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The Bugle
Issue CL, October 2018

Published by the Military history WikiProject



WikiCup 2017 November newsletter: Final results[edit]

The final round of the 2017 WikiCup is over. Congratulations to the 2017 WikiCup top three finalists:

In addition to recognizing the achievements of the top finishers and everyone who worked hard to make it to the final round, we also want to recognize those participants who were most productive in each of the WikiCup scoring categories:

  • Featured Article – Cas Liber (actually a two-way tie with themselves for an astonishing five FAs in R2 and R4).
  • Good Article – Adityavagarwal had 14 GAs promoted in R5.
  • Featured List – Canada Bloom6132 (submissions) and Japan 1989 (submissions) both produced 2 FLs in R2
  • Featured Pictures – Cascadia (independence movement) SounderBruce (submissions) improved an image to FP status in R5, the only FP this year.
  • Featured Topic – Denmark MPJ-DK (submissions) has the only FT of the Cup in R3.
  • Good Topic – Four different editors created a GT in R2, R3 and R4.
  • Did You Know – Adityavagarwal had 22 DYKs on the main page in R5.
  • In The News – India MBlaze Lightning (submissions) had 14 ITN on the main page in R2.
  • Good Article Review – India Krishna Chaitanya Velaga (submissions) completed 31 GARs in R1.

Over the course of the 2017 WikiCup the following content was added or improved on Wikipedia: 51 Featured Articles, 292 Good Articles, 18 Featured Lists, 1 Featured Picture, 1 Featured Topics, 4 Good Topics, around 400 Did You Knows, 75 In The News, and 442 Good Article Reviews. Thank you to all the competitors for your hard work and what you have done to improve Wikipedia.

Regarding the prize vouchers - @Adityavagarwal, Vanamonde93, Casliber, Bloom6132, 1989, and SounderBruce: please send Godot13 (talk · contribs · email) an email from the email address to which you would like your Amazon voucher sent. Please include your preference of global Amazon marketplace as well. We hope to have the electronic gift cards processed and sent within a week.

We will open up a discussion for comments on process and scoring in a few days. The 2018 WikiCup is just around the corner! Many thanks from all the judges. If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email), Cwmhiraeth (talk · contribs · email), and Godot13 (talk · contribs · email) MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:41, 2 November 2017 (UTC)

TFA selection[edit]

This is to let you know that the Brazilian battleship São Paulo article has been scheduled as today's featured article for December 27, 2017. Please check the article needs no amendments. If you're interested in editing the main page text, you're welcome to do so at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/December 27, 2017.--Wehwalt (talk) 07:15, 7 November 2017 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXXXIX, November 2017[edit]

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Featured[edit]

I remember you in connection with the transclusion (thanks to you) of an editorialized presentation of new featured content at Portal:Featured content (which links from the navigation box on every WP page). I kinda liked it. Now it's gone. What are the chances of its return? ---Sluzzelin talk 22:49, 8 November 2017 (UTC)

Hey Sluzzelin, that was a transclusion of the Signpost's featured content report. I removed it from the portal when the newspaper wasn't publishing. It's back now, albeit on an irregular basis, so I can't disagree with you re-adding it to the portal. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 19:54, 10 November 2017 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: October 2017[edit]

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Headlines
  • Australia and New Zealand report: Adding Australian women in research to Wikipedia
  • Brazil report: Integrating Wikimedia projects into the Brazilian National Archives GLAM
  • Bulgaria report: Botevgrad became the first wikitown in Bulgaria
  • France report: Wiki Loves Monuments; Opérations Libres
  • Germany report: GLAMorous activities in October
  • Italy report: Experts training on GLAM projects
  • Serbia report: Wikipedian in residence at Historical Archives of Subotica; Model of a grain of wheat exlusivly digitized for Wikimedia Commons; Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Information and Wikimedia Serbia - GLAM presentations and workshops for museums, archives and libraries
  • Spain report: Women Writers Day
  • Sweden report: Swedish Performing Arts Agency; Connected Open Heritage; Internetmuseum; More Working life museums
  • UK report: Scotland's Libraries & Hidden Gems
  • Ukraine report: Wikitraining for Librarians; Library Donation
  • USA report: trick or treat
  • Wikidata report: WikidataCon & Birthday
  • WMF GLAM report: News about Structured Commons!
  • Calendar: November's GLAM events
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Facto Post – Issue 6 – 15 November 2017[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 6 – 15 November 2017
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WikidataCon Berlin 28–9 October 2017[edit]

WikidataCon 2017 group photo

Under the heading rerum causas cognescere, the first ever Wikidata conference got under way in the Tagesspiegel building with two keynotes, One was on YAGO, about how a knowledge base conceived ten years ago if you assume automatic compilation from Wikipedia. The other was from manager Lydia Pintscher, on the "state of the data". Interesting rumours flourished: the mix'n'match tool and its 600+ datasets, mostly in digital humanities, to be taken off the hands of its author Magnus Manske by the WMF; a Wikibase incubator site is on its way. Announcements came in talks: structured data on Wikimedia Commons is scheduled to make substantive progress by 2019. The lexeme development on Wikidata is now not expected to make the Wiktionary sites redundant, but may facilitate automated compilation of dictionaries.

WD-FIST explained

And so it went, with five strands of talks and workshops, through to 11 pm on Saturday. Wikidata applies to GLAM work via metadata. It may be used in education, raises issues such as author disambiguation, and lends itself to different types of graphical display and reuse. Many millions of SPARQL queries are run on the site every day. Over the summer a large open science bibliography has come into existence there.

Wikidata's fifth birthday party on the Sunday brought matters to a close. See a dozen and more reports by other hands.

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Talkback[edit]

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WikiCup 2018[edit]

So the 2017 WikiCup has come to an end. Congratulations to the winner, to the other finalists and to all those who took part. 177 contestants signed up, more than usual, but not all of them submitted entries in the first round. Were editors attracted by the cash prizes offered for the first time this year, or were these irrelevant? Do the rules and scoring need changing for the 2018 WikiCup? If you have a view on these or other matters, why not join in the WikiCup discussion about next year's contest? Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email), Godot13 (talk · contribs · email) and Cwmhiraeth (talk · contribs · email). MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:59, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Dorothy P. Rice[edit]

The article Dorothy P. Rice you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:Dorothy P. Rice for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Casliber -- Casliber (talk) 04:21, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

Mark IV Tank "Excellent"[edit]

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=LZ6jCwAAQBAJ&pg=PA47&lpg=PA47&dq=mk+1v++excellent+tank+hit+cars&source=bl&ots=ubHm-ZFo5q&sig=AeWpT5G9dVV6YiFJJ5rPzfq7LR4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjAg-_wytTXAhXsDsAKHYW3Aw4Q6AEIXTAQ#v=onepage&q=excellent&f=false

D. Fletcher recognised authority.

Hengistmate (talk) 11:32, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

@Hengistmate: Thank you for that! I've added to the article so that I'm not the only one who benefits from this. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 05:23, 27 November 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 24 November 2017[edit]

FAC[edit]

Hey Ed, I put Salamis up at FAC - feel free to add yourself as a co-nom. Parsecboy (talk) 12:58, 27 November 2017 (UTC)

@Parsecboy: Thanks, I've added my name (and answered a query ;-) ). Can we qualify who M. K. Barnett is? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 05:28, 28 November 2017 (UTC)

IP you have dealt with:November 2015[edit]

An IP you dealt with in November 2015 has reappeared. The IP that started in November 2015 with John Calvin "not being French" is back.[1]

And, with other comments(possible BLP violations) on the Crypto Judaism article talk page.[2]

The IP clearly hops around:

  • 92.2.46.1
  • 79.71.21.250
  • 92.5.94.220
  • 5.68.32.34
  • 2.121.254.236
  • 90.195.43.114
  • 2.219.248.118

Just to list a few. --Kansas Bear (talk) 05:38, 28 November 2017 (UTC)

Sigh. (At the person, not at you.) I've reverted the talk page posts, and given the length of this person's campaign, I've upped Calvin's protection level to semi so that we don't have to worry about an inadvertent edit getting approved. I'm not an expert in range blocking, but I'm pretty sure the remarkable breath of their IP addresses means that the tool won't be effective. :-/ Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 05:45, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
Thank you sir.--Kansas Bear (talk) 05:59, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
No prob! If I can help any more, please let me know. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 06:04, 28 November 2017 (UTC)

ANI Experiences survey[edit]

Beginning on November 28, 2017, the Wikimedia Foundation Community health initiative (Safety and Support and Anti-Harassment Tools team) will be conducting a survey to en.wikipedia contributors on their experience and satisfaction level with the Administrator’s Noticeboard/Incidents. This survey will be integral to gathering information about how this noticeboard works - which problems it deals with well, and which problems it struggles with.

