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New straw poll[edit]

You are a user who responded to RFC: Use of logos on sports team pages. As someone interested in the discussion a new straw poll has been laid out to see where we currently stand with regards to building a consensus. For the sake of clarity, please indicate your support or opposition (or neutrality) to each section, but leave discussion to the end of each section. — BQZip01 — talk 23:11, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

As a user who responded to the straw poll regarding non-free images in sports, your further input is requested with regards to the Straw poll summary and proposed guidelines on image use — BQZip01 — talk 01:05, 10 January 2009 (UTC)
Very interesting point on #2, but I'm not sure I understand your problem with it. If there is an article about a season, there should almost certainly be a picture of something within that season. I can't really imagine a time where one wouldn't exist. Thousands of fans at the events (in at least many instances). Surely at least one person would upload photos to Flickr or another site and license them to be used. Tell you what, why don't you give me a worst case modern scenario and I'll see what I can find. We'll make this a test case (admittedly an anecdotal one) to see if this works? — BQZip01 — talk 04:09, 12 January 2009 (UTC)
Most likely, it won't affect many articles. My entire point was that I couldn't fully support a guideline that might possibly support not using an image over using a fair use image. I couldn't really give you a worst case modern scenario; I'm sure that there are enough people who take cameras to games to support most if not all teams' pages. My apologies for not being able to give you a suitable test case. Mastrchf (t/c) 04:16, 12 January 2009 (UTC)
Still, point taken. Perhaps a rephrase is in order? I think the season thing is a bit overblown, but I'd rather have a concrete guideline than remain wishy-washy. Thanks for your neutral POV though.
"What makes a good man go neutral? Lust for gold? Power? Or were you just born with a heart full of neutrality?" -Zapp Brannigan
— BQZip01 — talk 04:47, 12 January 2009 (UTC)
How about doing something like stating it is an absolute last resort to use such a logo? — BQZip01 — talk 08:10, 12 January 2009 (UTC)
That would work for me. Mastrchf (t/c) 14:19, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

WikiProject College football January 2009 Newsletter[edit]

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Re: The Office season episodes[edit]

Hi and thansk. :) I didn't get what meant by "change the key to the lists". Would you describe it please? Behnam (talk) 00:28, 23 January 2009 (UTC)

Final version[edit]

As a contributor to the discussion regarding sports team logos, I am soliciting feedback as to the latest version of that guideline. Your support/opposition/feedback would be appreciated. — BQZip01 — talk 21:21, 2 February 2009 (UTC)

  • "I still cannot support a measure which says to not use an image instead of using an already uploaded fair-use image".
    Could you clarify that? — BQZip01 — talk 01:13, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
    I think it's quite self-explanatory. Mastrchf (t/c) 01:44, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
I'm confused. You oppose a measure that says "don't use an image" instead of using a fair use image? or "don't use an image instead of using a fair use image"? I'm sorry, but I don't understand the use of the word "image" in this context. — BQZip01 — talk 02:28, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
In simple terms, I cannot support the ridiculous notion that if no free alternative is in place, we should not have an image even if a perfectly good fair-use image is already uploaded. Mastrchf (t/c) 13:00, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
Which seems to be exactly in line with my point about album covers. If you were referring only to logos, could you please qualify why they should be treated differently? J Milburn (talk) 16:51, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
That really wouldn't be the most terrible use either. But that fight is one I'd choose not to take. As for this, the logo identifies the team. There is absolutely no detrimental effect to the article or the encyclopedia to have the non-free image included in the article as long as it is already uploaded, and frankly I think it's ridiculous for one to say there is. Mastrchf (t/c) 21:55, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
I see your point...but why not support the latest version then? — BQZip01 — talk 07:03, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

<-- "To further the goals of a free encyclopedia, do not use any versions of copyrighted logos including: team logos, logo(s) of a school, or athletic department logo(s)." That line is still included. Therefore, I still cannot support. Mastrchf (t/c) 12:55, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

Opinion[edit]

As someone who weighed in before, I would like your input on this discussion.--2008Olympianchitchat 21:44, 2 February 2009 (UTC)

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Non-constructive Contributions[edit]

