User:Mandsford

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Greetings. This is my no-frills user page. Please feel free to address comments and questions to my talk page.

  • I have been a Wikipedia editor since May 2007.
  • I have been a Wikipedia administrator since August 31, 2010.

Category:Months in the 1900s[edit]

  • One of the ongoing projects that I have been working on is, for lack of a better name, "Months of the 1900s". The first article in the series was January 1900. The concept is not new, as we have had pages about months since at least 2002 (January 2002) The objective is to improve upon the articles about individual years by chronicling the events of a particular month with citations to reliable, verifiable and independent sources. Eventually, every day from Monday, January 1, 1900, to Friday, December 31, 1999, will be a section of an article. The format that I follow, and try to stay consistent with, is simple:
  1. Citations, citations, citations! Any event should have a citation to a source that can be verified. With the availability of Google news archive and Google books, images of the printed word are now just as within reach as websites and blogs once were. Some newspapers have a greater image presence; hence wire service reports are frequently linked to dailies from New York, Pittsburgh, Miami, Milwaukee, Sydney and Glasgow. Contemporary press accounts provide a more reliable confirmation of the date of an event than books, which are more susceptible to typographical errors than most people realize [1], [2], [3].
  2. Past tense is preferred. It's not unusual in timelines to follow the format of newspaper headlines, such as "July 20, 1969- Man lands on the moon". It becomes very awkward, however, when one use present tense to write more than a few words ("He and Buzz Aldrin plant a flag. They return to Earth days later." etc. etc.) and one ventures into the land of nobody-actually-talked-that-way.
  3. If you think it's routine, boring or insignificant, don't add it in. By the same token, think for a moment before removing a sourced entry simply because you don't like it. Ideally, each section of the article (i.e., each day of a month) should have something, including something more than a birth or death. Some days have had multiple significant events, while others are difficult to find anything of interest.