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Editor of the Week[edit]

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Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week in recognition of your quality contributions. Thank you for the great contributions! (courtesy of the Wikipedia Editor Retention Project)

User:Buster7 and User:Northamerica1000 submitted the following nomination for Editor of the Week:

We nominate Mudwater as Editor of the Week for his persistent and continuous creation and editing of articles over the past 10 years. He digs lists and has worked diligently to improve them. List of breweries in Illinois and List of regional dishes of the United States are just 2 examples. He works at WikiProject Albums and is a fan of The Grateful Dead. His editing interests range from Gun laws in the United States by state to Sonoran hot dog to American Jewish cuisine. One of WP's most active editors (with over 42000 plus edits), Mudwater is an invaluable editor who has created many articles. Check out the "Articles I've Created" list on their talk page for his decade of high quality contributions, with varied interests and pursuits. His diplomatic ability has been honed on the talk pages of hundreds of articles he has created.

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Editor of the Week
for the week beginning October 1, 2017
10 years of editing articles and creating lists. Varied interests from gun laws in the U.S. to hot dogs. Over 42000 high quality edits
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Quality content creation and diplomacy
Notable work(s)
List of breweries in Illinois, List of regional dishes of the United States
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Thanks again for your efforts! ―Buster7  15:12, 1 October 2017 (UTC)

@Buster7 and Northamerica1000: Awesome! Thanks a bunch!! Mudwater (Talk) 15:52, 1 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks again for your great work, and also for your collaborations, which I appreciate a great deal. North America1000 03:29, 2 October 2017 (UTC)

Eddy Award[edit]

Congrats Mudwater! And well deserved too! Signed, Marcia Kreutzmann

New Page Reviewer Newsletter[edit]

Hello Mudwater, thank you for your efforts reviewing new pages!
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Backlog update:

  • The new page backlog is currently at 12,878 pages. We have worked hard to decrease from over 22,000, but more hard work is needed! Please consider reviewing even just a few pages a day.
  • We have successfully cleared the backlog of pages created by non-confirmed accounts before ACTRIAL. Thank you to everyone who participated in that drive.

Technology update:

  • Primefac has created a script that will assist in requesting revision deletion for copyright violations that are often found in new pages. For more information see User:Primefac/revdel.

General project update:

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Halloween cheer![edit]



Hello Mudwater:
You are invited to join WikiProject Cleanup, a WikiProject and resource for Wikipedia cleanup listings, information and discussion.
To join the project, just add your name to the member list. North America1000 15:43, 25 October 2017 (UTC)


Hi MW: I've been working on Diner lingo, specifically the list at this point. It's rather interesting stuff. Since you and I have worked on lists and other content regarding Americana topics before, I felt that this may interest you. Cheers, North America1000 08:41, 5 November 2017 (UTC)

@Northamerica1000: Very nice. Seen this? Mudwater (Talk) 15:10, 5 November 2017 (UTC)
Yep, it's an EL in the article. North America1000 16:58, 5 November 2017 (UTC)
Amazing how many unique phrases there are in diner lingo and slang. North America1000 06:39, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

Happy turkey day[edit]

Northamerica1000 is wishing you a happy Thanksgiving. If you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, don't forget that "Any time is turkey time" (see image). North America1000 06:10, 24 November 2017 (UTC)
@Northamerica1000: Thanks, you too! 🦃 Mudwater (Talk) 12:09, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

ArbCom 2017 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, Mudwater. Voting in the 2017 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 10 December. All users who registered an account before Saturday, 28 October 2017, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Wednesday, 1 November 2017 and are not currently blocked are eligible to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

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New Page Reviewer Newsletter[edit]

Hello Mudwater, thank you for your efforts reviewing new pages!
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Backlog update:

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Your signature[edit]

Please be aware that your signature uses deprecated <font> tags, which are causing Obsolete HTML tags lint errors.

You are encouraged to change

<font face="cursive">— [[User:Mudwater|Mudwater]]<small><sup> ([[User talk:Mudwater|Talk]])</sup></small></font> : Mudwater (Talk)


<span style="font-family: cursive;>— [[User:Mudwater|Mudwater]]<small><sup> ([[User talk:Mudwater|Talk]])</sup></small></span> : Mudwater (Talk)

Anomalocaris (talk) 17:25, 20 December 2017 (UTC)

@Anomalocaris: When I go to Preferences --> User Profile and try to set my signature to what you suggested, I get a message saying, "Invalid raw signature. Check HTML tags." Mudwater (Talk) 23:23, 20 December 2017 (UTC)
Sorry, I omitted a close quote. Try this:
<span style="font-family: cursive;">— [[User:Mudwater|Mudwater]]<small><sup> ([[User talk:Mudwater|Talk]])</sup></small></span> : Mudwater (Talk)
Anomalocaris (talk) 02:52, 21 December 2017 (UTC)
@Anomalocaris: Ah, that's better. Thanks! Mudwater (Talk) 02:56, 21 December 2017 (UTC)
Thank you, too! —Anomalocaris (talk) 05:29, 21 December 2017 (UTC)

New Years new page backlog drive[edit]

Hello Mudwater, thank you for your efforts reviewing new pages!
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Announcing the NPP New Year Backlog Drive!

