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Marshal at Wiki-Conference 2009

I can be at Vanderbilt Hall by 8 am, both days. I will probably not attend the picnic so, if you have any cleanup that has to be done after the conference, I can stay. Please tell me what tasks you'd like done by editing this page.

I'll be at Vanderbilt Hall slightly before 8:30 on Saturday.

Jesus

I really didn't mean to discourage, you you raised a very reasonable issue. I - personally - just am not sure what to say. Slrubenstein | Talk 06:04, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

Primary/Centre of mass

The centre of mass of a system is not necessarily contained within the primary. For example the CM of the solar system is often not contained wihin the Sun. Zbayz (talk) 16:12, 23 August 2009 (UTC)

Huh? I don't mean to disagree with you; you're obviously an astronomer and I'm not. But when is the Sun not the center of mass of the solar system?
One would think that, with the Sun having 99%+ of the mass, even if the four jovian planets (which account for 90% of the rest) were to line up perfectly on one side of the Sun, it would only shift the CM by, at most, a few thousand miles, certainly not enough for it to move beyond the Sun's surface. Am I wrong?
I got into the center of mass in my definition because I don't remember people talking about a primary in binary or multiple star systems or globular clusters. I think you're saying that if you have binary stars and one is just 5% more massive than the other then the one that's more massive (even if it's only 5%) is the primary, regardless if the CM is located just about evenly between them. Is that right? Or are you saying that the center of mass is the primary, even if it's empty space? I'm confused. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 18:45, 23 August 2009 (UTC)
Centre of mass is the average position of all the objects weighted by mass. Since the Sun is so massive the centre is very close to the Sun and sometimes within the Sun, but the gas giants are far enough from the sun that the centre of mass can be up to 500,000km outside the Sun despite the Sun having most of the mass.
In the case of multiple star sytems the stars may be more evenly matched and therefore there won't be one object which is overwhelmingly more massive and the centre of mass won't be so much nearer one object than the others.
Globular clusters can contain millions of stars and the stars move chaotically around all over the place within the cluster - there are no orbits in a globular - just a swarm with no central object.
An interesting example is Pluto and its moon Charon. The centre of mass of that system is always outwith Pluto which has led some people to call Pluto-Charon a Binary Planet rather than a Planet and moon (or since 2006, a Binary Dwarf Planet rather than Dwarf Planet and moon.) Zbayz (talk) 21:14, 23 August 2009 (UTC)
OK but which is it? If there is a formal, official definition of what constitutes a primary then that would mean that either (a) the Pluto-Charon system's primary is a point in outer space somewhere between Pluto and Charon or (b) the Pluto-Charon system has no primary because its center of mass falls outside of both objects or (c) the Pluto-Charon system's primary is Pluto because Pluto is more massive than Charon or (d) no one knows because (d1) there is no official definition of primary and/or (d2) astronomers are currently debating the issue.
Also unless you choose answer (b) or (d), globular clusters must have a primary: if you choose answer (a) then the primary is the average position of all objects within the cluster weighted by mass, even if it's a point in space; if (c) then the primary of a globular cluster is simply the most massive body in that cluster, even if it's way outside of the geometic center. Or is there some other definition? Do astronomers have one definition for inside the solar system and another for globular clusters? Then we have to report on that in the article.
Also when was the last time the solar system's center of mass fell outside the Sun? Unless it happens frequently, I'd bet there were a lot of news reports, saying things like "The Sun is no longer the center of the Solar System!!!" because the Earth now orbits a point in space outside the Sun. Or would the Earth behave that way? Even if the center of mass between Jupiter and the Sun is outside the Sun that wouldn't mean that the Earth-Sun system (or Earth-Moon-Sun system) would revolve around that same point, would it?
Growl. I'm even more confused. Is there a formal, astronomic definition of a primary? If not and if there is no general consensus about what constitutes a primary in the astronomic community then we have to present all significant points of view in the article on primary. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 01:54, 24 August 2009 (UTC)
I don't think there is any formal definition. It just means "main object", whatever that might be. Zbayz (talk) 16:38, 25 August 2009 (UTC)
If you don't mind, I'll ask another astro-Wikipedian that I know: User Bob Hall. I'll add my question to his talk page so you can join us there, if you like. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 21:56, 25 August 2009 (UTC)

Friday

Hi! I've found a few more sources, although the references in them to Friday are fairly skimpy. Certainly it wasn't Heinlein's most prestigious book. Do you have access to library databases? I think that where more information will be found: in online databases or even in books. I'll look around for more as I have time. As for the long plot summary-- in my view, they're a problem, but it seems that people come to Wikipedia to rewrite the entire plot of a book. I've managed to rework a few successfully, but painfully slowly. I rewrote Alex Delaware which has 23(!) plot outlines and they were all in-universe. Took some time to find the sources, but it's a much better article now. Anyway, give me a yell if you need it. Thanks. Truthkeeper88 (talk) 21:05, 31 August 2009 (UTC)

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Citations on talk page

Hi Roy, I added the citations to the Tea Party movement talk page. These are just two of several that I've found. I'll post more later. The New Yorker article is a bit long very revealing and gives more perspective on the average people. Actually, it probably is one of the only articles that bothers to talk engage the protesters themselves in conversation.Malke2010 18:11, 29 January 2010 (UTC)

Bunning

Here is the transcript: [1]

This isn't a senatorial hold -- that is a "silent hold" whereas this requires a public and ongoing objection to unanimous consent. Here is the relevant parts of the transcript:

That's why they brought it up under a procedure called unanimous consent, just as it implies. Basically, noncontroversial measures go on the calendar. Everybody agrees to it, and on we go.

I hope that helps. ∴ Therefore cogito·sum 19:25, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

You are right -- a senatorial hold is a form of unanimous consent, used mostly for confirmation of officers. One important aspect is that it is silent -- i.e., the actual Senator doing the hold is not known publically. Using unanimous consent for the passage of a bill is a different animal and requires public objection. A senatorial hold is a form of unanimous consent motion but all unanimous consent motions are not senatorial holds. The reason you won't find any newspaper, pundit or politician use the term senatorial hold is because this was a supposedly routine bill to be passed by unanimous consent and Bunning raised a public dissent. ∴ Therefore cogito·sum 21:53, 3 March 2010 (UTC)
I am not an expert on these matters, I'm neither an attorney nor an authority on Senate procedural rules. My understanding of the fine distinction between the two procedural events boils down to public vs. private objections. If I rely on Wikipedia which in this case is relying on The National Journal, a Secret hold states

Although a hold is placed anonymously, the identity of the senator placing the hold can quickly become common knowledge. Under traditional dictates of Senate courtesy, the identity of the holder is not made public.

Although Bunning could have elected to do this privately through a Senatorial hold he elected to do this under different rules that require both a public declaration and attendance. Now, whether some may also call this a Senatorial hold, I don't know. I've never seen it but you just may be right. ∴ Therefore cogito·sum 18:43, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

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Check email. You've got one.Malke2010 01:31, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

No Violation

Hi Roy,

Thanks for your efforts but I've been vindicated. [2]Malke2010 23:02, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

Replied on my talk page to keep discussion in one place. Thanks.Malke2010 23:50, 4 March 2010 (UTC)
FYI, Izauze is over on his talk page adding comments to your the discussion between the two of you after I mentioned his posts on the TPM talk page. Just thought you should know in case he starts quoting you.Malke2010 01:26, 5 March 2010 (UTC)
I don't care if Izauze transfers the whole section over to the talk page. I believe in transparency and have nothing to hide. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 03:56, 5 March 2010 (UTC)
If you have any thoughts on this matter, you might want to participate in [[3]].--Happysomeone (talk) 21:44, 5 March 2010 (UTC)--Happysomeone (talk) 00:09, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

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Tea bag campaign

Hi, Izauze. Sorry it took so long but I had to finish my taxes. I also attended the NYC meetup on Sunday where I brought up our dilemma (see User:RoyGoldsmith/Synthesis and Citations). The conclusion was that consensus trumps everything (except office actions). It doesn't matter that one editor follows the most meticulous path through Wikipedia's policies and another says her stance is arrived at purely by instinct; they're both editors with an equal claim as to what Wikipedia should be.

