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Two-Factor Authentication now available for admins[edit]

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Please note that TOTP based two-factor authentication is now available for all administrators. In light of the recent compromised accounts, you are encouraged to add this additional layer of security to your account. It may be enabled on your preferences page in the "User profile" tab under the "Basic information" section. For basic instructions on how to enable two-factor authentication, please see the developing help page for additional information. Important: Be sure to record the two-factor authentication key and the single use keys. If you lose your two factor authentication and do not have the keys, it's possible that your account will not be recoverable. Furthermore, you are encouraged to utilize a unique password and two-factor authentication for the email account associated with your Wikimedia account. This measure will assist in safeguarding your account from malicious password resets. Comments, questions, and concerns may be directed to the thread on the administrators' noticeboard. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:32, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

A new user right for New Page Patrollers[edit]

Hi Anne Delong.

A new user group, New Page Reviewer, has been created in a move to greatly improve the standard of new page patrolling. The user right can be granted by any admin at PERM. It is highly recommended that admins look beyond the simple numerical threshold and satisfy themselves that the candidates have the required skills of communication and an advanced knowledge of notability and deletion. Admins are automatically included in this user right.

It is anticipated that this user right will significantly reduce the work load of admins who patrol the performance of the patrollers. However,due to the complexity of the rollout, some rights may have been accorded that may later need to be withdrawn, so some help will still be needed to some extent when discovering wrongly applied deletion tags or inappropriate pages that escape the attention of less experienced reviewers, and above all, hasty and bitey tagging for maintenance. User warnings are available here but very often a friendly custom message works best.

If you have any questions about this user right, don't hesitate to join us at WT:NPR. (Sent to all admins).MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:46, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

New Page Review needs your help[edit]

Hi Anne Delong,

As an AfC reviewer you're probably aware that a new user right has been created for patrolling new pages (you might even have been granted the right already, and admins have it automatically).

Since July there has been a very serious backlog at Special:NewPagesFeed of over 14,000 pages, by far the worst since 2011, and we need an all out drive to get this back down to just a few hundred that can be easily maintained in the future. Unlike AfC, these pages are already in mainspace, and the thought of what might be there is quite scary. There are also many good faith article creators who need a simple, gentle push to the Tea House or their pages converted to Draft rather than being deleted.

Although New Page Reviewing can occasionally be somewhat more challenging than AfC, the criteria for obtaining the right are roughly the same. The Page Curation tool is even easier to use than the Helper Script, so it's likely that most AfC reviewers already have more than enough knowledge for the task of New Page Review.

It is hoped that AfC reviewers will apply for this right at WP:PERM and lend a hand. You'll need to have read the page at WP:NPR and the new tutorial.

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Administrators' newsletter – June 2017[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:McMahon–Hussein Correspondence[edit]

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the article "Maryann Keller" Testingblog (talk) 05:27, 6 June 2017 (UTC)[edit]

Dear Anne Delong, I will very much appreciate that you help address the issues raised by the warning tag in the article "Maryann Keller" here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryann_Keller . I appreciate very much your help. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Testingblog (talkcontribs) 04:40, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

the article "Maryann Keller" Testingblog (talk) 14:05, 6 June 2017 (UTC)[edit]

Dear Anne,

thanks for the effort paid to make sure you are doing the right thing before confirming any information added to Wikipedia. regarding the information added to the article are provided with 14 reference links from official sites such as link no. 9 the Newark New jersey university.

and also link no. 11 from The New York Times, and other links as well to confirm neutrality for the information provided. As I can see the rating back is around 24.15% as Stub mentioning it is a basic content for a biography so can the solution be by adding more relevant content enriching the content to be accepted, still with providing convenient reference ?

Hello Anne and Testingblog: Just reading your thread. As explained on this article's talk page, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Maryann_Keller, I cannot make edits as I'm a partial party. But I'm wondering how, or where, you obtained that 24.15% rating and if there's a desired rating that the article should obtain? Thanks for your help!wikicarsandtrucks (talk) 19:30, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

Sorry, I don't know anything about this.—Anne Delong (talk) 20:24, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Battle of Ia Drang[edit]

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AfC article[edit]

Hi. Can you please accept DRAFT:Lloyd's Road Jewish Cemetery. It is well-sourced and the subject is notable, but the banner at the top is showing a waiting period of 3 weeks. Who'd want to wait that long?i certainly don't fancy creating any more articles if I'm made to wait 3 weeks for every review. Thanks in advance! 223.227.119.216 (talk) 06:01, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

Hello, 223.227.119.216. I looked over the article and accepted it as you requested.

About the backlog:

  • The reason for the three week delay is that there are a lot more people interested in writing new articles than in reviewing them. The only way to effect that is sometime in the future to become a reviewer yourself and whittle away at the backlog!
  • Although three weeks seems like a long time, there is really no hurry, especially for this type of article (as opposed to one about a developing event in the news, for example). Wikipedia editors learn to take the long view; a lot of the processes and discussions here go on for weeks because unlike a commercial website, many editors don't log in every day. While waiting you can always start working on your next article, or expand, copyedit and add references to other articles. There's an article, Paradesi Jews which is related to this and could use some work; I had to remove some information about street names for copyright reasons.
  • The reason for creating a draft article and putting it through a review is to make sure that it won't be deleted once it's in the main encyclopedia. (In my experience, with cemetery articles the most common reason for deletion is that people interested in genealogy create them as a means to include information about otherwise little-known family members, using self-created or self-published sources, and this is considered WP:PROMOTION.) Once you understand the encyclopedia's policies about general notability, Wikipedia:Citing sources, Wikipedia:Neutral point of view, plagiarism and copyright, you can make an account, make at least ten edits and wait four days for your account to be confirmed, and then begin creating articles directly in the encyclopedia. You don't have to use your own name, and your e-mail address is not revealed to other editors. It's actually more anonymous than editing without an account, because your IP address is not visible to others.

