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Please come and help...Edit

Should MoS shortcut redirects be sorted to certain specific maintenance categories? An Rfc has been opened on this talk page to answer that question. Your sentiments would be appreciated!  Paine Ellsworth  put'r there  17:43, 14 December 2017 (UTC)

Guild of Copy Editors December 2017 NewsEdit

Guild of Copy Editors December 2017 News
 

Hello copy editors! Welcome to the December 2017 GOCE newsletter, which contains nine months(!) of updates. The Guild has been busy and successful; your diligent efforts in 2017 has brought the backlog of articles requiring copy edit to below 1,000 articles for the first time. Thanks to all editors who have contributed their time and energy to help make this happen.

Our copy-editing drives (month-long backlog-reduction drives held in odd-numbered months) and blitzes (week-long themed editing in even-numbered months) have been very successful this year.

March drive: We set out to remove April, May, and June 2016 from our backlog and all February 2017 Requests (a total of 304 articles). By the end of the month, all but 22 of these articles were cleared. Officially, of the 28 who signed up, 22 editors recorded 257 copy edits (439,952 words). (These numbers do not always make sense when you compare them to the overall reduction in the backlog, because not all editors record every copy edit on the drive page.)

April blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 16 through 22 April; the theme was Requests. Of the 15 who signed up, 9 editors completed 43 articles (81,822 words).

May drive: The goals were to remove July, August, and September 2016 from the backlog and to complete all March 2017 Requests (a total of 300 articles). By the end of the month, we had reduced our overall backlog to an all-time low of 1,388 articles. Of the 28 who signed up, 17 editors completed 187 articles (321,810 words).

June blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 18 through 24 June; the theme was Requests. Of the 16 who signed up, 9 editors completed 28 copy edits (117,089 words).

2017 Coordinator elections: In June, coordinators for the second half of 2017 were elected. Jonesey95 moved back into the lead coordinator position, with Miniapolis stepping down to remain as coordinator; Tdslk and Corinne returned as coordinators, and Keira1996 rejoined after an extended absence. Thanks to all who participated!

July drive: We set out to remove August, September, October, and November 2016 from the backlog and to complete all May and June 2017 Requests (a total of 242 articles). The drive was an enormous success, and the target was nearly achieved within three weeks, so that December 2016 was added to the "old articles" list used as a goal for the drive. By the end of the month, only three articles from 2016 remained, and for the second drive in a row, the backlog was reduced to a new all-time low, this time to 1,363 articles. Of the 33 who signed up, 21 editors completed 337 articles (556,482 words).

August blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 20 through 26 August; the theme was biographical articles tagged for copy editing for more than six months (47 articles). Of the 13 who signed up, 11 editors completed 38 copy edits (42,589 words).

September drive: The goals were to remove January, February, and March 2017 from the backlog and to complete all August 2017 Requests (a total of 338 articles). Of the 19 who signed up, 14 editors completed 121 copy edits (267,227 words).

October blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 22 through 28 October; the theme was Requests. Of the 14 who signed up, 8 editors completed 20 articles (55,642 words).

November drive: We set out again to remove January, February, and March 2017 from the backlog and to complete all October 2017 Requests (a total of 207 articles). By the end of the month, these goals were reached and the backlog shrank to its lowest total ever, 997 articles, the first time it had fallen under one thousand (click on the graph above to see this amazing feat in graphical form). It was also the first time that the oldest copy-edit tag was less than eight months old. Of the 25 who signed up, 16 editors completed 159 articles (285,929 words).

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Please comment on Talk:Alternative for GermanyEdit

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Dab mentionsEdit

Hi, BDD. The dismissal of MOS:DABMENTION in the close for the Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2017 December 29#Plute has resulted in problems with the page; please give MOS:DABMENTION its weight in subsequent closings. Cheers! -- JHunterJ (talk) 16:43, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

  • Hi, BDD. Your favouring of opinions that depart from a strict literal interpretation of the manual of style is detrimental to the encyclopedia. Please refrain from exercising common sense in future. Uanfala's sock (talk) 21:39, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

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GOCE February 2018 newsEdit

Guild of Copy Editors February 2018 News
 

Welcome to the February 2018 GOCE newsletter in which you will find Guild updates since the December edition. We got to a great start for the year, holding the backlog at nine months. 100 requests were submitted in the first 6 weeks of the year and were swiftly handled with an average completion time of 9 days.

