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POTD notification[edit]

Hi Sven,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:ULPower UL260i.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on June 18, 2014. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2014-06-18. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:28, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi Sven[edit]

Thanks for your visit to my talk page. My understanding from Wikipedia policy is that I am the keeper of that page, and have first call on how it is maintained, within WP policy. I have chosen to keep it virtually empty of discourse, and to shade it, for reasons that are my own. (They are essentially practical; for instance, like you, I tell people when I leave message, please reply here or there, so we do not lose track of where a conversation is taking place.) Hence, I, as steward of my page, just as you are steward of yours—I will not endeavor to change your structure or color schemes—have restored my shading to the page. You are welcome to click the edit tab as often as you wish, to see what I might be "hiding", mdr. But, alas, you will find nothing interesting. And, meanwhile, I can continue for the short time coming to be the user I wish to be. Please visit as often as you wish, and check user histories and my activities to see what was moved about. But allow me to determine my own background color at my own User Talk page (understanding that it does not prevent you or others from any access). Thank you. Le Prof Leprof 7272 (talk) 23:22, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

Leprof 7272: The guidelines are conflicting in this matter. WP:UP#OWN states "Traditionally Wikipedia offers wide latitude to users to manage their user space as they see fit. However, pages in user space belong to the wider community. They are not a personal homepage, and do not belong to the user. They are part of Wikipedia, and exist to make collaboration among editors easier." Strictly reading WP:UP, yes, you have the right to make your talk page unreadable. You also have the right to remove content entirely. You are, however, going out of your way to make conversations on your talk page less accessable, which goes against the spirit of having a talk page. Sven Manguard Wha? 23:31, 3 June 2014 (UTC)
No, I am going out of my way to establish a pattern that my talk page needs, diminishingly, to be a place where any discourse takes place, and I have succeeded. I thank you for acknowledging, even if tacitly, that I have the right to do so, since everyone, through use of the Edit and View history tabs, still has access to the whole of my dialogs and behaviours. Again thank you, and note, the remaining visible barnstar is simply a short-term jest, and it too will disappear (for I do not believe in them)—for I get taken to task for pre-discussing edits, for (the rare occasion) when I forget to discuss them, for demanding citations too quickly, for not demanding citations quickly enough, etc. To be awarded for prior discussion, immediately following being taken to task for "edit, don't talk about editing" beforehand, was a karmic or stochastic juxtaposition too imbued with humour to pass up. Cheers, best wishes, and again, please come see all you wish. Le Prof Leprof 7272 (talk) 00:37, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

New England Wikimedians summer events![edit]

Upcoming events hosted by New England Wikimedians!

After many months of doubt, nature has finally warmed up and summer is almost here! The New England Wikimedians user group have planned some upcoming events. This includes some unique and interesting events to those who are interested:

Although we also aren't hosting this year's Wikimania, we would like to let you know that Wikimania this year will be occurring in London in August:

If you have any questions, please leave a message at Kevin Rutherford's talk page. You can unsubscribe from future notifications for Boston-area events by removing your name from this list.

Requesting images from living people[edit]

Hey, Sven. I was wondering if you had any advice for people trying to get images from living people—we're hoping to get one for Megadeth. Curly Turkey ⚞¡gobble!⚟ 01:53, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

I responded at User talk:Crisco 1492, so that everyone following that conversation can see it. Sven Manguard Wha? 18:53, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Charlie resurgence[edit]

Nice work, as usual. And nice publicity this week :-) How are things with you? – SJ + 01:55, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Decent enough, thanks for asking. I will shoot you an email this weekend to catch up. Sven Manguard Wha? 18:54, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
For the stuff mentioned in signpost, with games! 75* 01:52, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Escape from Woomera[edit]

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Escape from Woomera 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 J Milburn -- J Milburn (talk) 13:40, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

You've got mail![edit]

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Your GA nomination of Escape from Woomera[edit]

The article Escape from Woomera you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:Escape from Woomera 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 J Milburn -- J Milburn (talk) 10:41, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

Sleeping Dogs[edit]