Ya so you left a message on my talk page about non-constructive edits. There was a discrepancy between spellings in Kelly's info as her name was spelled KellEY in her infobox template, so I went back and changed what I thought to be a typo based on another, more important typo. 98.148.16.22 (talk)

GA Sweeps update[edit]

Hello, I hope you are doing well. I am contacting you because you have contributed or expressed interest in the GA sweeps process. Last month, only two articles were reviewed. This is definitely a low point after our peak at the beginning of the process with 163 articles reviewed in September 2007. After nearly two years, the running total has just passed the 50% mark. In order to expediate the reviewing, several changes have been made to the process. A new worklist has been created, detailing which articles are left to review. All exempt and previously reviewed articles have already been removed from the list. Instead of reviewing by topic, you can consider picking and choosing whichever articles interest you.

All exempt articles that have reached FA status have now been moved to a separate section at the end of the running total page. I went through all of the members' running totals and updated the results to reflect the move. As a result your reviewed article total may have decreased a bit. After removing duplicate articles and these FAs, the running total leaves us at ~1,400 out of 2,808 articles reviewed.

If you currently have any articles on hold or at GAR, please consider concluding those reviews and updating your results. I'm hoping that this new list and increased efforts can help us to increase the number of reviews. We are always looking for new members to assist with the remaining articles, so if you know of anybody that can assist please direct them to the GA sweeps page. In addition, for every member that reviews 100 articles or has a significant impact on the process, will get an award when they reach that mark. If only 14 editors achieve this feat starting now, we would be done with Sweeps! Of course, having more people reviewing less articles would be better for all involved, so please consider asking others to help out. If you have any questions about the process, reviewing, or need help with a particular article, please contact me or OhanaUnited and we'll be happy to help. --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talkcontrib) 03:35, 8 May 2009 (UTC)

Re:Halloween (The Office)[edit]

Hey, thanks for fixing my error there, much appreciated! And thanks for your kind words about my Office work. I've been enjoying myself with it. :) Incidentally, if you'd like to help, I've got a while bunch of Office episode GAN nominations right now) that need review (as well as some Parks and Recreation ones, if you're a fan of that too), but you're obviously under no obligation. Thanks again! — Hunter Kahn (contribs) 22:04, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

End of The Office (US TV series) season 5 puts Seasons of The Office FT under retention[edit]

Hi, just to let you know you have 3 months from the end of The Office season 5, or until 14 August, to get the article to FL, or else the topic will be eligible for nomination for removal. Thanks ;) rst20xx (talk) 11:08, 30 May 2009 (UTC)

Formal Mediation for Sports Logos[edit]

As a contributor to Wikipedia_talk:Non-free_content/RFC_on_use_of_sports_team_logos/Archive_1, I have included you in a request for formal mediation regarding the subject at Wikipedia:Requests for mediation/Use of Sports Logos. With your input and agreement to work through mediation, I hope we can achieve a lasting solution. — BQZip01 — talk 06:33, 31 May 2009 (UTC)

GA Sweeps June update[edit]

Thanks to everyone's dedicated efforts to the GA Sweeps process, a total of 396 articles were swept in May! That more than doubles our most successful month of 163 swept articles in September 2007 (and the 2 articles swept in April)! I plan to be sending out updates at the beginning of each month detailing any changes, updates, or other news until Sweeps are completed. So if you get sick of me, keep reviewing articles so we can be done (and then maybe you'll just occasionally bump into me). We are currently over 60% done with Sweeps, with just over a 1,000 articles left to review. With over 40 members, that averages out to about 24 articles per person. If each member reviews an article a day this month (or several!), we'll be completely finished. I know that may be asking for a lot, but it would allow us to complete Sweeps and allow you to spend more time writing GAs, reviewing GANs, or focusing on other GARs (or whatever else it is you do to improve Wikipedia) as well as finish ahead of the two-year mark coming up in August. I recognize that this can be a difficult process at times and appreciate your tenacity in spending time in ensuring the quality of the older GAs. Feel free to recruit other editors who have reviewed GANs in the past and might be interested in the process. The more editors, the less the workload, and hopefully the faster this will be completed. If you have any questions about reviews or the process let me know and I'll be happy to get back to you. Again, thank you for taking the time to help with the process, I appreciate your efforts! --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talkcontrib) 18:10, 1 June 2009 (UTC)


