User talk:Importemps

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Hello, Importemps, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your messages on discussion pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically insert your username and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or ask your question on this page and then place {{help me}} before the question. Again, welcome! --Mohamed ElGedawy Talk 16:43, 11 October 2011 (UTC)

Some tips to help you out![edit]

Hi Importemps, I thought I'd drop a few notes on your talk page with some help on writing articles :o)

First of all, it may be best for you to do a bit of reading, starting with the Wikipedia manual of style, which will give you a lot of information about how Wikipedia prefers its articles to be written. It's not as hard to follow as it might look; quite a bit of the information there probably won't be vital for you at first.

Second, I recommend you make a user sandbox - which is just an area you can use to practise in, and to make notes in, and to get things ready in. If you click this red link: user:Importemps/Sandbox, that will let you create that page (it gives you an edit window to start work in). Anything, anywhere, on the help and information pages which gives you an example, try it out in your sandbox until you're familiar with it.

For your article, the next thing you want to do is start collecting as much information as you can about it. Google searches (particularly in Books and Scholar) will be your best friend for this! Once you've found the information, the next most important thing is to start writing up each fact in your own words (very important, this), and make a note at the same time of exactly where that information came from. Build in the references as you go along; I'm going to copy in, down below this, a whole heap of help on doing references, which was produced by one of our best teachers (Chzz).

Here's another place that you'll find incredibly useful - citation templates which you can copy and paste into your sandbox, between <ref></ref> tags; you just fill in the blanks from your sources into the template, and you'll end up with nicely formatted inline citations :o) It all helps. Remember to add a references section to your sandbox (make a new line, and put ==References== on it, and type {{reflist}} on the next line, so that you can see how your citations look as you do them. Remember to save your page often! You don't want to lose your work.

Hopefully this will give you a good start and make life easier for you.

One last thing to keep as a motto: "It's better to write one good, well-referenced, nicely-presented article than it is to create fifty unreferenced one-line stubs!" Pesky (talkstalk!) 13:31, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

How references work[edit]

Simple references[edit]

These require two parts;

a)
Chzz is 98 years old.<ref> "The book of Chzz", Aardvark Books, 2009. </ref>

He likes tea. <ref> [http://www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com Tea website] </ref>
b) A section called "References" with the special code "{{reflist}}";
== References ==
{{reflist}}

(an existing article is likely to already have one of these sections)

To see the result of that, please look at user:chzz/demo/simpleref. Edit it, and check the code; perhaps make a test page of your own, such as user:Importemps/reftest and try it out.

Named references[edit]

Chzz was born in 1837. <ref name=MyBook>
"The book of Chzz", Aardvark Books, 2009. 
</ref> 

Chzz lives in Footown.<ref name=MyBook/>

Note that the second usage has a / (and no closing ref tag). This needs a reference section as above; please see user:chzz/demo/namedref to see the result.

Citation templates[edit]

You can put anything you like between <ref> and </ref>, but using citation templates makes for a neat, consistent look;

Chzz has 37 Olympic medals. <ref> {{Citation
 | last = Smith
 | first = John
 | title = Olympic medal winners of the 20th century
 | publication-date = 2001
 | publisher = [[Cambridge University Press]]
 | page = 125
 | isbn = 0-521-37169-4
}}
</ref>

Please see user:chzz/demo/citeref to see the result.

For more help and tips on that subject, see user:chzz/help/refs.