Hey man! Would you consider doing a peer review, or giving some feedback on Sleeping Dogs (video game)? I would like to get some feedback about issues that need to be resolved. After that, I would like to nominate it for a featured article. Thanks for you for your cooperation! URDNEXT (talk) 12:50, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

URDNEXT: I don't see myself spending any significant amount of time on Wikipedia any time soon, so I am going to have to decline. As you messaged over a dozen other people on the issue, however, I am sure that you'll get an answer from someone in good time. Sven Manguard Wha? 07:15, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
It's alright. Doing work on Wikipedia is kinda hard because most people do it for passion and for trying to make Wiki a better place. So then it kinda gets in the way of real life work and relashionships, making you have to manage your time better. Anyway, thanks for the reply! I appreciate it! — Preceding unsigned comment added by URDNEXT (talkcontribs) 12:59, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Portal:Literature[edit]

Congrats, Sven! Adam Cuerden (talk) 19:11, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Wait, what? It was promoted? Yay! Thanks for letting me know! Sven Manguard Wha? 20:02, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Images[edit]

Hi Sven. A while back you and user:Crisco 1492 were saying that in my role as a COI contributor, I should be able to get some high-quality professional photography licensed under a Creative Commons. Although it's only for a marginally notable person with a handfull of profile stories about them, I thought I'd share this image I just got permission for. CorporateM (Talk) 16:47, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) OTRS permission found and approved ticket:2014062210006808. Look forward to seeing more good images through you. Cheers, TLSuda (talk) 17:37, 22 June 2014 (UTC)
Probably the best images I have ever gotten my greedy hands on[1][2]. I wonder why German companies seem so much easier to work with. CC @Crisco 1492. CorporateM (Talk) 13:42, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
  • If you ever get the chance to go to a Wikimania (next year is Mexico City, so not too expensive if you wanted to foot the bill yourself, although scholarships are available) take a look at the Germans. They are very dedicated to open source (some of our better tools were implemented through the German chapter), and I think open culture has had a greater impact there. That or the Germans are better at calculating the risk/reward factor of donating images. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 13:56, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Looking at how much they downsampled the images they did donate (52% for the storefront image), I'd say the latter is a bigger factor. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 13:59, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
No idea. I've also been told that the Germans have more trust in their consultants and therefore give them more autonomy. I have a German counterpart that has me write the English versions for cos like Triumph. In those articles, the client doesn't even see the page before it's live and I've been heading more in that direction. I find that the corporate approval cycle is the most destructive to NPOV. To a certain extent though clients are subject-matter experts and I wouldn't want to take them out entirely, but if I can marginalize the approval process, I can more consistently do perfect-quality work without requiring as much help to carry me over to NPOV. They have also created more of a regulated industry through the court ruling. We have much to learn from them I think. CorporateM (Talk) 14:14, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, the initial message got buried in a flood of other messages and I didn't see this thread until now. This is awesome news. If we continue to have success on this front, we will be able to point to it when trying to convince others to release works. From my experience with freely licensed video game screenshots, it became a lot easier to get them once we had a bunch already, I guess because people could see that it wasn't some disastrous scam to part them from their intellectual property. Sven Manguard Wha? 18:17, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

POTD notification[edit]

Hi Sven,

Just to let you know that the Featured Picture File:The Splatters 03.jpg is due to make an appearance as Picture of the Day on July 8, 2014. If you get a chance, you can check and improve the caption at Template:POTD/2014-07-08. Thank you for all of your contributions! — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:54, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 June newsletter[edit]

After an extremely close race, Round 3 is over. 244 points secured a place in Round 4, which is comparable to previous years- 321 was required in 2013, while 243 points were needed in 2012. Pool C's Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) was the round's highest scorer, mostly due to a 32 featured pictures, including both scans and photographs. Also from Pool C, Scotland Casliber (submissions) finished second overall, claiming three featured articles, including the high-importance Grus (constellation). Third place was Pool B's , whose contributions included featured articles Russian battleship Poltava (1894) and Russian battleship Peresvet. Pool C saw the highest number of participants advance, with six out of eight making it to the next round.

