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One year Three Four Six years[edit]

It's been a year, somehow it's been a year three six years already.

Deepest sympathy[edit]

I'm so sorry for your loss. :-( SlimVirgin talk|contribs 00:59, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

They found the bodies this morning. I was hoping for a better outcome, I really was. This is just heartbreaking. Guettarda (talk) 01:31, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

They will be in my prayers, Guettarda. FloNight♥♥♥ 01:08, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Truly sad news. FloNight♥♥♥ 17:46, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Our hearts go out to you and your family. It's so hard to know what to say. What we really want is to be able to change it for you. :-( SlimVirgin talk|contribs 01:43, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Terrible news. So sorry. Casliber (talk · contribs) 01:52, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Oh nooooo, dearest Guettarda :' ( what awful news. Much love, tears, and deepest sympathy. --MPerel 04:56, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

Man, that really sucks. So sorry. Hesperian 06:09, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

I go to sleep tonight with you in my thoughts. Take care of yourself my friend.--Jimbo Wales (talk) 06:21, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

This is dreadful news, and completely heartbreaking. It's hard even thinking about the pain this must be causing for you and your family, so sorry to hear of this, you have my thoughts and condolences. . dave souza, talk 09:32, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

:-( Dragons flight (talk) 09:35, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

I just read the link on your user page and understand you've lost two people who clearly meant a great deal to you. My profound condolences, dear ((Guettarda)).* I hold you and yours in my thoughts and prayers and wish you peace. *my arms around you. :/ deeceevoice (talk) 10:04, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

My deepest sympathies for you in this difficult time. You and your family are in my thoughts. KillerChihuahua?!? 11:45, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

I am very saddened by this, Guettarda. My heart reaches out to you and the rest of those closest to you. ... Kenosis (talk) 12:39, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

Words fail me here. I just want you to know that my thoughts are with you, with my deepest sympathies to you and your family. OrangeMarlin Talk• Contributions 16:36, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

We care. Very best wishes to you. DurovaCharge! 18:18, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

I'm very sorry Guettarda. These two people clearly meant a lot to you. I share this moment of reflection with you. --CSTAR (talk) 18:41, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

No man is an island, and this is especially true in small communities such as this one. Your loss is our loss. Words cannot adequately convey how sorry we are. Personally, I have lost people before, but never suddenly like this. What you and your family must be going through must be very difficult. I offer my deepest condolences in these hard times. JoshuaZ (talk) 19:19, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

My heartfelt condolences to you, your sister and your family. •Jim62sch•dissera! 20:32, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

I'm so sorry. While studying I had heard of the search come across the radio in Trinidad during the hourly news update but I hadn't yet put two-and-two together to take them to be your relatives. I express to you and the rest of the entire Ramjohn family my most heartfelt and expressed condolences at this very tragic loss. It is clear to all that they gave of themselves a great deal of service for Trinidad and Tobago in their research and for that myself and others in society should be grateful for the service they have given to the country. CaribDigita (talk) 20:41, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

I am very sorry to hear that. My deepest sympathies and condolences dear Guettarda. -- FayssalF - Wiki me up® 20:45, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

I too offer my condolences. Sincerely, --A NobodyMy talk 22:35, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

My condolences, Guettarda. It is good to have closure, but not this closure. --Una Smith (talk) 03:33, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

My utmost condolences, Guettarda. Ameriquedialectics 14:09, 14 January 2009 (UTC)
Someone in my house survived 24 hours out there last year lost diving (for a living not tourism), hope things are as well as can be expected, best wishes. Thanks, SqueakBox 03:46, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

My sympathy and solidarity man. Alun (talk) 04:12, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

My God...my most heartfelt sympathies Guettarda. I can't imagine... Aunt Entropy (talk) 05:18, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

My sympathy and condolences, as usual in such cases, words fail. --Kim D. Petersen (talk) 15:22, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

My condolences Guettarda; your family is in our prayers. -- Samir 07:48, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

I just found out this morning about your terrible loss and my heart goes out to you. I, too, have just lost someone close recently. I will be sending warm thoughts of strength and fellowship as I lie awake at night waiting for the pain to dull (it comes in waves) and allow me to sleep. John Hill (talk) 22:45, 24 January 2009 (UTC)

My deepest sympathy my friend. I lost someone too in the New Year and it really just is hard to get through. If you need to talk, you can send me a message any time. Spawn Man (talk) 03:55, 25 January 2009 (UTC)

I saw you briefly at that awful Egyptian controversy article a couple of days ago, and I wanted to drop by again to tell you I haven't forgotten, that you and yours are still in my thoughts and prayers. Memories persist, and healing will come. Bless, :) deeceevoice (talk) 10:01, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

Heartfelt sympathies. I feel dreadful for you. Ben Aveling 12:03, 10 April 2009 (UTC)
This is for the most part a copy/pasted notice, but I would like to offer my condolences for this recent loss. - Caribbean~H.Q. 22:20, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

I never thanked any of you personally, but I appreciate your notes more than I can possibly express. And I still treasure these notes too much to archive them Guettarda (talk) 16:01, 10 January 2010 (UTC)

You are very welcome, Guettarda. I read about what happened, and I know that in addition to the grief of loss there is a separate pain that comes from lack of closure. Even when it is temporary, lack of closure is a wound that takes time to heal. Hugs. --Una Smith (talk) 16:52, 10 January 2010 (UTC)
As a former US Coastguardsman, I'm sad to say I've seen happy excursions on the sea turn to tragedy before. Your brothers' bravery retains my admiration, and your family remains in my prayers. Ameriquedialectics 20:38, 10 January 2010 (UTC)

Unreferenced BLPs[edit]

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Thanks!--DASHBot (talk) 05:11, 16 January 2010 (UTC)

Ficus maxima[edit]

have asked Circeus to have a look at context as we've been discussing how to add genus-level material on flower structure to some other plant articles recently. I don't think there is too much to add. A bum rush of ficus at GAN might be fun. Casliber (talk · contribs) 13:09, 17 March 2011 (UTC)

DYK for Roupala[edit]

 — Crisco 1492 (talk) 00:02, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

Ecosystem GAR[edit]

I understand about real life getting in the way of doing as much on Wikipedia as one would like.

Given my own work and home responsibilities, I'm not sure how much assistance I can offer you, but my work location is just a few minutes away from the university library. If you need access to a published journal article, there is a good chance that I can get it for you.

By the way, if you have time, could you take a look at this Featured Picture Nominee and if you like it, place a vote? I was amazed when I first saw this animation on a German astronomy web site, so I got permission to use it in an article. Stigmatella aurantiaca (talk) 00:22, 23 January 2013 (UTC)

DYK for Cecropia peltata[edit]

KTC (talk) 16:03, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

DYK nomination of Roupala montana[edit]

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of Roupala montana 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) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! BlueMoonset (talk) 02:06, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

I wasn't aware of that. Thanks. Guettarda (talk) 18:47, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

DYK for Roupala montana[edit]

Lord Roem ~ (talk) 08:02, 31 January 2013 (UTC)

DYK for Richeria grandis[edit]

Lord Roem ~ (talk) 08:02, 31 January 2013 (UTC)

DYK for Parinari campestris[edit]

Lord Roem ~ (talk) 08:03, 31 January 2013 (UTC)

Expanding Jared Diamond[edit]

Thanks for weight in on the RFC at Talk:Jared Diamond. You mentioned that the article "simply skips Diamond's (quite notable) scientific contributions", and I wondered if you had anything specific in mind on that score? Given the amount of bytes spilt over relatively trivial points on that article recently, it would be nice to expand it with some properly encyclopaedic coverage. Joe Roe (talk) 13:38, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

I'm sure his work on Bowerbirds in New Guinea has been pretty significant, but that's outside of my area of expertise. As far as things I know about, in the 1970s he made important contributions to island biogeography, community assembly (including supertramp (ecology), protected area design (see SLOSS debate; Google Scholar says that his "The island dilemma: lessons of modern biogeographic studies for the design of natural reserves" article has been cited over 1100 times) and what is now called extinction debt (I believe he coined the term "relaxation" in this paper, which Google Scholar says has been cited 350x). Guettarda (talk) 14:03, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

My identity[edit]

Hi. I watch the article Race and intelligence, mainly to look out for socks of Mikemikev and other banned users. I noticed that you added my username in an edit summary, which puzzled me. Looking at the talk page, I think you were referring to comments by Hans Adler,[1] who announced himself as a mathematician (like me) and made some comments on the term "racial IQ gap". I believe that I introduced the term "racial IQ gap" when creating a new version of the lede on April 5 2010.[2] I hope nobody is confused by any of this :-) Cheers, Mathsci (talk) 16:34, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

Oops, sorry. Yeah, I must have filed Hans' comment as yours...he isn't filed in my brain as a mathematician, tbh. Sorry about that. Guettarda (talk) 17:21, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

ANI, R&I and an IP at User talk:BlackHades[edit]

I've had to mention you at ANI to make it clear that the IP's claim that I made your edit is ridiculous. See User talk:BlackHades first where the IP says an edit 'I' made is a clue. Dougweller (talk) 12:26, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

People don't understand the power of 10,000-item watchlists. I may have stopped editing the race article in 2005 or 2006, but I watchlisted the R&I article back in those days, though I've generally avoided it except when it spills over into articles closer to my real interests (ecology and biogeography). Guettarda (talk) 15:44, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
Exactly. My watchlist is also over 10,000, and some people get very suspicious when I suddenly reappear at an article. Dougweller (talk) 17:21, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
Though I must say, if we're sockpuppets, we've got an impressive (and impressively broad) editing history ;) Guettarda (talk) 17:41, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
I'm having an identity crisis:) So this baby seal walks into a club...ArtifexMayhem (talk) 18:29, 17 February 2013 (UTC)
Well, that didn't end well for BH, who has been blocked for a week. Dougweller (talk) 11:23, 18 February 2013 (UTC)
The years here have made me a cynic, I think. It's remarkable how predictable people can be. Guettarda (talk) 19:24, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

Personal Attacks[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Asking you again to stop with personal attacks and hostility. BlackHades (talk) 01:12, 28 February 2013 (UTC)

Dude, your nonsense is tiresome. When I tell you to stop misbehaving, that's not a personal attack. You're coming fresh off a block and headed back down the same path. Guettarda (talk) 03:04, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
You need to calm down. You repeatedly made statements that you don't consider content from Rushton, Jensen, Lynn, Gottfredon, as reliable sources. Am I right or wrong here? So based on your statements, I wrote:

