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User Columbia1 on Columbia, SC page

Looking over this guy's incessant, unwarranted edits, it truly appears as though this guy is being a vandal. You've stated that secondary sources need to be given for his edits, yet he continues to provide none for his very dubious and irrelevant edits. Seems like something should be done about this. Akhenaton06 (talk) 04:34, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

  • It may be beyond my ability to mediate. But I'll take a look... Abductive (reasoning) 04:37, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

User Columbia1 consistently deletes information on the Columbia page for a supposed "lack of citation." Isn't the correct way to handle this is to use the "citation needed" tag and not just delete information? Akhenaton06 (talk) 04:54, 11 June 2010 (UTC)

  • The easiest solution is to provide citations. Don't forget that there are other users watching the page. Abductive (reasoning) 05:42, 11 June 2010 (UTC)
If that's the case, then the page would be full of citations as Wikipedia in general is a secondary source of information. I mean where does it stop? Seems to me that things are getting a bit excessive here. Akhenaton06 (talk) 15:16, 11 June 2010 (UTC)
Find one book, use it many times. See how I reused citations in 1770 Port-au-Prince earthquake? Abductive (reasoning) 17:51, 11 June 2010 (UTC)
How is that even possible? I mean Columbia1 is removing words like "major" and "thriving" and "unique" simply stating they are subjective and shouldn't be in the article. Some things are just common knowledge for anyone actually familiar with the city and at some point, it gets ridiculous to provide a reference in print to something that's pretty evident or common knowledge. I mean seriously, it's a major disservice to the article at this point. Also, why is it that User:Columbia1 can make whatever edits he wants to without warrant, but I (or others) have to be put on the defensive? Should he not be required to initiate a discussion about proposed edits on the talk page or something? Akhenaton06 (talk) 04:22, 15 June 2010 (UTC)
Another user, Lime in the Coconut, seems to agree with us. Abductive (reasoning) 07:40, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

E3 2010

Hi there, I saw you removed the "current event" tag from the E3 2010 article. I've no intention to undo it, but I did take issue with your rationale; just because it's related to pop culture instead of politics and the environment, that doesn't make it any less of a current event. Pretty much everything Michael Jackson was labeled as a current event when he died, and no one disputed that. Anyway, my point is that what may seem trivial to you is important to a lot of other people, and you shouldn't continue such a line of thinking that just because something isn't an enormous disaster, it's not a current event. The Mach Turtle (talk) 21:46, 17 June 2010 (UTC)

  • So chastened. I did not mean to suggest that the Expo is trivial, more that its currentness is trivial. I'll have to find a better word. Abductive (reasoning) 21:50, 17 June 2010 (UTC)
  • But how is it its currentness trivial? It is to gamers what the Oscars is to some people, for lack of a better analogy. The Mach Turtle (talk) 22:59, 17 June 2010 (UTC)
  • I should have used "passing". An article on the Oscars might sport the tag during the ceremony, but only because of the edit load. The tag is basically only for two things; to alert readers that the information might be out of date, and to prevent editors from losing their work due to edit conflicts. Abductive (reasoning) 02:05, 18 June 2010 (UTC)
  • I see. Well, in that case, good day to you, then! The Mach Turtle (talk) 04:23, 18 June 2010 (UTC)

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AfD nomination of Masanao Takazawa

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AfD

FYI -- I've improved the article at the AfD here. Best.--Epeefleche (talk) 20:20, 26 June 2010 (UTC)

Speedy deletion declined: Indianapolis Men and Women's Work Release Program

Hello Abductive. I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of Indianapolis Men and Women's Work Release Program, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: Please read the page history and the Talk page; this redirect is the result of an AfD. Thank you. — Malik Shabazz Talk/Stalk 06:31, 4 July 2010 (UTC)

A guideline or policy is the preferable item to cite

In the long run, it is counterproductive to compare two articles, since all articles have temporal change in editor interest. And you may receive responses like "The X article that you mentioned had 10 editors today, and my Y article has 12 editors in a day, so I'm putting the tag back." The Deepwater article is, for example, not presently appropriate for the current tag, as editors are not stepping on each others' edits. It is merely actively edited.

That's why I cite the guide with this text:
"Removed {{Current}}, intended for articles edited by many on the same day. Template:Current#Guidelines."
-- Yellowdesk (talk) 14:05, 9 July 2010 (UTC)
Sure. Abductive (reasoning) 18:32, 9 July 2010 (UTC)

Re DRV on Spanish stuff

Abductive Reasoning. While I respect your right to take the position you did in this DRV [1] your comment Counting votes and calling it no consensus is improper, begs the following question: What evidence do you have that I counted votes. It is neither explicitly stated in the close nor in my immediate comments to the nom here Closure on: List of words having different meanings in Spain and Latin America (2nd nomination). Although nom alleged that I counted votes, he presented no evidence that I used that methodology. I did not rebut his comments, nor will I yours since that would violate the intent of DRV as stated here: Deletion review is explicitly a drama-free zone. Listings which attack other editors, cast aspersions, or make accusations of bias, or where nominators do any of these things in the debate, may be speedily closed. I am just interested in whatever evidence you believe you have that supports the statement you made. If you were just parroting the supported accusation made by the nom, thats fine. If something different, please let me know. Thanks.--Mike Cline (talk) 22:53, 15 July 2010 (UTC)

  • I did not even notice that the nominator said that. I feel very strongly that WP:NOT#DICTIONARY as a policy, is not subject to loose interpretation the way that WP:NOTE sometimes is evaluated by closers in AfDs. No matter what other people said in favor of keeping, they should have been completely ignored. The additional argument that the list does not distinguish between various Latin American versions of Spanish should also have rung the death knell for the article. Abductive (reasoning) 23:47, 15 July 2010 (UTC)
    • Appreciate your position, but Why do you think I counted votes?. --Mike Cline (talk) 00:31, 16 July 2010 (UTC)
      • The weight of the "keeps" should have been zero. Since you chose to keep the article, you must have weighed those keeps more than zero. Since none of the arguments they made were valid, you could only have weighed them by counting them. Abductive (reasoning) 03:41, 16 July 2010 (UTC)

Merge discussion for Foot odor

Information.svg I have proposed that Smelly socks be merged to Foot odor. Since you contributed to the recent AfD on Smelly socks, you might be interested in participating in the discussion to merge at Talk:Foot odor#Merger proposal. SnottyWong spill the beans 05:20, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

Secondary sources

I am here to ask a question. However, (LOL!) when confronted with Foot odor, Smelly socks, and a Snotty Wong (whatever that is?) (or whoever?) my sincere and serious dispostion dissapates into vapor, like the descriptions of certain events above.

OK - onto my question. At the Afd for Journal of Young Pharmacists you wrote that this journal appears to have zero secondary sources. With "secondary sources" do you mean review articles? Perhaps also non-journal type material?

One more thing. Is this where the fun is?----Steve Quinn (talk) 05:42, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

I answered my own question. There are no write ups that can be found in news articles, magazines, etc., etc. Thanks anyway ----Steve Quinn (talk) 06:01, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Yes, zero sources that discuss the journal itself. Abductive (reasoning) 06:47, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

2010 Albuquerque, New Mexico office shooting

Based on the news coverage over two weeks' time, I think this is notable. I removed your prod. Bearian (talk) 20:54, 29 July 2010 (UTC)

WikiCup 2010 July newsletter

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Reply to your comment

Did shooting a bunch of wage-slave Nazi soldiers help defeat Nazi Germany? Probably. Tisane talk/stalk 10:30, 10 August 2010 (UTC)

  • The Germans fought on well past the point of certain defeat, making them fanatics rather than wage slaves. The Italians surrendered, as they should have. Abductive (reasoning) 20:44, 10 August 2010 (UTC)

WP:DASH and spaces

Page move WP:DASH does, in fact, mention spacing around ndashes. I don't know what to tell you. If you need to respond, please do so on my talk. —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 07:42, 16 August 2010 (UTC)

