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Hey Marek,

I'm still new to editing wiki pages and wanted to know why Tunis should be designated as 'city' instead of 'capital city' like other capitals. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Zizo006 (talkcontribs) 14:28, 12 October 2016 (UTC)

Hi Zizo006, thank you for your message.
I'm guessing that you are referring to your edit to Tunis which I changed.
Tunis is designated as a capital city. The first line of the article says:
Tunis (Arabic: تونس‎‎ About this sound Tūnis) is both the capital and the largest city of Tunisia.


The change you made was in the infobox template.
In this article there is a settlement infobox and in this template there is a field for settlement_type=
This field is normally filled in with City, Town, Village, Hamlet, Municipality, Reservation, Comune
If you look at other capital cities, e.g. Rome the settlement type displayed is Comune, Madrid has Municipality, Washington, D.C. has Federal district,
Moscow has Federal city, Beijing has Municipality, Ankara has City, Zagreb has City, etc.
I suppose there is nothing wrong with putting 'Capital City' into this field, but I think it is better to be consistent when using infoboxes.


Also, this field changes headings lower down in the infobox, so what originally (in the Tunis) infobox was displayed as:


City 1,056,247

Density 9,406.01/km2 (24,361.5/sq mi)

Urban 2,294,547

Metro 2,643,695


With Capital City in the settlement_type= field became:


Capital City 1,056,247

Density 9,406.01/km2 (24,361.5/sq mi)

Urban 2,294,547

Metro 2,643,695

Which I think does not help with clarity.
I hope this explanation helps. Kind regards Marek.69 talk 17:15, 12 October 2016 (UTC)

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November 2016[edit]

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Hi RedPanda25 thank you for you template message/warning.
As far as I can see, I reverted vandalism from a distruptive IP editor twice. This is not edit warring. The IP's edits had already been identified as disruptive and reverted several times before I was involved.
Kind regards -- Marek.69 talk 02:03, 28 November 2016 (UTC)
@Marek69: Thank you for responding. It wasn't entirely clear whether this was simple vandalism, or an edit war. RedPanda25 02:36, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

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V-2 missile launch site, Blizna[edit]


Hello, Marek -- I have just finished copy-editing V-2 missile launch site, Blizna. It is an interesting article. I wanted to ask you what you thought about two things:

1) I see that in the third paragraph in the History section you have used the expression "crème de la crème". I'm not sure that is the best expression to use there. I know what you mean, but it seems inappropriate to use an expression that refers to the superlative of "good", that is, the best of the best, to describe military officers. I wonder if you would consider using another expression such as one of these:

  • highest-ranking officers
  • the very highest-ranking officers
  • elite officers
  • most elite officers

or perhaps another expression.

2) I notice that early in the article, such as at the beginning of the fourth paragraph in the History section, you have "intelligence" capitalized in "British Intelligence". However, later in the History section, toward the end of the second-to-last paragraph, you have "intelligence" in lower case: "British intelligence". Are these two phrases referring to different things? Is the first one the name of a government agency while the second refers to individuals working for the agency? If not, and they're referring to the same thing, then don't you think they should be consistent throughout the article? You could look at relevant articles to see which style is used most often.  – Corinne (talk) 02:08, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Thank you Corinne for your work on the article and your suggestions for rewording.
I think you're right on the cream thing. More neutral.
The lower-case intelligence was a typo. I've just made the necessary changes.
Thank you! Face-smile.svg Marek.69 talk 02:27, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

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SS-Truppenübungsplatz Heidelager[edit]


Hello, Marek -- I have just completed a copy-edit of the article. I have a few concerns and questions for you:

1) The second sentence of the lead is the following:

  • The Nazi German troop training facility called HL-Heidelager was for the Ukrainian 14th Waffen SS Division "Galician", as well as other collaborationist military formations, including Estonian.

I have a few questions about this.

(a) I understand that "troop" in "troop training facility" means soldier, so it was a training facility for soldiers. However, even though I understand what a "troop training facility" means, more or less, it is not colloquial English. If you want it to sound more like the way people actually talk, it would be an "army training facility" (unless it was not for army soldiers but rather for soldiers in the air force, marines, navy, or coast guard). In the U.S., at least, the right word is used: army training facility, air force training facility, coast guard training facility, etc.
(b) Regarding the last part of the sentence,
  • other collaborationist military formations, including Estonian.
I know that "collaborationist" refers to collaborators – people who collaborated with the Nazis. I can guess what "military formations" are, but it is a bit vague. Perhaps "military units" would be better.
(c) Regarding the phrase "including Estonian", I know it means "including Estonian military formations [or units]", but I'm wondering whether "Estonian military formations/units" is sufficiently clear, or whether "military formations/units" from Estonia – "including those from Estonia" – would be clearer. I don't know. What do you think?

