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Re: IRCEdit

I'll be out and about tonight unfortunately, so I'll be missing the shows as well as IRC. Wizardman Operation Big Bear 16:30, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

Suggestion to pull WikiProject U.S. Streets under WikiProject United StatesEdit

It was recently suggested that WikiProject U.S. Streets, to which you are a member, may be inactive or semi active and it might be beneficial to include it in the list of projects supported by WikiProject United States. After reviewing the project it appears that there have not been any active discussions on the talk page in some time and the only content updates appear to be simple maintenance so being supported by a larger project might be beneficial. I have begun a discussion on the projects talk page to see how the members of the project feel about this suggestion. --Kumioko (talk) 00:31, 4 August 2011 (UTC)

PA 660Edit

I won't be in PA again until Oct. I will give it a try then. If you want one sooner, User:Ruhrfisch probably has one or could get one. He often goes to PA state parks. I changed it because Dincher is my surname and a google search for Dincher put my wiki work near the top. I am hardly the most notable Dincher. Gerry D (talk) 01:16, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

I just checked my files and I do not have a good photo of PA 660, though I got a tiny bit of it File:Leonard Harrison State Park Sign.jpg in the lower left corner. Next time I am there I will get a photo of 660 in the park. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 03:56, 28 August 2011 (UTC)
Just added File:Pennsylvania Route 660 in Leonard Harrison State Park.jpg to the article. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 01:46, 26 November 2011 (UTC)
It was a wonderful day to hike there - thank you for the photo request, as I am not sure I would have gone up otherwise. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 02:48, 26 November 2011 (UTC)

WikiCup 2011 July newsletterEdit

The finals are upon us; we're down to the last few. One of the eight remaining contestants will be this year's WikiCup champion! 150 was the score needed to progress to the final; just under double the 76 required to reach round 4, and more than triple the 41 required to reach round 3. Our eight finalists are:

  •   Casliber (submissions), Pool A's winner. Casliber has the highest total score in the competition, with 1528, the bulk of which is made up of 8 featured articles. He has the highest number of total featured articles (8, 1 of which was eligible for double points) and total did you knows (72) of any finalist. Casliber writes mostly on biology, including ornithology, botany and mycology.
  •   PresN (submissions), Pool B's winner and the highest scorer this round. PresN is the only finalist who has scored featured topic points, and he has gathered an impressive 330, but most of his points come from his 4 featured articles, one of which scored double. PresN writes mostly on video games and the Hugo Awards.
  •   Hurricanehink (submissions), Pool A's runner-up. Hurricanehink's points are mostly from his 30 good articles, more than any other finalist, and he is also the only finalist to score good topic points. Hurricanehink, as his name suggests, writes mostly on meteorology.
  •   Wizardman (submissions), Pool B's runner-up. Wizardman has completed 86 good article reviews, more than any other finalist, but most of his points come from his 2 featured articles. Wizardman writes mostly on American sport, especially baseball.
  •   Miyagawa (submissions), the "fastest loser" (Pool A). Miyagawa has written 3 featured lists, one of which was awarded double points, more than any other finalist, but he was awarded points mostly for his 68 did you knows. Miyagawa writes on a variety of topics, including dogs, military history and sport.
  •   Resolute (submissions), the second "fastest loser" (Pool B). Most of Resolute's points come from his 9 good articles. He writes mostly on Canadian topics, including ice hockey.
  •   Yellow Evan (submissions), who was joint third "fastest loser" (Pool A). Most of Evan's points come from his 10 good articles, and he writes mostly on meteorology.
  •   Sp33dyphil (submissions), who was joint third "fastest loser" (Pool B). Most of Phil's points come from his 9 good articles, 4 of which (more than any other finalist) were eligible for double points. He writes mostly on aeronautics.

We say goodbye to our seven other semi-finalists,   Another Believer (submissions),   Piotrus (submissions),   Grandiose (submissions),   Stone (submissions),   Eisfbnore (submissions),   Canada Hky (submissions) and   MuZemike (submissions). Everyone still in the competition at this stage has done fantastically well, and contributed greatly to Wikipedia. We're on the home straight now, and we will know our winner in two months.