My comments this time are to your remarks about protesting fried fish (starting at "But how do you connect the nickname JS...") and at the end of the section. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 14:09, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

...So formal, Ray :)
I think Malke's campaign to erase the tea bag campaign is misguided, but obviously I'm not able to prevent the article from being manipulated by disruptive or agenda-driven editors, which is why I'm not there now. If you agree with her or don't care to protest, let the information disappear. I'm not involving myself in it anymore. (I can tell you what my vote is, I can give you info re: my previous contribution, but I don't feel it's productive to debate there anymore) If you want to know my original reasons for inclusion they were:

a) the sources, which i know have been questioned, are valid per wiki guidelines as sources on themselves. Wikipedia makes it clear that some less established sites may not be valid for information regarding something outside themselves, but they ARE valid sources for their own existence. So, while you could not use a 2008 bulletin board post to show that Michelle Malkin said such and such, you can use a 2008 bulletin board post to show that the person who posted it said such and such.

I don't understand. Can we try a hypothetical example? Let's say that Mary Jones is a notable person and her possible allergy to fish is the subject of your article. John Smith (nickname JS), a frequent diner at "Pounds o' Fish" resturant in Soho, posts on a dining-out bulletin board that Mary Jones said "I like fried fish". (Italics indicate all that was posted.)
Do you mean we can use this as the only reliable source that:
• Mary Jones likes fried fish.
• Mary Jones said she likes fried fish.
• Someone on a bulletin board said that Mary Jones likes fried fish.
• Someone on a bulletin board said that Mary Jones said she likes fried fish.
• John Smith said that Mary Jones likes fried fish.
• John Smith said that Mary Jones said she likes fried fish.
Assume that each bullet point above is the exact text that you want to insert in the article. Or, if none of them apply, show me what would apply as the text you're thinking of adding. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 16:52, 17 March 2010 (UTC)
• Hello again - forgive the delay - as I said, things have picked up and I've had less time lately.
Hmm... I don't think any of those work as analogous for me.. But perhaps this hypo will make more sense?: In an article about a movement to protest fried fish, you would be able to say "A poster on a bulletin board suggested everyone send tyson a rotten fish". I have no idea if that helps. Basically the thing i don't like about your hypo is that it makes a claim about someone ELSE (an outside party). We can not depend on John Smith to be any kind of authority on Mary Jones - but he is an authority on John Smith. If he says he would like everyone to join him at the capital to protest Mary Jones, that is usable if we think acknowledging small locally organized protests are important to the Mary Jones article. If someone on the tiniest blog says he's gonna shoot Mary Jones, we might consider using that to show how Mary Jones has even received internet death threats. I hope that helps? --Izauze (talk) 03:23, 21 March 2010 (UTC)
But how do you connect the nickname JS to the real world identity of John Smith? Even assuming that JS had mentioned sufficient details about John Smith's real life in previous posts that the Wikipedia editors were sure that the person who was logging on as JS knew a fair amount of details about John Smith's life, that wouldn't preclude him from being a pretender.
Remember, we do not have to assume good faith for every crank on a bulletin board. If his message appeared in, say, an op-ed piece in the NY Times, then we could be assured that the NYT's editors had done sufficient checking that the writer of the piece was, in fact, John Smith. But I don't know anything about the reliability of tickerforum.org.
So we could say that "On January 19, 2009, someone posted the message "Mail a tea bag to congress and to senate" on an online bulletin board. Other posters replied that the idea was "cheap and easy to do" and they could "mail it to EVERYONE that voted for the bailout" But is this sufficient to prove your overall thesis to the editors of Tea Party movement?
Rather than going through each of your points below (some of which I think are valid), I'd prefer to summarize in my comment at the bottom of the section. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 14:09, 25 March 2010 (UTC)
Sure. I consider that sort of a separate issue regarding HOW to include the information rather than WHETHER to include the information, though... If, in regards to the message board, one were to say "user JS said" instead of "John Smith said", I don't see that as harming the gist of the information in any considerable way. Karl Denniger and Stephanie Jansky however you should be able to maintain the identities of if one wanted to since they are both the owners/organizers of the two websites involved and have participated on those sites using their full names, not just their user names. --Izauze (talk) 22:48, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

[a2) - some sources have been questioned as not mentioning the tea party - these are generally sources used to identify who a certain person is or what they do for a living or whether they had a history of protesting or had been involved with the media previously. They don't have to mention the tea party to accomplish this]

I don't understand this paragraph at all. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 16:52, 17 March 2010 (UTC)
I'll try again: I saw some people who said "this source is no good because it doesn't mention the tea party" (paraphrase). However, my intention was to use that specific source to demonstrate that John Smith is a CEO and an investment trader -- not to demonstrate anything about the tea party exactly. --Izauze (talk) 03:23, 21 March 2010 (UTC)

b) the same symbol - uses both tea bags, and tea partys (referencing boston TP), which seems to me to be significant

What do you mean by "symbol"? --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 16:52, 17 March 2010 (UTC)
Iconography? is that clearer? Like one group of protests used pork as it's main symbol. The Tea Party is partially identified by those who use small individual tea bags as symbols, and who use iconography from the boston tea party. This is true of both the modern Tea Party movement, and those who organized the tea bag campaign. --Izauze (talk) 03:23, 21 March 2010 (UTC)

c) the same prop - before the people were really called tea partyers, they were called tea baggers - the use of small individual tea bags as a prop and the mailing of tea bags is a big part of what initially caught the mainstream media's attention. (they separated themselves by not just talking about tea or carrying prop crates of tea per Boston TP - they used actual tiny bags of tea - and I think that's part of what got them noticed.. it was an interesting, original visual for the visual media.) This action was widely used AGAIN in connection with the tax day protests in April.

d) the same timing - feb 1st makes it only a week and a half before what is credited as the first tea party. Only 19 days before Santelli.

e) the same target - it is the first collective action/protest which specifically directs itself at president obama - posted publicly on inauguration day (which apparently is significant, as freedomworks says the feb 10th protest is a tea party partially because it's the first physical protest against obama)

f) the same content - connected directly to the economic policies specifically associated with the modern tea party - both in terms of the bailouts and the stimulus (and general economic conservativism)

g) an established history of political action - though perhaps less important, I also demonstrated that these same guys had a history of organizing physical protests in DC related to economic policy.

For (b) to (g): OK but you can't just say this stuff in a Wikipedia article without citing reliable secondary sources. In this case, "reliable" means some kind of an expert: a journalist, an historian, a political leader. "Secondary" means not the actual people who were involved with tea bagging in the first place.
Let's say you thought you had the first-party, primary sources to substantiate that tea bagging was an immediate precursor of the tea party movement. Because of this, you were able to publish those facts in a newspaper or peer-reviewed historical journal or other edit-checking publication, which would become a secondary source. Then, Wikipedia could publish a summary of your work as a tertiary source.
This is virtually the definition of original research: depending on unchecked references and/or your own thoughts. We, as unpaid amateurs, cannot do the proper fact-checking so we depend on our sources to do it for us.
So, I have to ask, where are the reliable, secondary references that say "Because of reasons (b) thru (g), tea bagging is an immediate precursor of the tea party movement"? --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 16:52, 17 March 2010 (UTC)
You misread me. My intentions with listing B-G is not to use my own judgement to prove any kind of facts - it is to demonstrate significance. And significance IS something which can be determined by editors using their own ability to make reasonable judgements. (Our sources contribute information, we collectively determine if that info is significant for inclusion) We can collectively acknowledge, that the TBC had all these similarities with what was going on in the TPm. Now that alone does not allow us to declare that it is generally considered to be part of this movement, but it DOES allow us to say it has some significance to the movement article, like other pre-tea party events were significant.
Additionally, I have posted articles both by conservative bloggers [4] and the liberal-leaning huffington post,[5] which DO name this teabag campaign as an important moment in the tea party movement's history. But whether the event is significant in our coverage of the movement, and whether it is considered an official part of the movement are different things. --Izauze (talk) 03:23, 21 March 2010 (UTC)

h) part of a year-old established timeline - It was noted as one of the early contributing elements by the widely distributed "Tea Bagger Timeline" on huffington post[1] (which was a reaction to Michelle Malkin's more self-serving tea party timeline, which says the movement started with the protests SHE was involved in [she describes the april 15th timeline as a cheatsheet for mainstream reporters to find out how everything started][2] - which is essentially what the wikipedia story will be too if origins like this are removed).

