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A barnstar for you![edit]

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For reviewing and copyediting Crown Duel. It is definitely the better article because of your efforts. Keep up the nice work! Wikipedia needs more people like you. Ruby 2010/2013 19:18, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
Have you considered joining the Wikicup? Ruby 2010/2013 19:19, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
Why thank you @Ruby2010:! That was unexpected, its just my normal approach to GAs. Glad it was of help, barnstars make great warm-fuzzies.
I have thought about Wikicup, and I don't do it largely because I don't need any more commitments/paperwork on wiki, especially with graduate classes keeping me busy. Keeping my commitments and logistics to in person things allows me to walk away from the computer more often and not feel overwhelmed. You caught me during Winter break, so I was responsive and active for the last week or so, but come a month from now, I will be less frequently around online (but will be doing more outreach and teaching 2 weeks on GLAM-Wiki in a graduate class), and don't need to be thinking about something I could/should be doing here :P I love Wikipedia, but I have already burned myself out once on here about 2 years ago, and don't want to do a repeat that long of a break from editing.
Thanks for the barnstar and wikicup offer though, and happy editing! Hopefully, we can collaborate more on novels articles (feel free to ping me when you need sources and read throughs, peer review, etc.), Sadads (talk) 19:45, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

Yes, a possible collaboration on Frederica can wait several months or more; there's no hurry on it (I don't want you to get burned out again!). That gives me time to stretch my wings on a few other Heyer novel articles, and to (of course) actually read Frederica. The Novelist article is very ambitious of you; I'm not sure I have the knowledgebase to contribute in a meaningful way, but if I think of anything to add, I will do so (or let you know about it). Thanks, Ruby 2010/2013 18:01, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

WPMILHIST[edit]

Hi Sadads, I was about to nominate WPMILHIST for discussion at WP:RfD (see that page for many other listings of CNR), but when looking up precedence I noticed that you were happy to delete WPASK at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2013 May 13. WPMILHIST received 29 pageviews in the last 90 days, which I consider to be quite low - at 10 per month I assume it is just noise by bots/crawlers/etc rather than real people using it. If you'd prefer to have a community discussion, that is no worries at all. Thanks for your time. John Vandenberg (chat) 04:41, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi again, I have listed it for discussion on Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2014 January 16. John Vandenberg (chat) 00:55, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Meetups coming up in DC![edit]

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You are invited to two upcoming events in DC:

  • Meetup at Capitol City Brewery on Saturday, January 25 at 6 PM. Please join us for dinner, drinks, socializing, and discussing Wikimedia DC activities and events. All are welcome! RSVP on the linked page or through Meetup.
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Hi[edit]

I just want to say hello to you. I remember how we collaborated on the National Health Insurance Scheme of Ghana in my early days on WP. Impressed by how far you have gotten. Keep it up. CrossTempleJay  → talk 16:27, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

@Crosstemplejay:Thanks for popping by! I did a retrospective on some of my early edits a couple weeks back, and I ran across that work. Man, its been a while. You look like you have been rather productive as well :) We certainly both have been doing quite a bit for the project, and I think that little bit of support/collaboration that I had with early people I contacted, kept me around. Best wishes, and happy editing! Sadads (talk) 03:52, 31 January 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) 18:42, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

Northern Virginia Task Force[edit]

Hi, I saw that you are a member of the Northern Virginia Task Force of WikiProject Virginia. I'm a new Wiki editor and am interested in contributing to this project/task force. I've lived in Prince William County and Washington, D.C. and would love to help out in anyway I can! Ctufarolo (talk) 19:31, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi @Ctufarolo:, great to hear from you! I am actually not in the area anymore, or active in that particular project, however, I can point you to the community! The organization Wikimedia DC is very active at organizing local events (if you look right above this message, you can see the most recent newsletter). Also, I would keep an eye out for local history or topics that you might be familiar with, and try to fill in the gaps. For example, the articles listed at List_of_National_Historic_Landmarks_in_Virginia and National Register of Historic Places listings in Virginia that need work, or have not been created (I noticed a few missing in the list for Prince William County. Also, I noticed that you are at American University. Are you in User:Fuzheado's class? If not, I would recommend contacting him. He is a great resource. Also, if you are looking for articles that have already been tagged as related to NOVA, I have added an assessment chart at Wikipedia:WikiProject_Virginia/Northern_Virginia_Task_Force#Guidelines that should help you identify which articles are in poor condition (start and stub are low quality and need the most work). Hope that helps, Sadads (talk) 20:47, 4 February 2014 (UTC)
Hi @Sadads:, thank you for your prompt reply and your help! I am currently in User:Fuzheado's class at American University and, through his course, am learning all about the Wiki editing process. I will definitely look into the articles you've referenced, thanks again for your help! Take care, Ctufarolo 21:33, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

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Speedy deletion nomination of Michael de Angelo[edit]

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Nomination of Cyr Myrddin, the Coming of Age of Merlin for deletion[edit]

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Frederick Freddies comment[edit]

