User talk:John

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A Note on threading:

Interpersonal communication does not work when messages are left on individual users' talk pages rather than threaded, especially when a third party wishes to read or reply.

Being a "bear of very little brain", I get easily confused when trying to follow conversations that bounce back and forth, so I've decided to try the convention that many others seem to use, aggregation of messages on either your talk page or my talk page. If the conversation is about an article I will try to aggregate on the article's talk page.

  • If the conversation is on your talk page or an article talk page, I will watch it.
  • If the conversation is on my talk page or an article talk page and I think that you may not be watching it, I will link to it in a note on your talk page, or in the edit summary of an empty edit. But if you start a thread here, please watch it.

I may mess up, don't worry, I'll find it eventually. Ping me if you really need to.

please note this is a personal preference rather than a matter of site policy

(From User:John/Pooh policy)

The Signpost: 6 February 2017[edit]

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your excellent work on Eurasian eagle-owl. Sario528 (talk) 12:49, 6 February 2017 (UTC)
Thank you! --John (talk) 15:07, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

A few requests[edit]

I'm not sure how busy you are at the moment, but if you are looking for articles to turn your talents towards, there are a few at FAC where I'd appreciate someone checking the prose. There is Nyuserre Ini (FAC here), Ben Crosby (FAC here) and House of Music (FAC here). None of them have anything glaring, but prose reviews are hard to come by, and if you find yourself with any time, your help on any of these would be appreciated as always. If not, no worries! Sarastro1 (talk) 00:49, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

Working my way through. My time on here is limited at the moment but I really appreciate the steer, and the compliment. --John (talk) 20:24, 7 February 2017 (UTC)


See Victoria's Prophets of Deceit. The content is there, but need polish. Your involvement, judgement and way with words would be very much appreciated. Ceoil (talk) 13:51, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

Thank you, I will have a look. --John (talk) 18:18, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Other things[edit]

Do you remember haing made audio samples for peace and joy? In the FAC, there are questions about them, - could you please take a look, because I don't even understand the questions, FUR, seems to have to do with licensing. - Happy Valentine's Day, flower on my talk! Of all New Year's cards, I kept yours ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:46, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

I will look. Sorry for the trouble. --John (talk) 08:09, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Other, less good things[edit]

Have you seen this? I'm a bit shocked, to be honest. Martinevans123 (talk) 22:08, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

Gosh. That's bloody awful. --John (talk) 08:09, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
On a tangential subject, I see we have over 1,800 BLPs citing the Daily Mail. There has been a flurry of chat both on and off-wiki about getting rid of the Mail citations, but not much on-the-ground grass roots activity to do it properly. I've been replacing citations to the Mail (and the Sun, and the Mirror, and the Daily Star, not so much the News of the World any more though...) for years; unfortunately many of the articles are the typical tabloid celebrity types like Lucy Mecklenburgh that I really can't motivate myself to go and research in serious encyclopedic detail, and I don't think I could make an AfD stick. Still, if all my fellow BLP watchers strive to clean up one article a day, we should be rid of the Mail in .... a couple of years. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 17:34, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
I am sure we could do it faster than that. We should. I'm on holiday right now but when I get back I intend to roll up my sleeves and get on with the work. --John (talk) 17:53, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Galicia and Galicia ?[edit]

Hello John ! Perhaps you could help me a bit. In Spain, there is a province called Galicia. But in Poland and Ukraine there is also a province with that name, but I have seen it spelled as "Galizia" (or possibly "Galizien"). Anyways, do you think it would be wrong to spell Galicia (Eastern Europe) as Galizia, in order to solve the confusion with Galicia (Spain). As I see it, does this come down to the English language and (possibly ?) how well the Galicia (Eastern Europe) is known , in English. If you have any thoughts about this issue, that is. The eastern province was involved in the First World War Eastern Front (between the Russians and the Austro-Hungarians, I think) Cheers ! Boeing720 (talk) 19:01, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

I think it is fine to leave them where they are. --John (talk) 09:25, 16 February 2017 (UTC)
OK. Thanks. Boeing720 (talk) 23:24, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

March Madness 2017[edit]

G'day all, please be advised that throughout March 2017 the Military history Wikiproject is running its March Madness drive. This is a backlog drive that is focused on several key areas:

  • tagging and assessing articles that fall within the project's scope
  • updating the project's currently listed A-class articles to ensure their ongoing compliance with the listed criteria
  • creating articles that are listed as "requested" on the project's various task force pages or other lists of missing articles.

As with past Milhist drives, there are points awarded for working on articles in the targeted areas, with barnstars being awarded at the end for different levels of achievement.

The drive is open to all Wikipedians, not just members of the Military history project, although only work on articles that fall (broadly) within the military history scope will be considered eligible. More information can be found here for those that are interested, and members can sign up as participants at that page also.

The drive starts at 00:01 UTC on 1 March and runs until 23:59 UTC on 31 March 2017, so please sign up now.

For the Milhist co-ordinators. Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) & MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 07:24, 26 February 2017 (UTC)