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This barnstar is awarded to Purplebackpack89, for his dedication to comprimise and his ability to work with other editors to come up with amicable solutions which satisfy everyone.

Purplebackpack89, thank you for your valiant efforts in building this project. Ikip (talk) 07:48, 13 September 2009 (UTC)

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Though I doubt you're going to get anywhere in this debate due to the highly charged nature of the subject matter, your viewpoint on the issue and your line of reasoning shows you are thinker. Keep it up! And don't despair. The service of truth is the hardest service. NickCT (talk) 03:32, 30 September 2010 (UTC)
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Thanks for putting forward the suggestion on ANI that we block, rather than ban, User:LiteralKa. It may or may not pass, but at the end of the day, you did the right thing by suggesting it. The Cavalry (Message me) 21:15, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
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For your battling abusive administrators and their sycophants. They do more destruction to Wikipedia than Joe can ever do and they know it. ...William 16:54, 29 November 2013 (UTC)
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For all your hard work organizing and maintaining Wikipedia:Vital articles. You are an asset to the project; keep up the great work! GabeMc (talk|contribs) 19:16, 30 December 2013 (UTC)
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Thanks for your recent work on multiple merge & redirects re: Yoko Tsuno. Much appreciated. GenQuest "Talk to Me" 13:25, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

May 10 Asian Pacific American edit-a-thon in LA[edit]

LA Meetup: May 10 Asian Pacific American edit-a-thon
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Dear fellow Wikipedian,

You have been invited to a meetup and edit-a-thon at the Junipero Serra Branch of the LA Public Library (4607 S. Main St., 90037) on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm! This event is sponsored by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association and aims to improve coverage of Asian Pacific American topics, particularly as they relate to southern California. Please RSVP here if you're interested.

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WikiCup 2014 April newsletter[edit]

Round 3 of the 2014 WikiCup has just begun; 32 competitors remain. Pool G's Oh, better far to live and die / Under the brave black flag I fly... Adam Cuerden (submissions) was Round 2's highest scorer, with a large number of featured picture credits. In March/April, he restored star charts from Urania's Mirror, lithographs of various warships (such as SMS Gefion) and assorted other historical media. Second overall was Pool E's Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), whose featured list Silver certificate (United States) contains dozens of scans of banknotes recently promoted to featured picture status. Third was Pool G's United States ChrisGualtieri (submissions) who has produced a large number of good articles, many, including Falkner Island, on Connecticut-related topics. Other successful participants included Rhodesia Cliftonian (submissions), who saw three articles (including the top-importance Ian Smith) through featured article candidacies, and Washington, D.C. Caponer (submissions), who saw three lists (including the beautifully-illustrated list of plantations in West Virginia) through featured list candidacies. High-importance good articles promoted this round include narwhal from Canada Reid,iain james (submissions), tiger from Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) and The Lion King from Minas Gerais Igordebraga (submissions). We also saw our first featured topic points of the competition, awarded to Nepal Czar (submissions) and Indiana Red Phoenix (submissions) for their work on the Sega Genesis topic. No points have been claimed so far for good topics or featured portals.

192 was our lowest qualifying score, again showing that this WikiCup is the most competitive ever. In previous years, 123 (2013), 65 (2012), 41 (2011) or 100 (2010) secured a place in Round 3. Pool H was the strongest performer, with all but one of its members advancing, while only the two highest scorers in Pools G and F advanced. At the end of June, 16 users will advance into the semi-finals. If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talkemail), The ed17 (talkemail) and Miyagawa (talkemail) 17:57, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

Principality of Sealand[edit]

Thanks for you message about why you tagged this page. Just a friendly tip that when adding a fairy vague tag, it's always best to follow up with a detailed reason on the article's talk page. Or just fix the problem yourself. Thanks. Magnolia677 (talk) 20:30, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

LA edit-a-thons on May 23 and 31[edit]

LA meetups: Adrianne Wadewitz memorial edit-a-thons on May 23 and May 31
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Dear fellow Wikipedian,

There are two LA edit-a-thons in memory of Adrianne Wadewitz, a prolific Wikipedia editor, in the coming weeks. Please join us May 23 at Occidental College and May 31 at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry to combat systemic bias and help further Adrianne's legacy. No experience needed! Please RSVP at the relevant page(s) if you plan to attend.

