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Operation Nordwind order of battle

Hello i didn't find anything on the template that explain why i got decline if you don't mind could you explain so that i could improve it Thanks —Preceding comment added by (talk) 00:28, 14 December 2010 (UTC)

Hello, the problem is lists of military units in a particular battle are usually not listed in a separate article. It is usually listed in the article on the battle in the information box {see Siege of Yorktown for an example. Separate lists are not made unless it is too long. I hope that helps, if you have any other questions please feel free to ask me. Best, Alpha Quadrant talk 00:45, 14 December 2010 (UTC)

Don't you think its too long if not could you help in where i should put it on the main page —Preceding comment added by (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 00:53, 14 December 2010 (UTC).

It would probably be best to list it under the "strength section of the information box. Alpha Quadrant talk 01:18, 14 December 2010 (UTC)
Don't you think it should have something in-depth kinda like the Battle of the Bulge order of battle which is link the main page. can this page be just like that? comment added by —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:28, 14 December 2010 (UTC)

Playcast Media Systems

I have no idea if this is posted in the right place. I am new to Wikipedia and I would appreciate some more detailed comment as to why my first submission - Playcast Media Systems - was not acceptable. I've tried to keep it brief and backed up as much as possible with relevant sources/references, never expanding on anything other than was listed on these websites. I would very much appreciate your assistance on this, outlining what I need to do to get it accepted as your Talk was not very detailed and I was unsure.

Dtpl01753Dtpl01753 (talk) 14:15, 1 December 2010 (UTC)

Apologies, the last review was made by one of the new members of the project. I have left him a note that resubmitted submissions should have a full review before declining. The issues were addressed and I have accepted. Best, --Alpha Quadrant talk 14:41, 1 December 2010 (UTC)

That's great, many thanks for the input. I now feel more confident to add more pages to Wikipedia. Thanks for the prompt reply, very much appreciated. Dtpl01753 (talk) 11:13, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

WP Star Trek

FYI-The problem was with this change, that was causing the title on the main project page to show "Special Changes": [1]. I think it's fixed now. (hopefully!) --Funandtrvl (talk) 03:13, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

Actually, if you could somehow have the "changes" template display this page from toolserver: [2], that would even be better, since it shows all changes in the articles that have talk pgs linked to the project's talk banner template. --Funandtrvl (talk) 05:12, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
I see that you reverted my attempted corrections. I still do not understand why the WP:Star trek main page is showing "Special:RecentChangesLinked/Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Star Trek articles by quality log" in its title in IE8. Do you have any suggestions that would return the project page's title to display WP:WikiProject Star Trek? --Funandtrvl (talk) 20:06, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
I have tried on a few occasions (and failed) to fix the title. The new recent changes feed was including entries from the userspace and was not including all of the articles. WikiProject Stargate has the same problem. A few WikiProject have overcome this issue. You could ask there. Best, --Alpha Quadrant talk 20:15, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

Scott Harrison (charity founder)

Hi Alpha Quadrant,

Thanks for reviewing my page on Scott Harrison. This was my first attempt at a Wikipedia article, so I appreciate any feedback I can get. I resubmitted based on your suggestion to apply NPOV to the charity: water section. Let me know if it could use more work.


Tayocol —Preceding unsigned comment added by Tayocol (talkcontribs) 04:21, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

Yes, the issues have been addressed. I have accepted. --Alpha Quadrant talk 02:38, 28 November 2010 (UTC)


Hello Alpha, I have added the info you suggested on the page, could you please take a look at my layout?

Thank you Elika2010 (talk) 04:36, 15 November 2010 (UTC)


there shouldn't be a problem with copyright, i have written these words/articles FOR these sites. Please get back with me.

