Wikipedia talk:WikiProject University of Oxford/Archive 4

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Portal:University of Oxford is open for business, and help requested

The headline says it all - we now have a portal. Take a look and see what you think; most of the items (article, biography, picture, DYK and quotation) change randomly as you purge the cache. It would be useful if people knew of additional vaguely Oxford-related "Did You Know"s (e.g. alumni / academics) to add some more variety. Do you know any good Oxford-related quotations? Can we get a few more articles up to "B" or even "GA" class? ("B" class being the minimum acceptable level for showcasing in a portal.) Is there a great Oxford photograph that should be included in the mix? Suggestions / comments / offers of help welcome. BencherliteTalk 00:03, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

Is there any reason to include the banner of the project on alumni (Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, for example) of the University? I think the banner should be for articles directly related to Oxford (colleges, buildings, programs etc). There are categories to list alumni.--Karljoos (talk) 11:34, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

Many WikiProjects routinely tag all articles within appropriate categories with their project banner - see the bot's talk page (and this is just one bot doing the work). I thought (as one of the more active WP:OXFORD editors) that we should join them, which is why I posted the bot request. It has various advantages, in no particular order: the existence of the project is more widely publicised; the existence of the portal is more widely publicised; it makes it easier to see which Oxford-related articles are the most viewed and ought to be candidates for improvement; it adds another method for editors to find articles that they might wish to work upon (e.g. the "stub" category, or B-class articles that might with a bit of polish become a Good Article). I certainly see the project's scope as encompassing not only the buildings and the courses, but the alumni and academics, so I see no reason only to tag only the buildings and courses etc. Categories for articles and WikiProject banners for talk pages aren't alternatives, and they can both be used together. BencherliteTalk 12:40, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
I agree with m'learned friend Bencherlite. – ukexpat (talk) 15:28, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

I think the Project is now tagging articles far too widely. I do not see the need for example to tag articles about Australians where the only Oxford contact is that they were Rhodes Scholars. An example is David Rivett, but I have see many others. Its talk page puts it in two other Projects that are important. The Oxford one is not. I think this will just lead to confusion about what Oxford articles we should concentrate on. --Bduke (Discussion) 21:43, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

Frankly, if anyone works on any Oxford-related articles, or gets involved in the project after seeing the tag, so much the better. There are precious few of us doing anything: the list of members on the front page is rather out of date, and only a handful of people ever post here besides me. The project banner has an "importance" parameter, and I would suspect that most alumni/academics rate a "low" importance. As a project, if we want to concentrate on anything together, it will be the 75 "top" and "high" importance articles tagged as such a long time ago, mostly with little to show for it since being tagged. BencherliteTalk 22:03, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
Ok, you are feeling besieged here on your own. I still think that tagging all these articles is a mistake. I see lots of the tags because they are on my watchlist because I have edited them. I do so for reasons other than the Oxford connection. The Oxford tag is now the top one on these articles which makes us look bad, like this is a take-over bid. --Bduke (Discussion) 22:27, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

Future collaboration

I'd like to suggest working on pages relating to Wadham College for its 400th anniversary next year, as we accidentally missed Brasenose's 500th this year. Anyone interested? BencherliteTalk 22:03, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

Xenobot Mk V has completed a task for WP:OXFORD

8,112 edits were made (3112 +5000). Please note that near the beginning of the task a handful of edit summaries incorrectly reported that the work was done for WPUKPOL - but the tags were appropriate for OXFORD.

Editors will need to go through Category:Automatically assessed University of Oxford articles and remove the |auto=??? after verifying (and amending where appropriate) the class rating that the bot provided.

