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Discussion at WP Brands – Lists compiled for project banner tagging using AnomieBOT[edit]

A discussion is occurring at the talk page for WikiProject Brands at Proceeding with automatic project banner tagging using AnomieBOT regarding moving forward with automatic talk page tagging with the project's banner using AnomieBOT. All members of this project will be notified with neutrally-worded notifications about this discussion, and please feel free to contribute to it. Northamerica1000(talk) 17:11, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

DYK for American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012[edit]

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WikiCup 2013 January newsletter[edit]

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Signups are now closed; we have our final 127 contestants for this year's competition. 64 contestants will make it to the next round at the end of February, but we're already seeing strong scoring compared to previous years. Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions) currently leads, with 358 points. At this stage in 2012, the leader (Irish Citizen Army Grapple X (submissions)) had 342 points, while in 2011, the leader had 228 points. We also have a large number of scorers when compared with this stage in previous years. Florida 12george1 (submissions) was the first competitor to score this year, as he was last year, with a detailed good article review. Some other firsts:

Featured articles, portals and topics, as well as good topics, are yet to feature in the competition.

This year, the bonus points system has been reworked, with bonus points on offer for old articles prepared for did you know, and "multiplier" points reworked to become more linear. For details, please see Wikipedia:WikiCup/Scoring. There have been some teething problems as the bot has worked its way around the new system, but issues should mostly be ironed out- please report any problems to the WikiCup talk page. Here are some participants worthy of note with regards to the bonus points:

  • United States Ed! (submissions) was the first to score bonus points, with Portland-class cruiser, a good article.
  • Australia Hawkeye7 (submissions) has the highest overall bonus points, as well as the highest scoring article, thanks to his work on Enrico Fermi, now a good article. The biography of such a significant figure to the history of science warrants nearly five times the normal score.
  • Chicago HueSatLum (submissions) claimed bonus points for René Vautier and Nicolas de Fer, articles that did not exist on the English Wikipedia at the start of the year; a first for the WikiCup. The articles were eligible for bonus points because of fact they were both covered on a number of other Wikipedias.

Also, a quick mention of British Empire The C of E (submissions), who may well have already written the oddest article of the WikiCup this year: did you know that the Fucking mayor objected to Fucking Hell on the grounds that there was no Fucking brewery? The gauntlet has been thrown down; can anyone beat it?

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. J Milburn (talkemail) and The ed17 (talkemail) 00:58, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you so much for all your help with the Smithsonian Gardens page! DigiGardens (talk) 15:30, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

Wait a minute....[edit]

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You removed my editing because you didn't think it was "constructive"? Did you know that the only reason the term "crow stew" is listed on Wikipedia is because Conan O'Brien suggested that on his show?

His mention of it is the most significant thing to happen to crow stew. It wasn't listed here until he said it!

Why would someone who works at the Department of the Treasury presume to know what's best for America or the world?

I'm a comedienne and have followed Mr. O'Brien's career for years. I'm going to have to correct you on this one!

Please put my comments and edits back immediately, and strive to focus on what YOU claim to know about. Leave the comedy and the connection to the new media to Conan O'Brien and myself. We've got this covered.

Oh, and send me a sheet of hundreds while you're at it.

Thank you. Lorraine Lamour (talk) 10:04, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

Dear comedienne: It seems crow stew is improtant.
An early reference to crow stew in the United States appears in an account of Prince Achille Murat.[1]
The modern, sour cream-based crow stew appears in several publications, including Nebraskaland (1933) and Outdoor Indiana (1936).[2][3]
In an April 4, 1982 Chicago Tribune article titled, “Money can put the Sox, Cubs on top”, the Chicago-based sports writer Dave Condon predicted that the Chicago Cubs baseball team would defy expectation and have a winning season.[4]
So, a comedy sketch by one person, does not make a history. Please check the history of the edits as several other editors developed the article beyond the comedy sketch and made it into a readable article. Just because something is funny does not make it Wikipedia Notable. Geraldshields11 (talk) 14:45, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

WikiCup 2013 February newsletter[edit]

Round 1 is now over. The top 64 scorers have progressed to round 2, where they have been randomly split into eight pools of eight. At the end of April, the top two from each pool, as well as the 16 highest scorers from those remaining, will progress to round 3. Commiserations to those eliminated; if you're interested in still being involved in the WikiCup, able and willing reviewers will always be needed, and if you're interested in getting involved with other collaborative projects, take a look at the WikiWomen's Month discussed below.