I hope to see you there! Calliopejen1 (talk) - via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:28, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

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My alleged "canvasing" in regards to the Kevin S. Hamilton article nomination for deletion.[edit]

As a Wikipedia editor, I try to assume good faith. But I am still bothered by the comment you left me, because it seems clear you were automatically not assuming good faith and additionally "keeping tabs" on my edits in an effort to catch me doing something wrong. I'm no expert on Wikipedia policy. I freely admit that. But I don't believe any editor except an administrator has a right to monitor an account in order to catch another editor doing something wrong. And I have to say, that bothers me. If that is not what you were doing, I apologize. Now, as to the issue at hand, my alleged "canvasing" in regards to the Kevin S. Hamilton nomination for deletion, I would write a word or two in my own defense. If you were to do a little research into the previous interactions I have had with each of the editors I contacted regarding this matter, you would find that I have been at odds with each and every one of them at various times because our opinions differed. Those differences are now settled, but I can still clearly remember the impact they had on me. It seemed apparent that you weren't going to notify any of the other editors who have edited or had a potential interest in this article, so I did. And in those posts, while I did make my opinion known, I made it clear that they might have a different perspective than me. If that was against Wikipedia policy, then that was my mistake and I assure you I won't let it happen again. That being said, the beauty of Wikipedia is in its diversity of editors and their individual experiences, which, when added collectively, serves to produce articles that are well-rounded and adhere to all Wikipedia policies. I don't know how thoroughly you may have done your research. I have been an editor here for just over seven years. In that time, I have interacted with many editors, most of whom I found to be professional, all of whom I've learned treasured lessons from. Why then, when I found out this article was nominated for deletion, would I not contact such individuals and ask for them to weigh in? That is what I have done in the past on issues I feel strongly about. I do not know everything about my fellow editors either. I don't know how many of them (if any) would side with me. But I knew I could trust the editors I contacted to give their honest opinion on the issue. And that was my reason for contacting them. I may have made my own opinion known, but that doesn't automatically mean it is shared by any or all of the editors I contacted. And in what I posted, I merely extended to them an invitation to weigh in. If I unknowingly violated Wikipedia policy in doing so, then I apologize and assure you I will do my best to see that it doesn't happen again. I am firmly committed to an ideal that I once had with my signature here on Wikipedia: "We can disagree without being disagreeable." I still believe that to be true. That is why, having voiced my opinion and having invited other editors to voice their opinion, I will step away from the conversation. I don't intend to engage in debate. I've offered my two cents, and any interested editors can take that for what it's worth. Ultimately, I believe the determination of the consensus will be to keep the article. But whatever happens, I take comfort in knowing that I have done all I could to defend it. No response is needed to my comment, but if you have a response or need clarification about my perspective, reasoning, or anything else, please drop me a note on my talk page, as I don't habitually check other Wikipedia editor's pages for a reply. Best wishes for continued success in your Wikipedia editorship! --Jgstokes (talk) 05:50, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

Place names in Mexico[edit]

You moved Senecu, Mexico to Senecu, Chihuahua citing, presumably Wikipedia:Naming conventions (geographic names)#Mexico. However further disambiguation was not required as there seems to be only one Senecu in Mexico. --Bejnar (talk) 17:17, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

Notification of a June AfC BackLog Drive[edit]


Hello Purplebackpack89:

WikiProject Articles for creation is holding a month long Backlog Elimination Drive!
The goal of this drive is to eliminate the backlog of unreviewed articles. The drive is running from June 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014.

Awards will be given out for all reviewers participating in the drive in the form of barnstars at the end of the drive.
There is a backlog of over 1000 articles, so start reviewing articles! Visit the drive's page and help out!

The AfC helper script can assist you in tallying your edits automatically. To view a full list of changes, visit the changelog. Please report bugs and feature requests there, too! Thanks. Sent on behalf of (tJosve05a (c) by {{U|Technical 13}} (tec) using the MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 15:45, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

Vital articles[edit]

I put them up for discussion months ago, and got no response whatsoever. It is ridiculous that so many key buildings and artworks are not on the list. Amandajm (talk) 04:51, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

Here is the list:

Articles for adding and removing[edit]

