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Barnstars from George Hill[edit]

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I would like to congratulate and express my gratitude to Smuckola (DTM) a for his great assistance in the design and creation of the article Wikipedia George Hill Chef. I was advised to request help from wiki editors by the deleting administrator following my deleted first article. I fortunately met Smuckola (DTM) on the help Wikipedia channel . Smuckola (DTM) immediately took an interest in assisting and compiling what turned out to be a very fine article created over may hours by him. He has great understanding of the wiki process, is excellent with English expression and understands the wiki mark up to design and put together articles that wiki should be proud of.My sincere thanks George Hill - Australia
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There are many Barnstars that Smuckola (DTM) deserves, I also acknowledge diligence. My sincere thanks George Hill - Australia
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I acknowledge excellence in copyediting My sincere thanks George Hill - Australia

A barnstar for you![edit]

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You're a superstar. Thank you for your help! JSFarman (talk) 00:36, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

Hooray! You created your Teahouse profile![edit]

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"Mac" dropped from "Mac OS X" in Mountain Lion[edit]

In "About This Mac", the "Mac" refers to the hardware, not the OS, so that's not a reference to the OS as being "Mac OS X". (The window it pops up informs you that "This Mac" is running "OS X".) However, I think I might have seen some "Mac OS X" references of some sort still hiding in Mountain Lion, probably because somebody forgot about them or because they weren't worth fixing. Guy Harris (talk) 10:21, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

I know, but that's not what the wikipedia article nor the sourced article said, so it was factually and encyclopedically incorrect. ^_^ Besides that, I don't imagine that it's a matter of fixing anything, because the operating system's naming is just a gigantic train wreck of stupid mashed up nicknames. They release software and hardware, and they call it stuff, sometimes. Their machines also have several different layers of pointlessly vague nicknames. They literally release entirely different products with the same names. The company is bonkers. The only thing that matters is the actual numbers. Smuckola (talk) 10:29, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

Welcome to WikiProject percussion[edit]

Always good to welcome another drummer. Andrewa (talk) 17:31, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

The Special BarnStar[edit]

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  • awarded to Smuckola as a gesture of very special appreciation for his unrecognized work.

Even in the complete dark you will always know who you are, and we will all ways recognize it for you. May your star shine bright, true and through, no matter the way of day, no matter the manner of night. You will always be you, and special.

Tweny13 (talk) 09:46, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Happy Easter!!![edit]

Happy Easter!

So a print encyclopedia, a strawberry shortcake, and a sycamore walk into a bar - wait, have you heard this one? (talk) 22:48, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

THANX! ! ![edit]

Thanx muchly for the barnstar. I do quite a bit on drum corps & will do more as I get to it... GWFrog (talk) 16:35, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

More Thanks[edit]

A big Tumeke for the tidy of the Maori culture article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 122.62.226.243 (talk) 01:07, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

I am most honored to be acknowledged for that. I want to learn about all of the world's tribes. I learned a lot in this process, and yet I know very little compared to your own people. It's pretty weird that the articles about a people would misspell their name all throughout, even inside of the same sentence as a correctly spelled version, but I tried to fix it in all related articles. Thank you very much. Please do keep in touch if I can do anything else.Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 08:20, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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You're a superstar! JSFarman (talk) 20:24, 1 June 2013 (UTC)

iOS 7[edit]

Hi, thanks for your recent edits to iOS 7. Would you be able to chip in to the conversation on the talk page about the criticism section? In my opinion (as I've explained at the talk), it's not necessary and very much bias, especially for an OS that isn't even available as full beta let alone GM release yet. Thanks!  drewmunn  talk  10:18, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

Yeah man, thanks. Done. Let the other prominent editors know too! — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 19:06, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you for your work at iOS 7, and for proving that I wasn't alone in the fight...  drewmunn  talk  19:33, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

Vocoding/Voce FX example ideas[edit]

Some thoughts post IRC:

1. Early Speech Systems " Please <pause> Adjust <pause>Dial <pause> One One Two Four, Operator

2. Vocoded Robot "This is the voice of a Wikipedia account which is not human! I edit by your instructions operator!" (think Cylon/ Davison Era Cyberman)

3. Formicadae "This is the voice of Primary One, We think that you should be hearing this..."

Arguably this has a LOT of buzz in it as insects would speak with their wings and a 'reed' like mouth motion. Vowel sounds are extended, and the inflexions present in speech may be slightly off.

Some insect speech would be slurred, so Primary One might to a casual observer sound slightly drunk, Also To get really good insect speech, you might need to do some more research as some can only 'sing' in a certain range. My intended example in this is probably a 'female' insect in the

4. 50's OTR Alien - Technically the effect here is that of an echo chamber and unusal intonation. Male OTR aliens seem to be deep voiced.. Male: " We are the gate-keepers, You as children have thought as inoccents, but time it has come for you to in maturity put aside that you as children shall hold in inoccence.."


5. OTR Fairie/Elf. Not sure about female aliens/faries but a sample line might read Female:" I am Primary of Three, I am of the trans-dimensional, and you are a welcome visitor to our viel on reality.

Another suggestions for source material would be Ariel's lines in The Tempest or Titania's in a Midsummer's Night Dream..

Sfan00 IMG (talk) 00:08, 20 June 2013 (UTC)

Re :Wikilove[edit]

Thanks for the kitten,we named him kitty. everyone should know. EVERYONE! HEEEEY, did you hear me? everyone, especially someone who really cares for you. otherwise you could wish your name was earl. Remember Hitler. Facial hair is DYNOMITEI will try to translate the page of your request on IRC.--Carliitaeliza TALK 16:28, 26 June 2013 (UTC)

Carly, you should know that I always remember Hitler! And you as well! How could I forget either one?! So memorable. And yes, keep the hair out of our faces!!!! It's not safe! DANGER, WILL ROBINSON! The planet needs you, Carly. Stay pure. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 21:51, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for your edits for all of your edits for the Chicago articles, especially your edits on Chicago XXXII. I am willing to help you get the article to B class. Rock on! Dobbyelf62 (talk) 17:23, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

People in drum corps[edit]

I noticed there were several people with the categories of Drum and bugle corps and/or things like DCI World class corps... Since these folks are not drum corps, I created a new category of People in drum corps and moved several of these people there... If you know of or see any others who should be there, please add that category to their pages... GWFrog (talk) 17:05, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