The survey should take 10-20 minutes to answer, and your individual responses will not be made public. The survey is delivered through Google Forms. The privacy policy for the survey describes how and when Wikimedia collects, uses, and shares the information we receive from survey participants and can be found here:

If you would like to take this survey, please sign up on this page, and a link for the survey will be mailed to you via Special:Emailuser.

Thank you on behalf of the Support & Safety and Anti-Harassment Tools Teams, Patrick Earley (WMF) talk 21:12, 28 November 2017 (UTC)

USS Springfield (SSN-761)[edit]

Hello

English is not my first language, but I am not sure that this sentence in USS Springfield (SSN-761) is correct. Springfield was to be the test case for the possibility of awarding future repair anctric Boat. PMG (talk) 15:55, 1 December 2017 (UTC)

I've fixed the text - it was broken here. Parsecboy (talk) 16:18, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, Parsecboy. I've actually been on that boat! (As a kid.) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 05:24, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
That's cool! The only subs I've been on have been WWII vintage – U-505, Cod, and Torsk. Parsecboy (talk) 10:29, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

ArbCom 2017 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svgHello, The ed17. 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.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority 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 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)

2017 Military Historian of the Year and Newcomer of the Year nominations and voting[edit]

As we approach the end of the year, the Military History project is looking to recognise editors who have made a real difference. Each year we do this by bestowing two awards: the Military Historian of the Year and the Military History Newcomer of the Year. The co-ordinators invite all project members to get involved by nominating any editor they feel merits recognition for their contributions to the project. Nominations for both awards are open between 00:01 on 2 December 2017 and 23:59 on 15 December 2017. After this, a 14-day voting period will follow commencing at 00:01 on 16 December 2017. Nominations and voting will take place on the main project talkpage: here and here. Thank you for your time. For the co-ordinators, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:35, 8 December 2017 (UTC)

Nomination of Air Colombia for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Air Colombia is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Air Colombia until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Bingobro (Chat) 15:55, 8 December 2017 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: November 2017[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue CXL, December 2017[edit]

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Facto Post – Issue 7 – 15 December 2017[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 7 – 15 December 2017
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A new bibliographical landscape[edit]

At the beginning of December, Wikidata items on individual scientific articles passed the 10 million mark. This figure contrasts with the state of play in early summer, when there were around half a million. In the big picture, Wikidata is now documenting the scientific literature at a rate that is about eight times as fast as papers are published. As 2017 ends, progress is quite evident.

Behind this achievement are a technical advance (fatameh), and bots that do the lifting. Much more than dry migration of metadata is potentially involved, however. If paper A cites paper B, both papers having an item, a link can be created on Wikidata, and the information presented to both human readers, and machines. This cross-linking is one of the most significant aspects of the scientific literature, and now a long-sought open version is rapidly being built up.

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The effort for the lifting of copyright restrictions on citation data of this kind has had real momentum behind it during 2017. WikiCite and the I4OC have been pushing hard, with the result that on CrossRef over 50% of the citation data is open. Now the holdout publishers are being lobbied to release rights on citations.

But all that is just the beginning. Topics of papers are identified, authors disambiguated, with significant progress on the use of the four million ORCID IDs for researchers, and proposals formulated to identify methodology in a machine-readable way. P4510 on Wikidata has been introduced so that methodology can sit comfortably on items about papers.

More is on the way. OABot applies the unpaywall principle to Wikipedia referencing. It has been proposed that Wikidata could assist WorldCat in compiling the global history of book translation. Watch this space.

And make promoting #1lib1ref one of your New Year's resolutions. Happy holidays, all!

November 2017 map of geolocated Wikidata items, made by Addshore

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Books and Bytes - Issue 25[edit]

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Books & Bytes
Issue 25, October – November 2017

  • OAWiki & #1Lib1Ref
  • User Group update
  • Global branches update
  • Spotlight: Research libraries and Wikimedia
  • Bytes in brief

Arabic, Korean and French versions of Books & Bytes are now available in meta!

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Happy Saturnalia![edit]

Pompeii - Osteria della Via di Mercurio - Dice Players.jpg Happy Saturnalia
Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season, from the horse and bishop person. May the year ahead be productive and troll-free and you not often get distracted by dice-playing. Ealdgyth - Talk 14:05, 17 December 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, Ealdgyth. Same to you. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 01:35, 20 December 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 18 December 2017[edit]

User group for Military Historians[edit]

Greetings,

"Military history" is one of the most important subjects when speak of sum of all human knowledge. To support contributors interested in the area over various language Wikipedias, we intend to form a user group. It also provides a platform to share the best practices between military historians, and various military related projects on Wikipedias. An initial discussion was has been done between the coordinators and members of WikiProject Military History on English Wikipedia. Now this discussion has been taken to Meta-Wiki. Contributors intrested in the area of military history are requested to share their feedback and give suggestions at Talk:Discussion to incubate a user group for Wikipedia Military Historians.

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IP back[edit]

It would appear that particular IP[3][4] has returned to post nonsense over different article talk pages.[5][6] Spamming citation tags.[7][8] Does not like the word "France".[9][10] --Kansas Bear (talk) 06:10, 23 December 2017 (UTC)

@Kansas Bear: I'm sorry to have missed this while offline for the holiday. :-/ Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 04:57, 26 December 2017 (UTC)
No worries Ed. I understand. It would appear said IP has stopped editing.--Kansas Bear (talk) 05:00, 26 December 2017 (UTC)

Guild of Copy Editors December 2017 News[edit]

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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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Season's Greetings[edit]

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...to you and yours, from the Great White North! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 00:30, 24 December 2017 (UTC)

Cheers, Bzuk. Current status here: -25°. :o Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 04:57, 26 December 2017 (UTC)

Greetings[edit]

Thanks, Krishna Chaitanya Velaga. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 04:57, 26 December 2017 (UTC)

Happy Holidays[edit]

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Season's greetings!
I hope this holiday season is festive and fulfilling and filled with love and kindness, and that 2018 will be safe, successful and rewarding...Modernist (talk) 12:00, 24 December 2017 (UTC) (UTC)
@Modernist: Thank you! Hope all is well. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 04:57, 26 December 2017 (UTC)

October to December 2017 Milhist article reviewing[edit]

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On behalf of the Milhist coordinators, you are hereby awarded the WikiChevrons for reviewing a Milhist article at PR, GAN, ACR or FAC during the period October to December 2017. Thank you for supporting Wikipedia's quality content processes. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 04:55, 3 January 2018 (UTC)

Keep track of upcoming reviews. Just copy and paste {{WPMILHIST Review alerts}} to your user space

I would like to have your input in a discussion[edit]

Hi,

I would appreciate it if you could give your input regarding https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:List_of_naval_ship_classes_in_service#Split_this_article_into_multiple_articles Thanks in advance Dragnadh (talk) 02:01, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXLI, January 2018[edit]

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This Month in GLAM: December 2017[edit]

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Your GA nomination of Aileen Hernandez[edit]

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Aileen Hernandez you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria. Time2wait.svg This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Wizardman -- Wizardman (talk) 23:03, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Aileen Hernandez[edit]

The article Aileen Hernandez you nominated as a good article has been placed on hold Symbol wait.svg. The article is close to meeting the good article criteria, but there are some minor changes or clarifications needing to be addressed. If these are fixed within 7 days, the article will pass; otherwise it may fail. See Talk:Aileen Hernandez for things which need to be addressed. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Wizardman -- Wizardman (talk) 23:21, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

Thanks, Wizardman. I'll circle back on this asap. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 05:18, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

USS Oklahoma[edit]

Hey Ed. I've been doing some work to finish up USS Oklahoma (BB-37) to prep it for GA but I'm a bit rusty having been out of the process for a few years. I see you've done some editing on the article in the meantime, is there anything else there you think might be missing source-wise? Thanks! —Ed!(talk) 02:06, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

Hey, Ed! Good to see you back around the place. I think that there is more information out there, especially on the Pearl Harbor attack, but that its current state is good enough for GA. Phister et al is the big source that I'm aware of (and own!), and you've cited them extensively. On the design section, do you have Friedman's US Battleships? If not, I do and would be happy to add some info to the article. I should have time to do a more detailed source check in the next few days, and add the info in the next few weeks. (I have a work trip next week which is going to take up all of my time.) Not sure how long you'll be able to wait. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 04:05, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

ITN recognition for MV Sanchi[edit]

Gnome globe current event.svgOn 13 January 2018, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article MV Sanchi, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Alex Shih (talk) 19:55, 13 January 2018 (UTC)

ITN recognition for 2018 Southern California landslides[edit]

Gnome globe current event.svgOn 13 January 2018, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article 2018 Southern California landslides, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Alex Shih (talk) 19:56, 13 January 2018 (UTC)

Blocked IP back[edit]

That particular IP that I mentioned last month[11], is back.

