User talk:Simon Burchell

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Thanks for an incredibly thorough, quick and helpful review! It was a pleasure working with you; this is what Wikipedia should be like. Vanamonde93 (talk) 16:21, 11 April 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! Simon Burchell (talk) 17:29, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

Are you available for a spot check at the moment?[edit]

I current have on an ongoing FAC and most of the sources in Spanish. I was wondering if you have the time to spot check the references. Thanks! Erick (talk) 18:49, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

@Magiciandude: I should think so, what's the name of the article? Simon Burchell (talk) 20:17, 13 April 2015 (UTC)
The article is Romance (Luis Miguel album). I mentioned this in the FAC, but the sources for El Informador can be found here. I currently do not know how to link articles from that site as it simply opens a PDF without leaving a URL. Thanks again for taking your time to spot check. Cheers! Erick (talk) 20:29, 13 April 2015 (UTC)
@Magiciandude: I just looked at the website. In most browsers, if you hover over the link to the PDF (the day number in this case) and right-click, it will give you the "copy link location" option, you can then paste the url. Simon Burchell (talk) 20:35, 13 April 2015 (UTC)
Hmm, I tried doing that it doesn't seem work with Opera or Google Chrome. On Opera, it just copies the url to the main page and there's option to copy a url when I right-click on on Chrome. Erick (talk) 20:47, 13 April 2015 (UTC)
You're right - they've disabled the functionality... Simon Burchell (talk) 20:52, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I want to thank you for taking the time for doing the spot check for Romance, I greatly appreciate it! Erick (talk) 14:17, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Conquista de Guatemala[edit]

Hi Simon. this is to let you know the GA Review for "Conquista de Guatemala" has started on the Spanish Wikipedia. However, since I don't have easy access to many of the works cited in the article, I hope I may count on your help in filling in most of the additional references that have been requested. As noted by the reviewer, many of these references are probably identical to those of nearby sentences. I took the liberty of listing the first batch of 9 sentences here (scroll box), and included probable references as suggestions at the end of each sentence. More batches may follow as the revision advances through the next sections.

Impacto de las enfermedades del Viejo Mundo
  • Las epidemias que fueron accidentalmente introducidas por los españoles incluyeron la viruela, el sarampión y la gripe.***likely ref:{{harvnp|Jones|2000|p= 363}}
  • Basado en el conocimiento moderno del impacto de estas enfermedades sobre las poblaciones que no habían sido expuestas previamente a ellas, se estima que el 33-50 % de la población del altiplano pereció como consecuencia de la epidemia.***?
  • Cuando los españoles capturaron Nojpetén en 1697, se estima que sesenta mil mayas vivían alrededor del lago Petén Itzá, incluyendo un gran número de refugiados procedentes de otras áreas.***likely ref:{{harvnp|Jones|2000|p=364}}
Conquista del altiplano
  • No obstante, pronto los aliados de Cortés en Soconusco le informaron de que los k'iche' y kakchiqueles no cumplían con su palabra, sino que hostigaban a los aliados de los españoles en la región.***likely ref:{{harvnp|Sharer|Traxler|2006|p=763}}
Subyugación de los k'iche's
  • Avanzando a lo largo de la llanura costera del Pacífico, Pedro de Alvarado no encontró oposición hasta llegar al río Samalá en el oeste de Guatemala. Esta región formaba parte del reino k'iche' y tropas k'iche's trataron de impedir el cruce del río.***likely ref:{{harvnp|Sharer|Traxler|2006|p=764}}
  • El 8 de febrero de 1524, después de forzar su paso del río, el ejército de Alvarado libró una batalla en Xetulul, llamado Zapotitlán por sus aliados mexicanos y actualmente conocido como San Francisco Zapotitlán.***likely ref:{{harvnp|Recinos|1986|p=65}}{{harvnp|Gall|1967|p=40–41}}
  • Luego, Alvarado volvió a dirigirse río arriba internándose en la Sierra Madre y cruzando el paso hacia el valle fértil de Quetzaltenango, en el centro del reino k'iche'. El 12 de febrero 1524, los aliados mexicanos de Alvarado fueron emboscados en el paso y rechazados por los guerreros k'iche's, pero la carga de la caballería española que siguió causó honda impresión a los k'iche's, que nunca antes habían visto caballos.***likely ref:{{harvnp|Sharer|Traxler|2006|p=763}}{{harvnp|Gall|1967|p=41}}
  • Esta batalla agotó las fuerzas militares de los k'iche's, que finalmente pidieron la paz y ofrecieron el pago de tributo, invitando a Pedro de Alvarado a su capital Q'umarkaj.***likely ref:{{harvnp|Sharer|Traxler|2006|p=765}}
  • Tras la destrucción de Q'umarkaj y la ejecución de sus gobernantes, Pedro de Alvarado envió mensajes a Iximché, la capital de los kakchiqueles, proponiendo una alianza para neutralizar la resistencia del resto de los bastiones de los k'iche'.***likely ref:{{harvnp|Sharer|Traxler|2006|p=765}}

