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Welcome to The Wikipedia Adventure!Edit

 
Hi Mark Schierbecker! We're so happy you wanted to play to learn, as a friendly and fun way to get into our community and mission. I think these links might be helpful to you as you get started.

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Wikipedia Meetup St. Louis 16

Dear fellow Wikipedian,

You are invited to attend the 16th St. Louis Wikipedia and WikiProject Meetup. Please join the discussion if you have articles or topics for discussion for our focused meeting time from 7-8 PM in the room Chuck Berry. This all takes place as part of Venture Cafe's Thursday Gatherings at the Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis. Come early if you want to have social time. Please do visit 16th St. Louis Wikipedia and WikiProject Meetup and add your name if you plan to attend. THANKS :)

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Wikipedia Meetup St. Louis 17

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You are invited to attend the 17th St. Louis Wikipedia and WikiProject Meetup. Please join the discussion if you have articles or topics for discussion for our focused meeting time from 7-8 PM in the room Chuck Berry. This all takes place as part of Venture Cafe's Thursday Gatherings at the Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis. Come early if you want to have social time. Please do visit 17th St. Louis Wikipedia and WikiProject Meetup and add your name if you plan to attend. THANKS :)

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Wikipedia Meetup St. Louis 19

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Invitation to Join Missouri Wikimedian User Group

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You are invited to help us form the Missouri Wikimedia User Group. In St. Louis we have already been holding monthly meetings. We just had Wikipedia Meetup St. Louis 19 and are planning a larger Missouri-Wikimedian-wide EDIT-PARTY for Tuesday January 15 in St. Louis. You are invited!.

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Deletion of USMC Portal - notificationEdit

Hi Mark, I note that you nominated the USMC Portal for deletion. You notified User:Looper5920 of the nomination as a creator/substantial contributor. I would have appreciated a notice as well. I have substantially contributed to the portal and would have appreciated the notice. — ERcheck (talk) 04:14, 29 July 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 July 2019Edit

Destroyer of Worlds?Edit

Are you planning to delete an entire continent of portals?

(I know.  Albania is in Europe.  Bhutan and Kyrgyzstan are in Asia. And the provinces of Canada are in North America...)  Robert McClenon (talk) 19:44, 15 August 2019 (UTC)

I'm going to get travel banned from all these countries, aren't I? Mark Schierbecker (talk) 22:11, 15 August 2019 (UTC)
I was originally referring to a continent. I haven't named it. The French language is commonly used there as a result of colonialism.  Robert McClenon (talk) 00:26, 16 August 2019 (UTC)
I think if you slay a country portal you get to be king of that nation. My empire is going to be lit. Mark Schierbecker (talk) 01:00, 16 August 2019 (UTC)
I should have taken on Portal:Zimbabwe a few years ago when I might have been welcomed as a liberator from Robert Mugabe (but he is now under house arrest where he belongs). My empire includes more than 900 languages, some of which are not well documented, and many unique species of flora and fauna. The day begins, as the world's day begins, when the sun rises at 150 W but on the west side of the date line, on Caroline Island and Kiritimati. Maybe I should invite botanists to search the rain forests of New Guinea for unknown species of fungus that may contain new antibiotics. Robert McClenon (talk) 23:31, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

so it goesEdit

I have nothing to with mfd of portals, regardless. JarrahTree 02:23, 19 August 2019 (UTC)

Backlog BanzaiEdit

In the month of September, Wikiproject Military history is running a project-wide edit-a-thon, Backlog Banzai. There are heaps of different areas you can work on, for which you claim points, and at the end of the month all sorts of whiz-bang awards will be handed out. Every player wins a prize! There is even a bit of friendly competition built in for those that like that sort of thing. Sign up now at Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/September 2019 Backlog Banzai to take part. For the coordinators, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 08:18, 22 August 2019 (UTC)

NYCEdit

I have just deleted several Portal:New York City/Selected biography/x pages with your claim "portal no longer relies on subpages". But there is now a red link on portal:New York City asking for one of these pages. Please resolve the situation. — RHaworth (talk · contribs) 07:41, 23 August 2019 (UTC)

  Done Thanks. Mark Schierbecker (talk) 08:10, 23 August 2019 (UTC)
  • I think it is still busted: all of the other portal content (categories, news, wikiprojects, etc.) has disappeared. UnitedStatesian (talk) 18:17, 23 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Now those sections are all back, but we are getting big Lua errors, "The time allocated for running scripts has expired." It's deja vu all over again. UnitedStatesian (talk) 04:55, 24 August 2019 (UTC)
  • It does, but can we be certain the Lua errors are not going to recur? UnitedStatesian (talk) 07:26, 24 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Maybe surmountable. I'd like to poke at these a bit more to see what breaks them. Mark Schierbecker (talk) 03:15, 26 August 2019 (UTC)
  • I think that testing should be done in a sandbox, and in the meantime the portal rolled back to the version that does not break. I will request the subpages be restored to allow the rollback. UnitedStatesian (talk) 15:32, 4 September 2019 (UTC)

