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What do you think ...[edit]

... about this FAC, - closed soon if nobody volunteers? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:54, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

It's Henga's responsibility, not mine or anybody else's. I wouldn't dream of taking over on an article I've not even slightly contributed to.♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:14, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

I took over many articles of users who left, especially Kafka, but would not dream to take over a FAC on a topic I don't know well enough. I took over Emma Ayres from GFHandel (quite a success on the German Main page), - see now. Can we say "he was born" when the babies mother thought she was born. Seems not historical to me, see talk. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:19, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
I see that "was born" was adapted, but still "he graduated" while a girl graduated, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:22, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
Well Ian has archived now anyway so too late.♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:23, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
Just saw that. How about the other, - are you familiar with bios of that kind? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:27, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
I am happy about content recognition of an unusual kind, resulting in an article in German. I knew the subject, on a respectful last-name-level. No contact in recent years, then the unprepared message of his death which prompted my first article of 2016 which appeared on DYK for the 15th Wikipedia anniversary. I love the way my singing idea for a memorial was accepted. - Thank you for all you do for content! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:57, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Can't thank you enough for your excellent and thorough review of Portsmouth! It got just what it needed, and without your productivity and patience it could never have been promoted in the end. It only took me six years. Thank you! JAGUAR  19:48, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

You've put in an enormous amount of work on it, which deserves respect. It's certainly much improved! It still needs a fair bit of work in places to improve the flow. There's still a valid point on the "bittiness", but I overall you cover what needs to be covered for GA. I will try to help work on the prose when I can.♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:59, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

Thanks! I'd like to get it to FA as I have to make good use of the books, but I couldn't have got it to GA without them. The good thing is that all of the sources check out now. I'll probably submit a peer review once it's copyedited by myself and/or others before taking it to FA. JAGUAR  11:54, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

An award for you![edit]

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For the patience and perseverance you have shown while reviewing Portsmouth for almost a month. Definitely not an easier task. Its contributor has just been awarded by me. It would be incomplete if someone like you are left unaddressed when such a difficult task is accomplished. Yours Truly, Pavanjandhyala (talk) 05:38, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

Thankyou friend. Articles are there to be improved. Jaguar has put in a huge effort to improve the Portsmouth article and the article overall is a great improvement on the original. If there are still issues with it which need ironing out let's move forward and resolve them and try to see it at FA level by the end of the year.♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:02, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

I would be happy to do whatever i can, no matter how much. Even a squirrel's contribution was recognised in the building of a dam in Ramayana. Pavanjandhyala (talk) 04:40, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

Nomination of Victoria Plucknett for deletion[edit]

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Africa[edit]

It'll have to be tomorrow night, I'm afraid - I just got home, and I'm in training all day tomorrow with limited computer access. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 05:32, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

I'll try tonight or tomorrow. I want to do something to alleviate this MediaWiki problem that keeps cropping up, and we'll see what happens. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 19:07, 7 October 2016 (UTC)

Reviewer[edit]

Hello

I have been wondering whether you would have 1 or 2 people to suggest to review the articles related to Nigeria contest (not you since you wrote some of those :)). Perhaps from former reviewers of previous contests ? Thanks Anthere (talk)

Hello Anthere. Do you mean for Good Article status like I'm currently reviewing for Geography of Somerset, or do you mean to help judge the contest? I certainly have a few people who could check over work, yes, but let me know what you want exactly. Still intend to do a few more articles on Nigerian, I was hoping yto get Joke Silva up to GA status but got stalled as I couldn't find much more!♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:36, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

I meant help to judge the contest. Much easier than reviewing an article to get to GA ! Anthere (talk)

I see, I dunno. I'm not sure exactly what they're looking for to judge the contest, I gather it's quality and consistency they value the most, but it is always tricky to judge a contest where there's not a criteria defined. If it was a bit clearer what contestants would have to do to win then I think it would be easier to get some more people to help judge it. This is why I tend to either use a points system or article/GA count system as it can be very difficult to judge things as writing contests on wikipedia and decide who the best editor is, as people can do different types of important work, from decent basic starts on important missing articles, to cleaning up core entries etc. And in cases like Fisayo Ajisola, where the end result is a collaboration between me and Pastorflex, it's not easy to see who has done what, it's the product which matters the most! Perhaps Casliber or Jmilburn could offer some help, but I think they would also want something a bit more rigid to be able to assess entries!♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:24, 6 October 2016 (UTC)

When I was running the Wikipedia:Stub Contest, it was mainly about expansion. As long as the expanded article was not a copyvio, sourced and faithful to sources, it was ok - I was not classing it as a quality contest like the Wikipedia:The Core Contest. I am happy to judge if no-one else volunteers. I'd actually like to enter but might not get round to it (like all the Wales and UK articles I was gonna write..) Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 14:21, 6 October 2016 (UTC)
The only thing that is a bit tricky is the "body of work/quality" prize, but that is not a huge problem. I'd be thinking of judging it like core contest. so not hard. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 14:56, 6 October 2016 (UTC)

Guitar[edit]

I guess you would have loved the guitar piece of a rich program performed yesterday and listed on top of my talk, - a quite outstanding piece, and played very well! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:39, 6 October 2016 (UTC)

Link?♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:50, 6 October 2016 (UTC)

Well, still top of my talk, background below (thread:Frank Stähle), - Yupanqui, piece has no article (yet), --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:15, 6 October 2016 (UTC)

@Gerda Arendt: No longer play guitar ;-), I threw my six guitars in the bin after seeing a 17 year old girl play like this haha.♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:37, 7 October 2016 (UTC)

You would still have liked listening ;) - Just returned to my piano (no bin big enough), requested to accompany a duet "I see the light", - wish my hands were larger, - good text ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:44, 7 October 2016 (UTC)
I'm getting pretty good as jazz guitar more than classical but YouTube always keeps me humble, just when you think you're getting good there'll be some 7 year old from Guangdong on youtube who has already recorded all of the works of J.S. Bach and Chopin on guitar to CD and touring the world!♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:51, 7 October 2016 (UTC)

Halp plz? To de-orphan the article Mary Whelan[edit]

She is an ambassador which seems notable - but I can't find anyplace to link TO her article, not without having to write a list of all Irish ambassadors or something. I was wondering if you (flattery: in your greater Wikipedian experience and genius) had any ideas? ☕ Antiqueight haver 21:46, 6 October 2016 (UTC)

Ulster_University#Noted_academics_and_alumni (with a source) would be a good fit. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 10:46, 7 October 2016 (UTC)
I've added her to List of Irish people.--Ipigott (talk) 10:59, 7 October 2016 (UTC)

Re: Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon[edit]

My dear Evil Doctor, I knew this project, & considered contributing to it, however demands on my time prevent me from doing more than what I've taken on at the moment. One of the greatest threats to keeping long-term Wikipedians active is small children: until they reach the age of five, their demands for attention will suck an amazing amount of their parent's free time. Maybe in three years I will be able to contribute more than the feeble efforts I am managing now. But I appreciate that you remember my efforts in this area, & maybe some day I will return to Ethiopian articles. (There are many ancient churches in that country worthy of coverage.) Until then, I will content myself with working on one article about unfashionable dead white men; perhaps I may even be able to push it to FA status. But until our next exchange, be good & take care. -- llywrch (talk) 07:09, 8 October 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon[edit]

Hi Dr. Blofeld do spaces count as Characters when referring to a stub? Also can we only sign up for one country or region when doing it? Thanks. Inter&anthro (talk) 02:44, 9 October 2016 (UTC)

@Inter&anthro: Hi, thanks for your interest. Not sure on the space, try something you've written and paste the prose into that tool and you'll see what the reading will be. I tend to think more in kb size rather than char count but it's the same. Yes of course, the exciting thing about this is that you can enter articles for any of the 55 countries and potentially win the max $1100 ;-), and then there's all the bonus prizes for doing certain ones!.♦ Dr. Blofeld 07:43, 9 October 2016 (UTC)

Re: Generating a list of African IPs[edit]

4408 unique addresses (/64 for IPv6, /48 for 6to4) from 2016-09-09T12:34:18Z to 2016-10-09T12:40:37Z

Table moved to Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon/IP invite list

--Unready (talk) 12:53, 9 October 2016 (UTC)

FWIW, looking at the top 2 contributors, it's easy to see they have a lot of edits because they're trolls. I think I'll let you review them to decide whom you want to invite. Soz... --Unready (talk) 13:24, 9 October 2016 (UTC)

Calling people names not too good[edit]

Listen to me Dr. Calling people names isn't so good here. I wanna reasonable explanation why Cary Grant don't have infobox and why certain clans wanna to stay that way. Snake bgd 13:38, 9 October 2016 (UTC)

I didn't call anybody names, I'm trying to ignore what is going on and not get involved because I'm wonderfully polite and civil, right Richard? ;-). But when you turn up and ignore consensus and that start a thread on "let's add an infobox", given the history of this sort of thing on wikipedia it's just looking for trouble and comes across as pure trolling as you must know what has gone on before on multiple articles. It's time arb woke up to this sort of thing and made it a blockable offense to go around trying to force infoboxes on FAs/GAs where the editors clearly have formed a consensus not to have one.♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:20, 9 October 2016 (UTC)

Nomination of Shanghai Yinji Aluminium for deletion[edit]

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Watchlist Message[edit]

Yes, am watching!!

