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Because I have no barnstars to give, nor am I near any barns from which to steal them...[edit]

For your tireless and totally uncompensated efforts against the vandalism, stupidity, and other assorted crap that have been almost magnetically drawn to Virginia Tech-related articles since news of the massacre started to filter onto Wikipedia, I award you a bonus of ten Norton dollars, redeemable in gold from His Imperial Majesty's Treasury at some point in the indeterminate future. --Dynaflow 04:22, 4 May 2007 (UTC)


Welcome[edit]

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Peter G Werner 17:03, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

Bob and Tom Show Edit[edit]

Hi Sfmammamia,

Your edit to the Bob and Tom Show article removed David Crowe rather than just removing the WikiLinks.

There is a David Crowe who is a comedian and he is the person to whom the article refers.[1]

I replaced the name in the article and removed the WikiLinx.

Take care,

Larry --Lmcelhiney 23:56, 14 May 2007 (UTC)

Sorry about the error--as penance I will add the external link to the Bob and Tom Show page.Sfmammamia 00:04, 15 May 2007 (UTC)
Thanks! No penance required, but I do appreciate your help. Normally it might have been a case for disambiguation...Take care. --Lmcelhiney 02:25, 15 May 2007 (UTC)
Larry, I'm new enough to Wikipedia that even though I'm studying the guides, disambiguation is still over my head. It sounds like you consider David Crowe the comedian notable enough for a Wikipedia article, so by all means disambiguate! (is that a verb?)Thanks again, --Sfmammamia 19:50, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

underscores[edit]

Hello. Please note that you don't need to write

[[Roman_Inquisition|blah blah]],

but instead you can write

[[Roman Inquisition|blah blah]].

The former makes newbies think the underscores are necessary, and then sometimes they even put them in visible links. Michael Hardy 20:27, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for the tip! -- Sfmammamia 20:29, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

dead sea[edit]

I do understand what you are trying to improve the clarity of the introduction - that there is a certain logical misunderstanding that readers *could* make as it stands, however allthough your contributions do help somewhat, they introduce a complexity of language which is just not correct, regards sbandrews (t) 17:18, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Thank you for your comments. Needless to say, I disagree with your assessment. If my suggested edit is too complex, the lead sentence can be broken into two sentences. May I suggest that we discuss this on the article's talk page? I will be happy to introduce it there. --Sfmammamia 17:28, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

I'd rather we discussed it here or on my talk page - I don't think it belongs on the article talk page - though if you want that then ok, sbandrews (t) 18:44, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

the logical problem with your edits is that you bring in ocean - the bottom of the dead sea is not below ocean - and so would qualify in your system as a lower point than the surface of the dead sea - which is the point we are interested in - i.e. the lowest point not below water. Stricly speaking I agree that the article should begin 'The surface of the dead sea ...' but that would read worse than the original - anyway we'll see what commets your post on the talk page gets... kind regards sbandrews (t) 19:04, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Sex education[edit]

Thanks for adding very informative and well-written content to the United States section of the sex education page. Fionah 23:41, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

Thank you for your suggestions on the talk page that inspired me to take it on! If you have a moment, I would appreciate your review of my latest work on Abstinence-only sex education as well. -- Sfmammamia 00:23, 1 June 2007 (UTC)
I had a look at the Abstinence-only sex education and it's also v good.Fionah 20:11, 2 July 2007 (UTC)

Spam?[edit]

You recently edited the page on male escort, removing a valid link to a popular sex-worker's blog. If you had taken time to look further into the page, you will also see that additional sexworker blog links are listed. This is NOT a spam issue. I'm reposting. User talk:24.243.5.91

My understanding of what constitutes an acceptable link on Wikipedia must be a stricter than yours. According to WP:EL, blogs are normally to be avoided except for "those written by a recognized authority." Given the subject matter, I plead ignorance on what constitutes "a recognized authority" on this article, and will leave it to others to decide. However, the presence of another's blog link on the page does not by itself justify the addition of another. WP's guideline is "but they should be kept to a minimum of those that are meritable, accessible and appropriate to the article." -- Sfmammamia 22:00, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Blogs and Wiki[edit]

Most of what you're relying on in arguement is symantics: Blogs are to be AVOIDED (not banned), unless the linked blog is posted by an authority on the particular subject. I would say that a male escort's blog would be precisely what this page could use: Perspective from where the buck stops. User talk:24.243.5.91

Okay, but just be aware that if another editor comes along today and deletes the same link from the same article and you reinstate it again, you may be called out over the three-revert rule. By the way, Wikipedia etiquette is to put new posts on talk pages at the bottom of the page. See WP:TALK -- Sfmammamia 22:30, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Please take a look at Controversies over the film Sicko and comment on merge proposal[edit]

Hi,

The title says it all. I am requesting your opinion only because you've edited the Sicko (film) article and therefore appear to have an interest in the movie. I created the "Controversies" article and think it should stay, but I'd welcome your opinion whatever it is. If you consider this message annoying, I apologize. I'm leaving this message with you and some others without violating WP:CANVASS. I won't be leaving another message asking you to comment again. Noroton 23:03, 25 June 2007 (UTC)

P.S. I have no connection with The Imperial Government of Norton whatsoever.

Existentialism[edit]

Just a note: In fact existential philosophy began with Aquinas, so to say that Aquinas pre-existed existentialism by several centuries is incorrect. It came from "existential theology", which also came from Aquinas. I'm not really sure why you deleted this information from the existentialism page. Are you unaware of this? Feel free to write me. I'm an old editor, too. A E Francis 03:16, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

The existentialism article as currently written defines existentialism in the narrower, more conventional way, as having its origins in the 19th century. See the lead sentence, "The movement had its origins in the 19th century thought of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche." The article already has a "Historical background" section, where its other antecedents are mentioned. That would be a logical place to add in Aquinas. If you want to assert the origins with Aquinas more strongly than the other antecedents already mentioned in that paragraph, may I suggest that you reference it to a credible source and deal with the apparent contradiction created with the lead paragraph? Without a source, it's original research. In my view, that would be an appropriate way to link these two subjects and articles together. Throwing a "see also" reference in, without any credible context, is hardly the way to improve the article, in my view. -- Sfmammamia 16:44, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

OK, I see your point... and I am willing to go with that. For references on the subject of Aquinas and extentialism, see Etienne Gilson, "The Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas" University of Notre Dame Press, 1997, (pp. 84-95) ; Copleston "History of Philosphy Book I, Vol 2", Paulist Press, 1950, (p. 308); There are many others. Anyway, it is not original research. The point being, that Existentialism as it is cast today likes to view itself as originating in the 20th century. In fact, it didn't. It began with Aquinas and existential theology. This is documented in many places. But if you think that not to be a significant point, that is your editorial position. I am willing to accept that position. But it raises a deeper question: Do we want to improve these pages,or not?

Improve, by all means! That is why I made the specific suggestions I did. -- Sfmammamia 17:32, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Well, actually it is an interesting point: does the 20th century movement called existentialism come from Aquinas? It is a topic debated in philosophy circles. Even Descartes "Cogito ergo sum" (I think, therefore I am [I exist]) is an variant of the age old philosophical question about existence. It was in response to Aquinas, and existentialism. But the way existentialism is taught in schools today, there is an avoidance of anything before the modern existentialists. So, do we leave this page as it is, or re-vamp it, and incur the wrath that is likely to follow? I am at a loss. So comment if you want!A E Francis 18:28, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

I for one do not feel that the addtion of Thomas Aquinas to the "Historical background" section represents a revamp to the article. I have added Aquinas to that section. We'll see if that gets any argument. Note that I have linked the main Thomas Aquinas article. I have enough concerns about the "Thought of Thomas Aquinas Part I" article, which I've expressed on that article's talk page, that I suggest the link remain with the main article until those issues are resolved. -- Sfmammamia 18:49, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

I saw your note on Aquinas - Existential page. I will re-write this. Actually, most of it is taken from Etienne Gilson's book, previously noted. It is not plagiarized. This is probably what gives it the "personal reflection/essay" tone. The other things are just standard philosophy. I will re-write, and put in some references to clear this up. (and if that doesn't work, I will re-write it again!)... anyway, thanks for your input! A E Francis 19:19, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

The main issue concerning Aquinas and existentialism is from the interpretation of the Biblical "I Am Who Am". Augustine and all those before Aquinas interpreted this in one way: "I Am" what?, then went on to describe what God was, or was not (negative theology). Aquinas wrote that the essence of God is "to exist". This was revolutionary, and ultimately led to existential philosophy. Granted, it is a far-cry from today's existentialism. But it seems to be a point that should be described somewhere in here. Adittedly, the piece I wrote doesn't explain this to well; hence I will re-write it. You know, writing is a lot of fun, but sometimes it is difficult to get it just right! (I write for a living, and still, it is difficult to get the style just so, for a given forum.) Thanks for your in-put. A E Francis 19:27, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

Virginia Tech Massacre[edit]

I have two articles to cite. It is a matter of my not knowing how to cite/footnote. I will check out the "Help" pages and make those additions. Thanks for your work.

You'll see I made reference too the question of a lock down as it relates to the first two murders. This is important because Tom Ridge's quote is in regards to this issue specifically rather than that of the university's overall response.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/21/AR2007042101439_pf.html

Thanks for cleaning that up.

