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Thanks for looking at my new Geo timeline, Calaka!

Reelcheeper April 10, 2010 —Preceding undated comment added 21:57, 10 April 2010 (UTC).

New timeline[edit]

This is for anyone who is currently on this talk page--take a look at my new Geo vehicle timeline! If there is something you think is incorrect, feel free to edit it.

Reelcheeper April 9, 2010


So, my FA Premier League 2004-05 Season Review isn't going to be deleted? Or is it?

Radio Rainbow International[edit]

Hi Calaka. Thanks for your message. I am new and made a page "radio rainbow International" because i listen to them through the years and its , i think , the only peace station on the planet. I was surprised not to find any article on wikipedia. I am not experienced in wikipedia , and now i found a message it could be deleted in a week. So i added references on the page. I write you because i need some help. May be you can make the page complete and good so it will not be deleted. The adress is

Thank you!!

Nico.Nico7323104 (talk) 11:01, 22 September 2009 (UTC)


For bring that issue to the New contributors' help page. I posted an option - Wikipedia:Article Incubator to the user. I'm not posting that link to the help page, as the project itself is just underway, and I don't want to overwhelm them before they get their act together. (Ironically, the project itself is fighting a deletion request.)--SPhilbrickT 12:57, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

Hi Calaka[edit]

Thanks for editing my article ( Deepak Jindal ) I have made a few changes and added references related to the person. Please take a look and let me know its good enough according to Wikipedia standards.



Hi Calaka

Thanks for your comments. Please advise on how to upload a picture of Deepak Jindal regards


Thank you so much for helping me. i apologize for any mistake i made. i just hope i could contribute with information and do some good.

Once again Thank you.


Thanks for enlightening me.Now,I realise that wikipedia is a encyclopedia and not a textbook.To which article can i include that comparison table:to ic or ec engines article!I went thro all the links you gave me.So,a new article should be complete article that can be long enough and should be useful to 50% of world atleast,right? Vatsan34 (talk) 10:01, 23 September 2009 (UTC)Vatsan34

I have few encyclopedia books and many books on automobile and cooking.Shall i read the text and expand articles here on my own based on concepts from the book?? the concept will not be changed,but i would put it in my own words.

Vatsan34 (talk) 13:46, 23 September 2009 (UTC)vatsan34


Dear Calaka-

Thanks for your warm welcome to Wikipedia. So far, I love the place and the cookies were a nice touch :)

When you suggested that I sign my messages, was it because I didn't sign my last one? I thought I had. I included four tildes and the preview copy had my name and signature in it... Anyhow, I hope you or someone will review my entry because I can't wait to see it collaborated on (or no longer say it has yet to be reviewed). I tried to do as much Wikipedia research before posting to make sure I edited and stylized correctly. There's a lot to review so I can only assume I did some things wrong. Pointers would be most valuable.

Thanks again for your welcome and help.

George R. Brumder (talk) 17:31, 23 September 2009 (UTC)


Thanks for the vote of confidence.

I've done a bit of reading on DYK but can't figure out where to put the following code. I'm also not 100% sure the code is correct. Any help would be appreciated.

George Brumder[edit]

The building that housed his publishing empire, once the largest office building in Milwaukee

  • ... that George Brumder once owned the largest German-language newspaper company in the U.S. and owned the Boston Red Sox for a time?

Created by Grbrumder (talk). Self nom at 22:31, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

George R. Brumder (talk) 22:31, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

hello Calaka[edit]

Thank you for your note about my first page and its needs. As it is my first page I tried to add the wikipedia links to the article but am confused on how to do it. I have read about postings article. I will get to work right away so as not to loos this page on Brooksby the artist.Zezefige (talk) 13:20, 24 September 2009 (UTC)

Hello again Calaka, Is it possible to that I remove the article and add it when I have completed it as it should be done? Zezefige (talk) 13:34, 24 September 2009 (UTC)


Sorry mate, starting to get confused now!! Druryfire (talk) 12:03, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

Radio Rainbow International[edit]

Hi Calaka. I see articles about the BBC, radio Caroline , radio london , radio Veronoca, offshore radiostations, etc etc. It is Radio rainbow the voice of peace, well known around the globe , i added listeners reports from around the world, news on independant radiosites , and you can listen direct yourself via lots of links , so what can i do more, this article should just be in wikipedia because its a big movement and i listen a lot myself. But i am sure you agree and this article will stay. feel free to make it better with photo's from the sites etc. you are so experienced!

Thanks for your good work on this unique great free media!!



Moving a page[edit]

Sorry, I requested the administration team to delete one of the page I've created, no necessity to move it, sorry for the annoying. Uvero (talk) 15:22, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

About Upload[edit]

I can't upload file how i can upload file image if you can help me about upload file and welcome you.DarkABC talk 2:32 3 October 2009 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:35, 3 October 2009 (UTC)

Lars Rasmussen (software developer)[edit]

Can we now remove the notability query? Michael Fourman (talk) 09:40, 5 October 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the welcome[edit]

Good morning, Calaka:

Thanks for the welcome. It is odd that, even though I have been editing Wikipedia articles for several years (off and on, with several different sign-ons, which I tend to forget), I have never created a new article. I've wanted to, but have never been able to summon the wherewithall to do so. I was a proofreader for many years so most of my contributions thus far have been in grammar, spelling, and cleaning up awkward sentence structure. I also have done a little translation work (I'm still a relatively fluent French reader, though I no longer speak the language well enough to even have a decent conversation).

Thanks again,

Michael David Reisman

Multi-instrumental instructor

Star Music Academy

Columbia, SC USA

MdReisman (talk) 11:40, 5 October 2009 (UTC)

radio Rainbow International[edit]

Hi Calaka. As you can see someone deleted the page. I do not understand why. I and others i think, have done everything and i think its important the article is in Wikipedia. I am asking you to help me. You have got expertise here. Please ask why that person have deleted the page and restore it.

Thank you !!

