User talk:DOstendorff

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DOstendorff, you are invited to the Teahouse[edit]

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Love history & culture? Get involved in WikiProject World Digital Library![edit]

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Hi DOstendorff! I'm the Wikipedian In Residence at the World Digital Library, a project of the Library of Congress and UNESCO. I'm recruiting Wikipedians who are passionate about history & culture to participate in improving Wikipedia using the WDL's vast free online resources. Participants can earn our awesome WDL barnstar and help to disseminate free knowledge from over 100 libraries in 7 different languages. Multilingual editing encouraged!!! But being multilingual is not a necessity to make this project a success. Please sign up to participate here. Thanks for editing Wikipedia and I look forward to working with you! SarahStierch (talk) 22:47, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

World Digital Library-Wikimedia Partnership Newsletter[edit]

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Hi DOstendorff! Thanks for participating in the World Digital Library-Wikimedia Partnership. Your contributions are important to improving Wikipedia! I wanted to share a few updates with you:

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Keep up the great work, and please contact me if you need anything! Thank you for all you do for free knowledge! EdwardsBot (talk) 16:38, 30 June 2013 (UTC)


User:Dr. Blofeld has created Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/Contests. The idea is to run a series of contests/editathons focusing on each region of Africa. He has spoken to Wikimedia about it and $1000-1500 is possible for prize money. As someone who has previously expressed interest in African topics, would you be interested in contributing to one or assisting draw up core article/missing article lists? He says he's thinking of North Africa for an inaugural one in October. If interested please sign up in the participants section of the Contest page, thanks.♦ --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 01:15, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Invite to the African Destubathon[edit]

Hi. You may be interested in participating in the African Destubathon which starts on October 15. Africa currently has over 37,000 stubs and badly needs a quality improvement editathon/contest to flesh out basic stubs. There are proposed substantial prizes to give to editors who do the most geography, wildlife and women articles, and planned smaller prizes for doing to most destubs for each of the 53 African countries, so should be enjoyable! Even if contests aren't your thing we would be grateful if you could consider destubbing a few African articles during the drive to help the cause and help reduce the massive 37,000 + stub count, of which many are rated high importance (think Regions of countries etc). If you're interested in competing or just loosely contributing, whether it's a river in Malawi, a Nigerian footballer, or a South African civil rights activist, please add your name to the Contestants/participants section. Diversity of work from a lot of people will make this that bit more special. For those of you who signed up to the North African contest, that will hopefully be held in the new year. Thanks. --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:11, 6 October 2016 (UTC)

Problems at Cambyses I[edit]

Sorry to complain, but two students are adding material about the Cambyses II to this articles.[1]. They also need to learn to cite properly, as I can't tell what they are referencing and it appears to be necessary to login to see it. The latter would be ok if it could be clearly identified. The page at Wikipedia:Meetup/UMassAmherst/Intro to Wikipedia has some good videos. If they are actually using Herodotus as a source, they shouldn't as that's a primary source, they should be using modern academic sources for this. Thanks. Doug Weller talk 18:19, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Thank you User:Doug Weller. I appreciate you catching this and apologize for the student error. It looks like it's a single student who has added incorrect information twice. I'll reach out to her and talk through why what she has added is both incorrectly placed and incorrectly sourced. I don't feel like it was a complaint at all. Thanks for letting me known. DOstendorff (talk) 19:21, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

I just found the other student who was also doing. Thanks again User:Doug Weller. I'll follow-up with them. DOstendorff (talk) 19:24, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Much appreciated. I don't envy you. Doug Weller talk 19:29, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
Not a problem. I'm thankful for diligent editors like yourself and glad the students are giving it a shot. Many aren't doing the work, intimidated by the project. At least if they do it wrong, there's something to talk about. If they don't do it all, there's no way for them to learn. :-) DOstendorff (talk) 19:31, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
  • I agree with DOstendorff - I think that it's great that you're looking out for these students! I know that at Wiki Education we're always appreciative of people like you who catch this stuff and let us know about it! Plus like he said, this is how they learn. Shalor (Wiki Ed) (talk) 19:42, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
@Doug Weller: - I noticed that HMoore did the exact same thing you, I, and Shalor all contacted her about yesterday - adding Cambyses II information. I am working on scheduling a face to face meeting with her either tomorrow or Friday to find out where she isn't understanding why what she is doing is incorrect. She's come to two Wikipedia training sessions - so I believe her intent is sincere, she's just sincerely wrong. Thanks again for your diligence. I'm sure this is trying your patience, so thanks for being patient and being a part of helping them learn to read more carefully, to note distinctions in sources/specifics, etc. Hopefully we'll get this squared up this week. Her grade will start to suffer. If nothing else, that will hopefully set her straight. DOstendorff (talk) 23:17, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

Women in Red World Contest[edit]

Hi. We're into the last five days of the Women in Red World Contest. There's a new bonus prize of $200 worth of books of your choice to win for creating the most new women biographies between 0:00 on the 26th and 23:59 on 30th November. If you've been contributing to the contest, thank you for your support, we've produced over 2000 articles. If you haven't contributed yet, we would appreciate you taking the time to add entries to our articles achievements list by the end of the month. Thank you, and if participating, good luck with the finale!