If you have the second URL, please feel free leave it here and I will add it, or use the following format to add it yourself:
Start by placing a <ref></ref> pair at the end of the statement you want to reference. Between the "open ref" and "close ref" tags, copy the "cite news" template from this page and fill in what you know about the article.
If you can learn to cite sources properly, that will help you be effective on Wikipedia. Thanks for your help. -- Sfmammamia 05:16, 2 July 2007 (UTC)

Scroll box[edit]

Regardless, a footnotes actual web link isn't visible when an article is printed anyway. box contents could be aquired - click and drag - copy - paste. Thomas Paine1776 23:17, 17 July 2007 (UTC)

See my reply on your talk page. -- Sfmammamia 23:43, 17 July 2007 (UTC)

Susan G. Komen for the Cure[edit]

Hi Sfmammamia - do you have a good reference for the largest breast cancer funder claim ([2])? I deleted the initial claim because I couldn't find a decent source for it, and I didn't see one for the US while I was looking either (though that wasn't the focus of my search). Thanks. -- SiobhanHansa 18:40, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

Yes, the "nation's largest" claim was referenced very briefly in the San Francisco Chronicle.[3] That reference appears further down in the article. It's my understanding from other WP article reviews that it's preferable for the lead section to remain free of footnotes if the facts are supported by cite further down in the article. -- Sfmammamia 19:11, 14 August 2007 (UTC)
Thanks. I thought I'd looked through the sources already in the article. Sorry about that. I'm going to make a small tweak from "private" funds to "nonprofit" funds since that's the wording in the article (and I read private as including companies - some of which could potentially spend more). -- SiobhanHansa 19:39, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

Sicko and cultural attitudes[edit]

Thanks for the comments at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Health_care_in_the_United_States#Society.27s_values_-_.22everyone_for_himself.22_versus_.22lets_look_after_each_other.22 . I have not seen the film Sicko but I have heard about if of course. I've not seen it on release here in Finland but I guess it will come around. The Finns have a pretty international outlook even though the subject of US health care system may not be terribly relevent to the life of the average Finn.--Tom 16:09, 1 September 2007 (UTC)
update Nov 16. I saw the documentary yesterday. For all of its faults (the biggest of which was describing extremes like the government does your laundry in France and US hospitals put the uninsured into taxis and dump them outside the public hospitals) the big picture is undoubtedly correct. The main story being that private insurance is a bad way to finance health because companies have a huge incentive to deny treatment to make more profit and how much the health care industry has been buying off the politicians, including Hillary Clinton. I was also surprised to discover that Medicare is still expensive for the end user. --Tom 10:48, 16 November 2007 (UTC)
I sometimes wonder whether the debate raging in the US is a reflection of US history. My comment about "every man for himself" was perhaps provocative but I do think that it reflects a shared culture in the US. The struggles of early settlers, the gun-totting Wild West and the need for self protection, and also the resentment of taxation going right back to The Boston Tea Party - these seem to have a strong hold on public perceptions of the way things should be. I also wonder whether the "every man for himself" attitude is reflected in the high rate of crime in the US. --Tom 16:09, 1 September 2007 (UTC)
Tom, thanks for your comments. You seem very aware of U.S. culture and politics for someone who doesn't live here. Like most Americans, I couldn't begin to display reciprocal knowledge about your culture, and although I consider myself well-educated, and having an "international outlook," there are great gaps in my cultural and political knowledge of other countries. The U.S. is so big and diverse that it's difficult to generalize about it. Of course, you're correct there's a strong thread of individualism in U.S. history. But I believe there's another thread you should consider -- the communitarian impulse -- that has expressed itself throughout our short history in such things as utopian communal living experiments, social and charitable activism, labor and political organizing, and even Internet-based grassroots political efforts. That thread is perhaps just as strong and just as deep within U.S. history, and there's an ongoing political dialogue between them. As a liberal-progressive, that's the only thing that gives me hope that despite the political divides, entrenched power/money/authority structures, and diversity that characterize our democracy, we can keep moving forward on such issues as health care. There's still in this country a really deep-rooted idealism, sense of optimism, and belief that the will of the people can change things. As far as the crime rate, I see that as more related to other issues -- the prevalence of guns, racial disenfranchisement and poverty (which many European countries are now struggling with as well), and perhaps the violence that also weaves throughout our history.-- Sfmammamia 18:46, 2 September 2007 (UTC)
My sister and her family have lived in the US for more than 20 years and I have visited the US many times... and of course the US TV and movie industry is very dominant globally so that is another window through which to view the US. And yes, San Francisco is not quite like the Beltway :=) And of course I am prone to over-simplifing a lot. I do sense there is a lot of political division in the US and I think that does not help matters...logic sometimes gets thrown out of the window when one feels one has to defend party lines and I see politicians are careful not to push people to be too radical. I also sense that Americans are conservative with a small c even if not always with a big C. The political right in the US did a hatchet job over the years to make words "liberal" and "social" so dirty that few will dare to be associated with them. But the sands are shifting now and I hope that when that settles down as it will probably do in a year or two, that some old prejudices will be wiped away.
I am quite concerned about the misuse of statistics and there seems to be a lot of it about. If you can spare 3 minutes, try following this real media link http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/listenagain/ram/today0_0700_20070901.ram. When the file starts to play, just skip straight to the news piece that starts at about fifteen and half minutes in.
Yes, we are struggling to cope with changes in Europe. Mobility of peoples across borders is one of them, both within the expanding EU and the legal and illegal flows into Europe from Africa and the Middle East. And with that comes many "East meets West" issues such as Eastern religious practices and customs and religious laws, versus Western values such as freedom of speech and secular law. We live in interesting times.--Tom 22:05, 2 September 2007 (UTC)

Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act NPOV tag[edit]

I conservatively tagged a single section of this article that had clear NPOV problems. The first discussion topic was the article's neutrality, so I thought the implications of the NPOV template were clear. Either way, I have added a justification on the article's talk page. --Vince | Talk 06:54, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

See my reply on the article talk page and my revisions to the section in question diff --Sfmammamia 23:47, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

Breast cancer[edit]

Thanks for cleaning up that section. It reads a lot more like and encyclopedia now! futurebird 17:30, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

My photo of an actual breast cancer tumor seems to have disappeared. Thank you for keeping a close watch on this important section. Was there a problem with my photo? Haymanj 01:10, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

See this diff [4] You might want to post on the article talk page or ask Optigan13, the editor who deleted the photo in a major reorganization of the article. --Sfmammamia 02:13, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

Thanks.[edit]

I was trying to answer the most vocal proponent directly by posting there at the end of that live subthread. Feel free to reuse my argument, if you think it'll help, as this thing inevitably gets dragged out further and further. The whole message, really, is just, "Stay on topic." That's all there is to it. --Dynaflow babble 04:28, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

Happy Holidays![edit]

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BoL @ 00:38, 19 December 2007 (UTC)

Have a userbox ... and a barnstar[edit]

Current Events Barnstar.png The Current Events Barnstar
For her tireless months of work in getting the Virginia Tech massacre article to Featured Article status; fending off vandals, POV, and cruft all the way. --Dynaflow babble 05:46, 30 December 2007 (UTC)


Thanks! (Userbox promoted to my userpage with pride) --Sfmammamia (talk) 20:00, 30 December 2007 (UTC)

Congratulations![edit]

My congratulations on getting Virginia Tech massacre promoted! Quite an impressive feat for all the editors of this article, I must say. Two of the victims and the gunman graduated from my high school, so I feel affected as well. Have a happy new year! Arsonal (talk) 02:20, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

I second the emotion! Well done. Ronnotel (talk) 19:40, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

Front page nom[edit]

I was thinking that it would be appropriate to nominate Virginia Tech massacre for the front page on April 16th, 2008, the one-year anniversary of the event. What do you think about that? Ronnotel (talk) 19:45, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

Health care in Canada[edit]

Hi!

To show I'm a good sport, I added an example of U.S. citizens travelling to Canada to use medical marijuana. This is area where Canada is clearly superior to the U.S. Grundle2600 (talk) 23:57, 20 January 2008 (UTC)

Abstinence-only sex education[edit]

This was a clear-cut POV edit. You're welcome to properly rewrite the lead, and I agree it's too long. But you may not simply move referenced material you do not approve of. User:Dorftrottel 19:03, January 24, 2008

Dorftrottel, I think you misintrepreted my edit. I did not move the addition because I did not approve of it (in fact, I share the POV of the author you cited). I just did not think it belonged in a lead that is already too long and for which it has been difficult to maintain brevity as well as consensus on its balance. If you review the edit history, you will note that I have done quite a bit of work on the lead, and the article in general, in the past. I did not revert or delete the addition, I merely moved it out of the lead. May I suggest we discuss this on the article talk page and solicit other opinions? --Sfmammamia (talk) 20:05, 24 January 2008 (UTC)
I see now that I was totally mistaken both to revert and to kick the door in on you like that. Damn, where was my patience to at least look twice before starting to shout two hours ago? Sorry for that, and thanks for reacting so unjustifiably friendly. The only (and weak) excuse I can bring forward is my own rather strong emotional relationship to this kind of thing. And due to similar past experiences on WP, I was actually preemptively assuming bad faith and half expected someone to revert me.
Also, I went over your contribs to the article, and although you do appear to have a tiny bit of POV (as you say yourself), it's indeed rather similar to mine. That doesn't make it all good, and I'd complain, but who'd listen?
As to the article itself: As I said, I agree the lead is too long and should be rewritten. Maybe we can exchange ideas for that, as I suspect we both have a rather strong interest in a good article on this issue. Let me take another look at the article, then I'll post my ideas to the article talk. User:Dorftrottel 21:27, January 24, 2008

admin?[edit]

I'd be happy to nom you if interested. Be careful, it's a long, sleepless week. Cheers. Ronnotel (talk) 14:47, 30 January 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for the offer and the implicit vote of confidence. I'm currently on the fence about this. Would you be willing to correspond by email about your experiences with both the nomination process and since? --Sfmammamia (talk) 19:52, 30 January 2008 (UTC)
but of course. Ronnotel (talk) 19:53, 30 January 2008 (UTC)

3RR warnings[edit]

Have you read [[5]]? Could you issue a warning for Hauskalainen? --Doopdoop (talk) 23:18, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

At the moment, I'm concerned with your behavior on the Universal health care article. Hauskalainen has not violated 3RR on that article. If you feel he has violated it elsewhere, you are free to issue the warning yourself and bring it to the attention of admins. --Sfmammamia (talk) 23:29, 12 February 2008 (UTC)
I have not violated 3RR and I understand this policy. So warning messages are not needed. Before last revert, I have left a message on the article talk page, no reply from you yet. --Doopdoop (talk) 23:33, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

You are a Wiki-facist[edit]

I entered factually verifiable text regarding Pelosi, which you subsequently vandalized by calling it a "POV" reference. This should not be a forum for political debate, but for verifiable facts about this person's record. You should correct your error and adjust your motives. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Adamrock (talkcontribs) 22:10, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

Please stop censoring the Virginia Tech massacre article[edit]