Hey Dr. B - I just had the thought that it might be a good idea to get the Africa Destub Contest listed at the top of people's Watchlists. This can be requested here: MediaWiki talk:Watchlist-details - I know that we had a bumper year when we did it in the WikiCup back when I was a judge. I think with the mention of cash prizes, it might get even more people to sign up (although there's a really pleasing number of sign ups already!). Miyagawa (talk) 13:16, 12 October 2016 (UTC)

@Miyagawa: Yes, can you or Casliber see to it that that is sorted? WMUK have approved the geography/wildlife prize but it would be good to mention that anybody contributing could potentially win over $1500 in Amazon vouchers for competing in the Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon. But we can't really do that until WM has approved it themselves!♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:39, 12 October 2016 (UTC)

I'll get it sorted. Miyagawa (talk) 16:43, 12 October 2016 (UTC)
@Dr. B: Super glad that others and you started this initiative. Our Africa space stubs / articles are truly in bad shape, and this may help. Thanks @Miyagawa for placing this on the top of watchlist. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 21:09, 12 October 2016 (UTC)
No problem at all. It's a very worthy cause, and after Dr. B sparked an interest in Welsh history for me during one of the previous contents, I'm hopeful that others will have the same experience with the new contest. Miyagawa (talk) 09:59, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Ms Sarah Welch, sign up in the participants in Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon if interested! Even if prizes aren't your thing people can contribute to it as an editathon or potentially donate anything they might win to people who want books to write articles on Africa! I definitely think it's one of the most desperately needed things on wikipedia right now, something which targets those countries too like Togo and Liberia etc which barely have anybody editing them. Please invite others to participate too and spread the word! Oh BTW, I recently created Wikipedia:WikiProject Asia/The 10,000 Challenge, needs contributors to work. Would love to have you on board and putting your lovely Indian articles up!♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:14, 12 October 2016 (UTC)

Somewhat related question: I've got a fair amount of info on various colonial administrators in Africa. Would they count for the contest?--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 22:22, 12 October 2016 (UTC)
Yes, they all count, as that's part of Africa's history, even if in many cases we wish it wasn't that way. I was hoping actually that a few would be interested in working on African history as I want to see all subjects improved really.♦ Dr. Blofeld 08:36, 13 October 2016 (UTC)
@Dr. B: No prizes for me, but since you ask, I will try to contribute. For every 5 Africa articles you de-stub in this period, I will de-stub at least 1 Africa-related article. Not fair, some may say. Perhaps they know not the quality of your output. :-), Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 00:59, 13 October 2016 (UTC)
Haha, that doesn't sound fair! Most of my time is going to be spent vetting it, but I'll try to contribute what I can! I'll make it a goal to destub one article minimum for each country anyway, so I'll try at least to aim for 55 articles.♦ Dr. Blofeld 08:36, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Thank goodness Dr. B. Moments after making that promise, I wondered what have I gotten myself into?!! What if Dr. B de-stubs 5,000 articles!! Did I just promise to destub 1,000+ articles, then? 55 : 11+. Manageable. I will begin collecting reliable sources on Africa, and pile them on my desk. Lovely continent, wonderful people, from my experiences in the 20+ African countries I have been to. Thanks for the Wikipedia:WikiProject Asia/The 10,000 Challenge lead, I wasn't aware. I will look into it too. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 12:40, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

Pinging @Johnbod: and @Sainsf: Please note this initiative. Given your superb contributions to arts/history/African wildlife articles in the past, I hope your schedule will allow you to contribute a bit to Africa-related topics. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 17:22, 14 October 2016 (UTC)
@Dr. B: Yay! I just de-stubbed Flic-en-Flac. I am safe till you reach 5 Africa de-stubs. More seriously though, would you or your talk page stalkers know an easy way to find a list of stub articles in Africa article space that are related to native religions, rituals, deities, ethnic groups, artworks and related history topics? Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 18:23, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

Tagishsimon may have answered that a few days back but I think he's spent on all things Africa right now LOL. He's put in a lot of work last week. or so.. Flic en Flac is great, please enter it into the contest. If not I'll add it to the bottom list on the main page of the contest at least :-)♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:26, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

Dr. B: Go ahead, please add it somewhere. I will watch where you list the Flic-en-Flac article, then add there my future Africa de-stubs to lessen your future administrative work. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 18:32, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

At the bottom of Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon. People who don't want to enter the contest or follow the rules on that can just add anything to that! It all counts! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:46, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

I'm afraid I have defected from Africa to Women in Red (and being lazy, ODNB Women in Red, few if any of whom qualify for Africa). As for Ms Sarah Welch's question, petscan is a good place to start ... (doesn't work with Mac/Firefox ... I have to use Safari) ... it finds articles which are members of two or more categories (which for stubs will usefully be category:All stub articles. The trick is to find a useful second category. With category:Religion in Africa I found only Africa (goddess) (though that seems a good place to start.) The petscan example I linked to finds African dolls - not a stub but probably worthy of attention. If you can think of categories in which articles of interest might lie, then that's a route; but it is limited by the state of article categories, often not so good. (In other news, Dr. B, I'm not convinced using search is the way to go to find wildlife for those countries against which we have listed none ... not least, it's not clear if the articles found are stubs or not. And, I'd really like to get on with the backlog of women articles :) --Tagishsimon (talk) 18:52, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

Don't worry, people aren't having any trouble finding those wildlife stubs! Enjoy your Africa hiatus ;-)♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:55, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

@Tagishsimon: Thanks for the guidance. It helps. Just so you know that your efforts triggered something, the Africa (goddess) article is no longer a stub. Whether your trigger led to a positive improvement to another Africa-space article, or I made it worse, that is for Dr. B to evaluate. Thanks again, Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 22:15, 15 October 2016 (UTC)
I !vote you won the competetion with those judicious edits, and expect Blowers to cough up, pronto. Petscan is v.useful, but probably not a good solution for your present needs, MSW. --Tagishsimon (talk) 22:43, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Asia/The 10,000 Challenge[edit]

I'm glad someone came up with this. I thought it would be a good idea to inform every WikiProject of Asian countries to get more participants. I need help on what could be a good invitation message to be posted on their talk pages. Pratyush (talk) 17:19, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

@PratyushSinha101:, yeah I intend asking Ser Amantio di Nicolao to take care of alerting and inviting all Asian country projects and members but I've been overworking the poor chap on African invitations of late so wasn't going to ask him yet!♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:32, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

@Dr. Blofeld:, I have informed some of the WikiProjects like Wikipedia Talk:WikiProject India and Wikipedia Talk:WikiProject South Asia. I intend to inform all the Asian country projects. Please tell if the Talk page invitations require any modifications. Pratyush (talk) 18:21, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

@PratyushSinha101: Thanks. On the invites though, please let Ser Amantio deal with that as he'll be able to do it much quicker. It'll be done soon enough. India is quite welcome to have its own Wikipedia:The 1000 Challenge (Nordic) type sub challenge feeding into it, and you could probably run a few state contests for states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala to feed it. But we need stronger support and entries coming in consistently like the current Africa one to make that worthwhile. Sign up if interested anyway and we'll have a general Asia focus to start with.♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:57, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

@Dr. Blofeld: I have a question. I've listed the three most recent articles that I've expanded, but should I go ahead and list all of the articles about Asia that I've expanded in the past and brought to either GA or FA status? I almost feel like that would be cheating...because most of those were before 2011 (before I joined the Peace Corps and travelled abroad). Pericles of AthensTalk 22:27, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

Mary Rothes Margaret Cecil, Baroness Amherst of Hackney[edit]

While I don't want to distract you from the review of Inès de Bourgoing, could you or a page watcher more familiar with British peerage put eyes on this? The titles are confusing to me, but I used Lady Cecil after her marriage because that is how most texts referred to her. I am also quite puzzled about the note in the German article which says she died of breast cancer. I found no reference to same and could not access the Times to see if there was an obit for her. SusunW (talk) 00:10, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

@SusunW: Brownhairedgirl might be a good one to ask on that. The article looks great, close to GA level I think with a bit of work. Will review Bourgoing today!♦ Dr. Blofeld 06:19, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

Thanks doc. I thought she was close too, but figured she needed input from others before nominating her. And pictures. She needs pictures. SusunW (talk) 13:40, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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I was looking at the Asia 10,000 thing and you make alot~! Pyrusca (talk) 01:24, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Pyrusca. Wish I had more time to devote to content but running these challenges and contests themselves takes a great deal of effort!♦ Dr. Blofeld 06:18, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

As a matter of fact, Im working on #14 on Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Missing articles by nationality/China (People's Republic). Pyrusca (talk) 13:44, 14 October 2016 (UTC)
A+ copy editing. Pyrusca (talk) 17:27, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

Clarification[edit]

Hi Dr. Blofeld. When I destub an article in the Africa Destubathon, which is about to begin, and I list it on the Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon, should I list the same article at the Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The 10,000 Challenge page too? Thanks. Fsmatovu (talk) 20:41, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

