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Another discussion of interest[edit]

Another discussion you may be interested in is this RFC, a proposal to make the second comma in a date/place optional. United States Man (talk) 02:34, 27 October 2013 (UTC)

WikiCup award[edit]

In recognition of your participation in the 2013 Wikipedia:WikiCup, in which you reached round 3, the quarter-finals. J Milburn (talk · contribs) and The ed17 (talk · contribs) 12:01, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

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DYK for Tropical Storm Morakot (2003)[edit]

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Wikipedia:WikiProject Austin[edit]

I realized that you were one of the major editors for this WikiProject, and that the project was inactive. Would you be interested in resurrecting it? --RubinkumarTalk 16:39, 11 November 2013 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/TheAustinMan 2[edit]

Hi TheAustinMan,

Since you have withdrawn your RfA, I have closed it as unsuccessful. I am sorry if your RfA did not turn out how you might've wanted to have been. Don't get discouraged. Best of luck in the future and happy editing! Sportsguy17 :) (click to talkcontributions) 01:25, 27 November 2013 (UTC)

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Consider joining the Tyop Contest![edit]

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Hi there! You're invited to participate in the first ever Tyop Contest! The Tyop Contest is a friendly competition between Wikipedia users to correct typos. The contest will be run from
February 1 to March 1, 2014. Depending on the typo you correct, you gain a certain number of points. The user with the highest number of points at the end wins the contest!
Considering joining? Enter yourself! -Newyorkadam

Happy Holidays![edit]

BostonSkyline.jpg Best wishes
happy holidays from The Hub. Sportsguy17 (TC) 17:36, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

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Welcome to the 2014 WikiCup![edit]

Hello TheAustinMan, and welcome to the 2014 WikiCup! Your submission page can be found here. The competition will begin at midnight tonight (UTC). There have been a few small changes from last year; the rules can be read in full at Wikipedia:WikiCup/Scoring, and the page also includes a summary of changes. One important rule to remember is that only content on which you have completed significant work, and nominated, in 2014 is eligible for points in the competition- the judges will be checking! As ever, this year's competition includes some younger editors. If you are a younger editor, you are certainly welcome, but we have written an advice page at Wikipedia:WikiCup/Advice for younger editors for you. Please do take a look. Any questions should be directed to one of the judges, or left on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup. Signups will close at the end of January, and the first round will end on 26 February; the 64 highest scorers at that time will make it to round 2. Good luck! J Milburn (talk · contribs), The ed17 (talk · contribs) and Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 17:33, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

Cyclone Amara submission for the WikiCup[edit]

Hello, unfortunately I've removed your submission for the mentioned article due to the article's main contributions from you being in 2013 when rules state that content must have been significantly worked on during the competition, which was not running in 2013, of course. It seems you were aware of the possibility that this one would not receive points, as you explained in your hidden comment.. so I hope this doesn't bring you down too much! Good luck in the competition. Gloss • talk 08:50, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

Just to clarify- while I don't support non-judges removing submissions like this, Gloss is right in this case. J Milburn (talk) 12:00, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
Again, my apologies @J Milburn:. No intentions of overstepping you. Gloss • talk 18:26, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

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DYK for Typhoon Vera[edit]

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Discussion on changes to the format of the tornado table[edit]

Due to your membership in WikiProject Severe weather, I thought that the discussion going on there regarding proposed changes to the tornado table might interest you. If you are interested in participating in discussion, please feel free to join in at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Severe weather#Reference column in the tornado table. All views are welcome, and please do not feel obligated to participate if you are not interested. Inks.LWC (talk) 00:25, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Cyclone Amara[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 00:02, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

The Tropical Cyclone Barnstar[edit]

Cyclone barnstar.png The Tropical Cyclone Barnstar
For creating Cyclone Amara, getting it to Good Article status within a few days, and making it a Did you Know! Are you going for a Four Award? Newyorkadam (talk) 01:50, 15 January 2014 (UTC)Newyorkadam

Hudah[edit]

Hey, TAM. I was just wondering if you had any intentions of finishing up your Hudah sandbox? Cloudchased (talk) 22:26, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

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[[User:TheAustinMan/sandbox/Typhoon Prapiroon (2000)]

Hey, I saw the sandbox you started (I swear I don't stalk!) and wanted to make sure you knew of the record set by Prapiroon in South Korea for highest wind gust. It's in the Typhoon Maemi article (which broke Prapiroon's record). Good luck with the article! ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 00:39, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 January newsletter[edit]

The 2014 WikiCup is off to a flying start, with, at time of writing, 138 participants. The is the largest number of participants we have seen since 2010. If you are yet to join the competition, don't worry- the judges have agreed to keep the signups open for a few more days. By a wide margin, our current leader is newcomer Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), whose set of 14 featured pictures, the first FPs of the competition, was worth 490 points. Here are some more noteworthy scorers:

Featured articles, featured lists, featured topics and featured portals are yet to play a part in the competition. The judges have removed a number of submissions which were deemed ineligible. Typically, we aim to see work on a project, followed by a nomination, followed by promotion, this year. We apologise for any disappointment caused by our strict enforcement this year; we're aiming to keep the competition as fair as possible.

