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Here, we determine which articles are to be featured articles (FAs). FAs exemplify Wikipedia's very best work and satisfy the FA criteria. All editors are welcome to review nominations; please see the review FAQ.

Before nominating an article, nominators may wish to receive feedback by listing it at peer review. Nominators must be sufficiently familiar with the subject matter and sources to deal with objections during the featured article candidates (FAC) process. Nominators who are not significant contributors to the article should consult regular editors of the article prior to a nomination. Nominators are expected to respond positively to constructive criticism and to make efforts to address objections promptly. An article should not be on Featured article candidates and Peer review or Good article nominations at the same time.

The FAC coordinators—Graham Beards, Ian Rose, and Laser brain—determine the timing of the process for each nomination. For a nomination to be promoted to FA status, consensus must be reached that it meets the criteria. Consensus is built among reviewers and nominators; the coordinators determine whether there is consensus. A nomination will be removed from the list and archived if, in the judgment of the coordinators:

  • actionable objections have not been resolved;
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  • a nomination is unprepared, after at least one reviewer has suggested it be withdrawn.

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  1. Before nominating an article, ensure that it meets all of the FA criteria and that peer reviews are closed and archived. The featured article toolbox (at right) can help you check some of the criteria.
  2. Place {{subst:FAC}} at the top of the talk page of the nominated article and save the page.
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Nominator(s): Looie496 (talk) 14:25, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

This article is about a substance that plays a very important role in biology; it receives several thousand page views per day. It is currently rated B class, but I've been through the FA process before and I think it's ready for nomination. Let me say a bit about the referencing scheme. The basic concept is that each sentence should cite a reference, with the exception of introductory material that serves only to introduce and summarize material appearing underneath. Thus the lead and several brief introductory paragraphs and introductory sentences don't have refs; they are supported by refs that appear in the following text. There are also a couple of "sky is blue" statements that don't cite sources, but with those exceptions, everything else ought to. I have tried to follow the principles of WP:MEDRS throughout, even though the article is only partly medical. Looie496 (talk) 14:25, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Comment seems like the diagram for the dopamine pathways is missing the tuberoinfundibular pathway... Mattximus (talk) 22:27, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

It omits a number of minor pathways -- it only shows the largest ones. The caption says "major dopamine pathways", but I suppose that could be further clarified if you think it would be helpful. Looie496 (talk) 01:31, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Chiswick Chap[edit]

It's a nicely-organised article and it certainly looks well-cited.

The sections are each on meaty topics and it struck me that many of them ("Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder", "Drug Addiction", "Psychosis", to name but three) deserve a "main" or "further" link. In fact I'd suggest you might go through all the section headings to see if they need such a link, and to add links where needed.

There are inevitably plenty of acronyms. These should be spelt out the first time they occur in the body of the article; ADHD for instance occurs first (not counting the lead) as an acronym. Similarly in the diagrams and captions, for example DAT appears in the "Cocaine increases dopamine levels..." diagram without explanation, whether in the diagram, caption, or even the nearby text; a link would also be helpful.

It might be helpful to wikilink the first occurrences of terms in the image captions. For example, synapse, ventral tegmental area, substantia nigra, striatum, methamphetamine. Chiswick Chap (talk) 15:43, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. I don't like to use a "main" when the term appears in the first sentence of a section, but in the cases where it doesn't and seems appropriate I've added one. I have also, as suggested, spelled out acronyms and wikilinked terms in image captions where it wasn't already done. Looie496 (talk) 18:53, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Hurricane Emily (1993)[edit]

Nominator(s): ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) and Auree 02:41, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Although this hurricane remained mostly offshore, it prompted widespread evacuations with its uncertain track and caused historic flooding in Cape Hatteras on its closest point of approach. I started working on the storm's meteorological history and mostly finished, until User:Hurricanehink took over and conjured an impeccable amount of info on its preparations and impact. After a successful GAN and some extensive cleanup and fine-tuning on my part, Hink and I believe the article is up to standard, ready for its bronze star. Enjoy! Auree 02:41, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

This article is about Hurricane Emily, a seemingly innocuous storm that was, for most people, very forgettable. However, it threatened most of the Eastern United States and had an unusual track (sound familiar?). It was very memorable for a 17 mile part of the Outer Banks, where record floods left 25% of the population homeless. I confirm the co-nomination. ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 02:45, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Image review

  • Radar image could be scaled up
  • File:NCbarrierislandsmap.png: source link is dead. Nikkimaria (talk) 13:19, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Fixed these, I believe. Thanks Nikki! Auree 17:06, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

History of tropical cyclone naming[edit]

Nominator(s): Jason Rees (talk) 16:44, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

Over the last few years I have had a lot of fun while researching and writing the article on the History of tropical cyclone naming. As a result of this research, I feel that I have built up the most comprehensive article on the history of tropical cyclone naming worldwide, as most guides focus on a particular basin like the Atlantic. I feel that the next logical step for this article after passing its GAN is to get it featured and would welcome any feedback on it.Jason Rees (talk) 16:44, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Quick comment. The bit about Mahasen seems a bit too much detail for the article, considering it was only one storm, and didn't really affect practice in the basin. You should probably cut down on that a bit. ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 17:26, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
    • @Hurricanehink: After cutting it down privately, I now think its rather trivial for the article and have removed it.Jason Rees (talk) 20:03, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The practice of using names to identify tropical cyclones goes back many years, with systems named after places or things they hit before the formal start of naming." - the opening is rather weasel-y, such as "many years", and "or things". What do you mean by "things"? In addition, you say that the start of naming goes back to Wragge, who used human names, so human names were used before the formal start of naming. You follow with "Examples of such names are 1928 "Okechobee" and 1938 "New England". First, there is a typo in there (it's Okeechobee), second the name wasn't "1928 Okeechobee" (it was 1928 Okeechobee hurricane), and third, you don't include a "thing" here, just another location.
  • "The system currently in place provides positive identification of severe weather systems in a brief form that is readily understood and recognized by the public." - I'm not really sure what this means. "positive identification"? And it's not all severe weather systems, just tropical cyclones in this article.
    • The thinking was that the naming of tropical cyclones is a positive thing as it raises awareness etc, however, I have tweaked it to: The system currently in place provides identification of tropical cyclones in a brief form that is easily understood and recognized by the public.Jason Rees (talk) 23:35, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The credit for the first usage of personal names for weather systems is generally given to the Queensland Government Meteorologist Clement Wragge, who named systems between 1887 and 1907. " - again, this article is about tropical cyclone naming. Did Wragge name non-tropical systems? The way you use "weather systems" here is confusing in that regard.
    • As far as I know he named all sorts of systems including tropical and non tropical systems, so i have tweaked the wording to: The credit for the first usage of personal names for weather systems is given to the Queensland Government Meteorologist Clement Wragge, who named tropical cyclones and anticyclones between 1887 and 1907..Jason Rees (talk) 23:35, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Is the South Atlantic Ocean really a major tropical cyclone basin?
    • Probably not - so ive tweaked the wording to now read: been introduced for several tropical cyclone basins, including the North and South Atlantic, Eastern, Central, Western and Southern Pacific basins as well as the Australian region and Indian Ocean.Jason Rees (talk) 23:35, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The start of the second lead paragraph is a bit long, and could probably be split after the eleven meteorological services.
  • "Standards vary from basin to basin, with some tropical depressions named in the Western Pacific, while tropical cyclones have to have a significant amount of gale-force winds occurring around the center before they are named within the Southern Hemisphere." - this could be ordered better - it is currently very back heavy, and it is a bit daunting to read.
  • Most of the second lead paragraph is lifted straight out of the "modern day" section. I think there could be a bit more about the history in the lead. The only date mentioned is when Wragge was forecaster.
    • I have added some more details to the history section, while the second section has been tweaked.Jason Rees (talk) 22:18, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

This is my review just of the lead, but there are some issues there that need to be addressed. ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 21:24, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Coordinator note: This nomination was initiated on September 21, but the nominator did not place it on WP:FAC. It has now been added. --Laser brain (talk) 14:22, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Oppose for now on prose and style. I feel like this article could've benefited from a peer review or the solicitation of an experienced copy-editor. Continuing on Hurricanehink's comments above, the wording of the article is weak and unclear in many places, which is my main concern. As it stands it does not read as a cohesive and fluid whole. Auree 10:29, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

  • Vague terminology such as "many years", "subsequently" "The system currently in place" (what system is that?), as well confusion between these terms: "system" is used for both tropical cyclones and the practice of naming ("This system of naming weather systems" is particularly awkward). This is not something I'd expect of an FAC.
  • Weasel-y, subpar sentences with poor context run rampant throughout the article. Examples:
  • "This system of naming weather systems subsequently fell into disuse for several years after Wragge retired, until it was revived in the latter part of the Second World War." - What made it fall into disuse? when/why did Wragge retire? Why was it revived?
  • Why was the system revived I dont know and nor does the Dorst reference, since all he states is it was a natural thing that just happened. As for Wragges stuff i am not sure and will try and do a bit of digging, but we have to bear in mind that this is the C19 when communications were not as great as they are today.Jason Rees (talk) 18:59, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "However, they were not able to persuade the United States Weather Bureau (USWB) to start naming Atlantic hurricanes, as it was felt that the system was "not appropriate" to use while warning the United States public." - "However" makes for an awkward start of a new paragraph; who is "they"?; "it was felt" by whom?; what system exactly?; "not appropriate" in what way?" Overall this doesn't follow logically after the preceding text as an opener for a new paragraph.
  • It was not meant as a start of a new paragraph and as a result, I have jigged the paragraphs around to better reflect this.Jason Rees (talk) 18:59, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "They also felt that using women's names was frivolous and that using the names in official communications would have made them look silly." - "frivolous" in what way? Make them look silly? As in children in high school?
  • Basically yep, i believe they wanted to look like a really serious agency and have tweaked the wording to reflect this.Jason Rees (talk) 18:59, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "A name is retired or withdrawn if a consensus or majority of members agree that the tropical cyclone has acquired a special notoriety, such as causing a large amount of deaths, damages, impacts or for other special reasons" - A consensus can't "agree" to something; "notoriety" is a little awkward for an inanimate phenomenon; "impacts" is redundant to damage and deaths; "or for other special reasons" is awkward in succession of "such as".
  • Numerous vague entities/agencies are mentioned, some with largely unknown abbreviations in their names, without proper introduction/wiki-linking or further elaboration on their authority, significance, or purpose (e.g. "ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee," "WMO/ESCAP Panel on North Indian Tropical Cyclones," " RA V Tropical Cyclone Committee," "RSMC La Reunion," among others), likewise with some presumed figures of authority (who is George Stewart and what made him inspired? What did he read about Clement Wragge?).
    • Hang on a sec.... I don't think history records what made George Stewart inspired or what he read about Clement Wragge. He is wiki-linked though on first mention and since the story was read by forecasters who went on to restart the naming of hurricanes I feel it is relevant to mention. As for the rest of your comments im not sure how to play them, as i think it would be way to much to start introducing them all in prose.Jason Rees (talk) 18:59, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Style issues are abundant. At the moment, commas are used inconsistently for temporal clauses ("During 1944, United States Army Forces" and "After reading about Clement Wragge, George" vs. "During 1977 the" and "At the 22nd hurricane committee in 2000 it") as well as other participles ("However," but also "However"). Hyphens are used in place of en dashes throughout. Most markedly, the table for tropical cyclone naming institutions is, quite frankly, an unsightly mess; the manner in which the areas of responsibilities are delineated is inconsistent and violates the MOS on several grounds. Lastly, references are formatted in a variety of styles at this point.

While not an exhaustive review of the entire piece, these are some of the article's many most prominent problems, in the areas of prose and style alone. Good information is present, but I suggest withdrawing and asking a pair of independent eyes or two to extensively look over the text. Auree 10:28, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the review @Hylian Auree: and I will work on the comments later, but i am not going to withdraw a 7 day old FAC and ask someone to look at it when FAC is the best peer review process around.Jason Rees (talk) 17:02, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Squeamish Ossifrage[edit]

Briefly examining prose, because of objections above:

  • You mention WW II code names in an image caption, but not in text.
    • The practise has been mentioned in text (1944/1945), but i am not a fan off adding individual storm names into the prose sections unless its relevant.Jason Rees (talk) 17:16, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Not what I'm talking about. You mention the 1944+ use of the names of "wives and girlfriends", and then the 1947 use of the Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet. However, neither of these explains the 1941 Typhoon Cobra that you highlight in the associated image caption. In fact, the history of WW II code names for tropical systems is more complicated that you imply here. Initially, the phonetic alphabet was used. But since that was being used for everything, it was deemed too confusing, and tropical systems were then code-named after animals. Although several animals were reused repeatedly (Bear and Wolf, especially), the two most historically significant of these storms were Typhoon Cobra and Typhoon Viper (better known as Typhoon Connie. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 14:31, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Not related to WW II, but while I'm on the topic of comprehensiveness, you note that early unofficial names were selected for "places, saints or things they hit". For one thing, that's ungrammatical, because the construction equates to "places they hit, saints they hit, or things they hit". But you might also want to provide examples of this style of naming other than place-names. There were systems in the period named in other ways as well, such as the Siebold Typhoon (referring to its study by Philipp Franz von Siebold). Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 14:31, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Typhoon Cobra was 1944 not 1941 - as a result I think it is covered, however, i must confess to not being aware that the phonetic alphabet or animals were used to name systems during WW2. Jason Rees (talk) 18:35, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I am currently doing some double checking into this but will note that Dorst notes that he does not know if the names Cobra and Viper were used in operations or made up for George Kosco's 1967 book.Jason Rees (talk) 21:47, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • The §Modern day presents chronology problems, because much of the material there overlaps the previous two sections. For example, Greek letter storms were planned for after the 1985 season (for the Eastern Pacific, at least...). But then the §New millennium fails to even mention the 2005 season that actually employed them. We read past events in 2008, 2010, and 2015 before going back to mention the 2005 naming.
    • I am unsure if it is actually worth adding a sentence on the Greek names being used in 2005 to the New millennium section. I am also unsure how the Modern day section overlaps the previous two sections when it deals with the current system of naming.Jason Rees (talk) 17:16, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • You discuss the retirement of names, in §New millennium before explaining what that is or when it was introduced. Indeed, so far as I can tell, you never actually inform the reader when that practice began.
    • I am unsure of when the practise of retiring names started in each basin with the exception of the Atlantic. I am also unsure the Modern day section, overlaps the previous two sections.Jason Rees (talk) 17:16, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
      • On second thoughts ive decided to remove the Greek naming part and threaded it into the New millennium section. Am unsure on the Modern Day section and may remove it.Jason Rees (talk) 21:29, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

References and reference formatting:

  • I see at least two date formats: mmm dd, yyyy and yyyy-mm-dd.
    • All dates should now be consistant in MM DD YYYY or MM YYYY.Jason Rees (talk) 17:02, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • The Dorst reference should use |at instead of |p to prevent this ugly mess: "p. Slides 8–72."
    • How is that coded into the citation templates? Jason Rees (talk) 17:02, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Cry is an article in a journal. You are citing a digitization of a bound volume of that journal, and that's fine, but this still needs to be formatted like a journal citation. Mariners Weather Log, for example, is the journal title.
    • It has been formatted like a journal citation AFAIK - I just had the Mariners Weather Log in type rather than Journal. If this is still wrong please let me know.Jason Rees (talk) 21:28, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Even if you are citing a digitized copy, print sources do not require retrieval dates (indeed, retrieval dates are discouraged per the MOS). The idea here is that the digital copy is a convenience link, rather than a mandatory aspect of verification. The Norton article in Monthly Weather Review is one example, but there are several.
    • So that we are clear here: Can you define what you mean by print sources (I assume newspapers, journals and reports but would like clarification). Also are you trying to say that accessdates are not needed in general or just for printed stuff.Jason Rees (talk) 21:28, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • General rule: anything that was initially created in printed form – book, journal article, newspaper report – is a print source. If you are citing to a digitised version of such a source, e.g. a google book, jstor article, newspaper etc, then you don't need an access date. If, however, the article etc has been incorporated into a website in a revised format, i.e. is no longer a digitised copy of your source, then you do need an access date. Brianboulton (talk) 08:58, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • The Padgett source is missing bibliographical information. Furthermore, I am not convinced that the actual source, the website Australia Severe Weather, is reliable.
    • Im not sure which bibliographical information is missing but either way its a self published source, by someone (Gary Padgett) who has been deemed to be reliable during previous FAC's. This is because he has had information passed to him by people working in the various warning centres and has been used as a reference by warning centres in their [seasonal summaries] at times.Jason Rees (talk) 17:02, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Padgett in reference 41 includes the website as Australian Severe Weather; your other citations to Padgett do not. You should be consistent. I'd probably prefer it was there, but others may differ. Whether or not to capitalize this (and how to suppress it, if not) is one of those awkward questions of web formatting. In any case, I'll begrudgingly withdraw my objections to using Padgett in this FAC, as it seems FAC has been broadly accepting this source for years. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 16:22, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I have included |website=Australian Severe Weather on all of the citations now.Jason Rees (talk) 18:35, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "Decide Next Month On Use Of Girl's Names For Hurricanes" is incorrectly cited. You give the location of the Times-News [sic] as Washington. In fact, Washington is the location of the story, not the newspaper. The Times-News is actually from Hendersonville, NC. Also, newspapers in general do not require publishers.
  • Fixed my mistake with the location and have removed publishers.Jason Rees (talk) 21:28, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Ah, I see ... you actually cite The Times-News twice; you corrected one location problem, but not the other (ironically, you fixed the one I didn't explicitly mention). Regardless, in both cases, the periodical should be styled with The. Also, a substantial number of journal articles have publishers; I should have been more clear, perhaps, because they do not require publishers any more than newspapers do. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 14:50, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

And at this point, I'm stopping the reference review. In light of the many problems raised above, as well as what I've identified in a cursory examination, I regretfully must oppose promtion and urge withdrawal. This is not ready to be judged against the FA standards. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 14:26, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

    • I have fixed all of your comments @Squeamish Ossifrage: and would love for you to look over and follow them up. However, as indicated above i am not about to withdraw this article, from the FAC process when its the best step for it in my view and experience.Jason Rees (talk) 21:28, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I will try to find time to examine the references more thoroughly. I would like to express my personal objections, however, to the idea that FAC is "the best peer review process around". That may be the case, but it is not what this process is for. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 14:31, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Agreed here. FACs are expected to be at least close to meeting the criteria (which can be found out during the peer review process). With such an extensive plethora of significant issues, this is evidently not the case here. Auree 17:27, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Digging further into reference formatting, in addition to what's noted above:

  • Mújica-Baker is throwing a template error. If this is a non-English source, it needs its language specified.
  • The 1935 letter to the editor in The Examiner has an author in the source (G. M. Barnard). Additionally, newspapers (with a handful of obvious exceptions) do need a location. In this case, Launceston, Tasmania.
  • It's not entirely clear to me whether the Anstett website should be considered a reliable source.
    • Its a tricky one to call really but my view is that I have verified that he was a forecaster for the JTWC and thats what makes it reliable in my view.Jason Rees (talk) 18:35, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • The source cited as "W.B., Issues 36–38. South Africa Weather Bureau. 1960." is a Google mangling of whatever this actually IS. Google does very, very poorly with bound collections of journals and creates titles for them through some algorithmic process. Or magic, for all I can tell. This almost certainly should be cited as a journal, but I have no idea what the correct title should be, much less the additional necessary bibliographic information.
  • What you are citing as "South-West Indian Ocean Cyclone Season: 2000–01" (currently ref #22) is not cited at all correctly. Your link is to the digital archive of a print source. In this case, it is actually an annual periodical. There is probably more than one way to cite this, but it doesn't make our job easy. It doesn't provide explicit volume numbers, nor publication dates; it is dated solely by the year-range season it represents; accordingly, I've opted to style that as the (nonconventional) volume number, and so would cite it thusly:
  • What you are citing as "Tropical Cyclones of 1963. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration. p. 45." is probably not cited correctly. This is another Thing That Google Did. I'm going to bet this is either an annual publication that should be cited like a periodical or an excerpt from some book source, but I've failed to identify it, and the tiny blurred thumbnail title page offers insufficient guidance.
  • In the Dioquino source, [O]nline.
  • For the source cited as "14. When did the naming of cyclones begin?", I don't see any compelling reason to title the source by the specific question cited; the title of the page is "Frequently Asked Questions" (although based on the layout, I would not object to "Tropical Cyclone Frequently Asked Questions". This lets you eliminate your |type field, which isn't what that field is intended for, precisely (the field name is short for "media type"; it rarely applies to web sources).
  • There is not precise consensus for which websites should and should not have their names italicized, and dealing with the template ramifications is sometimes a work of art. However, in the Samenow source, Washington Post absolutely needs italics. You can move that to the |website field, which should do it for you.
  • The DeAngellis source should look more like the Cry source (once that has had its publisher culled).
  • Force italics in the via field for "Sex-Shift in Australia".
  • The "National Hurricane Operational Plan: 1978" has an actual author (not just a position title): Richard E. Hallgren. I'd go ahead and add "|id=FCM 78-2" to the citation, as that's its government publication id number.
  • Does McAdie et al. have an ISBN assigned?
  • "Big Blows to get his and her names" probably needs Daytona Beach, FL added as a location.
  • Kirkman needs the newspaper italicized, and its location added (Lewiston, ME). Also, probably a section and page number (|section=4 |page=25), although strictly speaking, those are optional. There's no reason not to, though, as you have them available.
  • For "National Hurricane Operations Plan 1987", the coordinator's (and thus author's) name is Robert L. Carnahan. I'd include "|id=FCM-P12-1987".
  • For Lomarda (1998) and Lomarda (1999), if a periodical publication only includes one set of numbering values, convention (and the MOS) is to call that the |volume, even if the source calls it |number or |issue (in order to produce the correct format styling). At least from my current location, these sources aren't loading, so I can't really speak further about the formatting here.

I am particularly unimpressed by some of the sourcing. It's always a huge red flag for me when something is sourced to a Google Books snippet preview for a work where Google mangled the bibliographical information, because it strongly suggests that the editor has only examined the snippet out of context, and not actually consulted the source. Despite some improvements, my opinions on the merits of this article for promotion remain unchanged at this time. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 16:22, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Suggest withdrawal - there's just too much to do here for this to have a chance of succeeding this time around, and FAC is not intended to replace PR. Nikkimaria (talk) 13:08, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Yugoslav submarine Nebojša[edit]

Nominator(s): Peacemaker67 (crack... thump) 11:08, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

This article covers one of the first Yugoslav submarines, which was built in the late 20's using parts from cancelled British WWI L-class subs. She evaded capture by the Italians during the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941. She survived as a training boat during the war, and served on in the communist Yugoslav Navy until 1954 when she was struck. She recently successfully went through Milhist A-Class review, and I will be keen to see where further improvements might be found. Regards, Peacemaker67 (crack... thump) 11:08, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Support on prose per standard disclaimer. I've looked at the changes made since I reviewed this for A-class. These are my edits. - Dank (push to talk) 00:20, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Thanks Dan. Peacemaker67 (crack... thump) 04:21, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
Sure, any time. - Dank (push to talk) 01:29, 3 October 2015 (UTC)


  • No DABs, external links OK.
  • Link launched, scrapped, diesel engine.
    • Done.
  • L-class submarine that was never built Probably better to say that she was never completed since she was actually laid down in December 1917, much like her sister. Both were cancelled on 1 April 1919. Source is {{colledge}}, p. 192
    • Good point, done.
  • [1] is the preeminent source on British subs of this era and should have more details on the late L-class submarines.
    • Nothing that is new specifically about this sub.
  • Specify that the 4-inch guns are deck guns.
    • Done.
  • where she performed a training role Awkward; howzabout "became or served as a training boat"?
    • This has been fixed as a result of adding some more info.
  • Vickers-Armstrong Naval Yard, River Tyne, United Kingdom This reads like an address for a houseboat. Rephrase to say that the yard was in High Walker on the River Tyne and I wouldn't bother giving the country.
    • have made it more like a sentence than an address.
  • Why is the construction paragraph covering her propulsion and armament?
    • Have renamed the sections as Design and construction, Service career and Legacy
  • they were designed to reach a top speed of 15.7 knots (29.1 km/h; 18.1 mph) under diesel power and 10 knots (19 km/h) on her electric motors Specify that the speed using diesels is on the surface and on the electric motors is submerged both in the infobox and in the main body. Also disagreement with pronouns (their vs her).
    • Fixed.
  • Do not force the knot and nautical mile conversions to only output in km. Don't specify any output unit and the template will automatically triple convert to miles and km. Both in the infobox and main body.
    • Done.
  • What caliber machinegun?
  • Was she fitted with hydrophones or sonar (ASDIC)?
    • Haven't found any thing specifying that. I assume just directional hydrophones, as only a few of the Group III L-Class subs in RN service got ASDIC.
  • The Italians had claimed they had sunk all the Yugoslav vessels. This should probably be spliced to the preceding sentence with a "despite" or somesuch.
    • Done.
  • Any idea if she was used as a training boat by the Yugoslavs post-war?
    • Yes, have added a bit sourced from a Serbian news site.
  • Put Thomas in title case.
    • Done.
  • This is awfully sketchy to meet the completeness criteria, especially on the post-war career.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 02:11, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Image review

  • File:Yugoslav_submarine_Hrabri.jpg: the current licensing is correct, but for completeness it would be good to indicate why it's PD in the US. Nikkimaria (talk) 13:15, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Boletus aereus[edit]

Nominator(s): Sasata & Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 01:24, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

This article is about a yummy mushroom. We've scraped the peer-review cupboard bare and hereby present it for review. We'll address issues pronto so have at it. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 01:24, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

NB: Is a wikicup nomination for one of the nominators. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 02:13, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Support (having stumbled here from my FAC). Remarkable how the article is so well sourced and well written yet also accessible to the layman and everyday reader with its writing quality. Another high quality contribution to science on Wikipedia. Most educational, and tasty! — Cirt (talk) 02:15, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
thx/much appreciated Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 02:17, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Support Comments from Cwmhiraeth

  • I will shortly review this fully, but for the time being I notice that "Fagus" and "Castanea" need disambiguating. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 09:46, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
good catch - both links fixed now 11:21, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Wikilink or gloss porcini, pileipellis, trichodermium, hyphal clamps, plectenchymatous mantle, rhizomorphs, mycorrhizal
all linked Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 14:16, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "the date of Fries's work." - Incorrect use of apostrophe after "s" I believe.
fixed now Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 12:21, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "Molecular analysis suggests the split between the B. aereus/mamorensis and B. reticulatus/Chinese B. "edulis" lineages to have diverged around 6 to 7 million years ago." - This sentence is ungrammatical.
fixed now Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 12:21, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "15–30 cm (6–11 34 in)" - Since 30cm is double 15cm, the imperial equivalent should be in the same ratio.
fixed now Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 12:21, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "The tube openings—known as pores" - If you are going to gloss "tube openings", you should do the same for "stipe" and any other unfamiliar terms.
I glossed as they are intimately related to each other, and gives enough context to visualise them Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 14:23, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "The thick flesh is white, has a robust and pleasant smell reminiscent of hazelnuts, and a mild sweet taste." - The last part of this sentence could do with an additional "has".
added Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 12:21, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "... showing a preference to acid soils." - "for"?
switched Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 12:21, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "A 2007 field study" - Is this study actually about this species?
its about 4 spp. tweaked Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 14:23, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "It can be locally abundant," - The start of a new paragraph and we want to know what we are talking about.
tweaked Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 14:23, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Does the fungus contain any bioactive compounds?
I can't see anything published..appears to be all on B. edulis.... Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 14:23, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I am satisfied with the alterations made and now support this candidate on the grounds of comprehensiveness and prose. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:29, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Support on prose alone. Very clear, and surprisingly hooky. Will look at sources later today. Ceoil (talk) 11:28, 3 October 2015 (UTC) Source review - Random sample; claims backed up with no evidence of close paraphrasing etc

ref 13
ref 19
ref 25
ref 46 Ceoil (talk) 12:49, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Image review

  • File:Stamp_of_Moldova_014.jpg: source link is dead. Nikkimaria (talk) 13:14, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
@Nikkimaria: might be a dumb question, but with the copyright status as it is, does it matter? If so I can live without this image in the article... Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 14:39, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
I've added an archive link (and changed the original link to something that was more specific). Thine Antique Pen (talk) 15:03, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

R U Professional[edit]

Nominator(s): — Cirt (talk) 21:42, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

"R U Professional" is an article about a satirical song and a form of parody music using sampling. After being promoted to WP:GA quality, the article had a peer review where I received helpful feedback from Onel5969. Subsequently it went through a copy-edit from the kind folks at WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors. Then John performed two more copy-editing passes, and I'm grateful to John for that assistance.

I appreciate your time and consideration, — Cirt (talk) 21:42, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

Notified: Talk:The Mae Shi, User talk:John, User talk:Satkara, User talk:YumeChaser, User talk:Onel5969, Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Songs, Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Rock music, Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Media, Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Internet culture, Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Film, Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Comedy, Wikipedia talk:WikiProject California/Los Angeles task force, Wikipedia talk:WikiProject California, Talk:R U Professional, User talk:Cirt. — Cirt (talk) 21:59, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by West Virginian[edit]

  • Support. Cirt, thank you for submitting this article for FAC. Following my review, I find that it meets the criteria for FAC. I just had a few minor comments, and made a few minor tweaks to the inline citations and some wiki-links. -- West Virginian (talk) 13:54, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Done. Thank you for the Image review, and thanks very much for your Support. The kind words are most appreciated, — Cirt (talk) 13:57, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Squeamish Ossifrage[edit]

Conditional support. I don't see anything particularly fatal to promotion at this point. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:53, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  1. Done. Changed wording from odd --> unique, per suggestion, above.
  2. Done. Removed hyperlink, not needed to satisfy WP:V, for major newspaper, the Boston Herald.
  3. Done. Checked all other hyperlinks using External links toolbox tool.
  4. Done. Went through and made sure all references use same exact citation style output.

Thank you, Squeamish Ossifrage, for these further helpful recommendations, and for your conditional Support. — Cirt (talk) 17:39, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Maile[edit]

In the time it took me to read the article and check out the references, the two reviews above covered anything I probably would have touched on. I was wondering why there is not an image in the Infobox, but that doesn't affect my comments here. Personally, I think this was quite well-written, and the tone stayed neutral. The article appears to have stability. The sourcing, as far as any I'm familiar with, seem to be reputable. The style of inline citations is consistent throughout. Certainly well researched.

Thanks very much for checking out the references and quality of sourcing, and thanks for your Support. — Cirt (talk) 16:19, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Comment by Tim riley[edit]

Just one comment, probably showing my ignorance of the pop field: is "the The AV Club" meant to have two definite articles? – Tim riley talk 21:04, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for stopping by, Tim riley, and thanks for picking that up. Fixed. Although I did enjoy how Stephen Colbert used to say, "The The New York Times... — Cirt (talk) 21:22, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by FrB.TG[edit]

  • Support – I posted my craps above. -- Frankie talk 20:44, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks very much for your helpful comments, and your Support. — Cirt (talk) 20:52, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Ice (The X-Files)[edit]

Nominator(s): GRAPPLE X 09:29, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

This article is about one of the more well-known episodes of The X-Files, and one of my personal favourites. It's been to FAC before, where it was failed based on prose issues; since that time it's had another thorough copy-edit by User:Miniapolis, whose efforts are greatly appreciated. I'm also aware that I wasn't particularly active during the last FAC, which I assure you won't be an issue this time around. Thanks in advance to anyone taking the time to look at this one, and if you haven't seen the series at all before, I would say this is a good place to start. GRAPPLE X 09:29, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Support (having stumbled here from my FAC). I see this has been through FAC once before and the writing quality has been improved upon, so good job to Grapple X and to copy editor Miniapolis for working on that. The article is of high quality from an important point in time within the series formative period. The writing quality is high level yet also succinct and concise throughout. I especially like the Conception and writing sect and how the subject is placed within a wider context of influence upon it from popular culture prior to its inception. — Cirt (talk) 02:10, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments from FunkMonk[edit]

  • "an outpost in Icy Cape" Isn't this usually termed the Icy Cape? FunkMonk (talk) 12:20, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The article on the location uses "the Icy Cape" once, and just "Icy Cape" throughout, but I have no idea what local usage would be. GRAPPLE X 12:31, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Perhaps worth looking into? FunkMonk (talk) 12:39, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
The USGS list it without the definite article (here), even though they do have a list of variant names for it. GRAPPLE X 12:48, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Ok, I think we should follow that, also sounds better. FunkMonk (talk) 12:49, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
I'm not sure why you've now added the "the" in, in light of this. GRAPPLE X 15:28, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
I seem to have misraed. FunkMonk (talk) 15:35, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "and another is recovered from one of the bodies." Which bodies?
    Those of the scientists already dead at the location, would "one of the scientists' bodies" work better? GRAPPLE X 12:54, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Yup. FunkMonk (talk) 13:03, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Changed. GRAPPLE X 13:12, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "250,000-year-old item encased in ice" What item?
  • Hawks is only mentioned in an image caption, not the article text.
    Oversight on my part. He's debated as being the real director but without wanting to get into that I've just noted his role as producer. GRAPPLE X 14:59, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    Unfortunately the sources in question don't specify this, or I'd have added it. I'm not even sure I could track down the original article as my assumption would be that presuming it to be the correct one would be OR. GRAPPLE X 14:59, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Although extra footage of the worm scenes was shot so they would remain intact " What would remain intact?
    Yeah I think the copy-edit lost something here. This is a common enough practice with film/TV censors--you film a questionable scene with more footage than you intend, so that when a censor asks for X amount of material to be cut, you still end up with a scene using as much footage as you had actually wanted: you want a minute to survive so you film two minutes and cut one out. I'll try to reword it shortly. GRAPPLE X 14:59, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    How does this look? GRAPPLE X 15:28, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Sure better. FunkMonk (talk) 15:35, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Wong is not introduced in the article body.
    Fixed. GRAPPLE X 14:59, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Scaring the hell of out of the audience" Is this what the actual article says?
    Fixed. GRAPPLE X 15:51, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Looks good, anymore on the "item" comment? FunkMonk (talk) 16:00, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    I dug out the sources in question again last night and neither confirm the nature of the object (I get the feeling it would have been something mundane and that the age of it was the key factor). GRAPPLE X 09:11, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Support - all my comments have been addressed, looks good. FunkMonk (talk) 11:44, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Comments from Barbara (WVS)[edit]

  • Support FA status - I am considering nominating an article for FA status and this discussion has been a great example of congeniality, responsiveness and collaboration. It appears to me to meet WP:FA?. The tone is encyclopedic and yet engaging at the same time. I am not a fan of articles that describe television plot lines, but this article has changed my mind. Good fortune on the rest of the review. Best Regards,
Barbara (WVS) (talk) 16:05, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

2006 UAW-Ford 500[edit]

Nominator(s): Bentvfan54321 (talk) 16:05, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

This article is about the 2006 running of the UAW-Ford 500, known today as the 500 for sponsorship reasons. This is my fourth attempt to promote this article to FA status, the last three failed mainly due to prose issues and a lack of response. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Bentvfan54321 (talk) 16:05, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

Support - I maintain my previous stance on this article from the previous three nominations. The quality of the article is much improved since it was copy-edited by the GOCE. There is only two minor points I raise after going through the article:

  • You should ideally add a plainlist template in the ratings section of the infobox per UBLIST.
  • Furthermore, it would be a good idea to archive links to those that do not have it to prevent link rot (except for Racing-Reference which does not have links stored at the Internet Archive because of robots.txt) Z105space (talk) 18:48, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
@Z105space: Thanks! I used the template and have been archiving all the links used in the article as I've been going along. Once the links die, I'll replace the links. Thanks again, --Bentvfan54321 (talk) 19:13, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

Oppose–I'll take a deeper look into the article later but at a glance I noted a major 1b issue: How do we have an article about a race and not include the finishing times? Note: I realize NASCAR scoring is more complicated than just the finishing times, but I believe that is a basic detail that should be included. Grondemar 00:55, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

@Grondemar: If you mean the margin of victory, there was none, since the race ended under caution (if you follow F1, this is the equivalent of the safety car). If you want the amount of time the race was completed in, I can look into that further and see if I can find a source, but again, NASCAR scoring, as you noted, is more complicated so I'm not sure I can do much with that. Still, thanks for the review! --Bentvfan54321 (talk) 13:05, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
Is it possible at least to include something in the text and table indicating that since the race finished under caution, no finish time nor margin of victory was recorded? I will try to perform a full review of the text this weekend. Grondemar 03:49, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
Probably, I'm busy at the moment as well. I'll see what I can do this weekend. --Bentvfan54321 (talk) 10:34, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). I see the article has had three (3) previous FAC nominations and it looks like the nominator has taken those to heart and improved upon the writing quality since then. Minor quibbles only here: I'd recommend trimming down the use of quotes but particularly in the sect Post-race comments which is over reliant upon them. Try paraphrasing instead, and/or trimming down total size of quotes used. Also, strongly recommend using archiveurl= and archivedate= fields in cites to archive hyperlinks to Internet Archive, to improve posterity of article in long term. Good luck, — Cirt (talk) 02:03, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Runaway Scrape[edit]

Nominator(s): — Maile (talk) 12:17, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

This is part of the Texas Revolution series of articles, and covers what happened in between the Battle of the Alamo and the surrender of Mexican president and military general Antonio López de Santa Anna several weeks later at the Battle of San Jacinto. The civilian population fled in terror from the Mexican army, as did the government of the Republic of Texas. Texian commander-in-chief Sam Houston took his troops on the move, looking for a site to train his raw recruits, causing many to accuse him of being a coward on the run. Santa Anna lost Texas because he also believed Houston was afraid of him, and let his guard down.— Maile (talk) 12:17, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Support (having stumbled here from my FAC). Not much to add here after looking over the two (2) prior A-level WP:MILHIST reviews. Just incredibly well referenced and researched. One can tell a lot of effort went into writing, documenting, and citing this article. Well done. — Cirt (talk) 02:00, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Thank you so much for this. — Maile (talk) 12:06, 30 September 2015 (UTC)


Nominator(s): Chiswick Chap, LittleJerry and Cwmhiraeth

This article is about the praying mantis, an interesting insect with predatory habits. The article has been through GAN and has been further improved and polished up since. There are three co-nominees, so we should be able to action your comments rapidly. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 10:53, 25 September 2015 (UTC) NB: This is a wikicup nomination for one of the nominators. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 09:48, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Image review

  • File:MantisLegGBMNH.jpg: do you have a link to verify that copyright statement? Nikkimaria (talk) 16:10, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
I am unable to find such a link. The author is given as "British Museum of Natural History" and the date 1909, so I believe the copyright will have expired even if the British Museum has not died? Cwmhiraeth (talk) 08:34, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
The image appears to be extracted from page 19 of "Guide to the exhibited series of insects in the Department of Zoology" by Charles Owen Waterhouse (d. 1917) and the Department of Zoology of the British Museum, published in 1909, doi:10.5962/bhl.title.27147. Thine Antique Pen (talk) 20:55, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
Many thanks. I've documented the Commons page accordingly. Chiswick Chap (talk) 07:38, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). Could use an inline cite at end of sect Martial arts. Overall the sect In human culture is good. Could rename that sect to just "Popular culture". Then there are several smaller sects in that sect that could be expanded. As the reader I'm left wanting to know a bit more about the impact on culture without having to click off to other articles just yet. Perhaps a couple or a few sentences with cites in sects Martial arts, As pets, and For pest control. Otherwise, overall pretty good. — Cirt (talk) 01:55, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Links added. Glad you like the section; we're a bit leery about "Popular culture" as a title, as it's a bit of a cruft-magnet. Have expanded the sections on pets and pest control. Chiswick Chap (talk) 07:36, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. Wow, much better, thank you! — Cirt (talk) 17:59, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment and support - I believe I reviewed this article for GA status and even at that time I thought it met the standards of an FA-though I did not check the consistency of the referencing style because that is not required for GA status.
Barbara (WVS) (talk) 16:09, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Barbara. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 17:16, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Boys Don't Cry (film)[edit]

Nominator(s): Johanna (formerly BenLinus1214)talk to me!see my work 02:35, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and starring Hilary Swank and Chloë Sevigny. Swank plays the part of real-life trans man and hate crime victim Brandon Teena, who was beaten, raped, and murdered by his male acquaintances in Falls City, Nebraska, in 1993. Being transgender myself, this film holds special significance for me, not to mention that it's beautifully done.

Back in April, I naively nominated this for FAC without a peer review and without even being a significant contributor. It was more than a little bit disastrous, as I somehow failed to catch that several sections were unsourced completely. After some amazing help, I added 45 independent references and nearly 30,000 bytes. I believe that it is ready again. It's been through a successful peer review, and User:J Milburn has been so kind as to give me several rounds of independent comments himself. Ultra special thanks to Josh as well as thanks to User:Ugog Nizdast for peer review comments, User:Baffle gab1978 for a helpful copyedit, and User:Ashton 29 for making the article a GA in the first place a few years ago. I look forward to reading and responding to comments! Johanna (formerly BenLinus1214)talk to me!see my work 02:35, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Support Comments by WereSpielChequers Nice work, great prose, I've made a couple of tweaks, hope you like them if not its a wiki...

"on that reduces and, ultimately, nullifies Brandon's gender and sexual excess", was that typo in the source? if so I'd suggest on [sic] ϢereSpielChequers 11:32, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Thanks for fixing that, Support on grounds of well written prose, sorry but things have come up in real life and I'm not going to have time to properly check any other criteria, sorry. BTW I agree that ""Themes and analysis" is unusually long, but consider it merited for this film. ϢereSpielChequers 14:09, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • CommentI think section "Themes and analysis" is much, much to long. Feels like some culture research paper from college, especially when there's another long section: "Critical reception".--Jarodalien (talk) 11:17, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • @Jarodalien: I'm sorry, but I must respectfully disagree. Critical reception and themes and analysis are not the same thing. Critical reception is reviews from film critics, while themes are academic analyses of the film. I believe this length adequately represents the range of interpretations of the film. Another FA with a similarly long themes section is American Beauty (1999 film). Johanna (formerly BenLinus1214)talk to me!see my work 13:36, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • @Jarodalien: I also vehemently disagree with you. In fact, I'm slightly angered you would suggest something so nonsensical. Boys Don't Cry is a thematically rich film–its extensively detailed and superbly written Theme section (well done, Johanna!) is completely worthy. In fact, you could talk at length about the themes in this film without even scratching the surface of its subtext. So to say that the Theme section is "too long" is ridiculous. It's well sourced too, so to say it resembles a college paper is, again, ridiculous. Ashton 29 (talk) 10:35, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Support from Burklemore1[edit]

Really interesting article that is very well written, it's astounding and a pleasure to read. I believe it is as comprehensive as it can be, going in depth with all aspects of the film or anything involving the film, especially "Themes and analysis". Very detailed for all the good reasons! I'm not a specialised editor in films or in subjects related to the LGBT, but I have one very minor and quick comment, it's more of a suggestion actually. Btw, I know how you feel when it comes to nominating your first FA (saw your comment somewhere here), it can be daunting.

  • In the third paragraph of "Self-identity, transgenderism and the gender binary", the second "heteronormativity" used is linked while the first one is not. I think it should be the other way around. Burklemore1 (talk) 04:30, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • done.
  • Support. I see the article's been through a good deal other prior stages of review, including a peer review, GA review, FAC, and then another peer review. It's quite meticulously well sourced, throughout, with good overall structure and wording. I did an image review and all the images check out just fine, both the fair use rationales and those from Wikimedia Commons. Great expansive Themes and analysis sect, nice job. — Cirt (talk) 07:14, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments: Hi, Johanna. As a first attempt at FAC this looks very impressive. I hope to find time for a more thorough review; for the moment, here are a few comments relating to the lead:

  • A "romantic drama"? I have seen this film, and would hesitate to classify it as romantic, since its central theme is a hate crime. Tragic, heart-rending, deeply saddening – but surely not "romantic"? I recommend you drop this word from the description in the first line.
  • At this point, I'm classifying it as a romantic drama because Peirce's interpretation of the sequence of events and due to the fact that it matches the criteria in the page romance film.
  • You don't need citations in the lead for the statement: "It was widely lauded as one of the best films of the year" – this has multiple citations in the body of the text.
  • done
  • Likewise the citation of "controversial issues" in the lead looks superfluous, as the rating issue is fully discussed in the text.
  • If it's okay, I would prefer to keep it--the cite was added in another round of comments and I think it makes sense, considering there's nothing explicitly stating this in the body. Johanna (formerly BenLinus1214)talk to me!see my work 03:07, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Why have you wikilinked the second use of the term "rating" rather than the first?
  • Good catch. Done

I'll be back when I can – meantime, good luck with this. Brianboulton (talk) 19:25, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

@Brianboulton: Thank you! I believe that I have fixed everything. I look forward to hearing more comments! :) Johanna (formerly BenLinus1214)talk to me!see my work 03:07, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

Life's Shop Window[edit]

Nominator(s): Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 20:11, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

This article is about... the first film actually produced by the company eventually known as Fox. And, depending which sources you believe, the debut of once-famed silent-era director J. Gordon Edwards, part of my grindingly slow effort to bring his works to featured status. With all that in mind, Life's Shop Window is still a very obscure, and very lost, piece of cinema. I've scoured a variety of contemporary and modern sources to put together what is almost certainly the most comprehensive treatment of the film available anywhere.

Some things expected in a modern film's article are necessarily absent. As far as I can tell, the actors who played John and Bella Anderson were never publicly credited. Public box office statistics were still years in the future; except to acknowledge that it was "successful", it's impossible to say how much money the film made. I don't even believe there's a surviving film poster (if there was ever one in the first place). But thanks to a surviving piece of advertising ephemera and a publicity still reproduced in a film magazine, readers can at least get a feel for the film's character. And although it is grainy and poorly-contrasted, a newspaper advertisement allows readers to see what a 1914 film thought a Native American woman looked like.

Eventually, J. Gordon Edwards's films get a lot more exciting, and a lot more fun to talk about at FAC. But we're not there yet, and this is still an important piece of forgotten film history. One that, I hope, I've been able to present to the FA standard. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 20:11, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Images are appropriately licensed and captioned. Nikkimaria (talk) 16:04, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Brianboulton comments[edit]

Concise, interesting and evidently well researched. I have a few quibbles:

  • "Wilton is accused of adultery after giving birth, although her private marriage was legitimate." I was confused by this sentence in the lead, although the meanong became clearer when I read the plot summary. I think it's the word "adultery" that causes the problem. Lydia was accused of having a child out of wedlock, which is not the same as adultery. Also, it seems that the marriage was secret rather than private. I'd advise some reconsideration of this lead sentence.
  • Rewrote the lead summary of the plot entirely, because it was terrible and I know better. "Private" changed to "secret" as the descriptor of the marriage throughout the text, which is supported by the sourcing. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 15:34, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "... the corporate predecessor to Fox Film." I'd extend this to say something like "which later merged to become 20th Century Fox" or some such wording, since the latter name is known worldwide.
  • I can do this if its really deemed important, but I'd rather not, personally. I know everyone has heard of 20th Century Fox, but the post-merger company really didn't have anything to do with this film. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 15:34, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • You should provide a source for your present-day values.
  • The comment about the poor musical accompaniment should not be included as a criticism of the film, as in 1915 the music would have been provided independently (some poor bloke playing the piano in the dark, probably)
  • Strongly disagree, actually. Silent film music is a complicated topic well beyond the scope of this one article. While music was often indeed performed live, it was rarely "independent", at least in prestigious venues. In any case, contemporary reviewers did at times consider the accompaniment for or against the overall quality of films. That's especially true with a case like this, where one of the major studios evidently botched the music at its gala premiere showing. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 15:34, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

That's about it. Well done – I see no problem in supporting when these points are attended to. Brianboulton (talk) 10:34, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Support: The lead summary is a lot better. I accept what you say about the musical accompaniment, and the point about 20th Century Fox is trivial. Subject only to a successful sources review I'll be happy to see this article promoted. Brianboulton (talk) 21:03, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

Didn't know you were interested in film Squeamish, a pleasant surprise. For such an obscure film (not even I've seen it ;-)) this generally looks in good shape. I would prefer it if User:ChrisGualtieri, an excellent writer of silent film articles, could assess how comprehensive it is. Often a lot can be gleaned from for such films.♦ Dr. Blofeld 14:10, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Pinged him when I first listed this, in fact! And, yeah, I try to keep diverse interests around here. Keeps the article research interesting. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 14:43, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). Quite high quality, only minor quibbles really: File:Life's shop window still.jpg says it's uncategorized. Notes sect, no need for more than one column here when there are so few entries in that sect. Missing: Review analysis from Rotten Tomatoes (just kidding). :P — Cirt (talk) 03:12, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Fiddled with the Commons categorization templating, so that image no longer shows as uncategorized (it already was in a category, but claimed it wasn't). Columns removed from notes. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 14:11, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. These were only minor quibbles and now I feel I can agree with Brianboulton, above. Good luck, — Cirt (talk) 16:58, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Perijá tapaculo[edit]

Nominator(s): Thine Antique Pen (talk) 18:25, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

The Perijá tapaculo is a tiny, shy, rare little bird that lives in tiny burrows in remote South American mountain ranges (some of which are difficult to access due to guerrilla warfare), and this means almost nothing can be written about it. Regardless, some enterprising ornithologists have written about it anyway, and their writings, accompanied by some appealing imagery, are summarised in this new FAC submission. The article has reached GA status, and then had valuable suggestions and additions at peer review by Cwmhiraeth and J Milburn. Amongst a large number of other improvements, these additions also mean that, despite its elusiveness, readers can now listen to the tiny bird's song if they wish. This very small and insignificant bird, which may or may not soon be no longer with us, deserves an outstanding article about it as well as deserving to be saved from extinction, and all suggestions for improvements will be very gratefully received. Thine Antique Pen (talk) 18:25, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments from Jim[edit]

Hi, I'll add comments as I read Jimfbleak - talk to me? 07:10, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Any known predators or parasites?
No, although its size and cuteness makes it unlikely that it is the apex predator in its range. It could be assumed that its predators are similar to those of the rest of its genus and particularly its most closely related and nearby species, but I am nervous about straying too far into original research, and therefore am unsure whether and what to add. Thine Antique Pen (talk) 20:16, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Adults have neutral grey heads... It is a secretive—singular or plural?
Thank you for spotting this. I've replaced the pronoun at the start of the second sentence. Thine Antique Pen (talk) 20:16, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Males have breasts mixed with pale buff — perhaps males have some buff markings on their breasts?
Done. Thine Antique Pen (talk) 20:16, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • It is a secretive bird that is difficult to observe—tautology?
Yes, I have re-worded this slightly. Thine Antique Pen (talk) 20:16, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • the Perijá tapaculo is secretive and difficult to observe— tautology Jimfbleak - talk to me? 14:09, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The female call and song differ from most other species in the genus— "from those of"
  • The male call is short and quick— what's the difference between "short" and "quick"
  • Thanks. I've cut this sentence entirely and made a fix to the previous one (the call outlined should have referred to both genders, not just females). Thine Antique Pen (talk) 22:18, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • builds its nests in underground cavities about 12 cm (4.7 in) in...— these look like the dimensions of the nest, not the cavity which is the subject of this sentence
  • The nests are accessed by a short tunnel— you haven't said the nests are closed yet, or does this refer to the cavity?
  • I'm not sure this needs changing; the article mentions the nests being in "underground cavities". Maybe I've missed something. Thine Antique Pen (talk) 22:18, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I'm still confused. Is the cavity self-excavated? You write as if you are describing a cup nest, but you don't say that. If the nest is enclosed, then the tunnel could be part of the nest, rather than the cavity, like Red-rumped Swallow Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:08, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Note: This issue has now been dealt with by the reviewer. Thine Antique Pen (talk) 07:29, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • OK, a major problem. You have just two references, primary sources by the same authors. We normally need secondary sources to meet the reliability criteria. I don't think that this article can pass without a wider range of references. I don't think, for example, that a primary source is adequate for discussing the taxonomy of the family, when there are good sources like Handbook of Birds of the World. You also don't indicate a subspecies name(s) before it reached species status, and, crucially you don't provide a good secondary source that recognises this as a species. At the moment it amounts to "It's a species because we wrote the paper and we say it is". I'm not opposing yet, because it may be fixable with help, and otherwise it's a good read Jimfbleak - talk to me? 09:52, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • 2,450 m needs conversion Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:41, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    • I think you may be conflating two senses in which a source can be "primary". The sources cited in this article peer-reviewed journal articles; surely the holy grail of reliability per Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources. I would have thought that they would only really be "primary sources" (in the problematic sense) if we were writing about the journal or the author. Josh Milburn (talk) 08:42, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
      • Perhaps, but where other sources exist, they should be used rather than depending on the work of just one research team. I've sent Thine Antique Pen some other stuff to pick over, and I think this should allay my concerns, I'll continue commenting soon. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 05:47, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Looks pretty good now, I'm happy to support Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:18, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for your comments and support. Thine Antique Pen (talk) 07:29, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). Minor quibble only: I'd recommend archiving all the hyperlinks in sources with archivedate= and archiveurl= fields, with links from Internet Archive. This should hopefully increase posterity, over time. And it sure would be nice if you could create even a short sourced stub about Serranía de Los Motilones. — Cirt (talk) 01:49, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Hi Cirt. I have archived all possible links with Internet Archive links; I was unable to archive the Mongabay news article due to a restriction on robots crawling the site in its robots.txt page. I created a short stub about the Serranía de Los Motilones range. Many thanks, Thine Antique Pen (talk) 11:40, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

The Wrestlers (Etty)[edit]

Nominator(s):  ‑ iridescent 11:01, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Hot naked man on man action! The Wrestlers is a companion article to Preparing for a Fancy Dress Ball, as one of the other highlights of the York Art Gallery's collection of Ettys, but could hardly be more different. It's something of a problematic piece from an art-historical point of view; there's no doubt of its attribution, but because no documentation exists for the first hundred years or so of its existence there's a lot of "probably", "likely" and "possibly" here. Showing a white man wrestling a black man to the floor, the point Etty was trying to make is lost; he may have been trying to illustrate the point that (contrary to common English belief at the time) black and white athletes were of equal strength and capable of competing on equal terms in sport; he may have been trying to make an elaborate point that supposed primitive races could physically match the Greek sculptures which were then considered the ideal of manhood; or, there may be no anti-racist theme to it at all and these two just happened to be the models available that day. Owing to its scantily-documented history—it was lost until 1947—this one doesn't have the "legacy" section one usually finds on paintings.

