- 1 Credo Reference Update & Survey (your opinion requested)
- 2 Oppose or Support
- 3 Simon B. Buckner
- 4 WikiCup 2012 July newsletter
- 5 Foraker
- 6 Arthur TFA
- 7 WikiCup 2012 August newsletter
- 8 Hi
- 9 Milhist coord?
- 10 Precious
- 11 WikiProject Good articles (Participant Clean-Up)
- 12 Update for: WikiProject Good articles (Participant Clean-Up)
- 13 Disambiguation link notification for October 1
- 14 WikiCup 2012 September newsletter
- 15 WikiProject Good Articles Newsletter - October 2012
- 16 Re: Romney FAC
- 17 WikiProject Good Articles - Participant Clean-up (Second Call)
- 18 WikiProject Good Articles - Participant Clean-up (Final Call)
- 19 WikiCup 2012 October newsletter
- 20 The GAN Newsletter (November 2012)
- 21 Documents from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum
- 22 J. Donald Cameron
- 23 WP:Anglican navbox colour discussion
- 24 Wikipedia Loves Libraries Seattle
- 25 The WikiProject: Good Articles Newsletter (December 2012)
- 26 Henry S. Huidekoper of the Hell Hawks
- 27 WikiCup 2013 starting soon
Credo Reference Update & Survey (your opinion requested)
Credo Reference, who generously donated 400 free Credo 250 research accounts to Wikipedia editors over the past two years, has offered to expand the program to include 100 additional reference resources. Credo wants Wikipedia editors to select which resources they want most. So, we put together a quick survey to do that:
- Link to Survey (should take between 5-10 minutes): http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N8FQ6MM
It also asks some basic questions about what you like about the Credo program and what you might want to improve.
At this time only the initial 400 editors have accounts, but even if you do not have an account, you still might want to weigh in on which resources would be most valuable for the community (for example, through WikiProject Resource Exchange).
Also, if you have an account but no longer want to use it, please leave me a note so another editor can take your spot.
Oppose or Support
Can you review your comment at Talk:List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States#Survey and clarify your position? It appears from your comment that your "Oppose" was intended to be "Support". Dicklyon (talk) 13:45, 28 July 2012 (UTC)
Simon B. Buckner
Per your suggestion, I've nominated Simon Bolivar Buckner for TFA on August 30, the 175-year anniversary of his inauguration as governor. Just thought you might be interested. Acdixon 18:12, 30 July 2012 (UTC)
We're approaching the beginning of 2012's final round. Pool A sees Cwmhiraeth (submissions) as the leader, with 300 points being awarded for the featured article Bivalvia, and Pool B sees Grapple X (submissions) in the lead, with 10 good articles, and over 35 articles eligible for good topic points. Pool A sees Muboshgu (submissions) in second place with a number of articles relating to baseball, while Pool B's Ruby2010 (submissions) follows Grapple X, with a variety of contributions including the high-scoring, high-importance featured article on the 2010 film Pride & Prejudice. Ruby2010, like Grapple X, also claimed a number of good topic points; despite this, not a single point has been claimed for featured topics in the contest so far. The same is true for featured portals.
Currently, the eighth-place competitor (and so the lowest scorer who would reach the final round right now) has scored 332, more than double the 150 needed to reach the final round last year. In 2010, however, 430 was the lowest qualifying score. In this competition, we have generally seen scores closer to those in 2010 than those in 2011. Let's see what kind of benchmark we can set for future competitions! As ever, if you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk • email) and The ed17 (talk • email) 22:20, 31 July 2012 (UTC)
- Sure, I should have some time this weekend. Good luck! --Coemgenus (talk) 09:55, 10 August 2012 (UTC)
Hi Coemgenus, I'm writing both yourself and Cmguy777 regarding Chester A. Arthur. I would like to nominate it as a Today's Featured Article to run on the main page October 5th (Arthur's birthday) to coincide with the upcoming presidential election. I won't do so first without both of your consent, as you are the two main contributors to the article. Thanks --Chimino (talk) 15:03, 28 August 2012 (UTC)
- Sure, go for it! I'll support it at TFA and keep an eye on it while it's on the Main Page. Another good day might be September 19, when he became president. But either one is cool with me. --Coemgenus (talk) 15:11, 28 August 2012 (UTC)
The final is upon us! We are down to our final 8. A massive 573 was our lowest qualifying score; this is higher than the 150 points needed last year and the 430 needed in 2010. Even in 2009, when points were acquired for mainspace edit count in addition to audited content, 417 points secured a place. That leaves this year's WikiCup, by one measure at least, our most competitive ever. Our finalists, ordered by round 4 score, are:
- Grapple X (submissions) once again finishes the round in first place, leading Pool B. Grapple X writes articles about television, and especially The X-Files and Millenium, with good articles making up the bulk of the score.
- Miyagawa (submissions) led Pool A this round. Fourth-place finalist last year, Miyagawa writes on a variety of topics, and has reached the final primarily off the back of his massive number of did you knows.
- Ruby2010 (submissions) was second in Pool B. Ruby2010 writes primarily on television and film, and scores primarily from good articles.
