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Willa Cather[edit]

Have been following with interest your edits to Willa Cather. It looks as though you've improved the article considerably. Before you started on it, it wasn't especially well-organized, and had a number of significant holes. You've already done a great deal to remedy those.

Unfortunately, I know too little about Cather to make useful contributions to the article. However, should you find yourself wanting to illustrate it or other Cather-related articles, I might be able to help. I am based in Nebraska and own a camera, and took most of the pictures at Commons:Category:National Register of Historic Places in Webster County, Nebraska. If there are specific photos you'd like taken in the Red Cloud area, please feel free to leave a note at my talk page and I'll try to oblige.

--Ammodramus (talk) 20:27, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

I've only been editing for about a year and a half, so I have no business acting like an old WP hand, but...
Your response came through nicely. If you won't take it amiss, though, I'll make a couple of suggestions. First, if you place a colon at the beginning of a paragraph, it indents the paragraph. Each additional colon indents it a bit more. This makes it easier to see who's writing what on a talk page, especially in situations where a number of people are chiming in. Second, it looks as if you typed out your username and the date and time by hand. You don't have to do this: just type a string of four tildes, and it will produce your signature automatically. (If you forget to sign, Wikipedia will automatically add your signature, but with a snippy little remark to the effect that your comment was unsigned—which is why I think you didn't use the four-tildes trick.)
Rolling hills covered with tall grass
Cather Memorial Prairie, south of Red Cloud
Photos. Pictures at Wikimedia Commons are available for use on all the Wikipedias. Commons is arranged in categories and subcategories. If you'll follow the link in my original message, it'll take you to a category of NRHP sites in Webster County, Nebraska, many of which are Cather-related. Click on any subcategory that interests you; click on pictures or on the filenames under them to see them in a larger size. If you want to leave a category, its parent categories are listed below; click on any one of them to return to that parent.
Once you've found a photo that you think you want to use, you can insert it into the article. The method's described at WP:IMAGES. I've inserted a photo into this comment, so you could see how it's done:; the code was inserted right before the previous paragraph. If you click "Edit" for this page or subsection, you should be able to see it. Two square brackets, followed by the name of the Commons file (including the initial "File:" and the final extension, e.g. ".jpg". Follow that with a pipe ("|") and "thumb" (very important, since otherwise the picture will appear full-sized), then another pipe. After that, I like to put "alt=" and then a short description for those who can't see the photo; this isn't required, but it's a good idea. One more pipe, followed by the caption; and then a pair of close-square-brackets.
It usually takes me a bit of trial and error to place the photo. I think you've got to put the code between two paragraphs.
If you're interested, by the way, the Nebraska State Historical Society's "Nebraska National Register Sites in Webster County" site has a short account for each site; if a site's Cather-connected, it generally explains what the connection is. (I see that the Pavelka farmstead, which I haven't photographed yet, is connected to "Neighbor Rosicky"; I'll try to shoot that and upload it in the near future.)
Hope that this is useful to you; please feel free to drop me a line if you've got a question that you think I might be able to answer. I apologize for the length of this comment, and hope that the content is worth it—
String of four tildes, which turns into: Ammodramus (talk) 02:37, 17 March 2011 (UTC)
Happy to be of assistance. My own career as an editor was greatly helped along by a more experienced Wikipedian, who displayed immense quantities of patience and forbearance in answering my questions and correcting my errors.
I'm perplexed by your signature problem. The four-tildes trick has never failed for me. I assume that you're getting your tildes straight off the keyboard and not using some kind of insert-symbol thing. For what it's worth, what would happen if you copy-and-pasted this string of tildes? ~~~~ (I kept them from turning into a signature here by bracketing them with the "nowiki" command; but when I copy-and-pasted them and then looked at the preview, they turned into my signature.) If that doesn't work for you, then I'm stumped—something weird with your browser?)
Regarding user talk pages, you're going about things in the usual fashion. Editing the talk page is the correct way to leave a message. (It's a Wikisolecism to remove or alter content from another person's talk page, even if you originally put it there. You can do what you like on your own, including deleting or archiving material.) Talk-page dialogue usually proceeds in the way that we're conducting it: I leave a message on your talk page; you respond on mine; I reply on yours; &c. If I'm writing someone else, I'll often put a copy of my message on my own talk page, so that I can see the whole conversation in one place; but that's a matter of choice.
I'll be in south-central Nebraska before too long, and will try to get the Pavelka place. Will leave you a note when I do. For now, please let me know if there's anything in particular that you'd like photographed (or re-photographed). This isn't the best time of year for landscapes, since the snow's mostly melted and the new green hasn't come in yet; but it's good for buildings, since they aren't hidden by foliage.
--Ammodramus (talk) 19:35, 17 March 2011 (UTC)