(Brief note on capitalisation, which I'm aware will be jarring to readers in some countries; in BrEng "white" and "black" aren't generally capitalised when referring to race.[2]) ‑ iridescent 11:01, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Images are appropriately licensed and captioned. Nikkimaria (talk) 16:26, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Source check from Ealdgyth (talk · contribs)

  • Checking the references, everything looks good. I spot checked the ODNB refs, and they checked out. Hoping to get a review of the article in tonight between watching the new Muppets. A search at Google Scholar and JSTOR only turned up a masters thesis with any sort of reference to the work (that wasn't already used in teh article). LOoks good on sources. If @Johnbod: has any of the art sources, it might not hurt for him to spot check a couple of spots, but I'd not be that concerned if he can't. Ealdgyth - Talk 23:48, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • SupportComments from Ealdgyth (talk · contribs)
  • Background:
    • In "and he was elected a full Royal Academician in 1828, ahead of John Constable." what does "ahead of" mean here? Does it mean they got in the same year but Etty got more votes? Or that he made full status some period of time before Constable?
      • Reworded that to make it clearer; there was an election to fill one slot, and Etty won it. I mention it as a shorthand way of illustrating that even though modern readers may not be familiar with Etty, at the time his peers considered him at least as important as Constable. ‑ iridescent 07:51, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Uh... "and the reaction of the lower classes to these paintings caused concern throughout the 19th century." How did it cause concern?
      • The following sentence ("Although his portraits of male nudes were generally well received, many critics condemned his recurrent depictions of female nudity as indecent") is intended as the qualifier to that. In brief, a mix of a snobbish concern that people who didn't have the education to appreciate the context of his paintings saw them as pornography, and a good-faith concern that his overly sexual material was discouraging women from attending art exhibitions. I feel that in the background section to the articles on the individual works, it's necessary to explain the context in which he was working (someone who only tended to get public attention, and thus big-money sales, when he painted nude figures, but was at the same time struggling to shake off a reputation as a pornographer), but not to go into undue detail. Bear in mind that (presumably) most readers will have come to this either from or en route to William Etty itself, which explains all this. ‑ iridescent 07:51, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Subject:
    • "aspire to an ideal of physical strength which people were worried was becoming lost" which people? I'm pretty sure the whole populace of England wasn't concerned about this...
      • "The decline of manual labor means the population is getting out of shape" was undoubtedly the general attitude in Britain, and later in Europe, during the early Industrial Revolution (The male body and physique…was a topic of much anxiety for Regency and early Victorian audiences. In an age of increasing prosperity and industrialisation, it was believed that Britain's men…were becoming flabby in both mind and belly. There was a widespread fear that men would become effeminate, sedentary and weak as their business was increasingly conducted from the comfort of desks in stuffy offices rather than outside in the open air. if you want chapter and verse from the source). I don't see "aspire to an ideal of physical strength which people were worried was becoming lost" as any more of a problematic construction than saying "in the 1900s the people of France were concerned about war with Germany" even though there were no doubt Frenchmen who never gave the idea a moment's thought. ‑ iridescent 07:51, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Caption for Andromeda - I'm not seeing where the phrase "but had become notorious for using scenes from literature and mythology as a pretext to paint nude women." is cited in the text - needs a cite.
    • Added a citation in the caption. ‑ iridescent 07:51, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Excellent work - these are very minor quibbles, and I'll be happy to support when they are cleared up. Ealdgyth - Talk 00:04, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Those work. Supporting! Ealdgyth - Talk 12:14, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments from Lingzhi

  • "and the reaction of the lower classes" specifically what reaction?
  • Primarily, attracting riff-raff into art galleries to get a fix of smut—the Vanity Fair quote I use on Musidora ("I know only too well how the rough and his female companion behave in front of picture's such as Etty's bather. I have seen the gangs of workmen strolling round, and I know that their artistic interest in studies of the nude is emphatically embarrassing.") probably sums the attitude up best. Per my comment to Ealdgyth above, I think it's necessary to mention the general attitude to him to give an idea of the context in which he was working (a serious artist trying to shake off a reputation for pornography, but who was only commercially successful when he included nudes), but I try to keep the background section to a minimum given that most readers will likely have already read Etty's bio which already explains this in detail. ‑ iridescent 08:00, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • A single additional adjective would probably be sufficient.  Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 08:14, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Sentence order: Some of the sentences seem to me at least to be in the wrong order within a paragraph, or even within the wrong paragraph. But changing sentence order is a heavier copy edit than merely changing "him" to " his work", and I am hesitant to disturb the current version too much while it is at FAC. I suppose I could edit in my sandbox with moved sentences highlighted, then my bowdlerizations could be reviewed by Iridescent, if that seems agreeable. (This might be spread out over a couple days, since I do not always have contiguous block of free time). Or I could just edit the article, but I would hate to start an edit war. :-)  Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 08:06, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Can you give some examples of what you feel is problematic? I'm not seeing it, but this was one of the first ones written in this series, and I may be over-familiar and thus not seeing the obvious. ‑ iridescent 18:19, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I couldn't give you the final word on precisely where (IMO) any given sentence should be located, because in these situations I often feel something is misplaced, but then there are 2 or 3 potentially better locations, and I would actually have to try each. But at a glance, the naked/loincloth sentence seems misplaced, as does the bit about skin colors/contrast. I might move "many of his peers" to the end of its current paragraph, unless he became respected after he was selected. Some sentences about visiting Europe etc. seem misplaced. And so on. I would probably move other sentences as well. It's mostly just a matter of putting like topics together. IMO.  Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 20:13, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I'll have another look through, but probably won't be until tomorrow. ‑ iridescent 21:09, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • @Iridescent: Have a look at my sandbox for proposed changes so far. It still needs buffing, but this gives an idea... I have highlighted newly added content. In particular, there is an organizing sentence at the very start of the "Subjects" section. I have moved some sentences into entirely different sections of the article. I also count 26 semicolons, which is decidedly too many (here I'll add "for my taste", though I think it is goes beyond that). Half of the semicolons are reference formatting, sorry. Still a bit much, but much less so.  Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 02:40, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The other changes look fine, but I'd be very reluctant to say Two characteristics of the subjects are worth noting: they are nearly-nude men wrestling, and the subjects are black- and white-skinned. so baldly. It's obvious to the reader that it's a painting of two nearly nude men wrestling and that one is black and one is white, so I don't see the need to patronise by pointing it out; plus, it's not for us to declare in Wikipedia's voice what the reader does and doesn't consider worth noting. On art history articles—particularly regarding someone like Etty who was known for experimental techniques and for pastiching the styles of other artists—many readers are going to be interested purely in the execution of the work, with no particular interest in the actual subject, and I don't consider it appropriate to be telling the reader what they should and shouldn't consider important. ‑ iridescent 10:25, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The exact wording (e.g., "noteworthy") of the sentence is meant as a scratch placeholder. However, I believe there's a need for an organizing sentence with roughly the same content. The point here is to let the reader initialize two mental spaces for the presence of two discussions in the section: "naked guys" and "black and white together".Also, the identity of the wrestlers shouldn't be in the Composition section, should it? [After thought: It doesn't really fit in that section, but looks even worse in others, so perhaps let it be...]  Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 02:30, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The term "lower classes" might conceivably be offensive to some. Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 12:49, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • If someone finds the term "lower classes" offensive, they probably shouldn't be reading an article on Victorian England (or on England at any time, come to that, since it remains the main faultline of English society). There is no synonym, without using awkward (and even more jarring to the modern eye) constructions like "proletarians and peasants"; in the language of the time, "artisans", "the working class", "the poor" and "labourers" were four discrete groupings. (The term generally in use at the time for "all those who work with their hands" was "the men", but for obvious reasons that's not a term one really wants to be using shorn of context. The modern term in British English is C2DE, but the ABC1/C2DE distinction will be incomprehensible to readers outside the UK, as well as looking out of place in an article about the 1840s.) ‑ iridescent 23:14, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I defer to your judgment, of course. It doesn't offend me personally, but thin-skinnedness has become a popular career option, at least among Americans.  Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 02:04, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • @Iridescent: [See two retractions above.] Predictable versus surprising. You may think I'm going overboard, but that's what I have been pondering. Predictability aids the reader's comprehension, but a dash of surprise helps jar those neuron synapses into alertness. Forex, the whole bit about the subjects' identity does not logically belong in the Composition section, but it does add an unexpected chunk of interesting info there. After experimenting, I think overall the latter offers more benefit than the former, so I left it alone. Now I have taken the caption from the Benaiah image and used it as an organizing sentence for the Subject section. It doesn't mention black/white, but eases the transition from Composition to "naked guys". Not sure if it's better there or not. I defer again to your opinion. &nbsp Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 03:03, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. I've held back until now merely to give Iridescent space to alter any gross mistakes in anything I have changed.  Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 15:52, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

Comments. As always, feel free to revert my copyediting. - Dank (push to talk)

  • "millboard" (x2): links to an article that doesn't mention millboards.
  • "emphasising the curves and musculature of the wrestlers' bodies": just something to consider: "curves" might mean different things to different readers (also in the second sentence in the lead).
  • Support on prose per standard disclaimer. These are my edits. - Dank (push to talk) 20:47, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Millboard is just a particular type of stiff paperboard—most people nowadays know it as the stuff hardback book covers are made of, while those of a certain age will remember it as the stuff protestors' placards were made of before the invention of cheap printing on plastic. Artists like it because it's light and easy to carry, it has no grain (so if it's nicked, the sheet doesn't rip), and is sturdy enough to hold thick paints without wrinkling. I considered not linking it at all, but I figured that at least this way, it makes it clear to readers that it's a type of paperboard. Regarding "curves", there's no obvious synonym I can think of—Etty's use of bright light (unusual for this period—no lightbulbs yet) was to make the curves appear exaggerated without actually exaggerating them. The only obvious alternative is "contour", which to me sounds like a reference to skin texture rather than body shape. ‑ iridescent 21:09, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • muscles == shape, tone, shape and tone, definition, lines?  Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 21:21, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I'd incline against "tone", since in the context of this article that sounds like a reference to skin colour rather that muscle tone, while "definition" isn't quite right—in the context of body shape, that means "parts are distinctly visible". The point here is that the lighting makes their torsos, legs and buttocks appear slightly over-inflated, but when you look more closely they're actually normally-proportioned. "Emphasise their musculature and body shape", perhaps—I'll have a think. ‑ iridescent 21:29, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support No issues with the standard of writing, sourcing or coverage, all of the usual quality. Major issues with the horrible painting. Nominator should be blocked. Ceoil (talk) 10:02, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks—Etty was capable of remarkably striking 50-years-ahead-of-his-time works, but his nude studies have dated very badly by modern standards. (This is by no means the tackiest; that would be The Dawn of Love.) ‑ iridescent 10:38, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. I've watched this article since it was first created and have followed the various tweaks made. The sources have been validated previously so no problems but I do have a very minor query: the link to "About the artist" on the Manchester Art Gallery site (currently ref #8) is taking me to the Gallery home page and no matter how much I try to search I cannot get to the relevant page. Is it a temporary site problem or the probably much more likely scenario of my "operator error"? SagaciousPhil - Chat 09:15, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support (having stumbled here from my FAC). Good writing style, quite accessible to the reader, meticulously cited, high quality article, most educational and encyclopedic. At the moment looks like some coding error -- no categories at the bottom of the page. Cirt (talk) 01:43, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Re categories: Oops that was me, when I subbed in the text from my sandbox. Sorry. Another editor repaired my error.  Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 15:59, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
      • Looks much better now. I've had opportunity today to re-read through the article one more time, and I reiterate my Support. The article is quite high quality and most encyclopedic. Educational on multiple levels. Good luck, — Cirt (talk) 22:19, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Perovskia atriplicifolia[edit]

Nominator(s): RO and Squeamish Ossifrage

This article is about one of the all time great gardening plants, Perovskia atriplicifolia. Following a premature nom last month, Squeamish Ossifrage has collaborated with me on the article, which is now leaps and bounds better than it was at FAC1, thanks to their wonderful work with the clades and phytochemistry stuff, among many others things. We believe it meets the criteria, and we look forward to comments and suggestions from the community. RO(talk) 21:41, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

I am pleased and honored to co-nom this article. There's a scattering of animal FAs (especially dinosaurs), and no shortage of fungus article with the bronze star (even I did one!), but there are very, very few plant articles that have been written to this quality level. Doubly so for plants in widespread cultivation, where there's generally less (if any) written about their natural habitat and distribution. I think what Rationalobserver and I have put together is the best summary of the natural history, horticulture, and hard botanical science that exists anywhere on the topic. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 21:45, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
@Jimfbleak and Burklemore1: Making the other major contributors to the first FAC aware that it's back. I believe we've satisfied all the outstanding concerns. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 22:00, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

Support Very satisfied with the new changes, especially with the taxonomy and phylogeny section. Well done guys, I hope to see the article promoted this time! Burklemore1 (talk) 02:59, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Sasata[edit]

Some comments following a quick read-through. Will probably have more to add later after a literature search. Sasata (talk) 04:23, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Support. I am satisified that this article meets the FAC criteria. Good job! Sasata (talk) 17:40, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • what cultivar is shown in the taxobox image?
In isolation, impossible to say with certainty, as the distinguishing characteristics of the various cultivars are exclusively related to leaf shape and overall plant height. RO may have more. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 12:38, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
It's 'Blue Spire' (added). RO(talk) 14:58, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • ”blue-to-violet blossoms” why the hyphenation?
No reason. Fixed. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 12:38, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • ”widely-planted”; “deeply-incised” no hyphen required for adjectives ending in -ly
Fixed. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 12:38, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • ”has been considered favorably by experts.” construction sound odd to my ears
Copyedited. RO(talk) 15:01, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • ”P. atriplicifolia was the Perennial Plant Association's 1995 Plant of the Year” Is this particular association notable enough that their choice for favourite plant should be given such prominence (2nd paragraph of lead) in this article?
Arguably. It's a fairly influential trade organization in the United States. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 12:38, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • ”Its flowers have also been” Why “also”? The previous sentence wasn’t referring specifically to the flowers
Relic of early text arrangement. Removed. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 12:38, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • ”and the plant itself used for phytoremediation of contaminated soil.” I read the paper that is is cited for this statement in the “Uses” section and it did not seem to me that the plant was actually used for this purpose, rather, it had the ‘’potential’’ to be used for bioremediation.
Fixed. RO(talk) 15:03, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
That one was my fault, sloppy lead-writing from my chicken-scratch notes rather than what I'd actually written in the body. Mea culpa. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 15:21, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • the taxobox synonym ‘’Perovskia pamirica’ is not mentioned in the article text
Added, although there's not much to say there; the original paper was pretty much the only time anyone thought P. pamirica was actually a separate species. Accordingly, I've moved the citation for synonymy out of the taxobox, as it is now cited in text, and I find reference tags in the taxobox unsightly when they can be avoided. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 14:15, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • are the redlinked subfamily, tribe, and sub tribe really needed in the taxobox?
Well, my thought here was that the tribe is a significant topic of discussion in the taxonomy and phylogeny section. If I'm in contravention of current taxobox best practices, I'll snip them. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 12:38, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Checking the relevant guidelines for taxobox use: "Taxoboxes should include all major ranks above the taxon described in the article, plus minor ranks that are important to understanding the classification of the taxon described in the article, or which are discussed in the article"; however, only one of the three redlinked subtaxa are mentioned in the article. There's also the argument that some/most of this info about the relationship of Perovskia to the Lamiaceae would be better placed in the genus article. Sasata (talk) 00:35, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
I'll cut Nepetoideae and Salviinae from the taxobox, then. As for content going here vs. Perovskia, I tried to stick to material that actually sampled P. atriplicifolia, along with enough background context to make the section sensible (there's a reason why people bothered to sequence this species). There's quite a bit more available to expand the genus article if I get ambitious enough to do so. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 01:07, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • ”demonstrated that Salvia was not monophyletic” ->is not monophyletic?
Yep, fixed. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 12:38, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • link Notcutts
Hey, they've got an article...! Done. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 12:38, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • oblate, lanceolate -> undefined jargon
Does a link to leaf shape introducing these terms suffice? If not, I'm happy to wikt-link them, as I had to do with pinnatipartite. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:13, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
A link to leaf shape would be fine; consider also using an anchor so that a click will take the reader right to the defined term. Sasata (talk) 00:35, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
So, upon further review, our leaf shape article is a travesty. I've linked to it, out of a sense of kindness, but rather than dropping anchors into an ugly, incomplete, bullet-point list, I've glossed the shape jargon in text. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 01:07, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • ”0.8–2 cm (0.31–0.79 in)” make sure sig figs in convert output don’t exceed input
Fixed. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:57, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • ensure short-form binomials have a non-breaking space to avoid unsightly line breaks
Fixed. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:57, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • link Ontario, Quebec, hardiness, shoot
Done. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 12:38, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • ”both a deer resistant and rabbit resistant plant.” I think the compound adjectives need hyphenation here
Agreed, and done. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 12:38, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • ”Derivatives of P. atriplicifolia have displayed antimicrobial properties in vitro;” what does “derivatives” mean here?
It means I wrote a sloppy sentence. Fixed. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 16:12, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "it was awarded the Perennial Plant Association's Plant of the Year award." It was awarded ... the award. Can a plant species be given an award? Would it be better to say something like "it was selected as the Perennial Plant Association's Plant of the Year"?
Sure! They have a little ceremony and everything, and the media gushes on how elegantly all the herbaceous plants dress up for the occasion! Fixed. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:13, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "the insect species Tropidion castaneum and Camponotus maculatus." perhaps say what kind of insects these are, e.g. "the beetle Tropidion castaneum and the carpenter ant Camponotus maculatus."
Fixed, hopefully, albeit with a slightly different construction than proposed. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:13, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "but is distinguished by its bipinnate leaves." The second citation uses the term "bi-pinnatipartite", which I assume is different than "bipinnate" (although I'm not sure). Does the first cited source use the term "bipinnate"?
Grant does call them "bipinnate", yes. Fundamentally, they're the same thing. Bi-pinnatipartite more specifically describes the depth of the margin incisions, but the important part here isn't margin depth, but that P. abrotanoides has secondary pinnation. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:13, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Addressed in part. To partition it off from the more plain-language uses, I've dropped the phytochemistry material to its own subsection. Included the excellent Pharmaceutical Biology article that I had entirely overlooked, and cited that second anti-Hep B paper in passing. I don't want to push the Hep B material too much on MEDRS grounds (it's all from the same research group), although I don't think there's a problem pointing at two papers showing they're playing around with a bunch of extracted compounds. The first part of that section, dealing with the lists of assayed compounds in general, is probably still subject to some revision. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 16:12, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Well, it's a good thing you pinged on this section, because upon further review, no two studies have gotten the same answer on the essential oil constituent compound list or ratios. I've focused on papers that surveyed the topic (while adding their own answer to the mix...) and have tried to present a fairly orderly summary of this big organic chemistry mess while remaining readable. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 21:03, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • there is more information available on the nutritional composition of the plant (as forage) here that could help flesh out the second paragraph of "Distribution, habitat, and ecology"
I'm not sure there's much to say here that we don't already say in the summary of the previous paper by the same authors. I had this article in my potential-sources bin while helping with the expansion, but I never pulled anything from it. I'll give it a second pass to see if there's something useful; I don't think it's particularly in-scope to go into excessive detail about the nutritive content of this species relative to other Harboi rangeland plants. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 15:21, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Went ahead and tweaked this structure a little bit. It turns out we've got an article (sort of) for neutral detergent fiber, so that provided a useful excuse to cite both Hussain and Durrani papers. I don't think the article is well-served by digging more deeply into that 2009 paper, though. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 16:43, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • this source says: "... it is often difficult to maintain in greenhouses and nurseries. Excessive growth can lead to blow-over in nurseries, plants out-growing their pots, reduced plant quality, and increased shipping costs ...", which looks like it might be useful information appropriate for this article
Really, really nice source that I'd totally overlooked during my literature survey. Summarized and added. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 15:21, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • First round of corrections handled. I'll get back to this momentarily. Also, thanks for the assistance, Sasata! Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 12:38, 22 September 2015 (UTC) Working on a solution to the problems with the article's treatment of phytochemistry. I think most of the other concerns have been resolved at this point. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 15:21, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • @Sasata: I think most of this is in a much better place now. I'd like your opinion about the amount of linking necessary to address the leaf shape jargon, as well as the minor taxa. But otherwise, I think RO and I have addressed all these concerns. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 21:03, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks for the quick fixes and additions. I have responded to a couple of points above, and will be back later (perhaps with more comments). Sasata (talk) 00:35, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Hey, thank you for the observations. I have a lot of respect for your mycology work, and I'm happy to have your eyes on this adventure into botany and horticulture. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 01:07, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Cited Dumitraşcu (2008), mostly just because he provided a different ratio of peat/inert material for optimal growth than we had from Squire (2007), so I generalized the claim and referenced them both. I'm a little hesitant to do much with Perveen et al. (2014). Their claim is that a couple of extremely minor components of the essential oil have BChE inhibitory effects in vitro. That's interesting, and all, and I wish them luck with further research. But I think we need that further research; as far as I can tell, no subsequent work has cited this paper. And unlike with anti-inflammatory experiments, Perveen's lab seems to be the only one researching potential cholinesterase inhibition. I just don't think WP:MEDRS gives us much room here until this gets at least a little more coverage in the literature. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 17:04, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The last sentence of the lead ("... the plant has been considered for potential use in the phytoremediation of contaminated soil.") still doesn't quite align with what is given in relevant subsection ("This species is also capable of phytoremediation of arid soil contaminated with toxic heavy metals.") Perhaps give a bit of explanation as to why the plant has potential for bioremediation (e.g., from Zamfirache 2011: high rates of growth (even in highly polluted, dry areas), pest resistance, good germination, and heavy metal and radioactivity resistance), and the monoterpenes in the oils improve ambient air quality. Sasata (talk) 16:33, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Reworded the phytoremediation sentence in the body. Hopefully there's less of a disconnect there. I'm constrained by the source to being somewhat vague; Zamfirache calls Perovskia atriplicifolia a hyperaccumulator, but that's a term of art with specific concentration ratios required, and she cites her own unpublished analysis to make that claim. I've avoided doing so because I don't think we can conisder that description verifiable. Likewise, I've explicitly avoided her claim that monoterpene emission improves air quality. Other air-quality researchers consider plants with substantial monoterpene emissions to be a net decrease in air quality (even if they smell nice...); for example, this from Atmospheric Environment. On the scope of this article, I think the best way to handle that disagreement is to simply avoid it! Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 17:30, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

Images are appropriately licensed and captioned. Nikkimaria (talk) 16:12, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Eric Corbett[edit]

  • "... and five other compounts" What's a "compount"?
It's a typo. Fixed. RO(talk) 18:16, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for catching that one, Eric. I had fixed it in my draft text, then somehow managed to paste the misspelled version in anyway. I have reverted your change of "an herbal", though; we're doing this one in American English, where that's actually correct because we pronounce "herb" funny. Consequently, I've fixed all the "grey" to "gray", which is (I think) the last of the ENGVAR issues. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 19:19, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
I think it's unlikely that I'll be supporting any article that persists in using "an herbal", but your choice. "Successful over a wide range of climate and soil conditions ..." "Climate" isn't an adjective. Eric Corbett 19:23, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
"Climate conditions" is an acceptable phrase in the US: ([3]). RO(talk) 19:39, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
@Eric Corbett: You'll be pleased to know that "an herbal" no longer appears in this article. "Climate conditions", I'm afraid I'm going to have to stick with; although I recognize that "climatic conditions" would be correct from a purely grammatical perspective, the former phrase is in very common use in American English sources, including government and scientific publications. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:24, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Its flowers have been eaten in salads or crushed for dyemaking ..." So not both, just one or the other?
Fixed. RO(talk) 19:33, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Tim Riley[edit]

Comment – A couple of spelling points: I can't find "activately" in the Oxford English Dictionary, and in BrEng "horticultural" (as in the Royal H. Society) has two "u"s. – Tim riley talk 20:35, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Fixed and fixed. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 20:39, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

A few comments on prose:

  • Cultivars
    • "United Kingdom-based" – troubles with hyphens! This is in what Fowler characterises as "superfluous hair-remover" territory. "UK-based", or better, just "British", will get you out of the fix. (Although it is at least arguable that the location of the nursery is irrelevant in any case.)
  • Now "British". I think it's location is somewhat important, since the cultivar wasn't selected there. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:40, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Description
    • "The inflorescence is a showy panicle" – I don't doubt it, but isn't "showy" rather a disparaging word? (In the lead section, also.)
  • Something of a term of art in floral botany, if informally so. Several of the sources use it. Although I concede that it may not strike the appropriate tone for a lay reader. Let me consider what to do here. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:40, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Planting and care
    • "Reasonably tolerant" – "reasonably" seems an odd adverb here. Somehow "reason" and plants don't sit well together. A less judgemental word such as "quite" might look more natural.
  • Cut the adverb entirely. With cited claims that people grow this thing all the way into Zone 3, I don't think it needs a qualifier. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:40, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Third para – I have noticed at PRs and FACs an insistence that the first mention of the subject in each paragraph must be a noun rather than a pronoun. This has always seemed dotty to me, is not the practice of other major works of reference, and I can't find it stipulated in the MoS. Nevertheless, I simply mention it here, for your consideration.
  • If our MOS actually says this, or someone specifically objects, I'll... cry. And then see about fixing it. But I'm inclined to consider that a hypercorrection. Additionally, a quick survey shows that paragraphs starting with a personal pronoun are present in many of our FA-level biography articles. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:40, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
      • Good! I might start pushing my luck on this point at future FACs I take articles to. Tim riley talk 14:04, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Third para – if, as seems from the earlier text, the plant is grown on several continents, it seems anomalous to single out a solitary American example for mention.
  • It is grown in many places, but its use in xeriscaping, at least in the literature, is indeed centered in the American Intermountain West. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:40, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Landscaping
    • Second para – as above in re opening pronoun.
  • Propagation
    • in order to germinate – "in order to" is almost always an unnecessarily woolly way of saying "to", and I think probably is so here.
  • Nope. From the latter MOS link: "When archaic spelling is used in the title of a work, modernize the spelling in the text of the article but retain the original spelling in the references." Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:40, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Passim
    • To my mind there are more links than is ideal, and the reader is rather overwhelmed by the sea of blue. As a wise editor put it recently, linking "depends on the context … how likely it is that someone will want to go read that article." I concur, and on that basis would question the desirability of linking to traditional medicine, species description, aromatic, range (biology), shoot, greenhouse, plant nursery, traditional medicine, colorant and textile dye. I shan't press the point, if you feel strongly that these links are likely to prove helpful to a reader at some time.

That's all from me. A most informative article, well sourced and comprehensible even by a layman like me. – Tim riley talk 12:23, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Delinked aromatic, colorant, greenhouse, and plant nursery as either "everyday words understood by most readers in context" or insufficiently specific to the topic (per WP:MOSLINK). Retained links to species description and range (biology) (the latter glossing "distributed") because they are senses of the terms that may not be immediately familiar to lay readers. I would prefer to retain the links to traditional medicine and dyeing as "relevant connections to the subject of another article". The link to shoot was requested by Sasata earlier in this FAC. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:40, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Support – My few quibbles having been satisfactorily addressed, and finding nothing that fails to meet the FA criteria, I am happy to support the promotion of this admirable article to FA. Tim riley talk 14:04, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Support I didn't think there was much wrong with this first time around, well formed now. I don't like the two left-aligned pics breaking up the text though Jimfbleak - talk to me? 07:00, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • WP:MOSIM suggests that images be staggered. Strictly speaking, that means that the position of the last three images should be reversed, but I'm unconvinced that doing so results in a more appealing layout. I'm self-avowedly a poor judge of aesthetics; would you prefer that we shuffle the images in some specific way? Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 13:45, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Support from JM[edit]

This strikes me as a very strong article, so I'm happy to support straight away. Just a few very small comments:

  • "stellate" is not a term that the majority of readers will know. I may be wrong, but I'm inclined to say that a link, explanation or rephrase would be good.
  • "It is most commonly planted as an accent feature,[47] but is also used as filler,[51] or in island beds and naturalized areas." Is this a bit jargon-heavy? I confess that I'm only really guessing what any of this means.
  • I tried to do something about this. Hopefully it's a bit better? Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 17:58, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "has been discouraged by some gardening guides out of concern for its potential to spread,[71]" Tiny little thing, but you claim that "some" books say this, while only citing one. Does your source specify that other books (also) recommend this?
  • "Several terpenoid alcohols—borneol, cedrol, and menthol—[82] have" This strikes me as very unnatural reference placement, not least because it messes up your dash spacing. I'd treat those dashes like brackets: "Several terpenoid alcohols—borneol, cedrol, and menthol[82]—have". Is there anything in the MOS about this?
  • I'll confess that this is beyond the limits of my MOS mastery, but I agree it looks funny. MOS experts, is this an exception to "references are always outside the punctuation"? Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 14:33, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
    • It is indeed an exception; one might almost say the exception. See WP:REFPUNC: "Exceptions: ref tags are placed before dashes, not after; and where a footnote applies only to material within parentheses, the ref tags belong just before the closing parenthesis." Tim riley talk 07:21, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Well then. You learn something new about the MOS every time you come to FAC, I think. Corrected. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 14:06, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Are you particularly attached to "an herbal"? I know some do not consider it non-standard, but it's very ugly to my British eyes.
  • Cut "herbal". I'm sad about this, but since there are two editors who are strongly opposed to it... Over on the American side of the pond, that construction is very widely used because we pronounce it "erbal". But I'll grant that it must look largely illiterate to an international audience, so I'll do without. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 14:06, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

I haven't looked at the sources in detail, but what I saw looked fine- if a source review comes back clean/any problems are resolved I'm happy. Josh Milburn (talk) 13:44, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Support from Chiswick Chap[edit]

It looks a very nice article.

  • I'd suggest adding "Italy" to the image caption "Used as a border in the Trauttmansdorff Castle Gardens" as the country is not obvious.
  • On the cladogram, why the odd formatting and capitalisation of "Other Clade I Salvia"? It looks as if "Clade I" needs some explanation in the text; why is one clade getting a name but not the other two (and is that a 1 or a capital letter i)? I'd suggest that the upper branch of the clade (all the mentioned Salvias) should be labelled to make clear what is being talked about; further, I suggest it would be worth including a wider branch to "Other Salvia" to show the polyphyly.
  • Clade I (it's a capital I, as in the Roman numeral) is mentioned in text, somewhat. Let me sandbox some options here; I don't want to dive too deeply into Salvia cladistics in this non-Salvia species-level article, but I'll see if there's an option that doesn't burn too much page real estate. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 14:18, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I'm not sold on the appearance, but I've widened the cladogram to show Salvia Clades II and III. Thoughts? Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 14:46, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
Know what you mean, but thanks, it's a lot clearer.
  • Lamiaceae remains a little unfamiliar to many readers; perhaps gloss it with "(the labiates)" or "(formerly Labiatae)" to help people along.
  • Glossed it as a family on first appearance. I'd prefer to avoid giving older synonyms for Lamiaceae in this article, as they're somewhat out of scope here. Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 14:18, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • In Uses, you mention the essential oil in Phytochemistry but not whether people use that essential oil for massage, folk medicine, etc. Chiswick Chap (talk) 11:11, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Not insofar as reliable sources report. Traditional uses were prepared differently, and the massage oil / aromatherapy industry largely sticks to Salvia sclarea (clary sage). Squeamish Ossifrage (talk) 14:18, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
As there seems very little wrong here, if this sails through its source checks as I expect, I'm happy to Support. Chiswick Chap (talk) 15:30, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support (having stumbled here from my FAC). I especially like the Uses sect. Conditional support pending someone uploading a sound file free-use licensed to Wikimedia Commons of them saying pronunciation of the title of this article, and then another one of them saying it five times fast. — Cirt (talk) 01:40, 30 September 2015 (UTC)


Nominator(s): Wehwalt (talk) 23:32, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

This article is about... a peculiarly New Jersey article. Boroughitis may sound like a fake disease, but it's a real thing: the aftereffects still afflict New Jersey today. It seemed normal to live in one borough growing up, going to high school in another, getting our water from a third, a fourth was down past the end of the street, the supermarket was in a fifth ... and I haven't gotten five miles from my house yet. And all of the boroughs I mentioned were incorporated in 1894. Enjoy.Wehwalt (talk) 23:32, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

Support – Taking part in a peer review of an article on local government may not seem a prospect to quicken the pulse, but I much enjoyed reviewing this, and found nothing to quibble at during the PR. Very entertaining goings-on in the 1890s! Beautifully constructed, clear, pleasing prose, good balance and well referenced. Meets the FA criteria in my view. – Tim riley talk 06:51, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

Many thanks for your review and support.--Wehwalt (talk) 11:20, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

Image review

  • File:Bergen_County,_NJ_municipalities_labeled.svg: source link is dead. Nikkimaria (talk) 16:10, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
I've dealt with that. Thank you for the review. --Wehwalt (talk) 22:33, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Source review

  • Format error in ref 30 – check the template
  • I'm not quite clear what information is being cited to re 33.

Otherwise, all sources look to be of appropriate quality and consistently formatted. Brianboulton (talk) 18:27, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for that review. 30 has been fixed, 33 sources the number of municipalities and counties, the merger of the Princetons, and some of the efforts for consolidation, as well as the per capita stat. Regrettably, I found the need to run sources together and then another came along, resulting in something of a cite string, I'm afraid. It would be difficult to untangle.--Wehwalt (talk) 15:40, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Support. I was a peer reviewer and my questions and occasional perplexities were answered there. An unsual offbeat topic, typifying the breadth of range in this weird encyclopaedia of ours. Brianboulton (talk) 18:27, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Thank you very much for the review and support.--Wehwalt (talk) 15:40, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support (having stumbled here from my FAC). Quite nicely done. Reminds me of a guy who was inflicted with "Boneitis"... But anyways yeah I wonder if there's some sort of longer term plan put forth attempting to address this -- that never gets fully followed through upon. — Cirt (talk) 01:37, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. There really isn't any plan to deal with this. Home rule is very important in New Jersey. Every governor since the 1960s that's been in office for any length of time has urged mergers, but they don't happen very often. Three that I'm aware of.--Wehwalt (talk) 02:49, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I have to Oppose this as the article gives undue weight to Bergen County...when this phenomenon is equally and quite dynamically present in the state's other 20 counties (often with quite unique circumstances). There's scant coverage of other instances..., for example, like Franklin Borough in Sussex County where the ruralites separate it from Hardyston as a result of a battle of schools vs. the interests of NJ Zinc Company and backlash from locals who didnt like all the Hungarian, Slavic, and Chilean miners coming into the area. Also in 1693, those two dozen townships were not covering the entire area of the state, only a small portion along Newark Bay, Raritan Bay and the lower Delaware Valley...70% of the colony/state's area was unpopulated by european settlers and unorganized (Karcher is wrong on this...the last parts of northwestern nj were not organized until 1750-1751, West Jersey north of what is now Trenton didn't begin getting organized until 1711). To say this without qualification is unclear and misleading. ALSO, i do take issue the use of Senator Karcher's book (I knew the Senator, btw) in a kindle edition...citations with page numbers like 851 and 1389 don't comport with a book that in print is easily accessible (including online postings like Google Books) and only 238 pages long. Further, there's more primary information on the phenomenon, referencing the laws, in other areas of the state in Snyder's history of NJ's civil boundaries available in its entirery online in pdf...which I use and cite at List of municipalities in Sussex County, New Jersey...and in many other sources (some of which Karcher relies on) that are available quite easily. Some on state websites. Based on undue weight, some historical inaccuracies, and lack of covering other counties sufficiently, I think the article, while good, is incomplete in its coverage. JackTheVicar (talk) 13:12, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for your views. I do not believe the issues in the other counties were tied to 1894 and 1895, do you have information that they do? I can get pretty close to page numbers using the index, if that will help.--Wehwalt (talk) 17:37, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Following up, I downloaded Snyder, I had been thinking of getting him on interlibrary loan so thank you. I've integrated some of his background and so forth, but he really doesn't talk much about boroughitis. Using his lists, I found that boroughs were incorporated in 16 of NJ's 21 counties in 1894-96, but except Bergen (26) no county had more than 3. So I'm not sure it is undue weight. The system worked more or less as it was supposed to elsewhere. The Franklin Borough matter did not happen until 1913; this article is about what happened when the legislature left the door open. I'm not as familiar with Sussex County as I am further east, but I would think Franklin Borough was chartered by special act of the legislature? I'd welcome any sources you have on boroughitis as applied to other counties, but given the relatively small number that acted, I think we fulfill WP:DUE by mentioning Roselle and Mountainside. I didn't see anything happening in Sussex. So I've deleted the incorrect background info, inserted new stuff from Snyder, changed Karcher to page numbers, and would welcome any sources that deal with boroughitis outside Bergen County because I didn't see any.--Wehwalt (talk) 21:01, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
I've added a bit on borough splits later in Camden and Essex counties.--Wehwalt (talk) 22:53, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Rod Steiger[edit]

Nominator(s): ♦ Dr. Blofeld and Ssven2 14:03, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

This article is about Rod Steiger, one of Hollywood's greatest and most beloved character actors... After watching several of his films I felt compelled to "give something back" for the entertainment he has provided me with his acting. His performance in The Pawnbroker (1964) I think was the real motivator, an Oscar nominated one as a disgruntled Jew working as a pawnbroker in New York City which even he took for granted that he'd won. It has been researched extensively and I was able to get a copy of the one decent biography which exists on him. Biographical info is a lot more sketchy than it is for most of the top Hollywood film stars, but I'm certain it's about as comprehensive as it's going to reasonably get. User:Ssven2 and User:Rationalobserver helped greatly during the peer review and have made further copyedits. I think it's now ready to run here, hope you enjoy it. ♦ Dr. Blofeld 14:03, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

Support – I peer reviewed the article, and my comments were dealt with satisfactorily. The article is comprehensive but not overlong; the prose is – as far as I am any judge – good AmEng; the referencing is wide and thorough; the treatment of the subject is balanced; the pictures are many and excellent. There is, to my mind, too much about awards, but the Doctor knows my views on that point: we agree to differ, and I certainly don't regard it as affecting suitability for promotion to FA. The article plainly meets the criteria, in my view. – Tim riley talk 08:26, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

@Tim riley: Thanks, Tim riley. Your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 09:08, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Cheers Tim, as above.♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:18, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments from Loeba and Susie[edit]

I will look at this more closely in the coming days; my initial impression is that it looks very promising. One quick comment in the mean time though: almost every paragraph in the "Career" section starts with "In 19XX..." I definitely recommend varying the prose. It's particularly good, I think, when new paragraphs give a sense of "story" and development, you know? Also, maybe move the "Acting style" section to come after "Personal life"? --Loeba (talk) 16:21, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

I definitely think it's FA-level, but I did notice a couple of things which I think could be improved. I might be a bit too nitpicky at times, and it should be noted that my knowledge about Steiger or his career was pretty limited before reading this article. I'm sorry if this is a bit long, this is my first time doing this! I just don't know how to summarize all of these points in a paragraph without being really vague.

  • Early life:
    • "During the last 11 years of his mother's life, she stayed sober and regularly attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings..." Maybe "During the last 11 years of her life, Steiger's mother..." would be clearer?
    • The last para – Maybe move this to the next section, as it seems that the 1946 stage role was the point when his career began?
Done. Your comments for this section have been resolved.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 14:55, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Career
    • In general, I agree with Loeba about how the writing style could be improved. I think the opening sentence of each section should give some indication of what that section will discuss, even though you of course indicate this in the title as well. Same goes for many paragraphs. At the moment, the article reads a bit too much like a list at times, and I was left hoping for more context explaining what stage in his career each section represents. You provide a lot of interesting information about Steiger's opinions on his roles as well as the critics' views of his work, but I'm often left wondering what the importance of a certain film was for his career in general. For example, in Early roles, you begin the paragraph with "On May 24, 1953, Steiger played the title role of Paddy Chayefsky's "Marty" episode of the Goodyear Television Playhouse."; it's only in the fourth sentence that you mention that "Marty" was his breakthrough role. I think the section could be improved by beginning the paragraph with something like "Steiger's breakthrough role was in..." Also, if you are discussing several films made in the same year, maybe start the paragraph with "Steiger apperared in three films released in 1957..." etc. In other words, the opening sentence of each paragraph should clearly indicate what will be discussed in that para.
    • I would also definitely add years after each subsection title, that way the reader knows from the beginning what time period will be discussed.
Done. As asked.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 14:55, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
    • I would try to 'link' paragraphs better. Often, a new paragraph begins a bit 'abruptly', e.g. after discussing Al Capone, you begin the next paragraph with "Steiger played sophisticated thief Paul Mason..." I think it would improve readability if you tried to link paragraphs by re-wording them a bit, e.g. "Steiger's next role was as..." or "Following the success of Al Capone, Steiger played..."
Done. As asked.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 14:55, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
    • The article is in general really good in describing Steiger's roles in each film, but I'm often left wondering whether the role was a starring, major supporting or minor one.
Re:"Steiger played sophisticated thief Paul Mason" Again I don't think I wrote that originally, I usually avoid that sort of thing, it looks altered in looking at it.. I've added Following as suggested.♦ Dr. Blofeld 14:05, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Generally "major supporting". Often he was not the highest billed "star" in a film, but neither were his roles usually minor ones, particularly pre 1980. He was a steady character actor, with a fair number of starring roles but generally overall a major supporting player. Similar I suppose to Philip Seymour Hoffman in that respect. It's difficult to often classify him as either lead or minor role at times. I do believe that post 80s I've implied some of his roles were often more minor and his career had declined though.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:27, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Early career:
    • I'm not sure I would include the information about James Dean, or the long quote about Bogart.
I think it's valuable to include it, and what a lot of readers will happily read. I did actually remove the Dean mention during one copyedit but I thought it a valuable insight into Steiger and old Hollywood and worth mentioning. It felt like a wrong move after I'd removed it. I think many readers will find the info about Bogart equally engrossing and will enjoy it. Those are the sorts of things I find most interesting when I read actor biographies. I think in places we can afford to include a few anecdotes for variety and to improve reading interest.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:08, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
    • How were The Big Knife and The Harder They Fall received?
I don't think we need to know how every film fared, in fact I removed a few ones during an earlier trim to try to improve the readability.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:14, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
I see what you mean, but then I think it could be worth to mention in each section whether his films in a given period were overall negatively or positively received. TrueHeartSusie3 (talk) 12:35, 22 September 2015 (UTC)TrueHeartSusie3
If you view the pre peer review version I believe I did mention how those films were received and those below. He had a mixed bag really, though generally late 1950s he didn't do well, which is echoed later by the depression comment. I think he was actually blacklisted from US films in the late 50s, though I can't find a source to confirm the period he was blacklisted.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:52, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
I think it should definitely be mentioned that he was blacklisted if that was the case. TrueHeartSusie3 (talk) 12:59, 22 September 2015 (UTC)TrueHeartSusie3
I did mention it before but a peer reviewer told me to remove it as I couldn't be more specific about the actual dates or find anything more on it. It was one source which said he was blacklisted for a period, I think related to his comments on Kazan and McCarthyism. Roughly I think it was in 1956-1962 period as virtually all were British or Italian productions I think, many of them involving British studios in which he could have evaded it a blacklisting.♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:07, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Struggling actor
    • How were The Unholy Wife and Run of the Arrow received? Again, you move from Wife to his next film without 'linking' them; it seems they were both made in the same year, but it would again improve readability to state this earlier.
    • "The film established Steiger as a serious lead actor, following his earlier supporting role success in On the Waterfront." – a bit confusing, since Waterfront is discussed in the earlier section. Do you mean that his roles between the two films were not well-received?
Yes, his late 50s weren't weren't well received in general, note also I say serious lead actor, as despite his success in On the Waterfront he wasn't a lead actor in it.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:17, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
    • What was his role in Rashomon?
Done. It was the bandit originally played by Toshiro Mifune.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 07:12, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
    • How was Seven Thieves received?
Done. Written Crowther's review.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 07:12, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
    • "Steiger based his role as a destroyer commander in the large ensemble cast of The Longest Day, which included John Wayne, Richard Todd, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, Henry Fonda and his own father." Confusing sentence, I suggest rewording! Do you mean he based his role on his father?
Yes, it should be "on" rather than "and", the error crept in during a copyedit the other day!♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:38, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Did Steiger speak Italian since he was able to act in Italian films?
His voice was dubbed but I presume by late 70s he'd acquired a good basic understanding of the language.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:16, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Mainstream film acclaim
    • Why was Pawnbroker considered anti-semitic by some? Due to Steiger's performance or the script or something else?
Done. The source doesn't say anything about it hence removed.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 07:12, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
Actually that bit was from TCM, though I felt sure I saw it somewhere in his biography but can't find it. I disagree with Ssven's removal as I think it was quite controversial and worthy of mentioning. I've added a footnote explaining.♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:03, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
@Dr. Blofeld: Thanks for the footnote, Doc. I couldn't find anything actually, hence removed it. You certainly have sharp eyes.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 02:51, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
    • I suggest you replace "namby-pamby" with another, more common word. This might just be because I'm not a native speaker, but I had to actually google this as I had not heard it before.
It's a quote, and I think the perfect description of his character. I can link the article on Namby Pamby if you like?♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:16, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
On second thoughts I'll change the word as the article on it is more on the poetry.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:58, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
That's better! TrueHeartSusie3 (talk) 12:35, 22 September 2015 (UTC)TrueHeartSusie3
    • Did Steiger say why he liked his role in Doctor Zhivago?
I don't believe he did, unless there is an interview somewhere where he spoke about it.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:16, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
    • You describe his character as schizoid in No Way to Treat a Lady; is it actually stated in the film that he suffers from schizoid personality disorder? Or do you mean his character is mentally ill and takes on various personas? I'm being nitpicky about this because the terms schizoid or schizophrenic are often erroneously used in describing fictional serial killers when people actually mean mentally ill/disturbed or has multiple personalities.
Yes, mentally ill and takes on various personas, but I believe sources describe him as "schizoid". I don't know the exact traits, but I'm just going by what the sources describe him as.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:23, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
If 'schizoid' is not mentioned in the film, but only in sources writing about it, I would instead use "mentally ill" or "disturbed". I've never heard of people with schizoid pd having multiple personalities, so my hunch is that the writers who describe the character this way are using the adjective in the same way as "schizophrenic" is often used by laypeople, i.e. to indicate 'has multiple personalities'. My issue with this is that neither schizophrenia or schizoid pd actually have anything to do with multiple personalities or serial killers, and using these terms in the wrong way perpetuates stigma about mental illness. Therefore I think it would be safer to use a more general term like "mentally disturbed" rather than to link the character to any specific mental illness, unless it's specifically stated in the film that this is the disorder he has. TrueHeartSusie3 (talk) 12:57, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
The thing is though Susie, he doesn't uncontrollably act a certain way or display a certain personality. In the film he is in control of his personalities, and impersonates different people for kicks, though all based on mental illness and obsession with his mother. I don't think it's really a case of Dissociative identity disorder, because he is consciously deciding who he impersonates from killing to killing. He is basically schizoid or an outcast who assumes different personalities.♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:01, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
IDC-10 states SPD is a "Personality disorder characterized by withdrawal from affectional, social and other contacts with preference for fantasy, solitary activities, and introspection. There is a limited capacity to express feelings and to experience pleasure." The way this character behaves seems to be the opposite of SPD, since by playing these 'personas', he is engaging with people, even if it is in a very destructive way. I'm not sure if I'm explaining myself well... basically, is the character described as specifically suffering from this personality disorder (regardless of whether his behaviour in the film matches the actual disorder), or are the writers using "schizoid" as shorthand for "mentally disturbed"? If it's the latter, then I think "mentally disturbed" or a similar vague term would be preferable. TrueHeartSusie3 (talk) 13:13, 22 September 2015 (UTC)TrueHeartSusie3
I checked the sources for the film, and it does seem that the NY Times writer is just using schizoid to mean mentally ill; it's not mentioned in the two other sources at all. TrueHeartSusie3 (talk) 13:26, 22 September 2015 (UTC)TrueHeartSusie3
It could even work without an adjective ("Steiger played a serial killer"), since you have explained in the next sentence that he assumes various guises.TrueHeartSusie3 (talk) 13:28, 22 September 2015 (UTC)TrueHeartSusie3
I've changed to "deranged".♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:52, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • B-movies...
    • I would begin the paragraph by discussing his health issues, including the fact that he had heart surgery. Right now, it's not quite clear why he was considered a liability; I take it was because of his heart issues, given that his depression didn't seem to affect his work ethic, but since you begin the para by mentioning his depression and only mention open-heart surgery after stating he was considered a liability, the reader is left a bit confused.
I agree with you, I think somebody changed it during the peer review/copyedit. I've moved up the surgery part♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:58, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Specify "Yorkshire Television", right now it links to Yorkshire the county.
Linked.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:13, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Later films
    • What was his role in Poolhall Junkies?
Done. It was as a billiard hall manager named Nick.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 07:12, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Personal life
    • Maybe link Claire Bloom again, as some readers might only be interested in this section.
OK, I like Claire so will do so ;-)♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:37, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Steiger was married five times but only the Bloom marriage is actually discussed. It would be interesting to know more about his other marriages if your sources mention them, e.g. the wives' professions, how Steiger met them, reasons for divorce, etc.
Steiger liked to keep a low profile on his personal life. Even his biography from somebody who knew him very well only discusses Claire. I don't think anything much is known about the others. Perhaps We hope can find some mention of their professions and something.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:34, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
I presumed this might be the case; I wouldn't stress about it to be honest! TrueHeartSusie3 (talk) 13:01, 22 September 2015 (UTC)TrueHeartSusie3
    • First para: maybe switch the order of the two last sentences, as Steiger and Bloom divorced before he had to sell their flat.
Done. By Dr. Blofeld.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 07:12, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Acting style (really enjoyed this section!)
    • Maybe mention the year On the Waterfront was made, as although it is a famous classic, some readers might not be aware that it was made in the 1950s.
It was mentioned earlier but I've added a reminder in brackets.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:13, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Again I have to stress that overall, the article is really good, you just need to improve its general readability a bit. TrueHeartSusie3 (talk) 11:57, 22 September 2015 (UTC)TrueHeartSusie3

