- 1 This week's article for improvement (week 29, 2014)
- 2 You've got mail!
- 3 DYK for Joe Nickell
- 4 This week's article for improvement (week 30, 2014)
- 5 This week's article for improvement (week 31, 2014)
- 6 This week's article for improvement (week 32, 2014)
- 7 VisualEditor newsletter—July and August 2014
- 8 Speedy deletion declined: Flying Tiger Development
- 9 This week's article for improvement (week 33, 2014)
- 10 Disambiguation link notification for August 11
- 11 This week's article for improvement (week 34, 2014)
- 12 Merge Bill Bradfield AM into William A. Bradfield
- 13 Chemistry article creation
This week's article for improvement (week 29, 2014)
- Hi Kyle! How have you been? Just dropping by to ask if you would have time to help us rephrase a few technical passages in the C-4 article. One contributor added a lot of great material, but it is taken verbatim from the sources, so we have a copyright problem. We're trying to reword, but our collective knowledge of chemistry is too weak to make sense of all of it. You're friendly, a chemist, and a TAFI member, so I thought I would turn to you! Of course, feel no pressure about this and do this only if you have time. Hope you're well. Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 05:40, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
- I will take another look at the article. Kyle(talk) 07:08, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
You've got mail!
DYK for Joe Nickell
|On 16 July 2014, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Joe Nickell, which you recently nominated. The fact was ... that skeptic Joe Nickell was an advisor on the 2007 horror film The Reaping, in which actress Hilary Swank plays an investigator of the paranormal? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Joe Nickell. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, live views, daily totals), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.|
This week's article for improvement (week 30, 2014)
This week's article for improvement (week 31, 2014)
This week's article for improvement (week 32, 2014)
The VisualEditor team is currently working mostly to fix bugs, improve performance, reduce technical debt, and other infrastructure needs. You can find on Mediawiki.org weekly updates detailing recent work.
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Speedy deletion declined: Flying Tiger Development
Hello Khamar, and thanks for patrolling new pages! I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of Flying Tiger Development, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: Not unambiguously promotional. You may wish to review the Criteria for Speedy Deletion before tagging further pages. Thank you. Shirik (Questions or Comments?) 12:12, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
- I rarely mark pages for Speedy Deletion. This is the first one I've had rejected. According to G11. Unambiguous advertising or promotion if the article subject is not notable (note that it has zero references), only lists products or promotional material, and would need to be re-written to become encyclopedic then the article is a clear candidate for speedy deletion. I'm not arguing for or against, I'm simply restating the rule. I'll leave the decision stand without further comment. Kyle(talk) 22:11, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
This week's article for improvement (week 33, 2014)
Hi. Thank you for your recent edits. Wikipedia appreciates your help. We noticed though that when you edited Flying Tiger Development, you added links pointing to the disambiguation pages PC and Arcade. Such links are almost always unintended, since a disambiguation page is merely a list of "Did you mean..." article titles. Read the FAQ • Join us at the DPL WikiProject.
This week's article for improvement (week 34, 2014)
Merge Bill Bradfield AM into William A. Bradfield
Thanks for the pointers, Kyle. I think I have completed this merge now. If you have a moment, would you mind casting your eye over it to be sure I didn't bugger it up? --Gronk Oz (talk) 09:18, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
- The redirect looks good. The talk page note looks clean (both pages.) I see no concerns with what you have done. I see that you made four separate moves then merged the content. This is acceptable but I was informed recently that best practice is to move the entire page into one new section first, then copy edit and distribute the info. Your merge was clean and only took a few edits - good job. -Kyle(talk) 14:57, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
Chemistry article creation
You are welcome to create redlink articles on my to do list. You have prompted me to move my calcium monohydride article into live space. Anyway most of these are either gasses, or found somewhere in space. However I will ask you to put some significant content in the pages, not just make a short stub, as I am sure our readers do not want to be excited to find a page on trifluorosilane in Wikipedia, only then to find it just says: "trifluorosilane is a gas". When I was in high school, I did some experiments trying to make different gasses. This then prompted me to make a list of gasses. I have already started some drafts at User:Graeme Bartlett/Phosphorothioc chloride difluoride and User:Graeme Bartlett/silicon carbonate User:Graeme Bartlett/thiosulfinic acid and User:Graeme Bartlett/tetrabutyl orthotitanate. So you can add to these and move into articles if you wish. User:Graeme Bartlett/volatilesubstances also has a few redlinks I would like to see blue! Graeme Bartlett (talk) 23:52, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
- I would be happy to help with those pages. I've never created a stub that remained one more more than about 10 seconds - so thats not a problem. I have personal experience with trifluorosilane so I may need to declare COI. ha! I will look at your other pages also. Recently I learned about Measles virus used to treat cancer and quickly found the most important references missing from WP. The result was a new page on MV-NIS. I'm also cleaning up some other notable scientist pages while I wait for additional notoriety on some BLP drafts. Thanks again for the handy list of possible new-article topics. -Kyle(talk) 00:54, 23 August 2014 (UTC)