You keep censoring the Virginia Tech massacre article even though the stuff that you erased was relevant and well sourced. Please stop censoring the article. Grundle2600 (talk) 23:27, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

Virginia Tech and the Romanian proffesor[edit]

I was running across some FAC's and found Dr. Liviu Librescu. I didn't know that a Romanian was killed in the VT Shootings. I voted in it's FAC. Basketball110 vandalise me 15:58, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

It snowed on March 10, 2006[edit]

It did snow in San Francisco on March 10, 2006. I saw it on cbs5 and on youtube and google images! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Arad4 (talkcontribs) 06:26, 17 February 2008 (UTC)

Universal healthcare - lead[edit]

Your last version is almost OK. However words "health care coverage" are too ambiguous. Would you support changing them to "coverage of public health care", or "coverage of public health care system", or "coverage of publicly managed health care", or to something else that is more specific than the current version? Also note that the source [6] seems to support the fact that Germany has a public health care system. --Doopdoop (talk) 23:23, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

I appreciate your effort to work toward consensus on this, however, I do not think the phrase "health care coverage" is ambiguous. I see no clarifying value in inserting the modifier "public" in the the lead sentence of the article. It seems your entire effort is aimed at linking the topics of universal health care and public funding. Several editors have objected to this, not just me. As I've indicated, I think the assertion that universal health care is somehow synonymous with publicly funded health care is just plain inaccurate, and I've cited data to back that up. So perhaps if you are willing take the time to explain what your objective is, without blanket dismissal of other editors as biased, then perhaps we can reach some middle ground. --Sfmammamia (talk) 00:11, 22 February 2008 (UTC)
My objectives for editing healthcare related articles are WP:NPOV and avoidance of Wikipedia:Content_forking. Publicly funded healthcare article covers all public healthcare systems (both with public and mixed funding) and describes the same systems that are covered by universal healthcare article. At this time WP has at least three articles about the same subject (publicly funded, universal and socialized healthcare). Achieving consensus for the merge of these articles would be too difficult and the next best alternative is to cross-reference these articles. --Doopdoop (talk) 00:14, 23 February 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply and clarification. The second sentence of universal health care cross-references to publicly funded health care. What's wrong with that cross-reference as is? Also, as I read publicly funded health care, I do not see the detailed descriptions of various country implementations that I see in universal health care, so there are significant differences in the ground the two articles cover. The article on publicly funded health care devotes a great deal of space to the debate around public health care in the U.S., so I actually think it has more POV problems than the universal health care article. --Sfmammamia (talk) 00:43, 23 February 2008 (UTC)
Do you agree that the existence of three articles about the same topic (each of them with a different POV bias) creates problems with Wikipedia:Content_forking and lowers the quality of Wikipedia? --Doopdoop (talk) 10:42, 23 February 2008 (UTC)
It's an interesting question. As WP:CFORK says, "Articles on distinct but related topics may well contain a significant amount of information in common with one another. This does not make either of the two articles a content fork." As I think I've indicated in some of the discussion on these articles, my main complaint with them in terms of content forking is multiple attempts to summarize the debate over health care reform in the United States. This is treated in universal health care, health care reform, publicly funded health care, and interwoven to some extent into Canadian and American health care systems compared and health care in the United States, as well as the highly contentious socialized medicine article (and no telling where else that I don't even know about!) I actually think a balanced treatment of the debate belongs in its own article and should be extracted from the more global articles, but so far I don't think I've succeeded in convincing other editors of this. --Sfmammamia (talk) 19:21, 23 February 2008 (UTC)

Great job reverting vandalism![edit]

You may also want to consider getting rollback so you can click on the diff link, then rollback, and the edit will be reverted like that! If you want, you may list yourself here! Just a suggestion... BoL 00:58, 29 February 2008 (UTC)


Not really, I'm just making some much needed changes and receiving edit conflicts in the process. Check the edit history and verify this for yourself. I'm taking a break from that article, it's obviously prone to tendentious editing and I don't need the headache. There are plenty of other articles in the wiki-sea which are in need of the same. Thanks anyways. RFerreira (talk) 19:01, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

Socialized medicine[edit]

Thanks for your summary of the discussion and references - I think you've summarized my own argument to some degree better than I have.--Gregalton (talk) 21:13, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for your note. I have to admit, I'm at something of a loss for how to move us any closer to consensus on that article, particularly its lead section. I keep trying different approaches and we end up back in the same revert war. Until I got your note, I was just about ready to throw in the towel on that article and move on to other topics -- a little too much (if you'll pardon the sexism) macho blustering, too little actual progress toward middle ground. Is it time to seek page protection (again?). Start calling editors out for disruptive editing? Any other brilliant ideas??? Feel free to email if you'd prefer to take the discussion offline. --Sfmammamia (talk) 01:15, 10 March 2008 (UTC)
Re the recent activities at this article...thanks for your defense. I know it must seem that sometimes I am as biased the other way, but at least I want the article to reflect the reality I know of the subject. The news story which doopdoop added (of hundreds of people waiting up 5 hours outside hospitals in the care of ambulance staff because of alleged pressure in the hospital to avoid admitting them for treatment) was the last straw. If that story was fundamentally true, there would have been questions to the prime minister and public inquiries and heads would have rolled. None of this has happened because it is fundamentally an overblown story which maybe has the smallest grain of truth but not much more. I notice from a google search that there was originally an article by the original journalst that named names and hospitals but the journalist later updated the story by removing all the names of people and places actually affected by this. I tried searching for more informnation on those names because local newspapers and on-line journals in the affected regions would certainly have been interested in reporting them and I found not one. Journalists on other papers would follow up stories like that with reporting of their own but nobody has. Other papers carried the story but quoted only the Observer report. They did not investigate it themselves. I therefore suspect the original story to have very little truth in it. Sadly this is very common with much of the print journalism media in the UK which is why people place very little trust in print journalists. Organizations like Cato and CPA must love the British media because they then pick on these kinds of stories and paint a picture that this is the norm outside America. Even worse, allegedly credible media in the US such as WSJ, The NY Times and TV news like CBS CNN etc.. go on to report this stuff like this without validating it. One despairs!!
We have been here many times before regarding destructive or biased editing. See how the same article will be taken up by another editor with the exactly the same agenda....we had kborer.. then freedomwarrior... then doopdoop... and my prediction is that soon another will emerge. I think the article as it was around the end of last year was actually better than it is today. I feel inclined to suggest that we revert the article to that version. I haven't looked to see what we would be losing, but I suspect it would not be very much.--Tom (talk) 10:33, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Healthy San Francisco[edit]

I didn't see any place to use this new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation on the Healthy San Franciso program. You may have already seen it, but if not, I thought you might be interested, and that you'd have a better sense for where it should go. EastTN (talk) 19:24, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Hadn't seen it, thanks! I think Healthy San Francisco is mentioned in a couple places, I'll look around for proper places to link it. --Sfmammamia (talk) 22:39, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Here are two more articles on Healthy San Francisco: (Phred Dvorak, "Firms Adjust to Health-Care Law," The Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2008) and (Wyatt Buchanan, "734 businesses sign up for S.F. health program," San Francisco Chronicle, May 2, 2008). I'm not sure where they should go - I don't see an obvious slot in the main article on San Francisco. They might make sense in the Health care reform in the United States article, if we want to get into local initiatives - but that could become a massive endeavor to keep up with. What do you think? I hate not to pick this stuff up, because it seems worthwhile to know how the program is starting to play out. EastTN (talk) 20:26, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Here's one more - "Coverage & Access | Healthy San Francisco Program Prompts Some Companies To Shift Costs to Consumers but Appears Effective," Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, Kaiser Family Foundation, May 5, 2008. EastTN (talk) 20:31, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Susan G. Komen for the Cure[edit]

Hi. I wanted to thank you for doing the work I should have when I edited this article. I know we've had the IP making the change from "nearly" to "over" a bunch of times and I really should have looked back to see if we'd ever referenced it (I have a vague memory now of having discussed that particular claim with you before). And I should have taken the time to look for the charity navigator source which is a pretty obvious one and easily available. I apologize for my lazy ways - I will try to do better in the future. -- SiobhanHansa 18:27, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

No apology needed; you were right to delete the long-unsourced "world's largest" claim, and the rest was easy. --Sfmammamia (talk) 19:06, 15 March 2008 (UTC)


Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut[edit]

Thanks for your help in explaining how the article for this foundation can be revised and improved to better fit the Wikipedia format. Your advice has been invaluable!

69.182.121.62 (talk) 02:41, 16 March 2008 (UTC)

Medical tourism[edit]

Dear Sfmammamia,

Re: Medical Tourism:

While I am delighted that you have taken an interest in the subject, which is good as increasingly large number of Americans are travelling overseas for medical care, there is a huge issue around whether or not those services are safe as well as if the organisations operating those services are operating in an ethical manner. Likewise, there is a a real problem potentially of people from the USA failing to understand that the legal issues that they might encounter should they have problems while being treated overseas may, indeed will, be of a quite different nature to those they would encounter in the USA. I don't think it is very responsible to have a alarge Wikipedia article which tends to extol the virtues of this place or that place, and then has no counter-argument in place. The points made within this short section on ethics and law in medical tourism cross-referenced to other web pages within wikipedia, each of which contain references. By its very nature, bad medical practice will try to be covert, and to provide a useful article which balances positive and negative can be challenging but I belive that is right and proper.

I would therefore very much like to put something back into this section dealing with medical ethics as relevant to medical tourism, bristling with references, and would be happy to rely on the good Wikipedia-modifying public to turn it into something of greater value. Surely it would be good for the US citizen who reads the wikipedia article about medicla tourism to also learn something about the problems of organ donation in China, the issues around ante-natal gender determination and abortion etc., or the practice of fee splitting, which the AMA explicitely outlaws but is nevertheless tolerated in many places (ncluding the USA), despite its enormous potential to damage human beings.

