User talk:Miniapolis

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This is the talk page for Miniapolis, who is proud to be a Wikipedia editor. Although I can be reached by email, I prefer keeping discussions on-wiki as much as possible. Due to time constraints, I no longer accept direct copyedit requests; please list articles requiring copyediting for GAN, FAC and the like on the Guild of Copy Editors request page (and consider pitching in with the GOCE, which can always use more help!). Since I take the occasional wikibreak, feel free to undo any administrative action I've taken as you see fit.
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Yo Ho Ho[edit]


I have just spent some time removing numerous errors of spelling, grammar, capitalisation, and, more significantly, chemical nomenclature from Nitrogen dioxide poisoning. Then I saw that the creator of the article, and of all the errors I corrected, was user:Wikicology, the subject of the recent arbcom case. This made me wonder – if the actual content was as poor as the grammar etc., I was probably wasting my time, the article ought to be deleted. I can't tell myself, I have no medical training. If on the other hand the content was worth saving, maybe I should look for other Wikicology creations and try to improve them.

Can you offer any guidance? Maproom (talk) 10:29, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

It certainly seems to meet the general notability guideline, so it shouldn't be deleted. However, many people who are technically knowledgeable have trouble with spelling and grammar (and, like us, many folks who are proficient at rewriting lack technical knowledge :-)). The chemical nomenclature is different, though, and your corrections are especially important (and appreciated). I don't know Wikicology well by any means, but my impression is that he overreached himself academically here so the errors are not surprising. Thanks and all the best, Miniapolis 14:29, 26 January 2017 (UTC)


Hey! Would you please help me with What's Your Raashee? by copyediting it? I am intending to take this to GA and then FA. I would appreciate your gesture.Krish | Talk 18:59, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

Sorry, but after getting swamped with copyediting requests I decided that the fairest thing to do was to stop accepting them (as I say at the top of this page). List it at WP:GOCE/REQ and I, or another experienced copyeditor, will get to it soon. All the best, Miniapolis 19:31, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter - February 2017[edit]

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13:37, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

Suicide Squad[edit]

Hi Miniapolis! Thanks for your guidance with the Suicide Squad article. In my efforts to improve the citations and overall neutrality of the article, I found this link: and some of the content appears word for word (or near enough) in the Wikipedia article. The World Library entry doesn't appear to be cited in any way, within the Wikipedia article. I'm uncertain of whether the World Library article is drawing from the Wikipedia article, or vice versa. I've yet to do a full side by side comparison, although I will be.

Would you mind checking out the World Library entry on Suicide Squad (comics), giving it a brief once over and let me know if we have cause for concern here? I am a fairly new (here less than a full month) editor, so I'm not wanting either to over-react or ignore an issue.

First paragraph in the World Library article:

"The Suicide Squad, also known as Task Force X (actually the name of a closely related but independent supervisory organization), is a name for two fictional organizations in the DC Comics Universe. The first version debuted in The Brave and the Bold (vol. 1) #25 (1959), and the second in Legends #3 (1987). An "original" Suicide Squad was retconned into existence in Secret Origins (vol. 2) #14, in order to form a connection between the two Squads. The modern Suicide Squad (created by John Ostrander in the aforementioned Legends #3) is an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences. The group operates out of Belle Reve Penitentiary, under the directorship of Dr. Amanda Waller."

First paragraph in the Wikipedia article:

The Suicide Squad, also known as Task Force X (the name of a closely related but independent supervisory organization), is a name of two fictional organizations appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. One of the first versions debuted in The Brave and the Bold #25 (September 1959), and the second version, created by John Ostrander, debuted in Legends #3 (January 1987). The Suicide Squad initiative functions as an unorthodox work release program, which explains why many of the DC Universe's supervillains remain perpetually on the loose—regardless of how many occasions they are apprehended and incarcerated for their latest crimes. The modern incarnation, the Suicide Squad, is an antihero "strike team" of incarcerated, death rowsupervillains. Acting as deniable, covert assets of the United States government, it undertakes high-riskblack-ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences (see penal unit). The group operates out of Belle Reve Penitentiary under the directorship of Amanda Waller.

Kind regards, Curdigirl Curdigirl (talk) 03:58, 2 February 2017 (UTC)Curdigirl

(talk page stalker) The "World Library" page appears to be a copy of a previous version of the Wikipedia page. See WP:BACKWARDSCOPY for a good explanation of how this happens. In short, it's very unlikely that the text on Wikipedia is a copyright violation. This set of pages, which I just discovered, is a good resource for finding out about these copies. – Jonesey95 (talk) 05:48, 2 February 2017 (UTC)


Hello, Miniapolis - I just stumbled across the article on Dignity. At the top of the page I noticed that a "See also" link to a disambiguation page for Dignity appears twice. I think the links are going to the same disambiguation page. I don't know which one to remove, or how. Can you take a look at it?  – Corinne (talk) 04:54, 2 February 2017 (UTC)

Hi, Corinne. I removed the second, duplicate hatnote. All the best, Miniapolis 15:13, 2 February 2017 (UTC)
Thanks! By the way, do you know of a "Find and replace" tool that I can use when I have to make a change to many instances of the same word (or phrase) in an article? I am using Google Chrome. I know where the "Find" tool is, but I don't see a "Find and replace" tool.  – Corinne (talk) 16:17, 2 February 2017 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) I usually copy the whole article out into a text editor like TextWrangler (Mac OS) or Notepad++ (Windows), do the Replace there, and then copy the whole thing back. If you do that, always use the "Show Changes" preview to make sure you are only making the changes that you want to make.
You can also do the work in Microsoft Word, but be careful: Word is sometimes overly "smart" and makes formatting changes that may be undesirable. A plain text editor is better for this sort of work. – Jonesey95 (talk) 17:28, 2 February 2017 (UTC)
I prefer editing "live" in the edit window, which has a find-and-replace tool. Click "Advanced" (to the left of "Special characters") on the toolbar, and another toolbar will drop down with a search-and-replace icon on the far right (the magnifying glass and pen). You have to be careful, though, not to break reflinks with it :-). All the best, Miniapolis 19:37, 2 February 2017 (UTC)
Thank you, Jonesey95 and Miniapolis! I'll try both of them.  – Corinne (talk) 01:35, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 6 February 2017[edit]

Post on my talk page[edit]


I replied to you on my talk page, and pinged you, but im not sure you got it, could you give it a look?