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2001 Zambian census[edit]

Hi, I see from the official website that it was done in [2000] and not in 2001. Can I rename the page?Ssriram mt (talk) 09:50, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

@Ssriram mt: Sure, whatever is correct haha, glad to have you on board!♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:52, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

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Dorothy Hepworth[edit]

Please see if you want to comment at Talk:Dorothy Hepworth. -- Ssilvers (talk) 18:51, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

HA Schult[edit]

You may remember my problems with one specific user concerning the article on Julius von Schlosser. See also this edit from your talk page. I did not contribute to Wikipedia for several months. Now I added some information to the article on HA Schult, and one or two hours later my old opponent User:Rhode Island Red has reappeared on the scene, removing content from the said article, falsely claiming that major exhibition catalogs and other publications are not reliable sources and such things (see, for instance, [1]) and now saying that the Washington Post article does not contain the removed information, although he himself included it in the main text of the article some years ago (see [2]). He even changed the wording of some parts of the text, thereby changing the original meaning supported by the given sources (see [3]). He also questions the notabilty of art historian Wolf Tegethoff (see [4]), presumably because I have created this article, and he continues questioning the notablity of articles on other art historians I have created (see [5]). I think it is high time to block the activities of this user. Wikiwiserick (talk) 00:05, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

Can't remember it for some reason!Very busy at the moment.♦ Dr. Blofeld 15:37, 16 October 2016 (UTC)


I've been dealing with it, but I'd like your confirmation. DGG ( talk ) 04:53, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

DYK and Africa de-stubbing initiative?[edit]

@Dr. B: Any interest in DYK with the Africa initiative? Just did the 4th de-stub, with Hinduism in Uganda. It may qualify for DYK, once you review it and expand it / sprinkle your magic. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 15:34, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

I don't contribute to DYK these days sorry. My count was only so high because of Nvvchar and Rosie! Without them I doubt I'd be over 400!♦ Dr. Blofeld 15:36, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

You okay if I decide to post it on DYK, with a mention of the "Africa de-stubbathon" initiative. I would not have worked on that article without this on-going Africa initiative of others and you. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 21:45, 16 October 2016 (UTC)
Ms Sarah Welch If I can butt in here, I think it would be great if you are able to contribute destubbed African articles to DYK. It will help to spread news of the initiative and will also give more encouragement for people to write or improve articles about Africa.--Ipigott (talk) 07:18, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

That's a lovely thing to say Ms Sarah Welch. I'm glad that I inspire people to create!♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:30, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

@Ipigott:, @Dr. B: Will do. DYK may indeed spread the news about this initiative, plus bring more visibility to Africa through wikipedia's main page. That brings me to the another puzzle. The more useful de-stubs may be of those articles which see "relatively higher traffic" and are "stubs". That may mean viewers are looking for information, see a stub wiki instead, and we could help by improving those articles. Would you two know a way to easily rank or identify Africa-space articles that are stubs and see an average of say 100 views or more per day, from the 45,000+ Africa stubs we have? @@Tagishsimon:, others: any help would be appreciated. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 13:11, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

A list could be created, but I don't want to ask for any more lists if I can help it because I'm worried that I might start to irk off a few people!♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:13, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

I don't know a way of reporting against page-view stats, sadly, so that's a non-runner for me right now. --Tagishsimon (talk) 13:53, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

10,000 challenge for[edit]

Hi, will there be a 10,000 challenge for South America and Oceania?

Yes, for Latin America and hopefully North America and one for the whole of Europe too. Each continent should have its own destubathon. But it's going to take time to fully set up and get people on board but we'll get there eventually I hope.♦ Dr. Blofeld 08:06, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

Count me inPyrusca (talk) 17:48, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
The Europe one you can add your Belgium entries too!♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:52, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
yeah I will. btw, is there a page for europe 10k? Pyrusca (talk) 23:08, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
Not yet. Before I set it up I'll need to get some more sub groups together and interest more people which will take time!♦ Dr. Blofeld 07:27, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/Tamannaah filmography/archive1[edit]

Requesting your input here. Regards, Pavanjandhyala (talk) 11:48, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

Sorry mate, I'm flat out with the contest at the moment. Perhaps if it's quieter later in the week!♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:49, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

No issues, Doc. Take care. :) Pavanjandhyala (talk) 11:50, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

Lists[edit]

It's fine. Sometimes biogs seem a good idea. Sometimes whizzy lists seema good idea. Don't shy away from asking, your initiatives are well worth supporting. I see some good work being done in Africa, articles significantly improved. --Tagishsimon (talk) 16:20, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

Languages of Benin[edit]

Hi. I destubbed Languages of Benin, which is a core stub. Should I remove it from the core stub list? ~EDDY (talk/contribs)~ 16:27, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Nice one Editorofthewiki. yes, though "A unique variety of French called français d'Afrique has developed in the streets and markets of Cotonou. Grammatical structures are typically borrowed from the speaker's first language. It is especially the conjugation rules that have been changed the most, especially the less common forms like the literary style. It has an almost argotic character." needs sourcing and a few of the refs need filling out with publisher info but nearly there! Place it under Benin in the entries page.♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:43, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

oh, must've missed the ref for that. I wasn't aware all the publishing info had to be filled out. ~EDDY (talk/contribs)~ 22:36, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

10, 000 Challenge removal[edit]

The articles i listed were all transformed into sizable edits, or either expanded by me. What did you mean by ourselves? The reason i list those articles because i created them and expanded them myself. Yoi can check history of those articles. Nauriya (Rendezvous) 22:33, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

The ones I checked didn't have many edits to them and some of them as old as February. I don't mind if it's a mix of older ones but it was all on the same subject over many months. Let's just start afresh on the Asia one and go from there I think.♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:42, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Shanghai Yinji Aluminium[edit]

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@Drmies: Quite unnecessary Dr. I'd have been happy to db author it. Must have been one of those from the early days I was just trying to make wikipedia more comprehensive with.♦ Dr. Blofeld 06:25, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

One de-stub = Many de-stubs[edit]

@Dr. B: The Banda people article was listed as a stub under four African countries. So, technically I may have de-stubbed 4 out of 50,000 Africa-related stubs. In one shot!!! Yay!! Completed the 10th de-stub then. Just technically, I know. 7th, non-technically. Africa is interesting. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 02:20, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

Awesome :-)♦ Dr. Blofeld 06:26, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

@Ipigott: I have nominated two of the seven articles I have so far de-stubbed, here and here to DYK, with credits to the Africa Destubathon initiative. I invite you (and talk page stalkers) to crosscheck / further improve the articles or review the DYK, if your schedule allows. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 16:18, 19 October 2016 (UTC)
@Ms Sarah Welch: Both DYKs look pretty good to me. I've done a bit of copy-editing on them.--Ipigott (talk) 19:21, 19 October 2016 (UTC)
Thanks. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 19:25, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

Asia[edit]

Working on it now - sorry, it's been a viciously busy couple of days.

Thanks for the 2 million edit notice as well. Was a hard slog getting there, but it's been a lot of fun also. :-)

I'll let you know when the run of talkpage messages is done - should be tomorrow sometime. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 04:47, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

I finally got around to signing up for this one too. I am wondering how best we can combine initiatives. Women in Red participants are being encouraged to contribute to Wikipedia:Wikipedia Asian Month which is running from 1 to 30 November. You will see we're now including it in our November activities. Perhaps somehow WiR contributions and any other EN Wiki contributions on Asia can be included in your Asian challenge too. But it would be good to avoid unnecessary duplication. I see Rosiestep is one of the three WAM organizers. Any ideas?--Ipigott (talk) 10:49, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

Your e-mail address[edit]

Hi! I'd like to send you a document by e-mail you might be interested in. Please let me know how I can get your e-mail address from WP. Otherwise, if you're able to get my e-mail address anyhow, just mail a note to me. Thanks. CeeGee 09:46, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

@CeeGee: I emailed you!♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:07, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

  • Received with thanks. CeeGee 10:29, 21 October 2016 (UTC)
Problems with yahoo server/security today for some reason!♦ Dr. Blofeld 08:09, 22 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Do I understand correctly that the attachment is contaminated? CeeGee 10:44, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

I think it was more my computer, I've been having problems with the clock on it which I think might be affecting the log ins. I'll try again.♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:36, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

Percentage bar[edit]

Hi, I see, you've raised the percentage in Wikipedia:The 1000 Challenge (Turkey) to 6.7% . Well there are 67 entries to be exact. But it so happens that one (35th to be exact) is a deleted article. In the future there may be even more. Do the percentage bar include the deleted items ? Nedim Ardoğa (talk) 10:22, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

@Nedim Ardoğa:, if articles get deleted remove them from the list and don't count them. It's unfortunate that it got deleted as I don't agree with our notability requirement for sportspeople. notability should be dictated by sources, and CeeGee started a perfectly acceptable article in my eyes.♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:42, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

It shouldn't be deleted. I perfectly agree. But this doesn't answer my question. Nedim Ardoğa (talk) 10:48, 21 October 2016 (UTC)
If articles get deleted, remove them from the list. I said that. So the percentage bar doesn't include deleted entries, as unfortunate as it is. I'm sure people who have articles deleted don't want to frequently be reminded of it anyway.♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:08, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

