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Maritana[edit]

You previously contributed to the article on Maritana. You may wish to comment on the new Talk page discussion there. All the best, -- Ssilvers (talk) 07:45, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

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Europe 10,000 Challenge invite[edit]

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ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

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RfC: Inclusion of predecessors and successors in officeholders' infoboxes[edit]

Hi, I'm writing to inform you that I've opened a new general Request for Comment concerning whether predecessors and successors should be included in the Infobox Officeholder template, further to my RfC concerning Michael Portillo specifically. The new RfC can be found here: Template_talk:Infobox_officeholder#RfC:_Should_predecessors_and_successors_be_included_in_officeholders.27_infoboxes.3F. Thanks, Specto73 (talk) 19:12, 9 December 2016 (UTC)

Thanks, I may well comment at some stage.--Smerus (talk) 08:29, 10 December 2016 (UTC)

Help me![edit]

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An RfC is ongoing at Template talk:Infobox officeholder. The crux of the discussion is whether certain options in the template should, or should not, be optional. The discussion does not appear to have been noted at Wikipedia:Templates for discussion. Should it be? And if so, how should it be introduced? Thanks,

Smerus (talk) 12:55, 15 December 2016 (UTC)

"Templates for discussion" is (unfortunately) almost a synonym for "Templates for deletion". In the officeholders' case, only parameters are discussed, not the whole template, so I think it doesn't belong there. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:03, 15 December 2016 (UTC)
Thanks Gerda. I think I therefore need to find the right page to launch a discussion: "Are there any guidelines as to use of parameters in templates? Specifically, are parameters to be regarded as optional or compulsory? And, where differences in opinion arise over the use of parameters, should these be determined locally (at the article where they arise), or at the Talk page for the relevant template?"--Smerus (talk) 13:09, 15 December 2016 (UTC)
Well, I don't know. So far I thought nothing is compulsory on Wikipedia, - I wouldn't know a single parameter in {{infobox person}} that is compulsory. Sometimes we just don't know when a person was born, or died, to just mention basics. We might still know what the person did. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:21, 15 December 2016 (UTC)
So you see why imo the present RfC at Template talk:Infobox officeholder is irrelevant (and indeed misleading). Whatever it 'decides', the situation remains as it always has been (i.e. decision at the article level).--Smerus (talk) 13:43, 15 December 2016 (UTC)
Yes, I see that, and voted that way, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:20, 15 December 2016 (UTC)

Talk:Gladstone and Talk:D'Israeli[edit]

Hello Smerus . Would you mind commenting on these move discussions? The former is about whether Gladstone should be made into a redirect to William Ewart Gladstone, and the latter is whether D'Israeli should redirect to Benjamin Disraeli as {{R from alternative spelling}}. Thanks.--Nevéselbert 07:19, 16 December 2016 (UTC)

Brahms and counterpoint[edit]

Hello Smerus. I looked to see if the RfC at Talk:Johannes Brahms was ready to be closed. It might save me some time if I knew if counterpoint had ever been mentioned in the article lead. I do see this edit where someone is changing a mention of counterpoint down in the article body, but I suppose that it not what the RfC is asking about. So part of the reason for the RfC must be a disagreement over including the phrase 'master of counterpoint' in the article at all. Thanks, EdJohnston (talk) 18:11, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

@EdJohnston: I am trying gradually to rewrite the article: I am not so concerned about the various opinions expressed at the RfC, many of which seem to be simply of the I like/I don't like variety (and some of them imo very ill-informed). I have not so far edited the lead as far as I recall. Brahms certainly was a master of counterpoint and there is an enormous potential of citeable sources to support this (many of which I have to hand). But he was not only a master of counterpoint. Generally when rewriting an article I leave the lead till last. When I have finished rewriting the 'Music' section of the article, which will deal with counterpoint amongst other things, I will rewrite the lead. I would hope to get the whole thing up to GA level. By that point, whatever the RfC might have said may well be be more or less irrelevant. Best, --Smerus (talk) 19:16, 19 December 2016 (UTC)
@EdJohnston: I suppose what I mean to say is that the lead should contain a summary of the article. And can reflect whatever the article says, particularly if those reflections are cited.--Smerus (talk) 08:43, 20 December 2016 (UTC)

Buone Feste![edit]

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May you have very Happy Holidays, Smerus

and a New Year filled with peace, joy, and beautiful music!



Best wishes, Voceditenore (talk) 13:26, 22 December 2016 (UTC)

A curiosity[edit]

Those who apparently take an interest in my meanderings may be interested in a curiosity here.--Smerus (talk) 05:02, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

DYK for The Red Shoes (ballet)[edit]

Updated DYK query.svg On 17 January 2017, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article The Red Shoes (ballet), which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that The Red Shoes dance in part to the strains of Citizen Kane? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/The Red Shoes (ballet). You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, The Red Shoes (ballet)), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

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Books and Bytes - Issue 20[edit]

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