The round saw this year's first featured portal, with Republic of Rose Island Sven Manguard (submissions) taking Portal:Literature to featured status. The round also saw the first good topic points, thanks to Florida 12george1 (submissions) and the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. This means that all content types have been claimed this year. Other contributions of note this round include a featured topic on Maya Angelou's autobiographies from Idaho Figureskatingfan (submissions), a good article on the noted Czech footballer Tomáš Rosický from Bartošovice v Orlických horách Cloudz679 (submissions) and a now-featured video game screenshot, freely released due to the efforts of Republic of Rose Island Sven Manguard (submissions).

The judges would like to remind participants to update submission pages promptly. This means that content can be checked, and allows those following the competition (including those participating) to keep track of scores effectively. This round has seen discussion about various aspects of the WikiCup's rules and procedures. Those interested in the competition can be assured that formal discussions about how next year's competition will work will be opened shortly, and all are welcome to voice their views then. If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk · contribs) The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 18:48, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Modern equipment and uniform of the Pakistan Army[edit]

Please join the discussion to change the article's title - Rameshnta909 (talk) 11:43, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

No thank you. My only involvement in that article was removing a large quantity of copyright violation images that I deleted on Commons. Sven Manguard Wha? 18:06, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Fez[edit]

Re: User_talk:Czar/2014#Fez, I did one better: commons:File:FEZ trial gameplay HD.webmhd.webm czar  20:05, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

Czar: Awesome! I processed the OTRS ticket for you. Feel free to ping me any time you send in permissions to OTRS, and I'll get them processed quickly. Sven Manguard Wha? 21:07, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! I appreciate the help and the offer. Edge (video game) is up, if you're interested, and if you have a sec, can you take a look at Ridiculous Fishing's OTRS tickets? I was just checking on some of the screenshots and I think they were linked to the Broforce ticket by accident czar  18:56, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
Czar: You're right about the Ridiculous Fishing tickets. I've changed them all over. The only one that wasn't there anymore is File:Ridiculous Fishing composite logo.png. Was that there originally, or did you derive it from the awkwardly stretched version at the top of the press sheet? Sven Manguard Wha? 21:58, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
Edge is done too, now. Sven Manguard Wha? 00:31, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
Czar: Wait a second... why am I doing this? You have OTRS access! Sven Manguard Wha? 05:51, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

I don't remember whether I cropped it myself, but it's still the same image, so not sure how you'd want to handle it. Thanks for catching the other stuff. Can you do the OTRS on File:Greg Wohlwend headshot full frame.jpg. It keeps getting punted around by Commons admins since it's been in the queue so long. And, yes, I recently got OTRS access, but as I understand it, I can't OTRS my own submissions. czar  20:11, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

I suppose it's not a good idea to process your own tickets, although watching your uploads get deleted because the queue is backlogged can't be fun. Anyway, I've processed the Greg Wohlwend headshot. Sven Manguard Wha? 03:33, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
Appreciated czar  03:58, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Sports portal[edit]

Hi Sven -- am I right in thinking the Sports portal is one of yours? The formatting appears to have broken recently; it now appears to have a fixed width which is considerably greater than my monitor. (I've noticed a similar problem in a couple of non-featured portals over the past days.) Cheers, Espresso Addict (talk) 09:06, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

I cannot replicate that problem. I am using the latest version of Firefox (whatever absurdly high number they're on now), and it stretches and shrinks to fit the width of the window for me. Sven Manguard Wha? 07:41, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-31[edit]

08:09, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi from Boston and EN.wiki, not really Wikidata[edit]

Sven, We (you and tall Paul) met briefly at a New England meeting in Boston last summer. I asked you about the Harvard Square brewhouse gatherings --no longer ongoing, I learned-- and about Wikidata --which I promised to continue in person. Next NEng meeting I learned that you had flown, fled, eloped --relocated for good work, I hope.

Today I finally "fixed" a mistaken identity at Wikidata by brute force. My history User contributions for P64 - Wikidata shows no other recent activity. I invite you, as I invited Maximilianklein last hour in detail, to tell me whether this brute split is appropriate and sufficient. (User talk:Maximilianklein#Anne Bishop at Wikidata (WD) gives a longish report.)

