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Megahistory[edit]

I am looking to write some “Big Picture” Chinese history. Why does so much of Chinese history parallel European history, but without a Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, or Industrial Revolution? Why did printing lead to upheaval in Europe, but not in China? I am collecting megahistory theories from H.G. Wells, Mark Elvin, and other popular historians. I have access to Encyclopedia of Modern of Asia, so I have a resource to debunk the theories or fill in the blanks. I have already written quite a bit, but it is still in a disorganized state. I don’t what to call the article. Do you have an interest in this sort of thing? The great huha (talk) 09:40, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi The great huha! I'm very sorry for taking so long to reply (I was taking a short wikibreak). Your project sounds promising, and yes, I would be interested in seeing what you have. There are plenty of good sources for this kind of article, though I'm also at a loss about what it should be called. Maybe it could be placed under Western historiography of China, but that might be too broad for what you had in mind. You should probably consult a few articles that already touch on the issues you raise (if you don't already know them): most importantly Great Divergence, but also High-level equilibrium trap (since you mention Mark Elvin), Hydraulic despotism, Asiatic mode of production, and the like. These articles are uneven in quality, but they might give you some inspiration. If you show me what you have or ask me any kind of question, I'll be glad to help in a more concrete way! Madalibi (talk) 14:12, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
You can see what I got at Chinese history in a nutshell. I actually wrote quite a bit more, but it was all over the place. I cut it down to gain some focus.
Check out Marquis of Extended Grace. This is about the Ming pretenders. I am debating whether to put it up for a DYK. The great huha (talk) 06:15, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
@The great huha: I have read the two texts you linked to. To start with the short one, I think you should give just a bit more context to help readers who are not familiar with Chinese history. There should be a link to Ming dynasty at the very beginning, and it may be helpful to add the dates of the Ming and Qing as well. (And don't forget to correct "hovel", which should be "hotel". SFriendly.svg) I see no reason why it shouldn't be presented for DYK, but right now it's a bit too short: 1,047 words of "readable prose size", while the DYK requirement is 1,500. Adding some context should do the job.
The second article is thornier to assess. The text sometimes reads like an essay (see WP:NOTESSAY) rather than an encyclopedic article. I think that as you try to analyze what these authors said, you're also presenting some of their opinions as fact. Modern historians of China, for example, no longer present Chinese "stagnation" and its "lack of a Scientific Revolution" as facts or even as issues that need to be explained. This is a very difficult topic to handle. What is the right frame for it? I'm not sure. I think a survey of "Western historiography of China" would be extremely useful, but it would have to be much broader than what you have now. Another helpful page would be Joseph Needham#Needham Question. And have you read Nathan Sivin's article "Why the Scientific Revolution Didn't Take Place in China—Or Didn't It?" (1982)? Madalibi (talk) 02:44, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for your help. The great huha (talk) 07:21, 16 May 2014 (UTC)
@The great huha: No problem, you're welcome. Marquis of Extended Grace is now long enough for a DYK, but it's getting "old" (6 days), so you should submit it soon! Madalibi (talk) 07:34, 16 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Are you saying that Sivin represents the opinion "modern historians of China" on this issue? A lot of what he writes strikes me a lordly refusal to dignify the issue. But I did enjoy his portrait of Shen Kuo. IMO, it is a good illustration of Spengler's views. Shen was smart and knowledgeable about many issues. You can pull quotes from his writing that make sound like a serious scientist. But he did not focus on any scientific agenda, which is apparent from the way he drifted from one subject to another. Although Sivin presumably selected Shen as a representative of the best in Chinese science, he was no Faustian inventor. The great huha (talk) 16:10, 16 May 2014 (UTC)
    • @The great hula: Sivin's article is more than 30 years old, so it's a bit dated. He wrote it at a time when the Needham Question about why the most advanced civilization in the world (China) did not go through an Industrial and a Scientific Revolution was still prominent among historians of science. But instead of answering the question, Sivin just showed that it was wrongly posed and ended up refusing to answer it (as you rightly noticed). Historians of Chinese science, technology and medicine (STM) in the last 30 years have also spent their time not answering this question. The question "why not in China?" is viewed as a kind of counterfactual history, and all answers to it — lack of heroic inventors, the stifling effects of "Confucianism", lack of competition between states, no "Protestant ethic" to drive profit-seeking, no protection for intellectual property, lack of a system of rights, high-level equilibrium trap, etc. — are considered speculative or flawed. I encourage you to browse through Sivin's other writings for more thoughts on these issues, especially "Taoism and Science" (1995), which is a critique of the way Joseph Needham spoke of "Taoism" and "Confucianism" in his writings. The article starts with: "Was Taoism is some sense responsible for—or did it at least further—the development of the sciences in China? Whether there was some such relationship will concern anyone trying to understand religion or though about Nature in China. The character of this influence may also cast light on why the technical subcultures of China and Western Europe diverged so decisively in early modern times."
    • Benjamin Elman's excellent On Their Own Terms: Science in China: 1550–1900 (2005) is representative of current western approaches to the history of Chinese science. Some of Elman's articles on this page may also be interesting to you.
    • Ok, I'm going off topic, and there's some matter I have to attend to, so I will stop here. Cheers! Madalibi (talk) 07:59, 17 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Thanks for all you're help with Marquis of Extended Grace. My hard drive experienced an unfortunate Lois Lerner event recently and I lost all my passwords. Anyway, I think I like this handle better. King of all fruit (talk) 07:15, 22 June 2014 (UTC)
    • @King of all fruit: Thanks for the heads-up, and sorry about your hard drive. I'd also like to thank you for teaching me that interesting bit about Song industrial pollution. I had no idea! Anyway let me know how your work is progressing. Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 00: 44, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

