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Please comment on Talk:OpenOffice.org[edit]

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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 Godot is a featured picture specialist, claiming large numbers of points due to high-quality scans of historical documents, especially banknotes.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)

Please comment on Talk:Artpop[edit]

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HighBeam for RPG articles[edit]

Hey there! :)

Are you ready? I am ready.  ;) When last we left off, we had begun working on biographical articles, as the "final frontier" for HighBeam since we already went through all the computer games and novels and assorted D&D subjects I could think to look at. I have a looooooot to go through, if you are willing to hang with me.  :) For one thing, you might notice the change to the header of this section; it represents a bit of a broadening of my horizons over the past year. I know you are probably aware that I have been putting a bunch of work into RPG bios, so getting more work done with HighBeam in that area seems like a logical next step. Let me know when you are ready, and I will launch our first volley. ;) BOZ (talk) 00:10, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

How are things going now? BOZ (talk) 15:11, 9 October 2014 (UTC)
Soon. I feel the desire to write referenced text growing in me. ;) I've been contributing a little bit more frequently this month. —Torchiest talkedits 20:26, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
Aweomse - no rush, I'm just twitchy.  ;) BOZ (talk) 04:47, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
Any better now?  :) BOZ (talk) 23:25, 2 November 2014 (UTC)
Okay, I finally renewed my subscription. We are go for the next 365 days! :) —Torchiest talkedits 23:33, 2 November 2014 (UTC)
Sweeeeet. :) This thread is kind of getting buried, though - I will start a new one tomorrow. Don't have my list in front of me ATM, dontcha know! ;) BOZ (talk) 23:40, 2 November 2014 (UTC)
Oh wait, I lied, I'm ready to go.  ;) I will start another thread anyway, though. BOZ (talk) 23:44, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Article titles[edit]

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KMFDM song titles[edit]

Hey! Long time no talk. Hope you're doing well! I was looking at Don't Blow Your Top (album), and I was thinking about the song titles. Specifically those with bracketed titles, like "King Kong Dub" (Rubber mix) and "Killing" (For Your Sampling Kit). I'm wondering if putting those bracket titles in the note parameter is the right way to do this? I'm thinking they're part of the song title (especially in the case of "Killing (For Your Sampling Kit)", which isn't the usual "Song title" (blah mix) format), and I'm thinking they should be moved out of the note parameter and into the main title parameter.

Now, the fun part about all this is that I'm pretty sure I was the one who moved them into the note parameter in the first place (although I could be wrong, but I'm too lazy to go searching through the article's history), but in retrospect I'm thinking that wasn't a great idea. So I'm wondering what you think? Is it a better idea to move those to the title parameter (and thus within the quote marks, such as "King Kong Dub (Rubber mix)")? I mention DBYT, but this would apply to all their albums. I'm quite willing to put in the work myself, but I wanted to see what you thought before I do that. So, what do you think? (Also, I'm totally stealing your talk page edit notice thing for my talk page.) MrMoustacheMM (talk) 18:45, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, that all works for me. And enjoy the edit notice, although I've found that even with it in place, people comment however they feel like doing it. ;) —Torchiest talkedits 16:31, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
Alright, I'll have at it sometime in the next little while. And if anyone reverts me, I'll start a discussion at the appropriate article talk page and invite you along. MrMoustacheMM (talk) 18:30, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
I'm currently in the middle of doing this, take a look and see what you think so far. For Würst and Greatest Shit, I made a decision to include things like mix names in the title and "Edit" (or "Album Edit") in the note, but if you think the whole phrase should be included in one or the other, let me know and I can change it (or of course feel free to change it yourself). MrMoustacheMM (talk) 19:47, 22 September 2014 (UTC)
I think having the extra little edit note works well for all those, since almost every song was edited for those discs. It would feel too clunky in full-size text I think. —Torchiest talkedits 02:06, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Zim Integrated Shipping Services[edit]

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Dwarf[edit]

This IP editor seems to be working in good faith, but I think he could use some coaching on how to handle a GA-level article given edits like this: [1] 129.33.19.254 (talk) 21:53, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on User talk:Bostonscribe/sandbox[edit]

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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)

The WikiProject Video Games Newsletter, Q3 2014[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Boxcar[edit]

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GOCE barnstar page[edit]

Hi. When you have a chance, would you please run your barnstar-table script on the September drive page or give the script to me, Baffle gab1978 or Jonesey95 so we can do it? Thanks and all the best, Miniapolis 22:29, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

