User:AmericanLemming

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Hello all! As my username suggests, I live in the United States (Wisconsin, to be precise), and I like lemmings. Having admired Wikipedia from afar for many years, I finally decided to get in on the action.

I'm a German/Spanish/pre-med triple major at the University of Oklahoma. As far as my editing goes, I generally fix typos and other such mistakes as I read Wikipedia (I use Wikipedia a lot). Every once in a while I'll copy-edit an article at GAN or FAC that piques my interest. I also maintain the GA stats page, which no one ever looks at.

My three pet peeves are words that are capitalized that shouldn't be, extra white space at the top of articles, and biographies that don't have the current age/age at time of death in the info box. My interests include history, foreign languages, commercial aviation, and medicine.

In case you didn't notice, I like lemmings.

What I've done around here[edit]

My relationship to Treblinka extermination camp is rather complex. I'll just state the facts:

1. I copy-edited and reviewed the article during its GAN in late October 2013 (48 edits to the GAN page and 76 comments).
2. I copy-edited and reviewed the article during its first run at FAC in early November 2013 (76 edits to the FAC review page and 15 new comments).
3. I copy-edited and reviewed the article immediately after its FAC was archived in mid-December 2013 (126 edits to the article talk page and 60 more comments).

Thus, I've copy-edited the article three times and made 837 edits to the article proper, bringing me to a total of 1,087 Treblinka-related edits, along with 151 comments. AmericanLemming (talk) 05:43, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

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Thanks tremendously for pitching in on Jelena Balšić; your edits and suggestions improved the article substantially. -- Khazar2 (talk) 03:10, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
Feel free to ping me when you start doing GA reviews; I'd be glad to offer assistance if you ever want any. I owe you one! -- Khazar2 (talk) 03:10, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
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Thanks for your helping in Dragon Warrior II!--113.200.212.68 (talk) 06:38, 23 June 2013 (UTC)
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For your contributions to bring International emergency medicine to Good Article status. Thanks, and keep up the good work! -- Khazar2 (talk) 02:19, 20 August 2013 (UTC)


I just realized this was your first GA, so you definitely deserve one of these. Congrats-- I hope it's the first of many. -- Khazar2 (talk) 02:19, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

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Thanks for your help at Treblinka extermination camp--your diligence and thoroughness have already made this a better article! I really appreciate your stepping in on short notice to lend a hand. Cheers, -- Khazar2 (talk) 16:54, 19 October 2013 (UTC)
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Your mediation attempts, though perhaps not entirely successful, have not gone unnoticed. Don't be discouraged from continuing to be a neutral voice in other disputes on Wikipedia. Cheers, Ma®©usBritish{chat} 19:42, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

All pages in my userspace[edit]

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Odds and ends[edit]

What is the difference between undoing an edit and reverting an edit?

What is the difference between undoing an edit and reverting an edit? Or are they the same thing? AmericanLemming (talk) 21:37, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

for the purpose of determining whether or not edit warring is occurring, there is not one bit of difference. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 21:39, 17 December 2013 (UTC)
Then, is "reverting" an edit just when you undo an edit and change the "undid revision #n by User:X" edit summary to "reverted revision #n by User:X"? AmericanLemming (talk) 21:51, 17 December 2013 (UTC)
I'm nervous about the TheRedPenOfDoom's answer, depending on why you are asking. Reverting is a broader concept than simply undoing. They are not the same thing. Can you share the context?--S Philbrick(Talk) 21:58, 17 December 2013 (UTC)
See Help:Reverting. If I make an edit, and you make a change to my edit, even if you did not undo all of it, you have reverted. I missed that distinction early in my WP career. I mistkenly thought reverting mean reverting. The terminology is unfortunate.--S Philbrick(Talk) 22:01, 17 December 2013 (UTC)
I undid a revision by an IP editor on Carolina Panthers and asked them to join the discussion on the talk page before removing the restored content again. I didn't see a button on the "History" tab that said "revert", just one saying "undo", and I was wondering how to revert an edit. AmericanLemming (talk) 22:03, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Undoing can be a form of reverting, but reverting can be done in many ways, like undoing, going to an older version of the page and editing it so that any changes after said version are removed, and rollback (along with other semi-automated tools). - Purplewowies (talk) 22:34, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

