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Feliz Navidad[edit]


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Errol Sawyer[edit]

I love Jose Feliciano. Also his 'Nature boy.' Can you, please, help me editing the article of Errol Sawyer and saving it from deletion? This is what I just wrote: Mbinebri, you again for the fourth time???? Your endeavors to delete this article of a good photographer starts to look the more and more like like a personal crusade? Why do you disresepect this good African-American artist? You give Wikipedia a bad name! Read: [1]

7. Individuals with agendas sometimes have significant editing authority. Administrators on Wikipedia have the power to delete or disallow comments or articles they disagree with and support the viewpoints they approve. For example, beginning in 2003, U.K. scientist William Connolley became a Web site administrator and subsequently wrote or rewrote more than 5,000 Wikipedia articles supporting the concept of climate change and global warming. More importantly, he used his authority to ban more than 2,000 contributors with opposing viewpoints from making further contributions.

5. There is little diversity among editors. According to a 2009 survey by the Wikimedia Foundation, 87 percent of Wikipedia editors are male, with an average age of 26.8 years. According to executive director Sue Gardner, they hail mostly from Europe and North America, and many of them are in graduate school.

4. The number of active Wikipedia editors has flatlined. The number of active Wikipedia editors (those who make at least five edits a month) has stopped growing. It remains to be seen whether the current number of active editors can maintain and continue updating Wikipedia.

3. It has become harder for casual participants to contribute. According to the Palo Alto Research Center, the contributions of casual and new contributors are being reversed at a much greater rate than several years ago. The result is that a steady group of high-level editors has more control over Wikipedia than ever.

A group of editors known as “deletionists” are said to “edit first and ask questions later,” making it harder for new contributors to participate, and making it harder for Wikipedia—which, again, aspires to provide “the sum of all human knowledge”—to overcome the issue that it is controlled by a stagnant pool of editors from a limited demographic.

To fill you in: Sawyer is an accomplished artist: Read not only his his last interview on the WSW by Richard Philips, but also read what the ex museum director Julian Spalding writes about him on his own website and read what A. D. Coleman (first photo critic of the New York Times) writes about his work in his book "City" Mosaic and on his own website. Also Sawyer's work is present in several important museum collections around the world which gives already the status of importance that he needs to have an article in Wikipedia. I suggest that you help to improve this article instead of suggest deletion. It is very important that Errol Sawyer, considered as having equal value as the African-American photographer Roy Decarava, has an article in WIki UK as he is a role model for the African-American community. I will ask the advise of more editors as I suspect prejudice from your side. 1027E (talk) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 1027E (talkcontribs) 14:08, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Saturday February 7 in NYC: Black Life Matters Editathon[edit]

Saturday February 7 in NYC: Black Life Matters Editathon
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You are invited to join us at New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for our upcoming editathon, a part of the Black WikiHistory Month campaign (which also includes events in Brooklyn and Westchester!).

12:00pm - 5:00 pm at NYPL Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue), by W 135th St

The Wikipedia training and editathon will take place in the Aaron Douglas Reading Room of the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, with a reception following in the Langston Hughes lobby on the first floor of the building at 5:00pm.

We hope to see you there!--Pharos (talk) 06:02, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

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Your GA nomination of Cornelius P. Rhoads[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Cornelius P. Rhoads[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Cornelius P. Rhoads[edit]

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Congrats on getting this article to GA status and thanks for your note. I just happened on the article again today; we did lots of work there!Parkwells (talk) 14:49, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

Sunday March 22: Wikipedia Day NYC Celebration and Mini-Conference[edit]

Sunday March 22: Wikipedia Day NYC 2015
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You are invited to join us at Barnard College for Wikipedia Day NYC 2015, a Wikipedia celebration and mini-conference for the project's 14th birthday. In addition to the party, the event will be a participatory unconference, with plenary panels, lightning talks, and of course open space sessions.

We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects.

10:00pm - 9:00 pm at Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, by W 118th St

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 21:58, 9 March 2015 (UTC)

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Notification[edit]

I am sorry that I have landed you in much much difficulty last year. You truly did not deserve the attacks that came your way. I hope you do not hold a grudge! I most certainly appreciate all you have done as mediator! In any event I have asked for some clarification at NPOV noticeboard re the date of Matthew's Gospel. - Ret.Prof (talk) 01:32, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

Minor FYI[edit]

FWIW, I am in no way a retired theologian, as you indicated you thought some people around here might be, or even particularly aware of all the complexities in that damnably confusing topic. I am more like Robert Redford's character in Three Days of the Condor - I just read books. Admittedly, a lot of reference books, but still just books. :) John Carter (talk) 16:57, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

RFA[edit]

Re [1] -- another thing we could do is stop talking about the assignment of the administrator user access level as a "promotion." -- never did understand that one. The pay isn't any better as far as I know. NE Ent 23:40, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

replied NE Ent 02:12, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

Gospel of Matthew - 50 CE Date[edit]

@ Andrevan:You stated "I would wonder why years and years of your life are being spent litigating the weight of your particular viewpoint?"

