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Transwikying[edit]

Please do not transfer material from Wikipedia to Wikiquote or other projects, as you did for Premiere (Farscape episode) (to q:Farscape), without following the destination projects' guidelines (usually found under Help:Transwiki on the project). Simply copying and pasting material violates GFDL, as the editors who actually contributed the material are not given credit for its presence in the Wikimedia projects. I can say that for English Wikiquote only, we have adopted an informal shortcut of citing the source Wikipedia article (with link) in the edit summary, like so:

moved quotes from [[w:Premiere (Farscape episode)]]

You should also notify Wikipedians exactly where it's going by including a similar WQ link in the WP edit summary, like so:

moved quotes to [[q:Farscape]]

Not only does this avoid problems with articles that have different titles, but it makes it much easier for editors to trace the move and follows the GFDL expectation of an link back to the originating Wikimedia project. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me here or on my Wikiquote talk page. Thank you for your cooperation. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 02:52, 11 September 2007 (UTC)

I'll do what you suggest in the future, but I'm curious why including the source URL in the target pages edit summary [1] isn't just as good as an internal link? - Peregrine Fisher 03:11, 11 September 2007 (UTC)
That's a good question. One problem is that we're not even sure a clickable link back to the article whose edit history provides the required contributor credit is sufficient for GFDL purposes, let alone acceptable as a form of transwiki. Following existing expectations of non-Wikimedia sites using Wikimedia material would suggest a clickable link at the bottom of the using page (i.e., the target article). en:WQ is trying this compromise because it seems better than the total disregard for transwiki policy, specifically Wikiquote's, that many quote-transferring Wikipedians have been showing lately. (Believe me, I'm happy you gave us something useful!) Technically, both the source and the destrination project are supposed to have a record at Transwiki of the move, though editors in many projects routinely ignore this requirement. The wiki link provides a substitute for the expected links in the transwiki log on both projects, and is arguably more useful, as there is no intermediate page to reference between the origin and destination. It is also is less likely to be cut off by the limitations of edit summary length. But it's admittedly an act of desparation in the face of widespread failure to follow policy. I appreciate your willingness to work with us to reduce this problem! ~ Jeff Q (talk) 11:09, 11 September 2007 (UTC)

Dead Like Me[edit]

Hello, I noticed you placed a copyright tag on Dead Like Me in wikiquote some time ago. I don't have an account on wikiquote but would like to edit it down so the tag can be removed. Am I allowed to do that? Stormin' Foreman 02:58, 15 September 2007 (UTC)

Sure! Most of our editing is done by anonymous editors. But why not register your Wikipedia username there, too? One day in the foreseeable future, we'll have single cross-project usernames anyway, so why not get credit for your work? As for the check-copyright tag, our practice has been to accept removal if the user reduces the quoting to our informal guidelines of 3-5 per episode max (for each episode, not on average). See q:Talk:Dead Like Me#Copyvio problem for more information. I encourage you to join the discussion there, whatever your ID may be. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 03:25, 15 September 2007 (UTC)

"Desist" in Editing?[edit]

K. Scott Bailey, in the matter of Carter Albrecht's death, you have made it clear at Talk:Edie Brickell & New Bohemians#Carter Albrecht ([2]) that you have a conflict of interest in this matter, and your repeated attempts to treat opinions of people involved in this matter as unquestionable facts violates the Wikipedia principle of neutral point of view. Please desist in this editing. Let's wait for further developments on all fronts to be reported properly before imputing motivations and describing details. Thank you for your cooperation. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 18:36, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

I'm afraid you have no authority to request that ANYONE "desist" in editing. There is no "conflict" here, other than the fact that Carter was a friend of a guy I know. This does NOT disqualify me from editing the article.K. Scott Bailey 18:48, 27 September 2007 (UTC)
I have the same authority that anyone else at Wikipedia has on this subject — a fellow editor observing an apparent violation of Wikipedia policies. Please read the policies I have cited to see why this is a valid concern. If you continue to attempt to draw conclusions based not on the sources but on your personal experiences, connections, and interpretations (the last also being a violation of Wikipedia:No original research), you risk someone asking for a request for comment on your editing. Please review the policies first and reconsider my request above. Thank you. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 19:01, 27 September 2007 (UTC)
Now you threaten me with an RfC? Good show. I did no OR, rather I found articles in the paper that at least mentioned what kind of man Carter was, and what an anomaly his behavior that evening was. Why do you have such a problem with this? And please refrain from using WP policy as a club to threaten me when I challenge your authority to order me to "desist" from editing an article where I have done nothing wrong.K. Scott Bailey 21:27, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Dean and Trixie[edit]

Thanks for disputing the tagging on Image:Trixie_and_Dean_Koontz.jpg. I agree with your argument and hope it can stay.CindyBotalk 06:46, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for your suggestion[edit]

Hi JeffQ, thanks for trying to help with the fair-use image betacommand thing. My patience with this new policy has expired. I have downloaded about 100 film images (DVD and VHS covers), all of them from imdb or amg. If the friendly police wants to strip Wikipedia from such images, they can do so. I will not lift a finger to fill up red tape. It's the old story of the one group doing and the other undoing. Take a look at Image:Gonewiththewind1.jpg. Whoever uploaded it gave a lot less info than I have in my uploads. Will it go too? I will sit back and enjoy to see all such efforts gone with the wind. Thanks again for trying to help. Hoverfish Talk 19:07, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

DC meetup #3[edit]

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Edit summaries[edit]

… I'm more interested in your edit summary, "ce, no idea". What does this mean? I ask because I'm am a fanatic about meaningful edit summaries. I often research article and page histories for anti-vandalism work, to fix messed-up pages, and many other reasons, so I find clear edit summaries incredibly important. Since I cannot connect your terse words with your action, I'd like to know what you meant, in case I'm missing some arcane Wikipedia shorthand (much of which I'm afraid I don't know, despite my experience here). Thank you for any insight you can provide. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 15:49, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

Hi, Jeffq. "ce" means "copyedit". It is a shorthand I learned from a member of WikiProject Biography. "No idea" is pretty straightforward. Hope this helps. ce is very useful when making quick edits, along the lines of "rm", "mv" and "rvv". Does this answer your question? By the way apologies I accidently posted this to your user page (gone now I hope). -Susanlesch 18:40, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

A-ha! That is WP shorthand I hadn't known (or at least noticed before). I'm still not clear on what "no idea" means — "no idea" why an editor used that punctuation; editor has "no idea" of correct grammar here; "no idea" why one changed the text; or something else I can't imagine — and the range of possibilities not only makes the purpose unclear but also invites misinterpretation of the tone or intent. Frankly, I'd prefer to see something specific like "copyedit per [fill in policy]" or "repl erroneous comma w/ semi-colon", but like I said, I'm fanatical about meaningful summaries. They really do save a lot of sifting through versions! ~ Jeff Q (talk) 20:31, 12 November 2007 (UTC)
  • OK deal. I will edit Michael Bloomberg again. I don't know a thing about the use of the word "however" but it appeared to me to be ungrammatical because of some random thing I remembered from Fowler's (which I don't have time to research today so I really do appreciate your correction). -Susanlesch 20:34, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

MST3K to Mystery Science Hour[edit]

First, let me say that I did indeed see your notice of real-world matters reducing your Wiki activity. I noticed on the Talk page for Mystery Science Theater 3000 that you are responsible for the section on the "Mystery Science Hour" version. I have to ask where your claimed run of these episodes from "November 1993 to July 1994" occurred. Your text (I haven't checked to see if someone has changed your original version, come to think of it) correctly admits that broadcast syndication was in the 1995-96 season, and I can assure you from first hand observation that then only 11 shows halved into 22 hour-long segments were seen. It makes no sense to me that Comedy Central would run these re-edits (I had no access to that channel until 2005, too late for MST3K, obviously) as they were home for the originals. So where? And if 60-from-30 were prepared, why were only 22-from-11 released to broadcast syndication? Ted Watson (talk) 22:38, 17 November 2007 (UTC)

Drats, this must have been before I started getting serious about proper sourcing. Apparently, I got this from TV.com's page on MST3K Hour. Here's a full citation for the episode guide, which includes first-aired dates for all 60 hour-long episodes, from 29 November 1993 to 18 July 1994:
A simple list of titles and dates can be found from their parallel episode list:
Some other useful sources for MST3K60m are:
I don't know why IMDb and TV.com disagree. ACEG talks only of the making, not the airing, of the shows. I myself only saw a few episodes of these, not even the 11/22 that others mention. But although IMDb says both "1995-1996" and 22 episodes, Satellite News's "Syndication" suggests the earlier dates are accurate. (It doesn't include airdates, but it does agree with ACEG that the shows were made in 1993 [Summer '93, according to ACEG] under pressure from Comedy Central, which hardly would have sat on them for 2 years if so, and it says the shows were cancelled by 1995. That year would make sense if they ran the first-airings through July 1994, with re-runs thereafter.)
We could use some better sources on this. Our personal recollections are irrelevant ("verifiability, not truth"), as are deductions like mine ("no original research"). TV.com is much more detailed and specific than the quick blurb in IMDb, but both have been known to err. Frankly, after fixing so much junk in IMDb, I'm inclined to trust an exhaustive, dated episode list from TV.com more than a simple paragraph from IMDb, especially since the errors I've seen thus far in the former are from the trivial stuff (like quotes and trivia), not the basic data.
I recommend you edit this discussion to copy the templated references if you'd like to paste any of them into ref tags for relevant articles. Hope this helps. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 01:36, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
A confession--the IMDb paragraph is my work; it had said otherwise before me. But I absolutely guarantee that "11 cut from 22" aired in effective first run syndication during the 1995-96 season. I moved to Dallas, TX, in April of the year, and saw them on WFAA-TV, channel 8, the ABC affiliate there, beginning that fall and ending the next fall; I watched every single one of them, several twice. By definition, it could not have happened earlier. I can tell you exactly which movies were shown, if not quite in their order (the first was Pod People, and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians was around Thanksgiving--segments already run were seen throughout December). They were also shown on a station in the Waco/Temple, TX, market then--caught one while visiting relatives, and it proved to be the same one shown in Dallas that very weekend--two-parters, remember; I caught half of one out of Waco, its other half in Dallas. TV Guide magazine and newspaper back issues will confirm the dates, though probably not identify specific episodes. Neither the years nor the quantity of this release is open to debate, as far as I'm concerned. It is just a matter of determining if those 22 and 38 others previously aired on some venue that I had no access to and whose schedules did not routinely come my way. That's it. Ted Watson (talk) 23:36, 18 November 2007 (UTC)
I'm afraid that this is the reason why Wikipedia:Verifiability boldly states in its very first sentence that "The threshold for inclusion in Wikipedia is verifiability, not truth" (emphasis in the original). I can tell you for sure that I saw only a few episodes on A&E, so it's clear to me that Comedy Central was not the network that aired MST3K60m. Except that the truth is probably that it did indeed air originally on CC as TV.com describes, but was later syndicated to other cable channels (like A&E) and local stations (like WFAA-TV). After all, to quote "Syndication" above:
Both CC and BBI had good reasons for wanting to create The Hour. CC programmers claimed it was easier to find slots in its schedule for a one-hour show. And it gave BBI's syndicator an alternative product to sell to stations who did not want the two-hour series. (emphasis mine)
It seems rather likely that your local station did not pay to air the full run of episodes. Anyone watching syndicated runs of any TV series should know that it is rather unusual for a station to make the effort to air even immensely popular shows like M*A*S*H or Friends in their entire sequential runs. (I don't know this for sure, but I believe typical pricing schemes for syndicated episodes tend to favor limited sets of episodes with options to show them multiple times, making single, ordered runs rather more expensive than the usual "whatever we can get" effort.)
Anyway, the details of our experiences are not important here. Neither you nor I are considered a reliable source. In fact, if Mike Nelson or Kevin Murphy (not Joel Hodgson, as he was already gone by then) were to call Jimbo Wales and say "this is the way it was", it wouldn't make a bit of difference. We must provide published sources for our claims, however obvious they may seem to us, especially if they contradict other published sources. The fact that you edited IMDb (as have I in the past) merely calls into question the reliability of the source. It's IMDb's failures to catch problems in user submissions that make it somewhat suspect. As with TV.com, IMDb is typically more accurate with basic data like its formal airing schedules (i.e., the ones listed under "episode list" for TV shows), but even those have considerable problems for many shows. (Hardly a week goes by that I don't see some basic data like regular cast appearances or air dates missing from IMDb. Perhaps the most relevant example of this is its failure to list the correct episode numbers for MST3K — they call them seasons 1-11 instead of 0-10 or K-10. And it doesn't appear to be a problem with their software; they list the first episode of The Prisoner as "Episode 0".)
In short, we need solid, published sources for any information in Wikipedia that is not inherently obvious to any reader. Although this is a perpetual problem with many WP articles, it remains the goal for each, and any editor may challenge and ultimately remove claims that are not backed up by proper sources. (Of course, they should say why they're doing it in their edit summaries, because the ultimate goal is accuracy through cooperative editing.) ~ Jeff Q (talk) 00:58, 19 November 2007 (UTC)

