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I disapprove of your recent articles, as there are not enough warships. Kthnx. —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 02:31, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

Oh, darn... I knew I forgotten something very essential :P Two months ago doesn't count as recent I suppose, though it wasn't really about a ship. BTW, how come your articles don't say anything about cricket or medieval architecture? ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 14:39, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

Notability

Do you think that there is a notability problem in this article about Astronomical Society of Dharmaraja College? It is one of the very few active astronomical societies in Sri Lanka. The number of acievements it has got in local and international arena in last two or three years are immense. For example, 7 out of the 15 students selected to the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics in last 3 years are ASDRC students. Moreover, it has conducted a substantial number of projects to popularize Astronomy in Sri Lanka. Can you please look into this article and help fix this notability problem? Astronomyinertia (talk) 09:22, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

School societies normally go into the article about the school itself, but if this society has such a lot of accomplishments at national and international level it would be notable enough. These are probably covered by newspapers etc. right? You can add them to the article as references, which will show that it is covered by reliable third party sources. I'll try and work on it when I have time. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 14:38, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
Thanks:) I think the problem some editors have is that achievements of students do not go by the society's name. Instead, the sources highlight the school's name as you can see [here] and [here]. In [2009 competition] also, 3 out of 5 students are from the same school. Astronomical Society is directly involved in nurturing these students since there is no other way for students to get organized and work on the field. Sad to say, there are very few or no newspaper articles about these student achievements. Interestingly though, IOAA 2009 Iran [official web page] has not published a prize list, where a student, namely Yasith Mathangasinghe won the prize called The most creative solution in theory, a highly valuable award in international science olympiad competitions. Students from same school have won Honourable Mentions in 2008 and [2007] (Chamitha Mahendra Rathnayake). In all these cases, the society's name is not highlighted. As I said earlier, most guys think this as a problem in reliable third party sources. I'll be extremely thankful if you could look deeply into this problem. Astronomyinertia (talk) 18:17, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
Our general notability guideline says that a subject must have received significant coverage by multiple reliable third party sources. If sources don't talk about the society itself, then I'm afraid it does fail the criteria. The way I understand it, schools always send their students representing the school itself. That means the entire school gets the credit and not just an individual society. There's nothing we can do about that of course, but it often means that the societies must be mentioned in the article about the school and not as separate articles. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 03:40, 9 January 2010 (UTC)

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Odette Krempin

Hi. It looks to me as though a range of IPs is responsible for the Odette Krempin vandalism. I've never done this before, but does it make sense to block the range? Tx for your thoughts.--Epeefleche (talk) 17:15, 12 January 2010 (UTC)

We only use range blocks in very severe cases, since it'll block a very large number of other users as well and not only the vandal. Protecting is often a better alternative. I'll keep an eye on that page. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 01:36, 13 January 2010 (UTC)
Many thanks.--Epeefleche (talk) 23:13, 14 January 2010 (UTC)

Invitation for review of FLC

Hi Chamal N! Since you reviewed the List of National Treasures of Japan (paintings), I thought you might be interested also in List of National Treasures of Japan (shrines) which is currently a featured list candidate and in need of feedback. I'd appreciate if you have time to look over it and leave comments at the candidacy page. (The list is shorter than the painting list.) bamse (talk) 22:54, 14 January 2010 (UTC)

Sure, I'll take a look at it. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 01:17, 15 January 2010 (UTC)
Thanks.bamse (talk) 18:56, 17 January 2010 (UTC)

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Searching for help/adoption!

I added a video of a real exorcism in the Exorcism article at the link section but it was removed by someone?? It was both instructional and showed a real live exorcism. Should videos not be added to wikipedia articles? Please help? I am completely new here so I dont know almost anything on how to maneuvre or find things, nor do I know how one should contact others fully so please contact me back in my talk page and adopt me so I can receive help by someone knowledgeable when problems arise! Peace!Humilityisfine (talk) 15:15, 17 January 2010 (UTC)

Hi, Humilityisfine. Your account's contributions show that you have not added anything to the Exorcism article. But this edit may be what you're talking about. We don't usually add YouTube links, since we can't always be sure about their copyright status (see WP:YOUTUBE). This is the case with the video link you added as well.
As for adoption, I'm sorry but I'm somewhat busy currently. However, you can find a lot of experienced users who are willing to adopt on this page. Please feel free to ask if you need any more help, or you can always go to the help desk. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 15:32, 17 January 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for answering. I made the addition before I become a member. So one can never add youtube videos or any other videos? How am I to prove that a video is not copyrighted? Can you add videos from other sites? When can you add youtube videos? What was my specific mistake with this video since the page about youtube said that it was allowed to make youtube links? Hope you can help me with these questions so I dont redo my mistakes. I reckon that I just need some help sometimes. Peace!Humilityisfine (talk) 15:43, 17 January 2010 (UTC)

No, not always. If you know for sure that the video is in the public domain or is released under a free license accepted by Wikipedia, then there's no problem with adding it. I'm not familiar with youtube, so I'm not really sure how you can that though. You could ask at the help desk or external links noticeboard; you'll get a better answer there. Chamal talk stealth mode 02:12, 18 January 2010 (UTC)

I talked with people on the talk page but they are heavily biased and contradict WIKI rules when they add reasons why it shouldnt be added. So who should I contact to have their reversion overruled, like a judge committe or something? PeaceHumilityisfine (talk) 16:58, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

Not really, it's through discussion that we decide what to do. If consensus is against adding it, then it shouldn'y be added. You can follow the dispute resolution process if you want. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 14:38, 20 January 2010 (UTC)

Community de-Adminship - finalization poll for the CDA proposal

After tolling up the votes in the revision proposals, it emerged that 5.4 had the most support, but elements of that support remained unclear, and various comments throughout the polls needed consideration.