Dear Mr. Sadads, this is FredericktheFreddy sending a message (since I could not get the email to work). I have joined Wikipedia to create an article on the ME-BASE comics, a series I developed at school.I would be happy if I could get instructions, as I have only been able to find out how to upload a file. I have not necessarily copyrighted the work, as I am only a teen. But if it is possible for me to create a page on this subject of mine with the overall reassurance the info will be safe until my novels have been published, I would be much obliged. If it is not possible to obligate my requests, please give me fair warning, and I will continue to contribute to Wikipedia with edits, FredericktheFreddy

Thanks @FredericktheFreddy: for contacting. Wikipedia articles and content should focus on information that meets WP:Notability requirements, so that we provide information of interest to the public. I am unsure what ME-BASE is or if it meets those requirements. Could you provide a link to help me better understand what you are describing? We can talk about media uploads, once I better understand what it is you are trying to upload.
Also, on a more courtesy note, you added your comment to User:Sadads instead of the discussion page attached to the page at User talk:Sadads. Generally, we try to keep user interactions on talk pages, whether for articles or for the content itself. If you want to learn more see Help:Using talk pages Also, when leaving comments, make sure to sign the comment with four tildaes (i.e. ~~~~ ). These tell the software to sign your name, the date, and time to the comment.
It would be great if you kept contributing, its definitely a good way to learn the ropes and understand what you want to do with the community. The best to start, I think, is working on articles that you are interested in, or if you don't know where to start, you can start exploring the community's processes via the "Help Out" section at Wikipedia:Community portal or try the Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Adventure which offers a fun and interactive way to learn the community. If you need help in general, you can always ask here or stop in at the WP:Teahouse. Happy editing, Sadads (talk) 16:07, 13 February 2014 (UTC)

edit summaries[edit]

Hi, Sadads. I noticed this AWB edit you made to The Great Gatsby. The edit's summary says, "delinking unneccesary novel links, replacing when appropriate using AWB" when actually you made a novel link. Please be careful to have correct edit summaries, especially when using AWB. Cheers, Jason Quinn (talk) 22:25, 13 February 2014 (UTC)

@Jason Quinn:: Thanks, it came up during a list of articles linking to novel, so I was delibrately fixing the initial link in leads, will fix description to be more explicit, Sadads (talk) 00:13, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

Hello, I would just like to point out that the plural form of category is categories. Xanthoxyl < 10:11, 20 February 2014 (UTC)

Oy! Thanks @Xanthoxyl:. That was a silly late night typo, oops. I was so focused on making sure the contributions were valid, I missed that little detail, Sadads (talk) 14:24, 20 February 2014 (UTC)

William Blake[edit]

Could you remove either, its semi-protection or its PC? Its unneeded to have both. © Tbhotch (en-2.5). 00:40, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

@Tbhotch: that was user error on my part. Did the interface change recently? That I just don't remember what it looks like, I haven't done page protection in a while, Sadads (talk) 01:57, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
I think so, I've seen multiple pages semi and PC protected. This was strange as it lasted a year. © Tbhotch (en-2.5). 01:59, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

ME-BASE[edit]

Sadads, Hey FredericktheFreddy. Funny thing, I saw the talk page and all right after I typed my last message.Unfortunately I cannot send you any of my current work, as it is not copyrighted as already said. My name is Ethan Jackson, I am a teen living in Texas. I do not have access at this point to any way to copyright or publish my comics, novels, and other material, but I hope that they will be protected anyway. All of my work is from my own mind, and does not violate any copyrighting of other products. I wish to create an article as a biography and history of my author's life and what it is I have written. I see that I can make a profile on my User page. What if I put the gist of my article on that page, and you can overview it and tell me if it is okay to upload? P.S., what are the terms and conditions that others will have in editing my page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by FredericktheFreddy (talkcontribs) 16:14, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi again @FredericktheFreddy:. So you wish to create an article to publicize your own work? If that is the case, Wikipedia is not the right place for you. Wikipedia articles build on previous conversations from professionally published secondary sources to write the articles with Original Research, so if something hasn't been actively discussed it does not meet our WP:Notability requirements. Moreover, the Wikipedia community strongly recommends that you do not contribute to works in which you have a strong Wikipedia:Conflict of interest.
Otherwise, if you are trying to publish your work, I would recommend exploring our List of self-publishing companies or consider building your own website, like a Wordpress blog/website. Wikipedia is trying to be an encyclopedia, not a publishing house.
However, if you are interested in creating encyclopedic content, I would strongly recommend trying out the WP:Wikipedia Adventure which offers a fun interactive way to learn what Wikipedia is all about. It can be a fun and exciting community, however, you need to remember that the content is supposed to be about items already of public interest, Sadads (talk) 16:52, 17 February 2014 (UTC)
Sadads, Incorrect. I do not wish to publish my work on Wikipedia. As previously implied, I am fully prepared to publish my novels and comics with a real publishing company when the time comes. I only wish to use Wikipedia to create a biography of the comics. However, you have answered my question by making me fully aware that currently uncopyrighted work can not be placed on Wikipedia until copyrighted. I thank you for what little help you have provided and sign off now. Expect me back to create an article when my work is published. Go ahead, wait a few years, go to a bookstore, and look for some novels with the name Ethan Jackson on it. I sincerely hope you enjoy them. FredericktheFreddy (talk) 15:41, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Novelist[edit]