In other news, preparations for next year's competition have begun with a brainstorming thread. Please, feel free to drop by and share any thoughts you have about how the competition should work next year. Sign ups are not yet open, but will be opened in due course. Watch this space. Further, there has been a discussion about the rule whereby those in the WikiCup must delcare their participation when nominating articles at featured article candidates. This has resulted in a bot being created by new featured article delegate Ucucha (talk · contribs). The bot will leave a message on FAC pages if the nominator is a participant in the WikiCup.

A reminder of the rules: any points scored after August 29 may be claimed for the final round, and please remember to update submission pages promptly. If you are concerned that your nomination, be it at good article candidates, a featured process or anywhere else, will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAC, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup and the judges are reachable on their talk pages, or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start receiving or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn and The ed17 00:08, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

Pre-RFC straw pollEdit

There is a brief straw poll to see if conducting a RFC on the question of coordinates in road articles is worthwhile at WT:RJL. Your input would be appreciated. --Rschen7754 08:23, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

Tyops TyposEdit

Er, can you fix Tropical Strom Lee (2011) so it's at Tropical Storm Lee (2011)? Keith and I moved TS 13's page at the same time, causing a mess. HurricaneFan25 17:47, 2 September 2011 (UTC)


Hello. This message is being sent to inform you that there is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. The thread is Over-aggressive warnings/ blocking of User: Thank you. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Andy's talk; Andy's edits 11:48, 3 September 2011 (UTC)

Two of your sub-pages are listed in an error categoryEdit

{{Ntsh}} is in the process of being updated so that it can sort negative numbers. The template is intended to sort numbers but the old version would sort other values as well. On your sub-pages User:Mitchazenia/Onondaga and User:Mitchazenia/Onondaga 2 you use it with non-numeric arguments. For example {{ntsh|259A}}. Soon this will cause an error to be displayed. Rather than go into a long explanation, I can just fix the pages for you if that is OK. –droll [chat] 06:03, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

Done. I used two methods. Neither are very elegant. Thanks. –droll [chat] 07:30, 4 September 2011 (UTC)


If you are trying to get to Forksville from Williamsport, you will have a bit of a detour as a lot of roads in Lycoming and Sullivan counties are still closed. I would take I-180 from Williamsport to Hughesville, then PA 118 west to PA 42 north. Then take US 220 east to PA 87 at Dushore, then backtrack southeast to Forksville. Both 220 and 87 are closed between eastern Lycoming and western Sullivan counties. You could also normally take PA 154 from 220 near LaPorte to 187 at Forksville (via Worlds End State Park), but it is closed from the flooding too. You will pass Sonestown Covered Bridge on 220 in Davidson Twp in Sullivan County (it has a tree in its side), and pass fairly close to the Lairdsville Covered Bridge on 118 in Moreland Twp in Lycoming County. Good map of Sullivan County here. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 22:47, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Normally you could go up 87 from Montoursville to Forksville, but the road is still officially closed between Loyalsockville (where the PA 973 bridge washed out) and Hillsgrove Township in Sullivan County - they have put in some temporary pavement to replace what was washed out, but it is only one lane in places and only open to residents and people heloping with flood cleanup and safety personnel. 220 also has at least one bridge closed to traffic and is closed from Hughesville to the intersection with PA 42. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 01:59, 16 September 2011 (UTC)
All the roads are open again! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 05:29, 20 December 2011 (UTC)
The Forksville Covered Bridge made it through the flood fine. The other two in Sullivan County were not as fortunate: Hillsgrove Covered Bridge lost a lot of siding (see File:Hillsgrove Covered Bridge flood 3.jpg), and Sonestown Covered Bridge had a lot of damage too (see File:Sonestown Covered Bridge flood 8.jpg). Ruhrfisch ><>°° 02:35, 21 December 2011 (UTC)
There is not a lot on PA 660 in the state park history books I have. The Wellsboro Library has the newspaper archives online which is searchable. I found a July 22, 1936 article on paving 660 in the park here. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 04:25, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

