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May 2015[edit]

Welcome to Wikipedia. Although everyone is welcome to contribute constructively to the encyclopedia, your addition of one or more external links to the page Rawhide (song) has been reverted.
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Hello Ira![edit]

Hi Ira. I was so glad to meet you tonight at WikiWednesday. Had hoped we would have more time to talk and chit chat, especially about Wikipedia and Jewish genealogy. Please reach out if you need anything or have any questions! -- Erika aka BrillLyle (talk) 04:30, 10 December 2015 (UTC)


Hello! I moved your creation to User:Ira Leviton/Userboxes/Einstein, as it is unsuited for main article space. Feel free to work on it or host it at your user subpage, sandbox, or elsewhere outside of mainspace. All the best, --Animalparty! (talk) 23:58, 27 December 2015 (UTC)

List of hospitals in New York City[edit]

Thanks for List of hospitals in New York City, it looks like you did a lot of work. I am going to add some of the red linked ones to Wikidata. That way they can appear as places of death within Wikidata. --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 18:45, 31 December 2015 (UTC)

You make the decision, should they stay as red links, or link to Wikidata entries such as [[d:Q21905293|Brooklyn Eye and Ear Hospital]] and appear as Brooklyn Eye and Ear Hospital? I could write an entry in Wikipedia but am blocked from creating new entries, my personal Javert just got me blocked from even creating articles in my userspace. I am currently working on Coroner of New York City.


Don't forget to add in the cemetery burials to Wikidata, I added in one for you: Elliot Willensky. Stuff gets deleted on Wikipedia all the time, but Wikidata is more stable. Categories come and go like fashion here, but there, we think of new ways to categorize people all the time. --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 23:36, 5 January 2016 (UTC)

Harry Lorraine[edit]

Thanks again for the barnstar and spotting the errors with the two people confused as one. Lugnuts Dick Laurent is dead 07:48, 14 January 2016 (UTC)

Gram stain vs. gram-positive vs. gram-negative... etc. etc.[edit]

Hello there! I noticed your recent edit to Gram staining where you capitalized "Gram" throughout the article. Actually, this is not as straightforward as it seems. In general when Gram is used as part of a compound adjective (gram-positive, gram-negative, etc.) it is left lowercase. There is a brief explanation of this at the Eponym page as well as some discussion about our specific case at Talk:Gram-negative bacteria and a brief note on the Gram-staining talk page. In general this is the format you'll see from the CDC (sorry you have to scroll down a bit on that one) and other mainstream organizations. I went through the Gram staining page and re-lowercased throughout (except for "Gram stain" which remains uppercase). If you disagree or would like to talk about it, feel free to ping me here or leave a message on my talk page (or post on the Gram staining talk page for a wider audience). Other than that, glad to see someone taking an interest in the Gram staining article! Happy editing!! Ajpolino (talk) 18:37, 2 April 2016 (UTC)


Don't forget to also add the Findagrave ID to Wikidata, I added your last one. People delete them in Wikipedia, but they are always there at Wikidata. --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 04:28, 8 October 2016 (UTC)

Your ALLCAPS edits to 2016–17 Coupe de France[edit]

Hi, Some of the changes you made with this edit to the above article actually broke the sentence case in some of the references, by capitalising words that are not proper nouns.

eg: Coupe de France: Caudebec and Saint-Nicolas eliminated you changed to Coupe de France: Caudebec and Saint-Nicolas Eliminated, but note that all the capitalised words in the sentence before you changed it were proper nouns.

