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Fencepost limestone coordinates.

Hi. Since you expressed an opinion, you get the question. What should be coordinates of a geological unit that runs all the way up into Canada? No, seriously, what coordinate should be use for the Dakota formation which has discontinuous outliers from Minnesota, to Iowa, Texas, Utah, Montana, and Saskatchewan? Or for the Fort Hays, which as about 3/4 the extent of the Dakota?

As for the Fencepost, (which I have seen outcropped in a mine NW of Fort Collins, CO!) I chose to use the center of the outcrop since that is better defined. Why would the museum be better (La Crosse is rather out on an outlier, tiny Liebenthal has much more of the stone still standing.)? Why not Lincoln, The Post Rock Capital of Kansas? Why not Lucas, where the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is holding the meetings? IveGoneAway (talk) 03:34, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

  • I'm not sure. A big mine or quarry would be fine. If there is a secondary source that gives coordinates then that would work. Abductive (reasoning) 03:43, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
  • (Mind you, I am not fighting over the coordinate of this article, but over the general concept of tagging articles about disparate, discontiguous, or distributed regions for missing coordinates. If it makes no sense to apply a coordinate to a subject, then why tag it? (Ah, justify the inapplicability of a coordinate and remove the tag.)) (and I'm chatty)
  • If you are not sure, then why set the coordinate? Personally I would leave the coordinates out, because setting a single coordinate for a wide-ranging geological unit makes no contribution to the article; but every time I leave the coordinate out (for not making sense), a well-meaning editor tags or sets it to something. Coordinates for the big quarries are set in the articles about the big quarries (no big quarry for the Fencepost, all were Pop and Poppa outfits); coordinates for the museums are set in the article about the museums. The coordinate for Kansas is set near the center of the state, not at the state's capital or museum. I would have to think that the geological unit as well as any physiographic region would have some way to mark the extent rather than using the single coordinate. There may be something like that, but I just don't know enough.
  • "If there is a secondary source that gives coordinates then that would work." That is just not done for large geologic units, AFAIK. Where is the secondary source that says a museum should be the coordinate for large geologic units? Or, is the real issue that me picking the center of the outcrop myself is OR?
  • Type location for a rock unit might be justifiable as the coordinate (which is often way off to the edge of the unit), except that there is no type locality for the Fencepost, except for, perhaps, the center of the initial activity, which was the forts and Kansas Pacific Railway, particularly the ridge between the Solomon and the Smoky, where I initially set it, and where I-70 really does cut through the middle of the proposed district.
  • (I know, an issue for the geology group anyway.)
  • So, why not the center of the outcrop and historic district?
  • IveGoneAway (talk) 23:39, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Yes, the issue really is OR in finding the center. If geologists don't publish such things then Wikipedia shouldn't either. Perhaps it would be best to comment out the coordinates. If there is a NRHP district, it should receive its own article. Abductive (reasoning) 23:54, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
  • If geologists don't publish such things then Wikipedia shouldn't either. Then editors shouldn't tag the coordinates are missing, because that is Speculation that coordinates are given. I have (almost?) always left it blank. Is it OR to choose one of the museums or one of the quarries?
How about 38°50′56.51″N 99°11′46.05″W / 38.8490306°N 99.1961250°W / 38.8490306; -99.1961250? The location is described in the literature, and more are near the center of the outcrop.
IveGoneAway (talk) 02:32, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I just saw that you commented out the coordinate. Thank you. IveGoneAway (talk) 03:01, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

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Low-fat diet

Editing the Low-fat diet article (in terrible shape) I was amazed to see a statement in the lead that these diets cause obesity. From the edit history I see this was first added by you just over a year ago.[1] So far as I can see, the source says no such astonishing thing. Rather the opposite: "In general, the results suggest that the proportion of macronutrients in the diet is not important in prevention of obesity" (from the conclusion). Since then the page has had over 100,000 views. Do you have an explanation for your edit? Alexbrn (talk) 09:25, 24 December 2018 (UTC)

One must consider that one's calories can only come from three sources; carbohydrates, protein and fat. One must change the proportions while keeping the calories constant. So higher x means lower y and/or z. "According to the data, high intake of whole grains, fruit, nuts and high-fat dairy protect against increasing obesity, whereas refined grains, white bread, meat and sweets and desserts seem to promote gains in weight or WC." The first grouping is high fat to moderate fat, the second grouping is low fat. But if you want to change it to say that low fat diets have not been shown to prevent obesity, I'm fine with that. Abductive (reasoning) 10:52, 24 December 2018 (UTC)
Yours was a blatant misrepresention of the source then. Whether this was shocking incompetence or shocking bias I don't know or care, but any more of this and I suspect some kind of sanction will be in order. I have mentioned this at WT:MED#Coda. Alexbrn (talk) 11:08, 24 December 2018 (UTC)
Are you sure? It is a reasonable interpretation of the source, and you seem to be all in a tizzy. There won't be any sanction, and I don't know where you thing that there'll be "more of this." Why don't you check some of my other edits and see if I am some sort of biased incompetent? Abductive (reasoning) 04:24, 25 December 2018 (UTC)
Yes I am sure, you cannot pick stuff out of an article to arrive at different conclusions to the article itself. Plonking it in the lede of an article (and ledes are meant to summarize bodies) is doubly bad. Alexbrn (talk) 06:17, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