You may notice that my past activity at Wikidata is not much. Meanwhile I guess I have added template {{Authority control}} to more than 200 en.wikipedia biographies, fixed dozens of mistaken identities in wiki biographies, and reported several errors to authorities (DNB; today my second try at library of congress LC). That is, I hope and trust you all will keep up by periodic re-import from the biographies to Wikidata.

P.S. Once before I tried to fix an identity problem here using brute force, after some frustrating time but less than one hour in the documentation. ... 2013-11-21 in my contributions history. I linked en:Darwin Teilhet and it:Darwin LeOra Teilhet (although they give different birthplaces, which I didn't try to reconcile) by deleting the link to EN.wiki in one page, adding it to the other. Probably I should have filed for Darwin Teilhet https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q5226029 to be deleted here.

--P64 (talk) 01:10, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-32[edit]

07:37, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Some help with files[edit]

Hi Sven. I'm looking for someone who knows more than me about file useage on Wikipedia - you definitely fall into that category, so I'm hoping you can lend a hand. I'm currently pushing Morihei Ueshiba towards GA status, but have hit a stumbling block with some of the images. There are two image files on the page with attribution/permission issues:

  • File:Onisaburo Deguchi 2.jpg -- may not be PD in the US, and the source is a dead link. The uploader hasn't been active for a few years, so there's no point asking them...
  • File:Morihei-Ueshiba.jpg -- this is all over the web, so sourcing it shouldn't be an issue. I believe this photo is one which the Aikikai released into the public domain (I'm fairly sure it's post 1946, and possibly 56), but haven't been able to confirm that, so it may not be useable.

If you could spare five minutes to cast an eye over these and offer your advice, I'm be jolly grateful. Thanks, Yunshui  11:57, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Also, a query regarding File:Takeda Sokaku.jpg - the link to the source is dead, but this image clearly originated elsewhere - can I legitimately replace the link with one to a different website that hosts the same image? Yunshui  12:00, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-33[edit]

07:43, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-34[edit]

07:17, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-35[edit]

09:21, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 August newsletter[edit]

The final of the 2014 WikiCup begins in a few short minutes! Our eight finalists are listed below, along with their placement in Round 4:

  1. Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), a WikiCup newcomer, finished top of Pool A and was the round's highest scorer. Godot is a featured picture specialist, claiming large numbers of points due to high-quality scans of historical documents, especially banknotes.
  2. Scotland Casliber (submissions) is a WikiCup veteran, having been a finalist every year since 2010. In the semi-final, he was Pool B's highest scorer. Cas's points primarily come from articles on the natural sciences.
  3. Nepal Czar (submissions) was Pool A's runner-up. Czar's points come mostly from content related to independent video games, including both articles and topics.
  4. Oh, better far to live and die / Under the brave black flag I fly... Adam Cuerden (submissions) was Pool B's runner-up. Another featured picture specialist, many of Adam's points come from the restoration of historical media. He has been a WikiCup finalist twice before.
  5. Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) won the WikiCup in 2012 and 2013, and enters this final as the first wildcard. She focuses on biology-related articles, and has worked on several high-importance articles.
  6. Florida 12george1 (submissions) is the second wildcard. George's points come primarily from meteorology-related articles. This year and last year, George was the first person in the competition to score.
  7. Colorado Sturmvogel 66 (submissions), the third wildcard, was the 2010 champion and a finalist last year. His writes mostly on military history, especially naval history.
  8. Canada Bloom6132 (submissions), the fourth and final wildcard, has participated in previous WikiCups, but not reached any finals. Bloom's points are mostly thanks to did you knows, featured lists and good articles related to sport and national symbols.

We say goodbye to this year's semi-finalists. Herm Matty.007 (submissions), Ohio ThaddeusB (submissions), United States WikiRedactor (submissions), Idaho Figureskatingfan (submissions), Greece Yellow Evan (submissions), Portugal Prism (submissions) and Bartošovice v Orlických horách Cloudz679 (submissions) have all performed well to reach this stage of the competition, and we hope they will all be joining us again next year.

