User talk:Paul W

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Note: Earlier talk page discussions have been archived. Paul W (talk) 09:40, 18 December 2013 (UTC)

Editathon and Meetup invitations[edit]

Wikipedia Science Conference[edit]

Hello Paul, You're receiving this update because you asked to be informed about the Wikipedia Science Conference taking place in London on 2nd and 3rd of September. Thanks for your interest.

The call for proposals is now public and session proposals are coming in. The two keynotes, and some other invited speakers, have graciously accepted. In mid-May we will bring together a programme, a publicity poster, and an online booking form. Then we'll begin the main publicity and will need your help getting the word out.

Please put in a session proposal if you've been thinking of doing so: the deadline is the 8th May. This is far from the only way to be involved. The conference will need session moderators, a programme review group, and other volunteers: if there is a specific role you are interested in, or if you have any other questions, please email me at

There will be a large "unconference" session in the programme and - fingers crossed - a "hackathon" event two days later on the Saturday, so even if you do not have a proposal accepted, you will have a chance to shape the conference activities.

Please pass on the word to any colleagues who might want to put in a proposal or help the conference in any way. Cheers, MartinPoulter (talk) 12:16, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi, this is another update on the Wikipedia Science Conference taking place in London on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd of September.

  • Booking has opened at just 29 pounds, including lunch on both days.
  • Take a look at the (pretty much final) programme if you haven’t seen it yet. With 18 plenary speakers - three from overseas - as well as the large unconference section, there’s a lot going on, and the Royal Society of Chemistry is sponsoring a wine reception in the evening.
  • We are also in the full swing of publicity. Emails have been, and are, going out to funders, scholarly societies, and university departments, but any additional promotion is appreciated. Please share a link, or tell colleagues in relevant fora. All publicity material for the conference is, of course, freely licenced for you to adapt.
  • After the conference there will be two hackathons: one Cambridge on the Friday, the other hosted by Wikimedia UK in London on the Saturday. These are being led by Daniel Mietchen and Stefan Kasberger. Follow the link for more details.

I hope you’re excited as I am about this event. Cheers, MartinPoulter (talk) 18:18, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

DYK nomination of Alsager Hay Hill[edit]

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of Alsager Hay Hill at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! BlueMoonset (talk) 17:45, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Further issues have been noted. Please stop by. Many thanks. BlueMoonset (talk) 23:39, 2 April 2015 (UTC)

Help with Accenture[edit]

Hi Paul, I'm reaching out because I'm looking for assistance from other editors on the Accenture article, and have had difficulty in attracting help thus far. I just posted a message on the Talk page detailing several updates that can be made to the article. As I'm working on behalf of Accenture, I'm not making any of the edits myself. I thought you might be interested helping since you're very active on WP:Companies. Thanks in advance, 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 16:02, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

Article Pending Draft:Ultrasonic pulse velocity test[edit]

Please review pending AfC: Draft:Ultrasonic pulse velocity test.Prymshbmg (talk) 06:42, 11 June 2015 (UTC) Test

Wikipedia Science Conference[edit]

Hello Paul. Thanks for your note on the conference planning page, "Circulate to contacts in science communications / STEM group at CIPR and to STEMPRA" - is this an action you are able to do? Has it been done? If not, feel free to take text from my blog posts. This one is probably more relevant. You can see from the programme that there are a variety of sessions, including on using Wikipedia ethically to promote research and on " Improving the troubled relationship between Scientists & Wikipedia". Many thanks, MartinPoulter (talk) 15:00, 9 August 2015 (UTC)

London Wiki[edit]

Thanks for the Angerstein update.

I am developing the above at [1]: if you wish to make use of it (eg for Ernest Trevor Spashett above) feel free. Jackiespeel (talk) 21:13, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

Rosemary Stjernstedt[edit]

Perhaps we can collaborate on this article. Senaka Weeraman (talk) 16:50, 15 October 2015 (UTC)

Judith Ledeboer[edit]

Can we collaborate on this? Lynwalk (talk) 17:35, 15 October 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, PaulLynwalk (talk) 17:40, 15 October 2015 (UTC)

Joseph Hobson[edit]

Thanks for the great improvements to the Joseph Hobson article. Can you add somewhere about that he was involved with the first underwater railroad tunnel to a foreign country. Looking for something to cover the hook in the DYK nomination. Kane (Famous First Facts) is the reference to cover it. I can add you as co-editor in the nomination if you like = O. K. ? --Doug Coldwell (talk) 15:27, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

