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Ian, I'm collecting responses etc for the video, which 2 groups have now seen, plus a video professional. If it's easy, and not already changed could you email the script - I had some little points on that. Thanks, Wiki CRUK John (talk) 14:21, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Wiki CRUK John, on the video, turn on the cc and click "add cc", the exact wording is there but please don't edit (currently it matches the existing spoken words) (here's the link [1]. A version that is close can be found here. Ian Furst (talk) 15:11, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

BMJ offering 25 free accounts to Wikipedia medical editors[edit]

Neat news: BMJ is offering 25 free, full-access accounts to their prestigious medical journal through The Wikipedia Library and Wiki Project Med Foundation (like we did with Cochrane). Please sign up this week: Wikipedia:BMJ --Cheers, Ocaasi via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:14, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

E-mail problem[edit]

Hi, Ian. I have sent a couple of e-mails about our recent rebuttal, but they aren't being delivered to your account:-

Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address.
<Ian Furst@e-mail address redacted>:
Remote host said: 500 Line too long [BODY]

You haven't really missed anything important—at least not from me, but it is possible that you might have missed other, more important e-mails. Axl ¤ [Talk] 12:34, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

Axl Thx Axl - I checked my preferences at it looks correct. I've been getting other emails from editors NP. Ian Furst (talk) 10:38, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
I know what your e-mail address is. I changed it on this page to avoid displaying it for everyone to read. I think that the problem is that the chain of replies has become rather long—too long for your server to handle. Axl ¤ [Talk] 11:56, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
OK - thx. I'll have our IT administrator look into it. thx for the heads-up. Ian Furst (talk) 12:29, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

It seems that you are famous![edit]

Hey Ian~

Did you see this?

Furst @ Cochrane Review DRosenbach (Talk | Contribs) 03:22, 27 June 2014 (UTC) DRosenbach I did, but thank you for the heads up. Hoping to be done with a bunch of stuff at work in the next week or two and then get back to the leukoplakia articles. Ian Furst (talk) 11:57, 30 June 2014 (UTC)


Do you know of some solid sources to re-build Candy#Health effects around? I'm thinking that dental caries from all candy, and especially from sour ones, deserves a prominent mention. (Sour sanding (zero sources) should also get a paragraph about enamel erosion, maybe from PMID 18491469 if nothing better is handy.) The reviews for candy seem to mostly talk about chocolate and functional chewing gum, and I'm not finding many sources that are specific to dental health. My guess is that this just seems too basic for reviewers to bother writing about. Do you think that it would be better to look for a textbook? WhatamIdoing (talk) 04:10, 6 July 2014 (UTC) WhatamIdoing, haven't looked at that stuff in years and my textbooks are 20 years old on the subject. I'll take a look around. Ian Furst (talk) 22:55, 7 July 2014 (UTC)


Please fill out this very short form to receive your free access to BMJ's library: link to form. Cheers, Nikkimaria (talk) 03:39, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Medical Translation Newsletter[edit]

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Medical Translation Newsletter
Issue 1, June/July 2014
by CFCF, Doc James

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This is the first of a series of newsletters for Wikiproject Medicine's Translation Task Force. Our goal is to make all the medical knowledge on Wikipedia available to the world, in the language of your choice.

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Spotlight - Simplified article translation

Wikiproject Medicine started translating simplified articles in February 2014. We now have 45 simplified articles ready for translation, of which the first on African trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness has been translated into 46 out of ~100 languages. This list does not include the 33 additional articles that are available in both full and simple versions.

Our goal is to eventually translate 1,000 simplified articles. This includes:

We are looking for subject area leads to both create articles and recruit further editors. We need people with basic medical knowledge who are willing to help out. This includes to write, translate and especially integrate medical articles.

What's happening?

IEG grant
CFCF - "IEG beneficiary" and editor of this newsletter.

I've (CFCF) taken on the role of community organizer for this project, and will be working with this until December. The goals and timeline can be found here, and are focused on getting the project on a firm footing and to enable me to work near full-time over the summer, and part-time during the rest of the year. This means I will be available for questions and ideas, and you can best reach me by mail or on my talk page.

Wikimania 2014

For those going to London in a month's time (or those already nearby) there will be at least one event for all medical editors, on Thursday August 7th. See the event page, which also summarizes medicine-related presentations in the main conference. Please pass the word on to your local medical editors.

Integration progress

There has previously been some resistance against translation into certain languages with strong Wikipedia presence, such as Dutch, Polish, and Swedish.
What was found is that thre is hardly any negative opinion about the the project itself; and any such critique has focused on the ways that articles have being integrated. For an article to be usefully translated into a target-Wiki it needs to be properly Wiki-linked, carry proper citations and use the formatting of the chosen target language as well as being properly proof-read. Certain large Wikis such as the Polish and Dutch Wikis have strong traditions of medical content, with their own editorial system, own templates and different ideas about what constitutes a good medical article. For example, there are not MEDRS (Polish,German,Romanian,Persian) guidelines present on other Wikis, and some Wikis have a stronger background of country-specific content.

