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Editor of the Week[edit]

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Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week, for work creating articles on towns. Thank you for the great contributions! (courtesy of the Wikipedia Editor Retention Project)

User:Gtwfan52 submitted the following nomination for Editor of the Week:

I would like to nominate Coal town guy (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log). Since starting a few months ago, he has created over 2000 articles on small, and ghost, towns all across the country; from Slickpoo, Idaho to Spaghetti Junction, Kentucky. These help fill out the gazetteer function of the encyclopedia and give people a place to start if they want to expand on them. Gtwfan52 (talk) 09:06, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

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Thanks again for your efforts! --Go Phightins! 21:01, 27 January 2013 (UTC)

Good job! Thanks for all you do! Gtwfan52 (talk) 07:25, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
You are welcome. I need to ask for a favor. Could you please watchlist Fairview Alpha, Louisiana? There is a guy there, an IP beginning 12, that keeps adding nonsense. He is either not a native English speaker or 6 years old. Many thanks. And you deserved it! Gtwfan52 (talk) 14:33, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
This is done and will be watchedCoal town guy (talk) 14:37, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

Congrats, dude. Well deserved, imo. Acdixon (talk · contribs) 14:54, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

Bravo! Hip-Hip! and all that Jazz...```Buster Seven Talk 01:09, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
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Coal town guy is interested in West Virginia.



Coal town guy
Editor Retention Editor of the Week
For the week beginning January 27, 2013

This editor registered on March 28, 2012 and till the date of the award, he had 6200 edits, out of which over 3750 were to create new articles. Throughout his stay on Wikipedia, Coal town guy has been a silent contributor. His articles on towns and ghost towns have allowed Wikipedia to serve its purpose as a Gazetteer, and have allowed other editors to expand on them.


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Congratulations!-RFD (talk) 12:04, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
Much appreciated, you helped me get here as wellCoal town guy (talk) 14:08, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
A rather late congrats on your recognition. It seems that we were cut from the same cloth. I was raised in Colorado and wrote the Granite, Colorado article. If you read it you will see that I perhaps took the liberty to include much more than is probably "correct", but as an article that gets little attention I get away with it. :D I went to school in the one-room school that is pictured in the article. I also work on the Gandy dancer article, and even in the few short years since I joined WP in 2006 information on the web has been slowly disappearing - it's good to get it posted here. Thanks so much for the important work you are doing. Gandydancer (talk) 00:39, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Imagine my surprise when scrolling through my Facebook page today and seeing an article about you, being circulated on Facebook via Wikipedia's Facebook page! You have come a long way, my friend. Keep up the excellent work, and if the hassles get ya down, you can always come scream at me! John from Idegon (talk) 07:01, 28 January 2015 (UTC)
Many Tanks. I am back in the saddle again, had some real life issues to take care ofCoal town guy (talk) 01:36, 18 April 2016 (UTC)

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VisualEditor News 2015—#1[edit]

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Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has fixed many bugs and worked on VisualEditor's appearance, the coming Citoid reference service, and support for languages with complex input requirements. Status reports are posted on Mediawiki.org. Upcoming plans are posted at the VisualEditor roadmap.

The Wikimedia Foundation has named its top priorities for this quarter (January to March). The first priority is making VisualEditor ready for deployment by default to all new users and logged-out users at the remaining large Wikipedias. You can help identify these requirements. There will be weekly triage meetings which will be open to volunteers beginning Wednesday, 11 February 2015 at 12:00 (noon) PST (20:00 UTC). Tell Vice President of Engineering Damon Sicore, Product Manager James Forrester and other team members which bugs and features are most important to you. The decisions made at these meetings will determine what work is necessary for this quarter's goal of making VisualEditor ready for deployment to new users. The presence of volunteers who enjoy contributing MediaWiki code is particularly appreciated. Information about how to join the meeting will be posted at mw:Talk:VisualEditor/Portal shortly before the meeting begins. 

