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WikiCup 2012 April newsletter

Round 2 of this year's WikiCup is over, and so we are down to our final 32, in what could be called our quarter-finals. The two highest scorers from each pool, as well as the next 16 highest scorers overall, have entered round 3, while 30 participants have been eliminated. Pool B's Conradh na Gaeilge Grapple X (submissions) remains our top scorer with over 700 points; he continues to gain high numbers of points for his good articles on The X-Files, but also Millennium and other subjects. He has also gained points for a good topic, a featured list, multiple good article reviews and several did you knows. Pool E's Scotland Casliber (submissions) was second, thanks primarily to his biology articles, with Pool H's New York City Muboshgu (submissions) coming in third, with an impressive 46 did you knows, mostly on the subject of baseball. Casliber and Cwmhiraeth both scored over 600 points. Pools E and H proved our most successful, with each seeing 5 members qualify for round 3, while Pools C and D were the least, with each seeing only 3 reach round 3. However, it was Pool G which saw the lowest scoring, with a little under 400 points combined; Pool H, the highest scoring group, saw over triple that score.

65 points was the lowest qualifying score for round 3; significantly higher than the 11 required to enter round 2, and also higher than the 41 required to reach round 3 last year. However, in 2010, 100 points were needed to secure a place in round 3. 16 will progress to round 4. In round 3, 150 points was the 16th highest score, though, statistically, people tend to up their game a little in later rounds. Last year, 76 points secured a place, while in 2010, a massive 250 points were needed. Guessing how many points will be required is not easy. We still have not seen any featured portals or topics this year, but, on the subject of less common content types, a small correction needs to be made to the previous newsletter: File:Wacht am Rhein map (Opaque).svg, our first featured picture, was the work of both Vanuatu Matthewedwards (submissions) and United Kingdom Grandiose (submissions), the latter of whom has also gone on to score with File:Map of the Battle of Guam, 1944.svg. Bonus points also continue to roll in; this round, England Ealdgyth (submissions) earned triple points for her good articles on William the Conqueror and the Middle Ages, Casliber and Cwmhiraeth both earned triple points for their work on Western Jackdaw, now a good article, Michigan Dana Boomer (submissions) earned triple points for her work on lettuce and work by Bavaria Stone (submissions) to ready antimony for good article status earned him triple points. United Kingdom Jarry1250 (submissions) managed to expand Vitus Bering far enough for a did you know, which was also worth triple points. All of these highly important topics featured on 50 or more Wikipedias at the start of the year.

An article on the WikiCup in the Wikimedia Blog, "Improving Wikipedia with friendly competition", was posted at the end of April. This may be of interest to those who are signed up to this newsletter, as well as serving as another way to draw attention to our project. Also, we would again like to thank United Kingdom Jarry1250 (submissions) and Bavaria Stone (submissions), for continued help behind the scenes. As ever, if you are concerned that your nomination, be it at good article candidates, a featured process or anywhere else, will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start receiving or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talkemail) and The ed17 (talkemail) 23:26, 30 April 2012 (UTC)

Tagging of Allan Pease

Hi there. It seems as if an admin deleted Allan Pease that you tagged for speedy deletion. Unfortunately, I have to tell you that you seem to have become a victim of a recent vandalizing edit to this page that introduced the offensive material. Instead of tagging it for deletion, you should have restored the previous non-G11 version. In future, please remember to check the history of an article and restore a previous version if possible. Regards SoWhy 10:46, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

Facepalm Indeed, I should.... Thanks for catching that. →Στc. 21:59, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

Hello. Thank you for editing my article. I would like to ask a specific question--what do you mean by tone issues? I will keep editing my article in hopes to submit it again. Best,Linzi. LinziMLB (talk) 21:10, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

Barnstar of Reversion Hires.png The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
Good job CSD tagging today, you've beaten me to the punch at least 5 times already. -- Luke (Talk) 00:19, 4 May 2012 (UTC)


Ever considered going for it. Yasht101 12:03, 6 May 2012 (UTC)

Thank you, but I do not think I am ready to attempt RfA right now. →Στc. 22:43, 6 May 2012 (UTC)


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Hello, Σ. You have new messages at Wikipedia:WikiProject Resource Exchange/Resource Request.
Message added 05:58, 7 May 2012 (UTC). You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.