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I want to thank you specifically for your words of encouragement and your pre-GA review on the History of the Great Wall of China article. Without them I would not have had the confidence to think that it could be GA-worthy. I owe it to you :) _dk (talk) 08:38, 14 May 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, _dk, this is very generous of you! I'm always glad to help, and I'm proud to have played a small role in what is obviously your achievement! Congratulations on the promotion! Ready for a pre-FA review? SFriendly.svg Madalibi (talk) 09:48, 14 May 2014 (UTC)
I haven't had a FA review since Battle of Red Cliffs got featured way back in 2007, and the standards then were far less stringent than what they are now, so I'm frankly shuddering at the thought of a FAR! I'm quite content with a GA for now, but I am curious to see what it's like if you're up for a pre-FA review. Your comments are always helpful and greatly appreciated SFriendly.svg _dk (talk) 11:08, 14 May 2014 (UTC)
@_dk – Or you can see it like this: if you submit the article for FAC, at worse it doesn't pass, you learn a lot, you get lots of great comments to improve the article, and you can eventually submit it again later. At best it passes (after some revisions, as for all other FAs), you get the Four Award (which only 173 Wikipedians have received), and your work appears on the main page. Sounds like a win-win to me. SFriendly.svg I also think you're the most qualified editor to promote Great Wall of China to GA and eventually FA. Pushing it to GA would already earn you the rare Million Award!
Anyway I'll try to start the pre-FA review in the next few days. It won't be any harder than the pre-GA review, which was extremely thorough for the section I concentrated on. Cheers, and congratulations again for your excellent work! Madalibi (talk) 12:20, 14 May 2014 (UTC)
The Great Wall article itself is rather interdisciplinary that's it's even more daunting than just the history part! If I'm to bring the Great Wall article up to snuff I'm missing some crucial material on its construction and operations (namely William Lindesay's works - though Stephen Turnbull has written about those topics, Turnbull isn't, well, exactly known for his rigid scholarship). But the potential honours do sound tempting! Anyways, thanks again for your support! _dk (talk) 13:53, 14 May 2014 (UTC)
_dk: Knowing the Great Wall's history is more than half you need to know about the Great Wall. Great Wall of China is close to GA status, in my opinion. All that's missing is a few more details on the Wall's "Characteristics" and its "Condition", some work on the lead to summarize the content of the article, and voilà, Million Award! Same thing with the History of the Great Wall of China. I've re-read it from end to end for the first time, and it flows really well. The Ming section might be a little too long, but I'd say you're much closer to FA status than you think! Madalibi (talk) 06:15, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
It's always hard to decide which bits to cut loose and which bits to summarize! SFriendly.svg Since the Ming Great Wall is arguably the most important Great Wall I figured I should spend more time talking about Ming's experience with the Great Wall, and so here we are. There's probably enough material to split off a Ming Great Wall article while summarizing the Ming section on the History page, but I'm not sure if I want to do that SFriendly.svg _dk (talk) 08:15, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

You Welcome[edit]

you welcome my friend by --Sunuraju (talk) 12:22, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi Sunuraju. If you need help with English when you edit articles on Korea, just let me know and I will try to help! Madalibi (talk) 12:33, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

ok by --Sunuraju (talk) 12:34, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

i editing North Korean defectors who living japan by --Sunuraju (talk) 03:31, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi Sunuraju. I'm not sure I understand your message. Could you provide a link to that article, please? Madalibi (talk) 03:47, 15 May 2014 (UTC)re
(talk page stalker) Looking at the page history I think (s)he means Ethnic issues in Japan.  Philg88 talk 04:57, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Philg88. I took a look at the page and all I found was two bare urls that didn't need correcting. I will wait to see what Sunuraju has to say, with some apprehension that a WP neophyte with a weak command of English is editing pages about complicated and sensitive ethnic issues... SSceptical.gif Madalibi (talk) 05:39, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
... Indeed, I deleted a further comment from my original observation above before posting. I'll leave it to your imagination to ponder on what it said SFriendly.svg...  Philg88 talk 05:50, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
@Philg88: Hmmm, let me think... yes, I can imagine! SInnocent.gif Madalibi (talk) 06:00, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

I mean that North Korean defectors, who came to Japan who told families of japanese kidnapped victims about wheatbours of their loved ones and Japanese NGO Life fund for North Korean Refugess knew about famine in North Korea and help them to escaped to South Korea by --Sunuraju (talk) 07:20, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

@Sunuraju: I followed your link and made some corrections. Could you now find a reference for your new addition? Thank you! Madalibi (talk) 07:46, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
I know that Japanese people include Familes of abductees knew about The North Koreans's pain but I don't like Japanese nationalists include Abe whose denial caused anger by South Korea even North Korea denied for had camps anyway I add refence on North Korean defectors http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201403240051 by --Sunuraju (talk) 08:06, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

About the Government of the Qing dynasty[edit]

Hey Madalibi. Sorry for the disturbance. I'm a Chinese Wikipedian who ran into User:Madalibi/Government of the Qing dynasty while googling the proper translation of the term 清廷 in my sandbox. I just want to know do you have any idea to expand the corresponding article in Chinese while working on the English one? I looked into the article zh:清朝政府 several days ago but the result was disappointing.

