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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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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you very much for the work in bicycle kick. The paraphrasing of the quotes in the article was excellent! MarshalN20 Talk 23:03, 7 December 2015 (UTC)
Glad to help, although Drcrazy102 did most of the heavy lifting :-). Good luck and all the best, Miniapolis 23:39, 7 December 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you. I wanted to express my gratitude and appreciation to you for improving List of submissions to the 87th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film's quality and language. Poon Chun Meng (talk) 05:34, 8 December 2015 (UTC)
Happy to help. Good luck and all the best, Miniapolis 14:17, 8 December 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 16 December 2015[edit]

Season's Greetings![edit]

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Thank you for your comprehensive and bold copyedit. I am really grateful for it. I made some minor changes. I would appreciate if you could checque them. Have a nice day. Borsoka (talk) 04:18, 21 December 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the kind words. Your changes are improvements, for the most part, although I question two of them. The word "pall", as used in the caption, is virtually unknown in English; I didn't know what it was until I found that Pall (liturgy) redirects to altar cloth, which is generally understood. "Bishop Saint Gerard" reads oddly to me, since it includes a job title and an honorific; I think it should be "Bishop Gerard", "Saint Gerard" or ideally (per MOS:HONORIFIC) "Gerard". Anyway, good luck again with GA and all the best, Miniapolis 15:10, 21 December 2015 (UTC)

Wishing you all the best . . .[edit]

Merry Christmas, Miniapolis, and may your holidays be merry and bright . . . . Cheers. Dirtlawyer1 (talk) 06:02, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

Merry Christmas![edit]

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Merry Christmas!!
May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Thanks for all your help and support, and of course all your work, on Wikipedia!

   – Onel5969 TT me 03:50, 24 December 2015 (UTC)

Season's Greetings[edit]

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To You and Yours!
FWiW Bzuk (talk) 16:16, 25 December 2015 (UTC)

Happy Holidays![edit]

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Season's Greetings and Happy New Year!

Wishing you a happy holiday season and a Merry Christmas. May your new year be happy and prosperous. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 01:42, 26 December 2015 (UTC)

Precious anniversary[edit]

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A year ago, you were recipient no. 1078 of
Precious, a prize of QAI!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:27, 30 December 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder, Gerda. Happy New Year and all the best, Miniapolis 14:24, 30 December 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 30 December 2015[edit]


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Happy New Year 2016!
Did you know ... that back in 1885, Wikipedia editors wrote Good Articles with axes, hammers and chisels?

Thank you for your contributions to this encyclopedia using 21st century technology. I hope you don't get any unneccessary blisters.
Cullen328 Let's discuss it 22:41, 30 December 2015 (UTC)    –


Hi, Thanks and great job on Jacques Rivette so far. Just for the sake of mentioning it, I do still want to expand the "Themes" section, adding more info on his use of mysteries, conspiracy theory and the fantasy and theatrical side of his works. So if you think anything already in this section is redundant or a repetition please feel free to trim.--Deoliveirafan (talk) 05:22, 31 December 2015 (UTC)

Will do; I hope to finish the article today, and will ping you when it's done. Happy New Year and all the best, Miniapolis 17:39, 31 December 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for doing a great job. Hope that you enjoyed the article. I am going to revert one edit, but please re-revert it if you think my reasoning is too close to original research. It is the very last sentence of the article. I personally suspect that the coincidence of Parolini dying the day after Ehrenstein posted about Rivette's health is unlikely. She died in Italy on the 21st, which could have been the 20th where Ehrenstein was and I think its possible that he (or someone) was aware of Rivette's condition but sat on it to prevent Parolini from finding out. The email on Ehrenstein's blog is no longer active, so I could not ask him abut this, but I'd like the dates to speak for themselves since I'm not sure what time zone Ehrenstein was at that time. Hope you're cool with that and happy new year.--Deoliveirafan (talk) 02:56, 1 January 2016 (UTC)
Sure, feel free. I only phrased it that way for stylistic reasons, because sometimes prose falls into an on-this-date, on-that-date pattern that reads a little flat. It's an excellent article, and my husband (a film buff) is going to watch a couple of Rivette's films :-). Happy New Year and all the best, Miniapolis 05:02, 1 January 2016 (UTC)

Happy New Year![edit]

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Have a prosperous, productive and enjoyable New Year, and thanks for your contributions to Wikipedia. --BabbaQ (talk) 18:44, 31 December 2015 (UTC)

Happy New Year, Miniapolis![edit]

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Guild of Copy Editors 2015 End of Year Report[edit]

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Our 2015 End of Year Report is now ready for review.


