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DYK for Composition roller[edit]

Nyttend (talk 11:41, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

Statue images[edit]

Hi Morgan,

Thanks for letting me know that you put those images up for deletion. I can't think of any fair-use argument I could make for them, and I would not know where to start with respect to getting permission from the copyright holders of the statues, so I think I'll leave the images to be deleted.

Neelix (talk) 01:57, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

Rees's Cyclopaedia #2[edit]

Hi Morgan,

I've just created your suggested page List of Contributors to Rees's Cyclopaedia I just hope there will not be the same kind of flak caused by the creation of the list of long articles, for there were moves to deleted it entirely as being 'un-encyclopaedic'!!. My next job is finish adding info about writers' Rees contributions to their WP pages, so there is a cross reference. Apwoolrich (talk) 13:53, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

Excellent! After I proposed it, I looked back into the history and saw the trouble you had with that one, which made me realize what sort of pitfall I may have stepped into. Hopefully because it is cited, and has a very clear and definite inclusion criteria (it seems that the 15 column definition appeared to some as rather arbitrary), that it should stand a bit better odds. I did move it, however, to match up with the use of the "æ" in the other Cyclopædia articles, so if its not showing up on your watchlist, that might be why. Cheers! Morgan Riley (talk) 15:43, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
The 15 column definition stems from the Rees Project, and was picked by Prof. Fullmer to reflect the 11,000 word article length, which can be regarded as the size for a definitive account of a topic. But of course what about the shorter articles? The David and Charles reprint has the same defect, in that any piece less than about 350 words was left out. Readers not knowing this might assume that Rees never had the topic. I have a very long MS listing of the biographical articles in Rees that I am pondering how to handle. There was a guy I have lost touch with who photocopied all Burney's musical articles with a view to publishing them in book form, but a Google search shows he never pursued it. When I was working as a publisher's editor I copied the Canals article with all the updates on canals and railways from the later volumes,for publication in book form but that was not taken up. The textiles pages on are line and I have referenced them.
I suppose the obvious answer will be to create a Rees's Cyclopaedia page for each volume on Wikisource with all the article titles listed in the hope that in time the texts can be scanned and OCRd for inclusion.This has been done for EB 11 and other serials. I have used the HathiTrust edition of the various reviews I have cited for use in my research, and making plain text copies was quite straight forward.
The problem will be how to handle the numerous 2 or 3 line dictionary articles, and the numerous pages with tables, maths etc, etc. Also finding enough people interested in doing it! Kind regards. Apwoolrich (talk) 16:40, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

Good stuff[edit]

Was snooping your page. Like 99% of what you are for/doing. Go Brave...Squirrels. TCO (talk) 06:58, 16 February 2013 (UTC)


Thanks for your comment at the AfD. Out of interest, what could gunnies be merged into? I know that the word stope is sometimes used, but that's just a redirect at present and it seems to be a less precise term. My knowledge of mining is very biased towards SW England, though, so maybe there's another term that's used worldwide?  —SMALLJIM  11:23, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

Rees's Cyclopaedia #3[edit]

Putting my money where my mouth is, I downloaded an HTML copy of the OCRd text of Vol 1 from the Internet Archive, ran it through my text editor Note Tab and converted it to a text document. Have made a start at cutting out all the body text, leaving the topic headings which are in Caps, so OCR well. The problem is that the OCRing of the work is somewhat mangled, so it will be a job to produce decent texts of the articles for WikiSource. The work complete is around 100,000 words for that volume. Once I have produced the list I shall have to check it against the original. I'll keep you posted on how it goes. Apwoolrich (talk) 18:10, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

Westerns project scope[edit]


