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Atlanta Wiknic Sat June 30[edit]

Be there as detailed at Wikipedia:Meetup/Atlanta/Atlanta 3, or be unencyclopedic!--Pharos (talk) 20:01, 28 June 2012 (UTC)

It was good meeting you, Craig, and Justin today! LadyofShalott 01:12, 1 July 2012 (UTC)

Great American Wiknic Barnstar[edit]

A Barnstar!
Great American Wiknic Barnstar

You are awarded this mighty Great American Wiknic Barnstar for your valorous efforts in helping to organize the 2012 Great American Wiknic in the great city of Atlanta. -—Pharos (talk) 21:40, 2 July 2012 (UTC)


Hi. The problem with "presynaptic" and "postsynaptic" is that those terms have not been defined up to that point in the article. An article like neuron will mainly be read by people who know little neuroscience, so the net effect of the change for most readers will merely be to make the sentences impossible to understand. I don't want to edit-war with you, but could you give some thought about how to deal with that problem? Regards, Looie496 (talk) 16:41, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

Your reasoning makes sense. I thought it might be good to switch to pre- and postsynaptic after Tryptofish's edits used them because the article is fundamentally about an anatomical entity (as opposed to the article on neural coding as an example of one about the logical behavior of neurons). I agree that source and target are more accessible. It could be valuable to introduce pre- and postsynaptic terminology once in the article just because the reader will eventually encounter it elsewhere. Maybe it makes sense to mention them around one of the times synapse is used in the overview. Wakebrdkid (talk) 17:11, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

Bot blocked on Wikidata[edit]

Hi there; I'm contacting you here per your instructions at d:User:Wakebrdkid's bot. We're fine with bots doing test runs, but you were nearly at 2,000 edit – we normally request 50 edits in our test runs, and the most that people do is a few hundred. I've blocked your bot for now, though understand that this is not a reflection on your conduct or your programming ability. I'm merely enforcing existing local policy. If you'd like to continue running the bot, please file a request for bot approval. Thanks. — PinkAmpers&(Je vous invite à me parler) 16:34, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

Sorry, just noticed your request for approval. However, I won't be unblocking the bot yet, since either way you've made more than enough test edits for us to go off of. Obviously I'll unblock if the request closes as successful. — PinkAmpers&(Je vous invite à me parler) 16:40, 2 April 2013 (UTC)
Sounds good. Wakebrdkid (talk) 16:41, 2 April 2013 (UTC)

Atlanta - Great American Wiknic 2013[edit]

Hi! I would like to invite you to again join with a local edition of the Great American Wiknic this June (continuing the Atlanta Wiknic awesomeness of last summer) :) Also, please add any preliminary details asap to Wikipedia:Wiknic#2013 Wiknic! I guess the official wiki-meetup page would go at Wikipedia:Meetup/Atlanta/Atlanta 5 later.--Pharos (talk) 18:13, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Great American Wiknic Barnstar[edit]

A Barnstar!
Great American Wiknic Barnstar

You are awarded this mighty Great American Wiknic Barnstar for your valorous efforts in helping to organize the 2013 Great American Wiknic in the great city of Atlanta. -—Pharos (talk) 22:46, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia Loves Libraries 2013[edit]

You're invited! Please sign up at Wikipedia:Meetup/Atlanta/Atlanta 7. To get regular alerts regarding Atlanta meetups, please add your name to this page. Ganeshk (talk) 01:59, 24 October 2013 (UTC)

Popular category browsing[edit]

Hi Wakebrdkid! About your Popular category browsing project: I've been looking for a tool like that for ages, and from the popularity of other pageview-based tools like or Popular page tracking or the Lists of popular pages by WikiProject I'm sure that many more people would be interested in using it, too. Is there a chance that it will be made into a gadget or tool which is readily usable by everyone? Cheers, eh bien mon prince (talk) 22:22, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, Underlying lk! I use it pretty frequently. We have a few options for how to proceed. If you have a Mathematica license ($250 or free for Raspberry Pi computers) you can just copy and paste the code. If a lot of people started using it like that though it would break the server. I've considered making a monthly downloadable snapshot available in the free Wolfram CDF format. A snapshot for the cumulative views of any time span weighs in at about 500 MB (although with proper optimization and compression I could get it to well below half of that I think). I can send you the link for a rough test I made on September 1. It takes a few minutes to load in your browser after downloading, but once it is loaded the performance is as good as in the demo video where I pre-cached all of the statistics I was looking at. We could also make it into a live site and host it ourselves or try to get it hosted on Toolserver. It is probably easier to continue chatting through email. Wakebrdkid (talk) 22:47, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
Hi again and thank you for the quick reply! Looking around a little further, I found this Treeviews tool which returns the pageviews for all the articles in a given category, though as you pointed out it puts a considerable strain on the stats server and is really slow. Even then, perhaps you will find it interesting. Cheers, eh bien mon prince (talk) 02:39, 8 December 2013 (UTC)
Good to know! The performance is much better on Toolserver than doing it locally. I'm relatively new to the community, so I had only seen Magnus Manske's tools that were discussed on the Wikidata mailing list this year. Perhaps the new version of his Treeview explains the occasional slowdowns I've seen on over the past several months. Wakebrdkid (talk) 03:02, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Happy New Year![edit]

Have a great new year!