Round 1 saw 21 competitors with over 100 points, which is fantastic; that suggests that this year's competition is going to be highly competative. Our lower scores indicate this, too: A score of 19 was required to reach round 2, which was significantly higher than the 11 points required in 2012 and 8 points required in 2011. The score needed to reach round 3 will be higher, and may depend on pool groupings. In 2011, 41 points secured a round 3 place, while in 2012, 65 was needed. Our top three scorers in round 1 were:

  1. Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions), primarily for an array of warship GAs.
  2. London Miyagawa (submissions), primarily for an array of did you knows and good articles, some of which were awarded bonus points.
  3. New South Wales Casliber (submissions), due in no small part to Canis Minor, a featured article awarded a total of 340 points. A joint submission with Alaska Keilana (submissions), this is the highest scoring single article yet submitted in this year's competition.

Other contributors of note include:

Featured topics have still played no part in this year's competition, but once again, a curious contribution has been offered by British Empire The C of E (submissions): did you know that there is a Shit Brook in Shropshire? With April Fools' Day during the next round, there will probably be a good chance of more unusual articles...

March sees the WikiWomen's History Month, a series of collaborative efforts to aid the women's history WikiProject to coincide with Women's History Month and International Women's Day. A number of WikiCup participants have already started to take part. The project has a to-do list of articles needing work on the topic of women's history. Those interested in helping out with the project can find articles in need of attention there, or, alternatively, add articles to the list. Those interested in collaborating on articles on women's history are also welcome to use the WikiCup talk page to find others willing to lend a helping hand. Another collaboration currently running is an an effort from WikiCup participants to coordinate a number of Easter-themed did you know articles. Contributions are welcome!

A few final administrative issues. From now on, submission pages will need only a link to the article and a link to the nomination page, or, in the case of good article reviews, a link to the review only. See your submissions' page for details. This will hopefully make updating submission pages a little less tedious. 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. J Milburn (talkemail) and The ed17 (talkemail) J Milburn (talk) 11:51, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

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Hi, sorry to bother you... I noticed that the material you added in this edit seemed to be copied from the NYTimes article it was citing. I thought I might remind you that copying text verbatim and even close paraphrasing is not allowed on Wikipedia. See WP:Copyright violations for the full policy. ~Adjwilley (talk) 16:22, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks. Enjoy the Wikilove I sent you for the pointer. I was trying to get to the meat without straying into contentious territory but I will go back and change it.Geraldshields11 (talk) 01:53, 2 March 2013 (UTC)
Thank you, and thanks for the cheeseburger. I could tell it was in good faith, and I appreciate your response. Happy editing ~Adjwilley (talk) 02:28, 2 March 2013 (UTC)
Recetly, I got flame-baited and I am a little gun-shy when making meaningful edits to controversial subjects about importaint cultural events. That is why I stayed so close to the source material. Please would you help in this matter based on your edits, I think you could improve my scribblings into golden prose. Geraldshields11 (talk) 16:44, 2 March 2013 (UTC)
Hey, sorry, I missed your reply here until now. I completely understand wanting to stay really close to the source material when editing controversial subjects, and I'm pretty sure I have made the mistake of paraphrasing too closely myself when something is disputed or controversial. I'm afraid I don't have "golden prose" but I'd be happy to share my thoughts on updating information on controversial subjects like Manning. Generally I start by reading at least half the news article, paying the closest attention to the first paragraph (where the meat is). Then I try to summarize what I've read into a single neutral sentence that states the main facts presented in the article. I check to make sure the sentence doesn't sound too much like anything said in the article, make sure I'm avoiding flashy headline-type language, and then add the sentence to the article. In my opinion any single news article shouldn't warrant more than a single sentence in a Wikipedia article (per WP:Weight, WP:Recentism, etc.). Anyway, sorry for the belated reply, and I hope this helps a little. Good luck! ~Adjwilley (talk) 02:49, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