I removed Monument Valley from our scope, but retained List of appearances of Monument Valley in the media. Reason being, is to help the project mainly focus on fictional articles, otherwise we would end up with everything from cactus to every model of Colt .45, places, and U.S. state shown in a Western movie and it would become unmanageable. The best place for Monument Valley in a Western context is WP:WikiProject American Old West which is more a non-fiction historical project dealing with real outlaws and places, real cowboys and Indians. By keeping fiction and non-fiction apart, I hope to offer a more specific set of articles for members to contribute towards and it will help people find things easier in the project categories. The non-fictional exceptions of course, are biogs of real actors and directors, writers and such who had a notable role in shaping the Westerns genre. Thanks, however, for the list article.. it is perfectly suited to what we cover and need to work on. On a side note, can you please make sure you class newly tagged articles, as I want to avoid a backlog of unassessed articles. Thanks, Ma®©usBritish{chat} 13:16, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

Noted. My rationale was not really any "Old West" historical element as much as that much of Monument Valley's history and notability is due to its role as a filming location for everyone from John Ford to Sergio Leone to Back to the Future Part III. But it is for each project to decide their scope, and it is easier for a project to remove a tag than to have to seek out ones in need. Cheers. Morgan Riley (talk) 00:46, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

Coalwood, WV[edit]

I agree 100% with your comments regarding Coalwood. Particularly irksome is the reference to Big Creek High School, which resides in War, which is several miles down the road from Coalwood. I would be overjoyed to edit the article and remove most of the Rocket Boy Material, and of course most of the data that has been copied from the Coalwood WV page.....let me know when this can happen because, IF I were to do the edits, there would be a galactic level knee spasm that they can no longer read about Homer Hickam. I know Homer, I have corresponded with him, and the fact that the RocketBoys festival has moved to Beckley, a full 70+ miles from Coalwood, speaks violumesCoal town guy (talk) 17:00, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

Hmmm, as I live in central Virginia, I doubt my local library has much to help there, but I can try to provide a neutral third party if you have had editing issues with these matters.Morgan Riley (talk) 17:02, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

Article Feedback deployment[edit]

Hey Morgan Riley; I'm dropping you this note because you've used the article feedback tool in the last month or so. On Thursday and Friday the tool will be down for a major deployment; it should be up by Saturday, failing anything going wrong, and by Monday if something does :). Thanks, Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 21:27, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

Pit Towns..dammit, I like that[edit]

I love the fact that we are providing a global perspective on this facet of history. HOW may I help? My experience is by my own admission US based, as well, thats about the only area I know well.Coal town Coal town guy (talk) 16:51, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

As my familial homeland (on one side anyways) is the Shinnston-Clarksburg area, I want to applaud your efforts to digitally immortalize the communities of Appalachia. Bravo! Also, I may want your help soon on a project I have cooking for my local coalfield, though it's on the backburner until I get the assessment/tagging of all the WikiProject Mining pages mostly done (got about a couple hundred left to do; that's how I discovered pit town).Morgan Riley (talk) 17:01, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
Is there a biography of a coal company owner in the UK that you can recall. Thats how I was able to find a documenetd definition. Most of these folks were rather paternalistic, and they were proud of the places they created......Coal town guy (talk) 17:05, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
Re Great Britain, there are many instances of mine owners building houses for the miners, not only for coal but also minerals such as copper, which can be seen in places like Cornwall. Another aspect is the creation of settlements for industrial workers with the introduction of the factory system in the eighteenth century. AFIK its not a topic that has been widely researched, but there is material in each of the volumes of regional textile mills surveys and the one about the Swindon railway town, all published by English Heritage in the 1990s. Apwoolrich (talk) 17:16, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

Pit Village definition and reference for you[edit]

I found this take a look its a dam good startCoal town guy (talk) 17:30, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

WikiProject Mining[edit]

Thank you for the invitation, but I am not sure what a project is. What would my task be? - Soerfm (talk) 20:50, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

Please look at recent edits of Cooling tower by[edit]

That anonymous user added an external link to a company website. When an anonymous newcomer to WP makes only one edit, the addition of a link to his/her company's website, the odds are that he/she is only interested in advertising that company's website. I therefore removed the link ... and added it in again. I removed it a second time and has again added that link.

