User talk:John Broughton/Archive 15 2011

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WikiXDC: Wikipedia 10th Birthday![edit]

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National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

You are invited to WikiXDC, a special meetup event and celebration on Saturday, January 22 hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration in downtown Washington, D.C.

  • Date: January 22, 2011 (tentatively 9:30 AM - 5 PM)
  • Location: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), downtown building, Pennsylvania Avenue & 7th St NW.
  • Description: There will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Archives and you will learn more about what NARA does. We will also have a mini-film screening featuring FedFlix videos along with a special message from Jimmy Wales. In the afternoon, there will be lightning talks by Wikimedians (signup to speak), wiki-trivia, and cupcakes to celebrate!
  • Details & RSVP: Details about the event are on our Washington, DC tenwiki page.

Please RSVP soon as possible, as there likely will be a cap on number of attendees that NARA can accommodate.

Note: You can unsubscribe from DC meetup notices by removing your name at Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/Invite/List. BrownBot (talk) 02:04, 7 January 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia Ambassador Program is looking for new Online Ambassadors[edit]

Hi! Since you've been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian, I wanted to let you know about the Wikipedia Ambassador Program, and specifically the role of Online Ambassador. We're looking for friendly Wikipedians who are good at reviewing articles and giving feedback to serve as mentors for students who are assigned to write for Wikipedia in their classes.

If that sounds like you and you're interested, I encourage you to take a look at the Online Ambassador guidelines; the "mentorship process" describes roughly what will be expected of mentors during the current term, which started in January and goes through early May. If that's something you want to do, please apply!

You can find instructions for applying at WP:ONLINE. The main things we're looking for in Online Ambassadors are friendliness, regular activity (since mentorship is a commitment that spans several months), and the ability to give detailed, substantive feedback on articles (both short new articles, and longer, more mature ones).

I hope to hear from you soon.--Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 21:57, 26 January 2011 (UTC)

Paul LePage[edit]

Hello: I wanted to let you know that I reverted this edit you made to the Paul LePage article. Your edit summary said you were removing the section, but the IP editor who created it had already removed it in one of his/her subsequent edits, and your edit added it back to the article. Not sure what happened, but I wanted to give you a heads-up and let you know why I reverted it. Best, –BMRR (talk) 17:16, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

Apologies for rollback, finger slipped... Finn Rindahl (talk) 17:33, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

Wikimania 2012 bid, DC chapter & next meetup![edit]

  1. At WikiXDC in January, User:Harej proposed that DC submit a bid to host Wikimania 2012. A bid and organizing committee is being formed and seeks additional volunteers to help. Please look at our bid page and sign up if you want to help out. You can also signup for the bid team's email list.
  2. To support the Wikimania bid, more events like WikiXDC, and outreach activities like collaborations with the Smithsonian (ongoing) and National Archives, there also has been discussion of forming Wikimedia DC, as an official Wikimedia chapter. You can express interest and contribute to chapter discussions on the Wikimedia DC Meta-Wiki pages.
  3. To discuss all this and meet up with special guest, Dutch Wikipedian User:Kim Bruning, there will be a meetup, Wikipedia:Meetup/DC 16 this Tuesday at 7pm, at Capitol City Brewery, Metro Center. There will be a pre-meetup Wikimania team meeting at 6pm at the same location.

Apologies for the short notice for this meetup, but let's discuss when, where & what for DC Meetup #17. Also, if you haven't yet, please join wikimedia-dc mailing list to stay informed. Cheers, User:Aude (talk)

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Odin Brotherhood[edit]

I noticed that you attached an addendum to the Odin Brotherhood discussion that was waged here some years back. If you are interested in the subject, you may find this of some interest:


And I loved your book!

-- (talk) 07:08, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

[replying here rather than on not-yet-existing talk page of IP who has edited only once to date, above]
Nope, not interested in the subject matter (no idea why I got into the discussion many years ago, though I do vaguely remember that), but thanks for checking here. And thanks for the comment about the book. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 01:04, 6 March 2011 (UTC)

United States Department of the Air Force[edit]

I have restored the United States Department of the Air Force article to the Military History WikiProject since the article is no longer a redirect page as suggested in your edit summary when you removed the article from the WikiProject back in January, 2007. --TommyBoy (talk) 10:28, 8 March 2011 (UTC)

File copyright problem with File:Wikipedia-The_Missing_Manual_0303.png[edit]

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Your SAQ edits[edit]

John your edits to the Shakespeare authorship question have exactly fulfilled your stated purpose (tighten up the word) and are much appreciated. The article has been criticised as being non-neutral and we've tried to weed that out, but having lived with it so long most of us are too close to it to determine where the last vestiges of bias are. If you find any such problems would you mind pointing them out? Thanks much for your efforts. Tom Reedy (talk) 12:07, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

Template:Shortcut compact fixes the multiple-bullet problem with nested list items[edit]

See WP:EIW#Research now. I actually created {{Shortcut compact}} specifically to fix this problem, in 2008, but I guess I forgot about it while waiting for David Gothberg to fix some problems with it. --Teratornis (talk) 05:40, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

DC Meetup: May 7 @ Tenleytown Library[edit]

The next DC Wikimedia meetup is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 3:30-5:30 pm at the Tenleytown Library (adjacent to the Tenleytown Metro Station, Red Line), followed by dinner & socializing at some nearby place.

