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DYK RfC[edit]

  • As a listed GA participant, you are invited to contribute to a formal Request for Comment on the question of whether Good Articles should be eligible to appear in the Did You Know? slot in future. Please see the proposal on its subpage here, or on the main DYK talk page. To add the discussion to your watchlist, click this link. Thank you in advance. Gilderien Chat|Contributions02:56, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

FA Review[edit]

Who is directing FAR now that Raul654 has gone on hiatus? The message on his talk page says, "Raul654 has not edited since February 2013." It seems like maybe FAR should have another director if the current director has been absent for six months. 69.125.134.86 (talk) 23:43, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

Please see the lengthy recent discussion regarding Raul and the position of FA director in general on WT:FAC, and participate there if you feel so inclined. Dana boomer (talk) 00:08, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

Sergeant Reckless[edit]

I was wondering if you'd do the GA review on this article. PumpkinSky talk 10:02, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

I'll see what I can do. Life's been a bit crazy lately :) Dana boomer (talk) 11:16, 15 August 2013 (UTC)
MTBW and I would really appreciate it. It's a very interesting and unique story. Thanks PumpkinSky talk 13:28, 15 August 2013 (UTC)
And really, really FUN! (Hint: Horse once ate $30 of poker chips...) Montanabw(talk) 05:35, 16 August 2013 (UTC)
Yup, I've read through most of the article at various points before, and looked at most of the references/illustrations, so reviewing it for GAN wouldn't take that long. I just need to sit down and actually do it. Hopefully this afternoon? I'll try to give it a shot, but if something comes up I might not be able to. Dana boomer (talk) 11:55, 16 August 2013 (UTC)
OK PumpkinSky talk 23:29, 18 August 2013 (UTC)
MTBW says she can have the lead done by Monday. Is that OK? She wants to reread it, etc. PumpkinSky talk 23:17, 22 August 2013 (UTC)
Yup, that's fine. I have the review page watchlisted; just ping me there when the changes have been made. Dana boomer (talk) 11:34, 23 August 2013 (UTC)
I did some work on the lead, such as adding the two wounds and poker chips. PumpkinSky talk 11:32, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
ITD helped too. PumpkinSky talk 22:16, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

Ping! I think we are ready for the final run-through. I finished my (overdue) promise of redoing the lede. Montanabw(talk) 23:09, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

Many thanks Dana, it's a much better article now. Great review. PumpkinSky talk 21:55, 31 August 2013 (UTC)

August 2013[edit]

Information icon Hello. Regarding the recent revert you made: you may already know about them, but you might find Wikipedia:Template messages/User talk namespace useful. After a revert, these can be placed on the user's talk page to let them know you considered their edit inappropriate, and also direct new users towards the sandbox. They can also be used to give a stern warning to a vandal when they've been previously warned. Thank you. Kiko4564 (talk) 22:12, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

We have a template for THIS crap??? (gaze up) Ealdgyth - Talk 22:22, 20 August 2013 (UTC)
Oy vey. More content contributions, less templating the regulars, please. Dana boomer (talk) 00:31, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue LXXXIX, August 2013[edit]

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WikiCup 2013 August newsletter[edit]

This year's final is upon us. Our final eight, in order of last round's score, are:

  1. Australia Hawkeye7 (submissions), a WikiCup newcomer who has contributed on topics of military history and physics, including a number of high-importance topics. Good articles have made up the bulk of his points, but he has also scored a great deal of bonus points. He has the second highest score overall so far, with more than 3000 points accumulated.
  2. New South Wales Casliber (submissions), another WikiCup veteran who reached the finals in 2012, 2011 and 2010. He writes on a variety of topics including botany, mycology and astronomy, and has claimed the highest or joint highest number of featured articles every round so far this year. He has the third highest score overall, with just under 3000 points accumulated.
  3. Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions), 2012 WikiCup champion, who writes mostly on marine biology. She has also contributed to high-importance topics, seeing huge numbers of bonus points for high-importance featured and good articles. Previous rounds have seen her scoring the most bonus points, with scoring spread across did you knows, good articles and featured articles.
  4. Canada Sasata (submissions), a WikiCup veteran who finished in second place in 2012, and competed as early as 2009. He writes articles on biology, especially mycology, and has scored highly for a number of collaborations at featured article candidates.
  5. Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions), the winner of the 2010 competition. His contributions mostly concern Naval history, and he has scored a very large number of points for good articles and good article reviews in every round. He is the highest scorer overall this year, with over 3500 points in total.
  6. Wyoming Ealdgyth (submissions), who is competing in the WikiCup for the second time, though this will be her first time in the final. A regular at FAC, she is mostly interested in British medieval history, and has scored very highly for some top-importance featured articles on the topic.
  7. London Miyagawa (submissions), a finalist in 2012 and 2011. He writes on a broad variety of topics, with many of this year's points coming from good articles about Star Trek. Good articles make up the bulk of his points, and he had the most good articles back in round 2; he was also the highest scorer for DYK in rounds 1 and 2.
  8. Scotland Adam Cuerden (submissions) has previously been involved with the WikiCup, but hasn't participated for a number of years. He scores mostly from restoration work leading to featured picture credits, but has also done some article writing and reviewing.

We say goodbye to eight great participants who did not qualify for the final: Poland Piotrus (submissions), Idaho Figureskatingfan (submissions), Ohio ThaddeusB (submissions), Michigan Dana boomer (submissions), Prince Edward Island Status (submissions), United States Ed! (submissions), Florida 12george1 (submissions), England Calvin999 (submissions). Having made it to this stage is still an excellent achievement, and you can leave with your heads held high. We hope to see you all again next year. Signups are now open for the 2014 WikiCup, which will begin on 1 January. All Wikipedians, whatever their interest or level of experience, are warmly invited to participate in next year's competition.

This last month has seen some incredible contributions; for instance, Cwmhiraeth's Starfish and Ealdgyth's Battle of Hastings—two highly important, highly viewed pages—made it to featured article status. It would be all too easy to focus solely on these stunning achievements at the expense of those participants working in lower-scoring areas, when in fact all WikiCup participants are doing excellent work. A mention of everything done is impossible, but here are a few: Last round saw the completion of several good topics (on the 1958, 1959 and 1962 Atlantic hurricane seasons) to which 12george1 had contributed. Calvin999 saw "S&M" (song), on which he has been working for several years, through to featured article status on its tenth try. Figureskatingfan continued towards her goal of a broad featured/good topic on Maya Angelou, with two featured and four good articles. ThaddeusB contributed significantly to over 20 articles which appeared on the main page's "in the news" section. Adam Cuerden continued to restore a large number of historical images, resulting in over a dozen FP credits this round alone. The WikiCup is not just about top-importance featured articles, and the work of all of these users is worthy of commendation.

Finally, the usual notices: If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to reduce the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talkemail) and The ed17 (talkemail) 05:37, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

Million Award[edit]

Million award logo.svg The Million Award
For your contributions to bring Horse (estimated annual readership: 2,485,000) to Good Article status, I hereby present you the Million Award. Congratulations on this rare accomplishment, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers! -- Khazar2 (talk) 13:51, 30 August 2013 (UTC)
Million award logo.svg The Half Million Award
For your contributions to bring Cabbage (estimated annual readership: 547,000) and Malawi (estimated annual readership: 610,000) to Good Article status, and Lettuce (estimated annual readership: 564,000) to Featured Article status, I hereby present you the Half Million Award. Congratulations, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers! -- Khazar2 (talk) 13:51, 30 August 2013 (UTC)
Million award logo.svg The Quarter Million Award
For your contributions to bring Thoroughbred (estimated annual readership: 312,000) to Featured Article status, I hereby present you the Quarter Million Award. Congratulations, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers! -- Khazar2 (talk) 13:51, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

Looking again at that thread on WT:GAN reminded me that I owe you quite a few of these! You're also welcome to display the following userboxes:

Million award logo.svg This user won the Million Award for bringing Horse to Good Article status.
Million award logo.svg This user won the Half Million Award for bringing Cabbage to Good Article status.
Million award logo.svg This user won the Half Million Award for bringing Malawi to Good Article status.
Million award logo.svg This user won the Half Million Award for bringing Lettuce to Featured Article status.
Million award logo.svg This user won the Quarter Million Award for bringing Thoroughbred to Featured Article status.


If I've made any error in this listing, please don't hesitate to correct it; if for any reason you don't feel you deserve it, please don't hesitate to remove it; if you know of any other editor who merits one of these awards, please don't hesitate to give it; if you yourself deserve another award from any of the three tiers, please don't hesitate to take it!

Thanks for this terrific body of work; it's amazing how many readers you've served with your contributions here. Cheers and thanks, -- Khazar2 (talk) 13:49, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for all of these! I think this award is a great idea to bring a bit more press to those editors who work on high-profile articles, whether they are history or pop culture. One tweak, though...horse is only a GA, not a FA. I've changed that above and am headed over to the main MA page to change it. Dana boomer (talk) 16:50, 30 August 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the catch! -- Khazar2 (talk) 16:54, 30 August 2013 (UTC)
Looks like I forgot to list it there entirely; this is still a work in progress. Face-smile.svg It's up now, though--thanks again for all your core contributions-- Khazar2 (talk) 17:05, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

GAR[edit]

Apple, an article that you or your project may be interested in, has been nominated for an individual good article reassessment. If you are interested in the discussion, please participate by adding your comments to the reassessment page. If concerns are not addressed during the review period, the good article status may be removed from the article.--FutureTrillionaire (talk) 23:11, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

WikiIndaba and Wikipedian in Residence Notice[edit]

Dear Dana boomer As a Wikipedian interested in African subjects and specifically Malawi, I would like you to be aware of the following two opportunities:

1. Wikimedia South Africa and WikiAfrica are organising an WikiIndaba for February 2014 – a continental meeting for Africa-based Wikipedians to get together, discuss challenges and drive the agenda for Wikipedia from Africa. If you support this initiative, then please sign up on this site: http://wikiindaba.net – we also want to hear what you want the Wiki Indaba to achieve. What are your expectations? What does it need to include? Who and what do you want to see happen at WikiIndaba? What is your area of interest? Languages? Data? Please share your ideas and thoughts on the Community Portal

2. WikiAfrica is looking for a Wikipedian in Residence from Malawi. This might be a position that you would consider. Or it could be the perfect opportunity for someone you know from Malawi, please spread the word! For more details, please look at this page: http://www.wikiafrica.net/wikipedian-in-residence-malawi

If you have any questions about either of the above, please contact isla on isla [at] wikiafrica [dot] net : Isla Haddow (talk)

CCI update[edit]

--Wizardman 14:52, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

Hulluch[edit]

Did a quick CE of the grammar of Gas attack at Hulluch.Keith-264 (talk) 21:45, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! I'm still seeing missing words, missing linking, improper punctuation, etc., though, on just a quick glance. It looks like you've done a great job on the article, just needs a bit more of a bump before it's B-class, IMO. Dana boomer (talk) 22:05, 12 September 2013 (UTC)
It's kind of you to take the trouble. Any examples?Keith-264 (talk) 22:41, 12 September 2013 (UTC)
Mostly it's picky little things that would take more time to list than to do myself. I should have the time to take a run through later tonight and at least leave some example edits. Dana boomer (talk) 22:48, 12 September 2013 (UTC)
I'm a bit tired myself. No commas before "and" though. ;O)Keith-264 (talk) 22:57, 12 September 2013 (UTC)
OK, I did a run through, fixing typos, punctuation, etc. I linked quite a few things, but more of the armament stuff may need linking - not sure on MILHIST protocols for that. I also left a couple of hidden comments in spots where I think more info would be useful. Feel free to toss these when you've read them if you wish, they're just my suggestions and it was easier to put them there then start a new section on the talk page. At this point, I would ask for a new assessment on the main MILHIST assessment page, as I may be considered too involved to do a new assessment. Are you considering taking this article to GAN? Dana boomer (talk) 00:39, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
Your fresh pair of eyes has been very helpful, I've been writing Great War history for so long that everything is familiar and I've obviously overlooked lots of links. I haven't bothered with any classification above B (except for Messines 1917) as I've been concentrating in filling gaps, I only had a dash at Hulluch because I've been procrastinating over Delville Wood. ;O)Keith-264 (talk) 08:16, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
No problem, it was an interesting article to read! Feel free to drop me a note any time you need a fresh pair of eyes, Dana boomer (talk) 12:40, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
It passed the B class review, thanks to your work.Keith-264 (talk) 07:37, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