Thanks for your comments User:TrueHeartSusie3. I think you have a point on some of the sentences of the opening paragraphs to avoid saying In xxx, all of the time. Overall though I think the general readability is sufficient and I've had positive comments towards that from respected editors during the PR. In places it does read a bit differently than when I last looked at though. I'll try to give it a read tomorrow and see if I can tweak and improve in places for variation and add some extra polish. ♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:55, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
No worries! I'm happy with the changes made, so definitely support this article being given FA status. TrueHeartSusie3 (talk) 08:50, 24 September 2015 (UTC)TrueHeartSusie3
@TrueHeartSusie3: Thanks, Gracias and Merci Beaucoup, TrueHeartSusie3. Your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 08:58, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
Yes, thanks TrueHeartSusie3, some excellent points.♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:43, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Source review[edit]

- spotchecks not done

  • Don't put works in the publisher parameter - as a general rule, if it needs to be italicized it's a work title
Done. As asked.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 12:55, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • For things in book cites that aren't pages (eg. FN1), use the loc= parameter
Done. As asked.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 13:24, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • FN42 title needs spaces
Done. As asked.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 13:24, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Movie titles should be italicized even in references
Done. As asked.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 13:24, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • What makes a high-quality reliable source? Ozus' World Movie Reviews?
Dennis Schwartz often has reviews for films in which often don't have reviews elsewhere.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:11, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Done. Removed but kept Schwartz's reviews as Doc says, he has reviews for films in which often don't have reviews elsewhere.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 14:54, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Use a consistent date format
Done. As asked.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 13:24, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • FN126 and similar: you're citing this as a book, but it's a magazine - needs article title (and author when present), does not need publisher. There are several of these
Ssven2 changed quite a lot of them from what was originally there, I'll let him deal with all the source issues.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:49, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
@Nikkimaria: Done. I have found out the names of the article titles and authors for those articles having author names.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 06:39, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Be consistent in whether you include publisher locations
Done. As asked.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 14:16, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • FN103: formatting doesn't match other refs
Done. Tweaked formatting.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 13:24, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • FN144: author?
Done. Added author's name.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 13:24, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • FN181 is someone's thesis - a) should be cited as such and b) how does it meet WP:SCHOLARSHIP?
Done. Removed the source.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 14:16, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Check alphabetization of Bibliography
Done. As asked.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 13:24, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Be consistent in whether you abbreviate the names of university presses
Done. As asked.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 14:16, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Since AuthorHouse is a self-publisher, what makes Linebackers of the Sea a high-quality reliable source? Nikkimaria (talk) 12:09, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Done. Removed the source.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 14:37, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the review Nikkmaria, much appreciated.♦ Dr. Blofeld 14:02, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Support I am currently third on the list of contributors, after Dr. Blofeld and Ssven, but since my work on the article was deemed not significant enough to claim it for the Wikicup, I assume I must be uninvolved enough to support. I think it's well-written, comprehensive, and neutral, and I'm impressed with the quality of the prose overall. This is a terrific contribution to Wikipedia. Great work, Dr. B and Ssven! RO(talk) 21:38, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Thanks RO for your support and assistance.♦ Dr. Blofeld 08:58, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
@Rationalobserver: Thanks, RO. Your thoughts, comments and contributions to the article are greatly appreciated.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 12:15, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Support per my comments at the peer review.--Wehwalt (talk) 22:30, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Cheers Wehwalt, much appreciated.♦ Dr. Blofeld 08:58, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
@Wehwalt: Thanks, Wehwalt. Your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 12:15, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Support: My chief concern at peer review was length. This had been admirably addressed, and is no longer an issue. The article looks really thoroughly researched, and is generally a pleasure to read. I first saw Steiger when I was an adolescent, in a reissue of Oklahoma!, and his performance as poor Jud Fry was about the only thing I remembered about the film (except for a couple of sailor-girl dancers who unsettled me for weeks afterwards). I'm not a great film watcher, but I never saw Steiger in anything where his performance didn't have some impact. I've nothing significant to add to my earlier review, except to say that the De Niro image in the final section should ideally be cropped to match the Al Capone image above it – it looks out out of scale as it stands. Brianboulton (talk) 16:09, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

(PS: the early part of this review could do with some subheadings, since after Tim's contribution it's not immediately clear who's saying what. Brianboulton (talk) 16:12, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Thanks Brian, much appreciated. Your review did much to improve it before coming here for which I'm grateful.♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:54, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

@Brianboulton: Thanks, Brianboulton. Your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 00:59, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments from SchroCat[edit]

Great article, nicely put together. I've got a couple of minor comments:

  • The caption "Steiger in 1978 for the premiere of F. I. S. T." breaks the film title after the F., which isn't good – best to force the break before the F.
  • Lubeski is listed in the sources but isn't used - probably best to remove it

Cheers – SchroCat (talk) 16:41, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Thanks Schro. An ip added that FIST break in good faith only a few hours ago. I've changed it back, not sure what he was thinking!. Removed Lubeski source.♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:58, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for citing it as good faith, Dr. Blofeld. I read SchroCat's note on the caption and put the break to solve a problem he noted. That's what I was thinking. I'm sure you wouldn't refer to a user in such a rude manner, so I please request that you treat me with respect and just let me know that I made a mistake without using comments such as "not sure what he was thinking". Good job on the page, though! Cheers. (talk) 17:02, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
Not sure how that was rude, I tried to be as polite as possible in stating it was in good faith. I genuinely didn't know what you were thinking. I could have (quite fairly) said that an ip address "made a complete hash of it and I've reverted the clumsy fool". I might have done that in fact if I hadn't have checked your contributions first and seen that you were the ip who asked for more images. We get vandalism all of the time from ips on wikipedia, so it's often difficult to know the thinking behind edits like that.♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:13, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
Oh, ok, I understand. Sorry for the trouble, I just see the expression "what was he thinking" in a disrespectful manner all the time, but now I'm sure that wasn't the case. I apologize again, I was just trying to contribute. And thanks for the images and the article, I'm a big fan of Steiger. Cheers (talk) 17:19, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
Yes I know, thanks for your positive words. You can always create an account and start editing here.♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:20, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Dr. Blofeld, I've been editing infrequently for a while, but never really created an account. Might just do that. I just don't understand what's the problem with the line break, but thanks anyway. Cheers ;). (talk) 17:22, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Support All good (and await the usual bile-spewing nonsense from the Wikipediocracy clique!) – SchroCat (talk) 19:58, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Cheers Schro, and yeah, exactly ;-)♦ Dr. Blofeld 20:08, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
@SchroCat: Thanks, SchroCat. Your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated. Yeah, we best be prepared. ;-)  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 00:59, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Support – I had my say at the article's peer review, and all of 'em were resolved. Coming to FA criteria, it certainly meets each criterion of FA. Looks pretty comprehensive, well-sourced, and well-written. Images are nice (I wish we could have more images on Steiger). Will use this article to watch a few films of him, but to watch films of his era are not available everywhere, especially in a country like Germany, where everything is restricted. -- Frankie talk 18:54, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Support. I, too, had my say at PR; the only thing I have to add right now is that the lead image seems like an odd choice. If there's not a particular reason for that image that I may have missed, I'd recommend switching it with a higher-quality photo from elsewhere in the article. Josh Milburn (talk) 20:49, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the comments and support Frankie and Josh. Well, I was toying with the idea of adding one of the black and white ones that We hope uploaded but I thought the coloured one of Steiger in his prime, even if slightly blurry is a better overall representation of him.♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:40, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

@FrB.TG and J Milburn: Thanks, Frank and Josh. Your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 03:32, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Image review from SNUGGUMS[edit]

Here's my assessment of the pics used:

I'll be back with more later, but will say now that the hyphens (-) for year ranges should be medium dashes (–) per WP:DASH. Out of curiosity, is there any particular reason this doesn't have an infobox or why a screenshot is used in the lead as opposed to something outside of Steiger's works (such as him attending events)? Snuggums (talk / edits) 22:14, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

@SNUGGUMS: Regarding the infobox, there has been a discussion on the article's talk page with the RFC going in favour of those who didn't want an infobox. As for the image in the lead, it's been replaced. I feel "dynamic" is necessary as it reflects his acting style.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 03:26, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Support I liked this at peer review, and it's nicely polished now Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:56, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

@Jimfbleak: Thanks, Jimfbleak. Your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 06:59, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Support I reviewed this at GAN and say that this meets the FA criteria without a doubt. Well done on all the work put into this! JAGUAR  12:59, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

@Jaguar: Thanks, Jaguar. Your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 13:08, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). Definitely high quality, just way too much use of quotes, throughout practically the entire page. And I've found that pull-quote boxes are generally frowned upon in FAs, as well. Please try to trim down and/or paraphrase the liberal use of quotes, and remove the quote boxes. At that point I think I could switch. — Cirt (talk) 01:33, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
@Cirt: I've trimmed down the content in the quote boxes. Can you show me some instances/examples of the quotes so as to make it easier for me to fix them. Thanks.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 01:43, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
I still see three large blue quote boxes that should be removed. One big block quote, and lots of other quoted text in the article. Really no need for quotes, at all, but ideally please trim aggressively and paraphrase, and of course remove all the blue pull quote boxes, as I've found those are frowned upon. — Cirt (talk) 01:46, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
@Cirt: Is it alright if the quotes are something along the lines of Laurence Olivier's article?  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 02:01, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Nice example but that one also shouldn't have pull quote boxes and also has way way way too many quotes throughout the page. So unfortunately it's also an example of some problems with quotes. Really no strong reason to have so much quote usage, get rid of it (or paraphrase) and I can support. Good luck, — Cirt (talk) 02:06, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
There are no pull quotes in the Olivier article or in this one. Cirt is getting muddled between pull quotes and quote boxes. A pull quote is "the visually distinctive repetition of text that is already present on the same page". As to quote boxes, perhaps, Cirt, you could point us to the section of the MoS that discourages their use? Tim riley talk 16:14, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
@Cirt: How do you suggest I make use of the quoted material in the three quote boxes then? Completely remove whatever is said in the quotes? I feel whatever Steiger said in those quotes they are necessary as it depicts his inspirations and influences in acting. If you're talking about the critics' quotes, those too are necessary as it shows their opinion of Steiger's performance in that particular film, but the large quotes (if any) can be trimmed though, which I'll certainly do so.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 02:13, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
I used to think like you, too, I really did. That whatever quotes I used in articles were so necessary and could not be removed because of their value. But really, once you get down to it, and actually try to paraphrase and/or remove them, you will see in the future that articles you work on are better for it. They'll be more concise, succinct, and less reliant on looking like strung-together-quotes from others and more like a summarized representation of paraphrasing what secondary sources have said. It's not easy, but it's worth it. And yeah, completely no need for the pull quote boxes. — Cirt (talk) 02:18, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
@Cirt: I have trimmed and paraphrased the quotes from both the boxes and the big block quote and made some trims to other quotes as well.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 02:56, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. Much, much better! My supreme thanks to nominator Ssven2 for being so quick and responsive to my FAC comments, and also for being so kind and polite in the manner in which responses were given! Well done! Wholeheartedly switch to Support. Good luck, — Cirt (talk) 02:59, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
@Cirt: Thanks, Cirt. Your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 03:00, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

I strongly disagree with the removal of the blue boxes. They add depth to the article. Ssven we don't need to respond to every point a reviewer makes. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Olivier and numerous other articles have them and successfully passed FAC. Who says they "shouldn't" have quote boxes? You might have a point on the Bogart one, but the independent film and acting style quotes. Those were valuable. Pinging Tim riley, @SchroCat: and @Loeba:.♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:57, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Thought as much. I felt the third quote and the blockquote were necessary like you did, coincidentally. I thought of maybe trimming the content inside but Cirt said "completely no need for the pull quote boxes." and he seemed firm in his decision.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 14:02, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
The Bogart one wasn't essential, even if interesting, but the WWII one and how it impacted upon his acting and the independent film one, which formed the bulk of his career IMO were quite relevant to his career and valuable quotes. Quotes cited in the prose from critics and biographers are also a staple of writing actor articles, what's all this about them not being acceptable? ♦ Dr. Blofeld 14:06, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Cirt said the quotes were "frowned upon" in FACs. So far in this review, no one has "frowned upon" quotes in the boxes.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 14:15, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Quote boxes can enhance the aesthetics of a page (they're especially useful when you don't have many image options, so that readers aren't faced with a wall of text) and can supply important information. To suggest they should never be used on FAs seems pretty bogus, and indeed I see them on FAs all the time. As for quotes in general, they definitely shouldn't be used too much but I absolutely support their inclusion when used well: they bring the subject to life and often give insight from important authority figures. Most things should be paraphrased, sure, but some things are definitely best in their original words. --Loeba (talk) 14:34, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Yes, I paraphrase most quotes anyway to fit the text and improve readability.♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:07, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Agreed. I think quote boxes serve the same function as images; the casual reader can first look through them to get an overview before reading the entire article. I do agree that it was good to lose the Bogart quote, but otherwise I think the quoteboxes were fine, and the article is a lot less easy to 'take in' without them. TrueHeartSusie3 (talk) 15:33, 30 September 2015 (UTC)TrueHeartSusie3

I've moved the Bogart quote to the film article. too valuable to lose from here, but strongly suggest that we restore the other two quote boxes.♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:26, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Wholly concur. As explained above, the initial objection to the boxes was based on an unfortunate failure to understand the difference between pull quotes and quote boxes, but errare humanum est and haven't we all! There have never been any pull quotes in the article and I agree with Dr B's proposal in re the quote boxes. TrueHeartSusie3 seems to me to hit the nail on the head. Tim riley talk 18:36, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Maniac Mansion[edit]

Nominator(s): User:JimmyBlackwing, GamerPro64 14:36, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

With JimmyBlackwing doing what he does best with Copyediting and source checking and having me keep an eye on the nomination (discussion), here we have an article that covers one of the most iconic adventure games in gaming. While LucasArts may have stopped making games, their legacy can still be seen with this title. So come check it out, put a hamster in a microwave, and don't be a tunahead. GamerPro64 14:36, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

A little bit of history for those who don't know: this article began as a collaboration between myself, User:Guyinblack25 and User:MuZemike in early 2011. (Sadly, neither of them uses Wikipedia much these days.) After awhile, I dropped out and they kept working on it, until it was unsuccessfully FAC'd in 2012. Prose issues sank it, and I wasn't available for copyediting. Last month, I decided to bring the project back to life with the help of GamerPro. A massive revision ensued. I put quite a bit of work into counteracting any "continental drift" that's happened with the sources over time, but spotchecks might still pick up some things that I missed. With that, I'll leave this nom in Gamer's capable hands. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 21:06, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment - The lead should probably say "Maniac Mansion is a 1987 video game" rather than "Maniac Mansion is a 1987 graphic adventure game", as very few people have any idea what a "graphic adventure game" is and the article needs to be written for a general audience. Stating that it is a graphic adventure game in the overview section is fine, however, as the body should have more detailed information than the lead. Kaldari (talk) 07:42, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
Well there's a link to graphic adventure game so that might help people know what that is. I changed the part to "Maniac Mansion is a 1987 graphic adventure video game". I think that works best. GamerPro64 13:53, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
Darkwarriorblake comments
  • In the production section I would maybe look at moving the opening sentence of "Production and SCUMM" to after the second to last sentence of the first paragraph? It seems to open stating a limitation but not giving context for why that limitation matters. I know 64KB isn't much especially in modern times, but where the sentence falls in the paragraph, it seems like it wouldn't be obvious to the non-tech person.
    • Moved it before the mention of the Commodore 64's limitations. GamerPro64 17:33, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I know this isn't available for every game but is there any information on a budget?
    • I myself wasn't able to find any information on its budget. Not sure if that was kept track of back then. GamerPro64 17:33, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

David [Fox] says, "I don’t remember a lot about, ‘Here's your budget.' Do you remember any of that? When I had to start doing budget stuff for other things, I was like, I have to budget this? Because basically you say, here's the game. It'll probably take me about this long. I'll need this number of people. And they'd say, okay. I'm sure Steve [Arnold, Lucasfilm Games General Manager,] did a budget then."

"Yeah, Steve was very good at hiding all of that nasty stuff from us," says Chip [Morningstar].
      • Unless Arnold talks about it in the future, I doubt there'll be any way to know the budget for sure. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 19:56, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The lead seems a bit light, maybe mention that those two friends Dave can take offer unique gameplay additions?
    • Expanded the lead to mention the unique abilities the side characters have. GamerPro64 17:33, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Other than that I can't see much to complain about at all, looking solid. Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 21:06, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
Sorry, didn't have this favourited so it didn't show up on my watch list. The budget information can't be helped but the changes improve an already fine article. Support Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 21:54, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
Comments From Indrian

Generally speaking, this article is decent, but there are a number of problems, which I will address below.

  • The "Overview" section lacks important information on game play. What kind of "puzzles" are in the game. Are these brain teasers? Word games? Item manipulation? Environment-based? How does the player rescue Sandy? Does he have to neutralize all the members of the family? Gain entrance to a restricted area? How are cutscenes triggered, and how are they important to completing the game? This section really needs to be expanded for comprehensiveness.
  • "Maniac Mansion was conceived in 1985, when Lucasfilm Games employees Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick were assigned to create an original game" Only GamesTM makes this claim, and its not a direct quote. In both Retro Gamer and the GDC Postmortem Gilbert and Winnick emphasize that the game was born out of voluntary brainstorming sessions and shared interests. They were not assigned to work together by management.
  • There is no reason to trust Retro Gamer or the GDC video over GamesTM here. The sources are compatible: RG and the video most likely just skipped over this detail, as is common. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 20:18, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Well, the Retro Gamer article in Issue 94 sort of contradicts this (though not explicitly) through direct quotes from Gilbert and Winnick about how they started hanging out due to mutual interests and started toying around with doing a game together. The idea of management assigning them to work together also seems antithetical to company procedure at the time as pieced together from various interviews about how the company operated in those days, when management was pretty hands off and low key and provided lots of individual freedom to put projects together. I really think GamesTM is wrong on this one and the Retro Gamer version should take precedence. Indrian (talk) 20:54, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • It's arguable, but you might be right, particularly given Lucasfilm's management style. The problem is that the RG article was the main source that I wasn't able to access when I revamped the article. All of the RG material was added back in 2011-2012 by the other editors I mentioned above, and I couldn't find an active Wikipedian with access to the issue. (I did double-check whether the RG source had drifted over the years, by looking at the first revisions of the article that included it. Adjustments were made accordingly.) As a result, I can't edit new information from the RG source into the article. Since you seem to have access to RG 94, would you mind quoting or scanning the relevant sections so that I can rewrite the opening of the dev section? JimmyBlackwing (talk) 21:31, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I will be sure to do this in the next day or so. Indrian (talk) 21:50, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Gilbert had been hired the previous year as a programmer for the game Koronis Rift." Gilbert was hired as a contractor to port the Atari 800 game Koronis Rift to the C64. This sentence implies he was a full-fledged employee and that he was a programmer on the original game.
  • The source used for the sentence does not say this. Do you have an alternative source? JimmyBlackwing (talk) 20:18, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes, the Making of in Issue 94 of Retro Gamer goes into all of this. Indrian (talk) 20:54, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Per above, could you offer quotes or scans of the relevant section(s)? JimmyBlackwing (talk) 21:31, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "He befriended Winnick, an artist for Labyrinth: The Computer Game" Winnick was one of the Games Groups' earliest employees and its only artist and animator. He worked on many games. Why is Labyrinth being singled out in a way that makes it appear it was the only game he had worked on to that point?
  • Removed mention of Labyrinth in the sentence. GamerPro64 00:59, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "a trend to which Gilbert accredited the success of several of his games for Lucasfilm" Accredited means "to certify as meeting prescribed standards," "to supply with credentials or authority," or "attribute something to a person." I think the word you are looking for is "credited."
  • Actually the word means "to ascribe or attribute to (usually followed by with)". Credited, which refers to economic exchanges or one's appearance in a work's credits, is often confused with it. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 20:18, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Fair enough on credited, but I am pretty certain that accredited only applies to someone, not something. Therefore, I am still not convinced it is the correct word in this context. Indrian (talk) 00:38, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • doesn't qualify it in this way, and the OED specifically includes an example phrase that does not reference a person: "Staff described the results as outstanding and accredited the success to single sex education." Merriam-Webster's simple definition does seem to limit the word to being a reference to people ("to give (someone) credit for something"), but the full version is much broader: the third definition offers it as a synonym for "attribute". I don't see an issue with its use in the article. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 02:20, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • That's fine then, consider this objection withdrawn. Indrian (talk) 02:50, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • See below. GamerPro64 03:10, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "They drew inspiration from what Winnick called "a ridiculous teen horror movie"" Anyone reading this is going to wonder why you don't just name the movie. The answer, of course, is that Winnick could not recall the title in the interview.
  • So mention that he couldn't recall the film or just remove it outright? GamerPro64 03:10, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I would mention that he cannot recall the name of the film. Indrian (talk) 21:32, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Changed it into "They drew inspiration from a film whose name Winnick couldn't recall. He described it as 'a ridiculous teen horror movie', in which teenagers inside a building were killed one by one without any thought of leaving." GamerPro64 21:55, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • In both Retro Gamer and the GDC post mortem, Reanimator is noted as an influence, yet it is not mentioned in the article at all.
  • "an adventure game by Sierra Entertainment" There was no Sierra Entertainment in the 1980s, the name of the company was Sierra On-Line.
  • "Although he was a fan of the genre, this was Gilbert's first experience" How could Gilbert be a fan if he had never experienced the genre? The answer is he had played many text adventures, but had never played a graphical adventure like King's Quest. This needs to be clarified.
  • "this was Gilbert's first experience with a graphical text adventure" King's Quest is not a text adventure by any definition of the term. It is a fully animated graphical adventure that happens to have a text parser.
  • Well the source goes against the standard definition of a "text adventure," so that's a problem. Indrian (talk) 00:41, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Maniac Mansion‍ '​s story and structure were designed before coding commenced" "Maniac Mansion‍ '​s first six-to-nine months of production were dedicated largely to engine development" So which was it? Did they start with story and structure, or with the coding of the engine? I believe the article is trying to convey that the story and structure were set before any scripting and game programming, but engine programming is coding too, so the wording needs to be tweaked.
  • The word "largely" makes this a non-issue. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 20:18, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • No, it really does not. Again, I think its fair to say that the game was plotted out before coding and scripting of gameplay began, but it sounds like engine coding started very early. This just needs a simple tweak to avoid reading like a contradiction. Indrian (talk) 00:38, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I honestly don't know what change could be made to make it clearer than it already is, unless we want to go beyond the sources. It seems perfectly coherent to me just with the "largely" caveat, since that makes room for the story and structure's being at the beginning of development, without outright saying it. No idea what else to do with it. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 06:52, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Forty input commands were planned at first, but the number was gradually reduced to 12" Why?
  • "Maniac Mansion was the first NES release by Lucasfilm Games" Ballblazer received an NES port from Pony Canyon in 1988.
  • That's nice, but it's still wrong. It was released by JVC, not Lucasfilm Games, and it was not the first Lucasfilm Games IP that hit the NES. I don't believe that Ballblazer on NES was actually programmed by Lucasfilm Games, so it's probably okay to say it was the first game the company programmed for the NES. Indrian (talk) 00:38, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The source says: "This was going to be LucasArt's first Nintendo cartridge." The meaning is vague enough that I think I can get away with calling it the first NES game developed by LucasArts, so I went with that. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 04:31, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes, I think that works well. Indrian (talk) 04:41, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "During Maniac Mansion‍ '​s development for the Commodore 64, Lucasfilm had censored profanity in the script" This is simply not true. Steve Arnold told Gilbert that he could keep the term "shithead" if he had a good artistic reason to use profanity. When Gilbert could not think of one, he voluntarily removed the word from the game. That's not censorship.
  • It was censored, and then Gilbert complained bitterly, and only afterwards did Arnold offer to compromise. This whole episode can aptly by summarized as "censorship", a word that Gilbert himself uses in the video IIRC. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 20:18, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Fair enough, but the article should probably add these details. In hindsight, Gilbert was very pleased with this compromise and he was given an opportunity to keep the word, so I think just leaving it at censorship lacks a little nuance. Indrian (talk) 00:38, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I'm not sure the episode is notable enough to deserve that much coverage, to be honest. If it wasn't relevant to the Nintendo problems, I wouldn't have left any mention of it at all. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 19:48, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Fair enough. Honestly, I think I misremembered this incident as being a little more benign, which is why I initially thought "censorship" was a little strong. Consider this suggestion withdrawn. Indrian (talk) 20:54, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • " In retrospect, Crockford commented that such policies made for "bland" products, and he called Nintendo a "jealous god"" Crockford's opinion is personal, partisan, and not conveyed in a scholarly or critical forum and therefore has no place in the article.
  • The "jealous god" line was quoted by GamesTM and most likely other reliable sources. It's notable. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 20:18, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • In the context of Nintendo and it's perception among developers it is certainly notable. In the context of Maniac Mansion it is not. Indrian (talk) 00:38, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Very well—removed. That "jealous god" line has annoyed me for years, anyway. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 04:31, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Maniac Mansion was one of four games in the NES library—alongside Shadowgate, F-15 Strike Eagle and Déjà Vu—to be translated into Swedish" No other translations are mentioned, so why is this one singled out?
  • Removed it. Wasn't really that important to mention in the article anyhow. GamerPro64 20:59, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Why does the reception section for an American game consist entirely of British Magazines? Computer Gaming World and Commodore Magazine are both readily available online, and I bet both of them reviewed the game.
  • They did, and their reviews are in the Reception section. Neither magazine used scores at the time. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 20:18, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Oops, I did indeed overlook this. Please disregard; the reception section is fine. Indrian (talk) 00:44, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "In 2010, the staff of GamesTM dubbed Maniac Mansion a "seminal" title, which overhauled the gameplay of the graphic adventure genre. Removing the need to guess syntax allowed players to concentrate on the story and puzzles, which created a smoother and more enjoyable experience, according to the magazine" I guess GamesTM has never heard of ICOM Simulations. Maniac Mansion was an early point-and-click adventure, but it certainly was not the first.
  • It isn't our job to second-guess a reliable source's praise. The quoted text already qualifies GamesTM's statement as that magazine's opinion. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 20:18, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I probably should have been clearer on this one. The sentiment is mostly fine, but the implication that Maniac Mansion did this first or alone is troubling. I am looking for clarification rather than removal. Indrian (talk) 00:47, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Oh, okay. Well, I could probably work something in if this source is considered reliable. I'd have to go back to the drawing board, otherwise. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 02:34, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Included material about Uninvited to make the historical context clear. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 04:12, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Perfect. I think this just puts the game in slightly better context. Indrian (talk) 04:16, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Christopher Buecheler of GameSpy credited the game with its genre's subsequent critical adoration and commercial viability." This is just plain silly. King's Quest games sold hundreds of thousands of units before Maniac Mansion and continued to dwarf Lucasfilm adventure games in sales even though they did not go to an icon-based interface until King's Quest V in 1990. Leisure Suit Larry trounced Maniac Mansion in sales with a parser too. Maniac Mansion is a great game and a cult classic, but it had nothing to do with making graphical adventure games "commercially viable."
  • You'll have to take that up with Buecheler and GameSpy. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 20:18, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • No. In light of the facts, you need to demonstrate that this exceptional claim is true through providing multiple reliable sources. Indrian (talk) 00:38, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Added another source that makes a similar remark. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 04:12, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I have no objection to the additional source, which is fine. I am still bothered by the word "viable," which I realize is the exact word used by GameSpy. Clearly King's Quest, Space Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry were popular despite having a parser, so the graphical adventure genre was already viable. Also clearly sales of point-and-click adventures like King's Quest V, Phantasmagoria, and Lucasarts' own Fate of Atlantis and Full Throttle were even better than most of those games, so the point-and-click interface proved popular and influential. It's okay to talk about how the SCUMM interface helped broaden the appeal of the genre, but that word viable just does not sit well with me. Indrian (talk) 04:31, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks, that is much better. Indrian (talk) 04:48, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "However, authors Connie Veugen and Felipe Quérette argued that, while Maniac Mansion‍ '​s point-and-click interface was influential, it removed the enjoyment of discovering a game's vocabulary" Are these the only critics making this claim? If so, its a fringe view and mentioning it gives undue weight. The comparative sales of graphical adventures versus text adventures post 1984 would imply most game players could care less about "discovering a game's vocabulary."
  • It appears in an article by the most notable game studies journal, so I'd have to say that that the remark's worthwhile for inclusion. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 20:18, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • It does not matter if it's published in a reputable journal; if no one else is making this argument, it is a fringe theory and including it is undue weight. If you have more examples of this view, I have no problem with this staying as a representative of this viewpoint. My understanding is that most students of game design do not find "guess the parser" particularly charming. Indrian (talk) 00:38, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The game was one of the first to contain product placement—in its case, Pepsi branding" Not even close. Pole Position in 1982 had billboards for companies ranging from Pepsi to Dentyne to Marlboro. Chase the Chuck Wagon in 1983 was essentially a Purina commercial. Tapper in 1984 featured a prominent Budweiser logo.
  • It should be pointed out that the article says "one of the first", which makes this a non-issue. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 20:32, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • No, it's at least five years too late to be one of the first. This is dishonest. Indrian (talk) 00:38, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Other games, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game, Zool and Tapper, followed suit" As stated above, Tapper came out in 1984.
  • This is resolved as a result of the above change. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 04:12, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Maniac Mansion enthusiasts have drawn fan art of its characters, participated in tentacle-themed cosplay and produced a trailer for a fictitious film adaptation of the game." You can say this about just about any popular video game. This is not relevant absent significant coverage of its impact in reliable sources, which is lacking here.
  • You could say it about any popular video game, but you don't on Wikipedia, because the sources rarely discuss it. It was discussed here, so it's a perfect opportunity to include it. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 20:18, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Gilbert has said that he would like to see an official remake, similar in its graphics and gameplay to The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge. However, he expressed doubts about its potential quality, in light of George Lucas' enhanced remakes of the original Star Wars trilogy." No point in mentioning a potential remake that is not going to happen, and I am guessing that jab about the Star Wars special editions was just Gilbert being funny.
  • From watching the GDC presentation, I'd have to say that I don't think he was joking. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 20:18, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "TV adaptation and game sequel" This section should come before "Impact and Legacy," as the article should really end with the game's place in history.

Well, that is a lot of material, but the FAC can certainly still be successful with a little hard work. The foundation of the article is strong; it just needs some tweaking and reworking here and there. Indrian (talk) 08:28, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

Still want to leave the nom for GamerPro, but there are a few points above that he might not know about (not having seen the sources), so I included some responses above. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 20:18, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
I still like a lot of what is going on in this article, which is informative and excellently sourced. Your apparent insistence on including questionable material without regards the exceptional nature of certain claims worries me, however. The Verifiability policy is not an excuse to eschew fact checking or promote fringe opinions. Indrian (talk) 00:38, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
I'll let GamerPro handle the rest. If he needs help with the Overview expansion, I'll handle that as well. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 19:48, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
I appreciate all your hard work. I made the tactical error of conducting the review pretty late at night and was probably not as articulate on some issues as I could have been. My apologies if that got us off on the wrong foot a little bit. The article is really coming along! Indrian (talk) 21:06, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Mike Christie[edit]

  • "which went on to be used in": a little wordy; how about just "which was used in"?
  • "Aside from the green tentacle, the mansion's inhabitants pose a threat": does this mean that the green tentacle does not pose a threat? If so, how about "With the exception of the green tentacle, the mansion's inhabitants are hostile, and will throw the player characters into the dungeon"? I like "hostile" better than "pose a threat" partly because the inhabitants are plural but it would sound odd to say "pose threats".
  • Done. Hostile does sound better. GamerPro64 03:29, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The lead says "Maniac Mansion was Lucasfilm's first foray into video game publishing", but later you mention Koronis Rift as an earlier LucasFilm game. I see further on that it was publishing a game that was new, not creating a game, but that's not clear in the lead.
  • So self-publishing would make the most sense in the lead? GamerPro64 20:24, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I saw the earlier discussion about "accredited" vs. "credited"; I think technically you may be right but as a matter of common usage "credited" sounds much better to me. I really think you should change this.
  • "co-wrote and -designed": a bit ugly; can we have "co-wrote and co-designed" instead?
  • "Lucasfilm employee Chip Morningstar contributed base code for the engine, upon which Gilbert built": a bit clumsy. How about "Lucasfilm employee Chip Morningstar contributed the base code for the engine, which Gilbert then built on"?
  • "Each cartridge was fitted with a battery back-up to save data": I don't follow this. What does the battery have to do with saving data?
    If I recall correctly, batteries were the things powering the cartridges save files. I believe The Legend of Zelda (video game) was well known for being innovative at the time. GamerPro64 03:29, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    OK -- can something (perhaps a footnote) be added to clarify this? For a reader like me it's quite unclear. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 10:46, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Can't find a source to back this up, unfortunately. GamerPro64 03:10, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
      Struck; it's apparent from some quick googling that that's the case, so it's not a controversial point. I changed it to "battery-powered" to make it clearer to those of us who never played these games. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 13:31, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "However, Nintendo later noticed it and demanded its removal. After the first batch of cartridges was sold, Jaleco was forced to remove the content from future shipments": might be more concise as "However, Nintendo later noticed it, and after the first batch of cartridges was sold, Jaleco was forced to remove the content from future shipments".
  • "Ports for the Amiga, Atari ST and Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) followed": I assumed when I read this that the ports followed in fairly short order, but per a comment later in the article the Amiga port was published six years later. Perhaps the dates of the ports could be included at this first mention.
  • "she believed the game to be highly enjoyable": "believed" is an odd word to use here; it's her opinion, not her belief. Perhaps "felt" would be better.
  • Richard Cobbett is referred to only as "Cobbett" at first mention, and his relevance is not explained; I'd move this from second mention to first.
  • Must have been when I moved the TV section over the Legacy section that it doesn't make sense. Fixed it. GamerPro64 03:10, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "Conversely, Maniac Mansion‍ '​s implementation of the concept was widely imitated in other adventure titles": why "conversely"?
    • I don't think I know what conversely means so I wouldn't know a different word to use here. GamerPro64 03:10, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
      It gets used in constructions like "A, but conversely B" to indicate that B in some sense works in the opposite direction to A. The article has "Although 1985's Uninvited had featured a point-and-click interface, it was not influential. Conversely, Maniac Mansion‍ '​s implementation of the concept was widely imitated in other adventure titles." If Maniac Mansion had been influential, but not had a point-and-click interface, then you could have said "Although 1985's Uninvited had featured a point-and-click interface, it was not influential. Conversely, Maniac Mansion‍ was influential, but did not include a point-and-click interface"; the two games would have the influence and interface compared, and it would be clear that one was the converse of the other. In the article text as it stands I don't know what two things are supposed to be converses. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 13:31, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "unlike anything else out there – a point-and-click adventure": this is a spaced en dash; you use unspaced em dashes elsewhere. I know this is in a quote, but that doesn't matter; it's OK to clean up minor typographical variations in order to get a consistent style.
  • Done, I think. GamerPro64 03:10, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

-- That's everything I can see on a first pass. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 00:08, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). Pretty good, very nice Impact and legacy sect, but overall throughout the article a bit too much overreliance on quotes. I'd recommend trimming those down in size and/or also paraphrasing some, still citing to those sources with attribution if given already, but just writing the overall gist of what they're saying and not quoting as much. Good luck, — Cirt (talk) 01:24, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Freida Pinto[edit]

Nominator(s): Vensatry (ping) 17:40, 11 September 2015 (UTC)

This article is about an Indian actress who shot to fame with Slumdog Millionaire. I'm nominating it for FAC because I believe it's well-written and well-researched. After taking this article to GAN in April 2013, I opened a PR which was closed without receiving any substantial comments as some felt she has had a short career until then. After a brief phase, I started working on the article as it received a major face lift during this period. Suggestions, criticisms, in any form are welcome! Vensatry (ping) 17:40, 11 September 2015 (UTC)

Oppose Poorly written article. Stand out 'ok' to be GA(which it isn't). Not a FA. Thanks. Daan0001 (talk) 23:02, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for your comprehensive review. Please quote some specific examples. Vensatry (ping) 04:39, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

Comment In lieu of BLP main images, that image of Freida in the infobox is simply atrocious. Commons has much much better images that can actually be used for identification purpose rather than the current one. She is cross-eyed, her face is in the opposite direction of the light and the picture is in poor composition. —Indian:BIO [ ChitChat ] 07:22, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

I respectfully disagree. The current image is a VI. Vensatry (ping) 07:33, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

The article does need to have better writing. For example, there are three issues with the second sentence: "Hailing from a Mangalorean Catholic family, she wanted to become an actress from a young age." First, the second part of the sentence does not follow from the first part. How does her being Catholic influence her idea to become an actress? Second, "hailing from" is colloquial and not encyclopedic language. Thirdly, it's a needless passive sentence. For clear writing, an active voice is generally preferred. That's just the second sentence, unfortunately I do not have time to review the entire article. Mattximus (talk) 17:12, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

@Mattximus: The article has had a thorough copyedit. It would be really nice if you could offer a full review sometime later. Vensatry (ping) 19:35, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
Comments from JM

It does strike me that the writing falls short of the standard expected at FAC. Here are a few of the issues which jump out at me:

  • "she worked as a model, a television presenter, and acted in amateur plays" She didn't work as an acted in amateur plays.
  • "Pinto continued modeling" It's not clear what the "start point" of the "continuation" is.
  • There's inconsistency as to whether you put speech marks around award names.
  • "she won the "Breakthrough Performance Award" at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" Grammatically ambiguous as to whether Screen ... Picture is another award or another awarder of the Breakthrough award. In addition, she was only one of the recipients- the prize was not her, but the cast.
  • "Despite criticised by" This doesn't make sense
  • "She is also known for voicing opinions about women empowerment." Do you mean "the empowerment of women" or "women's empowerment"? "women empowerment" sounds like a made up term.
  • "St. John's universal School" Why the lowercase u?
  • "When Sushmita Sen won the title of Miss Universe in 1994, Pinto recalled of having taken inspiration from her." At the time of the award she recalled being inspired by the award being given?
  • "joined the Elite Model Management" Why "the"?
  • "and continued to model for two-and-half years.[7] During this time, she was featured in several television and print advertisements endorsing products such as Wrigley's Chewing Gum, Škoda, Vodafone India, Airtel, Visa, eBay, and DeBeers.[5] She continued to model for four years" I'm struggling with this
  • "in runway shows and magazine covers including Femina and FNL." Clumsy. How about "in runway shows and magazines, appearing on the covers of Femina and FNL."
  • "In a 2015 interview with Daily Mirror," It would typically be referred to as "the Daily Mirror", or even "The Mirror"
    • Given that the the isn't a part of the newspaper's name, should we include that? Also, there are other newspapers with the names The Daily Mirror and The Mirror, published outside UK – Daily Mirror (disambiguation) and The Mirror. Vensatry (ping) 19:33, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Are FNL or Full Circle worth linking? Don't be scared of redlinks!
  • "Following a series of unsuccessful attempts" Of what?
  • "Pinto received a call from Danny Boyle in 2007 to play the female lead in his upcoming film Slumdog Millionaire, which was supposed to be shot in India.[17][10] After six months of extensive auditions, she managed to land the lead role" Is this chronological? "She managed" strikes me an non-neutral
    • Good catch. Fixed, hopefully. Vensatry (ping) 19:33, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The description of Slumdog Millionaire strikes me as a little overly laudatory. I appreciate that it was a successful and well-regarded film, but this could be presented in a more neutral way
  • "Set in the backdrop of war-ridden Jerusalem, she played" This doesn't work- the film was set, but she played.
  • "reviews, however, Pinto's performance received positive reviews" Repetition
  • Do you really not have a more reputable critic/newspaper to cite than an anonymous review in the East Bay Express? I'm sure that this isn't what happened, but readers may be led to believe that you've delved into the most obscure papers to find someone who said something nice about her!
  • "while The Independent wrote" This is unwarranted personification- you've got the critic's name- use it! There are a lot of other examples of this- it strikes me as a little informal for an encylopedia article.
  • "played by alongside Riz Ahmed" ??
  • "The film was universally acclaimed as it was nominated for the Best Film Award at the 55th BFI London Film Festival and Grand Prix at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival" This is not a reasonable claim- the fact that it was nominated at these festivals does not imply that it was universally acclaimed
  • "However, MTV described the act as "one gloriously cinematic scene", while James Montgomery of the channel further added "Thanks to Pinto's wattage"." You've overcomplicated this to the extent that it's become slightly deceptive. It's not clear what is "thanks to Pinto's wattage", and your syntax makes it sound like there are two separate reviews. All of it is from Montgomery, who was writing for MTV.
  • On a more general note, I'm not convinced by the subsection titles in the acting section. They sound a little non-neutral, and "the future" will rapidly go out of date. Honestly, you could just remove them at this time.
  • You're inconsistent on whether you use "name ending in s-apostrophe-s" or "name ending in s-apostrophe" for possessives. I'd recommend the former, but both are acceptable. Anyway, choose one, stick with it!
    • Can you point out those? Vensatry (ping) 17:54, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
      • You have "of Bruno Mars's single" but "on Andy Serkis' Jungle Book: Origins". Josh Milburn (talk) 20:49, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "in which she stars opposite Mickey Rourke" stars opposite implies (I think) that she's one of the two leads- is that the case?
  • "former publicist Rohan Antao" Do you mean her former publicist?
  • "who is six years her junior" So what?
    • This was publicised in the media when the two started dating each other. Further, Pinto claimed in an interview that her mother initially had reservations about their relationship because of the age factor. Vensatry (ping) 19:33, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The same year, she collaborated with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim for the Call to Action – Girl Rising campaign. The documentary film Girl Rising made by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins, showcases the power of education in transforming girls' lives around the globe." This needs copyediting. I'm not quite sure what Pinto's relationship with this campaign/documentary are.
  • "on India's Daughter, a documentary based on the 2012 Delhi gang rape" Is it based on or about? Or perhaps it is in response to? It seems unusual for a documentary to be "based on" an event.
  • "Pinto garnered immense popularity" What's your source for this?
  • "was frequently included in the "Most Beautiful Women in the World" list" What list?
  • "spokesmodel" strikes me as a neologism
  • "A controversy arose when she appeared in a TV commercial promoting L'Oreal, as many thought it to be racial discrimination from countries that are possessive about fair skin. The commercial showcased Pinto in what many perceived to be a lighter skin tone due to make-up or editing." This needs to be reworked
  • The mention of The Mindy Project is apparently unsourced. It should probably be included in the career section.
  • Perhaps, for the sake of completeness, the filmography should include music video appearances.

I've not looked into the sourcing yet, but these comments will hopefully give you some bits to work on for now. Josh Milburn (talk) 13:44, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

@J Milburn: A majority of your concerns have been addressed. Agree with your views about SM, will try to trim down the praise. Thanks for your copy edits. Vensatry (ping) 19:33, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
Please let me know when you are "finished" with my comments and I will try to find time to take another look through. Josh Milburn (talk) 23:12, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
@Milburn: Think I'm done with all except the SM part. I'm unable to find out anything that is more particular to Pinto. Vensatry (ping) 17:50, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
@Milburn: Any update yet? Vensatry (ping) 09:46, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
@J Milburn: Think I'm done with all except the SM part. I'm unable to find out anything that is more particular to Pinto. Vensatry (ping) 06:36, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
I'll try to find some time to take a look. Josh Milburn (talk) 09:25, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Comments from Kailash[edit]

  • This section needs no sources per WP:LEAD.
    • Agree, but since I've not included the ref. in the infobox it should be fine. Vensatry (ping) 17:23, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Why is the studio within quotes?
  • "Pinto is credited with breaking the stereotypical image of an Indian woman in foreign films" - will replacing "foreign" with "non-Indian" comply with WP:NPOV?
    • Some films of her's are Indian co-productions, so "non-Indian" would be wrong. What is the NPOV issue here? Vensatry (ping) 17:23, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Outside acting, she is" - Which would be a better option - "In addition to her acting career" or "Alongside her acting career"?
Early life
  • The date of birth can be kept here with the same source used in the lede section.
    • The DOB is already mentioned in the infobox and lead. So repeating it in the body adds little value. Vensatry (ping) 17:23, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "turned out" - sounds idiomatic, and hence unencyclopedic. Can be replaced with something more formal. Eg: "Pinto auditioned for numerous cinematic roles, including the part of Camille Montes in Marc Forster's Quantum of Solace (2008). However, all attempts turned out to be unsuccessful." Over here, you can write that her attempts were unsuccessful.
Acting career
  • "in his upcoming film Slumdog Millionaire, which was supposed to be shot in India" - his then upcoming film would be better as the film has already released.
  • "winning eight of the ten nominations, including major categories such as Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay" - everyone knows that these three categories are part of the Academy's Big Five, so the phrase "including major categories" seems redundant.
    • You're quite right, but it did not win the other two awards – Best Actor and Best Actress. Vensatry (ping) 17:23, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Why is "Latika" quoted? I don't see the necessity.
  • "Woody Allen's comedy-drama film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" - WP:SEAOFBLUE. You can put "film" outside the link.
  • "She played the central character in her next venture Miral, a biographical film based on a novel by Rula Jebreal" - what is the name of the novel?
  • "Pinto's next release was the science fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series ... but the performance of the lead actors were criticised. A review from Slant Magazine stated that the lead characters, played by Franco and Pinto, are "stand-ins for moral platitudes"." - How can a single review determine her overall performance? Either an additional review can be added, or remove the sentence "the performance of the lead actors were criticised", or merge it with Slant's review. In fact, if this film was her first release of 2011, it can come under "2011–present".
  • "Pinto's second release of 2011 was Michael Winterbottom's British drama film Trishna. She played the titular character in the film" - Merge the sentences, and remove "film".
  • "Unlike some of Pinto's previous films, Trishna gained positive response from critics. The film was universally acclaimed and was nominated for the Best Film Award at the 55th BFI London Film Festival and Grand Prix at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival." I think you can remove "universally acclaimed", as the film's Rotten Tomatoes score is 65%, based on 56 positive reviews and 30 negative reviews. I don't think that is anywhere near "universal acclaim".
    • A source is there for the 'universal acclaim' part. Do we go by review aggregators to decide on the extent to which a film was acclaimed. Since I'm not an expert in this regard, I'd like to have a second opinion. Vensatry (ping) 17:23, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The same year, she played "Princess Lailah" in the 1930s-set period drama film Day of the Falcon" - Again, why is the name quoted? And I think a better sentence would be "The same year, she played Princess Laihah in Day of the Falcon, a period drama set in the 1930s."
  • "Pinto's final release of 2011 was the fantasy-action-drama film Immortals" - I think "drama" can be removed. Always keep the genre limit to two.
  • "As of September 2015, Pinto is working on Andy Serkis' Jungle Book: Origins, a live action adventure fantasy film based on Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book." - When is it scheduled to release?
    • Not sure about the release date. We don't document about future events. 17:23, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

That's it for now. I'll come with more if necessary. Kailash29792 (talk) 05:47, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

@Kailash29792: Thanks for the comments. Hopefully, I've fixed all of them. Vensatry (ping) 17:50, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Jungle Book Origins is scheduled for 2017. You can add this claim with a source. Otherwise, the article looks good, and has my support. Kailash29792 (talk) 17:38, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
@Kailash29792: Thanks for the review. I'm slightly against adding scheduled dates because these films initially would be screened at some film festivals. After a year or two, they will be theatrically released. Vensatry (ping) 17:46, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments from Cirt[edit]

  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). There's a lot of sentences that use too much commas, and sometimes semicolons, but overall commas, and I'd suggest, at least even during this FAC process, nominating the article for WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors review, and maybe, if it doesn't work out this time, also going for a Peer Review, and, during that process, trying to find, some good quality copy editors, who can go through the article, to improve its sentence structure, with an eye for making the writing quality succinct, and also, a bit more concise. Good luck, — Cirt (talk) 01:20, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    • @Cirt: Agree with you on the semi-colon thing. Since the guild seems inactive at the moment, I myself will try to c/e the article. Thanks, Vensatry (ping) 09:46, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
      • Okay, good luck. But an outside viewpoint as copyeditor is better than doing it yourself. Suggest putting this article up at the list for WP:GOCE requests. And also going for Peer Review as next step if it doesn't work out here during this process. And during the peer review, posting to all relevant WikiProject talk pages with a neutrally worded notice saying you are asking for copyeditor help. You can even try asking a non-Wikipedian friend who is very good with professional English to read over the article. Hope these suggestions are helpful, — Cirt (talk) 18:02, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
        • FYI, J Milburn, a native speaker of English, did some copy-edits early on as a part of his review. Vensatry (ping) 06:31, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose - needs eyes and a thourough copyedit. Parts are balanced, but some others read like snippits from favorable promotional press. The third lead paragraph is espically so, opening with "Despite being criticised", and ending with a littany of charitable, "humanitarian" efforts. The writing is dull and repeditaive, but not so much that an hour or two hard work could not sort out.