Thank you Victuallers (talk) 16:02, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

Women short story writers[edit]

I didn't create the category — it's existed since 2007. Certainly anyone who wants to do so can create the male equivalent anytime, but I don't particularly think I have a responsibility to jump on it right away just because I chose to add a partial batch of articles to a category that already existed... Bearcat (talk) 03:53, 19 February 2014 (UTC)

No worries. I think it's one of those categories that's mostly been flying under the radar; certainly it's not one that's ever really occurred to me to add to articles before, even though I've been a pretty frequent editor on several of the Canadian women writers I just added it to, and considering how significantly underpopulated it still is I think a lot of people can say the same :-) Bearcat (talk) 04:00, 19 February 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, you're right, there's probably a lot more out there (I did my batch by doing a recursive list-comparison in AWB between Category:Canadian short story writers and Category:Canadian women writers, and still found five or six women who were only in the short story writers category and had to be hotcatted instead.) It's probably not a job that anyone in their right mind would want to take on doing all at once, but I'll take a crack at another chunk soon. And I agree, splitting it out by country will probably be warranted in the future — given that it wasn't very well-populated, I didn't feel ready to go down that road just yet, but it will probably be a good future step. Bearcat (talk) 05:00, 19 February 2014 (UTC)

Priscilla Galloway[edit]

I'll take a look at the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail databases when I get a chance, but those are the only databases I have personal access to besides what I can find on the web or what I can convince other people at WP:CANTALK to look up for me. Bearcat (talk) 00:03, 20 February 2014 (UTC)

@Bearcat: No worries. If you find anything in a database, I have access to a number. I just don't know where to look for biographical information for Canadians... I haven't really done a look through reviews of her works to build out a list on the page. I was thinking that kind of critical reception might be worth building, Sadads (talk) 01:13, 20 February 2014 (UTC)

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Wikipedia edit-a-thon at UNC-Chapel Hill[edit]

Hi Sadads!

I just learned that you are (were?) a Wikipedian in Residence at the Blake Archive. I'm a librarian at UNC and am planning our second edit-a-thon around the theme of African American history in North Carolina. The date is Sunday, March 30, 1:00 to 4:30. (Wikipedia page to come, but here's the page from last year). Are you still on campus? Would love to talk and see what you're up to in the Wikipedia world!

Cheers, Sodapopinski7 (talk) 16:50, 25 February 2014

DC Meetups in March[edit]

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Upcoming Wikimedia event in Lawrence Kansas![edit]

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Small inquiry.[edit]

Nice of you to say hello yesterday on "Semiotics". I noticed that you might have more background than myself on finding Wikipedia data. My present thought was to prepare an edit dealing with the trends in the creation of FA articles on Wikipedia. It seems easy to get the stats on the number of FA articles that exist right now, but how do I find out how many there were 1 yr ago, 2 yr ago, 3 yr ago, etc. If you know how or can show me how to get one of then, say number of FA articles in 2010, then I could likely figure out how to get the rest. If this data is too hard to find, then just let me know its not easy to get. Sadads (talk) 20:10, 18 March 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by FelixRosch (talkcontribs) 20:01, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

@FelixRosch: Glad that you appreciated the welcome. I think what you are looking for is Wikipedia:Featured_article_statistics. I hope that helps.
Also, make sure that you sign comments on user pages with four tildas (i.e. ~~~~ ). This tells the software to sign your name and date after the comments. Feel free to contact me if you need any other help, and happy editing! Sadads (talk) 20:15, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
This was the exact info I was looking for on featured articles. While there I noticed there was a similar page for "good articles" as well which was useful. Would you happen to know if a similar page is available for "High importance article statistics," "Low importance article statistics," etc. The total number of Low importance article is growing so fast (over 2Million), that I was thinking of making an edit on the Wikipedia History page regarding estimates of the amount of editor effort needed to systemically improve existing Pages in general for them to move towards Good article status. If you know of any other related pages you could let me know about (I have the 2 pages for Featured and Good article stats, and I don't have them for A-level, B-level, C-level, etc, stat histories), it would be appreciated. (Last time I typed 4 tilde for some reason your id was unexpectedly printed out instead... maybe it will work correctly this time...) FelixRosch (talk) 18:16, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
@FelixRosch: I don't think there are published sets of importance information. I would poke around Wikipedia:Version_1.0_Editorial_Team. The data does exist in the software somewhere, but I imagine it would require some creative programming and API culling. Here is a couple ways you could find what you are looking for:
However, be cautious on how you use that information on Wikipedia. If you add information onto the Wikipedia history article, make sure that you don't add WP:OR. Hope that helps, Sadads (talk) 18:29, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
These were very useful links which took me a few days to review. It was important to review them to avoid any original research issues. In the graphs you linked the interest is overwhelmingly to good and featured articles and supporting statistics and histories. The trend charts state that at the current growth rate, that the total number of all articles on Wikipedia should be expected to cross over 5 million articles in November of 2015, with an overwhelming number of unassessed Start and Stub class articles (there is a new giant column graph of this in the middle of the "Wikipedia" page showing this now). The issue seems to be that almost all attention appears to be on good and featured articles in the stats you very usefully provided, and almost no info is provided on the stats and histories of the unassessed Start and Stub class articles where the vast bulk of aggregate Wikipedia editor time is being spent (5 Million articles by the end of next year). If there is any place I have not looked for the stats on the unassessed Start and Stubs history stats, then it must be very elusive! Any thoughts? FelixRosch (talk) 17:29, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

