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November 2015[edit]

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Marie Curie's siblings and the point of user contributions[edit]

Hi, I saw that you had deleted my addition of sibling nicknames on the Marie Curie[1] page, and wanted to explain why I put them back in. You had said their inclusion was "pointless and inaccurate," but in doing research for a book project, my daughter kept finding reference to the sister "Bronya." When looking at the Wikipedia page she noted that there was no Bronya, only Bronislawa, and this became fuel for her to rant about, "See, you can't trust Wikipedia!" My contention was that if something was missing or unclear in Wikipedia, we could help fix it. So we did further research, and came up with what I feel is a fairly credible source for the family nicknames. In addition, the mother and sister having the same name leads to potential confusion, so it seems there are several points to be made with their inclusion. I'm not sure how you determined that they were inaccurate, but I'm open to hearing more about that.

I'm a fairly new editor, though, and I appreciate your diligence and willingness to help me understand if I've done something inappropriate, and don't hesitate to let me know if there is a better way to go about some aspect of this. Footleg (talk) 19:23, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

The daughter's nickname was "Bronia", not "Bronya". The son's nickname was "Józio", not "Jozio".
The authors who include these nicknames are patronizing the Polish-language-ignorant. Would you refer to "Georgie Washington" or to "Tommy Jefferson"?
Nihil novi (talk) 04:44, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
I take your point about Georgie and Tommy, and I would certainly include myself among the "Polish-language-ignorant," but are you saying that the various sources that use "Bronya" or "Bronia" are not authoritative because they are patronizing? I guess I don't see the problem of including the nicknames if that's what they were called and if there is confusion out in the world. To your point, would you refer to William Clinton or James Carter?Footleg (talk) 15:19, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
What have your and your daughter's researches shown to have been Maria's family nickname? Nihil novi (talk) 07:05, 28 January 2016 (UTC)
The best source that we found (that I cited on the Marie Curie page, but am having trouble including here), lists her given name as, "Marja," and that she, "went by Manya, Manyusya, and Anciupeccio." Later it goes on to say that when she registered at the university in Paris, she put "Marie...(but)...everyone who knew her forever called her Manya." [2] All of this makes me wonder if it is appropriate for the article to refer to her as "Maria" as much as it does in the "Early Years."Footleg (talk) 02:14, 30 January 2016 (UTC)
I've corrected the spelling from the unaccountably russified "Bronya" to the authentic Polish Bronia.
Maria Skłodowska's given name is spelled Maria, not "Marja".
A diminutive for Maria is Mania, spelled with an "i", not a "y".
Maniusia is simply a diminutive of Mania. (Polish abounds in diminutives.)
Anciupecio [1] is a nonspecific pet name, something like "Snooky Ookums" [2].
The nickname for Maria's mother Bronisława would also likely have been Bronia.
The nickname for Maria's father Władysław would likely have been Władek.
Nihil novi (talk) 20:11, 30 January 2016 (UTC)
  1. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Curie
  2. ^ The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era p. 18-20

Precious anniversary[edit]

A year ago ...
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peep in Polish personalities
...you were recipient
no. 1125 of Precious,
a prize of QAI!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 23:36, 16 February 2016 (UTC)

Thank you, dear Gerda!
It truly is precious to have one's efforts appreciated by colleagues.
One works for all readers of Wikipedia, but one especially welcomes constructive critics!
Nihil novi (talk) 04:12, 17 February 2016 (UTC)
Now two years! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:28, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

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I've fixed it. Thanks, DPL bot!
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Bay Area WikiSalon series kickoff, April 27[edit]

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Invitation to the Bay Area WikiSalon series on May 25[edit]

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Thank you for starting a page on my ancestor - Tadeusz Schaetzel de Merxhausen[edit]

It's incredible to be able to find such information when researching one's genealogy. I would like to correct his name to include 'de Merxhausen' which is his full name, that I believe references his noble house.

Thanks again.

