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Barnstar for greatly expanding the Maryland article about Arthur Pue Gorman FlugKerl (talk) 10:11, 7 September 2013 (UTC)
Thank you! The research has been interesting. —ADavidB 10:16, 7 September 2013 (UTC)

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Spurrier's tavern[edit]

Could you doublecheck the ref below for Mary Surrat Jenkins. The ref only mentions she was "born" in Clinton, but "raised" at Waterloo "The Calvert Property". Calvert owned multiple tobacco plantations, but only the Spurrier's property would have the name Waterloo associated with it.

  • Roy Z. Chamlee. Lincoln's Assassins: A Complete Account of Their Capture, Trial, and Punishment. p. 98.
  • Mistress of Riversdale: The Plantation Letters of Rosalie Stier Calvert. p. 384.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by FlugKerl (talkcontribs) 20:11, 13 November 2013‎ (UTC)

Thanks for the citations; I removed their "ref" tags above so they'd display better here. Some additional sources I've found include:
A primary concern is that many of these sources clearly state that the "Calvert('s) Manor" or "Waterloo" at which Jenkins was born (or raised) was in Prince George's County. Spurrier's was in present-day Howard County, which at that time remained part of a larger Anne Arundel County, not Prince George's County.
We know that "Waterloo" was applied to the former Spurrier property, but we don't know that Calvert or others didn't also apply the name to other property in Prince George's County. Reaching our own conclusion that Jenkins' home was the Waterloo in Howard/Anne Arundel gets into original research, which we need to avoid.
ADavidB 16:27, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
It looks like all of these references are a variation of text from a single source which either mistakenly assumed Waterloo was in P.G., or mistakenly assumed that the Calvert plantation she was raised at was Waterloo. (Calvert bounced from plantation to plantation managing crops and staff, so she may have been both in P.G. and at Waterloo at points in time) Either way a book, record or newspaper reference is not easily available online, but may present itself in the future. It's worth keeping an eye out for. FlugKerl (talk) 15:51, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

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Robinson Nature Center Article[edit]

Thanks for all the cleanup on the articles... As of the acreage citation, take a look on the land plats pictured. On the HO-525 hsitorical document, it shows the land as 23.75 acres. It exactly matches the outline of the current property on the Howard County GIS. It is possible that the newspaper article is off when it mentioned 18 acres, or a portion of the property was "split off" that is not well documented. FlugKerl (talk)

Thanks for the details. I repeated a cite of the HO-636 article which describes it as "22 acres". The hand-drawn acreage on the map looks like it might be a corrected "21.75", with the 'one' written over some other number, combined to look also look like a 'two' or 'three'. —ADavidB 06:32, 10 June 2014 (UTC)[edit]

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Help with Reince Priebus[edit]

Hi ADavidB, I came across your name on the Reince Priebus article's Talk page and wonder if you would have a bit of time to help with some corrections and proposed additions for that article. The largest correction that I'm looking for help with is correcting Priebus's name, which the article currently gives as "Reinhold Reince Priebus" but should be "Reinhold Richard Priebus" (since Reince is a nickname). I'd also like to clarify his parents' names and occupations. In addition, I do have some new material to suggest to expand the information on his education and career.

I'd like to be clear that I do have a financial conflict of interest with this article, since I'm working for RNC to offer these suggestions, so I won't make any direct edits to the article. The corrections and proposed additions are outlined on the article's Talk page here. If you're able to take a look, it would be great if you could leave me any comments there and make any changes you think look ok. Thanks, 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 23:54, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

Another editor and I have updated Priebus's name in the article, and I've made some changes to the "Early life and education" section. —ADavidB 14:49, 12 December 2014 (UTC)
Thanks so much, I appreciate you making those changes. Do you have any thoughts on the changes I suggested but that you haven't made? 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 22:01, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

Arundel High School edits[edit]

Hi there, I've been noticing some of your edits on Arundel High School. Some have been very helpful, such as the Wildcat Hour and Notable Graduates section. However, the one about the "Violence" does not really belong there. The reason is because "Violence" would refer to violence being a usual occurrence. There have been several schools with similar incidents, but over time, the topic of the incident becomes less important, such as the former Broadneck High School "pit" incidents, and the student that was beaten at South River High School and had to be taken to the hospital for immediate emergency care. The incident was not the first of its kind, it did not cause any controversy, so therefore it is not noteworthy. It was just a fight that got out of hand. An example of something noteworthy would be if similar incidents occurred, or if they caused controversy, such as the Meade High School incidents in the "Past Problems" section. Again, I thank you for your contributions, and want to let you know of some certain things.