- Casliber (submissions) finished third in Pool B. Casliber is something of a WikiCup veteran, having finished sixth in 2011 and fourth in 2010. Casliber writes on the natural sciences, including ornithology, botany and astronomy. Over half of Casliber's points this round were bonus points from the high-importance articles he has worked on.
- Cwmhiraeth (submissions) came second in Pool A. Also writing on biology, especially marine biology, Cwmhiraeth received 390 points for one featured article (Bivalvia) and one good article (pelican), topping up with a large number of did you knows.
- Muboshgu (submissions) was third in Pool A. Muboshgu writes primarily on baseball, and this round saw Muboshgu's first featured article, Derek Jeter, promoted on its fourth attempt at FAC.
- Dana Boomer (submissions) was fourth in Pool A. She writes on a variety of topics, including horses, but this round also saw the high-importance lettuce reach featured article status.
- Sasata (submissions) is another WikiCup veteran, having been a finalist in 2009 and 2010. He writes mostly on mycology.
However, we must also say goodbye to the eight who did not make the final, having fallen at the last hurdle: GreatOrangePumpkin (submissions), Ealdgyth (submissions), Calvin999 (submissions), Piotrus (submissions), Toa Nidhiki05 (submissions), 12george1 (submissions), The Bushranger (submissions) and 1111tomica (submissions). We hope to see you all next year.
On the subject of next year, a discussion has been opened here. Come and have your say about the competition, and how you'd like it to run in the future. This brainstorming will go on for some time before more focused discussions/polls are opened. As ever, if you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk • email) and The ed17 (talk • email) 00:11, 1 September 2012 (UTC)
- Hey, long time since I've seen you around these parts! Things are good in this unruly republic. Hope the Hanoverians aren't suppressing your rights too much. --Coemgenus (talk) 15:06, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
Hey Coemgenus, we've had a request for more coords to cover diverse periods and regions. Being a coord might help you focus some attention on Gilded Age articles. Interested? - Dank (push to talk) 15:26, 12 September 2012 (UTC)
- Dank, thanks for suggesting it, but I don't think I can devote much time to the project these days. Work and family keep me quite busy, which is good, I guess, but doesn't leave much time for Wiki. I had hoped to have Battle of Antietam up to FA by its 150th anniversary, but I haven't even read the sources yet. If things change in my schedule, and they may, I'll definitely take you up on it but, for now, I must decline. --Coemgenus (talk) 23:39, 13 September 2012 (UTC)
- Okay, nice to hear you're keeping busy. I know someone who can help with Antietam, I'll send them your way :) - Dank (push to talk) 23:44, 13 September 2012 (UTC)
|Thank you for quality articles on US presidents, such as William McKinley, and on history, such as 68th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and for fighting "useless verbiage", - you are an awesome Wikipedian! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:39, 14 September 2012 (UTC)|
WikiProject Good articles (Participant Clean-Up)
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We're over half way through the final, and so it is less than a month until we know for certain our 2012 WikiCup champion. Grapple X (submissions) currently leads, followed by Sasata (submissions), Cwmhiraeth (submissions) and Casliber (submissions). However, we have no one resembling a breakaway leader, and so the competition is a long way from over. Next month's newsletter will feature a list of our winners (who are not necessarily only the finalists) and keep your eyes open for an article on the WikiCup in a future edition of The Signpost. The leaders are already on a par with last year's winners, but a long way from the huge scores seen in 2010. That said, a repeat of the competition from 2010 seems unlikely.
It is good to see that three-quarters of our finalists have already scored bonus points this round. This shows that, contrary to criticism that the WikiCup has received in the past, the competition does not merely incentivise the writing of trivial articles; instead, our top competitors are still spending their time contributing to high-importance articles, and bringing them to a high standard. This does a great service to the encyclopedia and its readers. Thank you, and good work!
The planning for next year's WikiCup is ongoing. Some straw polls have been opened concerning the scoring, and you can now sign up for next year's competition. As ever, if you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn (talk • email) and The ed17 (talk • email) J Milburn (talk) 19:51, 2 October 2012 (UTC)
WikiProject Good Articles Newsletter - October 2012
|The WikiProject Good articles Newsletter|
Re: Romney FAC
Per your earlier request on my talk page, just letting you know that the lengthy initial review at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Mitt Romney/archive2 is done and the coast is clear for additional reviews. Wasted Time R (talk) 10:05, 8 October 2012 (UTC)
WikiProject Good Articles - Participant Clean-up (Second Call)
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WikiProject Good Articles - Participant Clean-up (Final Call)
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The 2012 WikiCup has come to a close; congratulations to Cwmhiraeth (submissions), our 2012 champion! Cwmhiraeth joins our exclusive club of previous winners: Dreamafter (2007), jj137 (2008), Durova (2009), Sturmvogel 66 (2010) and Hurricanehink (2011). Our final standings were as follows:
- Cwmhiraeth (submissions)
- Sasata (submissions)
- Grapple X (submissions)
- Casliber (submissions)
- Muboshgu (submissions)
- Miyagawa (submissions)
- Ruby2010 (submissions)
- Dana Boomer (submissions)
Prizes for first, second, third and fourth will be awarded, as will prizes for all those who reached the final eight. Every participant who scored in the competition will receive a ribbon of participation. In addition to the prizes based on placement, the following special prizes will be awarded based on high performance in particular areas of content creation. So that the finalists do not have an undue advantage, the prize is awarded to the competitor who scored the highest in any particular field in a single round.