There are two upcoming competitions unrelated to the WikiCup which may be of interest to those who receive this newsletter. The Stub Contest will run through September, and revolves around expanding stub articles, especially high-importance or old stubs. In addition, a proposal has been made for a new competition, the GA Cup, which the organisers plan to run next year. This competition is based on the WikiCup and aims to reduce the good article review backlog.

There is now a thread for brainstorming on how next year's WikiCup competition should work. Please come along and share your thoughts- What works? What doesn't work? What needs changing? Signups for next year's competition will be open soon; we will be in touch. If, at this stage of the competition, you are keen to help the with the WikiCup, please do what you can to participate in review processes. Our finalists will find things much easier if the backlogs at good article candidates, featured article candidates, featured picture candidates and the rest are kept at a minimum. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk · contribs) The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 22:09, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-36[edit]

07:49, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-37[edit]

09:33, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-38[edit]

08:34, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-39[edit]

09:05, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-40[edit]

09:44, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 September newsletter[edit]

In one month's time, we will know our WikiCup 2014 champion. Newcomer Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) has taken a strong lead with a featured list (historical coats of arms of the U.S. states from 1876) and a raft of featured pictures. Reigning champion Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) is in second place with a number of high-importance biology articles, including new FA Isopoda and new GA least weasel. Scotland Casliber (submissions), who is in his fifth WikiCup final, is in third, with featured articles Pictor and Epacris impressa.

Signups for the 2015 WikiCup are open. All Wikipedians, new and experienced, are warmly invited to sign up for the competition. Wikipedians interested in friendly competition may also like to sign up for the GA Cup, a new WikiCup-inspired competition which revolves around completing good article reviews. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk · contribs) The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 22:11, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-41[edit]

06:10, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-42[edit]

08:54, 13 October 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-43[edit]

13:48, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Transfer to Common[edit]

Pls transfer the file William_Nassau.jpg from the en wikipedia to commons - thx Hendrik van Holland Hendrik van Holland (talk) 00:30, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

Transfer to Common[edit]

Be so kind to transfer file Greek Cavalry Asia Minor 1921.jpg from the en Wikipedia to commons - thx Macedon-40 (talk) 17:21, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

About the XCOM competition[edit]

If I already have a copy of XCOM: Enemy Unknown in my Steam library, am I allowed to enter the competition? BlookerG (talk) 13:01, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-44[edit]

05:20, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Patrick Allen (Governor-General)[edit]

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Patrick Allen (Governor-General) 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 Cwmhiraeth -- Cwmhiraeth (talk) 12:21, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-45[edit]

17:28, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup awards[edit]

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Awarded to Sven Manguard for the strongest contribution of featured portals in the 2014 WikiCup. J Milburn (talk · contribs), The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 20:51, 4 November 2014 (UTC)
Awarded to Sven Manguard for participating in the 2014 WikiCup. J Milburn (talk · contribs), The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 20:51, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014: The results[edit]

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The 2014 WikiCup champion is Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), who flew the flag of the Smithsonian Institution. This was Godot13's first WikiCup competition and, over the 10 months of the competition, he has produced (among other contributions) two featured lists and an incredible 292 featured pictures, including architectural photographs and scans of historical documents. Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions), 2012 and 2013 WikiCup champion, came in second, having written a large number of biology-related articles. Scotland Casliber (submissions), WikiCup finalist every year since 2010, finished in third.

A full list of our prize-winners follows:

Congratulations to everyone who has been successful in this year's WikiCup, whether you made it to the final rounds or not, and a particular congratulations to the newcomers to the WikiCup who have participated this year. We warmly invite all of you to sign up for next year's competition. Discussions and polls concerning potential rules changes are also open, and all are welcome to participate. The WikiCup judges will be back in touch over the coming months, and we hope to see you all in the 2014 competition. Until then, it only remains to once again congratulate our worthy winners, and thank all participants for their involvement! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk · contribs) The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 22:52, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2014-46[edit]

15:00, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-47[edit]

18:28, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Copyright checks when performing AfC reviews[edit]

Hello Sven Manguard. This message is part of a mass mailing to people who appear active in reviewing articles for creation submissions. First of all, thank you for taking part in this important work! I'm sorry this message is a form letter – it really was the only way I could think of to covey the issue economically. Of course, this also means that I have not looked to see whether the matter is applicable to you in particular.