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Looking ahead[edit]

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Promise, Oregon[edit]

Thanks for starting this, I "Valfontified", it--I think you won't mind! Do you have any info on the fact it was settled by people from West Virginia? Valfontis (talk) 19:22, 4 February 2015 (UTC)

I know that Nettie West Virginia had the same nickname, I can check some things about the place in Oregon here at the house. However, it should be noted that there are a few "Promised Land" places throughout the US.......I was seeking a place named Broken Promise, which I have read of BUT NOT seen documented...Coal town guy (talk) 02:37, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

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Coal Camps[edit]

Hey there! You wouldn't happen to be the fellow from Coal Camp USA, would you? I have explored many camps, but have posted a handful of them, at my site - abandonedonline.net. What do you do with your findings and such? seicer | talk | contribs 03:01, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

I know the Coal Camp USA guy, but that's not me. I put some of what I find here. But I also maintain a blog and facebook group. Coal town guy (talk) 03:21, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

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VisualEditor News #2—2015[edit]

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Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has fixed many bugs and worked on VisualEditor's performance, the Citoid reference service, and support for languages with complex input requirements. Status reports are posted on Mediawiki.org. The worklist for April through June is available in Phabricator.

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The Editing team is slowly adding auto-fill features for citations. This is currently available only at the French, Italian, and English Wikipedias. The Citoid service takes a URL or DOI for a reliable source, and returns a pre-filled, pre-formatted bibliographic citation. After creating it, you will be able to change or add information to the citation, in the same way that you edit any other pre-existing citation in VisualEditor. Support for ISBNs, PMIDs, and other identifiers is planned. Later, editors will be able to improve precision and reduce the need for manual corrections by contributing to the Citoid service's definitions for each website.

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The team is discussing a test of VisualEditor with new users, to see whether they have met their goals of making VisualEditor suitable for those editors. The timing is unknown, but might be relatively soon.

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Big Four[edit]

Please don't use the letter as a source: we need secondary sources, which in this context are published historical accounts, not individuals' letters. Have you look at [1] or [2], for example? Just wondering if you have access to print copies of them. Nyttend (talk) 02:17, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

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Springlash[edit]

Go ahead; as far as I can tell from the USGS topo maps, they're several miles apart, and definitely separate communities. Nyttend (talk) 02:52, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

See Western use of the swastika in the early 20th century and images such as File:Iuswas2.jpg. Perhaps you could add a note such as "Swastikas predate the rise of Naziism"? Nyttend (talk) 14:33, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

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Elkhorn WV[edit]

Thanks for the picture. McDowell County was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Kind friendly people everywhere. Magnolia677 (talk) 22:36, 31 May 2015 (UTC)

VisualEditor News #3—2015[edit]

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Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has created new interfaces for the link and citation tools, as well as fixing many bugs and changing some elements of the design. Some of these bugs affected users of VisualEditor on mobile devices. Status reports are posted on Mediawiki.org. The worklist for April through June is available in Phabricator.

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Recent improvements[edit]

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The link tool has been redesigned based on feedback from Wikipedia editors and user testing. It now has two separate sections: one for links to articles and one for external links. When you select a link, its pop-up context menu shows the name of the linked page, a thumbnail image from the linked page, Wikidata's description, and/or appropriate icons for disambiguation pages, redirect pages and empty pages. Search results have been reduced to the first five pages. Several bugs were fixed, including a dark highlight that appeared over the first match in the link inspector (T98085).  

The special character inserter in VisualEditor now uses the same special character list as the wikitext editor. Admins at each wiki can also create a custom section for frequently used characters at the top of the list. Please read the instructions for customizing the list at mediawiki.org. Also, there is now a tooltip to describing each character in the special character inserter (T70425).

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The team has released a long-desired improvement to the handling of non-existent images. If a non-existent image is linked in an article, then it is now visible in VisualEditor and can be selected, edited, replaced, or removed.

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Several upcoming Wikipedia events in Kentucky[edit]

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Lexington, KY Wiki Loves Pride 2015[edit]

Lexington Pride Festival : June 27, 2015. Location: Lexington Pride Festival venues. Take photographs of the Lexington Pride Festival and upload them to Wikimedia Commons.
Wiki Loves Pride edit-a-thon : June 30, 2015. 7:00 pm. Location to be determined.