Coordinator elections: In December, coordinators for the first half of 2018 were elected. Jonesey95 remained as lead coordinator and Corrine, Miniapolis and Tdslk as assistant coordinators. Keira1996 stepped down as assistant coordinator and was replaced by Reidgreg. Thanks to all who participated!

End of year reports were prepared for 2016 and 2017, providing a detailed look at the Guild's long-term progress.

January drive: We set out to remove April, May, and June 2017 from our backlog and all December 2017 Requests (a total of 275 articles). As with previous years, the January drive was an outstanding success and by the end of the month all but 57 of these articles were cleared. Officially, of the 38 who signed up, 21 editors recorded 259 copy edits (490,256 words).

February blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 11 through 17 February, focusing on Requests and the last articles tagged in May 2017. At the end of the week there were only 14 pending requests, with none older than 20 days. Of the 11 who signed up, 10 editors completed 35 copy edits (98,538 words).

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Soldier's Oath redirect discussionEdit

Hi, This is just to let you know that I've recently twice responded twice to you and User:PamD in the Redirects for Discussion section on Soldier's Oath / Soldiers' Oath. (I think the link might be https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Redirects_for_discussion/Log/2018_March_5?markasread=130496577#Soldiers'_Oath ). Best regards and wishes, —— Shakescene (talk) 05:43, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Islam-related articlesEdit

Speedy deletion declined: Delta 9Edit

Hello BDD. I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of Delta 9, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: claims to have had his music appear on notable releases. Also, after 10 years, another week at AFD won't hurt. Thank you. SoWhy 16:08, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

mind taking a look?Edit

can you take a look at the JSTOR source of Draft:Fiscal policy debate. it's had a previous CSD to the article of the same topic, same creator for copyvio, and i want to be sure this isn't the same, before i approve the AFC. thanks ahead of time! -- Aunva6talk - contribs 00:33, 25 April 2018 (UTC)

Apologies for the late response; I've been away. It looks like this has been resolved? --BDD (talk) 13:47, 2 May 2018 (UTC)

WikiProject Western Governors UniversityEdit

 

As a current or past contributor to a related article, I thought I'd let you know that I've started WikiProject Western Governors University, a collaborative effort to improve Wikipedia's coverage of WGU. If you would like to participate, you can visit the project page, where you can join the project and see a list of open tasks and related articles. Thanks! Paul Smith111977 (talk) 12:04, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

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Restoration of Cryptid WhaleEdit

Hello, why is it you've restored cryptid whale? This is deep fringe territory, cites not a single reliable source, and, notably, consensus was two for delete, one to redirect, and three to keep. :bloodofox: (talk) 20:23, 11 May 2018 (UTC)

There's more to a discussion than counting votes. Most of the objections were due to lack of content, which restoration of the article addressed. While your WP:BLAR of the article was fine and WP:BOLD, it's also the weakest way to "delete" an article. Since I was evaluating a discussion about a redirect, quite apart from the merits of cryptid whales as a legitimate subject, my decision does not at all prevent you from bringing the article to WP:AFD to build consensus for outright deletion. --BDD (talk) 20:26, 11 May 2018 (UTC)
What's going to happen with this is the usual situation: the cryptozoologists will lobby for its inclusion (Wikipedia is the prime vector for the moribund subculture), uninformed editors will confuse the deep fringe land of cryptozoology with some kind of academic discipline (usually either folklore studies or biology), and then eventually the article will just get scraped by editors familiar with the pseudoscience for violating a buffet of Wikipedia policies. Looks like it's back to the fringe theories noticeboard... :bloodofox: (talk) 20:31, 11 May 2018 (UTC)

