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Talk page archives:

  • 2003-2004 -- in which I am welcomed to Wikipedia and asked to work on marine bio articles
  • to the end of 2005 -- in which I return as a lapsed Wikipedian after a year+ of absence, and get invited to some meetups
  • 2006 (a busy year) -- in which I organize Wikimania II: the Prodigal Son of Wikimania; and do some other stuff
  • 2007 (a busier year) -- in which I go to Wikimania:Taiwan, and lots of other in-person events
  • 2008 (an amazing year) -- in which I work on San Francisco-area meetups, the Signpost, and a few contentious articles; and publish a book, "How Wikipedia Works"
  • 2009 (an active year) -- in which I work on the Signpost quite a bit, give some talks, and recover from writing HWW
  • 2010 (an unprecedented year) -- in which I muck around with the 'post, run WikiSym, and get elected to the board
  • 2011 (a distracted year) -- in which I edit very little but do a lot of outreach. And worry about the board
  • 2012 (a year abides) -- in which SF meetups come into their own, we bring down Wikipedia for SOPA, and I finish up my board term
  • 2013 (a year of deja vu?) -- in which I edit a lot, do outreach, get involved in some wikiprojects and and am reelected by the community to the board after a year break
  • 2014 (a year of work) -- in which I do work at various UC campuses, debate superprotect, do board work and more.
  • 2015 (a year of change) -- in which I work on classes, my second board term wraps up, and I move cross-country, which leads to a whole new set of meetups!
  • 2016 (a year of new coasts) -- in which I spend the whole year in Boston, help run WikiConference in San Diego, do a bunch of editing training, and for the first time ever (!) skip Wikimania
  • 2017 (a year of carrying on) -- in which I don't skip Wikimania. What else happened? who knows?
  • 2018 (a year of editathons and wikidata) -- in which I run a bunch of edit-a-thons in Boston and MIT, and get more involved in Wikicite!



You are cordially invited to Stanford University to celebrate Wikipedia's birthdayEdit

Join us in celebrating Wikipedia's 18th birthday at Stanford University!
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Facto Post – Issue 20 – 31 January 2019Edit

Facto Post – Issue 20 – 31 January 2019
 

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Everything flows (and certainly data does)

Recently Jimmy Wales has made the point that computer home assistants take much of their data from Wikipedia, one way or another. So as well as getting Spotify to play Frosty the Snowman for you, they may be able to answer the question "is the Pope Catholic?" Possibly by asking for disambiguation (Coptic?).

Amazon Echo device using the Amazon Alexa service in voice search showdown with the Google rival on an Android phone

Headlines about data breaches are now familiar, but the unannounced circulation of information raises other issues. One of those is Gresham's law stated as "bad data drives out good". Wikipedia and now Wikidata have been criticised on related grounds: what if their content, unattributed, is taken to have a higher standing than Wikimedians themselves would grant it? See Wikiquote on a misattribution to Bismarck for the usual quip about "law and sausages", and why one shouldn't watch them in the making.

Wikipedia has now turned 18, so should act like as adult, as well as being treated like one. The Web itself turns 30 some time between March and November this year, per Tim Berners-Lee. If the Knowledge Graph by Google exemplifies Heraclitean Web technology gaining authority, contra GIGO, Wikimedians still have a role in its critique. But not just with the teenage skill of detecting phoniness.

There is more to beating Gresham than exposing the factoid and urban myth, where WP:V does do a great job. Placeholders must be detected, and working with Wikidata is a good way to understand how having one statement as data can blind us to replacing it by a more accurate one. An example that is important to open access is that, firstly, the term itself needs considerable unpacking, because just being able to read material online is a poor relation of "open"; and secondly, trying to get Creative Commons license information into Wikidata shows up issues with classes of license (such as CC-BY) standing for the actual license in major repositories. Detailed investigation shows that "everything flows" exacerbates the issue. But Wikidata can solve it.

