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Carnivorous starfish destroying Great Barrier Reef -- sugar cane farming culprit?[edit]

A story in the BBC is blaming Sugarcane farming for the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef. Is this of interest to this wikiproject? XOttawahitech (talk)


I've almost sent this article to AfD each time I've come across it. It's been tagged as having some serious issues and these tags have remained in place for a lengthy period. Please advise whether or not this belongs on this project and whether or not it is a potential AfD candidate/Move to draft candidate. Edaham (talk) 05:08, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

I have concerns about this article. It feels like a puff piece - something that I see others have commented on on the talkpage. The article states that Azomite is a registered trademark, so is essentially a commercially protected name and marketing device. Is it standard for Wikipedia to have articles about such names, particularly when the article in question seems primarily to be providing validation for its subject matter? PaleCloudedWhite (talk) 23:50, 15 January 2018 (UTC)
Edaham: it is not good form to post the same question in multiple places, like you did here, and at WT:WikiProject_Geology#Azomite_-_added_article_to_project_-_potential_COI,_mostly_primary_souced. But then, the editors here might be more interested than us geology-types that Azomite has been categorized as an organic fertilizer. The last time I checked (a few years back, for sure) silica ore was inorganic. And not a fertilizer. ~ J. Johnson (JJ) (talk) 21:20, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
J. JohnsonDisagree entirely. I’m not an expert in this field of whatever this article is about. It’s therefore entirely appropriate (and even recommended) for me to present my concerns to two (or however many) projects, I feel may either benefit from keeping/improving this article or helping to ascertain its suitability for inclusion in our project. This is in fact the reason why page reviewers add articles to one or more wiki-projects. WP:MULTI is not a great “rule” to start with, but in this case it’s completely inapplicable, since this isn’t a forked discussion, it’s two - one about whether or not the article is useful to agriculture and another about whether or not it’s useful to geology. Thanks for the time you spent checking it out. Edaham (talk) 07:16, 27 January 2018 (UTC)
Elliot: Although the question presented has different aspects, it is still one issue on one subject– the status of the article – with most of these aspects pertinent to both agriculture and geology. The problem of fragmented discussions on related issues, or a single issue, is exactly where WP:MULTI is applicable. Instead of posting identical questions at different places, without any mention of the other place, the preferred practice is exactly as WP:MULTI recommends: "start the discussion in one location, and, if needed, advertise that in other locations using a link." And now you know. Right? ~ J. Johnson (JJ) (talk) 21:21, 27 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up, It’s the policy I disagree with, not you specifically - not least of all because in this case, my posting it to two relevant projects hasn’t actually caused a problem. Everyone else involved simply got on with the task of looking at the issue and returning the required advice. If it helps you sleep at night I can do as you suggest next time. Also there are two “t”s in my name, but if you want the ping to work, you’ll have to use my user name which is Edaham, a portamanteau of several of my names. Edaham (talk) 05:45, 28 January 2018 (UTC)
Sorry. I once knew a guy who spelled it with a single "t", so I often miss the terminal "tt". ~ J. Johnson (JJ) (talk) 21:53, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

Notice: I've raised a question at WikiProject Geology of whether we have a sense for retaining or deleting this article. ~ J. Johnson (JJ) (talk) 22:14, 26 January 2018 (UTC)

Edaham - it's a trademarked product which is manufactured, not natural; it comprises natural substances. It looks like the company probably created the article. I sent it to AfD because the company does not meet the requirements for WP:CORP. Atsme📞📧 23:04, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
atsme I was aware of that and this is exactly the action I wanted to propose but I thought I’d submit it to the appropriate panel/project page first to see if there’s anything salvageable that they might want from it. The creator has already been noticed regarding the paid/COI issue. I’ve tagged the article before (not for afd though) and had the tags removed so this has been a bit of a loose tooth I’ve been probing at for a while. Thank you. Edaham (talk) 07:07, 27 January 2018 (UTC)
Agree. ~ J. Johnson (JJ) (talk) 21:23, 27 January 2018 (UTC)

Request for the Iteris Wikipedia article[edit]


Hello, WikiProject Agriculture participants. On behalf of Iteris, I have proposed an "Agriculture and weather" subsection for the current article's "Products" section (the proposed "Traffic and transportation" subsection is being discussed on the talk page, and I've also reached out to WikiProject Transport for feedback on that content). I am specifically looking at add information about the technologies developed by Iteris, and how they've been used, including a software system that suggests harvest times based on weather simulation and soil conditions. Are there any WikiProject Agriculture members willing to review the short section I've proposed about the company's agriculture- and weather-related products? I'm happy to answer any questions here or on the article's discussion page.

Thanks for any help in advance. Inkian Jason (talk) 20:19, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

Hello again. I am still looking for a volunteer to review the content I've proposed adding to the Iteris Wikipedia article's "Products" section. I've now submitted a request to the talk page here, if any project members are able to take a look. Thanks in advance. Inkian Jason (talk) 17:38, 6 April 2018 (UTC)
This edit request has been answered. Inkian Jason (talk) 20:16, 2 May 2018 (UTC)

WikiProject collaboration notice from the Portals WikiProject[edit]

The reason I am contacting you is because there are one or more portals that fall under this subject, and the Portals WikiProject is currently undertaking a major drive to automate portals that may affect them.

Portals are being redesigned.

The new design features are being applied to existing portals.

At present, we are gearing up for a maintenance pass of portals in which the introduction section will be upgraded to no longer need a subpage. In place of static copied and pasted excerpts will be self-updating excerpts displayed through selective transclusion, using the template {{Transclude lead excerpt}}.

The discussion about this can be found here.

Maintainers of specific portals are encouraged to sign up as project members here, noting the portals they maintain, so that those portals are skipped by the maintenance pass. Currently, we are interested in upgrading neglected and abandoned portals. There will be opportunity for maintained portals to opt-in later, or the portal maintainers can handle upgrading (the portals they maintain) personally at any time.


On April 8th, 2018, an RfC ("Request for comment") proposal was made to eliminate all portals and the portal namespace. On April 17th, the Portals WikiProject was rebooted to handle the revitalization of the portal system. On May 12th, the RfC was closed with the result to keep portals, by a margin of about 2 to 1 in favor of keeping portals.

There's an article in the current edition of the Signpost interviewing project members about the RfC and the Portals WikiProject.

Since the reboot, the Portals WikiProject has been busy building tools and components to upgrade portals.

So far, 84 editors have joined.

If you would like to keep abreast of what is happening with portals, see the newsletter archive.

If you have any questions about what is happening with portals or the Portals WikiProject, please post them on the WikiProject's talk page.

Thank you.    — The Transhumanist   10:53, 31 May 2018 (UTC)

Missing article: Feral crop[edit]

It was noted at Talk:Feral that we really need coverage of this subject, because "feral" doesn't just apply to domesticated animals. (Feral plant, etc., would redirect to it.) Right now, all we have a tiny section with 2 sources at Feral#Plants.  — SMcCandlish ¢ 😼  14:16, 24 June 2018 (UTC)

New articles[edit]

Greetings, I created two new articles and included this project because of listings on other like articles. If there are some that wish to take a look and possibly make improvements, including the project ratings I would appreciate it.
It would not take much to get to "Start-class". Thanks, Otr500 (talk) 11:33, 7 July 2018 (UTC)

Animal husbandry[edit]

There is a discussion at Animal husbandry on whether baby farming should be listed as a see also item. Project members are invited to constribute. Chiswick Chap (talk) 07:29, 20 July 2018 (UTC)