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Nominations now open for "Military historian of the year" and "Military history newcomer of the year" awards[edit]

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About a Good Article review[edit]

Hi again Nikkimaria, your page is getting slow; but it speeds up once the syntax highlighting is disabled. I've been doing some clean up of an article that I didn't write or expand, Joni Eareckson Tada. There are a couple of editors who have been stewarding the article, so it's not just out there. I am invested in the article; I have added some content to it, mostly in the way of the awards, services, Bibliography and so forth.. not really in the way of the written content. I have my own reasons for selecting this article, rather than one of my own. The one editor has changed the article class from Start to C since I have done cleanup of those things as well as the references and some section cleanup as well. Well, it just looks a lot better. They don't know it yet, but my ultimate goal is to keep improving the article class. I found the Wikipedia:Peer review page. But I just thought you could take a quick look and just tell me anything that stands out to you right away? It's not a long article. Is that page helpful? I thought do that before looking for an editor to do a GA review. This would only be my second GA review, and my first doing it alone...unless of course I can talk the stewarding editor into doing it with me. I don't want to step on their toes so to speak. Any advice? Thanks in advance... dawnleelynn(talk) 21:46, 4 December 2018 (UTC) p.s. my mentor is not available for awhile...thanks... dawnleelynn(talk) 21:49, 4 December 2018 (UTC)

Hi dawnleelynn, I've done some archiving of the page so that should speed things up a bit. Regarding the Tada article, it wouldn't hurt to let other editors of the page know about your plans for it, especially if those plans are going to involve significant editing and/or require their assistance. Looking at the page, I can immediately see that the lead section will need to be significantly expanded. There are also some spots that seem undersourced, such as the part in Music about controversy and subsequent media attention, or where given sources don't seem to support the content, such as the part about learning to mouth-paint. Nikkimaria (talk) 23:10, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
Nikkimaria, yes right I didn't mention the lead but of course one or two sentences is not enough. I will also post in the talk page about doing a GA review and ask what they think/would they like to work together on one. Regarding the sources, good eye on the mouth painting and music controversy. I will look over the whole article for the written areas to make sure they are all sourced adequately. Also, some content is still sourced to her ministry's web site and I'd like to try to replace as much of that as I can... one of the editors there claims it is a primary source. Is it, btw? I mean, it's her ministry's web site, not her personal web site... Anyway, thanks a bunch! dawnleelynn(talk) 23:17, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
The issue is rather that it's not an independent source, and therefore is potentially biased. Nikkimaria (talk) 00:12, 5 December 2018 (UTC)
Oh, well that makes perfect sense now and is an excellent reason. A new policy I have learned today. Call me crazy, but I actually like learning new policies. It is all part of the process of becoming a better editor. I have come to consider you an excellent part-time mentor. I appreciate your help very much. Have a good night. dawnleelynn(talk) 00:34, 5 December 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten! BWV 214[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 8 December 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten! BWV 214, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Bach composed the cantata Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten! to honor Maria Josepha of Saxony (pictured) on her birthday on 8 December 1733? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten! BWV 214. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten! BWV 214), 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.

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The Bugle: Issue CLII, December 2018[edit]

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Frank Sinatra[edit]

Hi Nikkimaria,

why is my contribution to the voice 'Frank Sinatra' punctually canceled? Yet those news are in the book of Italian music journalist Gildo De Stefano. Thank you! --Entertainer (talk) 14:07, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

Hi Entertainer , suggest you propose that edit on the talk page and seek consensus for it. For me, it seems undue. Nikkimaria (talk) 23:23, 11 December 2018 (UTC)


Hi Nikkimaria, I do not think my contribution on Sinatra is out of place, rather it enriches with new Italian details of the life of the American artist. Moreover, they are news that no other biography reports, not even American ones. --Entertainer (talk) 07:01, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Hi Entertainer, again, you're welcome to post on the article's talk page to see whether other editors concur with your opinion. Nikkimaria (talk) 10:39, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Marion Leane Smith[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 12 December 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Marion Leane Smith, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Marion Leane Smith is the only Aboriginal Australian woman known to have served in the First World War? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Marion Leane Smith. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Marion Leane Smith), 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)

Image question[edit]

Hi Nikkimaria, Could you have a look at the situation here with regard to using a (probably) non-free image in an article that has a lot of free ones? Cheers - SchroCat (talk) 08:45, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Seasons Greetings[edit]

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season!


dawnleelynn(talk) 17:14, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
Cheers! Nikkimaria (talk) 23:21, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Voting now open for "Military historian of the year" and "Military history newcomer of the year" awards[edit]

Voting for our annual Military historian of the year and Military history newcomer of the year awards is open until 23:59 (GMT) on 30 December 2018. Why don't you vote for the editors who you believe have made a real difference to Wikipedia's coverage of military history in 2018? MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:17, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Happy Saturnalia[edit]

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Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season, from the horse and bishop person. May the year ahead be productive and troll-free. Ealdgyth - Talk 17:03, 18 December 2018 (UTC)
Cheers! Nikkimaria (talk) 23:32, 18 December 2018 (UTC)

Merry Christmas![edit]

A very happy Christmas and New Year to you! Julemotiv tegnet av Jenny Nystrøm (24207687988).jpg


May 2019 bring you joy, happiness – and no trolls or vandals!

All the best

Gavin / SchroCat (talk) 21:27, 18 December 2018 (UTC)

Cheers! Nikkimaria (talk) 23:32, 18 December 2018 (UTC)

Books & Bytes, Issue 31[edit]

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Wives of Knights[edit]

Hello there! I saw that you were removing Category:Wives of knights from multiple articles. Wives of knights, similar to Category:Wives of baronets, is a social category standing that gives the subject the legal and social title, style, and rank of 'Lady' within the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations. So, for example, Barbara Bach (an article from which the category was removed) is legally and socially "Lady Starkey" by virtue of her marriage to a British knight. Additionally, ex-wives of knights are entitled to keep their style and title if they chose, and only lose it upon remarriage to a man of lower rank. See Category:Women by social class. So this category denotes something of social and legal significance and is not merely a contrived content fork. It is similar to categorization of the wives of peers and courtesy lords (i.e. Category:English viscountesses and Category:English courtesy viscountesses. -- Willthacheerleader18 (talk) 06:27, 23 December 2018 (UTC)

Hi Willthacheerleader18, that category is not defining for many of those individuals. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:20, 23 December 2018 (UTC)

Please keep a watch on Yudirai account. He is the person vandalizing Mangalore related articles with poor Tulu content[edit]

I request you to please keep a watch on this user account Yudisthir Shivaprasad Rai Yudirai(talk).
He is the same person who is repeatedly vandalizing Mangalore related articles with Tulu/Tulunadu content, using multiple accounts.
Yesterday, the Mangalore article got protected from IP edits due to his Tulu related vandalisms.
On 18th July 2018, the Tulu Nadu received page protection from his IP related vandalism. But, since Yudirai(talk) user is autoconfirmed, he again vandalized that article the very next day.
He has also vandalized the Bunt (community) article as well. The user account Bunt56(talk) is a sock-puppet of Yudirai(talk).
He could certainly vandalize the Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada articles once again.
223.186.240.27 (talk) 09:46, 24 December 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 24 December 2018[edit]

Seasonal Greetings[edit]

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Hello Nikkimaria, may you be surrounded by peace, success and happiness on this seasonal occasion. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Sending you a heartfelt and warm greetings for Christmas and New Year 2019.
Happy editing,

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Spread the love by adding {{subst:Seasonal Greetings}} to other user talk pages.