You wrote: Any one watching syndicated runs of any TV series should know that it is rather unusual for any station to make the effort to air even immensely popular shows like "M*A*S*H" or "Friends" in their entire sequential runs.[emphasis yours] Bull. Limited packages are made available, and sometimes isolated, indivdual episodes are held back, but that is what's unusual. I've never encountered any outlet that didn't have the entire run---save the special, 2 & a half hour finale--of MASH. I know that my personal memory is not allowed as a source under Wikipedia rules for article editing, but what I want to do is get the facts as straight as possible between me and you as a starting point toward fixing the article. Thus, almost everything in the above is irrelevant. There was no talk in TV Guide magazine, newspaper entertainment sections (these include schedules for various channels, which I examined carefully, even for those I didn't have access to), or such magazines as Starlog and Film Fax, about the hour versions until the occasion of the 1995-96 run. None of these indicated any run on A&E (just when did you see a few there?). (Syndication, BTW, is not merely reruns separate from the original run, but sales on a market-by-market basis to broadcast outlets.) I saw these first-hand, as I said, from more than one market during that season. The credibility of the book on MST3K, attributed to much of the show's creative talent, is called into question by "their" statement that there were two cable channels, The Comedy Channel and Ha!, and that while the one they were on evolved into Comedy Central the other failed. The reality, as indicated in Wiki's article on Comedy Central and by many other outside sources is that they were both foundering and merged. As many of the book's attributed authors were there at the time, their not knowing better is not credible, and strongly suggests that the book was "ghosted" and not properly checked for accuracy, leaving its account of the "Hour" untrustworthy. There is absolutely no question of the fact--regardless of Wiki's guidelines for submission--that 22 one-hour shows cut from 11 movies ran in what was effectively first-run syndication (as I said before and you so blatantly ignored, I saw it in another market one week, and the two-part nature of the series proved that it was the same episode that aired the same weekend in Dallas/Ft. Worth) during the 1995-1996 season ("verifiable" from TVG and newspaper back issues, which I also said--the general run during that time frame, I mean, not the specifically same episode in two different cities more-or-less simultaneously), not before or since. If 60-from-30 (or any numbers) ran earlier, it was on local or regional broadcast TV (somewhere), or on a very secondary cable channel, presumably on a trial basis, which garnered absolutely no national media coverage, and then the general, national release did so poorly ratings-wise that going beyond the one 22-episode season was deemed financially unfeasible by the business executives. This scenario, however, leaves coverage in after-the-fact references indefensibly incomplete, but I can come up with nothing else that deals with all the real-world facts and allows some justification to those sources. I repeat, it is my intention for you and I to figure out the truth of the matter to get the article as accurate as possible, rather than leave it containing highly dubious statements due to somewhat arbitrary regulations (the express acknowledgement in your quote therefrom that truth is not all that important may justify Wiki's terrible reputation among the general populace). If you are going to insist on dismissing my statements out of hand on the grounds that I don't have those TVG and/or newspaper back issues handy to cite specific listings, then there is no point in continuing this discussion. Ted Watson (talk) 22:28, 19 November 2007 (UTC)

Merge[edit]

I just pulled the name out of the debate at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Derrial Book. Please amend as you see fit, I figured someone somewhere would have a better target and idea on it. I openly want people to be bold on this to get to a consensus. Hiding T 16:51, 24 November 2007 (UTC)

Wikiquote block[edit]

Hi, I just found out I was blocked from Wikiquote, although I don't understand why. Do you think you could explain it to me? I would have asked you there, but I couldn't edit your talk page. Shmooshkums (talk) 01:48, 27 November 2007 (UTC)

There must be some confusion here. q:User:Shmooshkums is not blocked on English Wikiquote. Please explain why you believe you are blocked there, or if you are talking about something else. Thank you. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 03:35, 27 November 2007 (UTC)
Nevermind, it seems to be fixed now. Thank you anyways. Shmooshkums (talk) 22:32, 27 November 2007 (UTC)

Date wiki-linking[edit]

Hi Jeffq: I'm working with the main article editors to bring the article up to FA standards; they've asked me to help out with copy-editing. The automated review generated by the bot which examines peer review articles for MOS problems specifically recommended removing those links. If that isn't correct, then someone needs to bring that to the bot author's attention—we're only doing what we've been asked to do! :) MeegsC | Talk 17:51, 2 December 2007 (UTC)

Here's the review that recommends we remove them. MeegsC | Talk 19:01, 2 December 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for the info. The problem is that you're misinterpreting what the bot is recommending. The policy per MOS:DATE is that solitary days of the week (e.g., Saturday), solitary months (e.g., January), solitary years (1970), and solitary month-year combinations (January 1970) should not be linked unless they provided needed context. (Same thing with decades and centuries, I guess; I never bother to link or unlink them, so I don't recall the exact policy.) But month-date (January 3) and full-date (3 January 1970) should be linked, not for hyperlink purposes but really to properly format them per user preferences. Please read the full MOS:DATE policy to see the detailed explanation of the difference.
A quick examination of the version of the article before the bot's recommendation was posted indicates at least one linked solitary year (1972, in the "The Carpenters (1969-1983)" paragraph that starts with '"Top of the World" was the group's…'). I imagine that was enough to trigger the recommendation.
I would agree that the bot's message could be clearer, but I'd bet these bot writers just assume that anyone working on these recommendations knows all the subtle distinctions, which IMHO is a bad assumption. (I doubt there's a single human being who can say they know the state of the entire WP:MOS, which means the more comprehensive the bot is in its recommendations, the more important it is that it's precise about those recommendations.) Meanwhile, this is how we learn about these subtleties — having fellow editors post annoying messages about them. (Believe me, I know. ) Please forgive the nudgery. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 21:36, 2 December 2007 (UTC)
'Wikipedia has articles on days of the year, years, decades, centuries and millennia. Link to one of these pages only if it is likely to deepen readers' understanding of a topic' In light of this is it appropriate for every mention of a date in an article to be wikilinked ? I'm looking at your edit of 'Torchwood' and can't see how the links add to the understanding of the article (forgive me if I'm just being thick). Also by linkking to each day and year seperateley doesn't that break the date auto-formatting ? Trying to understand rather than just revert johnmark† 23:09, 2 December 2007 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Johnmarkh (talkcontribs)
Please read MOS:DATE#Autoformatting and linking; it describes the policy and basic rationale. Unfortunately, it doesn't give the history for it (not practical in a policy page). The reason for using the linking syntax for full dates is not to provide links to the separate articles, although this is obviously a side effect (and one that many Wikipedians wish wasn't the case). The reason is that Wikipedia is a global encyclopedia whose readers use many different date formats. Somewhere in its history (I don't recall when), as the community made an effort to get away from its early American style biases, the developers made it possible for the rendering engine to display dates in one of several common styles by using the link syntax.
The autoformatting works in two different ways. Dates like "2002-04-03" need only a single link. But dates in which the months are spelled out require separate month-date and year links, which signals the rendering engine to combine these consecutive links (with or without an intervening comma) into a fully formatted three-part date. Some people use the "YYYY-MM-DD" notation for just this reason. But I'm sure you'll find in MOS:DATE (and probably in WP:MOS as well) that spelled-out months are highly desirable in article prose, both for easier editing and avoidance of error and confusion. (There's nothing "obvious" about what "04-03" means globally, and Wikipedia aims to be editable by anyone, not just technologists and bureaucrats who know standards.) The result is that most of the time, one must use the odd two-link system.
In summary, date linking really doesn't add anything significant to the context of the article. The tiny utility of such links, while inadequate to justify linking all date text, is (grudgingly) accepted in the specific situations set in "Autoformatting and linking" because it globalizes the encyclopedia. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 00:02, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

OUTCOMES[edit]

Discussing on the talk page hasn't done anything. It's still unsourced and people still think that "Keep per OUTCOMES" is acceptable in AFD's (and some admins are stupid enough to count that). Maybe I will add a notice at the top of the page that it is just an essay and should NOT be used in deletion debates. TJ Spyke 23:05, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

League of Copyeditors roll call[edit]

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Orphaned non-free media (Image:JoelRobinson.SleepyEyed.jpg)[edit]

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This image was recently replaced by another image that (A) was just uploaded; (B) does not have a {{Non-free use rationale}} tag as recommended by WP:NFURG; and (C) does not provide the illustration of Robinson's trademark "sleepy-eyed" look as mentioned in the caption (that wasn't updated) and described in the article. I have therefore restored my image. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 07:58, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

Question[edit]

This is a bit beyond the policy proposal, so I hope you do not mind my asking here. You have sparked my curiosity. What do the entries in my logs and user rights changes have to do with anything there? That is to ask, how did you come to that conclusion? :) Best, Mercury at 04:28, 22 January 2008 (UTC)

How can I mind? I brought it up in the discussion. I was checking your user rights log to see if you had been a checkuser (forgetting that the CU flag doesn't seem to appear there) when I saw that you seemed to have some problems with another "Mercury", along with a number of strange actions taken on your account (a 5-second block, a sysopping after a voluntary resignation, blocking yourself for vandalism, an OTRS deletion, etc.). I still don't understand what all that is about, but it had made me suspect that you've been the target of vandals. I thought it might explain why you seem so anxious to get this draft policy approved in such a hurry, even though almost none of the people to be charged to execute it had commented. (I haven't been back yet to see the current state.) I was trying to express my understanding toward someone I thought might have a personal need for the policy, but in retrospect my comment sounds more like some vague insinuation. For that, I apologize. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 17:17, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Looney Tunes: Back in Action[edit]

I'm currently trying to cleanup this article and add citations, but I think the cultural references list may be a little too long, if not, at the very least, vastly uncited. I realize that you're the one who really expanded this article back in its early stub days, so I thought that you might be able to provide some assistance concerning this matter. Best wishes! — Cinemaniac (talkcontribs) 16:21, 25 January 2008 (UTC)

I'm afraid that I created that list (actually, the article itself) back when I was young and foolish, and had not realized the critical need for reliable sourcing of article material. It's occasionally eaten at me that I should hit the libraries and drum up sources for this data. I'm sure some of this has been independently documented. But I've currently cut way back on my Wikipedia work, and do not want to stand in the way of conscientious efforts to fix such problems. I recommend you remove everything you or someone else can't readily find a citation for, and will support you on the talk page if anyone complains. (After all, we can always add it back — if desirable — if we find sources later.)
I now believe that unsourced cultural references are a plague, allowing us Wikipedians to inject our own personal opinions, comparisons, and other original research into articles that often overwhelm the sourced, verifiable material that we strive for here. I'm rather embarrassed that I'd done such a lopsided job in creating this article. Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to fix this mess. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 20:15, 25 January 2008 (UTC)
With that in mind, I'll do my best to cite some of this information, and remove what else looks personal opinion and original research. Thanks for answering my posting and giving me your support. — Cinemaniac (talkcontribs) 20:49, 25 January 2008 (UTC)
I've found mention of much, if not all, of these cultural references in the many reviews of the film that I've read at Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic; as time goes by, I'll do a massive rewrite of both the "Reception" section and the "Cultural references" section. I congratulate you for being able to catalogue all of this information, as it must have been a truly daunting task. I must admit, when I first saw the film about a year after its release—I bought the DVD—I can recall thinking, from the first few minutes till the end of the film, "Hey, I remember that!", but then losing it almost immediately when I tried to remember the next one that popped up just seconds later. — Cinemaniac (talkcontribs) 22:50, 1 February 2008 (UTC)
It's nothing more than combining a mind preoccupied with cultural riffing (à la Mystery Science Theater 3000), a DVD player with pause and slow-motion controls, and too much free time. You're doing the real work of getting reliable sources. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 02:34, 2 February 2008 (UTC)
While certain scenes like that Psycho "shower scene" spoof and the opening Rabbit Fire-like sequence are rather obvious, other riffs like the momentary reprisal of the Gremlins theme are not so obvious. And every critic has rightly praised the Louvre scene as a stylistically zany and original endeavor. In any case, the citations are coming together. — Cinemaniac (talkcontribs) 04:55, 2 February 2008 (UTC)
While I believe I added most of what's there, to be fair, someone else contributed the Gremlins reference. But I appreciate the compliment. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 05:11, 2 February 2008 (UTC)
Oh, don't worry—a lot of critics have admitted that they let a lot of the riffs slip by them, and I certainly didn't catch all of 'em. This film really makes you have to keep your eye out for them, although others have stated that it's all just a big blur. — Cinemaniac (talkcontribs) 05:19, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

Wikiquote user Netsnipe[edit]