Nico.Nico7323104 (talk) 11:26, 7 October 2009 (UTC)

Moving pages[edit]

Hello, someone moved 3 pages of the singles pages that I've created to another pages, for example, Mia (Paulina Rubio Song) from her album Pau-Latina is now redirected to Pau-Latina album. My question is: Are the original pages (that have been moved) now lost? Can you fix this "problem"? Uvero (talk) 22:14, 14 October 2009 (UTC)

Moving pages[edit]

Well I tried to do my best to get some references, I have already said that those singles are old and, to me, it's sort of hard to find information on their charts or something like that. Uvero (talk) 15:42, 15 October 2009 (UTC)

Ok, thank you! Uvero (talk) 15:27, 16 October 2009 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

Findley Lake (hamlet), New York --> Findley Lake, New York -- [The name should be simplified because there is no other article called "Findley Lake, New York.] --Reelcheeper (talk) 23:58, 16 October 2009 (UTC)


Thanks for simplifying my article's name to Findley Lake, New York. How did you do it when I couldn't? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Reelcheeper (talkcontribs) 23:25, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

lemma Contemporary Art[edit]

Sorry, I messed up lay-out of above page and don't know how to get it in order. Could you please help? Thanks, --DrGML (talk) 12:13, 24 October 2009 (UTC)

Deleted article[edit]

Hi Calaka,

I noticed a page I started has been deleted for reasons of copyright violation. Unfortunately I cannot access the page anymore to see to which part this accusation is refering to. Anyhow, I am not planning to put the page back on wikipedia, because I cannot find enough notable written references, but I'd like to save the contents for myself. Are you capable of recovering the deleted page with the title 'Poekoelan' written by myself? If you can, please forward it to me.

Thanks in advance and best of luck with your exams.

Preserving knowledge (talk) 14:27, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

Tubercle of the femur[edit]

Hi Calaka, I ran into a problem with the article you wrote on the tubercle of the femur. I was wondering if you could check out the discussion page and tell me what you thought? Thanks Bobsagat (talk) 20:19, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

Question Concerning Copyright Laws[edit]

Hello Calaka. PBS sent me a message, warning me that a section (more specifically the second section concerning the presidents of the council) under the English Council of State could possibly be a violation of copyright laws. Did what I do constitute as a violation of copyright laws? If it is the I will removed it as quickly as possible.Fuelsaver (talk) 15:26, 16 November 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the Kind Welcome[edit]

Thanks Pal. if you need any vote let us know... —Preceding unsigned comment added by Andy ameed (talkcontribs) 13:14, 18 November 2009 (UTC)

Re: Removal of review of book[edit]

A book's notability is determined in its own article, not in an article that links to it. The review of the book should go in the book's article. Gary King (talk) 21:37, 18 November 2009 (UTC)

Louis Armstrong ref[edit]

Sorry for the slow response to your message (modem trouble). My removal of the EL was inadvertent, and I apologize; I reverted to the wrong version. I notice that another editor later removed it a second time and I'm not sure I understand their reason...maybe the fact that the article is not cited as a source is a problem, but it should be acceptable under "Further reading" as far as I can tell. Ewulp (talk) 23:36, 27 November 2009 (UTC)

Bolognia push update[edit]

We continue to make a a lot progress with the Bolognia push 2009. Thank you for your help thus far and, if you still are free, I ask for your continued help. Regardless, thanks again! ---kilbad (talk) 03:45, 7 December 2009 (UTC)

Login problems[edit]

Hello! I know I have my username and password right, but it wont let me log in at all! You're gonna have to answer on your talk page, since I can't log in to see mine! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:25, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

Sorry for the delay. But what is your username? Do not tell me your password. Your best bet would be to ask an admin to help (I am not one). Kind regards.Calaka (talk) 04:22, 19 December 2009 (UTC)

disambiguation pages[edit]

Hello and Happy New Year. I noticed that you have added several notable New Zealanders to dab pages lately, and thought I should warn you that these are likely to be deleted quickly. As per MOS:DAB, A link to a non-existent article (a "red link") should only be included on a disambiguation page when an article (not just disambiguation pages) also includes that red link. Most of your additions seem to be redlinked only to a project page and to no articles. I've left them for now, but I wanted to let you know, so you didn't end up having wasted your time. Best wishes, Boleyn (talk) 13:08, 1 January 2010 (UTC)


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New categories[edit]

There are a few dermatology-related categories under discussion at: Talk:List_of_cutaneous_conditions#Additional_sections_.7C_categories. As always, feedback is appreciated! ---kilbad (talk) 03:46, 28 January 2010 (UTC)


Hello Calaka,

thank you for welcoming me, it was a relief that there is somebody to talk to. I realized that a lot of new people like me ask the same kind of questions regarding the tags they get on top their new articles - nevertheless, I have a similar one:

I created the Metal Machine Trio site and got two tags: the "this article is new" tag and a "this article may not meet the notability guidelines". Well, after that I improved my article to meet the notability guidelines. The article should be sufficient informative and have very good references by now. I indeed tried to prove almost every single little fact I put in there, in such a detailed way I even did not in my thesis for my masters in sociology. I was kind of proud and throught, this is a quite good article now, even for a wiki newbie.

Well, in the meantime the "this article is new" tag is gone, but the "this article may not meet the notability guidelines" is still there. This is a bit frustrating for me and I would like to ask you for an interpretation, what that means. Is the article still not good enough? Or do I just have to wait until somebody decides otherwise. I have seen articles on Wikipedia that have this tag for about two years... Is there something I can do?