Hyphens and dashes That's exactly the function of a manual of style: to impose conformity on naming conventions. Other manuals of style are different and so it's natural for some of them to have variation. You wrote, "In this particular case, one of the two terms on either side of the dash is made of two words, but the other is not. Therefore Enriquillo–Plantain Garden fault zone is more appropriate..." which is exactly like the example given in the manual of style: "the New York – Sydney flight" At this point, I'm honestly struggling to understand your point and it seems like you haven't read the relevant section. —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 08:07, 16 August 2010 (UTC)
MoS WP:DASH can't be "wrong" as it's arbitrary. If you want to propose changes to it, that's fine, but my talk page is hardly the place to do it. I'm "ignoring" the fact that there are different style manuals only to the extent that it's irrelevant; this is what Wikipedia's says and this is how things are done here. Of course (as I wrote before), there will be different typographical conventions in different sources. I don't see why that should matter. The New York Times write all abbreviations in this form "C.I.A." or "N.F.L."—nobody else does that. It's irrelevant that the Washington Post writes them "CIA" and "NFL" as they are two different publications. Again, this is a totally legitimate perspective if you want to change WP:DASH and if this is really important to you, I suggest you post to Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Dashes. Otherwise, I am clearly in the right and I don't see why you keep on posting to my talk about this. You were ignorant of Wikipedia's style guidelines and now that I've informed you of them, you want to argue with me about them; what's the point? —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 17:13, 16 August 2010 (UTC)
No The examples you cite are the name of one person (which is hyphenated, that is the function of a hyphen) and a part of a word ("Sino-") which has no lexical independence as a separate term. Neither of those things apply here. —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 17:55, 16 August 2010 (UTC)
Consensus I understand consensus; that is exactly what the MoS is. How do you think the text of it was made in the first place? —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 18:12, 16 August 2010 (UTC)
Fine I'll write this one more time: if you have a problem with WP:DASH, please go to the appropriate forum for changing it. I honestly don't care. If the standard gets changed, I'll change my editing accordingly. I have no idea why you keep on posting this to my talk. On the one hand, you claim that no one cares and then you insist on posting to my talk about this over and over again; that's nonsense. You've made your point and you were demonstrably ignorant about your claims. Now that you haven't gotten your way, you've posted to Talk:Enriquillo – Plantain Garden fault zone and anything meaningful can happen there. If you have something new to post to my talk that actually has to do with me or my edits, please feel free. Otherwise, you can save your gripes about the Manual of Style for its talk page. Since this is Wikipedia and it operates on consensus, you can have the MoS changed by posting to its talk (but not on mine.) —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 18:24, 16 August 2010 (UTC)

DuPage County, Illinois

On the DuPage County, Illinois article, I'd ask that you either write in a neutral fashion and provide references for what you are adding, or else please don't add it. You need to support your statements; it's not up to others to find references to support what you write. Just above the "Save page" button when you are editing, it says that "Encyclopedic content must be verifiable". In Wikipedia:Truth we read, "The threshold for inclusion in Wikipedia is verifiability, not truth—that is, whether readers are able to check that material added to Wikipedia has already been published by a reliable source, not whether we think it is true." Particularly with controversial subjects, if a statement has no sources, it is liable to be removed; that's just the way Wikipedia works. It's not censorship, and it's not white-washing. Furthermore, what you say may very well have a basis in fact, but it's written in an emotionally-charged manner. Finally, simply reverting the removal of the material again and again is not productive. In a nutshell, do it right and it's likely to remain; do it wrong and it's not. Omnedon (talk) 02:20, 18 August 2010 (UTC)

  • I did not add that material. I am not the only one returning it. The material is not POV, it is easily sourceable, and in fact the story is much worse than presented on the page. Abductive (reasoning) 02:23, 18 August 2010 (UTC)
In looking through the history, I see that you did not write it, so that was my error; but by restoring it you are giving support to it. If it's easily sourceable, then source it. Since you support it being there, and since you are restoring the material, you bear some responsibility for seeing that it meets Wikipedia guidelines. Otherwise you'll have to accept that other editors will wish to remove it. Omnedon (talk) 02:27, 18 August 2010 (UTC)
As for POV, you would say that opening a paragraph with "DuPage County government is most infamous for..." is neutral? Omnedon (talk) 02:28, 18 August 2010 (UTC)
Can you think of anything else they are known for at all? Abductive (reasoning) 02:32, 18 August 2010 (UTC)
I don't live in the area and was not aware that this situation had taken place in DuPage County. It doesn't really hit my radar. The simple fact is that statements, especially statements about controversial subjects, have to be sourced. One of the tags which you continue to restore states, "Unsourced material may be challenged and removed." The editors who challenge it are not required to support it by digging up sources; you seem to indicate that you have easy access to the sources, so just provide them and the verifiability concern will be addressed. I would also question your statement that "the story is much worse than presented on the page", as this would indicate that the statements are not true or accurate. Omnedon (talk) 02:38, 18 August 2010 (UTC)
I'll get to it later. Abductive (reasoning) 02:58, 18 August 2010 (UTC)

Peter Stephens (pioneer)

I noticed your edit on the Peter Stephens (pioneer) article. Is there a page for the famous William Tell? Seems like we would have one, I thought I had the right article. - NeutralhomerTalk • 05:37, 19 August 2010 (UTC)

  • The William Tell involved with sending ships to the new world cannot be the William Tell of legend, since he "lived" in the 1300s. Abductive (reasoning) 05:54, 19 August 2010 (UTC)
    • Ah, gotcha. So I take it Wikipedia doesn't have an article for the ship-sending William Tell? - NeutralhomerTalk • 06:21, 19 August 2010 (UTC)
      • No, and I couldn't find any evidence for him. What was your source? Are you sure it wasn't the name of the boat? Abductive (reasoning) 08:09, 19 August 2010 (UTC)
        • Source was added, apparently I had an incorrect source, I corrected that. You can see it on the page now. - NeutralhomerTalk • 22:06, 19 August 2010 (UTC)
          • On what page does the name William Tell appear in that book? I can't find it. Abductive (reasoning) 08:39, 20 August 2010 (UTC)

WikiCup 2010 August newsletter

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We have our final eight! The best of luck to those who remain. A bumper newsletter this week as we start our home straight.

  • Pool A's winner was Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions). Awarded the top score overall this round, Sturmvogel_66 writes primarily on military history, favouring Naval warfare.
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We say goodbye to the six who fell at the final hurdle. Flag of Oppland (Norway).svg Geschichte (submissions) only just missed out on a place in the final eight. Alberta Resolute (submissions) was not far behind. Republic of Ireland Candlewicke (submissions) was awarded top points for in the news this round. Toronto Gary King (submissions) contributed a variety of did you know articles. Finland Suomi Finland 2009 (submissions) said "I'm surprised to have survived so far into the competition", but was extactic to see Finland in the semi-finals. Norway Arsenikk (submissions) did not score this round, but has scored highly in previous rounds. We also say goodbye to Australian Federation Flag.svg Ian Rose (submissions), who withdrew earlier this month after spending six weeks overseas. Anyone interested in this round's results can see them here and here. Thank you to Bavaria Stone (submissions) for these.

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Our final eight will play it out for two months, after which we will know 2010's WikiCup winner, and a variety of prizes will be awarded. As ever, anything you worry may not receive the necessary attention before the end of the round (such as outstanding GA or FA nominations) is welcome at Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews, and please remember to continue offering reviews yourself where possible. As always, the judges are available to contact via email, IRC or their talk pages, and general discussion about the Cup is welcome on the WikiCup talk page.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, Fox and The ed17 23:05, 31 August 2010 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:Web presence

Ambox warning pn.svgTemplate:Web presence has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. Thank you. 68.35.13.81 (talk) 23:41, 21 September 2010 (UTC)

Jcolomba

I find it rather amusing that you just welcomed a user whose only two edits were over five years ago. JIP | Talk 05:19, 22 September 2010 (UTC)

  • The proposed-deletion-notify template does that automatically if the person's talk page has never been edited. Abductive (reasoning) 05:23, 22 September 2010 (UTC)
    • OK, I didn't know that, thanks. JIP | Talk 05:34, 22 September 2010 (UTC)

List of bridges over the Rhine

I have split the railway crossings to List of bridges over the Rhine. You can trim down the section Rhine#Sections. I will not do it as long as you are editing. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 23:57, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

  • Okay, I won't be editing for a while, got to go get something to eat. Abductive (reasoning) 00:00, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

inre Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Show Cats: The Standard of Perfection