  • "Pinto actively participated in plays and amateur theatre while attending college.[9]" - actively?
  • What's the issue here? Vensatry (ping) 09:12, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • you could just say "participated in..." Ceoil (talk) 09:19, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "she joined Elite Model Management, a modeling agency" - needless clarification
  • Not sure what needs to be done. Vensatry (ping) 09:12, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
    • "she joined Elite Model Management, a modeling agency"
  • "She studied acting at a studio run by Barry John, whom she considers her mentor.[13][14]" - breathless
  • "After a period of six months, she landed the lead role.[16]" - drop "a period of"
  • In response, Pinto claimed that she is unable to find roles that suit her in Bollywood while stating that she enjoys watching Bollywood films and is keen to work in the industry in future. - sounds like press release stuff
  • Outside of the lead, those are the sentences I read. I appreciate the amount of effort gone in here, and its certainly comprehensive enough, but needs work yet. Vensatry I will keep an eye and look forward to outside help. Ceoil (talk) 08:28, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
@Ceoil: A native speaker of the language might want to do a copy-edit as you say. The issue is finding someone to do that. Nevertheless, I'd requested a user to copy-edit the article. Not sure if they'll find time for this one though. Another problem, outside the prose, is she's had a relatively short career. So finding sources for critical commentary/analysis on her acting style, and roles played by her thus far is nearly impossible. Since you've read the article in bits-and-parts, can you please guide me in improving the prose? Time shouldn't be a constraint. Vensatry (ping) 08:57, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Hi Vensatry, as I say this was a scan, and there were issues throughout. I appreciate what you are saying, and am reading since I posed. The difficulty for non-native speakers/writes is of course huge, and I do commend that you have brough it this far - the level of coverage and citation is to your credit. Will post back later. Ceoil (talk) 09:12, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Given recent chat on my talk, I'm not sure Vensatry understands the difference between promo and bio and I am doubtful this ARTICLE will be allowed to be repaired; my oppose stands. Ceoil (talk) 15:37, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Note to the delegates – Sorry to say, but the article was butchered by some bad-faith editors, albeit under the cover of making "improvements". I do not think the article has really benefited from the recent copy-edits. Requesting withdrawal of the candidate. Thanks, Vensatry (ping) 15:54, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Russian battleship Oslyabya[edit]

Nominator(s): Sturmvogel 66 (talk) & Buggie111 (talk) 20:51, 10 September 2015 (UTC)

Oslyabya had a very brief career before she became the first ship sunk during the Battle of Tsushima in 1905. She took about eight years to build and had only about two years of service before she was sunk. The ship was one of three Russian second-class battleships built to support their strategy of commerce raiding if war had broken out against the British. While not intended to stand in the line of battle, the Russians had no choice to use them that way once the Russo-Japanese War began. As usual I'm looking for infelicitous phrasings and any jargon that needs to be explained. The article had a MilHist A-class review, that included an image review, several months ago and should be in pretty good shape, but y'all know how that goes. This is a joint nomination between Buggie111 and myself. He's in Russia, last I had contact with him, but hopefully he'll be able to comment.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 20:51, 10 September 2015 (UTC)

Support Well written. I only have a couple of things.

  • " at the cost of 11,340,000 rubles. " I would say "at a cost ..."
  • "after the Russo-Japanese War began three days earlier." hm. Maybe "following the start of the Russo-Japanese War three days previously"--Wehwalt (talk) 23:25, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Excellent suggestions both. Thanks for reviewing this so quickly.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 00:17, 11 September 2015 (UTC)

Support - I reviewed the article at the Milhist ACR and my concerns were addressed there. Great work, as usual. Parsecboy (talk) 11:33, 12 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments. As always, feel free to revert my copyediting. - Dank (push to talk)

  • "This epic 18,000-mile (29,000 km) journey was the longest voyage of a coal-powered battleship fleet in history.": Needs attribution per WP:INTEXT.
    • Um, howzabout the the cite immediately following the quote?--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 18:32, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
      • Per INTEXT, "in addition to an inline citation after the sentence". I don't write this stuff, I just quote it :) - Dank (push to talk) 18:56, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
        • Sorry for snapping, done, although I don't really think that it adds much in this case.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 19:49, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support on prose per standard disclaimer. These are my edits. - Dank (push to talk) 23:03, 12 September 2015 (UTC)

Source review - spotchecks not done

  • Draft differs between infobox and text - which is correct? Nikkimaria (talk) 16:02, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Good catch; typo in the template.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 17:04, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support (having stumbled here from my FAC). Succinct composition and concise writing style make this article accessible to the reader. High quality article about a ship whose crew had an unfortunate ending, at least half of them at least. — Cirt (talk) 01:16, 30 September 2015 (UTC)


Nominator(s): Cwmhiraeth (talk) 10:32, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

This article is about horse-flies, biting and blood-sucking insects that bother both people and animals. The article achieved good article status in August after a thorough review by Shyamal during which it was improved considerably. The review mainly concentrated on content rather than layout, so I have done some further polishing. I look forward to your comments. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 10:32, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

NB: This is a wikicup nomination. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 09:49, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Support Comments from Burklemore1[edit]

Another insect article I cannot resist commenting on. My points are very minor, just suggestions really that is involved with the references. I may post more comments in the future though, depending if I am busy or not.

  • Page numbers for references 2 and 3? I know the statement is very obvious, but it would help if page numbers are included.
The title of the books both include (Diptera: Tabanidae) so I could cite the cover! I could instead cite ITIS if you prefer. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 08:20, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
That works, the cover should be fine. If you want to include ITIS, feel free to.
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 08:20, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Add doi:10.1071/ZO9550583 for ref no. 2
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 08:20, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Add doi:10.1071/IS07005 for ref no. 27
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 08:20, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 08:20, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Add PMID 18685822 and Bibcode 2008NW.....95.1093H for ref no. 35
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 08:20, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 08:20, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I think it should be noted that only females bite.
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 08:20, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
  • This page says that fungi other things attack the larvae, though most listed organisms are already mentioned. See here, page 12.
Added to article. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 08:20, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I find it odd that there is no external links section for the wikispecies link and dictionary link. It's just within the reference section, and it looks visually strange in my opinion.
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 08:20, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Any reason why the common names in the body of the article are bolded? While they are common names for these flies, I thought it was only necessary to bold the names in the lead. I may be in the wrong, but I have never seen this occur in FA articles related to animals. Burklemore1 (talk) 17:53, 11 September 2015 (UTC)
Removed. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 08:20, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for your comments. I think I have dealt with all the issues you raise. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 08:20, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
All issues have been addressed, I've made two minor edits to the article. I cannot see anything that appears to be problematic, so I am now supporting this article. Well done on another excellent insect article. Burklemore1 (talk) 04:50, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

Image review

  • File:Theater_of_Insects.jpg needs a US PD tag. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:50, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
Done. Thank you Nikkimaria. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 05:50, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments from FunkMonk[edit]

  • Hi, I'll give this a review soon, a few points for now. FunkMonk (talk) 08:47, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Are there no photos of the eggs and larvae? If not on Commons, perhaps on Flickr or in old books.
I did a photo search on this matter and I had no luck. However, I did find this one of a female laying eggs. See here. It could be useful for the article. Burklemore1 (talk) 13:34, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
Looks good to me, it is also on Commons:[4] If pressed for room, I certainly think such an image is more relevant than for example the one of the wasp. FunkMonk (talk) 13:37, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
I decided to add it in due to its relevance, though it may make the article look a little bit crammed. Burklemore1 (talk) 17:43, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Burklemore1. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 18:35, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
No worries! Burklemore1 (talk) 16:58, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The images under In literature are on the same level, which is discouraged (due to "sandwiching" of text). If no other arrangement can be found, I think the book cover is almost irrelevant to the subject, it doesn't even seem to depict the fly.
Sorted. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 18:35, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I'm not sure why an "overview" section title is needed to encompass both description, evolution and taxonomy. Isn't consistent with other articles about similar subjects. Also, it doesn't really mean anything; an overview of some issues to the arbitrary exclusion of others? FunkMonk (talk) 12:48, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
Removed. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 18:35, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The Tabanidae are true flies and members of the insect order Diptera." Why is this under description?
Moved. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 18:35, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Most unfamiliar terms are explained, but some are not, for example setae, flagellum, and ocelli, and others as well.
Done the ones I found. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 18:35, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • You mention sizes two different places under description, might be good to have them in succession.
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 18:35, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The last paragraph under Description seems to overlap with the diet section.
Moved. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 18:35, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "These early bloodsuckers existed before warm-blooded mammals had evolved and likely fed on reptiles." Does the source really say this? I'm pretty sure warm blooded mammals are thought to have evolved before the Jurassic, and before the first dinosaurs.
Rewritten to better reflect the source. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 18:35, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Seems a bit unclear from the article, but does the term "horsefly" refer to Tabanidae overall or just Tabaninae?
Both really. The article should be called "Tabanidae" but Wikipedia policy seems to give articles common rather than scientific names. Tabaninae could be called "true horseflies" I suppose. I have bolded Tabanidae in the lead. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 18:35, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Johann Wilhelm Meigen was a pioneering naturalist and author of Die Fliegen (Flies); he gave the name Haematopota, blood-drinker,[29] to another genus of horse-flies in 1803.[30]" Seems a bit random to single this one out with so much information, from thousands of species?
Rewritten to emphasize his importance. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 18:35, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "while Chrysops larvae have been reported to feed on organic matter, their mouth parts indicate a predatory habit." I'm not sure what is meant by this sentence, as it has already been stated they are carnivorous?
Removed sentence. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 05:33, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support - That's all I had to say, nice work! FunkMonk (talk) 07:56, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for your review and support. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 08:06, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). There's a bit about prevention but I was expecting to see a tad bit more on symptoms impacting humans from the bites and just a teeny bit about how to treat Horse-fly bites or at least attempt to ameliorate them. — Cirt (talk) 01:15, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
I have added a short section on the symptoms and treatment. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 09:32, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. Looks quite good, thank you. — Cirt (talk) 17:56, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments from TAP[edit]

  • "In some areas of Canada, biting tabanids are known as bull dog flies" – the source or its link to the etymology of "bulldog" do not mention the suggestion of "some areas of Canada" or specify "biting tabanids", only referring to the family
Corrected. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:25, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Source 9 – perhaps change the link to this fact page instead of the background page?
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:25, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Oxford commas – I would advise being consistent throughout. For example, "antennae, frons and maxillae", "Greenland, Iceland and Hawaii", and "Tabanus, Chrysops and Haematopota" are without commas
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:25, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "specimens from the Cretaceous have been found in England and South Africa" – source mentions specimens from the Cretaceous in England, Spain, and a single possible South African specimen
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:25, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "morphological" – link?
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:25, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "tibiae" – link?
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:25, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "genus Tabanus Linnaeus, 1758 and the deer flies, genus Chrysops Meigen, 1802" – the details of the genera describers make this appear slightly messy. Otherwise, I would advise delinking genus and instead linking it in its first usage ("genus Chrysops")
Rephrased. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:25, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "exudates" – possibly link?
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:25, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "its movement, its warmth, its surface texture" – "its" seems repetitive
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:25, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "Blue tail fly" – capitalise song title
Done. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:25, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

That's all from me. Thine Antique Pen (talk) 17:28, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for your comments. I think I have dealt with all the points you raise. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 06:25, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 07:59, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Older nominations[edit]

House of Plantagenet[edit]

Nominator(s): Norfolkbigfish (talk) 13:37, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

This article is about the family that ruled England from the 12th to the 15th centuries—a period that changed and shaped a nation from what had become an Anglo-Norman colony. The article failed a FAC back in 2013, largely due to attempting to act as a general history of the period and a history of the Plantagenets (including the Angevin, Yorkist and Lancastrian periods). Since then it has been split with the general history moved to England in the Late Middle Ages and a greater emphasis on the family added here. Since then it has undergone two peer reviews, a copy edit from GOCE and a successful Milhist A class review. Norfolkbigfish (talk) 13:37, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Support on prose per standard disclaimer. I've looked at the changes made since I reviewed this for A-class. These are my edits. - Dank (push to talk) 15:15, 10 September 2015 (UTC)

Image review

  • What is the meaning of the red squares in the Hundred Years' War map animation?
red squires are crucial battles - added to key. Norfolkbigfish (talk) 15:40, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  • File:Royal_Arms_of_England_(1198-1340).svg: should explicitly indicate that the design is now PD
  • File:The_Children_of_Henry2_England.jpg needs a US PD tag, as does File:Henry_II_Plantagenet.jpg
  • File:France_1154-en.svg: what is the source of the data presented in this map?
  • @Reigen:—I think this is your image can you answer this one (pls) thx Norfolkbigfish (talk) 15:44, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Consult this one: [5] Reigen (talk) 23:09, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Same with File:Hundred_years_war.gif, which is tagged as lacking source info
  • On a second look I have removed the gif as it appears to have other issues Norfolkbigfish (talk) 14:59, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
  • File:Seal_-_Richard_I_of_England.jpg: since this was photographed in France, which does not have freedom of panorama, should explicitly indicate that the work itself is PD. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:33, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Apologies @Nikkimaria:—I am not sure how to to correctly tag these images. Would you be able to give some advice, please? Norfolkbigfish (talk) 07:27, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
  • For anything published or publicly displayed centuries ago, {{PD-old-100}} or a derivative of {{PD-US}} works - in this case I would suggest {{PD-US-1923-abroad}} for all licensing issues above. That will just leave the two sourcing questions. Nikkimaria (talk) 12:49, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Thx for this—More problematic than I thought but I think I have done these Norfolkbigfish (talk) 14:59, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
Support Comments

This article seems to me of FA quality. A few quibbles about prose before I sign on the dotted line:

  • Typos
    • Montfort becomes Montford at one point, and "manausript" is presumably a typo for "manuscript"
  • General
    • The article cannot make up its mind how to name the conflict that began in 1337. We are offered the choice of "the Hundred Years' War" (with possessive apostrophe) and "the Hundred Years War" (without apostrophe). I don't quibble with "100 years war" in the alt text for the map.
      • A couple of the sources are titled without the apostrophe so I have gone with that—although the Wikipedia pages have the apostophe in their titlesNorfolkbigfish (talk) 13:24, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Lead
    • "significant English buildings" – what did they signify? A pity to use "significant" as a mere synonym of "important" or "celebrated" or "large".
  • Origin
    • "a power struggle occurred between the counts of Anjou…" – I'm not clear from this how many sides there were in this power struggle. Was it a free-for-all or a struggle between the king on one side and all the rest on the other?
      • Rephrased to hopefully make clear that it was very much a free for all Norfolkbigfish (talk) 13:24, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
    • "the unification of the counts of Anjou" – can one unify a count as opposed to his countship?
    • Third para: there's a bit too much "however"ing here. The word is rarely necessary, and the reader's eye is distracted by running into it twice in quick succession.
      • Removed all the howevers....looks much better to me Norfolkbigfish (talk) 13:24, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Arrival in England
    • "which may have occurred" – "which might have occurred"?
    • "later called The Anarchy" – the relevant WP article neither italicises the phrase nor capitalises the definite article.
    • "the successful termination of the conflict" – successful for whom?
  • Angevin zenith
    • "the marriage of Henry's brother and taxation" – I think that for once an Oxford comma would help the prose.
  • Decline and the loss of Anjou
    • "however his son" – if you're going to have a "however" here you need a comma after it
    • "The official website of The British Monarchy" – no need to capitalise the definite article in mid-sentence (despite the typography of the site in question).
  • Expansion in Britain
    • I'm not sure why we refer to the Treaty of Woodstock in the text but to the Treaty of Montgomery in the (excellent) graphic alongside.
  • House of Lancaster
    • "whom it was claimed was the elder son" – false accusative here: you want "who"
    • "the English economy sunk" – sank?
    • "Hanse League" – link to Hanseatic League?
    • "cloth exports fell" – per cent or percent? We have both in one sentence. According to the MoS per cent is BrEng and percent AmEng.
      • Article tagged as BrEng so per cent Norfolkbigfish (talk) 13:24, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
    • "Edward was slain at the battle of Agincourt" – slain? A bit biblical, perhaps?

That's all I can find to grumble about. The article is thorough but not excessively detailed. A huge amount of information is packed into 8,000 words – very impressive. – Tim riley talk 10:54, 15 September 2015 (UTC)

Now happily adding support. I think this is a very fine piece of work, and meets all the FA criteria. Tim riley talk 23:12, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

Almost support--minor quibbles
  • Some of the prose is confusing.
    • "They held the English throne from 1154, with the accession of Henry II, until 1485, when Richard III died." The family held the English throne from the accession of Henry II in 1154 until the death of Richard III in 1485.
    • "But Henry I quarreled with Count Geoffrey and Matilda about handing over some possessions and power while he was still alive to ensure the succession." However, Henry I quarreled with Count Geoffrey and Matilda over handing ... Are you saying here that Geoffrey and Matilda wanted Henry to hand over some possessions that would insure the succession, or that Henry was withholding the possessions because he wanted to insure the succession, or am I just totally stupid about this? There are several other sentences that begin with "but" which could also be examined. For example, "But he [Richard] was respected for his military leadership and courtly manners...(although he was respected for his courtly manners and military leadership, Richard was also a ruthless....
      • It was the former, and it wasn't clear—reworded, what do you think?Norfolkbigfish (talk) 14:08, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
        • I have now tweaked all the sentences that formally started with "But ". Cheers Norfolkbigfish (talk) 10:27, 18 September 2015 (UTC)
  • While returning from the Crusade, Richard was captured by Leopold. He was passed to .... Philip II of France overran large portions of Normandy, while John controlled much of the remainder of Richard's lands. -- While Henry the Lion held Richard for ransom (1192–1194), Philip II overran large portions of Normandy in his absence and his brother John acquired control of the remainder of Richard's English lands....? Or, while returning from the Crusade, Leopold of Austria captured Richard and eventually passed him to Henry the Lion. During Richard's captivity, .....
  • just some ideas. I'd be happy to go through this further with you. HOWEVER, it is an excellent article, and you do realize that this are nit-picks. auntieruth (talk) 18:01, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Many thanks Norfolkbigfish (talk) 14:08, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
      • Okay, have finished reading, made some tweaks on prose. The prose is still confusing, and some of the sentences are still long and confusing. When @Hchc2009: has had a look, let me know, and I'll re-read. I think you also need to deal with Ealdgyth's questions about sources. I'm not up-to-date on those. auntieruth (talk) 15:50, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Comment Wow. Cant fault this on prose; its very clear and well written through out. Leaning Support in liew of a source review. We need subject matter experts here; pining Ealdgyth & Johnbod Ceoil (talk) 06:00, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comments I seem to remember suggesting or supporting the split the nom describes some while ago, & I think it has worked very well.
Thank you for your kind words, you did suggest the split and I am very glad you think it has worked well. Your comments leave me a bit more than I expected but I will crack with trying to answer them Norfolkbigfish (talk) 07:42, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • There are stretches with no images that could be filled. Becket's assassination for example is easily illustrated.
  • Lead: "England was transformed from a colony, often governed from abroad and considered less significant than other European monarchies, into a sophisticated, politically engaged and independent kingdom". I don't like or believe this unreferenced sentence for several reasons, especially the first part. England was never a colony, either strictly or loosely, and was not "often governed from abroad". Unlike the Angevins, Cnut and the Norman kings spent most of their time in England, and regarded it as their most important possession. What "other monarchies" was England "considered less significant" than, in say 1200? Unlike France and the Empire it was a unitary state actually controlled by the monarch, which the French kings hugely envied. All other European monarchies (without going as far as the Bulgarians etc) were pretty tiny. "Politically engaged" is I suppose one way to describe the last years of Plantagenet England, but probably not the best.
  • Good point, as the sentence wasn't redeemable I have removed, don't think anything important was lost? Norfolkbigfish (talk) 07:42, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Angevin zenith" I'd include the titles in the list of "issue", at least for those who reached adulthood, as you later do with similar lists. Same again for the children of Edward I later.
  • "His cruelty was demonstrated by his massacre of 2,600 prisoners in Acre" - historians of the Crusades tend to be more sympathetic to the Massacre at Ayyadieh . Saladin dragged his feet on the normal negotiations for the ransom of prisoners to use up the remainder of Richard's campaigning season, and to allow his reinforcements to arrive. The Siege of Acre (1189–91) ended on July 12 and the massacre was not until August 22. By the conventions of the day Richard's actions were not inappropriate (in best Official Enquiry language). "Ruthlessness" would be better than "cruelty".
  • Re Bouvines "The battle greatly contributed to the formation of the absolute monarchy in France." Hmm. Absolute monarchy in France begins, conventionally enough, "Absolute monarchy in France slowly emerged in the 16th century and became firmly established during the 17th century." This is what people mean when they use the term. The article doesn't mention Bouvines btw. The French monarchy in 1214 still only really controlled a small part of France, with huge limitations on its power elsewhere. The source dates from 1836 I see; I doubt modern historians make so much of it as Smedley, though it did end the Dukes of Normandy and would have done so for the Counts of Anjou if the kings had not foolishly re-granted the fief.
  • Not really about the Plantagenets, is it? So I have removed. Norfolkbigfish (talk) 07:42, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "( Anjou), Brittany, Maine and Touraine,..." not all linked before I think
  • "and built a magnificent, still-extant shrine for the Confessor" yukky phrasing.
  • "...the pope offered Henry's brother Richard the Kingdom of Sicily, but the cost of making the claim good was prohibitive. Matthew Paris wrote that Richard stated: "You might as well say, 'I make you a present of the moon—step up to the sky and take it down'." Henry pur chased the kingdom for his son Edmund, which angered many powerful barons. He was bankrupted by his military expenses, ..." Somewhat puzzling without context, though the Valois Angevins managed it, for a while. You might mention that the Emperor was fairly firmly in control of Sicily & had no intention of handing it over. It sounds as if the "military expenses" were to do with Sicily, but they weren't, were they?
  • "instead his son married John of Gaunt's daughter Catherine of Lancaster, creating the title Prince of Asturias for themselves." grammar
  • "The prince fell ill and returned to England, where he soon died." - He was virtually bed-ridden for the last 10 years of his life, after Spain, from a mysterious affliction, which should really be mentioned.
  • " During the minority of Henry VI the war caused political division among the Plantagenets, Bedford, Humphrey of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Gloucester, and Cardinal Beaufort. " reads mysteriously, given that the only mention of Bedford so far supressed his title. They were all H6's uncles, weren't they? Why not just say so?
  • "...and later murder of Henry VI extinguished the House of Lancaster." unreferenced, & it's far from certain he was murdered, isn't it?
  • Well I have added probable and sourced to ODNBNorfolkbigfish (talk) 10:39, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • " In 1506 Archduke Philip returned Edmund and he was imprisoned in the Tower." no link? Who was he anyway?
  • "Richard III had asserted that her father Clarence's attainder barred his children from any claim to the throne and that her marriage arranged by Henry VII to Sir Richard Pole was not auspicious." Eh? The marriage was probably in 1487, after Richard's death anyway. The quality seems to be deteriorating in these later sections - many links missing, and fewer refs.
  • Ok, Far too many missing links now, which I won't go on adding myself.
  • More later Johnbod (talk) 20:22, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks @Johnbod:— I have attempted to pick up from where you appear to have left off and added links where they appear to be missing Norfolkbigfish (talk) 15:02, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments Oppose Some minor bits for now, and I'll have a look through the earlier sections tomorrow in more detail.

  • "The king was no longer solely the most powerful man in the nation" - who else other than the king was the most powerful man in the nation after Magna Carta?
  • "a pitiful state later known as the Great Slump" - I couldn't see the Great Slump label picked up again in the main section, which felt odd if it was important enough for the lead
  • I've redrafted the lead to the more general social, political and economic problems and moved the Great Slump reference into the body.Norfolkbigfish (talk) 10:05, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Crime was rampant, and was often perpetrated by destitute soldiers returning from France." - I couldn't find the crime or destitute soldiers referenced in the main text (but apologies if I've missed it!)
  • "These children included nine sons (Richard, Oliver, John, Geoffrey, Henry, Osbert Gifford, Eudes, Bartholomew and [probably] Philip) and three daughters (Joan, Maud and probably Isabel)." - I found the [probably] a rather odd inject in square brackets, particularly as Isabel doesn't get them...
  • I don't think the capitalisation of "king" is consistent with WP:JOBTITLE.
  • There were many of these, but I think they are now all changed. Norfolkbigfish (talk) 12:16, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • There's inconsistency in the way that century is presented (e.g. "12th century" vice "twelfth century")
  • ""Plantegenest" (or "Plante Genest") had been a 12th-century nickname for Geoffrey V, perhaps because his emblem may have been the common broom, named planta genista in medieval Latin." - Plant, who's cited here, gives several other explanations other than just the emblem version.
  • "but that the term "espace Plantagenet" was acceptable." - should "espace Plantagenet" be in italics, since it's French? The meaning should be pretty obvious to most people, I guess, but a translation would also be good for absolute non-French readers! :)
  • "While Henry held Richard for ransom valued at 100,000 marks (1192–1194), Philip II overran large portions of Normandy in his absence" - the bracketed years didn't read smoothly to me; my eye expected it to be an equivalent sum of money...
  • "This brutal act drove Thomas and his adherents from power." it may have seemed brutal to some (but not, for example, to the nobles involved...) but we need to attribute that, otherwise it feels like judgemental editorial language.
  • "To obtain financial support, Edward summoned a precedent-setting assembly known as the Model Parliament, which included barons, clergy, knights, and burgesses." - I don't think it was known at the time as the Model Parliament, was it? Isn't that a much later label, and not often used nowadays in parliamentary studies?
  • "Among those arrested was the King's cousin Henry Courtenay, 1st Marquess of Exeter, his wife and 11-year-old son. (His wife was released two years later, but their son spent 15 years in the Tower until Queen Mary I released him). " - the bracketed sentence felt like poor drafting.
  • "Margaret was attainted; the strategic position of her estates on the south coast (a perceived invasion threat in which Reginald was involved) and her embittered relationship with Henry VIII precluded any chance of pardon, but the decision to execute her seems a spontaneous, rather than a premeditated, act." - this felt like a very long sentence to me.
  • "The poor state of the economy (as his government levied a number of poll taxes to finance military campaigns) resulted in the Peasants' Revolt in 1381, followed by brutal reprisals against the rebels." - again, I don't think the bracketed section is brilliant prose.
  • "While depopulation stemming from the Black Death led to increased wages, static food costs and a resulting improvement in the standard of living for the peasantry, the English economy sank to a pitiful state under Henry." is the link/contrast here really relevant? The depopulation from 1348 onwards did lead to increased wages for the peasantry, but there had been several economic ups and downs before we get to Henry in the 1420s, surely?
  • " Her execution was botched at the hands of "a wretched and blundering youth ... who literally hacked her head and shoulders to pieces in the most pitiful manner"." I couldn't tell from this who had written the quote.
  • In some of the quotes, the article wikilinks names etc. I think this runs contrary to the MOS, but I can't remember where I read it...
I think the MOS says that's fine, but you should do it with some consistency if you do it. Johnbod (talk) 20:32, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Found it... "As much as possible, avoid linking from within quotes, which may clutter the quotation, violate the principle of leaving quotations unchanged, and mislead or confuse the reader." Wikipedia:Manual of Style#Linking. Hchc2009 (talk) 20:48, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "who accompanied Duke William of Normandy at the Conquest of England in 1066." - is the capitalisation of "Conquest" right?
I'd say "Norman Conquest" but "conquest of England" Johnbod (talk) 20:32, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Copper-alloy boar mount found on the Thames foreshore near the Tower of London, London in October 2012..." This bit under the image needs a reference, as the last section of it goes beyond simple description of the image. Hchc2009 (talk) 20:07, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
It's from the Museum of London on the image file, which I don't think needs a ref. Annoyingly, they don't specify that it is a livery badge, which might be added. Johnbod (talk) 20:32, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
I'd normally expect it to be referenced directly in the article itself, e.g. to, where the information comes from. Hchc2009 (talk) 14:30, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Under the Plantagenets England was transformed although this was only partly due to the conscious intentions of the Plantagenets." - this read awkwardly.
  • "Winston Churchill stated in A History of the English-Speaking Peoples: "When the long tally is added, it will be seen that the British nation and the English-speaking world owe far more to the vices of John, than to the labours of virtuous sovereigns." - This is a very typical, Whiggish Churchillian quote: but it doesn't reflect current scholarship.
  • Now I quite like this quote as a way of demonstrating that these kings weren't necessarily blessed with a reformist plan but take you point and have removed it. I think you objected to it before! Norfolkbigfish (talk) 10:05, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The Plantagenets were also responsible for the construction of important English buildings, such as... Windsor Castle ". I think Windsor Castle was constructed by William I.
  • I have removed from lead as not really reflected in the body.Norfolkbigfish (talk) 10:05, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • ""Angevin" can also refer to their descendants and the period of history in which they reigned." - accept for John's descendants; I don't think anyone calls Henry III an Angevin usually?
  • True, so I have removed this clause. Norfolkbigfish (talk) 10:39, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "unified the houses of Anjou, Normandy and Wessex." - While true, it's not an observation I've seen made in many other contexts. Is it a typical point?
  • If this is true, although untypical, is this an issue? Norfolkbigfish (talk) 10:39, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Henry I had the marriage annulled to avoid strengthening William's rival claim to his lands." - well, at least Normandy.
  • "Henry I refused to relinquish any power to Geoffrey and Matilda that would be necessary for them to ensure the succession prompting a quarrel." - the more typical explanation for this is that Henry was worried they would use the Normandy castles to seize Normandy for themselves, while he was still alive.
  • " He later lost his support, enabling Geoffrey to continue with the conquest of Normandy." - "lost his support" seems a little too simple a statement here.
  • "According to William of Newburgh, who wrote in the 1190s, Count Geoffrey decided that Henry would receive England and Anjou for as long as he needed the resources for the conflict against Stephen. Count Geoffrey instructed that his body should not be buried until Henry swore an oath that the young Geoffrey would receive Anjou when England and Normandy were secured" - different historians take different views about the reliability of this chronicler's account.
  • I have left this in as it is cited to Gillingham, let me know if this is a significant issueNorfolkbigfish (talk) 14:14, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Try Warren, Henry II, pp.45-46 for a critique of the Newburgh account. Hchc2009 (talk) 09:10, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "Louis VII of France divorced Eleanor of Aquitaine on 18 March 1152," - wasn't it annulled?
  • "This disheartened Stephen, whose wife had recently died, and he surrendered. " I don't think Stephen surrendered to anyone.
  • "This angered Henry's eighteen-year-old son, Henry the Young King, who had not received any lands from his father." - more to the point, the castles given away technically belonged to Henry the Young King...
  • "The younger Henry rebelled before dying of dysentery." - it would have been unlikely to have been the other way around... ;)
  • " Arthur, Richard's nephew and nominated heir, obtained Anjou, Brittany, Maine and Touraine, while John ruled over England and Normandy." - the wording here isn't quite right; the "nominated heir" bit was nowhere near as clear, and "obtained" suggested he was given it, rather than being supported by some of the local nobility in what was effectively a civil war. The subsequent narrative then skips over the 1200 Treaty of Le Goulet, where Philip abandoned Arthur and recognised John's rights, and goes straight to the 1202 conflict. This section also misses the major debate over the role of economics in the struggle between Richard/John and Philip on the continent.
  • @Hchc2009:—could you give me a steer on the economic point? It is a major debate that I have missed in my ignorance! :-) Norfolkbigfish (talk) 14:14, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Try Barrett's "The Revenues of King John and Philip Augustus Revisited" in King John: New Interpretations, which you'll probably find visible on Google books. He summarises the argument pretty well. Hchc2009 (talk) 09:10, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • " French barons supported Philip." - which French barons...? I couldn't work out who this was supposed to refer to.
  • "After re-establishing his authority in England, John planned to recapture Normandy and Anjou. The strategy was..." - there were several different strategies between 1202 and 1214.
  • "John failed to abide by the terms of the Magna Carta, leading to the First Barons' War" - historians are pretty much convinced that neither side abided by the terms of the peace agreement.
  • NB: I'm opposing for now, as I think the text needs a fair bit of work. Jones gets a mention below by Ealdyth; he's a popular historian, and can be useful as a citation for some sorts of statements (in a positive way, he sometimes "states the obvious" that hardcore medievalists take for granted, so never write down in their books!) but I don't think he needs to be used extensively in this sort of article, where we should be able to rely on more specialist historians for the period. Hchc2009 (talk) 14:30, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks @Hchc2009:— quite a number more than I was hoping for. I will grind through these next week and see where it leaves us. Norfolkbigfish (talk) 15:35, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Ta. Might also be worth having a look at the collapsed "Reigns of the Plantagenet monarchs of England" and "Timeline" section. The latter seems to be a duplicate of the information in the first. The "Reigns..." contains some rather judgemental language, though, and a rather odd selection of images... ;) Hchc2009 (talk) 18:05, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments from Ealdgyth (talk · contribs)

  • We have "origin" then we digress to "terminology" then we go back to "angevin kings" - wouldn't it make more sense to do "terminology" "origins" and then "angevin kings"?
  • Arrival in England:
    • Need a citation on the quote "the heir to the kingdom".
    • "Henry I refused to relinquish any power to Geoffrey and Matilda that would be necessary for them to ensure the succession prompting a quarrel." With my background, I eventually figured out what you meant with this sentence, but it is very confusing. Suggest "In order to secure an orderly succession, Geoffrey and Matilda sought more power from Henry I, but the king refused and the two sides quarreled."
    • "Three events allowed for the Angevins' successful..." wordy - you can remove the "for"
  • Angevin zenith:
    • "even his favourite son, John, had rebelled" - but Geoffrey (archbishop of York), Henry's illegitimate son stayed loyal. He also played a big part in defeating the 1173-74 revolt.
    • I'm unable to find a single review of Jones' work - which you're using to support "Contemporary opinions of Richard were mixed. Although he was respected for his military leadership and courtly manners, he had rejected and humiliated the sister of the king of France, deposed the king of Cyprus and later sold the island, refused to give spoils from the Third Crusade to nobles such as Leopold V, Duke of Austria, and was rumoured to have arranged the assassination of Conrad of Montferrat. His cruelty was demonstrated by his massacre of 2,600 prisoners in Acre." The problem I have with this is in a couple parts. One - you say "mixed" but the emphasis is on "bad" stuff - it greatly outnumbers the "good". I would also be curious as to who the various opinions that go into Jones' statement are. The biographers of Richard, as well as other historians are pretty clear that contemporary opinion, while finding fault with Richard, usually considered him praiseworthy. Gillingham's article in the ODNB on Richard says "Inevitably historians attached to the courts of Philip Augustus and his allies took a hostile view, but not even Philip's panegyrist conceals his underlying admiration for Richard. According to Guillaume le Breton, had Richard been more God-fearing, and had he not fought against his lord, Philip of France, England would never have had a better king. Some English historians such as Coggeshall and William of Newburgh mix praise with criticism. Newburgh disapproves of Longchamp and thinks Richard overgenerous to John. A German contemporary, Walther von der Vogelweide, believes that it was precisely Richard's generosity that made his subjects willing to raise a king's ransom on his behalf. Richard's reputation, above all as a crusader, meant that the tone of contemporaries and near contemporaries, whether writing in the West or the Middle East, was overwhelmingly favourable. According to Baha ad-Din, Richard was a man of wisdom, experience, courage, and energy. Ibn al-Athir judges him the most remarkable ruler of his time for courage, shrewdness, energy, and patience. In France St Louis's biographer Joinville portrays Richard as a model for St Louis to follow. In England he became a standard by which later kings were judged. Even in Scotland, thanks to the quitclaim of Canterbury, he won a high place in historical tradition; according to John Fordun, he was ‘that noble king so friendly to the Scots’ (Chronica gentis Scottorum, 2.271)."
      • I've got a copy of Jones in front of me now (the revised 2013 edition) and there is nothing on page 128 (or in any of the coverage of Richard) that says anything about contemporary opinions of Richard. So where did this opinion come from? I checked the index and there is no entry on Richard's contemporary opinion. Ealdgyth - Talk 16:58, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    • "Richard was captured by Leopold while returning from crusade and passed to Henry the Lion." - you mean "his custody passed", right?
    • There is no discussion of William earl of Salisbury? Or Geoffrey, Archbishop of York? Or the other of Henry's illegitimate offspring? They would be considered Plantagenets also (Weir lists them in her various sections).
  • Decline:
    • "It was rumoured that Arthur was murdered by John himself," while that is one rumor - there are others that John ordered him drowned, but did not do the deed himself. Turner's biography of John says (p. 91) that Arthur either died at John's hand or at his orders.
    • "The battle greatly contributed to the formation of the absolute monarchy in France." is cited to a 1836 work. I do not think it's safe to say such a bald statement of causation of absolute monarchy based on an almost two hundred year old work. Especially as the article linked to ...Absolute monarchy in France ... itself says that absolute monarchy slowly emerged in the 16th century and was firmly established in the 17th.
    • "his son, King Henry III, maintained the claim to the empire until 1259." ... no, Henry maintained his claim to the continental lands. Given that earlier in the article you are equivical about there being such a thing as the Angevin Empire. I note this is sourced to Jones also...
    • "As a result of John's actions, French barons supported Philip." something is missing in this sentence - do you mean that all of the French barons or some of them or many of them? And yes, English historiography uses "barons" as a synonym for "leading nobles" but it's very jarring to see "barons" used in a French context as there is no rank of "baron" or such a thing as the "barony" in France. "Lords" or "Nobles" is what you use in to refer to the French equivalent of barons.
    • I usually see just plain "Magna Carta" not "the Magna Carta"... for example Huscroft Ruling England p. 150 "put his seal to Magna Carta" or Turner King John p. 104 "concerning Wales in Magna Carta"
  • It was grammatically correct as it was, but I have corrected on the grounds that it might be unusual. Norfolkbigfish (talk) 12:16, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
    • "The official website of the British Monarchy presents John's death as the end of the Angevin dynasty and the beginning of the Plantagenet dynasty." but other sources don't - including ones you use such as Weir. Cover both sides or drop the statement.
  • Baronial conflict:
    • Oh, now we mention illegitmate offspring? Why now and not for Henry II and Richard?
    • "The Marshal Protectorate issued an amended Magna Carta as a basis for future government." - i've never seen that period of Henry III's minority called the "Marshal Protectorate" - I checked the source 1215 p. 271 and there is nothing on that page about the information in that sentence. This is also not the greatest source to be using - it's very much a popular history (even if Gillingham helped). It's possible that the page numbers differ a bit (I have the 2005 Touchstone edition) but I checked pages around and nothing there. Nor is there an entry for "Marshal Protectorate" in the index.
    • Why "Bartholomew and [probably] Philip" but "and probably Isabel" in the same sentence?
    • the paragraph on Henry relies a lot on Jones again. ANd it's very disjointed .. we hear that Henry identified with Edward the Confessor because of the struggle with the nobility, but we've not yet heard that Henry had difficulties with the nobility - that comes later in the paragraph, after the bit about naming his son Edward and building a shrine to Edward.
      • Looking at the revised edition of Jones (2013) I found the section on Henry III and Edward the Confessor on pages 200-201. In the article, this set of sentences is sourced to Jones pp. 234-235: "Despite the Treaty of Lambeth, hostilities continued and Henry was forced to compromise with the newly crowned Louis VIII of France and Henry's stepfather, Hugh X of Lusignan. They both overran much of Henry's remaining continental lands, further eroding the Angevins' power on the continent. Henry perceived many similarities between himself and England's patron saint, Edward the Confessor, including his struggle with the nobility." But... the revised edition pp. 200-201 (which does discuss Henry's devotion to Edward) does NOT say anything about the Treaty of Lambeth, Hugh X of Lusignan. Nor does it back up "...including his struggle with the nobility." Jones draws a parallel with Edward's struggles with his ministers and having come to the throne in a time of civil disorder. The phrasing of Jones, however, says nothing to draw a parallel with Henry's troubles with his nobility. Jones is discussing the early part of Henry's reign - when his troubles were mainly with his ministers. I don't think you can say "struggle with the nobility" here. Ealdgyth - Talk 16:58, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    • "adding the earldoms of Lincoln and Salisbury to the kingdom through his marriage" uh. No. Edmund's son Thomas did NOT add those earldoms to the kingdom - they were already IN the kingdom. Yes, eventually, they passed to the royal estate ... WAY down the road. Again - this is sourced to Jones - does Jones REALLY say that Thomas' marriage added the earldoms of Lincoln and Salisbury to the kingdom? If he does, wow. You need to NOT be using him as a source, as that's so wrong it's breathtaking.
  • A slip in from ce, corrected and sourced to ONDB since you object to Jones. Norfolkbigfish (talk) 12:20, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes, I object to Jones, having now had a chance to see it. There are no footnotes. There are not even attempts to say where he's getting his information. It's not just a popular history (ala Weir) but it's almost a novelization at times. As an example - p. 112 of the revised edition (2013) starts the chapter with "Geoffrey archbishop of York stared up, like every other visitor to Dover, at the great castle being built above the harbor. It was September 1191 and work had progressed since the late King Louis VII had toured the building site with Henry II. Now Geoffrey could look up at its imposing square keep and think of his father..." That reads like a bad soap opera. Or later in the same paragraph where Jones baldly states that Geoffrey was the son of Ykenai, which I know from my own work on Geoffrey's article is not a settled fact for historians. But Jones says its a fact. This is the problem with using popular histories instead of actual historians. You end up stating things that are not accepted by actual historians. I would not consider it nearly as reliable as other sources and given the problems I've run into with it, I'd suggest someone with access to a copy of the 2012 HarperCollins edition audit every citation to it. You'd be better off using Desmond Seward's The Demon's Brood which DOES have endnotes so you can at least track down where he got his information. Other good sources would be Bartlett's England Under the Norman and Angevin Kings, Prestwich's Plantagenet England (which is used slightly, but should see a lot more use - but why are you using TWO different editions? Use one, the most recent one.), the Yale University bios of the various kings, Clanchy's England and its Rulers, and others. There are too many good academic works out there to be relying on a book with no footnotes/endnotes. Ealdgyth - Talk
    • "He was bankrupted by his military expenses" - who was? The last person referred to in the previous sentence is Edmund Crouchback.
    • " in which Henry acknowledged the loss of the Duchy of Normandy, Maine, Anjou and Poitou, although he retained the Channel Islands." uh. Gascony was kept. It remained in English hands for quite a bit longer - until the 100 years war was ending up, in fact. And this is sourced to a UN document? Can't we find something ... more academic and rigourous? is this the document in question? If so, it does not support the full text that's subscribed to it - "The pope offered Henry's brother Richard the Kingdom of Sicily, but the cost of making the claim good was prohibitive. Matthew Paris wrote that Richard stated: "You might as well say, 'I make you a present of the moon—step up to the sky and take it down'." Henry purchased the kingdom for his son Edmund, which angered many powerful barons. He was bankrupted by his military expenses, and barons led by Henry's brother-in-law Simon de Montfort forced him to agree to the Provisions of Oxford, under which his debts were paid in exchange for substantial reforms. He was also forced by Louis IX of France to agree to the Treaty of Paris, in which Henry acknowledged the loss of the Duchy of Normandy, Maine, Anjou and Poitou, although he retained the Channel Islands. The treaty stated that Henry would retain "islands (if any) which [he] should hold ... as peer of France and Duke of Aquitaine"." I'm pretty sure that the UN judgement only has any bearing on the last bits and thus the whole earlier section of that statement is unsourced.
  • Constitutional change:
    • We gave marriages for John and Henry III's children, but not now? or only partially? Consistency.
    • "Among her eleven children were earls of Hereford, Essex, and Northampton, and countesses of Ormond and Devon" - should be "Among her eleven children were the earls of Hereford, Essex, and Northampton, and the countesses of Ormond and Devon"
  • I think this is grammatically correct as it stands Norfolkbigfish (talk) 19:48, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I do not. I read it as saying that among her 11 children were several that were earls of Hereford, several that were earls of Essex, several that were earls of Northampton, several that were countesses of Ormond and several that were countesses of Devon. In fact, two of her sons were Earl of Hereford AND Essex in succession and a third son was created earl of Northampton. One daughter married the earl of Ormond, and another married the earl of Devon - but none of this is clear from the article text - which lumps the five children who held titles into some sort of mass that's hard to distinguish. 16:58, 30 September 2015 (UTC)Ealdgyth - Talk
    • "who was executed by order of Mortimer and Queen Isabella" -but we don't know who Queen Isabella IS yet. Confusing.
    • "His military campaigns left him in debt, and to enable him to raise more taxes through the frequently summoned Parliaments, he tried to gain support for his policies among the lesser landowners and merchants". Several problems here. The preceding sentence is "Because of his legal reforms, Edward is sometimes called "The English Justinian", but whether he was a reformer or an autocrat responding to events is a matter of debate." which doesn't really mesh with the bit about military campaigns and leaves the whole debate undebated. The military campaign sentence is also confusing - switching tenses and leaving subjects dangling. What were his attempts to gain support with the lesser landowners and merchants and why are they connected to his attempts to raise money? Totally lacking in context.
  • Expansion:
    • " Llywelyn ap Gruffudd ruled North Wales as a subordinate of the English king. Llywelyn maintained that he was "entirely separate from" England and Edward considered him to be "a rebel and disturber of the peace"." ... okay. First you state baldly that Llewelyn was a subordinate of the English king, then the next sentence it comes out that well, Llewelyn didn't think he was subordinate... which is it? If Llewelyn objected, it's pretty clear there was some dispute and the first sentence is not quite true. And why use "a subordinate" here... there are better terms. Again, you're relying on Jones when you should probably be using the various biographies of Llewelyn and Edward available.
  • Okay, that's enough. There are some serious issues with the article. Still has some issues with trying too much to be a political history of the dynasty without really covering the actual members of the house. There are members of the house left off or covered in only slight bits. Yes, it's improved, but not nearly to FA status. There are some factual errors here that need fixing. The prose has issues. There are places where I spot checked sourcing and came up with issues. It's taken me two and a half hours to do this much of the review, and I've still got over two thirds of the article to go. It's not FA ready and probably needs some serious serious work to get there.
  • I'm afraid I'm going to have to oppose and strongly suggest engaging Hchc2009 to help with many of these issues. Ealdgyth - Talk 21:04, 22 September 2015 (UTC)


  • Arrival in England:
    • "Louis VII of France divorced Eleanor of Aquitaine on 18 March 1152, and she married Henry (who would become Henry II) on 18 May 1152. Henry consequently acquired the Duchy of Aquitaine, greatly increasing his resources and power." Weir pp. 60-61 does not say a thing about "greatly increasing his resources and power". There is also some lost nuance here - as Weir points out that Henry only became Duke of Aquitaine in right of his wife, which probably needs to be made plainer as this fact has a bit of importance later.
  • Angevin zenith:
    • "Of Henry's siblings, William died as a child and Geoffrey died unmarried and childless,..." William was born 1136 and died 1164 - at age 28. This isn't a child. Nor does Weir (p. 60) say William was a child. And you list 8 children - but Weir gives 9 (8 sure, one possible). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.) gives only 8, however. (Note that Weir is the only place I see the existence of Philip, son of Henry II and Eleanor, even mentioned.)
  • Decline and loss of Anjou:
    • "John's defeat weakened his authority in England, and his barons forced him to agree to the Magna Carta, which limited royal power. John failed to abide by the terms of the Magna Carta, leading to the First Barons' War, in which rebellious barons invited Prince Louis, the husband of Blanche, Henry II's granddaughter, to invade England. Louis did so and John died in October 1216, before the conflict was conclusively ended." is all sourced to Weir p. 74. The only thing that Weir p. 74 actually sources here though is "John died in October 1216"... the rest is not supported by Weir p. 74. Weir is merely a genealogical account - she does not give much chronological data ... so we have a pretty big issue of unsourced material here.
  • Baronial conflict:
    • "Eleanor – wife of William Marshal's son (also named William), and later the English rebel Simon de Montfort" is sourced to Carpenter 2004 p. 306. But this only says that Eleanor married William Marshal, son of William Marshal. No mention of her marrying Simon de Montfort.
    • Small issue - the correct citation for current citation 44 "Richardson 2004 p. 9" is more like "Richardson 2004 pp. 9-13" as all the illegit offspring given are actually ennumerated on pages 11-13. A nitpick - Philip is given as "possibly" John's but Isabel is just listed as "alleged". Note also that Charles Given-Wilson and Alice Curteis Royal Bastards of Medieval England p. 179 gives as sure bastards of John "Joan, Oliver, Geoffrey, Richard de Dover, Osbert Giffard, John, Henry". Possible bastards are "Richard and Eudo (or Ivo)". Doubtful offspring are given as "Isabel la Blanche". Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed) gives only Joan and Richard de Warenne, lord of Chilham, but they don't list all bastards.
    • "Joan was the best known of these, since she married Prince Llewelyn the Great of Wales." is sourced to Carpenter 2004 p. 328. But p. 328 discusses Joan, Henry III's younger FULL sister, who married Alexander II of Scotland, not Joan, Henry III's older half sister, who married Llewelyn the Great. Source does not support the statement given for it.
    • "Margaret of England (1240–1275). Her three children predeceased her husband, Alexander III of Scotland; consequently, the crown of Scotland became vacant when their only grandchild, Margaret, Maid of Norway, drowned in 1290" is sourced to Weir 2008 p. 203 - but that page does not support the statement at all. All it supports is that Margaret (who is usually known as "The Maid of Norway" not plain "Maid of Norway") died in 1290 while on board a ship to Scotland. Nothing about drowning, being the only grandchild of Margaret of England and Alexander III, etc.
    • "Edmund Crouchback (1245–1296), who inherited the titles and estates of Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester and the earldom of Leicester after Henry defeated Montfort in the Second Barons' War. Henry later granted Edmund the earldoms of Lancaster and Ferrers. From 1276, through his wife, Edmund was Count of Champagne and Brie." is sourced to Weir 2008 p. 75. But this source does not say anything about Edmund inheriting the titles and estates of Simon de Montfort after Montfort's defeat. Weir says Edmund was created Earl of Leicester on 26 October 1265 and Earl of Lancaster on 30 June 1267. Being created as an earl is not the same as inheriting it. Henry III granted Edmund the lands and honours of Montfort. Weir also notes that it was Edmund's second marriage that gained him Champagne and Brie.
    • Is Prestwich 2007 the paperback edition of Plantagenet England? I ask because the current citation 60 goes to Prestwich 2007 p. 101 - but this does not appear to fully support the information given there (it appears to be the start of the section discussing the events leading up to Evesham, which if this is a different edition, makes sense that the numbering of pages would be off).
  • Conflict with the House of Valois:
    • The entire third paragraph staring "Fighting in the Hundred Years War spilled from the French and Plantagenet..." is sourced to Weir 2008 p. 102, but the only thing in that paragraph that p. 102 supports is the part "and John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, the Black Prince's brother, married Peter's daughter Constance". The rest is not supported by that page of Weir (not even the bit about John of Castile's son marrying Catherine of Lancaster because Weir only says that Katherine, daughter of John of Gaunt and Constance of Castile, married Henry III of Castile. Weir doesn't say who Katherine's father in law was.
  • House of Lancaster:
    • "Henry married his Plantagenet cousin Mary de Bohun, who was paternally descended from Edward I and maternally from Edmund Crouchback. They had seven children:" is sourced to Weir 2008 pp. 124-130. The children numbers are correct, as is Henry's marriage to Mary de Bohun, but Weir just says that Mary was the daughter of Humphrey de Bohun by Joan, daughter of Richard FitzAlan, a descendant of Henry III.
  • House of York:
    • "By the mid-1470s, the victorious House of York looked safely established, with seven living male princes. Edward and Elizabeth Woodville themselves had ten children, seven of whom survived him" is sourced to Weir 2008 pp. 139-145, but this does not support the first sentence.
    • "Richard seized the throne, and the Princes in the Tower were never seen again. Richard's son predeceased him and Richard was killed in 1485 after an invasion of foreign mercenaries led by Henry Tudor, who claimed the throne through his mother Margaret Beaufort. He assumed the throne as Henry VII, founding the Tudor dynasty and bringing the Plantagenet line of kings to an end." is sourced to Weir 2008 p. 145 but the only thing that page supports is "Richard was killed in 1485" and "Richard's son predeceased him"
  • Tudor:
    • "When Henry Tudor seized the throne there were eighteen Plantagenet descendants who might today be thought to have a stronger hereditary claim, and by 1510 this number had been increased further by the birth of sixteen Yorkist children." is sourced to Weir 2008 p. 75 - but there is NOTHING on that page relating to Yorkists or Tudors.
    • "Warwick was implicated by two further failed invasions supported by Margaret using Perkin Warbeck pretending to be Edward IV's son Richard of Shrewsbury, and Warbeck's later planned escape for them both; Warwick was executed in 1499. Edward's execution may simply have been a precondition for the marriage of Arthur, Prince of Wales to Katherine of Aragon in 1501." is sourced to Carpenter 2004 p. 1, but nothing on Carpenter 2004 p. 1 supports this at all. All Carpenter 2004 p. 1 talks about is the background and development of the term Britain as a geographical term for historians prior to and around the Norman Conquest.
  • Haha, this one I can answer easily, there are two Carpenter 2004 works cited, this should have linked to the ONDB. Now fixed Norfolkbigfish (talk) 15:01, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I'd like to note that just because there are all these problems with sourcing, I'm not of the opinion that they are deliberate. It's difficult when someone starts working on an already developed article - it's very easy to mix sourcing up or just assume that any citations already present are correct. The way to avoid those issues is to check every single citation yourself - but that's a LOT of work. I do think ALL the citations in this article need checking - I've checked those for works I have, but I don't have the editions of Jones used, nor do I have some of the other works used. Until that's done, though, I'm going to have to stay opposed to this article's promotion - there are just too many sourcing issues for me to be comfortable with it. Ealdgyth - Talk 18:38, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Thank you for this @Ealdgyth:—I am working my way down (from top to bottom) HCHC2009's comments at the moment and will try and get to yours in a bit. As you can probably guess there were more than I was expecting. Cheers Norfolkbigfish (talk) 20:01, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

SMS Prinz Adalbert (1901)[edit]

Nominator(s): Parsecboy (talk) 14:29, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Another WWI-related article with a major centenary coming up, this being the anniversary of the ship's sinking (which was the worst loss of life for the German Navy in the Baltic). I'd like to have the article through FAC in time to run the article on the centenary. Thanks in advance to all who take the time to review the article. Parsecboy (talk) 14:29, 8 September 2015 (UTC)


  • No DABs, external links good.
  • Images appropriately licensed.
  • Infobox issues, some of which also crop up in the main body: link boiler, indicated horsepower, knot, nmi, torpedo tubes, belt, turret, deck
    • Tell the reader what kind of engine a triple-expansion engine is.
    • Abbreviate indicated horsepower
  • Link training ship, squadron, Baltic, German Army, magazines, main battery
  • Need a hyphen between coal and fired and twin and gun.
  • More later.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 21:37, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Think I've got everything so far. Thanks, Sturm. Parsecboy (talk) 11:31, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
  • What do you men by construction number? Is that like yard number?
    • Linked.
  • young sailor Prince Adalbert of Prussia Not sure what you mean by young sailor, but do tell the reader that Adalbert was Willy's son.
    • Clarified.
  • Gunnery school or gunnery training ship?
    • Fixed.
  • German ranks need English equivalents
    • Think I've gotten them all.
  • Add |lastauthoramp=1 to your multi-author works to match the format of your notes. Nicely done.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 14:31, 15 September 2015 (UTC)

Source review - spotchecks not done

  • Should use bold markup rather than semicolons for dividing the Notes section. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:17, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Done, thanks Nikki. Parsecboy (talk) 20:46, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). References 1, 4, and 5 seem to have some template problems. Invalid |last-author-amp=1, not sure how to fix that. — Cirt (talk) 01:07, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Since I've been encouraging Parsec to use the ampersands, I went ahead and fixed them.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 01:21, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support, looks better now, thank you. — Cirt (talk) 17:54, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support I reviewed this article at Milhist ACR, and with the above tweaks, I believe it meets FA requirements. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (crack... thump) 11:02, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Support on prose per standard disclaimer. These are my edits. - Dank (push to talk) 23:32, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

Trout Creek Mountains[edit]

Nominator(s): Jsayre64 (talk) 22:20, 7 September 2015 (UTC)

This article is about perhaps the most rural area in Oregon and a section of the vast American Basin and Range Province. These mountains are little known to outsiders and rarely visited. So I find it fascinating to learn and write about this landscape (though I wasn't the one who initially wrote the article). The GA reviewer in January wrote, "Please take this to FA," and a peer reviewer provided helpful suggestions on the talk page in August, helping work toward that goal. Now with more improvements since the middle of August, I believe the article meets the FA criteria. Jsayre64 (talk) 22:20, 7 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments from Finetooth[edit]

  • I reviewed this article in early August and posted my thoughts on the article's talk page: Talk:Trout Creek Mountains#Peer review. I'm leaning toward support, but I have a few more suggestions.


