User talk:Tdslk

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GOCE January drive[edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 4,000 words during the GOCE January 2016 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Miniapolis 23:43, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

Happy Easter![edit]

Egg-xactly what the day calls for, of course! Herein dwells the greatest dictionary ever composed! (talk) 23:09, 27 March 2016 (UTC)

March 2016 Guild of Copy Editors Drive Barnstar[edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 8,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE March 2016 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 02:38, 6 April 2016 (UTC)

GOCE coordinator election[edit]

Hi. Since you have plenty of experience with the GOCE, I was wondering if you'd be interested in standing for coordinator in the upcoming election. It's not a difficult job, and several hands make light work.Face-smile.svg If you're interested, nominations run from June 1–15 and self-noms are welcome. All the best, Miniapolis 14:55, 28 May 2016 (UTC)

Thanks, Miniapolis, for the prodding! I've been gnoming away on Wikipedia for years, perhaps it's time I took a leadership role, however so slight. Tdslk (talk) 15:46, 30 May 2016 (UTC)
Nothing wrong with gnoming.Face-smile.svg As I said, it's not a difficult job but it can be a PITA for one or two people working alone. Whatever you have time for (and feel like doing) would be great; feel free to ask any questions. Thanks and all the best, Miniapolis 22:50, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

May 2016 drive awards[edit]

Goce silver barnstar.png Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Articles, 4th Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 21 articles during the GOCE May 2016 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Miniapolis 16:37, 2 June 2016 (UTC)
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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 12,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE May 2016 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Miniapolis 16:37, 2 June 2016 (UTC)


Help with David Harding (financier)[edit]

Hi Tdslk, Sorry to bug, I am hoping you might be willing to help with a request to update and make some corrections in David Harding (financier)'s Wikipedia article as I'm having a lot of trouble finding someone to assist. A couple years ago, you helped User:WWB Too (my colleague) with some updates for the page so I was wondering if you'd be willing to help out again? Most of the updates are fairly run-of-the-mill such as adding a new role with Britain Stronger in Europe and correcting now outdated details about his titles at Winton, but there is one part to the request that is a little more sensitive. Some family details are currently incorrect and this is causing Mr. Harding and his family some upset. Specifically, the current mention of his older children is not correct as the article says they are from his first wife, which is not the case.

In full disclosure, I'm working on behalf of Mr. Harding, so I won't make any edits myself and I'm looking for uninvolved editors who can review the request for me and make the edits that are most appropriate. Can you help? 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 19:14, 13 June 2016 (UTC)

Thanks so much for you help on this! I replied on the Talk page, but also pinging here to see if you would mind also adding the new photo and making a quick formatting fix? Thanks in advance, 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 14:25, 15 June 2016 (UTC)
Hi again! Hope you're having a great week. I was wondering if you might have a minute to look at the new photo for Harding and making the quick formatting fix noted above. Sorry again to be bothering you, I've had trouble finding help elsewhere on this. 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 21:49, 7 July 2016 (UTC)
Just wanted to let you know that the image got added. There are still a couple of formatting tweaks if you ever find a spare minute and are able to take a look, but nothing major. Thanks again for your help with this earlier, I appreciate it. 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 20:03, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

GOCE election[edit]

Congratulations on your election, Tdslk. I look forward to working with you.  – Corinne (talk) 02:08, 1 July 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Corinne, and congratulations to you as well! Tdslk (talk) 02:51, 1 July 2016 (UTC)


Guild of Copy Editors July 2016 Drive Barnstars[edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 12,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE July 2016 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 15:04, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
Goce silver barnstar.png Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Articles, 3rd Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 30 articles during the GOCE July 2016 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 15:04, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
Goce silver barnstar.png Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Long Articles, 5th Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting one long article during the GOCE July 2016 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 15:04, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
Goce silver barnstar.png Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Longest Article, 5th Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting one of the five longest articles – 5,697 words – during the GOCE July 2016 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 15:04, 5 August 2016 (UTC)

Adelges tsugae translation[edit]

