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The Challenge Series[edit]

The Challenge Series is a current drive on English Wikipedia to encourage article improvements and creations globally through a series of 50,000/10,000/1000 Challenges for different regions, countries and topics. All Wikipedia editors in good standing are invited to participate. North America1000 07:58, 19 November 2016 (UTC)

American Vision Windows[edit]

Hey, I came to talk about the advertising tag at the top of the American Vision Windows page. Earlier the page was up for deletion based on the issue which you closed as no consensus was found. You discussed that promotional language be avoided, so I'm trying to improve the article as much as I can and hopefully move it up on the quality scale. I would really appreciate it if you could give me some pointers on how to improve the article and avoid quasi-promotional language. And when those needs have been met, at what point could the tag be removed? Best wishes, SWAloha 11:11, 1 December 2016 (UTC)

Hello SWAloha: To keep the article aligned with Wikipedia's WP:NOTPROMO policy:
North America1000 01:37, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
I can see about the revenue. In what way could the tone be changed to avoid sounding that way I may ask? But aside from that I can assure you I am not a payed contributor, I'm honestly doing this because I like it. SWAloha 10:10, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
I would simply omit most of the revenue information, but not all of it, leaving the most current figures in place. North America1000 15:28, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
I removed most of the early revenue information and left it to the last three years. I also removed weasel words and replaced them with exactly where my sources came from such as the academic journals. SWAloha 03:26, 3 December 2016 (UTC)
Removed some of what I could see as excessive information while still retaining information that makes it fluent. Please do tell if any other changes should be made. SWAloha 02:15, 4 December 2016 (UTC)
It's a bit of a unique company, so upon consideration, I removed the intricate detail template I added earlier. Some detail is a good thing, such as content about its founding and general overview information, it being a Christian-run company, how the company diversified after an economic downturn in the home improvement industry, and its culture relative to being Christian-based and the company's philanthropy. Maybe the edits you performed will be enough to satisfy others (e.g. concerns at the deletion discussion). North America1000 10:45, 4 December 2016 (UTC)
I can definately see how some people would see how the company's background would make the company quite different compared to other company articles on Wikipedia. I think that the edits so far have really improved the article - especially now that I'm comparing it to other short articles with good ratings. I'd think it should do well, and if it does, maybe it could be moved to a C or B class. SWAloha 03:10, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
I have changed the article class from Start-class to C-class (diff). It could be close to B-class, but I haven't researched the topic enough to make this assessment at this time. North America1000 03:16, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
I'd say what the article essentially needs is some minor copyediting for consistency. Other than that, the article is almost complete. SWAloha 21:19, 6 December 2016 (UTC)

BBC 12-hour Editathon - large influx of new pages & drafts expected[edit]

AfC Reviewers are asked to be especially on the look out 08:00-20:00 UTC (that's local London time - check your USA and AUS times) on Thursday 8 December for new pages. The BBC together with Wikimedia UK is holding a large 12-hour editathon. Many new articles and drafts are expected. See BBC 100 Women 2016: How to join our edit-a-thon. Follow also on #100womenwiki, and please, don't bite the newbies :) (user:Kudpung for NPR. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:02, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

Guild of Copy Editors December 2016 News[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors December 2016 News
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Hello everyone, and welcome to the December 2016 GOCE newsletter. We had an October newsletter all set to go, but it looks like we never pushed the button to deliver it, so this one contains a few months of updates. We have been busy and successful!

Coordinator elections for the first half of 2017: Nominations are open for election of Coordinators for the first half of 2017. Please visit the election page to nominate yourself or another editor, and then return after December 15 to vote. Thanks for participating!

September Drive: The September drive was fruitful. We set out to remove July through October 2015 from our backlog (an ambitious 269 articles), and by the end of the month, we had cut that pile of oldest articles to just 83. We reduced our overall backlog by 97 articles, even with new copyedit tags being added to articles every day. We also handled 75% of the remaining Requests from August 2016. Overall, 19 editors recorded copy edits to 233 articles (over 378,000 words).