Thank you very much, I appreciate your help
Violet —Preceding unsigned comment added by Violetculture (talkcontribs) 19:03, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

Thank you very much Calaka for your response, super informative and helpful.
--Violetculture (talk) 01:11, 31 January 2010 (UTC)

Your Request[edit]

From the information that I have, the move is fine. Thanks for your edits! KnowledgeRequire (talk) 00:36, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

Directed pages!!![edit]

Hello... Most of the pages I've created for Paulina Rubio's singles have been directed to her albums, so the pages are now missing. May I know why? Uvero (talk) 17:14, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

Thank you![edit]

Thank you for answering me. Uvero (talk) 21:44, 14 February 2010 (UTC)

Hello Calaka, I really need HELP, I can not even post HELP ME on my talk page. I saw your name on my history page so I feel you are aware of what need to be changed in the content of my Biography of a living person. It is very hard for me to understand the language regulations from Wikipedia. I do believe that what is on my page can be verified, what else do I need to do? Add more links ?

Please help me, Thanks (Monttendre (talk) 02:30, 17 February 2010 (UTC)) Tuesday March 16, 2010 6.29PM

Bolognia push[edit]

We have been making a lot of progress with the Bolognia push, but we still need your help. Would you consider picking up another letter? ---kilbad (talk) 03:09, 19 February 2010 (UTC)


The wikipedia article on Rationalism in architecture is so far missing the 20th Century movements, including Neo-rationalism. Its a big oversight, and I hope to add them soon.

Citing References - How do you handle information provided by the person themselves?[edit]

Hi Calaka, I am producing a WIKI page for Ervin Somogyi who has produced steel string guitars for 40 years and written over 100 articles on guitars.

He provided me with information about himself that was uncited.

Some of the information is autobiographical; he sent me an email with his early life history.

Some of the information can be cited but isn't; he referenced about 30 albums and artists, and exhibitions at musuems, etc.

I think I can work with him for citing things that were public exhibitions, etc., but how do I handle unpublished information that he sent in an email about his early life? Does it need to be verified?

Finally - how exactly do I upload images?

Any advice you can offer would be appreciated.

Andrew Galli —Preceding unsigned comment added by StudioGalli (talkcontribs) 18:50, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

18 million :o[edit]

Yes! If you're thinking of going through the list and making sure each of those is either an article, stub, or redirect. I'll have you note that many of those are actually old names that link to new ones (for example, Macroclemys redirects to Macrochelys), so a lot of it is simple redirect/taxobox updating. While I'm thinking about it, I'll add Macroclemys to the Macrochelys page... Bob the Wikipedian (talkcontribs) 20:01, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

Just having looked at Macroclemys, it appears there are several variances of the name in that database, some including a reference, some including a reference with a comma, and several with incorrect references. But-- definitely a useful tool for an activity if I ever get bored (which doesn't happen often, otherwise I'd have finished going through the plant articles without images). Bob the Wikipedian (talkcontribs) 23:58, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

Missing Topics List WAS Hello! Long time no see! + Qn/Help.[edit]

First, sorry for the late answer.

I'm sorry to tell you that I've compiled my missing topics lists mostly manually for various reasons. One is that my sources are mostly books, not websites, and I input the content to various master lists, use a macro to add brackets and check if the subject is already covered. Later I add templates and eventually recheck text for any typos before updating the pages.

When I first begun the missing topics lists I did ask for help in couple of WP pages but nothing was forthcoming (personally I suspect that it had something to do with the fact that my lists do not fall into any of the projects mostly concerned with popular culture subjects). And some of the scripts I did find apparently didn't work in my outdated computer. So, yes, I resorted to non-automated editing for lack of anything better to use.

As for species, I thin you have already see this that was only partially edited by me . - Skysmith (talk) 10:48, 12 March 2010 (UTC)

New article on Akera bullata[edit]

Hi Calakra, I wanted to thank you very much for the new gastropod article which you created. Do you perhaps have a particular interest in snails? If so I will invite you to join WikiProject Gastropods. Best wishes, Invertzoo (talk) 15:20, 21 March 2010 (UTC)

Wow, I see! Yes, if I were you I would definitely join the Tree of Life project, that might be helpful to you and to them. And if you find yourself doing any more gastropod articles, please let me know and I will check them out and clean them up as necessary. Good luck with your work, Invertzoo (talk) 13:25, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

THanks for your welcoming[edit]

Hi Calaka. I appreciate your message. Please, feel free to comment and advise ! Regards Ekpene (talk) 00:47, 5 April 2010 (UTC)

Creating taxonomy related articles at a fast pace[edit]

I'm soooo sorry, but i was taking a unexpected longer leave of absence then I would have hoped. Unfortunately it is much simpler then you think. All the info comes from the title of the articles themselves, not from any external sources. If you look at the articles, you'll notice the only difference is in certain things. What I would do is take a list of species under a certain genus or family and tell the script what needs to be replaced using the article's title it tould it to make. Bugboy52.4 ¦ =-= 19:13, 5 April 2010 (UTC)

P.S. But I'll see what I can do :)

Can you please create a template?[edit]


Can you please create a template for Paulina Rubio Singles? You just create it and I will complete it later by putting singles' pages on it. Thank you! Uvero (talk) 13:10, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

Ok, I'll see what I can do. Thank you! Uvero (talk) 13:24, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

Don't apologize, it's OK. Uvero (talk) 16:04, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

About the question you left on my talk page[edit]

Thank you for getting back to me.

I wish I had never touched the controversial subject of Ivar Kreuger but I will eventually rewrite the article. (It needs it badly and I am stubborn.) I'm still waiting for another book from the library and will eventually need some help, I believe.

It will be some more time though and I will write to you then.

Thanks for the offer.


Now I don't know if this is the right place. I meant to answer ThaddeusB-public and I don't know how I got to Calaka's User Talk. (I clicked on the link on my talk page) Gatorinvancouver (talk) 04:38, 9 April 2010 (UTC)

Re: Ganeshbot[edit]

I have replied to your message on my talk page. Ganeshk (talk) 00:09, 10 April 2010 (UTC)

Welcome note on my talk page[edit]

It's a very nice touch. Keep up the good work! (Kinslayer11 (talk) 18:20, 14 April 2010 (UTC))


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Florence of Worcester[edit]

See my reply at Angus's talk page. Cavila (talk) 09:30, 26 April 2010 (UTC)


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Garshasp picture[edit]

Hello dear Calaka. I would like to have your permission to use the picture on Garshasp English and Persian page for my article in French fr:Discussion:Garshasp (jeu video). I'm asking you this because I've seen that the one who originaly posted the picture Is Yzt (Yzt's talk page is liked to this page).

