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Because NE2 thinks I'm a vandalEdit

@NE2: I don't get why you're bent on removing all my comments and saying "yawn" or "stay off" to all of them. We have a shared interest in improving coverage of transportation-related topics. I just don't understand why you did what you did at Watts (Pacific Electric). Why is an explanation so much to ask? BTW, I will tell you what is too much to ask: telling me to stay off your page. I'm perfectly entitled to come here and express displeasure with your edits. While you are entitled to remove my edits without responding to them, it's generally offputting. pbp 05:48, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

Copyright problemsEdit

Hello, Purplebackpack89. I've read through the conversation at User_talk:Diannaa#Watts_.28Pacific_Electric.29 and am stopping by to confirm that User:Diannaa's handling is quite the ordinary way these things are done. It is requested that users who tag articles for speedy deletion notify you that they have done so - "Users nominating a page for speedy deletion should specify which criterion/criteria the page meets, and should notify the page creator and any major contributors" per WP:CSD - but unfortunately not everyone complies with best practice.

When you start an article by copy-pasting your source and then modify it incrementally, you create a derivative work - it is still a copyright problem where the pieces retain substantial similarity. Blanking for a few sentences in a massive article might be overkill, but when the entire article is seven sentences long, it's a different situation - especially when the copied content constitutes over 50% of the article, as was the case with this content. Material in history is still a copyright problem.

I realize it is disconcerting to have an article you created disappear with no warning and am sorry that User:NE2 did not give you the recommended notice for several reasons, including that the best way to stop future copyright issues is to make sure people are aware of the policies. Just for the sake of clarity, we cannot create articles by copying content to Wikipedia and then modifying the material here. Every time we hit save, we are verifying that the content is free for our license, which means that either we must have created it ourselves or we must be able to verify that it is public domain or compatibly licensed. The only exception is for brief, clearly marked quotations that are used to supplement our created content, in accordance with WP:NFC. I understand that this article was created several years ago, and that you may not have continued with the practice used in creating that article, but I do need to be sure you are familiar with the policies. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 16:36, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

@Moonriddengirl:: This is one of the rare instances where an article I have created is a derivative work. What frustrates me is that it was deleted almost instantaneously rather than giving me time to fix it. As you said, it was only seven sentences long, so I could have easily reworded the article had I been given sufficient time. Instead, I had to completely re-create the article (which you can now read at Watts (Pacific Electric); I think you'd agree now that it's not a copyvio problem, and now it has additional content), which took me significantly more time than it would have had the article not been deleted without warning. Could you do me a favor and have a word with @NE2: about proper notification? He should have been the one to tell me the statement you just said above, but he's blanking every attempt I have to make contact with him, essentially treating me like I'm a vandal. It's especially disconcerting that NE2 is treating me this way because both he and I want to improve coverage of transportation-related articles. Also, if you are concerned about further copyvios, I would point you in the direction of other articles I've created, such as Amoco Junction, Los Angeles yesterday. pbp 16:52, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
I effectively just did have a word with User:NE2, courtesy of notification. (No need to use ping; the fact that I linked his name will do it.) I hope he will take seriously the recommendation to notify creators in policy. At one point it was mandatory with WP:CSD#G12 tags, but the importance of getting this content flagged and clean outweighs the need to educate contributors and prevent future occurrences. That said, the notices not only may prevent future occurrences, but they also serve to alert people evaluating copyright concerns down the road that they have existed in the past - which goes a long way to facilitating cleanup and addressing serial infringers. These notices are a courtesy, but more than a courtesy - they are essential to managing problems long-term.
Generally speaking, administrators will restore for you categories, infoboxes and other non-infringing content on request when pages are deleted. When content is primarily copied from another source, as in this case, you can always access the original. I have not looked at the rewrite; we have enough outstanding identified copyright problems to deal with; if User:Diannaa says it's fine, I'm sure it's fine. I see nothing in your talk page history to suggest that this has been a pattern for you, but if you believe that you may have done this before, I would strongly recommend cleaning it up now proactively and asking an administrator to delete older versions. This would certainly demonstrate your good faith in this area, if other problems exist. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 17:01, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

Yeah. I thought there was a bot that notified page creators of deletion tags. --NE2 18:08, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

