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Hello, and welcome to my talk page; how can I help you? Please put your new post at the bottom of the page, and if you are a new editor, please remember to sign it with 4 of these "~". If you are talking about an article, please blue link the title of it. Thanks.

I have been contributing since the summer of 2007, but there are still many aspects of WP I know nothing or almost nothing about, so I am always interested in helpful suggestions. Thanks!

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Fabulous work[edit]

I am sitting in your presentation at the Wiki NYC Conference. Fabulous work on gastropods. Thank you. :)--Jimbo Wales (talk) 21:01, 25 July 2009 (UTC)

Happy New Year, Invertzoo![edit]

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The Signpost: 06 January 2016[edit]

Our new friend[edit]

Starsareintherose is just wonderful. Very, very dear. I am not too concerned about his somewhat promotional presence here because I really think he is not here to promote himself, but rather out of a love for gastropods. He seems to just love them. His English may need continuing improvement, and at his current level, I am not sure how well he can contribute here. Of course, the links to his sites should probably be removed and Wikipedia:WikiProject Gasteropod Lovers League is, well, that is, I don't know how to express it. Also, I am wondering about his uploads. Any thoughts on this? Anna Frodesiak (talk) 12:11, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

I don't know what to think really. About his image uploads, I am concerned that he may have made the images by cutting pictures out of someone else's work and putting them on a turquoise background with his own label. I suppose I could ask him about that. I probably should also point out to him that his English (and his knowledge of how to organize an article) is not sufficient yet to enable him to work unaided. I should probably recommend that he check with one of us before going live on any new article. I would be very interested in any suggestions you have. Our project is very understaffed these days, and I myself don't spend very much time here. Invertzoo (talk) 14:13, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
Hi Susan. Nice to be chatting with you again. :) I hope you are well.
I guess the best plan is to think of what serves the project and then, as gently as possible, do what needs to be done.
I you asked about the photos because I thought you might recognize them. I searched at bing images and baidu images and found nothing. I thought the same thing -- that he found them and added the background. The next step is to ask him.
I will also explain how his new project cannot survive and will ask permission to delete it. If he is not happy with that, I will MfD. I will also talk to him about his English.
Any thoughts on whether or not he can contribute here? Adding refs? Uploading any of his own snail images? Some sort of organization or cleanup?
Best, Anna Frodesiak (talk) 21:11, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
I am slowly recovering my energy from having been sick for two weeks with a viral bronchitis. But basically I am OK, thanks for asking. Yes, In theory we would of course welcome some help with the gastropod articles. As you say, adding refs, uploading some of his own snail images or some sort of organization or cleanup would all be good. However, whether or not he can contribute successfully depends how flexible he is. If he believes he can just do what he wants here, and is inflexible, then it will be a problem. His English is poor enough that it limits what he can do, even if he is willing to work hand in hand with other editors. If it seems he is willing to do less ambitious stuff, then I can talk to JoJan, and probably we can find suitable work for him that does not require a good ability with written English. I did already leave a very short note on his talk page and a somewhat longer note on the talk page of his new project page, as a first step. Invertzoo (talk) 23:17, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
I am sorry to hear you were sick. I wish you a complete and speedy recovery.
I would be happy to oversee any editing attempt by him. It is not just English. It is attention to detail and ability to learn. Nobody should have to mop up after him. What would be unacceptable to me is him writing terrible English, missing punctuation, and a zillion talk posts reminding him to spell gastropod right. I am talking about him adding WoRMS refs to articles with none, something that simple. Images that he owns, if they turn out to be accurately named and of value, would be great. I can't think of anything more that the project would need. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 23:59, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
You are absolutely right and I agree with you completely. BTW, gasteropod is an out-of date spelling for gastropod which is barely used at all any more. Invertzoo (talk) 00:03, 17 January 2016 (UTC)
He has replied to your note on his talk page, and also replied to my note here on my talk page. Invertzoo (talk) 01:26, 17 January 2016 (UTC)

The Signpost: 13 January 2016[edit]

You can ask me some questions ,please[edit]

You must want to konw about the wikiproject I created .And the aims between two projects are not same ,you konw. Starsareintherose (talk) 01:10, 17 January 2016 (UTC)

Actually I have more than one question for you Starsintherose. One question is about the images you uploaded. It seems the images of the snails are cut out from other images and then put on a blue background. Were the original pictures ones you had taken yourself, or did you find them on the web or copy them from a book? Invertzoo (talk) 01:16, 17 January 2016 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 6[edit]

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Newsletter • January 2016

Hello there! Happy to be writing this newsletter once more. This month:

What comes next

Some good news: the Wikimedia Foundation has renewed WikiProject X. This means we can continue focusing on making WikiProjects better.

