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From Alexey Gustow (Russia)[edit]

Hi Earl! How is your "wiki-curling-business"? ;) Mine one (at Ru-Wiki) - is "little hard": I'm trying to add to Wiki and systematize Russian champs and cups... and information on site of Ru-Federation is hard finding and sometimes incomplete: for example, results of robin round exists, rezult of 1/4-finales and semi exists... but what about finale and 3rd place?? "team ... win, team ... lose" - and it's all :(( rrrrrrr...).

Ho-ho!! Now I'm curler too!! :))) (very-very novice of course...) Yesterday I went with one of my friend (he's young guy, but very clever) to "free curling training" in our Ekaterinburg EXPO-center (they have two hockey boxes and one curling rink; curlers-volunteers organized such lessons for everyone, zero-cost, for "advertising") - outside of city border, "in taiga" :) And I throwed my first stone! :) Not far - only to first hogline :) and after that I fell down to ice "like a sack of potatoes" :)) But it was only first lesson - and I want to continue of course! So (after year or two or more) afraid me, Kevin Koe! )))

Look at me on yesterday photo (like coach said, "You looks like hungry Merlin with stone" :)) ) - here: https://pp.vk.me/c836634/v836634273/bb5c/TtpmO0nZT5M.jpg -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 01:50, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

Hi Alexey! Good to hear from you again. Keep up the good work! While I barely remember my first time curling (was 19 years ago!), I have got my 6 year old daughter started this year, and she can relate to falling like a sack of potatoes. We are crossing our fingers that she is the next Rachel Homan (same club she started in too, I think!), or her namesake Jennifer Jones ! -- Earl Andrew - talk 01:56, 6 November 2016 (UTC)
Ha-ha! We two - me and your daughter - make first steps. And because I can't hope to be "new Kevin Koe" - I wish her my very best regards! )) Curling "little society" in our Ekaterinburg will try to organize this year little "championsnip" (for amateurs mainly) and to make simple "webcam" video-translation from it on Youtube (and I have good chance to "blablabla" on this "TV" like Russ Howard :)) ). By the way - my daughter Maria (she is "old", 22) looked at my curling photos, watch some matches (live from Pacific-Asian too) and say: "Why not? I have the same face like Korean women's skip Kim Eun-jung (and this is true! look at photo ) - and I'll try to beat you, dad, in curling!" (an she will go with me to training next time). So now we are "curling family" too :) -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 00:08, 7 November 2016 (UTC)
How very cool! Small world; I found out yesterday that my daughter's little rock coach is also coaching the Hong Kong women's team at the Pacific-Asia Championships. So, I will be cheering for them! -- Earl Andrew - talk 14:13, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

Hi Earl (and little "Rachel Homan" of course!). Yeasterday was second my "curling lesson" - and... This is the FIRST stone that I throwed directly to home! Without any swipping! Only throw to "anywhere" - and that is done! I'm great! I'm Bred Gushu! :)) Look at proudly me and stone - here. No "photoshop"! )) About "small world": yes, exactly more than... Year ago there was Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art in Ekaterinburg. Lot of "important modern art people" from the whole world - Germany, USA, Brazil, China, Australia... So I talk with one woman from Australia (she's painter, art-"producer" and art-writer), about many interesting things (how it's in Australia and how it's in Russia); and she said (we talk about different "strange people" who knows she or me in our countries): "And I know one old great Australian curling man - Hugh Millikin. We are good friends. Do you know him? He is big boss in curling world..." I said "No" - because I didn't know so many "elementary" things about curling those days year ago... And now I remembered this talking - and can repeat you: "What a little - and strange - our world!" :) -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 07:43, 13 November 2016 (UTC)