Would that be OK ? Sorry to be a nuisance. Thailander (talk) 21:23, 18 March 2008 (UTC)TailanderThailander (talk) 21:23, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

Not a nuisance at all, no apology needed. Your additions must be reliably sourced and neutral. Cross-referencing to other Wikipedia articles is not an adequate method of citing sources. Keep in mind also that any content should be written from a global perspective, not aimed only at US readers. --Sfmammamia (talk) 21:39, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
Thank you. I will work at it this weekend, and do my best to source adequate references. Point well taken re US vs rest of world. (talk) —Preceding comment was added at 09:46, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

Article on Health care reform in the United States[edit]

I've taken a first stab at creating the article you suggested on Health care reform in the United States. I've tried to pull into it the US-specific materials from all the various articles that had been suggested, and done some very basic blending of them together to start making it readable. I haven't deleted anything from the existing articles yet, or started linking to the new one. At this point I think it would help if you could take a look at what I've done to see if it's headed in the right direction, and perhaps sprinkle some some copy-edit magic over it to make it look a bit less like a literary Frankenstein monster. EastTN (talk) 13:27, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads-up -- I did notice the article and will try to get to it soon. Thanks for making the first move on this. I'm a bit busier this week with paying work, but I'll try to put in some time on this article in the next few days. My first impression is that the lead needs an additional first paragraph. Per WP:LEAD, the title phrase should appear in the first sentence in bold, setting the context for the article. I think first paragraph needs to say why there's a debate about health care reform in the U.S. -- it isn't just the lack of universal care, it's the high(est) and rising costs that everyone (on all sides of the debate) acknowledges as a growing problem and an indication of inefficiency and unsustainability. --Sfmammamia (talk) 16:53, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
I certainly understand the need to do real work  ;-) I agree that the lead needs work; basically, I just grabbed what looked like the best existing summary and dropped it on top. If I get a chance I'll see what I can do (and then you can fix it when you get a chance - you're better at lead-in's than I am). EastTN (talk) 17:51, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to clean this up. Now that you're working on it, I'm going to back off a while so that I don't get in your way. EastTN (talk) 15:58, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

TFA request[edit]

FYI, I managed to slip Virginia Tech massacre into the TFA request queue for April 16. There is no guaranty, of course, but I think there's a good chance the article may be front-paged on the one-year anniversary. Ronnotel (talk) 18:12, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

Great! Do we need to resolve wording issues for the blurb? I'm wondering if we can involve other experienced editors in the question of whether Cho's name should be mentioned.--Sfmammamia (talk) 18:15, 25 March 2008 (UTC)
Maybe a third opinion would be in order?
Or not. Please see this note from the talk page of Raul654, the "Featured Article Director". --Sfmammamia (talk) 21:50, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

Cleaning up a sockfarm[edit]

Hi there - it took a few days, but I think the sockpuppet bonanza at Planned Parenthood has been cleaned up. See Wikipedia:Requests for checkuser/Case/Jackcashman. They've all been blocked. Sorry it took so long. MastCell Talk 20:51, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for taking action and for letting me know, and no need to apologize! --Sfmammamia (talk) 20:58, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Thank you for your corrections in Uruguayan chapter of Medical Tourism. With few words you say it better. Regards: Macelo15 —Preceding unsigned comment added by Marcelo15 (talkcontribs) 13:27, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for moving the paragraph on breast cancer TNM clasificatin....I was about to do the same thing so you can imagine my suprise when I found you had furfilled my vision of a well edited article.

All the best —Preceding unsigned comment added by 58.168.148.211 (talk) 01:32, 5 April 2008 (UTC)

inclusion[edit]

Hello. I noticed you've been active, including on the AS in the US article, but you have not yet responded to my argument on the discussion page that the quotes in question meet the standard for inclusion in WP. I would appreciate it if you would so that we can resolve this issue. Thanks! --Illuminato (talk) 18:57, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

done. --Sfmammamia (talk) 19:02, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Front page, good job[edit]

I point you in the direction of this comment on Ronnotel's talk page. Sharing the love...--Moni3 (talk) 17:18, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for taking the time to leave a note, I appreciate the comment, even though it was a massive shared effort. --Sfmammamia (talk) 20:20, 16 April 2008 (UTC) (Go Gators! my alma mater, but I haven't been back since I graduated many many years ago...back when the J-school was still in the bowels of the football stadium!)

Corporate social responsibility[edit]

I removed the ones that looked like mostly spam and kept a couple ones that seemed to provide decent information. I also fail to see how re-adding a bunch of spam in a blanket revert of my edit was at all helpful. That was not at all an excessive removal, I considered removing all of them. Please see Wikipedia:External links - "Links should be kept to a minimum." The article already has a detailed "further reading section," 15 additional links is not a minimum. Mr.Z-man 23:03, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Sorry for the revert, I've restored two that I think are of equivalent value to the ones you left. --Sfmammamia (talk) 23:59, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

State organizations[edit]

Re: Health care reform in the United States links: I do believe it's important to list state organizations because that is the ONLY level that significant health care reform is occurring in the U.S. Currently, reform at the national level has been almost nothing but talk. --Lifeguard Emeritus (talk) 23:37, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

I disagree, because this could end up being a ridiculously long list. Per WP:EL, I suggest instead that we link to the Open Directory Project's listing of such organizations, see [7]. --Sfmammamia (talk) 00:04, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
What do you think of making a stand alone list of organizations promoting health care reform. I've been considering doing this but I'm concerned about organizations appearing on it promoting pseudo reform, like Cato, et al. I'm open to other viewpoints, but Cato has about zero empirical evidence to back up most of their claims. Even Ron Paul has rejected their policy recommendations on health care and other issues. --Lifeguard Emeritus (talk) 00:12, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
I don't have strong feelings about such a list either way, but given NPOV I think it would have to include organizations that promote what you consider to be "pseudo reform". Conservative think tanks that have high visibility on the topic would have to be included, in my view. --Sfmammamia (talk) 00:24, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
It's not a violation of NPOV to require legitimate analysis, and I'm not opposed to conservative organizations being included. We can play on Wikipedia all day but our job should be to inform and right now all the action is at the state level. The Heritage Foundation and other conservative groups have a lot of stroke with members of the Republican delegation in Congress, Cato does not. --Lifeguard Emeritus (talk) 00:28, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
Yes, and Wikipedia works by consensus. This would be particularly true if you try to keep someone's pet organization off of a stand-alone list. Good luck on that. --Sfmammamia (talk) 00:44, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
Wikipedia is SUPPOSED to work by consensus, but you and I have both witnessed editors who consistently ignore that. I was just using Cato as an example of poor research. --Lifeguard Emeritus (talk) 00:47, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Howard Johns book[edit]

Have you actually read this book:

  • Johns, Howard: Hollywood Celebrity Playground, Barricade Books, Fort Lee, NJ (2006). ISBN 156980303X

I think all of the instances of this book being added to Wikipedia were done by either the author or publisher as blatant self-promotion.

IP4240207xx (talk) 01:47, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

No I haven't read the book. You may well be correct, but it may also be a perfectly acceptable reference where others aren't provided. --Sfmammamia (talk) 03:53, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

Uninsured in the United States[edit]

Good work so far! Bearian (talk) 20:25, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

Featured Article review of San Francisco, California[edit]

San Francisco, California has been nominated for a featured article review. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. Please leave your comments and help us to return the article to featured quality. If concerns are not addressed during the review period, articles are moved onto the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Remove" the article from featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. Reviewers' concerns are here. GaryColemanFan (talk) 15:47, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

Jimbo Wales[edit]

Over on the Jimmy Wales article, User:QuackGuru has now removed the article from Time which he said had "failed verification." I agree with your view that their is nothing wrong with having this source on there, but he so far hasn't listened, and I am worried of an edit war occurring. Have a look at Talk:Jimmy Wales and back me up if you can, I might need it. Thanks. Deamon138 (talk) 08:18, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for alerting me and for your efforts. I'm going to let this one rest. The Time article appears as a reference in the second paragraph, so it's not removed completely, and he's let stand the article from The Economist, which I added and he previously questioned, for verification of the lead sentence. I'm satisfied with the lead as it is. --Sfmammamia (talk) 17:31, 27 June 2008 (UTC)
Okay fair enough, and thanks for replying. I have now though suggested three other sources that use the word "promotion" instead if he finds that preferable, as I feel the first sentence should contain what someone's famous for, and JW is famous for promoting WIkipedia, as well as he is for creating it. Deamon138 (talk) 22:19, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

Great job on San Francisco, California[edit]

CPR Barnstar.png The Barnstar of Recovery
For your great work in helping San Francisco, California keep its Featured Article status, I present you with this barnstar. GaryColemanFan (talk) 07:17, 30 June 2008 (UTC)


Thank you! And thanks for pushing us to keep improving the article as well! --Sfmammamia (talk) 19:51, 30 June 2008 (UTC)


Medical Tourism in Thailand[edit]

Now if once the article is deleted, is there a chance that i can get the content back plus i promise to adjust the way of writing to make it look more like an encyclopedia. Please advise! Thank you --Borndistinction (talk) 03:53, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

I've replied on your talk page --Sfmammamia (talk) 05:32, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Well.. if i still have a back up of my original version... from which i can just rewrite (keeping the policy and rules in mind)... do i still have to get the content back from administrator? --Borndistinction (talk) 10:21, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

No. --Sfmammamia (talk) 17:06, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Ok fine then i'll start working on that again!...Thank you--Borndistinction (talk) 02:38, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

What is the best way to include Enron & "Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002" info?[edit]

Hi, would you please see and consider the "What is the best way to include Enron & "Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002" info?" section that I added to the CSR? Thank you, Q37 Qohelet37 (talk) 11:16, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

I replied on the article talk page--Sfmammamia (talk) 16:09, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

Medical tourism[edit]

To Whom it May Concern,

I am writting you becuase after working for over a week verifying refrences and facts about Medical Tourism the material we posted was removed.

I've used your service for a very long time and held it in high regards. This is why I knew ahead of time that if our organization posted anything, it would need refrences, so we research them and spent hundreds of hours collecting links. I'd like an opportunity to contribute to your service, but I am unaware of how the process works to provide these refrences for the material we posted.