About the article:

  • Normally, a small cemetery such as this would not be of sufficient general interest to warrant a separate article in a global encyclopedia. However, in this case its age and status as enduring evidence of Jewish presence and commercial activity in Chennai have led several journalists and historians to write about it. Some of the details, for example the cost of future repairs and the name of the current custodian, are likely of interest only to those connected with the cemetery.—Anne Delong (talk) 18:16, 19 June 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for the feedback about the article. It's much appreciated. I've done a mild edit on it which removes the most trivial details. 223.227.125.117 (talk) 03:53, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

My new article, DRAFT:Akal Wood Fossil Park is ready. As before, I'd appreciate it you could accept it. I'm still a newbie at article creation. I wonder whether you'd consider this as a reliable source? I've used it because the site contains some information not found anywhere else on the web. BTW do you know how to add geo-coords? 223.227.125.117 (talk) 03:53, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Kolkata Derby[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Otto Warmbier[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Harry Lauder[edit]

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WP:OWN -- thanks![edit]

Thanks very much for bringing this essay to my attention...I had no idea it ever existed and I have never seen it be used in any previous infobox discussion. I shall treasure it always and I will now knowingly nod in its direction whenever I take part in infobox discussions in the future in order to strengthen my arguments. CassiantoTalk 14:36, 5 July 2017 (UTC)

Cassianto, it's always good to know more about Wikipedia policies, but not all infobox discussions involve WP:OWN. There are a lot of legitimate arguments for and against infoboxes and many of the discussions don't involve editors trying to take control of the content of a specific article. Good luck with your editing.—Anne Delong (talk) 02:00, 6 July 2017 (UTC)
Wow, more wise words from the font of human knowledge, thank you. Now, please take the time to read my thoughts on this ever so interesting subject. CassiantoTalk 03:52, 6 July 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – July 2017[edit]

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Of interest ?[edit]

An MoS RfC about reducing parenthetical information in first sentence saw some mention things like age, birth and death places etc. in bios could be moved to iboxes. During that conversation someone linked Research:Which parts of an article do readers read.. That page contains the following source .... pls note small data pool....only 30 participants.....but still.....Figure 1 on page 4 and Figure 5 on page 9 is reveling

Clark, Malcolm; Ruthven, Ian; O’Brian Holt, Patrik and Song, Dawei (2012). Looking for genre: the use of structural features during search tasks with Wikipedia. Fourth Information Interaction in Context Conference (IIiX 2012). -PDF

We found that our participants’ extensively interacted with layout features, such as tables, titles, bullet lists, contents lists, information boxes, and references. The eye tracking results showed that participants used the format and layout features and they also highlighted them as important. They were able to navigate to useful information consistently,and they were an effective means of locating relevant information for the completion of their tasks with some success...... this finding is partially shown in Figure 1 in regard to the Contents list and Information box. The shapes are extremely helpful and natural for the participants to navigate between.

Though it might be of interest to you.--Moxy (talk) 18:01, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

Thanks, Moxy. It was interesting. I'd be interested to see a comparison of (1) articles with vs without infoboxes, (2) articles with long vs short lead summaries, and (3) articles with regular vs collapsed tables of contents.—Anne Delong (talk) 20:11, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

FlipKey[edit]

Hi Anne Delong. You accepted FlipKey for Wikipedia:Articles for creation. The article has been nominated for deletion at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/FlipKey (2nd nomination). Cunard (talk) 03:38, 10 July 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads-up, Cunard. Naturally I !voted "keep" since I thought the article was fine as it was, but I made some improvements as well.—Anne Delong (talk) 06:07, 10 July 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for your further improvements on the article, Anne! I noticed you forgot to sign your comment at the AfD. Would you sign it when you get the chance? Cunard (talk) 06:39, 10 July 2017 (UTC)
Ooops! Done.—Anne Delong (talk) 15:02, 10 July 2017 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Balfour Declaration[edit]

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McLaughlin (automobile)[edit]

I see you added a lot to this article 6 or 7 months ago. I would like to change this article's name to McLaughlin Motor Car Company(skipping the Limited). Would you have any objection? Should I be bold about the change or should I go through a consultation process? Finally, I am not a Canadian I was just irritated by the too vague coverage and thought I might be able to improve it. Your thoughts please! Sincerely, Eddaido (talk) 05:04, 16 July 2017 (UTC)

Eddaido, it is fine with me, as long as you leave a redirect behind. There is likely enough information available to have two articles, one about the company and one about the various models of cars, but until automobile enthusiasts choose to work on that your title is better. I just added information that I found while working on a related subject, and a photo I took of a vehicle I happened to see at an auto show. If anyone objects to the move, they can always start a discussion on the talk page.—Anne Delong (talk) 16:06, 16 July 2017 (UTC)

Maryam Mirzakhani[edit]

I noticed that you edited the Maryam Mirzakhani article while it was fully protected. Perhaps I'm misreading WP:GOLDLOCK, but my understanding was that admins aren't supposed to make any substantive edits to {{pp-dispute}}-protected pages, to avoid creating the appearance that admins' views on content carry more weight than non-admins'. Am I mistaken in this regard? If so, my apologies. If not, no worries; I just wanted to make sure you were aware of this policy for future reference. — PinkAmpers&(Je vous invite à me parler) 00:38, 17 July 2017 (UTC)

Hello, PinkAmpersand. I came to the page because I was reading an article about Mirzakhani in a newspaper. I noticed that the page had been protected because of disagreement over the nationality of the subject, so I made sure not to write anything about that, so as not, as you said, to give my opinion (if I had one), more weight than that of others.
I knew a lot of people would be reading the article this week because of her death, so I started a career section. Most biographies have one. The policy says "Protected pages may not be edited except to make changes that are uncontroversial or for which there is clear consensus." I'm pretty sure that I didn't add anything controversial, but just wrote out in prose and substantiated information that was already in the infobox. If there was a discussion that I missed about not having a career section, or you think that the references I added were inappropriate, please write that on the talk page or, now that the protection is over, just remove them, and I will not object.—Anne Delong (talk) 02:06, 17 July 2017 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Film[edit]

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RfA[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – August 2017[edit]

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Help desk question[edit]

Hi Anne! The question you asked on the help desk has been archived, so I will reply here. The failed verification template is only for when the source is related to the subject, but does not include the information that is shown next to the ref tag. If the information is not at all present, remove the citation and replace it with another citation with the information. As you indicated music chart citations, you may want to check archive.org to see previous version of the website. If you cannot verify the claim and it is disputed, remove the information that is shown with the reference. I hope that helps! Cheers, Daylen (talk) 18:56, 1 August 2017 (UTC)

