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Revising Affirmative Action in the United States Article[edit]

I am a student from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and I am looking forward to extensively editing the page on Affirmative action in the United States as part of a Wikipedia project for my Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities class. I would like to revise the current page and bring it to a "Good Rating" by adding new information, restructuring the article, and condensing current information. The page lacks a clear definition of affirmative action and needs more support in its arguments for and against affirmative action in the United States. The banner on the page lists multiple issues such as the need for the verification of sources. I would like to condense current information on the current page and add new sections/topics that help to create a more cohesive and encyclopedic entry on affirmative action in the United States.

I would appreciate any input in deleting and restructuring information on the page. I would like any advice on approaching the topic of editing the page and would be more than welcome to any feedback since this is only my second time working with Wikipedia. Please let me know if there are any questions, comments, or concerns before I start my project and edit the page.

Dwang41 (talk) 06:06, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

List of longest rivers in the United States by state[edit]

I don't like this list at all. I would prefer a list that includes only segments of the river that are either in or the border of the selected state for the list of longest rivers in each state. For example, the Kentucky section of this article starts with the Mississippi. This makes no sense because the Kentucky segment of this river is very short; it's simply the Missouri-Kentucky state line. (It is defined as the segment of the Mississippi River that is either in Kentucky or a state line where one of the states is Kentucky.) The Kentucky segment of the Ohio River is much longer. Any thoughts on what kind of state-specific river list would make sense?? Georgia guy (talk) 17:55, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Interesting. Perhaps there should be two articles - a List of longest rivers in the United States by state and a List of longest rivers in United States states, though I can't think of any title that would be both non-ambiguous and short (List of longest rivers in the United States by state they pass through or List of longest rivers in United States sates by length within the state would be unfortunate names, imho). – Philosopher Let us reason together. 00:13, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
List of rivers not in the state they form a border of would be short. Collect (talk) 00:17, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
It would, but wouldn't address the issue of long rivers that go through a state without forming the state's border. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 00:20, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

When is a local police or fire department notable?[edit]

I just nominated a 7 man police department in Louisiana for deletion. The article had been here for seven years and had less than a hundred edits, the last over two years ago. Its exactly what you'd expect it to be - nothing. A couple weeks ago, I nominated a volunteer fire department in Maryland that I could not find one single newspaper story on. Can we create a notability standard for public safety agencies? Also, see related discussion below. John from Idegon (talk) 07:44, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

It's helpful if you post the link for Morganza Police Department (Louisiana) and/or Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Morganza Police Department (Louisiana), so interested persons can find what you are referring to. — Maile (talk) 13:11, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I know. I was editing from my cheapo phone which won't cut and paste. Thanks. The fire department is White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company and its deletion discussion is Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company. My question absolutely does not concern those individual articles. It concerns the topic as a whole. John from Idegon (talk) 18:56, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
AFD is a large, clumsy gun, better used for shooting bigger game than these pesky varmints. Year and a half ago I took care of New Rochelle Police Department with less fuss. Suggested a merger on the talk page, waited a day, put a non directional merge flag on the article, waited, flagged the municipality's parental article, waited, directionalized the flags with waits between, and finally merged it. I've done it a few times over the years, in cases such as some local fire company in Nassau County, New York; don't care to remember them all. Normally nobody objects in a week. When they do and are not easily persuaded, that's when to kick it up to AFD or, in my case, to give up and put my time into easier improvements. Jim.henderson (talk) 10:42, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Lists of law enforcement agencies in "state"[edit]

There appears to be one of these for every state. The two I sampled, Indiana and Louisiana, were over 95% redlinks. Why have them? John from Idegon (talk) 07:44, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

I'd say there's a simple solution, that being to remove the redlinks. It's become plainly obvious the past 4–5 years that we've gotten farther and farther away from the notion of notability within an article's context. Regardless, acting as if we don't need to acknowledge the existence of something merely because no one has bothered to write an article about it leads Wikipedia further in the direction of being more a work of fiction than an encyclopedic information resource. Large portions of the encyclopedia have obvious enough credibility issues as it is. Lists in particular suffer from this problem, as many have been structured as more-or-less indiscriminate collections of links which impart no real information. RadioKAOS / Talk to me, Billy / Transmissions 11:01, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Cougar[edit]

The naming of "Cougar" (should it be "Puma"?) is under discussion, see talk:Cougar -- 70.51.200.101 (talk) 08:05, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

History of the Grand Canyon area[edit]

I have nominated History of the Grand Canyon area for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. DrKiernan (talk) 10:46, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

1996 United States campaign finance controversy FAR[edit]

I have nominated 1996 United States campaign finance controversy for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 00:49, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2015 March 21#Category:War in Afghanistan (2001–14)[edit]

You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2015 March 21#Category:War in Afghanistan (2001–14). Thanks. RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 05:28, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

No credit to the company who rebuilt the bartonsville covered bridge[edit]

I've noticed that the is no credit given to Cold River Bridges LLC. For being the company that rebuilt this bridge after damage from Irene, and that it was completed in record time. Also there is no mention of the fact that it is presumably the longest single-spanning covered bridge (without piers) in the country, there are lots of interesting details about the daunting task of completing the project in such a short time, as well as some rather interesting details about the techniques/strategies that were pioneered by this company specifically for this project. 24.63.233.128 (talk) 16:14, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Please see WP:NOTADVERT & WP:VER.--RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 09:47, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Indian Chief[edit]

The primary topic of "Indian Chief" is under discussion, see Talk:Indian Chief (motorcycle) -- 65.94.43.89 (talk) 05:05, 25 March 2015 (UTC)