Nomination of Free Iraqi Army for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Free Iraqi Army is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

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As of 25 May 2013, the article still exists. Geraldshields11 (talk) 13:54, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Nomination of Kwak Pom-gi for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Kwak Pom-gi is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

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The article was edited further to improve it. Geraldshields11 (talk) 14:35, 14 March 2013 (UTC)
As of 25 May 2013, the article still exists. Geraldshields11 (talk) 13:54, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

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Smithsonian American Art Museum pages[edit]

Thanks so much for your work on the Smithsonian American Art Museum page! It looks great! I'm still gathering resources for it as well as the Luce and Lunder Centers - hoping to have more for you by the end of today. I owe you an American Art barnstar (once I make one!). Bathlander (talk) 19:39, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

Thank you. Geraldshields11 (talk) 19:47, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
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D.C. History Edit-a-thon[edit]

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All of your responses are confidential and will not be made public without your permission. If you have any additional questions, please let me know! -epicAdam(talk) 20:54, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

Thank you, I attended remotely. Geraldshields11 (talk) 17:15, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

WikiCup 2013 March newsletter[edit]

We are halfway through round two. Pool A sees the strongest competition, with five out of eight of its competitors scoring over 100, and Pool H is lagging, with half of its competitors yet to score. WikiCup veterans lead overall; Pool A's Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions) (2010's winner) leads overall, with poolmate London Miyagawa (submissions) (a finalist in 2011 and 2012) not far behind. Pool F's New South Wales Casliber (submissions) (a finalist in 2010, 2011 and 2012) is in third. The top two scorers in each pool, as well as the next highest 16 scorers overall, will progress to round three at the end of April.

Today has seen a number of Easter-themed did you knows from WikiCup participants, and March has seen collaboration from contestants with WikiWomen's History Month. It's great to see the WikiCup being used as a locus of collaboration; if you know of any collaborative efforts going on, or want to start anything up, please feel free to use the WikiCup talk page to help find interested editors. As well as fostering collaboration, we're also seeing the Cup encouraging the improvement of high-importance articles through the bonus point system. Highlights from the last month include GAs on physicist Niels Bohr (Australia Hawkeye7 (submissions)), on the European hare (Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions)), on the constellation Circinus (Alaska Keilana (submissions) and New South Wales Casliber (submissions)) and on the Third Epistle of John (Indiana Cerebellum (submissions)). All of these subjects were covered on at least 50 Wikipedias at the beginning of the year and, subsequently, each contribution was awarded at least three times as many points as normal.

Wikipedians who enjoy friendly competition may be interested in participating in April's wikification drive. While wikifying an article is typically not considered "significant work" such that it can be claimed for WikiCup points, such gnomish work is often invaluable in keeping articles in shape, and is typically very helpful for new writers who may not be familiar with formatting norms.

A quick reminder: now, submission pages will need only a link to the article and a link to the nomination page, or, in the case of good article reviews, a link to the review only. See your submissions' page for details. This will hopefully make updating submission pages a little less tedious. 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. J Milburn (talkemail) and The ed17 (talkemail) J Milburn (talk) 22:53, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

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Sorry this reply is late, but I just recently saw the message you left me about the Free Iraqi Army. I'll see if I can expand on it.--Aa2-2004 (talk) 18:37, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

WikiCup 2013 April newsletter[edit]