Hi, Tdslk, I saw your translation into spanish of Adelges tsugae here and corrected it (I'm a spanish native speaker). If you have any other translation I can check it so you can improve your spanish.--Pojos (talk) 12:34, 7 August 2016 (UTC)

August GOCE blitz award[edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling between 1 and 1,999 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE August 2016 Copy Editing Blitz. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 22:18, 4 September 2016 (UTC)


Copy-edit articles which are superseded or have other problems?[edit]

Hi! I've just joined, after looking through the list of articles tagged for ce. Many of the articles I've found look as though copy-editing would be wasted effort - for example:

  • Talk:Lilith in popular culture: nominated for deletion
  • Talk:Glue code: content moved to Adapter pattern - it looks as though this page only exists for the sake of its history, and ideally wouldn't be edited at all (though people still seem to be madly editing it and getting into arguments about it)

What should I do with articles like that that don't look as though they'll last? Avoid working on them, and find articles without that kind of extra problem - or edit them anyway? I also thought of this when I found articles with insufficient citations or unverified content. My thought was that someone fixing the more fundamental problem would probably rewrite them anyway, so that an improvement to the existing content wouldn't do much good. But perhaps I'm wrong. Thanks! Ssptwriter (talk) 14:25, 28 September 2016 (UTC)

Hi @Ssptwriter:. Good question! First, thanks for joining the Wikipedia-editing community. Welcome! With 1800+ articles tagged as needing copy editing (and many, many more that need a good copy edit but aren't tagged), it's good to prioritize your work. I agree that it doesn't make much sense to work on stuff that may get merged or deleted. For other tags I tend to play it by ear. For instance, with an article that is gratuitously promotional or POV pushing, I'd rather not polish writing that's inherently reducing the quality of the article, but sometimes I'll remove the promotional text and fix the rest (e.g., [1]). I do usually copy edit articles that are tagged as needing citations, since these can be added without affecting the prose. Feel free to ask if you have any more questions! Tdslk (talk) 02:57, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
Hi @Tdslk:. Thanks for your very helpful answer! I've modified the section heading to summarise my question more precisely, in case that might be useful for other editors - hope that's OK. Ssptwriter (talk) 11:46, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

September 2016 GOCE drive awards[edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 4,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE September 2016 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 03:53, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for giving out the rest of the barnstars! – Jonesey95 (talk) 03:53, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

October 2016 GOCE blitz award[edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling between 1 and 1,999 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE October 2016 Copy Editing Blitz. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 01:56, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

November 2016 GOCE drive award[edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 4,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE November 2016 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 02:00, 4 December 2016 (UTC)


GOCE December 2016 Blitz award[edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 2,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE December 2016 Copy Editing Blitz. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 17:33, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

GOCE January 2017 drive bling[edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling between 1 and 3,999 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE January 2017 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Miniapolis 20:45, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

You've got mail![edit]

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Miniapolis 17:24, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Redneck Revolt[edit]

Hi, I see that you added a neutrality/POV flag to the article Redneck Revolt. Could you tell me what about it is, or seems, non-neutral? It seems to me to be neutral (i.e., it doesn't say they're great, or even good; it doesn't include any value judgments, just a factual description of their political positions. Thanks! Bookgrrl holler/lookee here 21:20, 26 March 2017 (UTC)

Hi @Bookgrrl:. The article originally had a copy edit tag for "slight POV bias." POV isn't a copy editing issue, so I changed the tag to a POV tag; I don't actually have an opinion on whether it is NPOV. It looks like the original tag was added by @TheDragonFire:, maybe they can explain what they found objectionable. Tdslk (talk) 21:38, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
@Tdslk and Bookgrrl: Ah, sorry about that. You are correct that I choose the entirely wrong tag as it's not a copy-editing issue. I think I was trying to avoid a full-blown POV tag as the issue isn't that bad. Reviewing new pages always tends to make me slightly paranoid given the amount of disguised COI content I encounter, so this is possibly unreasonable, but I felt the article failed to discuss why the movement is notable, and mainly focused on the principles behind it (which is generally a hallmark of COI editing, but possibly not in this case). Terms like "homage" and "has its roots in", are the sort of thing that a supporter of the movement would use. I've replaced the tag with {{refimprove}}, as additional references and discussion of news coverage will likely address this concern. TheDragonFire (talk) 04:46, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
Thanks :) Also thanks for introducing me to the "ping" tag, I didn't know it was a thing! Bookgrrl holler/lookee here 15:18, 4 July 2017 (UTC)