Also, I will be glad to help if you need any assistance (though it looks you have a great grasp of Chinese LOL).

Regards from Kou Dou (talk) 16:17, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi Kou Dou, and thank you for dropping by. I'm not planning to expand the Chinese article on Qing government, mainly because I want to work on the English version first, but also because I feel more confident writing in English than in Chinese. zh:清朝政府 could easily be expanded, though, simply by following the outline you found in my sandbox. If you're not sure about the facts, you're welcome to come discuss them here with me! Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 01:38, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the quick response. It seems there are a lot of steps ahead before your finishing the English version, meanwhile I hope there won't be too many differences between the two Wikipedias, so I'll be focusing on this and may translate some parts of your article (if you would agree) into Chinese. Good luck!
Kou Dou (talk) 12:46, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
@Kou Dou: Yes, I'm far from finishing. Actually I've barely even started! Do feel free to borrow content from my sandbox to enhance the Chinese article if you want. You should know that the sections on the military have now evolved into Military of the Qing dynasty. Another article that might be fun to translate into Chinese is Shamanism in the Qing dynasty, which I wrote from scratch. Good luck in your endeavor! Madalibi (talk) 13:54, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
Awesome works! Shamanism in the Qing dynasty should really have a Chinese version, however, there are already piles of articles in my translation plans so I won't be able to carry it out in the near future (but I'll keep it in mind), as a Singaporean Wikipedian told me in zhwiki, there is no deadline :D.Kou Dou (talk) 15:42, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
@Kou Dou: Thanks for reading my shamanism article. Sometimes I wish there were deadlines on Wikipedia. That way I could be encouraged to finish at least a few of the dozens of articles that are sleeping in my sandboxes! Madalibi (talk) 04:26, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

Timeline of the Jin–Song Wars[edit]

Hi Madalibi,

Thanks for notifying me that the talk page didn't automatically move when I moved this article. I have now moved the talk page.

Neelix (talk) 01:53, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

@Neelix: Great, thank you! I think the bots got confused either by the double move or by the double redirects. Cheers! Madalibi (talk) 02:03, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
Maybe he did not check the box next to "Move associated talk page" of a move page when moving the page. HYH.124 (talk) 13:44, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

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Discussion for GA for Daughter of Emperor Xiaoming of Northern Wei[edit]

All right, after such long time, let's continue the discussion.

"causing deep hatred from his mother" is correctly sourced, because "嫌隙屡起" means the gap between the mother and son got wider and wider, and even machine translation justifies my point. I will look into more point in your previous review later on, so let's discuss this first. HYH.124 (talk) 13:35, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi, can you check whether the work on the article is completed? I made several changes to the article. Hope to go for a third round of GAN. HYH.124 (talk) 06:23, 25 May 2014 (UTC)
Hi HYH.124! Someone I had missed your message from May 21 (I only saw your reply to one of the discussions above). Sorry about that. I'm glad to see that you've come back from retirement! I still don't think "deep hatred" is a good translation for "嫌隙屡起", and machines are notoriously inept at translating classical Chinese. Xi 隙 means "rift", and, by extension dispute, disagreement. Xian 嫌 means something like aversion or disdain. One of my dictionaries (the very reliable Grand dictionnaire Ricci de la langue chinoise) translates xianxi 嫌隙 as "dissenssion, désaccord", which in English would be "dissension, discord". Mathews' Chinese-English Dictionary gives " ill-will; a breach" for xianxi. My point was that "deep hatred" is too strong for xianxi 嫌隙. "Discord", "ill-will", or "aversion" would sounds great, though! Ok, I'll take a look at the article and get back to you after that. Best, Madalibi (talk) 06:38, 25 May 2014 (UTC)
I'd like to debate on this edit. Access date is important when there are online resources, because a link might go dead. Also, adding "(editors-in-chief)" would result in technical error in the system, which is not necessary for a template, so it'd be better to delete it. What do you think? HYH.124 (talk) 13:09, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
@HYH.124: I added "editors-in-chief" because bibliographic entries usually include this kind of information, and I didn't see any way to make it display automatically. I think the new info makes the entry clearer, and I'm not seeing a technical error in that footnote, but I agree the new addition might cause problems for meta-data. Feel free to remove it if you want.
I think I'm right about access dates, though. WP:CITE explains that For web-only sources with no publication date, the "Retrieved" date (or the date you accessed the webpage) should be included, in case the webpage changes in the future. The {{citation}} page states that the "accessdate=" field is only useful for content that does not have an identifiable and cited publication date. And both the {{citation}} and the {{cite book}} template emphasize that access date is mainly for use of web pages that change frequently or have no publication date, and is not required for web pages or linked documents that do not change. In light of this, I think we should remove "accessdate=" from the remaining footnotes. Madalibi (talk) 00:30, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
Also, if I replace the primary sources (i.e. historical publications) with secondary sources (i.e. modern sources), would it solve the problem? HYH.124 (talk) 13:16, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
Yes, this is usually a good idea, but only if the modern source is reliable, of course. Sometimes the primary sources (which in our case are actually very old secondary sources!) include relevant information that is not mentioned in modern studies. For the timing of Empress Hu's edict, you should probably present the two competing claims — "a few hours later" and "a few days later" — with clear attribution, unless you find a secondary source that convincingly argues that one source is right and the other one wrong. Do you have other specific problems in mind? Cheers! Madalibi (talk) 00:30, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

