User talk:DebraHardy

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Nice work![edit]

Hey DebraHardy,

So great to see that you made the jump to Wikipedia and have started to make some articles. Let me know if you need anything, also you might like to know User:Zambonia, who does a good job of tracking hours worked on articles as a volunteer. Best, --RichardMcCoy (talk) 11:42, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

Just a note to say that most articles at least have two different sources used as citations. Do you think you could get the collections handbook from your library? Other editors might get fussy about there being only one reference. Another way to get a reference is to cite the artist.
Finally, I want to point you to some resources that were created for making articles about public art. Check these out: Wikipedia:WikiProject Public art/Resources. --RichardMcCoy (talk) 19:13, 2 May 2012 (UTC)
Thanks, I'll definitely look into some of those! Didn't know about the two different articles thing, but I'll definitely start adding citations.
Cool I hope you don't think I'm too froward, but I edited your sandbox to have the template. It has lots of info embedded in that can help show you how to write a good article. You can scrap it, of course, if it's not your style. Our goal was to try and create a standardized article.--RichardMcCoy (talk) 19:20, 2 May 2012 (UTC)
Not at all! This is a learning experience for me, and I'm quite enjoying it, so that's for making it so easy!
In case you are ever moved to tackle some of the post-1923 works and want an image to go with them, drop me a line. I took photos of many of them while I was getting the art that was out of copyright, but I'm not allowed to post them anywhere on Wikipedia until they have an article. So many rules! Here they are Zambonia (talk) 13:44, 3 May 2012 (UTC)
Article up about Tidying Up, which I saw you had :) thanks for the link! I'll definitely work on some of those!
About that two sources thing Richard mentioned: as I was going through your articles to make all your citations equally pretty, I noticed the later ones stopped including the kind of variety of resources you had at first. I guess you haven't met a Deletionist yet, but they take notability very seriously and will probably try to remove anything like Young Woman in Blue that really only cites the IMA's page. The easiest way to forestall that is to find at least one resource completely unrelated to the IMA. It's irritating and counterintuitive, since the IMA pages have wonderfully complete and scholarly information, but they just aren't considered neutral enough. Zambonia (talk) 04:51, 15 May 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the info. It was finals week and now I'm without internet for a week and then I'm on vacation, so once I get actual internet, I'm going to actually work on putting in better sources.
1/3 done with that monstrous list! Let's throw a party. Zambonia (talk) 17:05, 26 September 2012 (UTC)
That's super exciting! I'll get the balloons. DebraHardy (talk) 00:57, 27 September 2012 (UTC)

Zambonia (talk) 03:31, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

Just a note to say you're pretty awesome for continuing on with this project! You and Zambonia might just finish all of the articles this year! I'm no longer at the IMA, but am still following along with this project. Drop me a note at richardsmccoy(at) if you wanna say hi. --RichardMcCoy (talk) 13:34, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

Great work & citations[edit]

Hey Debra, your work on this project is really amazing! It's so cool to see how quickly you have already made a big impact. I hope you're enjoying it a bit to.

Making citations can be a bit fussy. Have you tried using the "Cite" tab on your editor? From their you chose a template from the drop down menu and then just fill in the info ... pretty good -- basically like a term paper. Here's a big article on citations: Wikipedia:Citing sources. Best,--RichardMcCoy (talk) 17:13, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikipedia: check out the Teahouse![edit]

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Hi Debra,

Thanks for your message. I would prefer to show you how to upload images than do it for you.

Assuming the image is a two-dimensional reproduction of an artwork out of copyright... yada yada... which these are (so far), the first step to uploading an image is to save the image file to your computer. In the case of the Degas work,[1] you would click on the different image links to find the highest-resolution version available. (I found [2].) Then you'd right-click on the image in your browser and select "save", and give it a descriptive filename. (This could go on as a general computer lesson, but hopefully that's not necessary.) I will check back with you later to see if you've completed this step and want to proceed to uploading! Riggr Mortis (talk) 06:01, 8 May 2012 (UTC)

Okay, I have gotten this far. DebraHardy (talk) 19:01, 8 May 2012 (UTC)
OK. A bit of background: you can upload images either to Wikipedia, or to Wikimedia Commons, which is the real repository for media files (Commons files can be used on any project). I suggest the latter. (Your user account exists there too.)
The Upload Wizard for Commons is at this link. I haven't used it myself, but presumably it's supposed to be easy. For our purposes the old-fashioned Upload Form may be simpler. Either way, you first browse to the file you saved on your computer and select it. Then the key is, when you're asked for license information, choose "reproduction of a painting that is in the public domain because of its age". The rest of the form pertains to author, title, source (paste link to IMA page), etc. and can all be added/corrected once the upload itself is complete. Let me know if you got the upload to work and then I'll take a look at the resulting File: page. Riggr Mortis (talk) 00:27, 9 May 2012 (UTC)
Unwatching your page - reply if at some point you wish to continue this. Riggr Mortis (talk) 18:49, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

New Volunteer[edit]

Hello! I'm a new e-volunteer with the IMA and per Richards suggestion, I wanted to introduce myself. I've already started my first draft for a collection object article in my sandbox, and if you had a free moment to offer advice I would love to hear from you as I am new to Wikipedia. I look forward to working with you! --AngelKelley (talk) 00:40, 11 May 2012 (UTC)

Hello! Sorry, I've been without internet, traveling across the US for the past two weeks looking at grad schools, and before that, I had finals, so I haven't had any time to reply to you. You seem to be doing a great job so far, if you need any help or just want to chit-chat, I'm here. DebraHardy (talk) 17:00, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

If ever in need of a Mentor...[edit]

I saw your moodbar and userpage; immediately thought you might already be a protégé of SarahStierch (talk). Check her userpage and you'll see what I mean. Take care, DocTree (talk) 17:59, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

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