Here's a little bit of magic which can save you an awful lot of time and effort![edit]

You might want to consider using this tool - (tools:~dispenser/cgi-bin/webreflinks.py) - it makes your life a whole heap easier, by filling in complete citation templates for your links. All you do is install the script on Special:MyPage/common.js, or or Special:MyPage/vector.js, then paste the bare url (without [...] brackets) between your <ref></ref> tabs, and you'll find a clickable link called Reflinks in your toolbox section of the page (probably in the left hand column). Then click that tool. It does all the rest of the work (provided that you remember to save the page! It doesn't work for everything (particularly often not for pdf documents), but for pretty much anything ending in "htm" or "html" (and with a title) it will do really, really well all by itself. For those it can;t do by itself, it gives you a pull-down (or up) menu of templates to choose from, which you can then fill in manually. Often the problem is "No title found" - sometimes the title is obvious (especially if it's a pdf), bit, if not, just open the page yourself and choose soemthing appropriate if there's not already a clear title there. Happy editing! Pesky (talkstalk!) 13:31, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

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In response to your feedback[edit]

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{{Dead link}}[edit]

Please stop using the {{Broken link}} template until after you have read (and understood) the template's documentation. You are not using it correctly. --Pascal666 01:51, 28 June 2012 (UTC)

Ok thanks for the heads up! --Importemps (talk) 12:32, 30 August 2012 (UTC)

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Paragraph on surveillance technologies on the Fleur Pellerin page[edit]

You added a paragraph concerning a recent statement by Fleur Pellerin on the subject of surveillance technologies.

Not knowing anything about French politics I have no opinion about whether this paragraph should be in the article at all, but I would just like to point out that you have added it to a section called "Early life". Should this section be renamed, or should your paragraph be moved to a new section?

For your consideration, I have no other suggestions. Thanks. JanCeuleers (talk) 10:47, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

Modified, thnks! --Importemps (talk) 08:22, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

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GA nomination for Andry Rajoelina[edit]

Hi Importemps, I've put the Andry Rajoelina article up for GA review and I'd be grateful if you were the one to review it. You did so much to start the process of strengthening the objectivity of the article and I think you're better placed than anyone to know how far it's come. But no worries if you won't have the time. Cheers, Lemurbaby (talk) 17:41, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

Sure thing, but I contributed 12 times to this article, don't you think it represents a "significant contribution" (Anyone who has not contributed significantly to (or nominated) this article may review it according to the good article criteria to decide whether or not to list it as a good article)? --Importemps (talk) 09:00, 13 May 2013 (UTC)
Your edits significantly improved the article, for sure, but 12 edits out of 700+ is probably not enough to bar you from reviewing it. It's very different now from when you did your weed whacking, so I think your review will be objective as it's like looking at a new article (I hope). Lemurbaby (talk) 11:43, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Andry Rajoelina and Paul Kagame[edit]

Hi Importemps

Thanks for your message at the Andry Rajoelina GA page, and I hope I didn't disappoint you by doing the GA review, if you were looking forward to getting stuck into it :) If this means you now have loads of time on your hands that you don't know how to fill, I've got a FAC of Rwandan president Paul Kagame up at the moment. Lemurbaby and one other have already reviewed it, but it could probably use another pair of eyes. Obviously no problem whatever if you're busy or not interested though, just thought I'd mention it! The review page is at WP:Featured article candidates/Paul_Kagame/archive1 Thanks  — Amakuru (talk) 14:24, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

Sounds good, i'll check it out now. Thanks! Importemps (talk) 08:57, 10 June 2013 (UTC)
Hi, thanks very much for the review! I think I've dealt with all the points you mentioned now, if you'd like to take a look back.  — Amakuru (talk) 21:49, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

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APerson241 (talk) 23:40, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

Paul Kagame (again!)[edit]

Hi Importemps

Just wondered if you had any more thoughts on the PK article at FAC? I've hopefully addressed those you mentioned already, so wondering if you had any additional thoughts or if you want to give the article a support or oppose vote? Things have gone a bit quiet of late (User:Cryptic C62, the other reviewer with outstanding comments has been off wiki for some time as well) so it's possible I may not get enough consensus this time around. Thanks!  — Amakuru (talk) 12:27, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for your help!  — Amakuru (talk) 16:25, 21 June 2013 (UTC)
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For your assistance in reviewing the Paul Kagame article. If you need me to review anything at any point, just give me a shout!  — Amakuru (talk) 17:15, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

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