Judging from this edit, the IP is also using 79.71.30.230. --Kansas Bear (talk) 02:31, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) Blocked the 92*, they've moved on from the previous one. Amused that they think Baal is a Jewish diety... - The Bushranger One ping only 03:17, 15 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, The Bushranger, for jumping in here while I was out. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 04:05, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 8 – 15 January 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 8 – 15 January 2018
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Metadata on the March[edit]

From the days of hard-copy liner notes on music albums, metadata have stood outside a piece or file, while adding to understanding of where it comes from, and some of what needs to be appreciated about its content. In the GLAM sector, the accumulation of accurate metadata for objects is key to the mission of an institution, and its presentation in cataloguing.

Today Wikipedia turns 17, with worlds still to conquer. Zooming out from the individual GLAM object to the ontology in which it is set, one such world becomes apparent: GLAMs use custom ontologies, and those introduce massive incompatibilities. From a recent article by sadads, we quote the observation that "vocabularies needed for many collections, topics and intellectual spaces defy the expectations of the larger professional communities." A job for the encyclopedist, certainly. But the data-minded Wikimedian has the advantages of Wikidata, starting with its multilingual data, and facility with aliases. The controlled vocabulary — sometimes referred to as a "thesaurus" as term of art — simplifies search: if a "spade" must be called that, rather than "shovel", it is easier to find all spade references. That control comes at a cost.

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Case studies in that article show what can lie ahead. The schema crosswalk, in jargon, is a potential answer to the GLAM Babel of proliferating and expanding vocabularies. Even if you have no interest in Wikidata as such, simply vocabularies V and W, if both V and W are matched to Wikidata, then a "crosswalk" arises from term v in V to w in W, whenever v and w both match to the same item d in Wikidata.

For metadata mobility, match to Wikidata. It's apparently that simple: infrastructure requirements have turned out, so far, to be challenges that can be met.

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The Signpost: 16 January 2018[edit]

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FAC for A-150 Design[edit]

I cleaned up this low-hanging fruit a little in preparation for a FAC; take a look and make whatever changes you see fit as I'd like to nom it with you as the co-nom considering that you did most of the work. Lemme know if that's cool by you.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 02:01, 26 January 2018 (UTC)

@Sturmvogel 66: Sounds good! Will look asap. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 04:19, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
@Sturmvogel 66: Took a look and did a bunch of copyediting. I'd love to get off G&D as the main source there, but I'm not seeing much more than a crazy number of counterfactual/alternate history forum posts. It doesn't look like Mark Stille even tried to cover them in Imperial Japanese Navy Battleships 1941-45. (This implies that Warship vol. 3 has a bit, but I'm not convinced there's much there given the table of contents.) Should we add any info on Japan's strategic considerations and later war situation, even if it doesn't actually mention the A-150s? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 02:52, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
I have that volume of Warship and it's not much use to us. I don't recall seeing anything significant on the A-150s in the issues of Contributions to the History of IJN Warships that I have, but I'll take another look when I'm less full of good beer. I'm not sure if we should expand the strategic discussion because it's obvious to us, but maybe not so much to ordinary readers. Hard to tell, but maybe we submit it to FAC and see if of those guys think that more coverage is necessary.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 03:28, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
Nothing of relevance in the issues of Contributions.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 18:54, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
@Sturmvogel 66: Well, that's a shame, but I suppose not a big surprise given the whole destruction of primary documents thing. Happy to ask the non-specialists at FAC for their opinion on the wider context. Do you want to nominate, or shall I? :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 06:20, 31 January 2018 (UTC)
Why don't you handle it; I've got family stuff for most of the day.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 12:56, 31 January 2018 (UTC)
Done! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 04:59, 5 February 2018 (UTC)

───────────────────────── I've made a first pass at expanding the background section, swiping some pieces of the Yamato class article. Take a look at it whenever you get a chance and make whatever changes you feel are necessary as I'm not sure about how it flows.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 15:23, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

I don't have that volume of Garke & Dulin, but we need to be consistent about when the design work for the A-150s stopped as we have one date in the lede and another in the main body.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 15:46, 9 February 2018 (UTC)
I should in theory be able to get to this on Sunday. :-) Will check the date as well. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 23:03, 9 February 2018 (UTC)
Great--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 00:58, 10 February 2018 (UTC)
@Sturmvogel 66: I think I've addressed all of this - thoughts? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 03:29, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
Sorry, it's been the week from hell. I'll take a look at it now.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 00:53, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
No worries—I hope it's gotten better. I've addressed the other comments there, I believe. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 02:23, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

─────────────────────────I took a stab addressing Moisejp's latest comment; see what you think as I'm not entirely satisfied with the phrasing. Is it weird that we've got a lot of comments, but not a single support?--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 19:29, 7 March 2018 (UTC)

@Sturmvogel 66: How does that look? Not sure on the supports. Nick may be waiting on me to go check Muir. ;-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 22:11, 11 March 2018 (UTC)
I think that that looks fine. Reworking the text a little more broadly like you did makes it flow better. Maybe that's why I was dissatisfied with my efforts. I can hope so, anyways, but I sure couldn't figure why that was.--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 23:57, 11 March 2018 (UTC)
No worries—isn't this just a great example of wiki collaboration at its finest? ;-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 01:19, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
I do believe that you are correct!--Sturmvogel 66 (talk) 03:37, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

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DYK nomination of 1977 Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-134 hijacking[edit]

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Books and Bytes - Issue 26[edit]

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DYK nomination of Aileen Hernandez[edit]

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The Signpost: 5 February 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 9 – 5 February 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 9 – 5 February 2018
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Wikidata as Hub[edit]

One way of looking at Wikidata relates it to the semantic web concept, around for about as long as Wikipedia, and realised in dozens of distributed Web institutions. It sees Wikidata as supplying central, encyclopedic coverage of linked structured data, and looks ahead to greater support for "federated queries" that draw together information from all parts of the emerging network of websites.

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Another perspective might be likened to a photographic negative of that one: Wikidata as an already-functioning Web hub. Over half of its properties are identifiers on other websites. These are Wikidata's "external links", to use Wikipedia terminology: one type for the DOI of a publication, another for the VIAF page of an author, with thousands more such. Wikidata links out to sites that are not nominally part of the semantic web, effectively drawing them into a larger system. The crosswalk possibilities of the systematic construction of these links was covered in Issue 8.

Wikipedia:External links speaks of them as kept "minimal, meritable, and directly relevant to the article." Here Wikidata finds more of a function. On viaf.org one can type a VIAF author identifier into the search box, and find the author page. The Wikidata Resolver tool, these days including Open Street Map, Scholia etc., allows this kind of lookup. The hub tool by maxlath takes a major step further, allowing both lookup and crosswalk to be encoded in a single URL.

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Empire of Brazil[edit]

Can you unprotected this page. Because this page was protect THREE YEARS AGO because an edit war. 201.1.218.16 (talk) 20:29, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Aileen Hernandez[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 9 February 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Aileen Hernandez, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Aileen Hernandez was once told that she would have to hire a "black" taxi if she was going to travel to the traditionally African-American Howard University? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Aileen Hernandez. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Aileen Hernandez), 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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This Month in GLAM: January 2018[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue CXLII, February 2018[edit]

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Nomination of BrowseAloud for deletion[edit]

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The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/BrowseAloud (3rd nomination) until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

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The Signpost: 20 February 2018[edit]

GOCE February 2018 news[edit]

Guild of Copy Editors February 2018 News
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Welcome to the February 2018 GOCE newsletter in which you will find Guild updates since the December edition. We got to a great start for the year, holding the backlog at nine months. 100 requests were submitted in the first 6 weeks of the year and were swiftly handled with an average completion time of 9 days.

Coordinator elections: In December, coordinators for the first half of 2018 were elected. Jonesey95 remained as lead coordinator and Corrine, Miniapolis and Tdslk as assistant coordinators. Keira1996 stepped down as assistant coordinator and was replaced by Reidgreg. Thanks to all who participated!

End of year reports were prepared for 2016 and 2017, providing a detailed look at the Guild's long-term progress.