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Re: Ecocriticism[edit]

British marxist critic Raymond Williams, for example, wrote a seminal critique of pastoral literature in 1973, The Country and the City, which spawned two decades of leftist suspicion of the ideological evasions of the genre and its habit of making the work of rural labour disappear even though Williams himself observed that the losses lamented in pastoral might be genuine ones, and went on to profess a decidedly green socialism.

I removed "Marxist" just as I would remove any other attempt to spoon feed the reader irrelevant material. This entire paragraph is problematic. "Two decades of leftist suspicion", is this some kind of joke? The only thing relevant here is his name and the title of the book. In fact there is nothing about Marxism anywhere in our article on the The Country and the City. This would be like referring to George W. Bush as a Republican in reference to his paintings, or to Leo Marx as a "socialist" in reference to his seminal work, The Machine in the Garden, even though Marx does not consider himself a socialist now, and the book has nothing to do with socialism. Viriditas (talk) 01:00, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

Template:Ping:Viriditas It's not irrelevant information, but a standard concern in academic scholarly criticism. Marxist criticism is an established, a-political field based on the cultural critiques of Marx within literary and cultural studies that reads cultural materials as product of material culture. Williams helped establish the marxist critiques that created modern day Cultural studies. The work The Country and the City writes directly into that social critique, in which power structures in two different locals mirred in class conflict (a Marxist mode of reading history). Their is a distinct difference between the social lense of Marxist criticism and the political mechanism of Marxism that you are overlooking, hence the wikilink I added. I am going to re-add the comment and remove the leftist comment, Sadads (talk) 22:24, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

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.

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Nicola Griffith edits[edit]

Thanks for the note. Ed Hall & I are working together to improve the article -- the new section is mostly his work, actually, but I put it into WP format. Best, Pete Tillman (talk) 16:39, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

"Wikipedia" Page edits.[edit]

Nice edits you placed on the "Wikipedia" Page last week. If I followed them correctly, you seemed to suggest that it made sense to consider (FA, GA, A) as a group, and as separate from unassessed start and stub articles. I did the arithmetic for these percentage totals and they come out as Top Class=.60% of all Wikipedia articles(.11FA + .03A +.46GA), while the unassessed start and stub articles are at a total of 90.29% (24.77Start + 54.33Stub + 11.19Unassesed), following a recent version of total page counts. It seems to suggest a very wide base of total articles with a very narrow funnel leading to the top class articles. The "funnel" ratio is about 150:1 when contrasting the broad base of total articles compared to the top class as you identified it. I still cannot find the history of Page Counts data at Wikipedia (other than FA/GA) and perhaps these statistics are not of general interest and not maintained. Those were useful comment edits you placed at the "Wikipedia" page. FelixRosch (talk) 20:08, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

@FelixRosch:: I am glad that you found that helpful. GA, A, and FA class content all are just varying degrees of peer review, with slightly more strenuous standards for quality as you look at them (and I haven't noticed a radically big difference in A vs GA). The quality funnel is a problem in the all of the academic studies I have seen of content as well. However, that just provides more motivation for people to participate as far as I can tell.
As for historical page count data, that is captured in the revision history of the Wikipedia 1.0 template at https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User%3AWP_1.0_bot%2FTables%2FOverallArticles&action=history and for older numbers at https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia%3AVersion_1.0_Editorial_Team%2FStatistics&action=history . If you click through the old revisions, you can find the old numbers. Best of luck and happy editing, Sadads (talk) 23:43, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
Those links above were quite useful and clever. Your comments regarding the "quality funnel" also were on target and I did not know if you had read them somewhere or was speaking directly from your experience. Using your ideas I was able to add a short edit on the "Wikipedia" page in the other Quality subsection on the future of Health-care edits following the phrasing format in your own edit there. Regarding the actual data tables in the links you provided above, they all looked good until I got to 19Feb2010 stats compared to the 9Oct2009 page where there is a change of table format and a sudden jarring growth of 2 million total articles and a sudden growth of 800 top-importance FA articles from 200! Did I miss something, or were those 4 months really that jarring in growth? It does not seem to match some of the separate graphs you had previously directed me to about the growth rates. FelixRosch (talk) 20:07, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Request for comment[edit]

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Post Captain novel by Patrick O'Brian[edit]

