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I added a question about the contents of the Template:German_Reich template on Template_talk:German_Reich. This is a historical project and the hypothetical 'Fourth Reich' seems out of place.

Inactive members[edit]

I see the list of members contains a number of editors I haven't seeen around for a while. Any ideas on how to keep the list up-to-date?

I would suggest, at least, moving users who have not made any contributions to English Wikipedia for about 6 months into a section headed "Inactive members" and completely removing any users who have not contributed to English Wikipedia for more than 12 months. We could also do the same for any users who have not contributed to German topics for a similar period, where known. Comments? --Boson (talk) 13:31, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Is that any contributions at all or just on Germany-related articles? --Bermicourt (talk) 13:35, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
I was thinking of first applying it to any contributions at all, since that is easy. Later it could be extended to Germany -related topics, perhaps with a longer period, Of course, anyone could move their name back if they thought it didn't apply. If it were later applied to Germany-related articles, it might be sensible to first send a message, but that would probably mean using a bot (or more work). On the other hand, I would expect that project members who are still active in some way (even if they haven't made any edits recently) would have this page on their watchlist.
I looked at the member list because of the above query about Wikimania and the first user I clicked on (AmericaHistory (talk · contribs)) hadn't made any contributions at all since March 2011.
I was also thinking of going to Wikmania this year, since it is in London, so it would also be interesting to see if anyone else will be there. --Boson (talk) 15:57, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
Some time in the past I tried to keep up with a similar cleanup of the members list. Thanks for the reminder. Agathoclea (talk) 17:29, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
I think pruning the member list is a sensible thing to do (I can't think of a use for an outdated, but longer, member list). Going to Wikimania sounds like a great idea, actually. I'm pondering whether to go for a one-day trip on Saturday or on Sunday – any suggestions? —Kusma (t·c) 18:25, 16 June 2014 (UTC)
I ended up not going (too busy after returning from another trip). Did anybody else go and was it any fun? —Kusma (t·c) 09:28, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

AfC submission - 25/06[edit]

Draft:Members of the Frankfurt Parliament. FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 22:20, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

AfC submission - 26/06[edit]

Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Sieben Linden Ecovillage. FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 23:28, 26 June 2014 (UTC)


For your information, I am fielding a RfC with Porsche (to which this project has indicated interest) as one example at Wikipedia talk:Article titles#RfC: When COMMONNAME depends on country, culture, or demography Yiba (talk | contribs) 09:21, 27 June 2014 (UTC)


I have just removed the news section from the portal, as it was getting a bit embarrassing (showing "news" from 2013). It would be fantastic if anyone wanted to step forward and do some portal maintenance. Be bold and turn the portal into something awesome again :) —Kusma (t·c) 08:12, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

I adjusted by reducing the DYK section to seven hooks, which is the current number on the Main page. The record is awesome, - feel free to add by writing DYK articles related (however distantly) to Germany, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:46, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Kusma, unfortunately there is a similar issue on many of the German regional portals where they have e.g. "Image of the Month" or "Article of the Month" - no-one updates them. The only way round this is to create 12 images or articles and rotate them automatically. I was able to do this on Portal:East Frisia, by changing the way the German Wiki portal did it - they have a queue of new images and articles ready to go. I've just got 12 that rotate around every year. This doesn't solve the "news" section issue though! --Bermicourt (talk) 09:59, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
The images on the main Germany portal are selected randomly from a list of possible choices. I used to change them monthly, but gave up after a while. Now the only thing that changes based on day and month is the anniversaries section. —Kusma (t·c) 12:31, 4 July 2014 (UTC)


And here's another embryonic portal, this time for the Rhön Mountains where I've had several enjoyable holidays! Please feel free to enhance it and add articles --Bermicourt (talk) 14:53, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Draft:Georg Dehio Book Prize - help needed[edit]

I am unable to read German. Please may I have help reviewing this draft? Fiddle Faddle 13:21, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Amon Göth[edit]

Just check here too: Is there any justification in German sources for spelling Göth as "Goeth", is this real or a Hollywoodism? In ictu oculi (talk) 00:06, 24 July 2014 (UTC) ──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Anyone know? Thanks. In ictu oculi (talk) 09:40, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Don't know, but German (BRD) spelling is regulated by law. I would assume that the use of the Umlaut is prescribed and the spelling out of the the diacritics is usually due to a lack of accessibility on a non German keyboard or typewriter. I'm sure the Rechtschreibreform von 1996 would have had something to say about it but I had left Germany by then, having been brought up under the former German language rules. --Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 13:51, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, so Amon Göth in German sources may be a hyper-correction? In ictu oculi (talk) 23:48, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
Spelling of proper names was not changed in any of the orthography reforms (not in ~1900 and not in 1996) as far as I know. Göth is the correct form for Amon Göth, but the similarly-named poet is correctly spelled as Goethe. —Kusma (t·c) 08:50, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

West Germany and East Germany[edit]

Germanies, West and East have been requested to be renamed to their official names of FDR and GDR, see talk:West Germany for the discussion -- (talk) 05:02, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