If there is, it didn't notify me. Either that or the page was deleted before it could. But why go full-on deletion, NE2? You could have reworded or removed the content in 2 minutes, or you could have pinged me and I'd have reworded it or removed it. pbp 19:07, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
User:Purplebackpack89, deleting the content was the right thing to do. This wasn't a borderline copyright problem; it was a blatant copyright problem. Every save page on Wikipedia says "Content that violates any copyrights will be deleted" and it has said this in some variation for at least the 7ish years I've been around. Besides which, NE2 flagged the article for admin attention; he didn't delete it. It was an admin who confirmed his judgment there. Could he have rewritten it? Sure. But we're not talking about a typo here. We're talking about a violation of our Terms of Use. Even if was done in good faith, it's a pretty bad mistake and removing it on discovery was the critical thing.
NE2, alas, such bots (if there is one now) are generally unreliable. :/ The article was deleted about three hours after you tagged it. The deletion template itself generates the code that you can place, which makes things much easier. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 19:18, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

WikiCup 2015 launch newsletterEdit

Round one of the 2015 WikiCup has begun! So far we've had around 80 signups, which close on February 5. If you have not already signed up and want to do so, then you can add your name here. There have been changes to to several of the points scores for various categories, and the addition of Peer Reviews for the first time. These will work in the same manner as Good Article Reviews, and all of the changes are summarised here.

Remember that only the top 64 scoring competitors will make it through to the second round, and one of the new changes this year is that all scores must be claimed within two weeks of an article's promotion or appearance, so don't forget to add them to your submissions pages! If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, and you hope to get it promoted before the end of the round, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAN, 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. Good luck! Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs), Miyagawa (talk · contribs) and Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs)
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Units entries in WiktionaryEdit

I'm posting this here because I guess (wildly) that you may not monitor your Wiktionary talk page. You said you were adding some of these purported units to wiktionary, and I just wanted to ask you not to take anything on trust from the Cardarelli book (in particular, though there are lots of these anecdotal collections). I just looked at one: 'tub', said to be a "unit of measure of butter or cheese". I don't believe this for a moment: what happened was that butter and cheese were sold in tubs, and somewhere, sometime, some town's ordinances said that a "tub should contain 84 pounds". Or something like that, and Wiktionary doesn't need sources (?), making it oddly even more difficult to remove unsubstantiated claims. Please have a look at my comments on the Cardarelli book; work in progress, and comments and contributions welcome. Imaginatorium (talk) 05:12, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

Your input requested: revamped CFB player infoboxEdit

Hey, PBP. Happy New Year. I'd like to get your opinion on this revised infobox template for college football players: [1]. After determining what data points to include, we'll recruit a template editor to handle the coding for us. Once we determine what fields we're adding and what we're deleting, then we'll work on the modified graphics. Thanks. Dirtlawyer1 (talk) 06:28, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

L.A. event on Tuesday, January 20Edit

Wik-Ed Women editing session (1/20, 6-10pm)

Dear fellow Wikipedian,

Please join us at an event this coming Tuesday: the third Wik-Ed Women editing session will take place on January 20 from 6pm to 10pm at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive downtown. This series of informal get-togethers is designed to encourage Los Angeles women-in-the-arts (though all are welcome!) to contribute their expertise to Wikipedia, specifically expanding content about women artists. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

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LA edit-a-thons on February 14, 17, and 21Edit

Redondo Loves Wikipedia (2/14), Wik-Ed Women (2/17), and Unforgetting LA at the Getty (2/21)!

Dear fellow Wikipedian,

The LA Wikipedia community has three events in mid-February -- please consider attending!

First, we have a Valentine's Day edit-a-thon appropriately named Redondo Loves Wikipedia, which will take place at the Redondo Beach Public Library from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, February 14. Join library staff, the Redondo Beach Historical Society, and others to help improve Wikipedia's coverage of Redondo Beach!

Second, we have a Wik-Ed Women editing session on Tuesday, February 17 from 6pm to 10pm at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive downtown. This series of informal get-togethers is designed to encourage Los Angeles women-in-the-arts (though all are welcome!) to contribute their expertise to Wikipedia, specifically expanding content about women artists.