Lexington, KY/Wiknic 2015[edit]

Meet up for a picnic with other Wikipedian in Kentucky on July 25, 2015 from 12:00-3:00pm.

Sign up on event pages. Sydney Poore/FloNight♥♥♥♥ 23:22, 16 June 2015 (UTC)

Post office[edit]

Go ahead, since your point is the post office, not the banner. If I understand you rightly, the situation's similar to the signs and "sculpture" in front of the library in File:Owensboro Carnegie Library.jpg; see the description, which addresses the signs and "sculpture". Nyttend (talk) 14:36, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

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For interface messages (translated at translatewiki.net), we saw the initiative affecting 42 languages. The average progress in translations across all languages was 56.5% before the translathon, and 78.2% after (+21.7%). In particular, Sakha improved from 12.2% to 94.2%; Brazilian Portuguese went from 50.6% to 100%; Taraškievica went from 44.9% to 85.3%; Doteli went from 1.3% to 41.2%. Also, while 1.7% of the messages were outdated across all languages before the translathon, the percentage dropped to 0.8% afterwards (-0.9%).

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The team will be changing the appearance of selected links inside VisualEditor. The purpose is to make it easy to see whether your cursor is inside or outside the link. When you select a link, the link label (the words shown on the page) will be enclosed in a faint box. If you place your cursor inside the box, then your changes to the link label will be part of the link. If you place your cursor outside the box, then it will not. This will make it easy to know when new characters will be added to the link and when they will not.

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Couple of quick ones[edit]

Long time, no talk, friend. I'm working on another quick little project to clarify the pronunciation of some places around me that might be less-than-intuitive. I've uploaded some sound files to Commons of me pronouncing the names, and I'm going to see if I can get someone familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet to do their voodoo to the leads of the corresponding articles. I noticed a couple of missing articles, though, and I was hoping you might stub them in for me. Onton, Kentucky, is a redlink in the navbox for Webster County, Kentucky, and the similarly-spelled-but-far-differently-pronounced community of Anton, Kentucky (in Hopkins County, Kentucky) doesn't even show up as a redlink, as far as I can tell. Have you got enough info in your oracles to turn those links blue when you have a chance? Acdixon (talk · contribs) 02:30, 31 August 2015 (UTC)

HEY, no problemo, I will nail them tonigt. Had my knee rebuilt and I have just earned the ability to ride a bike again AND do photography of non flat places..WOO HOO....Its only been a year..SO, I should be able to easily get those tonight. Getting rid of red links, a good thing. Let me know if you have a target county.Coal town guy (talk) 21:17, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

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VisualEditor update[edit]

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The location of the visual editor's preference has been changed from the "Beta" tab to the "Editing" section of your preferences on this wiki. The setting now says Temporarily disable the visual editor while it is in beta. This aligns en.wiki with almost all the other WMF wikis; it doesn’t mean the visual editor is complete, or that it is no longer “in beta phase” though.

This action has not changed anything else for editors: it still honours editors’ previous choices about having it on or off; logged-out users continue to only have access to wikitext; the “Edit” tab is still after the “Edit source” one. You can learn more at the visual editor’s talk page.

We don’t expect this to cause any glitches, but in case your account no longer has the settings that you want, please accept our apologies and correct it in the Editing tab of Special:Preferences. Thank you for your attention, Elitre (WMF) -16:32, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

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VisualEditor News #5—2015[edit]

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You can use the visual editor on smartphones and tablets.

Screenshot showing the menu for switching from the wikitext editor to VisualEditor

Click the pencil icon to open the editor for a page. Inside that, use the gear menu in the upper right corner to "Switch to visual editing".

The editing button will remember which editing environment you used last time, and give you the same one next time. The desktop site will be switching to a system similar to this one in the coming months.

You can read and help translate the user guide, which has more information about how to use the visual editor.

Since the last newsletter, the VisualEditor Team has fixed many bugs, added new features, and made some small design changes. They post weekly status reports on mediawiki.org. Their workboard is available in Phabricator. Their current priorities are improving support for languages like Japanese and Arabic, making it easier to edit on mobile devices, and providing rich-media tools for formulæ, charts, galleries and uploading.