We are a week into Round 3, but it is off to a flying start, with Republic of Rose Island Sven Manguard (submissions) claiming for the high-importance Portal:Sports and Portal:Geography (which are the first portals ever awarded bonus points in the WikiCup) and Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) claiming for a did you know of sea, the highest scoring individual did you know article ever submitted for the WikiCup. Round 2 saw very impressive scores at close; first place New South Wales Casliber (submissions) and second place Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions) both scored over 1000 points; a feat not seen in Round 2 since 2010. This, in part, has been made possible by the change in the bonus points rules, but is also testament to the quality of the competition this year. Pool C and Pool G were most competitive, with three quarters of participants making it to Round 3, while Pool D was the least, with only the top two scorers making it through. The lowest qualifying score was 123, significantly higher than last year's 65, 2011's 41 or even 2010's 100.

The next issue of The Signpost is due to include a brief update on the current WikiCup, comparing it to previous years' competitions. This may be of interest to current WikiCup followers, and may help bring some more new faces into the community. We would also like to note that this round includes an extra competitor to the 32 advertised, who has been added to a random pool. This extra inclusion seems to have been the fairest way to deal with a small mistake made before the beginning of this round, but should not affect the competition in a large way. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to contact one of the judges.

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May 2013[edit]

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I corrected the issue. Geraldshields11 (talk) 15:43, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

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All Fixed. Geraldshields11 (talk) 18:55, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

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Daniel Werfel[edit]

Hallo Gerald, in your edits to Daniel Werfel you've changed the lead sentence away from the standard Wikipedia model of "X is a ...", which is so helpful when seeing articles in google hits lists etc where only the opening line or so is visible. Where he graduated from isn't his cause for notability. I've tweaked the article a bit to put his current/forthcoming appointment into the lead and tried to make the text less time-sensitive. PamD 09:30, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for the change.Geraldshields11 (talk) 13:59, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

You're Invited: Smithsonian Field Notes Edit-a-Thon, Friday June 21[edit]

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DYK for Shuanghui[edit]

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Thank you for participating in the Field Notes Meetup & Edit-a-thon 2013[edit]

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World Digital Library-Wikimedia Partnership Newsletter[edit]

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WikiCup 2013 June newsletter[edit]

We are down to our final 16: the 2013 semi-finals are upon us. A score of 321 was required to survive round 3, further cementing this as the most competitive WikiCup yet; round 3 was survived in 2012 with 243 points, in 2011 with 76 points and in 2010 with 250 points. The change may in part be to do with the fact that more articles are now awarded bonus points, in addition to more competitive play. Reaching the final has, in the past, required 573 points (2012, a 135% increase on the score needed to reach round 4), 150 points (2011, a 97% increase) and 417 points (2010, a 72% increase). This round has seen over a third of participants claiming points for featured articles (with seven users claiming for multiple featured articles) and most users have also gained bonus points. However, the majority of points continue to come from good articles, followed by did you know articles. In this round, every content type was utilised by at least one user, proving that the WikiCup brings together content contributors from all corners of the project.

Round 3 saw a number of contributions of note. Idaho Figureskatingfan (submissions) claimed the first featured topic points in this year's competition for her excellent work on topics related to Maya Angelou, the noted American author and poet. We have also continued to see high-importance articles improved as part of the competition: Wyoming Ealdgyth (submissions) was awarded a thoroughly well-earned 560 points for her featured article Middle Ages and 102 points for her good article Battle of Hastings. Good articles James Chadwick and Stanislaw Ulam netted Australia Hawkeye7 (submissions) 102 and 72 points respectively, while 72 points were awarded to Poland Piotrus (submissions) for each of Władysław Sikorski and Emilia Plater, both recently promoted to good article status. Collaborative efforts between WikiCup participants have continued, with, for example, New South Wales Casliber (submissions) and Canada Sasata (submissions) being awarded 180 points each for their featured article on Boletus luridus.