Cabbage[edit]

Hi Dana, I think cabbage is pretty close to FA quality. I plan to do a few hours of work on it this weekend when I'm at the library, but I don't expect any major changes. Would you be amenable to putting it in the FAC queue next week? Sasata (talk) 16:14, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

Yup, that's fine with me. I'll take a run through it this weekend, as well, to make any last minute changes. Drop it at FAC whenever you're ready! Dana boomer (talk) 17:22, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
I hope I'm not stepping on any toes with my latest reference tweaks. There are still some minor referencing inconsistencies that need to ironed out for FAC:
  • ending period after short citations or not?
  • when source has two authors, should they be separated by "and" or just by a comma? (see e.g. cited literature list)
  • et al. italicized or not?
  • author initials spaced or not?
  • date format for accessdates? different or same date format for citations dates?
I have no strong feelings about any of these, but bring it up here in case you do :) If you don't, I'm happy to just go ahead and make the formatting consistent. I don't think I have any more content additions to make, so it's just final copyediting now. Would you mind being the lead nom at FAC (you did the bulk of the content work). Sasata (talk) 18:20, 18 September 2013 (UTC)
I don't have any really strong feelings on any of the above. Usually, I 1) have no periods after short citations, 2) use "and" to separate to authors, 3) don't italicize et. al., 4) space author initials, 5) use yyyy-mm-dd for access dates and month day, year for citation dates. However, if there are any of these that have mostly another type of formatting and its easier to use that, go for it. I will try to take a final copyediting run this evening (probably fairly late), and could then nominate it for FAC, if you feel that you'll be done with your final checks at that point? I don't mind being the lead nom at FAC. Dana boomer (talk) 18:38, 18 September 2013 (UTC)
I hope to be done the final checks later today (although it depends on how busy things get here ...), then it's GTG when you are! Sasata (talk) 20:27, 18 September 2013 (UTC)
Ok done! I think we can handle anything that might come up @ FAC. Sasata (talk) 16:14, 19 September 2013 (UTC)
Awesome! I took another run through the article and just ended up tweaking a couple of things. I've now nominated for FAC - cross your fingers :) Dana boomer (talk) 17:12, 19 September 2013 (UTC)
The more I dig around trying to find info to address Indopug's oppose, the more I'm convinced that the article currently has a pretty good balance based on the sources we've used. Most of the English-language literature is Euro/North America-centric, and I haven't been able to find anything specific to China that isn't actually about the Chinese cabbage. I've added a few mentions of India in the text. Regarding how it got there, there doesn't seem to be much more known than we already have in the text ("Cabbages spread from Europe into Mesopotamia and Egypt, and later followed trade routes throughout Asia and the Americas.") Is there anything you want to add or check out before I/you reply to Indopug? Sasata (talk) 16:13, 24 September 2013 (UTC)
I did quite a bit of digging when I was first putting the article together, and my conclusion was also that most of the "cabbage" grown/used in China is Chinese cabbage. This is made even more confusing by the FAO conflating multiple brassicas in their production data. From all of the source material I can find, true cabbage is mostly used (and has traditionally been used) in Europe/Russia/N. America. I like your additions, thanks for taking the time to dig through the source material again. Dana boomer (talk) 18:45, 24 September 2013 (UTC)
  • Can we substitute all instances of "fresh market" (currently 4) with "market", or is there some distinction I'm missing? Sasata (talk) 05:55, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
  • How do you feel about cutting the final two sentences of "Taxonomy and etymology" to help address Quadell's balance concern? I'm not sure a 17th-19th century use of the word is important enough to include here (especially since, looking at the source, there's several other obscureish meanings that we haven't included). I always thought Cabbagetown was so named because the early Irish immigrants planted cabbage on their front lawns (corroborated here, for example, although not a RS). The alternative to trimming would be to expand the slang uses and make a subsection for it. Sasata (talk) 06:10, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
  • Thank you so much for doing most of the work so far on the FAC comments. I will try to get to addressing some of the remaining ones this afternoon. I think we can substitute "market" for "fresh market", it just sounds a little odd to my ears, but as far as I know there's no distinction. I have no opposition to trimming the slang usages...IIRC, I just mostly found references for stuff that was already in the article when I began working on it. Dana boomer (talk) 11:34, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
  • LOL, Sasata, every time I come online to work on the article, you're already in there :) Let me know if there is anything specific that you would like me to do...it seems that you're taking care of everything. I know I said I would be the lead nom, and expected to be doing the heavy lifting... (Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely not complaining, just wanting to make sure that I'm not leaving you feeling like you're working alone on this.) Dana boomer (talk) 23:31, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
  • That's quite alright, this is a part of Wikipedia I enjoy ... quietly improving articles guided by excellent feedback from others! I'm working on expanding the history section (found this which has some old texts that have interesting tidbits), and later I'll see if there's anything good to add to medicinal properties. Please feel free to work on all the other points! Sasata (talk) 23:40, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
Success! Nice to work with you Dana, and let me know if you have a hankering to collaborate on another high-importance crop article sometime in the future (perhaps next year's WikiCup?). Sasata (talk) 05:42, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
Yay! (And congrats on Pinniped as well - two high value articles promoted in the same day is awesome!) More collaborations for next year's wikicup sounds like a plan; there are still a ton of high importance crop articles in really poor condition, so we have a lot to choose from. Dana boomer (talk) 11:36, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
Nicely done, you two! Hooray! Montanabw(talk) 22:31, 14 October 2013 (UTC)

MILHIST coordinator nominations closes shortly[edit]

Gday Dana boomer. Have you considered putting your name forward for this? I certainly think you have a lot of experience in the project and would be more than capable of doing the job. We currently only have 10 nominations and they close today so if you are interested pls have a look here: Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Coordinators/September 2013. All the best. Anotherclown (talk) 04:31, 14 September 2013 (UTC)


WikiProject Military history coordinator election[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue LXXXXX, September 2013[edit]

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CCI update[edit]

Such a small one, yet such a pain to get through. Glad it's done. Wizardman 03:03, 25 September 2013 (UTC)

Fractional currency FLC[edit]

Hi Dana boomer- Should you have any inclination to review something off the beaten path, any comments or feedback (positive or negative) would be welcome. Thanks-Godot13 (talk) 01:41, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

FAR at AC[edit]

For some reason the username linking there didn't trigger a notification for me, so just wanted to be sure you were aware of Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Ebionites_3/Workshop#FAR_guidelines_should_be_enforced. Nikkimaria (talk) 19:53, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

Huh, I wasn't automatically notified either...wonder if it has something to do with the linking template that was used? Anyway, thanks for the note, I was not aware of that aspect of the case and will keep an eye on it. Dana boomer (talk) 21:02, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

WikiCup 2013 September newsletter[edit]

In 30 days, we will know the identity of our 2013 WikiCup champion. Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) currently leads; if that lead is held, she will become the first person to have won the WikiCup twice. Canada Sasata (submissions), Australia Hawkeye7 (submissions)—who has never participated in the competition before—and New South Wales Casliber (submissions) follow. The majority of points in this round have come from a mix of good articles and bonus points. This final round is seeing contributions to a number of highly important topics; recent submissions include Phoenix (constellation) (FA by Casliber), Ernest Lawrence (GA by Hawkeye7), Pinniped, and red fox (both GAs by Sasata).

The did you know (DYK) eligibility criteria have recently changed, meaning that newly passed good articles are accepted as "new" for did you know purposes. However, in the interests of not changing the WikiCup rules mid-competition, please note that only articles eligible for DYK under the old system (that is, newly created articles or 5x expansions) will be eligible for points in this year's WikiCup. We do, however, have time to discuss how this new system will work for next year's competition; a discussion will be opened in due course. On that note, thoughts are welcome on changes you'd like to see for next year. What worked? What didn't work? What would you like to see more of? What would you like to see less of? All Wikipedians, new or old, are also warmly invited to sign up for the 2014 WikiCup.

If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to reduce the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talkemail) and The ed17 (talkemail) 22:59, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Newfoundland pony[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Sable Island horse[edit]

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Sable Island horse you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria. Time2wait.svg This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of FunkMonk -- FunkMonk (talk) 14:51, 4 October 2013 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Sable Island horse[edit]

The article Sable Island horse you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:Sable Island horse for comments about the article. Well done! Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of FunkMonk -- FunkMonk (talk) 22:22, 4 October 2013 (UTC)

A possible task for you[edit]

Could you possibly close this CFD[1]? The category was deleted per G4 by another administrator but that administrator felt he couldn't close the CFD because of a possible COI....William 19:03, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

Done. Dana boomer (talk) 19:59, 5 October 2013 (UTC)
Thanks!...William 20:05, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

American Cream Draft[edit]

I suggested American Cream Draft for TFA, as PumpkinSky had proposed, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:59, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

I don't know where he proposed it, and I think having articles on the front page is a PITA, but I won't oppose, as it has to happen sometime. Dana boomer (talk) 22:48, 5 October 2013 (UTC)
I probably mentioned it to PSky at WP:QAI, where Gerda has been working on having articles suitable for TFA pre-prepped for noms, so if it runs, I'll also help babysit. Montanabw(talk) 04:40, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Mvto for the barnstar and a general toast to a lack of drama :). Have a good one! -Uyvsdi (talk) 17:06, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Newfoundland pony[edit]

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Easy GAN review[edit]

With all the GANs you are putting up, if you need what will probably be an easy review, note Talk:History of Chincoteague, Virginia/GA1. Montanabw(talk) 03:05, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

With the backlog at GAN, I've been trying to work on some of the old nominations, unless new ones are obvious quick fails. I did a bit of cleanup in the Places category, though, so the above article has moved a couple places closer to the top :) Looks like a nice article, as I glanced through it...nice for Chincoteague Pony to have a companion!

Even easier idea[edit]

Wehwalt has a GAN reviewer for History of Chincoteague, but I'm about to put Homer Davenport up for PR with a possible notion of going straight to FAC with it, depending on outcome. Want to pop over and take a peek? (Another Arabian horse breeder article about someone famous outside the horse world as well). Montanabw(talk) 22:33, 14 October 2013 (UTC)

OK, I took a run through and left some comments on the talk page. PR is pretty dead these days, unfortunately, so I still prefer GAN, but whatever floats your boat. Dana boomer (talk) 00:33, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
Wehwalt has History of Chincoteague at GAN and I'm not sure if he can do two at once. He's also thinking this one could go straight to FAC, bypassing GAN. (Didn't know we could do this, but I did it with Oxbow (horse), and it was less of a hassle than I thought). Montanabw(talk) 03:31, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

TFA time?[edit]

Just a quick note to congratulate you on the promotion of Cabbage to FA status recently. I know you know all about WP:TFAR and the "pending" list, so this is just a reminder to use them as and when suits you. Many thanks. It's a crying shame that the article couldn't find room for the use of the cabbage as a boobyprize on Crackerjack but perhaps that needs to wait until someone writes Cabbages in popular culture... or perhaps I'm just showing my age! BencherliteTalk 10:18, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

I like cabbage much more than sorrow, thank you! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:38, 16 February 2014 (UTC)

Sean Patrick Maloney[edit]

I've addressed every issue you've outlined, If you can now take another look at it I'd appreciate it. Grammarxxx (What'd I do this time?) 23:10, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Canadian horse[edit]

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Half Million Award[edit]

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For your contributions to bring Cabbage (estimated annual readership: 516,000) to Featured Article status, I hereby present you the Half Million Award. Congratulations, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers! -- Khazar2 (talk) 18:23, 27 October 2013 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2013 October newsletter[edit]

The WikiCup is over for another year! Our champion, for the second year running, is Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions). Our final nine were as follows:

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  2. Australia Hawkeye7 (submissions)
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  9. Wyoming Ealdgyth (submissions)

All those who reached the final win prizes, and prizes will also be going to the following participants:

  • New South Wales Casliber (submissions) wins the FA prize, for four featured articles in round 4, worth 400 points.
  • Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions) wins the GA prize, for 20 good articles in round 3, worth 600 points.
  • Portland, Oregon Another Believer (submissions) wins the FL prize, for four featured lists in round 2, worth 180 points.
  • Scotland Adam Cuerden (submissions) wins the FP prize, for 23 featured pictures in round 5, worth 805 point.
  • Republic of Rose Island Sven Manguard (submissions) wins the FPo prize, for 2 featured portals in round 3, worth 70 points.
  • Australia Hawkeye7 (submissions) wins the topic prize, for a 23-article featured topic in round 5, worth 230 points.
  • Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) wins the DYK prize, for 79 did you know articles in round 5, worth 570 points.
  • Ohio ThaddeusB (submissions) wins the ITN prize, for 23 in the news articles in round 4, worth 270 points.
  • United States Ed! (submissions) wins the GAR prize, for 24 good article reviews in round 1, worth 96 points.
  • The judges are awarding the Oddball Barnstar to British Empire The C of E (submissions), for some curious contributions in earlier rounds.
  • Finally, the judges are awarding Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) the Geography Barnstar for her work on sea, now a featured article. This top-importance article was the highest-scoring this year; when it was promoted to FA status, Cwmhiraeth could claim 720 points.