"Per WP:NPOV all significant views must be represented. That includes the position held by Rushton, Jensen, Lynn, Templer, Gottfredson, etc. You seem to argue for the complete omission of one side of the debate. But neither you, nor anyone else, gets to pick and choose which views belong in the article. That would be WP:Truth. All significant views must be represented including ones that you don't agree with."--BlackHades

Which you responded back with:

"Please cut out your bullshit accusations. I'm sick of your crap already, and you've only been back from your block for what - 2 days? and you're engaging full bore in the sort of nonsense that earned you the block in the first place. I am not "argu[ing] for the complete omission of one side of the debate"...that's utterly false, and you damn well know it's false. I'm arguing against your insistence on using your own interpretation of primary sources. I'm arguing against your insistence on building an article around the primary sources of a group that's viewed by the mainstream as fringe. Now please cut out the bullshit."--Guettarda

You're really going to say your response is an appropriate response to mine? You really don't notice a difference in the level of tone and hostility of mine compared to yours? Did you or did you not state that you consider Rushton, Jensen, Lynn, Gottfredson, as "not reliable", or "fringe", or "non-mainstream". My response to you were based on these statements. If I'm wrong, all you had to do was calmly reply back "I support the inclusion of all relevant positions including Rushton, Jensen, Lynn, Gottfredson", in which case I would have apologized and accepted. But when you constantly call Rushton, Jensen, Lynn, Gottfredson as "not reliable", or "fringe", or "non-mainstream", you don't see how someone can see this as an indication that the person is trying to omit their positions? By the way, even though you responded back that you're not arguing for omission of one side, you still haven't made it clear if that means you support the inclusion of the hereditarian position of Rushton, Jensen, Lynn, Gottfredson. It seems like you do now as you stated you don't support omission but I would request for better clarification here. BlackHades (talk) 04:14, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
Where's the personal attack? ?? (✉→BWilkins←✎) 09:58, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
BlackHades - it was a response to all your crap. Again, as I pointed out before, you shouldn't quote mine - not in article spaces, not on talk pages, not in user talk. It was a response to crap like your repeated insistence that subject-verb agreement is acceptable in English grammar...which is clear and obvious tendentious editing. It was a response to your false claims about sources. It was a response to your constant rudeness and hostility.

But never mind me. Please proceed. Guettarda (talk) 12:48, 28 February 2013 (UTC)

It wasn't a quote mine. Your assertions here are inaccurate. There's a drastic difference in the tone and hostility that I respond to you versus vice versa. But I digress. Moving on. I would hope that we can both discuss civilly from this point forward. BlackHades (talk) 16:05, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
So...I'm wrong, BWilkins is wrong, and you're right? Because you say so? Strange, isn't it that two established users (one with five years experience here, one with over 8.5), with clean block logs, don't understand Wikipedia policy and that you, fresh off a block for disruptive editing, are the only one who understands policy. Very interesting. Guettarda (talk) 13:51, 1 March 2013 (UTC)
Wikipedia longevity doesn't make someone immune to bias. As very clearly shown on the R&I talk page. And I thought we're moving on. Are we still beating this dead horse? BlackHades (talk) 18:33, 1 March 2013 (UTC)
And once again, you take half my statement and runs with it, ignoring the other half (cf. quote mining). You're just a few days off a block for disruption. This is your second chance to show that you can learn acceptable behaviour. But rather than learn from BW, you imply that your understanding of policy is superior to his. It's not an encouraging attitude.

My observation (and that's just an observation, not a threat) is that editors with an attitude like yours end up perma-blocked. If you refuse adjust your attitude, if you refuse to learn from people with more experience, your time here is likely to be short. As for beating a dead horse - you're the one who keeps posting to my talk page. Guettarda (talk) 19:18, 1 March 2013 (UTC)

There is nothing wrong with my attitude. As to yours, the example above is clear. I guarantee that you won't be able to show a single example where I show that level of hostility toward you. And stop with the false accusations of quote mining. Allow me to respond to this with your preferred method. "Please cut out your bullshit accusations. I'm sick of your crap already." In regards to beating a dead horse, you keep reviving this after I've shown that I've clearly moved on.BlackHades (talk) 21:00, 1 March 2013 (UTC)
BlackHades, your phrase "there's nothing wrong with my attitude" is actually proof positive that there is. Look, I'm an utterly unbiased third party here - it's YOU who are incorrect about the definition of personal attacks, it's YOU who continues to post here (Guettarda has a right to post here - you really don't) and he's allowed to have the last word. You're the one beating a dead horse. You're the one failing to grow from your mistakes and move on. Really - this is not the kind of hounding behaviour that is endearing to anyone. My advice: drop the stick and move on, quickly (✉→BWilkins←✎) 21:55, 1 March 2013 (UTC)
As much as I love the amusing absurdity of this guy, it's clearly time for it to be done. And since BH apparently is unable to stop himself from replying here, and his repeated responses are my fault, it's time to close this thread. Thanks for your input BWilkins. And BlackHades, please consider yourself banned from my talk page, since that appears to be the only way you'll be able to stop yourself from replying to this thread. Guettarda (talk) 14:49, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

A barnstar for you![edit]

Tireless Contributor Barnstar Hires.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
... for helping found WikiProject Forestry ... and many more contributions to Wikipedia ... DA Sonnenfeld (talk) 10:27, 28 February 2013 (UTC)
Thanks so much. And thank you for your hard work on that project as well! Guettarda (talk) 12:49, 28 February 2013 (UTC)

DYK for Bactris[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 08:03, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

DYK for Frère León[edit]

Materialscientist (talk) 08:03, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

DYK for Bactris campestris[edit]

Casliber (talk · contribs) 00:03, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

RE: Phyllodytes auratus[edit]

Given you recent move of Phyllodytes auratus to El Tucuche golden tree frog, I was wondering if you had any reliable sources for that name. I can find OK sources attesting to "golden tree frog", but not this name. Guettarda (talk) 04:00, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

It came from the Phyllodytes page, which seemed well cited. Gigemag76 (talk) 13:28, 7 April 2013 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but what are you talking about? That page includes no inline references, so how can you say it's "well cited"? In addition, I checked the external links, and those that aren't broken do not appear to support the name. One includes it as one of two variant names, but the others don't include any common name. Guettarda (talk) 13:50, 7 April 2013 (UTC)
Surely you aren't moving pages without checking to see that the names you moved them to aren't reliably sourced, are you? Guettarda (talk) 13:52, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Peer review request[edit]

Hi Guettarda, I've initiated a peer review request for the List of historic schools of forestryarticle, and would appreciate your input on ways that it can be improved. Ultimately, I would like to nominate it for Featured List status. Please add any comments or suggestions at this link. Thanks & Kind regards, DA Sonnenfeld (talk) 14:05, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

Environmental Science and Pollution Research and its editor[edit]

Is Environmental Science and Pollution Research notable? Is it an industry shill? What about Alvin L. Young, its editor for 2000-2012? 86.121.18.17 (talk) 14:07, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

I'm not familiar with the journal, but it's published by Springer, and has an impact factor of 2.6 which, for a relatively narrowly-focused journal is pretty respectable. That doesn't mean that everything published in it should be accepted uncritically, of course. I'm not familiar with Young or his work. The best way to get a sense of how his work has been received is to look at the articles that cite it (Google Scholar is a good place to find those). If what he has to say seems at all controversial (as would anything on Agent Orange, I'd guess) look for two things - it being ignored (if no one cites something controversial, that's a suggestion that it wasn't taken too seriously) or the publication of rebuttals. If his work on Agent Orange is being cited, and these citations aren't primarily rebuttals, then I'd be inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. Guettarda (talk) 15:30, 21 June 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. Young's writings were contested on a couple of issues.
  • How much TCDD was in Agent Orange [hard to estimate apparently because of heterogeneity]. From PMID 12700752: "NAS-1974 calculated a mean TCDD level of 1.91 p.p.m.± 20% for the stockpile. USAF documentation that is widely viewed as authoritative, however, disputes this mean and contends that the four highest values (17, 22, 33 and 47 p.p.m.) must have been Agent Purple, and not Agent Orange, because these values exceeded the mean reported for the NCBC inventory, citing a personal communication from a military officer who recalled that as many as 20 drums of Agent Purple may have been present in the stockpile and redrummed into Agent Orange containers. (The hypergeometric probability of selecting four of the 20 Agent Purple drums from the stockpile is 1.32 × 10-5.) In fact, the range observed is completely consistent with the USAF’s own analysis of the range and heterogeneity of TCDD levels. By 1988, Young, the senior author of the USAF documentation, dropped the word “may” and simply reported the four high values to have been Agent Purple. This latter reference has been relied upon as authoritative by the IOM, and many others." Stellman et al. later guesstimate that "mean TCDD levels in Agent Orange were far higher than 3 p.p.m. for much of the herbicide used. An average value closer to 13 p.p.m. may be more realistic."
  • Young is also the DoD spearhead in a dispute, this time mostly with journalists, over the presence of Agent Orange in Okinawa. This mostly involves shipping records rather than any scientific measurements, so probably of no interest to you.
86.121.18.17 (talk) 06:23, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

User:Guettarda/Fauna of Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

I came across your draft page User:Guettarda/Fauna of Trinidad and Tobago and I would like to encourage you to move it to article space. Some of the books found at this search might be worth adding as references, although others found in the search are just reprints of existing Wikipedia articles. Eastmain (talkcontribs) 02:32, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Yeah, I should. I'll try to make the time. Guettarda (talk) 00:58, 2 July 2013 (UTC)

You MUST pay[edit]

You owe me one brand new keyboard because you are solely responsible for making me spit out my coffee over mine with your latest response to North. It took me a long time to remove all the keys and clean it out, but it'll never be the same old keyboard after the trauma it (and I) experienced. Oh... and you also owe me for the coffee. And I'm going to charge you for the time I spent cleaning it up, too. And for the time writing this message, as well. AAARRRGGGHHH!!! Dominus Vobisdu (talk) 11:08, 5 July 2013 (UTC)

stopping by[edit]

Came by Wikipedia way for some reminiscing. I had not heard about SLR - how sad! I never finished resolving my postmodernism debates with him. Perhaps in the post-afterlife. How are you? Graft | talk 21:52, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

Hey - good to see you. I'm well, but barely here these days...trying to be productive in real life, and this place isn't as much fun as it used to be. It's full of ghosts. I come back and try to get back into the rhythm of things every so often, but I haven't managed to get back into the swing of things. If you're on fb and remember my real name, you should add me.
It was quite a shock when Steve died...when I run into his comments on Wikipedia it feels strange - comments that sit, waiting to be engaged, but that never will be answered. Guettarda (talk) 03:02, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

ID dispute resolution[edit]

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Hello! There is a DR/N request you may have interest in.[edit]

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Precious again[edit]

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ecosystem and memory
Thank you for quality articles such as Aiphanes, for polishing Core content ecosystem and defending it, for keeping the memory of dear people, - repeating: you are an awesome Wikipedian (22 August 2010)!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:31, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

A year ago, you were the 222nd recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, repeated in br'erly style, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:20, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

Two years ago, you were the 222nd recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:45, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Five years ago, you were recipient no. 222 of Precious, a prize of QAI! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:09, 23 August 2017 (UTC)

Manning case[edit]

There are twelve active arbs presently but one is abstained. The number however for the majority is currently being incorrectly calculated so I will speak to the clerk team and see what the issue is. 11 active arbs, 1 abstained and 1 inactive. Thanks for pointing this out :) Seddon talk 14:33, 6 September 2013 (UTC)

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Evidence phase open - Manning naming dispute[edit]

Dear Guettarda.

