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Welcome[edit]

Hello, Levalley, and welcome to Wikipedia. Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. If you are stuck, and looking for help, please come to the New contributors' help page, where experienced Wikipedians can answer any queries you have! Or, you can just type {{helpme}} and your question on this page, and someone will show up shortly to answer. Here are a few good links for newcomers:

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You stick the title of the page inside double-brackets, like so: [[Purple]] makes a link: Purple

If you want to have a different link appearance, use [[Purple|the color between red and blue]] which makes: the color between red and blue.

Be careful with these, because people frown on using easter egg -style links, but using it to link "Scottish" to "Scotland", for example, is fine.

If you need any more help, just ask. ~user:orngjce223 how am I typing? 15:49, 20 March 2009 (UTC)

Your recent edits[edit]

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Anthropology related articles[edit]

I appreciate your comments on incest taboo and on cultural anthropology. I made one change to incest taboo you suggested. If you are new here I can understand your hesitation to edit articles. My advice is to read over these core policies carefully: WP:NPOV WP:V [WP:NOR]]. As soon as you are sure you understand these three policies - just go ahead and edit! Any edit you make that is relevant and complies with these three policies will likely be welcomed!

I wrote most of the article on cultural anthropology - many years ago, when most Wikipedia articles were very short. Since then, some other people have edited it, and I cannot be held responsible for every word or sentence! But if your main criticism is: it is too short, I agree completely. The problem is, no one person should be responsible for an entire article; Wikipedia ought to be collaborative, articles written by many well-informed editors. Sadly, there are not many people here who know much about anthropology.

Please look at the Culture article. Whether you like it or not, I hope you will agre with me that it is far better than the version of the article that existed in December 2008 (if you hit the "history" tb you can recover older drafts and see for yourself). I invited other editors to help out, so far no one really has responded. Read over the entire discussion on the talk page - you will see a few people who really disagreed with my changes. Welcome to Wikipedia!!

I think the idea of an article on "taboo" is a great idea. Just write it! Good luck, Slrubenstein | Talk 23:55, 26 March 2009 (UTC)


I deletedt your comment on my page because you clearly ignored instructions. I really do encourage your particpation at Wikipedia but if you do not read the instructions on a page and respect them you will not go very far.

I urge you to read the 5 pillars, especially those core policies, as guidelines. You shouldn't edit unless you eel you really understand those policies.

Also, you need to understand that this is an open, anyone can edit project. You have refered to "author" but at Wikipedia no article has and author since (1) they are product of edits by multiple editors and (2) edits by one person may be based on conversations and interactions with multiple people. In short (1) you have to get over this isea that one person wrote any given article and (2) understand that no one person is supposed to "get it right," we all do partial jobs because we expect other editors to come along and fix mistakes and fill in gaps.

Speciically, some of he passages you reject as false may well have poblems, but may be there for a reason - maybe a few editors complained about something and it was added to clarigy things for the. Yearsw later, we can see that the "patch" went overboard or made new mistakes. But ALL wikipedia articles ARE WORKS IN ROGRESS. Grasp this point and you will do well.

You feel awkward jumping in ... okay, like i saidk take some time reading and rereading NPOV, V, and NOR. Track down "featured articles," the ones we are most proud of - and read the talk page carefully to learn about HOW people worked collabortively to create a great article. Pick some very contrversial articls (Jesus and Race for example) and read over the talk pages to get a sese of how things work here Do these things and then - you should feel very cofortavle! But slow down and take time o learn the uls. Slrubenstein | Talk 02:04, 27 March 2009 (UTC)


You are not an idiot. You are just enthusiastic and writing faster than you have time to read. Bring the two in balance and you will be fine. Slrubenstein | Talk 12:41, 27 March 2009 (UTC)


Thanks again. Wikipedia editors often disagree - it is important for people to WP:AGF even when disagreeing. The three core content policies are meant to provide a framework FOR people who disagree to work together and many conflicts can be resolved just by a committment to these three policies. But there is also common sense too and a general sense of what an encyclopedia article is (compared to say a peer-reviewed journal article, or book chapter). You seem generally well-informed and boy, we need more editors who care about anthropology and care about doing good research, so I sure am glad to see you learning the ropes. Slrubenstein | Talk 20:40, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

How Wikipedia works[edit]

There are many policies, but you can save yourself a lot of trouble and focus on the "five pillars" and of those NPOV, V, and NOR cover 90% of th content-related issues. As to words - the reason I shy from "author" is that it implies for many authority and ownership. If you were to propose deleting an article it would be a courtesy to let the editor who wrote the first version know. The point is: no one owns an article, all articles are best viewed as th result of multiple collaborations, no article is ever "finished" because anyone can edit at any time. Now, this system works great when an article attracts a relatively large number of well-informed editors over a long period of time. this being a computer, you should not be surprised that most science articles reach a high-quality and stable form quickly and, as Wikipedia policies change, are updated as needed immediately. As you have discovered, this is not th case with anthropology and a host of other articles in the humanities and social sciences. These usually attract three kinds of editors: a very knowledgble person who does not care about Wikipedia (but figures out the core policies quickly) because she probably is more focused on her job (e.g. a university professor) than this hobby; a very knowledgable dillettante whose knowledge is the kind Alexander Pope warned us about, someone who knows lots of facts but not the contexts that make them meaningful or their meaning up for debate - this person doesn't care about Wikipedia policy because she just wants to push some point of view (I'll try to find some examples for you); the third is someone who just took a 100 level course in anthropology (or marketing or whatever) and heard the professor define "culture" and rushed to her computer to find the article on culture and just adds the definition she just learned (or it could be from a textbook). Now imagine that there is just ONE editor of the first type; over time a handfull of editors of the second type who come and thankfully usually go fairly soon, and dozens of the third kind. This explains the state of most articles in the humanities or social sciences.

