User talk:HamiltonFromAbove

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August 2013[edit]

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  • in the [[Cayman Islands]], however this was outside United States jurisdiction.<ref name="chase">[http://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/charliewilsonswar.php [[Charlie Wilson's War]]

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January 2014[edit]

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Why do you think 120 film is 70 mm wide?[edit]

Hi, I'm wondering why you've twice changed the 120 film article to say that it is 70 mm wide? I've checked with some of my own film and it is definitely 60 mm wide. --Imroy (talk) 01:59, 19 January 2014 (UTC)

Your submission at Articles for creation: User:HamiltonFromAbove/sandbox (January 23)[edit]

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Harold Faltermeyer[edit]

Please do not remove maintenance tags (like citation needed) without actually addressing the issue. Also, you violated the WP:MOS by changing "1980s" to "1980's". The article is not very good, but please don't degrade it further. --Laser brain (talk) 14:12, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

[[the citation request was deleted because the information was provided elsewhere in the article, and therefore redundant. Also, "1980's" is correct syntax whereas "1980s" is not. Sorry for use of brackets to highlight this text in "red." I'm not sure how else to separate my response forms yours. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.12.108.18 (talk) 15:41, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

I don't see where that statement is cited in the body, sorry. Also, you are incorrect about "1980's"; please see WP:DECADE in our style guide. --Laser brain (talk) 14:37, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

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A belated welcome![edit]

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Again, welcome! Walter Görlitz (talk) 01:20, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Please do not make every mention of a subject bold in the lede section. Please see MOS:BOLD. Walter Görlitz (talk) 01:22, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

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April 2014[edit]

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  • You are introducing a great many formatting errors by your overuse of bold font. Please, read WP:MOSBOLD, and undo those edits. Shawn in Montreal (talk) 14:17, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

Information icon Hello, I'm Shawn in Montreal. I wanted to let you know that I undid one or more of your recent contributions to Colin Low (filmmaker) because it did not appear constructive. If you would like to experiment, please use the sandbox. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page. I'm sorry but I'm going to have to start issuing vandalism warnings if you revert this. Do NOT use bold in articles for emphasis, as I've told you, and do not WP:OVERLINK things like 2001. Shawn in Montreal (talk) 15:17, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

May 2014[edit]

Your recent editing history at Garrett Brown shows that you are currently engaged in an edit war. Being involved in an edit war can result in your being blocked from editing—especially if you violate the three-revert rule, which states that an editor must not perform more than three reverts on a single page within a 24-hour period. Undoing another editor's work—whether in whole or in part, whether involving the same or different material each time—counts as a revert. Also keep in mind that while violating the three-revert rule often leads to a block, you can still be blocked for edit warring—even if you don't violate the three-revert rule—should your behavior indicate that you intend to continue reverting repeatedly. WP:Overlinking. Repeating the same thing in the same paragraph is not an improvement. - Gothicfilm (talk) 06:48, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

A friendly welcome[edit]

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This is a friendly talk page stalker, who is glad to run across a promising editor! Djembayz (talk) 23:44, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

Getting you through the beginning stages of editing ...[edit]

Hi, HamiltonFromAbove, let me help you get through the beginning stages of editing!

I suggest beginning with this game: Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Adventure. Then, try out a bit of editing, and take a look at this tutorial: Wikipedia training for students. (No need to learn everything in the tutorial; you can pick out one or two things you understand and try them out.)

The way to have success when you're starting out is to start small, by adding facts to existing articles.

User:Bluerasberry told me, "Your goal is to add a fact and a citation. Or a fact and a link, if you can't figure out how to add the citation."

Alternatively, you can start by cleaning up messy articles.

When cleaning up something messy, it can help to use rather brief edit summaries that link to the instructions for Wikipedia editorial style. This is often covered by "copyedit for WP:NPOV", "removing uncited material, as per WP:VERIFY", "copyediting and/or reorganizing as per WP:MOS", "trimming promotional material as per WP:SPAM."

Making corrections to existing articles is more challenging. When someone disagrees with your correction, stop editing the article and make sure you post your version on the talk page, with a citation. Be brief and polite, and make sure to avoid edit wars so you don't get blocked!

And finally, the best way to learn to write new articles is by creating the worthwhile requested articles that other editors are ignoring.

That would be pretty much anything about Africa, as you can see from the list below!

*Wikipedia:List of missing Africa topics
*List of wanted articles about Africa

Unless you're already a working journalist or academic, it may take about six months or so before you really catch on as to what is considered notable, and what is a reliable source. You can speed this process by spending some time adding references to articles over at the Article Rescue Squadron, seeing what gets deleted despite your efforts, and reading the policies cited in the deletion discussion.

Once you get the idea of how to format existing secondary sources into an article, it gets easy. You'll find that most articles are an exercise in formatting, fact-checking, and citation, rather than article writing. (Notable exceptions: the broad overview articles and medical articles, which need to be written by editors with subject knowledge, who probably have the skill to write articles suitable for publication in paid or academic sources.)

For me it was way easier to learn by looking things up in a book than in talk pages or tutorials. I used How Wikipedia Works.

Also, nothing beats making connections and getting help in person, at a Wikipedia meetup or through the Wikipedia Education Program! -- Djembayz (talk) 01:35, 20 June 2014 (UTC)


Thanks for the tips, Djembayz

I still believe that Wikipedia has evolved to the point where a certified college or university course is needed to help new editors to get to the point where they can make productive contributions. I am a faculty instructor at a major university, and I find that preparing an medical or economics article for peer review is much, MUCH easier, and less fraught with politics and amateurism than contributing to a medical or economics article on Wikipedia. At the very least, the Wiki process needs to be streamlined.

HamiltonFromAbove (talk) 11:33, 20 June 2014 (UTC)