  • It might be better to recast the first sentence to eliminate link bump: Great Basin mountain range. One way to do this would be to unlink "mountain range", which is already familiar to most readers. I would also unlink "United States"; it's too well-known to need a link.
  • "the mountains are open to recreation but see few visitors" – Maybe "are rarely visited" since mountains can't see.
  • "Wildlife includes bushes, grasses, birds and mammals." – Too general. Specific examples from the main text would make this more interesting. Big sagebrush, desert grasses, mule deer, pronghorn, sage grouse, a few cottonwoods and alders?
  • I'd mention the mercury mines in the lede; they were of significant historical importance.
  • "However, the effects of grazing allotments on riparian zones and the fish led to environmental concerns in the 1980s." – "Concerns" seems too mild. Perhaps "led to land-use conflict in the 1980s"?
  • "to help resolve disagreements between livestock owners and environmentalists" – Since the list of parties is long, "among" would be more accurate than "between", and perhaps "environmentalists" should be expanded to "environmental organizations, government agencies, and other interested parties."
  • "riparian zones have begun to recover from more than a century of cattle grazing." – I'd lop off "from more than a century of cattle grazing" and just end with the word "recover".


  • "Disaster Peak anchors the southern end of the mountains in a smaller range called The Granites." – Would "sub-range" be more clear than "smaller range"?
  • "on the east along the Harney–Malheur" – Remove the duplicate link to Harney County?
  • "The Kings River begins in The Granites and flows south toward the interior of Nevada, while McDermitt Creek flows generally east toward McDermitt." – Add that Kings River is a tributary of the Quinn River, which ends in the Black Rock Desert. Add a bit more specific detail from the GNIS description of McDermitt Creek: "Heads in Oregon, flows southeast into Nevada, where it disappears into the valley floor, 0.7 mi west of the Quinn River and 2.5 mi southwest of McDermitt."

Land-management compromise

  • I think the bulleted list would be better as straight prose.
  • That's all I've got. Finetooth (talk) 21:55, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Done, except I think the list of parties in the Trout Creek Mountain Working Group is easier to read in bulleted format. The MOS:EMBED guideline isn't very specific, but I feel that it's more practical to list 13 items with bullet points instead of in prose. I'd be glad to discuss this and hear others' opinions. By the way, regarding your other comments, it's simply amazing what one pair of eyes can see and another doesn't find. Jsayre64 (talk) 07:15, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
OK. If others find the bulleted list problematic, it will be easy to change. I don't feel strongly about this one way or the other. As for eyes, ever it was thus. I have never seen anything at PR or FAC that sailed through with no suggestions for improvement. Meanwhile, I have three more suggestions.
  • I would break up the third long paragraph of the lede after the word jackrabbits.
  • Citation 23 links to an abstract rather than a complete article. The citation should probably include a "subscription required" parameter; that is |subscription=yes.
  • You might consider adding pre-emptive archiveurls to head off link rot. You can search for existing clones of articles in the Internet Archive or use the "Save Page Now" function at that site to create an archived copy if none exists. Finetooth (talk) 17:35, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Done. All links that can be archived have now been archived. Thanks for your helpful comments. Jsayre64 (talk) 23:46, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Do you happen to know when to use "land-use" or "land-management" as opposed to "land use" or "land management"? Jsayre64 (talk) 02:21, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
Off the top of my head, I'd say hyphenate when it's an adjective, as in "land-use conflict" and not otherwise, as in "unusual land use". Finetooth (talk) 02:29, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
Support on prose, comprehensiveness, style, research, layout, length, etc., and media as soon as Nikkimaria's concerns are addressed. I should note, as above, that I peer-reviewed the article and that I also made a few minor additions and corrections to it along the way. Finetooth (talk) 17:35, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

Image review

  • File:Antilocapra_americana.jpg: couple of problems here. First, I don't see this image on the given site - do you have a more direct link? Second, the site's copyright page currently claims CC BY-SA 3.0 on all images, not PD. Nikkimaria (talk) 02:09, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support on prose, presentation, sourcing, and useful illustrations. It's informative and a highly interesting read. A couple thoughts: first, I do like the Trout Creek Mountain Working Group member organizations displayed as a bulleted list, and second, I'm wondering if the Oregon Desert Trail should be mentioned somewhere in the article. – Juliancolton | Talk 23:45, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad you reminded me of the Oregon Desert Trail. I think it makes sense to link to that article in a "see also" section, so I've done that and linked to High Desert (Oregon) as well. Jsayre64 (talk) 05:40, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). Quite well done and educational. Beautiful use of photos. Excellent climate graphic to help inform the reader. Only minor quibble with the short final paragraph in sect Human uses. That paragraph just reads a bit odd to me, I don't know, maybe it's the use of "Today" that feels a bit colloquial. Perhaps "Currently" or "At present" or "As of 2015" or whatever the source says, something like that. — Cirt (talk) 01:05, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
I changed the adverb to "currently," and I'm guessing you thought the wording was a little choppy, so I tried to make the sentences flow better. Thanks for looking over the article. Jsayre64 (talk) 05:07, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. Reads a bit better now, thanks. — Cirt (talk) 17:53, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant[edit]

Nominator(s): Neelix (talk) 11:53, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

This article is about a theme restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios where guests sit in convertibles and watch campy 1950s sci-fi clips while they eat. The article received an independent copy edit from a member of the Guild of Copy Editors, was promoted to good status, and subsequently received a peer review. Neelix (talk) 11:53, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Epicgenius[edit]

Funnily enough, while dining at ABC Commissary last week on my trip to Disney World, I took a peek at the actual Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. I was quite disappointed as it only served fries and burgers (when I went, anyway. The source in the article refutes this, but...).


  • Most of the first paragraph in the "Location" section "Only Disney's Hollywood Studios ... plus Hollywood & Vine" should probably be placed into its own paragraph. "Location" could then be changed to "Context".
  • There are alt texts, and that is good. However, they don't really present a clear connection to the actual images. For example, the lead image has the alt text "A group of people sitting in mock cars facing slightly to the left of the viewer all inside a room with a black ceiling and walls painted to look like a landscape". The caption is "The interior of the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater". If one were to read the alt text alone, they would not know that the picture was taken in the restaurant.
  • Do you have the exact day that the restaurant opened, by any chance?
  • The section header "Influence" could probably be changed to "Spin-offs" or something.
  • Could the footnote "Hollywood & Vine had resumed its Minnie Mouse character meals by 2005." be somehow integrated in the text?
  • Per WP:CITELEAD, and since the quote is mentioned later anyway, the sole citation in the lead could be removed, but I'm not sure if it should.
  • In the "Location" section, the sentence "The Sci-Fi Dine-In is located on Commissary Lane across from Star Tours and next to the ABC Commissary, a restaurant that, contrary to the Sci-Fi Dine-In, is easy to get into without reservations but is not themed." should probably be split into two sentences: "The Sci-Fi Dine-In is located on Commissary Lane across from Star Tours. It is also next to the ABC Commissary restaurant, which, by contrast, is easy to get into without reservations but is not themed." (N.B.: Actually, the two restaurants share a bathroom.)

More to come... Epic Genius (talk) 18:39, 10 September 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for the review, Epic Genius! I have split the first sentence of the second paragraph of the "Location" section in two as you suggested. I have also renamed the "Influence" section to "Imitation", which I hope addresses your concern; the EGV Drive-in Cafe and Bayliner Diner are not really spin-offs because they aren't owned by Disney. I haven't split off the portion of the first paragraph of the "Location" section because doing so would leave the first sentence of that paragraph to be its own paragraph, and the guidelines recommend against single-sentence paragraphs; the paragraph is fairly short as it is. Thank you for recommending that I reword the alt text; I had not previously been familiar with the currently prescribed alt text standards and I believe that I had been following an outdated set of standards in this area. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find the exact date of the restaurant's opening in a reputable source. I would prefer not to integrate the footnote into the main text as this is exactly the kind of content for which footnotes exist; it has nothing to do with the subject of the article, but is included in the periphery to clarify some statement within the article. I would also prefer to leave the citation at the end of the quotation in the lead as this is standard practice despite not being explicitly required. I hope these changes and comments address your concerns! Please let me know if you would like to discuss any of the above further or if you have any more concerns regarding the article. Neelix (talk) 12:26, 11 September 2015 (UTC)
In regards to your first concern that the influenced restaurants aren't really spinoffs, @Neelix, I suppose the section could also be called "Imitations", as it is now. Regarding your other concern about the citation remaining in the lead, I guess it's fine, even though the same quote is cited later in the article.
I'm going to keep looking over this later for more areas of improvement. So far, though, the article looks good. (The food, less so.) Epic Genius (talk) 14:43, 11 September 2015 (UTC)
I'm glad you like the article! Most of the reviewers agree with you about the food, which I hope comes out in the article. Neelix (talk) 17:02, 11 September 2015 (UTC)
Yes, and the decor is awesome. I just don't like the food that much. :-(
Speaking of which, in the "Reception" section, you should more distinctly combine the positive and the negative reviews. Right now, the paragraph order is a little murky. Epic Genius (talk) 20:29, 11 September 2015 (UTC)
Could you clarify how you would like the "Reception" section to be reorganized? During the article's peer review, I reordered the "Reception" section in response to a suggestion made by Rational Observer so that the first paragraph is about the restaurant in general, the second paragraph is about the consensus that the restaurant works wonderfully as an attraction but not as a food destination, the third paragraph is about positive reception of the food, and the fourth paragraph is about the film clips and other niche reasons for appreciating the restaurant. Do you have concerns regarding this order? Neelix (talk) 17:59, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
I apologize if I didn't see this in the peer review. However, I saw that some of these comments were critical of the restaurant, e.g. Paul Schultz of the Daily News writes, "Anyone who is a fan of trashy sci-fi movies of the 1950s should check [the Sci-Fi Dine-In] out." In his book Sci-Fi Movie Freak, Robert Ring calls the Sci-Fi Dine-In film clips "hokey", while David Steele of The Rotarian calls them "classically awful",and Rick Ramseyer of Restaurant Business Magazine calls them "campy".
@Neelix: you said above, The first paragraph is about the restaurant in general, the second paragraph is about the consensus that the restaurant works wonderfully as an attraction but not as a food destination, the third paragraph is about positive reception of the food, and the fourth paragraph is about the film clips and other niche reasons for appreciating the restaurant. Maybe some transition phrases would make this clear. For instance, in paragraph 1, you can say, In general, the restaurant has received mixed reviews. Jack Hayes of Nation's Restaurant News calls the Sci-Fi Dine-In "wacky" and "on the cutting edge of sheer dining fun". (emphasis on the transition phrase, which I added and which you can modify at your discretion.) Epic Genius (talk) 22:43, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
I have added topic sentences to three of the four paragraphs in the "Reception" section; one of the paragraphs already had a topic sentence. I hope these additions make the structure of the section easier to follow. My impression of the quotations you mention about the film clips is that these reviews are actually positive; B films often become cult films because fans appreciate the classical awfulness/hokiness/campiness, and the tone of the reviews seems in line with this type of thinking. Are you pleased with the "Reception" section as it currently stands? Neelix (talk) 04:51, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

Image review

  • Suggest scaling up the lead image size; also, that file is tagged as lacking a description. Nikkimaria (talk) 01:59, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Independent of the above comment, I suggest upright ratios or something. Epic Genius (talk) 02:39, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for the image review, Nikki! I have increased the size of the lead image as you recommended, and I think it makes the article look better. Epic Genius: Which images do you feel should make use of the upright function? Normally, this function is used on images that are narrower than they are tall, and there aren't any such images in this article. Neelix (talk) 04:53, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
@Neelix: Nah, I didn't mean that type of upright. :)
I meant the "upright ratio". Putting |upright| creates a ratio that is 0.75 times the user's or computer's image-scaling preferences (for me, the default is 220 px, so the upright would be 165 px since it is 75% of 220). By comparison, |upright=1.0| will scale the image on my computer to 220 px, and |upright=1.1| will scale the image on my computer to 242 px. Currently, the lead image is 300 px. For me, a comparable upright is 135% of the original image, or 299 px.
Unfortunately, you can't add upright without cheating. You'd have to change the code to | image = Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater interior by hyku.jpg|upright=1.35. :( Epic Genius (talk) 21:07, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
OK, great! Do you have any remaining concerns regarding the article? Neelix (talk) 21:32, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
Not right now, no. I'd say it's all good. +1 Epic Genius (talk) 23:53, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Jaguar[edit]

  • "For a period of time, the menu listed items with themed names" - this could be more specific, was it like a "limited edition" menu?
  • I think that the year it opened should be mentioned in the infobox and the first paragraph in the lead (but the latter is optional)
  • The reception paragraph in the lead needs to summarise that it "received mixed reviews from critics"
  • "The restaurant is one of only five restaurants in the park that recommend that guests make advance reservations" - no need for extra "that"
  • "which was considered at the time to be in keeping with the science fiction theme because the technology was so new" - 'was so new' sounds a bit informal, how about recently developed pr advanced
  • "The license plates are dated 1955" - dated from 1955
  • "In 2003, EGV Entertainment, a movie theater operator in Thailand" overlink movie theater
  • " Peggy Katalinich of the Tampa Bay Times writes that, although the food is only okay, "Who cares? Food is besides the point."" - 'okay' sounds unencyclopedic if it's not part of the quote
  • "specifically singling out the restaurant's roast beef sandwich as a ripoff, despite calling it delicious" - this is identical to the phrase in the lead. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jaguar (talkcontribs)
Thank you very much for the review, Jaguar! I have implemented all of your recommended changes. Please let me know if you have any further suggestions or if I have not sufficiently addressed any of the concerns you have already raised. Neelix (talk) 21:22, 18 September 2015 (UTC)
After looking through the article again I will conclude my review with a support. It is broad, well written and the references (the ones I could access) all check out fine. I couldn't find any other prose issues with the article, although I would be slightly cautious over some tight-squeeze of text (where two images on opposite sides create format issues), but it doesn't seem to be much of a problem for this article anyway. Well done on writing another piece of quality work, Neelix! JAGUAR  22:02, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

Support – The restaurant is plainly my idea of Hell, but the article is unsparing in its meticulous description of its horrors, there is no sign of bias, the prose is admirable, the sourcing is widespread and has every appearance of being excellent. I'm very happy to support – from the safe distance of more than 4,000 miles away. – Tim riley talk 20:25, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

Support – The article looks like it is in good shape; it is well researched, written and referenced. I checked the references which have internet links and all of them work. Great work! Z105space (talk) 14:14, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Support - Nice work. This fits all the FA criteria as far as I can see. - SchroCat (talk) 09:36, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

Bootham Crescent[edit]

Nominator(s): Mattythewhite (talk) 20:43, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Bootham Crescent has been the home ground of York City Football Club since 1932, and is expected to be knocked down in two years time, when the club moves to an out-of-town multi-purpose stadium. The article has held GA status since January 2008, and forms part of the York City F.C. featured topic. I have worked on getting the article up to the required standard, and believe it now meets the criteria. Mattythewhite (talk) 20:43, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Support Comments from Parutakupiu[edit]

Good read (particularly the history section), well sourced and well pictured. Here are my suggestions/concerns/doubts:

  • In the infobox, it would be helpful to provide the match and date when the record attendance was set, for imediate information.
    • Added the opponent, competition and date. Mattythewhite (talk) 16:14, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Try to avoid very short sentences if it is possible to merge them with the ones surrounding it. For instance, "The ground has a capacity of 7,872 and is located near the centre of the city..."
    • Have had a go at merging a few sentences. Mattythewhite (talk) 16:14, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Bootham Crescent hosted football in the Football League from 1932 to 2004, when York were relegated into the Conference National, and since 2012 after York were promoted back into the Football League in 2012."
  • I would remove wikilinks to common nouns such as "directors", "pitch", "manager", "chairman", "dressing rooms", "managing director", "first-team"
    • Removed the wikilinks suggested above, and those to "referee", "linesmen", "turnstile" and "groundsman". Replaced the wikilink to manager with the more specific List of York City F.C. managers. Mattythewhite (talk) 16:14, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I don't think it's necessary to place an inline citation for the same source in consecutive sentences, only in the last one (if the next one is different).
    • I try to be as explicit as I can when referencing, so I prefer to cite each sentence. There's a passage from a user-written essay on writing featured articles that I agree with on this: "One citation for each sentence! In this way you'll avoid the annoying [citation needed], you'll impress and you'll convince everybody about the high level of your research". Mattythewhite (talk) 16:14, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The ground's one major drawback..." Is the presence of "one" here correct? Not a native speaker but it sounds odd.
    • I don't think it's grammatically incorrect, but reading it over it seems redundant, so I've removed it. Mattythewhite (talk) 16:14, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I would close the article with the "Future" section. In addition – and totally optional – I would try to incorporate the "Transport" section (not so big) into the "Structure and facilities" (with creation of sub-sections, if adequate).
    • Placed Future as the bottom section, and moved Transport to below Structure and facilities. I've not merged them, as I feel they're too distinct to be part of the same section. Mattythewhite (talk) 16:14, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

Parutakupiu (talk) 01:11, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Thanks for reviewing the article. Mattythewhite (talk) 16:14, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
    • You're welcome. Good luck with getting the whole topic featured. Parutakupiu (talk) 16:46, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support My issues dealt with at peer review. A good read and nice to see such quality work about a lower league team. Particularly impressed by the lack of recentism in the history section. --Dweller (talk) 09:51, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments :

  • There is a slight confusion at the beginning of the article. The first paragraph of the lead begins: "Bootham Crescent is an association football ground located in York..." etc. The second paragraph begins: "York City took Bootham Crescent on lease from York Cricket Club..." That sounds as if York City leased a football ground from the cricket club, when in fact it leased land, on which it then built its stadium. I recommend that you slightly amend the beginning of the second paragraph as follows: "York City leased land at Bootham Crescent from York Cricket Club, as a replacement for thir ground at Fulfordgate, which was located on the outskirts of the city." You will probably need to make similar adjustments within the body of the article.
  • The club took a 21-year lease in 1932, which takes us to 1953. But we hear no more of the lease until 2002, when we learn that the lease was extended until 2004. What about the intervening extensions?
    • It is stated in the second paragraph of the second section in History that "It was announced at the shareholders' annual meeting in September 1948 that York had purchased Bootham Crescent for £4,075". I felt this passage was sufficient in informing readers that the lease had ended. Mattythewhite (talk) 15:42, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I'm confused by some of the detail in the "Recent history" section: "...the club proceeded with plans to move to Huntington Stadium.[30] After months of negotiations the club bought the ground in February 2004, after securing a £2 million loan from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF)." But then we hear no more of this new ground until the very end of the article, when the move is still apparently pending. What happened? Has York City owned two grounds for the past 12 years or so?
    • Clarified that the club bought Bootham Crescent, not Huntington Stadium, which was implied by the previous wording. D'oh! Mattythewhite (talk) 15:42, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I've noticed a tendency towards verbosity on occasions, e.g. "The move to Bootham Crescent was voted on, and the decision to take the ground on a 21-year lease was approved by 115 votes to 37" which could easily be shortened to "The move to Bootham Crescent on a 21-year lease was approved by 115 votes to 37." There may well be other opportunities to tidy the prose.
    • Reworded as suggested. Will reread for unnecessary text. Mattythewhite (talk) 15:42, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

These points are the result of a fairly quick prose scan rather than a detailed read-through, for which I have not yet found time. I will continue when I can. Brianboulton (talk) 14:35, 9 September 2015 (UTC)


  • The only comment I have is the Future section which starts off with "the terms of the FSIF loan" but you have to go searching for the details of this loan and what FSIF means. It seems as though this section is out of place and there is no flow from what should precede it. Keith D (talk) 21:57, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
    • I moved Future to the bottom after considering Parutakupiu's point on section ordering. It could be argued that Future is essentially a continuation of History, so maybe it should come directly afterwards? What do you think, @Keith D: and @Parutakupiu:? Mattythewhite (talk) 23:09, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
      • I guess Keith D has a point. Maybe it does fit better as a follow-up; just not entirely sure if as a section per se or nested within History. Parutakupiu (talk) 23:29, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
        • May be at the end of the history section would be appropriate, as it will become history in a year when the new ground is opened, that would also allow a flow from the details of the loan to this section. Keith D (talk) 11:11, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
          • Future moved to directly after History. Mattythewhite (talk) 12:16, 10 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments – Just a couple of things from me, since this looks to be in pretty good shape already.

  • Further improvements and a new stand: "The half-time scoreboard at the Shipton Street End ceased to be used in 1965, but remained as advertising hoarding." "hoarding" → "boarding"? Or is that a word used in Britain. Us Americans don't always recognize these at first glance.
    • Retains the same meaning and is probably a more widely recognised term. Reworded as suggested. Mattythewhite (talk) 16:43, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Other uses: "the FA XI included former 1966 World Cup winners Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles." Is it appropriate to say they were "former" 1966 World Cup champions since they'll never lose that recognitition. It would make more sense if it started with "former England international players" or something similar. Giants2008 (Talk) 01:43, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Reworded to "the FA XI included former England internationals and 1966 World Cup winners Bobby Charlton and Nobby Stiles". Mattythewhite (talk) 16:43, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
      • Support – With these fixes and the others above, I'm confident that this article now meets the FA criteria. Good work. Giants2008 (Talk) 00:12, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

Source review – Apologies for getting back to you late...

  • No dead links, but ref 54 doesn't seem to work for me. Internal server error?
  • Shouldn't Ref 5, 8, 11, 12 have access dates given the template includes URLs?
  • No issues with close paraphrasing having selected a few random sources with links (Ref 29, 31, 33, 35, 47, 70, 71, 74).
  • Be consistent with publication title for York Evening Press. Compare Ref 35 with 40 for instance. Lemonade51 (talk) 16:06, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
    • For historical accuracy, I've gone with what the newspaper was called at the time the articles were published. Mattythewhite (talk) 16:27, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support on comprehensiveness and prose, FWIW. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 11:19, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). Suggest renaming sect Recent history to 1990s to present or something like that, so it's less likely to be dated. Two-sentence-long paragraphs in the first and 4th paragraphs of the lede intro sect, could either be expanded or have some info moved around to have more of a balance in flow for that sect. Otherwise quite comprehensive, that's about all that's holding me back from switching. — Cirt (talk) 01:01, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Section heading reworded as suggested.
    • Lead expanded. Mattythewhite (talk) 11:01, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. Thanks for being so quick and responsive to my comments, — Cirt (talk) 17:52, 30 September 2015 (UTC)


Nominator(s): IJReid discuss 00:00, 4 September 2015 (UTC) & LittleJerry talk 00:00, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

This article is about Apatosaurus, a sauropod commonly associated with but separate from Brontosaurus. The article was expanded by myself and LittleJerry, and was nominated for FA earlier. However, in the time during the review, a major study was published revolutionizing the systematics, and the article now follows that more Apatosaurus tends to be one of the best known sauropods because of its previous synonymization with Brontosaurus, and this article comprehensively covers what it known and proposed for Apatosaurus. IJReid discuss 00:00, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Image review

  • Infographic could stand to be larger
Expanded. LittleJerry (talk) 19:57, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
  • File:Field_Museum_Apatosaurus_mount,_1909.jpg: when/where was this first published?
Removed. Seems to high quality to be from 1909. LittleJerry (talk) 20:25, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
The source is the Field museums own Flickr page[6], so shouldn't be a problem. But we do have a newer photo of the mount:[7] FunkMonk (talk) 20:32, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
They say it's PD, but they don't say why - I'm not sure the given tag is correct. Nikkimaria (talk) 13:10, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
Its because the photograph was taken in 1908, and thus was taken before 1923, so that photograph is now in the Public Domain with no restrictions. IJReid discuss 13:57, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
No, the current tag applies to images published before 1923, not just created. Was this image published then? Nikkimaria (talk) 19:31, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
Well, even if it is not, the image is still PD, by selecting the "no known restrictions" license link, it reads "Participating institutions may have various reasons for determining that "no known copyright restrictions" exist, such as: The copyright is in the public domain because it has expired; The copyright was injected into the public domain for other reasons, such as failure to adhere to required formalities or conditions; The institution owns the copyright but is not interested in exercising control; or The institution has legal rights sufficient to authorize others to use the work without restrictions." Therefore the image remains PD. Also, it is no longer on the page so it does not affect the outcome of the FAC. IJReid discuss 23:01, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
  • File:Dinosaur_National_Monument_quarry_map.png: has this permission been recorded via OTRS? Nikkimaria (talk) 15:58, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
I'm on it. LittleJerry (talk) 20:09, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
The owner of the blog got permission, see under the permission field, and in the source link. FunkMonk (talk) 20:30, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Carpenter has reponded on Commons:[8] Seems it would have to be deleted. FunkMonk (talk) 20:51, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Any further comments Nikkimaria? IJReid discuss 03:53, 10 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Jens Lallensack

General comments

  • You are citing a lot from Gilmore 1936, which is a very old source, but are not critical enough. Some examples:
  • The cervical vertebrae were stouter than those of other diplodocids, and were found to be most similar to Camarasaurus by Charles Whitney Gilmore. - Here you state the vertebrae are more similar to Camarasaurus than to other currently known diplodocids. The age of the cited study is not even indicated. In this context, Gilmore 1936 should not be used as a source, as only few sauropods were known at the time; it is highly unlikely that the statement still holds.
Well, I kept this information, and elaborated upon it using the info in the peer preprint you link below. IJReid discuss 16:48, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "the humerus resembles that of Camarasaurus" – same as above. It's probably not true anymore.
The fact that the humerus resembles the humerus in Camarasaurus actually cannot change, as it is like saying that the feet of troodontids are similar to ornithomimids because they are both actometatarsalian. IJReid discuss 16:48, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The femora of A. louisae are the stoutest of any member of Sauropoda." - Again, the statement is to old. You cannot expect that such a statement can possibly be true after 100 years of research. Is the femur really more robust than for example those of derived titanosaurs like Saltasaurus?
I changed this. IJReid discuss 16:48, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Some information is missing.
  • Why is Apatosaurus considered different from other diplodocids, especially Brontosaurus? I would name and explain at least some autapomorphies.
I have now listed the autapomorphies that show Brontosaurus is valid. IJReid discuss 16:48, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Why are the two species condidered to be distinct?
I have added the information from Tschopp et al. on why they chose 13 characters for generic separation and 6 characters for specific separation. IJReid discuss 16:48, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
This information has been added under description (info on vertebrae anatomy) and paleobiology (info on the neck combat proposal). IJReid discuss 16:48, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The article sometimes seems to be a bit overloaded with details that are not relevant. The importance of these details remains unclear to the reader. Some examples:
  • "The bones are articulated and their fusion indicates the bones are mature." – This is inside the "Description" section. In this section, only information on the anatomy of Apatosaurus are expected. Why is this information on a single specimen important in this context? Could be removed without a problem. You do not give age estimates of other specimens discussed in the article.
Clarified. LittleJerry (talk) 11:53, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "In an individual of A. louisae, the astragalus was not found fused to the tibia." - It is not clear why the reader should know this, at least without any further information. Is the astragalus fused to the tibia in other sauropods?
Removed. IJReid discuss 02:18, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Within Apatosaurinae, the scapula of Apatosaurus louisae is intermediate in morphology between those of A. ajax and Brontosaurus excelsus." – there is little the reader can learn from this, without any discussion.
I think I've fixed this. IJReid discuss 23:32, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The stoutest metatarsal is in digit 1; the third metatarsal is the second stoutest.[3]" – Don't understand me wrong, I love detail in dinosaur articles. But you always should try to provide context. Is this an autapomorphy of Apatosaurus, or is it the general condition in Diplodocidae?
Removed. IJReid discuss 23:32, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Roughened surface textures (rugosities) are present on both ends of the femur" - Again, context is needed: What does this tell us, and is it unique in Apatosaurus?
Removed. IJReid discuss 02:18, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Please check the text for duplicate links (e.g., there are two links for Mike Taylor)
All uplinks are removed. IJReid discuss 20:35, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The conclusions of Cobley et al. were disputed by Mike Taylor …" Mike Taylor was previously introduced as "Mike P. Taylor" in the text. You should decide wether or not to use middle initials, currently its a mess. Please check all names.
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 20:18, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • please check for redirekts (e.g., Brontosaurus yahnahpin should point directly to Brontosaurus, not to the redirect)
Well, it is useful to have the species in the redirect, and it does not overly affect how the article is read. IJReid discuss 20:35, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The article makes a lot of use of the world "say". E.g., "Some studies say", "Wedel said", and so on. The word appears 14 times in the article! I would prefer using other words (e.g., "argued", "declared", "suggested", "came to the conclusion", "implied", "reasoned", "found" – there are a lot of possibilities. It has not to be "say".
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 17:49, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • There are multiple issues with tense. You are describing the fossils and referring to published works both in past tense and present tense, this should be uniform. (e.g. "This was first noted" but "Some studies say"; "The neck vertebrae were" but "The phalangeal formula is".
Done. LittleJerry (talk) 17:55, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Please take a look at reference formatting:
I believe that all the reference changes have been completed. IJReid discuss 20:01, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Sometimes, first names are written out, and sometimes not (e.g., ref 1 vs ref 2).
  • Just cite the year, not the month (e.g. ref 3).
  • ref 7 misses a lot of information
  • ref 8 needs a comma or something before "Programme and Abstracts"
  • title mode in journal articles (e.g. ref 31).
  • I'm not sure if ref 26 is a published citeable source at al. At least, the reference is totally misleading; there is no journal "dinoaurs". Best remove it completely.
  • missing page ranges (e.g. ref 29)
  • missing ISBN (e.g. ref 36)
  • in ref 37, the position of the editors is awkward
  • ref 53: add "first edition"
  • ref 54: not sure why we need "Retrieved 2008-09-05" for a journal article. Suchs dates are not given in other journal article citations.
  • scientific names must be in italics. e.g. ref 60.
  • missing title in ref 63
  • consider removing "Albuquerque, New Mexico: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science." in ref 69, 72, 73 and 74, as places are not given in other references


  • "Like all sauropods, Apatosaurus had a single claw on each forelimb and three on each hindlimb." - This is not true, this applies only for Diplodocidae except for Barosaurus, which shows only two claws on the pes. Other sauropods can have four claws.
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 17:43, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "it may have grown 520 kilograms (1,150 pounds) per year until it reached 70 years of age" - why citing this estimate which contradicts most other studies? The consensus is that sauropods grew much faster, as stated later in the article.
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 17:45, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

More specific comments:

  • "He classified this group within Sauropoda." - … which he had errected in the same study. I would provide this context.
Done. LittleJerry (talk) 17:36, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Most authors still use Sauropoda as the group name." - Is there any author who does not?
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 20:13, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "All Apatosaurus specimens are from the Morrison Formation. In 1877, this formation became the center of the Bone Wars, a fossil-collecting rivalry between early paleontologists Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope. Because of their rivalry, Marsh and Cope hurried to publish and describe the taxa." – what has this to do with Apatosaurus? I would expect to find some information on which important Apatosaurus fossils were discovered during this time.
I have partially redone that paragraph. IJReid discuss 20:45, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The length of time taken for Riggs's 1903 reclassification of Brontosaurus as Apatosaurus to be brought to public notice, as well as Osborn's insistence that the Brontosaurus name be retained despite Riggs's paper, meant the entangled Brontosaurus/Apatosaurus became one of best-known dinosaurs." - Do I understand this right, that Brontosaurus/Apatosaurus is one of the most famous dinosaurs only because of the naming issue?
I've reworded this now. IJReid discuss 20:53, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The AMNH specimen, sometimes assigned to A. ajax" - was this specimen mentioned before? It's out of context. I would at least expect information on the date of discovery.
Mentioned previously now. IJReid discuss 20:53, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Field Columbian Museum – never heard of this museum. Which city? Link it.
Linked. IJReid discuss 20:53, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Now this specimen is considered to either be a basal diplodocine or a derived apatosaurine." – You spend a whole paragraph describing the history of discovery of this specimen, and than stating that it is not Apatosaurus at all? It makes the whole section unbalanced, as other specimens are not discussed in that much detail.
Rewrote. The specimen is significant as it is what proved to Riggs that the apatosaurus holotype was a juvenile, and thus the distinguishing features are not valid. IJReid discuss 02:18, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The skull was found a short distance from a skeleton (specimen CM 3018) identified as the new species Apatosaurus louisae, named after Andrew Carnegie's wife Louise." Louise is linked, but Andrew Carnegie is mentioned for the first time and not linked.
Done. LittleJerry (talk) 17:17, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "In 1931 at the Yale Peabody Museum, a skeleton was mounted with a skull different from the others. While at the time most museums were using Camarasaurus casts, the Peabody Museum sculpted a completely different skull." There is a lot of redundancy in the two sentences.
Rewrote. IJReid discuss 02:18, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The conclusion was based on a comparison of 477 morphological characteristics across 81 different dinosaurs." Its not clear what "different dinosaurs" mean, could be different species, genera, or individuals. The latter is the case I think.
Done. LittleJerry (talk) 18:28, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "However, some are sceptical of the large number of sauropod taxa in the Morrison, instead grouping taxa like Brontosaurus and Apatosaurus together." You are citing a single blog post, the opinion of Donald Prothero. You should at least cite a second to be able to state "some are spectical". The link leads not to the whole blog post, but precisely to a comment made at the end of this blog post. This is no better than a forum comment and is not a reliable source.
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 18:24, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "In 2005, Paul Upchurch and colleagues published a study that analyzed the species and specimen relationships of Apatosaurus.[19] Their analysis was revised and expanded with many additional diplodocid specimens in 2015, though this larger study found that only two species could be referred to Apatosaurus.[1]" The formulation "though this larger study found that only two species could be referred to Apatosaurus" implies that the earlier study by Upchurch et al. found more species to be valid. But this information is not given.
Added info on findings of Unchurch. IJReid discuss 02:18, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The species remained largely unknown; it was overshadowed by A. excelsus and A. louisae." Not my favorite sentence, and I don't really understand it; are you refering to the famousness in popular culture?
Reworded. IJReid discuss 02:18, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Apatosaurus louisae was named by Holland in 1916 in honor of Mrs. Louise Carnegie, wife of Andrew Carnegie who funded field research to find complete dinosaur skeletons in the American West." Ah, here is the information on Andrew Carnegie. This should be moved to the first mention of Carnegie in the article.
Done. LittleJerry (talk) 17:39, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "A. louisae is one of the most distinct species, yet it was recovered as the most primitive species in the Upchurch phylogeny" – The word "yet" implies that it is unusual that the most primitive species is the most distinct. You should explain this.
changed to "and". IJReid discuss 02:18, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Marsh said it was only provisionally assigned to the genus when he reassigned it to his new genus Morosaurus in 1878.[42] It is now the oldest species of Camarasaurus after being reassigned to that genus.[43]" – I see some problems with the formulations here, please rephrase it to make it more clear (that you are not talking about geologic age, and that Morosaurus is now known as Camarasaurus).
Done. LittleJerry (talk) 11:58, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  • In the paragraph on Apatosaurus minimus, why are the new findings in Tschopps study not incorporated and cited?
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 20:27, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
I've now added the info per the discussion of Tschopp et al., A minimus was found to be a camarasaurid. IJReid discuss 20:31, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "It was based on postcrania from Portugal. In 1990, this was referred to Camarasaurus …" It should be either "it was" or "these were", but not "this was"?
"this material was" now. IJReid discuss 02:18, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Bakker made A. yahnahpin the type species of a new genus, Eobrontosaurus in 1998,[38] and reclassified it as Brontosaurus yahnahpin in 2015.[1]" Bakker in 2015 reclassified it inside Brontosaurus? Please check this, I thought it was Tschopp et al. who did this.
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 18:03, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "large proportion of pits, and fine, subparallel scratches in Apatosaurus" – I guess you are talking about teeth here? Please clarify.
Done. LittleJerry (talk) 17:17, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "graze below the level of the body" - perhaps better "graze below the level of the feet"?
I don't see why that would be better. LittleJerry (talk)
Nevermind, fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 22:49, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I'm not happy with the sections "Feeding" and "Posture". There is a structural problem: "Feeding" contains a lot of information on neck posture, which should be in the section "Posture" instead. "Posture" contains important information on feeding, which should be within the section "Feeding".
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 17:17, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "In 2008, footprints of a juvenile Apatosaurus were reported from Quarry Five in Morrison, Colorado. Discovered in 2006 by Matthew Mossbrucker, these footprints show that juveniles could run on their hind legs in a manner similar to that of the modern basilisk lizard.[56]" - I'm not happy with this statement. The reference is a web link which is not working, so I cannot check the source. For this statement we really need a reliable source. Interpretation of fossil footprints is very tricky. If this speculation has not been published in scientific literature, I would suggest removing it due to lacking notability.
Removed. LittleJerry (talk) 17:23, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The whole paragraph "juveniles" does not really contain much precise information, and is much to vague. You are talking of "Slight proportional differences", but what age are you reffering to? Consider writing a section on ontogeny, detailing changes appearing throughout life history. In such a section, you could also place the sentence "One of the first identified growth factors of Apatosaurus was the number of sacral vertebrae, which increased to five by the time of the creatures' maturity.", which currently is out of place.
I think I've fixed this. IJReid discuss 02:18, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
  • You mention "Saurophaganax" in the image caption but not in the text.
Done. LittleJerry (talk) 18:01, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

This are my notes from my first read. I'm sorry for the long list, but I fear that the article still needs a bit of work. --Jens Lallensack (talk) 16:09, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

All your above comments have been resolved Jens Lallensack. Do you have any further suggestions? IJReid discuss 02:18, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

Second look by Jens Lallensack I think the article has improved a lot already. I still have questions regarding some of my points mentioned above, and found some new ones. Especially, I think that the section "discovery and species" still has major problems. General comments

  • The "discovery and species" section seems a bit unbalanced to me. There is an extensive discussion of the skull problem, and some specimens are introduced in some detail. But other important specimens, for example the holotype of A. louisae, are only mentioned shortly (while discussing the skull problem), while others are not mentioned at all. For example, the article contains two images of "Einstein" (BYU 17096), with one image caption stating it is the "most complete specimen known to date". This specimen is not mentioned at all in the "discovery and species" section, and the important information "most complete specimen" only appears in the image caption (without a source).
The specimen is mentioned in the description, now a brief mention in the discovery section as well. IJReid discuss 23:14, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The article recently underwent a split from the article Brontosaurus therefore following Tschopp at al. (2015). Thats fine, but then we need to be consequent. The section "discovery and species" mostly discusses specimens that are not Apatosaurus according to Tschopp et al. The discovery of the real Apatosaurus specimens, on the other hand (CM 3018 and YPM 1861) are barlely discussed, and also the holotype YPM 1860 could be discussed in more detail. What is known from the holotype, where is it now, and is it on exhibit? There currently is much more information on FMNH P25112 in the article, which according to Tschopp is Brontosaurus, than on the Apatosaurus holotype.
More info on ajax holotype, and less on FMNH, but unfortunately, there is not much information on the discovery of ajax, or even on the holotype. IJReid discuss 16:06, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
I have uploaded an additional source for you, see also the references cited there: [9]. Its very helpful, also for interesting additions in other parts of the article. Please ask me if you need anything more, I will see what I can do. --Jens Lallensack (talk) 19:12, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
I've looked at it, But I don't know how to incorporate it, as it is kinda defunct what with Tschopp et al reclassifying many specimens mentioned. IJReid discuss 19:41, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
For a start, you could add the bits on the Apatosaurus holotype and the A. louisae skeletons, that would already be a big improvement I think. I would incorporate the source by myself, but probably will not have time within the FAC window. --Jens Lallensack (talk) 12:05, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
I've now added more info on the ajax holotype, and some on the louisae. IJReid discuss 14:25, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • In the "discovery ans species" section, you give specimen numbers for some specimens but not for all. Consider to add the missing specimen numbers as those will make clear what you are talking about exactly.
Specimen numbers added. IJReid discuss 16:52, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

more specific points

  • A sentence now reads "The bones are articulated and their fusion indicates the bones are mature, so they do not only superficially appear closer to diplodocoids." – To be honest, I do not understand the second part of the sentence. Closer to diplodocoids than what?
than macronarians. IJReid discuss 16:52, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
Please help me, I still have no idea what this is supposed to mean. They are closer to Diplodocoids because they are mature?? --Jens Lallensack (talk) 19:12, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Removed, did not really add any descriptive info to the article. IJReid discuss 23:50, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I find the paragraph starting with "In the 1903 edition of Geological Series of the Field Columbian Museum" still a bit confusing. The skeleton in question is introduced as "a well preserved skeleton of Apatosaurus", but later-on it is stated that it was not Apatosaurus at all. Is there a possibility to reduce confusion by rewording?
Reworded. IJReid discuss 16:28, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "labeled the Apatosaurus mount of the American Museum of Natural History Brontosaurus." – Here again I find stringency is missing. The section "Discovery and species" starts with describing the first finds of Apatosaurus. Now, we read "the Apatosaurus mount of the AMNH". If you formulate it like this, I would think that this specimen was already mentioned previously. But where? If this specimen was not mentioned previously, it should at least be introduced shortly.
Reworded. IJReid discuss 16:28, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "sauropod feet that were discovered at the same quarry" – again, this was not discussed previously, so I have no idea which quarry this would be.
Add discovery info. IJReid discuss 16:28, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "After studying this skeleton, Riggs made a proposal. He proposed […]" – This is a prose issue, consider to remove "made a proposal."
Reworded. IJReid discuss 16:06, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • specimen "BYU 17096" is not mentioned in Tschopp et al. Could it be the same as BYU 1252-18531?
I believe not. The BYU 1252-18531 material apparently does not include a skull, which is certainly present in BYU 17096. It is very well possible that the specimen was simply not evaluated, as with other apatosaurus specimens. IJReid discuss 16:33, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

--Jens Lallensack (talk) 08:43, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the fixes. I answered directly below the few ones that still are pending. --Jens Lallensack (talk) 19:12, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Support by WereSpielChequers. I've read and reread this several times made a few tweaks and discussed a few inconsistencies.

