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Sesame Street link repair[edit]

Good news, I was able to fix the dead links for the Sesame Street main article. One of the old articles is now a pdf format. So now the article is free of dead links! Hope this helps a little.

By the way, there are two glaring things:

1)The number of episodes seems to have a citation needed stub next to it. I tried looking for a credible source, but it is so difficult to find one.

2)Is not PBS and NET the ORIGINAL CHANNELS of the program? I mean Noggin, Sprout, and the other channels mentioned are really just showing the reruns of episodes and not the broadcaster of first air time episodes. May I change it to only list NET and PBS?

--Birdienest81 (talk) 03:20, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
Birdienest, thanks for the fixes; I really need to go through the main article and update the refs and stuff. It's on my list! ;) I tend to not concern myself with content in the infobox, since to be honest, reverting what is often added there by anonymous IPs or folks who believe they're experts on the subject (which is pretty much everyone who's grown up watching The Show, which is most editors 'cause most of us are younger than 60)...well, I've decided it's not worth my time/effort. Personally, I don't have a problem with the episode count being unsourced, since it's not disputable. I agree with you about listing the networks that originally broadcast it, especially since PBS is still airing it. I'll go ahead and make the change now myself, and make sure it remains this way. If you could assist with that, too... ;) Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 17:19, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

Fanny Bullock Workman[edit]

Good on you for taking on this one for GA... I'd review it if I didn't feel so ignorant about it (may read up on it yet). Have added FBW to List of female explorers and travelers, you might like to tweak the entry. All the best, Chiswick Chap (talk) 10:10, 25 April 2014 (UTC)


Hello Christine, I am an user of Wikipedia since many years and I have edited some random pages, but I'd like to get more serious with it. I work as a physicist, and we are used to peer review, so when I saw the good article initiative I thought it could be a good place for me. Please let me know if we can work together and thanks. josemiotto (talk) 12:22, 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)

FA congratulations[edit]

Just a quick note to congratulate you on the promotion of Mom & Me & Mom to FA status recently. If you would like to see this (or any other FA) appear as "Today's featured article" soon, please nominate it at the requests page; if you'd like to see an FA on a particular date in the next year or so, please add it to the "pending" list. In the absence of a request, the article may end up being picked at any time (although with 1,301 articles in Category:Featured articles that have not appeared on the main page at present, there's no telling how long – or short! – the wait might be).
You (and your talk-page stalkers) may also be interested to hear that there have been some changes at the TFA requests page recently. Nominators no longer need to calculate how many "points" an article has, the instructions have been simplified, and there's a new nomination system using templates based on those used for DYK suggestions. Please consider nominating another article, or commenting on an existing nomination, and leaving some feedback on your experience. If you'd got any TFA-related questions or problems, please let me know. BencherliteTalk 09:14, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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I award you this barnstar for your work to train Good Article reviewers, and for your work reviewing Vaillancourt Fountain. Thank you. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 01:54, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Orel Hershiser's scoreless innings streak/archive1‎[edit]

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GA recruitment centre[edit]

Hey Figureskatingfan! Just for laughs, do you mind dropping a barnstar on my talk page for me finishing my GA recruitment? :P WooHoo!Talk to me! 01:05, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Sure! I always forget that part! ;) Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 02:33, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

The Cockroaches[edit]

Good to see them at GAN, I hope it gets through.

Note: if they've reformed/about to do so then the info box photo is no longer current and may require work on its NFUR.

I've had a quick glance at the article and note that Finch/Contraband ref is no longer Australian Rock Database (albeit still linked to that article) but rather the Australian Music Database, which may not be as reliable. The latter site seems similar to Discogs: anyone with an email can contribute.