A finalisation poll (intended, if possible, to be one last poll before finalising the CDA proposal) has been run to;

  • gather opinion on the 'consensus margin' (what percentages, if any, have the most support) and
  • ascertain whether there is support for a 'two-phase' poll at the eventual RfC (not far off now), where CDA will finally be put to the community. Matt Lewis (talk) 01:25, 18 January 2010 (UTC)

WP:NODRAMA/2

Just a quick reminder that the Second Great Wikipedia Dramaout has begun. Please log any work you do at Wikipedia:The Great Wikipedia Dramaout/2nd/Log. Good luck! --Jayron32 01:46, 18 January 2010 (UTC)

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Kaaren Ragland

Hi

Just to say a quick thanks for your advice on Kaaren Ragland. No I hadn't thought of filing sockpuppet reports because I'm not familiar with the article (never heard of the person until today when I stumbled on the article using HG!) so I'm not familiar with any sockpuppets on the account --5 albert square (talk) 18:26, 23 January 2010 (UTC)

Ah... No worries, they are blocked. Looks like somebody was keeping an eye out for them already :) ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 01:51, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

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Re: Sri Lankan presidential election, 2010

No hurry. 4.9 mil was the requirement to win, Rajapaske has 5.8. That's all there is to it. --snowolfD4 ( talk / @ ) 08:42, 27 January 2010 (UTC)

Yeah, I guess there's no problem with it. I just think it'd be better to wait for the final results, since the results of 8 more electorates are still to be announced. It's not going to make much of a difference though, so it's no big deal :) ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 08:44, 27 January 2010 (UTC)

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Centuries

Also though the tagging was a bit silly. —Aaroncrick (talk) 07:40, 29 January 2010 (UTC)

I'm trying to find some articles to link to it, but then most of the cricket lists are linked only from the player's article. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 07:42, 29 January 2010 (UTC)

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Temple of the Tooth

That is quiet alright. Perhaps try to find books by Professors Lorna Srimathie Devaraja and Anuradha Seneviratne. They are the experts on Kandyan period. It is quite Okay if you couldn't find any. I believe the article is already in good shape. Regards--Chanaka L (talk) 03:26, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

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Good article and nice work, Chamal. :) —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 06:06, 4 February 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, but do you mean this one or the one above? This one looks pretty simple to me ;) ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 12:09, 4 February 2010 (UTC)
How about this: they are all good and worthy of praise :) —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 06:37, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

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The Military history WikiProject Newsletter : XLVII (January 2010)

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Unprotection

Hi Chamal, would you please unprotect Avram Grant (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) as the issue is released to the press now, thanks. Off2riorob (talk) 03:36, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

OK, done. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 04:30, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

Thank you. Off2riorob (talk) 06:37, 5 February 2010 (UTC)


Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ramayana sites in Sri Lanka

Hi. Can you salvage this from deletion? I think it could probably be expanded into a decent article? ‡ Himalayan ‡ ΨMonastery 00:57, 6 February 2010 (UTC)

Hmm... I'm not familiar with the topic, but I suppose it shouldn't be too hard to find sources for this. I'll take a look at it when I can. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 10:58, 7 February 2010 (UTC)

Vedda language

I am rewriting the article here, I have given myself about a month to complete it considering I am no linguist:)). In that rewrite I wanted to use a map to indicate the past ebb and flow of the language situation. I am already using one of your creations to indicate the phase 2 of the language situation. I would like to know if you have the time would you be able to create the following. I have all the sources to back it up.

Phase 1 a map of Sri Lanka completely covered in the brown color you use to indicate Malayarata in phase 2 to indicate the prevalence Vedda language(s) prior to the arrival of Indic settlers in 5 century BC.

Phase 2 already done, indicates the survival of Vedda language in Malayarata from 5BC until the 9 century AD.

Phase 3 in light brown color (indicating a new language that is the current Vedda Creole) showing the Uva, the re reforested Rajarata and eastern portion of the Ruhuna (karatagama area) except the coast belt. Shows the expansion Vedda language from 12 century until the 19th century

Phase 4 a glob highlighted Between A'pura and Vavuniya for Anuradhapura Veddas, a glob highlighted in the coast areas from T'malee to Valachennai for Coast Veddas and a glob highlighted in the northern Uva province and southern P'naruwa province for the current Vedas in the same light brown color.