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Help with Sales taxes in the United States article[edit]

Hi Geraldshields11, I'm looking to add a new section on Internet sales taxes to the Sales taxes in the United States article. I've drafted up a short section and I'm looking for other editors to review it because I've included some criticism of the recent Marketplace Fairness Act from The Heritage Foundation, where I am an employee.

I see that you are a member of WikiProject Taxation and thought you might be interested in looking at this. If you'd like to help out, the request is on the article's talk page here. Thanks! Thurmant (talk) 21:19, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Ok, I will take a look at it. Geraldshields11 (talk) 00:43, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
I made the changes. Geraldshields11 (talk) 11:58, 15 July 2013 (UTC)

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Request for copyedit[edit]

Hello Gerald we met before at Smithsonian edit-a-thons, most recently at the Luce-Lunder one. I noticed that you copyedited the Margaret Boozer article and that you are part of the Guild of Copy Editors and so I was wondering if you could assist me with something. I have been working on the List of Presidents of Colombia, and I was waiting to find some place to ask for help on copyediting (I didn't know the Guild existed until I saw the talk template you placed), but I grew frustrated and posted the revamp and went ahead and also submitted it as a candidate for featured list: Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/List of Presidents of Colombia/archive1. As I was hoping and expecting, the issue of copyedit was brought up, but only a few suggestions were provided, which I already addressed, but the reviewer said that I should find someone else copyedit it. So if you could take a look at it and copyedit it or provide some guidance on where and how to go about having it copyedited I would appreciated it. I also came directly to you because I know you have knowledge of history and government, and with your interest in North Korea I figured you are already familiar on how to communicate foreign systems of government/administration in a more standard context, and this list is full of non-standard issues that although I tried to explain, may be addressed in a different matter. mijotoba (talk) 07:23, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

Dear mijotoba, I would be more than honored to help create a good article, such as the List of Presidents of Colombia. My best regards, Geraldshields11 (talk) 12:53, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

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I added a link. Geraldshields11 (talk) 00:10, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Anna Wintour[edit]

I appreciate the effort although given all the attention I've paid to that article through the years there probably won't be much work for the Guild to do.

  • As I noted in my edit summary, I removed the {{fact}} tags from the intro per WP:LEADCITE. Since those aren't extraordinary claims (at least I don't think they're not), they were not used as facts for a DYK hook and they are repeated with citations in the body of the article, there's no need for footnotes there.
  • The other {{fact}} tags aren't really necessary, either, since the facts in question are supported by the next cited source (every sentence does not to be cited; see WP:CITEKILL).
  • It was clear from context that "New York" means "New York City" when refer to where Vogue is based. I live in upstate New York and I doubt anyone thinks that confusion would exist.
But, to the non-native English speakers, it might mean some area of upstate New York. So, a little clarity never hurt. After all, hopefully, the entire planet's population will eventually use Wikipedia as a source.Geraldshields11 (talk) 23:59, 25 July 2013 (UTC)
  • If you're going to wikify people's names that we don't presently have articles on, like Annabel Hodin, it's usually better to create the articles first. I didn't get the article to A-class status by leaving a lot of redlinks in it. I also took the "the" from "freelance journalist Jon Bradshaw", as he's been dead for quite some time and if he ever had that kind of prominence it has long faded.
  • I restored your "In 1981" to "the next year" (actually, "the following year", now) because that leaves two consecutive grafs beginning "In YEAR ...", which looks sloppy. Nor is it terribly confusing; the last year mentioned is 1980.
  • As for the placement of punctuation within quotes, we use logical punctuation per WP:LQ. If it's in the quoted matter, it's in the quotes. If not, it's outside. I also think that there's no constant rule about whether you set off adverbial phrases like "In 1985" with commas consistently or not—it's really a matter of taste and how you want the sentence in question to be perceived. As noted at MOS:COMMA modern practice is to keep the number of commas down, anyway. Also, it seems we have a difference of opinion on the serial comma.
  • Per MOS:CURRENCY there is no need to use "USD" when US dollars are referred to routinely: " The exception to this is in articles related entirely to EU-, UK- or US-related topics, in which the first occurrence may also be shortened (€26, £22 or $34 respectively), unless this would be unclear."