Forest High School shootingEdit

Now that the Forest High School shooting is talked about at the article regarding the school per the talk page discussion, I think that the discussion here should be relisted once more. --Jax 0677 (talk) 13:29, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

Jax, I don't think that would be productive. If there's consensus to discuss it in the article, there can be a redirect. It would be on someone else to argue against it at that point if desired. As I look into it, the information that was presented as being about another shooting at a Forest High School actually regards Carolina Forest High School, and no shooting is discussed there. --BDD (talk) 13:53, 21 May 2018 (UTC)
Reply - Per your feedback, I reinstated the redirect. --Jax 0677 (talk) 13:56, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

Prince Harry of Wales listed at Redirects for discussionEdit

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Advice soughtEdit

I've been running into an editor the past week on my watchlist that drew my attention due to a few quirky behaviors, including some mild edit warring with various users over MOS and style type edits that don't even affect the visible page. I've come to suspect it's a clean start of a user currently blocked at their own request. I've had to leave the user several mild talk page messages about issues, that had led to blocks under their old account. I'm fairly convinced that it is them, but I am not 100% sure on the nuances of a fresh start here. The block on their old account was by you. -- ferret (talk) 21:31, 30 May 2018 (UTC)

Would you be comfortable emailing me the name of the old user? I'd like to know a bit more about their behavior prior to the block and how it checks out with the editor you're dealing with now. --BDD (talk) 14:05, 31 May 2018 (UTC)
Sent with details. -- ferret (talk) 01:42, 1 June 2018 (UTC)

June 2018 GOCE newsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors June 2018 News
 

Welcome to the June 2018 GOCE newsletter, in which you will find Guild updates since the February edition. Progress continues to be made on the copyediting backlog, which has been reduced to 7 months and reached a new all-time low. Requests continue to be handled efficiently this year, with 272 completed by the end of May (an average completion time of 10.5 days). Fewer than 10% of these waited longer than 20 days, and the longest wait time was 29 days.

Wikipedia in general, and the Guild in particular, experienced a deep loss with the death on 20 March of Corinne. Corinne (a GOCE coordinator since 1 July 2016) was a tireless aide on the requests page, and her peerless copyediting is a part of innumerable GAs and FAs. Her good cheer, courtesy and tact are very much missed.

March drive: The goal was to remove June, July and August 2017 from our backlog and all February 2018 Requests (a total of 219 articles). This drive was an outstanding success, and by the end of the month all but eight of these articles were cleared. Of the 33 editors who signed up, 19 recorded 277 copy edits (425,758 words).

April blitz: This one-week copy-editing blitz ran from 15 through 21 April, focusing on Requests and the last eight articles tagged in August 2017. At the end of the week there were only 17 pending requests, with none older than 17 days. Of the nine editors who signed up, eight editors completed 22 copy edits (62,412 words).

May drive: We set out to remove September, October and November 2017 from our backlog and all April 2018 Requests (a total of 298 articles). There was great success this month with the backlog more than halved from 1,449 articles at the beginning of the month to a record low of 716 articles. Officially, of the 20 who signed up, 15 editors recorded 151 copy edits (248,813 words).

Coordinator elections: It's election time again. Nominations for Guild coordinators (who will serve a six-month term for the second half of 2018) have begun, and will close at 23:59 UTC on 15 June. All Wikipedia editors in good standing are eligible, and self-nominations are encouraged. Voting will take place between 00:01 UTC on 16 June and 23:59 UTC on 30 June.

June blitz: Stay tuned for this one-week copy-editing blitz, which will take place in mid-June.