Cool photo! Your curling facility looks so much different than ours. Is it hockey ice? As for Hugh Millikin, I sort of have a connection too (not really). He won the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship before moving to Australia, and his banner is at the Navy Curling Club, which is one of many clubs in this city, and one I've played tournaments in a few times. Also, I've seen him practicing before, as Earle Morris used to also coach the Australian team, and I remember them practicing at the same time as me! They were also in the same tournament as me (City of Ottawa bonspiel) once upon a time, but we never played each other. -- Earl Andrew - talk 13:39, 13 November 2016 (UTC)
No, this is special curling rink near two ice hockey boxes (one of them you can see on left side of photo). It frozes with clean water - not like "dirty water" for ice hockey. Icemaker (as coach said) had a lessons from best icemaker in Russia (and this man had lessons in Canada) - so it's not primitive "piece of ice on the backyard". )) On Saturday 19 November European Champ will started - will you see it? It's very interesting for me - at "womens part" - because Russia sends to Euro new women team, "Team Moiseeva" (they beated "Team Sidorova" in Russian SuperCup 2016 for "ticket to Euro" - to represent country like "Team Russia"). They never was "team Russia" on "big champs" (Moiseeva was alternate on 2015 Winter Universiade and played with Petr Dron on 2015 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, losed in quarterfinals). So they are "pure novices" at this "mid-top level", but they are very strong - and this adds my interest for "Euro without everytime Sidorova". :)) If you need it - there is little article in ru-Wiki about Moiseeva (and articles about other girls of team; I made it some weeks ago, when we knew about "new Team Russia") and I can try to make "stubs" to en-Wiki, why not? -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 02:09, 15 November 2016 (UTC)
Be my guest!!! -- Earl Andrew - talk 15:19, 15 November 2016 (UTC)
Well, Victoria Moiseeva created - about other girls I'll create later today or tomorrow. -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 09:50, 18 November 2016 (UTC)
Good job! Wow, so many ways to spell her name. I found a few more for you and made re-directs. -- Earl Andrew - talk 14:57, 18 November 2016 (UTC)
It's only little stub ;) Her name - "standard western" name only. Or english-spoken people writes "Queen Viktorya" or "Victoriia Beckham"? :)) It's strange for me - why someone in WCF database and WCT database wrote her name so "exotic" styles (maybe they thought "she's crazy Russian"?). ;)) OK, I'll add stubs about her teammates (they are yonger and less "great champions" than she). Good looking interesting Euro started tomorrow! -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 17:52, 18 November 2016 (UTC)
I think you got it right, as she goes by "Victoria" on all of her social media accounts, and that is the rule of thumb I use for these sorts of things. -- Earl Andrew - talk 19:20, 18 November 2016 (UTC)
Done! All Russian women team (new, not "Sidorova" :) ) exists. My "5 cents" to en-Wiki ;) -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 21:41, 18 November 2016 (UTC)
Add stubs about two boys from Russian men's team on Euro-2016 - skip Alexey Timofeev and second Timur Gadzhikhanov (not "Gadzhikanov" - like in "Teams" on Euro-2016 off.site). I'll add stub about one more guy from Russian men's team (Artur Ali) later today. -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 13:53, 19 November 2016 (UTC)
OK - articles about all members of men's and women's Russian teams on Euro-2016 now exists (add last boy - Artur Ali). Good hunting for all of us! :) -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 20:42, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

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About curler Peter Annis[edit]

Hi Earl ! Merry Xmas & Happy NY (not New York :) )!

Last days I began to make in Ru-Wiki a category "Participants of Continental Cup of Curling" (look at ru:Категория:Участники розыгрышей Континентального Кубка по кёрлингу) - because such group of persons (players & coaches & captains & others curling-related) has an interest like "elite of world curling for this moment" (for example, January 2017). What you can say about such idea? Right now this category has 135 pages (CCC 2009-2017, and I began 2008). This is why we (me and you) had "edition conflict" on page Rich Ruohonen some minutes ago (I added WCF & WCT profiles and saved - but didn't write "{{subst:L}}" for "protection against enemies" :) And after 5 min tea-break I began to add "Infobox curler" and little more info for "little-little good looking view". It was a hard work.... because not right now I could find "date of birth" (hmmmmm), only on Curlingzone (good info source I think! like WCT+WCF at one place ;) ). And when I tried to save... oops! "someone made changes..." So I "merged" Infobox (and little more - "private" and other) to your edition. Look at.

Like a "bonus" I added WCF, WCT and Sports-Reference profiles (to Russian articles - and to English ones if they aren't exists). Sometimes it was a hard work too )) but Deutch and Poland wikis sometimes gave me help (and sometimes not) ;) So we all have common profits from such my "stream revision" I hope :)

But my "main theme" is another. Look at Peter Annis - maybe this man isn't a USA curler? Links to him are from 2008 World Men's Curling Championship and other places (and from 2008 Continental Cup of Curling - this is the reason of my interest to him).

