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Books and Bytes - Issue 14[edit]

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Issue 14, October-November 2015
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  • New donations - Gale, Brill, plus Finnish and Farsi resources
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The Interior, via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:12, 10 December 2015 (UTC)

Books & Bytes - Issue 15[edit]

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Issue 15, December-January 2016
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The Interior via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:19, 19 February 2016 (UTC)

Your edit to Malcolm X[edit]

Hi. I saw that you changed Malcolm X to say that Attallah Shabazz is "incorrectly reported to have been named after Attila the Hun". I'm wondering why you think the reports are incorrect. In his autobiography, Malcolm X wrote "Attallah, our oldest daughter, was born in November 1958. She's named for Attila the Hun (he sacked Rome)." Malcolm X was wrong about the historical Attila—he invaded Italy but didn't sack Rome—but I imagine he knew for whom he and his wife named their daughter. Betty Shabazz's biographer, Russell J. Rickford, also writes that Malcolm X borrowed Attallah's name from Attila the Hun.

In a 1992 interview, Attallah Shabazz said she was not named after Attila, but instead her name was Arabic for "the gift of God". And we cite that alternative possibility in Malcolm X as well. Like I said, if you've got further information that the article is incorrect, I'd like to know because I'd like it to be fixed. Thank you. — Malik Shabazz Talk/Stalk 22:59, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

I based that edit on the source that reports Attallah's statement that she was not named after Attila. But you're right, if her mother says she was, then she was. Thanks for contacting me about it.
Attallah is also correct, though, in saying that Attallah is an Arabic name unrelated to the name Attila. So Malcolm and Betty seem to have been misinformed when they chose their daughter's name.
I'm concerned that tossing out parentheses about the couple naming two of their daughters after medieval warlords might be undue emphasis without more context. The context might belong in articles about the daughters; something I guess about the historical myths disseminated within the Nation of Islam at the time. I'm assuming that Elijah Muhammad taught that Attila and Kublai were in some sense Muslim heroes, or at least enemies of the depraved whiteman. With or without context, though, few readers are going to think that Attila and Kublai are appropriate namesakes for girls. So the parentheses seem to demand more explanation if they are left in.
I'll revert my edit for now, because it is incorrect. — ob C. alias ALAROB 15:37, 23 February 2016 (UTC)
Never mind; you've already reverted; thanks!
What do you say to removing the parenthetical statements and discussing the daughters' names in context? You know the sources better than I. — ob C. alias ALAROB 15:47, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

Books & Bytes - Issue 16[edit]

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Issue 16, February-March 2016
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  • New donations - science, humanities, and video resources
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  • A new cite archive template, a new coordinator, plus conference and Visiting Scholar updates
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The Interior via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 15:16, 14 April 2016 (UTC)

Books & Bytes - Issue 17[edit]

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Issue 17, April-May 2016
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  • New donations this month - a German-language legal resource
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  • New library stats, WikiCon news, a bot to reveal Open Access versions of citations, and more!

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The Interior via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:36, 16 June 2016 (UTC)

Contests[edit]

User:Dr. Blofeld has created Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/Contests. The idea is to run a series of contests/editathons focusing on each region of Africa. He has spoken to Wikimedia about it and $1000-1500 is possible for prize money. As someone who has previously expressed interest in African topics, would you be interested in contributing to one or assisting draw up core article/missing article lists? He says he's thinking of North Africa for an inaugural one in October. If interested please sign up in the participants section of the Contest page, thanks.♦ --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 01:10, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Books & Bytes - Issue 18[edit]

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Issue 18, June–July 2016
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  • New donations - Edinburgh University Press, American Psychological Association, Nomos (a German-language database), and more!
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The Interior via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 23:25, 31 August 2016 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 19[edit]

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Issue 19, September–October 2016
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  • New and expanded donations - Foreign Affairs, Open Edition, and many more
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19:07, 1 November 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject United States/The 50,000 Challenge[edit]

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ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, Alarob. Voting in the 2016 Arbitration Committee elections is open from Monday, 00:00, 21 November through Sunday, 23:59, 4 December to all unblocked users who have registered an account before Wednesday, 00:00, 28 October 2016 and have made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday, 00:00, 1 November 2016.

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Books and Bytes - Issue 20[edit]

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Issue 20, November-December 2016
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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 23:59, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 21[edit]

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Issue 21, January-March 2017
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Attention: WikiProject African diaspora participants[edit]

Hello fellow project participants. Not sure how many users are still active as normal Wikipedia editors but felt the need to attempt to get a gauge on who can be called on for help with articles falling under the umbrella of the African diaspora project. According to the project's article table there are over six thousand articles related to the African diaspora; there's not a hundred at FA/GA grade and there's over twelve hundred that are unassessed. With Wikipedia being one of the major information reference points in the world today we should consider this unacceptable. Much work needs to be done on the rating of the importance of articles as well. With more communication amongst participants and a dedication to addressing the articles on the to-do list I believe we can make this WikiProject one of the most well organized and thorough on the site. If you are interested in collaborative work with some of your fellow project members, have certain expertise on any particular subjects, ideals on/about the WikiProject, etc. simply drop your name under the "Project revision" section I've created on the project's talk page and state your intentions and main points of interest in our WikiProject and we can attempt to move forward from there. Hoping to hear from everyone soon! WikiGuy86 (talk) 03:13, 24 April 2017 (UTC)