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WikiCup 2018 November newsletter[edit]

The WikiCup is over for another year! Our Champion this year is South Carolina Courcelles (submissions), who over the course of the competition has amassed 147 GAs, 111 GARs, 9 DYKs, 4 FLs and 1 ITN. Our finalists were as follows:

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Editing cont.[edit]

Well he would still be in the Phillies organization. NukeiCat (talk) 22:26, 5 December 2018 (UTC)

@NukeiCat: True, he is. But, the years in the infobox refer to seasons, and now we're in the offseason. He wasn't a member of the Phillies in the 2018 season, and the 2019 season doesn't start for five months. Spring training doesn't count. Per WP:CRYSTAL, we can't rule out the unlikely but possible scenarios. Like, what if they sign Machado to play shortstop and flip Segura somewhere else? – Muboshgu (talk) 23:04, 5 December 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Andy Levin[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 8 December 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Andy Levin, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Andy Levin will succeed his father in the U.S. House of Representatives? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Andy Levin. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Andy Levin), 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.

Mifter (talk) 12:02, 8 December 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Antonio Delgado (politician)[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 9 December 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Antonio Delgado (politician), which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that U.S. Representative-elect Antonio Delgado once released a rap album? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Antonio Delgado (politician). You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Antonio Delgado (politician)), 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.

Alex Shih (talk) 00:01, 9 December 2018 (UTC)

Disambiguation link notification for December 9[edit]

An automated process has detected that when you recently edited Joey Votto, you added a link pointing to the disambiguation page Nee (check to confirm | fix with Dab solver).

(Opt-out instructions.) --DPL bot (talk) 09:37, 9 December 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Sharice Davids[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 10 December 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Sharice Davids, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that US Representative-elect Sharice Davids is a former mixed martial arts fighter? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Sharice Davids. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Sharice Davids), 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.

Mifter (talk) 00:02, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Rfcs concernings infoboxes of politicians.[edit]

Howdy. I've requested closure of the two Rfcs at Wikipedia:WikiProject Biography/Politics and government :) GoodDay (talk) 04:40, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Peace Dove Christmas[edit]

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Peace is a state of balance and understanding in yourself and between others, where respect is gained by the acceptance of differences, tolerance persists, conflicts are resolved through dialog, peoples rights are respected and their voices are heard, and everyone is at their highest point of serenity without social tension.
Happy Holidays. ―Buster7  23:47, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Debbie Mucarsel-Powell[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 12 December 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is set to become the first Ecuadorian born person to serve in the United States Congress? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell), 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.

Mifter (talk) 00:03, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Brandon Hyde / Baltimore Orioles Manager[edit]

Hello, I know that you are very active in baseball articles and specifically ensuring that articles are not edited to reflect transactions awaiting official announcements. I have been keeping an eye on the Brandon Hyde and Baltimore Orioles pages as I've noted they have been getting a steady amount of edits in recent hours. I don't want to be viewed as excessively undoing other contributor's edits, each of which have to do with the mentioning of Hyde as the Orioles manager. MLB itself reported that he has not yet been hired. (https://www.mlb.com/orioles/news/latest-on-orioles-search-for-manager/c-301734770)

In any event, I just wanted to respectfully make you aware of this in case it is something you wanted to keep an eye on. I do my best to keep on top of baseball related pages, but I will be busy over the next 24 hours with exams.ChrisWilliam1995 (talk) 04:27, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

@ChrisWilliam1995: I've gone ahead and protected the article for a day, and hopefully the deal is done by then. I'll keep my eye on the article. – Muboshgu (talk) 05:37, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Dan Crenshaw[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 12 December 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Dan Crenshaw, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that U.S. Representative-elect Dan Crenshaw lost an eye to an improvised explosive device while serving with SEAL Team Three in Afghanistan? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Dan Crenshaw. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Dan Crenshaw), 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.

— Maile (talk) 12:04, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Convinced?[edit]

Looks definitive to me. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Terry Foote (talkcontribs) 18:14, December 12, 2018 (UTC)

[1] [2]