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I believe in neutrality and continue to disagree with your reasoning for omitting any notice of the incident wherein 8 students were arrested only weeks ago. This news was significant enough to be covered in both Washington and Baltimore, as evidenced by the provided source citations. If you have reliable sources (e.g. not Arundel staff, students, or parents) who support your belief that it was minor, then that info could be included as well. The sentence was in the Wildcat Hour section; it doesn't have to be in its own section, but you removed it from where it was. Perhaps it would better be placed at the end of the Students section before Best Buddies. It's simply too recent for removal. —ADavidB 01:49, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
Eight arrests? That seems like far more than an ordinary school fight. At least this edit should be discussed on the article's talk page. I'm going to restore it for now and inform Itscatsseason. Meters (talk) 02:20, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

Yes, LOCAL news covered the incident, just like LOCAL news covered the Broadneck and South River incidents. That happens. However there is such thing as "old news," and that's what this incident will be in a few months, so there is no need for it being on the wiki page. Just two school years ago, Annapolis High School had a very similar incident, yet it's not on their wiki page, nor does it affect the school at all today. Itscatsseason (talk) 02:25, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

Please take it to the article's talk page so all interested parties can see it. I've already started it. Meters (talk) 02:31, 6 January 2015 (UTC) check-in[edit]

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My new SAI competition article[edit]

Hi Adavidb,
As you saw, I've just launched my new article on the Sweet Adelines International competition - and sub-articles for the detailed competition results for the 2010s in both choruses and quartets. As you can imagine, it's been a HUGE effort to make this article :-) As the person who has created the most articles in this field I thought I'd drop you a line to say hi, and ask if you'd like to help me start making the earlier decades' articles? I hope you don't mind but I've now redirected the List of quartet winners article that you created to my new one as they cover the same content. If you'd like I can give you a rundown of how to use the template I've had built to handle displaying the scores for each year's comps - Template:Sweet Adelines International Competition year table row (if the documentation isn't clear). Sincerely, Wittylama 14:01, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

I don't mind the redirect. My time is more limited lately, but as available I'll take a look at the template you mentioned and see about working on the prior decades' articles. I advise inclusion of numerous reliable sources, since some editors are very particular about notability requirements and seek deletion of articles considered unworthy. Thanks for your editing. —ADavidB 21:39, 25 April 2015 (UTC) account[edit]

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I read the thread, and I'm fully in agreement with it, as I understand it is refers to navigational links. The link in question is an external reference, a concept which is fully supported by Wikipedia. If you're going to insist on such a literal and out-of-context interpretation of the statement in the (unofficial) guidance from WP:NAV, you had better censor out the stat_ref parameter setting from all instances of Template:Largest cities! That would be in error, in my opinion, as there would be no source citation for verification. —ADavidB 18:05, 12 July 2015 (UTC)
Navboxes across wikipedia aren't sourced. They are for internal wikipedia links to common articles. Articles have the sources. Go to the talk page for NAVBOX and raise this subject as I said in my last edit summary....William 18:28, 12 July 2015 (UTC)
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I'm not sure why you reverted my edit here. The data was from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is likely to be more accurate and less biased than data from a local newspaper or the city police department. Thank you. Magnolia677 (talk) 15:01, 15 January 2017 (UTC)

The changes I undid began by stating an even 300 murders in 2015. On checking the CDC source provided, I found no reference to this number (and still don't). Perhaps the info is buried and needs to be searched again, though the original 'jssesionid' in the link seems to have already expired. I believe the well-established Baltimore Sun (currently sourced to show 344 homicides that year) is generally considered a reliable source, despite being "a local newspaper", and I see another citation from it was kept later in the paragraph you edited. —ADavidB 20:34, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
The CDC stated 300 homicides, and also that this was the highest for any county in the United States in 2015. This is notable. There's a wide discrepancy between the police data and the CDC. I'll start a discussion on the talk page. Thanks. Magnolia677 (talk) 20:48, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
I'll watch for the talk page discussion. You may know, but in case not, Baltimore city is independent of Baltimore County. I'm interested in what search options you specified to get total homicide numbers. If you have a reliable source on the wide discrepancy you mentioned, that info can be included. —ADavidB 02:15, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

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Bannon images[edit]

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Theodore Roosevelt[edit]

Your continual meddling with U.S. English punctuation in the sentence ending "he proclaims it the 'party of the people,' in contrast with the other major parties," is quite annoying. Please direct your attention to the following passages in WP:MOS

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Obviously, an article about a president of the U.S. has "strong ties to a particular English-speaking nation," the United States. Further, the rest of the article follows U.S. English style with regard to punctuation, which is as it should be.