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Congratulations to everyone who has been successful in this year's WikiCup, whether you made it to the final rounds or not, and a particular congratulations to the newcomers to the WikiCup who have achieved this year. Thanks to all who have taken part and helped out with the competition. While it has been an excellent year, errors have opened up the judges' eyes to the need for a third judge, and it is with pleasure that we announce that experienced WikiCup participant Miyagawa will be acting as a judge from now on. We hope you will all join us in welcoming him to the team.

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Cabbage[edit]

Given the generally negative reaction to this article that I titled, I wanted to apologize in case you felt it was a negative comment on the hard work you put into the article. Regards, Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 21:07, 2 November 2013 (UTC)

I thought the headline was funny... Guess I was in the minority, given the comments. Maybe I'll go take Crisco's suggestion to get Brussels sprout up to FA so that we can terrorize schoolchildren with that, too. Dana boomer (talk) 21:11, 2 November 2013 (UTC)
I was never threatened with cabbage as a child, personally, my nemesis was canned spinach! LOL! Montanabw(talk) 09:49, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Namib Desert Horse[edit]

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WikiCup award[edit]

In recognition of your participation in the 2013 Wikipedia:WikiCup, in which you reached round 4, the semi-finals. J Milburn (talk · contribs) and The ed17 (talk · contribs) 11:47, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

Virago250[edit]

I'll take a look. I did a bit of searching last night and it looks like those last few will be tough. Since you've tackled so much of it already you'd probably know better than I what remaining diffs are ok and what are not. As for a bigger cleanup, now that SCV/CP are in good shape for once I'm good for doing another drive, the question would just be which one. The ones I know a couple people are interested in are relatively small and don't really need a drive. We could always just do Wikipedia:Contributor copyright investigations/20091230, since that's the oldest and many of the contribs are ok (any offline we can agf on that one), it just needs the fine-tuning since sentence here and there are ripped from allmusic. Wizardman 16:12, 16 November 2013 (UTC)

As an addendum, I know Dianna has been working on Racepacket's CCI. The three of us combined could probably clean that one in a week or two if you're up for that. Wizardman 16:15, 16 November 2013 (UTC)
The Racepacket CCI looks like it could be done relatively quickly, if there are three of us working on it. I'm fairly well stuck on the last few articles in the Virago CCI, so I pinged MRG in on it. I'll keep plugging along on that one too, though. Dana boomer (talk) 20:07, 16 November 2013 (UTC)

FAR closure[edit]

Hey Dana. I'm just wondering if you can close the Our Friends in the North FAR since everything has been fixed up and looks to be up to the current FA standard. GamerPro64 21:47, 16 November 2013 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

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For flagging away at CCI when there are more fun and less frustrating tasks to do and keeping the copyright issues from swallowing the project. Moonriddengirl (talk) 01:45, 17 November 2013 (UTC)


CCI update[edit]

If you guys decide to collaborate on one, let me know - I'm in. :) That said, I'm going to try to help keep CP from backlogging again! --Moonriddengirl (talk) 01:45, 17 November 2013 (UTC)

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CCI update[edit]

If only a magic fairy could make them ALL go away.... --Moonriddengirl (talk) 12:12, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

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Help![edit]

Silly season has erupted and I'm the only one at the fort. Need more WPEQ eyes, please: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Thrush_(horse)#Requested_move Montanabw(talk) 02:24, 29 November 2013 (UTC)

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Talk:Big Bay Point Light[edit]

I think this one has got to at least be a "Start" not a "Stub". Happy editing. 7&6=thirteen () 17:11, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Yup, see my next edit. Now all of the projects are classed as "start" for that article. Dana boomer (talk) 17:08, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
That is one I seriously edited. Could be a "C" not a "Start". Or even a "B" although I know there is a separate process for that. But I don't mean to quibble. 7&6=thirteen () 17:11, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
While I think that you've done good work on the article, I don't think it's quite C-class. I'm seeing unreferenced chunks, lots of short, choppy paragraphs, un-reliable sources, etc. It's close, and a lot better than a lot of the other articles I'm re-rating right now, but not quite there yet, I think. Dana boomer (talk) 17:15, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
Compare to the "B" for Cape Hatteras Light. Certainly there are a lot more sources. Until I stopped editing the Michigan Lighthouse articles theee were all small. Some of them I did not start on. But something like Sturgeon Point Light or White Shoal Light (Michigan) are as detailed as 90+% of the lighthouse articles in Wikipedia. Thanks for the substantive critique. Best regards. 7&6=thirteen () 17:20, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
I wouldn't consider Cape Hatteras Light a B-class article. Basically, the same sourcing issues. I can see that you've done a lot of good work on the lighthouse articles, though...I think I've re-rated five or six of them in the last day or so, all at least start-class, and I think two or three of them were C and B-class! Dana boomer (talk) 17:23, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks Dana.
I quit working on lighthouse articles when the Wiki powers decided to undo at a stroke several templates I and another editor had worked on for a very long time, which listed large numbers of sources. They did not understand the sources, did not understand the scope of what we were doing, or the consequences of their decision. And there was no reasoning with them. They applied what they saw as "policy" without looking at the circumstances or the effect. Given that there should be 150 lighthouses in Michigan alone, accessing each of them to change a comma was (and remains) bullshit. As I am a volunteer helping build the railroad, I don't need to clean up after others deliberately tear up the track. So there are some Michigan lighthouse articles that were not improved very much, and there are a lot of nascent articles that were never written.
I damn near quit Wikipedia at the time. But that is past, except for the fact that I made the decision to abandon a rather grand project. Their loss. 7&6=thirteen () 19:13, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Michigan Brewing Company[edit]

Very long and well sourced "Stub"? 7&6=thirteen () 19:41, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the note. I've bumped it to C-class. At the moment, I'm mainly addressing importance ratings, not class ratings, which is why you mainly see AWB contribs in my history. Feel free to leave me notes for any others you think should be re-rated, or you can just change my ratings if you disagree with them. Dana boomer (talk) 19:45, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
I'm hesitant to rerate anything I contributed to. This article is one in which I darn near wrote entire sections at least. And I still grieve the loss of a really good brewery that I regularly patronized. 7&6=thirteen () 22:37, 9 December 2013 (UTC) 22:35, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
I see we are getting on the same page. Happy holidays. 7&6=thirteen () 20:06, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

Need you here![edit]

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Contract farming[edit]

Please advise which sections have caused you to blank the page for Copyvio reasons. The page has been up for several years so I am surprised at this sudden change of policy. I'd like to try to resolve this amicably. Roundtheworld (talk) 19:19, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

The first copyvio issue I saw with the page was that the Types of Contract Farming contained copyvio and overly close paraphrasing from the source given. Other parts of the article, including the Key benefits of contract farming section, appear to be copied from this article. That was as far as I checked, since that covers a major portion of the article. There has been no "sudden change in policy" - just a lack of volunteers to weed out all of the copyvio that makes its way into articles. I was assessing articles for the agriculture project and the text caught my eye as suspicious, so I checked it and found copying. Hope this helps. Dana boomer (talk) 19:32, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

The Indian article you flagged as a potential source of copyied material seems to be the one that copyied the text of Wikipedia and not the way around. The article is from 2012, but the text in question was entered in 2008. Please reinstate the page, as it is a very useful resource on this theme.

Fair enough - for some reason I thought that information had been inserted later than that. However, the Types of Contract Farming issue remains. Dana boomer (talk) 21:42, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks. As far as I could establish, the text on types of contracts was originally published in a book by FAO in 2001, which is one of the references of the Wikipedia page ( Contract Farming : partnerships for Growth). If you look at the FAO copyright notice in their publications, you will see that use of their materials for non commercial purposes is allowed, provided the source is mentioned. The text can be kept as is, with a clear indication of the source or else if this is not acceptable under Wkipedia's standards, you can remove it, preserving the rest of the page. I am confident a volunteer would present these contents again with a more original write-up — Preceding unsigned comment added by 187.126.102.231 (talk) 08:04, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

The Types of Contract Farming could be removed with no significant loss of content. Restoring the page with that section deleted would enable me to do some much-needed revision of the article. Agricmarketing (talk) 08:45, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
A license for non-commercial purposes in not acceptable - one allowing commercial re-use is necessary. I will check through the article later today for additional copyvio, and if this section is the only issue I find, I think it can be removed and the rest restored. Dana boomer (talk) 12:43, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
Later comment: Nope. A further look found additional copying from the FAO (link to archived version to show we copied from FAO, not the other way around) in the lead and Issues of concern section. The Rationale section appears to have been copied at least in part from the summary of a 2005 article. I continue to find problems with the article. A rewritten version of the article can be created by following the directions under the "Otherwise, you may write a new article without copyright-infringing material. Click "Show" to read where and how." section of the copyvio notice on the page. Dana boomer (talk) 16:47, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
OK, so we are making significant revisions to the text, and hopefully improving it in the process. The problem is that the authors of the FAO content are the authors of the Wikipedia page, so we have been plagiarizing ourselves.Roundtheworld (talk) 18:24, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

I have submitted a rewrite. Thanks for your speedy consideration. Roundtheworld (talk) 15:53, 18 December 2013 (UTC)

Any reactions to the new submission? The contributor says it is a revised version, with no plagiarism. When can we see it? _______ — Preceding unsigned comment added by 187.126.132.34 (talk) 10:58, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

It looks better, but will need to be reviewed by the clerks/admins at the copyright board. As I was the one who initially flagged the copyright issues, I'd prefer another admin check the work done before replacing the article. It is the holiday season, and many are busy in real life, so patience may be necessary. Dana boomer (talk) 23:15, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

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Happy Holidays...[edit]

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Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season, from the horse and bishop person. May the year ahead be productive and troll-free. Ealdgyth - Talk 23:44, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Happy holiday season....[edit]

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Damn need a few of these after a frenetic year and Xmas. Hope yours is a good one....Cheers, Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 09:46, 25 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, Cas! Hope you had a great Christmas...ours was relaxed and snowy - perfect! Dana boomer (talk) 23:15, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Contributor copyright investigations/Racepacket is over[edit]

Happy New Year! MER-C 09:51, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

That was over fast. MER-C 09:25, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Happy New Year and wikicup thoughts[edit]

Dana, you doing wikicup 2014? We (I?) sort of let a couple articles we had ready for GA drop off the radar. Will submitting them now count for wikicup 2014? I'd like to get this stuff cranked up again. I asked Ealdgyth if this is the year to finally get American Quarter Horse up to speed (pun intended). Be a good WPEQ project and get wikicup points for both of you! Montanabw(talk) 01:56, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