Third, we have an Unforgetting LA event put on by East of Borneo in collaboration with the Getty Research Institute. Come help improve Wikipedia's coverage of LA design and architecture, and have an awesome free day at the museum -- parking will be validated for edit-a-thon participants! If you'd like to use particular books from GRI's great collection, be sure to email before 2/13 (instructions at event page).

And be sure to check out our main meetup page, because we already have three SoCal events scheduled for early March!

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Magic categories to be merged back to block structure discussionEdit

A nomination can be found here: Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2015 February 16#Category:Magic: The Gathering blocks to merge Magic categories back to blocks from sets. Feel free to join in on the discussion. Leitmotiv (talk) 18:34, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Have you talked to User:Good Olfactory about this? I considered fighting the close myself, but I'd have opened a review discussion or talked to GO rather than starting another CfD. pbp 19:41, 16 February 2015 (UTC)
I didn't, but I just now posted a notice on his talk page. Leitmotiv (talk) 20:14, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Interview for The SignpostEdit

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WikiCup 2015 March newsletterEdit

 
One of several of Godot13's quality submissions during round 1

That's it, the first round is done, sign-ups are closed and we're into round 2. 64 competitors made it into this round, and are now broken into eight groups of eight. The top two of each group will go through to round 3, and then the top scoring 16 "wildcards" across all groups. Round 1 saw some interesting work on some very important articles, with the round leader   Freikorp (submissions) owing most of his 622 points scored to a Featured Article on the 2001 film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within which qualified for a times-two multiplier. This is a higher score than in previous years, as   Godot13 (submissions) had 500 points in 2014 at the end of round 1, and our very own judge,   Sturmvogel_66 (submissions) led round 1 with 601 points in 2013.

In addition to Freikorp's work, some other important articles and pictures were improved during round one, here's a snapshot of a few of them:

You may also wish to know that The Core Contest is running through the month of March. Head there for further details - they even have actual prizes!

If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. 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 or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs · email), Miyagawa (talk · contribs · email) and Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email)

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Los Angeles City AttorneyEdit

Just wondering why you changed the alphabetical template at the bottom of the above page to chronological and why you omitted the given names of the candidates? The template is plainly labeled "alphabetical," and the reader has no idea who these people are without the given names. I have changed it back. Thanks in advance for responding. GeorgeLouis (talk) 13:03, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

You probably shouldn't have done that. At present, the template bucks the trend of how similar templates in the category are formatted. Templates for political office nearly always follow the format I have them in, with officeholders listed chronologically. Virtually ALL templates only list people by their last names, except in cases where there are two people with the same last name. Compare Template:Attorneys General of California. The purpose of both that template and of this one is to provide easy access between officeholders, not to provide a comprehensive list. pbp 14:16, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
Well, I certainly disagree. Kindly point out where there is WP:Consensus for this list of truncated names. Thank you. GeorgeLouis (talk) 01:33, 8 March 2015 (UTC)
Dude, just look at how other templates for holders of political officer are organized. Look at how Template:Attorneys General of California is organized, and what pages it is on. Look at how Attorney General of California is written. Also, you don't seem to understand why I edited Attorneys General of California in the manner I did. I made the table sortable, which means you can click something and it changes the way the table is organized from chronological to alphabetical. If what I'm doing still doesn't make any sense to you, feel free to discuss my edits on a community noticeboard. pbp 02:14, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

I asked for a Third opinion. By the way, my name is not "Dude." I refer you to Wikipedia:Civility#Incivility. Sincerely, GeorgeLouis (talk) 04:44, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

DRVEdit

Hi PBP, Infuture If I close something and you disagree I have no issues with you either asking me to reopen it or going to DRV but if you do the latter please make sure it's a week/month old AFD instead of it being a 7 month old one - You could've simply renominated it and came to the desired outcome a week ago....., Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 03:45, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

I considered it, and I will probably do that in the future. Heck, I'll nom that dude for deletion next week. pbp 03:48, 8 March 2015 (UTC)
Haha don't blame you, Hell I'll even !vote Delete aswell and so will most of DRV by the looks of it  Davey2010Talk 03:58, 8 March 2015 (UTC)
Well, you'll get your chance right now. I yanked the DRV and nommed it. pbp 04:03, 8 March 2015 (UTC)
Holy crap you don't wait about eh  , Thanks for closing btw :), Happy Editing :) –Davey2010Talk 04:34, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

