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Research to understand article reviews[edit]

Hi Jamesx12345,

We’re a team of researchers at Stanford University, and we’re interested in how editors review nominated articles for GA status. Rather than just looking to the assessment guidelines, we’re also interested in how individual editors then use these guidelines to evaluate articles. We were hoping if you’d be able to spend some time with us, and help us understand how you would differentiate, say, a C-class article from a Good Article.

Looking forward to hearing back! Our email address is jc14253 AT cs DOT stanford DOT edu

Justin Cheng and Michael Bernstein, Stanford University (http://hci.stanford.edu/) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jcccf (talkcontribs) 00:54, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

Paul Stallan[edit]

Dear Jamesx12345, I have attempted to improve article on Paul Stallan architect for your attention. Don't think it is right yet. I would be grateful for you help editing this one.Form&Function (talk) 18:38, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi Jamesx12345,
I have had another go at simplifying article. had a look at the templates you suggested but struggling a bit to understand how to use them. In short I have taken a chunk of material out. I came across another architect who worked with Paul Stallan who has a wiki article called Tony Kettle. Tried to develop a similar structure. Hope this is an improvement?
Your critical comment would be much appreciated.

F&F — Preceding unsigned comment added by Form&Function (talkcontribs) 18:40, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

I'm afraid the wording is still lacking in a number of places. You might want to see WP:NPOV for how to make it dry and bland - for reference, see articles like Kenzō Tange, Antoni Gaudí, and Albert Speer, which have been subject to review. The article on Tony Kettle isn't terribly good, tbh, so I'd use the other ones to get an idea of what to aim for. Thanks for your work. Jamesx12345 19:07, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Jamesx12345, I'm on it. Appreciate the help. Will review. Also in the course of my research I have been reviewing Falkirk Wheel. Understand from your note it is better to raise changes of this nature in a talk page. I will in the future thanks. In short I know that it was architect Ric Russell of Nicol Russell Studios that first proposed the wheel concept. I heard him speak at a lecture where he explained the design stages. British Waterways references confirm this. It appears the design development was more iterative and evolutionary than the current article suggests.

Hi Jamesx12345
Just wanted to update you on the article on the architect Paul Stallan I was drafting. I have simplified it taking onboard your advice and the advice of another wiki editor Ironhorse. Not quite sure what to do next? can you see anything else that might be added changed?
Kind regards

F&FForm&Function (talk) 21:44, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

Form&Function (talk) 20:31, 4 March 2014 (UTC) Jamesx12345 just a small thank you. F&F Form&Function (talk) 20:31, 4 March 2014 (UTC)


It looks a lot healthier than it did, but there is still some work to be done with regards to neutrality. Essentially, there is too much focus on awards etc., which should be trimmed or reworded. Some more bio information, like where he was born and schooled, would also be great. Cheers. Jamesx12345 21:58, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

Form&Function (talk) 08:52, 26 February 2014 (UTC) Jamesx1235 Hello, Just a wee note to let you know that I have addressed the comments you made on the 11th above; i.e. with regards neutrality and focus on the awards. I also did some research on where he was born and schooled as you suggested. If you have time could you review and or change as you see fit? Keen to get the base article to conform fully without flags before having a go at another article. Thanks James for your help. F&F Form&Function (talk) 08:52, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

It looks pretty good in the most part now. I fixed the date of birth template - you might want to check it is correct. It will automatically update, which is pretty useful. I've made a few changes, mostly adding links and trimming it a bit. Thanks again. Jamesx12345 17:50, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Thanks for reviewing the article Agnosticism for GA status. Hopefully it has passed. Now I expect something shiny for my userpage. For that purpose I have added a template at my sandbox. I will request you to substitute it on my talk page, as it will be added later to my "achievements section" in my userpage. It will serve as a message of appreciation. Thanking you in advance. Faizan 13:27, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

Secondly, I have also nominated the article for DYK. I will be grateful if you aid in the selection of a suitable alternate possible hook, if necessary. Faizan 14:20, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
Requesting you to archive the review like this with a result summary. Faizan 14:33, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

Thomas Happer Taylor article[edit]

Dear Jamesx12345,

I've added references from reliable sources--the NY Times, Booklist, Library Journal, etc.--seeking to remedy the deficiencies in the earlier draft of the article about Thomas Happer Taylor https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Articles_for_creation/Thomas_Happer_Taylor

I hope you'll have a chance to review the new version.

Thanks.

MurraySuid (talk) 01:35, 15 February 2014 (UTC)

There are a few minor things to fix before it can be passed. A number of references are to Wikipedia, which isn't allowed, but if something is referenced in the article you are referencing you can just copy the ref across. Also, there are still some issues with the wording, but only in a few places. It's mostly quite good, and well written. Thanks. Jamesx12345 10:16, 15 February 2014 (UTC)


Jamesx12345,

Thanks for your helpful and encouraging note of 15 February 2014 regarding the Thomas Happer Taylor piece. I focused mainly on overcoming the wording issues. Allow me to summarize the fixes which I made: 1. I deleted the adjective "noted" from "noted historian." I can see how that might be considered hype even though several reviewers did give Taylor's work high marks. 2. I kept "highly decorated" because my research shows that if a soldier has at least two top combat awards, traditionally that person is considered "highly decoated." Taylor got a Silver Star, two bronzes, and a purple heart--all earned in combat. However, if "highly" still seems problematical, it should be cut. 3. I deleted the footnote to another Wikipedia article. This was about the Crothers prize. I had meant to make a link to the article that explained what the award was--rather than support the idea that Taylor won it. This problem has been overcome.