Yup, going to do WikiCup again. The rule is that the competitor has to have completed "significant work" on the article in 2014 for it to be eligible for points, so it depends how much more work we end up doing on the articles. The first rounds of the Cup are pretty easy to pass through, though, so even if the articles we were working on (the Free-Roaming Act, Pryor Mountain Mustang, Pryor Mountain itself, and I did some work on Kiger Mustang in the fall - I think this is the series you're referring to) aren't eligible for points, I'd like to keep going on them. On the Free-Roaming Act, I think (IIRC) that I was done with my initial run-through, and was waiting for you to check to see if you were good with the new balance, etc. There may also be a couple of questions on the talk page about things from source material I didn't have? If you have the time and wanted to head over there, I think that article's pretty close. Then we could move on to the Mustang article, which mainly needs some updating, I think. If we get these four articles up to GA status early this year, it would provide a good background of source material that could be transferred over to work on the main Mustang article whenever we get around to that. I like the idea of working on Quarter Horse - it's definitely one of the big ones that's in need of some TLC. Dana boomer (talk) 13:40, 1 January 2014 (UTC)
I'm game to get those up for GA, if you want to run them up the flagpole, I'll deal with any issues that arise in the review (sometimes it takes the actual review to get me to polish stuff up, yes, I suck... LOL) I kind of dread Mustang, though with a team I could face it. It needs to be sourced up the wazoo, and it's long. Incidentally, if you are looking for low-hanging fruit, the jockey articles largely suck. You did a good job with David O'Connor so I know you can handle BLP stuff. I'm trying to get the gumption going to improve [{Rosie Napravnik]] and have been nibbling at that article a bit. some of the other famous women jockeys of past and present, none of whom have very good articles (Julie Krone just got elected to the women's hall of fame). Javier Castellano just broke an earnings record and his article is pathetic. All the major jockeys have poor articles, I don't think there's a GA in the bunch. When I was looking for photos, I found a few better ones for a couple of people (Corey Nakatani, Ramon Dominquez) and I dropped a little bit of stuff into the Gary Stevens article (which also sucks) when I was working on Oxbow and Mucho Macho Man, and have been updating all of those since. Anyway, lots of articles that could be improved and might even be fun to work on. Just thoughts. Montanabw(talk) 22:22, 1 January 2014 (UTC)
OK, I've just done another read-through of the Act article and nominated it for GAN. Next, I think I'm going to toddle over to the two sub-type articles (Kiger and Pryor Mustangs), with a goal of maybe nominating them by sometime next week? The main Mustang article is going to be a PITA, but, hey, we got TWH and Andalusian and a few other POV-draws to GA!! I've never been able to get myself too interested in flat racing...don't know why. I keep telling myself that this will be the year I finally get around to working on Endurance riding (my kind of racing) - that suite of articles is also in need of some major lovin'. Let me know if there are any articles that you're working on that you'd like me to take a run-through, though. Dana boomer (talk) 14:01, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
I'll help with the Pryors, will watchlist Kiger and pop by if I spot anything significant. I fully agree with you on the endurance and Competitive Trail Riding articles. The two articles I have in the "GA pretty soon queue" are Mucho Macho Man (quite close) and Rosie Napravnik (not very close yet, just started cleanup). Just got GA for Katherine Ritvo, but I don't think there's enough there to take up to FAC. I probably could with MMM, as I did with Oxbow, but my god, his stats chart is eating the article! Montanabw(talk) 21:16, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

Welcome to the 2014 WikiCup![edit]

Hello Dana boomer, and welcome to the 2014 WikiCup! Your submission page can be found here. The competition began on 1 January. There have been a few small changes from last year; the rules can be read in full at Wikipedia:WikiCup/Scoring, and the page also includes a summary of changes. One important rule to remember is that only content on which you have completed significant work, and nominated, in 2014 is eligible for points in the competition- the judges will be checking! As ever, this year's competition includes some younger editors. If you are a younger editor, you are certainly welcome, but we have written an advice page at Wikipedia:WikiCup/Advice for younger editors for you. Please do take a look. Any questions should be directed to one of the judges, or left on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup. Signups will close at the end of January, and the first round will end on 26 February; the 64 highest scorers at that time will make it to round 2. Good luck! J Milburn (talk · contribs), The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 15:09, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

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Horse question[edit]

Regarding the last photo on Horse grooming illustrating highlighter, would you say that it's judgmental/POV to use the word "excessive?" Thanks, OhNoitsJamie Talk 20:24, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

Eh, borderline. Personally, if I were writing the caption, I would probably go with "large amounts". However, given that highlighter is supposed to be used to highlight certain parts of the face and this horse looks like he had a bucket of the stuff poured over his head, "excessive" is really not, well, excessive. IMHO, YMMV. That article in general needs some major work. I have the books to do it - any interest in tag-teaming it, or were you just interested in the one caption? Dana boomer (talk) 21:12, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
I'd be happy to help with it, though keep in mind I know very little about horses except from what a horse-owning friend tells me occasionally. I see what you mean about "excessive," in that even though it is a little POVish, even a horse neophyte such as myself would acknowledge that it looks odd. OhNoitsJamie Talk 21:58, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
Cool. I have a couple of other little things to finish up first, but I'll try to take a good look at it by the end of the week. Dana boomer (talk) 00:18, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
By the way ... that's "grease" or "oil" in American terms (at least in Arabian showing circles). When I read "highlighting" i thought of highlighter pens... (nor is that an excessive amount for some Arabian show horses but we won't go there...) Ealdgyth - Talk 00:21, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
Good to know - the article definitely doesn't reflect that at the moment. Making sure it does will go on the to-do list. Anything Arab-specific sourcing that you have would definitely be welcome! Dana boomer (talk) 00:37, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
Harris' Grooming to Win pp. 158-159 briefly discusses using baby oil. Kathleen Obenland's The Arabian English Pleasure Horse pp. 134-136 discusses what oils go where ... including a handy body outline and chart. Trust me, oiling an Arabian halter horse is a very exacting art. Ealdgyth - Talk 00:54, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
I have Harris' Grooming to Win - it's probably going to end up being a major source for the article. The US and UK pony club books have quite a bit too, I think. The D-level book especially is usually pretty good with super basic stuff that a lot of sources take for granted. Will need to double check. If we end up needing more, I may ping you for more on Obenland's book...I don't have that. Dana boomer (talk) 01:01, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
No worries. I can always scan the relevant pages as pdfs for you. I've got my own huge pile of stuff planned for this year ... I've been spending the last few days deep in research on JSTOR - I have a list ten pages long of various articles I wanna work on and need to research. Ealdgyth - Talk 01:09, 8 January 2014
I have those as well, so ping me if you start - this was one of the articles I did a lot of cleanup on in about 2007 or so that I agree needs the 2014 update and sourcing. It's true,the obvious stuff probably needs sourcing (remember that time I got in a spat with someone over use of the metal currycomb? Sheesh) (and BTW, about half the photos in there are mine...all of the ones of brushes and stuff... I do requests.) And even in Arabian circles that last horse is, as Ealdgyth says, goobered in gunk! Montanabw(talk) 22:44, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Kiger Mustang[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971[edit]

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Dana, can we count this one for the wikicup or not? Montanabw(talk) 01:33, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
No, for either of us. The only changes this year were an infobox, a few image switches and a couple of external link changes. There needs to be significant content work within the calendar year by the person claiming the points for it to be eligible. Dana boomer (talk) 01:47, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
Erg. Oh well. If you want points for a GAN review, I have two up right now (and am pinging the wikicup judges for a ruling whether they have the same problem of not having enough 2014 edits), Mucho Macho Man and Rosie Napravnik. Montanabw(talk) 10:14, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

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Your GA nomination of Agriculture[edit]

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Kudos to your gentility![edit]

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I'm very happy to know that humility and knowledge are coexisting in you. You truely have a beautiful mind with a beautiful heart. Thanks for being the way you are. Seabuckthorn  05:16, 17 January 2014 (UTC)


I was thinking of awarding this accolade to you after working on your two phenomenal articles, but somehow missed it. But after reading the review page of Agriculture, I was forced to act with a sense of urgency. Face-smile.svg --Seabuckthorn  05:16, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Thank you very much, Seabuckthorn. I'm really not sure what to say, as I went to bed thinking I had lost my temper a bit and was probably going to wake up in the morning with someone yelling at me. This was a much nicer surprise! Dana boomer (talk) 13:17, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
I've been a fan of yours ever since I created my account here. The first review I read of yours was for this article here. I visited your user page then and got a lot of inspiration from your fantastic contributions here, but somehow could not muster enough courage to interact with you, given my meager contributions at that time, as they are even now. I borrowed your two statements from that review "Hi! I'll be reviewing this article for GA status, and should have my full review up shortly." and "OK, everything looks good now. Passing the article to GA status.". I've plagiarised those very statements in almost my every review since then Face-smile.svg, just to remember my inspiration and goal always. Thanks for being such a great user and a great human being. --Seabuckthorn  15:43, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
I'm happy to have been an inspiration :) I remember that there were users that I felt like that about when I first started, but it's amazing how fast one comes to feel like being part of a community. It looks like you're off to a great start, so keep up the good work! Dana boomer (talk) 13:31, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

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You're ridiculous[edit]

I see you arbitrarily deleted the entire Yaverland Battery article claiming something about copyright issues. Are you for real? Most of Wikipedia is just copypaste of plagiarised facts? Or don't you bother to read this testament to cheating on high school essays? Besides what have you got against Palmerston Forts along the south coast of England that irks you so much that stuff is removed as if it were offensive? Even deleting the history too?

FFS what facts are you talking about, that have to be so different that you can claim it isn't copyrighted any more? It is clear to me , that whoever complied the information/data sheet obviously used primary sources (which this site does not allow anyway) so under your ludicrous decision, what you're basically killed editing on the article because unless someone else publishes a book on the site, nothing can ever be written on it??!! Because you can't use first-hand accounts or the work that has already been done as it's copyrighted!!

Your actions are so single-mindedly ridiculous, I think Wikipediocracy should be informed. I still find it hard to believe you *actually* have some authority on this site? What was the hiring process? Putting numbers in the right order or pushing difference shaped blocks through holes?

Sadly sarcasm aside, what this shows is that after more than 10 years of dipping in and out on here, your actions only prove how Wikipedia is painfully just becoming a site for people who don't have much power/life/esteem in the real world. What you have done only demonstrates how illogical Wikipedia has become, that there is no parity in application of the rules (most articles plagiarise published sources, taking with impunity names, dates, conclusions etc), and that without proper checks, reviews and balances (I mean IPs are metaphorically nothing nothing more than ants under soles of admin's "boots"; squashed without a care) see how easy/lazy/ignorant it is to make stuff up as you go along. No wonder this site is losing editors by the dozen. You're actions justify it! I pity you, I really do.  :-( 81.129.203.246 (talk) 16:43, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

Please read WP:COPYVIO, WP:Close paraphrasing and WP:Revision deletion. The article was a combination of direct copyvio and extremely close paraphrasing from the source, and was cleaned up as part of an ongoing WP:CCI. The history was rev deleted due to the blatant nature of the copyvio. I have nothing personal against Palmerston Forts, I'm merely doing cleanup. If you (or anyone else) wants to rewrite the article, they are welcome to, but not using entire sentences and paragraphs lifted from copyrighted sources. I agree that there is extensive copyvio and close paraphrasing on Wikipedia, as is shown by the thousands of articles listed in individual CCIs, but not doing anything about it is not an option. Also, please refrain from personal attacks. Dana boomer (talk) 17:16, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

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TFA for Boulonnais horse[edit]

Hi Dana, hope you don't mind, but I've nominated Boulonnais horse for TFA after noticing a deficit of noms there. Thanks, Ruby 2010/2013 03:28, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

That's fine. I think that TFA is a pain in the butt, but it's cool to get attention for some breeds that almost no-one knows about. ~~
Once you get a day, ping WPEQ and we will help babysit. Luckily, these obscure articles tend to not be hit too bad, mostly the vandals the bots catch. Montanabw(talk) 03:26, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

There's some discussion at WP:TFAR about which image to use, and a few extra images of the breed have been found on Commons - would you mind taking a look to see whether you think any of them would be useful in the article as well as / instead of the current ones? Thanks, BencherliteTalk 10:16, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the note. I've commented at TFAR and switched out one of the images in the article. I don't think there's room for "as well as", but was definitely room for improvement in "instead of"! Dana boomer (talk) 15:05, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

Misclick[edit]

Yep, this was a misclick. What's weird is that I barely clicked it before clicking on another one, and I checked immediately to see if I had reverted it! Gah, thanks :P ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 17:45, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

No problem. I've done exactly the same thing before - rollback can be so touchy! Dana boomer (talk) 17:55, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Pryor Mountain Mustang[edit]

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Question about User:Theparties[edit]

  1. User seems to be nominating to GAN lots of stuff lately that the user was NOT the significant contributor on, across all sorts of different topics.
  2. It appears from user's talk page the user has been asked to stop, and has not stopped.
  3. This wastes time from other potential GA Reviewers, and is therefore disruptive.
  4. Can something be done about this?

