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10 million[edit]

Also, sorry 'bout that. Club Penguin has over 180 million users. It got 10 million in the first year, as I have a rare penguin from 2006 that's P7million something, and my member penguin was made in November 2009, and he's P106231320 (don't ask how I memorized that). Be peaceful. Be a Dalai Lama. (talk) 23:25, 17 April 2012 (UTC)

Free Speech in the Inner Harbor[edit]

Dear Adavidb,

I'm sorry I couldn't complete the section on free speech in the Inner Harbor. However, if you search for something like 'free speech inner harbor' you'll see it's a gigantic issue, one of the largest in Baltimore politics, and usually referred to in these terms. The banning of the performer triggered an ACLU lawsuit, as well as actions by a number of groups. I'm a little busy because of Wikimania... but I will restore that content, with more of the story, when I get a chance to pull more sources. I wish you had asked or done a search before your reversion; to be honest, I found it sort of rude. Thanks, Groupuscule (talk) 15:06, 14 July 2012 (UTC)

No offense intended. Partial edits are best kept in a sandbox until ready for an article. —ADavidB 15:55, 14 July 2012 (UTC)

Wanna organize your user page?[edit]

Wanna organize your user page? I can show you how. Tonymax469 (talk) 04:03, 15 July 2012 (UTC)

No, thanks —ADavidB 04:18, 15 July 2012 (UTC)

A Puddytat[edit]

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Thanks for the work on C3 Picasso, much welcome and much appreciated. Have a puddytat! Thanks again

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Thank you[edit]

Thank you for your recent helpful edits to the new article I've created, One Hundred Years of Evil, much appreciated, — Cirt (talk) 17:41, 29 October 2012 (UTC)

Merman[edit]

Hi Adavidb, I see you undid my removal of the uncited sentence about "merboys" in Merman. I don't like to disagree, but am not convinced the entry is justified, for the following reasons.

Firstly, the entry in the article's lead is, I suspect, WP:UNDUE; it certainly was when I removed it, as the topic was not discussed, nor cited, in the body of the article. I see you have found it in Wiktionary, which is perhaps better than nothing, but that does not prove it isn't a neologism (indeed, the recent date there rather suggests it is such).

Secondly, since anyone can edit Wiktionary, a link there is not proof of notability.

I'd suggest that if the term is to be kept, that it be moved from the lead to the body of the article, and supported by a citation from a reliable source. It could be argued that since it is a different term (like Mermaid) it does not in any case belong in this particular article, but that can perhaps be overlooked if it's adequately sourced.

all the best Chiswick Chap (talk) 10:29, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

My initial thought was, "Why such a concern over the word 'merboy'?" Wiktionary was an ready dictionary, and I considered the link useful, so added it per WP:SIS. On further checking, I see that "merboy" is not so formally used or justified after all; I have no remaining qualms with its removal from the Merman article. —ADavidB 10:59, 20 November 2012 (UTC)
Glad that's sorted. Chiswick Chap (talk) 12:19, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Touché (quartet)[edit]

You seem pretty knowledgable about Touché (quartet), what is your relationship to the group? --RadioFan (talk) 05:30, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

I have no relationship with the quartet. I've neither met them nor seen or heard them perform. The information I put in their article is from the sources identified. —ADavidB 05:40, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

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United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 2012[edit]

If that's the case, the MA Senate articles going back to 2000 would need to be fixed as well, along with an arbitrary number of other similar articles (e.g. United States Senate election in Ohio). Rostz (talk) 02:35, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

Yes, other articles do need to be fixed. Changes in party vote between elections are the purpose of the template's "swing" value. —ADavidB 08:17, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

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Rudy Guliani[edit]

You reverted an edit by me on the grounds that it has not been explained. I thought it was obvious (I wrote it but maybe I wasn't clear enough) I meant that the sentence was basically a rehash AND more importantly: offtopic (that segment is literally about public reaction to 9/11 - not a blogger's opinion in 2009) Loginnigol (talk) 12:35, 7 March 2013 (UTC)

Your "years later" edit summary was not clear to me by itself, and Politico is not a blog, nor were the quoted statements made by bloggers. The source article in question, quite critical of Giuliani in 2009, acknowledged that he "became known across the world simply by his first name ... a global icon known as 'America's Mayor'" in public reaction to 9/11. As explained in my subsequent edit, I agreed to leave it out after your undo and explanation, though still don't agree with your stated reasoning. —ADavidB 17:04, 7 March 2013 (UTC)

Proposal at Wikipedia talk:Department of Fun/Word Association/Word before last[edit]

There is a proposal to discontinue play and mark as historical the "Word before last" word association game. As one of the contributors in the last year, please feel free to stop in and comment. Hasteur (talk) 21:23, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

Freedom Riders[edit]

Good thing you checked. I usually rollback automatically but for some reason didn't do it there. — alf laylah wa laylah (talk) 16:52, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

May 2013[edit]

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Reverts to Warren G. Harding[edit]

Hi, under the following rationale:

  1. that the term apoplexy in Warren G. Harding is very important to understand the sentence (I think not a lot of people is familiar with the term),
  2. the term it's not mentioned anywhere else in the whole article, and
  3. that the recommendation is "as much as possible, avoid linking from within quotes"