How are your "one more Rachel Homan"? I cheers for her beforehand: HARRRRRD!!!! Dah-dah-dah-dah-dah!!!! (on Russian - how our girls shouts - "Yes-yes-yes-yes-yeees!!!") :)

And - what you can say about new Russian women's team (skip Victoria Moiseeva)? They won Euro-2016 (it was shock for all - because it was the first "big" event for they like "one team"; we - and Russian Curling Federation - hoped that they can comes to playoffs and will be 4th: good result for novices!). And - it's important - they played confidently, "like veterans of many Euros & Worlds". Few days ago they played (good I think) on Bernese Ladies (4th - good result in such "warriors" company in playoff like Terenzoni, Wang & Pätz; Moiseeva has world rank 45th - and they're 3rd, 9th and 30 for "year to date"). And now we're waiting "thermonuclear Supercup" (for berth to Worlds like "Team Russia") - Sidorova vs Moiseeva (it will be at mid-February, after Universiade-2017 - Moiseeva will come to U like "Russia"), as "best in 7 games" (4 wins to win). I think this SuperCup will be super-interesting "war" for last 5 or 6 years in women's curling "inside Russia" :))) But we don't know about TV-or-Youtube coverage from it - will it "to be or not to be"? And we all cried to Ru-Federation "pleeeeease!!!" :))))

Maybe any help needed? Be my guest! ))

-- Alexey Gustow (talk) 23:13, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

That's an interesting idea creating a category for Continental Cup participants, but not one I have much time to implement (be my guest if you want to do it!). I noticed your edits on the 2008 World Championships and decided to expand the Rich Ruohonen article. Oops! Sorry for the conflict. I don't think Peter Annis is the same person, so I will create dabs. And, keep me posted on the "Russian Scotties Tournament of Hearts"! ;-) -- Earl Andrew - talk 02:02, 19 January 2017 (UTC)
OK, when I'll ended my category (ru-Wiki has only part of articles about CC participants, less then en-Wiki of course) I'll start en-category. Right now I created it (look at Category:Continental Cup of Curling participants) and added to it 2 NA teams and 2 World teams from CCC 2017. It's working! :) "For relax" I'll later add people from year to year to past (started on CCC 2017). -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 05:51, 19 January 2017 (UTC)
Oh, I forget about two other themes... Nothing bad with "editors conflict" ;) It's only my mistake (didn't write "subst:L"). But - "any action is good that has a good end" (like Russins laughs). About "Russian STOH" (and "Russian Brier") - that championships are held on March or April. But "Sidorova vs Moiseeva" will be a "battle for only two teams" (prize - berth to WWCC 2017; it like "trials", but only for 2 teams), series of max. 7 games and "who first wins 4 - takes it all". OK, I'll send you messages about "what goes on at battle field" ;) About Peter Annis - maybe link "Peter Annis (curler)" will help? (you knows such things better then me) "Good" Peter Annis is here: WCF - Pete Annis, WCT - Pete Annis, Curlingzone - Pete Annis, TeamUSA - Pete Annis. It's easy with google and Wiki-trained brains we have! )) "Pete Annis" isn't exist at en-Wiki yet (links to him - from 4 USA champs and 2 US trials). -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 06:21, 19 January 2017 (UTC)
Well... maybe I'm wrong - but I just created Pete Annis (like very short "super-stub" with mainly "external links"). Can I expand it (to short "ordinary stub") - or you? -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 07:04, 19 January 2017 (UTC)
I added a bit of info to our good friend Mr. Annis. Anyways, if you want to keep me updated on the Russian playdowns, you can always create articles on them! Would be very interesting; at least to me! :-D -- Earl Andrew - talk 19:00, 19 January 2017 (UTC)
Well - Mr. Annis looks good now ;) About Russian playdowns - I'll try if I'll have time and a wish to do it (anytime it's very hard to find whole info about event - lineups, all scores etc.; anytime someone other from Ru-editors created it - and in other standard than I think "how it must be"; it's much more harder work than to translate from En-Wiki - and I'm trying now "to fill red holes" about "world known" curlers & events as minimum) - but I'll try (I wondered that two best sites about Russian curling - non-official curlingrussia.com and official site of Russian Federation curling.ru - haven't English version yet :( ). Let's look to Project Curling - I added "red links list" to it (it must be useful for better co-working to all of us, curling-related editors, I think). -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 04:11, 21 January 2017 (UTC)
Well news - now there are 99 persons in Category:Continental Cup of Curling participants (no all of course!). It was not so hard as I thought. And "bonus track": when I add cat about CCC to player's en-articles I looking for "is WCF, WCF, SR (if needed) profiles exists?" (if needed - add it from Ru or something other, sometimes simple googling). If I go to shop - why I'll buy only one bottle of vodka? :)) And (if you didn't read in Project Curling talk yet) I added two categories Category:Russian curling champions and Category:US curling champions. -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 07:16, 22 January 2017 (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that. Good work! -- Earl Andrew - talk 16:21, 22 January 2017 (UTC)