Sadads, why did you put a citation needed on Allusion to Events in History section in Post Captain (novel)? The full story is told in the Wikipedia articles linked in the short text of the new section. The same links had been in the Plot summary, which was getting overfull of links to real historical events, so I made the new section for what is real and what is fiction. What sort of citation do you expect, beyond the information in the two Wikipedia articles? Thanks for reading the changes, BTW. I clicked to watch your page so will look for the response here. --Prairieplant (talk) 00:43, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

@Prairieplant: It needs a citation because you are interpreting the historical inspiration for the events in the novel, to be attributable to a particular event. This kind of real world context isn't necessarily "true" connections, but rather requires a knowledge of O'Brian's intentions and scholarly context. You need a citation that verifies, that this is the source of his interpretation through either the preface to the novel, one of the biographies or one of the interpretive books. I am pretty sure that you can make this assertion (when I was doing O'Brian research, I saw a number of such interpretations), but you need to verify that connection, Sadads (talk) 01:06, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
Sadads, I added the biography of the true captain of the Lively which source an 1804 publication that says he was on board his ship -- marking Aubrey on the ship as fiction, and quite rightly. The biography is handily on line. Then I boldly deleted your Citation needed, perhaps prematurely. Your other point about it being the same action, well, a previous editor made that link, I just moved to what I think is a more appropriate section. The prior editor simply linked to the Wikipedia article. The wikipedia article Action of 5 October 1804#In popular fiction makes the connection of the real to the fictional, in both the C S Forester novel and the Patrick O'Brian novel. Does that suffice? --Prairieplant (talk) 01:46, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
Actually, this has bothered me in the Wikipedia articles for the Aubrey Maturin novels, that I have read so far. Prior editors put an impressive list of books about O'Brian and the series, put a fair amount of wiki links in a battle-oriented Plot summary, and avoid altogether putting in line citations to the page of the weighty references that supports the link from reality to a base for fiction. For the first novel, there hangs a short section that seems to claim the whole novel is Cochrane's life and naval missions fictionalized. Flagged since 2008, a long time. I thought it might be better to reproduce the author's introduction, where O'Brian describes the many sources for his novel, and says no fiction could outdo the reality of the early 19th century Royal Navy and its personalities (my rough memory, which is never word for word). I have read the novels, going through them again, but this is my first time to see what is on Wikipedia for them. I trust the lists of ships, but miss those in line citations, and miss the actual plot of the story, which is far more than segues from action to action. --Prairieplant (talk) 02:00, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
@Prairieplant: I can agree with all of the critiques for the Aubrey-Maturin novel pages. I tried, a few years back when I was reading all of the scholarship on O'Brian, to refocus some of the content and spent time working on the page Aubrey–Maturin_series. However, the relative deficit of easily accessible critiques of the novel in academic databases, and the obsession many of the companion books have with trivia, makes them hard to rewrite. This is precisely why we need to add more references to the allusions discussions, that are about his process or historian/critic assessment of the history he is writing about, rather than simply to other Wikipedia articles or assuming that these allusions are "truths". If you decide to take up rewriting one of the pages (I think Post-Captain would be great for this, there are relatively more reviews, and plenty of discussions in secondary matreials), I can pull sources via academic databases or interlibrary loan if you need. I think I might go back and read some of the novels this summer, I am doing work on food, representations of British culture, and adaptation into film. These novels are great for all those topics, Sadads (talk) 14:31, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
Sadads, my local library did a cost saving measure that cuts me off from the newspaper reviews of novels, just when I was set to learn how to use it. On-line without benefit of the library, I find blogs of course, and a good New York Times review from the 1990s, (Mark Horowitz, Patrick O'Brian's Ship Comes, May 16, 1993 In http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/10/18/specials/obrian-comesin.html) and Paris review interview with the author in the same decade, (Stephen Becker, Interviews: Patrick O'Brian, The Art of Fiction No. 142, Summer 1995, http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/1628/the-art-of-fiction-no-142-patrick-obrian) done before his true biographical past was revealed. I suppose that does not affect the author's comments on how he did his writing, from using quotes from so many languages & authors in the mouth of Stephen Maturin to using real naval history. He does claim to use real naval battles and says he cannot make up a fleet action. He does move them in place and time if it makes his story better. So I guess I do not see that a well-identified battle was improperly linked to the real one. My point with that battle was to make clear that he (PO) gave Aubrey the satisfaction of that fleet action with a fantastic crew, stealing the Spanish gold, and did it on the same date, but that the real captain did not go off to Parliament in real life, which is why the link belongs in allusions and not in the Plot summary. Okay, got that? (my brain is seeming convoluted, hope you can follow it.) On the other hand, I believe the ship Polychrest was a complete fiction, which the ship list fails to note (well it does now, I wrote sloop of fiction). I found that in a blog, I know, not a valid Wikipedia reference, but it was persuasive, even suggesting the two other ships on which the Polychrest was likely based. If you have access to academic databases, that will put you way ahead of me. I think I will be happy to find a serious reviewer who is not raving happy, or if so, explains why in simple language. Another blog (all I can find, sorry) made clear why the author's stated love of Jane Austen's writings shows up in Post Captain, by quoting a line seen to be Austen-like. Well I am getting wordy. My first step will be to take out comments not backed up by a source (the "everyone knows" sort of remark). And to have the Plot summary be more than fleet actions, because the character development is a huge part of these novels. If they were only fleet actions, he would not have found so much success. I guess I am taking out my frustration with my local library on you, not really fair. --Prairieplant (talk) 02:44, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Backlog drive[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue XCVII, April 2014[edit]

