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Editor of the Week[edit]

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Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week, for work creating articles on towns. Thank you for the great contributions! (courtesy of the Wikipedia Editor Retention Project)

User:Gtwfan52 submitted the following nomination for Editor of the Week:

I would like to nominate Coal town guy (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log). Since starting a few months ago, he has created over 2000 articles on small, and ghost, towns all across the country; from Slickpoo, Idaho to Spaghetti Junction, Kentucky. These help fill out the gazetteer function of the encyclopedia and give people a place to start if they want to expand on them. Gtwfan52 (talk) 09:06, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

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Thanks again for your efforts! --Go Phightins! 21:01, 27 January 2013 (UTC)

Good job! Thanks for all you do! Gtwfan52 (talk) 07:25, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
You are welcome. I need to ask for a favor. Could you please watchlist Fairview Alpha, Louisiana? There is a guy there, an IP beginning 12, that keeps adding nonsense. He is either not a native English speaker or 6 years old. Many thanks. And you deserved it! Gtwfan52 (talk) 14:33, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
This is done and will be watchedCoal town guy (talk) 14:37, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

Congrats, dude. Well deserved, imo. Acdixon (talk · contribs) 14:54, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

Bravo! Hip-Hip! and all that Jazz...```Buster Seven Talk 01:09, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
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Coal town guy
Editor Retention Editor of the Week
For the week beginning January 27, 2013

This editor registered on March 28, 2012 and till the date of the award, he had 6200 edits, out of which over 3750 were to create new articles. Throughout his stay on Wikipedia, Coal town guy has been a silent contributor. His articles on towns and ghost towns have allowed Wikipedia to serve its purpose as a Gazetteer, and have allowed other editors to expand on them.

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Congratulations!-RFD (talk) 12:04, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
Much appreciated, you helped me get here as wellCoal town guy (talk) 14:08, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
A rather late congrats on your recognition. It seems that we were cut from the same cloth. I was raised in Colorado and wrote the Granite, Colorado article. If you read it you will see that I perhaps took the liberty to include much more than is probably "correct", but as an article that gets little attention I get away with it. :D I went to school in the one-room school that is pictured in the article. I also work on the Gandy dancer article, and even in the few short years since I joined WP in 2006 information on the web has been slowly disappearing - it's good to get it posted here. Thanks so much for the important work you are doing. Gandydancer (talk) 00:39, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

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Imagine my surprise when scrolling through my Facebook page today and seeing an article about you, being circulated on Facebook via Wikipedia's Facebook page! You have come a long way, my friend. Keep up the excellent work, and if the hassles get ya down, you can always come scream at me! John from Idegon (talk) 07:01, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

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VisualEditor News 2015—#1[edit]


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The Wikimedia Foundation has named its top priorities for this quarter (January to March). The first priority is making VisualEditor ready for deployment by default to all new users and logged-out users at the remaining large Wikipedias. You can help identify these requirements. There will be weekly triage meetings which will be open to volunteers beginning Wednesday, 11 February 2015 at 12:00 (noon) PST (20:00 UTC). Tell Vice President of Engineering Damon Sicore, Product Manager James Forrester and other team members which bugs and features are most important to you. The decisions made at these meetings will determine what work is necessary for this quarter's goal of making VisualEditor ready for deployment to new users. The presence of volunteers who enjoy contributing MediaWiki code is particularly appreciated. Information about how to join the meeting will be posted at mw:Talk:VisualEditor/Portal shortly before the meeting begins. 

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Promise, Oregon[edit]

Thanks for starting this, I "Valfontified", it--I think you won't mind! Do you have any info on the fact it was settled by people from West Virginia? Valfontis (talk) 19:22, 4 February 2015 (UTC)

I know that Nettie West Virginia had the same nickname, I can check some things about the place in Oregon here at the house. However, it should be noted that there are a few "Promised Land" places throughout the US.......I was seeking a place named Broken Promise, which I have read of BUT NOT seen documented...Coal town guy (talk) 02:37, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

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Coal Camps[edit]

Hey there! You wouldn't happen to be the fellow from Coal Camp USA, would you? I have explored many camps, but have posted a handful of them, at my site - What do you do with your findings and such? seicer | talk | contribs 03:01, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

I know the Coal Camp USA guy, but that's not me. I put some of what I find here. But I also maintain a blog and facebook group. Coal town guy (talk) 03:21, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

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VisualEditor News #2—2015[edit]

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Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has fixed many bugs and worked on VisualEditor's performance, the Citoid reference service, and support for languages with complex input requirements. Status reports are posted on The worklist for April through June is available in Phabricator.

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The Editing team is slowly adding auto-fill features for citations. This is currently available only at the French, Italian, and English Wikipedias. The Citoid service takes a URL or DOI for a reliable source, and returns a pre-filled, pre-formatted bibliographic citation. After creating it, you will be able to change or add information to the citation, in the same way that you edit any other pre-existing citation in VisualEditor. Support for ISBNs, PMIDs, and other identifiers is planned. Later, editors will be able to improve precision and reduce the need for manual corrections by contributing to the Citoid service's definitions for each website.

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The special character inserter has been improved, based upon feedback from active users. After this, VisualEditor was made available to all users of Wikipedias on the Phase 5 list on 30 March. This affected 53 mid-size and smaller Wikipedias, including AfrikaansAzerbaijaniBretonKyrgyzMacedonianMongolianTatar, and Welsh.

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Looking ahead[edit]

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Big Four[edit]

Please don't use the letter as a source: we need secondary sources, which in this context are published historical accounts, not individuals' letters. Have you look at [1] or [2], for example? Just wondering if you have access to print copies of them. Nyttend (talk) 02:17, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

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