Yesterday I posted a picture from Garshasp devlopment Blog to wikimedia and used it for my article. But I've been warned for a license issue.

As I'm new to writing article on wikipedia, a little help would be welcome. thank you.Spypredator (talk) 12:09, 29 August 2010 (UTC)

I've manadged to take the picture from the english article for my french version. Indeed I was trying to use the same link as the english version for the french one but the picture just wouldn't show itself. I downloaded the picture and hosted it to the wikipedia french version and it worked. now I'm seeing that my signature is not working there. The link is in red while my page does exist. This is, I think, also due to the fact that I'm using a wikipedia french account. Anyway tahnk you for your help page! Spypredator (talk) 08:19, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

Hello again. do you remember that i manadged to post the Garshasp picture on my page? this time another user removed it for copyright violation. I don't understand why, given that I used the same license as the original picture published on wikimedia commons in english. can you help me? I would like a picture to illustrate the french page for this article (fr:Garshasp (jeu video)).I would be grateful.Spypredator (talk) 07:00, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Stubsensor[edit]

As a previous volunteer at Wikipedia:WikiProject Stubsensor I though you might like to know there is a new set available for work at Wikipedia:WikiProject Stubsensor/20100826. Hope to see you there. JeepdaySock (AKA, Jeepday) 10:39, 1 September 2010 (UTC)

Missing articles[edit]

Hey buddy. I'm going back to doing more mass stubbing again. If people don't like stubs its tough. We have a tremendous amount to cover, literally tens of millions of articles missing. Somehow these articles need starting and nurturing. So you can count me on board the missing articles project as a very active member, At present I'm ploughing through Antarctica. Even if articles I start are not a missing articles projects page it all helps! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:36, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

HI! Oh of course I won't stop my DYKs. I'll still be expanding some articles. I'm working through User:Dr. Blofeld/DYK A-Z country challenge at the moment with Nvvchar and Rosistep which is rather challenging but at the end of it we'll have written about every entity. I'm pretty sure I'm written about most of them at one point or other but not all for DYK. Glad you enjoyed Pomegranate production. I have a Guinea related one in the pipeline.. Well maybe I won't be mass creating them like in the old days, I'll try to add some content and sources but I really think wikipedia is better off having some content on a topic than none at all, as long as it is sourced and encyclopedic... My focus though of course is Asia and Africa...But that won't stop me transwikying loads of Ukrainian rivers, French archaeologists, anything I fancy basically... ♦ Dr. Blofeld 14:23, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

Well, it couldn't get any shorter than ALG11 anyway... The dilemna is that although we are missing zillions of articles we also have very embarrasingly underdeveloped articles like this on Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve for example which covers the area the size of Switzerland..♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:20, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

Hi there. Antarctica is now completed, any new drive you want completed?♦ Dr. Blofeld 14:37, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

Thanks, OK Literary Encyclopedia it is then. Can you put it in the missing articles template then as the current focus? I've spotted than 1/3 of the Algerian major communes and towns are missing so I'll gradually aim at starting those then, amongst my ongoing Burma work..♦ Dr. Blofeld 15:32, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

Bombay Mittayi[edit]

Bombay Mittayi is not under the scope of "WikiProject Malaysia". This is a Malayalam film. This will come under the scope of "WikiProject Film". Malayalam is the language in Kerala, India. This has nothing to do with Malaysia.
Anish Viswa 13:51, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Most wanted articles - Afghan spice rub[edit]

The majority of incoming links to Afghan spice rub seem to have been removed (see what links here). I've no idea why it showed up with 181 incoming links on the report. - TB (talk) 10:58, 6 December 2010 (UTC)


Please don't bloat the BLP with not notable awards, thanks. Off2riorob (talk) 03:50, 31 December 2010 (UTC)

Question regarding "advert" and "notable" tags you applied[edit]

I'm new to all but reading Wikipedia articles, and I have a question about two tags you added on 13 apr 2010 to the article about the novel The Blue Mountain, by Meir Shalev.

I see nothing in the article that would warrant it being flagged as an advertisement. I also believe that the book is indeed "notable" due to its commercial success and the fact of it having been translated [1] from the original Hebrew into twelve other languages:

Danish: Copenhagen, Forum, 1992 Dutch: The Hague, BZZToH, 1990 Amsterdam, Arena, 1996; in paperback: Amsterdam, Rainbow, 1998 English: New York, Harper Collins, 1991; 2001 Edinburgh, Canongate, 1999 French: Paris, Albin Michel, 1990; Paris, LFG, 1996 German: Zurich, Diogenes, 1991 Italian: Milan, Rizzoli, 1990; Milan, Frassinelli, 2002 Polish: Warsaw, Sic!, 1993 Swedish: Stockholm, Norstedts, 1992 Portuguese: Alges, Difel, 2002 Chinese: Shanghai, Shanghai Translation Publishing House, 2006 Russian: Moscow, Text, 2006

Do I misunderstand the nature of the flags you placed? And how could I go about refuting them?