Request for mediation not accepted[edit]

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GA Sweeps July update[edit]

Thanks to everyone's dedicated efforts to the GA Sweeps process, a total of 290 articles were swept in June! Last month was our second most successful month in reviewing articles (after May). We are currently over 70% done with Sweeps, with just under 800 articles left to review. With nearly 50 members, that averages out to about 15 articles per person. If each member reviews an article every other day this month (or several!), we'll be completely finished. This may sound difficult, but if everyone completes their reviews, Sweeps would be completed in less than two years when we first started (with only four members!). With the conclusion of Sweeps, each editor could spend more time writing GAs, reviewing at the backlogged GAN, or focusing on other GARs. Again, I want to thank you for using your time to ensure the quality of the older GAs. Feel free to recruit other editors who have reviewed GANs in the past and might be interested in the process. The more editors, the less the workload, and hopefully the faster this will be completed. If you have any questions about reviews or the process let me know and I'll be happy to get back to you. Again, thank you for taking the time to help with the process, I appreciate your efforts! --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talkcontrib) 17:59, 1 July 2009 (UTC)

GA Sweeps August update[edit]

Thanks to everyone's dedicated efforts to the GA Sweeps process, a total of 215 articles were swept in July! We are currently nearly 80% done with Sweeps, with under 600 articles left to review. With 50 members, that averages out to about 12 articles per person. Once the remaining articles drop to 100, I'll help in reviewing the last articles (I'm currently taking a break). If each member reviews an article every other day this month (or several!), we'll be completely finished. Again, I want to thank you for using your time to ensure the quality of the older GAs. Feel free to recruit other editors who have reviewed GANs in the past and might be interested in the process. The more editors, the less the workload, and hopefully the faster this will be completed. If you have any questions about reviews or the process let me know and I'll be happy to get back to you. Again, thank you for taking the time to help with the process, I appreciate your efforts! --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talkcontrib) 19:32, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Brooks-Baxter War[edit]

Hi, I'm trying to get this article about Arkansas history reviewed for Good Article status and was wondering if you wouldn't mind taking a look at it. Thanks, --The_stuart (talk) 02:31, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

GA Sweeps update[edit]

Thanks to everyone's efforts to the GA Sweeps process, we are currently over 90% done with only 226 articles remain to be swept! As always, I want to thank you for using your time to ensure the quality of the older GAs. With over 50 members participating in Sweeps, that averages out to about 4 articles per person! If each member reviews an article once a week this month (or several!), we'll be completely finished. At that point, awards will be handed out to reviewers. As an added incentive, if we complete over 100 articles reviewed this month, I will donate $100 to Wikipedia Forever on behalf of all GA Sweeps participants. I hope that this incentive will help to increase our motivation for completing Sweeps while supporting Wikipedia in the process. If you have any questions about reviews or Sweeps let me know and I'll be happy to get back to you. Again, thank you for taking the time to help with the process, I appreciate your efforts! --Happy editing! Nehrams2020 (talkcontrib) 00:12, 2 January 2010 (UTC)

April 2010 GAN backlog elimination drive[edit]

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Nomination for deletion of Template:Infobox The Office (US) season 2 episode list[edit]

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Nomination for deletion of Template:Infobox The Office (US) season 1 episode list[edit]

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Nomination for deletion of Template:Infobox The Office (US) season 4 episode list[edit]

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March 2014 GAN Backlog Drive[edit]

It's that time again! Starting on March 1, there will be another GAN Backlog Drive! There will be several changes compared to previous drives:

  • This drive will introduce a new component to it; a point system. In a nutshell, older nominations are worth more points than newer nominations. The top 3 participants who have the points will be awarded the Golden, Silver, or Bronze Wikipedia Puzzle Piece Trophy, respectively.
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Also, something that I thought I would share with all of you is that we raised $20.88 (USD) for the WMF in the December 2013 drive. It may not sound like a lot but considering that that was raised just because we reviewed articles, I would say that's pretty good! With that success, pledges can be made for the upcoming drive if you wish.