The key thing to remember is that even of the first kind of editor, you can have serious conflicts. Rushton has a PhD and teaches in a reputable university; wikipedia policy makes it hard to keep his views out of an article on race and intelligence. If you want real education spend a month reading over the talk history since 2004 for the article Race and intelligence which was worked on by people who probably have graduate degrees in anthropology, others in psychology (and who inevitably come into conflict) and then editors who are dilettantes or autodidacts and if they can find an article on the web saying intelligence varies significantly by race, they will add it to the article and insist that NPOV and V permit them to do so. The current article is relatively stable but various verions of it over the past five years have swung from "races are scientific facts" to "any claim about race and IQ is scientific racism."

In this context, we still try to write articles that will appear accurate to experts and intelligible to high school students. I think some decent examples of articles on controversial topics that acknowledge highly divergent views are Jesus and Race. Here is where Wikipedia is at its best, because no single person could have written either article because any single person would have failed to do justice to some other point of view. Slrubenstein | Talk 23:12, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

Another controversial artical: look at this which is from 2002, and then look at the current version of the article. Slrubenstein | Talk 23:20, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

I'd say from whatr I have seen so far that you are doing fine. My point about working on articles where there are no other well-informed capable editors is that they are much harder to edit because you are kind of out on your own, unsure ... when you are working with several equally capable editors, you don't mind compromising because you have faith in th other editors, and yoiu always have feedback on your ideas. Anyway, I do hope that you will look at the article on culture. You may wish to read the talk page - all of it - to mull over the issues before editing. You should look at th version in December because i think it is unfair to judge any of my edits except in comarison to th article as it was. I organized it thematically and left room for a section on culture and language which I just rain out of steam on and never got around to writing but a "complete" article needs it. The section on "culture" in the 19th century has sections on English and German Romanticism ... there ought to be a section on French Romanticism to carry people from Rousseau to Durkheim ... there are many such gaps. Slrubenstein | Talk 16:22, 29 March 2009 (UTC)

Welcome[edit]

I get the feeling that you're one of the most qualified people editing on the articles you've commented on. See the current versions as works in progress, and the current editors as groups of enthusiastic but sometimes misguided workers - much like undergraduates! Making specific and constructive suggestions is a very valuable way of contributing, although you are of course free to edit articles yourself. If I can help out with anything biological/biochemical drop me a note on my talkpage. All the best Tim Vickers (talk) 00:34, 28 March 2009 (UTC)

I'd like to second that!! Slrubenstein | Talk 18:55, 28 March 2009 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for File:Sangre de cristo.jpg[edit]

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Thank you for your cooperation. NOTE: once you correct this, please remove the tag from the image's page. STBotI (talk) 20:33, 28 March 2009 (UTC)

Yes, this photo also needs to be used in at least one article. Non-free images that are unused are deleted quite quickly. To see how to lay out a rationale, take a look at File:Carl Neuberg.jpg. All the best Tim Vickers (talk) 22:30, 28 March 2009 (UTC)

Neutrality question[edit]

Did you get that sorted? Do you want me to take a look? Dougweller (talk) 05:58, 29 March 2009 (UTC)

Citation needed[edit]

What you do in such cases it place a fact tag with the month it was placed (which lets people know if it's old or new) -- I've done that for you here [1]. Dougweller (talk) 07:37, 29 March 2009 (UTC)

Your comment on the archived AfD[edit]

Hi. I moved your comment off the archived page and onto its associated Talk page. Though Wikipedia sometimes moves in mysterious ways, there is usually some measure of method to the madness to complement the madness of the method. If you're interested, there are a couple of in-depth policy/guideline pages that go over the policy and practice of consensus and deletion, respectively: Wikipedia:Consensus & Wikipedia:Deletion policy. --Dynaflow babble 06:11, 1 April 2009 (UTC)

Re: Userboxes[edit]

Hi Levalley,

Glad you like it! I don't really remember what all the different templates are for, but this page explains everything: WP:USERBOX#Grouping userboxes. Feel free to copy and paste markup from User:XDanielx/Userboxes if it makes things easier.

Cheers, — xDanielx T/C\R 04:52, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

Your recent edits[edit]

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Anthropology[edit]

I do not understand this edit. The paragraph is about a conflict between those who think Western anthropologists conduct research in exotic places (primitive people, third world) versus those who think anthropologists can conduct research close to home.

If that's what it is about, it's not clear. Indeed, the entire article jumps from point to point without much logic - who are "those who think Western anthropologists conduct research in exotic places"? Well - most of the reading public, right? Who is in the second group (those who think...close to home)? Virtually no laypeople. But - the article just jumped from talking about what anthropology is to what "people think anthropology is." Two different things, no warning. BTW, both should be addressed. If I were writing this article from scratch, I'd put "What many people think anthropology is" at the top of the article - however, one would have to find a source for that statement (and as it stands right now -there aren't enough sources for either of the statements you just said the paragraph was about.
I agree with everything you say, except that it was clear to me that the paragraph was about the belief that anthropologists work in third world countries when more and more are working "at home" (which I consider poorly presented). Slrubenstein | Talk 00:49, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

Your edit introduces a theoretical/methodological point about emic and etic.

Which, unless the paragraph has a better topic sentence, could easily be seen as the subject of the paragraph. However, I will take the statement out, myself, as soon as I get a chance to - but I'll add a topic sentence (based on what you just wrote here) and put this dialogue on talk page for the article (where it belongs).

I do not object to your adding material on this distinction, but it seems like a separate point. I can see how they are related but they are still separate issues - one is "where do anthropologists work" and the other is "how do anthropologists work."

Which, would you say, is actually the topic of the paragraph? Above, you indicate that the paragraph is about "where" they work (and yet, the distinction isn't geographical, it's about "exotic and faraway," two empty terms. If you really think you can parse "how" and "where" properly, fine - but "faraway" and "exotic" are going to be heard by most people as being about place, not method.
Yeah, I think whoever wrote it was trying to talk about where anthropologists work. In fact, I think a lot of people think anthropologists work in "exotic" or primitive places so it is a good idea to have a paragraph addressing this. Don't you? Slrubenstein | Talk 00:49, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

Shouldn't they be separate paragraphs or sections? By the way, what is your cource for, "The term used by many anthropologists for an objective study (or attempted objective study) of a culture not own's own is etic?" This strikes me as wrong. I do not see any reason why an anthropologist cannot produce an etic account of her own culture. Surely an English-speaking linguist can descrobe English phonetics. Why can't an English anthropologist provide an etic account of English culture or some portion of it?