During our first round of work, we created a prototype WikiProject based on two ideas: (1) WikiProjects should clearly present things for people to do, and (2) The content of WikiProjects should be automated as much as possible. We launched pilots, and for the most part it works. But this approach will not work for the long term. While it makes certain aspects of running a WikiProject easier, it makes the maintenance aspects harder.

We are working on a major overhaul that will address these issues. New features will include:

  • Creating WikiProjects by simply filling out a form, choosing which reports you want to generate for your project. This will work with existing bots in addition to the Reports Bot reports. (Of course, you can also have sections curated by humans.)
  • One-click button to join a WikiProject, with optional notifications.
  • Be able to define your WikiProject's scope within the WikiProject itself by listing relevant pages and categories, eliminating the need to tag every talk page with a banner. (You will still be allowed to do that, of course. It just won't be required.)

The end goal is a collaboration tool that can be used by WikiProjects but also by any edit-a-thon or group of people that want to coordinate on improving articles. Though implemented as an extension, the underlying content will be wikitext, meaning that you can continue to use categories, templates, and other features as you normally would.

This will take a lot of work, and we are just getting started. What would you like to see? I invite you to discuss on our talk page.

Until next time,

Harej (talk) 02:53, 20 January 2016 (UTC)

The Signpost: 20 January 2016[edit]

The Signpost: 27 January 2016[edit]

Saturday February 6 in NYC: Black Life Matters Editathon[edit]

Saturday February 6 in NYC: Black Life Matters Editathon
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You are invited to join us and the AfroCROWD initiative at New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for our upcoming editathon, a part of the Black WikiHistory Month campaign.

12:00pm - 5:00 pm at NYPL Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue), by W 135th St

The Wikipedia training and editathon will take place in the Aaron Douglas Reading Room of the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, with a reception following in the Langston Hughes lobby on the first floor of the building at 5:00pm.

We hope to see you there!--Pharos (talk) 19:16, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

(Bonus upcoming event: WikiWednesday Salon @ Babycastles - Wednesday, February 17)

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Hello Determined to Complete Class Assignment[edit]

Hello Template:Invertzoo, My name is Vashti and I am part of a "Wikipedia and the Public's knowledge class, and I saw your comment you wrote under the 50/50 (film) talk page. If you have any film related projects that you are working or want to work on feel free to contact me anytime.

Have a great day. Vashti Adora (talk) 23:59, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

Thanks you Vashti! I work on film articles when I get the chance. Invertzoo (talk) 00:43, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

The Signpost: 03 February 2016[edit]

Feb 16: Art+Feminism Training / Photo-Poetics @ Guggenheim
Feb 17: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

Tuesday February 16, 5:30pm: Art+Feminism Training / Photo-Poetics @ Guggenheim
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You are invited to join us for an evening of social Wikipedia training and editing at the Guggenheim, with a workshop given by the Art+Feminism project to prepare for next month's major campaign, and a tour and edit-a-thon of Photo-Poetics: An Anthology.

5:30pm - 8:30pm at Sackler Center Media Lab, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue; enter through 89th Street staff entrance
Wednesday February 17, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC
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You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our evening "WikiWednesday" salon and knowledge-sharing workshop by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

This month, we will also host a Newcomer's Wiki Workshop for those getting started on the encyclopedia project!

We will also include a look at our annual plan and budget ideas, and welcome input from community members on the sorts of projects the chapter should support through both volunteer and budgetary efforts.

We welcome the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects. We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming editathons, and other outreach activities.

After the main meeting, pizza/chicken/vegetables and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles gallery, 137 West 14th Street

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! (One talk this month will be on use of Wikipedia press passes for photographers.) Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 00:27, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

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