ITNEdit

I wanted to briefly write and thank you for your posts to the ITNC page. I would like to suggest that when commenting on a nomination, it greatly helps the admins assess consensus when an explanation is provided for your support(or opposition) instead of just a vote, as nomination discussions are not decided by counting votes. If you have any questions, the instructions on the ITNC page may be helpful, or you can ask on the ITNC talk page. Thanks again 331dot (talk) 10:40, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

Edit summariesEdit

Just a friendly tip: Edit summaries are not the place to converse with other editors. They are supposed to be used to sum up the editing. i think you know that but perhaps, in the heat of controversy, you might have forgotten. GeorgeLouis (talk) 04:51, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

Funny how you give me advice while you don't really listen to the things AHeneen and I say, for example, throwing the word "consensus" around, when there already is a consensus...for not doing what you want. pbp 13:58, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

LA edit-a-thons on March 18 (tomorrow!) and 28Edit

Wadewitz memorial edit-a-thon (3/18), Redondo Loves Wikipedia (3/28)

Dear fellow Wikipedian,

The LA Wikipedia community has two events in this second half of March -- please consider attending!

First, there is a memorial edit-a-thon in honor of the prolific LA Wikipedian Adrianne Wadewitz, which is being held downtown on March 18 (tomorrow!) from noon to 8pm as a part of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies' annual conference. Please drop by to contribute your own work or teach other users how to write for Wikipedia.

Second, there will be an event at the Redondo Beach Public Library (following up on last month's session), in collaboration with the Redondo Beach Historical Society. Please join us from 10am to noon on Saturday, March 28 at the main branch of the Redondo Beach Public Library!

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Change of nameEdit

Hello, Purplebackpack. I wanted you to be among the first to know that I have changed my username to User:BeenAroundAWhile. That’s because I have, well, been around a while — 83 years to be exact, on April 8.

First, I want to apologize if I have upset you with some of my recent edits. I know how it is to work hard at a Wikipedia project only to have it criticized and (perhaps) eventually shot down by other editors whom you don’t even know. Obviously I don’t mean anything personal by my edits, and I make them only because I think they will be good for the encyclopedia.

I notice you had an article deleted: Atlantic Monthly Top 100. Too bad. I had one deleted, too. I think it was called List of California public officials charged with crimes. I liked it, and worked hard on it, and it was a good article, with EVERYTHING properly cited, but others did not think so. Oh, well. You can’t win ‘em all.

But I did want to introduce myself. For a good many years I have specialized in creating or editing Wikipedia articles about Los Angeles — its neighborhoods, its history, its public servants — oh, all that stuff. I have either originated or contributed to most of the articles on Los Angeles City Council members and Los Angeles city attorneys, dating back to 1853. I’ve been able to use my L.A. Public Library card to good advantage over the Internet, even though I don’t live in L.A. any more. I’m glad you share my interest in L.A. history.

I suppose I am addicted to Wikipedia. As a former newspaper reporter and editor, and a journalism professor of a quarter century specializing in writing and editing, I can’t keep away from hammering away at a keyboard in a manic attempt to edit and to create. I have tried to take breaks, but it is an impossibility. Not only do I have my watch list of favorites, but I also hover like a vulture over the Recent Changes page and pounce on any submissions that are found wanting. Oh, well. (As I said before.)

As you know, I’ve taken a break from our discussion about improving the templates associated with Los Angeles City Attorney, but I plan to return to it after my week is up. I hope that our chats over there will be friendly.