  • Summary of Drives, Blitzes, and the Requests page;
  • New record lows in the article backlog and on the Requests page;
  • Coordinator election results;
  • Membership news;
  • Changes around the Guild's pages;
  • Plans for 2016.
– Your project coordinators: Jonesey95, Miniapolis and Baffle gab1978.
To discontinue receiving GOCE newsletters, please remove your name from our mailing list. Newsletter delivered by Jonesey95 via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:42, 6 January 2016 (UTC)

Wilshire Park, Los Angeles[edit]

The article Wilshire Park, Los Angeles is now a redirect. Can we remove the GOCE tag from the Talk:Wilshire Park, Los Angeles page?--DThomsen8 (talk) 02:34, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) I have turned that Talk page into a redirect. That should have happened when the article was redirected. – Jonesey95 (talk) 04:16, 7 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for the stalk, Jonesey. All the best, Miniapolis 14:21, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

The Signpost: 06 January 2016[edit]

Draft:Walter Baets[edit]

4 Months ago you deleted Walter Baets citing "undisclosed COI violating WP's TOS". A new user has recently been working on a draft at Draft:Walter Baets. Do you have any thoughts on the situation surrounding this draft and possibly ToS violations? Winner 42 Talk to me! 02:18, 14 January 2016 (UTC)

This article troubles me, primarily because of the formally-undisclosed paid editing by ShaneRothko101 (who has apparently returned as Rothko225). The COI is as yet formally undisclosed; it's mentioned in one of ShaneRothko101's unblock requests, but that doesn't constitute formal disclosure with {{Connected contributor (paid)}} on the draft talk page. As for notability, I checked the sources:
  • 1 and 2 are directory listings.
  • 3 is first-party, published by the subject's de facto employer.
  • 4 is a passing mention in a self-published blog, the equivalent of a press release.
  • 5 is about the school, not the subject of the draft.
  • 6 and 7 are the same webpage.
  • 8 is the subject's employer, and 9 and 10 are the subject's commercial website which, IMO, constitutes spam in this context.

The only source which may be reliable for demonstrating notability is the webpage (6 and 7), which—if reliable enough—may indicate that the subject meets WP:NACADEMICS criterion #5. Hope this helps; trying to keep advertising out of an online encyclopedia is such a timesink. All the best, Miniapolis 03:36, 14 January 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your long-needed cleanup of Philippine Commonwealth Army. Thanks! Buckshot06 (talk) 04:28, 14 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks; it's an interesting article. All the best, Miniapolis 14:28, 14 January 2016 (UTC)

The Signpost: 13 January 2016[edit]

== help on translation == hello I saw your name listed on some hk related articles and the thought you might be a native speaker. If so would you be willow my to help out on translating into Chinese and updating the China pabst blue ribbon page using Chinese sources? It's the only large Chinese beer brand that doesn't have a Chinese version which it did several years ago. Thanks for your time 😊

Please preview your posts before saving, and sign them with four tildes (~~~~). I may have copyedited one or two Hong Kong-related articles, but it's been a while. At the top of this page is a notice that I don't have time for individual copyediting requests; if you list it at the Guild of Copy Editors request page (following the instructions), I or someone else will get to it. Keep in mind that Wikipedia is not advertising, and according to its Terms of Use you must disclose any conflict of interest. All the best, Miniapolis 17:56, 17 January 2016 (UTC)


..for your edits at the Prisoner article. It looks much better now. Regards.--BabbaQ (talk) 20:49, 17 January 2016 (UTC)

Thanks, Babba; I did what I could, but it's pretty fancrufty and the sourcing is below par. I remember that show from decades ago, when I thought it was awful; apparently my standards have dropped, because we're starting to watch it on YouTube :-). All the best, Miniapolis 20:53, 17 January 2016 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 6[edit]

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Newsletter • January 2016

Hello there! Happy to be writing this newsletter once more. This month:

What comes next

Some good news: the Wikimedia Foundation has renewed WikiProject X. This means we can continue focusing on making WikiProjects better.

During our first round of work, we created a prototype WikiProject based on two ideas: (1) WikiProjects should clearly present things for people to do, and (2) The content of WikiProjects should be automated as much as possible. We launched pilots, and for the most part it works. But this approach will not work for the long term. While it makes certain aspects of running a WikiProject easier, it makes the maintenance aspects harder.

We are working on a major overhaul that will address these issues. New features will include:

  • Creating WikiProjects by simply filling out a form, choosing which reports you want to generate for your project. This will work with existing bots in addition to the Reports Bot reports. (Of course, you can also have sections curated by humans.)
  • One-click button to join a WikiProject, with optional notifications.
  • Be able to define your WikiProject's scope within the WikiProject itself by listing relevant pages and categories, eliminating the need to tag every talk page with a banner. (You will still be allowed to do that, of course. It just won't be required.)

The end goal is a collaboration tool that can be used by WikiProjects but also by any edit-a-thon or group of people that want to coordinate on improving articles. Though implemented as an extension, the underlying content will be wikitext, meaning that you can continue to use categories, templates, and other features as you normally would.

This will take a lot of work, and we are just getting started. What would you like to see? I invite you to discuss on our talk page.