January drive: We set out to remove April, May, and June 2017 from our backlog and all December 2017 Requests (a total of 275 articles). As with previous years, the January drive was an outstanding success and by the end of the month all but 57 of these articles were cleared. Officially, of the 38 who signed up, 21 editors recorded 259 copy edits (490,256 words).

February blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 11 through 17 February, focusing on Requests and the last articles tagged in May 2017. At the end of the week there were only 14 pending requests, with none older than 20 days. Of the 11 who signed up, 10 editors completed 35 copy edits (98,538 words).

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DYK for 1977 Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-134 hijacking[edit]

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Editing News #1—2018[edit]

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Did you know that you can now use the visual diff tool on any page?

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Sometimes, it is hard to see important changes in a wikitext diff. This screenshot of a wikitext diff (click to enlarge) shows that the paragraphs have been rearranged, but it does not highlight the removal of a word or the addition of a new sentence.

If you enable the Beta Feature for "Visual differences", you will have a new option. It will give you a new box at the top of every diff page. This box will let you choose either diff system on any edit.

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Click the toggle button to switch between visual and wikitext diffs.

In the visual diff, additions, removals, new links, and formatting changes will be highlighted. Other changes, such as changing the size of an image, are described in notes on the side.

Screenshot showing the same changes to an article. Most changes are highlighted with text formatting.

This screenshot shows the same edit as the wikitext diff. The visual diff highlights the removal of one word and the addition of a new sentence. An arrow indicates that the paragraph changed location.

You can read and help translate the user guide, which has more information about how to use the visual editor.

Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has spent most of their time supporting the 2017 wikitext editor mode, which is available inside the visual editor as a Beta Feature, and improving the visual diff tool. Their work board is available in Phabricator. You can find links to the work finished each week at mw:VisualEditor/Weekly triage meetings. Their current priorities are fixing bugs, supporting the 2017 wikitext editor, and improving the visual diff tool.

Recent changes[edit]

  • The 2017 wikitext editor is available as a Beta Feature on desktop devices. It has the same toolbar as the visual editor and can use the citoid service and other modern tools. The team have been comparing the performance of different editing environments. They have studied how long it takes to open the page and start typing. The study uses data for more than one million edits during December and January. Some changes have been made to improve the speed of the 2017 wikitext editor and the visual editor. Recently, the 2017 wikitext editor opened fastest for most edits, and the 2010 WikiEditor was fastest for some edits. More information will be posted at mw:Contributors/Projects/Editing performance.
  • The visual diff tool was developed for the visual editor. It is now available to all users of the visual editor and the 2017 wikitext editor. When you review your changes, you can toggle between wikitext and visual diffs. You can also enable the new Beta Feature for "Visual diffs". The Beta Feature lets you use the visual diff tool to view other people's edits on page histories and Special:RecentChanges. [12]
  • Wikitext syntax highlighting is available as a Beta Feature for both the 2017 wikitext editor and the 2010 wikitext editor. [13]
  • The citoid service automatically translates URLs, DOIs, ISBNs, and PubMed id numbers into wikitext citation templates. This tool has been used at the English Wikipedia for a long time. It is very popular and useful to editors, although it can be tricky for admins to set up. Other wikis can have this service, too. Please read the instructions. You can ask the team to help you enable citoid at your wiki.

Let's work together[edit]

  • The team is planning a presentation about editing tools for an upcoming Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting.
  • Wikibooks, Wikiversity, and other communities may have the visual editor made available by default to contributors. If your community wants this, then please contact Dan Garry.
  • The <references /> block can automatically display long lists of references in columns on wide screens. This makes footnotes easier to read. This has already been enabled at the English Wikipedia. If you want columns for a long list of footnotes on this wiki, you can use either <references /> or the plain (no parameters) {{reflist}} template. If you edit a different wiki, you can request multi-column support for your wiki. [14]
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WikiCup 2018 March newsletter[edit]

And so ends the first round of the competition, with 4 points required to qualify for round 2. With 53 contestants qualifying, the groups for round 2 are slightly smaller than usual, with the two leaders from each group due to qualify for round 3 as well as the top sixteen remaining users.

Our top scorers in round 1 were:

  • United States Aoba47 led the field with a featured article, 8 good articles and 42 GARs, giving a total of 666 points.
  • Germany FrB.TG , a WikiCup newcomer, came next with 600 points, gained from a featured article and masses of bonus points.
  • India Ssven2, another WikiCup newcomer, was in third place with 403 points, garnered from a featured article, a featured list, a good article and twelve GARs.
  • United States Ceranthor, India Numerounovedant, Minnesota Carbrera, Netherlands Farang Rak Tham and Romania Cartoon network freak all had over 200 points, but like all the other contestants, now have to start again from scratch. A good achievement was the 193 GARs performed by WikiCup contestants, comparing very favourably with the 54 GAs they achieved.

Remember that any content promoted after the end of round 1 but before the start of round 2 can be claimed in round 2. Invitations for collaborative writing efforts or any other discussion of potentially interesting work is always welcome on the WikiCup talk page. Remember, if two or more WikiCup competitors have done significant work on an article, all can claim points. If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews.

If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to help keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Godot13 (talk), Sturmvogel 66 (talk), Cwmhiraeth (talk) and Vanamonde (talk) 15:27, 2 March 2018 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: February 2018[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue CXLIII, March 2018[edit]

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Facto Post – Issue 10 – 12 March 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 10 – 12 March 2018
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Milestone for mix'n'match[edit]

Around the time in February when Wikidata clicked past item Q50000000, another milestone was reached: the mix'n'match tool uploaded its 1000th dataset. Concisely defined by its author, Magnus Manske, it works "to match entries in external catalogs to Wikidata". The total number of entries is now well into eight figures, and more are constantly being added: a couple of new catalogs each day is normal.

Since the end of 2013, mix'n'match has gradually come to play a significant part in adding statements to Wikidata. Particularly in areas with the flavour of digital humanities, but datasets can of course be about practically anything. There is a catalog on skyscrapers, and two on spiders.

These days mix'n'match can be used in numerous modes, from the relaxed gamified click through a catalog looking for matches, with prompts, to the fantastically useful and often demanding search across all catalogs. I'll type that again: you can search 1000+ datasets from the simple box at the top right. The drop-down menu top left offers "creation candidates", Magnus's personal favourite. m:Mix'n'match/Manual for more.

For the Wikidatan, a key point is that these matches, however carried out, add statements to Wikidata if, and naturally only if, there is a Wikidata property associated with the catalog. For everyone, however, the hands-on experience of deciding of what is a good match is an education, in a scholarly area, biographical catalogs being particularly fraught. Underpinning recent rapid progress is an open infrastructure for scraping and uploading.

Congratulations to Magnus, our data Stakhanovite!

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April 2018 Milhist Backlog Drive[edit]

G'day all, please be advised that throughout April 2018 the Military history Wikiproject is running its annual backlog elimination drive. This will focus on several key areas:

  • tagging and assessing articles that fall within the project's scope
  • adding or improving listed resources on Milhist's task force pages
  • updating the open tasks template on Milhist's task force pages
  • creating articles that are listed as "requested" on the project's various lists of missing articles.

As with past Milhist drives, there are points awarded for working on articles in the targeted areas, with barnstars being awarded at the end for different levels of achievement.

The drive is open to all Wikipedians, not just members of the Military history project, although only work on articles that fall (broadly) within the scope of military history will be considered eligible. This year, the Military history project would like to extend a specific welcome to members of Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red, and we would like to encourage all participants to consider working on helping to improve our coverage of women in the military. This is not the sole focus of the edit-a-thon, though, and there are aspects that hopefully will appeal to pretty much everyone.

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Signpost issue 4 – 29 March 2018[edit]

Signpost interview[edit]

MHIST is being featured again. You are welcome to respond here. Eddie891 Talk Work 22:39, 30 March 2018 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXLIIV, April 2018[edit]

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Facto Post – Issue 11 – 9 April 2018[edit]

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The 100 Skins of the Onion[edit]

Open Citations Month, with its eminently guessable hashtag, is upon us. We should be utterly grateful that in the past 12 months, so much data on which papers cite which other papers has been made open, and that Wikidata is playing its part in hosting it as "cites" statements. At the time of writing, there are 15.3M Wikidata items that can do that.

Pulling back to look at open access papers in the large, though, there is is less reason for celebration. Access in theory does not yet equate to practical access. A recent LSE IMPACT blogpost puts that issue down to "heterogeneity". A useful euphemism to save us from thinking that the whole concept doesn't fall into the realm of the oxymoron.

