User talk:Zziccardi

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Apple Watch[edit]

Looks like this is just devolving into an edit war vs one (maybe two) IP editors. I'm not going to edit the page directly again today to make sure I don't violate 3RR but obviously if this continues, we'll have to find an admin to help restore the peace. WWB (talk) 18:19, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

Agreed. I still have two reverts remaining today, but I'd prefer not to use them unless it's absolutely necessary. How long do you think we should wait before contacting an administrator? ~zziccardi (talk) 18:28, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
Good question. I was thinking about putting a comment on the Talk page for this most recent IP address, although my assumption is that this is the same person behind a floating IP, so it might not do much good. My philosophy is always: it's OK to "lose" in the short term when you know you're going to "win" in the long term. In this case, I'd say we'll have shown an abundance of patience if we wait until tomorrow. WWB (talk) 18:56, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
I'm fairly certain it's the same anonymous person, as well. That two different anonymous editors would target the same article for the same reasons within such a short period of time seems extremely unlikely. Anyway, I've just completed a massive copy edit of the article, and I removed the templates in question once more while I was at it. Now, I'm going to wait and see what happens. If the templates do magically reappear on the page, I think waiting until tomorrow to contact an administrator is certainly reasonable. ~zziccardi (talk) 22:51, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but, hey, seems like we've outlasted the B.S. Hooray for us? WWB (talk) 08:03, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Certainly. Cheers! zziccardi (talk) 15:06, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Never mind; I just checked the page. Sigh. Perhaps we should just leave the page as it is for a week or so and see if any other editors get involved. As far as I'm concerned, the article is as good as it's going to get until the device's actual release, when all of the reviews will be published. —zziccardi (talk) 15:25, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Yeah. Well, I went ahead and filed a dispute resolution notice, partly to see what the process is like. Might have to take this to a user conduct review, since the IP is, in my opinion, violating WP:NPA. That said, considering how often invocation of NPA is met with a counter-accusation of the same, I'm going to tread lightly. So, we'll see where it goes. Best, WWB (talk) 13:30, 14 September 2014 (UTC)
All right. I'm interested to see where this goes as well; I'm not familiar with the dispute resolution process at all either. If you need backup of any sort, feel free to reach out to me. —zziccardi (talk) 17:21, 14 September 2014 (UTC)
So I finally found the time to do some research and rewrite the "Reception" section of the article, which I've now renamed Initial reception. I've quoted a bit more broadly, preserving some of the sources, but doing away entirely with the opinion polls. I'll be curious to see if there's any more activity here in the near future. Best, WWB (talk) 18:23, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Hello, again, and thanks for giving me a heads-up. I took a look at the section, and by all means, you made nice progress. I tweaked a few minor things in an otherwise lovely paragraph. Let's hope further nonconstructive predicaments won't arise. Sincerely, —zziccardi (talk) 21:31, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

Apple S1[edit]

I know this is a self link. I have marked the redirect page with "{{Redirect with possibilities}} - in the hope that the link would encourage people to create an article there. I suppose I should create the article myself...

All the best: Rich Farmbrough16:13, 13 September 2014 (UTC).

Sounds good to me. I'd offer to help you with the S1's page, but I don't think we'd be able to find any reliable sources yet. Once the Watch is released, though, I'm sure Ars Technica and AnandTech, among others, will have lots of information on it. Thanks, —zziccardi (talk) 16:18, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Halo: Combat Evolved[edit]

Your description of the character Master Chief is wrong, according to all official literature of the fictional Universe of Halo. I've corrected it several times and according to edit history you revert the corrections... Please read the books to get a better idea of the nature of the character if you insist in being the one that last edit the page. Thank you

Halo guardian — Preceding unsigned comment added by Halo guardian (talkcontribs) 14:57, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Hello! There is a DR/N request you may have interest in.[edit]


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Please be careful about script date formatting[edit]

Per WP:DATERET, dates should be unified to the prevailing standard in the article - the date format is separate for in-prose dates, and reference dates. Using scripts to make changes like this [1] where you are normalizing away from the clear prevailing standard (in this case the use of YYYY-MM-DD for reference formats) is generally not acceptable, though discussion by consensus to make that change is a reasonable step. I would check some of your other edits too from looking at past used of the script. --MASEM (t) 21:54, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

From the message you left on my talk, please be aware that dates in prose and dates in references can be two different formats, so that "use myd dates" template (which I do agree applies to Valve's games) is only for prose dates, not reference ones. The bulk of the dates in both articles are using the yyyy-mm-dd format for date and accessdate for references, so this is acceptable and should not be changed without consensus per DATERET. --MASEM (t) 22:22, 6 October 2014 (UTC)
Hello, again, Masem. Thank you for informing me; I was unaware that date formats used in references can be different from those used within the actual text of an article. Fear not—having only learned of the script today, I've made a relatively small number of edits using it, and I'm more than happy to double-check my edits for any other errors I may have made while using it. Just to clarify, there is no issue updating the article on Portal 2 such that all dates in the text of it adhere to the mm-dd-yyyy format, correct? —zziccardi (talk) 23:18, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