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Books & Bytes, Issue 32Edit

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Issue 32, January – February 2019

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Facto Post – Issue 21 – 28 February 2019Edit

Facto Post – Issue 21 – 28 February 2019
 

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What is a systematic review?

Systematic reviews are basic building blocks of evidence-based medicine, surveys of existing literature devoted typically to a definite question that aim to bring out scientific conclusions. They are principled in a way Wikipedians can appreciate, taking a critical view of their sources.

 
PRISMA flow diagram for a systematic review

Ben Goldacre in 2014 wrote (link below) "[...] : the "information architecture" of evidence based medicine (if you can tolerate such a phrase) is a chaotic, ad hoc, poorly connected ecosystem of legacy projects. In some respects the whole show is still run on paper, like it's the 19th century." Is there a Wikidatan in the house? Wouldn't some machine-readable content that is structured data help?

File:Schittny, Facing East, 2011, Legacy Projects.jpg
2011 photograph by Bernard Schittny of the "Legacy Projects" group

Most likely it would, but the arcana of systematic reviews and how they add value would still need formal handling. The PRISMA standard dates from 2009, with an update started in 2018. The concerns there include the corpus of papers used: how selected and filtered? Now that Wikidata has a 20.9 million item bibliography, one can at least pose questions. Each systematic review is a tagging opportunity for a bibliography. Could that tagging be reproduced by a query, in principle? Can it even be second-guessed by a query (i.e. simulated by a protocol which translates into SPARQL)? Homing in on the arcana, do the inclusion and filtering criteria translate into metadata? At some level they must, but are these metadata explicitly expressed in the articles themselves? The answer to that is surely "no" at this point, but can TDM find them? Again "no", right now. Automatic identification doesn't just happen.

Actually these questions lack originality. It should be noted though that WP:MEDRS, the reliable sources guideline used here for health information, hinges on the assumption that the usefully systematic reviews of biomedical literature can be recognised. Its nutshell summary, normally the part of a guideline with the highest density of common sense, allows literature reviews in general validity, but WP:MEDASSESS qualifies that indication heavily. Process wonkery about systematic reviews definitely has merit.

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Women in Red April EventsEdit

April 2019, Volume 5, Issue 4, Numbers 107, 108, 114, 115, 116, 117


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Facto Post – Issue 22 – 28 March 2019Edit

Facto Post – Issue 22 – 28 March 2019
 

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When in the cloud, do as the APIs do

Half a century ago, it was the era of the mainframe computer, with its air-conditioned room, twitching tape-drives, and appearance in the title of a spy novel Billion-Dollar Brain then made into a Hollywood film. Now we have the cloud, with server farms and the client–server model as quotidian: this text is being typed on a Chromebook.

The term Applications Programming Interface or API is 50 years old, and refers to a type of software library as well as the interface to its use. While a compiler is what you need to get high-level code executed by a mainframe, an API out in the cloud somewhere offers a chance to perform operations on a remote server. For example, the multifarious bots active on Wikipedia have owners who exploit the MediaWiki API.

APIs (called RESTful) that allow for the GET HTTP request are fundamental for what could colloquially be called "moving data around the Web"; from which Wikidata benefits 24/7. So the fact that the Wikidata SPARQL endpoint at query.wikidata.org has a RESTful API means that, in lay terms, Wikidata content can be GOT from it. The programming involved, besides the SPARQL language, could be in Python, younger by a few months than the Web.

Magic words, such as occur in fantasy stories, are wishful (rather than RESTful) solutions to gaining access. You may need to be a linguist to enter Ali Baba's cave or the western door of Moria (French in the case of "Open Sesame", in fact, and Sindarin being the respective languages). Talking to an API requires a bigger toolkit, which first means you have to recognise the tools in terms of what they can do. On the way to the wikt:impactful or polymathic modern handling of facts, one must perhaps take only tactful notice of tech's endemic problem with documentation, and absorb the insightful point that the code in APIs does articulate the customary procedures now in place on the cloud for getting information. As Owl explained to Winnie-the-Pooh, it tells you The Thing to Do.