Some home truths: aggregation is not content management, if it falls short on reusability. The PDF file format is wedded to how humans read documents, not how machines ingest them. The salami-slicer is our friend in the current downloading of open access papers, but for a better metaphor, think about skinning an onion, laboriously, 100 times with diminishing returns. There are of the order of 100 major publisher sites hosting open access papers, and the predominant offer there is still a PDF.

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From the discoverability angle, Wikidata's bibliographic resources combined with the SPARQL query are superior in principle, by far, to existing keyword searches run over papers. Open access content should be managed into consistent HTML, something that is currently strenuous. The good news, such as it is, would be that much of it is already in XML. The organisational problem of removing further skins from the onion, with sensible prioritisation, is certainly not insuperable. The CORE group (the bloggers in the LSE posting) has some answers, but actually not all that is needed for the text and data mining purposes they highlight. The long tail, or in other words the onion heart when it has become fiddly beyond patience to skin, does call for a pis aller. But the real knack is to do more between the XML and the heart.

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This Month in GLAM: March 2018[edit]

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Semi protection for created article[edit]

Parkchester Department of Public Safety[edit]

Semi-protection: High level of IP vandalism (Lobosuperstar (talk) 21:43, 13 April 2018 (UTC))

Our discussion[edit]

If you don't mind, I'd like to put this one to bed. My actions had the desired effect, which was to get the behaviour in question stopped. I'll bear in mind what you have said when a similar situation arises. No real damage has been done, has it? So, unless you feel that this needs to be escalated, I'd really like to close the conversation. Mjroots (talk) 06:44, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for committing to bear what I've said in mind—I'm glad you've seen that there can be a difference between what's called vandalism and what some would call disruptive. Given that, I've got no plans to escalate anything. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 01:12, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

Books & Bytes - Issue 27[edit]

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January to March 2018 Milhist article reviewing[edit]

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The Signpost: 26 April 2018[edit]

Broken link[edit]

The link is broken. The "v" in Vector.js should be lowercased. But it would be even better to say something like the following, so that the link would still work if they used a skin other than Vector:

Page too long and unwieldy? Try adding nominations viewer to your scripts page.

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Hey Gary King, I've just added your suggested wording. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 03:53, 30 April 2018 (UTC)

WikiCup 2018 May newsletter[edit]

The second round of the 2018 WikiCup has now finished. Most contestants who advanced to the next round scored upwards of 100 points, but two with just 10 points managed to scrape through into round 3. Our top scorers in the last round were:

  • Scotland Cas Liber, our winner in 2016, with three featured articles
  • Republic of Texas Iazyges, with nine good articles and lots of bonus points
  • India Yashthepunisher, a first time contestant, with two featured lists
  • Cascadia (independence movement) SounderBruce, a finalist last year, with seventeen good topic articles
  • United States Usernameunique, a first time contestant, with fourteen DYKs
  • San Francisco Muboshgu, a seasoned competitor, with three ITNs and
  • South Carolina Courcelles, another first time contestant, with twenty-seven GARs

So far contestants have achieved twelve featured articles between them and a splendid 124 good articles. Commendably, 326 GARs have been completed during the course of the 2018 WikiCup, so the backlog of articles awaiting GA review has been reduced as a result of contestants' activities. As we enter the third round, remember that any content promoted after the end of round 2 but before the start of round 3 can be claimed in round 3. Remember too that you must claim your points within 14 days of "earning" them. When doing GARs, please make sure that you check that all the GA criteria are fully met; most of the GARs are fine, but a few have been a bit skimpy.

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Corisande or Charis[edit]

Please let's discuss it here, before you edit the article again. After all, you are the one proposing to change a long-standing version, so I think you should be the one to convince me. Debresser (talk) 18:16, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

@Debresser: He was Charis' spymaster. I'm literally listening to that audiobook right now; yesterday had the chapter on him waking up. See also Wikia: "After Emerald joined the Empire of Charis, he became a senior advisor to Emperor Cayleb, as Minister of Imperial Intelligence and senior spymaster of the Empire." Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 19:48, 6 May 2018 (UTC)
Well done. But you are forgetting that he was Corisande's spymaster before he was resurrected and started working for Charis. And again, per WP:BRD, DO NOT revert till such time as you have established consensus for your change. Debresser (talk) 14:26, 7 May 2018 (UTC)
I’m scared that I got the references from the title of the section. Wanna link to the edit so I can weigh in as a 3O from someone who’s read the books extensively...Ealdgyth - Talk 14:30, 7 May 2018 (UTC)
See last few edits on the Safehold article. By the way, this editor also reverts other parts of my edit, which he should not do! Debresser (talk) 14:37, 7 May 2018 (UTC)
It is very simple. At the moment he is resurrected he was still Corisande's spymaster. Afterwards, Merlin won him over to the Charis side. Debresser (talk) 14:38, 7 May 2018 (UTC)
All this should be on the article talk page, will reply there. Ealdgyth - Talk 14:43, 7 May 2018 (UTC)

ARA Rivadavia[edit]

Hi. After all changes concerning ARA Rivadavia, Talk:ARA Rivadavia (1911) has been orphaned, with the renamed article ARA Rivadavia now accompanied by Talk:ARA Rivadavia (disambiguation) on a redirect. I am sure that that was not your intention, so would be grateful that you can sort that out, please. Davidships (talk) 02:38, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

Definitely not! I've just fixed it. Thanks for pinging! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 02:54, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: April 2018[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue CXLIV, May 2018[edit]

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German war effort arbitration case opened[edit]

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The Signpost: 24 May 2018[edit]

The Signpost: 24 May 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 12 – 28 May 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 12 – 28 May 2018
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ScienceSource funded[edit]

The Wikimedia Foundation announced full funding of the ScienceSource grant proposal from ContentMine on May 18. See the ScienceSource Twitter announcement and 60 second video.

A medical canon?

The proposal includes downloading 30,000 open access papers, aiming (roughly speaking) to create a baseline for medical referencing on Wikipedia. It leaves open the question of how these are to be chosen.

The basic criteria of WP:MEDRS include a concentration on secondary literature. Attention has to be given to the long tail of diseases that receive less current research. The MEDRS guideline supposes that edge cases will have to be handled, and the premature exclusion of publications that would be in those marginal positions would reduce the value of the collection. Prophylaxis misses the point that gate-keeping will be done by an algorithm.

Two well-known but rather different areas where such considerations apply are tropical diseases and alternative medicine. There are also a number of potential downloading troubles, and these were mentioned in Issue 11. There is likely to be a gap, even with the guideline, between conditions taken to be necessary but not sufficient, and conditions sufficient but not necessary, for candidate papers to be included. With around 10,000 recognised medical conditions in standard lists, being comprehensive is demanding. With all of these aspects of the task, ScienceSource will seek community help.

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Goliath[edit]

Ed, could you add a link on the Talk page to the article that's your source? It would make talking about it easier. Thanks. PiCo (talk) 20:31, 1 June 2018 (UTC)

The sources are in the diff; I've added a link to Google Scholar, which has several more! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 02:54, 3 June 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. The main source seems to be the Berginer/Cohen article in Ancient and Near Eastern Studies - I think it's the only one that would be an acceptable source in Wikipedia terms (TED talks aren't). Unfortunately the link is to the precise, and I can't find the article itself, which has some limitations for the way I can discuss it. Anyway, I'll make a comment on the Talk page. Thanks for your cooperation - people tend to get so hot under the collar about Wikipedia, which is pretty silly.PiCo (talk) 07:20, 3 June 2018 (UTC)
I think we're coming at RS/V from different perspectives. My contention is that there are several sources linking Goliath with acromegaly, so much so that the claims have made it outside academia and into popular media; it would be strange for us to not acknowledge them. A TED talk is perfectly valid in supporting that statement. Your contention is that anyone who isn't a biblical scholar could not possibly be reliable source in the context of the article, something that has no basis in WP:V. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 01:37, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

June 2018 GOCE newsletter[edit]

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Welcome to the June 2018 GOCE newsletter, in which you will find Guild updates since the February edition. Progress continues to be made on the copyediting backlog, which has been reduced to 7 months and reached a new all-time low. Requests continue to be handled efficiently this year, with 272 completed by the end of May (an average completion time of 10.5 days). Fewer than 10% of these waited longer than 20 days, and the longest wait time was 29 days.

Wikipedia in general, and the Guild in particular, experienced a deep loss with the death on 20 March of Corinne. Corinne (a GOCE coordinator since 1 July 2016) was a tireless aide on the requests page, and her peerless copyediting is a part of innumerable GAs and FAs. Her good cheer, courtesy and tact are very much missed.