I don't want to continue this edit "warring" any further. Would you take a look and see what you can do? mbeychok (talk) 15:28, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

Agreed that it looks suspiciously like spam, even if well-intentioned; if not spam, then its marginal educational value should be discussed before its replacement. I removed the link, added the Template:No more links hoping that may help some, and requested that before its replacement that it be discussed at the talk page. Also, good call on 3RR, keeping your cool, and bringing in a third party. Cheers! Morgan Riley (talk) 16:34, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

Fantastic work on the Virginia Portal[edit]

I'm really really impressed with your work on the Virginia Portal. I has bothered me for some time, and I was giving serious thought to proposing its deletion - I figured nobody was likely to properly maintain it. However, the automation is brilliant and I think it looks great. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.--Kubigula (talk) 03:28, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

Thank you very much! I'll keep at it then. Right now the main help I can think of is trying to find "this month in history" dates for some of the "slower news" months. Eventually, I hope to get it to a point where it can be nominated for featured portal.
Thats FANDAMTASTIC work for certain, that portal has come a long way.Coal town guy (talk) 00:55, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

Hi! I joined Wikipedia inspired by you. I'm also helping restore a house in Barton Heights, at 2007 Barton. The historical societies that I've contacted say there are no images, yet I've been able to find partial/pieces of images by searching Home St, the nearby houses, etc. I (somewhat obviously) live in Richmond also; If there are any images you've taken or come across that might help us unravel the tangle of bad construction, remodels, owners, etc. I'd be forever in your debt! Any pictures at all would inspire, honestly. Thank you so much for all your hard work! HonorCat (talk) 23:07, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

Weyanoke, WV[edit]

Back from the beach, no coal there. Weyanoke Coal and Coke was HUGE at its zenith. Check out Arista, West Virginia and Hiawatha, West Virginia as well. Both of those were in Mercer County. While yes, there was a Weyanoke WV, its greater presence was probably in Hiawatha. Hope this helps. Oh, and the local pronounciation sounds like whyanoke. I also took a look at the ref, very very cool. IF you ever see a ref on Whitby, West Virginia, or its older name Bowyer give me a yellCoal town guy (talk) 00:42, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

De-templating for WP:Mining[edit]

Just saw your removed the template from Talk:Cadwallader Range. That range is the core of the Bridge River goldfield (Bralorne-Pioneer Mine and others. Might I suggest you x-ref these places with mining searches to see why they have WP:Mining on them before you delete their templates? In this case a search for "MINFILE Cadwallader" will find you a bunch.Skookum1 (talk) 00:56, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for the criticism. Part of the issue is trying to figure out how tangential these things are, but mostly I work by taking what's in the article and processing that through the criteria. I do searches to help determine individual minesites, but since there was not a word about it, I couldn't see the connection (quite a many articles are tagged when only tangentially related). It certainly needs some explanation of its connection then. Hopefully I haven't made too many other mistakes, but if you see any more in my attempt to work through the backlog, please let me know. Cheers! Morgan Riley (talk) 01:16, 1 April 2013 (UTC)
I posted a MINFILE google and a book ref on that general if you find this template on a BC page, I probably put it there, with good reason, even if the article says nothing (yet).Skookum1 (talk) 01:30, 1 April 2013 (UTC)

Webinar / edit-a-thon at the National Library of Medicine (NLM)[edit]

Join us at the NLM next week, either in person or online, to learn about NLM resources, hear some great speakers, and do some editing!

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On Tuesday, 28 May there will be a community Wikipedia meeting at the United States National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland - with a second on Thursday, 30 May for those who can't make it on Tuesday. You can participate either in-person, or via an online webinar. If you attend in person, USB sticks (but not external drives) are ok to use.