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PROD on Baby beddingEdit

Proposed deletion of Baby beddingEdit

 

The article Baby bedding has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

Lack of notability, seems like a dictionary definition. Nothing that isn't already covered in Infant bed.

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Facto Post – Issue 23 – 30 April 2019Edit

Facto Post – Issue 23 – 30 April 2019
 

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Completely clouded?
 
Cloud computing logo

Talk of cloud computing draws a veil over hardware, but also, less obviously but more importantly, obscures such intellectual distinction as matters most in its use. Wikidata begins to allow tasks to be undertaken that were out of easy reach. The facility should not be taken as the real point.

Coming in from another angle, the "executive decision" is more glamorous; but the "administrative decision" should be admired for its command of facts. Think of the attitudes ad fontes, so prevalent here on Wikipedia as "can you give me a source for that?", and being prepared to deal with complicated analyses into specified subcases. Impatience expressed as a disdain for such pedantry is quite understandable, but neither dirty data nor false dichotomies are at all good to have around.

Issue 13 and Issue 21, respectively on WP:MEDRS and systematic reviews, talk about biomedical literature and computing tasks that would be of higher quality if they could be made more "administrative". For example, it is desirable that the decisions involved be consistent, explicable, and reproducible by non-experts from specified inputs.

What gets clouded out is not impossibly hard to understand. You do need to put together the insights of functional programming, which is a doctrinaire and purist but clearcut approach, with the practicality of office software. Loopless computation can be conceived of as a seamless forward march of spreadsheet columns, each determined by the content of previous ones. Very well: to do a backward audit, when now we are talking about Wikidata, we rely on integrity of data and its scrupulous sourcing: and clearcut case analyses. The MEDRS example forces attention on purge attempts such as Beall's list.

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Facto Post – Issue 24 – 17 May 2019Edit

Facto Post – Issue 24 – 17 May 2019
 
Text mining display of noun phrases from the US Presidential Election 2012
 

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Semantic Web and TDM – a ContentMine view

Two dozen issues, and this may be the last, a valediction at least for a while.

It's time for a two-year summation of ContentMine projects involving TDM (text and data mining).

Wikidata and now Structured Data on Commons represent the overlap of Wikimedia with the Semantic Web. This common ground is helping to convert an engineering concept into a movement. TDM generally has little enough connection with the Semantic Web, being instead in the orbit of machine learning which is no respecter of the semantic. Don't break a taboo by asking bots "and what do you mean by that?"

The ScienceSource project innovates in TDM, by storing its text mining results in a Wikibase site. It strives for compliance of its fact mining, on drug treatments of diseases, with an automated form of the relevant Wikipedia referencing guideline MEDRS. Where WikiFactMine set up an API for reuse of its results, ScienceSource has a SPARQL query service, with look-and-feel exactly that of Wikidata's at query.wikidata.org. It also now has a custom front end, and its content can be federated, in other words used in data mashups: it is one of over 50 sites that can federate with Wikidata.

The human factor comes to bear through the front end, which combines a link to the HTML version of a paper, text mining results organised in drug and disease columns, and a SPARQL display of nearby drug and disease terms. Much software to develop and explain, so little time! Rather than telling the tale, Facto Post brings you ScienceSource links, starting from the how-to video, lower right.

ScienceSourceReview, introductory video: but you need run it from the original upload file on Commons
Links for participation

The review tool requires a log in on sciencesource.wmflabs.org, and an OAuth permission (bottom of a review page) to operate. It can be used in simple and more advanced workflows. Examples of queries for the latter are at d:Wikidata_talk:ScienceSource project/Queries#SS_disease_list and d:Wikidata_talk:ScienceSource_project/Queries#NDF-RT issue.

Please be aware that this is a research project in development, and may have outages for planned maintenance. That will apply for the next few days, at least. The ScienceSource wiki main page carries information on practical matters. Email is not enabled on the wiki: use site mail here to Charles Matthews in case of difficulty, or if you need support. Further explanatory videos will be put into commons:Category:ContentMine videos.