I'll get the sources together - I'd begin with almost any introductory textbook in anthropology, but in particular Womack's Being Human comes to mind. She is citing someone else, though, so I'll find the original sources. I linked to the sources on the discussion between Marvin Harris and the others who invented the term on the page on etic and emic - you might want to check out Headlandt's article, the link is on the etic/emic page (where it belongs). It's not about phonetics. So you think "etic" means "inside one's own culture"? Where, may I ask, are you getting that view? Would it be rude for me to ask what your background in anthropology is, at this point?
Come again? Where did I write "etic" means "inside one's own culture"? I'd rather you not ask what my background in anthropology is because our personal background is irrelevant. But you are quite within your rights to ask where I get my view from. I read Kenneth Pike, Ward Goodenough, and Marvin Harris because those seem to me to be the most commonly cited sources. Am I wrong? Slrubenstein | Talk 00:49, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

I also must point out that "Still, it seems to be a valid generalization that anthropology from its beginnings in the late 19th century until the late 1960s, focused primarily on etic analysis (or thought it did). In 1970, at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association, a keynote address focused on just this shift, as it was pointed out that hunter-gatherers were in effect, extinct and unavailable for study, and small groups with unusual languages were regularly becoming extinct" violates NPOV. It is not for any editor to suggest what may or may not be a valid generalization or a valid anything. If you have a significant view from a reliable and verifiable source that forwards this generalization, we can put it in with the proper citation. Moreover, you need to provide a verifiable source for the claim that a keynote address claimed thatr hunter-gatherers are extinct. My library doesn't have "Proceedings of the Annual Meetng 1970" - can you provide a proper citation so I can order it through inter-library loan? Also, it is not clear to me hoe the existence or extinction of hunter-gatherers bears on etic analysis. Slrubenstein | Talk 15:39, 4 April 2009 (UTC)

I'll find the citation - and until then, I'll take it out. However, I have to say it's a pretty well known address ( I should know the name of the speaker, but I'm bad with names and good with dates). I will revert my edits, paste this dialogue onto the talk page there. It's not a book - you probably won't be able to get it through interlibrary loan. The AAA has a newsletter in which it publishes the proceedings of the meetings, as do nearly all academic associations. I don't know the date of the newsletter, but it is cited in (once again) many introductory textbooks. since you are apparently a stickler for immediate citations (rather than immediate article improvement), I'll remember that. I work in a different manner and would prefer the article make sense first. Trust me, the citatations are available - but it's the kind of scutwork I don't have time to do. So, it's an issue of (once again), Wikification managing to bore and/or annoy away potential editors.Levalley (talk) 00:20, 5 April 2009 (UTC)
It doesn't matter whether it is a well-known address or not - my point is (1) our policy, the source has to be verifiable, if it is not we cannot use it. Does the newsletter publish the contents of the address? From what you say, we just cannot use this source as it does not meet wikipedia policy. I don't mean to bore you, but we have policies for a reason. Be that as it may, you still haven't explained to me how the extinction of hunter-gatherers by the 1970s means that anthropology from the 19th century to the 1960s focused primarily on etic analysis, or thouht it did. Does the keynote address say that anthropologists from the 19th century thought they were doing etic analysis? I just do not follow the logic. Sorry to bore you, I really want to understand. Slrubenstein | Talk 00:49, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

Clips from a discussion on another talk page; Anthropology, cultural anthropology; emic etic[edit]

On Emic/Etic:

Decided to break these terms, to show you the general notions on which I based on my edits. I do not think all these citations are needed in the article to support the simple changes I made, but here are some lecture notes/contemporary statements about the distinction (note that I didn't include phonetic/phonemic references, as it is generally understood that while Pike borrowed the terms from linguistics, he didn't keep to traditional linguistic usage, although attempts have been made to reconcile him and terms with linguistic use). Also note that since Pike coined the terms, they have acquired different usage than what he originally intended. My view on the terms is that they should be discussed on Wikipedia as they are actually used in anthropology today:

http://www.sil.org/klp/karlintv.htm (especially the second half, where it discusses how current usage branches from Pike's usage)

http://www2.eou.edu/~kdahl/emicdef.html (some has randomly lifted a definition from a cultural anthropology textbook - but note that this is a typical basic attempt at defining these words - you can find dozens and dozens of similar entries in people's anthropology pages, lecture notes, etc.)

http://www.bookrags.com/tandf/etic-vs-emic-analysis-tf/ (another online encyclopedia's attempt)

Prof. James Lett has surveyed the conflicting literature on the terms and come up with these statements on general usage:

Emic constructs are accounts, descriptions, and analyses expressed in terms of the conceptual schemes and categories that are regarded as meaningful and appropriate by the members of the culture under study. Am emic construct is correctly termed “emic” if and only if it is in accord with the perceptions and understandings deemed appropriate by the insider’s culture. The validation of emic knowledge thus be- comes a matter of consensus--namely, the consensus of native informants, who must agree that the construct matches the shared perceptions that are characteristic of their culture. Note that the particular research technique used in acquiring anthropological knowledge has nothing to do with the nature of that knowledge. Emic knowledge can be obtained either through elicitation or through observation, because it is sometimes possible that objective ob- servers can infer native perceptions.
Etic constructs are accounts, descriptions, and analyses expressed in terms of the conceptual schemes and categories that are regarded as meaningful and appropriate by the community of scientific observers. An etic construct is correctly termed “etic” if and only if it is in accord with the epistemological principles deemed appropriate by science (i.e., etic constructs must be precise, logical, comprehensive, replicable, falsifiable, and observer independent). The validation of etic knowledge thus becomes a matter of logical and empirical analysis--in particular, the logical analysis of whether the construct meets the standards of falsifiability, comprehensiveness, and logical consistency, and then the empirical analysis of whether or not the concept has been falsified and/or replicated. Again, the particular research technique that is used in the acquisition of anthropological knowledge has no bearing on the nature of that knowledge. Etic knowledge may be obtained at times through elicitation as well as observation, because it is entirely possible that native informants could possess scientifically valid knowledge.

