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Quality watch:

George Cross (actor)[edit]

just noticed there are two different sources for the date of death for George Cross (actor). possible that the newspaper articles are about two different people. does anyone have any insight? Frietjes (talk) 00:14, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

"The Sorlie Show", published 2 Jun 1950, refers to "In the Sydney Daily Mirror of August 26 last" – i.e. August of the previous year, 1949. That matches up with the other article "Former Matinee Idol Dead", published 13 Aug 1949, which says "Mr. George Walter Cross died yesterday" – i.e. 12 Aug 1949. - Evad37 [talk] 00:38, 19 June 2015 (UTC)
fixed the article to use 1949 Kerry (talk) 02:55, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

AfC submission[edit]

Draft:Jane Macmanamin (murder victim, Australia) --> what do you reckon? Cheers, FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 14:54, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

I think yes, based on the newspaper coverage, although it should be at Jane Macmanamin or Murder of Jane Macmanamin. I'd be a bit concerned about the amount to which it relies on State Records Office information, which is difficult to verify and gets perilously close to WP:OR territory. The Drover's Wife (talk) 02:29, 20 June 2015 (UTC)
However, Malachi Martin (Australian murderer) is clearly by the same author. That shouldn't have been accepted, as its poorly sourced at best and WP:OR at worst, and makes the dude out to be a serial killer on the basis of thinly cited sources. The Drover's Wife (talk) 02:32, 20 June 2015 (UTC)
Strongly disagree with broad qualifiers like 'Australia' related to the subjects, surely the state name, or smaller range is a better qualifier.JarrahTree 02:41, 20 June 2015 (UTC)
Disambiguation wouldn't be needed if it goes to main space. There are no other Jane Macmanamins on Wikipedia. Hack (talk) 08:38, 25 June 2015 (UTC)
I have accepted this as an article at Jane Macmanamin. Can someone give this a good category though? Graeme Bartlett (talk) 11:57, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

Template:Infobox Australian place[edit]

{{Infobox Australian place}}, which is used in over 10,000 articles, is attracting attention from some other editors. It was last nominated for deletion in 2009 and I suspect that may happen again. Some attention from Australian editors is necessary, or we might end up having to fix 10,000 articles. --AussieLegend () 18:16, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

Another move discussion[edit]

Not a place name this time! Talk:Reginald Baker (sportsman)#Requested move 21 June 2015. Trust this isn't disruptive. -- Mattinbgn (talk) 23:58, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

Approve a bot request to link Australian creative biographies to the DAAO project[edit]

Hi all.

As part of a government grant we have been working to create links from Wikipedia to the DAAO, Design and Art Australia Online, a primary resource of Australian creative biography, one that feeds the NLA/Trove database, an authority control for Wikipedia.

We have had lengthy discussions on the nature and placement of the link which has resulted in the suggestion that it be an external link.

We have now created the bot to create the links. It scans a number of Australian categories and tries to automatically match them against DAAO entries. If a match is found without the relevant external link then one is created. Currently we would like approval to test the bot out and remediate any bugs. Unfortunately this has been denied in the Bot request queue.

If anyone here has the ability to approve or progress a bot request please ping me so that I can resubmit it.

Thanks in advance! Queen Victoria (talk) 04:52, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Since you do not seem to have much experience editing on Wikipedia yet, it is unlikely that you will be permitted to operate a bot. However you should be able to modify your code to make a local list of what you want to change on your own computer. Then manually create a page with what changes you want to see happen, and then we can ask someone else, perhaps with AWB to apply the changes. Even without automation people should be able to do the job manually. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 08:06, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for your response @Graeme Bartlett:. This is an administrative task only and shouldn't be held up on the quantity of edits of a single programmer rather on the quality of the service to the Australian creative arts community as a whole. Is anyone able to auspice this task so we can finish this project? Queen Victoria (talk) 18:51, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
If the only issue is the quantity of edits made by the bot operator, then I'm happy to take that over and operate the bot myself (assuming you're willing and can provide me with the code). My question would be more around if the community is comfortable that adding these links to articles is within the scope of the external links policy. Lankiveil (speak to me) 03:26, 4 July 2015 (UTC).

Copyright Violation Detection - EranBot Project[edit]

A new copy-paste detection bot is now in general use on English Wikipedia. Come check it out at the EranBot reporting page. This bot utilizes the Turnitin software (ithenticate), unlike User:CorenSearchBot that relies on a web search API from Yahoo. It checks individual edits rather than just new articles. Please take 15 seconds to visit the EranBot reporting page and check a few of the flagged concerns. Comments welcome regarding potential improvements. These likely copyright violations can be searched by WikiProject categories. Use "control-f" to jump to your area of interest. --Lucas559 (talk) 15:13, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

How does this work? I'm confused as how I can help. Thank you. Alec Station (talk) 01:35, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

Wikiconference Australia 2015 cancelled[edit]

Wikiconference Australia 2015 originally proposed for 3-5 October 2015 will not be taking place. Thanks to those of you who expressed your support. You are all free to watch the football finals instead :-) Kerry (talk) 07:28, 3 July 2015 (UTC)