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  • Slurrrp! Thanks, Piotrus! I noticed the FAC review and started to work on the article. I will try to do more this week when I have time. Cheers! Madalibi (talk) 08:20, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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You have been making several substantial contributions to improve our weekly article. Just want to let you know you're doing a great job. NickPenguin(contribs) 00:02, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, NickPenguin! You've been the driving force behind TAFI in the last few months. I really hope we can propel the project to the main page to get it the attention it deserves! Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 00:38, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
It's the improving articles thing that we need to spend more time on. If everyone takes some time, then we can demonstrate the project can get results. --NickPenguin(contribs) 00:40, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
@NickPenguin: Great, then, as I have lots of sources ready for Java man and should be able to find some for Stir-frying! My free account on Questia helps a lot. Editing does take time, but I like the teamwork spirit and it's all worth it in the end, both for TAFI and for Wikipedia as a whole. Thanks again for the barnstar! Madalibi (talk) 00:49, 24 June 2014 (UTC)


Hello![edit]

Thank you for the warm welcome, Madalibi! Great to see the community spirit! I'm just going to be going around "auditing" (fixing grammar in) articles to make this wiki a better place. I don't have much knowledge to impart, but I'm going to do what I can to repay Wikipedia after all it's done for me!

A grammar-auditing person (talk) 03:23, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi Thought Police Officer! This is a great initiative! Wikipedia needs people like you who like what they do and do it well. Some of the most respected (and in-demand) Wikipedians are members of the Guild of copyeditors. In view of your skills and enthusiasm, you should definitely consider joining them. Thanks again for your edits! Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 04:03, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for pointing me in that direction, Madalibi! This is *exactly* what I've been wanting to do to help out Wikipedia. A grammar-auditing person (talk) 04:06, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
@Thought Police Officer: Great, then! I will look forward to seeing more of your contributions! I also note that you're starting to sign with a different name than your official username. This is of course perfectly fine, but if you want an official name change (if "Thought Police Officer" sounds too forbidding, for example SFriendly.svg), you can always request one here. I've never done it myself, but the process looks very simple. Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 04:20, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks Madalibi for the suggestion, but I think I'll be keeping this. Maybe the amusement will wear off and I'll decide against keeping it, but I think it's just too amusing of a name. I use the different name when signing so people know what I do (I don't actually police anyone's thoughts!) A grammar-auditing person (talk) 04:25, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
No problem, A grammar-auditing person! It seems you've already found out how to make your signature automatic. If you haven't, you can do it under "Preferences" on the top right of the page. Then your desired name will appear automatically when you add four tildes (~~~~). Madalibi (talk) 04:36, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
Hi again. I decided to search and find some userboxes that fit me. Did I put them in correctly? I don't want it to look ugly, but I have no skill at formatting whatsoever. A grammar-auditing person (talk) 06:02, 26 June 2014 (UTC)
A grammar-auditing person: As you can see from my page, I don't really use userboxes, so I'm not sure I can help much! Yours are clearly displayed and well formatted. If you like, maybe you could put them on top of your page? Madalibi (talk) 09:29, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

A cup of tea for you![edit]

Meissen-teacup pinkrose01.jpg Thanks for telling me if I could add prayers to Anubis! You belong in the tea house. EMachine03 (talk) 11:27, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
Hi again, EMachine03! Why go to the tea house when I can get such good tea right here?! SFriendly.svg But you're right, I should go there more often and welcome all the new editors who join Wikipedia everyday, because you guys are the future of this encyclopedia. I hope you (and by this I mean *you*, EMachine03) stay around and keep improving the Wiki! Cheers,

This week's article for improvement (week 27, 2014)[edit]

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Thanks[edit]

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For your contributions to last week's article for improvement, Anubis. ///EuroCarGT 01:48, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
Wow, thank you, EuroCarGT, I appreciate it! This was a fun page to work on and I learned a lot in the process. Now on to Java Man! Madalibi (talk) 05:16, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Hello again[edit]

Hah! Hi Madalibi. Yeah, I joined the Peace Corps and spent two years volunteering. I'm currently in Northern Ireland getting a Master's Degree in medieval and early modern history. I'm doing a little dissertation on medieval chronicles and how they were utilized by various rulers to shore up support and legitimacy for political actions such as conquest. In this case, it's Edward I of England and his referral to chronicles for justifying his invasion of Scotland and claim to the Scottish throne. In either case, I still love Chinese history and will gladly pop in and out of Wikipedia now and then to make an edit or two. I can't let my empire of knowledge and painstaking editing become tarnished by a bunch of amateurs, after all! Lol.