Eega[edit]

Finally Doctor, i did it! Eega is a FA! I just can't believe this. Grateful enough to you for the help you offered! :-D Pavanjandhyala (talk) 14:52, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

Europe 10k Challenge[edit]

I wanted to let you know I already prepped an article. Pyrusca (talk) 16:47, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

Haha, there's anticipation for you!! Don't want to rush things, it will evolve.♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:50, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

oh no i have a few other articles im gonna work on. Pyrusca (talk) 17:07, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

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Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum[edit]

At last a Tamil film is up for GAN. Kailash29792's next planned GA on this MGR film is at GAN. Do let either of us know if you are willing to review it. Thanks, doc. BTW, just watched How To Murder Your Wife yesterday. I have decided, if I ever get married, it'll be to someone like Lisi! Such smothering! All over Lemmon! Sexy! Face-smile.svg  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 03:56, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

It's a classic yeah, and you see what I mean about it being a slow burner and getting better as it progresses. Super busy right now but if nobody has snapped it up by the weekend I'll try to find a spare 20 minutes OK?♦ Dr. Blofeld 08:00, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
Deal, Evil One. Face-wink.svg Terry is the best in this film. His reaction when Lemmon says in court he murdered his wife, priceless. A natural! Lemmon is as usual, at his effervescent best, especially in the climax.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 10:24, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── A gentle reminder. Face-smile.svg  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 15:36, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

I took up the review today. If interested, you are absolutely welcome to provide additional comments if any. Pavanjandhyala (talk) 10:59, 16 November 2016 (UTC)
Article has been promoted and is listed in the Indian cinema challenge. Have a look at the article when you are free and suggest changes required if any. Thank you. :) Pavanjandhyala (talk) 05:18, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Alekos K. Damtsas Museum[edit]

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Nomination of Alekos K. Damtsas Museum for deletion[edit]

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Wikipedia:Today's featured article/November 12, 2016[edit]

Also pinging Bollyjeff. Hi guys. I'm sorry this didn't make the anniversary in 2013 ... better late than never. Jeff listed this one at WP:TFARP. I notice that "Images of Mughal-e-Azam and plot details" gives no such thing; otherwise, looking quickly, I didn't notice anything out of order. I'll work on the TFA text later today. - Dank (push to talk) 19:50, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

Dank: There is a wayback link here: [6], or we could just remove it, either way is okay with me. Bollyjeff | talk 21:01, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
I'm easy. - Dank (push to talk) 21:11, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
FWIW, I didn't get that ping you just sent. Pinging is kind of fragile. At Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-echo, you can now click "failed mentions" and get a notification every time one of your pings fails. - Dank (push to talk) 21:16, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

An idea for the sub-European challenge[edit]

Hey Dr. Blofeld! While looking at the European 1,000 article challenge, I saw Spain being potential. In my opinion, since there are 1,000 challenges like Nordic countries, how about the challenge being called the 1,000 Iberian Peninsula Challenge to include Portugal and Andorra? Erick (talk) 21:02, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

@Magiciandude: Great idea!! Yup, that would attract more people and give a place like Andorra some attention too. I'll tweak that for Iberian then. Welcome aboard!♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:09, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

@Magiciandude: Can you invite a few more potential people on that one? Offhand I can think of Cattus and that wikimedia guy from Catalan wiki, whatever his name is!♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:12, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

I only know very few myself, but sure! Glad to see it was an idea worth taking! =D Erick (talk) 21:15, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
it has a very Challengy name to it haha, sounds more like a bike race or rally! Sign up under Iberian on the page.♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:18, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
  • By the same token, you could have Benelux to cover Belgium (not yet listed), the Netherlands and Luxembourg.--Ipigott (talk) 07:47, 27 October 2016 (UTC)

Another good idea, I'll do that! I was thinking "Low Countries" but I forgot about that word haha! Thanks for that.♦ Dr. Blofeld 07:50, 27 October 2016 (UTC)

Carolin Emcke[edit]

Can I interest you (a someone watching) in stubs on German prizes, to help a new article on a woman I find good to know about? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:48, 27 October 2016 (UTC)

Perhaps there needs to be prizes for German stubs and we wouodn't have that problem eh?♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:51, 27 October 2016 (UTC)

Prize or no prize, I have no time for more than article a day right now, after having been even more absent for some weeks, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:05, 27 October 2016 (UTC)
ps: She got more than 141 clicks on de last month, DYK? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:11, 27 October 2016 (UTC)
I've been really busy here, hadn't even noticed you'd been absent!♦ Dr. Blofeld 20:16, 27 October 2016 (UTC)
I was happily busy in RL, only doing my routine of remembering the precious each day. I nominated an opera (I had not written) for DYK even before, - after lengthy discussion and much improvement by Voceditenore it appears today. Did you see the related movie? An unlikely friendship and the power of poetry ... - On the German Main page: a concert I sang, Bach's cantata 56 (not mentioned) and Mozart's Requiem. More about the memorial concert for the conductor (which had the complete article in the program, with my name underneath) on my talk, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:34, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

Atsede Kidanu[edit]

Hi I can't seem to fix the ref issues on Atsede Kidanu, would you help please? Thanks. ~EDDY (talk/contribs)~ 15:24, 28 October 2016 (UTC) @Editorofthewiki: It's the hyphen I think in the url. I'd ask at the tech village pump.♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:07, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

    • In any case I fixed the format so you can approve. ~EDDY (talk/contribs)~ 18:40, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

Happy Diwali![edit]

Feuerwerks-gif.gif Happy Diwali!!!

Sky full of fireworks,
Mouth full of sweets,
Home full of lamps,
And festival full of sweet memories...

Wishing You a Very Happy Prosperous and Safe Diwali.
 — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 10:25, 29 October 2016 (UTC)

Send Diwali wishings by adding {{subst:Happy Diwali}} to people's talk pages with a friendly message.

Indeed, you too! Thanks Ssven! Was it really a year ago since the last one?♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:29, 29 October 2016 (UTC)

Yep. Diwali dates are according to the Hindu calendar. They vary between October and November in the Gregorian calendar.  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 10:43, 29 October 2016 (UTC)

Redirect[edit]

Hello, Dr. Blofeld, hope you are doing well. Was this redirect Sanjavit Ray created in mistake? I can not really connect it with Satyajit Ray. --Tito Dutta (talk) 19:53, 29 October 2016 (UTC)

No, quite intentional, difficult to remember the spelling and wording, Sanjavit or Satyavit would be equally worthwile redirects IMO.♦ Dr. Blofeld 20:08, 29 October 2016 (UTC)

Really Africa !![edit]

@Dr. B: I got pleasantly distracted from the noble Destubathon project. Instead focussed on clean up of almost entirely unsourced OR-loaded non-stub articles on Kongo people, Luba people etc. The OR there has been oared away. The articles are now sourced to multiple scholarly WP:RS. All this is still Africa related, so in the spirit and intentions behind the Africa Destubathon initiative by you and wonderful others behind all this. I will try to destub a few more in next few weeks. If there is a particular topic/region within WP:TAD that I can help, please let me know. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 04:57, 31 October 2016 (UTC)

@Ms Sarah Welch: You can place articles you cleanup in the main list too, not just destubs as you're not a competitor♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:08, 31 October 2016 (UTC)

Destub question[edit]

Plan on destubbing this, however Algeria has it as a start class and spaceflight has it as a stub. I concur that its a stub, wanted to make sure you agreed it was a stub before I worked on it. Kees08 (talk) 07:28, 1 November 2016 (UTC)

Yes, that's a stub Kees08, well under 1500 char.♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:27, 1 November 2016 (UTC)

African stubs[edit]

See here a list of the most recent African stubs I created in October. Will look out for some others I created in October, so will come back later. Cheers, Sander.v.Ginkel (Talk) 16:37, 2 November 2016 (UTC)