You can also e-mail to discuss about this after your exams. :)) Taprobanus (talk) 18:37, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

Yeah, no problem :) I'm not really busy; I can get working on it as soon as you want. Is there any reference I can use for 3 and 4? And are there any locations that need to be shown as well? ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 12:15, 9 February 2010 (UTC)
Phase 4
Dharmadasa, K.N.O (Feb 1974). "The Creolization of an Aboriginal language:The case of Vedda in Sri Lanka (Ceylon)". Anthropological Linguistics (Indiana University) 16 (2): 79–106. 
page 79 - The Vedda today is restricted to Northern Uva and Southern Tamankaduva ( I thing it is Southern P'olonaruwa) This is just for so called pure Veddas +
Samarasinghe, S. W. R. de A (1990). The Vanishing aborigines : Sri Lanka's Veddas in transition. International Centre for Ethnic Studies in association with NORAD and Vikas Pub. House. ISBN 9780706952988.  Page 82 – 83 - Coast Veddas are found from Valachennai to Trincomalee. +
Brow, James (1978). Vedda Villages of Anuradhapura. University of Washington Press page ?? – Anuradhapura Veddas found between Anuradhapura and Vavuniya
Phase 3
Dharmadasa, K.N.O (Feb 1974). "The Creolization of an Aboriginal language:The case of Vedda in Sri Lanka (Ceylon)". Anthropological Linguistics (Indiana University) 16 (2): 79–106.  page 79 – Vedda country embraced the whole of Uva, Much of North Central and Eastern provinces (my note except the coast belt + eastern portion of Ruhuna i.e the jungles around Kataragama -> i will provide the ref for my notes too)Taprobanus (talk) 18:51, 9 February 2010 (UTC)
See how I have organized the pics. Thanks Taprobanus (talk) 21:52, 12 February 2010 (UTC)
OK, I'll make a sort of draft and email to you, so that we can make any corrections before uploading. 02:54, 13 February 2010 (UTC)
Did you get the PDF's Taprobanus (talk) 13:44, 3 March 2010 (UTC)
Yes, I got them. Haven't had a chance to look at them, though. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 13:47, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

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Spammer

Hi, I think you are looking after User talk:Humilityisfine as a newcomer, but he is a spammer. History2007 (talk) 01:21, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

I simply welcomed him as a new user. It doesn't matter to me what he is, the message is supposed to give him an idea of how things work here. Whether he makes use of it or not is his own affair, and I have no intention of "looking after" him. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 02:10, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

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Hi, this message is to inform you that if the next time you protect a page make sure you do it right. Western Pines (talk) 19:01, 14 February 2010 (UTC)

Right, done. Maybe next time you leave a message like this you'd be kind enough to mention what page you are talking about. It helps to be perfect yourself when you are expecting perfection from others. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 01:19, 15 February 2010 (UTC)
The article that needs protection is House. You claimed protection for one month but it didn't seem to happen so I decided to post on your talk page and see what happened. Western Pines (talk) 01:02, 16 February 2010 (UTC)

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Thanks for feedback - I simply skipped one line of credits. Materialscientist (talk) 12:29, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/List of Somerset CCC players by number of appearances/archive1

Hi Chamal, can you comment on the name of the list at the above FLC? Thanks, Dabomb87 (talk) 00:14, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

I'll take a look. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 03:37, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

Thanks...

for protecting my userpage! I plan to continue vandal-fighting and I just thought it was a waste of everyone's time to keep reverting the vandalism on my page. PrincessofLlyr (talk) 05:13, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

You're welcome :) Yeah, that's what I figured. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 05:15, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

Spamming

Chamal, So grateful if you could look into this whole spamming episode and comment on what needs to be done. This is happening on daily basis now and hard to control. Your assistance would be very helpful. Regards--Chanaka L (talk) 04:50, 22 February 2010 (UTC)

I'm not familiar with the blacklisting process, but I don't think it's really suitable to be blacklisted yet. I've protected both pages temporarily and warned the user. Let's see if that will stop it. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 02:04, 23 February 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for your immediate actions. I had to report there because there are not much happening in WP:RSPAM usually. Hope this will end now. Regards--Chanaka L (talk) 08:13, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

DYK

Hello, I saw you listed as one of the DYK admins. I had a DYK on Feb 20, 2010 for Natural language understanding and there were a couple of questions, but I think I have answered them all. But it is still sitting there now, waiting for attention. Could I ask you to take a look at it and perhaps OK it. Thanks in advance. History2007 (talk) 20:35, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

Hi :) Don't worry, sometimes it takes a few days for a hook to be reviewed due to the large backlog there. There are quite a number of earlier hooks still on that page. Since Carabinieri (talk · contribs) already seems to be reviewing it, let's wait and see if he replies there. I'll take a look if he doesn't. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 01:31, 24 February 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for your attention. Cheers. History2007 (talk) 12:50, 26 February 2010 (UTC)

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New editor

Can you look int to this please. Not everything he/she does is vandalism but seems to be anewbie but dont know how to go about it and is disrupting the project. Thanks Taprobanus (talk) 14:38, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

I've left him a message, let's see of he changes his ways. We can't really call him a vandal, but his edits are very POV and misleading. I'll keep an eye on him. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 15:48, 2 March 2010 (UTC)
Ah... a sock. He's been temporarily blocked now. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 00:54, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

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Hi Chamal N, thanks for taking care of this. Best, --Discographer (talk) 09:43, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

You're welcome :) ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 09:46, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

The Military history WikiProject Newsletter : XLVIII (February 2010)

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From the coordinators

March, as you know, is an election month for our project, when we pick the coordinators for the next six months. We are seeking motivated individuals willing to devote some of their time and energy to the project so it continues to grow and prosper.

