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I decided I was going to skip past decent and go right for tacky. You like? ResMar 04:36, 5 January 2012 (UTC)

I could have sworn I posted this before today ... if we think alike, we must be great minds. (Or fools drowning in the same quicksand.) /ƒETCHCOMMS/ 05:31, 5 January 2012 (UTC)

...whoah, I had no idea. Well, I'm going to try and add a table, some books and a lamp in the background, and actual content instead of a screen grab of the main page tommorow. ResMar 05:38, 5 January 2012 (UTC)

The MW interface is backended by accessible classed div tags, so with a little bit of cheating you can create a page within a page. I remember someone doing that ages ago. ResMar 05:52, 5 January 2012 (UTC)
Gurch, though it takes a little tweaking to make render correctly. /ƒETCHCOMMS/ 21:39, 5 January 2012 (UTC)
I tried it, in theory it's workable, but the width of the columns defining the page are hard-set, which wipes like 33% of my screen "screen" space. Eh. Never mind then =) ResMar 01:40, 7 January 2012 (UTC)


Fetchy. Killiondude (talk) 07:15, 8 January 2012 (UTC)

hi there is abusive admin prodego can u tell on him plz thx [1] /ƒETCHCOMMS/ 00:29, 9 January 2012 (UTC)
Something involving a stick located somewhere comes to mind. Killiondude (talk) 04:03, 9 January 2012 (UTC)
ok sir thx 4 service much apreciated /ƒETCHCOMMS/ 04:43, 9 January 2012 (UTC)

ohai, fetchy

Hello Fetchcomms,

I love your talk page design! Given the similar look, I'm guessing you're the person who designed the WMF site? ;)

Cheers, HurricaneFan25 23:48, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

Thanks? Which part of the WMF site were you referring to? /ƒETCHCOMMS/ 21:38, 14 January 2012 (UTC)

Your input is needed on the SOPA initiative

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Hi Fetchcomms, we have disagreed on an issue in the recent past, but I wanted to tell you that I agree with your opinion on potential action towards the SOPA act. I read some of your comments posted in December...I am also worried about readers being negatively affected by a blackout. Hopefully, there will be a way to deploy the soft blackout, inspire people to contact their legislators, and not hold anyone back from seeking information on Wikipedia. I hope that a message to the readers is very clear in how SOPA ultimately affects them, and doesn't just ask them to support without that info. It looks like the drafts are getting better. Petersontinam (talk) 17:13, 14 January 2012 (UTC)
Hi again! I'm glad that so many people are opposed to SOPA, but I just hope that whatever course of action is chosen will prompt people to contact their legislators as well as allow access to Wikipedia. If the bill doesn't pass, then a full blackout isn't needed, in my opinion. /ƒETCHCOMMS/ 21:40, 14 January 2012 (UTC)

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OK, so add third-party sources or, if none exist, nominate the article for deletion. Cheers, /ƒETCHCOMMS/ 20:53, 16 January 2012 (UTC)

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If I have a formula to change the economy and it will keep our president in the white house.And the people will see that he came thru with his promise of getting rid off unemployment.It will change the economy in less than 6 months.There is nothing that the american people cant do if they unite to change our country future.The medical issue can be solve as well very easy.This is not a prank but a vision of doing something so my children will see and live a different live than me.In God We Trust..... oo (talk) 15:26, 22 January 2012 (UTC)

Learn to write properly, kthxbai. /ƒETCHCOMMS/ 19:26, 22 January 2012 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2012 January newsletter


WikiCup 2012 is off to a flying start. At the time of writing, we have 112 contestants; comparable to last year, but slightly fewer than 2010. Signups will remain open for another week, after which time they will be closed for this year. Our currrent far-away leader is Conradh na Gaeilge Grapple X (submissions), due mostly to his work on a slew of good articles about The X-Files; there remain many such articles waiting to be reviewed at good article candidates. Second place is currently held by Minnesota Ruby2010 (submissions), whose points come mostly from good articles about television episodes, although good article reviews, did you knows and an article about a baroness round out the score. In third place is Mauritius Jivesh boodhun (submissions), who has scored 200 points for his work on a single featured article, as well as points for work on others, mostly in the area of pop music. In all, nine users have 100 or more points. However, at the other end of the scale, there are still dozens of participants who are yet to score. Please remember to update your submission pages promptly!

The 64 highest scoring participants will advance to round 2 in a month's time. There, they will be split into eight random groups of eight. The score needed to reach the next round is not at all clear; last year, 8 points guaranteed a place. The year before, 20.

A few participants and their work warrant a mention for achieving "firsts" in this competition.

  • Florida 12george1 (submissions) was the first to score, with his good article review of Illinois v. McArthur.
  • Florida 12george1 (submissions) was also the first to score points for an article, thanks to his work on Hurricane Debby (1982)- now a good article. Tropical storms have featured heavily in the Cup, and good articles currently have a relatively fast turnaround time for reviews.
  • Russia Sp33dyphil (submissions) was the first to score points for a did you know, with Russian submarine K-114 Tula. Military history is another subject which has seen a lot of Cup activity.
  • Russia Sp33dyphil (submissions) is also the first person to successfully claim bonus points. Terminator 2: Judgment Day is now a good article, and was eligible for bonus points because the subject was covered on more than 20 other Wikipedias at the start of the competition. It is fantastic to see bonus points being claimed so early!
  • Byzantine Empire Speciate (submissions) was the first to score points for an In the News entry, with Paedophryne amauensis. The lead image from the article was also used on the main page for a time, and it's certainly eye-catching!
  • Mauritius Jivesh boodhun (submissions) was the first to score points for a featured article, and is, at the moment, the only competitor to claim for one. The article, "Halo" (Beyoncé Knowles song), was also worth double points because of its wide coverage. While this is an article that Jivesh and others have worked on for some time, it is undeniable that he has put considerable work into it this year, pushing it over the edge.

We are yet to see any featured lists, featured topics or good topics, but this is unsurprising; firstly, the nomination processes with each of these can take some time, and, secondly, it can take a considerable amount of time to work content to this level. In a similar vein, we have seen only one featured article. The requirement that content must have been worked on this year to be eligible means that we did not expect to see these at the start of the competition. No points have been claimed for featured portals or pictures, but these are not content types which are often claimed; the former has never made a big impact on the WikiCup, while the latter has not done so since 2009's competition.

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