In any case, have fun and all the best.shaidar cuebiyar (talk) 05:31, 22 May 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the good wishes; I think that all the info you put from the album notes really helped. I thought that the ref you mention was a little fishy, so I'll go through both the Finch/Contraband and the database, and make sure that everything is reliable. Or at least we need to back up using it. I also wanted to see what reviewers think about the info box image, and I'll go take a look at the NFUR as you suggest. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 06:46, 22 May 2014 (UTC)


Incredible! Well done. :) --Another Believer (Talk) 02:33, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, sweetie. I'm honored by your kind words. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 05:25, 24 May 2014 (UTC)
Wow indeed. I had no idea you achieved this fantastic milestone. Well done! I just heard the news and came to express my condolences. Scartol • Tok 14:01, 28 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Scar. I'm so grateful that Dr. Angelou influenced me in such significant ways, from working on, writing, and improving her articles here. I'm proud for my part in ensuring that the articles here are worthy of their subject. And I'm profoundly sad today. Of course, if it weren't for you and Wadewitz, who led me through the improvement of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to FA-status (one of my first FAs), and for Moni3, who reviewed it and other Angelou articles, it wouldn't have been possible. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 20:03, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Angelou TFA?[edit]

There's a suggestion of having an Angelou TFA ASAP in the light of her death, and I'd welcome your input at WT:TFA. Regards, BencherliteTalk 17:20, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Sorry to hear about the passing of your hero. My guitar hero (Paco de Lucia) passed way this year too.♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:23, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Condolences on the death of Maya Angelou, which I head about on the news a few days back. My knowledge of her comes entirely from reading and reviewing your articles. Fortunately, they are in good hands. Hawkeye7 (talk) 04:54, 31 May 2014 (UTC)
A bit late, but with the same sentiment. I fondly remember getting her birthday hook to the Main page on the day. Every time one of "my" article subjects dies, I feel a loss, several, unfortunately, the first was Richard Adeney, my fourth article, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:08, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

Angelou articles[edit]

Note to self: Articles for later use:

  • [1] How MA influenced rap music
  • [2] Roberta Flack
  • [3] WSJ
  • [4] Billboard
  • [5] Winston-Salem Journal
  • [6] NYT
  • [7] Angelou in NYT
  • [8] L.A. Times, grandson's kidnapping

Barnstar for Maya Angelou[edit]

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For spending such a tremendous amount of time and work bringing the suite of Maya Angelou articles to FA. Your hard work and effort meant that during these days after her death, when the pages had very high page views, Wikipedia presented nicely polished articles to the world. Well done! You deserve to be proud of yourself. Victoria (tk) 19:01, 30 May 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Editors Barnstar Hires.png The Editor's Barnstar
I know how hard you worked on Maya Angelou's pages and you deserve to be very proud of your excellent articles. What a great tribute to Angelou to have such well written articles to present to our readers at this time! . Gandydancer (talk) 00:24, 31 May 2014 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

I'm taking this space here to thank those of you who expressed their condolences after the death of Maya Angelou this week, and for your kind words and barnstars, especially User:Another Believer, User:Scartol, User:Dr. Blofeld, User:Hawkeye7, User:Victoriaearle, and User:Gandydancer. In many ways, this has been a difficult week, and with all the editors who have made my life difficult, I appreciate your assistance and good thoughts. As I tell Scartol above, I'm honored to have contributed to Dr. Angelou's articles. It was a humbling and frightening experience to look at the view counts the few days after she died. I can't tell you how grateful I was that these articles were "up to snuff", and I'm grateful for the many fellow editors and reviewers who helped them get that way. I'm proud that our community was ready when so much of the world came here for solid, well-researched information about Dr. Angelou, and that we were able to honor her in this way. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 17:08, 31 May 2014 (UTC)

You did a brilliant job and it was an easy decision with clear consensus to ensure that her article was on the main page as soon as possible. The Rambling Man (talk) 18:03, 31 May 2014 (UTC)


Was eyeing over the list to figure out how much I need to catch up this month after the burnout I had in May over that stupid attack on FPs. I'm pretty sure you have more than 90 points: I write the Featured content section of The Signpost, and have seen how awesome you are. So, what awesome FAs are you hiding from us all? =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 06:10, 1 June 2014 (UTC)