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The Baron de Merxhausen (talk) 10:36, 13 June 2016 (UTC)

Invitation to the Bay Area WikiSalon series, Wednesday, June 29[edit]

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REMINDER/invitation to the Bay Area WikiSalon series, Wednesday, June 29 at 6 p.m.[edit]

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Corrected. Many thanks! Nihil novi (talk) 08:15, 7 July 2016 (UTC)

Late breaking invitation to the Bay Area WikiSalon series, July 27 (Wednesday) - change of venue - tonight[edit]

Please join us in the Mission at Noisebridge (one time change of venue)!
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We hope you can join us today, Wednesday, from 6 p.m. on, at our July Bay Area WikiSalon. This month only, we are going to be at Noisebridge, a hackerspace/makerspace 1.5 blocks from the 16th & Mission BART station (see the link for directions). Some of us will be working on the Wikipedia article on basic income. All info here. Some good news - we do not have to be as strict about advance RSVP at Noisebridge, so bring spontaneous guests! (Registering ahead of time is still helpful, as always, as it will help us plan ahead.)

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Clan of Ostoja[edit]

Thank You for Your input and contribution on subject. However, before changing anthing, I would appreciate if You consult this on "Talk" page. Polish Clans are a bit different but still, they are concidered as Clans. Polish Clans are not just "heraldic families" or families that use same CoA. Those clans have specific identity that do back to XII century or much earlier before any CoA have been used. Primary, "Ostoja" was used as a battle Cry for military unit so it have nothing to do with heraldry. Also, note definition "Clan" on Wiki and note about Poland and Clan, futhermore in Polish Wiki definition "Klan" - Klan (celt. clan) – ród spokrewnionych lub spowinowaconych ze sobą osób lub też związek osób wspierających się i mających wspólne interesy. Therefore, I kindly ask You to undo renaming the art. and change back as it was before. Correct art. name should be "Clan of Ostoja" and nothing more. Thank You! camdan (talk) 13:19, 7 August 2016 (UTC)
I invite You to discussion about question raised on Wikipedia:WikiProject Heraldry camdan (talk) 14:40, 10 August 2016 (CEST)

Invitation to the Bay Area WikiSalon series, Wednesday, August 31[edit]

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Tonight: Live and archived links for Bay Area WikiSalon[edit]

Bay Area WikiSalon, Wednesday, August 31:

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Invitation to the Bay Area WikiSalon series, Wednesday, September 28[edit]

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We will have no formal agenda to allow people to freely share ideas and perhaps learn about Wikipedia through hands-on editing. Co-organizer Ben Creasy will be looking at election-related articles to enhance the information available in the upcoming November elections.

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Co-organizer Stephen LaPorte has suggested doing an upload-a-thon for Wiki Loves Monuments. Niki, the California coordinator for WLM will be in attendance. WLM is an annual event and the official dealine is Friday the 30th for submissions to count towards awards.

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You are invited to a Wednesday evening event in SF[edit]

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  • Open mic for anybody who attended WikiConference North America 2016 in San Diego last week and wants to share their takeaway
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  • Maybe a focus on some topical election article editing with Ben?

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For further details, please see: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, October 2016.


PS: Mark your calendars ahead now for the 3rd Wednesday in November, the 30th (the week after Thanksgiving), at 6 p.m. when our WikiSalon will host a super awesome top secret mystery guest mingling in our midst. We will announce specifics at the upcoming WikiSalon.


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Everybody is invited to the November 30 Bay Area WikiSalon[edit]

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Bay Area WikiSalon series: Everybody is invited this Wednesday evening at 6[edit]

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The last Wednesday evening of every month, wiki and open-source enthusiasts gather at Bay Area WikiSalon to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas.

Before and after the brief presentation we allow time for informal conversation and working on articles. Newcomers and experienced wiki users are encouraged to attend. Free Wi-Fi is available so bring your editing devices. We will have beverages and light snacks.


In addition, this month we will have:

  • a brief presentation from User:Cullen328 (Jim Heaphy) about the Wikipedia Teahouse
  • spontaneous lightning talks from the floor
  • community announcements from the floor

For details and to RSVP see: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, December 2016


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Reminder invitation to the December Bay Area WikiSalon[edit]

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Hi, everybody.

We are excited to remind you of the ninth in the Bay Area WikiSalon series that is coming up this Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.

  • Details (RSVP suggested) here (RSVP helps us know how much food and drink to bring in)

What is a WikiSalon? A monthly safe and inclusive meatspace event conducted in organized chaos and we all clean up the mess afterwards. Livestream links for the presentation are available during presentation months, and will be forthcoming for those of you that cannot attend. December is a presentation month.


