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Books & Bytes New Years Double Issue[edit]

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October 2014[edit]

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Online DNB[edit]

You need a subscription but somehow I was on the bios earlier, not anymore though. Anyway, is it really necessary for additional information on the older 1900 people? Also, you don't have to put quotes around text if you copy it do you, I didn't see any quotes on articles you made. Someone on my talk page said to. WikiOriginal-9 (talk) 15:21, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

The ODNB isn't public domain right. WikiOriginal-9 (talk) 15:46, 5 October 2014 (UTC)
It obviously isn't nevermind. WikiOriginal-9 (talk) 15:54, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the work you're doing. I use a basic text template to help with conversions, and by including inline referencing in that, I find that it only takes a few seconds extra. See detailed discussion on your Talk for the rest. Charles Matthews (talk) 16:09, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

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Samuel William Fores[edit]

Greetings. Any chance you could find something more on him mentioned in ODNB etc?♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:20, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

He exhibited a 6 foot model guillotine in London at the time of the French Revolution.[1] Must be worth a DYK ... Charles Matthews (talk) 16:23, 9 October 2014 (UTC)
Now that is interesting!♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:04, 9 October 2014 (UTC)
This is quite fun, if 3D. There is a lot that comes up in searching for "Fores of Piccadilly"; also his address was "50 Piccadilly" then "41 Piccadilly" (a numbering change rather than a move). Charles Matthews (talk) 17:25, 9 October 2014 (UTC)
Hah, copyvio or what> [2] copies the ODNB article. Charles Matthews (talk) 17:29, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

I do have ODNB access but I can't remember where I stored the card number!♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:59, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

Talented man.♦ Dr. Blofeld 20:45, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

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ex-DNB persons, roles in footnotes[edit]

Dear Charles Matthews, Hi! Just an inquiry - I needed to re-incorporate the information about roles into the main text of John Henry Johnstone as I wanted to add some more and weave it together a bit. Then I noticed that, in importing Old DNB text, you had done the same thing (of putting the roles into footnotes) with John Moody, so I guess it's a procedure you are following. My question is, are you especially wedded to this way of presenting the information, or is it more to do with making sure that (In principio when beginning such an article) a plain text has some notes, and isn't too derivative? (In which case it can be altered more as fresh references are brought in). I don't want to wreck your system if it is deliberate or following some Forum convention (I know nothing of such things) but as and when adding into such articles, (and not wholesale), I might wish to re-integrate the roles information into the main text, and I wondered if that was alright with you? Kindest regards, Eebahgum (talk) 10:57, 13 October 2014 (UTC)

I put what seems to me heavy detail about roles into footnotes. Such information, I take it, is encyclopedic (useful for reference), yet the "general reader" will not wish to plough through it. By including it we build up a good idea of the stage repertoire of the period. It all will go back to the early theatre historians, such as Genest, and the point would be to build on their work.
So, first, I have no real objection to it going back into the main text, if that is done in a way that is going to reduce the dryness of a straight list. Second, I think the information should where possible be amplified, typically by adding authors to titles of plays, and of course linking plays where there is an article. Thirdly, there is arguably an ideal solution, namely to have a separate section which tabulates the roles played. For typical jobbing actors that is not going to happen any time soon. Charles Matthews (talk) 11:11, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
Thankyou for this clarification. I will try to proceed thoughtfully. Eebahgum (talk) 13:00, 13 October 2014 (UTC)

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