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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!)
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Porius: A Romance of the Dark Ages[edit]

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I've been meaning to thank you for all your help and encouragement with the Porius article. This was invaluable and, in particular, has encouraged me to develop other articles more fully. Thanks. Rwood128 (talk) 14:20, 5 May 2014 (UTC)
@Rwood128: Glad I could help! And thank you for the barnstar! Sorry I haven't been around too much to help do more deep editing and feedback. I finish my masters in a couple weeks and hope to be around a little bit more often then (And plan to expand articles like Novelist and push a couple more articles through GA, like Regeneration (novel)). Hope everything is going well! Sadads (talk) 14:52, 5 May 2014 (UTC)

Many thanks for assessing Owen Glendower. All the best with the studies. Rwood128 (talk) 11:04, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

Hi Sadads,[edit]

You may not remember me, Georgiasouthernlynn, but we share an enduring love for the novel. You have helped me on several articles, and I respect your opinion, so I have a request.

In collaboration with another editor, I have written an article on Vanna Bonta, a speculative fiction writer who also voices feature films. She had a role in Beauty and the Beast, for instance.

It's in a sandbox, and I am wondering whether you would mind doing a formal or informal review of the article before I move it to the encyclopedia.

I became interested in Bonta's writing this year when I read her novel Flight, so this article is a labor of love for me and for Italstudio who may have answered a call for help that I placed on the Italian Wikipedia's Vanna Bonta page.

In researching the article, I learned that an article on the subject was previously published on Wikipedia, but it was deleted. I found this a little surprising, because the Italian Vanna Bonta article is in good standing as are the Vanna Bonta articles on the Spanish, German, and Japanese Wikipedias. The arguments on behalf of deletion mostly said things like "Well, sure there's media coverage, but she's not that famous" and "I've never heard of her" and "She probably wrote it herself" and then, in the same discussion, "Her agent wrote it."

None of these arguments look like to me like they are solidly rooted in Wikipedia policy, though I have to admit I never get involved in deletion debates, so the way they are negotiated remains something of a mystery to me.

Feel free to say no. If you have time to review the article, it's here: Vanna Bonta

I appreciate any advice you can give me,

Lynn

Update: There is now a third contributor to the article. By the time I finish this message, possibly more.--Georgiasouthernlynn (talk) 01:56, 8 May 2014 (UTC)

@Georgiasouthernlynn: I definitely remember encountering you! (Can't remember doing what however). Glad to see you still around. In response to the deletion concerns: I would focus on making the article less of a list of achievements, and more of a analytic survey of opinions about those achievements weighing all the concerns. I made some comments at User_talk:Georgiasouthernlynn/sandbox/VB, and will find my way back sometime next week or the week after. Give me a ping if I am not timely, Sadads (talk) 02:42, 8 May 2014 (UTC)

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:

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  • 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!)
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Come one, come all!

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LexisNexis[edit]

Do you still have access to Lexis? I've got an article to improve (I'm feeling impish) and I suspect that most of the sources will be available via nexis. Protonk (talk) 23:03, 10 May 2014 (UTC)

@Protonk:Sent you an email. Certainly can get the resources, Sadads (talk) 23:37, 10 May 2014 (UTC)

The Mauritius Command, themes[edit]

Themes section was already there, so I added a sentence. What sort of source would be a good reference for themes? My first inclination was to delete the section, not having a source, and unsure that the more public role of Maturin as a political advisor, not rated surgeon for any vessel (though doing plenty of medical work in the long, long months) was truly a theme. It is good to know you could be a source! And I would quote you, if you gave me the citation. Better to delete, or keep hoping a source might appear? --Prairieplant (talk) 05:13, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

@Prairieplant: Critical reviews in newspapers, editorially controlled websites, or academic publications would be the appropriate sources for themes sections. For example, see Quicksilver (novel), The French Lieutenant's Woman, Regeneration (novel) or Divergent (novel) for themes sections drawing on different sources. The tags are more to encourage others in expanding with sources, rather than as a direct appeal to you to fix it. Those sections have been bugging me for years, and I really need to start publishing my work on the novels in the series.As for deleting them, I don't normally delete sections until I have something to replace them with: poor material is better than no material.Sadads (talk) 05:33, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
Here are some sources I found:
Hope those help, Sadads (talk) 05:46, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
Also, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08957690903227654#.U3Rc2_ldWSo Sadads (talk) 06:28, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
Oh, you found Publishers Weekly. I added that to Literary Significance section. Already had Kirkus Reviews, done near time of original printing, and two quite different views from those sources. I tried putting Jo Walton in Themes as the Clonfert personality is a big focus; should that be in Lit. Sig.? I cannot access the Simmons piece until I work through my library. The writing in Themes for French Lieutenant's Woman is perhaps beyond my abilities, so I do hope you publish what you have soon enough, and it can be used! I will leave Themes so it can be improved, good notion. Article is getting less messy. Wishing the person who cited Binyon's review would have taken a quote. I put a comment in the Edit text. Thanks for so many leads and comparisons. --Prairieplant (talk) 07:59, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

Thank you Sadads![edit]

Thanks for your comment on my page about Divergent. I am considering an education project for the Spring of 2015 for Children's Literature. My wife (who also teaches on my campus) is running one for SF now and it seems to be going well. HullIntegrity (talk) 15:03, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

I'll respond on your talk page to keep it all in one place. Sadads (talk) 20:15, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

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Survey for editors who mentor newcomer[edit]

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Washington, DC meetups in June[edit]

Greetings!