Articles cannot be from other sources. Wikipedia does not have permission from the site to use the text. In any event, articles need to be written in a Neutral point of view and information added to articles needs to be referenced to reliable sources, such as newspapers or online articles. I hope this helps, --Alpha Quadrant talk 20:05, 15 November 2010 (UTC)


Thanks for your input and yes please tell me how to set one up. Also is removing the msg's of my talk page against Wikipedia's TOS?TucsonDavid (talk) 13:50, 16 November 2010 (UTC)

Question 20 at RfA

I'm not ignoring the question, but it deserves more than a snap answer - I have some pressing work issues to address today, may get a break this afternoon, but more likely this evening US EST.--SPhilbrickT 14:51, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

That is quite alright. No rush, I can wait. --Alpha Quadrant talk 15:45, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Michael J. O'Kelly

Hi Alpha -- Thank you so much for your help with my first article. I learned much about the process, and from your changes too. I do appriciate it. Timothy Hawkins-Heathco (talk) 00:26, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Hello Alpha Quadrant, Thanks for reviewing the Lisa Bradley entry. I'm not sure how to make the tone more neutral. Should I add more references to the article? Thanks a lot for your advice! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Blueridinghood (talkcontribs) 14:20, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

For you :)

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The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
This is just to let you know, I have listed you as "friendly person" on my friendly userpage :) Sophie (Talk) 16:32, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

WP:USPP assessments

Hi Alpha Quadrant, just wanted to check in on your state w/r/t the article assessments for the Public Policy Initiative -- are you still interested in helping out? I have another round ready to go, but I still could really use some help on the last two if you have time. The second half of Round 1 is here and Round 2 is here. For the second one, we opened it up for you to choose from a list of articles. We need at least three reviews of each article, so please choose to review articles that have only one or two reviews done so far. Thanks! --Ldavis (Public Policy) (talk) 18:12, 18 November 2010 (UTC)


I Alpha Quadrant I have add a adoption link on my page and since you seam very helpful and where listed on the adoption page I thought I would ask you to be my adopter. (talk) 20:29, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Hello, it appears you edited logged out. I would be happy to adopt you. Can you reply logged in, so I know who I have adopted? Thank you, --Alpha Quadrant talk 20:34, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Sorry I didn't know I edited logged out. ThanksTucsonDavid (talk) 15:34, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

ACC reservation

Hey Alpha Quadrant, I was wondering if you're still online; you have a request reserved in your name on the ACC tool for the past several hours, and I wanted to see what the delay on it was. If you're not able to action the request, please drop the reservation so someone else can take it. Thanks. Hersfold (t/a/c) 01:41, 19 November 2010 (UTC)


Hi Alpha Quadrant I have add a adoption link on my page and since you seam very helpful and where listed on the adoption page I thought I would ask you to be my adopter. I asked you before but I was not logged in. TucsonDavid (talk) 19:36, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

Declined new article

Why would you fail Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Taqi al-Din Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Fasi? Please read Non-English sources. This article is perfectly acceptable as it references reputable history books. If an article can be created, and kept, with no references whatsoever, why can't we keep an article that is fully referenced in another language?Supertouch (talk) 13:32, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

Re: article

Hi Alpha, Cjack22 here. I am wondering if I could get some specific guidance re: the article submitted. I need assistance knowing what to edit to make the article acceptable as I am new to editing. Warmest —Preceding unsigned comment added by Cjack22 (talkcontribs) 22:37, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

Conduit metaphor on hold

Thank you for the speedy review of my attempted submission of the Conduit metaphor article. Having spent over a hundred hours since Reddy's permission to condense his original article for Wikipedia and make it public domain, I'm really determined to get this right. It was easy to establish notability and verifiability, but the neutrality part was a tough one. I edited out large amounts of text in the original as I was rewriting because of things that seemed like assertions rather than facts. I'd like some sense of how radical or subtle my changes must be in order to get a reasonable submission. At least know that I'm sufficiently proud of the article's condensation that I'd be willing to hang it out there as is and let other editors (and myself, of course) hack away at it. Nevertheless, I won't be discouraged if you feel something major is required to get it right. I realize your time is at a premium and your message back could be brief, but some feedback and guidance would be very much valued. I'm determined to help make Wikipedia better, even if it's only correcting people's grammar, spelling and style, my expertise. No matter what happens, thanks for all you do. Brightkingdom (talk) 16:19, 21 November 2010 (UTC)


Thanks for the welcome! (talk) 22:53, 21 November 2010 (UTC)

Your welcome, good job on the German Submarine articles by the way. Best, --Alpha Quadrant talk 22:56, 21 November 2010 (UTC)


