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February events and meetups in DC[edit]

Greetings from Wikimedia DC!

February is shaping up to be a record-breaking month for us, with nine scheduled edit-a-thons and several other events:

We hope to see you at one—or all—of these events!

Do you have an idea for a future event? Please write to us at info@wikimediadc.org!

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March events and meetups in DC[edit]

Greetings from Wikimedia DC!

Looking for something to do in DC in March? We have a series of great events planned for the month:

Can't make it to an event? Most of our edit-a-thons allow virtual participation; see the guide for more details.

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ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

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Conflict of Interest[edit]

No, I am a retired professor, emerita. I need to fix that. I am not paid by the university or anyone else. I continue to write and to do research. I certainly try to maintain balance. From a conflict of interest viewpoint, my position is no different than the numerous advocates who have written on this page and it may be even less of a conflict because I am not even a member of any organization that advocates on this issue. I am an attorney who has filed briefs but I have filed them as an interested party only. I am not in any litigation and I have never represented anyone in any litigation on this question. I pay for the briefs myself. The advocates who have written here have done a good job of documenting one viewpoint, but only one. That is problematic. So I have added others. I have recently written an article on this issue. It is the leading article in the field but I have wide familiarity with the legal and scholarly discussion. If you want this page to be something other than one sided advocacy, it helps to have someone like me on board. Happy to answer any other questions.Olliemae (talk) 17:10, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

Olliemae, I understand. If you are W. Burlette Carter, though, then you need to be very careful about citing your own work on Wikipedia which can cause a conflict. In such cases, it's better to suggest edits on the article's talk page.
One other thing to bear in mind is that Wikipedia strives for a neutral point of View, which does have a tendency to treat articles with a certain "coldness" that might seem out of place or even adversarial in articles with subjects we care deeply about. The Pony Toast (talk) 17:31, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

Conflicts?[edit]

By the way, why would being a professor lead one to be biased? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Olliemae (talkcontribs) 17:20, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

Conflict of Interest[edit]

Hi there,

Thank you for the notice. I have no problem identifying who I am. I am Carter. As I said, I am a retired professor. I do history. I did not cite to my own website or my university's website or any website I control. I happened to write the article that directly is on point and its content to be cited and discussed in this piece. Otherwise the piece is incorrect. (It is also really, really biased.) Who else would even know the article exists and that it is relevant. (It came out in December and was not electronically available until Jan. 2019.) You should know that there are many folks who add their articles when they are relevant. If you don't want that, you should expressly say so. I tried to be balanced; serious researchers really want both sides represented. I made other changes to eliminate duplication and add additional info. but I would imagine those are not as objectionable. The issue seems to revolve around the history of bathroom sex separation and my article. I would encourage you to read the article to see if you think it relevant.

As for avoiding the appearance of conflicts, I hear you now. But I was a it misled because it appears that a lot of folks with conflicts have put information onto that page. I say this because only people with serious conflicts (e.g., advocacy group association etc) could have written the page as it originally existed. So you have a much, much bigger problem here. And if you will allow advocacy group supporters to write you have to figure out how the other side gets presented. As I look at the discussion pages now, not all of those people indicated those changes. I know that you want Wikipedia to be both balanced and accurate. The prior version of the article, without a doubt, was not either.

But I will definitely engage in discussion about the page. I am in fact really, really looking forward to it! Sorry I ruined your day! Thank you! Olliemae (talk) 17:59, 27 January 2019 (UTC)

You certainly didn't ruin my day. Wikipedia is incredibly happy to attract experts and academics such as yourself to contribute. And for sure, a lot of your edits provide really great citations to new uncited resources. I for one am really happy to have you here with us!
In the end, as WP:SELFCITE says, citing your own work "is allowed within reason...if it is relevant, conforms to the content policies...and is not excessive." My notice to you was meant as a caution, and I apologize if it appeared to be an admonition.
If you need anything from me, please don't hesitate to reach out :) The Pony Toast (talk) 21:44, 27 January 2019 (UTC)

Conflict of Interest[edit]

Thank you. I am glad to hear that there is some leeway here. There are still a few typos in the piece, and I need to clean up cites and add the pincites to the exact pages for journals I added. I will alert folks and do that this week, but I also will raise questions about parts of the piece I did not cut out but that I felt should be cut. For example, if a piece refers to advocacy groups, it should cite folks on both sides or none. One can wonder even whether such a thing is a good idea since a favorable citation (as opposed to a citation that is indirectly relevant) is advertising for the group. They all fund-raise--and there are few truly nonpartisan groups. Perhaps a separate pagefor the group is better. But the group can decide that.

I was in contact with Terry Kogan, by the way, (the person whose scholarship I criticize) by email. As a courtesy, I sent him a copy of my article. It had just come out electronically. He had already received it from someone.

I should add that I have a wide range of historical expertise including Slave and African-American history, women's history and US legal history. So I hope I can be helpful in other areas as well.

Thank you again and have a great evening. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Olliemae (talkcontribs) 02:17, 28 January 2019 (UTC)

Copying public domain material requires attribution[edit]

In the future, please add attribution when copying from public domain sources: simply add the template {{PD-notice}} after your citation. I have done so for List of Masonic Abbreviations. Please do this in the future so that our readers will be aware that you copied the prose rather than wrote it yourself, and that it's okay to copy verbatim. Thanks, — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 13:42, 29 January 2019 (UTC)

Diannaa, Thank you very much. I went looking for that template because I couldn't remember what it was called. Cheers The Pony Toast 🍞 (Talk) 15:15, 29 January 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 January 2019[edit]

GOCE 2018 Annual Report[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors 2018 Annual Report
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Our 2018 Annual Report is now ready for review.

Highlights:

  • Overview of Backlog-reduction progress;
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  • Membership news and results of elections;
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March GOCE newsletter[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors March 2019 Newsletter
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Hello and welcome to the March newsletter, a brief update of Guild activities since December 2018. All being well, we're planning to issue these quarterly in 2019, balancing the need to communicate widely with the avoidance of filling up talk pages. Don't forget you can unsubscribe at any time; see below.

January Drive: Thanks to everyone for the splendid work in January's Backlog Elimination Drive. We removed copyedit tags from all of the articles tagged in our original target months of June, July and August 2018, and by 24 January we ran out of articles. After adding September, we finished the month with 8 target articles remaining and 842 left in the backlog. GOCE copyeditors also completed 48 requests for copyedit in January. Of the 31 people who signed up for this drive, 24 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Blitz: Thanks to everyone who participated in the February Blitz. Of the 15 people who signed up, 13 copyedited at least one article. Participants claimed 32 copyedits, including 15 requests. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: As of 23:39, 18 March 2019 (UTC), GOCE copyeditors have completed 108 requests since 1 January and the backlog stands at 851 articles.

March Drive: The month-long March drive is now underway; the target months are October and November 2018. Awards will be given to everyone who copyedits at least one article from the backlog. Sign up here!

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Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators Miniapolis, Baffle gab1978, Jonesey95, Reidgreg and Tdslk.

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