Couldn't this be one of those exceptional cases where is not possible avoid linking from within quotes? Regards, EOZyo (мѕğ) 16:50, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

Hello. I don't think it's impossible to avoid linking "apoplexy" within the quotation. While as you wrote, the word was not included elsewhere in the article, nothing prevented its addition (as a link) via a reliable source, which I've done. —ADavidB 17:45, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

It was amazing how you managed to clean the secretary of state column in political party strength in maine. Cou ld you help me with these structures because I have some problems still eith these things. I hope you can help me also correct part ystrength in arkansas. Thank you.--Ιων (talk) 14:35, 11 June 2013 (UTC)

You're welcome. It took a while for me to figure out these large wiki tables, and it still requires a lot of concentration. The main thing is that a blank value needs to be specified for all rows that don't have a name, which can be repeated with a "rowspan" to make it easier. I may be able to look at the Arkansas article this evening. —ADavidB 16:37, 11 June 2013 (UTC)

VisualEditor and Templates[edit]

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The thing that generates the human-readable names and descriptions is a small JSON data structure, loaded through an extension called TemplateData. I'm reaching out to you in the hopes that you'd be willing and able to put some time into adding TemplateData to high-profile templates. It's pretty easy to understand (heck, if I can write it, anyone can) and you can find a guide here, along with a list of prominent templates, although I suspect we can all hazard a guess as to high-profile templates that would benefit from this. Hopefully you're willing to give it a try; the more TemplateData sections get added, the better the interface can be. If you run into any problems, drop a note on the Feedback page.

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Thank you[edit]

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For post-annual commas. Rothorpe (talk) 12:32, 21 July 2013 (UTC)
Do you find many of them get deleted?
Thanks for the barnstar. I haven't watched too closely, but it wouldn't surprise me if others remove the commas. —ADavidB 23:37, 28 July 2013 (UTC)
Zero commas would be best. My BrE habit is to close a parenthesis: Month Day, Year, but no commas needed with Day Month Year, and that's the logical order too. Rothorpe (talk) 10:49, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

Building my sandbox[edit]

Hey there! I'm attempting my very first sandbox and keep running into trouble on adding references. Can you provide me some assistance on this process? k fatima. (talk) 19:27, 5 August 2013 (UTC)

Thanks.

Hi. I took at look at your /sandbox page and didn't notice a problem with the references. I figure you received help elsewhere before I could get back to you. A minor improvement would be to use sentence case for section headings, so it would be 'External links', instead of 'External Links'. Good luck with your editing. —ADavidB 07:28, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

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Thank you! The research has been interesting. —ADavidB 10:16, 7 September 2013 (UTC)

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Spurrier's tavern[edit]

Could you doublecheck the ref below for Mary Surrat Jenkins. The ref only mentions she was "born" in Clinton, but "raised" at Waterloo "The Calvert Property". Calvert owned multiple tobacco plantations, but only the Spurrier's property would have the name Waterloo associated with it.

  • Roy Z. Chamlee. Lincoln's Assassins: A Complete Account of Their Capture, Trial, and Punishment. p. 98. 
  • Mistress of Riversdale: The Plantation Letters of Rosalie Stier Calvert. p. 384. 

— Preceding unsigned comment added by FlugKerl (talkcontribs) 20:11, 13 November 2013‎ (UTC)

Thanks for the citations; I removed their "ref" tags above so they'd display better here. Some additional sources I've found include:
A primary concern is that many of these sources clearly state that the "Calvert('s) Manor" or "Waterloo" at which Jenkins was born (or raised) was in Prince George's County. Spurrier's was in present-day Howard County, which at that time remained part of a larger Anne Arundel County, not Prince George's County.
We know that "Waterloo" was applied to the former Spurrier property, but we don't know that Calvert or others didn't also apply the name to other property in Prince George's County. Reaching our own conclusion that Jenkins' home was the Waterloo in Howard/Anne Arundel gets into original research, which we need to avoid.
ADavidB 16:27, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
It looks like all of these references are a variation of text from a single source which either mistakenly assumed Waterloo was in P.G., or mistakenly assumed that the Calvert plantation she was raised at was Waterloo. (Calvert bounced from plantation to plantation managing crops and staff, so she may have been both in P.G. and at Waterloo at points in time) Either way a book, record or newspaper reference is not easily available online, but may present itself in the future. It's worth keeping an eye out for. FlugKerl (talk) 15:51, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

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Robinson Nature Center Article[edit]

Thanks for all the cleanup on the articles... As of the acreage citation, take a look on the land plats pictured. On the HO-525 hsitorical document, it shows the land as 23.75 acres. It exactly matches the outline of the current property on the Howard County GIS. It is possible that the newspaper article is off when it mentioned 18 acres, or a portion of the property was "split off" that is not well documented. FlugKerl (talk)

Thanks for the details. I repeated a cite of the HO-636 article which describes it as "22 acres". The hand-drawn acreage on the map looks like it might be a corrected "21.75", with the 'one' written over some other number, combined to look also look like a 'two' or 'three'. —ADavidB 06:32, 10 June 2014 (UTC)