Kindly cease and desist from inserting British English punctuation into this article. Thank you. Sca (talk) 17:29, 10 April 2017 (UTC)

I believe you are mistaken in applying nation-specific punctuation style to articles here, with spelling and word meaning what's meant with regard to articles with strong ties to a particular English-speaking nation. I clearly showed MOS:COMMA as my source for an guideline, which also links to MOS:QUOTEMARKS and MOS:TQ. Your preference being changed twice (for this stated purpose) does not constitute "continual meddling"; kindly cease and desist from such exaggeration. To continue your quotations of style passages, here's one from MOS:TQ that's very direct to my point.
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On the English Wikipedia, use the "logical quotation" style in all articles, regardless of the variety of English in which they are written.
ADavidB 19:09, 10 April 2017 (UTC)
Mistaken? Why?
I can assure you that, based on my four decades' experience with U.S. media and publishing, the punctuation style you insist on is not accepted practice in U.S. English. Nor do I accept it, regardless of what anyone at Wikipedia may decree. Wiki is not the final authority on questions of language. Sca (talk) 00:03, 11 April 2017 (UTC)
This apparent statement that you'll only agree to Wikipedia guidelines if they agree with what you consider correct outside Wikipedia... explains a lot. My response is that we should defer to Wikipedia guidelines for Wikipedia articles, and other guidelines for written content not on Wikipedia. Further, if an editor wants a guideline changed, I believe the process in place should be used to draw support and potentially bring about that change. —ADavidB 03:05, 11 April 2017 (UTC)

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May 2017[edit]

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The edit you linked was after mine, by Editosaurus. Please be more careful in your identification of unconstructive edits. —ADavidB 15:18, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

Spatini in Template:Tomato sauces[edit]

I placed Spatini under Manufacturers and Brands in Template:Tomato sauces because I believe that Spatini is a registered trademark owned by the only company that manufactures it (McCormick & Company's subsidiary, Lawry's). You moved Spatini to Varieties because you said it's a variety now made by various companies. Respectfully, may I ask if you could possibly say what other company besides the trademark owner, McCormick & Company's subsidiary Lawry's, now also makes Spatini? AlineXu (talk) 06:11, 11 June 2017 (UTC)

The Spatini sauce article states that it used to be manufactured by Spatini Co. (their brand) but since 2007 has been made by Lipton, Unilever, and McCormick. (A clarification that only the last of these presently produces it was not in the article when I made my edits.) I took this to mean it became a variety produced by these companies, rather than its own separate brand. If this is incorrect, please make changes, optimally including references for verification. —ADavidB 11:06, 11 June 2017 (UTC)
Thanks! Your updates were greatly helpful in getting the Spatini sauce article polished and fully up to Wikipedia standards. AlineXu (talk) 20:45, 12 June 2017 (UTC)
Your're welcome, and ... thanks for your thanks. —ADavidB 20:49, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

Request for the David Trone article[edit]


Hello! I see you are an active longtime contributor, and a member of WikiProject Maryland. I submitted an edit request for the David Trone (who has run for office in MD) article, which you can see here, with a couple updates and links to consider adding to the article. I am submitting the request on behalf of Mr. Trone and Hickman Analytics, and since I cannot edit the article myself, I am trying to find an uninvolved editor to review the proposed update and copy over appropriately.

I don't think reviewing the edit request would take long since I've provided specific text and markup for easier copying and pasting. If you're not interested, no problem, but might you be wiling to help with this request? I've posted notes asking for help at WikiProjects Biography, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, but so far no one has replied. Thanks for your consideration. Inkian Jason (talk) 17:16, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

The edit request has been answered, so I am marking this section as resolved. Thanks! Inkian Jason (talk) 17:12, 1 August 2017 (UTC)

adding info about Jim Henry[edit]

So I created my first article, and picked Jim Henry, as he seems notable as the 'biggest man in barbershop' I seem to be having trouble conveying his notability. Any thoughts?