Cheers! Nikkimaria (talk) 21:22, 24 December 2018 (UTC)

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2019![edit]

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Hello Nikkimaria, may you be surrounded by peace, success and happiness on this seasonal occasion. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Sending you heartfelt and warm greetings for Christmas and New Year 2019.
Happy editing,

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Spread the love by adding {{subst:Seasonal Greetings}} to other user talk pages.

Cheers! Nikkimaria (talk) 12:38, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

Non-rs, second time[edit]

This is the second time that you revert two fanwikis I added. The first time was at the beginning of this year: User talk:Nikkimaria/Archive 37#Non-rs

You appear to have some kind of tool installed which automatically detects links to fanwikis? Instead of mindlessly removing them, maybe you should actually read what I wrote. - Manifestation (talk) 11:47, 26 December 2018 (UTC)

I read what you wrote; as I said then, your argument is not generally consistent with our policies and guidelines. I don't use any tool to automatically delete links. Nikkimaria (talk) 13:25, 26 December 2018 (UTC)
I don't particularly care about policies and guidelines. It's true that you can't just accept something from fansites at face value. For instance, if the MarioWiki article on Beanstalks says that the vines were actually inspired by Alice in Wonderland, then I can't just copy-paste that. I need to find out if it's true (which it isn't). However, I was trying to do no such thing. I wanted to present ancillary sources to the reader, not only to proof that the Super Mario games actually have beanstalks, but also to provide more information about it, if the reader wants to know more. I won't revert your edit, because there's no point in revert fighting over ancillary sources. But you really are taking the rules way to strict. - Manifestation (talk) 17:03, 27 December 2018 (UTC)

Battle of the Hatpins[edit]

Hi, you may want to add your new Canada article to Wikipedia:WikiProject Canada/The 10,000 Challenge/Recent additions. Best, Yoninah (talk) 13:32, 26 December 2018 (UTC)

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DYK for Battle of the Hatpins[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 1 January 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Battle of the Hatpins, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that in the Battle of the Hatpins, women protestors repelled police officers with rolling pins and skillets? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Battle of the Hatpins. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Battle of the Hatpins), 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) 00:02, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

2019[edit]

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Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht

Happy 2019 -

begin it with music and memories

Thank you for your help last year, including image review of the TFA, and many others! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:56, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Cheers. Nikkimaria (talk) 17:28, 1 January 2019 (UTC)
Please check out "Happy" once more, for a smile, and sharing (a Nobel Peace Prize), and resolutions. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:37, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

JSTOR[edit]

Hi, I've been very inactive since October due to health issues, so I'm way behind on developments. Did the subscription problem with JSTOR get resolved? There was an issue with a batch of renewal requests, including mine, that had been submitted to them but then gone wrong in some way. You were trying to sort it out but I really can't remember the details and the conversations were spread across numerous venues, sorry. - Sitush (talk) 06:09, 2 January 2019 (UTC)

@Sitush: Should have been, yes - are you still having issues with your account? Nikkimaria (talk) 11:31, 2 January 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for looking. I had no further notification, no request to change password/register or whatever and yet when I logged in today it say that I had used 5 of the 6 views to which I am entitled. Have they introduced some limit on views now? I used to be able to check everything in one go but if I am restricted to 6 views a month then it is going to be quite an impediment. Especially since we're only on the 2nd day of the month and yet their system says I have already looked at five items (when it fact it was just one page of one item).
Not your fault, obviously, but it doesn't look right to me. - Sitush (talk) 11:35, 2 January 2019 (UTC)
@Sitush: The six-article limit applies to non-subscription accounts, so you shouldn't be seeing that. Can you verify that whatever email is associated with your JSTOR account is the same as the one associated with your account on the Library Card site? If not, try using the latter address to do a password reset. If so, let me know and I can follow up with JSTOR. Nikkimaria (talk) 11:42, 2 January 2019 (UTC)
Ok, will do later today and let you know. I'm afraid I found the Library Card system itself b****y obscure but I'm getting old and past it, and I'm sure it eases the admin side of things compared to the old freeform list system. Thanks again. - Sitush (talk) 11:52, 2 January 2019 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay. You're right - for reasons unknown to me, the email showing on my JSTOR account was not that showing on the Library platform. I updated JSTOR to match the Library and did a password reset at JSTOR. I then received the confirmation email re: the changes. Logged out of JSTOR, logged back in but it is still showing a limited subscription. - Sitush (talk) 01:34, 6 January 2019 (UTC)
@Sitush: What I expect has happened is you now have two accounts, your original one and a different one created with the email that was on Library Card. Two options to sort that out: change the email on your original account back to whatever it was before and then do a "forgot password" using the Library Card email, which should give you a functional new account under that email; or let me know the username on the original JSTOR account (by email if you prefer) and I can see if JSTOR is able to swap over the subscription. Nikkimaria (talk) 02:46, 6 January 2019 (UTC)
Hi, I tried the password reset method but it still shows my on a limited subscription and gives options for pay-to-read. I'm really sorry to be messing you around like this. The original JSTOR account is under username "sitush1". If you need any more info then I will email it to you. Thanks. - Sitush (talk) 09:10, 7 January 2019 (UTC)
No worries, I will see if the JSTOR folks can sort that out. Nikkimaria (talk) 12:27, 7 January 2019 (UTC)
I'm sorry but I got the new approval email from TWL but still haven't got access to JSTOR. I've checked my spam folders. Beginning to think that I may need to set up an entirely new account with JSTOR but I suspect they will pick up that the email address has been used previously under another account. - Sitush (talk) 06:41, 24 January 2019 (UTC)
Argh. Okay, I can try emailing them again, not sure what the issue is. Nikkimaria (talk) 12:22, 24 January 2019 (UTC)
Pinging Gazal world ——SerialNumber54129 12:26, 24 January 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for pinging me User:Serial Number 54129. Hi @Sitush: I passed through same problem like you. I already had an account with JSTOR (as non-subsribed user). Then I applied for the first time on TWL for JSTOR account. Like you, I didn't get an email for User name and Password details, and I started inquiries to NikkiMaria. But then eventually I found that my 'non-subscription' account have been converted into TWL account. Like yours, my account also display 'six articles limit'. but I am able to read and download unlimited article. -Gazal world (talk) 13:29, 24 January 2019 (UTC)
And thanks to you, Gazal world. Unfortunately, your experience differs from mine. Not only am I definitely limited to the 6 per month but in addition when I have used that quota, any attempt to search for anything returns a "no results" page. - Sitush (talk) 18:58, 24 January 2019 (UTC)
@Sitush: You should now have received an email from JSTOR - can you check if your access is working? Nikkimaria (talk) 03:41, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
Hi, and thanks for letting me know. Unfortunately, no email received and after logging in I still see the red bar saying that I have used my 6 reads for the month. I have again checked my email settings with TWL and JSTOR, plus obviously checked my spam folder. I tried to access JSTOR 664971 but it says I'll have to wait until 2 February, when the free read counter resets. You must be really fed up of this but I assure you that the registered email address is working fine for everything else - I must get between 70 and 100 mails a day on it and there are no filters set up. - Sitush (talk) 06:03, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Not sure what you mean[edit]

Your edit summary for this edit said "See template doc. (TW)". I'm not sure whether that adresses the IP or me. Regardless, your edit removed the ''{{explain}}'' template I had added so maybe there is something I am missing. Moriori (talk) 04:43, 5 January 2019 (UTC)

@Moriori: Sorry, I didn't see that template, it referred to the IP edit. Nikkimaria (talk) 13:24, 5 January 2019 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CLIII, January 2019[edit]

