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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)

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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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Done. Thank you, DPL bot! Nihil novi (talk) 05:30, 1 June 2016 (UTC)

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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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]

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