March drive: The goal was to remove June, July and August 2017 from our backlog and all February 2018 Requests (a total of 219 articles). This drive was an outstanding success, and by the end of the month all but eight of these articles were cleared. Of the 33 editors who signed up, 19 recorded 277 copy edits (425,758 words).

April blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 15 through 21 April, focusing on Requests and the last eight articles tagged in August 2017. At the end of the week there were only 17 pending requests, with none older than 17 days. Of the nine editors who signed up, eight editors completed 22 copy edits (62,412 words).

May drive: We set out to remove September, October and November 2017 from our backlog and all April 2018 Requests (a total of 298 articles). There was great success this month with the backlog more than halved from 1,449 articles at the beginning of the month to a record low of 716 articles. Officially, of the 20 who signed up, 15 editors recorded 151 copy edits (248,813 words).

Coordinator elections: It's election time again. Nominations for Guild coordinators (who will serve a six-month term for the second half of 2018) have begun, and will close at 23:59 UTC on 15 June. All Wikipedia editors in good standing are eligible, and self-nominations are encouraged. Voting will take place between 00:01 UTC on 16 June and 23:59 UTC on 30 June.

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This Month in GLAM: May 2018[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue CXLVI, June 2018[edit]

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South Carolina-class battleship scheduled for TFA[edit]

This is to let you know that the South Carolina-class battleship article has been scheduled as today's featured article for July 11, 2018. Please check the article needs no amendments. If you're interested in editing the main page text, you're welcome to do so at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/July 11, 2018, but note that a coordinator will trim the lead to around 1100 characters anyway, so you aren't obliged to do so. Thanks! Jimfbleak - talk to me? 15:27, 14 June 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for the notification, Jimfbleak (and for the copyedit, Dank—I figured this was coming! ;-) ). Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 03:31, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
How's it going, Ed? - Dank (push to talk) 03:33, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
@Dank: It's going well! Thesis is still a work in progress, due to the whole part-time grad school thing, and I can't complain about work. How about you? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 15:22, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
Grad school used to be cheap, back in the day, and in the humanities, there usually wasn't too much pressure. Things have changed a lot, and it's not so much fun now. I'm doing more with gardening than I used to ... amazing things are happening in plant genetics. John says hi. - Dank (push to talk) 15:53, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
Regarding WP:ERRORS: sorry, I never do anything with images. Discussion at WT:TFA is always welcome. - Dank (push to talk) 12:43, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
@Dank: Hi John! Hope you're both doing well. :-) I can't speak for back in the day, but my professors frequently have too much on their plates. Lots of funding cuts. Plants sound interesting and new—you'll have to send me a photo of your garden!
Re ERRORS, welp. Stephen was quite right to call me out there; he has messaged me in the past, and I was moving a bit too hastily. (TRM, I generally ignore.) I've opened a Phabricator ticket to see if we can depreciate the current hacky method of protecting images on Commons.
PS I'm surprised anyone thought it was a good idea to use a surprise paparazzi shot on TFA, regardless of chronological distance. (Glad that wasn't you. ;-) ) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 01:45, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
I'll write up the gardening stuff sometime, with pictures, and stick it on my userpage. - Dank (push to talk) 18:25, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
Yes! Would love to read it, or if you'd prefer to be less public, you should have my email address somewhere. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 00:52, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
It's the gmail one, right? - Dank (push to talk) 01:38, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Yup! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 02:48, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Books & Bytes – Issue 28[edit]

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Issue 28, April – May 2018

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USS A. Childs[edit]

Hey

Do you think that USS A. Childs is below level of "this is ok stub"? Always when I check this page its supprise that this article is on en.wiki. PMG (talk) 07:47, 26 June 2018 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) Why isn't this merged into USS Alonzo Child (1857)? Chris857 (talk) 14:50, 26 June 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, I've just redirected it. Thanks, PMG and Chris857. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 01:01, 29 June 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 13 – 29 May 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 13 – 29 May 2018
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Respecting MEDRS

Facto Post enters its second year, with a Cambridge Blue (OK, Aquamarine) background, a new logo, but no Cambridge blues. On-topic for the ScienceSource project is a project page here. It contains some case studies on how the WP:MEDRS guideline, for the referencing of articles at all related to human health, is applied in typical discussions.

Close to home also, a template, called {{medrs}} for short, is used to express dissatisfaction with particular references. Technology can help with patrolling, and this Petscan query finds over 450 articles where there is at least one use of the template. Of course the template is merely suggesting there is a possible issue with the reliability of a reference. Deciding the truth of the allegation is another matter.

This maintenance issue is one example of where ScienceSource aims to help. Where the reference is to a scientific paper, its type of algorithm could give a pass/fail opinion on such references. It could assist patrollers of medical articles, therefore, with the templated references and more generally. There may be more to proper referencing than that, indeed: context, quite what the statement supported by the reference expresses, prominence and weight. For that kind of consideration, case studies can help. But an algorithm might help to clear the backlog.

Evidence pyramid leading up to clinical guidelines, from WP:MEDRS
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The Signpost: 29 June 2018[edit]

WikiCup 2018 July newsletter[edit]

The third round of the 2018 WikiCup has now come to an end. The 16 users who made it to the fourth round had at least 227 points. Our top scorers in round 3 were:

  • South Carolina Courcelles, a first time contestant, with 1756 points, a tally built largely on 27 GAs related to the Olympics
  • Scotland Cas Liber, our winner in 2016, with two featured articles and three GAs on natural history and astronomy topics
  • Cascadia (independence movement) SounderBruce, a finalist last year, with a variety of submissions related to transport in the state of Washington

Contestants managed 7 featured articles, 4 featured lists, 120 good articles, 1 good topic, 124 DYK entries, 15 ITN entries, and 132 good article reviews. Over the course of the competition, contestants have completed 458 GA reviews, in comparison to 244 good articles submitted for review and promoted. As we enter the fourth round, remember that any content promoted after the end of round 3 but before the start of round 4 can be claimed in round 4. Please also remember that you must claim your points within 14 days of "earning" them. When doing GARs, please make sure that you check that all the GA criteria are fully met. Please also remember that all submissions must meet core Wikipedia policies, regardless of the review process; several submissions, particularly in abstruse or technical areas, have needed additional work to make them completely verifiable.

If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article nominations, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews Needed (remember to remove your listing when no longer required). Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove your name from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Godot13 (talk), Sturmvogel 66 (talk), Cwmhiraeth (talk), Vanamonde (talk) 04:55, 2 July 2018 (UTC)

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This Month in GLAM: June 2018[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue CXLVII, July 2018[edit]

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Two articles[edit]

Hello

HNLMS Walrus and HNLMS Walrus (S802). Articles about the same stuff. Should it be like this? PMG (talk) 12:04, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

PMG To me, it would make the most sense to merge everything to HNLMS Walrus, but I'm not sure if there's a basis in policy for that. Maybe try at WT:SHIPS? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 08:37, 26 July 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 14 – 21 July 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 14 – 21 July 2018
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Plugging the gaps – Wikimania report

Officially it is "bridging the gaps in knowledge", with Wikimania 2018 in Cape Town paying tribute to the southern African concept of ubuntu to implement it. Besides face-to-face interactions, Wikimedians do need their power sources.

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Facto Post interviewed Jdforrester, who has attended every Wikimania, and now works as Senior Product Manager for the Wikimedia Foundation. His take on tackling the gaps in the Wikimedia movement is that "if we were an army, we could march in a column and close up all the gaps". In his view though, that is a faulty metaphor, and it leads to a completely false misunderstanding of the movement, its diversity and different aspirations, and the nature of the work as "fighting" to be done in the open sector. There are many fronts, and as an eventualist he feels the gaps experienced both by editors and by users of Wikimedia content are inevitable. He would like to see a greater emphasis on reuse of content, not simply its volume.

If that may not sound like radicalism, the Decolonizing the Internet conference here organized jointly with Whose Knowledge? can redress the picture. It comes with the claim to be "the first ever conference about centering marginalized knowledge online".

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Can I get your thoughts?[edit]

Hey Ed, I wanted to get your thoughts on this draft I've got set up. It's probably the single longest article I've ever written (it's roughly the length of Byzantine Navy I think). I plan on following up on it with a second article covering the battleship-era once I've got this one squared away. It was an extremely time-consuming process to write this article, but I definitely learned a lot in the process, and acquired some new sources too while doing so. I largely modeled the article after your own work at South American dreadnought race, so Parsecboy suggested I reach out to you for input.