I am an admin on English Wikiquote, where there is a username Netsnipe whose user and user talk pages soft-redirect to the equivalent pages here. Could you let me know (A) if you are indeed the same person who registered this Wikiquote username; and (B) if you know why anon user 71.254.132.141 posted to your WQ talk page (invisibly, since it's a redirected page) about "Svogman" and referencing his own Wikipedia talk page? I am looking into some possible vandalism connections involving this IP address. You can reply to me either here or on Wikiquote. Thank you for your help. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jeffq (talkcontribs) 15:56, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

Yes, that is my Wikiquote username. Comparing Special:Contributions/Svramon and Special:Contributions/71.254.132.141, it was quite apparent to me at the time that they were the same vandal and since I protected his talk page to prevent further unblock trolling, he/she probably decided to try and reach me via my other Wikimedia project user talk page. --  Netsnipe  ►  17:24, 5 February 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the info! ~ Jeff Q (talk) 23:02, 5 February 2008 (UTC)


Disputed fair use rationale for Image:B5.Clark.Ceremony.jpg[edit]

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I believe I have established, with the addition of a detailed {{Non-free use rationale}} template, that:
  • (a) This image's source and original copyright holders have been adequately identified.
  • (b) The required copyright tag is in place (and in fact was already in place when the dispute tag was added).
  • (c) The name of and link to the article using this image has now been correctly identified, and the rationale for that use has been supplied within the detailed NFUR template. (The image had originally been used for another article, but had long ago been added as a key image for Morgan Clark, and now serves as the latter article's primary image.)
Therefore, per the instructions given in the {{di-disputed fair use rationale}} template, I have now removed the dispute tag. If any other questions or issues remain concerning this image, I will be happy to address them. Thank you. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 08:17, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Chrono-sorted edit combined edit history tool[edit]

I was just reading your page User talk:Bulldog123/sandbox for its data on last year's Newport/Taxwoman/Poetlister situation, and I wanted to know what tool you used to generate this. I've had to do this manually for some sockpuppet checks in the past, and I'd like to try it out, as well as understand its capabilities and limitations. Thank you for any help you can provide. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 03:57, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

Hi there. Sorry for the delay, I haven't been on wikipedia for a long time. I made a C++ program to do it. You simply copy and paste the contributions by hand into a file and it sorts it. Not anything very professional. I can probably get it to you but the server that I currently stored it on is down for a few days. Tell me if you're still interested. Bulldog123 (talk) 17:57, 4 March 2008 (UTC)
Yes, I'd like to get a copy when you get a chance to pull it. No rush. Thanks! ~ Jeff Q (talk) 01:43, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

Reference style[edit]

Jeff, can you give me a hint on reference styles you used in editing this article? I've never seen referencing the way you do it. --Peter Eisenburger (talk) 16:35, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

No problem. It comes from Wikipedia:Footnotes, which is the recommended standard now for reference citations. I'm on my way out the door, but if have any questions after reading that, I'd be happy to answer them when I get back. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 20:58, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
I know that page but the way you cite web sources is not there. It is on Template:Cite_web as I found out. As most the times on Wikipedia the guidelines are distributed (and not consistent) over several pages. - Regarding your edits the vertical format, which I didn't know before, is more clear and easier to edit though it makes the page very long. However, I think you made some redundant parameters like in reference (4).--Peter Eisenburger (talk) 09:58, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
Sorry about not being more specific; some of the supporting material for the footnoting guidelines are indeed found in other pages which I hope are still included in links in that main page. (There are quite a few citation templates for use with different media. See Wikipedia:Template messages/Sources of articles, especially the section on "Citations of generic sources", for details.) I didn't come up with the vertical alignment, but I try to push it because the in-line format makes the prose hard to distinguish from the citations. That practically guarantees syntax errors, not so much from the creating editors as the others who have to work around all that program-code-like material. (So many editors seem to forget that not everyone is as fluent in technical stuff as they are, and are just trying to add some useful text to articles.)
I don't believe there are any duplicate parameters in the "Clement Mok: Career" citation. Perhaps you're referring to the "work" and "publisher" being very similiar? The distinction between "work" and "publisher" can be problematic, and the varieties of modern media can add to the confusion. "Work" should show the title of the publication that incorporates the specific reference, while "publisher" should indicate what organization is behind the publication of that work. Sometimes it's hard to fit the important data into these two elements.
For instance, I still am not sure how best to represent Associated Press articles whose only web-accessible publication is through another publishing entity, like a newspaper's website. Associated Press and the newspaper are joint publishers in this case, and it would be more appropriate (but also more confusing) to list them both under "publisher"; e.g., work=The Washington Post, publisher=Associated Press (via The Washington Post Company), which seems redundant but isn't, although it's probably unnecessarily pedantic. (In that case, I'd usually omit The Washington Post Company as being obvious from "work", but include AP because they should get some credit (besides their staff writer) for originating the cited piece.)
Anyway, because of this and other oddities, many people just throw whatever they know into either the "work" or the "publisher" parameter. However, it's important to make the distinction where possible, especially when either parameter is not a well-known entity. In the case of the Mok website, I saw no clear author credit for the material on that site, and we shouldn't assume that just because it's named after him that he is the author. (Most corporate executives don't take the time to write their own press materials.) But perhaps it's reaching to claim that Mok is the publisher, so I wouldn't object to have that credit removed. The website is the work, which may also seem redundant because the URL includes the name. But remember that these elements are supposed to be read by readers examining the citations, and URLs are deliberately not displayed because they're there not to be read but to be clicked on. It's more useful, of course, if the website has a non-URL-like name, like The Guardian Online. But in this infancy of web publishing, I've found that many professional publishers don't think to take the time for important elements like titles and dates for their websites that they would fire people for failing to do with their printed materials. (The absence of dates on much web material from professional publishing entities is one of my pet peeves.)
Thanks for taking the time for going over all of this. I'm glad to see another person concerned about robust sourcing of Wikipedia material! ~ Jeff Q (talk) 18:30, 6 March 2008 (UTC)
Oh, Jeff, thank you for that very extensive answer. I agree to most of your explanations wholeheartedly. And BTW it's the very same ends I have to fight for in my classes - referencing URL sources right. And I always say: that's the way Wikipedia does it also. Students have high respect for Wikipedia. Maybe me myself didn't cite all sources the way it should be in the NetObjects article. It was one of my first.
But just one question and one remark. I tend to check how things are set in AfD and not read too much of the scattered guidelines. I rarely saw vertical layout of references there. Do you think they will be the new standard? As I said before source code gets very long though the code is much better laid out this way.
With web sites like Clement Mok's I really see no use in quoting the same name three times - as author, publisher and work.--Peter Eisenburger (talk) 18:52, 6 March 2008 (UTC)

DC[edit]

Your help is needed in planning Wikipedia:Meetup/DC 4! Any comments or suggestions you have are greatly appreciated. The Placebo Effect (talk) 19:38, 8 March 2008 (UTC)

Just curious, what is this about? I realize it's probably old news, but was just wondering. You can reply here, I'll revisit to see if anyone replied. Thanks... 2legit2quit2 (talk) 19:42, 4 December 2008 (UTC)

Nevermind, I figured it out. No need to reply, disregard. I thought it was about something else. 2legit2quit2 (talk) 19:47, 4 December 2008 (UTC)

SD-card 4GB[edit]

Read the SD-card specification if you don't belive me. It's quite simple: 1) 2^32 bit byte addressing => 4GB 2) Card use 4096 buffer size (according to spec) Then it does work.

Spring in the Air![edit]

--Cinemaniac (talkcontribscritique) 05:35, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Thanks, but I'm too tired right now. Maybe after some sleep, I'll do a little hop. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 05:39, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Hollensbury Spite House photo request[edit]

I saw your name at Wikipedia:Wikipedians/Photographers. Please photograph the Hollensbury Spite House at 523 Queen St, Alexandria, VA 22314 for spite house. Thanks. GregManninLB (talk) 23:23, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Cool! I haven't had a request for ages. I have plans to head out that way on April 1 or 2 already, but if you would like it sooner, I should be able to go next Tuesday or Wednesday. (It's going to be a bit soggy and cloudy for the next few days, so it'd be best to wait until then.) Let me know how quickly you'd like it. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 00:20, 22 March 2008 (UTC)
Thanks. I'm looking forward to it. Have you seen the photos of the house on the Internet? GregManninLB (talk) 11:58, 9 April 2008 (UTC)
No, I hadn't seen those. It looks like there are four main contributors:
  • MarieMcC of Alexandria Daily Photo (copyrighted under a Creative Commons license that doesn't allow commercial or derivative works, so it's not usable for us)
  • John Kelly, Washington Post (no specific licensing, but surely requiring fee-based licensing)
  • Michael Temchine, commissioned by New York Times, actual interview & inside photo shoot (surely requiring fee-based licensing)
  • "Stella" of Paint Floats blog on Blogspot (implicit copyright and no licensing terms)
I still plan to try for some outside shots tomorrow morning, which currently looks like good weather. If it makes sense for the article (which I haven't read recently), I might be able to see if the residents/owners wouldn't mind a few inside and backyard shots like from the NYT article for our article. (But that would have to come later, of course, not something I could set up immediately.) Let me know. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 22:04, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

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I have added a fully completed {{Non-free use rationale}} form for both articles this image is used in, and removed the {{di-no fair use rationale}}}} template per its instructions. Thank you for notifying me about the problem. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 04:33, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

Book's Ident Card[edit]

You were involved with the recent edits on this (ident or identification) and because people keep changing it back and forth, I started a discussion on the talk page so that will hopefully stop. Zybthranger (talk) 14:05, 20 April 2008 (UTC)

Question[edit]

Hello Jeffq, I noticed you revert vandalism occasionally. Would you like me to grant your account rollback rights to help you revert vandalism more easily? Acalamari 21:13, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

Yes, thank you. I would appreciate that. I try to be very careful about distinguishing between "vandalism" and anything that appears to be at least arguably good-faith, so I would plan to use it much as I do as a Wikiquote admin — sparingly and only for edits that are obviously malicious or pranks. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 21:20, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
Rollback granted. :) Good luck. Acalamari 21:21, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

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User:927 / User 927[edit]

Do you think the soft redirect might be a better idea? If someone made the mistake once it's possible it could happen again. xenocidic (talk) 15:10, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

I'm not sure. The problem is that it's not like a regular misspelled-subject redirect. This is a redirection from a page reserved for a user. It's complicated by the fact (that I learned only after my work) that Wikipedia user "927" was the person who created the article, and who only edited for a couple of weeks before disappearing. We have no way to know whether this person was the "User 927" spoken of, or (much more likely in my opinion) just a new Wikipedian who was trying to write an article on the subject, didn't understand the basics of MediaWiki (suggested by the partial, erratic use of wiki markup) and the Wikimedia project structure, and accidentally created a user page where an article was intended.
Having a user page point to an article page causes all kinds of peculiarities with the MediaWiki software. For instance, one can go to User:927 and check "User contributions" in an attempt to see what the infamous "User 927" has contributed to Wikipedia, and the fact that the actual Wikipedia user "927" wrote this original article would lend support to this idea. But it's almost certainly wrong and therefore very misleading.
After trying to convey this point in writing and finding these distinctions between subject and editor difficult to make clear, I think my original idea is reinforced. If we don't delete the redirect, we'll just encourage people to make an unsubstantiated leap of illogic. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 20:22, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
Weird, this morning when I checked it out I thought there was no user named 927. too early in the morning I guess =). xenocidic (talk) 22:35, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

Notability of User 927[edit]

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For guidelines on specific types of articles, you may want to check out our criteria for biographies, for web sites, for bands, or for companies. Feel free to leave a note on my talk page if you have any questions about this. 72.75.123.82 (talk) 17:19, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know. I'm not invested in this article; my involvement started out only as a drive-by edit. I've registered my basic "keep" opinion in the AfD, but I'm satisfied to go with whatever the community decides. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 18:45, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

Moving images to commons[edit]

Not sure if you still care, but you finally got a reply: Wikipedia_talk:Transwiki_log#Transwiki_for_Commons. Vicarious (talk) 03:26, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

It's never too late for this kind of information on a never-ending project. Thanks! ~ Jeff Q (talk) 10:16, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

Discussion about the next DC Meetup[edit]

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Please don't revert people based on the Manual of Style[edit]

The Manual of Style is not the consensus of Wikipedians. Most of it is what has managed to get revert warred in by a handful of editors, most of them with a project to reform the English language, which few of them are qualified to do. This is particularly true of logical punctuation, which is largely supported by Commonwealth editors who don't know any better, and by one American editor who has admitted that he is paying off his grievances with his liberal arts professors who marked him down for using it. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 21:10, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