More info regarding the drive and full descriptions regarding the changes to this drive can be found on the the drive page. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a message on the drive talk page.

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Research to understand article reviews[edit]

Hi,

We’re a team of researchers at Stanford University, and we’re interested in how editors review nominated articles for GA status. Rather than just looking to the assessment guidelines, we’re also interested in how individual editors then use these guidelines to evaluate articles.

We were hoping if you’d be able to spend some time with us, and help us understand how you would differentiate, say, a C-class article from a Good Article.

Looking forward to hearing back! Our email address is jc14253 AT cs DOT stanford DOT edu

Justin Cheng and Michael Bernstein Stanford University http://hci.stanford.edu/

Jcccf (talk) 03:49, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

Sleeping Dogs[edit]

Hey man! Would you consider doing a peer review, or giving some feedback on Sleeping Dogs (video game)? I would like to get some feedback about issues that need to be resolved. After that, I would like to nominate it for a featured article. Thanks for you for your cooperation! URDNEXT (talk) 12:45, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject Good articles Future GAN Backlog Drive[edit]

Hello everyone! Hope you've all been having a great summer!

TheQ Editor recently proposed the idea of having another Backlog Drive in either September/October or November/December of this year. For those of you who have participated in the past two drives you know I was the one who organized them, however, come September, this will be my most important year in school so I will not be able to coordinate this drive (if it happens). TheQ Editor has volunteered to be a coordinator for the drive. If any of you would like to co-coordinator, please notify TheQ Editor on his talk page.

If you would be interested in participating in a Backlog Drive sometime before the end of this year, please notify TheQ Editor. Also, make sure to specify what month(s) work best for you.

At the time this message was sent out, the backlog was at 520 nominations. Since May, the backlog has been steadily increasing and we are currently near an all time high. Even though the backlog will not disappear over one drive, this drive can lead to several others which will (hopefully) lead to the day where there is no longer a backlog.

As always, the more participants, the better, and everyone is encouraged to participate!

Sent by Dom497--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 15:52, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

GA Cup[edit]

Hello everyone! We hope you have all been having a great summer!

As we all know, the recent GAN Backlog Drives have not had any big impact on the backlog. Because of that, me (Dom497), Figureskatingfan, and TheQ Editor have worked on an idea that could possibly finally put a dent into the massive backlog. Now, I will admit, the idea isn't entirely ours as we have took the general idea of the WikiCup and brought it over to WikiProject Good Articles. But anyways, here's what we have in mind:

For all of you that do not know what the WikiCup is, it is an annual competition between several editors to see who can get the most Good Articles, Featured Article's, Did You Know's, etc. Based of this, we propose to you the GA Cup. This competition will only focus on reviewing Good articles.

For more info on the proposal, click here. As a FYI, the proposal page is not what the final product will look like (if you do go ahead with this idea). It will look very similar to WikiCup's page(s).

The discussion for the proposal will take place here. Please let us know if you are interested, have any concerns, things to consider, etc.

--Dom497, Figureskatingfan, and TheQ Editor

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:29, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject Good Articles - GA Cup[edit]

WikiProject Good Articles's 2014-15 GA Cup
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WikiProject Good articles is holding a new competition, the GA Cup, from October 1, 2014 - March 28, 2015. The Cup will be based on reviewing Good article nominations; for each review, points will be awarded with bonuses for older nominations, longer articles and comprehensive reviews. All participants will start off in one group and the highest scoring participants will go through to the second round. At the moment six rounds are planned, but this may change based on participant numbers.

Some of you may ask: what is the purpose for a competition of this type? Currently, there is a backlog of about 500 unreviewed Good article nominations, almost an all time high. It is our hope that we can decrease the backlog in a fun way, through friendly competition.

Everyone is welcome to join; new and old editors! Sign-ups will be open until October 15, 2014 so sign-up now!

If you have any questions, take a look at the FAQ page and/or contact one of the four judges.

Cheers from NickGibson3900, Dom497, TheQ Editor and Figureskatingfan.

--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:04, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

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