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WikiCup 2015 May newsletter[edit]

C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is a long-period comet discovered on 17 August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy; and is one of several Featured Pictures worked up by India The Herald (submissions) during the second round.

The second round one has all wrapped up, and round three has now begun! Congratulations to the 34 contestants who have made it through, but well done and thank you to all contestants who took part in our second round. Leading the way overall was Belarus Cas Liber (submissions) in Group B with a total of 777 points for a variety of contributions including Good Articles on Corona Borealis and Microscopium - both of which received the maximum bonus.

Special credit must be given to a number of high importance articles improved during the second round.

The points varied across groups, with the lowest score required to gain automatic qualification was 68 in Group A - meanwhile the second place score in Group H was 404, which would have been high enough to win all but one of the other Groups! As well as the top two of each group automatically going through to the third round, a minimum score of 55 was required for a wildcard competitor to go through. We had a three-way tie at 55 points and all three have qualified for the next round, in the spirit of fairness. The third round ends on June 28, with the top two in each group progressing automatically while the remaining 16 highest scorers across all four groups go through as wildcards. Good luck to all competitors for the third round! Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs · email), Miyagawa (talk · contribs · email) and Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email) 16:44, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

New Article: Harold Hermes -- helicopter pioneer[edit]

Hello,

I have drafted an article about my Father, Harold H. Hermes and his involvement at a Wright Field test pilot during WW2, especially his early work in the very first days of military and commercial helicopters. The article now is in Word 2010. It consists of about 4000 words, and 22 photographs & scans. I have a number of citations and links to other Wikipedia articles, but I know I should add more.

I am not a writer and I really do not wish to learn the entire Wiki markup language, but will do so if there is no other way.

Here is first section of my draft.

Harold H. Hermes

Harold “Hal” or “Red” Hermes (February 11, 1920 to July 31, 1989) was a noted test pilot for the Army Air Forces and later for the CAA and FAA, where he had a central role in the early days of developing, testing, and commercializing the helicopter.

Hermes was the 17th person to solo in a helicopter (June 16, 1943 in a Sikorsky XR-4A) and was part of the team that first demonstrated the helicopter’s ability to operate from a ship in the open seas. He is also known for giving helicopter lessons to 66-year-old Frank T. Coffyn, the last surviving member of Orville Wright’s flying team. In 1944, Hermes served as co-pilot on the C-69 Constellation flight that is now recognized as Orville Wright’s last airplane flight. Later in his career, Hermes had a lead role in the development and adoption of the FAA Instrument Flight Rules for helicopters.

Throughout his 45-year career as a test pilot, Hermes had the honor to fly with aviation legends such as Orville Wright, Frank Coffyn, Chuck Yeager and Edwin E. Aldrin, Sr. His passion, however, was helicopters and he was proud to have worked alongside rotary-wing pioneers such as Igor Sikorsky, Les Morris, Frank Gregory, Dimittry “Jimmy” Viner, Charles Kaman, Floyd Carlson, Al Bayer, Frank Peterson, Joe Mashman, Stanley Hiller, Frank Piasecki and Charles Siebel during what many consider to be the most fascinating and fertile period of helicopter history.

Any help you can give me, would be greatly appreciated. Richard Hermes, Edmonton Canada --Rhhermes (talk) 16:16, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi @Richard, welcome to Wikipedia. I hope you enjoy making valuable contributions to this great site.
Regarding your article, I see that your pioneering father was active for 45 years until the 1980s, and so there may be problems for me and others in finding sources about your father online. It'd be great if you could provide some print (or any other) references about your father and his work so the article could pass Wikipedia's guideline for notability regarding individuals. Most of the other issues you mentioned can be resolved quite quickly.
Thank you for approaching me about the issue, and I hope this can be resolved. If you have any other questions, please ask me or other dedicated editors at Wikipedia:Help desk and WT:AVIATION. Cheers, --Sp33dyphil ©hatontributions 06:25, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
Hello, and thank you for your reply. Yesterday, I did review the Notability guidelines with respect to my article and believe that this question can be addressed sufficiently, although only time will tell. One of the key references that I would rely upon to prove notability is a quote from a book by Brig General Frank Gregory, who headed the entire Army Air Force helicopter program in WW2 and thereafter, saying that Hermes and the other pilots for the June 16, 1943 open seas test "had helped make aeronautical history" -- in fact he devoted one whole chapter to these tests in his book, "The Helicopter -- a pictorial history." Two other books in my possession describe these tests in the same manner. All 3 of these books are in my possession and are signed by the author with a personal notes to my father.
I can provide my draft of my research -- but please tell me how to do that. It is about 19 pages (less that 4000 words) with 23 images & photographs. Yesterday I sent requests to the copyright holders on these photographs in order to be able to upload them and use them in the article.
I also made progress yesterday learning a bit of the Wiki markup language, so that is going well. I have started drafting the article in my sandbox....can you access that? Rhhermes (talk) 11:49, 20 May 2015 (UTC)
I can see the work that you're doing in your sandbox, which I think is fine. I believe that, with the references, notability has been established in this case. Regarding the draft, perhaps you could just copy and paste it onto your sandbox for others to see.
Also, unless you have he patience to wait for my responses, please consider approaching other helpful editors over at WT:AVIATION and WT:MILHIST since I am busy at this time of the year and may not reply to your queries and requests quickly. However, I will do my best to answer any of your questions. Cheers --Sp33dyphil ©hatontributions 06:14, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for your helpful comments. I will be looking to the other editors as you mentioned. Thanks for getting me started.

205.185.223.110 (talk) 13:02, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

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Signpost paid editing[edit]

Do you have any interest in writing two paragraphs about paid editing for the SignPost?

I offered to help put something together that's a collection of short viewpoints that answer two questions: What is the overall effect of paid editing on the project and what can be done to handle it better.

The idea is that a lot of the Signpost stories on paid editing are written by editors with strong opinions, extreme views, or financial interests, and I wanted something a little more balanced and reasonable. Editors with strong views are never ideal in article-space either!

What I've started on is located here if you have the time/interest. CorporateM (Talk) 19:15, 26 July 2015 (UTC)