March drive bling[edit]

Goce silver barnstar.png Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Articles, 5th Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 14 articles during the GOCE March 2017 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Miniapolis 15:59, 3 April 2017 (UTC)
Working Man's Barnstar.png The Working Wikipedian's Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 8,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE March 2017 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Miniapolis 15:59, 3 April 2017 (UTC)

GOCE May 2017 drive bling[edit]

Goce silver barnstar.png Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Long Articles, 4th Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 1 long article during the GOCE May 2017 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Miniapolis 17:31, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 20,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE May 2017 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Miniapolis 17:31, 2 June 2017 (UTC)

Transylvanian peasant revolt[edit]

Thank you for your comprehensive copyedit of the article. I highly appreciate your work. Have a nice day! Borsoka (talk) 02:04, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

Thanks, Borsoka. I enjoyed getting to learn about this interesting topic! Tdslk (talk) 14:25, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Pride at PNCA: Tuesday, June 27[edit]

You are invited to the upcoming Wiki Loves Pride edit-athon, which will be held at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (511 NW Broadway) on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, from 5–8pm. For more information, visit the meetup page or Facebook event page.

Hope to see you there! -MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 16:38, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

June 2017 GOCE Blitz Barnstar[edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 6,000 words (including rollover words) during the GOCE June 2017 Copy Editing Blitz. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 19:26, 30 June 2017 (UTC)

Election as a Guild of Copy Editors Coordinator[edit]

Congratulations! You have been re-elected as a Coordinator of the Guild of Copy Editors for the second half of 2017, serving from July 1 until December 31. Please review the Coordinators' responsibilities and tasks at Wikipedia:WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors/Coordinators, and post on the corresponding talk page if you have any questions. You may place the GOCE Coordinator userbox on your User page if you like. Let me know if you have any questions. – Jonesey95 (talk) 01:17, 1 July 2017 (UTC)

Talkback[edit]

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Thanks! ɯɐɔ 💬 03:18, 26 July 2017 (UTC)

GOCE July 2017 drive bling[edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 8,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE July 2017 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 12:26, 4 August 2017 (UTC)
Goce silver barnstar.png Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Articles, 5th Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 14 articles during the GOCE July 2017 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 12:26, 4 August 2017 (UTC)

Wikimania[edit]

Nice running into you! Enjoy the conference, and have a safe travel home. ---Another Believer (Talk) 14:58, 11 August 2017 (UTC)

Thanks, AB! The same to you. Tdslk (talk) 01:10, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you very much for your excellent copy editing of the American black duck! I hope you have a wonderful day/night! Face-smile.svg Adityavagarwal (talk) 04:17, 18 August 2017 (UTC)
Would you also like to check out the brown pelican? It is a GAN, so it would be really helpful. However, if due to any reason you are unable to, that would be fine too. I hope you have a wonderful day/night! Face-smile.svg Adityavagarwal (talk) 13:53, 18 August 2017 (UTC)
Brown pelican? Sounds fun, if only because of the poem, which I just learned was not written by Ogden Nash! When would you need it by? Tdslk (talk) 18:54, 19 August 2017 (UTC)
Almost did not see your message. Face-tongue.svg A GAR is ongoing right now, so you could pick it up after the GAR. Face-smile.svg Thank you so much! Adityavagarwal (talk) 03:14, 27 August 2017 (UTC)
You're welcome. Good luck with the GAR! I'll watchlist the page to see when it's ready. Tdslk (talk) 15:50, 27 August 2017 (UTC)
Thanks buddy! Yeah, a good idea to ce the article while Josh (the reviewer) is away. Face-grin.svg Adityavagarwal (talk) 19:33, 3 September 2017 (UTC)