Wikipedians interested in friendly competition may be interested to take part in The Core Contest; unlike the WikiCup, The Core Contest is not about audited content, but, like the WikiCup, it is about article improvement; specifically, The Core Contest is about contribution to some of Wikipedia's most important article. Of course, any work done for The Core Contest, if it leads to a DYK, GA or FA, can earn WikiCup points.

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 (talkemail), The ed17 (talkemail) and Miyagawa (talkemail) 19:54, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

February 2014[edit]

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WikiCup 2014 February newsletter[edit]

And so ends the most competitive first round we have ever seen, with 38 points required to qualify for round 2. Last year, 19 points secured a place; before that, 11 (2012) or 8 (2011) were enough. This is both a blessing and a curse. While it shows the vigourous good health of the competition, it also means that we have already lost many worthy competitors. Our top three scorers were:

  1. Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), a WikiCup newcomer whose high-quality scans of rare banknotes represent an unusual, interesting and valuable contribution to Wikipedia. Most of Godot's points this round have come from a large set of pictures used in Treasury Note (1890–91).
  2. Oh, better far to live and die / Under the brave black flag I fly... Adam Cuerden (submissions), a WikiCup veteran and a finalist last year, Adam is also a featured picture specialist, focusing on the restoration of historical images. This month's promotions have included a carefully restored set of artist William Russell Flint's work.
  3. United States WikiRedactor (submissions), another WikiCup newcomer. WikiRedactor has claimed points for good article reviews and good articles relating to pop music, many of which were awarded bonus points. Articles include Sky Ferreira, Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus and "Wrecking Ball" (Miley Cyrus song).

Other competitors of note include:

After such a competitive first round, expect the second round to also be fiercely fought. Remember that any content promoted after the end of round 1 but before the start of round 2 can be claimed in round 2, but please do not update your submission page until March (UTC). Invitations for collaborative writing efforts or any other discussion of potentially interesting work is always welcome on the WikiCup talk page. Remember, if two or more WikiCup competitors have done significant work on an article, all can claim points equally.

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 (talkemail), The ed17 (talkemail) and Miyagawa (talkemail) 00:01, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

We will miss you![edit]

I saw you withdraw from the WikiCup because of school work concerns, and all of us in WPTC understands and we will miss your presence. Thanks for making Wikipedia a better place and we wish you the best of luck and hopefully come see us in IRC. Thanks Secret account 17:07, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

Totally understood. Just remember you can come back whenever you are ready when schoolwork dies down. You rock TAM! ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 17:20, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
<3 Cloudchased (talk) 18:39, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
I understand. Last year, there was times when I wanted to withdraw myself. Per Secret and Hurricanehink, thanks for your contributions to Wikipedia and I hope you will come see us on IRC.--12george1 (talk) 20:48, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
School is just an excuse for you to avoid getting your butt kicked by me in the CUP. Ah well, maybe next year. Make all As. TropicalAnalystwx13 (talk) 23:29, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
While I agree with TAWX it may be an excuse, I understand this can be a tough time of year. I know you've dealt with it in the past, but there becomes a time where we all get busy/de-motivated. I hope when summer/spring break roles around, you're re-energized. Until then, best wishes and good luck in school. YE Pacific Hurricane 23:56, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

Hi there, apologies for the delay. I've gone ahead and withdrawn you but offered your place, as it's so early in the round, to someone who just missed out on getting through. I wish you well with your studies. J Milburn (talk) 10:46, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

IRC[edit]

Come on IRC! ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 03:39, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 March newsletter[edit]

A quick update as we are half way through round two of this year's competition. WikiCup newcomer Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) (Pool E) leads, having produced a massive set of featured pictures for Silver certificate (United States), an article also brought to featured list status. Former finalist Oh, better far to live and die / Under the brave black flag I fly... Adam Cuerden (submissions) (Pool G) is in second, which he owes mostly to his work with historical images, including a number of images from Urania's Mirror, an article also brought to good status. 2010 champion (Pool C) is third overall, thanks to contributions relating to naval history, including the newly featured Japanese battleship Nagato. Rhodesia Cliftonian (submissions), who currently leads Pool A and is sixth overall, takes the title for the highest scoring individual article of the competition so far, with the top importance featured article Ian Smith.