Ah thanks, such kind words. I've been somewhat lucky this round, with being placed in a relatively low-scoring pool. I actually have a FAC pending [9]; actually, it's languishing like all my FACs tend to do; plus, I have one GAC in the long queue. I'm going to have to get on the ball and start acting strategically, since I see that my 90 points is no longer enough to move forward at this point. I'm a little behind, with Dr. Angelou's death this week and all, plus going out of town early last week. Thanks for the warning about your intentions! ;) Hey, in the spirit of competition, would you mind taking a look at the above-mentioned FAC? I don't review FPs, so I can't promise to help out in that area, but anything else you need, just ask and I'll see what I can do.
It's a bit late to do it tonight, but I'll look it over tomorrow. (Currently have 4 FPCs out, and am working on #5 (Suspect I'll only get four of the five to pass, as one is two similar views of the same person). What's the GAC? Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:24, 1 June 2014 (UTC)
I'd be happy to look at the GAC as well if needed, but I'm not so good with the FAC. The only ones that I saw open for you are The_Cockroaches (there is a hidden comment from you from 4 May 2014 that says you would like to withdraw?) and Fanny Bullock Workman (for User:Wadewitz). Am I missing one? Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 23:47, 1 June 2014 (UTC)
Per User:Adam Cuerden: Thanks for looking at the FAC, and good luck with your FPCs. Suda lists the two GACs I currently have in the queue. Per User:TLSuda: I'm fairly certain you're looking at The Cockroaches' first review in May 2013, when I did withdraw it. I've resubmitted it this year because I think that many of the issues I couldn't resolve back then have been resolved since it was last at GAC. If you review it, please make sure that you review GAC2, thanks. I'm also not going to submit the Workman article to the Wikicup, since it feels wrong to get the credit that Wadewitz worked on. Suda, is there any reason you won't review the FAC? If it's because you're unfamiliar with the topic, no worries because I doubt I'm gonna get an expert's perspective, anyway. If it's because you're not confident with reviewing FACs, I highly recommend that you try, anyway, and not because I'm desperate for reviews. There was a time when I felt uncomfortable reviewing FACs, but someone asked me so I jumped in and found that it's not as bad as I thought, especially since I already had some successful FACS under my belt and was already familiar with the FAC process. I've found that reviewing articles in any forum here not only helps out my fellow editors, it also makes me a better writer and editor. It can be very fun, too. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 03:41, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of The Cockroaches[edit]

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article The Cockroaches 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 TLSuda -- TLSuda (talk) 21:00, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of The Cockroaches[edit]

The article The Cockroaches you nominated as a good article has been placed on hold Symbol wait.svg. The article is close to meeting the good article criteria, but there are some minor changes or clarifications needing to be addressed. If these are fixed within 7 days, the article will pass; otherwise it may fail. See Talk:The Cockroaches for things which need to be addressed. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of TLSuda -- TLSuda (talk) 00:00, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

I hadn't seen or heard from you in a few days; just wanted to remind you that this is ready for you to look at. I know you're busy, so take your time. Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 23:55, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, User:TLSuda, yes I'm busy, plus my laptop is in the shop this week, so I'm hit and miss with internet access. I'm taking advantage of the week deadline! ;) I anticipate getting to it tomorrow, I hope, so that it can be ready for GA DYK by the time The Cockies perform their reunion concert at the end of the month. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 16:33, 11 June 2014 (UTC)
You can take longer than a week if you need it. I'm not too worried about it. Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 20:46, 11 June 2014 (UTC)

Well, OK then![edit]

Congratulations on your latest Featured Article! Well-deserved, despite my crankiness. :) Shoebox2 talk 16:54, 11 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks pal. What crankiness? You were just being thorough, which I appreciate. Wow, this marks a first time for me: this is the first time one of my FACs passed before I got around to addressing comments. Which I'm in the middle of doing. Ah well, I'll continue, because I figure that Ian promoted it with AGF that I'd finish. Yippee! Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 17:31, 11 June 2014 (UTC)
Oh good. I always worry, when friends ask me to review their stuff, because despite all my best intentions I do have this tendency to turn into for lack of a better term a copyediting Nazi. :) Anyway, I really appreciate your taking the time and consideration to finish addressing my comments; your changes totally would've gotten my firm support. Shoebox2 talk 14:39, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
No problem, I like Nazi-copyediting. You were just being thorough, which I like because it makes for better articles. I like the FAC process because for every surfacy-unhelpful review, there's a good, solid one that actually makes the article better. Although I hate it when reviewers have you jump through hoops just for the sake of it. I trust that your reviews will be helpful, which is why I asked. There was the one time, though, when an editor resented my thoroughness and told me I obviously knew nothing about copy-editing. I told him that it was unreasonable to expect professional-level reviews from volunteers, quoted my mother at him ("You attract more flies with honey..."), and stopped the review because he was being disrespectful towards me. Then he basically told me I was being an emotional female, and I told him to not ask me to review another of his articles. But anyway, forgive the transgression, and thanks again. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 16:05, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of The Cockroaches[edit]