Thank you, Xevus11 (talk) 16:03, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

Four years ago, today...[edit]

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Wishing Miniapolis a very happy adminship anniversary on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee! Chris Troutman (talk) 02:20, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Could you copyedit the article Peruchazhi once again ?. Looking at the talk page I see you already copyedited it once, in April 2016. The article has changed since then. I had made a request at the guild, but it would be nice if you copyedit it as you are already familiar with its content. Please reply. --The Bat Totem 10:10, 14 February 2017 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by The Bat Totem (talkcontribs)

If you read the top of this page, you would have seen that I can't accept individual copyedit requests due to time constraints. Since it's on WP:GOCE/REQ, I or someone else will get to it ASAP. Everyone on the list ahead of you also wants their article copyedited, and it's unfair of you to try to jump the queue. Miniapolis 14:43, 14 February 2017 (UTC)
Oh sorry. I did not read that. There is no hurry, take your time. I just want you to know that the article needs a second copyedit. Thanks.--The Bat Totem 18:47, 14 February 2017 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by The Bat Totem (talkcontribs)
No worries. Please sign your posts with four tildes (~~~~), because SineBot thinks your posts are unsigned. Thanks and all the best, Miniapolis 21:36, 14 February 2017 (UTC)
The problem may be in your preferences; your signature markup needs to link to your user page. Miniapolis 21:40, 14 February 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for that info.--The Bat Totem 06:42, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

User names[edit]

I once asked Jonesey95 about this but I can't remember the precise wording of his answer and I can't find the exchange. I think it was close to the time I started as assistant coordinator, and I was just starting to archive completed requests. I had noticed that some editors have a different name, kind of like a nickname, after a pipe in their user name. For example, MisterCake has "Cake" after the pipe. I think that was the name I asked Jonesey95 about. I decided to use only MisterCake so that is what shows up in the requester column (and MisterCake did not complain about it). Just now, I copy-edited an article entitled Theft of the Holy Relic from the Hazratbal Shrine. When I went to archive it, I saw that the editor had something different (quite different, actually) after the pipe in his user name. For the time being, I decided to list it the way the requester wrote it in the original request. But, if we are to be consistent, and follow the pattern of using only the name before the pipe (as I used "MisterCake" instead of "Cake"), then I should change it to the name that appears before the pipe. What do you think I should do?  – Corinne (talk) 02:23, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

I always use the actual, unstyled user name (the one that appears before the pipe) in the Requests archive (and the drive/blitz leaderboard and Barnstars page). – Jonesey95 (talk) 04:51, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
I do the same (and thanks for the stalk, Jonesey). All the best, Miniapolis 14:48, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
Thank you. I'll make the change.  – Corinne (talk) 16:27, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
No need to change it, as long as the username is bluelinked. It's a matter of personal preference; I just find it easier to copypasta usernames from talk pages. All the best, Miniapolis 16:32, 15 February 2017 (UTC)


I'm in the middle of copy-editing a volcano article, and when I changed a hyphen in a link to an en-dash, the link turned red. Then I looked at the article and saw that the title has a hyphen. It is Acıgöl-Nevşehir. Shouldn't this be an en-dash? If so, I don't know how to change it in an article title.  – Corinne (talk) 04:38, 17 February 2017 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) I believe that it should be an en dash. I moved the article (look under the "More" menu at the upper right; see Wikipedia:Moving a page) to the name with a dash, leaving behind a redirect with the original hyphenated title. – Jonesey95 (talk) 05:50, 17 February 2017 (UTC)
I'll agree to disagree with Jonesey on this one. AFAICT the volcano name indicates conjunction (which calls for a hyphen) rather than an en dash, which indicates a range (such as towns at either end of a road). Dashes and hyphens in article titles are a PITA; if I have trouble linking to an article title (and can't tell by looking which the hell it has), I just copy-paste. All the best, Miniapolis (who avoids hyphen wars like the plague) :-) 15:11, 17 February 2017 (UTC)
Yes, this is a judgement call. It seemed similar enough to Comet Hale–Bopp, and to the section of MOS:DASH that is headed "In compounds when the connection might otherwise be expressed with to, versus, and, or between", that I moved it. I also forgot to mention that I also looked at a couple of sources and found a high-quality one that I added to the article. That source uses the en dash. It is all, I admit, a pain, but leaving the hyphenated redirect is helpful, at least. – Jonesey95 (talk) 15:53, 17 February 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, both.  – Corinne (talk) 16:16, 17 February 2017 (UTC)

Guild of Copy Editors February 2017 News[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors February 2017 News
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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!

Speaking of coordinators, congratulations to Jonesey95 on their well-deserved induction into the Guild of Copy Editors Hall of Fame. The plaque reads: "For dedicated service as lead coordinator (2014, 1 July – 31 December 2015 and all of 2016) and coordinator (1 January – 30 June 2015 and 1 January – 30 June 2017); exceptional template-creation work (considerably streamlining project administration), and their emphasis on keeping the GOCE a drama-free zone."

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Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators: Miniapolis, Jonesey95, Corinne and Tdslk.

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