Thanks in advance for the information. I don't expect to be a frequent contributor, but would like to correct questionable entries when I happen to see them. Langert (talk) 19:56, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

Request for comment[edit]

I have proposed the renaming of a category, and wanted to know if you would consider commenting on the proposed renaming over at that link. ---My Core Competency is Competency (talk) 04:43, 8 January 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for the cookies/ Question about references behind paywalls[edit]

I'm curious what to do with references behind paywalls. I've found several articles that have quotes lifted from paysites where I have subscriptions (like the New York Times). I see that the quotes are correct, but not all wikipedia readers will be able to verify it. Can they still be used? — Preceding unsigned comment added by SirShill (talkcontribs) 03:22, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

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Removing Speedy at Takashi Mori[edit]

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George A. Porterfield[edit]

Thanks for the kudo on the article. I had not set out to write a page about Porterfield. I looked at the page on the Battle of Philippi since we are approaching the 150th anniversary of that American Civil War battle. The article is B class and looks like it does not need much, if any, editing. But I noticed there was no page on the Confederate commander. He was a colonel and did not progress beyond that rank so that may be why he had attracted no interest to date. I found it interesting that he was one of the last surviving officers of the Mexican-American War. Thanks for the suggestion on DYK. I am not sure exactly how to approach that, perhaps that the Confederate commander at that battle was one of the last surviving Mexican-American War veterans at his death in 1919? Or perhaps something on his Civil War service only? Donner60 (talk) 06:10, 8 May 2011 (UTC)

Pia de' tolomei: Original article in Italian has accidentally disappeared after translating it into English[edit]

I'll be very glad if you be so kind to help me see where the original Italian article about Pia de' Tolomei is hidden.

I've translated it into English and obviously made something wrong since now the article appears in English only and that wasn't what I meant.

I'm sure there's a back-up for the original Italian article somewhere and that it's possible to restore it, I just don't know how.

Thank you,

ronits52 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ronits52 (talkcontribs) 11:03, 2 July 2011 (UTC)

Survey for new page patrollers[edit]


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re: issue alerts[edit]

Hello Calaka. Thank you for being so welcoming my first time. When you have the time, could you please help advise me? This is re: the article for Wang-Ching Liu.

I'd originally posted it as an article, but then realized it should be a stub. There is an alert for issues, some of which I think no longer apply, but I'm also wondering if stubs ever get alerts. Could that alert be removed or would I be allowed to remove it myself?

Thank you and Best regards, Winniez46 (talk) 11:28, 10 December 2011 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Hello Calaka, Thank you for your advice. Best wishes and kind regards, Winniez46 (talk) 14:34, 13 December 2011 (UTC)

a heads-up[edit]

I just came across Wikipedia:WikiProject Missing encyclopedic articles/Guantanamo Bay Detainees.

Please see parallel work I did here.

I saw your suggestion that the the detainee assessment briefs might be sufficient to consider the captives to be notable. Personally I agree. Some of the individuals for whom we now have red-links once had articles.

How did this happen? In part I think the deletion of these articles was due to an evolution in standards and policies. Of the first 20 or so articles nominated for deletion in 2005, 2006 and early 2007 19 were kept or de facto kept as "no consensus". But this was prior to the creation of BLP as a policy. Further, more contributors were willing to consider summaries written by military officers to be "reliable sources".

In my opinion many of these nominations were highly questionable -- Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Mohammed Nasim (Guantanamo captive 849) being a case in point. I think it is an instance of nominator, delete voters, and closing administrator, failing to read the articles, their references, or the counter-arguments offered in the {{afd}}.

Mainstream newspapers quoted from the DABs of a minority of the captives. In my opinion that MSM coverage should be sufficient to satisfy the most extreme of the challengers.

More focussed sources like The Long War Journal have quoted from a larger number of DABs. Unfortunately, the LWJ is very biased in the way it quotes, completely avoiding all exculpatory material. So it goes.

Cheers! Geo Swan (talk) 23:46, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

Raoultella planticola -[edit]

I am wondering if you could help me. I am very interested in your above entry (well done!) and, from that, discerned that there has been one documented case associating this with panncreatitis - although not necessarily causally. I have a patient with both conditions (as well as Haemolytic Escherichia coli).

This seems to be a rare correlation - any insights in your research?? Hope you may be able to assist.

Regards, Chris Burley ND

PS I don't have a page nor did I wish to amend any of your copy - my email is if you were able to respond, either way! Hope you don't mind me taping your considerable research & brain power! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:46, 6 February 2012 (UTC)

Science lovers wanted![edit]

Science lovers wanted!
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Hi! I'm serving as the wikipedian-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution Archives until June! One of my goals as resident, is to work with Wikipedians and staff to improve content on Wikipedia about people who have collections held in the Archives - most of these are scientists who held roles within the Smithsonian and/or federal government. I thought you might like to participate since you are interested in the sciences! Sign up to participate here and dive into articles needing expansion and creation on our to-do list. Feel free to make a request for images or materials at the request page, and of course, if you share your successes at the outcomes page you will receive the SIA barnstar! Thanks for your interest, and I look forward to your participation! Sarah (talk) 19:52, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

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Thanks for your work on Wikipedia:WikiProject Missing encyclopedic articles/NZ/Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.

Stuartyeates (talk) 09:41, 25 April 2012 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy type 1[edit]

A tag has been placed on Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy type 1, requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done for the following reason:

Redirect page, apparently created unnecessarily (reason: HMSN, whatever its type, always equals to Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease). No pages link here either.

Under the criteria for speedy deletion, articles that do not meet basic Wikipedia criteria may be deleted at any time.

If you think that the page was nominated in error, contest the nomination by clicking on the button labelled "Click here to contest this speedy deletion" in the speedy deletion tag. Doing so will take you to the talk page where you can explain why you believe the page should not be deleted. You can also visit the page's talk page directly to give your reasons, but be aware that once a page is tagged for speedy deletion, it may be removed without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag yourself, but do not hesitate to add information that is consistent with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. If the page is deleted, you can contact one of these administrators to request that the administrator userfy the page or email a copy to you. kashmiri 23:34, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

New medical organization[edit]


I'm contacting you because, as a participant at Wikiproject Medicine, you may be interested in a new multinational non-profit organization we're forming at m:Wikimedia Medicine. Even if you don't want to be actively involved, any ideas you may have about our structure and aims would be very welcome on the project's talk page.

Our purpose is to help improve the range and quality of free online medical content, and we'll be working with like-minded organizations, such as the World Health Organization, professional and scholarly societies, medical schools, governments and NGOs - including Translators Without Borders.

