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I finally archived this page. See Archive 1, 2 and 3.


The Glee Project[edit]

Those edits weren't vandalism: please see WP:VANDAL. It's not really proper to start an ANI thread until you've discussed the matter with the editor but even if you had it would be premature. Thank you. Drmies (talk) 03:52, 13 August 2012 (UTC)

You are correct; I realized after I filled out the form that I should have sent this to the 3RR team. If this user reoffends I'll send it to 3RR and put a warning template on his talk page. --Mblumber (talk) 04:00, 13 August 2012 (UTC)
Thanks--but again, they hadn't violated the bright-line rule of 3R. It's worth keeping an eye on, but I left a note on the article talk page as well. Let's see if they respond or if they keep reverting. Happy days, Drmies (talk) 04:08, 13 August 2012 (UTC)

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Anti-aliasing disambiguation[edit]

Please be careful with your anti-aliasing disambiguation efforts. I've had to fix or revert a few of these. I assume there may be issues on pages I'm not watching. The real problem here, as indicated by a tag on anti-aliasing, may be that an anti-aliasing article needs to be written. --Kvng (talk) 14:12, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

Thank you for contacting me. Based on my knowledge of the subject (MSEE) I don't really think that an anti-aliasing page needs to be written. I believe this for two reasons. First, the topic of aliasing is covered very well and clearly. Second, a vast majority of the changes I made were references about video cards which perform some form of Spatial anti-aliasing. When I disambiguated the roughly 100 articles that linked to anti-aliasing i was very careful. In the (rare) instance when the article was discussing the general topic of anti-aliasing rather than the common usage (processing of images during down-sampling), I linked those to the aliasing article and I thought it was a good fit. It's definitely true that some video cards perform Multisample anti-aliasing or Supersample anti-aliasing but it wasn't clear from context that in the article whether that was true, and also it doesn't matter because those are just techniques to do a better job of spatial anti-aliasing. What do you think? --Mblumber (talk) 14:28, 23 August 2012 (UTC)
Your input on the fate of Anti-aliasing would be appreciated at Talk:Anti-aliasing. My comments were based on the fact that someone added a {{dabconcept}} banner to Anti-aliasing. I don't agree or disagree with that. I wasn't sure you noticed that and I wanted to spare you the potential undoing a bunch of DAB work.
In case you're unaware, the reason we have these ambiguous links is because Anti-aliasing was not too long ago renamed Spatial anti-aliasing because of its narrow focus on imaging and left a gap in coverage of the topic that I tried to fill with the disambiguation page.
I assume you're being careful with these edits but I just wanted to let you know that there were some recent DAB edits that I found did not improve the articles and I either reverted or fixed them: Anti-aliasing filter, Pulse-code modulation, Comb filter and Oversampling. --Kvng (talk) 20:05, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

Page Curation update[edit]

Hey all :). We've just deployed another set of features for Page Curation. They include flyouts from the icons in Special:NewPagesFeed, showing who reviewed an article and when, a listing of this in the "info" flyout, and a general re-jigging of the info flyout - we've also fixed the weird bug with page_titles_having_underscores_instead_of_spaces in messages sent to talkpages, and introduced CSD logging! As always, these features will need some work - but any feedback would be most welcome.

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Page Curation newsletter[edit]

Hey Mblumber. This will be, if not our final newsletter, one of the final ones :). After months of churning away at this project, our final version (apart from a few tweaks and bugfixes) is now live. Changes between this and the last release include deletion tag logging, a centralised log, and fixes to things like edit summaries.

Hopefully you like what we've done with the place; suggestions for future work on it, complaints and bugs to the usual address :). We'll be holding a couple of office hours sessions, which I hope you'll all attend. Many thanks, Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 11:05, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

Page Curation newsletter - closing up![edit]

Hey all :).

We're (very shortly) closing down this development cycle for Page Curation. It's genuinely been a pleasure to talk with you all and build software that is so close to my own heart, and also so effective. The current backlog is 9 days, and I've never seen it that low before.

However! Closing up shop does not mean not making any improvements. First-off, this is your last chance to give us a poke about unresolved bugs or report new ones on the talkpage. If something's going wrong, we want to know about it :). Second, we'll hopefully be taking another pass over the software next year. If you've got ideas for features Page Curation doesn't currently have, stick them here.

Again, it's been an honour. Thanks :). Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 12:10, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

This is not a newsletter[edit]

This is just a tribute.

Anyway. You're getting this note because you've participated in discussion and/or asked for updates to either the Article Feedback Tool or Page Curation. This isn't about either of those things, I'm afraid ;p. We've recently started working on yet another project: Echo, a notifications system to augment the watchlist. There's not much information at the moment, because we're still working out the scope and the concepts, but if you're interested in further updates you can sign up here.

In addition, we'll be holding an office hours session at 21:00 UTC on Wednesday, 14 November in #wikimedia-office - hope to see you all there :). I appreciate it's an annoying time for non-Europeans: if you're interested in chatting about the project but can't make it, give me a shout and I can set up another session if there's enough interest in one particular timezone or a skype call if there isn't. Thanks! Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 11:08, 10 November 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia Goes to the Movies in NYC this Saturday Dec 1[edit]

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Season's tidings![edit]

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Wikipedia Day Celebration and Mini-Conference in NYC Saturday Feb 23[edit]

Doing the "Open Space" thing at one of our earlier NYC Wiki-Conferences.

