User talk:JoannaSerah

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Welcome to my user talk page! Feel free to add comments at the bottom of the page (easier for me to find). Generally, I'll respond underneath your comment whether on my talk page or yours unless you request otherwise. -- JoannaSerah (talk)

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Proposals at WP:WNC[edit]

Just thought I'd drop you a note and point you to a discussion I've opened at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject North Carolina#Two proposals to motivate article creation and improvement. Since you're a much more experienced contributor than I am, I'd love your thoughts on the matters I've proposed. Thanks! Cdtew (talk) 16:18, 31 January 2013 (UTC)


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I award this barnstar to JoannaSerah for exceptional dedication in improving and maintaining the Rowan-Salisbury School System article. CT Cooper · talk 18:38, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Keep up the good work! CT Cooper · talk 18:38, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

Thank you so much! I will do my best. :) -- JoannaSerah (talk) 18:09, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

DYK for Charles W. Albertson[edit]

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Need Help[edit]

Aerial photo of W. Kerr Scott Reservoir and Dam.

Hello! I'd like to thank you for all the work you've done in maintaining the articles dealing with Wilkes County, and for your past assistance. I would like, if possible, to change the photo for the W. Kerr Scott lake in the Wilkes County article and the photo for the Pores Knob article. Both photos are pretty bad, in my opinion - the Pores Knob photo doesn't even show the mountain, but just a house/building located below the summit. I have found two new photos that I believe are better and could replace them, but I don't know how to add photos to Wiki articles, or what the requirements are. I would appreciate your input and assistance! The Pores Knob photo is at The Kerr Scott dam photos are at and I know you're busy, but I would appreciate your input as to whether the photos are better than the ones already on those articles and how to place them there. Thanks so much! (talk) 03:20, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Yes, I think you are right about the Kerr Scott picture. It can be used/uploaded since it is a public domain picture (created by US Army Corps of Engineers). It is a large picture, so it might need to be reduced first, I'll look into that. I agree with you about the Pores Knob picture, however, the Pores Knob picture you link to is not able to be used here. No indication on that site, that I can see, that says that is is freely usable. It is not free. But I'll look to see if I can find any free images for there. Otherwise, I might just have to visit it sometime when I'm visiting relatives and take my camera. :) -- JoannaSerah (talk) 03:42, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Thank you so much! The Kerr Scott photo currently in the article doesn't show the dam or the lake very well, and what it does show is rather unflattering - it's kind of "trashy." The US Army Engineers photo is much prettier and more presentable, as you noted. Hopefully another usable photo for Pores Knob can be found - I just thought the highest point in the Brushy Mountains deserved a photo of the mountain itself rather than what's shown. If not, a photo taken by you will work great, and will be much appreciated :). Again, thanks! (talk) 03:53, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Yes, I changed the picture on the Wilkes County, North Carolina page for the dam. I didn't upload the USACE photo you linked to, because I think the one that is there now really is pretty good to show the reservoir and dam. Any more pics would probably overburden the section. If a fully fleshed out article on the reservoir and dam is ever written (right now, W. Kerr Scott Dam just redirects to Yadkin River), then we could upload the other. Just let me know if you really think that aerial shot should be in (it is nice). I wouldn't mind; will help upload that if you want. Looking at it, it isn't too big a file size or anything. Thank you. -- JoannaSerah (talk) 03:58, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

I went ahead and uploaded the USACE photo. You can put that in whatever place you think is appropriate. I've put it at the top of this discussion to show it here. Looking at it here, it is kind of dark when it is in a smaller thumb size. Might want to make it bigger in the article, but that might take up too much space and overburden a section. Hmm... Not sure. If you put it somewhere other users will probably take a look at it and either comment or revert. I can't really vote one way or the other right now, I don't think. Thank you for your interest. -- JoannaSerah (talk) 04:19, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for switching the photo in the Wilkes County article! I agree about the Army Corps of Engineers photo being dark at that size; I think it's a nice aerial shot of the dam and lake if it's larger, but at that size I don't know if it's worth it to put into the article. Also, I'm not sure that having two photos of the dam in the same article is a good idea, now that I think about it. If I get the time (sometime!) I'll try to create a new article on the Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir; the Army COE picture would work well in such an article, I think. I am a registered user (Populism), but to be honest I rarely take the time to sign in when I edit, mainly because I don't think about it. Maybe I need to start doing so. Some editor named "Cresix" is apparently watching the Wilkes County article like a hawk, and is quick to delete anything he/she doesn't like. Maybe using my registered name would help, as I've been editing stuff on Wiki for years with few problems. Again, thanks for all your help. If/when I get around to creating a Kerr Scott article I would like for you to edit/review it to make sure it's "wiki sound." Thanks so much! (talk) 12:50, 15 February 2013 (UTC) (PS - This is my work address)

