User talk:Malerisch

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Hello Malerisch! Welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I am happy to be the first person to welcome you to English Wikipedia! I have prepared this welcome message to help you with your continued adventure here, check out the links below or just visit the new contributors' help page! Happy Editing! Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 16:31, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
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Please tell me more about your review of article ratings for the level 4 vital articles project[edit]

Hi, Malerisch,

I see you have just jumped in on the discussion of the level 4 vital articles list, and are updating (?) article ratings. I intend to plunge into detail reexamination of the articles under the psychology subtopic on the vital articles list, as I am an active participant in WikiProject Psychology, and I thought I should check with you first about what procedure you are following. Are you visiting the article pages individually, or WikiProject project rating summaries, or what to check the article ratings? Are you changing article ratings as you go, or just taking them as is from the source you rely on? I want to make sure my work is compatible with the work of other editors, so please let me know. (P.S. Are you new here? Have you previously been active on other Wikimedia Foundation projects?) See you on the wiki. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 21:23, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

The process I followed was semiautomatic: I first wrote a script (with some help from the MediaWiki API) to help me determine if the rating on the Expanded list matched the majority of ratings listed on the talk page of each article—this way, I wouldn't have to check all ~10,000 articles, just around 50 from each section. If they matched, I didn't investigate further, but if they differed (say the Expanded list said the article was B-class and the talk page had 3 ratings for C-class and 1 for B-class), I performed a quick evaluation of which class was more accurate and updated either the rating on the Expanded list or the talk page so that they would agree.
I am actually new to editing here, but I've followed this project for a while. Malerisch (talk) 21:37, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for your detailed reply. That was a smart use of a script to help all the editors on the vital articles project with important preliminary information. I see from this talk page of yours and from the talk page of the project that I am far from alone in appreciating what you are doing for the project. I thought I should mention, as one more resource to refer to during vital articles discussion, the editor who is running a tool to show article pageviews by project, with results summarized in Popular pages reports for most WikiProjects. For example, you can see the popular pages report for WikiProject India at Wikipedia:WikiProject India/Popular pages and in general you can go to most WikiProject main pages and just append the subpage link "/Popular_pages" to the main page URL to see the popular pages report (there are some exceptions, that is projects for which there is no Popular pages summary). The popular pages are shown in strict rank order of pageviews from all sources, including redirects, and thus show a different count of pageviews from that shown by the link to the tool from the article's history page.
Of course pageviews are far from the only consideration when deciding what to list as a vital article on Wikipedia, but to do our work on trimming the vital article list in disregard of actual pageview behavior by Wikipedia readers seems to miss out on a valuable source of guidance on what to prioritize. Cobblet has already raised some interesting questions about the priority of various articles on fish species based on the popular pages report for that WikiProject. I look forward to seeing your further nominations and comments on other nominations as the project proceeds. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 22:20, 4 July 2014 (UTC)


Hi Malerisch,

Welcome to Wikipedia and thank you for your recent contributions to the Vital Article Project!

I noticed that you have just nominated 15 articles to be discussed on VA/E, Vital Articles level 4. Please note that the levels of the VA project build upon each other like a pyramid. Anything that is on level 3 is automatically on level 4; if not it's an oversight that can be corrected without discussion. You state on VA/E that you want some of these articles removed, which might make sense. The appropriate place for such a discussion is then the highest level (it says in the policy description on top of the talk page for level 4 that it's the discussion page for level 4).

Also, when you close a discussion and add/remove the article to the lists would you be so kind as to also place or remove the vital article template on the articles talk page?

Melody Lavender (talk) 08:45, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Yep, the reason that I nominated those 15 was because the articles are supposed to nest. I did ask on the Level 3 talk page first, though, and User:Cobblet mentioned that each should be nominated individually. Good point about the template though—I'll be sure to do that.
One other thing: there is precedent to nominate an article before adding it. Cuisine is an article that is on the Level 2 list and not the Level 3 list, and it was nominated on the Level 3 list first, rather than being automatically added. (It didn't pass, and now there is a discussion to remove it from Level 2). Malerisch (talk) 11:15, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
I found the discussion on level 3 talk and responded. There are also precedents for simply adding what's missing. --Melody Lavender (talk) 11:57, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to recognize particularly fine contributions to Wikipedia and to let you know that your hard work is seen and appreciated.

It's incredible how much you have accomplished in such a short time. Great work! -- Melody Lavender (talk) 19:12, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! Malerisch (talk) 21:29, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Just a note but it looks like you were putting the articles in class B+ which doesn't exist for vital articles. That's why all the categories are red. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 22:41, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia Vital Articles[edit]

Just a note that you are allowed to vote on your own proposals. Thank you for the proposals. PointsofNoReturn (talk) 18:30, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Re:Short explanation[edit]

Hi Malerish. You're right! August does indeed have 31 days. I don't know what I was thinking. I think it may time to discuss the current voting rules and procedures. Proposals that get 4 supports and 0 opposes which then get closed as "No consensus" don't look right to me. I sometimes feel like supporting 4-0 proposals approaching the time limit even if I am personally neutral or not familiar with the article. Perhaps add a requirement that no proposal can be closed as no consensus before 60 days if there isn't at least 1 oppose? I don't know what else can be done. Gizza (t)(c) 14:11, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Horse VA[edit]

Next time you start moving around the horse articles, perhaps consider posting to wikiproject equine ( WT:EQUINE ) for comment. We have viewpoints you ought to consider. Montanabw(talk) 05:41, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

William Rainey Harper[edit]

I'm a bit confused by this revert. It seemed like the information in the paragraph didn't belong in a lead, but in its own section. Why was I reverted? pbp 23:14, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Sorry about that—I accidentally hit revert. I've already undone my edit. Malerisch (talk) 23:15, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Critique of Pure Reason[edit]

Hello Malerisch. I am interested in the Critique of Pure Reason. For the record, why do you consider Wikipedia's article Critique of Pure Reason to be C-class, as you indicated here? ImprovingWiki (talk)

I based my assessments around a few other non-fiction books—in this case A Treatise of Human Nature (Start-class), The Republic (C-class), and The Prince (C-class). I decided that the article wasn't in significantly better condition than those, so I rated it C-class. Malerisch (talk) 03:19, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

Billy Joel[edit]

Why did you remove the VA rating on Talk:Billy Joel? Origamite 17:45, 21 December 2014 (UTC)

@Origamite: I closed a discussion on Wikipedia talk:Vital articles/Expanded here that resulted in the removal of the VA template. Malerisch (talk) 17:47, 21 December 2014 (UTC)

Genetically modified organism article[edit]

Hi Malerisch - I noticed that you just added this article to the Technology project and gave it a C rating. Since you just reviewed the article in order to rate it, I would appreciate your comments on the Talk page, explaining where you found it deficient. Thanks! Jytdog (talk) 20:06, 21 December 2014 (UTC)

@Jytdog: I'll admit that I just used the classes already assigned on the talk page for the VA template :P If you think the article should be upgraded to B-class, I don't mind if you change them. Malerisch (talk) 20:10, 21 December 2014 (UTC)
I don't care about those ratings, nor GA nor FA status - i just always edit as best I can. I am always interested in concrete feedback. :) But thanks for replying! Jytdog (talk) 20:14, 21 December 2014 (UTC)