I added the bolding. The article can be found here: http://faculty.ircc.edu/faculty/jlett/Article%20on%20Emics%20and%20Etics.htm

From a page on multicultural counseling, we have:

Etic perspective is defined as an external or outsider’s view on beliefs and customs. This can be similar to an analytical or anthropological perspective. In counseling terms it is thinking that clients are “culturally universal”. (Sue & Sue, 2003)
Emic perspective can be defined as an
insider’s view or the view from a native about their own customs and beliefs. This is when a member of a group has their own interpretation of their group opposed to an outsider’s interpretation (emic). In counseling terms it is thinking that clients are “culturally specific”. (Sue & Sue, 2003)

Sue & Sue refers to a book called "Counseling the Culturally Diverse."

From Hahn, Christina. "Clear-Cut Concepts vs. Methodological Ritual: Etic and Emic Revisited" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Dresden International Congress Centre, Dresden, Germany, Jun 16, 2006.

The author notes that there has been confusion, especially when there are many different emic views and many different etic views. She offers the same simplification/clarification as Prof. Lett.

Thomas R. Lindlof in Blackwell's, says: "The terms also refer to distinctive research strategies, particularly in the context of ethnographic fieldwork (→ Field Research). " (http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/tocnode?id=g9781405131995_chunk_g978140513199510_ss18-1) I don't know if Blackwell's is considered an appropriate reference on Wikipedia, but it is widely available. Lindlof goes on to say (solving the problem of varying emic accounts):

Thus, the emic approach to research always starts from the “inside” of a culture. By studying the accounts, explanations, and social action that are meaningful to a group of people, researchers can better understand how symbolic communication varies from one situation to the next. A valid emic account is one that matches the consensus view of native informants....

The fact that there are varying emic OR etic accounts is today expected, and how to deal with them remains a topic of discussion - but that doesn't change the basic contemporary usage of those terms.

Lindlof's article is the International Encyclopedia of Communication, it was written in 2008.

Feel free to delete these comments from your talk page - I am keeping a copy on mine, and will put them on the relevant article pages when I get a chance.Levalley (talk) 19:23, 7 April 2009 (UTC)


Etic analysis, hunter-gatherers and the history of anthropology

According to Marvin Harris, and other historians of anthropological theory (which give histories of data collection as well), the early history of anthropology was very much involved with the study of other cultures. By the 1930's, many anthropologists were engaged in salvage anthropology. The current article on Anthropology in Wikipedia simply assumes this to be true (note that the History of Anthropology section starts with pre-Enlightenment figures who "wrote about other cultures" as if this alone is enough to make something anthropology (many would say that it does, indeed, belong to anthropology - as etic anlaysis (study of a culture not one's own). It is almost a common sense perception that anthropology studies other cultures. Biological anthropologists go about the world collecting measurements and blood from distant peoples, etc. Most anthropologists, by the 1950's (when the first conference on Man the Hunter was held) assumed (and still assume - see Womack (Being Human), Heider (Seeing Anthropology), Ember and Ember (Cultural Anthropology, Harris's The Rise of Anthropological Theory as well as several other of his books, including Cultural Materialism and his introductory textbook, Cultural Anthropology) that hunter-gatherers are the most "different' or other-like cultures of all the types of society. Jared Diamond, for example (in an oft-quoted passage of Guns, Germas and Steel) mentions that farming was the biggest single transformation in human cultural form. The rush to study hunter-gatherers continued unabated until the 1970's (I am still looking for the citation to the Proceedings of the proper year - it might be 1971 or 1972 - and they are published in a variety of places, but I am finding them slowly on JSTOR) - prompting two more major conferences on Hunter-Gatherers, whether they still exist, etc. In the 1980's a number of revitalization movements (the Inuit come to mind first) involved former hunter-gatherers who had given up or forced to give up the lifestyle attempting to go back. I would have to find the citations on the Ju/'huansi, but they were still making attempts to hunt (called poaching by the South African government) as late as the 1990's. So, after the AAA meetings in the early 1970's, a handful of anthropologists were able to observe some (disrupted) forms of hunting and gathering in various places. But it is certainly the case that it is virtually impossible to find hunter-gatherers in the numbers that Boas was able to locate them ( a series of societies in the Pacific Northwest were all available to him for study, he actually did quite a bit of work with several of them, but considered that intensive work with one society was the way to go (his K'wa-K'wa or Kwakiutl studies). Even by the time of Mead and Benedict, it was getting hard to find Hunter-Gatherers, Mead studied mostly simple farmers. However, my claim was not that anthropologists studied "mainly" hunter-gatherers at the end of the 19th century/beginning of the 20th (although they would have liked to), but that hunter-gatherers, as a percentage of overall studies, declined steadily (along with the actual disappearance of indigeneous hunter-gatherers - a fact which is stated many times in the basic literature of cultural anthropology). My point was that anthropologists (as stated without citation in the Anthropology article) are known for studying "other cultures," and so they did - although at no point in time did they "study" only other cultures. Around the time Dell Hymes wrote Reinventing Anthropology (it's cited somewhere in one of the main anthropology articles - I find it a weak and belated contribution/popularization of themes from the 60's in anthropology, although Dell himself was a gifted anthropologist and wrote way more to support his ideas than is represented in that popularized collection), the fact that anthropologists were "inventing" urban anthropology, applied anthropology, "studying up" (Hymes himself borrowed heavily from B. Babcock's notions - and of course cites her in his book - I believe it contains an essay written by her) was well-known by the 70's. The citation using Hymes, btw, is a weak one (I will find it) as the book is a collection of essays, all of them taking somewhat different points of view on this alleged "reinvention" of anthropology, which was really a compilation of new notions expressed at AAA meetings and in articles throughout the 60's and early 70's. It's rather out of date today, I think, after more than 30 years of anthropologists studying urban societies.