Shrike (talk) 05:58, 7 May 2012 (UTC)

The Spear (painting)


Noted that you marked the image used in my article,, for speedy deletion, on the grounds that the article itself had no content. This has since been remedied. What's the procedure for removing the speedy deletion proposal now? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ssteedman (talkcontribs) 08:28, 19 May 2012 (UTC)

The concern has been addressed, so the tag may be removed by anyone. →Στc. 20:41, 19 May 2012 (UTC)

Duplicate protection template

Re [1], there was already a protection template on that page. Worth checking that there haven't been any similar duplications? Happymelon 00:50, 21 May 2012 (UTC)

>>> import re
>>> regex = re.compile(r"(\{\{"\
...     r"(m(ove)?protect(ed)?"\
...     r"|pp-move-?[a-z]*"\
...     r"|s(emi)?protect(ed)?[0-9]?"\
...     r"|pp-(protected|semi|vandalism|blp|template|sock|indef|protected|office|reset)-?[a-z]*"\
...     r")"\
...     r"[^}]*\}\})\n?", re.IGNORECASE)
>>> regex.findall("{{pp-semi-vandalism|expiry=10 June 2012|small=yes}}")
[('{{pp-semi-vandalism|expiry=10 June 2012|small=yes}}', 'pp-semi-vandalism', '', '', '', '', 'semi')]

Well, the regex appears to work. I'm not sure what happened, so it would be best to hope that this sort of edit is just a one-time thing. →Στc. 02:08, 21 May 2012 (UTC)

Altered speedy deletion rationale: Dolan Duck

Hello Σ. I am just letting you know that I deleted Dolan Duck, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, under a different criterion from the one you provided, which doesn't fit the page in question. Thank you. Reaper Eternal (talk) 02:01, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

Sometimes I wonder why G1 exists at all. →Στc. 02:11, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

NNU wrap-up time is May 30

Hello. There are still some articles at Wikipedia:School and university projects/NNU Class Project/Winter 2012/Student list that need moving to the mainspace. Some have rubbish references and could be AfDd, so best not move those. But many just need a bit of cleanup and a move. If you have time to do a few, we would be much obliged. Best, Anna Frodesiak (talk) 12:46, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

Speedy deletion declined: The Aristocrats (band)

Hello Σ. I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of The Aristocrats (band), a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: Having notable members is an assertion of importance/significance. Thank you. — Malik Shabazz Talk/Stalk 03:16, 27 May 2012 (UTC)


I declined your CSD A7 as it's software not web content or a company. It runs on the your machine not theirs, so A7 is out. Can be tricky if cloud stuff is involved, but this looks like a straightforward downloadable prog. I've prodded it as non-notable and 'somewhat promotional' in the wording. Peridon (talk) 09:13, 27 May 2012 (UTC)

BTW G1 is for things like 'uytcyutviu ttrtyyt' (so long as they aren't really in Upper Slobodian or some other form of Foreign), and things like 'swim the aardvark downhill regressively moose' which wouldn't even be accepted at a Surrealist poetry club. If there's a comprehensible sentence, it's not G1 even though it may be twaddle. Misspelling and bad grammar are not G1, nor is Edward Lear-like nonsense. Has to be way past surreal. Real G1 is quite rare. I decline far more than I delete. Peridon (talk) 09:22, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Idslot if you're interested. Peridon (talk) 09:53, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
I think G1 can be mostly covered by G2 and G3. For your examples, you could AGF and call that a test page, or, if it was obviously made in bad faith, vandalism. →Στc. 21:13, 27 May 2012 (UTC)

Subpages of Template:X1

Why are you relying on a sandbox template for your bot to work? Is there a particular reason why you can't just put this in your bot's namespace? I wasn't under the impression that anyone owned Template:X1. Frietjes (talk) 19:11, 28 May 2012 (UTC)

Is there a particular reason you had to edit those sandbox pages? Στc. 19:22, 28 May 2012 (UTC)
sure, general sandbox test edits. the same reason why anyone edits sandbox pages. Frietjes (talk) 19:35, 28 May 2012 (UTC)
It was clearly marked that those subpages were used by a bot. You ignored the notice for no reason other than that they were sandbox subpages.
A large number of other general sandboxes exist around the wiki that you could have used instead. I'm curious as to why you decided to use that one, as "metatemplate" and unknown as it was, in particular. Στc. 20:26, 28 May 2012 (UTC)
is there any particular reason why you are avoiding answering my initial question? Frietjes (talk) 20:47, 28 May 2012 (UTC)
OK. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Στc. 21:40, 28 May 2012 (UTC)