Thank you for your time,

Cirt (talk) 04:42, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

  • Fine. I agree to stop. I'm not nominating anything else, for now.--Theparties (talk) 05:41, 24 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Cirt, this appears to be addressed with the user's promise to be more careful about what they are nominating. As a general note, if a user is being disruptive at GAN, the place to take it would be the GAN talk page, where discussions are held about placing limits on users' participation in the process. I don't think this is necessary at the moment for Theparties, given their statements above and on their talk page. Dana boomer (talk) 15:33, 24 January 2014 (UTC)
Okay, sounds good, thank you both, — Cirt (talk) 18:07, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Update: Did it again, at Aung San Suu Kyi. Time to bring to GAN talk page? — Cirt (talk) 12:41, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

My mistake, that nomination was before above exchange. What should be done about these outstanding nominations to which the user was not a significant contributor? — Cirt (talk) 12:43, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
If they're really inappropriate (lists rather than articles, already GA or FA, contain cleanup banners/lots of cleanup tags) I've just been removing the GAN tag from the talk page and notifying Theparties on their talk page that I did so. If they're not, I think they can be left up for review - at least one that I looked at was actually in decent shape, although I think a couple of others have already been failed. Another option would be to ask the user to remove any noms that they don't plan to work on in response to GAN comments. Last I checked there were several from the user in the Social Sciences section - maybe a few in Media or something? - but I've been offline for over a day, so this may have changed. Dana boomer (talk) 14:08, 26 January 2014 (UTC)
@Theparties, can you please go through your nominations at WP:GAN and remove all the nominations you don't plan on working on to address all GA Reviewers' concerns to bring them to GA? Thank you, — Cirt (talk) 14:41, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured article review/Ban Ki-moon/archive1[edit]

I'm asking for a little bit more time to get this done. I'm still trying to work on it, but I've found myself rather short on editing time of late. I don't know how long you usually leave things at this phase, but I'm confident I can make the necessary improvements within 2-3 weeks. --Laser brain (talk) 15:21, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

No problem. Just post on the FAR page as you make progress with the editing, if you wouldn't mind. Thanks, Dana boomer (talk) 22:49, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Pryor Mountain Mustang[edit]

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Dana, I pinged the WikiCup judges about whether it was OK for me as well as you to claim GA wikicup points for this one. Don't want to steal your thunder, I'm presuming if it's OK for me, it's OK for both of us, but if you have an opinion, let me know. I'm new to it this year and don't want to claim anything I shouldn't. Montanabw(talk) 05:36, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
I'm cool with you claiming it if the judges are OK with it - your claiming doesn't affect mine at all. We could go for FAC on this one; any interest in working towards that? Dana boomer (talk) 14:14, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
Yes, that would be fun. How much more do you think we need to do? And, do you want to put it up for a peer review first or not? Montanabw(talk) 22:06, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
I don't think it needs a ton more work. I wasn't going to do a formal PR (unless you really want to), but I was going to ask one of the other bio editors to take a look. I want to do another read through of it, too. Dana boomer (talk) 14:57, 31 January 2014 (UTC)
PR can be a troll attractant. I'm OK with a trusted reviewer looking at it. Montanabw(talk) 20:06, 31 January 2014 (UTC)

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Your GA nomination of Anglo-Norman horse[edit]

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If copacetic...[edit]

I have Thunder (mascot) up for GAN and it needs a reviewer. Just saying...  ;-) Montanabw(talk) 20:06, 31 January 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 January newsletter[edit]

The 2014 WikiCup is off to a flying start, with, at time of writing, 138 participants. The is the largest number of participants we have seen since 2010. If you are yet to join the competition, don't worry- the judges have agreed to keep the signups open for a few more days. By a wide margin, our current leader is newcomer Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), whose set of 14 featured pictures, the first FPs of the competition, was worth 490 points. Here are some more noteworthy scorers:

Featured articles, featured lists, featured topics and featured portals are yet to play a part in the competition. The judges have removed a number of submissions which were deemed ineligible. Typically, we aim to see work on a project, followed by a nomination, followed by promotion, this year. We apologise for any disappointment caused by our strict enforcement this year; we're aiming to keep the competition as fair as possible.

Wikipedians interested in friendly competition may be interested to take part in The Core Contest; unlike the WikiCup, The Core Contest is not about audited content, but, like the WikiCup, it is about article improvement; specifically, The Core Contest is about contribution to some of Wikipedia's most important article. Of course, any work done for The Core Contest, if it leads to a DYK, GA or FA, can earn WikiCup points.

If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talkemail), The ed17 (talkemail) and Miyagawa (talkemail) 19:54, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

Question[edit]

Since when does a quote count as copyright? by the way these are all old ones which i already have discussed with the admins about. --Mossadegh-e Mihan-dust (talk) 17:58, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

Excessive quotes of copyrighted material are to be avoided, see WP:QUOTE, especially when the material can easily be paraphrased and integrated into the text. I am completely aware that all of the cleanup I'm doing is of your old edits, as I'm currently working through Wikipedia:Contributor copyright investigations/HistoryofIran. If I thought they were new, I would have blocked you already. It would be helpful if you did some of this cleanup yourself, instead of waiting for other editors to do it for you. Dana boomer (talk) 18:03, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

Already working on it [2] and [3]. --Mossadegh-e Mihan-dust (talk) 18:05, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

I need to do something then i will return and help you in this little problem. Just making you know that so you won't think that i am too lazy to help. --Mossadegh-e Mihan-dust (talk) 19:46, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

Hadn't Kansas Bear already fixed all the copyright issues on Bahram V and Shapur II some time ago? if not, then I would have removed the information from those articles to save you the trouble. --Mossadegh-e Mihan-dust (talk) 17:46, 8 February 2014 (UTC)

No, he had done some rewriting, but there was still substantial copyvio left in the diffs that I checked. Thank you for the work that you've done so far in reverting copyvio and adding the proper templates for copying within Wikipedia. Dana boomer (talk) 18:08, 8 February 2014 (UTC)

Anglo-Norman GA[edit]

Hi Dana, I just put in another gob of hidden text to the article. Peek at my comments and then feel free to tackle the hidden text, whether you change anything or not. Ping me when you've done all you want to do with it and I'll look it over then. I think I got to the root of what was going on that was bugging me, and however you get to the solution I'm looking for is fine with me whether you do it my way or your own way. No worries; you're basically just one whopping round of copyediting from GA. Montanabw(talk) 23:26, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

Source question : this source Dominique Auzias, Caroline Michelot, Jean-Paul Labourdette et Delphine Cohen, La France à cheval, Petit Futé,‎ 2010 (ISBN 2746927829 et 9782746927827, lire en ligne [archive]), p. 161 . I've forgotten to replace it in the fr-version --Tsaag Valren (talk) 21:51, 8 February 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, it's one of my own articles but I've not the precise date... what a shame xD ! Probably in 2012, when most of the steps have been taken ... --Tsaag Valren (talk) 18:16, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

Impressive[edit]

Thank you for another precious horse on the Main page! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:32, 9 February 2014 (UTC)

On your list?[edit]

Noticed that Nivernais horse is low hanging fruit for an easy GA. Montanabw(talk) 03:44, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, I have a sandbox someplace with all of the French breed articles and how far along they are. My goals for this year are to get French Trotter, AQPS, Selle Francais and Anglo-Norman up to at least GA status. The first two I still have to do full translations on, the third needs cleanup, and of course you're reviewing the fourth. After that, Nivernais and Landais pony (which I did some work on last year, but then Tsaag really expanded the French article) would probably be next. Dana boomer (talk) 12:38, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

Re: FAR on hold[edit]

Well yes, I failed to receive any proper responses from editors over the past couple hours prior to starting the FAR. Thanks for the message, Dana boomer! IX|(C"<) 15:50, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

I started a section on WT:VG titled "Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening needs rewrites/cleanup to maintain FA status" It starts with a question to improve the Devil May Cry 3 article as many users aren't interested in maintaining its FA status since the article's old. Indeed, more users are interested in writing new Good Articles (GAs) and Featured Articles (FAs) than deal with old ones, which is a topic what users there are discussing, even me. The section is pretty interesting since the point is "old is asleep, new is awake." IX|(C"<) 05:11, 16 February 2014 (UTC)

The DMC3 article talk page has a proper talk page notification. I wasn't the first editor to notice the issues the article had, but I raised them, and I discussed with other users about the article's poor quality. However, we moved on to dealing with featured/good content instead of improving the DMC3 article with edits, and the article was edited 4 times after I started the FAR. That's very little improvement to the article during the week-long "wait" period. IX|(C"<) 04:29, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

I have now reopened the FAR, as no significant improving edits were made during the hold. Thank you for your patience, and it's good to see people going through older FAs to see which ones need work and/or a review! Dana boomer (talk) 16:13, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Anglo-Norman horse[edit]

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March 2014 GAN Backlog Drive[edit]

It's that time again! Starting on March 1, there will be another GAN Backlog Drive! There will be several changes compared to previous drives:

  • This drive will introduce a new component to it; a point system. In a nutshell, older nominations are worth more points than newer nominations. The top 3 participants who have the points will be awarded the Golden, Silver, or Bronze Wikipedia Puzzle Piece Trophy, respectively.
  • Unlike the December 2013 Backlog Drive, earning an additional barnstar if you reached your goal has been removed.
  • The allowance to have insufficient reviews has been lowered to 2 before being disqualified.
  • An exception to the rule that all reviews must be completed before the deadline has been created.

Also, something that I thought I would share with all of you is that we raised $20.88 (USD) for the WMF in the December 2013 drive. It may not sound like a lot but considering that that was raised just because we reviewed articles, I would say that's pretty good! With that success, pledges can be made for the upcoming drive if you wish.

More info regarding the drive and full descriptions regarding the changes to this drive can be found on the the drive page. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a message on the drive talk page.

I look forward to your participation and hope that because of it, some day the backlog will be gone!

--Dom497

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The Bugle: Issue XCV, February 2014[edit]

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CCI update[edit]

A smaller one, but still, quite a few have thankfully been cleared this month. Wizardman 04:21, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2014 February newsletter[edit]

And so ends the most competitive first round we have ever seen, with 38 points required to qualify for round 2. Last year, 19 points secured a place; before that, 11 (2012) or 8 (2011) were enough. This is both a blessing and a curse. While it shows the vigourous good health of the competition, it also means that we have already lost many worthy competitors. Our top three scorers were:

  1. Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), a WikiCup newcomer whose high-quality scans of rare banknotes represent an unusual, interesting and valuable contribution to Wikipedia. Most of Godot's points this round have come from a large set of pictures used in Treasury Note (1890–91).
  2. Oh, better far to live and die / Under the brave black flag I fly... Adam Cuerden (submissions), a WikiCup veteran and a finalist last year, Adam is also a featured picture specialist, focusing on the restoration of historical images. This month's promotions have included a carefully restored set of artist William Russell Flint's work.
  3. United States WikiRedactor (submissions), another WikiCup newcomer. WikiRedactor has claimed points for good article reviews and good articles relating to pop music, many of which were awarded bonus points. Articles include Sky Ferreira, Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus and "Wrecking Ball" (Miley Cyrus song).

Other competitors of note include:

After such a competitive first round, expect the second round to also be fiercely fought. Remember that any content promoted after the end of round 1 but before the start of round 2 can be claimed in round 2, but please do not update your submission page until March (UTC). Invitations for collaborative writing efforts or any other discussion of potentially interesting work is always welcome on the WikiCup talk page. Remember, if two or more WikiCup competitors have done significant work on an article, all can claim points equally.

