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Help with identification[edit]

Hello! I took this photograph in Salem recently, but I am having difficulty identifying the sculpture and building. I want to say this was adjacent to an open space or parking area called "Courthouse Square" (File:Salem, Oregon (2018) - 266.jpg; what's the purpose of this space?). Can any project members offer any leads?

Thanks in advance. ---Another Believer (Talk) 21:53, 25 September 2018 (UTC)

Try 231 High St NE on street view. This place is indeed called Courthouse Square. The building is the headquarters of the Cherriots public transit agency. – Jonesey95 (talk) 03:45, 26 September 2018 (UTC)
Thank you. ---Another Believer (Talk) 13:46, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

RfC on election/referendum naming format[edit]

An RfC on moving the year from the end to the start of article titles (e.g. South African general election, 2019 to 2019 South African general election) has been reopened for further comment, including on whether a bot could be used move the articles if it closed in favour of the change: Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (government and legislation)#Proposed change to election/referendum naming format. Cheers, Number 57 15:46, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

Wordstock now Portland Book Festival[edit]

I moved the Wordstock page and added enough sources to take the tags off, but Portland Book Festival could use some incoming links. Ideas? Cheers! Grand'mere Eugene (talk) 20:33, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

AfD: Women's March on Portland[edit]


Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Women's March on Portland ---Another Believer (Talk) 14:09, 23 October 2018 (UTC)

Next Collaboration of the Month(ish) coming up -- your thoughts?[edit]

I'd like to change up the Collaboration of the Month items. I haven't heard any suggestions since the last switch, so let me put a few possibilities out there before I make a unilateral any of you have preferences?

I thought I'd focus on articles that are low quality but high- or top-importance on our assessment scale. Here are a few options:

-Pete Forsyth (talk) 02:34, 24 October 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for proposing these choices, Pete. John McLoughlin and Vote-by-mail in Oregon get my votes because they are both important Oregon topics. Cheers! — Grand'mere Eugene (talk) 03:33, 24 October 2018 (UTC)


Marcus Whitman...or not?

I'm beginning to wonder whether Wikipedia has been the source of some "fake news" -- is this genuinely a portrait of Marcus Whitman?

I have been reading extensively about Whitman in the last year or so, and the lack of genuine portraits of him or his wife is a topic I've seen noted in several places (I believe O.W. Nixon stated it most directly in one of his books). There are of course some paintings etc. made after their deaths, but there's no particular reason to believe they are especially true to their subjects. The user who uploaded this file in 2006 was indefinitely blocked in 2008 for "uploading files without source/licensing after warnings." Using, I find some other instances of the file, identified as Whitman, but I see no reason to believe they weren't pulled from Wikimedia sites. (I did find a slightly higher resolution version, but...that could be a digital restoration from the one on Wikimedia.) The uploader attributed the file to painter Paul Kane, and said it was published in 1859; I found a book with Kane's paintings published in 1859, but consulting its list of illustrations, I find no mention of Whitman; and though I'm not an art expert, the style of this file doesn't seem especially similar to Kane's work.

I'm wondering if Wikipedia's been pranked here, and if we should remove the file. (Probably worth seeking input from an art WikiProject as well, but I thought I'd ask here first.) -Pete Forsyth (talk) 21:01, 25 October 2018 (UTC)

Followup...I found this page, captured in 2008, which ID's both as Whitmans, stating they were 1859 prints. But I'm not convinced that's an especially authoritative source. -Pete Forsyth (talk) 21:11, 25 October 2018 (UTC)

And, perhaps I posted too soon...on the Oregon Encyclopedia article I find similar claims the Kane sketched Narcissa (at least), and it appears perhaps this is published in this book, which the Multnomah County Library has. So I'm going to see if I can track it down. -Pete Forsyth (talk) 21:17, 25 October 2018 (UTC)

Hmmm... Is the 3rd author François Norbert Blanchet? YBG (talk) 00:32, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
 :) Looks like the WorldCat record is a little messed up. (Kane was also 19th century.) I have the book on hold, so I'll know more when it comes in. -Pete Forsyth (talk) 00:52, 26 October 2018 (UTC)

Washington Park station (Portland)[edit]

Please see Talk:Washington Park station (Portland) re: whether or not Washington Park station (Portland) should be moved to Washington Park station (Portland, Oregon). Thanks! ---Another Believer (Talk) 20:08, 4 November 2018 (UTC)

Oregon's Most Endangered Places for 2019[edit]

Just sharing for those who may be interested:

Happy Election Day! ---Another Believer (Talk) 18:04, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

Featured quality source review RFC[edit]

Editors in this WikiProject may be interested in the featured quality source review RFC that has been ongoing. It would change the featured article candidate process (FAC) so that source reviews would need to occur prior to any other reviews for FAC. Your comments are appreciated. --IznoRepeat (talk) 21:47, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

Crystal Hotel[edit]

I reverted a recent expansion to Crystal Hotel (Portland, Oregon), then realized the article is part of an ongoing class assignment. I posted a note on the article's talk page, inviting the editor to make improvements one at a time for easier review, or propose suggestions on the talk page. I have the article watchlisted, and invite other project members to keep an eye on the page as well, thanks! ---Another Believer (Talk) 05:55, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

Wish for partnership and images from Oregon Zoo in Portland[edit]

The international Wikimedia community has yet to establish a ongoing working relationship with any zoo.

Among possible zoo partners, the Oregon Zoo in Portland has done something of particular interest to Wikimedia projects and anyone wanting reference coverage of animals: x-rays of animals.

This is an unusual collection of images which would be impossible for most zoos to get, but it seems that the Oregon Zoo is curating a collection. Wikimedia readers would benefit greatly from access to this collection, and the Oregon Zoo could have their images in of Wikimedia's very popular animal articles indefinitely if they were willing to share any.

If anyone has or makes contact with anyone at the Portland Zoo then please gauge their interest in an x-ray animal partnership.

BTW - the Oregon Zoo's website has a malfunction. Here is the metadata for this page.

  • {{cite web |last1=Erten |first1=Jale |last2=Zaman |first2=Iffat |title=Importance of routine health checkups in young adults |url=Routine zoo checkups yield spectacularly spooky x-rays |website=Journal of Adolescent Health |pages=2 |doi=10.1016/j.jadohealth.2003.10.002 |date=January 2004}}

This incorrect metadata is likely preventing people from finding this and article articless.

Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:25, 17 November 2018 (UTC)