Well, thanks for the help, everyone. I think I understand the distinction now. AmericanLemming (talk) 09:39, 18 December 2013 (UTC)
Early in the morning when i start editing i'll check my watchlist. Some days i'll have an article that has been vandalised multiple times in succession by a person. I'll use Rollback on that to remove every edit in one quick action. If there was only one edit by a person and some of it was terrible, and the other half useful, i'd undo it, but only so that i can remove the half i don't consider useful (saving some time as i don't have to revert and then add half back in). You can also Restore to a previous version if you feel the need, like if there are multiple unhelpful edits to the article in a row. It's all reverting, but for different reasons. Hopefully that helps a bit. Thanks Jenova20 (email) 10:00, 18 December 2013 (UTC)
What are image and source reviews?

Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly it a "source review"? And while you're at it, what's an "image review"? I might get into source reviews and image reviews at some point, but I don't know what they are. AmericanLemming (talk) 19:13, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

A source review is a set of comments related to the sources used in the article that looks two main areas:
  • Are the sources formatted consistently? Are the publication names consistently in italics, are the dates in the same formats, are page numbers or other location references supplied as expected? In short, do the footnotes or bibliography entries have a similar format with all of the expected information present?
  • Are the items used "high-quality reliable sources" as required of the criteria? Do they come from publishers known to exercise an appropriate level of fact-checking and editorial oversight? Are they the sorts of sources we should be using, or are there better ones?
As for an image review, that checks to make sure all of the media (including video or sound files if appropriate) are properly licensed and captioned. Such a review makes sure that if something is under copyright that we're following WP:NFCC properly. For other items, we're scrutinizing a bit to verify licenses or public domain status, and then for everything, we're making sure that captions are appropriate to the article and formatted properly.
Related to the source review is a spotcheck, which is only needed on a first nomination and then periodically after that. In a spotcheck, a reviewer is making sure that the sources do back the information being cited, and that the prose isn't paraphrasing too closely. It's really making sure that the writing here respects the original author's copyrights and avoids plagiarism concerns, whether cited or not. Imzadi 1979  19:23, 30 December 2013 (UTC)
You might also be interested in User:Nikkimaria/Reviewing_featured_article_candidates#Sources, User:Nikkimaria/Reviewing_featured_article_candidates#Media, and the links in each of those. (And anyone is welcome - even encouraged - to edit that page). Nikkimaria (talk) 00:43, 31 December 2013 (UTC)
TFA blurb for Treblinka extermination camp
Symbolic concrete blocks mark the path of the former railway line at Treblinka.

Treblinka was an extermination camp built by Nazi Germany in Poland during World War II. It was located near the village of Treblinka. The camp operated officially between July 1942 and October 1943 as part of Operation Reinhard, a phase of the Final Solution. During this time, 800,000–1,200,000 people died in its gas chambers, almost all of whom were Jews. More people died at Treblinka than any other Nazi extermination camp besides Auschwitz. Managed by the German SS and the Eastern European Trawnikis, the camp consisted of two units: Treblinka I and Treblinka II. The first was a forced-labour camp in which more than half of the inmates died. The second was an extermination camp. A few Jewish men became its Sonderkommandos, forced to bury the victims' bodies in mass graves. These bodies were exhumed in 1943 and then cremated along with the bodies of new victims. Gassing operations at Treblinka II ended in October 1943 following a revolt by the Sonderkommandos in early August. In postwar Poland, the government purchased land that had formed part of the camp and built a stone memorial. Treblinka was declared a national monument during a ceremony held in 1964. Meanwhile, the first German trial for war crimes committed at Treblinka was also held in 1964, with those responsible first brought to justice at that time.

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Treblinka articles[edit]

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Good article Treblinka extermination camp

List-Class article List of individuals responsible for Treblinka extermination camp

C-Class article Irmfried Eberl
C-Class article Franz Stangl
Start-Class article Kurt Franz