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"on a Friday night, your beer will be served in a plastic "glass" just in case you get beligrunt bellagerunt a bag on

Is it really supposed to say "on a Friday night, your beer will be served in a plastic "glass" just in case you get beligrunt bellagerunt a bag on" in the section on St Helen's Church, Ashby-de-la-Zouc? I don't know how to change it. Siuenti (talk) 21:03, 30 January 2015 (UTC)

Yes; this is copied from Wikipedia's newspaper the "Wikipedia Signpost". But the newspaper is allowed to be a little quirky in its tone, shall we say, whereas Portal:Featured content is a much more visible page, and I agree that the tone is not appropriate here. I'll bring this to the attention of the "Signpost" editors. -- John of Reading (talk) 21:37, 30 January 2015 (UTC)
@Siuenti, John of Reading, and Adam Cuerden: Hi all, the featured content section of the Signpost is admittedly rather silly and tries to be amusing to a far greater extent than the remainder of the encyclopedia. The most recent edition was the first one with myself and Gamaliel serving as editors, and honestly, I forgot the page was transcluded here at the time I was reviewing this article. In the future, I will read more carefully, as I think this probably toes the line for non-Signpost-space. Adam is our regular section editor, so I will let him comment further if he desires. Thanks for bringing this up. Go Phightins! 22:31, 30 January 2015 (UTC)
@Go Phightins!: ...Frankly, my only response is, "This is what I get yelled at for? I can make endless puns on "de Kock", including in the title, and everyone's fine, and it's not until a deeply-buried joke about drunkenness meant to illustrate the concept of a finger pillory that someone complains? In an article that begins with a joking reference to a new FA that claims we're all using amphetamines, but that's fine?
I don't think I can possibly guess what will upset people. Any joke that I make that I think might be controversial almost invariably passes without comment, and the one that I thought was a little silly, but harmless... Adam Cuerden (talk) 23:44, 30 January 2015 (UTC)
I don't know if you noticed that the "on a Friday night, your beer will be served in a plastic "glass" is not happening in the church. I am rather touchy about religion, but I this comment was about the village. Ashby-de-la-Zouch is a small town in North West Leicestershire where, on a Friday night, your beer will be served in a plastic "glass" . Why shouldn't that be appropriate. If anyone would have written anything like that about the sacraments, I would be the first person to react ... but this ..I mean, it has nothing to do whit the church at all. Hafspajen (talk) 01:45, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
I also get the sense that the comment was objecting to the perceived alcohol/church correlation ... no harm, no foul, just make sure we don't go out of our way to offend anyone. Go Phightins! 03:37, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
Actually- beer is served in plastic glasses on Friday and Saturday nights in Ashby. The phrase "getting a bag on" is a dialect term. Xanthomelanoussprog (talk) 20:42, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

Should articles based predominantly one on source be featured?

Today's featured article is on HMS Bellerophon (1786). It is a very good, well-structured, and balanced article - although maybe a bit longer than the subject deserves. However, it is predominantly based on one source - the book Billy Ruffian by Cordingly, with about 80 of the 153 references being directly to this book and to me it reads as a synopsis of the book. This does not stop it being a good page but I am not sure it is the type of page that should be promoted as featured content. Jeremy Young (talk) 16:09, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

@Jeremy Young: Well, it's not the place of this portal to rejudge the featured article process. Can I suggest WP:FARC? Adam Cuerden (talk) 20:50, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

Advanced warning

There is a small chance of a minor layout bug with the transclusion of the next Signpost article. I'll try to check it, and I'll try to have instructions on what to do as well.

I want to use a table in the article; I don't think it'll cause problems, but I'd rather be ready with a fix, than to let the complaints roll in. Adam Cuerden (talk) 20:48, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

Right. We appear to have gotten away with it. Adam Cuerden (talk) 21:31, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

A misspelling

Greetings and felicitations. In the text for the featured picture Self-Portrait with Two Pupils, "self-portrait" is misspelled "self-portait". I'd fix it myself, but I can't find the appropriate edit link. <sweat drop> —DocWatson42 (talk) 04:56, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

I tracked it down at Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2015-03-11/Featured content by doing an "Everything" search for the whole phrase. -- John of Reading (talk) 06:21, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! ^_^ —DocWatson42 (talk) 08:02, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
I need to work out one of those v-t-e things. Adam Cuerden (talk) 18:33, 15 March 2015 (UTC)