The article The Cockroaches you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:The Cockroaches for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of TLSuda -- TLSuda (talk) 18:41, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Incomplete DYK nomination[edit]

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of Template:Did you know nominations/The Cockroaches at the Did You Know nominations page is not complete; see step 3 of the nomination procedure. If you do not want to continue with the nomination, tag the nomination page with {{db-g7}}, or ask a DYK admin. Thank you. DYKHousekeepingBot (talk) 06:34, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

FA congratulations (again)[edit]

Just a quick note to congratulate you on the promotion of Sesame Workshop to FA status recently. I know you know all about WP:TFAR (specific and non-specific date slots) and the "pending" list, so this is just a reminder to use them as and when suits you. Many thanks. BencherliteTalk 23:37, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

Main Page appearance: All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes[edit]

This is a note to let the main editors of All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes know that the article will be appearing as today's featured article on July 4, 2014. If this article needs any attention or maintenance, it would be preferable if that could be done before its appearance on the Main Page. If you prefer that the article appear as TFA on a different date, or not at present, please ask Bencherlite (talk · contribs). You can view the TFA blurb at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/July 4, 2014. If it needs tweaking, or if it needs rewording to match improvements to the article between now and its main page appearance, please edit it, following the instructions at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests/instructions. The blurb as it stands now is below:

Maya Angelou

All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, published in 1986, is the fifth book in African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou's seven-volume autobiography series. Set between 1962 and 1965 and taking its title from a Negro spiritual, the book begins when Angelou is thirty-three years old, and recounts her time in Accra, Ghana. It starts where her previous book, The Heart of a Woman, ends, with the traumatic car accident involving her son Guy, and ends as she returns to America. Angelou (pictured in 2013) upholds the long tradition of African-American autobiography, and at the same time makes a deliberate attempt to challenge the usual structure of the autobiography by critiquing, changing, and expanding the genre. As in her previous books, it consists of a series of anecdotes connected by theme. She depicts her struggle with being the mother of a grown son, and with her place in her new home. Angelou examines many of the same subjects and themes of her previous autobiographies, including motherhood, the parallels and connections between the African and American parts of her history and character, and racism. (Full article...)

Part of the Maya Angelou autobiographies series, one of Wikipedia's featured topics.

You (and your talk-page stalkers) may also be interested to hear that there have been some changes at the TFA requests page recently. Nominators no longer need to calculate how many "points" an article has, the instructions have been simplified, and there's a new nomination system using templates based on those used for DYK suggestions. Please consider nominating another article, or commenting on an existing nomination, and leaving some feedback on your experience. Thank you. UcuchaBot (talk) 23:01, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

FAC for Workman[edit]

If you want, I could use my FAC spot. Urania's Mirror is some ways off and FAC run, and it's really a Wadewitz nomination, isn't it? Adam Cuerden (talk) 22:12, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Sure, we could do that if you like. If you give up your slot, I can work on it. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 23:11, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
I gladly would. Will set it up tomorrow. =) ) Shall have to try and get a few of her books to scan the covers, maps, etc. Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:50, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
Wow, I dunno if it's right to technically work on two FACs at the same time, but I think that it will be okay. Good cause and all. Anyway, whatever you think would help. Maps would be very cool--I keep on using that word! ;) Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 03:37, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

Something for Adrianne.[edit]

Now higher-resolution and restored!