If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talkemail), The ed17 (talkemail) and Miyagawa (talkemail) 00:01, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

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Baahubali copyvio[edit]

Thank you so much sir and i've no Questions to Ask you. Actually i thought that, the Edit was made by me but, not by Nehapant19. Now, i came to know the Truth :D

Regards,

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Your GA nomination of Anky van Grunsven[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Anky van Grunsven[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Ulla Salzgeber[edit]

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Multiplier points?[edit]

Any interest in getting stallion to GA? Might tone down the "don't take their balls" nutcases if we get it the green plus. And good multiplier for WikiCup points if we do. Montanabw(talk) 19:58, 2 March 2014 (UTC)

I've actually been thinking about posting this exact same message for you :) Definitely interested, especially since some of the material we come up with could probably be transferred over for a final buffing on Gelding, too. Getting both articles fully sourced and up to GA would definitely help with the POV-pushers. I have a couple of GA reviews (thanks for the one, by the way!) to respond to this evening, plus chores (which take twice the time, given that it's literally zero degrees outside) and a bit of RL work to do, but I'll try to take a first swing at the article tonight or tomorrow, unless I see you in there working. Dana boomer (talk) 20:12, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
User:Montanabw, I've started with a bit of work, and I think that GA is definitely doable. Do you have any thoughts on your timetable for working on the article, so I don't conflict with you? In addition, just wanted to mention that I'm kind of playing with the idea of using this year's WikiCup as a motivator for cleaning up the project's B-class articles. There are a few that need to be downgraded to C-class, mostly due to referencing, but there are a bunch of others that need only relatively minor work to be ready for GAN. Any thoughts? There are quite a few Arabian articles in there, if you want to join me! I'll probably leave those and the color articles and some of the major articles 'til last, in case anyone else is interested in working on them...hint, hint :) Dana boomer (talk) 19:20, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
If it involves an Arabian, ping me immediately! LOL! Maybe we could start a list at WikiProject Equine (call it "upgrading B and C class articles" or something) and figure out what to prioritize. When I am online is a total mystery; If we start to edit conflict, one of us can just go work on something else. No worries, god knows there is enough to do! Montanabw(talk) 21:40, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
User:Montanabw, see User:Dana boomer/WPEQ B-class. I tossed it in my userspace, because that was easy, but I have no problem with anyone else playing there. I sorted them roughly by category, so we could see what was there, although if anyone else has any different idea I'm all ears. There are, according to my new calculations, five individual Arabians, an Arab breeder and an Arab association on the list :) I'll probably initially work on buffing some of the breed articles on my own, but am free as a new pair of eyes on anything that anyone else may need a peer review for. I think Stallion is a good team project for now, but I also think that there are some very high-priority, high Cup point articles on that list for later in the year, as well. Feel free to ping in anyone else who you think might be interested, and once I've taken an initial swing through the list, I'll probably start pinging individual authors to see if they are interested in taking articles to GAN. Dana boomer (talk) 01:45, 4 March 2014 (UTC)
As far as GAN prospects go in the Arabian field, Bazy Tankersley is the closest and I'd really enjoy collaborating on that article, as it has been my solo project and I have just plain seen it too many times to view it fresh; the research is extensive, but there are more sources to tap (listed on talk page) and the lede needs to be expanded. She was really quite a fascinating person and I think that article is a potential FAC. See what you think. As for the rest, Witez II would be the most fun due to the history of the horse. Saddle and stirrup are, I think, core articles, and stirrup in particular gets weird hits from POV-pushers from time to time; we'll need Ealdgyth for that one, given her medieval sources (I also pinged her on stallion). Incidentally, if you are up for a peer review, I'm thinking about taking Mucho Macho Man to FA, he will retire at the end of this year. Would welcome fresh eyes there too. Montanabw(talk) 02:40, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Anky van Grunsven[edit]

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Frankly, every one of the 17,000,000+ users or however many we are up to these days could give you a barnstar, and it still would not be sufficient thanks for the tireless work you do behind the scenes at CCI. I appreciate your efforts; thanks to people like you doing that "grunt work", people like me can have fun writing articles on topics we enjoy ... I appreciate that opportunity. Thanks again for all you do; without editors such as yourself keeping us legal, this project would not exist. So when I say thank you, I would like to think I do so on behalf of the roughly 116 million people who visit Wikipedia on a monthly basis who have no idea the hard work that you and others perform at CCI on a daily basis. Thank you, thank you, thank you, and did I forget to say thank you. Wikipedia is the free encyclopedia because of your efforts. Go Phightins! 03:58, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Ulla Salzgeber[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Selle Français[edit]

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MMM[edit]

I put Mucho Macho Man up for PR officially; figured we needed a few more outside eyes. Montanabw(talk) 21:16, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

And he's now at FAC. Thanks for your help with the PR! Montanabw(talk) 04:30, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Almost![edit]

I thought I was done with Wikipedia:Contributor copyright investigations/Lionhead99 after Yaoi, but there's one more to go - and it's a doozy. :P I'm committed, though! It'll get done. :) My planned approach is to look at what he added and see what's still in the article. If it's not there anymore, I won't worry about it. If it is, well, I'll work that out as I go! --Moonriddengirl (talk) 10:48, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

CCI update[edit]

I'd have never forced myself to knuckle down to those if not for you. Thanks for inspiring me. :) (The last one turned out easy - all copied from other articles, and just a matter of finding them. But Yaoi was a pain. :P) And thanks especially for doing the heavy lifting. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 11:15, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

Thank you so much for finishing this up! I've barely been online the past week, so my time spent on CCIs has decreased significantly, but it's nice to know that at least I can be a motivator in the meantime :) Dana boomer (talk) 12:09, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

MER-C 03:35, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

Whack! MER-C 04:18, 30 March 2014 (UTC)


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Congratulations[edit]

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By order of the Military history WikiProject coordinators, for scoring 2,225 points during the February–March 2014 backlog drive, I hereby award you this barnstar. AustralianRupert (talk) 11:07, 22 March 2014 (UTC)


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Your GA nomination of Nonius horse[edit]

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YGM[edit]

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WikiCup 2014 March newsletter[edit]

A quick update as we are half way through round two of this year's competition. WikiCup newcomer Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) (Pool E) leads, having produced a massive set of featured pictures for Silver certificate (United States), an article also brought to featured list status. Former finalist Oh, better far to live and die / Under the brave black flag I fly... Adam Cuerden (submissions) (Pool G) is in second, which he owes mostly to his work with historical images, including a number of images from Urania's Mirror, an article also brought to good status. 2010 champion (Pool C) is third overall, thanks to contributions relating to naval history, including the newly featured Japanese battleship Nagato. Rhodesia Cliftonian (submissions), who currently leads Pool A and is sixth overall, takes the title for the highest scoring individual article of the competition so far, with the top importance featured article Ian Smith.

With 26 people having already scored over 100 points, it is likely that well over 100 points will be needed to secure a place in round 3. Recent years have required 123 (2013), 65 (2012), 41 (2011) and 100 (2010). Remember that only 64 will progress to round 3 at the end of April. Invitations for collaborative writing efforts or any other discussion of potentially interesting work is always welcome on the WikiCup talk page; if two or more WikiCup competitors have done significant work on an article, all can claim points equally. If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talkemail), The ed17 (talkemail) and Miyagawa (talkemail) 22:55, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup mistake[edit]

Hi there- this is just a quick note to apologise for a small but important mistake in the last WikiCup newsletter; it is not 64 users who will progress to the next round, but 32. J Milburn (talk) 18:37, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks![edit]

Thanks for stopping by my talk page, much appreciated! Montanabw(talk) 18:36, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Random non-horse thing[edit]

Objectively, think there is any chance that Sip 'n Dip Lounge could go GA without too much more work? Not a lot more to say than what's there, so curious your thoughts. Montanabw(talk) 01:54, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

User:Montanabw, I think it probably has a pretty good chance. My main issue, if I were doing the GA review, would be that the lead doesn't present a proper summary of the body and contains significant amounts of information not given in the body. All of the travel guide info/reviews should probably be moved to its own section, and expanded if possible, because this is what makes the bar meet notability standards. Other than that, I think it's in good shape. Dana boomer (talk) 14:30, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback and for reminding me once again of how much I hate writing lede sections! LOL! Montanabw(talk) 19:36, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Sip 'n Dip is up, so is another article I've been working on, California Chrome. I'll trade ya a GAN review if you have anything up that I haven't been involved with editing to any great extent. Let me know! Montanabw(talk) 23:49, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Dakshin Gangotri[edit]

Hi, I noticed that you removed some massive copyvios off the Dakshin Gangotri article and deleted the revisions. I just thought it would be prudent to inform you that I'm working on the article now, to improve it to a decent standard. I will be using my usual style of adding statements and sources to back it up, derived from news papers as well as government data. Please let me know if I make a mistake somewhere. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 20:20, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

User:Rsrikanth05, thanks for the note. As long as you aren't doing anything that violates WP:COPYVIO, your edits will be fine! I cleaned the page as part of a CCI (an investigation of contributions of a user known for consistent copyright violations), so that was how my attention was drawn to the article. Dana boomer (talk) 20:41, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
Alrighty. Thanks for the headsup. In my 8 years here, I've never been part of a CCI, but I've never ripped off content from anywhere except maybe in my earliest days. Thanks for the heads up. Cheers, --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 20:48, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
I just went thru the CCI page, and I noticed that even Maitri was there. MER-c says gone, but I perceive a big copyvio still there. Could you please have a look? Thanks, --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 21:01, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
The information added by the CCI'd editor was just an infobox, so MERC was correct in saying that the article was clean from the point of view of the CCI. I agree that the information in the article looks suspicious... Can you find the original source? Dana boomer (talk) 21:21, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
Will do my best. It's a significantly large article compared to DG,but I think if scrubbed it'd become half the size or lesser. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 21:26, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────All done now. I've done a mega clean up of the article, introduced new facts, all sourced. It needs a bit of formatting, but otherwise seems fine to me. Please do check it out. I plan to get it to WP:DYK. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 07:18, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

R. G. Kar Medical College and Hospital[edit]

I see that you have blanked the page [4]. I previously checked it for copyvio (it showed up at WP:CI) and removed all copyvio I could find. Could you please check again if there is anything left, and removed the template if the article is fine.--Ymblanter (talk) 20:34, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

I think the article should be scrubbed clean. A one line intro and an infobox should be fine. We can rebuild it from there. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 20:43, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
User:Ymblanter, I saw in the history that you did rewrite some portions of the article. However, in checking the portions of the article that you didn't write, I found significant leftover copyvio. For instance, the section First general hospital psychiatric unit in Asia was copied from the source (you need to check archive.org to see the link). I stopped checking after a couple of diffs, due to the major copyvio still remaining. My view is that due to the huge amounts of copyvio in the article's history, it should be deleted and any appropriate non-copyvio information brought forward into a clean article. However, it's now up to the clerks at WP:CP. Dana boomer (talk) 20:52, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
Good, let us keep it like this. I obviously checked the article for copyvio after I have rewritten it, but if some pieces have been left it means I must have screwed up something.--Ymblanter (talk) 21:01, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
If you guys need sources, lemme know, I'm an expert at scrubbing Google for sources. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 21:07, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Heck horse[edit]

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I've done some minor editing based on FunkMonk's GA suggestions. Lemme know if I can do anything else. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 09:15, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue XCVII, April 2014[edit]

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Well done and thanks![edit]

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Thank you! I didn't actually think I had reviewed that many...guess they add up after a while :) Dana boomer (talk) 02:37, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Heck horse[edit]

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Congratulations. Well done! --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 12:12, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

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GA review of Stanton Drew stone circles[edit]

Thanks for your review at Talk:Stanton Drew stone circles/GA1. I have tried to respond to your comments. Could you take another look and let me know what is still outstanding? Thanks.— Rod talk 15:30, 1 May 2014 (UTC)

Yup, that's on my to-do list for this afternoon. Playing around with another article right now :) Dana boomer (talk) 15:32, 1 May 2014 (UTC)

Saturday ping[edit]

Dana, I'm going to be on the road and away from a computer for 6-7 hours on Saturday. Would you mind babysitting California Chrome for me? I've pinged a couple other people too, because this horse is the favorite for the Derby and the article is already getting some amateur IP edits. It just passed GA, and while I could have errors and such, well, you know the drill. Thanks! Montanabw(talk) 07:55, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

I've watchlisted it, and will check in as much as I can. Dana boomer (talk) 10:46, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 April newsletter[edit]

Round 3 of the 2014 WikiCup has just begun; 32 competitors remain. Pool G's Oh, better far to live and die / Under the brave black flag I fly... Adam Cuerden (submissions) was Round 2's highest scorer, with a large number of featured picture credits. In March/April, he restored star charts from Urania's Mirror, lithographs of various warships (such as SMS Gefion) and assorted other historical media. Second overall was Pool E's Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), whose featured list Silver certificate (United States) contains dozens of scans of banknotes recently promoted to featured picture status. Third was Pool G's United States ChrisGualtieri (submissions) who has produced a large number of good articles, many, including Falkner Island, on Connecticut-related topics. Other successful participants included Rhodesia Cliftonian (submissions), who saw three articles (including the top-importance Ian Smith) through featured article candidacies, and Washington, D.C. Caponer (submissions), who saw three lists (including the beautifully-illustrated list of plantations in West Virginia) through featured list candidacies. High-importance good articles promoted this round include narwhal from Canada Reid,iain james (submissions), tiger from Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) and The Lion King from Minas Gerais Igordebraga (submissions). We also saw our first featured topic points of the competition, awarded to Nepal Czar (submissions) and Indiana Red Phoenix (submissions) for their work on the Sega Genesis topic. No points have been claimed so far for good topics or featured portals.

