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Tesseract.gif's my talk page. If anyone has questions about an edit I did, please put it here. --Silver seren 14:37, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

The 50 DYK Creation and Expansion Medal[edit]

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Congratulations for achieving 50 DYK creations/expansions! I have also updated your count here :)  — ₳aron 13:35, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! SilverserenC 18:05, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 11[edit]

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DYK nomination of The Machine Question[edit]

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of The Machine Question at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! OccultZone (TalkContributionsLog) 16:42, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

WP:Cooperation mentoring[edit]

Hi Silver! I'm relatively new around Wikipedia, but have been doing some paid COI work in the time I've been here. I saw you were the founder of WP:Cooperation, and that you'd mentored users in the past. I was wondering if you still have the time or desire for such an undertaking. I'm looking for a mentor to help me understand the depths and nuances of the wide world of Wikipedia, and also who ideally has some background in dealing with COI editors, but the wikiproject seems relatively inactive. I realize I can find mentors through other channels, but I was hoping you're still active in the process, as it seems you have valuable insight into the specific problems with COI edits. If you can't, might you know anyone else involved in the project who might be able to help me out? Thanks! --FacultiesIntact (talk) 21:56, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

@FacultiesIntact: I haven't been as active lately for a variety of reasons (one of the primary ones being university graduation), but i'm past all that now. I'm still trying to work on getting back into the swing of things here though.
But, in short, yes, i'm available to mentor you if you'd like. What kind of mentor were you looking for exactly, beyond just COI things? Me just responding to questions you have and the like? SilverserenC 22:20, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Hey Silver, congrats on your graduation! As for a mentor, I'm looking for pretty much what you described. Given my inherent conflict of interest in the pages that I get paid to work on, it'd be really helpful for me to get an outside opinion on not just what I'm writing, but how I'm writing it and how to best propose changes and improvements. I think being transparent about my actions is a good start, but I've found it's not always enough. I'm also striving to be an active member of the Wikipedia community outside of my COI work, and it seems like the more I learn about this place, the more I realize there is that I don't know. So far I've been trying to stay active in WP:GOCE, but I'm also looking for other places where I can bring value to the community. I'll take any help I can get, so really, thank you for taking the time! --FacultiesIntact (talk) 17:59, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
@FacultiesIntact: My main suggestion for working on articles that you have a COI on is to copy the current version of the article and paste it into a Draft located at Draft:(Article Name), which will allow you to improve it without having to directly edit the mainspace version. Once you have your edits completed, get several people to look it over and have one of them submit the new version into the article. Your best bet for reviewers is to ask at related Wikiprojects to the article topic.
As for other work, anything over at WP:BACKLOG would be useful, depending on what type of editing you do best. SilverserenC 18:34, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
Would you mind helping me review the work I've done on Honeywell? I prepared a draft a couple of months ago here, but haven't received much feedback on it. User:GeorgeLouis recommended introducing small changes slowly, and while I don't think it's necessarily a bad idea, I'm always curious to hear other opinions on the matter. Even after detailing all of my proposed changes on the talk page, I haven't gotten any real responses, and my experience soliciting help from users on relevant WikiProjects hasn't been terribly fruitful. Could it be because of how I'm wording things when asking for help, or because of the large-scale changes? One of my biggest hurdles has been finding other editors to actually collaborate with me in improving the articles I'm working on. --FacultiesIntact (talk) 19:07, 22 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to check it out and crosspost it to the COI noticeboard. I have a question regarding decorum here as there's a few other things I have prepared and ready to be reviewed for publishing: would it be considered in poor taste to submit them for review while my other work is still awaiting publishing? I don't want to let it just sit around, but I don't want to inundate other users with a series of edit requests either. --FacultiesIntact (talk) 20:27, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

DYK for The Machine Question[edit]

Harrias talk 07:32, 27 May 2015 (UTC)


Hi Silver, I was wondering if you could perhaps help me out - I recently created a new entry for Josh Swade, a documentary filmmaker. Shortly after it went up, another user put NPOV and notability tags on it. I feel the entry proves the filmmaker's notability, that it is written in a neutral tone, and I've declared my COI on the talk page, so I feel like the tags are unnecessary, and are harming what would otherwise be a solid entry. Would you mind taking a look and, if you feel the subject is notable, removing the tags or offering whatever assistance you think is correct in this situation? FYI, two previous entries on the filmmaker were deleted for lack of notability, but, like I said, I feel his notability is proven with the entry I've written. Let me know your thoughts when you have a minute.--Bernie44 (talk) 23:18, 31 May 2015 (UTC)