I don't want to revert the whole edit, as some of the changes (moving from all capitals to title case) are valid. I would invite you to revisit this edit and change those which you moved from sentence case to title case back to sentence case. Cheers, Gricehead (talk) 09:18, 10 January 2017 (UTC)

Hi, wp:ALLCAPS states: Reduce newspaper headlines and other titles from all caps to sentence case or title case. For example, replace the headline "WAR BEGINS TODAY" with "War begins today" or "War Begins Today". (my bold). In the example above, the original edit is equivalent to War begins today and your edit is equivalent to War Beings Today. So you've changed an acceptable per-MOS sentence case to an acceptable per-MOS title case. There is no difference between languages. (Sentence case states: Only the first character of the sentence is capitalised, except for proper nouns and other words which are required by a more specific rule to be capitalised.) Not a massive deal, but I don't think we should really be changing one per-MOS acceptable title to another per-MOS acceptable title. Cheers, Gricehead (talk) 12:47, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for your changes, much appreciated. Cheers, Gricehead (talk) 08:41, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks so much for your proofreading, typo-catching, and other fine corrections throughout Wikipedia! Softlavender (talk) 10:26, 10 January 2017 (UTC)

MV Discovery[edit]

Hi Ira. Thanks for your edit to the MV Discovery article; however, I have reverted it. I see from your user page that you are American, and Coast Guard is indeed two words in American English, but it is a single word in British English. The reference in the article was to the United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency, which is the parent body of Her Majesty's Coastguard, so the original spelling was correct. Best wishes, Timothy Titus Talk To TT 19:58, 15 January 2017 (UTC)

Amália Revisited edit[edit]

Thanks for your edit on Amália Revisited, but Bulllet (with 3 Ls) is not a typo :) The artist writes his name like that Anonymous from the 21st century (talk) 19:00, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

Thank You For Your Edit[edit]

Hello, I really appreciated your edited on Daniel Padilla article. Best Regards Puchicatos (talk) 05:14, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Help Edited Spelling Errors on Daniel Padilla Article[edit]

Hello, would you mind to help fixed spelling errors on Daniel Padilla's article? Thank You in advance Puchicatos (talk) 14:04, 18 February 2017 (UTC)


your recents. good to see. in western Scotland the intermission (my invention) word is aim or aeem in particular females will begin almost every sentence with 'aim'. in southern Java - Indonesian speakers with good english use actually in a similar manner. Keep up the good work, and say hello to the lower west side for me (Manhattan), I miss it. JarrahTree 22:59, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

Governors of Tripolitania[edit]

It doesn't matter we does matter what the Italian government call! For example, between 1917-1922 the governors of Tripolitania were actually governors of two or three cities (Tripoli, Homs, Zuwara)!--Maher27777 (talk) 06:36, 21 February 2017 (UTC)

Ways to improve Kings County District Attorney[edit]

Hi, I'm Seligne. Ira Leviton, thanks for creating Kings County District Attorney!

I've just tagged the page, using our page curation tools, as having some issues to fix. Great citations! Your "List" could use a more descriptive title. Also, more categories....

The tags can be removed by you or another editor once the issues they mention are addressed. If you have questions, you can leave a comment on my talk page. Or, for more editing help, talk to the volunteers at the Teahouse.

Seligne (talk) 14:28, 23 February 2017 (UTC)


😃😃Poems! Do you have any on Wikipedia? BulbAtop (talk) 18:52, 7 April 2017 (UTC)


Hello, Ira Leviton! I saw you recently edited a page related to the Green party and green politics. There is a WikiProject that has been formed - WikiProject Green Politics and I thought this might be something you'd be interested in joining! So please head on over to the project page and take a look! Thanks for your time. Me-123567-Me (talk) 02:15, 14 April 2017 (UTC)

Michele di Rocco[edit]

Greetings. Per this, please point out where in the MOS it says to artificially fix typos in refs. I've never seen such a rule/guideline, and we certainly don't do it in other contexts (such as misspelt song titles in music albums). Mac Dreamstate (talk) 01:38, 15 April 2017 (UTC)