Feel free to drop by my talk page with any questions or concerns. –xenotalk 22:57, 17 December 2009 (UTC)

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford

This new article was a mess but I have done some work on it fixing links and removing long lists of holders of the various chairs, which were copied direct from the articles on the chairs themselves. The section on history of the faculty reads like a direct copy from something and is likely a copyright violation. The only reference in it (ref 3) is quite inadequate. I have asked the editor who started this article. If this can not be resolved quickly, that section should be deleted. --Bduke (Discussion) 02:09, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

It is a copyright violation as a direct copy of the faculty web site - reference 1. I have removed it all. --Bduke (Discussion) 02:18, 29 December 2009 (UTC)

WP 1.0 bot announcement

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WikiProject proposal

There is a proposal to set up a WikiProject Oxfordshire; please see Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Proposals/Oxfordshire. --Redrose64 (talk) 11:26, 29 January 2010 (UTC)

New series of Featured Lists

The observant may have noticed that we have new FLs: Bodley's Librarian, Laudian Professor of Arabic, Dean Ireland's Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture. Savilian Professor of Geometry is on the way, and I've got a couple more that I'm working on. Anybody fancy joining in? Also, any suggestions as to where I can find lists of the statutory professors in the 20th century? Online book archives have the Historical Register for 1900, but not beyond. Sometimes when I'm looking for potential candidates to work up to FL status, it's difficult to work out whether the post was vacant for a few years or whether someone was appointed but is hard to find! BencherliteTalk 11:52, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

Considered doing Jesus Professor of Celtic? For the FT. Maybe could be a GA, if too short to be an FL - rst20xx (talk) 21:10, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
I was thinking more GA than FL for that one. Anyway, am waiting to see if I can get hold of anything about a successor to Thomas Charles-Edwards being postponed for financial reasons, as rumour has it. Anyone got anything? BencherliteTalk 21:06, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
You could email him - thomas.charles-edwards@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk - rst20xx (talk) 02:24, 24 March 2010 (UTC)
Yeh, I could, except that asking TCE "Is your job going to be abolished when you retire next year, and if so could you please give me details of a published reference that I can use for Wikipedia?" may not be the most productive of enquiries... No rush, anyway (either with the GA or finding out if the post is being suspended). There might be something on one of the internal university webpages, but I don't have access to those. BencherliteTalk 10:31, 24 March 2010 (UTC)
...where should I look? lol - rst20xx (talk) 20:55, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

Clean up listing

This has now been generated at Wikipedia:WikiProject University of Oxford/Cleanup listing. BencherliteTalk 21:06, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

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Tony Benn

A request has been made for the article Tony Benn to be peer reviwed at WP:Peer review/Tony Benn/archive1. Any comments welcome. –– Jezhotwells (talk) 02:06, 2 May 2010 (UTC)

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Saturday's Featured Article...

... is going to be Jesus College Boat Club (Oxford), to mark the last day of Eights Week. As we've got friends coming for the weekend, I'm unlikely to be able to keep an eye on the article on the day, so if a few extra people could add it to their watchlists and keep an eye out for sly vandalism or accidental errors, that'd be grand. The anti-vandalism patrol should be able to cope with the usual addition of rude words etc... Thanks, BencherliteTalk 09:22, 27 May 2010 (UTC)

The Temple at Thatch (Evelyn Waugh)

Perhaps the project will be interested in this piece of Waugh marginalia? Brianboulton (talk) 18:45, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

Oxoniensia

The back issues of this journal on the history, architecture and archaeology of Oxford and Oxfordshire are now available online at this website address; there are some useful bits and pieces in there for university-related articles. BencherliteTalk 09:33, 16 August 2010 (UTC)

University of Oxford articles have been selected for the Wikipedia 0.8 release

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University of Oxford (colleges) articles have been selected for the Wikipedia 0.8 release

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WikiProject cleanup listing

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Main article University of Oxford lack of references

As the wp:fr article on University of Oxford was pretty poor and that the article here was a GA, I started to translate the article into French. Only then did I realise that the section history (at least) was rather poor in on-line references. Could one of you have a look? Many thanks. --Anneyh (talk) 20:08, 21 November 2010 (UTC)