), whose set of 14 featured pictures, the first FPs of the competition, was worth 490 points. Here are some more noteworthy scorers:

Featured articles, featured lists, featured topics and featured portals are yet to play a part in the competition. The judges have removed a number of submissions which were deemed ineligible. Typically, we aim to see work on a project, followed by a nomination, followed by promotion, this year. We apologise for any disappointment caused by our strict enforcement this year; we're aiming to keep the competition as fair as possible.

Wikipedians interested in friendly competition may be interested to take part in The Core Contest; unlike the WikiCup, The Core Contest is not about audited content, but, like the WikiCup, it is about article improvement; specifically, The Core Contest is about contribution to some of Wikipedia's most important article. Of course, any work done for The Core Contest, if it leads to a DYK, GA or FA, can earn WikiCup points.

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You're invited: Women's History Edit-a-thons in Massachusetts this March[edit]

Women's History Edit-a-thons in Massachusetts this March - You are invited!
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New England Wikimedians is excited to announce a series of Wikipedia edit-a-thons that will be taking place at colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts as part of Wikiwomen's History Month from March 1 - March 31. We encourage you to join in an edit-a-thon near you, or to participate remotely if you are unable to attend in person (for the full list of articles, click here). Events are currently planned for the cities/towns of Boston, Northampton, South Hadley, and Cambridge. Further information on dates and locations can be found on our user group page.
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WikiCup 2014 February newsletter[edit]

And so ends the most competitive first round we have ever seen, with 38 points required to qualify for round 2. Last year, 19 points secured a place; before that, 11 (2012) or 8 (2011) were enough. This is both a blessing and a curse. While it shows the vigourous good health of the competition, it also means that we have already lost many worthy competitors. Our top three scorers were:

  1. Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), a WikiCup newcomer whose high-quality scans of rare banknotes represent an unusual, interesting and valuable contribution to Wikipedia. Most of Godot's points this round have come from a large set of pictures used in Treasury Note (1890–91).
  2. Oh, better far to live and die / Under the brave black flag I fly... Adam Cuerden (submissions), a WikiCup veteran and a finalist last year, Adam is also a featured picture specialist, focusing on the restoration of historical images. This month's promotions have included a carefully restored set of artist William Russell Flint's work.
  3. United States WikiRedactor (submissions), another WikiCup newcomer. WikiRedactor has claimed points for good article reviews and good articles relating to pop music, many of which were awarded bonus points. Articles include Sky Ferreira, Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus and "Wrecking Ball" (Miley Cyrus song).

Other competitors of note include:

After such a competitive first round, expect the second round to also be fiercely fought. Remember that any content promoted after the end of round 1 but before the start of round 2 can be claimed in round 2, but please do not update your submission page until March (UTC). Invitations for collaborative writing efforts or any other discussion of potentially interesting work is always welcome on the WikiCup talk page. Remember, if two or more WikiCup competitors have done significant work on an article, all can claim points equally.

If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! 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 (talkemail), The ed17 (talkemail) and Miyagawa (talkemail) 00:01, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

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Talkback[edit]

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Hello, Achowat. You have new messages at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Wikipedia Awards.
Message added 01:49, 23 March 2014 (UTC). You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.

--Jakob (talk) 01:49, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

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Fake bio on user page[edit]

Hi, at my RfA you asked an interesting question about WP:FAKEARTICLE.

I recently added the user page template to User:Vineetgupta22 and explained the reason on his talk page, but he reverted it. Please take a look and consider whether he needs further advice on the point. – Fayenatic London 19:40, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Resolved - someone else has reinstated it. – Fayenatic London 21:50, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 March newsletter[edit]

A quick update as we are half way through round two of this year's competition. WikiCup newcomer Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) (Pool E) leads, having produced a massive set of featured pictures for Silver certificate (United States), an article also brought to featured list status. Former finalist Oh, better far to live and die / Under the brave black flag I fly... Adam Cuerden (submissions) (Pool G) is in second, which he owes mostly to his work with historical images, including a number of images from Urania's Mirror, an article also brought to good status. 2010 champion Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions) (Pool C) is third overall, thanks to contributions relating to naval history, including the newly featured Japanese battleship Nagato. Rhodesia Cliftonian (submissions), who currently leads Pool A and is sixth overall, takes the title for the highest scoring individual article of the competition so far, with the top importance featured article Ian Smith.