This is just a quick courtesy notice. You recently offered a statement in a request for arbitration. The Arbitration Committee has accepted that request for arbitration and an arbitration case has been opened at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Manning naming dispute. Evidence that you wish the arbitrators to consider should be added to the evidence subpage, at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Manning naming dispute/Evidence. Please add your evidence by September 19, 2013, which is when the evidence phase closes. You can also contribute to the case workshop subpage, Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Manning naming dispute/Workshop. For a guide to the arbitration process, see Wikipedia:Arbitration/Guide to arbitration. For the Arbitration Committee, Seddon talk 23:32, 8 September 2013 (UTC)

Intelligent design[edit]

Hi Guettarda, thanks for your partial revert on intelligent design. As you may have noticed, a couple of editors are pushing for the topic of the article to be shifted to cover the generic argument-from-design and/or uses of the term for the generic argument. The talk page discussions are very extensive, I think it needs some attention. If you have suggestions for a preferred introductory paragraph to the lead, I'd appreciate your thoughts. . dave souza, talk 19:13, 9 September 2013 (UTC)

You seem like someone who would know[edit]

Hi there, I recently created some new Trinidad-related pages: Caroni Plain, Naparima Plain, Nariva Plain, Southern Range and added pictures to Nariva Swamp and the Caroni Swamp. I also annotated the map: File:Trinidad and Tobago Shaded Relief PCL Texas Annotated.jpg to show where all these geographical features are located. I don't know that much about Trinidad, and fell into working on these pages by accident while rewriting the V. S. Naipaul page. Could you look at the pages, in particular at the map, and let me know if there are any errors and how to correct them. Thanks. Fowler&fowler«Talk» 00:07, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

Check this out[edit]

My friend, I want to share this with you: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/10/30/profile-tony-the-marine/ Not bad, right? Tony the Marine (talk) 18:58, 31 October 2013 (UTC)

WikiCup award[edit]

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ITN credit[edit]

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FYI ARBCOM notice procedures[edit]

Hi, Just fyi regarding this; that's the old procedure. The new "DS Alert" procedure is simply to add

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to the user's talk page without embellishment. The programming takes care of the logging. If you want to add comments, I think the DS instructions say to add the comments in a new thread after posting the DS alert. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 22:46, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! Guettarda (talk) 00:44, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

Modified my comment[edit]

Hi. I'm still wavering about the beauty queen tape, and have modified my comment to better represent my present view. I don't think my change affects the meaning of your later comment, but if you'd prefer to restore my original comment, please do and I'll add a clarification. Cheers. --Anthonyhcole (talk · contribs · email) 07:21, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know. I have no problem leaving things the way they are. Guettarda (talk) 11:20, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

July 2014[edit]

This is the last warning you will receive regarding your off-topic commentary at Talk:Intelligent design. It is not your place to soapbox in that thread as you have fairly consistently done already. I asked an independent admin to review and summarie the discussion yesterday, although he has apparently not done so yet. But there is a very real probability that what I can only think of as your obnoxious, arrogant refusal to abide by guidelines will go to AE should it continue. John Carter (talk) 21:44, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

You can't be serious. I'm discussing the topic at hand. You are the one using the page to attack atheists, discuss the historicity of Jesus, speculate about string theory. I'm discussing the issue at hand which is whether "pseudoscience" is an appropriate descriptor for the topic. Seriously, take your bluster and nonsense elsewhere. Guettarda (talk) 22:21, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
The above statement can reasonably be seen as a transparent probably willful absolute disregard for the topic of the thread. And some of your own recent comments casstng similar aspersions on Chrisstians specifically raise serious questions of hypocrisy. Let me try to spell it out in terms you might perhaps be able to understand. The stated topic of the thread in question is presenting evidence to ArbCom. It is not your place to determine what others can present. Are you capable of understanding that? Warning stands.John Carter (talk) 14:45, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
  • The above statement can reasonably be seen as a transparent probably willful absolute disregard for the topic of the thread
    • Nope, just amusement at your absurd "warning". I'm on topic. You, on the other hand, are using the talk page to complain about Richard Dawkins, the historical Jesus, string theory, and atheism.
  • And some of your own recent comments casstng [sic] similar aspersions on Chrisstians [sic] specifically raise serious questions of hypocrisy
    • Religious intolerance is unbecoming. Attacking me (practicing Christian, regular church attendee, liturgist, who has served on a variety of church committees and chaired one of the key local church committees) because my beliefs do not square with yours is pretty distasteful behaviour on your part.
  • Let me try to spell it out in terms you might perhaps be able to understand...Are you capable of understanding that
  • The stated topic of the thread in question is presenting evidence to ArbCom. It is not your place to determine what others can present.
    • But apparently it's your place to determine what others are allowed to discuss? Fascinating.
  • Warning stands
    • Yep. As an indictment of your incivility, rudeness, misunderstanding of policy and general intolerance of world-views other than your own. Guettarda (talk) 17:37, 14 July 2014 (UTC)g
You accuse me in te above of attacking you on your personal beliefs none of whi I was aware of and also accuse me of editing to support my personal beliefs despite knowin nothin whatsoever what those beiefs even are. If you hatted the disussion about relevant matters because you determined them "off-topic" and thus deemed the matters which you unilaterally decided others could not discuss that is even more fascinating and something. You also indicate both a rush to making unsubstantiated assertions about the motivations of other actions. Personally as someone who won an astronomy scholarship from a major astronomy foundation in college I actually strongly support it. Perhaps you were too blinded by your own possible intolerance to even care about knowing something about something before being taken over by your own biases and transparent attempts at misdirection regarding your own actions. Feel free to giving more evidence further irrational and unfounded rushes to judgment. John Carter (talk) 18:08, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
  • You accuse me in te above of attacking you on your personal beliefs none of whi [sic] I was aware of
    • Sorry, not an out. You engaged in attacks based on sectarian religious positions. The fact that you specifically accused me of attacking Christianity makes your comments more offensive, but it doesn't change their substance.

      And seriously, that's a very poor attempt at an apology. Guettarda (talk) 18:27, 14 July 2014 (UTC) I spoke too soon. Relative to this, it was an excellent apology. Fewer personal attacks on this side. Guettarda (talk) 18:34, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

I don't see any apologies from yout about your personal attacks based on your irrational and factually wrong assumptions either, but I have known for some time how certain parties who are so quick to criticize others love pulling out the long knives themselves quickly, and rarely if ever apologize for doing so.John Carter (talk) 20:09, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
Wander off and find someone else to bug. Preferably sans the personal attacks. Your antics have gone from amusingly absurd to boringly repetitive.

And if you expect people to stop posting on your user page, you need to stop posting on theirs. Guettarda (talk) 20:50, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) John, saying to anyone that they are "obnoxious" and "arrogant" is a violation of our rules on being WP:CIVIL. If you have a grievance, then remain professional here, and if it is unresolved then make use of WP:DR. If any ed is truly being a problem, you needn't try to to label the behavior, just point it out in an efficient presentation and let the other party hoist themselves on their own petard. But watch out for the WP:BOOMERANG effect. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 00:44, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

World Resources Institute[edit]

Greetings. I see that you've attempted a "clean start" on this article, but I see no claim of notability as it currently stands, so I've tagged it for an A7 speedy deletion. Let me know if I've overstepped here. Thanks. --Finngall talk 20:50, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

Ugh. First someone adds copyvio material to the article, so the whole thing gets deleted by people who don't bother to check for pre-copyvio additons. Twice. I'm trying to find a way to avoid this in the future...and you nominate it for speedy deletion. Well, I can't do anything about it right now, especially since my battery is about to die. When did this place get so deleting-happy? Guettarda (talk) 21:44, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

Problem editor[edit]

Would you mind examining the disruption occurring on Tragedy of the commons, Mediterranean Sea and History of sustainability and see if you can suggest a way forward. I've run out of patience. --Epipelagic (talk) 20:40, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Milo Yiannopoulos[edit]

No. I don't believe there should be a move because it is indeed NOT the name for which he is known for. And at the same time, it is his birth name(for which there is conclusive sources pointing towards this). For that reason alone, the article must include it if it is to paint a complete, unbiased picture of the man. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Malfuron4 (talkcontribs) 19:51, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Including his birth name, if it can be sourced appropriately, is fine. What you were doing was changing every mention of his name. And if that's the case, then the article should be moved. (And please read WP:BLP and note the sourcing requirements. Guettarda (talk) 20:02, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
I do not wish to involve myself further with how the article should be handled. What i am here for, is to provide one solid piece of information. His real name. The source is indeed, blacklisted seeing as how it comes from both his fathers twitter and ccdni. A fourth source, is companycheck.co.uk does not appear to be blacklisted but contains an address which i am concerned of linking. It is clear that Yiannopoulos is not his name. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Malfuron4 (talkcontribs) 22:19, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
The problem is that truth isn't good enough - we need reliable sources. And the more controversial the claim, the more important it is that the source be of the highest quality. Guettarda (talk) 22:21, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
Just confirmed it via his own twitter account. It proves everything. Cannot get more reliable information than the horses mouth itself. Im reverting back to my changes. If anyone wants to do cleanup on it, be my guest but the info is 100% accurate. https://twitter.com/Nero/status/476380632533450753 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Malfuron4 (talkcontribs) 16:30, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

"say no to mansplaining"[edit]

Nice comment at the MFD! I looked up Mansplaining and hope i have not done that. Is "say no to mansplaining" your phrase? I like it. I think it's probably helpful for men to respond to other men's comments/questions, though, not a violation, right? I've said enough already, don't want to comment much more. cheers, :) --doncram 22:38, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. I have no idea if I just coined that phrase. Or cobbled it together. it wasn't aimed at anyone in particular (except the original draft of my comment). Definitely wasn't aimed at you. Guettarda (talk) 12:55, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

Questions about a certain [reversion] edit[edit]

I have some questions about this edit.

