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Replied[edit]

Hi there, I replied again. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 19:01, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

...and again. If you want, I can stop leaving you notifications – if they help, it's not a big deal to post more! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 20:36, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
Notifications are fine! Thank you for being so responsive!
Shouldn't have said that so soon – I totally forgot to reply to your message until now. Sorry! :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 03:19, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
Replied! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 20:45, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

Probably easier to continue this here[edit]

Hi Ed, I have no idea if I'm doing this right. i just wanted to update you and tell you that my topic for the public policy project is the Space policy of the United States. Any suggestions on where to start? Thanks! Ander2em (talk) 16:06, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

Hello! You almost had it right. Use the "+" button at the top (next to "history") to add a new section. To reply to a message left in a section, use the [edit] button right above and to the right of this text (aka section editing).
Everyone has their own preferred methods of copyediting, but I would say to take on only one section at a time. I like to use two tabs when copyediting – one to read the article, the other to edit it, but that's your call. I'm sure you'll have more questions as you go along, but don't be afraid to ask. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 16:23, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
Thanks! My assignment for this week is to have one paragraph written, posted, and cited. If you have gone to the page, you'll see it has already been started. As I go about finishing/writing this article, should I just leave what is already written there and expand? Also, any tips on citing? I've been looking into the citing format of other articles but I could use more guidance. This is intimidating! Ander2em (talk) 18:30, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
Oh, you have to write a paragraph, my bad. The article looks like it covers all the basic points, so perhaps you can add a paragraph on one of the shorter sections, or replace it with one that is more detailed? Formatting sources on Wikipedia doesn't have very many rules. If you are comfortable with MLA/Chicago/etc., feel free to use those style guides; otherwise, {{cite book}}/{{cite web}}/{{cite journal}}/etc. are fine, and I can show you how to use them (I personally use Chicago, but my early articles like this one use the templates).
Actually adding sources into Wikipedia looks complicated but is actually relatively simple once you get the hang of it. I made a quick example page here, if that helps. Still, the main thing is that you use a reliable source. Editors like me can fix a broken reference, but we can't fix it when you use a poor source. ;-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 19:01, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
Great, thank you! So I am working on the International Space Law section for now. I found a great explanation of what exactly the international space laws do and proclaim and I would like to quote this in my paragraph. Can I take the explanation (it's a few sentences), put quotations around it, then do the "ref" thing right after it? Ander2em (talk) 20:01, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
Sorry if I am blowing up your talk page! About the citing, I was just going to cite things like I usually do and put it between the "ref" and "/ref" format. I looked at the cite web thing you posted but I don't quite understand that yet. So for now, the normal MLA citing will work? Ander2em (talk) 20:14, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
Hahah, don't be sorry, it's fine! You can quote it, but it is normally better to paraphrase the explanation. Otherwise, you have it spot on. You don't need a reference after every consecutive sentence, but they all have to be sourced to the same thing if you do that.
On citing, I have my foot in my mouth. If you are starting a page from scratch, whatever citation method you like is fine. However, this is a pre-existing page, meaning you should conform to the style already being used, which in this case are the cite templates. Sorry for the confusion. :/ Where is the explanation you found? I'll walk you through how to put it into a template citation, or you can try it yourself: if it's a book, just copy/paste and fill in the blanks! {{cite book|last= |first= |title= |location= |publisher= |year= |ISBN= }} It's basically the same thing with web pages: {{cite web |url= |title= |author= |date= |work= |accessdate=16 February 2011}}
Does that make sense? Otherwise I can show you a few more examples on here or IRC until you get the hang of it. I know it's a bit complicated and throwing a lot at you at once... sorry for that :/ Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 20:33, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
Gotcha, I am down with copying and pasting! Where do I copy and paste it to though? Do you have access to my sandbox? If so, can you look/fix what I have so far? And any suggestions? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ander2em (talkcontribs) 20:50, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
Also, I was going to expand on the principles and declarations I listed...but I also wanted to provide a link to each one. Is that possible since it's not on Wikipedia? Or should I not link it at all? And if I should link, how do I do that? haha...questions, questions. Thanks for being patient! Ander2em (talk) 20:59, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
I fixed the reference -- you needed a {{reflist}} and to have <ref> ... </ref> around it. :-) Why did they adopt these treaties? What have they done? Stuff like that would help.
You could add a link to "External links" section at the bottom of the article, but multiple links might be a bit much! You could also use them as primary-source references if we're talking about the actual laws on the UN's site? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 03:18, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
I'm definitely getting most of my information from that one site with the actual principles and declarations. I've decided to focus my writing and editing in the "international law" section and I think that will be enough for my project. I'm having fun adding all the info :) It's so cool to see the finished project! It is still clearly unfinished though.
Mainly I'm going to have issues citing. If you look on the article page, you'll see I have been added information about each principle and declaration under their subtitles. Do I need to cite after each description? Or should I save it for the end? And any tips on the format? Ander2em (talk) 19:55, 22 February 2011 (UTC)
Isn't it fun knowing your changes are visible to everyone in the world right away? :-) Are the principle and declarations all quoted from the same source? If so, I'd just cite it right after the colon ("The five declarations and principles are:"). If they aren't quotes, cite it right after. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 20:44, 22 February 2011 (UTC)
Okay, problem! I found a Wikipedia page- Space Law...and this is more of what I have been writing about. Should I move the information I put on the Space policy of the United States about International Law onto Space Law ??? I think my teacher said that it was okay if information was repeated on different pages so the reader wouldn't have to click on a million links to understand what the original article is talking about. But what does Wikipedia say about that? Ander2em (talk) 20:02, 24 February 2011 (UTC)
Another thought...look at Space policy. I could put in a section about International Law there and add in what I've written already for Space policy of the United States. And then continue to elaborate on different countries' national laws. I think I like this idea best because we are supposed to be increasing our articles by five-fold and I feel like I could do more work on Space policy. Let me know your thoughts! Ander2em (talk) 20:09, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── As long as it is only your writing (or it is your writing and only trivial edits have been made to it by others), you can freely move it over. Otherwise a link in the edit summary is normally enough attribution.
Space law is probably your best bet. There's no point in duplicating all that content there too. :-) To be honest, expanding one of those article five-fold will be difficult – both have over 1100 words already! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 01:19, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