Not sure if this is the best way to proceed, or if you prefer to add the references yourself. Please let me know. Best regards. --Arjuno (talk 16:06, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi @Arjuno3: - it's great to see this article advancing on the Spanish wiki, and I'll help all I can. I haven't read the review yet, but I am assuming that the requirement over there is that a cite is needed after each sentence. Over here, where consecutive sentences use the same cite, the cite is added to the last sentence using an identical cite.
In other words, if I put in an example:
This is the first sentence.<cite 1> This is the second sentence. The third sentence.<cite 2> And a fourth. With a fifth. And why not a sixth.<cite 3>
This becomes:
This is the first sentence.<cite 1> This is the second sentence.<cite 2> The third sentence.<cite 2> And a fourth.<cite 3> With a fifth.<cite 3> And why not a sixth.<cite 3>
I hope this helps for now. Best regards, Simon Burchell (talk) 16:15, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
Understood. Many thanks! --Arjuno (talk
Hi Simon, Just to let you know "Conquista de Guatemala" has passed the GA Review on the Spanish Wikipedia. Thanks again for your support during the review process, and all your work in creating the original article! --Arjuno (talk 12:21, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
That's great news! Thank you for all your hard work translating it. Best regards, Simon Burchell (talk) 12:27, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Ancient Maya graffiti[edit]

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Conquista del Petén[edit]

Another translation of one of your articles has passed GAR in WP-es! :-) --Arjuno (talk 02:28, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Excellent - well done! It's great to see this stuff, I've long meant to translate some of these articles myself but only ever finished Takalik Abaj, and started Estela maya but never finished it, since my priority is always content creation. So what next? Best regards, Simon Burchell (talk) 11:34, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
Content creation is, without any doubt, essential and a lot more work, especially considering the high quality of the articles you are creating. So, I quite understand your priorities.
A first next step, was proposed by the reviewer of "Conquista del Petén" who suggested nominating it as a featured article candidate, which I did. We'll see how it goes, though I expect I may again need your help during the revision process. Best regards, --Arjuno (talk 14:33, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
Good luck with the FA - I'll keep an eye on its progress, but let me know if you need any help. Best regards, Simon Burchell (talk) 11:48, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

Just to let you know about this interesting discussion. --Arjuno (talk 11:07, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for that - I've just dropped by the discussion. Best regards, Simon Burchell (talk) 11:33, 8 May 2015 (UTC)
After reviewing Spanish WP guidelines related to place names and person names, I believe they say that as a general rule the Spanish spelling should be used. So I made a list of Mayan names and Spanish equivalents. I wonder if you could take a look here and check for possible mistakes. Thanks! --Arjuno (talk 01:02, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Huastec civilization[edit]

Thank you Victuallers (talk) 16:03, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Impressive work once again! Congratulations for promoting Huastec civilization to the main page. ComputerJA () 22:09, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Thank you! Simon Burchell (talk) 22:24, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Maya civilization[edit]

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Maya civilization 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 Zanhe -- Zanhe (talk) 20:40, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

Chetro Ketl[edit]

Hello! I'd like to invite you to comment at Wikipedia:Peer review/Chetro Ketl/archive1. I'll understand if you are too busy or not interested. Thanks! RO(talk) 16:34, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi, Simon. I was wondering if you intended to continue your review? RO(talk) 15:39, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Sorry - yes, I am. I was taking a break to let the restructuring settle down a bit... I'll be back soon. Best regards, Simon Burchell (talk) 16:04, 8 May 2015 (UTC)
I think the structure is now pretty stable, but there's no need to rush; I just wanted to check in with you. Thanks! RO(talk) 16:08, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

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Irataba FAC3[edit]

Irataba is back at FAC: Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Irataba/archive3. We look forward to your comments there. RO(talk) 16:22, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

Good to hear, I'm likely to be busy for the next few days, but will see if I can drop by. Best regards, Simon Burchell (talk) 07:23, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Maya civilization[edit]

The article Maya civilization you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:Maya civilization for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Zanhe -- Zanhe (talk) 19:41, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

Congratulations, excellent work as always!·maunus · snunɐɯ· 19:43, 13 May 2015 (UTC)
I second that! Great work on an immensely important topic! RO(talk) 19:47, 13 May 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! Simon Burchell (talk) 07:24, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you for your incredible work on Maya civilization! It's one of the best articles I've seen on Wikipedia, and I think should easily pass FA. Hope to see it featured on the main page soon! Zanhe (talk) 20:43, 13 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Zanhe, for the review and the star, best regards, Simon Burchell (talk) 07:25, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Million award[edit]

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For your contributions to bring Maya civilization (estimated annual readership: 1,005,716) to Good Article status, I hereby present you the Million Award. Congratulations on this rare accomplishment, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers! Bobnorwal (talk) 02:24, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Clearly a lot of people rely on this article for information about the Maya civilization, so you deserve a lot of credit for bringing it up to such a high standard. Great job! Bobnorwal (talk) 02:24, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

After taking a closer look at the article, I have to say it is one of the most impressive Wikipedia articles I have read — in its scope, depth of information and clear writing. Wikipedia is very lucky to have you. Bobnorwal (talk) 02:42, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! Simon Burchell (talk) 07:51, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Dear Simon, I've made some comments at the FAC, I hope you will take them in the collaborative and constructive spirit they are intended. I mentioned some of these things earlier at a peer review, but I think for this level they need a bit more consideration. If you are unsure about how to convert my somewhat vague concerns to something concrete, I will be happy to make suggestions and participate in the editing if you think that will be a help. All the best, and congratulations on the awards. You would be a worthy winner of the core contest as well in my opinion!·maunus · snunɐɯ· 18:26, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Maunus - don't worry, I'm glad to have fresh eyes on the article, and I don't see anything there that made my heart sink! I will see what I can do to address your concerns. All the best, Simon Burchell (talk) 21:04, 19 May 2015 (UTC)