WikiCup 2011 September newsletterEdit

We are on this year's home straight, with less than a month to go until the winner of the 2011 WikiCup will be decided. The fight for first place is currently being contested by   Miyagawa (submissions),   Hurricanehink (submissions) and   Sp33dyphil (submissions), all of whom have over 200 points. This round has already seen multiple featured articles (1991 Atlantic hurricane season from Hurricanehink and Northrop YF-23 from Sp33dyphil) and a double-scoring featured list (Miyagawa's 1948 Summer Olympics medal table). The scores will likely increase far further before the end of the round on October 31 as everyone ups their pace. There is not much more to say- thoughts about next year's competition are welcome on the WikiCup talk page or the scoring talk page, and signups will open once a few things have been sorted out.

If you are concerned that your nomination, be it at good article candidates, a featured process or anywhere else, will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAC, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup and the judges are reachable on their talk pages, or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start receiving or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn and The ed17 12:45, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

NARA scanathon this weekend ... anything you might want?Edit

I am going down to Washington this weekend for this event. As you can see, at the bottom I put in a request to have some RFC railroad maps made available for scanning, specifically those of the Erie. I thought you might find some images useful ... they're PD-US and could be used to show the location of a former station and such.

Feel free to use the linked search interface for NARA if there's anything else that you might want to be looked through for an article, and let me know so I can have them pull it. Daniel Case (talk) 18:07, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia:The Musical in NYC Oct 22Edit

You are invited to Wikipedia:The Musical in NYC, an editathon, Wikipedia meet-up and lectures that will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (at Lincoln Center), as part of the Wikipedia Loves Libraries events being held across the USA.

All are welcome, sign up on the wiki and here!--Pharos (talk) 04:41, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

Revert on Montauk HighwayEdit

Hi Mitch, I was wondering if you could explain (in a little more depth than "um wow") ;-) your revert on Montauk Highway. My personal opinion of "before and after" is that the changes may not have had the prettiest formatting, but it did add a lot more information to the article, including a bunch missing on NY27A (which comprises a very very large section of Montauk Hwy). If it's a matter of formatting and look, let me know and I'll see if I can jump in and clean up the previous version (side note: I'll start with an undo of your revert, then clean and tidy - so nothing personal on the undo). If it is not a matter of the look/layout, could you articulate your objections to Dan's changes so perhaps I can salvage the missing information while leaving out whatever information you objected to? Best, ROBERTMFROMLI | TK/CN 16:49, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

Ah, got it. I'm having a kinda similar problem (though I gave up) on the naming of Southern State Parkway... which is listed as Southern State Parkway, followed by Southern State Parkway - Heckscher Spur, followed by the tiny section at and preceeding the park which is actually Heckscher State Parkway. Instead, Exit 40ish onwards keeps being changed to Heckscher State Parkway (as virtually ALL of SSP has been changed on Google Maps - an issue I managed to get a pending fix approved for once they verified the state documents as well). So... at least I got an approved fix submitted on Google Maps, but I am giving up on the Wikipedia article. Best, (and thanks for the explanation). ROBERTMFROMLI | TK/CN 17:00, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
As a side note, here[1] is a government document that (like most such things) uses the full name of that stretch of highway - "Southern State Parkway Heckscher Spur" (not Heckscher State Parkway). But the ever changing Google Maps is instead treated as more accurate than what the government themselves deem the highway is named. Ugh. Best, ROBERTMFROMLI | TK/CN 17:17, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
I too dismiss Google as an invalid source (as noted above). I've got the NYSDOT information that disagrees with what others seem to have found (as well as what the signage, here, just a couple miles from me says, which is SSP). In shorthand form, on NYSDOT documents, that section is listed as one of the following: Heckscher Spur, Southern State Parkway, Heckscher State Parkway and finally Southern State Parkway Heckscher Spur (with or without a dash or comma between "Parkway" and "Heckscher"). The state and county mapping databases (such as used by NYS and Suffolk County FRES, which depicts exact property, zone and highway boundaries) lists it as "Southern State Parkway Heckscher Spur". If you know someone who works for FRES, you can verify that. But alas, it cannot be used as a source (hence I've posted others in the past, as well as the one I posted above), because it is illegal to use that information (mapping files) outside of the proper governmental and rescue agencies (I do work for various EMS agencies related to maintaining their vehicle computers, hence my access - nonetheless, numerous other sources, including various NYSDOT sources, support the full name designation). Best, ROBERTMFROMLI | TK/CN 17:26, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2011 October newsletterEdit