  1. Justien Odeurs
  2. Neivin Gamal
  3. Amani Rashad
  4. Hayam Abdul Hafeez
  5. Sally Mansour
  6. Ehssan Eid
  7. Jihan Yahia
  8. Salma Tarik
  9. Nisma Fikri
  10. Nada Nasr
  11. Faiza Haider
  12. Basant Tariq
  13. Inas Mustafa
  14. Mehira Ali
  15. Fadwa Atef
  16. Aayat Murtada
  17. Sarah Abdel Latief
  18. Esraa Osama
  19. Amina Ibrahim
  20. Rama Mohamed
  21. Hala El-Mohammady
  22. Amina Mahmoud
  23. Samah Adel
  24. Mahasen Sabri
  25. Asmaa Elsayed
  26. Sahar Foad
  27. Raghda Sayed
  28. Rabiha Yala
  29. Refilwe Tholakele
  30. Thuto Ramafifi
  31. Bame Ngenda
  32. Masego Koboto
  33. Chedza Katsibe
  34. Lebogang Setereke
  35. Golebaone Selebatso
  36. Tlamelo Motlhale
  37. Thapelo Moshe
  38. Kgomotso Molefe
  39. Kesegofetse Mochawe
  40. Nancy Baeletsi
  41. Refiloe Tshambani
  42. Sedilame Bosija
  43. Edith Umulisa
  44. Alice Kalimba
  45. Louise Maniraguha
  46. Sophie Niyomugaba
  47. Gloria Nibagwire
  48. Maria Ibangaryeanne
  49. Alice Niyoyita
  50. Chadia Uwamahirwe
  51. Clementine Mukamana
  52. Djamila Abimana
  53. Jeanne Nyirahatashima
  54. Judith Ingabire
  55. Annette Jacky Messomo
  56. Oluwatobiloba Windapo
  57. Ruth Sunday
  58. Ana Lúcia Nascimento dos Santos
  59. Mariama Diehiou
  60. Mame Thiaw
  61. Fanta Sy
  62. Mamy Ndiaye
  63. Fatou Faye
  64. Korka Fall
  65. Maty Diop
  66. Safietou Sagna
  67. Khady Sall
  68. Mareme Yally
  69. Aminata Diadhiou
  70. Fatou Sene
  71. Ngouye Sarr
  72. Mbayang Sow
  73. Mame Diagne
  74. Mbayang Thiam
  75. Absa Diop
  76. Bineta Sylla
  77. Arame Thiandoum
  78. Ouleye Dieye
  79. Mariane Fall
  80. Helen Bekele
  81. Birtukan Ware
  82. Shetaye Abaa
  83. Erehima Biza
  84. Akberet Hadera
  85. Kidest Endale
  86. Berktawit Aboye
  87. Aynalem Gebra
  88. Zulka Badega
  89. Tutu Melaku
  90. Eden Negeri
  91. Adanech Adere
  92. Bezuhan Alemar
  93. Hiwot Buwli
  94. Kelem Mamuye
  95. Tiruanchi Sisay
  96. Woinshet Desta
  97. Israel Gebru
  98. Dagmawet Bekele
  99. Liya Ossa
  100. Katlego Moletsane
  101. Charlotte Mshengu
  102. Nocawe Skiti
  103. Joy Jegede
  104. Gladys Akpa
  105. Lynda Marlene Gauze
  106. Salimata Madjoh Dosso
  107. Nguessan Nadege Koffi
  108. Zita Rachel Bancouly
  109. Jeanne Alexise Gnago
  110. Mariam Sanogo
  111. Adrienne Ndongo Fouda
  112. Annecy Nguiadem Kamdem
  113. Gabrielle Leonie Ngaska
  114. Agnes Marie Claire Nkada
  115. Rosine Siewe Yamaleu
  116. Emiliana Ndong
  117. Pauline Tala
  118. Camila do Carmo Nobre de Oliveira
  119. Mariana da Silva Machado
  120. Ghyslaine Nke
  121. Patricia Mantey
  122. Linda Eshun
  123. Diana Ankomah
  124. Mary Essiful
  125. Nana Asantewaa
  126. Rosemary Ampem
  127. Mercy Myles
  128. Leticia Zikpi
  129. Agnes Aduako
  130. Cynthia Adobea
  131. Grace Asare
  132. Juliet Acheampong
  133. Agnes Quaye
  134. Elizabeth Cudjoe
  135. Janet Egyir
  136. Mary Berko
  137. Hillia Kobblah
  138. Fafali Dumehasi
  139. Nadia Mazouz
  140. Sabrina Labiod
  141. Naïma Benziane Bouheni
  142. Khadidja Khelifouche
  143. Siham Boutechiche
  144. Asma Adda Chaïb
  145. Fethia Bekhedda
  146. Myriam Yasmine Benlazar
  147. Mahbouba Bekkouche
  148. Keltoum Aouda
  149. Kenza Hadjar
  150. Habiba Sadou
  151. Imene Merrouche
  152. Nachida Laïfa
  153. Fayrouz Benyoub
  154. Fatima Bara
  155. Fatima Sekouane
  156. Houria Sedrati
  157. Kahina Takenint
  158. Wendy Kunda
  159. Emelda Musonda
  160. Anita Mulenga
  161. Nchawaka Saili
  162. Carol Howes
  163. Hazel Nali
  164. Annie Kibanji
  165. Racheal Lungu
  166. Justina Banda
  167. Esther Mukwasa
  168. Noria Sosala
  169. Hellen Mubanga
  170. Lweendo Chisamu
  171. Misozi Zulu
  172. Meya Banda
  173. Mary Mwakapila
  174. Susan Banda
  175. Ethel Chama
  176. Grace Zulu
  177. Mirriam Katamanda
  178. Ester Amukwaya
  179. Shirley Cloete
  180. Memory Ngonda
  181. Agnes Kauzuu
  182. Vistoria Shangula
  183. Lorraine Jossob
  184. Stacey Naris
  185. Rita Williams (footballer)
  186. Elmarie Fredericks
  187. Zenatha Coleman
  188. Thomalina Adams
  189. Juliana Skrywer
  190. Twelikondjela Amukoto
  191. Annouscka Kordom
  192. Lena Noreses
  193. Uerikondjera Kasaona
  194. Iina Katuta
  195. Susanna Eises
  196. Lydia Eixas
  197. Chacoum Koutouan
  198. Marie Yassi
  199. Sabine Nogbou
  200. Cecile Esmei
  201. Anna Chiejine
  202. Diana Esther Nwaiwu
  203. Ngozi Ezeocha
  204. Adaku Okoroafor
  205. Nkechi Mbilitam
  206. Mavis Ogun
  207. Gift Okunwa Igunbor
  208. Phoebe Ebimiekumo
  209. Ann Mukoro
  210. Lydia Koyonda
  211. Edith Eluma
  212. Rachael Yamala
  213. Prisca Emeafu
  214. Ugochi Opara
  215. Louisa Akpagu
  216. Adanna Nwaneri
  217. Memunatu Sulemana
  218. Patience Sackey
  219. Rita Yeboah
  220. Regina Ansah
  221. Elizabeth Baidoo
  222. Juliana Kakraba
  223. Mavis Djangmah
  224. Barikisu Tettey-Quao
  225. Vivan Mensah
  226. Kulu Yahaya
  227. Lydia Ankrah
  228. Mercy Tagoe
  229. Nana Amma Gyamfuah
  230. Gladys Enti
  231. Sheila Okine
  232. Priscilla Mensah
  233. Stella Quartey
  234. Genevive Clottey
  235. Bunmi Kayode
  236. Yusuf Olaitan
  237. Esther Okhae
  238. Aminatu Ibrahim
  239. Mavis Danso
  240. Patricia Ofori
  241. Florence Okoe
  242. Myralyn Osei Agyemang
  243. Akua Anokyewaa
  244. Maureen Eke
  245. Aladi Ayegba
  246. Doreen Awuah
  247. Safia Rahman
  248. Sheila Okai
  249. Anita Amenuku
  250. Olivia Amoako
  251. Rumanatu Tahiru
  252. Hamdya Abass
  253. Anita Amankwa
  254. Memuna Darku
  255. Rebecca Kalu
  256. Amenze Aighewi
  257. Mirian Silva de Paixão
  258. Dúlcia Maria Davi
  259. Carolina Conceição Martins Pereira
  260. Ana Cristina da Silva
  261. Blessing Diala
  262. Natalia Abeso
  263. Sinforosa Nguema
  264. Yao Awa
  265. Lucrecia Ngui
  266. Adriana Aparecida Costa
  267. María Rosa Ondo
  268. Fatoumata Ndiaye
  269. Christelle Nyepel
  270. Rose Bella
  271. Rita Wanki Awachwi
  272. Flore Enyegue
  273. Christy Ohiaeriaku

Yikes, we'll need another Destubathon just for those haha!♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:52, 2 November 2016 (UTC)

H. H. Asquith[edit]

Dear Dr., I hope you're well. I see you're focussing on the Challenges at the present but, if you fancy a change, HH Asquith is up for FAC. Tim, Wehwalt and I worked it up before Tim sadly retired. It's a long read but quite interesting, I think. All the very best. KJP1 (talk) 12:08, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

Hi KJP1 Yes it looks impeccably well researched, in fact it comes close to Frank Sinatra in citations, they're definitely among the articles with the highest number of sources (550+) on the site. I am pretty busy at the moment but I'll try to find some time this coming week to give it a read! Excellent work and a great shame that Tim is no longer editing here.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:54, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

Yes, I think it is pretty well-researched. But it's also rather long! Nevertheless, if you have time to give it a once-over, that would be much appreciated. Tim's loss was indeed very sad, as were the losses of Schrocat and Cassianto. Those infobox wars were so unproductive. KJP1 (talk) 13:54, 6 November 2016 (UTC)
Yes it's 137 kb of readable prose in looking which is pretty enormous. People will definitely want it shortened considerably for FA.♦ Dr. Blofeld 14:22, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

10,000 question[edit]

Hey, I'm still a bit fuzzy on what qualifies for inclusion and what doesn't. Would something like this merit an entry? It's mostly cleanup with a wee bit of new info added (and some overly verbose parts removed), and I see that the goal is "not to document every minor edit", but I thought I'd check first. I wouldn't want to dilute a what mostly is a content initiative with my neverending maintenance crap. Great idea, those challenges, by the way! Thanks for your organizational efforts; hopefully the initiative is a success (or at least a productive endeavor). Cheers,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); November 7, 2016; 14:33 (UTC)