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Books & Bytes, Issue 33Edit

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Abortion ArticlesEdit

Phoebe, thank you for all your work on the abortion articles. Would you please correct a typo that appears on each of the individual states’ abortion pages, under the Context Section?

“At the same time, a 2011 study by Center for Reproductive Rights and Ibis Reproductive Health also found that states with more abortion restrictions have higher rates of maternal death, higher rates of insured pregnant women, higher rates of infant and child deaths, higher rates of teen drug and alcohol abuse, and lower rates of cancer screening.[9]”

Every single state’s article regarding abortion has the same typo regarding insured rates for pregnant women. It should say “higher rates of uninsured”, not “higher rates of insured”.

According to the he underlying citation (#9) ( (https://www.medicaldaily.com/states-more-abortion-restrictions-hurt-womens-health-increase-risk-maternal-death-306181) said this: “And out of all 50 states, it was the ones with more restrictions that also had higher, well, everything: maternal deaths, uninsured rates, infant and child death rates, teen drug and alcohol abuse, as well as lower preventive care and cancer screening rates.”

Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 174.214.28.253 (talk) 07:01, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

good catch! I will work on this later, pinging @LauraHale: also :) -- phoebe / (talk to me) 14:27, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

MfD nomination of Portal:SeattleEdit

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Books & Bytes Issue 34, May – June 2019Edit

  The Wikipedia Library

Books & Bytes
Issue 34, May – June 2019

  • Partnerships
  • #1Lib1Ref
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  • Global branches update
  • Bytes in brief

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ManiaEdit

Stockholm libraries + museums are amazing.:! @ Hacking tables today ~ – SJ + 12:05, 14 August 2019 (UTC)

Books & Bytes – Issue 35, July – August 2019Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 35, July – August 2019

  • Wikimania
  • We're building something great, but..
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  • A Wikibrarian's story
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Can you kindlyEdit

help out with retrieving certain stuff from a book? WBGconverse 16:44, 31 October 2019 (UTC)

@Winged Blades of Godric: unfortunately this isn't something we have in my library. Sorry! -- phoebe / (talk to me) 20:38, 4 November 2019 (UTC)

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Books & Bytes – Issue 36Edit

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Dorothy SayersEdit

You may be interested in a section I just added to that article's talk page. There's an important new bio. DGG ( talk ) 03:04, 8 December 2019 (UTC)

You are cordially invited to the SPIE Photonics West edit-a-thon on 02.02.2020Edit

Join us for the SPIE Photonics West edit-a-thon this Sunday, 02.02.2020!
I am delighted to invite you to the SPIE Photonics West 2020 edit-a-thon, at Park Central Hotel (Franciscan I, 3rd Level / 50 Third Street / San Francisco, California), on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at 5:00-7:00pm.

Newcomers and experienced Wikimedians are welcome to participate alongside SPIE conference attendees. Admission is free. Training will be provided.

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Books & Bytes – Issue 37Edit

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A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Real Life Barnstar
Thank you for your support at the Earth Day Edit-a-thon! Xplorecre84give (talk) 12:08, 24 April 2020 (UTC)

Issue 38, January – April 2020Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 38, January – April 2020

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EditEdit

Hi - did you mean to delete as much as you did here? I assume not? ɱ (talk) 04:29, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

Also, please, please, see Help:Archiving a talk page. ɱ (talk) 04:31, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
no of course not! eek. Not sure how that happened, a bad save I think. Thanks for the catch. And I always do get around to archiving my talk page...eventually :) -- phoebe / (talk to me) 04:37, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
Thanks for helping out with the George Floyd protests article. LoreMaster22 (talk) 05:41, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
yay! thank you too LoreMaster22! -- phoebe / (talk to me) 14:01, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
+1, thanks for your work here, Phoebe. Curious if you're interested in responding here. Take care! ---Another Believer (Talk) 13:43, 10 June 2020 (UTC)
@Another Believer: done, thanks! -- phoebe / (talk to me) 02:08, 12 June 2020 (UTC)
Wonderful, thank you! ---Another Believer (Talk) 02:10, 12 June 2020 (UTC)

George Floyd protest map underlying dataEdit

Hello,

I've also sent a direct e-mail to Phoebe but am not sure which forum is best for contacting you. In brief, I am am looking for the underlying data for the George Floyd protest map. Any assistance you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_George_Floyd_protests

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:George_Floyd_protests_map

Thanks!

