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Quality watch:

Flag of Australia FAR[edit]

I have nominated Flag of Australia for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 21:55, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Earth 2015[edit]

Wikimedia Australia has been approached to see if we wish to be involved in the Wiki Loves Earth photography competition this year - similar to the Wiki Loves Monuments competition, but focusing on natural heritage (protected areas / national parks).

Is anyone interested in forming a small team to work on the requirements for the competition, as shown on the above page? (Just below this section.) Note the competition starts (in most countries) on 1 May so there isn't a lot of time left to get started, although most of the lists of protected areas already exist - Protected areas of Australia and associated pages.

Note that the WLE page does not specify that chapters are necessarily involved, so while WMAU supports the idea in principle it would be a reasonably autonomous group - of course all members of the community are welcome. -- Chuq (talk) 03:38, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

While I can't commit to this activity I think its a great idea. Some readers may not be aware that in an unrelated program Wikimedia Australia supports Australian editors interested in photography through a number of grants. The sponsored media is found in this category. - Shiftchange (talk) 08:05, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder @Shiftchange: I encourage Wikimedian photographers to visit that grants page in case we can assist! -- Chuq (talk) 00:02, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
Depending on what's involved, I'm happy to help out, particularly with regard to the Protected areas of Queensland. Lankiveil (speak to me) 11:02, 15 April 2015 (UTC).
Thanks @Lankiveil: I've had a couple of responses via email as well so will organise a mailing list. Anyone else who is interested is still welcome! -- Chuq (talk) 00:02, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Public houses, pubs, hotels[edit]

There is a proposal to replace the name "public house" in a lot of categories with "pub"? This would affect Category:Public houses in Australia and its sub-categories. I don't any particular issue with the renaming per se, other than the problem that in this era of relaxed licensing, what exactly is the difference between a public house, pub, hotel, tavern, bar, nightclub, noting we also have categories for hotels? Plus there are list articles floating around too. Anyhow, I thought the issue might be of interest to others. Kerry (talk) 22:14, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Don't know about other places but in WA there are different liquor licences for pubs (hotels), taverns, bars and nightclubs. Hack (talk) 01:41, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

Congratulations to Rocketrod1960 for completing the set of articles for Members of the Queensland Legislative Council![edit]

I would just like to say a public thank-you to Rocketrod1960 for his tireless persistance in ensuring every Member of the (now defunct) Queensland Legislative Council has an article. He has been plugging away on this task for months and finally finished it last night. Of course, many editors have contributed to this topic area over the years, so I extend my congratulations to all involved as we reach this milestone. Kerry (talk) 22:27, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

An incredibly impressive effort! Well done! I believe that makes four state and territory houses of parliament with every member covered now (the others being the SA LC and NT and ACT LAs). The Drover's Wife (talk) 08:19, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
A truly amazing piece of work - especially since they aren't all stubs but are almost all substantial articles. Bravo! Frickeg (talk) 11:29, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
This is very impressive - congratulations to all involved. Nick-D (talk) 11:31, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Oh wow, I assumed you meant all the *current* members... then I looked. This is amazing. Well done Rocketrod1960. --99of9 (talk) 11:37, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Thank you, thank you. Now for the Queensland Legislative Council Rocketrod1960 (talk) 05:14, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
Really good work, Rocket; thank you indeed. Being a get-rid-of-upper-houses guy, I find the history of that chamber very interesting. Qld, NT, ACT, and NZ all birds of a feather.

This incidentally brings up something I've been meaning to raise here—not aimed at any set of Australian politician articles in particular. A few months ago I went through a lot of the articles on current Australian politicians—federal, state/territory. A few patterns came up in many of them that I queried. First, the use of the "Children" field in infoboxes; unless relevant or notable, I removed. Metrics on children are often considerably less stable than spouse. Some infoboxes gave names and ages (?!)—like "Damian, aged 3; Patricia, aged 4; and Joseph, aged 6" ... really? A second issue was the slight POV aroma around family values and the normalisation of heterosexual family units as A Good Thing and Entirely Wholesome. I'm not sure we should be encouraging badges of familydom in such a prominent and official way. Second, "Australia", and common terms such as occupation names, were all too often linked. Third, there was rampant capitalisation of job positions (Secretary of the local business association, union). This is discouraged by MOS and the big external styleguides.