Which ones would be hard to expand? I'm worried about doing Space law just because I don't know what else I could expand on. Are you not recommending space policy?? I just feel like that would be the best one to expand on. Agh I'm confused! Ander2em (talk) 18:59, 1 March 2011 (UTC)
Okay another thought: If I change to space law, could I still expand on the laws of various countries? I could pick a few that my sources offer...and break them into sections. I just want to plan out how much I can expand on each article before I commit to one. Ander2em (talk) 19:22, 1 March 2011 (UTC)
Just talked to my professor. She liked the idea of changing so I have officially changed to Space law. I took what I wrote under the international law section of Space policy of the United States and put it into the Space law article. Do I delete that part out of Space policy of the United States ?? I know that was probably a bold move. Let me know! Also...I'm having issues citing so you might want to check my work... Ander2em (talk) 19:49, 1 March 2011 (UTC)
I'm sorry! I don't mean to be confusing. What I mean is DYK requires that articles be new or expanded five-fold, essentially excluding already lengthy articles. However, that doesn't mean you can't expand them, just that you may not get the article on the main page.
As for your second post, that would be perfect! Maybe give a general history of space laws, why they are/were needed, and then break down what individual countries' laws are and what they affect.
@the third post, I think you can leave it in. It's relevant to the United States article too. :-) The only thing you forgot in citing was the <ref> tags around the citation – otherwise it was perfect. I'm looking forward to seeing what you add! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 22:39, 1 March 2011 (UTC)
Sorry I have been MIA! We had spring break and a lot of cancelled classes so I'm just getting back into this. What are the rules on pictures? I was thinking of adding a picture of space or something. Slowly but surely I am working on summarizing those principles and declarations. So far so good! Ander2em (talk) 04:16, 20 March 2011 (UTC)
No worries. Images have to be freely licensed, which can be hard to find at times. Try meta:Free image resources if you want; otherwise I'd advise just using the Commons. Images on Wikipedia or Commons can be added into articles using image syntax. (it's a bit convoluted, just let me know if you don't understand it!) :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 04:31, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

Citation templates[edit]

Hey again, I finally found the page that lists all of the citation templates with examples. Wikipedia:Citation_templates#Examples :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 16:42, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

GOCE drive newsletter[edit]

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The Guild of Copy Editors – May 2011 Backlog Elimination Drive


The Guild of Copy Editors invite you to participate in the May 2011 Backlog Elimination Drive, a month-long effort to reduce the backlog of articles that require copy-editing. The drive began on May 1 at 00:00 (UTC) and will end on May 31 at 23:59 (UTC). The goals of this backlog elimination drive are to eliminate as many articles as possible from the 2009 backlog and to reduce the overall backlog by 15%. ! NEW ! In an effort to encourage the final elimination of all 2009 articles, we will be tracking them on the leaderboard for this drive.

