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Barnstar for you![edit]

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I award you, this, the original barnstar, because you're an original and deserve the first and the best!

Dom, this is a long-time coming from me. And I don't completely buy into the whole barnstar thing, so you know it's heart-felt. ;)

I remember the first time I interacted with you on this project, when you asked me to review one of your roller coaster article. I went, "Who the heck is this young guy?" at first, and to be honest, I was a little worried because I made some assumptions about you, which I quickly figured out were unfair and very wrong. You're an impressive young man, and I'm sure that you'll knock it out of the park at university and end up being more successful than the rest of us. Keep up with the work ethic and have fun! I hope that you'll be around to at least check in and keep us updated about how you're doing. Good luck! Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 23:12, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

@Figureskatingfan: Thanks so much!--Dom497 (talk) 14:18, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

Thanks![edit]

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Hey Dom! Thanks so much for being so awesome and interacting with me during these 2 years. I remember working with you on GA mentoring and now I've become a GA Cup Judge. Good luck with university and thank you for being such a great friend. MrWooHoo (talk) 01:24, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

@MrWooHoo: Thanks!--Dom497 (talk) 14:18, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Hogwarts Express (Universal Orlando Resort)[edit]

The article Hogwarts Express (Universal Orlando Resort) you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:Hogwarts Express (Universal Orlando Resort) for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Sturmvogel 66 -- Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 22:01, 10 September 2015 (UTC)

October 2015[edit]

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I replied there. Hope u can when you have time bro. From a Packer fan. My Pack won today. --74.130.133.1 (talk) 01:23, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Today's featured article/January 9, 2016[edit]

Dom, a summary of a Featured Article you nominated at WP:FAC will appear on the Main Page soon. It mostly follows the lead section; how does it look? One question: Drop tower#Tallest vertical drop towers says this is the 3rd tallest tower in the US, but your article says it's the tallest. Do you know which is right? - Dank (push to talk) 22:02, 24 December 2015 (UTC)

(talk page stalker)The claim that it is the tallest "free-standing" drop tower in the U.S. is correct. The other two that are taller were built onto the frame of existing roller coasters. A technicality of course, but correct nonetheless! By the way, I removed the amusement park wikilink from the lead, since it was unnecessary and contributed to a bit of overlinking. Perhaps the same change should be made in the FA summary. --GoneIn60 (talk) 07:44, 26 December 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, I've looked into both and I get it now. - Dank (push to talk) 14:44, 26 December 2015 (UTC)
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Precious again, your Falcon's Fury drop tower attraction!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:55, 9 January 2016 (UTC)

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GA queries[edit]

Hi Dom497. As a novice reviewer, I still have few doubts about reviewing GAs. I am also writing an essay where your answers will be summarised. Considering you seem to be experienced, would you kindly answer some questions I have regarding them in general? Ugog Nizdast (talk) 15:38, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

@Ugog Nizdast: Sure! Ask away!--Dom497 (talk) 01:53, 4 May 2016 (UTC)
Here:
  1. Criteria 2c, 2d requires access to sources: should a reviewer avoid an article where they have not much access to any of the sources given? or fail it if the nominator has partial access themselves?
  2. Criteria 3 requires subject knowledge: does that mean one being unfamiliar with the topic should not review it? Ugog Nizdast (talk) 08:43, 4 May 2016 (UTC)
@Ugog Nizdast: My answer to your first question is that even if you don't have access to some of the sources, you can still review and pass the nomination. Part of this reasoning comes from good-faith as I trust that editors aren't adding fake sources. A good example is a book reference. Many articles may reference a book but I may have no access to that book to verify that the user isn't making up information. Instead, I would google the book name and take a look to check if it seems like a reliable source. There are also cases where some sources require a fee to be paid to view the source. This sometimes is the case for archives of newspapers. One editor (the nominator) may have paid that fee and therefore has the access to view the article while another editor (the reviewer) may not have paid and therefore does not have access. In the case where users must pay to view a source, you only need to ensure that the source is reliable (example: the source is the New York Times and not some personal blog).
For your second question, being familiar with the topic is NOT required, however, if you are just starting to review nominations for your first time I would suggest only reviewing nominations that cover a topic you know about. Doing so will make the review easier (in my opinion). As you gain experience you can start reviewing nominations that cover topics you have no knowledge in. I've done this a few times and I actually learn a lot about different topics and it keeps things interesting for me. Remember, being familiar with the topic is NOT required, I just personally think it would be better to start with topics you know about. If you have any more questions or need clarification, feel free to ask!--Dom497 (talk) 02:00, 6 May 2016 (UTC)
Hope you don't find if I add another follow up question: then sometimes if in good faith the citations are accepted, how are we expected to verify no original research and copyright violations? Ugog Nizdast (talk) 13:08, 6 May 2016 (UTC)
@Ugog Nizdast: You assume there is no original research and copyright violations. I know it sounds crazy but it is ok to assume so long as you have tried to access the source (for example if the source is a book, you have tried to find an online copy or check if the book is available at your local library). If the source requires you to pay a fee, no one should expect you to pay just to verify it. (sorry for the late reply)--Dom497 (talk) 20:07, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Thank you very much, this has been very informative. Wikipedia:FA and GA answered queries now has a reference to you. Ugog Nizdast (talk) 16:03, 10 May 2016 (UTC)

Precious anniversary[edit]

Three years ago ...
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... you were recipient
no. 495 of Precious,
a prize of QAI!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:13, 25 May 2016 (UTC)

RfC at WikiProject Amusement Parks[edit]

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Please share any thoughts or comments you might have there. Thank you. --GoneIn60 (talk) 13:41, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

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Interview invitation from a Wikipedia researcher in University of Minnesota[edit]

Hello Dom497,

I am Bowen Yu, a Ph.D. student from GroupLens Research at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Currently, we are undertaking a study about turnover (editors leaving and joining) in WikiProjects within Wikipedia. We are trying to understand the effects of member turnovers in the WikiProject group, in terms of the group performance and member interaction, with a purpose of learning how to build successful online communities in future. More details about our project can be found on this meta-wiki page.

I would like to invite you for an interview if you are interested in our study and willing to share your experience with us. The interview will be about 30 - 45 minutes via either Skype or Google Hangout. You will receive a $10 gift card as compensation afterwards.

Please reach me at bowen@cs.umn.edu if you are interested or have any questions.

Thank you,

Bowen

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