192 was our lowest qualifying score, again showing that this WikiCup is the most competitive ever. In previous years, 123 (2013), 65 (2012), 41 (2011) or 100 (2010) secured a place in Round 3. Pool H was the strongest performer, with all but one of its members advancing, while only the two highest scorers in Pools G and F advanced. At the end of June, 16 users will advance into the semi-finals. If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talkemail), The ed17 (talkemail) and Miyagawa (talkemail) 17:57, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Cumberland Island horse[edit]

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Dana, I've completed my review of this article and have left comments and suggestions that need to be addressed at Talk:Cumberland Island horse/GA1. As I stated on the article's GAR page, I commend you on a job well done researching and drafting this article! Prior to my review, I was unaware that there were barrier islands outside Maryland and Virginia with populations of feral horses! I'll have to journey down to Cumberland Island to see them for myself! Great job on this fantastic article! Once you address my comments, I feel confident about passing this article to Good Article status! -- Caponer (talk) 02:38, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Cumberland Island horse[edit]

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Congratulations on the GA! I have nominated the article for Did you know, which will hopefully result in the article appearing on the main page. The link is Template:Did you know nominations/Cumberland Island horse. Thanks, Matty.007 11:10, 10 May 2014 (UTC)

Congratulations![edit]

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Your GA nomination of Dales pony[edit]

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Request[edit]

Could you please restore the contents of Pirate Express that did not violate WP:C, as you did for some other pages? I understand that much of the content isn't salvageable, but I would find starting the page from scratch to be a much less preferable option. Dogmaticeclectic (talk) 23:30, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Basically all that would be restored is the infobox. Everything else was copyvio, except for an empty episode table and a few bits of text that were so poorly written as to be incomprehensible. If you would like to re-start the page, I can re-add the infobox and, if there is content for it, the formatting for the episode list, but that's about all that's saveable. Dana boomer (talk) 11:47, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
Even if poorly written, would it be possible to restore the text you mentioned as well? (Again, I would prefer to have some text to work with as opposed to nothing at all.) If not, please restore the remainder of the page at least. Thank you. Dogmaticeclectic (talk) 12:03, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
It wasn't poorly written, it was incomprehensible. Like I said, create the page, add text and independent, reliable, secondary sources to show notability, and I'll drop the infobox back in. As far as I can tell, the show hasn't started airing yet, so the episode list is not needed. The only reference that was in the article was a dead linked primary source, and the WSJ article that the copyvio was from was just a press release from the company. Dana boomer (talk) 12:12, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Dales pony[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue XCVIII, May 2014[edit]

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Chrome[edit]

Just a ping to ask if you could be so kind as to continue watchlisting California Chrome and feel free to copyedit at your discretion. It's had over 200K hits since the first of the month and I'm kind of freaking out; had some real crummy-if-well-intentioned edits on Preakness day that were further messed up by everyone else trying to fix it at once. Let's hold the article to FAC standards even though it will be a while before an FAC push is advisable due to the ever-changing news on this horse. Montanabw(talk) 01:09, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for the work you did on the recent CCI S Philbrick(Talk) 12:52, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

Request for comment[edit]

Hello there, a proposal regarding pre-adminship review has been raised at Village pump by Anna Frodesiak. Your comments here is very much appreciated. Many thanks. Jim Carter through MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:46, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Stockholm article - thank You[edit]

Hello ! I've read Your reasons why to "downgrade" the article. I myself (as a Swedish citizen) strongly think parts of the article not just isn't up to standard, but also are "POV-ish". And to state in the lead that "Stockhom [as city] is the largest in the Nordic countries" is very improper, since the issue is far more complex that just comparing Swedish statistics with Danish ones. In any case Stockholm isn't notable larger than Copenhagen. And here is a lot of hidden facts. The city core of Stockholm only counts 300.000 inhabitants. There are the nearby Town, Solna, but all the rest are living in suburbs. While the city core of Copenhagen - the most of Copenhagen municipality including its exclave Frederiksbeg municipality (totally surrounded by Copenhagen municipality) and the old eastern parts of Gentfte municipality, Hellerup reaches up to almost 700.000 inhabitants. Further the Greater Stockholm has 2.15 million inhabitants, but at a surface of 6500 km2, while the equivalence of Copenhagen counts only 200.000 less people,but at an landarea of 2750 km2 (3030 including larger water areas, where even at part of the sea is included, as an enlargement of the Nordhavnen area is planned). The population density of Greater Stockholm is at the same level as half the same of the enire Netherlands. And atleast the Greater Stockholm borders has been moved mainly to attempt to come ahead of Copenhagen equivalence. (Which was labeled "HT-området" for may years, it now comprizes the four provinces "Copenhagen by", "Copenhagen omegn", "North Zeeland" and "East Zeeland" - but the area is the same as the "HT-området" was. Boeing720 (talk) 09:35, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

I did not suggest downgrading the article; instead, I stated that it was not ready for an upgrade to GA-class at this time (GA has very specific requirements, which can be seen at WP:WIAGA). Your comments on the composition/population of the city would be better placed on the talk page of the article, rather than on my talk page or a GAN page that very few people will likely ever read again. Dana boomer (talk) 13:10, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

Talk:Typhoon Krovanh (2003)/GA1[edit]

Dana boomer, did the reply Secret made on May 6 answer your remaining query about sourcing (mentioned May 2), or is there more work to be done here? It sounds as if this is very close to being listed. Please stop by the review as soon as you can. Many thanks. BlueMoonset (talk) 20:03, 1 June 2014 (UTC)

Sorry about that, forgot it was still open. Dana boomer (talk) 14:01, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

Note[edit]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:American_Paint_horse#Requested%20moves

Your GA nomination of Exmoor pony[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Exmoor pony[edit]

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DYK for Cumberland Island horse[edit]

 — Crisco 1492 (talk) 12:02, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Lipizzan[edit]

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Request for peer review[edit]

I have put List of Local Nature Reserves in Greater London up for peer review at Wikipedia:Peer review/List of Local Nature Reserves in Greater London/archive1 as I think it needs checking before I put it up for FL. Could you take a look? Thanks if you can help. Dudley Miles (talk) 20:42, 11 June 2014 (UTC)

GA review[edit]

Hi, you began a review for Rape during the Rwandan Genocide, was wondering of you were going to come back to it? Darkness Shines (talk) 14:27, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Exmoor pony[edit]

Materialscientist (talk) 05:30, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Lipizzan[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue XCIX, June 2014[edit]

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Howdy[edit]

Hi Dana--hope you're doing alright. Drmies (talk) 19:44, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 June newsletter[edit]

After an extremely close race, Round 3 is over. 244 points secured a place in Round 4, which is comparable to previous years- 321 was required in 2013, while 243 points were needed in 2012. Pool C's Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) was the round's highest scorer, mostly due to a 32 featured pictures, including both scans and photographs. Also from Pool C, Scotland Casliber (submissions) finished second overall, claiming three featured articles, including the high-importance Grus (constellation). Third place was Pool B's , whose contributions included featured articles Russian battleship Poltava (1894) and Russian battleship Peresvet. Pool C saw the highest number of participants advance, with six out of eight making it to the next round.

The round saw this year's first featured portal, with Republic of Rose Island Sven Manguard (submissions) taking Portal:Literature to featured status. The round also saw the first good topic points, thanks to Florida 12george1 (submissions) and the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. This means that all content types have been claimed this year. Other contributions of note this round include a featured topic on Maya Angelou's autobiographies from Idaho Figureskatingfan (submissions), a good article on the noted Czech footballer Tomáš Rosický from Bartošovice v Orlických horách Cloudz679 (submissions) and a now-featured video game screenshot, freely released due to the efforts of Republic of Rose Island Sven Manguard (submissions).

The judges would like to remind participants to update submission pages promptly. This means that content can be checked, and allows those following the competition (including those participating) to keep track of scores effectively. This round has seen discussion about various aspects of the WikiCup's rules and procedures. Those interested in the competition can be assured that formal discussions about how next year's competition will work will be opened shortly, and all are welcome to voice their views then. If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk · contribs) The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 18:48, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Selle Français[edit]

Looks like Legobot ain't working. Anyway see Talk:Selle Français/GA1. Cheers, Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 12:35, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Cas, Dana hasn't been editing for a bit, I think because she's real busy IRL, but I'll try to address the GAN on her behalf the best I can. Montanabw(talk) 19:56, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue C, July 2014[edit]

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RM notice[edit]

FYI: Pointer to discussion that may be relevant to you.

A requested moves discussion in which you participated in Dec. 2013 has been reopened, at Talk:Mustang horse#Alternative proposal.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  03:10, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Selle Français[edit]

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WikiProject Good articles Future GAN Backlog Drive[edit]

Hello everyone! Hope you've all been having a great summer!

TheQ Editor recently proposed the idea of having another Backlog Drive in either September/October or November/December of this year. For those of you who have participated in the past two drives you know I was the one who organized them, however, come September, this will be my most important year in school so I will not be able to coordinate this drive (if it happens). TheQ Editor has volunteered to be a coordinator for the drive. If any of you would like to co-coordinator, please notify TheQ Editor on his talk page.

If you would be interested in participating in a Backlog Drive sometime before the end of this year, please notify TheQ Editor. Also, make sure to specify what month(s) work best for you.

At the time this message was sent out, the backlog was at 520 nominations. Since May, the backlog has been steadily increasing and we are currently near an all time high. Even though the backlog will not disappear over one drive, this drive can lead to several others which will (hopefully) lead to the day where there is no longer a backlog.

As always, the more participants, the better, and everyone is encouraged to participate!

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The Bugle: Issue CI, August 2014[edit]

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DYK for Selle Français[edit]

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 12:03, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

GA Cup[edit]

Hello everyone! We hope you have all been having a great summer!

As we all know, the recent GAN Backlog Drives have not had any big impact on the backlog. Because of that, me (Dom497), Figureskatingfan, and TheQ Editor have worked on an idea that could possibly finally put a dent into the massive backlog. Now, I will admit, the idea isn't entirely ours as we have took the general idea of the WikiCup and brought it over to WikiProject Good Articles. But anyways, here's what we have in mind:

For all of you that do not know what the WikiCup is, it is an annual competition between several editors to see who can get the most Good Articles, Featured Article's, Did You Know's, etc. Based of this, we propose to you the GA Cup. This competition will only focus on reviewing Good articles.

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The discussion for the proposal will take place here. Please let us know if you are interested, have any concerns, things to consider, etc.

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WikiCup 2014 August newsletter[edit]

The final of the 2014 WikiCup begins in a few short minutes! Our eight finalists are listed below, along with their placement in Round 4:

  1. Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), a WikiCup newcomer, finished top of Pool A and was the round's highest scorer. Godot is a featured picture specialist, claiming large numbers of points due to high-quality scans of historical documents, especially banknotes.
  2. Scotland Casliber (submissions) is a WikiCup veteran, having been a finalist every year since 2010. In the semi-final, he was Pool B's highest scorer. Cas's points primarily come from articles on the natural sciences.
  3. Nepal Czar (submissions) was Pool A's runner-up. Czar's points come mostly from content related to independent video games, including both articles and topics.
  4. Oh, better far to live and die / Under the brave black flag I fly... Adam Cuerden (submissions) was Pool B's runner-up. Another featured picture specialist, many of Adam's points come from the restoration of historical media. He has been a WikiCup finalist twice before.
  5. Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) won the WikiCup in 2012 and 2013, and enters this final as the first wildcard. She focuses on biology-related articles, and has worked on several high-importance articles.
  6. Florida 12george1 (submissions) is the second wildcard. George's points come primarily from meteorology-related articles. This year and last year, George was the first person in the competition to score.
  7. Colorado Sturmvogel 66 (submissions), the third wildcard, was the 2010 champion and a finalist last year. His writes mostly on military history, especially naval history.
  8. Canada Bloom6132 (submissions), the fourth and final wildcard, has participated in previous WikiCups, but not reached any finals. Bloom's points are mostly thanks to did you knows, featured lists and good articles related to sport and national symbols.

We say goodbye to this year's semi-finalists. Herm Matty.007 (submissions), Ohio ThaddeusB (submissions), United States WikiRedactor (submissions), Idaho Figureskatingfan (submissions), Greece Yellow Evan (submissions), Portugal Prism (submissions) and Bartošovice v Orlických horách Cloudz679 (submissions) have all performed well to reach this stage of the competition, and we hope they will all be joining us again next year.