I did not remove the character string that [supposedly] is the title. That is, the string that is the title according to the "edit comment" which says: "um, no, the title is the line above that".]

On the other hand, this edit (see above) did remove the character string that (IMHO) was a better title. (That is, the string that I thought was better, as [all or part of] a "title" for the web page with the URL of http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=128944 .)

I am not immediately ready to "insist" that leaving in both of those two character strings is the best choice. (However, if you have any comments about that "idea", I am willing to listen.)

I am prepared to try to reach some consensus. Is there anything we can do to explore (or discuss) (or, explain to each other) the goals that are [perhaps] to be achieved by choosing well, [and carefully] which character string to use as the "title"? (or, maybe that should say, << the goals that are "more nearly" to be achieved >> by doing so) (- ? -).

Would it benefit anyone (perhaps in pursuing the above mentioned goals?) if one of us were to explore (or discuss) (or, explain) the reasons why the use of the character string

Sabal Adanson ex Guersent, Bulletin des Sciences, par la Societe Philomatique. 87: 205-206. 1804

for the "title", would be better?

Do we both understand (thoroughly and well) what each word of that "title" means, and what its role is, in doing whatever things a title is supposed to be helpful for? (such as, describing the "topic" of a certain web page, and informing the reader a little bit, what a certain web page is "about" - ? - )

Do we both (or, do any of us) think that this "title"

Sabal Adanson ex Guersent, Bulletin des Sciences, par la Societe Philomatique. 87: 205-206. 1804

comes closer to describing the "topic" of the web page, or otherwise (in some sense) doing thoroughly and well those things that a title is [/slash, "should" be] helpful for?

Have both of us [sufficiently] considered the question of what the web page with the URL of (value of the "url" field) is about? IMHO, it comes pretty close to being about "Palmetto". I could be wrong...

I hope this does not sound [too] negative. I hope that there is still a chance that one of us can wake up and learn something, that is not already known (at least, something that we don't both already know). So, maybe there is hope for a happy, win-win outcome, that will be the best for all concerned. (It would even be fine with me, if [after reaching some consensus successfully] we were to nuke this whole section, if [e.g.] we both wanted to delete it before it got in to any "archive" files.) "No harm / no foul." (getting in to "history" logs, -- or, "remaining" in them -- might be a different matter.)

You are welcome (btw) to answer some questions that I did not [know to] ask. ("if any").

The kindness of a response (and/OR an edit that restores the word "Palmetto") would be appreciated. Thank you. --Mike Schwartz (talk) 07:18, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

@Mike Schwartz: I've come back to this repeatedly, and I still can't get what you're asking here. I've spent a week trying to figure out how to answer your question. It just baffles me. I'll try, but I think it's better that we take this to WT:PLANTS, where there's someone who can better understand what you're asking. I'll take a shot at it, in any case, but I doubt I will answer your question.
The part about "Palmetto" is the first bit of information in the entry, after the title. Using it as a title is like picking the first bit of text in an article and calling that the title. I can't wrap my head around how that sentence should be the title. eFloras is an electronic version of the Flora of North America. It's a web version of the printed flora. Like other floras, it's organised into volumes, and within each volume, by family. Within families, you have genera, and within them, species. So the title of the section is the genus, not the common name. Look, for example, at the entry for Arabis[3] The section title is the genus name. Guettarda (talk) 19:36, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
@Guettarda: Thanks for that kind response. I did not realize that Sabal was the name of the genus. The rest of the "title"

Sabal Adanson ex Guersent, Bulletin des Sciences, par la Societe Philomatique. 87: 205-206. 1804

sounded (to me) (and it still does... 'somewhat') like some kind of bibliography entry, for some article in a certain journal ... or something like that. I could be wrong. Maybe someone else will chime in .. and comment about that, and/or answer some question that I did not even know to ask! I am not (re-) editing the change, at this time. --Mike Schwartz (talk) 06:52, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Perhaps I Should Change My Username?[edit]

Guettarda, it's good to see that you're still around and contributing on Wikipedia. I don't doubt the significance of your contributions since I fell off the map back in, oh - 2005ish I suppose it was? What a remarkably distorted worldview I had back then. To my credit, I was still in high school, and now that I'm an adult it's interesting to return to my old account and really take in the effects that religious fundamentalism had on an impressionable young man. You may be glad to know that you made an impact - despite my youthful intemperance. The battles that we waged on the Evolution article stuck with me, for some strange reason, and have ultimately led me back into the field of science. I have since obtained a four-year, and am going back for another B.S. (Biology this time.) Anyway, I wanted to say thank you for sticking to your guns far more patiently than I would have expected from anyone. I hope everything is well with you and that you have not been pestered by any more high school creationists. That said, I'm eager to get involved on Wikipedia once again. For now I think it's just a matter of finding my feet and looking to hone in on one or two topics. Perhaps you'd be willing to advise. Respectfully, Salva (talk) 16:13, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

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Sorry, I can't help on that. Try these folks. Guettarda (talk) 14:54, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Hello![edit]

I just noticed that Sophie Hunter has notable relatives and this should be reflected in her infobox. All sources are in the family family section of the page. If you may be so kind to copy-paste this to the page, I would be very grateful and it would be a big improvement to her page. Thank you in advance! 62.46.161.223 (talk) 06:01, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

|family =

Sophie Hunter? I have no idea who she is, but this info has been added to the infobox of her article. Guettarda (talk) 06:16, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
This IP is a sock of Fairyspit. Be careful as they spam editors to do their editing for them. LADY LOTUSTALK 12:35, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
You 'might' want to see User:Fairyspit ...and/or, check out User talk:62.46.161.223. ...plus (of course) "62.46.161.223"
Just "FYI"! --Mike Schwartz (talk) 19:30, 22 May 2015 (UTC)
Ooops, I did not see this until now: User_talk:Art_LaPella#Infobox_Improvement ...hence, please "see the other [-named] page, if appropriate" ("if applicable"). :-)
--Mike Schwartz (talk) 20:03, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

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Disruptive users[edit]

Hi, you seem very experienced so I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction. I know that we're supposed to assume good faith, but how long until I can suspect that someone is not editing in good faith, and what do I do when I come to that conclusion? Is there a way to keep someone from editing a single page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Inicholson (talkcontribs) 21:30, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Do nothing. Yet. The guy's upset, give him a chance to step back and gain some perspective, realise he's pretty much alone in his perspective. If he keeps it up, there are a lot of options, all of which are tedious. Guettarda (talk) 21:40, 12 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the advice, it seems wise. Inicholson (talk) 21:44, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

WikiCup 2015 May newsletter[edit]

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is a long-period comet discovered on 17 August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy; and is one of several Featured Pictures worked up by India The Herald (submissions) during the second round.

The second round one has all wrapped up, and round three has now begun! Congratulations to the 34 contestants who have made it through, but well done and thank you to all contestants who took part in our second round. Leading the way overall was Belarus Cas Liber (submissions) in Group B with a total of 777 points for a variety of contributions including Good Articles on Corona Borealis and Microscopium - both of which received the maximum bonus.

Special credit must be given to a number of high importance articles improved during the second round.

The points varied across groups, with the lowest score required to gain automatic qualification was 68 in Group A - meanwhile the second place score in Group H was 404, which would have been high enough to win all but one of the other Groups! As well as the top two of each group automatically going through to the third round, a minimum score of 55 was required for a wildcard competitor to go through. We had a three-way tie at 55 points and all three have qualified for the next round, in the spirit of fairness. The third round ends on June 28, with the top two in each group progressing automatically while the remaining 16 highest scorers across all four groups go through as wildcards. Good luck to all competitors for the third round! Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs · email), Miyagawa (talk · contribs · email) and Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email) 16:33, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

Video vixen move[edit]

Some cleanup seems necessary, as the Talk:Video vixen page is for the old redirect, not the current article. (I think there's a speedy delete category for Talk pages of deleted pages, which seems to apply here, but I'm sure you know more about that than I do.) —BarrelProof (talk) 17:57, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

I was sure I clicked "move associated talk page". But apparently I didn't. Thanks for the note. Guettarda (talk) 12:56, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

Caroni River[edit]

Dear Guettarda,
I am writing articles about Trinidad on the German Wikipedia. I am having trouble researching a seemingly easy question and would like to ask if you know anything about it or whom to ask: Where does the Caroni river start? "In the Northern Range" it says, but I only see the Aripo and Arima rivers coming from the north. I have no idea how the Caroni River continues after this spot. Can you help?
Thanks a lot and kind regards, Grueslayer (talk) 03:43, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

@Grueslayer: I asked a friend who worked on those rivers, and she said the Caroni River starts where the Aripo River ends. So I'm guessing the continuation of the name past that point is an error, and the southern arm is actually the Cumuto River. Guettarda (talk) 15:37, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks a lot! I'll need written proof, but this makes sense and is a good base for further research! Thanks again and kind regards, Grueslayer (talk) 16:01, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

Watts Up With That?[edit]

I see that you protected it recently, but I do not see the protection icon.--S Philbrick(Talk) 15:38, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

People forget things. (I've often had to remind admins about this). SPhilbrick, as an admin you're within your rights to add the padlock thingy. Short Brigade Harvester Boris (talk) 15:50, 25 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder. Guettarda (talk) 15:55, 25 May 2015 (UTC)
SBHB, yes, I sort of know, but I do so little in protection, and took a few months off, I wanted someone else to do it, cause I didn't have time to review the process.--S Philbrick(Talk) 17:45, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

I made a change that was reverted without any Talk at all by RoxytheDog, after I left a justification on the Talk page myself. I reverted back once and was accused of edit warring. I subsequently realized the change was not where it needed to be, and made a slightly different change. It has just been reverted by the same editor, again sans discussion. I'd like to confirm I am okay to revert it back. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Darkthlayli (talkcontribs) 18:26, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

See WP:BRD. Basically, if you make a change to an article and someone reverts it, you should discuss the change on the talk page. You aren't obligated to, but it's good form. The onus is on the person making the change to justify it. Guettarda (talk) 18:35, 26 May 2015 (UTC)
On this particular article (and several others on related topics) a note at the top of the editing page reminds that "This page is under a 1 revert rule restriction due to the climate change topic community probation. Do not make any edit to the article that reverses the edit of another user in whole or in part more than once in any 24 hour period. Avoid edit warring and seek consensus." Under WP:ARBCC as revised, Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee/Discretionary sanctions. Bottom line, discuss, don't revert more than once, or you could be blocked. . . . dave souza, talk 09:15, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

re: Page move[edit]

Hi! I was unaware of that convention (on it.wiki we do exactly the opposite!) Sorry! --Esculapio (talk) 15:09, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

Moving Burma to Myanmar - new 2015 poll[edit]

You participated in a Burma RM in the past so I'm informing you of another RM. I hope I didn't miss anyone. New move attempt of Burma>Myanmar Fyunck(click) (talk) 08:35, 7 August 2015 (UTC)

ScienceDirect[edit]

You should have received an email from me a couple of weeks ago regarding your request for access to ScienceDirect. Could you please either fill out the form linked from that email or let me know if you did not receive it? We are hoping to get these processed as soon as possible. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:41, 22 August 2015 (UTC)

Ping. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:10, 31 August 2015 (UTC)

WikiCup 2015 September newsletter[edit]

The finals for the 2015 Wikicup has now begun! Congrats to the 8 contestants who have survived to the finals, and well done and thanks to everyone who took part in rounds 3 and 4.