P.S.) the tea bag campaign group - fedupusa.org has since self-identified as a tea party group, just as Carender eventually connected her pre-santelli protest with the movement (though fedup used the tea party and tea bag iconography, she didn't - giving them MORE reason to claim connection than she has, IMO)

Now I realize that this did not get big mainstream attention - it was mostly passed around a LOT of smaller individual-run conservative/libertarian blogs and only had 10 days to mature and spread before the feb 1st mailing date - so I understand the skepticism of it on wikipedia, which leans toward representing large scale coverage. However, we ARE trying to document a widespread movement that originated in a small groundswell, so I think it makes sense that part of the info represented is small-scale stuff.

Izauze, you've expressed what I think is the biggest problem with TPM in a nutshell. In my opinion, we are NOT trying to document a widespread movement. We ARE trying to document what other people publish about a possibly-widespread movement. We are not newspaper reporters or pundits or modern historians, in spite of the fact the Wikipedia provides us with a forum. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 16:52, 17 March 2010 (UTC)
I think you misread me again. You can document something by compiling existing documents. That's what wikipedia does. That's what you do. That's what I do. I can compile one document saying Sandy Koufax is Jewish, another saying Sandy Koufax is a baseball player, and another document that says he threw 7 no-hitters. And I can use those to be able to document on wikipedia that "Sandy Koufax is a Jewish major leaguge baseball player who threw seven no hitters." Likewise, we can compile material so we can "document a widespread movement that originated in a small groundswell". Trust me, I know what wikipedia is for :P Using ones opinion as the basis for edits may be a problem on TPm, but not with this editor :) --Izauze (talk) 03:23, 21 March 2010 (UTC)

I understand if someone might want to pare it down in proportion to your opinion of the importance of all the individual details I included, but I leaned towards inclusion in the original draft - I wanted to use everything I felt I could verify and let other people decide what chunks are the most worth preserving for curious readers who want to know how these different elements sprung out of nowhere...

I do think that the significance of the sources, the theme, the target, the content, the prop, the symbolism, and especially the date all contribute to the fact that it does deserve some sort of inclusion. But now that's up to you guys to decide. I'll give you information (because believe me, I found a LOT more than I was able to verify/justify), but I'm probably done trying to save the article or any info on it. Malke has long wanted it gone, and so it'll probably be gone... along with anything that might be viewed as criticism of Fox News, or anything else that contradicts her mythology of the movement as a 100% grassroots nonpartisan movement unaffiliated with conservative media and which pits itself purely against economic policies and not against specific parties or politicians (and which definitely never engages in anything untoward or tinged with racism). But there it is, do with it what you will. If there's any other information I can provide though, feel free to ask - talk page or email. cheers, sir. --Izauze (talk) 19:36, 15 March 2010 (UTC)

Hello again - I went tot he TPm talk page and saw some of the specific citation requests that haven't been addressed above.
On January 19, 2009, Jasky had posted a formal invitation "to a commemorative tea party."[48] -- date and quotation disputed. (Scroll down to The Long Arm of Goldman Sachs.) Date is April 12, 2009; quote is "Attend one of the many Tea Parties; start your own".
You must have missed it, because I'm not referring to the April post - I was referring to the January 19th post (which was also attached to the chat thread on market-ticker). You can search for the text "Commemorative Tea Party" or "January 19, 2009" [6] There's also a time stamp of january 20th when she reposted the same invitation to the forum on the top post here: [7]
Also, I wouldn't use this as a source, but it's nice and interesting nonetheless: [8]
The founder of market-ticker.org, Karl Denninger (stock trader and former CEO),[49]... -- disputed. A Facebook mirror of that same, self-published chat area.
that facebook cite was supposed to be in reference to establishing a date for when the action was organized - there is a mention of the facebook group on the bulletin board - and the facebook group itself just further proves the time frame via the time stamps (it also links itself to fedup and market ticker). Somehow this link was misplaced being next to Karl. Instead there was supposed to be a simple link showing that he IS who he is...
I don't know what I originally intended to show he is who he is (maybe his resume: [9]), but this is a really interesting newspaper article I just found goggling him now: [10] (9/26/2009 press democrat) which talks about a "populist backlash emerging" even then. Very interesting.
And finally, the TARP section was lifted entirely from the TARP wiki article.
Hope that helps. --Izauze (talk) 06:23, 16 March 2010 (UTC)
There's no 'tea bag campaign.' And Denninger organized the FedUp campaign, which started protesting the fiscal policies of the Federal Reserve Bank which were making the housing crisis worse. He wasn't telling people to send teabags anywhere. It's OR, the citations are a joke and it can't be in a live article.Malke2010 06:29, 16 March 2010 (UTC)
Odd then that he said "I am recommending an act of peaceful, lawful and yet unmistakable protest. That is, to mail President Obama one teabag."[11] But I'm not going to debate with you Malke. (especially here) You're not worth it. I'm just answering questions that were asked of me. --Izauze (talk) 07:23, 16 March 2010 (UTC)
So where's the campaign? Where's CNN covering the massive tea bag assault on the White House. A guy says on a blog to mail a tea bag and you turn that into a tea bag campaign? The only thing here not worth anything, is your edits.Malke2010 07:29, 16 March 2010 (UTC)
Don't you have something better to do than pick fights on talk pages??? I will not be responding to such disruptive posts again. --Izauze (talk) 07:31, 16 March 2010 (UTC)

Although we can argue about the validity of various citations, you have not proven to me that the "tea bags protests" are in anyway connected to Carender and thus to the TPm. Zernike wrote in the NY Times [12] that "leaders of the Tea Party movement credit her with being the first". What source do you cite that says, more or less explicitly like Zernike, that the Tea Party movement began with the tea bag idea before Feb 16th? That they were not just unconnected ideas and one of them (Carender) blossomed into the Tea Party movement while the other one died a peaceful death because of the random winds of fickle publicity. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 14:09, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