About Stephan Knoll[edit]

Hi Earl. I catched one more mistake: Stephan Knoll isn't a curler - he's Australian politician. I changed (where I found used "Pages that link..") "Stepan Knoll" to "Stephan Knoll (curler)" (not exists yet) in curling related articles. -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 19:16, 23 January 2017 (UTC)

References to Youtube videos[edit]

Hi Earl!

One more idea (I hope it'll useful) by me. I just used it in some of my Ru-wiki curling related articles (for example, about 2012 Tim Hortons Brier or Ed Lukowich). Idea is: to make references (or points to "External links" if it's article about curler) to Youtube videos of full games (or other). Look to "example" I done right now: here. -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 18:34, 25 January 2017 (UTC)

Looks good! Though, I'm not the best person to talk to about references, as I'm very lazy with them ;-) -- Earl Andrew - talk 19:01, 25 January 2017 (UTC)
OK about "Looks good!" - it means I'm going to right way :-) But personally for you - is it more informatively to go to watch full game video "how Russ Howard played in 2000 Brier final" directly from article about Russ or about 2000 Brier? (or alternatively, without such reference: if you interested about to look it - you want to go to Youtube or to Google and try to find something like it through the "giga" numbers of links to videos or other "garbage"? personally me - no, and I'll say "Great thanks, buddy!" to author of such useful - for me like curling fun - information). About "I'm too lazy" - yes, I'm too (and very! like any programmer :-) ), but "lazy people push the civilization forward" (c)I-don't-remember-who-said-but-clever-man ))) OK, so I'll copy-paste this "idea" to "Project Curling" talk - maybe it will be interesting to someone of our colleagues, curling related Wiki-editors. -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 20:10, 25 January 2017 (UTC)
I think those youtube videos would be best on the Brier/Scotties/etc articles themselves, but I have no problem having them on the player articles themselves. -- Earl Andrew - talk 20:16, 25 January 2017 (UTC)
Maybe I don't understand you exactly (my Eng is "not the best" ;) )... Your "I have no problem having them on the player articles themselves" means "I can add small player window (with link to Youtube video) inside the body of article" or "I can (by some "trick") goes to watch video directly from article"? Explain "more primitive" for "wild Russian from tayga" ;)
And about "would be best on the Brier/Scotties/etc articles" - yes, my first thought (month or two ago) was "why I must googling in Youtube about 2000 Brier final - but NOT comes to it directly from article? I have much more time for such "stupid" work? or any other - if he/she interested of that - they haven't time to waste too I think... and why I don't help them all if I can do it easy and quickly?". And I began to do that "pushing the civilization forward" :-) So now you (if you interested about "Russian Scotties") can watch, for example, 2016 Russian Women's Curling Cup (go to References, here are links to semifinal - Alina Biktimirova vs Vlada Rumyantseva - and final - Alina Biktimirova vs Olga Jarkova; Cup-2016 held on end of December 2016 in "ice Cube" arena in Sochi) (it's from newly Youtube channel "Russian Curling TV"[1], official channel of Russian Curling Federation). Enjoy! (but commentator says on Russian, so little "oops" for you) :-) -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 21:01, 25 January 2017 (UTC)
I meant it's okay to use youtube videos as references in articles on individual curlers themselves, not to embed them! Ha! Oh, and thanks for the links. Nice to see Jarkova is still curling. I thought she dropped off the face of the earth! -- Earl Andrew - talk 21:14, 25 January 2017 (UTC)
Oh, now I understand you exactly :-)
15 minutes ago I made little "partizan work" - and now there is all full game videos links in article "2017 Continental Cup of Curling" (and as a "bonus" is - in "External links" - highlight with "victory rock" - for N.A. team win in all 2017 WFG CCC - by Reid Carruthers). It's "additionally useful" in this case - because there's no separate playlist in "Curling Canada" Youtube channel for 2017 CCC (and someone who wants to watch some game from this event, must find in all "Videos" in "Curling Canada" - it will be "hard work" to find it even a year later for today and many more harder 5 years later I think). What you say? Maybe not needed to use bold for substring "Video" in References or External links? I used it for "better viewing" for reader (it can "hide" when there is many other references) - but I'm interest about your opinion (like "someone who never viewed this article before today")...
About Russian curling links - be my guest! :-) Jarkova (and her team) curls very good for today (she has 3rd rank for Russian women's teams; 1st and 2nd - Sidorova and Moiseeva in a draw). -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 22:18, 25 January 2017 (UTC)
I like it! It makes the page interactive. Not sure if it follows Wikipedia policy, but I'm not complainin'! -- Earl Andrew - talk 23:56, 25 January 2017 (UTC)
Why it can "NOT follows Wikipedia policy"? O_o It's only one more "link to reliable source" - and this is exactly follows WP-policy I think. In Ru-Wiki I asked some "Wiki-veterans" - they said: "It's good link to good information source about real events in the past". So come on "to push the civilization forward"! :-) -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 01:22, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