Recent improvements[edit]

Educational features: The first time you use the visual editor, it now draws your attention to the Link and ⧼visualeditor-toolbar-cite-label⧽ tools. When you click on the tools, it explains why you should use them. (T108620) Alongside this, the welcome message for new users has been simplified to make editing more welcoming. (T112354) More in-software educational features are planned.

Links:  It is now easier to understand when you are adding text to a link and when you are typing plain text next to it. (T74108T91285) The editor now fully supports ISBN, PMID or RFC numbers. (T109498, T110347, T63558)  These "magic links" use a custom link editing tool.

Uploads:  Registered editors can now upload images and other media to Commons while editing. Click the new tab in the "Insert Media" tool. You will be guided through the process without having to leave your edit. At the end, the image will be inserted. This tool is limited to one file at a time, owned by the user, and licensed under Commons's standard license. For more complex situations, the tool links to more advanced upload tools. You can also drag the image into the editor. This will be available in the wikitext editor later.

Mobile:  Previously, the visual editor was available on the mobile Wikipedia site only on tablets. Now, editors can use the visual editor on any size of device. (T85630)  Edit conflicts were previously broken on the mobile website. Edit conflicts can now be resolved in both wikitext and visual editors. (T111894) Sometimes templates and similar items could not be deleted on the mobile website. Selecting them caused the on-screen keyboard to hide with some browsers. Now there is a new "Delete" button, so that these things can be removed if the keyboard hides. (T62110) You can also edit table cells in mobile now.

Rich editing tools:  You can now add and edit sheet music in the visual editor. (T112925)  There are separate tabs for advanced options, such as MIDI and Ogg audio files. (T114227 and T113354)  When editing formulæ and other blocks, errors are shown as you edit. It is also possible to edit some types of graphs; adding new ones, and support for new types, will be coming.

On the English Wikipedia, the visual editor is now automatically available to anyone who creates an account. The preference switch was moved to the normal location, under Special:Preferences.

Future changes[edit]

You will soon be able to switch from the wikitext to the visual editor after you start editing. (T49779) Previously, you could only switch from the visual editor to the wikitext editor. Bi-directional switching will make possible a single edit tab. (T102398) This project will combine the "Edit" and "Edit source" tabs into a single "Edit" tab, similar to the system already used on the mobile website. The "Edit" tab will open whichever editing environment you used last time.

Let's work together[edit]

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Whatamidoing (WMF) 04:16, 30 October 2015 (UTC)

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Virginia Tech Project Invite[edit]

As a current or past contributor to a related article, I thought I'd let you know about WikiProject Virginia Tech, a collaborative effort to improve Wikipedia's coverage of Virginia Tech. If you would like to participate, you can visit the project page, where you can join the project and see a list of open tasks and related articles. Thanks!

Go Hokies (talk) 04:39, 13 November 2015 (UTC)

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ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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You appear to be eligible to vote in the current Arbitration Committee election. The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to enact binding solutions for disputes between editors, primarily related to serious behavioural issues that the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the ability to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail. If you wish to participate, you are welcome to review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. For the Election committee, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 16:54, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

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VisualEditor News #6—2015[edit]

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A new, simpler system for editing will offer a single Edit button. Once the page has opened, you can switch back and forth between visual and wikitext editing.

Screenshot showing a pop-up dialog for switching from the wikitext editor to VisualEditor
If you prefer having separate edit buttons, then you can set that option in your preferences, either in a pop-up dialog the next time you open the visual editor, or by going to Special:Preferences and choosing the setting that you want:
Screenshot showing a drop-down menu in Special:Preferences

The current plan is for the default setting to have the Edit button open the editing environment you used most recently.

You can read and help translate the user guide, which has more information about how to use the visual editor.

Since the last newsletter, the VisualEditor Team has fixed many bugs and expanded the mathematics formula tool. Their workboard is available in Phabricator. Their current priorities are improving support for languages such as Japanese and Arabic, and providing rich-media tools for formulæ, charts, galleries and uploading.