Sure, that'd be fine. I'd look it over. Yes, Cresix is watching that page and others like it because we have had such persistent problems with vandalism there. Overzealous? Well, probably not, since that article has had problems. I can't really argue with most of his edits. They follow guidelines well and he does a good job in fighting vandalism. I, too, come in quickly sometimes on articles I watch. I see where you tried to add Confederate to Dula's entry on the Wilkes article. I did a page reorg slightly and added the info back in with a citation. He just saw an IP address that looked possibly similar to ones that were vandals before. The guidelines for Notable people sections are often not followed correctly. Many of them need cleanup. The whole Wilkes County article probably needs work. I should really look into that more. -- JoannaSerah (talk) 15:49, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

Given all the vandalism on the Wilkes County-related pages, I guess I shouldn't complain :D. I agree that the Wilkes County article could use some tightening-up and edits. Again, thanks for all that you do! (talk) 18:08, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar![edit]

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For your great work creating {{Infobox papal conclave}}. Especially useful considering current events but it will help with consistency for all the historical ones. Great work! Stalwart111 02:04, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
Thank you! Just glad I could help. Was going to say that KTC needs one too for all her work on it as well, but then I see you did give one to her also. -- JoannaSerah (talk) 02:11, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
Sure did! Great work all round! Cheers, Stalwart111 02:27, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

DYK for Grimes Mill[edit]

 — Crisco 1492 (talk) 07:21, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

DYK nomination update[edit]

Thanks for your comments on Template:Did you know nominations/The Hole (Scientology) - I've now fixed the dead links that you spotted. Prioryman (talk) 20:04, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

Thank you. Replied there: approved. -- JoannaSerah (talk) 20:50, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

DYK The Hole (Scientology)[edit]

DYK:The Hole Symbol question.svg some WP:UNDUE queries to nom and Symbol redirect vote4.png ALT3 needs another reviewer --Senra (talk) 19:35, 20 February 2013 (UTC)

Was away from internet for a while unexpectedly, so didn't get a chance to review again. This has been promoted already. Thank you. -- JoannaSerah (talk) 02:11, 23 February 2013 (UTC)


Under-cited? or Over-cited?[edit]

Back in November you tagged Bantayan Island as under-cited. Since then I spent quite a long time adding information, references, etc. Then when I put it live last week it got tagged with the {{overly detailed}} tag following which several editors with large hammers knocked big lumps out of, about 25%. Actually I don't understand the purpose of the overly‑detailed tag, when it says it's of interest only to a specific audience. Isn't that true of all encyclopedic articles, that they're to offer info to people who are seeking it, not to a casual passer‑by?

Some of the material was removed because it "constituted original research", but I don't actually understand how a written description is less welcome than a photo of it. After all, the photo could be taken anywhere, you only have the supplier's description to go by. How is one expected to find valid citations of shopping habits, fish varieties caught, etc., in a relatively small location?

Puzzled. John of Cromer in China Philippines (talk) mytime= Tue 16:09, wikitime= 08:09, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

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One of your other hats[edit]

Do you happen to know anything about Spanish poet Carolina Coronado? Wikipedia page contains less than I already know - at least I have been to Almendralejo!

John of Cromer in Philippines (talk) mytime= Tue 19:47, wikitime= 11:47, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

African American History Edit-a-thon at UNC-Chapel Hill[edit]

Hi there -

I'm working with the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill to plan a Wikipedia edit-a-thon for next month (April 14), focusing on improving articles about African Americans in NC. Would appreciate any advice/suggestions you have about the best way to get the word out around here. I've left a post on the talk page for the NC Project - is it appropriate to post something on the talk page for the portal? Is there any other interactive spot I'm not thinking of?

Here's the link to the event page, if you'd like to check it out:

Let me know what you think, and feel free to suggest any relevant articles you've run across that need work - thanks for your time and expertise! Czarinanc (talk) 14:34, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

DYK for Hertford County Public Schools[edit]

Graeme Bartlett (talk) 00:03, 7 March 2013 (UTC)

Article Feedback deployment[edit]

Hey JoannaSerah; I'm dropping you this note because you've used the article feedback tool in the last month or so. On Thursday and Friday the tool will be down for a major deployment; it should be up by Saturday, failing anything going wrong, and by Monday if something does :). Thanks, Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 22:41, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

WikiProject C-SPAN?[edit]

Greetings fellow Wikipedia editor -

I am leaving you this note because I have reason to believe that you are interested in C-SPAN. (I may have made this assumption based on your C-SPAN user box, or perhaps for some other reason.) If this is not an interest of yours, please feel free to read no further and delete this message.