Hope to see you there! Wayne (and Ben) - co-organizers
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Archived link for December Bay Area WikiSalon[edit]

Hi, y'all. In case you missed it and want to watch the archive reel; the topic was The Wikipedia Teahouse and the presenter was well respected Wikimedian Jim Heaphy [[User:Cullen328]]

  • Archive link (also includes intro, announcements, and a lightning talk)
  • Details about Bay Area WikiSalon for December here

The full title of Jim's presentation was: Welcoming and Helping New Editors: A Month at the Wikipedia Teahouse: an overview of the Teahouse and an analysis of over 300 Teahouse conversations during the month of August, 2016

Jim gave a longer version of this presentation in October at WikiConference North America 2016 in San Diego, California.


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PS: Mark your calendars now for Sunday, January 15 at 2 p.m. which will be Wikipedia's 16th Birthday party hosted by Bay Area WikiSalon! Details to follow soon. If you want to help plan it, get in touch with us ASAP!

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Yo Ho Ho[edit]

Happy New Year, Nihil novi![edit]

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You are invited to a birthday bash to Celebrate Wikipedia's 16th Birthday![edit]

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Wikipedia Day 16 SF is a fun Birthday bash and edit-a-thon on Sunday, January 15, 2017, hosted by Bay Area WikiSalon at the Wikimedia Foundation's Chip Deubner Lounge in the South of Market Street business district.

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PS: We need volunteers to help make this a fun and worthwhile event. Please add your name to the Project page, and what you can offer. It is a wiki, so please make direct edits to the page.

Bay Area WikiSalon usually meets the last Wednesday evening of every month as an inclusive and safe place to collaborate, mingle, munch and learn about new projects and ideas.

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Reminder invitation to the Wikipedia Day 16 birthday bash & edit-a-thon[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
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Wikipedia Day 16 SF is a fun Birthday bash and edit-a-thon on Sunday, January 15, 2017, hosted by Bay Area WikiSalon at the Wikimedia Foundation's Chip Deubner Lounge in the South of Market Street business district and everybody is invited!

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Bay Area WikiSalon meets one evening of every month as an inclusive and safe place to collaborate, mingle, munch or learn about new projects and ideas.

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Bay Area WikiSalon invitation for February 22[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

The last Wednesday evening of every month, wiki enthusiasts gather at Bay Area WikiSalon to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas.

We allow time for informal conversation and working on articles. Newcomers and experienced wiki users are encouraged to attend. Free Wi-Fi is available so bring your editing devices. We will have beverages (including beer and wine) plus light snacks.


Please note: You should RSVP here, and bring a photo ID that matches your registration name. This also helps us figure out how much food and drink to bring in.


For further details, see: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, February 2017


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Clan Ostoja[edit]

This is second time Your change or rename art. without any notice or discussion which is definitely not a custom here on Wikipedia, more like breaking obviouse rules and showing lack of basic respect for other people. Any such change in the future where you dont communicate or ask, will be reported, changes reverted. I suggest that You read Wikipedia rules again in section how to behave becouse what you do is far from acceptable! camdan (talk) 14:38, 20 February 2017 (CEST)

Your edits on the art. are much appreciated, include several good changes and suggestions. Thank You! camdan (talk) 20:36, 27 February 2017 (CEST)

Bay Area WikiSalon February reminder[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 6 p.m.


For details and to RSVP: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, February 2017


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Changes to Nicolaus Copernicus[edit]

Hi Nihil novi, I see you have reverted some recent changes to Nicolaus Copernicus:

  1. I don't have a problem with you re-adding the category "Category:People of the Polish–Teutonic War (1519–21)" (which I didn't remove) but...
  2. Why re-add the unsupported "religion" parameter to the Infobox scientist? If you have that parameter you will get a message:
     "Warning: Page using Template:Infobox scientist with unknown parameter "religion" (this message is shown only in preview).".
  3. Why remove "Johannes Kepler" as a value for the "influenced =" parameter in the same Infobox? Reading the Kepler article will show that Copernicus was definitely an influence.
  4. Why remove references to 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica? There are several statements in the Copernicus article which do not have any references e.g. "In 1489 Watzenrode was elected Bishop of Warmia (Ermeland, Ermland)..." and "He met the famous astronomer Domenico Maria Novara da Ferrara..." to which I added a reference. The EB1911 is a reliable source.