Also, I am making a personal appeal to each of you, the members of this project, to come out and vote for the candidates that run. These users will be responsible for managing the assessment process, answering questions, and making sure that the project's other needs are met. We have approximately 1,000 users who identify as being a part of our project, yet on average only about one-tenth of that number participate in elections. Moreover, as we typically hold referendums on major issues affecting the project along with these election, those who do not vote miss the opportunity to give their opinion on matters affecting the project as a whole. Remember, one vote always makes a difference. For the coordinators, TomStar81 (Talk) 23:47, 6 February 2010 (UTC)

Articles of note

New featured articles:

  1. Admiralty Islands campaign
  2. Alexander Pentland
  3. Anthony Roll
  4. Battle of Winterthur (1799)
  5. Cedric Howell
  6. HMS Calliope (1884)
  7. The Disasters of War

New featured lists:

  1. List of battlecruisers of Germany
  2. List of National Treasures of Japan (castles)

New featured pictures:

  1. Australian military encampment, 1918
  2. Injured Arriving by Boat at Balaklava
  3. USS New Jersey, 1918

New A-Class articles:

  1. Battle of Taejon
  2. Bombardment of Papeete
  3. First Battle of Maryang San
  4. Henry George Chauvel
  5. List of Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves recipients: 1942
  6. Michael J. Daly
  7. Nguyen Van Nhung
  8. No. 1 Wing RAAF
  9. Oswald Watt
  10. Red Tail Project
  11. Siege of Godesberg (1583)
  12. SMS Goeben
  13. Yermolayev Yer-2
Project news
  • A discussion has begun concerning our military history manual of style's guideline recommending preemptive disambiguation on the naming of military units. As the outcome of the discussion will likely effect a number of pages within our scope we are seeking input from the community on whether the guideline should be changed.
  • Late last year, several largely inactive task forces were merged. However, the mergers of the Australia and New Zealand task forces did not take place as there was no consensus for a new name. To resolve this, a discussion has begun and all editors are encouraged to participate.
Contest department
Awards and honours
Editorial: Reliable sources in military history

Across Wikipedia, guidelines have been set up so that editors can vet sources for themselves. Links to some of these and a guide for checking if a source is reliable can be found in an excellent Signpost dispatch written by Ealdgyth (talk · contribs). However, for the majority of military history-related topics, we strive for more than just a basic reliable source. Specifically, we aim for peer-reviewed articles and books over, for example, most websites.[N 1] Contemporary news articles or accounts can and should be mixed in (if possible) to give a picture of the general view point of the time—were they calm, afraid, unsure of what was going on?

Another major tenet is neutrality. If an editor rewrote the article Dieppe Raid using only the official Canadian history,[N 2] we would have a problem; while it does contain a thorough and in-depth overview, a point-of-view can still be read. For one, it gives an undue amount of focus to Canada's input in the planning of the landing, and it would probably give an undue focus to their troops if a majority of the landing forces hadn't been Canadian. Granted, this is a book written to document that country's role in the Second World War, so you would hope it focuses on them, but this same reason makes it unusable as the primary basis for an article.

In this case, you would like to utilize a few recent, peer-reviewed books and journals, the official British, Canadian and German histories, possibly a few books written by historians from the aforementioned countries, and newspapers from that time period.[N 3] Obviously this is ideal, but you need to represent all three sides in this (the United States would be a fourth, but they played only a minor role in the planning and invading). This neutrality aspect applies especially for battles and to a lesser degree biographies, but it can be utilized in virtually every article in our scope. For example, it could be beneficial to obtain Japanese accounts of B-29 Superfortress bombing raids or non-Puerto Rican peer-reviewed sources for that insular area's role in the Second World War. —Ed (talkmajestic titan)

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  2. ^ Stacey, Colonel C.P. Six Years of War: The Army in Canada, Britain and the Pacific. 1, Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War. Ottawa: Queen's Printer, 1955.
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Milhist

Hi again Chamal. I'm here to ask if you would consider standing to be a WP:MILHIST coordinator for this term. It's really not a lot of work; mainly you would be needed to give opinions on random topics at WT:MHCOORD. I think you could be good in this role, my friend. :) Regards, —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 06:50, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