2) The next sentence in the lead is the following:

  • Their training included killing operations inside the camps and Jewish ghettos in the vicinity of Pustków and in the town itself, but most notably at the Pustków and Szebnie concentration camps nearby.
(a) It is not completely clear to whom "their" refers to. In the sentence just before this one, you have only one plural noun – collaborationist military formations – and one implied one – Estonian military formations. But those are not the only people that were trained at this facility. I think it would be clearer if you used a noun instead of the possessive adjective "their". Alternatively, you could change the beginning of the sentence to "The training at this facility", or just "The training".
(b) You mention camps, ghettos, the town, and then the camps again. Presumably the "Pustków and Szebnie concentration camps" refer to the same camps as "inside the camps". If this is correct, then how about putting the last phrase together with the first phrase:
  • Their training included killing operations inside the concentration camps – most notably at the nearby Pustków and Szebnie camps – and Jewish ghettos in the vicinity of Pustków and in the town itself.
Were the Jewish ghettos "in the vicinity of Pustków"? If the ghettos were only in the town, then we can take out that phrase:
  • The training included killing operations inside the concentration camps – most notably at the nearby Pustków and Szebnie camps – and Jewish ghettos in the vicinity of Pustków and in the town itself.
What do you think of this wording for the third sentence of the lead?

3) The second and third sentences of the section SS-Truppenübungsplatz Heidelager#History are:

  • The establishment was built on an order from the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. He ordered this under provision OKW No. 3032 of 21 December 1939, which allowed for the erection of an SS military training centre in the area eastward of Dębica in Generalgouvernement Polen.
(a) Usually, an establishment is a business. Perhaps "facility" or "military base" would be better.
(b) You will see that you use the noun and verb form of the same word – order – twice in a row. I'm trying to think of a way to avoid this. How about this? --
  • The establishment facility was built on an order from the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. He ordered this under provision OKW No. 3032 of 21 December 1939, which allowed for the erection of an SS military training centre in the area eastward of Dębica in Generalgouvernement Polen.
  • The facility was built on an order from the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler under provision OKW No. 3032 of 21 December 1939, which allowed for the erection of an SS military training centre in the area eastward of Dębica in Generalgouvernement Polen.

4) In the middle of the second paragraph in the History section you have these sentences:

  • Over its four-year history, the SS military training centre had several changes of name. In the planning stages, it had been given the name of "Ostpolen" as an SS military training centre from 21 December 1939 to 26 June 1940.

You will see that "SS military training centre" appears in each sentence. Do you really need the entire phrase in the second sentence? These sentences are about successive changes in name. I don't think the phrase "as an SS military training centre" is needed in the second sentence. Do you?

Then, two sentences later you have this sentence:

  • From 15 March 1943, the site was designated as SS military training centre "Heidelager".

Do you have to include "SS military training centre"? If you think it is needed because it is part of the name of the center, then shouldn't the entire phrase be in quotation marks? -- "...the site was designated as "SS military training centre Heidelager".

5) The last sentence of the second paragraph of the History section is the following:

  • The training range had been in use since the autumn of 1941 under the command of Oberführer-SS Werner von Schele.

You don't use the phrase "training range" before this, so the reader might wonder what it refers to. In fact, it is not clear what you mean by "training range". Do you mean the training facility, or do you mean something specific to shooting: a shooting range? (That's the only thing I can think of that uses the word "range".)

6) The fifth paragraph in the History section begins:

  • The total number of victims in the Pustków camp is unknown. Beginning in August 1944, the camp was disbanded and the survivors executed.

If all surviving prisoners were executed, and the camp was "abandoned in the summer of 1944 ahead of the Soviet advance" (sixth paragraph), then there was nobody to be evacuated after that. You start the seventh paragraph:

  • After the evacuation of the camp in the summer of 1944,

Evacuation does not mean the same thing as abandonment. Evacuation suggests a large number of people leaving, or being helped to leave, a place. Introducing this new word, after you have already said the surviving prisoners had been executed and the Nazis had abandoned the centre, is confusing. You could just substitute "abandonment" for "evacuation":

  • After the abandonment of the camp (you don't have to say "in the summer of 1944" because you just said that at the end of the sixth paragraph).

or you could use the verb form:

  • After the camp was abandoned.

Also, you're using different words again. You use "range" in the sixth paragraph, "camp" in the seventh paragraph, and "ground" in the eighth paragraph, whereas you used "centre" earlier in the article. I think it is best to use one word throughout the article, (or, at the most, two) unless you are referring to different things, in which case you need to be clear about what was what.