Want to do an image check before we put it forward - for instance, this image is FAR safer here than on Commons. Adam Cuerden (talk) 01:49, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

Might not pass, but nominated. FP is useful: each FP gets the article another day on the man page. Adam Cuerden (talk) 02:02, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

Very very awesome. You should try and get this image passed, too: [10] Only because it's very very cool, har har, on so many levels. Just a thought. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 03:35, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
Already on the list. =) Just going to space them out a little bit. Adam Cuerden (talk) 13:57, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, great to see that on the Main page, precious again. Literature on two days in a row, lovely! I hope the time for this will also come. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:41, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Gerda. I'll put the Shelley article on my sights. Hmm, basically two travel narratives written by women artists, how interesting. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 13:54, 4 July 2014 (UTC)


Hello Figureskatingfan! It's me Brandon. If you saw on the Teahouse, I recently got a rename from BrandonWu to MrWooHoo! If you don't mind, I used your signature for mine. Credit goes to you! Cheers! Brandon (MrWooHoo)Talk to Brandon! 16:25, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

Yah, I saw. But your sig isn't *exactly* like mine; I don't have the Talk to... ;) I only did it that way because only being slightly technically savvy, I couldn't figure out how to configure it exactly how I wanted, but then I grew to like it anyway. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 16:39, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

SS source[edit]

One chapter: Saturday morning censors: television regulation before the V-chip, Heather Hendershot, 1998, Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press - available in U of I library. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 16:16, 28 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)

A cupcake for you![edit]

Choco-Nut Bake with Meringue Top cropped.jpg Good luck in the WikiCup! Hope you advance to Round 5 :D Brandon (MrWooHoo)Talk to Brandon! 03:30, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, Brandon; me too. I didn't get into the finals last year, so I'm hoping that I can this year. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 03:47, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Fanny Bullock Workman[edit]

Should we do a peer review before FAC, and should I finish the images first? Adam Cuerden (talk) 16:16, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

Adam, it's already had a PR; I think that it's ready for FAC now. I'm not in any hurry, so if you want to wait until you finish the images, that's fine with me. Although it will probably languish for a while, anyway, but if you want to ensure that you're done before it gets reviewed, I wouldn't be opposed to waiting. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 17:08, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
I wouldn't mind doing the images first, though I suppose they aren't necessary. Adam Cuerden (talk) 02:52, 5 July 2014 (UTC) <- I think I should be able to deal with enquiries fairly well, given enough time for library running. I do wish it was easier to get material out of the NLS, though. Some of that would be amazing article illustrations. Adam Cuerden (talk) 03:07, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Oh, crap! I never said - I've nominated it. Adam Cuerden (talk) 22:56, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

By the way, on the subject of the Fanny Bullock Workman article - I'd like tot ry to get all of the remaining Wadewitz articles up to FA, and an[other] FP for as many as is possible. What do you think? Adam Cuerden (talk) 02:10, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Ha ha, I was wondering about that, but figured you were waiting. I'm happy to assist with this very worthy project. I'll take a look at her userpage and contributions and see what we can improve next. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 04:07, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Sarah Trimmer seems like an obvious place for FPs - authors now well out of popularity, but who were once very popular, tend to be fairly cheap to acquire copies of, compared to still-iconic books. Checking, about $20 will get me hosts of FPs for Trimmer. Adam Cuerden (talk) 05:23, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Sounds good. Although of course it means that I'm assisting you in the Wikicup, which really bites, man! ;) Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 13:47, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Want to learn image restoration? The second Fanny Bullock Workman image should be fairly easy, and I could teach you =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 15:38, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

DYK for The Cockroaches[edit]

 — Crisco 1492 (talk) 08:47, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

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DYK for Iftah Ya Simsim[edit]

Gatoclass (talk) 05:28, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

I just read some of Belle's talk page, and have realized that she has a particular sort of humor that has gone straight over my head.[edit]

Story of my life. Belle (talk) 08:41, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

BTW, your reversion here moves it back away from what the source says. Belle (talk) 08:51, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

Ha ha, that did not go over my head. I corrected my error in the article; thanks for catching it. For some reason, this article has been getting a lot of attention from its DYK today. Could it be because of its topic, obscure children's television programs? Hmmm... ;) Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 18:44, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Fanny Bullock Workman[edit]

