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Article assessment milestone redux[edit]

We just hit 9,000 pages assessed for the project: the redirect List of elementary schools in the Anchorage School District was the 9,000th page. Of that figure, 5,396 are articles, lists or drafts. To give a quick history, it appears that large-scale waves of assessment occurred between 2007 and 2009, then little or no activity until I took up the task in late 2011. Right about four years ago, we hit 5,000 pages. The vast majority of assessment activity since then has been my doing, acting more or less on WP:SILENCE consensus from the discussion of four years ago and better judgment than anything else. I revamped the pertinent project page a little over a year ago to put assessment information in one place, should anyone not active yet interested care to keep track or double-check the work done by myself or any other editor. As it's a whole lot of work to do single-handedly, I haven't made the kind of progress I was hoping for; you know, the things one has to do to survive in a cash economy tend to get in the way of ol' Jimbo's pipe dream of us all being eager worker ants toiling away for free our whole lives, or whatever the case may be. There's three things I would ask of others to help pick up the slack: first is to go through stubs looking for anything needing deleted or merged (often enough, I come across stubs which serve little purpose and languish that way for years). Second is to likewise go through redirects looking for anything which could either be deleted (of course, bearing in mind that redirects are cheap) or possibly could be expanded into an article (which may apply to a small handful, many of which I've tagged with the appropriate rcat). Third would be the sizable backlog of unknown-importance articles, which I've only slowly chipped away at. Many times, I've not assigned an importance to an article when assessing because I'm not sure about it, only to see it remain that way for years due to the lack of other warm bodies. There's also far too many meaningless categories, but seeing as how the categorization regulars have created and vigorously defended that clusterfuck, I'd rather leave that alone and let them choke own on the rope hanging from such a twisted tree. We'll see how the cookie crumbles, but a new year may be bringing new priorities, which would mean shifting the focus of my activity on here. RadioKAOS / Talk to me, Billy / Transmissions 02:16, 31 December 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/2015–16 Alaska Anchorage Seawolves men's basketball team[edit]

Nominated for deletion. RadioKAOS / Talk to me, Billy / Transmissions 01:17, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

Merger discussion for Bering Sea Gold: Under The Ice [edit]

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An article that sports this project's banner –Bering Sea Gold: Under The Ice – has been proposed for merging with Bering Sea Gold. If you are interested, please participate in the merger discussion. Thank you.  Paine  u/c 03:40, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

Talk:Utqiaġvik, Alaska#Move to change name of article to "Utqiagvik, Alaska" following newly approved ordinance[edit]

This article was moved from Barrow, Alaska while a move discussion was ongoing with no consensus achieved, apparently solely based on this or similar stories, without regard for WP:COMMONNAME or the fact that we're still a ways off from it being official. More discussion is welcome. RadioKAOS / Talk to me, Billy / Transmissions 22:26, 31 October 2016 (UTC)

US 50,000 Challenge invite[edit]

Hi. The Wikipedia:WikiProject United States/The 50,000 Challenge has recently started, based on the UK/Ireland Wikipedia:The 10,000 Challenge. The idea is not to record every minor edit, but to create a momentum to motivate editors to produce good content improvements and creations and inspire people to work on more states than they might otherwise work on. If there's the interest I will start 1000 State Challenges like Wikipedia:The 1000 Challenge (Nordic). For this to really work we need diversity and exciting content and editors from a broad range of states regularly contributing. If you would like to see masses of articles being improved for the US and your specialist/home state like Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon, sign up today and once the challenge starts a contest can be organized. This is a way we can target every state, and steadily vastly improve the encyclopedia. We need numbers to make this work so consider signing up as a participant and also sign under any state sub challenge on the page that you might contribute to! Thankyou.♦ Dr. Blofeld 15:09, 1 November 2016 (UTC)

I just started the Alaska portion of the challenge by creating Stan Cornelius. I picked an obscure former legislator and was rather intrigued by what my Google search turned up, particularly the part relevant to country music, which is lacking in the article because I don't have easy access to any sources specific to that portion of his life. Like with Segundo Llorente, I feel it's a lot more rewarding to write about Alaskans who are inherently notable by virtue of legislative service but also notable for other things than to continue the prevailing practice of creating a slew of copycat permastubs about whomever happens to currently serve in the legislature. RadioKAOS / Talk to me, Billy / Transmissions 22:39, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

Hatcher Pass, Alaska nominated at RFD[edit]

Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2016 November 16#Hatcher Pass, Alaska. RadioKAOS / Talk to me, Billy / Transmissions 04:10, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

2016 Community Wishlist Survey Proposal to Revive Popular Pages[edit]

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Greetings WikiProject Alaska Members!

This is a one-time-only message to inform you about a technical proposal to revive your Popular Pages list in the 2016 Community Wishlist Survey that I think you may be interested in reviewing and perhaps even voting for:

If the above proposal gets in the Top 10 based on the votes, there is a high likelihood of this bot being restored so your project will again see monthly updates of popular pages.

Further, there are over 260 proposals in all to review and vote for, across many aspects of wikis.

Thank you for your consideration. Please note that voting for proposals continues through December 12, 2016.

Best regards, SteviethemanDelivered: 17:51, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Chulitna River (Susitna River)[edit]

All I got is a stub. I'm somewhat surprised at the dearth of sources on this river. Anyone got any ideas where we might be able to find some more information? Beeblebrox (talk) 00:57, 21 December 2016 (UTC)

Category:Alaska Sports Hall of Fame has been nominated for discussion[edit]

Category:Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, which is within the scope of this WikiProject, has been nominated for deletion. A discussion is taking place to see if it abides with the categorization guidelines. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the categories for discussion page. Thank you. RevelationDirect (talk) 00:37, 24 December 2016 (UTC)

Cannabis in Alaska needs photos; anyone local?[edit]

The article Cannabis in Alaska continues to expand as more news comes out about its developing scene. If anyone lives in or visits the area and has photos of any cannabis events of dispensaries, those would be a great addition to the article! Goonsquad LCpl Mulvaney (talk) 05:12, 30 January 2017 (UTC)

Despite being legal for some time, the permitting process seems vey length and cumbersome, so there aren't all that many stores yet. The nearest one to me is about 90 miles away, but the next time I'm up there I'll see what I can do. Beeblebrox (talk) 07:44, 30 January 2017 (UTC)
@Beeblebrox: cool, thanks! Goonsquad LCpl Mulvaney (talk) 08:44, 30 January 2017 (UTC)

Too many "Glacier Creeks"[edit]

See Talk:Glacier Creek#Geography is all wrong. I'd appreciate it if someone could doublecheck my findings, if I'm correct this will probably need to be made into a dab page. Beeblebrox (talk) 22:40, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

Alaska Education Directory 1999-2000[edit]

Hi, guys! I think it would be good for me to share this: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED443640.pdf "Alaska Education Directory, School Year 1999-2000"

Many rural schools in Alaska since 1999 have closed. This resource can be used to verify the existence of a school that has since been disestablished (the State of Alaska also has an online directory of schools) WhisperToMe (talk) 01:52, 14 February 2017 (UTC)