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Please comment on Talk:Theosophy (Blavatskian)Edit

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Advice neededEdit

Back in 2013 you closed an RM moving Columbian Lodge No. 7 Free and Accepted Masons to Flowers Building. User:Doncram (the original article creator) has now done an out of process revert back to the original title (stating that the close on the 2013 move was a "crummy discussion and reasoning".) I am not sure how to proceed. I am reluctant to simply un-revert (reverting to the title determined by the RM consensus which could be viewed as edit warring). Should I file a second RM to confirm which title has consensus? Blueboar (talk) 13:48, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

I see that you un-reverted, with the request that Doncram file a new RM. Thanks... That is fine with me.
Could you also review:
And there may be a few others... Unfortunately, Docram is on a bit of a crusade to undo RMs related to Masonic buildings. Blueboar (talk) 17:08, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
Are you able to revert the moves yourself, or are you running into a permissions problem? You can use WP:RMTR for this if so. --BDD (talk) 17:10, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
Doncram and I have some history of contention, and he would take me reverting as a slow edit war... best if someone else reverted (an admin). Blueboar (talk) 18:07, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
  Done I'd recommend RMTR for quicker service in the future. Moves there will usually be implemented either by an admin or someone who does a lot of moving and non-admin closures of RMs. --BDD (talk) 20:15, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, will use RMTR for future cases. Blueboar (talk) 22:19, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

Quorum of TwelveEdit

There are still a very large number of links to the Quorum of Twelve that need to be edited to Quorum of Twelve (Battlestar Galactica). I don't have time to do this myself. Thryduulf (talk) 10:05, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Are we looking at the same thing? I wouldn't call that "very large" at all, and at least a few don't need updating because they were already using the Mormon sense. I can take a look later today, though.
I was also hesitant because retargeting to Colonial Day simply seemed like the least bad solution. I'm not familiar with Battlestar; will some of the resulting links be rendered nonsensical? I don't know. Better than linking to the Mormon body, I suppose. --BDD (talk) 13:18, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
  Done --BDD (talk) 19:52, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

BlockEdit

Hi. Could you possibly block me indefinitely? I saw that you’re in the “Wikipedia administrators willing to consider placing self-requested blocks” category.

If I am blocked, would it also be possible to have my user page and talk page fully protected, or at least my user page? WP:UPPROT says that user pages may be protected by request (but not user talk pages). Tantamounts talk contribs 05:01, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

I've also been asked to do this, my response. I have no reason not to block at your request, but this is your second account being indefinitely blocked at your own request. It's my opinion that if you later return, you should request that this one be unblocked, and not make another third account. -- ferret (talk) 11:42, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
I failed at improving my editing and am going through some personal issues at the moment, so I would like to take a break from Wikipedia. I will most likely return in the future, in which case I will contact one of the admins to unblock my account. Could you please indefinitely block me for the time being? I would also appreciate if you also protected my talk page! I don’t want to feel the urge to check my talk page for messages and don’t want any messages on my talk page at all when I’m gone from Wikipedia. Thank you. Tantamounts talk contribs 11:53, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
Looks like this has been resolved. I'm sorry your efforts to improve were not successful. Ferret's advice is sensible; you might consider contacting an admin, perhaps me, if you want to return and repurpose an existing account. --BDD (talk) 16:25, 23 June 2018 (UTC)

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Languages of South Korea listed at Redirects for discussionEdit

An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Languages of South Korea. Since you had some involvement with the Languages of South Korea redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. Thryduulf (talk) 13:31, 8 July 2018 (UTC)

RfDEdit

I have to call shenanigans on the Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2018 July 13#Wikipedia:NOTTHISSHITAGAIN close.

  • Two respondents suggest deletion. The only rationales they offer (same as the nominator) are:
    • May be battlegroundish/pointy; plus a claim – with zero evidence of any kind – that it's directly a cause of "so much drama", which is not actually plausible.
    • It could have pointed somewhere else.
  • Two respondents say to keep, with the following rationales:
    • No evidence of disruption, and similar to many other humorous but vulgar redirects that we keep (NOTCENSORED)
    • Almost any more-or-less natural English shortcut could point to other pages than they do, but we do not delete them. In fact, we tolerate potentially ambiguous project-space redirects all the time.
  • Other respondents joked around, and made an observation this way or that way but didn't strongly advocate anything in either direction.

