User talk:Airborne84

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Lost in the Wikipedia World[edit]

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Hi Airborne,

I am a 69 year old veterinarian and a PhD microbiologist. I wanted to improve some of your pet health articles. I know quite a bit about my profession, but I have been utterly stumped in navigating the Wikieditor world. I am strictly a Dreamweaver HTML code guy and I can not seem to find the right links or key strokes for basic Wikipedia editing. I am also not acquainted with the Jive Talk used in your forums.

For a start, please tell me the proper way to contact you. If you would , tell me in step-by-step fastion and in words your Grandma would be likely to comprehend.

Once I find a way to contact you, all I need for the moment are instructions on the way to insert footnotes and references into a few pet health articles. The references are to articles I have published. I just haven't been able to master the procedure of adding a new reference to reference section of an article or linking to it as a numbered superscript or footnote after the sentence I add to a text. I have read jillions of help topics offered by Wiki and looked for videos on the subject on YouTube. Just cant seem to find an article that gives me directions in using English words that I am familiar with.

My name is Ron Hines. I live in Brownsville , Texas. My email address is my phone is (956)621-1432. I am retired so I am generally home. Best wishes CaralampioDos 14:56, 29 September 2012 (UTC)

Hello Dr. Hines. First, thanks for your interest in improving Wikipedia. Expertise like yours is very welcome here.
Second, this is the place to contact me. It is always possible to use the "email" link that should appear on the left side of your screen, but that will almost certainly be slower than contacting me here right now. Just post your questions here and I'll answer them.
Third, I recommend creating a Wikipedia account. It's not required, but recommended.
OK, adding footnotes/endnotes to articles. A key premise here is that the article already exists and has a notes section. If that is the case, the rest is not difficult. There are a few ways to add citations to articles.
The first way is very easy: (1) Select "edit" at the section of an article you want to contribute to, (2) type your passage(s) in the edit box, (3) after the terminal punctuation following the sentence, type the following characters: <ref> </ref>; (4) now, between the <ref> and the </ref>, type the citation in a manner consistent with the article's exiting notes section. You can simply type author, title, date, publisher, etc. When you're done, select "Save page" (I usually hit "show preview" first to look at it) and your citation should appear in the notes section with a superscript indicator after the text in the article itself.
But, if you'd like, you can use citation templates. Take a look at the toolbox on my User Page under "Citing sources." You can choose one of these, copy it, and paste it after the passages you add in an article—such as the characters within the following parentheses to cite a journal article: (<ref>{{Cite journal |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |year= |month= |title= |journal= |volume= |issue= |pages= |id= |url= |accessdate= |quote= }}</ref>). Then, simply fill in the information after the equals signs in the template, hit "Save page", and the template will do the formatting for you.
Either method will work just fine.
Give it a try. If you have any trouble, please let me know. And thanks again for your interest. --Airborne84 (talk) 17:12, 29 September 2012 (UTC)

Looking for some assistance[edit]

Hello, Airborne84, I am an experienced editor but new to Wikipedia. My company, IDEAlliance, helps develop printing and publishing standards and wants to develop a presence on Wikipedia. I've been studying Wikipedia formats and styles but could use some guidance from an experience user. Are you available to help? Chuckl8899 (talk) 20:38, 18 October 2012 (UTC)

In a few days, yes. If you can't wait that long, you'll be better off checking with another editor. If that's not a problem, feel free to list your questions below. Best, --Airborne84 (talk) 07:17, 19 October 2012 (UTC)

Caserma Ederle page[edit]

Hi- This is Joyce Costello from the USAG Vicenza Public Affairs Office. I was wondering if I could talk to you about the Caserma Ederle page you had posted information on. I can be reached at Thank you, Joyce Costello — Preceding unsigned comment added by Costellojk (talkcontribs) 10:48, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

Hello Ms. Costello. This is the best place to communicate with me for Wikipedia-related topics. Please feel free to post your question here and I'll respond. Thanks. --Airborne84 (talk) 11:35, 20 November 2012 (UTC)
My interest in the article was only in passing—some minor copy editing. If you have a concern about specific material added, I'd recommend browsing through the article's history to see which editor added it and contacting him/her at their talk page. If you need help with searching the article's history, please let me know below. I'll be happy to help. --Airborne84 (talk) 15:34, 20 November 2012 (UTC)


Hi, Airborne84. I found your name in a list of users currently accepting adoptees. I'm a new editor and have run in a little trouble, and was hoping you'd consider adopting me for a short while. --WavesSaid (talk) 05:47, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

Hi Wavesaid. I won't be a good choice for the next ten days or so since I'll have intermittent connectivity. I actually need to pull my info from the adopter page in the meantime. Please accept my apologies and check with one of the other willing editors at the Adopt-a-User page. Best, --Airborne84 (talk) 06:05, 22 November 2012 (UTC)
I understand. Thanks for the speedy reply. --WavesSaid (talk) 08:43, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

School of Advanced Military Studies[edit]

Hi, Airborne84, I'm currently copy-editing the above article, as requested at the GOCE Request page by Casprings (talk). I'd like to make you aware of the ongoing copy-edit, during which I'm removing a lot of the existing text which I consider extraneous (I call it 'waffle'). Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to discuss anything about the c/e. Cheers, Baffle gab1978 (talk) 08:08, 29 November 2012 (UTC)

Done; please feel free to contact me if needed, good luck with the GA review. Cheers, Baffle gab1978 (talk) 00:07, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

Got your note. I will question it on WP:RSN. I can get a copy of this dissertation by proquest. However, it carries a copy right so I can't do anything with it on wiki. However, if you have access to the dissertation you could upload it to Casprings (talk) 21:08, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

If you are interested in the WP:RSN discussion, it can be found here.

Sentence spacing[edit]

For Good Work on Sentence spacing
Presented by SilkTork

Just read the lead of the Sentence spacing article - very clear and informative. Nice one. SilkTork ✔Tea time 18:05, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! I got it off to a decent start anyway, I think. I'm sure there will be more to be said on this in the future. Airborne84 (talk) 19:19, 7 February 2014 (UTC)