I don't know that I ever intended to demonstrate or "prove" that this tea bag campaign is connected to Carender directly or really, indirectly. I tried to present it just as what it was -- simply a campaign that some conservative/tea party and liberal bloggers have said are connected to the early stages of the movement, which was indeed self-described as a tea party, and which addressed the same topic that the physical protest rallys did at around the same time. That it preceded the larger March-April tea bag mailing campaign is also interesting, and perhaps worth noting, but I don't think it needs to be "proven" that one necessarily led to the other either. It is significant on its own merits. This information really helps demonstrate the fervor and various activity that was going on around the country at that still rather embryonic stage of the Tea Party movement. (PS, hope you had fun at the NY shindig. :) --Izauze (talk) 22:48, 25 March 2010 (UTC)
When I said "prove", I was using literary shorthand. What I really meant was "show me the sources" (like Zernike's piece).
You say "I tried to present it just as what it was -- simply a campaign that some conservative/tea party and liberal bloggers have said are connected to the early stages of the movement, which was indeed self-described as a tea party...". What source, other than this homebuyer-helper newscast, do you have that connects "some conservative/tea party and liberal bloggers" "early" to the tea party movement? The homebuyer-helper source connects (sort of) Dave Ramsey to tea party ('tho not the TPM) on Feb 11th and, therefore, the paragraph about Ramsey is still in the article, for now.
Firstly, I don't care about Dave Ramsey. I only included the information because it was the earliest reference I could find to starting a Tea Party on Fox News - the fact that he had actual tea bags I thought made it more interesting.
Secondly, I have posted two sources in this discussion to A) conservative/tea party blogs crediting the tea bag campaign as a significant early event,[13] and B) a liberal blog (huffingtonpost no less) mentioning it as a significant early tea party event.[14]
I never saw these sources. Sorry. This changes everything. First, do you have any other sources that explicitly connect Tea Bags and Tea Party; for example, the FedUpUSA source that connects tea bags and "a Commemorative Tea Party"? (See next paragraph.)
Second, Hamster pushes sourced tea bags back further to Feb 1st. However, you said "Karl Denninger, who helped form FedUpUSA... By February 1, the idea had spread among conservative and libertarian-oriented blogs, forums, websites and through a viral email campaign." Based on this source alone, I would substitute for the second sentence something like: By February 1, FedUpUSA had called for people to send tea bags to members of Congress for "a Commemorative Tea Party." However, now that I know what the Huffington Post comments on TPm's talk page were all about, I'll have to look at them again.
Next, what is APN? A free forum for blogs or something more? Does it do any fact-checking or can anyone post? Do you know who this Tom Martin was/is? At any rate, you can certainly use some of the sources inside (Pearson of CNBC, Maddow, etc.). Do any of them mention tea bags and tea party in the same story?
Finally, do you have any more reliable sources that push the date of tea bags being connected to tea parties explicitly back beyond Feb 1st? And by reliable, I mean non-blog, non-bulletin-board, somewhere we can be fairly sure that the purported author is who they say they are.
If you don’t have any more sources then, IMO, the bulk of those three paragraphs should be deleted and the one sentence above ("By February 1, FedUpUSA...”) substituted. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 15:26, 26 March 2010 (UTC)
Lastly, (and I've said this before though it was never addressed) I think obsessively focusing on outside sources "declaring" it part of the movement is pretty much succumbing to a distraction. (Though please note that I HAVE shown outside sources pointing to it as connected to the movement) If you don't allow yourself to be distracted, it seems so obvious that it almost seems silly. Now if someone protested fried fish and called it a fried fish protest, I'd agree that is not information that is of significance to this article. If someone protested fried fish and called it a tea party, I'd say "well that's an odd thing to call a fish protest, but its obviously not the same thing as we're talking about here". But if someone protests this exact topic at this exact time and called it a Tea Party, I don't see how ANY reasonable person can say that this is not germane to the topic at hand - it fits every conceivable definition of what a Tea Party protest is. I mean, look at the lead section of the article now - arguably the most debated section in the article. Virtually every phrase, every word of its definition of what makes something a tea party applies to this event (with the obvious exception of "It has been most visible through...". Saying it needs to be demonstrably shown that it directly caused future events is a burden of proof that doesn't seem to be projected on any other Tea Party event.
ANY protest that takes place
• at this time
• with the Tea Party title
...IS a Tea Party event... Just as something is a spec script (for a random example grabbed from the front page) if it is A) a screenplay B) shopped and sold on the open market and C) wasn't commissioned by a studio. I need no source to declare something a spec script. And it is not original research to recognize such an obvious fact. THAT's what I mean when I say it is significant on its own merits. And yes obviously I mean significant to the article that we've been talking about. --Izauze (talk) 09:36, 26 March 2010 (UTC)
I absolutely agree if the source mentions Tea Party and, for our purposes, Tea Bags. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 15:26, 26 March 2010 (UTC)
If I read you correctly, all the sources prior to the homebuyer-helper newcasts don't mention "Tea Party". Therefore, those paragraphs really belong in the Background section with Ron Paul, if they belong anywhere. But Sen. Paul used the term tea party whereas the tea bag sources do not (until Feb 11th).
No that is incorrect. They called it a Tea Party, they posted an invitation to "a commemorative tea party", they discussed how the reference to the boston tea party was obvious to anyone who would receive the tea bags... this is as early as January 20th. --Izauze (talk) 09:36, 26 March 2010 (UTC)
Yes, the Hamster article pushes the date back to Feb 1st. Where do you find a reliable source (my definition above) that pushes us back to Jan 20th? --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 15:26, 26 March 2010 (UTC)
You also say that you “don't think it needs to be "proven" that one [tea bags] necessarily led to the other [Tea Party]...”. You don’t? Could you explain that to me? If someone else had organized a nascent anti-tax campaign in Jan 2009 without using the words “tea” or “party” (which I’m sure a lot of people did), would you say that that “addressed the same topic that the physical protest rallys did at around the same time” and therefore should be included in the TPm article?
based on incorrect assumptions. see above. (and also an incorrect paraphrase: I said it's perhaps worth noting that this tea bag mass mailing preceded the 2nd "famous" tea bag mass mailing, regardless of whether it can be proven that one mailing caused the other mailing) --Izauze (talk) 09:36, 26 March 2010 (UTC)
I'm getting lost again. Could you please rephrase? And if your explanation requires a source, please provide it with a quotation, like:
[http://website "I therefore invite you to a commemorative tea party" or whatever]
--RoyGoldsmith (talk) 15:26, 26 March 2010 (UTC)
If the tea bag campaign is really (as you say) “significant on its own merits” then you can write a separate article on the “Tea bag campaign” or even "Anti-tax campaigns of early 2009". But I think you mean that "tea bags" as a campaign slogan is only significant in its possible (my word) relationship to Tea Party. Come on, really, isn't that what you mean?
Therefore, to sum it up, it is my opinion that the three paragraphs above Feb 11th do not belong in an article about the Tea Party movement. This is only my opinion and of course is subject to consensus. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 06:12, 26 March 2010 (UTC)
It seems most of your objections are based on incorrect data (such as them not using the term "tea party", etc.), which I have already addressed above, however I wanted to note that it is of no real importance that these specific paragraphs be maintained. Those 3 paragraphs simply represent one persons attempt to organize and share a series of data. I think it is worth noting that it is that data -- the information we are talking about, not this specific iteration. So I think it is easier to discuss if you talk about what data you think should be deleted or that "does not belong". (even if that is "I think NONE of the information (in any form) should be referenced in this article") In view of what I've demonstrated I think that would be hard to defend, but as long as there are no misconceptions, I guess it is what it is... --Izauze (talk) 09:36, 26 March 2010 (UTC)
That's a good point. I've been thinking that such a vague subject as "Tea Parties" would, more-or-less, have to be identified by explicit name. I mean, if a source was speaking about "the president" and contextually you knew that it was speaking about the US government in 2010, then you could infer that it was talking about Obama. But, to take our case, if a populist, anti-tax protest rally in the summer of 2009 choose not to give itself the name "Tea Party", wouldn't that protest be of equal grist for our mill; that is, couldn't we include it as part of the article on TPm, even if the organizers and the protesters themselves called it something else?
I've got to say no. If we did that then, it seems to me, a populist, anti-healthcare-reform protest would have to be included in our article. Is "tea party" now equivalent to "populist, anti-something"? We can't even call tea party anti-tax because some of the speakers at the protests are against deficits, which could mean they are for additional taxes. We've got to allow Tea Party to be source-self-identifying: any reliable source that identifies any protests or ideas as Tea Party is, by (intentionally-circular) definition, material about the Tea Party movement. (This is like Israel's definition of a Jew: Anyone who calls himself a Jew, is a Jew.) Nevertheless, I'll bring this up on TPm's talk page.
However, to take your other point, Wikipedia is not an indiscriminate collection of information. Material must be significantly related to the article's subject or it doesn't belong in that article. In my opinion, of course.
So, to sum up, the Huffington article may push the tea bag timeline back to Feb 1st. (I still would like the original FedUpUSA post that mentioned a Commemorative Tea Party.) All of the tea bag material that was in the article before that is still (IMO and so far) invalid. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 15:26, 26 March 2010 (UTC)
I found the FedUpUSA post here. It's a very large webpage. Commemorative Tea Party is about a fourth of the way in; you can just "find" Commemorative Tea Party. The post consists of an old-style picture of the Boston tea party followed by the line "You're Invited to a Commemorative Tea Party", Place: Boston, Date: February 1, 2009. Its title is "NEW PROTEST ANNOUNCED: - January 19, 2009" and below is "Please click the above link for more details". Unfortunately, the link is dead.
So, a Hamster/Huffington blog pushes the first mention of Tea Party back to either Feb 1st or Jan 19th. Now we have to decide what to do with it. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 14:24, 27 March 2010 (UTC)
Roy, do you want us to comment directly on the sandbox, make changes there, or should we open a discussion page on the sandbox? Or, do you want us to go back to the TPM talk page? I've never done edits in a sandbox, so I don't know the protocol. Thanks. Malke2010 20:03, 2 April 2010 (UTC)
Okay.Malke2010 03:30, 3 April 2010 (UTC)

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It's all but certain that the result of the AFD will be Keep. It's not a vote but if it were a vote, there is no consensus, which means keep. Any good admin will decide based on the quality of the arguments, not the quantity of votes. Almost all of the delete arguments were based on IDontLikeIt, and not based on valid reasons for deleting. The arguments for keeping answered all of the policy reasons for deleting. So it's probably not worth continuing the debate over there. I won't spend any more time there unless something of substance appears.

