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April to June 2018 Milhist article reviewing[edit]

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On behalf of the Milhist coordinators, you are hereby awarded the Content Review Medal of Merit for reviewing a total of 9 Milhist articles at PR, GAN, ACR or FAC during the period April to June 2018. Thank you for supporting Wikipedia's quality content processes. AustralianRupert (talk) 09:36, 5 July 2018 (UTC)

Keep track of upcoming reviews. Just copy and paste {{WPMILHIST Review alerts}} to your user space

Thanks again AR. - Dank (push to talk) 12:14, 5 July 2018 (UTC)

John Glenn[edit]

Would you be able to take a look at John Glenn's article and give it a bit of a copyedit? I have edited it extensively since you last saw it, and I think it would help its chances. Thanks either way! Kees08 (Talk) 04:37, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

I've noticed the great work you're doing, Kees, but I'm not going to have time for copyediting for a couple of weeks. I've got blurbs to do, and then a special project for TFA. Maybe in September. - Dank (push to talk) 13:25, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
For sure, sounds good! Kees08 (Talk) 16:34, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

New York State Route 22[edit]

I'd advise you not to switch the TFA. State Route 74 (New York–Vermont) has the same map citation issues that are supposedly sinking New York State Route 22. NY 22 has been the focus of a lot of activity lately to prepare it for the Main Page, and NY 74/VT 74 has not. Both are old FAs, promoted 9–10 years ago, and NY 74/VT 74 has too much work to be done to it in an hour and a half to prepare it for the Main Page.

So the question is this: which is better? An article that needs copy editing and needs its incomplete citations tagged, or an article that doesn't need copy editing but has some citations tagged? Imzadi 1979  22:32, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Thanks much for helping out here. I agree, we can't swap in the other highway article, given the givens. See WT:TFA. - Dank (push to talk) 22:36, 12 August 2018 (UTC)


I wondered if you might be able to help with User:JKlein (WMF)'s evaluation plan at or if you could suggest someone who might be interested. I was thinking about your preferred zoom level and how that doesn't work so brilliantly with VisualEditor's current toolbar. (Please ping me so I don't miss your reply.) Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 19:39, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Hi WAID. I don't know anything about heuristic analysis, but I'm happy to help if you want my help. In Visual Editor, I typically edit at 170%. - Dank (push to talk) 19:44, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. I'll tell Jess that you're willing to give her some time. I don't think she needs experts, just people who can talk about what they're doing and thinking and why. Maybe look for an e-mail message from her at some point? Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 20:43, 13 August 2018 (UTC)


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I just realized that I've never, in all the years I've had the honour and pleasure of working with you on WP, given you a barnstar, which is a great omission. So here is a small token of gratitude for your unfailing presence at reviews, your improvements and suggestions, and your all-around helpfulness. Thanks! Constantine 12:12, 20 August 2018 (UTC)
Appreciated, and thanks for making a hard job easy. - Dank (push to talk) 15:16, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

JSTOR account redistribution (The Wikipedia Library)[edit]

[Copied from meta]: Hi - according to our records you received a free account for JSTOR through The Wikipedia Library. Because we’ve used up all of our allocated accounts, and it’s been some time since they were distributed, we want to redistribute any accounts that aren’t being used to users on our waitlist.

If you’re still using, or plan to use, your JSTOR access, no problem! Simply head over to the Library Card platform, log in, and request a renewal of your account. You should be able to do this from your user page, or the JSTOR signup page. If you can’t find the renewal button, or have any other issues or questions about this, please feel free to leave a message on my talk page. We’ll begin redistributing inactive accounts in September; if you request renewal after then we will only be able to reactivate your account if we have spots remaining. Thanks, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:32, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

Precious anniversary[edit]

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Six years!

It's a great pleasure to repeat thanks to you who were continuously supportive and friendly all these years! - I turned to writing short articles, so am not seen for FA much, but I watch it. Amazing to have had the anniversaries of three great composers in one week, whom I gave a little composition each. What I saw was this.

Claude Debussy 22 August TFA 47,617 The Little Nigar DYK 4,231
Leonard Bernstein 25 August (centenary) 151,114 Opening Prayer DYK later
Ralph Vaughan Williams 26 August TFA 35,938 O clap your hands (Vaughan Williams) DYK later

Bernstein had 38k+ views the second day. All mentioning of him on our Main page was a little DYK about a violinist which I nominated, not even OTD. Tells me that we should not over-estimate the influence of our Main page ;) Today short article will be a magnificent church, - I can't believe how much we still miss. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:19, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

And it's a great pleasure when you drop by my talk page. How are you? Google had a fun doodle for Bernstein's 100th birthday. - Dank (push to talk) 11:49, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
I could tell without looking that Bernstein had a google doodle, - and am a bit ashamed how little we did. - I enjoy summer, listening more (look for Rheingau on my talk), but it's also singing time again, as you can tell from other compositions among my new articles ;) - Daniel Behle stepped in last Friday at the Kurhaus, Wiesbaden, to sing with featured artist Annette Dasch, another one who needs an article. Church done, first round, needs refs, - always the same story with articles from de. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:01, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
Good to hear. John and I are doing all the things we love this summer, including some linguistics work. - Dank (push to talk) 12:35, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
Good to hear. I added the stats for the Little Nigar, quite proud of 10% of what the TFA got, and happy that we had little problems with the title, only minor vandalism. The DYK for Bernstein could have appeared that day, pictured, imagine, but the DYK process proved not flexible enough. The other could at least have been linked, but same. So, two more to come then, and perhaps spreading it out has its advantages ;) - I just don't know what readers will think about a Bernstein hook in September. - Google doodle: I remember our greatest success, Franz Kafka, when TFA and google doodle were the same day, - still no. 1! Sadly, another subject of the same team just died, and that will be my next job, updating Dieter Thomas Heck, quite a story, from stutterer by singing lessons to well-known fast TV speaker. Updating alone, friend is blocked. Could you please watch Kafka with me? - A well-meaning IP added today, not improving the two things I saw. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:14, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

TFA: May 5, 2018[edit]

It's incorrect information. CMLL is notorious for having long lasting champions (for example, Negro Casas and Shocker were tag team champions for four years, and had to vacate the title because they hadn't defended it in the last two), and I could see why it was a safe bet to have the middleweight title as TFA. But by the time it was, there was a new champion who had won it in January. APM (talk) 20:19, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

Thanks. Don't edit archive pages ... any other pages are fair game. - Dank (push to talk) 20:44, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
So, despite that, you're going to leave as it is? Seems a little counterproductive. APM (talk) 21:00, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
See WP:ARCHIVE (although that talks just about talk page archives). Archive pages are meant to be left alone, so that we maintain an accurate record. Sections of the Main Page that have already expired will never be on the Main Page, or in article space, again; there's no reason to correct them, because readers will never see them in article-space. - Dank (push to talk) 21:31, 20 September 2018 (UTC)