SingoutLOUD (talk) 20:29, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

Congrat's on your first article. It can be difficult to find reliable independent sources, and that has kept me from creating some articles, and even resulted in one of mine (also barbershop-related) being deleted. Since much of Dr. Henry's info is from barbershop and minor media sources, that can be a hindrance. I've found those who review draft articles are generally a hard sell. Contrary to one commenter's remark, Henry doesn't have to make the New York Times. The objective is to present what makes him stand out the most. The lead/first paragraph, especially, should summarize why he's notable.
There are some style issues with the current draft; for example, see MOS:DOCTOR. While minor, getting past most of these can also help with getting an article approved. Mainly concentrating on establishing notability, I'd change the first paragraph to a summary of what the article presents about him. Something like:
"James Henry (born 1964) is a vocal music professor, bass singer, and multiple international award-winning quartet member and chorus director. His quartets have appeared nationally on the NBC, PBS, and Fox television networks. Henry is the current director of choral studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and a contributing author of widely used musical reference works."
The rest of the article then needs to continue with this, expanding in an encyclopedic way on what he has done and still does. It should concentrate on him, and not too much on related subjects. His early life/education should be in a separate section, after the opening paragraph. Since barbershop is where much of his notability rests, I'd concentrate there on the significance of his accomplishments, such as the international nature of the largest organization of male a cappella singers, and his achieving its top awards with multiple groups in multiple years. The Awards section should probably be trimmed a great deal, only including the most significant awards from the largest organizations (i.e. BHS international and CASA). I think quality rather than quantity is best in that area. Let me know if you have questions, and whether you'd like me to make edits of my own to the draft.
ADavidB 10:48, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

After getting rejected twice I got a bit disenchanted, but I added some additional citations and it made it into the article space. I didn't change the substance of the entry, really just fleshed it out with more substantive articles and links. Any edits to make it more 'encyclopedic' are appreciated. Thanks for the help! SingoutLOUD (talk) 20:41, 25 August 2017 (UTC)

Contest a Speedy deletion.[edit]

Hello Adavidb

I have been helping to edit the Finest Hour (quartet) page but it is now being proposed for speedy deletion. Please could you help me to contest this as I am very new to wikipedia and you have much more knowledge than me.

Many thanks jonathan123484 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jonathan123494 (talkcontribs) 16:49, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

I've added an entry to the article's talk page, and removed the speedy deletion template from the article. Provided this halts or delays its speedy deletion, the article very much needs more citations from reliable sources that demonstrate the quartet's notability, and support everything written about it, including its history. Some rewording should be considered, perhaps framing the quartet's accomplishments similarly to how I wrote about them on its talk page. Reliable media sources would be especially helpful. —ADavidB 19:04, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
The article made it under the wire, with a "keep" decision finally made today. Please continue to add information (from independent, reliable sources) as it occurs. —ADavidB 17:09, 3 September 2017 (UTC)

A cookie for you![edit]

Choco chip cookie.png Thanks for taking out all the incorrect wiki-links on the BABs quartet page! ‡ Єl Cid, Єl Caɱ̩peador ᐐT₳LKᐬ 12:57, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

Education in Arkansas[edit]

If you have time, could you look at the doodle at the bottom of my sandbox? ''Paul, in Saudi'' (talk) 13:36, 27 August 2017 (UTC)

I took a look at the "Education in Arkansas" section you have there. I figure you intend to submit it as a separate article (to replace the current redirect to Arkansas#Education) and seek suggestions. You may want to include much of what is already in the Education section of the Arkansas article, and expand on it in the separate article. A lot more content might be added, perhaps borrowing ideas from other states' "Education in" articles. There are some minor style/grammar corrections to be made, such as removing the hyphen after "junior" and adding an "s" at the end of the first sentence. The "Rank" column in the Funding section's table needs to be bolded as a heading, by putting a "!" in front of it rather than a "|". The Timeline section is okay in general, except for the first item being incomplete; I'd suggest putting a "*" at the beginning of each entry to make them list items, and perhaps setting off the text from the year, by adding a ":" or spaced en dash ("–") after each year. A References section would be needed, of course, with the usual {{References}} template. When repeating a source citation, the convention used here is to name it (by adding "name=some-name" to the initial 'ref' tag), and then using only "<ref name=some-name />" for the repeated uses. Let me know if you have specific questions. —ADavidB 16:49, 27 August 2017 (UTC)
I value your comments. If you can, take a look at it in a few days. It may be better, or perhaps abandoned by me if I am distracted by a shiny object. I have found a wonderful old document I am chewing on today. Later I will raid the Arkansas#Education section. "Young contributors borrow, mature editors steal." ''Paul, in Saudi'' (talk) 04:01, 28 August 2017 (UTC)

