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Help with merge?[edit]

About 9 months ago Legobot tagged me to participate in an RFC about merging a potential POVFORK. The consensus was merge and the RFC closed. There was some question about what the new canonical name was for it, but it seems that there hasn't been much interest in it since we decided to merge. I don't really know anything about dogs or breeds, so I don't think I'm the right person to perform the merge. There's also some question as to what the new name should be (Miniature American Shepherd or Miniature Australian Shepherd - I weighed in on the talk page on that subject below the RFC, but again that could use some expert guidance). Is anyone here available to perform the merge, or at least get it started? Thanks! 0x0077BE [talk/contrib] 02:09, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

Talk:Dalmatian (dog) ‎[edit]

There is a question raised about wich image should be used at Talk:Dalmatian (dog). Hafspajen (talk) 08:26, 19 September 2014 (UTC) ‎

Article: Fox - Educational Assignment for Cornell University: Online Communities - Request for Help[edit]

Hello Wikipedians, my name is Sarah and I am part of a group of students who are working to fix the article on foxes. This is for our class Online Communities at Cornell University. We aim to make the C-Class article a B-Class or even better! We are working to expand the fox's characteristic section (adding more anatomy and behavior); revamp the conservation section; and add an "urban foxes" section (foxes in urban settings and their impact on humans/pets). We are new to Wikipedia editing and would love some help, guidance, and/or support! Anything from suggestions on new sections or sections to edit to coding/grammar issues will be greatly appreciated!

If you're curious about our assignment here it is: Online Communities Assignment

Hope to hear from you soon! MSarahKurahashiSofue (talk) 20:27, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

  • Hm, I think that foxes might be an other project, Montanabw who is our fox-expert? Hafspajen (talk) 20:58, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
  • This is as close to the "right" project as they can get, as Foxes are Canidae. That said, WikiProject mammals might also help. Don't know who the fox guru is, but looking at the main contributors on the main articles might give some clues... Montanabw(talk) 21:21, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
  • I chose to ask for help here and in the Wikiproject Mammals because the fox page is under both. Currently, I have no response on the Mammal side! Thank you both for your help though. I will definitely scour the main articles for top contributors! MSarahKurahashiSofue (talk) 03:54, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:47, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

What is WP:WikiProject X. Hafspajen (talk) 12:18, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

infobox cleanup[edit]

I have started to look at fixing information in an infobox and went to {{Infobox_dog_breed}} where discovered that the explanation of parameters was outdated. I have a left a comment on the talk page there but I figured it was a good idea to cross post here both to get it noticed and because there may be other issues people here could add.Jemmaca (talk) 06:09, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

  • [posting same response here as at INFOBOXFLAG template talk] - FCI re-vamped all of its website a few months ago - changing the links to all breed standards resulting in 404 errors. So far I have fixed all the Gundogs, all the terriers and several others breeds if I was editing them for something else. SagaciousPhil - Chat 07:06, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
  • since I figure broken links are within my limited skill-set I decided to tackle the breed standards. I have gotten most of the way through the A dogs. It is not just the FCI ones that are broken so it is a bit slow going.(I was sure happy when I hit a terrier because SagaciousPhil had already fixed it) Would not mind if someone had a look to make sure they are happy with the result before I get too far along the alphabet.Jemmaca (talk) 21:11, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Dog articles would need more knowledgeable content editing and reliable references than this. Here's an other editor just fixing links. Suddenly there are like a bunch of them everywhere. Better do some real work, here are some dog articles that need attention: Šarplaninac, Schweizer Laufhund, Bone mouth, Romanian Raven Shepherd Dog, Cane di Oropa, Combai, Old Danish Pointer, Berger Blanc Suisse, Bosnian Coarse-haired Hound, These articles needs experts. Dumfriesshire Hound? Hafspajen (talk) 21:17, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Well I am certainly not a content expert but did figure proper breed standard links (to FCI and CKC for example) would be easy and not needing an expert. But as you disagree I will stop and leave it to you folks. Thanks for looking and the feedback.Jemmaca (talk) 21:50, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Don't be a fucking asshole. People do what they are willing and able to. This sort of cleanup work is common even among established editors. --Dodo bird (talk) 01:03, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
Hey, how about dial it way, way back. It's not clear at all what you are even mad about. 0x0077BE (talk · contrib) 02:45, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Okay so I am confused. My initial reaction to Hafspajen's response was that while I was being told to piss off I was not bothered because I simply assumed that they were not happy with my changed links and trying to remind me that really dog experts should be the ones editing dog pages. I stopped my little foray into fixing the links and deleted my draft of changes to Russian Black terrier (the whole reason I ended up here in the first place). But I did not remove the dog pages I had added to my watch list and today I ended back at Beagle and made a simple change and commented on someone's reference. And 3 things struck me. 1 - I get paid good money to post academic articles and ensure the referencing is appropriate as a small part of my job so that means I am qualified to fix breed standard links even if I am not a dog expert, 2 - those links are not fixed on the Beagle page and 3 - I did not know if I should change them because no one actually answered my question. I wanted to know if the manner I was changing them met the needs of the people here know how they want it to look. And if someone cares to let me know what the desired look is I will ensure that the many hundreds of broken breed standard links are fixed including the ones on Beagles.Jemmaca (talk) 10:24, 27 November 2014 (UTC)
    • @Jammaca: the links you've fixed look fine to me; it's a monotonous task! I think I've done the links on the Beagle article now. SagaciousPhil - Chat 12:38, 28 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Well it is a monstrous task but certainly doable. I am wishing it were all a bit more monotonous as I have spent time actually scanning the standards and the infoboxes and adding stuff where it is obvious. I have so far gotten to Berner Niederlaufhund. This article needs to be merged into Schweizerischer Niederlaufhund in my opinion. And it seems so obvious to me that part of me thinks I should simply find some time and do it. But I am a believer in getting a second opinion and gathering wider consensus if need be. Going through the whole process of adding it to Wikipedia:Proposed mergers seems overkill to me. Thoughts?Jemmaca (talk) 07:59, 2 December 2014 (UTC)

International Designer Canine Registry[edit]

Thoughts on the use of the International Designer Canine Registry as a source? --TKK! bark with me! 21:14, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

I wouldn't think it was suitable - looks as if providing someone stumps up some money they get a bit of laminated paper without any checking at all. Money seems to be the prime motivation - the registration form states: "All applications are destroyed within 48 hours if payment is not recieved." [They can't even spell received ... Face-wink.svg]. SagaciousPhil - Chat 11:02, 13 December 2014 (UTC)