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  • On Wednesday, June 11 from 7 to 9 PM come to the WikiSalon at the Cove co-working space. Hang out with Wikipedia enthusiasts!
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  • 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?

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Books & Bytes, Issue 6[edit]

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  • New donations from Oxford University Press and Royal Society (UK)
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Hello Sadads, what's involved in being an online volunteer for the WP Library course? Tell me more about this :) – SJ + 00:57, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

@SJ: I haven't written up any online-volunteer documentation, but it will be similar to the role of Wikipedia:Education program/Ambassadors described via the education program page, except we should expect much higher traffic from the students throughout the semester (because they will be doing something like 150 hours of editing in most cases). Make sure that you have the education extension rights via the apply process referenced there. The main purpose would be to watch their edits, and make sure that they aren't practicing anything too disruptive, and/or helping with hairy conversations in the community. I am in the process of reaching out to librarians that we know to find out if we have any takers on the program. Also, we are going to advertise it at the national librarians conference, so imagining we will have a few of those advertised too buy in, Sadads (talk) 15:37, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
I added the user right for you, Sadads (talk) 15:40, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
@SJ: And I didn't realize that you had already added yourself to the course...had to add the whole course to my watchlist. I am hoping that we can get something like 5-10 interns minimum that we know about. (There are already a few in New York, and I think I can get at least one here at K-State)! Sadads (talk) 16:06, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

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BNA archive[edit]

Hi Alex. I've just created the BNA sub-page "Experiences and feedback", but not sure if it worked. This is what I said:

For my first foray into the BNA archive I started with something simple - Rosebush, Pembrokeshire, an article I've been working on recently. I was rewarded with 34 results, including news of a murder, railway planning and operation, archaeological discussions about bluestones, land disputes and local landowners. The search results were very readable, and simple to download for looking at later. This is exactly what I had hoped from this project, so thanks to User:Sadads for making it possible.
All the best, Tony Holkham (talk) 20:11, 27 June 2014 (UTC)
@Tony Holkham: Worked great! Responded on the page! Sadads (talk) 14:32, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

OA for Writing Class?[edit]

Hi Sadads! I am looking for two online ambassadors to help with a course I'm teaching in the Education program. More specifically, I'm hoping to find a few ambassadors who can review student proposals for possible edits and sources from July 25th to July 30 and then review article drafts from July 30 to August 11. I'm working on putting the full schedule up on the course page but those would be the main duties of the ambassadors involved. Think you'd be interested?

@Matthewvetter: I added myself and shoupd be able to help during that time. I'll send you an email too so you have my contact info, Sadads (talk) 20:31, 28 June 2014 (UTC)
@Sadads: Hi Sadads, I'm having students post project proposals (a brief outline of what article they're planning on developing and some preliminary research) this Friday the 25th. I'll split up the students into three groups for each ambassador. You'll each have around 6 proposals to review by the 30th. My plan was to have them post to your talk page, unless you want to create a separate talk page? Let me know and thanks again for all your help.Matthewvetter (talk) 03:15, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
@Matthewvetter:Good idea: I saw that most of your students had posted on pages already, many of them look like good articles to be revising. Can you make sure that I have the October Sky editor: I specialize in literary and cultural text articles, so can give better and more specific advice on those and biographies. Also, I would be interested in the Moonshine article (am a bit of a homebrewer and worked on the The Wettest County in the World article a while back). Sadads (talk) 14:02, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Regeneration (novel)[edit]

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Regeneration (novel) you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria. Time2wait.svg This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Maclean25 -- Maclean25 (talk) 19:40, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

BNA acces email[edit]

Hi Sadads. I've already registed at BNA and completed the Google doc thing. Was the message you left me on my talkpage boilerplate, or might something have gone wrong? Formerip (talk) 18:48, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

@FormerIP:: It looks like you didn't submit the form then, I don't have your user name on record. Could you please resubmit the Google form? Thanks much, Sadads (talk) 13:42, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

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!

