Wikipedia:WikiProject United States/Newsletter/April 2011

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The WikiProject United States Newsletter
April 2011

Scope and Mission of WikiProject United States

Welcome to WikiProject United States on the English Wikipedia! We are a project dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to the United States, with an emphasis on subjects with regional and national significance. This project was formed to coordinate the development of United States related articles and help maintain the United States Portal. Some project goals are to help list and categorize United States related articles, develop quality standards for articles and build templates that help users browse the articles that fall under this project. This project also provides a place for Wikipedians to share information and resources regarding improvements to United States related articles. Here, editors can ask for help with certain articles and bring otherwise overlooked articles and problems, to the attention of other editors. For more information of the role of WikiProjects, check out WikiProject guidelines.

Articles of note

This section highlights US related content that has been promoted to Featured Status in the last month:
Note:Articles pertain to one or more of the WikiProjects relating to United States topics but not necessarily WikiProject United States.

New featured articles:  • U.S. Route 30 in Iowa  • 1950 Atlantic hurricane season  • History of the New York Jets  • Grand Coulee Dam  • Warren County, Indiana  • Morgan dollar  • Leslie Groves  • Luke P. Blackburn  • L. Ron Hubbard  • 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final  • USS Constellation vs L'Insurgente  • J. Robert Oppenheimer  • History of Sesame Street  • Kennedy half dollar  • Sacagawea dollar  • 2009 World Series
New featured lists:
 • Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album  • Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals  • Grammy Award for Best Rap Album  • Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration  • Grammy Award for Best Rock Song  • Grammy Award for Best World Music Album  • List of Alabama Crimson Tide football head coaches  • List of Baltimore Orioles first-round draft picks  • List of Cincinnati Reds first-round draft picks  • List of Governors of Washington  • List of New England Patriots seasons  • List of New York Cosmos all-stars  • List of New York Cosmos seasons  • List of Oakland Athletics first-round draft picks  • List of Oakland Athletics managers  • List of Pittsburgh Pirates first-round draft picks  • List of Tampa Bay Lightning seasons  • List of WWE Divas Champions  • Philadelphia Phillies all-time roster (E–F)  • Philadelphia Phillies all-time roster  • The Simpsons (season 13)  • U.S. state reptiles

Project article statistics for March 31 2011
WikiProject United States assessment table

Current statistics

Project news
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Since the last newsletter was sent there have been a number of significant discussions and events that pertained to the project and United States related articles in general.

  • WikiProject American television has joined the family of WikiProjects that have agreed to share {{WikiProject United States}}. This project was started to improve Wikipedia's coverage of American television and the articles relating to that topic. If you are interested the project could use your help.
  • There is an active discussion on the talk pages of WikiProject United States and WikiProject Government about the inactive project WikiProject United States Government being added to the list of projects supported by WikiProject United States.
  • With the recent release of the 2010 US Census there have been multiple active conversations about how to update all the articles affected. If you have any ideas or want to help in this effort please leave your comments on the WikiProject United States talk page.
  • The tagging of articles continues and we have added several thousand articles to the count since the last newsletter.
  • We still have approximately 1300 articles in the project that need to be assessed so any help you can provide with assessments is greatly appreciated. Even 1 or 2 a day would be a big help.
  • A bot request was submitted to tag the remaining 500 pages of Portal United States with the United States banner. The project already has over 1700 of the portal pages tagged so this would be just to finish off the remaining ones.
Portal
Thanks to RichardF and a few others the United States portal is getting ever closer to achieving Featured portal status. The portal needs your help in filling in the Anniversaries (formerly known as On this day). Any help you can provide to help fill these dates in would be greatly appreciated. If you have any ideas or comments about the portal please feel free to leave them here.
Collaboration
The collaboration for April 2011 is Chesapeake Bay

The monthly collaboration is now in its third month since reactivation. The first article Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was improved significantly in February, as was George Washington (the second one) in March. Although the latter article was not nominated for GA, enough work was done for contributors to identify remaining content areas needing improving before an attempt is made, which is great progress. Thus anyone keen on reading up on Washington's role in the American Revolution and the presidency is most welcome to review and contribute. Magicpiano (talk · contribs) is planning on buffing material for the American Revolution segment by focussing on the daughter article, George Washington in the American Revolution first. Anyway, Chesapeake Bay is the new collaboration picked for April and anyone is welcome to work on it.

For choosing new candidate articles for May and beyond, editors should think about articles which have a range of issues that a variety of editors can help with, from content (primary school to university level research) to copyediting. Having a look over current and past ideas (which can be seen here and here (even older ones). So folks have a think about which articles are in most in need of fixing, or alternately, have a clear pathway to GA or FA status.
Things you can help with
  • Ideas for next months newsletter
  • Help with the Anniversaries in the portal
  • Help with the assessments
  • Help with the Collaboration
  • Comments in active discussions

Got a suggestion? A correction? Something you'd like to see included in a future issue? Drop a note at the Tip Line with your ideas!

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