The delete rationales are refuted, the keep ones are not. You said you were trying to avoid a supervote, but it was a supervote, and not just a tie-breaker, but ignoring the stronger rationales.  — SMcCandlish ¢ 😼  19:28, 24 July 2018 (UTC)

Agree to disagree (or to discuss at DRV). I will observe, without judgment either way, that criteria for project-space redirects are less well defined. --BDD (talk) 19:32, 24 July 2018 (UTC)
I've started a DRV at Wikipedia:Deletion review/Log/2018 July 25 to resolve this; however, like BDD I will be ducking out of the debate, and if the discussion closes as "endorse", that's it. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 09:56, 25 July 2018 (UTC)
Well, of course that would be it. We don't have WP:DRV2 – The Apellate Level.  — SMcCandlish ¢ 😼  04:27, 28 July 2018 (UTC)

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August GOCE newsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors August 2018 Newsletter
 

Hello and welcome to the August 2018 GOCE newsletter. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Guild's June election; your new and returning coordinators are listed below. The next election will occur in December 2018; all Wikipedia editors in good standing may take part.

Our June blitz focused on Requests and articles tagged for copy edit in October 2017. Of the eleven people who signed up, eight editors recorded a total of 28 copy edits, including 3 articles of more than 10,000 words. Complete results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the July drive. Of the seventeen people who signed up, thirteen editors completed 194 copy edits, successfully removing all articles tagged in the last three months of 2017. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are here.

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Speedy deletion nomination of Corey Stewart (disambiguation)Edit

 

A tag has been placed on Corey Stewart (disambiguation) requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under section G6 of the criteria for speedy deletion, because it is an orphaned disambiguation page which either

  • disambiguates only one extant Wikipedia page and whose title ends in "(disambiguation)" (i.e., there is a primary topic); or
  • disambiguates no (zero) extant Wikipedia pages, regardless of its title.

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If you think this page should not be deleted for this reason, you may contest the nomination by visiting the page and clicking the button labelled "Contest this speedy deletion". This will give you the opportunity to explain why you believe the page should not be deleted. However, be aware that once a page is tagged for speedy deletion, it may be deleted without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag from the page yourself, but do not hesitate to add information in line with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. - CHAMPION (talk) (contributions) (logs) 10:27, 28 August 2018 (UTC)

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2018 FINA Swimming World CupEdit

Hello!

I would like to create the 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup article. But this was deleted once. Would you undelet it, please? I do not know how should it be done. Herculja (talk) 18:20, 14 September 2018 (UTC)

Hi Herculja, I just restored it, but forgot there wasn't any history there! It was only ever a redirect to the main FINA Swimming World Cup page. Feel free to create an article at that title, though. --BDD (talk) 14:20, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! Herculja (talk) 17:07, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

requested move to United States federal government continuity of operationsEdit

I like your previous recommendations during discussion to re-title the article Continuity of Operations. I have requested a move and would like your vote of support at Talk:Continuity_of_Operations#Requested_move_5_October_2018. There are other good alternatives but the bottom line is that some differentiation is needed to name the focus of the article which the current title does not provide. Stephen Charles Thompson (talk) 19:29, 5 October 2018 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Tom Crean (explorer)Edit

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Creation date of deleted article LabbaykEdit

A number of years back, as a result of this deletion discussion, you deleted Labbayk. Can you tell me when the deleted article was created?

It was recreated in November 2014, and is up for deletion again here. One editor's argument for keep, though currently unsubstantiated, might not be as flimsy as it appears if the Labbayk you deleted was created later than January 2013. Thanks, Worldbruce (talk) 05:35, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

Hi Worldbruce. The article I deleted at this title was created 30 June 2012. I don't fully understand what you're saying regarding January 2013, but I can answer the question of when the previous version was deleted, at least. Do let me know if I can be of further help. --BDD (talk) 14:30, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

List friendly fire incidents listed at Redirects for discussionEdit

An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect List friendly fire incidents. Since you had some involvement with the List friendly fire incidents redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. UnitedStatesian (talk) 02:42, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

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December 2018 GOCE newsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors December 2018 Newsletter
 

Hello and welcome to the December 2018 GOCE newsletter. Here is what's been happening since the August edition.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the August blitz (results), which focused on Requests and the oldest backlog month. Of the twenty editors who signed up, eleven editors recorded 37 copy edits.