@Ezhiki: Thanks. The idea is mainly towards quality improvements and quality new articles. Despite this, some people are still adding short stubs to the challenges but I appreciate their efforts all the same so won't get in the way of it. But to really get us quality existing article improvements we need contests held throughout the year covering the entire encyclopedia to motivate more people to focus on existing quality, and not just create new entries. Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon is enormously productive and no reason why something like that couldn't benefit Russia or any country in Europe or worldwide too. If it's minor tweaking I wouldn't add it, but if you've added say a paragraph of sourced readable prose/cleaned up sourcing etc then it's fine. The recent Russian article you started to the challenge is fine and welcome!♦ Dr. Blofeld 14:51, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

Appreciate the clarification; thanks! I'm just getting back into my normal editing mode after an enormous slump (...long story), so I'll make sure to keep an eye on what else I can do for the challenges (both Europe and Asia). Cheers,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); November 7, 2016; 15:00 (UTC)

The {{WPEUR10k}} template is the only one in the WikiProject Europe 10,000 Challenge category. Isn't the intent of that category to track all articles with the WPEUR10k banner on the talk page? (I can fix it, but I don't know if that's perhaps done deliberately; other banners are probably set up the same way, too).—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); November 7, 2016; 19:23 (UTC)

I don't mind, but from my perspective talk page tagging isn't really essential for this, we know what we improved when looking at the list which counts! BTW if you can think of any more editors from various Euro countries who might contribute can you let them know and invite them?♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:31, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

Oh, it's up to you, of course. I just wasn't sure what the purpose of having a banner would be if not to track progress? Especially when an empty category for that is already in place?
As for the editors, if I think of someone, I'll let them know, but it seems Ser Amantio di Nicolao has already done a pretty thorough job sending invites!—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); November 7, 2016; 20:06 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:Civil parishes of County Donegal[edit]

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Redirects[edit]

I have redirected African ground thrush to Geokichla, I have not destubbed it but I don't think it should be counted as an African stub anymore, it was an Orphan page anyway as all the links were to the wrong genus. Did I do the right thing?Quetzal1964 17:14, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

@Quetzal1964: Yes, remove it from the stub list as it's a redirect.♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:15, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

Mass message[edit]

Did you just send that? Pyrusca (talk) 21:11, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

Yeah, I blinked and made it happen. I have special powers like that ;-)♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:16, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

Africa 10,000 question[edit]

Hi, I've got a quick question about the current competition. I was going for the award for the DRC but the other major contributor to the topic seems to have the ability of producing new de-stubbed articles at an unbelievable rate. Obviously I appreciate that destubbing as many articles as possible is the aim of the project, but I note that a great deal of this users de-stubbed articles (which are all fish of the same group) share significant amount of content (as in 70-80% of the prose is identical). Frankly, there's not much point in anyone destubbing another article (even one from the core list) if the same amount of time can see this user destub 10 using copy-paste. I note this is happening for several country entries now. I think there is an editorial judgment on the level of originality needed for a destubbed article to count, otherwise the competition will just not meet its goals. —Brigade Piron (talk) 21:19, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

@Brigade Piron: Hi, I agree. I hadn't noticed that 70-80% of the prose was identical, but I did start to notice similarities in names and some of the text. I agree that each article ought to have original prose. But I don't want to deter Neil is it? from contributing. They're still destubs all the same. I also don't want you to give up as you're doing a fantastic job!! I suggest you ping him in on this and we can sort something out.♦ Dr. Blofeld 21:36, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

Dr. Blofeld, thank you for your reply. I think this must be worth considering when outlining the rules for future 10,000 competitions. I'm also aware that I'm sounding a bit like a sore looser here but I am honestly thinking of the aim of the project which, as I understand it, is to work on core stubs and others which are related to systematic bias. As you suggest, I'm pinging Neil916 in this discussion to get his/her comments. —Brigade Piron (talk) 22:34, 7 November 2016 (UTC)


The main aim is reducing the 37,000 odd stubs, so all destubs welcome! The core ones obviously more important destubs though. There's some really embarrassing stubs for massive regions and ethnic groups still!♦ Dr. Blofeld 22:46, 7 November 2016 (UTC)
Thanks, I responded on my talk page. Neil916 (Talk) 22:47, 7 November 2016 (UTC)
Doc, I finally found a person who hit almost every one of the bells and whistles for editathons this month. Woman, cookbook writer, of Asian heritage, from South Africa. Now the only problem is that I have no idea how/or if she should be added to your Africa project. It's Faldela Williams. If you want to just add her do it. If she's ineligible that's okay too. If you want me to do it, tell me where. SusunW (talk) 00:36, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

Cheers SusunW added her to the Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon list! Your article contributes 0.2% towards the 500 African women goal, every one counts!♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:09, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Doc! SusunW (talk) 18:20, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

A template for the challenge[edit]

Hi, do you think that the following template Wikipedia:WikiProject Turkey/The 1,000 Challenge may be encouraging for the Turkey challenge ? Nedim Ardoğa (talk) 07:11, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

Sure, why not? ♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:58, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

In the context: I create most articles about European topics anyway, - should I still put them under some Challenge label, even if I only challenged myself? - Exception: Hyo-Won Woo inspired by Asian month, and only when looking closer I found out: a woman. Had admired her Gloria for 7 years without knowing that! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:23, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

It's up to you Gerda! But Germany could benefit from destubbing and improvements, not just new entries like anywhere on here!♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:32, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

I did a bit for the Theodor Wolff Prize because I linked to it, and could do more, but really have "my own" program right now, and every article "bears" four new red links, - if I'd take over all recipients of the prize, even hundreds. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:11, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
Thank you for today's Mughal-e-Azam! - From Portugal, erratic line ... --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:32, 12 November 2016 (UTC)
I added the new (partly translated) articles related to Germany. On St. Cecilia's day ... --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:36, 23 November 2016 (UTC)

50,000 challenge: Nevada[edit]

Dr. Blofeld:I saw you signed up for Nevada at the 5k challenge and wanted to ask your advice. I have co-created Draft:Las Vegas EDM, but it didn't fare well at AfC review. The other editor was a record label intern and did most of the Starkillers related stuff, I did the Las Vegas and EDC background. Do you think there is a path to articlehood for this? - Brianhe (talk) 15:34, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

Hi Brianhe, it looks a legitimate article to me, Vegas is one of the music capitals of the world now so very relevant. It looks well sourced and viable to me but haven't read it through!♦ Dr. Blofeld 15:52, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

Wow, thanks for the quick reply. So if you read it through, please do drop me another note. I'd love to do the necessary to tote it up in the challenge. - Brianhe (talk) 16:00, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

Perhaps Fram has the time to read it and comment ;-)♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:03, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Dominykas Kulakovskis[edit]

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I have declined the speedy as consideration should be made to translate from the Lithuanian original first. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 10:59, 9 November 2016 (UTC)
Thanks, actually I don't think it's notable though in doing a quick google search.♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:15, 9 November 2016 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:World cinema[edit]

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Uploading question[edit]

Hi, here is an image of Maxwell Kalman from 1935 on the McGill University website. Is there any way we can copy it to the article? Thanks, Yoninah (talk) 22:41, 9 November 2016 (UTC)

@Yoninah: As the author died in 2009 you can claim fair use, just shrink it down here or on Paint to keep the copyright police happy :-)♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:40, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

Thank you, I'll give it a try! Yoninah (talk) 20:14, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

Assistance in promoting Sarawak to FA[edit]

Hi,Dr. Blofeld! It is been a long time. If you happen to have some spare time, do give some suggestions on how to improve the Sarawak article to FA status. I already nominated the article as FA candidate. Thank you and have a nice day! :-) Cerevisae (talk) 08:00, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

Looks excellent Cervisae but I've really not got much time for reviewing at the moment. Running a contest!♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:59, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

No problem. :-) Cerevisae (talk) 22:57, 11 November 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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because I can Pyrusca (talk) 15:38, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

I'm glad you appreciate me Pyrusca! Thankyou!♦ Dr. Blofeld 15:48, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

Mass messaging[edit]

Thought I'd told you - I took care of both Europe and North America earlier this week. I finally found out what was causing the problem with the mass-messaging system. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 21:45, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

I don't know, though. Seems Africa, at least, is doing very well. I want to dip my toe into some US subjects, but haven't had time this week. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 21:55, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

US 50,000[edit]

I guess I've been living in a bubble since November 1st, but it just dawned on me to add the new articles I've created since then into the US challenge, so I did. Some are stubby, but I added them anyway. Some of the bios I've written in this period are about people born in a foreign country, but who lived and worked in the US, e.g. Mary Mathews Adams, Guy Maxwell, Austin Carroll, Mary Blanche O'Sullivan; I didn't add them as maybe the place of birth would make them ineligible. --Rosiestep (talk) 16:26, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