Dear Mr. Frog. I'm not clear on this. You say they "are not drum corps" but they're "in drum corps". I'm sorry, but I'm afraid that I don't understand what you're up to, and would enjoy some clarification, please! Thank you and keep up the enthusiasm! Please keep checking out my drum pages (see list)! — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 21:51, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Look a little closer before you template, please.[edit]

Hi. Wanna explain how this edit was vandalism warranting a template? I assume it was just a mistake, but, maybe be a little more caution about templating the regulars. Thanks. Grayfell (talk) 02:49, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

Hey there bro, we are beta testing a new counter-vandalism GUI and I misinterpreted its layout, thinking I was undoing the vandalism that you had actually already just undone. It's pretty rough. Sorry about that! I'm just glad that the mighty Busey is strong enough to take it. ^_^ — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 02:52, 27 February 2014 (UTC)
No prob. That's a noble task. It was inevitable that I get templated eventually, so I guess if it's for a good cause I'll just have to soldier on somehow. Of course it would have to be Busey. Grayfell (talk) 02:59, 27 February 2014 (UTC)
Yeah. Yeah I hear that. It only makes sense. I've seen what he did to that kid on I'm with Busey. We all must answer the wild call of the Busey, when he tolleth, or suffer an unfathomably loving wrath. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 03:04, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

A Kitten! A Kitten! A Kitten![edit]

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Thanks for hitting me with the cheer exactly when I needed it.

JSFarman (talk) 02:50, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

LeBassRobespierre[edit]

Smuckola — It has taken me some time to find how to get to this page, and I hope I'm in the right place and it is OK to post here this message: I appreciate your thanks for my minimal contribution of adding a reference to Phineas Gage. I'm a newcomer to Wikipedia editing but not to computer as well as old fashioned editing. I have done some work this past few days on Wikipedia to a couple of entries that needed essential info that was missing, namely to the entries on Deep Brain Stimulation, Psychosurgery, etc., as I have interests in various subjects including history and neuroscience. Anyway thanks to you for the unexpected welcoming message of thanks to a new comer! LeBassRobespierre (talk) 21:18, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

That's all good. One glance at the revision history of Phineas Gage or the Talk page, will show you what a social disaster it has been. There's been a huge amount of WP:3RR, WP:COI, WP:OWNERSHIP, and WP:ICANTHEARYOU there, and it's just deplorable. So good luck there, and don't feel bad if the trolls bite. Just keep trying, and discuss things in the Talk page, and talk with the people who've come in to mediate.  :-/ Or don't let their mental problems get you down, and move on to what does work. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance. You can email me or whatever, as is stated in my signature here! — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 00:22, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Expertise required[edit]

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha[edit]

Ha ha ha ha ha. Love, Julie JSFarman (talk) 23:31, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

@JSFarman: Ho ho ho hee hee hee ha ha ha. <3 — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 00:33, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Terry Kath[edit]

Thanks for your work on E3[edit]

Sorry about the junk links-I was just trying to find any source for these anonymous unsubstantiated claims, and I have practically zero experience with article work and references, much less quickly. Origamite\(·_·\)(/·_·)/ 01:41, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

@Origamite:Oh hey that's all good! I was just tryin to let people know what works best :) reflinks is the quickest thing for automated citations, as long as you just quickly do <ref>http://urlofcitation</ref>! So I was deleting the stuff down to just the url so that reflinks can automate it, so I can just jump in and jump out, or else reflinks won't handle a partially formatted citation at all. Good job! Enjoy the show, man. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 01:54, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

A Barnstar for you![edit]

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For your tireless work on expanding and copy editing in the 64DD article. You have my thanks, as well as the entire Nintendo Task Force. Arkhandar (TalkContribs) 16:09, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

July 2014[edit]

Information icon There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. The thread is 60.240.185.251 / 115.64.25.61 adding unsourced content into BLPs and not communicating. Thank you. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 12:56, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

@Ritchie333: Hi there. Thanks for filing that. I went there maybe two days after you posted it, but it was apparently gone. ANI posts just constantly roll off, without any ticket history, so I have no idea what the outcome was. I just thought I'd let you know that I was going to write details in support. That's all! Thanks. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 23:05, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
@Ritchie333: He's still going. :( I have no idea how anyone could ever check and selectively undo all this, and there are probably a thousand of these a day. WP:FAILSmuckola (Email) (Talk) 11:14, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
The previous ANI thread came and went without comment (probably because an ANI report that is civil, does little but mention diffs, assumes good faith and references policy is devoid of drama and not interesting). I've got to nip out in a mo, so if you want, could you create a fresh thread on ANI, referencing the previous one and including diffs of further problems? Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 11:31, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

A Cup of Coffee for Smuckola[edit]

A small cup of coffee.JPG Thank you very much for thanking myself, keep up the good work and if you need any help with anything feel free to contact me on my talk page, It would be a great pleasure to work with another great editor! (excluding myself). Best wishes and kind regards Joe Vitale 5 (talk) 20:58, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
@Joe Vitale 5:A cup of JOE??? How thoughtful! I shall definitely keep that actively in mind. And best wishes to you as well, sir. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 21:07, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Neo Geo[edit]

@Arkhandar and Sergecross73:Hey there, cool dudes. If you had time and inclination, you might like to proofread my recent major edit about Neo Geo and discuss it there if needed. I didn't wanna do it! But it had to be done.  ;) Talk:Neo_Geo_(system)#Reorganization.2C_July_2014. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 22:43, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Chicago XXXVI[edit]

I understand[edit]

I understand that I stepped a fair bit out of line with my critiscm and with where I posted it when I made those posts on the Talk page of Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. Also, it was a mistake when I posted one of the messages not logged in. Sorry about that. Am I allowed to edit my other IP and put my actual signature on it? After all, it was done by my IP, though not logged in of course. --Luka1184 (talk) 13:06, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Hello there. Yeah I suppose you could do that signature. Though, I strongly urge you to delete the flame thread. Anybody else should do that anyway since it's an abuse of Wikipedia.
I am a strong supporter of the essay WP:FAIL, though I believe Wikipedia will not fail, is highly redeemable, and that there are processes underway to fix it. Eventually. But what you were ranting about so berzerkly is a complete misunderstanding. You don't seem to understand that it's based on the idea that Wikipedia should stop being an encyclopedia and should merge with its sister site Wikia, which is nonsense that just means that you need to understand WP:5 and what an encyclopedia is and why Jimbo created the two separate sites. <3 As I clearly explained, the two are distinct and necessary. The neutral work I just did there on AVGN's articles served to accentuate your more elaborate work, and I can't even imagine how anyone could think that it makes any sense to advocate for two web sites to be duplicates anyway. Also I explained exactly why a WP:PRIMARY source is not inherently reliable, as it's prone to bias about its own subject, and because an encyclopedia relies upon a wide diversity of reliable sources. So please re-read those comments, especially the essays, guidelines, and policies that I'm linking. Seriously, a person can only understand them after having re-read them a zillion times and letting them grow in you over a period of time. They are truly the bare minimum by which to resolve your issues with Wikipedia, and you've got to understand those basic concepts of its mission and purpose before you can start to fix its problems from within. Or walk away from whatever is too upsetting. You don't want to rage against basic misunderstandings. I can see that you care about all things involved, and I hope this helps. Read on, bro. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 20:58, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