Thanks very much for the offer Ed, but I haven't really been the most active MILHIST member. I don't have a lot of recent article work there either, so I don't think anybody would be voting for me :P Perhaps next time... BTW, aren't you standing for re-election? I don't see your name on the list yet. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 08:10, 6 March 2010 (UTC)
...AFAIK, there are something like 12–14 positions available and three candidates. Do the math. :P Plus, I think your insights would be quite a boost to WT:MHCOORD. I might be; I wasn't, but with so few candidates.... we'll see. —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 21:10, 6 March 2010 (UTC)
Somehow I doubt one of the biggest projects on Wikipedia will be unable to find 12 good editors to run for coordinator elections ;) But if that tragic situation arises, I'll run. There are a few more days, right? ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 11:29, 7 March 2010 (UTC)
Note that the original start date for the election was tomorrow (UTC time), and there are only five(!) people standing now. The last day to nominate yourself is now the 15th I think.
Juliancolton became a coord last year with virtually no MILHIST experience, so why not you? I really think you should run and just try; if you fail, you fail, and there is no other harm done. And keep this in mind: you'd have at least one support, so it wouldn't be a total fail. :-) —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 13:51, 7 March 2010 (UTC)
Poke. :-P —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 18:54, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

Protect

Hi Chamal

Could you please protect List of Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas characters? There's an unregistered person who refuses to acknowledge the discussion. Even though he's been in it several times, and the odds are against him in the matter of discussion.--Refuteku (talk) 20:06, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

I've left him a message at his talk page, since he has been warned only once. I'll keep aneye on that page. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 01:55, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

Christ Myth Dispute

Could you read the following and consider adding the NPOV tag? [1] Thanks. ^^James^^ (talk) 21:33, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

No, I'm not going to re-add it. Please see my reply there. If you want, you can ask another admin to consider adding it at WP:RFED. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 01:27, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

82nd Academy Awards

Could you please reasses the article 82nd Academy Awards, you declined a request for semi-protection, though the article has faced a significant amount of IP and new user vandalism since then. Thank you. Gage (talk) 01:55, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

As I said, there are a lot of good faith edits by IP's as well (there are vandalism too, of course) so what I think is that it will be best to leave the article unprotected. Anyway, I'll ask for a third opinion at RFPP. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 02:03, 8 March 2010 (UTC)
Edit conflicts, based on crystal balling, and improper formatting is not more beneficial than the few good faith edits that do make it through. Gage (talk) 02:06, 8 March 2010 (UTC)
Well, I'm certainly not going to protect a page to prevent good faith edits simply because of poor formatting. Blatantly unproductive/disruptive edits are the ones that are considered when protecting a page. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 02:10, 8 March 2010 (UTC)
Perhaps looking at my recent contributions would serve better. Gage (talk) 02:12, 8 March 2010 (UTC)
Actually, your recent contributions to the page confirm what I've been saying about good faith edits. Anyway, I'm not going to protect the page, but I don't have a problem if another admin thinks that it is appropriate to do so. I have already asked for a third opinion on WP:RFPP. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 02:17, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

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Criterion 3a

Hi Chamal, following up on your reply on the Featured List Candidates talk page, can you please explain what part of criterion 3a you are specifically refering to.--intraining Jack In 07:06, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

I was talking about the list being "complete", or at least nearly so. There must be thousands of documentary films made during the last few decades, and getting them all into that list is going to be quite a job. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 07:10, 8 March 2010 (UTC)
This list is not to list every single documentary ever made, it only contains documentarys with related wikipedia articles.--intraining Jack In 08:00, 8 March 2010 (UTC)
Then I don't think that's a very good scope, to be honest. It would pretty much be an index of documentary film articles on Wikipedia, which serves little more purpose than Category:Documentary films. As far as I know, the usual method for lists like this (lists of people, for example) is to include every item that could have a Wikipedia article according to the notability criteria, and not just existing articles. But that's just my view; if you are willing to do it, please don't be discouraged just by my comments. Go for a peer review, ask for others' opinions, and go for it if you think it's possible. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 08:49, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

Thanks Chamal, This list is what made me become apart of Wikipedia. I have been editing this list since this revision. One of the problems the list has is lack of editors. Do you have any ideas how I can encourage some documentary enthusiasts to help out, I think it's at the stage now where it is pretty straight forward of what needs to be done so it's just a matter of popping in when you have free time and look up some sources, fix wiki links etc. Also I know that the bot generated category lists will probably have more documentarys right now, I beleive this list is superior as it list's directors and producers. Unlike normal motion pictures; producers of documentarys are actually more accredited than directors. Thankyou for not taking the negative approach to this list.--intraining Jack In 10:25, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

I suppose you could ask for some help at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Films. You can get suggestions for improving the article at Wikipedia:Peer review. I'm not really interested in the subject though, sorry. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 11:05, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

Page protection

Hi Chamal, Thanks for the page protection on Invasion of Normandy. I think it's been semi-protected a couple of times in the recent past by Gwen Gale because I've asked her to do it. I went to the page protection page thinking I could get longer protection this time. It seems like it's a page with regular IP vandal traffic. I'm thinking it might be school kids. Thanks.Malke2010 18:29, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

Sorry about the late reply; I couldn't log in for a few days. You can see the protection log for the page here. It has been protected only once before (in 2008, and unprotected in 2009), but never by Gwen Gale. Vandalism on that page is not very frequent, but I protected it since almost all of the recent IP edits were disruptive. If it resumes after this protection period expires, we can go for longer protection. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 08:21, 12 March 2010 (UTC)

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DYK for Jhalkaribai

Dear Chamal N: I have worked on the article Jhalkaribai over the last week and nominated it for DYK on March 7. The x5 expansion is verified there by User:Materialscientist, but he had some issues about the comprehensiveness of the article. I have tried to resolve it with my best efforts by adding some information. It would be a great help if you can have a look at WP:TDYK#March 07. Thank you. Shivashree (talk) 03:10, 10 March 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Avukana Buddha statue

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Materialscientist (talk) 00:02, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

DYK for List of Sri Lankan Test cricket records

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Calmer Waters 06:03, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

DYK for List of international cricket centuries by Mahela Jayawardene

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DYK for Toluvila statue

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Pepperpause.

