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Hello, LawrencePrincipe, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful. Hafspajen (talk) 01:47, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

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I like your improvements to his article! The number of cantatas: I can't access the ref, I also doubt that a choir website would be the best source for that number, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:34, 13 February 2014 (UTC)

Nice to hear your comments User:Gerda Arendt. The source being used here is Professor George Stauffer from Rutgers University in the U.S. He has written a good book review of the new Bach book by Gardiner Music in the Castle of Heaven. At 600 pages it is one of the best studies on the Cantatas in recent years. The book review itself might be found electronically on the website for The New York Review of Books in the current issue. It should at least give you more details about the source if this helps out. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 01:40, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
I found several reviews of the book online, but how would any of them support the number of cantatas which Bach wrote? We know how many are extant, and we know of some by other means, like a libretto, but how can we be sure how many are completely lost without a trace? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:32, 4 February 2015 (UTC)
Yes, the New York Review of Book review by Stauffer from last year is still one of the best ones available. There are 190 extant Cantatas for which copies survive of the nearly 300 Cantatas which where documented in the various registries of the Churches for which he wrote them. Prof Greenberg gives an account of the unfortunate sales and destruction of many of Bach's manuscripts left in his Will and Testament to relatives. If there is time over the next few days then I can try to make a short edit about this unfortunate legacy after his life where many manuscripts were lost. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 19:22, 4 February 2015 (UTC)
(I removed "@Gerda Arendt" from your comment above. What we say is for all ;) - Call me Gerda, - and I will watch from time to time, no need for a ping, which works only with a link anyway. You may want to compare the findings to List of Bach cantatas and perhaps change there. For the composer Bach, I suggest you propose on the talk page and discuss, rather than changing back and forth, explaining in edit summaries some readers are unable to find. We will never know how many cantatas Bach composed exactly, because some may have been lost without the slightest trace. How do different versions count, for example 134 and 134a where the only difference is the text (and shortening)? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:47, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Nice of you to bring this up here. It seems the best direction would be to take the same approach as for the "lost books" of the classical authors of philosophy and tragedy. It would likely work on the Bach page. The lost works of Aristotle provide a useful model. It is an unfortunate circumstance of history that the five Masses of Bach are no longer all available. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 16:40, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
I suggest you start an article on the topic, as we have Lost operas by Claudio Monteverdi, because it is certainly too much for the composer's page which is lacking more important facts. Until yesterday, we didn't even have articles on two of the four churches he was responsible for. I will expand and then add with a link. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:56, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
That is really a nicely done article on the Lost operas as started by Brianboulton. The material on Bach which you refer to is usually covered in Bach biographies to show that Bach's fame as a composer only began many decades after his death, which partially explains the lost manuscripts and transcriptions. If you are interested in doing the Lost transcripts of Bach as a separate article analogous to the Monteverdi, then the starting outline is fairly straightforward: (a) The lost Cantatas, 190 survive, over 100 lost; (b) The 3 lost Passions, only Matthew and John survive, one of the lost ones is Mark; (c) The 4 lost Masses; only the Bminor survives. If you start something like this, the first stop might be to try to identify who took over Bach's assigned office at the Thomaschule since many of the transcriptions of the Cantatas and other works were kept there. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 23:29, 6 February 2015 (UTC)


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  • Bro can you help me how to add design for a page like yours with that floating design of yours thanks!LastFlight14 (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 15:34, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
Done. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 16:38, 26 June 2014 (UTC)


thank you for your question! Indeed, I have not used this angle and I am not too familiar with this approach, although it does sound sensible and resembles general governance standards studies. Pundit|utter 03:53, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

I'm not sure whom are you referring to... Pundit|utter 06:46, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
No, absolutely no idea. Obviously, I cannot edit the article myself as in COI. But that's awkward indeed :) Pundit|utter 17:00, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Gender gap task force[edit]

Could you preview ideas on the talk page? We really need to discuss them among those of use who have a sincere interest in the project. I know you have some views you are promoting that are constructive and of interest, but we still need to try to act collaboratively. Thanks! Carolmooredc (Talkie-Talkie) 03:08, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents[edit]

There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Specifically, you may wish to explain why this suggestion isn't as ridiculous on its face as it appears. --Calton | Talk 03:14, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Wikipedia article's recent changes.[edit]

Hi. I recently saw your discussions on Talk:Wikipedia. You may want to check this section at the talk-page, if you have not already done so: Regards, --EngineeringGuy (talk) 12:42, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

My revert[edit]

Hi Lawrence, just to explain my revert here, it made the scope section long, and it isn't really about the gender gap (i.e. why women don't edit WP and what we can do about it). Sarah (SV) (talk) 22:33, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

Re: your reply on my page (better to keep the discussion in one place), the edit was about the numbers of editors falling in general (and it was very long). It said nothing about why women are not editing and how to change that, which is what that section is about. If by incentives, you mean why we want women editing, it's not just to swell numbers. Sarah (SV) (talk) 01:21, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for getting back on this. Both Susan and JWhales have asked that the 25% goal be taken seriously (they identify it as the half-way point to full gender parity). Are you sure you want to leave the article without any discussion of incentives to achieving goals? LawrencePrincipe (talk) 03:40, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
There's a notice at the top of the page listing some of incentives, namely fewer women = less content, lower quality, systematic bias. Sarah (SV) (talk) 22:26, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
The cited 2014 Economist article was published as a warning sign to Wikipedia that attrition losses in editor numbers need to be addressed. The potential number of possible female editors available represents the largest available demographic for ameliorating the attrition losses being suffered at Wikipedia since 2007 and on (the cited Economist article). Attracting more women editors at the Susan and JWales level would substantially ameliorate the documented attrition problem which is currently not covered in the article. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 01:49, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Personal pronoun usage[edit]

The last 5000 new accounts (that have edited) were 9 male, 1 female, 4990 unset. All the best: Rich Farmbrough16:13, 18 February 2015 (UTC).
Thanks, Rich, that is important to keep in mind (also, specifying user gender is only possible since october 2011):
"However there is no reason that a full text analysis of all talk page contributions could not be done, and it might well lead to a model with good gender predictive power, since there is a valid training set consisting of the gender identified users." - Except that this would be freaking creepy! --Atlasowa (talk) 16:37, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Declared: male = 502573, female=98369 , female = 16.40% of those with declared gender.
Admins: female=56, male= 600.
All the best: Rich Farmbrough17:04, 18 February 2015 (UTC).