User talk:Mannanan51

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December 2016[edit]

Copyright problem icon Your addition to Kingston (town), New York and St. Peter's Church (Staten Island, New York) have been removed, as it appears you added copyrighted material to Wikipedia without evidence of permission from the copyright holder. If you are the copyright holder, please read Wikipedia:Donating copyrighted materials for more information on uploading your material to Wikipedia. For legal reasons, Wikipedia cannot accept copyrighted material, including text or images from print publications or from other websites, without an appropriate and verifiable license. All such contributions will be deleted. You may use external websites or publications as a source of information, but not as a source of content, such as sentences or images—you must write using your own words. Wikipedia takes copyright violations very seriously and persistent violators will be blocked from editing. This is your final warning. Further copyright violations will result in you being blocked from editing. Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 00:42, 6 December 2016 (UTC)

The copyright violations were detected by automatic plagiarism detection software. Copying text directly from a source is a copyright violation, even if you cite the source. You need to re-state things in your own words; simply changing a few words in a sentence is still a copyright violation if the structure of the sentence is preserved. The content on St Anne's was pretty much identical to the material at http://www.saintanns.org/story.html, so whether you sourced it to the Kingston Daily Freeman is moot. On St. Peter's Church (Staten Island, New York) I found material had been copied from four different copyright sources.

Content has to be written in your own words and not inclusive of the source material at all. It's been suggested that not so much as three words should be together in the same order as the source. One thing I find that works for me is to read over the source material and then pretend I am verbally describing the topic to a friend in my own words. Stuff should also be presented in a different order where possible. Summarize rather than paraphrase. This will typically result in your version being much shorter than the source document. There's some reading material on this topic at Wikipedia:Close paraphrasing and/or have a look at the material at Purdue or study this module aimed at WikiEd students. Please feel free to ask me via email if you are stuck and are not sure how to effectively re-word a passage.

So to sum up, when copying from one wikipedia article to another, you need to say so in your edit summary. I see you are already doing that, so that's great. When copying from public domain sources such as the 1911 encyclopedia you need to add attribution using a template such as {{PD-notice}} or {{EB1911}}. And copying from copyright web pages, books, or other sources should not be done at all, except for extremely brief quotes. Please let me know if you have any questions. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 14:29, 6 December 2016 (UTC)

Albany mayoral election, 2009[edit]

Why did you think this was not notable? Should it be merged? Bearian (talk) 19:48, 31 December 2016 (UTC)

  • "Happy New Year Bearian:" "In the municipal elections across the United States that year, many incumbent mayors were also re-elected." Given that this took place just over seven years ago, what distinguishes it from any other election? Did it have any significant long-term effects? It could possibly be merged to Gerald Jennings's article which already has a "2009 reelection effort" and would update that section. If you wish to either change the tag to merge or remove it altogether, feel free. I don't remember how I came to stumble across the article in the first place. Mannanan51 (talk) 19:27, 1 January 2017 (UTC)