Your reversion of my edit to "Cocoa (API)"[edit]

Greetings and felicitations. I noticed that you reverted my edit to the Cocoa (API) article. I made the edit because the MOS 1) prohibits external links in the body of an article, and 2) specifies that the "See also" section come before notes and references. Making the external links references in the article seems to me to be the best workaround (do you have another solution?); I notice that you did not object to the second change.—DocWatson42 (talk) 00:23, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

Hello hello hello! First off, I'm sorry to hit the 'revert' function, but the GUI that I have for "AGF undo" or "Vandal undo" is based on the revert function, so I hope that doesn't do anything lame on your edit history. I'm sure it's a rounding error but it's not exactly fun to see that silly fraction of a percent of undone stuff, in your overall stats. ;) Secondly, I can not believe that I missed the "See also" misordering! I believe that those web sites are not presently references yet, because they are overall web sites way beyond the scope of a literary reference, including software repositories and other functional things. According to WP:EL, it's meant to send someone down an optional but highly relevant avenue if they want to read all about it, to incubate until the day when an expert can work it properly into the article body as a proper reference -- but for now, there's no specific reference. A reference should be able to eventually have a fully specific citation, like a book page, a movie timecode, etc. And with a web site, we should have an exact URL to a literary resource (a text page). Thank you so much for collaborating, and I'm pretty sure I recognize your username from long ago. How do you like the way I put it earlier tonight? Thanks. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 07:19, 6 August 2014 (UTC)
<amused snort> I check my stats very irregularly (less than once a year), and then only for my total contributions, so that point is no matter. As for the rest, the difference between the main MOS and WP:EL is annoying, but I can't blame you for it (can I? ^_-), and the article looks good. Moving the Web links from the body of the article to the External links section is a solution that had not occurred to me, and one which I will likely adopt. As for recognizing me, you did just thank me for my edit on Super Mario Bros. eight days ago, but I don't remember beyond that.—DocWatson42 (talk) 12:20, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
@DocWatson42:Ha, I hear that. I am supremely glad that my longsuffering in research of Wikipedia policy has yielded any new tips for anyone. I love it when that happens and I wish people would do that more often for me! Sometimes it's tough to work around insufficient provisionings. Let me know if I can help with anything. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 21:36, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Hi sir but the PS Vita did sell 10 million units

look at this article and find the PS Vita https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_million-selling_game_consoles Diemor50 (talk) 00:03, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

@Diemor50:Hey there, friend. We don't mean to be harsh, and some of us are dealing with a lot of abuse and a lot of weirdos every hour of every day, so I don't mean to just dump a warning on you without talking with you. But we just absolutely must have *reliable* citations for important information like that. Please see WP:RS. And you can't repeatedly defy other people under any circumstances. Please see WP:3RR. For an orientation to Wikipedia, please see WP:5 and WP:FIRST. I looked at the citation in List_of_million-selling_game_consoles and it's a guesstimate, which is not allowed. Sony quit publishing sales statistics, which sucks for us. Your enthusiasm is encouraged! I know it's tough to learn at first, but please do read those articles carefully, several times. It's weird stuff but it's how an encyclopedia has to be.  ;) Thank you. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 04:26, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

A very tardy response[edit]

Dear Smuckola, you messaged me some time back about the naming issue with Chicago XXXVI: Now and other matters. I haven't been on the site at all since then, but I did read and consider your message. Unfortunately a lot of times it just boils down to page-level consensus if there is a dispute. A lot of articles end up using the title most often used in RS, and then including a "sometimes stylized" phrase like we currently have in the XXXVI article. On pages where the dispute keeps emerging, I've seen FAQs put in to place. When the next inquiry comes in, usually from an editor unfamiliar with the history of the page, they can just be directed to the FAQ where you would list the various objections people have to the current title and your rebuttals to all of them. Of course, this requires a pretty strong consensus for the existing title, otherwise you'll never get the FAQ done! --Spike Wilbury (talk) 19:32, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

You're welcome[edit]

I couldn't care less about politics, or about prosecuting anything myself. I don't know how, and I can't stand this level of negativity in life at all, but I won't just let a free community fall to the abject tyranny of a few people. I care only about these threats against the very existence of the free encyclopedia. Assuming that you're not also crazy (unless it's "here's to the crazy ones"), and assuming that you're going to utilize purely nonviolent and just means, I wish you GOOD LUCK. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 09:49, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks very much. I hope we can sort this out. Arzel, of course is the editor who tipped CFredkin off to the fact that I'd discovered the latter's gross violation of Wikipedia policies. I would have thought he or she would have had more sense. Euclidean Elements (talk) 00:41, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
@Euclidean Elements:I just can't even imagine. Now, you realize there's only so far I can trust a sockpuppet! And I feel dirty for having any mention of this on my Talk page, like I should start another page just for crimes against humanity, blasphemy, and this. ;-D — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 00:45, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

Nintendo 64 announcement[edit]

Hi! In response to your email, I have to say I was rather surprised myself to learn that Nintendo had made public the details about "Project Reality" that early on. I've uploaded a scan of the source here. Apart from everything else, I think as an enthusiast of the N64 you'll find it an amusing read with the gift of 20/20 hindsight.--Martin IIIa (talk) 03:42, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

