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WP:ERRORS[edit]

See the discussion. Without more people weighing in, I can't say what the consensus will be, but it might be that I need to write a dramatically different blurb, depending on whether there's an image or not. If so, that would mean that it's important never to pull an image in the last few days before the article runs. Would that restriction work for you? - Dank (push to talk) 22:44, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Dan It wouldn't work for Wikipedia.
Such edits are best avoided when feasible, but certain unforseen circumstances (such as copyright issues) can leave us with no choice but to pull an image. Unfortunately, this tends to occur during or shortly before its appearance on the main page, due to the increased number of eyes.
Regardless, I can't see the "write longer blurbs" proposal gaining much traction (for reasons covered in the discussion). Users' differing configurations result in a moving target, which is something that persons complaining typically don't realize.
To the limited extent that main page balance can be actively achieved through deliberate measures, existing solutions (recycling DYK hooks and/or pruning old ITN items) are simpler and provide greater flexibility with less editorial compromise. —David Levy 17:49, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
Thanks; I have no problem with any of this. @WP:TFA coordinators: thoughts? - Dank (push to talk) 18:08, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
Can you point me to the discussion?--Wehwalt (talk) 18:38, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
Wehwalt: This is the last revision from before the discussion was removed. —David Levy 19:19, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
I have no problems with David's suggestions either. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 15:52, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
Okay, last question, for Espresso Addict: was there a conversation that I'm not aware of where it was agreed that, when there's no image, the TFA blurb should go over the max limit (which used to be around 1175 and is currently around 1075)? If so, could you link it? - Dank (push to talk) 17:28, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
I don't recall anywhere it was discussed with the participation of the TFA team but it's a perennial complaint at Errors that the TFA is too short because there's no image, and so OTD & News must each lose an item. (This is sometimes less convenient eg recently when the image has been in the oldest item for several days.) TFA people might overlook such discussions because they usually occur under the OTD/ITN sections. If I'm on duty at the changeover time, I tend just to silently prune OTD/ITN myself when it's very unbalanced without waiting for someone to note it at Errors, and others do so too.
I can see that sometimes the image gets pulled at the last minute, but where there's known in advance to be no available free image, I can't see why a longer blurb could not be planned and agreed. Espresso Addict (talk) 17:42, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
Okay, I wasn't aware of that ... I only read below the TFA section at WP:ERRORS from time to time. One thing we could do is revisit the discussion to run fair use images on the Main Page, just at TFA and just because of this conflict ... but I really think it would be a bad idea to even discuss that before the European Parliament meeting in September where they might vote on an awful copyright bill. Every blurb left in July has an image, and August hasn't been scheduled yet. When I see what's coming up in August, and then in September, I'll ping everyone after the blurbs for the TFAs without images have been written. I'm not making any promises; we'll have to gauge the reactions. - Dank (push to talk) 17:57, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
Pinging Espresso Addict and @WP:TFA coordinators: , as promised above. Wehwalt has shared his selections for September with the coords, and there are (probably) only 3 that don't have suitable images: John de Gray, From Russia, with Love (novel), and Guy Burgess. (Btw, Ealdgyth, John de Gray was your nom ... hard to imagine there's a suitable image, but if you know of one, that would be nice.) Writing longer blurbs for those three shouldn't be a problem. Wehwalt is planning to do the scheduling at the end of this week, so if anyone sees a problem with blurb length, please let me know. - Dank (push to talk) 18:55, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
I know of no image for de Gray. The ODNB entry for him lists none either, not even a tomb effigy. It's possible there is a tomb still extant - I didn't make it to Norwich Cathedral when I was in England in 2010 - but it's also possible there isn't. Ealdgyth - Talk 19:02, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Thx. Btw, I may be giving up too quickly on From Russia, with Love (novel) ... a pretty picture of the Orient Express or the catacombs under Istanbul might pass muster, I don't know. - Dank (push to talk) 19:40, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