Would appreciate any assistance,

Thank you, Joseph Barcie President, Central Services International Hospital Corporation jbarcie@intlhosp.com —Preceding unsigned comment added by 64.244.157.115 (talk) 15:34, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

For help citing sources, see Citing sources.
For policy guidance on what constitutes a reliable source, please see Wikipedia:Verifiability.
Please also note, Wikipedia has a guideline against conflicts of interest. COI editing involves contributing to Wikipedia in order to promote your own interests or those of other individuals, companies, or groups.
I have also left these suggestion on the talk page of the editor who made the changes I deleted, CIMAMVT, as well as at the IP address listed above. --Sfmammamia (talk) 16:23, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

SF Meetup #7[edit]

  In the area? You're invited to
   San Francisco Meetup # 7
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  Date: September 6th, 2008
  Time: 3 PM
  Place: Freebase HQ, San Francisco
  prev: Meetup 6 - next: Meetup 8

You received this invite because you added your name to the Invite list. If you don't wish to be invited any more, simply remove your name. Thanks. --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 06:05, 29 July 2008 (UTC)

Survey request[edit]

Hi, Sfmammamia I need your help. I am working on a research project at Boston College, studying creation of medical information on Wikipedia. You are being contacted because you have been identified as an important contributor to one or more articles.

Would you will be willing to answer a few questions about your experience? We've done considerable background research, but we would also like to gather the insight of the actual editors. Details about the project can be found at the user page of the project leader, geraldckane. Survey questions can be found at geraldckane/medsurvey. Your privacy and confidentiality will be strictly protected!

The questions should only take a few minutes. I hope you will be willing to complete the survey, as we do value your insight. Please do not hesitate to contact me or Professor Kane if you have any questions. Thank You, BCproject (talk) 07:37, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

Summer of love still need work[edit]

I've been working on a redesign of the WP:SFBA page and noticed that you had put some requests for assistance with work on Summer of Love, Diggers (theater), San Francisco Oracle, and Human Be-In. Do you think you could revisit those articles and your comments, tag the articles with any maintenance tags and remove your comments. I was hoping to use the cleanup listing and the project talk page to coordinate development going forward. -Optigan13 (talk) 06:22, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

I went ahead and removed the listing diff as to me they look fine. If you still want to work on them, or anything in particular I'd love to help in any way I can. Thanks -Optigan13 (talk) 03:54, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

WikiProject San Francisco Bay Area roll call[edit]

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Hello from WikiProject San Francisco Bay Area!

As part of a recent update to our project main page we are conducting a roll call to check which members are still active and interested in working on bay area related content. If you are still interested in participating, simply move your username from the inactive section of the participant list to the active section. I hope you will find the redesigned project pages helpful, and I wanted to welcome you back to the project. If you want you can take a look at the newly redesigned:

As well as the existing pages:

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask at the project talk page, and add it to your watchlist, if it isn't already.

Again, hi!  -Optigan13 (talk) 07:53, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

Co-creators of Wikipedia?[edit]

According to your edit there are multiple co-creators (co-founders) of Wikipedia.[8] This is orginal research and not supported by the any source. QuackGuru 20:03, 26 August 2008 (UTC)

The edit I made does not equate co-creation with co-founding. That's original research on your part. I will suggest an alternative, but would prefer we discuss this issue on the article talk page. --Sfmammamia (talk) 20:08, 26 August 2008 (UTC)
The word created in the context of the sentence means co-created. Co-created and co-founder mean the same thing. This is easy to understand that we don't have multiple co-creators of Wikipedia. I'm not sure why this is hard for you to understand. QuackGuru 20:13, 26 August 2008 (UTC)
Here is an example of co-started which means co-founder. I hope this helps. QuackGuru 20:16, 26 August 2008 (UTC)
From that article: "But Wales insists that Sanger was a subordinate employee of his, and by that measure, 20 other people would deserve co-founder status." Irrelevant now -- I have edited the sentence again to suggest another way out of this dispute. --Sfmammamia (talk) 20:18, 26 August 2008 (UTC)
Your edit did not have consensus. QuackGuru 18:45, 1 November 2008 (UTC)
Thank you for the warning. Shall I remind you in turn of 3RR? --Sfmammamia (talk) 18:49, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

medical tourism[edit]

Your edited was disputed here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Medical_tourism#External_links). can you give your opinion as to why it should be. Lihaas (talk) 19:51, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

Sexual behavior of American adolescents[edit]

If you don't mind, I'm just going to redirect the whole thing to the NPOV article, they're practically the same. BoL (Talk) 00:27, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Good call, thanks. --Sfmammamia (talk) 16:06, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

SF Meetup #8[edit]

  In the area? You're invited to
   San Francisco Meetup # 8
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  Date: November 8th, 2008
  Time: 2PM
  Place: Metacafe, Palo Alto, California
  prev: Meetup 7 - next: Meetup 9
You received this invite because you added your name to the Invite list. If you don't wish to be invited any more, simply remove your name. Thanks. --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 18:27, 31 October 2008 (UTC)

Medical tourism edits[edit]

Regarding your reversion of my edit to the medical tourism article, considering that the entire section is a promotion of a future "hey, let's create a medical tourism industry!" effort by the Taiwanese government, I do not see why explaining the existing state of the medical system in Taiwan is a bad thing.

Taiwan has a long history of abysmal failures with their tourism promotion efforts. The government's last big effort, to promote retirement tourism to the Japanese, ended when the Japanese couple who "won" a free year in Taiwan left after two weeks, having decided that the air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution, and traffic dangers were simply unbearable.

Specifically regarding medical treatment in Taiwan, patients are left to suffer permanent disabilities simply because their physicians don't want to bother treating their injuries or illnesses. I lived there for two years. I met people firsthand who were permanently crippled because, after accidents, multiple Taiwanese physicians never once recommended surgery until after their broken bones had fused into tangled messes.

There are established medical-tourism centers that offer lower costs and mind-bogglingly high quality compared to anything available in Taiwan. Bumrungrad in Thailand and Changi in Singapore are two such hospitals within the immediate region. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 130.126.87.196 (talk) 03:29, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Your personal experiences are original research. Find a reliable source. --Sfmammamia (talk) 16:11, 7 November 2008 (UTC)

Springmorning (talk) 03:20, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

maker faire[edit]

Hi! Can you please email me your full name for the Maker Faire volunteer list? Thanks. -- phoebe / (talk to me) 16:55, 22 May 2009 (UTC)

Health Care in the United States[edit]

Can you please comment on User:Hauskalainen recent edits to the Health Care in the United States article. There is a short discussion on the talk page about them.--Jorfer (talk) 17:37, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

RantMedia to stay in Wikipedia[edit]

As you were previously involved in AfD discussions regarding RantMedia and Sean Kennedy (Author), I respectfully request your attendance to the current Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/RantMedia. I believe there have been MANY productive responses to concerns on past AfD's, but some still don't seem to agree. If there is any way you can think of improving the article, or contributing to the current AfD, I would appreciate it. Thank you very much for your time. ₪— CelticWonder (T·C) 16:53, 16 June 2009 (UTC) "

TV Interview[edit]

Dear Sfmammamia,

I am trying to locate contributors to Wikipedia who live in San Francisco and might be available for an on-camera TV interview next Thursday (6/25) about Wikipedia and what motivates you to contribute to Wikipedia. If you are interested please let me know. I am also looking for other Wikipedia contributors in San Francisco who would potentially be interested in doing this if you have any suggestions.

Thanks.

Lookingforcontributors (talk) 16:53, 17 June 2009 (UTC)

Adolescent sexuality in the United States[edit]

Could you have a look at Adolescent sexuality in the United States. User:Illuminato has added a grossly pseudo-scientific section on the role of the hormone oxytocin and its relation to casual sex. I've reverted this addition, but Illuminato continues to revert this and its developing into an edit war. I'll note that Illuminato added a section about this last year, and was called on it by several editors, who eventually dropped the section. (See Talk:Adolescent_sexuality_in_the_United_States#Oxytocin_discussion_and_sources.) Now he once again adding more or less the same content. Peter G Werner (talk) 03:37, 15 July 2009 (UTC)

Hi there; I've noticed you have contributed some great edits to the Adolescent sexuality in the United States article some time ago. I wanted to alert you that I've revived efforts to clean up the article. I recently made a very WP:BOLD edit and would appreciate your feedback. It's discussed here. --Meitar (talk) 08:27, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

Virginia Tech massacre...[edit]

...is up for review. Just thought you'd want to know. Teh Rote (talk) 13:56, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

SF Meetup #11[edit]

  In the area? You're invited to
   San Francisco Meetup # 11
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  Date: Saturday, February 6th, 2010
  Time: 15:00 (3PM)
  Place: WMFoundation offices
  prev: Meetup 10 - next: Meetup 12

This is posted to the groups by request. Please sign up on the Invite list for future announcements. Thanks. --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 23:45, 4 February 2010 (UTC)

Invitation to join WikiProject United States[edit]

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Hello, Sfmammamia! WikiProject United States, an outreach effort supporting development of United States related articles in Wikipedia, has recently been restarted after a long period of inactivity. As a user who has shown an interest in United States related topics we wanted to invite you to join us in developing content relating to the United States. If you are interested please add your Username and area of interest to the members page here. Thank you!!!

--Kumioko (talk) 04:05, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia Campus Ambassador needed[edit]

Hi! My name is Annie Lin - I'm the Campus Team Coordinator at the Wikimedia Foundation. I'm contacting you because you're listed as a resident of San Francisco, and we're currently looking for a friendly Wikipedian to teach students in a University of San Francisco class how to use/edit Wikipedia. This is a role titled the "Wikipedia Campus Ambassador," and you'll basically be doing in-class presentations about Wikipedia, running Wikipedia labs/workshops, and in general providing face-to-face Wikipedia help for the professor and the students in the class. The time commitment is about 3-5 hours a week (with variations throughout the semester), and for this particular University of San Francisco class, most of the workload will be between March and May.

Please let me know if you're interested!

Thanks. Annie Lin (Campus Team Coordinator, Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 20:08, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

The Great American Wiknic[edit]

Hi there! In the past, you've expressed an interest in local meetups of Wikipedians. Well, here's your chance! On Saturday, June 25, we'll be joining Wikipedians in cities all over the country for the first annual Great American Wiknic -- the picnic that anyone can edit! We'll meet up at a park in SF -- hopefully in the sun -- all other details are still in deliberation!