With 26 people having already scored over 100 points, it is likely that well over 100 points will be needed to secure a place in round 3. Recent years have required 123 (2013), 65 (2012), 41 (2011) and 100 (2010). Remember that only 64 will progress to round 3 at the end of April. Invitations for collaborative writing efforts or any other discussion of potentially interesting work is always welcome on the WikiCup talk page; if two or more WikiCup competitors have done significant work on an article, all can claim points equally. 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 (talkemail), The ed17 (talkemail) and Miyagawa (talkemail) 22:55, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

GA's?[edit]

Hey there! I noticed you have several articles you've created that haven't yet been GA nominated, such as ones from the 2003 Pacific typhoon season. As I'd still like to see that as a good topic, would you mind if I nominated any of them? I won't claim them for the Wikicup, as you did most of the work, but it seems you're busy lately, and I'd like to help where I can. Cheers! ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 00:56, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

Photo requests for Austin-related articles[edit]

AustinMan,

Do you do photo requests in the Austin area? If so, there are some Austin-area photographs I would like.

Thanks WhisperToMe (talk) 14:28, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

WikiCup 2014 April newsletter[edit]

Round 3 of the 2014 WikiCup has just begun; 32 competitors remain. Pool G's Oh, better far to live and die / Under the brave black flag I fly... Adam Cuerden (submissions) was Round 2's highest scorer, with a large number of featured picture credits. In March/April, he restored star charts from Urania's Mirror, lithographs of various warships (such as SMS Gefion) and assorted other historical media. Second overall was Pool E's Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions), whose featured list Silver certificate (United States) contains dozens of scans of banknotes recently promoted to featured picture status. Third was Pool G's United States ChrisGualtieri (submissions) who has produced a large number of good articles, many, including Falkner Island, on Connecticut-related topics. Other successful participants included Rhodesia Cliftonian (submissions), who saw three articles (including the top-importance Ian Smith) through featured article candidacies, and Washington, D.C. Caponer (submissions), who saw three lists (including the beautifully-illustrated list of plantations in West Virginia) through featured list candidacies. High-importance good articles promoted this round include narwhal from Canada Reid,iain james (submissions), tiger from Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) and The Lion King from Minas Gerais Igordebraga (submissions). We also saw our first featured topic points of the competition, awarded to Nepal Czar (submissions) and Indiana Red Phoenix (submissions) for their work on the Sega Genesis topic. No points have been claimed so far for good topics or featured portals.

192 was our lowest qualifying score, again showing that this WikiCup is the most competitive ever. In previous years, 123 (2013), 65 (2012), 41 (2011) or 100 (2010) secured a place in Round 3. Pool H was the strongest performer, with all but one of its members advancing, while only the two highest scorers in Pools G and F advanced. At the end of June, 16 users will advance into the semi-finals. 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 (talkemail), The ed17 (talkemail) and Miyagawa (talkemail) 17:57, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

Question about a wikia image.[edit]

Hey TAM, long time no speak. Pulling this one out of nowhere, but how did you create this image ? I'm helping out with the reanalysis at the NHC and being able to produce these images without using the ATCF (I believe that's what's used to generate them) would be extremely useful to us. Many thanks in advance!

Regards, Cyclonebiskit (talk) 06:17, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

Hello Cyclonebiskit! Long time no speak as well. That image was produced through a lot of image manipulation via GIMP 2.8. To create the map I took a random season summary chart to do my bidding on. The fonts in the storm list box were actually copy-pastes of text from other NHC season summary charts. For example, since that was a "fake 2020 AHS" map, which uses the naming list from 2008, I did simple crop and pastes of storm names. Individual dates and numbers were also copy pastes of various bits of text from other charts.
In order to create a clean map to draw storm tracks, I first chose a map of an inactive season, so that clearing it would be easier. Then, I 'stitched' areas where there were storm tracks. For example, if there was a storm track crossing over the East Coast, I would find a season that did not feature such a storm, copy+paste the "clean" East Coast and then stitch that onto the map-to-be-manipulated. I repeated this process until the map was free of any storm paths.
In order to create the storm paths, I created a new layer and plotted the 12-hour locations. The white dots were copy+pastes from other maps, and the black dots were manually made using the paintbrush tool. Extratropical tracks were just drawn in lines with pluses that I added via text editor. After that I added a layer under the dot layer. On there, I began to connect the dots with the actual track. In order to do this I did the Free Select tool to create a roughly rectangular area between dots and then the Bucket Fill tool to color the selection according to the NHC coloring scheme. Since the paint bucketing was on a layer below the dot layer, I did not have to worry about the paint covering the dots. The last step was adding in the minimum pressure, storm #, and date labels, which I did by following the same method I prescribed in the first paragraph.
If you have any questions feel free to ask; I also might be able to help make the plots if need be. TheAustinMan(Talk·Works) 22:23, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