@Martin IIIa: Hey there. I appreciate you sharing your article. I've read it several times over the months. I am ecstatic to find several sources of retro magazines at archive.org, retromags.com, and outofprintarchive.com. Go get em!!!! If you haven't noticed, I've been exploding out into Nintendo 64 and 64DD history in the last several months, and that includes Shoshinkai and the history of cartridge vs. cdrom and Nintendo's online history. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 14:51, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
@Martin IIIa:Say, do you think you could help find this magazine article (preferably the whole issue), either on an archive site or just as a photograph if you have the print? <ref>{{cite news |title=Project Reality |work=[[GamePro]] |issue=58 |date=May 1994 |page=170}}</ref> It doesn't seem to exist https://archive.org/details/gamepromagazine?and[]=mediatype%3A%22texts%22#collection-creator here, right?  :( I'm burning up Nintendo 64 for the last few months! Thanks! — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 07:50, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Hey, sorry for the late reply, but I didn't see this post until just now. I found the whole issue at Emuparadise. Here's the link.--Martin IIIa (talk) 15:18, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

irc[edit]

Hey there. i just realized that you answered my message on this page,sorry for late,join IRC to talk,you'll find me with the nick Carly,thanks for your contributions! :) Carliitaeliza TALK 21:21, 7 November 2014 (UTC) @Carliitaeliza: carlalalalalala — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 14:51, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks![edit]

Hi! Thanks for your thanks for the YOLO page. :) The last few times anyone gave me a message, it was for not attributing a statement or for linking to a disambiguation page. Careless! So I opened your message with dread, and read it with delight. It was great of you to take the time. Happy New Year! OcelotHod (talk) 06:27, 31 December 2014 (UTC) OcelotHod

@OcelotHod: Ha!! I completely understand that, and isn't it mostly because people mostly don't thank each other?  :-D Well I usually don't thank people for each edit, because most contributions are boring or poor. lol. But I do thank a lot. Wikipedia is starting to to creep in some features that curb its collective denial of the fact that it is a social network. So that's nice, and it's nice to be nice. Doing Wikipedia well, is very hard. Let me know if I can help. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 13:31, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
You're great. I won't forget you, and I certainly will call if I need help. May 2015 bring you awards, health, and wealth! OcelotHod (talk) 08:25, 7 January 2015 (UTC) OcelotHod

Despite[edit]

The modern use of this word has nothing to do with "spite" as a "desire to hurt". I'd argue that most of the replacements with "aside" are actually more awkward. czar  12:51, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

@Czar: Well that's noted, but mistakes and hyperbole aren't encyclopedic. The only issue there is encyclopedic (correct) prose. There are some valid uses, just not these, and I can't imagine any in an encyclopedic context outside of a quotation. There are a number of alternatives to that particularly clumsy faux pas, which I've been adding to my list of clumsy faux pas common to Wikipedia, and you're prompting me to think about it even more. You're a big cat and I take your interests seriously. By the way, I will get with you and others someday hopefully soon to proofread vast oceans of content that I've been writing about Nintendo history. I've still been blasting away on 64DD and I'm not done yet. Also, 64DD disks just became dumpable within the last few weeks, and development is hot with dumping and emulation. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 14:51, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for getting my s**t straight re Michael Stipe[edit]

I really don't know where my brain wandered off to! I am so grateful to you. I believe I will seek you as a mentor for my next several edits, just to make sure I'm not "going dozy", as my Cornish friend says.

Hugs,OcelotHod (talk) 22:48, 8 January 2015 (UTC) OcelotHod

@OcelotHod: Worrrrrd. Let me know if I can proofread or do any technical advice. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 14:51, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Potential Robert Lamm source[edit]

Hi, is this reliable enough?http://members.core.com/~mjoann/Robert_Lamm/RLBio.html Cap'n Tightpants (talk) 14:27, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

@Cap'n Tightpants: No, that's not reliable whatsoever. Patently non-reliable. WP:RS describes the criteria. It's gotta be a major publisher with editorial oversight. The goal is for the source to have made its editorial criteria publicly known, where we know that there are multiple authors or multiple individuals backing up the author, with a formal quality control process. And things that can't be arbitrarily changed, and that aren't crowdsourced. So we're looking for things that have traditionally been in print: books, magazines, newspapers, and certain web sites. So this means no weblogs, no forums, no wikis, etc. Wikipedia is the last link of the chain, so we're the only allowable wiki in the equation, but we still can't cite our own Wiki. You really should expect to need to read everything linked from WP:5 (WP:N WP:NPOV WP:RS) countless times, top to bottom, to have it start to sink in. Neutrality is the opposite of how people are, and it basically requires a reformation of one's personality or perspective, especially paradoxically if you're a fan. You've gotta dig in and read those policies and essays, and read existing articles that are of a high project rating. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 14:55, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
@Cap'n Tightpants:By the way, I am a superfan Wikipedian. I have just learned how to translate my passion into neutrality -- that's not the same as neutralizing one's passion. I am indeed a Chicago superfan, I'm friends with the band, and I've written two of their biographies from scratch. Those things all aligned. I took the photograph on Robert's article. Same with my superfandom with Nintendo and other companies and whatnot. When you become enough of a Wikipedia geek, and a technically neutral mentality sets in, you learn how to find and inject the right things. Chicago and Nintendo got me back into reading books occasionally for this purpose, as a "refminer" (mining for references). I familiarize with existing articles so that when I read books and magazines, I know where to fill stuff in. I bought a pile of obscure Chicago-related books and DVDs on ebay. You'll find random personal heresay like the web site you mentioned, and you'll use it as a clue for finding real sources. Google for those ideas or those quotations, or just email the person to ask for their sources. Sometimes I read mountains of rough, to learn how to search for the diamond. If you can find old print and video resources that nobody else has found for Wikipedia, that's beyond the "low hanging fruit" that everyone else has already picked over. Or read the same old sources to arrange facts in a different light. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 15:42, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Okay, thanks. I'll keep digging. Cap'n Tightpants (talk) 21:04, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

In response to the kitten:)[edit]

Thanks for the kitten! You asked me about my interests, also. Well, there's Firefly, xkcd, Star Trek, and, of course, Chicago. Only 15 years old, and already I'm living in the past! Cap'n Tightpants (talk) 18:57, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

@Cap'n Tightpants: And already at Captain status! Superb. What a prodigy! FYI, feel free to reply in place and use {{reply to | Smuckola}} to notify the person. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 21:23, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

@Smuckola: Thanks! I was wondering how to reply! Cap'n Tightpants (talk) 21:47, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

thanks for your thanks[edit]

...that came out of the blue sky, for such a small thing. Is Online and offline on your watchlist maybe?