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Hi, thanks for your recent copy edit on March 9 at Bitcoin, I appreciate it. I ve been contributing lately on a daily basis to improve clarity and readability. Please let me ask your expert opinion on the Bitcoin#transaction#software section: do you think its content could go under wallet and mining, where the respective software is already mentioned? I think the page gives readers a hard time because of the many subsections that either keep on repeating or anticipate points later regurgitated. Thank you.--Wuerzele (talk) 02:34, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

First, let me say that I don't use bitcoins and have only become aware of them in the last six months. Prior to my reading the Wikipedia acticle, I was only conscious of them as some kind of weird play-money.
Second, upon re-reading the first few sections of the article, I still don't understand how a Bitcoin transaction is made. However, if you read the article on Bitcoin network, the average person (like me) can begin to understand what's going on.
I'd suggest that you paraphrase the following text, taken directly from the Bitcoin network article, and place it directly underneath the Transaction section heading:
The Bitcoin network is a peer-to-peer payment network that operates on a cryptographic protocol. Users send bitcoins, the unit of currency, by broadcasting digitally signed messages to the network using Bitcoin wallet software. Transactions are recorded into a distributed public database known as the block chain.
This still doesn't tell me how you make bitcoins originally or how you pass them to somebody else.
As a matter of fact, I'd suggest a new, first section that would give newbies like me a leg up so far as what the network is, how do you earn bitcoins and what are they useful for. Don't assume your readers know what a peer-to-peer payment network is (or can look it up by following the wiki-links). This will probably be the first exposure they have concerning cryptographic banking and it'd be nice if you explained it all in one place, without the necessity of chasing down hyperlinks.
You could call this first section, say, "An Example" or "General Concepts". Please explain:
• Why bitcoins are valuable?
• How are they created, originally? Don't say they are mined through the expenditure of computer time. Explain how that works; what steps I'd have to take in order to make one bitcoin. Be general; you don't have to list every way of "mining bitcoins".
• How are they transferred to other people?
My main point is that Bitcoins is a complex subject and, especially in the first sections, the editors have tried to introduce so much material that it fails due to its own weight. For example:
• "Approximately every ten minutes a bundle of transactions, called a "block", is added to a public ledger or transaction record called the block chain." Why do we care?
• "This 25 bitcoins reward maintains the integrity of the Bitcoin system by allowing the computers that confirm transactions to also mint new bitcoins in the process." What happens to new bitcoins, over the 25 given to the miner? Or, if I've got it wrong, how does mining "maintain the integrity of the Bitcoin system"?
• "Bitcoin payment processing fees are optional..." What is a processing fee, who offers it and why wouldn't every miner want the fees? (I think you are saying that fees for transferring bitcoins are lower than, say, credit cards, and that is one of the reasons why bitcoins are valuable. It still doesn't explain why and how bitcoins can be traded for "real stuff".
In my opinion, each one of these deserves a paragraph and that paragraph should be understandable to a layman without any other material or hyperlinks. As they told us in grammar school, a paragraph should stand on its own for its intended reader, without support from other paragraphs. The intended audience for a Wikipedia article is the intelligent layman.
In summation, boy, have you've got a lot of work to do. --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 01:03, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
thanks for your opinion. unfortunately you didnt answer the very specific question i asked. my entries on the talk page Talk:Bitcoin#suggestions to improve readability give a clue where I am coming from, so the above is preaching to the choir. are you ok, if i move this exchange to the bitcoin talk page? --Wuerzele (talk) 07:16, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Saturday June 21: Wiki Loves Pride

Upcoming Saturday event - June 21: Wiki Loves Pride NYC

You are invited to join us at Jefferson Market Library for "Wiki Loves Pride", hosted by New York Public Library, Metropolitan New York Library Council, Wikimedia LGBT and Wikimedia New York City, where both experienced and new Wikipedia editors will collaboratively improve articles on this theme:

11am–4pm at Jefferson Market Library.

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Sunday July 6: WikNYC Picnic

You are invited to join us the "picnic anyone can edit" in Central Park, as part of the Great American Wiknic celebrations being held across the USA. Remember it's a wiki-picnic, which means potluck.

1pm–8pm at southwest section of the Great Lawn, north of the Delacorte Theater.

Also, before the picnic, you can join in the Wikimedia NYC chapter's annual meeting.

11:30am-12:30pm at Yeoryia Studios, 2067 Broadway.

We hope to see you there!--Pharos (talk) 16:51, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

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Sunday August 17: NYC Wiki-Salon and Skill Share

Sunday August 17: NYC Wiki-Salon and Skill Share

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2pm–5pm at Yeoryia Studios at Epic Security Building, 2067 Broadway (5th floor).

Afterwards at 5pm, we'll walk to a social wiki-dinner together at a neighborhood restaurant (to be decided).

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Thursday December 4: NYC Wiki-Salon and Skill Share

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6:30pm–8pm at Babycastles, 137 West 14th Street

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Saturday February 7 in NYC: Black Life Matters Editathon

Saturday February 7 in NYC: Black Life Matters Editathon

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12:00pm - 5:00 pm at NYPL Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue), by W 135th St

The Wikipedia training and editathon will take place in the Aaron Douglas Reading Room of the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, with a reception following in the Langston Hughes lobby on the first floor of the building at 5:00pm.

We hope to see you there!--Pharos (talk) 06:03, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

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Sunday March 22: Wikipedia Day NYC Celebration and Mini-Conference

Sunday March 22: Wikipedia Day NYC 2015

You are invited to join us at Barnard College for Wikipedia Day NYC 2015, a Wikipedia celebration and mini-conference for the project's 14th birthday. In addition to the party, the event will be a participatory unconference, with plenary panels, lightning talks, and of course open space sessions.

We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects.

10:00pm - 9:00 pm at Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, by W 118th St

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Wikipedia Day open space session

Thanks for your offer of help with a Wiki-Editing for Beginners session. Some of the CUNY folks were thinking of doing a session in this vein as well, and have had a fair amount of experience in this at different venues recently. Do you think we could maybe combine, and have them give more of an overview, and some of us help more with the hands-on stuff?--Pharos (talk) 15:17, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

@Pharos: Sure thing! I would like to talk with them first, just to get our ducks in order. Can you give me their address, either email or wiki-user? I'll be at Barnard Hall by 9 am and we can finalize our plans then.
So far, I've developed ideas for fixing typos and inserting content, both with and without citations. I have enough examples so that everyone can learn by doing. Each lesson follows the See It, Learn It, Do It paradigm: I make a fix on the projected screen. Then they make the same kind of a fix based on what I've just showed them. Then (when they're at home) they find and make the same fixes themselves. I also plan to let the attendees drive the lesson; for example, if the bulk of them are already past fixing simple typos then we'll move on the content insertions.
Could you please give me some method of talking with the folks at CUNY before Sunday morning? --RoyGoldsmith (talk) 19:58, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
It sounds like your method is a bit complementary, in that it is focusing more directly on wikitext skills. Probably the best place to discuss for now would be Wikipedia talk:Meetup/NYC/Wikipedia Day 2015, and we'll notify folks about that. And also, a bunch of us will likely be there early tomorrow as well.--Pharos (talk) 19:24, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

April 29: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

Wednesday April 29, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our inaugural evening "WikiWednesday" salon and knowledge-sharing workshop by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects. We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming editathons, and other outreach activities.

After the main meeting, pizza and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles, 137 West 14th Street

Featuring a keynote talk this month on Lady Librarians & Feminist Epistemologies! We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 18:28, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

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June 10: WikiWednesday Salon / Wikimedia NYC Annual Meeting

Wednesday June 10, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon / Wikimedia NYC Annual Meeting

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our next evening "WikiWednesday" salon and knowledge-sharing workshop by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

This month will also feature on our agenda: recent and upcoming editathons, the organization's Annual Meeting, and Chapter board elections.

We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects. We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming editathons, and other outreach activities.

After the main meeting, pizza and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles, 137 West 14th Street

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July 8: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

Wednesday July 8, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our evening "WikiWednesday" salon and knowledge-sharing workshop by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

This month will also feature on a review of past and upcoming editathons, including Black Lunch Table Editathon @ MoMA on July 13.

We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects. We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming editathons, and other outreach activities.

After the main meeting, pizza and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles, 137 West 14th Street

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Sunday August 2: WikNYC Picnic

Sunday August 2, 1-7pm: WikNYC Picnic

You are invited to join us the "picnic anyone can edit" in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, as part of the Great American Wiknic celebrations being held across the USA. Remember it's a wiki-picnic, which means potluck.