From what I can see, that MOS section pertains only to quotations of prose text, rather than specifically titles of refs. Also, I strongly believe Wikipedia should be striving for accuracy, even if it means preserving mistakes—the publisher of the ref made an error in the title, but it is not our responsibility to fix it, since it does not make a difference within the article body. I would let the Di Rocco edit slide otherwise, but the issue could carry over into countless other articles unless we get clarification. Should I ask at WT:MOS? 01:56, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
Discussion started here. Mac Dreamstate (talk) 18:29, 15 April 2017 (UTC)
Cool, I think that's a reasonable solution across the board—I'll be sure to use the tag myself in future. Nice talking with you, and all the best. Mac Dreamstate (talk) 18:32, 21 April 2017 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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I find it unbelievable that I approved New York Herald Tribune as a good article and yet missed repeated "the" not once, but twice. thanks for cleaning my mess up. Chris Troutman (talk) 19:36, 14 June 2017 (UTC)

Merger discussion for Air & Sea Show [edit]


An article that you have been involved in editing—Air & Sea Show —has been proposed for merging with another article. If you are interested, please participate in the merger discussion. Thank you. WikiVirusC(talk) 04:58, 7 July 2017 (UTC)

The Bronx, Thonks[edit]

Thanks for cleaning up the List of People from the Bronx. I never could get the hang of hyphenation, even when I copied another entry -- or maybe because of that! Bellagio99 (talk) 20:32, 7 July 2017 (UTC)

A cheeseburger for you![edit]

Cheeseburger.png Your name seems to be affiliated with a recent change to my Wikipedia entry (Frank P. Tomasulo). The box seems to suggest that there's something wrong with my entry. I added some citations but the box is still there. What SPECIFICALLY do I (or you) have to do to remove that warning box? I tried editing but to no avail. BTW, I was born and grew up in NYC and currently live in Manhattan. How about that CHEESEBURGER?! Ftomasulo (talk) 03:01, 13 July 2017 (UTC)

Some stroopwafels for you![edit]

Gaufre biscuit.jpg For spotting the occasions for spotting the occasions where I where I have a tendency have a tendency to say everything twice to say everything twice, [1] [2] here are here are a pair of a pair of stroopwafels for you stroopwafels for you Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 19:10, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

Editing inside quotations[edit]

While I appreciate your efforts at working on style, I must point out that you don't change material inside a direct quotation. This applies to the wire service style which was / is to capitalize the dateline city of origin - it is not a typo. Editorial changes to handle things like misspellings, or in the case of some words that have changed in usage over time (employe / employee comes to mind) are marked [sic] to show that the typo or variation was in the original source. Mark Sublette

The edits I was referring to were items from Military Aircraft Accidents, 1940 - 1944. Personally, as a historian, I try to accurately reflect the source material, and prefer to post the text as it was printed, and note missed keystrokes with [sic]. Also, usage of the language, especially in the press, has evolved over time, and reporting has changed. I don't like to second-guess period style. Mark Sublette

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For being able to spot two "the"s next to each other without flinching. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 14:12, 30 August 2017 (UTC)

You "fixed several words"[edit]

Thanks for rescuing Castleton.
I am intrigued to understand how on earth you were watching this insignificant article.  Cheers! Gareth Griffith‑Jones (The Welsh Buzzard) 13:19, 10 September 2017 (UTC)

Hi Welsh Buzzard,
I must admit your question made me laugh. I had to go back to my contribution history to remember, but since you asked, here's the long answer:
THe Castleton page isn't on my watch list. For the last few months on Wikipedia, I've been doing mostly copy editing. I'm a member of the Typo Team and have been on a search and and destroy mission for duplications of the words 'and' and 'the.' It's boring to do that all the time, so I sometimes click on a link. My edit immediately prior to those on the Castleton article was a deletion of a duplicated 'and' on the Morris Marina article. I can't find a link directly from that page to Castleton, so I may have gone to another page in between, but I wound up on Castleton, and when I saw words that shouldn't have been capitalized, I just couldn't leave them alone.
Ira Leviton (talk) 14:13, 10 September 2017 (UTC)