She just needs someone to talk to —Preceding unsigned comment added by Just a friendly someone (talkcontribs) 02:25, 22 November 2010 (UTC)


Hope I have reached the right place and person. Picopa (talk) 14:47, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

This is the correct place to contact me, Alpha Quadrant. If you need help, then please come to IRC.
ahh ok :) hope everything is sorted / confirmed betweeen me and soph? Picopa (talk) 11:25, 23 November 2010 (UTC)

AFC award

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Awarded for your patience and persistence in helping new contributors and becoming a role model for how to apply the principles of civility. Emblem-cool.svg (talk) 15:17, 22 November 2010 (UTC)


Hi Alpha Quadrant I have add a adoption link on my page and since you seam very helpful and where listed on the adoption page I thought I would ask you to be my adopter. I asked you before but I was not logged in. Thank you very much.TucsonDavid (talk) 13:50, 23 November 2010 (UTC)

Sure, I would love to be your adopter. If you have any questions feel free to ask me. Best, --Alpha Quadrant talk 14:48, 23 November 2010 (UTC)

IP block exemption

Hey Alpha Quadrant I edit from many different IP's and to of them are schools so I wanted to as if you could grant me IP block exemption. Because I know other people edit from the school and the ip there has been blocked before. I know it is a privilege and I would not abuse it.TucsonDavid (talk) 01:12, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) You have to be an admin to grant IPBE and other userrights. Alpha isn't one at the moment. →GƒoleyFour (GSV) 15:37, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

EditorReviewArchiver: Automatic processing of your editor review

This is an automated message. Your editor review is scheduled to be closed on 30 November 2010 because it will have been open for more than 30 days and inactive for more than 7 days. You can keep it open longer by posting a comment to the review page requesting more input. Adding <!--noautoarchive--> to the review page will prevent further automated actions. AnomieBOT 02:50, 27 November 2010 (UTC)


Hi, AQ. I notice this user claims to be your adoptee. Please remind him on the appropriate uses of Twinkle; that edit was not one of them. Strange Passerby (talkcontribs) 02:02, 28 November 2010 (UTC)

New version of STiki software available

Hello there. I've noticed you are a frequent user of my software tool, STiki. First, I wanted to thank you for your use of my tool. Second, I wanted to inform you that a new version just became available (see this post on STiki's talk page for a brief summary of changes). I encourage you to download it! Further, keep your bug reports and feature requests flowing in. STiki has now reverted over 25,000 instances of vandalism, and I hope together we can help this number continue to grow. Thanks, West.andrew.g (talk) 05:05, 28 November 2010 (UTC)

I nominated you for adminship because I believe you deserve it

TucsonDavid (talk) 04:15, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) Psst... you're meant to ask the candidate if they want to run before creating the page. GiftigerWunsch [TALK] 07:30, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
I am sorry, but at the moment I am going to have to decline the kind offer. I have only been editing from a account since April, so it would be soon (and would likely fail). I would not mind a nomination in 6 months to a year, but at the moment I believe I need to get more experience. --Alpha Quadrant talk 16:18, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

Ok well you can count on my vote my support when you choose to run.TucsonDavid (talk) 16:23, 29 November 2010 (UTC)


Hey Alpha, I noticed your recent post to the ArbCom election questions page. Please note that "Each eligible voter may ask a limit of one "individual" question" - you've posted two at Giano's questions page, which is not allowed. Would you mind either removing one or moving it to the talk page? Thanks, Nikkimaria (talk) 20:01, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

Note also that individual questions are to be no more than 75 words long. Nikkimaria (talk) 20:04, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

I have moved your second question and the ensuing discussion to the talk page. Nikkimaria (talk) 22:47, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

  • Ah, that's where that quasi-question went, and why I couldn't find it immediately in the history. With respect to your comment about arbitrators and checkusers here, you are incorrect. No arbitrator is *required* to take on checkuser permissions, nor is there any requirement for all arbitrators to be administrators. In fact, there is no technical impediment to a non-administrator being a checkuser. Risker (talk) 23:29, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
Thanks Risker for the correction. I was under the impression that Arbs all received Checkuser. I did not know that they could decline it. Best, Alpha Quadrant talk 23:46, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