@Rosiestep: Sure, feel free to add them, I haven't been monitoring progress much on the US one. The Africa Destubathon could certainly use some women bios to reach 500 by the 27th though!♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:08, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Rosie certainly seems to have returned to full steam ahead. 28 new women's biographies since 3 November averages out at more than two a day (not to mention those on men). Pity you haven't yet developed an Irish challenge for those born in Ireland - but I suppose it will be coming soon.--Ipigott (talk) 08:03, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

Tne Irish and UK one is combined.♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:20, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

Dr. Blofeld, I need your help! I know you are a judge in the Wikipedia Desdubathon, and I was wondering why no one has put a green check-mark next to my submissions? Do they not qualify? Please shine some light on my problem and let me know how to fix it. Thanks, GrecoRomanNut (talk) 19:44, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

Benelux[edit]

Will the challenge for Benelux go up? I have a whole stack of items to make. Pyrusca (talk) 17:28, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

I don't think there is enough support for it at present.♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:19, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

I guess. I'll keep a running tally as a personal challenge then. Pyrusca (talk) 18:32, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

Also, how well do you know wikimarkup? Pyrusca (talk) 19:00, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

The Challenge Series[edit]

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Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/List of buildings and structures in Chad[edit]

FYI. Group nom includes six lists by country in Africa. postdlf (talk) 23:54, 19 November 2016 (UTC)

Thank you, Postdlf, for the information. I am acting on it.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 02:14, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

WP:TADE[edit]

Information icon Howdy, Dr. Blofeld. I am Redolta, a competitor in The Africa Destubathon for South Sudan, and I have a question. I noticed the user Wasabi,the,one included seven entries in their list for South Sudan, and none of the seven was approved you. Since then, he (or she) hasn't edited those articles since. So my question is, can I "branch off" the user's work they "abandoned"? I am asking this before I go ahead and do it, because I don't want to sabotage Wasabi's work so I gain advantage, and plus that he didn't respond by the set time limit. Here are 3 options that could work:

  1. Hand over the rights for me to edit and earn the points, but I must give credit to Wasabi.
  2. Hand over the rights for me to edit, but I and Wasabi split even the points so I don't sabotage Wasabi's work and I don't get full credit (without consent).
  3. Hand over no rights at all for me to edit or earn points.

If I do not get a response by the end of the competition, then it would be petty sad not to see a timely response. Thanks, good luck for you in WP:TAD, and have a nice day. Redolta📱 Contribs 03:15, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

@Redolta: I think I'm usually pretty prompt with my responses! Yes, if you source all of his articles and sort them all out I'll credit you for each entry and then credit him as well. that OK?.♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:27, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

@Dr. Blofeld: Ok, that'll work out. Thanks for the notification! Also, can you check my three entries? Anyways, thanks! :) Redolta📱 Contribs 05:54, 22 November 2016 (UTC)


@Dr. Blofeld: Howdy, Dr. Blofeld! Can you review my 3 nominations the chance you get? I know you may be busy w/ Thanksgiving and all, but please review them so the articles can count for the total count of articles destubbed. Thanks, have a nice Thanksgiving, and have a nice day. Redolta📱 Contribs 23:00, 24 November 2016 (UTC)

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Summarizing list of Maureen O'Hara filmography[edit]

I don't know why the selected filmography is removed from the article. Yes, there is already Maureen O'Hara filmography. However, by removing the selected filmography, we are forcing readers to read the whole article about O'Hara's career or go to the filmography. Most readers of the parent article don't visit the filmography page. --George Ho (talk) 12:07, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

Took you a long time to notice :-) I've seen most of her films that's why and there's many more I would probably think worth mentioning. People can read the lede to find her most notable films anyway.♦ Dr. Blofeld 14:26, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

Re-listing her films into the "Selected filmography" isn't that pointless. Some readers might overlook or skip the lead and search her filmography section instead. --George Ho (talk) 19:37, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

Well was it so important that it made any real difficulty for you on wikipedia in the many months which have passed since I removed it?♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:41, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

I didn't notice it until now. Better yet, I didn't re-read the article since. WP:LISTPURP says that lists may exist for information, navigation, and development. Wait... was the list the embedded list? Either way, I found MOS:APPENDIX and MOS:WORKS#Filmography, though neither apparently addresses redundancy. George Ho (talk) 19:55, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

Canada challenge[edit]

Sure thing - I'll try and do it tonight when I get home. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 20:19, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

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question about the africa destubathon[edit]

I've been meaning to come back to some editing on Africa and recently became a late entrant in the destubathon, probably not very serious, competitively.... But since a lot of the articles listed as core correspond to some of my previous editing in African topics, and further confirm my previous observation that articles about the politics and government of certain countries were laughably incomplete -- multiple civil wars described in a single sentence as "unrest", for example -- I might keep a score, and if I do I will have questions.

  • a lot of these core stub articles are not in fact stubs to begin with (let's say Energy in Angola) so I'd like to make sure I understand the rule: If it's on the list it counts as long as the article has substantial improvement from where I picked it up? Do I have to get the article promoted or can I just make it eligible? Move it significantly in that direction? Just wondering as I am not very familiar with the assessment process.
  • women's bios - Khadija Sharife is not on the list and her article is start-class now, but she has done really stellar and important journalism in the area of government corruption, so a lot more could be said. I take it she would count if I expanded on her achievements? She's the only such woman that comes to mind at the moment but there are probably others not on the list; would just like that clarified. Thanks for any brainpower you apply to these questions ;) ~~

Energy in Angola is still classed as a stub on tlak page and needs some cleanup, so yes, clean it up, upgrade to start class and you can claim it. For women we will accept articles classified as stubs or new entries for the contest. If it's a start class article alreayd and you clean it up, you can add it to the main list on the Destubathon page but you won't get contest number credits for it.♦ Dr. Blofeld 14:06, 23 November 2016 (UTC)

Since it's the 27th and you've declared victory I am going to stop submitting articles and keep editing, which was my primary focus. I'm still going to be picking topics from your core stub lists in West Africa, if that makes you feel better -- I saw you were a little disappointed in the turnout there. I *would* like to see the Sara Forbes Bonetta article assessed and further promoted as that is an amazing story -- although probably a bit more nuanced than currently presented if I dig deeper. Anyway, please finish the assessment on that when you have time, and know that your contest deflected me back onto west Africa, even if most of what I did/am doing didn't get entered because it's better but still not good. (I usually concentrate on West Africa because a lot of the sources are in French and I am one of the wikipedians that can hang with that...) Anyway, cheers, nice to meet you. Elinruby (talk) 18:50, 27 November 2016 (UTC)

I haven't "declared victory", there's still just under 4 hours left. If you're on here this evening it would still be great to see some more articles ;-) I didn't say I was disappointed in the general turnout though it would have been good if all 150 odd people signed up had actually contributed one article. I was disappointed with the African turnout, as there are a number of editors from Africa who have actively edited wikipedia in the last four or five months I know of who didn't contribute, and if you consider Africa has a population of 1.1 billion, imagine what we could do with a few hundred African editors trained in wikipedia editing and contributing. Thankyou for your work anyway!♦ Dr. Blofeld 20:20, 27 November 2016 (UTC)

Book prizes[edit]

I have two other books about Africa to send as prizes. Let me know.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 19:50, 24 November 2016 (UTC)

What are they Dthomsen8?♦ Dr. Blofeld 20:12, 24 November 2016 (UTC)
One is about African women, and the other is a series of articles on sexuality in Africa. Exact titles when I find the books. I sent off the prize book to England, US$22.50 by the USPS, no book rate to Europe.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 16:14, 26 November 2016 (UTC)
AFRICAN WOMEN-A HISTORICAL PANORAMA, By Patricia W. Romero, 2015, Princeton, NJ. --Dthomsen8 (talk) 13:30, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Wikisyntax[edit]

How did you learn? Pyrusca (talk) 20:52, 24 November 2016 (UTC) Serious question. How come the counter is at 4.88% when there are only 393 entries? Pyrusca (talk) 23:45, 24 November 2016 (UTC) On what?♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:54, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

Cheers! for Africa Destubathon initiative[edit]

@Dr. B and others: Amazing work so far, thanks to your initiatives and all who responded. While 2,000 has been a target, please weigh that against the fact that Gale's 2008 published New Encyclopedia of Africa has some 1,200 articles. A few random checks I made suggest that WP:TAD has improved the quality of many Africa-related articles. You have helped make a difference. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 13:46, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

Thankyou Sarah! Yes, it puts things in perspective. Thankyou too for your contributions. A little disappointed with the Africa turnout, particularly from West Africa which has some active wikipedians, but a great achievement all the same.♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:59, 25 November 2016 (UTC)

WP:TADE[edit]

Howdy, Dr. Blofeld. Please review my submissions for WP:TAD. I have been waiting for some time now, but please review them the chance you get. Thanks! Redolta📱 Contribs 02:51, 26 November 2016 (UTC)

BBC 100 Women[edit]

At your suggestion, I have been trying to put some order into the redlinks from BBC 100 Women by listing them here by continent and country. I've completed those from 2016 and 2015, am working on 2014 and hope to have them all, including 2013, listed by the end of the day. I though I should let you know now as there are quite a few under Africa which could be included in the Destubathon before it finishes tomorrow.--Ipigott (talk) 08:16, 26 November 2016 (UTC)