1pm–7pm - come by any time! @ Bartel-Pritchard Square entrance (Prospect Park West and 15th St), immediately on the lawn to your left as you walk through the lovely lotus columns.
Subway: to 15th Street – Prospect Park (IND Culver Line)

We hope to see you there! --Pharos (talk) 03:32, 24 July 2015 (UTC)

(Bonus event: WikiWednesday Salon @ Babycastles - Wednedsay, August 19)

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August 19: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

Wednesday August 19, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our evening "WikiWednesday" salon and knowledge-sharing workshop by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects. We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming editathons, and other outreach activities.

After the main meeting, pizza and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles, 137 West 14th Street

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September 16: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

Wednesday September 16, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our evening "WikiWednesday" salon and knowledge-sharing workshop by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

This month, we will also host a Newcomer's Wiki Workshop for those getting started on the encyclopedia project!

We hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects. We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming editathons, and other outreach activities.

After the main meeting, pizza/chicken/vegetables and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles, 137 West 14th Street

Featuring a keynote talk this month to be determined! We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 15:12, 10 September 2015 (UTC)

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Saturday October 3: WikiArte Latin America Edit-a-thon @ MoMA

Saturday October 3: WikiArte Latin America Edit-a-thon @ MoMA

You are invited to join us for a full Saturday (drop-in any time!) of social Wikipedia editing at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for our upcoming "WikiArte" Latin America Edit-a-thon, for Wiki Arte y Cultura Latinoamericana, a communal day of creating, updating, improving, and translating Wikipedia articles about Latin American art and culture.

11:00am - 5:00 pm (drop-in anytime!) at MoMA Cullman Education and Research Building, 4 West 54th Street

All are invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia editing experience required. We will provide training sessions and resources for beginner Wikipedians, WiFi, reference materials, and suggested topics, as well as childcare and refreshments.

Please bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for articles that need to be updated, translated, or created. You are welcome to edit all day or drop by to show your support, and to follow #WikiArte on social media!

Trainings for new and less experienced Wikipedia editors will be offered (in English) at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Tutorials and resources in Spanish will be available online, and participants are also encouraged to work on the Spanish and Portuguese language editions of Wikipedia.

We hope to see you there!--Pharos (talk) 10:33, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

P.S. Next event, October 15 - Women in Architecture editathon @ Guggenheim

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Thursday October 15: Women in Architecture Edit-a-thon @ Guggenheim (drop-in any time, noon-8pm!)

Thursday October 15: Women in Architecture Edit-a-thon @ Guggenheim

You are invited to join us for a full afternoon and evening of social Wikipedia editing at the Guggenheim (drop-in any time, noon-8pm!), during which we will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles covering the lives and works of women in architecture.

noon - 8pm (drop-in anytime!) at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Garrett Lobby @ 1071 5th Ave by E 88 St

In conjunction with Archtober and New York Archives Week, the Guggenheim will host its third Wikipedia edit-a-thon—or, #guggathon— to enhance articles related to women in architecture on Wikipedia. The Guggenheim aims to further the goals of Ada Lovelace Day for STEM, and Art+Feminism for art, in a field that, by its nature combines both.

The Guggenheim will work alongside ArchiteXX, the founders of WikiD: Women Wikipedia Design #wikiD, the international education and advocacy program working to increase the number of Wikipedia articles on women in architecture and the built environment. New and experienced editors are welcome.

Can’t join us in New York? Visit our global partnerships page to discover an edit-a-thon in a city near you or simply join remotely.

We hope to see you there!--Pharos (talk) 19:34, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

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Thursday October 15: Women in Architecture Edit-a-thon @ Guggenheim (drop-in any time, noon-8pm!)

Thursday October 15: Women in Architecture Edit-a-thon @ Guggenheim

You are invited to join us for a full day and evening of social Wikipedia editing at the Guggenheim (drop-in any time, noon-8pm!), during which we will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles covering the lives and works of women in architecture.

noon - 8pm (drop-in anytime!) at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Garrett Lobby @ 1071 5th Ave by E 88 St

In conjunction with Archtober and New York Archives Week, the Guggenheim will host its third Wikipedia edit-a-thon—or, #guggathon—to enhance articles related to women in architecture on Wikipedia. The Guggenheim aims to further the goals of Ada Lovelace Day for STEM, and Art+Feminism for art, in a field that, by its nature combines both.

The Guggenheim will work alongside ArchiteXX, the founders of WikiD: Women Wikipedia Design #wikiD, the international education and advocacy program working to increase the number of Wikipedia articles on women in architecture and the built environment. New and experienced editors are welcome.

Can’t join us in New York? Visit our global partnerships page to discover an edit-a-thon in a city near you or simply join remotely.

We hope to see you there!--Pharos (talk) 19:58, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

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Oct 28: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

Wednesday October 28, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our evening "WikiWednesday" salon and knowledge-sharing workshop by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

This month, we will also host a Newcomer's Wiki Workshop for those getting started on the encyclopedia project!

We will also include a look at our annual plan and budget ideas, to see if the chapter is able to fiscally sponsor more ongoing projects tied to our core mission of expanding and diversifying free knowledge.

We welcome the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects. We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming editathons, and other outreach activities.

After the main meeting, pizza/chicken/vegetables and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles, 137 West 14th Street

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 17:45, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

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Sunday Nov 22: Soviet Jewry Edit-a-thon & Women In Science Edit-a-thon

Two options for this Sunday: Soviet Jewry Edit-a-thon & Women In Science Edit-a-thon

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for one of two edit-a-thons this Sunday, just bring your laptop and an interest in participating!

No special knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia knowledge is required, and there will be Wikipedia training workshops for new folks.

Soviet Jewry Edit-a-thon @ Center for Jewish History

• 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY
• 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sun Nov 22

Join at the Center for Jewish History (drop-in any time!), during which we will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the American Soviet Jewry movement.

Women In Science Edit-a-thon @ NY Academy of Sciences

• 7 World Trade Center - 40th Floor
• 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sun Nov 22

Join at the NY Academy of Sciences, during which we will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of women scientists. Note that seating is limited for the Women in Science event, as well as signing up on-wiki, please RSVP by email.

Bonus event:

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Dec 9: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC; Dec 12: Art & Law editathon + Dec 13: Black Film editathon

Wednesday December 9, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our evening "WikiWednesday" salon and knowledge-sharing workshop by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

This month, we will also host a Newcomer's Wiki Workshop for those getting started on the encyclopedia project!

We will also include a look at our annual plan and budget ideas, and welcome input from community members on the sorts of projects the chapter should support through both volunteer and budgetary efforts.

We welcome the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects. We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming editathons, and other outreach activities.

After the main meeting, pizza/chicken/vegetables and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles gallery, 137 West 14th Street

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! (One talk this month will be on use of Wikipedia press passes for photographers.) Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 13:38, 4 December 2015 (UTC)

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Saturday January 16: Wikipedia Day NYC Celebration and Mini-Conference

Saturday January 16: Wikipedia Day NYC 2016

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We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects.

10:00am - 7:00 pm at NYU ITP Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway (between Waverly and Washington Place)

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Saturday February 6 in NYC: Black Life Matters Editathon

Saturday February 6 in NYC: Black Life Matters Editathon

You are invited to join us and the AfroCROWD initiative at New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for our upcoming editathon, a part of the Black WikiHistory Month campaign.

12:00pm - 5:00 pm at NYPL Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue), by W 135th St

The Wikipedia training and editathon will take place in the Aaron Douglas Reading Room of the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, with a reception following in the Langston Hughes lobby on the first floor of the building at 5:00pm.

We hope to see you there!--Pharos (talk) 19:17, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

(Bonus upcoming event: WikiWednesday Salon @ Babycastles - Wednesday, February 17)

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Feb 16: Art+Feminism Training / Photo-Poetics @ Guggenheim Feb 17: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

Tuesday February 16, 5:30pm: Art+Feminism Training / Photo-Poetics @ Guggenheim

You are invited to join us for an evening of social Wikipedia training and editing at the Guggenheim, with a workshop given by the Art+Feminism project to prepare for next month's major campaign, and a tour and edit-a-thon of Photo-Poetics: An Anthology.

