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Sheridan Le Fanu was one of the leading ghost story writers of the nineteenth century

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A historical map of West Africa from 1707

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A solar flare erupts from the Sun, an example of solar activity.

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A Nunivak Cup'ig man with raven maskette – in the Raven Tales the raven is the Creator god

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A handheld camcorder ia a typical consumer electronics device

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Arches were used in Ancient Roman architecture to build aqueducts, such as the Aqueduct of Segovia

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Arches were used in Ancient Roman architecture to build aqueducts, such as the Aqueduct of Segovia

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Aerial photograph of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, an international airport in Houston, United States

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Seasoned and chargrilled lamb fillet steak

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Central America is the geographic region that connects North America and South America.

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Inside an ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

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Nomination of Victoria Pynchon for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Victoria Pynchon is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Victoria Pynchon (2nd nomination) until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Ego White Tray (talk) 15:41, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

This week's article for improvement (week 44, 2014)[edit]

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Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the world's first national park

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A pizza is an oven-baked flat bread typically topped with tomato sauce, cheese and various toppings

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This week's article for improvement (week 46, 2014)[edit]

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Sleeping is part of everyday life

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Notice about widefox[edit]

Information icon There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. --TheSawTooth (talk) 11:38, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

*Widefox is harassing me without proof of conflict of interest. He has stalked me to this new topic Jason Minter as well. I have reported him at above noticeboard. Please do not let him put prejudice in your head. If you think I am wrong report me to admin. But the topic I created is notable as it was also your comment before he put prejudice in your head. Thank you for your help. --TheSawTooth (talk) 11:59, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

Blocked sock. Widefox; talk 11:39, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

This week's article for improvement (week 47, 2014)[edit]

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Military aviation and missile guidance are examples of modern military technology.

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Copyright checks when performing AfC reviews[edit]

Hello AuthorAuthor. 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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International Airport[edit]

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Congratulations, International airport, an article you helped in prove as an active contributor amongst the team over at the wikiproject Wikipedia:Today's articles for improvement has now been recognized with Good Article status here on Wikipedia. Your contributions among the the TAFI team and Wikipedia as a whole are appreciated. David Condrey log talk 08:03, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

Victoria Pynchon[edit]

While I disagree with the decision by Drmies to delete this article, I think the article could have been rescued if it had stuck to sources, been trimmed and honed, perhaps only five sentences long at most. Long articles on subjects -- whose notability is in dispute -- these incur the wrath of deletionists. In future, I advise that you consider the less is more strategy for rescuing articles -- good references, sticking to what they say, no extraneous junk.--Tomwsulcer (talk) 10:57, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

For example, check out Natalie Gold. The article here was nominated for deletion -- much unsourced content; I revamped it and the trimmed down, better-referenced version here is staying; it passed the deletion review. It illustrates the basic idea: less is more.--Tomwsulcer (talk) 11:02, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
Hello, I saw that you complained on the deletion page. I agree with Tomwsulcer. The article had tons of references, mostly bad ones, and when I voted delete it was because I was not going to spend an hour going through huge amounts of inappropriate text just to see if there were 2-3 good sentences and sources in the article. My impression was that there were not three sources worth saving, and no one pointed out even a single source meeting WP:RS, so I voted delete. Wikipedia's rules are not complicated and if someone presents everything except what is minimally requested then I vote delete. It is not fair but Wikipedia:Competence is required because there are minimal quality standards to meet. Blue Rasberry (talk) 12:06, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, Tomwsulcer and Bluerasberry, for your advice. I wish I had known specifically how to rescue the article during the 28-day AfD. I had pared it down some but it obviously was not enough, and it felt as if those pushing to have it deleted were no longer looking at the article, even though it was mentioned a couple of times that it had been improved since the AfD. The strong discussions on both sides and the 6 Keep, 8 Delete appeared to be a "no consensus"; it was surprising when Drmies closed with a "consensus." I checked out the Natalie Gold article. I will definitely follow your suggestions in the future. Do you suggest I revamp it now and try and bring it back or wait until there are stronger references for Pynchon? Thank you both. --AuthorAuthor (talk) 15:59, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
Forget about the article entirely, and only look at the sources. If you have 2-3 passable sources and a horrible two sentence article then it will be kept. There is no difference between strong sources and passable sources, so your comment about "stronger references" is a little off the mark. Typically after an AfD, it is considered most polite to wait 2-3 months before making another article unless you go through deletion review or something new is published. If I were to propose the least controversial plan, it would be for you to make a 3-sentence article with 3 passable sources, then post it back in 3 months. Put this through Articles for Creation to get an initial review. Post to the reliable sources noticeboard to get your sources reviewed. After you have established a minimal article, then fill it out. The worst situation after that will be that the article is cut back to those three sentences, not deleted. Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:36, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
Excellent advice. Thank you. Any suggestions for improving the article, just proposed for delete, about Pynchon's Dummies book, Success as a Mediator for Dummies?

This week's article for improvement (week 48, 2014)[edit]

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A beach on the island of San Andrés, a tourist destination in the Caribbean

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This week's article for improvement (week 49, 2014)[edit]

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The Mexico–United States border spans six Mexican states and four U.S. states, with a total length of 3,145 km (1,954 mi).

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Orphaned non-free image File:Success as a Mediator For Dummies.jpg[edit]

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Thanks for uploading File:Success as a Mediator For Dummies.jpg. The image description page currently specifies that the image is non-free and may only be used on Wikipedia under a claim of fair use. However, the image is currently not used in any articles on Wikipedia. If the image was previously in an article, please go to the article and see why it was removed. You may add it back if you think that that will be useful. However, please note that images for which a replacement could be created are not acceptable for use on Wikipedia (see our policy for non-free media).

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Game design is the art of creating rules and mechanics to facilitate interactions between players in a game.

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A plate of spaghetti and meatballs.

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Dishwashing liquid is a detergent used in dishwashing

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The history of Mongolia includes the foundation, expansion, and fragmentation of the Mongol Empire in the 13th century

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Sunshine[edit]

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Hello AuthorAuthor! Bhootrina (talk) has given you a bit of sunshine to brighten your day! Sunshine promotes WikiLove and hopefully it has made your day better. Spread the sunshine by adding {{subst:User:Meaghan/Sunshine}} to someone else's talk page, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past or a good friend. In addition, you can spread the sunshine to anyone who visits your userpage and/or talk page by adding {{User:Meaghan/Sunshine icon}}. Happy editing! Bhootrina (talk) 10:39, 16 January 2015 (UTC)

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An example of prose, a type of writing that simulates the natural flow of language

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The opening of the Beethoven Symphony No. 5, a famous symphony.

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