Sorry, Daylen, that is not at all the situation. It's not a case of claims that are not backed up by the references. There are multiple references to charts on which the single does not appear, but there is no claim in the article that the single has charted; in fact, the article is clear that the single did not appear on these charts. Ever. So why are the references there? Why would I try to find another citation to show that a single did not chart? The singles didn't win Grammy awards either, but that's not a reason to make a reference to grammy.com to prove it. The only reason I can think of for the inclusion of these references is to add thousands of extra links to the chart websites in order to to improve the Search engine optimization of the charts.—Anne Delong (talk) 19:23, 1 August 2017 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Randy Quaid[edit]

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Re: John Serry Sr. editing and cleanup initiatives.[edit]

Hi Ms. Delong: Just a quick note to thank you for your editorial assistance in the "Cleanup" of this article. Your kind and thoughtful editorial expertise is greatly appreciated. If possible, kindly reconsider and reverse the removal of various sentences found within the very start of the the biography which you identified as "promotional references" -- for example- the citation that the artist performed during live performances and concerts which were broadcast nationwide-- these citations are actually clarifications of the standard of artistry which was attained by the artist during a time when only the most accomplished musicians were invited to perform live on the Columbia Broadcasting System for Voice of America and network television. The references are not self serving but statements of fact during an era when accordionists in the United States were often classified by their musical peers as "second class" musicians--in fact the accordion was often referred to as an orphaned instrument during this period. In addition, kindly reconsider your deletion of the reference to his work as both a solo concert artist as well as an orchestral accordionist since each of these performance skills are entirely different and reflect very different professional capabilities and talents. In addition the reference to this musician's interest in fostering peace through his musical performances is founded not merely on his use performances on the organ during interfaith ceremonies ( at a time when such ceremonies were often condemned and prohibited by religious clergy in the 1960s & 1970s), but also in his extensive work for Voice of America at CBS as well as the content of his compositions (See American Rhapsody for example. Thanks again for your kind insights, thoughtful assistance and balanced editorial assistance in the course of improving this article along with my best wishes for the continued success of your endeavors on Wikipedia. With best regards. JJ72.69.152.90 (talk) 00:55, 29 August 2017 (UTC)

Hello, JJ. While editing the article, I checked the references to see if they were news or magazine articles, concert or recording reviews, books published through an editor, or other independently published writings specifically about the subject, in this case Mr. Serry. The policy of Wikipedia is that the text in the article is to be a neutral summary of information in these independent writings. If I have removed any such references, please point them out. As far as I can see, there never was a reference next to the sentence about the nationwide live radio and television broadcasts. The references that I removed were ones that didn't mention Mr. Serry, or were user-contributed databases, or were not independently written. If I hadn't taken those out, another editor would have. Note that it is not always necessary to have references to items in the lead summary if the detailed text further down in the article has references to the same information.
I'm presuming that it was you that added all of those newspaper references. If so, and you know what the titles of the articles are, or the URL to the newspaper website, I hope you will add them. I can't tell what they say about Mr. Serry; if they don't mention him they should be removed.
I'm sure that what you say above about the reputation of accordionists is all true, but Wikipedia can't be used to promote opinions or ideas, and if journalists, music critics, or other authors who are not friends, relatives or close colleagues of Mr. Serry have not published articles or books about how these topics and how they relate to him specifically, then it is unsupported opinion, and it should not be in the article about him.
One last thing- It's fine for you to leave messages on my talk page and I am happy to reply here. You may, however, wish to leave messages on the article talk page instead, where they may be read by other editors who will help to improve the article. Now that I have edited the article, it's on my watchlist, so I will see your comments there as well as here.—Anne Delong (talk) 02:24, 29 August 2017 (UTC)
Hello again Ms. Delong - Thank you again for your kind and prompt response. I appreciate your analysis and clarification regarding the use of reference sources and hoped merely to underscore the importance of avoiding the temptation to eliminate reference sources which may not necessarily be pristine, but serve to provide documentation in support of the subject matter contained within the articles ( i.e. such as the name of an orchestra, the name of its conductor and the date and times during which the orchestral ensemble flourished). With this in mind, it might be advisable to refrain from eliminating all such reference citations in so far as they serve to support the general context of the article itself. In reference to the elimination of phrases which you have described as "self promoting" or "unsubstantiated opinions" (such as the use of the terms virtuoso, recording live broadcasts nationwide, concert soloist as well as orchestral accordionist), it should be kept in mind that this musician, along with several others of his era in the United States (See Charles Magnante, Pietro Deiro and Dick Contino, aspired to elevate the performance level of the instrument before live audiences throughout the USA at a time when the instrument was essentially embraced by audiences, critics and conductors within this country as essentially a "Folk Instrument"--only suitable for performing polkas and ethnic music. The absence of reference citations from "authoritative independent sources" should not be surprising since each of these musicians attempted to overcome the widespread preconceptions which prevailed throughout the professional artistic community regarding the accordion's potentiality as a "serious" orchestral instrument. ( SeeAccordion music genres - use in classical music]] for more details). With this in mind, the use of such terms as virtuoso, concert soloist and leading orchestral soloist are best regarded not as self promoting as some might suggest, but rather as technical clarifications of the level of artistry achieved by each of these musicians during their performance endeavors and their attempts to educate their fellow musicians despite the level of ignorance and misunderstanding which prevailed at that time. The use of such terms underscores the obstacles which each of these artists were required to overcome in the course of their performance careers as well as the high level of their artistic achievements, as evidenced by public performances within premier concert venues and published compositions for the instrument. I hope that these thoughts help to clarify matters somewhat, in the hope that you and your fellow editors reconsider the elimination of these terms from the introductory sentences of this biography and the biographies of the musicians listed above. Once again, many thanks for your kind and thoughtful analysis and best wishes for your continued success on Wikipedia in the future- Respectfully yours, JJ 72.69.152.90 (talk) 13:59, 29 August 2017 (UTC)72.69.152.90 (talk) 14:07, 29 August 2017 (UTC)JJ