By the way, do you and all the old ChinaHistoryForum/"Grand Historian" forum folks still have a place to congregate? I tried checking on the forum a while ago and it seems to have been taken down. That's a shame, it was actually a great refuge following our mass exodus from ChinaHistoryForum. Cheers. --Pericles of AthensTalk 19:23, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi Eric Longshanks, Hammer of the Amateurs! SFriendly.svg Your empire of knowledge, hmm? Scary, and it keeps expanding, if not on WP at least in real life. Good for you! As for the CHF folks, traffic on the new forum never went up, so we discontinued it. I think there are too many kinds of media for real historians for a half-scholarly forum like "Grand Historian" to survive without giving beginners a chance to ask questions. Any chance you'll get back to Chinese history professionally one day? In any case I'm glad to hear that you've moved on and that you're doing well! Madalibi (talk) 00:19, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png Thank you for the redirect barnstar, I didn't realize it would be that many, neither. Well, I think I passed my Wikipedia 10th years anniversary few months back, and just realized it... so it's been a while. Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 20:45, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for the drink, Piotrus. Ten years on the Wiki!? Amazing that you started so early AND managed to last this long despite everything. You obviously deserve a "Tireless Contributor" barnstar for all this, but you already have it, so I decided to give you one of a new kind. I was pretty happy with my 300-something redirects until I used this tool to check out a few editors' contributions and found out that you had 7,500. That's an average of two a day for ten years. Amazing! Cheers! Madalibi (talk) 00:31, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

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I see that you are an expert in chinese history! Anyways thanks for letting me edit your wiki page!

Reddragonawakens (talk) 12:22, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

@Reddragonawakens: My first Wikipedia kitten! Thank you! I don't consider myself an "expert", but I'm good at finding information ("reliable sources", as they're called on Wikipedia), so don't hesitate to drop by my talk page if you need help with that. Thanks again for the feline! Madalibi (talk) 12:29, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Hi, I just want to thank you for your help recently on the subcategories I've made within Category:History of China in fiction. That is all.--NeoBatfreak (talk) 05:31, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi NeoBatfreak. All I did was change a word or two. Thank you for creating the categories in the first place. This is a lasting contribution to Wikipedia! Madalibi (talk) 03:12, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Indonesian topics[edit]

Your Mojokerto skullcap article is excellent - thanks for helping improve the quality of Indonesian topics, I am sure we have a barnstar somewhere, but hey hope you realise how much it is appreciated when articles of that quality appear !! satusuro 01:42, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi satusuro. I'm glad you liked the Mojokerto child! I created it because it was mentioned in Java Man (another Indonesia-related article) and I thought it deserved its own page. I've also done about 150 edits on Java Man recently, so you may be interested in taking a look at that page too. Thanks for the thanks, and keep up your amazing work! Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 03:35, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Mojokerto child[edit]

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Thank you[edit]

It was nice that you mentioned me on the TAFI talk page. Thanks! Kyle(talk) 05:29, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

@Kyle: You're welcome! I hope you keep participating when you have time! Best, Madalibi (talk) 06:13, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

The Fossilized Barnstar[edit]

Fossilized Barnstar.png The Fossilized Barnstar
Thank you for your excellent work on Java Man. Very interesting read on an important topic. Keep it up! jonkerztalk 13:25, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks a lot, Jonkerz! Fossils and evolution are topics I've only started to work on (see also Mojokerto child), but I'm definitely going to continue! That, and I love your collection of ant pictures! Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 14:13, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

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Can you unlock the history of china wiki page?[edit]

Can you unlock the history of china wiki page? I want to edit some sections with more information. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Reddragonawakens (talkcontribs) 08:35, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi Reddragonawakens! I saw your message, but didn't immediately reply and then forgot to do so. Sorry about that! As an ordinary Wikipedian, I can't unlock the page myself. But I see that it's only "semi-protected". This means that all editors who have made 10 edits on Wikipedia are free to edit it. To reach 10 edits, you could simply make a few minor corrections to other articles you like, or even better, add content to them. Then History of China will unlock itself automatically. Have fun editing, and let me know if you need help with anything! Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 04:37, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Thanks for the welcome and introduction!

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Hi Sharpestable! It's nice to see you back. With your broad interests and your eye for details, I hope you will decide to stay and become a prolific Wikipedia editor! Let me know if you need help with anything! Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 11:11, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

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Yuxian[edit]

Hi again, Madalibi;

I stumbled into Yuxian-ology when I edited Taiyuan Massacre (it was pretty much Original Research and a patchwork of quotes, but that's another matter). Then I got a disambig notice on Yuxian; found that the link led to a disambig page; found there was no article on him; did a Google search which somehow linked to your draft article, which looks rich and useful, as usual.

Would you think of putting it up, even if in stub form? There are a number of references to him on the internet and on Wikipedia which are quite misleading, so it would be good to get a balanced view on the record. I put Roger Thompson's findings into the Taiyuan Massacre article, and Joe Esherick could be brought in: Role of Yu-Xian p. 190 ff.