Merger discussion for Club Penguin Rewritten[edit]


An article that you have been involved in editing—Club Penguin Rewritten—has been proposed for merging with another article. If you are interested, please participate in the merger discussion. Thank you. Epicandrew1220 (talk) 17:27, 28 September 2017 (UTC)

Re: Total Wine & More[edit]

Thanks again for updating the David Trone and Total Wine & More articles. Currently, the latter article's "History" section says, "In 2016, Total Wine was served with a license suspension by the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission for selling liquor below its costs, a loss leader pricing strategy not allowed within the state's liquor industry. Total Wine sued the state's regulators to have the penalty overturned." I'm not sure if you're aware, but at least according to this source, the suspension was overturned. Letting you know in case the article should be updated with this additional information. Inkian Jason (talk) 20:02, 3 November 2017 (UTC)

I hadn't seen the story about the result of the case, and have updated the Total Wine article accordingly. —ADavidB 04:10, 4 November 2017 (UTC)

Rudy Moise[edit]

Thank you for your recent changes (especially clean-up) to this article; I really need to start proof-reading my submissions better. Face-confused.svg Care to offer a vote in its AfD? Face-smile.svg Savvyjack23 (talk) 13:23, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

You're welcome. AdD entry added. —ADavidB 19:35, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Edits to August 21 Eclipse[edit]

I believe some of your recent edits to Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 made some revisions to date formats, but also did this when dates were used in image filenames. I'm not sure if you were using a bot or not, but obviously images will not display if their names are changed or corrupted. Thanks for your attention to this.—OhioOakTree (talk) 14:56, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I used the User:Ohconfucius/script/MOSNUM dates script, and hadn't considered that it could (and did) also change dates within filenames. I will watch for this in the future. —ADavidB 03:50, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

Women in Red World Contest[edit]

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ArbCom 2017 election voter message[edit]

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Runner-up error[edit]

Please don't replace all those runner-ups in tennis articles as it is correct as is. Per conversations and consensus when used in this particular instance (tallying the number of runner-up placing) it is runner-ups, not runners-up. Most of the time you would be correct with runners-up, but when in this form "Singles: 26 (10 titles, 16 runner-ups)", runner-ups is the correct spelling. It has taken tennis project a long time to get these corrected (and we still aren't done). Thanks. Fyunck(click) (talk) 04:07, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Thank you. —ADavidB 05:09, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Copyeditor Barnstar Hires.png The Copyeditor's Barnstar
Thank you for repeatedly correcting my—awful—spelling and grammar on Presidency of George Washington. Eddie891 Talk Work 14:26, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
You're welcome. —ADavidB 07:07, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Missouri S&T Help[edit]

Thanks for all your help editing and adding to the Missouri S&T projects I've been working on. Jmnbqb (talk) 06:00, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

You're welcome. —ADavidB 07:08, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Prince George's County, Maryland[edit]

Hi, Adavidb. To answer your question, I'm referring to MOS:POINTS. Cheers, (talk) 22:22, 26 January 2018 (UTC)

Nicole Lapin and Jack Dorsey[edit]

Dear Administrator: In the article devoted to Nicole Lapin, the reference no. 58 is not related to Jack Dorsey:

Soleil222 (talk) 18:00, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

I'm not an administrator for Wikipedia, though agree the web site linked in that reference citation did not support a dating relationship between Lapin and Jack Dorsey. Thus, I removed that citation. —ADavidB 03:39, 29 January 2018 (UTC)

Reference Tool[edit]


I noticed you added extra info to the references on List of Missouri University of Science and Technology alumni, and I was wondering if there was a tool or gadget that you used to get that info. Also, I'm trying to use cite templates instead of making references from scratch, and I was curious what all automation or usage that gives you. All I know is that it helps with bots tracking dead URLs.