The main problem of the site though remains, that all the waffling in the lede that I edited, have no sources in the body to back it up.... BTW, I've always been dragon and gnome at the same time - even though I dont state it on my userpage -:) Nice to meet you. --Wuerzele (talk) 18:59, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

@Wuerzele: Yeah it was on my watchlist because I'm secretly writing the history of Nintendo's online strategies. There are some elements of the article that are obvious and/or noncontroversial and not very cited, but it's a cool article though. It's nice 2 meet u 2. Your Talk page conversations led me to fix up some Autism related articles, and I appreciate your User page. Let me know if you need any help with anything. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 02:26, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
Smuckola, Do you know how to increase the image size in "my" article Bakken pipeline?--Wuerzele (talk) 03:15, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
@Wuerzele: Yeah I got it. The size was fine but there was a huge amount of whitespace. Most of the image was blank white space. So I downloaded, cropped, and reuploaded it. You might need to hit shift-reload in order to see the change. I was going to say "hey google it or find some other image in another article and replicate its options", but that wasn't working. ;) Huzzah! — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 04:18, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
Smuckolaawesome, thanks. I dunnow what happened.--Wuerzele (talk) 04:35, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

gentler warnings please[edit]

Hi, Smuckola. I saw the "only warning" message you put on a problematic new editor's talk page with the optional message "Serial vandal-only account". Seems a bit bitey to me. In Twinkle's warning selector dialog, there is a link about choosing a warning level. It suggests that "only" warnings are appropriate for "excessive or continuous disruption", which clearly didn't apply here. I understand that there was a danger of the user continuing on a spree but it's also plausible here to believe that Cluebot had already caused the user to stop. I also understand that it's often ambiguous regarding which warning level to use. Even with that in mind, Twinkle has many gentler options available that would have been a better choice. I think {{uw-vandalism2}} would have been a very sensible choice back when there was a danger they would continue. Or since, Cluebot had already warned them and they hadn't made edits since, perhaps the {{welcomevandal}} template I added would have been a good idea. Dogpiling warning templates (see Wikipedia:Vandalism#How to warn vandalizing users) doesn't help reform Wikipedia reputation for being hostile to newcomers. Lastly, three poor edits in 8 minutes is not a track record that establishes a "serial vandal". We should be avoiding the v-word anyway with newcomers (see the essay Wikipedia:Avoid the word "vandal"). My main suggestion is to please be gentler with the newcomers. It benefits Wikipedia. Jason Quinn (talk) 23:08, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

@Jason Quinn: Hi there. I'm sorry to differ, but three deliberate defacings is clearly exactly what "excessive or continuous disruption" means. Willfully disruptive, not accidents. Furthermore, the warnings are not just there for the user but also to serve as documentation for the other CVU members and everyone else who's forced to deal with their abuse, so they do sometimes get put there in series. It's a series, not a dogpile. This is a basic civil response to vandalism, a neutral message of instruction and a link to further clarification and other resources is not harsh or in any way emotional whatsoever. It's neutral. There is absolutely nothing personal about it, nor is it a matter of making or breaking friendships; presuming to turn it into an emotional issue or a social overture is totally inapplicable. I am not personally responsible for having created the whole world of other people's behavior toward newcomers, and I take individual responsibility for my role in my actions; nor is a counterabuse response the place to evaluate that. I personally am overwhelmingly generous and kind to newcomers who have genuine contributions, usually personally mentoring them -- in the relevant context. The social overtures you're describing are all appropriate elsewhere, such as the Teahouse or such. But your sentiment is noted, and I do strongly share all those same general concerns all day every day! In the relevant contexts and ways. I'll read the stuff you've linked again anyway, because you are absolutely correct that it's all general info that comes down to an individual assessment. It's a serious process, and I would rather walk away than make serious mistakes. I wish you all the best! Thank you. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 01:54, 3 February 2015 (UTC)
@Smuckola: Three deliberate defacings is not what "excessive or continuous disruption" means under reasonable interpretation of the phrase. If it did, there'd be no point for warning levels 3 through 4 to even exist as template {{uw-vandalism2}} already assumes "edits" (that is, plural). The existence of the intermediate templates is sufficient argument against your rebuttal. (Plus, in this case, the editor's first edit arguably shouldn't even count as vandalism but rather just a poor edit.) Further, as I already stated, ClueBot had already warned this user and the editor had made no intervening edits. By letter of the Vandalism policy ("A new warning generally should not escalate from a previous warning unless a user received the previous warning and failed to heed it.") about how to warn editors, your additional warning template should not have been added. So in terms of warning being "a series", you are forgetting the role that the editor has to play in that series. I'm glad you are generous and kind to obviously beneficial editors but some new editors start off poorly and are reformed. Even at RfA you'll see candidates asking to excuse their initial edits now and again. The problem with jumping to the "only warning" template is that the candidate hadn't even been given the material to read to know our policies, let alone time enough to read them. For all we know, the editor may have just falsely assumed that any edits are acceptable after seeing our "anyone can edit" slogan as with many wikis (Unencyclopedia and so on). If we push them away because they were even exposed to the proper editing standards, we may miss that chance to reform them. Although an understandable mistake in the rush to try to prevent vandalism, adding the extra template was simply wrong here, literally by policy and making it an "only warning" template was a lapse in judgment. As for the "I'm just being neutral/civil/impersonal" argument you presented above, I reject it as a myopic excuse. All our warning templates are carefully crafted to be very neutral in wording but if you jump to the higher levels warnings, they can carry a non-civil tone and have a personal impact on the receiving editor. This is getting long so I'm going to skip the reason why ramping up the harshness slowly is better for editor retention and the encyclopedia's reputation in general. I think I have said all I wish to say so I don't intend to debate this further as I'll end up repeating myself. I really hope you reconsider your view of this case. For all I know this was just an isolated incident and an anomaly anyway so I don't want to make a mountain out of a molehill. I have no reason to doubt that you are a good vandal fighter. I just hope my comments help make you an even better vandal fighter. Jason Quinn (talk) 22:26, 3 February 2015 (UTC)
@Jason Quinn: There is nothing non-civil or personal about it, as it's neutrally informative text. As you described, the true fundamental fault lies within the ludicrously open and vandalism-inviting-and-enabling nature of Wikipedia as a project and as a social phenomenon, with its needless lack of qualification or orientation of open volunteers. Wikipedia is a chaos generation machine, throwing us all into the churn to rescue each other, and to rescue it from itself daily. If it was a physical phenomenon, it would be like a giant open pit at a construction site, and would be shut down or walled off on the basis of wanton negligence in any civilized country, lol. Even doing our best, we're bound for continuous imperfections. There's only so much a person has to work with, in a text-based medium with no physical reception facility featuring real cookies, kittens, body language, hugs, and especially real physical administrators. And yes I sadly do have some isolated events amongst many many many events, and I primarily work with other admins who explicitly mentor and approve the process overall. I try to stay as chatty as I can with admins and other senior editors, even just to routinely sanity-check my overall comprehension and to avoid a battleground mentality amidst such pointlessly manufactured strife. That's a constant threat to everyone. So I hope that assuages your concern. I would never want to be a vigilante or even work in isolation. :/ I see what you mean about the policy as you stated, and I'll read that thoroughly. Thanks for your factual clarification and interest. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 23:12, 3 February 2015 (UTC)
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You do what I do, eh?[edit]