Sure thing

I deleted it and blocked the user for self-promotion, but if you think there's something there, I'll unblock the account and put the content in a subpage. Thanks for letting me know. This'll only take a minute. PMDrive1061 (talk) 00:07, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

    • You betcha. Gotta run, but please let me know if I can do anything else to help. --PMDrive1061 (talk) 00:13, 30 November 2010 (UTC)
PS: If you decide to run for admin, you sure have my vote. Please keep me in the loop.  :) --PMDrive1061 (talk) 00:14, 30 November 2010 (UTC)
Thank you. I will tell you when it get's closer to the time. I would like to wait until at least May, then I might try to run. Thanks for your help. Best, --Alpha Quadrant talk 00:19, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

DYK nomination of Jacob B. Warlow

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of Jacob B. Warlow at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and there still are some issues that may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! - Tim1965 (talk) 01:09, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

Macrocarpum laws of astronomy

I notice you removed the PROD and I've now taken it to AfD if you wish to comment. Your reason for removing the PROD was that " did a good job of cleaning up the article". That's as maybe but the PROD concern was the article was original research and this was not addressed at all. --Pontificalibus (talk) 09:59, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

Conversation with User:Dusti about WP:BLPPROD


I started a conversation with User:Dusti on his talk page about his use of the BLPPROD process. He has said on my talk page that you looked over his edits and said there was nothing wrong with the BLPPROD tags he placed. If that is the case, I want to convince you that they were not a correct use of the BLPPROD process. Specifically, of the four articles I was referring to, one wasn't even a biography, two had sources, and one was about a person who was dead. Of those articles, one clearly should have been deleted, and another two I think might be on non-notable people. However, they clearly aren't eligible for deletion by BLPPROD, as that process only applies to biographies of living people that have no sources. I'm not saying that it was wrong to nominate the articles for deletion, only that BLPPROD was not the right process to use. If you do agree with me on this, could you perhaps talk to User:Dusti about it, as he seems to trust your opinion. Calathan (talk) 20:21, 3 December 2010 (UTC)


Just an FYI, request #56126 (which you reserved) has been sitting for about an hour. --Dylan620 (tcr) 20:43, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

Irish Left Review

Hi AQ. Thanks for looking at this page so quickly. What I'm wondering is this: The link at the bottom is to the site itself. A glance at the site makes clear that the political stance is as I describe. The Information I provide is based on their information. As for notability, how does one establish notability for a counter-culture site? This is a question that has been puzzling me for some time. I'm prepared to accept that it doesn't come above the line, but, you know, nobody would have mentioned City Lights Bookshop for at least 10 years if they had wikipedia back then. At what point do we decide that this is something too insignificant to provide information about? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Treeinthebog (talkcontribs) 14:53, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

Yes, that source was a first party source. It was created by the organization. Sources independent of the organisation (third party) are needed. Paper newspaper articles, online articles and books, from other media would be reliable, they do not have to be in English. As this is a magazine it has most likely received coverage in other media sources. Can you find one, perhaps two reliable independent sources? Thank you, --Alpha Quadrant talk 15:23, 4 December 2010 (UTC)
Thanks AQ. No, the problem is that Irish Left Review is part of an emerging left-wing information and analysis movement in Ireland. Since one of the purposes of magazines like Irish Left Review is to circumvent and counter the media consensus, it is completely ignored by the print media and their digital offshoots. My problem here is, since WP requires independent confirmation it tends to support establishment sources and is not in a position to provide knowledge on emerging events. Of course, it can be argued that such is not the role of an encyclopedia, and I'd find that hard to argue with. However, Irish Left Review is in existence for two years now. It is "something", yet because it is ignored by the establishment media and has not been written about it is difficult to support an article on it. It is *cited* by other sources (the writers William Wall and Dave Lordan write for it, for example) but that only proves its existence, something that is hardly in doubt!

I'm not sure I'm making myself clear.

DYK for Jacob B. Warlow

Gatoclass (talk) 18:03, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

Custom rollback?