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Thanks for your reviewing efforts in 2018, Nikkimaria![edit]

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For your image reviews of 143 Military history articles in 2018, I hereby award you the Premium Reviewer Barnstar. Thanks for all your help with curly image licensing questions, and for all your work image reviewing in general. We wouldn't have the amazing throughput we have as a project, if it wasn't for you. Regards, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 01:40, 8 January 2019 (UTC)
Cheers! Nikkimaria (talk) 01:43, 8 January 2019 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/Neo-Bechstein[edit]

Nikkimaria, the original review of this nomination called out close paraphrasing/copying. While I gather that significant editing has gone on behind the scenes, including by the reviewer who noted this issue, I'd feel happier, before calling for a new reviewer, if you'd check to be sure that the issue has been dealt with to your satisfaction. Many thanks, and (a belated) Happy New Year! BlueMoonset (talk) 14:11, 8 January 2019 (UTC)

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Img review[edit]

Hoping you are well NM. I know you must get asked all the time; but you were good enough to look in on this A-class review (over a year ago!), but it's now at FAC, and of course needs another...the images are unchanged except for swapping out two maps. No problem if you're too busy though. Take care! ——SerialNumber54129 15:40, 18 January 2019 (UTC)

(I didn't expect anyone else to jump in so soon! Thanks though) ——SerialNumber54129 10:56, 19 January 2019 (UTC)

Battle of Auberoche[edit]

Hi Nikkimaria. I dislike coming begging, but you were kind enough to do the image review for Battle of Auberoche at ACR, Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Assessment/Battle of Auberoche. It is currently at FAC with five supports but no image nor source review. If you could see your way clear to doing an image review I would be most grateful. Regards. Gog the Mild (talk) 19:44, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Hailey Kinsel[edit]

Yesterday, I moved Hailey Kinsel, 2018 world champion barrel racer, to main space and nominated her for DYK. It's not one of my long articles. So, if you could look it over for encyclopedic tone or anything else that stands out to you. I think I'm getting better at it. Thanks a bunch! Also, hope you are well. dawnleelynn(talk) 20:45, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Nikkimaria, wow, those were some extremely helpful edits. I am going to make a number of changes based on your feedback as well. You sometimes forget to look at your terminology from the end user view. Some edits will be based on that and others on encyclopedic tone or grammar, etc. Thanks for editing; it made a big difference. When I write the next one, I will compare it with this one because she is similar and won in 2017. Thanks very much! dawnleelynn(talk) 00:28, 23 January 2019 (UTC)
I said her mother had a notable equine background rather than "Her mother Leslie is a former Miss Rodeo Texas and enjoys starting colts, a passion that stemmed from working for horse trainers and something she now shares with Hailey." (from source) The equine background was to summarize that she starts colts and used to work for horse trainers. Perhaps I should just put that in the article since she starts colts now with Hailey? Not sure what was notable other than being Miss Texas, which is in the article already. I could just take the word notable out as the other option. dawnleelynn(talk) 00:38, 23 January 2019 (UTC)
@Dawnleelynn: As written, and with the wikilink used, I kinda read it as she is part horse ;-) Nikkimaria (talk) 01:55, 23 January 2019 (UTC)
LOL! I was just eating dinner and it occurred to me, the word equine should have been equestrian. No wonder you found it strange and funny, now me too! I will figure out something when I get to editing it a bit later. hehe... dawnleelynn(talk) 02:01, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

Beattie FAC[edit]

Hi Nikkimaria

Thanks so much for some forensic and very helpful reviewing.

I wondered if there's anything remaining at the FAC that you'd like fixed?

--Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 11:02, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

Hi Dweller, wondering if you can clarify the comment you made there about the publishing credentials - did you discover whether it's an imprint of another publisher? Nikkimaria (talk) 00:02, 24 January 2019 (UTC)
Nope, I've no idea --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 07:10, 24 January 2019 (UTC)

On the "survived by", what I think TRM was saying is we've met the guideline because we talk at length about Beattie's wife. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 16:22, 24 January 2019 (UTC)

Quick question[edit]

Hi Nikkimaria, I hope all is well with you. Can I make a quick check with you on the image File:'Princess Alice' (1865) beached after being cut in two in a collision (1878).jpg? I can find no information relating to a first publication, although I suspect it probably was used somewhere. It dates from 1878, so 70 years after creation was 1948 - according to this we should be able to use it, but thought I'd check first. Cheers - SchroCat (talk) 15:14, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

Hi SchroCat, it's almost certainly PD in the UK, less certain about the US. The source link provided on the image description page requires login - what's said there about the image's provenance? Nikkimaria (talk) 00:06, 24 January 2019 (UTC)
We find one of the more common page on the internet: "403 This is not the page you’re looking for." It was in Royal Museums Greenwich Flickr account, but looks like they've taken it down. I searched the RMG website (www.rmg.co.uk), including within their image library (at http://images.rmg.co.uk//en/page/show_home_page.html) and collections database (http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections.html#!cbrowse) but can find no trace of the image, even though it appears twice in an article of the sinking. I can't find any other copies of the image online, although image searching isn't one of my specialisms. Cheers - SchroCat (talk) 13:48, 24 January 2019 (UTC)
Might be worth reaching out to the museum directly to see if they know anything more. Nikkimaria (talk) 00:13, 25 January 2019 (UTC)
Hi Nikkimaria. I've not heard anything back from the museum on this, which is irritating. I've dropped the article into FAC, and if the image has to come out until we have more information, then so be it - we can always revisit the point once they do reply. Cheers - SchroCat (talk) 20:18, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Basshunter discography[edit]

Hello Nikkimaria. I found you on the volunteers Peer Review list of music section. My request standing unanswered since 6th December and I wanted to ask you if it would be possible to check this discography. If you are interested I have two more completed lists and one short article (passed DYK) in my queue. Eurohunter (talk) 17:18, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

Hi Eurohunter, sorry, definitely not my genre. Nikkimaria (talk) 00:09, 24 January 2019 (UTC)

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Diane Cilento[edit]

From your edit summary, I don’t understand why you removed two pieces of cited material. Kerry (talk) 05:17, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

I assume the information about Connery having beaten her was removed because the associated source has been deprecated. If that's the case, though, a better edit summary than "trim" should have been left for this edit. Grandpallama (talk) 11:11, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
Hi Kerry and Grandpallama, three pieces were removed in that edit for three different reasons: one because of the instructions in the template documentation, one because of the use of an unreliable source, and one because of the Manual of Style. Nikkimaria (talk) 12:29, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
So I assumed. But since two of those items were sourced items, even though your edits might be correct, it's going to cause confusion without an edit summary that's a little more detailed; hence my comment here that "trim" isn't really enough. Thanks for the explanation. Grandpallama (talk) 13:15, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

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Recently Jimmy Wales has made the point that computer home assistants take much of their data from Wikipedia, one way or another. So as well as getting Spotify to play Frosty the Snowman for you, they may be able to answer the question "is the Pope Catholic?" Possibly by asking for disambiguation (Coptic?).

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Headlines about data breaches are now familiar, but the unannounced circulation of information raises other issues. One of those is Gresham's law stated as "bad data drives out good". Wikipedia and now Wikidata have been criticised on related grounds: what if their content, unattributed, is taken to have a higher standing than Wikimedians themselves would grant it? See Wikiquote on a misattribution to Bismarck for the usual quip about "law and sausages", and why one shouldn't watch them in the making.