For the September drive (results), of the twenty-three people who signed up, nineteen editors completed 294 copy edits.

Our October blitz (results) focused on Requests, geography, and food and drink articles. Of the fourteen people who signed up, eleven recorded a total of 57 copy edits.

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Wikipedia:Redirects_for_discussion/Log/2014_July_16#美国Edit

Looking at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2018 December 11, there now seems to be a rough consensus that foreign-language redirects to United States are appropriate as long as the language is spoken by a sizable population in the US as per Languages of the United States. Would that justify re-creation of Chinese-language redirects to the country? (Coming here because WP:DRV recommends it.) feminist (talk) 17:01, 23 December 2018 (UTC)

I would not. I used to refer to a principle I called "RfD zen": that there are many redirects that should not have been created, but once created, should not be deleted. I think these should not be created in the first place, being consistently controversial and of marginal benefit. --BDD (talk) 14:00, 26 December 2018 (UTC)

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WheelbenchEdit

Regarding Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2018 December 31#Wheelbench: it was an {{R from merge}}, and these are usually retained to maintain the attribution in the page history. Tavix argued that in this case this does not apply because the merged text was later removed (by the RfD nominator, who has previously edit warred against the AfD consensus), but I don't think they're correct: it remains in the history, in public view, and therefore needs to be attributed to conform to CC BY-SA. Possible solutions are revdeling the now copyvio revisions of Wheelchair, or restoring the history as a subpage, but first please consider revising the RfD close. A consensus in violation of policy (WP:COPY) is not a valid consensus. – Joe (talk) 21:47, 7 January 2019 (UTC)