Until next time,

Harej (talk) 02:53, 20 January 2016 (UTC)

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I can still see the previous revision of File:(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin.jpg, so you probably did something wrong. nyuszika7h (talk) 13:06, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

That's because I didn't delete it. It's not orphaned; the file is used in (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. All the best, Miniapolis 14:55, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
Sorry for the misunderstanding on my part; it's fixed. All the best, Miniapolis 17:21, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

The Signpost: 20 January 2016[edit]

The Signpost: 27 January 2016[edit]

Thank you for supporting my RfA[edit]

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Thank you for participating in and supporting my RfA. It was very much appreciated. Hawkeye7 (talk) 20:06, 1 February 2016 (UTC)
Your conduct during this especially-difficult RfA has been impressive, confirming Harry's confidence in you. It's up to the 'crats now. Good luck (if, indeed, you still want the mop back after this :-)) and all the best, Miniapolis 20:39, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

Thank you![edit]

Wanted to thank you for the copy-edits you made on the Teresia Sampsonia article. :-) It was much needed. Bests and take care - LouisAragon (talk) 01:58, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Glad to help. The prose was stilted and I was concerned about plagiarism (the sources are all print, so I couldn't check), but it may have originally been written by a non-native English speaker. Good luck with DYK and all the best, Miniapolis 14:07, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Thank you for supporting my RfA[edit]

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Thank you for participating at my RfA. Your support was very much appreciated even if I did get a bit scorched. Brianhe (talk) 02:58, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
It's a nasty business, and I don't think you deserved what you got; it confirms my belief that COI and paid editing may be the undoing of WP. Encyclopedia Brittanica editors are compensated by the encyclopedia, not by the subjects of the articles they write—a crucial difference. Relax, have fun and all the best, Miniapolis 14:05, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for your support[edit]

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Thank you for participating and supporting at my RfA. It was very much appreciated, and I am humbled that the community saw fit to trust me with the tools. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 03:35, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
You'll do a great job. Congratulations, welcome to the mop brigade and all the best, Miniapolis 14:09, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

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Thanks for your help with the San Juan Bay article. It reads much better now thanks to your contribution.

Caballero/Historiador 00:01, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

I love cats :-). Glad to help, and I especially enjoy copyediting articles like this one. Good luck again and all the best, Miniapolis 00:10, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

The Signpost: 03 February 2016[edit]

Moving sanctions from 2015 to 2016[edit]

Hello Miniapolis. Recently you made this edit of DSLOG-related files. Could you explain the thinking? I had always assumed that the sanctions were logged in the year recorded. Thanks, EdJohnston (talk) 21:00, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

I copied (not moved) existing sanctions—indef topic bans and the like—from the 2015 to the 2016 logs per a request by Callanecc on clerks-l. They're still on the 2015 log. All the best, Miniapolis 21:10, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
Sorry Miniapolis I just meant the headers not the actual sanctions. Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 22:31, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
And I apologize for the misunderstanding; I thought you also wanted a clerk to copy the sanctions still in effect, time permitting. All the best, Miniapolis 23:49, 10 February 2016 (UTC)
... and now (after checking the diff) I realize that you meant all the headers, even those on empty sections. Sorry about that. Miniapolis 01:38, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

Policy discussion in progress[edit]

There is a policy discussion in progress at the Manual of Style which affects the capitalization of People Like Us, a question in which you previously participated. Please participate on that page and not in this talk page section. Thank you. — LlywelynII 12:21, 12 February 2016 (UTC)


I appreciate your work on Blair House, but I'm having to repair a lot of your edits that incorporate phrasing that doesn't use proper English or, in some cases, just doesn't make sense. For instance, you changed -

  • In the early 1980s, Congress appropriated $9.7 million for the property's further renovation and improvement. Federally appropriated funds were augmented with $5 million in private donations.

- to this -

  • During the early 1980s Congress appropriated $9.7 million for further renovation and improvement, and to the federal funds were added with $5 million in private donations.

I started trying to fix these one by one but it would take so long to comb through the entire article to locate instances of the incorporation of unusual or broken phrasing I'm going to just roll back your edits en masse and then try to restore each of your edits one by one. This process will probably take awhile due to the sheer size and volume. I just wanted to let you know I'm not trying to edit war since the mass undo might seem that way. Thanks! LavaBaron (talk) 19:08, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

Okay. My phrasing wasn't the best in that sentence, but I've been trying to improve the flow of choppy sentence structure (in addition to cleaning up and moving free images to Commons, adding alt text, combining too-short sections and trying to eliminate text sandwiched between images). I'd rephrase the sentence you cited as "During the early 1980s Congress appropriated $9.7 million for further renovation and improvement, and private donations added $5 million to the federal funds." I'm doing my best, but since you're dissatisfied I'll mark it yellow tickY Partly done on WP:GOCE/REQ and not where I left off. Good luck and all the best, Miniapolis 19:23, 13 February 2016 (UTC)
You also, among others, changed "The President's Guest House is larger than the White House and, unlike that building, is closed to the public." to "The President's Guest House, larger than the White House, is (unlike the latter) closed to the public." As a general grammar rule, placing two paranthetical expressions into a short sentence becomes very confusing for the reader and should be avoided. Anyway, I think I've restored about 75-percent of your edits, and I'll keep working at it shortly. Thanks for your amicability. LavaBaron (talk) 19:32, 13 February 2016 (UTC)