Talk:William Speirs Bruce

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June 9, 2008 Good article nominee Listed
June 19, 2008 Peer review Reviewed
July 2, 2008 Featured article candidate Promoted
Current status: Featured article

Truncated biography[edit]

Does anyone intend to continue this article, which stops when Bruce was 26 years old and has nothing whatever to say about the important events of his life? At present it is hardly more use than a stub. Brianboulton (talk) 00:12, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

Unfortunately I was unable to complete the biographical entry I started. Please feel free to continue it, or to dispense with it as you see fit.Imkgeo (talk) 11:30, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

I am intending to build up the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition first. When I 've done that I will tuen my attention here. Brianboulton (talk) 11:50, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I am now working on the extension of this biographical article. Because my sources are different from those used by Imkgeo I have had to abandon most of his/her material as I can't cite it. Brianboulton (talk) 21:05, 26 May 2008 (UTC)


The internet inline citations used in this article are improperly formatted and this problem may hinder a GA nomination. Internet citations require at the very least information on the title, publisher and last access date of any webpages used. If the source is a news article then the date of publication and the author are also important. This information is useful because it allows a reader to a) rapidly identify a source's origin b) ascertain the reliability of that source and c) find other copies of the source should the website that hosts it become unavaliable for any reason. It may also in some circumstances aid in determining the existance or status of potential copyright infringments. Finally, it looks much tidier, making the article appear more professional. There are various ways in which this information can be represented in the citation, listed at length at Wikipedia:Citing sources. The simplest way of doing this is in the following format:

<ref>{{cite web|(insert URL)|title=|publisher=|work=|date=|author=|accessdate=}}</ref>

As an example:

  • <ref>{{cite web|url=|title=Avoiding a Thirty Years War||work=[[The Washington Post]]|date=2006-12-21|author=Richard W. Rahn|accessdate=2008-05-25}}</ref>

which looks like:

If any information is unknown then simply omit it, but title, publisher and last access dates are always required. I strongly recommend that all internet inline references in this article be formatted properly before this article undergoes GA review, and indeed this is something that a reviewer should insist you do before promoting your article. If you have any further questions please contact me and as mentioned above, more information on this issue can be found at Wikipedia:Citing sources. Regards

In response to the (unsigned) above I have reformatted the inline citations. I would point out, however, that the properly formatted information per {{cite web}} is included the Sources section. Brianboulton (talk) 15:50, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:William Speirs Bruce/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

A very nice article that I am happy to pass for GA. I have appended a list of comments to consider, but none is significant enough to warrant a delay to this nomination.

  • "but his perspective changed" I think interests is a better term than perspective here
    • "Interests" isn't really strong enough; his whole outlook changed. I think "outlook" is the word.
Good call, better.
  • "its unusual spelling has caused repeated problems." - a bit vague, what kind of problems?
    • I've expanded (confusion with the more common "Spiers")
  • You need to provide a better introduction to the second section than "The main object of the Dundee Whaling Expedition, 1892–93," the title alone is not enough. Something as simple as "The Dundee Whaling Expedition of 1892–93 was an attempt . . ." would do the trick.
    • I'm sorry, but I don't understand the objection. The whole first sentence of this section reads: "The main object of the Dundee Whaling Expedition was to investigate the commercial possibilities of whaling in Antarctic waters, by locating a source of "right" whales in the region". That (with links) seems a pretty clear and comprehensive introduction to me
The problem is that this is the very first time the DWE is mentioned, and beginning the sentence with "The main object of. . . " suggests that we are already aware of the existance of the expedition, which a reader is not. The alternative I suggested above is a small change but it eliminates this uncertainty.--Jackyd101 (talk) 16:49, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
  • "Robert Rudmose Brown" - who is he? (i.e. Explorer Robert Rudmose Brown said . . .) link him if he is notable (if there is no article, make one).
    • Rudmose Brown was the botanist on the SNAE, later co-author of The Voyage of the Scotia and later still, Bruce's first biographer. I've expanded the text a little, and redlinked him. When I can find out some basic information (dates etc) I'll do a stub for him.
      • On investigation I found a wikipedia article "Robert Neal Rudmose-Brown", so I've linked to that. Don't know where the hyphen came from.
  • MP Charles Price should (red)link to Charles Edward Price.
    • OK, done
  • "but was politely ignored." - how (this seems a little counter intuitive).
    • It's the sense of the source, but I've reworded in a non-interpretative way
  • "and had to deal with the closure of his laboratory, but his health was failing" - shouldn't that be "as his health was failing"?
    • I've reworded this sentence.
  • "and another time" - Should be "and on another occasion".
    • Agreed and done.

Regards--Jackyd101 (talk) 21:38, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

Thank you for this review and your helpful comments. Brianboulton (talk) 09:57, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

You are welcome.--Jackyd101 (talk) 16:49, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Proposal to remove date-autoformatting[edit]

Dear fellow contributors

MOSNUM no longer encourages date autoformatting, having evolved over the past year or so from the mandatory to the optional after much discussion there and elsewhere of the disadvantages of the system. Related to this, MOSNUM prescribes rules for the raw formatting, irrespective of whether or not dates are autoformatted. MOSLINK and CONTEXT are consistent with this.

There are at least six disadvantages in using date-autoformatting, which I've capped here:

Removal has generally been met with positive responses by editors. I'm seeking feedback about this proposal to remove it from the main text (using a script) in about a week's time on a trial basis. The original input formatting would be seen by all WPians, not just the huge number of visitors; it would be plain, unobtrusive text in the prevailing format for the article, which would give greater prominence to the high-value links. BTW, anyone has the right to object, and my aim is not to argue against people on the issue. Tony (talk) 12:52, 30 July 2008 (UTC)


He was born/grew up in England and had a Welsh mother. Did he see himself as "Scottish?" If not, calling him British is more neutral.-- (talk) 13:09, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

Bruce's marriage details[edit]

The following text was added to the "Marriage and family life" section in August 2012, by an IP editor, presumably Colin B. Withers:

" However, his marriage has now been found. It took place on the 26 January 1901, at Nigg, in Ross & Cromarty, at the Chapelhill United Free Church after banns. Bruce gave his occupation as Naturalist and Zoologist, son of Samuel Noble Bruce, surgeon MRCS, and a bachelor, while Jessie gave her status as a spinster, daughter of Alexander Mackenzie, master tailor, deceased. Bruce gave his residence as 17 Joppa Road, Portobello, Edinburgh, while Jessie gave hers as Chapelhill, Nigg, and as one of the witnesses was Isabella Mackenzie it would appear that Nigg was Jessie's home parish. (Colin B. Withers)."

This is interesting and relevant. It would be good to include in the article at least the date and location of the wedding, if not the supplementary detail. However, we need a reliable source for any information that is added; this is a featured article for which the standards of sourcing are stringent. An online genealogy site would not be considered of sufficient reliability. If Colin Withers is still watching this page, perhaps he would state exactly where he got the information from. Brianboulton (talk) 15:13, 1 July 2015 (UTC)