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Richmond meetup for Wikipedia:Wiknic?[edit]

I actually live in the Richmond area and could probably snag a friend to go if you wanted to tentatively hold something that day. I don't think I have anything planned, but if you're interested in holding something on Saturday, June 22 I'm willing. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 09:16, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Should the Wicnic go ahead on the 22nd, I'd likely attend. - Doesn't seem, however, there's all that much interest so far... Albrecht Conz (talk) 20:33, 7 June 2013 (UTC)

Have time on Saturday?[edit]

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Harej (talk) 03:50, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Harej (talk) 00:07, 16 January 2014 (UTC)


Boy I sure do love Richmond. After serving my country fighting in two wars I finally made my way back to the USofA and my base in CA. It had been several years since I had been "home", and I decided to check up on the city to see how it was doing. You see when ever I travel, I use Wikipedia as a source for learning about that particular city, as I am sure millions (if not billions) of other netizens do-- E.g. sites to see, things to do, history, weather, etc. So naturally, to check up on my beloved city I visited the Wikipedia page. I was quite dismayed to find that the Richmond, VA site had images that were dated, or didn't reflect the true character of the city, and didn't seem to highlight the best attributes of the city. Actually after reviewing the article, it seems that the people that are spending their time making edits to the article hardly seem to care much about the city at all or are oblivious to what makes it unique for the vast majority of citizens. There are some downright negative views on there. I vowed to take some time to show my appreciation for the city I love.

Now that I am back home, I have some more time on my hands. I figured I would help do my part to show those that want to learn a little more about what the city is really all about. A lot has happened in the past couple decades, but the page sure didn't reflect that. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:53, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

Welcome back! I too love Richmond (and Virginia more broadly, amongst various interests), and so have spent countless hours trying to gradually bring up the quality of the various pages and images for it. I would welcome any suggestions you have. Moreover, if you would like help or advice on how to edit or otherwise contribute to Wikipedia, please let me know! Morgan Riley (talk) 22:18, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

Sure. How about you let other people have a chance to provide factual information about their city. Based on the edit history it seems that the wiki Richmond, VA page is just the "Morgan Riley's Richmond, VA page". Yes, it might be the most factual Richmond, VA page around, but it also one of the most uninteresting. There can be factual content that is impartial and not completely sterile too. This should be a true representation of the people that make the city.

I am sure Richmond doesn't have nearly as many willing contributors as the larger metropolises. But it also doesn't help that the few that are willing to try to contribute get shot down so frequently. Other people want to share their (fact based) part of the Richmond story, but every time they have done so it just gets wiped. You definitely have the wiki experience to overrule any contributor and you sure aren't shy to use it. But why not take some time to go out of your way and bring their contributions up to code instead of just removing other peoples stuff all the time?

Obviously we aren't all experts at Wikipedia. But the result of what you are doing, unintended or otherwise, is that the Richmond Wikipedia page is in no way a true representation of what Richmond is really all about. You have turned it into a one-sided fact book that is seemingly too timid to explore any of the aspects of what makes the city what it is. Sure you have to be balanced-- I get it. But don't just gut the article to make it happen. If that is what you are trying to accomplish, why stop with removing one or two posts every now and then? How about just remove all content and leave the words "Richmond, Virginia". That seems pretty safe, right? Sure, you are a loyal Wikipedia editor, but you are doing a disservice to the city of Richmond and the citizens who love it and want to share it with the world. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:19, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

Coming up in February![edit]

Hello there!

Our February WikiSalon is coming up on Sunday, February 23. Join us at our gathering of Wikipedia enthusiasts at the Kogod Courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery with an optional dinner after. As usual, all are welcome. Care to join us?

Also, if you are available, there is an American Art Edit-a-thon being held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum with Professor Andrew Lih's COMM-535 class at American University on Tuesday, February 11 from 2 to 5 PM. Please RSVP on the linked page if you are interested.