In round 3, we had a three-way tie for qualification among the wildcard contestants, so we had 34 competitors. The leader was by far Scotland Casliber (submissions) in Group B, who earned 1496 points. Although 913 of these points were bonus points, he submitted 15 articles in the DYK category. Second place overall was Philadelphia Coemgenus (submissions) at 864 points, who although submitted just 2 FAs for 400 points, earned double that amount for those articles in bonus points. Everyone who moved forward to Round 4 earned at least 100 points.

The scores required to move onto the semifinals were impressive; the lowest scorer to move onto the finals was 407, making this year's Wikicup as competitive as it's always been. Our finalists, ordered by round 4 score, are:

  1. Belarus Cas Liber (submissions), who is competing in his sixth consecutive Wikicup final, again finished the round in first place, with an impressive 1666 points in Pool B. Casliber writes about the natural sciences, including ornithology, botany and astronomy. A large bulk of his points this round were bonus points.
  2. Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) (FP bonus points), second place both in Pool B and overall, earned the bulk of his points with FPs, mostly depicting currency.
  3. Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions), first in Pool A, came in third. His specialty is natural science articles; in Round 4, he mostly submitted articles about insects and botany. Five out of the six of the GAs he submitted were level-4 vital articles.
  4. Somerset Harrias (submissions), second in Pool A, took fourth overall. He tends to focus on articles about cricket and military history, specifically the 1640s First English Civil War.
  5. Washington, D.C. West Virginian (submissions), from Pool A, was our highest-scoring wildcard. West Virginia tends to focus on articles about the history of (what for it!) the U.S. state of West Virginia.
  6. Somerset Rodw (submissions), from Pool A, likes to work on articles about British geography and places. Most of his points this round were earned from two impressive accomplishments: a GT about Scheduled monuments in Somerset and a FT about English Heritage properties in Somerset.
  7. United States Rationalobserver (submissions), from Pool B, came in seventh overall. RO earned the majority of her points from GARs and PRs, many of which were earned in the final hours of the round.
  8. England Calvin999 (submissions), also from Pool B, who was competing with RO for the final two spots in the final hours, takes the race for most GARs and PRs—48.

The intense competition between RO and Calvin999 will continue into the finals. They're both eligible for the Newcomers Trophy, given for the first time in the Wikicup; whoever makes the most points will win it.

Good luck to the finalists; the judges are sure that the competition will be fierce!

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Still Active?[edit]

Hey there - are you still active in maintaining T&T related articles? Looking to get back into the swing of things and just reaching out to see if there's merit to making a task force to prioritize certain sections that need immediate help. --  R45  talk! 04:04, 15 September 2015 (UTC)

WikiCup 2015: The results[edit]

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WikiCup 2015 is now in the books! Congrats to our finalists and winners, and to everyone who took part in this year's competition.

This year's results were an exact replica of last year's competition. For the second year in a row, the 2015 WikiCup champion is Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions) (FP bonus points). All of his points were earned for an impressive 253 featured pictures and their associated bonus points (5060 and 1695, respectively). His entries constituted scans of currency from all over the world and scans of medallions awarded to participants of the U.S. Space program. Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) came in second place; she earned by far the most bonus points (4082), for 4 featured articles, 15 good articles, and 147 DYKs, mostly about in her field of expertise, natural science. Belarus Cas Liber (submissions), a finalist every year since 2010, came in third, with 2379 points.

Our newcomer award, presented to the best-performing new competitor in the WikiCup, goes to United States Rationalobserver (submissions). Everyone should be very proud of the work they accomplished. We will announce our other award winners soon.

A full list of our award winners are:

We warmly invite all of you to sign up for next year's competition. Discussions and polls concerning potential rules changes are also open, and all are welcome to participate. The WikiCup judges will be back in touch over the coming months, and we hope to see you all in the 2016 competition. Until then, it only remains to once again congratulate our worthy winners, and thank all participants for their involvement! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send.

Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs · logs), Miyagawa (talk · contribs · logs) and Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · logs) 18:39, 8 November 2015 (UTC)

JSTOR cleanup drive[edit]

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Hello TWL users! We hope JSTOR has been a useful resource for your work. We're organizing a cleanup drive to correct dead links to JSTOR articles – these require JSTOR access and cannot easily be corrected by bot. We'd love for you to jump in and help out!


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ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

Hi,
You appear to be eligible to vote in the current Arbitration Committee election. The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to enact binding solutions for disputes between editors, primarily related to serious behavioural issues that the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the ability to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail. If you wish to participate, you are welcome to review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. For the Election committee, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 12:50, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for helping identify a completely screwed up revert on my part. I wouldn't have noticed it without you. Lucas "nicatronTg" Nicodemus (talk) 22:17, 16 December 2015 (UTC)

WikiCup 2016 is just around the corner...[edit]

Hello everyone, and we would like to wish you all a happy holiday season. As you will probably already know, the 2016 WikiCup begins in the new year; there is still time to sign up. There are some changes we'd like to announce before the competition begins.

After two years of serving as WikiCup judge, User:Miyagawa has stepped down as judge. He deserves great thanks and recognition for his dedication and hard work, and for providing necessary transition for a new group of judges in last year's Cup. Joining Christine (User:Figureskatingfan) and Jason (User:Sturmvogel 66) is Andrew (User:Godot13), a very successful WikiCup competitor and expert in Featured Pictures; he won the two previous competitions. This is a strong judging team, and we anticipate lots of enjoyment and good work coming from our 2016 competitors.

We would also like to announce one change in how this year's WikiCup will be run. In the spirit of sportsmanship, Godot13 and Cwmhiraeth have chosen to limit their participation. See here for the announcement and a complete explanation of why. They and the judges feel that it will make for a more exciting, enjoyable, and productive competition.

The discussions/polls concerning the next competition's rules will be closed soon, and rules changes will be made clear on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Scoring and talk pages. The judges are committed to not repeating the confusion that occurred last year and to ensuring that the new rules are both fair and in the best interests of the competition, which is, first and foremost, about improving Wikipedia.

If you have any questions or concerns, the judges can be reached on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, on their talk pages, or by email. We hope you will all join us in trying to make the 2015 WikiCup the most productive and enjoyable yet. You are receiving this message because you are listed on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Sturmvogel 66 (talk), Figureskatingfan (talk), and Godot13 (talk).--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:46, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

Happy New Year, Guettarda![edit]

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DASonnenfeld Thank you. And Happy New Year to you as well! Guettarda (talk) 20:17, 3 January 2016 (UTC)

WikiCup 2016: Game On![edit]

We are about to enter the second week of the 2016 WikiCup. The most recent player to sign up brings the current total to 101 contestants. Signups close on 5 February. If you’re interested, you can join this year's WikiCup here.

We are aware that in some areas the scoring bot’s numbers are a little bit off (i.e., overly generous) and are working to have that corrected as soon as possible.--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:04, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

WikiCup 2016: Game On![edit]

We are about to enter the second week of the 2016 WikiCup. The most recent player to sign up brings the current total to 101 contestants. Signups close on 5 February. If you’re interested, you can join this year's WikiCup here.

We are aware that in some areas the scoring bot’s numbers are a little bit off (i.e., overly generous) and are working to have that corrected as soon as possible.--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:08, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

WikiCup 2015 March newsletter[edit]

One of Adam Cuerden’s several quality restorations during round 1

That's it, the first round is done, sign-ups are closed and we're into round 2. Forty-seven competitors move into this round (a bit shy of the expected 64), and we are roughly broken into eight groups of six. The top two of each group will go through to round 3, and then the top scoring 16 "wildcards" across all groups.

Twenty-two Good Articles were submitted, including three by Connecticut Cyclonebiskit (submissions), and two each by Denmark MPJ-DK (submissions), Zanzibar Hurricanehink (submissions), Florida 12george1 (submissions), and New South Wales Cas Liber (submissions). Twenty-one Featured Pictures were claimed, including 17 by There's always time for skeletons Adam Cuerden (submissions) (the Round 1 high scorer). Thirty-one contestants saw their DYKs appear on the main page, with a commanding lead (28) by Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions). Twenty-nine participants conducted GA reviews with Lancashire J Milburn (submissions) completing nine.

If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Thanks to everyone for participating, and good luck to those moving into round 2. Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email), Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs · email), and Godot13 (talk · contribs · email) --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:39, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

WikiCup 2016 March newsletter (update)[edit]

Along with getting the year wrong in the newsletter that went out earlier this week, we did not mention (as the bot did not report) that New South Wales Cas Liber (submissions) claimed the first Featured Article Persoonia terminalis of the 2016 Wikicup. Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email), Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs · email), and Godot13 (talk · contribs · email).--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 16:06, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

Discuss with me?[edit]

Hi there,

I wanted to see if you were still an active Wikipedia editor and to invite you to discuss the renaming of the article Evidence of common descent. See: Talk:Evidence_of_common_descent#Article_Title and Talk:Evidence_of_common_descent#Requested_move_5_March_2016.