Regards, DivermanAU (talk) 05:28, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for bringing the infobox problem to my attention. I hadn't quite understood it.
I've supplied sources, for the two items you specify above, which are six decades more recent than the 1911 E.B.
Thanks for your interest in the subject matter!
Nihil novi (talk) 07:47, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

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Disambiguation link notification for March 30[edit]

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Thanks for the "thank you"[edit]

Sorry, I am new to wikipedia editing. Aside from reverting the edit and debating the issue in the article talk, what can be done to keep Wikipedia from becoming a breeding ground for the gossip of allegations? Mixelpix (talk) 01:49, 7 April 2017 (UTC)

News reports of allegations or accusations are not proof of guilt. I would prefer to see proper adjudications of concerns about misbehaviors, rather than unadjudicated allegations or accusations.
I am not a Wiki-lawyer or administrator, so it's hard for me to offer more specific advice. You might want to consult an administrator.
Thanks.
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Thank you! I've made the correction. Nihil novi (talk) 10:37, 8 April 2017 (UTC)

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History of the World[edit]

We'll see how long it stays out. It took a while for the removal of a similar one from Middle Ages to stick. Ealdgyth - Talk 00:28, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

This one was a rather ungainly table and didn't seem to add anything to the article. Thanks! Nihil novi (talk) 00:52, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

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History of the World[edit]

Why did you undo my July 4 edit?UnvoicedConsonant (talk) 04:00, 5 July 2017 (UTC) §

Thanks for asking.
Short answer: Your edits added nothing useful.
More specifically:
No need to specify "fresh" water, as opposed to brackish water or salt water. That is understood without explicit statement.
Saying that "Humanity's history starts with its prehistory", as you do, is illogical: Prehistory clearly precedes history; it doesn't start history.
Again, that "The history of the world (or world history) describes the history of all humanity", goes without saying, and so there is no need to say it, which you do.
Historic records include records from all the fields that you specify (archaeology, anthropology, genetics, linguistics), as well as a few thousand other fields and subfields of scholarship. Therefore, again, no need to select the 4 that you happen to specify.
Please consider contributing germane information to this and other Wikipedia articles.
Nihil novi (talk) 05:28, 5 July 2017 (UTC)

My response:

1) Specification of “fresh” water adds precision and accuracy, so is valuable. You personally may be highly attuned to water quality issues, but many readers – especially younger readers – are oblivious.
2) “History” in this article means the aggregate of past events involving humanity. This aggregate includes everything human. Nothing human precedes it. Prehistory, despite the name, does not precede human history. It is part of human history – the earliest part. This is consistent with Wikipedia’s Prehistory article.
3) I’ll concede your point regarding the redundancy of “all humanity,” but the opening sentence has several problems, and needs work:
a. “World History” should not be listed as a synonym for “History of the World,” because, on Wikipedia, World History has a different meaning.
b. The History of the World is the aggregate of past events involving humanity. By themselves, the events do not “describe” anything. Authors describe the events, but that is the province of History, not History of the World.
c. Similarly, the events are not “based on” archaeology or other disciplines. The events can be studied by these disciplines, but are not “based on” them.
d. Archaeology is not the only discipline associated with historical research. My edit said “many” disciplines, and mentioned a few specific ones. I chose anthropology, genetics, and linguistics because they are mentioned later in the article. I think it is valuable in the lede to give readers – especially readers new to the subject – a sense of the breadth of knowledge that contributes to the understanding of our past.
4) “Historic records” (or “written records”) in this context refers to primary sources written around the time being studied, not to writings by later authors.
5) Wikipedia edits are not only for adding “germane information,” but also for improvements to form, style, and readability. Many of your own edits fall into this latter category.

UnvoicedConsonant (talk) 00:12, 6 July 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for your response.
I see your rationale, and I've amended the text to take account of your edits and subsequent suggestions.
Nihil novi (talk) 07:22, 6 July 2017 (UTC)

Thanks. UnvoicedConsonant (talk) 04:51, 7 July 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for your suggestions! Nihil novi (talk) 06:03, 7 July 2017 (UTC)

Blocking the user[edit]

Hi. Is it possible to block the user which is vandalizing the articles Alfred Tarski and Leonid Hurwicz, and also refuses to discuss them. I already did it, but I need some support on the administrator attention page. Best Regards. Oliszydlowski, 20:42, 7 July 2017 (UTC)

Where can I find that page? Nihil novi (talk) 13:52, 7 July 2017 (UTC)

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