Actually, the 50 CE date is NOT my viewpoint See User talk:PiCo for my POV. This is about NPOV plain and simple. I believe there are several articles that violate Wikipedia's policy. They need to be reworked from a NPOW and updated with recent reliable sources. Also the rise in WP:WikiBullying causes me concern. Cheers - Ret.Prof (talk) 02:21, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
And I believe pretty much everybody but Ret. Prof believes his actions violate policy and/or guidelines. Also, Andrevan, I think it worth noting that there has been a page created in userspace, fairly soon to be moved into wikipedia space, at User:John Carter/Self-appointed prophet. That page was, in fact, first started because of the conduct of two editors, one of whom is involved in this current discussion. Any edits to it are still, of course, at my discretion, as it is still in userspace, but I acknowledge that it could stand for some improvement if you wish to offer any. John Carter (talk) 14:36, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
@John, please stop attacking me everywhere. If you believe "everybody but Ret. Prof believes his actions violate policy and/or guidelines" then arbitration is the way to go. Don't get me wrong. I welcome your input to the discussion re the 50 CE date but not the WP:WikiBullying or WP:Harassment. Cheers - Ret.Prof (talk) 16:06, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
Ret. Prof, I have given you a final warning on your user talk page. Believe me, should you continue in the behavior in which you have regularly engaged in both recently and over the long term, and by that I mean even a single instance, I will raise the question of your editing here at ANI, and I think at that time the possibility of a topic ban, or, considering you are basically an SPA, a site ban, will be one of the options I recommend. John Carter (talk) 16:22, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
@ John, I still hope to work out our differences. However if you feel my behavior is in violation of some Wikipedia policy, Arbitration is now the way to go! - Ret.Prof (talk) 18:33, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:Yisland box.jpg[edit]

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April 29: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC[edit]

Wednesday April 29, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC
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You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our inaugural evening "WikiWednesday" salon and knowledge-sharing workshop by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects. We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming editathons, and other outreach activities.

After the main meeting, pizza and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles, 137 West 14th Street

Featuring a keynote talk this month on Lady Librarians & Feminist Epistemologies! We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 18:28, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

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June 10: WikiWednesday Salon / Wikimedia NYC Annual Meeting[edit]

Wednesday June 10, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon / Wikimedia NYC Annual Meeting
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You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our next evening "WikiWednesday" salon and knowledge-sharing workshop by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

This month will also feature on our agenda: recent and upcoming editathons, the organization's Annual Meeting, and Chapter board elections.

We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects. We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming editathons, and other outreach activities.

After the main meeting, pizza and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles, 137 West 14th Street

Featuring a keynote talk this month to be determined! We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 15:45, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

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Small Editorial Dispute on WP Article Az-Zakariyya[edit]

User:Andrevan, I am a Jew who lives in Israel. I have just recently started editing on Wikipedia, and have added an assortment of photographs as well as historical data to various WP articles. Recently, as of yesterday, I edited an article that treats on an Israeli Moshav, Az-Zakariyya, formerly an Arab village, and added the Hebrew name of the Moshav in the leading paragraph, beside its Arabic name, since the Moshav, or village, is currently inhabited by Israeli Jews who speak Hebrew, and who call the village by its traditional Hebrew name and spelling: זכריה. For reasons unknown to me, an editor came along and deleted its Hebrew name, and kept only its Arabic name. It is my view that we should be neutral here and mention, both, its Hebrew and Arabic spellings. I have asked the editor to revert her deletion, and to restore the Hebrew spelling (Hebrew: זכריה), which, so far, she has refused to do. I may wish to take this matter to WP:Dispute resolution noticeboard, but my understanding is that there is a backlog for dispute resolutions relating to WP:NPOV = Neutrality. Can I be so blunt as to ask for your help here in resolving this issue, since it shouldn't take too long. See: [2]. Sincerely, Davidbena (talk) 01:20, 15 June 2015 (UTC)

User:Andrevan, I'm sorry to bother you, but I see that our co-editor, Huldra, is insistent on keeping the WP article Az-Zakariyya devoid of modern Jewish content. She deleted all of my latest additions and photographs. She prefers keeping the article limited to pre-1948 history of the village, with no references to its modern history. Rather than fight her through the available channels of mediation, I think I'll just copy all the major sections of her article treating on its past history and paste them in a second article that appears on the village Zekharia, although that would make two articles on the same village. I had entertained the thought that perhaps the second but smaller article on the same village (Moshav) should be put up for deletion, but now that she is insistent on having it her own way, this leaves me with no choice but to develop the second article and to retain it. Any suggestions?Davidbena (talk) 01:12, 16 June 2015 (UTC)