Ha, ha! The fun of editing WP, hey! Anyway, much appreciated and your good work led me to make a number of revisions following that IP before you. If you care to look at my User page you will see why I have an interest there. All the best. Cheers! Gareth Griffith‑Jones (The Welsh Buzzard) 14:22, 10 September 2017 (UTC)

Template:European Parliament election, 2014 (Netherlands) candidate lists[edit]

Hi Ira Leviton,

I won't revert your edits again and i did know the guidelines. But i think it's important to realise that the party name and list name are 2 different things. The Dutch election committee follows instructions from party's choice for partylist name. Styling it this way is the way they participated. Since this is a list of the party lists (and not party names) it's strange not to follow the official party list name.

Anyway. Not going not going to edit war you on this or anything. But i take pride in my accuracy.

With kind regards,
--BasBr1 (talk) 20:28, 10 September 2017 (UTC)

Blade (comics) move[edit]

There's currently a movie going on at Blade (comics) that you might be interested in since you have edited the article in question recently.★Trekker (talk) 18:45, 18 September 2017 (UTC)


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A wee barnstar[edit]

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Just a quick token of recognition of your exhaustive efforts to improve Wikipedia, Ira. Best regards. :) Kieronoldham (talk) 00:03, 25 September 2017 (UTC)


Greetings. Could you create the article ru:Build-a-lot in Simple English section of Wikipedia? Thank you. -- The222anonim (talk) 14:58, 28 September 2017 (UTC) UPD: Oh. Excuse me. Actual version on English : Build-a-lot, but, can you translate that on Simple English?

Green Street Courthouse/Republican[edit]

Re this edit: In many countries outside the US, "Republican" is not usually capitalised. Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Ireland-related articles#Descriptive nouns and adjectives specifically says to use lowercase. jnestorius(talk) 07:53, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Not a problem, Jnestorius. The reason I stopped by that page was to correct the duplicate 'the.' While there, I noticed republican as a political party, which gets capitalized in the U.S. although it gets a small 'r' as a simple adjective. If gets a small 'r' as a political party outside of the U.S., then it should be a small 'r' in this article – after all, that's where the reference was made. Thanks, and regards. Ira Leviton (talk) 00:07, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

List of MLB team nicknames[edit]

I saw you adding nicknames and other changes to list of baseball team nicknames a couple times a week ago. It makes me to ask if you would like to look at the page List of MLB team nicknames I wrote on PlanetStar Wikia four weeks ago that lists lot more nicknames, many of them I came up with, than there are on Wikipedia page. Let me know if you have any thoughts surrounding that. PlanetStar 00:01, 5 November 2017 (UTC)

Hi - and I apologize for taking so long to answer. I happened on the list of team nicknames because of a typo on it, but being interested in baseball history, I had to add something in addition to fixing the typo. I see nothing wrong with being 'encyclopedic' about team names, although somebody might complain that Wikipedia isn't supposed to be a bunch of lists. As long as there are citations, why not add the other names on your Wikia page to the Wikipedia article? It's currently heavily weighted toward more recently used names, so adding old names, like "Mackmen" for the A's will make that more evenhanded. Team names are one of those lists that can never be complete but there are plenty of those types of lists on Wikipedia too. I say go for it!
Ira Leviton (talk) 02:41, 28 November 2017 (UTC)

Nantucket's neutrality during the American Revolutionary War[edit]

Hi Ira, Thanks for taking an interest in Nantucket's neutrality during the American Revolutionary War, an article that I have found to be problematic owing to its marginal notability and the appearance that it was a school history paper. Perhaps you could take a crack at the lead section. A good summary there could help indicate whether the article focuses on a notable topic. It appears to have some interesting material in the body that probably should find a home in any case. Cheers, User:HopsonRoad 13:48, 25 November 2017 (UTC)