Yes, sorry, I meant to run that earlier this week. I'll do it Saturday. —Torchiest talkedits 01:44, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks a lot; I know you're busy with other things. All the best, Miniapolis 13:17, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
It's done, might need to compare leaderboard numbers and make sure they match. Cheers. —Torchiest talkedits 19:12, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks again; I'll start working on it tomorrow. All the best, Miniapolis 00:26, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

Ira (name)[edit]

Hello. Please be more careful when you restore content. The information you restored here was downright bogus. --Omnipaedista (talk) 06:18, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

With respect, you are partially mistaken. I very unsure about all that, and did a good amount of looking around before making all those changes. I see now that the Greek meanings could be uncertain, but the others have good sources:
  • Maori (life principle and gene): Mead, Hirini Moko; Mead, Sidney M. (2003). Tikanga Māori: Living by Māori Values. Huia Publishers. p. 42. ISBN 9781877283888. 
  • Sanskrit: You left in the part saying it is a name for the wind god, but for earth: The Encyclopædia Britannica: A-ZYM (20 ed.). Werner. 1903. p. 674. 
I didn't revert without doing some research, although since I didn't add sources either, it does look like a thoughtless action. —Torchiest talkedits 13:40, 5 October 2014 (UTC)
Sorry for not being more precise. I was referring to the Greek word. This part was the bogus one. --Omnipaedista (talk) 16:50, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

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GOCE October 2014 newsletter[edit]

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Emily Care Boss[edit]

Hey Torchiest, here is a good test case for you. I did not see anything for her on HighBeam, but maybe you can find something for Emily Care Boss somewhere out there? BOZ (talk) 17:41, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

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HighBeam for RPG articles (part 1)[edit]

OK, here we go. :) I have several mini-projects, some small, some quite large, so I will break them up bit by bit to make them easier to digest. Mmm, chewy!

Honoring the dead[edit]

I always try to honor the recently deceased in the gaming field, as I am sure you have noticed. On Wikipedia, that means when I hear a person has passed away, I do my best to clean up that person's article (or start an article if there isn't one yet) and encourage others to do the same. Part of why I do this is to honor that person, and part of this is because lazy obituary writers tend to use Wikipedia as their primary or only source, so we had better get it right for them.  ;) Although the deaths below are not very recent, they are from 2013 and 2014, so I figure a good place to start is to see what more we can do for these articles.

I wasn't able to find anything on HighBeam for either Quinton Hoover or Anthony J. Bryant; if you happen to locate more sources for them on HighBeam or anywhere else, then that would be great; if not, don't worry about it. BOZ (talk) 13:28, 4 November 2014 (UTC)

Willis was almost nothing. I added the bit about 6th CoC but there wasn't anything else. Trampier is about the same, just a few bibliographic notes about various editions of the Monster Manual. The Calhamer could have some stuff, I only started looking at it though. —Torchiest talkedits 03:02, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Cool, cool. For Willis, I wish I could find some information about his birthdate - got nothing so far, which is kind of weird. ;) Tramp's article is probably in the best of shape, of all these, so I'm not so worried about him. BOZ (talk) 17:16, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Can't wait to see what you can do for Calhamer, and Breitenstein too - which really is the stubbiest of all stubs. ;) BOZ (talk) 02:48, 25 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Allston had nothing beyond listings on Bestseller lists, nothing biographical/useful really. I'm still looking through the Calhamer sources. The one article I've been looking at is pretty comprehensive though. —Torchiest talkedits 17:13, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
Good to see that - I just checked your progress on Calhamer, and I think he was a pretty important figure in the history of hobby gaming. BOZ (talk) 16:12, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
Hey Torchiest, so far so good! What else ya got? :) BOZ (talk) 01:24, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
It didn't look like any of the others had anything great in them, a lot were bare bones obit pieces or letters to the editor rather than proper articles. It looks like Calhamer liked to write in to the local newspaper. :) I will have to go through the good source again at home. —Torchiest talkedits 21:22, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
Hah, OK, that's interesting. If you don't find anything else for him, there is plenty I left you for Bill Fawcett below. ;) BOZ (talk) 23:55, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Hey Torchiest, I just found out that Brett Ewins recently passed away. Anything you can do with this? [7] BOZ (talk) 20:19, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Not much. I referenced a few works from the first one, which is just an author bibliography type listing. The second only provides a ref for Deadline, which is already sourced in the article. —Torchiest talkedits 03:18, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
Every little bit. :) Thanks! BOZ (talk) 03:38, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