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GOCE drive newsletter[edit]

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GOCE drive newsletter[edit]

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Elections are currently underway for our third tranche of Guild coordinators. The voting period will run for 14 days: 00:01 UTC, 16 December – 23:59 UTC, 31 December. All GOCE members, as well as past participants of any of the Guild's Backlog elimination drives, are eligible to vote. There are five candidates vying for four positions. Your vote really matters! Cast your vote today.

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GOCE 2011 Year-End Report[edit]

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We have reached the end of the year, and what a year it has been! The Guild of Copy Editors was full of activity, and we achieved numerous important milestones in 2011. Read all about these in the Guild's 2011 Year-End Report.

Highlights
  • Membership grows to 764 editors, an increase of 261
  • Report on coordinators' elections
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GOCE March copy edit drive[edit]

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GOCE March drive newsletter[edit]

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Greetings from the Guild of Copy Editors March 2012 Backlog elimination drive! Here's the mid-drive newsletter.

Participation: We have had 58 people sign up for this drive so far, which compares favorably with our last drive, and 27 have copy-edited at least one article. If you have signed up but have not yet copy-edited any articles, please consider doing so. Every bit helps! If you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late. Join us!

Progress report: Our target of completing the 2010 articles has almost been reached, with only 56 remaining of the 194 we had at the start of the drive. The last ones are always the most difficult, so thank you if you are able to help copy-edit any of the remaining articles. We have reduced the total backlog by 163 articles so far.

Special thanks: Special thanks to Stfg, who has been going through the backlog and doing some preliminary vetting of the articles—removing copyright violations, doing initial clean-up, and nominating some for deletion. This work has helped make the drive a more pleasant experience for all our volunteers.

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GOCE March drive wrap-up[edit]

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Greetings from the Guild of Copy Editors March 2012 Backlog elimination drive! This is the most successful drive we have had for quite a while. Here is your end-of-drive wrap-up newsletter.

Participation

Of the 70 people who signed up for this drive, 40 copy-edited at least one article. Thanks to all who participated! Special acknowledgement goes out to Lfstevens, who did over 200 articles, most of them in the last third of the drive, and topped all three leaderboard categories. You're a superstar! Stfg and others have been pre-checking the articles for quality and conformance to Wikipedia guidelines; some have been nominated for deletion or had some preliminary clean-up done to help make the copy-edit process more fun and appealing. Thanks to all who helped get those nasty last few articles out of the target months.

Progress report

During this drive we were successful in eliminating our target months—October, November, and December 2010—from the queue, and have now eliminated all the 2010 articles from our list. We were able to complete 500 articles this month! End-of-drive results and barnstar information can be found here.

When working on the backlog, please keep in mind that there are options other than copy-editing available; some articles may be candidates for deletion, or may not be suitable for copy-editing at this time for other reasons. The {{GOCEreviewed}} tag can be placed on any article you find to be totally uneditable, and you can nominate for deletion any that you discover to be copyright violations or completely unintelligible. If you need help deciding what to do, please contact any of the coordinators.

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GOCE May copy edit drive[edit]

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GOCE May mid-drive newsletter[edit]

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Participation: Out of 49 people signed up for this drive so far, 26 have copy-edited at least one article. It's a smaller group than last drive, but we're making good progress. If you've signed up but haven't yet copy-edited any articles, please consider doing so. Every bit helps! If you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late. Join us!

Progress report: We're on track to meet our targets for the drive, largely due to the efforts of Lfstevens and the others on the leaderboard. Thanks to all. We have reduced our target group of articles—January, February, and March 2011—by over half, and it looks like we will achieve that goal. Good progress is being made on the overall backlog as well, with over 500 articles copy-edited during the drive so far. The total backlog currently sits at around 3200 articles.

Hall of Fame: GOCE coordinator Diannaa was awarded a spot in the GOCE Hall of Fame this month! She has copy-edited over 1567 articles during these drives, and surpassed the 1,000,000-word mark on May 5. On to the second million! – Your drive coordinators: Dank, Diannaa and Stfg

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GOCE May drive wrap-up[edit]

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Participation: Out of 54 people who signed up this drive, 32 copy-edited at least one article. Last drive's superstar, Lfstevens, again stood out, topping the leader board in all three categories and copy-editing over 700 articles. Thanks to all who participated! Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: We were once again successful in our primary goal—removing the oldest three months from the backlog—while removing 1166 articles from the queue, the second-most in our history. The total backlog currently sits at around 2600 articles, down from 8323 when we started out just over two years ago.