With respects... how could you miss the full-length review in The New York Times? [2] I found it in about ten seconds. With respects, I'll give it some major expansion and sourcing before opining my keep at the AFD. Just thought I'd let you know that the "A Team" is on it. Best. Schmidt, MICHAEL Q. 03:25, 30 September 2010 (UTC)

A surprising success... as my using "Mark Lewis" +"Show Cats", as a diffferent set of parameters than that offered by somewhat limiting "Find sources" offered by the deletion template, I was indeed able to find multiple in-depth reviews and commentary on this dumb film.[3] Go figure. As documentaries go, it seems to meet the inclusion criteria of WP:NF. Schmidt, MICHAEL Q. 06:08, 30 September 2010 (UTC)
Good catch on the title. The Find sources at the bottom of the AFD is a bit more positive in its results. I blame the article's creator (chuckle), as I know you did your BEFORE. Schmidt, MICHAEL Q. 06:53, 30 September 2010 (UTC)
And not that you need to after your gracious comment at the AFD page, but sometimes... and to perhaps stress that outstanding delete votes have not revisted a discussion... a nominator does something like THIS to emphasize his agreements with improvements. Again, Thank you. Schmidt, MICHAEL Q. 07:20, 30 September 2010 (UTC)
Its now at the proper The Standard of Perfection: Show Cats per reliable sources toward the title. Nice catch. Good night and have a great tomorrow. Schmidt, MICHAEL Q. 07:36, 30 September 2010 (UTC)

WikiCup 2010 September newsletter

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We are half-way through our final round, entering the home straight. New Orleans TonyTheTiger (submissions) leads at the time of writing with 1180 points, immediately followed by Hungary Sasata (submissions) with 1175 points. Colorado Sturmvogel_66 (submissions) closely follows in third place with 1100 points. For those who are interested, data about the finalists has been compiled at Wikipedia:WikiCup/History/2010/finalists, while a list of content submitted by all WikiCup contestants prior to this round has been compiled at Wikipedia:WikiCup/History/2010/Submissions. As ever, anything contestants worry may not receive the necessary attention before the end of the round (such as outstanding GA or FA nominations) is welcome at Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews, and please remember to continue offering reviews yourself where possible. As always, the judges are available to contact via email, IRC or their talk pages, and general discussion about the Cup is welcome on the WikiCup talk page.

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M.P. Smith

Take another look at the article before nominating for deletion. He's Professor & Head of Dept. at his university, which is notability by WP:PROF. All it took was finding his CV. I usually try that before placing a PROD tag. DGG ( talk ) 03:59, 3 October 2010 (UTC)

  • There are hundreds of thousands of Professors and tens of thousands of Chairs in the world. Wikipedia is not a directory of everybody who has advanced in their adminstrative careers to some arbitrary point. The University of Birmingham is "is ranked nationally between 10th (The Times HES) and 23rd (The Independent), and internationally between 59th (QS); The Times HES[16]) and 94th (ARWU[19]) in the latest respective rankings. The Sunday Times' composite ranking placed the university 19th from 1998-2007." So what we have is a guy who has not contributed diddly-squat to our understanding of conodonts, an unbelievably obscure branch of the fossil record, at an above average university. How do I know he is not important? In addition to having very low citations relative to his peers in conodont research, he has not been awarded the Pander Medal, the prize given out to conodont workers. Abductive (reasoning) 20:57, 3 October 2010 (UTC)

Hounding accusation?

Why did you ask me to look at the Hounding rule? Green Cardamom (talk) 04:11, 6 October 2010 (UTC)

speedy deletion

I'm planning to expand the article September 2010 Minnesota/Wisconsin Flood. Discussion continues here Talk:September 2010 Minnesota/Wisconsin Flood. Joseph507357 (talk) 18:12, 6 October 2010 (UTC)

Clerkenwell Cinema Fire

I'm not quite sure how you arrived at the idea that this article was worthy of deletion. Certainly when compared with other fires on Wikipedia from the same period, particularly those of the US, this incident has 1) a higher death toll than many which are deemed acceptable and 2) raises more social and cultural concerns. I will therefore not abide any attempts of your to remove the article. :) —Preceding unsigned comment added by AbrahamCat (talkcontribs) 21:10, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

  • Well, I have nominated it for deletion by the community. It's out of our hands now. Abductive (reasoning) 21:14, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

If you don't mind the question

What is your field of research? I notice you bringing a lot of academic biographies to AFD, and it'd be helpful to know where you have particular insight into citation patterns and rates in a particular field. No obligation to answer, if you don't want to. Cheers, RayTalk 00:53, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

  • Biological sciences. But my "insight" into citation patterns is just to look at the h-index and to make comparisons to either similar researchers and/or check for other papers on the same topic. WP:PROF is largely correct, but I like to read about some important discovery or other major contribution made by the subject. Abductive (reasoning) 03:58, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

Bicycle Quarterly

Please clean up the tag you placed on the Bicycle Quarterly page. It did not format correctly. Ebikeguy (talk) 17:56, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Your WP: UNDUE judgement

Dear Abductive, on 5 Sept 09 you removed the link (and accompanying sentence) to Potentially all pairwise rankings of all possible alternatives that I'd added to Pairwise comparison because of WP: UNDUE. The first article was also removed by other editors because it failed notability. Recently, the article has been reinstated (notability has been satisfied - due to 6 recently published sources referring to the method discussed in the article). Hence do you still consider that WP: UNDUE disqualifies the first article from being referred to in the Pairwise comparison article? The first article describes a method that is 100% based on pairwise comparisons. That is, would you consider reversing your original judgement? (I have also raised this issue - in a more general sense - on the discussion page of the second article.) Best wishes, Paul Hansen Paulwizard (talk) 20:01, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

  • The underlying paper by Hansen and Ombler has only 3 citations since 2008. How do you explain that? Abductive (reasoning) 20:57, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Thanks for your quick reply. The underlying article by Hansen & Ombler was published in 2009 (contrary to Scholar reporting 2008). Since then, as well as the 3 citations you found in Scholar, the article is cited in:

Smith, C (2009), "Revealing monetary policy preferences", Reserve Bank of New Zealand Discussion Paper Series, DP2009/01

In addition, the software that implements the method described in the Hansen & Ombler (2009) article is cited in the following 3 journal publications. These publications and the 4 others referred to above all describe studies conducted using the software (and thus that used the method).

Fitzgerald et al (2010), “Relative urgency for referral from primary care to rheumatologists: The priority referral score”, Arthritis Care & Research Oct 1 [Epub ahead of print]

Noseworthy et al (2009), “Priority-setting tools for improving access to medical specialists”, poster presentation, 6th Health Technology Assessment International Annual Meeting, Singapore, 2009, Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore, 38: S78

Fitzgerald et al (2009), “WCWL Rheumatology Priority Referral Score reliability and validity testing” abstract, The 2009 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting, Arthritis & Rheumatology, 60 Suppl 10: 54

Finally, in addition to the above-mentioned 7 citations, the following 12 conference papers (most are verifiable from the conference programs) report on studies conducted using the method and the software that implements the method. (Sorry about the length of this post.)