Bill Fawcett[edit]

Hey, if I could ask you to jump on one quickly, I'm concerned that Bill Fawcett (writer) (which was PRODded earlier this week, redirected, and now restored[8]) may come up for deletion. I would estimate that about half of the hits on this search are related to him. BOZ (talk) 19:03, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

So far so good. :) I should have done this sooner, but did not really have the time to go through the list properly.
That should save you the trouble of having to sift through these yourself, now that I have removed all the ones that are least likely to be about him. :) BOZ (talk) 23:36, 8 December 2014 (UTC)
Much improved! Were you able to have a look at all of these or do you need more time to review them? BOZ (talk) 12:58, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
I crossed off the ones I looked at last night, plus most of the ones I looked at this weekend. Still a few to check. —Torchiest talkedits 16:25, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
The remaining ones were either duds or special cases. I e-mailed you some info on them. —Torchiest talkedits 02:01, 23 February 2015 (UTC)
I will check those out Torchiest - how about the links on the first two lines before that big clump - currently showing as [8] and [9]? BOZ (talk) 04:54, 23 February 2015 (UTC)
The first of the remaining two sources was already in the article, so I just added the link and fixed up the citation a bit. The second one is an interview entirely about his book about dealing with ETs, and I'm not sure what to do with it. It's a pretty cool article though. —Torchiest talkedits 02:08, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
Torchiest - excellent, man! Maybe we can make an article for that book, like I did with How To Lose A Battle? BOZ (talk) 03:35, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
Hey Torchiest, anything you can add to Making Contact (book)? BOZ (talk) 03:42, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
Better, thanks! :) I think I can safely say we are finally done with Fawcett, LOL. BOZ (talk) 16:12, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
I noticed that Torchiest and BOZ were two of the main editors on Bill Fawcett's page, I saw some errors in some of the works listed as edited by Fawcett. The information is on the article's talk page. Also, could his article be assigned to a category in science fiction and fantasy? I'm not connected to him in any way, I've just seen his name a lot in my years of reading.98.162.209.39 (talk) 12:34, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

The Lost Children[edit]

Next up is a follow-up on a project I was working on for the latter part of 2013 and the early part of 2014 (and sporadically before then, and since then). I think I mentioned it before, but this involved making articles out of non-articles: restoring a few dozen deleted and redirected articles, starting articles from scratch out of redirects, and finding abandoned drafts and working on them. Most of these involved Designers & Dragons, a source I have been working with heavily, and for some I was able to find additional sources. Anything you can find, even if it is only a sentence or a quick reference, could be valuable.

I would like to be able to add more of these to User:BOZ#Saving the Lost Children.  :)

Thanks! BOZ (talk) 04:49, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

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Meanwhile[edit]

Torchiest, got anything to help legitimize Magical beast (Dungeons & Dragons)? BOZ (talk) 13:28, 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.

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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.
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GOCE coordinator elections[edit]

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Candidate nominations for Guild coordinators to serve from January 1 to June 30, 2015, are currently underway. The nomination period will close at 23:59 on December 15 (UTC), after which voting will commence until 23:59 on December 31, 2014. Self-nominations are welcomed. Please consider getting involved; it's your Guild and it won't coordinate itself, so if you'd like to help coordinate Guild activities we'd love to hear from you.

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December 2014 GOCE newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors December 2014 Newsletter
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Drive: Thanks to everyone who participated in November's Backlog Elimination Drive. Of the 43 people who signed up for this drive, 26 copy edited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: The November Drive removed 26 requests from the Requests page and 509 articles from the {{copy edit}} backlog. We copy edited 83 articles tagged in the target months; July, August, and September 2013. Together with tag removals from articles unsuitable for copy editing, we eliminated July 2013 from the backlog and reduced August and September's tags to 61 and 70 respectively. As of 01:01, 1 December 2014 (UTC), the backlog stood at 1,974 articles, dipping below 2,000 for the first time in the Guild's history (see graph at right). Well done everyone!

Blitz: The December Blitz will run from December 14–20 and will focus on articles related to Religion, in recognition of this month's religious holidays in much of the English-speaking world. Awards will be given out to everyone who copy edits at least one of the target articles. Sign up here!

Election time again: The election of coordinators to serve from 1 January to 30 June 2015 is now underway. Candidates can nominate themselves or others from December 01, 00:01 (UTC), until December 15, 23:59. The voting period will run from December 16, 00:01 (UTC), until December 31, 23:59. You can read about coordinators' duties here. Please consider getting involved and remember to cast you vote—it's your Guild and it doesn't organize itself!