TFA: Nigel Williams (conservator)[edit]

Hey David, thanks for your edit to this. Any chance you could also add back in the hyphen in "ship-burial" that was recently removed? There's some inconsistency in when the hyphen is, or is not removed (including within the Sutton Hoo article), but it's in the official publication of the burial, and most other related publications authored by the British Museum. Thanks, --Usernameunique (talk) 21:55, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

(watching:) If you feel strongly about it you can do it yourself. I wouldn't, though, it seems to be understood the same way with or without hyphen. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:23, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
Usernameunique is referring to the TFA blurb, which is protected.
When multiple stylings are considered correct, we generally stick with whichever is used in the featured article. In this instance, that's the hyphenated form, so a reversion might be prudent.
Pinging Dank for input. —David Levy 22:46, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
I've added the hyphen back. It's not supported by dictionaries or by our article on ship burial, but I don't argue over hyphens. - Dank (push to talk) 02:06, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
Dank, Gerda Arendt, and David: Thanks all. It's a minor point, but it's something I try to be consistent with in the articles I'm involved with. --Usernameunique (talk) 02:50, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
Not a problem. - Dank (push to talk) 03:02, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

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Sunday July 29: Annual Wiki-Picnic @ Prospect Park[edit]

Sunday July 29, 2-7pm: Annual Wiki-Picnic
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You are invited to join us the "picnic anyone can edit" in Brooklyn's green Prospect Park, as part of the Great American Wiknic celebrations being held across the USA. Remember it's a wiki-picnic, which means potluck.

2–7pm - come by any time! Our reserved picnicking area is by Bartel-Pritchard Square entrance, located at Prospect Park West and 15th Street.
The picnic will be held by the park's Bartel-Pritchard Square entrance immediately on the lawn to your right as you walk through the lovely lotus columns.
Look for us by the Wikipedia / Wikimedia NYC banner!

We hope to see you there! --Pharos (talk) 08:23, 23 July 2018 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Today's featured article/August 26, 2018[edit]

Any thoughts about File:Vaughan-williams-hoppé.jpg, in light of the discussion above? - Dank (push to talk) 17:30, 25 July 2018 (UTC)

While I'm here, how do you feel about File:Arthur C, Clarke Amazing 5306.jpg or File:Clarke sm.jpg for August 25th? - Dank (push to talk) 17:50, 25 July 2018 (UTC)
Dan: Apologies for the delay. The images in place for the above-noted dates appear appropriate. —David Levy 00:02, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
One more: File:Monticolomys range.svg for Malagasy mountain mouse. - Dank (push to talk) 02:22, 13 August 2018 (UTC) (pulled) - Dank (push to talk) 02:30, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Image crop[edit]

David, I uploaded an image which I had cropped before, but wasn't aware it would come with black around it. No idea what to do? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:33, 28 July 2018 (UTC)

River Wensum[edit]

For tens of millions of people around the world, the most interesting thing about this [fairly obscure] river is that it passes Carrow Road. One end of the ground is named the River End in its honour. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 14:51, 28 August 2018 (UTC)

August 29: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC[edit]

Wednesday August 29, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC
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You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our monthly "WikiWednesday" evening salon (7-9pm) and knowledge-sharing workshop at Babycastles gallery by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan. Is there a project you'd like to share? A question you'd like answered? A Wiki* skill you'd like to learn? Let us know by adding it to the agenda.

We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming edit-a-thons, museum and library projects, education initiatives, and other outreach activities.