I suggest changing the user's block settings so that the user can't edit its talk page. - Zhang He (talk) 07:06, 14 March 2010 (UTC)

He's not really being disruptive right now. He's allowed to remove warnings from his page, and he can also say whatever he likes about the warnings and the block. What matters is that he has read the warnings; we can't help it if he simply chooses to ignore them. I'm keeping an eye on him though, and will block his talk page access if it escalates. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 07:11, 14 March 2010 (UTC)
It looks like the user is giving us a "level 4 warning" for vandalism. :o - Zhang He (talk) 07:14, 14 March 2010 (UTC)
Just ignore it. Everybody can see what's really happening. I count 14 warnings on his talk page (all removed) from 6 different users and he hasn't heeded any of them. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 07:30, 14 March 2010 (UTC)

AIV

Could you please review the AIV backlog? Thanks. -Reconsider! 07:19, 14 March 2010 (UTC)

Cleared, with some help from Calmer Waters (talk · contribs) ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 07:32, 14 March 2010 (UTC)

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Imperial Triple Crown

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Thanks :) ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 13:02, 16 March 2010 (UTC)

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Question: March 16 Javier Arias Stella‎ DYK Nomination

I think that User:TodorBozhinov‎ is offline at the moment and, since you just edited the template talk, I know you're online. The Javier Arias Stella article was nominated to DYK on March 16th and was summarily denied because it was only 600 characters long. I stumbled across the nomination and, after some googling, found that the article could be easily expanded. So I did so. Now it is 1700 odd characters. Could you please take a look at the hook and article and give it a fresh review? SilverserenC 02:00, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

I've left a comment there. Still a couple of problems to be fixed, but shouldn't be too hard. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 02:10, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
In terms of the Paquisha War comment lacking a reference, would I be able to use the book reference that is used to describe it in the Paquisha War article? SilverserenC 02:31, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
Nevermind, I found an online reference, everything is good. SilverserenC 02:42, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

Signatures

The steps you told me on Help Desk, and I followed it, is not working. After doing when I clicked the Signature button it appeared " --[[User:Extra999|Extra999]] ([[User talk:Extra999|Contact <sup>me</sup>]]) (talk) 17:10, 18 March 2010 (UTC) " instead of "-- Extra999 (Contact me)". Also there was no "Sign my name exactly as shown" tick box and there was "Treat signature as wikitext (without an automatic link)". What should I do ?? -- Extra999 (Contact me) 22:38, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

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Holy Bible move

The talk page for the Holy Bible to Holy Bible (album) needs to be moved. The talk page for the album redirects to the redirect page for "The Holy Bible". I am unable to move it. Thanks. Squad51 (talk) 03:12, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

Bencherlite (talk · contribs) has moved it. Sorry about that, no idea how I missed it. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 10:54, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

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Time machine

If the ALSV was unveiled in 1996 how did it fight in the gulf war? Jane's is probably referring to the Desert patrol vehicle.Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (talk) 21:42, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

Janes clearly says "ALSVs are understood to have been operated by US Navy SEALS and the Marine Corps during Desert Storm". Although it was unveiled to the public in 1996, it may have been developed and used earlier I think. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 11:00, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

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Not protected pre-emptively

What means that "Pages are not protected pre-emptively."? /Heymid (talk) 15:01, 28 March 2010 (UTC)

It means that we don't protect pages to prevent vandalism that has not already occurred. A page can be protected only if it is being vandalized and has a history of excessive vandalism. See the protection policy for details. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 15:06, 28 March 2010 (UTC)

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Cheers — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 12:52, 30 March 2010 (UTC)

I don't have a problem with reducing the protection level. Thanks for the tip too, I didn't know about that. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 13:10, 30 March 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, it's a bit annoying that. There's bug 5210http://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5210 open about it, in case you're interested. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 14:52, 30 March 2010 (UTC)

MRL Public Sector Consultants

Hi,

I noticed that you deleted and salted the above page, I had posted a request on Wikipedia:Requests for page protection about this and a sister article MRL Public Sector Consultants Ltd. Just thought you should know. Codf1977 (talk) 11:49, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2010 March newsletter

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We're half way through round two, and everything is running smoothly. Pennsylvania Hunter Kahn (submissions) leads overall with 650 points this round, and heads pool B. New Orleans TonyTheTiger (submissions) currently leads pool C, dubbed the "Group of Death", which has a only a single contestant yet to score this round (the fewest of any group), as well five contestants over 100 points (the most). With a month still to go, as well as 16 wildcard places, everything is still to play for. Anything you worry may not receive the necessary attention before the end of the round (such as outstanding GA or FA nominations) is welcome at Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews, and please remember to continue offering reviews yourself where possible. As always, the judges are available to contact via email, IRC or their talk pages, and general discussion about the Cup is welcome on the WikiCup talk page.