With 26 people having already scored over 100 points, it is likely that well over 100 points will be needed to secure a place in round 3. Recent years have required 123 (2013), 65 (2012), 41 (2011) and 100 (2010). Remember that only 64 will progress to round 3 at the end of April. Invitations for collaborative writing efforts or any other discussion of potentially interesting work is always welcome on the WikiCup talk page; if two or more WikiCup competitors have done significant work on an article, all can claim points equally. If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! 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 (talkemail), The ed17 (talkemail) and Miyagawa (talkemail) 22:54, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

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Edit-a-thon invite[edit]

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Wikipedia:Featured portal candidates/Portal:Canada[edit]

Any updates on Wikipedia:Featured portal candidates/Portal:Canada ? — Cirt (talk) 16:58, 3 May 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 April newsletter[edit]

Round 3 of the 2014 WikiCup has just begun; 32 competitors remain. Pool G's Oh, better far to live and die / Under the brave black flag I fly... Adam Cuerden (submissions) was Round 2's highest scorer, with a large number of featured picture credits. In March/April, he restored star charts from Urania's Mirror, lithographs of various warships (such as SMS Gefion) and assorted other historical media. Second overall was Pool E's Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), whose featured list Silver certificate (United States) contains dozens of scans of banknotes recently promoted to featured picture status. Third was Pool G's United States ChrisGualtieri (submissions) who has produced a large number of good articles, many, including Falkner Island, on Connecticut-related topics. Other successful participants included Rhodesia Cliftonian (submissions), who saw three articles (including the top-importance Ian Smith) through featured article candidacies, and Washington, D.C. Caponer (submissions), who saw three lists (including the beautifully-illustrated list of plantations in West Virginia) through featured list candidacies. High-importance good articles promoted this round include narwhal from Canada Reid,iain james (submissions), tiger from Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) and The Lion King from Minas Gerais Igordebraga (submissions). We also saw our first featured topic points of the competition, awarded to Nepal Czar (submissions) and Indiana Red Phoenix (submissions) for their work on the Sega Genesis topic. No points have been claimed so far for good topics or featured portals.

192 was our lowest qualifying score, again showing that this WikiCup is the most competitive ever. In previous years, 123 (2013), 65 (2012), 41 (2011) or 100 (2010) secured a place in Round 3. Pool H was the strongest performer, with all but one of its members advancing, while only the two highest scorers in Pools G and F advanced. At the end of June, 16 users will advance into the semi-finals. If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! 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 (talkemail), The ed17 (talkemail) and Miyagawa (talkemail) 17:56, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

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Adrianne Wadewitz Memorial edit-a-thons[edit]

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As you may have already heard, the Wikipedia community lost an invaluable member of the community last month. Adrianne Wadewitz was a feminist scholar of 18th-Century British literature, and a prolific editor of the site. As part of a worldwide series of tributes, New England Wikimedians, in conjunction with local institutions of higher learning, have created three edit-a-thons that will be occurring in May and June. The events are as follows:

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Opinion[edit]

Hi, i would like to have your opinion about a discussion which i started here, thank.Kingroyos (talk) 23:00, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured portal candidates/Portal:Canada[edit]

Are you aware of the comments here? Adam Cuerden (talk) 16:23, 30 May 2014 (UTC)

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New England Wikimedians summer events![edit]

Upcoming events hosted by New England Wikimedians!

After many months of doubt, nature has finally warmed up and summer is almost here! The New England Wikimedians user group have planned some upcoming events. This includes some unique and interesting events to those who are interested:

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Upcoming events hosted by New England Wikimedians!

After many months of doubt, nature has finally warmed up and summer is almost here! The New England Wikimedians user group have planned some upcoming events. This includes some unique and interesting events to those who are interested:

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WikiCup 2014 June newsletter[edit]

After an extremely close race, Round 3 is over. 244 points secured a place in Round 4, which is comparable to previous years- 321 was required in 2013, while 243 points were needed in 2012. Pool C's Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) was the round's highest scorer, mostly due to a 32 featured pictures, including both scans and photographs. Also from Pool C, Scotland Casliber (submissions) finished second overall, claiming three featured articles, including the high-importance Grus (constellation). Third place was Pool B's Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions), whose contributions included featured articles Russian battleship Poltava (1894) and Russian battleship Peresvet. Pool C saw the highest number of participants advance, with six out of eight making it to the next round.

The round saw this year's first featured portal, with Republic of Rose Island Sven Manguard (submissions) taking Portal:Literature to featured status. The round also saw the first good topic points, thanks to Florida 12george1 (submissions) and the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. This means that all content types have been claimed this year. Other contributions of note this round include a featured topic on Maya Angelou's autobiographies from Idaho Figureskatingfan (submissions), a good article on the noted Czech footballer Tomáš Rosický from Bartošovice v Orlických horách Cloudz679 (submissions) and a now-featured video game screenshot, freely released due to the efforts of Republic of Rose Island Sven Manguard (submissions).

The judges would like to remind participants to update submission pages promptly. This means that content can be checked, and allows those following the competition (including those participating) to keep track of scores effectively. This round has seen discussion about various aspects of the WikiCup's rules and procedures. Those interested in the competition can be assured that formal discussions about how next year's competition will work will be opened shortly, and all are welcome to voice their views then. If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! 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) 18:48, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

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