@I dream of horses: At all times! FYI I'm dtm on IRC in case you forgot. And if you forgot that we're friends there, then I dunno. LEAD ON and dream on, o fearless platypus. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 06:17, 9 February 2015 (UTC)
I didn't know you were dtm. For some reason, that didn't ping me, by the way. --I dream of horses If you reply here, please leave me a {{Talkback}} message on my talk page. @ 03:26, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

USgamer & Eurogamer[edit]

Hi Smuckola, I'm Supernerd11, and I'd say you did a good job over on WP:VG/RS. The general convention seems to omit the ".net/com/org/etc" at the end of the site names, but that's just from a small sampling, so I doubt it's a big deal. Thanks for adding it! Supernerd11 Firemind ^_^ Pokedex 16:27, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

@Supernerd11: Wow, I'm used to a lot of regular everyday nerds, and I'm used to seeing a lot of super nerds, but I don't always see officially identified super nerds. Thanks! — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 09:03, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

Talkback[edit]

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Your recent comment on Wikipedia in Jan[edit]

Hi Smuckola: The editor you had an exchange with on the talk page at Wikipedia appears to have a history of deletions on this article [1] with Engineering Guy. He appears to have also delisted the article from peer review status. Is this a concern? LawrencePrincipe (talk) 14:17, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

@LawrencePrincipe: Hi. It looks like there was absolutely no administrative response to your filing at ANI, was there? It just went blank. What a huge amount of diligence by you and others. Yeah I did try to engage the guy as you see on the Talk page and edit comments. Generally I despise politics, and I stay completely away from such articles, but I had just recently engaged the Wikipedia article out of respect for the project. So I'm pretty unaware of what's going on except for what I actually said. Geez. What a world of crap. This is what happens in a project that totally lacks reputation and authoritative oversight.  :( So I don't know what to tell you, or what to do. I'm shrugging my shoulders really big. If I had something more specific and recent, I could notify an admin friend. Otherwise all he could do is maybe a warning or basic verbal engagement, I dunno. Hasn't this already been engaged by an admin, or would that be pertinent now? It seems like it requires an investigation for WP:TEND or something, but yours went dry. Is Chealer doing this across a lot more articles, or just this one, over a long period of time? What do you think? And what do you mean by "delisted from peer review status"? What's that? Is that the "protected" status, against IP editors? In your ANI filing, you said "with the apparent objective of delisting the page for Wikipedia at all costs". What does that mean? — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 09:05, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Hi Smuckola; My general feeling would be supportive for your showing an interest in this and maybe bringing it up with your admin friend. It may also be helpful for you to try to contact @Engineering Guy on his Talk page since he went through a lot of what you went through as well and he might have some helpful information. A small percentage of Wikipedia articles reach "peer review" status, known as either Featured Articles or Good Articles, and get to display a special star at the top of such an article which you might have encountered around Wikipedia. The "Wikipedia" article which you tried to edit used to be a GA status article and that was when I tried to report the disruptive edits which that problem editor was making. It did not help protect the article's star status and the article had its GA (Good Article) status revoked because of the disruptive edits done by the problem editor, or, it was "delisted". If you need further info then let me know and I can try to help. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 02:54, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
@LawrencePrincipe: :( It is essential that a person has current information, like from the last 48 hours or so, in order to pursue something administratively. And that's not because that makes any friggin sense but because even at an administrative level Wikipedia generally operates as a loosely organized anarchy and thus an atmosphere of fear. So everyone needs to have a "good admin" friend, which is hard to find. In two years, I personally have one and I might be able to garner another. But your documentation could serve to show WP:TEND if the pattern arises anew. Have the issues been resolved or addressed regarding the article's degradation in status? — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 05:50, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
Hi Smuckola; My look at the "Wikipedia" page just noticed that he is apparently edit warring with @EngineeringGuy again as of today. Not that anyone really wants to but if the 3 of us were concerned then we could request a page ban to protect the page from his disruptive editing. If you would like to do this then ping me and I can support. LawrencePrincipe (talk) 02:26, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

Your question at WP:VG/RS[edit]

I've tried to present some of my personal considerations (and ones that are commonly used at the RS board) here. If you keep these considerations in mind then you can usually predict how WP:VG/RS will regard your source. This should also give you an idea of what aspects of a source you are offering should be emphasized in order to convince the board that your source is reliable. I hope that helps. -Thibbs (talk) 14:09, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

X68000[edit]

Hi Smuckola, there are wrong informations in the article about the X68000.

1. "Floppy disks came in a couple of different formats ...". This is wrong because the floppy disks came only in one format, but in two disc sizes (3,5" and 5,25").

2. "... none of which are natively readable on other platforms." This is completely wrong because all Japanese standard platforms, the NEC PC-9800, the Fujitsu FM-R, the FM-Towns, etc. can natively read these disks, as long as the user restricts himself to use filenames according to the 8.3 MSDOS scheme.

You undid my edit with the corrections: why is it "unencyclopedic" correcting wrong information? --Allgaeuer (talk) 02:43, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