This is a novel interpretation of WP:MOS. Right up front, it says:
Editors should follow it, except where common sense and the occasional exception will improve an article. Before editing this page, please make sure that your revision reflects consensus.
What I said to Felicity4711 after reverting her changes to Satellite of Love (Mystery Science Theater 3000) was a carefully considered description of the quotation marks guidelines that long ago reached a consensus that has not changed in many years, despite nearly continuous efforts to do so. When I participated in style policy discussions a few years ago, I spent six months researching both the archived discussions back to the beginnings of Wikipedia and a dozen or so of the most prominent U.S. and British professional style guides. (I admit I had little success getting my hands on Canadian, Australian, or Indian English guides.) When I revert style changes as I did, I typically check the current WP:MOS and/or related pages to see what if anything has changed. If it's the same as the consensus I recall, I stand by my effort, as I do here.
I assume you came here because of the current Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style#Quotation marks discussion, which doesn't say anything (right or wrong) that hasn't been said a hundred times before. You've got twice my edit count for almost as long a time as I've been here, so I don't really understand your perception that these style arguments are merely bickering coming from "Commonwealth editors who don't know any better, and by one American editor who has admitted that he is paying off his grievances with his liberal arts professors who marked him down for using it". Whoever the current people at WPt:MOS who argue against long-standing guidelines may be, the true community support for these hard-won compromises goes back many years and is available for anyone willing to do the research. Don't make the mistake of thinking that the handful of editors making arguments at any given time represent the masses of historical or current-but-silent editors watching the proceedings. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 00:57, 18 August 2008 (UTC)
There have been nearly continuous efforts to change it because it is not the consensus of Wikipedia as a whole, nor ever has been. If there has been one objector every two months for the last five years (and that estimate is certainly low) then the discontents outnumber the contents; which is more than enough to dispell the claims of consensus. (Silence does not imply consent here, as usual on Wikipedia; it implies not knowing the point is at issue, or not caring.) Septentrionalis PMAnderson 17:45, 18 August 2008 (UTC)
You seem to be dismissing the thousands of people who aren't foolish enough to get involved in such acrimonious debates. Not every person has, or is willing to commit, the time to argue about style issues. But these pages are much more widely read than the copious talk-page material would suggest. Whether these silent observers are deliriously happy or just grudgingly accepting of the status quo, they vastly outnumber the people participating in the discussions. And there is considerably more than one different person every 2 months who tries to explain to the objectors that their arguments have been gone over a hundred times before, that they should review the reams of material that cover all the good reasons for change and for stasis, and that they should learn why some of these basic compromises have been made. Only then can they be expected to be taken seriously, and only as yet one more person to tally why they believe style issue X that they dutifully learned in their parochial education (as all English-speaking education necessarily must be) should take precedence in a global encyclopedia that, like many other prominent educational publications, has a right to have its own style guidelines. You're welcome to keep hammering at me on this, but I've got other things I'd rather be doing. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 18:47, 18 August 2008 (UTC)
No, I merely don't assume, like the language-reformers, that the silent masses are all on any side. I have observed these debates for some time now; and the advocacy of logical punctuation only is confined to perhaps a dozen editors, themselves of dubious competence.
The expectation that any editor should familiarize themselves with the hundred pages of WT:MOS archives before questioning something it says is obviously unreasonable. (That it does not give reasons for its edicts is another problem, but that will not be fixed any time soon either.) For the rest, I can only refer you to David Gerard's essay on practical process: amending MOS is one of the those broken processes. It ought to be deleted and restarted from scratch at about a tenth of its present scale; until then it should be ignored. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 19:04, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

I amy have exaggerated my feelings in the last bit; but, having said everything I can and perahps more, I am perfectly willing to let this lie. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 19:12, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

Abomination[edit]

you are one. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.94.146.186 (talk) 23:48, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Minä en usko että minä olen inhottavuus, mutta te olette varmasti oikeutettu teidän omaan mielipiteeseenne. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 05:35, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

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DCEETA[edit]

Hi Jeffq. Can you take some photos (signs, buildings, etc.) for User:Dogue/DCEETA (draft)? Thanks. -- Suntag 23:36, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

I don't know. Google Maps' satellite imagery suggests there's only one useful line-of-sight to the main building that isn't on Fort Belvoir property, and that doesn't seem likely to show very much, especially not a sign. More importantly, these folks don't sound like they want a photographer taking snaps of their facility, even from the road. It may seem silly, given that they don't seem to have restricted (or even blurred much) the satellite images available through Google, which are probably more revealing. But defense agencies are professionally paranoid. I think I'd at least want to call them first. And these days, it's generally not a good idea to make national-security organizations curious about you, however innocent your activities. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 10:36, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
No problem. The draft article mentioned some signage, I assumed that was on public property. -- Suntag 14:59, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
well the sign is visible from Telegraph road at the entrance, there are no 'no photographs' signs, it is on the Ft Belvoir base, but yeah they are paranoid, might get you detained if they caught up with you, there are video poles about so they could get your licence plate . Dogue (talk) 15:07, 4 October 2008 (UTC)

Thanks!![edit]

I'm still in the middle of my marathon of rewriting Judiciary Reorganization Bill of 1937. I aim to have it done by New Year's. I also aim to submit it for WP:FA when I'm done. Any other inputs than MOS stuff? Foofighter20x (talk) 02:44, 29 December 2008 (UTC)

I'm just doing quicky, "drive-by" edits right now; I'm not very available for significant editing or advice. But one thing I noticed that I was too much in a hurry to fix is that many dates in the article still use link-based formatting, like [[March 9]], [[1937]] or [[February 6]]. This used to be part of the MOS:DATE standard, but has been repealed in favor of recommending, in order:
  • Same formatting style throughout the article.
  • No links around dates in prose.
  • Country-based style for country-specific articles.
Since this is about a U.S. bill, all dates in the prose should have their links removed and made to conform to the U.S. standard of "January 1, 2000" (or "January 1" for partial dates). I haven't reviewed the relevant MOS pages on dates within footnoted citations, but you probably don't need to tweak those. (Some are required to be in particular formats by the citation templates used.) Hope this helps. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 03:57, 29 December 2008 (UTC)

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Dermatology[edit]

Do you have a specific interest in dermatology? kilbad (talk) 14:33, 14 April 2009 (UTC)

No – I was just sifting through foot-disease articles (inspired by a sentence from a Kathy Lee Gifford article), and wound up wandering all over the place as I often do. Most of my Wikipedia editing is just cleaning up articles I'm reading for other purposes. (Earlier yesterday, I edited some astronomy and law articles. The day before, it was state highways. Right now, I'm working on a movie article. I'm rather eclectic.) ~ Jeff Q (talk) 14:45, 14 April 2009 (UTC)

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Image (disambiguation)[edit]

Jeff, I think you're going nuts there. Executable and Film seem extremely unlikely items for this disambig, and there's not reason I can see for another disambig called image (computing); did you propose this strange organization anywhere? Dicklyon (talk) 16:40, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

No, I didn't propose it anywhere, but there was a method to my madness. I was looking for the "image" that is an executable program file. I started with Image and found a complex mix of general and specific dab hat notes (using {{about}}, aka {{otheruses4}}) that IMHO didn't represent the four most important dabs to cite. I planned to clean that up after I did a little more research.
Next, I tried Image (computing), as many ambiguous computing terms use this qualification. That page didn't even exist, so I decided to create it. I found two more fairly obvious uses in my efforts to hunt down what I was originally trying to find (which I ultimately found at Executable). Once I'd done that, I popped that urgent item off the queue and went over to examine Image (disambiguation).
There, I found two more computing meanings I'd missed (which I eventually added to Image (computing)). But much worse, I found a somewhat malformatted and only semi-organized dab page. I spent quite a while reorganizing it, then fixing links and formatting.
I was just about to make the final fixes to Image itself when you pinged me. My observations:
  1. Now that I've reorganized and expanded Image (disambiguation), I admit Image (computing) isn't particularly useful anymore. I thought it might be worth keeping because it was obvious to me to go there, but the computing terms are easy to find on the main dab page, and it's best not to have a synchronization issue. So I'll tag it for speedy deletion.
  2. If Executable doesn't have the word "image" in it, it needs to be added, and I'll do it shortly. This is an older computing use of the word "image" than some of the newer concepts like "single-system image", but it is still in use. (I realize many WP editors weren't yet born when some of these terms were bandied about in large, air-conditioned computer rooms, but there was computing before 1980, contrary to what many modern system clocks imply. )
  3. I'd agree with you on Film, except that, for whatever reason, someone editing Image thought that was one of the 4 most important concepts to point directly to in the article's dab hat note. The fact that I'm about to revise Image to include only dab notes for the terms "image", "images", and "imagery" is the only reason I included "film" in Image (disambiguation). Because of that, I plan to restore it.

Let me know what you think about all this. Thanks! ~ Jeff Q (talk) 17:22, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

I replied on my page before I noticed you also replied here. You can usually assume it's adequate to just reply where the conversation starts. Dicklyon (talk) 19:09, 25 April 2009 (UTC)
The reorg looks good. It doesn't hurt to also have image (computing), but it's not really needed and shouldn't have a "see also" from image (disambiguation). I don't understand the logic on linking film. As for executable, the thing to do is first add a sourced statement there that's also known as an image, then you can add it to the disambig. Dicklyon (talk) 19:08, 25 April 2009 (UTC)
Quick scan of book sources shows no particularly consistent use of the term image with respect to executables. It's a pretty generic term for a copy of data, e.g. from memory into a file or vice versa. When I search for "executable program image" I mostly find "executable's program image", which is a phrase that's not really a term per se. Lots of stuff about executable image and binary image and image executable, in all combinations; what's most consistent seems to be that an executable file includes an image to be loaded and executed, but also includes more than just that image (e.g. metadata to say what is or where to load it or how to relocate it or whatever). So, whatever you add about image into executable, make sure it's not just your own interpretation, and make sure it's back up by good sources. Dicklyon (talk) 19:23, 25 April 2009 (UTC)
(Above two paragraphs copied from User talk:Dicklyon. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 01:38, 26 April 2009 (UTC)
I expect most references to "image" in the above sense will only say "image", with the context making its meaning clear. That's how I remember using it back in the day. But you're right, of course – I should find some solid published references for any material I add to Executable on this basis, which would then justify its inclusion on the Image dab page. Since I'm such a stickler for reliable sourcing, I'll certainly put my money where my mouth is – or shut up. Thanks again for your help and comments. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 01:57, 26 April 2009 (UTC)
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Request for copyediting[edit]

Hello there — I have been working on the article Ralph Bakshi since 2005 in order to get it up to FA quality, and I am almost ready to nominate it again. Do you have the time to look the article over and work on any writing problems that may exist within the article? (Sugar Bear (talk) 15:07, 28 June 2009 (UTC))

Any idea of who or how the term "donut hole," AKA Medicare D coverage gap, was coined? Drkaty (talk) 15:24, 2 July 2009 (UTC)

Request for copyedit[edit]

My friend User:Tezkag72 and I are going to nominate an article we've worked hard on for FAC soon. It's Tragic Kingdom, the album by No Doubt. I noticed your name at the Guild of Copy Editors. Could you have a quick look over the article? In return, a barnstar. -- EA Swyer Talk Contributions 16:52, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

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Disputed non-free use rationale for File:CastleForrester.Suburbia.jpg[edit]

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Grab some glory, and a barnstar[edit]

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Disputed non-free use rationale for File:Cambot.ComedyChannel.jpg[edit]

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Disputed non-free use rationale for File:Cambot.KTMA.jpg[edit]

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Reviewer granted[edit]

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Posse Comitatus (organization)[edit]

Hello. In April you added a citation to a book from the "Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases" series published by Icon Group International to this article. Unfortunately, Icon Group International is not a reliable source - their books are computer-generated, with most of the text copied from Wikipedia (most entries have [WP] by them to indicate this, see e.g. [3]). I've only removed the reference, not the text it was referencing. I'm removing a lot of similar references as they are circular references; many other editors have also been duped by these sources. Despite giving an appearance of reliability, the name "Webster's" has been public domain since the late 19th century. Another publisher to be wary of as they reuse Wikipedia articles is Alphascript Publishing. Fences&Windows 17:22, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads-up about Icon Group; I hadn't noticed that. I did a little more digging on the quote (which I should have done the first time), and came up with a reliable source which predates both Icon Group and Wikipedia (James Corcoran, Bitter Harvest: Gordon Kahl and the Posse Comitatus, 1990, Viking). The tiny difference in wording between the two (Parker/Icon's "rose to power" instead of Corcoran's "took power") suggests, to me at least, a rather feeble intent to skirt copyright-excerpting practices. (Indeed, the reason I'd quoted the text is that I'd been doing a drive-by sourcing job and hadn't wanted to rub two brain cells together to do a proper rephrasing. This time I at least checked to ensure I had the oldest Google-Books-recorded instance of these words.) In the future, I'll try to be more careful. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 20:43, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for File:Crowtus robotus horriblis.jpg[edit]

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Wikipedia:Meetup/DC 11[edit]