We have done amazing work so far in December to reduce the New Pages Feed backlog by over 3000 articles! Now is the time to capitalise on our momentum and help eliminate the backlog!

The backlog drive will begin on January 1st and run until January 29th. Prize tiers and other info can be found HERE.

Awards will be given in tiers in two categories:

  • The total number of reviews completed for the month.
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NOTE: It is extremely important that we focus on quality reviewing. Despite our goal of reducing the backlog as much as possible, please do not rush while reviewing.

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Happy New Year![edit]

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@Northamerica1000: Thanks. Happy new year to you! Mudwater (Talk) 23:03, 3 January 2018 (UTC)

New Page Reviewer Newsletter[edit]

Hello Mudwater, thank you for your efforts in reviewing new pages!
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The NPP backlog at the end of the drive with the number of unreviewed articles by creation date. Red is older than 90 days, orange is between 90 and 30 days old, and green is younger than 30 days.

Backlog update:

  • The new page backlog is currently at 3819 unreviewed articles, with a further 6660 unreviewed redirects.
  • We are very close to eliminating the backlog completely; please help by reviewing a few extra articles each day!

New Year Backlog Drive results:

  • We made massive progress during the recent four weeks of the NPP Backlog Drive, during which the backlog reduced by nearly six thousand articles and the length of the backlog by almost 3 months!

General project update:

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2nd Amendment[edit]

What is wrong with the compromise I have proposed? ---- — Preceding unsigned comment added by Washington-Art-Movement (talkcontribs) 02:44, 24 February 2018 (UTC)

@Washington-Art-Movement: Feel free to start a new section on the article's talk page. That would be the best place to discuss this. Thanks. Mudwater (Talk) 03:13, 24 February 2018 (UTC)


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New Brewery - Keg Grove[edit]

A new brewery to keep an eye on for addition to List of breweries in Illinois is Keg Grove Brewing Company in Bloomington. They're not open yet, if that's a necessary criteria, but they expect to be soon. Here's a weblink - . mwalimu59 (talk) 15:35, 29 March 2018 (UTC)

@Mwalimu59: Thanks for the tip! Yes, actually being open for business is a criterion for being added to the article. So I'll add this to my notes about breweries to watch for, definitely. Mudwater (Talk) 22:45, 29 March 2018 (UTC)
@Mwalimu59: Well, today was the grand opening, so, cheers! Mudwater (Talk) 22:04, 1 June 2018 (UTC)

New Page Review Newsletter No.10[edit]

Hello Mudwater, thank you for your work reviewing New Pages!


  • ACTRIAL's six month experiment restricting new page creation to (auto)confirmed users ended on 14 March. As expected, a greatly increased number of unsuitable articles and candidates for deletion are showing up in the feed again, and the backlog has since increased already by ~30%. Please consider reviewing a few extra articles each day.

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Non-free rationale for File:JeppsonsMalort.jpg[edit]

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Brewery name convention[edit]

I'm contacting you as an active contributor on brewery articles and/or member of WikiProject Beer. There is some discussion going on as to how we should name our brewery articles. See Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Beer#Change_brewery_titles? and Talk:Greene_King_Brewery#Requested_move_10_May_2018. If you are interested, please comment. SilkTork (talk)

@SilkTork: Thanks for the heads up. Mudwater (Talk) 22:35, 14 May 2018 (UTC)

NPR Newsletter No.11 25 May 2018[edit]

Hello Mudwater, thank you for your work reviewing New Pages!


  • WP:ACREQ has been implemented. The flow at the feed has dropped back to the levels during the trial. However, the backlog is on the rise again so please consider reviewing a few extra articles each day; a backlog approaching 5,000 is still far too high. An effort is also needed to ensure that older unsuitable older pages at the back of the queue do not get automatically indexed for Google.

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Workingman's Dead[edit]

Didn't mean to step on any toes with my recent change to the Workingman's Dead personnel chart. Yes, the credit on the album has always stated that David Nelson played accoustic guitar on Cumberland Blues. I'm 100% certain that is in error as musician credits oftentimes are. Nelson has an easily identifiable finger picking style as evidenced by his work with the New Riders. And that's what I've always heard on the electric guitar break on that cut. Chukmunk (talk) 05:07, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

@Chukmunk: Hello. Thanks for the note. Usually I'd say it's best to go with the album liner notes, but you might be on to something here. If you change the article back, with an edit summary briefly explaining your reasoning, I would not object (though I can't speak for other editors). Mudwater (Talk) 10:27, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

NPP Backlog Elimination Drive[edit]

Hello Mudwater, thank you for your work reviewing New Pages!

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel: there are currently 2900 unreviewed articles, and 4000 unreviewed redirects.

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