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How's your Online Ambassador experience going so far?

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Thank you! Rock drum Ba-dumCrash (Driving well?) 18:21, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

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Regarding reversions in CHERUB

You recently reverted an edit I made to the CHERUB page (specifically the Sequel section) wherein I had removed the name Aramov Series and replaced with Cherub Series Two. Your reason for that reversion was "Err... look at the references". I did look at the references. The main page is entitled simple The New Series. While the page does contain the word "aramovindex" in the URL, this does not indicate that the series will bear that name. The individual book descriptions (here, here and here) also use the word Aramov in the URL, and also describe that there is an Aramov gang involved in the plotlines, but still do not give the title Aramov series. The only reference which gives the new series a name at all is this one, which calls them simply Cherub Series Two. Can you provide me with any input that reliably defines that these books will go by the title Aramov series? WikiDan61ChatMe!ReadMe!! 21:42, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

Hi WikiDan61, I don't want to start an argument so I'm going to send Rob an email. It may take a few days before I get a reply but I'll post the answer here ASAP. Regards, Rock drum Ba-dumCrash (Driving well?) 17:02, 4 November 2010 (UTC)
Hi Dan, sorry about the wait. I emailed Rob who said that the series is most likely to be called CHERUB. I asked him if he knew yet whether it would be called CHERUB, or CHERUB series 2, but he didn't yet know. Thanks, Rock drum Ba-dumCrash (Driving well?) 15:50, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
That's all well and good, but personal emails between you and the author of these books hardly count as a reliable source. Given that the only verifiable name for this series is Cherub Series Two as published on the website, I think that is the name that should be used in the article until any change is made. WikiDan61ChatMe!ReadMe!! 15:59, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
With all due respect, unless I am mistaken, that is what I said... Rock drum Ba-dumCrash (Driving well?) 16:00, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
Actually, no, you didn't actually say that you agreed to revert the text to "Cherub Series Two". You only said that the author had no information on what title the series would have. But I think we are vehemently agreeing now. WikiDan61ChatMe!ReadMe!! 16:02, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
Sorry, I thought that reverting the text was a given, seeing as I agreed with you. But, yeah, go ahead, revert it or whatever :). Thanks, Rock drum Ba-dumCrash (Driving well?) 16:04, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

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Request for interview

Hi Rock Drum -

I'm a professor working with the GroupLens project at the University of Minnesota, trying to learn about how the adopt-a-user program functions so that we can hopefully develop tools and ideas that might improve it. Your user page indicates you have been adopted... would you be willing to have a conversation with me so I could ask you a bunch of questions about your interactions with the adopt-a-user program? (I'd be willing to do a phone call, instant messaging, or whatever way you would best prefer to do it.) I'm hoping that as a result of having a few of these conversations with people, I'll better understand how users in general get involved, how the adoptee / adopter pairings work out, and so on. Let me know -- I can also likely donate a little bit of money to the Wikimedia Foundation as a "thank you" for your efforts if you're interested. Thanks! SeparateWays (talk) 19:25, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Hi SeparateWays, first of all, sorry about the long wait but I would be interested in being interviewed. My adoption experience is pretty unlike most normal ones as my adopter has not set out any particular lessons or tests to take. I don't mind whether or not you donate some money to the WMF as a 'thank you' but it would be good. It would be best if the interview could be done on IRC as I am on that most days. Please ask me what times suit you. Thanks, Rock drum Ba-dumCrash (Driving well?) 16:59, 30 November 2010 (UTC)
Fabulous, thanks for offering to help. I don't know what time zone you're in or where you are... I'm in the US, in CST. I can be available anytime in the afternoon (between 1pm and 4:30 pm or so) today (12/1), tomorrow (12/2), or next Tuesday / Wed (12/7, 12/8) at the same times. Does anything in there work for you? (And what IRC channel do you prefer?) SeparateWays (talk) 19:51, 1 December 2010 (UTC)
Errr... I can do those times, but only if it's on a Saturday. Or via email or something. Sorry, Rock drum Ba-dumCrash (Driving well?) 19:57, 1 December 2010 (UTC)
I might be able to make something else work. What's your availability like (in addition to Saturday, which I could do but would prefer to avoid)? SeparateWays (talk) 20:08, 1 December 2010 (UTC)

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Glam conference

Hi Rock drum, nice to have met you in the British Museum. You can find my pictures here should you want to use one for with the interview. Akoopal (talk) 14:36, 1 December 2010 (UTC)