Sincerely, BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 18:59, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Glad to know who you are. Apology accepted. pbp 00:40, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Color graphics for Infobox college football playerEdit

3-pixel accent with white text
USC Trojans

PBP, here's a taste of how the revamped infobox is going: Template:Infobox college football player/testcases#Joe Cool (typical example). What do you think of the colors, graphics, and layout and design -- and the "college varsity stripe" graphics in particular? Dirtlawyer1 (talk) 19:56, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Happy Easter!Edit

 
All the best! "Carry me down, carry me down; carry me down into the wiki!" (talk) 04:34, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

Presidential birthplacesEdit

I added a link at the end of the article that list all presidential birthplaces. Damn that Andy Jackson and his unknown state of birth. Czolgolz (talk) 04:51, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Thank you. pbp 15:17, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Criticism of the Boy Scouts of America listed at Redirects for discussionEdit

An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Criticism of the Boy Scouts of America. Since you had some involvement with the Criticism of the Boy Scouts of America redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. JZCL 16:08, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Resurrection of Southern California Task ForceEdit

After moving from Los Angeles County to Kern County to San Luis Obispo County, I am finally realizing that there is life in California outside of L.A. and San Francisco, where I lived and grew up. Oh, I have also lived in San Diego, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Yolo and Sacramento counties, and I earned my undergraduate degree in Riverside County. I am trying to breathe life into the Southern California Task Force, and I hope you will join me. Could you visit our list of participants at the other end of this link and update your description of what you are interested in doing for us, assuming that you still want to be in the mix, that is.

In recompense, I will buy you a drink during the Wikipedia Welcome Week I am planning for Morro Bay on the Central Coast in July. Yours sincerely, BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 18:46, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

WikiCup 2015 May newsletterEdit

 
C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is a long-period comet discovered on 17 August 2014 by Terry Lovejoy; and is one of several Featured Pictures worked up by   The Herald (submissions) during the second round.

The second round one has all wrapped up, and round three has now begun! Congratulations to the 34 contestants who have made it through, but well done and thank you to all contestants who took part in our second round. Leading the way overall was   Cas Liber (submissions) in Group B with a total of 777 points for a variety of contributions including Good Articles on Corona Borealis and Microscopium - both of which received the maximum bonus.

Special credit must be given to a number of high importance articles improved during the second round.

The points varied across groups, with the lowest score required to gain automatic qualification was 68 in Group A - meanwhile the second place score in Group H was 404, which would have been high enough to win all but one of the other Groups! As well as the top two of each group automatically going through to the third round, a minimum score of 55 was required for a wildcard competitor to go through. We had a three-way tie at 55 points and all three have qualified for the next round, in the spirit of fairness. The third round ends on June 28, with the top two in each group progressing automatically while the remaining 16 highest scorers across all four groups go through as wildcards. Good luck to all competitors for the third round! Figureskatingfan (talk · contribs · email), Miyagawa (talk · contribs · email) and Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email) 16:41, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

Category:Dry counties in the United StatesEdit

Category:Dry counties in the United States, which you created, has been nominated for possible deletion, merging, or renaming. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the Categories for discussion page. Thank you. DexDor (talk) 06:38, 7 June 2015 (UTC)

MessageEdit

Hello Purplebackpack89, I thought that you have a time machine to travel into those years but if the time machine doesn't appear in real life look at those years to travel into the future:

--182.191.176.170 (talk) 08:47, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

5th Annual WiknicEdit

5th Annual Wiknic (Saturday, July 11, 2015, ~9:30am-4pm)

Dear fellow Wikipedian,

You are cordinally invited to the fifth annual Los Angeles Wiknic!

The Wiknic is a part of the nationwide Great American Wiknic. We'll be grilling, getting to know each other better, and building the L.A. Wikipedia community! The event is tentatively planned for Pan-Pacific Park (map) and will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2014 from 9:30am to 4pm or so. Please RSVP and volunteer to bring food or drinks if possible!

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CFDEdit

Regarding this (which I have reverted); one you need to declare NACs; two this is not clear-cut so please leave those kind of calls to admins; and three these are templates not articles. GiantSnowman 09:49, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

@GiantSnowman:, it was inappropriate for you to reopen the discussion as you started it. In regards to NAC, the discussion has been open over a month, and admins have had plenty of time to close this. I am seriously considering undoing your revert. pbp 16:08, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
And, indeed, I am removing the templates from tagged articles. I have re-closed it, but noted it was a NAC. The consensus was clear: 70-80% of the people in the discussion wanted to keep the categories (The consensus was 7-2 in favor of keeping). If you object to this closure, please discuss it at ANI, DRV, or requests for undeletion. As you are the nominator, reopening the discussion yourself would be inappropriate. pbp 16:39, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
@GiantSnowman: If you are wondering, "why weren't they deleted?", the reason I had to close as keep was because your nomination had too many disparate categories in it, some of which had 30-40 articles in them. That is why most people couldn't support deletion. I have worded the close to allow you to renominate IF you nominate a much smaller list of categories and/or you confine your nominations to categories with three or less articles pbp 16:56, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