Hi Joe. Such closes are commonplace. Is the concern that this content in our own edit history means we're violating... our own copyright? I admit I don't follow. If you can demonstrate that your understanding of this policy is correct, I'm quite amenable to such a solution, and will make sure to enforce it going forward, but as it stands, this looks like a difference of opinion, and one in which consensus is on the other side. --BDD (talk) 21:53, 7 January 2019 (UTC)
Copyright remains in the possession of individual contributors, not Wikipedia as a whole. By publishing content without attributing its authors (old revisions pages are still "published"), we are violating the terms of the license under which they released those contributions. See WP:COPY ("You retain copyright to materials you contribute to Wikipedia, text and media. Copyright is never transferred to Wikipedia.") and Wikipedia:Copying within Wikipedia. – Joe (talk) 22:09, 7 January 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, it sounds like I did need a bit of a refresher there. Per WP:RIA, I'm thinking a note on the talk page listing contributors would be the most appropriate solution. Keeping a "zombie" redirect is clearly not preferred, and a revdel sounds extreme. What do you think? (Also, I'm not clear from our documentation if anonymous editors have the same rights in question.) --BDD (talk) 22:25, 7 January 2019 (UTC)
The published version of Wheelchair is the current revision, which contains nothing from the article formerly at Wheelbench. Since there is no content from Wheelbench at Wheelchair, there are currently no attribution issues. A potential copyright issue that can occur would be if someone were to add back the deleted content (which this can happen regardless of whether or not this information exists in the history, due to wiki-mirrors and the like). That edit would be a copyright violation unless Wheelbench is first restored and/or one of the alternatives listed here. If you are afraid of such a thing happening, the "record authorship" method by posting a talk page note (as BDD suggested) seems to be the easiest method. -- Tavix (talk) 22:34, 7 January 2019 (UTC)
@BDD: That would suffice too. My preference is restoring the redirect because it's our standard way of attributing merges and I don't see what harm this one does. But either way is fine, thanks for the quick response. I don't think it matters whether the author is named, anonymous, or pseudonymous.
I'm somewhat concerned that you said closes like this are common. It specifically says not to delete the page in {{R from merge}} and Nyttend did bring this up in the discussion. I've never been involved in RfD; do you think it's something worth bringing up on the talk page?
@Tavix: I'm no copyright expert but that really doesn't sound right to me. That content is publicly accessible at this URL, where it is described as being under CC BY-SA, but no attribution is available. From a copyright perspective, I don't think it makes any difference whether we label the page as "old" or "current". It's still published. – Joe (talk) 22:53, 7 January 2019 (UTC)
FWIW, there is a difference between old and current revisions because they have different disclaimers. Taken from the revision you link, it says in part (with my emphasis added) This version of the page has been revised. Besides normal editing, the reason for revision may have been that this version contains factual inaccuracies, vandalism, or material not compatible with the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. This recognizes that old revisions may not be strictly compatible with the license. I'm not an expert on this either and I don't think there will be an expert opinion on the matter unless someone wants to send an email to WMF legal to get their opinion. I have advocated in favor of a talk page notice in the past, and an example can be seen at Talk:Qantas#Qantas Flight Numbers attribution. Since that seems to be an amenable solution, I will put one together for Wheelbench shortly. I don't think it would be appropriate to restore the redirect unless some sourced mention of Wheelbench were to be added to the target article. If you are able to do that, I don't think there would be resistance to restoration at that time, especially since the material was removed in the first place for being poorly or un-sourced. -- Tavix (talk) 23:17, 7 January 2019 (UTC)
I believe that's there because old revisions might contain minor copyvios that have been removed but not revdelled. It's not possible to retrospectively remove the conditions of CC BY-SA from others' contributions and we shouldn't knowingly break attribution. Talk page notes are I think a sub-optimal replacement for a proper page history. – Joe (talk) 23:26, 7 January 2019 (UTC)
We absolutely have to have attribution for everything that appears in the page history, unless it's simple enough that it can be ignored, like spelling fixes, vandalism reversion, or punctuation tweaks. If A is merged into B and we don't want to retain the title "A", dumping a list of contributors onto the talk page and making some note in the page history will work, but it gets in the way (who expects a talk page to have a list of names that exists for some purpose other than discussing improvements to articles or other Wikipedia pages. And there's always the chance that someone will edit the list improperly. I prefer using a subpage (move wheelbench to talk:wheelchair/wheelbench and make it a redirect to talk:wheelchair), because our templates all say "A got merged into B, so A must not be deleted unless B is" and people will expect to find the history on a separate page, and it doesn't get in the way of the rest of the talk page or force us to link to a diff on the talk page where the names list is dumped temporarily. But if people don't want to use the talk subpage approach, there's no legal or policy reason to object to the names-list dump. Nyttend (talk) 23:37, 7 January 2019 (UTC)
  Done, see Talk:Wheelchair#Wheelbench attribution. -- Tavix (talk) 23:44, 7 January 2019 (UTC)
[edit conflict with Tavix​] Never mind, the situation's better than I expected. If all of the merged content's authors have also edited the target substantially, there's no reason to worry about retaining the subpage or dumping the names list, because all the names needed for attribution are there already. With a page of this complexity, 77 edits by lots of people, it's almost impossible for that to happen (how often will it happen that all the major contributors to A will have also edited B?), but in this situation the situation's almost ideal: every single person who made a significant pre-merger edit to wheelbench has also made a significant edit to wheelchair, with the exception of Leannewheelbench. We can resolve the situation by making a dummy edit to the page, and the edit summary can say something like "Leannewheelbench helped to write a page that was merged into this page". Anyone properly reviewing the edit history will see this and know to include her (if you're not properly reviewing it, you couldn't catch a dummy edit saying "Some authors of this page appear at talk:wheelchair/wheelbench"), so the situation can easily be resolved. Nyttend (talk) 23:52, 7 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Thanks all—looks like this was resolved. To Joe specifically, why not just keep redirects like this? I admit it's a much simpler solution to the attribution question. But an active redirect will lead readers to believe we have discussion of something called "wheelbench" if they type it into a search box, or if it appears as a suggestion in the top right search box, which does them a real disservice and, frankly, reflects poorly on the encyclopedia. Nyttend's solution of moving a page into talk namespace seems novel, but could certainly work. And I agree that we need clearer guidance on this from the WMF. --BDD (talk) 14:33, 8 January 2019 (UTC)

CongratulationsEdit

  100000 Edits
Congratulations on reaching 100000 edits. You have achieved a milestone that only 535 editors have been able to accomplish. The Wikipedia Community thanks you for your continuing efforts. Keep up the good work!