Not all your edits had to be reverted, though. I do appreciate that your heart is in the right place, and thank you for your effort. Daniel Case (talk) 19:22, 25 July 2013 (UTC)

I am happy that you appreciate that my heart is in the right place. Let us work together to make good articles with great cites.Geraldshields11 (talk) 23:58, 25 July 2013 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2013 July newsletter[edit]

We're halfway through this year's penultimate round, and the competition is moving along well. Pool A's Canada Sasata (submissions) currently leads overall, while Pool B's Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions) is second. Both leaders are WikiCup veterans, and both have already scored over 600 points this month. If the round were to end today, London Miyagawa (submissions), with 274 points, would be the lowest-scoring participant to make it through. This indicates that participants will need a score comparable to last year's (573, the highest ever) to qualify for the final. The high scores this year are a testament both to the quality of participants and to the increased focus on significant content (eligible for bonus points) in this year's competition. So far this round, both Sasata and Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) have made up over half of their score through bonus points, with, for example, high importance FA koala earning Sasata a total of 440 points (from a multiplier of 4.4) and high-importance GA sea earning Cwmhiraeth a total of 216 points (from a multiplier of 7.2). Other articles on important topics submitted this round include a featured article on the Norman conquest of England by Wyoming Ealdgyth (submissions), and good articles on Nobel laureate in literature Henryk Sienkiewicz, Nobel laureate in physics Hans Bethe, and the noted Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryū. These articles are by Poland Piotrus (submissions), Australia Hawkeye7 (submissions) and Sturmvogel_66 respectively.

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John Koskinen[edit]

Hi, glad I could help. I guess you like the man? I hope he can fix the IRS, we sure need it fixed. Kennvido (talk) 20:51, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

I do not know the person. I hope he improves the organization. After all, he knows physics. 21:39, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Disambiguation[edit]

You had a bunch of Dab links and I had some time, so I fixed them for you. You can delete the reminders on this talk page now, because I did not. I hope you don't mind what I did for you. Kennvido (talk) 21:35, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Thanks. I am impressed by the initiative. Lets work together to make good articles with great cites. Geraldshields11 (talk) 21:39, 1 August 2013 (UTC)
I'm all for that my friend. And fix the ones that needed fixin'! Would you like me to remove the Dab links on this page?Kennvido (talk) 21:51, 1 August 2013 (UTC)
No, there are more important Wikipedia articles to improve. Please would you take a look at the Soraya Tarzi article. I worked to add more cites. Lets make that a project to work together to make into a good article and get it nominated. Geraldshields11 (talk) 22:16, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

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I want to make a wikilink to the English language page of Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings when I post the below paragraph on the Japanese and Chinese talk pages of the corresponding article. Also, I want to sign the talk page and the signature block directs editors to my English language user page.

Dear fellow Wikipedia editors: I am improving the English language article about Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings. Please, when you have free time, translate the article and add text to the English article. Thank you in advance. My best regards, Geraldshields11 (talk) 17:44, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

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Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Australia[edit]

Hi Geraldshields11, I would be more than happy to send you the presentation via email. I have used a few images in the presenation that I'm unsure of the copyright, so I don't think I would be able to upload it to commons without removing the images. Let me know what you would prefer. I'm really glad that people enjoyed the wikipedia event I organised, I would love to get more involved in Wikipedia if you have any suggestions. Here is the event page Wikipedia:Meetup/UQ --Geneticcuckoo (talk) 04:43, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

STiki emergency[edit]

Speedy deletion nomination of Catharina Koopman[edit]

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I wanted to let you know that I just tagged Catharina Koopman for deletion, because it seems to be copied from another source.

If you feel that the article shouldn't be deleted and want more time to rewrite it in your own words, you can contest this deletion, but please don't remove the speedy deletion tag from the top.