Hey, just in case you missed it, there is an oppurtunity to get a free dinner this Tuesday August 11 and a chance to meet and hang out talk about Wikipedia:WikiProject United States Public Policy and WP:GLAM/SI. Sorry that this is so late in the game, I was hoping the e-mail would be a better form of contact for active members (if you want to get on the e-mail list send me an User e-mail ). Hope that you can attend, User:Sadads (talk)12:03, 9 August 2010 (UTC)

GOCE Backlog Elimination Drive invitation[edit]

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DC Meetup #12[edit]

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Fair use rationale for File:Crow T. Robot.jpg[edit]

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Goldilocks planet[edit]

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Wikipedia DC Meetup, October 23[edit]

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GOCE copy edit drive[edit]

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GOCE elections[edit]

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GOCE Year-end Report[edit]

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WikiXDC: Wikipedia 10th Birthday![edit]

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Orphaned non-free image File:Crow T. Robot.jpg[edit]

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Tyrantulas was kind enough to contribute a free-licensed image to replace this fair-use one for Crow T. Robot, so it's no longer needed. Please feel free to delete it at any time. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 06:58, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
G7'ed. Thanks. Courcelles 07:02, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Wikimania 2012 bid, DC chapter & next meetup![edit]

  1. At WikiXDC in January, User:Harej proposed that DC submit a bid to host Wikimania 2012. A bid and organizing committee is being formed and seeks additional volunteers to help. Please look at our bid page and sign up if you want to help out. You can also signup for the bid team's email list.
  2. To support the Wikimania bid, more events like WikiXDC, and outreach activities like collaborations with the Smithsonian (ongoing) and National Archives, there also has been discussion of forming Wikimedia DC, as an official Wikimedia chapter. You can express interest and contribute to chapter discussions on the Wikimedia DC Meta-Wiki pages.
  3. To discuss all this and meet up with special guest, Dutch Wikipedian User:Kim Bruning, there will be a meetup, Wikipedia:Meetup/DC 16 this Tuesday at 7pm, at Capitol City Brewery, Metro Center. There will be a pre-meetup Wikimania team meeting at 6pm at the same location.

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Mary Ramsey[edit]

Thanks for your updates to Mary Ramsey. I was unaware of the case standards for headings. Can you tell me where I can find them? Thanks. GullyWalker (talk) 11:47, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

I'm happy to help! Wikipedia's title and heading style is sometimes called "sentence capitalization", in which you write the title or heading as you would if it were a sentence (or at least the beginning of one); i.e., only the first word and proper nouns are capitalized. Anything that resembles a heading, like the lead-in to a list or an image caption, should be treated the same way.
In case you hadn't already run into it, the Wikipedia:Manual of Style (aka WP:MOS) is the main page for all formatting and style guidelines. Its "Article titles, headings, and sections" section gives a summary that includes case guidelines. Since WP:MOS and its related pages are an enormous collection, Help:List of Manuals of Style gives a more succinct list of specific areas, with links to the related pages or sections within pages. Here are a few relevant ones I see, along with some of their shortcuts:
I hope you find this information useful. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 18:24, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

DC Meetup: May 7 @ Tenleytown Library[edit]

The next DC Wikimedia meetup is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 3:30-5:30 pm at the Tenleytown Library (adjacent to the Tenleytown Metro Station, Red Line), followed by dinner & socializing at some nearby place.

This is the first official meeting of our proposed Wikimedia DC chapter, with discussion of bylaws and next steps. Other agenda items include, update everyone on our successful Wikimania bid and next steps in the planning process, discuss upcoming activities that we want to do over the summer and fall, and more.

Please RSVP here and see a list of additional tentatively planned meetups & activities for late May & June on the Wikipedia:Meetup/DC page.


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GOCE drive newsletter[edit]

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The Guild of Copy Editors – May 2011 Backlog Elimination Drive


The Guild of Copy Editors invite you to participate in the May 2011 Backlog Elimination Drive, a month-long effort to reduce the backlog of articles that require copy-editing. The drive began on May 1 at 00:00 (UTC) and will end on May 31 at 23:59 (UTC). The goals of this backlog elimination drive are to eliminate as many articles as possible from the 2009 backlog and to reduce the overall backlog by 15%. ! NEW ! In an effort to encourage the final elimination of all 2009 articles, we will be tracking them on the leaderboard for this drive.

Awards and barnstars
A range of barnstars will be awarded to active participants. Some are exclusive to GOCE drives. More information on awards can be found on the main drive page.

We look forward to meeting you on the drive! Your GOCE coordinators: SMasters, Diannaa, Tea with toast, Chaosdruid, and Torchiest

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Proposed deletion of Daniel Bernhardt[edit]

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The article Daniel Bernhardt has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

Not notable. Fails WP:ENT.

While all contributions to Wikipedia are appreciated, content or articles may be deleted for any of several reasons.

You may prevent the proposed deletion by removing the {{proposed deletion/dated}} notice, but please explain why in your edit summary or on the article's talk page.

Please consider improving the article to address the issues raised. Removing {{proposed deletion/dated}} will stop the proposed deletion process, but other deletion processes exist. The speedy deletion process can result in deletion without discussion, and articles for deletion allows discussion to reach consensus for deletion. SummerPhD (talk) 01:24, 18 June 2011 (UTC)

Smithsonian Archives of American Art Backstage Pass[edit]

Archives of American Art Backstage Pass! - You are invited!
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The Smithsonian is hosting its first Backstage Pass at the Archives of American Art on Friday, July 29. 10 Wikimedians will experience the behind the scenes aspects of archiving the world's largest collection of documents and photographs related to American art. After a complimentary lunch, an edit-a-thon will take place and prizes will be awarded. Followed by an evening happy hour. We hope you'll participate! SarahStierch (talk) 14:15, 16 July 2011 (UTC)

GLAM-Wiki Baltimore meetup[edit]

The WikiProject National Archives Newsletter[edit]

The first ever WikiProject National Archives newsletter has been published. Please read on to find out what we're up to and how to help out! There are many opportunities for getting more involved. Dominic·t 21:29, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

DC Meetup, July 29[edit]

DC Meetup 21 - Who should come? You should. Really.
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DC MEETUP 21 is July 29! This meet up will involve Wikipedians from the area as well as Wiki-loving GLAM professionals. See you Friday! SarahStierch (talk) 16:32, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

DC-area Meetup, Saturday, August 6[edit]

National Archives Backstage Pass - Who should come? You should. Really.
US-NARA-Seal.svg On Saturday, August 6, the National Archives is hosting a Wikipedia meetup, backstage pass tour, and edit-a-thon in College Park, Maryland. Meet staff and fellow Wikipedians, go behind the scenes at the National Archives, help digitize documents, and edit together! Dominic·t 21:26, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

Frank Murkowski[edit]

Try expanding your consideration of sources. There are multiple biographical directories out there (such as Who's Who and the like) which list all four of Frank Murkowski's daughters by their married names. These same sources also universally refer to "Frank Hughes Murkowski", not "Francis Hughes Murkowski", which means that you're being inconsistent in your scrutiny and references to sourcing issues. Just from personal experience, I can say that Lisa only began exclusively referring to herself by her maiden name after she started running for elected office in 1998, and that prior to, she was more often known by Martell than Murkowski. Google likely will not reveal this fact.RadioKAOS (talk) 03:47, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

Google had nothing to do with this, and I'm a wee bit miffed that you seem to be assuming that's all I do. I'm a bear about getting any and all reliable sources possible, including making occasional trips to the Library of Congress or the National Library of Medicine to dig up hard-to-find info (one of the advantages of living near DC!).
But in this case, I didn't try to find any sources at all; I merely checked the only one already cited, in either article, attached to a statement about Murkowski's marriage to Martell. That ADN article (for "Murkowski is married to Verne Martell") was a typical pre-marriage announcement with maiden name only, and the Lisa Murkowski article itself did not, and still does not, refer to her as "Lisa Ann Martell", let alone cite a source for this. I saw that someone (you, of course) had added children's names in Frank Murkowski, including one that was not represented anywhere in en.wikipedia.org, including – as I stated in my edit summary – in Lisa Murkowski, and so changed it to what editors to date have considered the most recognized version of her name (as suggested by her article's title).
All the qualifications and conditionals in my previous sentence are intentional. I'm not at all surprised if, in your experience, she has taken a married name, but I was running short on allowable time for digging up more info. I didn't even think to examine her father's name; all I did in this tiny bit of editing was a quick verify-or-remove edit on a married name in one article that wasn't mentioned in the subject's own article.
I always wind up doing some quick-and-dirty work during my drive-by edits, because otherwise my 3- to 6-hour sessions turn into all-day marathons. (They always start as a simple desire to look up a single fact; "5 minutes tops!" I tell myself.) I know when I do unsourced-info trimming that sometimes an editor will take exception to this, but that's a major reason why I do it – to motivate people who care about the info to produce the sources for it.
Ironically, I probably wouldn't have done anything, and we could have saved ourselves this discussion, if you had added something to Lisa Murkowski that mentioned her using the name "Lisa Ann Martell" when you added it to Frank Murkowski. I would have seen no inconsistency between the articles and gone back to wherever I'd wiki-walked here from. (Hmm, it was Vietnamization – no clue how I got here from there!) Tell you what: I'll spend a bit more time trying to track down sources during my next drive-by edit, if you'll do a bit more synchronizing and/or reliable sourcing the next time you go for a quick edit. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 05:34, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
It's obvious that you're miffed, because this response borders on overkill. Since I started actively paying attention to the Frank Murkowski article, it appears that at least 80 to 90 percent of the activity apart from my contributions is focused on Lisa Murkowski, rather than Frank Murkowski. What a concept, a daughter living vicariously through her father, rather than the other way around. Seriously, there is plenty which can be written about Frank Murkowski, considering that he was a public figure for 40 years, without finding a way to twist it around make references at every turn to someone currently in the public eye. Reading your response in detail gives me the impression of you being on the "Oh, who gives a shit, he's not in office anymore" bandwagon WRT differentiating Frank and Lisa.
The name issue was a gray area to begin with. The source you offered doesn't make matters clear. Specifically, it says her name is Elizabeth, not Lisa. If you didn't notice that I previously brought up multiple issues in Talk:Frank Murkowski, you may not have noticed that the reference to "Francis Hughes Murkowski" was also unsourced. I finally found a reference to "Francis" and not "Frank" in a Who's Who-type book published in 1947, which profiled his father. This creates an inconsistency. We can refer to Frank Murkowski by an ancient birth name which he hasn't used in decades, even formally, yet that doesn't apply to Lisa? I'm just not concerned with properly maintaining Lisa Murkowski's public image. Especially after listening to Faux News all week referring to David Wu's "unwanted sexual encounter." Everywhere else in the world apart from Political La-La-Land, they call it "rape."
I believe the information I added was taken from Who's Who in American Politics published by Marquis Who's Who. I can't say for sure, as I fetched it from the local public library, so I don't have access to it at 6:00 in the morning. Considering the state of the average Alaskan political biography article, most of which appear to serve little purpose other than to allow the subject to pat themselves on the back and brag "Hey, I have a Wikipedia article," I could stay busy for weeks straight just on that one source alone. I've seen the same information, listed the same way, in other similar publications. This creates another inconsistency. Lisa's older sister, a writer and journalist, is usually known publicly as Carol Murkowski Sturgulewski, though I didn't list her as such. I kept it consistent with the source I used. Is the issue really one of my not citing the source, or is it one of the very visible and public position currently held by Lisa Murkowski? Political biography articles in general tend to suffer from being overloaded with extraneous, meaningless "path of least resistance" sources originating in corporate media. Perhaps more "reliable" sources get lost, especially when they're not backed up by a web presence fueled by millions of corporate dollars.
I don't live in the D.C. area, where the unemployment rate is a third of what it is in the rest of the United States. I live in a place which has been overrun with refugees from places where Wal-Mart provides the only employment. Ultimately, I have to be worried about surviving in this economy due to the competition created by the sudden influx of warm bodies. This leads to a lot of drive-by edits on my part, too. Finally, I'm not clear on what Vietnamization referred to, but I was thinking more along the lines of the First Gulf War. Specifically, a quote from Bill Hicks: "They went from the Elite Republican Guard, to the Republican Guard, to the Republicans are making this shit up about there being guards." Yes, I pulled that out of my rear, but I'd like to think it's somehow relevant to the discussion.RadioKAOS (talk) 14:51, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

GOCE drive newsletter[edit]

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The Guild of Copy Editors invites you to participate in their September 2011 Backlog elimination drive, a month-long effort to reduce the size of the copy editing backlog. The drive will begin on September 1 at 00:00 (UTC) and will end on September 30 at 23:59 (UTC). We will be tracking the number of 2010 articles in the backlog, as we want to copy edit as many of those as possible. Please consider copy editing an article that was tagged in 2010. Barnstars will be given to anyone who edits more than 4,000 words, with special awards for the top 5 in the categories "Number of articles", "Number of words", and "Number of articles of over 5,000 words". See you at the drive! – Your drive coordinators: Diannaa, Chaosdruid, The Utahraptor, Slon02, and SMasters.

