User talk:Kcahlber

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Hello, Kcahlber, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your messages on discussion pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically insert your username and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or ask your question on this page and then place {{helpme}} before the question. Again, welcome! --Geniac (talk) 03:10, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

Alaska Ballot Measure 2 (1998)[edit]

Your expanded draft of the ballot measure 2 article looks great! You should replace the existing version with yours, and because it is indeed a more than five-fold expansion, it should be eligible for "Did You Know" (DYK). It's a good idea to nominate it for DYK as soon as possible after you update the article; there's a five day window for nominating newly expanded articles, but the sooner after the expansion you nominate it, the sooner it usually ends up on the Main Page.

The instructions for nominating it are at Template talk:Did you know. Basically, all need to do is take this code:

{{subst:NewDYKnom| article= Fair Sentencing Act | hook=... that ? | status=expanded | author= Gsrogers }}

and write the hook, a concise and interesting bit of info from the article beginning with "... that" and ending with a question mark. The info from the hook has to be present in the article and supported (in the article) with a citation. Someone will doublecheck to make sure the source says what it's claimed to say. Once you've come up with a hook, add the above code, including your hook following the "hook=" part, to the top of this section of the DYK template talk page. The code will produce an entry formatted like the others. After that, just keep an eye on your entry; if anyone brings up an issue with it, try to address it. I'll keep an eye out as well. If everything goes well, it will appear on the Main Page for several hours a few days from now.--Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 15:54, 11 October 2010 (UTC)


KC, thanks for the review. I should have let you know earlier but I am actually working on the article on the live page Food Quality Protection Act. It's a bit further along than my sandbox draft, but your comments were still very appreciated. Thanks! Clairestum (talk) 02:57, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Article Review, etc.[edit]

Sage, I was wondering how I can get my article reviewed with the wikipedia article assessment criteria in mind. Right now the review is for the old article that had only a lead without any expansion. Also, is there a way to expedite the "DYK" process now that my article is on the discussion page?Kcahlber (talk) 14:21, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

The best way to get the article reassessed is to ask. If you post a request in a new section at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject United States Public Policy, someone will probably assess it. (If no one responds, I'll assess it, but if you post the request at the WikiProject and find a reviewer that way, it will set a good example for other students of how to get feedback from the community.)
As for expediting the DYK process, similarly you can ask someone to check it, but that is not likely to speed things up much. Exceptions can be made (e.g., if there's a good reason for the hook to go up on a specific day), but normally DYK hooks make it to the main page is roughly the order they are submitted. So expect for your hook to enter the staging area about two days from now, and hit the main page about two days after that.
What are you planning to do next with the article? The biggest thing I can think of to improve it would be to add more context (to the extent that you can find sources specifically addressing these things): what effect did it have on the people of Alaska; did it have any influence on other gay marriage laws; how has it been challenged, and how has public opinion in Alaska changed, since it passed; how does it fit into the larger history of gay marriage and gay rights, etc. --Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 15:02, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
Your DYK hook is now accepted and working through the line, and should hit the main page about 48 hours from now (roughly).--Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 13:32, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
Hi. Nice work on the article. I went through it and made some changes to footnote format. I also streamlined a little bit of the prose and fiddled with the headings that I think improve its readability. Feel free to change any of this back, if you feel that one of my changes does not help; after all, you know much more about this issue than I do. My feeling about the article is that you are certainly headed in the right direction. Further expansion could involve something about the national discussion of this issue. Also, follow your sources. If more than one major source discusses an aspect of the issue in more depth, then that is an indication that this aspect deserves more coverage in the encyclopedia article. Happy editing! -- Ssilvers (talk) 17:31, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
Hi! I left some suggestions and comments at the workbench about Ballot Measure 2, and I also reassessed it (C-class, very close to B-class). Cheers--Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 17:46, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Alaska Ballot Measure 2 (1998)[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 18:03, 20 October 2010 (UTC)

Nice looking article, good job! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 22:46, 20 October 2010 (UTC)

Hi Kcahlber, a (rather late) congratulations on getting your article onto the Did You Know section on the Wikipedia front page! Good job! As you probably saw, your work on the Alaska Ballot Measure 2 article was viewed by more than a thousand people on October 20th! Keep up the great work! Annie Lin (Campus Team Coordinator, Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 20:24, 12 November 2010 (UTC)

Homeland Security Grant Program[edit]

Your new article on the Homeland Security Grant Program is looking great. It's definitely ready to be out of the sandbox; I encourage you to move it into main space and nominate it for "Did you know". Also, did you see the existing article homeland security grant? It's just a stub, but it's basically on the same topic. I think "Homeland Security Grant Program" is a more appropriate title, though, especially as you've framed it. So probably the best thing to do would be, after you make your article live, to merge anything useful from homeland security grant into the new article and then turn it into a redirect. Cheers --Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 16:26, 8 November 2010 (UTC)

DYK Query[edit]

Hi Kchalber, can you take a look at Template_talk:Did_you_know#Homeland_Security_Grant_Program? Thanks SmartSE (talk) 01:35, 12 November 2010 (UTC)

Can you take another look? SmartSE (talk) 15:58, 16 November 2010 (UTC)

DYK for Homeland Security Grant Program[edit]

Materialscientist (talk) 18:04, 23 November 2010 (UTC)

keep up the good work[edit]

Hi! I see you're well on your to your third article, and you seem to have the hang of things. Please let me know if there's anything I can help with.--Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 18:16, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

Sure... I'll leave comments for both of them tomorrow. Cheers--Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 03:52, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
I've left comments on the talk pages of both articles. Also, you might consider listing Ballot Measure 2 at Wikipedia:Good article nominations if you want more detailed feedback, and a chance at the not-insignificant recognition of "good article" status. It might not get reviewed before your semester ends, but I think it's likely to get a review, if I draw the attention of the ambassadors to it.--Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 02:26, 7 December 2010 (UTC)