The Military history WikiProject Newsletter : Issue XXVI (April 2008)
The Military history WikiProject Newsletter
Issue XXVI (April 2008)
- Project news
- Tag & Assess 2008 launched on 24 April and will run until 4 July. We have around 60,000 articles to check, so all assistance is very welcome. As usual, there are barnstars galore and service awards for contributing editors.
- The project scope has been amended to include specific reference to historically accurate video games. Songs and music with long military associations are also now included.
- The Contest department has completed its thirteenth month of competition, which saw 27 entries. The top scorer this month is Ed! with 37 points, followed by Cam with 22 points. Woody, Howard C. Berkowitz, Redmarkviolinist, Nousernamesleft and Outdawg also fielded entries. Blnguyen remains the overall leader, with 188 points in total. You are encouraged to submit articles you're working on as entries.
- The coordinators have "adopted" task forces to act as prime point of contact. A list of which coordinators have adopted which task forces is here.
- Articles of note
New featured articles:
- 1960 South Vietnamese coup attempt
- 1962 South Vietnamese Independence Palace bombing
- Lazare Ponticelli
- Peterloo Massacre
- The Third of May 1808
- USS Orizaba (ID-1536)
- USS Siboney (ID-2999)
New featured lists:
- List of Irish Victoria Cross recipients
- Order of battle at the Battle of Tory Island
New featured portals:
- Portal:American Civil War
New A-Class articles:
- 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (United States)
- Battle of Bonchurch
- Battle of Tassafaronga
- Early thermal weapons
- HMS Cardiff (D108)
- USS Comfort (AH-3)
- USS Orizaba (ID-1536)
- Current proposals and discussions
- An interesting proposal to set up teams to deal with specific tasks, like taking the Top Ten most frequently read military history articles to featured articles status is here.
- The coordinators are exploring ways of developing and improving our fifty or so task forces. More information is here.
- All editors are invited to contribute to a discussion about the naming of military operations in an endeavor to reach consensus.
- Awards and honors
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Tropical cyclones WikiProject Newsletter #16
This is the monthly newsletter of WikiProject Tropical Cyclones. The Hurricane Herald aims to give a summary, both of the activities of the WikiProject and global tropical cyclone activity. If you wish to change how you receive this newsletter, or no longer wish to receive it, please add your username to the appropriate section on the mailing list. This newsletter covers all of April 2008.
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Storm of the month
Typhoon Neoguri was the earliest tropical cyclone on record to strike China. It formed on April 13 to the east of the Philippines, and once entering the South China Sea, environmental conditions allowed for quick strengthening. Neoguri attained its peak intensity of 150 km/h (90 mph) as it approached the island of Hainan, though rapidly weakened due to unfavorable conditions. The system made landfall in southern China on April 19, causing three deaths and moderate damage totaling over ¥296 million (2008 RMB, $42 million 2008 USD). The typhoon left 40 fishermen missing in the South China Sea.
Other tropical cyclone activity
- A weak tropical depression formed near New Caledonia in the South Pacific ocean early in the month, and another tropical depression developed in the basin later in the month.
- Two named storms formed in the Australian region during the month, including Tropical Cyclone Durga, which was the first ever cyclone named by the Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre in Jakarta, Indonesia. Tropical Cyclone Rosie co-existed with Durga for much of its duration.
- Cyclone Nargis developed in the North Indian Ocean late in the month, and reached its peak intensity early in May; further details will be covered in the next newsletter.
Member of the month
The April member of the month is VOFFA. Though not officially a project member, VOFFA is an important user to the project, having maintained and updated the talk page archives on tropical cyclones worldwide; activity includes adding warnings and discussions for all storms. The user is particularly active during the off-season of the Atlantic basin, when article activity on tropical cyclones typically declines.
New and improved articles
- There were six new pieces of Featured content : Cyclone Elita, List of North Carolina hurricanes (1900-1949), Tropical Storm Barry (2007), List of North Carolina hurricanes, Lists of North Carolina hurricanes (FT), and Image:KatrinaNewOrleansFlooded edit2.jpg
- New Good articles include: Tropical Storm Fay (2002), 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, 1939 California tropical storm
- New storm articles include: Hurricane Ileana (2006), Hurricane Madeline (1998), Hurricane Lester (1998)
- New non-storm articles include: Hurricane Ivan tornado outbreak, Timeline of the 2008 Pacific typhoon season
There is discussion on the status of articles on non-notable storms in the Merging page of the project. Comments are welcome.
A Wikipedia traffic counter was launched earlier this year. In the month of February, the article on Hurricane Katrina was viewed just over 200,000 times, making the article the 496th most viewed article on the English Wikipedia during the month.
During the month, Hurricane Camille was demoted from GA status, continuing the trend of good articles degrading in status on notable storms; other occurrences include the FA removal of Cyclone Tracy and 1900 Galveston Hurricane. If anyone has any ideas how to fix the problem, feedback and ideas are appreciated.
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