Wikipedia has now turned 18, so should act like as adult, as well as being treated like one. The Web itself turns 30 some time between March and November this year, per Tim Berners-Lee. If the Knowledge Graph by Google exemplifies Heraclitean Web technology gaining authority, contra GIGO, Wikimedians still have a role in its critique. But not just with the teenage skill of detecting phoniness.

There is more to beating Gresham than exposing the factoid and urban myth, where WP:V does do a great job. Placeholders must be detected, and working with Wikidata is a good way to understand how having one statement as data can blind us to replacing it by a more accurate one. An example that is important to open access is that, firstly, the term itself needs considerable unpacking, because just being able to read material online is a poor relation of "open"; and secondly, trying to get Creative Commons license information into Wikidata shows up issues with classes of license (such as CC-BY) standing for the actual license in major repositories. Detailed investigation shows that "everything flows" exacerbates the issue. But Wikidata can solve it.

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Re: Lawrence Dale Bell.[edit]

Respectfully, why did you remove his cause of death? It had been incorrectly stated as "stroke", which I corrected to congestive heart failure, with the reference to the source. Bell's life, given his importance in the aeronautical world, is under-documented, and Wikipedia has a reputation for disseminating documented data. Why edit out factual information? I suppose that I could have added a further, in text body, sentence pointing out that he had suffered from heart disease nearly all of his adult life; this was an important factor in his career. Thanks. Canucksailor (talk) 15:46, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

Hi Canucksailor, per the template documentation, we generally don't include cause for deaths due to routine illness. Nikkimaria (talk) 23:39, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

Image advice[edit]

Hi Nikkimaria. I'm trying to find suitable images for Theodora Kroeber, and came across this 1927 image (further details here). I haven't been able to find evidence of copyright renewal, but I don't know how to make certain of that. Any advice? Vanamonde (Talk) 17:53, 2 February 2019 (UTC)

Hi Vanamonde. Before you get into copyright renewal, you first need to figure out publication - the source site gives a creation date of 1927, but in the case of archival images it's very possible the digitization was the first actual publication. Have you seen any publications of that image that are known to predate Calisphere? Do we have any indication of who might have taken the photo? If the answer to both of those questions is no, the image is almost certainly not PD. However, if you can't find any PD images of Theodora at all you'd probably have a good case for fair use. Nikkimaria (talk) 18:31, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
Hmm. The photo is from a family collection, so I guess it may not have been published until well after 1964, and copyright renewal may not enter the picture at all...ah well. No, I haven't been able to find any public domain images, and I've looked pretty hard. Is that enough to justify a fair-use image? If so, would it be reasonable to apply that to a higher quality image? The one I linked here was the only one I could find that was not obviously copyrighted. Regards, Vanamonde (Talk) 19:14, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
@Vanamonde93: Yep, just use {{non-free biog-pic}}. Take a look at WP:NFCCP point 3b re: quality though. Nikkimaria (talk) 19:18, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
Many thanks! Vanamonde (Talk) 19:20, 2 February 2019 (UTC)

Marcus Aurelius FAC[edit]

The nominator says that he's add all the needed tags for the images in Marcus Aurelius. Can you check that and let us know if you're satisfied with the state of the images so we can put the nom to bed?--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 00:51, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

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The Bugle: Issue CLIV, February 2019[edit]

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JSTOR access[edit]

Hi, a month ago I received an email from Wikipedia Library Card Platform saying that my access request to JSTOR was approved, but I haven't received anything from them yet. Could you check it out? T8612 (talk) 18:25, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

@T8612: Can you see if you've now received a password reset? (Check your spam mail). Nikkimaria (talk) 23:17, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
Ah I get it; they activated an old account I had, like 9 years ago, not the one I use now. Thanks. T8612 (talk) 00:16, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Copyright status of French official photos[edit]

I've found a nice photo showing the torpedo damage suffered by a French battleship in 1914 and am wondering what it's copyright status might be. It's at [1] if you scroll down a bit. It's credited to Fonds Chopard (SHD/MV 99 GG2) which is part of the French Navy archives. Being taken by an official photographer I imagine that we'll never know the name of the photographer so would Anonymous-EU apply? Or is all this irrelevant because it's first confirmed publication was in 2012 so it falls afoul of the 120-year-requirement for never-published, anonymous works of the Hirtle chart?--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 16:10, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Hi Sturm, assuming no earlier publication can be found and no author can be identified, yes, it would fall under the 120-year requirement. Nikkimaria (talk) 03:04, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
I was afraid of that, but had a meagre hope that there might have been some sort of exemption of official photographs. Thanks anyway.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 04:26, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

Yay[edit]

My JSTOR access is definitely working as it should now. I'm most grateful for your help. - Sitush (talk) 15:26, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

Reversion[edit]

Hello, I reverted you removal to John Franzese Jr with regards to the Daily Mail. I did this under WP:IAR which is cited when it warns about the source not generally being accepted. In this case the only thing that I advance with that source is that the subject of the article wife, ex whatever she is was featured on an episode of a television show. The only other source I have is IMDB. Is there a reason that it wouldn't work if it is for something non controversial in nature? It gives a bit more info but not at the expense of BLP. Hell in a Bucket (talk) 03:13, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

If it's that big of a deal go ahead and re-revert me but in this case I thought it small enough to ignore. Hell in a Bucket (talk) 03:15, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
Hi Hell in a Bucket, the TV show is not a problem, but the sentence before it is - if what you're saying is that that bit isn't intended to be supported by that source, then why remove the {{citation needed}} tag? Nikkimaria (talk) 04:00, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
I see the confusion, I need to source the bit about the hit, yes that is not what the dail mail is citing. I will address that today! Hell in a Bucket (talk) 14:55, 15 February 2019 (UTC)
I hope this helps that [[2]]. Hell in a Bucket (talk) 14:58, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

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http://fire.wikia.com/[edit]

I observe you are deleting references to the above site in my articles. As I know of no other site that contains such information on minor firehouses, I am confused as to the issue. DMBanks1 — Preceding unsigned comment added by DMBanks1 (talkcontribs) 19:00, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

  • (talk page stalker) Hi DMBanks1, Firstly you should be careful referring to articles as "my articles": no single editor owns any articles - they Wikimedia Foundation do, and if you say to people "my article", they'll soon point you in the direction of WP:OWN (which you'd be best to read. Secondly, Wikia site are not considered as reliable sources. We aim to source to the highest level possible, and if it only appears on a crowd-sourced site without reliable third-party references, it shouldn't be on here. If you can't find the information elsewhere, you have to ask yourself if it is encyclopaedic enough to be included. Things that are encyclopaedic enough tend to found in the reliable sources. Cheers - SchroCat (talk) 19:57, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Let me clarify. When I make the simple statement "my articles", I am merely indicating initial authorship upon which the only third party revisions have been of a format nature. It was to differentiate from having made some revision to an established article. I never imagined it would be a source of such consternation. Like the average person, I am perfectly aware of how Wikipedia functions. Contributors may not always appreciate the changes I make to their articles or vice versa, but that is the reality. Consequently, I would not knowingly use a source which was unreliable.

I have a reasonable working knowledge of East Line area (from Prince George, BC) communities. I can detect nothing in "http://fire.wikia.com/wiki/Shell-Glen_Volunteer_Fire_Rescue" or "http://fire.wikia.com/wiki/Ferndale-Tabor_Fire_Department" which appears the slightest suspect. Naturally, I cannot comment on other firehouses on their site, but to throw out the baby with the bath water seems a puzzling policy. It would be like equating the well researched and written articles in Wikipedia, with the numerous ones which exhibit limited or no obvious merit whatsoever.

