User talk:Thane

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ACC access[edit]

Hello Thane, I have restored your ACC interface access, per your request. The Notification noticeboard had not changed your listing after your name change, another ACC Admin has requested that it be changed. You'll have to re-subscribe to the mailing list as usernames are not kept. Welcome back. Cheers, Mlpearc (open channel) 00:11, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, Mlpearc.   Thaneformerly Guðsþegn  01:01, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

Please comment on changes to the AfC mailing list[edit]

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Jaalam disambiguation page[edit]

Hello there! Regarding your edit on Jaalam page, it reintroduced an inline link which leads to an external web page. As we know, that's not the purpose of disambiguation pages, which are here to contain only links to already existing Wikipedia articles. — Dsimic (talk | contribs) 00:35, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

My bad. Thanks for correcting it.   Thaneformerly Guðsþegn  00:40, 28 February 2014 (UTC)
No worries! — Dsimic (talk | contribs) 00:42, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

Texas Wikimedians user group and meetups[edit]

Hi Thane! I'd like to let you know about, and invite you to join the proposed Texas Wikimedians user group. Also, on more of a national scale, perhaps you would like to participate at WikiConference USA.--Pharos (talk) 04:36, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Austin photo requests[edit]

Hi, Thane! Do you do Austin-area photo requests? WhisperToMe (talk) 12:27, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Sure, whatcha need?   Thaneformerly Guðsþegn  14:31, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
I posted these requests to the Commons. If you are willing to do these, I would greatly appreciate them:
    • Housing Authority of the City of Austin - 1124 S IH 35, Austin, TX 78704-2614
    • Travis County State Jail entrance sign and panorama (Please do not go onto the prison property) - See map - 8101 FM 969, Austin, TX 78724
    • Texas Juvenile Justice Department headquarters - Braker H Complex - 11209 Metric Boulevard, Austin, TX, 78758
    • Austin Fire Department headquarters: 4201 Ed Bluestein Blvd, Austin, TX 78721
    • State Finance Commission Building (Finance Commission of Texas and Texas Department of Banking headquarters) - 2601 N. Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78705
    • Texas Board of Professional Engineers - 1917 S Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78741
    • University of Texas at Austin graduate apartments:
      • Brackenridge Apartments - 3501 Lake Austin Blvd. Austin, Texas 78703 - There are multiple signs indicating the property: #1, #2, #3 and #4 - Please take a photo of one or more of the signs, preferably a sign with some buildings
      • Colorado Apartments - 2501 Lake Austin Blvd. Austin, Texas 78703 - See image - Please take a photo of the sign with the buildings, like in the image
      • Gateway Apartments - 1618 West 6th Street Austin, Texas 78703 - See image
    • Mathews Elementary - 906 West Lynn St. Austin, TX 78703 (zoned school for UT graduate apartments)
    • O'Henry Middle - 2610 West 10th St. Austin, TX 78703 (zoned school for UT graduate apartments)
    • Grave of George Beto, Texas State Cemetery, see copyrighted photograph of grave - Section: Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1) Row:D Number: 1
If you want, I can post more requests. You're welcome to "share" requests with other Austin-area editors who are closer to particular landmarks

WhisperToMe (talk) 15:34, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

Notification of a June AfC BackLog Drive[edit]

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Hello Thane:

WikiProject Articles for creation is holding a month long Backlog Elimination Drive!
The goal of this drive is to eliminate the backlog of unreviewed articles. The drive is running from June 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014.

Awards will be given out for all reviewers participating in the drive in the form of barnstars at the end of the drive.
There is a backlog of over 200 articles, so start reviewing articles! Visit the drive's page and help out!

The AfC helper script can assist you in tallying your edits automatically. To view a full list of changes, visit the changelog. Please report bugs and feature requests there, too! Thanks. Sent on behalf of (tJosve05a (c) by {{U|Technical 13}} (tec) using the MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 15:45, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

Great American Wiknic 2014 - Austin[edit]

I'd like to invite you to add an Austin event for the Great American Wiknic. This year we're aiming to coalesce nationally around July 6, but any date that is convenient to your local community works as well. And don't be shy about putting something preliminary on the national Wiknic page, it all helps!--Pharos (talk) 04:20, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Copyright checks when performing AfC reviews[edit]

Hello Thane. This message is part of a mass mailing to people who appear active in reviewing articles for creation submissions. First of all, thank you for taking part in this important work! I'm sorry this message is a form letter – it really was the only way I could think of to covey the issue economically. Of course, this also means that I have not looked to see whether the matter is applicable to you in particular.

The issue is in rather large numbers of copyright violations ("copyvios") making their way through AfC reviews without being detected (even when easy to check, and even when hallmarks of copyvios in the text that should have invited a check, were glaring). A second issue is the correct method of dealing with them when discovered.

If you don't do so already, I'd like to ask for your to help with this problem by taking on the practice of performing a copyvio check as the first step in any AfC review. The most basic method is to simply copy a unique but small portion of text from the draft body and run it through a search engine in quotation marks. Trying this from two different paragraphs is recommended. (If you have any question about whether the text was copied from the draft, rather than the other way around (a "backwards copyvio"), the Wayback Machine is very useful for sussing that out.)

If you do find a copyright violation, please do not decline the draft on that basis. Copyright violations need to be dealt with immediately as they may harm those whose content is being used and expose Wikipedia to potential legal liability. If the draft is substantially a copyvio, and there's no non-infringing version to revert to, please mark the page for speedy deletion right away using {{db-g12|url=URL of source}}. If there is an assertion of permission, please replace the draft article's content with {{subst:copyvio|url=URL of source}}.

Some of the more obvious indicia of a copyvio are use of the first person ("we/our/us..."), phrases like "this site", or apparent artifacts of content written for somewhere else ("top", "go to top", "next page", "click here", use of smartquotes, etc.); inappropriate tone of voice, such as an overly informal tone or a very slanted marketing voice with weasel words; including intellectual property symbols (™,®); and blocks of text being added all at once in a finished form with no misspellings or other errors.

I hope this message finds you well and thanks again you for your efforts in this area. Best regards--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 02:20, 18 November 2014 (UTC).

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Disambiguation link notification for January 6[edit]

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DRN needs assistance[edit]

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Please sign new Wikimedia confidentiality agreement for nonpublic information by 15 December[edit]

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Reminder: Please sign new Wikimedia confidentiality agreement for nonpublic information by 15 December[edit]

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An important part of that transition is helping volunteers like you sign the required confidentiality agreement. All Wikimedia volunteers with access to nonpublic information are required to sign this new agreement, and we have prepared some documentation to help you do so.

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Help needed at DRN[edit]

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ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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