The 2011 WikiCup is now over, and our new champion is   Hurricanehink (submissions), who joins the exclusive club of the previous winners: Dreamafter (2007), jj137 (2008), Durova (2009) and Sturmvogel_66 (2010). The final standings were as follows:

  1.   Hurricanehink (submissions)
  2.   Sp33dyphil (submissions)
  3.   Yellow Evan (submissions)
  4.   Miyagawa (submissions)
  5.   Wizardman (submissions)
  6.   Casliber (submissions)
  7.   Resolute (submissions)
  8.   PresN (submissions)

Prizes for first, second, third and fourth will be awarded, as will prizes for all those who reached the final eight. Every participant who scored in the competition will receive a ribbon of participation. In addition to the prizes based on placement, the following special prizes will be awarded based on high performance in particular areas of content creation. So that the finalists do not have an undue advantage, the prize is awarded to the competitor who scored the highest in any particular field in a single round.

No prize was awarded for featured pictures, sounds or portals, as none were claimed throughout the competition. The awards will be handed out over the next few days. Congratulations to all our participants, and especially our winners; we've all had fun, and Wikipedia has benefitted massively from our content work.

Preparation for next year's WikiCup is ongoing. Interested parties are invited to sign up and participate in our straw polls. It's been a pleasure to work with you all this year, and, whoever's taking part in and running the competition in 2012, we hope to see you all in January! J Milburn and The ed17 00:44, 1 November 2011 (UTC)

USRD Newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 3Edit

Volume 4, Issue 3 • Fall 2011 • About the Newsletter
State and national updates

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JCbot (talk) 01:20, 1 November 2011 (UTC)

Happy WikiBirthday!Edit

  Happy WikiBirthday!
Congratulations on six years of hard work! Imzadi 1979  00:09, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

Sources for U.S. Route 27 in FloridaEdit

Do you know who makes Google Maps of specific roads(i.e.; U.S. Route 19 in Florida)? Because whoever does could make one for U.S. Route 27 in Florida, and maybe some of the other state-specific US Route in Florida articles. ----DanTD (talk) 01:02, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

New Jersey Turnpike Good articleEdit

Hello. I nominated this page as a good article. Would you mind reviewing it? Thanks! –Tinton5 (talk) 19:51, 27 November 2011 (UTC)

Okay thanks ! Tinton5 (talk) 20:13, 27 November 2011 (UTC)

Good Article Nomination ReviewEdit

Could you help me by reviewing the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix article I've just nominated for good article status? I haven't done it before so some advice and improvement suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks. Bigdon128 (talk) 01:29, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for agreeing to review the article. You're right that there should be more references in the race and qualifying sections (as per a featured article, such as 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix). I'm working on the article now and I've added a few more cites but it's not done yet. I've also removed a considerable chunk of the massive quote box. Anyway, thanks. Bigdon128 (talk) 01:00, 14 December 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the extra time. Much appreiciated. Bigdon128 (talk) 18:26, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

Happy Hannukah!Edit

Happy Hannukah, and all the best in 2012! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 05:31, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

I'm SorryEdit

Totally reliased that I shouldn't have posted in all caps as soon as I did it, I was just really annoyed that the other user deleted what had taken me about 10 hours to do and then claimed I was deleting his work just because I undid the revision where he deleted all of my work, but again I am really sorry for posting in all caps, stupid mistake, wont do it again :-) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Guyb123321 (talkcontribs) 22:58, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