Gatoclass (talk) 04:37, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

As a mountaineer, I commend you for your outstanding work on this article. I saw that Wadewitz worked on it as well, which brought a tear to my eye. I wish you well. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 06:33, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes, a few of us (myself, User:Adam Cuerden) are bringing it along. Currently, it's at FAC [11]. It makes me sad, too, and angry at the universe. But it's worth it because we're certain that it's something Wadewitz would've wanted. Thanks for the kind words. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 13:53, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Aye. She was a wonderful person, and is sadly missed. I'd like to see all her articles at FA. Adam Cuerden (talk) 14:33, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikicup semifinalists interview request[edit]

As you may know, I write for the Signpost, basically Wikipedia's newsletter. I'd like to do a feature on the semifinalists, would you be willing to provide, say, 250 to 500 words saying: (1.) Why did you join the Wikicup? (2.) What you you hope to get out of it? and (3.) Which of your contributions to the Wikicup are your favourites?

Not quite sure how I'll order them - I'll probably make the ed17 decide, as, you know, Conflict of Interest: I am a semifinalist. I'd imagine point order or alphabetical or the like.

Can you please reply at Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2014-07-30/Wikicup#Figureskatingfan? Thanks! Adam Cuerden (talk) 00:24, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Iftah Ya Simsim[edit]

The article Iftah Ya Simsim you nominated as a good article has been placed on hold Symbol wait.svg. The article is close to meeting the good article criteria, but there are some minor changes or clarifications needing to be addressed. If these are fixed within 7 days, the article will pass; otherwise it may fail. See Talk:Iftah Ya Simsim for things which need to be addressed. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Zanimum -- Zanimum (talk) 01:40, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

List of Sesame Street Muppets cites[edit]

I figured that you would be a good person to ask about this. From the beginning, the citations on List of Sesame Street Muppets, and others like it, are shown as: "Finch, p. 53", "Davis, p. 5", "Morrow, p. 93", etc. What is that supposed to mean? It doesn't say it's a book and there certainly isn't a link for verification. I find it hard to believe that this is an acceptable way citing a source. (??) --Musdan77 (talk) 17:31, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

User:Musdan77, those are sources taken from the sources (most often, books) listed in the "References" section. It's a very acceptable way to list sources from books or sources with multiple page numbers, and parallels the way sources are handled in scholarly sources. See WP:SFN. I suggest that you read the entire guideline about citing sources. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 21:17, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Well, just after I posted here, I did scroll down and saw the "References" section. It may be a "very acceptable way" but I don't think it's a very helpful way, if there's no explanation at the top of the "Notes" section. If an experienced editor, like me, doesn't know that, I doubt many novice users would. Anyway, thanks for the reply and the link. --Musdan77 (talk) 23:10, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Featured article candidate proofread help[edit]

Hi there,

Someone that I closely work with reviewing film related lists has asked me if could proofread Kangana Ranaut for featured list promotion. I have never reviewed an article for FA promotion, but I'm willing to give it a shot since I too want to learn the dos and dont's of improving article to such status (I hope to do the same for 2010 NBA Finals). What suggestions do you have for FA reviewing since I admire your great work with Sesame Street articles and lists?

--Birdienest81 (talk) 07:04, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words, User:Birdienest81, and of course I'd love to help. FAC needs dedicated, hard-working reviewers. It helps to have gone through the experience yourself by submitting one of your articles to FAC, so that you know the process from all sides. Like you, the first FAC I reviewed was because someone asked me to, and although I was nervous, once I mustered up my courage and jumped in, I found that it was fun. I looked at other reviews, to see how other editors did it. Some editors (like me) tend to be picky and comb through the prose and list their feedback, along with suggestions. Making suggestions is very important when you review articles, since you're there to see things the main editors miss because they're too close to see them. Other editors specialize, and look at one aspect of the article: prose, sources, structure, for example. Several people review each article, so you don't have to be thorough. We all bring a unique perspective to the articles we review. I suggest that you find what you're good at and share it with the editors who've bravely submitted their work. And remember that the point is to improve articles, not to have editors jump through hoops just for the sake of it. Hope this helps, and please let me know if I've missed anything.
This place (WP) is all about reciprocity, so would you mind taking a look at an FAC I've submitted? [12] It should be relatively easy to review, since a few other reviews are already there; at this point, it just needs a couple of more supports to pass. Thanks, I appreciate it. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 17:59, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