Do you require email proof from these specific volunteer fire departments, before you are satisfied the information is correct? If so, I will endeavour to obtain it.

DMBanks1 (talk) 22:39, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Hi DMBanks1, no. As Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, its function is to summarize reliable published sources on a topic. An email from a fire department, regardless of its accuracy, wouldn't be a suitable source. Similarly, open wikis, including Wikipedia itself, aren't considered reliable. Nikkimaria (talk) 22:54, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

The former has its own website "https://www.sgvfr.com/". Is this an appropriate source? DMBanks1 (talk) 23:21, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

DMBanks1: yes, as outlined at WP:ABOUTSELF. Nikkimaria (talk) 23:56, 19 February 2019 (UTC)

Talk pages consultation 2019[edit]

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Edits to Anglia Ruskin Page[edit]

Hello!

      I am new (very) to editing Wikipedia, so kindly excuse any obvious questions from me.
  1. I was trying to track the changes you made in watchlist and wasn't able to find any edit summary?
  2. Also, is the undue-tag referring to the section about the 'mickey-mouse' degree? I admit I did not elaborate on the university's response there and will add that. Will that be enough? Everywhere else, I have added the university's responses available from the sources.
  3. I had also added a Daily Mail link because the other source from the Times might require one to log in, while the DM article borrows and cites The Times. I feel this is a valid case of an exception?

Thank you, LockHood — Preceding unsigned comment added by LockHood (talkcontribs) 08:32, 24 February 2019 (UTC)

Edit: I have made several changes, mostly to include the university comments where available. Hope this helps make the article more balanced. Thank you! LockHood (talk) 11:57, 24 February 2019 (UTC)

Hi LockHood, my general concern with that article is that many of the controversies listed are relatively minor in the larger scope of the university's history, yet we are devoting considerable space to each - in fact, more than all the rest of the school's history combined. Take a look at WP:PROPORTION. I appreciate your impulse to add the university's comments, but given that that only makes the section longer, it doesn't really address what I see as the major issue. Nikkimaria (talk) 13:40, 24 February 2019 (UTC)
I see, thank you. I personally feel controversies don't necessarily fall under an institution's history, especially considering the section has expanded. Might it now be appropriate to take it out of History and make it an independent section? While the content is disproportionate within the History section, it won't be in the overall scope of the page. Let me know if that sounds acceptable. Thank you. LockHood (talk) 12:37, 25 February 2019 (UTC)
Hi LockHood, that would make sense organizationally, but I still feel that as written this section is too long and detailed. Nikkimaria (talk) 12:39, 25 February 2019 (UTC)
Considering some of the topics led to UK-wide debates, both from academics and politicians as well as attracted international attention, I think the length is necessary to give a proper overview of both viewpoints.LockHood (talk) 12:54, 25 February 2019 (UTC)
Hi LockHood, which topics in particular? Would they be notable enough for spinoff articles, for example? Nikkimaria (talk) 23:58, 25 February 2019 (UTC)

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DYK Vikram Sood[edit]

Hi Template:Did_you_know_nominations/Vikram_Sood has not been updated. Are you in the process of reviewing it ? if not can you please mark it for a new reviewer ? I would prefer if the DYK process continues to move. regards. --DBigXray 09:12, 28 February 2019 (UTC)

Hi User:DBigXray, last I checked more quoting/rephrasing was needed. Nikkimaria (talk) 12:27, 28 February 2019 (UTC)
If so can you please point out so that it can be fixed. I have already reviewed the article to fix these issues, so some help to get this moving will be appreciated, Regards. --DBigXray 12:30, 28 February 2019 (UTC)
Nikkimaria, I made a few changes in the article. Do these changes address your concerns about the article? I also checked the article with the copyvio tool. Seems to be ok in that aspect...? DiplomatTesterMan (talk) 11:50, 1 March 2019 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 21 – 28 February 2019[edit]

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Systematic reviews are basic building blocks of evidence-based medicine, surveys of existing literature devoted typically to a definite question that aim to bring out scientific conclusions. They are principled in a way Wikipedians can appreciate, taking a critical view of their sources.

PRISMA flow diagram for a systematic review

Ben Goldacre in 2014 wrote (link below) "[...] : the "information architecture" of evidence based medicine (if you can tolerate such a phrase) is a chaotic, ad hoc, poorly connected ecosystem of legacy projects. In some respects the whole show is still run on paper, like it's the 19th century." Is there a Wikidatan in the house? Wouldn't some machine-readable content that is structured data help?

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Most likely it would, but the arcana of systematic reviews and how they add value would still need formal handling. The PRISMA standard dates from 2009, with an update started in 2018. The concerns there include the corpus of papers used: how selected and filtered? Now that Wikidata has a 20.9 million item bibliography, one can at least pose questions. Each systematic review is a tagging opportunity for a bibliography. Could that tagging be reproduced by a query, in principle? Can it even be second-guessed by a query (i.e. simulated by a protocol which translates into SPARQL)? Homing in on the arcana, do the inclusion and filtering criteria translate into metadata? At some level they must, but are these metadata explicitly expressed in the articles themselves? The answer to that is surely "no" at this point, but can TDM find them? Again "no", right now. Automatic identification doesn't just happen.

Actually these questions lack originality. It should be noted though that WP:MEDRS, the reliable sources guideline used here for health information, hinges on the assumption that the usefully systematic reviews of biomedical literature can be recognised. Its nutshell summary, normally the part of a guideline with the highest density of common sense, allows literature reviews in general validity, but WP:MEDASSESS qualifies that indication heavily. Process wonkery about systematic reviews definitely has merit.

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The Signpost: 28 February 2019[edit]

I know I'm a pain, but...[edit]

...would you be able to do a source review for the Princess Alice Disaster FAC too? I'd be extremely grateful if you could spare the time.

I am, as always, conscious of the number of requests I put through to you without reciprocation; should you ever need help with reviews or anything else, please let me know. Cheers - SchroCat (talk) 22:26, 1 March 2019 (UTC)

Close paraphrasing help[edit]

Thanks for you help in finding close paraphrasing issues I missed at Vikram Sood and The Unending Game. If you have a moment, could you see if I missed anything at Thomas D. Mangelsen & Grizzly 399? I think I have caught most of it. Thanks! Flibirigit (talk) 06:40, 2 March 2019 (UTC)

Nikki, that was awesome, especially in the 60 Minutes section. This is, of course, me working in a new area, but still. It will be an article I look back at often to compare when I am writing new articles. I know you've been here a lot longer than me, but you have skills! I guess I should let the reader come to their own conclusion about whether it is ironic that Mangelsen got a hunting tag when he was the opposition to hunting...LOL. Great stuff, thanks so much. Also, wanted to tell you that I will fix the broken links from those organizations redesigning their sites in those few articles that are left and let you know when they are ready for you to review. I will add that in the usual message above. Thanks again! Have a good night. dawnleelynn(talk) 05:02, 3 March 2019 (UTC)
Sorry so long to get to this. But yet again, you've out done yourself, this time on Grizzly 399. I saw a couple typos which I will fix sometime today. But no biggie. I am writing outside any area of expertise on these articles. I am just an editor who lives in Wyoming writing about a Wyoming issue. The bulk areas of the parks are in Wyoming, and it's the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission that is currently trying to take charge of the bears. dawnleelynn(talk) 21:12, 3 March 2019 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/Ian Eaves[edit]

Nikkimaria, can you please take a look at this 5x expanded article? There were originally a number of large quotes in the second paragraph of Career that have been toned down, but is it enough to satisfy general Wikipedia standards? (I did my own edit to reduce quoting from one of the sources and increase the paraphrasing.) I think it may be there, but I trust your judgment, and know you'll ask for more paraphrasing if it's truly needed. Many thanks. (Note: DYKcheck has overcounted the number of characters in the pre-expansion article; I have a note in to Shubinator about the issue, but the base is in the high 1800s or low 1900s, not 2144.) BlueMoonset (talk) 22:51, 4 March 2019 (UTC)

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DYK for Alice de Rivera[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 9 March 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Alice de Rivera, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Alice de Rivera sued the New York City Board of Education after she was barred from a specialized high school due to her gender? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Alice de Rivera. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Alice de Rivera), 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.