Hi, and thanks for your comment. I also thought that this article might have started out as some type of class project, although I thought that it was interesting and about a notable issue. I agree that the lede is weak because it doesn't summarize the topic well and included history that's unimportant to the rest of the article and should have appeared only below the table of contents. There's other stuff in the text, like a bunch of "so-and-so wrote in an article in this journal..." that's unnecessary because it's in the citations. I may have time to work on it next weekend, but I have to think about the lede because I'm not an expert at all in this topic.
Ira Leviton (talk) 02:41, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply, Ira. I suggest that, since the lede need only summarize the article, it shouldn't require expertise, just an ability to understand, process and write, which you clearly have! Whatever you achieve, will probably be a great improvement, even if the article receives further attention and development from others. Cheers, User:HopsonRoad 14:32, 28 November 2017 (UTC)

Your edit on Clash of Champions (2017)[edit]

Ira, thanks for your edit on Clash of Champions (2017). I noticed you removed the PPV abbreviation in the first sentence. Although it might not be used again in the article right now, it is often later added in the articles, and its actually in the first line of every Impact, WCW and WWE PPV. I understand your rationale for removing but I think it does serve a purpose. Any thoughts on that?

I also notice you recently edited the Israeli Wrestling League article I recently created. I created a bunch of other Israeli wrestling related articles, and a template for them: Template:Professional wrestling in Israel, Professional wrestling in Israel, Ultimate Wrestling Israel, IPWA Heavyweight Championship (Israel), and Tomer Shalom. Any help with a second set of eyes, and with expanding them, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks - GalatzTalk 18:41, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for your comments and noticing my edits. I'm on the Wikipedia Typo Team and stopped by both of the pages you mentioned in my almost never-ending search for duplications of the word 'the', which is my current project. (It's a very common typo.) I also remove allcaps and jargon abbreviation when I notice them. Wrestling pages tend to have allcaps, I believe because their magazines have headlines in allcaps and those are pasted as references. It's not a big deal, but it gives me something else to do. As for as abbreviations, I think that almost everybody uses them – including me – but Wikipedia is supposed to be for a general audience and unless it's something like "the U.N.", people may not know what it is. I don't even like to see jargon abbreviation in Wikipedia articles when they're used to save space for a frequently repeated term, since newspapers, for example, tend to successfully avoid them. I don't remove them when they're used 20 times on a page, but when I saw the PPV and that it was used only in the lede, I thought it should be removed. I'm not a fan of wrestling, boxing, or anything that uses PPV, but I knew the abbreviation, but I always think, if a ten-year old kid or my wife is reading an article with jargon, they're not going to know what it means, and they may lose interest and go to another page.
The Israeli Wrestling League page you created is very detailed - you must either be a big fan or spent a huge amount of time researching it - or both. It's tough for me to judge how popular wrestling is in Israel, but if you link it to the right kind of other wrestling articles, you should get a decent number of page views from die-hards in the U.S. and elsewhere that way.
Ira Leviton (talk) 19:32, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, the Hebrew WP was big help for the IWL article. The Professional wrestling in Israel and Tomer Shalom needed to be created from scratch though. Professional wrestling and Israel related articles on WP are where I focus most of my efforts so WP, so it only made sense to combine the two and start working on those articles.
I always let WP fill in the reference for me, and therefore yes, it just takes the all caps from the article itself which uses all caps. Unfortunately you will therefore find the same cap issues in the articles I mentioned above. - GalatzTalk 19:39, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

Your edit on Peter Corke (2017)[edit]

Ira, I noticed your edits and requests for clarification on Peter Corke. This page is about me so not quite sure the process given WP COI guidelines. You've expanded CSIRO to its full and formal name, but since the 1980s the organisation only refers to itself as CSIRO. It's not an acronym, there are no dots. Maybe expand it out the first time and give the short name in parentheses. You've added matrix laboratory as an expansion for MATLAB, and although that is where the name came from in the 1970s when it was a university project, the company MathWorks founded in 1984 never refer to this meaning for MATLAB. ICT stands for Information and Communications Technology, a fairly well known term in Australia and Europe, it recognises that for IT systems today the communications/networking is super important. But if you expand out CSIRO ICT Centre you no longer have the name of the organisation, it was known internally and externally as CSIRO ICT Centre or even CSIRO ICTC. It's tricky when the contraction becomes the normal way of referring to a thing. Finally, "take up a chair" is a British idiom for becoming a professor. Unlike the US, in the Australia and the UK not all academics are professors: academics rise through the ranks of lecturer, senior lecturer, reader (increasingly associate professor), professor.

