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Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Linking[edit]

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George Ferguson[edit]

Why does that section keep on getting deleted in the George Ferguson(mayor of Bristol) entry? It uses national and local news sources as citations and is relevant to the record of a serving politician. Other uses of foul language by other politicians has been included in their entries as relevant. Why's this different? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.33.110.141 (talk) 08:01, 18 September 2015 (UTC)

Please discuss this on the article's talk page. William Avery (talk) 08:04, 18 September 2015 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Grand Duchy of Lithuania[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Microsoft[edit]

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U. minor.[edit]

Hello, William. Thanks for the recent correction. I wrote the paragraph myself (years ago), or wouldn't have bothered to change the word. I use 'distinct' for 'clear' and 'distinctive' for 'distinguishing', 'having distinguishing characteristics'; but I gather the first can mean either. - Regards. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 193.39.159.73 (talk) 15:44, 23 October 2015 (UTC)

I've never heard of a taxonomist being pulled up for talking about 'distinct species' or 'distinct forms'! William Avery (talk) 15:48, 23 October 2015 (UTC)

Richard II[edit]

Edward III already had four other sons, including John of Gaunt. None of them, and certainly no unborn son, could displace Richard II, who was the only son of the eldest son of Edward III. Therefore, Richard became "heir apparent" to his grandfather when his father died.

My mistake. William Avery (talk) 22:01, 15 November 2015 (UTC)

Reference errors on 16 November[edit]

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Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (definite or indefinite article at beginning of name)[edit]

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ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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Dactylon redirects[edit]

Hi William,

I was just going through the New Pages feed, and my gosh there are a lot of redirects to Cynodon dactylon. How did it get so many names? --Slashme (talk) 21:55, 5 December 2015 (UTC)

Linnaeus split it in two, and gave it an untenable generic assignment. Attempts to reassign to a new genus therefore tended to generate at least two synonyms. It's also very variable, and botanists have always been loath to lump together where Linnaeus split, so it's a splitter's paradise. See for instance here. I have next to no idea who José Aristide Caro was, but he seems to have published a great many names now treated as synonyms of C. dactylon. William Avery (talk) 14:07, 6 December 2015 (UTC)

Merger discussion for Dry lightning[edit]

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An article that you have been involved in editing—Dry lightning —has been proposed for merging with another article. If you are interested, please participate in the merger discussion. Thank you. Pierre cb (talk) 05:05, 15 December 2015 (UTC)


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Please comment on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Anime and manga[edit]

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Season's Greetings[edit]

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To You and Yours! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 21:55, 23 December 2015 (UTC)

Autopatrolled rights[edit]

Hi, as you have created at least 25 articles you will now probably be given autopatrolled rights if you request them here. Thanks, Rubbish computer (Merry Christmas!: ...And a Happy New Year!) 20:39, 27 December 2015 (UTC) Rubbish computer (Merry Christmas!: ...And a Happy New Year!) 20:39, 27 December 2015 (UTC)

I've given you autopatrolled. Thanks for your work, and let me know if you have any questions. — Earwig talk 22:58, 5 January 2016 (UTC)

== Removing {{persondata}}

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Although {{Persondata}} has been deprecated, that doesn't mean it should be removed by hand. The goal is to migrate the data to {{Wikidata}} templates. Efforts are underway to automate that process. See Wikipedia:Village_pump_(proposals)/Archive_128#Removing_Persondata. You can manually convert Persondata to Wikidata if you like, but simple removal loses info. Thanks. John Nagle (talk) 05:30, 14 January 2016 (UTC)

Update: it seems to be OK to remove Persondata entries. However, did you get bot approval to do this in bulk? John Nagle (talk) 05:38, 14 January 2016 (UTC)
I will stop. It's an assisted edit, whereby I see diffs, not a bot. William Avery (talk) 08:12, 14 January 2016 (UTC)
Check out the discussions at Wikipedia:Bot_requests/Archive_64#Remove_persondata, at Wikipedia:Bot_requests/Archive_67#Remove_Persondata, and at Wikipedia:Bots/Requests_for_approval/KasparBot_3. I don't think you did anything bad, but it looks like that problem is going to be dealt with automatically, with logging of the deletions. Thanks. John Nagle (talk) 22:09, 14 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks. I will not resume, and will point this out to anyone else doing the same. There is at least one editor doing the same, but I can't remember who, unfortunately. William Avery (talk) 08:17, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
User_talk:Md.altaf.rahman#Persondata_removal 12:31, 27 January 2016 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Josip Broz Tito[edit]

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Orange (Colour)[edit]

Dear William, In reply to your previous message:

Hello, I'm William Avery. I wanted to let you know that one or more of your recent contributions to Orange (colour) have been undone because it did not appear constructive. If you would like to experiment, please use the sandbox. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page. Thanks. William Avery (talk) 22:57, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

I appreciate your decision to determine this piece of information was not constructive however it has be re-added by another user.
As the team in question are associated with orange and represent a different sport/league to those already mentioned, I believe this information is valuable and worth keeping.
Thank you.

It was neither removed nor re-added. I just put a warning on the wrong talk page. William Avery (talk) 20:44, 1 February 2016 (UTC)


Okie doke then - sorry if there was any confusion. 11:21, 20 Febryart 2016 (GMT) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 194.81.31.178 (talk)

Mangotsfield[edit]

Rather than reverting sensible edits, it might be worthwhile re-writing the whole of the page, which, I note, you have contributed quite a lot to.