If you have any ideas or preferences for meetups, please let us know at Wikipedia talk:Meetup/DC.

Thank you, and hope to see you at our upcoming events! Harej (talk) 18:41, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For the considerable amount of assessment work you have done yesterday and today for WP:VIRGINIA, I hereby award you this barnstar. Great work! :) NeutralhomerTalk • 07:09, 7 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Agreed. The amount of work and backlog reduction you have done recently for WPVA is amazing!--Mojo Hand (talk) 19:47, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
Wow, thank you all! I figured if WPVA wants to make real progress, the assessment backlog needed to go. Let me know what else I may be able to help with! Morgan Riley (talk) 21:08, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

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Category:Tailings dam disasters[edit]

Please see my proposal to rename Category:Tailings dam disasters (which you created) and its parent cat here. Opinions and comments welcome.--NortyNort (Holla) 22:38, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

DC Meetups in March[edit]

Happy March!

Though we have a massive snowstorm coming up, spring is just around the corner! Personally, I am looking forward to warmer weather.

Wikimedia DC is looking forward to a spring full of cool and exciting activities. In March, we have coming up:

  • Evening WikiSalon on Wednesday, March 12 from 7 PM – 9 PM. Meet up with Wikipedians for coffee at the Cove co-working space in Dupont Circle! If you cannot make it in the evening, join us at our...
  • March Meetup on Sunday, March 23 from 3 PM – 6 PM. Our monthly weekend meetup, same place as last month. Meet really cool and interesting people!
  • Women in the Arts 2014 meetup and edit-a-thon on Sunday, March 30 from 10 AM – 5 PM. Our second annual Women in the Arts edit-a-thon, held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Free lunch will be served!

We hope to see you at our upcoming events! If you have any questions, feel free to ask on my talk page.

Harej (talk) 05:11, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

March 2014[edit]

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An exciting month of wiki events![edit]

Hello there,

I am pleased to say that April will be a very exciting month for Wikipedia in Washington, DC. We have a lot of different events coming up, so you will have a lot to choose from.

First, a reminder that our second annual Women in the Arts Edit-a-Thon will take place on Sunday, March 30 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Coming up in April, we have our first-ever Open Government WikiHack with the Sunlight Foundation on April 5–6! We are working together to use open government data to improve the Wikimedia projects, and we would love your help. All are welcome, regardless of coding or editing experience. We will also be having a happy hour the day before, with refreshments courtesy of the Sunlight Foundation.

On Friday, April 11 we are having our first edit-a-thon ever with the Library of Congress. The Africa Collection Edit-a-Thon will focus on the Library's African and Middle East Reading Room. It'll be early in the morning, but it's especially worth it if you're interested in improving Wikipedia's coverage of African topics.

The following day, we are having our second annual Wiki Loves Capitol Hill training. We will discuss policy issues relevant to Wikimedia and plan for our day of outreach to Congressional staffers that will take place during the following week.

There are other meetups in the works, so be sure to check our meetup page with the latest. I hope to see you at some of these events!

All the best,
James Hare

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Two edit-a-thons coming up![edit]

Hello there!

I'm pleased to tell you about two upcoming edit-a-thons:

  • This Tuesday, April 29, from 2:30 to 5:30 PM, we have the Freer and Sackler edit-a-thon. (Sorry for the short notice!)
  • On Saturday, May 10 we have the Wikipedia APA edit-a-thon, in partnership with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

We have more stuff coming up in May and June, so make sure to keep a watch on the DC meetup page. As always, if you have any recommendations or requests, please leave a note on the talk page.


James Hare

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Meet up with us[edit]

Happy May!

There are a few meetups in DC this month, including an edit-a-thon later this month. Check it out:

  • On Thursday, May 15 come to our evening WikiSalon at the Cove co-working space in Dupont Circle. If you're available Thursday evening, feel free to join us!
  • Or if you prefer a Saturday night dinner gathering, we also have our May Meetup at Capitol City Brewing Company. (Beer! Non-beer things too!)
  • You are also invited to the Federal Register edit-a-thon at the National Archives later this month.