Here your edit summary said "Custom rollback". What is that? Reaper Eternal (talk) 18:32, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

Custom Rollback is this script. It only functions if you have rollback permission. It allows the user to add a custom edit summary when rolling back edits. Best, --Alpha Quadrant talk 18:47, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

Articles for Creation - Fleetcomm


Hi there,

Thank you for reviewing my article. As you can probably see, this is my first such article.

Could you please give me a quick pointer (or two). Which parts of the article need more referencing, and which parts of the article are referenced with inadequate references - are all the references bad, or is it just one or two, and are there parts of the article which require referencing which aren't referenced?

Thanks, —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mpt1327 (talkcontribs) 22:16, 5 December 2010 (UTC)

Hello Mpt1327, the problem is not that the article is unsourced, the issue is that the sources are not reliable. The first source is affiliated with Fleetcomm so it is a first party source. First party sources are considered unreliable because the company controls what is written on their website, and they could print false information so Wikipedia requires that all articles have information be covered in third party sources. The second source is a forum, forums and blogs are not considered reliable because it often includes personal opinions. The last source is fleetcomm's own website, which is also a first party source. Can you find 2, possibly three third party reliable sources? Examples of good reliable sources would be newspaper articles, both online, or offline are fine, or book publications. I hope this helps, --Alpha Quadrant talk 20:28, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
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still reviewing? sonia 07:56, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

Yes I am, I want to get a few issues resolved before accepting. I should be done by the end of the day. --Alpha Quadrant talk 18:55, 8 December 2010 (UTC)
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Progress of Review? Thank you for taking time with this. I haven't found any suggestions for me to work on, but if I can help in any way or anything I should learn to improve, please let me know. talk —Preceding undated comment added 19:07, 10 December 2010 (UTC).

Yes, I apologize for the delay, I need to fix a few things before accepting. I hoped to have had it done yesterday, but didn't. It should be done soon. Best, --Alpha Quadrant talk 19:17, 10 December 2010 (UTC)

AutoEd and broked link fixing

Your edit to Fort Worth, Texas using AutoEd has double some [ ] inside quotes (sic, Texas) changing them to links. Other breakage on lines: 152, 338, 438, and 620. You may wish to contact AutoEd's creator/maintainer about these issues. — Dispenser 23:33, 13 December 2010 (UTC)


You edited the Usenet article with reflinks. That was not really good and you should look after you're "automated" edits. You destroyed the ASCII art-picture. I reverted your edit by good faith. mabdul 22:08, 14 December 2010 (UTC)

Oops, you're right. I didn't notice the removal of space messed up the picture as I didn't realize it was ASCII art (thought it was a normal image). The edits are not automated, I do check to make sure it doesn't change the formatting incorrectly, but I didn't notice the photo looked different. I will run the tool again, this time with general fixes off. Alpha Quadrant talk 22:20, 14 December 2010 (UTC)
I made a bug report request at Wikipedia_talk:AutoEd#ASCII art articles. As I described there only a few articles have ASCII art (see Category:Wikipedia articles with ASCII art). mabdul 09:17, 15 December 2010 (UTC)

Speedy deletion declined: User:Chrisdsearle/Spark (University of Reading Newspaper)

Hello Alpha Quadrant. I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of User:Chrisdsearle/Spark (University of Reading Newspaper), a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: R2 is for mainspace to other namespaces only. (Or Book: to anywhere else). User to Wikipedia does not apply. Thank you. Courcelles 23:27, 14 December 2010 (UTC)

Slapping the same tag back on after it was declined is improper. Please remember this for next time. Courcelles 06:14, 15 December 2010 (UTC)

Speedy deletion declined: User:Rhaderer/American Football World Cup Austria 2011

Hello Alpha Quadrant. I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of User:Rhaderer/American Football World Cup Austria 2011, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: Does not redirect to a different or incorrect namespace. Thank you. Courcelles 23:28, 14 December 2010 (UTC)

Help with two articles!

  • Comment - This article for Robert Gittler has the WRONG title, the title is Robert Glitter, the right title should be Robber GITTLER, please fix this ASAP:

And for this article, could you please add a director infobox to the top of director Greg Glienna's Wikipedia article like so...

