User talk:Vdjj1960

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Welcome to Wikipedia, Vdjj1960! I am Waterjuice and have been editing Wikipedia for quite some time. I just wanted to say hi and welcome you to Wikipedia! If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a message on my talk page or by typing {{helpme}} at the bottom of this page. I love to help new users, so don't be afraid to leave a message! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

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Waterjuice (talk) 07:27, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

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Image of Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye[edit]

Hey! I'm sorry to alarm you but, uh, that's not David Ruffin in that picture with Tammi Terrell, that's Marvin Gaye. So if you mind taking the picture out of the David Ruffin article and put it on Marvin Gaye's and Tammi Terrell's pages? As far as I know there is no pictures showcasing David & Tammi together. BrothaTimothy (talk · contribs) 20:38, 14 March 2009 (UTC)

Mel Gibson[edit]

I did not completely undo everything you added to the article and I have a great issue with your having reverted completely over the changes I made (which still retained part of your addition) prior to having contacted me to say "I will restore the edits that I made." That's a bit deceptive.

You should bear in mind that there are regular editors on the page who have hammered out many issues over time, and one of those is the flow of the article. However, I'll start at the top. The first word of the list of occupations is the only one that should be capitalized. "Mel Gibson, AO, (born Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson)" is pointless, his working name is not different from his birth name, so it's redundant to use the full name in a "born" capacity. Despite what some lesser attended articles do, the lead sentence of an article does not contain something he has won, it should only contain a brief description of who he is. "Award-winning" anything doesn't go there. The first thing you had to stumble over when you edited the lead section had a hidden note which said "Also see: WP:OVERLINK. Thanks!" Yet you still linked every title despite the fact that they are already linked various times throughout. Featured articles, which are the standard to which we are supposed to aspire, do not contain adjectives like extremely, we try not to use passive sentences like "His direction of Braveheart allowed him to become the sixth actor-turned-filmmaker...". There is absolutely nothing to be gained by splitting links such as [[Academy Awards|Oscar]] for [[Academy Award for Directing|Best Director]]. [[Academy Award for Best Directing|Academy Award for Best Director]] is sufficient. "Oscar" is an informal name and the article isn't served by using a lay term such as that. Then you use accolades such as "critically acclaimed" with no supporting documentation.

The manual of style guidelines do not include all capitalized words in the subtitles and there is no need to stick in the year of the film every time it is used. I have no idea why you would change the subtitle of the 2000s to The Early 2000s. There is no later 2000s covered, so that is confusing to the reader. The filmography tables actually have titles for each section, so rather than add more subtitle, the "Acting" should have been removed. And why did you stick in a statement that includes a citation needed tag?? The section of text below the "Career" subtitle is the career overview, there's no need to title it that way.

I left your insertion of the section for Gallipoli even though it did not cover the type of content that the other landmark films covered. The Gallipolli article is the place for a minor plot summary, in the Gibson article, those spaces are reserved for a summary of why they are landmark films, so I'm not sure it should have been left. Wildhartlivie (talk) 18:21, 29 March 2009 (UTC)

Also, it is entirely improper to address a person note to an editor in an edit summary. Wildhartlivie (talk) 18:24, 29 March 2009 (UTC)

And I'm sorry if I came off too strongly, but this is an article that gets a lot of tampering and a lot of vandalism. That is a lot of the reason it seems that articles are closely guarded - they are oh so easily vandalized and when editors have put a lot of time into an article, they really don't want to see someone who is bored at 3am start to slip nonsense, content that could be libellous, or simply... crap ...into it. I just reverted an edit where someone changed that he is a devout Traditionalist Catholic to he is a devout Jew. I don't disagree that the lead section is weak, and I'm sure that a lot of articles you've looked at have some version of "she won this, she won that, this film made a $1 billion in 3 days, then she was ..." The vast majority of articles have what is best considered a crap lead that comes nowhere near what WP:LEAD suggests, which is a summary of the main article that could act as a stand alone small article.

I can tell you that the reason that the lead mentions he was born in New York and moved to Australia is because it was such a point of contention for editors who were constantly switching it because they either didn't believe he was born in the US, or insisted he'd never been there prior to his acting career. Technically, Irish-American Catholic isn't an ethnic group, although it does indicate heritage. We don't generally put the religious background in the introductory paragraph and instead cover it in personal life, so it is proper to refer to him as Irish-American. However, it isn't clear that Hutton Gibson is of Irish descent - his mother was Australian and I've not seen reference to where his father was from, although he was born in the US. It may or may not be accurate to describe Mel as being the son of Irish-American Catholic parents Hutton and Anne Gibson, as that implies they both are. Meanwhile, it notes quite clearly twice that his mother was Irish, and also notes the dual citizenship. (Contrast describing someone as Catholic to someone described as Jewish, which would be acceptable because being Jewish is an ethnic heritage as well as religious and to describe someone as Jewish is in reference to the ethnicity.) Meanwhile, his Catholic religious beliefs are covered quite well in the personal life section.

Someone else removed the Gallipoli portion you added and I have returned it, although I urge you to look at the article for the film and try to pull some information about what made it a landmark film for him. If you want to work on a concise and comprehensive lead, you can work on one in your sandbox (that you get by typing - or just clicking on the red link here - User:Vdjj1960/Sandbox and tinker with it all you'd like. I'd be glad to comment on style issues or any problems that I see, if you'd like. Wildhartlivie (talk) 22:50, 29 March 2009 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image (Image:Ruffin and Terrell.jpg)[edit]

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The Stylistics[edit]

Just a note about your recent edit. The sentence - "They are among the most covered and sampled artists in soul and R&B music" - is unsourced, debatable and POV. Have you a reference to back up this claim ? See Verifiability. Thanks,

Derek R Bullamore (talk) 11:04, 15 November 2009 (UTC)

September 2010[edit]

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Germans[edit]

Hey! Nice work making the collage of famous Germans. Could it be possible to expand the collage to include some more famous Germans? I exluding Rudolf Diesel and Angela Merkel, expand it to 30 pictures and include Wernher von Braun, Otto Hahn, Catherine the Great, Gisele Bündchen, Carl Friedrich Gauss, Claudia Schiffer and Nicholas Copernicus. Cheers!Alphasinus (talk) 00:38, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

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Incorrect, unattributed birth name associated to Maxwell[edit]

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