Thanks! —White Shadows Let’s Talk 17:48, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

@White Shadows: Hey there, happy to look through it and give comments after I finish some post-Wikimania travel. :-) (cc Parsecboy) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 08:36, 26 July 2018 (UTC)
Thank you! The draft has been moved to the mainspace at Austro-Italian ironclad arms race but I would definitely still appreciate your thoughts just as before. Safe travels!—White Shadows Let’s Talk 14:32, 26 July 2018 (UTC)

Wikimania[edit]

Hi Ed, If you have capacity, would you be able to do a brief write up of any takeaways for the military history project from the recent Wikimania for the next edition of The Bugle? A paragraph or two on the project news page would be great (...or something more ambitious if you have time!). I'm not sure if any other members of the project attended this year. Regards, Nick-D (talk) 08:42, 29 July 2018 (UTC)

Hey Nick-D, sorry for the delay here. I unfortunately don't have many takeaways at hand, nor a lot of free time to write something up. (And I see that I missed the deadline. :-/ ) I believe Krishna attended as well, though, so you could ask him for the next edition? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 17:28, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
OK, no worries. Nick-D (talk) 10:34, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 July 2018[edit]

This Month in GLAM: July 2018[edit]

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Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/German war effort closed[edit]

An arbitration case regarding German war effort articles has now closed and the final decision is viewable at the link above. The following remedies have been enacted:

  1. For engaging in harassment of other users, LargelyRecyclable is indefinitely banned from the English Wikipedia under any account.
  2. Cinderella157 is topic banned from the history of Germany from 1932 to 1945, broadly construed. This topic ban may be appealed after six months have elapsed and every six months thereafter.
  3. Auntieruth55 is reminded that project coordinators have no special roles in a content dispute, and that featured articles are not immune to sourcing problems.
  4. Editors are reminded that consensus-building is key to the purpose and development of Wikipedia. The most reliable sources should be used instead of questionable sourcing whenever possible, especially when dealing with sensitive topics. Long-term disagreement over local consensus in a topic area should be resolved through soliciting comments from the wider community, instead of being re-litigated persistently at the local level.
  5. While certain specific user-conduct issues have been identified in this decision, for the most part the underlying issue is a content dispute as to how, for example, the military records of World War II-era German military officers can be presented to the same extent as military records of officers from other periods, while placing their records and actions in the appropriate overall historical context. For better or worse, the Arbitration Committee is neither authorized nor qualified to resolve this content dispute, beyond enforcing general precepts such as those requiring reliable sourcing, due weighting, and avoidance of personal attacks. Nor does Wikipedia have any other editorial body authorized to dictate precisely how the articles should read outside the ordinary editing process. Knowledgeable editors who have not previously been involved in these disputes are urged to participate in helping to resolve them. Further instances of uncollegial behavior in this topic-area will not be tolerated and, if this occurs, may result in this Committee's accepting a request for clarification and amendment to consider imposition of further remedies, including topic-bans or discretionary sanctions.

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The Bugle: Issue CXLVIII, August 2018[edit]

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August GOCE newsletter[edit]

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Hello and welcome to the August 2018 GOCE newsletter. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Guild's June election; your new and returning coordinators are listed below. The next election will occur in December 2018; all Wikipedia editors in good standing may take part.

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Our June blitz focused on Requests and articles tagged for copy edit in October 2017. Of the eleven people who signed up, eight editors recorded a total of 28 copy edits, including 3 articles of more than 10,000 words. Complete results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the July drive. Of the seventeen people who signed up, thirteen editors completed 194 copy edits, successfully removing all articles tagged in the last three months of 2017. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are here.

The August blitz will run for one week, from 19 to 25 August. Sign up now!

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators, Reidgreg, Baffle gab1978, Jonesey95, Miniapolis and Tdslk.

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ITN recognition for The Stone Sky[edit]

Gnome globe current event.svgOn 21 August 2018, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article The Stone Sky, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Pawnkingthree (talk) 12:20, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 15 – 21 August 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 15 – 21 August 2018
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Neglected diseases
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What's a Neglected Disease?, ScienceSource video

To grasp the nettle, there are rare diseases, there are tropical diseases and then there are "neglected diseases". Evidently a rare enough disease is likely to be neglected, but neglected disease these days means a disease not rare, but tropical, and most often infectious or parasitic. Rare diseases as a group are dominated, in contrast, by genetic diseases.

A major aspect of neglect is found in tracking drug discovery. Orphan drugs are those developed to treat rare diseases (rare enough not to have market-driven research), but there is some overlap in practice with the WHO's neglected diseases, where snakebite, a "neglected public health issue", is on the list.

From an encyclopedic point of view, lack of research also may mean lack of high-quality references: the core medical literature differs from primary research, since it operates by aggregating trials. This bibliographic deficit clearly hinders Wikipedia's mission. The ScienceSource project is currently addressing this issue, on Wikidata. Its Wikidata focus list at WD:SSFL is trying to ensure that neglect does not turn into bias in its selection of science papers.

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The Stone Sky cover image NFUR replaced[edit]

File:Jemisin The Stone Sky cover.jpg seemed to have an inadequate non-free use rationale – especially on replaceability –, so I've changed the rationale it with Special:Diff/855980714. Please do better next time. 84.250.17.211 (talk) 03:57, 22 August 2018 (UTC)

A Barnstar for you![edit]

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For this nomination for 'In the news'. Now I know what series to read next! Cheers, — Insertcleverphrasehere (or here) 23:08, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
Happy to help. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 01:38, 23 August 2018 (UTC)

Books & Bytes – Issue 29[edit]

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Wikiproject Military history coordinator election nominations open[edit]

Nominations for the upcoming project coordinator election are now open. A team of up to ten coordinators will be elected for the next year. The project coordinators are the designated points of contact for issues concerning the project, and are responsible for maintaining our internal structure and processes. They do not, however, have any authority over article content or editor conduct, or any other special powers. More information on being a coordinator is available here. If you are interested in running, please sign up here by 23:59 UTC on 14 September! Voting doesn't commence until 15 September. If you have any questions, you can contact any member of the coord team. Cheers, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:54, 1 September 2018 (UTC)

Who? What? The Stone Sky[edit]

So I'm reading along and hit:

The comm reaches Rennanis after a costly desert crossing, ...

Who? What? Nowhere else do these terms have any mention.

I look back in history and find Motor-bureau's expansion of Plot and see this state. Mentions of both 'comm' and 'Rennanis'. Not revealing mentions, but maybe 'comm' is a committee and Rennanis is a place?

After your revisions we're left with just the sentence as above. So I'm left confused... Shenme (talk) 02:15, 1 September 2018 (UTC)

Thanks, I've added that back in. Trimming text can be surprisingly difficult! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 00:42, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

WikiCup 2018 September newsletter[edit]

The fourth round of the 2018 WikiCup has now come to an end. The eight users who made it to the final round had to score a minimum of 422 points to qualify, with the top score in the round being 4869 points. The leaders in round 4 were:

  • South Carolina Courcelles scored a magnificent 4869 points, with 92 good articles on Olympics-related themes. Courcelles' bonus points alone exceeded the total score of any of the other contestants!
  • Hel, Poland Kees08 was second with 1155 points, including a high-scoring featured article for Neil Armstrong, two good topics and some Olympics-related good articles.
  • Scotland Cas Liber, with 1066 points, was in third place this round, with two featured articles and a good article, all on natural history topics.
  • Other contestants who qualified for the final round were Marshall Islands Nova Crystallis, Republic of Texas Iazyges, Cascadia (independence movement) SounderBruce, Wales Kosack and United States Ceranthor.

During round four, 6 featured articles and 164 good articles were promoted by WikiCup contestants, 13 articles were included in good topics and 143 good article reviews were performed. There were also 10 "in the news" contributions on the main page and 53 "did you knows". Congratulations to all who participated! It was a generally high-scoring and productive round and I think we can expect a highly competitive finish to the competition.

Remember that any content promoted after the end of round 4 but before the start of round 5 can be claimed in round 5. Remember too that you must claim your points within 10 days of "earning" them. If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. It would be helpful if this list could be cleared of any items no longer relevant. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck, and let the best editor win! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Godot13, Sturmvogel 66, Vanamonde and Cwmhiraeth. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:31, 1 September 2018 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: August 2018[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue CXLIX, September 2018[edit]

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Milhist coordinator election voting has commenced[edit]

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Milhist coordinator election voting has commenced[edit]

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Proposed deletion of List of commanding officers of USS Nevada (BB-36)[edit]

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The article List of commanding officers of USS Nevada (BB-36) has been proposed for deletion. The proposed deletion notice added to the article should explain why.