-- Dolotta (talk) 06:14, 29 January 2019 (UTC) Woo hoo! Thank you! --BDD (talk) 15:26, 29 January 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for VoltronEdit

Thanks for your work on the Voltron characters I dunno about what you think about Voltron: Defender Of The Universe being redirected to Voltron (1984 TV series) full disclosure I started a debate on Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2019 January 24.Dwanyewest (talk) 15:26, 29 January 2019 (UTC)

You're quite welcome for the help. I'm really not familiar with Voltron, though, so I don't have an opinion on that question for now. --BDD (talk) 17:45, 29 January 2019 (UTC)

GOCE 2018 Annual ReportEdit

Guild of Copy Editors 2018 Annual Report
 

Our 2018 Annual Report is now ready for review.

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  • Overview of Backlog-reduction progress;
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The JellybricksEdit

Hi, you deleted this article in 2013. I'm interested in working on a possible restoration of it. Could you please userfy its previous content for me? Thanks Chubbles (talk) 23:22, 4 February 2019 (UTC)

  Done See Draft:The Jellybricks. --BDD (talk) 15:12, 5 February 2019 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Yonaguni MonumentEdit

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March GOCE newsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors March 2019 Newsletter
 

Hello and welcome to the March newsletter, a brief update of Guild activities since December 2018. All being well, we're planning to issue these quarterly in 2019, balancing the need to communicate widely with the avoidance of filling up talk pages. Don't forget you can unsubscribe at any time; see below.

January Drive: Thanks to everyone for the splendid work in January's Backlog Elimination Drive. We removed copyedit tags from all of the articles tagged in our original target months of June, July and August 2018, and by 24 January we ran out of articles. After adding September, we finished the month with 8 target articles remaining and 842 left in the backlog. GOCE copyeditors also completed 48 requests for copyedit in January. Of the 31 people who signed up for this drive, 24 copyedited at least one article. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Blitz: Thanks to everyone who participated in the February Blitz. Of the 15 people who signed up, 13 copyedited at least one article. Participants claimed 32 copyedits, including 15 requests. Final results, including barnstars awarded, are available here.

Progress report: As of 23:39, 18 March 2019 (UTC), GOCE copyeditors have completed 108 requests since 1 January and the backlog stands at 851 articles.

March Drive: The month-long March drive is now underway; the target months are October and November 2018. Awards will be given to everyone who copyedits at least one article from the backlog. Sign up here!

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Please comment on Talk:Alexander the Great in the QuranEdit

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Happy Adminship Anniversary!Edit


ArbCom 2019 special circularEdit

 
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Administrator account security (Correction to Arbcom 2019 special circular)Edit

ArbCom would like to apologise and correct our previous mass message in light of the response from the community.

Since November 2018, six administrator accounts have been compromised and temporarily desysopped. In an effort to help improve account security, our intention was to remind administrators of existing policies on account security — that they are required to "have strong passwords and follow appropriate personal security practices." We have updated our procedures to ensure that we enforce these policies more strictly in the future. The policies themselves have not changed. In particular, two-factor authentication remains an optional means of adding extra security to your account. The choice not to enable 2FA will not be considered when deciding to restore sysop privileges to administrator accounts that were compromised.

We are sorry for the wording of our previous message, which did not accurately convey this, and deeply regret the tone in which it was delivered.

For the Arbitration Committee, -Cameron11598 21:03, 4 May 2019 (UTC)


Please comment on Template talk:Country data New CaledoniaEdit

RfD closure of Crusaders (DC/Marvel)Edit

Hi BDD. This is in reference to your closure of Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2019 May 13#Crusaders (DC/Marvel). Was that done by mistake? At the very least this seems like "no consensus" to me. I ask if it was a mistake because, while you didn't !vote there, you did make a comment indicating a minor preference. Not a huge deal but I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask you directly. Thanks. - PaulT+/C 12:54, 25 May 2019 (UTC)

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