A favorEdit

Hey MS: thanks for your portal improvement work, particularly the conversion away from subpage reliance. But could I ask a favor, that you not nominate all of the unused subpages for G6 speedy deletion? If there is a problem with the new structure, it will take a huge amount of extra work to roll back the portal to the old version if the subpages have been deleted. We had to go through this back in Feb./Mar., with thousands of subpage restorations required when the new structure turned out to have very serious issues. The unused subpages do no harm. Thanks in advance. UnitedStatesian (talk) 15:56, 23 August 2019 (UTC)

@UnitedStatesian: I've been wondering about that possibility myself. Can you please link me to a discussion about the subpage restorations to help bring me up to speed? On the contrary I think these orphaned subpages do quite a lot of harm. Imagine, for example, you make a graphic on Commons to replace another and waste time making sure all of the old instances are replaced on subpages that are never used. Most subpages are also violating WP:COPYWITHIN, so better to just delete them. The sooner we are to finding a permanent single-page format that works (or settling with what we have), the better. Mark Schierbecker (talk) 17:27, 23 August 2019 (UTC)
Here is one link: Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Portals/Archive 10#Portal restoration to pre-automated versions; see also related talkpage, village pump and admin. noticeboard (yes, believe it) discussions from around that time. I would also STRONGLY suggest erring on the side of over-transparency around what you are doing by notifying/involving Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals and the corresponding subject-area wikiprojects. There were a lot of hurt feelings last time around, and a repeat is likely to have disproportionately an even greater impact, IMO. And of course once we have broad agreement everything is working, we can move forward; my request is only one of timing, not that we permanently keep them around. UnitedStatesian (talk) 17:56, 23 August 2019 (UTC)

Portal:Royal NavyEdit

I expected this nomination, after its two sister services. Robert McClenon (talk) 01:58, 27 August 2019 (UTC)

Most of the military-topic portals look like they could fall, with the exception of maybe a few recent-ish microportals that haven't disintegrated yet. Think WikiProject MilHist would even be happy to see those gone. Mark Schierbecker (talk) 04:15, 27 August 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 30 August 2019Edit

Wikiproject Military history coordinator election nominations openEdit

Nominations for the upcoming project coordinator election are now open. A team of up to ten coordinators will be elected for the next year. The project coordinators are the designated points of contact for issues concerning the project, and are responsible for maintaining our internal structure and processes. They do not, however, have any authority over article content or editor conduct, or any other special powers. More information on being a coordinator is available here. If you are interested in running, please sign up here by 23:59 UTC on 14 September! Voting doesn't commence until 15 September. If you have any questions, you can contact any member of the coord team. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 02:38, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

BusyEdit

You were busy yesterday creating analysis work that will keep some of us busy for a while. :-\ Robert McClenon (talk) 13:05, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

I think Portal:Bridges is probably going to be the only semi-contentious one. The rest are pretty straightforward. Mark Schierbecker (talk) 13:25, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
An interesting mix of the very abstract and the very material in topics. Robert McClenon (talk) 18:52, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

AWB portal replacementsEdit

Hi Mark

I see that you have been using AWB to replace or remove deleted portals. This is good principle, but in practice the AWB settings you are using have not been sufficiently sophisticated:

  1. You have been replacing each portal with only one alternative, e.g. Portal:Government of the United States only to Portal:United States, without adding Portal:Politics. You also haven't been removing any resulting duplicates, if the page is already in Portal:United States.
  2. Your replacements are not restricted to portal links, leading to errors such as this edit[1] to Capital One Arena.

I have a set of very complex regexes which I have used to fix over a hundred thousand of these links without such errors. Please can you leave it to me to continue this?

I have not checked how many of your AWB edits have produced these unintended ill-effects. It seems to me that rather than checking each one individually, it would be easier to use rollback on all of them. Please will you do that? --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 16:35, 3 September 2019 (UTC)

@BrownHairedGirl: I'm not surprised I made a mistake on Capital One Arena. That was my last edit before I became too tired to go on last night. I've been removing redundant United States links where possible. Some slip through. Some pages fit OK into the United States bucket, but not the politics bucket. I don't think every one-term mayor of random midwestern towns belong with either Politics or United States. I'm not so sure every government agency belongs in Politics either. I've also been adding some Law portals, like here. I will be checking my edits last night individually. Mark Schierbecker (talk) 19:26, 3 September 2019 (UTC)
Mark, if you're going to do this, then you need a better regex. Otherwise the errors are inevitable, because there's too much to check.
As to don't think every one-term mayor of random midwestern towns belong with either Politics or United States ... this isn't categorisation. It's linking. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 19:40, 3 September 2019 (UTC)

Poor job MarkEdit

I'm notifying you that I think you did poor job in not notifying me (the only recent editor) about the cycling portal MfD. BaldBoris 16:35, 9 September 2019 (UTC)

Milhist coordinator election voting has commencedEdit

G'day everyone, voting for the 2019 Wikiproject Military history coordinator tranche is now open. This is a simple approval vote; only "support" votes should be made. Project members should vote for any candidates they support by 23:59 (UTC) on 28 September 2018. Thanks, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 03:37, 15 September 2019 (UTC)

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