Cheers! A. Z. Colvin • Talk 01:07, 5 March 2016 (UTC)

@Azcolvin429: Thanks for the heads up. I just don't know how I feel. Guettarda (talk) 18:28, 7 March 2016 (UTC)

Merging altitudinal zonation articles[edit]

I wrote a first draft of a merged article at User:Hike395/sandbox. As an ecologist, what do you think? Please feel free to comment at Talk:Mountain ecology. Thanks! —hike395 (talk) 15:13, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

Incidentally...[edit]

A third fig...at FAC, see Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Ficus rubiginosa/archive1...Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 11:06, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

Moving Montane ecology to Montane ecosystem[edit]

The discussion seems to have completely died out at Talk:Montane ecology. I am unable to perform the move any more (probably due to my previous move), so could you kindly execute the move? Thanks! —hike395 (talk) 14:55, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

Back in June, User:Henriduvent moved the article to Mountain ecosystems (note plural). The consensus at the talk page seemed to prefer "Montane" to "Mountain", so I just moved the article to Montane ecosystems. The plural may or may not be correct --- WP prefers singular titles, but it seems that the article is about multiple different kinds of ecosystems (at different elevations), so I kept the plural. —hike395 (talk) 07:25, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

WikiCup 2016 May newsletter[edit]

FP of Christ Church Cathedral, Falkland Islands by Godot13

Round 2 is over and 35 competitors have moved on to Round 3.

Round 2 saw three FAs (two by New South Wales Cas Liber (submissions) and one by Montana Montanabw (submissions)), four Featured Lists (with three by England Calvin999 (submissions)), and 53 Good Articles (six by Lancashire Worm That Turned (submissions) and five each by Zanzibar Hurricanehink (submissions), Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions), and Denmark MPJ-DK (submissions)). Eleven Featured Pictures were promoted (six by There's always time for skeletons Adam Cuerden (submissions) and five by Smithsonian Institution Godot13 (submissions)). One Featured Portal, Featured Topic and Good Topic were also promoted. The DYK base point total was 1,135. Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) scored 265 base points, while British Empire The C of E (submissions) and Denmark MPJ-DK (submissions) each scored 150 base points. Eleven ITN were promoted and 131 Good Article Reviews were conducted with Denmark MPJ-DK (submissions) completing a staggering 61 reviews. Two contestants, Wales Cwmhiraeth (submissions) and New South Wales Cas Liber (submissions), broke the 700 point mark for Round 2.

If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Thanks to everyone for participating, and good luck to those moving into round 2. Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email), Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs · email), and Godot13 (talk · contribs · email) -- MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 03:00, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

Extended confirmed protection[edit]

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Hello Ian I recently finished my Femme wikipedia page, I would really appreciate if you could briefly look over it and review how it was done. I would appreciate any commentary you could possibly add to help. Thanks Takkygirl1153 (talk) 16:26, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

WikiCup 2016 November newsletter: Final results[edit]

The final round of the 2016 WikiCup is over. Congratulations to the 2016 WikiCup top three finalists:

In addition to recognizing the achievements of the top finishers and everyone who worked hard to make it to the final round, we also want to recognize those participants who were most productive in each of the WikiCup scoring categories:

  • Featured Article – Cas Liber (actually a three-way tie with themselves for two FAs in each of R2, R3, and R5).
  • Good Article – MPJ-DK had 14 GAs promoted in R3.
  • Featured List – England Calvin999 (submissions) produced 2 FLs in R2
  • Featured Pictures – Adam Cuerden restored 18 images to FP status in R4.
  • Featured Portal – Yakutsk SSTflyer (submissions) produced the only FPO of the Cup in R2.
  • Featured Topic – Connecticut Cyclonebiskit (submissions) and Calvin were each responsible for one FT in R3 and R2, respectively.
  • Good Topic – MPJ-DK created a GT with 9 GAs in R5.
  • Did You Know – MPJ-DK put 53 DYKs on the main page in R4.
  • In The News – India Dharmadhyaksha (submissions) and New York City Muboshgu (submissions), each with 5 ITN, both in R4.
  • Good Article Review – MPJ-DK completed 61 GARs in R2.

Over the course of the 2016 WikiCup the following content was added to Wikipedia (only reporting on fixed value categories): 17 Featured Articles, 183 Good Articles, 8 Featured Lists, 87 Featured Pictures, 40 In The News, and 321 Good Article Reviews. Thank you to all the competitors for your hard work and what you have done to improve Wikipedia.--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:53, 2 November 2016 (UTC)

We will open up a discussion for comments on process and scoring in a few days. The 2017 WikiCup is just around the corner! Many thanks from all the judges. If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email), Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs · email), and Godot13 (talk · contribs · email)

WikiProject Good Articles's 2016-2017 GA Cup[edit]

WikiProject Good Articles's 2016-2017 GA Cup
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Greetings, all!

We would like to announce the start of the 4th GA Cup, a competition that seeks to encourage the reviewing of Good article nominations! Thus far, there have been three GA Cups, which were successful in reaching our goals of significantly reducing the traditionally long queue at GAN, so we're doing it again. Currently, there are over 400 nominations listed. We hope that we can again make an impact this time.

The 4th GA Cup will begin on November 1, 2016. Four rounds are currently scheduled (which will bring the competition to a close on February 28, 2017), but this may change based on participant numbers. We may take a break in December for the holidays, depending on the results of a poll of our participants taken shortly after the competition begins. The sign-up and submissions process will remain the same, as will the scoring.

Sign-ups for the upcoming competition are currently open and will close on November 14, 2016. Everyone is welcome to join; new and old editors, so sign-up now!

If you have any questions, take a look at the FAQ page and/or contact one of the judges.

Cheers from 3family6, Figureskatingfan, Jaguar, MrWooHoo, and Zwerg Nase. We apologize for the delay in sending out this message until after the competition has started. Thank you to Krishna Chaitanya Velaga for aiding in getting this message out.

To subscribe or unsubscribe to future GA Cup newsletters, please add or remove your name to our mailing list. If you are a participant, you will be on the mailing list no matter what as this is the easiest way to communicate between all participants.

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MfD nomination of Wikipedia:Caribbean Wikipedians' notice board/Caribbean Articles for Deletion/Closed[edit]

Ambox warning orange.svg Wikipedia:Caribbean Wikipedians' notice board/Caribbean Articles for Deletion/Closed, a page which you created or substantially contributed to (or which is in your userspace), has been nominated for deletion. Your opinions on the matter are welcome; you may participate in the discussion by adding your comments at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/Wikipedia:Caribbean Wikipedians' notice board/Caribbean Articles for Deletion/Closed and please be sure to sign your comments with four tildes (~~~~). You are free to edit the content of Wikipedia:Caribbean Wikipedians' notice board/Caribbean Articles for Deletion/Closed during the discussion but should not remove the miscellany for deletion template from the top of the page; such a removal will not end the deletion discussion. Thank you. Steel1943 (talk) 03:53, 11 November 2016 (UTC)

Two-Factor Authentication now available for admins[edit]

Hello,

Please note that TOTP based two-factor authentication is now available for all administrators. In light of the recent compromised accounts, you are encouraged to add this additional layer of security to your account. It may be enabled on your preferences page in the "User profile" tab under the "Basic information" section. For basic instructions on how to enable two-factor authentication, please see the developing help page for additional information. Important: Be sure to record the two-factor authentication key and the single use keys. If you lose your two factor authentication and do not have the keys, it's possible that your account will not be recoverable. Furthermore, you are encouraged to utilize a unique password and two-factor authentication for the email account associated with your Wikimedia account. This measure will assist in safeguarding your account from malicious password resets. Comments, questions, and concerns may be directed to the thread on the administrators' noticeboard. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:33, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

A new user right for New Page Patrollers[edit]

Hi Guettarda.

A new user group, New Page Reviewer, has been created in a move to greatly improve the standard of new page patrolling. The user right can be granted by any admin at PERM. It is highly recommended that admins look beyond the simple numerical threshold and satisfy themselves that the candidates have the required skills of communication and an advanced knowledge of notability and deletion. Admins are automatically included in this user right.

It is anticipated that this user right will significantly reduce the work load of admins who patrol the performance of the patrollers. However,due to the complexity of the rollout, some rights may have been accorded that may later need to be withdrawn, so some help will still be needed to some extent when discovering wrongly applied deletion tags or inappropriate pages that escape the attention of less experienced reviewers, and above all, hasty and bitey tagging for maintenance. User warnings are available here but very often a friendly custom message works best.

If you have any questions about this user right, don't hesitate to join us at WT:NPR. (Sent to all admins).MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:47, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, Guettarda. Voting in the 2016 Arbitration Committee elections is open from Monday, 00:00, 21 November through Sunday, 23:59, 4 December to all unblocked users who have registered an account before Wednesday, 00:00, 28 October 2016 and have made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday, 00:00, 1 November 2016.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

If you wish to participate in the 2016 election, please review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page.

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, Guettarda. Voting in the 2016 Arbitration Committee elections is open from Monday, 00:00, 21 November through Sunday, 23:59, 4 December to all unblocked users who have registered an account before Wednesday, 00:00, 28 October 2016 and have made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday, 00:00, 1 November 2016.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

If you wish to participate in the 2016 election, please review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 22:08, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

Editing in this topic[edit]

Hello Guettarda , I would like to edit and to expand some references based on the edits in the article Gore Effect. Because I did some new research after I found by chance the discussion on the talk page at WP:DE, some days ago. After two actions to deled this article – the same as with this article – editors started to change the article to a Stup. How I write my articles you can see at Georg Nees and William Fetter for example. I get a Barn Star for this articles and Architectural endoscopy too. My way to edit and expand is to discus this first on the talk page and after this I star with the edits. Please can you have a look at my edits and my English too, Best regards.--Maxim Pouska (talk) 06:10, 2 December 2016 (UTC)

WikiCup December newsletter: WikiCup 2017[edit]

On 1 January 2017, WikiCup 2017 (the 10th Annual WikiCup) will begin. This year we are trying something a little different – monetary prizes.

For the WC2017 the prizes will be as follows (amounts are based in US$ and will be awarded in the form of an online Amazon gift certificate):

  • First place – $200
  • Second & Third place – $50 each
  • Category prizes – $25 per category (which will be limited to FA, FL, FP, GA, and DYK for 2017). Winning a category prize does not require making it to the final round.

Note: Monetary prizes are a one-year experiment for 2017 and may or may not be continued in the future. In order to be eligible to receive any of the prizes above, the competing Wikipedia account must have a valid/active email address.

After two years as a WikiCup judge, Figureskatingfan is stepping down. We thank her for her contributions as a WikiCup judge. We are pleased to announce that our newest judge is two-time WikiCup champion Cwmhiraeth.

The judges for the 2017 WikiCup are Godot13 (talk · contribs · email), Cwmhiraeth (talk · contribs), and Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email).