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles gallery, 145 West 14th Street
(note the new address, a couple of doors down from the former Babycastles location)

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 23:51, 28 August 2018 (UTC)

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Nomination for deletion of Template:GFDL-1.2[edit]

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Wikipedia:Today's featured article/October 19, 2018[edit]

This is the only October blurb image I'm worried about. I'd like to suggest the 16th-century bell tower ... it's what's left of the abbey where he was the abbot. (You might want to check out the images in the October 7 article, too.) - Dank (push to talk) 01:48, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

September 26: WikiWednesday Salon / Wikimedia NYC Annual Meeting[edit]

Wednesday September 26, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon / Wikimedia NYC Annual Meeting
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You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our monthly "WikiWednesday" evening salon (7-9pm) and knowledge-sharing workshop at Babycastles gallery by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan. Is there a project you'd like to share? A question you'd like answered? A Wiki* skill you'd like to learn? Let us know by adding it to the agenda.

This month will also feature on our agenda, upcoming editathons, the organization's Annual Meeting, and Chapter board elections - you can add yourself as a candidate.

We will include a look at the organization and planning for our chapter, and expanding volunteer roles for both regular Wikipedia editors and new participants.

We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming edit-a-thons, museum and library projects, education initiatives, and other outreach activities.

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles gallery, 145 West 14th Street
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We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 20:42, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

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Sun October 14: Open House New York Weekend Upload Party @ NYU ITP and Indigenous People's Justice Edit-a-thon @ Interference Archive[edit]

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You are invited to join two events supported by the Wikimedia NYC community on Sunday October 14:

2:00pm - 6:00 pm at ITP, Tisch School of the Arts. New York University (721 Broadway, New York, NY)
The photo competition is at many sites all weekend, this is just the concluding event
2:00 - 5:00pm at Interference Archive (314 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Note the new Park Slope location for Interference Archive

Have a WikiWonderful Weekend! --Pharos (talk) 04:54, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

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October 24: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC[edit]

October 24, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC
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You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our monthly "WikiWednesday" evening salon (7-9pm) and knowledge-sharing workshop at Triangle Arts Association in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. Is there a project you'd like to share? A question you'd like answered? A Wiki* skill you'd like to learn? Let us know by adding it to the agenda.

We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming edit-a-thons, museum and library projects, education initiatives, and other outreach activities.

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Triangle Arts Association (Suite 317 & 318) at 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn
(note this month we will be meeting in DUMBO, Brooklyn, not at Babycastles)

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 01:28, 23 October 2018 (UTC)

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Sunday Oct 28: Wikidata Birthday Party[edit]

Sunday October 28: Wikidata Birthday Party
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Wikidata, the newest project of the Wikimedia movement, went live on October 29, 2012. Please join Wikimedia New York City as we celebrate its sixth birthday at the Ace Hotel. There will be (optional) lightning talks, casual conversation, and, most importantly, CAKE!

No experience with Wikidata? No problem. This event is open to all.

Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues on Sunday!--Wikimedia New York City Team 15:32, 25 October 2018 (UTC)

Bonus edit-a-thons on Saturday

The day before the Wikiata Birthday, on Saturday, you are also welcome to join Archtober Wikipedia Edit-a-thon @ Bard Graduate Center or Black Lunch Table @ Magnum Foundation. Please RSVP to those pages if you plan on joining.

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Wikipedia:Today's featured article/December 22, 2018[edit]

I found that image of Alan Bush on Commons, but it's sub-optimal ... thoughts? - Dank (push to talk) 23:25, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Or ... File:Bundesarchiv Bild 183-13756-0002, Berlin, Arbeiterkonferenz der Schriftsteller und Komponisten.jpg. - Dank (push to talk) 01:33, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
Pinging Wehwalt ... do you have a preference? - Dank (push to talk) 18:46, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
Not really.--Wehwalt (talk) 21:01, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
Dan and Wehwalt: I'll crop whichever photograph is considered preferable. (I'd recommend the latter option, but either would be acceptable.) —David Levy 19:51, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
Agreed. - Dank (push to talk) 19:58, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

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Precious anniversary[edit]

A year ago ...
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images featured
... you were recipient
no. 1780 of Precious,
a prize of QAI!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:35, 26 November 2018 (UTC)