Greg Glienna
Occupation Director, Producer, Writer

It should be for this film director's article who wrote the movie based on Meet The Parents, Greg Glienna, I can't add it the article is locked:

Thanks! (talk) 00:04, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

  •  Done Both articles fixed. I am glad to help. Alpha Quadrant talk 00:16, 18 December 2010 (UTC)


Your way probably makes more sense, re: this diff ( Willing to wait and see what this editor does in the future, they seem to mainly be tagging articles with List of people who have claimed to be Jesus, List of people who have been considered deities, List of Buddha claimants and so on. Most of the article subjects List-tagged seem to belong on these various Lists (and some have been in error - which is what I was reacting to). Thanks, Shearonink (talk) 01:46, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

I noticed that too. They would need a reliable source for the changes they are making for each article. They are not adding that. They haven't edited since my warning, so I want to watch them and see how it goes. Thank you for understanding. Best wishes, Alpha Quadrant talk 03:01, 18 December 2010 (UTC)
Wanted to let you know that the editor in question tagged Ann Lee for the second time with List of people who have claimed to be Jesus. Wanting to avoid possible edit-warring, after Commenting out that particular Wiki-link I have taken the discussion to the article's talk page Talk:Ann Lee. Shearonink (talk) 19:03, 19 December 2010 (UTC)

Students in my class adding enhancements and new entries


I teach computer science at Virginia Tech. This semester I asked teams of students in a class on information retrieval to make some additions to wikipedia, or to enhance existing entries. Some of them had a great deal of difficulty. Is there an easy way to aid them, for example a list of tutorial pages?

One group made an entry but it never successfully was added. It can be seen at:

I'm not sure what to do so it can become a proper entry. Can you help? Many thanks, Ed Fox ( (Edfox0714 (talk) 19:55, 18 December 2010 (UTC))

Hello, you might wish to try Wikipedia:School and university projects and list the class there. For articles students are currently working on you may wish to add {{Educational assignment}} to the page. This will let other editors know that it is part of an assignment and they will be less likely to request deletion. If the students have specific questions I would be happy to help. Alpha Quadrant talk 18:09, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

Merry Christmas!

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Hello Alpha Quadrant, i would like to request that you adopt me. I would like to learn how to effectively create an article, and would really like your help. I also like editing articles, and share most of the same interests as you. Jeffersonnnnn (talk) 03:19, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

Sure, I would be happy to adopt you. Alpha Quadrant talk 18:09, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

oh cool... ok so...... how does this work exactly?? Jeffersonnnnn (talk) 22:31, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

It is quite simple really, if you have any questions you can feel free to ask me. If I notice you are struggling with something I will correct it and/or tell you how to fix it. You can also talk to me live through the Wikipedia help channel as I am often there. Best, Alpha Quadrant talk 18:25, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
oh ok that makes sense. a question i really do have is how to cite references, i never really understood that Jeffersonnnnn (talk) 22:31, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
to reiterate as a question, how do you cite references in an article? Jeffersonnnnn (talk) 18:56, 22 December 2010 (UTC)
I apologize for the rather late reply, to insert references there has to be a section header for them to go under. Usually it already exists. If it does not then insert a section header like this:

If there is already a section header you can proceed to insert the references at the end of the paragraph it verifies. Here is an example:

Wikipedia is a encyclopedia. Anyone can edit Wikipedia. <ref> Wikipedia </ref>

Wikipedia is a encyclopedia. Anyone can edit Wikipedia. [1]


I hope that helps you. There are two pages that cover this, they may be of use to you, they are WP:AFCRE and WP:REFB. Best, Alpha Quadrant talk 02:58, 23 December 2010 (UTC)

thanks! that really does help! Jeffersonnnnn (talk) 05:22, 26 December 2010 (UTC)

Artice for creation - Frontier Economics

Hi Alpha Quadrant, thanks for reviewing my article and for your useful comment. Please note that this is the third version of the article and I tried to make it sound as neutral as possible, without breaking the notability condition of course. I also looked at other similar articles, such as NERA or McKinsey, and I don't feel that my article is in any way more 'advertising-like'. Anyway, based on your latest comment, I took it a step further in terms of neutrality and I have deleted the information about Frontier Economics being one of the top 10 economic consultancies. This is the only information in my article that can possibly be regarded as advertising. I do not see any additional ways how to improve the article at this stage. I hope this makes the article more neutral and resolves all your concerns. Please let me know if you have any additional comments or suggestions. Thanks a lot!Macgorky (talk) 10:33, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