New outbreak maps[edit]

Just wanted to say that I love those maps. Definitely something useful and worth the work. Thanks for creating those. United States Man (talk) 03:41, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

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Article Grading/Review (Help a brotha out)[edit]

Hi, TheAustinMan, I'm new to Wikipedia and just created my first article, Tibetan autobiography, and wanted to see if another Wikipedian would be able to help me out and give me an article grade so I can see where I am with it. I saw that you had revised the page for article grading and thought you might be able to give me a bit of feedback or know someone who would be able to.

Best, Upjav (talk) 04:39, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

I hope TAM won't mind, but I have made a start by giving the article a C rating and categorised it under wikiproject WP:TIBET (you might like to have a look at that WikiProject if you haven't already). I have left its "importance" to the WikiProject unrated, as this is something the WikiProject members (like the inestimable User:Dr. Blofeld) would normally decide at some point in the future. I have no problem if TAM or Blofeld would prefer to rate the article something other than C, it was just my starting choice. --Demiurge1000 (talk) 17:28, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Typhoon Nanmadol (2004)[edit]

Gatoclass (talk) 16:02, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

About Wilma 30W.[edit]

when it only is a remnants, it has still not been recognized... why ? i don't understand ! Final-Fantasy-HH (talk) 14:41, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

When a storm weakens into a remnant, it's not recognized as a fully tropical cyclone, though it still can be tracked by agencies. The term "tropical cyclone" really applies only when a storm becomes a tropical depression or stronger. When an agency says that a storm has become a remnant low, they are basically saying that it is no longer a tropical cyclone. TheAustinMan(Talk·Works) 14:51, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks you... but do you think 30W (Wilma) is also the farthest-traveling tropical cyclone (horizontal with Hurricane John (1994)) Final-Fantasy-HH (talk) 17:21, 7 July 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)

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FTC[edit]

I noticed that you have a GTC up for Typhoons in 2003. While that nomination is up, would it be possible for you to review some of the other nominations to help minimize the backlog? It would be very helpful if you could. GamerPro64 18:04, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up reminder. I'll have a look-around of the other nominations. TheAustinMan(Talk·Works) 19:24, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

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Hey, how longyou been in TX? Did you go to high school there? I was at Westlake class of '02, btwLihaas (talk) 05:13, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

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DYK for Hurricane Arthur (2014)[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 02:53, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

1976 Canary Island UFO Article on AFD[edit]

Please join the discussion about the fate of this article.98.174.223.41 (talk) 20:50, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

I just thought I would say...[edit]

NOAA View new version Jul 30 2014.png

...it appears that NOAA View finally has a reasonable way of downloading images, meaning the time-consuming snip-and-stitch approach (where you use screenshots or screen snippets and then piece them together) is no longer necessary. You probably already noticed, but I thought I would say since most of the other image-uploading editors don't use the Suomi NPP images as much as you. Dustin (talk) 23:13, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Yep! Great to see that NOAA View is finally being realistic. I generated a Hernan image earlier using the download approach. Good news all in all. TheAustinMan(Talk·Works) 23:24, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
Okay, good! I don't know about you, but for me, it took 30 minutes just for me to stitch together images for my first version of File:Fausto Suomi NPP Jul 8 2014.png, then it took me about two minutes to create a far better version of it with the new NOAA View. I also recently created File:Iselle_Jul_31_2014_Suomi_NPP.png through the new approach. By the way, regarding the naming of images from Suomi NPP, would it be preferable to include "Suomi NPP" near the beginning or at the end? I personally would have thought that putting it at the end would make more sense (replaces the time of the day), but I still was wondering about that. Dustin (talk) 23:30, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
Since the subject is the storm, the satellite should probably go at the end like usual. TheAustinMan(Talk·Works) 23:38, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
Okay, thank you for the reply. I guess I will request renaming of File:Fausto Suomi NPP Jul 8 2014.png and perhaps File:01E Suomi NPP 23 May 2014.jpg. Dustin (talk) 23:45, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

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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)

DYK for Typhoon Billie (1959)[edit]

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:05, 4 September 2014 (UTC)