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You're invited! Wikimedia DC Annual Membership Meeting[edit]

DC Meetup 23 & Annual Membership Meeting

Wikimedia District of Columbia, the newest officially recognized chapter, is holding its Annual Membership Meeting at 1pm on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library.

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Agenda items include:

  • election of the Board of Directors for the next two years
  • approval of a budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year
  • report on the activities and accomplishments of the past year
  • social gathering afterwards at a nearby restaurant

Candidate nominations are open until 11:59pm EDT on Saturday, September 24. We encourage you to consider being a candidate. (see see candidate instructions)

The meeting is open to both the general public and members from within the DC-MD-VA-WV-DE region and beyond. We encourage everyone to attend!

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DC-area Meetup, Saturday, October 8[edit]

National Archives Backstage Pass - Who should come? You should. Really.
US-NARA-Seal.svg You are invited to the National Archives in College Park for a special backstage pass and scanathon meetup with Archivist of the United States David Ferriero, on Saturday, October 8. Go behind the scenes and into the stacks at the National Archives, help digitize documents, and edit together! Free catered lunch provided! Dominic·t 16:15, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

GOCE drive newsletter[edit]

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The Guild of Copy Editors invites you to participate in their November 2011 Backlog elimination drive, a month-long effort to reduce the size of the copy edit backlog. The drive begins on November 1 at 00:00 (UTC) and ends on November 30 at 23:59 (UTC). We will be tracking the number of 2010 articles (and specifically will be targeting the oldest three months), as we want to copy edit as many of these as possible. Barnstars will be awarded to anyone who copy edits more than 4,000 words, and special awards will be given to the top 5 in the following categories: "Number of articles", "Number of words", and "Number of articles of over 5,000 words". We hope to see you there! – Your drive coordinators: Diannaa, Chaosdruid, The Utahraptor, Slon02, and SMasters.

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You're invited! Wikipedia Loves Libraries DC[edit]

Wikipedia Loves Libraries DC & edit-a-thon
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Wikipedia Loves Libraries comes to DC on Saturday, November 5th, from 1-5pm, at the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library.

We will be holding an edit-a-thon, working together to improve Wikipedia content related to DC history, arts, civil rights, or whatever suits your interests. There may also be opportunities to help with scanning historic photos plus some swag!

You're invited and we hope to see you there!

RSVP + more details!


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Fine Art Edit-a-Thon & DC Meetup 26![edit]

Fine Art Edit-a-Thon & Meetup - Who should come? You should. Really.
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FINE ART EDIT-A-THON & DC MEETUP 26 is December 17! The Edit-a-Thon will cover fine art subjects from the Federal Art Project and the meet up will involve Wikipedians from the area as well as Wiki-loving GLAM professionals. You don't have to attend both to attend one (but we hope you do!) Click the link above and sign up & spread the word! See you there! SarahStierch (talk) 16:07, 26 November 2011 (UTC)

GOCE newsletter[edit]

Greetings from the Guild of Copy Editors
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Elections are currently underway for our third tranche of Guild coordinators. The voting period will run for 14 days: 00:01 UTC, 16 December – 23:59 UTC, 31 December. All GOCE members, as well as past participants of any of the Guild's Backlog elimination drives, are eligible to vote. There are five candidates vying for four positions. Your vote really matters! Cast your vote today.

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National Archives ExtravaSCANza[edit]

You are invited to the National Archives ExtravaSCANza, taking place every day next week from January 4–7, Wednesday to Saturday, in College Park, Maryland (Washington, DC metro area). Come help me cap off my stint as Wikipedian in Residence at the National Archives with one last success!

This will be a casual working event in which Wikipedians are getting together to scan interesting documents at the National Archives related to a different theme each day—currently: spaceflight, women's suffrage, Chile, and battleships—for use on Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons. The event is being held on multiple days, and in the evenings and weekend, so that as many locals and out-of-towners from nearby regions1 as possible can come. Please join us! Dominic·t 01:22, 30 December 2011 (UTC)

1 Wikipedians from DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Newark, New York City, and Pittsburgh have been invited.

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GOCE 2011 Year-End Report[edit]

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We have reached the end of the year, and what a year it has been! The Guild of Copy Editors was full of activity, and we achieved numerous important milestones in 2011. Read all about these in the Guild's 2011 Year-End Report.

Highlights
  • Membership grows to 764 editors, an increase of 261
  • Report on coordinators' elections
  • Around 1,000 articles removed through six Backlog elimination drives
  • Guild Plans for 2012
  • Requests page report
  • Sign up for the January 2012 Backlog elimination drive!


Get your copy of the Guild's 2011 Year-End Report here
On behalf of the Guild, we take this opportunity to wish you Season's Greetings and Happy New Year. We look forward to your support in 2012!
– Your 2011 Coordinators: Diannaa (lead), The Utahraptor, and Slon02 and SMasters (emeritus).

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GOCE March copy edit drive[edit]

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The Guild of Copy Editors invites you to participate in their March 2012 Backlog elimination drive, a month-long effort to reduce the size of the copy edit backlog. The drive begins on March 1 at 00:00 (UTC) and ends on March 31 at 23:59 (UTC). Our goal for the drive will be to eliminate the remaining 2010 articles from the queue. Barnstars will be awarded to anyone who copy edits more than 4,000 words, and special awards will be given to the top 5 in the following categories: "Number of articles", "Number of words", and "Number of articles of over 5,000 words". We hope to see you there! – Your drive coordinators: Dank, Diannaa, Stfg, and Coordinator emeritus SMasters. 19:40, 20 February 2012 (UTC)

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You're invited to DC Meetup #28![edit]

DC Meetup #28: March 10 at Capitol City Brewery
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DC Wikipedia meetup #28 is on Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 7pm on at Capitol City Brewery in downtown DC. (11th & H St NW).

Join us for an evening of socializing, chatting about Wikipedia, discussing Wikimedia DC activities and the latest preparations for Wikimania 2012. (RSVP + details)


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You're invited: Smithsonian Institution Women in Science Edit-a-Thon![edit]

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She Blinded Me with Science: Smithsonian Women in Science Edit-a-Thon will be held on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Smithsonian Archives in Washington, D.C. This edit-a-thon will focus on improving and writing Wikipedia content about women from the Smithsonian who contributed to the sciences. It will be followed by a happy hour meetup! We look forward to seeing you there!

Sarah (talk) 22:57, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

GOCE March drive newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors March 2012 backlog elimination drive update
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Greetings from the Guild of Copy Editors March 2012 Backlog elimination drive! Here's the mid-drive newsletter.

Participation: We have had 58 people sign up for this drive so far, which compares favorably with our last drive, and 27 have copy-edited at least one article. If you have signed up but have not yet copy-edited any articles, please consider doing so. Every bit helps! If you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late. Join us!

Progress report: Our target of completing the 2010 articles has almost been reached, with only 56 remaining of the 194 we had at the start of the drive. The last ones are always the most difficult, so thank you if you are able to help copy-edit any of the remaining articles. We have reduced the total backlog by 163 articles so far.

Special thanks: Special thanks to Stfg, who has been going through the backlog and doing some preliminary vetting of the articles—removing copyright violations, doing initial clean-up, and nominating some for deletion. This work has helped make the drive a more pleasant experience for all our volunteers.

Your drive coordinators – Dianna (talk), Stfg (talk), and Dank (talk)

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GOCE March drive wrap-up[edit]

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Greetings from the Guild of Copy Editors March 2012 Backlog elimination drive! This is the most successful drive we have had for quite a while. Here is your end-of-drive wrap-up newsletter.

Participation

Of the 70 people who signed up for this drive, 40 copy-edited at least one article. Thanks to all who participated! Special acknowledgement goes out to Lfstevens, who did over 200 articles, most of them in the last third of the drive, and topped all three leaderboard categories. You're a superstar! Stfg and others have been pre-checking the articles for quality and conformance to Wikipedia guidelines; some have been nominated for deletion or had some preliminary clean-up done to help make the copy-edit process more fun and appealing. Thanks to all who helped get those nasty last few articles out of the target months.

Progress report

During this drive we were successful in eliminating our target months—October, November, and December 2010—from the queue, and have now eliminated all the 2010 articles from our list. We were able to complete 500 articles this month! End-of-drive results and barnstar information can be found here.

When working on the backlog, please keep in mind that there are options other than copy-editing available; some articles may be candidates for deletion, or may not be suitable for copy-editing at this time for other reasons. The {{GOCEreviewed}} tag can be placed on any article you find to be totally uneditable, and you can nominate for deletion any that you discover to be copyright violations or completely unintelligible. If you need help deciding what to do, please contact any of the coordinators.

Thank you for participating in the March 2012 drive! All contributions are appreciated. Our next copy-edit drive will be in May.

Your drive coordinators – Dianna (Talk), Stfg (Talk), and Dank (talk)

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Wikimedia DC Meetup & Dinner[edit]

Wikimedia DC.svg Please join us for a Wikimedia DC Meetup & Dinner on Saturday, May 5. This will be a great opportunity to meet other Wikimedians from the DC area, discuss upcoming Wikimedia DC activities and events, and have fun over dinner and drinks. All ages are welcome! Kirill [talk] 04:03, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

GOCE May copy edit drive[edit]

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The Guild of Copy Editors invites you to participate in their May 2012 Backlog elimination drive, a month-long effort to reduce the size of the copy edit backlog. The drive begins on May 1 at 00:00 (UTC) and ends on May 31 at 23:59 (UTC). Our goal for the drive will be to eliminate January, February, and March 2011 from the queue. Barnstars will be awarded to anyone who copy edits more than 4,000 words, and special awards will be given to the top 5 in the following categories: "Number of articles", "Number of words", and "Number of articles of over 5,000 words". We hope to see you there! – Your drive coordinators: Dank, Diannaa, and Stfg.

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You're invited: Smithsonian Institution Archives Edit-a-thon![edit]

S. Dillon Ripley & Uncle Beazley.jpg Please join us for the second Smithsonian Institution Archives Edit-a-thon! This event will focus on Smithsonian history including the history of the Institution's museums, archives, research centers and the people behind them. This will be a great opportunity to learn about the Archives, work within them & with staff, and learn more about the world's largest museum complex. We hope you'll join us on Friday, May 25. Please sign up here! Sarah (talk) 21:46, 7 May 2012 (UTC)
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GOCE May mid-drive newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors May 2012 backlog elimination drive mid-drive newsletter
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Participation: Out of 49 people signed up for this drive so far, 26 have copy-edited at least one article. It's a smaller group than last drive, but we're making good progress. If you've signed up but haven't yet copy-edited any articles, please consider doing so. Every bit helps! If you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late. Join us!

Progress report: We're on track to meet our targets for the drive, largely due to the efforts of Lfstevens and the others on the leaderboard. Thanks to all. We have reduced our target group of articles—January, February, and March 2011—by over half, and it looks like we will achieve that goal. Good progress is being made on the overall backlog as well, with over 500 articles copy-edited during the drive so far. The total backlog currently sits at around 3200 articles.

Hall of Fame: GOCE coordinator Diannaa was awarded a spot in the GOCE Hall of Fame this month! She has copy-edited over 1567 articles during these drives, and surpassed the 1,000,000-word mark on May 5. On to the second million! – Your drive coordinators: Dank, Diannaa and Stfg

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GOCE May drive wrap-up[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors May 2012 backlog elimination drive wrap-up
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Participation: Out of 54 people who signed up this drive, 32 copy-edited at least one article. Last drive's superstar, Lfstevens, again stood out, topping the leader board in all three categories and copy-editing over 700 articles. Thanks to all who participated! Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: We were once again successful in our primary goal—removing the oldest three months from the backlog—while removing 1166 articles from the queue, the second-most in our history. The total backlog currently sits at around 2600 articles, down from 8323 when we started out just over two years ago.

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Coodinator election: The six-month term for our third tranche of Guild coordinators will be expiring at the end of June. We will be accepting nominations for the fourth tranche of coordinators, who will also serve a six-month term. Nominations will open starting on June 5. For complete information, please have a look at the election page. – Your drive coordinators: Dank, Diannaa, and Stfg

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GOCE July 2012 Copy Edit Drive[edit]

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The Guild of Copy Editors invites you to participate in their July 2012 Backlog elimination drive, a month-long effort to reduce the size of the copy edit backlog. The drive begins on July 1 at 00:00 (UTC) and ends on July 31 at 23:59 (UTC). Our goals are to eliminate the articles tagged in April, May and June 2011 from the queue and to complete all requests placed before the end of June. Barnstars will be awarded to anyone who copy edits more than 4,000 words, and special awards will be given to the top 6 in the following categories: "Number of articles", "Number of words", "Number of articles of over 5,000 words", "Number of articles tagged in April–June 2011", and "Longest article". We hope to see you there! – Your drive coordinators: Dank, Diannaa and Stfg.

