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Request for comment notice: $44M of $140M raised by Americans for Prosperity in 2012 election from Koch-related funds[edit]

You are invited to join the discussion at Talk:Americans for Prosperity#Request for comment: .2444M of .24140M raised by Americans for Prosperity in 2012 election cycle from Koch-related funds. Please contribute to the request for comment. Thanks. Hugh (talk) 17:19, 9 July 2015 (UTC)

Please help with this request for comment. This is an update to the request for comment and a plea for wider participation. The RfC question asks for community feedback on a one-sentence addition to the funding section of a US political advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity. The main source for the proposed addition is a pair of reports in The Washington Post, supported by and the National Journal. The proposed content summarizes a key finding of investigative journalism. The discussion of the RfC centers on the due weight of investigative journalism into the sources of funding of a US political advocacy group that is generally not legally required to disclose their funders to the Internal Revenue Service or the Federal Election Commission. Attention from uninvolved editors with some experience with the proper application of WP:DUE is respectfully requested. Generous excerpts from the sources are provided in the statement of the RfC question for your convenience. Thank you in advance for your time and attention. Hugh (talk) 15:45, 24 July 2015 (UTC)

This request for comment will most likely close Thursday 6 August 2015. This is an update and a request for wider participation. Issues in the appropriate application of our due weight content policy remain in the discussion. Your comments are needed. Please help with this important request for comment. Thank you in advance for your time and attention. Hugh (talk) 15:33, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Help needed! I have updated information for the entry on King County Library System[edit]

I'm the public relations specialist for the King County Library System in western Washington State. One of our staffers pointed out that the Wiki page for the lirary system is outdated, and I've been assigned to the task.

I have edited and updated the copy, updated and/or changed the links to current information, and swapped the links on each community library to direct users to the libraries, rather than the communities.

I'm aware of the need for neutrality, and have done my best to be completely objective in the information provided, but I offer the information for review by a neutral third party.

The update--with new photograph of a new library--is in a Word file. I have not posted or edited anything on Wikipedia yet, and am reluctant to update/edit the article directly without some oversight.

How do I proceed?

Many thanks,

Marsha Iverson

(employed as PR Specialist for King County Library System, also active in many other areas.) (MIverson124 (talk) 19:33, 30 July 2015 (UTC))

Responded on MIverson124's talk page. Cheers Gmcbjames (talk) 05:59, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

Suggestion for US state WikiProjects[edit]

Hello all! I was curious if anyone else thought it might be a good idea to make a (nonbinding) guideline on how individual US state WikiProjects should organize themselves. Some of the individual state WikiProjects don't look so good and have little content, but a few I think are really good. The front page of the WikiProjects for Hawaii, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, California, Arkansas are all pretty nice, I think, and might be used as examples. Georgia, Texas, and Massachusetts all have a nice organizational bar at the top. I'm sure with discussion some other additions could be added to a guideline, but I was just curious if anyone thought this was a good and realistic idea first before making a huge guideline. (And nonbinding is the most important part for me, if the community does agree to a guideline for the US State WikiProjects.) JonathanHopeThisIsUnique (talk) 20:39, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

That's a huge can of worms. There were gigantic arguments about WPUSA "taking over" and dictating to state wikiprojects, last time anything was tried. (like adding switches to indicate state projects in the banner, or merging inactive state projects into WPUSA as taskforces) -- (talk) 07:28, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for replying! That's exactly why I wanted to stress that this would only be a guideline, not mandatory. It would just be some ideas to help any State wikiproject that wants some suggestions or to help those that want standardization. JonathanHopeThisIsUnique (talk) 03:09, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
You should propose it at each state project you wish to do this to, first, and get their assent before asking to add it to this project. As I said, it was a huge can of worms last time, just adding mention of their projects onto WPUSA's banner. If they assent this time, then each project, individually should give permission, or we may run into the same can of worms. So ask the state projects first, then come back here for each project that says yes, and we can discuss each individually. I would say you'd need atleast 1-month of discussions at each state wikiproject, before coming back here, because last time they complained about being to quick on the trigger as well. -- (talk) 03:49, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for replying again! :) I thought it would be easier for them to come here, but if it's more likely going to work without any issues, then I have no problem doing that. Also, sorry for not replying sooner; I forgot that I needed to refresh to see updates. :)JonathanHopeThisIsUnique (talk) 04:29, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