Dear JJ 72.69.152.90: I will address some of your points:

  • nationwide live broadcasts - the article already mentions this; no need to have it multiple times
  • Virtuoso - If a music critic has called him this in a printed review, then the Wikipedia article can use the term; otherwise not, since this term is reserved for musicians who have been widely acclaimed as having exceptional skill.
  • concert soloist - I have been unable to find a definition of this term, but the context of the article makes it clear that he played in ensembles which gave concerts, so the word "concert" is redundant even if applicable.
  • orchestral accordionist - this is not a commonly used musical term. In fact, more than 95% of the Google hits for "orchestral accordionist" are links to copies of the John Serry, Sr. Wikipedia article and other WP articles to which information about Mr. Serry have been added.
  • lack of reliable sources for accordionists because they are considered folk musicians - If a musician or ensemble is popular, or in some way exceptional, critics will write about this, whatever genre they are considered to be. (see this and this and this.) The majority of musicians, whatever their instrument, are striving to promote their preferred genre, style, performance excellence or compositions; these are worthwhile goals; those who succeed are written about and cited as influential in book, magazine or newspaper retrospectives, which provided reliable sources for Wikipedia articles.

In spite of what I have written here, you are quite welcome to advocate for your changes on the article talk page, or at Wikipedia:WikiProject Classical music. I'm not a classical music expert;the editors there may agree with you.—Anne Delong (talk) 16:12, 29 August 2017 (UTC)

Hello Ms. Delong - This is a very interesting discussion- perhaps I can help to clarify a fine technical point regarding the differentiation between a "Orchestral Accordionist" and a "Concert Accordionist" since the terms are best understood as nouns rather than adjectives. An "Orchestral Accordionist" is generally described as a permanent staff member of an established orchestral ensemble (in this case the Columbia Broadcasting System's Pan American Orchestra & the Viva America Orchestra at CBS and the CBS house Orchestra) who has a permanent chair within the orchestral ensemble. (as opposed to a temporary part during a specific performance). The responsibilities of the orchestral accordionist include 1) performing the specific part assigned to the accordion within the orchestral score 2) monitoring the entire orchestral score during the performance and assuming responsibility for playing the part assigned to either the violins, violas, cellos, oboe, flutes, french horn or trumpet in the event that certain members of these sections either fail to respond to a conductor's cue or unable to follow the conductor's specific instructions during a performance. In this sense, the orchestral accordionist utilizes the sweeping tonal range of the accordion to serve as a fail safe performance resource in the event that an individual section of the orchestral fails to respond appropriately to the conductor. He must assume this role for each of these non-percussive sections of the entire orchestra--a responsibility not assigned to any other member of the orchestra and must be prepared to read the entire orchestral score during a performance and respond to the conductor to assume any part of the score at a moments notice 3) The Orchestral Accordionists must be continuously vigilant since that conductor may also call upon him without advance warning to "double-up" (i.e. play concurrently) with any other non-percussive section of the orchestra in order to produce a particular tonal quality (keeping in mind that as a free instrument with a tonal chamber, the accordion is capable of harmonic sympathetic resonance with the entire orchestra). A "Concert Accordionist" does not generally function as a permanent member of an orchestral ensemble, or assume these specific wide ranging responsibilities. He is typically assigned a specific instrumental score for the accordion only and is assigned the responsibility of performing only that exclusive part--which often requires the unique technical talents of an accomplished soloist. He typically performs either as a soloist or a featured instrumentalist with orchestra accompaniment -- for example during the performance of a Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra. Concert accordionists also perform as soloists in a concert hall setting without orchestral support or as musical collaborators with singers. For example, in this case Serry performed as a Concert Accordionist in collaboration with Marianne Oswald At Town Hall in 1942 and as a Concert Accordionist as a soloist at the Radio City Music Hall in 1933. While the distinction between the two roles is perhaps technical in nature, it is worth noting since this particular musician demonstrated a capability for assuming both roles during his professional career. Perhaps this analysis helps to clarify the appropriate use of these two terms at the start of the article. Thanks again for your kind consideration and best wishes 104.207.219.150 (talk)PS —Preceding undated comment added 17:52, 30 August 2017 (UTC)
Please stop lecturing me about this stuff, and instead find articles written by journalists and/or music critics, in which they have written specifically about Mr. Serry's playing and his performance roles in various concerts. Articles should be summaries of what published sources say, not what Wikipedia editors conclude. If critics and journalists refer to him using one these terms, that would settle the matter. If not, then the fine distinction between them is unimportant in this context.—Anne Delong (talk) 00:46, 31 August 2017 (UTC)
In so far as the entire Musical Style/Performance Style section of the article John Serry Sr. has been deleted as per objections cited above by User:Francis Schonken and User:Anne Delong, the removal of a banner which flags the article as a "personal reflection/opinions essay" which is founded upon "primary sources" published by the subject of the article should be eliminated. No other specific instances of the excessive utilization of "primary reference sources" or "personal refletons/opinions" within the main body of the article have been identified by either User:Francis Schonken orUser: Anne Delong. Also kindly note that Anne Delong indicates on the Wikipedia:WikiProject Classical music talk page that she is not an expert in classical music and is not comfortable making such sweeping changes to an article such as this ( See her remarks to Schonken & Arendt - "Francis Schonken and Gerda Arendt, I appreciate your input and participation. I am not an expert in the area of classical music (I am more into traditional folk genres) and I am a little uncomfortable in making so many serious changes to a B class article. There's also some relevant discussion on my talk page if you are interested.—Anne Delong (talk) 17:23, 29 August 2017 (UTC)"). Apparently, serious changes to an article which has been posted on Wikipedia for several years is not required in the view of this editor. With this in mind, kindly reverse the imposition of the warning banners cited above. Thank you for your kind consideration. Respectfully yours 104.207.219.150 (talk) 15:51, 5 September 2017 (UTC)PS
Hello 104.207.219.150. As I said before, I did not feel knowledgeable enough to edit the section about style. It was not I who added the flags or made changes to that section. You should be leaving this message on the article talk page rather than here, so that the editors who did make the changes will see it.—Anne Delong (talk) 18:34, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