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GOCE July 2012 mid-drive newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors July 2012 backlog elimination drive mid-drive newsletter
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Participation: Out of 37 people signed up for this drive so far, 25 have copy-edited at least one article. It's a smaller group than last drive, but we're making good progress. If you've signed up but haven't yet copy-edited any articles, every bit helps; if you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late. Join us!

Progress report: We're almost on track to meet our targets for the drive. Great work, guys. We have reduced our target group of articles—May, June, and July 2011—by about 40%, and the overall backlog has been reduced by 264 articles so far, to around 2500 articles.

Copy Edit of the Month: Starting in August, your best copy-editing work of the month will be eligible for fabulous prizes! See here for details. – Your drive coordinators: Stfg, Allens, and Torchiest.

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I have handled the Godzilla title situation (well, at least the personal part)[edit]

You remember those two guys you worked with on Godzilla last year? I kidnapped them! (LOL Just Kidding!) I reminded them of Wikipedia's Conflict Resolution. Jayemd (talk) 13:24, 27 July 2012 (UTC)

GOCE July drive wrap-up[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors July 2012 backlog elimination drive wrap-up
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Participation: Out of 45 people who signed up this drive, 31 have copy-edited at least one article. Lfstevens continues to carry most of the weight, having edited 360 articles and over a quarter of a million words already. Thanks to all who have participated! Final results, including barnstars awarded, will be available early in August here.

Progress report: We are once again very close to achieving in our primary goal—removing the oldest three months from the backlog. Only 35 such articles remain at press time. The total backlog currently sits at under 2400 articles, down from 8323 when we started out over two years ago. We are just two articles away from completing all requests made before July 2012 (both are in progress).

Copy Edit of the Month: Starting in August, you'll be able to submit your best copy-editing work for palaver, praise, and prizes. See here for details. – Your drive coordinators: Stfg, Allens, and Torchiest.

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You're invited to Masterpiece Museum Edit-a-Thon![edit]

"Masterpiece Museum" Edit-a-Thon at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
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The Smithsonian American Art Museum and Wikimedia DC present the "Masterpiece Museum" Edit-a-Thon. Drawing from their vast vaults of art, the caretakers of the Smithsonian American Art Museum have meticulously drawn forth canvas jewels to import into Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia articles. The museum directors and staff are excited about this project, and would love to have experienced Wikimedians help in the effort! Kirill [talk] 18:01, 29 July 2012 (UTC)

When
  • August 10, 2012, 10 AM - 4 PM
Where
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, 7th & F St NW, Washington, DC
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GOCE news and September drive invitation[edit]

Invitation from the Guild of Copy Editors
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The Guild of Copy Editors invites you to participate in its events:

  • The August 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest is currently in the submissions stage. Submit your best August copy edit there before the end of the month. Submissions end, and discussion and voting begin, on September 1 at 00:00 (UTC).
  • September 2012 Backlog elimination drive is a month-long effort to reduce the size of the copy edit backlog. The drive begins on September 1 at 00:00 (UTC) and ends on September 30 at 23:59 (UTC). Our goals are to copy edit the articles tagged longest ago and to complete all requests placed before the end of August. Barnstars will be awarded to anyone who copy edits at least one article, and special awards will be given to the top six in the following categories: "Number of articles", "Number of words", "Number of articles of over 5,000 words", "Number of articles tagged longest ago", and "Longest article". This drive features a much easier signup process. We hope to see you there! – Your drive coordinators: Stfg, Allens, and Torchiest.
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GOCE September activities[edit]

Reminders from the Guild of Copy Editors
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A quick reminder of our current events:

  • The August 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest is in the discussion and voting stage until midnight September 14 (UTC).
  • The September 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest is in the submissions stage until midnight September 30 (UTC), when discussion and voting begin.
  • The September 2012 Backlog elimination drive is now underway! The event runs until midnight September 30 (UTC). The goal is to copy edit articles with the oldest tags and complete all requests placed before September. Barnstars will be awarded to anyone who participates, with special awards given to the top five in the following categories: "Total articles", "Total words", "Total articles over 5,000 words", "Total articles tagged longest ago", and "Longest article". – Your drive coordinators: Stfg, Allens, and Torchiest.

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Backstage at the Smithsonian Libraries[edit]

Backstage at the Smithsonian Libraries is part of Wikipedia Loves Libraries 2012, the second annual continent-wide campaign to bring Wikipedia and libraries together with on-site events. Running this fall through October and November, libraries (and archives) will open their doors to help build a lasting relationship with their local Wikipedian community.

Organized by Wikimedia DC, this event will take place on October 12, 2012, and will include new editor training, a "backstage pass" tour of the National Museum of Natural History, and an edit-a-thon. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Kirill [talk] 18:45, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

GOCE mid-drive newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors September 2012 backlog elimination drive mid-drive newsletter
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  • Participation: Out of 37 people signed up for this drive so far, 19 have copy-edited at least one article, about the same as the last drive. If you've signed up but haven't yet copy-edited any articles, every bit helps; if you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late. Join us!
  • Progress report: We're almost on track to meet our targets for the drive. Great work, guys. We have reduced our target group of articles—August, September, and October 2011—by about 44%, and the overall backlog has been reduced by 58 articles so far, to around 2600 articles. The biggest difference between this drive and the previous one is a stronger focus on large articles, so total word counts are still comparable.
  • Don't forget about the Copy Edit of the Month contests! Voting for the August contest has been extended through the end of the month. You don't have to make a submission to vote!
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GOCE September 2012 drive wrap-up[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors September 2012 backlog elimination drive wrap-up
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Participation: Out of 41 people who signed up this drive, 28 copy-edited at least one article. Thanks to all who participated! Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: We achieved our primary goal of clearing July, August, September and October 2011 from the backlog. This means that, for the first time since the drives began, the backlog is less than a year. At least 677 tagged articles were copy edited, although 365 new ones were added during the month. The total backlog at the end of the month was 2341 articles, down from 8323 when we started out over two years ago. We completed all 54 requests outstanding before September 2012 as well as eight of those made in September.

Copy Edit of the Month: Voting is now over for the August 2012 competition, and prizes will be issued soon. The September 2012 contest is closed for submissions and open for voting. The October 2012 contest is now open for submissions. Everyone is welcome to submit entries and to vote.

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GOCE fall newsletter[edit]

Fall Events from the Guild of Copy Editors
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The Guild of Copy Editors invites you to participate in its events:

  • The October 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest is currently in the submissions stage. Submit your best October copy edit there before the end of the month. Submissions end, and discussion and voting begin, on November 1 at 00:00 (UTC).
  • Voting is in progress for the September 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest. Everyone is welcome to vote, whether they have entered the contest or not.
  • NEW!! In the week from Sunday 21 October to Saturday 27 October, we are holding a Project Blitz, in which we will copy edit articles tagged with {{copyedit}} belonging to selected project(s). For the first blitz, we'll start with WikiProject Olympics and WikiProject Albums and add more Projects to the blitz as we clear them. The blitz works much like our bimonthly drives, but a bit simpler. Everyone is welcome to take part, and barnstars will be awarded.
  • November 2012 Backlog elimination drive is a month-long effort to reduce the size of the copy edit backlog. The drive begins on November 1 at 00:00 (UTC) and ends on November 30 at 23:59 (UTC). Our goals are to copy edit all articles tagged in 2011 and to complete all requests placed before the end of October. Barnstars will be awarded to anyone who copy edits at least one article, and special awards will be given to the top five in the following categories: "Number of articles", "Number of words", "Number of articles of over 5,000 words", "Number of articles tagged in 2011", and "Longest article". We hope to see you there! – Your drive coordinators: Stfg, Allens, and Torchiest.
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GOCE November 2012 copy edit drive update[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors November 2012 backlog elimination drive mid-drive newsletter
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  • Participation: Out of 31 people signed up for this drive so far, 22 have copy-edited at least one article. If you've signed up but haven't yet copy-edited any articles, every bit helps; if you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late. Join us!
  • Progress report: We're on track to meet our targets for the drive. We have reduced our target group of articles—November and December 2011—by over 50%, and 34 of the the 56 requests made in September and October this year have already been fulfilled. However, the rate of tagging for copy edit has increased, and this month we are just keeping the size of the backlog stable. So, all you copy editors, please do come along and help us!
  • The September 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest was won by Baffle gab1978 for his copy edit of Expulsion of the Acadians. Runner up was Gareth Griffith-Jones for his edit of I Could Fall in Love. Congratulations to both.
  • The October 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest is in the discussion and voting stage until midnight November 30 (UTC). You don't have to make a submission to vote!
  • November 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest is in the submissions stage until midnight November 30 (UTC), when discussion and voting begin.
  • Seasonal oversight: We had a slight fall from grace in the title of our last newletter, which mentioned the season in the northern hemisphere and thus got it wrong for the southern. Fortunately an observant GOCE member was ready to spring into action to advise us. Thanks! In future we'll stay meteorologically neutral.
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GOCE November drive wrap-up[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors November 2012 backlog elimination drive wrap-up
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Participation: Thanks to all who participated! Out of 38 people who signed up this drive, 33 copy-edited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here. All the barnstars have now been distributed.

Progress report: We achieved our primary goal of clearing November and December 2011 from the backlog. For the first time since the drives began, the backlog consists only of articles tagged in the current year. The total backlog at the end of the month was 2690 articles, down from 8323 when we started out over two years ago. We completed all 56 requests outstanding before November 2012 as well as eight of those made in November.

Copy Edit of the Month: Voting is now over for the October 2012 competition, and prizes have been issued. The November 2012 contest is closed for submissions and open for voting. The December 2012 contest is now open for submissions. Everyone is welcome to submit entries and to vote.

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Coodinator election: The six-month term for our fourth tranche of Guild coordinators will expire at the end of December. Nominations are open for the fifth tranche of coordinators, who will serve from 1 January to 30 June 2013. For complete information, please have a look at the election page.

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Well, that's annoying – I thought I'd fixed that. I made sure this time. Thanks for pointing it out! ~ Jeff Q (talk) 13:51, 10 December 2012 (UTC)

GOCE mid-December newsletter[edit]

End of Year Events from the Guild of Copy Editors
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The Guild of Copy Editors invites you to participate in its events:

  • The December 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest is currently in the submissions stage. Submit your best December copy edit there before the end of the month. Submissions end, and discussion and voting begin, on January 1 at 00:00 (UTC).
  • Voting is in progress for the November 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest. Everyone is welcome to vote, whether they have entered the contest or not.
  • From Sunday 16 December to Saturday 22 December, we are holding a Project Blitz, in which we will copy edit articles tagged with {{copyedit}} from January 2012. The blitz works much like our bimonthly drives, but a bit simpler. Everyone is welcome to take part, and barnstars will be awarded.
  • January 2013 Backlog elimination drive is a month-long effort to reduce the size of the copy edit backlog. The drive begins on January 1 at 00:00 (UTC) and ends on January 31 at 23:59 (UTC). Our goals are to copy edit all articles tagged in January, February, and March 2012 and complete all requests placed before the end of 2012. Barnstars will be awarded to anyone who copy edits at least one article, and special awards will be given to the top five in the following categories: "Number of articles", "Number of words", "Number of articles of over 5,000 words", "Number of articles tagged in January, February, and March 2012", and "Longest article". We hope to see you there! – Your drive coordinators: Stfg, Allens, and Torchiest.
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Coodinator election: Nominations are open for candidates to serve as GOCE coordinators from 1 January to 30 June 2013. Nominations close on December 15 at 23:59 UTC, after which voting will run until the end of December. For complete information, please have a look at the election page.

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GOCE 2012 Annual Report[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors 2012 Annual Report
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The GOCE has wrapped up another successful year of operations!

Our 2012 Annual Report is now ready for review.

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GOCE mid-drive newsletter, January 2013[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors January 2013 backlog elimination drive mid-drive newsletter
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We are halfway through our January backlog elimination drive.

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GOCE February 2013 newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors February 2013 events newsletter
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We are preparing to start our February requests blitz and March backlog elimination drive.

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GOCE news: February 2013[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors Wikipedia:WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors/Blitzes/February 2013 wrap-up
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Participation: Out of 19 people who signed up for this blitz, 9 copy-edited at least one article. Thanks to all who participated! Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: During the six-day blitz, we removed over twenty articles from the requests queue. Hope to see you at the March drive in a few days! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators Torchiest, BDD and Miniapolis.

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Thanks much for help at Chargemaster[edit]

Thank you, for your help at new article, Chargemaster. Much appreciated, — Cirt (talk) 05:03, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

GOCE mid-March 2013 newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors March 2013 backlog elimination drive mid-drive newsletter
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We are halfway through our March backlog elimination drive.

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GOCE April 2013 newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors March 2013 backlog elimination drive wrap-up newsletter
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We have completed our March backlog elimination drive.