Template "Brier"[edit]

Ha-ha! Once more about "lazy people".
Several months (or maybe year ago) I created in Ru-Wiki template "Brier" (for creating links to any Briers, let's add a year only or - if needed - any text). It's very useful for me, "very lazy" as I said. ;) And today I thought: "Why I can't to translate it to En-Wiki? It's easy and will be useful for En-guys. Hmmm... wait a minute... but in En-Wiki Canadian Men's (and Women's) Championships has different "title sponsor" names in different years... Well, OK - it's not a "hard problem", give me "5 minute break" like in curling match... And - oops! - I made it (20 minutes work without "tea breaks in Russian deep night"). It automatically compiled correct link ("... Nokia Brier", "... Tim Hortons Brier" etc.) for different years (a gift to "lazy people" :-) ). At first I made it in my user subpage of course - and only when it start works correctly I copypasted it to "public space". Look at it - {{Brier}}. What you'll say? I tested it by editing article "Ian Tetley" (look at "medale box") - it works correct as I can see (with "year" or without it). Try it if you want. (and there's no needs to "try & buy" :-) )
"Next stop" - similar template "STOH" (I created it in Ru-Wiki even earlier than "Brier"). And "next-next" - templates "WMCC" (World Men's Championship) and "WWCC" (World Women's) - I have they in Ru-Wiki too.
Is it right to write about this templates to "talk" of Project Curling"? (I think yes, why not?) -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 01:13, 26 January 2017 (UTC) Oh, interesting. Test: 1927 2016 2016 Ottawa -- Earl Andrew - talk 01:55, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

Template "STOH"[edit]

That's it! :-) Look at {{STOH}}. It's similar like {{Brier}}. Working time (because I have "Brier" in En-Wiki yet) are 7 minutes only. I tested it on Jenn Hanna and Anne Merklinger - it works correct as I can see. But test it "more harder" (if you want of course).
By the way - because Ann Merklinger (I added "Infobox curler" to her too, at the same time) has two sports (swimming and curling) in medal panel, here we can view "not the best" viewing effect: because in "swimming" there is long "viewed" string as 2nd parameter in "{{MedalSilver}}" for "1977 Summer Universiade" (string are: "200 m breaststroke"), 3rd column of "medal table" is "wide" - and 2nd column goes to left in "swimming" section and in "curling" section (where we haven't 3rd parameters in "Medalxxxxxx" templates). I tried to make it "better viewed" - but had "oops..." (( "Noone can have all the world" (c)SomeoneClever :-)
"Next gifts to lazy people" will templates "WMCC" (World Men's Championship) and "WWCC" (World Women's) - I have they in Ru-Wiki too (I'll do they in En-Wiki tomorrow). -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 04:52, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

"Russian Scotties & Briers" videos[edit]

About "Russian Scotties" - little "exotic" (but maybe not?) for your interest. Here is short TV-video one of Siberian TV-companies about (from their "News") "2017 Novosibirsk Oblast Curling Champ started" (2nd Champ of this oblast), with title "Lovers of stone and brush" (on Youtube; on Russian of course). "Drunken Siberian Bears with brooms" and so on ))) Man at 0 min 43 sec - Alexey Artemjev, vice-president of Novosibrsk oblast Curling Federation. Girl at 1'15" - Ekaterina Birjuzova, member of women's curling "Team Novosibirsk Oblast". Another girl at 2:26 - Tatyana Filyushova, member of junior women's curling "Team Nov. Oblast". Three girls at 2'49" - from school-age team "Deti Obi" (English: "Children of Ob River"; in video said: "They are biggest sensation of Champ - they are 3rd"; Champ is one for "any ages" of each gender) -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 06:46, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