Recent improvements[edit]

You can switch from the wikitext editor to the visual editor after you start editing.

The LaTeX mathematics formula editor has been significantly expanded. (T118616) You can see the formula as you change the LaTeX code. You can click buttons to insert the correct LaTeX code for many symbols.

Future changes[edit]

The single edit tab project will combine the "Edit" and "Edit source" tabs into a single "Edit" tab, like the system already used on the mobile website. (T102398) Initially, the "Edit" tab will open whichever editing environment you used last time. Your last editing choice will be stored as a cookie for logged-out users and as an account preference for logged-in editors. Logged-in editors will be able to set a default editor in the Editing tab of Special:Preferences in the drop-down menu about "Editing mode:".

The visual editor will be offered to all editors at the following Wikipedias in early 2016: Amharic, Buginese, Min Dong, Cree, Manx, Hakka, Armenian, Georgian, Pontic, Serbo-Croatian, Tigrinya, Mingrelian, Zhuang, and Min Nan. (T116523) Please post your comments and the language(s) that you tested at the feedback thread on mediawiki.org. The developers would like to know how well it works. Please tell them what kind of computer, web browser, and keyboard you are using.

In 2016, the feedback pages for the visual editor on many Wikipedias will be redirected to mediawiki.org. (T92661)

Testing opportunities[edit]

  • Please try the new system for the single edit tab on test2.wikipedia.org. You can edit while logged out to see how it works for logged-out editors, or you can create a separate account to be able to set your account's preferences. Please share your thoughts about the single edit tab system at the feedback topic on mediawiki.org or sign up for formal user research (type "single edit tab" in the question about other areas you're interested in). The new system has not been finalized, and your feedback can affect the outcome. The team particularly wants your thoughts about the options in Special:Preferences. The current choices in Special:Preferences are:
    • Remember my last editor,
    • Always give me the visual editor if possible, 
    • Always give me the source editor, and 
    • Show me both editor tabs.  (This is the current state for people using the visual editor. None of these options will be visible if you have disabled the visual editor in your preferences at that wiki.)
  • Can you read and type in Korean or Japanese? Language engineer David Chan needs people who know which tools people use to type in some languages. If you speak Japanese or Korean, you can help him test support for these languages. Please see the instructions at mw:VisualEditor/IME Testing#What to test if you can help, and report it on Phabricator (Korean - Japanese) or on Wikipedia (Korean - Japanese).

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Whatamidoing (WMF), 00:54, 24 December 2015 (UTC)

A question for you.[edit]

You have not been around much lately. Hope all is well. I stumbled across an article about a ghost town in Michigan thru some weird link on Facebook and thought I'd take a crack at improving it. Please take a look at your convenience. It's Pere Cheney, Michigan. Can you recommend an infobox for a formerly settled place? It was apparently at one time the county seat. It interests me because I've zoomed by near there on the highway hundreds of times and never knew it existed, and because the preacher that married my parents name was Cheney and he hailed from that part of Michigan. Thanks in advance. Have a great 2016. John from Idegon (talk) 04:42, 30 December 2015 (UTC)

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Another Kentucky place[edit]

Hey, friend. Haven't seen you around for a while. If you're still contributing, could you see if you could dig up enough information for an article on Epley Station, Kentucky, (or perhaps Epley's Station, Kentucky) in Logan County? The subject of a recently-created article hails from there. Incidentally, my granddad pastored a church there in the early 80s. Thanks, as always. Acdixon (talk · contribs) 19:11, 20 January 2016 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) I did some research of my own out of curiosity, and it looks like the community is also known as Epleys, which is the name it goes by in the GNIS. According to Robert M. Rennick's Kentucky Place Names, Epleys and Epley Station are one and the same. TheCatalyst31 ReactionCreation 02:50, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) I started the Epleys, Kentucky article and it can be expanded per The Catalyst 31-Thank you-RFD (talk) 13:37, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
@TheCatalyst31 and RFD: Interesting. I've never heard the "Station" part dropped around here, and I live just one county over. Anyway, thanks for creating the article, and I've created the appropriate redirects. The work you place-creation gurus do is always appreciated. Acdixon (talk · contribs) 14:22, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

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VisualEditor News #1—2016[edit]

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Among experienced editors, the visual editor's table editing is one of the most popular features.
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If you select the top of a column or the end of a row, you can quickly insert and remove columns and rows.