Hope to see you there! --Anthonyhcole (talk) 21:13, 25 October 2012 (UTC)

Ketone's Page[edit]

I'm not familiar with editing pages, so I didn't want to mess it up, but your page on ketone's needs some work. Specifically, I noticed that the information on IUPAC naming is outdated, and a little ambiguous. The functional group is named by dropping the "e" off the parent compound, but the "-an" remains in the name, ex: cyclohexane to cyclohexanone". Also, names such as acetone are considered the common names, but not the proper IUPAC names. The correct IUPAC names include identification of the ketone location, and proper terminology referring to length of the hydrocarbon chain. The current wording could be confusing to those who do not have a background in organic chemistry. See for the most recent information on naming. I've included the link to the document on ketone naming below.

WRNT (Hartford) is part of the Retro Television Network[edit]

Therefore, the redirect. Sorry that I did not look for your comment sooner. Jlapidus (talk) 21:24, 30 December 2012 (UTC)

WRNT-LP: Resurrecting the entry not necessary.[edit]

It's sufficient to have an entry just for Retro Television Network.

I understand that WRNT preexisted the Retro Television Network, but that's all I know. Jlapidus (talk) 04:48, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

Retrieving article saved in sandbox[edit]

I edited a draft article in a sandbox and saved it. How can I access it again to continue? Thanks. RogerLie — Preceding unsigned comment added by RogerLie (talkcontribs) 14:04, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

Compromised title[edit]

When searching for "Thin Layer Extraction" one is only redirected to the article "Liquid-Liquid Extraction" that refers to "Thin Layer Extraction" through a dead link. There exists apparently no article by the name "Thin Layer Extraction" to be edited. I have prepared an extended article on "Thin Layer Extraction" and I am unable to create it under this name. How else can one assign a title to a new article? RogerLie (talk) 14:43, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

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Hi. Some time ago, you left a plate of cookies at my talk page. I know it's a collaborative effort by the welcoming committee, but somehow that has always been what pushed me to continue contributing to Wikipedia, and even helped in real life. So thank you. Enjoy your kitty~

⊾maine12329⊿ talkswiki 02:40, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

The Wikipedia Library now offering accounts from Cochrane Collaboration (sign up!)[edit]

The Wikipedia Library gets Wikipedia editors free access to reliable sources that are behind paywalls. Because you are signed on as a medical editor, I thought you'd want to know about our most recent donation from Cochrane Collaboration.

  • Cochrane Collaboration is an independent medical nonprofit organization that conducts systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials of health-care interventions, which it then publishes in the Cochrane Library.
  • Cochrane has generously agreed to give free, full-access accounts to 100 medical editors. Individual access would otherwise cost between $300 and $800 per account.
  • If you are still active as a medical editor, come and sign up :)

Cheers, Ocaasi t | c 20:27, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

Merge discussion for Superciliary arches[edit]


An article that you have been involved in editing, Superciliary arches, has been proposed for a merge with another article. If you are interested in the merge discussion, please participate by going here, and adding your comments on the discussion page. Thank you. Petter Bøckman (talk) 13:20, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

WP:Anatomy quarterly update (#1)[edit]

WP:Anatomy quarterly update (#1)

Released: Fourth quarter, 2013
Editor: LT910001

Hello WP:ANATOMY user! This is the first of what I hope will be ongoing quarterlies, documenting the current state of WP:ANATOMY, current projects and items of interest, and any relevant news. I'd greatly value feedback on this, and if you think I've missed something, or don't wish to receive this again, please leave a note on my talkpage

What's new
What's going on
How can I contribute?
Quarterly focus - GA nominations

I would like to take some time on this first quarterly to evaluate the state of the project. We have the benefit of having a relatively-small group of articles that are, for the most part, relatively non-controversial. Additionally, for the majority of our articles, it may indeed be possible to create an article that reflects a significant proportion of the published literature. This is quite distinct from other projects.

However, it appears we only have 5 GAs (Anatomy, Brain, Clitoris, Human tooth, and Leonardo da Vinci) and 4 FAs (Immune system, Hippocampus, Cerebellum, and Resurrectionists in the United Kingdom), none of which relate to purely anatomical items, which constitute most of our mass. By 'anatomical items' I mean muscles, nerves, bones, blood vessels, veins, foramina, and so on, that constitute the vast majority of our articles. In fact, we only have one 'system' (Immune system) at FA class, and none at GA class. We indeed only have 70 articles out over 4,000 at B-class. This scarcity is, I believe, for the following reasons: (1) lack of model articles (2) lack of appropriate guidelines, and (3) general sparsity of sourcing on many articles. How may these be addressed?

  1. Nominating good articles. In addition to suspensory muscle of the duodenum I will be working on Mylohyoid muscle, Genioglossus, Foramen spinosum and an as-yet undecided article.
  2. Revamping the MEDMOS guidelines for Anatomical articles to make them more appropriate. That discussion is here.
  3. Using books as sources. Books are readily available in libraries and have the superb quality of being able to aggregate information, which can be used to source thousands of anatomical articles.
  4. Collateralising sourcing. Anatomical sources often refer to several structures in a single source. Therefore an editor on one article could quickly add a source to another two articles in a related topic. This incremental approach will hopefully accrue for future editors
  5. Tagging articles for cleanup, to let future editors know to use sources
  6. Templates, which will soon be available, to post on the wall of new editors thanking them for their edits and encouraging the use of sources.

I hope that we are able to revitalise this project. Wikipedia has the capacity to become an excellent resource for anatomical information. I again welcome feedback on this quarterly or any aspects therein on the talk page for the quarterly, on my talkpage, or on the WP Anatomy talk page here. Kind regards, LT910001 (talk)

  • This has been transcluded to the talk pages of all active WP:ANATOMY users.

