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Sorry...[edit] see you go. I know you're not someone who likes a fuss being made, but I just wanted to say that I always admired the work you did on Wikipedia, which is a much richer resource because of you, and that you were a huge help and influence when it came to the articles I wrote. While I don't know the circumstances of your retirement, I hope you'll drop in from time-to-time and I wish you all the best in the real world. I'm actually going to be shortly moving to Canada for a year (I have a postdoc at Queen's), so feel free to drop me a line if you end up in Kingston and we could go for a coffee/beer. Josh Milburn (talk) 14:11, 15 July 2016 (UTC)

Ditto. I have never encountered a person who was so systematic and thorough at assessing others' work. Relax and take care. This place is a time-suck and doesn't pay the bills. We'd be overjoyed to see you come back some time but don't feel forced to. Take care and look after yourself. I think it would suck if the argy-bargy over formatting citations was what killed your enjoyment of the place but if things were taking a course then come what may I guess. Good luck anyway. Ditto for a beer if you ever end up down under. Cheers, Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 14:36, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
I'm just seeing this because I didn't have your talk page watchlisted. This is a rough loss for Wikipedia. I hope you'll consider returning at some point—the world is much richer for your contributions here. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 20:16, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

I only just found out about this myself, because I was going to let you know about some articles I was working on (Agaricus brunneofibrillosus and Agaricus amicosus). Your input and energy will be missed, and WikiProject Fungi will be decidedly less active without you, I'm afraid. But it's true, Wikipedia is a huge time suck, not always terribly rewarding (recognition generally only comes from other Wikipedians), and at times Wikipedia itself looks on the whole like something not worth contributing to (there are entire sectors of it that are heavy on misinformation), even if one succeeds in putting together a series of top-notch articles. But as The Ed put it, Wikipedia is indeed a better place for your time here. Peter G Werner (talk) 23:05, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Today's featured article/September 24, 2016[edit]

Hi Sasata, I see you edited a few days ago so I'm holding out hope that you'll check in from time to time. Here's another one of yours at TFA, I'll get to work on the TFA text tomorrow. - Dank (push to talk) 20:19, 9 September 2016 (UTC)

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Precious again, your Agaricus deserticola, "a mushroom related to the common button mushroom, but adapted for growth in dry habitats"!

This place is very dry at times, take care and get nourishment, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:49, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

WikiCup 2016 November newsletter: Final results[edit]

The final round of the 2016 WikiCup is over. Congratulations to the 2016 WikiCup top three finalists:

In addition to recognizing the achievements of the top finishers and everyone who worked hard to make it to the final round, we also want to recognize those participants who were most productive in each of the WikiCup scoring categories:

  • Featured Article – Cas Liber (actually a three-way tie with themselves for two FAs in each of R2, R3, and R5).
  • Good Article – MPJ-DK had 14 GAs promoted in R3.
  • Featured List – England Calvin999 (submissions) produced 2 FLs in R2
  • Featured Pictures – Adam Cuerden restored 18 images to FP status in R4.
  • Featured Portal – Yakutsk SSTflyer (submissions) produced the only FPO of the Cup in R2.
  • Featured Topic – Connecticut Cyclonebiskit (submissions) and Calvin were each responsible for one FT in R3 and R2, respectively.
  • Good Topic – MPJ-DK created a GT with 9 GAs in R5.
  • Did You Know – MPJ-DK put 53 DYKs on the main page in R4.
  • In The News – India Dharmadhyaksha (submissions) and New York City Muboshgu (submissions), each with 5 ITN, both in R4.
  • Good Article Review – MPJ-DK completed 61 GARs in R2.

Over the course of the 2016 WikiCup the following content was added to Wikipedia (only reporting on fixed value categories): 17 Featured Articles, 183 Good Articles, 8 Featured Lists, 87 Featured Pictures, 40 In The News, and 321 Good Article Reviews. Thank you to all the competitors for your hard work and what you have done to improve Wikipedia.--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:52, 2 November 2016 (UTC)

We will open up a discussion for comments on process and scoring in a few days. The 2017 WikiCup is just around the corner! Many thanks from all the judges. If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email), Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs · email), and Godot13 (talk · contribs · email)

WikiProject Good Articles's 2016-2017 GA Cup[edit]

WikiProject Good Articles's 2016-2017 GA Cup
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Greetings, all!

We would like to announce the start of the 4th GA Cup, a competition that seeks to encourage the reviewing of Good article nominations! Thus far, there have been three GA Cups, which were successful in reaching our goals of significantly reducing the traditionally long queue at GAN, so we're doing it again. Currently, there are over 400 nominations listed. We hope that we can again make an impact this time.

The 4th GA Cup will begin on November 1, 2016. Four rounds are currently scheduled (which will bring the competition to a close on February 28, 2017), but this may change based on participant numbers. We may take a break in December for the holidays, depending on the results of a poll of our participants taken shortly after the competition begins. The sign-up and submissions process will remain the same, as will the scoring.

Sign-ups for the upcoming competition are currently open and will close on November 14, 2016. Everyone is welcome to join; new and old editors, so sign-up now!

If you have any questions, take a look at the FAQ page and/or contact one of the judges.

Cheers from 3family6, Figureskatingfan, Jaguar, MrWooHoo, and Zwerg Nase. We apologize for the delay in sending out this message until after the competition has started. Thank you to Krishna Chaitanya Velaga for aiding in getting this message out.

To subscribe or unsubscribe to future GA Cup newsletters, please add or remove your name to our mailing list. If you are a participant, you will be on the mailing list no matter what as this is the easiest way to communicate between all participants.

--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:40, 3 November 2016 (UTC)

A page you started (Armillaria ostoyae) has been reviewed![edit]

Thanks for creating Armillaria ostoyae, Sasata!

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This page should have been marked reviewed a long time ago.

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ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, Sasata. 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)

Exsudoporus frostii for TFA[edit]

Thank you for the "handsome edible bolete mushroom"! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:14, 9 December 2016 (UTC)

WikiCup December newsletter: WikiCup 2017[edit]

On 1 January 2017, WikiCup 2017 (the 10th Annual WikiCup) will begin. This year we are trying something a little different – monetary prizes.

For the WC2017 the prizes will be as follows (amounts are based in US$ and will be awarded in the form of an online Amazon gift certificate):

  • First place – $200
  • Second & Third place – $50 each
  • Category prizes – $25 per category (which will be limited to FA, FL, FP, GA, and DYK for 2017). Winning a category prize does not require making it to the final round.

Note: Monetary prizes are a one-year experiment for 2017 and may or may not be continued in the future. In order to be eligible to receive any of the prizes above, the competing Wikipedia account must have a valid/active email address.

After two years as a WikiCup judge, Figureskatingfan is stepping down. We thank her for her contributions as a WikiCup judge. We are pleased to announce that our newest judge is two-time WikiCup champion Cwmhiraeth.

The judges for the 2017 WikiCup are Godot13 (talk · contribs · email), Cwmhiraeth (talk · contribs), and Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email).

Signups are open now and will remain open until 5 February 2017. You can sign up here.

If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send.MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:02, 14 December 2016 (UTC)

Suillus salmonicolor scheduled for TFA[edit]

This is to let you know that the Suillus salmonicolor article has been scheduled as today's featured article for 2 February 2017. If you're interested in editing the main page text, you're welcome to do so at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/February 2, 2017. Thanks! Jimfbleak - talk to me? 07:43, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

Thank you for the "slippery Jill", a "widely distributed, slimy, and (somewhat) edible mushroom"! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:06, 2 February 2017 (UTC)