Peter.corke (talk) 21:17, 16 December 2017 (UTC)



I will try to fix the article – either later today or tomorrow, using the information in your message. (As you can probably tell, I hate jargon abbreviations. But if they're explained properly and used properly, then they're OK.)

You taught me a Britishism! (I've wanted to take up a chair many times, but only to use it on somebody from behind.)

And you're right about conflicts of interest, but I'm sure that it can be fixed without you having to do anything.

Ira Leviton (talk) 21:31, 16 December 2017 (UTC)


Hi Peter,
I made some edits that I think solve the problems. Please see if they make sense to you too.
Ira Leviton (talk) 18:56, 17 December 2017 (UTC)

Rahul Kumar Kamboj[edit]

Hi, you also make some changes in the article of Rahul Kumar Kamboj. The article is being considered for deletion. Maybe you can also share your opinion with discussion. Thanks. GoPro (talk) 06:28, 9 January 2018 (UTC)


Jewish history

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Thank you for quality articles such as Dennis Edwards Jr., Tina Levitan and Congregation Shaare Zedek Cemetery, for "additions, corrections, references, etc.", for "I think it's a good thing when knowledge can be created or distributed at no cost.", for the cute infobox of yourself, - Ira, you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 23:02, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

Removal of the all capital letters on the Hawaii missile alert article[edit]

Please review the references for the all capital letters that you removed from the Hawaii missile alert article. The references clearly show all capital letters. (talk) 00:14, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

A cheeseburger for you![edit]

Cheeseburger.png Thanks for your typo fixes! Marquardtika (talk) 05:27, 24 January 2018 (UTC)

New Page Reviewing[edit]

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Hello, Ira Leviton.

I've seen you editing recently and you seem like an experienced Wikipedia editor.
Would you please consider becoming a New Page Reviewer? Reviewing/patrolling a page doesn't take much time but it requires a good understanding of Wikipedia policies and guidelines; currently Wikipedia needs experienced users at this task. (After gaining the flag, patrolling is not mandatory. One can do it at their convenience). But kindly read the tutorial before making your decision. Thanks. —usernamekiran(talk) 16:50, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

A Barnstar for you![edit]

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With kind regards;
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linking to wikidata[edit]

Did you have an opinion on linking the defunct NYC hospital entries to that do not have a Wikipedia article to their entries in Wikidata? --RAN (talk) 01:57, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

@Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ):

Hi Richard,
First, I have to apologize for taking so long to reply. It was good to hear from you again. I've been thinking about your question for a while (too long, I admit). I think that in general, redlinks should be left as an encouragement to write Wikipedia articles. Even though some of the defunct hospitals in New York City are pretty insignificant to most people, there are many things that have Wikipedia articles even though in my opinion they're much less significant. Maybe it's my interest in New York City history and my consequent bias that everything in New York City is significant, but I'm hoping that even if it's not soon, the defunct hospitals will have articles in a few years.
I have to also admit that my motivation for writing today was coming across my mother's birth certificate. The location of her birth was recorded as "J.M.H." It took some investigating, but I discovered that those were the initials of [[Jewish Maternity Hospital] - which motivated me to write an article for it (it's in the mainspace as of a few minutes ago). So even if nobody else writes any articles on defunct hospitals in N.Y.C., I should get the list done in about 200 years or so.
Ira Leviton (talk) 15:22, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
Are you working on your genealogy? Have you been to Familysearch, the Mormon website? Did you take one the DNA tests? Ancestry or 23andme? Many of my entries are for the same reason, mostly cemeteries and obscure reference books. You can also add your grandparents to Wikidata,, as a way to store all the places you keep information on them. --RAN (talk) 20:44, 28 March 2018 (UTC)

Edits with References[edit]

Dear Ira Leviton,

I noticed you are a reviewer of different topics and you already approved several edits on many pages on Wikipedia.