  • Remove: Sistine Chapel is listed as a vital article under "Architecture". It is architecturally insignificant. The frescos should be listed elsewhere; see below
  • Add to History of Art, Pre-modern:
    1. Italian Renaissance painting NOTE: this does not go under "Painting", along with the methods. It is a school of art.
  • Add to Vital Art/Works:
  1. Tres Riches Heures - best known illuminated manuscript
  2. Vitruvian Man - most famous drawing of all time
  3. Sistine Chapel ceiling - obvious reasons
  4. Brancacci Chapel - Masaccio. Incredibly influential on Renaissance painters
  5. Scrovegni Chapel - Giotto's masterpiece, the greatest fresco cycle before Michelangelo
  • Add to Vital Art/Paintings
  1. Primavera (Botticelli) - just as great as "Birth of Venus"
  2. The Raft of the Medusa - groundbreaking realism
  3. The Maids of Honour - regarded as possibly the greatest oil painting of all time
  4. The Last Judgement (Michelangelo) - needs listing separately to the ceiling as it is a distinctly different work
  5. American Gothic - an icon of American painting
  6. Maesta (Duccio) - the greatest late Medieval masterpiece
  • Add to Sculpture:
  1. Laocoön and His Sons - renowned Classical sculptural group of enormous influence
  2. Elgin Marbles - the sculpture of the Parthenon
  3. David (Donatello) - the most important bronze figure of the Early Renaissance
  4. David (Verrocchio) - the contrasting figure by Leonardo's teacher
  5. The Burghers of Calais - renowned group by Rodin
  6. Ghiberti Doors - (that is what they are called. I have no idea what Wikipedia choses to call them, but this is what they should be found under.) The first major sculptural work of the Renaissance; all the young artists cut their teeth on these doors.
  • Add to Architectural styles: I believe that this has been acted upon
  1. Romanesque architecture
  2. Gothic architecture
  3. Renaissance architecture
  4. Baroque architecture
  5. Classical architecture
  6. Gothic Revival architecture
  • Add to Architecture/buildings:
  1. St Paul's Cathedral - Christopher Wren's masterpiece
  2. Florence Cathedral - Brunelleschi, in the building of the dome, changed the role of the architect.
  3. Fallingwater - Frank Lloyd Wright's acknowledged masterpiece
  4. St Mark's Basilica - of unique importance as a work of late Byzantine
  5. Abbey of Saint Denis - the choir and ambulatory were the first structure to combine all the burgeoning elements of Gothic architecture
  6. Cologne Cathedral - the most significant Gothic building in Germany
  7. San Vitale, Ravenna - the supreme masterpiece in a collection of Early Christian/Byzantine buildings of Ravenna
  8. Durham Cathedral (yes, it is on my list of things to fix.) with Pisa Cathedral, it is one of the greatest Romanesque buildings in the world. Moreover, it has the first ribbed vault and the earliest flying buttresses.
  9. Pisa Cathedral - the greatest Romanesque building south of the Alps.
  10. Wells Cathedral - the earliest building to truly embody the Gothic style.

Amandajm (talk) 05:04, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

Perhaps you could transfer this to wherever it needs to go, to get acted upon. Amandajm (talk) 07:44, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

That's a lot of proposals. Which are your top ten? pbp 14:48, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
This isn't an overwhelming list. It doesn't require a lot of work. This is a list that any five people on an Art team ought to be able to look at, immediately recognise the importance of nearly every item, and say "Yes, of course! How did we miss Fallingwater, The Maids of Honour and Laocoon and His Sons?" The process should hardly be more than ticking a box.
There are a handful of items for which the name might not be so familiar: Scrovegni Chapel, Brancacci Chapel might not be known by name, but the works of Giotto and Masaccio that they contain are common knowledge to any student of the arts.

On the other hand, a non-specialist might not know the particular architectural significance of Durham Cathedral and Wells Cathedral as against some of the other cathedrals. I have stated what their significance is. The importance of San Vitale is not so well known as it should be.

Please indicate the page that they are to go to. Amandajm (talk) 03:07, 24 May 2014 (UTC)
As I said last night, it's Wikipedia talk:Vital articles/Expanded. Proposals don't work the way your list is set up, adds or removals are generally proposed one at a time in separate threads. pbp 04:09, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

Discussion at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Windows Calendar[edit]

You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Windows Calendar. Thanks. Dogmaticeclectic (talk) 18:30, 26 May 2014 (UTC)


I've expanded the Skateman article a little bit. Think that's enough to cancel the AfD? DS (talk) 21:44, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

L.A. events on June 21 and July 6[edit]

Upcoming L.A. events: Unforgetting L.A. edit-a-thon (Saturday, June 21, 12-5pm) and Wiknic (Sunday, July 6, ~9:30am-4pm)

Gallery at 356 S. Mission Rd.
Get hungry for the Wiknic!