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You added this article to the Canada 10k challenge page. That band appears to be American. Did you mean to add that to the US 50k challenge page? OhanaUnitedTalk page 19:50, 27 September 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for noticing that, OhanaUnited. I was going through the list of Canadian band stubs, and I ended up working on that article when I read about them performing at a Canadian festival and being reviewed in a Canadian magazine. I should have looked more closely at their origins. I replaced that entry with one about a band from Manitoba.—Anne Delong (talk) 02:13, 28 September 2017 (UTC)

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I guess what I would try in that situation is searching on the album titles. They seem to be more unique, and would enable you to check if there are album reviews for a start — and since coverage of a band would normally be most prevalent right around the time of a new album release, and thus would include the name of the album as well, that might help as well. I'll run a ProQuest search myself this afternoon to see if I can help. Bearcat (talk) 16:01, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

I found nothing on ProQuest for any possible combination of search terms. I think we may be looking at one of those instances where a band has a technical pass of an NMUSIC criterion (two notable members) but no discernible evidence of the reliable source coverage required to actually confer includable notability for it. Bearcat (talk) 17:03, 13 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for checking, Bearcat. I had tried searching for the album titles; I also looked at newspaperarchive.com which has back issues from a number of Canadian newspapers. What happens in a case like this? Redirect all of the pages to Fulber or Peterson? Combine the pages into one article and leave it nearly unsourced? Just because a musician is notable doesn't mean that everything he or she has ever done is notable enough for a separate article.—Anne Delong (talk) 03:39, 14 October 2017 (UTC)
I'd list it for deletion, making sure to cite WP:XY in the rationale as a reason why it can't just be redirected. We used to have a practice that bands which met that criterion were effectively exempted from having to be reliably sourced because of the subjectivity involved in picking a redirect target, but that's not the case anymore — if anybody actually searches for it, since there's no standalone article Fulber and Peterson will both come up in the search results anyway. Bearcat (talk) 03:43, 14 October 2017 (UTC)

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Hello, North America. Thanks for the Halloween wishes. WikiProject Cleanup sounds interesting, but I already have three projects on the go, so right now I'm not up for another one. Maybe later after I finish up some things.—Anne Delong (talk) 01:35, 2 November 2017 (UTC)
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Hi Anne. I moved the notice you sent me to User talk:Dumbartonmusic : it was a case of a poor article with copyright issues - speedy deleted as such - user asked for it back (probably at OTRS) - I restored it, killed the copyright violation, moved it to draft space, then let user get on with it. Ronhjones  (Talk) 14:22, 13 January 2018 (UTC)

Hello, Ronhjones. I was using the AfC script, which likes to notify someone when an article is accepted. Looks like the original user never came back - probably just as well, since there were serious COI problems there. If you aren't interested in the page, moving the message seems like a good idea.—Anne Delong (talk) 14:31, 13 January 2018 (UTC)

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Dear Anne, I noticed that you've reviewed Brian Dickinson (climber). Could you please take a look at Draft:Don Morrison (mountaineer) and share your point of view? Thanks! -- Bbarmadillo (talk) 19:00, 24 January 2018 (UTC)

Hello, Bbarmadillo. I don't know anything about climbing; I didn't review the Dickinson page - I just did a technical fix after another editor changed the page name using an incorrect process.

I took a look at the draft, though, and I have some comments:

  • The article has sections that are written more like a magazine article or a memoir, with phrases meant to dramatize or aggrandize the subject (e.g., "already had the Himalayas firmly in his sights", "ground-breaking expeditions", "driven by his passion for the Ogre").
  • To demonstrate that the subject was a notable climber, the article should contain references to extensive information published about him by journalists or book authors who are not his friends or closely connected climbers. There are some independent references, but some mention him not at all or just briefly.
  • The contents of the article should be a summary of what these independent references found important enough to write about, not what the subject himself or his friends and relatives wanted readers to know.

For a more knowledgeable opinion, I suggest you contact members of WikiProject Climbing.—Anne Delong (talk) 11:39, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

Sorry for the confusion and thanks a lot for your extremely detailed feedback! -- Bbarmadillo (talk) 18:17, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

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The Native Howl[edit]

I think this might interest you. Have a great day! 78.26 (spin me / revolutions) 17:44, 15 February 2018 (UTC)

Thanks, 78.26 for bringing that to my attention. Not a tremendously famous band, but the Billboard placement shows that they're on the way up.—Anne Delong (talk) 15:58, 16 February 2018 (UTC)

I figured bluegrass+AfC+probably_notable, what's not for Anne to like? Thanks for your work on it. 78.26 (spin me / revolutions) 16:13, 16 February 2018 (UTC)

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Articles for Creation submission[edit]

Hi Anne. Is possible that you can add an article for creation submission for wikipedia: Alejandro Correa Rueda, I need your help. Thank you. User:Old Wise/Alejandro Correa Rueda,comment added by Old Wise —Preceding undated comment added 16:52, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
Hello, Old Wise. I took a look at your draft article, User:Old Wise/Alejandro Correa Rueda. I see that it has been moved into your user space because it's not ready to be in the encyclopedia. The draft has a lot of references, but unfortunately they are not the right kind. They have all been written by Mr. Correa himself. To show that a person is a suitable subject for an article in Wikipedia, he or she must have been written about extensively by other professional writers in published works overseen by editors. In the case of a scientist, that would mean articles about his work written by other scientists in peer-reviewed journals, or by science writers or journalists in newspapers and magazines. They don't have to be in English. I did an Internet search, but couldn't find anything suitable; I don't speak Spanish and have no access to academic journals, so I am not the best one to ask for help. You'd be better off asking at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Biology.—Anne Delong (talk) 20:40, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
Hello Anne Delong. No, That page is made by me. I've create this page. I'm a great admirer of this great chilean scientist. Ok, Anne I will go seeWikipedia talk:WikiProject Biology Thank you very much. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Old Wise (talkcontribs) 15:34, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
Sorry, Old Wise, I wasn't clear. I understand that you have written the text of the page. That's good! It's the numbered citations that appear at the bottom of the page, which are there to back up the facts in the article, which should be references to documents written by other scientists or science writers. I hope that the experts at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Biology will be able to help you find some.—Anne Delong (talk) 20:46, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

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Administrators' newsletter – April 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (March 2018).