At any rate, I am trying to make the Anthropology article make sense, so that the history section makes sense. The best way to do this is to quote Marvin Harris and use his seminal book, The Rise of Theory. The literature after his book makes no new additional points about ancient or Enlightenment anthropology. However, contemporary anthropology (see the talk page for comments from other readers about the lack of words about contemporary anthrpology) needs a different approach, as no one can write a history of it.

Anthropologists are known for studying "other cultures," is my main point. And that's what they mainly tried to do in the first decades of professional work. It is still done and studying "other cultures," and the preparation for it is still the main focus of top-ranked programs in graduate anthropology. You have only to look at the required training at those programs to make this point. I don't know how Wikipedia views citing university catalogs as sources, but in other articles, I see that statements are constantly made about the state of academia (which types of physics have their own programs and departments, for example) without actually referencing the university catalogs that would document the information. If I didn't make that point clear, then I did a poor edit. That doesn't change the fact that in the midsection of the Anthropology article, without citations, it is suddenly declared that certain ancients were "anthropologists" or anthropologist-like because they studied "other peoples."Levalley (talk) 19:02, 7 April 2009 (UTC)

Etic analysis, hunter-gatherers and the history of anthropology[edit]

You left a long message on my talk page. I understand it, but I do not understand why you left it for me. You say your point is anthropologists generally study other cultures. Okay, where did I say that they do not? Slrubenstein | Talk 22:25, 7 April 2009 (UTC)

For example, which quote supports your claim that the existence or extinction of hunter-gatherers is relevant to the question of whether an anthropology provides an etic account or an emic account? Slrubenstein | Talk 22:32, 7 April 2009 (UTC)

Etic and Emic[edit]

You left many quotes on my page. I understand them, but I do not understand why you left them for me. What did I say that contradicts any of those qhotes? Also, how do these quotes support your edits?

For example, which of the quotes you placed on my page support the following:

The line between etic and emic can be blurred as one makes entry into the field. Since anthropology relies heavily on participant observation as a research method, the anthropologist does participate in the observed culture, and may end up more or less inside of it (sometimes referred to as going native. Therefore, emic and etic are usually reserved for accounts that are truly fresh (beginning fieldwork produces etic perspectives) or truly insider (someone born into the particular culture or present at its founding). The terms are now standard in anthropology, with specific meanings (regardless of how they are used as word endings in other fields).

??Slrubenstein | Talk 22:28, 7 April 2009 (UTC)

Outline and watchlists[edit]

Hi. Two things:

I've left some comments at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Anthropology#Outline, Portal, and topic template. Let me know there if you have any questions, or just dive in.

Do you know about watchlists? If you click the "watch" tab, which is at the top of every page, it will add that page (and its associated talkpage) to your watchlist. You access the list from the "my watchlist" link at the topright. I recommend using this feature, as it helps keep track of conversations on talkpages, and track other editor's changes to articles (using the "diff" links to see what they changed). (Sorry if you already know all this ;) Quiddity (talk) 19:44, 9 April 2009 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors/Left panel[edit]

Hi, I've restored it to where it was before your edits - hope that helps! DuncanHill (talk) 22:01, 21 April 2009 (UTC)

No problem - sorry I can't help more with what you are trying to do with the panel. DuncanHill (talk) 22:22, 21 April 2009 (UTC)
I have added a possible explanation to Wikipedia:Help desk#Help fixing a page I screwed up. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:39, 21 April 2009 (UTC)

Your questions on Talk:Francesco Carotta[edit]

Hi, i saw your questions on Francesco Carotta and can answer some of them. You can tell what links to a page by going to that page and then clicking the "what links here" link in the tool box on the left. In the case of Carotta, almost nothing links there [2]

As for tags, such as NPOV (i dont think there is a fringe tag, sorry) they are not supposed to stay there, rather, they are an invitation to other editors to make improvements and correct problems. You might find wikipedia's fringe policy interesting and also might make use of the Wikipedia:Fringe theories/Noticeboard. Hope this helps! Bonewah (talk) 13:02, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

Just to add a little explanation here: if you're not familiar with the Bible Code topic area, that might be a good place to start to get a handle on what Robert Haralick is claiming. Basically, some people claim that patterns of text near each other in the Hebrew Bible predict world events or describe events in history that had not taken place at the time the Bible was created. Researchers debunked these claims by showing that similar patterns of names, dates, etc., can be found in any large corpus of Hebrew text- they used the Hebrew versions of Moby Dick and War and Peace- and that there was nothing special about the alleged Bible codes- it's just that in any body of Hebrew text over a certain size, you're going to find these sort of things in the text just by random chance, given the volume of text and the number of different ways of searching for things. Haralick claims that he performed experiments that show quantitative differences between the patterns found in the Bible and the patterns found in other large bodies of Hebrew text, which he claims means that the Bible 'codes' are not the product of random chance but have actual significance.
There is no 'fringe' tag per se; instead what we attempt to do is make sure that 1) fringe theories aren't given more attention than their actual (non)acceptance in the main stream warrants, by making sure that info from fringe sources doesn't overwhelm articles, and 2) that where fringe theories are in conflict with the scientific consensus, it's made clear that that is the case. So the best way to address fringe-y content is to add content from mainstream sources, particularly something that comments on the status of the fringe theory in the mainstream. --Clay Collier (talk) 01:07, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

Response to quiry[edit]

I responded to your quiry at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Philosophy/Peer review. Be well, Pontiff Greg Bard (talk) 21:42, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

Peer review limits[edit]