Cool! This has me thinking; it would be a good idea to have a list of curling clubs in Russia article. Would be interesting to see where the clubs are! -- Earl Andrew - talk 12:17, 26 January 2017 (UTC)
Why not? Good idea - and will be very useful info for many curling funs who interests what goes on around the world. I'll try to help what I can. -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 00:10, 27 January 2017 (UTC)
About "Russian curling clubs" - look at Russian Curling League (created year ago). Their goal - popularization of amateur curling, tournament organization etc. Their main site here (on Russian only yet :( but I can help you with little translations), they are in Facebook (here) and Instagram (here) (on Russian too - but I'm sure that they speak English if needed). So I right now created simple "list" (with only one category "Curling in Russia" and simple table) - and we both (maybe someone else from Russia or anywhere) will expand it step to step (I added to page only first 5 clubs - but it's not the end of course ;) ). Good useful work I mean. -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 10:11, 27 January 2017 (UTC)
I added to list of curling clubs in Russia number of Russian regional federations (not all for today of course - only what I googled for 10 minutes; Russian national Federation site haven't such "regional list"... I'm badly wondered why...). Look at. - Alexey Gustow (talk) 11:42, 31 January 2017 (UTC)

Previous "exotic" is not the most one ;) Novosibirsk is "relatively south" in Siberia and Russia. But "strong North" is for example, Taymyr Peninsula, most north of Krasnoyarsk Krai (it - Krasnoyarsk Krai - comes nearly from China on south to Arctic Ocean). And... ta-da! )) Here, in Dudinka (small city but important ocean port) held "Taymyr Cup of Curling" in May 2016 ("most north curling champ in the world", as said). And people in Dudinka said that it will be more an more popular in their region - because it's very good as like sport and as like "good rest and friendship enlarged thing", and such "top level events" will continue next years. Russian "professional curlers" from "Team Russia", from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi etc. plays here on this Cup too - and say: "Good ice, good service and stuff, good crowd (and they fast learned basics of curling)! Something like in Sweden for example!" :-) Look here (photos; text on Russian) and here (TV-video, episode from "News" of Norilsk TV-company; man at 0:20 - Denis Galtsov, best icemaker in Russia, learned to make ice in Canada, he works with Team Russia and especially came from Moscow to this Cup; man at 1:00 - Alexey Stukalsky, one of best Russian curlers, says: "This is a place for world level curling events exactly"; man at 1:29 - Andrey Deganov, TV reporter; man at 1:50 - Sergey Alekseev, Minister of sports of Krasnoyarsk Krai; man at 2:17 - Andrey Zharinov, head curling coach in Dudinka, former good curler from Petersburg). In May 2017 "Dudinka Cup" will be international (and top level - players from Sweden, Norway, Canada, USA, Finland, Denmark, Russia) event in Curling Champions Tour shedule. So here was (and wiil be in May 2017 and later to future) a "hot meeting of polar ice and curling ice" :-) -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 01:08, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

It makes sense for curling to become popular in the Siberian hinterland. After all, curling is most popular in Canada's hinterland (Saskatchewan) and America's hinterland (Minnesota). -- Earl Andrew - talk 03:28, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

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  • When performing some administrative actions the reason field briefly gave suggestions as text was typed. This change has since been reverted so that issues with the implementation can be addressed. (T34950)
  • Following the latest RfC concluding that Pending Changes 2 should not be used on the English Wikipedia, an RfC closed with consensus to remove the options for using it from the page protection interface, a change which has now been made. (T156448)
  • The Foundation has announced a new community health initiative to combat harassment. This should bring numerous improvements to tools for admins and CheckUsers in 2017.

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  • JohnCD (John Cameron Deas) passed away on 30 December 2016. John began editing Wikipedia seriously during 2007 and became an administrator in November 2009.

