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Editor of the WeekEdit

  Editor of the Week
Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week, for work creating articles on towns. Thank you for the great contributions! (courtesy of the Wikipedia Editor Retention Project)

User:Gtwfan52 submitted the following nomination for Editor of the Week:

I would like to nominate Coal town guy (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log). Since starting a few months ago, he has created over 2000 articles on small, and ghost, towns all across the country; from Slickpoo, Idaho to Spaghetti Junction, Kentucky. These help fill out the gazetteer function of the encyclopedia and give people a place to start if they want to expand on them. Gtwfan52 (talk) 09:06, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

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Thanks again for your efforts! --Go Phightins! 21:01, 27 January 2013 (UTC)

Good job! Thanks for all you do! Gtwfan52 (talk) 07:25, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
You are welcome. I need to ask for a favor. Could you please watchlist Fairview Alpha, Louisiana? There is a guy there, an IP beginning 12, that keeps adding nonsense. He is either not a native English speaker or 6 years old. Many thanks. And you deserved it! Gtwfan52 (talk) 14:33, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
This is done and will be watchedCoal town guy (talk) 14:37, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

Congrats, dude. Well deserved, imo. Acdixon (talk · contribs) 14:54, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

Bravo! Hip-Hip! and all that Jazz...```Buster Seven Talk 01:09, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
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Editor of   the Week
 
Coal town guy is interested in West Virginia.



Coal town guy
Editor Retention Editor of the Week
For the week beginning January 27, 2013

This editor registered on March 28, 2012 and till the date of the award, he had 6200 edits, out of which over 3750 were to create new articles. Throughout his stay on Wikipedia, Coal town guy has been a silent contributor. His articles on towns and ghost towns have allowed Wikipedia to serve its purpose as a Gazetteer, and have allowed other editors to expand on them.


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Congratulations!-RFD (talk) 12:04, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
Much appreciated, you helped me get here as wellCoal town guy (talk) 14:08, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
A rather late congrats on your recognition. It seems that we were cut from the same cloth. I was raised in Colorado and wrote the Granite, Colorado article. If you read it you will see that I perhaps took the liberty to include much more than is probably "correct", but as an article that gets little attention I get away with it. :D I went to school in the one-room school that is pictured in the article. I also work on the Gandy dancer article, and even in the few short years since I joined WP in 2006 information on the web has been slowly disappearing - it's good to get it posted here. Thanks so much for the important work you are doing. Gandydancer (talk) 00:39, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Raleigh Coal and Cole CompanyEdit

Is "Cole" a typo for "Coke"? I'm not sure how one can apply "remote" to a location reachable from an interstate highway by driving on paved roads less than a mile :-) Unfortunately, I'm not clear what makes you call it cool and unique; could you give me more details? Nyttend (talk) 01:16, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

THAT is my error. Its Coal and Coke...I am using a soft keyboard, mushy keys, you have to admit, its uniqueCoal town guy (talk) 01:24, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
Ah, good point; I didn't notice the swastikas at all. And when I hear "remote", I think places like central Fort Valley or anywhere in Wheelwright: accessible only by driving many miles on little roads, including gravel roads climbing a mountain (Fort Valley, 38°52′16″N 78°27′8″W / 38.87111°N 78.45222°W / 38.87111; -78.45222) or a little dead-end road accessible only by crossing a little flood-vulnerable bridge (Wheelwright, 37°21′14″N 82°43′0″W / 37.35389°N 82.71667°W / 37.35389; -82.71667). Or maybe about anywhere in Leslie County, Kentucky other than on the highway or the Parkway, where you have to go into someone's front yard to avoid going down the hillside (somewhere around 37°16′30″N 83°21′37″W / 37.27500°N 83.36028°W / 37.27500; -83.36028, three years ago), since the road's in such bad shape, or where state highways are poor-quality gravel. Or maybe some of Virginia's rural secondary roads, where an impressive variation in quality can be manifested in a few miles of a single road. But not in a reasonably accessible town street just a short distance from I-64 :-) Nyttend (talk) 02:08, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
"a little dead-end road accessible only by crossing a little flood-vulnerable bridge". Those are generally called "low water" bridges, meaning they're only accessible when the water in that particular creek is at or below normal depth stage. Mari Adkins 23:09, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
MariAdkins, no, they don't have a low-water bridge there; it's an ordinary bridge that can withstand ordinary high water. It's just vulnerable to being knocked out by floods (especially flash), and the vulnerability is highlighted by the road's dead-endedness. Nyttend (talk) 22:34, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
PS, sorry I have to give the out-of-state comparisons, but I've explored a good deal of Virginia by now, and I've visited 120 of Kentucky's 120 counties, including rural areas in all counties other than the Louisville metro area counties that don't have much of any rural areas left. In contrast, I've not seen much of WV except on the interstates, US 19 and 52, and WV 2 along the Ohio River. Nyttend (talk) 02:16, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 6 September 2017Edit