@Allgaeuer: Hi there! You made large verbose edits far beyond what you just described. And you did so without any description whatsoever, as is required of all edits. You're now twisting what I clearly said in my revert message while ignoring the given encyclopedic definitions, as if your uncited and unexplained wall of text was an obvious and necessary correction. So I'm glad if you found an error in the article. Please do write a properly formatted, cited, and trimmed down correction that simply defines and identifies the technology without being a "howto" guide. I'm sure there are very few people who are able and willing to do that with this obscure product, so it'd be great if that's what you're going to do!  :) Do you have reliable sources such as the product's user's manual or a book? Thank you. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 03:37, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Hi, Smuckola. Now I understood what I did wrong, essentially it seems to be my "verbose" style. Because I tend to explain something in-depth when I have the feeling that several related things are probably also unknown to the reader. But you are right, I should restrict myself to only correct the error and leave it to the reader to search for more information. My knowledge about the X68000 has three reliable sources: 1. the X68000 テクニカルデータブック (X68000 Technical Data Book) edited by the Television Department of Sharp, printed by ASCII (ISBN4-87148-426-2 C3055), 2. the original user's manual, 3. my personal experience, because I am one of the original users of this computer. I bought my first one in 1988 and another one in 1991, the latter is still here though I do not use it often. So I will give it another try and write a concise correction. --Allgaeuer (talk) 17:01, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
@Allgaeuer: Hello there! I reviewed your editing history to read more about your background. You are a dedicated researcher. I found the same information that you posted in the "long filenames" article, where its details are more poignant. So I cleaned that article up, in an effort to collaborate. If you've got those sources onhand, please be sure to cite the page within them, on both articles. I mean you may as well do that, since you're the rare person with access and inclination! I'm excited just to get such a precise citation about long lost obscure information, about a topic that I care nothing about!  :-D But yes in this case it was the combination of the somewhat offtopic nature of it, and the total lack of sources. I know exactly how you feel, because I am a refminer (a miner of references) about obscure retro-technology. If I find an interesting or long-lost fact, I want to include it. But the challenge is to find where and how. Sometimes you need to post two versions of things, like in this case. You did a good thing in finding that silly "long filenames" article, because that's exactly where that goes, in the context of actual research and not trivia. — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 17:29, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
@Smuckola. This is now funny for me, because I did not "find" or recently read any article about long filenames - the information I wrote about is still present in my head, because long ago I had a lot to do with Japanese computer systems - including the X68000 as well as the PC-9800 series. So for me my contribution was "trivia". When I once tried to copy a file from a X68000 to a MSDOS computer I first failed because I was not aware that all filenames under MSDOS are upper case only. Using MSDOS you may use lower case characters in commands, but MSDOS converts them all into upper case before writing them into a directory entry on a disk. On a X68000 there is no MSDOS, and Human68K is case sensitive: if you use a lower case letter in a filename, this letter will go into the directory entry as it is - when a MSDOS system reads the disk, it will show you this file in the directory listing (DIR), but never succeed to access the file because it will then try to match its own self-produced upper case version of the filename with the directory content - which will always fail. --Allgaeuer (talk) 18:19, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
@Allgaeuer:Yeah I was referring to your old work on the Wikipedia article Long filename.  :) I meant that it was a good thing that you located Long filename as a target for some of that data. ;) — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 18:32, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
@Smuckola. Oh, did I ? Must be years ago, I don't remember any more. I do Wikipedia edits only from time to time, usually in the German or the Esperanto Wikipedia. But if I see an error in another Wikipedia that makes me feel bad, I also feel obliged to do something about... however I am now surprised that there is no article about the Fujitsu FMR computers. That was the second important Japanese PC family for many years. However in the moment I do not have the time to write it myself, I hope somebody else does. ;-) --Allgaeuer (talk) 18:48, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
@Allgaeuer: At least I can say that when it comes to obsolete technology that was long lost in Japan, I have the 64DD covered! So don't forget to cite Long filename too! ^_^ — Smuckola (Email) (Talk) 18:55, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
@Smuckola: It's the first time I read the name "64DD" - I did not know this system. But I am no gamer, so this is kind of natural. Many young people know about Japanese computers only because two of them (the X68000 and the FM-Towns) were fantastic game machines. The "normal" Japanese PCs of 30 years ago were unknown to most Europeans then, and remain unknown till today - however to me they were a revelation in that time. --Allgaeuer (talk) 19:37, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Department of Competitive Gentity[edit]

[2] EEng (talk) 03:38, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 2[edit]

For this month's issue...

Making sense of a lot of data.

Work on our prototype will begin imminently. In the meantime, we have to understand what exactly we're working with. To this end, we generated a list of 71 WikiProjects, based on those brought up on our Stories page and those who had signed up for pilot testing. For those projects where people told stories, we coded statements within those stories to figure out what trends there were in these stories. This approach allowed us to figure out what Wikipedians thought of WikiProjects in a very organic way, with very little by way of a structure. (Compare this to a structured interview, where specific questions are asked and answered.) This analysis was done on 29 stories. Codes were generally classified as "benefits" (positive contributions made by a WikiProject to the editing experience) and "obstacles" (issues posed by WikiProjects, broadly speaking). Codes were generated as I went along, ensuring that codes were as close to the original data as possible. Duplicate appearances of a code for a given WikiProject were removed.

We found 52 "benefit" statements encoded and 34 "obstacle" statements. The most common benefit statement referring to the project's active discussion and participation, followed by statements referring to a project's capacity to guide editor activity, while the most common obstacles made reference to low participation and significant burdens on the part of the project maintainers and leaders. This gives us a sense of WikiProjects' big strength: they bring people together, and can be frustrating to editors when they fail to do so. Meanwhile, it is indeed very difficult to bring editors together on a common interest; in the absence of a highly motivated core of organizers, the technical infrastructure simply isn't there.

We wanted to pair this qualitative study with quantitative analysis of a WikiProject and its "universe" of pages, discussions, templates, and categories. To this end I wrote a script called ProjAnalysis which will, for a given WikiProject page (e.g. Wikipedia:WikiProject Star Trek) and WikiProject talk-page tag (e.g. Template:WikiProject Star Trek), will give you a list of usernames of people who edited within the WikiProject's space (the project page itself, its talk page, and subpages), and within the WikiProject's scope (the pages tagged by that WikiProject, excluding the WikiProject space pages). The output is an exhaustive list of usernames. We ran the script to analyze our test batch of WikiProjects for edits between March 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015, and we subjected them to further analysis to only include those who made 10+ edits to pages in the projects' scope, those who made 4+ edits to the projects' space, and those who made 10+ edits to pages in scope but not 4+ edits to pages in the projects' space. This latter metric gives us an idea of who is active in a certain subject area of Wikipedia, yet who isn't actively engaging on the WikiProject's pages. This information will help us prioritize WikiProjects for pilot testing, and the ProjAnalysis script in general may have future life as an application that can be used by Wikipedians to learn about who is in their community.

Complementing the above two studies are a design analysis, which summarizes the structure of the different WikiProject spaces in our test batch, and the comprehensive census of bots and tools used to maintain WikiProjects, which will be finished soon. With all of this information, we will have a game plan in place! We hope to begin working with specific WikiProjects soon.

As a couple of asides...