If the timing is right...[edit]

:) Wifione Message

Huh? What the heck are you talking about? Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 13:34, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
This... Wifione Message 15:31, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Uh, sorry don't think so. My work schedule, once the semester starts up again, looks like it's gonna be crazy. I'm taking classes to prepare for a PhD program. I'm very involved in Toastmasters, and have family and church commitments. Plus, I'm perfectly happy operating in obscurity here in WP, making the world a better place by working on my pet articles. At least that's my initial reaction, but as always, I'll consider it. Again, thanks for the thought. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 16:30, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Precious again[edit]

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Maya Angelou
Thank you for your quality work on Maya Angelou, her background, her works, the themes in her autobiographies, "The woman who survives intact and happy must be at once tender and tough." - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:35, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

A year ago, you were the 198th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:59, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Ah, thanks. Very nice, I'm humbled. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 22:08, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Sesame Co-productions[edit]

Hi Christine! I'm working on the prose review; it should be done by tonight. Also, I just wanted to let you know I made a mistake when linking one of my comments, but I've fixed it at the FAC. ceranthor 21:20, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 7[edit]

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Books & Bytes
Issue 7, June-July 2014
by The Interior (talk · contribs), Ocaasi (talk · contribs), Sadads (talk · contribs)

  • Seven new donations, two expanded partnerships
  • TWL's Final Report up, read the summary
  • Adventures in Las Vegas, WikiConference USA, and updates from TWL coordinators
  • Spotlight: Blog post on BNA's impact on one editor's research

Read the full newsletter

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Remember me?[edit]

Hi there. Remember me?

I asked for your help 4 years ago. I've been very busy for the last few years that's why I stopped editing and using my account here, but now I'm back and I just graduated last year.

It's nice to see that you've successfully passed Maya Angelou and your other works to higher level class article. I'm happy for you. I hope we can be friends again and maybe I can ask you for help if you have time since I'm not that familiar with the new editing tools here and I can't remember how I started before. If you can't remember me, you can check my talk page our discussion was still there.

Have a nice day and happy editing. White paladin888 (talk) 17:31, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

After I looked around, yah, I do remember you. And yah, if you need assistance, just ask. Welcome back! Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate them. Remember to have fun and do your best to make a positive contribution! ;) Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 18:31, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

A cupcake for you![edit]

Choco-Nut Bake with Meringue Top cropped.jpg Congratulations on your latest featured article! Hawkeye7 (talk) 20:58, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Sesame Street international co-productions[edit]

Congrats on the new FA. I noticed, however, that it misses Jalan Sesama, the Indonesian adaptation. Or was there a reason for leaving that out? — Crisco 1492 (talk) 14:29, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! The answer is that I was unaware of it! I will go and add it now. Actually, one of my newest goals is to expand every article about individual co-productions, as much as it's possible. Currently, Iftah Ya Simsim, the Arab version, is up for FAC [13], and Plaza Sesamo, the Mexican version, is up for GAC. Loads of fun! Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 19:56, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Looks like there are quite a few versions, I must say! (That's a lovely template at the bottom of the article). So a new FT after Angelou? Sounds interesting. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:39, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes, there are 20. I don't know, though, if there's potential for an FT, since there might not be enough information to use as sources. But I've been wrong before! It will certainly be fun finding out. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 17:49, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
  • I think, worse comes to worse, you'll have to find someone who speaks the local language to help write. I don't speak Japanese, so the (brand new) FA Departures would never have passed without Curly Turkey and his language skills. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:48, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

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!

Sent by Dom497--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 15:52, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

GOCE July drive and August blitz[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors July 2014 backlog elimination drive wrap-up
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Participation: Thanks to everyone who participated in the July drive. Of the 40 people who signed up this drive, 22 copy edited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: We reduced our article backlog from 2400 articles to 2199 articles in July. This is a new month-end record low for the backlog. Nice work, everyone!