RAH Stewart et al. “Comparison of a clinical score with individual clinician judgement for assigning priority for heart valve surgery”, European Society of Cardiology Congress, Stockholm, 2010

P Herbison, “A last attempt to rank studies for risk of bias using 1000Minds”, Joint Colloquium of the Cochrane & Campbell Collaborations, Colorado, 2010

O Golan & P Hansen, “A new decision-support framework for prioritization of new health technologies: the ‘Value for Money’ Chart”, The 8th Biennial Conference of the International Society on Priorities in Health Care, Boston, 2010

R Morgan & N Fletcher, “Evaluating software to capture value preferences”, 29th Meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment, Ghana, 2009

De Coster & T Noseworthy, “Improving wait times in the referral-consultation process: WCWL priority referral scores”, Taming of the Queue VI: Improving Patient Flow, 6th National Invitational Conference on Wait Time Measurement, Monitoring & Management, Ottawa, 2009

O Tal & O Golan, “Criteria for priority setting in health – Are there universal criteria for allocating resources for publicly funded healthcare?”, 7th Annual Health Policy Conference, Tel Aviv, 2008

C De Coster et al. “Developing priority-setting referral tools for medical specialities”, Canadian Association for Health Services & Policy Research Conference, Gatineau, 2008

A Fitzgerald et al. “Priority-setting for referrals from primary care providers to rheumatologists”, American College of Rheumatology, 2008 Annual Scientific Meeting, San Francisco

P Herbison, “Can 1000Minds be used to provide a valid ranking of studies by risk of bias?”, Joint Meeting of the Cochrane Statistical Methods Group & the UK Meta-Analysis in Medicine Group, Freiburg, 2008

N Fletcher & R Morgan, “Characterising value preferences in impact assessment: Evaluation of the 1000Minds software package”, NZ Association for Impact Assessment Conference, 2008

R Naden et al. “Assigning clinical priority: a systematic methodology”, 6th International Conference on Priorities in Health Care, Toronto, 2006

A Barber et al. “Prioritisation for coronary artery bypass surgery: can the process be improved?”, 5th International Conference on Priorities in Health Care, Wellington, 2004

Thanks for your consideration. (And so that it is clear, as I have acknowledged elsewhere, I am the co-inventor of the method and the software referred to.) Best wishes, Paul Hansen Paulwizard (talk) 02:17, 16 October 2010 (UTC)

You removed Koch's response to criticism from the David H. Koch page

It strikes me that it is appropriate to include his response to the criticism, no? Just curious about your thinking here. MBMadmirer (talk) 20:04, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

I felt the whole section was too polemic. Why is reporting on the giving of money to promote the dismantling of government considered criticism? Why were there so many quotes in the section? Best to just remove it. Abductive (reasoning) 20:48, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
Well, it is a pretty ideological debate. When a White House staffer says that the two brothers are "campaigners you can't see", it strikes me that they deserve a response. And given that David did go on record with Elaine Lafferty, I thought that would be pretty reasonable. Do you think that any rebuttal from David is appropriate? If not, is it ok if I take this back to the talk page for the article? I had discussed it there. MBMadmirer (talk) 21:04, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
I have an ideological gripe with giving the names of all these reporters and newspapers inline (other than Jane Mayer) and using quotes all over the place. It would be better to just say things and use refs for backup. I see now that David's denial is missing. Since David has been videotaped at a Tea Party function, and has given money to many PACs, perhaps it would be best to just say that he denies giving money directly to Tea Parties. Abductive (reasoning) 21:30, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
These are really sensible points. How about this solution? "Others have noted that David Koch and Koch Industries have also given to Democrats in 2010 and earlier, and Koch Industries has specifically denied giving to any specifically Tea Party groups." with references to Elaine Lafferty's piece in the Daily Beast and one of the recent stories about the denial. MBMadmirer (talk) 12:48, 16 October 2010 (UTC)
Nearly everyone gives piddling amounts to both parties. By WP:UNDUE, this should not be mentioned. People keep removing reference to Koch Industries from the article, yet you want to use the company's denial? Abductive (reasoning) 13:54, 16 October 2010 (UTC)
75k to Andrew Cuomo is piddling? So far you want to remove David Koch's denial and Koch Industries denial. What would you suggest, specifically? MBMadmirer (talk) 15:38, 16 October 2010 (UTC)
A tiny fraction of his total giving. By all means put in David Koch's denial, using the language he used without quotes and putting all the ref info in the ref. Abductive (reasoning) 18:25, 16 October 2010 (UTC)

Wikihounding

Why would you send me that link? Ebikeguy (talk) 14:33, 16 October 2010 (UTC)

December 30, 2009 pro-government rally in Iran

I have removed the {{prod}} tag from December 30, 2009 pro-government rally in Iran, which you proposed for deletion. I'm leaving this message here to notify you about it. If you still think the article should be deleted, please don't add the {{prod}} template back to the article. Instead, feel free to list it at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion. Thanks! VERTott 11:41, 19 October 2010 (UTC)

User Columbia1 on Columbia, SC page

You should check his recent activity on the Columbia, SC page. The guy is being a troll and is re-adding info that was already deemed irrelevant and info without linking to sources. I commented about these issues on the discussion page. Something needs to be done about that guy. Akhenaton06 (talk) 02:18, 23 October 2010 (UTC)

Oldafd

Hi, this has been nominated before, closed as no consensus (see here). --Crusio (talk) 09:37, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

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Pittsburgh Undergraduate Review

You might be interested in this one. See also the long discussion on the talk page. --Crusio (talk) 15:54, 2 November 2010 (UTC)

  • I have seen it many times. It may pass the GNG. Abductive (reasoning) 12:39, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Hero Corp

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Anushka Wirasinha

You may remember this article which was deleted at AfD in June. A new, fuller version has been prepared and, being asked for advice, I have decided that the best thing to do is to post it and relist at AfD for the community's opinion. I am notifying everyone who was involved before: your views are welcome at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Anushka Wirasinha (2nd nomination). Regards, JohnCD (talk) 22:42, 21 November 2010 (UTC)

Fish diseases and parasites

Hi Abductive. Fish diseases and parasites is an article I wrote, mainly because I was trying to fill gaps in the aquaculture articles. Fish diseases and parasites are of particular interest in aquaculture. You then removed Category:Aquaculture from the article with the cryptic comment: "Categories are not to be used to cobble together a how to guide". I'm curious. What does this mean? --Epipelagic (talk) 10:03, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

So where does cobbling together "a how to guide" come into this? --Epipelagic (talk) 10:39, 27 November 2010 (UTC)
If one makes a list of topics someone might need to build and run a fishfarm, Fish diseases and parasites would be on it. I saw an article with only two categories and thought that someone was "reaching" to find more. Abductive (reasoning) 10:54, 27 November 2010 (UTC)
Oh.... thanks. --Epipelagic (talk) 10:59, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

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WP:Articles_for_deletion/Mass_killings_under_Communist_regimes_(3rd_nomination)#Mass_killings_under_Communist_regimes exists

neutral notification—Preceding unsigned comment added by Collect (talk) 12:40, 14 July 2010 (UTC)

John C. McAdams article, Your February, 2010 Notability Tag

I am referencing the article with link to its history page.: [[4]]

Isn't it past time to escalate your Notability Tag to a nomination for deletion of the John C. McAdams article on the grounds that he is a political partisan pursuing a non-notable agenda of self-promotion and a non-academic right wing political POV that is not objective?

The person who is the subject of this article seems to be mainly engaged in a politically slanted and self-promoting agenda. He has made numerous edits and does not register as a wikipedia.org user, or does not sign in. See the discussion page for said article.[[5]]:

WikiProject Biography (Rated Stub-class)
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Well . . . I would not in fact claim to be eminent. I do have 20 plus articles published in scholarly outlets -- including some in top political science journals, including five in the AJPS, and two in the Journal of Politics. Then there are a bunch of others in decent outlets. But this just makes me a journeyman political scientist, not "eminent."

My only real claim to fame is my JFK assassination web site. The current article (thanks to whoever did it) has three cites on that. Let me add one more:

“it appears to me that McAdams’s site is the premier JFK assassination Web site, clearly superior in depth and scholarship to that of his peers.” (Vince Bugliosi, in Reclaiming History. [on supplemental CD])

Note that I also have a book on the assassination coming out.

Mr. McAdams exhibits in his wikipedia edits, an extremely partisan right political orientation, certainly not that of an unbiased academic, especially a concern because he is vehemently pushing a strictly establishment POV in very specific area of U.S. history.: [[6]]

John C. McAdams, as [[7]] Made several edits in the discussion linked here, on 27 February, 2010. [[8]] The following is text of an example of the content of Mr. McAdam's argument in his series of 27 February edits on that talk page. [[9]]:

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The only reason you would not seem them as mirror opposites is if you tend to agree with the liberal bias of one, and reject the conservative bias of another. Again, Newsbusters virtually always has primary source text and/or videos to back up what they say. Their opinion doesn't mean much (neither does Media Matters opinions) but the sources they provide should not be banned from Wikipedia. I see no way to explain this but naked ideological bias.