  • Database Reports has existed for several years on Wikipedia to the satisfaction of many, but many of the reports stopped running when the Toolserver was shut off in 2014. However, there is good news: the weekly New WikiProjects and WikiProjects by Changes reports are back, with potential future reports in the future.
  • WikiProject X has an outpost on Wikidata! Check it out. It's not widely publicized, but we are interested in using Wikidata as a potential repository for metadata about WikiProjects, especially for WikiProjects that exist on multiple Wikimedia projects and language editions.

That's all for now. Thank you for subscribing! If you have any questions or comments, please share them with us.

Harej (talk) 01:44, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

The dummy "Reception" section in Marmalade_(software)[edit]

Hey Smuckola - i saw you reverted me removing the empty/dummy section "Reception" in the Marmalade article, with comment "and will remain just as necessary". Can you please explain what is the point of having such a "placeholder" nuisance in the article? Does not seem "encyclopedic" at all to have such "under construction" signs hanging, even if it were a template to follow. I am looking and indeed Unity_(game_engine) has Reception section but Box2D and Cocos2d don't, so it's not like there is some mandate?

Mind you, it's been over half a year for that banner hanging there and nobody has bothered to fill it. Unless you feel like filling it now, let's remove it? It can always be added when there is content for it, that's for sure!

I don't spend much time editing here, so if i did some horrible violation, let me know pls EnTerr (talk) 19:05, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

The WikiProject Video Games Newsletter, Q1 2015[edit]

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technical question[edit]

dear smuckola, can you please help me with a technical issue? I created an article Dennis Keeney, and moved it out of my user page with a redirect. Now I cant delete it on my userpage: Dennis Keeney DRAFT what to do? I'll never do that again....Thanks for your attention.--Wuerzele (talk) 02:33, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

@Wuerzele: It's no problem at all. This is just one of those mind-bogglingly ridiculous usability failures; if it wasn't for usability failure, wikipedia wouldn't have any usability at all. You did the right thing, because by doing a 'move' instead of a copy and paste, you're preserving all your editing history. For posterity! So you go to the link as you presented it, you get redirected, and look closely at the top where it tells you where you got redirected from. You click on that. Then you'll actually be looking at the redirection page. You edit that and you place the {{db}} template there. See here Template:Db. This is how Wikipedia works: X steps forward, X*Y steps back, Z sidesteps. I left out the part where I have to google "wikipedia delete an article" every time I do this. — Smuckola(talk) 02:38, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
Thank you . I did it and assume i dont have to indicate a reason and justwait for deletion--Wuerzele (talk) 03:22, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 3[edit]

Greetings! For this month's issue...

We have demos!

After a lengthy research and design process, we decided for WikiProject X to focus on two things:

  • A WikiProject workflow that focuses on action items: discussions you can participate in and tasks you can perform to improve the encyclopedia; and
  • An automatically updating WikiProject directory that gives you lists of users participating in the WikiProject and editing in that subject area.

We have a live demonstration of the new WikiProject workflow at WikiProject Women in Technology, a brand new WikiProject that was set up as an adjunct to a related edit-a-thon in Washington, DC. The goal is to surface action items for editors, and we intend on doing that through automatically updated working lists. We are looking into using SuggestBot to generate lists of outstanding tasks, and we are looking into additional options for automatic worklist generation. This takes the burden off of WikiProject editors to generate these worklists, though there is also a "requests" section for Wikipedians to make individual requests. (As of writing, these automated lists are not yet live, so you will see a blank space under "edit articles" on the demo WikiProject. Sorry about that!) I invite you to check out the WikiProject and leave feedback on WikiProject X's talk page.

Once the demo is sufficiently developed, we will be working on a limited deployment on our pilot WikiProjects. We have selected five for the first round of testing based on the highest potential for impact and will scale up from there.

While a re-designed WikiProject experience is much needed, that alone isn't enough. A WikiProject isn't any good if people have no way of discovering it. This is why we are also developing an automatically updated WikiProject directory. This directory will surface project-related metrics, including a count of active WikiProject participants and of active editors in that project's subject area. The purpose of these metrics is to highlight how active the WikiProject is at the given point of time, but also to highlight that project's potential for success. The directory is not yet live but there is a demonstration featuring a sampling of WikiProjects.

Each directory entry will link to a WikiProject description page which automatically list the active WikiProject participants and subject-area article editors. This allows Wikipedians to find each other based on the areas they are interested in, and this information can be used to revive a WikiProject, start a new one, or even for some other purpose. These description pages are not online yet, but they will use this template, if you want to get a feel of what they will look like.

We need volunteers!

WikiProject X is a huge undertaking, and we need volunteers to support our efforts, including testers and coders. Check out our volunteer portal and see what you can do to help us!

As an aside...

Wouldn't it be cool if lists of requested articles could not only be integrated directly with WikiProjects, but also shared between WikiProjects? Well, we got the crazy idea of having experimental software feature Flow deployed (on a totally experimental basis) on the new Article Request Workshop, which seeks to be a place where editors can "workshop" article ideas before they get created. It uses Flow because Flow allows, essentially, section-level categorization, and in the future will allow "sections" (known as "topics" within Flow) to be included across different pages. What this means is that you have a recommendation for a new article tagged by multiple WikiProjects, allowing for the recommendation to appear on lists for each WikiProject. This will facilitate inter-WikiProject collaboration and will help to reduce duplicated work. The Article Request Workshop is not entirely ready yet due to some bugs with Flow, but we hope to integrate it into our pilot WikiProjects at some point.

Harej (talk) 01:58, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Bowser_(character)#Voice_Over_Portrayal[edit]

I've been trying to have a consensus with an i.p on Bowser's Talk page, so far I can't handle it on my own. Do you think you can participate and/or get others more common in this to join if it's alright with you? --Vaati the Wind Demon (talk) 23:22, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

that's not my fualt[edit]

im sorry I'm not responsible for grabage edit one of my friend did that without my knowledge please understand i don't perform such edits you can see my edit history all are usefull myfriend was using my phonewifi hotspot in another phone the he was using my IP address that's why it showed me as responsible for that edit please understand — Preceding unsigned comment added by Krishnachaitan (talkcontribs)

@Krishnachaitan: Do you mean this edit? Because a personal hotspot wouldn't make the edit from your account. Origamite 11:35, 1 May 2015 (UTC)

More thanks: History of chess[edit]

Thanks for reverting that drivel! Parcheesi is also on my watchlist; I just cleansed that article. J S Ayer (talk) 02:41, 14 May 2015 (UTC)