Blitz: The August blitz will run from August 24–30. The blitz will focus on articles from the GOCE's Requests page. Awards will be given out to everyone who copy edits at least one of the target articles. The blitz will run from August 24–30. Sign up here!

Cheers from your GOCE coordinators Jonesey95, Baffle gab1978, and Miniapolis.

To discontinue receiving GOCE newsletters, please remove your name from our mailing list. Newsletter delivered by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 15:10, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

So sorry[edit]

I am very sorry for not explaining the reasoning behind the edits I made to Blue's Clues - I did have reasons, though. They were that the picture did not fit the area it was placed in, and the second edit (on the spin-off) was because of how the character of Joe did not appear until season 2 of Blue's Room and therefore was not the star of the show. Thanks (sorry for troubling you by not explaining this)! Momsandy (talk) 21:11, 22 August 2014 (UTC)[edit]

You received a Wikipedia email about access to about 2.5 weeks ago about access to access through the The Wikipedia Library. We currently don't have record of your response on the Google doc. Please make sure to follow the instructions in that email for obtaining access, Sadads (talk) 16:11, 25 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.

For more info on the proposal, click here. As a FYI, the proposal page is not what the final product will look like (if you do go ahead with this idea). It will look very similar to WikiCup's page(s).

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

--Dom497, Figureskatingfan, and TheQ Editor

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:28, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

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)


This is what you said on Flyer22's talk page responding to my strawberries post:

"<sarcasm> No, you're not being creepy at all. This is the second time today that I've warned someone for coming close to inappropriate behavior. Ask yourself: would you do this to a male editor? If the answer is no, then yes you're being creepy and need to watch yourself. I haven't looked at your edit history, but I would suspect that this isn't unusual."

What is wrong with you? You are the second person accusing me of something that is 100% nonsense, Flyer22 happens to be the second. My bowl of strawberries thing was a joke because as it said I saw she edits sex related things a lot. I actualy was not being creepy that was the joke. Nothing at all to do with the fact I am dude she's a gal. NOTHING. Yes I would do that to a male. When sending that wikilove no "she's a girl and I am a guy" thoughts were in my head. I need to watch nothing I have not done anything wrong. If you had looked at my edit history perhaps you wouldn't be throwing around acusations. How would you react if I called you a racial slur or something? I'm not like that. Clearly not everyone is as nice here on wikipedia as I thought. I hope you've realised your mistake and are willing to admit it. --DangerousJXD (talk) 22:34, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

@DangerousJXD:, I'm not going to admit anything, and I'm certainly not going to waste my time by explaining to you why your post on Flyer22's talk page was inappropriate. I have seen your edit history, and I agree with Fly that something isn't right. You say that you're an inexperienced editor, but you know about wikilove? But that's beside the point, so let's talk about your behavior towards her. You asked her a question, which she refused to answer because she thought she already did, but you insisted on her answering you. That, along with your strawberries, is very close to stalking behavior, and I suggested that you cease and desist. And no, I didn't call you sexist; I just pointed out that your strawberries post was inappropriate, despite your expressed intentions. In the meantime, I highly recommend that you leave Fly alone. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 00:18, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

No no no, that wasn't it at all![edit]

I wasn't trying to harrass Jena at all, it just bothered me that she was attacking a user (seemingly) without reason. Because if she was, this would be against the Wikipedia policies. I'm sure you, Angus and Jena could prove useful in the future. - CharlieBrown25 (talk) 03:53, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

@CharlieBrown25:, no problem. I think that the confusion was that she (and AngusWOOF and I) thought you were saying that she was attacking you. I'm sure that it was just a matter of miscommunication. I appreciate your conciliatory nature. ;) Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 00:32, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

Today's Featured ArtBrianboulton (talk) 22:43, 11 September 2014 (UTC)wicle: Notification[edit]

This is to inform you that Mom & Me & Mom, which you nominated at WP:FAC, will appear on the Wikipedia Main Page as Today's Featured Article on 5 October 2014. The proposed main page blurb is here; you may amend if necessary. Please check for dead links and other possible faults before the appearance date. Brianboulton (talk) 22:43, 11 September 2014 (UTC)