Thanks, Jmnbqb (talk) 22:46, 10 February 2018 (UTC)

I made the changes you mentioned "by hand". Early in my wiki editing I was advised to use 'cite' templates. I 'resisted', but found that they do promote consistent display formatting, and will identify errors during a 'show preview' if something is needed and not provided, or if dates are not formatted properly. I've dabbled with the reFill tool, though I have yet to catch on to using it. —ADavidB 23:35, 10 February 2018 (UTC)

Hallmark Channel criticism section[edit]

Do not add criticism section to this article as they are considered biased against the subject per WP:CRITS. It was rightly removed. Spshu (talk) 14:25, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

It is not a section on criticism. It is a section on censorship, in which the Hallmark Channel openly engages. I did not add the section, though I did restore and update it per WP:NPOVHOW. Reliable sources were included to report a problem the subject encountered with this practice. Criticism is noted, as well as a view that the affect is only mild. I believe outright removal of all such content is misguided and not in accordance with policy. If the section title is of primary concern, I'm fine with changing it. —ADavidB 14:38, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

Can you explain ...[edit]

Can you explain this edit, which changed "full proof" to "foolproof"? Paul August 00:22, 7 March 2018 (UTC)

As the edit summary shows, I was using the AWB utility. While I visually scan AWB's edit suggestions before applying them, I didn't catch and intercept this incorrect one. Thanks for reviewing the edit; I see that this part of it is now corrected. —ADavidB 07:06, 7 March 2018 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request for Theodore Roosevelt[edit]

Some sources I found to add for the "assassination attempt" section.

"Schrank was immediately disarmed, captured and might have been lynched had Roosevelt not shouted for Schrank to remain unharmed.[1] Roosevelt assured the crowd he was all right, then ordered police to take charge of Schrank and to make sure no violence was done to him."[2]


  1. ^ "The Bull Moose and related media". Archived from the original on March 8, 2010. Retrieved March 8, 2010. to make sure that no violence was done.
  2. ^ Remey, Oliver E.; Cochems, Henry F.; Bloodgood, Wheeler P. (1912). The Attempted Assassination of Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The Progressive Publishing Company. p. 192.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:02, 7 March 2018 (UTC)‎

Thanks. Though delayed, I've updated the article with this content. —ADavidB 12:55, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Marlon Bundo books has been nominated for Did You Know[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgHello, Adavidb. Marlon Bundo books, an article you either created or to which you significantly contributed,has been nominated to appear on Wikipedia's Main Page as part of Did you knowDYK comment symbol. You can see the hook and the discussion here. You are welcome to participate! Thank you. APersonBot (talk!) 12:01, 20 March 2018 (UTC)


Hi there! Who's the administrator? Something's happened and I need to talk to him: Regards. Soleil222 (talk) 10:28, 11 April 2018 (UTC)

To contact an administrator, you can post to the administrator's noticeboard. —ADavidB 10:56, 11 April 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 29 April 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that a children's book illustrated by Gerald Kelley parodies another children's book written by Charlotte Pence about her pet rabbit Marlon Bundo (pictured) by portraying him as gay? You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 12:02, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

You're right.[edit]

Thanks for the correction. It will be interesting to see where the investigations and prosecutions go.

Jack Ruby died unconvicted of the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald. Activist (talk) 12:36, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

Pence infobox[edit]

You had an extra "I" in relatives 😉... so it wouldn't show since it was spelled relatiives... I fixed it! Corky 06:59, 9 May 2018 (UTC)

Thanks! —ADavidB 07:09, 9 May 2018 (UTC)


Is this picture copyrighted it the guy that did those vandalism edits on Toys R’ Us. He used it as his own work

File:Bandera del Estado Clarin.jpg ARMcgrath (talk) 20:34, 15 May 2018 (UTC)

The center logo certainly appears to not be his "own work", as it is used at (Clarín (Argentine newspaper)). Text on that web page is in Spanish, though at the bottom there is a copyright notice with references to intellectual property registration and proprietary graphical art. There is no Argentine state/province named "Clarín", nor did I find any municipality by that name. —ADavidB 05:22, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
I've nominated the image for deletion. —ADavidB 06:07, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for resolving the problem. The second I saw that i found it fishy along with two others that he posted. Happy Wiki ARMcgrath (talk) 07:32, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

Refactoring quotes[edit]

Please pay attention to what you are editing when you remove content based on MOS:NOTE. Where "remember that" appears in a quote, it must remain. We do not revise quotes to align with advice and policies intended only to govern content written in the encyclopedia's voice. General Ization Talk 15:11, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

Thanks. I missed the "blockquote" tag in one such edit. In the other, there is no clear indication that it's a direct quotation. —ADavidB 15:20, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
Except that the sentence that introduces the section reads "An assessment by the classical scholar Percy Gardner in the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition reads:" and that the following paragraphs, including the one you edited, are contained within a {{quote}} template. This is often a problem with attempts to apply policies to articles en masse; you really must read each article carefully to know if and how the policy applies. Thanks. General Ization Talk 15:25, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
Acknowledged —ADavidB 16:03, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

Young cats.jpg

impressive! thank you!