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Administrator changes

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  • The six-month autoconfirmed article creation trial (ACTRIAL) ended on 14 March 2018. The post-trial research report has been published. A request for comment is now underway to determine whether the restrictions from ACTRIAL should be implemented permanently.

Technical news

Arbitration

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ISBN formatting and page numbering in references[edit]

Please use the {{ISBN}} template when adding ISBNs to articles.

Also, you frequently reference page ranges like "p. 99–", which may be acceptable on rare occasions, but it appears to be your usual style. Please reference a finite page or page range. Here is a sample edit that shows both of these problems.

Thanks for your constructive edits. – Jonesey95 (talk) 17:33, 7 April 2018 (UTC)

Dear Jonesey95: When adding book references to Wikipedia articles, I almost always use the RefTag Wikipedia citation tool for Google Books. This is a tool that is used by hundreds of users. It's recommended on the Wikipedia:Citing sources page. I presume that the tool is formatting ISBN numbers correctly. They look okay to me. If not, it would be better to talk to the tool's programmer, or bring up the problem on Wikipedia:Village pump (technical), and have it fixed for everyone instead of asking each user to change every reference manually.

The tool puts those little hyphens after the page numbers too, but if they don't have a purpose I will try to remember to erase them.—Anne Delong (talk) 00:30, 8 April 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for the response. For what it's worth, when these types of ISBN links show up on the Wikipedia:WikiProject Check Wikipedia/ISBN errors page (scroll down until you see "Special:BookSources" in the text), which I work on cleaning up every week, well over 90% (and possibly 100% in some weeks) of the "Special:BookSources" links are due to your edits. Thank you for identifying the possible source of these errors; I will take a look at the tool. If other people are using, maybe your normal editing process is somehow different from theirs. – Jonesey95 (talk) 01:03, 8 April 2018 (UTC)
Hmm. I just tried this Reftag tool, which is very nice. I pasted in a Google Books URL, I entered a page number, and box #3 showed me this: <ref name="Sholokhov2015">{{cite book|author=Mikhail Sholokhov|title=And Quiet Flows the Don|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=yH7vCgAAQBAJ|date=5 November 2015|publisher=Lulu Press, Inc|isbn=978-1-329-67066-2|page=54}}</ref>.
That citation code looks nothing like the code that you are pasting into Wikipedia. Are you copying your references from the box labeled "3: Below is the complete reference tag. Copy and paste it into the Wikipedia article."? If not, please try copying from box #3, and your results should look much better.
One note: It looks like you may have the "plain wikicode" button selected. That appears to produce this text that needs to be cleaned up (although I was unable to get it to produce "p. 54–"). On the English Wikipedia, the "cite book" code should work better in almost every article. – Jonesey95 (talk) 01:09, 8 April 2018 (UTC)
Yes, I routinely copy the text from area #3, and yes, I recently switched to using the "plain wikicode" format. Because I have been editing a lot of Canadian topics, I sometimes use the same references in the French Wikipedia, where the cite template does not work. However, I disagree that the resulting display on the page looks better with the cite template - I prefer the format produced by the plain wikicode, with the date after the source rather than before.
I copied the URL from this Google Book entry into the tool and posted the two RefTag formats plus one with the ISBN template into a sandbox. Then I hovered my mouse pointer over the ISBN number text generated by the three versions to compare the underlying links. They appear to be identical, so whatever process is generating your list of errors is (1) missing the ones created by the cite template, perhaps because it's checking the source code before the template is rendered, and (2) reporting a non-existent problem because the code generated is not in error.
To save you from wasting time, I will switch to using the cite template in the English WP for now, but if there really is something wrong with the ISBN numbers (I don't see it), this is just masking the problem. Either the RefTag template needs to be adjusted (both cite template and wikicode), or your error-reporting process needs work.—Anne Delong (talk) 03:04, 8 April 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for your help. The resulting code appears to work identically, but the {{ISBN}} template uses error-checking to ensure that the listed ISBN is valid. The Special:BookSources link does not check the ISBN for validity. I will continue to fix them as I encounter them. If you can figure out the page range problem, that would be great. I was unable to reproduce it. Jonesey95 (talk) 03:43, 8 April 2018 (UTC)
The RefTag is intended to be used by entering the URL of a Google Book entry for a specific page, for example, this one. If you type this URL into the template, you will see the fields fill in automatically, including the page number with hyphen. (Occasionally Google can't figure out the page number; then you get a blank field and have to add the number yourself.) You can see how much time this saves over typing in the information manually. Perhaps the tool developer was trying to indicate that there was no way to know if the information was spread over more than one page. In any case, it appears to be built-in, but I can take these out when I notice them.—Anne Delong (talk) 03:57, 8 April 2018 (UTC)

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Help please[edit]

Sorry to bother you. I have a requested move at Talk:List_of_common_misconceptions#Requested_move_20_April_2018. Could you please comment on my move request? Thanks. Brian Everlasting (talk) 08:21, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

Hello, Brian Everlasting. I didn't see your request before the thread was closed. However, I wouldn't have been in favour of the move because the two terms are not interchangeable - "misconception" is a more specific term than "error". In your move request you didn't really say in what way the title was a problem, leaving other editors to guess.—Anne Delong (talk) 12:10, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

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Four years of adminship[edit]

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Thanks, Chris troutman. Time flies when you're having fun!—Anne Delong (talk) 10:25, 2 May 2018 (UTC)

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Administrators' newsletter – May 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (April 2018).

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Administrator changes

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  • The ability to create articles directly in mainspace is now indefinitely restricted to autoconfirmed users.
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  • Lankiveil (Craig Franklin) passed away in mid-April. Lankiveil joined Wikipedia on 12 August 2004 and became an administrator on 31 August 2008. During his time with the Wikimedia community, Lankiveil served as an oversighter for the English Wikipedia and as president of Wikimedia Australia.

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Brewery name convention[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – June 2018[edit]

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  • It is now easier for blocked mobile users to see why they were blocked.