"Apatosaurus would have attained a mass of 25 t (25 long tons; 28 short tons) in 15 years. This would imply sauropods had a growth rate of 5,000 kg (11,000 lb) per year." I make 15 times 5 as 75 tons. Is it possible that this is a peak growth year, in which case instead how about "Apatosaurus would have grown to 25 t (25 long tons; 28 short tons) in 15 years, with growth peaking at 5,000 kg (11,000 lb) in a single year." ϢereSpielChequers 19:04, 18 September 2015 (UTC)

I think LittleJerry would be best to resolve this, as he wrote the paleobiology for the most part. IJReid discuss 19:12, 18 September 2015 (UTC)
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 22:17, 18 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The article mentions the theory that the tail generated 200db sounds, but not the theory or possibly former theory that the whip was used as a weapon. Also would it be appropriate to mention the theory that this may have been a way for males to communicate? Sciencenews ϢereSpielChequers 20:00, 18 September 2015 (UTC)
Added weapon theory, but the communication theory should first be in published literature before addition. IJReid discuss 16:52, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The lede says "To lighten its bones, Apatosaurus had air sacs that made the bones internally spongelike and full of holes" But the article later describes the limb bones as "robust", I'm assuming that the load bearing lower bones were robust and the upper ones light, but if that were the case the word "some" would be helpful in the lede. ϢereSpielChequers 20:20, 18 September 2015 (UTC)
Changed to "To lighten its vertebrae...". IJReid discuss 20:34, 18 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, that works for me. ϢereSpielChequers 21:44, 18 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "only a potentially unnamed genus" Either something is named or unnamed. Could this be "only an unnamed proposed additional genus"? ϢereSpielChequers 05:14, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
I've now changed this. IJReid discuss 16:06, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
Any further comments WereSpielChequers? IJReid discuss 23:40, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
No I'm done, thanks to both of you for your work on this ϢereSpielChequers 06:29, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments from FunkMonk[edit]

  • Since two reviews are already ongoing, I'll wait a bit before doing an in-depth review, but here are a few comments. I did a talk page peer review of this article before the genus split, but much has happened since, so a fresh look is in order. FunkMonk (talk) 08:37, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "something truly different to any dinosaur" Too hyperbolic.
Removed. LittleJerry (talk) 19:03, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "However, the study of Tschopp et al. in 2015 found that the genera were in fact distinct, and the specimen was either the most basal diplodocine, or a specimen of Brontosaurus closer to B. parvus and B. yahnapin than B. excelsus." Why is this text in the beginning of the section? Doesn't make chronological sense to have it away from the main text about the 2015 paper at the bottom.
Removed. LittleJerry (talk) 19:03, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The text about bipedal juveniles was removed due to insufficient sourcing, but I have read this elsewhere (and we even have a photo9 of the exact tracks), so instead of removing info, another source should be found.
Done. LittleJerry (talk) 19:18, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The intro seems a bit scrawny for an article this length.
I merged two small paragraphs. Is that better? FunkMonk. LittleJerry (talk) 17:34, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Since neck vertebrae are such a distinct feature of sauropods, perhaps a photo of an isolated vertebra could be found, perhaps on the SPOW blog, and added left above the description paragraph staring with "Like those of other sauropods, the neck vertebrae are deeply bifurcated"?
Added, an alternate image is File:Apatosaurus ajax YPM1860 lateral.jpeg. IJReid discuss 19:57, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
Very nice! Perhaps they should even be combined to a single (horizontal) image, like the taxobox one at Xenoposeidon? FunkMonk (talk) 17:03, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "This specimen, CMC VP 7180, was found to differ in both skull and neck features from A. louisae, and the specimen was found to have a majority of features related to those of A. ajax." Make clear what these features are, since no other cranial material appears to be known of this species.
Specified neck features. IJReid discuss 19:58, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • ". Its forelimbs are slightly shorter than its hindlimbs." Why present tense?
Past tense. IJReid discuss 23:14, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "As in other diplodocids, the last portion of the tail possessed a whip-like structure." But the whip like structure is the last portion of the tail, so it reads a bit oddly. How does the source describe it?
Reworded. IJReid discuss 22:48, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The caudal vertebra number was said to vary, even within species." This wording makes it seem like hearsay or something.
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 22:09, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "and are found to be most similar to Camarasaurus by Charles Whitney Gilmore." Gilmore is long dead.
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 22:09, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Apatosaurus, like its close relative Supersaurus, has tall spines," Specify neural spines.
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 22:09, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "which may also include Suuwassea, Supersaurus, and Eobrontosaurus" The latter is now Brontosaurus.
Removed. IJReid discuss 22:48, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
I was thinking it should rather be changed to Brontosaurus. FunkMonk (talk) 08:47, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I'm thinking the history section should maybe come before classification, because then much of the confusing stuff is already explained when the reader gets there. Did the same at Ankylosaurus.
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 22:09, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "He named the new species Brontosaurus excelsus,[24] meaning "noble thunder lizard", from the Greek brontē/βροντή meaning "thunder" and sauros/σαῦρος meaning "lizard",[22] and from the Latin excelsus, meaning "noble" or "high".[25]" Is this really relevant here after the split?
Removed. LittleJerry (talk) 22:09, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "those of the Como Bluffs" Is there more than one Como Bluff?
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 20:22, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Almost all modern paleontologists agreed with Riggs that the two species should be classified together in a single genus." Which two species? And wouldn't it be more than two?
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 20:28, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "They found that A. louisae was the most basal species" and "A. louisae is one of the most distinct species, and it was recovered as the most primitive species in the Upchurch phylogeny." repeated information.
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 20:28, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "in the November 1997 issue of Discover reported research into the mechanics of Apatosaurus tails by Nathan Myhrvold, a computer scientist from Microsoft" Why so much detail here?
Removed. IJReid discuss 22:48, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • There are weird tense shifts within sentences, some of which I have fixed, but it could be checked throughout.
  • "While the subfamily Apatosaurinae was named a while ago" Saying a whikle ago is very informal, and I'm not sure the info is significant enough for the intro here, the article is not about apatosaurinae.
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 13:34, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Could briefly mention the story of the skull in the intro, as it is one of the most well known facts about the animal.
Added paragraph. IJReid discuss 14:03, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
Hmm, I'd say that's a bit too much, almost as much detail as in the article. Could be neater to summarise it further, and leave it in the paragraph that already mentions the skull. FunkMonk (talk) 14:19, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
I've thinned it out a bit now. IJReid discuss 14:24, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • It seems a bit odd that description of the animal starts in the first paragraph of the intro, only to stop and continue in the third paragraph.
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 13:34, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Why is only one naming authority mentioned in the intro, and not for the other species?
Fixed. LittleJerry (talk) 13:34, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The intro used the term "spongelike", but this is not used in the article body.
Removed. LittleJerry (talk) 13:34, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support - alright, the article looks good to me now. You've had quite some obstacles (perhaps more to come with further taxonomic revisions), commendable that you kept it on! I guess you can request a source review now. FunkMonk (talk) 14:29, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
We just have to wait for Jens Lallensack to finish. LittleJerry (talk) 15:55, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). No need for inline cite in lede intro sect unless controversial info likely to be contested. My only other quibble is also with the lede sect, you mention an "Osborn" but don't provide context for the reader, and since the WP:LEAD should be a standalone functional summary, we are left not knowing who is "Osborn". In fact, I see he's not wikilinked until his third appearance in the article text. — Cirt (talk) 00:58, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Cirt. I have fixed this. IJReid discuss 02:46, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. Thanks to nominators for being so quick and responsive to FAC comments. :) Good luck, — Cirt (talk) 02:51, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Source review[edit]

    1. 5 Bates - source supports statement in article.
    2. 13 Upchurch - source supports statements in article.
    3. 21 Marsh - source supports statement in article.
    4. 28 McIntosh - source supports the lengthy statement in article.
    5. 38 Marsh - I can't find the information cited in the source though it may be there. The print is very small.
    6. 45 Gallina - I can't find the information cited in the source, but perhaps you could guide me to it.
    7. 54 Taylor - source supports statement in article.
    8. 61 Curry - source supports statement in article.
  • In reviewing a sample of sources I found no evidence of close-paraphrasing. Cwmhiraeth (talk) 11:25, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the review. I have checked marsh, and the info is on page 503 to 504, which is now specified in the reference. IJReid discuss 14:59, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Dang sorry. I was working on the wrong marsh paper. IJReid discuss 15:00, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
I have checked marsh 1878, and it states the info in the article in a note on the bottom of page 414 (page between 413 and 415 labelled 514). IJReid discuss 15:04, 30 September 2015 (UTC)


Nominator(s): Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 14:14, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

We're trying to (eventually) get all the constellations up to Featured Status. So far 25 have attained FA status in the past 3 years or so. Here is number 26. It's had an astronomer take a look at it, and I have been mindful of suggestions he's had for the past few nominations so hopefully there are fewer issues each time. I promise to address issues promptly, cheers, Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 14:14, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Images are appropriately licensed and captioned. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:37, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Support: my concerns were addressed. Praemonitus (talk) 21:42, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

Comment: There are a couple of entries that need to be fixed:
  • "...the right ascension coordinates of these borders lie between 10h 32.8m and 27h 42.5m...": that can't be right.
good catch/fixed Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 01:33, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
"10h 32.8m and 40h 44.2m": note that R.A. coordinates only ever go up to <24h. The listed R.A. coordinate range is 8h 27.7m to 9h 27.6m. Just check the map in the infobox and you'll see. Praemonitus (talk) 15:40, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
I've addressed this. Praemonitus (talk) 17:01, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
sorry, thought I got this, but have been a bit sleep-deprived. thanks for fixing Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 05:49, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Theta Pyxidis is a red giant... has expanded to 5.4 times the diameter of the Sun": that seems on the low side for a giant star. I checked and the CADARS entry says 54 (5.4e+01).
good catch/fixed Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 01:33, 15 September 2015 (UTC)

I didn't find any other significant issues. The references look good, as far as I could see. Thanks. Praemonitus (talk) 19:57, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

thanks - my other query is whether you think K 1-2 and WX Pyxidis are notable enough to include in the article too. I was unsure... Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 01:33, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
Well they do have studies published, so they are notable in the Wikipedia sense. The VX Pyx system that created K 1-2 might be of interest to some readers because of its unusual nature.[10] Praemonitus (talk) 15:53, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
ok, added K 1-2 now Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 01:59, 18 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Added comment: There are two other deep sky Pyxis objects that probably should be briefly mentioned: the 8th magnitude open clusters NGC 2627 and NGC 2818.[11] They are listed in several observer guides. Thanks. Praemonitus (talk) 17:01, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
both mentioned now...over to you... Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 17:32, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

Support from edwininlondon:

Overall a good article. But I wonder if illustrations could be better. For instance, I like what I see for Puppis. And an egg-shape star is mentioned which would be great to see. Any visuals supporting the planets section also very welcome.

  • Inconsistencies with the quotes around names and translations: I see 'Malus, the mast' and Malus (the "Mast") and "Log and Line," and the quoteless (the Marine Compass)
aligned them now as quoteless Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 20:48, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The lead says its best evening-sky visibility is in January through March, but the infobox says just March
good pick up - ddin't actually have it in the body of the article. Found a ref and added. Infobox is for one particular time only, while book source and text covers a range for viewers (as constellations appear at different times in different months) Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 05:04, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • if I'm really picky I am not convinced about any of the capitals in 'Celestial Temple honouring the ancestors of the Emperor'
downcased Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 04:38, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • 1751–52: I couldn't quite see 1751 in the sources, all I see is 1752
can't recall where earlier year comes from now but agree not in either of those sources so removed. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 20:20, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The Greeks: Since we have ancient for the Chinese, it probably should have ancient for the Greeks as well. Also, its position is debatable, one could argue the Greek come before Lacaille.
added Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 20:48, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • spelling: neighbouring makes me think traveled should be British spelling as well (travelled)
good catch/brittified Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 17:36, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Maybe be a bit more clear about what 'this' refers to in ' star atlas but this did not survive': the atlas or the concept?
tweaked Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 18:36, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Argo Navis is linked twice. One could argue the first link should actually read just Argo.
delinked. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 20:48, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Urania's Mirror (1825): the sources say it is 1824. And why only refer to Urania's Mirror in the caption, does it not deserve its own sentence in the section?
fixed the date. I guess I haven't included it as the main thrust is th visual appearance, but the actual publishing of pyxis in Urania's Mirror itself is not that unusual. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 05:48, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • overlinking constellation 'in means that the whole constellation'
removed Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 18:54, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • polygon of eight segments: link polygon and sides is probably a better word than segments
tweaked and linked Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 18:36, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • brighter in 'with apparent magnitudes brighter than' should be smaller
hmm, to me "brighter" is a clearer meaning and not less accurate. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 20:48, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
I was just being too picky: I favour "higher speed" over "faster speed", and this is similar, but because the scale goes the other way, it's probably less confusing. Edwininlondon (talk) 22:48, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • visual magnitude: would it not be better to keep using apparent magnitude? I got confused because visual magnitude links to apparent magnitude page
removed Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 18:54, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Sun and Earth: I would link the sun and not the earth
lniked and delinked respectively. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 20:48, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • interstellar dust deserves a link
linked Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 18:54, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • 'brighter magnitude of 3.31' --> 'brighter with magnitude 3.31'
tweaked Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 18:36, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • 'has exhausted its core hydrogen and cooled and swollen to 3.7 times' --> 'has exhausted its core hydrogen, has cooled and swollen to 3.7 times
Hmm, to me that comes across as a bit repetitive, so I tried this instead. Let me know what you think.Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 04:41, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Yes I like that better than my version.Edwininlondon (talk) 22:48, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • overlinking in 'Kappa has a luminosity'
delinked Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 21:05, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • surface temperature: why only mentioned for Kappa?
fleshing out some details...but I think they don't add anything so removed the unremarkable surface temps. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 05:38, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • 'a magnitude 10 star' Does this star have a name?
nothing memorable, I think it is CCDM J09080-2552AB and not sure adding would be helpful in reading the article Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 21:05, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • dwarf linking: 'white dwarf with around 0.8 times the Sun's mass and a red dwarf' Both are linked later but should be only here
linked at first instances both Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 21:05, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I'd include star in the link in 'eclipsing binary star'
tweaked Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 05:04, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • link starspot
linked Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 18:36, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
  • 'Pres and colleagues' come a bit out of the blue
I generally prefer to give credit to specific people for some specific observation. But changed to 'researchers' for flow. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 05:41, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Ah I see. Seems like a good rule. If it is that special compared to other observations, then they deserve to be singled out.Edwininlondon (talk) 22:48, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • a period of 1.23995 days seems oddly accurate. Two decimals suffice elsewhere
trimmed Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 05:29, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • should the reference in between 26 or 28.7 be moved to the end of the sentence? this doesn't read so well. And the 28.7 needs a source as well
the ref at the end of the following sentence covers it. I have added a note to clarify and expanded a little so all refs come behind some punctuation Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 05:29, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
I like that. Edwininlondon (talk) 22:48, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Planetary systems: I would swap the order of the sentences and talk about the hot Jupiter before giving the details of HD 73256. The focus should be on the planets in this section. Likewise in the last sentence, the focus should be on the discovered planets, which now seems like a minor footnote to the plans to look for rocky planets.
not entirely convinced but I hav had a go massaging this section to bring the planets to the forefront. Let me know if this reads better. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 04:37, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Yes this reads better.Edwininlondon (talk) 22:48, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • 'as hot as 85,000 K' --> as high as
tweaked Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 05:06, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Do we need 'and around 133,000 light-years distant from the centre of the Milky Way' ?
Yes - the notability of the glob cluster is that this distance from the centre was not previously thought to contain glob clusters. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 04:28, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • 'a distance not previously thought to contain globular clusters' Can a distance contain clusters?
tweaked to 'region' Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 04:28, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • References: Ian Ridpath 2006: it says "et al", but that's not correct I think. Also missing DK Publishing
ref fixed Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 05:35, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
  • does the year not suffice in Davis, Kate (19 April 2011) and Watson, Christopher (4 January 2010) ?
I have always given dates if possible for websites - I guess because their updates can be alot more frequent so it assumes more importance Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 04:28, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

Edwininlondon (talk) 09:44, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for taking on board my suggestions. I am leaning to support. The only thing holding me back are the images. It needs more illustrations I think I had a quick poke around the web, and maybe you find some of these good enough to add:

What do you think? Edwininlondon (talk) 22:48, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

I don't think the last one is very helpful as it just looks like a bunch of lines. I have added one of the T pyxidis ones, while the others would be good to import to the T pyxidis article at some point. Thanks for hunting around. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 04:58, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
I have emailed the person who uploaded the image on the left on Puppis page if he would be so kind to put his Pyxis on in the public domain as well. Regardless, I've changed my status to support Edwininlondon (talk) 06:32, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support (having stumbled here from my FAC). A high quality article with good concise writing style. Most obviously educational and encyclopedic on a topic in science. Complex subject matter and yet accessible for the layman -- good job. — Cirt (talk) 00:55, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
thx Cirt ++ :) Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 01:17, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Tyrone Garland[edit]

Nominator(s): TempleM (talk) 22:05, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

This article is about a professional basketball player who last played with the Mississauga Power in Canada. He made history at John Bartram High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, coming close to Wilt Chamberlain on the Philadelphia Public League all-time scoring list. He also made one of the biggest plays of the 2013 NCAA Tournament in college after initial struggles. This article is detailed in its coverage of this player and cites nearly every reliable source that I could find on the Internet about the subject. It was promoted to GA-class on June 21 of this year. This is the second time this article is being nominated for FA...the first time it didn't receive enough support. TempleM (talk) 22:05, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Jaguar[edit]

After reading it for a third time, I'm going to go ahead and support this nomination. It is well written, very comprehensive and well referenced, all in all meeting the FA criteria. I haven't had time to spotcheck the article's sources (I don't feel qualified to give a full source check, but I'm sure it will come along later in the review), but after I reviewed the GAN, I've realised that this article has kept its level of professionalism. Well done. I did find a few things I thought I should mention though, so I'll note them below. JAGUAR  19:31, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Be careful about the tight squeeze of text in the Junior sub-section. Usually it's discouraged on FA-levels
I have resized the image. If you feel like it is unnecessary, I am fine with removing it, though. TempleM (talk) 21:30, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The move ended Garland's stint with Mississauga" - I didn't know what this means, is "stint" informal?
"Stint" means the time a person spent doing something, in this case playing for the Power. I do not believe it is informal. TempleM (talk) 21:30, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "As a freshman at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University" - link freshman?
Done. TempleM (talk) 21:30, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "In late December, it was released that he was heading back to Philadelphia" - December of 2011?
Fixed. TempleM (talk) 21:30, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support I see no glaring problems with the article. It is well-written, comprehensive, blah blah blah. I did do some minor copyedititing, so I think the prose is a bit better (though it was already pretty solid to begin with). My onlly minor quibble is that I don't know if AAU should be an individual section since it isn't with any other basketball articles, but this might not even be a problem. ~EDDY (talk/contribs)~ 14:57, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
@Editorofthewiki: Since you mentioned it, do you have any ideas on where to put the AAU section information if it is removed? TempleM (talk) 17:26, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
I wasn't suggesting you remove it, I was suggesting you incorporate it in the high school section. But like I said, it's no big deal. The article is splendid. ~EDDY (talk/contribs)~ 17:37, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

Images are appropriately licensed and captioned. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:33, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Cirt[edit]

  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). There's a cite in the lede that doesn't need to be there, as long as same material is cited later on in body text of article. There's a bit too much use of quotes in places in the article where they could be trimmed and/or paraphrased, instead. Those are the only major issues I could see. — Cirt (talk) 00:52, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
@Cirt: The cited information in the lead is not included anywhere else (as it doesn't belong), so I think the citation could remain there. I paraphrased one quote in the "early life" section, but I am not sure about the others. TempleM (talk) 23:16, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
I've never really seen that before where cited info in the lede doesn't appear later on. Per WP:LEAD, it should. Suggest finding a way to work that cited info into the body text. After that, I'd probably be ready to switch. — Cirt (talk) 23:22, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
@Cirt: I removed the citation from the lead, because his "shooting guard qualities" are mentioned elsewhere in the article (first section of "Collegiate career"). This info is cited. TempleM (talk) 00:17, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. Thanks for being responsive to my comments, above. — Cirt (talk) 00:23, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Coemgenus[edit]

  • "... he decided to transfer to La Salle..." would be better as "...he transferred to La Salle...", since the transferring, rather than the decision to transfer, is what's important here.
Early life and high school
  • "He grew up on South Yewdall Street, which was situated near 54th Street and Greenway Avenue." would be more informative as "He grew up on South Yewdall Street, near 54th Street and Greenway Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia's Kingsessing neighborhood."
  • "Donnel Feaster, an alum" "alum" is kind of informal. I'd say "alumnus".
  • "Amauro Austin, a statistician for the Philadelphia Daily News, directed the program while he was there." The final "he" refers to Garland, right? If so, you should change it to Garland, because right now the antecedent is Austin.
Collegiate career
  • " He made the decision to attend the school at a press conference..." More likely he announced the decision at a press conference, right?
  • "Garland had also considered joining programs like..." Using "like" suggests that there was a larger list of schools that are typified by the ones you list. I think what you mean to say is "Garland had also considered joining programs, including..."
  • "Garland weighed approximately 170 lbs (77 kg) entering college, and was not as highly-rated as some of the team's 2010 recruits, like Jarell Eddie, because of his shooting guard qualities." This is a little confusing. Whose shooting guard qualities are we talking about here. And what, exactly, were those qualities?
  • Also, in the sentence above, "highly rated" does not require a hyphen.
  • "...seeing one minute of playing time on the court throughout the game ..." could lose "throughout the game" without changing the meaning of the sentence.
  • "He was allowed to play 24 minutes throughout the game..." could be "He played 24 minutes in the game..."
  • "In late December of 2011, it was announced that he was heading back to Philadelphia to compete for La Salle." Again, this makes the announcement the focus of the sentence, not the transfer. Perhaps "In late December 2011, Garland returned to Philadelphia to compete for La Salle."
  • "...because he was ineligible due to NCAA regulations." Maybe add "regarding player transfers" to the end of that sentence, for people who might be unfamiliar with NCAA regs on such things (and to make it clear that he wasn't academically ineligible.)
Professional career
  • "In late June 2015, it was announced that the Mississauga Power had folded due to the creation of..." works better as "In late June 2015, the Mississauga Power folded after the creation of..."
  • "The move ended Garland's stint with Mississauga." Is he a free agent now?
  • That's all I have. I look forward to your responses. --Coemgenus (talk) 20:40, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
@Coemgenus: I have addressed the points that you brought up. I am not sure whether Garland is officially considered a "free agent," as I cannot find any sources that directly state that, so it is best to leave that alone. TempleM (talk) 00:07, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
That makes sense. The article looks great, and I'm happy to support. --Coemgenus (talk) 01:17, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Mike Christie[edit]

  • "for whom he started competed"?
  • James Brown is named as head coach twice within a couple of sentences.
  • "Letter winner" won't mean anything to a non-U.S. reader; I'd link it at least, or explain it inline if not.
  • "which is sometimes regarded as one of his best performances" -- I don't see this in the source.
  • "Strongly due to" is ugly; maybe "Largely due to".
  • I'm a little doubtful that we need so much detail on his uneventful first couple of games in college; do other sports FAs go into this level of detail?
  • "Greenberg was inquired about" needs to be rephrased.
  • 'he that "you can't play 13 guys".'?
  • "in the past year" -- rephrase to make the year definite; I assume this is the academic, not calendar year?
  • You have two sentences at different places in the "Sophomore" section that say essentially the same thing: "Following his exams, he returned to his hometown of Philadelphia" and "In late December 2011, he returned to Philadelphia to compete for La Salle."

I'll try to finish this review tomorrow. I think the article needs a careful read through; it's not so much that it needs a copyedit, but some of the clumsinesses I point out above really should have been caught. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 02:33, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

@Mike Christie: I have addressed the issues you pointed out. Please look over the article again and let me know if there are still any errors. TempleM (talk) 01:07, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Also, regarding the "Freshman" section, I included information about his first few games (even though he hardly played in them) to make it clear to the reader that he had a very small role in that season. Nevertheless, I removed one unnecessary sentence concerning an insignificant game/performance. TempleM (talk) 01:11, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
I struck most of the points; I'll reread for the other point. I'll try to review the rest of the article today. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 13:55, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Satoru Iwata[edit]

Nominator(s): Cyclonebiskit (talk) 00:16, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

A brilliant man who needs no introduction in the gaming world, Satoru Iwata is widely regarded as one of the main (if not, the main) people who brought video games to the general public en masse. His background as a programmer gave him invaluable knowledge that propelled him to the top of the world's largest game company by the age of 42. His name became synonymous with Nintendo as he frequently appeared in the Iwata Asks and Nintendo Direct series or on social media to bring information "directly to you". During his 15 years at Nintendo (13 as president), Iwata turned the struggling company around and propelled it to incredible heights by pushing for more accessible gaming. This included production and release of blockbuster consoles such as the Nintendo DS and Wii, both of which are among the best-selling video game consoles. His tragic death at the age of 55 shook the entire gaming community and is seen as a tremendous loss for the industry. Iwata is beloved for his cheerful, humorous, and inquisitive personality as well as passion to produce quality video games for everyone.

It's been an absolute pleasure to write and improve this article over the past month and a half since Iwata's passing. I believe this to be the most comprehensive account of his life's work around. It goes without saying that as the years go by, more information about Iwata's life will emerge and when the time comes I will be more than happy to include such information. This was my time writing first biographic article so I have some uncertainties over how I've put it together, but I hope you all enjoy reading (and critiquing) this as much as I did writing it. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 00:16, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

I'll try to help Cyclonebiskit with any issues that might come up since I helped improved this at news of his death. Cyclone's improves have been very good. --MASEM (t) 00:39, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments From Indrian

This is a very good article, but I don't think its quite there yet. It may be possible to whip it into shape during the nomination period, but it will take a little work. Right now the biggest source hole is Nintendo Magic: Winning the Video Game Wars which was written by a Japanese analyst and translated into English. This book contains interviews with Iwata, Miyamoto, Takeda, and even Hiroshi Yamauchi and provides additional background on Iwata and the creation of the DS and the Wii. Without incorporating this high quality source, the article cannot pass well-researched criteria. A few more specific thoughts:

  • "where his father was a municipal mayor" Iwata's father was a civil servant all his life, but he only became a mayor when Iwata was already in college.
    • Corrected to "prefectural official" per Nintendo Magic; municipal mayor aspect also added to the HAL Laboratory section. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 03:12, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
  • More info on his early programming exploits would be nice. This translated book excerpt at Shmuplations gives more information on Iwata's first encounter with computers, and Nintendo Magic provides more detail on his calculator games.
    • From what I've read so far in Nintendo Magic (about half the book), the only real mention of his calculator games was their names (p. 57). Added details from the translated source provided as well. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 03:12, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Nintendo Magic also clarifies his early HAL involvement a little bit. The company was actually established as a hardware company, and Iwata was their only software guy in the beginning. He fell in with the HAL crowd because he would bring his programs in to a local department store to show them off.
    • Made the appropriate corrections and clarifications. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 03:12, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Iwata's heavy involvement in the development with Kirby's Dream Land is credited as one of the main reasons that the series was able to take off." This is overreach. The source only says that he was heavily involved in creating the first game and that it may not have been finished without him. It does not credit his input with being crucial to the success of the game or the launch of the series. According to Nintendo Magic Miyamoto deserves as much credit as anyone because he told HAL the originally planned game -- which did not star Kirby and was going to be published through HAL -- could be much better and not only gave them more time to finish it, but decided to have Nintendo publish it to give it a higher profile.
    • Removed the bit about Kirby's Dream Land altogether based on the info from Nintendo Magic. Iwata being involved with the Kirby series is already mentioned so bringing up a specific title is redundant and, as you stated, gives unnecessary weight to his involvement. Explaining the specifics in order to keep this bit would go beyond the article's scope and is fare more suited for the game's article. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 03:12, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Martin Robinson suggests that Yamauchi saw similar traits in Iwata that he did in Gunpei Yokoi, who brought Nintendo into the video game market" This claim in the source is not really supported by evidence. At this stage in his career, Iwata was not creating the kind of "games for everyone" products that typified his early tenure as president of Nintendo, nor was he involved in hardware products created with the "lateral thinking" philosophy that Yokoi employed to create the Game & Watch and Nintendo later used to create the Wii. According to Nintendo Magic, the shift to "games for everyone" occurred at Nintendo in the early 2000s due to the sharp decline in the Japanese video game market in the late 1990s. Also, in Nintendo Magic Yamauchi said that he chose Iwata as his successor because he was a "software person," i.e. someone who understood that technology only got you so far and game experiences were more important. As Iwata was the only founding member of HAL that was software rather than hardware focused, this probably accounts for why Yamauchi insisted on his appointment as HAL president as well. The statement by Robinson comparing Iwata to Yokoi is a narrative convention to make his story more interesting rather than an actual scholarly argument.
    • I've removed the claim by Robinson accordingly and expanded upon the history of the "blue ocean" strategy. From what I've understood in Nintendo Magic, the company knew there needed to be a change but it wasn't until Iwata took charge that the direction was finally understood. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 03:12, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
  • So, a few things about Iwata's promotion to President. First, he did not have the same amount of power as his predecessor. Yamauchi basically was Nintendo and behaved autocratically according to most accounts, which is contrary to the typical Japanese consensus management style. When Iwata became president, the company also raised four other executives to the title of representative director and created an executive committe. Miyamoto and Takeda were both on this committee and assumed greater power over software and hardware development respectively, and there were a couple of more financially and business oriented guys. Sources for this should be readily available online. Second, there should be more info about how he changed the company culture by engaging with employees at all levels of the company. Iwata Asks was part of that, but he also encouraged employees of all levels to submit creative ideas, again very atypical in Japan, and tried to encourage cross-pollination between departments. Nintendo Magic goes into all of that. Finally, the Miyamoto quote about stuffiness and ventilation originally comes from Nintendo Magic, so it should really be sourced there rather than to the Firestone book.</s?
    • Please don't overlook this one. I think its useful to note that while Yamauchi was essentially an autocrat, Iwata served as a first among equals with several other directors. This also plays into the more inclusive and collaborative atmosphere that predominated at Nintendo during this period.
      • I haven't gotten to this one yet since I have yet to finish reading the part that covers it in Nintendo Magic. Should get to it later today. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 08:59, 11 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "At the time of Iwata's promotion, Nintendo was not performing as well as other console makers" I think this lacks a little nuance. Nintendo was a profitable company during this entire period because they owned handheld, were able to make a small profit on each Gamecube sold, and made a mint on Gamecube software sales. Obviously, however, they lagged way behind Sony in hardware sales and were edged out by Mircosoft as well (a more devastating defeat in the West than it appears based on raw numbers alone since Microsoft managed to outsell them while selling essentially nothing in Japan). Nintendo performed well financially, but lacked console marketshare. There is nothing technically wrong with your statement; I just worry about painting a picture of a company in deep trouble when it was highly profitable.
    • Added "though still a profitable company" to the sentence in question to avoid it being misleading. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 03:12, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I think the article may over credit Iwata for the DS. It was Yamauchi that wanted two screens and Miyamoto that came up with the touch screen concept. Also, while it is fair to say that Iwata played a key role in leading the company towards "games for everyone," less intimidating control schemes, and ignoring the technological arms race, Nintendo Magic emphasizes that these strategies were developed in collaboration and the groundwork was laid before Iwata was president (though after he was already active in corporate planning). On the other hand, there is no mention at all about the DSi, which was built around the concept of "one system for every person" as a way to grow the DS market after it appeared to be saturated due to nearly every household in Japan owning one. This strategy appears to have originated from Iwata.
    • Explained the the basis of DS stemmed from Yamauchi and Miyamoto and added a bit about the DSi. Iwata was far less involved with the DS than the Wii, with Miyamoto mostly taking the helm on the DS's development, from what I've read in Nintendo Magic, which accounts for the lesser size of the "Nintendo DS" section despite its extreme success. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 03:12, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
      • This is almost done, but I would still like to see a more in-depth look at the DSi. In short, the Japanese market was virtually saturated at the time, and Iwata hit on the idea of creating a cheaper, slimmer model that would encourage households to buy multiple units. This was an unprecedented move in console hardware and crucial to the DS family achieving its status as the best-selling game system of all time.
        • I've expanded it a bit more with specifics on sales and a brief mention about why they were successful, but I can't find any reliable sources (most of what I found that mentions the DS and market saturation are on forums) that explain what you're looking for about the saturated market. In fact, I found evidence contrary to your statements from Iwata himself: "Iwata still sees vast market for current DS hardware" Cyclonebiskit (talk) 08:59, 11 September 2015 (UTC)
          • @Cyclonebiskit:Nintendo Magic addresses this I believe. And actually, the article you linked to here also addresses the exact point I am making. Based on conventional wisdom, the DS market was saturated because at the time no one ever bought more than one system per household. The point of the DSi was an attempt to move the handheld market to one system per person. In the article, Iwata is saying that the DS market is not saturated based on total population rather than household penetration, but that was a novel idea at the time, which is why the article calls it a "big dream." I would still like to see this reflected in the article. Your expansion is 99% of the way there, I am just looking for something about how the one system per person strategy was novel at the time. Indrian (talk) 13:53, 11 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Again, the article slightly overstates Iwata's influence on the Wii. Once again, there is no doubt that his leadership at the top influenced the overall strategy of a less intimidating console that did not try to achieve cutting edge grahpics, but reading both Nintendo Magic and various Iwata Asks interviews it was Takeda and Miyamoto that shaped most of its key features, including motion control. Iwata set the tone, but the success of the system was due to the creative talent.
    • I've reworked the section a bit to better indicate the influences behind the console. I think details from Nintendo Magic are sufficient in conveying that Iwata was the one driving the metaphorical Wii-bus while Miyamoto, Takeda, and Nintendo engineers were the one who created it. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 03:12, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The 2010-2015 section is lacking in size and scope. The earlier sections are quick to credit Iwata for success with the Wii and the DS, but this section does not discuss his role in Nintendo's failures. There have been heaps of criticism written about Nintendo's "walled garden" online strategy, its refusal to consider the lucrative mobile market, the strange focus Iwata placed from time to time on "lifestyle" games and accessories that never went anywhere, and the company's failure to adapt quickly to the greater demands of HD development. With the Wii and DS, Nintendo placed itself at the head of the casual market, but it misread that market with the 3DS and Wii U, which led to the first losses at the company in thirty years. This should not be glossed over.
    • Expanded upon this greatly and split off the the quality of life ("lifestyle") and mobile market aspects into their own sub-sections. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 03:12, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
      • This is all well done. The only additional change on this point I would make is mentioning the lifestyle section in the lead since it is now a prominent section of the body. A single sentence should suffice.

That's all for now. I know its a lot, but I really do feel the article is on the right track. Good luck! Indrian (talk) 16:24, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

Thank you very much for the review, Indrian! Once I have Nintendo Magic at my disposal I'll start cracking on the related comments. Should be able to look into the "walled garden" aspect you mentioned sooner, though. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 17:08, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
@Indrian: – If you have any suggestions as to which of the Iwata Asks interviews to look through I'd greatly appreciate it (with over 200 of them, reading through them all with a fine-toothed comb would be overwhelming). Already compiled multiple references to add more information to the 2010–15 section and still going...honestly, I'm a bit embarrassed that I overlooked this much information. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 20:39, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
@Cyclonebiskit:Wow, this is really coming along! If you can source a copy of Nintendo Magic, I am fairly confident we can get this whipped into shape. As for Iwata Asks, its been too long since I've read most of them to know exactly which may have the best info pertaining to Iwata himself. I would definitely check out any related to hardware products though, because that is where the general company philosophy stuff tends to shine through. As I stated before, I get the sense he was particularly involved with formulating the strategy for the DSi. I look forward to your continued progress. Indrian (talk) 17:38, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
@Indrian: – Got a copy of Nintendo Magic today~ :) I'll start reading it tomorrow and work on chipping away at the missing/misrepresented information that this book can amend. In the meantime, would you mind checking back over the "Financial downturn" and "Mobile market" sections to see if they're up to snuff and if not, what's still missing? When you have time, of course. I haven't run across anything about the lack of HD development nor a direct, negative view of Iwata's insistence on "lifestyle" games...just mentions that the games/accessories exist. Thanks in advance! Cyclonebiskit (talk) 23:21, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
@Cyclonebiskit:Sorry to take a bit to get back to you. Glad you have a copy of the book now. I'll try to take a closer look at the revamped sections soon. In answer to your specific queries, this article explores Nintendo's difficulty adapting to HD with the Wii U. Its not really an Iwata specific complaint, but its part of why the company has struggled a bit this generation. As for the lifestyle stuff, I would Google "Iwata" and "vitality sensor." Its not so much criticism as people found his decision to try and make lifestyle products rather odd and could not see where he was going with the concept. It did appear to be a concept close to his own heart though, so it deserves a mention. Let me know if you need anything else. Indrian (talk) 15:00, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
@Cyclonebiskit:This article has come a long way in a short time. Kudos for all your hard work! I have given the article a copy edit and updated my list of concerns above to acknowledge that most of them have been addressed. There are just a few small points left, which I elaborated on above. Once those issues are dealt with, I will probably be ready to support, though I will need to do a final pass on the article to be sure. Well done! Indrian (talk) 20:02, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
@Indrian: Thank you very much! I've replied to the additional comments, but I'll reiterate here that I'm still working on the sixth bullet point. I'll another drop a ping when I've addressed that particular one (which is the only outstanding major concern I believe). Cyclonebiskit (talk) 08:59, 11 September 2015 (UTC)
@Indrian: I think I've covered everything now. Recent developments with Kimishima taking over as President have also been added by ThomasO1989. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 15:42, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
Sorry. This review is not abandoned; I have just been ridiculously busy the past few days. I believe my concerns are mostly met, I just need to do that final review. Hopefully this weekend. Indrian (talk) 13:58, 18 September 2015 (UTC)

Support After one more thorough copy edit, I am ready to throw my support behind this excellent article. Kudos once again to @Cyclonebiskit: for putting in an incredible amount of work over the last couple of weeks. Well done! Indrian (talk) 16:10, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

Quick comment—sorry to overwhelm you, Cyclonebiskit, but I feel one other thing that the article is missing is a conclusive Influence or Legacy section to end the article. Concluding by talking about Iwata's death makes chronological sense, but it leaves you without an overall afterthought about how his life impacted the video game industry. Even if short, a section discussing this would touch off the article very nicely. Are there any sources that cover Iwata's overall importance and influence in the world (eg. posthumous honours, comments from biographers, game critics, or even criticism about his overall involvement in Nintendo, etc.) that could be compiled to compose this section? The Wikipedian Penguin 20:57, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

There are some bits here and there within the article already that can be reworked into a section like that, yeah. Probably can pull together a paragraph or two. The scope might be relatively limited, and as I've seen some reports say, we likely won't understand the full scale of his influence for several years. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 21:23, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
That's a good point, the information will come with time, yes. But even, as you say, a paragraph or two would go a long way toward giving the article that final touch. The Wikipedian Penguin 21:27, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
@Wikipedian Penguin: – Gave the section an initial go: Satoru Iwata#Influence and legacy. Is this the gist of what was needed? Cyclonebiskit (talk) 01:17, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
This is definitely what you should be aiming for, content-wise. I'd bring the tone down a little, as in certain parts, it sounds like a eulogy. I think the quote is unnecessary and I'd pay particular attention to avoiding weasel words. Some expressions such as "pushing" unconventional ideas, "whole new" genre and "break down a wall" are somewhat journalistic and promotional and should be redrawn. And if there was criticism of Iwata to balance the section out, do consider including it. Overall, this is just what is needed to finish the article. The Wikipedian Penguin 01:26, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
Awesome, thanks! Still trying to get used to writing in a different style...hurricanes seldom have POV issues (mostly just factual type writing) so it's not an area I'm familiar with handling. As for the quote, I felt it was an appropriate addition to bounce off his "legacy" by emphasizing his view on video games which shaped his entire career. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 02:13, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
It was brave of you to venture from hurricane articles into this, so well done! Once the updating is complete, I'd be glad to give the article another go, a Nintendo fan myself. The Wikipedian Penguin 12:18, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
@Wikipedian Penguin: I believe I've addressed all of Indrian's concerns in regards to content so the updating should be complete now. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 22:05, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Cyclonebiskit. I'll surely take a look at this over the weekend. I wish I could do so sooner, but I'm busy all day because of university. The Wikipedian Penguin 22:28, 16 September 2015 (UTC)
I'm wholeheartedly sorry that I haven't been able to look at this yet. I had no idea how busy I would become all of a sudden, but I will get to this whenever I can. Sadly, I'm now finding it difficult to make any promises though. The Wikipedian Penguin 21:36, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Commenting on images (as I am involved with the article), I will point out the following:
As such, I'm not seeing any immediate issues with the images but again, I'm involved and a second check would help. --MASEM (t) 18:14, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Citation formatting review - did not check for reliability (though at a superficial glance everything seems OK)

  • Title punctuation: watch for style errors in article titles such as spaced hyphens misused for spaced en dashes (e.g. FN 6), no capitalization after colons (e.g. FN 11), etc.
  • Don't need to include designations such as "Ltd", "Inc" for publishers
  • Check for consistency in wikilinking publishers, newspapers etc. on multiple use. IGN is linked repeatedly (though not in all instances) while The Guardian is only linked on first and second use.
  • FN 21: Check host website (not the same as that for other Iwata Asks interviews)
  • FN 49: Check title punctuation
  • FN 51: Is "" publisher or website. Furthermore, wikilink redirects to Eurogamer
  • Be consistent in whether you include publishers for websites (e.g. FN 11 vs FN 20)
  • Be consistent in whether you include locations for news sources or not
  • Be consistent in whether news article titles are capitalized or not (compare FNs 1 & 2 with FNs 25 & 26; formatting of the former is preferred)
  • Be consistent in whether you list website names as publishers or work (e.g. FNs 37, 71, etc. vs FNs 11)
  • Be consistent in how magazines are formatted, namely publishers and whether these are included (e.g. FN 12 vs FN 52; FNs 42 & 63 vs FN 52, FN 64 vs FNs 83 & 84)

This is it for now (got till FN 88). Mainly check throughout for consistency in how and when the work and publisher fields are used. I will check again (as well as the second half of the references) once this has been resolved. Auree 03:03, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

Support on criteria 1c and 2c only (source formatting and reliability). I ended up checking every source for quality and approved. Thanks for your diligence, Cyclonebiskit! Auree 14:57, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

Noting that all concerns were addressed through off-wiki discussion. Thank you very much for taking the time to both review the sources and guide me through how to properly improve them! I greatly appreciate it. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 15:07, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments from Cas Liber[edit]

Reading through now....Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 03:35, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

One of his main reasons for taking the job was simply to spend more time around computers - "simply" redundant
While still attending university,... - "still" redundant
Lacking prior experience in management, - "prior" redundant (all experience is prior...)
Iwata's proficiency with programming quickly garnered him "cult status" among fellow programmers and gamers alike. Iwata would often continue to work on weekends and holidays because of his passion - I'd dequote and reword "cult status" why not just, "Iwata's proficiency with programming quickly placed him in high regard/esteem among fellow programmers and gamers alike. Iwata would often continue to work on weekends and holidays because of his passion"
while still creating unique game experiences. - uumm, you mean, "while preserving quality"?
Iwata established a "sense of crisis" in the gaming market in his keynote speech at the 2003 Tokyo Game Show. - again, dequote and reword ("highlighted an urgency/warning")
In a March 2004 interview, Iwata stated: "Games have come to a dead end. " - dequote and reword
  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). Only minor quibble I can point out at the moment is there's a few places with short paragraph and one or two-sentence-long paragraphs. The intro is nice then breaks off suddenly to that short bit about his death. Maybe that could be started with Later hardware releases like the Nintendo 3DS leading off the last paragraph perhaps. — Cirt (talk) 00:50, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

In Our Time (short story collection)[edit]

Nominator(s): Victoria (tk) 20:00, 30 August 2015 (UTC)

Ernest Hemingway's first collection of short stories is In Our Time, which has a tortured publication history. Hemingway was in his early to mid-twenties when he wrote the pieces that make up the collection, some of which are considered among his best. This article is a concise account of the themes and style in the collection, to be developed and expanded in each separate article about the stories, i.e. "Indian Camp" and "Big Two-Hearted River", whereas the events surrounding its publication are described in greater detail. Thanks. Victoria (tk) 20:00, 30 August 2015 (UTC) .

Comments from Belle
  • " ... he slowly wrote six new paragraphs ... It was a work that grew, with sections published in 1923, 1924 and 1925 ... The prose pieces ranged from 75 to 187 words and were about war and bullfighting ... In June of 1923, Hemingway took Hadley, with Robert McAlmon and Bill Bird, to Spain where he found a new passion at the bullfights, during the summer he wrote five more vignettes" This leaves me totally bamboozled as to what is in the "Little Review".
  • There were six vignettes/prose paragraphs in the Little Review and he wrote another twelve for the 1924 edition of in our time. I've tried to clarify, but it might take another pass. Victoria (tk) 00:31, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The most confusing thing there now is the prose pieces "were about war and bullfighting" and then "he found a new passion at the bullfights"; he was reinvigorated by the spectacle of the bullfights I guess, but the current phrasing makes it appear that he was discovering bullfighting for the first time when he'd already been writing about it. Belle (talk) 01:35, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
  • That's correct. He'd been writing about it but had never been to a bullfight. I've reinstated a bit I previously trimmed explaining where the material came from for those first six vignettes. Victoria (tk) 19:39, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The style section covers the iceberg theory twice with his description of it in A Moveable Feast but only mentions it by name the second time; perhaps you could combine these two.
  • The first is about imagism and prose style, the second about leaving out information on a more meta level - have tried to clarify. Victoria (tk) 00:31, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
  • That's clearer now. Belle (talk) 01:35, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "The sense of discordance is intensified because the action is about anonymous men and soldiers, only referred to with pronouns, and unspecified woundings; and reticences are rife" I edited it to that as I couldn't understand it, but I have no clue if that's the right sense. Reword it?
  • Trimmed some, will take another pass. This goes the idea of writing silences and empty spaces, as in the empty space in the Goya print, but if reticences doesn't make sense then it's best to leave it out. Victoria (tk) 00:31, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The problem was that "unspecified woundings" was floating around; I didn't know if they were part of the "action" or were "rife". Belle (talk) 01:35, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
  • It's fine to do without "rife reticences" - we get that he omitted stuff and I tried to pack in too much there. Victoria (tk) 19:39, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Nick features in eight of the stories, as an alter ego, a conduit for Hemingway to express his own experiences, from the first story" I can't understand that.
  • Sorry. I've tweaked and tried to clarify. Victoria (tk) 19:39, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "wrote some of his best short stories, telling Scott Fitzgerald of the new material that "Indian Camp" and "Big Two-Hearted River" were superior" (originally) v "wrote some of his best short stories, telling Scott Fitzgerald that, of the new material, "Indian Camp" and "Big Two-Hearted River" were superior" (what I changed it to); if the sense of my change isn't right then I'd leave out "of the new material" from the original as it just muddies the waters.
  • Yes, thanks. It's fine as written. Victoria (tk) 19:39, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Hemingway scholar Jim Berloon disagrees with Tetlow" He seems to not really disagree with her; there is a problem in the later sections knowing which collection each critic is looking at.
  • I don't understand Berloon's point; he says that the collection is intricately structured; the vignettes were "probably" thematically linked (hedge hedge) and then that the 1925 edition has lost the structure; that means that the 1924 edition should be exactly what he is after and he should be able to tell if the vignettes are thematically linked by looking at that or the "Little Review"; no idea what he's trying to say. Belle (talk) 01:35, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
  • It's incomprehensible because I didn't paraphrase well. I've tried again, but, yeah, it's literary criticism. I'll give it another pass if it's still hard to follow. Victoria (tk) 19:39, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Never really got into Hemingway; I can't get excited about this; it seems a solid job apart from those niggles; I'll support it if you fix them up. Thanks Belle for your effusive praise of my hard work says Victoria. Belle (talk) 13:47, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

Hi Belle, thanks for these points. This is a difficult article because it's mostly about modernist literary theory, and there's a reason so few of us are still writing about lit., let alone at the FA level. I've managed to address a few and hope to get to the others tomorrow. Off the top of my head I want to say that the structure section addresses all iterations of the collection, i.e. 1924 in our time and 1925 In Our Time but I'll have to pull all those sources and re-read to be certain. Victoria (tk) 00:31, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
Re this edit; it leaves you with "14...two", "18...six" etc. which is a nasty experience for the reader; not really nasty; not beaten up behind the bike sheds or anything; more like a small fly going in your mouth while you are cycling. WP:MOSNUM doesn't mandate numbers above nine being in numerals unless they are of the twenty-eight--million-three-hundred-and-two-thousand-six-hundred-and-thirty-eight-and-a-half variety (more than two words in the compound actually; I'm just making the point with my dainty lil sledge hammer). Belle (talk) 01:35, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
That's interesting. It's standard for the American style manuals I'm familiar with, so could be an issue of doing it differently in different parts of the world. I'm not really fussed - was trying to avoid "chapters seven to eleven" and "chapters eleven to seventeen" (difficult to chunk), and make the numbering consistent. It's really a preference issue, so feel free to change the numbers or I will if you'd like me to. Victoria (tk) 19:54, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
I did change it back; my way or the highway, MOS people :P Everything seems fine now, so I support (I'd like to say that, unlike Ceoil, I'm NOT a friend or collaborator because I'm trying my best to cultivate a poisonous, unfriendly and unwelcoming atmosphere on Wikipedia, so when they hand out the money I get a bigger share; joke; love you really.)Belle (talk) 23:55, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
That's fine. Thanks for the insightful comments, the copyedits, and for the support. Victoria (tk) 00:30, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
"unfriendly and unwelcoming" - Belle, you may might not be Vic's friend (you say), but would make a seemingly fine admin, haha. Ceoil (talk) 00:00, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Blocking you the moment I get the power ;) Belle (talk) 00:32, 5 September 2015 (UTC)

Re the "friend" comment: as it happens Ceoil seems to have been reading my mind, because recently I've been thinking about (the old days) at FAC when the norm was to disclose collaborations, etc., and that we should go back to that again. Your review, Belle, was really helpful; not being familiar with the topic, you poked holes where they were needed, so again, thanks. Victoria (tk) 16:33, 5 September 2015 (UTC)

Source review - spotchecks not done

  • How are you ordering multiple works by the same author in Sources?
  • Hlinak is out of order in Sources
  • Missing full bibliographic details from Baker 1972, Benson 1975
  • No citations to Baker 1980, Baker 1981, Benson 1989
  • Be consistent in how you format editors
  • Hlinak: italicization is reversed
  • Why abbreviate Oxford UP but not Cambridge University Press? Nikkimaria (talk) 15:29, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
    Thanks Nikkimaria - I think I got all of these. As always, I live in envy of your eagle eyes. Thanks for taking the time. Victoria (tk) 00:30, 5 September 2015 (UTC)

Comment - Hemingway admitted that the book's publication history was complex; his biographer Michael Reynolds describes it as the most confusing of Hemingway's canon, to the point that "any analysis will be flawed - confusing in terms of publication history or content? Otherwise leaning support; although I am a collebrator and friend of Victoria. Ceoil (talk) 22:25, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Both. I've clarified by porting in Reynold's full quote, which conveys it better than I can. Thanks for the help on the lead, the copyedits, and the leaning support. Victoria (tk) 00:30, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
Have spent another two hours reading, on top of watching this dev. Support - Comprehensive, highest standards of sourcing,and given the particular writer - economically written. Ceoil (talk) 01:09, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! Sorry if there were edit conflicts - I was dead tired last night and made the mistake of leaving the edit window open as I was trying to fix everything, top-to-bottom, and hadn't realized others were working there. Thanks for the copyedits - very helpful! I think I got the last of the inlines, but poke me if I haven't. Yeah, trying to make it economically written was a goal that only took about four years! Victoria (tk) 16:24, 5 September 2015 (UTC)

Note to coordinators - This hasn't attracted any comments in three weeks, so it's fine with me if it's archived. Thanks Belle and Ceoil for reading and posting comments, and thanks Nikkimaria for the SR. I appreciate the time you all put into it, and to the delegates as well for the paperwork, so to speak. Victoria (tk) 01:03, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

@Victoriaearle: I'm going to put it on the Urgents list and leave it a bit, if you don't mind, since so much has been done on it. If there no more action next time one of us goes through the list, we can archive it. --Laser brain (talk) 23:59, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Hi Laser brain, okay, I'll keep at it. The reason I posted that is that I've gone fairly inactive, and this is the only thing keeping me around. So I thought if it doesn't get attention, or supports, then that's fine. Victoria (tk) 21:39, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). Don't generally need cites in the lede unless for controversial contested info, just have cites back up same info later in body of article. Great job on overall structure and layout of the article. I fear there is too much use of quotes, and those should be trimmed down and/or paraphrased. Structure, Themes, Style, Reception and legacy -- these sects are all quite good and high quality, just rely a bit too much on direct quotes when paraphrasing or trimming would help. — Cirt (talk) 00:45, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Hi Cirt, thanks for taking the time to read through and to comment. I removed one of the cites from the lead, (the second is a direct quote and is required). I've trimmed a a few quotes but generally I don't think this piece can stand unless written as it is (I've been working on it for about four years). It is an unconventional WP article, about an unconventional piece of literature. The article is about 14 short stories and 18 or so vignettes (depending on the edition), it details the historic collaboration between Ezra Pound and Ernest Hemingway, which is documented in their extant letter. And it includes literary analyses of the stories/vignettes, as well as the earliest reviews that Hemingway received. I think it would lose flavor to take out Hemingway's and Pound's voices in the background section. The quotes about "form" in the structure section are included in all the critical analyses I've read, and it makes more sense to use the author's own voice there. The quotes in the themes section about the war are written better than anything I can produce in a paraphrase, and again I think the flavor of the horror that was WWI would be lost if those were taken out. Hemingway is famous for his style, and the iceberg theory quote (which is quite famous), as well as others, are commonly used when writing about him, even here on WP. Finally, the review section includes historic material (took some researching to find), that is educational and nice to include, as well as the words from his modern biographers. If you choose not to support, I understand why not. Thanks again. Victoria (tk) 21:39, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. I've re-read it through, again, and your specific argumentation makes sense. Thank you for being so polite and responsive to my comments, most appreciated. Good luck to you, — Cirt (talk) 21:47, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • You're most welcome! Hope the rest of the FAC goes well, — Cirt (talk) 22:15, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comments from Lingzhi
    • Sorry, just noticed this nom. My bad. I just wanna chime in here because I saw some mention above of archiving it. Well, if that's the best thing, then do what you hafta do. But I think I'll have time tomorrow or the next day (probably not today) to start looking at it. Later.  Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 01:03, 4 October 2015 (UTC)
      • Hi Lingzhi, I think I have to stick with it - quite a bit of work has gone into it, and I suppose I shouldn't bail out at the last moment. I'd be pleased to have you take a look whenever you have time. Thanks for posting. Victoria (tk) 01:14, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption[edit]

Nominator(s): Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 20:22, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

This article is about the 2000 role-playing game set in White Wolf Publishing's World of Darkness. It was developed by Nihilistic Software and released by Activision for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. The game is based on White Wolf's role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade; it follows the adventures of Christof Romuald, a 12th-century French crusader who is killed and revived as a Vampire. The game depicts Christof's centuries-long journey from the Dark Ages of 12th-century Prague and Vienna to modern-day London and New York City in search of his humanity and his kidnapped love, the nun Anezka.