Mr. McAdams views are troubling because he "sees" a "liberal bias" and is repeatedly defending the newsbusters website as a legitimate supporting source for wikipedia article segments. Newsbusters is a right wing slanted "information" site, founded and still published by L. Brent Bozell III. Bozell's public statements mesh well with Mr. McAdam's agenda of promoting a certain version of the Kennedy Assassination narrative and official reports.:

Why Conservatives Should Be Optimistic About the Media http://www.heritage.org/Research/PoliticalPhilosophy/HL380.cfm

by L. Brent Bozell, III Heritage Lecture #380 January 21, 1992

....And what was "newsworthy?" According to Leslie Midgley, Walter Cronkite's long-time producer at CBS, "In the print media, news is what the editor says it is... In television, news is what the producer says it is."..

...Imagine, if you will, a future wherein the media willfully support the foreign policy objectives of the United States.... ...A time when someone, somewhere in the media can be counted on to extol the virtues of morality without qualifications. When Betty Friedan no longer qualifies for "Person of the Week" honors. When Ronald Reagan is cited not as the "Man of the Year," but the "Man of the Century."

Ruidoso (talk) 23:46, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

  • The only reason to nominate an article for deletion is that the topic is not "notable". Notability in Wikipedia, as explained in WP:N, is a controversial subject, and even if the person has a WP:Conflict of interest on their own article it has little to do with the outcome of the WP:AFD. I suggest that you place a "Prod-nn" template on the article to see if it can be deleted without an AFD first. Click on {{Prod-nn}} and follow the instructions. If that doesn't work, then get back to me. Abductive (reasoning) 01:06, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

Abductive, please explain how Gamaliel could "undo" the changes you initiated in the last 48 hours on the article on this bio of a living person? I am attempting to follow SOP and my prior experience is that SOP seems to be in flux when it comes to defending the continuation of an existing bio article or parts of it. The article on Hillary Clinton's mother is permitted to stay up, while articles on more notable persons are not. John McAdams is "notable" only for a controversial agenda. He is certainly no more notable than John Simkin, whose site and bio article have been deleted.[[10]] Are the current edits, undoing your recent edits, part of the SOP around here? My interests in contributing new articles and adding to and editing existing ones are entirely in the area of biographies. I became a member of the WikiProject Biography because I thought the SOP was a process of reaching a consensus about what stays up and what does not. Please clarify what went down in this case, and thank you for your prior response and cooperation. Ruidoso (talk) 05:52, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

  • Anyone can "deprod" an article. The next step is to nominate the article for deletion using the WP:AFD process. Now, I would have to do some careful research to determine just how likely it would be for the article to be "kept" at the end of the AfD discussion. Abductive (reasoning) 10:05, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

Blue crab

Hi, now that Blue crab is a disambiguation page, please help fix misdirected links per WP:FIXDABLINKS. Navigation popups with the popupFixDabs flag set to true is a big help. Cheers, --JaGatalk 16:01, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

On the same subject, it might have been worthwhile flagging up the move request at the relevant WikiProject. --Stemonitis (talk) 09:10, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

Sorry, is that one-word reply attempting to say that the project is moribund? It is not. There are 63 people watching that page, probably the 63 people you would most want to participate in the discussion. It is impractical for people like me to watch all the articles we have an interest in (in my case, all crustaceans, for instance), so the project pages act as invaluable noticeboards for alerting interested parties in events they might otherwise be unaware of. Even writing a note on a "moribund" talk page does no harm, and I can see no reason for not doing so. --Stemonitis (talk) 09:50, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

  • Since the move request was well-attended, mostly by people who care about Maryland blue crabs, and they agreed that the move was a good idea, I don't see a problem. Yes, it was a bit of work to install the pipe (and sorry about the [[[[ typo) in all those articles, but I think it was worth it. Abductive (reasoning) 09:55, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

Don't get me wrong: I'm not complaining about the outcome, or about the cleanup work. I was trying to suggest that, in general, alerting WikiProjects may be a good idea (even if they don't appear to be very active). --Stemonitis (talk) 10:11, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

  • I guess I figured that Blue crab was popular enough that there was no need to boost participation. But I didn't actually think that to myself at the time. Had nobody responded to the move request after a few days I prolly would have advertised. Abductive (reasoning) 10:20, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

Joseph Levien DYK

Hi Abductive, assuming that DYK isn't on your watchlist, I have replied to your comment on the Joseph Levien nomination. Notability is outlined on the article's talk page. I hope this helps. Thanks for the review and the feedback. Your user page is not on my watchlist, so if there's further discussion necessary here, please give me a talkback. Schwede66 22:15, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

Nomination of University of Birmingham Debating Society for deletion

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Skanderbeg

Your edit, "Skanderbeg is (now majority Muslim) Albania's greatest hero... [11], implies that Skanderbeg, a deceased person, is now majority Muslim. I therefore reverted it, treating your edit as one done in Good Faith. Now, you want to lecture me about WP:OWN? I copyedit thousands of articles, and watch hundreds of them. If you see what I do, it will be very clear to you that I do not claim to own any articles. Clearly, you made a mistake. A deceased person can't suddenly be "majority Muslim". If you imply that Albania is now majority Muslim, you need a comma after "is". But this is probably not the best way to cast the sentence. If it is that important, it should have its own sentence. Let's treat it as an innocent mistake and move on. Let's not start accusing senior editors of owning articles. Cheers. – SMasters (talk) 11:28, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

  • What you do was revert, rather than integrate. The fact that a Catholic who resisted the Muslim Turks centuries ago should be revered by the modern Albanians is remarkable. Perhaps my attempt to include this was inelegant, but you made no attempt to fix it. Also, unless you too have had other accounts, I have more edits than you. Abductive (reasoning) 11:41, 22 December 2010 (UTC)
Surely, it's not about who has more edits. This is not kindergarten. Fair enough, I have to shoot out now. Integrate it better if you like. If not, I will see what I can do later. And no, I do not have other accounts. Cheers, and thanks for being civil about this. – SMasters (talk) 11:51, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

Happy First Edit Day!

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  • Interesting. This account's first edit was May 19. Abductive (reasoning) 23:59, 26 December 2010 (UTC)
That's funny. You're listed here. Logan Talk Contributions 20:29, 1 January 2011 (UTC)

Please respect the established referencing style of an article

I am amazed at how you can refer to the normal division of referencing into a footnote section and a separate list of references as "poor referencing style". That is how I was taught to do it at university, and it remains my preferred style. It allows for relatively short references in the footnotes while putting most of the bibliographic details at the bottom of the page. In Wikipedia this way of doing referencing is explained at Wikipedia:Citing sources#Shortened footnotes, so it obviously isn't considered "poor style" in general. "Bundling" references, i.e. including several in one footnote, is covered in Wikipedia:Citing sources#Bundling citations. (It is also normal style outside Wikipedia, although I don't know if the term "bundling" is known to the outside world.) I can't understand how you can feel that it is better style to end a sentence with three superscripted bracketed numbers rather than a single footnote with all sources bundled.

In this article my preferred style also happens to be the established style. Please see Wikipedia:Citing sources#Citation styles and consistency:

"You should follow the style already established in an article if it has one; where there is disagreement, the style used by the first editor to use one should be respected."

Any particular reason why you feel that your preferred style should prevail in this particular article that you have never touched before? --Hegvald (talk) 01:08, 27 December 2010 (UTC)

  • That was not a style, that was a mess. I thought Green Cardamom was on the right track. Abductive (reasoning) 06:57, 27 December 2010 (UTC)

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Re:GA reviewing for the Cup

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Talkback

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your edit to Tuscon shooting

In this edit you reverted to an earlier version of the article that I had removed because it was not supported in the citation, I have opened a thread on the talkpage to discuss thanks. Off2riorob (talk) 18:29, 9 January 2011 (UTC)

Hello, Abductive. Why'd you remove this? Per WP:Verifiability#Newspaper and magazine blogs, this type of material is perfectly acceptable on Wikipedia. This is why I reverted you on that matter. If I am in the wrong on this, let me know why. Flyer22 (talk) 20:16, 10 January 2011 (UTC)
WP:UNDUE, WP:NPOV. Look at the language, "insinuating" that it was a cause, which nobody said. Abductive (reasoning) 20:21, 10 January 2011 (UTC)
Thank you for explaining. Due to your edit summary, I figured you were simply unaware that some types of blogs/opinion pieces are allowed as sources on Wikipedia, as a lot of experienced Wikipedia editors are unaware of this and cite all blogs as unreliable. I'm not sure it was WP:UNDUE or WP:NPOV, but this edit by you seems to have taken care of your problem with the line. Thanks again for working this out. Flyer22 (talk) 20:45, 10 January 2011 (UTC)
Hey again, Abductive. I'm not sure what you meant by this edit. Primary sources are acceptable in cases like this, per WP:PRIMARY. But, considering the source was Fox News reporting about something that took place on another network, I'm not sure how much of a primary source it is. Anyway, just so you know which editor I was trying to compromise with, here is the sort of discussion: User talk:NYyankees51#2011 Tucson shooting -- Loughner's best friend.
Basically, it fits there to me, because the section is about the general public's response, is already discussing the possible political motive, and Loughner's reportedly best friend weighs in on the debated political motive. Flyer22 (talk) 15:19, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