The guidelines for Wikipedia:Peer review ask that editors nominate no more than one article per day (and four total at any one time). While the rules say that one of the requests can be removed, I will let it slide since this is the first time. Take care, Ruhrfisch ><>°° 02:59, 23 April 2009 (UTC)

four fields[edit]

I think you are right that we can say something like, most anthropologists divide anthropology into four fields, and there are many emerging subfields which ae generaly but not always associated with one or another field or something like that. Slrubenstein | Talk 17:55, 24 April 2009 (UTC)

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BoyCapel[edit]

I did some research using Census returns and am pretty sure of his family background, but this is original research and so shouldn't be included? (A pity, because it seems he was the son and grandson of respectable Anglican vicars: the preacher's boy is always the worst, isn't he?) Served in Intelligence in WWI. Also, considering Capel and his sporting background is supposed to have influenced Chanel's styling of women's clothes, I would say in this case a photo of him would be useful, if it were more than a head portrait. Bit academic though since I've never seen a photo. RLamb (talk) 12:47, 5 January 2010 (UTC)

I've added the possible family origins as a footnote to the article, referring readers to Census returns from 1901 and 1881 as checkable sources. The latter's available online so I've linked to it, and the former can be accessed, though it may not always be free access. There are some photos online but I can't use them as I don't know whether they're copyright. (He doesn't appear to be wearing a blazer in any of them anyway.) If you think the family origins stuff is too speculative just delete it. I'll try to check it further anyway.

RLamb (talk) 18:28, 11 January 2010 (UTC)

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Funks[edit]

Peter Funk (

The Funk (Funcke) branch of [Mennonites] was recruited into the religion in the mid 17th century, when [Heinrich Funcke], a Swiss national and native of Zurich, married a Dutch Mennonite girl and began to rise in the hierarchy of the new religion.[1] Henry Funk rose to the level of bishop, leading the canton of Bern until the scourge of 1671 drove Mennonites out from Switzerland.

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GOCE Backlog Elimination Drive Wrap-up[edit]

Greetings from the Guild of Copy Editors July 2010 Backlog Elimination Drive. Thanks to all who participated in the drive! Over 100 editors—including Jimbo Wales—signed up this time (nearly triple the participants of the May drive). This benefited the Guild as well as the articles in need of copy editing. You can see from the comparison graphs that we increased the number of completed copyedits substantially. Unfortunately, we were not able to meet our goal of completely wiping out 2008 from the queue. We also were not able to reduce the backlog to less than 6,000 articles. We suspect people were busy with real life summertime things, at least in the northern hemisphere! We were able to remove the months of January, February, March, April, and May from the backlog, and we almost wiped out the month of June. We reduced the backlog by 1,289 articles (17%), so all in all it was a very successful drive, and we will be holding another event soon. We'll come up with some new ideas to try to keep things fresh and interesting. Keep up the good work, everybody!


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GOCE backlog elimination drive chart up to 31 July
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Should you be in need of a smile[edit]

Q: What is the difference between a conjurer and a psychologist? A: A conjurer pulls rabbits out of hats, a psychologist pulls habits out of rats.

Q: Why do cannibals not eat clowns? A: Because they taste funny.

Q: When arresting a mime in the US, do you have to say: "You have the right to remain silent? A:

From somebody who has studied philosophy and western cultural anthropology. --JHvW (talk) 21:04, 14 August 2010 (UTC)

GOCE Invitation[edit]

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The Wikipedia Guild of Copy-Editors invite you to participate in the September 2010 Backlog Elimination Drive, a month-long effort to reduce the backlog of articles that require copy-editing. The drive will begin on 1 September at 00:00 (UTC) and will end on 30 September at 23:59 (UTC). The goals for this drive are to eliminate 2008 from the queue and to reduce the backlog to fewer than 5,000 articles.

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November copy edit drive[edit]

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The Wikipedia Guild of Copy-Editors invites you to participate in the November 2010 Backlog Elimination Drive, a month-long effort to reduce the backlog of articles that require copy-editing. The drive will begin on 1 November at 00:00 (UTC) and will end on 30 November at 23:59 (UTC). The goal for this drive is to reduce the backlog by 10% (approximately 500 articles). We hope to focus our efforts on the oldest three months (January, February, and March 2009) and the newest three months (September, October, and November 2010) of articles in the queue.

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November 2010 backlog elimination drive update[edit]

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We have reached the midway point in our backlog elimination drive, so here is an update.

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GOCE elections[edit]

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WP:FILM November 2010 Newsletter[edit]

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November 2010 Backlog Elimination Drive Conclusion[edit]

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We have reached the end of our fourth backlog elimination drive. Thanks to all who participated.

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  • 58 people signed up for this drive. Of these, 48 people participated in the drive.
  • Although we did not eliminate the months we planned to (January, February, and March 2009; and August, September, and October 2010), we did reduce the backlog by 627 articles (11.2%), which was over our goal of 10%.
  • 49 awards will go out to 33 of 48 participants. Check out the complete list of barnstar winners here.

Barnstars

If you copy edited at least 4,000 words, you qualify for a barnstar. If you participated in the September 2010 backlog elimination drive, you may have earned roll-over words (more details can be found here). These roll-over words count as credit towards earning barnstars, except for leaderboard awards. We will be delivering these barnstars within the next couple of weeks.

Our next drive is scheduled for January 2011. In the meantime, please consider helping out at the Wikification drive or any of the other places where help with backlogs is needed.

Thank you for participating in the last 2010 backlog elimination drive! We look forward to seeing you in January!

Your drive coordinators –The UtahraptorTalk to me/Contributions, S Masters (talk), and Diannaa (Talk)

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GOCE Year-end Report[edit]

Season's Greetings from the Guild of Copy Editors
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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 2010. Read all about these in the Guild's 2010 Year-End Report.