If you are in fact someone who is interested in C-SPAN, then let me put forward an idea that I have been kicking around for a while. What if we started a C-SPAN WikiProject?

The parameters of this (potential) project are up for discussion, but it could include some or all of the following (as well as things that may occur to you that have not occurred to me):

  • Creation, maintenance, and improvement of articles and lists directly related to C-SPAN and its programming.
  • Use of C-SPAN programming in citations for various topics
  • Inclusion of unique and targeted C-SPAN video links for various articles. (Doing this with respect for established guidelines at Wikipedia:External links.) (Example: If you are interested in the submarine USS Wyoming (SSBN-742), then having easy access to the eight hours of programming taped while a C-SPAN crew were guests on that submarine could also be of interest to you.)
  • Inclusion of (and possible further creation of) templated links such as {{C-SPAN|laurabush}}, that will easily take article readers to a link of all C-SPAN Video Library links for the person about whom the article is about.
  • What else?

I don't know exactly how far we may want to go, nor in what directions, but I do believe (as I have long noted on my user page) that C-SPAN and Wikipedia are both...

...fantastic vehicles for the free exchange of ideas and information in a non-sound-bite manner, and they both invite the participation of any parties (expert or amateur) who are interested in taking the time to absorb and/or contribute to the ideas and information offered. C-SPAN and Wikipedia go together like peanut butter and jelly, and I want to help give other Wiki users easy access to the great work that C-SPAN has done on a variety of topics.

Now, I should mention that I have never started a WikiProject before, and I do not know the best way to go about it. (Perhaps one of you do?) Let me offer one of my sandbox pages, User:KConWiki/sandbox/Wikiproject C-SPAN?, as a gathering area for comments until such time as we gather enough steam to start our own WikiProject page.

Thanks for reading this far, and I hope that you will give some consideration as to whether this is something we ought to attempt. Please feel free to pass this message on to others you know whom might be interested, and please let me know your thoughts and comments.

KConWiki (talk) 02:18, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

Category:North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Category:North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductees, which you created, has been nominated for possible deletion, merging, or renaming. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the Categories for discussion page. Thank you. DexDor (talk) 05:00, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

Just to let you know[edit]

You have been mentioned at Wikipedia:Missing Wikipedians. XOttawahitech (talk) 15:34, 9 June 2013 (UTC)

North Wilkesboro Article[edit]

Just thought I'd let you know that the North Wilkesboro article is starting to include advertising-type details again, and it appears as if some of your previous edits (which were excellent!) have been "redone" by posters (such as bringing back the battle of the bands reference). Cheers! 2602:304:691E:5A29:4566:9345:D81A:6170 (talk) 17:33, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

National Register of Historic Places listings in Rowan County, North Carolina[edit]

I was under the impression Shober Bridge was on the National Register, but the only place I found it was in a photo, which I added to [User:Vchimpanzee/Shober Bridge my draft article].

I have been unsure whether Shober Bridge was considered notable enough for a Wikipedia article, and if I am wrong about it being on the National Register, then I suppose there is some doubt. If not, then I guess it can have an article.— Vchimpanzee · talk · contributions · 21:00, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Books and Bytes: The Wikipedia Library Newsletter[edit]

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notable people from Wilkes County[edit]

Hello up there in Wilkes County. Apparently you haven't been given the following information regarding notable persons from Wilkes.

Ken Johnston: Lead singer for the famous 1960's folk group 'Brozos Four'. Also, while in high school,formed a barbershop quartet along with Billy Swofford Larry Moore: Baritone singer for the famous 1960's folk group 'Brozos Four' and a regular on the hit TV show,'Hee Haw', with Roger Gambill that formed the group 'Gambill and Moore'during the roaring 70's Roger Gambill: Tenor and stage personality with the 'Kingston Trio' Joe Estes: Lead guitar player for the 70's hit group, 'Last Chance Band'

My name is Joe C. Johnston, a Wilkes Native, and I will always be proud of being from Wilkes County.Thanks for letting me share some important information with you.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:33, 18 November 2013 (UTC) 

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New Category[edit]

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Orphaned non-free image File:Rowan–Salisbury Schools logo.jpg[edit]


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Possible removal of AWB access due to inactivity[edit]

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