Ostend Manifesto[edit]

Apologies for the intervention (and I'm not familiar with any processes at present), I actually found the article both well written and fascinating. I know Wiki articles are not for original research and I am certainly not interested in conspiracy games, but I did come away from this article with more questions than answers regarding the role of Pierre Soulé. Just an observation - please feel free to revert my edit. User: Pupsikon Pupsikon 09:15, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

Hello, Pupsikon. No worries—you are more than welcome to leave a message here on my talk page. In fact, that is precisely what user talk pages are for! I've left you a welcome message containing many useful links for new editors on your talk page; hopefully, any questions you may have will be answered in the pages to which I've linked you. If not, again, feel free to reply to this message and ask me any questions you may have about contributing to Wikipedia. I'm always more than happy to help new editors.
As for your concerns regarding Ostend Manifesto, I'd highly recommend that you leave a message on the article's talk page, saying exactly what you told me here—that you found the article to be well-written and fascinating (which I'm glad to hear), but that you came away from it with more questions than answers as to the role of Pierre Soulé. (If you need help doing so, ask!) What you are looking at right now is my user talk page, a place where any editor may leave me a note or ask me, specifically, a question. User talk pages are different, however, from article talk pages, where any user may express concerns he or she may have about the content of an article, ask for the input of others before making major changes to an article, or otherwise make recommendations for improving the article in question. It may be the case that other editors believe going into more detail about Soulé's involvement would be beyond the scope of the Ostend Manifesto article, or, it may be the case that many others agree with you that more information about his relationship to the manifesto should be added to the article. This is why bringing the issue up on the article's talk page is so important—otherwise, there's no way to know how other editors may feel about your concerns.
I look forward to hearing back from you. Cheers! —zziccardi (talk) 16:31, 9 October 2014 (UTC)
Many thanks for your courteous and helpful reply. I followed your advice re the Ostend Manifesto, it's a bit beyond my resources to assist with regard to any research on the matter at the moment - as always time can be an enemy. I am trying to gain some recruits to assist on some other articles that seem to need expansion and clarification where my previous life experiences (for good or bad!) might be useful. The links were very helpful; so much to take in and gain from - please feel free to contact me with any points or other ideas. User:Pupsikon Pupsikon 11:16, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
Hello, again, and you're quite welcome! Yes, the real world does tend to get in the way of other activities, doesn't it? If you'd like assistance working on an article or some feedback on the progress you've made so far, feel free to give me a holler. As always, I'm more than happy to help. Further, I'm glad to hear the links were of use; and, yes, there certainly is much to learn (hopefully not overwhelmingly so!). Not to assign you more homework, but if you feel you've acquired a thorough understanding of the Simplified Manual of Style, to which I previously linked you, why not set aside some time to read the Manual of Style in its entirety? It's rather lengthy, albeit extremely helpful in that it comprehensively covers just about any style issue you could imagine. Sincerely, —zziccardi (talk) 14:25, 15 October 2014 (UTC)


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Hi Zziccardi. After reviewing your request for rollback, I have enabled rollback on your account. Keep in mind these things when going to use rollback:

  • Getting rollback is no more momentous than installing Twinkle.
  • Rollback should be used to revert clear cases of vandalism only, and not good faith edits.
  • Rollback should never be used to edit war.
  • If abused, rollback rights can be revoked.
  • Use common sense.

If you no longer want rollback, contact me and I'll remove it. Also, for some more information on how to use rollback, see Wikipedia:New admin school/Rollback (even though you're not an admin). I'm sure you'll do great with rollback, but feel free to leave me a message on my talk page if you run into troubles or have any questions about appropriate/inappropriate use of rollback. Thank you for helping to reduce vandalism. Happy editing! —Tom Morris (talk) 21:47, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

Thank you kindly, and I'll be sure to ask if I have any questions. Here's to eliminating vandalism! —zziccardi (talk) 01:01, 10 October 2014 (UTC)

Use of Reflinks[edit]

How did you get User:Zhaofeng Li/Reflinks to work? I cannot enter the article name. Did you have to add something to your scripts? Thanks. Student7 (talk) 22:54, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

Hello, Student7. In order to use the script, I added the following line to my common.js file, as is documented here:
importScript('User:Zhaofeng Li/Reflinks.js'); // [[User:Zhaofeng Li/Reflinks]]
I hope this helps. If not, feel free to leave me another message and I'll do my best to help you troubleshoot. All the best, —zziccardi (talk) 01:00, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

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"I corrected"
Thank you, Zach, for tireless gnomish work on quality articles, such as restoring content, adding an infobox, formatting references, fixing punctuation for clarity, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:32, 17 October 2014 (UTC)

Hello, Gerda Arendt. I can't thank you enough for the exceptionally heartfelt words; they mean a great deal to me! You, too, are an outstanding Wikipedian. :)
Sincerely, —zziccardi (talk) 21:02, 17 October 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 22 October 2014[edit]