I have added further comments to the submission. This is the last thing that needs fixing. The submission can be found at Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Frontier Economics Best, Alpha Quadrant talk 18:09, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

Thanks a lot Alpha Quadrant, I will put together a short history of the company and add it to the article as soon as possible. Is there any time limit for article creation process that I should be aware of? Many thanks.Macgorky (talk) 19:01, 21 December 2010 (UTC)

Just to let you know I have edited the article, adding a bit of history and moving the work references into separate section, as it seemed more natural. Let me know if you have any other comments, thanks.Macgorky (talk) 15:53, 22 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi Alpha Quadrant, thanks a lot for reviewing my article. I've just realised there is still your Note for other reviewers visible at the begining of the article. Is it ok for me to delete it, as it appears to be left there by mistake? Thanks (talk) 16:40, 1 January 2011 (UTC)

 Done I have removed the note. I think the reviewer just forgot to remove the comment. Happy new year, Alpha Quadrant talk 19:21, 1 January 2011 (UTC)

Article for review: Interoperability Concepts and Mutualink

I remain totally confused about my article's status. I thought that I moved it to Mainspace but I cannot find it. I received notification that it is in a queue to be reviewed (six days ago). Who is reviewing it, how will they contact me, and, in general, what is going on? I have read the on line help manuals but have found nothing that explains this process. Can you provide some insight? Thanks! Telecom881 (talk) 12:22, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi Alpha is busy, your article is now waiting for being reviewed. It isn't in mainspace yet. Petrb (talk) 12:28, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
Hello Telecom881, there is currently a backlog at Articles for Creation and reviews are taking much longer. You will receive a message on your talk page when the reviewer finishes reviewing. Thank you for your patience, Alpha Quadrant talk 18:09, 20 December 2010 (UTC)


On his user page, he's indicated that you've adopted him. I can't find any interactions between him and you, so could you update or clarify that box as appropriate? Thanks. Netalarmtalk 19:21, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

Christmas Card

Christmas Card
Christmas 2010 is over!

Hello my fellow Wikipedians. I wish you all Safe Holidays, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

A Tribute to all contributors:
You keep the content of Wikipedia going and active and mostly right. You're the backbone; that technical personnel back up, and without you, we would lose our jobs. You also have to deal with some of the trials we put you through, but you're doing a great job. So again, Thank you and have a Merry Christmas. -- DQ (t) Merry Chrismasand a Happy New Year!
A Tribute to Rollbackers, Account Creators, Reviewers, and Autoreviewers:
I know your positions the best as I have most of the above stated. Wikipedia would be a trash dump of foul language, sockpuppets, legitimate people who can't create accounts or edit pages, and no additional content being added. Cheers to everyone who helps Wikipedia like this (and doesn't turn bad) who doesn't mop, but scrubs the floor. Now, make sure to take a break and go do some stuff with friends or family. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas. -- DQ (t) Merry Chrismasand a Happy New Year!
A Tribute to all Administrators:
Administrators, you're well appreciated as you mop up the floor and help the non-admins not have to clean up more messes. Your tools along with your judgement are great assets to non-admins. I am suprised how some of you don't just walk away from all the constant harassment and drama. But thank you for sticking to your post and remember to get some sleep these holidays. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas. -- DQ (t) Merry Chrismasand a Happy New Year!
A Tribute to all Oversighters:
Your job doesn't come to a halt with the holidays, you're always on 24/7 call. You're the police out there making sure that you are showing there are people out there protecting us. Your contibutions could be the difference between a very serious threat on ourselves and safe holidays. So thank you for taking on the hard task. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas. -- DQ (t) Merry Chrismasand a Happy New Year!
A Tribute to all Checkusers:
Your job doesn't end just with the holidays, like I said to oversighters above, so your always on 24/7 call. You're the investigators, CIA, FBI, CSIS, and other investigative organizations, constantly protecting us and our environment. We may not see your contributions all the time, but we know there is someone out there looking out for us and protecting behind the scenes - even when we don't know what's going on. So thank you for taking on the hard task. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas. -- DQ (t) Merry Chrismasand a Happy New Year!