If this sounds fun, please add your name to the list: Wikipedia:Meetup/San Francisco/Wiknic and add that page to your watchlist. (And of course, feel free to edit that page with your ideas, questions, etc.) I look forward to wiknicking with you! -Pete (talk) 00:24, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

San Francisco Women's History Month Edit-a-Thon[edit]

San Francisco Women's History Month Edit-a-Thon!
Who should come? You should. Really.
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The San Francisco Women's History Month Edit-a-Thon will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the the Wikimedia Foundation offices in San Francisco! Participate in editing subjects about women's history and beyond! Workshops will also be hosted. New and experienced editors of any gender are welcome!
We look forward to seeing you there!

You're invited: San Francisco WikiWomen's Edit-a-Thon 2![edit]

San Francisco WikiWomen's Edit-a-Thon 2! You are invited!
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The San Francisco WikiWomen's Edit-a-Thon 2 will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Wikimedia Foundation offices in San Francisco. Wikipedians of all experience levels are welcome to join us! This event will be specifically geared around encouraging women to learn how to edit and contribute to Wikipedia. Workshops on copy-editing, article creation, and sourcing will be hosted. Bring a friend! Come one, come all!
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San Francisco Wiknic 2012[edit]

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You are invited to the second Great American Wikinic taking place in Golden Gate Park, in San Francisco, on Saturday, June 23, 2012. We're still looking for input on planning activities, and thematic overtones. List your add yourself to the attendees list, and edit the picnic as you like. Max Klein {chat} 18:35, 21 May 2012 (UTC)
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You're invited! - Wiki Loves Monuments - San Francisco Events[edit]

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Hi! As part of Wiki Loves Monuments, we're organizing two photo events in the San Francisco Bay Area and one in Yosemite National Park. We hope you can come out and participate! Feel free to contact User:Almonroth with questions or concerns.

There are three events planned:

We look forward to seeing you there!

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You're invited! Ada Lovelace Day San Francisco[edit]

You're invited! Ada Lovelace Day San Francisco[edit]

October 16 - Ada Lovelace Day Celebration - You are invited!
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Come celebrate Ada Lovelace Day at the Wikimedia Foundation offices in San Francisco on October 16! This event, hosted by the Ada Initiative, the Mozilla Foundation, and the Wikimedia Foundation. It'll be a meet up style event, though you are welcome to bring a laptop and edit about women in STEM if you wish. Come mix, mingle and celebrate the legacy of the world's first computer programmer.

The event is October 16, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, everyone is welcome!

You must RSVP here - see you there!
SarahStierch (talk) 19:53, 13 October 2012 (UTC)

Edit-a-thon tomorrow (Saturday) in Oakland[edit]

Hi, I hope you will be joining us tomorrow afternoon at the Edit-a-thon at Tech Liminal, in Oakland. We'll be working on articles relating to women and democracy (and anything else that interests you). It's sponsored by the California League of Women Voters, Tech Liminal, and me.

If this is the first you are hearing of this event, my apologies for the last-minute notice! I announced it on the San Francisco email list and by a banner on your watchlist, but I neglected to look at the San Francisco invitation list until this evening. If you can't make it this time, I hope to see you at a similar event soon! -Pete (talk) 04:53, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

Wiknic 2013[edit]

Wiknic 2013
Sunday, June 23rd · 12:34pm · Lake Merritt, Oakland
Theme: Hyperlocal list-making
Lake Merritt Wild Duck Refuge (Oakland, CA)

This year's 2013 SF Wiknik will be held at Lake Merritt, next to Children's Fairyland in Oakland. This event will be co-attended by people from the hyperlocal Oakland Wiki. May crosspollination of ideas and merriment abound!

Location and Directions[edit]

  • Location: The grassy area due south of Children's Fairyland (here) (Oakland Wiki)
    • Nearest BART: 19th Street
    • Nearest bus lines: NL/12/72
    • Street parking abounds
EdwardsBot (talk) 04:46, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

You're invited...[edit]

to two upcoming Bay Area events:

  • Maker Faire 2013, Sat/Sun May 18-19, San Mateo -- there will have a booth about Wikimedia, and we need volunteers to talk to the public and ideas for the booth -- see the wiki page to sign up!
  • Edit-a-Thon 5, Sat May 25, 10-2pm, WMF offices in San Francisco -- this will be a casual edit-a-thon open to both experienced and new editors alike! Please sign up if on the wiki page if you can make it so we know how much food to get.

I hope you can join us at one or both! -- phoebe / (talk to me) 17:36, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

You're invited: Art & Feminism Edit-a-thon[edit]

Art & Feminism Edit-a-Thon - You are invited!
Hi Sfmammamia! The first Art and Feminism Edit-a-thon will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 in San Francisco.

Any editors interested in the intersection of feminism and art are welcome. Wikipedians of all experience levels are invited! Experienced editors will be on hand to help new editors.
Bring a friend and a laptop! Come one, come all! Learn more here!

SarahStierch (talk) 09:10, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

You're invited! WikiWomen's Edit-a-thon at the University of California, Berkeley[edit]

Saturday, April 5 - WikiWomen's Edit-a-thon at the University of California, Berkeley - You are invited!
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The University of California, Berkeley's Berkeley Center for New Media is hosting our first edit-a-thon, facilitated by WikiWoman Sarah Stierch, on April 5! This event, focused on engaging women to contribute to Wikipedia, will feature a brief Wikipedia policy and tips overview, followed by a fast-paced energetic edit-a-thon. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please bring your laptop and be prepared to edit about women and women's history!

The event is April 5, from 1-5 PM, at the Berkeley Center for New Media Commons at Moffitt Library.

You must RSVP here - see you there! SarahStierch (talk) 23:54, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

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You're invited! Litquake Edit-a-thon in San Francisco[edit]

You are invited!Litquake Edit-a-thon in San Francisco → Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 1-5 PM
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The Edit-a-thon will occur in parallel with Litquake, the San Francisco Bay Area's annual literature festival. Writers from all over the Bay Area and the world will be in town during the nine day festival, so the timing is just right for us to meet, create and improve articles about literature and writers. All levels of Wikipedia editing experience are welcome. This event will include new editor training. Please bring your laptop.

RSVP →here←

Meetup: Wikimedia Foundation offices (149 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105) – Google Maps view

--Rosiestep (talk) 03:38, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

SF edit-a-thons on March 7 and 8[edit]

ArtAndFeminism (3/7) and International Women's Day (3/8)!
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Dear fellow Wikipedian,

In celebration of WikiWomen's History Month, the SF Bay Area Wikipedia community has two events in early March -- please consider attending!

First, we have an ArtAndFeminism edit-a-thon, which will take place at the Kadist Art Foundation from 12 noon to 6pm on Saturday, March 7. We'll be one of many sites worldwide participating in this edit-a-thon on March 7th. So join us as we help improve Wikipedia's coverage of women artists and their works!

Second, we will be celebrating International Women's Day with the International Women's Day edit-a-thon on Sunday, March 8 from 1pm to 5pm at the Wikimedia Foundation. Our editing focus will be on women, of course!

I hope to see you there! Rosiestep (talk) - via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:06, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

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Leondra Kruger & Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar Lead Image[edit]

Hello, I thought I would inform you that I replaced the infobox images for Leondra Kruger and Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar with more appropriate, higher-res, color pictures. The official Supreme Court image still remains on the page, but not as the lead image.

I made this decision because the "official" photos are not only incredibly low resolution and slightly blurry, but it is also in black and white. Although WP:LEADIMAGE doesn't explicitly say to use the highest quality image, it hints on using the "most natural and appropriate visual representation" of the subject. Despite it being the "official" court photo, I think most people would agree that Kruger's DOJ and Cuéllar's swearing-in ceremony images are more "natural and appropriate" than the low-quality court image.

Please let me know if you object. --haha169 (talk) 18:35, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the message. I placed the official portraits as lead images because that was done for California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and there has never been an issue for that page. The official portraits were chosen by the individuals as most representative of their current role, therefore "most appropriate" per the guideline, IMO. If a higher resolution of the official portrait is preferred, how about I request that? I'm certain the press office would provide it. If you disagree with this approach, I suggest both photos be moved into the articles and the infobox be left without a lead image.

Sfmammamia (talk) 17:50, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

I agree that the official portraits are better than the current images, if only because they more clearly represent the current office that these two individuals hold. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye doesn't have a better alternative than the current low-res shot, but Cuellar and Kruger do.
If you ask for a higher resolution color image and receive a copy, then I think they would be the best choice to place in the infobox. I do not, however, know how to go about requesting those images. Perhaps shoot the court an email? Technically these images are in the public domain so they should hand them over. --haha169 (talk) 18:29, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, I will make the request. --Sfmammamia (talk) 00:51, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

Hi,
You appear to be eligible to vote in the current Arbitration Committee election. The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to enact binding solutions for disputes between editors, primarily related to serious behavioural issues that the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the ability 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, you are welcome to review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. For the Election committee, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 16:39, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

Bay Area WikiSalon series kickoff, April 27[edit]

Please join us in San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism
Panel discussion at a recent Wikipedia & Journalism event.

The last Wednesday evening of every month, wiki enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area will gather to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas. We have two brief presentations lined up for our kickoff event in downtown San Francisco:

  • The Nueva Upper School recently hosted the first ever high school Wikipedia edit-a-thon. We will hear what interests them about Wikipedia, what they have learned so far, and what they hope to achieve.
  • Photojournalist Kris Schreier Lyseggen, author of The Women of San Quentin: The Soul Murder of Transgender Women in Male Prisons, will tell us about her work and how she researched the topic.

We allow time for informal conversation and working on articles. Newcomers and experienced wiki users are encouraged to attend. We will have beverages and light snacks.

Please note: You must register here, and bring a photo ID that matches your registration name. The building policy is strict on this point.

For further details, see here: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, April 2016

We hope to see you -- and until then, happy editing! - Pete, Ben & Wayne

Invitation to the Bay Area WikiSalon series on May 25[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

The last Wednesday evening of every month, wiki enthusiasts gather at Bay Area WikiSalon to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas.

We allow time for informal conversation and working on articles. Newcomers and experienced wiki users are encouraged to attend. We will have beverages and light snacks.

Please note: You must register here, and bring a photo ID that matches your registration name. The building policy is strict on this point.