"FDR"??? Did you mean "FRG"? Anyway, isn't this obsolote since 25 years? Greetz, Lost Boy (talk) 10:18, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
Oops, that's a typo. Yes, FRG. Anyways, the move request was closed as forumshopping, as the nominator had already discussed it at Talk:East Germany -- (talk) 05:35, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
The new discussion has been closed -- (talk) 07:56, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

"acting president" infoboxes for Jens Böhrnsen and Horst Seehofer[edit]

It seems to be unstoppable that infoboxes are imnsertrted about those two having been "acting president", and even succession boxes as president. Can't that nonsense be stopped? --Caballito (talk) 17:20, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Hessian Bibliography[edit]

I've added a template - Template:HessBib PPN - that allows links to be created (or more likely copied from the equivalent German Wikipedia article) to the online Hessian Bibliography. Bermicourt (talk) 20:08, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Languages in censuses and Race and ethnicity in censuses[edit]

Pleas add information about this country to this articles. --Kaiyr (talk) 17:09, 28 July 2014 (UTC)


Hi, I've left a message on the German page too. I hope you don't mind but I thought I might be able to help with translating into English. I've only just started (Saturday at the workshop at Wikimania). I'll pop back to review the page as I haven't translated everything and I'm not entirely happy with it yet. However, I need some help. I think there needs to be more references and I'm not well placed to find these e.g. references to the dates given. Also a few photos would be great, especially as it's difficult to understand the concept of a high bank, if you can't see what is meant. Thanks.


Hi all, I would like to update the article about the German kitchen manufacturer bulthaup based on the German version that I already completed. The article will be supported by a comprehensive literature research that I did for the German version. Would there be anything to reconsider before starting? Thank you for your time and help! Best, --B-social media (talk) 07:49, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

If you are affiliated with the company in some way, you should familiarize yourself with Wikipedia:Conflict of interest.
If you receive compensation for your edits to Wikipedia, you should be particularly careful to observe the Terms of Use, including
"... you must disclose your employer, client, and affiliation with respect to any contribution for which you receive, or expect to receive, compensation. You must make that disclosure in at least one of the following ways:
  • a statement on your user page,
  • a statement on the talk page accompanying any paid contributions, or
  • a statement in the edit summary accompanying any paid contributions."
--Boson (talk) 08:55, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
Dear Boson,
thank you very much for your quick reply. As I already updated the German article all together with a Wikipedia mentor by using over 40 reliable sources, I believe to have followed all conventions that may apply. Thus I am very familiar with the article Wikipedia:Conflict of interest. My only goal is to provide reliable and relevant information about the brand and its historical and current products without any ad-wording.
I am planning on setting another note on the talk page of the article and would start if no one objects against my update.
Thanks again!
Best, --B-social media (talk) 22:07, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

invalid certificate[edit]

When I clicked on the JonDonym home page link at the bottom of theJava Anon Proxy article my Mac dropped a message saying that the site had an invalid certificate. Has Wikipedia included a dodgy link or is my Mac giving me wrong information? ( (talk) 08:55, 6 September 2014 (UTC))

Heinz Linge[edit]

In the Wikipedia article on Linge, the following text appears:

"On 2 May, the badly burned remains of Hitler, Braun, and two dogs (thought to be Blondi and her offspring Wulf) were discovered in a shell crater by a unit of SMERSH. On 5 May, they secretly removed the remains.[10]" The source pertains to Vinogradov, 2005.

However, the BBC in the UK has just issued a series of archive interviews, one of which was with Heinz Linge in 1955. He gave a different story, and I have summarized it below. You may use this text, if you wish, to amend the Wikipedia article on Linge:

However, Linge was interviewed by John Ellison for the BBC programme In Town Tonight, broadcast on 29 October 1955, and he stated the Hitler’s body was never found by the Soviets, claiming that it still lay “in a common grave in a park in the Chancellery.” He supported this statement by saying that during his time in captivity, “the Russians questioned me repeatedly about it”, proof in his mind that the body was never found by them.

Source: BBC Television: Archive: BBC iPlayer — Preceding unsigned comment added by Oasis6767 (talkcontribs) 17:58, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

True, that the whole "body" was never found and recovered. Only a very, very small portion of Hitler's remains were recovered. I have tweaked the article section. Further, as the Death of Adolf Hitler points out, the skull fragment the Soviet officials had long believed to be Hitler's has been proven through DNA testing to not have been that of a man. Only the jaw fragments (dental remains) found were Hitler's. Kierzek (talk) 20:31, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

Help requested from WP:GERMANY members[edit]

As a contribution towards Wikipedia's coverage of the First World War in this centenary year, I've written an article covering Carl Hans Lody, a German naval reserve officer who became the first German spy to be shot in Britain during the war (and the first person executed in the Tower of London for 167 years). I've been able to make use of archive material and contemporary news reports to document the story of Carl Hans Lody in, I think, probably greater detail than anyone has managed before in print. The centenary of his death is coming up on 6 November 2014; I'm hoping to request that it should be the featured article of the day. Given the short timeframe, I've taken the unusual step of bringing this article directly to Featured Article Candidates. I've aimed to write it from the outset as an FA-quality article, drawing my experience as the author of numerous Featured and Good Articles. I'd be very grateful if WP:GERMANY members could have a look at the article and provide any feedback at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Carl Hans Lody/archive1. Prioryman (talk) 15:01, 15 September 2014 (UTC)