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I have unreviewed a page you curated

Thanks for reviewing Reactions to the 2019 Pulwama attack, Abductive.

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Ridiculous creation from someone with the auto-patrol hat and certainly, one of the most blatant violation of QUOTEFARM; I've ever seen. WBGconverse 14:57, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

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Re:Assessment

Thank you!! I'll keep that in mind: I don't know why it slipped-time maybe? Until then, Fimbriata (talk) 18:21, 28 February 2019 (UTC)

ITN recognition for George Pell

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Importance assessment

We appear to read Wikipedia:WikiProject Plants/Assessment#Importance scale differently. In Thus, subjects with greater popular notability may be rated higher than topics which are arguably more "important" but which are of interest primarily to students of botany, I pay attention to the "may" – firstly I decide whether the topic is important to students of botany or gardeners, and then up-rate if it's popular. You seem to be rating based solely on page views; I don't believe there's a consensus for this at WP:PLANTS, but we should perhaps try to test this if you disagree (although there seem to be few editors around at present).

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The specific issue with invasive knotweeds is that they are regularly mis-identified, since the taxonomy has been a mess. So the topic is more important than current pageviews suggest. Peter coxhead (talk) 09:04, 3 March 2019 (UTC)

  • I am not gauging based solely on pageviews, far from it. You would have to see the list I am working from. Here's a rough glimpse into my protocol: Using the massviews tool and looking at either the last year or the last month, I work my way from the bottommost of the, say, Mid-importance plant articles, having just compared to the topmost of the Low-importance plant articles. There are over 5,000 of the Mids. Then I read each article for any sign of any claim of interest. If a plant is invasive, or in any way cultivated, or used in traditional medicine, or anything other than X is a taxon (or Y was a botanist), I give it a pass to remain in Mid. As I moved up the list I found fewer and fewer Mids that should be Lows. I have already finished reassessing all them, so about 159 out of 5300, is that so surprising? Abductive (reasoning) 11:49, 3 March 2019 (UTC)
    Ok, well, your edit summaries suggested otherwise in the cases that appeared on my watchlist. Peter coxhead (talk) 17:15, 3 March 2019 (UTC)

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The second round of the 2019 WikiCup has now finished. Contestants needed to scored 32 points to advance into round 3. Our top four scorers in round 2 all scored over 400 points and were:

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April 2019—Issue 001


Tree of Life


Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Tree of Life newsletter!
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Seasonal variation in page views among nine bird species
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Diestrammena asynamora

Greetings - I have suggested a rename (in light of recent work) of this article that you worked on. Any objections? Brgds Roy Bateman (talk) 19:27, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Following your species classification

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May 2019 Tree of Life Newsletter

May 2019—Issue 002


Tree of Life


Welcome to the Tree of Life newsletter!
Newly recognized content

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  Spinophorosaurus by FunkMonk/Jens Lallensack, reviewed by Enwebb
  Trachodon mummy by Jens Lallensack, reviewed by Gog the Mild
  Megabat by Enwebb, reviewed by Jens Lallensack

Newly nominated FAs

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Fundamental changes being discussed at WikiProject Biology

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Editor Spotlight: These editors want you to write about dinosaurs

Editors FunkMonk and Jens Lallensack had a very fruitful month, collaborating to bring two dinosaur articles to GA and then nominating them both for FA. They graciously decided to answer some questions for the first ToL Editor Spotlight, giving insight to their successful collaborations, explaining why you should collaborate with them, and also sharing some tidbits about their lives off-Wikipedia.

1) Enwebb: How long have you two been collaborating on articles?

  • Jens Lallensack: I started in the German Wikipedia in 2005 but switched to the English Wikipedia because of its very active dinosaur project. My first major collaboration with FunkMonk was on Heterodontosaurus in 2015.
  • FunkMonk: Yeah, we had interacted already on talk pages and through reviewing each other's articles, and at some point I was thinking of expanding Heterodontosaurus, and realised Jens had already written the German Wikipedia version, so it seemed natural to work together on the English one. Our latest collaboration was Spinophorosaurus, where by another coincidence, I had wanted to work on that article for the WP:Four Award, and it turned out that Jens had a German book about the expedition that found the dinosaur, which I wouldn't have been able to utilise with my meagre German skills. Between those, we also worked on Brachiosaurus, a wider Dinosaur Project collaboration between several editors.