Signups are open now and will remain open until 5 February 2017. You can sign up here.

If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send.MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:02, 14 December 2016 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter - February 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2017). This first issue is being sent out to all administrators, if you wish to keep receiving it please subscribe. Your feedback is welcomed.

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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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March 2017 WikiCup newsletter[edit]

And so ends the first round of the competition, with 4 points required to qualify for round 2. It would have been 5 points, but when a late entrant was permitted to join the contest in February, a promise was made that his inclusion would not result in the exclusion of any other competitor. To achieve this, the six entrants that had the lowest positive score of 4 points have been added to the 64 people who otherwise would have qualified. As a result, some of the groups have nine contestants rather than eight. Our top four scorers in round 1 were:

  • Scotland Cas Liber, last year's winner, led the field with two featured articles on birds and a total score of 674.
  • European Union Iry-Hor, a WikiCup newcomer, came next with a featured article, a good article and a tally of 282 bonus points for a score of 517. All these points came from the article Nyuserre Ini, an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh,
  • Japan 1989, another WikiCup newcomer, was in joint third place at 240. 1989 has claimed points for two featured lists and one good article relating to anime and comedy series, all of which were awarded bonus points.
  • South Australia Peacemaker67 shared third place with five good articles and thirteen good article reviews, mostly on naval vessels. He is also new to the competition.

The largest number of DYKs have been submitted by Vivvt and The C of E, who each claimed for seven, and MBlaze Lightning achieved eight articles at ITN. Carbrera and Peacemaker67 each claimed for five GAs and Krishna Chaitanya Velaga was well out in front for GARs, having reviewed 32. No featured pictures, featured topics or good topics yet, but we have achieved three featured articles and a splendid total of fifty good articles.

So, on to the second round. Remember that any content promoted after the end of round 1 but before the start of round 2 can be claimed in round 2. Invitations for collaborative writing efforts or any other discussion of potentially interesting work is always welcome on the WikiCup talk page. Remember, if two or more WikiCup competitors have done significant work on an article, all can claim points equally.

If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is a good article candidate, a featured process, or anything else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Godot13, Sturmvogel 66 and Cwmhiraeth 13:52, 1 March 2017 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Jamaat al Muslimeen (disambiguation)[edit]

A tag has been placed on Jamaat al Muslimeen (disambiguation) requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under section G6 of the criteria for speedy deletion, because it is an orphaned disambiguation page which either

  • disambiguates two or fewer extant Wikipedia pages and whose title ends in "(disambiguation)" (i.e., there is a primary topic); or
  • disambiguates no (zero) extant Wikipedia pages, regardless of its title.

Under the criteria for speedy deletion, such pages may be deleted at any time. Please see the disambiguation page guidelines for more information.

If you think this page should not be deleted for this reason, you may contest the nomination by visiting the page and clicking the button labelled "Contest this speedy deletion". This will give you the opportunity to explain why you believe the page should not be deleted. However, be aware that once a page is tagged for speedy deletion, it may be removed without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag from the page yourself, but do not hesitate to add information in line with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. – S. Rich (talk) 20:24, 5 April 2017 (UTC)

May 2017 WikiCup newsletter[edit]

The second round of the competition has now closed, with just under 100 points being required to qualify for round 3. YellowEvan just scraped into the next round with 98 points but we have to say goodbye to the thirty or so competitors who didn't achieve this threshold; thank you for the useful contributions you have made to the Cup and Wikipedia. Our top scorers in round 2 were:

  • Scotland Cas Liber, led the field with five featured articles, four on birds and one on astronomy, and a total score of 2049, half of which came from bonus points.
  • Japan 1989 was in second place with 826 points, 466 of which were bonus points. 1989 has claimed points mostly relating to anime and Japanese-related articles.
  • South Australia Peacemaker67 took third place with two FAs, one GA and seven GARs, mostly on naval vessels or military personnel, scoring 543 points.
  • Other contestants who scored over 400 points were Freikorp, Carbrera, and Czar. Of course all these points are now wiped out and the 32 remaining contestants start again from zero in round 3.

Vivvt submitted the largest number of DYKs (30), and MBlaze Lightning achieved 13 articles at ITN. Carbrera claimed for 11 GAs and Argento Surfer performed the most GARs, having reviewed 11. So far we have achieved 38 featured articles and a splendid 132 good articles. Commendably, 279 GARs have been achieved so far, more than double the number of GAs.

So, on to the third round. Remember that any content promoted after the end of round 2 but before the start of round 3 can be claimed in round 3. Remember too that you must claim your points within 10 days of "earning" them. Invitations for collaborative writing efforts or any other discussion of potentially interesting work is always welcome on the WikiCup talk page. Remember, if two or more WikiCup competitors have done significant work on an article, all can claim points equally.

If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article nominations, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Godot13, Sturmvogel 66 and Cwmhiraeth 13:16, 1 May 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – May 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (April 2017).

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  • Following an RfC, the editing restrictions page is now split into a list of active restrictions and an archive of those that are old or on inactive accounts. Make sure to check both pages if searching for a restriction.

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Today's Wikipedian 10 years ago[edit]

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Ten years!

... the sixth! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:42, 5 May 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – June 2017[edit]

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News and updates for administrators from the past month (May 2017).

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Patrick Matthew : Talk[edit]

Hi, I really respect Wikipedia editors because of the difficult job they do. it is a thankless task. i also understand that the mass action of many editors ought to result in a mean effect across the site. Might I suggest that undo-ing so many edits in a single rollback would have been better researched by looking at the involved users' talk pages. if you had done so, the background to the current situation would have been made obvious and your choice to remove vital material may have been different. Please reinstate the edits on the Patrick Matthew : Talk page -- we are trying to resolve an issue of great significance to the parties involved and would appreciate your cooperation. we have already negotiated this with your fellow moderators. Thank you. Jfderry (talk) 01:35, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

@Jfderry: unfortunately, all edits are preserved in the page history, so there's no way to simply remove parts of them. Since the edits were suppressed by an Oversighter, I no longer have the ability to see the edits or undo the suppression. Guettarda (talk) 15:09, 26 June 2017 (UTC)
Hi @Guettarda: thanks for the info. It was rather a shock, so much work had gone into it - apologies if my outcry was a little authoritarian. I do have a copy of the deleted material, which, if you agree, could be reinstated within Wiki rules. Please can I ask for confirmation, what were the issues with it? You mention IPs, which I included only because the same person was being questioned in a previous section regarding sock puppetry, but I can redact those numbers. You also mentioned the insulting language. Well, that was entirely at the hand of the outspoken aggressor who was attacking me, about which I do not mind, especially as his outbursts were eliciting some useful information. What can be returned to the Talk page please? If you need to see it again, how can I get the material to you without invoking problems here, in Wikipedia? Thanks again, Jfderry (talk) 16:26, 26 June 2017 (UTC)
@Jfderry: Anything that connects a Wikipedia contributor with their real-life identity is out of bounds. The sock puppetry issue can be raised at WP:SPI, not on a talk page. On an article talk page you need to focus on the content and how to improve it, not on the contributors. If it's about the person, not the content, it doesn't belong there. Dave souza, do you have any other suggestions for how he might proceed? Guettarda (talk) 13:34, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
Excellent clarification thank you Guettarda. I've asked Jezebel's Ponyobons mots who issued me a Final Warning (I'd rather not get banned when only trying to share information) whether I should add the IP's and other Wiki alias accounts for Bustermythmonger to Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Bustermythmonger/Archive. Perhaps you or dave souza can clarify. These IPs I have used to confirm the ones Krelnik informed me that people have been reluctant to add in, because they may have been the action of another at NTU. But they are confirmed, his having made visits to the page hosting his non-peer review paper (and then sat there repeatedly clicking to drive up the page counter before then tweeting his disbelief at how many thousands of people have read his paper; the clicks are just page loads, not PDF downloads) in the journal of the Polish intelligent design movement, Aspects of Genesis. The person behind Bustermythmonger and those other accounts, bar Mikeweale who is legit, thinks they are cutting edge, forefront of sceptical science: you couldn't make this up! That is why I am involved, to curb misinformation, and how I can identify IPs and aliases. Now, if I get booted for relating any of that, then I am unable to see the line between information about activities and it's substantiation, and information about a person. Cheers. Jfderry (talk) 16:57, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
I'm not familiar with the detail of how sock puppet investigations work, but Ponyo has given good advice on where to email any information which suggests specific users are socks, or have been sockpuppeting. In my view, the Matthew article doesn't need any detail about the recent accusations against Darwin. It should briefly mention the issue, outlining the main views of reliable third party sources. We should aim to give these accusations no more weight than they are given in good expert publications. Hope that's clearer, dave souza, talk 21:49, 28 June 2017 (UTC)

WikiCup 2017 July newsletter[edit]

The third round of the competition has finished in a flurry of last minute activity, with 288 points being required to qualify for round 4. It was a hotly competitive round with all but four of the contestants exceeding the 106 points that was necessary to proceed to round 4 last year. Coemgenus and Freikorp tied on 288, and both have been allowed to proceed, so round 4 now has one pool of eight competitors and one of nine.

Round 3 saw the achievement of a 26-topic Featured topic by MPJ-DK as well as 5 featured lists and 13 featured articles. PanagiotisZois and SounderBruce achieved their first ever featured articles. Carbrera led the GA score with 10, Tachs achieved 17 DYKs and MBlaze Lightning 10 In the news items. There were 167 DYKs, 93 GARs and 82 GAs overall, this last figure being higher than the number of GAs in round 2, when twice as many people were taking part. Even though contestants performed more GARs than they achieved GAs, there was still some frustration at the length of time taken to get articles reviewed.

As we start round 4, we say goodbye to the fifteen or so competitors who didn't quite make it; thank you for the useful contributions you have made to the Cup and Wikipedia. Remember that any content promoted after the end of round 3 but before the start of round 4 can be claimed in round 4. Remember too that you must claim your points within 10 days of "earning" them (some people have fallen foul of this rule and the points have been removed).

If you are concerned that your nomination, whether it be for a good article, a featured process, or anything else, will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. It would be helpful if this list could be cleared of any items no longer relevant. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Godot13, Sturmvogel 66 and Cwmhiraeth 05:38, 30 June 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – July 2017[edit]

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News and updates for administrators from the past month (June 2017).