5:30pm - 8:30pm at Sackler Center Media Lab, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue; enter through 89th Street staff entrance
Wednesday February 17, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our evening "WikiWednesday" salon and knowledge-sharing workshop by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

This month, we will also host a Newcomer's Wiki Workshop for those getting started on the encyclopedia project!

We will also include a look at our annual plan and budget ideas, and welcome input from community members on the sorts of projects the chapter should support through both volunteer and budgetary efforts.

We welcome the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects. We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming editathons, and other outreach activities.

After the main meeting, pizza/chicken/vegetables and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles gallery, 137 West 14th Street

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! (One talk this month will be on use of Wikipedia press passes for photographers.) Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 00:28, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

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Saturday, March 5: Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon @ MoMA

Saturday March 5, 10am-5pm: Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon @ MoMA

You are invited to join us for the MoMA Art+Feminism edit-a-thon on Saturday, to support the expansion of Wikipedia's coverage of women in the arts.

We encourage both people new to Wikipedia, and people who have experience editing online, or have joined us for past edit-a-thon events.

This is by far our biggest event of the year (over 200 participants in the last edition), and every extra hand counts, so please join and volunteer to help us engage new communities!

10:00am - 5:00pm (drop-in anytime!) at The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building at the Museum of Modern Art, 4 West 54 Street - between 5th/6th, New York, NY 10019
Please note that this entrance is one block north of the main 53rd Street entrance, closer to 5th Avenue.

And bring your interested friends and colleagues!

For those outside of the city, or unable to join on Saturday, check out Art+Feminism regional and global events as well. --Pharos (talk) 21:49, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

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March 16: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

Wednesday March 16, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our monthly "WikiWednesday" evening salon (7-9pm) and knowledge-sharing workshop at Babycastles gallery by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

We will include a look at the organization and planning for our chapter, and expanding volunteer roles for both regular Wikipedia editors and new participants.

We will also follow up on plans for recent (Art+Feminism!) and upcoming edit-a-thons, and other outreach activities.

We welcome the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from all educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects.

We will also vote on nominations for the global Wikimedia Foundation board.

After the main meeting, pizza/chicken/vegetables and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles gallery, 137 West 14th Street

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! (One likely talk this month will be on the Wikidata project.) Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 18:00, 10 March 2016 (UTC)

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April 13: WikiWednesday Salon NYC and Mini-Video Opportunity

Wednesday April 13, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon NYC and Mini-Video Opportunity

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our monthly "WikiWednesday" evening salon (7-9pm) and knowledge-sharing workshop at Babycastles gallery by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

Special this month, a Mini-Video opportunity for individuals to share their Wikipedia experiences (during pre-meeting, 6-7pm, and in side-office during regular meetup). A videographer will be present to record 1-3 minute Mini-Videos of folks informally speaking, sharing anything about their Wikipedia-related projects, whether an edit-a-thon they joined, an article they edited, or a class project they were a part of, etc.

We will also follow up on plans for recent (Art+Feminism!) and upcoming edit-a-thons, and other outreach activities.

We welcome the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from all educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects.

We will also place our chapter's votes for the global Wikimedia Foundation board.

After the main meeting, pizza/chicken/vegetables and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

6:00pm - 7:00pm Mini-Video and social hour
7:00pm - 9:00pm Regular meeting: Introduction for new participants, Noshing, Chapter projects

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience!

Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 14:19, 6 April 2016 (UTC)

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Saturday April 30: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa @ Guggenheim

Saturday April 30, 1-6pm: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa @ Guggenheim

On Saturday April 30, 2016, in conjunction with a global campaign, the Guggenheim will host its fourth Wikipedia edit-a-thon — or, #guggathon — to enhance Wikipedia's coverage of modern and contemporary artists from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and to counter geocultural systemic bias on Wikipedia.

The Guggenheim aims to further the goals of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, and build on the model of campaigns like the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Guggenheim: Women in Architecture, Wikipedia Asian Month, and Art+Feminism.

New and experienced editors are welcome. The event will include a training session for participants who are new to Wikipedia and Wikipedia specialists will be on hand to provide basic instruction and editing support.

Time: Presentation: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Edit-a-thon: 2:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (88th Street), New York City, New York 10128
Guests should enter using the 88th Street entrance via the ramp at 88th Street and Fifth Avenue

Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) ~~~~~

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May 25: WikiWednesday Salon NYC / Enterprise MediaWiki Conference

Wednesday May 25, 6pm: WikiWednesday Salon NYC / Enterprise MediaWiki Conference

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our monthly "WikiWednesday" evening salon.

This month's WikiWednesday Salon, we'll meet and share with the MediaWiki software development community, through a community learning night at NYU on May 25.

6:00 pm: Introduction, pizza
7:00 pm: MediaWiki tutorial, community involvement and extension ideas, novel uses of wiki technology
8:00 pm: State of the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikipedia / Wikimedia community
9:00 pm: Monthly WikiSalon in San Francisco video-link, casual bicoastal chat

Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 13:49, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

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Sunday June 5: Women in Jewish History Edit-a-thon

Sunday June 5, 12-5pm: Women in Jewish History Edit-a-thon

Join us for a full Sunday of social Wikipedia editing at the Center for Jewish History (drop-in any time!), during which we will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to Women in Jewish History.

All are invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia editing experience required.

Expanding coverage of Jewish women on Wikipedia makes these women and their creations discoverable, addresses the gender bias on Wikipedia in a positive way, and works to correct imbalances archival collecting practice and institutional projects that have historically silenced women's narratives.

A training session on editing Wikipedia will be held at 12:30 pm. Experienced Wikipedians will be on-hand to assist throughout the day. Please bring your laptop and power cord; we will have library resources, WiFi, and a list of suggested topics on hand.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Make edits! Ask questions! Be bold!

Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), New York City, New York 10011

Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 15:01, 1 June 2016 (UTC)

P.S. Stay tuned / sign up early for our June 15 WikiWednesday and other upcoming events.

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June 15: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

Wednesday June 15, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our monthly "WikiWednesday" evening salon (7-9pm) and knowledge-sharing workshop at Babycastles gallery by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

Featuring special guest presentations on Wikipedia Asian Month and Wikipedia Club at Ohio State University.

We will include a look at the organization and planning for our chapter, and expanding volunteer roles for both regular Wikipedia editors and new participants.

We will also follow up on plans for recent (Art+Feminism! AfroCrowd!) and upcoming edit-a-thons, and other outreach activities.

We welcome the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from all educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects.

After the main meeting, pizza/chicken/vegetables and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles gallery, 137 West 14th Street

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 01:37, 12 June 2016 (UTC)

P.S. Stay tuned / sign up early for our AfroCrowd June calendar, June 29 Pride Edit-a-thon @ MoMA, and July 15 Wiknic @ Central Park, among other upcoming events.

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Wednesday June 29: Wiki Loves Pride Edit-a-thon @ MoMA

Wednesday June 29, 6-8:30pm: Wiki Loves Pride Edit-a-thon @ MoMA

Join us for an evening of social Wikipedia editing at the Museum of Modern Art Library's second annual Wiki Loves Pride Edit-a-thon, during which we will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to LGBT art, culture and history.

All are invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia editing experience required.

Also featuring a lightning talk by CUNY students at the La Guardia and Wagner Archives on a project to document local 1980s HIV/AIDS activism on Wikipedia.

Experienced Wikipedians will be on-hand to assist throughout the day. Please bring your laptop and power cord; we will have library resources, WiFi, and a list of suggested topics on hand.

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building at MoMA, 4 West 54 Street - between 5th/6th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Please note that this entrance is one block north of the main 53rd Street entrance, closer to 5th Avenue.

Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 21:02, 20 June 2016 (UTC)

P.S. Stay tuned / sign up early for our Sunday July 10 Wiknic in Central Park and other upcoming events.

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Sunday July 10: WikNYC Picnic @ Central Park

Sunday July 10, 3-8pm: WikNYC Picnic

You are invited to join us the "picnic anyone can edit" in Manhattan's Central Park, as part of the Great American Wiknic celebrations being held across the USA. Remember it's a wiki-picnic, which means potluck.