Belatedly, ever so belatedly, I've got over to Webster County and photographed the Pavelka farmstead. Photos are in Commons:Category:Pavelka farmstead (Webster County, Nebraska); I hope you'll find some of them useful. --Ammodramus (talk) 02:29, 1 September 2011 (UTC) it was rigo's awesomness

Thanks[edit]

Special thanks for the work you did repairing that terrible re-write on Patrick Doyle's page. I deleted most of his contributions, seeing as he only re-worded what was already there, removed valid sources, added meager amounts of new info without any sources, and pretty much ignored all Wikipedia biography standards. But I digress... thanks for your help trying to salvage that rubbish! Jg2904 (talk) 04:14, 12 August 2011 (UTC)

March 2013[edit]

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Crossing the Teas[edit]

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I saw your skillful tightening of my sloppy prose at "The Awful German Language" and I thought, this editor knows what's up. I looked at your other contributions and determined you deserve a barnstar for similar thankless service to the encyclopedia. Congratulations! Binksternet (talk) 23:52, 8 March 2013 (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad I could help. EnglishTea4me (talk)01:39, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

That one Rosicky guy[edit]

I've reverted your "neighbour-neighbor" change at Neighbour Rosicky; see the talk page. Think this matter might need further discussion. Ammodramus (talk) 13:30, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

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From Here to Eternity the Musical[edit]

Thanks for your copy edits to the article, I've reverted the restricted bit though. Its not restricted to those age groups you can go but it's just not recommended they do so. Articles been copyedited a good few times but is still awaiting it's GA review to take place, cant find anyone.Blethering Scot 19:03, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Thank you for your copy editing help at Encyclopedia of the Central Intelligence Agency, much appreciated, — Cirt (talk) 10:17, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

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Cather lead paragraph[edit]

You're free to revert my reversion and restore the sentence. However, I hope you'll consider my argument against it, at least as originally written.

As you note, the lead section should be a brief summary of the most salient points in the article. I question whether the immigrant-experience theme is sufficiently critical to rate a place there. Certainly, many Cather characters were immigrants or children of immigrants; but to the best of my limited recollection, their status as immigrants wasn't ordinarily all that critical. Apart from a brief passage in One of Ours in which German immigrants are taken to court for insufficient displays of anti-German sentiment during WWI, I don't recall all that much about xenophobia, language difficulties, parents trying to raise their children with old-country values, or the like.

Stylistically, I find that the sentence under discussion fits awkwardly into the rest of the paragraph. It reads as though it was randomly tacked onto the end, with little regard for what the rest of the paragraph had to say. This is why, in my edit summary, I suggested that if it were retained, it be made part of a separate short paragraph about Cather's themes. Then the lead section would consist of three paragraphs: (1) Cather was somebody who wrote stuff, including...; (2) Cather was born and lived in places; (3) Cather's works tended to treat the following themes... If we followed this plan, I'd suggest moving the "frontier life on the Great Plains" information from the first paragraph to the third.

My thoughts. Again, I certainly won't accuse you of edit-warring if you revert my edit. I'm not Cather scholar enough to rewrite the lead according to the three-paragraph scheme that I've described (indeed, I'm no Cather scholar at all). However, I hope that combining your knowledge of Cather with my thoughts on the organization of the lead will produce something better than either of could have written solo. Ammodramus (talk) 01:28, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

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