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2017 Winter Universiade women's curling final[edit]

Hi Earl! I'm wondered that curling is "very poor TV-showed sport" on 2017 Winter Universiade - only two games broadcasts: men's and women's finals (men's - later today). Our Russian boys played "not the best" - only 8th in robin round. But girls (again Victoria Moiseeva and her Euro-2016-gold team) right now (veeery early morning, 6 a.m. in Moscow and 9 a.m. in Almaty) begans a final battle with Canadian team (Kelsey Rocque team). You can watch (live or later in record) women's final (with Russian commentary) on Match-TV site, here. I think it'll be interesting for you (and maybe for any other curling fans in Canada). My article about "Curling at the 2017 Winter Universiade" in Ru-Wiki here. -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 03:16, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

Thanks! Too bad there is no article on the curling in English. Oh well, at least I was inspired to add some middle names from the Universiade site to some curlers! -- Earl Andrew - talk 04:11, 7 February 2017 (UTC)
I like to be "inspirer" :) FISU site gave me too big help with those "middle names" (it's strange that official 2017 WU site has not those middle names - only on FISU). Maybe I'll add article about "curling at the 2017 WU" to En-Wiki next days before Scotties begins (if someone of en-guys will not start this article before me); in some cases it's more easy than in Ru-Wiki - no needed transcription of names to cyrillic etc. And "bad news": Match-TV not recorded their broadcasting of women's finale (so if you didn't watch it live maybe it will be somewhere on "official FISU" Youtube or somitheing like this). And - congrats to Canada with women's curling gold, and Russia with (not bad too of course for "1st time on world high level" team who plays vs "6th in CTRS" Kelsey Rocque) silver! :) -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 06:33, 7 February 2017 (UTC)
"Good news" about video of full women's final CAN-RUS (Russian commentary) - it's here. And - I began to make article in En-Wiki Curling at the 2017 Winter Universiade. -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 09:23, 7 February 2017 (UTC)
Yay! Good stuff, my friend! :-) -- Earl Andrew - talk 14:34, 7 February 2017 (UTC)
Men's tournament created. Look at please. Tomorrow I'll continue women's one. -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 17:14, 7 February 2017 (UTC)
Women's tournament created (with link to video of full Gold Medal Game, with Russian commentary). Look at article please. I'm glad I was able to help in our common cause - "Curling in Wiki". -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 22:53, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

1000 curling articles in Ru-Wiki[edit]

Hi Earl!

Hurraa!!! Jubilee!!! Now we have 1000 curling-related articles in Ru-Wiki (as "Missing Topics" tool said)! "Anniversary" article is "ru:Кейтнесс, Кейт" (Kate Caithness) - about President of WCF. Year before (October 2015, when I came in "curling theme in Ru-Wiki") we had only 70+ articles (most of them - very short stubs about Olympian curlers). And now we have 1000! Rock'n'roll will continue! :)) -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 20:23, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

Good job, congrats!

Russian SuperCups 2017[edit]

Hi Earl. Today begans Russian SuperCups 2017 (between two top men's an two top women's teams; max. 7 games, "best of 7") for the berth to Worlds 2017 as "Team Russia". Tournament are held in Novogorsk (small town near border of Moscow), in Russian national curling training centre (it's not "ice sport palace", without "alive" audience - but video broadcasting of this event exists, thanks to Russian Curling Federation).
Women's "battle" are, of course, between Team Anna Sidorova and Team Victoria Moiseeva. Today's two games of those teams are in Youtube, on RussianCurlingTV channel (with Russian commentary), here: game 1, game 2.
Men's "battle" are between Team Alexey Timofeev and Team Artur Ali; their 1st game here: game 1 (only 33 minutes; I don't know why).
Maybe it's interesting for you (and someone else in Canada or elsewhere). -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 17:26, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

Thanks! -- Earl Andrew - talk 17:30, 14 February 2017 (UTC)
Enjoy! :) 2nd men's game (full, 3 hours) here: game 2. -- Alexey Gustow (talk) 18:49, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones[edit]

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The article Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

Notability challenged last month and no reply, only a small amount of trivial coverage.

While all constructive contributions to Wikipedia are appreciated, content or articles may be deleted for any of several reasons.

You may prevent the proposed deletion by removing the {{proposed deletion/dated}} notice, but please explain why in your edit summary or on the article's talk page.

Please consider improving the article to address the issues raised. Removing {{proposed deletion/dated}} will stop the proposed deletion process, but other deletion processes exist. In particular, the speedy deletion process can result in deletion without discussion, and articles for deletion allows discussion to reach consensus for deletion. PatGallacher (talk) 00:28, 17 February 2017 (UTC)