While all constructive contributions to Wikipedia are appreciated, pages may be deleted for any of several reasons.

You may prevent the proposed deletion by removing the {{proposed deletion/dated}} notice, but please explain why in your edit summary or on the article's talk page.

Please consider improving the page to address the issues raised. Removing {{proposed deletion/dated}} will stop the proposed deletion process, but other deletion processes exist. In particular, the speedy deletion process can result in deletion without discussion, and articles for deletion allows discussion to reach consensus for deletion.

(this is a courtesy notification as per PROD. The few notable officers on this list/page are already noted (with linked BLPs) in the main ship article. List is being deleted per consensus at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Ships/Archive 52#Lists of Commanding Officers.) - wolf 09:24, 16 September 2018 (UTC)

Hey Thewolfchild, I'm curious why you prodded this but not List of commanding officers of USS Oklahoma (BB-37)? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 05:07, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
The two pages may have similar titles, but that is where the similarity ends. The Nevada page was just a very basic list, and even then, only 5 of her 26 COs have BLPs, and those five are already noted and linked on USS Nevada (BB-36). The Oklahona page is more comprehensive (prose, images, detailed table... closer to an article), and further to that, 9 of her 22 COs have BLPs. I'm not even sure how many are noted on Only 2 of the 9 are noted on USS Oklahoma (BB-37), (I haven't checked yet), but so that would almost certainly have to be addressed first, as consensus seems to continually favor having notable officers added to their ship article's prose as opposed to just listing them all somewhere. Beyond that, the deletion of that page would most likely involve more than a simple PROD'ing, (ie: perhaps an RfC at wt:ships or milhist). But I haven't gotten around to that yet. I know you created the Nevada page and I also realize that people don't typically like having pages tbey've created deleted, but I would ask; why create a list of COs for just that ship, and not all the others? Cheers - wolf 07:44, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
Hey Thewolfchild, thanks for the reply. After thinking about it for a bit, my chief concern is that we're looking to delete this page without a clear consensus with which to do so/a consensus on what to do with these articles in general. That discussion has a pretty clear consensus on lists within articles, but not daughter articles. (I have no qualms about deleting this particular article; as I recall, I created the article only to avoid clutter in the main article. It just really needs more discussion.) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 17:02, 22 September 2018 (UTC)
I see you removed the tag... after 61/2 days. Before the page can be deleted, 7 days is required, so one might think of that as gaming the system. No one has said anything about this deletion since the tag was added. You suddenly feel a consensus is required for this and want to have a discussion, but I don't see where you've started one. This may not be a list "within" the main article, but that is really just a technicality. Calling this an article is being generous. There is barely any content. As I said above, only 5 of the officers listed are notable enough for BLPs and they are already mentioned and linked in the main article. Other than a bare list of either redundant or non-notable names, there is no other content. You haven't touched this page since you created it 10 years ago, and only a handful of others have made minor edits since. So what is there to discuss? And when and where are you planning on having this discussion? - wolf 20:45, 22 September 2018 (UTC)
Whoa bud, where's the bad faith coming from? There's no need to personalize this. I'm not disagreeing that this might not need to be an article, but based on this, the general concept of lists of commanding officers needs more discussion (IMHO). Feel free to start it, probably at WT:MILHIST; the onus isn't on the person who removed a PROD. Cheers, Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 06:28, 23 September 2018 (UTC)
I'm a prod patroller and checked out this one because it was clearly inappropriate as there's an obvious alternative to deletion: merger into the main article about the ship. I wasn't sufficiently interested to take action but easily have done so. Per WP:PROD, the process is only for uncontroversial deletions and so can be contested for any reason and at any time -- even after the 7 days -- see WP:REFUND. Andrew D. (talk) 08:08, 23 September 2018 (UTC)

─────────────────────────No bad faith intended and certainly haven't personalized this... just didnt care for the timing. A discussion has started, so I guess we'll see where it goes. - wolf 11:19, 23 September 2018 (UTC)

Interview request[edit]

Hi Ed, To mark the 150th edition of The Bugle next month, we'd like to interview some of the key figures in the newsletter's history. If you have time, I'd be grateful if you could respond to the questions at Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/News/October 2018/Interview by 1 October. Please let me know if you have any other suggestions for how we could mark this milestone! Regards, Nick-D (talk) 07:26, 22 September 2018 (UTC)

Thanks, Nick-D. I'll chime in soon. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 16:55, 22 September 2018 (UTC)

DYK[edit]

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Have your say![edit]

Hi everyone, just a quick reminder that voting for the WikiProject Military history coordinator election closes soon. You only have a day or so left to have your say about who should make up the coordination team for the next year. If you have already voted, thanks for participating! If you haven't and would like to, vote here before 23:59 UTC on 28 September. Thanks, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 03:29, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

DYK[edit]

I don't think the review you performed at Template:Did you know nominations/Exhibition of Australian Art in London was entirely correct. Please see my comment at the discussion. Thanks. North America1000 05:02, 29 September 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for double checking me. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 02:58, 1 October 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 16 – 30 September 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 16 – 30 September 2018
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In an ideal world ... no, bear with your editor for just a minute ... there would be a format for scientific publishing online that was as much a standard as SI units are for the content. Likewise cataloguing publications would not be onerous, because part of the process would be to generate uniform metadata. Without claiming it could be the mythical free lunch, it might be reasonably be argued that sandwiches can be packaged much alike and have barcodes, whatever the fillings.

The best on offer, to stretch the metaphor, is the meal kit option, in the form of XML. Where scientific papers are delivered as XML downloads, you get all the ingredients ready to cook. But have to prepare the actual meal of slow food yourself. See Scholarly HTML for a recent pass at heading off XML with HTML, in other words in the native language of the Web.

The argument from real life is a traditional mixture of frictional forces, vested interests, and the classic irony of the principle of unripe time. On the other hand, discoverability actually diminishes with the prolific progress of science publishing. No, it really doesn't scale. Wikimedia as movement can do something in such cases. We know from open access, we grok the Web, we have our own horse in the HTML race, we have Wikidata and WikiJournal, and we have the chops to act.

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The Bugle: Issue CL, October 2018[edit]

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Page move question[edit]

Can you please move back the pages to e.g. USATC S160 Class, this is its common name (for example see Tourret). The names you have given them are too long. And it's also S160 Class, not "Class S160". We commonly use abbreviations in the titles of locomotive classes; LMS, GWR, LNER; NZR, etc. USATC is not an exception to this rule. Tony May (talk) 04:25, 10 October 2018 (UTC)

@Tony May: Happy to flop class and designation, but I don't know what any of those acronyms mean, and that's exactly why WP:NCA exists. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 01:37, 11 October 2018 (UTC)
USATC is far better - and we've been through this on one of the project pages already. USATC is so long an acronym that it was pretty much never used, except as the acronym form. It's not necessary to know what it means to use it as a name, and the explanation and expansion can be done in the article body, not the title. Andy Dingley (talk) 10:32, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: September 2018[edit]

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Headlines
  • Albania report: Collections of Museums in Albania
  • Armenia report: GLAM+Wikidata
  • Australia report: WikiTour AU
  • Brazil report: Developing tGLAM: a landing-page generator for GLAM initiatives
  • France report: European Heritage Days; Linked data for archaeology; Paris: Edit-a-thon at Mobilier National
  • Germany report: History of Women and Democracy, Wikipedia-Culture-Ambassadors and two GLAM-on-Tour-stations in just four weeks
  • Macedonia report: Wiki camps in Macedonia
  • Malaysia report: Wikipedia for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum
  • Mexico report: Open GLAM Mexico 2018
  • Netherlands report: >20,000 press photographs 1940-1990 uploaded, GLAM Wiki Meeting, Aerial Photographs, GLAM-Wiki Manual & Wikipedia Course for Historical Societies
  • Norway report: Women in Red; Researhers Days 2018; The 2019 edition of #wikinobel
  • Poland report: Archival photographs and literary knowledge enrich Polish Wikipedia
  • Serbia report: Impact of GLAM seminars: Decentralization of GLAM activities
  • Sweden report: Wikidata P3595 Biografiskt lexikon för Finland; Student Project at the Nordic Museum; Learning about sources on Swedish Wikipedia
  • UK report: Botanical illustrations and Wiki Loves Monuments in Scotland
  • USA report: Back to school
  • Wikipedia Library report: Books & Bytes–Issue 30, August–September 2018
  • Wikidata report: Wikidata Tour Down Under
  • Calendar: October's GLAM events
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