Dear fellow Wikipedian,

The L.A. Wikipedia community has two exciting events coming up in the next few weeks: an edit-a-thon sponsored by the online magazine East of Borneo, and the fourth annual Los Angeles Wiknic!

The East of Borneo event is an edit-a-thon that aims to build a better history of art in Southern California. This next chapter of their Unforgetting L.A. series will take place on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 12pm to 5pm at 356 S. Mission Rd. (map). Beginners welcome! Please RSVP here if you plan to attend. For more info, see

The Wiknic is a part of the nationwide Great American Wiknic. We'll be grilling, getting to know each other better, and building the L.A. Wikipedia community! The event is tentatively planned for Pan-Pacific Park (map) and will be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 9:30am to 4pm or so. Please RSVP and volunteer to bring food or drinks if possible!

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Loring D. Dewey[edit]

@Purplebackpack89. Thanks for adding the Presbyterian category to Dewey, but could you explain me why you deleted the other. Historian (talk) 18:34, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

I removed categories for the following reasons: 1) He was overcategorized, 2) He was in categories meant for events, not people, and 3) He was in both parent and daughter categories when he should have just been in daughter categories. pbp 18:52, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Speedy deletion declined: Dr Sudha Kankaria[edit]

Hello Purplebackpack89. I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of Dr Sudha Kankaria, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: There is sufficient context to identify the subject of the article. Thank you. — Malik Shabazz Talk/Stalk 17:22, 21 June 2014 (UTC)

OK...FWIW, somebody else deleted it pbp 17:51, 21 June 2014 (UTC)
Yes, but not per A1. After Malik declined the tag, he tagged it with an A7. I deleted it based on that criterion.--Bbb23 (talk) 17:53, 21 June 2014 (UTC)
BTW, since you blocked the creator, could you close the COIN I started? pbp 19:51, 21 June 2014 (UTC)

Revert on Vital_articles/Expanded/Arts[edit]

Hmmm… Not sure why you say that the piano is a percussion instrument. String instrument lists the piano, and Piano classifies it as a chordophone. Keyboard instruments also lists the piano as a chordophone. Just because the sound is initiated by hitting the strings with a hammer doesn't mean that the piano is a percussion instrument. The sound is produced by vibrating strings, which makes it a chordophone. If my edit is incorrect, it seems that the pages I mentioned are incorrect too? MichiHenning (talk) 03:24, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2014 June newsletter[edit]

After an extremely close race, Round 3 is over. 244 points secured a place in Round 4, which is comparable to previous years- 321 was required in 2013, while 243 points were needed in 2012. Pool C's Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) was the round's highest scorer, mostly due to a 32 featured pictures, including both scans and photographs. Also from Pool C, Scotland Casliber (submissions) finished second overall, claiming three featured articles, including the high-importance Grus (constellation). Third place was Pool B's Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions), whose contributions included featured articles Russian battleship Poltava (1894) and Russian battleship Peresvet. Pool C saw the highest number of participants advance, with six out of eight making it to the next round.

The round saw this year's first featured portal, with Republic of Rose Island Sven Manguard (submissions) taking Portal:Literature to featured status. The round also saw the first good topic points, thanks to Florida 12george1 (submissions) and the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. This means that all content types have been claimed this year. Other contributions of note this round include a featured topic on Maya Angelou's autobiographies from Idaho Figureskatingfan (submissions), a good article on the noted Czech footballer Tomáš Rosický from Bartošovice v Orlických horách Cloudz679 (submissions) and a now-featured video game screenshot, freely released due to the efforts of Republic of Rose Island Sven Manguard (submissions).

The judges would like to remind participants to update submission pages promptly. This means that content can be checked, and allows those following the competition (including those participating) to keep track of scores effectively. This round has seen discussion about various aspects of the WikiCup's rules and procedures. Those interested in the competition can be assured that formal discussions about how next year's competition will work will be opened shortly, and all are welcome to voice their views then. If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk · contribs) The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 18:48, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Soliciting comment...[edit]

Hi! Would you care to review my FA nomination for the article Of Human Feelings? The article is about a jazz album by Ornette Coleman, and the criteria for FA articles is at WP:FACR. If not, feel free to ignore this message. Cheers! Dan56 (talk) 00:31, 9 July 2014 (UTC)