Sam — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sbrazys (talkcontribs) 11:15, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Hi @Sbrazys: -- thanks for your message. It's not rocket science - we are making by hand off the list in the text of List of George Floyd protests. There's no dataset - what you see is what you get, when you look at the source code for Template:George Floyd protests map. If it's out of sync or out of date, it's for one of a couple reasons:
1) no one's added a city yet by editing the map -- it's been difficult to keep up with changes in real time, and time zones affect how much people can work on it (for instance, I just got up)
2) we don't have a source that states that the protest was >100 people in that city
2a) there is a source, but no one's added it to the text yet so we can't easily verify it.
2b) the first iteration of the map with the list of cities that this one was based on was made ~24 hours ago, and as you know a lot has happened -- news reports lag the actual events by a bit so we are still catching up. (This map has a lot more cities than the first map did, but there's still a lag).
Also note that the map isn't showing protests outside the US, because we need to build a different worldwide baselayer map for those (so it doesn't get super out of scale). And, you'll probably see some changes today as we indicate larger (>1000) and multiday protests. Stay tuned! If you want to help, the most useful thing is adding sources that state size of protest (eg hundreds, 500, etc) to the text list of protests in the article and then making a comment on the template talk page. cheers, phoebe / (talk to me) 12:48, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

A kitten for you!Edit

Thank you for the kind welcome and for sharing the very helpful resources, Phoebe. I have been planning to join Wikipedia for a while and finally did now, so I hope to stay around!

StarryPenguin (talk) 19:02, 10 June 2020 (UTC)

Books & Bytes – Issue 39, May – June 2020Edit

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Books & Bytes
Issue 39, May – June 2020

  • Library Card Platform
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    • BioOne
    • CEEOL
    • IWA Publishing
    • ICE Publishing
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Signpost InterviewEdit

Hello! I'm one of the writers putting together this month's WikiProject Report for the The Signpost, and you were one of the editors who answered the questions. Thanks! Going over the answers before publication, I noticed that in your answer to the last question you advertised an event that happened June 19, which is unfortunately no longer relevant. Would you like to refactor the text, or can we remove the text entirely? as it's no longer something readers can do? The link is here if you want to change the answer. If you don't have the time to respond within publication time (tomorrow or the day after) I'll just go ahead and remove it for clarity, hoping that you're fine with it. If you weren't, we can add it back after publication if you want. Thank you, and we apologize for the inconvenience! For the Signpost, -- puddleglum2.0 22:43, 26 June 2020 (UTC)

@Puddleglum2.0: thanks for the heads up! I'd forgotten I put that in there. I refactored! -- phoebe / (talk to me) 05:32, 27 June 2020 (UTC)
Thanks! Cheers -- puddleglum2.0 13:19, 27 June 2020 (UTC)

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on housingEdit

Hi Phoebe! I just saw your post here — I don't know of any article/discussion on that currently, and it seems like a fine thing to create. Your notes look good to me. Wikipedia:WikiProject COVID-19/Tips might be a useful checklist, although you're probably fine without it. Cheers, {{u|Sdkb}}talk 17:00, 14 July 2020 (UTC)

@Sdkb: thanks! I added a bit to the CARES Act article, and I was thinking of doing a section for the economic impact in the US article next, and then splitting it if it got large enough. I'll try to get back to it this week. cheers, -- phoebe / (talk to me) 19:17, 14 July 2020 (UTC)

DYK for Bail fundEdit

 On 17 July 2020, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Bail fund, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that a bail fund was started by the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920 to release people arrested for sedition? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Bail fund. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Bail fund), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Cwmhiraeth (talk) 00:02, 17 July 2020 (UTC)