WikiProject Anatomy quarterly newsletter[edit]

WP:Anatomy quarterly update (#2)

Previous -- Next
Released: First quarter, 2014
Updated cleanup listing and recent changes list in third quarter, 2014
Editor: LT910001

Hello WP:ANATOMY participant! This is the second quarterly update of goings-on in WP:ANATOMY, documenting the current state of WP:ANATOMY, current projects and items of interest, and any relevant news. I'd greatly value feedback on this, and if you think I've missed something, or don't wish to receive this again, please leave a note on my talkpage or remove your name from the mailing list

What's new
What's going on
How can I contribute?
  • Reword anatomical jargon: jargon is widespread and not helpful to lay readers.
  • Contribute on our talk page
  • Continue to add sources, content, and improve anatomical articles!
  • Replace images with better images from Wikipedia commons, or if there are too many images, remove some low-quality ones
Quarterly focus - Where to edit?
One of our two new featured images! (Also featured on the Signpost)

On any given week we have at least 4-10 editors making significant contributions to our articles, with probably more than double this making minor edits. As an editor, I am often wondering: with so many articles, where to start? There is so much to be done (as always, on Wikipedia!), and I aim here to provide a comprehensive list of venues within our project. If I've missed any, please let us know on the WikiProject Anatomy talk page.

An editor might edit:

  • By importance. A user can use our assessment table to view articles by their importance and class. The vital articles project provides a list of designated 'Vital articles' for Wikipedia.
  • By popularity. One way to edit is to edit the most popular pages -- the majority of these need help, and editing is sure to bring benefit to many users.
  • By need. There is always cleanup that needs to be done, whether commenting on mergers, adding infoboxes or adding images. A cleanup list of all tagged articles is now available here: [1]
  • By interest. A series of inter-project categories has been developed to help facilitate inter-Wiki and inter-professional collaboration. These categories sort our articles into organs, system, gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, and several other categories. This should offer a buffet of articles for any interested editors! See here for more details.
  • By topic. Wikipedia's anatomical categories may provide impetus, as may editing a suite of related-articles, using a parent article such as ear for direction. A collection of series are slowly being rolled-out, including one for epithelia and for articles about the gastrointestinal wall, which also act as groups of topics. Templates, as documented on our main page, provide a similar categorisation.
  • By demand. Discussions relating to Anatomy are frequent occurrences on the talk pages for WPMED and WP:ANATOMY. Such topics almost always cry out for more editing.
  • By recent changes. One way to choose a destination for editing is to check the recent changes, revert vandalism, integrate/source edits, or generally collaborate in improving articles that are receiving contributions from other editors. This can be found in the here.
  • By chance. A user is always welcome to improve articles that they randomly 'bump into' by Wiki-surfing or by having bumped for other reasons into a particular article or topic that needs improvement

Delivered on behalf of WikiProject Anatomy by User:Mdann52, using MediaWiki message delivery (talk) at 07:35, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

The Pulse (WP:MED newsletter) June 2014[edit]

The first edition of The Pulse has been released. The Pulse will be a regular newsletter documenting the goings-on at WPMED, including ongoing collaborations, discussions, articles, and each edition will have a special focus. That newsletter is here.

The newsletter has been sent to the talk pages of WP:MED members bearing the {{User WPMed}} template. To opt-out, please leave a message here or simply remove your name from the mailing list. Because this is the first issue, we are still finding out feet. Things like the layout and content may change in subsequent editions. Please let us know what you think, and if you have any ideas for the future, by leaving a message here.

Posted by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 03:23, 5 June 2014 (UTC) on behalf of WikiProject Medicine.

BMJ offering 25 free accounts to Wikipedia medical editors[edit]

Neat news: BMJ is offering 25 free, full-access accounts to their prestigious medical journal through The Wikipedia Library and Wiki Project Med Foundation (like we did with Cochrane). Please sign up this week: Wikipedia:BMJ --Cheers, Ocaasi via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:14, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

Medical Translation Newsletter[edit]

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Wikiproject Medicine; Translation Taskforce

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Medical Translation Newsletter
Issue 1, June/July 2014
by CFCF, Doc James

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This is the first of a series of newsletters for Wikiproject Medicine's Translation Task Force. Our goal is to make all the medical knowledge on Wikipedia available to the world, in the language of your choice.

note: you will not receive future editions of this newsletter unless you *sign up*; you received this version because you identify as a member of WikiProject Medicine

Spotlight - Simplified article translation

Wikiproject Medicine started translating simplified articles in February 2014. We now have 45 simplified articles ready for translation, of which the first on African trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness has been translated into 46 out of ~100 languages. This list does not include the 33 additional articles that are available in both full and simple versions.

Our goal is to eventually translate 1,000 simplified articles. This includes:

We are looking for subject area leads to both create articles and recruit further editors. We need people with basic medical knowledge who are willing to help out. This includes to write, translate and especially integrate medical articles.

What's happening?

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CFCF - "IEG beneficiary" and editor of this newsletter.

I've (CFCF) taken on the role of community organizer for this project, and will be working with this until December. The goals and timeline can be found here, and are focused on getting the project on a firm footing and to enable me to work near full-time over the summer, and part-time during the rest of the year. This means I will be available for questions and ideas, and you can best reach me by mail or on my talk page.

Wikimania 2014

For those going to London in a month's time (or those already nearby) there will be at least one event for all medical editors, on Thursday August 7th. See the event page, which also summarizes medicine-related presentations in the main conference. Please pass the word on to your local medical editors.

Integration progress

There has previously been some resistance against translation into certain languages with strong Wikipedia presence, such as Dutch, Polish, and Swedish.
What was found is that thre is hardly any negative opinion about the the project itself; and any such critique has focused on the ways that articles have being integrated. For an article to be usefully translated into a target-Wiki it needs to be properly Wiki-linked, carry proper citations and use the formatting of the chosen target language as well as being properly proof-read. Certain large Wikis such as the Polish and Dutch Wikis have strong traditions of medical content, with their own editorial system, own templates and different ideas about what constitutes a good medical article. For example, there are not MEDRS (Polish,German,Romanian,Persian) guidelines present on other Wikis, and some Wikis have a stronger background of country-specific content.

