Hey, I was wondering if you could possibly create an interchange for the spaghetti bowl in Salt Lake City? A Google Maps overview is here. If the image could contain I-15, I-80, SR-201 and 900 East, that would be great. Thanks! --Admrb♉ltz (talk) 02:32, 13 September 2008 (UTC)
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Thanks for creating a map for Sierra Highway. Looks nice. Dave (talk) 21:37, 15 August 2009 (UTC)
I'm sorry JohnnyAlbert10, but I replaced your version of the map with the one that all CASH articles use. Gill Giller Gillerger (talk) 04:14, 16 August 2009 (UTC)
Was that really necessary!? --Rschen7754 (TC) 05:32, 16 August 2009 (UTC)
Yes, that was really necessary. What's wrong with establishing uniformity in CASH articles? Gill Giller Gillerger (talk) 06:08, 16 August 2009 (UTC)
I'll explain more in a bit, but in short your map was worse than his was (as I am told by others). It does no good to make things consistent if you make the articles worse in the process. --Rschen7754 (TC) 06:11, 16 August 2009 (UTC)
Please explain how the map I uploaded was worse and suggestions to fix it, then. I only spent about five minutes for the first draft. Gill Giller Gillerger (talk) 06:13, 16 August 2009 (UTC)
It needs labels. Also, this was completely unnecessary - JA10's map was fine. The CASH maps do not need to be consistent, as long as they are fully compliant with WP:USRD/MTF standards. --Rschen7754 (TC) 06:28, 16 August 2009 (UTC)
I thought that by "worse" you meant the highlighted alignment I traced was off - that's the area where I'd be willing to fix. And JohnnyAlbert10's map version does not show segments of other highways being freeways or regular routes. And I don't know why his map also makes US highways bigger than state routes. Gill Giller Gillerger (talk) 06:55, 16 August 2009 (UTC)
Well, then somebody will replace your map when it comes FAC time. (And considering this is GA, it's not that far off, as long as you haven't already chased Dave away from CASH). When you see problems like that, you either talk to JA10 or you download his map and fix it yourself; it's rude to just replace his map for frivolous reasons.
It's probably not a good idea to become JA10's enemy. JA10 actually started his Wikipedia career the same way that you did: we accused him of being a sockpuppet of a banned user. However, instead of harassing users and creating socks, and messing up articles, he was willing to learn and to improve. And he did improve. To the point that we lost a valuable contributor during his extended absence, and to where we gave him trust. I see a lot that you could learn from his example. (JA10, don't feel obligated to reply to this; I realize it's sort of an awkward comment to leave on your talk page). --Rschen7754 (TC) 07:05, 16 August 2009 (UTC)
His map is kind of wrong too, it has the Sierra Hwy ending at I-80 and beginning as SR 14 when it actually begins as SR 14U.—JA10Talk • Contribs 15:40, 16 August 2009 (UTC)
Hey, thanks for making a map for Nevada State Route 447. I had a couple questions for you regarding that. Is there a reason why it's oriented the way it is, with north pointing to the upper left? Also, what GIS data did you use for your source? I've been interested in learning to make maps for Nevada route articles, but couldn't find a statewide data source for the state highways. Regards. --LJ (talk) 19:01, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
I was wondering why the map itself is oriented as it is, not the north arrow. I previously read the tutorial you linked to. The only source data I could find that covers all of Nevada is the Tiger/ESRI data. It seems to cover *everything* in the state, but is inconsistent in labeling and had multiple errors that I didn't feel like dealing with previously. That's why I was asking what GIS data/shapefiles you used, to see if you found a better data source. --LJ (talk) 22:37, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
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Invitation to join WikiProject United States
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WikiProject Good Articles will be running a GAN backlog elimination drive for the entire month of March. The goal of this drive is to bring the number of outstanding Good Article nominations down to below 50. This will help editors in restoring confidence to the GAN process as well as actively improving, polishing, and rewarding good content. If you are interested in participating in the drive, please place your name here. Awards will be given out to those who review certain numbers of GANs as well as to those who review the most. On behalf of my co-coordinator Wizardman, we hope we can see you in March. MuZemike delivered by MuZebot 00:17, 22 February 2011 (UTC)
U.S. Roads WikiProject Newsletter, Spring 2011
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WikiProject Good Articles Newsletter - October 2012
There are currently 15,862 Good Articles listed at WP:GA.
The backlog at Good Article Nominations is 345 unreviewed articles. Out of 439 total nominations, 24 are on hold, 66 are under review, and 4 are seeking a second opinion. Please go to WP:GAN and review an article! Even just reviewing one will help!
The categories with the largest backlogs are: Social sciences and society (80 articles), Sports and recreation (70 articles), Music (63 articles), Theatre, film and drama (52 articles), and History (41 articles). Please consider reviewing articles within these sections.