- The featured article award goes to Grapple X (submissions), for four featured articles in the final round.
- The good article award also goes to Grapple X (submissions), for 19 good articles in the second round.
- The list award goes to Muboshgu (submissions), for three featured lists in the final round.
- The topic award goes to Grapple X (submissions), for three good topics (with around 40 articles) in round 4.
- The did you know award goes to Cwmhiraeth (submissions), for well over 100 DYKs in the final round.
- The news award goes to ThaddeusB (submissions), for 10 in the news items in round 3.
- The picture award goes to Grandiose (submissions), for two featured pictures in round 2.
- The reviewer award goes to both Ruby2010 (submissions) (14 reviews in round 1) and Grandiose (submissions) (14 reviews in round 3).
- Finally, for achieving an incredible bonus point total in the final round, and for bringing the top-importance article frog to featured status, a biostar has been awarded to Cwmhiraeth (submissions).
Awards will be handed out in the coming days; please bear with us! This year's competition also saw fantastic contributions in all rounds, from newer Wikipedians contributing their first good or featured articles, right up to highly experienced Wikipedians chasing high scores and contributing to topics outside of their usual comfort zones. It would be impossible to name all of the participants who have achieved things to be proud of, but well done to all of you, and thanks! Wikipedia has certainly benefited from the work of this year's WikiCup participants.
Next year's WikiCup will begin in January. Currently, discussions and polls are open, and all contributions are welcome. You can also sign up for next year's competition. There will be no further newsletters this year, although brief notes may be sent out in December to remind everyone about the upcoming competition. It's been a pleasure to work with you all, and we hope to see you all in January! J Milburn (talk • email) and The ed17 (talk • email) 00:20, 1 November 2012 (UTC)
The GAN Newsletter (November 2012)
Documents from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum
hi I work at the Gerald Ford Presidential Library and Museum, and we are uploading materials to Wikimedia Commons. We have a number of documents that might be of interest to you - they are located at Wikimedia, Category:Documents at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. If you are interested in writing articles/stubs, I may be able to provide you with pictures from our archives as well. We have a limited number of artifacts, also at Wikimedia, Category:Artifacts at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. Let me know if I can help in any way, and please feel free to pass the word about these docs; I'd love to see some content generated around them....thanks! Bdcousineau (talk) 20:35, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
J. Donald Cameron
Hello Coemgenus. I have been doing work on the J. Donald Cameron article, President Grant's Secretary of War and he was U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania for nearly 20 years. Another Gilded Age politician. He was Senator during Chester A. Arthur's Administration and other Gilded Age presidents. His father was Simon Cameron, President Lincoln's Secretary of War. I believe his main source of information is the Dictionary of American Biography Volume 3 that can be found at archive.org website. Please feel free to make any edits or improve narration if you have the time or inclination. Any second opinion on the article would be good. Thanks. Cmguy777 (talk) 08:04, 19 November 2012 (UTC)
- Sounds like a good project. I'll swing by after a while and see if I have anything to contribute. --Coemgenus (talk) 13:58, 19 November 2012 (UTC)
I have restructured and expanded the article on J. Donald Cameron. Possibly more could be expanded on his nearly 20 years in the Senate. A second opinion on narration would be helpful. Thanks. Cmguy777 (talk) 18:55, 22 November 2012 (UTC)
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The WikiProject: Good Articles Newsletter (December 2012)
Henry S. Huidekoper of the Hell Hawks
There was a Henry S. Huidekoper in command of the Hell Hawks during the Normandy invasion on D-Day in World War II. Information needs to be clarified that there are two men with this name, and a page needs to be created covering the "Henry S. Huidekoper" that commanded the Hell Hawks during World War II. The page already in existance needs to state that the "Henry S. Huidekoper" written about in apreexisting page is in fact not the person of the same name that was in command of the Hell Hawks during World War II as it is confusing when someone is looking for the "Henry S. Huidekoper" that did command the Hell Hawks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kargandarr (talk • contribs) 01:21, 20 December 2012 (UTC)
WikiCup 2013 starting soon
Hi there; you're receiving this message because you have previously shown interest in the WikiCup. This is just to remind you that the 2013 WikiCup will be starting on 1 January, and that signups will remain open throughout January. Old and new Wikipedians and WikiCup participants are warmly invited to take part in this year's competition. (Though, as a note to the more experienced participants, there have been a few small rules changes in the last few months.) If you have already signed up, let this be a reminder; you will receive a message with your submissions' page soon. Please direct any questions to the WikiCup talk page. Thanks! J Milburn 19:17, 30 December 2012 (UTC)