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Mentor for team of students

Hi, my name is James Fullerton, and I'm a teacher at Southern Lehigh Middle School in PA. Recently I've created a project that involves Wikipedia (WP) and small groups of students making a contribution to a WP article of their choosing, as long as the topic is related to the content of the course - being American Government, Civics, and Economics. For the past 4 weeks, students have become involved in the culture of WP, with many already narrowing in on a topic for their contribution. Here is the supportive material on Wikispaces (https://wikiedit.wikispaces.com/). Your assistance would be greatly appreciated! Would you be available to act as a mentor to a small group of students as they begin to offer additional content to an article of their interest? The team sizes are numbered between 5-7 students each. I will notify you as to who is in the teams with their WP user names. Jmfullerton (talk) 17:37, 12 December 2010 (UTC)

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Two more. Well done

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Happy Holidays

Thanks, and a merry Christmas to you, too! --Glimmer721 talk 17:50, 23 December 2010 (UTC)

Merry Christmas to you too Rock drum, have a happy and safe holiday. Regards, —Ancient ApparitionChampagne? • 2:51pm • 03:51, 24 December 2010 (UTC)

Happy Holidays!

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Merry Christmas!

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Luke Castellan

Hi. I was wondering if you could help me out. I am trying to improve the page Luke Castellan somewhat, and since I've never read the series before, I was hoping someone who has can tell me which book to cite for the statement where it says he has a scar inflicted while fighting a dragon. Thanks, Brambleclawx 23:59, 1 January 2011 (UTC)

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BLCAT

Hi,

Would you like to take a look at {{BLCAT}}? I think it would be useful to have a generic way of linking to the BL catalogue by shelfmark. The only issue with this template is that it is likely to cock up on the more complex sort of shelfmark numbers such as "1231.l.(5*.)". Thanks, (talk) 13:33, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

I thought about doing something like this, but nice work! Would it be worth making adapting this to be more like {{British-Museum-object}}? Regards, Rock drum Ba-dumCrash (Driving well?) 17:09, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

Sure, however I'd like to see "bugs" such as how to deal with shelfmarks with brackets ironed out before finalising it and recommending it for wider use. I'm actually unclear about the structure of shelfmarks and it might be a useful question to discuss during the Friday workshops when there are some BL staff to help out (it might be worth creating an essay about it equivalent to the usefulness of WP:BMREF). There is also the basic problem of ensuring appropriate use, some editors might get confused between the shelfmark reference to the specific (printed) object and other more generic references (such as ISBNs and OCLCs) to a printed edition. There is also the "System number" listed in the catalogue (e.g. "015728373") and I would prefer to use something like that to generate a catalogue permanent link as shelfmark is actually using a textual search... As I write this I'm even more convinced that we could do with a chat with a BL member of the IT department involved in the catalogue design. I'll drop a note for Mike pointing to this thread as a head's up. (talk) 18:08, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

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We have begun a new initiative at the WikiProject Novels: an improvement drive. As a member listed here, you are being notified. Please see Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Novels#5-5-5 Improvement Drive and Wikipedia:WikiProject Novels/Collaboration for more details. Also I would like to remind you to keep an eye on the project talk page at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Novels. Thanks, Sadads (talk) 02:00, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

GLAMWIKI Derby

Hi, thanks for your suggestion here. But I must admit you are one person I have between my sites to get involved with this project. Do you fancy having a go with this tool? If not then thats cool too. (I'll have to find a different bait for my hook :-) ) Cheers Victuallers (talk) 15:40, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

Do you mean you want me to get the bot to do the tagging? Regards, Rock drumALT 15:44, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
If you would, but that wasn't the primary objective? I'm not sure where you are in the world, but I am also keen to get you interested in that project... Victuallers (talk) 15:51, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
There seem to be no unassessed articles within the project, anyway. But, yeah, I'd be happy to help wherever I can. :-) Rock drumALT 18:22, 15 January 2011 (UTC) :=) Victuallers (talk) 19:10, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

Infobox collections

Hi RD,

I can see you embedded {{italictitle}} into this infobox. It's not clear to me that the guidelines of WP:ITALICTITLE would be met with articles such as Tapling Collection as it is not a taxonomic name or any of the other types of article that might be covered. Could we take this bit out so it can be left as a choice in the article rather than hiding it in the code of this template? Thanks, (talk) 19:03, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

 Done Feel free to make any more changes you want. Regards, Rock drum Ba-dumCrash (Driving well?) 19:12, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

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Thanks,

Thanks for your participation in this years fundraiser/contribution team effort. It's the first time we've ever tried doing anything like this combined, and it worked really well. We look forward to your help next year! Regards, DanRosenthal (WMF) 08:54, 20 January 2011 (UTC)