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Next Oxford meetup[edit]

Hi, I see that Michaelmas Term begins Sunday 13 October. You'll probably be busy that day; shall I schedule the next Oxford meetup for Sunday 20 October or would a different date be better? --Redrose64 (talk) 19:29, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

I've created m:Meetup/Oxford/9 with no date, and a discussion page at m:Talk:Meetup/Oxford/9. --Redrose64 (talk) 15:46, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

WikiProject Military history coordinator election[edit]

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POTD notification[edit]

Hi Grandiose,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:Map of Cathedral Peak Granodiorite.svg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on October 18, 2013. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2013-10-18. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 02:35, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

Typo in File:Thirty Years War involvement graph.svg[edit]

Hello Grandiose, in your uploaded chart is a tiny typo. The country "Bradenburg" should be listed as "Brandenburg". Could you fix this whenever you have some time please? (I have no knowledge in Inkscape myself, so i better keep my hands off). Thank you. GermanJoe (talk) 11:23, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) You don't need to use Inkscape... a plain text editor will do it. Use the editor's text search facility for find the incorrect word - it's in the element <tspan x="92.756752" y="179.97894" id="tspan3593">Bradenburg</tspan> - retype it and save. Unfortunately, I'm unwilling to do this because my editors are Microsoft and insist on converting all the LF characters into CRLF pairs, which adds an extra 847 bytes to the file size. --Redrose64 (talk) 16:49, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
I've done it. Redrose64 is correct to say that usually text will appear in the SVG file directly, but it may not always do so. Where it does not even simple typos can be fiddly to correct. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 17:13, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
Thank you both. Didn't know that about .SVG - completely foreign format for me :). GermanJoe (talk) 18:05, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

Congratulations![edit]

Wiki-stripe1.svg Military history reviewers' award
By order of the Military history WikiProject coordinators, for your good work helping with the WikiProject's good article, Peer, A-Class and Featured Article reviews for the period July-September 2013, I hereby award you this Military history WikiProject Reviewers' award. AustralianRupert (talk) 06:09, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

Keep track of upcoming reviews. Just copy and paste {{WPMILHIST Review alerts}} to your user space

WikiCup award[edit]

In recognition of your participation in the 2013 Wikipedia:WikiCup, in which you reached round 3, the quarter-finals. J Milburn (talk · contribs) and The ed17 (talk · contribs) 12:04, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

Heraldry by country template discussion[edit]

There is an ongoing discussion regarding inclusion/exclusion at Template talk:Heraldry by country#Cornwall. Please feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts. Cheers! Wilhelm Meis (☎ Diskuss | ✍ Beiträge) 00:02, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

Russia's Heraldic Council[edit]

Hello. When you wrote the article Russian heraldry, you wrote "[t]he Heraldic Council (translated various ways)". Would you know what Russian name it is translated from? It would be nice to have the Russian name in the article on the Heraldic Council. Arms Jones (talk) 05:48, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

MOS:IMAGES[edit]

I have opened a formal RfC at Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Images#Request for comment on the deprecation of left-aligned images under sub-headings,an issue on which you commented in previous discussion there. DrKiernan (talk) 09:53, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Lead section#WP:BOLDTITLE and election articles[edit]

I have started a discussion that may interest you at Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Lead section#WP:BOLDTITLE and election articles. Anomalocaris (talk) 08:06, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Request for comment[edit]

Hello there, a proposal regarding pre-adminship review has been raised at Village pump by Anna Frodesiak. Your comments here is very much appreciated. Many thanks. Jim Carter through MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:47, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

POTD notification[edit]

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Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:Map of the Battle of Tinian (1944).svg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on July 24, 2014. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2014-07-24. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:32, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2014 August newsletter[edit]

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

  1. Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), a WikiCup newcomer, finished top of Pool A and was the round's highest scorer. Godot is a featured picture specialist, claiming large numbers of points due to high-quality scans of historical documents, especially banknotes.
  2. Scotland Casliber (submissions) is a WikiCup veteran, having been a finalist every year since 2010. In the semi-final, he was Pool B's highest scorer. Cas's points primarily come from articles on the natural sciences.
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  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.
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  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)

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WikiProject Military history coordinator election[edit]

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WikiCup 2014 September newsletter[edit]

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

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

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WikiCup 2014: The results[edit]

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

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