Thankyou, we'll find a way to use those but the Destubathon is ending soon!♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:28, 26 November 2016 (UTC)

Stereotypes on ethnic-groups[edit]

Hi, there has been extensive discussion on Oromo people talk page in regards to adding stereotypes (that are usually seen in propaganda leaflets to provoke ethnic violence) associated with ethnic-groups. The issue started on 18 NOV when Ms Sarah Welch added disputed contents as per WP:TAD initiative. I have argued with her as to the importance of information added as per WP:ONUS and we couldnot be able to reach consensus. Added stereotypes include 'pagan', 'savage', 'inferior', 'enemy', 'bad people', 'heathen', 'ready to kill', 'brutal' and her reasoning for adding them is to explain the reason for name change in which non of her sources precisely said the old name was changed because of these but most likely (while still non of the sources also did precisely mentioned it) it was changed because that is not how they identify themselves. People have the right to change their names for whatever reason but what is the importance of adding those stereotypes that were also associated with African ethnic-groups name in the very past whom still continued to refer themselves by their ethnic name inspite of it being associated with those kind of stereotypes.[7][8][9][10][11] Simply put disputed content is somehow similar to the topic should we add the phrase: "Muslims view Americans as heathen or infidel people"[12] on United States or American people or adding "White South Africans or Americans used to view Zulus or muslims with those kind of stereotypes" on Zulu and Muslim people Wikipedia article by quoting a Reliable source? I mean yes it is true there are some muslim Americans who have these kind of view but should we add it anyways?

In addition to the stereotype, the second issue I have with her is in regards to contradicting sources used in which one source defined the old name of the ethnic-group as a name of a river (with more different definitions applied by Arabs & Muslims) while the other source translated the old name with a stereotype by quoting another source which is published in a printing organisation that is not found in google web result, and this source again quoted another source that is not notable. Could you please give your opinion on these issues. Thank you — EthiopianHabesha (talk) 11:52, 26 November 2016 (UTC)

@EthiopianHabesha: In that long submission, you don't mention even once "Galla" – the name of the Oromo people in literature before 1893, very common name before 1970; nor that Doug Weller has commented on the article's talk page in favor of keeping the Galla-Oromo discussion. Nor do you mention that you have been advised WP:TAD is not the right venue for this, and that you try WP:RSN or WP:ANI. But here you are. @Dr. Blofeld: Feel free to join in or ignore this. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 12:07, 26 November 2016 (UTC)

All I'll say is that I greatly appreciate the effort Sarah made to expand it and I strongly doubt she would stereotype or convey something which wans't in the sources.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:30, 26 November 2016 (UTC)

Ms Sarah Welch, issue is not to keep or remove the Galla-Oromo discussion and it has got to do with only two issues 1)are those kind of stereotypes (that might provoke ethnic violence) appropriate to include in any wikipedia articles including the Oromo article even if they are verifiable & RS? 2) which source is appropriate to define the term 'Galla' the journal or Hassan? Hassan did not see the dictionary himself when he supposed to. If the Amharic dictionary is very notable and widely circulated within the Ethiopain society then why not grab the book from a nearby shop/library like you find Oxford dictionary everywhere and check & proof himself instead of quoting another source printed in a printing organisation in which it's address is unknown? Simply those are my issues and I don't know why you always try to manipulate them instead of engaging with them so that we reach consensus as per WP:ONUS? Ms Sarah, with respect I don't think these issues are very complex to solve with editors who complies with WP:GOODFAITH, WP:ADVOCACY, WP:ONUS and WP:DUE. Anyways, will take this issue to WP:RSN or WP:ANI as per Doug Weller recommendation. — EthiopianHabesha (talk) 09:44, 27 November 2016 (UTC)

@EthiopianHabesha: If you'd have participated in the Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon you could have written the article yourself so Sarah wouldn't have had to. We needed your help during it!♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:01, 27 November 2016 (UTC)

WP:TADE[edit]

Howdy, Dr. Blofeld. There is something interesting going on at the South Sudan section. Both Knope7 and I have articles awaiting to be approved. Please go check by. Thanks. Redolta📱 Contribs 03:44, 27 November 2016 (UTC)

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African destubathon[edit]

The real winner is of course Dr. Blofeld for succeeding in reaching and even exceeding the target with a final count of over 102%. Congratulations! A great achievement.--Ipigott (talk) 11:01, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Definitely would second this - reading through 2,000 articles, suggesting, co-ordinating with various stakeholders and destubbing a few - terrific work.Ssriram mt (talk) 15:25, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Thankyou! Yes, 2041 articles and 676 women bios is certainly noteworthy!♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:34, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Excellent effort! Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 11:46, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Richard Nevell (WMUK)! Yes I think it shows that the percent bar target is also an effective mechanism in its own right, in the early stages of the contest 2000 seemed a gigantic goal and I wasn't sure ifit would be way too ambitious and put people off contributing, but eveybody took it in their stride and it worked! Just working out the prizes. Given that we're working in dollars it would be far easier if the prizes were bought in the US rather than UK, otherwise I'm going to be owing people like £92.46 LOL. ♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:03, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Dollars are fine for me! ;-)--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 16:31, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Wikitravel[edit]

Just an idea here, but I recently got a copy of the first edition of the Rough Guide to Tanzania and am going through it to generate a list of the topics it covers, similar to the content at Wikipedia:WikiProject Christianity/Prospectus. Right now, I am about half-way through the book. A lot of that content might not be relevant here, but might be acceptable over at wikitravel. Maybe one thing which might be doable is to have someone, like me, you, or anyone else with a specific interest in a specific region, to do the same with one or more countries or major cities and use the list of topics covered to develop both sites' material regarding those topics. John Carter (talk) 18:03, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Not sure what content it is. I'm due a long break from here soon though ;-)♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:08, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Some newer and/or smaller settlements might not have much "encyclopedic" material, beyond maybe "town lies here" type stuff, but might have hostels or eateries or really small churches or schools or similar which would be worthy of inclusion there, maybe in a separate article on that settlement. And, if you are going away for a while here, one other thing which might be particularly useful in some cases is finding PD reference works, like the US State Department country guides, and putting them up at commons or maybe wikisource. Maybe getting some sort of collaborative effort in that regard for proofreading PD texts might be useful, particularly if that text could then be imported here. John Carter (talk) 18:21, 28 November 2016 (UTC)
Oh, and we definitely need to have the "attenzione prostitute" road sign here discussed somewhere around the site. There even seem to be t-shirts with the sign on them. John Carter (talk) 18:51, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:Hotels in Majorca[edit]

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The North America Destubathon[edit]

Howdy, Dr. Blofeld! I am Redolta, a competitor in the former competition of The Africa Destubathon. After enjoying myself for around 6 weeks with the Africa Destubathon, I was venturing around Wikipedia, and I found an upcoming "The North America Destubathon". This focuses mainly on Canada, US, and Mexico articles, and I have a question. May I create a shortcut (possibly as WP:TNAD) for this competition, because The Africa Destubathon did get one (WP:TAD). This will be used so people don't have type up the whole dang thing. Ok, thanks, and have a nice day. Redolta📱 Contribs 03:55, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

Hi, I don't know if it's being held yet, we'll see.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:44, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/Rajinikanth filmography/archive2[edit]

Requesting your input here, doc. Thanks for the congratulations on Pavan's page BTW. Face-smile.svg  — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 08:26, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

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Removing category, navigation and maintenance templates[edit]

Was this perhaps done in error? [13]Fayenatic London 15:00, 2 December 2016 (UTC)

Yes, I initially mistook it for Silum, which is verifiable as a southeastern suburn of Vaduz.♦ Dr. Blofeld 15:19, 2 December 2016 (UTC)

Thank you for all your hard work[edit]

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Awarded to Dr. Blofeld for all the hard work done planning, organizing and judging the WP:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon. It was a really fun contest and generated lots of useful material for the encyclopedia. Thank you.  — Amakuru (talk) 13:20, 3 December 2016 (UTC)

Aw thankyou Amakuru. Thanks for your article work too!!♦ Dr. Blofeld 14:11, 3 December 2016 (UTC)

Wikimedia commons[edit]

@Dr.B: I left you a message on my talk page on wikimedia commons, seeking some guidance on image category guidelines. I pinged you there, but not sure if pinging across wiki sister projects works. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 20:02, 5 December 2016 (UTC)

Destubathon windup[edit]

Who's handling the awards? It's been ten days without anything under the tree. Clarityfiend (talk) 23:10, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Hi. I am, but I'm still waiting for WMF to wire me the money to buy the prizes. I did give them my details a week ago so it's up to them now!♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:49, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

Message received. Also, thanks for your gratis work. Clarityfiend (talk) 06:10, 9 December 2016 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of International Dateline Hotel[edit]

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I have updated and improved this article on the hotel in Tonga. It is the only article on a hotel there, and I see no reason for deletion.
Thanks. Hotel coverage is poor on wikipedia, the point was to have more coverage for more countries!♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:57, 9 December 2016 (UTC)
Hotel coverage is difficult because of lack of good, independent references in places like Tonga.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 14:09, 9 December 2016 (UTC)