Copy edit[edit]

Thank you for the copy edit. Until next time,--Seiya (talk) 09:37, 28 August 2017 (UTC)

GOCE August 2017 Blitz Bling[edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 4,000 words (including rollover words) during the GOCE August 2017 Copy Editing Blitz. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Keira1996 07:49, 29 August 2017 (UTC)
Goce silver barnstar.png Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Articles, 4th Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 9 articles during the GOCE September 2017 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 11:54, 3 October 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for giving out the awards! – Reidgreg (talk) 11:54, 3 October 2017 (UTC)

Punyaboy still doing inappropriate copy edit tagging[edit]

Tdslk, I noticed that Punyaboy added an inappropriate copy edit template to Bus rapid transit in India yesterday, when it had two sentences and a table and clearly wasn't a candidate, so I removed the template and posted to his talk page about it. My post has already been "archived" (actually deleted, despite the misleading edit summary).

You might want to take a look to see whether his templating is still problematic. If it continues to be so, perhaps stronger measures might be appropriate. Thanks. BlueMoonset (talk) 09:57, 8 September 2017 (UTC)

Yeah, BlueMoonset, my comments got "archived" as well. I feel like I've made a thorough good-faith effort to discuss the topic as well. Not sure what to do next about resolving the situation. Tdslk (talk) 23:06, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
Maybe the other coordinators would have thoughts on the matter?
The total numbers are going wildly in the wrong direction in the current drive, and there are some others adding large numbers of copy edit templates. Two editors that I've noticed:
  • 168.233.220.6 added 17 in a row on September 9, and had done over a dozen others between early and late August
  • Nerd1a4i added 17 on September 10, starting shortly after requesting the New Page Reviewer right (and switching to the Page Curation tool when the right was granted)
Mind you, these may be properly tagged. I'm not sure what the protocol is for templating new pages, or whether these or the others are valid. I imagine that there are a good many articles on Wikipedia that could genuinely use tagging, and you never know when someone will come along with new energy and a good eye for what needs work. However, I thought if either of there were someone starting out who needed guidance, it made sense to let you know. Thanks. BlueMoonset (talk) 16:36, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
Punyaboy has marked their talk page as being on a wikibreak for the next nine months, FWIW.
Many articles are tagged for copy-editing each month, typically somewhere in the 400+ range. It is useful to have at least one editor keeping an eye on the new month of articles during each drive to look for patterns and problems, to re-tag pages that should be tagged for cleanup or something else instead of copy-editing, and also to knock out some quick and easy copy edits. From the above discussion, it sounds like that is happening here, so good work, everyone. – Jonesey95 (talk) 17:55, 11 September 2017 (UTC)
Yeah. Punyaboy did make good contributions to the transit articles, which is why I wanted to work with them on the tags issue. I hope they come back and that we can work things out. I do keep a passing eye on the newest articles and, as you say, make quick edits and remove tags when they are not much is needed. (I don't count these towards my drive totals, of course.) As I've said before, tagging articles that really need copy editing are great. Our goal as a Guild should not be to have no articles tagged for copy editing, but to have no articles that need copy editing. (Which, of course, is as elusive as having a compendium of all the world's knowledge, but we type on regardless.) Tdslk (talk) 02:28, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

Central Province, Zambia has been nominated for Did You Know[edit]

Updated DYK query.svg Hello, Tdslk. Central Province, Zambia, an article you either created or to which you significantly contributed,has been nominated to appear on Wikipedia's Main Page as part of Did you knowDYK comment symbol. You can see the hook and the discussion here. You are welcome to participate! Thank you. APersonBot (talk!) 12:01, 11 October 2017 (UTC)

Upcoming Wikipedia edit-a-thon dedicated to artists of color - Thursday, Oct. 26 at PNCA[edit]

On Thursday, October 26, a Wikipedia edit-a-thon dedicated to artists of color will be held from 4–8pm at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (511 NW Broadway). Learn more at Facebook. Hope to see you there! -MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:27, 21 October 2017 (UTC)

Thank you for supporting the Sustainability Initiative![edit]

Hi Tdslk,

Thank you for supporting the Sustainability Initiative, which aims at reducing the environmental impact of the Wikimedia movement. There are currently over 350 supporters from all over the world – please encourage other community members to sign the page as well! You can also read an update from the Sustainability Initiative in the most recent edition of the Wikipedia Signpost.