Come one, come all!


James Hare

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Washington, DC meetups in June[edit]


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Wikimedia DC has yet another busy month in June. Whether you're a newcomer to Wikipedia or have years of experience, we're happy to see you come. Here's what's coming up:

  • On Wednesday, June 11 from 7 to 9 PM come to the WikiSalon at the Cove co-working space. Hang out with Wikipedia enthusiasts!
  • Saturday, June 14 is the Frederick County History Edit-a-Thon from 11 AM to 4 PM. Help improve local history on Wikipedia.
  • The following Saturday, June 21, is the June Meetup. Dinner and drinks with Wikipedians!
  • Come on Tuesday, June 24 for the Wikipedia in Your Library edit-a-thon at GWU on local and LGBT history.
  • Last but not least, on Sunday, June 29 we have the Phillips Collection Edit-a-Thon in honor of the Made in America exhibit.

Wikipedia is better with friends, so why not come out to an event?


James Hare

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The Great American Wiknic and other events in July[edit]

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I am pleased to announce our fourth annual picnic, the Great American Wiknic, will take place at Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, July 13 from 1 to 5 PM (rain date: July 20). We will be hanging out by the statue of Dante Alighieri, a statue that was donated to the park in 1921 as a tribute to Italian Americans. Read more about the statue on Wikipedia. If you would like to sign up for the picnic, you can do so here. When signing up, say what you’re going to bring!

July will also feature the second annual Great American Wiknic in Frederick, Maryland. This year’s Frederick picnic will take place on Sunday, July 6 at Baker Park. Sign up here for the Frederick picnic.

What else is going on in July? We have the American Chemical Society Edit-a-Thon on Saturday, July 12, dedicated to notable chemists, and our monthly WikiSalon on Wednesday, July 16.

We hope to see you at our upcoming events!


James Hare

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Hi from Dale Enterprise[edit]

Hi, Morgan, I think in February you stopped by the Dale Enterprise, Virginia page that I started, introduced yourself and very kindly invited contact with questions, etc. I am a very occasional contributor, but might like to follow up with you. What is the scope of your Wikipedia interests? The Dale Enterprise, Virginia page is in a couple of the unincorporated communities categories (Virginia, Rockingham County). Thank you for your offer! --DBK (talk) 16:56, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Battle of Fort Stevens Edit-a-Thon![edit]

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Sorry for the last minute update, but our friends at the DC Historical Society have scheduled a Battle of Fort Stevens Edit-a-Thon to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle fought in the District. The event will last from noon to 2 PM on Wednesday, July 30. Hope you can make it!


James Hare

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Wikipedia and YOUR History: Taking Control of the Internet[edit]

Come one and come all. To a presentation at the Laurel Historical Society about how you can help verify, validate, and edit the information that is on the front line of local history.

Picture your self leading the masses to improve Wikimedia one article at a time.
  • Show the Internet who is the better editor.
  • Be the creator of culture that you know you are.
  • Spread the knowledge of noteworthy people who no one but you cares about.
  • Lead the charge to a better Wikipedia --- eventually.

Geraldshields11 (talk) 02:08, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia and YOUR History: Taking Control of the Internet[edit]

See you at the Laurel Pool Room, 9th and Main Street, Laurel, MD on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM EST. See for more information. Geraldshields11 (talk) 02:13, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikimedia DC invites revolutionaries, free thinkers, and other sundry editors to a DC WikiSalon[edit]

The WikiSalon is a special meetup usually held during the first and third full weeks of every month, from 7 PM to 9 PM. It's an informal gathering of Wikimedia enthusiasts, who come together to discuss Wikimedia wikis and collaboratively edit. There's no set agenda, and guests are welcome to recommend articles for the group to edit or edit on their own.