Again Safe Holidays and Merry Christmas. -- DQ (t) Merry Chrismasand a Happy New Year! 20:11, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

happy holidays from PPI

Hi Alpha_Quadrant, you previously assessed articles with WikiProject: U.S. Public Policy. Your input is appreciated, and contributed to the research in the Public Policy Initiative. The project has been pretty exciting; there are over 25 university classes signed up for spring semester. This project is about more than public policy; it is about using Wikipedia as a teaching tool and recruiting (and hopefully retaining) college students as editors. If you are still interested we will be starting more rounds of assessments in the new year. I am the research analyst for the project, feel free to contact me. If you already responded definitively, I apologize for not following up properly, I just had a baby and have been a bit overwhelmed. Happy holidays, ARoth (Public Policy Initiative) (talk) 01:44, 23 December 2010 (UTC)

Christmas Card

Merry Christmas
At this festive time, I would like to say a very special thank you to my fellow editors, and take the time to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. And, in case you can't wait until the big day, I've left you each three special presents, click to unwrap :) Acather96 (talk) 10:10, 24 December 2010 (UTC)


Thanks; I do appreciate it. I'm not really averse to the odd barnstar, honest. It's a nice thing.

I cleared AFC again, but I do wonder if there is much point. I'm starting to think more about whether AFC should exist, as such. I'd like to do some stats analysis on it, and also on newly-created live articles by new users - how many 'survive' more than a few days. But I suppose that'll wait.

Anyway - happy Xmas, and all that. Thanks, see ya soon.  Chzz  ►  16:42, 24 December 2010 (UTC)

Stolen from Derp....


New adoption - D_C_Weber?

Dear Alpha Quadrant:

I was recently reading about the adoptee program at You are on the list as a volunteer and your interests seem to match mine. Although I have been a Wiki member for a few years, I am a editor just starting out. I tried to edit a Wiki page, but due to my inexperience, I was reverted and 24hr blocked. If you are willing to mentor me, I would really appreciate your help.

My user page is at : The page and section tht I would like to edit is at:


Dave Weber D c weber (talk) 14:49, 28 December 2010 (UTC)

Sure, I would be happy to adopt you. You were blocked for violating the three revert rule. You may only revert someone else's actions three times in a 24 hour period. Best, Alpha Quadrant talk 15:57, 28 December 2010 (UTC)
Alpha, I would like to put some added text into the article Tests of general relativity, because it is a non-neutral point-of-view. What is the best way to do this? Should I first add to the talk page? Should I add a "NPOV" tag to the top of the article?D c weber (talk) 15:18, 31 December 2010 (UTC)
I think you should try adding the text to the article. If anyone objects or removes it I think the best course of action would be to discuss it on the talk page. Best, Alpha Quadrant talk 19:02, 31 December 2010 (UTC)

Articles for Creation: John Lawson

Dear Alpha Quadrant, I appreciate your reviewing my draft article, and I'm sorry for the delay in responding to your declining my proposed article. I wondered if you could clarify your comment for me "We cannot accept unsourced suggestions or sources that are not reliable per the verifiability policy. Please provide reputable, third-party sources with your suggestions. Third party sources are needed both to establish the verifiability of the submission as well as its notability." I used 3 published sources for this biography, more than occur in many biography stubs that exist in Wikipedia. Can you let me know why these books and Horn Book Award webpage do not count as reputable sources? Or was most of the biography fine but you wanted a particular statement referenced or removed? I would greatly appreciate clarification! Thank you! You can find the page at CHrabbit (talk) 19:29, 1 January 2011 (UTC)

John Lawson (children's author) article

Dear Alpha Quadrant, thank you so much for your comments and creating the article. I was unclear on this process but appreciate your clarification that I can directly create a page. Thank you for your help!CHrabbit (talk) 14:57, 3 January 2011 (UTC)

You are most welcome. Good work on your article, if you have any additional questions please free to ask me. Best, Alpha Quadrant talk 16:33, 3 January 2011 (UTC)