  • Swedish
    Translation into Swedish has been difficult in part because of the amount of free, high quality sources out there already: patient info, for professionals. The same can be said for English, but has really given us all the more reason to try and create an unbiased and free encyclopedia of medical content. We want Wikipedia to act as an alternative to commercial sources, and preferably a really good one at that.
    Through extensive collaborative work and by respecting links and Sweden specific content the last unintegrated Swedish translation went live in May.
  • Dutch
    Dutch translation carries with it special difficulties, in part due to the premises in which the Dutch Wikipedia is built upon. There is great respect for what previous editors have created, and deleting or replacing old content can be frowned upon. In spite of this there are success stories: Anafylaxie.
  • Polish
    Translation and integration into Polish also comes with its own unique set of challenges. The Polish Wikipedia has long been independent and works very hard to create high quality contentfor Polish audience. Previous translation trouble has lead to use of unique templates with unique formatting, not least among citations. Add to this that the Polish Wikipedia does not allow template redirects and a large body of work is required for each article.
    (This is somewhat alleviated by a commissioned Template bot - to be released). - List of articles for integration
  • Arabic
    The Arabic Wikipedia community has been informed of the efforts to integrate content through both the general talk-page as well as through one of the major Arabic Wikipedia facebook-groups: مجتمع ويكيبيديا العربي, something that has been heralded with great enthusiasm.
Integration guides

Integration is the next step after any translation. Despite this it is by no means trivial, and it comes with its own hardships and challenges. Previously each new integrator has needed to dive into the fray with little help from previous integrations. Therefore we are creating guides for specific Wikis that make integration simple and straightforward, with guides for specific languages, and for integrating on small Wikis.

Instructions on how to integrate an article may be found here [4]

News in short

To come
  • Medical editor census - Medical editors on different Wikis have been without proper means of communication. A preliminary list of projects is available here.
  • Proofreading drives

Further reading

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Happy Wiki-Birthday!![edit]

Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Hey, Ian Furst. Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Wiki-Birthday from the Wikipedia Birthday Committee!
Have a great day!
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I wonder if we might be able to improve "Impacted wisdom teeth" even more before evaluating it[edit]

Dear Dr. Furst,

Please see Talk:Impacted wisdom teeth#I wonder if we might be able to improve this article even more before evaluating it.

Cheers, —Unforgettableid (talk) 04:45, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Medical Translation Newsletter Aug./Sept. 2014[edit]

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Issue 2, Aug./Sept. 2014

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Feature – Ebola articles[edit]

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During August we have translated Disease and it is now live in more than 60 different languages! To help us focus on African languages Rubric has donated a large number of articles in languages we haven't previously reached–so a shout out them, and Ian Henderson from Rubric who's joined us here at Wikipedia. We're very happy for our continued collaboration with both Rubric and Translators without Borders!

Just some of our over 60 translations:
New roles and guides!

At Wikimania there were so many enthusiastic people jumping at the chance to help out the Medical Translation Project, but unfortunately not all of them knew how to get started. That is why we've been spending considerable time writing and improving guides! They are finally live, and you can find them at our home-page!

New sign up page!

We're proud to announce a new sign up page at WP:MTSIGNUP! The old page was getting cluttered and didn't allow you to speficy a role. The new page should be easier to sign up to, and easier to navigate so that we can reach you when you're needed!

Style guides for translations

Translations are of both full articles and shorter articles continues. The process where short articles are chosen for translation hasn't been fully transparent. In the coming months we hope to have a first guide, so that anyone who writes medical or health articles knows how to get their articles to a standard where they can be translated! That's why we're currently working on medical good lede criteria! The idea is to have a similar peer review process to good article nominations, but only for ledes.

Some more stats
Further reading

-- CFCF 🍌 (email) 13:09, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

May I temporarily withdraw your GA nomination?[edit]

Thank you for the update. May I temporarily withdraw your GA nomination at Talk:Impacted wisdom teeth? (If so, then after you come back from wikibreak, you can nominate it again.) Cheers, —Unforgettableid (talk) 21:46, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

Unforgettableid, I'm ok to work at it now. The summers are crazy but it's a little slower now. Regards. Ian Furst (talk) 01:15, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Impacted wisdom teeth[edit]

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Impacted wisdom teeth you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria. Time2wait.svg This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Cwmhiraeth -- Cwmhiraeth (talk) 19:42, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Impacted wisdom teeth[edit]

The article Impacted wisdom teeth you nominated as a good article has been placed on hold Symbol wait.svg. The article is close to meeting the good article criteria, but there are some minor changes or clarifications needing to be addressed. If these are fixed within 7 days, the article will pass; otherwise it may fail. See Talk:Impacted wisdom teeth for things which need to be addressed. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Cwmhiraeth -- Cwmhiraeth (talk) 05:41, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Impacted wisdom teeth[edit]

The article Impacted wisdom teeth you nominated as a good article has failed Symbol oppose vote.svg; see Talk:Impacted wisdom teeth for reasons why the nomination failed. If or when these points have been taken care of, you may apply for a new nomination of the article. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Cwmhiraeth -- Cwmhiraeth (talk) 12:03, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

Welcome back[edit]

Glad to hear you are returning to wp Ian =)

- Matthew Ferguson 57 (talk) 16:02, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

thanks. In my mind never really left, but looked at my last edit and realized how long it'd been. Ian Furst (talk) 02:22, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Excellent resource!

Thank you ever so much for creating File:New medical editor.ogv !

What a great idea !

I'm sure this has helped new editors make a quantum leap in their level of knowledge about the site. :) — Cirt (talk) 04:33, 5 October 2015 (UTC)