For further details, see: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, May 2016


See you soon! Pete F, Ben Creasy, and Checkingfax via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:15, 9 May 2016 (UTC) | Subscribe/Unsubscribe to the SF Meetups notice.

Invitation to the Bay Area WikiSalon series, Wednesday, June 29[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

The last Wednesday evening of every month, wiki enthusiasts gather at Bay Area WikiSalon to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas.

We make sure to allow time for informal conversation and working on articles. Newcomers and experienced wiki users are encouraged to attend. Free Wi-Fi is available so bring your editing devices. We will have beverages and light snacks. We will also have:

  • A brief report on Pride edit-a-thon recently held at the San Francisco Publice Library, coordinated by Merrilee:
    What topics might we cover in a follow up?
    Find out more about resources your public library provides to help with editing (hint, it's more than just books!)
    Special announcement (secret for now but come and find out more!)
  • Join in on an in person Wikidojo!
    Are you curious how your peers approach writing a Wikipedia article? This exercise, pioneered by Wikipedians Nikola Kalchev and Vassia Atanassova in 2015 and conducted in many places around the world, will help us all - from first-time wiki users to veteran Wikipedians - share ideas, while building an article together. If you have ideas (relating to Bay Area history, ideally) about a new article we could build (stubs and short existing articles are fine), please submit them ahead of time to coordinator Pete Forsyth. (User talk page or email is fine.)
    Announcements and impromptu topics are welcome, too!

Please note: You must register here, and bring a photo ID that matches your registration name. The building policy is strict.

For further details, see: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, June 2016


See you soon! Pete F, Ben, Stephen and Checkingfax | (Subscribe or Unsubscribe to this talk page notice here)

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 10:07, 19 June 2016 (UTC)

REMINDER/invitation to the Bay Area WikiSalon series, Wednesday, June 29 at 6 p.m.[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco tonight!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

If you cannot join in person or want to view portions later:

We will have:

  • Light snacks, and time to mingle
  • A brief report on the Pride edit-a-thon recently held at the San Francisco Public Library, that was coordinated by Wiki editor Merrilee
  • A special announcement (secret for now but come and find out more!)
  • Join in on a brief in person Wikidojo!
  • Announcements and impromptu topics are welcome, too!

Please register at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cjLRrSTlEkGOPTQ-h6A0WvSFI4ZmIUl6jEHp_RYas-E/viewform and bring a photo ID that matches your registration name. The building policy is strict.

For further details, see: Bay Area WikiSalon, June 2016


See you tonight! Pete F, Ben, Stephen and MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 15:48, 29 June 2016 (UTC) | (Subscribe or Unsubscribe to this talk page notice)

Late breaking invitation to the Bay Area WikiSalon series, July 27 (Wednesday) - change of venue - tonight[edit]

Please join us in the Mission at Noisebridge (one time change of venue)!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

We hope you can join us today, Wednesday, from 6 p.m. on, at our July Bay Area WikiSalon. This month only, we are going to be at Noisebridge, a hackerspace/makerspace 1.5 blocks from the 16th & Mission BART station (see the link for directions). Some of us will be working on the Wikipedia article on basic income. All info here. Some good news - we do not have to be as strict about advance RSVP at Noisebridge, so bring spontaneous guests! (Registering ahead of time is still helpful, as always, as it will help us plan ahead.)

Come and hang out, have some light snacks. Wi-Fi is available, so please bring your editing device if you plan to edit.

Also, Pete just published a writeup of the Wikidojo exercise we did last month. Your comments welcome, if he missed anything! http://wikistrategies.net/ghost-town-royals-wikidojo

The last Wednesday evening of every month, wiki enthusiasts gather at Bay Area WikiSalon to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas. Mark you calendars now.

We allow time for informal conversation and working on articles. Newcomers and experienced wiki users are encouraged to attend.


See you soon! Pete F, Ben Creasy, Stephen and Wayne | (Subscribe/Unsubscribe to this talk page notice here)

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:05, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

Invitation to the Bay Area WikiSalon series, Wednesday, August 31[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

Hi folks,

We would like to invite you to this month's Bay Area WikiSalon. The last Wednesday evening of every month, wiki enthusiasts gather to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas.

We make sure to allow time for informal conversation and working on articles. Newcomers and experienced wiki users are encouraged to attend. Free Wi-Fi is available so bring your editing devices. We will have beverages and light snacks. We will also have a brief presentation for your education and possible enjoyment:

  • Former EFF intern Marta Belcher will discuss crowdsourcing her Stanford Law School graduation speech using a wiki. The "WikiSpeech" was the subject of prominent national media attention in 2015, and more than half of her classmates contributed to writing and editing the commencement address via a wiki.

Please note: You should register here, and bring a photo ID that matches your registration name. The building policy is strict on the I.D. part. This also helps us figure out how much food and drink to bring in! Feel free to stop by even if only to say a quick hello, but you might have to give us a last minute call if you forget to RSVP. Also, don't be shy about hitting us up if you have thoughts on speakers or wiki-related activities.

For further details, see: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, August 2016


See you soon! Pete F, Ben, Stephen and Checkingfax | (Subscribe or Unsubscribe to this talk page notice here)

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:05, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

Tonight: Live and archived links for Bay Area WikiSalon[edit]

Bay Area WikiSalon, Wednesday, August 31:

If you cannot join us in person tonight, we are streaming (and later archiving) the presentation by former EFF intern Marta Belcher. We expect her to be live starting between 6:30 or 6:45 p.m. PDT and talking and taking questions for about 30 minutes thereafter.

Here is the YouTube stream link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t8V79s2-og
Here is the link to join the Hangout on Air: https://hangouts.google.com/call/ezrol7dafjfwxfh2ilpkjyxoaue

You can search for it on the Commons and YouTube later too.

Wayne, Pete, Ben, and Stephen

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 22:50, 31 August 2016 (UTC)

Invitation to the Bay Area WikiSalon series, Wednesday, September 28[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

Hi folks,

We would like to invite you to this month's Bay Area WikiSalon. The last Wednesday evening of every month, Wikipedia and Wikimedia enthusiasts gather to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas.

We will have no formal agenda to allow people to freely share ideas and perhaps learn about Wikipedia through hands-on editing. Co-organizer Ben Creasy will be looking at election-related articles to enhance the information available in the upcoming November elections.

Official logo of Wiki Loves Monuments

Co-organizer Stephen LaPorte has suggested doing an upload-a-thon for Wiki Loves Monuments. Niki, the California coordinator for WLM will be in attendance. WLM is an annual event and the official dealine is Friday the 30th for submissions to count towards awards.

Or, you can grab a couch, a booth, or a stool and do your own thing.

Wikimedia community logo (public domain)

Please note: You should register here, and bring a photo ID that matches your registration name. The building policy is strict on the I.D. part. This also helps us figure out how much food and drink to bring in! Feel free to stop by even if only to say a quick hello, but you might have to give us a last minute call if you forget to RSVP. Also, don't be shy about hitting us up if you have thoughts on future speakers or wiki-related activities.

For further details, please see: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, September 2016. Mark your calendars now for the 3rd Wednesday in October, the 26th, when we will have a brief presentation.


See you soon! Pete F, Ben, Stephen and Checkingfax | (Subscribe or Unsubscribe to this talk page notice here)

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:35, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

You are invited to a Wednesday evening event in SF[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

Hi folks,

Please copy and share this on other talk pages. We would like to invite you to this month's Bay Area WikiSalon. The last Wednesday evening of every month, Wikipedia and Wikimedia enthusiasts gather at the Wikimedia Foundation lounge to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas.

We will have no meaty agenda this month, but we will allow a brief period for:

  • Open mic for anybody who attended WikiConference North America 2016 in San Diego last week and wants to share their takeaway
  • Question & answer
  • Open mic for announcements
  • Maybe a focus on some topical election article editing with Ben?

Or, you can grab a couch, a booth, a stool or counter and do your own thing.

Wikimedia Community Logo.svg

Please note: You should register here, and bring a photo ID that matches your registration name. The building policy is strict on the I.D. part. This also helps us figure out how much food and drink to bring in! Feel free to stop by even if only to say a quick hello, but you might have to give us a last minute call if you forget to RSVP. Also, don't be shy about hitting us up if you have thoughts on future speakers or wiki-related activities.

For further details, please see: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, October 2016.


PS: Mark your calendars ahead now for the 3rd Wednesday in November, the 30th (the week after Thanksgiving), at 6 p.m. when our WikiSalon will host a super awesome top secret mystery guest mingling in our midst. We will announce specifics at the upcoming WikiSalon.


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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:51, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject United States/The 50,000 Challenge[edit]

50k Challenge poster.jpg You are invited to participate in the 50,000 Challenge, aiming for 50,000 article improvements and creations for articles relating to the United States. This effort began on November 1, 2016 and to reach our goal, we will need editors like you to participate, expand, and create. See more here!

--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:38, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

Everybody is invited to the November 30 Bay Area WikiSalon[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

Details and RSVP here.


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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:54, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

RC Patrol-related Proposals in the 2016 Community Wishlist Survey[edit]

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This is a one-time-only message to inform you about technical proposals related to Recent Changes Patrol in the 2016 Community Wishlist Survey that I think you may be interested in reviewing and perhaps even voting for:

  1. Adjust number of entries and days at Last unpatrolled
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  4. Real-Time Recent Changes App for Android
  5. Shortcut for patrollers to last changes list

Further, there are more than 20 proposals related to Watchlists in general that you may be interested in reviewing. (and over 260 proposals in all, across many aspects of wikis)

Thank you for your consideration. Please note that voting for proposals continues through December 12, 2016.

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Bay Area WikiSalon series: Everybody is invited this Wednesday evening at 6[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

The last Wednesday evening of every month, wiki and open-source enthusiasts gather at Bay Area WikiSalon to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas.

Before and after the brief presentation we allow time for informal conversation and working on articles. Newcomers and experienced wiki users are encouraged to attend. Free Wi-Fi is available so bring your editing devices. We will have beverages and light snacks.