And they are not even Americans

Hi Abductive. Citing lack of American citizenship as justification for removing a pundit's views doesn't really fly. Your assertion that nobody has heard of these authors presumably means that you have never heard of them. By all means argue that a particular pundit is not a RS, or that inclusion would represent undue weight, or that there is no need to name him, but it's not really on to remove quotations on the grounds that the author is a not a well-known American. The ones you classified as "Random extra Brit guys", btw, are American. Cheers, MoreThings (talk) 22:01, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

  • That was shorthand for WP:UNDUE. Some people are better known than others. Any mistake on my part is the result of them being liitle known. Abductive (reasoning) 22:05, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
What does their nationality have to do with WP:UNDUE? MoreThings (talk) 22:13, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
It had to do with me not recognizing them. Abductive (reasoning) 22:27, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
You can't discount sources simply because you personally don't recognize the names, Abductive. What was the point you were making when you wrote "And they are not even Americans" in the edit summary as part of your rationale for the edit? MoreThings (talk) 22:53, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
That edit summary is in the past, let it go. I'm discounting those sources as redundant. You can't list every conservative columnist saying the same thing, per WP:UNDUE. Abductive (reasoning) 23:26, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
I'll let it go, Abductive. I'm not here to make a big thing out of it, but do the project a favour and keep the fundamental policies in mind. Cheers, MoreThings (talk) 23:51, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
I did nothing wrong, and I always follow the fundamental policies. You are not welcome on my talk page anymore. Abductive (reasoning) 00:11, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Toby Harnden is the US Editor of The Daily Telegraph. You removed a quotation cited to him on the grounds that 1) he was not born in North America, and 2) you've never heard of him. That's terrible editing, as you must know. Instead of owning that unpalatable truth, you claim "I did nothing wrong", while in the same breath closing down discussion by excluding me from your talk page. As I said, do the project a favour and try to keep the fundamental policies in mind. MoreThings (talk) 20:31, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
Harrassment is a blockable offense. Abductive (reasoning) 22:46, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

DYK for The Concord Review

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Please read the ref before making changes

The ref [12] says "Up to 10% of total cancer cases may be induced by radiation (64), both ionizing and nonionizing, typically from radioactive substances and ultraviolet (UV), pulsed electromagnetic fields." Cheers Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 06:21, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

  • Then at the very least UV and ionizing radiation should be mentioned separately. Abductive (reasoning) 14:51, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Chinese Ghost Town

Hiya mate, I can see you removed my written piece about a ghost town in China for a possible copyright infringement. Can you please explain why? I made sure I posted the references. Thanks Andiio 15:46, 19 January 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Andiio (talkcontribs)

  • Did a search, text matched too closely. Please paraphrase the material better. Abductive (reasoning) 16:04, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

The Off Hours

Hi, you reviewed this article at DYK [13]. I believe any issues have been cleared up. The hook is sourced to the film's official website, the Sustainable Style Foundation website, and "indieWire" - independent to both organizations. Thanks. Jujutacular talk 02:24, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

DYK for Boops boops

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Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Peter M. Rhee

Thank you for your suggestion to look at WP:PROF, though I was also searching for older sources to satisfy BLP1E. I have posted a response to your comment and updated the article accordingly. KimChee (talk) 07:35, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

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  • There are millions of professors in the world. Reading a resume of a professor that made (as they all did) some minor contribution to human understanding does nothing to further that understanding. His mention in a reference in an article on the topic he contributed to is sufficient acknowledgement. Abductive (reasoning) 08:30, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

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I've acknowledged my position on the Kochs, and nobody other than trolls has believed that I have a conflict. If I removed "alleged" from the Koch's (undoubtedly accurate) claims that Mayer's sources had COI's, I apologize. Some disclaimer is required because it is only Koch Industries' position. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 09:52, 21 February 2011 (UTC)

  • People with COIs shouldn't be editing articles. Can you not see how slanted you have made that article? Abductive (reasoning) 09:54, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
    • No. I removed BLP violations. Mayer is not adequate for claims of illegal actions, even if it were a reliable source (which I haven't verified), and if she really said that (which I also haven't verified). The paragraph was also removed from another article by another editor. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 10:00, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
      • You made up the notion that Mayer said Koch was doing anything illegal, and you were told this on the talk page long ago. Your COI means you can't hear that. Abductive (reasoning) 10:04, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
        • No. The statement, as written, stated that Koch Industries was making political contributions, which would be illegal. I don't think Mayer actually said that, but, even if she did, it would have to be written as "Mayer alleges...."Arthur Rubin (talk) 10:10, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
        • I see I did remove "alleged". My apologies. Everything else the anon wrote was polemic and unsourced. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 10:16, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
        • Sorry, that was the anon's other edit. On this article, there weren't accusations of illegality, but there were unsourced polemical controversial statements about living persons. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 10:27, 21 February 2011 (UTC)

Eagle School

Please change or withdraw your close of Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Eagle County Charter Academy. Longstanding consensus is that elementary schools are not notable in the extreme. The "award" that the school won is nowhere near important enough. Abductive (reasoning) 15:34, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

Have you read my /FAQs? Your question was answered there.
You are of course welcome to (a) go to DRV, or (b) merge and/or redirect the article to the school district or place where it's located, per WP:BB. I recommend the latter :) Stifle (talk) 16:02, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

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I wanted to discuss the points you say the article is in violation of. I think you should have discussed it on improving it before rushing and proposing it for deletion but whatever here goes.

WP:CONTENTFORK - Was moved to this article so the main article on the war would be shortened. Wikipedia promotes this, and 90 percent of what is in this article is not in the main article on the conflict, so no violation there.

WP:NOT#NEWS - Wouldn't call this non-notable and not news since most of the diplomatic wrangling for the no-fly zone is based on the high number of dead in the conflict, which is every day mentioned and cited and is the hallmark of this war. So it is notable and not violating that rule there.

WP:VERIFIABILITY and WP:No original research - Now, for this, 95 percent of everything in the article is cited. However, the only thing that comes to my mind that you were probably thinking of not being cited is the combined death toll beneath the table. Which may constitute Original research. For the sake of the posibility it is not verifiably it was noted in the article the combined numbers were not confirmed. However, if you think it's such a big problem we will remove that sentance and all should be good and 100 percent cited. Ok? :) EkoGraf (talk) 10:41, 15 March 2011 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2011 April newsletter

Round 2 of the 2011 WikiCup is over, and the new round will begin on 1 May. Note that any points scored in the interim (that is, for content promoted or reviews completed on 29-30 April) can be claimed in the next round, but please do not start updating your submissions' pages until the next round has begun. Fewer than a quarter of our original contestants remain; 32 enter round 3, and, in two months' time, only 16 will progress to our penultimate round. Scotland Casliber (submissions), who led Pool F, was our round champion, with 411 points, while 7 contestants scored between 200 and 300 points. At the other end of the scale, a score of 41 was high enough to reach round 3; more than five times the score required to reach round 2, and competition will no doubt become tighter now we're approaching the later rounds. Those progressing to round 3 were spread fairly evenly across the pools; 4 progressed from each of pools A, B, E and H, while 3 progressed from both pools C and F. Pools D and G were the most successful; each had 5 contestants advancing.

This round saw our first good topic points this year; congratulations to Zanzibar Hurricanehink (submissions) and Assyria Nergaal (submissions) who also led pool H and pool B respectively. However, there remain content types for which no points have yet been scored; featured sounds, featured portals and featured topics. In addition to prizes for leaderboard positions, the WikiCup awards other prizes; for instance, last year, a prize was awarded to Democratic Republic of the Congo Candlewicke (submissions) (who has been eliminated) for his work on In The News. For this reason, working on more unusual content could be even more rewarding than usual!