JonathanHopeThisIsUnique - You may wish to check out: Wikipedia:WikiProject X. I would suggest researching the difference between guidelines - policy - and essays. I believe what you are requesting is an essay which can be approved by consensus by a wikiproject, while either a guideline or policy must have wide consensus through a venue such as the Village Pump. All State wikiprojects are only as good as the number of editors involved - many State wikiprojects may be either semi-active or inactive. Just some thoughts - Cheers Gmcbjames (talk) 06:32, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
I work on WikiProject Kentucky although I don't speak for it. In principle, I can support something like this. However, what's good for state WikiProjects would generally be good for all WikiProjects so maybe it's really a better idea to work on Wikipedia:WikiProject X as stated above. I'm not sure what state WikiProjects would uniquely need outside of guidelines (essays) about the structure of the main state article and major child articles (e.g., "History of..."). Do you have any specific ideas for common features for state WikiProjects? Stevie is the man! TalkWork 10:46, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
I for one would very much like to see this project succeed but if you guys think you are going to be able to do this you are kidding yourselves. If you start dropping notices on the talk pages of these project the trolls are going to come out of the wood work and you are going to be covered in drama. There are a lot of projects and editors out there that have extremely strong article ownership issues and no one stops them. So good luck. RingofSauron (talk) 10:59, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
I believe most state wikiprojects are dormant (at least that's the case for most of the states I follow). Echoing what was said above, at least one editor tried this years ago, back when most state projects were active. It resulted in a bunch of hard feelings, with us loosing at least one good editor. I support the idea, but I think you're walking a tightrope between the projects that are essentially dead, and those that are proudly active and refuse to succumb to "the man". With that said, the optimist in me says that Wikipedia has matured some since the last time this was tried, and your chance of success now is probably better than before. So bottom line, I support you trying, but be prepared and grow some thick skin, as you may need it.Dave (talk) 03:48, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
I agree with the premise that there should at least be some minimum standard of consistency. bd2412 T 16:08, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
Most of the state projects where dormant when that editor started try to get the state projects to work together then. Its even more the case now for several reasons including general editing being down and a complete loss in faith in the WikiProject system by many editors. WikiProjects are a magnet for drama (and shouldn't be). Some projects are allowed to exert undo influence and article ownership and although both are against various rules, they continue to get away with it. So, when less active projects like this one try to do anything they get attacked. RingofSauron (talk) 18:29, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

Regional US/Canada Wikimedia conference - Washington DC - 9-11 October[edit]

WALRUS - Wikipedians Active in Local Regions of the United States

Hello. I would like to invite you to WikiConference USA. This community gathering will be Friday-Sunday 9-11 October (with Columbus Day being Monday the 12th) in Washington DC at the National Archives and Records Administration.

Persons interested in participating may present a submission, request one of about 25 travel scholarships, or plan to attend. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:51, 5 August 2015 (UTC) Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:46, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

Jazmin Grace Grimaldi[edit]

Can I ask for input at Talk:Jazmin Grace Grimaldi#Media References. Thanks. CDRL102 (talk) 23:51, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

Andrew Mellon Building, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington DC[edit]

I am a retired British Diplomat. In December, 1940 my father, a British Civil Servant working for the Air Ministry was transferred from the British Supply Board to Canada in Montreal, Canada, to the British Air Commission in Washington DC. That Commission, headed by Sir Henry Self and later by Sir Richard Fairey (of Fairey Aviation) occupied the whole of the Andrew Mellon building. My father's office was in what had been the main bathroom of Andrew Mellon's apartment.(the bath taps, which had reputedly been gold plated, had been removed!). He worked there until his section needed more room and the Commission acquired an annexe at 1520, 18th Street. My father's office was on the top floor of that building and that floor was used by the Aeronautical Inspection Directorate which had British inspectors stationed at all the industrial installations in the USA making aircraft and aeronautical equipment for the British Government during the war. Winding down the Commission's activities took a long time after the war and my father was in charge of winding up the activities of the Aeronautical Inspection Directorate. He completed that task in March, 1946 and returned to the UK. Unfortunately, I do not know either when the British Air Commission first occupied the Andrew Mellon Building, nor when they vacated it. It had already been occupied by them for some time when we arrived in December, 1940 and was probably still occupied by them until late 1945 or early 1946. No doubt the lease records held by the owners will give the actual dates.