Arbitration

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Your submission at Articles for creation: De Sarthe Gallery has been accepted[edit]

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The article has been assessed as C-Class, which is recorded on the article's talk page. You may like to take a look at the grading scheme to see how you can improve the article.

You are more than welcome to continue making quality contributions to Wikipedia. If your account is more than four days old and you have made at least 10 edits you can create articles yourself without posting a request. However, you may continue submitting work to Articles for Creation if you prefer.

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Discussion at User:Kudpung/What do admins do?[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – July 2018[edit]

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Administrator changes

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Bureaucrat changes

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Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC about the deletion of drafts closed with a consensus to change the wording of WP:NMFD. Specifically, a draft that has been repeatedly resubmitted and declined at AfC without any substantial improvement may be deleted at MfD if consensus determines that it is unlikely to ever meet the requirements for mainspace and it otherwise meets one of the reasons for deletion outlined in the deletion policy.
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Technical news

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Administrators' newsletter – August 2018[edit]

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  • After a discussion at Meta, a new user group called "interface administrators" (formerly "technical administrator") has been created. Come the end of August, interface admins will be the only users able to edit site-wide JavaScript and CSS pages like MediaWiki:Common.js and MediaWiki:Common.css, or edit other user's personal JavaScript and CSS. The intention is to improve security and privacy by reducing the number of accounts which could be used to compromise the site or another user's account through malicious code. The new user group can be assigned and revoked by bureaucrats. Discussion is ongoing to establish details for implementing the group on the English Wikipedia.
  • Following a request for comment, the WP:SISTER style guideline now states that in the mainspace, interwiki links to Wikinews should only be made as per the external links guideline. This generally means that within the body of an article, you should not link to Wikinews about a particular event that is only a part of the larger topic. Wikinews links in "external links" sections can be used where helpful, but not automatically if an equivalent article from a reliable news outlet could be linked in the same manner.

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Herbert Ruff death date[edit]

Hi. I worked a bit on your article Herbert Ruff adding categories and linking it to the French article. Please clarify his death date. FR Wikipedia states it was in 1985. Good luck with your edits! -- Bbarmadillo (talk) 19:13, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

Thanks, Bbarmadillo, for pointing out the date problem. I found his obituary in a journal that Google Books had dated as 1981, but actually it was a compilation of several issues between 1981 and 1985.—Anne Delong (talk) 23:00, 20 August 2018 (UTC)
You are welcome. Don't forget to add categories to your articles. -- Bbarmadillo (talk) 06:12, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

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Administrators' newsletter – September 2018[edit]

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  • Because of a data centre test you will be able to read but not edit the wikis for up to an hour on 12 September and 10 October. This will start at 14:00 (UTC). You might lose edits if you try to save during this time. The time when you can't edit might be shorter than an hour.
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Arbitration

  • The Arbitration Committee has resolved to perform a round of Checkuser and Oversight appointments. The usernames of all applicants will be shared with the Functionaries team, and they will be requested to assist in the vetting process. The deadline to submit an application is 23:59 UTC, 12 September, and the candidates that move forward will be published on-wiki for community comments on 18 September.

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Where comments on Drafts go[edit]

Hi Anne Delong,

You seem to be an experienced Afc reviewer, and I have a question concerning review comments on Drafts. I noticed your comment at the top of Draft:Annie E. Ridley, and I'm just wondering why this is on the Draft article page, instead of on its Talk page. Is there a guideline somewhere about leaving comments on Draft articles?

I'm not sure I wish to be an Afc reviewer formally, but I sometimes monitor Drafts by some Wiki Edu student editors, and would like to know the right procedures for leaving comments. My assumption was that as for articles, the Talk page would be the right venue for me to do that. Thanks, Mathglot (talk) 21:58, 27 September 2018 (UTC)

Hello, Mathglot. You are right that for articles comments go on the talk page. These drafts aren't articles yet, though. The comments at the top of the draft page are in particular comments from reviewers, and are specifically about issues that need resolution before the draft can become an article. They will end up being removed automatically when the draft is accepted, since the problems should have been fixed by then. Comments on the talk page will stay.
Experienced users don't usually submit their own drafts for review unless they have a conflict of interest or some such reason - they just move the draft to mainspace when ready. That means that most drafts submitted through AfC are by new users who may not know enough to look for comments on the talk page. The AfC comment box has an option to automatically notify the draft creator about each comment.
If you have something that you want to write about the article, if it's about the criteria for acceptance at AfC, it should be in the form of an AfC comment on the draft article page; however, if it's something that would be useful to future editors that you don't want deleted (for example, a suggestion for expansion of the article, or a place to find good sources, or an offer to help with some aspect, or if you and another editor are collaborating on a draft and need a place to discuss it) these types of posts can go on the talk page. Don't forget to ping the draft creator so that heo or she will see them! The talk page will be automatically created or moved and Wikiprojects and assessment added when the article is accepted.
As far as I know there isn't a formal guideline about this, but I may have missed it.—Anne Delong (talk) 04:20, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
That's an excellent explanation, thank you very much. I wish the essentials of your response could be added to the guideline somewhere, or in a FAQ subpage, to save time for others with the same questions I had. Mathglot (talk) 05:40, 28 September 2018 (UTC)

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Administrators' newsletter – October 2018[edit]

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Arbitration

  • The Arbitration Committee has, by motion, amended the procedure on functionary inactivity.
  • The community consultation for 2018 CheckUser and Oversight appointments has concluded. Appointments will be made by October 11.
  • Following a request for comment, the size of the Arbitration Committee will be decreased to 13 arbitrators, starting in 2019. Additionally, the minimum support percentage required to be appointed to a two-year term on ArbCom has been increased to 60%. ArbCom candidates who receive between 50% and 60% support will be appointed to one-year terms instead.
  • Nominations for the 2018 Arbitration Committee Electoral Commission are being accepted until 12 October. These are the editors who help run the ArbCom election smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering for this role, please consider nominating yourself.