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The Bugle: Issue CLV, March 2019[edit]

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Video tutorial for Gale citation links[edit]

Could you add this video tutorial link to the partner page for Gale: "How to properly generate Gale citation URLs for use on Wikipedia", because this instruction wasn't easy to find, and it differs from the more obvious URL format. I've already added it to Wikipedia:Gale. If we don't use their format, the links may not be as persistent as we'd like. -- Netoholic @ 21:23, 13 March 2019 (UTC)

Done. Nikkimaria (talk) 22:23, 13 March 2019 (UTC)

Thanks. I also just noticed that the "Terms of use" link on the partner page is dead, if you could take a look. -- Netoholic @ 07:08, 15 March 2019 (UTC)

Done. Nikkimaria (talk) 11:29, 15 March 2019 (UTC)

Lingzhi[edit]

Hey I deletd my old ling.nut email acct, and jstor says I already have an acct with my current WP address. I have no idea or recollection of this. I dunno what acct I used, maybe axylus.arisbe? I dunno what to do. Would like to apply for journals esp. jstor. Tks. ♦ Lingzhi2 (talk) 10:23, 14 March 2019 (UTC)

By current WP address, do you mean the user account or email? If the latter you should be able to do a password reset. Nikkimaria (talk) 11:21, 14 March 2019 (UTC)
OK I think I got it tks. ♦ Lingzhi2 (talk) 12:31, 14 March 2019 (UTC)

Murder of Riley Ann Sawyers[edit]

I fought to save this article at AfD but now that I'm more experienced and mature, I think that might have been an error of judgement. Riley Ann was a baby/toddler and is only known for her murder, not for anything she did as a person. She's not like Johanna who is automatically notable despite her toddler status because she was royalty. Maybe another AfD nomination would be worth considering? Paul Benjamin Austin (talk) 10:36, 17 March 2019 (UTC)

You could try, although there are probably enough sources for the article to be kept. Because the title is "Murder of..." and not "Riley Ann", the test for notability applies to that event, not to her as a person. Nikkimaria (talk) 13:01, 17 March 2019 (UTC)

The Infinity Gauntlet at FAC[edit]

Hi Nikki,

About a year ago you did an image review for The Infinity Gauntlet at FAC, but that was eventually archived without clear support from you. The second nomination also looks like it's stalling. If you have time, would you mind to look the changes over and let me know if I've addressed your concerns? The current discussion is here. Thanks! Argento Surfer (talk) 19:05, 18 March 2019 (UTC)

Hi Argento Surfer, I can re-review the images, but just so you're aware it's a check that needs to happen but is not generally the basis for a support. Nikkimaria (talk) 01:56, 19 March 2019 (UTC)

Jstor[edit]

Hi Nikkimaria, I've not been active for a while because of health issues. At some point I lost all access to Jstor, which was restored, but I've realized I can only view a limited number of articles each month and don't have permission to download any. I was one of the original 30 subscribers and haven't signed up to the TWL because I'm not convinced I'll be able to use it at this time, but I would like to be able to get into Jstor if I might want to so some work. Do you have any advice to get past the 6 article limit and reinstate full access? Thanks, Victoriaearle (tk) 20:19, 24 March 2019 (UTC)

Hi Victoria, the TWL access is the best way that I know of to reinstate full access - there's quite a few accesses available that way so don't worry if you're not super active. Nikkimaria (talk) 22:51, 24 March 2019 (UTC)
Ok, thanks Nikki. I always feel I have to produce content if I get access via Wikipedia, and not having the pressure has been nice. But I'll look into it. Victoriaearle (tk) 23:26, 24 March 2019 (UTC)
No pressure :-) Another option, assuming local library access isn't an option, is just to request individual articles via WP:RX on an as-needed basis. Nikkimaria (talk) 23:45, 24 March 2019 (UTC)
In November I posted this comment once I was able to log in again and could see that the articles I'd researched were in my workplace. I didn't realize they were no longer available to view or download, which is annoying. Had we been notified that we'd be losing access I would have saved my work. I took a look the TWL and it asks that editors identify themselves and provide their main email, which surprised me so I'll probably give it pass. My library doesn't have access, so I'll have to give it up, but I'm disappointed about this. I know you're not the person to be venting at, but you might know who at the Foundation to pass this feedback on to. Since I had access, as one of the original 30, I've been able to create quality content but can't without sources. It's basically moot because of my low activity level but I had hoped to be able to dip in occasionally. Anyway, thanks for listening. Victoriaearle (tk) 19:30, 27 March 2019 (UTC)
@Victoriaearle: If you'd prefer not to enter your details on the platform but would still like to get that access back, you can send me your previous JSTOR username by email and I can submit it for renewal. You'd just miss out on some of the platform advantages, like being notified when your account is expiring. Up to you. Nikkimaria (talk) 00:54, 28 March 2019 (UTC)
Nikki, I owe you an apology. I knew when I posted here it would have been better to sit on my hands or not hit save, but I'd just discovered that the very many files I'd saved on Jstor (i.e about 10 or more for Jane Austin alone) couldn't be downloaded and could only be viewed in small amounts. I was annoyed at losing the research time and took it out on you, which isn't fair. I'm really sorry about that. I've had the same email and user name for Jstor since I've had the account and will send it on to you later today. Thanks and sorry :( Victoriaearle (tk) 14:03, 29 March 2019 (UTC)
No apologies necessary :-) Nikkimaria (talk) 22:14, 29 March 2019 (UTC)

() (talk page stalker) You know, I was just noticing the same thing. JSTOR used to be awesome. Now it's just window shopping. JSTOR doesn't love Wikipeda anymore...? ♦ Lingzhi2 (talk) 00:50, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

@Lingzhi2: Maybe your account, like Victoria's, might have expired? Nikkimaria (talk) 00:56, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

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Nikkimaria, I was wondering whether you'd be able to return here and check to see whether any close paraphrasing or copyvio issues remain in this article. It would really help to get the next review off to a good start if the state of the article could be established now. Many thanks. BlueMoonset (talk) 21:08, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

University College of Estate Management[edit]

Nikki before you go deleting references, read the article and look at the pictures. Do you think this was a Prince Charles impostor or something?? I can assure you there was nothing wrong with this article. James Kevin McMahon (talk) 12:04, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

You're welcome to add a reliable source to support the claim. Nikkimaria (talk) 21:31, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 22 – 28 March 2019[edit]

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When in the cloud, do as the APIs do

Half a century ago, it was the era of the mainframe computer, with its air-conditioned room, twitching tape-drives, and appearance in the title of a spy novel Billion-Dollar Brain then made into a Hollywood film. Now we have the cloud, with server farms and the client–server model as quotidian: this text is being typed on a Chromebook.

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The term Applications Programming Interface or API is 50 years old, and refers to a type of software library as well as the interface to its use. While a compiler is what you need to get high-level code executed by a mainframe, an API out in the cloud somewhere offers a chance to perform operations on a remote server. For example, the multifarious bots active on Wikipedia have owners who exploit the MediaWiki API.