I'd be happy to add those references if your time is short.

I changed as many mentions of Yuxian as I could find to "Yuxian (Qing official)|Yuxian."

Cheers in any case! ch (talk) 17:52, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi ch, and nice to hear from you! This is another draft article that I thought would be useful but that I never finished. Let me work on it in the next few days, and I promise I will move it to main space by next Monday so that other editors and a Grand Historian can work to improve it! Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 16:31, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
ch There is a public domain photo of Yuxian over here. (plain text format) If you don't have an image editing application, I will upload it to commons sometime in the future.Rajmaan (talk) 07:32, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
Rajmaan, you are a superb web detective! My photo editing application is just the Microsoft image thing, so if you have one that's better, please go ahead. ch (talk) 15:45, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
The image is here- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Y%C3%9C_HSIEN.jpg Rajmaan (talk) 20:47, 6 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the image, Rajmaan! The article will look better with a picture. ch: I wanted to improve the article further, but I'm suddenly caught in a maelstrom of real-life activities, so I have to launch it before it's ready. It's both coarse and detailed, so it might be annoying to work with, but that's all I can do for now! I think the proper title should be Yuxian tout court (the two "Yu County"'s would be sent to a redirect), or else Yuxian (Qing dynasty), because China pages consistently use this disambiguation format. I personally prefer "Yuxian", but I'm launching the page to Yuxian (Qing dynasty) because I don't have time to make formal move requests right away! Thank you again for pushing me to finish this page, ch. I should now work on all my other drafts, but that will have to wait. All the best to both of you! Madalibi (talk) 09:43, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
Renewed thanks!! You have proved your status as sinology hero once more. My real life is also calling, but I might work on the article a little more, just to make it fit into Boxer Uprising and Taiyuan Massacre more smoothly, and maybe work in Thompson's conclusions. Cheers! ch (talk) 21:18, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

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Qing articles which should be translated from Chinese wikipedia[edit]

The Chinese wikipedia article at w:zh:平定準噶爾 is about the entire Qing-Dzungar war up to 1758, but the corresponding First Dzungar–Qing War is only about the first war to 1697. The entire Chinese article should be translated into the English one to complete the article.

This article needs translating into English as well- w:zh:大小和卓之亂.Rajmaan (talk) 17:59, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know, Rajmaan! It's true that there is a big hole between the First Dzungar–Qing War and the Zunghar genocide that deserves to be filled. The "Second Oirat-Manchu war" section in the Dzungar Khanate page has been empty since 2009! The Chinese page on the Dzungar wars, though, is basically unsourced, so translation may not be the best solution. The Chinese page on the Khojas is a good article with much better sourcing, but most of the article's sources are primary sources that were compiled by the Qing, so there may be a bias problem. In both cases, though, it would be better to have a draft to work with than nothing at all.
I've been spending less time on Wikipedia lately, so I can't really help right now, but I would be glad to make suggestions or recommend sources if someone starts working on such pages. There's a basic account of the Khoja uprising in Peter Perdue's China Marches West, pp. 290-91. That book is also the main source in English for the Qing-Dzungar wars. A rarer book called The Empire and the Khanate: A Political History of Qing Relations with Khoqand c. 1760–1860 (by L.J. Newby, published by Brill in 2005) contains lots of good info on the Khojas (see the book's index under Burhān al-Dīn and Khōja-Jahān). I hope this helps, and thanks again for thinking of me for this task! Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 07:13, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
@Madalibi: Do you know if 大小和卓之亂 has an acknowledged English translation? I'm also seeing references to a certain Madali around this time, are you related? :)  Philg88 talk 09:03, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
@Phil: an Ali who is as mad as my alibi? Sounds like my ancestor right there! SFriendly.svg Otherwise I don't know if there is an established name for this uprising, as Central Asian political events. It was emphatically not a luan 亂, because it took place in territory that had not yet been stabilized after the Qing conquest of Zungharia. Like ping 平, the term luan only makes sense from the Qing point of view. And "khoja" (和卓 in Chinese) is a title, so we should be careful not to make the title too broad. There is relevant material on the uprising at Khoja (Turkestan), but it is entirely unreferenced. One possible title for our new page would be Revolt of the Khojas, with a redirect from Khoja uprising (or something like that) for those who look it up from "Khoja". What do you and Rajmaan think? Madalibi (talk) 10:33, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
@Madalibi: Hmm ... it doesn't say anything about his sanity so we'll have to leave that one open for now Face-smile.svg. IMHO, the "大小" in the title refers to the younger/older members of the Bái​shān​pài (白山派) sufis who were also part of the Khoja clan. Would you concur? That would give us Baishanpai Rebellion or, based on your suggestion Revolt of the Baishanpai Khojas. Redirects can then be created as appropriate. There were so many rebellions in Dzugaria and environs that I think it's important we use non-generic titles. What say you?  Philg88 talk 15:49, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
Aqtaghlik Khoja revolt in Altishahr, Qing pacification of Altishahr, Elder and Younger Khoja revolt in Altishahr, Big and Little Khoja revolt in Altishahr. The Khojas had pledged alleigance to the Qing and were appointed to their positions in Altishahr by the Qing while they were fighting the Dzungar Khanate, so it is considered a revolt by some historians. Rajmaan (talk) 18:36, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
Rajmaan and Philg88: sorry for again being so slow to respond! Yes, the two Khojas were the "Elder Khoja" Burhãn ad-Dīn and the "Younger Khoja" Khoja Jihãn, both of whom were sons of Khoja Mahmut, who died in 1755. They were the so-called Makhdūmzādas khojas, descended from Mahkdūm-i A'zam, a Naqshbandī Sufi shaykh of the sixteenth-century. (Note that there were other lines of khojas in the area, also descended from Naqshbandi Sufi notables, and that the Makhdūmzādas khojas were themselves divided into rival lines – hence Rajmaan's use of the term Aqtaghlik = Aqtaghlïq = Āfāqiyya – so this gets very confusing!) Basically, the Makhdūmzādas khojas, who ruled over the oases of southern Turkestan, had been kept under close control by the Zunghars, so the Qing tried to hire their help in administrating these regions, but the two brothers eventually refused (though only after the Zunghars were defeated) and led other local notables into rebellion. I'm fine calling this a revolt or an uprising, but "pacification" is too loaded and too Qing-POV to be acceptable. How about calling the article Revolt of the Altishar Khojas? This would be neutral, specific enough to identify the events we're talking about, and not so detailed as to make the title unintelligible. I'm really, really short on time these days, and will probably be very busy off-Wiki in the next few weeks, but I will see any message you send this way. Cheers! Madalibi (talk) 09:30, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── @Madalibi: I like Revolt of the Altishahr Khojas (Note Wikipedia spelling). Cheers,  Philg88 talk 12:45, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