Ongoing issues regarding the Allegations of United States support for the Khmer Rouge article[edit]

Forgive me if I'm going about this the wrong way, as I've only begun taking an active role in the Wikipedia project recently, but the Allegations of United States support for the Khmer Rouge page seems to have reached a point that only action from a higher source of authority is likely to resolve. It's a rather tenuous situation in regards to neutrality, but it's clear that both an edit war is taking place, and that some information backed by valid sources is getting caught in the crossfire. I noticed that you have had past dealings with users User:TheTimesAreAChanging and User:Stumink, so I figured I'd contact you directly instead of putting out a general call for admin assistance or the like. TheMurgy (talk) 02:51, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

July 8: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC[edit]

Wednesday July 8, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC
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You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our evening "WikiWednesday" salon and knowledge-sharing workshop by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

This month will also feature on a review of past and upcoming editathons, including Black Lunch Table Editathon @ MoMA on July 13.

We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects. We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming editathons, and other outreach activities.

After the main meeting, pizza and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles, 137 West 14th Street

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Workshopping bureaucrat activity requirements[edit]

(Message to all bureaucrats)

There is an ongoing discussion about implementing some kind of standards for administrative and bureaucrat activity levels; and activity requirements for bureaucrats have been explored several times in the past. I've prepared a draft addition to Wikipedia:Bureaucrats that would require at least one bureaucratic action every five years to retain the bureaucrat permission.

In the past, I've been hesitant of such proposals but I believe that if the bureaucrat group as a whole is seen to be actively engaged, the community may be more willing to grant additional tasks to the position.

Please let me know your thoughts. I'm not sure if this actually applies to any of us, but if you have not acted as a bureaucrat in over five years, you might consider requesting removal of the permission or otherwise signalling that you intend to return to bureaucrat activity. –xenotalk 14:22, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

Follow-up question re mediation[edit]

Here: "there also seems to be a fairly non-FRINGEy one that might be represented in the article." Could you give me the two-sentence version of what this is? It probably was obvious to everyone else, but I think I may be less familiar with the day-to-day developments in the discussions on that page. VQuakr (talk) 17:44, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the reply! I guess to rephrase my question, your response stated that there elements that were fringey and elements that are non-fringey, and I am not clear in which are which. "major foreign actors" is unambiguous, though, so I can review what narrative Lavrov has proposed. VQuakr (talk) 18:21, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

FYI: bureaucrat discussion opened[edit]

Message to most bureaucrats

A bureaucrat chat has been opened by Maxim at Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/Rich Farmbrough 2/Bureaucrat discussion.

Wikipedia:Bureaucrat discussion suggests notifying bureaucrats on their talk page as well as BN, hence this courtesy note. –xenotalk 16:43, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

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Bureaucrat discussion notification[edit]

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And you should now better than to mark non-minor edits as "minor".Volunteer Marek (talk) 08:03, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

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Thanks[edit]

Hi Andrevan@, I'm sorry you won't be continuing on this one, but I understand. I was frankly amazed by your patience earlier anyway. I hope at least you feel you took something away from the experience, other than the difficult editing environment around Syrian Civil War articles. Thanks for your help. -Darouet (talk) 19:19, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

Sunday August 2: WikNYC Picnic[edit]

Sunday August 2, 1-7pm: WikNYC Picnic
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You are invited to join us the "picnic anyone can edit" in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, as part of the Great American Wiknic celebrations being held across the USA. Remember it's a wiki-picnic, which means potluck.

1pm–7pm - come by any time! @ Bartel-Pritchard Square entrance (Prospect Park West and 15th St), immediately on the lawn to your left as you walk through the lovely lotus columns.
Subway: NYCS-bull-trans-F.svg NYCS-bull-trans-G.svg to 15th Street – Prospect Park (IND Culver Line)

We hope to see you there! --Pharos (talk) 03:31, 24 July 2015 (UTC)

(Bonus event: WikiWednesday Salon @ Babycastles - Wednedsay, August 19)

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Community & Bureaucrat based desysoping proposal[edit]

A discussion is taking place regarding a proposal to create a community and bureaucrat based desysoping committee. The proposal would modify the position of bureaucrat. Your input is encouraged. Please see Wikipedia:Administrators/RfC for BARC - a community desysoping process. Thank you, --Hammersoft (talk) 19:55, 28 July 2015 (UTC)