Please I need your help as I have edits with references, I want these edits to be reflected on my company's page on Wikipedia, how can I guarantee the edits will be approved by you or other reviewers?

Please feel free to contact me on or to write on my Talk Page on Wikipedia.

Thanks in advance

--SFlowerSeed (talk) 13:42, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Editor of the Week[edit]

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User:Buster7 submitted the following nomination for Editor of the Week:

Active beginning in 2015, Ira has a New York focus but does work in all the spheres of the Wiki. Over 43000 edits with 97% to mainspace. Uses the edit summary 99% of the time. Believes in disseminating knowledge and information. Add facts, links, and references, correct errors, and tries to improve the encyclopedia where he can. List of hospitals in New York City is an article that displays his work. A WP:Typo Team member, he has created 25 articles.

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Since 2015, Ira's New York focus works at disseminating knowledge and information in all the spheres of the Wiki. Over 43000 edits with 97% to mainspace: uses edit summary 99% of the time. Constantly adding facts, links, references and correcting errors.
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Hi and thank you for the award and the call-out. You got me by surprise. (And yes, I am a long-suffering New York Mets fan.) I will certainly proudly display this on my user page.
Ira Leviton (talk) 02:32, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

Share your experience and feedback as a Wikimedian in this global survey[edit]

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about Shigeaki Kato's page[edit]

Hi! Ira Leviton, you changed to "small letter capital" from "big letter capital" of group name in 「Shigeaki Kato」 page. but the group name big letter capital is correct. you can see the reason why in「NEWS (band)」page.thanks.--Katanori04 (talk) 05:34, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for being one of Wikipedia's top medical contributors![edit]

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In 2017 you were one of the top ~250 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia. Thank you from Wiki Project Med Foundation for helping bring free, complete, accurate, up-to-date health information to the public. We really appreciate you and the vital work you do! Wiki Project Med Foundation is a user group whose mission is to improve our health content. Consider joining here, there are no associated costs.

Thanks again :-) -- Doc James along with the rest of the team at Wiki Project Med Foundation 02:47, 26 April 2018 (UTC)

wrong preposition Raghib_al-Nashashibi[edit]

The phrase and mayor of Jerusalem in 1920–1934. should be and mayor of Jerusalem from 1920-1934. This conforms to British and American use of prepositions. I've been doing this for a decade, Ira, but I don't know how to alter that background section, which is a newer feature. I noticed that you also like proof-reading, so I'm asking you for a how-to. It's possible that the original sentence was in 1920, then someone added -1934, but neglected to update the preposition. MichelleInSanMarcos (talk) 20:43, 27 April 2018 (UTC)

You are 10)% correct about that prepositional phrase. I made the correction – just look at the coding on the edit tab of the page to see how I did it. I also changed the dash to 'to'.
Ira Leviton (talk) 20:53, 27 April 2018 (UTC)

WikiProject Western Governors University[edit]

WikiProject Georgia Tech

As a current or past contributor to a related article, I thought I'd let you know that I've started WikiProject Western Governors University, a collaborative effort to improve Wikipedia's coverage of WGU. If you would like to participate, you can visit the project page, where you can join the project and see a list of open tasks and related articles. Thanks! Paul Smith111977 (talk) 08:54, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

Cutty-sark (witch)‎[edit]

Hi, I'm confused. You removed the word "ironically" from the article Cutty-sark (witch)‎, citing the manual of style, where we are warned against using that word as a peacock word. However, I reverted that, explaining that in this article the word is being used in it's correct sense: when we say that this line in the poem is ironic, we are making a scholarly statement about the literary device of irony which the poet used; we are NOT saying that we find it casually ironic that he did that. You thanked me for the edit - and then re-reverted as though you had not read my comment. Was this an error? --Doric Loon (talk) 17:33, 7 May 2018 (UTC)