@Philg88: sorry about the typo and thanks for your support! If Rajmaan agrees with this title, could we go ahead and create the page with a brief, one-paragraph account of the events and work from that? Best, Madalibi (talk) 06:02, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
I agree with the suggested title.Rajmaan (talk) 06:06, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
@Madalibi: I'll make a start on it next week, if that's OK by you. Best,  Philg88 talk 06:09, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Great! Thanks to both of you for your ideas, and especially to Rajmaan for starting the project! Madalibi (talk) 15:06, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

New Article[edit]

Hey mon ami, I'd appreciate you're eyes on General of Ili when you have a moment. Kind of fits in with the overall rebel suppression in Xinjiang thing. No rush. Best,  Philg88 talk 07:31, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

@Philg88: Wondferful! I will take a look at it in the next few days even if I don't know much about this area! Madalibi (talk) 15:06, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Hong Taiji[edit]

I appreciate any and all corrections and additions to the article as my sources are weak, and beside the genealogical information, the article as a whole needs more; however, I don't agree with putting information---relevant information regarding the subject---within the references as you have redone. Generally, when an article is referenced the specific fact that is being referenced need not be specified. If one feels the need it might be better to do as I did with the larger sentence and create a note subsection. I also am not sure why, after I fixed the references and standardized them to a easy to use, popular style (harvnb), that you changed them all the the (sfn) template and also the (citation) template. The cite web , journal etc are better and are more in use. I am merely trying to clean up an obviously needy article and fix what errors I could. Also, removing the accessdate argument seems to me to be detrimental. If there was no need for the accessdate on journal articles why is it there? Please don't take me the wrong way, and I will attempt to talk things over with you rather than just forcing my point of view down your throat. speednat (talk) 23:57, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi Speednat, and thanks for coming here to express your concerns! You're right about the textual note. I worked from the version just before your edit, so I had to re-add everything by hand, and I forgot to restore the textual note. I'm sorry about that. I just restored the explanation about the date "1704/5" into a textual note. The rest of the info on that princess is more than footnote material, so I left it in the text, as for the other princesses.
I had merged some notes (and I merged them back again) because I've seen many FARs where reviewers didn't like to have a large number of notes at the end of a sentence. When you merge two or three references into a single footnote, it's good practice to specify what info comes from what source, hence the short brackets. I specified the chapter numbers to Draft History of Qing because there are several editions of that book, including unpaginated electronic editions, so a simple page number won't help readers find the information if they want to verify it.
As far as I know, {{harvnb}} and {{sfn}} display in the same way. I switched to {{Sfn}} because I find it even easier to edit than {{harvnb}}. E.g.: all you need for multiple pages is "pp=" (instead of "pages="), and you don't even need <ref></ref> brackets! Do let me know if you think {{sfn}} has drawbacks that I'm not aware of. I'm also not sure how {{cite book}} is inherently better than {{citation}} (or vice-versa, though I dislike seeing a period ["."] just before a lowercase "pp." in {{cite journal}}). I used {{citation}} in Shunzhi Emperor (a featured article), but since you prefer {{cite book}} and {{cite journal}}, I just switched back to them in the article. As you will see, they work perfectly with {{Sfn}}! SFriendly.svg
Both {{citation}} and {{cite book}}) state that access dates are for web sources that have no obvious publication dates. I don't think they're necessary for printed sources available online.
Finally, I agree with you that reference format is not this article's biggest problem! We need to add lots of new content to make the page as good as Shunzhi Emperor, but that takes time. I have plenty of sources at home (the same as for Shunzhi), plus free JSTOR access (consider applying for it at WP:JSTOR), but I'm very short on time these days. If you're interested in developing the article, though, I'd be happy to work on it with you! SFriendly.svg Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 04:57, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
I appreciate your cooperative attitude, and will defer to you on the multiple citation per...citation, as what I have read either is acceptable and you are more vested in this article than I. speednat (talk) 06:18, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
@Speednat: Great, thanks! If you read my talk page, you'll see I'm actually a very cooperative person! SFriendly.svg I hope you decide to keep improving the article, as it needs serious work and very few editors have shown concern for it. Looking forward to collaborating with you in the future! Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 07:21, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
I apologize for the "limited" improvement, but I did locate a chinese book in my library that had a couple of pages on Hong. Between that and my Military Encyclopedia I did have a bit of info to add. If I find more I will ad but I think anything else would have to come from my university library. Thanks again. speednat (talk) 05:33, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
Hi Speednat. Your "limited improvement" is the best addition this article has seen in months, so please don't apologize! I wish I had more time to work on all this. For now I've added a few titles to the bibliography. Maybe you can find them in your university library. In the mean time, don't forget to add the full reference for "Schirokauer 1978" in the new footnote! Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 08:19, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Dont know how I missed that ref. speednat (talk) 08:24, 3 September 2014 (UTC)
I tweaked the death ref's a bit; take a look. Thanks. speednat (talk) 04:44, 5 September 2014 (UTC)
@Speednat: Great! This is a textual note, so it does belong where you put it. Thanks! Madalibi (talk) 05:39, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