In addition, this month we will have:

  • a brief presentation from User:Cullen328 (Jim Heaphy) about the Wikipedia Teahouse
  • spontaneous lightning talks from the floor
  • community announcements from the floor

For details and to RSVP see: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, December 2016


See you soon! Ben Creasy and Checkingfax | (Subscribe/Unsubscribe to this talk page notice here)

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P.S. Any help spreading the word through social media or other avenues is most welcome! We plan to announce this on various sites and invite various groups; if you would like to join in, check our meta planning page, and please note any announcements you are sending out: meta:Monthly WikiSalon in San Francisco#Announcements and promotion

Please feel free to add to, refine, reorganize or edit the above linked page: it is a wiki!

We need more helpers and organizers, so if you see a need, please jump in, or talk to us about it! You can add your username to the meta page where appropriate, or create a new role!

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:44, 12 December 2016 (UTC)

Reminder invitation to the December Bay Area WikiSalon[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

Hi, everybody.

We are excited to remind you of the ninth in the Bay Area WikiSalon series that is coming up this Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.

  • Details (RSVP suggested) here (RSVP helps us know how much food and drink to bring in)

What is a WikiSalon? A monthly safe and inclusive meatspace event conducted in organized chaos and we all clean up the mess afterwards. Livestream links for the presentation are available during presentation months, and will be forthcoming for those of you that cannot attend. December is a presentation month.


Hope to see you there! Wayne (and Ben) - co-organizers
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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 05:10, 20 December 2016 (UTC)

Archived link for December Bay Area WikiSalon[edit]

Hi, y'all. In case you missed it and want to watch the archive reel; the topic was The Wikipedia Teahouse and the presenter was well respected Wikimedian Jim Heaphy [[User:Cullen328]]

  • Archive link (also includes intro, announcements, and a lightning talk)
  • Details about Bay Area WikiSalon for December here

The full title of Jim's presentation was: Welcoming and Helping New Editors: A Month at the Wikipedia Teahouse: an overview of the Teahouse and an analysis of over 300 Teahouse conversations during the month of August, 2016

Jim gave a longer version of this presentation in October at WikiConference North America 2016 in San Diego, California.


Cheers! Co-organizer Checkingfax - and co-organizer Ben Creasy | (Subscribe/Unsubscribe to this talk page notice here)


PS: Mark your calendars now for Sunday, January 15 at 2 p.m. which will be Wikipedia's 16th Birthday party hosted by Bay Area WikiSalon! Details to follow soon. If you want to help plan it, get in touch with us ASAP!

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:43, 23 December 2016 (UTC)

You are invited to a birthday bash to Celebrate Wikipedia's 16th Birthday![edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
Cut the cake

Wikipedia Day 16 SF is a fun Birthday bash and edit-a-thon on Sunday, January 15, 2017, hosted by Bay Area WikiSalon at the Wikimedia Foundation's Chip Deubner Lounge in the South of Market Street business district.

Wikimedia Community logo

For details and to RSVP, please see: Wikipedia:Meetup/SF/Wikipedia Day 2017

The San Francisco gathering is one of a number of Wikipedia Day celebrations worldwide.


See you soon! Ben Creasy, Checkingfax and Slaporte | (Subscribe/Unsubscribe to this notice)


PS: We need volunteers to help make this a fun and worthwhile event. Please add your name to the Project page, and what you can offer. It is a wiki, so please make direct edits to the page.

Bay Area WikiSalon usually meets the last Wednesday evening of every month as an inclusive and safe place to collaborate, mingle, munch and learn about new projects and ideas.

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 07:52, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

Reminder invitation to the Wikipedia Day 16 birthday bash & edit-a-thon[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
Cut the cake

Wikipedia Day 16 SF is a fun Birthday bash and edit-a-thon on Sunday, January 15, 2017, hosted by Bay Area WikiSalon at the Wikimedia Foundation's Chip Deubner Lounge in the South of Market Street business district and everybody is invited!

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Details and RSVP here

See you Sunday! Ben Creasy, Checkingfax and Slaporte


PS: We still need more volunteers to help make this a fun and worthwhile event. Please add what you can offer and your name to the Project page or Talk about it. It is a wiki, so please make direct edits to the Project page. The event is already growing due to volunteers that have stepped up so far. Face-smile.svg


Bay Area WikiSalon meets one evening of every month as an inclusive and safe place to collaborate, mingle, munch or learn about new projects and ideas.

Note: the previous invitation had a bum wikilink. Sorry! | (Subscribe/Unsubscribe to this notice) | MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:43, 13 January 2017 (UTC)

Bay Area WikiSalon invitation for February 22[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

The last Wednesday evening of every month, wiki enthusiasts gather at Bay Area WikiSalon to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas.

We allow time for informal conversation and working on articles. Newcomers and experienced wiki users are encouraged to attend. Free Wi-Fi is available so bring your editing devices. We will have beverages (including beer and wine) plus light snacks.


Please note: You should RSVP here, and bring a photo ID that matches your registration name. This also helps us figure out how much food and drink to bring in.


For further details, see: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, February 2017


See you soon! Ben Creasy and Wayne | (Subscribe/Unsubscribe to this talk page notice here) | MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:47, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Bay Area WikiSalon February reminder[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 6 p.m.


For details and to RSVP: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, February 2017


See you soon! Ben Creasy and Wayne (co-coordinators) | (Subscribe/Unsubscribe to this talk page notice here) | MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:59, 21 February 2017 (UTC)

Your invitation: Bay Area WikiSalon series at Noisebridge[edit]

Please join us in San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

The last Wednesday evening of every month, wiki enthusiasts gather at Bay Area WikiSalon to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas. This month we are meeting at Noisebridge makerspace/hackerspace in the Mission near 16th Street BART (temporary change of venue). The good news is this means that you can bring spontaneous guests if you forget to RSVP!

We allow time for informal conversation and working on articles. Newcomers and experienced wiki users are encouraged to attend. Free Wi-Fi is available so bring your editing devices. We will have beverages (including beer and wine) plus light snacks.


If possible, please RSVP as it helps us figure out how much food and drink to bring in. For further details and to RSVP, please see: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, March 2017


See you soon! Co-coordinators Ben Creasy and Wayne
(Subscribe/Unsubscribe to this talk page notice here) | MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:06, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

Reminder: Tonight is Bay Area WikiSalon at Noisebridge[edit]

Please join us in San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

Details and to RSVP: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, March 2017 (optional, but helpful for food and special needs accommodations)

We are meeting at Noisebridge makerspace/hackerspace (temporary venue change) near 16th ST BART in SF.


See you soon! Co-coordinators Ben Creasy and Wayne
(Subscribe/Unsubscribe to this talk page notice here) | MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:52, 29 March 2017 (UTC)

Wednesday night you are invited! Bay Area WikiSalon[edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

The last Wednesday evening of every month, wiki enthusiasts gather for the Bay Area WikiSalon series to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas.

We allow time for informal conversation and working on articles. Newcomers and experienced wiki users are encouraged to attend. Free Wi-Fi is available so bring your editing devices. We will have beverages (including beer and wine) plus light snacks. We will have some announcements and lightning talks from the floor, and a breakout session. This is our one year anniversary, so there will be cake!


Please RSVP here, and bring a photo ID that matches your registration name. This also helps us figure out how much food and drink to bring in.


See you soon! Ben Creasy and Wayne
(Subscribe/Unsubscribe to this talk page notice here) | MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:19, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Everybody is invited to the May 31 Bay Area WikiSalon series![edit]

Please join us in downtown San Francisco!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

The last Wednesday evening of every month, wiki enthusiasts gather at Bay Area WikiSalon to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas. This month we are taking it on the road to Noisebridge makerspace/hackerspace!

We allow time for informal conversation and working on articles. Newcomers and experienced wiki users are encouraged to attend. Free Wi-Fi is available so bring your editing devices. We will have beverages (including beer and wine) plus light snacks. There will be periodic guided tours of Noisebridge. You can stay late, on your own! YeeHaw!


For details and to RSVP, see: Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon, May 2017


See you soon! Ben Creasy and Wayne
(Subscribe/Unsubscribe to this talk page notice here) | MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:08, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

The Bay Area WikiSalon is an unSalon this month![edit]

Please stay where you are for an unSalon!
A Wikipedia panel discussion about journalism

We are taking July off! Please gather your thoughts for changes that you would like to see in the next 10 months and present them at our July 26 WikiSalon.

Ordinarily, the last Wednesday evening of every month, wiki enthusiasts gather at the Bay Area WikiSalon series to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas.

We normally allow time for informal conversation and working on articles. Newcomers and experienced wiki users are encouraged to attend.


Mark your calendars now for Wednesday, July 26 at 6 p.m.! The venue will be the Noisebridge hackerspace/makerspace on Mission Street in San Francisco.


Sincerely, Ben Creasy and Wayne | (Subscribe/Unsubscribe to this talk page notice here) | MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 04:44, 28 June 2017 (UTC)

The Black Woman is God Edit-a-Thon in San Francisco, July 22[edit]

You're invited to The Black Woman is God Edit-a-Thon at SOMArts in San Francisco on Saturday July 22, 1-4 pm. It'll be at 934 Brannan Street (between 8th & 9th). Everyone is welcome to join this editing event, held in conjunction with The Black Woman is God exhibition to raise the online visibility of Black women artists and challenge the gaps in art history that erase or minimize Black women’s contributions as artists, activists and social change-makers. (Message requested by Dreamyshade and delivered on 14:23, 9 July 2017 (UTC). You can subscribe/unsubscribe to San Francisco event talk page notices here.)

UCSF project[edit]

Hi! I am currently revamping the UCSF project. I created lots of pages and added a lot of content, but there is so much still to do. I saw that you are part of the SFBA task force, so I thought you might be interested and I wanted to invite you to collaborate once more. In particular, we need to add content, do maintenance, and we really would benefit from pictures, so if you are in SF and could help that would be great. Thanks!Eccekevin (talk) 15:12, 26 July 2017 (UTC)

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Hello, Sfmammamia! We are looking for editors to join WikiProject University of California, San Francisco, an outreach effort which aims to support development of UCSF related articles in Wikipedia. We thought you might be interested, and hope that you will join us. If you are interested in joining, please visit the project page, and add your name to the list of participants, check out our To Do list, and join the discussion on our talk page. Thanks!!!

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