Sorry this newsletter is going out a little earlier than expected- there is a busy weekend coming up! A running total of claims can be seen here. If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, and you hope to get it promoted before the end of the round, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAC, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup. As ever, 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 and The ed17 19:05, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

Death of Osama bin Laden

Thanks for keeping it clean. Drmies (talk) 21:20, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

  • Thanks! Too many edit conflicts, gotta stop now. Abductive (reasoning) 21:22, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

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Thanks for the welcome but I've had an account since 2005. I refuse to use it any more while anon IPs are allowed to edit. The amount of time and energy I have wasted rvv or deleting fancruft or other bollocks instead of improving articles is... well, wasteful. It also means that I don't have nutjobs hounding my Talkpage or my edits on other articles. And don't get me started on petty wiki-politics! So, thanks but no thanks. Mark 124.169.43.46 (talk) 10:31, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2011 May newsletter

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We're half way through round 3 of the 2011 WikiCup. There are currently 32 remaining in the competition, but only 16 will progress to our penultimate round. Scotland Casliber (submissions), of pool D, is our overall leader with nearly 200 points, while pools A, B and C are led by Texas Racepacket (submissions), Zanzibar Hurricanehink (submissions) and Saskatchewan Canada Hky (submissions) respectively. The score required to reach the next round is 35, though this will no doubt go up significantly as the round progresses. We have a good number of high scorers, but also a considerable number who are yet to score. Please remember to submit content soon after it is promoted, so that the judges are able to review entries. Also, an important note concerning nominations at featured article candidates: if you are nominating content for which you intend to claim WikiCup points, please make this clear in the nomination statement so that the FAC director and his delegates are aware of the fact.

A running total of claims can be seen here. If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, and you hope to get it promoted before the end of the round, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAC, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup. As ever, 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 and The ed17 23:20, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

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On Talk:2011 you mention the "very respected User:Fences and windows". Ah, shucks. Fences&Windows 18:01, 25 June 2011 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2011 June newsletter

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We are half way through 2011, and entering the penultimate round of this year's WikiCup; the semi-finals are upon us! Points scored in the interim (29/30 June) may be counted towards next round, but please do not update your submissions' pages until the next round has begun. 16 contestants remain, and all have shown dedication to the project to reach this far. Our round leader was Scotland Casliber (submissions) who, among other things, successfully passed three articles through featured article candidates and claimed an impressive 29 articles at Did You Know, scoring 555 points. Casliber led pool D. Pool A was led by Ohio Wizardman (submissions), claiming points for a featured article, a featured list and seven good article reviews, while pool C was led by Norway Eisfbnore (submissions), who claimed for two good articles, ten articles at Did You Know and four good article reviews. They scored 154 and 118 respectively. Pool B was by far our most competitive pool; six of the eight competitors made it through to round 4, with all of them scoring over 100 points. The pool was led by Zanzibar Hurricanehink (submissions), who claimed for, among other things, three featured articles and five good articles. In addition to the four pool leaders, 12 others (the four second places, and the 8 next highest overall) make up our final 16. The lowest scorer who reached round 4 scored 76 points; a significant increase on the 41 needed to reach round 3. Eight of our semi-finalists scored at least twice as much as this.

No points were awarded this round for featured pictures, good topics or In the News, and no points have been awarded in the whole competition for featured topics, featured portals or featured sounds. Instead, the highest percentage of points has come from good articles. Featured articles, despite their high point cost, are low in number, and so, overall, share a comparable number of points with Did You Know, which are high in number but low in cost. A comparatively small but still considerable number of points come from featured lists and good article reviews, rounding out this round's overall scores.

We would again like to thank United Kingdom Jarry1250 (submissions) and Bavaria Stone (submissions) for invaluable background work, as well as all of those helping to provide reviews for the articles listed on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. Please do keep using it, and please do help by providing reviews for the articles listed there. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews generally at GAC, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup.

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WikiCup 2011 July newsletter

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We are half way through the penultimate round of this year's WikiCup; there is less than a month to go before we have our final 8. Our pool leaders are New Zealand Adabow (submissions) (Pool A, 189 points) and Russia PresN (submissions) (Pool B, 165 points). The number of points required to reach the next round is not clear at this time; there are some users who still do not have any recorded points. Please remember to update your submissions' pages promptly. In addition, congratulations to PresN, who scored the first featured topic points in the competition for his work on Thatgamecompany related articles. Most points this round generally have, so far, come from good articles, with only one featured article (White-bellied Sea Eagle, from Scotland Casliber (submissions)) and two featured lists (Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, from PresN and Grammy Award for Best Native American Music Album, from Flag of Portland, Oregon.svg Another Believer (submissions)). Points for Did You Know and good article reviews round out the scoring. No points have been awarded for In the News, good topics or featured pictures this round, and no points for featured sounds or portals have been awarded in the entire competition. On an unrelated note, preparation will be beginning soon for next year's WikiCup- watch this space!

There is little else to be said beyond the usual. Please list anything you need reviewing on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews, so others following the WikiCup can help, and please do help if you can by providing reviews for the articles listed there. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews generally at GAC, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup- points are, of course, offered for reviews at GAC. Two final notes: Firstly, please remember to state your participation in the WikiCup when nominating articles at FAC. Finally, some WikiCup-related statistics can be seen here and here. As ever, 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 and The ed17 11:20, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2011 July newsletter

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The finals are upon us; we're down to the last few. One of the eight remaining contestants will be this year's WikiCup champion! 150 was the score needed to progress to the final; just under double the 76 required to reach round 4, and more than triple the 41 required to reach round 3. Our eight finalists are:

  • Scotland Casliber (submissions), Pool A's winner. Casliber has the highest total score in the competition, with 1528, the bulk of which is made up of 8 featured articles. He has the highest number of total featured articles (8, 1 of which was eligible for double points) and total did you knows (72) of any finalist. Casliber writes mostly on biology, including ornithology, botany and mycology.
  • Russia PresN (submissions), Pool B's winner and the highest scorer this round. PresN is the only finalist who has scored featured topic points, and he has gathered an impressive 330, but most of his points come from his 4 featured articles, one of which scored double. PresN writes mostly on video games and the Hugo Awards.
  • Zanzibar Hurricanehink (submissions), Pool A's runner-up. Hurricanehink's points are mostly from his 30 good articles, more than any other finalist, and he is also the only finalist to score good topic points. Hurricanehink, as his name suggests, writes mostly on meteorology.
  • Ohio Wizardman (submissions), Pool B's runner-up. Wizardman has completed 86 good article reviews, more than any other finalist, but most of his points come from his 2 featured articles. Wizardman writes mostly on American sport, especially baseball.
  • Principality of Sealand Miyagawa (submissions), the "fastest loser" (Pool A). Miyagawa has written 3 featured lists, one of which was awarded double points, more than any other finalist, but he was awarded points mostly for his 68 did you knows. Miyagawa writes on a variety of topics, including dogs, military history and sport.
  • Canada Resolute (submissions), the second "fastest loser" (Pool B). Most of Resolute's points come from his 9 good articles. He writes mostly on Canadian topics, including ice hockey.
  • Greece Yellow Evan (submissions), who was joint third "fastest loser" (Pool A). Most of Evan's points come from his 10 good articles, and he writes mostly on meteorology.
  • Australia Sp33dyphil (submissions), who was joint third "fastest loser" (Pool B). Most of Phil's points come from his 9 good articles, 4 of which (more than any other finalist) were eligible for double points. He writes mostly on aeronautics.

We say goodbye to our seven other semi-finalists, Flag of Portland, Oregon.svg Another Believer (submissions), Poland Piotrus (submissions), United Kingdom Grandiose (submissions), Bavaria Stone (submissions), Norway Eisfbnore (submissions), Saskatchewan Canada Hky (submissions) and Wisconsin MuZemike (submissions). Everyone still in the competition at this stage has done fantastically well, and contributed greatly to Wikipedia. We're on the home straight now, and we will know our winner in two months.