October Blitz: this one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 16 through 22 October; the theme was Requests, since the backlog was getting a bit long. Of the 16 editors who signed up, 10 editors completed 29 requests. Barnstars and rollover totals are located here. Thanks to all editors who took part.

November Drive: The November drive was a record-breaker! We set out to remove September through December 2015 from our backlog (239 articles), and by the end of the month, we had cut that pile of old articles to just 66, eliminating the two oldest months! We reduced our overall backlog by 523 articles, to a new record low of 1,414 articles, even with new tags being added to articles every day, which means we removed copy-editing tags from over 800 articles. We also handled all of the remaining Requests from October 2016. Officially, 14 editors recorded copy edits to 200 articles (over 312,000 words), but over 600 articles, usually quick fixes and short articles, were not recorded on the drive page.

Housekeeping note: we do not send a newsletter before every drive or blitz. To have a better chance of knowing when the next event will start, add the GOCE's message box to your Watchlist.

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators: Jonesey95, Corinne and Tdslk.

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RC Patrol-related Proposals in the 2016 Community Wishlist Survey[edit]

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Template:Happy New Year elves[edit]

Hi Northamerica1000, I've come across this template Template:Happy New Year elves however I noticed on the talkpage it states "This template was designed by User:Cullen328." however it was technically designed by me - Cullen had basically removed my message and replaced it with a DYK however I've had the layout since 2014[1] so is there any chance we can both be credited as the DYK work etc was his however the background and border was my work entirely so I'd like to get some recognition here :), As you added/created it I thought it was best to ask instead of just wading in,
Anyway hope all is well :), Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 02:58, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

  • Hey Dave: Just add-in what you feel is right to say on the talk page. Pinging Cullen328 here for their review. I looked into it all a bit, but I'd rather keep it simple on my end at this time. For starters, comparing the links you provided above is giving me a headache, and then I have to go back in time and figure it all out. I can do this, but I'd rather you do it. This saves me time and allows me time to be lazy. If you need me to do the research, then let me know. For what it's worth, I copy/pasted stuff to create this template, with copy attribution provided in edit summaries along the way. At any rate, get back to me about these ideas, pronto. Cheers, and a happy holiday season, North America1000 11:40, 8 December 2016 (UTC)
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Hi Northamerica1000, Haha no worries we're all allowed to be lazy :), I'm pretty much having a lazy day here and irl so all's cool :), Okie dokie I'll go ahead then I was perhaps afraid you or Cullen disagreeing hence why I'm here, I've already done the research - They only used it last year but anyway I'll go ahead and make the changes :), Thanks and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours too, Here have a mince pie or 5 on me :), Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 12:11, 8 December 2016 (UTC)
Yeah, I have no problem with giving Davey2010 the credit because I simply modified it and did not design it. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 16:17, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

Neapolitan[edit]

We have Neapolitan pizza, Neapolitan ice cream and a type of Coconut ice that is neapolitan (Brach's). I'm wondering if there are other Americanized foods with this moniker. I'm thinking it would be good if we had 5 sourced foods, two more than I listed, for an article (not a list) on how Americans want to neapolitan-ize food, and I do think this is limited to us Yanks. I think cake would qualify (I at least see ghits for it), not sure what else. Of course, I'm not here much due to work, so when I have an idea that concerns food (and usually requires some researching skills) I drop it off here. ;) Just an interesting idea for an article that might cover the uniquely American desire to eat foods in black, white and red stripes. Maybe some history on why Americans use that term. See also: Smörgåsbord. Dennis Brown - 01:58, 9 December 2016 (UTC)

Hi Dennis Brown: Check out the foods below. North America1000 02:54, 9 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Neapolitan cake: [2], [3], [4]
  • Neapolitan cupcake: [5]
  • Neapolitan cheesecake: [6], [7]
  • Neapolitan cookie: [8]
  • Neapolitan Oreo: [9]
  • I had a feeling. I think it would be a good article if you can find some sources on why we call it that, where it came from. It is obviously common and uniquely American. Dennis Brown - 00:25, 10 December 2016 (UTC)