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John Cowper Powys's Autobiography[edit]

Corinne, would you be able to look at a new article that I've created, John Cowper Powys's Autobiography? Feel free to improve. Also I don't know if the section "Additional autobiographical sources" is really appropriate? Thanks. Rwood128 (talk) 11:40, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

That was fast. Many thanks for the improvements. Rwood128 (talk) 16:11, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

(edit conflict) :Rwood128 I'm flattered that you would ask me to edit your writing. Thank you for asking. I don't know the best place to write a few comments and concerns to you since the talk page for your article has not been created, so I'll write them here.

1) I removed a bit from the very beginning. I felt the sentences were too jam-packed with information.

2) I cut a bit from sentences later. I prefer lean sentences. Feel free to put back anything I've deleted anywhere in the article.

3) I'm a bit puzzled by quotes beginning with a capital letter (presumably the beginning of a sentence in the original) following the word "that" and no comma. I don't remember seeing that combination very often. I don't know if it is "correct" or not. I would normally use a verb such as "adds", "states", "claims", "points out", etc., or a participial, "saying", "adding", pointing out," etc., before a quote. If you want to incorporate the quote into your own sentence, and the quote follows "that", I would normally start the quote with a lower-case letter. But I'm not an expert in that, and you probably know more than I do, or could research it, so I'll leave it up to you.

4) Regarding the first sentence of the second paragraph:

  • Novelist Margaret Drabble describes it as "one of the most eccentric memoirs ever written", and notes that Powys indicates in his earlier autobiographical work, Confessions of Two Brothers, that "he takes Pepys, Casanova and Rousseau as his models, and his autobiography has justly been compared to Rousseau's Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

(a) I think it's a little long.

(b) In the last part of the sentence, "his autobiography" is confusing. I think it refers to Autobiography, but you just mentioned "his earlier autobiographical work" (meaning Confessions of Two Brothers). I really did get a little confused as I was reading this paragraph, and I think it was this that threw me off. I wonder if you could leave any reference to Confessions of Two Brothers to later so there is no confusion that the paragraph is all about Autobiography. Even in the next sentence, beginning "Drabble adds, "It rivals them in its frankness," I'm not sure to which work the pronoun "it" refers, since you had just mentioned Confessions. The paragraph seems to go back and forth between the two works, and it's hard to follow.

(5) The third paragraph starts, "It is not a chronological account of his sixty years".

(a) It's not clear who says, or said, this.
(b) I wouldn't start a new paragraph with "it" unless the person who says, or said, it is mentioned pretty quickly.

(6) In the first paragraph, you have a sentence beginning, "Morine Krissdotir, in The Life of Powys, describes the "first chapter" of the Autobiography as...." I wonder whether "first chapter" needs to be in quotes.

(7) I think this short article would benefit by the addition of one or two quotes from the work to illustrate the most interesting aspects of the Autobiography.

(8) Regarding the list of sources, I'm not sure whether it is appropriate or not. It would be appropriate if you could make more of a connection to Autobiography. Right now it just seems to be a list of works that a researcher might use to do further investigation. You might consider deleting it or providing a link to it. (Perhaps it belongs in the article about John Cowper Powys.) Well, that's all. I hope this has been helpful. CorinneSD (talk) 16:23, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

Corinne, many thanks for this very thorough review. What you say is most helpful. I'll take a more thorough look tomorrow and start revising. Rwood128 (talk) 21:41, 19 July 2015 (UTC)


Fayenatic london I'm thinking about changing my username to just "Corinne". Would that be possible? I read on WP:Username#Changing your username that normally even if one changes one's username, the signature on discussions continues to display the original username. I wonder if mine could be changed so that my signature even on discussions shows as just "Corinne". CorinneSD (talk) 17:35, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

Hi Corinne, you could edit every talk page that has your old signature, perhaps using WP:AWB, but that sounds like a poor use of your time. The normal thing would be simply to leave redirects from the old user/talk page to the new. – Fayenatic London 20:03, 19 July 2015 (UTC)
Fayenatic london Thank you for your reply. I wasn't thinking of going back to old signatures. Perhaps I misunderstood what it said in WP:Username#Changing your username. I thought it meant that my old signature would continue to appear when I sign with four tildes on new discussions. CorinneSD (talk) 21:46, 19 July 2015 (UTC) In the second paragraph of WP:Username#Changing your username, it says, "Signatures on discussion pages will continue to use the old name". CorinneSD (talk) 21:47, 19 July 2015 (UTC)
Hi Corinne. I think that this is referring to the old discussions where you signed with your username (these won't change automatically). If this does turn out to be a problem, you can always edit how your signature looks in the "preferences" page ([1]); this may also be a suitable alternative to changing your username (if you are interested in changing the signature more than the actual username). Regards.--MarshalN20 Talk 22:46, 19 July 2015 (UTC)
Right. Your signature can be different from your user name. You could shorten your signature right now to Corinne, while still linking to your existing account name CorinneSD. – Fayenatic London 08:13, 20 July 2015 (UTC)
Thank you both. Fayenatic london, I'd really like to change my user name, not just my signature, if it's not too much trouble. Will it be linked to the previous account/user name? CorinneSD (talk) 15:25, 20 July 2015 (UTC)
Yes, the old will be redirected to the new. – Fayenatic London 19:39, 20 July 2015 (UTC)

