User talk:Howicus

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SpectroMagic[edit]

Hi! Thanks for the suggestion, but I would just like to inform you that "A Piece of SpectroMagic History" is believed to be the last merchandise ever available for SpectroMagic Parade. This makes it a big part of its History and is huge information for collectors. Also the pins themselves hold a real life article from the original Parade. Last all the information is 100% Creditable from Disney Parks and Resorts Official Disney Pins website http://www.disneyparksmerchandise.com/pins

-Thanks

http://www.disneyparksmerchandise.com/pins

In regards to the taking down of my important edit.[edit]

As a well respected member of the sliced bread community I believe that the removal of my post was wrongfully and unnecessary. however if you believe that sliced bread isn't "the best thing since sliced, uh... nevermind".and that sliced bread isn't "Bread (Of the sliced variety) and or don't want this information to reach the public, then that is alright with me. Your friend Noll McLÜF the second

VisualEditor newsletter—November 2014[edit]

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Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has fixed many bugs and requests, and worked on support for editing tables and for using non-Latin languages. Their weekly updates are posted on Mediawiki.org. Informal notes from the recent quarterly review were posted on Meta.

Recent improvements[edit]

The French Wikipedia should see better search results for links, templates, and media because the new search engine was turned on for everyone there. This change is expected at the Chinese and German Wikipedias next week, and eventually at the English Wikipedia.

The "pawn" system has been mostly replaced. Bugs in this system sometimes added a chess pawn character to wikitext. The replacement provides better support for non-Latin languages, with full support hopefully coming soon.

VisualEditor is now provided to editors who use Internet Explorer 10 or 11 on desktop and mobile devices. Internet Explorer 9 is not supported yet.

The keyboard shortcuts for items in the toolbar's menus are now shown in the menus. VisualEditor will replace the existing design with a new theme from the User Experience / Design group. The appearance of dialogs has already changed in one Mobile version. The appearance on desktops will change soon. (You can see a developer preview of the old "Apex" design and the new "MediaWiki" theme which will replace it.)

Several bugs were fixed for internal and external links. Improvements to MediaWiki's search solved an annoying problem: If you searched for the full name of the page or file that you wanted to link, sometimes the search program could not find the page. A link inside a template, to a local page that does not exist, will now show red, exactly as it does when reading the page. Due to a error, for about two weeks this also affected all external links inside templates. Opening an auto-numbered link node like [1] with the keyboard used to open the wrong link tool. These problems have all been fixed.

TemplateData[edit]

The tool for quickly editing TemplateData will be deployed to all Wikimedia Foundation wikis on Thursday, 6 November.  This tool is already available on the biggest 40 Wikipedias, and now all wikis will have access to it. This tool makes it easier to add TemplateData to the template's documentation.  When the tool is enabled, it will add a button above every editing window for a template (including documentation subpages). To use it, edit the template or a subpage, and then click the "Manage TemplateData" button at the top.  Read the help page for TemplateData. You can test the TemplateData editor in a sandbox at Mediawiki.org. Remember that TemplateData should be placed either on a documentation subpage or on the template page itself. Only one block of TemplateData will be used per template.

You can use the new autovalue setting to pre-load a value into a template. This can be used to substitute dates, as in this example, or to add the most common response for that parameter. The autovalue can be easily overridden by the editor, by typing something else in the field.

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Looking ahead[edit]

Basic support for inserting tables and changing the number of rows and columns in tables will appear next Wednesday. Advanced features, like dragging columns to different places, will be possible later. The VisualEditor team plans to add auto-fill features for citations soon. To help editors find the most important items more quickly, some items in the toolbar menus will be hidden behind a "More" item, such as "underlining" in the styling menu. The appearance of the media search dialog will improve, to make picking between possible images easier and more visual. The team posts details about planned work on the VisualEditor roadmap.

The user guide will be updated soon to add information about editing tables. The translations for most languages except Spanish, French, and Dutch are significantly out of date. Please help complete the current translations for users who speak your language. Talk to us if you need help exporting the translated guide to your wiki.