There are currently 13 articles up for reassessment at Good Article Reassessment. Please help out and go to WP:GAR and review an article! Remember that anyone can review articles that are listed under "Community Reassessment" even if another user has already listed their opinion...the more opinions, the better!
There are currently 222 members of WikiProject Good Articles! Welcome to all the new members that joined during the past 17 months! If you aren't yet part of WikiProject Good Articles and interested in joining WikiProject Good Articles, go here and add you name. Everyone is welcomed!
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GA Task forces
There is currently not much going on at this time but there is a very large backlog. Until the next backlog elimination drive, please help reduce the number of nominations by reviewing articles and helping other reviewers that may need second opinions.
Thanks to everyone who committed some time to help reduce the nominations backlog during the June-July 2012 backlog elimination drive. Most barnstars have been given out but there are still a few left. Participants that haven't gotten a barnstar yet should get it soon.
Possible Fall/Winter 2012 Backlog Elimination Drive
A discussion is currently being held on the WikiProject's talk page on weather another eliminations drive should take place within the next few months as the last one proved to be extremely successful. Please take the time to go to the the talk page and include your opinion on if you would be interested in taking part in a Fall/Winter 2012 elimination drive.
Good Articles of the Month
Each month, 5 random good articles will be choose to be featured here as the good articles of the month.
Having references included in articles is one of the most important aspects to a good article, let alone Wikipedia! Without them, no one would ever know what is true and what is false and Wikipedia probably wouldn't be where it is today. So this month, I will talk about how to check for references, how reliable they are, and so on and so forth.
The first thing to do when reviewing an nominee is to do a quick scan of the article. One of the things to look for is if the article has references! If you don't see a list at the bottom of the article page, quick-fail it. For newcomers, quick-failing is failing an article when you spot a problem before actually conducting a full review. If you do find a list of references (and in most cases you will) make sure to look through each and every one. If you want to save some time, use this tool as it will tell you if there are any problematic references in the article you are reviewing.
Next, check the reliability and type of the references/sources. In terms of the type of reference, check to see how many primary and/or secondary sources are included. Primary sources are the ones published by the subject of the article. For example, if the subject of the article has to do with the iPhone 4s and the source is published by Apple, it is considered a primary source. Secondary sources are those not published by the subject of the article (or in close relation to it). Newspapers are examples of secondary sources and considered one of the better types to include in the article (not saying primary sources are bad). If you find that most/all of the references are primary sources, notify the nominator about this issue(s) and place the article on hold once you have completed the review. Only in the event that a secondary source can't be found as a replacement, then the primary source can remain. If there is a good mix of primary and secondary sources, that is perfect and no references need to be changed.
Now, reliability. Forums are generally not considered reliable and some blog's may not be reliable either. Newspapers, most sources published by the subject, some blogs, etc. are considered reliable. If you don't know wether the source is reliable, ask for a second opinion. For more info about how to identify wether a reference is reliable or not, visit this article.
Finally, one of the more basic things to look for is that every statement in the article has at least one reference! The only case that a statement doesn't need a reference is when it is common sense that the statement is defiantly true and/or in the case where the statement can't be challenged, as per what Wikipedia says, "All quotations and any material challenged or likely to be challenged must be attributed to a reliable published source using an inline citation."
From the Editor
After a long 18 month hiatus, the third volume of the WikiProject Good Articles newsletter is here! Please leave any comments or feedback regarding this issue of the newsletter here or on the editors talk page.
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Just wanted to see how you were doing and to say that we miss you! --Rschen7754 08:42, 1 December 2012 (UTC)
Hey man, I'm doing well and how are things from your end? I hope the other USRD members are also doing well. I see USRD has come a long way in the last couple of years. —JohnnyAlbert10T • C 05:41, 10 January 2013 (UTC)
Everyone's doing well, we're just finding that real life is taking more and more time away from Wikipedia. We're still getting a lot done though. I'm finding more time taken up by graduate school and various admin-related stuff. Feel free to stop on by if you get a chance! --Rschen7754 06:33, 10 January 2013 (UTC)
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Good Article Nominations Request For Comment
A 'Request For Comment' for Good Article Nominations is currently being held. We are asking that you please take five to ten minutes to review all seven proposals that will affect Good Article Nominations if approved. Full details of each proposal can be found here. Please comment on each proposal (or as many as you can) here.
At this time, Proposal 1, 3, and 5 have received full (or close to) support.
If you have questions of anything general (not related to one specif proposal), please leave a message under the General discussion thread.
Please note that Proposal 2 has been withdrawn and no further comments are needed. Also, please disregard Proposal 9 as it was never an actual proposal.
