User talk:Dovid

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Copyright checks when performing AfC reviews[edit]

Hello Dovid. This message is part of a mass mailing to people who appear active in reviewing articles for creation submissions. First of all, thank you for taking part in this important work! I'm sorry this message is a form letter – it really was the only way I could think of to covey the issue economically. Of course, this also means that I have not looked to see whether the matter is applicable to you in particular.

The issue is in rather large numbers of copyright violations ("copyvios") making their way through AfC reviews without being detected (even when easy to check, and even when hallmarks of copyvios in the text that should have invited a check, were glaring). A second issue is the correct method of dealing with them when discovered.

If you don't do so already, I'd like to ask for your to help with this problem by taking on the practice of performing a copyvio check as the first step in any AfC review. The most basic method is to simply copy a unique but small portion of text from the draft body and run it through a search engine in quotation marks. Trying this from two different paragraphs is recommended. (If you have any question about whether the text was copied from the draft, rather than the other way around (a "backwards copyvio"), the Wayback Machine is very useful for sussing that out.)

If you do find a copyright violation, please do not decline the draft on that basis. Copyright violations need to be dealt with immediately as they may harm those whose content is being used and expose Wikipedia to potential legal liability. If the draft is substantially a copyvio, and there's no non-infringing version to revert to, please mark the page for speedy deletion right away using {{db-g12|url=URL of source}}. If there is an assertion of permission, please replace the draft article's content with {{subst:copyvio|url=URL of source}}.

Some of the more obvious indicia of a copyvio are use of the first person ("we/our/us..."), phrases like "this site", or apparent artifacts of content written for somewhere else ("top", "go to top", "next page", "click here", use of smartquotes, etc.); inappropriate tone of voice, such as an overly informal tone or a very slanted marketing voice with weasel words; including intellectual property symbols (™,®); and blocks of text being added all at once in a finished form with no misspellings or other errors.

I hope this message finds you well and thanks again you for your efforts in this area. Best regards--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 02:20, 18 November 2014 (UTC).

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Hi there. Your talk page response in twistlock was staggeringly unhelpful. Presumably you're an expert on the subject of containerisation; I'd love you to answer them properly. If you can communicate this information in such a way it can be simply copied and pasted into the article, that would be great! Otherwise you might want to ask one of the other editors to formulate it in English. -Ashley Pomeroy (talk) 20:18, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

@Ashley Pomeroy: I haven't been on Twistlock in quite some time, I don't know why you're suddenly trying to catch my attention for a talk page post from long ago. Also, I hope it was unintentional, but your message comes across as very arrogant. "Staggeringly unhlepful," "formulate it in English" - those are fairly insulting phrases.
Allow me to reword your entry:
"Hi there. Your talk page response in twistlock was terse, and I had difficulty understanding it. Perhaps, with your expertise, you could answer with some more detail and make the operation of the device clearer. I know it was a year ago, but the question is still open."
No assumptions, no vitriol, much better. Dovid (talk) 04:15, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Relax duplicate linking rule (again!)[edit]

Hi Dovid,

You might be interested to see that I'm reopening the issue of duplicate links at Wikipedia_talk:Manual_of_Style/Linking#Relax_duplicate_linking_rule. --Slashme (talk) 21:35, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

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