The issue is in rather large numbers of copyright violations ("copyvios") making their way through AfC reviews without being detected (even when easy to check, and even when hallmarks of copyvios in the text that should have invited a check, were glaring). A second issue is the correct method of dealing with them when discovered.

If you don't do so already, I'd like to ask for your to help with this problem by taking on the practice of performing a copyvio check as the first step in any AfC review. The most basic method is to simply copy a unique but small portion of text from the draft body and run it through a search engine in quotation marks. Trying this from two different paragraphs is recommended. (If you have any question about whether the text was copied from the draft, rather than the other way around (a "backwards copyvio"), the Wayback Machine is very useful for sussing that out.)

If you do find a copyright violation, please do not decline the draft on that basis. Copyright violations need to be dealt with immediately as they may harm those whose content is being used and expose Wikipedia to potential legal liability. If the draft is substantially a copyvio, and there's no non-infringing version to revert to, please mark the page for speedy deletion right away using {{db-g12|url=URL of source}}. If there is an assertion of permission, please replace the draft article's content with {{subst:copyvio|url=URL of source}}.

Some of the more obvious indicia of a copyvio are use of the first person ("we/our/us..."), phrases like "this site", or apparent artifacts of content written for somewhere else ("top", "go to top", "next page", "click here", use of smartquotes, etc.); inappropriate tone of voice, such as an overly informal tone or a very slanted marketing voice with weasel words; including intellectual property symbols (™,®); and blocks of text being added all at once in a finished form with no misspellings or other errors.

I hope this message finds you well and thanks again you for your efforts in this area. Best regards--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 02:20, 18 November 2014 (UTC).

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Your GA nomination of Patrick Allen (Governor-General)[edit]

The article Patrick Allen (Governor-General) you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:Patrick Allen (Governor-General) 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 Cwmhiraeth -- Cwmhiraeth (talk) 10:24, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-48[edit]

19:31, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2015 is just around the corner...[edit]

Hello everyone, and may we wish you all a happy holiday season. As you will probably already know, the 2015 WikiCup begins in the new year; there is still time to sign up. We have a few important announcements concerning the future of the WikiCup.

  • We would like to announce that Josh (J Milburn) and Ed (The ed17), who have been WikiCup judges since 2009 and 2010 respectively, are stepping down. This decision has been made for a number of reasons, but the main one is time. Both Josh and Ed have found that, over the previous year, they have been unable to devote the time necessary to the WikiCup, and it is not likely that they will be able to do this in the near future. Furthermore, new people at the helm can only help to invigorate the WikiCup and keep it dynamic. Josh and Ed will still be around, and will likely be participating in the Cup this following year as competitors, which is where both started out.
  • In a similar vein, we hope you will all join us in welcoming Jason (Sturmvogel 66) and Christine (Figureskatingfan), who are joining Brian (Miyagawa) to form the 2015 WikiCup judging team. Jason is a WikiCup veteran, having won in 2010 and finishing in fifth this year. Christine has participated in two WikiCups, reaching the semi-finals in both, and is responsible for the GA Cup, which she now co-runs.
  • The discussions/polls concerning the next competition's rules will be closed soon, and rules changes will be made clear on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Scoring and talk pages. While it may be impossible to please everyone, the judges will make every effort to ensure that the new rules are both fair and in the best interests of the competition, which is, first and foremost, about improving Wikipedia.

If you have any questions or concerns, the judges can be reached on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, on their talk pages, or by email. We hope you will all join us in trying to make the 2015 WikiCup the most productive and enjoyable yet. You are receiving this message because you are listed on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk), The ed17 (talk), Miyagawa (talk), Sturmvogel 66 (talk) and Figureskatingfan (talk) 18:54, 7 December 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-50[edit]

17:11, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

Vainglory OTRS[edit]

If you have a moment, can you process commons:Category:Vainglory? I smell a featured picture... czar  02:49, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-51[edit]

16:44, 15 December 2014 (UTC)