You might be interested that as I worked through them I became aware of the patterns suggestive of contributions by the politicians themselves, or more probably, their staffers or others who know and support them. ... which is why it's good to have independent editors such as Rocket creating and maintaining such articles.  :-)

Tony (talk) 12:10, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks Tony, after reading about the history of the upper house in Queensland and how T.J. Ryan and Ted Theodore set about to at first reign it in and then in the end, destroy it, I became fascinated by the whole saga, starting in 1860 onwards. It was amazing just how many of the appointees (until the 1900's anyway) were U.K. born, Protestant, and owned loads of pastoral land.

I don't think I ever filled in the children section of the infoboxes, let alone putting their ages. I did add the relatives who have articles or intended articles on here though. Rocketrod1960 (talk) 02:18, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

WikiConfererence Australia 2015 - update[edit]

Just letting you know that, having taken on board the feedback, we are now going with a 2-day conference (Saturday 3 October and Sunday 4 October) with an optional 3rd day (Monday 5 October) for specialist topics (unconference discussions, training sessions, etc). The venue is the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane. So put those dates in your diary! Note: Monday is a public holiday is some states but not others. Read about it here: WikiConference Australia 2015

As part of that page, there are now sections for you to:

  • indicate your interest in possibly attending the conference (this is not a binding commitment, of course)
  • add suggestions for topics to include in the conference: what you would like to hear/discuss (again, there is no commit to you presenting/organising that topic, although it’s great if you are willing to do so), or indicate your enthusiasm for any existing topic on the list by adding a note of support underneath it

It would really help our planning if you could let us know about possible attendance and the kind of topics that would make you want to come. If you don’t want to express your views on-wiki, please email me at kerry.raymond@wikimedia.org.au or committee@wikimedia.org.au

We are hoping to have travel subsidies available to assist active Australasian Wikipedians to attend the conference, although we are not currently in a position to provide details, but be assured we are doing everything we can to make it possible for active Australian Wikipedians to come to the conference. Kerry (talk) 08:32, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

WikiConfererence Australia 2015 - Save the date 3-5 October 2015[edit]

Our first Australian conference for Wikipedians/Wikimedians will be held 3-5 October 2015. Organised by Wikimedia Australia, there will be a 2-day conference (Saturday 3 October and Sunday 4 October) with an optional 3rd day (Monday 5 October) for specialist topics (unconference discussions, training sessions, etc). The venue is the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane. So put those dates in your diary! Note: Monday is a public holiday is some states but not others. Read about it here: WikiConference Australia 2015

As part of that page, there are now sections for you to:

  • indicate your interest in possibly attending the conference (this is not a binding commitment, of course)
  • add suggestions for topics to include in the conference: what you would like to hear/discuss (again, there is no commit to you presenting/organising that topic, although it’s great if you are willing to do so), or indicate your enthusiasm for any existing topic on the list by adding a note of support underneath it

It would really help our planning if you could let us know about possible attendance and the kind of topics that would make you want to come. If you don’t want to express your views on-wiki, please email me at kerry.raymond@wikimedia.org.au or committee@wikimedia.org.au

We are hoping to have travel subsidies available to assist active Australasian Wikipedians to attend the conference, although we are not currently in a position to provide details, but be assured we are doing everything we can to make it possible for active Australian Wikipedians to come to the conference. Kerry (talk) 00:19, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

Is it possible someone important from the Wikimedia Foundation might be able to attend and make a presentation? That might be a strong drawcard. - Shiftchange (talk) 06:31, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

Relevant move request[edit]

There is a move request at Talk:Epping (disambiguation) that members of this project may be interested in. Egsan Bacon (talk) 14:39, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

AfC submissions[edit]

Draft:James S Stening and Draft:John Cato. They appear quite promising. What do you reckon? FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 15:13, 4 May 2015 (UTC)