Thank you, and kind regards, --Gnom (talk) 11:48, 22 October 2017 (UTC)

Halloween cheer![edit]

DYK for Central Province, Zambia[edit]

Updated DYK query.svg On 17 November 2017, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Central Province, Zambia, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the Mulungushi Rock of Authority, known as "the birthplace of Zambian independence", is located in the Central Province of Zambia? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Central Province, Zambia. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Central Province, Zambia), 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.

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:02, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

ArbCom 2017 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, Tdslk. Voting in the 2017 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 10 December. All users who registered an account before Saturday, 28 October 2017, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Wednesday, 1 November 2017 and are not currently blocked are eligible to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

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If you wish to participate in the 2017 election, please review the candidates and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:42, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

November 2017 GOCE Drive awards[edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 12,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE November 2017 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 17:48, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
Goce silver barnstar.png Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Articles, 4th Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 17 articles during the GOCE November 2017 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 17:48, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
Goce silver barnstar.png Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Words, 5th Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copyediting 14,938 total words during the GOCE November 2017 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 17:48, 6 December 2017 (UTC)

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi[edit]

Hi there, A few months ago you copyedited a BLP on Pakistani prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Recently, I have further expanded "Prime minister" section and I think ce becomes essential to keep its GA icon intact. There is some major work required on this sub-section. I wonder if you would be able to do a quick copyedit? --Saqib (talk) 12:32, 20 December 2017 (UTC)

Hi Saqib. I agree that it is important to keep this article in good shape. I will take a look at it tonight (in 12 hours or so). Tdslk (talk) 13:25, 20 December 2017 (UTC)
Hi, I appreciate your work. But one thing, You've added at least four CN tags on the BLP. Fine but two of them I am going to remove because the material has been cited inline via BBC story. Because the story is not in English language, I assume you failed to verify it. If so I hope I can safely remove those tags tags? But I am curious why would you tag a para twice under Policies_and_initiatives section even though the a reliable source in English language has been cited. I suggest you to read this source. Maybe I misinterpreted the Dawn story? I am happy to remove or make changes to this para if the corresponding Dawn article says otherwise. --Saqib (talk) 08:10, 21 December 2017 (UTC)
Hi Saqib. I admit I was being extra-cautious, since this is a BLP of a prominent politician. I think it would be helpful to cite the specific BBC Urdu story in question. For the statement with the Dawn citation at the end of the paragraph, since the statement I flagged may be controversial, I think it should be better sourced. It implies that (certain persons think that) Abassi is not making the changes to resolve his country's problems. That's going to be a strong statement of opinion to make about any politician, so it should be well-cited if it should remain at all, I think. Tdslk (talk) 02:24, 22 December 2017 (UTC)
Sorry but I did not get your point. Do you want me to specify the paragraphs from BBC Urdu story here for verification or what? Regarding the statements tagged in second last section, is this what you suggesting? --Saqib (talk) 12:49, 22 December 2017 (UTC)
I see you revised the phrasing so it is clear which BBC Urdu article is being referred to, so I removed that cn tag. I still think that the statement "he is said to have used the names of some generals to some extent for benefits" should have a cite, since it is implying corrupt activities. Tdslk (talk) 21:08, 22 December 2017 (UTC)
Please see this edit. --Saqib (talk) 05:55, 23 December 2017 (UTC)
Looks good! Tdslk (talk) 16:10, 23 December 2017 (UTC)
OK however I was thinking we have done repetition with the same references, multiple times. --Saqib (talk) 16:36, 23 December 2017 (UTC)

Merry Christmas![edit]

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A very Happy, Glorious, Prosperous Christmas and New Year! God bless! Face-smile.svg  — Adityavagarwal (talk) 17:10, 22 December 2017 (UTC)