3–8pm - come by any time! The picnicking area is the southwest section of the Great Lawn, north of the Delacorte Theater, just inside the park at Central Park West between 81st & 82nd. Enter the park at West 81st St.
Look for us by the Wikipedia / Wikimedia NYC banner!
Subway: 81st Street – Museum of Natural History, C Line

We hope to see you there! --Pharos (talk) 14:55, 5 July 2016 (UTC)

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August 17: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

Wednesday Auugust 17, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our monthly "WikiWednesday" evening salon (7-9pm) and knowledge-sharing workshop at Babycastles gallery by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

Featuring special guest presentations on WikiVerse and Bringing Wikipedia to the Last Mile.

We will include a look at the organization and planning for our chapter, and expanding volunteer roles for both regular Wikipedia editors and new participants.

We will also follow up on plans for recent (UN Women!) and upcoming edit-a-thons, and other outreach activities.

We welcome the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from all educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects.

After the main meeting, pizza/chicken/vegetables and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles gallery, 137 West 14th Street

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 23:20, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

P.S. Prep for our chapter elections next month in September (and add your candidacy!): Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Elections

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September 14: WikiWednesday Salon / Wikimedia NYC Annual Meeting

Wednesday September 14, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon / Wikimedia NYC Annual Meeting

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our evening "WikiWednesday" salon and knowledge-sharing workshop by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

This month will also feature on our agenda, upcoming editathons, the organization's Annual Meeting, and Chapter board elections.

We will include a look at the organization and planning for our chapter, and expanding volunteer roles for both regular Wikipedia editors and new participants.

We will also follow up on plans for recent (UN Women and CFR!) and upcoming edit-a-thons, and other outreach activities.

We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects. We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming editathons, and other outreach activities.

Along with the main meeting, hummus and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles, 137 West 14th Street

Featuring a keynote talk this month to be determined! We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 18:06, 10 September 2016 (UTC)

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Sun October 16: CommonsLab / Open House NY Photo Contest + Hackathon

Sunday October 16, 2pm: CommonsLab / Open House NY Photo Contest + Hackathon

On Sunday, October 16, Wikimedia NYC will host a multimedia tutorial, workshop, and hackathon focused on Wikimedia Commons and the work processes for cultural multimedia wiki-projects.

The CommonsLab is the concluding "upload party" to the Wikipedia @ Open House New York Weekend photo scavenger hunt, and an accompanying Wikimedia Commons multimedia hackathon.

The event will take the form of a modified unconference, with sessions for photographers/creatives, editors/writers and hackers/software folks!

2:00pm - 8:00 pm at NYU ITP, Tisch School of Arts, 721 Broadway, 4th Floor

Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 13:35, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

And RSVP now for our next event after this, focusing on Latin American art and artists:

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Saturday October 22: WikiArte Latin American Edit-a-thon @ MoMA

Saturday October 22, 10am: WikiArte Latin American Edit-a-thon @ MoMA

Join us for a full Saturday of social Wikipedia editing at the Museum of Modern Art (drop-in any time!), during which we will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles pertaining to the lives and works of Latin American artists.

The WikiArte (Wiki Arte y Cultura Latinoamerica) edit-a-thon is a global campaign to improve Wikipedia's coverage of Latin American arts and culture and to counter geocultural systemic bias on Wikipedia.

Featuring an opening Artists' Panel at 10am, with Sol Aramendi, Sharon Lee De La Cruz, and Marisa Morán Jahn, to be moderated by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, curator at El Museo del Barrio.

The Museum of Modern Art and Fundacion Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros are uniting with international allies to focus on the lives and works of Latin American artists, architects and designers. With keystone events scheduled for October 22 in New York City and other cities throughout the month (Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Caracas, & others), the campaign aims to further similar goals to Art+Feminism.

All are invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia editing experience required. Introductory training on the basics of Wikipedia editing will be given throughout the edit-a-thon. Please bring your laptop and power cord; we will have library resources, WiFi, and a list of suggested topics on hand.

10:00am - 6:00pm at The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building at MoMA, 4 West 54th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue)
Please note that this entrance is one block north of the main 53rd Street entrance, closer to 5th Avenue

Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 23:29, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

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Saturday November 12: Women in Science Edit-a-thon @ NY Academy of Sciences (plus Sunday Indigenous People's Justice event)

Saturday November 12, 12-4pm: Women in Science Edit-a-thon @ NY Academy of Sciences

Join us for a full Saturday of social Wikipedia editing at NY Academy of Sciences (drop-in any time!), during which we will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles covering Women in science for their second annual edit-a-thon!.

This event also coincides with the year-long celebration of the Academy's 200th Anniversary and a Women in Red online campaign.

Beginning and experienced Wikipedia writers are both welcome, and there will be helpers on hand to assist those new to editing the encyclopedia.

Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 19:26, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

And RSVP now for our other event this Sunday in Brooklyn, focusing on Indigenous communities and social justice:

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ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open!

 Hello, RoyGoldsmith. Voting in the 2016 Arbitration Committee elections is open from Monday, 00:00, 21 November through Sunday, 23:59, 4 December to all unblocked users who have registered an account before Wednesday, 00:00, 28 October 2016 and have made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday, 00:00, 1 November 2016. The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail. If you wish to participate in the 2016 election, please review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 22:08, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

Saturday December 3: Contemporary Chinese Art Edit-a-thon @ Guggenheim

Saturday December 3: Contemporary Chinese Art Edit-a-thon @ Guggenheim

On Saturday December 3, 2016, in conjunction with a global campaign, the Guggenheim will host its fifth Wikipedia edit-a-thon—or, #guggathon—to enhance Wikipedia's coverage of modern and contemporary artists from Greater China. The event will cap off Wikipedia Asian Month, an online campaign dedicated to augmenting Asian content on Wikipedia throughout November.

New and experienced editors are welcome. The event will include a training session for participants who are new to Wikipedia, and Wikipedia specialists will be on hand to provide basic instruction and editing support. Editors are invited to view the exhibition Tales of Our Time following the event.

The Guggenheim aims to raise awareness of the artists featured in the Tales of Our Time exhibition supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative, and build on the model of campaigns like the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Guggenheim: Women in Architecture, Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Guggenheim: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, and Art+Feminism.

• Enter at the 88th Street entrance via the ramp at 88th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 09:46, 23 November 2016 (UTC)

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December 21: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC (plus Wikipedia Day on Jan 15!)

Wednesday December 21, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our monthly "WikiWednesday" evening salon (7-9pm) and knowledge-sharing workshop at Babycastles gallery by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

This will be the holiday party! Celebrate a December holiday with us, or in wiki-fashion, edit the calendar itself and join us to celebrate any holiday of your choice regardless of when it usually happens.

Featuring special guest presentations on structure data, university library meetups, metrics and reporting, and other topics.

We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming edit-a-thons, and other outreach activities.

We welcome the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from all educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects.

After the main meeting, savory and sweet pies and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles gallery, 137 West 14th Street

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 21:43, 17 December 2016 (UTC)

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Sunday January 15: Wikipedia Day NYC Celebration and Mini-Conference

Sunday January 15: Wikipedia Day NYC 2017

You are invited to join us at Ace Hotel for Wikipedia Day NYC 2017, a Wikipedia celebration and mini-conference as part of the project's global 16th birthday festivities. In addition to the party, the event will be a participatory unconference, with plenary panels, lightning talks, and of course open space sessions.

With special guests Katherine Maher of the Wikimedia Foundation and Tim Wu of Columbia Law School speaking on our Post-truth panel!

Also featuring an International/Multilingual panel, a Documenting Activism panel, a Multimedia/Tech Panel, a Science panel, an Art panel, and more.

And there will be cake.

We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects.

10:00am - 7:00 pm at Ace Hotel, 20 West 29th Street in Manhattan

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 14:57, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

February 15: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

Wednesday February 15, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC

You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our monthly "WikiWednesday" evening salon (7-9pm) and knowledge-sharing workshop at Babycastles gallery by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

Featuring special guest presentations on WikiProject La Guardia and Wagner Archives, WikiProject Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wiki Loves the Dominican Republic, and more.

We will include a look at the organization and planning for our chapter, and expanding volunteer roles for both regular Wikipedia editors and new participants.

We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming edit-a-thons, and other outreach activities.

We welcome the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from all educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects.

After the main meeting, pizza/chicken/vegetables and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles gallery, 137 West 14th Street

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 22:17, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

P.S. Get ready now for Black WikiHistory Month Weekend:

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