The Signpost: 25 September 2017Edit

TFL notificationEdit

Hi, Coal town guy. I'm just posting to let you know that List of counties in West Virginia – a list that you have been heavily involved with – has been chosen to appear on the Main Page as Today's featured list for October 30. The TFL blurb can be seen here. If you have any thoughts on the selection, please post them on my talk page or at TFL talk. Regards, Giants2008 (Talk) 22:23, 9 October 2017 (UTC)

MANY THANKS. It was a true group effort and I am proud to have been a part of thatCoal town guy (talk) 12:33, 10 October 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 23 October 2017Edit

Congrats on the TFL!Edit

And thanks for the pie! TheCatalyst31 ReactionCreation 23:32, 30 October 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 24 November 2017Edit

Women in Red World ContestEdit

Hi. We're into the last five days of the Women in Red World Contest. There's a new bonus prize of $200 worth of books of your choice to win for creating the most new women biographies between 0:00 on the 26th and 23:59 on 30th November. If you've been contributing to the contest, thank you for your support, we've produced over 2000 articles. If you haven't contributed yet, we would appreciate you taking the time to add entries to our articles achievements list by the end of the month. Thank you, and if participating, good luck with the finale!

List of West Virginia state parksEdit

Good morning Coal town guy! I have made a brief return to Wikipedia after a rather long hiatus and after two years in my sandbox, I have finally completed and posted my expansion of List of West Virginia state parks! I have nominated this list at FLC, so please feel free to review this list when you have a free moment! As always, I appreciate your time and guidance! Thank you for all your continued support to Wikipedia! -- West Virginian (talk) 17:32, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

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The Signpost: 18 December 2017Edit

Scanning postmarksEdit

Hi, happy new year and thanks for the scanned postmarks of various places! I'd like to suggest, however, that you do not only scan the date part, but also the canceller (the bars to the right of the circle), since philatelists are interested in the complete postmark.--Schlosser67 (talk) 08:14, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

Editing imagesEdit

What you're talking about is making a derivative work. Aside from images "borrowed" under a fair use claim, all images on all Wikimedia sites must permit people to create derivative works from them, and since Commons doesn't permit fair use claims, literally everything on there (aside from copyright infringements that need to be deleted) may be edited freely. If it's in the public domain, you can do anything with it of course, and if it's copyrighted but freely licensed, you just need to follow the relevant standards. You can't release something more freely than the original (for example, the resulting work can't be in the public domain if the original work requires attribution), but releasing something under the same license as the original is always fine, and it's required if the license is a Creative Commons with sharealike clause (cc-by-sa-[number]).

Unrelated note, did you see my recent West Virginia uploads? I got a bunch of photos in Wyoming, Boone, and Lincoln counties, including several coal towns.

Please feel free to ask more questions if you have them! Nyttend (talk) 02:13, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

I recently created File:US federal courts in West Virginia.svg as a derivative work of File:WestVirginiaWith Counties.svg. You can see how I linked the original file in the "Source" field, and I listed the original file's uploader in the "Author" field, as well as attributing myself for doing some of the work. One of the more amusing names with which I'm familiar is Appalachia; one of its two photos is mine. Nyttend (talk) 02:33, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

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Editing News #1—2018Edit

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Recent changesEdit

  • The 2017 wikitext editor is available as a Beta Feature on desktop devices. It has the same toolbar as the visual editor and can use the citoid service and other modern tools. The team have been comparing the performance of different editing environments. They have studied how long it takes to open the page and start typing. The study uses data for more than one million edits during December and January. Some changes have been made to improve the speed of the 2017 wikitext editor and the visual editor. Recently, the 2017 wikitext editor opened fastest for most edits, and the 2010 WikiEditor was fastest for some edits. More information will be posted at mw:Contributors/Projects/Editing performance.
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User:Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 23:14, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