Hi, Yep Think that banning us from editing it for a short time is very sensible, didnt realise something as simple as adding 50 extra buildings to take the list to 250 could be so controversial :-( but then I guess it was only one person and I discussed it with my friends over at sky scraper and they all thought it was a great idea so you know, they use wikipedia every day and a page is for the good of everyone so thought while there would be slightly more work in keeping it tidy it was worth it, I have sent messages to the other editor but he is not responding so I dont know, We will see, thanks for your reply by the way :-), and once again I am really sorry for dragging you into this. Guyb123321 (talk) 23:13, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

Pennsylvania Route 660Edit

I posted what history I had and could find easily at Talk:Pennsylvania Route 660. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 19:19, 22 December 2011 (UTC)

Road atlasEdit

Are you in a position to make a scan of the Carolina maps from your 1980s-era road map? Apologies if this is an unreasonable request, or if I am somehow doing it wrong. First-timer.

J M Larkin Skjames44 (talk) 17:18, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:16, 29 December 2011 (UTC) 

National Archives ExtravaSCANzaEdit

You are invited to the National Archives ExtravaSCANza, taking place every day next week from January 4–7, Wednesday to Saturday, in College Park, Maryland (Washington, DC metro area). Come help me cap off my stint as Wikipedian in Residence at the National Archives with one last success!

This will be a casual working event in which Wikipedians are getting together to scan interesting documents at the National Archives related to a different theme each day—currently: spaceflight, women's suffrage, Chile, and battleships—for use on Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons. The event is being held on multiple days, and in the evenings and weekend, so that as many locals and out-of-towners from nearby regions1 as possible can come. Please join us! Dominic·t 01:28, 30 December 2011 (UTC)

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2012 WikiCupEdit

Hi! As you've previously expressed interest in the competition, I'm just letting you know that the 2012 WikiCup is due to start in less than 24 hours. Signups are open, and will remain so for a few weeks after the beginning of the competition. The competition itself will follow basically the same format as last year, with a few small tweaks to point costs to reflect the opinions of the community. If you're interested in taking part, you're more than welcome, and if you know anyone who might be, please let them know too- the more the merrier! To join, simply add your name to Wikipedia:WikiCup/2012 signups, and we will be in touch. Please feel free to direct any questions to me, or leave a note on the WikiCup talk page. Thanks! You are receiving this note as you are listed on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Please feel free to add or remove yourself. EdwardsBot (talk) 01:23, 31 December 2011 (UTC)


And you are my newest Flickr contact. glad to know you elsewhere! Gerry D (talk) 01:57, 31 December 2011 (UTC)

Problem with IP editorEdit

Hi. I really need some administrator-to-administrator advice. Can you offer your opinions on Question 2 - 5 that I've posed at the top of this discussion?

Everyone else participating there is only focusing on Question 1, which I thought would be answered more quickly and straightforwardly, and is already being discussed at Talk:Kobe Bryant sexual assault case If you want to offer your insights on Question 1 as well, can you do so there? Thanks! Nightscream (talk) 05:15, 5 January 2012 (UTC)

Member assessment at the Canadian Roads WikiprojectEdit

-- ʄɭoʏɗiaɲ τ ¢ 23:43, 19 January 2012 (UTC)


I will try - the Sun-Gazette newspaper has had some articles on it - see here for one. They are also going to have to replace the 1941-built bridge over Lycoming Creek on 973 (developed a big hole in the deck). Ruhrfisch ><>°° 13:53, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

26th Continental RegimentEdit

Thanks for deleting my user space page with this name, but what has happened to article itself? It is no longer accessible. Did I do something wrong? Dhpage (talk) 23:38, 22 January 2012 (UTC)

Could you please restore it? Thanks! Dhpage (talk) 01:32, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

Thank you. I share your interest in railroads. Dhpage (talk) 23:09, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

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