Although unrelated to the WikiCup, April sees a Good Article Nominations backlog elimination drive, formulated as a friendly competition with small awards, as the Cup is. Several WikiCup contestants and judges have already signed up, but regular reviewers and those who hope to do more reviewing are more than welcome to join at the drive page. If you wish to start receiving or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn, Fox, iMatthew and The ed17 Delivered by JCbot (talk) 22:11, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/List of international cricket centuries by Viv Richards/archive1

Hi, can you revisit this FLC and clarify whether you support, oppose or are neutral toward the list's promotion to FL status? Thanks, Dabomb87 (talk) 22:15, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

Done. Thanks for reminding me. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 01:22, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

Apr Fool

Happy AFD. :-) You now have a license to go nuts. (natit citsejamklat) dE 04:42, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

You too :D ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 05:02, 1 April 2010 (UTC)
I'll give you a trout if you redirect the Main Page to rickrolling or something suitably funny. ;) (natit citsejamklat) dE 05:11, 1 April 2010 (UTC)
Hmm... tempting, but I don't really like fish. I like Dodo though; too bad they're extinct. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 05:13, 1 April 2010 (UTC)
And it doesn't improve your appetite much when you are in that stupid "group of death" :P ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 05:14, 1 April 2010 (UTC)
LOL. You'd probably be a dodo if you actually did do that. I'd execute you myself. :D And if you're so tough, go and beat the group of death. :P (natit citsejamklat) dE 05:17, 1 April 2010 (UTC)
But I'm not planning to beat anyone.... and YOU made me do it!! :P ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 11:12, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

List of international cricket centuries at Kensington Oval

Hello Chamal, how are you? Would you mind having a quick glance at the above article and notify me on what needs improving. This will be the first time such an article will be taken to FLC and I wasn't sure on what I should add. Thanks —Aaroncrick (talk) 23:55, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

That's an interesting list :) The "Player" columns should use {{sortname}}, and perhaps each century should be referenced to the match scorecard, as in the other player lists? Since the overall lists at cricinfo ([2] & [3]) don't give details of the match result I think that would be best to make sure that everything is referenced. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 01:23, 2 April 2010 (UTC)

Adoption

Hello, I am new to wikipedia and looking for mentor who can guide me, hence searching for adopter, i saw your profile on Wikipedia:Adopt-a-User/Adoptee's_Area/Adopters,& thought you might be right person. i would be grateful to you if you could be one & help me in understanding the concepts and make me learn how to contribute in rightful manner to wikipedia. Waiting for reply...(  Abu Torsam  20:53, 2 April 2010 (UTC))

Hi abutorsam007 :) I'm sorry, but I don't think I'll be able to adopt you. I'm busy in real life right now, and I try to do more article writing in the time I spend on Wikipedia. So I won't have time to properly teach you anything. It'd be best if you find someone else, I think. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 03:12, 3 April 2010 (UTC)
Hi Abutor, I don't have the time to adopt you either, but these two links should help you if you cannot find a mentor: User:The ed17/Classroom and WP:MHAC. Good luck! —Ed (talkmajestic titan) 04:13, 3 April 2010 (UTC)

DYK for RG Outrider

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The Military history WikiProject Newsletter : XLIX (March 2010)

The Bugle.png The Military history WikiProject Newsletter Issue XLIX (March 2010)
From the coordinators

I am pleased to report that the March coordinator elections have concluded, and that 15 members have been selected to serve as coordinators from April to September. Special congratulations go to AustralianRupert, Dank, MisterBee1966, NativeForeigner, Patar knight, and Ranger Steve, all of whom are newly elected coordinators. As we start this new tranche we welcome all returning coordinators, and wish those who decided not to stand for reelection luck as they move on to new things.

In other election news, a motion made to extend the coordinator tranche from its current six-month term to one full year gained consensus from the election participants. This will take effect in September, during the next election cycle. For the IX Coordinator Tranche, TomStar81 (Talk) 05:02, 27 March 2010 (UTC)

Articles of note

New featured articles:

  1. 21st Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
  2. Battle of Osan
  3. Bayern class battleship
  4. Dutch 1913 battleship proposal
  5. Karl Aloys zu Fürstenberg
  6. Mary Rose
  7. No. 1 Wing RAAF
  8. USS Congress (1799)

New featured lists:

  1. List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Boxer Rebellion
  2. List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Vietnam War
  3. List of United States Military Academy alumni (Confederate States Army)

New featured topics:

  1. Battlecruisers of Germany

New featured pictures:

  1. Cavalry At Balaklava

New A-Class articles:

  1. Allan Walters
  2. Army of the Danube
  3. Battle of Dürenstein
  4. Byzantine-Sassanid War of 602–628
  5. HMAS Sydney (R17)
  6. Horses in World War I
  7. Lê Văn Duyệt
  8. Michael P. Murphy
  9. Roderic Dallas
  10. USS Triton (SSRN-586)
Project news
  • Operation Normandy

    In May 2008 a small group of editors, operating from a page in Cam's userspace, began work on improving Wikipedia's articles relating to the pivotal Second World War Battle of Normandy that took place in northern France between 6 June and the end of August 1944. Milhist has now adopted this collaboration as our third special project. The aim of Operation Normandy is to bring all core topics—official operations, battles, and the invasion beaches—to featured status by the 70th anniversary of D-Day on 6 June 2014. More information can be found on the project page; any interested editors are most welcome to sign up and help us meet this challenging goal!