APIs (called RESTful) that allow for the GET HTTP request are fundamental for what could colloquially be called "moving data around the Web"; from which Wikidata benefits 24/7. So the fact that the Wikidata SPARQL endpoint at query.wikidata.org has a RESTful API means that, in lay terms, Wikidata content can be GOT from it. The programming involved, besides the SPARQL language, could be in Python, younger by a few months than the Web.

Magic words, such as occur in fantasy stories, are wishful (rather than RESTful) solutions to gaining access. You may need to be a linguist to enter Ali Baba's cave or the western door of Moria (French in the case of "Open Sesame", in fact, and Sindarin being the respective languages). Talking to an API requires a bigger toolkit, which first means you have to recognise the tools in terms of what they can do. On the way to the wikt:impactful or polymathic modern handling of facts, one must perhaps take only tactful notice of tech's endemic problem with documentation, and absorb the insightful point that the code in APIs does articulate the customary procedures now in place on the cloud for getting information. As Owl explained to Winnie-the-Pooh, it tells you The Thing to Do.

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Infobox scientist/Wikidata[edit]

I've been having some difficulty using {{Infobox scientist/Wikidata}} as you noticed at Charles Hugh Smiley and Robert Horace Baker‎. I've been trying to add references to wikidata statements so that the template will automatically pull the proper entries from there. Any advice on how to go about this would be greatly appreciated. --23:14, 29 March 2019 (UTC)

Hi Mu301, what specific difficulty do you need advice about? Finding sources, using the template...? Nikkimaria (talk) 23:17, 29 March 2019 (UTC)
Hello, at Frederick Slocum the template is pulling the birth/death dates but not the places. I entered the info here. That probably wasn't the best way to source those claims - I may have to update it later. I have the sources. It's the interaction between the wp template and wikidata that I don't understand. It seems inconsistent. I'm trying to changeover to this template for pages listed at User:Mu301/tmp#Scientists. I'm also unclear on what a "proper" reference on wikidata should look like. Is it better to enter title, date, etc. instead of a google books link? Thanks, --mikeu talk 23:41, 29 March 2019 (UTC)
I've switched to {{infobox person/Wikidata}} for the moment as there is no content in the Scientific career section - here the places display properly. @RexxS: might have a better idea of why the places aren't displaying correctly in the scientist box, but until there is specific content for that section I'd suggest sticking to the person box anyways. In terms of sourcing on Wikidata, anything is better than nothing, but you can take a look at creating an item for the book you're citing if there isn't one already - https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Help:Sources#Books . Nikkimaria (talk) 02:30, 30 March 2019 (UTC)
@Mu301 and Nikkimaria: Thanks for spotting this. The problem lay in the way that {{Infobox person/Wikidata}} was coded. If it was supplied with a blank parameter like this |birth_place= or this |death_place=, then it didn't fetch a value from Wikidata, it just returned the blank. You don't notice it normally, but when you use a wrapper template like {{Infobox scientist/Wikidata}}, it supplies every parameter as a blank value. This only affected the entries that were inside the {{br separated entries}} template, and I've fixed it (I hope) in {{Infobox person/Wikidata}}.
As a rule of thumb, as Nikki says, if you try {{Infobox scientist/Wikidata|fetchwikidata=ALL}} and it shows up with a blank "Scientific career" section, just switch to using {{Infobox person/Wikidata|fetchwikidata=ALL}}. It simpler than trying to write code that suppresses the heading when there's nothing to display below it.
As for auto-retrieved references from Wikidata, we could put them into Template:Infobox person/Wikidata, etc. but I've always shied away from doing that because I don't know what format the rest of the references in the article are, and I don't want complaints that the infoboxes violate CITEVAR. Most articles don't require references in infoboxes, but if some do, my advice would be not to use Wikidata for those, and add the references manually to match the other reference in the article. --RexxS (talk) 17:09, 30 March 2019 (UTC)

───────────────────────── Thanks for the help. I think I now understand the difficulty. --mikeu talk 20:19, 3 April 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 March 2019[edit]


Your edits on Kalale[edit]

Hey! You removed a section I added in the article for Kalale (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalale), stating that I did not have "reliable sources." (a) The source I had used was quite reputable, in my opinion, as it is officially managed by people from Pottermore as well. Further, the nature of the reference (i.e, a mention in the movie) is impossible to source directly, and I don't see why the source I used was incorrect.

(b) Even if the source I used was incorrect, why did you get rid of the information sourced from it as well? The information I had mentioned was, for all intenets and purposes, factual, and worthy of putting into the article (similar to the "In Popular Culture" section in many different articles). If you had a problem with the citations, I don't see why you didn't just challenge the citations. This is especially jarring since the rest of the article has little to no citations in general, yet you removed the section which had two references. Cool12y (talk) 01:35, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

Hi Cool12y, content of that sort requires reliable secondary sources that establish significance. An open wiki, even one which is edited in part by people who are also involved in other sites, is not considered reliable. Sourcing directly to the movie would be a primary source, which is permitted in some cases but would not establish significance. Certainly it would be better if the rest of the article were better sourced, but absent better sourcing this particular content doesn't warrant inclusion. Nikkimaria (talk) 02:38, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

Mr Bean related articles under IP atttack[edit]

I only have The Curse of Mr. Bean on my watchlist but this editor introduced Americanisms into a British article. Such as "stomps on", where anyone whose read an Enid Blyton tale knows that a British child "stamps" their foot. They also changed the (British) term "small girl" into the (American style) "little girl". There made need to be intervention? Paul Benjamin Austin (talk) 08:09, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

On balance I'm thinking that they're editing in good faith, but I've left them a note re: ENGVAR. If you see further instances try to keep what are useful changes when getting rid of Americanisms. Nikkimaria (talk) 11:40, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for reverting[edit]

Thanks for reverting. That was accidental - I meant to click "no automated actions." --TheSandDoctor Talk 01:48, 2 April 2019 (UTC)

Congratulations from the Military History Project[edit]

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Precious anniversary[edit]

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Vicente de Solivares y Miera[edit]

Thanks for your edit here, but it unintentionally broke the list of mayors order. There are some 135 of these and for considerations regarding consistency I have reverted your edit. Thanks, Mercy11 (talk) 03:34, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

I don't have a problem with the template doc, but editors can't have it both ways and it's was change to its current status last. thx Mercy11 (talk) 03:37, 6 April 2019 (UTC)
Hi Mercy11, that parameter shouldn't be linked on any of the mayoral articles, per the template documentation. The best way to produce consistency would be to unlink all of them in line with that and the Manual of Style. I'm happy to assist with that effort. Nikkimaria (talk) 03:39, 6 April 2019 (UTC)
OK, thanks. Again, I had something similar to that but several months ago another editor changed it to what you came upon, which is why all 135 of them look the way you found them. Thanks for the insight and for having the guts to not just point out the problem, but also to take of your time and to help rectify it. Regards, Mercy11 (talk) 01:05, 7 April 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Librotraficante[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 8 April 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Librotraficante, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Librotraficante smuggled books into Arizona? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Librotraficante. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Librotraficante), 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.