The article is as comprehensive and detailed as can be about this game. Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 20:22, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Cas Liber[edit]

Oh goody, never got to play this but did play Jyhad quite a bit...taking a look now. WIll jot queries below and copyedit as I go (please revert if I accidentally guff the meaning) Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 05:54, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

  • The first sentence is misleading - need to add something that lets me know it is a computer-based RPG. I would swap the sentences around so it is something like this, but need to remove one "rpg" from first sentence. I have reverted it and you can play with it.
  • Sentences in the lead are a little on the short side, which makes the prose a little abrupt-sounding.
  • Do we have to say "playable character" all the time? Can't we just say "character" or "protagonist" or something....
  • I'd link mesmerize, melee weapon, gothic, and linear adventure (if possible)
  • and the monstrous Nosferatu are condemned to live in shadows to avoid humanity --> "and the monstrous Nosferatu are condemned to remain hidden in the shadows" (?)
  • The setting and plot sections overlap a bit too much for my liking - my solution would be to remove everything from "As a member of the Brujah under Ecaterina..." onwards and incorporate that into the following section.
  • ...while a duo called[Youth Engine provided - a glitch?

The prose flows better in the body of the article than the lead, which is a good thing. More later. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 06:17, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

Sorry for taking a while to respond, unexpected things came up.
  • The first sentence is misleading - need to add something that lets me know it is a computer-based RPG. I would swap the sentences around so it is something like this, but need to remove one "rpg" from first sentence. I have reverted it and you can play with it.
  • Sentences in the lead are a little on the short side, which makes the prose a little abrupt-sounding.
  • I've tried to rewrite this and expanded it a little by adding some of the gameplay functionality in there.
  • Do we have to say "playable character" all the time? Can't we just say "character" or "protagonist" or something....
  • I've tried to change it up a bit by alternating to different versions.
  • I'd link mesmerize, melee weapon, gothic, and linear adventure (if possible)
    • Done for all.
  • and the monstrous Nosferatu are condemned to live in shadows to avoid humanity --> "and the monstrous Nosferatu are condemned to remain hidden in the shadows" (?)
  • Done.
  • The setting and plot sections overlap a bit too much for my liking - my solution would be to remove everything from "As a member of the Brujah under Ecaterina..." onwards and incorporate that into the following section.
  • I see what you're saying, but I find that the separate setting/characters section allows you to go into more detail without bloating the plot which I like to keep 700 words or less and to the point. Like I could cover the Vukodlak backstory in the plot section but it would really start to get long. IDeally I'd also like to have the voice actors in there but apart from Curtis Armstrong as Pink (Booger from Revenge of the Nerds no less), I can't find evidence for any other actor.
  • ...while a duo called[Youth Engine provided - a glitch?
  • Yeah it was a markup error, fixed.
Thanks for taking the time to review this Cas, please feel free to give me any other feedback. Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 15:24, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Ok, looking alot better - I see where you're coming from about the prose. It is a tricky one and I don't think there are any correct answers per se. I'll take another look. PS: Let me do the striking of my comments - happy if you slot in answers underneath mine. What I do is use colours - see Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Suillus luteus/archive1..and no templates :) Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 14:36, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
No problem. Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 22:14, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

Ok, more:

Experience points are awarded for the completion of objectives and the defeat of enemies; these points are used to unlock or upgrade existing disciplines and improve each characters' statistics, such as strength or agility. - could be folded a bit, as in, "Awarded for the completion of objectives and the defeat of enemies, experience points are used to unlock or upgrade existing disciplines and improve each characters' statistics, such as strength or agility." or "Completing objectives and defeating enemies results in experience points, which are used to unlock or upgrade existing disciplines and improve each characters' statistics, such as strength or agility." - in these the subjects are linked more closely (not a deal-breaker but worth thinking about)
Changed to the second one, but shifted "results in" to "is rewarded with" Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 22:14, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
From the outset, the team wanted to make a large, ambitious RPG - err, people or plans are ambitious, not the end result. I'd remove it...or just use the adjective "grand" here or something
Changed it to grand. Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 22:14, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
In the Reception section you've flogged the adjective "mixed" a bit, why not use some synonyms...."muted"..."equivocal"..."cool".....(possibly) "ambivalent" etc.
Done. Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 22:14, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

Alright, I think I tentatively support on comprehensiveness and prose, pending more critical eyes than mine having a lookover. cheers, Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 23:34, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for your time Casliber. Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 22:16, 10 September 2015 (UTC)

Comment: this is just an aside, but would it be possible to include one or more decorative/illustrative images? Are any public domain photos of the team members available—or perhaps of the Gothic architecture that inspired the game's look? At the moment, there's a whole lot of text and not much visual interest, which gives the article a very intimidating first impression. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 23:42, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

I have tried and tried again just now to find free images but there just don't seem to be any. Plenty of NFC but just no free stuff. I've added one image about Gothic art at least. Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 20:36, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
The two new images are a big improvement! Nice work. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 22:45, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
I managed to get a source and image for CUrtis Armstrong too so there's another image there JimmyBlackwing. Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 17:52, 15 September 2015 (UTC)
Article looks great now. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 18:25, 15 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Cyclonebiskit[edit]

  • All my concerns have been addressed and after some additional minor copy edits, I'm happy to support. I do have some qualms about how the "Reception" section is written, with the prose becoming a monotonous repetition of "X said Y. Z said A. B said C. etc..." but I don't really see a way around this without fluffing the section unnecessarily. Additionally, my prior statement about needing a(nother) copy edit stemmed from similar writing to this. There's nothing technically wrong with the article, which is why I'm supporting it, but it could be written in a more engaging manner in places. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 19:46, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Thank you Cyclone, and I will try to take a look at the prose in the next few days to review your additional comments. Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 22:12, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
Image review
  • All images check out
  • I've left the image review separate for the convenience of the FAC delegates. Cyclonebiskit (talk) 19:46, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Cirt[edit]

  • Support. The article is really of quite a high level of quality and the writing certainly is, as well. The sourcing appears to be meticulous, throughout, and supports the factual statements in the article's body text. Good fleshed out Reception section. I'd like to see the game's sequel, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, brought to WP:FA, as well. :) Good luck, — Cirt (talk) 03:37, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by SnowFire[edit]

Mostly looks good. The development section in particular is amazingly detailed, great work! A few comments / questions, though:

  • Design: "They came up with a basic solution that would be solved later into development". I think you should be more explicit that "They came up with a basic solution and planned on improving pathfinding later into development" or the like, since the later sentences make clear it wasn't really solved.
  • Release: You jump right into the Collector's Edition, but while obvious, it might be worth somehow indicating there was a vanilla edition that didn't have the cool gizmos, right?
  • Reception: This is something that other Wikipedia articles like to do, in fairness, but I don't think "sound" / "audio" is actually a thing. There's no guarantee that voice acting, background music, and sound effects have any relation to one another in quality, barring some kind of general encoding problem. It's fine to discuss those three topics, but I wouldn't pretend that there's something called "sound" which got mixed reviews.
  • Reception: "counter to the greater focus on political intrigue and social interaction prevalent in the first game in the series, Vampire – the Masquerade." This seems misleading, as it implies there was another computer game earlier in the series. "prevalent in the original table-top role-playing game" perhaps?
  • Reception: I'm quite shocked that the multiplayer was apparently reviewed so well, with all 3 reviews being largely positive. If that's truly the case, I suppose it's fine, but I seem to recall that this was something that was *severely* overhyped in previews, and landed with a dull thud. Basically the MP had been suggested as something that would allow people to play a more story-heavy game online, closer to the tabletop roots, and the tools just plain weren't there for that. It's a game where you do Diablo-esque hacking through hordes of enemies and that's it. This is in addition to the MP bugs already mentioned. I'm pretty sure the game never acquired a notable multiplayer following (unlike, say, Diablo II of the era) but I suppose the *lack* of something can be hard to source. Additionally critical reception for multiplayer is classically a weird area, since critic reviews are published at time of *release* and often can't comment on whether there was a long-term MP following. Anyway, I'm not sure it's possible, but I'd definitely hope for more sources on the multiplayer aspect's irrelevance. (Or maybe I'm just crazy and all the sources really do disagree with me.) SnowFire (talk) 22:56, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
    • --> changes so far
    • Modified the design sentence
    • Modified the release sentence
    • Modified sentence about the combat being prevalent in the tabletop game (a victim of copyediting)
    • I removed the sentence lead-in about Redemption‍ '​s sound so now it's just a general paragraph related to audio.
    • I can't say I ever played the multiplayer part and I wouldn't have had the same access to the net then as I do now so I'm just going off the three reviews that covered it, but I'm gonna go back over them. As you say it's harder with MP as those reviews will cover immediate reactions but not something like Diablo-esque longevity. Though I think Diablo probably had a more interesting base-game to bring more people in. Reading the development section, the part that perhaps landed with a thud is that they promised to let you co-op the Singleplayer campaign? The sources from that time that I've read at least don't seem to promise anything multiplayer wise besides that, that was not in hte final game.
    • BTW, thanks for taking the time to review this.Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 22:03, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
      • Looking at a few more reviews, the multiplayer seems to be the part that's genuinely singled out as good (IF the vampire community gets behind it). Here's ZDNet and Gamespot only really talking about the limitations of the interface itself to craft the scenarios. Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 22:16, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. It's weird to me how the MP was well-reviewed, but if that's what the sources say, so be it. (Probably too obscure now to find fansites or the like which would be the main source of a contrary opinion, I'd imagine.) Looks good otherwise. SnowFire (talk) 18:04, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Thanks SnowFire. I've tried looking around a little more but can'#t really find anything bad said about it, like at GameOver, it looks like it was just somehing that never really clicked with people. I did add a little negativity to the review section regarding the interface criticism however.Darkwarriorblake / SEXY ACTION TALK PAGE! 19:46, 1 October 2015 (UTC)


Nominator(s): R8R (talk) 19:44, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

This article is about a rare synthetic chemical element. That alone may seem scary for some readers, yet the best of my efforts have been applied to make this article as readable as it could be. After the first FAC, it was not promoted on the basis of poor prose quality; the article has been improved and updated since then, but the second FAC hasn't even scored enough attention to stand a chance. Now's a third time; hopefully, it'll bring me luck! --R8R (talk) 19:44, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

  • Support: I gave it a look through and corrected a few grammatical things: otherwise, I don't see any problems. (Disclaimer: I did a substantial amount of work on this with R8R in 2012, but all of the more recent work was done by them.) Double sharp (talk) 04:48, 30 August 2015 (UTC)
    • ...although: Comment The alt text for the Zagrebaev chart doesn't match its actual contents. Double sharp (talk) 08:28, 30 August 2015 (UTC)
      A good catch. I've written an actual alt text for the pic.--R8R (talk) 11:57, 30 August 2015 (UTC)
  • There is no claimed proposed name yet? Helholzium? Nergaal (talk) 15:25, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
    I can see this article was written by some Becky Ferreira, who I don't know, but she doesn't work for GSI or anything close to that, as I can see she is a columnist writing about pretty much everything. The word "helmhotzium" only appears once, in the following para: "It remains to be seem whether the IUPAPC will finally allow ununseptium into the official element club. But if it does get the green light, I can take a pretty good stab at what its real name will be. Given that the majority of the other transactinides are named after the relevant research centers, let's assume this superheavy newcomer will be called helmholtzium. You heard it here first." This doesn't make me want to add that to the article, especially labeled as a "proposed name."--R8R (talk) 16:39, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
    Leaving aside how the GSI announced it confirmed the discovery in Dubna, rather than claimed it did discover it first -- why would an element be named after those who confirmed its discovery rather than the actual discoverers?--R8R (talk) 16:58, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
I didn't mean necessary that source, but were any of the researchers quoted to propose some name? Something like for 118. Nergaal (talk) 18:25, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
I looked and didn't find any suggestions for E117: R8R told me before that they think it's bad karma to discuss naming in advance now (^_-)-☆. For E115 they dared to suggest moscovium (, and we should add that (but that's a long-standing suggestion from 2012: see this, using the Russian name московий). No news for E113 from the Russians, but many suggestions from Japan. Double sharp (talk) 09:16, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, pretty much so. I read it once in a Russian-language source, quoted by a senior Dubna official. (However, I think "the bad karma" also meant how there might be premature arguments over how to name the elements.) --R8R (talk) 17:08, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
So did any go on record to say that they won't disclose any proposal because of bad luck? And a side-thing, I thought proposals for elements can be reused for others (i.e. Mk was suggested for 116 but rejected so I thought it can't be used for any other). Nergaal (talk) 22:27, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
I can't find it now. I think, though, it is an issue worked around for now. Like they were not confirmed the element will be recognized, so they hare hadn't caught by that point. (Even now.)--R8R (talk) 08:07, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
I am under impression "moscovium" has been discussed as a name for 116, but not actually suggested to the JWP. (Not to mention how we have rutherfordium as a name for the element 104, even though Berkley originally wanted it to be the name for the element 106.)--R8R (talk) 08:07, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
Ah, the svg diagram again: can you at least it rotate it 180 degrees? so higher values are on the right side? Nergaal (talk) 15:28, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Sure, why not. OK now?--R8R (talk) 16:39, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
Seems better, but I think the atom labels should remain on left? Nergaal (talk) 18:26, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
I won't fight to death for it, but I think the labels are better off now. If we do the change, then the legend (85At and 117Uus) will still be aligned to the right from their vertical lines, while the electron level labels will be aligned to the left from theirs, and this difference may bring some make the pic a little messy. This is the problem about making the pic oriented to the right.--R8R (talk) 17:07, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The isotopes numbers in the infobox are lacking a ref. Nergaal (talk) 15:59, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
The refs are on the isotopes page, like they usually are for the element infoboxes. But I've copied them over. Double sharp (talk) 09:19, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for taking time for another read. Much appreciated.--R8R (talk) 16:58, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Refs:
The last two dois don't seem to work. Also, for the book at least be consistent and give the full first names.
ref 2 add the doi: 10.1007/1-4020-3598-5 and page #
This may take a little time; skipping for now (but will be back for it soon)
I meant just add the pages for the used chapter, not all the single pages. Nergaal (talk) 14:44, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
ref 6 the publisher seems to be GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
This is equivalent to what we have now, except we have the thing we use is in English with their suggested spelling, and your thing is in German. (I am not all that great at inter-language things: does it mean we have to use the German version?) I tried to work this issue around, but I'm not all that good with citing sources, so just tell me how to fix this if I haven't done it right.
Whatever is now is ok. But I don't think you should have it as both author and publisher. Use just as publisher. Nergaal (talk) 14:44, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
8 is missing accessdate
16 is missing link or doi
20 author
29 doi
33 doi 10.1088/0954-3899/30/10/014
a few other refs in the 40s might have dois that should be added
of all the forties, only no. 48 may look problematic, but it appears it doesn't have a doi.

Nergaal (talk) 22:31, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

I've tried to fix these, except where I left a note.--R8R (talk) 09:34, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
42 seems a book series. format it so it is clear
per this 47 seems a bit off
Fixed. Double sharp (talk) 09:19, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
54 probably needs a page range?
note c perhaps should mention/link metastable isotope?
Isn't that a little different? I mean, yes, both are excited states, but the metastable isotopes are called "metastable" because they last a while instead of promptly decaying like these ones. (Also, the metastable isotopes tend to emit gamma rays instead of having enough energy to expel neutrons out of the nucleus.) Double sharp (talk) 09:17, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, I would rather not. It's not the regular metastability we're talking about when an isomer decays into a lower-energy one, so it could create some confusion, which I would rather want to avoid.--R8R (talk) 09:08, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
I think JWP and IUPAC acronyms could be mover after the intro for the sake of ease or reading.

Nergaal (talk) 14:48, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Except for the penultimate comment, where I left a mote, i think everything's been dome by now.--R8R (talk) 09:08, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Support feel free to rc my comments. Nergaal (talk) 19:42, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Oviri (Gauguin)[edit]

Nominator(s): Ceoil, Modernist, C1cada

This article is about a rather frightening 1894 sculpture by Paul Gauguin, who described the Tahitian goddess of death and mourning on which it is based as "monstrous and majestic...drunk with pride, rage and sorrow". Gauguin was optimistic about its commercial potential, but it languised unsold for years; today first rank casts sell for around €80k at Christies. It was finally placed on his grave in 1973, which is both curious and moving. I wouldnt want it anywhwere near my headstone.

Myself and Modernist laboured on the article for years until white-knighted by C1cada. Ceoil (talk) 18:20, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

Driveby comments by Curly Turkey[edit]

  • Normally we don't have inline cites in the lead unless it's for something controversial, which isn't the case with any of the info in this lead. It would be much more readable if they were dropped.
  • Would vengeful mother be worth a redlink?
  • Réunion des musées nationaux almost certianly should be redlinked: it has a French, Dutch, and German page already.
  • "Recent exhibitions" is problematic—how "recent" is "recent"? What determines the cutoff? Who will maintain the list as "recent" exhibitions become un-"recent"? A number of them are unsourced.
  • All are now sourced; the section will essentially remain as current as possible...Modernist (talk) 23:50, 30 August 2015 (UTC)
  • The French article for terre-cuite links to the English article for Terracotta. Are they different things? If not, is there any reason to prefer the French term?
  • Curly Turkey 🍁 ¡gobble! 03:12, 30 August 2015 (UTC)
Cheers Curly, working through these. Ceoil (talk) 09:46, 30 August 2015 (UTC)
Update; think I have most sorted; trimming the cites in the lead, adding a few links (need an article on "vengeful mother"). Modernist has cited the recent exhibitions sect. Ceoil (talk) 13:53, 30 August 2015 (UTC)

Image review

  • Per WP:IMGSIZE, should generally use image scaling rather than fixed pixel size
  • File:Agostini_-_Tahiti,_plate_page_0080.png needs a US PD tag
  • File:Paul_Gauguin_-_Oviri_-_Watercolor_monotype_F_30.jpg: if I'm reading the history correctly this was first exhibited in 1945 - how does the current tag apply? Was it published prior to that? Same with File:Paul_Gauguin_-_Oviri_-_Watercolor_monotype_F_31.jpg
  • File:Paul_Gauguin_-_Soyez_amoureuses_vous_serez_heureses_MFAB_57.582.jpg: need to account for the copyright on the original work as well as the photo. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:07, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
All have been sorted, except the last one, which I am mulling over. Ceoil (talk) 04:18, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
File:Paul_Gauguin_-_Soyez_amoureuses_vous_serez_heureses_MFAB_57.582.jpg has been removed. Ceoil (talk) 10:20, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
This version is fine: File:Paul Gaugin, Soyez amoureuses vous serez heureuses, relief.jpg Coldcreation (talk) 04:23, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Coldcreation, and for all the edits. Myself and Modernist have decided against including Soyez amoureuses vous serez heureuses, tempting as it was. We had issuers of text squash, and other things. Ceoil (talk) 04:33, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
Support from Coemgenus
  • Excellent article, I enjoyed reading it. All of the prose is good, I could find only one change to suggest: is there something you can link "vahine" to? Either that, or use an explanatory footnote. --Coemgenus (talk) 21:48, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). I agree about removing, I see there's still some cites in the lede. The Reception sect is a bit small but Interpretation is nice. Perhaps the Reception sect could be expanded upon a bit more with additional info from secondary sources? — Cirt (talk) 00:42, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    Cheers Cirt - down now to two cites in the lead, which are better off explained early. Looking at expanding the 'Reception' bit; always interesting and waspy in that period. Ceoil (talk) 21:56, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment Sorry, I keep forgetting to get back to this, but I will soon. Johnbod (talk) 02:32, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
    ok. Ceoil (talk) 21:56, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Mike Christie[edit]

  • "a savage woman with long blond or grey hair": "blonde", surely, not "blond"? This is in the lead and also in the body.
  • The first sentence of the "Description" section has a trailing quote; is this just editing debris, or is this partially a quote?
  • "the only of his songs": presumably should be either "the only one of his songs" or "the only song of his".
  • The paragraph beginning "Nancy Mowll Mathews" is uncited.
  • "Richard Brettell depicts the Oviri figure in at least one drawing": Brettell is a modern critic, as far as I can see, so I'm not sure what the intended meaning is here.
  • If either the 1894 woodcut or the 1894 drawing in the gallery are among the works that Brettel discusses then I think this should be made definite in the captions.
  • Can you give the locations of the three castings Gauguin himself made? The only location that seems to be given in the article is that one is in the Musée d'Orsay. Similarly, if the locations of any more of the bronzes made from Monfreid's plaster copy are known, that would be worth mentioning.

-- Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 03:18, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

Hi Mike, thanks for the ce's and helpful comments. I've taken care of the first few easier ones; working on the last two, also pinging Modernist who knows more about this period and the sources than I. Ceoil (talk) 21:52, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
Fixes look good; I see there's now a broken image link near the top of the article, so you might look at that. I'll check in again when you've responded on the last two points (and if there are no sources to answer those questions, that's fine; I just think we should give that information if it's available). Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 13:17, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Cheers Mike; img fixed and I agree; will ping you when we are done, one way or the other. Ceoil (talk) 14:14, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
re the other two casts - private collections sothebys,christies - now mentioned in the lead. Ceoil (talk) 21:04, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

United States presidential election, 1880[edit]

Nominator(s): Coemgenus (talk) 13:42, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

This article is about a presidential election in the United States. By the popular vote, it was the closest in American history, but by the electoral vote (the one that actually determines the election) the Republican, James A. Garfield, was elected by a comfortable majority. The election was the first after the end of Reconstruction, and reflected what would become a pattern in the U.S. for a generation: the Democrats dominating the South, the Republicans holding most of the North, and a few close states (New York, Indiana, and New Jersey, among others) determining victory. Some of the issues, like immigration, continue to be debated in our own time. Others, like the tariff and the gold standard, have faded from the political scene. I hope you'll find it interesting. --Coemgenus (talk) 13:42, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

  • I am a Wikicup competitor, but will probably be eliminated by August 31, so this article is not likely to matter in that competition. --Coemgenus (talk) 13:42, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Just want to say, I'm waiting this for so long... Only thing is 1880 Republican National Convention is not as good as 1880 Democratic National Convention & 1880 Greenback National Convention (I don't think that one could pass FA today), or else I think this could be another FT. Only one suggestion: I think section "Conventions" should had some short summary first, then goes to sub-section "Republicans", "Democrats", "Others", something like "...each party choose their candidate by national convention...", also the same as "Campaign". Just a thought.--Jarodalien (talk) 06:19, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! That's a good idea, I'll work on some language for that introduction to the conventions section. You're right about the RNC. I improved some of the references a few months ago, but the prose could still use some help. I hope to get to it before too long. --Coemgenus (talk) 12:07, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
I went with this: "The parties agreed on their respective platforms and nominees at conventions, which met in the summer before the election." --Coemgenus (talk) 00:35, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support, good work.--Jarodalien (talk) 03:10, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

Image review

  • For some reason the title of the last image is appearing in the caption
    • @Nikkimaria: Thanks for the review. I can't reproduce this problem on Chrome or Internet Explorer. Does still look that way to you? If it persists, I can replace the image and see if that helps. --Coemgenus (talk) 23:48, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
      • Still that way in Firefox; full caption is "File:ARTHUR, Chester A-President (BEP engraved portrait).jpg Chester Arthur served as President after Garfield's 1881 assassination." Nikkimaria (talk) 00:10, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
        • Weird. I swapped it for a normal image, so that should be fine. --Coemgenus (talk) 12:34, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
  • By-county map could stand to be larger
  • What is the source for File:ElectoralCollege1880.svg?
    • I don't know what the original uploader used. He hasn't edited since 2009. Would it be improper to attribute it to some source that does match the data there, even if we don't know that the author used that particular source? The data are widely available. I could source to the National Archives website. --Coemgenus (talk) 23:48, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
  • File:1880DemocraticCampaignPoster.png/File:1880DemocraticCampaignPoster.png: what is the creator's date of death? Nikkimaria (talk) 14:46, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
    • I don't know. I think that tag is the wrong one, anyway. I've swapped it for {{PD-US}}. --Coemgenus (talk) 23:48, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
      • If it's a campaign poster, than how is not publication?--Wehwalt (talk) 21:10, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Wehwalt[edit]

Nicely done, just my usual nitpicks.

  • I hate to say anything negative regarding what is possibly the best short explanation of the silver question I've read, but " when both major parties nominated hard money men (candidates who favored the gold-backed currency were called "hard money" supporters, while the policy of encouraging inflation was known as "soft money")" could probably be compacted in a way that
  • " in the most hotly contested presidential election to that time in the nation's history" 1800? 1824? The Corrupt Bargain?
  • "the last election" I think you can get away with "it", so to speak. Maybe change the first word of the sentence from "The" to "That".
  • In the sentence "still others", I'd avoid one of the uses of "representatives" either by switching to "congressmen" or shortening the Speaker's title.
  • You have two people being flocked to. I suggest you select one, and as for the other, get the flock out of there (apologies to Porky's).
  • "in his formal letter to party accepting ... most likely a "the" missing?
  • You might want to make it clearer that Garfield made speeches from his front porch. A pipe for "his home" perhaps?
  • "he was noted in particular for his personal leadership at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863" what's 'personal leadership' in this context?
  • "New York harbor" I would cap and link the three words.
  • " After several unsuccessful attempts at Republican nominations to various offices, and growing dissatisfied with the conservative wing of the party," I would add "making" before "unsuccessful".
  • "the length of the campaign" suggest "duration" for "length"
  • "As the Greenbackers had the only ticket that included a Southerner, he hoped to make inroads in the South." Southerner/South. Surely this can be avoided?
  • "also suggested difficulty " hmm. Maybe "presaged" for "suggested"?
  • "Confederate veterans pensions" this needs an apostrophe. Also veterans/veterans.
  • " Democrats never made clear what about their victory would improve the nation;" maybe "how" for "what about". Did they attack Garfield for being a member of the Electoral Commission?
  • "Garfield's success being centered in the more populous North " maybe "Garfield's triumphs in the more populous North"
  • "but without evidence" maybe "but had no evidence"
  • "served under him and Arthur without incident" maybe "served loyalty under him and Arthur"
That's it.--Wehwalt (talk) 21:10, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Wehwalt, I'll get to these tonight or tomorrow. --Coemgenus (talk) 00:05, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
These are all done, except the first. I'm still not sure what to do with that, but I'll think about it. --Coemgenus (talk) 02:07, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments by Hurricanehink[edit]

Support now! As a minor political junkie, I was happy to stumble from my FAC to here.

  • How come the opening sentence is different? Most election articles start with "was the nth quadrennial presidential election". This just says that it was a contest. Was that a conscious decision?
    • I just thought it made more sense to mention first who contested the election, leaving the 24th quadrennial thing to the next sentence. More people know American elections the candidates than by whether it was the nth election. --Coemgenus (talk) 18:52, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Voter turnout was among the highest in the nation's history." - what was the ranking? Just curious. You say it was the highest at the time, but did any since then surpass it? Under the results section, you say "The voters showed their interest in the election by turning out in record numbers; 78 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot, the largest percentage to that date." But the article on Voter_turnout_in_the_United_States_presidential_elections says 1876 surpassed it, as did 1860 and 1840.
    • My source there, Peskin, calls it the largest turnout to date, but as I read it again, it seems like it could mean largest percentage or largest number. I changed it to "among largest percentages in American history" just to be safe. --Coemgenus (talk) 18:52, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Weaver combined with two other minor candidates, Neal S. Dow and John W. Phelps" - I don't think "combined" is the best term here. Perhaps "in conjunction"?
    • I tweaked it, but I'm still not fully satisfied. I'll fiddle with it some more. --Coemgenus (talk) 18:52, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "a position Allan Peskin, a 20th-century biographer, called "inconsistent"." - this could probably be rewritten without commas. Perhaps "a position that 20th-century biographer Allan Peskin called "inconsistent"?
  • "Garfield appointed a civil service reform supporter to the most lucrative government post in New York" - who was the supporter, and what was the post?

All in all a good read! ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 16:50, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

    • Thanks! --Coemgenus (talk) 18:52, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
      • Sounds great, I'm happy to support now! ♫ Hurricanehink (talk) 15:40, 18 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support (having stumbled here from my FAC). I can't really see anything I would change here, quite well done. Especially good intro lede sect, and Background sect. In addition, the graphics used are most impressive -- especially the Election Results by County !!! That graphic is quite something. Good job overall, — Cirt (talk) 00:40, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Thanks for the support. I wish I could take credit for the map, but it was there when I started editing this one. --Coemgenus (talk) 13:02, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Source check All sources are of high quality, though I've never been a fan of the image of Garfield on the cover of Peskin. Not much you can do about that. References appear consistent, but 80 and 81 are identical.--Wehwalt (talk) 03:30, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Ha! Thanks for the source review, and I agree about the Peskin cover. --Coemgenus (talk) 13:02, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

St Denys' Church, Sleaford[edit]

Nominator(s): Noswall59 (talk) 15:16, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

St Denys' in Sleaford is an Anglican church in the English county of Lincolnshire, dating to the 12th century. Its tracery was praised by Pevsner, but the church, like the town, has not attracted much attention. Hopefully, this article will help correct that. The article recently passed GA and I believe it is comprehensive, reliably sourced throughout and neutral; the structure seems to follow many of the other Anglican church articles. This will be my first FAC, so I am not holding out for too much, but any constructive comments, queries and suggestions are welcome. Kind regards, —Noswall59 (talk) 15:16, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

Note from nominator: I will not be at my desk between 8–16 September and I may not respond to comments swiftly or at all before I am back; I will be around as normal from the 16th.Noswall59 (talk) 13:19, 7 September 2015 (UTC).

Images are appropriately licensed and captioned. Nikkimaria (talk) 23:50, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for checking this.

Support Comments from Tim riley[edit]

This seems to my layman's eye to be comprehensive and balanced. The prose could do with a little attention:

  • Lead
    • "A church and priest has existed" – two nouns but a singular verb
    • "alter tombs" – "altar tombs", surely?
  • Description
    • "It is dedicated to St Denys…" – this sentence is eighty words long and could do with being chopped in two or even three. (split into two - hopefully an easier read now!)
    • The second paragraph is liable to suffer from WP:DATED, which can be mitigated if you add "As at 2105" or words to that effect.
  • Background and origins
    • "A large horde of coin moulds" – wrong sort of hoard
    • "Late Iron Age" – if the middle Iron Age, a few lines above, has an uncapitalised "middle", do we want a capitalised "Late" here?
    • Second para: you wait till the second batch of carucates, sokemen and villeins to add blue links. Better to link them at first mention.
  • Expansion
    • Not quite sure why "Despite" in the first sentence – it doesn't seem to have any connection with the fact that the town and church were altered.
    • "likely c. 1180" – unexpected Americanism: one would expect "probably" in a BrEng article (here and below)
    • "the post-Conquest Bishops, who were its patron" – could they all be one patron?
    • "according to the local historian Edward Trollope" – you've already introduced him; we don't need the job description and given name repeated here.
  • Early modern and later
    • Trollope again – the job description, given name and another blue link.
    • "non-conformist" – I'd be inclined to lose the hyphen, to match our WP article on the subject, to which you should add a blue link, I'd say.
    • "2,000 persons" – do we need "persons" here? They'd hardly be anything other than persons.
    • "two major "restorations" to St Denys" – I sympathise with the implied horror at well-meant Victorian mucking up of old churches, but I think your quotation marks are too tendentious for Wikipedia and should be deleted.
  • Architecture, fittings and grounds
    • Some grammarians, particularly American ones, no longer consider it illiterate to use "due to" as though it had passed, like "owing to", into a mere compound preposition. But "because of" is plainer and better than either, and is usually the best bet. Here, though, I'd just write "after".
    • "restored by Sir Ninian Comper in 1918" – he wasn't knighted till 1950 and the Manual of Style bids us take care not to give people titles prematurely. - well-spotted
    • "The screen, altar rails in St Hugh's Chapel are the work of C. H. Fowler and, while E. Stanley Watkins completed the reredos in 1906." – this sentence needs a bit of work, possibly an "and" after "screen" and "and, while" could be replaced with a semicolon.
  • Memorials
    • First sentence: change of tense from present to past, and the comma splice before "however" needs attention. (Personally, I'd lose the "however" and add a semicolon instead.) - tweaked, is it okay?
    • "The English novelist" – is it important to mention that she was English?
    • "to local solicitor Henry Snow" – unexpected and unwelcome false title here. The addition of "a" before "local" and a comma after "solicitor" would remedy it.
  • Sources
    • I'm a bit dubious that Hoare's book necessarily qualifies as a WP:RS, but I know how limited the available material often is on local history/geography, and I think it reasonable not to press the point. Happily you don't rely overmuch on the book. Trollope is very heavily relied on, but there are enough citations to other published sources to make this acceptable, I'd say.

I'm not an expert on church architecture, and as I'd value the input of editors who know more about the subject than I do, I'll do a little (legitimate) canvassing. For my own part, I'm inclined to support the promotion of the article, and will revisit the matter once you have addressed my points, above. – Tim riley talk 14:17, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks ever so much, @Tim riley: Hopefully, I've addressed all of the issues you've raised above (as of this edit). I agree that Hoare's book is less than perfect, which is why I've mostly used it for minor 20th century developments; sadly, he is the only author who discusses the dedication. Let me know if I've missed anything. All the best, —Noswall59 (talk) 18:19, 29 August 2015 (UTC).
Good – the prose strikes me as up to standard now, and as I have said earlier the content seems to me both comprehensive and adequately sourced and cited. I see no reason to withhold my support. I hope (reasonably confidently) that more expert reviewers than I will take a similarly favourable view. Tim riley talk 18:27, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
Many thanks Tim, that's much appreciated. —Noswall59 (talk) 18:32, 29 August 2015 (UTC).

Support Excellent article. My only complaint would be maybe the lede is a tad short and might benefit from a bit more architectural detail.♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:07, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

@Dr. Blofeld: thank you very much. I will see what I can do about expanding the lead. All the best, —Noswall59 (talk) 17:10, 2 September 2015 (UTC).

Comments I do not consider myself to be a reviewer but would like to make comments on the comprehensiveness of the article:

  • It has been pointed out to me in the past that an active church is not just a building, but is also a community of people, and I think information abut this should be included in a FA. The church as a website here, which gives info including the present personnel in the church and its current activities, and there is also the CoE website here.
I have taken a look at the websites you suggest. I believe I have already covered the services the church offers. Aside from its summer fete, I can't see much more about its activities that's worth including. What did you have in mind? I've also looked at the list of people. I can add the churchwardens and organist if it's necessary, but I do worry that it's information which is liable to go out of date and probably isn't needed and it's not included in existing FAs like St Nicholas, Blakeney and St Helen's Church, Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
  • It would be helpful to have a map in the infobox.
I have added one.
  • There is no information about the present state of the organs (main and chapel). This can be found here and doing a search for Sleaford.
Thanks for pointing this out. Is it a reliable source? If so, I will add it as a reference.
It is the official website of the British Institute of Organ Studies, and having used used it in most of my church articles, have found nothing to suggest it is unreliable. --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 09:13, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Although the info on the bells has not changed since the Trollop reference (1872), there is current info here.
As above, is this a reliable source?
Similarly for Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Its authenticity is described on its home page here. --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 09:13, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I am not happy about the "Previous denomination" being given as "Roman Catholic". This presumably refers to the pre-Reformation state, when the whole western Christian church was Catholic. I suggest this field be left empty to prevent confusion.
I was unsure about this myself and I agree with you. It's gone now.
  • Not essential, but have you considered having an "Appraisal" section to confirm why the architecture of the church is important. Such a section could define what Grade I listing means, and also include comments from Pevsner and others about its special and/or unique features.
All of Pevsner's comments worth including have been incorporated into the architecture section. The English Heritage listing is short and doesn't say much about national significance apart from the tracery, which I've already talked about in the architecture section. As a result, I am really not sure it needs an appraisal section.
A nice article but I should prefer it to be more comprehensive at FA level. Good luck. --Peter I. Vardy (talk) 13:28, 2 September 2015 (UTC)
@Peter I. Vardy: thanks for you comments, I have some queries about a few of them, which I've outlined above; I've tweaked a couple of things as per your suggestion. I am not really sure that there is any more activities/services information worth adding, likewise about personnel. I am also not sure it needs an appraisal section because that material is already in the architecture section. If you could confirm that the two links you suggested are reliable sources, I'd be happy to add them to the article. Many thanks, —Noswall59 (talk) 17:10, 2 September 2015 (UTC).
@Peter I. Vardy: thank you for clarifying the reliability of the sources above. I have now added them and information on the organs - would you be okay to take a look and see whether it's all right now? (Thank you too for providing the sources - I shall use them for future articles!) All the best, —Noswall59 (talk) 10:02, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, that looks fine. The following can be linked: Samuel Green (organ builder), Forster and Andrews, Harrison & Harrison. (I am now away for a few days.)--Peter I. Vardy (talk) 10:22, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
They're all linked now. Cheers, —Noswall59 (talk) 11:14, 3 September 2015 (UTC).

Tentative Support Comments from Cas Liber[edit]

Taking a look now....Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 02:25, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

first the north aisle was rebuilt by the local builders Kirk and Parry in 1853; second, the tower and spire were largely rebuilt in 1884... - I think the "first" and "second" are unneeded here and not helpful for flow
A Perpendicular clerestory adorns the aisles with three-light window... - any reason why "perpendicular" is capitalised here?
I made these changes. Hope they're ok.
@Casliber: Your alterations are fine - thank you. I have removing the problematic "first ... second" phrasing as per this diff; as for your other comment, I am referring to Perpendicular Gothic, a type of Gothic architecture, which appears to be capitalised throughout its article. Let me know if there are any other comments or suggestions. Many thanks, —Noswall59 (talk) 09:14, 29 September 2015 (UTC).
Okay, in which case I would link "Perpendicular" to the appropriate section/article. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 09:56, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
@Casliber: it is already linked, in the first paragraph of the "Architecture, fittings and grounds" section. Many thanks, —Noswall59 (talk) 17:12, 29 September 2015 (UTC).
@Noswall59: aaaah my bad indeed. In which case strike that and consider me moving into Support territory on comprehensiveness and prose. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 22:50, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments from Cirt[edit]

  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). Minor quibble really: I think it's best practice to have in-line citations for the info in the image captions, to make it easier for future editors and readers to find out more about that info in a quick fashion. — Cirt (talk) 00:35, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • @Cirt: Thanks for taking a look. The MOS seems silent on the issue. Which of the images do you have in mind? All of the dates etc. included in captions are cited in the article and most of them don't contain that sort of information anyway. I am happy to add references to any where you feel it's needed though. Many thanks, —Noswall59 (talk) 10:00, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • The rood screen, restored by Sir Ninian Comper in 1918
  • East window of the chancel with stained glass by Ward & Hughs, 1853/4
  • Yvonne Double memorial window, by Glenn Carter, 2006

These 3 should have cites. The rest are all fine per your argumentation. :) Let me know once those are fixed, then happy to have another look. — Cirt (talk) 17:51, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

@Cirt: okay, thank you for clarifying. I've cited two of them and removed dates and maker from a third (I think it was copied from the geograph info, which was not correct). Let me know if there are any other concerns you have. All the best, —Noswall59 (talk) 18:47, 30 September 2015 (UTC).
  • Support. Looks a bit better, thank you ! — Cirt (talk) 18:52, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    Thank you very much for your comments and support. Best wishes, —Noswall59 (talk) 21:25, 30 September 2015 (UTC).

Comments by Mike Christie[edit]

  • "the present vicar, Rev. Philip Anthony Johnson, was appointed in 2013": since this article will, I hope, be around after the vicar retires, this would be better with an "as of" construction: perhaps "the Rev. Philip Anthony Johnson, who was appointed in 2013, is the vicar as of 2015". Or perhaps roll this in with the "as of" construction you have in the following paragraph?
  • Done
  • "an unknown Syrian saint": I don't quite follow. In what sense is he unknown?
  • His name and details of his life are not known beyond his works. I've changed to anonymous - is that better?
  • In a couple of places you say "Holy Communion is conducted from", rather than "at", a time. Is that the usual wording? "At" would sound more natural to my non-churchgoing ears.
  • Changed both instances to "at"
  • I think the plural of "sokeman" should be "sokemen", per this.
  • Well spotted.
  • In the background section, I don't follow the final part of the argument -- if they conclude the reference in Domesday is to the church in Old Sleaford, how can it also refer to New Sleaford?
    I am not sure where the confusion is here. There were two manors in Sleaford: one held by the Bishop and one by an Abbot. The Bishop's manor included a Church, which was assumed to be the church at Old Sleaford (because it was supposed that St Denys' didn't exist at that time). However Mahany and Roffe showed that the church in old Sleaford was actually included in Quarrington's entry; therefore, the record of the Bishop's manor at Sleaford which included a church must have been alluding to St Denys' Church. Does this make sense? I have tried to convey that in the article anyway... —Noswall59 (talk) 12:52, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    OK, I think I get it now. You say "there were two manors in Sleaford", but in the article you say "Two manors called Eslaforde were recorded in Domesday"; I didn't realize that Eslaforde was an early name for Sleaford, and I therefore didn't understand that the argument was that the churches referred to as being in these two manors had to be the churches in Sleaford. Can you make that a bit clearer? If I'm slow on the uptake about that, others will be too. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 22:29, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    That's a fair point. I have put Sleaford in brackets after Eslaforde - does that help? —Noswall59 (talk) 10:52, 1 October 2015 (UTC).
    Yes, that does it. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 11:37, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • It wasn't until I finished that paragraph that I realized that the reassessment referred to in the earlier paragraph was, in fact, laid out for me in the second. I wouldn't suggest anything as clumsy as "as follows", but I'd like to see the reader made aware that the argument is first mentioned and then given. It might be enough just to move the mention of the reassessment to the start of the second paragraph.
  • I believe I have tweaked it to make it less confusing; I have moved the last clause of the first paragraph to the beginning of the next.
  • Is there any reason to link to the Google Books version of a source if there's no text available? I'm not sure it's harmful, though perhaps a source reviewer might comment if this is usual. Nikkimaria, is there any reason not to do this?
    Per WP:PAGELINKS GBooks links should usually only be added when preview is available, although I wouldn't say it's harmful here - just redundant (ISBN already links to GBooks and many other sources). Nikkimaria (talk) 01:51, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    Thanks, Nikki. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 01:58, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • My bad, I assumed it would be okay. I have removed the links where the books are not available for preview on Google Books.
  • "A prebendary of Sleaford is recorded in the late 13th century and was probably founded by the post-Conquest Bishops, who were its patrons." A couple of things. I'm not an expert in church terminology, but isn't the prebendary the holder of the benefice, and the prebend is the benefice itself? So it would have been the prebend that was founded, not the prebendary? Second, does the last part mean that the Bishops who were its patrons founded it, or that it was founded by a group of people whom you're referring to as "the post-Conquest Bishops"? I think you mean the former, since the latter implies that all post-Conquest Bishops founded it; in that case you need to drop the comma after "Bishops".
  • I have tried to make this clear, let me know if it's still problematic. The prebend was probably founded by one of the post-Conquest Bishops and the Bishops were always its patrons.
  • "Located on the north aisle, the chaplain was instructed to pray there": needs to be reworded; this makes it sound like the chaplain was located on the north aisle.
  • Clarified
  • Why do we need Edward Evans death date?
  • We don't - removed.
  • "during its 1870 elections": I think "its" refers to the Board of Guardians, but there are so many nouns in between that I think I'd make it explicit -- at least "during the Board's 1870 elections".
  • Done
  • What or where is Westgate?
    A street - how should I make this clear in the text?
    I don't think you need the street, do you? Couldn't you just say "in Sleaford and Quarrington"? Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 10:38, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
    Done. —Noswall59 (talk) 12:52, 30 September 2015 (UTC).
  • I don't think you need "But" in "But the Anglican congregation ...".
  • "an estimated 700 to 800 people in 1851 (St Denys' had a sitting of 743 people)": what does "sitting" mean? That's how many people could be seated? Or that was a typical number of attendees at a service?
  • It's the space available [12]. I have tweaked the wording
  • "memory of the local solicitor Henry Snow": perhaps just "memory of a local solicitor, Henry Snow", unless he deserves special mention in some way.
  • "and an extensive restoration work": do you need "an"? It doesn't sound natural to me.

-- I should be able to finish this review tomorrow. Generally this is looking pretty good to me; just a few quibbles so far. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 02:01, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

@Mike Christie: Hello and thank you ever so much for your comments so far. I have striken the comments which I believe have been corrected as per this edit. I could do with clarification about the query re Westgate. Could please you let me know whether the passages on the saint, Domesday and the prebend are up to scratch now as well? All the best, —Noswall59 (talk) 09:54, 30 September 2015 (UTC).
I see from your nomination that you're new to FAC, so welcome! This is a solid article and I look forward to seeing more of your nominations. A couple of very minor formatting points for the FAC (as opposed to the article). It's usual to let the reviewer do the striking, rather than striking the comments yourself as you reply -- that's because the reviewer may not always agree that the point has been dealt with, so it's best to let them decide when something can be struck. Not an issue here, since I agreed with you in every case, but something to be aware of. Also, it's usual (though not universal) to sign each of your interspersed replies to points, so that if the conversation extends beyond a single reply it's clear who said what. Again not an issue here. Finally (and this is something even experienced Wikipedians get wrong all the time) the indents following a "*" or ":" should always match the one above, otherwise you can get odd-looking results, such as bullets floating to the left. For example, if you're responding to a bulleted entry beginning with "*", and you want a simple indent below it, use "*:", not ":*".
Everything you've struck looks OK to me; I made a couple more little tweaks. I've replied to your question above, and it looks like you missed one point, which is still unstruck above. I expect to support once those minor points are dealt with. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 10:38, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
@Mike Christie: Hello and thank you for the comments and advice - I will bear it all in mind from now on. I have removed the Westgate reference, but I am not sure how to address the remaining query you have. Many thanks, —Noswall59 (talk) 12:52, 30 September 2015 (UTC).

Continuing the review:

  • "a 15th-century window was moved to churchyard": presumably "the churchyard"? Is the churchyard a part of the church building? "Yard" in the US means what "garden" means in the UK, so this sounds a bit as though the window was just dumped outside. Can you be more specific?
    It does indeed refer to the church's grounds, and the window was removed from the building and left standing in the corner of the churchyard, as can be seen here [13]. I have tweaked the wording and linked churchyard. —Noswall59 (talk) 10:52, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
    That is amazing. I would never have guessed you meant that. Perhaps make it "placed outside in the churchyard", which I know is redundant but makes it quite clear. If a picture is available that would be good too. I'll go ahead and strike this point since there's nothing wrong here. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 11:37, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
    I know, it's hard to believe they did that... There is a photo at Geograph, which I will transfer over and add to the gallery. —Noswall59 (talk) 13:29, 1 October 2015 (UTC).
  • "the building's listing": many readers won't know what you mean by "listing", so I'd explain this inline.
    I have used the list's full name, which is probably more meaningful, and I've linked to listed building. —Noswall59 (talk) 10:52, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
  • "19 cwt, 3 quarters and 6 lbs": an odd way to give the weight. No doubt this is in the source, but I'd just give it in whatever units a modern English person would use, with an approximate conversion to metric. You can keep the original, but it needs to be in modern units too. The quarter in particular is not a measurement most people have ever heard of; and the hundredweight is a different weight in the U.S. and Canada to the U.K. measure. I'd also suggest giving approximate metric and imperial measurements for the acres/roods/poles, and linking rood and pole. See MOS:UNITS and MOS:CONVERSIONS for details.
    Okay, I have converted these. The roods and poles aren't supported by the convert template, so I've had to do them manually, while I found a nifty little template called long ton designed for working with bell weights. —Noswall59 (talk) 10:52, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
    The bell weights look good. Any reason why you went with hectares for one of the land conversions but square metres for the other? Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 11:37, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
    I've converted them to hectares. —Noswall59 (talk) 13:29, 1 October 2015 (UTC).
  • I didn't know what a dole cupboard was until I looked it up. Is there an article that can be linked to for this? Perhaps something on ecclesiastical furniture or church architectural terms?
    I'm struggling to find an article with a definition... —Noswall59 (talk) 10:52, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
    I won't oppose over this if there's no link. You might redlink it; up to you. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 11:37, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
    I have redlinked and may create a stub at some point. —Noswall59 (talk) 13:29, 1 October 2015 (UTC).
  • The photo of the tomb of Sir Edward Carre mentions its mutilation by Puritans; you don't mention this in the article. Do your sources mention it?
    I've not seen any other mention of this and have checked Trollope, who describes it in detail but doesn't talk about any mutilations as far as I can see. —Noswall59 (talk) 10:52, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
    Page 131 of the Google Books edition of Trollope says the memorial is "said to have been mutilated during the Civil War"; I think that's good enough to cite. Incidentally, were you aware of this? Might be useful. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 11:37, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
    Okay, well discovered. I have quoted Trollope in the article and cited the page. I am aware of the 1825 book; it's good, but Trollope seems to cover the noteworthy points and it is in that early Victorian antiquarian phase which makes me doubtful of its reliability. —Noswall59 (talk) 13:29, 1 October 2015 (UTC).
    In the church itself there is a plaque next to the tomb saying this is what happened to it. If you like I can try to find out their source? --Errant (chat!) 13:36, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
    @ErrantX: I have included the information in the article now, so I am sure it is fine, but if there is anything else you can find, that would fantastic. Many thanks, —Noswall59 (talk) 13:50, 1 October 2015 (UTC).
  • You refer to Eleanor Peart's memorial as the "the 'heavy' slab"; what does that mean, and why the quotes?
    It's how Pevsner describes it. I think it's his polite way of saying that the design is perhaps too bold and not as fine as it could have been. I can remove it if you'd like? —Noswall59 (talk) 10:52, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
    Well, I think we need to be clear what he means, or we can't use the description. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 11:37, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
    I have removed the "heavy" part. —Noswall59 (talk) 13:29, 1 October 2015 (UTC).