You can leave a note on my talk page if you have questions. Writ Keeper (WK to move) 13:58, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

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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.

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Congratulations to the top editors. I appricate all the effots. Geraldshields11 (talk) 22:34, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

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Thanks for the heads up. I am glad for the notice. I edit alot. Geraldshields11 (talk) 22:33, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

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I fixed the links. Geraldshields11 (talk) 00:10, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

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I fixed the links. Geraldshields11 (talk) 00:10, 3 January 2014 (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.

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Net-a-Porter[edit]

Can you please include your source for this edit that Gucci sold the company to Richemont, or remove it. I work for Net-a-Porter and know this is incorrect. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cubabit (talkcontribs) 09:50, 30 October 2013 (UTC)

Dear Cubabit, Thank you for the review and I am always looking for assistance in improving the vaious fashion articles. Lets work together. When I made the edit July 11 2013, I did add a cite of title=Luxury Brand Management | publisher=John Wiley & Sons | author=Chevalier, Michel | year=2012 | location=Singapore | isbn=978-1-118-17176-9 about the ownership change during the sale. Since you work for the company, please, on the talk page, tell me who sold the company to Richemont and include a proposed cite. Let us discuss the issues and achive consensus. Geraldshields11 (talk) 12:16, 30 October 2013 (UTC)
I slightly modified the sentence about the 2010 sale based on a comment from a fellow editor. See above. However, I am still waiting on the fellow editor to provide more information on who sold the company in 2010; not who was the buyer. Geraldshields11 (talk) 01:28, 1 November 2013 (UTC)
Dear Cubabit, Let us continue this discussion on Net-a-Porter's talk page. That way other interested editors can comment on the discussion and consensus can be achieved. Geraldshields11 (talk) 01:35, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

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:

  1. Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions)
  2. Australia Hawkeye7 (submissions)
  3. Canada Sasata (submissions)
  4. Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions)
  5. New South Wales Casliber (submissions)
  6. Scotland Adam Cuerden (submissions)
  7. London Miyagawa (submissions)
  8. Poland Piotrus (submissions)
  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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for your information.[1] their is no reality in the history in the en- Wikipedia concerning the real story of VCA. If you look my ID , I do so many modifications who are cancelled each time. Apologises for my poor english.Sincerely 212.155.113.250 (talk) 17:46, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

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editathon category[edit]

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barnstar[edit]

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DC meetup[edit]

Gerald, thank you for notifying me of the DC Meetup group! I'd be delighted to participate and look forward to becoming more involved! Thanks again! -- Caponer (talk) 21:18, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

You are welcome and hope to see you there. Geraldshields11 (talk) 23:23, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

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A cup of coffee for you![edit]

A small cup of coffee.JPG Hello Gerald. Thanks for showing interest in WP:WikiProject Open Knowledge Foundation. Perhaps we share other interests. What is your interest in OKF?

I know of a student economist who is interested in integrating a lot of financial data into Wikipedia. Your profile says you are with the treasury. If you are a stakeholder in economic data and if you were interested, then perhaps I could introduce you to his project.

I saw your grant proposal. I am not sure what you plan to do with this. There will be channel for Wikimania scholarships in 1-2 months, and then also there is a channel for general funding requests. If you ever want assistance making your proposal then message me. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:39, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

Dear Blue Rasberry , Thank you for the advice. I believe we met, in real life, at the Cato Institute in 2013. We talked about North Korea.
As for the grant proposal, I plan to ask the Wikimedia DC chapter, the Wikimania 2014 scholarship committee for help to volunteer at Wikimania. If you could give suggestions on how to improve, it would be much appreciated.
I checked out the channel for general funding requests and it is to a blank article with no procedures to request a grant. So, if you could help, that would be great. My best regards, Geraldshields11 (talk) 21:33, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
The channel is fixed. Sorry. We did meet and talk about North Korea! Too bad about the recent purge of their English news archives, right? If you apply with the DC chapter's advice then I expect that I could do no more for you, but perhaps for your reference, check out what the Idea Lab does. What is your interest in OKF? I expect that they also will be at Wikimania as they are London based, and there will be an open access track at the conference. Blue Rasberry (talk) 21:42, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
I am interested in promoting governmental records as open documents, such as photos. The reason is this will add culture and the viewer can make up her own mind on the meaning. Geraldshields11 (talk) 21:44, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