@Doric Loon:
The error is mine. I understood your original comment and agreed with it, and my second deletion was an error. I've reinserted the word. My apologies.
Ira Leviton (talk) 18:15, 7 May 2018 (UTC)
Wonderful. No problem at all. --Doric Loon (talk) 18:17, 7 May 2018 (UTC)

Ironically ...[edit]

YES! - thank you, drives me nuts. Well done. DBaK (talk) 21:25, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

@DisillusionedBitterAndKnackered: I've deleted that word from hundreds of pages. One of my many pet peeves. Thousands to go, though.
Ira Leviton (talk) 20:24, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
Please keep at it! Wikipedia needs your peeve-rage! Cheers DBaK (talk) 00:43, 29 May 2018 (UTC)

You made my day! Thank you!![edit]

Ira, thank you for being such a kind human being. I was truly touched when I signed on to Wikipedia today, and found that you had awarded me "The Women's History Barnstar" ... for "ongoing contributions in this area, particularly for their quality and the research behind them." I'm sitting here with a big smile on my face. Thank you (and thank YOU for all of your wonderful work). Have a great week! 47thPennVols (talk) 03:14, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

gold mine[edit]

Coastal_radio_station_VIN_Geraldton - interestingly some interestingly scintilating terminology in this one JarrahTree 14:02, 27 June 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Tireless Contributor Barnstar Hires.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
[3] Thank you for your wikignoming!! Tom (LT) (talk) 00:00, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

Your nice edit at the Silence film[edit]

Last month you made a nice little edit at Silence (2016 film). Today I noticed that another editor appears to have made a long sequence of edits expanding the plot there well over WP:Filmplot length limit. Since that editor does not ever answer Talk page could you consider doing a rollback to restore the article. JohnWickTwo (talk) 17:33, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Another editor was able to assist. JohnWickTwo (talk) 22:13, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Your anti-editorializing edits[edit]

I'm glad someone is working on that gnomish task. I just ask that you be more careful. There's no reason to remove words like "interestingly" from a quote as you did at Navy Working Uniform. Removing editorializing in wikipedia's voice is fine, but when we quote, we cannot alter someone else's editorilization, as reflected in that quote. Please keep that in mind. oknazevad (talk) 23:09, 8 August 2018 (UTC)

@Oknazevad:: You are absolutely correct. I was going too fast and didn't realize that it was part of a quotation, and will pay more attention and be more careful in the future.
Ira Leviton (talk) 05:23, 9 August 2018 (UTC)

HMS Actif[edit]

Hi Ira, I suspect that the crew who were saved would agree with the "fortunately". I suspect that even the French would have endorsed the lack of drownings. Cheers, Acad Ronin (talk) 23:16, 28 August 2018 (UTC)

@Acad Ronin::
Hi Acad Ronin,
I'm certain you're correct. But even if both sides of the battle thought it was fortunate, the impartial, non-judgmental, non-editorializing, impassive Wikipedia doesn't. So, to paraphrase Sergeant Joe Friday alleged quotation, my edit was for "Just the facts."

A Dobos torte for you![edit]

Dobos cake (Gerbeaud Confectionery Budapest Hungary).jpg 7&6=thirteen () has given you a Dobos torte to enjoy! Seven layers of fun because you deserve it.

To give a Dobos torte and spread the WikiLove, just place {{subst:Dobos Torte}} on someone else's talkpage, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past or a good friend.

7&6=thirteen () 16:03, 8 September 2018 (UTC)

Duplicate 'the'[edit]

Thank you for noticing the duplicate 'the' in my Thessaloniki Metro station articles, and replacing it! --Michail (blah) 22:52, 8 September 2018 (UTC)