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Folks, after eleven years, I have decided to "retire" from active Wikipedia editing. For the past couple of years, I have done little more than monitor my watchlist daily and revert some silliness. I no longer enjoy the process at this level and I'm usually so busy with other activities, such as cartography, that I can't devote any significant time to writing or improving articles. I will leave the remainder of my Talk page below as an archive. I have contributed a number of maps over the years. As an exception to my retired status, if any editor contacts me to report an error in one of my maps, I will consider updating it. I will be more responsive to individual emails than to Talk page messages. See the yellow box below. Hal Jespersen (talk) 15:26, 7 April 2015 (UTC)
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Happy Anniversary[edit]

Today is the 11th anniversary of my first edit on Wikipedia. (No, I actually do not remember which article it was, but I made note of the date for my anniversary remembrances.) At one time I was extraordinarily busy on Wikipedia, spending at least a couple of hours every day, but nowadays I check my watchlist daily mostly to make sure people don't screw anything up. The reason is that, despite retiring from a full-time job in the computer business, I am now busier than ever as a cartographer, creating maps of Civil War battlefields for non-free publication. This is a skill that I learned in producing over 200 maps for Wikipedia articles, so my collaboration on Wikipedia has been very valuable, for my self-esteem if not my pocketbook. :-) If you would like to check out my current work, please visit http://www.cwmaps.com/. Hal Jespersen (talk) 17:37, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Please return[edit]

...to Bearss article, and indicate your sources, complete with page numbers, etc. This body of work is simply not, at this point in time, encyclopedic writing! In each section, after you indicate where the material came from, feel free to remove the section tag. I look forward to having an untagged article again, but only if we can make the factual historical BLP material in this important article—about an historical contributor I admire—compliant with WP policies (WP:VERIFY, WP:OR). Cheers, Le Prof. 71.239.87.100 (talk) 04:05, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

See Talk page for discussion about the article. Hal Jespersen (talk) 18:39, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

Maintained template up for deletion[edit]

Hello, this is just a quick note to make you aware of the current deletion discussion for the {{Maintained}} talk page template which you have used on some article's talk pages. Cheers! Stevie is the man! TalkWork 19:33, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

Sorry to see you go[edit]

Hal, I'm sorry to hear you are retiring, but I completely understand, given you are no longer enjoying Wikipedia. Perhaps after some time away, you'll reconsider. We haven't had many interactions in the past, but I've seen many of your edits in the history of articles I've edited in my time here. Sincere thanks for your many contributions over the years, and let me assure you that they haven't gone unnoticed. Best of luck in your future endeavors. Mojoworker (talk) 18:32, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

Dear Hal, what Mojoworker said, basically. You have been the most superb contributor here. Enjoy your retirement, and please feel free to pop back in any time! With my very best wishes DBaK (talk) 19:07, 7 April 2015 (UTC)
Hal: I am a little behind in keeping up with developments but I trust you will still see my message. As you suggest, I will send an e-mail if I'd like a quick response in the future. I am sorry to see you bow out. You have made massive contributions to this project. Even your oversight is valuable, though I can understand your wish to create more content rather than just do oversight. There are still many American Civil War articles to write or improve and your writing is top notch. Nonetheless, your contributions to books are great as well and add much value for the readers. I have added several books to my library that include your good work. Best wishes. If you have time to contribute to Wikipedia again in the future and wish to do so, I know many people interested in ACW history will welcome it. Donner60 (talk) 21:58, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Guys, thanks a lot for the kind words. I would be happy to receive communication from any of you and provide advice, although I am no longer checking my watchlist and will inevitably get out of sync with current practices one of these days. Hal Jespersen (talk) 22:11, 20 May 2015 (UTC)

Military history WikiProject coordinator election[edit]

Greetings from the Military history WikiProject! Elections for the Military history WikiProject Coordinators are currently underway, and as a member of the WikiProject you are cordially invited to take part by casting your vote(s) for the candidates on the election page. This year's election will conclude at 23:59 UTC 23 September. For the Coordinators, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:01, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, Hlj. 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.

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ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

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Thanks[edit]

Hello sir, I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful maps. I'm reading Gettysburg: The Last Invasion by Robertson Dean and your maps have been a super resource. They clear up some questions, for example where was the union artillery on Houck's Rdige in relation to Devils Den and Rose Woods. I could never understand how they fired through the woods, westward, towards Longstreet's advance in the open field, but it looks like there was a small open gap between the woods the DD; and it appears the main assault up little round top was mainly from the south and not from the west which is how I had always understood it. Overall the level of detail with unit names and arrows fits the book perfectly, a great addition. When I'm done the book I'll read your preferred version of the Wikipedia article and see what else I can learn. Regards, -- GreenC 00:27, 15 January 2017 (UTC)

March Madness 2017[edit]

G'day all, please be advised that throughout March 2017 the Military history Wikiproject is running its March Madness drive. This is a backlog drive that is focused on several key areas:

  • tagging and assessing articles that fall within the project's scope
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  • creating articles that are listed as "requested" on the project's various task force pages or other lists of missing articles.

As with past Milhist drives, there are points awarded for working on articles in the targeted areas, with barnstars being awarded at the end for different levels of achievement.

The drive is open to all Wikipedians, not just members of the Military history project, although only work on articles that fall (broadly) within the military history scope will be considered eligible. More information can be found here for those that are interested, and members can sign up as participants at that page also.

The drive starts at 00:01 UTC on 1 March and runs until 23:59 UTC on 31 March 2017, so please sign up now.

For the Milhist co-ordinators. Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) & MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 07:23, 26 February 2017 (UTC)