I attended High School at Western High School, Washington, DC, and graduated from there in June, 1943, at the age of 16. I then went to George Washington University, but was forced to abandon my studies there in May, 1945 and return to England to do military service. ( I served 3 years in the RAF, finally being demobilied in 1948. I then studied for, and successfully took, the competitive examinsations for entry into the British Civil Service, joining the Foreign Service in February, 1950. I retired from that Service (which had been renamed the Diplomatic Service) in 1987 at the age of 60, having served in 11 different countries, including 3 years as Special Advisor to His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei. See also the British version of Who's Who. ) During my High School summer vacations, like many American schoolchildren, I got a job. I worked in the mail room of the British Air Commission for 8 weeks in 1943 in the Andrew Mellon Building.

The existing Wikipedia article on the Andrew Mellon Building makes no mention of the wartime role of the building. I hope I am not alone in thinking that that should be remedied.

You may not know that there were so many British Government missions in Washington DC during the war that part of K street West of 18th Street NW was nicknamed "Little Whitehall" from the number of British missions which had offices on that street. It might make an interesting topic for research, perhaps as part of a broader look into all the foreign missions in Washington during World War II. It ought to include the struggles between the unofficial De Gaullist mission and that which backed General Giraud as being the true representatives of Free France. (talk) 11:38, 10 August 2015 (UTC)Eric V Nelson

Samuel J. Randall[edit]

Just wanted to let you folks know that Samuel J. Randall is nominated for featured article. I'd be happy to receive input from anyone who is interested. Thanks! --Coemgenus (talk) 21:44, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Knowledge of local governments in Alabama?[edit]

I've been working on List of cities and towns in Alabama trying to get it up to featured status. I'm wondering if anybody has knowledge on the specific role of local governments in Alabama. It seems most of the documents I can find give most of the local governance power to the county. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks. Mattximus (talk) 01:05, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

"-American" or "-Americans"[edit]

FYI, there's an RFC going on at WP:VPR the Village Pump, concerning article naming for using "XYZ American" or "XYZ Americans" as the title of these ethnic articles -- (talk) 05:37, 23 August 2015 (UTC)

Confusing lists in Culture of United States[edit]

There is someone removing redirects and pointing all the articles about Art in the United states to a bunch of circular lists that they have created.

The major articles Visual art of the United States, Music of the United States, Cuisine of the United States are being unlinked and added to the bottoms of these pages as misc "See also" articles.

Dunno if anyone cares, just pointing it out.--Savonneux (talk) 12:25, 23 August 2015 (UTC)

Yes, this is a problem. I have restored some of the old links and redirects, but not tackled the period lists, which something needs to be done about - perhaps just deletion. WP:FORK applies. Wikiproject Visual art certainly care - that should have been notified, & I will copy all this there. Johnbod (talk) 12:22, 24 August 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. Wasn't sure where to go. I mostly just do cleanup.--Savonneux (talk) 12:43, 24 August 2015 (UTC)

United States v. Washington Featured Article Candidate[edit]

United States v. Washington is undergoing evaluation for possible promotion to Featured Article at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/United States v. Washington/archive1. Feel free to stop by and assist in assessing this article. GregJackP Boomer! 17:22, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

For translation purposes: Bilingual glossaries of terms related to US History and Government[edit]

Dear Wikipedians,

If you want to translate material about the US government and history into: Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and Spanish: I found some glossaries: - I hope they may be useful in your efforts to translate WhisperToMe (talk) 16:33, 31 August 2015 (UTC)


peace be upon those who follow guidance. (talk) 00:30, 3 September 2015 (UTC) (talk) 00:30, 3 September 2015 (UTC) these two article are about the same peson-as i saw-, even not i suggest to make a disambiguation.