This is the first official meeting of our proposed Wikimedia DC chapter, with discussion of bylaws and next steps. Other agenda items include, update everyone on our successful Wikimania bid and next steps in the planning process, discuss upcoming activities that we want to do over the summer and fall, and more.

Please RSVP here and see a list of additional tentatively planned meetups & activities for late May & June on the Wikipedia:Meetup/DC page.

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Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra[edit]

Please STOP editing DPO site. Your comments are inaccurate. DPO is a registered Irish Charity which draws it's member from 27 member states of the European Union. (Just like any US orchestra draws it's members from the 50 US states.) Do you know how many nationalities in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra?? Answer: 40 !!! Work the Math!!!!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Derek Gleeson (talkcontribs) 22:54, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

Since I have now full-protected the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra article for 3 days, could you please try and discuss with Derek Gleeson your side of the issue on the article's talk page, just as I told him to do? That would be appreciated. –MuZemike 00:38, 21 May 2011 (UTC)
I'm posting the above comment by Derek Gleeson on the article talk page, since other editors involved in this discussion should see it. And since a number of other editors are now involved, I don't see any need for me to be - I was simply trying to protect reliably sourced content from being deleted, whereas other editors seem to be more interested in the subject. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 21:35, 22 May 2011 (UTC)

removing stuff[edit]

The problem was the way you removed it. Instead of removing the template from your user talk page you blanked the actual template.©Geni 15:47, 21 May 2011 (UTC)


Hi John. In case you are not watching the page, I have left a request for the project here. I hope this was the right place to ask - if not I would welcome your suggestions. Regards, --Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 23:26, 14 June 2011 (UTC)


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Hello, John Broughton. You have new messages at Kudpung's talk page.
Message added 02:03, 15 June 2011 (UTC). You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.


Hi John. Thanks for your recent update on my talk page. Have you any suggestions as to whom either here at en.Wiki or at the WMF I can contact to get these stats made? Thanks. --Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 20:47, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

GLAM-Wiki Baltimore meetup[edit]

The WikiProject National Archives Newsletter[edit]

The first ever WikiProject National Archives newsletter has been published. Please read on to find out what we're up to and how to help out! There are many opportunities for getting more involved. Dominic·t 21:29, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

DC Meetup, July 29[edit]

DC Meetup 21 - Who should come? You should. Really.
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DC MEETUP 21 is July 29! This meet up will involve Wikipedians from the area as well as Wiki-loving GLAM professionals. See you Friday! SarahStierch (talk) 16:32, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

DC-area Meetup, Saturday, August 6[edit]

National Archives Backstage Pass - Who should come? You should. Really.
Seal of the United States National Archives and Records Administration.svg On Saturday, August 6, the National Archives is hosting a Wikipedia meetup, backstage pass tour, and edit-a-thon in College Park, Maryland. Meet staff and fellow Wikipedians, go behind the scenes at the National Archives, help digitize documents, and edit together! Dominic·t 21:26, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

Any room for some signposting?[edit]

Hullo John, any chance you would be interesting in chipping in a little extra to News & Notes and In the News in tonight's Signpost? It looks as if Tom Morris and myself, who have looked after it for the past two editions, could be otherwise engaged. Skomorokh 12:36, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

I really appreciate your link curation at the tipline, makes the writing a much more appealing prospect. Skomorokh 12:28, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

Invitation to New Orleans developers' meeting[edit]

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Hi, John Broughton. I'd like to invite you to come to the New Orleans Hackathon 2011. It's an opportunity for MediaWiki developers and Wikimedia operations engineers to come together to work on advancing Wikimedia's tools and infrastructure, focusing on Wikimedia Labs (starting with the dev-ops virtualization cluster), and to train and to squash bugs.

The theme of this event: "the infrastructure of innovation". We're going to improve and discuss the Wikimedia Labs projects infrastructure and other stuff that makes it easier for anyone to supercharge Wikimedia with awesomeness. We're going to work on our gadgets/extensions/tools support, authorization/authentication strategy, dev-ops virtualization, and general training and hacking.

It's mostly going to be dev sprints and bugsmashing, with some discussion and workshops. The event is open to anyone who wants to come and contribute, and is an opportunity to spend time with senior MediaWiki developers & ops engineers, write beautiful code, and learn about the latest developments.