Bicycle kick[edit]

Just dropping by to thank you for the copy-edit work. Let me know if there is any part that is unclear. I am particularly worried that the lead section does not adequately summarize the history section (perhaps Barraza's quote should just be in the body text?). Thank you very much!--MarshalN20 Talk 22:49, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

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CorinneSD, I hereby award you The Copyeditor's Barnstar for your extraordinary copyedits of Flag of West Virginia and John Collins Covell. It was a sincere privilege to have you undertake these copyedits of two my articles, and I'm greatly appreciative of your hard work! Thank you for your continued contributions to ensuring and improving upon the quality of Wikipedia's content. -- West Virginian (talk) 04:22, 20 July 2015 (UTC)

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Cplakidas Which "Olympia" should this be linked to? CorinneSD (talk) 15:12, 20 July 2015 (UTC)
Olympia, Greece. I'm fixing this and making some other link adjustments to the article myself. Constantine 15:14, 20 July 2015 (UTC)


Sending my thanks to you for the copyedit, even though I did send one anyway. I'll work on the article for the next couple of days and I will most likely ask you to double check and see if everything has been fixed/clarified. I have decapitalised "meat ant" so that should no longer be an issue. I have also clarified what meat ants are by incorporating its binomial name. Burklemore1 (talk) 03:26, 21 July 2015 (UTC)


Trying to get a better picture. Sorry for the late reply. I was on a vacation. Aditya(talkcontribs) 04:30, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

Samuel Lightfoot Flournoy and William C. Clayton[edit]

CorinneSD, thank you so tremendously much for taking the time to complete two more copyedits of my nominated articles at GOCE. I've clarified all points in both articles. To avoid confusion over the term incorporator, I've linked the first mention in each article to Wiktionary. Really, its any one person charged with the incorporation of a company. As for Flournoy's son, he was given the same name his father but he never used the term junior publicly, so its Wikipedia article is rendered as Samuel Lightfoot Flournoy (West Virginia lawyer). Please take a look and let me know if I have addressed all your points for clarification. Thanks again Corrine! -- West Virginian (talk) 15:31, 23 July 2015 (UTC)


Thank you for your edits on Valentin Wolfenstein and Carola Häggkvist. But could you please add the GOCE tag on each of the articles talk pages. Thanks.--BabbaQ (talk) 17:44, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

BabbaQ You're welcome. I've just added the template to each article's talk page. I assume you've seen the "clarification needed" templates I've added to each article. Let me know if you need any help, feedback, or further review. CorinneSD (talk) 03:11, 24 July 2015 (UTC)


Re Elevenie, made some suggestions on my talk. Sca (talk) 21:34, 28 July 2015 (UTC)


Still Life with Fruits - Peeter Snyers (Snijers) - Google Cultural Institute.jpg .
Some fruits Hafspajen (talk) 00:02, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

Hafspajen Oh...beautiful! Thank you! I had never seen that painting nor heard of the artist. He really captured the grapes and grape leaves. I like the way the plums are not perfect like the ones in the grocery stores. Also, the flowers right at the center are exquisite. I'm going to add it to my collection on my user page. CorinneSD (talk) 00:41, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

Yes those plums are quite captured, look like the ones one is picking in real gardens...Hafspajen (talk) 00:43, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
Food, somebody said, Fooood???
But they look a little bluer than plums I usually see. I wonder if they really looked blue to Snijers or whether he made them blue to contrast with the orange of the other fruit (is that an orange on the left and a peach on the right?) and the rust-colored grape leaves. There's something about this color contrast that makes it look modern. CorinneSD (talk) 00:48, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
No, not really, not the kind I had in the garden ... before. Hafspajen (talk) 00:53, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
Not really what? CorinneSD (talk) 00:55, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
the ones I use to steal from the neibours were looking like this, almost... really blue. Hafspajen (talk) 00:57, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
Oh... I guess there are a lot of different kinds of plums. Thank you for the other picture! I'm going to look at it now. CorinneSD (talk) 01:00, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
Oh, yes, luxury. It looks like the guests have either finished eating and moved on or are taking a break before continuing to eat. There's still a lot of food there. CorinneSD (talk) 01:03, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

Numbers as adjectives[edit]