Holiday Greetings[edit]

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Holiday greetings and Best

Wishes for a very Happy New Year.
Cheers!!
Twofingered Typist (talk) 19:08, 23 December 2017 (UTC)

Thanks, TFT! The same to you! Tdslk (talk) 20:25, 23 December 2017 (UTC)

Guild of Copy Editors December 2017 News[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors December 2017 News
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Hello copy editors! Welcome to the December 2017 GOCE newsletter, which contains nine months(!) of updates. The Guild has been busy and successful; your diligent efforts in 2017 has brought the backlog of articles requiring copy edit to below 1,000 articles for the first time. Thanks to all editors who have contributed their time and energy to help make this happen.

Our copy-editing drives (month-long backlog-reduction drives held in odd-numbered months) and blitzes (week-long themed editing in even-numbered months) have been very successful this year.

March drive: We set out to remove April, May, and June 2016 from our backlog and all February 2017 Requests (a total of 304 articles). By the end of the month, all but 22 of these articles were cleared. Officially, of the 28 who signed up, 22 editors recorded 257 copy edits (439,952 words). (These numbers do not always make sense when you compare them to the overall reduction in the backlog, because not all editors record every copy edit on the drive page.)

April blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 16 through 22 April; the theme was Requests. Of the 15 who signed up, 9 editors completed 43 articles (81,822 words).

May drive: The goals were to remove July, August, and September 2016 from the backlog and to complete all March 2017 Requests (a total of 300 articles). By the end of the month, we had reduced our overall backlog to an all-time low of 1,388 articles. Of the 28 who signed up, 17 editors completed 187 articles (321,810 words).

June blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 18 through 24 June; the theme was Requests. Of the 16 who signed up, 9 editors completed 28 copy edits (117,089 words).

2017 Coordinator elections: In June, coordinators for the second half of 2017 were elected. Jonesey95 moved back into the lead coordinator position, with Miniapolis stepping down to remain as coordinator; Tdslk and Corinne returned as coordinators, and Keira1996 rejoined after an extended absence. Thanks to all who participated!

July drive: We set out to remove August, September, October, and November 2016 from the backlog and to complete all May and June 2017 Requests (a total of 242 articles). The drive was an enormous success, and the target was nearly achieved within three weeks, so that December 2016 was added to the "old articles" list used as a goal for the drive. By the end of the month, only three articles from 2016 remained, and for the second drive in a row, the backlog was reduced to a new all-time low, this time to 1,363 articles. Of the 33 who signed up, 21 editors completed 337 articles (556,482 words).

August blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 20 through 26 August; the theme was biographical articles tagged for copy editing for more than six months (47 articles). Of the 13 who signed up, 11 editors completed 38 copy edits (42,589 words).

September drive: The goals were to remove January, February, and March 2017 from the backlog and to complete all August 2017 Requests (a total of 338 articles). Of the 19 who signed up, 14 editors completed 121 copy edits (267,227 words).

October blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 22 through 28 October; the theme was Requests. Of the 14 who signed up, 8 editors completed 20 articles (55,642 words).

November drive: We set out again to remove January, February, and March 2017 from the backlog and to complete all October 2017 Requests (a total of 207 articles). By the end of the month, these goals were reached and the backlog shrank to its lowest total ever, 997 articles, the first time it had fallen under one thousand (click on the graph above to see this amazing feat in graphical form). It was also the first time that the oldest copy-edit tag was less than eight months old. Of the 25 who signed up, 16 editors completed 159 articles (285,929 words).

2018 Coordinator elections: Voting is open for the election of coordinators for the first half of 2018. Please visit the election page to vote between now and December 31 at 23:59 (UTC). Thanks for participating!

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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:04, 23 December 2017 (UTC)

December 2017 Guild of Copy Editors Blitz Award[edit]

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This barnstar is awarded to Tdslk for copy edits totaling over 2,000 words (including rollover words) during the GOCE December 2017 Copy Editing Blitz. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! – Jonesey95 (talk) 15:53, 24 December 2017 (UTC)