If you're coming by Metro, the closest station is Dupont Circle (on the Red Line). If you're driving, a lot of parking opens up downtown after 6:30 PM, so finding a parking space (even a free one) should be easy. Once you've found the building, go to Cove on the second floor. We will be in the conference room.

When: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: The Cove, Dupont Circle, 1730 Connecticut Avenue NW, 2nd floor, 20009, DC

For more information, see

My best regards, Geraldshields11 (talk) 02:25, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikimedia DC's Wonderful meetups[edit]

Wikimedia DC's Upcoming meetups

  • Thursday, September 11: “Wikipedia and YOUR History: Taking Control of the Internet, One Article at a Time!”
    A presentation at the Laurel Historical Society about how you can help verify, validate, and edit the information that is on the front line of local history. Laurel Pool Room, 9th and Main Street in Laurel, MD. 7 PM.
  • Wednesday, September 17: WikiSalon
    Come for the pizza, stay for the conversation. 7 PM – 9 PM
  • Saturday, September 20: September Meetup
    Get dinner and drinks with fellow Wikipedians! 6 PM
  • Sunday, September 21: Laurel History Edit-a-Thon
    Local history for Wikipedia! 10:15 AM – 4 PM
  • Saturday, September 27 – Sunday, September 28: Please RSVP for the Open Government WikiHack at Eventbrite by clicking on the link. The National Archives and Records Administration and Wikimedia DC are teaming up to come up with solutions that help integrate government data into Wikipedia. 10:30 AM – 5 PM each day

My best regards, Geraldshields11 (talk) 22:49, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

The wonderful annual meeting! And more![edit]

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Hello, fellow Wikipedian!

I am excited to announce our upcoming Annual Meeting at the National Archives! We'll have free lunch, an introduction by Archivist of the United States David Ferriero, and a discussion featuring Ed Summers, the creator of CongressEdits. Join your fellow DC-area Wikipedians on Saturday, October 18 from 12 to 4:30 PM. RSVP today!

Also coming up we have the Human Origins edit-a-thon on October 17 and the WikiSalon on October 22. Hope to see you at our upcoming events!


James Hare

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End-of-the-year meetups[edit]


You're invited to the end-of-the-year meetup at Busboys and Poets on Sunday, December 14 at 6 PM. There is Wi-Fi, so bring your computer if you want!

You are also invited to our WikiSalon on Thursday, December 18 at 7 PM.

Hope to see you at our upcoming events!


James Hare

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Museum hacks and museum edits[edit]

Hello there!

Upcoming events:

  • February 6–8: The third annual ArtBytes Hackathon at the Walters Art Museum! This year Wikimedia DC is partnering with the Walters for a hack-a-thon at the intersection of art and technology, and I would like to see Wikimedia well represented.
  • February 11: The monthly WikiSalon, same place as usual. RSVP on Meetup or just show up!
  • February 15: Wiki Loves Small Museums in Ocean City. Mary Mark Ockerbloom, with support from Wikimedia DC, will be leading a workshop at the Small Museum Association Conference on how they can contribute to Wikipedia. Tons of representatives from GLAM institutions will be present, and we are looking for volunteers. If you would like to help out, check out "Information for Volunteers".

I am also pleased to announce events for Wikimedia DC Black History Month with Howard University and NPR. Details on those events soon.

If you have any questions or have any requests, please email me at

See you there! – James Hare

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Wikimedia DC celebrates Black History Month, and more![edit]

Hello again!

Not even a week ago I sent out a message talking about upcoming events in DC. Guess what? There are more events coming up in February.

First, as a reminder, there is a WikiSalon on February 11 (RSVP here or just show up) and Wiki Loves Small Museums at the Small Museum Association Conference on February 15 (more information here).

Now, I am very pleased to announce:

There is going to be a lot going on, and I hope you can come to some of the events!

If you have any questions or need any special accommodations, please let me know.


James Hare

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