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I usually respond to messages on this page, but not always. If you don't get a "new message" notice, be sure to check here for my reply!

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OTD posts[edit]

Hi Howcheng, as you've probably noticed, I'm spending a lot more time monitoring the articles going to the OTD section of the main page. As I know you're just about the only person working here, please know that these reviews are in no way personal and all I'm trying to do is reduce the level of low-quality articles getting to the main page. As a guide, I'm looking for good references, the actual blurb inline referenced, no dabs or redirects in the hooks, and that's about it. If I find any of the former, there'll be a report at errors, hopefully the day before - I can't guarantee that, with two young kids, my time is sporadic. Cheers. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:40, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

No offense taken at all, and I'm glad to have more eyes. I tend to rush through the updates myself, doing only spot checks on the articles (two kids, coaching soccer, other volunteer work). howcheng {chat} 21:48, 27 December 2016 (UTC)
Cool, thanks for the quick reply, happy new year etc to you! The Rambling Man (talk) 21:54, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

My belated congratulations![edit]

Please accept my belated congratulations for the new year. I wish you and your family a great 2017. Keep your fantastic job of updating OTD. I'll help as far as I can. --Mhhossein talk 15:32, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/January 14[edit]

Hi, I hope I haven't trod on any toes by removing your refimprove on Human Be-In I have sourced more references and intend to continue checking to see if more appropriate ones can be found. I am hoping that this will make the article suitable for inclusion on the main page tomorrow. It is the 50 anniversary of what was a significant event for the worldwide counter-culture and for mainstream press at the time, particularly being seen as the first event of the year of the original "Summer of Love" 1967. If any more references or work on the page is needed for inclusion please indicate and I'll be happy to do what I can.BorisAndDoris (talk) 19:12, 13 January 2017 (UTC)

@BorisAndDoris: Nice work, I put it back in. howcheng {chat} 22:04, 13 January 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/January 29[edit]

Hi Howcheng. January 29, 2017 being the 50th anniversary of the Mantra-Rock Dance, which is a FA, I've taken the liberty of slotting it in for OTD. Also, its poster image happens to be a FP too, so I've put it in as well. I hope you concur. Regards, Cinosaur (talk) 04:06, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 17 January 2017[edit]

Main Page ignores the Observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day[edit]

@Howcheng: We see the template "this article needs additional citations for verification" prominently displayed at the top of the page International Holocaust Remembrance Day - as of January 26, by your edit. On the Main Page for 27 January, IHRD is not noted as Observed today - and when I queried this, see what reasons are provided by other editors: Wikipedia:Main_Page/Errors#Today. My point at 20:53 is that the template serves as "caveat lector" to the problematic nature of the page - but those responsible - by a criterion of whose existence I and possibly others have been unaware - have decided to omit its observance from the Main Page. I have a grievance with this, particularly as a Wikipedia volunteer contributor who just this past week put in many hours of work in Wikidata on "random items" in numerous languages, and more. Ironic? Your response is requested. Thank you, -- Deborahjay (talk) 21:16, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

Please, Howcheng, note that this is being discussed at ERRORS. That this user seems to only wish to complain rather than fix the issues noted is telling. It's nothing to do with denial of the Holocaust, as she has claimed, it's keeping up with Wikipedia standards, and that article is not good enough, as you rightly noted. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:22, 27 January 2017 (UTC)
@Deborahjay: Please see WP:OTDRULES. The maintenance tags on the article prevent it from being included. We did put the liberation of Auschwitz in OTD proper, though. howcheng {chat} 21:55, 27 January 2017 (UTC)
See my complaint on Waitangi Day below. It's disgusting that days of national significance to an entire country can be blocked from appearing at OTD simply because of one editor's opinion that the articles are not fully referenced. Definitely a lack of judgement by User:Howcheng. Pinging @Deborahjay: Akld guy (talk) 04:56, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

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13:37, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

February 18 Wikipedia Day event in DTLA[edit]

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I hope to see you there! Calliopejen1 (talk) - via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 16:35, 2 February 2017 (UTC)

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The Signpost: 6 February 2017[edit]

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Waitangi Day[edit]

I'm highly annoyed that on 5 February, one day before Waitangi Day is observed, you added the 'lack of references' tag to its article. Not many people know that the tag prevents the event from appearing in 'On this day...' on the Main Page. By the time I reported that Waitangi Day was not appearing, and learned that the tag prevented it, it was too late and Waitangi Day was nearly over. The timing of your addition of the tag looks suspicious, like you deliberately blocked the day from appearing, but I'm reluctantly forced to give you the benefit of the doubt. I removed the tag because it is not specific about where references are needed. It looks like you are an experienced editor who is well aware that the tag would block the article, because you have been told so on this page, above. If this was deliberate, don't pull this trick again or I'll report you. I'm watching your contribs. Akld guy (talk) 23:28, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

You assume facts not in evidence. Replied on the article talk page. howcheng {chat} 07:30, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

OTD Births/Deaths Proposal[edit]

Howard, the formatting isn't quite right yet but I made a draft at User:Whizz40/sandbox. In case helpful, I used Template:SelAnnivFooter/sandbox to eliminate the 'current date/ Reload the page' at the bottom. Whizz40 (talk) 22:33, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

Lincoln Memorial[edit]

If you have problems with specific entries in the popcult section, please discuss them on the article's talk page, where I and other editors can express our opinions. Unlike you, [1] I have a very long history with this article, [2],[3] and therefore have a strong interest in its content. Thanks. Beyond My Ken (talk) 23:41, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

Thank you and thank you![edit]

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So stoked you made it to Wikipedia Day/LA. Thank you!JSFarman (talk) 19:14, 19 February 2017 (UTC)