Highlights
  • Membership grows to 503 editors
  • 2,589 articles removed through four Backlog elimination drives
  • Our encounter with Jimbo Wales
  • Guild home pages reorganized and redesigned
  • Report on our inaugural elections
  • Guild Plans for 2011
  • New barnstars introduced
  • Requests page improved
  • Sign up for the January 2011 Backlog elimination drive!
Get your copy of the Guild's 2010 Year-End Report here
On behalf of the Guild, we take this opportunity to wish you Season's Greetings and Happy New Year. See you in 2011!
– Your Coordinators: S Masters (lead), Diannaa, The Utahraptor, and Tea with toast.

Sent on behalf of the Guild of Copy Editors using AWB on 06:29, 31 December 2010 (UTC)

WP:FILM December 2010 Newsletter[edit]

The December 2010 issue of the WikiProject Film newsletter has been published. You may read the newsletter, change the format in which future issues will be delivered to you, or unsubscribe from this notification by following the link. If you have an idea for improving the newsletter please leave a message on my talk page. --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talkcontrib) 04:05, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

GOCE drive news[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors January 2011 backlog elimination drive
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Greetings from the Guild of Copy Editors January 2011 Backlog elimination drive! The drive is halfway over, so here are some mid-drive stats.

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GOCE January 2011 backlog elimination drive progress graphs

So far, 43 people have signed up for this drive. Of these, 25 have participated. If you signed up for the drive but haven't participated yet, it's not too late! Try to copy edit at least a few articles. Remember, if you have rollover words from the last drive, you will lose them if you do not participate in this drive. If you haven't signed up for the drive yet, you can sign up now.

Progress report

We have eliminated two months from the backlog – January and February 2009. One of our goals is to eliminate as many months as possible from the 2009 backlog. Please help us reduce the size of this part of the backlog if you haven't already. Another goal is to reduce the entire backlog by 10%, or by 515 articles. Currently, we have eliminated 375 articles from the queue, so if each participant copy edits four more articles, we will reach that goal.

Thank you for participating in the January 2011 drive. We anticipate it will be another big success!

Your drive coordinators –S Masters (talk), Diannaa (Talk), The UtahraptorTalk to me, and Tea with toast (Talk)

Delivered by MessageDeliveryBot on behalf of WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors at 20:22, 16 January 2011 (UTC).

WP:FILM January 2011 Newsletter[edit]

The January 2011 issue of the WikiProject Film newsletter has been published. You may read the newsletter, change the format in which future issues will be delivered to you, or unsubscribe from this notification by following the link. If you have an idea for improving the newsletter please leave a message on my talk page. --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talkcontrib) 03:15, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

The/the Beatles[edit]

Yes folks, it's here again. Please look at this link [3] and leave your vote. I thank you.--andreasegde (talk) 08:07, 1 February 2011 (UTC)

GOCE January Backlog elimination drive conclusion[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors January 2011 Backlog elimination drive
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Greetings from the January 2011 Backlog elimination drive! We have reached the end of the month and the end of another successful drive; thanks to all who participated.

Statistics
  • 54 people signed up for the year's first Backlog elimination drive. Of these, 40 participated.
  • One of our goals was to reduce the size of the backlog by at least 10%. We managed to reduce the backlog by 633 articles, or about 12%.
  • Another goal was to eliminate as many 2009 months as possible from the queue. We eliminated January, February, March, and April—4 out of 12 months is not bad! In addition, we eliminated 37% of all remaining 2009 articles from the queue.
  • Chaosdruid copy edited Kutch Gurjar Kashtriya for 32,711 words, which is the largest single article completed in one of our drives so far. This article counts as six 5000-K articles, and Chaosdruid wins the "most 5000-K articles" leaderboard category. Way to go! A complete list of individual results is here.
Barnstars

If you copy edited at least 4,000 words, you qualify for a barnstar. If you participated in the November 2010 Backlog elimination drive, you may have earned roll-over words (more details can be found here). These roll-over words count as credit towards earning barnstars, except for leaderboard awards. We will be delivering the barnstars within the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for participating in this year's first Backlog elimination drive! We hope to see you in March.

Your drive coordinators –S Masters (talk), Diannaa (talk), The Utahraptor (talk), and Tea with toast (talk)

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WP:FILM February 2011 Newsletter[edit]

The February 2011 issue of the WikiProject Film newsletter has been published. You may read the newsletter, change the format in which future issues will be delivered to you, or unsubscribe from this notification by following the link. If you have an idea for improving the newsletter please leave a message on my talk page. --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talkcontrib) 03:16, 1 March 2011 (UTC)

WP:FILM March 2011 Newsletter[edit]

The March 2011 issue of the WikiProject Film newsletter has been published. You may read the newsletter, change the format in which future issues will be delivered to you, or unsubscribe from this notification by following the link. If you have an idea for improving the newsletter please leave a message on my talk page. --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talkcontrib) 21:13, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

WP:FILM April 2011 Newsletter[edit]

The April 2011 issue of the WikiProject Film newsletter has been published. You may read the newsletter, change the format in which future issues will be delivered to you, or unsubscribe from this notification by following the link. If you have an idea for improving the newsletter please leave a message on my talk page. --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talkcontrib) 22:48, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

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

You are receiving a copy of this newsletter as you are a member of the Guild of Copy Editors, or have participated in one of our drives. If you do not wish to receive future newsletters, please add you name here. Sent on behalf of the Guild of Copy Editors using AWB on 07:45, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

WP:FILM May 2011 Newsletter[edit]

The May 2011 issue of the WikiProject Film newsletter has been published. You may read the newsletter, change the format in which future issues will be delivered to you, or unsubscribe from this notification by following the link. If you have an idea for improving the newsletter please leave a message on my talk page. --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talkcontrib) 01:50, 2 June 2011 (UTC)

GOCE elections[edit]

Greetings from the Guild of Copy Editors
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Elections are currently underway for our Guild coordinators. The voting period will run for 14 days and ends on June 30, 23:59 UTC. All GOCE members in good standing, as well as past participants of any of the Guild's Backlog elimination drives, are eligible to vote. The candidate with the highest number of votes will become the Lead Coordinator, therefore, your vote really matters! There is also a referendum to appoint a Coordinator Emeritus. Cast your vote today.