Hi JohnnyAlbert10! I'm the Wikipedian In Residence at the World Digital Library, a project of the Library of Congress and UNESCO. I'm recruiting Wikipedians who are passionate about history & culture to participate in improving Wikipedia using the WDL's vast free online resources. Participants can earn our awesome WDL barnstar and help to disseminate free knowledge from over 100 libraries in 7 different languages. Multilingual editing encouraged!!! But being multilingual is not a necessity to make this project a success. Please sign up to participate here. Thanks for editing Wikipedia and I look forward to working with you! SarahStierch (talk) 14:40, 28 May 2013 (UTC)
WikiProject Good Articles Recruitment Centre
Hello! Now, some of you might be wondering why there is a Good article icon with a bunch of stars around (to the right). The answer? WikiProject Good articles will be launching a Recruitment Centre very soon! The centre will allow all users to be taught how to review Good article nominations by experts just like you! However, in order for the Recruitment Centre to open in the first place, we need some volunteers:
Recruiters: The main task of a recruiter is to teach users that have never reviewed a Good article nomination how to review one. To become a recruiter, all you have to do is meet this criteria. If we don't get at least 5-10 recruiters to start off with, the Recruitment Centre will not open. If interested, make sure you meet the criteria, read the process and add your name to the list of recruiters. (One of the great things about being a recruiter is that there is no set requirement of what must be taught and when. Instead, all the content found in the process section is a guideline of the main points that should be addressed during a recruitment session...you can also take an entire different approach if you wish!) If you think you will not have the time to recruit any users at this time but are still interested in becoming a recruiter, you can still add your name to the list of recruiters but just fill in the "Status" parameter with "Not Available".
Co-Director: The current Director for the centre is me (Dom497). Another user that would be willing to help with some of the tasks would be helpful. Tasks include making sure recruiters are doing what they should be (teaching!), making sure all recruitments are archived correctly, updating pages as needed, answering any questions, and distributing the feedback form. If interested, please contact me (Dom497).
Nominators, please read this: If you are not interested in becoming a recruiter, you can still help. In some cases a nominator may have an issue with an "inexperienced" editor (the recruitee) reviewing one of their nominations. To minimize the chances of this happening, if you are fine with a recruitee reviewing one of your nominations under the supervision of the recruiter, please add your name to the list at the bottom of this page. By adding your name to this list, chances are that your nomination will be reviewed more quickly as the recruitee will be asked to choose a nomination from the list of nominators that are OK with them reviewing the article.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to seeing this program bring new reviewers to the Good article community and all the positive things it will bring along.
A message will be sent out to all recruiters regarding the date when the Recruitment Centre will open when it is determined. The message will also contain some further details to clarify things that may be a bit confusing.--Dom497 (talk)
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As a listed GA participant, you are invited to contribute to a formal Request for Comment on the question of whether Good Articles should be eligible to appear in the Did You Know? slot in future. Please see the proposal on its subpage here, or on the main DYK talk page. To add the discussion to your watchlist, click this link. Thank you in advance. GilderienChat|Contributions02:47, 1 August 2013 (UTC)
In past Backlog Drives, the goal was to reduce the backlog of Good article nominations. In the upcoming drive, another goal will be added - raising as much money as we can for the Wikimedia Foundation. How will this work? Well, its pretty simple. Any user interested in donating can submit a pledge at the Backlog Drive page (linked above). The pledge should mention the amount of money the user is willing to donate per review. For example, if a user pledges 5 cents per review and 100 nominations are reviewed, the total donation amount is $5.00.
At the time this message was sent out, two users have submitted pledges for a total of 8 cents per review. All pledges, no matter how much money, are greatly appreciated. Also, in no way is this saying you must make a pledge.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or leave a message on the Backlog Drive talk page. And remember, there are less than 4 days before the drive starts!--EdwardsBot (talk) 03:01, 27 November 2013 (UTC)
It's that time again! Starting on March 1, there will be another GAN Backlog Drive! There will be several changes compared to previous drives:
This drive will introduce a new component to it; a point system. In a nutshell, older nominations are worth more points than newer nominations. The top 3 participants who have the points will be awarded the Golden, Silver, or Bronze Wikipedia Puzzle Piece Trophy, respectively.
Unlike the December 2013 Backlog Drive, earning an additional barnstar if you reached your goal has been removed.
The allowance to have insufficient reviews has been lowered to 2 before being disqualified.
An exception to the rule that all reviews must be completed before the deadline has been created.
Also, something that I thought I would share with all of you is that we raised $20.88 (USD) for the WMF in the December 2013 drive. It may not sound like a lot but considering that that was raised just because we reviewed articles, I would say that's pretty good! With that success, pledges can be made for the upcoming drive if you wish.
More info regarding the drive and full descriptions regarding the changes to this drive can be found on the the drive page. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a message on the drive talk page.
I look forward to your participation and hope that because of it, some day the backlog will be gone!
JA10, would you have a moment to double-check your highway numbers in NJ-168_map.svg, from the article New Jersey Route 168? At the top right, NJ-35 looks like it should be 38. At the bottom left, US-30 looks like it should be 322. Many thanks. -Patrug (talk) 00:31, 18 June 2014 (UTC)