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Please comment on Talk:Devil's Triangle (disambiguation)[edit]

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Please comment on Template talk:Chembox[edit]

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Please comment on Help talk:IPA/Italian[edit]

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Analekta[edit]

Anne, can you please assist me in how to improve the Analekta page? Roger Carlofantom (talk) 11:45, 25 October 2018 (UTC)

Hello, Roger Carlofantom. The key to getting those tags removed from the article is to add references to independently written information in published books, magazines, and news reports, not references to information written by people associated with the company. This is tricky for record labels, because when you search online there are so many hits to articles about the musicians, with only brief mentions of the recording company. I found an article in Billboard magazine and added it - note that only the part that the journalist wrote is considered independent, not the parts where he quotes the founder. I also found a Montreal Gazette article with a little information. I suggest you look for more articles like those.
One more thing: To keep the content encyclopedic, the article should not be talking about what people were thinking, only about what they actually did.
I hope this helps.—Anne Delong (talk) 13:35, 25 October 2018 (UTC)

Anne: Many thanks. Roger

Disambiguation link notification for October 26[edit]

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Nomination of Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass until a consensus is reached, and anyone, including you, is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Zackmann (Talk to me/What I been doing) 20:19, 26 October 2018 (UTC)


WikiProject Articles for Creation / Urgently need your help![edit]

Hello Anne Delong. Please excuse me if I am doing something improper, as I am new to Wikipedia. I am contacting you because you are a member of the WikiProject Articles for Creation. I have created the page Draft:Pierre_Jovanovic nearly 2 months ago, and I am waiting for a review. Could you please consider having a look at it ? And again, please excuse me if my request is improper. I am learning the ropes. Best regards. Micha Jo (talk) 16:49, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

Hello Micha Jo. I looked at the draft, and was about to make some suggestions when I read those given by Dan arndt, who has said about what I would say. There should be no references to other encyclopedias, or to Amazon, which is a site for selling books - it has only publishers' descriptions and comments from random people who are not literary critics. All of those should be removed from the list of references. Social media posts are also not appropriate as references. Instead, you should add references to published books or articles written by other authors who are not connected with him, and are about him and his books. A few proper references are much better than a long list of promotional or social media ones; you shouldn't need more than two for each fact cited. I found these: [1], [2], [3], [4] and I added the first one to the article.
Here's a source that may help to show notability for M. Jovanovic's book about angels: WorldCat shows that at least 146 libraries are carrying the English edition of the book, and it is a neutral source, just information.—Anne Delong (talk) 18:15, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

This seems a valuable article and a very promising new contributor. Thanks for your efforts, you are renewing my (sometimes fading) faith in both Wikipedia and my fellow admins. Andrewa (talk) 18:35, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

Dear Anne Delong. Thanks for your precious comments and warm words. It is a tough road to a first quality page! I am in the process of improving the page on your guidelines. And thanks for the wolrdcat tip! Kind regards. Micha Jo (talk) 19:00, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
Wow, your guidance was great. I did the work of cleaning the references, and now I understand better the value of quality secondary sources. THANKS! Micha Jo (talk) 20:16, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

@Anne Delong: Please, I need your help. My first article, which was approved after a 2 month review process was submitted for deletion by user Bradv. See here Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Pierre Jovanovic. I presented strong arguments in the talk page Talk:Pierre_Jovanovic, but they were not considered. Could you please have a look, and support my page if you like it ? Also note that Bradv is the infamous editor which deleted the Wikipedia page of Mrs Strickland who later won the Nobel prize in physics: [[5]] and [[6]]. Thank you and kind regards. Micha Jo (talk) 03:06, 4 November 2018 (UTC)

WikiProject Canada 10,000 Challenge award[edit]

Canadian Barnstar - Gold v2.svg The Gold Maple Leaf Award
This maple leaf is awarded to Anne Delong for tireless work in expanding, cleaning up and sourcing articles, including working through Articles for Creation to encourage new editors, during the second year of The 10,000 Challenge of WikiProject Canada. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 19:43, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, Reidgreg. I've been thinking of taking a break and doing some laundry....—Anne Delong (talk) 20:11, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – November 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (October 2018).

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • Partial blocks is now available for testing on the Test Wikipedia. The new functionality allows you to block users from editing specific pages. Bugs may exist and can be reported on the local talk page or on Meta. A discussion regarding deployment to English Wikipedia will be started by community liaisons sometime in the near future.
  • A user script is now available to quickly review unblock requests.
  • The 2019 Community Wishlist Survey is now accepting new proposals until November 11, 2018. The results of this survey will determine what software the Wikimedia Foundation's Community Tech team will work on next year. Voting on the proposals will take place from November 16 to November 30, 2018. Specifically, there is a proposal category for admins and stewards that may be of interest.

Arbitration

  • Eligible editors will be invited to nominate themselves as candidates in the 2018 Arbitration Committee Elections starting on November 4 until November 13. Voting will begin on November 19 and last until December 2.
  • The Arbitration Committee's email address has changed to arbcom-en@wikimedia.org. Other email lists, such as functionaries-en and clerks-l, remain unchanged.

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Greetings from the Arbcom Recruitment Kittens![edit]

No catfights, we promise!

We've got some former arbs in the mix for WP:ACE2018, but we need more fresh blood bright-eyed and bushy-tailed first-time candidates! AfC is probably a surprisingly transferable skillset. Opabinia regalis (talk) 07:13, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

Opabinia regalis, thanks for thinking of me, but I can't work that into my life right now. I have time-consuming commitments with three off-wiki organizations and an irregular schedule. I mostly edit Wikipedia while travelling or at night when I can't sleep, or in spare moments when it isn't practical to work on my other projects; I need to be able to leave off at any time without guilt or pressure. Maybe in the future when some of these other things are finished...—Anne Delong (talk) 13:09, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

Eggsquis[edit]

Hi, I don't know whether you think this is notable or not. If not I'll get it deleted.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:00, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

Dr. Blofeld, I found some references, but the article could use more extensive ones. There seems to be remarkably little news considering that there are nearly forty restaurants. Likely there would be more in French, but I don't know what key words to use. It's interesting that there isn't an article in the French Wikipedia. —Anne Delong (talk) 04:38, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

Cheers Anna, yeah I merged it into the List of Canadian restaurants, I think it belongs in a little summary there not in a separate article. Thanks!♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:13, 12 November 2018 (UTC)