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Tour of Consumer Reports' laboratories[edit]

Wow! Laboratory tour!

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Wikipedia:WikiProject Articles for creation/Help desk#no reason for decline[edit]

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Wikipedia Meetup NYC this Sunday April 14[edit]

Hi Mblumber! You're invited to our next meeting for Wikipedia Meetup NYC on Sunday April 14 -this weekend- at Symposium Greek Restaurant @ 544 W 113th St (in the back room), on the Upper West Side in the Columbia University area.

Please sign up, and add your ideas to the agenda for Sunday. Thanks!

Delivered on behalf of User:Pharos, 17:48, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

Pending release of Notifications[edit]

Hey Mblumber :). I'm dropping you a note because you have signed up for the Notifications, or Echo, newsletter.

If all goes according to plan, we should be launching Echo on en-wiki either tomorrow, or next Tuesday - I'll drop a followup tomorrow when we know what's happening. Should the launch succeed, we'll begin the process of triaging bugs and gathering feedback on what features work, what cause problems, and what we should do next; I hope you'll help us out on these fronts by leaving any comments you might have on the talkpage.

Thanks, Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 22:02, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Review process[edit]

I have undone the review you carried out on diff - it may have already been mentioned to you, but please follow the correct process if you are going to review articles as it is only fair to give sufficient information to the submitter, who in this case has now reverted to me wondering what happened to his article. --nonsense ferret 20:49, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

I'm sorry. I didn't know that if something is declined and the submitter simply resubmits it for consideration that one cannot simply delete the AFC tag. In the future i'll simply decline it again. Thanks. --Mblumber (talk) 21:50, 26 April 2013 (UTC)
In this specific example I believe there were some edits between the original review and the review you carried out which included adding new references. The position looked a bit more complicated though due to a rogue reviewer whose actions were reverted. --nonsense ferret 22:26, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Notifications box replacement prototypes released[edit]

Hey Mblumber; Kaldari has finished scripting a set of potential replacements available to test and give feedback on. Please go to this thread for more detail on how to enable them. Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 15:24, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Response to Submission for Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction[edit]

Hello Mblumber,

We are writing regarding the submission titled,"Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction."

We have edited this article many times over and still reviewers have stated that it reads more like an essay. Can you please let us know EXACTLY how to edit it so that it is publishable?

Additionally, the original submission was about 4 paragraphs with photos included. What we are seeing now is about 3 sentences and no pictures. Could you let us know what might have happened? Are the 3 sentences what you reviewed?

Thanks, Ellen — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ellen Kaplan (talkcontribs) 18:21, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

I approved and posted this.--Mblumber (talk) 01:40, 14 May 2013 (UTC)

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NYC Wiki-Picnic: Saturday June 22[edit]

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Your approval of Woodway_Engineering[edit]


I wouldn't have approved this article if I were you. It only has one independent, reliable source (Daily Mail), and it only tangentially mentions Woodway. I've gone ahead and reverted your approval. Also, check out WP:ASSESS, as the article didn't meet the criteria for Start-class. Please contact me with any questions you may have, and leave me Talkback if you reply here. Also, I'd be more than willing to mentor you in the AfC process. Just drop me a line. Thanks, and you're awesome, theonesean 01:33, 2 July 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia Takes Brooklyn! Saturday September 7[edit]

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Wikimedia NYC Meetup! Saturday October 5[edit]

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Election results for Bridgewater Township, New Jersey need a source[edit]

The election results for Bridgewater Township, New Jersey need an appropriate source. Can I ask you to add it to the article? Alansohn (talk) 02:57, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

Sure, I'll do that now. --Mblumber (talk) 03:00, 6 November 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the rapid response. Alansohn (talk) 03:13, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

File:Pentatonix logo.JPG listed for deletion[edit]

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Wikimedia NYC Meetup- "Queens Open History Edit-a-Thon" at Queens Library! Friday December 6[edit]

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I've nominated this article for deletion at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/GiftBig; I'm notifying you because you accepted it at AfC DGG ( talk ) 04:49, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

I've been going thru the older afcs from about a year ago, and I've noticed that at that time you were working on many of them, and doing very thorough work, both on AfCs and on Baltimore topics, but there are a few that you accepted or wrote where I think the support for notability is a little dubious. In addition to the one above, I have in mind, Building STEPS, Devil's Tree. Broadcasting Institute of Maryland, Single Carrot Theatre, African Palliative Care Association, Clagett Farm, Adkins Arboretum. For most of these I would guess there is additional material to be found, and I suggest you might want to look for it. I don't like to nominate articles for deletion if there is any reasonable chance they can be supported enough to stay in WP, and some of these are I think quite important. I'd work on them myself if I had the time to do it. DGG ( talk ) 07:07, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
Nice to hear from you again. No time no talk. Yeah last year I was doing a lot of AfCs and at the time my threshold for approval was not what I would call, "high". I just tried to reject blatant copyright infringement, blatant advertising, and nonsense posts. Basically if it would survive speedy deletion I would approve it. I would also take a few minutes to do some cleanup to certain articles (mostly involving proper citations) but not a ton. So yeah, if it's been in the system for a year and it's still not up to standards, go ahead and AfD the stuff. --Mblumber (talk) 15:12, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

Saturday: NYC Art And Feminism Wikipedia Editathon[edit]

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Upcoming Saturday events - March 1: Harlem History Editathon and March 8: NYU Law Editathon[edit]

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Saturday June 21: Wiki Loves Pride[edit]

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