  There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. GiantSnowman 18:29, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

@GiantSnowman: You're wasting your time. It's not going to get closed any differently, and there doesn't appear to be any stomach for reprimanding me. pbp 19:18, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

Wikinic rescheduledEdit

5th Annual Wiknic rescheduled to Saturday, July 25, 2015, ~9:30am-4pm

Due to a conflict with the Redondo Loves Wikipedia edit-a-thon, the fifth annual Los Angeles Wiknic has been rescheduled. As before, the location will be at Pan-Pacific Park (map) and will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 9:30am to 4pm or so. Please RSVP and volunteer to bring food or drinks if possible!

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WikiCup 2015 September newsletterEdit

The finals for the 2015 Wikicup has now begun! Congrats to the 8 contestants who have survived to the finals, and well done and thanks to everyone who took part in rounds 3 and 4.

In round 3, we had a three-way tie for qualification among the wildcard contestants, so we had 34 competitors. The leader was by far   Casliber (submissions) in Group B, who earned 1496 points. Although 913 of these points were bonus points, he submitted 15 articles in the DYK category. Second place overall was   Coemgenus (submissions) at 864 points, who although submitted just 2 FAs for 400 points, earned double that amount for those articles in bonus points. Everyone who moved forward to Round 4 earned at least 100 points.

The scores required to move onto the semifinals were impressive; the lowest scorer to move onto the finals was 407, making this year's Wikicup as competitive as it's always been. Our finalists, ordered by round 4 score, are:

  1.   Cas Liber (submissions), who is competing in his sixth consecutive Wikicup final, again finished the round in first place, with an impressive 1666 points in Pool B. Casliber writes about the natural sciences, including ornithology, botany and astronomy. A large bulk of his points this round were bonus points.
  2.   Godot13 (submissions) (FP bonus points), second place both in Pool B and overall, earned the bulk of his points with FPs, mostly depicting currency.
  3.   Cwmhiraeth (submissions), first in Pool A, came in third. His specialty is natural science articles; in Round 4, he mostly submitted articles about insects and botany. Five out of the six of the GAs he submitted were level-4 vital articles.
  4.   Harrias (submissions), second in Pool A, took fourth overall. He tends to focus on articles about cricket and military history, specifically the 1640s First English Civil War.
  5.   West Virginian (submissions), from Pool A, was our highest-scoring wildcard. West Virginia tends to focus on articles about the history of (what for it!) the U.S. state of West Virginia.
  6.   Rodw (submissions), from Pool A, likes to work on articles about British geography and places. Most of his points this round were earned from two impressive accomplishments: a GT about Scheduled monuments in Somerset and a FT about English Heritage properties in Somerset.
  7.   Rationalobserver (submissions), from Pool B, came in seventh overall. RO earned the majority of her points from GARs and PRs, many of which were earned in the final hours of the round.
  8.   Calvin999 (submissions), also from Pool B, who was competing with RO for the final two spots in the final hours, takes the race for most GARs and PRs—48.

The intense competition between RO and Calvin999 will continue into the finals. They're both eligible for the Newcomers Trophy, given for the first time in the Wikicup; whoever makes the most points will win it.

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DYK for Frederick TrumpEdit

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Good work, congrats! Vesuvius Dogg (talk) 15:22, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks man! pbp 19:19, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Nice creation. Considering the popularity of Trump articles (THEY NEVER LOSE!) it should get some good views.--Milowenthasspoken 22:25, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Yeah, I'm looking forward to seeing the view count tomorrow morning. FWIW, it may not be an article much longer...somebody has started a notability discussion on the talk page. If they DO nominate it for AfD, I can compare him to Barron in the following ways:
  1. Frederick is dead, Barron is living
  2. Frederick reached his majority in 1887, Barron hasn't yet
  3. Frederick did all he did before Donald was born (28 years before); Barron's life has thus far overlapped with Donald's
  4. Somebody wrote a book where Frederick is one of the principal characters; Barron, eh, not so much
  5. Frederick did some meaningful things; Barron, eh, not so much

Well, fun while it lasted. pbp 22:31, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2015: The resultsEdit

WikiCup 2015 is now in the books! Congrats to our finalists and winners, and to everyone who took part in this year's competition.