Shushugah (talk) 23:06, 20 May 2018 (UTC)

Bill de Blasio and Hernández[edit]

Thanks for your recent edits of the Wikipedia article on Bill de Blasio. I have one concern:

  • I see "<ref name="Hernández">" multiple places. I'm surprised it doesn't give an error: A construct like "<ref name="Hernández">{{...}}" should appear only once. Other references to that same citation should appear as "<ref name="Hernández"/>".

What am I missing?

DavidMCEddy (talk) 22:46, 27 May 2018 (UTC)

That is odd. The AWB utility named them all, but didn't follow through and use just the name for the repeats. I went ahead and did that last part manually, and will be on the lookout for similar shortfalls in my future use of AWB. I'll also have to see about reporting the issue to the AWB programmers. Thanks for pointing it out. —ADavidB 23:16, 27 May 2018 (UTC)

New Page Patrol?[edit]

Hi Adavidb,

I've recently been looking for editors to invite to join New Page Patrol, and after reviewing your editing history, I think you would be a good candidate. Reviewing/patrolling a page doesn't take much time but it requires a good understanding of Wikipedia policies and guidelines; we could use some additional help from an experienced user like yourself.

Would you please consider becoming a New Page Reviewer? (After gaining the flag, patrolling is not mandatory. One can do it at their convenience). But kindly read the tutorial before making your decision. If you choose to apply, you can drop an application over at WP:PERM/NPR.

Cheers, and hope to see you around, — Insertcleverphrasehere (or here) 21:23, 23 June 2018 (UTC)


I noticed your helpful edits to the post I'd made regarding the GRU's hacking last fall. I went to see if any other sources had the news and those which did, i.e., Vox, Slate, had also credited the Daily Beast's coverage. I'd made a similar post to the article covering the 2018 U.S. Missouri Senate election, so I reworded that latter more thoughtfully. Clearly, the Beast reporter took the initiative to review the evidence in the John Doe case and discovered what Microsoft either chose not to publicize or might have missed, the specific race involving what is thought by some to be the most vulnerable Democratic Senate incumbent. The reporter was not able to identify the other two targeted (House?) candidates. Anyway, here's my modified post to the 2018 election article, in case you might want to incorporate some of it into your standing edits: On July 26, 2018, the Daily Beast reported that Microsoft had discovered that in September 2017, that GRUFancy Bear” hackers, who had interfered in the 2016 presidential election, had launched pfishing attacks against three presumed Democratic 2018 candidates. A "screen shot" that Microsoft had filed as documentary evidence in a "John Doe"-defendant court case was analyzed by a Daily Beast reporter. It showed that a McCaskill staff aide's email had been targeted in an apparent scheme to defeat her reelection efforts. Activist (talk) 19:14, 27 July 2018 (UTC)

Brian Evans (singer)[edit]

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am Brian Evans. I was never married, I am still a singer, and “Horrorscope” was never a graphic novel, but a novel. The sourced articles had misinformation. I have never been married in my life. I have a concert coming up in November, and Horrorscope 3 is a trilogy of novel. Your sourced review calls it a graphic novel, but the article you are sourcing was a paid review by the publisher and not an actual Kirkus review (it was a sponsored and paid review). TQ112 (talk) 07:59, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for your input. As the subject of the article, you should familiarize yourself with Wikipedia's conflict of interest guideline. —ADavidB 08:09, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Keep an eye on your "minor" edits flag.[edit]

You just did a couple edits to Ralph Shortey, and while one was indeed minor, one of them added both information and a source, so it doesn't qualify as minor, and should not have been flagged as such. Please try to avoid that in the future. --Nat Gertler (talk) 13:30, 24 September 2018 (UTC)

Acknowledged —ADavidB 13:43, 24 September 2018 (UTC)