(edit conflict) @Terry Foote: I'm responding to the first link you provided [3]. I'm convinced that they have "agreed" to a deal that could fall through. See the title: "Source: Cutch, Phillies agree to 3-year deal". So it's from unnamed "sources" and is only an "agreement" to finalize a deal, not a finalized deal. The article goes on to say "But a source told MLB.com..." ... who's the source? Could they be wrong? Possibly. Because the article also says the agreement is "pending a physical", which could be failed. They have failed and nullified deals before. Also, "The club has not confirmed the signing." So there you go. – Muboshgu (talk) 18:14, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
I'm not an ESPN Insider so I can't read the whole Olney link. He's right 99% of the time but we need to consider the 1%. – Muboshgu (talk) 18:15, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
@Terry Foote: And the 6ABC link uses the same language to hedge: "sources", "agreed", "unconfirmed". – Muboshgu (talk) 18:18, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
I don't have the free time or energy that you have to argue with your totally indefensible reversion. It's a done deal with the Phillies, and you know it. So, do what you will. Terry Foote (talk) 18:21, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
From ESPN "The Philadelphia Phillies and outfielder Andrew McCutchen have agreed to a deal, sources confirmed to ESPN." How much more definitive do you need? Anything less than admitting your wrong just makes you look like...........well, not good.Terry Foote (talk) 18:22, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
@Terry Foote: But it's not a done deal. It's an agreement in principle. We wait for finalized, official deals. This ain't it yet. Deals fall through. Here's a partial list of deals that have fallen through. "Sources confirmed to ESPN" isn't definitive at all. Who are the sources? We need to hear from the Phillies organization directly. I'm not wrong. You're impatient. – Muboshgu (talk) 18:24, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
OK, I see your point. I think acknowledging a good faith edit from a longtime user would be greatly with your perview as a seasoned editor. Treating me like a random IP address floating in and putting in random gossip just makes me wonder why I even bother editing. Terry Foote (talk) 18:30, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
@Terry Foote: If I came across as too snippy, I apologize. You can imagine how many premature edits are made in the offseason, especially during the Winter Meetings (like yesterday the run of people putting Syndergaard on the Yankees). But assuming good faith goes both ways, and you talked about my "totally indefensible reversion", "It's a done deal with the Phillies, and you know it", "Anything less than admitting your wrong just makes you look like...........well, not good." – Muboshgu (talk) 18:42, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
You could've easily put in your reversion note "reverted good faith edit...", but instead you dismissed me like a random IP address. It just really makes me wonder why I bother having anything to do with Wikipedia at all. BTW, look who took the photo of McCutchen. Not bad, right? Anyway, the Phillies are my team, Cutch is one of my favorite players, and yes I was excited that he's playing in Philadelphia now. The sheer number of good faith edits I make that are factually correct but reverted is stunning to me. So, my point is, you struck with lack of good faith first, so how was I supposed to respond? Anyway, as I've said, I don't have the time, energy or patience for this. Anyway..........I see your edits frequently, and I respect you, so I hope we can work in the future peaceably. Terry Foote (talk) 18:53, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
@Terry Foote: In hindsight, yes, I should've marked it good faith. Remember if you need consider "why you bother" editing here that we don't break news here, and we don't repeat "BREAKING NEWS" from others either. I do hope to see you editing around and in future collaborations. – Muboshgu (talk) 20:00, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Ken Rosenthal and Jeff Passan have both confirmed this deal. — Preceding unsigned comment added by RobbyBahama (talkcontribs) 21:17, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

@RobbyBahama: They are not the Rays. They have been wrong before. And you didn't present any sources. – Muboshgu (talk) 21:19, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

I literally just got an account 10 minutes ago and I'm just trying to navigate the system. Excuse me for my unknowingness. So once the Rays confirm it, will I be able to edit? — Preceding unsigned comment added by RobbyBahama (talkcontribs) 21:26, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

@RobbyBahama: That's okay. I'm happy to provide any guidance that I can. When the Rays confirm it, we can regard it as official. The teams will usually make a post on their official Twitter accounts to let us know. – Muboshgu (talk) 22:28, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

DYK[edit]

My edit summary says that I promoted Template:Did you know nominations/Brenda Jones (politician) to prep 4, but I'm just letting you know that I moved it to prep 6 because the other prep area already has a US politics hook. SL93 (talk) 04:03, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

@SL93: Oh, okay. I really don't care which prep area it goes into. Thanks for the update. – Muboshgu (talk) 04:04, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
Cool. I just didn't want anyone to wonder why my edit summary was wrong. :) SL93 (talk) 04:06, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
@SL93: Out of curiosity to what the other US politics hook is, I looked, and it's one of mine too. :) – Muboshgu (talk) 04:08, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Nothing Breaks Like a Heart[edit]

Can you semi-protect the page to persistent block evasion by User:MariaJaydHicky. 183.171.113.16 (talk) 04:38, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Erin Zwiener[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 14 December 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Erin Zwiener, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Erin Zwiener ran for the Texas House of Representatives after her incumbent representative blocked her on Facebook? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Erin Zwiener. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Erin Zwiener), 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.

Gatoclass (talk) 12:02, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

kamala harris[edit]

Hi Muboshgu,

You and someone else seem to have reverted my additions to the Kamala Harris wiki on the basis that they are "disruptive." I beg to disagree, please allow me to explain. I am a highly regarded investigative reporter, see www.peterbyrne.info In 2003 I wrote the first major profile of Ms. Harris for a well known publication, SF Weekly, see: https://archives.sfweekly.com/sanfrancisco/kamalas-karma/Content?oid=2149429

And in 2017, I wrote another profile for the well known publication American Consequences, see https://americanconsequences.com/the-kamala-contradiction/

Both of these professionally reported articles report PROVEN FACTS that do not appear elsewhere in the existing wiki. I have no intention of "disrupting" anything, and I am, in fact, politically non-partisan. I do not have experience editing wikipedia, so I may have done something that violates policy. If so, please explain so I can learn from this. Both of the articles I referenced contribute facts that do not appear elsewhere in the wiki.

I can be reached at pbyrne@sonic.net

142.254.104.88 (talk) 17:04, 14 December 2018 (UTC)÷−≤Peter Byrne

@142.254.104.88: Hi. It was disruptive to reinsert the content that another editor had objected to without any discussion. I appreciate you reaching out now. I have a WP:NPOV concern about how you mentioned her campaign contributors, suggesting that they have control of her, or of Willie Brown having control of her, without any evidence of such. I think it would be best to continue this discuss on Talk:Kamala Harris, since some eof that article's editors won't be looking here. – Muboshgu (talk) 20:01, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Brenda Jones (politician)[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 15 December 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Brenda Jones (politician), which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Brenda Jones is serving in the Detroit City Council and US House of Representatives concurrently? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Brenda Jones (politician). You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Brenda Jones (politician)), 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.

Alex Shih (talk) 12:02, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

For your information, if you are interested[edit]

See this edit summary: [4]. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 21:09, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Guess I was too quick. It happens. – Muboshgu (talk) 21:10, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
No problem. The main thing is that my mistake got reverted, and it doesn't matter a lot who reverted it. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 21:13, 16 December 2018 (UTC)