  • Swedish
    Translation into Swedish has been difficult in part because of the amount of free, high quality sources out there already: patient info, for professionals. The same can be said for English, but has really given us all the more reason to try and create an unbiased and free encyclopedia of medical content. We want Wikipedia to act as an alternative to commercial sources, and preferably a really good one at that.
    Through extensive collaborative work and by respecting links and Sweden specific content the last unintegrated Swedish translation went live in May.
  • Dutch
    Dutch translation carries with it special difficulties, in part due to the premises in which the Dutch Wikipedia is built upon. There is great respect for what previous editors have created, and deleting or replacing old content can be frowned upon. In spite of this there are success stories: Anafylaxie.
  • Polish
    Translation and integration into Polish also comes with its own unique set of challenges. The Polish Wikipedia has long been independent and works very hard to create high quality contentfor Polish audience. Previous translation trouble has lead to use of unique templates with unique formatting, not least among citations. Add to this that the Polish Wikipedia does not allow template redirects and a large body of work is required for each article.
    (This is somewhat alleviated by a commissioned Template bot - to be released). - List of articles for integration
  • Arabic
    The Arabic Wikipedia community has been informed of the efforts to integrate content through both the general talk-page as well as through one of the major Arabic Wikipedia facebook-groups: مجتمع ويكيبيديا العربي, something that has been heralded with great enthusiasm.
Integration guides

Integration is the next step after any translation. Despite this it is by no means trivial, and it comes with its own hardships and challenges. Previously each new integrator has needed to dive into the fray with little help from previous integrations. Therefore we are creating guides for specific Wikis that make integration simple and straightforward, with guides for specific languages, and for integrating on small Wikis.

Instructions on how to integrate an article may be found here [4]

News in short

To come
  • Medical editor census - Medical editors on different Wikis have been without proper means of communication. A preliminary list of projects is available here.
  • Proofreading drives

Further reading

Thanks for reading! To receive a monthly talk page update about new issues of the Medical Translation Newsletter, please add your name to the subscriber's list. To suggest items for the next issue, please contact the editor, CFCF (talk · contribs) at Wikipedia:Wikiproject Medicine/Translation Taskforce/Newsletter/Suggestions.
Want to help out manage the newsletter? Get in touch with me CFCF (talk · contribs)
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WikiProject Anatomy Newsletter[edit]

WP:Anatomy quarterly update (#3)

Released: 1 November, 2014
Editor: Tom (LT)

Hello WP:Anatomy participant! This is the third quarterly update, documenting what's going on in WikiProkect Anatomy, news, current projects and other items of interest. I'd greatly value feedback on this, and if you think I've missed something, or don't wish to receive this again, please leave a note on my talkpage or remove your name from the mailing list

What's new
What's going on
  • We fly past 10,000 articles (now already up to 10,150). Why is this important? Articles under our scope are automatically included in popular pages, the cleanup list, and will be included as the recent changes list is updated.
  • A discussion about the formatting of infoboxes.
  • A lot of editing on the heart article -- can it make it to GA?
  • The medical newsletter, WP:PULSE finds its feet, and Anatomy and Physiology are featured as a subsection!
  • A new WP:WikiProject Animal anatomy (WP:ANAN) is created to focus on animal anatomy.
How can I contribute?
  • Welcome new editors! We have a constant stream of new editors who are often eager to work on certain articles.
  • We are always looking to collaborate! If you're looking for editors to collaborate with, let us know on our talk page!
  • Continue to add high-class reliable sources
  • Browse images on WikiCommons to improve the quality of images we use on many articles.
Quarterly focus - Anatomical terminology

Anatomical terminology is an essential component to all our articles. It is necessary to describe structures accurately and without ambiguity. It can also be extremely confusing and, let's face it, it's likely you too were confused too before you knew what was going on ("It's all Greek to me!" you may have said, fairly accurately).

In the opinion of this editor, it's very important that we try hard to describe anatomy in a way that is both technically accurate and accessible. The majority of our readers are lay readers and will not be fluent in terminology. Anatomy is a thoroughly interesting discipline, but it shouldn't be 'locked away' only to those who are fluent in the lingo – exploring anatomy should not be limited by education, technical-level English fluency, or unfamiliarity with its jargon. Anatomical terminology is one barrier to anatomical literacy.

Here are four ways that we can help improve the readability of our anatomical articles.

  1. Substitute. Use words readers are familiar with -- there is no need to use anatomical terminology unless necessary!
    Innervated by
    The nerve that supplies X is...
  2. Explain. When using terminology, remember readers will likely not understand what you mean, so consider adding an explanation and providing context. Use wikilinks for terms that a reader may not know.
    "The triceps extends the arm" may not be readily understood. A small addition may help the reader:
    "The triceps extends the arm, straightening it". Consider:
  3. Separate. Do not use long, complicated sentences. Don't write discursive, long comparisons unless needed. Start with simple information first, then get progressively more complex. Separate information by paragraph and subsection. Bite-sized information is much more easier to digest for readers who don't have a solid anatomical foundation
  4. Eliminate. Not all information is necessary on every article. Hatnotes are a simple and effective way to direct readers to another article. Don't provide long lists of synonyms of names for structures that an article isn't about. If a sentence has been paraphrased to the hilt, consider that several editors are indicating it may need to be simplified.
    "The other branches of the trigeminal nerve are the opthalmic nerve (nervus opthalmicus) and mandibular nerve (nervus mandibularis)"
    "The other branches of the trigeminal nerve are the opthalmic nerve and mandibular nerve" is much more easily digestible

This essay is provided in full on WP:ANATSIMPLIFY.

This has been transcluded to the talk pages of all active WP:ANATOMY users. To opt-out, leave a message on the talkpage of Tom (LT) or remove your name from the mailing list

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