Precious anniversaryEdit

Precious
 
Two years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:49, 26 July 2020 (UTC)

Black vultureEdit

Sorry about deleting your video - clumsy mistake on my part. Actually I do wish there are more vids of wildlife. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Peterwchen (talkcontribs) 16:16, 17 August 2020 (UTC)

Dear @Peterwchen: no problem! You might be interested in going through this category on Commons -- drill down by country too -- there are lots of good videos of animals that aren't in the relevant articles yet! That's how I found this vulture one. -- phoebe / (talk to me) 20:58, 17 August 2020 (UTC)

VideosEdit

Thanks for the tip on videos in the Commons. I had uploaded my few vids in webm, but I don't think they play on iPhone. I notice many vids in the Commons are ogv - is that more widely playable? I tried converting a MOV original to ogv with ffmpeg but the output is very jumpy on playback on my Linux desktop, as if it has a low framerate. Any suggestions would be appreciated.Peterwchen (talk) 16:30, 18 August 2020 (UTC)

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AdminshipEdit

Hey, any particular reason you're not an admin? Asking for a friend.... Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 21:39, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

@Ritchie333: no special reason. A long, long, long time (like centuries in Wikipedia years) I refused a nomination for adminship on the grounds that I was doing a lot of speaking about Wikipedia, and I did not want to give the impression that admins were more important than ordinary editors (because they are not). Secondarily, I don't do that much editing that requires the tools, and I'm unlikely to start. Nowadays, I feel like the politics of adminship have changed considerably in en.wp. I'm still unlikely to use the tools much though :) -- phoebe / (talk to me) 15:45, 19 September 2020 (UTC)
Okay, that's all fair enough. I agree that admins should not have more importance than ordinary editors; indeed, in a content dispute with yelling, if one of them is an admin they are more at fault because they are supposed to set an example. While some of our best editors don't need to go anywhere near the tools, equally some of our best admins don't use the tools unless necessary. In the previous example of an admin and non-admin having a content dispute, the best resolution by far is to use a bit of diplomacy, sympathetically state both party's views, and suggest ways to reach a consensus. If you have to reach for any of the tools, you've kind of failed in your management role. Anyway, when I took a look at your track record, with many years of having a kind and welcome attitude towards new editors, and a model level of civility and encouragement, I couldn't believe you weren't an admin (by contrast, Andrew Lih / Fuzheado has been one for longer than all of my kids have been alive!) and I assumed you must have been offered adminship in the past and refused. I think I know about ten editors in exactly the same position, or have been in the past - Cullen328 needed a lot of persuasion to put his name forward, and when he did the level of support was incredible, as I predicted. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 16:08, 22 September 2020 (UTC)
That is very kind of you! Well, I am not opposed to it at this point, but I'll also probably not go out of my way to seek it. It's funny; insofar as it's a matter of 'trusted users', I have previously held just about every *other* position of trust in our movement (I've stewarded the WMF budget, had OTRS access, been under multiple NDAs for WMF & user data, etc. etc.) but I have never been an admin :) ps user:Cullen328 and user:Fuzheado are both good friends, and we have spent time on projects IRL for many years! -- phoebe / (talk to me) 16:25, 22 September 2020 (UTC)

2014 locusts to illustrate 2019 ??Edit

Hello, surprising : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:2019%E2%80%9320_locust_infestation#2014_locusts_to_illustrate_2019_?? --Wisdood (talk) 11:22, 3 November 2020 (UTC)

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Help on Wikiproject Climate change projectEdit

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any chance you want to help out on increasing coverage and info on this ? Carbon sink upscaling additional info on carbon sink upscaling (missing info) --Genetics4good (talk) 16:36, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

Sunday 7 February virtual Movement Strategy implementation meeting on environmental sustainabilityEdit

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@Gnom: thanks for letting me know! I'll try to join. -- phoebe / (talk to me) 16:28, 3 February 2021 (UTC)

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