This year's results were an exact replica of last year's competition. For the second year in a row, the 2015 WikiCup champion is   Godot13 (submissions) (FP bonus points). All of his points were earned for an impressive 253 featured pictures and their associated bonus points (5060 and 1695, respectively). His entries constituted scans of currency from all over the world and scans of medallions awarded to participants of the U.S. Space program.   Cwmhiraeth (submissions) came in second place; she earned by far the most bonus points (4082), for 4 featured articles, 15 good articles, and 147 DYKs, mostly about in her field of expertise, natural science.   Cas Liber (submissions), a finalist every year since 2010, came in third, with 2379 points.

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Drumpf - Trump - brothel owner and so on!Edit

Drumpf isn't a family name that can be found in the whole area of Kallstadt. If you want to change something in de.wikipedia write in the topic discussion and show yours sources or literatur.

I'm working on the brothel issue(s): Donald Trump's grandfather ran Canadian brothel during gold rush He was running a brothel in USA then in Canada. The Canadians thrown him out. I think he wanted to do the same business in Bavaria. --Goetzmertz (talk) 00:59, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

It looks like you've followed me from German Wikipedia to here. Since you are here, you can check out the English-language sources that give his birth name as Drumpf, or suggest that we list his birth name as Trump (and providing sources of course). pbp 01:08, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
The english Version was fine till this: "Fredrick Trump Sr's real name was Friedrich Drumpf; Drumpf is a common name associated within the area of Kallstadt, 2nd German Empire, this an obvious ploy by Donald Trump or supporters to dissociated himself from his grand-fathers shady past". 1) Drumpf isn't a common name. 2) Donald's Grandpa was a brothel owner. 3) Donald's daddy was a liar about grandpa's origin and name.
I looked into the Kallstadt's graveyard books from 1650 - 1800: No "Drumpf" and 37 x "Trump". The Gwenda Blair's story about the 1600s lawyer Drumpf could be true. --Goetzmertz (talk) 01:41, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
@Goetzmertz: I'm a bit confused why you're talking to me about that. I didn't put the "common name" stuff in the article. The article isn't protected or anything, if you believe the "common name" part doesn't belong, you could remove it. Or you could discuss it on the talk page. pbp 01:45, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
Also, the article Frederick Trump doesn't contain the "common name" verbage you were talking about. But, again, I say, if you don't like the way it's written, change it or discuss it at Talk:Frederick Trump. As for the "brothel owner" business, it is mentioned that he owned a brothel. I don't think you could get away with his pimping being said any more overtly than it currently is. pbp 01:49, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
Here is your Link "common name": https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Frederick_Trump&type=revision&diff=692731106&oldid=692545024 Just won't disfigure articels in the future. Thank You! --Goetzmertz (talk) 02:08, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

Random-ass factEdit

Donald Trump's Wikipedia article calls him a fascist in the lead. Fascism is mentioned 193 times in Mussolini's article, 4 (and not in the lead) in Hitler's. pbp 13:50, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

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Wishing you all the best . . .Edit

Merry Christmas, PBP, and may your holidays be merry and bright . . . . Cheers. Dirtlawyer1 (talk) 06:47, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

Thank you! pbp 11:59, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

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Bob Verini listed at Redirects for discussionEdit

An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Bob Verini. Since you had some involvement with the Bob Verini redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. AldezD (talk) 21:17, 29 December 2015 (UTC)

@AldezD: I have undone your removal of the Verini and Newhouse sections from the Jeopardy! contestants article. Please do not again try to remove it. I have also added references to the Verini section, which you could have easily found yourself before claiming he wasn't notable. pbp 21:35, 29 December 2015 (UTC)
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