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Before you make major moves such as this please make yourself aware of the consensus and discussions that exist on the talk page, thanks. Pass a Method talk 23:36, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for the heads up. Lets make that a project to work together to make Syrian Civil War into a good article and get it nominated. Geraldshields11 (talk) 00:10, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

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Avian flu[edit]

Thank you for your suggestion on ja:トリインフルエンザ. I have added the case in Canada to the article. --Karasunoko (talk) 08:51, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

@Karasunoko: I am glad we could work together to improve Wikipedia. Geraldshields11 (talk) 13:19, 22 January 2014 (UTC)

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Thank you and sorry for the confusion. Geraldshields11 (talk) 14:26, 25 January 2014 (UTC)

Opportunity Rover[edit]

Hello, and thank you for your good-faith addition to the article Opportunity rover. However, Mr. Rhawn Joseph has a long history of publishing very fringe claims related to extraterrestrial life. He has authored several books, and his few "scientific papers" on the subject are in the very fringe online Journal of Cosmology, well known for its very low standard for scientific scrutiny, NO peer-review process before publication, and has even been formally categorized as a "predatory Journal". I have edited out his name and claim on this base. Also, please feel free to read this previous discussion on the work by Mr. Rhawn Joseph: Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Rhawn Joseph or url: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Rhawn_Joseph Thank you and cheers, BatteryIncluded (talk) 22:23, 31 January 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for the support. My edit was based on the notability of the lawsuit (since the American Bar Association saw fit to publish a story about the lawsuit and other papers picked it up), not on Mr Joseph's claims. After all, how many lawsuits are there to boldly go where no robot has gone before. Geraldshields11 (talk) 01:37, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for your understanding and civility. It is difficult for the media not to cash in weirdness. But I am focused on the science. Because of my profession, I specialize in the biology aspect in the astrobiology-related developments of all space missions and simulations. Although it made it to the news, you know it was because its shock value, and it lacks all scientific credibility and was not submitted to the expected peer-review process before publication, as expected in biology. Believe me, I have been following the J of C and its kooks for many years. I think the "law suit" entry will serve better in the Journal of Cosmology article. If someone Googles Joseph NASA LAWSUIT (or similar) it will take them there. What do you think? Cheers, BatteryIncluded (talk) 13:36, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
Yes, Let us move me edit to the the C of J but if moved the we must mention RJ as the plaintiff and not J of C. Geraldshields11 (talk) 13:42, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

Bitcoin in science fiction[edit]

Gerald -

It was a pleasure meeting you at the editing event at the Museum of Women in the Arts. The book I was referring to when you had to leave is Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. I plan to read it after I get through the 3000 pages of the The Baroque Cycle. I hope we meet at future DC Wiki-events. Paulmlieberman (talk) 19:38, 1 February 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.

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Damiani[edit]

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Bill de Blasio[edit]

Hi Gerald, I removed the addition you made to the Bill de Blasio article and left a note on the article's talk page. Please feel free to discuss there if you think I made a mistake. Thanks, Pburka (talk) 13:39, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

See discussion on Bill de Blasio talk page. Geraldshields11 (talk) 20:49, 7 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.

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Books & Bytes, Issue 4[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 Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions) (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)

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Hi sir, you thanked me after my contribution in article and now there is Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Breil (company): Breil is notable and international celebrated company! Good luck--Pagoprima (talk) 13:42, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

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I fixed the problem. Geraldshields11 (talk) 12:04, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

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