  • Henry Allingham World War I Contest

    Our Henry Allingham World War I Contest ended on 11 March with the following results: in first place was Sturmvogel 66; in second place was Ian Rose; in third place was Dana boomer; and the finalists were Abraham, B.S., Carcharoth, and XavierGreen. The contest produced an incredible 238 recognised article improvements, of which 6 were Featured articles, 13 were A-Class articles and 22 were Good articles. In addition 43 newly created or expanded articles were successfully submitted for the 'Did you know' section on Wikipedia's main page. Our warmest congratulations go to the medallists and finalists, and our grateful thanks go to all participants and particularly to Eurocopter for organizing the contest.

  • Would you like to get more involved in the project? There are many open tasks that could use your help. The project's review department is always in need of input at peer reviews, A-class reviews, FACs and FARs; these can be found here. Also, the project maintains a list of deletion debates for military-related articles that have been nominated for deletion; project members are encouraged to provide their opinions in this forum so that consensus can be established. Finally, if content creation is more what you are looking for, each of the project's 48 task forces maintains a list of requested articles.
  • Your comments are invited in the following ongoing project discussions:
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Editorial: Translating article writing to real life

I (Ed) am a college student in the United States, and as part of attaining my desired degree, I chose to take a course in Arab-Islamic history. We began in the early 600s and spent some time on the origins of the Islamic conquering of the Sassanid Empire and partial takeover of the Byzantine Empire (c. 634–750). From there, we have moved through the various ages of history, and the class recently began discussing the Ottoman Empire and other Islamic regions of more recent times.

As we began discussing the Ottoman Empire's role in the First World War, our professor mentioned that they were blockading the Bosphorus, using it as a chokepoint to cut off needed supplies traveling to Russia's only warm-water port, Sevastopol. An astute classmate, realizing this meant the use of warships, wondered what naval technology was like during this time. The professor turned and asked me to answer the question, as he knew I had been studying naval history and believed that I knew more about the subject.

The point of this anecdote is not to boast, but to provoke some thought. By virtue of the research Wikipedia writers must do to write complete, referenced articles, many of us are acquiring knowledge in specialized topics that can surpass even learned scholars. Wikipedia might even provoke some of us into becoming learned scholars through the subjects we find here. To profile one such case, take a look at Parsecboy.

Beginning in May 2007, he came across a few essentially empty stubs on German battleship classes. Nearly 3 years later, he's written or collaborated on more than forty articles rated as good or higher, including over a dozen featured articles and a featured list; the majority relate to German warships. The work Parsecboy has done for Wikipedia has had a tremendous impact on his academic career: to complete his undergraduate degree, Parsecboy is currently writing an Honors Thesis that will analyze the British and German battlecruiser squadrons during the First World War. Parsecboy plans to attend graduate school and continue his research in the area, culminating in a dissertation. He comments that "without a doubt, I would not have had nearly as much knowledge and interest in the topic, nor would I have known where to begin researching if I had not become so involved with the topic here on Wikipedia."

The knowledge you acquire through writing Wikipedia articles will remain with you for the rest of your life. Try to find a way to use it to your advantage.

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DYK for RG-35

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Ucucha 00:03, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

S Mahinda Thero

Why didn't you place the term 'Thero' S Mahinda article? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 124.43.111.204 (talk) 05:33, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

The word "thero", which means Buddhist monk, is used as a honorific after the name. This usage is only seen in Sri Lanka as far as I know. Anyway, Wikipedia articles do not use such honorifics in titles (see WP:HONORIFICS). Even the articles Mahākāśyapa, Ananda, Sariputta, Moggallana etc do not use such honorifics, so I don't see a reason to do so here. ≈ Chamal talk ¤ 07:17, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

DYK for URO VAMTAC

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Materialscientist (talk) 14:42, 9 April 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Mamba APC

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Well done Victuallers (talk) 22:31, 8 April 2010 (UTC)) 20:53, 9 April 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Anura Tennekoon

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DYK review for L. N. Hardas

Dear Chamal, I have nominated the article L. N. Hardas for DYK. He was the pioneer of the practice of using the greeting term Jai Bhim among the Dalits in India, which is now the unique phrase of greeting used by the neo-Buddhists in India (about 7 million). This article is waiting for review; if you can make some time from your busy real life and review it against criteria... Thanks! Shivashree (talk) 04:38, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

Sorry to disturb you again. The article nomination has been reviewed and passed by Storye book. Shivashree (talk) 03:10, 16 April 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Bandula Warnapura

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