I have no resubmitted the piece and await your thoughts.

Murray Suid — Preceding unsigned comment added by MurraySuid (talkcontribs) 18:47, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

Ooops--I meant that I have "now" resubmitted the piece. One final point, I left in that Taylor is a "prize-winning" author because he did win 2 important prizes. Breadloaf is considered a solid prize. However, it is not up there with the Pulitzer, so if you feel it's over-stating his achievements, then let's cut "prize-winning." — Preceding unsigned comment added by MurraySuid (talkcontribs) 18:51, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

Hi. I've moved it to the mainspace at Thomas Happer Taylor, where it can get consideration and input from other editors. I think prize-winning can be cut from the intro, but mentioning that he won a prize is still fine if it is presented in a neutral fashion. Thanks you for your work on the article thus far. Jamesx12345 18:57, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

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Your GA nomination of Edinburgh International Climbing Arena[edit]

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N2e (talk) 21:31, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Again. Back to you to take another look. I think there are just two questions now, which I attempted to clearly mark with Symbol question.svg Question: symbols.
But do be sure to look at the next section of your Talk page below. I think that three minutes spent on that will really help you grok this technology development program a bit better. Cheers. N2e (talk) 16:50, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

Grasshopper flight test videos[edit]

Hey James.

I just responded to your comment on the GA1 review. From what you said, it sounded like you might not appreciate how uniquely different the reusable aspect of this technology development effort is from the ordinary launch activity we are all familiar with from the first 55 years of spaceflight.

So, for your viewing pleasure, I highly recommend you click here and take a look at the 4th, the 7th and the 8th test flights of the Grasshopper v1.0 test vehicle, now retired. (we are expecting the much larger Grasshopper v1.1 vehicle to make its first test flight within the next month or so.)

I think you will REALLY enjoy the three short videos. Each of them have gone viral on the internet in the weeks following each video being posted.

I just wish we could get a screen grab photo, or short looping 8 seconds of video on the landing, from one of these for the SpaceX reusable launch system development program article. Have fun. Cheers. N2e (talk) 22:31, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Edinburgh International Climbing Arena[edit]

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Wikipedia:WikiCup/History/2014/Submissions/Jamesx12345[edit]

Hi James- I appreciate that this is one of those long and winding reviews that happens from time to time, but I'm afraid you can't claim any points for reviews until they have been closed. Thanks, J Milburn (talk) 12:12, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Finished now. Thanks for manually going through them - it's thankless but essential. Jamesx12345 20:19, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

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Thanks[edit]

Thank you very much for your serious efforts to do a GA review on SpaceX reusable launch system development program. Earlier, when I saw you had passed it, I thought it would be another week or more for a second editor to review it. Then, later on, I saw it is good to go GA. I'm happy to see it there, prior to the launch and first booster return test from high-altitude Mach 10 conditions with landing legs which is scheduled for 30 March.

This was my first effort at guiding an article to GA, and I learned a lot, and found it rewarding. Thanks for what you do to make this possible! N2e (talk) 18:52, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

No problem. I assumed you had done a few already since you seemed to know what you were doing :-) It won't stay current for too long, unless somebody builds a fusion rocket, but you've shown an impressive level of commitment to keeping it updated. Many thanks. Jamesx12345 19:21, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for your kind comment. That article just felt like it needed to be written to show the human tendency to do things in new and better ways, which is often done by the application of various technologies. And if successful, the return and reuse of currently-expended multi-tens-of-million-dollars parts will, at minimum, be a bullet in the History of human technology.
As for the article changing after GA: yes, it is a dynamic world we live in, and that is a very dynamic development program, so they surely will. I expect things will continue to change as new developments go from stealth mode proprietary information to necessarily public info about the program as it impacts customers, or the public (say, through the environment), etc. N2e (talk) 23:08, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

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Urania's Mirror[edit]

Anything else you think might need done? I moved most of the obscurer details to "Description", where they fit pretty well. Could change the name to "Overview" if you wanted. I also realised I hadn't actually described the box, which also serves to explain the title, so added that in. Adam Cuerden (talk) 18:25, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

I was happy with this earlier revision, but the less verbose lead is a great improvement. Neither Description nor Overview is perfectly satisfactory, but there doesn't seem to be a better way to describe it. That makes it less than 2 weeks from creation to GA, which isn't bad at all. Jamesx12345 19:39, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
I generally don't start writing an article untl I've done a little planning-out and found some references, which helps. =) Thanks for the review, it's much appreciated - think I'll try to take it to FA, but have less certainty of success in that endeavour, methinks =) Adam Cuerden (talk) 00:17, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

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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.

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Talk:Edinburgh Trams[edit]

As certain editors are questioning the GA-status on this article, I was wondering if perhaps you'd like to comment on why you thought it was acceptable to elevate it to GA-status, or if it meets those criteria at all. Please see the article talk page. Thanks very much. RGloucester 23:59, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

I'll have a look. Jamesx12345 16:24, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

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We need your help testing latest huggle[edit]

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Hillforts in Scotland[edit]

Hi. Just wondering where we are with this - I have done all the things I can at the moment.--SabreBD (talk) 20:49, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Sorry - I've neglected to finish this review - I'll try and get as much done now. I'm afraid I've been away for a few days and somewhat distracted. Jamesx12345 21:18, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
Absolutely no problem.--SabreBD (talk) 21:25, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

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