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You are invited to the "All Things GW" editathon on Saturday, April 20[edit]

The "All Things GW" editathon on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. is a rare chance to go behind the scenes in the University Archives of the GW Libraries and use their unique resources to research and update Wikipedia pages related to The George Washington University and the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Did you miss our last D.C. history editathon? This is your is your chance to come edit with wiki-friends using different great collection! The event includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the University Archives and a show-and-tell of some of its most interesting treasures, snacks, and the editathon.

Participation is limited to 30 volunteers, so RSVP today! Dominic·t 07:22, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

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GOCE April 2013 newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors April 2013 events newsletter
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We finished the April blitz and are preparing to start our May backlog elimination drive.

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GOCE May drive wrap-up[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors May 2013 backlog elimination drive wrap-up newsletter
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We have completed our May backlog elimination drive.

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GOCE June/July 2013 events[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors July 2013 backlog elimination drive wrap-up newsletter
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We have completed our June blitz and are about to commence our July backlog elimination drive.

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June 2013 bracket error[edit]

Hello, I'm BracketBot. I have automatically detected that your edit to Perry Rhodan may have broken the syntax by modifying 1 "[]"s. If you have, don't worry, just edit the page again to fix it. If I misunderstood what happened, or if you have any questions, you can leave a message on my operator's talk page.

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  • (#1 to #536 and #650 to #847 as of August 2011), Russia, China, Japan(#1 to #800 as of May 2011), France, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands (#1 to #2000 as of September 2009). Apart from

Thanks, BracketBot (talk) 04:16, 30 June 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the quick prompt, BracketBot. I distinctly remember trying to remove double brackets from that text. Obviously I only got one. I've fixed it now. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 04:37, 30 June 2013 (UTC)

File:USAR.OneWeekendMyAss.jpg missing description details[edit]

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I've added some descriptive detail. I've also added a Wayback Machine archive link as the source website no longer seems to provide direct access to its content. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 08:53, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

GOCE July 2013 news report[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors July 2013 backlog elimination drive mid-drive newsletter
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  • Participation: Out of 30 people who have signed up for this drive so far, 18 have participated. If you have signed up for the drive but have not yet participated, it isn't too late. If you haven't signed up for the drive, sign up now!
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  • Progress report: Thus far we have reduced the number of May/June 2012 articles to just 124 articles, so we're on the right track. Unfortunately, for the first time in GOCE history, the number of articles in the backlog has actually gone up during this drive. While all participants are currently doing a fine job, we just don't have as many of them as we have had in the past. We have over 500 editors on our mailing list, but only 18 editors who have done a copy edit for the drive. If you're receiving this newsletter, it's because you have an interest in copy editing. Join the drive! Even if you only copy edit one article, it helps. Imagine how much progress we could make if everyone chipped in just one article.

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July 2013[edit]

Hello, I'm BracketBot. I have automatically detected that your edit to Galaxy Quest may have broken the syntax by modifying 1 "[]"s. If you have, don't worry, just edit the page again to fix it. If I misunderstood what happened, or if you have any questions, you can leave a message on my operator's talk page.

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  • and it grossed $90,683,916 worldwide.<ref>{{cite web|title=Galaxy Quest (1999) - Box Office Mojo<|url=http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=galaxyquest.htm|accessdate=16 May 2012}}</ref>
  • quest.htm | title=Galaxy Quest [DVD review] | publisher=DigitalMonkeyBox | accessdate=2013-07-29]}}</ref> but is clearly [[Dubbing (filmmaking)|dubbed]] with "well, screw that".<ref name="movieweb_

Thanks, BracketBot (talk) 02:36, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the notice, BracketBot. I did indeed lose track of a bracket in the Digital Monkey source while cleaning up sources. I don't know where the stray open angle-bracket came from, as I didn't touch anything in the early part of the article, but your diff helped me figure out that it was part of an older, duplicate source for Box Office Mojo, so I was able to clean things up a bit. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 03:42, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

Hello, I'm BracketBot. I have automatically detected that your edit to Moya Brennan may have broken the syntax by modifying 1 "()"s. If you have, don't worry, just edit the page again to fix it. If I misunderstood what happened, or if you have any questions, you can leave a message on my operator's talk page.

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  • *1995 – "Luman Michael O'Suilleabhain" – with Brian Kennedy (from ''Between Worlds''

Thanks, BracketBot (talk) 02:51, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Sorry, BracketBot, but you got it wrong this time, on two counts. As before, you cited my use of an unmatched open "angle-bracket" from a section I didn't edit. But even the edit I did do didn't unmatch parentheses – it merely shifted from one clause to another in keeping with the overall formatting of a list section. The character immediately following (from "Between Worlds" is the close parenthesis, suggesting a bug in your lexical analysis. I guess I'll have to post a note on your talk page to point out these errors. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 03:59, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

GOCE July 2013 copy edit drive wrap-up[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors July 2013 backlog elimination drive wrap-up newsletter
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We have completed our July backlog elimination drive.

The drive wrap-up newsletter is now ready for review.

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GOCE Blitz wrap-up and September 2013 drive invitation[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors August Blitz wrap-up
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Participation: Out of sixteen people who signed up for this blitz, nine copy-edited at least one article. Thanks to all who participated! Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: During the seven-day blitz, we removed 26 articles from the requests queue. Hope to see you at the September drive in a few days! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators Torchiest, Baffle gab1978, Jonesey95 and The Utahraptor.

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Merge discussion for Pangender[edit]

Information.svg An article that you have been involved in editing, Genderqueer, has been proposed for a merge with the article Pangender. If you are interested in the merge discussion, please participate by going here, and adding your comments on the discussion page. Thank you. --April Arcus (talk) 07:40, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

Section heading in United States incarceration rate[edit]

May I inquire regarding your concern with the section heading "Editorial policies of major media" in the article on United States incarceration rate? Your substitution, "Relationship with media reporting" seemed to me to be less precise and less powerful language. As I note in comments on Talk:United States incarceration rate, I don't feel your proposed substitution works as well.

However, I also know to distrust my own opinion in things like this. I've reverted your change for the moment, but I'd prefer to engage you in a conversation about your concerns about that section heading. (I also revised the verbiage of that section in a way that hopefully increases its readability, deleting a sentence that doesn't say enough to justify its presence, etc.)

Thanks, DavidMCEddy (talk) 11:33, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

I'm not particularly pleased with my wording anyway. (I added to your discussion on the talk page, but I doubt I'll participate further, as I don't have any better ideas.) Thanks for correcting the heading case of the earlier version, which was my original motivation for making an edit. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 06:49, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

Disambiguation link notification for September 21[edit]

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Sigh. Another careless error. What would I do without bots to watch over me? ~ Jeff Q (talk) 16:25, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

Invitation to Comment[edit]

Hello! I am contacting you because although we've likely never Wikied together, I did mention you in a proposal at Template talk:Infobox Television and I wanted to invite you to express your thoughts. Thanks! Cyphoidbomb (talk) 02:33, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the invitation and the kind words in your opening discussion there. This question seems to have significant impact on quite a few articles (something like 30,000?), which would compel me to do considerable research of my own in considering the points you and others have made. Given my current level of WP activity, I feel I must defer to you more currently informed editors. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 21:34, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

Category:Time travel films[edit]

Category:Time travel films, which you created, has been nominated for possible deletion, merging, or renaming. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the Categories for discussion page. Thank you. Sven Manguard Wha? 21:15, 4 October 2013 (UTC)

Actually, I just created the category page based on an anon's addition of the category to relevant articles. But I'll take a look. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 21:22, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

BACKLOG OF THE WEEK Category:Pages with broken reference names[edit]

Hello - some editors fight off the vandal hordes, as I do repairing pages with citation errors. If I didn't - there would be a large backlog in Category:Pages with incorrect ref formatting and in Category:Pages with missing references list as in Category:Pages with broken reference names (more than 1500 yesterday). But it is impossible to work it alone. Do you know how to do a "Blitz" (excuse the comparision) to find willing editors to work on it. It is much more easier to repair references if you do it one hour, one day or one week ago after the errors were made instead of months and years after the error was done. Very, very difficult to find these errors.

Only with WikiBlame Search it is possible to find and repair such errors.

Best wishes & thanks --Frze > talk 09:00, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

GOCE September 2013 drive wrap-up[edit]

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Backlog template made by User:TheJJJunk[edit]

Backlog status (Purge)
Category Current status
Pages with incorrect ref formatting X mark.svg Not done
Pages with missing references list Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".
Pages with broken reference names X mark.svg Not done

Best wishes --Frze > talk 04:07, 22 October 2013 (UTC)

New REFBot[edit]

There is a suggestion on Wikipedia:Bot requests for a new REFBot working as DPL bot and BracketBot do. I beg politely for consideration. Please leave a comment if you wish. Thanks a lot in anticipation. -- Frze (talk · contribs) 04:07, 22 October 2013 (UTC)

GOCE Blitz wrap-up; join us for the November drive[edit]

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Participation: Out of eleven people who signed up for this blitz, eight copy-edited at least one article. Thanks to all who participated! Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: During the seven-day blitz, we copy edited 42 articles from WikiProject Film's backlog, reducing it by a net of 34 articles. Hope to see you at the November drive in a few days! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators Torchiest, Baffle gab1978, Jonesey95 and The Utahraptor.

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November 2013 GOCE drive wrap-up[edit]

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GOCE December 2013 Blitz wrap-up and January Drive invitation[edit]

December Notes from the Guild of Copy Editors
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The December blitz ran from December 8–14. The theme for this blitz was articles tied in some way to religion. Seven editors knocked out 20 articles over the course of the week. Our next blitz will be in February, with a theme to be determined. Feel free to make theme suggestions at the Guild talk page!

The January 2014 Backlog elimination drive is a month-long effort to reduce the size of the copy edit backlog. The drive begins on January 1 at 00:00 (UTC) and ends on January 31 at 23:59 (UTC). Our goals are to copy edit all articles tagged in October and November 2012 and complete all requests placed before the end of 2013. Barnstars will be awarded to anyone who copy edits at least one article, and special awards will be given to the top five in the following categories: "Number of articles", "Number of words", "Number of articles of over 5,000 words", "Number of articles tagged in October and November 2012", and "Longest article". We hope to see you there!

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GOCE 2013 Annual Report[edit]

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The GOCE has wrapped up another successful year of operations!

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GOCE February blitz wrapup[edit]

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Participation: Out of seven people who signed up for this blitz, all copy-edited at least one article. Thanks to all who participated! Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: During the seven-day blitz, we removed 16 articles from the requests queue. Hope to see you at the March drive! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators Jonesey95, Miniapolis and Baffle gab1978.

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March GOCE copyedit drive[edit]

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The March 2014 backlog elimination drive is a month-long effort to reduce the backlog of articles in need of copyediting. The drive begins on March 1 at 00:00 (UTC) and ends on March 31 at 23:59 (UTC). Our goals are to copyedit all articles tagged in December 2012 and January 2013 and to complete all requests placed in January 2014. Barnstars will be awarded to anyone who copyedits at least one article, and special awards will be given to the top five in the following categories: number of articles, number of words, number of articles over 5,000 words, number of articles tagged in December 2012 and January 2013 and the longest article. We hope to see you there!

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An RfC that you may be interested in...[edit]

As one of the previous contributors to {{Infobox film}} or as one of the commenters on it's talk page, I would like to inform you that there has been a RfC started on the talk page as to implementation of previously deprecated parameters. Your comments and thoughts on the matter would be welcomed. Happy editing!

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GOCE March drive wrapup[edit]

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Participation: Thanks to all who participated in the drive and helped out behind the scenes. 42 people signed up for this drive and 28 of these completed at least one article. Final results are available here.

Progress report: Articles tagged during the target months of December 2012 and January 2013 were reduced from 177 to 33, and the overall backlog was reduced by 13 articles. The total backlog was 2,902 articles at the end of March. On the Requests page during March, 26 copy edit requests were completed, all requests from January 2014 were completed, and the length of the queue was reduced by 11 articles.

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April blitz wrap-up and May copyediting drive invitation[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors April 2014 Blitz wrap-up
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Participation: Out of 17 people who signed up for this blitz, eight copy-edited at least one article. Thanks to all who participated! Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

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GOCE June 2014 newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors May 2014 backlog elimination drive wrap-up
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Participation: Thanks to all who participated! Out of 51 people who signed up this drive, 33 copy edited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: We reduced our article backlog from 2,987 articles to 2,236 articles in May, the lowest backlog total since we began keeping records in 2009! Since at least 300 new articles were tagged during May, that means we copy edited over 1,000 articles in a single month. Amazing work, everyone!

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Election: You can nominate yourself or others for the role of Coordinator for the second half of 2014 here. Nominations will be accepted until June 14. Voting will begin on June 15 and will conclude on June 28.

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GOCE July 2014 newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors July 2014 newsletter is now ready for review. Highlights:

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