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Coodinator election: The six-month term for our third tranche of Guild coordinators will be expiring at the end of June. We will be accepting nominations for the fourth tranche of coordinators, who will also serve a six-month term. Nominations will open starting on June 5. For complete information, please have a look at the election page. – Your drive coordinators: Dank, Diannaa, and Stfg

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GOCE July 2012 Copy Edit Drive[edit]

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The Guild of Copy Editors invites you to participate in their July 2012 Backlog elimination drive, a month-long effort to reduce the size of the copy edit backlog. The drive begins on July 1 at 00:00 (UTC) and ends on July 31 at 23:59 (UTC). Our goals are to eliminate the articles tagged in April, May and June 2011 from the queue and to complete all requests placed before the end of June. Barnstars will be awarded to anyone who copy edits more than 4,000 words, and special awards will be given to the top 6 in the following categories: "Number of articles", "Number of words", "Number of articles of over 5,000 words", "Number of articles tagged in April–June 2011", and "Longest article". We hope to see you there! – Your drive coordinators: Dank, Diannaa and Stfg.

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GOCE July 2012 mid-drive newsletter[edit]

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Participation: Out of 37 people signed up for this drive so far, 25 have copy-edited at least one article. It's a smaller group than last drive, but we're making good progress. If you've signed up but haven't yet copy-edited any articles, every bit helps; if you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late. Join us!

Progress report: We're almost on track to meet our targets for the drive. Great work, guys. We have reduced our target group of articles—May, June, and July 2011—by about 40%, and the overall backlog has been reduced by 264 articles so far, to around 2500 articles.

Copy Edit of the Month: Starting in August, your best copy-editing work of the month will be eligible for fabulous prizes! See here for details. – Your drive coordinators: Stfg, Allens, and Torchiest.

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GOCE July drive wrap-up[edit]

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Participation: Out of 45 people who signed up this drive, 31 have copy-edited at least one article. Lfstevens continues to carry most of the weight, having edited 360 articles and over a quarter of a million words already. Thanks to all who have participated! Final results, including barnstars awarded, will be available early in August here.

Progress report: We are once again very close to achieving in our primary goal—removing the oldest three months from the backlog. Only 35 such articles remain at press time. The total backlog currently sits at under 2400 articles, down from 8323 when we started out over two years ago. We are just two articles away from completing all requests made before July 2012 (both are in progress).

Copy Edit of the Month: Starting in August, you'll be able to submit your best copy-editing work for palaver, praise, and prizes. See here for details. – Your drive coordinators: Stfg, Allens, and Torchiest.

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GOCE news and September drive invitation[edit]

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The Guild of Copy Editors invites you to participate in its events:

  • The August 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest is currently in the submissions stage. Submit your best August copy edit there before the end of the month. Submissions end, and discussion and voting begin, on September 1 at 00:00 (UTC).
  • September 2012 Backlog elimination drive is a month-long effort to reduce the size of the copy edit backlog. The drive begins on September 1 at 00:00 (UTC) and ends on September 30 at 23:59 (UTC). Our goals are to copy edit the articles tagged longest ago and to complete all requests placed before the end of August. Barnstars will be awarded to anyone who copy edits at least one article, and special awards will be given to the top six in the following categories: "Number of articles", "Number of words", "Number of articles of over 5,000 words", "Number of articles tagged longest ago", and "Longest article". This drive features a much easier signup process. We hope to see you there! – Your drive coordinators: Stfg, Allens, and Torchiest.
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GOCE September activities[edit]

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A quick reminder of our current events:

  • The August 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest is in the discussion and voting stage until midnight September 14 (UTC).
  • The September 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest is in the submissions stage until midnight September 30 (UTC), when discussion and voting begin.
  • The September 2012 Backlog elimination drive is now underway! The event runs until midnight September 30 (UTC). The goal is to copy edit articles with the oldest tags and complete all requests placed before September. Barnstars will be awarded to anyone who participates, with special awards given to the top five in the following categories: "Total articles", "Total words", "Total articles over 5,000 words", "Total articles tagged longest ago", and "Longest article". – Your drive coordinators: Stfg, Allens, and Torchiest.

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GOCE mid-drive newsletter[edit]

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  • Participation: Out of 37 people signed up for this drive so far, 19 have copy-edited at least one article, about the same as the last drive. If you've signed up but haven't yet copy-edited any articles, every bit helps; if you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late. Join us!
  • Progress report: We're almost on track to meet our targets for the drive. Great work, guys. We have reduced our target group of articles—August, September, and October 2011—by about 44%, and the overall backlog has been reduced by 58 articles so far, to around 2600 articles. The biggest difference between this drive and the previous one is a stronger focus on large articles, so total word counts are still comparable.
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GOCE September 2012 drive wrap-up[edit]

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Participation: Out of 41 people who signed up this drive, 28 copy-edited at least one article. Thanks to all who participated! Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: We achieved our primary goal of clearing July, August, September and October 2011 from the backlog. This means that, for the first time since the drives began, the backlog is less than a year. At least 677 tagged articles were copy edited, although 365 new ones were added during the month. The total backlog at the end of the month was 2341 articles, down from 8323 when we started out over two years ago. We completed all 54 requests outstanding before September 2012 as well as eight of those made in September.