-- That's everything I can find. All the points are minor, and I expect to support once these issues are dealt with. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 01:49, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

@Mike Christie: I believe I have addressed all of these issues by these edits [14], although I haven't found an article offering a definition of dole cupboard, nor have I found mention of Puritans desecrating Carre's tomb; I also have a query about the last comment. Many thanks, —Noswall59 (talk) 10:52, 1 October 2015 (UTC).
@Mike Christie: okay, I feel I have addressed all of these concerns now, but do let me know if there is anything else. Thanks ever so much for the review, —Noswall59 (talk) 13:29, 1 October 2015 (UTC).

Support. All my concerns have been addressed. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 17:10, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Thank you so much for carrying out this review. All the best, --Noswall59 (talk) 14:06, 3 October 2015 (UTC).

Comments by Hchc2009[edit]

Not quite a support yet

  • "1 acre of woodland, 320 acres of meadow and 330 acres of marsh" - felt like it needed a metric equivalent.
    Done. —Noswall59 (talk) 18:08, 3 October 2015 (UTC).
  • There are quite a few instances where century is used as an adjective without a hyphen (compare "13th-century sources" and "a 14th century slab")
    I believe I have caught them all. —Noswall59 (talk) 18:08, 3 October 2015 (UTC).
  • What is a cantarist?
    I have replaced with "chantry priest" (chantry was linked earlier in the paragraph). —Noswall59 (talk) 18:08, 3 October 2015 (UTC).
  • "There is a strong local tradition" - I wasn't sure what a "strong" local tradition was. Widely held? Possibly correct? etc.
    Changed to "widely held". —Noswall59 (talk) 18:08, 3 October 2015 (UTC).
  • "As of 2015, regular church services are held on Sundays and Wednesdays..." - this is cited to the church's own site, so I don't think it is a reliable source in terms of backing up the claim that services are actually regularly held, or just regularly scheduled. (In reality they might often be cancelled, for example.)
    Changed to scheduled. —Noswall59 (talk) 18:08, 3 October 2015 (UTC).
  • "1809–1851 and 1851–82" - this seemed inconsistent in style
    It is and I have switched to the latter style, as per the MOS. —Noswall59 (talk) 18:08, 3 October 2015 (UTC).
  • "establishment of National Schools in Sleaford " - is the capitalisation correct here?
    I believe "school" should be lower-case, but National is derived from the National Society for Promoting Religious Education and I believe should be capitalised. —Noswall59 (talk) 18:08, 3 October 2015 (UTC).
  • I can't work out why some names have death dates after them, and not others. e.g. why "Sir Edward Carre, 1st Baronet (d. 1618)" or "Elizabeth Cooper (d. 1792)", but not "the Bishop of Lincoln, John Bokingham" (who died in 1339, btw)
    I have added the Bishop's death date. —Noswall59 (talk) 18:08, 3 October 2015 (UTC).
  • My concern was more general - why are some being given dates and not others? (e.g. " Bishop Alexander of Lincoln", "Samuel Green of London" etc.) I'd expect there either to be an implicit rule that the article is following (i.e. "dates are given if...") or to be consistent (i.e. everyone gets dates, or no-one gets dates). Hchc2009 (talk) 18:41, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • @Hchc2009: Ah, I see. Well, I note that Pevsner records the death dates when he talks about tombstones and that makes sense, especially because many of the interesting monuments' subjects don't have articles. It would probably also be useful for architectural/art historians to place. As a result, I've made it so that death dates are only included for individuals with memorials. Does this make sense? —Noswall59 (talk) 20:39, 3 October 2015 (UTC).
  • Is "Pawley, Simon (1996), The Book of Sleaford, Baron Birch for Quotes Ltd" a high-quality reliable source? This is an open question, as I'm not familiar with the publishing house and can't find it on-line.
    Pawley has a doctorate from the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester and compiled his thesis on "Lincolnshire coastal villages and the sea c.1300 - c.1600 : economy and society" [15]. According to this document by Bishop Grosseteste University and published by the County Council, Pawley "is a former Chairman of the Lincolnshire Family History Society, Conference Committee and a former Vice-Chairman of that society, former Chairman and Treasurer of Friends of Lincolnshire Archaeology and sometimes acts as a historical consultant to North Kesteven District Council." I have taken him to be a pretty reliable source, although I cannot vouch for the publisher. —Noswall59 (talk) 18:08, 3 October 2015 (UTC).
  • Cheers - sounds fine to me. Hchc2009 (talk) 18:41, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • The bibliography is inconsistent in style: some items have publisher and location, others just publisher.
    They now all have locations; I have also switched to ISBN-13 throughout. —Noswall59 (talk) 18:08, 3 October 2015 (UTC).
  • "The architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner states" -Pevsner died around 30 years ago, so I'd have put this in the past tense myself.
    Switched to the past tense and caught two others relating to Trollope. —Noswall59 (talk) 18:08, 3 October 2015 (UTC).

Hchc2009 (talk) 15:49, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

@Hchc2009: I believe I have addressed all of your concerns through this edit [16], but do let me know if there is anything more to be done. Thank you very much for taking the time to review the article, —Noswall59 (talk) 18:08, 3 October 2015 (UTC).

The Turn of the Screw (2009 film)[edit]

Nominator(s): Josh Milburn (talk) 08:06, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

This article covers a 2009 BBC adaptation of Henry James's classic ghost story The Turn of the Screw. Is it just another TV film? Well, yes and no. The BBC's horror films and costume dramas are both well loved, and this is a nice example of both. Also, this holds special interest as a pre-Downton Abbey collaboration between Michelle "Lady Mary" Dockery and Dan "Cousin Matthew" Stevens. Finally, as this is an adaptation of James's novella rather than an original story, it holds interest both for fans of classic literature and for literary theorists. I started writing this in January after catching the film on TV (the article was pretty rudimentary), and I'm pleased with how it's come out. I'd like to thank Eric Corbett for a great GA review back in March- since then, the film has been released on DVD in North America, and so the article has been slightly updated, but it remains mostly as-was. This is a WikiCup nomination. Josh Milburn (talk) 08:06, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

Comments from Cassianto[edit]

  • "The BBC had previously adapted M. R. James horror stories for Christmas films, with their A Ghost Story for Christmas series" the "A" and "their" clash when used together so I would move "series" to before the introduction: "The BBC had previously adapted M. R. James horror stories for Christmas films, with their series A Ghost Story for Christmas.
  • A personal preference and a normality in BrEng is the use of the definite article. I would adopt it in this article seeing as it is on a BrEng subject: "BBC executive and drama commissioner Ben Stephenson..." → "The BBC executive and drama commissioner Ben Stephenson..."
    • Do you have a source that suggests that my approach is nonstandard? I'm not convinced. Josh Milburn (talk) 15:40, 15 August 2015 (UTC)
      • These prominent authors and linguists say that it is normal in BrEng as do the British Council who call it one of the most used words in the English language. This reliable website compares the definite article use to that of the Americans who seldom ever use it to introduce things. Less reliable, perhaps, is me :). I use it in all of my FA's and I've never had a problem. Tim, I know, uses it a lot too. CassiantoTalk 17:17, 15 August 2015 (UTC)
        • See the article False title. The use is common in tabloid papers, but is better avoided in high quality writing. The advice in the NY Times style guide is both amusing and wise. Tim riley talk 17:31, 15 August 2015 (UTC)
          • Tim, Cassianto: Thanks, I'm learning a lot already! I'll try to internalise this rule... Fixed that example in the article. Josh Milburn (talk) 18:16, 15 August 2015 (UTC)
  • "this framing device is not used in the original novella, but both the novella and the film share a first-person narrator" -- Novella/novella repetition. Is there another word you could use for one of them?
  • Who said "screaming-banshees-and-horrible-corpses style of ghost story"?
  • "The Turn of the Screw was filmed on location in the West Country of England -- "on location" is redundant here.
    • I disagree- it could, for instance, have been filmed at a sound stage in the West Country. On location filming refers to a particular kind of filming (namely, at a "real" location, rather than on a made-for-filming set), not just filming that is at a place. Josh Milburn (talk) 15:40, 15 August 2015 (UTC)
      • I bow to your superior knowledge on this. It's a subject I'm quite ignorant on. CassiantoTalk 17:51, 15 August 2015 (UTC)
  • The period in Mrs. Sarah Grose is AmEng. Do the BBC use this?
    • Removed (also sorted "Dr."). Clearly something I've been getting wrong for some time... Josh Milburn (talk) 15:40, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

Up to plot, will continue soon. CassiantoTalk 15:01, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for taking a look! Josh Milburn (talk) 15:40, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

Support -- Nothing else from me everything else looks to be tip-top. Great work Josh! CassiantoTalk 13:43, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks! Josh Milburn (talk) 14:06, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

SupportComments from Tim riley[edit]

I'll look in after a proper reading in the next day or so. Meanwhile, as we seem to be in BrEng, pray consider the spelling (four times) of "sanitarium" for the usual English "sanatorium"; and did the critic in The Times really spell "suppurate" as "supperate"? Tim riley talk 21:16, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

Fixed both. The mistake was mine, not Chater's, and I blame the "sanitarium" spelling on a band I used to follow... Josh Milburn (talk) 08:47, 16 August 2015 (UTC)


  • Lead
    • If you agree with Cassianto and me about the false title, you may like to look at "by housekeeper Mrs Grose" in the lead.
    • "significantly less ambiguous" – what does it signify? It is a pity to waste "significantly" as a mere synonym of "considerably" etc unless there is a measurable significance.
  • Production
    • "adapted many times, although not previously by the BBC" – not true: see here. Put not your trust in The Daily Express as a WP:RS.
      • I think Baylis (and, correspondingly, me in the article) specifically meant television/film adaptation. All of the mentions on the BBC listings were either on the radio, versions of the opera or else non-BBC films. I've changed this to "The film is an adaptation of Henry James's 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw. As one of his more popular stories it had already been adapted for films and television many times, although not previously by the BBC." (And I appreciate that The Express isn't exactly a top-quality newspaper, but Baylis is a professional television critic notable in his own right who has also written for much better papers- he's not just some hack.) Josh Milburn (talk) 08:47, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
    • "Ann's father is a pastor" – in England? I don't think I have ever heard an English clergyman called a pastor. It sounds like something out of Ibsen or the Deep South of America.
      • I'm not sure why I wrote that. The source uses "preacher", so I've used that instead. I don't want to be more specific, as it's not clear in the film itself precisely what his job is. Josh Milburn (talk) 08:47, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
    • "Corin Redgrave, who played the professor, is the son" - alas, was the son.
  • Plot
    • "affected by the War" – really necessary to capitalise?
      • I'm using "War" as a proper noun- it's the War, not just the war (that has just passed). Or would you advise against this? Josh Milburn (talk) 08:47, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
        • Point taken. I think MoS zealots may purse a lip or two, but to Hell with them. Tim riley talk 20:28, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Critical reception
    • "commended the performances of Dockery[9][22][11][12][30][31][32]" – you need to get the refs in numerical order here
      • Done. They were in order when I last checked... Josh Milburn (talk) 08:47, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Literary analysis
    • "literary theorist Anna Viola Sborgi" - "Good morning, literary theorist Sborgi"
    • "with regards to both setting and costume" – I think "with regards to" means sending good wishes. What you want here, I suggest, is "with regard to"
    • "For literary theorist Thomas S. Hischak" – a close friend of harpsichordist Yagyonak?

All very minor stuff. I'll read the article once more tomorrow, and then I think I'll be able to add my support. – Tim riley talk 22:04, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks very much- I think I've fixed everything/clarified why I haven't. Josh Milburn (talk) 08:47, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
Good. (Forgive my King Charles's head in re false titles, and thank you for taking my sarcastic comments so graciously.) Having read again this evening I am happy to support. With the exception of Britten's chilling opera I have never run across an adaptation of HJ's original novella that really works, and I note with approval that you scrupulously reflect the balance of critical opinion over this attempt. The article seems to me to cover everything that should be covered, impartially and in most readable prose. In my view it meets all the FA criteria. It almost makes me want to see the film. Tim riley talk 20:28, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
I've watched the film twice, which is why I did the GA review. I don't think I'd watch it again though, as I was never certain when the events were happening, or whether in fact the governess was mad. But that was of course the point of the film, and which I think is well explained. Eric Corbett 20:41, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the support, Tim! For me, the film is very watchable with a great atmosphere, but is by no means perfect (in its own right or as an adaptation). Josh Milburn (talk) 21:25, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

Image review

  • File:Henry_James_by_John_Singer_Sargent_cleaned.jpg needs a US PD tag. Nikkimaria (talk) 23:03, 28 August 2015 (UTC)
    • I really haven't a clue (and I hate to say this, as someone who spent a lot of time working with images...). I thought the US had a copyright term of the author's life plus 70 years. I've no idea when the painting was first "published", or what that would constitute. It's a 1913 painting, if that helps anything. Josh Milburn (talk) 09:02, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
      • For paintings, display counts as publication - was the artwork publicly displayed, and when? Nikkimaria (talk) 15:02, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
        • I couldn't say for sure, so I've switched it to a photograph definitely published in the US prior to 1923. Josh Milburn (talk) 16:17, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

Comments from Cas Liber[edit]

Taking a look now.....Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 11:24, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

  • I don't follow why M. R. James is referred to at the opening of the article.....
    • Thanks for taking a look. I'm aiming to set the scene with regards to the BBC's previous adaptations of classic ghost stories; when the BBC originally revealed that they were working on The Turn of the Screw, they presented it effectively as a spiritual (hurr hurr) successor to their adaptations of the M. R. James stories; it also helps establish the significance of the fact that they'd never adapted Turn of the Screw, mentioned in the next paragraph. They'd done lots of M. R. James's short stories, but never Henry James's more famous novella. So, put it this way: The first paragraph establishes the film's relationship with previous BBC dramas, the second establishes its relationship with Henry James. Josh Milburn (talk) 13:55, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Critics disagreed about the extent to which the film was successful in capturing the ambiguity of the novel. - a little ungainly - maybe, "Critics disagreed on how successful the film was in capturing the ambiguity of the novel." or somesuch.
    • I've gone with "Critics disagreed about how successful the film was in capturing the ambiguity of the novel." Josh Milburn (talk) 16:19, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

Comments from Grapple X[edit]

  • On a similar note to Cas Liber, I do feel the MR James information is useful but is maybe better served being rearranged a little. The sense now is that the previous productions were adapted due to their author, and broadcast at Christmas, when the intended sense seems to be that they were adapted out of desire for material at Christmas and the author happened to be a fruitful one. Perhaps rearrange "The BBC had previously adapted M. R. James horror stories for Christmas films, with their series A Ghost Story for Christmas including adaptations of The Stalls of Barchester, A Warning to the Curious, Lost Hearts, The Treasure of Abbot Thomas and The Ash Tree." to read as "The BBC had previously adapted several horror stories as Christmas films, with their series A Ghost Story for Christmas including adaptations of the M. R. James stories The Stalls of Barchester, A Warning to the Curious, Lost Hearts, The Treasure of Abbot Thomas and The Ash Tree." (or, of course, reword it better since prose is not my forte)
    • I've rephrased this as you suggested. Josh Milburn (talk) 17:01, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Following on this—is "The Ash Tree" the proper title of the BBC broadcast? The story itself seems to be "The Ash-tree". Similarly, the article prefaces these titles with "adaptations of...", yet "The Stalls of Barchester" is given the name of the adaption, not the name of the story that it is adapted from.
    • I have rejigged so that I more clearly refer to the original novellas, rather than the TV films. It seems Barchester is the only adaptation with its own article, so I've included a link to that in addition. The "The Ash Tree" issue is a funny one- my James collection (I've just checked!) entitles it "The Ash Tree", so I'm happy to call it that in this article- why the main article is titled with the dash is unclear to me. Josh Milburn (talk) 17:01, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I'm not a great fan of just listing cast members and their roles as a series of bullets. This isn't strictly an objection but I feel it's redundant to their mention in the plot, especially given how names in the plot section are given unlinked, surname-only, before they're first used in full.
    • I note that the cast list has several more characters than the plot section. I could remove the parenthetical actor IDs from the plot section, if you prefer. Josh Milburn (talk) 17:01, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
      • Personally I tend to feel that if a role is not worth noting in a summary of the plot, it's probably not worth noting (we do link to sites like IMDB in the external links for those who want a full cast list). It's my personal preference not to see one unless it's used to summarise information about the casting process (see Eraserhead versus Manhunter (film)#Cast for two examples I've written in either style). But ultimately it's personal preference and not objective criticism so whatever you feel is right for the article is right for the article, it won't affect my judgement. GRAPPLE X 09:39, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
        • I do see the merits of your view, but I think I'd rather keep the list; for example, I think the link to Wendy Albiston is useful, though Baines is not a significant enough character to be included in the plot section. Josh Milburn (talk) 13:58, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I know it's a BBC production, so UK critical sources will be predominant, but I'm surprised there aren't more sources outside of the UK, especially given the article's mention of a Downton Abbey connection that I would have thought US audiences may have been intrigued by.
    • I've delved as deep as I can- I don't think it's actually been shown on mainstream television outside of the UK/Ireland, to be honest. My American sources (Hicks/Cooper) are in response to the DVD release. (It'd be OR to note in the article, but I'd guess that the American release was made precisely to cash in on the Downton connection.) Another search threw up lots of unreliable blogs, an Entertainment Weekly article (which I added, though it's more about Downton than Turn) but also this one, which I can definitely bring some material from. I'll get to this later this evening. Josh Milburn (talk) 17:01, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Consider adding alt text to any images used to allow them to be picked up by screen readers.
    • Ok, done. Josh Milburn (talk) 18:16, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
      • I gave one of them a tweak as it didn't really describe what was being shown (the DVD cover), but otherwise these are good. GRAPPLE X 09:39, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Category:British films is redundant to Category:British television films.
    Overall quite happy with this articles, though as always be aware that any assessment by myself is going to be based on everything but prose. GRAPPLE X 10:46, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
    Thanks a lot for taking look; thoroughly appreciated. Josh Milburn (talk) 18:16, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. Everything has been addressed or discussed to my satisfaction. GRAPPLE X 22:06, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Comments from Mike Christie[edit]

This looks in good shape. I have a handful of minor points; I expect to support once these are resolved.

Thanks for taking a look- thoroughly appreciated. Josh Milburn (talk) 19:18, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • You have both "Clara" and "Carla"; it seems that "Carla" is correct, but I'll let you fix it in case I'm wrong.
    • Well spotted; fixed.
  • "Inside, Mrs Grose assures her that she must be confused": how about "Inside again, Mrs Grose assures Ann that she must be confused" to establish sequence and clarify the pronoun?
  • The sentence beginning "Mrs Grose stops Ann ..." doesn't tell me if that's at the lakeside or later.
    • I've tweaked it a little- it's at the lakeside, as part of the same altercation. Is this clearer now? Josh Milburn (talk) 19:18, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
      Yes, that works. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 21:41, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • I also don't follow "After ordering the staff and Flora away from Bly": Ann has the authority to order some or all staff to leave the house? And what does it mean that Flora, a child, was ordered "away" from her home? Was she sent somewhere?
    • Yes, Ann is very much in charge of the house, and sends the servants away. As I understand it, governesses were traditionally somewhere between servants and family- typically of a higher social class than the other staff, sometimes even related to their charges. Where Flora goes is not made clear. I'm not sure if something needs to be changed here? Josh Milburn (talk) 19:18, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
      Given what you say, I think this is as clear as it can be made. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 21:41, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Fisher is dismayed to see Ann led away by the police, accused of Miles's murder, and sees Quint's face on one of the officers": suggest "Fisher is dismayed to see Ann led away by the police, accused of Miles's murder, and he sees Quint's face on one of the officers" to make it a little easier for the reader to parse.
  • "This subtly, according to a review": is this a typo for "subtlety"? That would make more sense.
  • I think it should be a colon rather than a semi-colon after "expressed a contrary opinion".
  • "Critics disagreed about how successful the film was in capturing the ambiguity of the novel. Part of the enduring appeal of James's story is its ambiguity, and, for Tim Dowling, a columnist for The Guardian, the film failed to capture this." This is a little repetitive. How about "Critics disagreed about how successful the film was in capturing the novel's ambiguity, which is part of the enduring appeal of James's story. For Tim Dowling, a columnist for The Guardian, the film failed in this regard." Or something along those lines; I see you use "in this regard" a sentence or two further on.
    • Yes, done- I've adjusted the Whittaker mention to remove "in this regard". Josh Milburn (talk) 19:18, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • In several places you use brackets to indicate the substitution of lower-case for upper-case letters; per WP:MOSQUOTE (see the section on typographical conformity) there's no need to do this.
    • Ok, removed. I can't say I like it, but I'm happy to go with the MOS! Josh Milburn (talk) 19:18, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • "Segal, by contrast, felt MacLiam was badly cast, meaning that": is "meaning" the word you want here? We haven't quoted a statement from him to interpret; we've characterized a statement, but his intended meaning isn't the meaning of the characterization, it's the meaning of his statement. Sorry, that's a bit confused, but perhaps you'll see what I'm driving at.
    • Good point. I've switched it to "Segal, by contrast, felt MacLiam was badly cast, which resulted in "one of the story's primary dark forces [looking] more like a member of Elbow than the very essence of evil"."
  • "another film adaptation of James's novella which focuses upon the supposed sexual aspects of the novella": two uses of "novella" in a short span.
  • Can anything be said about the DVD's commercial success? It appears to have been released in other countries; shouldn't that be mentioned?
    • I've come across nothing- it was originally released in the UK and rereleased for a North American market, which is discussed in the article; is there something I have missed? Josh Milburn (talk) 19:18, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
      IMDB has some foreign release data; is that a reliable source? I seem to recall it's not, at least not for some things. I'll look at your other replies this evening. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 19:43, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
      Interesting, thanks. IMDb is no good for that kind of information, but I will look into this. Josh Milburn (talk) 20:29, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
      I'll hold off on support till you respond on this, just for completeness. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 21:49, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
      I think (after some Googling) that some of those were just the title translated into other languages, but I've found some sources for DVD releases/TV showings in some foreign languages, so I have added this to the article, being careful not to state that they are the only non-English releases. Josh Milburn (talk) 13:51, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

-- Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 01:19, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

Support. All my concerns have been addressed. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 13:58, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Comments from Cirt[edit]

  • Comment (having stumbled here from my FAC). Main sticking point for me before I can support is there is a bit too much liberal use of quotes. Try perhaps paraphrasing some. I'd recommend cutting them down at least by half. You can have the same rough amount text size, just paraphrase the gist of what they were saying. Good luck, — Cirt (talk) 00:32, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, I'll look into this; I'm a little frazzled right now, but I'll get to in the coming days. Josh Milburn (talk) 17:49, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
I've trimmed some quotes, and will try to do a few more. Josh Milburn (talk) 14:08, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Featured article reviews[edit]

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Notified: Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Rock music, Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Metal

This article passed FAC over 7 years ago, with support arguments extending no further than "great job, almost every sentence is referenced" and the principal contributor, Bubba hotep has retired. While that's not in itself a reason to send an article to FAR, it's usually indicative that, unless somebody else with a good knowledge of the band is on hand to caretake things, the article will naturally deteriorate by well meaning but sub-FA quality edits. And that's where we are now. Unfortunately I'm just not enough of an expert on the band and have no good sources to improve it back up to FA level, so the only real option is to send it here and hope somebody else comes foward. Like Rush (band), I'm not holding my breath though. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 16:56, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, comparing today's FA standards to then's, they seem like different universes. I'll read the article these days and correct what I can. I believe Lewismaster would be interested in helping as well.--Retrohead (talk) 16:59, 19 August 2015 (UTC)
The article is messy, largely unreferenced, too lenghty for Joe Petagno's art, too short on musical style and influences and I think too bloody detailed on dating every tour and TV appearance. Moreover, many references are off-line and should be accurately verified. It's a long work which should be made for many FA articles (Metallica's article is in a similar shape, for example.) I can do something in my spare time, but I don't have all the books for such a work. Lewismaster (talk) 17:44, 19 August 2015 (UTC)
As Ozzy is a well known fan of Motörhead, maybe Drmies can help? I've started trimming out some recentism (2010 onwards is particularly bad) but it's like Sisyphus pushing his rock up a hill, if I'm honest. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 09:13, 20 August 2015 (UTC)
Hmm. It was on the front page not too long ago, I thought--but "not too long ago" for me could have been in the 1990s. Drmies (talk) 14:01, 20 August 2015 (UTC)
@Drmies: it was on the main page in 2009 apparently... not too long ago, then, compared with the age of the universe anyway :)  — Amakuru (talk) 11:16, 30 August 2015 (UTC)

Source review—spotchecks not done.

  • Italicization of the names of online publications is inconsistent. Either they all should be italicized or none of them.
  • Italicization of the names of magazine is inconsistent. Either they all should be italicized or none of them.
  • According to Checklinks, there are quite a few problematic links, some of which are dead, while others yield connection errors.
I managed to fix three links, but I can't find the links from Motorhead's website, and can't figure out why and how the author combined all those links in ref 30, all of which are dead.
  • Representation of the names of online publications is largely inconsistent. One example includes the capitalization of "m" in "Allmusic"/"AllMusic" and another is whether we cite the Motorhead website as "" or "Motorhead official website".
  • Wikilinking of works and publishers is inconsistent. Either link only in first occurrence, never, or always.
  • FN 4 includes a quotation from the source, while other AllMusic references do not. We need consistency.
  • FN 6 is surely "Ace Records" and not just "Ace".
  • White Line Fever should be in the bibliography, not in further reading, since it is referenced.
  • Names of films and albums need to be italicized in the reference titles always.
  • FN 14 is missing information (eg. work or publisher, date of publication) and a period/full stop, and the archive link does not work.
  • FN 15: this needs to be moved to the bibliography with specific citations with page numbers in the footnotes. And is FN 17 citing this book?
  • Some refs are missing information: FN 16 is missing a retrieval date, for example, and FN 81 is missing the work or publisher.
  • Regardless of whether it is a reliable source, is certainly not a high quality reliable source. I have similar reservations about Rock on the Net, Playlouder, Internet Movie Database,, Lincolnshire Bombers' news forum, Spinner,, Classic rock revisited, Ear Candy Magazine, and Ultimate Guitar Archive.
Wikipedian Penguin, I agree that Blabbermouth is not the best option for FAs, but it is a website whose information is cited by Billboard, Loudwire, Rolling Stone, and others. So far, I haven't noticed a false information on Blabbermouth.
  • FN 68, 74: avoid SHOUTING in references.
  • FN 80 needs to be more specific, with authors, titles, publishers, page numbers, etc.
  • FN 84 uses the ISO date format, inconsistent with the other footnotes.
  • Why is all of the Peter Buckley reference in italics?
  • Evidently, there is no single citation format used for the entire article. This is an important aspect of maintaining FA standards.
  • "Motörhead are typically classified as heavy metal, and their fusion of punk rock into the genre helped to pioneer speed metal and thrash metal."—this is (supposedly) already sourced in the body of the article, so it does not need to be sourced in the lead.
  • Several pieces of information in the biography are uncited, like this one, "On 19 October, having played 10 gigs, they became the supporting act to Blue Öyster Cult at the Hammersmith Odeon," and this, "In 1996, the band began touring the States in early January and played thirty venues up to 15 February; a seven-date tour of Europe in June and July was followed by two engagements in South America during August." The article needs to be thoroughly checked for similar unsourced statements before it can have any hope of passing FAR. Making a comprehensive list would be exhausting.
Partially done.

I don't want to jump the gun, but there may be more to do than can be done within the timeframe of this FAR. Still, let's see what others, including those involved with this article, think. The Wikipedian Penguin 15:30, 31 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the input. I'll be doing the source corrections in the following two weeks. I'll strike the notes I'm done with, if that's ok.--Retrohead (talk) 15:38, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
I appreciate your taking this on, Retrohead. I would prefer striking them on my own to verify the edits, so if you could reply to my comments instead, that would be terrific. Would you prefer if we moved this to the FAR's talk page to keep the main FAR page tidy? The Wikipedian Penguin 15:51, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
I'm ok with whatever suits you.--Retrohead (talk) 16:02, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

@Retrohead and Wikipedian Penguin: update on progress here? Nikkimaria (talk) 12:48, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Retrohead has done some points, but the refs are still far from meeting FA standards. I'll wait for his input. The Wikipedian Penguin 14:13, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
I give up. There's a great amount of work that needs to be done (not just the references) which requires more knowledge on the topic. I can't say I fully understand the author's modus operandi on the refs. I believe it is better to start writing the article from scratch rather than trying to fix it. It will save me more time and nerves.--Retrohead (talk) 18:36, 3 October 2015 (UTC)


Notified: Amakuru, Lemurbaby, BanyanTree, WikiProject Rwanda, WikiProject Countries

I am nominating this featured article for review because I feel that it currently falls short of being comprehensive and well-researched. Parts of the article are rather dated. For example, the data on religion is from the 2002 census, not the more recent 2012 census, and much of the data in the economy, education and health sections is from the late 2000s. There are some questionable statements, such as "It is not clear who funded the next batch of 100,000 XO-XS laptops nor the additional laptops leading to the 400,000 XO-XS laptops", which is sourced to a wiki site. The section Millennium Development Goal 6 lacks context, with no explanation of what this MDG is. There is a general need to update the article, which quite a few relatively old "as of" statements present. I have personally rewritten the sport section, and have tried to encourage other editors to help with improving the article, but not much progress has been made. Cordless Larry (talk) 13:39, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

An inconsistency: the introduction states that "Rwandans are composed of three ethnic groups: the Hutu, Tutsi and Twa", whereas the demographics section states that "the population is drawn from just one ethnic and linguistic group, the Banyarwanda". Cordless Larry (talk) 14:58, 13 August 2015 (UTC)
@Cordless Larry: there's a general problem here, because it is quite a hotly disputed topic in sources as to what the Hutu, Tutsi and Twa groups actually are. In some sources, Banyarwanda are regarded as one ethnic group, sharing a language and culture, with Hutu and Tutsi being social classifications, while in other sources the Hutu, Tutsi and Twa are themselves regarded as separate ethnicities. The text tries to explain this issue, and I've changed the lead to match what's in the Demographics section. Thanks  — Amakuru (talk) 11:23, 20 August 2015 (UTC)

Education and health[edit]

The main focus for my efforts this weekend is going to be bringing the health section into line. I would like some feedback on one thing though - at the time of featuring, this as the version of the article: [17]. Then, education and health were in one paragraph (which I had modeled on a similar paragraph over at Cameroon, an earlier FA). The education part has not changed much, apart from the addition of some over detailed analysis of laptops. The health section, however, has been hived off into a separate section, and largely filled with non encylopedic and over detailed information.

My question is whether it makes sense to fold these two back into one paragraph, with just a summary of the details of each. The thing to bear in mind is that this is strictly a summary article. Country articles can never hope to go into very much detail on any particular topic, which is why we have child articles Education in Rwanda and Health in Rwanda to provide much more detail on that. In fact, the guidance at Wikipedia:WikiProject Countries/Templates does not suggest including any detail about education and health at all. Personally I would favour the approach of updating the paragraphs from the FA version, to reflect up to date information, but keeping the two subjects in one short section, as before. What think you?  — Amakuru (talk) 10:49, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

Quite a few of the country featured articles do have health and education sections, often as sub-sections of demographics. Do they naturally belong together in one section? I'm not sure they do, personally. Cordless Larry (talk) 11:12, 15 August 2015 (UTC)
OK, I've now rewritten the health section, it gives a general overview, with citations and some relevant statistics, but without going beyond two paragraphs. Let me know what you think.  — Amakuru (talk) 21:49, 19 August 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Amakuru, that now looks much better. Cordless Larry (talk) 09:17, 20 August 2015 (UTC)

Sport sub-section[edit]

Amakuru's post above reminded me that I meant to mention that the sport sub-section that I wrote is currently quite long. There is perhaps a need to create Sport in Rwanda, to move the content of the sport sub-section there, and to summarise it for the Rwanda article. Cordless Larry (talk) 11:17, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

I had thought of that myself a while ago. That's a very good idea.  — Amakuru (talk) 11:36, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

Things that need updating[edit]


  • Confirm relgion figures.
  • Check females in government posistions fact - Done.


  • Last paragraph updated for recent developments - Done.

Politics and government

  • Mention the two term limit and current proposals to remove it - Done.
  • Update with recent sources for criticism of constitution - Done.
  • Update numbers of deputies with more recent election, including facts about female majorty - Done.
  • Check on latest status of courts (in particular gacaca) - Done.
  • Update facts and figures on corruption - Done.
  • UPdate cites on the RPF dominance - Done.
  • Update relations with France and Francophonie - Done.
  • Update relations with Uganda and Congo - Done.

Administrative divisions No changes needed


  • Make sure still 149th largest country (given new countries that have come into place) - Yes it is.
  • Make sure climate figures are up to date - Yes.


  • Update GDP figure - Done.
  • Update USD exchange rate - Done.
  • Update plans for EA shilling
  • Update farming figures, and GDP contribution
  • Update crops
  • Update industrial sector figures and products
  • Update tourism figures - Done.
  • Update media and communications


  • Update water figures
  • Update electiricty figures
  • Update transport


  • Make sure basic figures and densities are up to date - Done.
  • UPdate faith figures - Done.
  • CHeck languages


  • Check national holidays - Done.


  • Check beers - Done.


  • Check and update


  • Go through all references, check for deadlinks and format correctly.

@Cordless Larry: now that the sport and health has been dealt with, the above is a list of things I'd like to check and update now, based on a read through of the article just now. If you can think of anything else, please let me know. THanks  — Amakuru (talk) 17:50, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for all your hard work, Amakuru. I'm incredibly busy off-Wikipedia at the moment, but that looks like a good list. If I get some time, I'll help out making the checks you identify. Cordless Larry (talk) 07:40, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

Note: I've not looked at this for a week or two, but it's still on my to-do list and I hope to get back to the tidy up very soon... please keep open for now!  — Amakuru (talk) 15:22, 7 September 2015 (UTC)

I checked for more recent tourism figures yesterday, but could only find official statistics to 2011, though more recent figures have featured in reports such as this, so they must exist. Cordless Larry (talk) 08:46, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
I also found this potential source for beers. Cordless Larry (talk) 08:49, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
I've updated the number of public holidays from 11 to 12, but the source also lists Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Are these full public holidays too? If so, it should be 14. Cordless Larry (talk) 06:46, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
The relevant law suggests that they are official holidays, so I will update to 14. Cordless Larry (talk) 06:54, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
Thank you Cordless Larry. I have no idea why I looked at the new source and thought there were still eleven. I must have counted very badly!  — Amakuru (talk) 10:41, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

@Cordless Larry and Amakuru: update on progress here? Nikkimaria (talk) 12:49, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

I've not been able to commit much time to this, but Amakuru has been chipping away at it. Cordless Larry (talk) 20:25, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Featured article removal candidates[edit]

Empires: Dawn of the Modern World[edit]

Notified: Clyde Miller, WikiProject Video games

Review section[edit]

I am nominating this featured article for review because of it not being up to snuff in terms of standards for Featured Article. Throughout its page it uses references considered unreliable for video game articles (i.e Armchair Empire). Also the prose should be reworked, with sentences like "Empires‍ '​ multiplayer component, powered by GameSpy, is freely available to any player who has an updated version of the game. Though as of 2007, this game is no longer supported by GameSpy for online play." as its both poor and outdated. Overall not something I should have the bronze star on it in its current state. GamerPro64 22:00, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

Time has not been kind to this article. Yep, at the very least the whole thing needs a through scrub and the lede is way too short for FA status. – czar 22:16, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
The lead does not summarize most of the content and the Reception section could probably be reworked. Anarchyte 04:54, 6 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Move to FARC No-one working on it. DrKiernan (talk) 19:55, 23 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Move to FARC - This isn't going anywhere. GamerPro64 02:21, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

FARC section[edit]

Standing concerns over reliability of sourcing and comprehensiveness. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 02:49, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

  • Delist - Per my comments. GamerPro64 14:52, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Delist and re-assess as B-class. The prose needs improvement, not all of the sources are appropriate per WP:VG/RS, and the lead disappoints. Could be a GA candidate given some editing, expansion, and (re)sourcing. Esquivalience t 22:46, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment: I'd like to take a shot at saving this one. I remember supporting it when it passed back in the day, and the lead editor was a Wikifriend of mine. It should be fairly easy to polish up. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 03:42, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
    • I think that's worth holding off delisting this for the time being. Jimmy knows how to get stuff done. GamerPro64 03:52, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
      • Thanks. It's going to be a bigger job than I initially thought, but I'm going to work on it steadily until it's done. Thanks for everyone's patience in advance. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 00:44, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
        • Hey, if you get stuck into it, we can cut considerable slack for time...we're happy to leave it open for as long as it takes if y'er still plugging away at it. cheers, Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 12:06, 11 September 2015 (UTC)
          • Much appreciated. It might take me a couple weeks, but I'll whip this thing into shape. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 17:54, 11 September 2015 (UTC)
            • It's starting to come together. There's plenty of work ahead, but I can finally see the end of the tunnel. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 21:08, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
              • Everything's done except the lead and Reception, which are half finished. Progress will be slow this week because of limited Internet access where I'm at, unfortunately. I'm in the home stretch, in any case. JimmyBlackwing (talk) 19:57, 29 September 2015 (UTC)


Also note: Wikipedia:Featured article review/Tamil people/archive1, Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Tamil people

Notified: Vadakkan, Sundar, Subramanian, Wikiproject India, Wikiproject Dravidian civilizations, Wikiproject Tamil civilization

Review section[edit]

I am nominating this featured article for review. The article has been a prime candidate for FAR since 2010 and at that time Dana boomer and I had some discussion on getting this here. However, I didn't follow through on time. We've had posts about some of the problems on the talk page: Nov 2010, Oct 2013, Talk:Tamils#Featured Article Review. The major issues include (a)quality of sources used within the article, (b)image use -- while copyright vios are a regular concern, the random use of images without context is also a problem (c)Undue weight to certain aspects, including synthesis of information from external sources, (d) some copyvios have been inserted into the article and have stayed in for a while (a deeper check is still needed). I have also started a deeper source evaluation here; hoping it would be ready by the time we go to FARC. —SpacemanSpiff 07:30, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

  • I was hoping this would get some comments. Personally I don't think this is an easy fix, the history is complex and over the years a lot of unsourced content has been dropped in front of references. There's a lot of OR and POV stuff that's being edit warred over even during this review.—SpacemanSpiff 07:38, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Move to FARC. Sourcing, stability and copyright problems. A couple of years ago, I tried to fix up Azerbaijanis and eventually gave up after a large amount of work because it proved to be a wasteful time sink. This article appears to be suffering in a similar way, and I doubt it will be possible to fix it through this process. DrKiernan (talk) 20:00, 23 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment Got to know about the FAR just today. Agree, the quality of the article has come down in the recent years. May I ask to kindly allow a reasonable period of time? Vensatry (ping) 06:48, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

FARC section[edit]

I note recent editing by blocked users. The articles's size and broadness/complexity means it needs a detailed FARC to come though with its star intact. Concerns are fidelity to sourcing, stability and risk/presence of copyvios. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 02:49, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

  • Yes, but that's only one part of the whole mess. If you see this revert of mine (since reinserted) you'll notice how some of the POV nonsense is taking over the article:
    • "The Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka reflected some elements of Tamil martial traditions which included worship of fallen heroes (Maaveerar Naal) and practice of martial suicide. They carried a Suicide pill around their neck to escape the captivity and torture."
    • "A remarkable feature besides to their willingness to sacrifice is, that they were well organized and disciplined. It was forbidden for the rebels to consume tobaccos, alcohols, drugs and to have sexual relationship."
  • It is really unfortunate as this is a subject that has significant scholarly study, but over the past three to four years the article has become a place to promote fringe perspectives and most editors who've been interested in maintaining this article have simply given up. —SpacemanSpiff 04:03, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Delist. Unsourced statements from February 2011; dead external links from August 2015; apparently unsourced weasel words, such as "what is considered to be folk Hinduism"; mixture of American and British spelling; inclusion of material in the lead that is not found in the article body. DrKiernan (talk) 18:27, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

@Vensatry: Any update here? Nikkimaria (talk) 15:21, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Battle of Midway[edit]

User:Jparshall inactive. Notified: WikiProject Military history

Review section[edit]

I am nominating this featured article for review because it is currently in three cleanup categories: Wikipedia articles needing page number citations (tagged September 2010, June 2013, July 2013, October 2014, June 2015), articles with unsourced statements (tagged March 2015), and articles with dead external links (tagged July 2015). DrKiernan (talk) 06:59, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

I'll take a look at it and see what needs to be done.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 12:13, 22 July 2015 (UTC)
I've made a start on fixing up the references. I hope to complete this tomorrow. Can you read through the article and look for any gaps and errors? One that is sticking out for me is that there is a section on Japanese casualties, but not on the American ones. Hawkeye7 (talk) 21:50, 22 July 2015 (UTC)
Okay, the references are repaired, but there is a pile of uncited material. Hawkeye7 (talk) 12:25, 23 July 2015 (UTC)
Fixed one broken cite, but there's a fair amount of work to be done. Nothing too onerous, but it will take me a week or two to add the missing cites, etc.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 03:42, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Move to FARC. Thanks for the changes and work so far, but the article is still tagged for citation needed, clarification and pages needed. DrKiernan (talk) 13:03, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

FARC section[edit]

Moved here now - I note the [citation needed] tags still present, so have at it. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 02:44, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

  • Delist. Unsourced statements from July and August 2015; tagged as needing clarification and page numbers. DrKiernan (talk) 18:32, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
    Doesn't look too serious. I will do another pass over the references on the weekend. Hawkeye7 (talk) 19:16, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Keep We have corrected all the bits needing citations, clarifications and page numbers. Hawkeye7 (talk) 22:06, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Keep - article now looks to be up to scratch as far as I can see following the recent work that has been done to it. Some minor points:
    • The notes next to the references don't really seem to be in-line with current practice and some seem to be a little judgmental / opinionated re sources. I'd suggest removing them.
    • There are some minor inconsistencies in the references and further reading section IRT presentation of the Naval Institute Press (sometimes also presented as "United States Naval Institute Press", "U.S. Naval Institute Press" or "US Naval Institute Press" etc.) I fix it myself but I'm unsure which is the preferred style here.
    • I did a minor copy-edit, added some bibliographic details / formatted some refs, made a few other changes [18].Anotherclown (talk) 11:20, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
      • While it is the United States Naval Institute, the publishing arm is Naval Institute Press. Set all the references to this.
      • I have removed some of the footnotes, and merged some into the text. Hawkeye7 (talk) 22:47, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Query I have started creating Category:Aircraft carrier units and formations after noticing that USN and IJN carrier divisions were redirecting to each other (eg. Carrier Division 5). Currently the Japanese carrier divisions are at ordinals, eg Fifth Carrier Division, rather than the numerical-at-end-of-designation USN style. I think that it's possible that IJN carrier divisions started off their wiki-existence in USN style. So my query is is ordinals correct (5th Carrier Division, *not* Carrier Division 5) for the IJN? In that case, the article links need to be updated. Meanwhile the USN World War II divisions will eventually end up as Carrier Division Five (United States) etc. Buckshot06 (talk) 02:39, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

The Wiggles[edit]

Notified: User:ANTONIOROCKS, User:AngusWOOF, User:Mitch Ames

Review section[edit]

I am nominating this featured article for review because this is a 2008 promotion from the Unreviewed Featured Articles list. It was actually my very first FAC, and my inexperience as an editor was apparent. Shortly before it appeared on URFA list, I decided that it needed a major overhaul. To that end, I checked every source for dead links and for utilization, I improved the prose, and updated it (which was needed after two iterations of the group since the article passed to FA). I think that it can easily pass an FAR, but it needs to be checked and like all articles, could always use further feedback. I'm not notifying any projects about this FAR, since none was really involved with its improvement or upkeep through the years. This article has been TFA, but way back in 2008, shortly after it was passed. Thanks for your consideration. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 17:41, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

Just looking at the lead for the moment, I'm confused by the tenses used. The group is still active, but the lead says that the early members "continued" to have input. If they still continue to have input, then "continue" should be used. If they no longer have input, then an end date ought to be specified. I have changed some of the past tenses used in the lead to reflect that the group is still active. Are these changes appropriate? For example, do they still perform to a million people a year on average? If not, then the statement needs to be changed back to the past tense and qualified by "at their peak" or a date range or similar. Also, the lead says they had a large dance troupe "in their later years" but if the group is still going, what is meant by later years—recent years or years up to the departure of Page, Cook and Fatt? Thanks, DrKiernan (talk) 12:46, 25 August 2015 (UTC)
User:Figureskatingfan: could you please respond to my comments on the lead? Thanks. DrKiernan (talk) 18:34, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
Sorry, I just started a new job, so things have been a little busy with me. I used the word "continued" because I wanted to keep the tenses consistent. I think that for grammar's sake, it shouldn't be changed, although I could say "continued into 2015". If I do that, though, we'd have to keep updating it every year, which is tenuous. I'm fine with your tense changes; yes, the million people is an average (some years more, most years less), so I'm fine with your changes. I moved the word "later" to earlier in the sentence, and then simply removed "in their later years". I could also replace "later" with "eventually" if you like. Thanks for the feedback. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 15:14, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

FARC section[edit]

Moving it here so points can be looked at in detail. Looks like there has been some work on it (a good thing!). Main issue raised by DrKiernan is prose, though one would have to wonder about weighting and whether the current members warrant a bit more of a mention in the lead...or not. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 02:39, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

There really isn't that much to mention, since the new members joined so recently. I did, though, add their names as replacements for the original members in the lead's first paragraph. Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 22:41, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Keep. Thanks for keeping the article up-to-date. DrKiernan (talk) 16:25, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

Georg Forster[edit]

Notified: Kusma, WP Libraries, WP Germany, WP Plants, WP Journalism, WP Birds
URFA nom.

Review section[edit]

This is a 2006 promotion that has not been maintained to standard; it has uncited text and some MOS issues, as mentioned on talk in April 2015. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 14:47, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

Maybe in the future you could ping the appropriate projects, rather than just putting a comment on the talk page and hoping someone might notice? We didn't know there was a problem until you pinged us today with news of the review. :P Will see what I can do. MeegsC (talk) 15:10, 8 May 2015 (UTC)
I'm thrilled to see people descending on the article for improvements, even though the talk page notice was ignored for more than two weeks, indicating that we had another older unwatched FA. Meegs, your suggestion is impractical for many reasons, which we could take up at WT:FAR (so as not to muck up this page) if you are interested. Please keep in mind that one of the main objectives of FAR is to improve articles, and being here is not a "punishment". Also, I hope you've noted from the FAR instructions that we can KEEP without FARC, which is an outcome that delights most of us here ;) Bst, SandyGeorgia (Talk) 16:12, 8 May 2015 (UTC)
I am a bit busy IRL these days, and do not have much wikitime to dedicate to this right now, especially not without a bit more detail on what is wrong. As I haven't kept track of everything that happened at MOS: could you point me to the major issues that you see? Also, not every sentence is followed by an inline citation, but if you could tell me where you would expect additional citations I am happy to go hunting through my Forster biographies. Sadly, my current university library doesn't seem to have a copy of Saine's biography, but I'll see what I can do. —Kusma (t·c) 13:03, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
Yes-- happy to see people willing to work here! I will start a list, not yet comprehensive, and add to it as issues are addressed. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 14:55, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for your list. I'll try to improve the messiness. Fortunately, there actually are page numbers in most citations to Saine's biography, but they are visible only in the wikitext, not in the displayed result. I do not recall why this is the case and whether they used to be displayed when the article passed FA. On the whole, the article has been quite stable since it became a FA, but I certainly agree it no longer looks like the best we can do. —Kusma (t·c) 14:31, 10 May 2015 (UTC)
  • spaced WP:EMDASHes ... the article should use either unspaced WP:EMDASHes or spaced WP:ENDASHes.
  • What is the order of the Works section? Alpha, chrono?
  • Book sources need page nos.
  • Citations do not have a consistent style (as but one example, look at the many different ways author names are rendered)
  • Citations are incomplete or incorrently written. All sources need a publisher, all websources need an accessdate, and author and date should be supplied whenever available, also ...
    • [2], English translation at (archived link, 19 July 2008) needs to be cleaned up to a correct citation.
  • Check image captions (for example, The Pinnacle of liberty, A satire by James Gillray)
  • Italics should not be used here, and I'm wondering if this can be reversed (that is, put the English version, with a footnote to the original ???) ("The freedom of the press finally reigns within these walls where the printing press was invented.) See WP:NONENG. That is one sentence: I don't think it needs a pull quote, but Maralia may know better.
  • There's sort of a mess everywhere in terms of WP:ITALICS in relation to words as words, translations, quotes, etc:
    • called "Freunde der Freiheit und Gleichheit" ("Friends of Freedom and Equality")
  • Avoid WP:OVERLINK on common terms known to most English speakers and not needed for understanding of this article (samples, Latin, England, philosophy, there is more) and link on first occurrence.

This is not a complete list, but is enough to get started. Regards, SandyGeorgia (Talk) 15:12, 9 May 2015 (UTC)


  • Fixed all dead links, captions and a few overlinks.
  • Improved dash-usage (opted for spaced en-dash), but this will need another look (especially in refs).
  • WP:ITALICS, "page numbers and other ref details", and "sorting of works" in a meaningful way is above my paygrade.
  • I could try to transform references into cite-templates - if nobody is objecting against that citation style. Only a minority of references use cite-templates currently. GermanJoe (talk) 06:51, 10 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Move to FARC to keep on progress. Is anyone willing/able to finish this up? There are still inconsistent citations, minor amounts of united text, italics issues (e.g. quotes), and Overlinking, at least. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 18:25, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
    I am still giving this 100% of my wikitime, but that hasn't been much at all (travelling, work, sick kids). I hope I'll get through the citations next week. —Kusma (t·c) 06:35, 22 May 2015 (UTC)
    Thanks, Kusma; I will be traveling for a few weeks if you don't hear back from me. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 13:39, 22 May 2015 (UTC)
@Kusma: update on progress here? Nikkimaria (talk) 20:43, 26 June 2015 (UTC)
Back from the dead (marking exams and other business meaning no wikitime at all), back to normal not-enough wikitime. Will report on progress as it happens, hopefully during July. —Kusma (t·c) 14:13, 7 July 2015 (UTC)
I am having difficulties with the "Works" section, it is a completely random mess in my opinion. I am uncertain how to best approach it between OR and copyvio concerns. —Kusma (t·c) 14:31, 27 July 2015 (UTC)
Why not just remove the works section then? FunkMonk (talk) 11:25, 13 August 2015 (UTC)
Would anybody object if it is gone? —Kusma (t·c) 18:26, 29 August 2015 (UTC)
I can't believe I am saying that, but the list should stay imo. Granted, it is a bit messy and borderline-useless for most average readers, but someone interested in in-depth research about Forster may find the information useful. I trimmed a few entries with no conceivable immediate usage and sorted the list. GermanJoe (