Now, you can also rearrange columns and rows. Click "Move before" or "Move after" to swap the column or row with its neighbor.

You can read and help translate the user guide, which has more information about how to use the visual editor.

Since the last newsletter, the VisualEditor Team has fixed many bugs. Their workboard is available in Phabricator. Their current priorities are improving support for Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Indic, and Han scripts, and improving the single edit tab interface.

Recent changes[edit]

You can switch from the wikitext editor to the visual editor after you start editing. This function is available to nearly all editors at most wikis except the Wiktionaries and Wikisources.

Many local feedback pages for the visual editor have been redirected to mw:VisualEditor/Feedback.

You can now re-arrange columns and rows in tables, as well as copying a row, column or any other selection of cells and pasting it in a new location.

The formula editor has two options: you can choose "Quick edit" to see and change only the LaTeX code, or "Edit" to use the full tool. The full tool offers immediate preview and an extensive list of symbols.

Future changes[edit]

The single edit tab project will combine the "Edit" and "Edit source" tabs into a single "Edit" tab. This is similar to the system already used on the mobile website. (T102398) Initially, the "Edit" tab will open whichever editing environment you used last time. Your last editing choice will be stored as an account preference for logged-in editors, and as a cookie for logged-out users. Logged-in editors will have these options in the Editing tab of Special:Preferences:

  • Remember my last editor,
  • Always give me the visual editor if possible,
  • Always give me the source editor, and
  • Show me both editor tabs.  (This is the state for people using the visual editor now.)

The visual editor uses the same search engine as Special:Search to find links and files. This search will get better at detecting typos and spelling mistakes soon. These improvements to search will appear in the visual editor as well.

The visual editor will be offered to all editors at most "Phase 6" Wikipedias during the next few months. The developers would like to know how well the visual editor works in your language. They particularly want to know whether typing in your language feels natural in the visual editor. Please post your comments and the language(s) that you tested at the feedback thread on mediawiki.org. This will affect the following languages: Japanese, Korean, Urdu, Persian, Arabic, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Thai, Aramaic and others.

Let's work together[edit]

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Whatamidoing (WMF) 17:46, 25 February 2016 (UTC)

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Do you want one Edit tab, or two? It's your choice[edit]

How to switch between editing environments
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Click the [[ ]] to switch to the wikitext editor.
Part of the toolbar in the wikitext editor
Click the pencil icon to switch to the visual editor.

The editing interface will be changed soon. When that happens, editors who currently see two editing tabs – "Edit" and "Edit source" – will start seeing one edit tab instead. The single edit tab has been popular at other Wikipedias. When this is deployed here, you may be offered the opportunity to choose your preferred appearance and behavior the next time you click the Edit button. You will also be able to change your settings in the Editing section of Special:Preferences.

You can choose one or two edit tabs. If you chose one edit tab, then you can switch between the two editing environments by clicking the buttons in the toolbar (shown in the screenshots). See Help:VisualEditor/User guide#Switching between the visual and wikitext editors for more information and screenshots.

There is more information about this interface change at mw:VisualEditor/Single edit tab. If you have questions, suggestions, or problems to report, then please leave a note at Wikipedia:VisualEditor/Feedback.

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Welcome Back![edit]

Welcome Back! Thank you!RFD (talk) 11:53, 18 April 2016 (UTC)

Editor of the Week : nominations needed![edit]

The Editor of the Week initiative has been recognizing editors since 2013 for their hard work and dedication. Editing Wikipedia can be disheartening and tedious at times; the weekly Editor of the Week award lets its recipients know that their positive behaviour and collaborative spirit is appreciated. The response from the honorees has been enthusiastic and thankful.