2) Enwebb: Why dinosaurs?

  • JL: Because of the huge public interest in them. But dinosaurs are also highly interesting from a scientific point of view: key evolutionary innovations emerged within this group, such as warm-bloodedness, gigantism, and flight. Dinosaur research is, together with the study of fossil human remains, the most active field in paleontology. New scientific techniques and approaches tend to get developed within this field. Dinosaur research became increasingly interdisciplinary, and now does not only rely on various fields of biology and geology, but also on chemistry and physics, among others. Dinosaurs are therefore ideal to convey scientific methodology to the general public.
  • FM: As outlined above, dinosaurs have been described as a "gateway to science"; if you learn about dinosaurs, you will most likely also learn about a lot of scientific fields you would not necessarily be exposed to otherwise. On a more personal level, having grown up with and being influenced by various dinosaur media, it feels pretty cool to help spread knowledge about these animals, closest we can get to keeping them alive.

3) Enwebb: Why should other editors join you in writing articles related to paleontology? Are you looking to attract new editors, or draw in experienced editors from other areas of Wikipedia?

  • JL: Because we are a small but active and helpful community. Our Dinosaur collaboration, one of the very few active open collaborations in Wikipedia, makes high-level writing on important articles easier and more fun. Our collaboration is especially open to editors without prior experience in high-level writing. But we do not only write articles: several WikiProject Dinosaur participants are artists who do a great job illustrating the articles, and maintain an extensive and very active image review system. In fact, a number of later authors started with contributing images.
  • FM: Anyone who is interested in palaeontology is welcome to try writing articles, and we would be more than willing to help. I find that the more people that work on articles simultaneously with me, the more motivation I get to write myself. I am also one of those editors who started out contributing dinosaur illustrations and making minor edits, and only began writing after some years. But when I got to it, it wasn't as intimidating as I had feared, and I've learned a lot in the process. For example anatomy; if you know dinosaur anatomy, you have a very good framework for understanding the anatomy of other tetrapod animals, including humans.

4) Enwebb: Between the two of you, you have over 300 GA reviews. FunkMonk, you have over 250 of those. What keeps you coming back to review more articles?

  • FM: One of the main reasons I review GANs is to learn more about subjects that seem interesting (or which I would perhaps not come across otherwise). There are of course also more practical reasons, such as helping an article on its way towards FAC, to reduce the GAN backlog, and to "pay back" when I have a nomination up myself. It feels like a win-win situation where I can be entertained by interesting info, while also helping other editors get their nominations in shape, and we'll end up with an article that hopefully serves to educate a lot of people (the greater good).
  • JL: Because I enjoy reading Wikipedia articles and like to learn new things. In addition, reviews give me the opportunity to have direct contact with the authors, and help them to make their articles even better. This is quite rewarding for me personally. But I also review because I consider our GA and FA system to be of fundamental importance for Wikipedia. When I started editing Wikipedia (the German version), the article promotion reviews motivated me and improved my writing skills a lot. Submitting an article for review requires one to get serious and take additional steps to bring the article to the best quality possible. GAs and FAs are also a good starting point for readers, and may motivate them to become authors themselves.

5) Enwebb: What are your editing preferences? Any scripts or gadgets you find invaluable?

  • FM: One script that everyone should know about is the duplink highlight tool. It will show duplinks within the intro and body of a given article separately, and it seems a lot of people still don't know about it, though they are happy when introduced to it. I really liked the citationbot too (since citation consistency is a boring chore to me), but it seems to be blocked at the moment due to some technical issues.
  • JL: I often review using the Wikipedia Beta app on my smartphone, as it allows me to read without needing to sit in front of the PC. For writing, I find the reference management software Zotero invaluable, as it generates citation templates automatically, saving a lot of time.
    • Editor's note: I downloaded Zotero and tried it for the first time and think it is a very useful tool. More here.

6) Enwebb: What would surprise the ToL community to learn about your life off-wiki?

  • FM: Perhaps that I have no background in natural history/science, but work with animation and games. But fascination with and knowledge of nature and animals is actually very helpful when designing and animating characters and creatures, so it isn't that far off, and I can actually use some of the things I learn while writing here for my work (when I wrote the Dromaeosauroides article, it was partially to learn more about the animal for a design-school project).
  • JL: That I am actually doing research on dinosaurs. Though I avoid writing about topics I publish research on, my Wikipedia work helps me to keep a good general overview over the field, and quite regularly I can use what I learned while writing for Wikipedia for my research.

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