CharlestonEdit

Thanks, but no suggestions/requests. Charleston's only four hours away from me, and that's quite doable; I took a vacation day today and did a trip of similar length. Nyttend (talk) 03:37, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

Error 404 - Page not found, sorryEdit

Yes, definitely vandalism :-) Good catch. Nyttend (talk) 22:30, 14 March 2018 (UTC)

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Communities in West VirginiaEdit

Hi-there are two communities in West Virginia that need articles; Devon in Mingo County-GNIS ID=1549654 and Rutherford in Ritchie County-GNIS ID=1549905. There is the Rutherford Post Office in Ritchie County-GNIS ID=1689056 Many thanks-RFD (talk) 14:53, 3 July 2018 (UTC)

MOST EXCELLENT and FINISHED!Coal town guy (talk) 18:53, 3 July 2018 (UTC)

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New Kentucky townEdit

Hey, friend. Just noticed the creation of a new biography on Kentucky congressman George M. Thomas, who hails from a red-linked town – Poplar Flat, Kentucky – which is apparently in Lewis County. A chance to turn a red link blue, if you want it. Thanks. Acdixon (talk · contribs) 21:06, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

Done!Coal town guy talk 00:13, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

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Summit Point, West VirginiaEdit

Hi-I added a citation from the West Virginia Division of Highways GIS County Maps for Jefferson County. However, I also removed most of the uncited materials in the article. Thank you-RFD (talk) 21:02, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

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Editing News #2—2018Edit

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Recent changesEdit

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Braxton County, West VirginiaEdit

Hi-the Braxton, West Virginia and McNutt, West Virginia articles needs info boxes-many thanks-RFD (talk) 23:28, 26 December 2018 (UTC)

-Hi-the Laurel Fork, West Virginia article also needs an info box-many thanks-RFD (talk) 11:44, 27 December 2018 (UTC)
-Hi-the info boxes to the articles were added-many thanks-RFD (talk) 16:22, 2 January 2019 (UTC)

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Every article has a pencil icon at the top. Tap on the pencil icon   to start editing.

Edit Cards

This is what the new Edit Cards for editing links in the mobile visual editor look like. You can try the prototype here: 📲 Try Edit Cards.

Welcome back to the Editing newsletter.

Since the last newsletter, the team has released two new features for the mobile visual editor and has started developing three more. All of this work is part of the team's goal to make editing on mobile web simpler.

Before talking about the team's recent releases, we have a question for you:

Are you willing to try a new way to add and change links?

If you are interested, we would value your input! You can try this new link tool in the mobile visual editor on a separate wiki.

Follow these instructions and share your experience:

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Recent releasesEdit

The mobile visual editor is a simpler editing tool, for smartphones and tablets using the mobile site. The Editing team has recently launched two new features to improve the mobile visual editor:

  1. Section editing
    • The purpose is to help contributors focus on their edits.
    • The team studied this with an A/B test. This test showed that contributors who could use section editing were 1% more likely to publish the edits they started than people with only full-page editing.
  2. Loading overlay
    • The purpose is to smooth the transition between reading and editing.

Section editing and the new loading overlay are now available to everyone using the mobile visual editor.

New and active projectsEdit

This is a list of our most active projects. Watch these pages to learn about project updates and to share your input on new designs, prototypes and research findings.

  • Edit cards: This is a clearer way to add and edit links, citations, images, templates, etc. in articles. You can try this feature now. Go here to see how: 📲Try Edit Cards.
  • Mobile toolbar refresh: This project will learn if contributors are more successful when the editing tools are easier to recognize.
  • Mobile visual editor availability: This A/B test asks: Are newer contributors more successful if they use the mobile visual editor? We are collaborating with 20 Wikipedias to answer this question.
  • Usability improvements: This project will make the mobile visual editor easier to use.  The goal is to let contributors stay focused on editing and to feel more confident in the editing tools.

Looking aheadEdit

  • Wikimania: Several members of the Editing Team will be attending Wikimania in August 2019. They will lead a session about mobile editing in the Community Growth space. Talk to them about how editing can be improved.
  • Talk Pages: In the coming months, the Editing Team will begin improving talk pages and communication on the wikis.

Learning moreEdit

The VisualEditor on mobile is a good place to learn more about the projects we are working on. The team wants to talk with you about anything related to editing. If you have something to say or ask, please leave a message at Talk:VisualEditor on mobile.

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