Best,

James Hare

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BNA google login[edit]

Hi, got your message last week...looked for your mail, it must be deeper in my inbox than I've found so far; I have a login issue with my google account, after a blackout recently my computer's internal clock is stuck on 10-11 am May 18 and so it bugger up the security certificates on google sites. Not a virus, maybe the motherboard battery needs replacing, still haven't figured it out. I'll get to a web cafe and login there and find that mail, thanks for the reminder.Skookum1 (talk) 01:25, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

@Skookum1: Sorry I didn't respond quicker: sent a second copy of the email. Hopefully that works, Sadads (talk) 13:40, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
thanks, just checked on my phone's gmail, I got it, but will have to get to a web cafe to fill out the googledoc.......somewhere beating my head against the wall and living with it about my google login problem, says there may be another computer on my network and/or the security certificate isn't valid.....I've been thinking of replacing the battery on my motherboard, but that might not even be the problem...malware searches haven't found anything, so I'm stumped; there's nothing on google's support pages about this, other than useless state-the-obvious repetition of the "can't load page" message.Skookum1 (talk) 07:06, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
@Skookum1:Thats an unfortunate situation, I hope it works out, 14:02, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
@Skookum1: If worse comes to worse, you can send me a an email with your email, name, and user name after you have followed the rest of the registration instructions, Sadads (talk) 14:03, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

BNA Access[edit]

Hello Alex I'm just enquiring about the status of my application since I neither have access or a listing on the approved accounts. I've filled out the google form. Is it just a case of waiting or has something gone awry? Thanks Fraggle81 (talk) 10:26, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, please disregard my last message as I now have access. Fraggle81 (talk) 11:15, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi, I already had an email setup in my Preferences, but have now also enabled: "Enable email from other users" Snori (talk) 08:21, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

@Snori: Thanks for enabling the email other users option. Expect an email soon, Sadads (talk) 11:43, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

BNA[edit]

Thanks, Sadads! I hadn't done a search before my request. I will soon... and will tell you about its results. Best! --Correogsk or Gustavo (Editrocito or Heme aquí) 22:54, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

@Correogsk: Brilliant! looking forward to seeing what you think, Sadads (talk) 12:10, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

Keesings[edit]

Hi, Sadads - you wrote: Most of the news covered by Keesings is major current events in the political, social, and scientific, post-1930. Based on your description and editing history: are you sure this would be of use to you? See description at jcsonline, Sadads (talk) 14:34, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes, I have three works in progress that have a world-wide scope, and Keesings will prove to be a very beneficial resource for me. AtsmeConsult 14:41, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Keesings signup[edit]

Hi Sadad. I've tried to sign up, following your email but no luck; maybe I've missed the location of instructions? When you go to Keesings' main page ([1]), as linked from Wikipedia:Keesings, there is no option I can see for any "free" signup, à la the email instruction of "Once you have completed the free registration of the account, please fill out the following Google form:". The only option is to click "signup" there, which takes you here. At that page when I try to enter information, agree to the terms and enter, it just returns me back to the unfilled out page whence I started. So the only way forward I can is to choose among the three paid options ("Please select which of the 3 levels of access to Keesing's World News Archive you require from the options below:"), so I did and apparently signed up, and then filled out the Google docs form but I've received nothing in response (though it hasn't been that long). The whole thing is very opaque. Maybe I will receive an email with a new password or something, and did it right, but even if I did there should be some instruction page; it is far from clear.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 18:04, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

Hey @Fuhghettaboutit: Sorry, about the sign up: you should not pay for anything. The wording in the email was a little opaque, and I will certainly revise it. I sent another email without the account information. If you have any other concerns, feel free to respond to the email I sent this morning, Sadads (talk) 13:45, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

BNA[edit]

Many thanks for giving me access to this resource. Jack1956 (talk) 21:05, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Glad to help @Jack1956: we like to make sure users that will use it find access! Sadads (talk) 21:14, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

RSJ Access[edit]

Hi Sadas, I was informed that I had been approved for access to Royal Society Journals. Any idea when the access details would be intimated? AshLin (talk) 05:28, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Hey Ashlin. Sorry that they haven't been activated yet. We are still working with RSUK to make it happen, we will send you information when it becomes available. Sadads (talk) 19:25, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the update. AshLin (talk) 20:24, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

BNA request[edit]

I do contribute/create to pages related to anglican clergy and church building many of whic are historical and pre 1950. BNA access would be helpful to me. many thanks Wayne Jayes (talk) 16:39, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

BNA[edit]

Thank you for your message about the BNA. My account is up and running. I am currently updating some of my existing articles with references taken from BNA pages. I am also trawling the archive for background information for a number of articles that I have in the pipeline. Once again many thanks for the BNA subscription, it is a fantastic research archive. (A. Carty (talk) 19:18, 18 July 2014 (UTC))

The Bugle: Issue C, July 2014[edit]

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BNA acces[edit]

Thank you for accepting me for BNA access, I have not heard anything further, perhaps I missed the email/message with login details. Perhaps you could explain how I access the BNA, many thanks Wayne Jayes (talk) 10:37, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

@Waynejayes: It appears that was a clerical error on my part. I just sent you an email with access information, Sadads (talk) 15:26, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Thank you, got the email, did both forms. Wayne Jayes (talk) 19:14, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

@Waynejayes: Great! I will send them a batch of users to activate within the next couple days. Expect access to be activated sometime in the next week (I will send another email), Sadads (talk) 19:45, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

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

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Greetings!

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!

Best,

James Hare

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