Copy Edit of the Month: Voting is now over for the August 2012 competition, and prizes will be issued soon. The September 2012 contest is closed for submissions and open for voting. The October 2012 contest is now open for submissions. Everyone is welcome to submit entries and to vote.

– Your drive coordinators: Stfg, Allens, and Torchiest.

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GOCE fall newsletter[edit]

Fall Events from the Guild of Copy Editors
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The Guild of Copy Editors invites you to participate in its events:

  • The October 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest is currently in the submissions stage. Submit your best October copy edit there before the end of the month. Submissions end, and discussion and voting begin, on November 1 at 00:00 (UTC).
  • Voting is in progress for the September 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest. Everyone is welcome to vote, whether they have entered the contest or not.
  • NEW!! In the week from Sunday 21 October to Saturday 27 October, we are holding a Project Blitz, in which we will copy edit articles tagged with {{copyedit}} belonging to selected project(s). For the first blitz, we'll start with WikiProject Olympics and WikiProject Albums and add more Projects to the blitz as we clear them. The blitz works much like our bimonthly drives, but a bit simpler. Everyone is welcome to take part, and barnstars will be awarded.
  • November 2012 Backlog elimination drive is a month-long effort to reduce the size of the copy edit backlog. The drive begins on November 1 at 00:00 (UTC) and ends on November 30 at 23:59 (UTC). Our goals are to copy edit all articles tagged in 2011 and to complete all requests placed before the end of October. Barnstars will be awarded to anyone who copy edits at least one article, and special awards will be given to the top five in the following categories: "Number of articles", "Number of words", "Number of articles of over 5,000 words", "Number of articles tagged in 2011", and "Longest article". We hope to see you there! – Your drive coordinators: Stfg, Allens, and Torchiest.
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GOCE November 2012 copy edit drive update[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors November 2012 backlog elimination drive mid-drive newsletter
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  • Participation: Out of 31 people signed up for this drive so far, 22 have copy-edited at least one article. If you've signed up but haven't yet copy-edited any articles, every bit helps; if you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late. Join us!
  • Progress report: We're on track to meet our targets for the drive. We have reduced our target group of articles—November and December 2011—by over 50%, and 34 of the the 56 requests made in September and October this year have already been fulfilled. However, the rate of tagging for copy edit has increased, and this month we are just keeping the size of the backlog stable. So, all you copy editors, please do come along and help us!
  • The September 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest was won by Baffle gab1978 for his copy edit of Expulsion of the Acadians. Runner up was Gareth Griffith-Jones for his edit of I Could Fall in Love. Congratulations to both.
  • The October 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest is in the discussion and voting stage until midnight November 30 (UTC). You don't have to make a submission to vote!
  • November 2012 Copy Edit of the Month Contest is in the submissions stage until midnight November 30 (UTC), when discussion and voting begin.
  • Seasonal oversight: We had a slight fall from grace in the title of our last newletter, which mentioned the season in the northern hemisphere and thus got it wrong for the southern. Fortunately an observant GOCE member was ready to spring into action to advise us. Thanks! In future we'll stay meteorologically neutral.
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GOCE November drive wrap-up[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors November 2012 backlog elimination drive wrap-up
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Participation: Thanks to all who participated! Out of 38 people who signed up this drive, 33 copy-edited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here. All the barnstars have now been distributed.

Progress report: We achieved our primary goal of clearing November and December 2011 from the backlog. For the first time since the drives began, the backlog consists only of articles tagged in the current year. The total backlog at the end of the month was 2690 articles, down from 8323 when we started out over two years ago. We completed all 56 requests outstanding before November 2012 as well as eight of those made in November.

Copy Edit of the Month: Voting is now over for the October 2012 competition, and prizes have been issued. The November 2012 contest is closed for submissions and open for voting. The December 2012 contest is now open for submissions. Everyone is welcome to submit entries and to vote.

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Coodinator election: The six-month term for our fourth tranche of Guild coordinators will expire at the end of December. Nominations are open for the fifth tranche of coordinators, who will serve from 1 January to 30 June 2013. For complete information, please have a look at the election page.

– Your drive coordinators: Stfg, Allens, and Torchiest.

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