Isn't there a local event coming up? Anything I can do to help? -Neonorange (talk) 03:50, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

Happy new year to you too! The next official event is the Wiknic in the summer, but we had discussed doing an event for just our group before then. I'm open to any suggestions. Wakebrdkid (talk) 05:08, 1 January 2014 (UTC)
I have no suggestions, but I'd like to see and work with more Wikepedians in this area; if anyone comes up with an idea, I will help. I still have not bought Mathematica... thought I should learn markup first... if I can't put the time in to explore that, then I'm too lazy to make Mathematica worthwhile. And since I have a good telescope (Meade LX200 12" SCT), I need time to work with it; next week I'm putting a small concrete pad which may be a step toward a small observatory building (or not). There are enough microprocessors in the telescope (not to mention control via an iPad and computer processed images) to satisfy my digital jones. - Neonorange (talk) 03:42, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Great American Wiknic 2014 - Atlanta[edit]

I'd like to invite you to add an Atlanta event for the Great American Wiknic. This year we're aiming to coalesce nationally around July 6, but any date that is convenient to your local community works as well. And don't be shy about putting something preliminary on the national Wiknic page, it all helps!--Pharos (talk) 19:50, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! I started the page, and I'll start talking to people about it. Wakebrdkid (talk) 01:12, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

At Wakebrdkid I signed up for the 2014 Wicnic yesterday following your instructions of using 3 tildes. Today I reconsidered my decision to follow instructions as the result, lack of date attachment, makes it look different from the majority of the other responders. It was a help to me, in deciding whether to try to attend, to see that some dates other people responded have been recent. So I edited my post to 4 tildes to include the date. For the average person, it really doesn't matter. As a teacher for 24 years, for me the ability to follow instructions is important. You posted instructions for adding names, so I thought I would let you know that I really did pay attention to the instructions. I'm hoping for some patience and leniency from the group while I work through discovery of what is acceptable. Jenny (talk) 13:50, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi, Jenny! That is perfectly acceptable. You could even show up to the Wiknic without signing up on the page at all. I'll update the page with a more detailed agenda later this week with some suggested discussion topics. Regarding the picnic aspect, it will probably be bring-your-own-food again. If anyone forgets I can make a sandwich run during the event, since parking is easier at our new location. See you there! Wakebrdkid (talk) 14:52, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Good morning Wakebrdkid. I will be watching for the update with more details and possible discussion points. I am inclined to come even if some of it appears to be above my current, as a newbie, comprehension level. I hope just meeting with people supportive of Wiki will be inspirational. Wiki is my go to source for information. I rely heavily on Wiki as a starting place. In my opinion, one of its best features is the ability to click on the source of information and easily see the original source. Needing information this morning after reading a news article, I went to Wiki. The information on Wiki appears to be written by a knowledgeable source but the article is flagged for having no citations. I can not click on a source link and verify information. I am not going to do the research today to verify the information. I will trust it as valid. Today I did look at something that I haven't looked at before, the View History link. For cleanup I see people are using AWB. I went to the maual for AWB and think it would be a lot easier if someone just walked me through it. I wish my library provided How to Edit in Wiki classes. Might there be somebody attending on Sunday who could walk me through? Jenny (talk)

Hi, Jenny. Attending meetups is the fastest and easiest way to get a deeper understanding of behind-the-scenes activity at Wikipedia. One of our regulars, Ganesh, has done a lot with AWB. Hopefully, he will be at the picnic this year to give you some tips. Outside of Wikipedia, thoughts on its long term fate as a reliable source of information are heavily divided. Check out this article from a couple of months ago. I personally think it will be around for a long time and will slowly continue to improve in factual quality. We can certainly discuss these issues at length at the Wiknic. Wakebrdkid (talk) 14:21, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

The Pulse (WP:MED newsletter) June 2014[edit]

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BMJ offering 25 free accounts to Wikipedia medical editors[edit]

Neat news: BMJ is offering 25 free, full-access accounts to their prestigious medical journal through The Wikipedia Library and Wiki Project Med Foundation (like we did with Cochrane). Please sign up this week: Wikipedia:BMJ --Cheers, Ocaasi via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:14, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

Piedmont Wikimedians usergroup?[edit]

One possible idea for the Atlanta Wiknic is talk about starting a Wikimedia usergroup for volunteers in your area, maybe loosely defined as "Piedmont Wikimedians". You just need two or three volunteers to come forward, and to simply sign an agreement with the Wikimedia Foundation making use of trademarks and grants for outreach events easier. Similar efforts are underway at New England Wikimedians and Cascadia Wikimedians, and I could help you start a page at meta for your group as well. (I'm with the Wikimedia NYC chapter, and there is a Wikimedia DC chapter as well - but becoming a "chapter" is a later stage, and is about incorporating as a nonprofit.)--Pharos (talk) 12:15, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

That's interesting, Pharos. I think we could pull that off. We have briefly discussed becoming more official, just regarding Atlanta. However, our members are spread out and organizing at the regional level to help with funding requests could be very helpful. I've updated the agenda for the Wiknic. Wakebrdkid (talk) 14:08, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
You might want to borrow the format of meta:Southern California Wikimedians as an initial page to start something like meta:Piedmont Wikimedians.--Pharos (talk) 13:54, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
I am thinking North Georgia Wikimedians. I have started a thread here, Ganeshk (talk) 02:36, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
Ganesh, I don't live in Georgia. I responded on the meta talk page. Wakebrdkid (talk) 02:52, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

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Asian 10,000 Challenge invite[edit]

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ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

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