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GOCE holiday 2014 newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors Late December 2014 Newsletter
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Blitz: Thanks to everyone who participated in the December Blitz. Of the 14 editors who signed up for the blitz, 11 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

January drive: The January backlog-reduction drive is just around the corner; sign up here!

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WikiCup 2015 launch newsletter[edit]

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Round one of the 2015 WikiCup has begun! So far we've had around 80 signups, which close on February 5. If you have not already signed up and want to do so, then you can add your name here. There have been changes to to several of the points scores for various categories, and the addition of Peer Reviews for the first time. These will work in the same manner as Good Article Reviews, and all of the changes are summarised here.

Remember that only the top 64 scoring competitors will make it through to the second round, and one of the new changes this year is that all scores must be claimed within two weeks of an article's promotion or appearance, so don't forget to add them to your submissions pages! If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, and you hope to get it promoted before the end of the round, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAN, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup and the judges are reachable on their talk pages. Good luck! Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs), Miyagawa (talk · contribs) and Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs)
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GOCE 2014 report[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors 2014 Annual Report
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Our 2014 Annual Report is now ready for review.

Highlights:

  • Summary of Drives, Blitzes, and the Requests page;
  • Review the election results;
  • Membership news;
  • Changes around the Guild's pages;
  • Plans for 2015.
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The WikiProject Video Games Newsletter, Q4 2014[edit]

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February 2015 GOCE newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors February 2015 Newsletter
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Drive: Thanks to everyone who participated in January's Backlog Elimination Drive. Of the 38 people who signed up for this drive, 21 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: We were able to remove August 2013 from the general copyediting backlog and November 2014 from the request-page backlog. Many thanks, everyone!

Blitz: The February Blitz will run from February 15–21 and again focuses on the requests page. Awards will be given to everyone who copyedits at least one request article. Sign up here!

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Big Bang Myth[edit]

Torchiest, my name is Jon, did you get a chance to check out the sources on Talk:List of creation myths#Secular Creation Myths? I read Adam Leeming's books and he talks extensively about big bang myth. Thanks for your time. --Kaptinavenger (talk) 16:14, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

Gareth-Michael Skarka[edit]

Hey, Torchiest, could you please see what you can do with this article based on this search? BOZ (talk) 19:23, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Those were four reprints of the same story, unfortunately. I added a piece of info from one before noticing the one you added, then I merged them. Still some other info that could be pulled from that profile though. The last item was a photo. —Torchiest talkedits 20:43, 16 February 2015 (UTC)
Well, it is an improvement, thanks! :) BOZ (talk) 21:28, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

GOCE March newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors March 2015 Newsletter
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Blitz: Thanks to everyone who participated in the February Blitz. Of the 21 people who signed up, eight copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: The blitz removed 16 articles from the requests list, and we're almost done with December 2014. Many thanks, everyone!

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Rand Paul[edit]

How embarrassing. :?{. thanks for catching! Formerly 98 (talk) 15:21, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

No problem, it's a very understandable error that I'm sure has happened before. :) —Torchiest talkedits 15:23, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2015 March newsletter[edit]

One of several of Godot13's quality submissions during round 1

That's it, the first round is done, sign-ups are closed and we're into round 2. 64 competitors made it into this round, and are now broken into eight groups of eight. The top two of each group will go through to round 3, and then the top scoring 16 "wildcards" across all groups. Round 1 saw some interesting work on some very important articles, with the round leader Australia Freikorp (submissions) owing most of his 622 points scored to a Featured Article on the 2001 film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within which qualified for a times-two multiplier. This is a higher score than in previous years, as Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) had 500 points in 2014 at the end of round 1, and our very own judge, Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions) led round 1 with 601 points in 2013.

In addition to Freikorp's work, some other important articles and pictures were improved during round one, here's a snapshot of a few of them:

You may also wish to know that The Core Contest is running through the month of March. Head there for further details - they even have actual prizes!

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April 2015 GOCE newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors April 2015 Newsletter
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March drive: Thanks to everyone who participated in last month's backlog-reduction drive. Of the 38 people who signed up, 18 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

April blitz: The one-week April blitz, again targeting our long requests list, will run from April 19–25. Awards will be given to everyone who copyedits at least one article from the requests page. Sign up here!

May drive: The month-long May backlog-reduction drive, with extra credit for articles tagged in December 2013, January and February 2014 and all request articles, begins soon. Sign up now!

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