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Whatamidoing (WMF) 20:41, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 05 November 2014[edit]

Your submission at Articles for creation: Will Putney (November 7)[edit]

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Your recent article submission to Articles for Creation has been reviewed! Unfortunately, it has not been accepted at this time. The reason left by Arthur goes shopping was: Please check the submission for any additional comments left by the reviewer. You are encouraged to edit the submission to address the issues raised and resubmit when they have been resolved. Arthur goes shopping (talk) 12:17, 7 November 2014 (UTC)


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Hello! Howicus, I noticed your article was declined at Articles for Creation, and that can be disappointing. If you are wondering or curious about why your article submission was declined please post a question at the Articles for creation help desk. If you have any other questions about your editing experience, we'd love to help you at the Teahouse, a friendly space on Wikipedia where experienced editors lend a hand to help new editors like yourself! See you there! Arthur goes shopping (talk) 12:17, 7 November 2014 (UTC)

An award for you![edit]

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Congrats on being mistaken for a sysop! :P Cheers, Thanks, L235-Talk Ping when replying 00:25, 9 November 2014 (UTC)
Lol, I thought the same, you should consider becoming one some day ? :P --Diego Grez (talk) 00:34, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your very hard work helping on IRC, I present you with this barnstar. Normally, I refrain from giving more than one award to a person per archiving cycle, but I was watching you on IRC, seeing how helpful you are to everyone who shows up, and decided I couldn't not give you a barnstar. You're a great friend(may I call you a friend?) and a valuable editor. Thanks! Happy editing, L235-Talk Ping when replying 03:46, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
Thank you! And by all means, go ahead and call me friend, friend. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 04:06, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 12 November 2014[edit]

Copyright checks when performing AfC reviews[edit]

Hello Howicus. This message is part of a mass mailing to people who appear active in reviewing articles for creation submissions. First of all, thank you for taking part in this important work! I'm sorry this message is a form letter – it really was the only way I could think of to covey the issue economically. Of course, this also means that I have not looked to see whether the matter is applicable to you in particular.

The issue is in rather large numbers of copyright violations ("copyvios") making their way through AfC reviews without being detected (even when easy to check, and even when hallmarks of copyvios in the text that should have invited a check, were glaring). A second issue is the correct method of dealing with them when discovered.

If you don't do so already, I'd like to ask for your to help with this problem by taking on the practice of performing a copyvio check as the first step in any AfC review. The most basic method is to simply copy a unique but small portion of text from the draft body and run it through a search engine in quotation marks. Trying this from two different paragraphs is recommended. (If you have any question about whether the text was copied from the draft, rather than the other way around (a "backwards copyvio"), the Wayback Machine is very useful for sussing that out.)

If you do find a copyright violation, please do not decline the draft on that basis. Copyright violations need to be dealt with immediately as they may harm those whose content is being used and expose Wikipedia to potential legal liability. If the draft is substantially a copyvio, and there's no non-infringing version to revert to, please mark the page for speedy deletion right away using {{db-g12|url=URL of source}}. If there is an assertion of permission, please replace the draft article's content with {{subst:copyvio|url=URL of source}}.

Some of the more obvious indicia of a copyvio are use of the first person ("we/our/us..."), phrases like "this site", or apparent artifacts of content written for somewhere else ("top", "go to top", "next page", "click here", use of smartquotes, etc.); inappropriate tone of voice, such as an overly informal tone or a very slanted marketing voice with weasel words; including intellectual property symbols (™,®); and blocks of text being added all at once in a finished form with no misspellings or other errors.

I hope this message finds you well and thanks again you for your efforts in this area. Best regards--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 02:20, 18 November 2014 (UTC).

       Sent via--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:20, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

Division of Afghanistan[edit]

Hi Howicus, you moved this article from draft to mainspace - could you please address the AFC tag that is still on the article? Nikkimaria (talk) 16:24, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

YesY Done! Thanks for the reminder. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 16:35, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

adopt me?[edit]

Hi, I think I need some help with editing. Would you adopt me? I would also like to thank you for welcoming me to wikipedia. I know this is really belated (October is when I started) and but I made up my mind not so long ago.thanks.Quiet Wanderer (talk) 01:18, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

I'd be happy to adopt you! The way I do this, at least, is I have a "school" page set up with lessons that I think will help you learn important aspects of Wikipedia editing. If that sounds good to you, you can follow the instructions at User:Howicus/Adoption school and create your own copy of the page when you wish. There's no deadline or rush, you can work through the lessons in any order and at your own pace. Howicus (Did I mess up?) 19:20, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Thank you! I'll check it out!Quiet Wanderer (talk) 03:15, 25 November 2014 (UTC)