Administrator changes

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Miscellaneous

  • A newly revamped database report can help identify users who may be eligible to be autopatrolled.
  • A potentially compromised account from 2001–2002 attempted to request resysop. Please practice appropriate account security by using a unique password for Wikipedia, and consider enabling two-factor authentication. Currently around 17% of admins have enabled 2FA, up from 16% in February 2017.
  • Did you know: On 29 June 2017, there were 1,261 administrators on the English Wikipedia – the exact number of administrators as there were ten years ago on 29 June 2007. Since that time, the English Wikipedia has grown from 1.85 million articles to over 5.43 million.

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Nomination for deletion of Template:Trinidad image map-small[edit]

Ambox warning blue.svgTemplate:Trinidad image map-small has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. Frietjes (talk) 17:47, 7 July 2017 (UTC)

RfA[edit]

New Zealand TW-17.svg Thanks for supporting my run for administrator. I am honored and grateful. ) Cullen328 Let's discuss it 03:29, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – August 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (July 2017).

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removed CpromptRockpocketRambo's RevengeAnimumTexasAndroidChuck SMITHMikeLynchCrazytalesAd Orientem

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WikiCup 2017 September newsletter[edit]

Round 4 of the WikiCup has ended and we move forward into the final round. In round 4, a total of 12 FAs, 3 FLs, 44 GAs, 3 FLs, 79 DYKs, 1 ITN and 42 GARs was achieved, with no FPs or FTs this time. Congratulations to Peacemaker67 on the Royal Yugoslav Navy Good Topic of 36 items, and the 12 featured articles achieved by Cas Liber (5), Vanamonde93 (3), Peacemaker67 (2), Adityavagarwal (1) and 12george1 (1). With a FA scoring 200 points, and bonus points available on top of this, FAs are likely to feature heavily in the final round. Meanwhile Yellow Evan, a typhoon specialist, was contributing 12 DYKs and 10 GAs, while Adityavagarwal and Freikorp topped the GAR list with 8 reviews each. As we enter the final round, we are down to eight contestants, and we would like to thank those of you who have been eliminated for the useful contributions you have made to the Cup and Wikipedia. The lowest score needed to reach round 5 was 305, and I think we can expect a highly competitive final round.

Remember that any content promoted after the end of round 4 but before the start of round 5 can be claimed in round 5. Remember too that you must claim your points within 10 days of "earning" them. If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews Needed. It would be helpful if this list could be cleared of any items no longer relevant. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to reduce the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck, and let the best man (or woman) win! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Godot13, Sturmvogel 66 and Cwmhiraeth 06:26, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – September 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (August 2017).

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Administrator changes

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Technical news

  • You will now get a notification when someone tries to log in to your account and fails. If they try from a device that has logged into your account before, you will be notified after five failed attempts. You can also set in your preferences to get an email when someone logs in to your account from a new device or IP address, which may be encouraged for admins and accounts with sensitive permissions.
  • Syntax highlighting is now available as a beta feature (more info). This may assist administrators and template editors when dealing with intricate syntax of high-risk templates and system messages.
  • In your notification preferences, you can now block specific users from pinging you. This functionality will soon be available for Special:EmailUser as well.

Arbitration

  • Applications for CheckUser and Oversight are being accepted by the Arbitration Committee until September 12. Community discussion of the candidates will begin on September 18.

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Nomination of Democratic National Assembly for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Democratic National Assembly is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Democratic National Assembly until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Power~enwiki (talk) 03:48, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

Invitation to Admin confidence survey[edit]

Hello,

Beginning in September 2017, the Wikimedia Foundation Anti-harassment tool team will be conducting a survey to gauge how well tools, training, and information exists to assist English Wikipedia administrators in recognizing and mitigating things like sockpuppetry, vandalism, and harassment.

The survey should only take 5 minutes, and your individual response will not be made public. This survey will be integral for our team to determine how to better support administrators.

To take the survey sign up here and we will send you a link to the form.

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For the Anti-harassment tools team, SPoore (WMF), Community Advocate, Community health initiative (talk) 20:56, 14 September 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – October 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (September 2017).

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Administrator changes

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Arbitration

  • Community consultation on the 2017 candidates for CheckUser and Oversight has concluded. The Arbitration Committee will appoint successful candidates by October 11.
  • A request for comment is open regarding the structure, rules, and procedures of the December 2017 Arbitration Committee election, and how to resolve any issues not covered by existing rules.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:23, 2 October 2017 (UTC)

Help design a new feature to stop harassing emails[edit]

Hi there,

The Anti-Harassment Tools team plans to start develop of a new feature to allow users to restrict emails from new accounts. This feature will allow an individual user to stop harassing emails from coming through the Special:EmailUser system from abusive sockpuppeting accounts.

We’re inviting you to join the discussion because you voted or commented in the 2016 Community Wishlist discussion or IdeaLab discussion about letting users restrict who can send them email.

You can leave comments on this discussion page or send an email to the Anti-Harassment Tools team.

It is important to hear from a broad range of people who are interested in the design of the tool, so we hope you join the discussion.

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Algae project[edit]

Saw a familiar name on this new (to me) project, so hello. Interesting topic, weird lifestyles for these sort-of plants. Cheers, Pete Tillman (talk) 16:17, 28 October 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – November 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (October 2017).

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Administrator changes

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removed Allen3Eluchil404Arthur RubinBencherlite

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Obituaries

  • The Wikipedia community has recently learned that Allen3 (William Allen Peckham) passed away on December 30, 2016, the same day as JohnCD. Allen began editing in 2005 and became an administrator that same year.

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WikiCup 2017 November newsletter: Final results[edit]

The final round of the 2017 WikiCup is over. Congratulations to the 2017 WikiCup top three finalists:

In addition to recognizing the achievements of the top finishers and everyone who worked hard to make it to the final round, we also want to recognize those participants who were most productive in each of the WikiCup scoring categories:

  • Featured Article – Cas Liber (actually a two-way tie with themselves for an astonishing five FAs in R2 and R4).
  • Good Article – Adityavagarwal had 14 GAs promoted in R5.
  • Featured List – Canada Bloom6132 (submissions) and Japan 1989 (submissions) both produced 2 FLs in R2
  • Featured Pictures – Cascadia (independence movement) SounderBruce (submissions) improved an image to FP status in R5, the only FP this year.
  • Featured Topic – Denmark MPJ-DK (submissions) has the only FT of the Cup in R3.
  • Good Topic – Four different editors created a GT in R2, R3 and R4.
  • Did You Know – Adityavagarwal had 22 DYKs on the main page in R5.
  • In The News – India MBlaze Lightning (submissions) had 14 ITN on the main page in R2.
  • Good Article Review – India Krishna Chaitanya Velaga (submissions) completed 31 GARs in R1.

Over the course of the 2017 WikiCup the following content was added or improved on Wikipedia: 51 Featured Articles, 292 Good Articles, 18 Featured Lists, 1 Featured Picture, 1 Featured Topics, 4 Good Topics, around 400 Did You Knows, 75 In The News, and 442 Good Article Reviews. Thank you to all the competitors for your hard work and what you have done to improve Wikipedia.

Regarding the prize vouchers - @Adityavagarwal, Vanamonde93, Casliber, Bloom6132, 1989, and SounderBruce: please send Godot13 (talk · contribs · email) an email from the email address to which you would like your Amazon voucher sent. Please include your preference of global Amazon marketplace as well. We hope to have the electronic gift cards processed and sent within a week.

We will open up a discussion for comments on process and scoring in a few days. The 2018 WikiCup is just around the corner! Many thanks from all the judges. If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email), Cwmhiraeth (talk · contribs · email), and Godot13 (talk · contribs · email) MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:41, 2 November 2017 (UTC)

WikiCup 2018[edit]

So the 2017 WikiCup has come to an end. Congratulations to the winner, to the other finalists and to all those who took part. 177 contestants signed up, more than usual, but not all of them submitted entries in the first round. Were editors attracted by the cash prizes offered for the first time this year, or were these irrelevant? Do the rules and scoring need changing for the 2018 WikiCup? If you have a view on these or other matters, why not join in the WikiCup discussion about next year's contest? Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email), Godot13 (talk · contribs · email) and Cwmhiraeth (talk · contribs · email). MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:59, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – December 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (November 2017).

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Administrator changes

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Guideline and policy news

  • Following a request for comment, a new section has been added to the username policy which disallows usernames containing emoji, emoticons or otherwise "decorative" usernames, and usernames that use any non-language symbols. Administrators should discuss issues related to these types of usernames before blocking.

Technical news

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • Over the last few months, several users have reported backlogs that require administrator attention at WP:ANI, with the most common backlogs showing up on WP:SPI, WP:AIV and WP:RFPP. It is requested that all administrators take some time during this month to help clear backlogs wherever possible. It should be noted that AIV reports are not always valid; however, they still need to be cleared, which may include needing to remind users on what qualifies as vandalism.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation Community health initiative is conducting a survey for English Wikipedia contributors on their experience and satisfaction level with Administrator’s Noticeboard/Incidents. This survey will be integral to gathering information about how this noticeboard works (i.e. which problems it deals with well and which problems it struggles with). If you would like to take this survey, please sign up on this page, and a link for the survey will be emailed to you via Special:EmailUser.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:58, 2 December 2017 (UTC)

ArbCom 2017 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, Guettarda. Voting in the 2017 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 10 December. All users who registered an account before Saturday, 28 October 2017, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Wednesday, 1 November 2017 and are not currently blocked are eligible to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

If you wish to participate in the 2017 election, please review the candidates and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:42, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of List of steelbands[edit]

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A tag has been placed on List of steelbands requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under section A7 of the criteria for speedy deletion, because the article appears to be about a band or musician, but it does not credibly indicate how or why the subject is important or significant: that is, why an article about that subject should be included in an encyclopedia. Under the criteria for speedy deletion, such articles may be deleted at any time. Please read more about what is generally accepted as notable.

If you think this page should not be deleted for this reason, you may contest the nomination by visiting the page and clicking the button labelled "Contest this speedy deletion". This will give you the opportunity to explain why you believe the page should not be deleted. However, be aware that once a page is tagged for speedy deletion, it may be deleted without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag from the page yourself, but do not hesitate to add information in line with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. If the page is deleted, and you wish to retrieve the deleted material for future reference or improvement, then please contact the deleting administrator. South Nashua (talk) 02:12, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of List of steelbands[edit]

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The article List of steelbands has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

Unremarkable list of musicians, contested A7. No way this topic can pass INDISCRIMINATE

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Nomination of List of steelbands for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article List of steelbands is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/List of steelbands until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. South Nashua (talk) 14:41, 12 December 2017 (UTC)

ANI notice[edit]

Information icon There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. (See this thread). Pi.1415926535 (talk) 05:58, 16 December 2017 (UTC)