If you can make it to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 14-16 October 2011, we'd love to have you. Please add your name to the attendees list. Thanks! Sumanah (talk) 20:23, 24 August 2011 (UTC) (Volunteer Development Coordinator, Wikimedia Foundation)

Sumanah (talk) 21:12, 24 August 2011 (UTC)


Much better! Thanks. Tony (talk) 02:06, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

You're invited! Wikimedia DC Annual Membership Meeting[edit]

DC Meetup 23 & Annual Membership Meeting

Wikimedia District of Columbia, the newest officially recognized chapter, is holding its Annual Membership Meeting at 1pm on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library.

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Agenda items include:

  • election of the Board of Directors for the next two years
  • approval of a budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year
  • report on the activities and accomplishments of the past year
  • social gathering afterwards at a nearby restaurant

Candidate nominations are open until 11:59pm EDT on Saturday, September 24. We encourage you to consider being a candidate. (see see candidate instructions)

The meeting is open to both the general public and members from within the DC-MD-VA-WV-DE region and beyond. We encourage everyone to attend!

You may join the chapter at the meeting or online.

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DC-area Meetup, Saturday, October 8[edit]

National Archives Backstage Pass - Who should come? You should. Really.
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Refinement of outlines[edit]


Though we've never collaborated on anything (that I can remember), I've seen you around, and have been impressed by your mental acuity. I have a problem you might be able to help me with.

I'm going conceptually blind staring at the outlines every day. So I'm reaching out to you for help to make sure I haven't developed tunnel vision or that my perception hasn't crystallized.

I was wondering if you wouldn't mind commenting on a model I've been working on for (non-country) outlines to emulate. It's the Outline of chess.

I'm looking for feedback on this design.

The questions I'm most interested in answering are:

"Does it make the subject easier to understand?"


"Does it make the subject easier to learn?"


"Does it make it easier to find one's way around the subject on Wikipedia?"


"Is this the optimal design?"

"If not, what is?"

"Is it overlooking anything important in its approach?"

"If so, what?"

"How can it be improved?"

"What problems does it have?"

"Am I missing anything crucial?"

"Am I asking the right questions?"

And anything else you happen to notice.

I look forward to your reply. The Transhumanist 01:56, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Thank you for the suggestions. I've implemented them...
  • Move "Chess piece relative value" -  Done
  • Change "Competition equipment" to "Specialized equipment" -  Done
  • Expand explanation of "Game clock" -  Done
  • Rearrange "Rules of chess" by relevance -  Done
  • Create and populate "Minor variants" section -  Done
  • Divide venues into "Casual" and "Competitive" -  Done
  • Consolidate "Famous games" into history section -  Done
  • Further consolidate main sections -  Done got it down to 10 main sections

I'm not sure about the move of the people section to history, since some of those people are still alive. I'll keep it in the new location for now, to stimulate the pros and cons. In the rest of the outlines, the people section is toward the end, after organizations. The Transhumanist 21:43, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

You're invited! Wikipedia Loves Libraries DC[edit]

Wikipedia Loves Libraries DC & edit-a-thon
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Wikipedia Loves Libraries comes to DC on Saturday, November 5th, from 1-5pm, at the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library.

We will be holding an edit-a-thon, working together to improve Wikipedia content related to DC history, arts, civil rights, or whatever suits your interests. There may also be opportunities to help with scanning historic photos plus some swag!

You're invited and we hope to see you there!

RSVP + more details!

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Orphaned non-free images[edit]


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Non-free files in your user space[edit]

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Fine Art Edit-a-Thon & DC Meetup 26![edit]

Fine Art Edit-a-Thon & Meetup - Who should come? You should. Really.
FINE ART EDIT-A-THON & DC MEETUP 26 is December 17! The Edit-a-Thon will cover fine art subjects from the Federal Art Project and the meet up will involve Wikipedians from the area as well as Wiki-loving GLAM professionals. You don't have to attend both to attend one (but we hope you do!) Click the link above and sign up & spread the word! See you there! SarahStierch (talk) 16:35, 26 November 2011 (UTC)

National Archives ExtravaSCANza[edit]

You are invited to the National Archives ExtravaSCANza, taking place every day next week from January 4–7, Wednesday to Saturday, in College Park, Maryland (Washington, DC metro area). Come help me cap off my stint as Wikipedian in Residence at the National Archives with one last success!

This will be a casual working event in which Wikipedians are getting together to scan interesting documents at the National Archives related to a different theme each day—currently: spaceflight, women's suffrage, Chile, and battleships—for use on Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons. The event is being held on multiple days, and in the evenings and weekend, so that as many locals and out-of-towners from nearby regions1 as possible can come. Please join us! Dominic·t 01:23, 30 December 2011 (UTC)

1 Wikipedians from DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Newark, New York City, and Pittsburgh have been invited.

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Proposed deletion of Scott Kleeb[edit]

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No claim to notability outside of run for office, which fails WP:POLITICIAN.

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