I was bold and added you as co-editor, since you have done so many great improvements to the article. Check to make sure I did it correctly. Thanks. --Doug Coldwell (talk) 15:44, 17 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Doug. It could well be the first undersea tunnel linking two distinct countries. Arguably, the Severn Tunnel (1886) in the UK does - it connects England and Wales, but strictly the English don't tend to regard Wales as 'foreign'; the Fréjus Rail Tunnel (1871) connects France and Italy but is through the Alps not undersea, though it probably passes under some watercourses; and there may be others of a similar vintage. The DYK may just need some careful, unambiguous wording. Paul W (talk) 16:06, 17 October 2015 (UTC)
Apparently the hook line needs no change. AND the rewording you did to the article did the trick. Thanks again for all those great improvements = just shows you are a much more experienced editor than myself.--Doug Coldwell (talk) 11:19, 18 October 2015 (UTC)
Famous First Facts seems to be a good reference source. I have it in a 4 mb PDF, that I would be glad to forward. This is item 3617 quoted. Just let me know what wording you feel might be better for the DYK, if you think it should be changed. Thanks again for the great improvements. I can tell you are really intelligent and know your stuff. I have a contact at the Library of Congress and asked her if she could find a better picture of Joseph. Have not heard back from her.--Doug Coldwell (talk) 18:54, 17 October 2015 (UTC)
Only 3 other editors that I have come across as intelligent as you = User:Dr. Blofeld and User:Nvvchar and User:Rosiestep, who I communicate with occasionally.--Doug Coldwell (talk) 20:33, 17 October 2015 (UTC)
@Doug Coldwell: that is so nice of you to say. Made my day.  :) Thank you.!--Rosiestep (talk) 21:46, 17 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Got a better picture of Mr. Hobson from the Library of Congress.--Doug Coldwell (talk) 20:27, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

Who's on First[edit]

I'm at wiki time minus 4. You must be at wiki time or plus 1 ? Talking to people around the world gets me confused on time (Who's on First?) = easy thing to do for an old man.--Doug Coldwell (talk) 11:44, 18 October 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for the great improvements to the Joseph Hobson article. Very professional. Doug Coldwell (talk) 18:45, 18 October 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Joseph Hobson[edit]

Thanks for the contribution Victuallers (talk) 00:58, 25 October 2015 (UTC)

ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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The Foundery has been nominated for Did You Know[edit]

DYK for The Foundery[edit]

Allen3 talk 00:20, 8 December 2015 (UTC)

Nomination of Vanessa Warwick for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Vanessa Warwick is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Vanessa Warwick until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Rayman60 (talk) 21:01, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

William Webster[edit]

Hello there. Many thanks for adding the refs for the page I recently created. There's one anomaly I'm trying to work out. Blackheath Halls appears to have been built in 1895 - seven years after Webster died... Still digging into that. Either the date of his death from the obituary is wrong (doubtful), it's a different Webster (unlikely) or something else yet to be fathomed. Nonetheless, good work. Londonclanger (talk) 09:40, 8 March 2016 (UTC)

It could be that the company lived on for some years after his death, perhaps until it was acquired or simply fizzled out. Paul W (talk) 10:20, 8 March 2016 (UTC)

UK Wikimeet survey results[edit]

Hello. This is a quick note to let you know that the results of the UK wikimeet survey have now been posted on Meta at m:UK Wikimeet survey 2015. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 21:07, 11 March 2016 (UTC)


Hi, I am trying to improve the article about singer Ted Gärdestad. One of Swedens best known singers, if you find time for it please take a look at the article. Thanks.--BabbaQ (talk) 17:02, 11 April 2016 (UTC)

DYK nomination of Alexander Duckham[edit]

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of Alexander Duckham at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! Amgisseman(BYU) (talk) 22:07, 20 June 2016 (UTC)

DYK for Alexander Duckham[edit]

Updated DYK query.svg On 26 June 2016, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Alexander Duckham, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Alexander Duckham, founder of Alexander Duckham & Co, was a friend of cross-channel aviator Louis Blériot, and paid for the memorial marking where Blériot landed in 1909? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Alexander Duckham. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Alexander Duckham), 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.

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 17:06, 26 June 2016 (UTC)