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This Month in GLAM: March 2019[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue CLVI, April 2019[edit]

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Aphex Twin[edit]

Hello, I got a little carried away with that Aphex Twin edit, the excitement of a seemingly new piece of information had me going in blind! Its a great archive piece of footage of him, is it possible to add the youtube video as an external link? I couldn't find any 'reliable' sources to back it up other than those I mentioned, ill look a little deeper. RicardoDonovan (talk) 17:52, 10 April 2019 (UTC)

Sure, you could add it as an external link. Nikkimaria (talk) 22:21, 10 April 2019 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Almost There (album)/archive1[edit]

Hey, thanks so much for commenting at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Almost There (album)/archive1! I've (hopefully) fixed the issues you've brought up, and figure I'd comment here in case you didn't the page to watch. Thanks again! Toa Nidhiki05 00:05, 21 April 2019 (UTC)

Leroy McAfee[edit]

Please explain why you keep removing cause of death. Thank you. deisenbe (talk) 16:25, 21 April 2019 (UTC)

Hi deisenbe, as referenced in my edit summary, the template documentation indicates that that parameter should not be included for routine causes of death, but only where significant for notability. Nikkimaria (talk) 21:16, 21 April 2019 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/The Unending Game[edit]

Nikkimaria, I'm not sure whether you've ever been able to get pings; if not, there's one for you on this DYK nomination page. Thanks. BlueMoonset (talk) 21:22, 21 April 2019 (UTC)

Star Wars Creature Links[edit]

I am wondering why you removed the links i was trying to make it easier to get more information on the creatures, instead of having to copy and pasting the name into google. — Preceding unsigned comment added by WakeyJakey (talkcontribs) 15:28, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

Hi WakeyJakey, see our page on external links - generally speaking these shouldn't appear in the body of an article, but only in references (if reliable) or (in limited number) in an external links section. Nikkimaria (talk) 23:19, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

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I am posting on this talk page to let you know that I have addressed your comments on the Cretoxyrhina FAC, as it has been dragging out due to a lack of response from reviewers.

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Facto Post – Issue 23 – 30 April 2019[edit]

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Talk of cloud computing draws a veil over hardware, but also, less obviously but more importantly, obscures such intellectual distinction as matters most in its use. Wikidata begins to allow tasks to be undertaken that were out of easy reach. The facility should not be taken as the real point.

Coming in from another angle, the "executive decision" is more glamorous; but the "administrative decision" should be admired for its command of facts. Think of the attitudes ad fontes, so prevalent here on Wikipedia as "can you give me a source for that?", and being prepared to deal with complicated analyses into specified subcases. Impatience expressed as a disdain for such pedantry is quite understandable, but neither dirty data nor false dichotomies are at all good to have around.

Issue 13 and Issue 21, respectively on WP:MEDRS and systematic reviews, talk about biomedical literature and computing tasks that would be of higher quality if they could be made more "administrative". For example, it is desirable that the decisions involved be consistent, explicable, and reproducible by non-experts from specified inputs.

What gets clouded out is not impossibly hard to understand. You do need to put together the insights of functional programming, which is a doctrinaire and purist but clearcut approach, with the practicality of office software. Loopless computation can be conceived of as a seamless forward march of spreadsheet columns, each determined by the content of previous ones. Very well: to do a backward audit, when now we are talking about Wikidata, we rely on integrity of data and its scrupulous sourcing: and clearcut case analyses. The MEDRS example forces attention on purge attempts such as Beall's list.

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The Bugle: Issue CLVII, May 2019[edit]

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Nikkimaria, there was a post at WT:DYK asking whether the hook was too closely paraphrased. Under the circumstances, I was wondering whether you could take a look at the nomination for close paraphrasing in general (including said hook). Thank you very much for anything you can do. BlueMoonset (talk) 06:22, 15 May 2019 (UTC)

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Thanks a lot for your constructive feedback. I have resolved the concerns and marked the DYK nom for a review. Can you please share your opinions there. Asking you since other reviewers seem to be scared off by the controversial topic, length of the article and discussion. regards. DBigXray 06:25, 16 May 2019 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 24 – 17 May 2019[edit]

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Two dozen issues, and this may be the last, a valediction at least for a while.

It's time for a two-year summation of ContentMine projects involving TDM (text and data mining).

Wikidata and now Structured Data on Commons represent the overlap of Wikimedia with the Semantic Web. This common ground is helping to convert an engineering concept into a movement. TDM generally has little enough connection with the Semantic Web, being instead in the orbit of machine learning which is no respecter of the semantic. Don't break a taboo by asking bots "and what do you mean by that?"

The ScienceSource project innovates in TDM, by storing its text mining results in a Wikibase site. It strives for compliance of its fact mining, on drug treatments of diseases, with an automated form of the relevant Wikipedia referencing guideline MEDRS. Where WikiFactMine set up an API for reuse of its results, ScienceSource has a SPARQL query service, with look-and-feel exactly that of Wikidata's at query.wikidata.org. It also now has a custom front end, and its content can be federated, in other words used in data mashups: it is one of over 50 sites that can federate with Wikidata.

The human factor comes to bear through the front end, which combines a link to the HTML version of a paper, text mining results organised in drug and disease columns, and a SPARQL display of nearby drug and disease terms. Much software to develop and explain, so little time! Rather than telling the tale, Facto Post brings you ScienceSource links, starting from the how-to video, lower right.

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biog format[edit]

Hi there,

You posted earlier that this page [Neil Laughton]] was looking like a resume - I agree that it was. I have made a number of edits now with the aim of making it more neutral and removing addition detail. Can you have a look and let me know whether this works better for you and whether you think it would now be appropriate to remove the "written like a resume" from the page. Let me know any other areas you feel need attention there are still some areas I would like to change from listing things to have more prose.

Many thanks! Sally Salbliss (talk) 19:51, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Hi Sally, I appreciate the reworking you've done so far. At the moment the article still reads a bit like the bullet-point-style accomplishments one often sees in a resume. I'd suggest incorporating these into more continuous prose. I'd also suggest that the associations of which he is only a member (as opposed to founder, chair, etc) need not be listed. Also, generally external links aren't included in the running prose, but are limited to the references or external links sections - see WP:EL. Nikkimaria (talk) 20:29, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Thanks Nikki, Much appreciated, I will continue to work it into continuous prose and remove the member assoications too. Thanks for the pointers on the external links too, all much appreciated.

Sally Salbliss (talk) 20:44, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/1900 Galveston hurricane/archive1[edit]

Hi Nikkimaria. I fixed those inconsistencies and errors with the references. You said "more work needed" before giving me a few other examples. I'm not sure if there is still work to be done with the refs. As for "The Promise" by Ann Weisgarber, the book did win some awards and get nominated for others. That might make it worthy of inclusion. But I'm looking for a source other than a book review or book signing.--12george1 (talk) 19:32, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Hi 12george1, I gave examples of the types of errors I was seeing, but they weren't the only issues - it was to give you a better understanding of the sort of problems to look for. Nikkimaria (talk) 01:06, 22 May 2019 (UTC)
I went through literally all of the refs last night and today to fix any other possible errors. Many of them were edited. I even checked to see if the page numbers were correct--12george1 (talk) 17:36, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

US-PD[edit]

Sorry to bother you, but is it necessary to put this tag on Commons images that homemade, released by the author under cc-by-sa? Hope you're well, ——SerialNumber54129 16:21, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

(talk page watcher) It depends on the image but there are certainly circumstances where it can be necessary, such as when there's an image included which is PD in the US but not in other jurisdictions. I speak as a weary veteran of arguments with Transport for London over Wikipedia images that include the London Transport roundel (PD in the US, very much not so in the UK). ‑ Iridescent 16:40, 22 May 2019 (UTC)
@Serial Number 54129: Basically what Iri said. Another common case is a photo of a sculptural work in countries without freedom of panorama. Do you have a specific image in mind? Nikkimaria (talk) 22:21, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

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