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I'm copy-editing Bath, Somerset, and I want to change a number (500 kilograms) into an adjective, so it has to be hyphenated and have no "s" on "kilogram". However, it is now within a conversion template. I have forgotten how to put in the hyphen and make it an adjective (and make the converted result also an adjective with a hyphen). CorinneSD (talk) 01:35, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Use {{convert|500|kg|lb|adj=mid}}. Yunshui  07:23, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
Yunshui Thank you for the template. I saw in the meantime that another editor had corrected the template, but wrote "adj=on" instead of "adj=mid". I wanted to see if your version would produce a hyphen between "1,100" and "lb", so I put in "mid" instead of "on" and looked at it in Preview, but it didn't. The result was the same. So I tried to put it back the way it was, but I put "adj" in the wrong place, so had to undo my own edit. I still wonder if there is a way to ensure that a hyphen appears between "1,100" and "lb" (and there should really be a hyphen after "lb" and after "kg" so it ends up looking like this: 500-kilogram- (1,100-lb-)" – as in "it's a hundred-foot-wide field", or "he's a six-foot-tall man" – so that it looks like this: 500-kilogram- (1,100-lb-), but since I haven't seen that in WP articles I guess it's not WP style). But there should at least be a hyphen between "1,100" and "lb" if possible. CorinneSD (talk) 16:49, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
Corinne, |adj=mid is supposed to be used with extra word(s) inside the template, like this:
{{convert|6|ft|m|adj=mid|-tall}} man outputs "6-foot-tall (1.8 m) man"
Without the extra words, it's just the same as |adj=on.
You can always do the conversion yourself – there's no need to use the template – and just write something like "6-foot-tall (1.8-m-tall) man", but I've never seen this written anywhere! Personally I avoid dimensions as compound adjectives where at all possible. "A man who was 6 ft (1.8 m) tall" looks much better! Peter coxhead (talk) 19:16, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Bath, Somerset copy-editing[edit]

Thanks for all your work so far in copy-editing Bath, Somerset. In relation to Bishops & seats I have tried to clarify "he" in the first instance is John of Tours and I have used "The bishop" on the second occurrence. The term "poor infirm" is used in the sources, to illustrate it was for those who couldn't afford to pay for the "treatment" provided by the hot springs. The term "elderly infirm" is still used in British English (ie by the BBC and newspapers) to refer to those who are weak through age but don't have specific injuries or illnesses. Hope that makes sense?— Rod talk 08:20, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

I'd like to second the thanks for the copy-editing. Nicely done. Rwendland (talk) 11:11, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Peer review[edit]

CorinneSD, do you ever participate in Wikipedia:Peer review? I think you would be a natural for it! With that in mind, and this is only if you have a free moment of time, would you be able to engage in a Peer Review of an article I have there at Wikipedia:Peer review/Capon Lake Whipple Truss Bridge/archive1. I needed a peer review of this article so that I could nominate it for Featured Article status. I normally wouldn't ask, but it's been lingering on the vine for a while and I wanted to have it reviewed before it passes without one. I know you're probably busy so please do not feel obligated to do so; you were just the first person I thought of! ;) -- West Virginian (talk) 16:09, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

West Virginian I'd be glad to review the Capon Lake Whipple Truss Bridge article. Let me first finish Bath (Somerset), which I took on several days ago. I did about half of the article and then didn't work on it for two days. I have participated in peer reviews before but didn't really know where to look for new ones. I reviewed Epacris impressa, Radiocarbon dating, and Oil shale in Estonia – before the articles got to Peer Review and after. Thank you so much for the Barnstar! It's much appreciated. Any time you have an article that needs reviewing, or even a section or paragraph of an article, I'd be happy to take a look at it. (By the way, I think West Virginia is an under-appreciated state. People don't know much about it, so the work you are doing is valuable.) CorinneSD (talk) 16:54, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
CorinneSD, thank you for your timely response and for assisting me in this endeavor! There is certainly no rush on this, so please take it on at your leisure. You are quite welcome regarding the barnstar. I'm one of the very few active West Virginia editors on Wikipedia, so I have a tall order to write as much about the state as I can. Your copyedits continue to improve West Virginia's visibility to Wikipedia's readers, and perhaps these articles will coax some to visit the Mountain State! -- West Virginian (talk) 17:14, 2 August 2015 (UTC)


Oh, and this is a little belated, but it's better late than never! Thank you again for your outstanding copyedits! -- West Virginian (talk) 16:17, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

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CorinneSD, I hereby award you The West Virginia Barnstar for your outstanding copyedits of seven articles relating to the following West Virginia-related persons and symbol: John Collins Covell, Samuel Lightfoot Flournoy, Henry Bell Gilkeson, Gabriel Jones (Virginia), James Sloan Kuykendall, Thomas Bryan Martin, and Flag of West Virginia. Through your efforts, these articles meet a higher standard of quality and are in a better position to be promoted to Featured Article status in the future. Thank you for all your time and hard work! -- West Virginian (talk) 16:17, 2 August 2015 (UTC)