The list of nominees is running short, and so new nominations are needed for consideration. Have you come across someone in your editing circle who deserves a pat on the back for improving article prose regularly, making it easier to understand? Or perhaps someone has stepped in to mediate a contentious dispute, and did an excellent job. Do you know someone who hasn't received many accolades and is deserving of greater renown? Is there an editor who does lots of little tasks well, such as cleaning up citations?

Please help us thank editors who display sustained patterns of excellence, working tirelessly in the background out of the spotlight, by submitting your nomination for Editor of the Week today!

Sent on behalf of Buster Seven Talk for the Editor of the Week initiative by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:18, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

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VIllanous METH addicts...[edit]

...chasing people off. ):< Good work Tournesol.png 104.229.143.192 (talk) 23:45, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

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Help for a new user[edit]

I just noticed Draft:Patesville, Kentucky, created by a new user called User:Buffalowildwings03. His requested AfC got declined, for reasons that will be obvious when you look at the draft. Wondering if you might work your magic on this article to get it to the main space and maybe reach out to the guy to teach him the ropes of creating articles about small places. Acdixon (talk · contribs) 21:18, 29 June 2016 (UTC)

Acdixon, CTG has not been real active lately, but if you want to help, here is enough to establish notability
Hope that helps. John from Idegon (talk) 21:40, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
@John from Idegon: Thanks for this. I will try to clean this article up as I have a chance. I just know that CTG and others who watch this page have this thing down to a science, so I figured he could turn it around quicker, but I noticed he hasn't been around as regularly. Acdixon (talk · contribs) 14:12, 30 June 2016 (UTC)
There is a database on post offices someplace, but I'm not sure where. Good luck! John from Idegon (talk) 14:38, 30 June 2016 (UTC)

Editing News #2—2016[edit]

Editing News #2—2016 Read this in another languageSubscription list for this multilingual newsletter

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It's quick and easy to insert a references list.

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Place the cursor where you want to display the references list (usually at the bottom of the page). Open the "Insert" menu and click the "References list" icon (three books).

If you are using several groups of references, which is relatively rare, you will have the opportunity to specify the group. If you do that, then only the references that belong to the specified group will be displayed in this list of references.

Finally, click "Insert" in the dialog to insert the References list. This list will change as you add more footnotes to the page.

You can read and help translate the user guide, which has more information about how to use the visual editor.

Since the last newsletter, the VisualEditor team has fixed many bugs. Their workboard is available in Phabricator. Their current priorities are improving support for Arabic and Indic scripts, and adapting the visual editor to the needs of the Wikivoyages and Wikisources.

Recent changes[edit]

The visual editor is now available to all users at most Wikivoyages. It was also enabled for all contributors at the French Wikinews.

The single edit tab feature combines the "Edit" and "Edit source" tabs into a single "Edit" tab. It has been deployed to several Wikipedias, including Hungarian, Polish, English and Japanese Wikipedias, as well as to all Wikivoyages. At these wikis, you can change your settings for this feature in the "Editing" tab of Special:Preferences. The team is now reviewing the feedback and considering ways to improve the design before rolling it out to more people.

Future changes[edit]

The "Save page" button will say "Publish page". This will affect both the visual and wikitext editing systems. More information is available on Meta.

The visual editor will be offered to all editors at the remaining "Phase 6" Wikipedias during the next few months. The developers want to know whether typing in your language feels natural in the visual editor. Please post your comments and the language(s) that you tested at the feedback thread on mediawiki.org. This will affect several languages, including: Arabic, Hindi, Thai, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Assamese, Aramaic and others.

The team is working with the volunteer developers who power Wikisource to provide the visual editor there, for opt-in testing right now and eventually for all users. (T138966)

The team is working on a modern wikitext editor. It will look like the visual editor, and be able to use the citoid service and other modern tools. This new editing system may become available as a Beta Feature on desktop devices around September 2016. You can read about this project in a general status update on the Wikimedia mailing list.

Let's work together[edit]

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Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk), 21:09, 30 June 2016 (UTC)

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Hi! How are you doing? Many thanks as always for your work on Wikipedia-RFD (talk) 15:46, 12 August 2016 (UTC)

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