Pigeon racing and so many other, irrelevant and unreferenced 'facts' are in the article, it reads very badly. Do you want to reference it properly and re-write it or should I do it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 80.195.100.70 (talk) 15:43, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

You are under a misapprehension. I haven't reverted any of your edits there. William Avery (talk) 16:54, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Gibraltar sovereignty referendum, 2002[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:List of films considered the best[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War[edit]

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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For the necessary but (from experience) highly repetitive work of tagging alternative scientific name redirects, adding missing redirects, working on making articles compliant with MOS:LIFE and MOS:LEAD#Organisms and linking lepidopterists from the infoboxes of species they described, and the many, many other minor issues plaguing fauna/flora articles (and especially insect articles...) that have accumulated about half a decade or more of backlog.

(Do you also catch yourself starting a line with "{{R from alternative" every now and then before catching yourself and remember that, wait, you're doing something else for once? Keeps happening to me...XD) AddWittyNameHere (talk) 17:18, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

Well thank you! I've enjoyed acquainting myself with the entomologists: perhaps most of all the Bahá'í bigamist and amateur tunneller Harrison Gray Dyar, Jr. My main problem is going for the Edit button when I'm not reading a WP text. William Avery (talk) 18:47, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
You're welcome! Oh yes, that's an issue for me too at times. I would enjoy acquainting myself with the entomologists, except seeing those articles reminds me of what a friggin' mess some of those pages are, if they've even got a page at all. (Dyar's in pretty good shape, though. Face-smile.svg) Makes me want to straighten them out, sure, but I've got to prioritize some way. Too much stuff to be done across too many articles. Suppose that'd be an issue you're familiar with as well, though. Hm, now that we're talking anyway, d'you happen to know any lepidopterists (or entomologists that did at least some work on Lepidoptera) with diacritics in their names that aren't on this list? That's one of my personal pet-peeves, seeing "Hubner"s, "Guenee"s, "Oberthur"s, and "Schiffermuller"s strewn about the pages (among goodness knows how many other names) AddWittyNameHere (talk) 19:07, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
Perhaps Karl Grünberg (who I see is rather dubiously on the List of Social Democratic Party of Germany members), Félix Édouard Guérin-Méneville (double word score!), Lionel de Nicéville and William Beutenmüller. I'm afraid I usually ignore the lack of diacritics. There are also some Russians whose names are Romanised in various ways. William Avery (talk) 19:34, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! I've copied those to my shortened-version notepad document (references and links are more of use to folks who may want to see what I'm basing my corrections on/that I'm not randomly applying diacritics to non-English-looking names/etc., than to myself. The wiki-links to relevant articles are of some use, but I've got most of those bookmarked anyway, so just typing the name in my urlbar is enough to find 'm) and I'll see about adding them to the full list sometime soon. In regards to Russians (and, for that matter, entomologists of other nationalities where the name isn't originally in the Latin alphabet), yeah, I'd noticed that as well. That's a potentially more iffy issue than correcting a Hubner/Huebner to Hübner, though, so unless I have a couple of major sources all supporting one particular form on hand, I tend to leave those be for the moment. You're certainly not the only one doing that, as the hundreds (or sometimes, thousands) of times I've fixed the same name can attest to. Oh well, suspect that my own frustration with them is mostly that I know the difference in sound between, say, a German u or ü, so Hubner for Hübner is just as blatant a misspelling to me as 'opple' for 'apple' would be to others. AddWittyNameHere (talk) 20:18, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
Yeah. The Russians can get in a queue behind the Western Europeans. William Avery (talk) 20:28, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
Mwa, it's mostly a matter of "I know this needs fixing and I know *how*; I know that *needs to be fixed*, but I don't know how. Let's not muck up that by implementing fixes that may be as wrong or worse than what's currently there" combined with a case of "even if I know how to fix it, if I can't bring references/proof to the table if/when asked, I'd probably best refrain from making mass-changes". There's a bunch of Western Europeans I'm not touching with a ten-foot-pole until I can do some in-depth research as well, usually when it's a name where both pronunciations and thus both the form without and the form with exist, and I have no way of telling which group this particular one belongs to. Some cases of not-Western-Europeans on the list, too (Díaz, Alphéraky—a Russian, but one where I've been able to find the needed references—Koçak, Povolný, Tengström), in the cases where I've been able to ferret out the sources I might need. AddWittyNameHere (talk) 21:19, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

Talk:Edward Leong[edit]

What about the politician here? I invite you to ongoing RM discussion. --George Ho (talk) 21:38, 7 May 2016 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Internet fraud[edit]

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2016 Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Search Community Survey[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Captain Marvel (DC Comics)[edit]

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The West Country Challenge[edit]

I presume you have heard about The West Country Challenge?

The The West Country Challenge will take place from 8 to 28 August 2016. The idea is to create and improve articles about Bristol, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

The format will be based on Wales's successful Awaken the Dragon which saw over 1000 article improvements and creations and 65 GAs/FAs. As with the Dragon contest, the focus is more on improving core articles and breathing new life into those older stale articles and stubs which might otherwise not get edited in years. All contributions, including new articles, are welcome though.

Work on any of the items at:

or other articles relating to the area.

There will be sub contests focusing on particular areas:

To sign up or get more information visit the contest pages at Wikipedia:WikiProject England/The West Country Challenge.— Rod talk 16:48, 18 July 2016 (UTC)

I'm a bit busy IRL at the mo, but will read up. Ta. William Avery (talk) 09:20, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Category:Cetaceans of Thailand has been nominated for discussion[edit]

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Please comment on Template talk:Coat of arms[edit]

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