User talk:Fox/March 2012

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Tokyo Sky Tower ITN

Foxj, I've replied to your change of the blurb for the Tokyo Sky Tower with a number of reliable sources, including the definition of tower used both by Guinness World Records and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, clearly defining towers as different to buildings. Please review your change to the blurb, I don't think it should have been made. TechnoSymbiosis (talk) 20:13, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

New Page Triage engagement strategy released

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It's awesome to finally get to start work on this! :). Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 02:09, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

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Were you asked off wiki ?

To request action regarding the quotes on my user talk page? Was it Jaakobou who asked you? Did you tell him he shouldn't blank content on the talk pages of editors he has harassed in the past? Tiamuttalk 18:27, 5 March 2012 (UTC)

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Please review the following:
Regardless if I am sanctioned, I would really like the antisemitic content removed.
Regards, JaakobouChalk Talk 17:15, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

I left you a reply here -
Regards, JaakobouChalk Talk 09:12, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
I'm not sure on how to present how deep rooted the problem is. This link explains the techniques applied throughout the middle east. The same techniques are applied with more subtlety at the top of Tiamut's talkpage. Anyway, from your reponse I can see that you did see offense in the [is it really] sensationalist [?] paraphrasing. I left another reponse.[1].
With respect, JaakobouChalk Talk 10:29, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
I replied to you here:
With respect, JaakobouChalk Talk 12:13, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
Replied -
- JaakobouChalk Talk 18:24, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
Replied. JaakobouChalk Talk 18:52, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

ani mention

fyi Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Incidents#Pay_for_edits_in_Wikipedia Nobody Ent 14:18, 8 March 2012 (UTC)

"A series"

Hello! I always try to stay on top of the pluralization issue (and seek English variety-neutral wording). To the best of my recollection, this is the first instance in which I've seen it applied to "a series" (despite our recurring use of this wording in ITN for years), and I don't recall seeing it treated as plural in British English media (including our articles about UK television). Can you please point me to an authoritative source? Thanks! —David Levy 06:06, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

It seems it depends on the journalist so I may have been a bit hasty, but the BBC, The Guardian and The Telegraph have all used it as a plural. Feel free to reinstate it however. — foxj 06:21, 9 March 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the links. If this is a common practice, I'd prefer to sidestep the issue via your revision.
Am I correct in assuming that this applies specifically to instances in which the wording "series of ______" is used? I frequently read about UK television, and I don't recall ever seeing something along the lines of "A second series were commissioned in 2010.". —David Levy 06:45, 9 March 2012 (UTC)
Yes, it is purely for "a series of bombs", "a series of tornadoes", "a series of rotten apples", whatever. "Series" in the instance you refer to is synonymous with the American "season". But you knew that ;) — foxj 06:54, 9 March 2012 (UTC)
Indeed, I annoy my fellow Americans by referring to "series" (instead of "season"/"seasons") when discussing British television. (;
Out of curiosity, does one of the two terms predominate in Australia? I've heard Shane Bourne use them interchangeably on Thank God You're Here. —David Levy 07:07, 9 March 2012 (UTC)
Actually, I haven't really paid close enough attention to tell you for certain. I'm starting to think these journalists have implanted - gasp indeed - the wrong option in my head. — foxj 07:18, 9 March 2012 (UTC)
To be clear, I was inquiring about "series" vs. "season", not the original issue that brought me here. —David Levy 07:28, 9 March 2012 (UTC)
Oh, I see, confused me. Australian English tends towards British English, so I would assume therefore they stick to "series" rather than "season". A lot of programmes are bought in from the States, though, which might skew the data a little. — foxj 07:32, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

I came here to make the same point. As a UK grammatician, I'm appalled that major news sources are employing journalists with such scant regard for the rules of the language, but in the face of that evidence, I can't really go ahead with my intention of asking you to revert yourself. Kevin McE (talk) 07:12, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

My version at least cuts it out entirely, but I will not do it again, Kevin. — foxj 07:18, 9 March 2012 (UTC)
I often encounter appalling grammatical errors in American print media (e.g. "it's" in place of the possessive "its", which I've spotted in UK publications as well). In your view, are the linked examples similarly clear-cut in their incorrectness? —David Levy 07:28, 9 March 2012 (UTC)
I would consider it a dead giveaway of a writer who is lead more by the sound of what they've written (if that makes sense) than by grammatical rules. The non-euphonic effect of "avalanches is" leads to unnecessary correction, apparently even among those who should know better. Kevin McE (talk) 19:57, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

Thank you

Thank you for the first Freudian slip in an edit note that I've ever noticed, resulting in one of the funniest edit notes I've come across. Kevin McE (talk) 10:28, 10 March 2012 (UTC)

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Talk:List of The Price Is Right pricing games#Merger proposal

This merger discussion has been inactive since September 2011. I wonder if there is a consensus. --George Ho (talk) 09:15, 17 March 2012 (UTC)

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Thanks, but it is already being addressed at Cheers Linuxftw (talk) 04:59, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

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