Feel free to make changes, including copying and pasting my suggested wording if you like the way it reads, and to ask me if you have any questions.  – Corinne (talk) 05:15, 1 December 2016 (UTC)

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Merry, merry![edit]

From the icy Canajian north; to you and yours! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 20:42, 25 December 2016 (UTC) Lights ablaze.JPG

This week's article for improvement (week 52, 2016)[edit]

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World plate tectonics (click on map for more details)

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Wikidata weekly summary #241[edit]

Voting for the Military history WikiProject Historian and Newcomer of the Year is ending soon![edit]

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RFA voting[edit]

Marek, can any user vote in a RFA? Thanks. Foreignshore (talk) 18:41, 31 December 2016 (UTC)


Hi Foreignshore Thank you for your message.
All Wikipedians—including those without an account or not logged in ("anons")—are welcome to comment and ask questions in an RfA, but numerical (#) "votes" in the Support, Oppose, and Neutral sections may only be placed by editors while logged in to their account. (quoted from WP:RFA)
So the short answer is yes, logged-in users can vote in an RFA, but we ignore vandals and trolls as elsewhere.
Best regards -- Marek.69 talk 05:47, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

DYK for V-2 missile launch site, Blizna[edit]

Updated DYK query.svg On 2 January 2017, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article V-2 missile launch site, Blizna, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that in order to disguise the V-2 missile launch site in Blizna, the Nazis created an artificial village with plywood cottages and barns, and plaster people and animals? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/V-2 missile launch site, Blizna. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, V-2 missile launch site, Blizna), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

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This week's article for improvement (week 1, 2017)[edit]

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Some of the Aeolian Islands

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Wikidata weekly summary #242[edit]

Precious[edit]

"Share your knowledge"

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Thank you for quality articles such as Titanic Musicians' Memorial, Southampton and V-2 missile launch site, Blizna, for quoting "Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.", for an impressive image gallery, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

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Hi Gerda.
This is a pleasant surprise.
Thank you for the compliment, that is very kind of you.
I have thoroughly enjoyed contributing to Wikipedia and am pleased that others notice and like my work.
It is always a pleasure to receive acknowledgement and positive feedback.
It has made me feel precious. Face-smile.svg
Thank you -- Marek.69 talk 00:47, 5 January 2017 (UTC)
This is a wonderful reply, making my editing a bit better. See my talk about what hurts right now: a friend dragged to ANI the first day of the year ... - Do you do DYK reviews? I'd need one for Babar, le petit éléphant (not by me), for Pooulenc's birthday, 7 January. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:57, 5 January 2017 (UTC)

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Professional audio – pictured is a portable setup of various live audio production and recording equipment

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Wikidata weekly summary #242[edit]

This Month in GLAM: December 2016[edit]

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Stop removing things without using the TP[edit]

I saw your edits in the article on the Culture of Europe. Could you please stop removing information without using the TP? Thank you very much. C.Gesualdo (talk) 03:17, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

Hi C.Gesualdo, thank you for your message.
I'm not sure I understand what you are referring to. I checked the edit history of Culture of Europe and I see that I have only ever edited the article once, dating back to 4 March 2010, in which I corrected a typo (european → European).
Please clarify. Kind regards -- Marek.69 talk 20:03, 11 January 2017 (UTC)
I'm sorry, I've contacted the wrong person. Sorry to bother you. C.Gesualdo (talk) 21:33, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

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There is a mop reserved in your name[edit]

Mop.png You are a remarkable editor in many ways. You would be a good administrator in my opinion, and appear to be well qualified! You personify an administrator without tools, and have gained my support; already!

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This week's article for improvement (week 8, 2017)[edit]

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Hello everyone, and welcome to the February 2017 GOCE newsletter. The Guild has been busy since the last time your coordinators sent out a newsletter!

December blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 11 through 17 December; the themes were Requests and eliminating the November 2015 backlog. Of the 14 editors who signed up, nine editors completed 29 articles. Barnstars and rollover totals are located here. Thanks to all who took part.

January drive: The January drive was a great success. We set out to remove December 2015 and January and February 2016 from our backlog (195 articles), and by 22 January we had cleared those and had to add a third month (March 2016). At the end of the month we had almost cleared out that last month as well, for a total of 180 old articles removed from the backlog! We reduced our overall backlog by 337 articles, to a low of 1,465 articles, our second-lowest month-end total ever. We also handled all of the remaining requests from December 2016. Officially, 19 editors recorded 337 copy edits (over 679,000 words).

February blitz: The one-week February blitz, focusing on the remaining March 2016 backlog and January 2017 requests, ran from 12 to 18 February. Seven editors reduced the total in those two backlog segments from 32 to 10 articles, leaving us in good shape going in to the March drive.

Coordinator elections for the first half of 2017: In December, coordinators for the first half of 2017 were elected. Jonesey95 stepped aside as lead coordinator, remaining as coordinator and allowing Miniapolis to be the lead, and Tdslk and Corinne returned as coordinators. Thanks to all who participated!

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Wikidata weekly summary #248[edit]

Disruptive editing review[edit]

Hello Marek. How can I make wiki admins to review disruptive editing by another user? Boaqua (talk) 20:37, 20 February 2017 (UTC)