There are two upcoming competitions unrelated to the WikiCup which may be of interest to those who receive this newsletter. The Stub Contest will run through September, and revolves around expanding stub articles, especially high-importance or old stubs. In addition, a proposal has been made for a new competition, the GA Cup, which the organisers plan to run next year. This competition is based on the WikiCup and aims to reduce the good article review backlog.

There is now a thread for brainstorming on how next year's WikiCup competition should work. Please come along and share your thoughts- What works? What doesn't work? What needs changing? Signups for next year's competition will be open soon; we will be in touch. If, at this stage of the competition, you are keen to help the with the WikiCup, please do what you can to participate in review processes. Our finalists will find things much easier if the backlogs at good article candidates, featured article candidates, featured picture candidates and the rest are kept at a minimum. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk · contribs) The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 22:09, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject Good Articles - GA Cup[edit]

WikiProject Good Articles's 2014-15 GA Cup
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WikiProject Good articles is holding a new competition, the GA Cup, from October 1, 2014 - March 28, 2015. The Cup will be based on reviewing Good article nominations; for each review, points will be awarded with bonuses for older nominations, longer articles and comprehensive reviews. All participants will start off in one group and the highest scoring participants will go through to the second round. At the moment six rounds are planned, but this may change based on participant numbers.

Some of you may ask: what is the purpose for a competition of this type? Currently, there is a backlog of about 500 unreviewed Good article nominations, almost an all time high. It is our hope that we can decrease the backlog in a fun way, through friendly competition.

Everyone is welcome to join; new and old editors! Sign-ups will be open until October 15, 2014 so sign-up now!

If you have any questions, take a look at the FAQ page and/or contact one of the four judges.

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The Bugle: Issue CII, September 2014[edit]

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WikiProject Military history coordinator election[edit]

Greetings from WikiProject Military history! As a member of the project, you are invited to take part in our annual project coordinator election, which will determine our coordinators for the next twelve months. If you wish to cast a vote, please do so on the election page by 23:59 (UTC) on 28 September! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 22:06, 23 September 2014 (UTC)

Precious again[edit]

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horses
Thank you for quality articles on single horses, breeds, lists of horses and Lettuce, - repeating: you are an awesome Wikipedian (20 February 2009 and 14 February 2010)!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:37, 27 September 2012 (UTC)

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Precious and missed

Two years ago, you were the 256th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, repeated in br'erly style, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:16, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 September newsletter[edit]

In one month's time, we will know our WikiCup 2014 champion. Newcomer Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) has taken a strong lead with a featured list (historical coats of arms of the U.S. states from 1876) and a raft of featured pictures. Reigning champion Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) is in second place with a number of high-importance biology articles, including new FA Isopoda and new GA least weasel. Scotland Casliber (submissions), who is in his fifth WikiCup final, is in third, with featured articles Pictor and Epacris impressa.

Signups for the 2015 WikiCup are open. All Wikipedians, new and experienced, are warmly invited to sign up for the competition. Wikipedians interested in friendly competition may also like to sign up for the GA Cup, a new WikiCup-inspired competition which revolves around completing good article reviews. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk · contribs) The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 22:11, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CIII, October 2014[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue CIII, October 2014, Redux[edit]

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U.S. geography[edit]

As one of three U.S. public policy online ambassadors with an explicit interest in geography, I welcome your input into a controversy. I do not want to see the edit war of last year, and since the usual suspects have reappeared, I hope you can help. The subject has been raised by others, whether to include or exclude U.S. territories in the United States, at Talk:United States#Area in square miles. Those who would exclude islanders rely on the CIA Factbook. Some of the sources used to include islanders and their territory in the United States include:

1) Government self-definition. At Welcome, a guide for immigrants citizenship, p.7, “The US now consists of 50 states, the District, the territories of Guam, Am. Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Is., ... Puerto Rico and the N. Marianas." 2) Presidential authorized inclusion including executive orders to implement the law regarding environmental protection, homeland security and others. Executive Order 13423, "‘‘United States’’ when used in a geographical sense, means the fifty states, the District … Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands." – DC and all five major territories. 3) Scholarly inclusion. Political scientist Bartholomew Sparrow summarizes, the US has always had territories… “At present, the US includes the Caribbean and Pacific territories, the District of Columbia and of course the fifty states.” (Levinson and Sparrow, 2005, p.232).

The first sentence introducing the U.S. Census Bureau chart under discussion for this years’ inclusion of territories in the area of the U.S., State Area Measurements... says, "The table below provides land, water and total area measurements for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas.” In the first box of the first line, it reports the the “Total” figure for "State and other areas” of the United States at 3,805,927 square miles. The MAF/TIGER database is used for the geospatial data layer for Homeland Security activities, transportation layer of USGS National Map Program, House of Representatives, federal redistricting, distribution of federal funds to state, county and local government for schools, transportation, Medicare and others. Thanks in advance for any help in sorting out the preponderance of reliable sources. TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 13:58, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup award[edit]

Awarded to Dana boomer for participating in the 2014 WikiCup. J Milburn (talk · contribs), The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 21:28, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014: The results[edit]

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The 2014 WikiCup champion is Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), who flew the flag of the Smithsonian Institution. This was Godot13's first WikiCup competition and, over the 10 months of the competition, he has produced (among other contributions) two featured lists and an incredible 292 featured pictures, including architectural photographs and scans of historical documents. Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions), 2012 and 2013 WikiCup champion, came in second, having written a large number of biology-related articles. Scotland Casliber (submissions), WikiCup finalist every year since 2010, finished in third.

A full list of our prize-winners follows:

Congratulations to everyone who has been successful in this year's WikiCup, whether you made it to the final rounds or not, and a particular congratulations to the newcomers to the WikiCup who have participated this year. We warmly invite all of you to sign up for next year's competition. Discussions and polls concerning potential rules changes are also open, and all are welcome to participate. The WikiCup judges will be back in touch over the coming months, and we hope to see you all in the 2014 competition. Until then, it only remains to once again congratulate our worthy winners, and thank all participants for their involvement! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk · contribs) The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 22:52, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

WP:Missing Wikipedians[edit]

I noticed you are among the WP:FAR coordinators, but haven't edited since June 2014. Because of this, I've added you to the above page. Remove yourself from the list of you ever return. Snuggums (talk / edits) 21:44, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CIV, November 2014[edit]

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WikiCup 2015 is just around the corner...[edit]

Hello everyone, and may we wish you all a happy holiday season. As you will probably already know, the 2015 WikiCup begins in the new year; there is still time to sign up. We have a few important announcements concerning the future of the WikiCup.

  • We would like to announce that Josh (J Milburn) and Ed (The ed17), who have been WikiCup judges since 2009 and 2010 respectively, are stepping down. This decision has been made for a number of reasons, but the main one is time. Both Josh and Ed have found that, over the previous year, they have been unable to devote the time necessary to the WikiCup, and it is not likely that they will be able to do this in the near future. Furthermore, new people at the helm can only help to invigorate the WikiCup and keep it dynamic. Josh and Ed will still be around, and will likely be participating in the Cup this following year as competitors, which is where both started out.
  • In a similar vein, we hope you will all join us in welcoming Jason (Sturmvogel 66) and Christine (Figureskatingfan), who are joining Brian (Miyagawa) to form the 2015 WikiCup judging team. Jason is a WikiCup veteran, having won in 2010 and finishing in fifth this year. Christine has participated in two WikiCups, reaching the semi-finals in both, and is responsible for the GA Cup, which she now co-runs.
  • The discussions/polls concerning the next competition's rules will be closed soon, and rules changes will be made clear on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Scoring and talk pages. While it may be impossible to please everyone, the judges will make every effort to ensure that the new rules are both fair and in the best interests of the competition, which is, first and foremost, about improving Wikipedia.

If you have any questions or concerns, the judges can be reached on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, on their talk pages, or by email. We hope you will all join us in trying to make the 2015 WikiCup the most productive and enjoyable yet. You are receiving this message because you are listed on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk), The ed17 (talk), Miyagawa (talk), Sturmvogel 66 (talk) and Figureskatingfan (talk) 18:53, 7 December 2014 (UTC)

Voting for the Military historian and Military newcomer of the year now open![edit]

Nominations for the military historian of the year and military newcomer of the year have now closed, and voting for the candidates has officially opened. All project members are invited to cast there votes for the Military historian and Military newcomer of the year candidates before the elections close at 23:59 December 21st. For the coordinators, TomStar81

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The Bugle: Issue CV, December 2014[edit]

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Happy Holidays[edit]

074 Frontal d'altar de Mosoll, els Reis d'Orient.jpg Happy Holidays
Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season, from the horse and bishop person. May the year ahead be productive and troll-free. - Ealdgyth - Talk 15:01, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2015 launch newsletter[edit]

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Round one of the 2015 WikiCup has begun! So far we've had around 80 signups, which close on February 5. If you have not already signed up and want to do so, then you can add your name here. There have been changes to to several of the points scores for various categories, and the addition of Peer Reviews for the first time. These will work in the same manner as Good Article Reviews, and all of the changes are summarised here.

Remember that only the top 64 scoring competitors will make it through to the second round, and one of the new changes this year is that all scores must be claimed within two weeks of an article's promotion or appearance, so don't forget to add them to your submissions pages! If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, and you hope to get it promoted before the end of the round, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAN, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup and the judges are reachable on their talk pages. Good luck! Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs), Miyagawa (talk · contribs) and Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs)
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FAC and FAR coordinator proposal[edit]

Hi Dana, following the closure of the FAC and FAR coordinator proposal earlier today, I've taken the liberty of removing your name from the FAR instructions and the @FAR template. As the proposal stated, this in no way prejudices your return to the team if and when you feel you can contribute on a regular basis again. I hope to see you on WP again soon! Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 10:36, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Today's featured article/February 8, 2015[edit]

A summary of a Featured Article you nominated at WP:FAC will appear on the Main Page soon. I had to squeeze the text down to a little over 1200 characters; was there anything I left out you'd like to see put back in? If you get back to Wikipedia in time, please reply on my talk page. Enjoy your break :) - Dank (push to talk) 16:54, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CVI, January 2015[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue CVII, February 2015[edit]

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WikiCup 2015 March newsletter[edit]

One of several of Godot13's quality submissions during round 1

That's it, the first round is done, sign-ups are closed and we're into round 2. 64 competitors made it into this round, and are now broken into eight groups of eight. The top two of each group will go through to round 3, and then the top scoring 16 "wildcards" across all groups. Round 1 saw some interesting work on some very important articles, with the round leader Australia Freikorp (submissions) owing most of his 622 points scored to a Featured Article on the 2001 film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within which qualified for a times-two multiplier. This is a higher score than in previous years, as Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) had 500 points in 2014 at the end of round 1, and our very own judge, Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions) led round 1 with 601 points in 2013.

In addition to Freikorp's work, some other important articles and pictures were improved during round one, here's a snapshot of a few of them:

You may also wish to know that The Core Contest is running through the month of March. Head there for further details - they even have actual prizes!

If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs · email), Miyagawa (talk · contribs · email) and Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email)

Thanks for your assistance! Miyagawa (talk) on behalf of Wikipedia:WikiCup.

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The Bugle: Issue CVIII, March 2015[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue CIX, April 2015[edit]

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WikiCup 2015 May newsletter[edit]

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is a long-period comet discovered on 17 August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy; and is one of several Featured Pictures worked up by India The Herald (submissions) during the second round.

The second round one has all wrapped up, and round three has now begun! Congratulations to the 34 contestants who have made it through, but well done and thank you to all contestants who took part in our second round. Leading the way overall was Belarus Cas Liber (submissions) in Group B with a total of 777 points for a variety of contributions including Good Articles on Corona Borealis and Microscopium - both of which received the maximum bonus.

Special credit must be given to a number of high importance articles improved during the second round.

The points varied across groups, with the lowest score required to gain automatic qualification was 68 in Group A - meanwhile the second place score in Group H was 404, which would have been high enough to win all but one of the other Groups! As well as the top two of each group automatically going through to the third round, a minimum score of 55 was required for a wildcard competitor to go through. We had a three-way tie at 55 points and all three have qualified for the next round, in the spirit of fairness. The third round ends on June 28, with the top two in each group progressing automatically while the remaining 16 highest scorers across all four groups go through as wildcards. Good luck to all competitors for the third round! Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs · email), Miyagawa (talk · contribs · email) and Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email) 16:30, 4 May 2015 (UTC)