Sent on behalf of the Guild of Copy Editors using AWB on 07:57, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

WP:FILM June 2011 Newsletter[edit]

The June 2011 issue of the WikiProject Film newsletter has been published. You may read the newsletter, change the format in which future issues will be delivered to you, or unsubscribe from this notification by following the link. We are also seeking new members to assist in writing the newsletter, if interested please leave a note on the Outreach department's talk page. --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talkcontrib) 04:43, 2 July 2011 (UTC)

GOCE drive invitation[edit]

Greetings from the Guild of Copy Editors
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The latest GOCE backlog elimination drive is under way! It began on 1 July and so far 18 people have signed up to help us reduce the number of articles in need of copyediting.

This drive will give a 50% bonus for articles edited from the GOCE requests page. Although we have cleared the backlog of 2009 articles there are still 3,935 articles needing copyediting and any help, no matter how small, would be appreciated.

We are appealing to all GOCE members, and any other editors who wish to participate, to come and help us reduce the number of articles needing copyediting, as well as the backlog of requests. If you have not signed up yet, why not take a look at the current signatories and help us by adding your name and copyediting a few articles. 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".

>>> Sign-up now <<<

Sent on behalf of the Guild of Copy Editors using AWB on 09:12, 3 July 2011 (UTC)

WP:FILM July 2011 Newsletter[edit]

The July 2011 issue of the WikiProject Film newsletter has been published. You may read the newsletter, change the format in which future issues will be delivered to you, or unsubscribe from this notification by following the link. We are also seeking new members to assist in writing the newsletter, if interested please leave a note on the Outreach department's talk page. --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talkcontrib) 03:59, 2 August 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.

>>> Sign up now <<<

Sent on behalf of the Guild of Copy Editors using AWB on 16:41, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

WP:FILM September 2011 Newsletter[edit]

The September 2011 issue of the Films WikiProject newsletter has been published. You may read the newsletter, change the format in which future issues will be delivered to you, or unsubscribe from this notification by following the link. Thank you. —Erik (talk | contribs) 16:42, 30 September 2011 (UTC)

2011 WikiProject Film coordinator election[edit]

Voting for WikiProject Film's October 2011 project coordinator election has started. We are aiming to select five coordinators to serve for the next year; please take a moment from editing to vote here by October 29! Erik (talk | contribs) 12:03, 15 October 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.

>>> Sign up now <<<

Sent on behalf of the Guild of Copy Editors using AWB on 01:31, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

WP:FILM October 2011 Newsletter[edit]

The October 2011 issue of the Films WikiProject newsletter has been published. You may read the newsletter, change the format in which future issues will be delivered to you, or unsubscribe from this notification by following the link. Thank you. —Erik (talk | contribs) 15:06, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

WikiProject Film November 2011 Newsletter[edit]

The August 2011 issue of the Films WikiProject newsletter has been published. You may read the newsletter, change the format in which future issues will be delivered to you, or unsubscribe from this notification by following the link. Thank you. —Peppage (talk | contribs) 22:41, 5 December 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.

Sent on behalf of the Guild of Copy Editors using AWB on 10:56, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

GOCE 2011 Year-End Report[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors 2011 Year-End Report
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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).

Sent on behalf of the Guild of Copy Editors using AWB on 06:30, 2 January 2012 (UTC)

WikiProject Film December 2011 Newsletter[edit]

The December 2011 issue of the Films WikiProject newsletter has been published. You may read the newsletter, change the format in which future issues will be delivered to you, or unsubscribe from this notification by following the link. Thank you. —Peppage (talk | contribs) 22:07, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

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. 19:43, 20 February 2012 (UTC)

>>> Sign up now <<<

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WikiProject Film's January–February Newsletter[edit]

The January 2012 issue of the Films WikiProject newsletter has been published. You may read the newsletter, change the format in which future issues will be delivered to you, or unsubscribe from this notification by following the link. Thank you.

To unsubscribe, please remove your name from the distribution list. GRAPPLE X 00:41, 4 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]

Guild of Copy Editors March 2012 backlog elimination drive
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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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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.

>>> Sign up now <<<

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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.

>>> Sign up now <<<

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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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GOCE news and September drive invitation[edit]

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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]

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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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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!
>>> Sign up now <<<

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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.

– Your drive coordinators: Stfg, Allens, and Torchiest.

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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.

– Your drive coordinators: Stfg, Allens, and Torchiest.

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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.

– Your project coordinators: Torchiest, BDD, and Miniapolis

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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.

The mid-drive newsletter is now ready for review.

– Your project coordinators: Torchiest, BDD, and Miniapolis

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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.

The February 2013 newsletter is now ready for review.

– Your project coordinators: Torchiest, BDD, and Miniapolis

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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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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.

The mid-drive newsletter is now ready for review.

– Your project coordinators: Torchiest, BDD, and Miniapolis

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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.

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

– Your project coordinators: Torchiest, BDD, and Miniapolis

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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.

The April 2013 events newsletter is now ready for review.

– Your project coordinators: Torchiest, BDD, and Miniapolis

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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.

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

– Your project coordinators: Torchiest, BDD, and Miniapolis

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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.

The June/July 2013 events newsletter is now ready for review.

– Your project coordinators: Torchiest, BDD, and Miniapolis

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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.

– Your drive coordinators: Torchiest, Baffle gab1978, Jonesey95, and The Utahraptor.

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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.

– Your project coordinators: Torchiest, Baffle gab1978, Jonesey95, and The Utahraptor.

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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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GOCE September 2013 drive wrap-up[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors September 2013 backlog elimination drive wrap-up newsletter
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The September 2013 drive wrap-up is now ready for review.
Sign up for the October blitz!

– Your project coordinators: Torchiest, Baffle gab1978, Jonesey95 and The Utahraptor.

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

Guild of Copy Editors October Blitz wrap-up
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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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