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Some Nifty Medals[edit]

DYK Medal.svg The DYK Medal
Did You Know that Epicgenius will soon look like a North Korea general with all of his DYK medals? - Jon698 Talk 14:16 25 April 2020


Hey, Epicgenius! So here's the thing about dyk: if you haven't created preps, you have no idea what prep-setters and admins at dyk do or what challenges they face. Many editors who are regular nominators and reviewers think they'd be willing to admin, but have never filled preps, and when they become admins and start moving preps to queues, they quickly realize they didn't know what they were volunteering for. A prep-setter doesn't just create a balanced set. They also do a quick re-review on many of the hooks; you get to know whose hooks you don't have to review too heavily, but you always have to at least go check for a recent edit war or tags. If the nominator or the reviewer are new or known to be sloppy, you'll have to do a full re-review of that hook. Often prep-setters have questions they have to ask at the hook, and they deal with pushback from noms/reviewers/passersby for that. Then once you've finished a prep you have to deal with fallout at DYK talk and ERRORS. Admins do the exact same thing -- a re-review, because prep-setters miss things too, then the move (fairly simple), posting questions at DYK talk and pinging involved parties, dealing with pushback from them, and finally any fallout at ERRORS when someone finds an error you missed. So if you think you would be willing to admin at dyk, definitely go fill preps for a while to see if you like it or not. Some people love it -- I did, and I like adminning there -- but not everyone is cut out for it. It's a high-visibility job. People catch your mistakes, and the only way to prevent that is to catch other people's mistakes first. —valereee (talk) 15:20, 5 May 2020 (UTC)

Valereee, thanks for the advice. That is good to know. I think this sort of stuff should be enjoyable for me, even if a bit difficult. I just read the project page on prep areas, and it seems a bit difficult to get a good balance on hooks. epicgenius (talk) 15:23, 5 May 2020 (UTC)
That's one of the most fun parts of setting preps. The thing to do for your first prep is pick the bottom empty set (which right now gives you three days to fill it but normally six days.) Count to figure out whether the image hook needs a bio or a non-bio (it alternates by day). Go find one, vet it, and transfer it. That'll let the other prep setters know you'll fill that set. Not that they or an admin won't move stuff in and out if they need it or think another set is better for that hook, but in general one prep-setter works on a set. Then start putting the puzzle together -- no more than four bios (alternating in the set with non-bio), no more than one music/science/military/whatever subject. Not too many from any one country, though 2 - 4 USA hooks will be necessary. A balance of geographical area, not all from English-speaking countries. A balance of long and short. And of course a quirky. It's an art. Don't be afraid to trim or tweak hooks, but read the nom first if you do, as there may have already been discussion. Keep on top of talk in case someone asks a question about one of the hooks in that set, because some people won't realize they need to ping you as the promoter. :) Ping me any time, and Yoninah will often leave pointers on how to improve at your talk. When she stops, you know you're getting near the point of competence. :) —valereee (talk) 15:47, 5 May 2020 (UTC)


Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of B. Altman and Company Building at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) at your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! -- RoySmith (talk) 21:00, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Ottendorfer Public Library and Stuyvesant Polyclinic Hospital[edit]

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Ottendorfer Public Library and Stuyvesant Polyclinic Hospital you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria. Time2wait.svg This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of G. Moore -- G. Moore (talk) 05:46, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

DYK for 1 Wall Street Court[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 15 September 2020, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article 1 Wall Street Court, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that 1 Wall Street Court, a condo building, was once the headquarters of a shipping line and the world's largest cocoa futures market? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/1 Wall Street Court. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, 1 Wall Street Court), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 12:04, 15 September 2020 (UTC)


You’re in twice ;) Bst, SandyGeorgia (Talk) 15:26, 16 September 2020 (UTC)

Never mind ... it was someone else’s error. bst, SandyGeorgia (Talk) 15:27, 16 September 2020 (UTC)


I need some help regarding rctc. are these worth adding (check whenever u r free)-

  1. covid19 related issues [1][2]
  2. Tax (GST) related issues [3], [4]
  3. About riders [5]
  4. Details regarding the tournaments [6], [7] (also what about adding it to Kolkata Race Course?).
  5. Pollution fine on RCTC [8], translate this. its in bangla

❯❯❯   S A H A 20:08, 16 September 2020 (UTC)

ArnabSaha, thanks for the note. I think, based on a quick glance, you could briefly describe these points in the article. Though I wouldn't add too much about the COVID-19 issues, unless this has a long term effect on the RCTC's operations. For tournament details, I agree we can copy it to the race course article, too. epicgenius (talk) 21:14, 16 September 2020 (UTC)

New York State Agricultural Society[edit]

I wrote New York State Agricultural Society yesterday. It seems like it should be a notable topic, but I'm having a surprising amount of trouble finding good WP:SECONDARY sources that talk about it. You're such a better researcher than I am; would you mind taking a look and seeing what you could add? -- RoySmith (talk) 13:36, 19 September 2020 (UTC)

RoySmith, thanks for the message. I've added a couple of sources and may look more into it later. Have you considered applying to The Wikipedia Library for free and ProQuest access? I'm seeing some matches, but you might be able to narrow down what exactly you're looking for. epicgenius (talk) 16:05, 19 September 2020 (UTC)
Epicgenius, Thanks. Yup, I've already got those through WPL. I've been sifting through a lot of the old newspaper coverage. Just thought you might be interested since you seem to be into historical New York topics. I'll probably turn this into a DYK. -- RoySmith (talk) 16:11, 19 September 2020 (UTC)