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Qing identification of the Khitan people[edit]

During Qianlong's reign, he set up a project to revise and edit the History of Liao, History of Jin, and the History of Yuan. He personally took issue with the Chinese character transcriptions of the Khitan, Jurchen, and Mongol names, saying they were sloppily done and did not represent the accurate phonetic transcription in the original languages (and this may have actually been true since these histories were hastily compiled).

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欽定遼金元三史國語解 (Qinding Liao Jin Yuan Sanshi guoyijie)

He set out to correct the Chinese transcriptions by returning to the source languages. He matched up Jurchen with Manchu, Mongolian with Mongolian (no name change there), and Khitan with something I can't remember. It was either something like the Daur language or the Solons (Evenki language). Do you know which specific language he matched up with Khitan?

I remember reading an English language source on this but I can't find it now.

Rajmaan (talk) 06:30, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Hi Rajmaan. That's an interesting question! Very short on time, here, but very briefly put, the answer is Solon, a Tungusic language that is not closely related to Khitan, and you must have found that reference in Pamela Crossley's article "Manxhou Yuanliu Kao and the Formalization of the Manchu Heritage" (Journal of Asian Studies, 1987). Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 12:42, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

RM on Southern Ming rulers[edit]

Have you seen this RM? King of all fruit (talk) 14:18, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

DYK nomination of Yuxian (Qing dynasty)[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Java Man[edit]

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Hi there, seen this? FunkMonk (talk) 17:08, 29 September 2014 (UTC)
Hi FunkMonk. I've been fairly inactive on Wikipedia recently, so I didn't notice that you fleshed out the review after your first comment concerning the picture in the taxobox. Sorry about that! Thank you for the review and all the useful questions you ask. I will try to address them all in the next few days. Cheers, Madalibi (talk) 06:44, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
You there? FunkMonk (talk) 16:11, 1 November 2014 (UTC)
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A pizza is an oven-baked flat bread typically topped with tomato sauce, cheese and various toppings

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This week's article for improvement (week 46, 2014)[edit]

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Sleeping is part of everyday life

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A Barstar for You![edit]

China barnstar.png The PRC Barnstar
Just a little thank you for helping me out in pulling Luo Yixiu up to FA standards; it is much appreciated! Midnightblueowl (talk) 14:17, 13 November 2014 (UTC)
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This week's article for improvement (week 47, 2014)[edit]

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Military aviation and missile guidance are examples of modern military technology.

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This week's article for improvement (week 48, 2014)[edit]

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A beach on the island of San Andrés, a tourist destination in the Caribbean

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This week's article for improvement (week 49, 2014)[edit]

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The Mexico–United States border spans six Mexican states and four U.S. states, with a total length of 3,145 km (1,954 mi).

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Hi there[edit]

Returning somewhat to my old ways, I recently created this category, Category:Murdered Chinese emperors, after becoming interested in the topic of regicide. I'm astounded at the amount of Chinese emperors who were simply executed or assassinated, and that's not even including those who died fighting in battle or committed suicide that wasn't obviously forced.Pericles of AthensTalk 06:10, 1 December 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Java Man[edit]

The article Java Man you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:Java Man for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of FunkMonk -- FunkMonk (talk) 00:42, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

This week's article for improvement (week 50, 2014)[edit]

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Game design is the art of creating rules and mechanics to facilitate interactions between players in a game.

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This week's article for improvement (week 51, 2014)[edit]

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A plate of spaghetti and meatballs.

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This week's article for improvement (week 52, 2014)[edit]

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