In other news, preparations for next year's competition have begun with a brainstorming thread. Please, feel free to drop by and share any thoughts you have about how the competition should work next year. Sign ups are not yet open, but will be opened in due course. Watch this space. Further, there has been a discussion about the rule whereby those in the WikiCup must delcare their participation when nominating articles at featured article candidates. This has resulted in a bot being created by new featured article delegate Ucucha (talk · contribs). The bot will leave a message on FAC pages if the nominator is a participant in the WikiCup.

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WikiCup 2011 September newsletter

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WikiCup 2011 October newsletter

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The 2011 WikiCup is now over, and our new champion is Zanzibar Hurricanehink (submissions), who joins the exclusive club of the previous winners: Dreamafter (2007), jj137 (2008), Durova (2009) and Sturmvogel_66 (2010). The final standings were as follows:

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2011 WikiCup participation

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Tannhauser Gate

There is a discussion here regarding Colonel Warden's decision to move Tannhauser Gate to Tears in rain (soliloquy) without discussion. As you took part in previous related discussions on this matter, I am informing you of the current discussion. ---RepublicanJacobiteTheFortyFive 15:55, 5 November 2011 (UTC)

Feedback Dashboard task force

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2012 WikiCup

Hi! As you've previously expressed interest in the competition, I'm just letting you know that the 2012 WikiCup is due to start in less than 24 hours. Signups are open, and will remain so for a few weeks after the beginning of the competition. The competition itself will follow basically the same format as last year, with a few small tweaks to point costs to reflect the opinions of the community. If you're interested in taking part, you're more than welcome, and if you know anyone who might be, please let them know too- the more the merrier! To join, simply add your name to Wikipedia:WikiCup/2012 signups, and we will be in touch. Please feel free to direct any questions to me, or leave a note on the WikiCup talk page. Thanks! You are receiving this note as you are listed on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Please feel free to add or remove yourself. J Milburn (talk) 01:15, 31 December 2011 (UTC)

Rory Lewis

Last February you PRODded this, and it was deleted. Deletion has been objected to (on the article talk page) so per WP:DEL#Proposed deletion I have restored it, and now notify you in case to wish to take it to AfD. Regards, JohnCD (talk) 16:21, 11 January 2012 (UTC)

2011 Tucson shooting

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WikiCup 2012 January newsletter

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WikiCup 2012 is off to a flying start. At the time of writing, we have 112 contestants; comparable to last year, but slightly fewer than 2010. Signups will remain open for another week, after which time they will be closed for this year. Our currrent far-away leader is Conradh na Gaeilge Grapple X (submissions), due mostly to his work on a slew of good articles about The X-Files; there remain many such articles waiting to be reviewed at good article candidates. Second place is currently held by Minnesota Ruby2010 (submissions), whose points come mostly from good articles about television episodes, although good article reviews, did you knows and an article about a baroness round out the score. In third place is Mauritius Jivesh boodhun (submissions), who has scored 200 points for his work on a single featured article, as well as points for work on others, mostly in the area of pop music. In all, nine users have 100 or more points. However, at the other end of the scale, there are still dozens of participants who are yet to score. Please remember to update your submission pages promptly!

The 64 highest scoring participants will advance to round 2 in a month's time. There, they will be split into eight random groups of eight. The score needed to reach the next round is not at all clear; last year, 8 points guaranteed a place. The year before, 20.

A few participants and their work warrant a mention for achieving "firsts" in this competition.

  • Florida 12george1 (submissions) was the first to score, with his good article review of Illinois v. McArthur.
  • Florida 12george1 (submissions) was also the first to score points for an article, thanks to his work on Hurricane Debby (1982)- now a good article. Tropical storms have featured heavily in the Cup, and good articles currently have a relatively fast turnaround time for reviews.
  • Russia Sp33dyphil (submissions) was the first to score points for a did you know, with Russian submarine K-114 Tula. Military history is another subject which has seen a lot of Cup activity.
  • Russia Sp33dyphil (submissions) is also the first person to successfully claim bonus points. Terminator 2: Judgment Day is now a good article, and was eligible for bonus points because the subject was covered on more than 20 other Wikipedias at the start of the competition. It is fantastic to see bonus points being claimed so early!
  • Byzantine Empire Speciate (submissions) was the first to score points for an In the News entry, with Paedophryne amauensis. The lead image from the article was also used on the main page for a time, and it's certainly eye-catching!
  • Mauritius Jivesh boodhun (submissions) was the first to score points for a featured article, and is, at the moment, the only competitor to claim for one. The article, "Halo" (Beyoncé Knowles song), was also worth double points because of its wide coverage. While this is an article that Jivesh and others have worked on for some time, it is undeniable that he has put considerable work into it this year, pushing it over the edge.

We are yet to see any featured lists, featured topics or good topics, but this is unsurprising; firstly, the nomination processes with each of these can take some time, and, secondly, it can take a considerable amount of time to work content to this level. In a similar vein, we have seen only one featured article. The requirement that content must have been worked on this year to be eligible means that we did not expect to see these at the start of the competition. No points have been claimed for featured portals or pictures, but these are not content types which are often claimed; the former has never made a big impact on the WikiCup, while the latter has not done so since 2009's competition.

A quick rules clarification before the regular notices: If you are concerned that another user is claiming points inappropriately, please contact a judge to take a look at the article. Competitors policing one another can create a bad atmosphere, and may lead to inconsistencies and mistakes. Rest assured that we, the judges, are making an effort to check submissions, but it is possible that we will miss something. On a loosely related note: 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. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAC, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup. As ever, 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 and The ed17 23:55, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2012 February newsletter

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Round 1 is already over! The 64 highest scorers have progressed to round 2. Our highest scorer was Conradh na Gaeilge Grapple X (submissions), again thanks mostly to a swathe of good articles on The X-Files. In second place was United Kingdom Tigerboy1966 (submissions), thanks an impressive list of did you knows about racehorses. Both scored over 400 points. Following behind with over 300 points were Minnesota Ruby2010 (submissions), Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions), Wisconsin Miyagawa (submissions) and Scotland Casliber (submissions). February also saw the competition's first featured list: List of colleges and universities in North Dakota, from Minnesota Ruby2010 (submissions). At the other end of the scale, 11 points was enough to secure a place in this round, and some contestants with 10 points made it into the round on a tiebreaker. This is higher than the 8 points that were needed last year, but lower than the 20 points required the year before. The number of points required to progress to round 3 will be significantly higher.

The remaining contestants have been split into 8 pools of 8, named A through H. Round two will finish in two months time on 28 April, when the two highest scorers in each pool, as well as the next 16 highest scorers, will progress to round 3. The pools were entirely random, so while some pools may end up being more competitive than others, this is by chance rather than design.

The judges would like to point out two quick rules reminders. First, any content promoted during the interim period (that is, on or after 27 February) is eligible for points in round 2. Second, any content worked on significantly this year is eligible for points if promoted in this round. On a related note, 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. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAC, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which would otherwise be caused by the Cup. As ever, 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) 23:50, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2012 March newsletter

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We are over half way through the second round of this year's WikiCup and things are going well! Conradh na Gaeilge Grapple X (submissions), of Pool B, is our highest overall scorer thanks to his prolific writings on television and film. In second place is Pool H's Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions), thanks primarily to work on biological articles, especially in marine biology and herpetology. Third place goes to Pool E's Scotland Casliber (submissions), who also writes primarily on biology (including ornithology and botany) and has already submitted two featured articles this round. Of the 63 contestants remaining, 15 (just under a quarter) have over 100 points this round. However, 25 are yet to score. Please remember to update your submission pages promptly. 32 contestants, the top two from each pool and the 16 next-highest scorers, will advance to round 3.

Congratulations to Vanuatu Matthewedwards (submissions), whose impressive File:Wacht am Rhein map (Opaque).svg became the competition's first featured picture. Also, congratulations to Florida 12george1 (submissions), who claimed good topic points, our first contestant this year to do so, for his work on Wikipedia:Featured topics/1982 Atlantic hurricane season. This leaves featured topics and featured portals as the only sources of points not yet utilised. However, as recent statistics from Wisconsin Miyagawa (submissions) show, no source has yet been utilised this competition to the same extent it has been previously!

It has been observed that the backlogs at good article candidates are building up again. While the points for good article reviews will be remaining constant, any help that can be offered keeping the backlog down would be appreciated. On a related note, 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. As ever, 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) 23:10, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

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